VeloNews.com » Road http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Gilbert wins De Brabantse Pijl http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/gilbert-wins-de-brabantse-pijl_324525 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/gilbert-wins-de-brabantse-pijl_324525#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:39:11 +0000 Brian Holcombe http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324525 Former world champion takes his second career victory in the Ardennes tuneup

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Philippe Gilbert won De Brabantse Pijl, the final tuneup ahead of the Ardennes classics, Wednesday in Overijse, Belgium. Gilbert (BMC Racing) won the 203-kilometer semi-classic for the second time in his career, landing a confidence-inspiring follow-up victory ahead of the hilly one-day races serving as his top objectives in 2014.

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) was second, missing out by half-a-wheel in the sprint, and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) was third in the 26-climb midweek contest, which started east of Brussels in Leuven.

Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) was the last of the survivors from the day’s breakaway when a half-dozen riders ripped past the American with little more than 40km remaining.

Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp), Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Mathias Brändle (IAM Cycling), Björn Leukemans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Mauro Finetto (Yellow Fluo), and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) pushed ahead to nearly a minute’s advantage, but couldn’t cut the leash from the peloton.

Forty seconds behind the leaders with 30km to go, BMC Racing and Giant-Shimano threw all they had at the chase. The former glued the front of the race back together and with 8km to go, the bunch reset for an explosive finale.

An onslaught of attacks ripped at the peloton over the handful of kilometers leading to the final climb at Schavei, but no rider could shake loose.

American Alex Howes led into the 700-meter final ramp for Garmin. Serry took over with 700 meters remaining, but Gilbert led out the sprint onto the 200-meter finish straight and held onto victory over Matthews.

“It was a difficult race with everyone attacking when we got to the [finish circuit] laps. I had to bide my time for the sprint,” said Matthews. “I had a good sprint in the finish, but Gilbert was quicker today.”

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Movistar names provisional lineup to support Quintana at Giro http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/movistar-names-provisional-lineup-to-support-quintana-at-giro_324513 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/movistar-names-provisional-lineup-to-support-quintana-at-giro_324513#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:03:47 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324513

Nairo Quintana wants to win the Giro d'Italia next month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Movistar names short list from which it will choose to ride in the first grand tour of the season

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Nairo Quintana wants to win the Giro d'Italia next month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Movistar released its list of 10 riders from which it will choose to support Nairo Quintana at next month’s Giro d’Italia.

In total, nine riders will make up the squad’s roster for the first grand tour of the year, the race through Italy that will begin with three stages in Ireland starting on May 9.

After months of debate, it was determined that Quintana would focus on the Giro this season instead of the Tour de France, despite his impressive performance in France last summer that resulted in a second-place overall and a first in the mountains and youth classifications.

“I would have liked to race the Tour again this year, but the team wants me to go to the Giro,” Quintana said in February. “The one who pays has the final say.”

Movistar will pick from these 10 riders for the rest of its Giro roster: Italians Adriano Malori and Eros Capecchi; Polish climber Sylwester Szmyd; Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador; and Spaniards Fran Ventoso, Pablo Lastras, Igor Antón, Jonathan Castroviejo, Gorka Izagirre and José Herrada.

This year’s Giro features five mountaintop finishes, several mid-mountain stages, and three time trials. Quintana will need to rely on Movistar’s climbing specialists — Anton won a mountain stage at the 2011 Giro and has registered two top-10 GC results at the Vuelta — to escort him through the challenging terrain.

Herrada was 12th in last year’s Vuelta, while Szmyd has finished all 22 grand tours he’s started. Amador triumphed in a mountain stage at the 2012 Giro.

“I hope to make another podium, and if it’s possible, to win the Giro,” Quintana said. “I believe it will go well because I will have a strong team supporting me all the time. … I am still young, so it’s better to go step by step.”

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Kwiatkowski wants to continue Omega Pharma’s spring success at Ardennes http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/kwiatkowski-wants-to-continue-omega-pharmas-spring-success-at-ardennes_324507 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/kwiatkowski-wants-to-continue-omega-pharmas-spring-success-at-ardennes_324507#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:06 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324507

Michal Kwiatkowski rode to fourth place at last year's Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Polish rider kicks off the Ardennes classics with Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race

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Michal Kwiatkowski rode to fourth place at last year's Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Omega Pharma-Quick Step switches gears from the cobblestones to the Ardennes this weekend with the intention of keeping the ball rolling.

Following its dramatic victory in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday with Niki Terpstra, the pavé specialists have stepped aside for the leaner climbers. Leading the team will be Polish sensation Michal Kwiatkowski.

“I like all three. I still need to progress a lot at Liège, because I’ve only done it twice,” Kwiatkowski said Wednesday in an interview. “Last year, I felt very good at Amstel and Flèche, but I was tired at Liège, and I couldn’t really challenge for it. [Liège] is a monument, so it would be great to challenge against the best. In principal, I will challenge for all three.”

Last year, Kwiatkowski was one of the revelations in the Ardennes, riding to fourth at Amstel Gold Race and fifth at Flèche Wallonne. The 23-year-old has been on a tear so far this season and wants to keep the momentum going across the Ardennes classics, which click into gear Sunday at Amstel Gold.

He skipped racing on the pavé, instead choosing to race at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), where only an on-form Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) could beat him.

“I love racing the Flemish classics, but, with the lineup Omega Pharma has for these races, I don’t think they missed me,” he said. “I think it was a good move to skip the cobblestones. After Tirreno I was optimistic, and I did specific training for the Ardennes. Last year, I wasn’t sure of my form … but this year, I am confident that things are going well for the Ardennes.”

Kwiatkowski has been prolific since the start of the 2014 season, winning in his debut at the Mallorca Challenge. He then won two stages and the overall at the Volta ao Algarve, knocking back a challenge from Contador to claim his first professional stage race title. He then beat Peter Sagan (Cannondale), his nemesis since their junior days, at Strade Bianche.

Things were going well at Tirreno, with Omega Pharma winning the opening team time trial, but he faltered and finished a disappointing 18th. He rebounded with a strong performance at the Basque Country and is ready to challenge for victory in the Ardennes.

Kwiatkowski is ambitious, and will return to the Tour de France later this summer with GC aspirations as well.

“I don’t know how far I can go, but I want to be the best, and I will work hard to get there,” he said. “Last year, I was 11th, so I will return to try to fight for the GC. But you never know, it will only be my second Tour. I learned a lot last year, and to be up front in all the key stages will be my objective. Also, to help Cav [Mark Cavendish], which is another big goal for the team.”

After the Ardennes, he will skip Tour de Romandie, take a break, and regroup for the Tour, with the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Polish national championships slated before the race through France. This year, he’ll return to the Tour of Poland, with ambitions of winning his national tour.

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Cancellara’s hour record attempt enters holding pattern over UCI rules http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cancellaras-hour-record-attempt-enters-holding-pattern-over-uci-rules_324499 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cancellaras-hour-record-attempt-enters-holding-pattern-over-uci-rules_324499#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:25:19 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324499

Fabian Cancellara wants to break the hour record, but he'll have to wait for the UCI to clarify its rules. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Trek is waiting for the UCI to clarify its rules before resuming the program for “Spartacus”

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Fabian Cancellara wants to break the hour record, but he'll have to wait for the UCI to clarify its rules. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Fabian Cancellara’s plans to take on the hour record are on hold following a revived debate within the UCI over rules governing one of cycling’s most vaunted records.

The hour record was on Cancellara’s radar for later this season, most likely after the Tour de France, but now officials at Trek Factory Racing are waiting until the UCI clarifies its definition of the hour record.

Trek manager Luca Guercilena told VeloNews on Sunday the team is waiting for word from the UCI before moving forward.

“Right now we are standing still, because the project was almost ready, then we saw comment that the track commission is looking to have a new set of rules for the hour record, so we cannot go on,” Guercilena said before the start of Paris-Roubaix. “There is a big investment that we need to do, so we do not know which direction we are going. We cannot spend money for nothing.”

Since 2000, following a wave of hour attempts with ever more extravagant time trial bikes in the 1990s, the UCI instituted two definitions of the hour record.

Cycling’s governing body said the technological advantages pushed the sport too far from its tradition roots, and moved to separate the old from new.

Since 2000, the UCI set the official hour record based on what it called the “Merckx position,” using a similar track bike setup and geometry as Eddy Merckx used to set a record of 49.431km in 1972. That position does not allow aerodynamic modifications to handlebars, wheels, frames, position, or helmets.

It defined the more aerodynamic, time trial attempts as “best human effort,” currently held by Chris Boardman at 56.375km, set in 1996.

After the new rules were instituted in 2000, Boardman returned to the boards in October that year in Manchester with a traditional setup, bettering the Merckx mark at 49.441km. In 2005, Ondrej Sosenka bettered that on a track in Moscow with 49.700km, but a subsequent doping positive in 2008 for the Czech rider cast doubt on the validity of the record, although the distance still stands in the record books.

