Acevedo wins stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge

Janier Acevedo has won the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge, crossing the line ahead of Tejay van Garderen who didn’t offer a fight, knowing he’d be in overall lead at the end of the stage.

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The 165km stage featured a number of challenging climbs, including the 1st category Bachelor Gulch, which peaked inside the final 20km of the race, and the short climb to Beaver Creek to end the stage.

Australian Mick Rogers and KOM leader Matt Cooke were among the 10 riders that got away early in the day but in the lead-up to and on the climb of Bachelor Gulch that break was slowly eroded with the big hitters coming to the fore.

Tom Danielson attacked on the climb with van Garderen and Acevedo close behind. Lachlan Morton, the young Australia who was wearing the leader’s jersey, tried to match the pace but after doing a turn at the front for teammate Danielson on the climb, Morton fell away from the leaders, his time in yellow over.

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In the pouring rain to the finish in Beaver Creek it was van Garderen and Acevedo riding alongside one another and with the finish line fast approaching, van Garderen seemed happy to let Acevedo win. Matthias Frank finished third on his own, and the yellow jersey group finished 1:28 behind the winners.

Tejay van Garderen will wear the leader’s jersey going into the stage 5 uphill time trial, 4 seconds ahead of Frank and 30 seconds ahead of Acevedo in third place.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 4 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.

Tom Boonen ends 2013 season early

Tom Boonen’s unfortunate 2013 season has come to an early end, with the Belgian still suffering from a painful perineum cyst. Medical examinations apparently confirmed that the cyst has shrunk but the wound still hasn’t healed.

2013 has been far from kind to Tom Boonen.

2013 has been far from kind to Tom Boonen.

Omega Pharma Quick-Step doctor Yvan Vanmol explained:

“It’s clear that in these conditions training just isn’t possible. We want to avoid the risk of an operation which, due to the delicate position and the scar formation, could create problems for the rider in the future.

We therefore opted for a more conservative therapy, allowing the necessary time for the cyst to be reabsorbed. This is why we want to take every precaution in this case and not underestimate the injury. In the next weeks we will carry out more exams to carefully analyse the pressure point on the saddle in order to avoid future relapses.”

Boonen himself said:

“It’s terrible news but unfortunately I was expecting it. There isn’t much you can do for this type of problem but take the proper time to heal. For a rider it is definitely one of the most delicate injuries.

Last week I got on my bike and after one hour the wound opened up again. It’s useless to go on like this. The team staff and I have agreed to give the injury time to heal and then in October I will immediately start preparing for 2014.”

Text adapted from an Omega Pharma-QuickStep press release.

Taylor Phinney renews contract with BMC

Taylor Phinney has renewed his contract with Team BMC and will ride for the US-based squad until the end of the 2016 season.

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“It is always exciting when a young athlete puts their faith in you as Taylor has done with the BMC Racing Team,” team co-owner Jim Ochowicz said. “He continues to develop his skills and gain valuable experience with each season. His future looks bright and his goals run parallel with ours.”

Phinney has been part of BMC since 2011 and is excited to stay on for three more years after this one.

“From the riders, to the staff to the management, it’s a team that is really growing into a great home for me,” Phinney said. “I have a lot of respect for a guy like (BMC Racing Team sponsor) Andy Rihs, who is keeping our team afloat and making sure we are all well taken care of.”

Phinney won a stage at last month’s Tour of Poland and was also third overall at the Tour of Qatar at the start of the year. He lists a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 as one of his biggest goals.

Text adapted from a BMC press release.

Cavendish to make track return

Mark Cavendish has registered to compete in The Belgian Open track event in early September. It’s a new event but one that will allow Cavendish to earn the necessary points to participate in world cup track races and ultimately the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Unlike Bradley Wiggins, who seemed to indicate this week that he’ll only be focusing on the track in the years to come, Cavendish will continue to ride on the road. The Manxman apparently didn’t notify his team that he’d signed up for the Belgian Cup.

Cavendish began his career on the track and won the world title in the Madison in 2005.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Long teams for road world championships

Cycling Australia has released the long teams for Australia’s tilt at the world road cycling championships in Tuscany next month. Here are the provisional lists with notes about how many riders can be selected from those lists:

U23 Men

Australia can take five of the following riders for the road race and two for the time trial, plus Oceania Champion in each event if selected:

Aaron Donnelly, Caleb Ewan, Alexander Edmondson, Campbell Flakemore, Damien Howson, Jordan Kerby, Bradley Linfield, Alexander Morgan, Mitchell Mulhern, Adam Phelan and Samuel Spokes.

Elite Women

Australia can take 7 of the following riders for the road race and two for the time trial, plus the Oceania Champion in each event if selected:

Shara Gillow, Gracie Elvin, Chloe Hosking, Tiffany Cromwell, Taryn Heather, Amy Bradley, Amanda Spratt, Loren Rowney, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins, Rachel Neylan, Grace Sulzberger, Lauren Kitchen, Ruth Corset and Carlee Taylor.

