Stybar wins stage 3 of the Eneco Tour

Zdenek Stybar of the Czech Republic and Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep has won stage 3 of the Eneco Tour overnight, beating Argentina’s Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre) and Dutchman Lars Boom (Belkin) in a three-up sprint finish.

The trio had stolen away from the rest of the pack inside the final kilometre and finished two seconds clear of the peloton.

Zdenek Stybar wins stage 3 of the 2013 Eneco Tour.

Zdenek Stybar wins stage 3 of the 2013 Eneco Tour.

OPQS was the aggressor throughout the race, sensing windy conditions and splitting the peloton earlier in the stage. While the race came back together with 57km to go, they dictated the pace and were able to also control their position well in the final.

“We knew today there was a possibility of a windy stage, so in the last two laps we tried to make a split,” OPQS Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. “In the circuit [just before the finish] there was also a head wind. So we gave up — it was impossible to make something good out of the action.”

Boom, who won the race last year, is now second in the overall standings, one second behind Demare, of the FDJ team, who won Tuesday’s second stage. The stage 3 win by Stybar, a former cyclocross world champion, puts the Czech rider in third place overall, three second behind Demare.

Tonight’s fourth stage of the seven-stage race is a 169km ride from Essen in Belgium to Vlijmen on the other side of the Dutch border.

Follow the link for full results from stage 3 of the 2013 Eneco Tour. Text adapted from an AFP piece.

Sam Horgan leads the Tour of the Great South Coast after stage 2

Twenty-six-year-old New Zealander Sam Horgan leads the Campolina-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast after the opening day and two stages of the tour, which kicked off in Mount Gambier yesterday.

Horgan was involved in a breakaway in yesterday afternoon’s stage 2 road race with Alexander Morgan, who eventually snatched victory with a thrilling last-gasp sprint. Horgan’s second place on the stage was enough to see the Budget Forklifts rider pull on the leader’s jersey.

Sam Horgan leads the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast after two stages.

Sam Horgan leads the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast after two stages.

The story of the day was Euride’s Alex Edmondson, who was involved in a serious fall in the sprint finish in the stage 1 criterium around Vansittart Park in Mt. Gambier. He was taken to hospital but incredibly bounced back to clinch third in the road race.

Honours in the 36km criterium — which saw riders brave severe wind and even hail — went to Euride’s Robert McCarthy.

The five-day, nine-stage Tour continues with a 25km criterium around Portland this morning and a 93km road race from Heywood to Casterton this afternoon.

Follow the links for results from stage 1 and stage 2 of the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

Peter Stetina joins BMC

BMC has announced that promising young climber Peter Stetina will be joining their ranks in 2014 after finishing up the season with Garmin-Sharp.

“BMC is notorious for having the top equipment and the team for its top support, plus it was a chance to reunite with my good friends, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen,” Stetina explained.


Stetina’s previous results include ninth overall at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012, fourth overall at this year’s Tour de Langkawi and third at this year’s GP Miguel Indurain.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

”The Armstrong Lie” to debut next month

A few months ago we announced that Alex Gibney’s film “The Armstrong Lie” would be released at some point this year. We now know that the film will first appear during the Toronto International Film Festival which starts on September 5th and runs for 11 days.

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Here’s an excerpt from the film’s promo:

“Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) masterfully explores the fall of the disgraced cycling champion following the 2009 Tour de France, making use of his extraordinary access to attain rare interviews with former teammates, alleged doping mastermind Dr. Michele Ferrari, and Armstrong himself.”

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Reviewing the Armstrong bookshelf

And speaking of creative works about the Armstrong Saga, Sam Abt from Bicycling Magazine has published a piece about the growing collection of books about Armstrong.

One of the most anticipated works is “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong”, written by New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur and due in February next year. There’s also “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever”, by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell which is due at the end of this year.

For more information, check out the article over at Bicycling.com.

Jens Voigt’s new custom paint job

Jens Voigt has a new Trek, which mightn’t be that exciting in itself, but the paint job is certainly worth a look. Here are a selection of Jens’ favourite elements of the new custom paint job.


Quintana gets a hero’s welcome in Colombia

If you saw the podium presentations on the final day of this year’s Tour de France you would have seen that Nairo Quintana has his fair share of support among Colombians. Well, the diminutive climber has returned home, receiving a warm reception in Bogota, Colombia’s biggest city.

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Click here for a gallery of photos from Quintana’s return.

Your 2013 election guide for bicycle policies and promises

The Australian Federal Election is coming up on September 7 and as a cyclist, you might be wondering which party has the most cycling-friendly policies. If so, check out Vote4Cycling.com.au which details the major parties’ policies when it comes to cycling.

How not to cut corners

Here’s a short video showing David Boucher’s off-road adventure at a roundabout on stage 2 of the Eneco Tour. That’s him on the far left of the screen. It’s unclear exactly what gap he was aiming for.

Chris Froome looking at stems

Inspired by the hilarious “Kim Jong-Il looking at things” Tumblr site, the good folks at The Sufferfest have created something equally as entertaining: “Chris Froome Looking at Stems”.

It does exactly what it says on the box, but the great captions really help to bring this to life. Check out the site here.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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