Markov wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana
Denmark’s Michael Morkov (Saxo) sprinted to victory in a remarkable sixth stage of the Tour of Spain overnight to deny double world time trial champion and long-time leader Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) a famous victory.
Martin had led from the third kilometre of the 175km ride from Guijelo to Caceres but was caught metres from the line as Morkov surged home ahead of Maximiliano Ariel Recheeze (Lampre) and Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack).
“I had never participated in a bunch sprint like this before so I just tried because I was the only one in the team who can sprint,” a surprised Morkov said after the stage.
“In the end I had a really good position, I got on the wheel of Cancellara and I knew I would have a last kick and in the end it was enough. It feels amazing, it’s fantastic to race in this national Danish jersey and I just feel so proud and lucky to do so.”
It was a heartbreaking finish for Martin, who had made a solo break from the opening kilometres to build up an advantage of more than seven minutes at one stage.
The German looked set to be caught with 10km to go as his lead was whittled down to under 10 seconds, but he kicked again to briefly extend his advantage before being overwhelmed with the line in sight to finish seventh.
“It was an unusual time trial of almost four hours,” Martin said afterwards in a team release. “I decided to enter the breakaway to try and protect the team, because even if I was caught, in the final we would also have Gianni Meersman and Andrew Fenn to be able to do something good in the sprint.” he said.
Tony Martin delivered the best 7th place finish I've ever seen today – almost 175km solo at 44.8kph. #LaVuelta
— Matt Keenan (@mwkeenan) August 29, 2013
Ariel Recheeze claimed his second second-placed finish in as many days, while Cancellara’s search for a stage victory in this year’s race continues as he was bunched out by Morkov on the dash for the line.
In the overall classification it was another steady day for Nibali who stayed out of trouble in the peloton as all the major contenders registered the same time. Nibali retains the overall lead by three seconds over Chris Horner (RadioShack) with Nicholas Roche (Saxo) a further five seconds back.
Follow the link for full results from stage 6 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Text via AFP.
Yates 1-2 at Tour de l’Avenir stage 5
Great Britain’s Simon Yates has won stage five of the Tour de l’Avenir ahead of his identical twin, Adam.
The 21-year-old brothers finished the 79km stage into Morzine just ahead of French rider Alexis Gougeard who had led the race overall from stage 1 to stage 4.
Stage 5 featured two notable climbs — a 5km rise halfway through the short stage, and a 10km climb that peaked 7km from the finish line.
Spain’s Ruben Fernandez retains his overall lead after finishing 37 seconds behind the Yates brothers. Adam Yates is in second overall, 1:03 behind Fernandez, with Patrick Konrad (Austria) in third, 1:30 behind Fernandez.
With two hilly stages remaining Damien Howson is the highest placed Australian in 15th, 3:20 behind the leader.
The Tour de L’Avenir is contested by U23 riders representing their national teams, and is often considered the amateur Tour de France.
Follow the link for full results from stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de L’Avenir.
Wiggins could attempt the world hour record
After his recent announcement that he’ll likely finish his career with a return to the track ahead of the Rio Olympics, Bradley Wiggins has said he’s considering a tilt at the world hour record.
Wiggins’ compatriot Chris Boardman held the record for a number of years before, in 2005, Czech rider Onrej Sosenka set a new record of 49.7km in Moscow.
No attempt has been made at the record since but there are ongoing suggestions that Fabian Cancellara might make an attempt in the next year or so.
While Wiggins didn’t say when he will attempt the record, if indeed he does, he did mention a location.
“It would be wonderful to attempt the record in the London velodrome, known from the Olympic Games,” he told Bicisport.
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Jens Voigt on Jens Voigt
This video features Jens Voigt talking about himself and his new Trek bike. What more do you need to know?
Arredondo and Zoidl join Trek for 2014
The new Trek WorldTour team announced two signings overnight: Colombian Julian Arredondo and Austrian Riccardo Zoidl.
The 25-year-old climber Arredondo comes to the squad from Team Nippo-De Rosa where he has focused on the Asian Tour, finishing 1st overall in the 2013 Tour de Langkawi, 1st at the 2013 Tour de Kumano, and 2nd overall in the 2013 Tour of Japan.
“I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity. Every day I wake up and I couldn’t be happier,” Arredondo said. “It’s very hard for young people to make a future in my country. This chance is huge for me. I’ll try to make everything out of this and will show every day that Trek was right to pick me.”
Riccardo Zoidl joins Trek from the Austrian Team Gourmetfein-Simplon. The runner-turned-cyclist is also a talented climber and timetriallist and in his two years of full-time professional racing Zoidl has won the Tour of Austria, the Austrian Time Trial National Championship, the overall at Oberösterreichrundfahrt, a stage and the overall at Tour de Bretagne, and a stage and the overall at Circuti des Ardennes.”
Text adapted from a Trek press release.
The CyclingTips/Eurosport Vuelta Skelta Strava challenge starts Sunday
If you haven’t already signed up to our Vuelta Skelta Strava Challenge, what are you waiting for?! The challenge starts this Sunday (September 1) and runs until September 15. In that time we’re challenging you to climb more than 7,000m, the amount of climbing in two of the Vuelta’s biggest stages combined.
The grand prize is a Bianchi Impulso road bike and we’ll also be giving away 500 cycling caps at the end of the challenge. To be in the running for the prizes, sign up here. And for more information about the challenge, click here.
And don’t forget, this challenge is about more than racking up those vertical metres. We want to see your tweets and Instragram photos, all tagged with #VueltaSkelta. Have fun!
Here’s a trailer for a documentary by the team at ertzui film, all about two guys and their attempt at the Transcontinental race from London to Istanbul.
The race takes two weeks, covers more than 3,100km, climbs more than 30,000m and crosses 14 European borders. The riders were unsupported and followed a route of their choice. The filmmakers stayed by the riders’ side, day and night, rain or shine, as they crossed the whole European continent.
The full film will be released later this year.
Mike Cotty’s 666km Trans-Alpine Epic by video
A month or so ago British rider Mike Cotty embarked on a 36-hour 666km ride that included more than 17,000m of climbing and 17 Alpine cols. His epic ride has been documented by the folks at Mavic and the first part of a two-part video about the ride is now out.
Part two is out on September 5.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed this week:
- What you need to know about the UCI Presidential election: part one
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta Diary: stage 5
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta Diary: stage 4
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta Diary: stage 3
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta Diary: stage 2
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta Diary: stage 1
- Rocacorba Daily: Thursday August 29