Lachlan Morton wins stage 3 at Tour of Utah

Australian rider Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp) has soloed to victory on stage three of the Tour of Utah this morning, taking the race lead from compatriot Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) in the process.

Lachlan Morton wins stage 3 of the 2013 Tour of Utah.

Lachlan Morton wins stage 3 of the 2013 Tour of Utah.

The 21-year-old Australia attacked on the lone climb of the day, Mount Nebo, which peaked with 40km remaining in the day. Morton bridged across to the breakaway riders before continuing on, cresting the climb alone, then holding off the field on the descent into Payson.

Stage 1 winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) led the main bunch home 33 seconds behind Morton and will hold on to second place in the overall classification.

Three stages remain in the 2013 Tour of Utah.

Follow the link for full results from stage 3 of the 2013 Tour of Utah. And click here to learn more about Lachlan Morton.

Kenny van Hummel wins stage 1 of Arctic Tour of Norway

Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) has sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the inaugural Arctic Tour of Norway in Bodø overnight. van Hummel’s teammate and Dutch compatriot Barry Markus was second with Rudiger Selig (Katusha) taking out third place just ahead of Thor Hushovd.

“I’m really happy with this victory”, said van Hummel. “I’ve waited for a long time to get my first win this year. I’m glad it happens here and now.”

A break of nine riders got away halfway thorugh the 192.5km stage, including the likes of Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Nicolas Vogondy (Accent Jobs-Wanty). But the group never built an advantage of more than 90 seconds and with 8km left to race all escapees had been rounded up.

The four-stage Arctic Tour of Norway continues tomorrow with a 156.5km stage starting and finishing in Svolvær.

Follow the link for full results from stage 1 of the 2013 Arctic Tour of Norway. Click here to read more about the stage.

Giorgia Bronzini makes it five straight in the Route de France

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini took an incredible fifth straight victory in the Route de France overnight, between Saint-Fargeau and Pougues-les-Eaux, despite going on a solo breakaway midway through the race.

The former two-time World champion went on the attack on behalf of teammate Linda Villumsen, and became virtual leader herself for several kilometres, but still had the power to win the bunch sprint over a reduced peloton.

Giorgia Bronzini wins her fifth consecutive stage at the Route de France.

Giorgia Bronzini wins her fifth consecutive stage at the Route de France. Image courtesy of Wiggle Honda.

Despite being put under pressure by a late attack from Villumsen, race leader Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) took second place behind Bronzini, with Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) third.

“Today we started with the tactics to help Linda, to try to take the jersey,” Bronzini explained, “and in the middle of the race, with about 40km to go, we started to attack. When it was my time to attack they let me go!

“I was alone on the attack for 10 or 15km, and the gap was around a maximum of 50 seconds, but when I was alone I rode in my own rhythm, and not full gas. Alone I could do nothing, but I hoped that the other teams like Orica-AIS would lose power trying to catch me.”

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Two stages remain in the Route de France and Johansson still holds on to the one-second lead she achieved in the prologue TT.

Follow the link for full results from stage 5 of the 2013 Route de France. For daily reports from the race, check Gracie Elvin’s blog posts.

Jens Keukeleire re-signs with Orica-GreenEDGE, wins at Vuelta a Burgos

Belgian rider Jens Keukeleire has extended his contract with Orica-GreenEDGE for another two years and won stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos all in a period of 24 hours.

Jens Keukeleire wins stage two of the 2013 Vuelta a Burgos. Image courtesy of Orica-GreenEDGE.

Jens Keukeleire wins stage two of the 2013 Vuelta a Burgos. Image courtesy of Orica-GreenEDGE.

“Once I got the offer to stay, it was an easy choice,” said Keukeleire. “I have been really happy these past two years. For me, the most important thing is to be able to grow and to ride the type of program I want, and the team has always given me those opportunities.”

Keukeleire’s win in the Spanish race is his first of the season and his first with Orica-GreenEDGE.

Follow the link for full results from stage 2 of the 2013 Vuelta a Burgos. And click here to read more about Keukeleire’s contract extension.

Drapac to ride the Tour Down Under

Drapac is set to become the first Australian ProContinental team to ride in the Tour Down Under since the race became a WorldTour event in 2008.

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Race organisers will issue a wildcard invitation to an Australian ProConti team from 2014 onwards and sources close to the South Australian government told Cycling Central’s Alex Hinds that Drapac will receive the invite for next year’s race, once their upgrade to ProContinental status is confirmed.