The arrival of Brian Cookson to the UCI presidency in September revived a debate within the cycling federation about what should constitute the official hour record.

Speaking to VeloNews in February, Cookson confirmed there was interest in opening up the rules to new technological advances.

“My own view is that the so-called athletes hour, the record on the old traditional track bike, I think it was a nice idea, but frankly I think it’s an idea whose time has passed,” Cookson told VeloNews’ Ryan Newill. “So what we’ve asked the track commission is, look, what’s the step forward out here? We aren’t going to allow anyone to ride the hour record in the superman position. But we think that the old, traditional track bike athlete’s hour record is probably a little bit of an outdated idea. Where do we go from here?”

In late March, the UCI track commission met to discuss the issue again, but has yet to make an official announcement. Until then, Cancellara’s hour attempt is on ice.

“The key point for us is, which would be [the] record to beat? Until we know that, we cannot go on,” Guercilena said. “We were working on the Eddy Merckx position, that was the goal we had in mind. And we were almost ready for that, but now we are waiting to see what happens. This is a big project. This is not something we can pull together in 15 days.”

Trek has been working on the Cancellara hour project since last winter. The company has invested time and money testing materials, and Guercilena said it simply doesn’t make sense to move forward until the rules are clearly defined.

Cancellara’s plan to tackle the record was the first serious attempt in nearly a decade. The UCI’s strict rules took the luster off challenging the hour record, at least from a technological point of view. Others recently have expressed interest, including 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

Cancellara has been reticent to speak publicly about the hour attempt, insisting that he wanted to focus on the spring classics before becoming distracted with the intense effort to better the hour mark.

Guercilena insisted that Cancellara is enthusiastic about the project.

“He is excited. OK, first come the classics, but we made lots of tests over the winter, and he was motivated,” the Italian manager said. “He wants to do it.”

With everything in a holding pattern, Guercilena cautioned the attempt might not happen this year. Physically, Guercilena said Cancellara would not need that much time to reach a peak level, especially if he was coming off the Tour de France. It’s the technological side of things that would need more time to prepare, especially if the rules are modified.

“Once he’s 100 percent for the road, he’s not too far off top form to make the attempt. The main thing is to prepare the materials, the setup with the bike. That is what takes more time,” Guercilena said. “But now, everything is on hold, so we are waiting.”

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Ted King likely to see second shot at Tour de France http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/ted-king-likely-see-second-shot-tour-de-france_324490 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/ted-king-likely-see-second-shot-tour-de-france_324490#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324490

Ted King is on the short-list for a second Tour de France start with Cannondale. Photo: Jen See | VeloNews.com

Cannondale has American Ted King slotted in to return to France after a heartbreaking Tour exit in his debut attempt at the race

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Ted King is on the short-list for a second Tour de France start with Cannondale. Photo: Jen See | VeloNews.com

GENT, Belgium (VN) — Ted King, who suffered a heartbreaking exit from last year’s Tour de France, will likely see a second shot to make it to Paris.

Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio confirmed to VeloNews that the team is planning a Tour return this July for King, who was forced out of last year’s race after he missed the time cut in the team time trial by seven seconds.

“Ted will be returning to the Tour this summer,” Amadio told VeloNews. “The Tour is still a long way away, and anything can happen, but, yes, he is part of our plans for the Tour.”

Last summer, the popular New Englander realized a dream when he earned a spot among Cannondale’s Tour nine. He worked hard to improve his condition, and slotted into an important support role for team captain Peter Sagan.

Disaster struck during the crash-marred, chaotic first stage on Corsica, when King fell in a frenetic finale. The Orica-GreenEdge team bus was stuck under the finish-line awning, creating mounting tension as race officials and commissaires struggled to safely manage the arrival of the fast-charging peloton.

Battered and bruised, and nursing a separated shoulder, King made it across the line to stay in the race. He survived the following two stages on Corsica, hoping to mend up and stay in the race, and lend a helping hand to Sagan later in the Tour.

The team time trial in stage 4, when the Tour returned to mainland France, proved his undoing, however. King was dropped in the first kilometer of the technical 25-kilometer course around Nice, and rode the entire course alone in a vain effort to make the time cut.

UCI officials were merciless when they calculated the time cut, and kicked King out of the race after missing the limit by just seven seconds. King suggested that he made the time cut, claiming the his power meter was more accurate than the official timing. UCI officials could not be swayed, and forced King to make an emotional farewell to the Tour.

King’s exit was even more bittersweet because his father, hampered by health problems, had traveled to France that day to watch his son race.

Amadio said King deserved his spot on the short-list of riders who are penciled in to start the Tour this summer.

“He is very important to protecting Peter,” Amadio said. “He is a very strong rider, and he is gaining more and more experience. We need riders like Ted in the Tour.”

Cannondale will return to the Tour this summer intent on winning a third consecutive green points jersey with star rider Sagan. There should be a heated battle for green, with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) likely skipping the Giro d’Italia to arrive as fresh as possible to the Tour.

Cavendish’s priority will be winning the opening stage, and the yellow jersey that goes along with it, but the green jersey is also part of Omega Pharma’s plans. Cavendish has only won the green jersey once despite winning 25 Tour stages.

Sagan has proven so consistent in the bunch sprints that he can pick up points throughout the Tour to secure green, even when he cannot win against the pure sprinters. Last year, he only managed one stage victory, but easily won his second consecutive maillot vert.

King, meanwhile, has earned the trust of both Cannondale and Sagan, and has proven a steady hand in both the northern classics and longer stage races. King’s role in the one-day events and stage races is to protect Sagan’s flanks and then help chase down dangerous breakaways to set up the Slovak champion.

Since getting his full-time start in Europe with Cervélo in 2009, King has become one of the most experienced and strongest engines on the Cannondale team.

Lately, King has been focused on helping Sagan in the spring classics, and hasn’t talked much about the race in July, but there’s a sense he wants nothing more than return to the Tour, and ride all the way to Paris.

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Final Startlist: 2014 De Brabantse Pijl http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/final-startlist-2014-de-brabantse-pijl_324485 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/final-startlist-2014-de-brabantse-pijl_324485#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:03:22 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324485

Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl is the final tuneup ahead of the Ardennes classics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Yohann Gène will wear dossard No. 1 for Europcar's defending champion Tommy Voeckler in Wednesday's Ardennes tuneup

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Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl is the final tuneup ahead of the Ardennes classics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Europcar
1. Yohann Gène (FRA)
2. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN)
4. Morgan Lamoisson (FRA)
5. Davide Malacarne (ITA)
6. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA)
7. Kevin Reza (FRA)

BMC Racing
11. Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
12. Stephen Cummings (GBR)
13. Yannick Eijssen (BEL)
14. Martin Kohler (SWI)
15. Amaël Moinard (FRA)
16. Michael Schär (SWI)
17. Peter Stetina (USA)
18. Lawrence Warbasse (USA)

Garmin-Sharp
21. Daniel Martin (IRL)
22. Nathan Brown (USA)
23. Thomas Dekker (NED)
24. Caleb Fairly (USA)
25. Nathan Haas (AUS)
26. Alex Howes (USA)
27. Nick Nuyens (BEL)
28. Benjamin King (AUS)

Lotto-Belisol
31. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL)
32. Sander Armee (BEL)
33. Sean De Bie (BEL)
34. Kris Boeckmans (BEL)
35. Tony Gallopin (FRA)
36. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL)
37. Dennis Vanendert (BEL)
38. Pim Ligthart (NED)

Omega Pharma-Quick Step
41. Jan Bakelants (BEL)
42. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
43. Kevin De Weert (BEL)
44. Julien Vermote (BEL)
45. Wout Poels (NED)
46. Pieter Serry (BEL)
47. Petr Vakoc (CZE)
48. Martin Velits (SVK)

Orica-GreenEdge
51. Simon Gerrans (AUS)
52. Damien Howson (AUS)
53. Daryl Impey (RSA)
54. Michael Matthews (AUS)
55. Cameron Meyer (AUS)
56. Pieter Weening (NED)
57. Adam Yates (GBR)
58. Simon Yates (GBR)

Giant-Shimano
61. Simon Geschke (GER)
62. Roy Curvers (NED)
63. Thomas Damuseau (FRA)
64. Dries Devenyns (BEL)
65. Johannes Fröhlinger (GER)
66. Thierry Hupond (FRA)
67. Ji Cheng (CHN)
68. Sea Keong Loh (MAS)

Katusha
72. Marco Haller (AUT)
73. Petr Ignatenko (RUS)
74. Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS)
75. Alexander Porsev (RUS)
76. Alexander Rybakov (RUS)
77. Rudiger Selig (GER)
78. Alexey Tsatevich (RUS)

