VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Sanchez: Help Astana win Vuelta, then worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/sanchez-help-astana-win-vuelta-then-worlds_380444 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/sanchez-help-astana-win-vuelta-then-worlds_380444#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:37:09 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380444

Luis Leon Sanchez rode the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, supporting Astana teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, who both finished on the podium. He'll seek more success with those two at the Vuelta this August. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Luis Leon Sanchez plans to be an instrumental part of Astana's strong Vuelta team, and he hopes the race gives him top fitness for worlds.

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Luis Leon Sanchez rode the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, supporting Astana teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, who both finished on the podium. He'll seek more success with those two at the Vuelta this August. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

MILAN (VN) — Top Spanish one-day cyclist, Luis León Sánchez is on the road to Richmond, Virginia, for the world championships this September. His idea is “to win” in the Vuelta a España, worlds, or both.

The second part of his season continues Tuesday with the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain with Team Astana. The Murcian is racing there with Mikel Landa to prepare for the team’s charge on the Vuelta a España starting August 22 in the country’s south.

“I want to improve my condition in the Vuelta a Burgos to arrive on top form for the Vuelta,” Sánchez said in a press statement.

“Astana is fielding a top team; we have the responsibility of fighting for the win and I want to do my part. Nibali, Aru, and Landa are great riders, and we are fighting for nothing less than the win.”

Nibali announced Friday that he will race in Spain alongside Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, second and third in the Giro d’Italia this May, respectively. Nibali, besides winning the Giro in 2013 and the Tour de France in 2014, won the Vuelta in 2010. He is one of only six riders ever to have won all three grand tours.

With Sánchez, the nine-man team will include Diego Rosa, Paolo Tiralongo, and Dario Cataldo. Team manager Giuseppe Martinelli told VeloNews, “This is probably the strongest team that I’ve ever had for a grand tour.”

In the way that Englishman Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) came off the Tour de France and won the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday, Sánchez aims for the same in the Vuelta and Richmond worlds on September 27.

The 31-year-old is known as one of the most crafty and cunning stage hunters. His ability helped him take four stage victories in the Tour de France over the years, and push on further to overall wins in the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice.

“I want to make the team,” Sánchez said.

“In Baku at the European championships, we showed that we know how to race as a team. I’ve been studying the Richmond course already, looking over the videos sent to me from the team.”

First the Vuelta a España, which begins with a time trial on August 22 in Marbella. Sánchez, who renewed his contract for 2016 and 2017, has to help the team in turquoise win the overall as he tried to do in the Giro with Aru.

“It was easy for me to stay with team Astana,” he added.

“I’m happy in this team, I’ve known [general manager Alexandre] Vinokourov since the time that we raced together in Liberty Seguros. I hope to pay back the trust that the team has given me.”

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Dragoo wins stage 1 of Tour of Utah Women’s Edition http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/dragoo-wins-stage-1-of-tour-of-utah-womens-edition_380440 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/dragoo-wins-stage-1-of-tour-of-utah-womens-edition_380440#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:54:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380440

Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) won stage 1 of the Tour of Utah Women's Edition on Monday. Photo: Tour of Utah

Strong teamwork by the Twenty16-Sho-Air team nets Dragoo a win in the two-day women's race held in Logan and Ogden.

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Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) won stage 1 of the Tour of Utah Women's Edition on Monday. Photo: Tour of Utah

Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) held off a chasing peloton through relentless rain in downtown Logan for a solo win in stage 1 of the two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The Salt Lake City resident finished 49 seconds ahead of Gretchen Stumhofer (Colovita-Bianchi) and Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare), who was third.

“I’m super pumped to have this win. I just can’t believe it,” Dragoo said at the finish of the 75-minute race. “I just moved to Utah. It’s great. I’m pumped to do it for my new home state.”

The field included a number of top riders, such as Erica Allar (LA Sweat), the current National Criterium Calendar leader, and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), last year’s winner of the inaugural Tour of Utah Criterium Classic.

