VeloNews.com » Road http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sun, 03 May 2015 16:30:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Results: 2015 Tour de Romandie, stage 6 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/results-2015-tour-de-romandie-stage-6_368876 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/results-2015-tour-de-romandie-stage-6_368876#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 16:25:47 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368876 Results from the final stage of the 2015 Tour de Romandie

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  • 1. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, in 23:17
  • 2. Simon SPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :11
  • 3. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :13
  • 4. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :19
  • 5. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :22
  • 6. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 7. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :25
  • 8. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at :26
  • 9. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :28
  • 10. Steve MORABITO, FDJ, at :31
  • 11. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :32
  • 12. Simon YATES, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :33
  • 13. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 14. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :39
  • 15. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :43
  • 16. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :51
  • 17. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :51
  • 18. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :55
  • 19. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
  • 20. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at :56
  • 21. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 1:00
  • 22. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:01
  • 23. Mathias FRANK, IAM CYCLING, at 1:01
  • 24. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:03
  • 25. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:06
  • 26. Rein TAARAMAE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:09
  • 27. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:11
  • 28. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:11
  • 29. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:16
  • 30. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 1:18
  • 31. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:19
  • 32. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:22
  • 33. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:22
  • 34. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:24
  • 35. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at 1:27
  • 36. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27
  • 37. Campbell Flakemore, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:28
  • 38. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 1:30
  • 39. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 1:31
  • 40. Alexandre GENIEZ, FDJ, at 1:31
  • 41. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at 1:32
  • 42. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:32
  • 43. Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING, at 1:35
  • 44. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:39
  • 45. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:42
  • 46. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:42
  • 47. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:44
  • 48. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:44
  • 49. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:46
  • 50. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:47
  • 51. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:48
  • 52. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:49
  • 53. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:49
  • 54. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:49
  • 55. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at 1:50
  • 56. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:51
  • 57. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:51
  • 58. Brian BULGAC, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 1:57
  • 59. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:58
  • 60. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:58
  • 61. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at 2:02
  • 62. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:05
  • 63. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:05
  • 64. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:09
  • 65. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 2:10
  • 66. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:11
  • 67. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 68. Romain GUILLEMOIS, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:17
  • 69. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:19
  • 70. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:20
  • 71. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 2:24
  • 72. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:26
  • 73. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 2:26
  • 74. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:27
  • 75. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:28
  • 76. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 2:29
  • 77. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 2:31
  • 78. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:32
  • 79. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:36
  • 80. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 81. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:37
  • 82. Stig BROECKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:41
  • 83. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 2:42
  • 84. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 2:44
  • 85. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:46
  • 86. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:46
  • 87. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:47
  • 88. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:50
  • 89. Bryan NAULLEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:50
  • 90. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:50
  • 91. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:52
  • 92. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 2:53
  • 93. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:54
  • 94. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 2:54
  • 95. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:56
  • 96. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:57
  • 97. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:00
  • 98. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 3:00
  • 99. Bruno PIRES, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 3:00
  • 100. Carter JONES, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 3:01
  • 101. Matthew BUSCHE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:06
  • 102. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 3:15
  • 103. Dennis VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:18
  • 104. Nathan HAAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:19
  • 105. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 3:19
  • 106. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 3:22
  • 107. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:24
  • 108. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:33
  • 109. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:34
  • 110. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:43
  • 111. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 3:54
  • 112. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 3:54
  • 113. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 3:57
  • 114. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 4:00
  • 115. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 4:08
  • 116. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 4:11
  • 117. Danny PATE, TEAM SKY, at 4:16
  • 118. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 4:28
  • 119. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:32
  • 120. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 4:36
  • 121. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at 4:42
  • 122. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 4:42
  • 123. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 4:47
  • 124. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 5:24

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Ilnur Zakarin finishes 3rd in ITT to clinch Tour de Romandie title http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ilnur-zakarin-finishes-3rd-in-itt-to-clinch-tour-de-romandie-title_368865 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ilnur-zakarin-finishes-3rd-in-itt-to-clinch-tour-de-romandie-title_368865#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 15:54:09 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368865

Ilnur Zakarin rides to third in the final time trial and overall victory in the Tour de Romandie. Photo: AFP

Ilnur Zakarin finishes third in the final time trial to win the Tour de Romandie, holding off two-time defending champion Chris Froome

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Ilnur Zakarin rides to third in the final time trial and overall victory in the Tour de Romandie. Photo: AFP

LAUSANNE — Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) won the Tour de Romandie in Lausanne on Sunday, finishing third in the final race against the clock to hold off two-time defending champion Chris Froome (Sky).

Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) won the 17.3km individual time trial. But the 25-year-old Zakarin, who took the race leader’s yellow jersey after crossing second in Saturday’s mountainous fifth stage, finished just 13 seconds slower to clinch the overall title, despite jamming his chain and switching bikes 5km from the finish.

Teammate Simon Spilak finished second on the day and on the overall.

“I was very surprised to beat Froome,” said Zakarin, the 2013 Russian time-trial champion. “And I finished so close to Tony Martin. In all seriousness, the goal was to finish in the top five, and I did not think I could do so.”

Zakarin said he did “specific training” and lost weight with an eye toward improving his climbing.

“I went from 75 to 65kg in two years,” he said. “Of course, when you improve in one area you lose in another, but later there is a chance to find a good balance. Now I am there, but I see a lot of things to improve. I want to continue my development as a rider.”

Toward that end, Zakarin will start the Giro d’Italia this month, said team director Dmitry Konyshev.

Martin, who collected his second victory of the season, said it was “a really nice feeling.”

