Roche wins Vuelta a Espana stage 2
Ireland’s Nicolas Roche (Saxo) has won the second stage of the Tour of Spain, sprinting clear of the field in the final few metres of the 177.7km ride from Pontevedra to Baiona last night.
Roche was followed home by Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) in second and third respectively, but Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali did enough to move ahead in the overall classification as he finished just 14 seconds back.
Nibali meanwhile was happy to take the leader’s red jersey at such an early stage but is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead of him over the next three weeks if he is to win the tour for a second time.
“I am in very good condition and happy to have this red jersey that I already had once before back in 2010. But the Tour of Spain is very long and hard so I have to keep going day by day.”
The first four hours of the race had been dominated by a three way breakaway as Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Gregory Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) and Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp) built up a substantial lead over the peloton.
The trio’s advantage was as much as 13 minutes past the halfway mark before Lampre and Astana started to up the pace in the peloton and a strong headwind also began to hinder the leaders.
Aramendia, Henderson and Rasmussen were finally caught just before the 11km category one climb up the Alto do Monte da Groba to finish, but apart from a short lived attack from Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) a large leading group remained together until the final two kilometres.
Czech Konig Leopold (NetApp) was first to make a break, but Moreno and Roche responded quickly and it was the latter who was stronger in the final few hundred metres to take his first grand tour stage victory.
Spaniards Ernesto Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) had a better day after disappointing team time trials on Saturday as they finished just 12 seconds back to remain in contention.
However, it was a disastrous stage for Sergio Henao (Sky) as he was dropped on the final climb and lost 2 minutes and 41 seconds.
The opening stage team time trial was won by Astana, putting Nibali in a strong position before last night’s second stage.
Follow the link for full results from stage 2 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Text via AFP.
Cameron Wurf’s Vuelta Diary
Australian Cannondale rider Cam Wurf entertained us during the Giro d’Italia earlier this year with his daily blogs about the race. Now at the Vuelta, Cam is writing for us here at CyclingTips and his opening missives have been well worth a read.
Be sure to also check out this video that addresses the question: “So who is Cam Wurf?”
Van Garderen wins the USA Pro Challenge, Sagan bags four stages
Tejay van Garderen has continued his annual improvement at the USA Pro Challenge, winning the race overall this morning after finishing third overall in 2011 and second overall in 2012.
Van Garderen took the lead after finishing second on stage 4 and further cemented his position the following day, winning the stage 5 uphill ITT. He held on to his lead in the remaining two stages to take out the race overall.
The stage 7 criterium around Denver was won by Peter Sagan who made it back-to-back stage victories and collected his fourth stage win of the race.
A break of 7 was up the road before being whittled back to three but with 16km remaining in the race the breakaway was absorbed by the chasing peloton and Sagan did the rest.
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Degenkolb wins Vattenfall Cyclassics
Argos-Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb has won the 2013 Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany, outgunning compatriot Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in the bunch kick.
A breakaway of four riders gained as much as 8 minutes on the peloton but with the sprinters keen to duke it out in what is traditionally a sprinter’s race, the breakaway was reeled back in with 50km to go. Several attacks emerged in the closing stages of the race but all were shut down as the fastmen prepared for the bunch sprint.
Degenkolb is the first German to win the Vattenfalls Cyclassics since Erik Zabel in 2001. It is the only German race on the WorldTour calendar.
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Vattenfall Cyclassics.
Brennauer leads Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour
Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) leads the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour by six seconds over teammate Ellen van Dijk going into tonight’s final stage.
The four-stage race was shaped by the opening-stage team time trial which was won by Team Specialized-Lululemon and since then Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) has won two bunch sprints to take out stages 2 and 3.
Australia’s Nettie Edmondson (Orica-AIS) was third on last night’s third stage while her teammate Gracie Elvin is the highest placed Australian in sixth place overall. Gracie has been blogging about the Tour daily and you can read her report from stage 1 here, stage 2 here and stage 3 here.
Follow the link for full results from stage 3 of the 2013 Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour.
Vos wins opening two stages of Trophée d’Or Féminin, leads after three
The other big women’s race going on at the moment is the Trophée d’Or Féminin over in France.
After three stages of the six-stage race reigning world champion Marianne Vos leads the general classification after winning stage 1 ahead of in-form sprinter Giorgia Bronzini and after winning the stage 2 ITT.
Anastasiya Chulkova won stage 3 but Vos holds the lead and looks to be the one to beat with three stages remaining.
Click here to see the results from the Trophee d’Or Feminin thus far.
Caleb Ewan wins Tour de L’Avenir stage 1
Australian young-gun Caleb Ewan has won stage 1 of the Tour de L’Avenir, outsprinting rivals Rick Zabel and Julian Alaphilippe.
The Tour de L’Avenir is an U23 race and is this year contested over seven stages and a prologue time trial. The prologue was won by French rider Alexis Gougeard who leads the general classification by 4 seconds after stage 1.
Follow the link for full results from stage 1 of the 2013 Tour de L’Avenir.
Garfoot wins the inaugural Tour of the King Valley
Queensland’s Katrin Garfoot (Pensar SPM) has claimed victory in the inaugural Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley, the fifth event in the women’s Subaru National Road Series.
Garfoot clinched the leader’s jersey after taking out the stage one criterium in Wangaratta before building an unassailable lead on the 55 strong field in a tough stage two individual time trial – excluding teammate and current NRS leader Ruth Corset, who held the same time on GC after day one.
“It was a very good tour,” Garfoot said. “I’m very pleased the team have come away with the yellow jersey as well as second overall, the sprint jersey and teams classification.”
Garfoot took out the tour just two seconds ahead of Corset while Benalla local Felicity Wardlaw (Bicycle Superstore) rounded out the podium, one minute, 21 seconds off the lead.
