Taylor Phinney wins Dubai Tour stage 1 ITT

Taylor Phinney (BMC) has started the inaugural Dubai Tour in perfect fashion, winning the stage 1 ITT ahead of his more fancied opponents including Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek)

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Phinney was into the lead early in the day, setting a time of 12:03 on the 10.1km course around the centre of Dubai. Phinney’s British teammate Stephen Cummings finished in second place, 14 seconds behind while Garmin-Sharp’s Norman Hansen Lasse was third, a further two seconds behind.

Reigning world ITT champion Tony Martin finished in fourth, 22 seconds down on Phinney, while Cancellara was behind Martin, a further three seconds adrift.


The four-stage inaugural Dubai Tour (UCI 2.1) continues tomorrow with a 122km stage from Dubai to Atlantis.

Follow the link for results from stage 1 of the 2014 Dubai Tour.

Jack Bauer wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue

Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer led a Kiwi one-two in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue last night, finishing the stage in 3:00, one second ahead of Tom Scully (New Zealand National Team) and two seconds ahead of Will Clarke (Drapac).

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A large crowd gathered in the heart of Melbourne to watch the 96 riders take on the technical 2.5km course from Birrarung Marr to Southbank.

Tom Scully spent a long time in the hot seat after setting the best time early in the stage but it was his compatriot Jack Bauer who took the lead as the penultimate rider on the stage.

The five-day Jayco Herald Sun Tour continues today with stage 1, the first of four road stages, which sees the riders head from Geelong to Ballarat via the challenging Glenmore Road climb, which features in a local club race known as Hell of the West.

Follow the link for results from the prologue ITT at the 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Amy Pieters wins stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar

Amy Pieters has won stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar, making it two wins in two days for her Giant-Shimano team.

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Pieters took the win by several bike lengths after sprinting away from her three breakaway companions at the end of a 113km stage from Al Zubara to Madinat Al Shamal.

The four rider escape — which featured Pieters, Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv), Charlotte Becker (Wiggle Honda) and Inga Cilvinaite (RusVelo) — got away shortly after the second intermediate sprint point on the stage, 13km from the finish.

They’d been part of a 21-rider lead group that split off from the main field early in the wind-affected stage. Many attacks from the lead group were unsuccessful in the final 30km but when Anna van der Breggen attacked and was joined by Becker, Pieters and Cilvinaite they quickly gained time on the 17 riders behind them.

Pieters did little of the pacemaking in the closing kilometres, knowing that if the chase group caught her group that her teammate Kirsten Wild would be the favourite to win the sprint and retain her overall lead.

Pieters looked to start her sprint a little too early but she held on for a comfortable win, taking the overall lead in the process (thanks to 10 bonus seconds on offer for winning the stage).

Wild is in second place overall after winning the first intermediate sprint, seven seconds behind Pieters, while Chloe Hosking (Hitech Products) rounds out the podium, 18 seconds behind Pieters.

Tomorrow’s penultimate stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar takes the riders 93.5km from Katara Cultural Village to Al Khor Corniche.

Follow the link for results from stage 2 of the 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar.

Tony Martin seeths after wind-affected Dubai opener

Three-time world ITT champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was furious at the end of last night’s Dubai Tour opener after race organisers wouldn’t let him change his start time to earlier in the race.

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Martin was concerned that the wind was going to pick up as the day wore on, meaning the riders that went last would have a disadvantage. When he finished fourth, 22 seconds behind Phinney, Martin claimed it was the wind that influenced the result.

“I couldn’t defend my chances. I had the power, but the wind was a deciding factor,” Martin told journalists after the race. “I asked the organisers to start in the first block, but they said no, they wanted me as world champion to start last. I said, ‘OK, that’s not a problem, but it should be the same for all the big favorites.’”

Stage winner Taylor Phinney and his BMC team asked to start earlier in the day and after organisers were initially hesitant, the American was allowed to go in the first block of riders, setting the best time early.

“Initially, I decided to go early because the wind report said it was going to build in the afternoon. When I looked today, the forecast said the wind wasn’t going to change,” Phinney said. “I hope it was the same conditions for everyone. You want to have everyone on the same start time, but it’s difficult with 125 riders. [Tony Martin] had to start last because he’s world champion, but he wanted to go out in the first block.”

There are conflicting reports as to whether the wind actually picked up during the stage or not.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Cancellara to ride Dubai, Qatar and Oman in search of early-season form

Fabian Cancellara (Trek) seemed unfazed by his fifth-placed finish in last night’s Dubai Tour opener, admitting that he’s slightly out of form after being involved in an accident with a car and missing a week of training last month.

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“The accident cost me one week on the bike. When you get hit and have a lot of pain in your elbow, you can’t just do the rollers at home. It fatigues your body even more,” Cancellara said.

“I was sick after the first training camp [in December] and put on a kilo at Christmas. So losing the three weeks means it’s uncertain how the form will come for the spring.”

Cancellara will race all three Middle Eastern tours back to back — Dubai, Qatar and Oman — in a bid to find some early season form. He’ll then “return to Europe to see how it goes.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Wiggins’ children had to move schools after Armstrong taunts

2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) has told the British press that his children had to move schools after they were bullied in the fall-out from Lance Armstrong’s revelations about systematic doping.