“Today the time trial was completely in the rain, so it was a little bit of a disadvantage, especially on the climb with the cobblestones and a few tricky corners on the downhill. But I actually didn’t mind it,” the German time-trial champion said.

“Before the race I thought about the mistake of last year on the downhill, and I lost by a second [to Froome]. So this year I was even more focused than usual.”

Martin expressed astonishment that Zakarin finished so well in the finale.

“I am very surprised by his performance today, notably because of his changing bikes,” he told AFP. “Already yesterday I was surprised. I didn’t know of him before.”

In 2009, the Russian cycling federation handed Zakarin a two-year suspension after the 19-year-old tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone. Two years earlier he had won the junior time trial at the European road championships.

Froome, whose main target this season is to regain the Tour de France title he surrendered last year when he crashed out of the race, could only manage 13th in the race against the clock, 34 seconds down on Martin.

“I am not disappointed,” the 29-year-old told Swiss television station RTS after holding onto third place overall. “I know it is a long season and we still have two months till the start of the Tour de France.”

Froome said he planned a training camp at altitude before tackling the Critérium du Dauphine, a traditional warm-up race for the Tour.

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Kristijan Durasek hangs on to win 2015 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/kristijan-durasek-hangs-on-to-win-2015-presidential-cycling-tour-of-turkey_368859 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/kristijan-durasek-hangs-on-to-win-2015-presidential-cycling-tour-of-turkey_368859#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 14:14:40 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368859

Lluis Mas Bonet steals a march on the sprinters to win the final stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kristijan Durasek collects the final title in Turkey as Lluis Mas denies Mark Cavendish a crack at a fourth stage win

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Lluis Mas Bonet steals a march on the sprinters to win the final stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) won the 2015 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Sunday as Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros) denied Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) a crack at a fourth stage win.

A lead break of four — Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk), Boris Vallée (Lotto Soudal), Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) — took off early in the 124km stage around Istanbul. De Mesmaeker dropped back, while Carlos Quintero (Colombia) bridged up, and the revised quartet built an advanatge of just over two minutes before being retrieved with less than 5km to race.

It seemed another sprint finish was in the offing — until Mas darted away with 1.3km remaining. He hung on to take the stage win ahead of Cavendish, and his teammate Carlos Barbero rounded out the day’s podium in third.

Cavendish had to content himself with three stage wins and the green points jersey.

On the overall, Durasek took the victory by 32 seconds ahead of Eduardo Sepúlveda (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) with Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) third at 56 seconds after Durasek’s closest rival, former race leader Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polowice) — who had started the day in second place, 21 seconds down — crashed 30km from the finish and abandoned the race.

Durasek said he was delighted with his victory, especially considering that he had fallen ill the previous night.

“I was really ill with a temperature of 38 (100.4 Fahrenheit), a bad stomach and everything. I didn’t know if I’d start today or not,” he said. “In the morning, I said to myself, ‘I have to try.’ It was hard for me yesterday and today.”

Mas, too, was ecstatic after having outfoxed the sprinters. He said his race-winning move was not planned.

“My first job to work for Barbero, our sprinter. We knew that he could win today,” he said. “But I was first around the last corner and my teammate said, ‘Don’t stop, don’t stop!’ so I didn’t.”

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Gallery: 2015 Tour of the Gila, stage 4 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/gallery-2015-tour-of-the-gila-stage-4_368829 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/gallery-2015-tour-of-the-gila-stage-4_368829#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 13:23:19 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368829

Guillaume Boivin leads Eric Young and Chris Horner through the last corner. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Casey B. Gibson snaps the action as the Tour of the Gila tackles the Downtown Silver City Criterium

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Guillaume Boivin leads Eric Young and Chris Horner through the last corner. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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Sebastian Haedo, Hannah Barnes win Silver City Crit http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/lucas-sebastian-haedo-hannah-barnes-win-silver-city-crit_368818 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/lucas-sebastian-haedo-hannah-barnes-win-silver-city-crit_368818#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 02:45:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368818

Sebastian Haedo unleashed a blistering sprint from the final corner to win the stage 4 criterium.
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Sebastian Haedo and Hannah Barnes shine at the Downtown Silver City Criterium

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Sebastian Haedo unleashed a blistering sprint from the final corner to win the stage 4 criterium. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Sebastian Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) took the flowers in Saturday’s Downtown Silver City Criterium at the Tour of the Gila.

Elite men raced 40 laps on the 1.74km, four-corner circuit, while elite women tackled 25.

Barnes finished fastest among the women, overhauling Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), with Alison Jackson (Twenty16-Ridebiker) rounding out the podium in third.

Coming into the last lap I saw Brianna Walle from Optum go solo,” said Barnes. “About 500 meters to go I chased and and caught Brianna, then Leah came past me. I said, ‘That’s it, it’s over,’ but I managed to just jump on her wheel and come around.”

In the men’s race, Tom Zirbel (Optum) and Jordan Kerby (Drapac Professional Cycling) nearly stole a march on the field with five laps to go. But they were pulled back, and in the bunch sprint Haedo out-kicked Wouter Wippert (Drapac) and Eric Young (Optum).

“I wasn’t feeling really good all day but then in the last corner, two UnitedHealthcare guys went and I took the corner behind them in third position,” said Haedo. “Maybe I went a little bit early but I came through with a fast sprint.”

On the overall, Mara Abbott (Amy D Foundation) tops the women’s standings by eight seconds. Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) sits second at eight seconds with Jasmin Glaesser (Optum) third at 53 seconds.

