VeloNews.com » Road http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:20:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Results: 2015 Vuelta a España, stage 8 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/results-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-8_383167 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/results-2015-vuelta-a-espana-stage-8_383167#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:10:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383167

Jasper Stuyven earns his first professional victory in the Vuelta's eighth stage, while Esteban Chaves retains his race lead

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  • 1. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, in 4:06:05
  • 2. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 3. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at :00
  • 4. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 6. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 7. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 8. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 9. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 11. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – AIS, at :00
  • 13. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 14. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 15. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 16. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 17. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 18. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 19. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 21. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 24. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 25. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 26. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 28. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 29. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 30. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 31. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 32. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 33. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :00
  • 35. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 36. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 37. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 38. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 39. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :00
  • 40. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 41. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 43. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 44. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 45. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 46. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 47. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 48. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 49. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :17
  • 50. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :32
  • 51. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at :38
  • 52. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:57
  • 53. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 4:57
  • 54. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 4:57
  • 55. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 4:57
  • 56. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 4:57
  • 57. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:57
  • 58. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:57
  • 59. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:57
  • 60. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:57
  • 61. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 4:57
  • 62. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:57
  • 63. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:57
  • 64. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 5:27
  • 65. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 8:01
  • 66. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 8:25
  • 67. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:25
  • 68. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 8:25
  • 69. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 8:25
  • 70. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:25
  • 71. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 8:25
  • 72. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:25
  • 73. Thomas DEGAND, IAM CYCLING, at 8:25
  • 74. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:25
  • 75. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 8:25
  • 76. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:25
  • 77. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 8:25
  • 78. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 8:25
  • 79. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 8:25
  • 80. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 9:53
  • 81. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 9:53
  • 82. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 9:53
  • 83. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 9:53
  • 84. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 9:53
  • 85. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:53
  • 86. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 9:53
  • 87. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:53
  • 88. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 9:53
  • 89. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 9:53
  • 90. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 9:53
  • 91. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:53
  • 92. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 9:53
  • 93. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 9:53
  • 94. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 9:53
  • 95. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 9:53
  • 96. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 9:53
  • 97. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 9:53
  • 98. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 9:53
  • 99. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 9:53
  • 100. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:53
  • 101. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:53
  • 102. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 9:53
  • 103. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – AIS, at 9:53
  • 104. Cameron MEYER, ORICA – AIS, at 9:53
  • 105. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 9:53
  • 106. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 9:53
  • 107. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:53
  • 108. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 9:53
  • 109. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:42
  • 110. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:42
  • 111. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 11:42
  • 112. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:42
  • 113. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 11:42
  • 114. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 11:42
  • 115. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:43
  • 116. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:43
  • 117. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 118. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 119. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:43
  • 120. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:43
  • 121. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 122. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:43
  • 123. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 124. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:43
  • 125. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 126. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:43
  • 127. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:43
  • 128. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 13:43
  • 129. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 130. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 13:43
  • 131. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 132. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:43
  • 133. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 13:43
  • 134. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:43
  • 135. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 136. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 13:43
  • 137. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 138. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 139. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:43
  • 140. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 141. Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:43
  • 142. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 13:43
  • 143. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 13:43
  • 144. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 145. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 13:43
  • 146. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – AIS, at 13:43
  • 147. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA – AIS, at 13:43
  • 148. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:43
  • 149. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 150. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 151. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:43
  • 152. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:43
  • 153. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 13:43
  • 154. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 13:43
  • 155. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 13:43
  • 156. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:43
  • 157. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:43
  • 158. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 159. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:43
  • 160. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 13:43
  • 161. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 13:43
  • 162. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:43
  • 163. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 13:43
  • 164. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:43
  • 165. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:43
  • 166. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 13:43
  • 167. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 168. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:43
  • 169. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 13:43
  • 170. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:43
  • 171. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA – AIS, at 13:43
  • 172. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 13:43
  • 173. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 15:28
  • 174. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 15:28
  • 175. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – AIS, at 15:28
  • 176. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 15:28
  • 177. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 15:28
  • 178. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 15:28
  • 179. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 15:28
  • 180. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 15:28
  • 181. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – AIS, at 15:28
  • 182. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA – AIS, at 15:28
  • 183. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 15:34
  • 184. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 24:24
  • 185. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 24:24
  • DNF Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN

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Boeckmans sustains serious injuries in Vuelta crash http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/boeckmans-sustains-serious-injuries-in-vuelta-crash_383161 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/boeckmans-sustains-serious-injuries-in-vuelta-crash_383161#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:27:34 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383161

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Kris Boeckmans in medically-induced coma after suffering broken bones, concussion in stage 8 pileup

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Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file)

Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) crashed out of the Vuelta a España Saturday, leaving the race with multiple injuries after a major pileup that occurred about 50km from the stage 8 finish line. Boeckmans lost consciousness for a few moments after hitting the deck, and then was taken to the hospital. According to a team press release, further evaluation revealed extensive injuries.

Boeckmans suffered severe facial trauma with several fractures, a concussion, and three broken ribs, as well as bleeding in his lung. The team reports that he may need surgery, and that he has been put into a medically-induced coma for the next few days.

“Of course we are all thinking of Kris tonight,” teammate Tosh Van der Sande said. “I was riding just behind him when it happened. He was drinking when he rode over a hole, tumbled over his handlebar and hit the ground very hard”

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Plouay victory propels Armitstead to overall World Cup win http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/plouay-victory-propels-armitstead-to-overall-world-cup-win_383149 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/plouay-victory-propels-armitstead-to-overall-world-cup-win_383149#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:47:49 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383149

Lizzie Armitstead took the win in Plouay ahead of Emma Johansson and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Lizzie Armitstead takes Plouay win, and with it, a second consecutive overall World Cup title

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Lizzie Armitstead took the win in Plouay ahead of Emma Johansson and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The 2015 Women’s Road World Cup finished in dramatic style Saturday. British rider Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) took the overall World Cup title by winning the GP de Plouay-Bretagne in France. The 26-year-old won the final sprint from a select group to seal her second consecutive World Cup series victory.

The first half of the French race was cagey, with the big teams mostly watching each other instead of initiating any major hostilities. However, in the final 50 kilometers of the 121km event, repeated attacks caused the race to break up. On the final climb, Armitstead attacked, taking an elite group away with her. That group contained reigning road world champ Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and World Cup contender Anna van der Breggen, both of the Rabo-Liv team. Despite the impressive company along for the ride, Armitstead took control in the group, and then took the win ahead of Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Ferrand-Prevot. With her victory, Armitstead nabbed enough points to seal the overall World Cup title ahead of van der Breggen, who finished sixth in Plouay.

“I really put in the winning move on the last climb and a sprint was the last thing I wanted,” she said. “I couldn’t have won it without a fantastic team though. Evelyn [Stevens] and Megan [Guarnier] are in the shape to win these races themselves and without their commitment today I couldn’t have won it.”

This year’s World Cup has been one of the most exciting in recent memory, the winner not being decided until the final lap of the final race. Armitstead won the title in 2014, having led from start to finish, succeeding several seasons of dominance by Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv), who had won four titles in five years. This year, however, three different women have worn the leader’s jersey, which has changed hands six times in total throughout the series.

“Today was an exciting race,” Wiggle-Honda team manger Rochelle Gilmore told VeloNews. “As for the World Cup series as a whole, we couldn’t have asked for anything more exciting, it’s really unpredictable and the World Cup series is not decided until the final race.”

Armitstead consistent success — Plouay was her third World Cup win of 2015 after the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Philadelphia Cycling Classic — put her over the top in the season-long competition.

“The idea of the World Cup series is to find the most talented female cyclist across all different terrains and the most consistent throughout the season,” Gilmore said. “I think Lizzie Armitstead is a fraction above the others over the last couple of years in terms of dominance and consistency.”

Gilmore’s British registered Wiggle-Honda squad won four of the ten 2015 World Cup races, with three different women. The team classification, though, was won by van der Breggen’s Rabo-Liv team, which has monopolized the classification in recent years.

At the start of the day, Armitstead was third in the World Cup standings behind Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle-Honda) and van der Breggen. D’hoore did not race in Plouay, but Armitstead trailed van der Breggen by 21 points, meaning that not even a win would guarantee her the overall. With van der Breggen only managing a sixth-place finish on the day, however, Armitstead came away from Plouay the overall World Cup winner for the second straight season.

That makes Armitstead the first ever British rider to win the Women’s Road World Cup in consecutive years. It also adds to the talk of Armitstead as a favorite for September’s world championship road race in Richmond, Virginia. Worlds is likely to be her next race, as she has chosen to concentrate on preparation rather than racing into form.

The World Cup will be replaced next year with a new Women’s World Tour, which will include stage races, and will be expanded from 10 to approximately 30 race days.

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Motorbike hits Sagan in Vuelta’s eighth stage http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/motorbike-hits-sagan-in-vueltas-eighth-stage_383135 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/motorbike-hits-sagan-in-vueltas-eighth-stage_383135#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:07:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383135

Sagan crossed the finish line alone, over five minutes behind the stage winner, after a race vehicle brought him down in the final 10km of stage 8. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Peter Sagan didn't have a chance at victory after a neutral support motorcycle took him out late in Saturday's stage

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Sagan crossed the finish line alone, over five minutes behind the stage winner, after a race vehicle brought him down in the final 10km of stage 8. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Just weeks after Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) was taken out by a moto in the Clásica San Sebastián, it happened again in Saturday’s eighth stage at the Vuelta a España.

This time it involved stage-favorite Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). According to team staff, a neutral support motorcycle clipped Sagan’s wheel with about 6km to go, knocking him off his bike, and out of contention for the reduced-bunch sprint eventually won by Jesper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing).

“A motor was passing the group, and he was moving left, and the motorcycle took him out,” Tinkoff-Saxo sport director Patxi Vila told EuroSport. “Peter’s feeling bad. It’s a missed opportunity of winning a stage, after the work of the whole team for him. I am sure the motorbike didn’t do it on purpose, but this shouldn’t happen.”

Sagan was enraged after the incident, kicking his bike, yelling at the motorcycle driver, and storming around the roadway in anger.