Trek Factory Racing
82. Jasper Stuyven (BEL)
83. Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN)
84. Fabio Felline (ITA)
85. Fábio Silvestre (POR)
86. Boy van Poppel (NED)
87. Danny Van Poppel (NED)
88. Kristof Vandewalle (BEL)

Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela
91. Johnny Hoogerland (NED)
92. Marco Bandiera (ITA)
93. Manuel Belletti (ITA)
94. Marco Frapporti (ITA)
95. Antonio Parrinello (ITA)
96. Franco Pellizotti (ITA)
97. Emanuele Sella (ITA)
98. Andrea Zordan (ITA)

Bardiani-CSF Inox
101. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)
102. Enrico Barbin (ITA)
103. Nicola Boem (ITA)
104. Marco Canola (ITA)
105. Filippo Fortin (ITA)
106. Angelo Pagani (ITA)

CCC Polsat Polkowice
111. Davide Rebellin (ITA)
112. Adrian Honkisz (POL)
113. Adrian Kurek (POL)
115. Bartlomiej Matysiak (POL)
116. Maciej Paterski (POL)
117. Mateusz Taciak (POL)
118. Lukasz Owsian (POL)

Cofidis, Solutions Credits
121. Romain Zingle (BEL)
122. Jérémy Bescond (FRA)
123. Edwig Cammaerts (BEL)
124. Julien Fouchard (FRA)
125. Luis Angel Mate Mardones (ESP)
126. Stéphane Poulhies (FRA)
127. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA)
128. Clément Venturini (FRA)

Colombia
131. Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (COL)
132. Juan Arango Carvajal (COL)
133. Edwin Alcibiades Ávila Vanegas (COL)
134. Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (COL)
135. Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (COL)
136. Duber Quintero Artunduaga (COL)
137. Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (COL)

IAM Cycling
141. Stefan Denifl (AUT)
142. Matthias Brändle (AUT)
143. Jonathan Fumeaux (SWI)
144. Patrick Schelling (SWI)
145. Kevyn Ista (BEL)
146. Pirmin Lang (SWI)
147. Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE)
148. Sébastien Reichenbach (SWI)

MTN-Qhubeka
151. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
152. Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (ERI)
153. Linus Gerdemann (GER)
154. Martin Reimer (GER)
155. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA)
156. Dennis van Niekerk (RSA)
157. Martin Wesemann (RSA)
158. Jacobus Venter (RSA)

Yellow Fluo
161. Francesco Chicchi (ITA)
162. Giorgio Cecchinel (ITA)
163. Daniele Colli (ITA)
164. Samuele Conti (ITA)
165. Mauro Finetto (ITA)
166. Luigi Miletta (ITA)
167. Mattia Pozzo (ITA)
168. Mirko Tedeschi (ITA)

RusVelo
171. Ivan Balykin (ITA)
172. Leonid Krasnov (RUS)
173. Timofey Kritskiy (RUS)
174. Roman Maikin (RUS)
175. Artem Ovechkin (RUS)
176. Kirill Pozdnyakov (RUS)
177. Alexander Serov (RUS)
178. Andrei Solomennikov (RUS)

NetApp-Endura
181. Bartosz Huzarski (POL)
182. Cesare Benedetti (ITA)
183. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP)
184. Jonathan McEvoy (GBR)
185. Frantisek Padour (Cze)
187. Erick Rowsell (GBR)

Novo Nordisk
191. David Lozano Riba (ESP)
192. Kevin De Mesmaeker (BEL)
193. Joonas Henttala (FIN)
195. Javier Megias Leal (ESP)
195. Thomas Raeymaekers (BEL)
196. Martijn Verschoor (NED)
197. Christopher Williams (AUS)

Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
201. Preben Van Hecke (BEL)
203. Pieter Jacobs (BEL)
204. Eliot Lietaer (BEL)
205. Thomas Sprengers (BEL)
206. Arthur Van Overberghe (BEL)
207. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL)
208. Zico Waeytens (BEL)

UnitedHealthcare
211. Marc de Maar (NED)
212. Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)
213. Jonathan Clarke (AUS)
214. Davide Frattini (ITA)
215. Ken Hanson (USA)
216. Christopher Jones (USA)
217. Martijn Maaskant (NED)
218. Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert
221. Björn Leukemans (BEL)
222. Jérôme Baugnies (BEL)
223. Francis De Greef (BEL)
224. Thomas Degand (BEL)
225. Jan Ghyselinck (BEL)
226. Michel Kreder (NED)
227. Nico Sijmens (BEL)
228. Frederik Veuchelen (BEL)

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Former Jamis rider Pinkham dies after apparent accidental overdose http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/former-jamis-rider-pinkham-dies-apparent-accidental-overdose_324472 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/former-jamis-rider-pinkham-dies-apparent-accidental-overdose_324472#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Brian Holcombe http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324472

Former Bissell rider Chase Pinkham, 23, died Sunday night. Photo: Pat Malach | Oregon.CyclingAction.com

Chase Pinkham, 24, died Monday night, a family friend has confirmed to VeloNews

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Former Bissell rider Chase Pinkham, 23, died Sunday night. Photo: Pat Malach | Oregon.CyclingAction.com

Chase Pinkham, a former rider for Jamis-Hagens Berman and the Trek-Livestrong development team, died Sunday night, a friend of the Pinkham family has confirmed to VeloNews.

The 23-year-old American rider died of an apparent accidental overdose, according to his family, after years of chronic pain related to a 2008 crash.

Pinkham was a rapidly rising prospect in Utah cycling when he was struck by a car while training in Canada prior to the Tour de l’Abitibi stage race in 2008. Following his recovery from the crash, which resulted in facial injuries requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries, Pinkham attracted the attention of Trek director Axel Merckx and joined the development program for the 2010 season.

From Trek, Pinkham continued onto domestic teams Bissell and Jamis, for whom he rode in 2013.

A story about Pinkham’s 2008 accident and subsequent challenges, ran in the Deseret News in February 2010.

According to a March 9 Facebook post, Pinkham dealt with chronic pain and depression related to his 2008 crash.

“Just wanted to give you an update if you have tried to get a hold of me the last few days by cell phone. I am currently seeking treatment for some severe depression caused by years of dealing with chronic pain from my accident in 2008. I am in a safe and good place, but I do not have access to a cell phone. If you need to get a hold of me please message me here,” wrote Pinkham.

“Dealing with chronic pain, years of medication and depression is something that may make you completely alone and hopeless, even when surrounded by the people that love you. Please remember that if you are suffering currently, or ever end up suffering, that you are not alone and that people love you. There is help available and asking for it only proves that you have the strength to reach out and the desire to change the state you are in. Many suffer, but so few ask for the help that so many people are willing to give.”

According to Alex Kim, a close friend of the Pinkham family, Chase underwent dozens of surgeries related to his 2008 crash and suffered from chronic pain. Pinkham was eliminating his use of narcotic painkillers, according to Kim, earlier this year when he suffered a broken leg at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona in February. Following the crash, doctors again prescribed narcotic painkillers for Pinkham. He was house-sitting last weekend in Salt Lake City when friends discovered Pinkham’s body.

“He didn’t take his own life,” Kim told VeloNews. “He was doing well when we saw him Friday and Saturday. This was an accidental overdose.”

Kim said the Pinkham family hoped a positive legacy would come from Chase’s death.

“Chronic pain is a big problem,” he said. “They want people to know this was something he was fighting and can happen to anyone.”

An outpouring of grief followed the news of Pinkham’s death, with former teammates among those offering condolences.

Addie Levinsky contributed reporting to this story.

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Cancellara still chasing history in the monuments http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cancellara-still-chasing-history-in-the-monuments_324396 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cancellara-still-chasing-history-in-the-monuments_324396#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:31:07 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324396

Fabian Cancellara was unable to match Niki Terpstra's winning move at Paris-Roubaix and finished third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

“Spartacus” closes his spring classics run with three podium finishes

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Fabian Cancellara was unable to match Niki Terpstra's winning move at Paris-Roubaix and finished third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

GHENT, Belgium (VN) — Fabian Cancellara said it himself — only the win matters — but he still closed his 2014 spring classics campaign with an impressive run. The Swiss “Spartacus” in black with white pinstripes won the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and placed second in Milano-Sanremo and third in Paris-Roubaix.

“OK, it could be worse,” Cancellara said when the dust settled at the Roubaix velodrome Sunday. “I’ve been on the podium 12 times in a row in these monuments, and that’s also not so bad. I get measured on winning, not finishing second or third, but it’s OK like this.”

Taking out the 2012 De Ronde, when he abandoned with a broken collarbone, Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) placed in the top three in every monument he raced. He has never lined up in the other two monuments, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.

After the 2010 season, he said he would like to target all five monuments. “You lose your motivation doing the same things,” he said. “I need new challenges.”