Racing on a technical 1.5-mile circuit, the peloton broke into several groups after a small break was established. Rivera worked alongside her teammate Villumsen to catch the break before Twenty16-Sho-Air took over.

“There was a break ahead of us for a bit. We were catching the group and I was just countering,” Dragoo said. “I thought for sure they’d catch me. I know that my team is smart enough to cover moves and not work in a break if they get in one and shut stuff down. It really worked out. It’s nice that we got the win today especially because we are such a small team.”

Speaking prior to the race, Dragoo added her appreciation for getting the opportunity to race alongside the men’s race.

“It’s great that they have a race for us. There’s a lot of publicity, TV time, and it’s good for women to be aired with the men. We really appreciate it. It’s going to help the sport grow for women and hopefully the younger generation sees it and wants to do this too.”

Ogden will host the second and final day for the women, racing 75 minutes on a fast, flat 1.5-mile circuit, using some of the same roads the men will race for the stage 2 finish. The winner of the Criterium Classic will be determined by the total points between the two days of racing.

Top 10 results

1. Allie Dragoo, Twenty16-Sho-Air
2. Gretchen Stumhofer, Colavita-Bianchi
3. Linda Villumsen, UnitedHealthcare
4. Allison Arensman, Twenty16-Sho-Air
5. Olivia Dillon, Visit Dallas Cycling
6. Justine Clift, Fearless Femme
7. Amanda Miller, Visit Dallas Cycling
8. Coryn Rivera, UnitedHealthcare
9. Samantha Schneider, ISCorp Cycling
10. Hannah Barnes, UnitedHealthcare

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Results: 2015 Tour of Utah, stage 1 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/race-results/results-2015-tour-of-utah-stage-1_380437 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/race-results/results-2015-tour-of-utah-stage-1_380437#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:28:36 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380437 Kiel Reijnen wins the opening stage of the Tour of Utah in a rainy sprint finish ahead of Alex Howes and Taylor Phinney.