Sagan, winner of stage 3, later crossed the line furious, with cuts and scrapes to his left side, and his jersey and shorts torn open.

The 25-year-old was poised for a chance at victory after surviving two passages over the third-category Cresta del Gallo, a short but steep climb that eliminated many other sprinters, such as arch-rival John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). An earlier crash took out overall favorites Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) in what was a very nervous day of racing in Spain.

The incident once again raises the question about where and how motorcycles and cars should move around the peloton. It seems to be a growing problem. Earlier this spring, a neutral support car also took out riders during this year’s Tour of Flanders.

“Crashes are part of cycling, but it shouldn’t happen with cars or motorcycles in the race,” said Eurosport commentator Juan Antonio Flecha, a former pro who was involved in a similar incident in the 2011 Tour de France. “This is happening too many times, and I am very upset about what happened today.”

In a similar incident earlier this month at the one-day Clásica San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque Country, BMC’s Van Avermaet was knocked off his bike by a motorcycle while making a promising move on the final climb before the finish line. Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) later won the race.

In a team press release, Tinkoff-Saxo raised the possibility of taking legal action in response to the incident.

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Stuyven breaks scaphoid bone in crash, wins Vuelta stage 8 anyway http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/jasper-stuyven-sprints-to-vuelta-stage-8-win-at-the-end-of-a-chaotic-day_383125 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/jasper-stuyven-sprints-to-vuelta-stage-8-win-at-the-end-of-a-chaotic-day_383125#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:07:56 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383125

Jasper Stuyven was the fastest man in a reduced peloton at the end of the Vuelta's crash-marred stage 8. Photo: JOSE JORDAN / AFP

Jasper Stuyven sprints to Vuelta stage 8 victory ahead of Pello Bilbao and Kevin Reza after crashes knock out several big names

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Jasper Stuyven was the fastest man in a reduced peloton at the end of the Vuelta's crash-marred stage 8. Photo: JOSE JORDAN / AFP

Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) sprinted to his first ever WorldTour win in the Vuelta’s eighth stage Saturday, at the end of a messy day that saw numerous big names hit the deck, including Stuyven himself. The 23-year-old Belgian managed to win the day despite suffering what was later revealed to be a broken left scaphoid bone. Though caught up in one of the day’s crashes, Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) finished in the pack, retaining his race lead.

The 182.5km stage from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia started off with relative calm. After 20km, the peloton allowed the escape of a six-man breakaway group, consisting of Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin), Iljo Keisse (Etixx-Quick-Step), Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar), Tom Van Asbroeck (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matteo Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida), and Ángel Madrazo (Team Colombia). Tinkoff-Saxo and Giant-Alpecin set the pace in the bunch, keeping the break on a short leash.

Then, the calm day turned chaotic as a huge pileup about 50km from the stage finish left several riders injured. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), and Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) were among the most seriously hurt in the crash, with all four abandoning the Vuelta after the incident. Stuyven and race leader Chaves hit the pavement as well, but both were able to catch back onto the peloton.

Not long after, lone morning breakaway survivor Howes crashed into a barrier on a descent, spelling the end of the early break. Movistar’s José Joaquín Rojas went down on the same descent the second time through. Then, in the final few minutes of the stage, as the peloton was closing down a flurry of late attacks, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) appeared to be taken out by a race vehicle just when he seemed poised to contend for the stage victory.

After a number of late moves were reeled in, Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) launched one final attack inside the last 3km of the stage, but a charging pack closed down the attempt to set up a sprint from a reduced field. Stuyven proved fastest in the sprint, with Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural) taking second and Kevin Reza (FDJ) finishing in third.

Top 10, stage 8

  • 1. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, in 4:06:05
  • 2. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :00
  • 3. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at :00
  • 4. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 6. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 7. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 8. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 9. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :00

 

Top 10, GC

  • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – AIS, in 31:12:18
  • 2. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :10
  • 3. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
  • 4. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :49
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
  • 6. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :57
  • 7. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :57
  • 8. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:18
  • 9. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:19
  • 10. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:21



After taking the stage win, Stuyven received medical attention for a wrist injury sustained earlier on in the day in the big pileup. Trek Factory Racing revealed via Twitter that Stuyven had suffered a broken scaphoid, before releasing a statement announcing that Stuyven will not start Sunday’s stage 9.

“I didn’t stay clear of the crashes,” Stuven said. “I was in the big one which Chaves was also in before the first big climb. I hit my wrist pretty bad, but I jumped on the bike again and climbed back.

“I suffered a lot on the first climb and then the second time I knew I had to start at the front so I could drift a little bit back if it was going to be hard.

“In the sprint, I felt, ‘I’ll go at 300 [meters from the finish],’ and it was for me today.”

Chaves finished safely in the bunch to hold onto his overall lead.

“It was truly difficult today,” Chaves said. “You’d think it was a transition stage, but it was very hard, fast, with a lot of crashes. I was caught up in the big crash, but it was a few cuts and scrapes, nothing serious, but I was able to chase back.

“The team carried me to the first climb, and then I was able to follow the rivals. I had some support on the first climb, on the second climb, I was trying to stay calm, and just follow the moves. The important thing was to maintain the lead.”

The Vuelta continues Sunday with a 168.3km stage 8 from Torrevieja to Benitatxell.

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Vuelta crash takes out van Garderen, Martin http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/vuelta-crash-takes-out-van-garderen-martin-boeckmans_383115 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/vuelta-crash-takes-out-van-garderen-martin-boeckmans_383115#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:10:16 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383115

Tejay van Garderen was sitting in 16th place overall at the start of the Vuelta's eighth stage, but he has since abandoned the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

A massive crash in the Vuelta's eighth stage knocks several riders out of the race

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Tejay van Garderen was sitting in 16th place overall at the start of the Vuelta's eighth stage, but he has since abandoned the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

A high-speed crash took several riders out of the Vuelta a España late in Saturday’s eighth stage.

More than two dozen riders crashed about 50km from the stage finish as the peloton powered into the outskirts of Murcia, nearing the first of two trips up the Cat. 3 Cresta del Gallo climb. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), and even eventual stage winner Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) were among those hitting the pavement in the big pileup.

Boeckmans appeared the most seriously injured. According to a team press release, the crash left him with a concussion, severe facial trauma with several fractures, three broken ribs, and bleeding in his lung, forcing him out of the race.

“I was riding just behind him when it happened,” said Lotto-Soudal’s Tosh Van der Sande. “He was drinking when he rode over a hole, tumbled over his handlebar and hit the ground very hard.

Van Garderen suffered a broken shoulder in the the crash, and early reports suggested Dan Martin might have suffered a broken clavicle. Nacer Bouhanni, who had already hit the deck several times in previous stages, was also brought down hard in the pileup. All three riders abandoned the Vuelta.

“We were coming into Murcia. It was a typical crash, everyone’s lined up, we’re entering the city, there are nerves, someone touches wheels, and you fall in a funny way, and race is over,” van Garderen’s BMC Racing teammate Samuel Sánchez said of the incident.

“It was a terrible way to go out for Tejay. We’re suffering in the heat. We have to take it day to day, see if we can move up in the GC, and if not, try to win a stage, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy.”

After falling hard and hurting his wrist, Stuyven managed to catch back on to the peloton and ultimately took the stage win, before further examination revealed that he had suffered a broken scaphoid bone in the crash. Trek Factory Racing announced his withdrawal from the Vuelta following the victory and the subsequent discovery of the full extent of his injury.

Overnight leader Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) was among the many others to also hit the pavement in the pileup, though he quickly regained contact with the main bunch ahead of the two finishing climbs and finished safely within the bunch.

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BMC Racing owners address rumors of sponsorship concern http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/bmc-racing-owners-address-rumors-of-sponsorship-concern_383069 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/bmc-racing-owners-address-rumors-of-sponsorship-concern_383069#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:37:39 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383069

BMC Racing team owners Jim Ochowicz (left) and Andy Rihs at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Neal Rogers.

BMC Racing team owners addressed rumors that the team’s future is uncertain beyond 2016, saying that they are actively building towards

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BMC Racing team owners Jim Ochowicz (left) and Andy Rihs at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Neal Rogers.

BMC Racing team owners Andy Rihs and Jim Ochowicz have addressed rumors that the team’s future is uncertain beyond 2016, saying that they are actively building towards 2017 and 2018.

Amid late-season transfer news and rumors, questions about BMC’s long-term future have arisen, due to the fact that several of the team’s biggest signings for 2016, including Richie Porte and Samuel Sanchez, are on one-year deals. Likewise, American Tejay van Garderen is on contract only through 2016.

In June, Ochowicz, the team’s general manager, downplayed reports of a possible merger with IAM Cycling in 2017, to form a Swiss-registered WorldTour team, though he acknowledged that he was seeking additional sponsorship.

At the USA Pro Challenge last week, Ochowicz would not comment on any rider contracts beyond 2016 but insisted that the team is “full speed ahead,” and that he is currently planning well beyond next season.

“Half of the stuff I read doesn’t even come close to the truth,” Ochowicz said. “People are speculating. We’re not uncertain about anything. We’re planning, and building, the team, for the future. I’ve got riders, and staff, we’re thinking far ahead in our planning. My job is to plan ahead. The strategy within the team is going that direction. I can’t predict when it’s going to stop, but we’re full steam ahead right now… my head is already in 2017, 2018.”

Rihs and Ochowicz are co-owners of Continuum Sports, which holds the UCI license for the WorldTour team based in Santa Rosa, California. Rihs is also the owner of BMC Switzerland, the team’s bike partner and long-term title sponsor.

Rihs, who is Swiss, made his money with Phonak Hearing Systems and sponsored a team under the Phonak brand from 2000 through 2006. He ended that association after Phonak rider Floyd Landis won the Tour de France but was stripped of the title. The following year the BMC program began in California as a Continental team managed by Gavin Chilcott. The team made the jump to Pro Continental in 2009 and to the ProTeam level in 2011. The team won that year’s Tour de France with Cadel Evans.