The feat of winning all five monuments, however, remains in the hands of Roger De Vlaeminck, Rik Van Looy, and Eddy Merckx — all Belgians.

Had Cancellara won in Roubaix, he would have been the first rider to win the De Ronde/Roubaix double three times. He also would have taken his fourth victory and matched Roubaix’s record for the most wins, sitting alongside De Vlaeminck and his current rival Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Instead, the numbers worked against Cancellara.

His key lieutenant Stijn Devolder could not start due to a crash in De Ronde. Gregory Rast lost ground in the Arenberg Forest with a bike change, while Yaroslav Popovych and Hayden Roulston crashed. With Roulston, Cancellara went down as well and had to change bikes. He nearly lost all chances to make 12 podiums in a row.

“I spent a lot of energy getting back on after changing bikes. Roubaix is a race where you can never spend too much energy because you’ll be missing it in the end.”

Cancellara appeared more human than “Spartacus” in these classics. In De Ronde, he followed and waited for the sprint. He did the same in Roubaix instead of attacking solo with 48 kilometers remaining as he did in 2010.

Boonen attacked. Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) tried. And Peter Sagan (Cannondale) went, too. Cancellara dodged bullets, marked attacks and survived. He formed a part of an 11-man group with 20km to race. The numbers were stacked against the Swiss in black: Omega Pharma had three men, and Giant-Shimano and Sky counted two each.

“I couldn’t go with Boonen, that was too far out at 65km considering the headwind and Omega Pharma had more men behind. I knew I would have to wait,” Cancellara said.

“To just attack and to be in the front and then get dropped is also not what I wanted. My solution was to go towards the velodrome and then do my best: Third place and second behind John Degenkolb in a sprint like this.”

Omega Pharma won the race. Niki Terpstra attacked the front group and quickly put some real estate between himself and the chasers. His teammates Boonen and Zdenek Stybar watched. Cancellara’s chance for a fourth win and a third double vanished.

Cancellara said he did not want to risk a podium spot with a desperate chase. “Honestly, I race for winning, not arriving for second or third,” he said. “But in the end, I’m realistic.”

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Report: Gesink out of Amstel Gold Race with heart problem http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/report-gesink-out-of-amstel-gold-race-with-heart-problem_324371 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/report-gesink-out-of-amstel-gold-race-with-heart-problem_324371#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:40 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324371

Robert Gesink is reportedly out of the Amstel Gold Race due to a heart condition. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Belkin rider failed to finish last week's Tour of the Basque Country

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Robert Gesink is reportedly out of the Amstel Gold Race due to a heart condition. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

THE HAGUE (AFP) — Dutch rider Robert Gesink will skip Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race due to a heart condition, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Belkin rider suffers from stress in major races that triggers problems with his heartbeat, the paper reported.

When contacted by AFP, Gesink’s team declined to comment ahead of a scheduled press conference the rider is due to appear at later Tuesday.

UPDATE: Belkin distributed a comment on Gesink’s health status later Tuesday, saying the team would stand by its long-term star rider, who will be on the sidelines for an unknown period of time.

“Belkin Pro Cycling Team rider Robert Gesink has been suffering from cardiac arrhythmia during heavy physical exertions for a few years,” the statement read. “This was also the case while he obtained his greatest race results. During previously conducted medical research, medics have concluded that cardiac arrhythmia does not hinder a cyclist’s performance, even at the highest level. However, ever since the Giro d’Italia in 2013, Robert has become afraid of this disorder. In agreement with the team, the medical staff and experts, Robert has decided to go through an extensive medical examination to try and find the cause of this disorder and a solution for this problem.

“The Belkin Pro Cycling Team will fully support Robert during this period, and will give him all the time he needs to recover. Up until now, the medical staff has not found any reason to stop Robert from racing. In agreement with Robert, the team will perform an extensive cardiac examination and he will not race until further notice. The Belkin Pro Cycling Team has full confidence that Robert will be able to continue to perform at the highest level and that he will leave this difficult problem behind him.”

Gesink abandoned during the fifth stage of last week’s Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), and in March he also failed to complete the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Gesink’s best finish in a grand tour was fifth at the Tour de France in 2010.

The Amstel Gold Race is the first of three hilly spring classics set for the next two weeks. It is followed by the Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

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Contador: Tour cobbles will be harder in 2014 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/contador-tour-cobbles-will-harder-2014_324320 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/contador-tour-cobbles-will-harder-2014_324320#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:18:55 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324320

Alberto Contador previewed the cobblestones that will feature in stage 5 of the Tour de France Monday. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

Spaniard previews stage 5 of the Tour de France and says the stones deserve respect

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Alberto Contador previewed the cobblestones that will feature in stage 5 of the Tour de France Monday. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador previewed the Tour de France’s fifth stage Monday, taking a close look at the nine cobblestone sectors facing riders on the July 9 leg between Ypres, Belgium, and Arenberg, France.

“I have studied especially the material [equipment], which is most important here. I already knew some sections from 2010 [stage 3 of the 2010 Tour traveled over a number of cobbled sectors], but clearly the most critical will be the first sections, because there the group will still be very large and there will be more fighting to get into in front of the group. After there will have more selection,” Contador said in a press release. “The feeling on the cobblestones has been good, but we must not forget that this is just a workout, it’s not the race, and there wasn’t rain, which can complicate everything. The wind will also be very important.”

Contador rode the final 75 kilometers of the stage Monday after previewing the first portion in the car. A day after Paris-Roubix tore through the fields of northern France, he said the cobbles demanded respect. The Spaniard lost 1:13 when the race last encountered the cobbles, leaving the day 1:01 behind Cadel Evans and 1:40 behind then-leader Fabian Cancellara.

“The hardest part will be the entry into the sections of pavé. Some of them have a lot of sand and the bike skates a lot. Care should be taken,” he said. “I felt good on the cobbles, but you have to face this stage with respect and being aware that we’ll be here with 100 kilometers in the legs. I think it will be a more difficult stage than in 2010, because the first sections are more complicated.”

Contador returned to Spain following his reconnaissance. He will not race again until the Critérium du Dauphiné in early June, which will be his final race before the Tour.

“After finishing the [Tour of the Basque Country] and seeing this stage, I can say that I have achieved the objectives of the first part of the season,” he said.

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Rebranded Gran Fondo Italia announces 2014 lineup http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/rebranded-gran-fondo-italia-announces-2014-lineup_324322 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/rebranded-gran-fondo-italia-announces-2014-lineup_324322#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:33:29 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324322

The Italian gran fondo series returns to Miami-Coral Gables, Florida, for a fourth year.

Three events in the U.S and one in Brazil make up the 2014 Gran Fondo Italia schedule, with more events expected to be announced

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The Italian gran fondo series returns to Miami-Coral Gables, Florida, for a fourth year.

The former Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia series has been rebranded as simply Gran Fondo Italia, with a new lineup of events for 2014.

In 2013 the series was one of several to usher in this highly popular format of organized rides, which cater to varying skill levels. Those at the front often race to win. Those in the middle strive for personal bests. Those at the back attempt to complete the distance.

Three events in the U.S and one in Brazil make up the 2014 Gran Fondo Italia schedule, with more events expected to be announced.

The first event will be held August 10 in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado, just eight days before the USA Pro Challenge begins in the same location.

The second event will be held October 19 in Atlanta-Roswell, Georgia, a  well known cycling area. The event will be organized in partnership with Southern Bicycle League.

On November 9, Gran Fondo Italia will return to Miami-Coral Gables, Florida, for a fourth year.

Finally, on November 16, the first edition of Gran Fondo Italia Rio de Janeiro will be held, in the future Olympic city.

The series, brings a blend of Italian atmosphere, cycling history, and Italian partnerships to host cities, was founded by Italian Matteo Gerevini in 2009.

“To give an example from our early events, we added the pasta party at the end of the event, usually involving the local Italian restaurants,” said Gerevini. “And then jerseys and technical bike products were added as part of the offerings. Our history goes back to the early days of using timed climbs to provide riders with markers for their achievements. All these details make the difference in a great experience, and we are well-positioned to provide an Italian experience that will keep our value unique and successful.”

For more information visit Gran Fondo Italia’s website.

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Phinney’s Roubaix dreams go flat in the Carrefour de l’Arbre http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/phinneys-roubaix-dreams-go-flat-carrefour-de-larbre_324313 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/phinneys-roubaix-dreams-go-flat-carrefour-de-larbre_324313#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:54:12 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324313

Taylor Phinney lost a shot at the Paris-Roubaix podium when he flatted late in Sunday's race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

American suffers first-ever Roubaix puncture and misses a shot at the finale in the cobbled closer

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Taylor Phinney lost a shot at the Paris-Roubaix podium when he flatted late in Sunday's race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

ROUBAIX, France (VN) — A puncture took the air out of Taylor Phinney’s dreams of Paris-Roubaix glory during a bumpy ride Sunday in “The Hell of the North.”

