Phinney wins stage 4 at the Tour of Poland

American Taylor Phinney made a late solo breakaway to claim victory on the 231.5km fourth stage of the Tour of Poland from Tarnow to Katowice on Wednesday.

Poland’s Rafal Majka of the Saxo-Tinkoff team maintained his hold on the overall lead after finishing safely in the peloton.

Phinney, the 23-year-old BMC rider, struck for home 7km from the finish, opening up a 15-second lead that proved enough to hold off the fast-charging peloton at the line.

“This is how I always dreamed of winning – foiling the sprinter’s plans at the end of the race,” Phinney said. “It was sort of a Fabian Cancellara-style, Milan-San Remo victory scenario. It’s really amazing to have it happen and it was a great feeling to finally put my hands up.”

Australian Steele Von Hoff took second, in the same time as Phinney, with Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus in third.

Majka still leads Sergio Henao of Team Sky by four seconds, with the Colombian being helped by last year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins on his return to racing after injury and illness. France’s Christophe Riblon is third at six seconds.

A nine-man breakaway spent most of the day off the front but the last of the escapees, Poland’s Kamil Gradek, was caught with 11km left.

Thursday’s fifth stage sees the peloton ride 160.5km from Nowy Targ to Zakopane.

Follow the link for full results from stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of Poland. Text via AFP.

Cort takes opening stage at the Tour of Denmark

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Team Cult Energy) has won the opening stage of the 2013 Tour of Denmark and will wear the leader’s jersey on stage 2 of the six-stage race.

The 20-year-old Dane won the 180km stage from Silkeborg to Varde out of a three-man break, with Nikola Aistrup (Team Concordia Forsikring-Riwal) second and Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol) third.

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins stage 1 of the 2013 Tour of Denmark.

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins stage 1 of the 2013 Tour of Denmark.

Bryan Coquard (Europcar) took the sprint for fourth at 10 seconds ahead of Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), the Italian fast man fresh off of winning six stages at China’s Tour of Qinghai Lake.

With time bonuses factored in Cort holds a one-second lead over Aistrup on general classification with Bak in third at seven seconds.

Follow the link for full results from stage 1 of the 2013 Tour of Denmark.

Grenda leads Tour of Gippsland after two stages

Ben Grenda (Team Polygon) has sprinted his way into yellow after day one of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland, the sixth event in the Subaru National Road Series.

Grenda and stage one victor Anthony Giacoppo (Huon-Genesys) ended the day equal on time, however, thanks to a countback the Tasmanian finds himself in the overall tour lead after the initial two stages.

Grenda found the podium twice on day one, placing third in stage one’s criterium in Rhyll and second in the afternoon’s kermesse on the Phillip Island GP circuit.

“I’m very happy to be in yellow,” Grenda said. “With the shorter stages today, the likelihood of people being on the same time was pretty high. Genesys probably have a little bit more horsepower than us but we’ll do our best to stay up the front anyway. We’re definitely trying to win the race so that means defending the jersey tomorrow,” Grenda said of today’s stage three road race from Leongatha to Yinnar.

Russell Gill takes out stage 2 of the 2013 Tour of Gippsland.

Russell Gill takes out stage 2 of the 2013 Tour of Gippsland.

Giacoppo struck first in the tour’s maiden stage in a photo finish to Queensland’s Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) while Grenda grabbed third. The picturesque town of Rhyll saw plenty of aggressive riding with Giacoppo once again bearing the fruits of a near-perfect Huon-Genesys lead out. With a handful of sprinters over-shooting the final corner it was only Kerrison and Grenda left to challenge for the win.

“Our team raced perfectly today,” said Giacoppo. “We were in control and rode the last six to eight laps on the front. We always knew if we could do that, then we’d be very hard to match.”

The afternoon took riders to the iconic Phillip Island GP circuit where Euride Racing made up for a disappointing criterium, launching South Australian Russell Gill into his first win of the 2013 Subaru NRS. Gill took out the stage ahead of Grenda and teammate Robert McCarthy.