At the USA Pro Challenge, Rihs confirmed that the team is looking for additional sponsors but that BMC will “always come first. It’s not a question of the team, it’s a question of sponsorship only,” Rihs said. “The team will probably continue as long as BMC exists, but we are looking for additional sponsors. But BMC will always be first. Then, if Apple wants to come on, okay, we’ll be BMC-Apple. We can live with that.”

F0r his part, Ochowicz says he is open to all options, including that of the title sponsor position.

“We live on sponsorship dollars,” he said. “We don’t have a ticket gate to sell, and we don’t have TV rights to share. The only money we get is sponsorship dollars. So, of course we’re always looking for more money. I can’t predict whether BMC will always be the title sponsor, we may find someone that wants to take over the team — maybe, maybe not — but BMC will always be a bike partner, for sure.”

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Breakaway artist Lindeman wins Vuelta stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/breakaway-artist-lindeman-wins-vuelta-stage-7_383063 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/breakaway-artist-lindeman-wins-vuelta-stage-7_383063#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:14:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383063

Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) got in the break on stage 7 and it paid off in spades. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Bert-Jan Lindeman claims LottoNL-Jumbo's first grand tour stage of the season with a bold breakaway and strong climbing chops.

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Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) got in the break on stage 7 and it paid off in spades. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Bert-Jan Lindeman has been a fixture in the Vuelta a España breakaways, and in his third day off the front, he delivered a huge stage win for LottoNL-Jumbo on Friday. The Dutchman attacked within the final kilometer of stage 7, on the steep Alto de Capeliera climb. His final remaining breakaway companion, Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) could not respond. It was LottoNL’s first grand tour stage win of the season.

“It’s a surprise because it’s uphill, with the GC guys, and [Amets] Txurruka looked strong,” said Lindeman. “The team had bad luck this spring, but every race is important, and now we have the win. It’s a big win for me.”

Top 10, stage 7

  • 1. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, in 5:10:24
  • 2. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :09
  • 3. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 4. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :34
  • 5. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :36
  • 6. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, at :36
  • 7. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 8. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 9. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :36
  • 10. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
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    Top-10 overall

    • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, in 27:06:13
    • 2. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :10
    • 3. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :33
    • 4. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
    • 5. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :49
    • 6. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
    • 7. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :57
    • 8. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :57
    • 9. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:18
    • 10. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:19
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      Koshevoy, Lindeman, and Jérôme Cousin (Europcar) were the last of the five breakaway riders. They made it to the final few kilometers with enough daylight to keep the peloton away, a first for this year’s Vuelta.

      Behind, GC favorite and Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) was dropped inside of two kilometers to go.

      Fabio Aru (Astana) attacked as soon as he could tell Froome was on the ropes and quickly got a gap, just before the final kilometer of racing. However, it was too late for him to vie for the stage win.

      Cousin was dropped with 500 meters to go as the narrow road kicked up. Koshevoy led out the final pitch of climbing. Lindeman jumped with 300 meters left and went clear, winning convincingly ahead of Koshevoy.

      Aru came home third, best of the GC riders at the end of the 191.1km day. Froome lost considerable time on the final climb, leading home a small group, which was nearly 30 seconds adrift of the main GC group, which included Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), and race leader Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge).

      On Saturday, a 182.5km stage from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia could favor the opportunists, with two category 3 climbs in the final 40 kilometers and a flat finish.

      Stage 7 results

      • 1. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, in 5:10:24
      • 2. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :09
      • 3. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
      • 4. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at :34
      • 5. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :36
      • 6. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, at :36
      • 7. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
      • 8. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
      • 9. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :36
      • 10. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
      • 11. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :36
      • 12. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :36
      • 13. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :36
      • 14. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :36
      • 15. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :45
      • 16. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at :51
      • 17. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 1:03
      • 18. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:03
      • 19. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:03
      • 20. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:03
      • 21. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:03
      • 22. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:03
      • 23. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:09
      • 24. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:09
      • 25. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:18
      • 26. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:21
      • 27. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:21
      • 28. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:25
      • 29. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:31
      • 30. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 1:33
      • 31. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:33
      • 32. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:33
      • 33. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 1:33
      • 34. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 1:33
      • 35. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:39
      • 36. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:39
      • 37. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:48
      • 38. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:00
      • 39. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:00
      • 40. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 2:15
      • 41. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:43
      • 42. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:06
      • 43. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:40
      • 44. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 3:40
      • 45. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 4:02
      • 46. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:20
      • 47. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 4:46
      • 48. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 5:06
      • 49. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 5:14
      • 50. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 5:40
      • 51. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 6:16
      • 52. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 6:36
      • 53. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:30
      • 54. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 7:30
      • 55. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:50
      • 56. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:20
      • 57. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 9:21
      • 58. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:21
      • 59. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 10:51
      • 60. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 10:51
      • 61. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:23
      • 62. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 11:23
      • 63. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 11:23
      • 64. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 11:23
      • 65. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 11:23
      • 66. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 11:23
      • 67. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 11:23
      • 68. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 11:23
      • 69. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 11:23
      • 70. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:23
      • 71. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 11:23
      • 72. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:23
      • 73. Cameron MEYER, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 11:23
      • 74. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 11:23
      • 75. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 11:54
      • 76. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 12:13
      • 77. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 14:36
      • 78. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 15:51
      • 79. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 15:51
      • 80. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 15:51
      • 81. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 15:51
      • 82. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 15:51
      • 83. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 15:51
      • 84. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 15:51
      • 85. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 15:51
      • 86. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 15:51
      • 87. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:40
      • 88. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 16:40
      • 89. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:45
      • 90. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 16:45
      • 91. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 16:45
      • 92. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 16:45
      • 93. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 16:45
      • 94. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 16:45
      • 95. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 16:45
      • 96. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 16:45
      • 97. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 16:45
      • 98. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 16:45
      • 99. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 16:45
      • 100. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 16:45
      • 101. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 16:49
      • 102. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 17:52
      • 103. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 18:02
      • 104. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 19:26
      • 105. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:39
      • 106. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 21:39
      • 107. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 21:39
      • 108. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 21:39
      • 109. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 21:39
      • 110. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 111. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 23:05
      • 112. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 113. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 23:05
      • 114. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:05
      • 115. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:05
      • 116. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 23:05
      • 117. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 23:05
      • 118. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 23:05
      • 119. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 23:05
      • 120. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 23:05
      • 121. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 23:05
      • 122. Thomas DEGAND, IAM CYCLING, at 23:05
      • 123. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 124. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 23:05
      • 125. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 126. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 23:05
      • 127. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at 23:05
      • 128. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 23:05
      • 129. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 23:05
      • 130. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 23:05
      • 131. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 132. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 133. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 23:05
      • 134. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 23:05
      • 135. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 23:05
      • 136. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:05
      • 137. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:05
      • 138. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 23:05
      • 139. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 140. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 23:05
      • 141. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 142. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 23:05
      • 143. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 23:05
      • 144. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:05
      • 145. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 146. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 23:05
      • 147. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 23:05
      • 148. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 23:05
      • 149. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 150. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 23:05
      • 151. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:05
      • 152. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 153. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 154. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 23:05
      • 155. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:05
      • 156. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 23:05
      • 157. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 23:05
      • 158. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 23:05
      • 159. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 160. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 23:05
      • 161. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 162. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 23:05
      • 163. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 164. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 23:05
      • 165. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 23:05
      • 166. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:05
      • 167. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 168. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 23:05
      • 169. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 170. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 23:05
      • 171. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 23:05
      • 172. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 23:05
      • 173. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 23:05
      • 174. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 23:05
      • 175. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:37
      • 176. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 23:44
      • 177. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:44
      • 178. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 23:44
      • 179. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 23:44
      • 180. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 23:44
      • 181. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 23:44
      • 182. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 23:51
      • 183. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 23:51
      • 184. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 23:54
      • 185. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 24:08
      • 186. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 24:08
      • 187. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 24:08
      • 188. Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 28:03
      • 189. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 29:06


