Wout Poels wins stage 4 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has won stage 4 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco overnight, attacking over the top of the fifth and final climb of the day before soloing to victory in Gasteiz.


The last of the day’s breakaway riders, Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE) was caught on the last climb, the category 1 Alto de Usartza, and 2.7km from the summit of that climb overall race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) attacked from the peloton, dragging second-placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with him. The Spanish pair was soon caught but got away again soon after.

In the final kilometre of the climb Poels, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), and Simon Spilak (Katusha) got away from Contador and Valverde, with Poels leading the others over the top of the climb with a 10 second advantage.

The Dutchman powered down the short descent to the line, just managing to hold off Alejandro Valverde (second place) and Samuel Sanchez (BMC; third place) by one second.

Contador still leads the general classification, 12 seconds ahead of Valverde and 36 seconds ahead of Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida). Cadel Evans (BMC) sits in fourth overall on the same time as Cunego.

Tonight’s fifth stage takes the riders 162km from Eibar to Markina-Xemein, including five categorised climbs, the last of which peaks 8.4km from the end of the stage.

Stage 4: Vitoria-Gasteiz > Eibar (Arrate) - Stage Result

Thursday 10th April 2014

1. nl
POELS Wout
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
03:39:29
2. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
0:01
3. es
SáNCHEZ Samuel
BMC Racing Team
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Kirsten Wild wins stage 2 at the Energiewacht Tour

Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) has continued her dominant form, taking a second consecutive win on stage 2 of the Energiewacht Tour in the Netherlands overnight.

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The stage featured three laps of a 39km circuit in and around the town of Wedde and despite concerted breakaway efforts, including from Australia’s Jessie MacLean (Orica-AIS), the peloton came back together ahead of a sprint finish.

Once again, Wild proved too strong, taking her seventh win of the season ahead of Barbara Guarischi (Ale Cipollini) and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans).

Tonight’s racing is broken into two stages: a 97.1km road race and a 15.1km ITT, the outcome of which will likely decide the general classification in the six-stage race.

Follow the link for results from stage 2 of the 2014 Energiewacht Tour. Click here to read more at Giant Bicycles.

Armstrong named names under oath

Documents obtained by USA Today suggest that Lance Armstrong provided names and new details about his doping history when questioned under oath as part of a recent lawsuit.

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Armstrong’s answers were given back in November last year but were only made public this week after they were filed in federal court by a legal representative for Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis.

Armstrong was asked who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs during his career, to which he replied: trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Dr. Michele Ferrari.

Armstrong also named masseuse Emma O’Reilly, bike mechanic Julien de Vriese and Philippe Maire, also known as “Motoman”. Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong’s long-time director sportif was also named:

“Johan Bruyneel participated in or assisted with Armstrong’s use of PEDs, and knew of that use through their conversations and acts,” Armstrong stated.

Armstrong’s answers came during a lawsuit filed against him by Acceptance Insurance, which was seeking to recover $3 million paid to Armstrong as bonuses for winning the Tour de France between 1999 and 2001.

Click here to read more at USA Today.

Vansummeren to start Paris-Roubaix despite harrowing Flanders crash

Despite being involved in a sickening crash at the Tour of Flanders last weekend, Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp) will still line up at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.

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“He did the training with us today. He’s confident and he looked OK, and that’s very good news,” Garmin sport director Andreas Klier told VeloNews on Thursday. “After the crash, he went home, and we stayed in touch with him. He got better every day, and he did a long training ride Wednesday, and today another one.”

Meanwhile, Philippe Reyntjens, the husband of the woman involved in the collision, says he does not hold Vansummeren responsible.

Speaking with the Gazet Van Antwerpen Reyntjens said “We don’t blame Johan Vansummeren. It was an accident. It all happened so fast. He saw Marie-Claire too late.”

Reyntjens wished Vansummeren all the best for Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

“Even better, he could win and dedicate it to Marie-Claire,” he added.

Click here to read more at VeloNews and here to read more at road.cc.

Giant-Shimano sponsorship only confirmed to end of 2014

At Giant-Shimano’s team presentation back in January there were suggestions that the team’s title sponsors were on board for years. It would now appear that Giant is only on board for one year (until the end of 2014) and that Shimano too could take a step back.

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“We vouched for this team for one year,” Giant’s marketing director Tom Davies confirms. “We, or mainly the big bosses in Taiwan, decide in the upcoming period if we continue as title sponsor.”

The news has caught some of the riders by surprise.

“I was told that Giant was onboard for four years,” said Tom Veelers. “I have a two-year contract and as far as I know I’ll ride with Giant-Shimano next year.”

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Red and yellow cards for professional cycling?

Tom Van Damme, the president of the Belgian Cycling Federation, has proposed the introduction of soccer-style red and yellow cards for cycling, to improve rider safety in the peloton.

The calls come following a crash-marred Tour of Flanders where a number of riders (and at least one spectator) were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

It’s unclear exactly what sort of offence would attract a red or yellow card, or how the system would be enforced given all parts of the field aren’t filmed at all times, particularly in the latter stages of a race.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Four-year-old twins with incredible BMX skills

These two four-year-olds would put many adults to shame. Impressive stuff!

Click here to read more at road.cc.

#Believe

Here’s a great little video from Shimano that you might find inspiring, cheesy, or somewhere in between. Regardless, it’s beautifully shot.

The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix in slow motion

This slow-motion video shot during the 2011 Paris-Roubaix shows just how brutal the cobbles are and what they do to tyres and wheels. Click on the image below to get through to the video.

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The Rocacorba Recap

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


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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot during stage 2 of the Energiewacht Tour overnight.