Nairo Quintana wins the Giro d’Italia, Luca Mezgec claims the final stage

Giant-Shimano sprinter Luka Mezgec showed he had the most speed at the end of the Giro d’Italia’s final stage, jetting to victory in Trieste while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to win the race overall.

Giro-D'Itaia 2014 stage 21

The Slovenian won close to the border between his country and Italy, delighting the supporters who had crossed over to see the finish, as well as those watching on television from home. He showed both skill and nerve in keeping his focus despite some dangerous switching by his rivals, then tore up alongside the right-hand barrier to reach the line first.

His gallop overhauled Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), while triple stage winner and points jersey victor Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) had to make do with fourth.

Mezgec’s success was the first Grand Tour stage victory of his career and followed on from his Handzame Classic win and three stages at the Volta a Catalunya earlier this year.

The 172 kilometre stage finished with eight laps of a tough circuit in Trieste, with a climb complicating things for the sprinters.

Maglia Rosa wearer Nairo Quintana finished safely in the main bunch and rolled across the finish line with a broad grin on his face and arm aloft. It marked his first Grand Tour win and came after he dominated the final week of the race.

Giro-D'Itaia 2014 stage 21

“It is very difficult to explain how much happiness is inside me. It is one of the happiest days of my life,” he smiled. “Thanks to my family, thanks to my team and thanks to all the Colombians. It is great that this dream is possible.”

Quintana’s victory is only the second ever Grand Tour win by a Colombian. It came 27 years after Lucho Herrera won the 1987 Vuelta a España and many believe it will be followed by more from the country’s new climbing star.

Stage 21: Gemona del Friuli > Trieste - Stage Result

Sunday 1st June 2014

1. si
MEZGEC Luka
Team Giant-Shimano
04:23:58
2. it
NIZZOLO Giacomo
Trek Factory Racing
-
3. us
FARRAR Tyler
Garmin Sharp
-

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Geraint Thomas wins Bayern Rundfahrt

Geraint Thomas (Sky) has claimed his second overall win at Germany’s biggest stage race, the Bayern Rundfahrt, after winning the stage 4 ITT.


Thomas, who also won the 2011 edition of the race, powered to victory on stage 4, putting the Welshman 19 seconds clear of stage 2 winner Mathias Frank (BMC) on the GC, and a further 16 seconds clear of his own teammate Vasil Kiryienka.

On the final stage of the five-stage race, Thomas finished comfortably in the bunch while Ireland’s Sam Bennett (NetApp-Endura) proved too strong for Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r) and Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Sharp) in the sprint in Nurnberg.

“I’d done a lot of hard training before the race at our altitude training camp in Tenerife, and I was pleased to feel strong and ride hard here,” said Thomas via the Team Sky website.

“This win has definitely boosted my confidence heading into a busy summer. I’ve got the Dauphine coming up next and then hopefully the Tour de France. It was nice to get this result but now I’m already focusing on helping Chris [Froome], and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 1st June 2014

1. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
19:17:42
2. ch
FRANK Mathias
IAM Cycling
0:19
3. by
KIRYIENKA Vasil
Team Sky
0:35

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Tony Martin wins a third straight Belgium Tour

A dominant performance in the stage 3 ITT has seen Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) secure overall victory in the five-day Belgium Tour, his third consecutive victory in the race.

Baloise Belgium Tour Stage - 5

Martin’s win in the ITT put him 16 seconds clear at the top of the general classification going into the last two stages. Martin finished safely in the main field on both stages, the former won by Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and the latter by Paul Martens (Belkin).

Martin finished the race 16 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and 26 seconds ahead of Sylvain Chavanel (IAM). Last year Martin became the only rider in the race’s 12-year history to take out consecutive wins; he now further cements his position in the record books with win number three.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 1st June 2014

1. de
MARTIN Tony
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
16:31:11
2. nl
DUMOULIN Tom
Team Giant-Shimano
0:16
3. fr
CHAVANEL Sylvain
IAM Cycling
0:26

Three wins in four stages for Drapac at the Tour de Kumano

Drapac Professional Cycling has finished off the UCI2.2 Tour de Kumano in style, claiming another 1-2 finish, again through Wouter Wippert and Will Clarke.

Wippert won the sprint finish in Taiji Hanto ahead of Clarke with Hayato Yoshida (Shimano Racing Team) rounding out the podium. The Drapac double mirrors the pair’s performance on Stage 1.

The race was won overall by Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai) who won the hilly second stage.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 1st June 2014

1. es
MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco
Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
08:04:59
2. es
TORIBIO ALCOLEA Jose Vicente
Team UKYO
0:06
3. au
BAYLY Cameron
OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team
0:08

Text adapted from a Drapac press release.

Samuel Spokes wins Course de la Paix after back-to-back stage wins

One of the rising stars of the Australian road scene, Samuel Spokes, has won his first tour over the weekend, taking out the U23 Course de la Paix in the Czech Republic off the back of two stage wins.


Spokes, who races for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep development team, Etixx, won on the uphill finish to stage 2, taking the overall lead. He then defended his overall lead in style, winning the final stage as well.

Spokes, who also rides for the Jayco WorldTour Academy team on occasion, won the race by 12 seconds over Bram Van Broeckhoven with Bartosz Warchol a further 35 seconds behind.

