Omega Pharma QuickStep wins men’s world TTT
Belgian team Omega Pharma QuickStep has defended its world team time trial crown by just eight-tenths of a second ahead of Orica-GreenEDGE of Australia at the world road race cycling championships overnight.
Orica-GreenEDGE finished just 0.81secs in arrears with the British Sky team taking bronze as Tour de France champion Chris Froome struggled to keep pace with his teammates during the undulating 57.2 km course around Florence.
Orica-GreenEDGE had set the pace before Omega Pharma-QuickStep to take the provisional lead but despite Michal Kwiatkowski and Kristof Vandewalle trailing off in the final kilometres Tony Martin, Sylvain Chavanel, Niki Terpstra and Peter Velits finished strongly for the defending champions to snatch the win.
It was Martin, Chavanel, Terpstra, Velits and Vandewalle’s second gold in the event, the quintet among the riders to lead Omega-Pharma to victory in the Dutch town of Valkenburg last year.
The victory also helped avenge defeat to Orica-GreenEDGE, this time by 0.75sec, at the Tour de France team time trial in Nice on July 2.
Follow the link for results from the 2013 men’s world championship TTT. Text via AFP.
Specialized-Lululemon wins women’s world TTT
American team Specialized-Lululemon has defended its women’s team time trial crown in the first event of the world road cycling championship overnight.
We did it!! Worldchampions oh yeah!! That was just the perfect ride with the perfect team @velociosports
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) September 22, 2013
Specialized-Lululemon, who were winners last year in the Dutch town of Valkenburg, completed the 42.8km course in a winning time of 51min 10sec with an average speed of more than 50km/h.
The Rabo team, led by multiple world champion Marianne Vos, finished second at 1:11 with the Australian Orica-AIS team claiming third place at 1:33.
It was the second consecutive title for American Evelyn Stevens, German Trixi Worrack and Dutchwoman Ellen Van Dijk, who had triumphed in the trade team event last year and teamed up with Britain’s Katie Colclough, American Carmen Small and German Lisa Brennauer for this year’s edition.
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 women’s world championships teams time trial. Text via AFP.
Wiggins wins Tour of Britain, Cavendish takes final stage
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) has won his home Tour of Britain overnight as compatriot Mark Cavendish took his third stage victory of this year’s race.
— OPQS Cycling Team (@opqscyclingteam) September 22, 2013
Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) surged away from An Post Chain Reaction’s Sam Bennett of Italy and Italian rider Elia Viviani of Cannondale to take victory in the closing stages of a race that culminated in Whitehall in central London.
Wiggins, Britain’s 2012 Olympic and Tour de France champion, finished in the chasing pack to secure overall victory and take the gold jersey. Switzerland’s Martin Elmiger was second overall, the IAM Cycling rider 26 seconds adrift of Wiggins, with Simon Yates of the Great Britain Under-23 team third.
“The feeling at the moment is more just relief than anything else,” said Wiggins, after his first stage-race triumph since the 2012 Tour de France.
“I said I wanted to win it. Until you cross the line you just don’t know. It’s alright to think it’s a bit of a ceremony round London, but it certainly isn’t.”
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) September 22, 2013
Wiggins, however, won’t have much time to savour this win with his thoughts now turning to Wednesday’s Road World Championships time-trial in Italy. Meanwhile Cavendish, who won the concluding stage of the Tour of Britain for a third successive year, said: “It’s been incredible, to be able to win the stage again in London.”
The Isle of Man rider thanked Alessandro Petacchi, a former rival turned teammate, for his support.
“His road sense is like something I’ve never seen before,” Cavendish said. “He’s super smooth, super intelligent, super calm. He keeps me calm. I haven’t had this since I worked with (Mark) Renshaw and it’s exactly the same with Alessandro. I don’t really have to do anything, I just follow a wheel that’s smooth as silk and go with 200 metres to go.”
— Dan Webster (@danwebster37) September 22, 2013
Earlier in the weekend up-and-coming British rider Simon Yates won the Tour of Britain’s first “mountain” stage, crossing the line first on Haytor Rocks to win stage 6. Mark Cavendish was victorious on stage 7, winning into Guilford ahead of Viviani on the 155km stage.
Bradley Wiggins took the overall lead in the Tour of Britain after winning the stage 3 ITT and never relinquished it.
Follow the link for results from stage 8 of the 2013 Tour of Britain. Text via AFP.
Earle wins men’s National Capital Tour
Tasmania’s Nathan Earle (Huon-Genesys) has taken out overall honours in the four-stage National Capital Tour in Canberra on Sunday.
Earle took out the race in spectacular fashion, winning the final stage criterium around Parliament House in front of his parents and grandfather who had travelled from Tasmania and regional NSW respectively.
“This and the Tour of Tasmania are the last races my family will see for quite some time,” Earle said who is set to join the ranks of Team Sky for 2014.
“It was pretty special to have them here to watch, and at least I didn’t make it boring for them today,” Earle remarked.
Sam Horgan (Budget Forklifts) and Scott Law (GPM Data#3) rounded out the final stage podium.
Earle took the lead in the three-day tour following a dominant victory in Saturday’s hilltop race to Honeysuckle to finish 1 minute 31 seconds ahead of teammate Jack Haig. Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos) notched up his first ever Subaru National Road Series (NRS) general classification podium finishing one minute 48 seconds back.
Earle now holds the Subaru National Road Series leader’s jersey heading into the next event on the calendar, his home tour, the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania which begins Sunday September 29.