Phinney, 23, was hovering near the front group until the decisive Carrefour de l’Arbre, the last of three five-star rated cobbled sectors, with 15km to to go to the Roubaix velodrome. With an untimely puncture, he lost contact with his chase group just as the race was coming apart at the seams, and had to settle for 30th, at 2:55 back.

“I had a flat there in the Carrefour de l’Arbre sector, and that’s the first time I’ve had a flat ever in Roubaix. That was not a great moment to have a puncture,” Phinney told VeloNews. “I am not quite sure how the race played out, but I know I would have been there with Greg [Van Avermaet], Thor [Hushovd], and Marcus [Burghardt].”

BMC brought a multi-pronged attack to Roubaix, with Phinney enjoying new freedom to try his luck late in the race. The flat tire, however, spoiled his chances on a day when he was hoping to do a lot more. Since winning the under-23 Paris-Roubaix in 2009 and 2010, Phinney has had a growing passion for the pavé, and he was certainly swinging for the fences Sunday.

A strong showing in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), where he rode into the day’s main breakaway after missing out on Milano-Sanremo and E3 Harelbeke with fever, raised hopes for a big ride Sunday. Covered in dust from the hard effort, Phinney could only shake his head in frustration.

“When you flat on the cobbles like that, you lose all your momentum,” Phinney said. “You cannot push the same power. I had to change a wheel, and lost a good 30 seconds. I got into a little group, and we powered to the line as best we could.”

BMC was looking good heading toward the final crescendo of the race. Hushovd enjoyed his best ride on the pavé since he was second in 2010. After suffering through a few sub-par seasons, and an equally frustrating Flanders the week before, the Norwegian national champion was back on the sharp end of the action, bridging out to the decisive, late-race breakaway featuring Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

The American team’s hopes quickly unraveled, however. Phinney’s puncture was matched by an earlier spill involving Flanders runner-up Van Avermaet, who spun out on a dusty right-hand corner over the cobbles with under 25km to go.

Despite solid riding throughout the meat of the race, no BMC jerseys made it into the 10-rider breakaway that fought for the victory in the final 10km.

Van Avermaet led BMC Racing with 17th, in the second chase group at 47 seconds back, with Hushovd and Burghardt riding into the third chase group, for 19th and 22nd, respectively, at 1:05 back. Phinney sprinted to third out of his group for 30th.

“As a team, I think we deserved more than what the results sheet showed,” Phinney said. “As a team, we were super strong and always together. Sometimes things just don’t go your way.”

Though clearly disappointed to suffer a puncture in the key moment of the race that he loves, Phinney tried to look for the positive in his third Roubaix since turning professional in 2011.

“It’s too bad,” he said. “Personally, I made a step forward from last year and the year before, so that’s all I can ask from myself.”

Experience counts in Roubaix, both good and bad, and Phinney continues to build up his account for a future withdrawal.

After a busy spring, which included a time trial stage win at the Dubai Tour and seventh in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Phinney returns Monday to the United States, where he will race at the Amgen Tour of California for the first time since 2011. Then he’ll try to fight his way onto BMC’s roster for a Tour de France debut and a chance to help his friend, Tejay van Garderen, in a run for the yellow jersey.

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Cannondale manager says Sagan has work to do for a monument win http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cannondale-manager-says-sagan-work-monument-win_324241 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cannondale-manager-says-sagan-work-monument-win_324241#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:37:19 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324241

Cannondale's manager says Peter Sagan has work to do before he lands a monument. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sagan leaves the classics without a monument, but his camp says the spring campaign was a success — and a learning experience

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Cannondale's manager says Peter Sagan has work to do before he lands a monument. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

GENT, Belgium (VN) — Peter Sagan closed his classics campaign on a high at Paris-Roubaix but said he “needs to improve” for the coming years.

“I finished the first part of my season with a positive signal,” Sagan said. “Not all the races finished as I expected, but anyway it was a good experience.”

Sagan placed sixth in Roubaix after a late attack failed. The 24-year-old rode off the banks of the Roubaix velodrome with his face and green Cannondale kit covered with dirt. He stopped, kissed his girlfriend, and looked ahead.

“I’m satisfied for my place, even if didn’t win or get on the podium,” he said. “Given what I accomplished today, after a long campaign in the North, I’m fine. Now I know I can be competitive in race like this. I know I can improve.”

Sagan will turn his focus now from his classics campaign to his contract negotiations. Fernando Alonso is reportedly willing to pay €3.3m a year for the Slovak champion, but Cannondale only wants to pay between €2m and 2.5m.

Whether Sagan races for Italy’s green team or the two-time Formula One driver, he needs to improve before he lands a victory in one of cycling’s five monuments.

“He needs to improve his tactics in the key moments of these races. These are things that you understand with the passing years by making mistakes,” Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio told VeloNews. “When it all comes easily — which it seems it did in the last four years — everything seems normal. That moment that it doesn’t come easily, you have to rely on experience and on maturity. You have to use your smarts, when to stay on the wheel instead of attacking.”

After a disappointing 16th in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) last week, Sagan took on different tactics at Roubaix. He attacked on Sunday to anticipate rivals like Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who left him on the road late in De Ronde. He went with 36 kilometers to race and received little help from Maarten Wynants (Belkin), who followed.

Sagan bridged to Tom Boonen’s (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) group ahead, but at that time, the chasers were breathing down his neck. The effort took its toll and cost him energy he could have used to sprint in the velodrome.

“You need to be mature. You need physical and above all, mental strength,” Amadio continued. “Cancellara showed that. He won Flanders last week more on experience than legs. He was not Cancellara from the past, who was a level above the others. With his experience, though, he was able to rise above.

“Cancellara is 33 years old, though, and he already has that experience. Peter has to keep on insisting and believing that he can win these classics.”

Talking Sunday, Amadio reflected on his star rider’s results in the 2014 classics campaign. Last year, Sagan aimed for Milano-Sanremo and the Ronde van Vlaanderen, before backing off to race the hilly Ardennes classics. This year, he raced straight through Roubaix and will skip the Ardennes. Sagan succeeded this spring, but not in the monuments.

“It doesn’t change anything if he failed to win a monument. It’s not a drama,” Amadio said. “It’s been a positive campaign in the north. We’ll review it and try to improve.”

Peter Sagan’s 2013-14 classics results:
Milano-Sanremo: 2, 10
E3 Harelbeke: 2, 1
Gent-Wevelgem: 1, 3
Three Days of De Panne: 1 stage win, 1 stage win
Ronde van Vlaanderen: 2, 16
Scheldeprijs: -, 70
Paris-Roubaix: -, 6

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Cobbles inspection for Contador, no Ardennes classics http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cobbles-inspection-contador-ardennes_324074 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/cobbles-inspection-contador-ardennes_324074#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:57:36 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324074

The route of the 2010 Tour de France included four sections of pavé used at Paris-Roubaix. Alberto Contador fared well on that occasion, finishing 13th on the stage, 1:13 down on his closest GC contender. Photo by Tim De Waele.

Alberto Contador is skipping the Ardennes classics, but he will be in France on Monday to inspect the cobblestones featured in this year's

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The route of the 2010 Tour de France included four sections of pavé used at Paris-Roubaix. Alberto Contador fared well on that occasion, finishing 13th on the stage, 1:13 down on his closest GC contender. Photo by Tim De Waele.

COMPIEGNE, France (VN) — Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) steered clear of Paris-Roubaix, but he was slated to arrive in Compiegne, the start town of the “Queen of the Classics,” on Monday to get a taste of the cobblestones.

Hot off winning the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), Contador will inspect the route of stage 5 in this year’s Tour de France that features pavé. Contador will ride the cobble sectors with Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Niki Sorensen.

“It’s important to see the cobbles. He will get the feeling of how they feel,” Tinkoff-Saxo sport director Philippe Mauduit told VeloNews. “Alberto is OK on the cobbles. At the 2010 Tour he was pretty good, especially compared to the others.”

The inclusion of the cobbles in the Tour for the first time since 2010 has raised anticipation and apprehension among all the yellow jersey contenders.

At that Tour’s foray into the Roubaix cobblestones, Andy Schleck finished in the lead group across the cobbles, guided by teammate Fabian Cancellara; Contador finished in the second group, about one minute down, after a flat tire. Fränk Schleck crashed on the cobblestones that day, breaking his collarbone and ending Tour. (The stage report from that day is posted here; full results from that day are posted here.)

The majority of this year’s GC contenders have been trekking north to ride over the cobbles. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) even raced in two Belgian semi-classics to get a taste of the pavé.

