Alexander Kristoff wins stage 12 of the Tour de France, Nibali holds overall lead

Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) has taken his first victory at a Grand Tour, winning the bunch sprint into Saint-Etienne on stage 12 of the Tour de France. Kristoff proved fastest in a slightly messy dash to the line, taking the victory ahead of perennial almost-man Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr).

The day-long breakaway got established early in the stage and featured Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), Gregory Rast (Trek), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Seche) and David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura). De la Cruz was the first to lead the front of the race, leaving the race entirely when he crashed on a corner and broke his collarbone.

TDFR 2014 - stage -12

Vachon was dropped on the third of four climbs on the stage, with Rast falling away soon after. On the slopes of the final climb, 26km from the finish, Simon Clarke attacked his former teammate Sebastian Langeveld and rode away solo. He was soon joined by the Europcar pair of Cyril Gautier and Perrig Quemeneur.

Clarke let the two Frenchmen do all the work before Quemeneur was dropped just inside 10km to go. Clarke and Gautier were swept up by the peloton with 5km to go as the riders readied themselves for a bunch sprint.

Giant-Shimano controlled the race virtually from the start and Cannondale looked poised for a win with Peter Sagan as the finish approached, but in the end it was Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff that leapt early and couldn’t be caught.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished safely in the bunch with the rest of the GC contenders.

Tomorrow sees the riders take on the first big mountain stage of the race with an 18.2km climb to Chamrousse to finish the stage.

Stage 12: Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Etienne - Stage Result

Thursday 17th July 2014

1. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
04:32:11
2. sk
SAGAN Peter
Cannondale
-
3. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ.fr
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Lisa Brennauer wins stage 3 ITT at the women’s Thüringen Rundfahrt

Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) has won the 21 kilometre individual time trial on stage 3 of the women’s Thüringen Rundfahrt. Specialized-Lululemon has swept the podium in today’s stage and occupies the first two places of the general classification. Brennauer holds onto the yellow jersey after first taking the prologue in stage 1 and coming second on stage 2.

Tomorrow’s Queen Stage takes place around Saalfeld over 127.9 kilometers and includes three significant climbs.

Stage 3 (ITT): Gera > Gera - Stage Result

Thursday 17th July 2014

1. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Specialized-lululemon
00:28:59
2. us
STEVENS Evelyn
Specialized-lululemon
0:17
3. de
WORRACK Trixi
Specialized-lululemon
0:49

Mattia Gavazzi wins stage 11 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake

The attention turned to the sprinters on stage 11 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake, as the race left the mountains behind for the final three days of racing. The pancake flat stage was one of the race’s shortest at 131km. Ilya Davidenok (Astana Continental) started the day in yellow, essentially able to cruise the circuit and enjoy his time in the GC lead.

Image: 7Cycling

Image: 7Cycling

As the riders entered two 34km circuits to finish the race, a brave solo attack by Taylor Shelden (5 Hour Energy) looked promising as the American appeared strong and comfortable alone off the front. The break got more dangerous as Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang) bridged up to help take the gap over a minute.

After feathering the gap for a while, the field eventually made the catch inside 10km, setting up the field sprint that had most expected for today. Coming straight up the middle of the group, Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita – Selle SMP) took the stage win, flanked by Jon Aberasture Izaga (Euskadi) in second and Jonathan Cantwell (Drapac) in third.

Davidenok’s remains in the overall lead ahead of the final two, flat days of racing.

Stage 11: Yinchuan > Yinchuan - Stage Result

Thursday 17th July 2014

1. it
GAVAZZI Mattia
Amore
00:00:00
2. es
LARRINAGA MUGURUZA Jon
Euskadi
-
3. au
CANTWELL Jonathan
Drapac Professional Cycling
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Andrew Talansky withdraws from the Tour de France

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) finished stage 11 of the Tour de France some 32 minutes behind stage winner Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) but did so to loud cheers from the appreciative crowd in Oyonnax. The American had battled through agonising back pain which saw him pull over to the side of the road for several minutes at one point on the stage before continuing on.

But after his valiant effort on stage 11, Talansky’s Tour de France was over.

In a statement released by Garmin-Sharp before stage 12 Talansky said: “I’m absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France. I built my season around the Tour, and the team has supported me every step of the way. I had hoped the rest day would allow some time to recover from my crashes.”

“I was hopeful that I could get through yesterday and I tried to be there for the team, the way they have been there for me this whole time. But it proved to be too much. It’s been hard for me personally with the crashes but I’m really proud of how we rode together here. These guys are so strong and there is so much more they can do over the rest of the Tour.”



“Andrew is suffering the cumulative effects of multiple crashes during the first part of the Tour, in addition to battling an upper respiratory infection,” Kevin Sprouse, Garmin’s team physician said in a statement. “The impact on his hip from the crash on stage seven has led to acute sacroiliitis, from which the pain has made it increasingly difficult for him to pedal.”

Click here to read more at the Garmin-Sharp website.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke banned for two years, Team Sky contract terminated

by Shane Stokes

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been fired by Team Sky after being handed a two-year ban by UK Anti Doping in connection with a biological passport violation indicative of blood doping.

Tiernan-Locke came under investigation last year over values relating back to September 2012, when he was racing with Team Endura. He unexpectedly headed home from cycling’s world road race championships last September; the Sunday Times reported that doubts had been thrown up by the UCI’s biological passport system, which tracks blood values over a period of time to try to pinpoint any suspicious patterns.

The UCI subsequently confirmed this, saying that the rider’s case was being analysed by its experts. It was then handed over to UK Anti Doping, who have given him a two year sanction.

Tiernan-Locke has been handed a two-year ban running until the December 31 2015, and has also been stripped of his results in the 2012 Tour of Britain and the UCI world road race championships of that year. He took second on a stage and first overall in that Tour of Britain, securing himself a two year contract with Team Sky for 2013 and 2014, and was 19th in the world championship road race.

Click here to read more at CyclingTips. Click here to read a Team Sky statement about Tiernan-Locke’s dismissal. Click here for the UCI’s updated list of suspended riders.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race announced for weekend after the Tour Down Under

The busy start to the Australian cycling summer is set to get even busier with the announcement yesterday of the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, a one-day event that will be held on Sunday February 1, the weekend after the Santos Tour Down Under.

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The race will start and finish in Geelong and will pass by Thirteenth Beach, Torquay, Bells Beach and the rolling hills around Moriac.

CyclingTips has been told that the exact course is yet to be confirmed but that “the length will be approximately 200 – 300km”. A top-line course map can be seen below and seems to suggest laps of the same 15.8km circuit used in the 2010 Road Race World Championships, including the tough climb up Challambra Crescent.

The race has provisionally been given a UCI 1.1 ranking but CyclingTips believes the event organisers were pushing for the race to be given WorldTour classification.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be proceeded on the Saturday by an elite women’s race and a “People’s Ride”. CyclingTips understands the elite women’s race has not received a UCI classification.
The region is no stranger to world-class cycling events having hosted the finish of the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Geelong.

Click here to read the full article at CyclingTips. Click here to see how we think the race route might look, with extra laps of the final circuit to increase the distance to 200km+.

Sean Kelly’s Tour de France Blog: I know how Peter Sagan feels

In his latest Tour de France blog for CyclingTips, four-time green jersey winner Sean Kelly analyses the frustration felt by Peter Sagan, assesses where he and the team could be going wrong, discusses the withdrawals of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador and weighs up Vincenzo Nibali’s prospects of winning the Tour.

Here’s an excerpt:

He might have a huge advantage in the green jersey competition, but I think it’s safe to say that this Tour has been frustrating for Peter Sagan. He’s been second three times on stages [ed. now four!], as well as three times fourth and once fifth.

From my own experience, when you have the green jersey, it’s like a bloody flag on your back. Everyone looks at you and it makes things that much more difficult in terms of going for a stage win. I took five stages near the start of my career, but once I started winning the green jersey it became much more difficult.

Click here to read the full post here at CyclingTips.

Former Tour de France rider Brian Robinson hit by a car

Former wearer of the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, Brian Robinson, has been struck by a car while on a training ride in his native Yorkshire. The 83-year-old, who was the first British rider to finish the Tour de France (in 1955), reportedly broke his collarbone in the crash.

“He was descending a road in Thornhill Lees, Yorkshire, when the collision happened. He has suffered multiple bruises and lacerations and what looks like a broken collar bone,” Robinson’s son-in-law Martyn Bolt told the BBC. “We don’t know how long he will be in hospital for, but we are hoping he will be back on his bike before too long.”

The Yorkshire-born rider had been an ambassador for the Tour de France start this year in Leeds.

Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.

Filtering the breakaway

Here’s a great piece from The Inner Ring about how a breakaway is formed, how the make-up of the breakaway is determined, which riders will be allowed in the move and so on.

Here’s an excerpt:

Teams will have riders near the front of the bunch to monitor events. It’s typically called “filtering”, [letting] those riders through who you don’t mind going up the road but to catch the ones you’re worried about. Teams might have race radios but they’re not much use here, if a move goes up the road a team needs to identify the riders instantly so they can jump on the wheel. Wait for race radio to identify the riders and an order from the team cars and there’s a gap to close.

Click here to read the full article at The Inner Ring.

Campagnolo updates Shamal and Bora wheels

The new Campagnolo Bora wheels have been released in 35 and 50mm profiles in both the top-end Ultra version with ceramic bearings and the standard versions with steel bearings. All Bora wheels will now have a 24.2mm-wide rim, up from 20.5mm and also moves toward the trend of wider rims to accommodate wider tyre sizes. The Boras also get new water-transfer graphics that save 15g over the previously used adhesive graphics.

The new Shamal Mille continues to use an aluminum rim, but for 2015 it gets a new braking surface that’s said to improve braking performance in all conditions.

boraUltimates

Weights for the new Boras are as follows:

BORA ULTRA 35 – 1,179g
BORA ULTRA 50 – 1,267g
BORA ONE 35 – 1,223g
BORA ONE 50 – 1,313g

Pricing TBD.

Read more here.

Our Ultimate Job winners climb Alpe d’Huez

The winners of our “Ultimate Job” competition, Matt and Stefano, have landed in France and joined Bikestyle Tours to begin their amazing adventure. Over the next two weeks they’ll be following Le Tour de France and doing some great rides, sharing their journey with you here at CyclingTips. The duo have published their first article, in which they take on one of the most famous climbs in world cycling.

Here’s an excerpt:

There are places that are woven deep into the culture of road cycling. Roads that stand as proving grounds and places to define a part of yourself. As the Tour de France moves into its second century it has arguably made icons of just a handful of mountains: the Col du Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and, with a place on most road riders’ bucket list, Alpe d’Huez. It is this climb that makes champions every time it is included in the Tour.

To have the chance to ride this climb, especially so suddenly (we had only a few weeks’ notice) was both exciting and mildly terrifying. There was simply not the time to fully prepare and I’m aware most people planning this kind of trip give themselves six months’ notice to build toward these kind of challenges.

Click here to read the full post here.

10 things not to eat on a ride

We’re not sure if the guys at GCN are running out of tips videos to make (we can relate) or if they just enjoy having a laugh. Either way we don’t mind — the video below is great fun and well worth a watch.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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