Cavendish wins stage 4 of the Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) has won the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday as compatriot Bradley Wiggins remained top of the general classification.


Cavendish emerged at the front of a bunch finish at the end of the stage that started in Stoke in the English Potteries before ending in Llanberis in northwest Wales. Isle of Man racer Cavendish emerged at the front of proceedings after the peloton hauled in an a 11-strong breakaway group with just a kilometre left in the Snowdonia National Park.

Cavendish then saw off the challenge of opening stage winner Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Steele von Hoff (Garmin Sharp). Afterwards, Cavendish praised teammates Iljo Keisse and Alessandro Petacchi, a former rival, for laying the foundations of his stage success.

“I am really, really happy about my victory and the super job of the guys,” Cavendish said. “Fortunately we had the entire day with Iljo in the break, so we didn’t have to ride behind.


“The guys stayed with me the entire day. On the last climb…I have to say I was at the limit — but the guys stayed with me and brought me back.

“They showed a big commitment. That is why I did my best in the sprint. Even Petacchi, who was still suffering from the crash of a couple days ago, wanted to be there. He really led me out in the final. He put me in the best position for the sprint.

“We have been rivals for a lot of my career but he’s a really good guy. Obviously the Tour of Britain is my home race but he is a big factor in me coming here because I wanted to ride with him.”

Omega Pharma-Quickstep sports director Brian Holm added: “Iljo did a great job for us today (Wednesday), we really didn’t have to work because he was in the breakaway.

“We just followed and won the sprint with the British champion. We knew Cav had a fair chance for the sprint. Petacchi just delivered him perfectly.

“Cav was 10th in the TT (time trial) yesterday (Tuesday) so we knew he was in pretty good shape and riding well.”

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Olympic champion Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, who went to the head of the standings with a dominant display in the stage three time trial, finished in the peloton to remain in front with four stages left.

Follow the link for results from stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of Britain. Text via AFP.

Bakelants wins the GP de Wallonie

Jan Bakelants’ impressived season has continued with a win overnight in the rain-soaked one-day classic, the GP de Wallonie.

Jan Bakelants wins the GP de Wallonie.

Jan Bakelants wins the GP de Wallonie.

Bakelants, who was riding as part of the Belgian National Team, outfoxed and outsprinted Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) from their two-man group to take his fourth victory of the season.

The winning move came on the Cote de Lustin with 24km to go when Bakelants attacked. He was joined by Matthias Frank (BMC) with Voeckler bridging the gap soon after.

On the final climb Frank was dropped leaving Bakelants and Voeckler to duke it out in the technical final kilometres.

“With a gap of 45 seconds at six-k from the end I knew I could win,” Bakelants said. “I had no problems to counter the attack of Voeckler on the uphill climb of three kilometres. I felt good in the rain and saw that Voeckler did not dare to take risks in the corners.

“In the last corner, I definitely took more risks than the Frenchman. It gave me the victory.”

Matthias Frank finished in third place, just ahead of a late surge from Florian Vachon (Bretagne- Séché Environnement).

Follow the link for results from the 2013 GP de Wallonie. Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Marianne Vos extends contract with Rabobank-Liv/Giant

Reigning world champion and winner of the UCI World Cup Marianne Vos has extended her contract with Rabobank Liv/Giant and will ride with the squad until the end of 2015.

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Vos’s teammates Lucinda Brand and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot also extended their contracts for two more years while Annemiek van Vleuten, Iris Slappendel, Roxane Knetemann, Thalita de Jong and Sabrine Stultiens extended for one more year.

Marianne Vos has won 20 races so far this year and goes into next week’s world championship road race as the favourite. She won last year’s road race by 10 seconds over Australia’s Rachel Neylan and by 18 seconds over Elisa Longo Borghini.

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

Cancellara to race TT and road race at the Worlds

The Swiss Cycling Federation has confirmed that Fabian Cancellara will race the individual time trial at the world championships on September 25, in addition to the road race four days later.

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With Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin in great form the ITT championship will be hotly contested and the confirmation of Cancellara only makes the contest more tanalising.

The course is 58km long with little climbing to speak of, suiting the power riders like Cancellara and Martin.