Stage 3: Jeseník > Jeseník - Stage Result

Sunday 1st June 2014

1. au
SPOKES Samuel
Etixx
04:04:12
2. be
VAN BROECKHOVEN Bram
-
3. es
MAS NICOLAU Enric
-

Evie Stevens, Kiel Reijnen win the Philadelphia Cycling Classic

Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) has conquered the iconic Manayunk Wall to win the elite women’s race at the Philly Cycling Classic while in the men’s race UnitedHealthcare’s Kiel Reijnen timed his final jump to perfection, soloing to victory.


Stevens was given great support from Carmen Small and Tayler Wiles who, together, ushered Steven to the base of and up the lower slopes of the wall. Then it was up to Stevens, who was able to outsprint Canadian Joelle Numainville (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) and German Claudia Häusler (Tibco-To the Top) to take the win.

1. us
STEVENS Evelyn
Specialized-lululemon
00:00:00
2. ca
ALBRECHT Lex
-
3. us
HALL Lauren
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-

Meanwhile Reijnen defends his title in the men’s race, again stomping away on the final climb to take a comfortable victory over Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) and Dion Smith (Hincapie Development) on his birthday. Speaking to VeloNews after the race Reijnen said:

“It all comes down to the team. They made it so easy for me. I never had to do anything, all day, and they kept telling me they believed in me. If you hear that enough, you start to believe it.”

1. us
REIJNEN Kiel
UnitedHealthcare
00:00:00
2. si
KOCJAN Jure
Team SmartStop
-
3. nz
SMITH Dion
Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
-

Click here and here to read more at VeloNews.

Marianne Vos caps impressive weekend with win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik

With two wins in two races this weekend Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) has made it clear that she is ready for the second part of the season and back in sparkling form. After victory Saturday in her own Classic, the world champion also proved strongest at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik on Sunday.

Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik 2014

The race is a Belgian semi-classic with climbs that include the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg.

Vos won the sprint from a group of four with Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) second and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) third.

Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS) attacked solo partway through the race but on the Muur van Geraardsbergen the race broke apart with Vos, Johansson, Longo Borghini and Ashleigh Moolman (Hitec Products) emerging together before bridging to Gunnewijk.

Moolman was dropped in the dying stages, as too was Gunnewijk on the run-in to the finish, leaving Vos, Johansson and Longo Borghini to contest the win.

1. nl
VOS Marianne
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
03:41:40
2. se
JOHANSSON Emma
Orica - AIS
-
3. it
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
Hitec Products
-

Text adapted from a Rabo-Liv press release.

Emma Johansson wins Boels Hills Rental Classic

Earlier in the weekend world #1-ranked rider Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) claimed victory in the Boels Rental Hills Classic after taking out a three-up sprint.

A six-rider breakaway emerged at the midpoint of the one-day race after a long solo breakaway from Australian national road race champion Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) was brought back. Roxane Knetemann (Rabobank-Liv), Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank-Liv), Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans), Katarzyna Pawlowska (Boels-Dolmans) and Amy Pieters (Giant Shimano) formed the main escape with Johansson and quickly built two minutes over the peloton.

After a flurry of attacks in the final 20 kilometres it came down to an uphill sprint to the line which Johansson won ahead of Ellen van Dijk and Amy Pieters.

1. se
JOHANSSON Emma
Orica - AIS
03:36:38
2. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
3. nl
PIETERS Amy
Team Giant-Shimano
-

Feature interview with Marianne Vos

It’s pretty hard not to enjoy the exploits of Marianne Vos. At just 27 years of age she’s won just about every big race there is to win in women’s cycling, including 12 world titles and two Olympic gold medals.

In this feature interview at Bicycling we get a look at Vos the person, not just the dominant bike cyclist. Well worth a read.

Click here to read the full interview.

UCI’s Advocacy Commission meets for the first time

The UCI’s new Advocacy Commission has met for the first time in Adelaide, with the commission set up to campaign for cycling as a mode of transport rather than just as a sport.

The meeting took place alongside the Velo-city Global cycling conference in Adelaide which saw more than 500 cycling experts and campaigners from around the world descend on the South Australian capital.

The Advocacy Commission is chaired by Tracey Gaudry who, in addition to her role as Vice President of the UCI, is the CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation.

According to the UCI the commission has three main areas of focus:

– Opportunity and access for children to cycle
– Investment in sporting and everyday cycling infrastructure
– Road safety improvements to overcome barriers to cycle.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “The issues we will address through this area of our work are relevant for everyone who rides a bike, whether they are Tour de France winner, an amateur racer or someone who cycles to work.

“We need roads which are safe to ride on, government investment in cycling and policies in place to encourage all children to ride bikes.”

Click here to read more at road.cc.

How not to spectate at a bike race

On Saturday’s night’s penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, Australia’s Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) was in a two-man escape with Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) when the following incident occurred:

While Rogers would almost certainly have won anyway (he went on to win by nearly 40 seconds) it’s more than frustrating to see overzealous fans actively influencing the bike race.

The dangers of the victory salute

If you’re going to throw your hands up to celebrate a hard-earned victory, best to make sure you’ve got the bike under control.

The spectator’s comment at the end of the video is pure gold.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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