      General classification

      • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, in 27:06:13
      • 2. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :10
      • 3. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :33
      • 4. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
      • 5. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :49
      • 6. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
      • 7. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :57
      • 8. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :57
      • 9. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:18
      • 10. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:19
      • 11. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:21
      • 12. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 1:22
      • 13. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:29
      • 14. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:39
      • 15. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:51
      • 16. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:05
      • 17. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 2:24
      • 18. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:25
      • 19. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:50
      • 20. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:51
      • 21. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 2:55
      • 22. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:01
      • 23. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:10
      • 24. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:25
      • 25. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:54
      • 26. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 3:55
      • 27. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:10
      • 28. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, COLOMBIA, at 4:40
      • 29. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 4:57
      • 30. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:16
      • 31. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 5:27
      • 32. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 6:26
      • 33. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 6:59
      • 34. David ARROYO DURAN, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 7:38
      • 35. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 8:31
      • 36. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 9:37
      • 37. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 11:59
      • 38. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA, at 12:51
      • 39. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 14:02
      • 40. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 15:07
      • 41. Ricardo VILELA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 15:20
      • 42. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 15:59
      • 43. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 16:40
      • 44. Jerome COPPEL, IAM CYCLING, at 16:47
      • 45. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:32
      • 46. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 18:32
      • 47. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 18:36
      • 48. Pierre ROLLAND, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 18:39
      • 49. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 18:57
      • 50. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 20:18
      • 51. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 20:36
      • 52. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 20:39
      • 53. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 21:08
      • 54. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 22:00
      • 55. Andrew TALANSKY, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 22:25
      • 56. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 22:36
      • 57. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 23:44
      • 58. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, COLOMBIA, at 24:28
      • 59. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 24:59
      • 60. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 25:53
      • 61. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 26:07
      • 62. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, at 26:46
      • 63. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 26:48
      • 64. Angel MADRAZO RUIZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 27:30
      • 65. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 27:32
      • 66. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 27:49
      • 67. Marcel AREGGER, IAM CYCLING, at 28:42
      • 68. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 28:53
      • 69. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 29:01
      • 70. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 29:42
      • 71. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 29:44
      • 72. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 29:45
      • 73. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 30:31
      • 74. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 30:49
      • 75. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 31:05
      • 76. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 31:44
      • 77. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, at 31:58
      • 78. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 32:25
      • 79. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 32:46
      • 80. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 32:46
      • 81. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 32:51
      • 82. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at 33:04
      • 83. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, COLOMBIA, at 33:12
      • 84. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 33:30
      • 85. Cameron MEYER, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 34:03
      • 86. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, at 34:17
      • 87. Thomas DEGAND, IAM CYCLING, at 34:18
      • 88. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 34:37
      • 89. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 34:46
      • 90. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 35:30
      • 91. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 35:56
      • 92. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 36:12
      • 93. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 36:21
      • 94. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 36:25
      • 95. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 36:44
      • 96. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at 36:58
      • 97. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 38:14
      • 98. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 38:38
      • 99. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 39:14
      • 100. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 39:33
      • 101. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 40:32
      • 102. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 41:19
      • 103. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 41:21
      • 104. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 41:25
      • 105. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 41:37
      • 106. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 41:54
      • 107. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 43:02
      • 108. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 43:13
      • 109. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 44:00
      • 110. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 44:17
      • 111. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 44:21
      • 112. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 44:38
      • 113. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 44:48
      • 114. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 45:11
      • 115. Martin VELITS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 45:14
      • 116. Javier MORENO BAZAN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 45:35
      • 117. Stephen CUMMINGS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 45:36
      • 118. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 46:22
      • 119. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 46:38
      • 120. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 46:41
      • 121. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 46:47
      • 122. Jaco VENTER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 47:14
      • 123. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 48:25
      • 124. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 48:28
      • 125. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 48:30
      • 126. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 48:58
      • 127. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 49:00
      • 128. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 49:44
      • 129. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 49:46
      • 130. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 49:57
      • 131. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 50:32
      • 132. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 50:36
      • 133. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 50:47
      • 134. Alessandro VANOTTI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 51:35
      • 135. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 51:38
      • 136. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 51:51
      • 137. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 52:05
      • 138. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at 52:19
      • 139. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 52:40
      • 140. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 53:36
      • 141. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 54:28
      • 142. Luis MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 54:30
      • 143. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 54:36
      • 144. Tony HUREL, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 54:43
      • 145. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 55:06
      • 146. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 55:32
      • 147. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 56:05
      • 148. Ramirez chacon BRAYAN STIVEN, COLOMBIA, at 56:26
      • 149. Simon PELLAUD, IAM CYCLING, at 56:50
      • 150. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 57:05
      • 151. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 57:14
      • 152. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 57:35
      • 153. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 57:42
      • 154. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 58:09
      • 155. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 58:20
      • 156. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 58:39
      • 157. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 59:09
      • 158. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 59:12
      • 159. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 59:24
      • 160. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:00:23
      • 161. Dominique ROLLIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:02:00
      • 162. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:02:22
      • 163. Thierry HUPOND, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:02:42
      • 164. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:03:14
      • 165. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 1:03:14
      • 166. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 1:03:25
      • 167. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:03:44
      • 168. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:03:44
      • 169. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:04:32
      • 170. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:04:38
      • 171. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:05:41
      • 172. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:07:15
      • 173. Yohan BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:07:20
      • 174. Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 1:08:37
      • 175. Danny VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:08:42
      • 176. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 1:10:00
      • 177. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEdge, at 1:10:00
      • 178. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 1:10:01
      • 179. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, TEAM EUROPCAR, at 1:11:26
      • 180. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:12:24
      • 181. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:12:37
      • 182. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:16:05
      • 183. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:17:46
      • 184. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 1:19:00
      • 185. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:20:27
      • 186. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:22:00
      • 187. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:25:00
      • 188. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:25:54
      • 189. Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27:57


      Points classification

      • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, 66 points
      • 2. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF – SAXO, 61 points
      • 3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, 56 points
      • 4. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 42 points
      • 5. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 42 points
      • 6. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 39 points
      • 7. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, 37 points
      • 8. John DEGENKOLB, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 36 points
      • 9. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, 32 points
      • 10. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, 31 points
      • 11. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 29 points
      • 12. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, 28 points
      • 13. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, 28 points
      • 14. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 27 points
      • 15. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – GreenEdge, 25 points
      • 16. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, 23 points
      • 17. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 20 points
      • 17. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, 20 points
      • 17. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 20 points
      • 20. José GONÇALVES, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 16 points
      • 21. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 16 points
      • 22. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, 16 points
      • 23. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 14 points
      • 24. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 12 points
      • 24. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, 12 points
      • 26. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 11 points
      • 26. Nikolas MAES, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 11 points
      • 26. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 11 points
      • 29. Louis MEINTJES, MTN – QHUBEKA, 9 points
      • 30. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA – GreenEdge, 9 points
      • 30. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 9 points
      • 32. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 8 points
      • 33. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK FACTORY RACING, 8 points
      • 34. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, 7 points
      • 35. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, 7 points
      • 36. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, 6 points
      • 37. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, 5 points
      • 38. Romain HARDY, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 5 points
      • 39. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 4 points
      • 39. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, 4 points
      • 39. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, 4 points
      • 42. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 3 points
      • 42. Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, 3 points
      • 42. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 3 points
      • 42. Romain SICARD, TEAM EUROPCAR, 3 points
      • 46. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, 2 points
      • 47. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 2 points
      • 47. Niki TERPSTRA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 2 points
      • 47. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, COLOMBIA, 2 points
      • 47. Antoine DUCHESNE, TEAM EUROPCAR, 2 points
      • 47. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 2 points
      • 52. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK FACTORY RACING, 1 point
      • 52. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 1 point
      • 54. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, COLOMBIA, 1 point
      • 55. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 point
      • 55. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 1 point


      Mountains classification

      • 1. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 13 points
      • 2. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 13 points
      • 3. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, 7 points
      • 4. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 7 points
      • 4. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, 7 points
      • 6. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, 6 points
      • 7. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 4 points
      • 8. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, 4 points
      • 9. Amets TXURRUKA, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, 3 points
      • 9. Cyril GAUTIER, TEAM EUROPCAR, 3 points
      • 11. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 3 points
      • 12. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 2 points
      • 13. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 2 points
      • 13. Jerome COUSIN, TEAM EUROPCAR, 2 points
      • 13. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, COLOMBIA, 2 points
      • 16. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 1 point
      • 17. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, 1 point
      • 18. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 point
      • 18. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 1 point


      Teams classification

      • 1. Team Sky, in 81:31:23
      • 2. Movistar Team, at 3:59
      • 3. Astana Pro Team, at 4:04
      • 4. Team Europcar, at 9:25
      • 5. Etixx – Quick Step, at 9:39
      • 6. Team Katusha, at 11:30
      • 7. Team Cannondale – Garmin, at 11:58
      • 8. Caja Rural-Seguros Rga, at 13:23
      • 9. Lotto Soudal, at 14:23
      • 10. Trek Factory Racing, at 14:37
      • 11. Cofidis, Solutions Credits, at 17:15
      • 12. Bmc Racing Team, at 17:18
      • 13. Colombia, at 22:27
      • 14. Tinkoff – Saxo, at 23:29
      • 15. Lampre – Merida, at 33:16
      • 16. Team Giant – Alpecin, at 37:39
      • 17. Ag2R La Mondiale, at 43:57
      • 18. Iam Cycling, at 46:19
      • 19. Mtn – Qhubeka, at 50:03
      • 20. Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, at 55:46
      • 21. Orica – GreenEdge, at 1:00:31
      • 22. Fdj, at 1:06:36

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      Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and most of the other GC favorites are still in the hunt at the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      The Vuelta is still very much anyone's race after the first major mountain stage, something that was not the case in the Tour this summer.

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      Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and most of the other GC favorites are still in the hunt at the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      What a difference a month makes. Rewind to the first mountain stage of the 2015 Tour de France, and Chris Froome (Sky) blew the wheels off everyone to take control of the yellow jersey in the Pyrénées.

      Some expected that story to repeat itself in Friday’s seventh stage, a week into the Vuelta a España, but this time, it was Froome who taking the lumps, crossing the line 17th at 1:03 behind breakaway winner Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), some 27 seconds behind the main GC favorites.

      A week into the Vuelta, and it’s obvious that it’s very open. No singular rider or team has had the chance to dominate the race so far. With another mountaintop finish in store Sunday, that could quickly change if someone in the still tightly packed top-10 surges clear. Up to now, however, the Vuelta remains anyone’s race.

      Friday’s uphill finale deep in the heart of the sun-baked Sierra Nevada served to reconfirm that the Vuelta is very hard to predict. Here are five things we’ve learned up the grinding climb to Capiliera in stage 8:

      1. Froome is human
      Froome proved he’s human during the first week of the Spanish grand tour, unable to repeat the searing performances that delivered his second yellow jersey in July.

      One of the scrappiest riders in the bunch, Froome finally came unglued with about 2km to go when Fabio Aru (Astana) pounced after solid work from Astana and Movistar to soften up the bunch on the grinding, 18km climb.

      Froome countered in the final kilometer to limit his losses to 27 seconds to his main rivals, but it’s clear he’s not the same rider he was in July.

      “I didn’t see if Froome was going well or not, because I didn’t see him once during the entire climb. We were always at the front,” Valverde said. “It’s good to take those seconds, but there is still a lot ahead of us in this Vuelta.”

      If this were the highly controlled Tour, it might be game over for a rider losing that much time. But this is the Vuelta, and anything is possible.

      Last year, Froome never threw in the towel, and took Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) all the way to the final mountain stage to finish second overall. The long time trial in stage 17 is also in Froome’s corner, but it wasn’t lost on anyone that Sky allowed Nicolas Roche to defend his GC position when Froome was struggling at the back.

      Froome’s quest to become the first rider to win the Tour and Vuelta in succession took a blow Friday, but there is still a lot of racing ahead. Froome will go down swinging no matter what happens.

      2. Chaves standing tall
      More than a few expected Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) to melt under the pressure from the big teams. Though he was isolated for most of the climb, the plucky Colombian safely finished with the favorites to defend the red leader’s jersey.

