VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:57:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Cadel Evans to retire February 2015 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cadel-evans-retire-february-2015_346105 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cadel-evans-retire-february-2015_346105#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:57:35 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346105

Cadel Evans is set to retire on February 1, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After a gritty career, Cadel Evans will retire from professional cycling on February 1

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Cadel Evans is set to retire on February 1, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Australian Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner and 2009 world road champion, will retire from professional cycling on February 1, 2015, according to an Italian sporting newspaper.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Monday that the decorated 37-year-old rider will hang it up after riding next season’s Tour Down Under, in January, and then taking part in the Great Ocean Road Race, which bears his name, on February 1.

Evans is far from finished yet, however. He still has the UCI Road World Championships on his plate this season, as part of a stacked Australian national squad, which includes recent winners Simon Gerrans, Adam Hansen, and Michael Matthews.

Evans (BMC Racing) came to the sport from mountain biking — he won the overall World Cup series titles in 1998 and 1999 — and established himself as one of the toughest general classification riders of his generation after making the switch to road racing full time in 2000. His palmares is as impressive as it is thorough; he won the 2011 Tour, and finished in the top 10 at the Tour on six occasions.

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Riding in Amy Dombroski’s muddy tire tracks http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/riding-amy-dombroskis-muddy-tire-tracks_346054 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/riding-amy-dombroskis-muddy-tire-tracks_346054#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:10:15 +0000 Chris Case http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346054

Elle Anderson, pictured here at CrossVegas in Vanderkitten kit, will race for the Kalas-NNOF team in the coming 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com

Elle Anderson heads to the hallowed grounds of Europe this cyclocross season

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Elle Anderson, pictured here at CrossVegas in Vanderkitten kit, will race for the Kalas-NNOF team in the coming 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com

The revelation of the 2013-2014 American cyclocross season, Elle Anderson, is heading to the sport’s epicenter, basing herself in Belgium this season to focus on her first full European ’cross campaign. It’s a step that would have made another young Vermont native proud.

The parallels between Anderson’s career trajectory and that of the late Amy Dombroski, killed in a training accident last October in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium, are uncanny.

The two attended Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. Both were ski racers who suffered bad knee injuries that led them to their discovery of cycling. Now that Anderson has made the jump to the European circuit, their two paths are linked.

“I actually think about that often because I feel that I am traveling such a similar path to Amy, and the kind of emotions I feel about that are reassurance and gratitude,” Anderson said. “Because it’s reassuring to me to feel like I’m following Amy somewhere, that she’s been here before me and it’s all going to be okay because she made it through, and she’s made it just those few steps ahead of me.”

The comforting connections don’t end there. The reason Anderson will even get to race in Europe for her new Kalas-NNOF team (formerly KDL Cycling) has to do, in part, with Amy.

After Dombroski’s death, Anderson’s mother wrote a letter to Dombroski’s “European family” out of the blue.

Anderson’s mother had been reading some of the coverage about Dombroski’s Belgian hosts and how they were dealing with the loss. She struck up a correspondence with Victor Bruyndonx, the family’s patriarch.

“When I went over to Europe in December [to EuroCrossCamp], Victor just came and found me,” Anderson said. “He talked to me and started following my racing and when the season started to wrap up at world championships, it was almost his idea originally. He asked, ‘Are you going to come race in Europe? I’ll ask around for you and help you find some teams.’”

Though she was hesitant at first, Bruyndonx’s persistence paid off. Anderson will leave for Belgium the Monday morning after the Gloucester race weekend.

If you had asked her in January if she would race a full season in Belgium, she wouldn’t have had a clue, she admitted. Now, she’s ready to go, reassured by the friend who rode the muddy bergs before her, grateful of the opportunity to continue the legacy of a fallen comrade.

She will live with the same host family, even sleep in the same room that Dombroski used.

“When I stayed in Amy’s room, soon to be my room, in April, when I signed the contract, I could imagine and almost feel Amy’s presence still in the walls of that room,” Anderson said. “It makes me feel closer to Amy than I’ve ever felt in the past, like a part of her is still there and will follow me through my experiences to continue what could be considered the same story … or a sequel. I’m sure the feeling will fade a bit as I settle into my life in Belgium, and maybe it does border a little on creepy. But again, I can only imagine her to be happy knowing what I’ve set out to do. To be around people that supported her and that took care of her is really reassuring for me. I’m just grateful that maybe I can write a next chapter that she’s not able to write, and in some small way I can be continuing her dream, even though she’s not able to.”

The revelation

Coming into the 2013-2014 season, no American had beaten then nine-time national champion Katie Compton since 2006. Anderson’s was a name that few people had heard before, and then one day she was known for beating the legend, after doing so on the first day of the Providence Cyclocross Festival in early October.

Throughout the rest of the season, people expected ever bigger things from Anderson; by all accounts, she delivered, with four straight wins at both days of the Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup and Gran Prix of Gloucester on consecutive weekends, her third place at the Superprestige round in Diegem behind Belgian champ Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP), and her second place finish at the national championships behind Compton.

It was a big year, a breakthrough year. Is it a sign of more to come?

Anderson comes into the 2014-2015 season with an entirely new plan. She tackled CrossVegas, riding to a disappointing 15th, though she is looking to have better form once the move to Europe is behind her. She skipped the races in Boulder, Colorado, and will head to the Gloucester race weekend before it’s on to Belgium for the season.

She’ll continue to work for Strava, five hours a day, five days a week, while maintaining a full race schedule. Expectations are high, but the competition will be entirely new. She’ll start her first race in Europe just days after arriving, at the Superprestige kickoff in Gieten on October 5. She’ll race through February 28, after the world championships, and the traditional finish to the European ’cross season. She will only return to the U.S. for the national championships in January, and before that the Cincy 3 Cyclocross Festival weekend, along with the newly created Pan-American continental championships in early November.

“Even last year, when I kept having successes, I just kept going with the flow, having a lot of fun, letting that momentum carry me through the season,” Anderson said. “When everything is new, it helps deflect some of the pressure. It’s like, ‘Well, it’s another race; let’s see what happens.’ When I think about this coming year, I think I can ride the wave and let things come as they may because I’ve changed so many things from last year. In so many ways, I feel like I have another blank slate to write whatever I want. I don’t feel like a lot of people have big expectations of what I can do because I’m going to be in Europe, it’s going to be a completely new circuit, new competition, and I kind of just get to discover cyclocross from a whole new angle.”

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Australia announces deep world championships roster http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/australia-announces-deep-world-championships-roster_346085 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/australia-announces-deep-world-championships-roster_346085#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:38:31 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346085

Simon Gerrans will race worlds in Ponferrada, Spain as part of a deep and talented Australian team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Simon Gerrans shows his late-season form with a pair of wins in Canada, indicating that he will be a rider to watch at worlds

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Simon Gerrans will race worlds in Ponferrada, Spain as part of a deep and talented Australian team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Australia is sending a deep roster to vie for the world championship title in Ponferrada, Spain later in September.

The Aussies will likely rally around Simon Gerrans, who just came off of a win streak in Canada, claiming the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. Gerrans may be best-suited for the worlds’ long parcours, having proven his mettle by winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2014. He also won Milano-Sanremo in 2012.

Gerrans’ Orica teammate Michael Matthews, a stage winner at both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España in 2014 will also be one of the riders to watch.

Australia men’s elite roster:

Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Rohan Dennis (BMC)
Cadel Evans (BMC)
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)
Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
Matt Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Rory Sutherland (Tinkoff Bank Saxo-Bank)

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Contador’s Vuelta victory sets up thrilling 2015 Tour http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/contadors-vuelta-victory-sets-thrilling-2015-tour_346079 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/contadors-vuelta-victory-sets-thrilling-2015-tour_346079#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:14:43 +0000 Barnaby Chesterman http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346079

After battling at the 2014 Vuelta, a Contador-Froome rematch may be in store for the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

With the Vuelta in the rearview mirror, the 2015 Tour de France could see an epic clash of the GC titans

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After battling at the 2014 Vuelta, a Contador-Froome rematch may be in store for the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AFP) — Alberto Contador’s (Tinkoff-Saxo) Vuelta a España victory was not just significant for this season, but it also sets up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France.