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  • 1. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, in 5:09:02
  • 2. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 3. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 4. GREGORY DANIEL, BDT, at :00
  • 5. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :02
  • 6. Eric YOUNG, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :04
  • 7. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 8. Sebastián MOLANO, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 10. Lucas Sebastian HAEDO, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04
  • 11. Wouter WIPPERT, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 12. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 13. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :04
  • 14. Edwin Alcibiades AVILA VANEGAS, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 15. Logan OWEN, BDT, at :04
  • 16. Ruben ZEPUNTKE, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 17. Daniel EATON, BDT, at :04
  • 18. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 19. Jure KOCJAN, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 20. Ruben GUERREIRO, BDT, at :04
  • 21. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 22. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :04
  • 23. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 24. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, BDT, at :04
  • 25. Travis MCCABE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 26. Dion SMITH, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 27. Connor MCCUTCHEON, AIR, at :04
  • 28. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 29. Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :04
  • 30. Nicolae TANOVITCHII, JBC, at :04
  • 31. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :04
  • 32. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 33. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :04
  • 34. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 35. Tyler MAGNER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 36. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 37. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 38. Pierrick NAUD, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :04
  • 39. Brendan CANTY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at :04
  • 40. Christopher HORNER, AIR, at :04
  • 41. Adam Phelan, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 42. Gregory OBANDO BRENES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04
  • 43. Jorge Camilo CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 44. Timothy ROE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 45. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 46. Griffin EASTER, AIR, at :04
  • 47. Matthew BUSCHE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 48. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 49. Rob BRITTON, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 50. Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :04
  • 51. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 52. Robbie SQUIRE, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 53. Gavin MANNION, JBC, at :04
  • 54. Taylor SHELDON, JBC, at :04
  • 55. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 56. Lachlan NORRIS, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 57. James ORAM, BDT, at :04
  • 58. Luca CHIRICO, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 59. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :04
  • 60. Mac BRENNAN, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 61. John HORNBECK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 62. Gerardo MEDINA, AIR, at :04
  • 63. Michael WOODS, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :04
  • 64. Alexandr BRAICO, JBC, at :04
  • 65. Flavio DE LUNA, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 66. Leonardo BASSO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 67. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 68. Julien BERNARD, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 69. Carson MILLER, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04
  • 70. Jasper BOVENHUIS, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 71. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 72. Carlos Mario RAMIREZ BOTERO, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 73. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 74. Chris BUTLER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 75. Zachary BELL, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 76. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :04
  • 77. Ben JACQUES-MAYNES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04
  • 78. Edward KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 79. Matthew Harley GOSS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :04
  • 80. Lachlan David MORTON, JBC, at :04
  • 81. Luis Enrique DAVILA, AIR, at :04
  • 82. Angus MORTON, JBC, at :04
  • 83. Stephen LEECE, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04
  • 84. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :04
  • 85. Brodie TALBOT, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at :04
  • 86. Jack BOBRIDGE, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at :04
  • 87. Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :04
  • 88. Chris PUTT, BDT, at :04
  • 89. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 90. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 91. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :33
  • 92. Jack ANDERSON, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at :39
  • 93. Cullen EASTER, AIR, at :51
  • 94. Walter Gaston TRILLINI, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :51
  • 95. Steve FISHER, JBC, at :51
  • 96. Jesse ANTHONY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :51
  • 97. Scott ZWIZANSKI, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :51
  • 98. Oscar CLARK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :51
  • 99. Erik SLACK, JBC, at :51
  • 100. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :51
  • 101. Emerson ORONTE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 1:07
  • 102. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:37
  • 103. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:55
  • 104. Phillip GAIMON, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :04
  • 105. David WILLIAMS, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 4:08
  • 106. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:08
  • 107. Josh BERRY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 4:08
  • 108. Joseph SCHMALZ, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 4:08
  • 109. Julian KYER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 4:08
  • 110. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:08
  • 111. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 4:08
  • 112. Malcom RUDOLPH, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 14:01
  • 113. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 14:01
  • 114. Andrea MANFREDI, BARDIANI CSF, at 14:01
  • 115. Kevin GOTTLIEB, AIR, at 14:01
  • 116. Tommy NANKERVIS, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 17:54
  • 117. Thomas SOLADAY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 17:54
  • 118. Charles Bradley HUFF, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 17:54
  • 119. Glenn O’SHEA, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 17:54
  • 120. Michael TORCKLER, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 17:54
  • 121. Justin MAUCH, AIR, at 17:54

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Simon Yates defends brother’s San Sebastian win after BMC’s reaction http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/simon-yates-defends-brothers-san-sebastian-win-after-bmcs-reaction_380426 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/simon-yates-defends-brothers-san-sebastian-win-after-bmcs-reaction_380426#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:53:35 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380426

Simon Yates took to Twitter to voice his frustration with BMC's reaction to the events of Saturday's Clásica San Sebastián. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Simon Yates takes to Twitter to voice his frustration over the reaction to his twin's victory in the Clásica San Sebastián

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Simon Yates took to Twitter to voice his frustration with BMC's reaction to the events of Saturday's Clásica San Sebastián. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — Simon Yates, twin brother of Clásica San Sebastián winner Adam, called BMC Racing’s reaction to Greg Van Avermaet’s crash with a television motorbike “disrespectful.”

The Orica-GreenEDGE rider took to Twitter to defend his 22-year-old brother and teammate following Saturday’s incident in the Basque Country in northern Spain.

Yates posted a grainy screen shot of the television coverage with around 10 kilometers to race that showed Belgian Van Avermaet crashing and Adam Yates around two yards behind.

Underneath the photograph, he wrote, “#justsaying.” Race winner Adam retweeted Simon’s post.

The posts came following BMC’s reaction to the incident.

“The bad thing is that I think I could have won the race,” Van Avermaet said in a press release Saturday. “I had a big gap.”

“Greg had a good gap,” added Sport Director Yvon Ledanois. “If this does not happen, he wins the race and Philippe finishes second.”

Team president Jim Ochowicz said Sunday, “Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened.”