      “Every day in the leader’s jersey is an honor,” Chaves said. “The legs felt good in the 40- to 45-minute climb. I will just take it day to day, and work to keep the jersey as long as I can.”

      Chaves is 10 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), another rider who continues to surprise on the climbs, but has even more time on other important rivals. Already a winner of two stages, Chaves’ consistency so far hasn’t been lost on his rivals.

      “Chaves is a serious rival,” Valverde said. “He’s clearly the strongest rider in the first week. We’ll have to keep an eye on him, and not let him take more time, because it can be complicated to take it back.”

      3. Aru makes his intentions clear
      Astana’s first week was undercut by the controversial expulsion of Vincenzo Nibali, who took an illegal tow on a team car in stage 2.

      Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa came as additional cards to play, but it’s quickly becoming obvious that Aru is the man for the Kazakh crew.

      After a sluggish start, faltering in explosive finales in stage 2 and stage 6, Aru came to life Friday, and darted away with just under 2km to go. Aru took back some valuable seconds on his rivals, punched into ninth at 57 seconds back, and put everyone on alert that he’s racing to win.

      “After what he did at the Giro, it’s obvious he’s the leader,” Landa said. “My legs were complaining today. It was hard with the heat and the tempo the team was setting, and in the end, Aru could take some seconds. With Aru today, we took one step forward.”

      4. Tour riders looking weary
      Perhaps it’s no surprise that the punchiest riders so far didn’t race the Tour. Chaves and Aru both raced the Giro d’Italia, while Dumoulin crashed out after three stages, giving them fresher legs against the wearier pack pedaling out of the Tour.

      Third place through seventh, from Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) at 33 seconds back, to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at 57 seconds back, are knotted up within 25 seconds, and all raced the Tour. Though Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) did manage to win stage 4, none of them have looked particularly sparkling.

      Quintana admitted he hasn’t been at his best in the opening week.

      “Overall, I’ve been content with the opening days. They were not stages ideal for me, but I’ve defended well,” Quintana said. “I hope to keep at my level going forward.”

      Valverde expressed relief to have survived the heat and first major mountaintop with GC options fully intact.

      “The first major climb is always hard, and on top of that, it was very hot as well,” Valverde said. “Luckily, we responded well, and we’re still in good position. Both Nairo and I are in good position, and we’ll try to take advantage in the next occasions.”

      5. Heat taking its toll
      “The heat is horrible,” grumbled Joaquin Rodríguez (Katusha).

      Temperatures have been pushing into the high 90s and low 100s all week, and they’re leaving the peloton feeling sluggish at best.

      “I don’t like this heat,” said Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won stage 3. “It’s ridiculous to race in these temperatures.”

      “The heat is taking its toll,” Landa said. “Where I live, we have 15C, and then you come down here, and it’s suddenly 35C-40C. It takes it out of you.”

      Teams are burning through water bottles, up to 100 a day, and more heat is in store for Saturday’s stage in Murcia, one of Spain’s hottest regions.

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      Dan Martin to join Etixx-Quick-Step in 2016 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/dan-martin-to-join-etixx-quick-step-in-2016_383049 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/dan-martin-to-join-etixx-quick-step-in-2016_383049#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:58:25 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383049

      Dan Martin will hop over to the Etixx-Quick-Step squad for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      The Irishman has ridden for the Slipstream franchise since he began his professional career in 2008.

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      Dan Martin will hop over to the Etixx-Quick-Step squad for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      Dan Martin has signed a two-year contract with Etixx-Quick-Step that will begin next season, it was announced Friday.

      Martin, who has ridden professionally for the Slipstream franchise since he began his career in 2008, specializes in both one-day and stage races.

      The 29-year-old’s Martin’s best grand tour result is a seventh place in the 2014 Vuelta a Espana. As of Friday morning, Martin was third in the current Vuelta.

      “The arrival of Dan Martin is an important moment for the team,” Etixx-Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere said. “He’s a guy who was able in the past to win one-day races, but also stage races. He has also been a GC contender at grand tours during his career. He is now 29 years old, so he is at the peak of his career. He had an unlucky 2015 early season, but it is clear in his most recent performances, even at La Vuelta, that he has a lot of spirit.

      “For the team this is also a key addition because Martin can be a presence in the Ardennes Classics, alongside young French rider Julian Alaphilippe. His contributions can be two-fold for Julian. Julian can learn a lot from a seasoned veteran like him. At the same time, Martin is a guy who has proven he can win at the Ardennes. So the peloton respects his presence as a contender, and this alleviates some pressure for Julian. This can be a bit of an Ardennes ‘dynamic duo.’ Martin is a complete rider who is able to perform well in stage races, one-day-races, and grand tours, and we are excited to see what he can do with an Etixx – Quick-Step jersey on his back for the next two years.”

      Martin, who won the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the 2014 Giro di Lombardia, said he’d like to take his career to the “next step.”

      “I’m really excited to join the team, which has been a point of reference in cycling for years,” Martin said. “I hope to be able to take the next step in my career with Etixx-Quick-Step. I would like to improve even more and establish consistency with my performances. I think I am entering an important moment of my career at my age. I feel I am stronger than ever, mentally and physically. Of course my season will be built around the Ardennes Classics, where I can join forces with Alaphilippe. I hope to teach him some things and help him to evolve as a rider, while playing protagonist when I have the opportunity.

      “I also would like to do well in the stage races, and maybe try again once in a grand tour for a good classification. I think I have potential to be a factor in the grand tours, whether it be stage hunting or in the overall classification. I am motivated to add to my top career performances, while proudly wearing the team colors of Etixx-Quick-Step for the next two years.”

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      Vuelta podium in Dan Martin’s reach, if that’s his goal http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/vuelta-podium-in-dan-martins-reach-if-thats-his-goal_383041 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/vuelta-podium-in-dan-martins-reach-if-thats-his-goal_383041#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:59:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383041

      Dan Martin was 33 seconds out of first place entering Friday's Vuelta stage 7. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      The Cannondale-Garmin rider says he's not entirely sure of his goals at the Spanish grand tour, whether it's stage wins or the overall.

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      Dan Martin was 33 seconds out of first place entering Friday's Vuelta stage 7. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      SEVILLE, Spain (VN) — Dan Martin warmed down outside the Cannondale-Garmin bus following the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España not knowing what is next. The overall or stage wins, or both?

      Martin already finished seventh overall in the Vuelta a España last year and won a stage in 2011. He also won a stage in the 2013 Tour de France. Riding among the top 3, though, remains unchartered territory.

      “What am I doing here? I’m on holiday!” Martin said with a laugh, sweat rolling down his face after the stage in 100-degree heat.

      “I don’t really know right now. My form’s excellent, I feel good on my bike, but this late in the season after the Tour … There’s always a risk the wheels are going to fall off, especially how hard the second week is in the Vuelta.”

      Martin finished stage 5 in fourth place at 25 seconds behind leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). On Thursday, he lost eight seconds but ended the day third overall, 33 ticks behind leader Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge).

      The Vuelta has its first high-mountain finish Friday, with La Alpujarra at 1,565 meters above sea level. The second week features more of the same. The third week, before the race closes in Madrid on September 13, includes a 40-kilometer time trial in Burgos.

      “All we need is one bad day here and we can lose 10 minutes,” Martin said while still spinning. “We are going to give it everything every day and see how long we can hold on to the top five.”

      The green and black Cannondale team also began the Vuelta with Andrew Talansky as co-leader, but he lost a significant amount of time this week and was 16:25 back entering stage 7.

      The Irishman born in England believes Talansky is “struggling a bit,” but that he could return strongly. If he does not, Martin explained that Talansky will help him for the overall.

      “We didn’t race since the Tour [de France] so these first few days are hard, getting the speed in my legs again,” added Martin. “It was a shock, but every day is getting better.”

      Martin, however, has yet to clarify his goals.

      “I just need to get through a grand tour without a setback. I seem to have a way of compromising myself at some point,” he said.

      “I never got through a whole grand tour without one setback. Even last year, I crashed and badly hurt my leg, and was on mega-strong antibiotics to prevent a bone infection. That’s why my performance went down.

      “At the Tour, I seem to get sick every year in July. I’d love to get through a grand tour in good form. Maybe this is my year. I’ve always been knocking on the door.”

      Martin has a better one-day record, with two monument wins in Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2013) and the Giro di Lombardia (2014). It was announced Friday that he’ll ride for Etixx-Quick-Step starting next season, with a focus on everything from the Ardennes classics to stage races and grand tours.

      For now, Martin has to focus on the Vuelta. With a laugh, he said, “You made me warm down for more than I wanted!”

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      Trek Factory Racing signs Stetina http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/trek-factory-racing-signs-stetina_383032 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/trek-factory-racing-signs-stetina_383032#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:28:16 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383032

      Peter Stetina (BMC) surprised even himself by finishing a very tough Tour of Utah, exceeding expectations of possibly lasting four stages. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

      After a fast recovery from injury, Peter Stetina leaves BMC Racing after two years to join another American outfit, Trek Factory Racing.

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      Peter Stetina (BMC) surprised even himself by finishing a very tough Tour of Utah, exceeding expectations of possibly lasting four stages. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

      After a long recover from a traumatic injury this spring, Peter Stetina is on the mend, and he’s capped off two successful weeks of racing in Utah and Colorado by signing with Trek Factory Racing for 2016.

      The 28-year-old American joins the team to support the squad’s stage race leaders, such as newly signed Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, who he raced with during his stint on the Garmin team. Stetina will also focus on the week-long races in North America, such as the Amgen Tour of California.

      “I’m stoked about this,” said Stetina. “It’s a good move for me, I think. Because of my injury, my position on the transfer market was a bit different. Teams don’t want ‘damaged goods,’ you know. But Luca [Guercilena] has been in close contact with me all along the recovery. He was very supportive.”

      Stetina fractured his right tibia, patella, and five ribs in a crash at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April. He made one of the fastest recoveries on record to come back at the Tour of Utah and went on to support his BMC team’s overall success at the USA Pro Challenge last week.

      “Peter has been through a rough time these past months,” Guercilena said. “We want to give him the opportunity to come back to the highest level of racing and show his capacity. We want to support him to reach his best possible level.”