As long as no one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season’s Tour de France could see the three reigning grand tour winners lining up alongside 2013 Grand Boucle winner Chris Froome (Sky) in perhaps the most mouth-watering field in years.

Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will be back to defend his title while Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will attempt to go one better than his debut second place in 2013.

Add to that Contador and Froome, and the stage will be set for a crowd-pleasing battle.

And that was very much what was in store at this year’s Vuelta, won by Contador after an epic challenge from Froome.

If anything, the Vuelta line-up was the best of the three grand tours this year, despite Nibali’s absence.

Once Contador and Froome crashed out of the Tour, Nibali had no peers to threaten his yellow jersey procession.

But in Spain, even though Quintana crashed out and Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) later left the race with bronchitis, Contador, Froome, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), and Fabio Aru (Astana) produced a tantalizing race.

Valverde and Rodríguez may be coming toward the end of their careers while Aru can still improve considerably, but the three of them provided strong opposition that brought out the best in Contador and Froome.

That the Briton finished runner-up should not detract from the fact he will probably line up as favorite at the Tour next year.

Froome is a bigger, heavier man than Contador and perhaps took longer to recover and rediscover top form following their respective Tour crashes.

Both broke bones, and although Contador was the one who was supposed to miss the Vuelta, he actually arrived in better shape than Froome.

Those two were supposed to go head-to-head at this year’s Tour with Nibali seen as an outsider, yet the Italian’s dominant performance suggests he is a lot closer to their level — and perhaps even above it — than was previously assumed.

Quintana best climber

The enigma at the Tour could well be Quintana, widely regarded as the best climber in the peloton.

He has developed a habit as a slow starter in grand tours before coming on strong in the final week.

That was what helped him gradually climb up to second place at the 2013 Grand Boucle from eighth after the first mountaintop finish.

Similarly, at May’s Giro he was more than 3:30 behind Uran following the individual time trial in the second week, but in the third week he dazzled in the mountains and streaked to victory by more than three minutes.

He was also wearing the leader’s red jersey at the Vuelta before a crash on the first individual time trial saw him lose four minutes. He went down again the next day and pulled out of the race.

Once again, in the first uphill finish he had been unable to follow Contador, Valverde, and Froome but three days later he was the one putting time into most of his rivals to take the overall lead.

Quintana will need to take time out of the others in the mountains when the Tour comes around as he does not have the same power in the time trials.

Froome, if he rediscovers his best form, should have the edge against the clock, but both Contador and Nibali have improved in that respect and can expect to limit their losses.

And as both have proved this year, they have a turn of pace in the mountains that Froome cannot necessarily match.

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Gallery: Jens Voigt’s hour record bike http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/gallery/gallery-jens-voigts-hour-record-bike_346043 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/gallery/gallery-jens-voigts-hour-record-bike_346043#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:47:45 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346043

The retiring German cyclist will take a run at the hour record aboard a custom Trek Speed Concept bike

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Dave Brailsford urges Scottish ‘No’ vote http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/dave-brailsford-urges-scottish-vote_346065 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/dave-brailsford-urges-scottish-vote_346065#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:58 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346065

Chris Hoy, a Scot, has argued that facilities and resources for track cycling would be insufficient without support from the entire United Kingdom. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Former British cycling performance director says the UK can achieve more success collectively at world level than if it were split

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Chris Hoy, a Scot, has argued that facilities and resources for track cycling would be insufficient without support from the entire United Kingdom. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

LONDON — Dave Brailsford, the man behind British cycling success at recent Olympic Games, has urged Scotland to vote against independence in Thursday’s referendum poll.

Brailsford guided the British team to eight gold medals at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, which included victories for Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy.

The former British cycling performance director said pooling of resources and talent meant the United Kingdom could achieve more success collectively at world level than if it were split into its constituent countries.

“Scotland has been a huge part of the success of British Cycling, and I hope the UK stays together for the benefit of all sport, but especially Olympic sports like ours,” Brailsford, now the head of the Sky cycling team, said Monday.

“UK sport is one of the best things this country has, and it is all possible because we can share talent, resources, and ideas.

“I was born in England but raised in Wales with Welsh as my first language, and I feel passionately Welsh, English, and British, and I feel all the countries of the UK are a big part of my national identity,” Brailsford said. “My message to friends in Scotland is simple: ‘It is for you to decide your own future, but for the sake of UK sport I hope you vote No.’”

Last year, Hoy — Scotland’s most successful Olympian with six gold medals to his credit — was branded a “traitor” by some nationalists after warning that that Scottish athletes would find it harder to win medals after separation than as part of Team GB because of a lack of suitable training facilities and coaching.

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Team SmartStop takes two wins at Bucks County Classic http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/team-smartstop-take-two-bucks-county-classic_345993 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/team-smartstop-take-two-bucks-county-classic_345993#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:10:39 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345993 Bell wins Saturday, and Kline wins Sunday at the Thompson Bucks County Classic

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Team SmartStop capped off their exceptional year of racing with a double win at the Thompson Bucks County Classic.

Canadian Zach Bell cruised to victory in the road race on Saturday, while Shane Kline out-sprinted the field in Sunday’s criterium.

After a wet and cold start to the UCI America Tour race, Zach Bell raced away from a breakaway of six riders in the final 12 miles of the Bucks County Classic to solo to victory. After a slew of crashes and abandons throughout the race, Bell found himself with a very select group of riders.

Attacking the break on the last circuit not only gave way to a win for Bell, but also helped Jure Krocjan and Team SmartStop secure wins in the 2014 UCI America Tour rankings.

The weekend concluded with a criterium on Sunday. A race that has historically resulted in a winning breakaway, this year’s installment was plagued by crashes and strong commitment from SmartStop to keep things to a field sprint.

Despite going down halfway through the race, Shane Kline was able to ride back into the race with help from teammate, Adam Myerson, who led out Kline for SmartStop’s second win of the weekend.

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Taiwan KOM Challenge offers 11,000 feet of climbing, bigger purse http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/taiwan-kom-challenge-offers-11000-feet-climbing_346031 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/taiwan-kom-challenge-offers-11000-feet-climbing_346031#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:44:45 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346031

The Taiwan KOM Challenge climbs 11,000 feet over the course of 105 kilometers. Photo: Taiwan KOM Challenge

One of the world's hardest hill climb races is set to offer an $80,000 prize purse in November

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The Taiwan KOM Challenge climbs 11,000 feet over the course of 105 kilometers. Photo: Taiwan KOM Challenge

The Taiwan Travel Bureau in association with the Taiwan Cyclist Federation announced the details of the 2014 Taiwan KOM Challenge, which will take place November 15.

Now in its third year, the Taiwan KOM Challenge’s 105km route travels from the eastern coastal town of Hualien, starting at sea level, and rises along its route to the roof of Taiwan, up on HeHuan Mountain at 3,375 meters [11,073 feet].

The course takes the participants up at an average 7 percent through the Taroko Gorge to the 97km point at Dayuling, and then rises up its remaining kilometers to a maximum incline of 27 percent, averaging 17 percent for the final eight kilometers.

The 2013 men’s winner, Rhaim Emami of Iran, completed the race in three hours and 26 seconds from the official timed start, which began after the 18km of neutralized riding.

This year’s race sees a massive increase in the prize money, one million Taiwan dollars [33,145.60 USD] for overall men’s winner, and $200,000 ($6,675 USD) to the women’s winner.

In the past, professional riders like Jeremy Roy of Francaise des Jeux, Anthony Charteau of Europcar, and Tiffany Cromwell of Specialized-lululemon have taken part in the event, a tradition which continues this year with the participation of Giro Rosa KOM winner Emma Pooley.

After much discussion, the organizers of the Taiwan KOM Challenge have decided to implement drug testing for the top six riders and reserve the right to randomly test any other participant in the 2014 event.