Rafael Montiel (Orgullo Antioqueno) leads the men by 24 seconds ahead of Rob Britton (Team StartStop), with Daniel Jaramillo Diez (Jamis-Hagens Berman) third at 54 seconds.

Sunday’s final stage is the Gila Monster Road Race — 161.9km for men and 106.1km for women.

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Daniele Ratto vows to fight to finish for Tour of Turkey’s green jersey http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/daniele-ratto-vows-to-fight-to-finish-for-tour-of-turkeys-green-jersey_368813 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/daniele-ratto-vows-to-fight-to-finish-for-tour-of-turkeys-green-jersey_368813#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 00:09:30 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368813

Daniele Ratto takes the green points jersey after stage 7 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sunday's finale looks like a demanding finish, but Daniele Ratto hopes to keep the green jersey he took Saturday in the Tour of Turkey

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Daniele Ratto takes the green points jersey after stage 7 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

IZMIR, Turkey — Daniele Ratto (UnitedHealthcare) may have slipped outside the top 10 overall after the uphill sprint finish in Selcuk on Friday, but his sixth-place finish on Saturday’s seventh stage was good enough to take the points jersey from Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) with just one day remaining in the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.

While Croatian Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) has all but clinched the turquoise leader’s jersey, the 25-year-old Ratto leads the green-jersey competition with 48 points, two more than stage winner Mark Cavendish, who claimed his third win this week — just one shy of equaling his four victories at last year’s race.

“I wanted to win today because every day I finish in the first eight and Friday was not good for me,” said Ratto on losing more than a minute on stage 6 to fall from seventh to 14th on GC.

“Today, like every day this week, the team was unbelievable in their work, and every day gives me more confidence. I’m happy, even if only for one day I have this jersey. For seven days I wanted this jersey and always I arrived with one point behind — or same point as — the leader.

“Tomorrow the weather could play a role, as it may rain, but either way I put all my energy to take this jersey.”

Ratto shocked his team with a top-10 finish atop Elmali on Tuesday and his sixth place in Izmir following the 166km stage on Saturday gives Ratto five top-eight finishes in seven days.

“I was surprised by my finish on stage 3,” said Ratto, who rode for Cannondale during 2012-14 and won a stage at the 2013 Vuelta a España.

“I have been training really hard at home since before Flèche Wallonne, and I think I can go even better and perhaps return to my Vuelta form from two years ago.”

With only Sunday’s 124km city circuit remaining, team sports director Hendrik Redant is pleased with his team’s success but admits that with 2011 world champion and last year’s Tour of Turkey points winner still in the race, it will not be easy for Ratto or his U.S.-registered UCI Pro Continental team to keep the jersey.

“This was always the goal for him,” said Redant. “Daniele is really in good form and he’s climbing well and sprinting good against the best in the world, so if he can put himself in that position that’s awesome.

“Of course with Cavendish winning today he has 45 points immediately, plus one that he got for the intermediate sprint. Tomorrow is going to be a very demanding finish — it’s going to be stressful. We are … going to try to put him in the best position ever, but it’s up to his legs – either way I’m very proud of him and the whole team this week.”

Aaron S. Lee is a cycling and triathlon columnist for Eurosport and a guest contributor to VeloNews.

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The peloton comes to Fribourg. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de Romandie

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The peloton comes to Fribourg. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Ilnur Zakarin leads Tour de Romandie as Thibaut Pinot wins stage 5 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ilnur-zakarin-leads-tour-de-romandie-as-thibault-pinot-wins-stage-5_368787 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ilnur-zakarin-leads-tour-de-romandie-as-thibault-pinot-wins-stage-5_368787#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 17:22:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368787

Thibault Pinot ends his victory drought in stage 5 of the Tour de Romandie. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Thibaut Pinot attacks near the end of the mountainous fifth stage to take the victory as runner-up Ilnur Zakarin seizes the yellow jersey

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Thibault Pinot ends his victory drought in stage 5 of the Tour de Romandie. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

CHAMPEX, Switzerland — Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) finished alone to celebrate his first win of the season in Saturday’s fifth stage of the Tour de Romandie.

Runner-up Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) took the yellow jersey from Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), who was suffering on the climbs. He eventually lost contact on La Petite Forclaz and finished 90th, more than 22 minutes down.

Pinot took off in the final 5 kilometers of the rain-soaked, mountainous 162.7km stage from Fribourg to Champex-Lac. He finished seven seconds ahead of Zakarin and 20 ahead of a five-man group that included third-placed Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), two-time champion Christopher Froome (Sky), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who briefly put Froome into difficulty with an attack from 7km out. Also feeling the pressure were Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step), who finished 53 seconds down on Pinot.

“It had been a long time since I last won. I am happy,” Pinot told Swiss channel RTS. “In front of great riders such as Quintana and Froome, it’s a great victory.”

Zakarin, 25, won the 2013 Russian national time trial championships and was ninth in this year’s Tour of the Basque Country.

Sunday’s final stage, a 17.3km time trial in Lausanne, will be the decider as Zakarin holds a six-second lead over Pinot. Third-ranked Froome, who finished seventh on Saturday, sits 14 seconds behind while Quintana trails by 54 seconds.

“I was not expecting to be in the yellow jersey,” said an incredulous Zakarin. “There are a heck of a lot of top riders competing in the time trial tomorrow and it will be an onerous responsibility for me in going last.

“I will do my utmost as it is probably the most important time trial of my life.”