      Though Stetina didn’t light up the Tour of Utah or the USA Pro Challenge, he exceeded expectations in the two climbing-heavy American stage races. “I started the Tour of Utah on just three weeks of training,” he said. “The suffering on the bike didn’t hurt so much, and I finished with some really good sensations. A lot of people are asking me if I think I can come back to my old level. I believe I can, and TFR is the right program to make the next step towards a full recovery.”

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      Rules stop Nibali from racing until Vuelta’s over http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/rules-stop-nibali-from-racing-until-vueltas-over_383021 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/rules-stop-nibali-from-racing-until-vueltas-over_383021#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:21:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=383021

      Vincenzo Nibali has to stay on the sidelines until the Vuelta ends. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      UCI rules prevent Vincenzo Nibali, who was ejected from the Vuelta for an illegal tow, from racing until the Spanish grand tour is over.

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      Vincenzo Nibali has to stay on the sidelines until the Vuelta ends. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      The Vuelta a España might be over for Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), but the troubled Italian won’t be able to race again until the race is over.

      UCI officials confirmed that Nibali, who was ejected from the Vuelta for taking an illegal tow after crashing in stage 2, will not be able to resume racing until the conclusion of the Spanish grand tour on September 13.

      “Pursuant to article 12.1.023 of the UCI Regulations, Vincenzo Nibali is not allowed to return to racing during the Vuelta a España,” the UCI wrote in an e-mail. “However, he can return anytime after the event.”

      The rule states that any rider eliminated from a stage race cannot compete “in any other competition for the duration of the race for which he was penalized.” If a rider does race, he faces an additional 15-day ban and fines up to 1,000 Swiss francs.

      That rule means Nibali will remain on the sidelines into mid-September, dashing his hopes of putting some more racing miles into his legs before late-season goals at the Giro di Lombardia or the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, set for September 20-27.

      Nibali had considered competing in such races as GP Fourmies on September 6 and the pair of one-day UCI WorldTour events in Canada on September 11 and 13. Nibali would be free to race in the world championships, but that is up to Italian national coach Davide Cassani.

      In light of the rules, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Nibali will return to competition for Coppa Agostoni on September 16 and Coppa Bernocchi on September 17.

      Riders have been known to pull out of stage races before it’s over and start another event, but that is done with the mutual agreement between race organizers and the UCI. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick-Step), for example, exited the Giro d’Italia after two weeks and raced the Baloise Belgium Tour in late May.

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      BMC, Jamis directors address tensions from USA Pro Challenge http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/bmc-jamis-directors-address-tensions-from-usa-pro-challenge_382931 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/bmc-jamis-directors-address-tensions-from-usa-pro-challenge_382931#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:07:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382931

      Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) helped BMC Racing chase down the break on Independence Pass during the early part of stage 4, from Aspen to Breckenridge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

      In pro cycling, there are at least two sides to every story, with unwritten rules interpreted differently by varying parties.

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      Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) helped BMC Racing chase down the break on Independence Pass during the early part of stage 4, from Aspen to Breckenridge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

      BMC Racing steamrolled the competition at the USA Pro Challenge last week, winning four of seven stages, with three different riders, and taking first and second on the general classification. Behind the scenes, however, domestic riders complained of the team’s strong-arm tactics in the peloton.

      Previously documented, both here on VeloNews and in a column by Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Phil Gaimon on Cyclingnews.com, tensions were high between visiting UCI WorldTeams and the domestic teams that race in North America all season long.

      Some references to the tensions within the bunch were purposefully opaque. Robbie Squire of Hincapie Racing sat third overall after four stages, and complained that those “riding at the front” had hassled him. When pressed, he said he preferred not to name specific riders or teams. However BMC led the race, riding at the front, from stages 2 through 7.

      “People like to ask me what I’m doing, riding at the front, that sort of stuff, ‘show some respect’ … on the climb, at the base of the climb, people don’t like to give us wheels,” Squire said. “But hey, do what you want? We’re here to race bikes.”

      After four stages, Squire’s teammate Robin Carpenter had a similar complaint. Without naming any riders or teams, he tweeted:

      Not everything was vague, however. There was video footage of Trek Factory Racing’s Laurent Didier, wearing the orange jersey of most aggressive rider, purposefully blocking Daniel Jaramillo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) from passing on Independence Pass, forcing the Colombian off the road, which resulted in a crash.

      The following day, Trek’s press officer Tim Vanderjeugd told VeloNews Didier would apologize: “He made a wrong decision and there’s no excuse. That’s very clear to us. Laurent tells me they spoke during the race already, but maybe both their heart rates were still too high then.”

      Jamis director Sebastian Alexandre confirmed that Didier apologized to Jaramillo during Friday’s stage 5 time trial, in Breckenridge.

      The incident with Didier wasn’t Jaramillo’s only brush with a WorldTour rider on stage 4. Earlier, when he attacked from the peloton on Independence Pass, his move was met with hostility from BMC, resulting in yelling and something being thrown at the Colombian.

      What exactly was thrown was has been debated, with Jaramillo and several of his Jamis teammates telling Alexandre that a water bottle was thrown.

      BMC Racing director Jackson Stewart, who spoke with Alexandre about the incident after stage 4, said that it was only a wrapper from a panini sandwich and that the act of aggression must be understood in the context of when it happened — after, he said, the day’s breakaway had been established and race leader Rohan Dennis had pulled over for a nature break.

      “Supposedly there was a water bottle thrown at a Jamis rider. I hadn’t heard anything about it until Sebastian called me,” Stewart said. “The funny thing is, I saw this whole situation. … I didn’t see anything thrown, because they went around a corner on the climb. I don’t know what kilometer it was, but it seemed like we’d controlled, maybe 15km up this climb. Maybe 10km. The break was gone. It was five, seven guys. I don’t know if [the breakaway] was together yet, or whatever.

      “Watching the race, it seemed like things were established, and it was a good, acceptable time to call the truce and do the piss break,” Stewart continued. “And of course, it’s to the yellow jersey’s advantage to do a piss break on the climb, or any time, really. And I see this left-side attack. I could tell it was a Jamis rider, but I didn’t see the number. And I see Brent [Bookwalter] and [Michael] Schar sprint after it, and then they went around the bend. I was certain there were words exchanged. I’m not sure how anyone would think otherwise. I didn’t know anything was thrown. … It’s one thing to be a bully, and trust me, anyone that races bikes knows that stuff goes on … but they accuse us of throwing a water bottle, and I have two guys telling me it was the paper from the Panini that Rohan was eating when they called the piss stop. So it was a Panini, it bounces off your back. I’m assuming. I didn’t see it. There’s no video or anything. But I talked to my guys, and I believe them.”

      Stewart said that the aggression was because Jaramillo broke an unwritten rule in cycling that no riders will attack the race leader during a nature break — a tactic often employed by the race leader to ensure a suitable breakaway is given sufficient leash to go clear.

      “Sebastian called me, and said, ‘Look, we’re a small team, we need some respect. This is unacceptable.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, of course, if Rohan did this, I’ll talk to him, it’s not acceptable,” Stewart said. “But you also have to understand, if you attack our guys, with the yellow jersey’s foot out, pissing, you’re going to make someone angry. If you had the jersey, it’d be the same.’ Those are just little rules that we follow…. It’s not a bullying thing, it’s a respect thing. Those guys are totally right, we don’t need to be throwing anything at them, or bullying anyone. But it’s also a respect thing, you know?”

      When asked to address an incident that took place two weeks earlier on stage 6 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, when BMC’s Joey Rosskopf attacked from the peloton after race leader Mike Woods (Optum) had called a nature break, Stewart said that situation had been different because the day’s breakaway had not yet been established.

      “[Optum] tried to call it when things were totally out of control,” Stewart said. “So that’s the difference. Joey said the race was still going. And that’s the difference. When you have the yellow jersey, you call it when you’ve demonstrated that the race is under your control. It’s like a truce: ‘Seven guys are there, those are the ones that made it, otherwise we’ll bring it back, and we’ll let this go.’ That’s how it always is. And they tried to use the yellow jersey as a trick. It’s like saying, ‘Guys, I’m taking a piss’ at 1km. It just doesn’t work that way. And it’s not their fault. You try every trick you can. But everyone can see the race, and it was still full gas. They were losing control, they weren’t as strong. And at that point, it’s not an acceptable time to call it.”

      Alexandre’s version of what happened on Independence Pass differs from Stewart’s. According to the Jamis director, the breakaway had not yet been established.

      “The team plan was to try to get Jaramillo into the break,” Alexandre said. “We know he is close on GC. The BMC guys were not confident in letting him get too many minutes. On stage 3 he was in the break, as well and Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing), so that is the why [BMC] needed to ride all day and keep the break close. But Jaramillo was dropped on the climb. So on stage 4, there was an uphill start, we tried to get him to get some KOM points, that was one of the goals for us. BMC didn’t want him in the break. They yelled at him, and actually threw a bottle at him, and to [Jamis rider] Stephen Leece they throw something, we don’t know what it was, but apparently it was food.

      “It’s not something you can tolerate,” Alexandre continued. “We understand when they didn’t want to stop… the break wasn’t established. We know the unwritten rules, but we are here to race. We need to represent our sponsors. BMC is the best team in the race, they are one of the best teams in the world. They don’t need to do that. They don’t need to yell at the rider because he is trying to represent his sponsor and his team. Throwing a bottle or food, that’s not something we need.”

      Later in that stage, after BMC reeled in the breakaway containing Jaramillo and Didier, BMC’s Damiano Caruso went into the daylong breakaway, sitting on his companions before attacking alone. With Cannondale-Garmin driving the chase, Caruso was caught with about 30 kilometers remaining, and Dennis went on to win the stage.

      One domestic team director, who spoke on condition of anonymity, complained that BMC had been “greedy” by having Caruso sit on the breakaway.

      “BMC has got a $30 million budget. They’ve got two stage wins, and first and second on GC, and then Caruso sits on the breakaway for 100 miles before attacking? Couldn’t they have just let the smaller teams fight it out for a stage win?”

