Theo Bos wins stage 7 at the Tour de Langkawi
Team Belkin’s Theo Bos has taken his second stage win at this year’s Tour de Langkawi, sprinting to victory on stage 7 into Pekan.
Aidis Kruopis (Orica-GreenEDGE) was next over the line — his second consecutive second place and his fourth top-four finish in seven stages — with Leonardo Duque (Colombia) in third.
After being boxed in during the sprint on stage 6, Bos and his team found a way to navigate two sharp corners in the final 500m to set up the win.
“Yesterday it was a long straight and with six riders in total, it is difficult to maintain the front until the end”, Bos explained at the finish. “[Today] in the road book it said to go left with 900 metres to go and a right corner with 500 metres to go, but then we heard from the soigneurs that it was 500 and 250.
“I’m lucky that I have Brown, he’s the best man in the peloton to bring me in front. He’s the fastest guy in front of a sprinter. In the last corner, somebody came underneath and my front wheel slipped and but luckily I was on his wheel still.”
A three-rider escape — featuring Eric Sheppard (OCBC Singapore), Duber Quintero (Colombia) and Brett Lancaster (Orica-GreenEdge) — was established after 50km and Yonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo) soon bridged to take the lead group to four riders.
The break got as much as 4:25 ahead of the field before the chase began in earnest. The final riders were caught with less than 10km to go in the 230km stage.
After finishing in the bunch again Mirsamad Pourseyede Golakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical) keeps the overall lead by eight seconds.
Today’s eighth stage of the 10-stage race takes the riders 202.6km from Kuantan to Marang.
Follow the link for results from stage 7 of the 2014 Tour de Langkawi.
Emma Johansson wins Le Samyn des Dames
Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) has sprinted to victory in Le Samyn des Dames in Belgium, scoring her first win of the 2014 season. Ashleigh Moolman (Hitec Products) and Sofie de Vuyst (Futurumshop.no-Zannata) rounded out the podium.
Vera Koedooder (Bigla) animated the early action with a solo attack on the opening lap of the one-day race. The lone leader entered the finishing circuit for the first of four times around the 21km loop with a slim advantage over the field. By the time the peloton reached the first GPM atop the cobbled Côte de Montignies sur Roc, Koedooder was back in the bunch.
The action heated up on the finishing circuit. Trixi Worrack (Specialized-lululemon) attacked and spent a bit of time up the road before her teammate Elise Delzenne and Hitec Product’s Ashleigh Moolman joined in on the escape. The trio’s dangerous move was short-lived and the peloton, albeit a slightly reduced one, had regrouped with three laps remaining.
Emma Johansson 2013: Qatar 6, Het Nieuwsblad 3 & Le Samyn 3rd. Now 2014: Qatar 4, Het Nieuwsblad 2 & Le Samyn 1st. Queen of consistency.
— Peloton Watch (@PelotonWatch) March 5, 2014
The attacks, counter-attacks, splits and chases continued throughout the final three laps. Solo moves, small groups and a larger group of eight riders all managed to slip the stronghold of the bunch only to be reeled back in prior to gaining any sort of true advantage.
Delzenne launched a bold move in the last lap. Initially, the French National Champion was able to steadily build up her advantage, but inside the final ten kilometres the gap rapidly began to shrink. A field sprint appeared imminent.
Moolman was the first to open her sprint. Johansson hopped on the South African’s wheel and enjoyed a draft until she was ready to unleash her final acceleration.
“We didn’t have any riders available for a proper train,” said Johansson. “Everyone had done so much work, so it was up to me find my own way. No team had a lead-out. Everyone was sort of on their own.”
Follow the links for results from the 2014 edition of Le Samyn des Dames. Text adapted from an Orica-GreenEDGE press release.
Pavel Kochetkov breaks collarbone at Tour de Langkawi after helicopter incident
According to a Katusha press release, rider Pavel Kochetkov has broken his collarbone after being knocked off his bike by the rotor wash from a low-flying helicopter during yesterday’s Tour de Langkawi stage.
