Elia Viviani wins stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) has sprinted to victory on stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs, thwarting the chances of solo escapee Jens Voigt (Trek) in the German’s last race as a professional.

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The day’s main breakaway consisted of 12 riders with the escape being made as soon as the race began. They gained as much as four minutes but with Garmin-Sharp and UnitedHealthcare at the head of the peloton, the gap was kept manageable at just over two minutes.

With 43km left to race Voigt attacked from the breakaway, building up a lead of a minute over the chasers while the peloton sat another 1:45 behind. With the chase in the peloton looking rather disorganised (the chase group was caught with 17km to go) it seemed as if Voigt might hold on for a stirring win in his final race, but the charismatic German was caught inside the final kilometre, setting the race up for a bunch sprint.

Viviani proved strongest in the bunch kick, finishing ahead of Martin Kohler (BMC) and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly).

The GC remains unchanged with Tejay van Garderen (BMC) still leading from Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Ben Hermans (BMC). Tomorrow’s stage 5 takes the riders 167km from Woodland Park to Breckenridge.

Stage 4: Colorado Springs > Colorado Springs - Stage Result

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Mauro Finetto wins stage 4 at the Tour du Limousin and takes overall lead

Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli) has powered clear of his rivals in the uphill sprint finish on the Tour du Lumousin’s queen stage, holding off Julien Simon (Cofidis) and Davide Rebellin (CCC) to take the stage win. With race leader Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty) distanced on the final ramp, Fineto takes the overall lead with one stage remaining.


It wasn’t until the 50km mark that the day’s main 18-rider breakaway was fully formed, the group building a lead that never got beyond 2:45. With Wanty in control at the front, the gap was down to 1:20 and with still more than 100km to race it was back within 30 seconds.

The large lead group splintered, forming a smaller, 11-rider group at the head of affairs, the gap growing back out to 4:40. And with 40km to go, the gap was down to just 90 seconds and the lead group started to splinter again. By the time a heavily reduced peloton of just 20 riders reached the base of the final climb — with 2km to go — the leaders had all been accounted for.

Remy Di Gregorio (La Pomme) and Andrea Piechele (Bardiani) attacked, with the former getting clear. But it all came back together ahead of the sprint, where Finetto emerged as the strongest.

Finetto now leads by 11 seconds over Rebellin going into today’s final stage.

Stage 3: Vassivière > Guéret Le Maupuy - Stage Result

Thursday 21st August 2014

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WADA calls on anti-doping organisations to retest stored samples for hGH

by Shane Stokes

The prospect of future positive tests from human growth hormone (hGH) has increased following a communication from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) to anti-doping organisations that they should knuckle down to searching for signs of the substance.

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“WADA has taken the opportunity to remind anti-doping organizations (ADOs) that had previously stored blood serum samples for future hGH analysis that they should now proceed with retrospective analysis using the hGH Isoform Differential Immunoassays test,” it said in a statement.

HGH is a substance which has considerable performance enhancing benefits, and which has a history of being abused in cycling and other sports.

However testing for it was put on hold in 2013 after a Court of Arbitration appeal by two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Andrus Veerpalu. He managed to get his three-year doping ban overturned on a statistical technicality, with CAS concluding false positives were possible.

Meanwhile the Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) anti-doping organisation has published statistics which show that cycling is one of the sports which does the most in terms of testing.

A total of 22,252 anti-doping tests were carried out by cycling in 2013, exceeded only by football (28,002) and athletics (24,942). However the MPCC notes that cycling has 1,300 professional riders globally, 600 less than the number of those who participated in the Athletics World Championships. It also points out that football lists 113,000 professional players on five continents, almost ten times the number of pro bike riders.

Click here to read the full article at CyclingTips.

Contador’s backup named for Vuelta a España: how well can Spaniard do?

by Shane Stokes

With Roman Kreuziger now a confirmed non-starter, the Tinkoff-Saxo team has finalised the list of nine riders for the Vuelta a España, naming the eight who will support Alberto Contador’s bid for the best possible result.

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The Spaniard, who has recovered sufficiently from a fractured tibia to take part, will be joined by Chris Anker Sørensen, Daniele Bennati, Matteo Tosatto, Sergio Paulinho, Oliver Zaugg, Ivan Rovny, Jesus Hernandez and Danish national champion Michael Valgren.

“With Alberto we have the chance to compete on a high level in the high mountain stage finishes and on the medium mountain stages,” said directeur sportif Philippe Mauduit. “Alberto crashed and broke his leg during the Tour. I’m not sure if it’s plausible to aim for the overall win after only a few weeks of hard training in the mountains but we’ll flash the jersey in the race and you will notice us.”

“It’s going to be a special race for us. Just like the last part of the Tour de France, we’ll take one stage at a time,” he said. “Our line-up offers a number of opportunities. In the more flat terrain, we have a series of riders who will be able to nail the stage win that we are targeting in this year’s edition of the Vuelta.”

Click here to read the full article at CyclingTips. Click through for a full preview of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, and here for a startlist.

Damiano Cunego to leave Lampre-Merida after 10 years?

According to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport, Damiano Cunego may be leaving Lampre-Merida at the end of this year after 10 years with the team.

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The 32-year-old’s contract with the team concludes this season and according to the Italian newspaper, Androni Giocattoli and Neri Sottoli are both interested in Cunego, although no offers have been made.

Two rounds of the UCI Women’s World Cup this weekend

The women’s World Cup resumes this weekend with two of the final three rounds of competition in just three days. Both races are held in and around Vargada in Sweden, starting with a TTT today and a road race on Sunday.

In exciting news, the road race will be streamed live through the UCI’s YouTube channel, from 6.40pm in Australia.

Last year it was Specialized-Lululemon that won the TTT and Marianne Vos that won the road race.

Click through for previews of the 2014 Vargada TTT World Cup and 2014 Vargada road race at Velofocus. Click here to check out Sarah Connolly’s preview at Podium Cafe.

Tour de l’Avenir starts this weekend

It’s often billed as the Tour de France of the Future, and this year’s Tour de l’Avenir begins this Saturday. The U23 race this year features a prologue and seven road stages, including uphill finishes on all of the last four stages.

Robert Power will likely lead the Australian team’s GC ambitions after three consecutive wins in Italy over the past few weeks. He’ll be ably supported by Jack Haig while Caleb Ewan will lead the team’s stage-win ambitions on the flatter stages.

Recent previous winners of the race include Esteban Chaves, Warren Barguil, Nairo Quintana, Bauke Mollema and Jan Bakelants.

Click through for the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir startlist, including a very strong Australian team.

Introducing Amy’s Wall

In just a couple of weeks, thousands of cyclists will descend on the Victorian seaside town of Lorne for Amy’s Gran Fondo. The day before the popular ride, CyclingTips is putting on a hill-climb event in the main street of Lorne.

Lorne is a town with many steep streets, and with Amy’s Wall we’ll be tackling the short but steep ramp up Bay Street. Entry is $20 and there are no entries on the day.

Click here to read more and to sign up. We hope you can join us!

The UCI timekeepers

Here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the timekeepers of the sport, including the equipment used, how photo finishes are decided, and much more.

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 was once again shot by Jered Gruber in the Ardennes region of Belgium.