Cancellara won the only ITT at the Vuelta a few weeks ago and Wiggins dominated the Tour of Britain time trial just the other day to take the overall lead.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Chavanel to miss Worlds road race, focus on TT

Sylvain Chavanel’s exclusion from the French team for the worlds road race might have raised a few eyebrows but the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider has confirmed that he decided to skip the event to focus on the ITT.

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“I’m a very clear guy, and I know what I’m capable of at a given moment. Right now, I don’t feel myself capable of being in the shake-up on a finale like the one in Florence next week, and I don’t want to feel useless,” Chavanel told L’Équipe.

Chavanel apparently made up his mind after speaking to Cadel Evans.

“I understood there that I wouldn’t be competitive in a 280km race like the Worlds,” said Chavanel. “Cadel Evans described the circuit and the climb in Florence and that convinced me that it wasn’t for me.”

The French team will be led in the road race by Thomas Voeckler and will include the likes of dual-Vuelta-stage-winner Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) who came seventh overall the Vuelta.

“I don’t think that this French team needs me,” Chavanel said. “You have to know when to leave the keys to the new generation. We have some very talented young riders and if you always have older riders there, they won’t have the opportunity to blossom.”

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

USA Cycling officially endorses Cookson for UCI presidency

In the past few days Brian Cookson has started talking about how he believes he has the numbers to win the UCI presidential election in a couple weeks time. And overnight USA Cycling threw its weight behind Cookson, issuing the following statement:

The upcoming UCI presidential election should serve as a turning point for our sport – an historic moment in time when the UCI begins to chart a dynamic, new course and fully regains its international stature and credibility.

It is clear from the cycling stakeholders’ survey that transparency, integrity, credibility, accountability and good governance must be addressed if we are to have a brighter future and grow cycling globally.

The UCI president must lead, inspire and unify. As one of the five founding countries of the UCI, USA Cycling believes Brian Cookson is best qualified to lead the UCI at this critical moment in time and provide a measured, fair approach to managing the sport and rebuilding trust in the UCI. We are therefore proud to join the many other national federations from around the world who have committed their support for Brian as the next president of the UCI.

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Cookson promises amnesty if elected UCI president

Meanwhile Brian Cookson has vowed, if he is elected, to offer cyclists an amnesty should they come clean about doping.

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Incumbent Pat McQuaid has come under fire recently after a leaked dossier alleged he and his predecessor as UCI president, Hein Verbruggen, accepted bribes and covered up failed dope tests, notably by former Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador.

Irishman McQuaid has described the allegations against him as “a complete fabrication” and accused his rival of indulging in “gangster politics”.

However, since a number of American cyclists turned whistle-blowers and lifted the lid on the doping culture in the US Postal team, which led to Armstrong’s downfall, there have been growing calls for a truth and reconciliation commission aimed at giving riders the chance to reveal all the dirty details about what really went on in the peloton.

“We need to define exactly what we mean by (truth and reconciliation) and certainly as part of that we need to have more of an incentive for people to come forward and tell the truth, so I guess there will have to be some sort of amnesty or reduction in sanction,” said Cookson in a conference call attended by AFP.

“Let’s not forget that doping in sport is actually against the law and illegal in some countries now, so (we need) to be clear about what level of amnesty and what level of offers we can make to people before we encourage them to tell the truth.

“Let’s be clear, if people have misbehaved or done things they shouldn’t have done, (such as) anything illegal or ‘collusional’, then there is no hiding place,” he warned.

“It’s absolutely right that public authorities, the police or judicial authorities should treat all those things in the appropriate way.

“I hope that’s not the case, I like to think there hasn’t been anything like that but clearly we need to investigate that.”

Text via AFP.

Cycling in Grand Theft Auto V

Prior to its launch earlier this week, Grand Theft Auto V was one of the most anticipated games of the year, if not of all time. And as had been shown in trailers and teasers in the lead-up to the launch, the game allows your characters to “acquire” a bike and go riding through the beautifully rendered world of Los Santos.

Here’s a video from YouTube user QuickTiming showing the GTAV cycling mechanic in action.

The Rocacorba Recap

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