Furthermore, any rider with a previous record of doping will not be allowed to compete in the race. The testing will be carried out by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and the tests will be analyzed at a laboratory in Japan.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jeremy Powers’ Focus Mares http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-jeremy-powers-focus-mares-2_346006 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-jeremy-powers-focus-mares-2_346006#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:48:20 +0000 Logan VonBokel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346006

Powers is two-for-three in the first week of UCI cyclocross racing, winning Saturday and Sunday in Colorado aboard a new Focus Mares

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Answered: 11 questions about Jens Voigt’s hour record attempt http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/answered-11-questions-jens-voigts-hour-record-attempt_345973 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/answered-11-questions-jens-voigts-hour-record-attempt_345973#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:03:32 +0000 Caley Fretz http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345973

Jens Voigt will make his hour record attempt on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Photo: Trek

What bike will he ride? How fast will he go? Will he break the record? These and other frequently asked questions answered

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Jens Voigt will make his hour record attempt on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Photo: Trek

On Thursday, September 18, Jens Voigt will attempt to break the hour record as a final tip of the hat to the sport that has defined him for nearly three decades.

With recent drastic changes to the rules governing the hour record, here’s what you should know before Voigt hits the boards.

What is the hour record?

As of May of this year, the hour record is defined as the farthest distance ridden in exactly one hour using a bike and position that are legal under the UCI endurance track regulations in place at the time of the attempt. Simplified, Voigt will ride a setup that would be legal in a modern pursuit event.

Riders start from a dead stop, held up by the same device used in pursuit events on the track.

Voigt will have to beat Ondrej Sosenka’s distance of 49 kilometers and 700 meters, a record that was set using old rules, on an old-school bike. More on that below.

The attempt will take place at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland. The hour record must take place on a closed velodrome.

How long will it take him?

Probably about an hour.

Kidding aside, hour attempts usually feature a year-long (or longer) preparation period. Equipment and training all need to be dialed. Voigt’s short lead-up is quite unique.

Where can I watch?

Eurosport will be broadcasting the attempt at 7 p.m. local time in Europe, or 1 p.m. Eastern in the United States. No North American broadcaster has bought rights to the event, so if you want to watch live you’ll have to find a live stream online. While VeloNews would never condone watching pirated video streams, they can be found on a variety of websites.

The other option is to head to Switzerland. Tickets are still on sale.

What happened to the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort records?

For years, the UCI recognized two different hour records. The Athlete’s Hour, also called the Merckx Hour, was performed aboard heavily regulated equipment in a very specific position.

In essence, the Athlete’s Hour placed an equipment and position freeze around the late 1970s. Any rider seeking that record would ride a bike similar to the one ridden by Eddy Merckx in his record-setting 1972 ride.

Another record, called the Best Human Effort, placed very few restrictions on the bike and position used. The exceptionally fast “superman” positions of Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman fall under this record.

When rumors of an attempt by Fabian Cancellara began swirling earlier this year, the Athlete’s Hour was still on the rulebooks, and Cancellara would have tried to beat this record. For more on what that record looks like, read up here.

In May, the UCI hit the reset button on the hour record. Both the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort were scrapped in favor of a single hour record with regulations in line with modern UCI track rules. That means that as UCI track cycling rules change, so will the rules for the hour.

Why does Voigt only have to beat Ondrej Sosenka? What about Chris Boardman? Tony Rominger? Graeme Obree?

Chris Boardman held the Best Human Effort record with an incredible 56.376 kilometers before it was formally scrapped. But because he performed that record on a bike that is not currently UCI legal, his record does not stand under the new rules.

Voigt needs to ride farther than the farthest distance ever achieved using a bike and equipment that are currently UCI-legal. Since UCI-legal track bikes of the 1990s would not be legal today, the only attempts that qualify were performed under the Athlete’s Hour rules. In other words, Voigt only needs to ride faster than riders on drop bars, spoked wheels, and skinny, non-aero frames.

Rominger, Obree, and others all broke modern UCI rules in some way. Rominger, for example, used wheels that were drastically different in size, which is no longer legal.

Can Jens Voigt do it?

Absolutely. Voigt may not be one of the top time trialists of this era, but he’s no slouch, and the aerodynamic advantages he will have over Sosenka make it very likely that he will set a new record.

Expect to see him ride in the 51-52 kilometer range.

How long will he hold the record?

The VeloNews crystal ball is a bit cloudy at the moment, but if one of the big names in time trialing — say, Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin, or Bradley Wiggins — takes a real swing at the record, Voigt would likely lose it. He’s said that much himself, but even if he’s only the record holder for a year, that’s quite a way to say goodbye to the sport.

If Voigt was serious about hanging onto the record for any great length of time, he would likely make his attempt at altitude, where aerodynamic drag is decreased slightly. The preferred track is near Mexico City; that’s where Merckx set his record in 1972.

How hard is the hour record attempt?

They call it “the longest hour” for a reason.

To borrow a bit from a piece I wrote earlier this year, when it appeared that Cancellara would attempt the Athlete’s Hour:

Eddy Merckx described being afraid to move, to blink, lest it throw off the rhythm, or cause the lapse in concentration that could be the distinction between success and failure. Nothing, not a thing, can be allowed to grab the focus, break the concentration. It’s the ultimate test of not only the body but of the mind.

“It’s not possible to compare the hour with a time trial on the road,” Merckx said, after setting the record in 1972. “Here it’s not possible to ease up, to change gears or the rhythm. The hour record demands a total effort, permanent and intense, one that’s not possible to compare to any other. I will never try it again.”

What will Voigt ride?

Voigt will ride a modified frame from his sponsor, Trek. It is based around the company’s Speed Concept time trial frame, but with modified rear dropouts to accept a narrower 120mm track wheel.

With no hills or wind to contend with, Voigt’s bike will have no brakes and will be a fixed gear. He will likely run a 54-tooth chainring and 14-tooth rear cog. A fixed gear is marginally more efficient than a derailleur setup as it removes the drag produced by both the articulation of the chain through the derailleur pulleys and the friction inside the pulley bearings themselves.

Trek can’t make huge modifications to the frame without running afoul of the UCI’s frame approval program, and the timeline for this attempt has been too tight for a purpose-built frame. That presents a few technical issues, as road bikes and track bikes are built with very different chainlines. Voigt will ride a standard Dura-Ace crankset with a 54-tooth chainring, which sits further outboard than a traditional track chainring. As a result, Trek and Shimano have collaborated to build special cogs that sit further outboard as well, to keep the chain straight.

Voigt will run front and rear disc wheels. This change alone presents a massive aerodynamic advantage over the riders on Athlete’s Hour setups.

Voigt will also ride with an SRM power meter, just as he does on the road. Track riders can’t look at their power during events, and it’s not clear whether Voigt will be allowed to pace with power, or be forced to leave the computer under his saddle.

Can he use other aero equipment?

Yes, he can use anything that is UCI legal. The UCI recently changed position rules to allow tall riders (over 190cm) to stretch out a bit more, so Voigt has adjusted his position accordingly. He is apparently now faster than ever in the time trial bars.

Trek had Voigt do aero testing in June and used that time to select both hardgoods and items like his skinsuit and helmet.

Why did Cancellara back out?

Cancellara was widely rumored to be working on a record attempt, but scrapped that plan when the UCI changed the rules. It seems he was more interested in comparing himself directly to the likes of Merckx and Boardman (who rode 49.441 kilometers when he attempted the Athlete’s Hour).

Frankly, given the aerodynamic advantages conferred upon the first rider to attempt the record under the new rules, Cancellara likely didn’t see it as much of a challenge.

Trek’s Simon Thomson told VeloNews that “Fabian is focused on the world champs as the main goal for the rest of this year and will assess from there if an attempt at the record is viable in the winter or spring amongst his classics ambitions.”

