Tom Danielson wins the Tour of Utah

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) has won the 2013 Tour of Utah after attacking overnight leader Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) on the final climb of the day and finishing third to stage winner Francisco Mancebo.

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Danielson had gone into the final stage on the same time as Chris Horner and on the steep climb to Empire Pass Horner couldn’t stay with the leaders. It was left to Danielson, Mancebo and Janier Acevedo to battle it out for the victory in Park City at the end of an 8.5km descent.

“I think at the bottom of the climb [I’d knew I’d win]. I owe it to my team,” Danielson smiled afterward. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. They worked for me and believed in me, and it’s for my team.”

Horner finished the stage 1 minute 28 seconds behind Mancebo and held on second place overall with Acevedo finishing third.

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Orica-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews won stage 4 over the weekend, backing up his win from stage 2 and contributing to his overall victory in the sprint competition.

Stage 5 saw the triumphant return of Chris Horner who took out the queen stage with a timely attack and put himself into the leader’s jersey coming into the final stage.

The Tour of Utah was Horner’s first race in 5 months after sustaining a knee injury that just didn’t heal as quickly as Horner and his team would have liked.

Follow the link for full stage-by-stage results from the 2013 Tour of Utah.

Thor Hushovd wins inaugural Arctic Tour of Norway

Thor Hushovd (BMC) beat Paul Martens (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) in an uphill dash to the finish on Sunday’s final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway to capture the overall title in the race’s first year.

Hushovd had been in second place overall after the penultimate stage of the race, three seconds behind Kenny van Hummel. But after picking up a two-second time bonus in the final intermediate sprint and another time bonus for winning the stage, Hushovd moved nine seconds clear of van Hummel.

“I had to dig deep,” Hushovd said. “I was confident this morning because I knew this sprint was good for me, but I didn’t know it was that hard and that steep.”

Follow the link for full results from stage 4 of the 2013 Arctic Tour of Norway.

Quintana wins Vuelta a Burgos

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won the Vuelta a Burgos after a resounding victory on the fifth and final stage, which featured seven categorised climbs.

A five-man breakaway got up the road before Quintana’s Movistar teammates brought them back into the fold on the category 1 climb of Pasil de Rozavientos, 30km from the finish.

Quintana was in a 17-rider elite group at the summit which included three of Quintana’s teammates. Quintana went with an attack by Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali on the final climb before pushing past to win the stage and open enough of a gap to win the race by 23 seconds overall, over David Arroyo with Vincenzo Nibali a further 32 seconds back.

“It all turned out perfectly, just like we planned it before starting the race. We were hoping to lose as little time as possible in the days prior to this stage to try and win the race on the Queen one”, Quintana said. “The climb suits lighter specialists well, and the team worked perfectly so I could deliver.”

Follow the link for full results from stage 5 of the 2013 Vuelta a Burgos.

Villumsen wins Route de France in Wiggle Honda masterclass

Linda Villumsen completed Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s near-total domination of the 2013 Route de France by seizing the golden jersey on the final day. With teammate Giorgia Bronzini having won the first six stages, the Danish-born New Zealander broke away from the rest of the overall contenders of the race and soloed away to take the seventh.

By the time Villumsen reached the finish of the 130.2km stage, between Cusset and Chauffailles, she was almost six minutes clear of the chasing group that contained overnight race leader Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and 2012 race winner Evie Stevens (United States).

Linda Villumsen wins the final stage and the general classification in the 2013 Route de France.

Linda Villumsen wins the final stage and the general classification in the 2013 Route de France.

British champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won the sprint for second place, with 2009 World champion Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini-Giordana) third.

Having bridged across to an attack from Stevens on the steepest climb of the day, the Col de Dun, Villumsen had left the American behind on the descent and continued alone to the finish.

Podium

Having tried to escape the peloton, and take back the one second that she had conceded to Johansson in last Saturday’s prologue, Villumsen, the New Zealand time trial champion, finally managed to get clear on the final stage.

Finding herself alone with almost 40km still to ride, Villumsen kept going and put her time trialling power to good use.

Follow the link for the final results in the 2013 Route de France. Click here to read daily reports from the race by Orica-AIS’s Gracie Elvin.

Lisa Jacobs and Al Iacuone win inaugural Australian CX nationals

One hundred and forty riders converged on Cranwell Park in Melbourne’s western suburbs on Saturday to contest the inaugural Cycling Australia Cyclocross National Championships.

Weather conditions were ideal, with barely a cloud in sight and very little wind, however, persistent rain in Melbourne during the week left the purpose-built course muddy and slippery. These conditions combined with a very hilly and technical course tested the fitness and skill levels of all riders.

Lisa Jacobs wins the 2013 women's national CX championships.

Lisa Jacobs wins the 2013 women’s national CX championships.

The elite women’s national title was taken out by Victoria’s Lisa Jacobs, who despite claiming the 2012 National Cyclo-cross Series (NCXS), has had quite modest results this season.