      Stewart said if Jaramillo had not attacked on Independence Pass, the initial breakaway would have gone to the line without BMC’s representation.

      “We would have let that break go,” Stewart said. “We tried to, with that pee stop. That pee stop didn’t have Caruso in the breakaway. We would have let that go. It was gone. It was going to the line. It didn’t have anyone under 1:30 down. The guy who attacked us [Jaramillo] was 1:30 down. We didn’t ruin it for anyone. We protected our interest. We were letting the stage go away, and then a GC threat went up the road, and we had to chase it. Trust me, in the meeting, it was like, ‘Guys, let’s give this away.’ We don’t have interest in winning the stage. We have the jersey, let’s take it home. Caruso got into the next move out of defense, so that we wouldn’t have to chase it back. Because it had [Roman] Kreuziger, it had big names, and we had no one really looking to chase. And we had no one helping us, either.”

      In his online column, Gaimon, a rider who has raced on both sides of the WorldTour/Continental divide, addressed both perspectives.

      To the WorldTour riders, Gaimon wrote, “The rider that attacks the pee break is only doing it because he wasn’t strong enough to go when everyone else was attacking. He can’t make it across. He’ll fry in no man’s land for a while and come back before the feed zone, his jersey covered in salt. When he does, you should yell at him. He’s not attacking to disrespect you. He’s doing it so he can keep his job.”

      And to the Continental riders, Gaimon wrote, “You know how you get annoyed when an amateur tries to take your wheel at a local race? To the WorldTour guys, you’re an amateur. If they gave you a chance to make the break, but you’re not fit enough be at the front, that’s your fault. Accept it. Don’t worm your way up when it’s gone… Sometimes, you might have to break the rules. Make sure it’s worth it. And expect to get yelled at.”

      As for Alexandre, he said he’s directed teams in the U.S. for eight years without complaining about interactions with other teams, but felt that BMC’s actions on stage 4 crossed the line.

      “For people who know me, and know our program, we’ve never had any issues, so I just feel like I have to say something,” he said. “I could stay quiet, and just forget it, but I just needed to speak up for my riders. Respect to the others is something that is very important to me, no matter if is the best rider in the race or an amateur. The idea with all this is to stop it from happening in the future. Everyone deserves respect. We got the support of several riders and teams. That was something very nice to my boys, as they didn’t do anything wrong. They were just trying to race. Whether it’s someone throwing a bottle or Panini, it’s the same for me in this case. It’s violence, and we don’t need it in cycling.”

      Stewart said that he believes his riders understand where the line is drawn, and that as a former rider for the third-division Ofoto and Kodakgallery.com-Sierra Nevada teams, he’s cognizant of the struggles small domestic teams face.

      “Yelling at someone is one thing,” he said. “I raced bikes, I got yelled at every friggin’ day. Even assaulted. And assaulted, that’s unacceptable. Throwing, crashing, pushing, that’s unacceptable. But words are just words. Yelling is going to happen, no matter what. These guys, they want to win. And they’re going to do everything they can to win. If they cross the line, they need to be reprimanded for it. I’m glad Sebastian called me. We don’t need to be doing things that are unacceptable. And honestly, I don’t think we did.

      “But it’s like there’s this thing, where we’re the bad guy, because we’re the biggest,” Stewart said. “But we’re not always the biggest. At Utah, we couldn’t win a single stage. We’re in the bike race, just like everyone else. In America, we have to separate this from a big-team, little-team thing, and that we want to squash you. We’re all here in the same competition. They always seem to exaggerate it. I’m just getting tired of this bullying thing. I came from those teams. That’s the last thing I want to do, is to step on a small program that’s trying to develop riders.”

      Unlike perhaps any other pro sport, professional cycling is rife with unwritten rules as 15-20 teams simultaneously battle one another for various objectives. With its fast pace, varying abilities and team budgets, and language barriers, it’s a perfect scenario for tension at 50kph. And while there’s much that is unclear, what is clear is that, in the pro peloton, there are at least two sides to every story, with unwritten rules being interpreted differently by varying parties as it suits their own interests. And that’s not likely to change.

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      Vuelta stage 6: Chaves earns lead with brave attack http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/vuelta-stage-6-chaves-earns-lead-with-brave-attack_382976 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/vuelta-stage-6-chaves-earns-lead-with-brave-attack_382976#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:31:03 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382976

      Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) won his second stage at the Vuelta and reclaimed the GC lead Thursday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      Esteban Chaves claims his second stage win at the Vuelta and rips the red jersey off of Tom Dumoulin's shoulders.

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      Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) won his second stage at the Vuelta and reclaimed the GC lead Thursday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

      Esteban Chaves was seeing red on Thursday at the Vuelta a España. After losing the leader’s jersey to Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) on Wednesday, the Orica-GreenEdge rider unleashed a bold, early attack on the short finishing climb of stage 6 to win his second stage and reclaim the red jersey. Dumoulin put up a good fight to chase back the 25-year-old, but he could not defend his narrow one-second GC lead at the end of 200.3km of racing.

      “I can’t believe — it’s unbelievable. Today was a really long stage,” said Chaves. “I had really good legs. I’m really happy, and I want to say again — the team is amazing. It’s like a family, this team.”

      Top 10, stage 6

      • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, in 4:46:16
      • 2. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :05
      • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :05
      • 4. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :11
      • 5. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :11
      • 6. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :11
      • 7. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :11
      • 8. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :11
      • 9. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :11
      • 10. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :11
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        Top-10 overall

        • 1. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEdge, in 21:55:13
        • 2. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :10
        • 3. Daniel MARTIN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :33
        • 4. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :36
        • 5. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :49
        • 6. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, TEAM KATUSHA, at :51
        • 7. Christopher FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :55
        • 8. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
        • 9. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :57
        • 10. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:08
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          Six riders were off the front early: Peter Velits (BMC), Miguel Angel Rubiano (Colombia), Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida), Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), and Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick-Step). Inside of 19 kilometers to go, the gap was under one minute. With 11.5km left, Cummings attacked and got away from the other breakaway riders. With 5km to go, his lead was 48 seconds.

          However, the Tour de France stage winner, Cummings, was caught as Chaves attacked from the peloton and set off alone at the bottom of the climb to Sierra de Cazorla. Giant-Alpecin drove the pace behind to defend Dumoulin’s GC lead. Then, they cut Dumoulin loose to chase the Colombian attacker as the climb’s steep grade relented.

          Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was next to attack from the field, with less than a kilometer left. The Irishman punched his way up the steep pitch to catch Dumoulin, but he couldn’t bring back Chaves.

          On Friday, the Vuelta peloton will be faced with a far more intimidating final climb — a category 1 ascent of the Alto de Capiliera after 191.1km of racing from Jódar to La Alpujarra.

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          Pierre Rolland will jump over to Cannondale-Garmin for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          The Frenchman will help fill the void left by the departing Ryder Hesjedal on the U.S.-based team.

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          Pierre Rolland will jump over to Cannondale-Garmin for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          Pierre Rolland, the French rider who won atop Alpe d’Huez in 2011, will join Cannondale-Garmin for 2016.

          The 28-year-old Rolland, currently racing at the Vuelta a España with Europcar, is a consistent grand tour performer, with a fourth overall at the 2014 Giro d’Italia and an eighth at the 2012 Tour de France.

          “I believe that for all of his talent, he still has untapped potential,” said Cannondale-Garmin CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We hope to bring some work in aerodynamics and a bit of fresh air to help him maximize that potential, while retaining that panache and style that make him the great rider he is.”

          The news comes a day after Ryder Hesjedal announced he would join Trek Factory Racing for 2016. Rolland’s arrival will help fill that hole in the team’s GC ambitions, and he will slot in beside Andrew Talansky in the grand tours.

          Vaughters said an experienced rider such as Rolland will help stabilize his otherwise young squad for the coming season.

          “We have an exceptionally talented roster of young riders,” Vaughters said. “What we need to continue to build is leadership for the young guys by giving them experienced riders that they can learn from to better harness their own talents — and Rolland brings that in spades.”

          Other riders confirmed to join Cannondale for 2016 include young Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert (Drapac), Mike Woods (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Patrick Bevin (Avanti), and Ryan Mullen (An Post-Chain Reaction).

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          After Vuelta, Sagan out to conquer the worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/after-vuelta-sagan-out-to-conquer-the-worlds_382949 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/after-vuelta-sagan-out-to-conquer-the-worlds_382949#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:15:56 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382949

          Peter Sagan is racing in the Vuelta as preparation for next month's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          The Tinkoff-Saxo rider failed to win a spring monument this season, but a world title could make up for that.

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          Peter Sagan is racing in the Vuelta as preparation for next month's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          SEVILLE, Spain (VN) — Peter Sagan won the third stage of the Vuelta a España on Monday, which is part of his plan to conquer the world. The Slovak of team Tinkoff-Saxo is racing in the Spanish grand tour with an eye on Richmond, Virginia — where he could make up for a mostly fruitless spring at the world championships.

          Tinkoff hired Sagan last winter to lead its team to a monument win in Milano-Sanremo, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), or Paris-Roubaix. He came up short, recording just one victory in the spring — a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico.

          The Tour de France, where he won the green jersey after five second places, helped make amends. Redemption, however, would truly come with the world championships. Though not a monument, it is just as prestigious and offers the winner the privilege to wear the rainbow jersey for one year.

          “It’s not like you hire a rider and he’s going to win two classics, that doesn’t work,” Tinkoff sport director Tristan Hoffman told VeloNews.

          “Peter was up there, but he missed the last bit, he found his way back in the Tour of California, he got a good level and won it. OK, he didn’t win a stage, but he was very successful at the Tour.

          “The worlds is a goal for him. If you can win and have that jersey for one year, and to have your name on the list for the rest of your life … Super.”

          Sagan pushed his bike ahead of John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to win in the Málaga stage Monday. Tuesday, he finished second only to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in an uphill finish.

          He could pick up a few more wins, but he likely will not reach Madrid where the Vuelta ends September 13. The team will not say it, but he is due to drop out early to relax for the Richmond worlds on September 27.

