Degenkolb wins stage 3 at Paris-Nice and takes yellow
Germany’s John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) won the sprint finish at the third stage of Paris-Nice at Magny-Cours on Tuesday and took the overall race lead at the same time.
Degenkolb powered home on the 180km stage from Tourcy ahead of Matthew Goss and Jose Joaquin Rojas.
Time bonuses allowed Degenkolb to take the leader’s jersey from Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni, the winner of the opening stage who finished seventh on the stage.
“It’s a big success for the team. It didn’t work the first two days (but) the team did a perfect job, we showed we have the best train,” said the winner.
“I’m proud to have finished off the work. I’d already raced, and won, on a (motor-racing) circuit, at the Vuelta (Tour of Spain).
“When we got onto the circuit we controlled the situation perfectly, there were no nerves.”
Three Frenchman made it into the day’s breakaway, but the peloton never allowed Romain Feillu, Julien Fouchard and Perrig Quemeneur more than three minutes’ advantage.
Quemeneur dropped his two companions with 11km left and entered the Magny-Cours Formula One circuit 4.5km from home with a 30-second lead.
But the peloton was not to be denied a sprint finish on the racing track and absorbed Quemeneur with 2km remaining.
Wednesday’s stage is a bumpy 201.5km from Nevers to Belleville with four categorised climbs and two intermediate sprints.
“Tomorrow looks like a (one-day) classic, it looks like it goes up and down the whole time,” said Degenkolb.
“I’m not a pure sprinter, I don’t have their speed and explosiveness. But with such a strong team as mine, and with experience, I can win a race like Paris-Nice. I am first and foremost a classics rider.”
Click here to see full results of the 2014 Paris-Nice stage 3.
Boom out of Paris-Nice with fractured elbow
Lars Boom (Belkin) has been forced to withdraw from Paris-Nice after fracturing his right elbow in a crash in the final 10km of stage 2 of Paris-Nice.
“Lars Boom has a minor fracture in his right elbow,” Belkin sport director Merijn Zeeman said in a press statement. “It’s a real pity. We hope he’s OK, because his important classics season is coming up.”
Drapac’s Wippert claims stage 2 at Tour of Taiwan
Wouter Wippert (Drapac Pro Cycling) has taken out the sprint Stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan Tuesday afternoon ahead of Baku’s Christoph Schweizer in a two-up sprint.
“This is my first race ever in Asia but I had time to look at the finishing climb prior to the start, so I knew what kind of tactic to use,” Wippert said. “It’s a great finale. It looks a bit like the Cauberg [the hilltop finish of the Amstel Gold Race and the 2012 world championships]. It was also the first real bunch sprint for me as I came second on stage 1 but I slipped in the second last corner so I couldn’t sprint as I wanted to. This time it went all at perfection.”
“It was a very nervous last 10km. Mal [Rudolph], Benny [Johnson] and [Robbie] Hucker all closed the gap to Ilesic leading into the final climb,” Wippert explained. “I was alone with Wes [Sulzberger] and about halfway up I started sprinting. With 400 metres to go, I caught Ilesic.”
The Tour de Taiwan continues Wednesday with a 161km penultimate stage to Tainan City.
See full results of the Tour of Taiwan here.
Bucket list climbs- Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg
Orica-GreenEDGE’s Gracie Elvin took advantage of their location and good weather to see as much of the Flanders course as possible this week. Gracie’s video shows the last important sections in the race – the Oude Kwaremont, and the Paterberg that they have to do twice during the race. Gracie says, “I can’t wait to race it this year now I’ve raced it once before!”
The best excuse ever for close pass?
It’s so absurd I’d probably let this one go…
Now you see me
Just what would it take for motorists to start noticing cyclists?
Naked cycling might not be the ideal solution but an intrepid volunteer certainly turned a few heads on his commute through busy London streets. The stunt was part of the AA’s #ThinkBikes campaign, backed by keen cyclist and AA President Edmund King along with the AA Charitable Trust.
The Armstrong Lie – A few tickets left for Sydney and Melbourne Showing
This week we’re premiering the feature documentary The Armstrong Lie in Melbourne and Sydney. We still have a few seats left for our Sydney showing this Friday at the Randwick Ritz Theatre at 7pm. We also released a few more for the Melbourne showing at Cinema Nova yesterday as well. Click here to reserve your seat for Sydney and click here for Melbourne.
CyclingTips jersey & kicks, t-shirts and other accessories now on sale
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with some of our favourite cycling brands to bring you a range of custom made, high quality CyclingTips apparel for both on and off the bike.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the combination of some of the world’s leading clothing and accessory manufacturers producing our kit and bidons, and the beautiful simplicity of our handmade artisan leather cycling wallets and phone cases.
This is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for some of the exciting collaborations we have coming up. In the meantime, be sure to check out our:
- CyclingTips jerseys, bibs (available now). Made by Capo.
- CyclingTips gilets (available now). Made by Capo.
- CyclingTips tee shirts (available now)
- Caps and socks (coming later this week). Made by Capo.
- Bidons (coming later this week)
- The Nope-CyclingTips Wallet and iPhone cases (coming later this week)
And yes, we provide worldwide shipping.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed from a huge week here at CyclingTips:
- Calvin Watson’s Strada Bianche (and massive photo gallery)
- Tirreno-Adriatico: race preview and contenders
- Rocacorba Daily: Tuesday March 11
- Roadtripping New Zealand
- Everesting: climbing 8,848m in a single ride
- The human cost of gold medals — the dark secrets of the Charlie Walsh era
- Xenon gas as a performance enhancing drug: doping or hot air?
- BH G6 review