Bouhanni takes treacherous fourth stage of Giro d’Italia, Matthews holds onto pink

At the end of a largely disrupted day of racing, former French champion Nacer Bouhanni was first to the line, winning a bunch sprint ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Veelers (Giant-Shimano).

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The bunch rode slowly for most of the 112 kilometre distance, with the rainfall plus the roads from Giovinazzo to Bari combining to produce extremely slippery conditions.

As a result the riders decided to exercise caution, holding back on racing until the final hour. The organisers agreed then to neutralise the finishing times, instead taking the general classification positions at the start of the final lap of the 8.3 kilometre circuit.

Double stage winner Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) dropped out of the Giro prior to the start of today’s stage due to a fever.

Stage 4: Giovinazzo > Bari - Stage Result

Tuesday 13th May 2014

1. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
FDJ.fr
02:22:06
2. it
NIZZOLO Giacomo
Trek Factory Racing
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3. nl
VEELERS Tom
Team Giant-Shimano
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Confusion reigns during rain-slicked Giro stage 4

It was an uncertain stage of the Giro d’Italia as the peloton swayed back and forth and confusion reigned towards the finish in Bari.

“I had the pink jersey and obviously, everyone was coming to me to see what we should do,” race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) said. “There were a lot of ideas. I thought the best thing to do was to neutralize it until the circuit, to see what we should do.”

“Orica heard that they had to stop completely,” Manuel Quinziato of BMC Racing told Velonews. “I was telling them, ‘No, come on, let’s race!’”

“Michael Matthews was confused,” Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) said. “He lost something in the translation, but later understood what we were going to do.”

Race director Mauro Vegni heard the rider’s concerns and made the call to neutralise the race with one to go and not offer bonus points or seconds. The sprinters were free to race for the stage win.

“It was important to neutralise the final lap,” Quinziato said. “The GC teams could protect their leaders until that point and let the sprinters who were brave enough to go.”

Read more at Velonews

Rohan wins on Mount Diablo at Tour of California, Wiggins holds lead

Rohan Dennis crosses the line first on stage 3 of the Tour of California. Photo provided by PhotoSport International

Rohan Dennis crosses the line first on stage 3 of the Tour of California. Photo provided by PhotoSport International

Stage 3: San Jose > Mount Diablo - Stage Result

Tuesday 13th May 2014

1. au
DENNIS Rohan
Garmin Sharp
04:56:02
2. pt
MACHADO Tiago
Team NetApp – Endura
0:06
3. us
CRADDOCK Lawson
Team Giant-Shimano
0:08

More info coming soon…

Schematics and details leaked on SRAM electronic groupset

BikeRadar has obtained US Patent documents which outline the inner workings of the unreleased SRAM electronic groupset which proves many of the rumours were true: the groupset will be wireless and up/down shifting on rear derailleur will be achieved by right/left shifting buttons:

Schematic drawing shows that up and down shifting is achieved by right and left levers. Image via BikeRadar (via US Patent Office documents)

Schematic drawing shows that up and down shifting is achieved by right and left levers. Image via BikeRadar (via US Patent Office documents)

If this is to be taken at face value, batteries will accompany each derailleur and the junction box will provide the power to each of the levers so that no wires connect the groupset together.

 

 

Read more at BikeRadar.

In-race footage of John Degenkolb’s sprint at the Tour of California

This is what a crazy sprint looks like from Degenkolb’s point of view. Made with Shimano’s new sports camera (which looks to be just as impressive: check it out here).

Fan apologises for selfi with collapsed Kittel

A fan who took a photo of himself next to a collapsed Marcel Kittel after he had turned himself inside out to win stage three of the Giro in Dublin has apologised after his ‘selfie’ which Kristof Ramon was there to catch:

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“To Marcel Kittel and all the people I have offended by taking the selfie, I apologise,” McCarthy said in a message posted by rider Nicolas Roche. “I did not think the photo would cause such hate towards me and cause offence.”

“I got excited after the finish to see Marcel and wanted a photo and in hindsight looking back I understand the time and place was completely wrong. My sincere apologies, David McCarthy’.


Alec Baldwin Accused of Riding Bike Wrong Way, Arguing With Police

In today’s tabloid news, Alec Baldwin was handcuffed by police on Tuesday after he allegedly rode his bike the wrong way on Fifth Avenue in New York and argued with officers who tried to ticket him.

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He later tweeted that “New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

Read more here

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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