          “I come here mostly for preparation, to do some race kilometers,” Sagan said. “Then I’ll see how it’s going.”

          “He was talking about racing the Tour of Colorado and those races, but then we said, ‘We also need you in the GP Plouay, Hamburg … ‘ We looked at the Vuelta again, and it had opportunities for him,” Hoffman added.

          “The worlds has been the goal for Peter for many years, the parcours fits him, he loves America. After the Vuelta, he’ll probably go directly there and prepare. He’ll probably also race the team time trial one week beforehand.”

          Sagan’s only problem is that the Slovak national team is not deep in talent. Hoffman, who will not be a director for Sagan at the worlds because of national teams, does not see it as a limiting factor.

          “There will be other countries with stronger teams,” Hoffman said. “Peter is good at positioning and hiding. And in the final, it’ll be man against man.”

          The Vuelta continues Thursday in southern Spain with a small uphill finish. On Friday, it climbs to its first high-mountain finish at La Alpujarra. There will be more chances down the road, as the race travels east and then north, for Sagan.

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          Tom Dumoulin at crossroads with time on his side http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/tom-dumoulin-at-crossroads-with-time-on-his-side_382938 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/tom-dumoulin-at-crossroads-with-time-on-his-side_382938#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:02:02 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382938

          Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) claimed the Vuelta leader's jersey on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          Giant-Alpecin's Dumoulin is a strong time trialist who is improving in the climbs. Could he develop into a grand tour contender?

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          Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) claimed the Vuelta leader's jersey on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          Tom Dumoulin had to be hauled out of the Giant-Alpecin bus after Wednesday’s stage to go to the podium ceremony as the new leader of the Vuelta a España.

          The 6-foot-1 Dutch rider was as surprised as anyone that he gapped overnight leader Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) in the grinding sprint finale to snag the red leader’s jersey by one second.

          “I didn’t realize I had the lead until I was on the bus,” Dumoulin said. “I was angry at the line because I couldn’t help John [Degenkolb] like I wanted to in the sprint, and then I heard on the radio I was the leader. That was a pleasant surprise.”

          The 24-year-old time trial specialist came to the Vuelta looking to make up for the disappointment that came with crashing out of the Tour de France in stage 3. His first leader’s jersey in a grand tour has already cured the regrets of missed chances in July.

          The question begs as Dumoulin promises to defend red in Thursday’s hilltop finale — just what kind of rider is the promising Dutchman?

          “That’s a question that I ask myself as well,” he said. “Right now, I am focused on time trialing because I am good at it, but I am also climbing better than I ever have. Could I become a grand tour rider? I just don’t know.”

          His rising time trial pedigree is without question. Third in last year’s world championships behind Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step), Dumoulin confirmed his status as a new strongman against the clock.

          This season, he delivered on that promise, winning the time trial stage at the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country) in April, and then taking home both the prologue and time trial stage at the Tour de Suisse in June en route to third overall.

          His dream of winning the yellow jersey on home roads in Utrecht was derailed by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). Dumoulin was fourth, eight seconds slower than the Aussie winner. Two days later, he crashed out on the road to Huy with a serious shoulder injury.

          The Vuelta became his platform for a comeback, with his goals set on the individual time trial in Burgos in stage 17, and another run at the world TT title in Richmond, Virginia, next month.

          “I was disappointed after missing out on the yellow at the Tour, so to now have the lead in the Vuelta, that makes up for it,” Dumoulin said. “After the crash in the Tour, I was not a happy person. I was really pissed off for two weeks, and then I finally turned the switch, and decided to work hard for the Vuelta.”

          Dumoulin is proving, however, he is no one-trick pony. His third-place overall at the Swiss tour also served as confirmation that Dumoulin can defend well in the mountains.

          Could he develop into a rider similar to Wiggins, a strong time trialist who could challenge for grand tours? Or will he be more in the mold of Martin, who can win weeklong stage races featuring time trials, but who simply doesn’t have the climbing chops to stay close during three weeks?

          “I honestly don’t know,” Dumoulin said. “I haven’t truly challenged in a grand tour yet. Perhaps I can do it in the future. I am still young, and right now, the weeklong stage races are what I can do really well at, but the grand tours are something else. I didn’t come here with the GC in mind.”

          Going into Thursday’s hilltop finale, Dumoulin promises to go down swinging to defend the leader’s jersey. The Cazorla finale is similar to Caminito del Rey on Sunday, when Dumoulin surprised everyone by finishing second behind Chaves, and ahead of the GC favorites.

          If he can defend Thursday, he will carry the lead into the Vuelta’s first major mountaintop finale at the category 1 Alto de Capilleira in Spain’s Sierra Nevada on Friday.

          “I’m not going to give up this jersey without a fight. If you look to the first stage where Chaves beat me on the line in an uphill, I’m in a good place for the climbs, so I’m looking forward to see how it goes,” he said. “I’m going to use my legs now, and I hope to still have them at the worlds.”

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          Ewan: ‘Orica team respects me, that’s the difference’ http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/ewan-orica-team-respects-me-thats-the-difference_382915 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/ewan-orica-team-respects-me-thats-the-difference_382915#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382915

          Caleb Ewan's Orica-GreenEdge team is backing the young sprinter at the Vuelta, and it has already paid dividends. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          Only a 21-year-old neo-pro, Caleb Ewan has full backing of his Orica-GreenEdge team, and he's already delivered with a Vuelta stage win.

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          Caleb Ewan's Orica-GreenEdge team is backing the young sprinter at the Vuelta, and it has already paid dividends. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

          ALCALÁ DE GUADAÍRA, Spain (VN) — Very few first-year professionals start a grand tour and win immediately, but Australian Caleb Ewan did so Wednesday. In a slight uphill finish to a village east of Seville, the short and stocky sprinter powered ahead of several big stars.

          John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), winner of Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix, and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), four-time green jersey-winner in the Tour de France, couldn’t overcome Orica-GreenEdge’s Australian neo-pro.

          Out of cycling’s crop of current top sprinters — André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step), and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) — only one won a stage in a grand tour in his debut. Kittel won in the 2011 Vuelta, but he was already 23 years old, compared to 21-year-old Ewan.

          “Firstly, you have to have a super team that believes in you 100 percent,” Ewan said in a press conference post-stage.

          “Some neo-pros take a while to gain respect of team, but my team, straight from start, from the Tour of Beijing last year, they believed in me 100 percent and always worked for me.

          “It’s been such an honor to not have to prove myself to them. They respect me, that’s the main thing for me, and that’s the difference between me and a lot of other neo-pros, is a team that supports them 100 percent.”

          After a left turn, the last 500 meters of stage 5 rose rapidly. Orica went to the front and drilled it for Ewan. His teammate Esteban Chaves slipped eight seconds back and lost the red jersey, which he had since day two, to Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

          Ewan, who debuted as a trainee with the team after placing second in the under-23 world championships last year, is known a pure sprinter. Most followers tipped Sagan, Degenkolb, or Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) for the stage win today — but not Ewan.

          “It was tough. I didn’t know it was going to be so hard. I thought it was going to be hard to beat Degenkolb, Sagan in a sprint like that.

          “I was in a perfect position into that corner, I didn’t have to make up any spaces, and they probably did, which costs you in a finish like that. I probably felt the best out of them, and that’s probably how I won.

          “Uphill finishes do suit me in a way. I don’t have to put out as much power as Sagan and Degenkolb because I’m a smaller sprinter, but probably a finish not as steep as that would have suited me better.”

          Ewan is already finding the Vuelta tough, five days it, but he wants to continue. He also wants to continue on his upward trajectory. He said that like most young professionals, he dreams of riding the Tour de France. He added that a stage win and the green jersey would be on his list if he went.

          “It’s the ultimate goal,” he explained. “Hopefully this is a first stage to achieving that.”

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          Pro riders and celebrities host gran fondos, charity rides http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/pro-riders-and-celebrities-host-gran-fondos-charity-rides_382768 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/pro-riders-and-celebrities-host-gran-fondos-charity-rides_382768#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:49:30 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=382768

          Photo: COMetaPRess | Brena | CanonDigital (File).

          Gran Fondos and mass-participation rides have become a popular way for current and former pros to raise money for charity.

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          Photo: COMetaPRess | Brena | CanonDigital (File).

          Gran fondos and mass-participation rides hosted by former and current pros and celebrities have sprung up across the United States, and fall has become prime time for these events.

          Retired pros George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, and now Jens Voigt have organized their own rides to display some of their favorite training routes or give a sampling of the roads they raced on as professionals.

          “Marin County was chosen because it ticks all the boxes; it’s big, it’s beautiful, and it has all the facilities we need to make a day at my gran fondo a really fun day out,” Voigt said.

          Here is a sampling of upcoming celebrity gran fondos and charity rides:

          Indian Peaks Classic, September 6, Nederland, Colorado
          – Hosted by former professional cyclists Timmy Duggan and Ian MacGregor
          – Charity beneficiary: Just Go Hard Foundation

          Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, September 20, Harrisonburg, Virginia
          – Hosted by professional mountain biker Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon)
          – Limit 600 participants
          – Charity beneficiaries: Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, Plan Our Park, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

          Levi’s Grand Fondo, October 3, Sonoma Country, California
          – Hosted by former professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer
          – Limit 7,500 participants
          – Charity beneficiaries: Forget Me Not Farm, Community Giving, NorCal High School Cycling League, Velostreet’s Cycling Initiatives Program

          The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin, October 10, Marin County, California
          – Hosted by former professional cyclist Jens Voigt
          – Charity beneficiary: Marin Country Bicycle Coalition

          Krempels King of the Road Challenge, October 17th, Stratham, New Hampshire
          – Event supported by professional cyclist Ted King (Cannondale-Garmin) and his family
          – Charity beneficiary: Krempels Center

          Dempsey Challenge, October 17-18, Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
          – Hosted by Patrick Dempsey
          – Uncapped number of participants
          – Charity beneficiary: The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

          Hincapie Gran Fondo, October 24, Greenville, South Carolina
          – Hosted by former professional cyclist George Hincapie
          – Limit 2,000 participants
          – Charity beneficiary: Meals on Wheels

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