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Results: 2015 Tour de Romandie, stage 5 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/results-2015-tour-de-romandie-stage-5_368785 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/results-2015-tour-de-romandie-stage-5_368785#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 16:56:11 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368785 Results from stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de Romandie

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  • 1. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, in 4:38:54
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :07
  • 3. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 4. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 5. Simon SPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :20
  • 6. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :20
  • 7. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 8. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :53
  • 9. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :53
  • 10. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :53
  • 11. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 1:07
  • 12. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:07
  • 13. Simon YATES, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:07
  • 14. Mathias FRANK, IAM CYCLING, at 1:07
  • 15. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:07
  • 16. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:27
  • 17. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:41
  • 18. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:51
  • 19. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:58
  • 20. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at 2:26
  • 21. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:26
  • 22. Steve MORABITO, FDJ, at 2:26
  • 23. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 2:26
  • 24. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:04
  • 25. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 3:15
  • 26. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 3:42
  • 27. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:45
  • 28. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:08
  • 29. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 4:08
  • 30. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:08
  • 31. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 4:34
  • 32. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 4:34
  • 33. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at 4:49
  • 34. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 6:06
  • 35. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 6:33
  • 36. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:02
  • 37. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 7:02
  • 38. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:02
  • 39. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at 8:55
  • 40. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 9:21
  • 41. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:21
  • 42. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 9:21
  • 43. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 9:21
  • 44. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:21
  • 45. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 9:21
  • 46. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 9:21
  • 47. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 10:12
  • 48. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:18
  • 49. Alexandre GENIEZ, FDJ, at 10:18
  • 50. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:18
  • 51. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 10:37
  • 52. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 10:37
  • 53. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 10:37
  • 54. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:46
  • 55. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:15
  • 56. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:43
  • 57. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 11:50
  • 58. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 12:46
  • 59. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:46
  • 60. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 13:11
  • 61. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 14:02
  • 62. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:02
  • 63. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:02
  • 64. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 14:02
  • 65. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 14:02
  • 66. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 14:16
  • 67. Bruno PIRES, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 14:46
  • 68. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 17:59
  • 69. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 17:59
  • 70. Maxime MEDEREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 17:59
  • 71. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 22:30
  • 72. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 22:30
  • 73. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 22:30
  • 74. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:30
  • 75. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 22:30
  • 76. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 22:30
  • 77. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 22:30
  • 78. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 22:30
  • 79. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 22:30
  • 80. Rein TAARAMAE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 22:30
  • 81. Carter JONES, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 22:30
  • 82. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 22:30
  • 83. Romain GUILLEMOIS, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 22:30
  • 84. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 22:30
  • 85. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 22:30
  • 86. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 22:30
  • 87. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 22:30
  • 88. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 22:30
  • 89. Bryan NAULLEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 22:30
  • 90. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 22:30
  • 91. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 22:30
  • 92. Nathan HAAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 22:30
  • 93. Matthew BUSCHE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 22:30
  • 94. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 22:30
  • 95. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 22:30
  • 96. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 22:30
  • 97. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 22:30
  • 98. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 22:30
  • 99. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 22:30
  • 100. Campbell Flakemore, BMC RACING TEAM, at 25:29
  • 101. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 30:02
  • 102. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 30:02
  • 103. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 30:02
  • 104. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 30:02
  • 105. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 30:02
  • 106. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 30:02
  • 107. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 30:02
  • 108. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at 30:02
  • 109. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 30:02
  • 110. Stig BROECKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 30:02
  • 111. Brian BULGAC, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 30:02
  • 112. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 30:02
  • 113. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 30:02
  • 114. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 30:02
  • 115. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 30:02
  • 116. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 30:02
  • 117. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 32:20
  • 118. Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING, at 34:38
  • 119. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 38:33
  • 120. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 38:33
  • 121. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at 38:33
  • 122. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at 38:33
  • 123. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 38:33
  • 124. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 38:33
  • 125. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 38:33
  • 126. Danny PATE, TEAM SKY, at 38:33
  • 127. Dennis VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 38:33
  • 128. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 38:33
  • 129. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 38:33
  • DNF Angelo TULIK, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ
  • DNS Julian ALAPHILIPPE, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNS Simon GERRANS, ORICA GreenEDGE

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Mark Cavendish takes 3rd victory at Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/mark-cavendish-takes-3rd-victory-at-presidential-cycling-tour-of-turkey_368776 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/mark-cavendish-takes-3rd-victory-at-presidential-cycling-tour-of-turkey_368776#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 14:38:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368776

Mark Cavendish took the hat trick the hard way in stage 7 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Dropped on the final category-1 climb, Mark Cavendish and his Etixx-Quick-Step teammates fight back to the front for the stage win

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Mark Cavendish took the hat trick the hard way in stage 7 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mark Cavendish had to fight his way back to the front to win his third stage of the 2015 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Saturday.

The Etixx-Quick-Step sprinter lost ground on the final first-category climb, but his teammates brought him back to the lead group with 12km remaining in the 166km seventh stage from Selcuk to Izmir.

And the 29-year-old Manxman repaid them by beating Andrea Piechele (Bardiani-CSF) and Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) for the hat trick.

“In terms of the sprint this was probably my easiest win with a reduced field,” Cavendish said. “We didn’t have a lot of the pure sprinters there and we knew that. I felt super good all the way until the line and I’m super happy with this win.

“I never went over the limit at any point today. It would have probably been worse if I had stayed with the first group instead of us riding within ourselves.”

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) retains the overall lead by 21 seconds over Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polowice) going into Sunday’s eighth and final stage in Istanbul. The 121km circuit looks to be another one for the sprinters.

