Cadel Evans wins stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under
Australian Cadel Evans has wrenched the leader’s jersey from the shoulders of compatriot Simon Gerrans with a stunning solo victory across the line at the end of the Thomas Foods Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under.
The 36-year-old pounced on the Corkscrew Road climb, 10 kilometres from the finish of the 145km stage. With Tasmanian Richie Porte (Sky) on his wheel Evans powered up the hill surging clear of Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE). Evans then delivered a knockout punch that left Porte in his wake before he kicked his strong descending and time trial skills into gear to open up a lead on his pursuers.
“I had an idea of the opportunity I could get on Corkscrew climb and I knew what to do,” said Evans after sailing down the home straight on a sea of cheers from an adoring crowd.
“My team did a fantastic job to position me where I had to be. I had been training well but winning is what we are here for. It’s amazing to be back racing in Australia and win,” Evans explained. “A stage race is all about the leader’s jersey and time bonus is the key to win this race overall.”
The 150 kilometre stage began in the Adelaide shopping precinct of Norwood, headed into the Adelaide Hills and circled back to contest the aptly named Corkscrew Rd climb before a fast, downhill run to the finish line in Campbelltown.
Soon after the peloton rolled out for the start the expected early attack was launched this time by Australian Travis Meyer (Drapac) who was joined by French cyclist Jérôme Cousin of Team Europcar. Astana’s Andriy Grivko (UKR) headed out to join them and a short time later Germany’s Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) completed the quartet in front.
The four riders set up a lead of between two and three minutes with the peloton riding tempo to keep them within striking distance. Their lead dwindled and with 17 kilometres remaining the race regrouped before the big names contested the final climb.
Today’s fourth stage of the Tour Down Under departs from the cosmopolitan Adelaide suburb of Unley and heads out through the Adelaide Hills to the beautiful Fleruieu Peninsula to the finish line in the coastal holiday town of Victor Harbor.
Follow the link for results from stage 3 of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. Click here for some amazing photos and a report from the race. Text via Santos Tour Down Under press release.
Nairo Quintana wins stage 4 of the Tour de San Luis
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won stage 4 of the Tour de San Luis with a solo attack on the first category finishing climb of Alto del Amago this morning.
— Bicycling Magazine (@BicyclingMag) January 23, 2014
Argentinian rider Sergio Godoy (San Luis) had matched the pace of Quintana on the lower slopes of the 10.5km climb but lost touch a short while later. He went on to finish second on the stage ahead of Darwin Atapuma (BMC).
Quintana’s win saw him claw back more than four minutes on race leader Phil Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) but not enough to take the leader’s jersey off the American’s shoulders. Gaimon currently leads the race by just four seconds ahead of Quintana with Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare) a further 1:11 back.
Tomorrow’s morning’s fifth stage is a 19.2km ITT and should be decisive in the battle for the general classification.
Horner reportedly close to signing with Lampre-Merida
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the whole Chris Horner team search saga it’s that nothing is certain until the contracts are signed and both parties are publicly announcing the deal.
So take the following with a grain of salt but Lampre-Merida team manager Brent Copeland has reportedly told Cycling News that the Italian team is close to signing Horner.
“We’re definitely interested in Chris, and I’ve talked to him several times in the last few days. I don’t know if Chris has other offers he’s considering but we think he’d be good fit for us,” Copeland told Cyclingnews.
“We’re awaiting the final OK from a key sponsor. I’d hoped it would be finalised on Friday but it now looks like it will happen next week.”
“He’d fill an important gap in the team and give us an extra rider to help our race roster. We want to be a more international team and Chris would be the first American rider to ride for Lampre-Merida.”
If Horner does end up riding for Lampre-Merida he will have the opportunity to defend his Vuelta a Espana title, something he wouldn’t have been able to do had he signed for a smaller, Continental team.
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Cameron Wurf’s Tour Down Under blog
During the Vuelta a Espana last year we featured daily blog posts from Cannondale’s Tasmanian rider Cam Wurf. And while Cam isn’t writing for us about this year’s Tour Down Under, you can still follow his progress over at his blog here.
Here’s a slightly edited snippet from his stage 3 blog post:
“The corkscrew climb situated on the outskirts of Adelaide has become quite synonymous and a pivotal point in the TDU over the past 2 years. The organisers do an amazing job of turning climbs that would normally not seem so daunting into ones that have the potential to give you nightmares!
Much like Willunga Hill on Saturday, today’s short but steep climb of Corkscrew Hill was billed as a potential game-changer and that’s exactly what happened. The legend of Aussie cycling, Mr Cadel Evans fittingly stole the show with a display of power that we have become accustomed to over the past decade.
What made his attack so impressive today was the simple fact that everybody knew exactly what he was going to do and nobody could do a thing about it! Well done Cadel.
Cookson: Length of Armstrong’s ban is out of my hands
UCI president Brian Cookson has acknowledged that there is the possibility Lance Armstrong could have his life ban from the sport reduced if he gives evidence to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, but has made it clear that the length of any reduction would be out of his hands.
“[Armstrong’s] been sanctioned by USADA. They would have to agree to any reduction in his sanction based on the validity and strength of the information that he provided. If they’re happy, if WADA are happy, then I will be happy.”
Cookson stressed that the new commission would operate independently of the UCI and that the sport’s governing body and those within it wouldn’t be encouraging Armstrong to come forward.
“He won’t get a phone call from me,” Cookson said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “I am deliberately not speaking to anyone about what [people] may or may not contribute to the commission. That’s the job of the commission. It’s independent. It’s impartial.”
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30 years on from Moser’s world hour record attempt
Thirty years ago Francesco Moser set a new hour record in Mexico City, riding more than 51.1km in an hour and ushering in a new era of sports science and cycling technology.
That record might have been broken several times since but this feature is a nice nod to Moser’s then-record which includes some great photos.
Why London’s SkyCycle is a terrible idea
Much has been written in the past few weeks about Lord Norman Foster’s plans to build an elevated cycling network above London, known as SkyCycle. And while the concept drawings of the network look pretty great, there are a whole host of issues with the idea, according to popular urban cycling website Copenhagenize.com.
Here’s an excerpt:
“This is classic Magpie Architecture. Attempting to attract people to big shiny things that dazzle but that have little functional value in the development of a city.
Ideas like these are city killers. Removing great numbers of citizens who could be cycling down city streets past shops and cafés on their way to work or school and placing them on a shelf, far away from everything else. All this in a city that is so far behind in reestablishing cycling as transport that it’s embarrassing.
Click here to read more at Copenhagenize.com.
Don’t drink and ride
We’ve obviously got no way of telling if this cyclist is drunk or not but his ability to ride safely and predictably could probably do with some work.
Cyclist abuses driver then gets punched in the face
And here’s a lesson in how not to interact with other road users:
While the driver certainly didn’t need to punch the cyclist, the cyclist certainly didn’t do himself any favours by starting the conflict and then chasing down the driver to continue the aggression.
What’s your take on the incident?
Click here to read more at Bike Radar.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed from a big week here at CyclingTips:
- Santos Tour Down Under: stage 3 report and photos
- Santos Tour Down Under: stage 2 report and photos
- Santos Tour Down Under: stage 1 report and photos
- Santos Tour Down Under: People’s Choice Classic report and photos
- 2014 Bikes of the WorldTour: part one
- 2014 Bikes of the WorldTour: part two
- Rocacorba Daily: Thursday January 23