The helicopter pilot reportedly flew the aircraft from the rear of the peloton to the front, at which point it blew Kochetkov off the road as he was chasing down an attacking rider.
“Immediately after the crash Kochetkov, together with team doctor Alexander Yablunovskiy, was brought to the hospital in Kuatan, where the fracture of the clavicle was diagnosed,” Katusha said in a press release.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
UCI to change anti-doping program after audit
The UCI has announced it will make changes to its anti-doping program as recommended in an audit by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO).
iNADO reviewed five areas of the anti-doping program and concluded that while the biological passport program is working well, some changes could be made.
“I would like to thank iNADO for conducting this important audit and for its recommendations to help enhance the effectiveness of the UCI Anti-Doping program,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a press release. “I was pleased that the audit found that the Biological Passport program is outstanding and that Results Management is excellent.
“The UCI will now make the necessary changes to policies, structures and procedures in order to further improve the program and ensure compliance with the 2015 WADA code.”
Click here to read more at Velo News.
£4 million bill to fix Yorkshire’s roads ahead of Tour de France
The BBC is reporting that £4 million has been set aside to ensure that the nearly-400km of roads used for the start of this year’s Tour de France in Britain are up to scratch.
The funds will have to come from the eight Yorkshire councils the race passes through as the British government has not contributed to footing the bill.
The 2014 Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday July 5, with the opening stage finishing in Harrogate. Stage two will take the riders from York to Sheffield before the third stage starts in Cambridge and finishes in London.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Fake FSA components hit the market
The UK distributor of FSA bike components, Windwave, has warned consumers that fake FSA components are being sold online, potentially putting riders at risk.
A picture on Windwave’s Facebook page (see above) shows a fake FSA seatpost that was bought from eBay. Instead of being made of carbon fibre, the fake seatpost is made of fibreglass with a carbon fibre wrapping, to make it appear genuine.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Oleg Tinkov blogs for Cycling News
Everyone’s favourite team owner Oleg Tinkov has published the first instalment in what is supposed to be a monthly blog over at Cycling News.
It’s full of various insights about Tinkoff’s riding, his skiing plans, the fact that his wife has become a “cycling widow” and, of course, a whole heap of those little eccentricities that Tinkov has become known for.
Here he is talking about his money, again.
“Because some rider’s agents saw that I floated Tinkoff Credit Systems on the London Stock Exchange, they think I’m going to going to pay huge wages to the riders I want to sign for 2015. They think I’m stupid and that I’m going to throw my money around. Obviously they’re the stupid ones because I’m not going to pay what they want.
Click here to read the post in full.
Two cyclists face court over South African road rage incident
Yesterday we brought you a video showing a group of cyclists assaulting a driver in South Africa. Reports now suggest that two of the cyclists have appeared in court after being arrested and were held in police custody overnight.
TheMuhammedeyeh Cycling Club, where the riders are from, said it “vigorously and vehemently condemns the behaviour” of those involved in the incident, that it “has never and never will condone these actions,” and that the riders involved will face disciplinary action.
Click here to read more at road.cc.
Spring Classics live on SBS
There’s good news for Australian viewers today with the announcement that SBS TV will broadcast five of the Spring Classics live (to the eastern seaboard anyway) on SBS One. The races to be shown live are (with times in AEST):
- Milan-San Remo: 0030-0330 Monday March 24
- Tour of Flanders: 0000-0200 Monday April 7
- Paris – Roubaix: 2130-0130 Sunday April 13
- Amstel Gold Race: 2305-0130 Sunday April 20
- Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 2235-0130 Sunday April 27
Bad sport, or something more?
A few weeks back we reported that German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz had been suspended for eight years due to doping violations. Just recently we were sent a couple of videos from Sinkewitz’s last race, Trofeo Laigueglia, in which he came second. Check out his antics at the finish line:
He continues carrying on while on the podium, gesturing at winner Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez again:
Sinkewitz is obviously unimpressed with being beaten on the line, but is his reaction a simple case of being a bad sport, or is there something more to it?
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:
- Xenon gas as a performance-enhancing drug: doping or hot air?
- The human cost of gold medals — the dark secrets of the Charlie Walsh era