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Compton and Powers lock down day two of Colorado cyclocross racing, winning at Valmont Bike Park, where they claimed their national titles

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The Vuelta wraps up with a short, rainy time trial won by Adriano Malori. Contador cruises to GC victory

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Gallery: 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/gallery/gallery-2014-grand-prix-cycliste-de-montreal_345887 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/gallery/gallery-2014-grand-prix-cycliste-de-montreal_345887#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:46:52 +0000 Casey B. Gibson http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345887

Simon Gerrans will race worlds in Ponferrada, Spain as part of a deep and talented Australian team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Simon Gerrans wins in Montreal to sweep the weekend of racing in Canada

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Simon Gerrans will race worlds in Ponferrada, Spain as part of a deep and talented Australian team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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Results: 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/results-2014-grand-prix-cycliste-de-montreal_345883 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/results-2014-grand-prix-cycliste-de-montreal_345883#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:29:20 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345883 1. Simon GERRANS, Orica-GreenEdge, in 5:24:27 2. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, Lampre-Merida, at :00 3. Tony GALLOPIN, Lotto-Belisol, at :00

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  • 1. Simon GERRANS, Orica-GreenEdge, in 5:24:27
  • 2. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, Lampre-Merida, at :00
  • 3. Tony GALLOPIN, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
  • 4. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
  • 5. Romain BARDET, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :00
  • 6. Tom DUMOULIN, Giant-Shimano, at :00
  • 7. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC Racing, at :00
  • 8. Jonathan HIVERT, Belkin, at :00
  • 9. Enrico GASPAROTTO, Astana, at :00
  • 10. Bauke MOLLEMA, Belkin, at :00
  • 11. Cyril GAUTIER, Europcar, at :00
  • 12. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, Garmin-Sharp, at :00
  • 13. Petr VAKOC, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :00
  • 14. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at :00
  • 15. Jelle VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at :00
  • 16. Sep VANMARCKE, Belkin, at :00
  • 17. Simon GESCHKE, Giant-Shimano, at :00
  • 18. Francesco GAVAZZI, Astana, at :00
  • 19. Pierrick FEDRIGO, FDJ.fr, at :00
  • 20. Davide FORMOLO, Cannondale, at :00
  • 21. Daryl IMPEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at :00
  • 22. Michael ROGERS, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :07
  • 23. Jan BAKELANTS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :07
  • 24. Tim WELLENS, Lotto-Belisol, at :07
  • 25. Laurent PICHON, FDJ.fr, at :07
  • 26. Michael WOODS, Cannondale, at :07
  • 27. Simon SPILAK, Katusha, at :07
  • 28. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC Racing, at :07
  • 29. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, Belkin, at :07
  • 30. Kévin REZA, Europcar, at :07
  • 31. Alex HOWES, Garmin-Sharp, at :17
  • 32. Egor SILIN, Katusha, at :17
  • 33. Michael ALBASINI, Orica-GreenEdge, at :20
  • 34. Jean-Christophe PERAUD, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :27
  • 35. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, at :38
  • 36. Simon YATES, Orica-GreenEdge, at :50
  • 37. Frank SCHLECK, Trek Factory Racing, at :50
  • 38. Pieter WEENING, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:01
  • 39. Jens KEUKELEIRE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:01
  • 40. Fabian WEGMANN, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:06
  • 41. Georg PREIDLER, Giant-Shimano, at 1:06
  • 42. Peter STETINA, BMC Racing, at 1:06
  • 43. Pawel POLJANSKI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:06
  • 44. Kristijan DURASEK, Lampre-Merida, at 1:06
  • 45. Cristiano SALERNO, Cannondale, at 1:06
  • 46. Manuele MORI, Lampre-Merida, at 1:06
  • 47. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, Sky, at 1:06
  • 48. Gianni MEERSMAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:06
  • 49. Marco MARCATO, Cannondale, at 1:06
  • 50. Aleksei TCATEVICH, Katusha, at 1:18
  • 51. Daan OLIVIER, Giant-Shimano, at 1:26
  • 52. Jesper HANSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:26
  • 53. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, Movistar, at 1:26
  • 54. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Giant-Shimano, at 1:26
  • 55. Jan POLANC, Lampre-Merida, at 1:32
  • 56. Riccardo ZOIDL, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:39
  • 57. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:39
  • 58. Davide VILLELLA, Cannondale, at 1:58
  • 59. Christophe KERN, Europcar, at 2:14
  • 60. Yoann OFFREDO, FDJ.fr, at 2:14
  • 61. Christopher SUTTON, Sky, at 2:14
  • 62. Matej MOHORIC, Cannondale, at 2:14
  • 63. Janez BRAJKOVIC, Astana, at 2:14
  • 64. Matti BRESCHEL, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:37
  • 65. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 66. Pavel KOCHETKOV, Katusha, at 4:00
  • 67. Hugo HOULE, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:33
  • 68. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:33
  • 69. Christian MEIER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 4:33
  • 70. Ryan ANDERSON, Cannondale, at 4:33
  • 71. Rafael VALLS FERRI, Lampre-Merida, at 4:39
  • 72. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, Movistar, at 4:39
  • 73. Bruno PIRES, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:39
  • 74. Grégory RAST, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:39
  • 75. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, Lampre-Merida, at 4:39
  • 76. Thomas DANIELSON, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:39
  • 77. Michael SCHÄR, BMC Racing, at 4:39
  • 78. Amaël MOINARD, BMC Racing, at 4:39
  • 79. Sébastien MINARD, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:39
  • 80. Louis VERVAEKE, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:39
  • 81. Laurent DIDIER, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:39
  • 82. Nicki SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:39
  • 83. Stig BROECKX, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:39
  • 84. Yukiya ARASHIRO, Europcar, at 4:39
  • 85. Matthew BUSCHE, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:39
  • 86. Robert KISERLOVSKI, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:39
  • 87. Gert DOCKX, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:39
  • 88. Dennis VANENDERT, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:39
  • 89. Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky, at 4:39
  • 90. Geraint THOMAS, Sky, at 4:39
  • 91. Borut BOZIC, Astana, at 4:39
  • 92. Perrig QUEMENEUR, Europcar, at 4:39
  • 93. David TANNER, Belkin, at 4:39
  • 94. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ.fr, at 4:39
  • 95. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, Movistar, at 5:59
  • 96. Jean Marc MARINO, Cannondale, at 6:01
  • 97. Bruno LANGLOIS, Cannondale, at 8:21
  • 98. Kevin DE WEERT, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 8:21
  • 99. Phillip GAIMON, Garmin-Sharp, at 8:21
  • 100. Ben GASTAUER, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 8:21
  • 101. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ.fr, at 8:21
  • 102. Alexander KRISTOFF, Katusha, at 8:21
  • 103. Evgeny PETROV, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 8:21
  • 104. Edward KING, Cannondale, at 9:59
  • 105. Ian BOSWELL, Sky, at 9:59
  • 106. Steele VON HOFF, Garmin-Sharp, at 9:59
  • 107. Garrett MCLEOD, Cannondale, at 10:09
  • 108. Ryan ROTH, Cannondale, at 10:09
  • 109. Thierry HUPOND, Giant-Shimano, at 12:00
  • DNF Matteo BONO, Lampre-Merida
  • DNF Christopher HORNER, Lampre-Merida
  • DNF Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, Movistar
  • DNF Eros CAPECCHI, Movistar
  • DNF Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, Movistar
  • DNF Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, Movistar
  • DNF Biel KADRI, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Christophe RIBLON, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Jay MCCARTHY, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Zdenek STYBAR, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
  • DNF Serge PAUWELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
  • DNF Matteo TRENTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
  • DNF Vladimir ISAICHEV, Katusha
  • DNF Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, Katusha
  • DNF Marco HALLER, Katusha
  • DNF Dennis VAN WINDEN, Belkin
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, Belkin
  • DNF Nick VAN DER LIJKE, Belkin
  • DNF Yannick EIJSSEN, BMC Racing
  • DNF Ben HERMANS, BMC Racing
  • DNF Jakob FUGLSANG, Astana
  • DNF Valerio AGNOLI, Astana
  • DNF Lieuwe WESTRA, Astana
  • DNF Fredrik Carl Wilhelm KESSIAKOFF, Astana
  • DNF Stijn DEVOLDER, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Hayden ROULSTON, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Thomas PETERSON, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Nathan EARLE, Sky
  • DNF Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, Sky
  • DNF Danny PATE, Sky
  • DNF Jurgen ROELANDTS, Lotto-Belisol
  • DNF Mathew HAYMAN, Orica-GreenEdge
  • DNF William BONNET, FDJ.fr
  • DNF Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ.fr
  • DNF Sebastian LANGEVELD, Garmin-Sharp
  • DNF Moreno MOSER, Cannondale
  • DNF Bryan COQUARD, Europcar
  • DNF Antoine DUCHESNE, Europcar
  • DNF Tony HUREL, Europcar
  • DNF Matteo DAL-CIN, Cannondale
  • DNF Pierrick NAUD, Cannondale
  • DNF Benjamin PERRY, Cannondale

