Kirsten Wild wins opening stage of Boels Ladies Tour in Holland

Kirsten Wild has won the opening stage of the Boels Ladies Tour in Holland today taking her 13th win of the season in another bunch sprint.

Elizabeth Armitstead takes the leaders jersey into stage two due to bonus seconds picked up during the stage.

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Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2013 stage-1

Stage 1 Result
1. Kirsten Wild (NED) Team Argos-Shimano 2:42:51
2. Elizabeth Armitstead (GBR) Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:00
3. Trixi Worrack (GER) Team Specialized – Lululemon 0:00:00
4. Annette Edmondson (AUS) Orica – AIS 0:00:00
5. Ellen van Dijk (NED) Team Specialized – Lululemon 0:00:00

General Classification after Stage 1
1. Elizabeth Armitstead (GBR) Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 2:42:39
2. Kirsten Wild (NED) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:02
3. Trixi Worrack (GER) Team Specialized – Lululemon 0:00:08
4. Marta Tagliaferro (ITA) MCipollini-Giordana 0:00:11
5. Annette Edmondson (AUS) Orica – AIS 0:00:12

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Shannon Johnson wins Tour of Murray opener

Melbourne’s Shannon Johnson (Charter Mason) has clinched his maiden Subaru National Road Series victory, taking out stage one of the Tour of the Murray River in Robinvale this afternoon.

Johnson, a former professional superbike rider, won the 163-kilometre road stage in Robinvale in a sprint finish ahead of Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) and Scott Law (GPM Data#3).

“All the sacrifice to not spend this time with my wife and kids is now finally worth something. I’ve had a few podiums before and to finally win a stage is pretty incredible,” said an emotional Johnson who’s daughter’s birthday will fall on Friday.

In unseasonably warm conditions, riders contested the longest stage of the six-day tour which began in Mildura this morning with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.

A breakaway group of 10 riders were caught within the final three kilometres allowing known sprinter and father of two, Johnson, to edge out his rivals with a daring move into the final corner.

“Coming into that last turn I thought I was either going to crash or come out with a big lead.

“I knew there were two 90 degree turns and with my background of motorcycle racing, I managed to come up the inside. I had a quick head check on the finishing straight and was able to enjoy the moment as I crossed the line,” Johnson described.

Results

1. Shannon JOHNSON (CHM) 3h31:55
2. Jesse KERRISON (BFL)
3. Scott LAW (GPM)
4. Ryan MACANALLY (ERD)
5. Anthony GIACOPPO (HGP)
6. Stuart SHAW (SZB)
7. Keegan AITCHISON (SLB)
8. Brenton JONES (HGP)
9. James SZOLLOSI (PTD)
10. Alex EDMONDSON (ERD)

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via CyclingAustralia press release

UCI should follow its own rules, says US fed boss

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) should follow its own rules, says USA Cycling president Steve Johnson. His federation and others have pushed the governing body to allow sports high court, CAS, judge its nomination procedures.

“This isn’t about one candidate versus another. It’s about procedural issues regarding the election, and making sure the organisation follows its own rules,” Johnson said.

“We’ve seen now is a brand new interpretation [of the nomination procedure]. From that perspective, we feel we need to clarify exactly what it means.”

UCI President Pat McQuaid failed to be nominated by his home country, Ireland, and by the country where he lives and works, Switzerland. Instead, the Thai and the Moroccan federations together nominated him. It is steeped in controversy because the joint move requires that the UCI Congress first agrees re-write its own rules.

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Contador linked to Alonso’s team

Alberto Contador may break off with Saxo-Tinkoff and join Fernando Alonso’s team next year, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. The two Spaniards are friends and according to the Italian daily, team Saxo Bank wants to free up funds.

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Contador’s contract runs through 2015, which means a lot of money if it is the reported €4.5m annual amount that he agreed to for the 2011 season. However, his relationship with team owner Bjarne Riis allegedly is strained.

In 2009, the Spanish duo were linked when Alonso expressed interested in starting a team. This time it looks more serious. Alonso took over Euskaltel’s team licence with star riders Samuel Sánchez in the last week. His F1 sponsor, Banco Santander may sponsor the team and Colnago may provide the bikes.

Orica to sign Colombian Chaves

Orica-GreenEDGE is close to signing Colombian Esteban Chaves Rubio, according to Spanish website Bici Ciclismo. The 23-year-old, winner of the 2011 Tour de L’Avenir amateur stage race, currently rides for second division team Colombia.

Esteban Chaves Rubio at the Tour de Mediterraneen (2013)

Esteban Chaves Rubio at the Tour de Mediterraneen (2013)

Orica has already signed Mathew Hayman (from team Sky) and Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing).

Tour riders live longer, says study

(AFP) – Professional cycling has a reputation for premature deaths, either from tragic crashes on the road or from dangerous performance-boosting substances.

But a new study, based on French participants in the Tour de France, says that male pro cyclists are likelier to live longer than their counterparts in the general public — a whopping 6.3 years more, on average.

A team led by Eloi Marijon of the Paris Cardiovascular Centre measured the longevity of all French cyclists — 786 in all — who finished at least once in the Tour since 1947, and compared this against the lifespan of average Frenchmen.

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As of September 1 2012, 208 out of the 786 cyclists had died.

Mortality rates among this group were 41 percent lower than in the general population, they found.

Deaths from cancer and respiratory disease were 44 percent and 72 lower respectively, and mortality from cardiovascular causes was down by a third.

The longevity held true despite three periods of doping in cycling — amphetamines, in the 1950s and 1960s; anabolic steroids in the 1970s and 1980s; and EPO and growth hormones after 1990.

The team add the caveat that the data from the post-1990 doping era are preliminary, and more time is needed to confirm the trend.

The longer lifespan could be explained in part by a healthy way of life, as many athletes continue to practice sport after they retire and very few of them smoke, says the study.

The findings were being presented on Tuesday at the Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam.

Vicenza, Italy aims for 2020 Worlds

Northeastern Italian city and home of Campagnolo, Vicenza presented its proposal yesterday to host the 2020 World Championships. A working group outlined the project to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome.

This year’s World Championships run further south in Florence. During the week, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) could name the 2017 host. Spain hosts the worlds next year, USA in 2015 and Qatar in 2016. In 2016, four years out, it will name the 2012 host. The Vicenza group will meet again this autumn to develop further their plan.

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BikeSnobNYC Visits Australia

The Melbourne Writers Festival was held last weekend and BSNYC was in town taking part in its various events. If you’re familiar with his writing, you’ll know that it’s a badge of honour to be roasted by him in one of his epic daily posts. Have a read at Snobby’s short trip to Melbourne.

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