The tour concluded on Sunday with an aggressive 85 kilometre road race around the Oxley region, with line honours going to Queensland’s Judith Betts of team BikeBug. Betts broke away from the peloton with just 15 kilometres remaining, claiming a solo victory ahead of Corset and Garfoot.
Betts said after the stage:
“With about 15 kilometres to go I did a bit of an attack, I thought I would give it a go and that some of the other girls might come with me. When I saw the 10km to go sign I was a bit concerned that I probably wouldn’t make it but I just kept riding and knew that if it all came together one of my teammates would be there for the finish. With one kilometre to go I saw the bunch coming so I put my head down and powered all the way to the finish.”
The Subaru NRS continues in one week with the Tour of the Murray River kicking off in Mildura on September 3. The race will include both men and women’s racing for the first time in its 12 year history.
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Tour of the King Valley. Text via Cycling Australia press release.
Koen de Kort breaks collarbone
While John Degenkolb won the Vettenfall Cyclassics race over the weekend, the race wasn’t as positive for his Argos-Shimano teammate and CyclingTips contributor Koen de Kort who broke his collarbone in a fall.
— John Degenkolb (@johndegenkolb) August 25, 2013
From a hospital in Germany de Kort explained he was riding near the front of the bunch when someone on his right crashed and took de Kort down with him. It’s not the first time de Kort has broken a collarbone this year — he broke his other clavicle in the Tour of Qatar at the very start of the year.
Second collarbone fracture of the year. Broke the left one this time. Can't even describe how disappointed I am.
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) August 25, 2013
“I was just starting to feel really good again after the Tour and I still had some goals left for this year,” de Kort said. “Now I will take time to fully recover and see if there is something to work for towards the end of the season.”
Text via Argos-Shimano press release.
Baku bikes stolen at Baltic Chain Tour
On the morning of the final stage of the Baltic Chain Tour (UCI 2.2) the staff of the Azerbaijan-registered Synergy Baku Cycling Project team awoke to learn that the team van had been broken into overnight and completely emptied of it’s contents.
The vehicle involved was the mechanic vehicle and contained all the equipment belonging to the team. The thieves took a total of 10 BH bicycles, all spare HED wheels and tools. The thieves even went so far as to take all High 5 energy foods, workshop boxes of gear and brake cables and a hose, leaving the vehicle completely empty of its contents.
The incident happened in the town of Panevezys, North Lithuania where the team were staying overnight at the Head Quarters Hotel of the Baltic Chain Tour, a race which over 6 days of racing takes in the Baltic countries of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“This is a disaster. There is no other way to put it” said David McQuaid, General Manager of the Baku outfit. “When you are waking up to 6 missed calls on two phones from Stefan (Rucker – DS) you know something is seriously wrong.”
Text via Baku Cycling Project press release. Click here to read more.
Armstrong settles Sunday Times suit out of court
Lance Armstrong and Britain’s Sunday Times have settled their lawsuit out of court after the newspaper was forced to pay damages in 2006 for suggesting the Texan had used banned substances.
Armstrong sued Sunday Times journalists Alan English and David Walsh the year after his last Tour de France “win” and was awarded £300,000 in damages. The Sunday Times in turn sued Armstrong last year when it was revealed there was “overwhelming” evidence that Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs.
The Sunday Times reported this weekend that it had “reached a mutually acceptable final resolution to all claims against Lance Armstrong related to the 2012 High Court proceedings and are entirely happy with the agreed settlement, the terms of which remain confidential.”
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Mueller resigns as Cycling Australia president
Klaus Mueller has announced that he will step down from his role as president of Cycling Australia after nearly four years in the job.
Mueller, a barrister by trade, was elected to the presidency in November 2009 after six years on the board of Cycling Australia. Before that he spent three years at the helm of Cycling Victoria.
Commenting on his decision Mueller stated:
“It’s been an honour to lead Cycling Australia through many highs and lows. In recent times the position has grown into almost a full time role, which I can simply no longer manage. Given the challenges the sport is currently facing the timing is right to hand the reins over to a new leader with a different skill set to enable the sport to realise its enormous commercial potential.”
Mueller has agreed to remain in the role until the end of September to ensure a smooth transition. The Board has appointed a nominations committee who will oversee a recruitment process and make recommendations to the board to fill the vacancy.
Rui Costa signs with Lampre
Rui Costa, a dual stage winner at this year’s Tour de France, has signed with Lampre for the 2014 season after having reportedly received offers from other top teams.
Lampre general manager Giuseppe Saronni said:
“We welcome in our group a great rider, an athlete that give excitement to millions of cycling fans by the means of his amazing victories in Tour de France. RuiCosta is a proud member of the top cyclists group of the world: we understood he could have been the best athlete for giving prestige to our team project and we’re more than happy he chose to join our team”.
“In the past years I cover a regular course of improvement that allowed me to get to amazing victories. I think it’s now time for me, in this moment of my career, to aim at an even more important target: fighting for a top result in the classification of a stage race such as the Tour de France. I think Lampre-Merida could be the best framework for me to try to achieve this goal, I’m sure I made the best choice.”
Text adapted from a Lampre-Media press release. Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Kansas police ticket 26-rider group for disobeying stop sign
A group of 26 riders in Prairie County, Kansas was pulled over on their Friday evening ride for riding through a stop sign without stopping. While we mightn’t normally be interested in small-town news from the US, it’s interesting to see that the police went to the trouble of pulling over every rider in the group and issuing them with a ticket. I wonder whether the Victorian Police would take a similar approach on Beach Road?
It pays to be courteous
This video about MTBing etiquette is pretty silly in places and the acting isn’t Oscar-worthy, but it’s still worth checking out. Anyone willing to make a version for roadies?
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: