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Even a casual cycling fan knows that Peter Sagan is the king of wheelies (on a road bike, at least), from his victory salute at Gent-Wevelgem 2013, to his many exploits in the grupetto on the Tour de France’s mountain stages.

But perhaps it is time to crown a new king of the wheelie. On Tuesday, World Cup downhill pro Wyn Masters (who must know a thing or two about wheelies) posted this incredible Instagram video of Trek – Segafredo’s Niccolo Bonifazio riding effortless wheelies and nose wheelies.

Of course, Sagan’s wheelies earn points — both style and difficulty — for the one-handed and sometimes no-handed flourishes. However, Bonifazio’s stunts are downright jaw-dropping when you consider that he’s balancing on one wheel, feathering rim brakes on his aero race bike. Now, we at VeloNews have tested Trek’s Madone, and give it credit for having good brakes overall, but these calipers don’t come close to the modulation a disc brake would afford.

That doesn’t seem to stop the Italian. And though he can’t match Sagan’s palmares (few can!), we bow down to Bonifazio as the peloton’s new king of wheelies.

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Milano-Torino: López out-climbs Woods http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/milano-torino-lopez-climbs-woods_421667 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/milano-torino-lopez-climbs-woods_421667#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:26:04 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421667 With patience, and then a fierce final attack, Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez won Milano-Torino Wednesday atop the Superga climb.

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With patience, and then a fierce final attack, Colombian Miguel Àngel López won Milano-Torino Wednesday atop the Superga climb outside of Torino Italy.

Into the final kilometer of the 186km race, the finishing kick at the end of a mostly flat Milano-Torino, Michael Woods and López were locked in a two-man fight. Woods went early, likely eager for a chance at the biggest win in his young career, but Astana’s López followed and countered with about 500 meters to go, winning the Italian fall classic.

Top-10 results

  • 1. Miguel Angel LOPEZ MORENO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 4:13:36
  • 2. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :09
  • 3. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :14
  • 4. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :19
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :21
  • 6. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :23
  • 7. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :27
  • 8. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :32
  • 9. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :36
  • 10. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :40

Cannondale – Drapac’s Canadian first-year, Woods, managed to hang on for second place, while his teammate, Rigoberto Uran mopped up the final podium position in third.

“[Miguel Àngel López] was so strong today! I got a good head start on the mountain climb. But he just paced it really well. I tried to attack him but I just wasn’t as strong as him in the final. However I’m really happy with my performance,” said Woods.

López won the Tour de Suisse in June, but was forced to abandon the Vuelta on stage 6 due to multiple crashes.

“Thanks to the team I achieved this magnificent victory here today despite the loss of Michele Scarponi who crashed — I dedicate this achievement to him,” said López. “Diego Rosa, who was also involved in the crash, did a tremendous job for me as well as Dario Cataldo in bringing back the breakaway. We always speak during the race, that enabled us to change tactic on the way … It was smart to try to go away before the final ascent. I didn’t expect to win today. It’s beautiful.”

Once a sprinter’s race, Milano-Torino reworked its route in recent years to finish on the 4.9km climb, which averages 9.1 percent and maxes out at a 14 percent gradient.

Full results

  • 1. Miguel Angel LOPEZ MORENO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 4:13:36
  • 2. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :09
  • 3. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :14
  • 4. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :19
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :21
  • 6. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :23
  • 7. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :27
  • 8. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :32
  • 9. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :36
  • 10. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :40
  • 11. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :40
  • 12. Leopold KONIG, TEAM SKY, at :40
  • 13. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :47
  • 14. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :52
  • 15. Franco PELLIZOTTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 1:02
  • 16. Alessio TALIANI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 1:10
  • 17. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WIL, at 1:10
  • 18. Pierre LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:14
  • 19. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:24
  • 20. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:26
  • 21. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:29
  • 22. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:37
  • 23. Sam OOMEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:43
  • 24. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:59
  • 25. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:59
  • 26. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:06
  • 27. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:07
  • 28. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:14
  • 29. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:24
  • 30. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:26
  • 31. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:28
  • 32. Frank SCHLECK, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:28
  • 33. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at 4:04
  • 34. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 4:14
  • 35. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:21
  • 36. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WIL, at 4:58
  • 37. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 5:22
  • 38. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:34
  • 39. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 5:42
  • 40. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF, at 5:42
  • 41. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, at 5:42
  • 42. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 5:59
  • 43. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 6:32
  • 44. Cristian RAILEANU, WIL, at 6:32
  • 45. Ryder HESJEDAL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 6:40
  • 46. Lorenzo ROTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 8:13
  • 47. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 8:13
  • 48. Simone VELASCO, BARDIANI CSF, at 8:13
  • 49. Roman KREUZIGER, TINKOFF, at 8:14
  • 50. Julien BERNARD, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:14
  • 51. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:14
  • 52. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 8:14
  • 53. Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY, at 8:14
  • 54. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:14
  • 55. Aydar ZAKARIN, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 8:14
  • 56. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 8:14
  • 57. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:14
  • 58. Julen AMEZQUETA, WIL, at 8:14
  • 59. Wout POELS, TEAM SKY, at 8:14
  • 60. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 8:14
  • 61. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:14
  • 62. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 8:14
  • 63. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:14
  • 64. Víctor DE LA PARTE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:14
  • 65. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:14
  • 66. Kristoffer SKJERPING, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 8:14
  • 67. Cyrille GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:14
  • 68. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 8:14
  • 69. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF, at 8:14
  • 70. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:14
  • 71. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:14
  • 72. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 10:09
  • 73. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF, at 10:15
  • 74. Lorenzo FORTUNATO, TINKOFF, at 10:15
  • 75. Fredrik LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 10:31
  • 76. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 11:21
  • 77. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:38
  • 78. Yonder GODOY, WIL, at 11:38
  • 79. Alberto NARDIN, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 11:39
  • 80. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 11:39
  • 81. Matteo DRAPERI, WIL, at 11:39
  • 82. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 11:39
  • 83. Martijn TUSVELD, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 11:39
  • 84. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 11:39
  • 85. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:39
  • 86. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:39
  • 87. Artem OVECHKIN, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:39
  • 88. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 11:39
  • 89. Sylwester SZMYD, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 11:39
  • 90. Artur ERSHOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:39
  • 91. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:39
  • 92. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at 11:45
  • 93. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:56
  • 94. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:01
  • 95. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:01
  • 96. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 16:41
  • 97. Marcin MROZEK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 16:41
  • DNF Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Marco BANDIERA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • DNF Francesco GAVAZZI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • DNF Mirko SELVAGGI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • DNF Serghei TVETCOV, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • DNF Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Jon IRISARRI, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Eduard PRADES REVERTE, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Jaime ROSON GARCIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Matti BRESCHEL, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Alexander EVTUSHENKO, GAZPROM-RUSVELO
  • DNF Alexander SEROV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO
  • DNF Kirill SVESHNIKOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO
  • DNF Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Jan POLANC, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Adriano MALORI, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Davide BALLERINI, TINKOFF
  • DNF Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNS Andrea FEDI, WIL

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Dimension Data picks up domestic climber Morton http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/dimension-data-picks-domestic-climber-morton_421663 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/dimension-data-picks-domestic-climber-morton_421663#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:07:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421663 Lachlan Morton, likely the most talented climber on the U.S. domestic circuit, will return to the big leagues in 2017, riding for Dimension

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Lachlan Morton, regarded by many as the most talented climber on the U.S. domestic circuit, will return to the big leagues in 2017, riding for Dimension Data. Morton confirmed to VeloNews that he will make the move, one day after CyclingTips reported that he will transfer to the South African team that wears black and white.

The 24-year-old Australian won the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August with a flourish of panache, winning with a long-range attack on the final stage to Park City, defeating Cannondale – Garmin’s Andrew Talansky, who would go on to finish fifth overall in the Vuelta a España. Morton also won the climber-friendly Tour of the Gila in New Mexico earlier in the 2016 season.

Morton raced with Garmin – Sharp in the WorldTour for three seasons before moving to Continental team Jelly Belly – Maxxis, where he’s been for two years.

Although Dimension Data is currently a WorldTour team, there is some concern that it may not make the cut in 2017, as the UCI intends to pare down its roster of first-tier teams to just 17. Currently, Dimension Data is ranked 18th with one WorldTour race remaining, Il Lombardia.

More on Morton, and the Outback adventure that rekindled his love for cycling >>

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Quintana won’t rule out Giro/Tour double in 2017 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/quintana-wont-rule-girotour-double-2017_421656 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/quintana-wont-rule-girotour-double-2017_421656#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:44:45 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421656 The Colombian won the Italian grand tour in 2014 but has yet to win the Tour de France.

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MILAN (VN) — Colombian Nairo Quintana remembers his first grand tour win well and says that for that reason, for the race’s charm and high Alpine passes, he wants to return to the Giro d’Italia. He may compete in 2017 but says he needs to see the route and talk with Movistar management first.

Quintana debuted in the Italian grand tour in 2014 and won the overall title. His team took him there with the idea of gaining experience after he had placed second in his Tour de France debut a year prior behind Chris Froome. He placed second again in the 2015 Tour and was third this summer. In September, he won Spain’s grand tour, the Vuelta a España.

Another attempt to win the Giro is on Quintana’s mind, however.

“I hope soon because the Italian climbs are ones that are most suited to a climber like me,” Quintana told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport about when he might return. The newspaper began the race in 1909, and in 2017 it will celebrate its 100th edition.

“My next season is centered on the Tour, the only grand tour [win] that I’m missing,” Quintana said. “But this does not mean automatically that I won’t be at the Giro. We are waiting to see the route and then I’ll speak with the team.”

The 2017 Giro d’Italia will begin May 5 on Italy’s Sardinia island with three stages, but the rest is unknown until the presentation October 25. The route is expected to snake south to north, with summit finishes to the Oropa Sanctuary, the Stelvio Pass, the Pordoi Pass, and the Piancavallo ski resort in the Dolomites.

No one has won the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998. And counting the Italian, only seven riders have done so in cycling’s history.

“It’s certainly intriguing. But in the last years it’s been ‘easier’ race the Giro and Vuelta at a high level, or the Tour and the Vuelta,” Quintana said. “The Giro demands a lot. Then racing the Tour means that you find yourself up against rivals that are all, no one excluded, at 100 percent.”

Quintana cannot stop thinking of the Giro, though. The stage to the Formigal ski resort two weeks into this year’s Vuelta reminded him of the Stelvio stage to Val Martello. In 2014, he rode clear with a small group over the Stelvio Pass that was blanketed with snow. He won the stage and took over the pink jersey. In the Formigal stage, he and Alberto Contador of Tinkoff rode clear immediately with a group and left their rival Froome behind. Though he already had the lead, the stage paved the way to his Spanish title.

“The Stelvio stage and Formigal stage were both ‘locura’ [insane] days,” Quintana said. “That [Giro] victory had more resonance. It was the first, it showed my capacity.”

Movistar must wait a few weeks for the Giro and Tour organizers to present their routes: the Giro in Milan on October 25 and the Tour in Paris on October 18.

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VN Show: Can we trust Bradley Wiggins? http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/vn-show-can-we-trust-bradley-wiggins_421632 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/vn-show-can-we-trust-bradley-wiggins_421632#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:54:58 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421632 Cycling’s latest controversy involves Team Sky, Bradley Wiggins, and a pesky group of Russian computer hackers called Fancy Bears.

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Cycling’s latest controversy involves Team Sky, Bradley Wiggins, and a pesky group of Russian computer hackers called Fancy Bears. Why is this story important to cycling? What impact will it have on Wiggins’s legacy? How can Sky fans still maintain their allegiance without worry (note: they can)? We break down the TUE/Wiggins story from a fan perspective on this week’s VeloNews Show.

Plus, we examine triathlon’s newest aero bike, which features lots of cargo room and a giant aerodynamic spike for some reason.

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Vaughters on losing Phinney (to Lance) and getting him back http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/vaughters-losing-phinney-lance-getting-back_421614 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/vaughters-losing-phinney-lance-getting-back_421614#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:26:49 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421614 Jonathan Vaughters talks about his early years with Taylor Phinney and what it means to have him back, riding for Cannondale – Drapac in

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Taylor Phinney got his start as a bike racer in 2007, with Jonathan Vaughters’s TIAA – CREF development team. According to Vaughters, it was that team’s nascent track program that introduced Phinney to the boards and paved the way for his 2008 Olympic debut.

Shortly after those Olympics, Phinney left TIAA – CREF for Lance Armstrong’s new Trek – Livestrong U23 team, which was both a huge step in Phinney’s development on the road and yet another footnote in the years-long acrimony between Vaughters and Armstrong.

Here, in light of the official announcement that Phinney has signed for Cannondale – Drapac, Vaughters talks about his early years with Phinney and what it means to have him back. (Interview edited for length and clarity.)

VeloNews: How did the relationship start a decade ago? You signed Taylor before he had ever raced.

Jonathan Vaughters: It basically boiled down to word of mouth, stuff trickling through to me from Boulder [Colorado] group rides. People were coming to me going, “Hey this kid hasn’t raced yet, but he’s stronger than all of us. So maybe he should try racing.” It wasn’t any more scientific than that.

We were his first team. He wasn’t on some club team or bike shop team or whatever. We literally put him onto the best junior team in the country straight from just being a kid who was riding bikes with his mom and dad.

Obviously, he was super-talented, a natural right off the bat. At that point, we were doing a lot of track racing with the team. I had this theory — UK sport used this approach to develop Team Sky — if we developed a bunch of Olympians, sponsorship would come our way and we’d be able to chip our way into the WorldTour.

So that was the approach: capture America’s interest through up-and-coming Olympians. To go to the Olympics on the road, you have to have already been racing at the WorldTour level. So the track was the place.

VN: So that’s how Taylor ended up on the track?

JV: Yeah. And he was like a fish in water. Just “Boom.” Incredible at it right from the start.

VN: He left after two years to sign with Lance Armstrong’s Trek – Livestrong development project. What was that like?

JV: Well, it’s part of the history. I don’t always like to talk about it, because it was really painful. It doesn’t reflect negatively on Taylor in any way, though.

He went to the 2008 Olympics while he was riding for us. We put a lot of effort into media training him for the Olympics, because he was getting a lot of publicity. He had never really done an interview before, and all of a sudden he had people like Lester Holt flying out to interview him. So we tried to put as much buffering around him as we could and help him learn how to deal with the media.

We had come to an agreement right before the Olympics for him to move onto our U23 team for 2009. We hadn’t written that into a contract, though. I was thinking, “He’s a junior rider. We’ll get to the contract.” He was still a kid, and I didn’t see any point in putting a kid under high-pressure contract negotiations. I was just like, “Yeah, sure. You’re going to ride for us next year.”

Then, all of a sudden, after he got back from the Olympics, he went radio-silent. I didn’t hear anything from Taylor or his parents for a long time. Then I started hearing rumors that Taylor was up in Aspen riding with Lance, and Taylor was going to this event with Lance, and he’s getting flown here by Lance. It was pretty uncomfortable, but I was thinking, “Well, Astana doesn’t have a junior team, so I guess there’s nothing I should be concerned about.”

After months of silence, I got a call from, I can’t remember if it was Connie or Davis, but one of them called and basically said, “Listen, we’re really sorry, but Taylor is going to ride for Lance.”

It was confusing. At that point, the Livestrong team didn’t exist, so it all seemed bizarre. It was a tough thing. Was this about development cycling or was it a middle finger from Lance?

VN: Do you have an answer to that now?

JV: Oh, who knows? I just know that it was a tough thing, personally.

And by no means did I ever hold it against Taylor. He was a 17-year-old getting invited to ride with one of the biggest sports stars ever — the biggest star in his chosen profession. Of course the kid is going to be star-struck. Of course the kid is going to think, “Well, gee, maybe J.V. isn’t so great compared to this.”

VN: Does signing him now put the past in a new light? Or, at this point, is it more just the annual cycle of riders going in and out of teams during the offseason?

JV: It’s not a normal in-and-out thing. He started with us as a kid. He was someone we believed in massively. And when he left, I was personally hurt. So were some of our investors. But I’ve matured a lot since then. He has, too. We both pulled on our big-boy pants. We realized that the fit was really good in 2008 and is still good now.

But, no, it’s not normal business. There’s a greater emotional investment in bringing him back. I think that goes for both of us.

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Eneco Tour just made the 2017 WorldTour more complicated http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/eneco-tour-just-made-the-2017-worldtour-more-complicated_421566 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/eneco-tour-just-made-the-2017-worldtour-more-complicated_421566#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:15:23 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421566 The Eneco Tour results just made it harder for a few teams to get into the 2017 WorldTour, as four teams vie for three spots.

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MILAN (VN) — The WorldTour series will end Saturday in Italy with Il Lombardia, but a fight will continue into the 2016/2017 off-season. After the Eneco Tour on Sunday, four teams — with stars Tom Dumoulin, Mark Cavendish, Vincenzo Nibali, and Peter Sagan — are battling for three free spots in the 2017 top division. One could be left out.

A WorldTour license guarantees teams the right to race in the UCI’s top 37 events for 2017, including the Tour de France and major classics like Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

This Sunday, the situation became more complicated. When Oliver Naesen placed third overall in the Eneco stage race, Swiss team IAM Cycling jumped from 18th to 16th in the rankings of the 18 WorldTour teams. Instead of a three-way battle for two spots, the UCI license commission now has a four-way fight if the governing body decides to stick to its plan of capping the number of teams at 17 for 2017. The four teams in question are Dimension Data, Giant – Alpecin, and two upstart squads hoping to debut in the WorldTour: Bora – Hansgrohe and Bahrain – Merida.

The plan is ultimately to reduce the top WorldTeams to 16 by 2018. The UCI introduced a new elimination and promotion system that allows the top Professional Continental team to step up and take the place of lowest ranked WorldTour team.

For 2016/17, the idea was just to trim the 18-team division down to 17, which should have been easy with two of the teams, Tinkoff and IAM Cycling, folding. However, after the Eneco Tour, they rank second and 16th, respectively, and continuing teams Giant – Alpecin and Dimension Data, 17th and 18th. According to the rules, Giant – Alpecin (with Dumoulin) and Dimension Data (Cavendish) become candidate teams for the 2017 WorldTour along with Bora – Hansgrohe (Sagan), which is asking for a promotion from the second division, and the newly formed Bahrain – Merida (Nibali).

“The two last placed WorldTeams on the WorldTour ranking at the end of the final 2016 season will be afforded ‘2017 UCI WorldTour candidate’ status,” says the UCI in its documentation. “All other teams existing in 2016 and newly-created teams may also be declared ‘2017 UCI WorldTour candidate” teams. The candidate teams described are evaluated on the basis of the WorldTour individual ranking [of their five best riders.]”

In theory, the UCI would have a battle between the lowest-ranked WorldTour team and a team like Bora, asking for promotion from the Professional Continental division. Instead, it has four quality teams asking for a place at the table. Both South Africa’s Dimension Data and the Bahraini team make the UCI’s top series more global, and Giant – Alpecin and Bora both come from the resurgent German market.

As a result, teams are fighting for points. Bahrain – Merida is negotiating with Movistar to allow Ion Izagirre out of his contract early. The Spaniard placed second in the Tour de Suisse, third in the Tour de Romandie and fifth in Paris-Nice this year. He counts a massive 270 WorldTour points, more than Esteban Chaves (Orica – BikeExchange) and Nibali (currently with Astana).

Teams are also courting Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha), who is due to retire with his 211 points.

“Our five [riders]? It depends on Izagirre,” Bahrain – Merida manager Brent Copeland told VeloNews. “It would be Izagirre, Vincenzo Nibali, Heinrich Haussler, Enrico Gasparotto, and Sonny Colbrelli. Colbrelli doesn’t have many points but he has some from his third place at the Amstel Gold Race. Right now, to buy a rider with more points than 70 would cost a fortune. I think everyone that has those points are signed up.”

The consolation is that any team left out would be able to race in the Professional Continental division and ask for invitation to the top WorldTour races. Dimension Data did so through 2015 and was able to race in the Tour de France. Any of the four teams should have a sure ticket into the races considering their stars.

Top race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which runs the Tour and Paris-Roubaix, is putting pressure on the UCI to reduce the teams from 18 to 17. However, there is a feeling that this may not be the off-season to do so and as so often happens in cycling, plans may change before the new season kicks off in January with the Tour Down Under in Australia.

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LONDON (AFP) — Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has responded to the TUE controversy surrounding Bradley Wiggins by claiming sport’s anti-doping rules are open to abuse.

Froome took to Twitter to vent about the issues with doping controls after two officially approved Therapeutic Use Exemptions were revealed by hackers earlier this month.

Froome, who won his third Tour de France title in four years in July, posted a statement on his Twitter feed:

Athletes are able to take some banned substances as medication if they are cleared by the authorities. Froome said he has never pushed the boundaries of what is allowed.

British star Wiggins, a five-time Olympic champion, received three TUEs for intramuscular injections of the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone on the eve of the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Triamcinolone has been described by several former dopers as one of the most effective performance-enhancing drugs and it is believed to help athletes lose weight without losing power, postpone fatigue and aid recovery.

The disgraced Lance Armstrong tested positive for it at the 1999 Tour but used a bogus TUE to avoid an anti-doping violation.

Wiggins, a life-long asthma sufferer with an allergy to pollen, hasn’t broken any doping rules and told the BBC on Sunday that he was not seeking “an unfair advantage” when he used the drug, but was trying to “level the playing field so he could compete at the highest level.”

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Phinney signs with Cannondale – Drapac for 2017 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/phinney-signs-cannondale-drapac-2017_421553 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/phinney-signs-cannondale-drapac-2017_421553#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:30 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421553 The American will focus on the northern classics and time trials with his new squad.

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American Taylor Phinney will depart BMC Racing after this season and join Cannondale – Drapac, it was confirmed Tuesday.

Phinney first rode for the Slipstream organization when he was 15 as a member of Team 5280 Magazine, a development squad. Cannondale – Drapac is based in Boulder, Colorado, where Phinney lives.

Sources indicated in August that Phinney, 26, would be heading to Cannondale after he spent six years riding for BMC.

“I have some close friends that race for the team. And it just generally seems like the team itself has a good vibe. I also met with [general manager Jonathan Vaughters] earlier this year and really connected,” said Phinney, who next year will focus on the northern classics and time trials — including the Tour de France’s opening TT.

“One of the major reasons is to work with Cannondale, as an American bike sponsor. My first bike I got was a blue Cannondale that I got from my parents. My family, we used to have closer ties to Cannondale — when I was a kid, those were the bikes that we rode as a family. So it’s cool to return to that.”

Phinney’s presence on Cannondale’s classics squad next season bolsters an already strong lineup that includes Sep Vanmarcke and Dylan van Baarle. Next summer, Vaughters said Phinney will likely race at the Tour de France and shoot for victory — and the yellow jersey — in the Dusseldorf, Germany time trial.

“As far as the northern classics, Sep is our No. 1 guy,” Vaughters said. “Dylan Van Baarle is the chief lieutenant. So Taylor fits into a little bit more of a support rider, wildcard role in the classics. He’s a little less proven — 260k races, it takes a little longer to fully adapt to those until you’ve done multiple grand tours and have more of a foundation, which he doesn’t really have right now because of his injury. I fully expect him to be in the final 20, 25 rider selection in the classics. Without a doubt. That’s the No. 1 goal for the first part of the year.

“And then the big goal for the second part of the season is the 13km opening time trial in Dusseldorf at the Tour de France. We’re working with Cannondale on the fastest possible bike for him. We’re working with Mavic on new tires and wheel technology. And we’re trying to develop something that’s super fast for him. He’s going to do his half of the equation, and we’re going to try to pull it all together and see if we can garner a yellow jersey in Dusseldorf.”

Phinney’s career went south at the 2014 U.S. championships when he crashed hard on a fast descent while trying to avoid a race motorbike. He broke his leg and considered leaving the sport during his long rehab.

He ultimately decided that bike racing was still for him.

“This opportunity presented itself to bring my career into a full circle in one way. It definitely feels like a fresh new start, which I’m excited about,” Phinney said. “The last few years have been pretty trying, though super rewarding. But at the same time, I’ve been putting a lot of energy into recovering from this ultra-broken leg that I had in 2014. And BMC supported me through that whole process, and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

Added Vaughters: “In speaking with him over the summer, I got the impression that he did want to be a bike racer. His injury was severe and very difficult to come back from. He’s worked incredibly hard to get his leg to function again. At this point, there’s no reason he’s not going to be able to realize his full potential.”

Phinney’s career includes wearing the pink jersey at the 2012 Giro d’Italia after winning the opening time trial, winning the 2014 Dubai Tour, and winning stages at the USA Pro Challenge. He’s also a three-time U.S. time trial champion.

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Analysis: A tale of two worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/analysis-a-tale-of-two-worlds_421539 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/analysis-a-tale-of-two-worlds_421539#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:46:40 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421539 Caley Fretz envisions two scenarios playing out in Doha at the road worlds, both dependent on the wind.

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The road to the finish at Dukhan Beach doubled back on itself before cutting left one last time, putting the finish in sight. Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma – Quick-Step teammates yanked at the front of the field, pulling it into line. Then Sky took over, towing Elia Viviani. Still, Brent Bookwalter and a pair of Swiss breakaway companions held their gap. It was less than 30 seconds at 3 kilometers to go and the announcer spoke mostly of their doom.

But the wind had turned, slowing the closure of the narrow advantage. At 300 meters the sprint opened up. Two sprints actually, one of tired legs in front and one of fresh ones behind, closing like a train. But the train was late, misjudged, the wind misunderstood. A single meter was the difference. Not enough, even, to give the trio a time gap. Bookwalter, very much not a bunch sprinter, won the first stage of the 2013 Tour of Qatar.

“You would’ve thought that we would’ve come back really fast,” Bookwalter said that day. Indeed, that is what we all thought. “I think no one really knew what the wind was going to do in the last 4km.” No, we didn’t. We still don’t.

They say that the world championships in Qatar will be snoozy, that the heat and a comprehensive lack of elevation change will turn the 257km race into a Joycean slog punctuated, as such slogs are, only in its final moments. But they said the same about that stage in Qatar three years ago, didn’t they?

In holding off the field, Bookwalter provided a useful illustration of the desert chaos that could greet the world championship peloton in 11 days time.

It’s a special sort of chaos. In Belgium and the Netherlands, old directors with cigarettes for fingers know their own brand of the stuff. They know the corners, cobbles, wind, and weather in the same way that we might understand evening commute traffic, that the middle lane is fastest until the speed limit sign, where it’s time to merge hard left. In the desert, far from home, their powers are as useless as ours would be in a new city; these sands are their kryptonite.

This is not to say we are guaranteed chaos. Based on weather data, the chance of chaos is about 20 percent. (That’s 20 percent higher than the chance of rain.) So the world championship road race this year has an 80 percent chance of predictability, a simple sprint, and 20 percent of madness.

So, whom do we pick for either scenario?

The Eneco Tour just finished and provided a handy glimpse into both who is sprinting well (Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel, and Dylan Groenewegen) and who is simply riding well (Niki Terpstra, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Greg Van Avermaet, and Rohan Dennis). Eneco was the last real tuneup, as anybody with a shot at winning hilly Il Lombardia this weekend will not win in flat Qatar. That would be even weirder than Bookwalter.

In a full-chaos, crosswind-type scenario, worlds will be down to the classics fellas. The final, nasty stage of Eneco suggests Terpstra, Boasson Hagen, and Van Avermaet will be there. Fabian Cancellara won’t, he’s done. Add to that list Arnaud Demare and John Degenkolb, both winners of Milano-Sanremo. The usual suspects.

Plus, of course, Sagan.

The Slovak has to be the overall favorite, regardless of which scenario plays out. This is despite the fact that he keeps telling us he’s tired. There isn’t really a situation that doesn’t suit him. Big group? Cool, no problem. He just outsprinted Greipel head-to-head. Small group, split by wind? Hard to believe he won’t be there, too.

A bunch sprint is easier to predict. Cavendish has a good team. Bouhanni was sprinting well at Eneco, but was not on top form. Marcel Kittel, though, is a total mystery.

What about Groenewegen? He won Eneco’s first stage. He’s unproven over 260km, but he has a strong Dutch team (including Tom Dumoulin, who will be on flying TT form) around him. Tough call.

Based on Eneco, Greipel is a solid pick. He didn’t win a stage, but he has a few things in his favor. First, he’s good in the wind and has a very strong German team, assuming they decide to ride for him and not Kittel. They should. Second, we know he can go the distance. This is a 257km race, and if it’s echeloned out for four or five hours that will pull the sting out of most sprinters’ legs. The “Gorilla’s” attacks at Flanders every year indicate that he’s not scared of a long, hard day.

What else did Eneco teach us? Well, the final day saw about half the field DNF, thanks mostly to miserable conditions and excessive Dutchness (more road furniture than you can shake a stick at, crashes, wind, rain, and misery). Kittel pulled out, so did Bouhanni. One has to think that any rider who truly believed he has a chance at rainbow stripes would stick it out for the training alone.

Or, perhaps, they’d drop out to stave off illness?

I’m still picking Sagan. Yes, for the world championship double that has eluded the sport since Paolo Bettini. Can you come up with a scenario that doesn’t suit him?

On October 16 of last year, exactly 366 days before the elite men’s race, it was 95 degrees with sustained winds of 5mph and gusts to 13mph in Doha. That’s not bad. But a few days earlier, winds were sustained at 13mph and gusting to 25mph. That’s chaos. This is the Doha wind lottery. If we win, and the winds are high, anything could happen. If we lose, pick up a copy of Ulysses and settle in for a nice, long nap. Either way, you might just wake up to find out your new world champ is the same as the old one.

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Preliminary start list: UCI World Road Championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/start-list-uci-world-road-championships_421517 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/start-list-uci-world-road-championships_421517#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:11:32 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421517 Here's a list of the riders who will race for the rainbow stripes in Doha, Qatar at world championships in October.

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As countries begin announcing their rosters for the 2016 UCI World Road Championships in Doha Qatar, we’ll be keeping an updated list of the riders here. The women’s race is October 15, and the men will race October 16.

Australia

Men:
Zak Dempster
Luke Durbridge (Road race and TT)
Mitchell Docker
Caleb Ewan
Adam Hansen
Heinrich Haussler
Mathew Hayman
Michael Matthews
Mark Renshaw
Rohan Dennis (TT only)

Women:
Tiffany Cromwell
Gracie Elvin
Katrin Garfoot (Road race and TT)
Chloe Hosking
Lauren Kitchen
Loren Rowney
Sarah Roy

Belgium

Men:
Tom Boonen
Jens Debusschere
Iljo Keisse
Jens Keukeleire
Nikolas Maes
Olivier Naesen
Jürgen Roelandts
Jasper Stuyven
Greg Van Avermaet
Victor Campanaerts (TT only)
Yves Lampaert (TT only)

Women:
Valerie Demey
Sofie de Vuyst
Jolien D’hoore
Lotte Kopecky
Kaat van der Meulen
Anisha Vekemans
Ann-Sophie Duyck (TT only)

Colombia

Men:
Carlos Alzate
Edwin Ávila
Esteban Chaves
Fernando Gaviria
Omar Mendoza
Jarlinson Pantano
Brayan Ramírez
Rigoberto Urán
Walter Vargas

Women:
Diana Carolina Peñuela Martínez

France

Men:
Nacer Bouhanni
Arnaud Démare
Christophe Laporte
Yoann Offredo
Adrien Petit
Cyril Lemoine
William Bonnet
Geoffrey Soupe
Marc Sarreau
Johan Le Bon (TT only)
Jérémy Roy (TT only)

Women:
Aude Biannic
Audrey Cordon Ragot (Road race and TT)
Coralie Demay
Eugénie Duval
Roxane Fournier
Pascale Jeuland

Great Britain

Men:
Adam Blythe
Mark Cavendish
Stephen Cummings
Alex Dowsett
Dan McLay
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Ben Swift
Geraint Thomas
Scott Thwaites

Women:
Alice Barnes
Hannah Barnes (Road race and TT)
Lizzie Deignan
Danielle King
Laura Massey
Annasley Park
Abby Mae Parkinson
Eileen Roe
Hayley Simmonds (TT only)

Canada

Men:
Ryan Anderson
Guillaume Boivin
Adam de Vos DE VOS
Antoine Duchesne
Hugo Houle (Road race and TT)
Ryan Roth (Road race and TT)

Women:
Sara Bergen
Karol-Ann Canuel (Road race and TT)
Annie Foreman-Mackey
Alison Jackson
Leah Kirchmann
Joelle Numainville

Germany

Men:
John Degenkolb
Andre Greipel
Marcel Kittel
Tony Martin (Road race and TT)
Nils Politt
Marcel Sieberg
Jasha Sutterlin

Women:
Lisa Brennauer (Road race and TT)
Romy Kasper
Lisa Klein
Mieke Kröger
Stephanie Pohl
Trixi Worrack (Road race and TT)

The Netherlands

Men:
Koen de Kort
Tom Dumoulin (Road race and TT)
Jos van Emden (Road race and TT)
Dylan Groenewegen
Sebastian Langeveld
Tom Leezer
Niki Terpstra
Dylan van Baarle
Danny van Poppel

Women:
Anna van der Breggen (Road race and TT)
Chantal Blaak
Ellen van Dijk (Road race and TT)
Roxane Knetemann
Amy Pieters
Annemiek van Vleuten (Road race and TT)
Marianne Vos
Kirsten Wild

Norway

Men:
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Road race and TT)
Vegard Breen
Sven Erik Bystrøm
Sondre Holst Enger
Daniel Hoelgaard
Truls Engen Korsæth
Alexander Kristoff
Vegard Stake Laengen (Road race and TT)
Kristoffer Skjerping

Women:
Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen
Katrine Aalerud
Emilie Moberg

Poland

Men:
Adrian Banaszek
Marcin Białobłocki (TT only)
Maciej Bodnar (Road race and TT)
Karol Domagalski
Łukasz Owsian
Maciej Paterski
Łukasz Wiśniowski

Women:
Eugenia Bujak
Marta Lach
Katarzyna Niewiadoma
Katarzyna Pawłowska (Road race and TT)
Anna Plichta (Road race and TT)
Alicja Ratajczak

South Africa

Men:
Ryan Gibbons
Nicholas Dougall
Clint Hendriks

Women:
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Heidi Dalton
Anriette Schoeman
Carla Oberholzer
Samantha Sanders
Zanele Tshoko

Switzerland

Men:
Silvan Dillier
Martin Elmiger
Reto Hollenstein (Road race and TT)
Stefan Küng (Road race and TT)
Pirmin Lang
Fabian Lienhard
Gregory Rast
Michael Schär

Women:
Nicole Hanselmann (Road race and TT)

United States

Men:
Robin Carpenter
Chad Haga
Eric Marcotte
Taylor Phinney (Road race and TT)
Kiel Reijnen
Joseph Rosskopf
Alexey Vermeulen (TT only)

Women:
Allie Dragoo
Megan Guarnier
Amber Neben (Road race and TT)
Coryn Rivera
Alexis Ryan
Carmen Small (Road race and TT)
Lauren Stephens

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Brailsford backs Wiggins, may make Sky TUEs public http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/brailsford-backs-wiggins-may-make-sky-tues-public_421522 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/brailsford-backs-wiggins-may-make-sky-tues-public_421522#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:36:20 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421522 Dave Brailsford stood by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins in his first press appearance since the Fancy Bears hacking scandal broke.

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Dave Brailsford stood by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system in his first press appearance since the Fancy Bears hacking group released medical documents from two of his star riders.

While stating unequivocally that Wiggins’s TUEs were legitimate, Brailsford also said that all future Team Sky TUEs may be made public.

“What I can tell everybody is that we’re doing it the right way. It is a 100% clean operation,” Brailsford said to Sky News. “We always look at the right thing to do, and have policies and processes to make sure we perform in the right way and people can believe in us.”

Why are the Sky TUEs controversial?

Brailsford, who remained completely silent on the subject until his Sky News interview, pointed to the system of checks in place to prevent abuse and suggested that the process had to be trusted. He also deflected some responsibility for the TUEs away from himself and his organization and onto the UCI.

“I didn’t have the right to approve any TUE,” he said. “I think what we’ve got to remember is that the only people who can approve a TUE are the doping authorities.”

Brailsford explained that in Wiggins’s case, as in all TUE cases at Sky, the concern began with the rider. Team doctor Richard Freeman was called in, and then an ENT specialist, Simon Hargreaves, who recommended the injectable triamcinolone. The TUE was then placed before the UCI’s doctor, Mario Zorzoli, who approved the treatment.

“If it’s a suspicious pattern of TUEs, I’d go back to the TUE authority. ‘Why did you grant it?’” he said. “You have to have trust and integrity in your people. If you are suggesting I should have suspicions or go back and look at the intent of what’s going on, I have to have trust and integrity in the process and in the UCI who grant it.”

Wiggins spoke out on the BBC over the weekend, explaining that he has been a life-long sufferer of asthma, and the medication was recommended by a Hargreaves.

“You have to show and provide evidence from a specialist that they will then scrutinise with three independent doctors and authorize you to take this product. If one of those three doctors says no, you get declined,” Wiggins said.

Any notion of systematic abuse of the TUE system by Team Sky was soundly rejected by Brailsford.

“We have won many, many races, big races without TUEs. So this whole notion of needing a TUE to perform, or some systematic abuse of the system, is unfounded,” Brailsford said. “And if you want to do something as challenging as what we’re trying to do, with the past this sport has, there are going to be challenges along the way. Times like now are when you have to keep fighting. To make sure our riders are more transparent and our processes are more robust. Because it’s more important than ever.”

Wiggins and Team Sky have been under fire since the Fancy Bears group released three Wiggins TUEs for triamcinolone, a powerful corticosteroid that can be used to treat asthma and other respiratory ailments but also has well-documented performance enhancement benefits, including weight loss. The three TUEs were approved right before the 2011 and 2012 Tour de France and 2013 Giro d’Italia. Wiggins won the 2012 Tour.

Chris Froome had two TUE documents made public as well, but both TUEs were previously known. Wiggins has been the focus of debate due to the timing of his TUE applications — just before major races — and the strength of the drug with which he was injected.

Former riders, including Michael Rasmussen and Jorg Jaksche, both of whom ran afoul of doping rules during their career, have stated that triamcinolone was frequently abused within the pro peloton in the past. Lance Armstrong received a backdated TUE for the drug in the 1999 Tour de France.

Wiggins broke no rules. He received the TUEs through the UCI’s normal system. Both of his TUEs were approved by the UCI’s former medical coordinator Mario Zorzoli. The TUEs have nonetheless resulted in a crisis of confidence in Great Britain’s first Tour de France winner, and the team behind him.

To further increase this transparency, Brailsford indicated that he would open to making all this team’s future TUEs public.

“We’ve reviewed this over the years and we’ve changed our policy, we’ve changed the way we do it and going forward I think we are going to take the next step which is being debated on a wider basis to look at, with the consent of the riders, making all TUEs transparent,” he said.

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Nibali to skip Lombardia, plans for 2017 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/nibali-skip-lombardia-plans-2017_421467 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/nibali-skip-lombardia-plans-2017_421467#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:43:47 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421467 The Italian will compete in Tuesday's Tre Valli Varesine and a few other races this fall before he switches teams over the winter.

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MILAN (VN) — Italian Vincenzo Nibali will return to racing Tuesday after fracturing his collarbone in the Olympics, but he will not try to defend his 2015 Il Lombardia win this weekend.

The 31-year-old will race the Tre Valli Varesine with the No. 1 on this back as last year’s winner. It will be the Astana rider’s first race after crashing on August 6 while on a gold-medal attack in the Rio de Janeiro road race with Colombian Sergio Henao.

“Certainly, he won’t be in the same condition that he was in last year, but he’s a champion and will honor the race,” Astana sport director Stefano Zanini told local website Prealpina.

Nibali sat out nine weeks, but he will be one of the favorites to win. That list also includes Adam Yates (Orica – BikeExchange) and Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale – Drapac). Esteban Chaves (Orica), winner of the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday and third overall in the Vuelta a España, will skip Tre Valli and aim for Il Lombardia.

“These end-of-season races like Milano-Torino and Lombardia suit me,” Chaves said. “I’m dreaming of winning Lombardia.”

Nibali’s dream run in the end-of-season classics turned around in 2015. After fourth in the Tour de France and a Vuelta a España disqualification, he won the Coppa Bernocchi, Tre Valli, and Lombardia. In Il Lombardia, formally called the Giro di Lombardia, he attacked on the second-to-last climb 17.3 kilometers out and soloed to victory lakeside in Como.

Organizer RCS Sport could not have asked for a better finish to its race, the final of five monuments in the cycling season. It had Italy’s biggest star winning alone next to the scenic Lake Como in the national tricolor champion’s jersey. It will have to look for another successful mix this year when the race finishes in Bergamo after 4,000 meters of climbing.

Nibali is looking for a soft landing to end his 2016 season. He already gave Astana its parting victory in May when he scored his second Giro d’Italia title, and later tried his best for his country in Rio. Now, it is time for him to look ahead to 2017.

The Tre Valli Varesine, the Tour of Almaty on October 2 in his team’s home of Kazakhstan, and the Abu Dhabi Tour — also run by RCS Sport — will end the 2016 season for Nibali. The winter will be a busy one because after four years in Astana’s blue, he will join new team Bahrain – Merida.

Nibali is the team’s star and had a hand in selecting its staff, such as coach Paolo Slongo. Since the Middle East team is new, he must give more of his time to details like new bikes from Merida and new kits from Sportful. The team is also fighting to ensure it has a spot in the UCI WorldTour for 2017.

“The license situation good,” general manager Brent Copeland said last week. “All the registration process is moving forward as we planned.”

Copeland already planned the team’s first training camp. It will not be on the small, 297 square-mile island in the Persian Gulf, but in Croatia. Sport director Vladimir Miholjevic knows the country well, since he organized the national tours.

The team counts 17 riders already. According to some rumors, it may sign Spaniards Ion Izaguirre (from Movistar) and Igor Antón (Dimension Data). They could help Nibali in what could potentially become one of his biggest seasons yet. It will kick off when he debuts in the team’s red kit in Argentina’s Tour de San Luis on January 17.

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Dumoulin: Wiggins TUE controversy ‘stinks’ http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/dumoulin-wiggins-tue-situation-stinks_421457 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/dumoulin-wiggins-tue-situation-stinks_421457#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:05:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421457 Tom Dumoulin critical of time trial rival Bradley Wiggins racing with TUE for corticosteroid

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LONDON (AFP) – One of Bradley Wiggins’ major rivals said on Sunday that the TUE controversy surrounding the British cycling great “stinks.”

Wiggins has been in the spotlight since leaked medical data showed the multiple Olympic champion had been granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) by cycling authorities for the corticosteroid triamcinolone, which he was permitted to take just days before the 2012 Tour de France — which he won — as well as the 2011 Tour and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Wiggins said he needed the drug to help control his asthma.

But Olympic silver medalist Tom Dumoulin (Giant – Alpecin), quoted in De Limburger on Sunday, said it was “strange” that Wiggins had received the injections immediately before three Grand Tours.

“And injecting?” said the Dutchman, who finished on the podium in the 2014 world championship time trial that Wiggins won. “So then you have very bad asthma.

“It’s not something they do with normal asthmatics, let alone athletes who only have exercise-induced asthma. Apparently Wiggins’ injection worked for weeks — so in my opinion you should be out of competition for weeks. It stinks.”

Wiggins denied trying to gain an “unfair advantage” in a pre-recorded interview with BBC television broadcast Sunday.

“I’ve been a life-long sufferer of asthma and I went to my team doctor at the time and we went, in turn, to a specialist to see if there’s anything else we could do to cure these problems,” Wiggins said.

“And he said, ‘yeah, there’s something you can do but you’re going to need authorization from cycling’s governing body.’

“You have to show and provide evidence from a specialist that they will then scrutinize with three independent doctors and authorize you to take this product. If one of those three doctors says no, you get declined.

“This was to cure a medical condition. This wasn’t about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage. This was about putting myself back on a level playing field in order to compete at the highest level,” the five-time Olympic champion said.

A cyber espionage group called “Fancy Bears,” which is believed to be Russian, has been leaking medical data about famous athletes after hacking records held by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, American gymnast Simone Biles, and cyclist Chris Froome have also been the subject of leaks.

The targeted athletes have been revealed to have received TUEs for the use of substances that would usually contravene anti-doping rules.

TUEs can be issued to athletes who have an illness or condition that requires the use of normally prohibited medication. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by any of the athletes.

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Wiggins defends TUE for corticosteroid prior to Tour win http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/wiggins-defends-tue-corticosteroid-prior-tour-win_421447 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/wiggins-defends-tue-corticosteroid-prior-tour-win_421447#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:35:46 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421447 "This wasn't about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage," says Bradley Wiggins of TUEs

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MILAN (VN) — Bradley Wiggins says that his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for corticosteroids prior to his 2012 Tour de France victory, and in 2011 and 2013 as well, were to cure a medical condition and not to cheat.

Wiggins was part of several data dumps by Russian hacker group Fancy Bears over the last two weeks. The group also released data for tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, basketball player Elena Delle Donne, and gymnast Simone Biles. The cyclists targeted included Chris Froome (Sky), Fabian Cancellara (Trek – Segafredo), Jack Bobridge (Trek – Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), and Steve Cummings (Dimension Data).

The UCI approved Wiggins to inject triamcinolone, a corticosteroid, prior to the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Tour, and the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Some confessed dopers say that it is a strong drug just like EPO and David Millar added that he “can’t fathom” why a doctor would prescribe it prior to a race.

“It was prescribed for allergies and respiratory problems,” Wiggins told BBC1 in an interview that will be aired Sunday. “I’ve been a lifelong sufferer of asthma and I went to my team doctor at the time and we went in turn to a specialist to see if there’s anything else we could do to cure these problems. And he in turn said: ‘Yeah, there’s something you can do but you’re going to need authorization from cycling’s governing body [the UCI].'”

Wiggins won eight Olympic gold medals in his career, including the team pursuit at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. The 36-year-old, who will retire at the end of this year, explained that he had to be checked by three independent doctors before receiving the TUE.

“This was to cure a medical condition,” he explained. “This wasn’t about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage, this was about putting myself back on a level playing field in order to compete at the highest level.”

British super team Sky began in 2010 and adopted a zero-tolerance rule to doping. It fired coach Bobby Julich and others after it found out that they had doped in their careers. Its no-needles policy came into question when the TUEs were released 10 days ago.

Wiggins had permission to inject 40mg of the corticosteroid each time. In his book My Time he wrote that he had “never” used needles other than for vaccinations or when requiring a drip.

Referring to his book, he added, “I wasn’t writing the book, I was writing it with a cycling journalist who’s very knowledgeable on the sport and had lived through the whole era of the Lance Armstrong era and the doping era.

Wiggins said that he thought needles questions referred to doping. “All the questions at that time were very much loaded towards doping.”

Besides Millar, others have raised concern. “You do have to think it is kind of coincidental that a big dose of intramuscular long-acting corticosteroids would be needed at that exact time before the most important race of the season,” Prentice Steffen, doctor in team Garmin when Wiggins placed fourth in the 2009 Tour, told Newsnight. “I would say certainly now in retrospect it doesn’t look good, it doesn’t look right from a health or sporting perspective.”

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Eneco: Terpstra nabs overall win in thrilling final stage http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/eneco-terpstra-claims-overall-boasson-hagen-wins-finale_421445 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/road/eneco-terpstra-claims-overall-boasson-hagen-wins-finale_421445#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:14:02 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=421445 Niki Terpstra surges from fifth to first at the Eneco Tour, emerging from a thrilling final stage as the overall race winner

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Etixx – Quick-Step’s Niki Terpstra snatched the overall title at the Eneco Tour after he and two other escapees left the field behind deep in spring classics territory, with overnight leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) crashing out of the event on rain-slicked Belgian roads.

Terpstra, Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, and IAM Cycling’s Oliver Naesen held off a high-octane chase in a challenging finale that included several familiar climbs from the Tour of Flanders, and Boasson Hagen proved by far the fastest of the three in the battle for stage victory.

With the rest of pack only just beginning to arrive in small groups 41 seconds after Terpstra hit the line — and Dennis out of the picture — the Dutch former Paris-Roubaix winner emerged as the overall race victor.

Top 10, stage 7

  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, in 4:33:36
  • 2. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :01
  • 3. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :01
  • 4. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :42
  • 5. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :42
  • 6. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :46
  • 7. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :46
  • 8. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 9. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :48
  • 10. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :48

Top 10 overall

  • 1. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, in 22:43:26
  • 2. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :31
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at 1:00
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 5. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:03
  • 6. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:11
  • 7. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:15
  • 8. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:19
  • 9. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:22
  • 10. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:31

The 197.8-kilometer stage from Bornem to Geraardsbergen kicked off under cloudy skies with an hour and a half of high-speed racing before nine riders escaped the peloton to form the day’s main breakaway, with two-time defending overall Eneco Tour champ Tim Wellens (Lotto – Soudal) in among the group. The breakers worked up an advantage of nearly three minutes but the gap fell quickly when a succession of attacks both up front and in the pack blew the race apart just inside the final 50km.

As cloudy skies turned to heavy rain, Terpstra, Boasson Hagen, and Naesen found themselves in a new lead group of nine with Terpstra’s Etixx teammate Bob Jungels setting the tempo. Dennis, Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan, and several other top contenders caught behind.

A touch of wheels then saw race leader Dennis hit the deck, and despite his best efforts to rejoin the chase, the Australian was unable to make up the lost ground, ultimately abandoning the Eneco Tour. With second-placed Taylor Phinney well behind the main chase group, what began as a promising final day for BMC became an uphill struggle to even land on the GC podium.

Meanwhile, tense racing saw the lead group dwindle to just three riders out front. With the GC podium in mind, Terpstra and Naesen pushed the pace in the closing kilometers as Boasson Hagen prepared for the battle to the finish line halfway up the legendary Muur van Geraardsbergen climb.

After nearly 200 kilometers on undulating Flemish terrain, Boasson Hagen was the clear winner in the high-speed finale, crossing the line a full two seconds ahead of his escape companions.

“I came to Eneco with the goal of possibly winning a stage and the overall but the overall didn’t go to plan. So I was really motivated to win today’s stage,” said Boasson Hagen, who earned a few much-needed points for Dimension Data with the victory. “I knew Terpstra would be going for the overall so I tried to ride clever, using that to my advantage, but Naesen was there and he was very strong. In the final I tried save all I could for the last 200 meters. I am happy it was enough to win the stage.”

Though he started the day in fifth, Terpstra had collected enough time with the hefty finishing gap and a generous helping of bonus seconds to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He took the overall win by 31 seconds, with Naesan jumping into second overall in the final general classification.

“I’m extremely happy and proud to finish off this great job of the team, who was incredible today! The Muur van Geraardsbergen has a special place in cycling and it means a lot for me to seal the overall victory here,” said Terpstra. “We were aware of the fact that we had several cards to play in the general classification at the start of the day and we were keen to make use of these numbers.

Peter Sagan closed out the race in third, fending off BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet by two seconds for the final spot on the podium.

Sunday’s stage marked the end of the final stage race on the 2016 WorldTour, with only Il Lombardia left on the sport’s top-level calendar.

Stage 7 results

  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, in 4:33:36
  • 2. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :01
  • 3. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :01
  • 4. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :42
  • 5. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :42
  • 6. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :46
  • 7. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :46
  • 8. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 9. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :48
  • 10. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :48
  • 11. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :48
  • 12. Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :48
  • 13. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :48
  • 14. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at :58
  • 15. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:04
  • 16. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:04
  • 17. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:04
  • 18. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:10
  • 19. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:10
  • 20. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:35
  • 21. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:46
  • 22. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:46
  • 23. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 1:49
  • 24. Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 25. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at 1:50
  • 26. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:50
  • 27. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:50
  • 28. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:50
  • 29. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at 1:50
  • 30. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 1:50
  • 31. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:50
  • 32. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ, at 1:50
  • 33. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 34. Aimé DEGENDT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:50
  • 35. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 36. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:57
  • 37. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:59
  • 38. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:59
  • 39. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:03
  • 40. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:03
  • 41. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:05
  • 42. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:08
  • 43. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:08
  • 44. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 2:08
  • 45. Dries DEVENYNS, IAM CYCLING, at 2:23
  • 46. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 2:23
  • 47. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at 2:23
  • 48. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:45
  • 49. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:56
  • 50. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:01
  • 51. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:01
  • 52. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:01
  • 53. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:01
  • 54. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:01
  • 55. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:01
  • 56. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 7:01
  • 57. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:01
  • 58. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 7:01
  • 59. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 7:01
  • 60. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:01
  • 61. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 7:01
  • 62. Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:01
  • 63. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 7:01
  • 64. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 7:01
  • 65. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:01
  • 66. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 7:01
  • 67. Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING, at 7:01
  • 68. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:01
  • 69. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:01
  • 70. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:01
  • 71. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:14
  • 72. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:46
  • 73. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:55
  • 74. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:55
  • 75. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:55
  • 76. Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:55
  • 77. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 9:55
  • 78. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:11
  • 79. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:11
  • 80. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:46
  • 81. Dries VAN GESTEL, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 12:46
  • 82. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 12:46
  • 83. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at 12:46
  • 84. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 12:46
  • DNF Borut BOZIC, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Gijs VAN HOECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON
  • DNF Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Marc SARREAU, FDJ
  • DNF William BONNET, FDJ
  • DNF Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Daniel HOELGAARD, FDJ
  • DNF Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ
  • DNF Olivier LE GAC, FDJ
  • DNF Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Matteo BONO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Tyler FARRAR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Johann VAN ZYL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP
  • DNF Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Lars Petter NORDHAUG, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Ryan MULLEN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Jack BAUER, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Michael MATTHEWS, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE
  • DNF Caleb EWAN, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE
  • DNF Michael HEPBURN, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE
  • DNF Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF
  • DNF Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF
  • DNF Oscar GATTO, TINKOFF
  • DNF Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF
  • DNF Nikolay TRUSOV, TINKOFF
  • DNF Michael VALGREN, TINKOFF
  • DNF Erik BASKA, TINKOFF
  • DNF Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Roy CURVERS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Raymond KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON
  • DNF Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON
  • DNF Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON
  • DNF Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Gaetan BILLE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNS Marcel KITTEL, ETIXX – QUICK STEP
  • DNS Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNS Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING
  • DNS Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS

General classification

  • 1. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, in 22:43:26
  • 2. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :31
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at 1:00
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 5. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:03
  • 6. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:11
  • 7. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:15
  • 8. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:19
  • 9. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:22
  • 10. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:31
  • 11. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:36
  • 12. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:44
  • 13. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:49
  • 14. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:53
  • 15. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:01
  • 16. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:12
  • 17. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:17
  • 18. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:25
  • 19. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at 2:32
  • 20. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 2:39
  • 21. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:40
  • 22. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:41
  • 23. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at 2:42
  • 24. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:48
  • 25. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:49
  • 26. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 2:52
  • 27. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:54
  • 28. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:00
  • 29. Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:03
  • 30. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ, at 3:09
  • 31. Dries DEVENYNS, IAM CYCLING, at 3:13
  • 32. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 3:20
  • 33. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:28
  • 34. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:34
  • 35. Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:37
  • 36. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:37
  • 37. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at 3:38
  • 38. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:41
  • 39. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:54
  • 40. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:00
  • 41. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:23
  • 42. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 4:24
  • 43. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:50
  • 44. Aimé DEGENDT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 4:53
  • 45. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at 5:16
  • 46. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 6:38
  • 47. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:11
  • 48. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:17
  • 49. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 7:42
  • 50. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:43
  • 51. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 8:16
  • 52. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:21
  • 53. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 8:27
  • 54. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:45
  • 55. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:56
  • 56. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:57
  • 57. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 9:12
  • 58. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:16
  • 59. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 9:26
  • 60. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:39
  • 61. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 9:51
  • 62. Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING, at 10:20
  • 63. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 10:32
  • 64. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 10:35
  • 65. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:01
  • 66. Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:30
  • 67. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 12:32
  • 68. Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 14:03
  • 69. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 14:19
  • 70. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 14:24
  • 71. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 16:41
  • 72. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 18:18
  • 73. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 18:28
  • 74. Dries VAN GESTEL, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 19:29
  • 75. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE, at 20:48
  • 76. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 21:54
  • 77. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 22:33
  • 78. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 22:47
  • 79. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 23:28
  • 80. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 23:38
  • 81. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 24:41
  • 82. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 25:10
  • 83. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 26:03
  • 84. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 26:14

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Lampre – Merida’s Luka Pibernik claimed the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour from the break on Saturday, marking his first career WorldTour-level victory.

The 22-year-old Slovenian proved fastest in a five-man sprint for the win in Lanaken, Belgium after spending most of the day’s 185.2 kilometers off the front. Wanty – Groupe Gobert’s Mark McNally was second across the line, with Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) nabbing third.

Race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished safely with the rest of the field five seconds behind.

Top 10, stage 6

  • 1. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, in 4:28:45
  • 2. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 3. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 4. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 5. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 6. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 7. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :05
  • 8. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :05
  • 9. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at :05
  • 10. Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING, at :05

Top 10 overall

  • 1. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, in 18:09:37
  • 2. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 3. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 4. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :27
  • 5. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :27
  • 6. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :28
  • 7. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :29
  • 8. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 9. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :36
  • 10. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :38

Pibernik, McNally, and van Lerberghe jumped clear with American Chad Haga (Giant – Alpecin) and Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Alexis Gougeard not long after the bunch rolled out from Riemst, Belgium on the Dutch border. The quintet never enjoyed a huge gap, and despite the lumpy parcours, plenty of sprinters were still in the bunch in the waning kilometers of the stage — but the escapees refused to be caught.

Their advantage stood at around a minute with 10km to go, with the sprinters’ teams putting in the work at the front of the pack to reel them in, but the breakers stayed organized themselves, cooperating well in the final twisting, turning kilometers. With the break holding on to around 15 seconds as it came under the flamme rouge, it became clear that the riders out front would be sprinting for the stage win.

Pibernik took the narrow victory at the line ahead of McNally as the disappointed sprinters came into view on the finishing straight. Trek – Segafredo’s Giacomo Nizzolo led the bunch across the line to take sixth place.

The Eneco Tour concludes Sunday with a 197.8km Stage 7 from Bornem to Geraardsbergen.

Stage 6 results

  • 1. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, in 4:28:45
  • 2. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 3. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 4. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 5. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 6. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 7. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :05
  • 8. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :05
  • 9. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at :05
  • 10. Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING, at :05
  • 11. Michael MATTHEWS, OBE, at :05
  • 12. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :05
  • 13. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :05
  • 14. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :05
  • 15. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :05
  • 16. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :05
  • 17. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 18. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :05
  • 19. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :05
  • 20. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :05
  • 21. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :05
  • 22. Alberto BETTIOL, CDT, at :05
  • 23. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :05
  • 24. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 25. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :05
  • 26. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 27. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 28. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :05
  • 29. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at :05
  • 30. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :05
  • 31. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :05
  • 32. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :05
  • 33. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :05
  • 34. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :05
  • 35. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :05
  • 36. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 37. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :05
  • 38. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 39. Jack BAUER, CDT, at :05
  • 40. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at :05
  • 41. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :05
  • 42. Roy CURVERS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :05
  • 43. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :05
  • 44. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :05
  • 45. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :05
  • 46. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :05
  • 47. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :05
  • 48. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at :05
  • 49. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :05
  • 50. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :05
  • 51. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CDT, at :05
  • 52. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF, at :05
  • 53. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 54. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 55. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :05
  • 56. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 57. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at :05
  • 58. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :05
  • 59. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :05
  • 60. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :05
  • 61. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :05
  • 62. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :05
  • 63. Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :05
  • 64. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 65. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :05
  • 66. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 67. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, OBE, at :05
  • 68. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CDT, at :05
  • 69. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :05
  • 70. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CDT, at :05
  • 71. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :05
  • 72. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 73. Ryan MULLEN, CDT, at :05
  • 74. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :05
  • 75. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ, at :05
  • 76. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :05
  • 77. Dries DEVENYNS, IAM CYCLING, at :05
  • 78. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :05
  • 79. Nikolay TRUSOV, TINKOFF, at :05
  • 80. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :05
  • 81. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :05
  • 82. Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :05
  • 83. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at :05
  • 84. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 85. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :05
  • 86. Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :05
  • 87. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :05
  • 88. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :05
  • 89. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :05
  • 90. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :05
  • 91. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 92. Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :29
  • 93. Raymond KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :32
  • 94. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :44
  • 95. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :44
  • 96. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :44
  • 97. Aimé DEGENDT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :47
  • 98. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :55
  • 99. William BONNET, FDJ, at :55
  • 100. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :55
  • 101. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:13
  • 102. Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:13
  • 103. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:16
  • 104. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 1:23
  • 105. Luka MEZGEC, OBE, at 1:23
  • 106. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:24
  • 107. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 1:24
  • 108. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:30
  • 109. Wouter WIPPERT, CDT, at 1:30
  • 110. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:30
  • 111. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:30
  • 112. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:45
  • 113. Daniel HOELGAARD, FDJ, at 1:53
  • 114. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:03
  • 115. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:06
  • 116. Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:10
  • 117. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:10
  • 118. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:21
  • 119. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at 2:50
  • 120. Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:55
  • 121. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:43
  • 122. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:43
  • 123. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:43
  • 124. Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:43
  • 125. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:43
  • 126. Borut BOZIC, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:43
  • 127. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:54
  • 128. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 3:54
  • 129. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:54
  • 130. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:54
  • 131. Lars Petter NORDHAUG, TEAM SKY, at 3:54
  • 132. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:54
  • 133. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:54
  • 134. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:54
  • 135. Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:54
  • 136. Dries VAN GESTEL, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:54
  • 137. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:54
  • 138. Johann VAN ZYL, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:54
  • 139. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, OBE, at 3:54
  • 140. Gaetan BILLE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:54
  • 141. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:54
  • 142. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:54
  • 143. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:54
  • 144. Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:54
  • 145. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:54
  • 146. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:18
  • 147. Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING, at 4:30
  • 148. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:30
  • 149. Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY, at 6:14
  • 150. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at 6:14
  • 151. Caleb EWAN, OBE, at 6:14
  • 152. Michael HEPBURN, OBE, at 6:14
  • 153. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at 6:14
  • 154. Erik BASKA, TINKOFF, at 6:14
  • 155. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:14
  • 156. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 6:14
  • 157. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 6:14
  • 158. Patrick BEVIN, CDT, at 6:14
  • 159. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at 6:14
  • 160. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 6:14
  • 161. Oscar GATTO, TINKOFF, at 6:14
  • 162. Michael VALGREN, TINKOFF, at 6:27
  • 163. Marcel KITTEL, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:22
  • 164. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:22
  • DNF Marcel SIEBERG, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Grégory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNS Alexander EDMONSON, OBE
  • DNS Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING

General classification

  • 1. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, in 18:09:37
  • 2. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 3. Tony MARTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 4. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :27
  • 5. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :27
  • 6. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :28
  • 7. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :29
  • 8. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 9. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :36
  • 10. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :38
  • 11. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :39
  • 12. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :39
  • 13. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :40
  • 14. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at :40
  • 15. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :42
  • 16. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :43
  • 17. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :44
  • 18. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :47
  • 19. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :50
  • 20. Oliver NAESEN, IAM CYCLING, at :51
  • 21. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :53
  • 22. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :53
  • 23. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :54
  • 24. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 25. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at :55
  • 26. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :55
  • 27. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF, at :57
  • 28. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :58
  • 29. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CDT, at 1:01
  • 30. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 1:03
  • 31. Dries DEVENYNS, IAM CYCLING, at 1:03
  • 32. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:05
  • 33. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:07
  • 34. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:08
  • 35. Jack BAUER, CDT, at 1:09
  • 36. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:10
  • 37. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:11
  • 38. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at 1:14
  • 39. Ryan MULLEN, CDT, at 1:14
  • 40. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 1:15
  • 41. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:18
  • 42. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:21
  • 43. Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:26
  • 44. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at 1:28
  • 45. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CDT, at 1:28
  • 46. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CDT, at 1:32
  • 47. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ, at 1:32
  • 48. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:33
  • 49. Michael MATTHEWS, OBE, at 1:35
  • 50. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:36
  • 51. Alberto BETTIOL, CDT, at 1:41
  • 52. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:42
  • 53. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 54. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:57
  • 55. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, OBE, at 1:57
  • 56. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:58
  • 57. Jonas RICKAERT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:04
  • 58. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:04
  • 59. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:08
  • 60. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:08
  • 61. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:09
  • 62. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:10
  • 63. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:10
  • 64. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:10
  • 65. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:28
  • 66. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:28
  • 67. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:29
  • 68. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 2:38
  • 69. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:39
  • 70. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:41
  • 71. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:46
  • 72. Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:48
  • 73. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:51
  • 74. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:54
  • 75. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:55
  • 76. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:56
  • 77. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:59
  • 78. Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:02
  • 79. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 3:03
  • 80. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:06
  • 81. Aimé DEGENDT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:16
  • 82. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:17
  • 83. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:31
  • 84. Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING, at 3:32
  • 85. Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:35
  • 86. Luka MEZGEC, OBE, at 3:39
  • 87. William BONNET, FDJ, at 3:41
  • 88. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:44
  • 89. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:47
  • 90. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at 4:14
  • 91. Roy CURVERS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 4:37
  • 92. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 4:48
  • 93. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:51
  • 94. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 4:51
  • 95. Raymond KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 4:55
  • 96. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:00
  • 97. Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING, at 5:06
  • 98. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:21
  • 99. Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:31
  • 100. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:44
  • 101. Stijn DEVOLDER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:55
  • 102. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 6:01
  • 103. Wouter WIPPERT, CDT, at 6:12
  • 104. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:22
  • 105. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 6:32
  • 106. Nikolay TRUSOV, TINKOFF, at 6:52
  • 107. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 6:55
  • 108. Dries VAN GESTEL, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 6:56
  • 109. Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:15
  • 110. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:31
  • 111. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 7:35
  • 112. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, OBE, at 8:15
  • 113. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:48
  • 114. Marcel KITTEL, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:54
  • 115. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:21
  • 116. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:53
  • 117. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 10:00
  • 118. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 10:13
  • 119. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 11:17
  • 120. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 11:30
  • 121. Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 12:22
  • 122. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 12:42
  • 123. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 13:05
  • 124. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:06
  • 125. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 13:12
  • 126. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:30
  • 127. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:31
  • 128. Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:32
  • 129. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:41
  • 130. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 13:56
  • 131. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at 14:11
  • 132. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:11
  • 133. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 14:29
  • 134. Daniel HOELGAARD, FDJ, at 14:37
  • 135. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:59
  • 136. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 15:12
  • 137. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 15:45
  • 138. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at 16:07
  • 139. Patrick BEVIN, CDT, at 16:08
  • 140. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:21
  • 141. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 16:21
  • 142. Michael VALGREN, TINKOFF, at 17:03
  • 143. Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 17:09
  • 144. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 17:18
  • 145. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:40
  • 146. Borut BOZIC, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 18:09
  • 147. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at 18:30
  • 148. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at 18:40
  • 149. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 18:43
  • 150. Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 19:23
  • 151. Oscar GATTO, TINKOFF, at 19:48
  • 152. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 19:48
  • 153. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 19:49
  • 154. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 19:51
  • 155. Gaetan BILLE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 19:54
  • 156. Lars Petter NORDHAUG, TEAM SKY, at 20:10
  • 157. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 21:47
  • 158. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:07
  • 159. Erik BASKA, TINKOFF, at 23:53
  • 160. Johann VAN ZYL, DIMENSION DATA, at 25:49
  • 161. Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY, at 26:40
  • 162. Michael HEPBURN, OBE, at 26:50
  • 163. Caleb EWAN, OBE, at 27:43
  • 164. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 31:05

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Do you work full-time? Have limited time to train? Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz discuss the best way to get the most out of your ride time, and whether it’s possible to substitute long, slow base miles with high intensity training.

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The Fancy Bears are at it again. On Friday, the Russian-tied hacking group released documents it claims are the TUE forms of five Olympic cyclists, as well as a slew of other Olympic athletes.

The latest data dump includes TUE forms from Rio gold medalists Fabian Cancellara and Nino Schurter, silver medalist Jakob Fuglsang, bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel, and Great Britain’s Stephen Cumming, but none of the TUEs are related to the Rio games.

The medications fit the pattern of previously leaked TUEs, with a heavy emphasis on asthma and other respiratory drugs. Pendrel is the exception, as her TUE for pain medication appears to be related to a surgery.

Your handy guide to the Fancy Bears TUE hacking controversy.

Here’s a rundown of Friday’s release:

Fabian Cancellara’s TUEs

Fancy Bears released two Cancellara TUE documents, both for the steroid methylprednisolone, which can be used to treat severe allergies and asthma. The first TUE is from August 2011, just before the Vuelta a España, and a second from late May 2013, for the Tour of Belgium.

Both of Cancellara’s TUEs were for bee stings, according to his Trek-Segafredo team. The team provided photos of Cancellara’s swollen face as further evidence that the TUEs were legitimate.

Both of Cancellara's TUEs were for bee stings, according to his team. Photo: Trek
Both of Cancellara’s TUEs were for bee stings, according to his team. Photo: Trek

“Trek-Segafredo and Fabian Cancellara confirm that Cancellara received therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for the treatment of severe allergic reactions to bee stings on August 17, 2011, and May 18, 2013,” the team wrote in a statement. “The treatments were administered in respective urgent care centers where Cancellara was treated, and not by a team doctor.”

The 2011 TUE indicates that the medication would be administered via intravenous injection. The UCI implemented its needle ban earlier in 2011, but that ban stipulates that injections can still be used if “medically justified.” It also notes that Cancellara checked into a hospital in Bern, and that he would undergo the required pre-grand tour blood tests in Bern.

The 2013 TUE, for the same drug, indicates that it will be taken orally, 40mg on the 18th and 20mg on the 21st of May.

Jakob Fuglsang’s TUEs

The lone TUE associated with Jakob Fuglsang is odd. It is for Triamcinalone, same as Bradley Wiggins. The form has no date, and does not appear to have been approved at all. The “Authorized by” section is blank. There is no “Effective by” date, and the expiration section is marked by “N/A.”

The TUE is for the UCI mountain bike world championship, an event that Fuglsang has not participated in since 2008, when he was a U23 and still racing mountain bikes. The TUE number, 6639309, is also the lowest of any of the TUEs in this release, suggesting the form is quite old.

On Friday evening, Fuglsang confirmed that the TUE was for the 2008 mountain bike world championship.

Stephen Cummings TUEs

The lone TUE for Stephen Cummings is from December 2008 for salbutamol, the fast-acting asthma drug.

Nino Schurter’s TUEs

Three of Olympic gold medalist Nino Schurter’s TUEs were released. The first is from June 2009, for budesonide and formoterol, both used to prevent asthma attacks. The second is from July 24 and is also for formoterol. The third is from May 24, 2014 and is for Ciclesonidum, another drug that can be used to treat asthma.

Catharine Pendrel’s TUEs

Former world cross country champion Catharine Pendrel received a TUE in early April of this year for Reminfentanil, a narcotic pain reliever. Pendrel had surgery on her thumb in early April.

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