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Trainer: Sagan in prime position for worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/trainer-sagan-in-prime-position-for-worlds_345875 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/trainer-sagan-in-prime-position-for-worlds_345875#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:20:40 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345875

Peter Sagan did not finish the Vuelta, but he's "serious" about challenging for a world title in Spain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Peter Sagan withdrew from the Vuelta in stage 14, but his trainer says he is in a perfect spot to perform well in the world championships

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Peter Sagan did not finish the Vuelta, but he's "serious" about challenging for a world title in Spain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — Peter Sagan (Cannondale) lacks the results like he had in 2013, but his trainer said that after the Vuelta a España, he is in a perfect spot for the upcoming world championship road race.

“He’s pretty relaxed after using the Vuelta as preparation for the worlds,” Sebastian Weber told VeloNews. “It’s good for him that he didn’t have a spectacular result because that would’ve increased the pressure on him and got more people talking about him as a favorite.”

As a favorite in 2013, the Slovakian placed sixth on the Florence worlds circuit. The result followed up his best season yet with 22 wins.

He has suffered a slight drought this season with only seven victories, his lowest total since he turned professional in 2010. He did, however, win his third straight points classification title at the Tour de France this year.

A top-form Sagan would be able to crush his rivals as he did in the 2013 Gent-Wevelgem or in E3 Harelbeke earlier this year. He has the ability to attack, break his rivals, and out-sprint the remaining ones. Or when needed, like in Gent-Wevelgem, he can ride away solo.

The worlds circuit in Ponferrada, Spain, gives Sagan plenty of options with two small climbs per circuit and a descent of around 5 kilometers to the Castile and León city. The race will be contested on the final day of the UCI Road World Championships, on September 28.

Still, followers are scratching their heads and wondering if “the Saganator” already has his mind on 2015 and his new contract, which is worth a reported $4 million per year, with Tinkoff-Saxo. Besides the green jersey, his last wins came via the Slovakian national championships and a Tour de Suisse stage in June. He rode to third in the Vuelta’s eighth stage and fourth in the 12th stage, but abandoned in stage 14 and closed his second grand tour without a stage win.

It appears that strong finishers John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano), who won four times in the Vuelta a España, and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), winner of both Canadian one-day races in Quebec and Montreal, are bigger hopes for the rainbow jersey in Ponferrada.

“I don’t think he lacks an edge without winning lately,” Weber continued. “If he wins, it’s not going to get any easier for him because who will want to ride with him to the finish line in the worlds? Then, if you are not fast enough to out-sprint the pure sprinters on the flat stages like in the Tour, what chance do you have?

“In the Vuelta, he was happy to not be the sprint captain of the team. It was the team’s decision not to work for him in the sprints in the first week. That’s not because he was out of shape, but because he wanted to give something back to riders like Guillaume Boivin or Oscar Gatto, to help them get a contract for 2015.”

Cannondale is closing its team and the backers will sponsor Jonathan Vaughters’ Slipstream squad in 2015, but around 10 riders remain without contracts. Weber said that he may continue with the new Slipstream version of Cannondale, but first he needs to think about the worlds. He is busy training the Germans, his home riders like Tony Martin, and Cannondale’s cyclists.

“Peter is really focused on the world championship, he would really like to win the rainbow jersey,” Weber added.

“It was a big work to get him in the Vuelta team because had the team continued, it could’ve really used points and it would’ve been better for him to go to the Canadian races and get those points. He wanted to go to the Vuelta with an eye on the worlds. He’s serious.”

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Analysis: Contador reclaims his crown as king of the grand tours http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/contador-reclaims-crown-king-grand-tours_345842 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/contador-reclaims-crown-king-grand-tours_345842#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:47:01 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345842

Alberto Contador secured his sixth grand tour victory in the Vuelta finale on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Contador's dramatic Vuelta victory against Chris Froome revives the debate that he is one of the greatest grand tour riders in history

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Alberto Contador secured his sixth grand tour victory in the Vuelta finale on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Once again, against all odds, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) came out on top.

On Sunday, Contador reached the Vuelta a España summit for the third time of his successful, if controversial, career. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The “Pistolero of Pinto” crashed out of the Tour de France with what he said were the best legs ever. The problem was that one of his legs — the crown of the right tibia-fibula — was broken. Not shattered in pieces, but enough of a hairline fracture to force him out of the Tour and cast doubt on the remainder of his season.

Barely two weeks before the start of the Vuelta, cycling’s comeback kid surprised yet again, announcing that his recovery had gone better than expected, and that he’d start the Vuelta. Against a world-class field that included archrivals Chris Froome (Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and the best of the Spanish peloton, Contador downplayed his GC chances, insisting he would race simply to put a grand tour into his legs, maybe win a stage, and pay respect to his national tour.

“I didn’t want to end my season with a crash,” Contador said. “I wanted to race the Vuelta if I could, but I never expected to win. Things developed better than I could have ever imagined.”

Contador’s injury wasn’t as bad as many believed, and the recovery went better than expected, but he was short on training kilometers and he came to the Vuelta with a “wait-and-see” attitude on the GC.

But this Vuelta was more than another grand tour for Contador. The Spanish superstar was all but written off by many last summer after his humiliating drubbing at the hands of Sky and Froome in the 2013 Tour de France.

This Vuelta victory arrived just as Contador was desperate to regain his status as one of the top grand tour riders of his generation. After his poor 2013 season, his worst since his rookie year in 2005, Contador returned to his highest level in 2014, winning or finishing second in every stage race going into the Tour. Then disaster struck, and he never had a chance to show it on the roads in France.

This third Vuelta victory will be Contador’s sweetest. In 2008, he won his first when the Tour de France blackballed his Astana team from participating. In 2012, he won his second thanks to his spectacular raid at Fuente Dé, snatching away the jersey in an ambush against Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha).

“Each victory is special, including in 2012 when I managed to win in the most unexpected way,” Contador said. “But considering the level of competition here, and the fact coming back from my injury, this one will be very special.”

After both Froome and Contador crashed out of the Tour this year, the world saw the matchup in Spain that everyone wanted to see this summer. Both came into the Spanish tour unsure of their respective conditions — Contador with his bum knee and Froome way behind in preparation following his wrist injury. Yet each found their legs as the race unfolded.

“No one tells the truth here,” Rodríguez grumbled midway through the Vuelta. “Froome and Contador said they were not ready to race to win, but they are in top form. I don’t believe they didn’t come here knowing that.”

Even if he wasn’t at his best, Froome fought to the very end, putting Contador on his limit up La Farrapona and Ancares. Unlike in the 2013 Tour, Contador didn’t crack. Instead, he rode with cool maturity, marking Froome’s wheel, and then countering late to win the Vuelta’s two hardest stages.

“I gave everything on the final climb, but Alberto was stronger than me,” Froome said. “Considering my condition at the start of the race, I cannot be anything but happy with this podium. I didn’t know if I could be top-10, the podium, or the victory.”