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Tom Boonen wants another crack at the classics on his terms http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/tom-boonen-wants-another-crack-at-the-classics-on-his-terms_368772 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/tom-boonen-wants-another-crack-at-the-classics-on-his-terms_368772#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 14:05:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368772

Tom Boonen would like another crack at the classics on his terms. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Tom Boonen concedes that he's "already achieved everything," but he wants one more shot at the classics with good form and without bad luck

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Tom Boonen would like another crack at the classics on his terms. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

SELCUK, Turkey — Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick-Step) was the picture of health when he met with journalists prior to the stage 6 start at the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in Denzili on Friday morning.

The 34-year-old Belgian is racing for the first time since suffering a dislocated left acromioclavicular joint on the first stage of Paris-Nice on March 9.

Not even a rough and undulating 160km stage 5 could rattle the mending three-time Tour of Flanders and four-time Paris-Roubaix winner.

“My shoulder is fine,” Boonen told an enthralled media scrum about the previous day’s bone-jarring stage. “I haven’t felt anything, especially the shoulder.

“Of course the neck and the muscles around the shoulders are still a little bit weaker than it was before, but we have been working on it every day and its not something I worry about.”

Being sidelined in the spring is not something he enjoys. With four victories at Paris-Roubaix, and three at the Tour of Flanders, Boonen said watching the races from afar was difficult and at times even hard to swallow.

“[I miss the cobbles] a lot,” said Boonen. “Watching the races on the TV, especially the first races, was very painful but after a while I was at peace with my situation and tried to get back as soon as possible.

“Of course, if you work hard for those races and you miss them by just one week before with a crash, it’s very painful.”

Boonen, who took third at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad a week prior to the injury, rejoined his Etixx teammates in Turkey and has played an instrumental role in piloting teammate Mark Cavendish to consecutive stage wins on the opening two stages.

“We’ve started off well with two wins immediately,” he said. “For me after seven weeks without any racing it’s going very well. I think the condition is where it is supposed to be and looking forward to going on to the Giro [d’Italia].”

Boonen has won eight grand-tour stages – six at the Tour de France and two at the Vuelta a España – but has yet to race the Giro in his 14-year pro cycling career. And he is curbing his expectations ahead of the Italian stage race.

“My main role will be to guide [Rigoberto Urán] in the first two weeks,” said Boonen. “Of course if there is any chance of riding a good sprint I will try to do that.

“I’m looking forward to go there. … I haven’t raced there a lot but I like Italy, especially with the start in San Remo, as I have a few good friends there and it’s going to be a nice experience.

When asked about the team time trial and the maglia rosa, Boonen was rather cautious with his response.

“That’s a little bit of the heritage of the team to do well in the team time trial,” he said. “But we will see, I don’t know.
“Pink has to follow automatically if you do well in the team time trial and you have a little bit of luck in the first or second stage, but it’s not an objective to try and take it.”

Boonen’s priorities lie elsewhere. A two-time Belgian national champion and the winner of the 2005 world road title, he has an eye on nationals and the road worlds in Richmond, Virginia, in September.

“The first objective now is to prepare well for the nationals and do the Giro,” said the two-time national champion. “The second part is to prepare well for the worlds, and I think we found a course that is really good for the Belgian team.

“I’ve only seen it on video, which is not something you can really count on, but it is a good course for me.”

And he’d like another crack at the classics on his own terms before he hangs up the bike.

With 98 career pro victories, including five wins at the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen and three at Gent-Wevelgem, Boonen concedes that he’s already enjoyed quite a run.

“I’ve already achieved everything,” he said. “I’d like to have one more shot at the classics with no bad luck. If you look back at the last three seasons I’ve had almost everything you can dream of … it’s not been easy, but I’ve been able to cope with it and get back on a decent level every time.

“My only wish is to start at the classics with my normal condition and fight for a win – just be able to do it one more time as I wish to.”

Aaron S. Lee is a cycling and triathlon columnist for Eurosport and a guest contributor to VeloNews.

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Alex Dowsett cracks hour record at Manchester Velodrome http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/alex-dowsett-cracks-hour-record-at-manchester-velodrome_368768 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/alex-dowsett-cracks-hour-record-at-manchester-velodrome_368768#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 13:36:58 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368768

Alex Dowsett en route to setting the hour record in Manchester. Photo: Crankphoto

Movistar's Alex Dowsett replaces BMC's Rohan Dennis as holder of the world hour record, covering 52.937km at the Manchester Velodrome

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Alex Dowsett en route to setting the hour record in Manchester. Photo: Crankphoto

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alex Dowsett broke the world hour record on Saturday, completing 52.937 kilometers at the Manchester Velodrome in a perfectly-paced performance.

The 26-year-old Team Movistar rider, who suffers from the rare blood condition hemophilia, added nearly half a kilometer to the mark of 52.491km set in February by BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis.

Dowsett rarely strayed from his target of covering 250-meter laps in 17.1 seconds, preserving enough energy to increase his pace over the final 10 minutes and set a new mark by nearly two full laps of the track.

“I wish everyone hadn’t told me it was going to be so hard,” said a tearful Dowsett afterwards. “I was expecting horrific and it was just terrible.

“I think I had more in me, it’s difficult to know. The first 30 minutes was easy, at least compared to what I expected. I just had to stay disciplined, and sure enough, the last 10 minutes were a bit grippy.”

It is the fourth time the record has been broken since September 2014, and the new mark may not stand for long. Dowsett’s countryman Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medalist, plans an attempt on the record in London on June 7.

Dowsett hit the headlines in 2013 when he won one stage at the Giro d’Italia, as well as a third consecutive title at the British time-trial championships.

Despite being diagnosed with hemophilia, which impairs the body’s ability to clot blood, he had dreamed of breaking the world hour record from an early age.

