Cavendish wins Giro d’Italia stage 6

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) had taken his second stage victory of the 2013 Giro d’Italia, winning a messy sprint ahead of Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Matthew Goss (Orica GreenEDGE).

Cavendish was given the perfect lead-out by his team while other riders scrapped and jostled for position at the end of the 169km pan-flat stage from Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia.

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The early breakaway was formed by just two riders, Cameron Wurf (Cannondale) and Jack Bobridge (Blanco). While the Australian pair managed to gain an advantage of 6 minutes at one point, their chances of staying away to the finish were almost zero. And so it proved with the peloton reeling in the Aussies with 36km to go en route to setting up a textbook sprinter’s finish.

There were a number of crashes in the final stages of the race, not least a crash that occurred in the peloton with 32.2km to go. The narrow road was blocked for more than a minute as riders hauled themselves to their feet and called for replacements wheels. The crash created a moment of concern for race favourite Bradley Wiggins who had been returning to the peloton after a wheel change moments before. Wiggins was stuck behind the traffic jam for what seemed like an eternity while dozens of riders were making their way up the road.

But the peloton slowed and waited for every to catch back on and Wiggins, clearly keen to avoid any further hassles, stayed up front for the rest of the stage, even pulling a huge turn into the wind in the final 10km.

In the end the sprint ended the way it was probably always going to, with Cavendish winning and the other sprinters fighting for the minor placings. With no change in the overall standings Luca Paolini (Katusha) retains the leader’s maglia rosa ahead of tonight’s 177km seventh stage which features a number of small climbs.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 6 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Cavendish remembers Wouter Weylandt

Mark Cavendish held up number 108 on the podium after winning stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia, in honour of Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt who crashed and died in the 2011 edition of the race, exactly two years ago.

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Weylandt was a former QuickStep rider himself who won a stage in the Giro three years ago. Cavendish said, “It’s a very hard day for us; he’s always in our thoughts.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Leigh Howard breaks collarbone

Orica GreenEDGE lead-out man Leigh Howard won’t start tonight’s seventh stage of the Giro after breaking his collarbone in stage 6. Despite his injury Howard went on to finish the race 39 seconds behind winner Mark Cavendish before taking to Twitter to share the news:


Cam Wurf blogs after stage-6 breakaway

Cam Wurf (Cannondale) has been in the breakaway in two stages already in this year’s Giro d’Italia, which has made his blog even more interesting than it might already have been. Here’s an excerpt from Cam’s entry about last night’s stage (with spelling errors preserved):

“So how did I end up the break? Simple!! I was at the front of the peleton speaking with cavendish and wiggins and cav desperately wanted a break up the road so he decided to attack and try and spark some action! Sure enough it did as jack bobridge and a bmc rider reacted infront of me and figured why not follow! Once we were up the road cav put on the hand break and retreated to the peleton and soon after the bmc rider decided it was a stupid idea and also put up the parachute. So that left bobridge and I, what do we do we said to each other! By now the breaks were on in the peleton and we already had a minute! I said if they are going to let us go while we are riding this easy we may aswell keep it rolling. Soon after his team told him to keep on going and that was it, we started our charge toward the finish.”

Cam Wurf sits behind Jack Bobridge in their stage 6 breakaway.

Cam Wurf sits behind Jack Bobridge in their stage 6 breakaway.

Click here to read more at Cameron Wurf’s blog.

Giro d’Italia tech – part 2

The other day we shared the first instalment in road.cc’s series of posts about the tech on display at the Giro d’Italia. Well, there’s a whole lot more bike p*rn in this second instalment. Check it out here.

Cheng Ji abandons the Giro d’Italia

Cheng Ji (Argos-Shimano), the first Chinese rider to race in the Giro d’Italia, did not start in stage 6 due to illness.

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“When a rider has a fever, it is dangerous to let him start, even if he might be better tomorrow. He did not eat this morning and felt very weak,” Argos-Shimano team physician Edwin Achterberg explained. “We don’t want to take any risks—health comes first.”

Ji said: “I just got sick during the night, and it is really hard to leave this beautiful race already. It was my goal to support John [Degenkolb] to a stage win and to finish this race. So I am very disappointed that I can’t reach the second part of my goal.”

Last year Ji was the first Chinese rider to finish the Vuelta a España.

Click here to read more at the Argos-Shimano website.

Bronzini wins Chongming Island stage 2; Aussies 1st and 2nd overall

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) has taken her fourth professional victory (and eighth podium appearance) of the year, winning the bunch sprint in stage 2 of the Tour of Chongming Island in the pouring rain.

Bronzini proved too strong at the end of the 114km rain- and wind-affected stage, outsprinting Australians Chloe Hosking (Hitech Products) and Annette Edmondson (Orica-AIS) for the line.

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With the time bonuses accumulated through intermediate sprints, Hosking now leads the race overall by six seconds from Edmondson with stage-1 winner Lucy Garner (Argos-Shimano) sitting a further three seconds back in third place.