2013 NCXS leader Rowena Fry took the silver medal, with Melissa Anset pocketing the bronze.

The elite men’s event loomed on paper as a very even field, and that is exactly how it unfolded, with six different race leaders at various stages during the hour-long event – Garry Milburn, Sid Taberlay, Paul Van Der Ploeg, Peter Hatton, Adrian Jackson and Allan Iacuone.

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Iacuone forged clear of his rivals in the final 15 minutes of racing to record a comprehensive victory which gave the Victorian his second Australian title after claiming the Australian road title in 1994.

Second place was taken by a very gallant Adrian Jackson and third to Nick Both who charged through the field in the final stages.

Follow the links for full results from the inaugural men’s and women’s Australian national CX championships. Stay posted for more from the CX nationals soon. Text via AFP.

Eneco Tour startlist

The Eneco Tour begins tonight and over the next seven days the riders will contest six road stages and an individual time trial.

(later stage winner) Allesandro Ballan up the Kapelmuur for the 3rd/final time

Click here to see the parcours for the 2013 Eneco Tour and click here to see the startlist, which includes the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Marcel Kittel, Andrei Greipel, Philippe Gilbert and Sylvain Chavanel.

Jiyong Kang and Amy Cure to join Orica-AIS as stagiaires

The Orica-GreenEDGE family is set to welcome two late-season stagiaires with Australian Amy Cure joining the women’s team as a trainee at the Giro della Toscana, and Korean rider Jiyong Kang rounding out the men’s team at the Tour of Alberta.

The stagiaire opportunity for Cure comes following a solid string of results, which caught the attention of ORICA-AIS directors.

“We have been watching Amy develop during her last few years with the Australian National team,” said Sports Director Dave McPartland. “She is certainly a promising young talent coming through.”

While most noted for her results on the track, Cure has dedicated much of the 2013 season to developing a career as a road rider. Results have come quickly for the 20-year-old Tasmanian, with overall wins in the Adelaide Tour and the Czech Tour de Feminin-Krasna Lipa. Cure also took home the amateur rider jersey at the recent Thüringen Rundfahrt.
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The 25-year-old Jiyong Kang, who has been racing for just three years, has emerged from the burgeoning Korean cycling scene. After picking up some strong results on the national calendar, Kang has spent the past two seasons racing the Belgian amateur scene.

“The Korean Cycling Federation have recommended Jiyong to us,” said General Manager Shayne Bannan. “Korean Cyclists have made good progression on the world scene on the track. With the announcement of this traineeship, ORICA-GreenEDGE is proud to play a role in the development of Korean cycling on the road.”

Tipped as a rider with all-rounder characteristics, Kang will line up in Alberta with the role of team helper. Kang is the second stagiaire for ORICA-GreenEDGE with Damien Howson currently racing at Tour of Utah.

Text via Orica-GreenEDGE press release.

Tour de Truth – Tyler Hamilton gets grilled in Perth

Tyler Hamilton has faced his fair share of criticism since revelations about his doping emerged, including at a function he was speaking at in Perth late last week.

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Former British Tour de France rider Bob Addy, who rode the Tour in 1968, said to Hamilton “You’re getting paid to be a liar and a cheater here today.”

Addy claimed he was forced out of the sport because he refused to dope, before suggesting Hamilton was profiting from his decision to dope for more than a decade.

“He [Addy] was one of the guys who got burned, I guess,” Hamilton said. “He should be angry and he has every reason to be angry.

“I’ve made mistakes but I’m trying to right the ship. The only thing I can do is tell the truth and talk about it and try to encourage others to tell the truth.”

Hamilton is on an international speaking tour dubbed the Tour de Truth, and is calling for changes to the sport to make it easier for cyclists to come forward and reveal the truth about the sport’s murky past.

Click here to read more.

In search of Australia’s best cycling city

This article on The Guardian’s website late last week posed the question: what is Australia’s best city for cycling? The authors concluded that Melbourne and Adelaide are probably the main contenders, but that Sydney and Darwin are definitely improving.

What do you think?

Couple weds during leadville 100

And here’s something pretty great: first-time Leadville 100 rider Rick Bucher and Julie Bass took a break during the 100-mile mountain bike race in Colorado on Saturday to get married at the summit of the famous Columbine climb.

Bucher said afterwards:

“One day Julie said, ‘What do you think about getting married in Leadville?’. I said, “That’d be nice,’ and she said, “How about on top of Columbine?’. That was one of the coolest things I ever heard, so we moved forward with the plan.”

Click here to read more.

Introducing the Jet Bike

The “bicycle” in this video doesn’t even look remotely safe but the video is pretty great.

And for some more craziness, check out this video showing how they put the bike together.

The Great Migration: Whistler

If you’ve followed the Rocacorba at all in the past few months you’ll know we’re quite partial to the odd MTB video. This one from Pinkbike, shot at Whistler, Canada didn’t disappoint.

For more information and some photos, check out this page.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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