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Wiggins won Le Tour seven months before Armstrong was stripped of his seven victories in the race. When the Briton returned to his homeland it was with a greatly increased profile.

“[Winning the Tour] changed everything,” Wiggins told the British press. “I left home pretty much unknown and came home the most famous man in the country for that week.

“My kids started getting harassed at school. ‘Is your dad on drugs? He won the Tour. Is he the same as Lance Armstrong?’ I had to move my kids from that school and move them to another school. I felt responsible for that and it all added to my unhappiness at the time.”

Wiggins says things have settled down in the year since and he’s hoping to head back to the Tour and ride in support of Chris Froome.

“It would be nice to go back to the Tour and, if anything, just take the pressure off Chris a little bit. Take some of those questions [about alleged doping] for him and challenge people for him.”

Click here to read more at Bicycling.com, via AFP.

Long team nominations for the track world championships

Cycling Australia has announced the nominations for the national track team for the 2014 UCI World Track Championships to be held in Cali, Columbia from February 26 to March 2.

Highlighting the final five-member sprint team is ten-time world champion Anna Meares (SA) who will contest her 12th World Championships, and dual world champion Shane Perkins (VIC) who will line up for his eighth.

2012 team sprint world champion Matthew Glaetzer (SA) and 2013 keirin national champion Steph Morton (SA)are confirmed selections, while 2008 Olympian Daniel Ellis (SA) continues his rapid return to the sport.

Two six-rider ‘long teams’ have been selected for both the men’s and women’s endurance events, with riders to participate in a pre-Worlds camp in Adelaide before final selections are made.

Three of Australia’s reigning world champion team pursuit quartet in Glenn O’Shea (SA), Alexander Edmondson (SA) and Alexander Morgan (VIC) have been nominated, in addition to 2013 World Championship bronze medallist Luke Davison (SA).

The women’s endurance squad nominations include triple 2013 World Championship medallist Annette Edmondson (SA), plus fellow medallists Amy Cure (TAS), Melissa Hoskins (WA) and Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW).

SPRINT MEN & WOMEN – FINAL TEAM

- Matthew Glaetzer (SA, 21)
- Shane Perkins (VIC, 27)
- Daniel Ellis (SA, 25)
- Anna Meares (SA, 30)
- Stephanie Morton (SA, 23)

ENDURANCE WOMEN – LONG TEAM*

- Amy Cure (TAS, 21)
- Melissa Hoskins (WA, 22)
- Ashley Ankudinoff (NSW, 23)
- Annette Edmondson (SA, 22)
- Isabella King (WA, 21)
- Rebecca Wiasak (ACT, 29)

ENDURANCE MEN – LONG TEAM*

- Mitchell Mulhern (QLD, 23)
- Alex Edmondson (SA, 21)
- Glenn O’Shea (SA, 24)
- Luke Davison (SA, 23)
- Alex Morgan (VIC, 19)
- Miles Scotson (SA, 20)

* Up to one rider to be omitted from each of the men’s and women’s endurance teams by February 14.

Text via Cycling Australia press release. Click here to visit the official website of the 2014 Track Worlds.

First photo of Chris Horner in Lampre-Merida kit

Lampre-Merida tweeted out a photo last night of Chris Horner in the team’s kit for the first time. Check it out:


A larger version of the photo can be seen here.

3T recalls Cervelo P5 bikes with Aduro aero bars

3T is voluntarily recalling Cervélo P5 bicycles with 3T Aduro aero bars for a safety check and, if necessary, safety upgrade.

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The recall applies to 2012 and 2013 Cervélo P5 bikes equipped with 3T Aduro aero handlebars. The bicycles are black with red and white stripes. “P5” is on the seat tube, “Cervélo” is on the top tube and a large “é” is on the down tube in white lettering.

The hazard, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is: “The forward extension mounts can detach from the base bar while riding causing the rider to lose control, posing a risk of injury.”

Click here to read more at the 3T website.

Study claims a link between cyclist performance and attractiveness

Research published in the journal Biology Letters suggests that women and men rate successful Tour de France cyclists as more attractive, even when they don’t know who the cyclists are.

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Researcher Erik Postma from the University of Zurich wanted to know if there was a relationship between endurance performance and facial attractiveness. He used an online survey to get 816 participants (72% of which were female) to rate the faces of riders from the 2012 Tour de France for attractiveness, masculinity and likeability. If the participant recognised the cyclist, their score for that rider was excluded.

“I found it indeed is the handsome guys who finish first”, Dr Postma said. “To my initial surprise, I found a positive relationship between the two and it was actually quite strong,” he told BBC News.

“This association between looks and performance is in line with human endurance performance having been shaped by selection in our evolutionary past,” Dr Postma said, explaining the finding. “Across cultures, women place a lot of value on the provisioning ability of their prospective partner.”

The rider rated best-looking among the 80 in Dr Postma’s sample group was Amael Moinard who finished 45th in the 2012 Tour.

Click here to read more at road.cc. And click here to read the full paper at Biology Letters.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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Today’s feature image was taken by Cor Vos at the Ladies Tour of Qatar.