With 15.4km spread over nine sectors, the cobblestones are the real deal, and Stage 5 will prove decisive. It’s almost certain that someone will lose major time, and all chances of winning the Tour.

“Every grand tour has one or two stages when you’re not going to win, but you can lose it,” Mauduit said. “What can we do? The organizers have decided to add it the script, so we must do the best we can, and make the movie.”

Tinkoff-Saxo is flying high following Contador’s stellar debut to the 2014 season. He’s either won or finished second in every stage race he’s started, with victories at Tirreno-Adriatico and Basque Country, and second places at the Volta ao Algarve and the Volta a Catalunya.

Despite having top form, Contador will not race the hilly Ardennes classics next week.

“He’s not a machine. He’s had a heavy spring, he needs time to breathe,” Mauduit said. “After a rest, he will train at altitude, race the [Critérium du] Dauphiné, and then the Tour.”

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Wiggins says riding into the Roubaix final was a ‘real honor’ http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/wiggins-says-riding-roubaix-final-real-honor_324213 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/wiggins-says-riding-roubaix-final-real-honor_324213#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:46:12 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324213

Bradley Wiggins rode to ninth at Paris-Roubaix Sunday and said he would be back to try and win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Former Tour de France winner calls his ninth-place ride at Roubaix a confirmation and says he'll be back to try and win

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Bradley Wiggins rode to ninth at Paris-Roubaix Sunday and said he would be back to try and win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

ROUBAIX, France (VN) — Tour de France winners have taken home the cobblestone trophy from Paris-Roubaix before, but none of them has had Sir in front of his name. Bradley Wiggins dodged all the pitfalls at “The Hell of the North” Sunday to have that chance, but could not follow the race-winning acceleration when he needed.

“I’ve gone from team pursuit, individual pursuit, Madison world champion, Tour de France winner, top 10 in Paris-Roubaix,” Wiggins said. “I’ve always been a jack of all [trades], and today confirms that.”

Instead of adding a knighted Briton to its winners’ list, Paris-Roubaix added another Dutchman on Sunday. Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) fired away solo with 6.2 kilometers to race and won in Roubaix’s velodrome with a 20-second advantage. Wiggins finished ninth, in the group behind the winner, and his Sky teammate Geraint Thomas took seventh.

Wiggins sat on the infield’s grass after the 257-kilometer finale of the cobbled classics, caught his breath, and spoke to his wife. After he showered, he met the press at the door to Sky’s bus.

“It was a real honor to be in the final, going past Tom Boonen on the Carrefour [de l'Arbre cobbled sector] was special, and then to come on the velodrome in a group with riders like [Fabian] Cancellara. To be there was great. It gave me confidence that I can do it now and match those guys,” Wiggins said. “To go top 10 is a good result; there are not many Tour de France winners who’ve been top 10 in Paris-Roubaix. On a personal note it’s a nice thing.”

Wiggins won almost every major stage race en route to his 2012 Tour de France victory. He went on to claim a time trial gold at the London Olympics later that summer. It confirmed his transition from track to road hero. It also helped him earn that title of Sir Bradley.

This winter, though, few thought he could seriously challenge for a Paris-Roubaix victory after he announced that the “Queen of the Classics” would be a major target. Even ahead of the race this morning, he only had two big one-day races in his legs and carried 44:1 odds. Three-time winner Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) carried the best odds, at just under 3:1.

Wiggins survived “The Hell of the North,” however. He covered the cobbled sectors, 51.1 kilometers’ worth, and rose to the top. He rode into the final 20km with an 11-man group that included Thomas, three Omega Pharma riders (Terpstra, Boonen, and Zdenek Stybar), Cancellara, Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin), and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano).

“You really have to commit, go into those cobbled sectors and close your eyes,” Wiggins said. “You have to have the legs, as well. Even Tom Boonen today, when I caught him on the Carrefour, he was hanging on with what he had. In the final, too, guys were just stopping, really. You saw how big the group was, 50 or so, and how it whittled down in the final sectors.”

Wiggins relied on Thomas to draw away the attention. The Welshman joined Boonen and a handful of others for an escape that lasted 40km. Once the others caught him, with 20km to go and Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen behind, Wiggins had his turn.

“I felt fantastic when the two groups came together at 10 kilometers out. I attacked, and then after that, I don’t know really, I just felt out-numbered,” Wiggins said. “And the run-in was quite fast in the last five kilometers. Terpstra played it perfectly with Stybar and Boonen.”

Wiggins would not allow his rivals such freedom in the 2012 Tour, where Sky suffocated the race and delivered the then-32-year-old to Great Britain’s first-ever maillot jaune. However, given his underdog status — and three-year absence from the race — ninth place at Roubaix appeared to suit him. Wiggins said he would come back again and try to win; first though, a rest, the Amgen Tour of California, and a push to make Sky’s Tour team.

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Rock on: Niki Terpstra went ‘full gas’ to the finish http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/rock-niki-terpstra-went-full-gas-finish_324161 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/rock-niki-terpstra-went-full-gas-finish_324161#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:36:32 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324161

Niki Terpstra gave it everything in that final push to the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

As he jumped, Terpstra knew his moment had come, and after one quick look back he focused on what lay ahead — victory in Paris-Roubaix

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Niki Terpstra gave it everything in that final push to the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

ROUBAIX, France (VN) — When Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) heard over the crackle of race radio that he had the freedom to attack as a dozen top riders powered toward the velodrome, he didn’t hesitate.

Omega Pharma had three riders in the select group, and they were saving team captain Tom Boonen for a sprint finale, so Terpstra and teammate Zdenek Stybar were given the green light to go. With just over 6km remaining, Terpstra punched the accelerator, and Paris-Roubaix quickly became a race for second place.

“As soon as I heard that, I didn’t wait 20 seconds. I just went full gas, like I like to do,” Terpstra said. “It was not clear how much of a margin I had. I knew I was in the front, and when I looked behind, I saw I had a good gap. I didn’t look back again, because you know they’re coming. I wasn’t sure I was going to win until reaching the velodrome.”

Omega Pharma played the numbers again, and after being frustrated throughout this year’s spring classics, it paid off.

They came up short at E3 Harelbeke and Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), settling for less when only victory counts on a team like Omega Pharma.

The pressure was on Sunday for the big win in the last shot at redemption.

“Yes, there was pressure, not only from the outside, but also from inside the team. We are motivated to do it,” Terpstra said. “We have won a lot of races, but not a big one. We wanted to prove we could win a big one, so it gave us a lot of motivation, especially after Flanders.”

Terpstra stayed hidden away for much of the race, hiding behind Omega Pharma’s workers early on. He also avoided mishaps.

“I didn’t have one puncture. For the first time in Roubaix, I didn’t have any problems at all,” he said. “I was very lucky. Maybe I should go play the lottery now.”

He and Boonen ramped up the speed to produce some splits in the peloton after the Arenberg forest, but headwinds, dry road conditions, and a big group meant that the peloton kept reforming.

When Boonen bolted clear with a searing, long-distance attack at 65km to go to bridge out to a leading group, he yelled into Terpstra’s ear to go with him, but the Dutch rider hesitated, and thought he had missed his chance to win Roubaix.

“I hesitated one second too long, and then it was too late [to go with Boonen], because had I later reacted, I would take the entire peloton with me,” he said. “I thought [Boonen's early attack] was a good attack. If there was not good cooperation behind, they would have stayed away in the front.”

Terpstra then played a chess match, saving his legs as BMC and Belkin worked to reel in the Boonen group. Counter-attacks from Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) were hard to cover, but he stayed tucked in as Stybar joined a promising group.

After the Carrefour de l’Arbre, Terpstra and Boonen rejoined a leading group to create the winning pack of a dozen riders.

Everyone was strong, everyone was tired, Terpstra knew the spoils would go to the brave. So when he heard had license to attack, he didn’t hesitate a second time.

“I attacked at the right moment. The whole group was strong, every rider who was there had good legs,” Terpstra said. “It’s a stupid race, it’s too old-fashioned, but that’s what makes Roubaix so special, and why I love it so much.”

The victory is a coming of age for the 29-year-old Terpstra. Fifth in 2012, third last year, Terpstra has been knocking at the door of a big win for the past few seasons.

Victory in Dwars door Vlaanderen in a similar, late-race solo attack indicated he was in top shape. Second at Harelbeke and sixth at Flanders confirmed it.

When he bolted free with 6km, the gap kept growing. The others knew they were damned if they chased, and damned if they didn’t. Omega Pharma had the numbers, and this time it played out just right.

“It’s so satisfying, to finally win a big one,” Terpstra said. “I already had some nice victories, but they were small races. Roubaix is the biggest classic for me to win. It was pretty emotional at the finish line.”

 

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Australian rider Travis Meyer (Drapac) suffered a fractured skull and other injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while training in Andorra

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Photo courtesy Drapac Professional Cycling.

