Kristoff wins Tour de Suisse stage 5, Frank still in yellow

Norway’s Olympic road race bronze medallist Alexander Kristoff won the fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland overnight as Mathias Frank maintained his hold on the leader’s yellow jersey.

The 176.4km ride from Buochs to Leuggern finished as expected in a bunch sprint despite a four-man breakaway staying out in front for most of the stage.

When it came to the sprint, Kristoff ripped clear of the pack with the winners of the previous two days’ stages, Peter Sagan and Arnaud Demare, who came in second and third respectively.

“I knew the sprint and the uphill and I knew I could make it from 150 metres to go,” said Kristoff, who won three stages at last month’s Tour of Norway.

“I’m really happy and this is my biggest victory.”

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In the overall standings, Frank, of Switzerland, remains 23sec ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger, with last year’s champion Rui Da Costa of Portugal in third at 35sec.

The day was also marked by the abandonment of Giovanni Visconti, the three-time Italian champion who won two stages on the recent Giro d’Italia. He started the day in fourth place overall, but was forced to withdraw after suffering concussion in a crash and was later taken to hospital to be placed under observation.

Tonight’s sixth stage is a 176km ride from Leuggern to Meilen on the banks of Lake Zurich. It features two third-category climbs but a flat run-in to the finish should once again suit a bunch sprint.

The nine-stage race concludes on Sunday.

Follow the link for full results from stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de Suisse. Text via AFP.

Caleb Ewan wins Internationale Thüringen-Rundfahrt U23

The Australian men’s U23 team celebrated its second stage win in the Thüringen-Rundfahrt U23 overnight with Caleb Ewan winning stage 4 of the seven-stage race. Ewan’s teammate Damien Howson won the prologue.

Ewan won the stage in a bunch sprint ahead of Ruben Geerinckx and Julian Alaphilippe with Rick Zabel, son of 12-time Tour de France stage winner Erik Zabel in fourth place.

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Bradley Linfield and Adam Phelan were the next-best-placed Aussies in 34th and 38th respectively.

Phelan, who rides for Drapac in Australia, is currently in 6th on the general classification, 16 seconds behind the leader Silvio Herklotz with three stage remaining.

Follow the link for full results from stage 4 of the 2013 Internationale Thüringen-Rundfahrt U23.

Tour of Korea Stage 4 – Young repeats, TTT awaits

Defending Tour de Korea champion Sung Baek Park (KSPO) went on the attack in today’s fourth stage but, even with the support of Team Nippo – De Rosa powerhouse Shinichi Fukushima, his efforts were not sufficient to overcome a far-mightier peloton intent on a bunch sprint. Optum’s Eric Young catapulted off a Candelario-Hanson leadout to take his second Tour de Korea stage victory this week.

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With a buffer of 2’18” over second-placed Taiji Nishitani (Aisan Racing Team) – a pure sprinter with little hope of reducing this gap over the hillier stages ahead – the confidence of Yellow Jersey Cheung King Lok (Hong Kong China Team) increases by the day. All other classification leaders have held their positions from yesterday’s third stage.

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Tomorrow’s fifth stage, a team time trial, features two non-categorised climbs that threaten to disrupt the rhythm of teams not well-drilled in this discipline. Potential still exists for a major re-shuffle inside the General Classification’s top 10.

You can see full results, race reports and photos on CyclingIQ. Report and photos via Tour of Korea press release.

Vayer casts doubt over performances of Indurain, Contador and others

A report by Antoine Vayer, a French journalist and Festina trainer from 1995 to 1998, has examined the performances of pro cyclists of the present and past and plotted their efforts “across an index of suspicion versus believability.”

A page from Not Normal. Image via VeloNews.

A page from Not Normal. Image via VeloNews.

Not Normal? An insight into doping and the 21 biggest riders from LeMond to Armstrong to Evans analyses performances by estimating the number of watts generated by riders up climbs at the end of long days within stage races.

To quote from VeloNews:

“Thomas Voeckler, [Bernard] Hinault and [Bradley] Wiggins fall into Not Normal’s suspicious category; Chris Froome, Andy Schleck and Laurent Jalabert into the miraculous; Alberto Contador, Miguel Indurain, Jan Ullrich, and Lance Armstrong fall into the mutant classification on some performances, or had at times in their careers.”

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Ulrich: Armstrong made too many enemies

Jan Ullrich, the only German winner of the Tour de France, said in an interview published on Wednesday that he was not surprised at Lance Armstrong’s downfall because he “made too many enemies”.

“Normally I don’t wish bad things on people, including Armstrong,” the rider, who was himself convicted of doping violations last February and stripped of his career results back to 2005, was quoted as saying by Sport-Bild.

“But I’ve always said that Lance wouldn’t get out of it. He made too many enemies,” the controversial winner of the 1997 Tour added.

Click here to read the full story.

Swiss Cycling members appeal McQuaid endorsement

Three members of the Swiss Cycling Federation have reportedly challenged last month’s decision to endorse Pat McQuaid’s candidacy for another term as UCI president.

If the challenge is successful McQuaid could be without the endorsement of a governing body meaning he won’t be able to stand for the presidency.

McQuaid sought the backing of the Irish cycling federation (his home federation) but the decision was put to an open vote among members, prompting McQuaid to seek the endorsement of the Swiss federation instead.

The UCI presidency elections will be held in September.

Visit VeloNews to see the full story.

Jon Stewart weighs in on New York’s bikeshare scheme

Last week we shared this truly bizarre video with you, in which Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz gave her scathing analysis of NYC’s new bikeshare scheme.

Today we’ve got a hilarious follow-up video from Jon Stewart and the team at the The Daily Show which uses Rabinowitz’s comments as a launching pad to get citizens’ perspectives on the issue. Well worth a look.

The impact of a bikeshare scheme on the likelihood of collisions

And speaking of bikeshare schemes, here’s a newly released study published in the journal Preventative Medicine about the effect of introducing a bikeshare scheme on the number of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles.

The study was conducted in Montreal, Canada and featured the responses of more than 1,100 people who had used the bikeshare since its introduction in 2009.

The study found that bikeshare users were at no more risk than cyclists riding their own bikes, that the risk of cyclist collisions hadn’t increased since the introduction of the scheme and more.

Click here to read more at Science Direct.

Riders takes out race marshal and chaos ensues

This video has been doing the rounds over the past few days and we’re not surprised — it’s an amazing bit of footage showing what can go wrong when you don’t design your crit courses particularly well.

The footage is from the Crystal Cup race in Washington DC and shows the aftermath of an incident in which a cyclist clipped a race official bringing them both to ground.

As you can see in this map the course had riders going in both directions on a wide stretch of road with no barriers or dividers to limit how much of the road was used. When the marshal went down, it created chaos for the riders looping back around to ride the road from the opposite direction.

Click here to read more at ARLNow.

Google Glass and cycling

You would have seen and heard the buzz about Google Glass, the search giant’s foray into augmented reality, but you mightn’t have considered the opportunities that this sort of technology provides for cyclists.

The folks at London Cyclist have. Check out their article here.

Why We Ride: A Film by and for Cambridge’s Young Riders

Page to Performance, a poetry organisation based in Cambridge, has been working with a group of young people over the past three months to find out what it is they all love about riding. Through discussion, poetry workshops and interviews, they’ve put their answers into a short film: Why We Ride.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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