Sagan wins stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge

Peter Sagan has taken his second stage win of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, winning a bunch sprint into Steamboat Springs on stage 3.

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The race was animated by a classic Jens Voigt solo breakaway with 55km to go that was only shut down with 3km remaining.

Voigt had been part of a five-rider breakaway that escaped just 11km into the stage and with the second category Rabbit Ear Pass climb still to go, Voigt took off and chanced his arm alone.

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But the work of Cannondale at the head of affairs, riding for Sagan, quickly reduced a four-minute Voigt advantage, sweeping up the popular German as the sprinters’ teams got organised in the final 2km.

A series of crashes split the field in the run in to the line but in the front group Sagan powered away, taking his 16th win for the year and ensuring he’ll stay in third place overall in the race.

Lachlan Morton retains the overall lead with stage 2 winner Mathias Frank in second place.

Stage 3 results:

1 SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE) 4:04:18
2 MEZGEC, Luka (ARGOS-SHIMANO)
3 ANDERSON, Ryan (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES)
4 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
5 BAZZANA, Alessandro (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
6 AVILA VANEGAS, Edwin Alcibiades (COLOMBIA)
7 VERSCHOOR, Martijn (NOVO NORDISK)
8 GALLOPIN, Tony (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
9 PUTT, Tanner (BONTRAGER CYCLING)
10 CARUSO, Damiano (CANNONDALE)

General Classification after Stage 3:

1 MORTON, Lachlan David (GARMIN SHARP) 7:31:00
2 FRANK, Mathias (BMC RACING) + 2
3 SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE) + 11

Follow the link for full results from stage 3 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.

McQuaid loses Swiss backing

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid received a blow Wednesday to his bid to win a third term in the role as the Swiss Cycling Federation withdrew their backing for his candidacy.

Irishman McQuaid had already seen his homeland remove their support for him but then thought he been granted a reprieve when the Swiss stepped in.

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McQuaid is due to stand against longtime British Cycling president Brian Cookson in the election in Florence on September 27. Cookson released a statement expressing his belief that McQuaid should not be allowed to stand for reelection.

“This latest development is of real significance to the Presidential election process. It leaves Mr McQuaid in a very difficult position, particularly when viewed alongside his failure to receive a nomination from his own national federation, as required under the constitution of the UCI,” he said.

In order for McQuaid to stand for reelection he needs to secure a modification to the UCI statutes as under current legislation he is ineligible. Such a modification has been controversially proposed by the Malaysian Cycling Federation and could see the Thai and Moroccan federations jointly nominate McQuaid for a third term at the presidency.

Meanwhile former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has attempted to distance himself from the presidential contest.

“I have absolutely no opinion on that. As a matter of fact, I have taken distance from sport and also from cycling, and I don’t want to be involved in anything anymore so I hope you appreciate that,” Verbruggen said.

“My involvement in sport is over and so I have even turned down a number of offers that I had in consulting in sport.”

Click here to read the full story. Click here to read Brian Cookson’s response to the developments. And click here to read more about Hein Verbruggen’s comments.

Sylvain Chavanal to IAM Cycling: reports

According to Belgian newspaper nieuwsblad.be Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel is set to join the Swiss-based ProContinental team IAM Cycling in 2014.

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Chavanel has reportedly been offered a two-year deal by IAM owner Michel Thetaz. Chavanel has confirmed he’s leaving Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the end of this year but said he couldn’t yet say to where, adding “a team … will announce the news on Thursday.”

IAM Cycling was in its first year in 2013 and missed out on invitations to all three Grand Tours. It’s hoped that signing a rider of Chavanel’s standing will improve their chances of attracting such invitations.

Click here to read more.

Mathew Hayman joins Orica-GreenEDGE

Classics specialist and domestique Mathew Hayman has signed a two-year deal with Orica-GreenEDGE after spending four years with the British-based Team Sky.

As an Australian Mat Hayman has been keeping a close eye on the development of Orica-GreenEDGE.

“I watched the team from the start,” said Hayman. “There was talk about it for five years leading up to getting a license and sponsors. I followed along the whole way. Watching it evolve and feeling the excitement in Australia to finally get a team it can support was great.”

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“With Mat, we get a lot of experience in a lot of different races and a great leader for our younger riders,” noted Matt White, Orica-GreenEDGE sports director. “He’s crucial to a lot of things we want to achieve.”

Although many Australians have made their home in Girona, Spain, Hayman has chosen to lay his roots in Belgium in part due to his specialty on the cobbled roads of the Classics.

“I really enjoy the Classics – they are where I get my best results,” said Hayman. “My major focus will be to get the most out of the Classics in the next two years. I’d like to bring all my years of experience together and hope that I’m at the pointy end for all of them.”

Hayman is also hoping to earn a spot on the squad’s Tour de France team in 2014.

Text adapted from an Orica-GreenEDGE press release.

The jerseys (and more) of the Vuelta

Of cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Vuelta a Espana is the one most of us are least familiar with. Ahead of the race start on Saturday night (Australian time) The Inner Ring has prepared a primer to the various jerseys and the prize money on offer at this year’s Vuelta.

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Check The Inner Ring’s piece out here and stay posted for a preview of the Vuelta here on CyclingTips.

Campagnolo EPS battery to debut at the Vuelta

Selected riders on teams that are sponsored by Campagnolo will be testing the brand’s slimmed down EPS battery at this year’s Vuelta.

A handful of riders from Lotto-Belisol, Astana, Movistar, Ag2r-La Mondiale and Vacansoleil-DCM will be using the battery which will be officially unveiled at the Eurobike expo next week.

The pen-shaped battery can be fitted into the seat tubes of some bikes, and in the cross tube of others.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

The world’s hardest cyclocross race

The 3 Peaks Cyclocross race in Yorkshire, England is considered the world’s hardest race in that particular discipline. Raced over 38 miles (61km) the race traverses the three highest mountains in the county.

Rather than the usual hour-long race, this course can take competitors four hours or more to finish. It’s so hard that riders are required to carry a survival blanket and whistle in case something goes wrong.

The 2013 edition of the race is coming up in late September. In the meantime, here’s a video from last year’s event.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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