Tejay van Garderen wins stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge

Defending champion Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has climbed his way to victory on stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge, stamping his authority on the general classification in the process.

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Janier Acevedo (Garmin-Sharp) was the first rider to establish a lead on the 155km stage, setting off solo ahead of a small chase group. When Acevedo was caught near the top of the western approach to Monarch Pass, just eight riders remained at the head of the race: Ben Hermans (BMC), van Garderen, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp), Carter Jones (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo), Acevedo, Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo), and Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo).

The lead group was caught by a chase group, forming a peloton of 23 riders at the head of the race, before Michael Rogers set off alone, building a lead of 1:30. Rogers was caught inside of 9km to race as a series of attacks saw the lead group whittled right down on the final climb: the eastern approach to Monarch Pass.

After a promising attack from Matthew Busche (Trek) that was eventually caught, van Garderen made his move with 1km to go. Only Rafal Majka was able to follow but when it came time for the final kick, Majka — who later said he’s suffering from fatigue from the tours of France and Poland — wasn’t able to stay with van Garderen.

Van Garderen now leads the general classification by 20 seconds ahead of Majka, and 23 seconds ahead of teammate Ben Hermans. Four stages remain, including the stage 6 ITT which should help van Garderen to extend his advantage.

Stage 3: Gunnison > Monarch Mountain - Stage Result

Wednesday 20th August 2014

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VAN GARDEREN Tejay
BMC Racing Team
00:00:00
2. pl
MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff-Saxo
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3. ro
TVETCOV Serghei
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
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Cyril Gautier wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin

Europcar’s Cyril Gautier has taken his first victory of the year, sprinting to victory at the top of the stage-ending climb to Grèzes.


It was a fast and aggressive day of racing with many riders trying to get off the front early in the stage. A group of six riders formed the first break of the day, but with Colombia and Caja-Rural having missed the move, the deficit was reduced from a maximum of 3:30 quite quickly. Three riders tried to bridge across the shrinking gap, but it all came back together.

Another three-rider group got clear and built up a lead of 4:30 before the chase in the peloton heated up again. Rein Taaramae and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) tried to get clear but were caught, and as the rain started to fall Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) took his chance and rode clear.

The Frenchman managed to get 50 seconds clear but it eventually all came back together with 3km to race. There were a number of attacks on the final climb to the finish, but it was Gautier who leapt from the pack to win ahead of Davide Rebellin and Rein Taaramae. Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty) finished in the bunch and maintained his overall lead ahead of today’s stage 3.

Stage 2: Trélissac > Grèzes - Stage Result

Wednesday 20th August 2014

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GAUTIER Cyril
Team Europcar
04:13:59
2. it
REBELLIN Davide
CCC Polsat Polkowice
-
3. ee
TAARAMäE Rein
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale join forces for 2015

It had been rumoured for months that Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale would be joining forces in 2015 and late yesterday, in an official announcement, the rumours were confirmed. Cannondale will be the ProTeam’s title sponsor and bike supplier, with Slipstream Sports managing the team. Garmin will remain as a sponsor of the new team.

It’s not year clear whether the team will race as just Team Cannondale, or whether they will be Cannondale-Garmin, or something else.

The deal is for three years with Slipstream Sport’s Jonathan Vaughters confirming the budget will be roughly the same as this year.

“This move made sense. That’s probably the best explanation,” Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews. “Cannondale is an American team and their market is the American market. They are a company that wanted to stay in a leadership position and Slipstream Sports offered them the right path for that to happen.”

“Garmin have a contract with us for next year, but it’s not a title-level contract and while they’ll be around for a while have done a great job to promote their product, marketing cycles do come to an end. They have been a great partner and will continue to be. However, team budgets have increased dramatically since 2008 and for the teams out there not supported by a national federation, a government or an extremely wealthy individual, in order for us to remain competitive, consolidating forces make sense.”

The full roster is yet to be confirmed, but Vaughters has confirmed that all eight riders at Cannondale with contracts for 2015 have been offered new deals with the squad.

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Kreuziger suspension upheld; UCI and rider react

by Shane Stokes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has blocked Roman Kreuziger’s hopes of riding the Vuelta a España, deciding Wednesday that his appeal against the provisional suspension imposed on him by the UCI was invalid. CAS issued the decision a short while ago and closed off the Czech rider’s last chance of riding the Spanish Grand Tour.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal of the Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger against the decision taken by the Anti-Doping Commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) to provisionally suspend him from competition pending an investigation into a possible anti-doping offence,” it said in a statement.

The sport’s governing body reacted favourably to the news:

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased with the decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the provisional suspension imposed on rider Roman Kreuziger,” said the UCI in a statement.

“This decision is a recognition of the reliability of the Athlete Biological Passport and the measures taken by the UCI to date in this case.”

Kreuziger reacted to the news via Twitter, referring to his lawyer:


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Tiernan-Locke explains decision not to appeal suspension, questions if he will return to cycling

by Shane Stokes

Two days after a two-year suspension for biological passport irregularities was confirmed, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has explained his reason for not appealing the case to CAS, saying financial considerations were the issue.

“As before, I don’t feel I’ve been proven guilty. It’s just in the balance of doubt, and it’s not been offered to me,” the Briton told the Plymouth Herald. “There’s no way I can afford to finance another appeal. It would be the equivalent of me buying a small flat in Plymouth.

“I know riders who have done that but have been left with debts of £80,000-£100,000. It’s a big risk and I’m not saying that I wouldn’t appeal again in a second, but with my cool head on, I know it would probably end up in disappointment – again.”

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Tiernan-Locke expressed doubts about returning to pro racing after his ban.

“I got into riding because I loved it, not because I thought it would be a great way of earning a living,” he said.

“After all this I don’t know if my heart is still in it. There has been so much negativity and I’m still a young man with plenty to offer, especially after this experience.”

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Vinkourov and Kolobnev charged with bribery over 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Belgian authorities have charged Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev with bribery with the two reportedly due to face trial later this year.

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Vinokourov is accused of paying 150,000 euros to Kolobnev in exchanged for letting him win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, with Vinokourov allegedly making the offer in the lead-up to the final sprint.

According to Belgian media, investigators have details of several email exchanges which show the money being transferred from Vinkourov to Kolobnev. “Vino” continues to deny the accusations, saying the transfer was a loan.

Read more via VeloNews and AFP.

Rein Taaramae signs with Astana for one year

Former Estonian champion Rein Taarama will return to the WorldTour in 2015 after signing a one-year deal with Astana. He joins fellow Estonian Tanel Kangert on domestique duties for Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali.

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“The Estonian climber is a strong addition to our squad and we hope that with Astana Pro Team he finds a place to show his maximum potential, where he can assist both Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru in the mountains, just like his friend and countryman Tanel Kangert,” said Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov.

Taaramae has shown flashes of his former brilliance in 2014 after recovering from an operation on his larynx. He finished second overall at the Tour of Turkey this year, after taking a stage victory.

Taaramae turned pro with Cofidis in 2008 when the team was in cycling’s first division, now known as the WorldTour.

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One Glorious Day in Paris – following Carmen Small at La Course by Le Tour de France

Here’s a great piece about Carmen Small, a rider on Specialized-Lululemon with a great story about how she got into the sport. The piece talks about Small and the build-up to the one-day La Course race that was held on the final day of this year’s Tour de France.

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 Jered Gruber and was taken in Belgium’s Ardennes region.