Yuri Trofimov wins stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Yury Trofimov (Katusha) has taken an impressive solo victory on stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine, dropping all his rivals in a 13-rider breakaway on the Col de Manse before riding away to take the win.

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It was in the Dauphine that Yury Trofimov won his first race as a professional. That was back in 2008 when the 24-year-old had just made the switch from mountain biking. Despite another victory the following year, it’s been a bit of a dry spell for the Russian.

Trofimov was part of the day’s early escape which also included more-than-capable riders such as Peter Velits (BMC), Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Maxime Bouet (Ag2r), Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Belkin), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), Bob Jungels (Trek) and Gustav Erik Larsson (IAM).

Despite the efforts of Sky and NetApp-Endura chasing from the peloton, the breakaway was destined to succeed. Trofimov attacked halfway up the Col de Manse and rode comfortably away from his companions. On the descent to the finish in Gap the Russian took some risks and nearly came off at one point, but he was able to hold on to win by 23 seconds over Larsson and Pim Ligthart (Lotto Belisol).

Back in the peloton there were no notable attacks from the GC contenders and Chris Froome (Sky) was able to defend his overall lead without any trouble.

Stage 4: Montélimar > Gap - Stage Result

Wednesday 11th June 2014

1. ru
TROFIMOV Yuri
Team Katusha
03:59:22
2. se
LARSSON Gustav Erik
IAM Cycling
0:23
3. nl
LIGTHART Pim
Lotto Belisol
0:25

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Kwon Jun-Oh lands Korea its first stage win at 2014 Tour de Korea

After the first three stages of this year’s Tour de Korea were won by international riders, Seoul Cycling Team’s Kwon Jun-Oh gave locals something to cheer about in Gumi today when he won stage 4.

“I am very happy to get a good result,” said an elated Kwon after his emphatic win, which was a career-first.

Yellow-jersey wearer Juan José Oroz (Burgos-BH) anticipated a particularly difficult time for his team ahead of stage four; at 208.2km, the longest of this 2014 edition. “It’s very hard here,” the race leader had said on the start line in Gumi. “The climbs are hard and it’s not easier than Spain; in Europe the racing is not as crazy.”

Indeed, defending a four-second general classification lead would be an onerous task in any stage race, but five solid hours of toil from Oroz’s disciplined squad meant the Spaniard retained the jersey.

Australian Cameron Bayly (OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team) remains in second overall; five seconds adrift of the current leader.

Stage 4: Gurye > Gumi - Stage Result

Wednesday 11th June 2014

1. kr
KWON Jun-oh
Seoul Cycling Team
05:09:14
2. it
SBARAGLI Kristian
MTN - Qhubeka
-
3. cn
JIANG Zhi Hui
Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling
-

Text adapted from a Tour de Korea press release.

Sergio Henao’s blood values given the all-clear by Sky, will ride the Tour de Suisse

by Shane Stokes

Chris Froome could have an extra climber to help him in his bid to win a second Tour de France, with Team Sky announcing that Sergio Henao had been cleared of questions over his blood values and would soon return to racing.

In March La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the Colombian had been sidelined due to unexplained blood readings; Team Sky responded by issuing a statement acknowledging this was the case and said that experts monitoring readings on the team had raised questions about the rider’s out of competition results at altitude.

Team Principal Dave Brailsford said the team contacted the UCI and the Cycling Anti Doping Foundation [CADF] over the matter, and that independent scientific research would be commissioned to “better understand the effects of prolonged periods at altitude after returning from sea level, specifically on altitude natives.”

The team announced today that the scientific experts had concluded their 10-week assessment and had given “the highest level of confidence in Sergio’s previous data and profiles.”

Brailsford confirmed that the rider would be back in action this weekend. “We’re very pleased to welcome Sergio back to racing and are looking forward to having him at the Tour de Suisse,” he said.

“He’s done everything that’s been asked of him, kept his focus and fully deserves to be racing.”

Click here to read more at CyclingTips.

Horner to ride the Tour of Slovenia before Tour de France decision

by Shane Stokes

The 2013 Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner’s chances of riding the Tour de France will hinge on his performance in the upcoming Tour of Slovenia, which begins on June 19 and runs for four days.

Horner was due to target this year’s Giro d’Italia but was forced to ditch those plans when he was hit by a car on April 11 while training in Italy. He was left with rib fractures and a punctured lung, and spent time in hospital.

Horner gradually returned to training and since then has been working on his return to competition. That will now happen in just over a week’s time when he competes in Slovenia.

“The Tour de Slovenia is obviously an important appointment for me because I’ll be able to get some interesting feedback on my condition,” he said.

“At the end of the race, I’ll evaluate with the team management and the technical staff about the possible participation in Tour de France.”

Horner is 42 years of age and took the best result of his career last September when he won the Vuelta a España. He also took two stages plus the combination classification in the race.

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Hushovd: I want to show my time is not yet over

by Shane Stokes

Dropped on stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné and a non-starter on stage four, Thor Hushovd has accepted that he won’t ride this year’s Tour de France and said that his goal now is to work out what is wrong with his body, return to good health and prove that he still has a future in the sport.

Hushovd

Hushovd is in the final year of his current contract with the BMC Racing Team and has already stated that the squad has told him he will not be retained. He is consequently searching for a new team. He knows that his chances of finding one will be greatly improved if he can post some results before the end of the season.

