Simon Gerrans wins his third Tour Down Under, Greipel wins final stage

Victorian Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) has celebrated Australia Day by winning his third Santos Tour Down Under, an all-time record.

TDU Stage 6

Gerrans took the crown by a hard-earned one second margin from 2011 Tour de France champion and compatriot, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) after wrenching it from his shoulders in yesterday’s hilltop finish at Willunga. Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) was a further four seconds back in third place overall.

Gerrans, the Australian road race champion, signalled his intention to go for a third Tour Down Under win when he won the stage 1 sprint into Angaston.

“It’s been a hard race for me and my team-mates,” said Gerrans who lost the lead to Evans on Thursday’s stage 3 into Stirling. “It’s been difficult to get the ochre jersey back. What a tough week!”

But the final stage wasn’t an all Aussie celebration as German sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) scorched home to win his 16th Santos Tour Down Under stage, also an all-time record.

“Chapeau to my team-mates, they rode incredibly fast so I could save myself for the last moment,” said Greipel. “This is a very nice victory for us, I had fast legs today and I’m confident in my capacities these days.”

The Adelaide City circuit for stage 6 took the riders over 18 laps of a new 4.7km course around Rymill Park, out through the CBD to Victoria Square and back. Sweeping past some of Adelaide’s key landmarks it provided a fitting finale to a week of first-class action that, organisers say, attracted more than 750,000 fans.

Follow the link for results from stage 6 of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. Click here for a full report from the final stage. Text adapted from a Santos Tour Down Under press release.

Nairo Quintana wins Tour de San Luis

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished safely in the lead bunch on this morning’s seventh and final stage of the Tour de San Luis to win the race’s general classification for the first time.

quintana

Quintana took the race lead after the stage 5 ITT in which he finished 16th. Garmin-Sharp’s Phil Gaimon won the opening stage and led the race until the ITT, after which he slipped into second place 26 seconds behind Quintana.

Gaimon finished the race in second, 43 seconds back, while local Argentian rider Sergio Godov (San Luis Somos Todos) finished third.

“It’s an important win when it comes to motivation for the rest of the year,” Quintana said. “I didn’t make any specific training for the beginning of the season, though we had expected to start a bit stronger than last year. I had no major problems during my preparations and I felt really well throughout the race.”

This morning’s final stage was won by Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo who managed to hold off Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the technical, high-speed finale.

Follow the link for final results from the 2014 Tour de San Luis. Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Tyler Farrar hit by team car in Argentina

American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) was hit by the Bueno Aires Provincia team car on the sixth stage of the Tour de San Luis yesterday while riding through the convoy, suffering some abrasions as a result.

Tyler Farrar post-race

The director of the Argentinian Continental team was fined by the UCI commissaires for the incident while BMC’s Taylor Phinney took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the team.


Farrar managed to finish the mountain stage which ended at Mirador del Sol and was able to ride this morning’s final stage in which he led home the chase group, 7 seconds behind the main field.

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31 womens teams registered for 2014 season

The UCI has announced that 31 professional women’s teams have been registered for the 2014 road season. The governing body also announced a provisional team ranking based on the number of UCI points accrued by the top four riders in each team and the team’s performance in the TTT at last year’s world championships.

Marianne Vos's Rabobank Women's Team leads the provisional rankings ahead of Emma Johansson's Orica-AIS.

Marianne Vos’s Rabo Liv Women’s Cycling Team leads the provisional rankings ahead of Emma Johansson’s Orica-AIS.

The top 20 teams in the provisional rankings will gain an automatic invite to the UCI Women’s Road World Cup events and the top 10 teams will automatically get an invite to class 1 events (races with a 1.1 or 2.1 classification).

The top five nations — the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the US and Australia — will also get get an invite for their national team to race class 1 events in 2014.

The top 20 teams in the provisional ranking for 2014 are:

1. Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team (Netherlands) 2352.25 Pts
2. Orica – Ais (Australia) 1858.5
3. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands) 1619.75
4. Specialized – Lululemon (United States) 1261
5. Hitec Products (Norway) 1124.83
6. Wiggle Honda (Great Britain) 1044.5
7. Team Giant–Shimano (Netherlands) 978.75
8. Ale Cipollini (Italy) 809.25
9. Rusvelo (Russia) 776.5
10. Astana Bepink Womens Team (Italy) 733
11. Estado De Mexico Faren (Mexico) 470.08
12. Lotto Belisol Ladies (Belgium) 432
13. Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies (United States) 359
14. Bizkaia – Durango (Spain) 307.5
15. Bigla Cycling Team (Switzerland) 245
16. Servetto Footon (Italy) 221
17. Top Girls Fassa Bortolo (Italy) 180.60
18. S.C. Michela Fanini Rox (Italy) 174
19. Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team (United States) 168
20. Lointek (Spain) 112

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A big week at the Tour Down Under

The CyclingTips team is back in Melbourne after a huge week at the Tour Down Under. We’ve been publishing plenty of content that we’re very proud of and here’s a list in case you missed anything:

Anatomy of a winning sprint

The following video is an interesting look at what it takes to win a final sprint in a stage of the Tour Down Under. It shows the run in to the finish of stage 4 of this year’s race with Andre Greipel’s power numbers (and more) synchronised on screen.

Assuming the numbers are correct then it would seem Greipel wasn’t pushed to his limit in the sprint, given he’s capable of roughly 1800W in a sprint like this. Still, it was an impressive win and shows good signs for Greipel’s season ahead.

Click here for the full-page video if the embed above doesn’t work on your device.

Effect of an aero helmet on head temperature, core temperature, and cycling power

Aero road helmets were all the rage in season 2013 and now a handful of researchers have published a paper that looks at how these “nonvented aerodynamic helmets” affect the temperature of the rider’s head and gastrointestinal temperature and what impact these changes (if any) have on performance.

The researchers tested “ten highly trained heat-acclimated endurance athletes” at their VO2max and during a 12km self-paced TT in 39 degrees C conditions using both an aero and a regular helmet.

They found that the riders’ head temperature was higher when wearing a non-vented aero helmet (as you might expect) but that gastrointenstinal temperature and heart rate were unaffected by the choice of helmet. Importantly, “the higher [head temperature] that develops when an aero helmet is worn during cycling in the heat does not affect power output or cycling performance during short-duration high-intensity events.”

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows the classification winners celebrating at the end of the Santos Tour Down Under yesterday.