Today’s third and final stage is a criterium.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 2 of the 2013 Tour of Chongming Island. Click here to see a full report from the race.

Will Walker wins opening stage of Tour of Toowoomba

Drapac’s William Walker has drawn first blood at the FKG Gardner Tour of Toowoomba, the third round in the Subaru National Road Series.

Walker won an uphill bunch sprint to clinch the 113 kilometre road race from Oakey to Highfields ahead of Tasmania’s Ben Grenda (Team Polygon) and Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos).

“In the last few kilometres I found something extra,” Walker exclaimed. “I probably had a little bit of tactical luck which you don’t normally get too much in cycling [so] I’m really happy with a stage win.”

Today’s second stage is a 123km road race that starts at Crows Nest and finishes with a tough climb into the Bunya Mountains.

Follow the link to see the full results from stage 1 of the 2013 Tour of Toowoomba.

A bike-powered sewing machine

Not much to say about this one really. We just saw the tweet/Instagram pic from @Amsterdamized and thought it was pretty cool.



Stage-by-stage guide to the Tour of California

“America’s greatest race” starts in Escondido on Sunday with the UCI 2.HC tour being contested over eight stages. The folks at bicycling.com have prepared a nice stage-by-stage guide to give you a sense of what to expect from the race. Check it out here.

BMC looking at Sagan, Froome and Cancellara

While the official transfer window doesn’t open until August 1 that hasn’t stopped rumours circulating. Road.cc is reporting that BMC is apparently interested in all three of Peter Sagan, Chris Froome and Fabian Cancellara. It would be a terrific result if BMC could get one of those riders, let alone all three.

Much of the chat is about where Classics specialist Fabian Cancellara will end up with the future looking uncertain for his Radioshack-Leopard squad. The Swiss IAM squad has made it clear they’re interested in Cancellara but there’s also suggestion Trek might become the primary sponsor of its own team.

Of course it’s still early days and there’s plenty of time before the transfer window opens. One thing’s for sure: the rumours will continue all the way up to and throughout that transfer period.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

Video: Get to know John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb is Argos-Shimano’s primary sprinter at the 2013 Giro d’Italia and already the German has come up trumps, winning a crash-marred stage 5. In this video from Argos-Shimano we learn a bit about Degenkolb and his motivations and how he sees himself as part of the next generation of European cyclists; a generation that has the task of re-popularising cycling in Europe (and elsewhere). Check it.

Gerry Ryan commits until 2016 for GreenEDGE

Orica-GreenEdge will race through to the end of 2016 thanks to team owner Gerry Ryan’s commitment for three more years. Ryan had initially committed to funding the team for three years from 2011.

“Well, we are in the midst of signing riders for two and three-year contracts. So what does that say?” he told newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald. “Commitment. My commitment.”

However, Ryan said his plans hinged on the findings and recommendations of an independent inquiry by Nicki Vance into the team’s anti-doping policy and management process in a report he expects will be handed to team management on Friday.

Click here to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Skins pledges support for Paul Kimmage

Compression wear company SKINS has agreed to financially support cycling journalist Paul Kimmage against the possible relaunch of a UCI legal case against him after the cash in a defence fund set up on his behalf became unavailable to him.

$96,000 worth of public donations were held in an account that was managed by Aaron Brown (best known as @UCI_Overlord on Twitter).

SKINS chairman Jaimie Fuller told NYVelocity: “The sudden lack of transparency surrounding the defence account has left Paul exposed. He is very concerned the UCI could take advantage of his lack of access to the fund and re-launch an action against him that outraged the cycling fraternity. As a huge fan of Paul and what he stands for, we couldn’t let that happen. So if he incurs legal expenses in relation to defending future UCI action while continuing to be denied access to the fund, we’ll support him to ensure he is able to defend himself.”

Click here to read more at NYVelocity.

Episode 8 of The Bike Lane

Episode 8 of the Bike Lane has just been posted this morning. In addition to the regular stuff, Will Walker joins us to give his insights on the Giro (after all, he’s raced it), and we also introduce our new segment, The Hot Lap.

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Click here to watch episode 8 of The Bike Lane, season 2.

Two-thirds of cyclist injuries due to collisions with motor vehicles are due to the driver

This study might have been done by the City of Westminster in the UK but there are definitely some parallels with cycling here in Australia.

According to the study, in 68% of road traffic incidents over the past 12 months, in which a cyclist was injured, a motor vehicle was involved and for which detailed information is available, the driver was deemed to be at fault. The main reasons for driver fault were broken down as follows:

21% – driver failing to look properly
13% – driver being careless/reckless or in a hurry
10% – driver failing to judge the cyclist’s path or speed and
10% – driver passing too close to the cyclist.

Click here to read more about the study at road.cc.

Mountain biking in Queenstown

If you’ve ever heard of or been to Queenstown in New Zealand you’ll know that it’s one of the adventure sports capitals of the world. This photo gallery from Pinkbike features some stunning images from a recent mountain biking trip to Queenstown. It’s well worth a look.


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