The UniSA-Australian National Team is also expected to receive a wildcard invite for next year’s race.

Click here to read more at Cycling Central.

Reitzel and Horse win the world cycle messenger championships

Reigning champion Josephine Reitzel of Switzerland won her third world cycle messenger championship title on Sunday on her home streets, while Austin Horse of the United States took the men’s honour.

Reitzel, who also took the honours at the 2010 and 2012 editions in Guatemala and Chicago, shone on the hilly, cobbled Lausanne roads that she plies as a professional courier.

New Yorker Horse, meanwhile, earned his first international award, beating Lausanne’s Jonas Vuille and German courier Johannes Killisperger.


Reigning men’s champion, Seattle rider Craig Etheridge, failed to add a third title to his haul. Like Reitzel, Etheridge had won both the 2012 and 2010 editions.

Launched 20 years ago, the championships honour the riding and delivery skills of cycle messengers — as well as their sub-culture, fashion and jargon, with categories such as “raddest dude”.

The racing reflects the challenges of a messenger’s regular working day, with competitors picking up and dropping off packages along a fixed course which includes checkpoints. Besides speed, messenger competitions also test the participants’ strategic ability to plan routes in order to ensure timely deliveries.

In the women’s event, Reitzel notched up the required 70 deliveries in a total of three hours, two minutes. In the men’s competition, meanwhile, Horse clocked his 77 deliveries in a time of two hours, 52 minutes. In total, 550 riders from 40 countries headed to Lausanne for the six-day championships, with 100 making the cut for Sunday’s finals. The 2014 edition is scheduled to take place in Mexico City.

It doesn’t appear that much video of this year’s event has been posted online yet, but in the meantime, check out this great (if a little grainy) video from the 1996 championships in San Francisco:

Text via AFP.

Tom-Jelte Slagter signs with Garmin-Sharp

The winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under, Tom-Jelte Slagter has signed a contract with the American Garmin-Sharp team.

“I am very glad to become part of Team Garmin-Sharp. Together with my agency I have searched for the best possible team and I believe that Garmin-Sharp is the best fit for me,” Slagter said.

Tom-Jelte Slagter wins stage 3 of the 2013 Tour Down Under.

Tom-Jelte Slagter wins stage 3 of the 2013 Tour Down Under.

“I just turned 24 and I know I have a lot to learn. I would like to become more consistent on the WorldTour level and I think Garmin-Sharp is the right place to be able to continue to develop my career.”

Slagter’s first WorldTour victory came on stage 3 of this year’s Tour Down Under when he won into Stirling, before taking the overall lead on the climb up Old Willunga Hill.

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

Interview with Leigh De Luca ahead of CX nationals

During the week our cyclocross correspondents at BrewCX caught up with one of the stars of the Melbourne cyclocross scene, Leigh De Luca. In this interview Leigh shares the tales of his season so far, his podium picks for the weekend and the excitement around his new bike.

Click here to read more at BrewCX and stay posted for further CX coverage.

Rent your bike out with Spinlister

A new website and mobile app called Spinlister is allowing cyclists in more than 40 countries to rent out their bike for anywhere from an hour to a week.

To quote from the Spinlister website:

“Just type where you’d like to ride and Spinlister gives you the best bike rental options for that location. We connect you with awesome people and great bikes from around the world.

“If you’d like to list your bike, just snap a few pictures and share your sweet chariot with awesome people like you. We help you meet up, exchange the bike, and have a great experience, whether you’re the renter or the lister.”

Click here to check out Spinlister.

A pedal-powered campervan?

Here’s something from the “er, what?” file — a pedal-powered campervan. The tiny RV is fully insulated and upholstered, it features a small kitchen and a small bed and can be ridden around.

Image courtesy of gas2.org.

Image courtesy of gas2.org.

The designer admits, however, that “it is a little cramped.”

The “Cramper” was built in just two weeks and cost roughly 1000 pounds to build but there are no plans as yet to develop the product for commercial sale.

Click here to read more.

Not just your average bike tour video

This video by Vimeo user showmetheworld (real name Stefan) recently won the Adventure Cycling Association of America’s first Bicycle Travel Video Contest.

It’s a simple video, and in this article one of the judges explains why he rated the film so highly. One of the reasons: “It was as long as it needed to be, and not a second longer.”

Danny MacAskill heads to Taiwan

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Danny MacAskill’s urban biking antics and this video of the Scot’s visit to Taiwan caught our attention. Check it out.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed over the past few days:


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