Dennis in yellow, Martin wins fourth Dauphine stage

Australian Rohan Dennis snatched the race leader’s yellow jersey of the Criterium du Dauphine after last night’s fourth stage ITT, which was won by German Tony Martin.

Garmin-Sharp rider Dennis, a silver medallist in the team pursuit at the London Olympics, was second in the 32.5km time-trial, 47 seconds behind Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Martin, the reigning world champion in the discipline.

Dauphine Libere 2013 stage-4

But there was woe for Spaniard Alberto Contador, who could only finish 61st, and who now sits 2 minutes 45 seconds behind Sky’s Chris Froome.

Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez, another favourite for a podium spot in the Tour de France’s warm-up race, is 2 minutes 56 seconds off Froome.

In the overall standings, Dennis now stands 5 seconds ahead of Froome.

“I knew my form was good,” said Dennis. “It can always be a bit of a gamble against guys like Froome and Contador.

Dauphine Libere 2013 stage-4

Froome was left satisfied with his performance but mystified by Contador’s tactics.

“Of course, it’s a good result for me”, Froome said. “Today it was a good exercise and a good test for the form. I had good legs. I don’t know what Alberto’s strategy is. Maybe he’s keeping some energy for the mountains.”

Contador admitted that “it was not a good day for me”.

“I didn’t have much energy in the legs, but there is still time before my form reaches the top,” he told French television. “I hope to be better and better each stage. For the Tour de France, there’s still time. I knew that Chris Froome was superior in time trialling.”

Thursday’s fifth stage is a tough 139km ride from Gresy-sur-Aix to the ski resort of Valmorel.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 4 of the 2013 Criterium du Dauphine. Text via AFP.

Dennis surprised to take the Dauphine lead

With his second place in last night’s ITT at the Dauphine, South Australian Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) found himself in the overall lead, 5 seconds clear of Chris Froome (Sky). But as 23-year-old Dennis said after the stage, it was a surprising result:

“I knew that I had good form but I never knew what sort of recovery I’d have after a few strong stages with a much higher class field than the one at California. I had slight doubt that I’d be as good as California but I’ve come out of that with some better form and surprised myself a bit,” Dennis told Cycling News.

“The goal for today was to take the white jersey but anything from here on in is a huge bonus; to be wearing a jersey in my first year at a WorldTour race is more than I expected.”


Dennis doesn’t expect to hold on to the leader’s jersey but hasn’t ruled out trying to defend it on tonight’s summit finish to stage 5.

“It’s a big ask for the team to ride on the front but I’ll do whatever I can. It’s a huge bonus to be wearing it and I’ll just enjoy it and hope for the best. The climb tomorrow isn’t too steep so we’ll see what happens.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

O’Grady to stay with Orica-GreenEDGE for another year

Stuart O’Grady has re-signed with Orica-GreenEDGE for the 2014 season. Australia’s first Classics champion, six-time Olympian and inaugural Tour Down Winner will retire after the Tour de France next year.

The Tour of Flanders 2013

“I have been getting asked more and more when I’m going to retire,” said O’Grady. “I’m quite relieved to have settled it. I’ll race next year, and, if all goes to plan, my last race will be at the Tour de France. I wanted to finish off my career at a race that’s meant a lot to me throughout my time as a professional. The Tour has probably made my career. To retire on the Champs-Élysées would be a symbolic way to close things out.”

While O’Grady’s personal victories have become less common in the later years of his career, he can still be seen turning himself inside out on the front of the bunch for his teammates. He serves as road captain and has become an integral part of the support and development of the younger, less experienced riders on the team.

Text via Orica-GreenEDGE press release. Click here to read more.

The Pat McQuaid File

Five Cycling Ireland members have prepared a damning 31-page document entitled “The Pat McQuaid File – Why Cycling Ireland Members should reject his nomination for UCI President”. In it the authors suggest that the UCI has lost all credibility and that McQuaid himself is surrounded by controversies that harm the sport.

The authors ask that “members, through their clubs and delegates at the EGM on June 15th, reject Pat McQuaid’s request to Cycling Ireland for its nomination for President of the UCI for the
upcoming UCI Election.”

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This document is roughly a week old but in light of the recent news about Brian Cookson putting his hand up for the UCI presidency we thought it was still more than worth sharing.

And speaking of Cookson’s challenge for the top job, Pat McQuaid has wasted no time in criticising the British Cycling president, sending this letter to the presidents of cycling’s national federations.

Interview with Andy Blair ahead of National Cyclocross Series opener

CyclingTips’ resident cyclocross fan Paul Aubrey has teamed up with Western Australian CX promoter Greg Murison to raise the bar of cyclecross coverage in Australia with the BrewCX project. Ahead of the opening round of the National Cyclocross Series in Adelaide, BrewCX took the opportunity to preview this weekend’s racing with Andy Blair of the Swell-Specialized MTB team.

Check out BrewCX.com here and stay posted to CyclingTips for more from the National Cyclocross Series.

Dotti’s ban extended for racing while ineligible

Argentinean cyclist Juan Pablo Dotti had his two-year doping ban extended to March 2015 for competing while ineligible, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced yesterday.

The 28-year-old former Argentine national time trial champion tested positive for a banned anabolic agent and amphetamines in a sample collected June 12, 2011, after the last stage of the three-day Tula Tough event.

Dotti accepted a two-year ban starting August 13, 2011, but only two months later, Dotti began competing in races sanctioned by the Argentina Cycling Union, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

After hearing that Dotti was competing in his homeland, USADA investigated and found he had violated the terms of his punishment, allowing USADA to restart the two-year ban period.

As a result, Dotti’s two-year ban was restarted last March 10, the date of his last known race. In addition, Dotti has been disqualified and his results voided from every race in which he competed since the ban should have started in August of 2011.

Text via AFP.

Who is Carlos Betancur?

Ag2r rider Carlos Betancur has turned plenty of heads this season with some great performances, particularly at the Giro d’Italia where he won the best young rider classification. But just who is Carlos Betancur?

Giro D'Italia 2013 stage-20

This is the question asked by the folks at Cycling Inquisition in a feature article about the Colombian climber. Check the article out here; it’s well worth a look.

Boonen pays a reported 2 million euros to resolve tax evasion investigation

A few weeks ago we reported that Tom Boonen was under investigation by Belgian authorities for alleged tax evasion while he was living in Monaco. It would now appear that Boonen has paid 2 million euros in order to resolve the tax avoidance issue, despite maintaining his innocence.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Digital EPO: smashing your Strava times by cheating

You might have already seen this article on road.cc the other day, or you might have seen the actual site in question in recent months, but in case you haven’t, check out DigitalEPO.com. It’s a site that allows you to “enhance” your ride data by uploading a .tcx GPS file and increasing your ride speed and/or lowering your heartrate.

We don’t recommend you use the site (having a KOM/QOM stolen is painful enough without the element of cheating) but it’s certainly good for a laugh. And speaking of which, check out DigitalEPO’s scathing parody of Strava here.

Check out road.cc’s take on DigitalEPO here.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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