Renshaw wins stage 1 of the Eneco Tour

Mark Renshaw (Belkin) has won stage 1 of the 2013 Eneco Tour and will wear the leader’s jersey on stage 2 after a bold attack with roughly a kilometre left to race.

Stage 1 off the Eneco Tour 2013

“The initial plan was to ride for Theo [Bos],” Renshaw said after the race. “In the final, he was right in my wheel properly, but with still a long way to go it was just the two of us. He then opened up a small gap, I think on purpose, and that was crucial for me to win. I have to thank Theo for that.”

Renshaw pulled away from the field with a little more than a kilometre remaining and quickly built up a sizeable advantage. He was able to hold off the surging peloton, lead through by Andrei Greipel, and won by 2 seconds.

“I went as fast as I could through the last couple of corners; I took some risks”, Renshaw said. “[Sports Director] Merijn Zeeman shouted in my ear that I needed to give one hundred per cent and that’s what I did.”

“I’m pretty good at keeping a high speed over a longer distance”, Renshaw said. “In the last two hundred metres I have not looked back once and luckily I saw nobody pass me.”


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

Wiggins to beef up in quest for worlds ITT crown

Bradley Wiggins is currently riding at the Eneco Tour but it would seem he’s focusing more on winning the ITT at the World Championships in Tuscany in September.

Stage 1 off the Eneco Tour 2013

Wiggins won the ITT at the Tour of Poland last week and in his quest to be at his best for the worlds ITT the 2012 Tour de France winner is trying to put on weight.

‘My climbing will be affected by [gaining weight] massively and by the time we get to the Worlds I am going to be seven or eight kilos heavier than when I won the Tour.

‘I noticed it in Poland. Carrying an extra stone in weight is hard but once you get into the time trial – and I won the time trial by a minute – it pays off.’

Click here to read more at the Daily Mail.

Orica-GreenEDGE signs Ivan Santaromita

Orica-GreenEDGE has announced that the latest addition to its 2014 roster is reigning Italian road race champion Ivan Santaromita.

Santaromita, who has spent the past three years with BMC, will be the first Italian rider in the Australian-registered team and lives close by to the Orica-GreenEDGE service course in Varese.

Ivan Santaromita winning the Italian national road race championships earlier this year.

Ivan Santaromita winning the Italian national road race championships earlier this year.

Sports Director Matt White said Santaromita will help strengthen Orica-GreenEDGE’s chances when it comes to hilly races.

“There’s one area we are starting to bolster and that’s in our climbing,” says White. “Ivan certainly does bolster that. We’ll target a lot of the Italian races with Santaromita.”

Click here to read an Orica-GreenEDGE press release about the announcement.

World-class line-up to race the Tour of Britain

The eight-day Tour of Britain starts on September 15 and this year’s peloton will be the biggest in the race’s 10-year history (since it was revived).

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The UCI 2.1-ranked race will feature five WorldTour teams from the 19 teams that will contest the race: Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar, Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Sky.

Bradley Wiggins will feature at the race ahead of his tilt at the Worlds ITT, and other British stars, including David Millar, Alex Dowsett and Mark Cavendish will also be in attendance.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Giant to sponsor Argos-Shimano in 2014

A report in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf suggests that Argos-Shimano will switch from riding Felt bikes to Giant bikes in 2014.

According to the report, Team Belkin, which is currently sponsored by Giant, will switch to riding Bianchi with Giant starting to work with Argos-Shimano instead.

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Bianchi won’t renew its sponsorship of Vacansoleil-DCM, leaving the WorldTour team without title sponsors and without a bike supplier.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

The future of Vacansoleil-DCM is far from secure

Vacansoleil-DCM general manager Daan Luijkx has told his riders and staff that they should start looking for future employment with his team seemingly in real danger of collapsing at the end of this season.

Both Vacansoleil and DCM have left as title sponsors and, as mentioned above, Bianchi will no longer be working with the team either.

Luijkx said:

“We had a verbal agreement for 2014 and 2015 with Bianchi. I was clear with them at the start of the Tour de France on how things were going with regards to finding a new sponsor.

They were willing to wait until after the Tour but then had to take a decision. We mutually agreed that we would break our agreement. Bianchi has been a great partner who wants to stay at the highest level of cycling after they have been away for a few years.”

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While management has been searching for replacement sponsors nothing has been finalised yet, and with riders and staff being given the green light to look for work elsewhere, the future doesn’t look good for Vacansoleil-DCM.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Will there be a shortage of WorldTour teams in 2014?

And on the subject of WorldTour teams potentially folding, The Inner Ring has published a great piece about what the WorldTour could look like in 2014.

You’ll remember that there are 19 WorldTour teams this year, with Katusha having been given a spot after a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling, but with Vacansoleil-DCM and Euskaltel-Euskadi looking likely to fold at the end of this year, there could be 17 WorldTour teams next year.

In this piece The Inner Ring looks at the implications of this and considers what could be done to fill the gap.

Click here to read the article at The Inner Ring.

Cycling is only part of the equation for CX champ Lisa Jacobs

Jono Lovelock has written an interesting feature for CyclingNews about newly-crowned national cyclocross champion Lisa Jacobs and about her efforts to juggle cycling (and training for a national championship race), a full-time job as a lawyer, her role as Chair of the newly-formed Cycling Australia Athletes Commission and more.

Check out the article here.

Do you recognise this would-be bike thief?

Hampton Cycles has released a video of a man walking into their store and trying to walk off with a top-end TT bike. Here’s a still from the video:

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If you recognise this man, please visit this page and fill in an anonymous report. Check out the video of the attempted robbery below:

Click here for a video of a similar incident that happened at Mordialloc a few months ago.

Mobile phone use not link to accident figures

Here’s something that’s not directly linked to cycling, but is still of interest for those of us that ride on the road and that get scared everytime we see a motorist talking on their mobile.

Researchers in the US and UK have found no link between the number of drivers making phone calls and the number of accidents recorded. They analysed 8 million car crashes and all fatalities that happened in 8 US states.

Dr Pathania, one of the researchers involved said:

“We were only looking at talking, not texting or internet use. And it may be that the traffic conditions on the road at that time [9pm] are such that moderate use of cellphones does not present a hazard.”

What do you make of this study? Would this change the way you feel when you’re cycling on the road and you see a motorist talking on their mobile?

Click here to see the study’s abstract and here to read more at the BBC website.

Helicopter blows riders off the road

Mikel Landa (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) were blown off the road by the downdraft of the helicopter near the finish of Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Burgos.

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The incident occurred when the riders tried to contact the head of the race with only a few kilometers to finish of the climb. They were soon moving again, but were caught by a group containing Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) shortly after.

Click here to see the video.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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