Sacha Modolo wins stage 2 of Driedaagse De Panne

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) has taken his fifth win of the season, sprinting to victory on stage 2 of Driedaagse De Panne overnight, ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Milan-San Remo winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

2nd stage of VDK 3 Days of De Panne 2014

While the stage was billed as one for the sprinters, and ended up that way, a three-rider escape late in the stage nearly caused an upset. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Oscar Gatto (Cannondale) got away with 23km left to race and were only caught with 3km to go in the 206km stage.

Stage one winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) withdrew from the race on stage 2 to save himself for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, where he’ll be one of the big favourites, alongside Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen.

After taking a bonus second in an intermediate sprint Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) now leads the general classification ahead of Gatto and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen).

The third and final day of the race features two stages: a 109.7km road stage into De Panne, followed by a 14.3km individual time trial.

Stage 2: Zottegem > Koksijde - Stage Result

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

1. it
MODOLO Sacha
Lampre - Merida
04:28:15
2. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ.fr
-
3. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
-

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour starts today

The Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour is the second event on the men’s National Road Series calendar and the first event in the women’s National Road Series and racing gets underway today.

Both the men’s and women’s races are contested over four stages, starting with an 85km road race today from Angaston to Campbelltown, which features the famous Corkscrew Road climb where Cadel Evans made his move during this year’s Tour Down Under.

Stage 2 is raced over 102km for women and 156km for men, stage 3 is a criterium in Adelaide (42km for women, 62km for men) and stage 4 is a kermesse in Campbelltown (60km for women and 82km for men).

Last year’s inaugural edition of the race was won by George Tansley (Euride) and Amy Cure (Polygon Australia).

Click here to read more. Click here for the men’s starlist and here for the women’s start list. And click here to download the full race guide.

Merckx warns Cancellara about the hour record

Eddy Merckx broke the hour record back in 1972, covering 49.431km in Mexico City, and now the man known as The Cannibal has encouraged Fabian Cancellara to attempt the record but warned him of the challenges involved.

The Tour of Flanders 2013

“He’s strong but we’ll have to see where he wants to do it. I think he wants to try in Mexico”, Merckx told Cycling News. “It’s better to do at altitude but you’ve got to prepare for it.”

“The altitude is an advantage because it allows you to push a bigger gear. But you have to be able to handle the altitude. Before I did the hour record, I trained in my garage for six weeks, with an artificial altitude of 2000m.”

While Cancellara has confirmed he’s interested in the record, he and his Trek team haven’t set a date with the Swiss powerhouse focused on the Classics at the moment. Regardless of where and when Cancellara attempts the record, one thing’s for sure.

“It’s very, very hard,” Merckx said. “I couldn’t walk for a few days after I did it. That’s how hard it is.”

The current record sits at 49.7km and was set by Ondrej Sosenka in 2005.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

The Sufferfest announced as major sponsor of UCI women’s World Cup

The UCI Women’s World Cup has a major sponsor for the first time, thanks to training video producer The Sufferfest.

According to a UCI press release:

The partnership will see Sufferfest messages included in promotional clips for the UCI Women Road World Cup [sic.] on TV and online. The Sufferfest and the UCI will also work together to promote women in cycling and develop concepts such as a UCI Women Road World Cup [sic.] day to be advertised through the network of gyms the Sufferfest engage with.

The agreement follows the announcement that all nine World Cup races will be featured by some of the world’s biggest broadcasters.

Dave McQuillan from The Sufferfest said:

Our short history shows the commitment we have to women’s cycling and this new partnership with the UCI is a natural progression for us. Three years ago we created a cycling training video featuring women’s professional racing and since then we’ve continued to build on our content featuring the best female cyclists in the world.

Click here to read the UCI press release.

Bradley Wiggins to ride the Tour of Flanders

Team Sky has called up Sir Bradley Wiggins to replace Ian Stannard in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders after Stannard suffered a fractured vertebrae in a crash at Gent-Wevelgem last weekend.

Giro d'Italia 2013 - Settima Tappa

The last time Wiggins rode Flanders was in 2005 when he was on the Credit Agricole team, the year Tom Boonen won the race.

Wiggins joins Geraint Thomas, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Christian Knees, Gabriel Rasch, Salvatore Puccio and Luke Rowe.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

Top-end prices are out of hand

Here’s a thought-provoking read from BikeRadar’s James Huang about the cost of top-end road bikes these days and whether price tags that are commonly in excess of $10,000 really fulfill the requirement of top-end bikes being available to average punters.

Here’s an excerpt:

I can’t shake the feeling that everyday riders are slowly being priced out of the sport we all love so dearly. Do those top-end prices actually reflect proportional increases in delivered performance?

The answer, of course, is no. No one can make the argument that a very expensive bike is twice as good as one that costs half as much and it’s unquestionably a matter of diminishing returns with increasing prices.

Click here to read the full article at Bike Radar.

Fear keeps Brits off bikes

Researchers from UWE-Bristol have completed a study about British adults’ attitudes towards cycling and found, among other things, that while many Brits would like to cycle more, they often don’t due to fear about sharing the road with cars, buses and trucks.

In the 2013 survey, 34% of British adults agreed that, ‘I’m not confident enough to consider cycling’. The study also showed that new cyclists want to be separated from motorised traffic, with 65% of respondents supporting an increase in funding to support every-day bike journeys.

Professor Alan Tapp of UWE Bristol said:

“This is more evidence to back up the key recommendation of last year’s All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group: government must meet the urgent need for a safer cycling environment by investing in cycleways.

“At the moment enormous budgets are allocated to road building without any opposition, and yet much more modest recommendations for cycling are prevented from happening. This surely needs to change.”

While these findings are specific to the UK, there’s little doubt the same issues affect would-be cyclists around the world, including in Australia.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

Using six GoPros to create a 360-degree spherical panorama

This is only loosely connected to cycling (there’s a bloke riding a bike at the start of the video) but we thought it was an interesting way of using seemingly ubiquitous GoPro cameras to capture a different view of the world.

The filmmaker used a 3d-printed mount that houses six GoPro cameras, providing an unusual but compelling perspective on the world around us.

Click here to read more about the technique (via Google Translate).

Eight days of the Absa Cape Epic in eight minutes

This is a cracker of a highlights video from the recent Absa Cape Epic MTB race. Check it out:

Partnership with ProCyclingStats launched

Yesterday we went live with our new race results feature which is the beginning of our partnership with ProCyclingStats.com.

On our homepage you’ll see a summary of the three most recent UCI race results with almost real-time speed. You can dig deeper by selecting “see all”, or “view full results” and many other views. We also feature upcoming races with the most current information on startlists and course profiles.

In the near future you’ll be able to see each rider’s data and we’ll also be implementing features which allow us to slice and dice the data to provide interesting statistics and views that you haven’t seen before.

Have a play around, let us know what you think, and watch this space for some exciting new features.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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Today’s feature image comes from Jered Gruber and was taken at last year’s Tour of Flanders. This year’s edition of the race is held this Sunday.