Australian Pro Continental team Drapac has confirmed that Travis Meyer was hit by a vehicle while training in Andorra on Saturday.

Meyer suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured jaw, broken arm and a bruised lung. He was airlifted from Andorra to a hospital in Barcelona  after the incident.

The younger brother of 2011 Tour Down Under winner Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer, 24, moved to Drapac in 2014 after two years at Orica-GreenEdge. Prior to that, he spent 2010 and 2011 with Garmin.

Meyer was due to race the Presidential Tour of Turkey later this month.

Meyer’s injury came just one day after American Chris Horner was also seriously injured when he was also hit by a car while training.

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Gallery: The technology of Paris-Roubaix http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/gallery-technology-paris-roubaix_324082 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/gallery-technology-paris-roubaix_324082#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:08:22 +0000 Caley Fretz http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324082

Paris-Roubaix is unique — the last race on the calendar that requires teams to drastically modify their equipment choices from the usual carbon-filled, aerodynamic status quo. The range of technology is slimmer than it used to be, as carbon fiber technology and cycling equipment in general improve and normal gear is able to handle the stress Roubaix applies. But there are still plenty of modifications to be done. The wheels shown here used to be the standby — a pair of Ambrosio Nemesis rims laced to a team's hub of choice with at least 32 spokes, wrapped in fatter-than-usual tires. But as carbon rims have gained strength, the vast majority of these wheels, including the ones shown here, have been relegated to backup-bike status. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

Custom tires, cyclocross bikes and heaps of mechanical creativity abound at the Hell of the North, Paris-Roubaix

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Paris-Roubaix is unique — the last race on the calendar that requires teams to drastically modify their equipment choices from the usual carbon-filled, aerodynamic status quo. The range of technology is slimmer than it used to be, as carbon fiber technology and cycling equipment in general improve and normal gear is able to handle the stress Roubaix applies. But there are still plenty of modifications to be done. The wheels shown here used to be the standby — a pair of Ambrosio Nemesis rims laced to a team's hub of choice with at least 32 spokes, wrapped in fatter-than-usual tires. But as carbon rims have gained strength, the vast majority of these wheels, including the ones shown here, have been relegated to backup-bike status. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

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Results: 2014 Paris-Roubaix http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/results-2014-paris-roubaix_324145 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/results-2014-paris-roubaix_324145#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:08:46 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324145 Results from the 2014 Paris-Roubaix

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  • 1. Niki Terpstra, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, 6:09:01
  • 2. John Degenkolb, Giant-Shimano, at :20
  • 3. Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, at 0:20
  • 4. Sep Vanmarcke, Belkin, at 0:20
  • 5. Zdenek Stybar, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 0:20
  • 6. Peter Sagan, Cannondale, at 0:20
  • 7. Geraint Thomas, Sky, at 0:20
  • 8. Sebastian Langeveld, Garmin-Sharp, at 0:20
  • 9. Bradley Wiggins, Sky, at 0:20
  • 10. Tom Boonen, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 0:20
  • 11. Bert DeBacker, Giant-Shimano, at 0:26
  • 12. Arnaud Demare, Fdj.fr, at 0:47
  • 13. Bernhard Eisel, Sky, at 0:47
  • 14. Sébastien Turgot, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 0:47
  • 15. Bjorn Leukemans, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 0:47
  • 16. Stijn Vandenbergh, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 0:47
  • 17. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing, at 0:47
  • 18. Emjos Van, Belkin, at 0:47
  • 19. Thor Hushovd, BMC Racing, at 1:05
  • 20. Jean-pierre Drucker, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 1:05
  • 21. Edvald BoassonHagen, Sky, at 1:05
  • 22. Marcus Burghardt, BMC Racing, at 1:05
  • 23. Sébastien Minard, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:05
  • 24. Yannick Martinez, Europcar, at 1:05
  • 25. Jens Keukeleire, Orica-Greenedge, at 1:05
  • 26. Bram Tankink, Belkin, at 1:05
  • 27. Steve Chainel, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:05
  • 28. Adrien Petit, Cofidis, at 2:55
  • 29. Mitchell Docker, Orica-Greenedge, at 2:55
  • 30. Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing, at 2:55
  • 31. Luke Rowe, Sky, at 2:55
  • 32. Matthieu Ladagnous, Fdj.fr, at 2:55
  • 33. Laurens DeVreese, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 2:55
  • 34. Michael SchÄr, BMC Racing, at 2:55
  • 35. Nikolay Trusov, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:55
  • 36. Kristijan Koren, Cannondale, at 2:55
  • 37. Lars Boom, Belkin, at 2:59
  • 38. Johan Belsummeren, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:59
  • 39. Maarten Wynants, Belkin, at 2:59
  • 40. Borut Bozic, Astanateam, at 2:59
  • 41. Mathew Hayman, Orica-Greenedge, at 4:14
  • 42. Maciej Bodnar, Cannondale, at 5:48
  • 43. Alexandre Pichot, Europcar, at 6:42
  • 44. Roger Kluge, IAM Cycling, at 6:42
  • 45. Benoit Jarrier, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at 6:42
  • 46. Yauheni Hutarovich, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:42
  • 47. Gediminas Bagdonas, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:42
  • 48. Brice Feillu, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at 6:44
  • 49. Florian Senechal, Cofidis, at 6:44
  • 50. Filippo Pozzato, Lampre-Merida, at 6:44
  • 51. Maarten Tjallingii, Belkin, at 6:44
  • 52. Michael Morkov, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 7:06
  • 53. Boy VanPoppel, Trek Factory Racing, at 7:06
  • 54. Francisco José Ventoso Alberti, Movistar, at 7:06
  • 55. Jasper Stuyven, Trek Factory Racing, at 7:06
  • 56. Zakkari Dempster, Team Netapp-Endura, at 7:06
  • 57. Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Katusha, at 7:06
  • 58. Stig Broeckx, Lotto-Belisol, at 7:06
  • 59. Yoann Offredo, Fdj.fr, at 7:06
  • 60. Julien Fouchard, Cofidis, at 7:06
  • 61. Imanol ErvitiOllo, Movistar, at 7:06
  • 62. Aleksejs Saramotins, IAM Cycling, at 7:06
  • 63. Blaz Jarc, Team Netapp-Endura, at 7:06
  • 64. Dylan VanBaarle, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:06
  • 65. Christian Knees, Sky, at 7:06
  • 66. Schillinandreas, Team Netapp-Endura, at 7:06
  • 67. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:06
  • 68. Stijn Steels, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 7:06
  • 69. Reinardt Janserensburg, Giant-Shimano, at 7:06
  • 70. Jelle Wallays, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 7:06
  • 71. Dmitriy Gruzdev, Astanateam, at 7:06
  • 72. Paolo Longo Borghini, Cannondale, at 7:06
  • 73. Christopher Juul-Jensen, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 7:06
  • 74. Luca Paolini, Katusha, at 7:06
  • 75. Jens Debusschere, Lotto-Belisol, at 7:22
  • 76. Danilo Wyss, BMC Racing, at 7:51
  • 77. Robert Wagner, Belkin, at 9:55
  • 78. Jarl Salomein, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 9:55
  • 79. James Vanlandschoot, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 9:55
  • 80. Andrea Palini, Lampre-Merida, at 9:55
  • 81. Martijn Maaskant, Unitedhealthcare, at 9:55
  • 82. Echeguiegoitz Garcia, Cofidis, at 9:55
  • 83. Koen DeKort, Giant-Shimano, at 9:55
  • 84. Guillaume VanKeirsbulck, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 9:55
  • 85. Thomas Leezer, Belkin, at 9:55
  • 86. Gatis Smukulis, Katusha, at 9:55
  • 87. Matthias Krizek, Cannondale, at 9:55
  • 88. William Bonnet, Fdj.fr, at 9:55
  • 89. Nicki Sorensen, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 9:55
  • 90. Luke Durbridge, Orica-Greenedge, at 9:55
  • 91. Heinrich Haussler, IAM Cycling, at 9:55
  • 92. Vladimir Gusev, Katusha, at 9:55
  • 93. Jonathan McEvoy, Team Netapp-Endura, at 9:55
  • 94. Markel IrizarArranburu, Trek Factory Racing, at 9:55
  • 95. Matteo Trentin, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 9:55
  • 96. Manuel Quinziato, BMC Racing, at 9:55
  • 97. Tim DeTroyer, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 9:55
  • 98. Marko Kump, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 9:55
  • 99. Gregory Rast, Trek Factory Racing, at 10:08
  • 100. Nikias Arndt, Giant-Shimano, at 13:16
  • 101. Alan Marangoni, Cannondale, at 13:42
  • 102. Clément Koretzky, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at 13:42
  • 103. Christophe Laporte, Cofidis, at 13:42
  • 104. Wesley Kreder, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 13:42
  • 105. Jack Bauer, Garmin-Sharp, at 13:42
  • 106. Ruslan Tleubayev, Astanateam, at 13:42
  • 107. Edward Theuns, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 13:42
  • 108. Yves Lampaert, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 13:42
  • 109. Lars Bak, Lotto-Belisol, at 13:42
  • 110. Damien Gaudin, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 16:14
  • 111. Antonio FischerMurilo, Fdj.fr, at 16:22
  • 112. Salvatore Puccio, Sky, at 16:22
  • 113. David Millar, Garmin-Sharp, at 16:40
  • 114. Yaroslav Popovych, Trek Factory Racing, at 18:37
  • 115. Sébastien Hinault, IAM Cycling, at 18:39
  • 116. Ramon Sinkeldam, Giant-Shimano, at 18:39
  • 117. Gabriel Rasch, Sky, at 18:39
  • 118. Jens Mouris, Orica-Greenedge, at 18:39
  • 119. Dominic Klemme, IAM Cycling, at 18:39
  • 120. Jesse Sergent, Trek Factory Racing, at 18:39
  • 121. John Murphy, Unitedhealthcare, at 18:54
  • 122. Christopher Jones, Unitedhealthcare, at 18:54
  • 123. Preben Belhecke, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 18:54
  • 124. Jasha SÜtterlin, Movistar, at 18:54
  • 125. Raymond Kreder, Garmin-Sharp, at 18:54
  • 126. Vladimir Isaichev, Katusha, at 18:54
  • 127. Alessandro Bazzana, Unitedhealthcare, at 22:04
  • 128. Pierre-luc Perichon, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, at 22:04
  • 129. Vegard Breen, Lotto-Belisol, at 22:04
  • 130. Kenny DeHaes, Lotto-Belisol, at 22:08
  • 131. Jan Barta, Team Netapp-Endura, at 27:42
  • 132. Daniel Summerhill, Unitedhealthcare, at 27:46
  • 133. Michael Hepburn, Orica-Greenedge, at 27:46
  • 134. Sam Bennett, Team Netapp-Endura, at 27:46
  • 135. Daniil Fominykh, Astanateam, at 27:46
  • 136. Rüdiger Selig, Katusha, at 27:46
  • 137. Valentin Iglinskiy, Astanateam, at 27:46
  • 138. Robert FÖrster, Unitedhealthcare, at 27:46
  • 139. Mirko Selvaggi, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 27:46
  • 140. Davide Frattini, Unitedhealthcare, at 27:46
  • 141. Michal Kolar, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 27:46
  • 142. Hugo Houle, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 27:46
  • 143. Ralf Matzka, Team Netapp-Endura, at 27:46
  • 144. Bradley White, Unitedhealthcare, at 27:46