Van Avermaet attacked on the final climb of the day with around 10 kilometers to race, but a following TV motorbike lost control on the narrow road and touched its front wheel with the bicycle’s rear wheel. BMC’s cyclist, winner of the Tour de France’s Rodez stage, went down on the right and Yates made his way through the carnage on the left.

Yates made an attack of his own later on the climb. He went on to win his first WorldTour race, which was partly spoiled by a loss of TV coverage. He did not realize he had won when he reached the finish solo, only throwing up his hands to celebrate the San Sebastián win several moments after crossing the line.

It is not the first time this year that vehicles played their part in a race. Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was taken down by a motorbike in the Tour de France, and in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, a Shimano service car caused both Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) and Sébastien Chavanel (FDJ) to crash.

Adam Yates himself was involved in a controversial crash with BMC’s Peter Stetina nearby in a stage finish of the País Vasco this April. In the final kilometer of a sprint finish, the group had to make its way around poorly marked traffic poles on the road. Stetina broke his right tibia, patella, and four ribs, and Yates broke his finger.

Ochowicz added that the team plans “to explore every legal option” after the incident Saturday that marred the Spanish classic.

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Coryn Rivera sporting the national champion's jersey she won in 2014. Photo: Jonathan Devich

Coryn Rivera finished second in her first race, a one-lap boys' race, when she was 11. But success in female racing soon followed, and it

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Coryn Rivera sporting the national champion's jersey she won in 2014. Photo: Jonathan Devich

About half a lifetime ago and when she wasn’t yet a teenager, Coryn Rivera spent considerable time pedaling around Southern California. It was heady stuff for a 10-year-old to ride 100 miles, but it was a family affair and it served her well.

Rivera, now 22 and the defending champion of the women’s omnium at the Tour of Utah, was on the back of a tandem with her father as the pilot. Her indoctrination was a quick learning experience.

A year later, she was racing solo. She finishing second in her first race, a one-lap boys’ race. But success in female racing soon followed, and it lead to her dozens of national titles and current position among the country’s top sprinters. “It’s one my favorite memories of cycling,” said Rivera, who finished eighth on the rainy opening day of the two-day women’s omnium. “It’s a big part of my life, growing up and riding with my parents.”

Much has happened since.

A sprinting specialist since her junior racing days, Rivera is steadily improving as a well-rounded rider. She’s succeeding at road races and improving as a time trialist. She’s won nearly a dozen races this season and finished second at the Pan-American Games road race and at the road nationals.

“Looking back, it’s seems like it’s been a long time,” said Rivera. “I’ve been racing pro along with collegiately throughout my career. I’ve been in a bunch of different categories and it’s been some what of a slow progression throughout it all.

“But I think I’m nail all of these little milestones, from studies to collegiate racing to pros. I’ve always kind of been pigeon-holed as a crit rider, but as I am getting older and having more time to ride, I am maturing as a rider and getting stronger on the hills and working on my time trialing just a little bit. I’ve stepped it up this year and it’s showing.”

Rivera’s breakthrough in pro racing occurred with her victory in stage 3 of the Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany in late July. She remained in Europe to compete in La Course, the women’s event on the final day of the Tour de France. “The first big pile up, just about everyone went down,” said Rivera of La Course. “There were wheels everywhere. It was so slippery, even the mechanics were going down just getting out the car. I only crashed once then it was just trying to get back on an trying not to crash. I couldn’t count how many crashes I dodged.”

Rivera’s improvement has also been apparent to Rachel Heal, the UnitedHealthcare women’s team director. “This has been the breakout year for her,” Heal said. “It’s a combination of her getting strong and strong. It’s hard work and self-motivation. She’s always had the potential but now she’s turning into much more of an all-around rider. She may be be a GC rider, but she can win one-day races and certainly sprints.”

Women’s racing concludes Tuesday with a late-morning criterium in Ogden.