“The National Road Series would be pretty special to win, particularly since I won’t be here for a couple of years at least in the future.”
Follow the link for final results in the 2013 men’s National Capital Tour. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.
Corset wins women’s National Capital Tour
Townsville’s Ruth Corset (Pensar SPM) has triumphed in the women’s National Capital Tour which concluded in Canberra on Sunday.
Corset held on to a 54 second advantage heading into the final stage to claim the overall win. Reigning NRS series leader Katrin Garfoot and Rebecca Locke (Liv/Giant) rounded out the tour podium.
“I’m very relieved now it’s all over,” Corset said. “I was very happy with yesterday’s win. I love hilly tours especially hilltop finishes where I can just give it everything. So I really enjoyed this tour,” said Corset of her stage two victory which rocketed her into the overall tour lead.
However it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Corset, with a crash on the penultimate stage of the tour leaving the mother of two almost unable to start the final stage.
“It was pretty unfortunate this morning with the crash, I wasn’t really feeling that great afterwards, I was in a bit of shock because I haven’t crashed in a while. But I just put that behind me and raced hard this afternoon.”
Despite Corset’s victory in Canberra, Garfoot retains the NRS overall lead with just two women’s events remaining – the one day Shipwreck Coast on October 13, before the NRS concludes with the Tour of the Goldfields on October 25.
Line honours for the day’s final stage went to Canberran Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Bontrager), the win her second for the day. Wiasak took out the morning’s road race before backing it up to win a sprint finish in front of Parliament House over Jessica Mundy (Jayco/Apoll/VIS) and Sarah Roy (Team BikeBug).
“I’m thrilled,” Wiasak exclaimed. “It’s just fantastic in a home tour to pull off a double victory. I was a triathlete a couple of years ago and we’d run up this hill every Wednesday night multiple times, so I know the pain that I’d felt as a runner.”
Follow the link for final results from the 2013 women’s National Capital Tour. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.
Agostini fired by Cannondale for positive test
Former Italian U23 champion Stefano Agostini has been fired by his Cannondale team after testing positive to a banned steroid.
The young rider underwent an out-of-competition test late last month and the WADA-accredited lab in Cologne found traces of clostebol in the sample, a banned synthetic steroid that’s related to the natural hormone testosterone.
Agostini has explained that the substance entered his system after he used a cream to treat a saddle sore he was suffering from after the Tour of Utah.
Team manager Roberto Amadio said in a statement: “The explanation provided to us by Agostini demonstrated complete carelessness, something unacceptable from a professional rider,” he stated, “Our antidoping and prevention policy is clear. Violation of that policy is not permitted and is dealt with firmly.”
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Langeveld signs with Garmin-Sharp
Dutch classics specialist Sebastian Langeveld will join Garmin-Sharp in 2014 after spending two years with the Australian-registered Orica-GreenEDGE squad.
Langeveld won the 2011 edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and has since recorded a number of top-10 results in the Spring Classics.
“I chose Garmin-Sharp because I know I will find a great Classics team with depth, experience and talent,” said Langeveld. “I believe in 2014 we can be successful and play an important role in the Northern Classics just as the team did this year in the Ardennes.”
“I am also hoping to be part of the Grand Tour teams and support the GC leaders as much as possible in achieving their goals. I was excited to see Garmin-Sharp racing aggressively and full of passion in the Tour de France this year and I am happy to join this group and be supportive on the highest level.”
Langeveld joins Garmin-Sharp with a two-year contract and has been warmly welcome by team CEO Jonathan Vaughters.
“Sebastian is a huge talent. He is a rider that excels in many disciplines and in particular, he will be a very strong addition to our Classics squad. He’s already proven what he can do in these races and we are excited to have him on board starting in 2014.”
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
McQuaid backtracks on Armstrong comment
When UCI president Pat McQuaid finally spoke out about Lance Armstrong’s many years of doping, he famously said “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling”. McQuaid has since reconsidered his words and wouldn’t make the same statement if he had the choice again.
“When I look back at it, I wouldn’t have said that Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. I wouldn’t have said that now. It was a hard statement,” UCI president Pat McQuaid told Dutch newspaper Telegraaf.
“The large majority of the peloton was on EPO in those years. But I do think Lance deserves harsher punishment because of the fame and wealth he gathered in his career.”
In the lead-up to the UCI presidential elections later this week, McQuaid was asked to reflect on his eight years in the job. His biggest disappointment?
“Floyd Landis’ positive test only two days after the Tour de France finished in Paris. I remember very vividly where I was that day.”
“My lawyer called me at the Munich airport. I knew that it wasn’t the number 15 of the overall classification involved. Landis was the first time an actual Tour de France winner tested positive. The yellow jersey. It was a disaster. The phone rang for 48 hours straight and I didn’t sleep for three days.”
Pat McQuaid is running for re-election as UCI president on a ticket headlined by increased anti-doping measures. His only challenger is British Cycling president Brian Cookson. The vote will take place this Sunday at the UCI congress in Florence.
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
Sam Bennett’s bike handling skills
Here’s a great little video showing the bike handling skills of AN Post Chain Reaction rider Sam Bennett as he makes his way through the team cars back to the peloton during the Tour of Britain.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:
- iBike Newton+ power meter review
- Cam Wurf’s Vuelta wrap-up: why Horner deserved the win
- Vuelta tipping competition: and the winners are …