Riding well in the Tour de France would have been the best way to do that, but he accepts that isn’t an option. “I am not ready here in Dauphiné and this is too close to the Tour de France,” he said. “So I just have to accept that I can not be ready for that race. With the shape that I have now I can give nothing to the team, so it is better that I find out my issues.”

Fifth on stage two of last month’s Tour of Belgium suggested that Hushovd’s form was holding solid, but something was clearly way off in the Dauphiné.

“I am sure there is something wrong,” he admitted. “I don’t really feel in races this year that I have been feeling normal. When I am normal I can at least follow the bunch and sometimes make results.”

Hushovd will undergo medical tests to try to work out what is amiss, and will then decide with doctors what he needs to do to recover.

“[I want] to show again to everybody that my time is not over. And especially show that to myself, because I had some really tough months where I pushed my body a lot, when the body was not working on my side. I just want to find out what this is happening.”

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Katusha confirms Joaquim Rodriguez will ride the Tour de France

Katusha has confirmed that Joaquim Rodriguez will ride the Tour de France in preparation for the Vuelta a Espana with the Spaniard in need of racing kilometres.

Rodriguez was targeting both the Italian and Spanish Grand Tours in 2014 but a crash in the Giro forced a change of plans.

Last year Rodriguez finished third overall at the Tour de France but this year he’ll have a different focus.

“We don’t want him taking any risks,” Katusha sports director Dmitry Konyshev said on Wednesday. “If he loses 20 minutes in the early stages, then so much the better, because then he’ll have more room to manoeuvre and it’ll be easier for him to take a stage win.

Rodriguez broke three ribs and a finger in his Giro crash.

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Van Garderen reveals hip fracture

He’s been a little way off his best in recent times and now Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has revealed the reason — he’s been competing with a fractured hip.

Tour de France 2013 stage-18

Van Garderen will go into the Tour de France as sole leader of the BMC squad after Cadel Evans rode the Giro, but the American’s preparation hasn’t been ideal, losing more than two minutes to Froome and Contador on the first mountain stage of the Dauphine.

But van Garderen appears unfazed.

“I was optimistic coming in here but dealing with the injury that I had at Romandie, I had to take a couple of weeks where I was off the gas a bit,” he told Cycling News. “I posted some good training numbers coming in and thought I should be fine but it’s obvious that I need a bit more race rhythm and a bit more building before July.

“Now’s not the time to hit any panic buttons, it’s about staying the course, doing my thing, and staying realistic and optimistic. The best thing to do here is to go as deep as I can because that’s the best thing for me heading into the Tour.”

Click here to read more at Cycling Quotes.

An in-depth interview with Travis Tygart

Here’s a feature interview that the guys at The Outer Line have done with USADA head Travis Tygart, that covers everything from explanations about what the whereabouts program is, to how USADA, the UCI and other organisations work together, to the Armstrong case through to the future of anti-doping in cycling.

Here’s an excerpt:

While I do believe the sport is trying to move things forward now, it has clearly had serious problems in some of its programs. So, some people would say cycling is doing more, others would say it may not be doing as much as it could. But the real measurement is not what it is doing compared to curling or badminton, but is it doing enough to give cyclists hope that they can win without having to become pathological cheaters.

Click here to read the full article at The Outer Line.

Emakumeen Euskal Bira preview

“Bira” is a four-day women’s race held in the Basque Country and it is in fact Spain’s only UCI-ranked women’s race. First raced in 1988 Bira is one for the climbers with some considerable ascents in the four days of racing.

We’ll have a report from inside the race once it’s finished, but in the meantime check out this typically great preview from the folks at Velofocus. The race starts tonight with reigning champion Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Marianne Vos (Liv-Giant) among the favourites.

Click here to see the startlist for the 2014 Emakumeen Euskal Bira.

Greg Barber proposes $1,400 fine for motorists overtaking cyclists too close

A proposed law by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber would see motorists who don’t leave a metre when overtaking cyclists slapped with a $1,476 fine.

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The proposed law was tabled before Parliament yesterday with the move following a minimum passing distance law in Queensland where drivers face a $330 fine and the loss of demerit points for a similar offence.

“This bill will help drivers and bicycle riders share the road more safely,” Mr Barber said. “Cycling is one of the best and fastest ways to get around the city and tour regional areas, but lazy government is holding us back. Minimum overtaking distances will protect cyclists from the catastrophic consequences of collisions, while holding drivers to account.”

Victoria’s road rules currently recommend that a driver leave a “sufficient” distance when overtaking but this is often open to interpretation.

Click here to read more at The Age.

Photos from a 3,000km solo bike ride through the Australian outback … 100 years ago

Here’s a cracking series of images documenting a solo bike ride from 100 years ago, from Adelaide to Darwin. Here’s how the Daily Mail describes the collection:

One hundred years ago today, 21-year-old Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenbach, arrived at the old Darwin Post Office, having cycled 3,000km across the desert from the post office in Adelaide. Ryko, a keen cyclist and photographer, broke the record for the fastest person to cycle from Adelaide to Darwin, completing the journey in just 28 days.

The Northern Territory Library, which is on the site of the old post office, where Ryko completed his journey, is marking the centenary of the occasion with an exhibition of some of the photographs Ryko took during his journey.

Click here to check out the photos.

Radwende – putting bike lanes where they should go

This initiative in the German city of Wiesbaden appears to be part art project, part cycling activism, and it looks interesting. Check it out.

A similar thing could probably be done with Strava’s impressive Global Heatmap as well.

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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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Team Sky and Tinkoff-Saxo on the front of the peloton during stage 4 of the Dauphine yesterday.