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Reijnen wins Stage 1 with his close friends Alex Howes and Taylor Phinney filling the podium.
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Kiel Reijnen (Unitedhealthcare) won stage one of the Tour of Utah Monday afternoon, while Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) finished third in his

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Reijnen wins Stage 1 with his close friends Alex Howes and Taylor Phinney filling the podium. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Kiel Reijnen (Unitedhealthcare) sprinted to victory in stage one of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Monday afternoon, out of a five-man group that contained Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing), who held on for third in his comeback race.

During a cool and rainy day of racing, Reijnen and Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin) bridged to the two remaining riders of the day’s breakaway, Greg Daniel (Axeon Cycling) and Johann Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), on the first of two finishing circuits. The surprise addition of Phinney, who bridged up soon thereafter, provided just enough firepower for the quintet to hold off the peloton.

On the final finishing circuit, the peloton was disorganized and the gap to the leaders began to open. Phinney charged down the 600-meter finishing straight with Reijnen tucked in behind, followed closely by Howes. Reijnen powered to victory on the slick roads, as the rain had subsided from the finish of the stage. Howes came in second with Phinney just edging out Daniel for the final spot on the podium. Van Zyl, gapped on the final run-in, held off the charging peloton to finish in fifth. Eric Young (Optum) led the peloton four seconds after Reijnen.

Uphill from the gun

The 132 -mile first stage of the 2015 edition of the race stayed true to the race’s slogan, “America’s Toughest Stage Race.” A lollipop type circuit through Logan Canyon and around Bear Lake starting and finishing in Logan included over 2,500-meters (8,700-feet) of climbing.

Despite the dismal conditions at the start and facing an uphill grade for more than the first 50km (32mi), the attacks started in earnest. A seven-rider breakaway quickly established itself and set about opening a massive gap. The breakaway included Emerson Oronte (Team Smartstop), Carlos Ramirez (Team Colombia), David Williams (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Josh Berry (Team Budget Forklifts), Daniel, and van Zyl.

Leading by nearly fourteen-minutes at one point, the moderate gradient heading up Logan Canyon allowed the breakaway to keep a decent pace and work well together. The teams of Unitedhealthcare and Drapac were the first to show interest in bringing down the gap, as the breakaway approached the top of the category 3 climb.

Daniel captured maximum points over the top, followed closely by Berry, and Ramirez. A windy and rainy descent on the wide highway created uneasiness amongst the riders in the breakaway. The group split on the descent, but did come back together.
Chipping away

Circumnavigating Bear Lake, the peloton crossed into Idaho for part of the stage. David Williams led the breakaway into Idaho and in the process captured the first intermediate sprint of the day, which took place on the state line. The rolling terrain around the lake allowed to peloton to considerably narrow the margin between themselves and the leaders. Back in Utah with 80km (50mi) to race the gap had shrunk to seven minutes.

Daniel took the second intermediate sprint of the day, but a big test remained — the climb back over Logan Canyon. Although shorter, it was steeper and rated as a category 2.

Not quite enough

Daniel took maximum points again over the top of Logan Canyon, uncontested. The lead group had been blown to pieces though, as only van Zyl and Oronte remained with Daniel. The long gradual uphill the riders faced going out of town now became a blitzing fast decent. The peloton crested the top of the climb in full chase mode, trailing the leaders by less than six minutes. Bardiani-CSF came to the front trying to bring the leaders back to et-up their sprints Sonny Colbrelli. High speeds and wet roads made it not a chase for the weary of hear. BMC Racing, Unitedhealthcare, Drapac were also all present at the front.

Heading into town, a tough uphill kicker dispatched Oronte from the lead group, while van Zyl powered along driving the pace, clearly stronger than Daniel.

Entering the finishing circuits the peloton had closed the gap to a mere 25-seconds, having absolutely flown down Logan Canyon. The 2.4km (1.5mi) finishing circuit included a tough little climb and immediately riders began attacking in pursuit of the leaders once the peloton got to it.

Reijnen, Howes, and Phinney were able to get across to the leading duo, while Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies tried to organize themselves to set-up Eric Young.

Ultimately, the five-escapees survived to the finish and Reijnen will roll out tomorrow wearing the leader’s yellow jersey. Howes sits four-seconds back in the general classification with Phinney a further two-seconds in the arrears.