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Niki Terpstra solos to triumph on the Roubaix velodrome http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/niki-terpstra-wins-paris-roubaix_324129 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/niki-terpstra-wins-paris-roubaix_324129#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:37:14 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=324129

Niki Terpstra exults as he takes a solo victory on the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: AFP

Terpstra attacks a powerful group of contenders in the final kilometers to reach the Roubaix velodrome alone and seize a solo victory

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Niki Terpstra exults as he takes a solo victory on the Roubaix velodrome. Photo: AFP

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) leaped away from an elite group of contenders in the final kilometers to win a dry, dusty Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

Terpstra hit the Roubaix velodrome alone, 19 seconds ahead of the pursuit, and heard the bell as he began what amounted to a parade lap. He coasted across the line, both hands in the air, and drank in the cheers of the crowd.

Twenty seconds later John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) proved best of the rest, with defending champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rounding out the podium in third.

“To take the win in the biggest classic of all is a dream come true,” said Terpstra. “It’s a race that suits me well. My shape this year was really good, so I was motivated for a good result. The team was good in the end.”

Degenkolb, too, was delighted with his performance. He celebrated as he won the sprint for second as though he had won the race.

“It’s the first time on the podium in a monument for me — I’m really proud of that,” said Degenkolb. “In the end, I was lucky enough to survive with the front group and also win the sprint. It’s just a great moment. Second in Paris-Roubaix and I’m 25 years old. I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Cancellara, predictably, was downcast, though he said that all things considered he was happy to have finished on the podium after “a hard final.”

“I’m racing for winning, nor for making second or third,” he said. “But in the end, you have to be realistic. It was a hard final. I look now for a nice rest.”

In the final 40km of the 257km contest the race had boiled itself down to a breakaway containing Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step); Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing); Bram Tankink (Belkin); Geraint Thomas (Sky); Yannick Martinez (Europcar); and Bert De Backer (Giant-Shimano).

Cancellara was in the first chase with a host of other contenders. And when Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) attacked, the defending champion lit it up.

The action from the chase trimmed the leaders’ advantage to a couple dozen seconds and about that many riders.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was next to try his luck, dogged by a passenger in the form of Maarten Wynants (Belkin). Ahead, a frustrated Boonen attacked the break, hoping to shed his passengers, who hung tight to his wheel.

With 32km remaining Sagan and Wynants were 20 seconds behind the break, and 12 seconds up on the Cancellara group.

Boonen and Hushovd were driving the break, but the race was slowly coming back together with 25km to go.

As Sagan and Wynants latched on, Boonen jumped again on the next section of cobbles, and De Backer went with him, but they got nowhere. Behind, a crash took down Steve Chainel (AG2R La Mondiale) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).

Twenty-one kilometers out Sagan punched it again, opening a small gap, arms draped over the bars time-trial style as he blazed along the tarmac toward sector 5, Camphin-en-Pévèle.

Behind, Cancellara and Vanmarcke caught the front group and the chase began in earnest.

Vanmarcke, Cancellara, Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma), and Degenkolb were closing in on Sagan, making up a five-man break with 15km remaining.

“It was a very hard day. I had to change bikes three times and every time I had to chase to get back on,” he said. ”I tried to attack before the Carrefour de l’Arbre [17km from the finish] to ride at my rhythm. But at the end I was suffering from cramps and couldn’t nail my sprint.”

The chase behind the five-man group was  impressive, containing Boonen and Terpstra, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas (Sky), Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), and others, just 15 seconds behind.

With teammates in the pursuit, Stybar was a passenger in the break. And the chase was coming up fast, making the connection before the penultimate section of cobbles.

Wiggins went straight to the front to push the pace and what now was an 11-man lead group hit sector 2 of pavé.

Terpstra was first to jump away, with just over 6km to race. And he pried open quite a gap as the others hesitated.

Thomas finally shot after him, but Terpstra was well off, some 14 seconds up the road, his mouth wide open as he drove along toward the final sector of cobbles and the Roubaix velodrome. A gasp for air would soon become a broad grin as he became the first Dutch winner of the “Hell of the North” since Servais Knaven in 2001.

“It’s been a while for the Dutch people,” said Terpstra. “Servais was a teammate of mine on Milram. I learnt a lot from him when we rode Paris-Roubaix together five years ago. I’m happy to close this gap of Dutch wins, it’s (been) too long.

“Since I was a little child and I started cycling, Paris-Roubaix was the most special race for me. Now I’ve won it, it’s a dream come true.”

In the 10-rider sprint for the podium, Degenkolb finished second, 20 seconds behind Terpstra, with Cancellara rounding out the podium in third.

“The wind conditioned the way the race went. In the run-in I thought about breaking away, but there was a headwind and the others were waiting for me to attack,” Cancellara said. “During the race I had to change my bike. (New Zealander Trek teammate Hayden) Roulston’s crash forced me to use up energy to get back up to the peloton quickly because there was a great battle. With Vanmarcke we tried to weed out the chaff on the cobblestones but in the end Omega’s tactics paid off.”

Vanmarcke finished fourth, with Stybar fifth, Sagan sixth, Thomas seventh, Langeveld eighth, Wiggins ninth, and Boonen tenth, all in the same time.

“I’m disappointed, my legs were perfectly fine,” said Vanmarcke. “There could have been more in it for me, I was one of the best riders in the race. I cannot blame myself, though. The headwind and the fact that nobody wanted to race, made ​​it hard to win. When Terpstra attacked and took a 15-meter lead, I knew enough. The others hesitated and I didn’t want to respond again, as I had done that a few times before.”

Boonen, who was aiming to win a record-setting fifth Roubaix, was happy for his teammate, but disappointed that he hadn’t been able to contest for the victory.

“I’m obviously delighted for Niki, but when you put in all that effort, it’s to win for yourself,” said Boonen. “I’m angry with the other riders who were with me and refused to help but stopped me from getting away (alone). That annoyed me. I didn’t understand this lack of cooperation… I had a lot of bad luck. I punctured at a bad time and then my water bottle cage broke. And then, most of all, in the last 30km my gears weren’t working. It was difficult to ride under these conditions.”

 

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