One firm conclusion during this Vuelta is that Froome was not as good as he was in the 2013 Tour, and Contador was better than he was during that Tour. When the numbers added up in the Vuelta, Contador out-gunned his archrival to deliver a dramatic victory on home roads for what is Contador’s first grand tour win since the 2012 Vuelta.

Contador had those same doubts, but survived the first week on what he said was his “class” as a rider. Supported by a strong Tinkoff team, Contador avoided troubles in the first half of the race and delivered perhaps his best individual time trial in years, taking important gains on Froome and his rivals to move into the pole position in Borja at the midway point of the Vuelta.

A pair of crashes by Quintana — the first a heavy fall in the Borja time trial, and a second the following day that left him with a fractured shoulder — took out the Vuelta’s pre-race favorite. By then, Contador was gaining confidence by the day.

Contador then fended off Froome and used his advantage he won in the time trial to play off his Spanish rivals, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Rodríguez. Neither could pose a serious challenge to Contador, and the race was on for the podium. Froome gained strength throughout the race but could not recover the TT losses, giving Contador a margin he could use to control the attacks in the decisive mountain stages.

“I had a lot of highs and lows after the Tour. I worked so hard to be in top condition for the Tour, and I was truly in my best shape ever,” Contador said. “It’s been a great season, first or second in every stage race. I hope to return to the Tour next year in similar condition, but now it’s time to enjoy this Vuelta.”

With the third Vuelta crown, Contador now boasts six official grand tour victories on his palmares, the most among any active rider. Contador lost two in the aftermath of his controversial clenbuterol case, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualifying his 2010 Tour and his 2011 Giro d’Italia wins as part of its retroactive, two-year ban. CAS did not buy into Contador’s claims of contaminated meat, but did not call it straight-up doping. Instead, it suggested contamination of nutritional products.

Since then, Contador has been battling to try to regain his position atop the peloton as cycling’s best grand tour rider. The rise of Sky, with back-to-back Tour victories in 2012-2013, led many pundits to believe that Contador couldn’t be competitive in “new cycling.” Younger, ambitious rivals, such as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Quintana, only made things that much more complicated.

After last year’s Tour, Contador said he went back to the basics, forgoing media and sponsor obligations, and working harder than ever. He spent weeks and weeks at altitude training camps in Spain’s Canary Islands, and came out gangbusters in 2014. This Vuelta victory straight up against Froome will revive Contador’s claims as the best grand tour rider in the peloton.

“Alberto is a special rider. He is strong in the head, the legs, and the heart,” said Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis. “There are not a lot like him.”

This thrilling and exciting Vuelta will inevitably raise expectations for next year’s Tour, when Froome, Contador, Quintana, and Nibali will all be gunning for the yellow jersey.

With this Vuelta win, Contador reclaims his spot at the elite of the sport. Quintana and Froome have only won one grand tour each, while Nibali has won one of each. Contador has earned one Giro title, two Tour de France titles, and three Vueltas. If he can win another Tour, in what would be his first official yellow jersey since 2009, he can rightfully reclaim his title as the peloton’s best grand tour rider. As it stands now, that crown is still up for grabs.

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Powers, Compton make it a weekend sweep at Boulder Cup http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/powers-compton-make-weekend-sweep-boulder-cup_345863 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/powers-compton-make-weekend-sweep-boulder-cup_345863#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:48:38 +0000 Maxwell Nagel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345863

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) leads Allen Krughoff (Noosa) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) at the 2014 Boulder Cup. Photo by Kevin Scott Batchelor.

Both U.S. national champions swept the weekend's UCI cyclocross races in Boulder, Colorado

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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) leads Allen Krughoff (Noosa) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) at the 2014 Boulder Cup. Photo by Kevin Scott Batchelor.

National cyclocross champ Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) put on a spectacle Sunday as he charged to victory at Boulder Cup for the second consecutive year.

The race was held at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park, site of the 2014 national cyclocross championships in January.

After Belgian Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) took the hole shot, the elite men’s race at Boulder Cup was very quickly split into pieces.

With early moves from Allen Krughoff (Noosa Pro Cycling) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), a group of 20 riders battled at the front, while the rest of the field was strung out, fighting to remain in contention.

Krughoff and Johnson were caught by the field, but Powers remained out in the wind, while Jonathan Page (XcelLED) sat in second position. On the third lap, it was a continued effort by Krughoff that led to a select group of 10 riders.

“Allen and Tim had made the first selection, so we took a few laps together and Allen had been on the front for a while,” said Powers. “I had noticed that the chase was starting to swell a little bit and [Todd] Wells (Specialized) was about to reconnect, so I punched it pretty hard with seven [laps] to go.”

Following Powers’ attack, it was only Krughoff and Johnson who could match the acceleration of the national champion.

“Once the group of three was made, I knew that I had to make the first move and do it pretty early, so with four to go, I went and had opened up about 10 seconds over those two guys,” Powers explained. “I wasn’t feeling great, but I knew that if I was going to go, I’d have to do it then.”

Powers’ final move was too much for Johnson and Krughoff, who finished the race battling each other for a second-place finish, with the closest chasing group over a minute back.

Powers went on to solo over the finish line, while Krughoff attacked Johnson on the final lap, securing a second-place finish for the local rider who finished fifth at the national championships on at the same venue in January.

“It’s nice being able to come out and win races like these early on in the season,” said Powers. “I’m flying home tomorrow and then racing Madison, Gloucster, Providence, and Rochester, so things will be pretty busy for a while, but I’m looking forward to seeing how things go as the season progresses.”

Compton wins again

Despite bad positioning early on, national champion, Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) powered to a solo victory at a dry and dusty Boulder Cup.

The race began with an early attack from Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) who went off the front on the first lap. Mani held a steady gap for just over a lap, but hard work largely done by Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Cycling) led to her capture and huge separations in the main field, establishing a strong selection of only a few riders.

After struggling for good position, Compton, found herself sitting 10 wheels back, as the fast and technical course provided a challenge for movement throughout the field.

In her attempts to fight for the front, Compton put in a massive effort on the third lap in order to move up, leading to her race-winning attack.

Within half a lap, Compton opened up a 15-second gap over a chase group of Miller, Mani and Georgia Gould (Luna). A second chase group, led by Crystal Anthony (Optum), remained within reach of the Miller group.

On the final lap, Compton had increased her gap over the chase group of three, crossing the line with no one in sight. The battle for second came down to a two-up sprint, where Miller, the sprint winner at CrossVegas on Wednesday, edged out Gould in the closing meters, while Mani followed a few seconds behind.

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Gerrans wins GP Montreal, becomes first rider to sweep GPCQM weekend http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gerrans-wins-gp-montreal-becomes-first-rider-sweep-gpcqm-weekend_345844 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gerrans-wins-gp-montreal-becomes-first-rider-sweep-gpcqm-weekend_345844#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Neal Rogers http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345844

Simon Gerrans wins his second Grand Prix in a row with a strong sprint up the finishing climb in Montreal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Gerrans became the first rider in the event’s five-year history to sweep the Grands Prix Cyclistes Québec et Montréal weekend of

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Simon Gerrans wins his second Grand Prix in a row with a strong sprint up the finishing climb in Montreal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Two days after winning in Québec City, Australian national champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won again, in Montréal, becoming the first rider in the event’s five-year history to sweep the Grands Prix Cyclistes Québec et Montréal weekend of WorldTour races.

Gerrans finished ahead of world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), the 2011 Montréal race winner, and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Beilisol).

“Ultimately, again, it was a great day for Orica-GreenEdge,” Gerrans said. “It was perfectly executed by the team. We took control of the race from the start. There were lots of my teammates there in the final, and we finished it off perfectly. It’s very incredible that we swept the weekend. It’s extraordinary.”

The 17-lap, 205km course delivered almost 13,000 feet of elevation gain, with three significant climbs on each 12km circuit — first, the 1.8km Côte Camilien-Houde, atop Mount Royal, for which the city is named; then the 780-meter Côte de la Polytechnique; and, finally, the 560-meter uphill finish on Avenue du Parc.