Elite Men

Of the following riders, nine will be selected for the road race and two for the time trial:

Simon Clarke, Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Cadel Evans, Simon Gerrans, Nathan Haas, Adam Hansen, Mathew Hayman, Michael Mathews, Cameron Meyer, Lachlan Morton, Richie Porte, Michael Rogers, Wesley Sulzberger, Rory Sutherland, David Tanner and Cameron Wurf.

Swiss cycling president resigns following McQuaid affair

The president of the Swiss Cycling Federation Richard Chassot resigned on Thursday, a day after the organisation withdrew their support for International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid.

Irishman McQuaid was relying on Swiss Cycling’s support as he bids for a third term as UCI chief but the withdrawal of their nomination leaves him needing a change to the international federation’s statutes to enable him to stand for the presidency.

That decision, made Wednesday, has left divisions within Swiss Cycling that provoked Chassot’s decision.

“Richard Chassot handed in his resignation from the presidency of Swiss Cycling with immediate effect,” said the federation in a statement, adding that the decision was related “to the differences within the board of directors about the nomination of Pat McQuaid.”

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McQuaid was relying on the Swiss nomination having already seen his homeland previously withdraw their backing for his candidacy.

Meanwhile Russian cycling president Igor Makarov has announced his support for McQuaid’s opponent Brian Cookson, hitting back at McQuaid for saying “We’re talking about a Russian here, don’t quote me on that” in response to a question about whether McQuaid felt like Makarov was working against McQuaid.

In response Makarov said “I am surprised that the President of the UCI allows himself to speak in such a manner about Russia and its involvement in international cycling. This reminds me of the Cold War.”

Click here and here to read more about the unfolding drama. Text via AFP.

Boris Johnson takes Melbourne ride without a helmet

On his trip to Melbourne London Mayor Boris Johnson made a point of riding one of the city’s blue hire bikes, albeit without the required head protection.

To quote the Herald Sun:

“He squeezed past a packed tram and pulled off a sweeping U-turn in the kind of spontaneous display that has earned him global appeal.”

Having set up one of the world’s most successful bike schemes in London, without the need for helmets, Mr Johnson suggested yesterday that Melbourne should do the same.

“Obviously, it’s up to Melbourne to decide what they want to do, but we took a very clear decision that [enforcing helmet use] would be counterproductive. I wanted to put the village back into London and create an environment where people felt safe cycling and safe cycling in numbers.”

Click here to read more at the Herald Sun.

Campagnolo announces new chainset/bottom bracket system

Campagnolo has announced a new “Over-Torque” chainset and bottom bracket system that features a 30mm axle.

Campy argues that the new design has a 5% increase in rigidity over the existing Super Record chainset, as well as a weight reduction.

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To quote from a Campy press release:

“The new design in the Comp Ultra version weighs in at nearly 54g less than the previous lightweight offering from Campagnolo. At 563g the Comp Ultra represents a new low-weight benchmark for its class and when considering its rigidity and capability to transfer power efficiently is perhaps the new quality standard for oversized bottom bracket cranksets.”

The new tech will be available in two different versions — the Comp Ultra 11s at 563g and the Comp One 11s at 605g — and both suit a range of chainring configurations.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

East West Link could affect cyclists

Melbourne’s controversial cross-city road tunnel project, the East-West Link, has the potential to either “devastate or enhance Melbourne’s bike network” according to Bicycle Network.

The project is split into three main works sections and these are set to affect existing cycling infrastructure and could sever bike paths and lanes in some cases.

Bicycle Network has been meeting with the Linking Melbourne Authority and the advocacy group believes the East-West Link can be used to improve cycling infrastructure in some places, as long as the project is properly managed.

Click here to read Bicycle Network’s ongoing commentary about the project. And click here for detailed information about the project’s various interchanges and how they might affect cyclists.

Jens Voigt on his USA Pro Challenge breakaway

It’s pretty hard not to like Jens Voigt. And when he was out on his own yesterday morning, looking like he might hold off a surging pelton to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge, we might secretly have been hoping he’d pull it off.

But it wasn’t to be, the German getting swamped with roughly 3km to go. Here’s how Voigt rated his performance on the day:

Get aboard the CyclingExpress.com Vuelta tipping competition

Just like we did with the Tour de France, we’re working the folks at Velotipper.com to bring you a Vuelta a Espana tipping competition. It’s free and simple to enter, and even easier to tip. Thanks to CyclingExpress we’ve got a range of prizes on offer, including a set of Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers (RRP $3299) as the grand prize.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Vuelta Skelta Coffee Vans

And speaking of Vuelta-related competitions, last week we announced a Strava challenge in conjunction with Eurosport. To help launch that challenge, the guys from Eurosport will be down at Mordialloc in Melbourne this weekend, handing out free coffee. So if you’re out for a Beach Road ride on Saturday or Sunday morning, drop by and say hi.

Full details can be found here.

Over the Edge: episode 1

We feature quite a few MTB videos here in the Rocacorba and it seems like the usual formula is to get a bunch of great shots together, set them over some kind of edgy three-minute soundtrack and you’re golden. As much as we love that formula, it’s nice to see someone trying something a little different too.

This video is the first in a series called Over the Edge and the producers have taken a really-stripped back approach. There’s almost no music at all and the audio comes from a chest-mounted recording setup worn by rider Kirk McDowall as he bombs down the trails of Harper Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Check it out:

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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