Dowsett’s ride was displayed alongside that of Dennis on the velodrome scoreboard, showing the crowd that the Essex-based rider was gaining ground on his virtual rival in the closing stages.

Dowsett eventually “caught up” with Dennis on lap 179 of the near-212 he eventually completed. And in the closing 10 minutes he raised his pace considerably to surge beyond the old mark.

“I’m not very good at changing pace. So I wanted to ride at a pace behind the record,” said Dowsett, who received guidance over his pacing in the form of hand signals from his friend, bike shop owner Steve Collins.

“At halfway I knew I had a lot left in the tank and got a bit excited and posted some quick times, but Steve calmed me down.

“The last five minutes was all the crowd inspiring me, with the noise they were making.”

First set in 1893, the hour record has gained new credibility in the past year since world governing body the UCI laid down strict rules about the technology and position a rider is allowed to use.

“Alex has done an incredible job,” said UCI president Brian Cookson on the organization’s website. “This is great publicity for our event and for other riders who wish to follow in Alex’s footsteps. Let’s see what Bradley can do now.”

Asked if he would consider another attempt on the record, a grinning Dowsett replied: “Maybe after June 7.”

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The men's and women's UCI races take on the race of truth in New Mexico in Friday's stage of the Tour of the Gila

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A complete listing of the Tour of California's broadcast times, as well as information about the race app, and more

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The Amgen Tour of California announced its race broadcast schedule Thursday. Race organizer AEG has once again partnered with NBC Sports Group and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), owner and producer of the Tour de France, to broadcast the race worldwide.

U.S. broadcast will include daily live HD coverage of the last two hours of each stage of the eight-stage race, May 10-16 on NBCSN, with the eighth and final day of racing airing live on NBC, May 17.

“We are pleased to once again partner with ASO and NBC Sports Group who are in a league of their own when it comes to cycling telecasts — they are the powerhouses behind the annual production of the Tour de France as well as the Amgen Tour of California for four years running,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “As America’s biggest stage race unfolds, viewers will see every challenge and triumph, set against the stunning California backdrop in all its HD glory.”

The 10th edition of the race will be announced by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, along with color commentary from Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, the official race ambassador. For the women’s race highlight show, Olympic silver medalist Dotsie Bausch will join Liggett and Sherwen to provide additional insight about the women’s peloton. Steve Porino will provide inside-the-peloton perspective from the motorcade and Steve Schlanger will report from the sidelines.

2015 Amgen Tour of California television schedule

Preview show
• Saturday, May 2 at 9:30-10:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN
• Sunday, May 3 at 8:30-9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight PDT on NBCSN

Women’s race
• Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 1 – South Lake Tahoe
• Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 2 – South Lake Tahoe
• Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 3 – Sacramento

Women’s race highlight show
• Friday, May 15 at 11 p.m.-midnight PDT on NBCSN

Men’s race live broadcast
• Sunday, May 10 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 1 – Sacramento
• Monday, May 11 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 2 – Nevada City to Lodi
• Tuesday, May 12 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 3 – San Jose
• Wednesday, May 13 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 4 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
• Thursday, May 14 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 5 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
• Friday, May 15 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 6 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
• Saturday, May 16 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 7 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
• Sunday, May 17 at 10-Noon PDT on NBC: Stage 8 – L.A. Live (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena/Rose Bowl Stadium

*Times subject to change

If you do not have access to these channels, or want to follow along on the go, you can download the free Amgen Tour of California app. The app can be downloaded via iTunes, Google Play, and the Apple and Android app stores.

The 2015 Amgen Tour of California App will feature daily live coverage of the final two hours of each stage, full start-to-finish coverage via GPS, race situation and up-to-the-minute text commentary throughout the race, as well as live streaming of the women’s time trial (May 15). Highlights of the Women’s Stage Race empowered with SRAM (May 8-10) will be available on-demand on the Amgen Tour of California App nightly.

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Stephens and Zirbel win Tour of the Gila TT http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/stephens-and-zirbel-win-tour-of-the-gila-tt_368675 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/stephens-and-zirbel-win-tour-of-the-gila-tt_368675#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 18:06:40 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368675

Tom Zirbel (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) continued his dominance in the time trial, winning in Silver City by 25 seconds.
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Tom Zirbel and Lauren Stephens prove fastest on a calm day in New Mexico, as Abbott and Montiel keep their overall leads

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Tom Zirbel (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) continued his dominance in the time trial, winning in Silver City by 25 seconds. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After setting a blistering pace early in the start order, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Tom Zirbel held on to win the Tour of the Gila’s stage 3 time trial by a comfortable gap of 25 seconds over Gavin Mannion (Jelly Belly). Australian Jordan Kerby (Drapac) finished third.

“This morning I felt the sting in my legs typical of the third day in a stage race,” said Zirbel. “These were the calmest conditions I’ve ever seen on this course which made my strategy more about how to deal with the terrain and less about battling the elements.”

Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) was fastest in the women’s race, stopping the clock 24 seconds ahead of Brianna Walle (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies). Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) rounded out the podium in third.

“It was awesome. The time trial here last year here was a breakthrough in my career,” said Stephens. “I never thought I’d be in contention for this race, so it’s exciting to be where I am and see how far my team can take it.”

Women’s leader Mara Abbott (Amy D. Foundation) kept her GC lead over Stephens by a narrow margin — nine seconds after Abbott finished fifth in Friday’s test.

Jasmin Glaesser (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) kept her third-place position on GC with a fourth-place finish in the time trial. She is now 48 seconds behind Abbott.

The men’s GC leader, Rafael Montiel (Orgullo Antioqueno) finished 10th in the time trial, and that was enough for him to keep the leader’s jersey.

Thanks to a strong performance today, Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) vaulted from ninth to second-place overall, 22 seconds behind Montiel.

“Last year, I made mistakes coming into the TT, and it might have cost me the overall,” Britton said. “I’ve been working hard on my TT, and it showed today.”

Another Optum rider, Phil Gaimon was also on the move in the overall, going from seventh to third. He is now 56 seconds behind the Colombian leader.

Tomorrow, the men’s UCI race faces a 43.2-mile downtown criterium in Silver City, New Mexico. The women will race 27 miles in Saturday’s stage 4.

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Video: Gaimon talks about life goals, cookies, and more http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/video-gaimon-talks-about-life-goals-cookies-and-more_368672 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/video-gaimon-talks-about-life-goals-cookies-and-more_368672#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 17:46:07 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368672

Phil Gaimon reflects on his pro career, being an author, and his favorite cookies in L.A.

Phil Gaimon reflects on his pro career, talks about why writing a book was important to him, and samples the best cookies in L.A. area

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Phil Gaimon reflects on his pro career, being an author, and his favorite cookies in L.A.

This video is courtesy of Diamondback Bicycles.

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Stefan Kung solos to Romandie win in rainy stage 4 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/stefan-kung-solos-to-romandie-win-in-rainy-stage-4_368661 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/stefan-kung-solos-to-romandie-win-in-rainy-stage-4_368661#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 16:00:51 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368661

Stefan Küng emerged victorious from the rainy Swiss hills in stage 4 of Tour de Romandie. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

BMC's Küng rides alone through cold and rainy conditions, thriving in the Swiss mountains to win stage 4

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Stefan Küng emerged victorious from the rainy Swiss hills in stage 4 of Tour de Romandie. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

A young Swiss star emerged at Tour de Romandie on Friday as Stefan Küng (BMC) rode alone through the rainy Swiss mountains to win stage 4.

Küng, 21, escaped a group of four others to ride solo to his second victory this season, at the end of the 169.8km stage, which included three categorized climbs from La Neuveville to Fribourg.

“I like the rain; I like the cold,” said Küng “I was thinking about how I could win. … When it was the moment, I went.

“When I reached the top of the last GPM [climb] I quite knew it was a good moment.”

The day’s breakaway included Kung, Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Bert-Jan Lindemann (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the latter part of the race, Küng set off alone, riding away from his three companions through the rain.

With 15 kilometers remaining, the lone breakaway rider was 2:28 up the road.

With Tinkoff-Saxo driving the peloton, the gap was soon under two minutes.

Bakelants and Lindeman dangled in the gap between Kung and the peloton, as the difference between the leader and the field dropped to 1:24, with nine kilometers left.

With a little over six kilometers to race, a duo of Etixx-Quick-Step riders attacked the peloton: multi-time world time trial champion Tony Martin, and Julian Alaphilippe.

With five kilometers left, Kung was 1:21 ahead, and the Etixx duo trailed him by 1:06. Bakelants and Lindeman were still second and third on the road, about 30 seconds behind.

However, Küng would not be denied. The young Swiss drove hard to the line, pushing a 54-tooth chainring, which he said he’d asked his mechanic to install prior to the stage for this very purpose.

Bakelants won the sprint for second, and Lindeman was third.

Martin hung on to finish fourth, ahead of a charging peloton.

Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) kept the overall lead heading into Saturday’s fifth stage, which is expected to be a decisive day — 166.1km with four category-one climbs and a summit finish.

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Turkey provides fast track for Giro-bound sprinters http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/turkey-provides-fast-track-for-giro-bound-sprinters_368650 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/turkey-provides-fast-track-for-giro-bound-sprinters_368650#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:58:57 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368650

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey is an ideal proving ground for sprinters who are aiming for success at the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Greipel and Modolo are tuning up their finishing kicks in Turkey ahead of the year's first grand tour, which kicks off in seven days

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The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey is an ideal proving ground for sprinters who are aiming for success at the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Just as the Tour of Qatar is a favorite honing ground for the classics-bound cobble-eaters, the weeklong Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey is turning into the preferred approach to the season’s first grand tour among the peloton’s fleet of sprinters.

Mild weather, decent roads, and a week of sprint-friendly stages is ideal Giro d’Italia preparation for the peloton’s fast finishers.

Going into Friday’s stage, the race has already delivered confidence-boosting victories for André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) who are set to start the Giro next week in Sanremo.

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) won’t be racing the Giro — he’s heading to the Amgen Tour of California instead — but other sprinters are hoping this week’s Tour of Turkey helps set them up for important results in the season’s first grand tour. Even for Cavendish, who won the opening two stages, the Turkey tour is positioning him nicely for his season’s major goals.

“I don’t like to miss the Giro, which is a key race that helped me build up my career. I have great memories of that race and I hope to come back to the Giro in the future and do well again,” Cavendish said. “But as of this year, I want to focus on the optimal preparation for the Tour de France, and going into the races to return to the high level of performance I had at the beginning of the year.”

Modolo said his victory Thursday, his first of the 2015 season, was just what he needed before going to the Italian grand tour.

“Yes, I needed this win,” the Italian sprinter said. “In January, I went up against Cavendish and Gaviria [at Tour de San Luis], and since then, I haven’t finished off a sprint. I fell in a stage at Tirreno, and started sprinting again at De Panne, so I really wanted this one.”

Confidence is critical for any sprinter, and this year’s Giro will have a solid field of sprinters for what could be as many as nine bunch gallops in the Italian grand tour.

In addition to Modolo and Greipel, Manuel Belletti and Alessandro Petacchi (Southeast), Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida), and Daniele Colli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) are a few of the other sprinters heading to the Giro via the Tour of Turkey.

Greipel, who rode well across the spring classics, was relieved to get the victory in stage 4, his third of the 2015 season, and his 10th career win at the Turkey tour.

“The big goals are to win a stage at the Giro and the Tour this year,” said Greipel, who did not start stage 5 on Thursday. “This race is build-up for the Giro d’Italia. … It was nice to get the victory.”

Greipel, who won Giro stages in 2008 and 2010, will be hoping to win a stage in his first return to the Italian grand tour in five years.

While Cavendish and sprint king Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) are both skipping the Giro, the race will see a solid field of sprinters.

In addition to Modolo and Greipel, others, such as Juanjo Lobato (Movistar), Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing), Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) will keep the sprints interesting.

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Bilbao wins Turkey stage 6, Durasek snatches GC lead http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/bilbao-wins-turkey-stage-6-durasek-snatches-gc-lead_368640 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/road/bilbao-wins-turkey-stage-6-durasek-snatches-gc-lead_368640#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:11:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368640

Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) claimed his second victory of the season in stage 6 of Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Caja Rural's Pello Bilbao climbs to a stage win, while Kristijan Durasek wrestles the GC lead away from Rebellin on a cat. one summit finish

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Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) claimed his second victory of the season in stage 6 of Tour of Turkey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Presidential Tour of Turkey returned to the hills on Friday, and Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) rode to victory atop the category-one climb that capped off the 184km stage in Selcuk.

Pello, 25, came to the line a mere three seconds ahead of Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez. His Caja Rural teammate, Heiner Parra, finished third.

Behind those battling for the stage win, Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) came through 18 seconds behind, with three others, in sixth place. This was enough to move the 27-year-old Croatian into the GC lead, 21 seconds ahead of Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice), who had led the race since his stage 3 win on Tuesday. Rebellin finished 19th, 1:01 behind the winner. He is now second overall, while Bretagne-Séché Environnement’s Eduardo Sepulveda sits third.

Friday will offer a 165km stage with two categorized climbs, but a relatively flat run-in to the finish in Izmir.

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Cavendish on form for Tour de France success http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/cavendish-on-form-for-tour-de-france-success_368637 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/cavendish-on-form-for-tour-de-france-success_368637#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=368637

Mark Cavendish is satisfied with how he's riding right now ahead of this summer's Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mark Cavendish has recovered from a slow spring and is now pressing toward his goal of winning another green jersey this summer

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Mark Cavendish is satisfied with how he's riding right now ahead of this summer's Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

DENIZLI, Turkey (VN) — Taking an extra week off in the month of April seems to have paid off for Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) after being shut out in the classics following an illness he picked up in South Africa. The “Missile” is firing on all cylinders at the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey after earning consecutive wins on the opening two stages.

Cavendish’s leadout man Mark Renshaw told VeloNews earlier in the week the Brit had “extra focus” and is in better shape that last year.

The 29-year-old Isle of Man native opened the 2015 campaign with a stage win at the Tour de San Luis and two stage victories at the Dubai Tour — along with both the general and points classifications at the desert race.

Cavendish went winless in four races after posting back-to-back victories at Clasica de Almeria in mid-February and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on the first of March.

A 14th-place finish on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico was the best result the 2011 world road race champion could muster over the week-long stage race he did not finish before recording two bunch finishes and another DNF at Milano-Sanremo (46th), Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) (61st), and Gent-Wevelgem, respectively.

With two sprint stages remaining on the final two days in Turkey, Cavendish still has an opportunity to equal his 2014 race numbers of four wins and the points classification.

With the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France looming, Cavendish — who is the third all-time stage winner at the Tour with 25 wins — took it to two-time reigning German national champion André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) on two of the Tour of Turkey’s three sprint stages before Greipel abandoned the race following his win on stage 4 to focus on the Giro.

However, Cavendish has yet to face Greipel’s compatriot Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), who has not raced since the Tour of Qatar in early February and has yet to record a win this season — aside for the People’s Choice Criterium prior to the Santos Tour Down Under in January.

“I know if I was in the same position as [Kittel] was and I hadn’t raced in five months, you’d all be saying it’s the end of my career,” Cavendish said of his 26-year-old rival and eight-time Tour de France stage winner. “I’ve always had a thing, even when I’m sick or coming back, I’ve always raced.

“I am a professional bike rider and I’m paid money by my team and I have to represent my team, so even when I’ve been ill I’ve always gone raced and perhaps not gotten good results … I’ve always got wins in the back of my head.”

Now back on track, Cavendish said he’s feeling strong and motivated heading into his final Tour preparations at the Amgen Tour of California (May 10-17) and the Tour de Suisse (June 13-21).

“I’m happy to come here with Etixx-Quick-Step,” said Cavendish, who has won the points title in all three grand tours. “Tom [Boonen] is coming back from injury and I’m starting to build up my form for the Tour and we’re getting the leadout right so things are pretty good.

“We had an incredibly successful start to the season, and Etixx-Quick-Step is the team that has won the most races. If you look at the top 3 finishes, it’s way beyond what any other team has done.

“I think the team is bringing it together across the board in sprints, classics, and small stage races.”

When asked about his goals for the Tour in July, Cavendish, who said it was “disappointing” to crash out on the first stage last year, was quick to respond.

“I’m asked that question once a week,” he said. “I win the green jersey by winning stages so I’ll go and concentrate on winning stages.”

Aaron S. Lee is a cycling and triathlon columnist for Eurosport and a guest contributor to VeloNews.

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