“We really banked on myself and Robert for the bunch finish and I’m very happy to come away with the win,” Gill exclaimed. “It’s been a slow start to the year for me, I’ve come back from a fractured skull I suffered in a crash in January, so this is great.”

Follow the link for full results from stages 1 and 2 of the 2013 Tour of Gippsland. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Pat McQuaid fires back at detractors on Irish radio

In a interview on Irish radio overnight, Pat McQuaid has argued that his nomination for a third term as UCI president is legitimate, despite the concerns of Brian Cookson, the only real challenger to McQuaid’s position come the September elections.

McQuaid said of the endorsement he looks set to receive from the Moroccan and Thai cycling federations:

“I have had a lot of federations around the world who have urged me, despite the various pressures that have been on me, including inducements to leave the position, that I shouldn’t leave the position and they want me to stay.”

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In the heated exchanged with RTÉ Radio 1 host Pat Kenny McQuaid also said “I’m the one who has completely changed the culture of doping in our sport since I came in eight years ago.

He continued:

“Eight years ago, the sport was riddled (with drugs). We had Armstrong, who had just retired, and I was aware there was a culture of doping and I stated I was going to attack it over those years. I’ve done many things to attack it over those years. And changing the culture isn’t something you do overnight.”

Click here to read more at VeloNews and click here to listen to the interview.

Ulrich says Armstrong’s Tour de France wins should be reinstated

Jan Ullrich has told the German magazine Sports-Bild that if it were up to him, he’d give Lance Armstrong his Tour de France victories back.

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Ullrich, who shared a famous rivalry with Armstrong throughout much of the Texan’s time at the top of the sport, pointed to the precedent that saw the ASO remove Bjarne Riis’s name from the Tour de France roll of honour after his 2007 doping confession, only to restore it the following year.

“That’s how things were at the time. It’s not helping anyone to have lines struck through the roll of honour,” Ullrich said.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Petacchi to make Omega Pharma-QuickStep debut at Eneco Tour

Alessandro Petacchi will finally get the chance to ride in the Omega Pharma-QuickStep colours when the Eneco Tour begins on August 11.

Petacchi started the season with Lampre-Merida but retired in April before announcing his intention to sign with Omega Pharma QuickStep and race the Giro d’Italia as a lead-out man for Mark Cavendish. But with mid-season transfers not allowed until after August 1, “Ale Jet” has had to wait.

The 39-year-old Italian has signed a contract with OPQS until the end of 2014.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Leigh Howard’s take on teammate Stuart O’Grady

Plenty has been written about Stuart O’Grady and his indiscretions in the past week or so, including here at CyclingTips. And now O’Grady’s former Orica-GreenEDGE teammate Leigh Howard has written a short blog post revealing his thoughts about the whole situation.

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Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Bluntly, my admiration of Stuey, one of the legends of our sport, has not changed. Maybe I’m just being an optimist or simply naïve, but when you look at the facts involved around that dark period in cycling’s history, I can’t help but feel sorry for all the guys racing in that period.

It wasn’t their fault that they were racing in the 90?s, was it? They didn’t introduce the drug EPO did they? Nor was cycling the only sport using it, not by a long shot!

Stuey may be a hero with flaws but his contribution to the sport that I love and legacy for the next generation of Australian cyclists is paramount to ensuring it continues to prosper and develop. Stuey, you’re still my hero mate!?

Click here to see the full post on Leigh Howard’s (sometimes glitchy) website.

Tour de France bloopers and more from Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Here’s a video put together by the guys at Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep featuring a bunch of bloopers and other bits and pieces from the Tour de France. Sure, it’s silly, but it’s a great look at some of the personalities behind one of the strongest teams in the professional peloton.

Mr H’s Strava KOM Takedown

You might have seen this video in the past few days already but if you haven’t it’s worth a quick look. The premise is this: “Tired of pros stealing your local Strava KOM? So are we. Mr. H is going to do something about it…”

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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