Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has become the first Dutchman to win Paris-Roubaix in 13 years after launching a late solo attack that saw him cross the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome 20 seconds clear of John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano), Fabian Cancellara (Trek) and eight other riders in an elite final group.

Paris - Roubaix 2014

Terpstra bridged across to a five-rider lead group with 8.9km to go, alongside his teammate and four-time winner Tom Boonen who had played the role of the aggressor all day. Terpstra attacked solo from the lead group less than 3km later, leaving the likes of Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan (Cannondale), John Degenkolb, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Geraint Thomas (Sky) to fight for second.

With little organisation in the chase group, Terpstra was able to establish a lead of 20 seconds which he was able to hold as he entered the famous velodrome for what amounted to a victory lap.

Tom Boonen was the most aggressive rider on the day, attacking probably half a dozen times — largely on cobbled sectors — which had the effect of shrinking the peloton as the finale approached. Peter Sagan too was aggressive, launching an audacious solo attack with 35.8km to go.

Several breakaway groups made a bid for victory throughout the day but it was Terpstra in the end who took the spoils.

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TERPSTRA Niki
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
06:09:01
2. de
DEGENKOLB John
Team Giant-Shimano
0:20
3. ch
CANCELLARA Fabian
Trek Factory Racing
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Alberto Contador wins the Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has won the 2014 Vuelta al Pais Vasco after successfully defending the overall lead he took when he won stage 1. The victory adds to what has been an ominous start to Contador’s 2014 season, including the overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Going into stage 5, the penultimate stage of the race, Contador led the overall by 12 seconds from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). That stage was won by Team Sky’s Ben Swift, who sprinted to victory at the head of an elite 22-rider group. Contador was in that group and maintained his lead going into the final stage ITT.

The final hilly stage was won by world ITT champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) while Contador finished second. The result gave Contador a buffer over his rivals with the overall margin being 49 seconds ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and 1:04 ahead of Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r)

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Saturday 12th April 2014

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CONTADOR Alberto
Tinkoff-Saxo
21:09:11
2. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
0:49
3. fr
PERAUD Jean-Christophe
AG2R La Mondiale
1:04

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Lucinda Brand wins the Energiewacht Tour

Lucinda Brand (Rabo/Liv) has won the six-stage Energiewacht Tour in the Netherlands overnight after defending the overall lead she claimed with a solo win on stage 4.

stage 5 of the Energiewacht Tour 2014

Brand attacked solo with more than 20km left to the finish on that stage and was able to hold off a group of 16 chasers to win by 1:09. The result gave her the overall lead by 32 seconds over stage 3a winner Vera Koedooder (Bigla).

Brand finished the final stage in 15th place, 1:17 behind stage winner Chantal Blaak (Specialized Lululemon), who took out a two-up sprint ahead of Orica-AIS’s Loes Gunnewijk.

Brand took the overall win by 37 seconds over Vera Koedooder and by 1:01 over Trixi Worrack (Specialized Lululemon).

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 13th April 2014

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BRAND Lucinda
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
14:09:38
2. nl
KOEDOODER Vera
Bigla Cycling Team
0:37
3. de
WORRACK Trixi
Specialized-lululemon
1:01

Chris Horner in hospital after training crash

Last year’s Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) is in hospital after an accident during training over the weekend.

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Horner was riding around Lake Como in Italy, training for the Giro d’Italia when he was clipped by a car, sending the American to the ground. He suffered four broken ribs, a punctured lung and a graze to his head which required stitches.

Horner was reportedly riding through a tunnel at the time the incident occurred and the driver did not stop to offer assistance.

Horner won’t ride the Giro now but is likely to ride the Tour de France instead.

Text adapted from Lampre-Merida press releases. Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Travis Meyer in hospital after training crash

Meanwhile in Spain, Drapac’s Travis Meyer has also been hit by a car and is in hospital with multiple injuries including a fractured skull, fractured jaw, broken arm and a bruised lung.

He was airlifted from Andorra to hospital in Barcelona soon after the incident.

Meyer was in training for the Presidential Tour of Turkey.

Click here to read more at Drapac Cycling. Text via Drapac press release.

Adrian Anderson to continue as Cycling Australia president until May 9

Cycling Australia’s interim CEO Adrian Anderson has reportedly agreed to a final contract extension through to May 9 after his initial contract expired in February and was then extended.

Cycling News reports that in an internal email to CA staff and board members Anderson wants to complete key tasks set in motion during his tenure, while a permanent CEO is found.

“The significant progress we have made in governance and financial reform in this short time would not have been possible without the continued efforts of our hard working staff across all departments,” Anderson wrote to staff.

Anderson took over the role in November last year, replacing the outgoing Graham Fredericks who held the role for 18 years.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

“I have never participated in a doping program”: Armstrong’s former coach

In the wake of news that Lance Armstrong named those who had helped him dope throughout this career, the Texan’s former coach Chris Carmichael has made a statement saying that he was never involved in Armstrong’s doping.

Image: Boston Biker

Image: Boston Biker

“I have never participated in a doping program, not with Lance Armstrong or anyone else”, Carmichael said in a statement to Colorado’s The Gazette. “My role as a coach has always been to inspire athletes to be the best they can be by focusing on training, nutrition and innovations in equipment and sports science.”

As part of a sworn statement late last year, Armstrong reportedly said that he told Carmichael about doping in 1995. If true it means that Carmichael, the then coach of the US Olympic Team in 1996, picked Armstrong knowing he was doping.

“In 20 years, I never saw him use any banned substances, and in my eyes, seeing is believing,” Carmichael told VeloNews in 2012.

Click here to read more at The Gazette.

Agostini quits cycling over doping suspension

Stefano Agostini, the Italian rider fired by Cannondale last year after testing positive for clostebol, has quit the sport via a letter sent to anti-doping authorities last week.

In the letter, sent to the UCI’s Anti-Doping Commission Leroux Dominique, Agostini writes that the banned substance detected in his system was from a prescribed rash cream but that he wouldn’t contest the ban, prefering to leave the sport “with dignity, knowing that I never cheated and I conquered all my results with dedication and sacrifice, well aware that this absurd story has also caused considerable damage to my image.”

Agostini concluded the letter by saying:

“I think that this story, which has ruined my career and destroyed my dreams, will also undermine the credibility, usefulness, and infallibility of your doping control system.”

Click here to read the full letter at VeloNews.

Drafting a truck at 124km/h

The fact that these guys had the courage (or stupidity?) to draft behind a truck at 124km/h is amazing. The fact that one of the riders attached his GoPro to the truck then collected it after the feat is also incredible (though undoubtedly dangerous). Don’t try this at home kids.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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