Edmondson sprints to stage 2 win at the Tour of Tasmania
London Olympian Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing) has clinched victory on stage two of the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania in Strathgordon after the 19 year old was a part of a breakaway for most of the challenging 120 kilometre race. Nathan Earle from Huon-Genesys is now the race leader.
A noted sprinter and reigning world champion on the track, Edmondson took out the stage ahead of William Walker (Drapac) and Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo/VIS) while Tasmanian Nathan Earle (Huon-Genesys) claimed the yellow jersey off the back of his team’s stage one victory on Sunday.
“I don’t know how I did that,” Edmondson remarked. “Coming to the finish on the last climb we got caught and I thought that was it, so I went to the back of the bunch, but somehow I found some fresh legs. The boys gave me an awesome lead out to the end,” the South Australian said.
Despite building a seven minute lead over the peloton midrace, the breakaway riders were unable to maintain their position and found themselves caught as the race reached Lake Pedder. Despite the setback, Edmondson surged forward in the final bunch sprint to take out the stage.
“The gap went out ridiculously fast,” Edmondson continued. “We all considered what was going on back there, but we just thought Huon-Genesys were controlling it and [must have been] confident their climbers could hit it over the climbs. We ended up blowing it in the end, it was a long breakaway,” he said.
Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac) was alongside Edmondson in the early breakaway and held strong as other riders were dropped throughout the difficult stage.
With 25 kilometres to go, Rudolph launched a solo attack and built a two minute lead as the remainder of the breakaway were swallowed by the roaring peloton. The Queenslander pushed hard with the finish line approaching, but was caught just four kilometres from the line.
“I didn’t quite hold on but I had a good day out,” Rudolph said post-race. “We thought we had to get a guy in the move and hopefully it would stay away and we’d get a stage win. It wasn’t to be, but we all had a go,” he said.
Subaru NRS leader Earle now leads the tour after finishing ahead of teammate Jai Crawford to take the leader’s yellow jersey, however the pair remain on equal first-place time. Earle now sits one minute 43 seconds ahead of his nearest non-teammate competitor.
“The boys rode really well today and they’re all looking really strong,” Earle said. “It wasn’t really the plan for me to take yellow today, but we’re in it now and we’ll try to defend it.”
The Tour continues today with a 104km road race from Hamilton to Lake St Clair.
Follow the link for results from stage 2 of the Tour of Tasmania. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.
Rob Jebb wins his tenth 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross race
Last week we published an article by British photographer/journalist Steve Thomas in which he previewed last weekend’s 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross race in the UK.
Well, the winner of last year’s event, Rob Jebb, has defended his title, winning the race by more than seven minutes over his nearest rival. So dominant is the runner-turned-cyclist that he has won 10 editions of 3 Peaks since 2000.
Jebb took to the front on the opening climb and, despite a late puncture, was able to push on for the win.
“I felt comfortable and once I had a gap, I was going around at my own pace,” said Jebb. “When I punctured I had a big enough lead to just ride back steadily to make sure the tyre stayed on the rim.”
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Rui Costa talks through the tactics that won him the world championships
In Sunday night’s men’s road race Rui Costa made one decisive move with a few kilometres to go and won Portugal’s first ever world championship road race. In this video from the post-race press conference Costa talks through his tactics.
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Rodriguez and Valverde face the press over missed chance at the worlds
There was a moment in the road race where it looked like Alejandro Valverde could have jumped on Rui Costa’s wheel and possibly shut down the move that ended up beating his Spanish teammate Joaquin Rodriguez. In this video from the post-race press conference Valverde and Rodriguez talk about that and other moments from what was a brutal and weather-affected race.
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Route released for the Melbourne to Warrnambool
The 2013 edition of the Melbourne to Warrnambool, one of the monuments of Australian cycling, will be raced on October 12 and the route has just recently been announced. This year’s race is 256km long, 2km shorter than last year, and will this year start at the National Equestrian Centre in Werribee.
The race is in its 117th year and, for the first time this year, is being run by Cycling Australia. Past winners include Dave McKenzie, Simon Gerrans and Will Walker.
Team Sojasun to close down
French ProContinental team Sojasun will call it quits at the end of the season after negotiations with a potential sponsor were unsuccesful and the deadline for UCI registration approached.
The team was created as an amateur club, SuperSport 35, back in 2002 and over time it move up from being a Continental team to a Professional Continental team. It reached that second tier as Besson Chausures-Sojasun in 2009 before becoming Saur-Sojasun from 2010 to 2012 and just Sojasun this year.
The team raced the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Tours de France after being handed a wildcard.
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
RCS Sport investigating possible misappropriation of funds
The organiser of the Giro d’Italia, Milan-San Remo and other big races on the WorldTour calendar, RCS Sport, has confirmed it has appointed an external auditor after internal checks uncovered the possible misappropriation of several million Euros.
Reports in the Italian media are suggesting between 10-13 million Euros might have disappeared from companies affiliated with RCS Sport.
While the cycling sector of RCS Sport doesn’t appear to be involved, the income generated by the Giro d’Italia could well have disappeared.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
The world champs road race from another angle
When you’re sitting at home watching a wet and miserable bike race on TV it’s easy to forget how much of an impact the weather can have on the race.
The elite men’s road race at the world champs on Sunday is a good example. The TV coverage showed how bad the weather was but it didn’t show the true extent of the carnage that it caused. This video does a pretty great job though:
Reflective, rather than hi-vis clothing might be safest
Philippe Lacherez, a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology, has conducted a study of 184 cyclists and found that reflective clothing might be the safest option for cyclists riding at night.
“Fluorescent clothing needs UV rays to be reflective and so don’t work at night,” Lacharez said. “Cyclists should add reflective strips to their knees and ankles because the pedalling movement makes light from the headlights bounce back to the driver making it easier to register they are there.
“Cyclists also need to wear a reflective vest and, of course, have lights on their bike to increase their chances of being seen in low-light as well as at night.”
All of the cyclists involved in the study had been hit by a car at some point and in a lot of instances the driver involved “looked, but didn’t see.”
Excellent Cancellara impression
This video is a few months old now but it’s still worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already. Jonathan Bockstael gets Cancellara’s mannerisms just right.
The Rocacorba Recap
Here are a few things you might have missed on CyclingTips yesterday: