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Luca Paolini relied on his experience and race smarts in Gent-Wevelgem. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The 38-year-old survives the wind and rain to capture victory in the northern classic

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Luca Paolini relied on his experience and race smarts in Gent-Wevelgem. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

WEVELGEM, Belgium (VN) — If you want to put a stamp on a career, you’d surely like do it the way Luca Paolini did, grabbing a victory in the first major northern classic of — perhaps — your final season with both hands and doing it in pure hardman style, too.

In torrential rain that gave way to a slashing crosswind that gusted to 50 miles per hour and sent riders and bikes sprawling into the muddy drainage alongside the roads of Flanders and Northern France, the Italian Katusha rider won Gent-Wevelgem with the kind of patience and maturity a decade and a half in the pro peloton earns you.

“It was a really hard win because of the weather conditions,” Paolini said in a post-race press conference. “There were a lot of crashes during the race. I also crashed two times and two times I had to change my bike. … But despite these problems, I tried to take the front of the race to save energy for the final kilometers and I succeeded. It was a good ride.”

Understatement might be another thing that a 15-year career will teach you.

Paolini’s win in an edition of Gent-Wevelgem that is already destined to become legend was surely the biggest of his career, but it was not a surprise. His prowess in miserable conditions is no secret: his biggest win before Sunday was arguably his 2013 victory at a frozen Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Sunday, he said, he showed that age is no impediment if you can train well and race smart — and are lucky enough to find yourself surrounded by a dense web of personal support.

“First of all, I did a very good winter, it was a good training period for me,” he said. “I tried to do my best to do a hundred percent in the trainings, so I managed to take a great shape at the end of winter. So now I have it. I think with this victory, with this shape, I proved that even at 38 years you can be in front and win big races like Gent-Wevelgem. Maybe this victory can be an example for young riders, how it is possible to win such races.

“I want to thank first of all my family who supported me, because I’ve been away from home for a long time, and it was very difficult. I want to give a big thanks to my wife and my children, because they’re very important for me and without them I couldn’t be here. And second, I want to thank my team. It’s really, really a big family for me, and I feel very good in the team.”

For a less experienced rider the day might have gone very differently, but Paolini kept his cool after the two crashes and again late in the race when he found himself distanced by Nikki Terpstra’s (Etixx-Quick-Step) surge on the final, decisive climb of the cobbled Kemmelberg. Paolini told reporters he knew the course well enough to know not to panic on the cobbles.

“I changed bikes two times, and then on the last bike the pressure in the tires was not exactly what I wanted,” he said. “So I pushed the pedals and it wasn’t as strong as I wanted on the Kemmelberg. But I didn’t panic. I was very calm. I knew that after the Kemmelberg was another section with a little bit of climbing and I could come back in the group. So I was calm and just worked to come back.”

He drew on his experience again in the final kilometers of the race. Paolini, who said he figured he was likely not the favorite if the race came to a sprint, also managed to exploit the ambitions of his partners in the breakaway on the final windswept stretch of road from Ypres to Wevelgem. He launched a surprise attack with 6km to go, sowing confusion among the leaders, none of whom appeared willing to make the sacrifice necessary to offer a response.

“I thought how it would be in the finish, I thought maybe in a sprint I would not be so quick. So I found my chance,” Paolini told reporters. “First, I attacked with maybe half power to see how the other riders would react. And I saw that I had a little gap, so I started to work 100 percent. Finally I had maybe 10 seconds. I did full, full, full gas. I did everything in [the last] five kilometers.”

Nonetheless, despite collecting a major win in Wevelgem, Paolini told reporters his ambitions for the rest of the classics would be tempered by his role as shepherd for Katusha’s standout sprinter Alexander Kristoff. But he will ride the Giro d’Italia, he said, and expects to have a place on the Italian squad for the world championship road race in Richmond, Virginia, that could well favor his tough, savvy racing style.

Later, he added, he’ll decide whether his work as a cyclist would be finished after this season, at the close of which looms the end of his present contract with Katusha. But even at 38, Paolini told reporters, he saw little reason to hit the brakes on a career that appears to be in full blossom.

“A victory like this gives me a lot of motivation, new morale,” he said. “So we will see. Of course this year my contract is ending, but I think I fit with the team and everything will be OK, but I don’t know.”

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Paolini's brilliant attack in the final kilometers of rainy racing wins the day in Flanders after a savage, windy Gent-Wevelgem

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Results: 2015 Criterium International, stage 3 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-3_364887 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-3_364887#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:56:02 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364887 Results from the 2015 Criterium International

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  • 1. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, in 5:19:05
  • 2. Pierrick FEDRIGO, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :15
  • 3. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at :16
  • 4. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :25
  • 5. Fabio FELLINE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :25
  • 6. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :25
  • 7. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :25
  • 8. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :30
  • 9. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, BORA-ARGON 18, at :30
  • 10. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :51
  • 11. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :53
  • 12. Maurits LAMMERTINK, ROP, at :53
  • 13. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :53
  • 14. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at :53
  • 15. Linus GERDEMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :53
  • 16. Julien LOUBET, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :53
  • 17. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :53
  • 18. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:20
  • 19. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:39
  • 20. Maxime MEDEREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:39
  • 21. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 2:43
  • 22. Rasmus GULDHAMMER, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 3:07
  • 23. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 3:07
  • 24. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 3:07
  • 25. Julien EL FARES, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 3:07
  • 26. Steve MORABITO, FDJ, at 3:07
  • 27. Bob JUNGELS, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:07
  • 28. Michel KREDER, ROP, at 3:19
  • 29. Dominik NERZ, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:19
  • 30. Huub DUYN, ROP, at 3:19
  • 31. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:19
  • 32. Anthony DELAPLACE, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 4:51
  • 33. Marc DEMAAR, ROP, at 5:02
  • 34. Frédéric BRUN, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 5:14
  • 35. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:14
  • 36. Cristiano SALERNO, BORA-ARGON 18, at 5:14
  • 37. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:14
  • 38. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 5:14
  • 39. Clement SAINT MARTIN, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 5:14
  • 40. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 5:14
  • 41. César BIHEL, AUBER 93, at 5:25
  • 42. Bruno PIRES, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 5:34
  • 43. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 5:47
  • 44. Théo VIMPERE, AUBER 93, at 6:28
  • 45. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at 6:54
  • 46. Rémy DI GREGORIO, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 7:12
  • 47. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at 7:12
  • 48. Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 7:12
  • 49. Mathias FRANK, IAM CYCLING, at 7:12
  • 50. Julien GUAY, AUBER 93, at 7:40
  • 51. Laurent DIDIER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 8:03
  • 52. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at 8:03
  • 53. David TANNER, IAM CYCLING, at 9:12
  • 54. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at 9:12
  • 55. Yoann PAILLOT, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 9:44
  • 56. Fabian WEGMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 9:44
  • 57. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 9:44
  • 58. Steven TRONET, AUBER 93, at 9:44
  • 59. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:26
  • 60. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:26
  • 61. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 10:40
  • 62. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 11:28
  • 63. Cesare BENEDETTI, BORA-ARGON 18, at 11:28
  • 64. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:03
  • 65. Bryan NAULLEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:19
  • 66. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 15:01
  • 67. Oliver ZAUGG, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 15:01
  • 68. Nathan BROWN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 15:03
  • 69. Romain FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 15:49
  • 70. Reinier HONIG, ROP, at 15:49
  • 71. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 15:51
  • 72. Arnaud GERARD, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 16:34
  • 73. Anthony GESLIN, FDJ, at 16:34
  • 74. Alessandro BAZZANA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 16:34
  • 75. Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 16:34
  • 76. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 16:34
  • 77. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 16:34
  • 78. Jean-Marc BIDEAU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 16:34
  • 79. Romain LEMARCHAND, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 17:04
  • 80. Clément VENTURINI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 18:01
  • 81. Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 18:43
  • 82. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 18:43
  • 83. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROP, at 19:10
  • 84. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 20:42
  • 85. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 21:23
  • 86. Daniele RATTO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 21:23
  • 87. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 21:25
  • 88. Mike TERPSTRA, ROP, at 22:09
  • 89. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 23:22
  • 90. Christian Mager, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 23:22
  • 91. Romain GUILLEMOIS, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 23:48
  • DNF Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Pirmin LANG, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Patrick SCHELLING, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Phil BAUHAUS, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Brice FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
  • DNF Gert JOEAAR, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Fredrik LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Tom VEELERS, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF THOMAS BOUDAT, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Dan CRAVEN, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF André LOOIJ, ROP
  • DNF Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Joel ZANGERLE, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Lucas EUSER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Alo JAKIN, AUBER 93
  • DNF Maxime RENAULT, AUBER 93
  • DNF Benjamin GIRAUD, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM
  • DNF Evaldas SISKEVICIUS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM
  • DNS Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO

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Floortje Mackaij takes wild women’s Gent-Wevelgem http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/floortje-mackaij-takes-wild-womens-gent-wevelgem_364933 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/floortje-mackaij-takes-wild-womens-gent-wevelgem_364933#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:50:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364933

Floortje Mackaij was overjoyed to win her first UCI race. Photo: AFP

Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) launches a late solo charge out of a small lead group to win the women’s Gent-Wevelgem

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Floortje Mackaij was overjoyed to win her first UCI race. Photo: AFP

After finishing second to teammate Amy Pieters on Wednesday at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) launched a late solo charge out of a small lead group to win the women’s Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Janneke Ensing (Parkhotel Valkenburg) took second with Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda) third.

“It is an amazing feeling and coming across the line I couldn’t quite believe that I had won such a race,” said the 19-year-old Mackaij.

The race was battered by wind and rain, and the crosswinds took a heavy toll on the peloton.

“The peloton was already pretty small when we hit the Kemmelberg for the first time,” said Hosking. “It got select over the hills, but it was really the crosswinds that did the damage. I suddenly looked round and there was a group of about 10, and some of the big names weren’t there.”

Among those who hit the deck on Sunday were Mackaij’s teammates Claudia Lichtenberg, Willeke Knol and Pieters, who crashed twice — once in an early spill with the others, and again while in a small split. Lichtenberg had to abandon, and Knol was out of contention, but Pieters got back up and into the hunt.

“With 25-30km to go Amy crashed in the break and was back in the chase with us. We decided to put it in the gutter and after this Amy and I got away — she was so strong today,” said Mackaij.

“We got across to the front and from there we just kept attacking as there were some fast sprinters still there. This was great and with 3km to go I got clear and just went full gas to the line. It was amazing and I still can’t quite believe it.”

When Mackaij made that final move, Hosking said, she and Ensing couldn’t bring her back.

“I rolled through with about a kilometer to go, and she left me stuck on the front and took me for second place,” said Hosking.

“Finishing third wasn’t fantastic for us because Jolien [D’hoore] really had the legs and would have been able to take the sprint if it had stayed together, but Liv-Plantur had the numbers and played it really well.

“It wasn’t the best, but it’s nice to finish on the podium, and we’re really looking good for the Tour of Flanders next Sunday.”

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Results: 2015 Gent-Wevelgem http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-gent-wevelgem_364883 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-gent-wevelgem_364883#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:48:14 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364883 Results from the 2015 edition of Gent-Wevelgem

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  • 1. Luca PAOLINI, TEAM KATUSHA, in 6:20:55
  • 2. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :11
  • 3. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :11
  • 4. Stijn VANDENBERGH, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :18
  • 5. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 6. Sep VANMARCKE, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :40
  • 7. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:51
  • 8. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:15
  • 9. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at 6:54
  • 10. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 6:54
  • 11. Edward THEUNS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 6:54
  • 12. Aleksei TCATEVICH, TEAM KATUSHA, at 6:54
  • 13. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:54
  • 14. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 6:54
  • 15. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 6:54
  • 16. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:54
  • 17. Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18, at 6:54
  • 18. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 6:54
  • 19. Florian SENECHAL, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:54
  • 20. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 6:54
  • 21. Björn LEUKEMANS, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:54
  • 22. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:54
  • 23. Eugert ZHUPA, STH, at 6:54
  • 24. Grégory RAST, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 6:54
  • 25. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-QHUBEKA, at 6:54
  • 26. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 6:54
  • 27. Marco MARCATO, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:54
  • 28. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 6:54
  • 29. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 6:54
  • 30. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:54
  • 31. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:54
  • 32. Oliver NAESEN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 6:54
  • 33. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 6:54
  • 34. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 7:00
  • 35. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 7:03
  • 36. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:03
  • 37. Jelle WALLAYS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:06
  • 38. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 7:06
  • 39. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 7:06
  • DNF John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Roy CURVERS, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Mark CAVENDISH, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF Martin VELITS, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Stig BROECKX, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Marcel SIEBERG, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Dennis VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Maxime DANIEL, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Quentin JAUREGUI, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Klaas LODEWYCK, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF William BONNET, FDJ
  • DNF David BOUCHER, FDJ
  • DNF Sébastien CHAVANEL, FDJ
  • DNF Mickael DELAGE, FDJ
  • DNF Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ
  • DNF Johan LE BON, FDJ
  • DNF Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ
  • DNF Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Dries DEVENYNS, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Matthias BRANDLE, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Jonas VANGENECHTEN, IAM CYCLING
  • DNF Filippo POZZATO, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Manuele MORI, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF John GADRET, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Enrique SANZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Adam BLYTHE, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Leigh HOWARD, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Jens MOURIS, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Jack BAUER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Edward KING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Kristijan KOREN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Dylan VAN BAARLE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Ruben ZEPUNTKE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Rudiger SELIG, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO
  • DNF Barry MARKUS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO
  • DNF Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO
  • DNF Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Bradley WIGGINS, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Matti BRESCHEL, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Michal KOLÁR, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Michael MORKOV, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Nikolay TRUSOV, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Gert STEEGMANS, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Hayden ROULSTON, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Pieter JACOBS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Sander HELVEN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Jarl SALOMEIN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Gijs VAN HOECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Bjorn THURAU, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Ralf MATZKA, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Paul VOSS, BORA-ARGON 18
  • DNF Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Jonas AHLSTRAND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Adrien PETIT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Louis VERHELST, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Theo BOS, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Tyler FARRAR, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, MTN-QHUBEKA
  • DNF Berden DE VRIES, ROP
  • DNF Johnny HOOGERLAND, ROP
  • DNF Raymond KREDER, ROP
  • DNF Wesley KREDER, ROP
  • DNF Ivar SLIK, ROP
  • DNF Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROP
  • DNF Tim KERKHOF, ROP
  • DNF Alessandro PETACCHI, STH
  • DNF Rafael ANDRIATO, STH
  • DNF Andrea DAL COL, STH
  • DNF Mauro FINETTO, STH
  • DNF Giuseppe FONZI, STH
  • DNF Mirko TEDESCHI, STH
  • DNF Jakub MARECZKO, STH
  • DNF Giovanni BERNAUDEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Yohann GENE, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Morgan LAMOISSON, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Yannick MARTINEZ, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Alexandre PICHOT, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Angelo TULIK, TEAM EUROPCAR
  • DNF Simone ANTONINI, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Roy JANS, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Mirko SELVAGGI, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Boris DRON, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Tom DEVRIENDT, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • . Dylan GROENEWEGEN, ROP

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Lizzie Armitstead takes World Cup lead with victory in Trofeo Alfredo Binda http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/lizzie-armitstead-takes-world-cup-lead-with-victory-in-trofeo-alfredo-binda_364929 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/lizzie-armitstead-takes-world-cup-lead-with-victory-in-trofeo-alfredo-binda_364929#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:39:36 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364929 Lizzie Armitstead out-kicks the world road champion for the win and the World Cup lead

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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) sprinted to victory on Sunday in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

The 123.7km race in Cittiglio, Italy, was the second round of the women’s UCI World Cup.

Armitstead had been part of a late six-rider break that included Rabo-Liv teammates Anna van der Breggen and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the reigning world road champion; Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda); Jolanda Neff (Swiss National Team); and Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-Sram)

When Ferrand-Prevot attacked, Armitstead led the charge that brought her back on the final climb of the day, and in the finale out-kicked the Rabo-Liv riders for the win, with the world champ settling for second on the day.

“When she was able to close the gap, we knew she had a chance to win here,” said team director Danny Stam. “In a group like this she usually is the fastest.”

Armitstead now leads the World Cup with 160 points. Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda) and Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) are tied for second with 120 points each.

The third round of the series will be the Ronde van Vlaanderen on April 5.

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Luca Paolini overpowers his rivals and the weather to win Gent-Wevelgem http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/luca-paolini-overpowers-his-rivals-and-the-weather-to-win-gent-wevelgem_364872 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/luca-paolini-overpowers-his-rivals-and-the-weather-to-win-gent-wevelgem_364872#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:14:43 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364872

Luca Paolini overcame foul weather and strong competition to win the 77th Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Luca Paolini overpowers the blustery Belgian weather and a strong group of contenders to take the victory at Gent-Wevelgem

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Luca Paolini overcame foul weather and strong competition to win the 77th Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Luca Paolini (Katusha) attacked a six-man lead group in the final kilometers of a rainy, blustery day to win Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

The sextet had been part of a larger pursuit that overhauled a lone breakaway, Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal), with less than 17km remaining in the 239km race.

The catch made, Paolini and Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick-Step) shot away from the others. Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx) followed, as did Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal).

But when Paolini laid down an attack with 6km remaining, the others dithered, and that was all the edge the Italian required. They finally launched a furious chase, but it proved too little, too late, and Paolini celebrated his victory ahead of Terpstra and Thomas.

“It was a very difficult day,” said Paolini. “I crashed, and I had to change my bikes, but I know the course very well. And I knew where I had to be today.

“The wind was impressive today. I wasn’t sure if I could carry on. To win in conditions like this, with the wind and the cold, it’s amazing. I opened up a little gap, and I knew if I just kept going, I would have a chance.

“It was an incredible race, one for the courageous. Halfway through I was asking myself if it was reasonable to continue. But I resisted (the temptation to quit) and I’ve earned the best win of my career.”

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Rain, wind lash peloton

Cloudy skies unleashed a pelting rain as the peloton huddled under umbrellas and awnings at team buses. The 239km course would soon serve up apocalyptic conditions.

“It is what it is,” said Bradley Wiggins (Sky), making a classics debut that didn’t last long. He abandoned barely two hours into the race.

“This is the start of my classics season. I don’t know.”

The real worry wasn’t the rain, but the gusting winds, which shredded the peloton to bits. As the route pushed west across the Flanders fields, the wind picked up as the peloton edged toward the coast. Crossing into France, the peloton was torn apart by fierce crosswinds.

The TV images were impressive as riders struggled to stay upright on their bikes, leaning into the wind as the pack split into echelons. Riders such as Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step), who crashed twice during the day, was gapped out when he flatted. Riders gnashed their teeth to try to stay at the front. Etixx-Quick-Step, LottoNL-Jumbo, Tinkoff-Saxo, and BMC Racing kept their key men at the front, but more a few were taken out of contention, among them Geert Steegmans (Trek Factory Racing), who plunged into a watery ditch alongside the road.

First passage over Kemmelberg

Finally, an order was selected as about 40 riders fought into the lead when the peloton turned east to ride back into Belgium. A tailwind pushed them toward the first of two passages over the Kemmelberg climb.

Martin Tjallingi (LottoNL-Jumbo) broke clear over the Casselberg at the halfway mark and hit the famous Kemmelberg climb at 79km to go nursing a lead of 25 seconds. Even with the damage already done by the harsh conditions, the famous cobblestone climb served as a race-breaker.

All the remaining big guns were well positioned over the first passage, with Quick Step and LottoNL-Jumbo protecting their men.  Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) crashed on the descent as conditions continued to worsen.

Roelandts bridged out to Tjallingi with about 75km to go, but the reduced leaders’ group wasn’t far behind. Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick Step) punctured with 71km remaining and gave a desperate chase. Up front, his teammate Vandenbergh, perhaps not realizing what was happening behind him, was forcing the pace to split the lead bunch as winds once again started to exact a price.

Roelandts presses on

Roelandts pushed on alone, building a 44-second lead. E3 Harelbeke winner Thomas, Vanmarcke, Daniel Oss (BMC), and Debusschere followed, opening up a gap with 65km to go. Cannondale-Garmin rider Jack Bauer, who had fought into the front group, threw his bike into a ditch, apparently after catching his rain cape in the back wheel.

In an early display of his race-winning potential Paolini bridged out alone with about 60km to go. Moments later, Thomas was squeezed off the road under heavy crosswinds, and he landed heavily on his shoulder.

As the peloton neared the second passage over the Kemmelberg, Roelandts bravely fought alone, about one minute ahead of the chasers, and another minute ahead of a group of favorites that included Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and others. Thomas regained contact, and Terpstra had enough, making an attempt to bridge across.

Second climb up Kemmelberg

Roelandts continued to plow alone, opening up 1:45 to the Thomas group. Terpstra powered across, while the favorites’ group was left behind at more than three minutes to Roelandts. That soon mushroomed to more than five minutes as the group collectively threw in the towel.

Roelandts struggled up the Kemmelberg’s second assault, giving hint that his gas was running low. With under 40km to go, he was still nursing a promising two-minute gap. But the attacks from behind were all but inevitable.

“I had hoped more riders would follow me,” Roelandts said. “For a while I thought about holding back, but eventually I continued. I wanted to make something of this race. If I had one other man with me, this could have worked.”

Terpstra was on fire up the Kemmelberg’s cobbles, but Thomas calmly marked his wheel. Paolini dangled off the back, and Oss was dislodged. Roelandts’ lead remained solid at two minutes with 35km to go, but it quickly shrank as Terpstra opened up the chase, trimming the gap to 49 seconds in less than 6km.

The catch and the counter

The pursuit swept up Roelandts with less than 17km to go. And Terpstra and Paolini wasted no time giving the others the slip.

Thomas launched a powerful chase and made the connection with 12km remaining. Vandenbergh tried to follow but lost the wheel and was briefly stuck in no-man’s land before he, too, bridged up. That left Debusschere and Vanmarcke chasing.

With elss than 8km remaining those two latched on as well and it was a six-man lead group bound to contend for the victory.

Until Paolini lit it up with 6km remaining and opened a gap, that is. After some argument the others began a halfhearted pursuit, but the Italian wasn’t waiting around for them to decide the pecking order. Four kilometers from the line he was already out of sight.

Finally Terpstra and Thomas punched it, shedding the others, but they had a lot of ground to make up.
Paolini drove under the red kite, checked over his shoulder once, twice, thrice, and then celebrated the victory.

Taking stock

Terpstra regretted some bad luck, including a pair of flats and having to chase — “full gas, maximum effort” — to make the front group. But he tipped his hat to Paolini for making the move that stuck.

“I have to say Paolini deserved the victory today,” he said. “He was already going so fast when he attacked, and there was a tailwind. We would have had to do almost 65 kilometers per hour to catch him. It was really hard. He simply did the right attack in a good moment. So all I could do in the end was my best for a second place, and I have to say I am happy with my sprint. I made the best of my situation, I think.”

Thomas felt himself a marked man in the finale.

“Today was it just on all day — stress and full gas,” he said. “I’m happy to be on the podium again. Obviously it would have been nice to go for the win but it’s hard when you’re coming into the final and everyone’s attacking. You can’t really go with everything and some people don’t want to pull as much.

“There wasn’t really any collaboration in the group. It was hard to get everyone going. People were looking at me a bit after my win on Friday. That’s what it felt like. When Paolini went it was a good move for him but we all looked at each other. Fortunately me and Niki got away at the end.”

As for Paolini, he agreed that the end game was as much about brains as brawn.

“This victory is one for heart, courage, but also intelligence,” Paolini said. “I possibly wasn’t the strongest at the finish. Niki Terpstra and Geraint Thomas still had strong legs, but they were worried about each other and I took my chance.”

There will be other chances, and Katusha will take them. “I have good legs,” Paolini said. “We will be riding for Alexander Kristoff at Flanders, so let’s see if we can do something there as well.”

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Editor’s note: Andrew Hood contributed to this report.

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Gallery: 2015 Volta a Catalunya, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/gallery-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-7_364859 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/gallery-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-7_364859#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:09:59 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364859

Alejandro Valverde wins his third stage as Volta a Catalunya concludes in Barcelona. Porte wins the overall by merely four seconds

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Jean-Christophe Peraud repeats as Criterium International champ http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/jean-christophe-peraud-repeats-as-criterium-international-champ_364856 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/jean-christophe-peraud-repeats-as-criterium-international-champ_364856#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:25:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364856

Jean-Christophe Peraud wins stage 3 to repeat as overall champion in the Criterium International. photo: AFP

Jean-Christophe Péraud wins the final stage and repeats as champion of the Criterium International

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Jean-Christophe Peraud wins stage 3 to repeat as overall champion in the Criterium International. photo: AFP

Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R La Mondiale) won Sunday’s final stage and repeated as overall champion at the Criterium International.

Peraud rode to victory in the 189.5km Col de l’Ospedale finale by 15 seconds ahead of Pierrick Fedrigo (Bretagne-Seche Environnment) with Thibault Pinot (FDJ) third a second later.

When the overall was tallied, Péraud had the top spot on the podium, 10 seconds better than Pinot, with Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) third at 18 seconds.

Péraud was happy to have taken the victory, saying he was behind in his preparation and not confident of his chances.

“At the start, I thought that I would help Alexis Vuillermoz. But I attacked and I found myself alone,” said Péraud. “This victory is important after hard times and two surgeries this winter.

“In previous years, I was able to ride for the victory from January. I was late in my preparation and I didn’t expect to be able to win this race. It’s the starting point to continue to work hard with high spirits. I will participate in Vuelta a Pais Vasco with higher ambitions.”

Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin), who had held the lead going into the final stage, could manage only 38th on the day and slipped to 32nd overall at 4:40.

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Results: 2015 Volta a Catalunya, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-7_364848 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-7_364848#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:16:56 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364848 Results from the final stage of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya

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  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 2:47:33
  • 2. Bryan COQUARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 3. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 4. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 5. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 6. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 9. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :00
  • 10. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 11. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 12. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 13. Giampaolo CARUSO, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 14. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 15. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 17. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 18. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 20. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 21. Wouter POELS, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 22. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :00
  • 23. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 24. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :00
  • 25. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 26. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :00
  • 27. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 28. Jonathan HIVERT, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :00
  • 29. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 31. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :00
  • 32. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :21
  • 33. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 34. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :21
  • 35. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at :21
  • 36. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :21
  • 37. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :21
  • 38. Rudy MOLARD, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :21
  • 39. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :21
  • 40. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 41. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :21
  • 42. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :21
  • 43. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :21
  • 44. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at :21
  • 45. Sylwester SZMYD, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :21
  • 46. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :58
  • 47. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at :58
  • 48. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :59
  • 49. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :59
  • 50. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :59
  • 51. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :59
  • 52. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :59
  • 53. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :59
  • 54. Enrico GASPAROTTO, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:22
  • 55. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:36
  • 56. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:48
  • 57. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:48
  • 58. Yannick EIJSSEN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:48
  • 59. Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER, FDJ, at 1:48
  • 60. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 1:48
  • 61. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 1:48
  • 62. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 1:48
  • 63. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 1:48
  • 64. Christophe LABORIE, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 1:48
  • 65. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:48
  • 66. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 1:48
  • 67. Marinus Cornelis MINNAARD, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:10
  • 68. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 2:10
  • 69. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:10
  • 70. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:10
  • 71. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:10
  • 72. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:21
  • 73. Loïc CHETOUT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:21
  • 74. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:46
  • 75. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 2:54
  • 76. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 2:59
  • 77. Eduardo SEPULVEDA, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 3:22
  • 78. Francis DE GREEF, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:20
  • 79. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:20
  • 80. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:20
  • 81. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 4:20
  • 82. Stefan SCHUMACHER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:20
  • 83. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:20
  • 84. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 4:20
  • 85. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:20
  • 86. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 4:49
  • 87. Leopold KONIG, TEAM SKY, at 4:49
  • 88. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:10
  • 89. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 6:10
  • 90. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:10
  • 91. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 6:10
  • 92. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 6:10
  • 93. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 6:10
  • 94. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 6:10
  • 95. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:10
  • 96. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:10
  • 97. Pierre-Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:10
  • 98. Matthieu BOULO, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 6:10
  • 99. Steve CHAINEL, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:10
  • 100. Cameron MEYER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 6:10
  • 101. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 6:10
  • 102. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 6:10
  • 103. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 6:10
  • 104. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 6:10
  • 105. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 6:24
  • 106. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 6:26
  • 107. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 6:32
  • 108. Florian VACHON, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 6:32
  • 109. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:32
  • 110. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 8:51
  • 111. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 8:51
  • 112. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:51
  • 113. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 8:51
  • 114. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, COLOMBIA, at 8:51
  • 115. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 9:04
  • 116. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 9:04
  • 117. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 9:04
  • 118. Heiner Rodrigo PARRA BUSTAMENTE, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 9:19
  • 119. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 11:26
  • DNF Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Michael VALGREN, TINKOFF-SAXO
  • DNF Marc SOLER, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF Julian ALAPHILIPPE, ETIXX-QUICK STEP
  • DNF Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ
  • DNF Olivier LE GAC, FDJ
  • DNF Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ
  • DNF Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Jan POLANC, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Carter JONES, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN
  • DNF Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Armindo FONSECA, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
  • DNF Benoit JARRIER, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
  • DNF Josef CERNY, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
  • DNF Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COLOMBIA

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Richie Porte seals victory as Alejandro Valverde takes Catalunya finale http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/richie-porte-seals-victory-as-alejandro-valverde-takes-catalunya-finale_364841 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/richie-porte-seals-victory-as-alejandro-valverde-takes-catalunya-finale_364841#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:55:13 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364841

Richie Porte rode to victory on Sunday in the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya. Photo: AFP

Richie Porte survives a final assault from stage-winner Alejandro Valverde to take the overall title in the Volta a Catalunya

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Richie Porte rode to victory on Sunday in the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya. Photo: AFP

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) said he would attack to win the overall at the Volta a Catalunya, and he lived up to his word, putting pressure on Team Sky down to the wire.

Valverde started the final 126km circuit course up and over the Montjuic climb in downtown Barcelona needing a miracle against overnight leader Richie Porte (Sky). Starting 16 seconds adrift, even if he won the final stage — and he did — he still needed to gap the pack. Valverde opened up a long attack, but when he saw it wasn’t going to work, he sat up, regrouped, and then launched his sprint. He took 12 seconds in bonuses, and won for the third time this week, but felt short of the overall to settle into second place overall, four seconds behind winner Porte.

“I cannot complain. Three stage wins and second overall,” Valverde told journalists at the finish line. “I wanted to try to win the overall, even if we knew it was going to be difficult. We tried, but there was a lot of headwind.”

Valverde was superb throughout the weeklong Catalunya race, but a puncture at a key moment in stage 3 saw him lose time to the favorites. He battled back to win three stages, and the time bonuses that came with them, to crawl back into contention.

But contention was as far as he would get, with a resurgent Porte in charge and looking ahead to the Giro d’Italia.

“It’s unbelievable, to be honest,” said Porte. “It’s capped off a pretty awesome start to the season — starting from Down Under to now. I really couldn’t have imagined it would go this well after the year I had last year.

“We’ve got a good little run-up to the Giro so we can hopefully hit that in top form. I’m quite confident now that I can go there and fight for the podium.”

Under sunny skies in Barcelona on Sunday, Porte rode safely tucked inside the main pack to secure his second major victory inside a month. Just weeks after winning Paris-Nice for a second time, Porte came to Catalunya to help captain and teammate Chris Froome. The South African soon discovered he didn’t have the legs to challenge the likes of Valverde, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick Step), which opened the door for Porte.

The leaders patiently chipped away at an early breakaway that gained nearly three minutes. Movistar kept Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi Polkowici), David Arroyo (Caja Rural) and Walter Pedraza (Colombia) as they looked to set up Valverde for a push at the overall title.

The 34-year-old then made his move on the last of eight laps up the Alt de Montjuic with 5km to go, but quickly abandoned any hopes of making a solo run to the line as Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) and Porte followed him.

Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) attacked 2km later, but he too was caught in the final few meters as Valverde had just enough power to get to the line first in a congested sprint finish.

Porte finished second to Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) at La Molina in stage 4, and claimed the lead for good when he was fourth behind Valverde the following day into Valls.

The victory confirms Porte’s improved condition coming into 2015, and bolsters his candidacy for the Giro d’Italia, where he will square off against Contador and Urán in May.

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Cannondale-Garmin looks to younger riders with Sebastian Langeveld out http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/cannondale-garmin-picking-up-pieces-after-langeveld-exit_364835 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/cannondale-garmin-picking-up-pieces-after-langeveld-exit_364835#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:15:03 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364835

Dylan Van Baarle raced to the podium at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

With Sebastian Langeveld sidelined by injury, Cannondale-Garmin is banking on younger talents like Dylan Van Baarle, who made the podium at

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Dylan Van Baarle raced to the podium at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

DEINZE, Belgium (VN) — It’s the hour of the young pups. Cannondale-Garmin vows to march on across the northern classics despite losing their captain, Sebastian Langeveld, who crashed heavily in Friday’s E3 Prijs Harelbeke.

The team was quietly confident the 30-year-old Dutchman was going to be a contender throughout Flanders Week. Eighth in last year’s Paris-Roubaix, when he rode into the winning group, and fifth in the 2011 Tour of Flanders, Cannondale-Garmin was hitching its hopes on Langeveld. On Friday, he was among several riders who crashed early, including Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), and suffered a deep, knee contusion and bone bruise on the tibia. Team officials are unsure if he will be able to recover in time for the looming monuments.

Langeveld was a scratch for Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem. Unsure if he will be able to return in time for the monuments, Cannondale-Garmin will be changing its game plan across the pavé over the next two weeks.

“Our leader is not there anymore, that is a fact. We don’t know [if can come back] for the classics. He had a big goal, but sometimes it’s just bad luck,” sport director Andreas Klier told VeloNews before the start of Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

Despite a heavy rainfall and wind at the start in Deinze, Klier chose to look at the bright side. He took optimism out of Dylan Van Baarle’s third place at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Jack Bauer’s eighth at E3 Harelbeke.

“Of the two races so far, we have a podium and a top-10, so we have to be happy,” Klier said. “These young guys are working well together. Jack was very visible during Harelbeke. It was a nice surprise. Maybe we will have a few more.”

Cannondale-Garmin brings a mix of veterans and rising talents to the northern classics this year. The departure of 2011 Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Van Summeren to Ag2r-La Mondiale left a hole that will be hard to fill. In the short term, the team is betting on Langeveld while planting seeds for the future.

Klier sees big potential in such riders as Van Baarle and Ruben Zupentke, both 22, and Kristoffer Skjerping, 21, a towering Norwegian who performed well at the U23 level. Other more veteran riders, including Bauer and Ted King, will also see more freedom to move without Langeveld in the pack.

“It’s a new adventure. We have a good group of young kids,” Klier said. “Riders like Ruben and Kristoffer, I think they have the skills to do something in the near future, but I do not mean today. Some time very soon. I am very happy with this group. There is big potential there.”

After some encouraging results, Klier can be mildly optimistic, but even he admits the young riders will be delving into the unknown. The longer distances of the upcoming races, with 239km at Gent-Wevelgem, and even longer at Flanders and Roubaix, is often what divides the wheat from the chafe in the northern classics.

“Today is the first time we go over 200km mark. Harelbeke was long, but today is 240km, closer to the distance of Flanders and Roubaix,” Klier said. “It’s a question of how far they are in their race evolution. Is Dylan able to go that far? We do not know. It’s such a young group, they themselves do not know.”

The Garmin franchise always seems to serve up a surprise during the classics. Maybe this year it can deliver a miracle.

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Sky’s classics campaign, already rolling, picks up speed with Bradley Wiggins http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/skys-classics-campaign-already-rolling-picks-up-speed-with-bradley-wiggins_364829 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/skys-classics-campaign-already-rolling-picks-up-speed-with-bradley-wiggins_364829#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:37:46 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364829

Bradley Wiggins was part of a successful first outing for Team Sky in the 2015 cobbles season, riding in support of eventual winner Ian Stannard at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Titled in more ways than one, Sir Bradley Wiggins brings a little something extra to a team already riding like royalty

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Bradley Wiggins was part of a successful first outing for Team Sky in the 2015 cobbles season, riding in support of eventual winner Ian Stannard at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

GHENT, Belgium (VN) — Bradley Wiggins arrived in Belgium on Friday to start the last chapter of his career with Team Sky. Besides his travel bag, he brings an extra boost to a team already motivated by Geraint Thomas’ win in the E3 Harelbeke.

Wiggins will compete in his last races for the British team before switching his focus to the hour record and the 2016 Olympics. On tap: Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem, the Three Days of De Panne, the Ronde van Vlaanderen on April 5, Scheldeprijs on April 8, and of course, Paris-Roubaix on April 12.

“His presence is good for the whole team,” sports director Servais Knaven told VeloNews. “It gives a real boost for the team to have an Olympic champion and the former Tour de France winner.”

Wiggins was to have raced the E3 Harelbeke on Friday, but decided instead to start Sunday with Gent-Wevelgem. He is building for a win in his last race in Sky colors, Paris-Roubaix.

The buzz is already real with Ian Stannard’s win in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last month and Thomas’ E3 Harelbeke victory, but the vibrations became much stronger with Wiggo’s arrival.

Wiggins won three track gold medals in the Olympics before aiming at the Tour de France. He spearheaded Sky’s debut in cycling in 2010, and in 2012 gave his home team a victory in the world’s biggest bike race.

Last year, he changed directions again. Instead of grand tours, he went for the big classic. Many followers did not believe in his chances, but once he rode to ninth place in Paris-Roubaix, two spots behind Thomas, they stood up and took notice.

For 2015, he made the “Queen of the Classics’” his last stop on the Sky train. And with his arrival in Kortrijk, Belgium, the team’s classics campaign got rolling.

“For everyone it’s special, they all want to perform in the classics,” said Knaven. “I don’t think they will ride faster when Brad is here, but still he brings something extra. You’ll see the difference when he’s at the start, around the bus and at the finish. He’s the best character of the whole peloton.

“Brad really loves the classics, he knows all about the history of the classics, he has the ‘grinta,’ the real motivation. That’s good for the young lads, the whole staff. If Brad is motivated and up for it, he’s one of the best guys to have around.”

Knaven rode with Wiggins in 2008 when they both were with Columbia-Highroad and they struggled side by side in the 2009 Gent-Wevelgem, when Edvald Boasson Hagen won. So for Knaven, seeing Wiggins end his road chapter is emotional.

“I got dropped with Brad in 2009 in Gent-Wevelgem, and came back with him, and was dropped again with him. That year it was raining all day. We talk and laugh about that,” said Knaven.

“Of course, I have a lot of respect for him, I already did so then, but now after what he achieved and with his big goal. … It’s been a long time since a Tour de France winner went on to win the Paris-Roubaix.”

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Trek, Fabian Cancellara see their plans broken on the cobbles of E3 Harelbeke http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/trek-fabian-cancellara-see-plans-broken-on-the-cobbles-of-e3-harelbeke_364822 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/trek-fabian-cancellara-see-plans-broken-on-the-cobbles-of-e3-harelbeke_364822#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:58:13 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364822

Fabian Cancellara's crash knocked him out of the cobbled classics for 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Trek has lost its top gladiator for the cobbled arena, and Spartacus faces a struggle to leave the sport while he's still on top

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Fabian Cancellara's crash knocked him out of the cobbled classics for 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

GHENT, Belgium (VN) — Trek Factory Racing is picking up the pieces after a game-changing crash in Friday’s E3 Harelbeke. The next morning in Bruges, Belgium, one day after losing Swiss captain Fabian Cancellara, the team was thinking about how to proceed in the upcoming cobbled classics.

“It’s a pity and it’s a shame,” sports director Dirk Demol said. “If you lose your leader like we did today then it’s hard to take.”

Cancellara crashed on the Haaghoek cobble sector nearly 40km into the race. He tried to continue, but the injuries were too much; they forced him out of the race, and out of the classics.

Unlike Sky and Etixx-Quick-Step, Trek was something of a one-trick pony with only “Spartacus” to lead it through the cobbled classics.

Cancellara normally can carry that weight well. Last year, he gave the team victory in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, his third win there, and placed third in Paris-Roubaix.

Now he is in no condition to carry any sort of weight at all, with two fractured vertebrae in his lower back.

“What can you do? He has to rest, he can’t do anything, he just has to rest and recover,” said Demol. “We hope he can come back sometime in May.”

Trek could look to Stijn Devolder, a two-time Ronde winner. It signed the Belgian for the 2013 season to support Cancellara.

However, at 35 years old, Devolder no longer has the firepower to lead the team to victory. And he, too, is feeling the effects of a crash, in Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen; he rode with pain in the E3 Harelbeke.

At the other end of the age scale is 22-year-old Jasper Stuyven, winner of the juniors’ 2010 Paris-Roubaix. But he still needs experience, and like the others, he is recovering from a fall.

“We’ll try to make the best of it,” Demol said, “but it’s not going to be easy.”

Trek must look ahead from its base in Bruges. In fact, it is searching to beef up its team for the coming seasons.

Head manager Luca Guercilena told VeloNews: “We want to improve, but this is also dependent on the budget. There are teams that almost have double the budget that we do. It is important that we can find a co-sponsor or backer that can help us evolve.”

But for Spartacus the road is running out. He has talked about retirement in 2016, but wants to go out with a bang in one of the big monuments.

Cancellara could come back to help the team in the Tour de France, perhaps aiming at the opening time trial or a stage win. The 2015 world road championships in Richmond, Virginia, could also be a goal.

The classics are his specialty, though. To race them, he now must wait a year. And as this year will do for Bradley Wiggins, 2016 could write the end to a major chapter in Cancellara’s book.

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Gallery: 2015 Volta a Catalunya, stage 6 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/gallery-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-6_364798 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/road/gallery-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-6_364798#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:41:34 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364798

Sergei Chernetski snatches his first-ever WorldTour win in a sprint finale after a large breakaway survives to the finish

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Results: 2015 Criterium International, stage 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-2_364789 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-2_364789#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:10:08 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364789 Results from stage 2 of the 2015 Criterium International

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  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK FACTORY RACING, in 9:11
  • 2. Bob JUNGELS, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :01
  • 3. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :02
  • 4. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at :06
  • 5. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :09
  • 6. Anthony DELAPLACE, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :11
  • 7. Mathias FRANK, IAM CYCLING, at :12
  • 8. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at :13
  • 9. Julien LOUBET, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :15
  • 10. Pierrick FEDRIGO, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :16
  • 11. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :16
  • 12. Steve MORABITO, FDJ, at :16
  • 13. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, BORA-ARGON 18, at :17
  • 14. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :17
  • 15. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :17
  • 16. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at :18
  • 17. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :20
  • 18. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :21
  • 19. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :21
  • 20. Nathan BROWN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :23
  • 21. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :23
  • 22. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :23
  • 23. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :24
  • 24. Yoann PAILLOT, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :24
  • 25. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :25
  • 26. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :26
  • 27. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 28. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :28
  • 29. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :29
  • 30. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :29
  • 31. Arnaud GERARD, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :29
  • 32. Bryan NAULLEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :30
  • 33. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :30
  • 34. David TANNER, IAM CYCLING, at :31
  • 35. Julien EL FARES, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :32
  • 36. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :32
  • 37. Linus GERDEMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :32
  • 38. Maxime MEDEREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :32
  • 39. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :33
  • 40. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :33
  • 41. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at :35
  • 42. Marc DEMAAR, ROP, at :35
  • 43. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :36
  • 44. Maurits LAMMERTINK, ROP, at :36
  • 45. Rasmus GULDHAMMER, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :36
  • 46. Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :36
  • 47. Clement SAINT MARTIN, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :37
  • 48. Alo JAKIN, AUBER 93, at :38
  • 49. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :38
  • 50. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :38
  • 51. Fredrik LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :39
  • 52. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at :39
  • 53. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :40
  • 54. Pirmin LANG, IAM CYCLING, at :40
  • 55. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :41
  • 56. Frédéric BRUN, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :41
  • 57. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :42
  • 58. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at :42
  • 59. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :43
  • 60. Laurent DIDIER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :43
  • 61. Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :43
  • 62. THOMAS BOUDAT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :44
  • 63. Phil BAUHAUS, BORA-ARGON 18, at :44
  • 64. Romain FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :46
  • 65. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :46
  • 66. Steven TRONET, AUBER 93, at :46
  • 67. Tom VEELERS, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :46
  • 68. Bruno PIRES, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :49
  • 69. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :49
  • 70. Clément VENTURINI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :49
  • 71. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :49
  • 72. Anthony GESLIN, FDJ, at :50
  • 73. Romain GUILLEMOIS, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :51
  • 74. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :52
  • 75. Théo VIMPERE, AUBER 93, at :52
  • 76. Benjamin GIRAUD, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :54
  • 77. Cesare BENEDETTI, BORA-ARGON 18, at :55
  • 78. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :55
  • 79. Jean-Marc BIDEAU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :55
  • 80. Rémy DI GREGORIO, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :55
  • 81. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :56
  • 82. César BIHEL, AUBER 93, at :56
  • 83. Maxime RENAULT, AUBER 93, at :57
  • 84. Oliver ZAUGG, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :57
  • 85. Dominik NERZ, BORA-ARGON 18, at :58
  • 86. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:00
  • 87. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 1:01
  • 88. Brice FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 1:02
  • 89. Cristiano SALERNO, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:03
  • 90. Michel KREDER, ROP, at 1:03
  • 91. Huub DUYN, ROP, at 1:05
  • 92. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:05
  • 93. Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:05
  • 94. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:05
  • 95. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:06
  • 96. Dan CRAVEN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:07
  • 97. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROP, at 1:07
  • 98. Patrick SCHELLING, IAM CYCLING, at 1:08
  • 99. Julien GUAY, AUBER 93, at 1:13
  • 100. Alessandro BAZZANA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:13
  • 101. Mike TERPSTRA, ROP, at 1:14
  • 102. Evaldas SISKEVICIUS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 1:15
  • 103. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:15
  • 104. Gert JOEAAR, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:16
  • 105. Fabian WEGMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:17
  • 106. Joel ZANGERLE, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:19
  • 107. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:20
  • 108. André LOOIJ, ROP, at 1:21
  • 109. Christian Mager, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:29
  • 110. Romain LEMARCHAND, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:32
  • 111. Daniele RATTO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:34
  • 112. Lucas EUSER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:34
  • 113. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:41
  • 114. Reinier HONIG, ROP, at 1:43
  • 115. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:46
  • 116. Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:50

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Results: 2015 Volta a Catalunya, stage 6 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-6_364787 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-volta-a-catalunya-stage-6_364787#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:49:06 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364787 Resutls from stage 6 of the 2015 Volta a Catalunya

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  • 1. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, in 4:42:47
  • 2. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 3. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 4. Marc SOLER, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Jonathan HIVERT, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :00
  • 6. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 8. Rudy MOLARD, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 9. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :03
  • 10. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :03
  • 11. Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER, FDJ, at :03
  • 12. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :08
  • 13. Chetout LOIC, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :11
  • 14. Marinus Cornelis MINNAARD, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:23
  • 15. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:23
  • 16. Florian VACHON, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 1:23
  • 17. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 1:23
  • 18. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:26
  • 19. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:26
  • 20. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:50
  • 21. Steve CHAINEL, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:50
  • 22. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at 1:50
  • 23. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:50
  • 24. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 25. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 26. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 1:50
  • 27. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:50
  • 28. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 29. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, at 1:50
  • 30. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 31. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:50
  • 32. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:50
  • 33. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 1:50
  • 34. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 35. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:50
  • 36. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:50
  • 37. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:50
  • 38. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:50
  • 39. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 40. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:50
  • 41. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 42. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 43. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at 1:50
  • 44. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 45. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:50
  • 46. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 1:50
  • 47. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:50
  • 48. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:50
  • 49. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 50. Giampaolo CARUSO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:50
  • 51. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:50
  • 52. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:50
  • 53. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:50
  • 54. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:50
  • 55. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 1:50
  • 56. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:50
  • 57. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:50
  • 58. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 59. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 60. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 1:50
  • 61. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 62. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:50
  • 63. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:50
  • 64. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:50
  • 65. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:50
  • 66. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 67. Francis DE GREEF, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:50
  • 68. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:50
  • 69. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 1:50
  • 70. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:50
  • 71. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:50
  • 72. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:50
  • 73. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:50
  • 74. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:50
  • 75. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:50
  • 76. Bryan COQUARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:50
  • 77. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:50
  • 78. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:50
  • 79. Enrico GASPAROTTO, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:50
  • 80. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:50
  • 81. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 1:50
  • 82. Eduardo SEPULVEDA, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 1:58
  • 83. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at 1:58
  • 84. Carter JONES, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:58
  • 85. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:58
  • 86. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 1:58
  • 87. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 2:09
  • 88. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:16
  • 89. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:35
  • 90. Wouter POELS, TEAM SKY, at 4:17
  • 91. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:50
  • 92. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 4:29
  • 93. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:50
  • 94. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 4:29
  • 95. Heiner Rodrigo PARRA BUSTAMENTE, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 4:29
  • 96. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 5:49
  • 97. Sylwester SZMYD, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 98. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 8:19
  • 99. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:19
  • 100. Matthieu BOULO, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 8:19
  • 101. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 102. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:19
  • 103. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 8:19
  • 104. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 105. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:19
  • 106. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 8:19
  • 107. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, COLOMBIA, at 8:19
  • 108. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 109. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 8:19
  • 110. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 111. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COLOMBIA, at 8:19
  • 112. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:19
  • 113. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 8:19
  • 114. Christophe LABORIE, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 8:19
  • 115. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 8:19
  • 116. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:19
  • 117. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 8:19
  • 118. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 8:19
  • 119. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at 8:19
  • 120. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:19
  • 121. Pierre-Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:19
  • 122. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 8:19
  • 123. Cameron MEYER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 8:19
  • 124. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 8:19
  • 125. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:19
  • 126. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 8:19
  • 127. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 8:19
  • 128. Armindo FONSECA, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 8:19
  • 129. Stefan SCHUMACHER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:19
  • 130. Michael VALGREN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 8:19
  • 131. Benoit JARRIER, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 8:19
  • 132. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:19
  • 133. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:19
  • 134. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 8:19
  • 135. Yannick EIJSSEN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:19
  • 136. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:19
  • 137. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 8:19
  • 138. Leopold KONIG, TEAM SKY, at 8:19
  • 139. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 10:44
  • 140. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 10:44
  • 141. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 10:44
  • 142. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 10:44
  • 143. Josef CERNY, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 10:44
  • 144. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 10:44
  • 145. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 10:44
  • 146. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at 10:44
  • 147. Jan POLANC, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 10:44
  • 148. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 10:44
  • 149. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 10:44

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Ben King remained in yellow after stage 2 of the Criterium International. Photo: AFP

Trek Factory Racing goes one-two in the time trial, but Cannondale's Ben King holds onto the overall lead with one stage to go in the

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Ben King remained in yellow after stage 2 of the Criterium International. Photo: AFP

Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) won the second stage of the Criterium International on Saturday while Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) retained the overall lead.

King won the opening stage Saturday morning.

Felline took the 7km stage-2 individual time trial by one second over teammate Bob Jungels with Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) third at two seconds.

“This afternoon I did not expect to win, not with Bob and a lot of other TT specialists here, but I know that I am feeling good — today was the ninth time this year that I finish in the top 10,” said Felline. “So I wanted to make a good result. But now I am here, I have won, and I am super happy.

“To be honest, it was the stage this morning where I was targeting the victory, not this afternoon. But then the breakaway arrived at the finish, and in the end I did not make a good sprint. This makes up for that, but I have to say I am a little surprised.”

King now leads the overall by 24 seconds over Clement Saint Martin (Team Marseille 13 KTM) with Felline third at 26 seconds.

Sunday’s third and final stage, a 189.5km leg featuring the Col de l’Ospedale, will decide the final overall standings.

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Sergei Chernetski wins stage 6 at Volta a Catalunya http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/sergei-chernetski-wins-stage-6-at-volta-a-catalunya_364777 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/sergei-chernetski-wins-stage-6-at-volta-a-catalunya_364777#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:14:42 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364777

Sergei Chernetski swept past Julian Alaphilippe for the win on Saturday at the Volta a Catalunya. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sergei Chernetski overhauled late attacker Julian Alaphilippe to win stage 6 of the Volta a Catalunya as Richie Porte kept the overall lead

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Sergei Chernetski swept past Julian Alaphilippe for the win on Saturday at the Volta a Catalunya. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) overhauled Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick-Step) at the line on Saturday to win stage 6 at the Volta a Catalunya.

Chernetski and Alaphilippe had been part of a a big break that included Americans Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and mountains leader Tom Danielson (Cannondale-Garmin). The escapees had more than three minutes over the peloton with 25km remaining in the 194.1km stage.

Van Garderen put in a couple digs going into the final 20km, clipping a few stragglers out of the break. Behind, Sky was on the front of the chase for race leader Richie Porte, when a crash took down a handful of riders at the back, among them Laurens Ten Dam (Lotto NL-Jumbo).

Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin) tried his luck with 14km to race, but got nowhere. And with 10km remaining it was still anybody’s stage to win with two minutes’ advantage still in hand.

The attacks came fast and furious from then on, from Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL), who made a big push with 2km to go.

Preidler brought him back only to see Ataphillippe jump away, and the race to the line was on.

Ataphilippe appeared to have made the right move at the right time, but a look over his shoulder told him otherwise. The remnants of the break were closing in, and Chernetski pipped him at the line for the victory.

Ataphilippe hung on for second with Paterski third.

“Today was my day. I’m very happy,” said Chernetski, who confessed that he didn’t have much of a sprint and was hoping to win through an attack.

“In the final I wanted to attack earlier but in the last kilometers it was full gas and there was no place to get away. Instead I could only concentrate on the upcoming sprint. … This is my first WorldTour victory and it is very big for me.”

Ataphilippe regretted a missed opportunity and said he had had his eye on Preidler “because to me he was the freshest.”

“When he attacked I decided to make my move and take the risk to follow him. I caught him and countered immediately,” he said. “I thought I could win in that moment, but they passed me at the line. To be honest, I’m really sad about it. It was a great chance and I lost it. In cycling these opportunities don’t happen often.”

Paterski was likewise disappointed to have finished third, saying he had felt tired the previous two days but was back to his old self on Saturday, playing it cagey and trying to save his energy for the finish.

“It was a little bit chaotic in the finale, when the attacks were being launched,” he said. “When Julian Alanphilippe took off in the last 1km I had to bridge the gap and it cost my a lot. In the sprint my legs were not as strong as I would like and I couldn’t deliver. …”

After the bunch pulled in Porte was still race leader by five seconds over Dominico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) third at 16 seconds.

Danielson, who crossed ninth at three seconds down, said the goal for the day “was to keep the KOM jersey.”

“I was very happy to get maximum points on both climbs and happy the break made it to the finish,” he said.

Sunday’s final stage is a hilly 126.6km circuit around Barcelona that features eight laps of the Alt de Montjuic.

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Results: 2015 Criterium International, stage 1 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-1a_364767 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/results-2015-criterium-international-stage-1a_364767#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:56:09 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=364767 Results from the first stage of the 2015 Criterium International

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  • 1. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, in 2:06:43
  • 2. Clement SAINT MARTIN, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :05
  • 3. Romain FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 4. Tom VEELERS, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :39
  • 5. Clément VENTURINI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :39
  • 6. Benjamin GIRAUD, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 7. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :39
  • 8. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :39
  • 9. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 10. Fabio FELLINE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :39
  • 11. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 12. Julien LOUBET, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 13. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :39
  • 14. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 15. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :39
  • 16. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 17. Michel KREDER, ROP, at :39
  • 18. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at :39
  • 19. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 20. Bruno PIRES, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 21. Rasmus GULDHAMMER, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 22. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 23. Julien EL FARES, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 24. Steven TRONET, AUBER 93, at :39
  • 25. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 26. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 27. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 28. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :39
  • 29. Bob JUNGELS, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :39
  • 30. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 31. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 32. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :39
  • 33. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 34. Mathias FRANK, IAM CYCLING, at :39
  • 35. Anthony DELAPLACE, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 36. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :39
  • 37. Fabian WEGMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 38. Linus GERDEMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 39. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :39
  • 40. Maxime MEDEREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :39
  • 41. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :39
  • 42. Nathan BROWN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 43. Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :39
  • 44. Alo JAKIN, AUBER 93, at :39
  • 45. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :39
  • 46. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 47. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 48. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 49. Dominik NERZ, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 50. Oliver ZAUGG, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 51. Joel ZANGERLE, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 52. Cristiano SALERNO, BORA-ARGON 18, at :39
  • 53. André LOOIJ, ROP, at :39
  • 54. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :39
  • 55. Arnaud GERARD, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 56. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :39
  • 57. Yoann PAILLOT, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 58. THOMAS BOUDAT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :39
  • 59. Pierrick FEDRIGO, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 60. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :39
  • 61. Bryan NAULLEAU, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :39
  • 62. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :39
  • 63. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :39
  • 64. Patrick SCHELLING, IAM CYCLING, at :39
  • 65. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at :39
  • 66. Christian Mager, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 67. Théo VIMPERE, AUBER 93, at :39
  • 68. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 69. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at :39
  • 70. David TANNER, IAM CYCLING, at :39
  • 71. Maxime RENAULT, AUBER 93, at :39
  • 72. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :39
  • 73. Marc DEMAAR, ROP, at :39
  • 74. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :39
  • 75. Mike TERPSTRA, ROP, at :39
  • 76. Steve MORABITO, FDJ, at :39
  • 77. Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at :39
  • 78. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :39
  • 79. Rémy DI GREGORIO, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at :39
  • 80. Huub DUYN, ROP, at :39
  • 81. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :39
  • 82. Anthony GESLIN, FDJ, at :39
  • 83. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :39
  • 84. Reinier HONIG, ROP, at :39
  • 85. Laurent DIDIER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :39
  • 86. Julien GUAY, AUBER 93, at :39
  • 87. Frédéric BRUN, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at :39
  • 88. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at :39
  • 89. Maurits LAMMERTINK, ROP, at :39
  • 90. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:04
  • 91. Daniele RATTO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:04
  • 92. Cesare BENEDETTI, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:07
  • 93. Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:07
  • 94. Michael VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:21
  • 95. Pirmin LANG, IAM CYCLING, at 1:23
  • 96. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:25
  • 97. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:25
  • 98. Romain LEMARCHAND, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 1:28
  • 99. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 1:37
  • 100. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 1:39
  • 101. Evaldas SISKEVICIUS, TEAM MARSEILLE 13 KTM, at 2:09
  • 102. Alessandro BAZZANA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:09
  • 103. Jean-Marc BIDEAU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 5:01
  • 104. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:44
  • 105. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 7:39
  • 106. César BIHEL, AUBER 93, at 7:39
  • 107. Fredrik LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 7:39
  • 108. Phil BAUHAUS, BORA-ARGON 18, at 7:39
  • 109. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at 7:39
  • 110. Romain GUILLEMOIS, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 7:39
  • 111. Brice FEILLU, BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT, at 7:39
  • 112. Gert JOEAAR, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:39
  • 113. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROP, at 7:39
  • 114. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 7:39
  • 115. Dan CRAVEN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 7:39
  • 116. Lucas EUSER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:39
  • DNF David MENUT, AUBER 93
  • DNF Flavien DASSONVILLE, AUBER 93

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