The day’s main breakaway was established early, with four riders — Ryan Roth (Canadian National), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ.com), Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) and Louis Vervaeke (Lotto-Belisol) — opening a five-minute lead within 20km.

By the end of the second lap, the gap was up to 7:08, and at the end of the third lap, it had grown to 10:45. After 50km, it had ballooned to 12:15. Behind, Movistar, Astana, and Orica drove the chase.

A brief split in the peloton, 63km into the race, caused a bit of panic, as about 25 riders, mostly from Movistar, Belkin, Astana, Trek and FDJ, slipped away. That split was short-lived, however, and after eight of 17 laps, the four riders held a lead of about nine minutes.

With five laps remaining, that advantage was down to 5:30 as Movistar, Astana, and Orica-GreenEdge continued to drive the chase. Two laps later, as the race for the finale began in earnest, the lead was down to just three minutes.

With 35km to go, Roth and Jeannesson lost contact with the 20-tear-old Polanc and the 22-year-old Vervaeke. At 25km to go, the two leaders held a 2:25 gap with Astana driving the chase.

Inside the final 20km, Jeannesson lost contact, leaving Polanc alone at the front with a 1:30 advantage over the peloton.

Polanc was caught with 10km to go, on the final ascent of Camillien-Houde, after almost 195km off the front of the race.

Soon after his teammate had been caught, Costa attacked, creating a nine-man selection that included Gallopin, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Belkin).

Gerrans initially missed the move, but chased back on. After a bit of cat-and-mouse, the lead group was caught, and about 30 riders rolled on toward the finish line. Also in that group: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin), and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano).

Several Orica riders, including Daryl Impey, Michael Albasini, Peter Weening, Simon Yates, and Jens Keukeleire, all remained at the front of the race, and drove the pace for Gerrans inside the final 5km.

Costa tried one final attack, but in the lead-in to the 560-meter uphill finish on Avenue du Parc, it was clear a bunch kick was inevitable. And in the final 200 meters, it was clear the race was for second place, as Gerrans easily took the sprint.

“I tried two attacks in the final,” Costa said. “My goal was to avoid arriving with a big pack. But it did not work. The Orica team very strong and Simon was too fast for me. This result reassures me about my condition. But the favorite for the worlds… on what he showed today, it is Simon. He may be favorite number one.”

Orica team director Matt Wilson said the entire squad had the utmost assurance in Gerrans’ ability to finish off for his second consecutive win.

“On a hard race like this, with a select group, he is one of the fastest guys in the world, and we are all supremely confident in him,” Wilson said. “Even despite that, the guys we have here at the finish (Michael) Albasini, (Daryl) Impey and even (Jens) Keukeleire as well, these are all world class guys in that sort of finish so when you put them all together, it’s a pretty unbeatable combination.

“We had a really good look at how the race went the last few years and we knew that it was teams with numbers that could control it in the final and come up trumps,” Wilson continued. “We gambled that it would be the case again and tried to use minimum guys all day, just wait for that last five kilometres and really take control then which is exactly what happened. Mat (Hayman) had the most work to do today. It fell to Christian (Meier) in Quebec but we felt Christian could possibly go a bit further into the day today being a climber and we could use him a little later on. Then it was up to the other guys in the finish.”

With the two one-day wins on circuits similar to a world championship course , Gerrans instantly becomes a five-star favorite for the world road championship in Ponferrada, Spain, two weeks’ time.

“The Orica teamwork was amazing,” Gerrans said. “My teammates had confidence in me, and I knew that if they took me to the sprint, there was a good chance of victory. To win both Québec and Montréal, it’s great. I’m really happy. It was a difficult course, not necessarily favorable to sprinters, but I was confident throughout the race. I think my wins here show that I am fit for worlds. I hope to arrive in Ponferrada in the same condition.”

Results (top 20)

1. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica), 205.9 km in 5:24:27 (38.04kph)
2. Rui Costa (POR) m.t.
3. Tony Gallopin (FRA) m.t.
4. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU) m.t.
5. Romain Bardet (FRA) m.t.
6. Tom Dumoulin (NED) m.t.
7. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) m.t.
8. Jonathan Hivert (FRA) m.t.
9. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) m.t.
10. Bauke Mollema (NED) m.t.
11. Cyril Gautier (FRA) m.t.
12. Tom Slagter (NED) m.t.
13. Petr Vakoc (CZE) m.t.
14. Jesus Herrada (ESP) m.t.
15. Jelle Vanendert (BEL) m.t.
16. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) m.t.
17. Simon Geschke (GER) m.t.
18. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) m.t.
19. Pierrick Fredrigo (FRA) m.t.
20. Davide Formolo (ITA) m.t.

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Adriano Malori, stage 21 winner, 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

Results from the final stage of the 2014 Vuelta a España

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Adriano Malori, stage 21 winner, 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

  • Adriano Malori, stage 21 winner, 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

    Adriano Malori, stage 21 winner, 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

    1. Adriano MALORI, Movistar, in 11:12

  • 2. Jesse SERGENT, Trek Factory Racing, at :08
  • 3. Rohan DENNIS, BMC Racing, at :09
  • 4. Vasil KIRYIENKA, Sky, at :17
  • 5. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Europcar, at :18
  • 6. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at :18
  • 7. Maciej BODNAR, Cannondale, at :18
  • 8. Alexey LUTSENKO, Astana, at :18
  • 9. Jasper STUYVEN, Trek Factory Racing, at :19
  • 10. Damien GAUDIN, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :19
  • 11. Kristof VANDEWALLE, Trek Factory Racing, at :19
  • 12. Daniele BENNATI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :21
  • 13. Sam BEWLEY, Orica-GreenEdge, at :22
  • 14. Nikias ARNDT, Giant-Shimano, at :24
  • 15. Patrick GRETSCH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :28
  • 16. Greg HENDERSON, Lotto-Belisol, at :28
  • 17. Gert JOEAAR, Cofidis, at :29
  • 18. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at :30
  • 19. Vegard BREEN, Lotto-Belisol, at :38
  • 20. John DEGENKOLB, Giant-Shimano, at :39
  • 21. Adam YATES, Orica-GreenEdge, at :40
  • 22. Luke ROWE, Sky, at :41
  • 23. Michael Valgren ANDERSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :44
  • 24. Jaco VENTER, MTN-Qhubeka, at :45
  • 25. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at :46
  • 26. Wouter POELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :47
  • 27. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing, at :47
  • 28. Maarten TJALLINGII, Belkin, at :47
  • 29. Valerio CONTI, Lampre-Merida, at :52
  • 30. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Giant-Shimano, at :54
  • 31. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at :55
  • 32. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at :55
  • 33. Geoffrey SOUPE, FDJ.fr, at :55
  • 34. Antonio PIEDRA PEREZ, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at :56
  • 35. Robert WAGNER, Belkin, at :56
  • 36. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, Garmin-Sharp, at :56
  • 37. Pirmin LANG, IAM Cycling, at :56
  • 38. Luis MAS BONET, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at :57
  • 39. Nikolas MAES, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :58
  • 40. Sébastien TURGOT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :59
  • 41. Pim LIGTHART, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:00
  • 42. Martin VELITS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:00
  • 43. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at 1:01
  • 44. Javier MORENO BAZAN, Movistar, at 1:02
  • 45. George BENNETT, Cannondale, at 1:02
  • 46. Karol DOMAGALSKI, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:03
  • 47. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:03
  • 48. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC Racing, at 1:03
  • 49. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at 1:04
  • 50. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, Lampre-Merida, at 1:05
  • 51. Martijn KEIZER, Belkin, at 1:06
  • 52. Stef CLEMENT, Belkin, at 1:06
  • 53. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:07
  • 54. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:08
  • 55. Wilco KELDERMAN, Belkin, at 1:08
  • 56. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at 1:08
  • 57. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC Racing, at 1:09
  • 58. Yohan BAGOT, Cofidis, at 1:09
  • 59. Vincent JEROME, Europcar, at 1:10
  • 60. Sébastien HINAULT, IAM Cycling, at 1:11
  • 61. Matteo TOSATTO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:12
  • 62. Matthias KRIZEK, Cannondale, at 1:13
  • 63. Christopher FROOME, Sky, at 1:13
  • 64. Francesco LASCA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:14
  • 65. Sander ARMEE, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:14
  • 66. Johan LE BON, FDJ.fr, at 1:14
  • 67. Koldo FERNANDEZ, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:15
  • 68. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at 1:15
  • 69. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:16
  • 70. Warren BARGUIL, Giant-Shimano, at 1:17
  • 71. Elia FAVILLI, Lampre-Merida, at 1:22
  • 72. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:23
  • 73. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:23
  • 74. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at 1:24
  • 75. Natnael BERHANE, Europcar, at 1:26
  • 76. Ramon SINKELDAM, Giant-Shimano, at 1:26
  • 77. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:28
  • 78. Imanol ERVITI, Movistar, at 1:28
  • 79. Marcel AREGGER, IAM Cycling, at 1:28
  • 80. Andrea GUARDINI, Astana, at 1:29
  • 81. Maxime MONFORT, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:29
  • 82. Amets TXURRUKA, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:30
  • 83. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at 1:31
  • 84. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, Giant-Shimano, at 1:33
  • 85. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, Cofidis, at 1:33
  • 86. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at 1:33
  • 87. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Movistar, at 1:33
  • 88. Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana, at 1:34
  • 89. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:35
  • 90. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, Sky, at 1:35
  • 91. Guillaume BOIVIN, Cannondale, at 1:35
  • 92. Lawrence WARBASSE, BMC Racing, at 1:36
  • 93. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 1:37
  • 94. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:37
  • 95. Jerome COUSIN, Europcar, at 1:38
  • 96. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Movistar, at 1:39
  • 97. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:40
  • 98. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at 1:40
  • 99. Peio BILBAO, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1:40
  • 100. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at 1:40
  • 101. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:40
  • 102. Dan CRAVEN, Europcar, at 1:41
  • 103. Nathan BROWN, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:41
  • 104. Fabio ARU, Astana, at 1:42
  • 105. Dominik NERZ, BMC Racing, at 1:43
  • 106. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:43
  • 107. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 1:43
  • 108. Laurent MANGEL, FDJ.fr, at 1:44
  • 109. Bart DE CLERCQ, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:44
  • 110. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 1:45
  • 111. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 1:45
  • 112. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:48
  • 113. Alessandro DE MARCHI, Cannondale, at 1:50
  • 114. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:51
  • 115. Philip DEIGNAN, Sky, at 1:51
  • 116. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at 1:51
  • 117. Guillaume LEVARLET, Cofidis, at 1:52
  • 118. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, MTN-Qhubeka, at 1:52
  • 119. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 1:52
  • 120. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, Cofidis, at 1:53
  • 121. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM Cycling, at 1:54
  • 122. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:54
  • 123. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:54
  • 124. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at 1:55
  • 125. Romain ZINGLE, Cofidis, at 1:56
  • 126. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at 1:57
  • 127. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:58
  • 128. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:58
  • 129. Romain HARDY, Cofidis, at 1:59
  • 130. Yannick MARTINEZ, Europcar, at 1:59
  • 131. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:59
  • 132. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at 1:59
  • 133. Simon CLARKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:00
  • 134. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at 2:03
  • 135. Jerome COPPEL, Cofidis, at 2:04
  • 136. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:04
  • 137. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at 2:07
  • 138. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at 2:08
  • 139. Alexandr KOLOBNEV, Katusha, at 2:11
  • 140. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:12
  • 141. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 2:12
  • 142. Javier Francisco ARAMENDIA LORENTE, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:13
  • 143. Peter KENNAUGH, Sky, at 2:15
  • 144. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, Lampre-Merida, at 2:15
  • 145. Paul MARTENS, Belkin, at 2:20
  • 146. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at 2:21
  • 147. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:21
  • 148. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at 2:22
  • 149. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:22
  • 150. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ.fr, at 2:23
  • 151. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 2:24
  • 152. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:26
  • 153. David ARROYO DURAN, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 2:27
  • 154. Laurens TEN DAM, Belkin, at 2:27
  • 155. Christophe LE MEVEL, Cofidis, at 2:29
  • 156. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at 2:38
  • 157. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:42
  • 158. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 2:43
  • 159. Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG, MTN-Qhubeka, at 2:43

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Contador secures Vuelta a Espana title; Malori wins final stage TT http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alberto-contador-claims-crown-2014-vuelta-espana_345819 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alberto-contador-claims-crown-2014-vuelta-espana_345819#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:17:35 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=345819

The final podium of the 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

Alberto Contador confirms his Vuelta a España title as Adriano Malori wins a short, wet final time trial in Santiago de Compostela

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The final podium of the 2014 Vuelta a España. Photo by Tim de Waele.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) collected the final leader’s jersey in the Vuelta a España on Sunday as Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the concluding stage, a 9.7km individual time trial in Santiago de Compostela.

Malori set an early top time of 11 minutes and 12 seconds that stood as the weather deteriorated, forcing later starters to ride cautiously on a wet, winding course. Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) finished second on the day, eight seconds slower, with Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) third at nine seconds.

With Alejandro Valverde making the final podium, “it’s been a great Vuelta,” said Malori. “It’s huge for me as well, having taken a stage victory here. I am happy to win this final stage… Luckily, the team gave me a free ticket to recover during yesterday’s stage and I could tackle this time trial at 100-percent focus. We knew it could rain, and also that all the favorites (other than the GC contenders) riders like Rohan Dennis, Jesse Sergent or Jurgen Van de Walle, all started during the first hour.

“When I knew I had taken eight seconds on Sergent, which looked to me like a strong favorite, I realized I had many chances to win. He put two seconds on me through the intermediate, but the second part was more for strong rouleurs, suiting me better. The watts I produced were close to the highest level I found in my time trials this season, and that means I finished the Vuelta in good condition.”

In the end, it was Contador taking the title by 1:10 ahead of Chris Froome (Sky) with Valverde third at 1:50.

“I am thrilled with this victory,” said Contador. “It’s a dream to win three Vueltas. It’s something unexpected. The fans supported me along the way, and really gave me a boost to keep fighting. The team did a great job, and I could not have won without their support.”

It was less than two months ago that the 31-year-old Spaniard broke his leg in a crash that forced him out of the Tour de France.

Froome broke his hand and wrist in a crash that ended his defense of his Tour title, but he did not recover as well or as quickly as Contador.

“I am happy with the Vuelta, considering how my condition was at the start of the race,” he said. “I would like to come back to win the Vuelta one day. This podium gives me a lot of motivation for the future and the coming season. Alberto was the strongest, so he deserves to win.”

Neither managed a particularly impressive final time trial — Froome finished 63rd at 1:13, while Contador crossed 101st at 1:40 — but that was mostly due to the weather.

As for Valverde, he was already looking ahead to the world championship, and Il Lombardia.

“I’m really satisfied with this third place and my performance through the last three weeks,” Valverde said. “Save for the misfortune with Nairo’s crash, the team was A-plus. I think having Nairo still with us during the second part of the race would have changed things and made the race different for us. Still, I think this podium is a fair prize to all the work we did. We claimed three stage wins, which is also prestigious and important. It’s yet another podium finish for me in the Vuelta, already six since I became a pro. I think this hasn’t been done many times before, and I’m really happy.

“My season has been really consistent,” Valverde continued. “I won races right from the beginning in Andalusia, I was there in the classics, the Tour… but despite all of that, I don’t feel tired. Contrary to what usually happens, every seasons seems to me like shorter than the previous ones, more than when I was younger. I’m still excited about the sport, the racing, willing to give my best in what’s left this season, with two beautiful goals in the Worlds and Lombardy.”

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