The race continues tomorrow with a 159.6km (99.2mi) stage from Tremonton to Ogden.

Top 10, stage 1

  • 1. REIJNEN Kiel, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, in 5:09:02
  • 2. HOWES Alex, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 3. PHINNEY Taylor, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 4. DANIEL Gregory, AXEON CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 5. VAN ZYL Johann, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00:02
  • 6. YOUNG Eric, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :00:04
  • 7. COLBRELLI Sonny, BARDIANI CSF, at :04
  • 8. MOLANO Sebastián, COLOMBIA, at :04
  • 9. CARPENTER Robin, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :04.
  • 10. HAEDO Lucas Sebastian, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :04

 

Top 10, GC

  • 1. REIJNEN Kiel, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, in 5:08:52
  • 2. HOWES Alex, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 3. PHINNEY Taylor, BMC RACING TEAM, at :06
  • 4. DANIEL Gregory, AXEON CYCLING TEAM, at :00:07
  • 5. VAN ZYL Johann, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :11
  • 6. RAMIREZ BOTERO Carlos Mario, COLOMBIA, at :00:13
  • 7. YOUNG Eric, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :14
  • 8. COLBRELLI Sonny, BARDIANI CSF, at :14.
  • 9. MOLANO Sebastián, COLOMBIA, at :14.
  • 10. CARPENTER Robin, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :14

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Tom Danielson at the Tour of Utah press conference, August 2, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

As news spread Monday of Tom Danielson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, reactions from riders at the Tour of Utah, where

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Tom Danielson at the Tour of Utah press conference, August 2, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

As news spread Monday of Tom Danielson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, reactions from riders at the Tour of Utah, where Danielson was the two-time defending champion, were a mixture of dismay, awkward body language, and blunt language.

“Danielson and I turned pro the same year,” said Ben Jacques-Maynes, the veteran Jamis-Hagens Berman rider, just prior to stage 1. “You can see the massive difference in our career trajectories from 2002. Having said that, we now know why there’s a trajectory difference.

“We kind of knew about that with the Reasoned Decision and the whole Lance Armstrong thing coming out. Danielson gave plenty of testimony about his own drug use then. But I guess he hasn’t given it up. I don’t know what he could be thinking that it’s even a possibility. I don’t know what drives people to do these things.”

Danielson, Chris Horner (Airgas-Safeway), and Frank Schleck (Trek) were the predicted top contenders for the overall title, with Horner the runner up to Danielson the past two years. Schleck has several top-five overall Tour de France finishes and is competing in the Tour of Utah for the first time.

Horner wouldn’t comment specifically on Danielson, but he said the race strategy would change. Schleck was unfazed and pragmatic.

“We’ll just race hard, I guess,” said the Luxembourg rider. “He explained it and there’s nothing we can do. We have to wait for the B sample and before I would dare to say anything against him. He has to have a fair chance.”

Veteran United Healthcare rider rider Janez Brajkovic grasped for words.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Brajkovic said. “I don’t know all the details and I don’t want to judge people, but it definitely sounds bad. He’d be done, sure.”

Danielson faces a lifetime ban from the sport should his B sample confirm the positive test. He served a six-month suspension, from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013, after he admitted to doping during his time with the Discovery Channel team.

Like Horner, Brajkovic said the race strategy would change. With stages 6 and 7 of the weeklong including beyond category climbs, Cannondale-Garmin was expected to control the tempo of earlier stages.

“I guess it’s probably going to be harder for us,” Brajkovic said. “We were counting on them to control the race. We’ll have to be a little more aggressive and see what happens.”

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American U23 riders shine at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/mtb/american-u23-riders-shine-at-mont-sainte-anne-world-cup_380365 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/mtb/american-u23-riders-shine-at-mont-sainte-anne-world-cup_380365#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:57:56 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380365 The under-23 Specialized Racing duo of Howard Grotts and Kate Courtney suggested the future of American mountain biking is bright, as both

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The under-23 Specialized Racing duo of Howard Grotts and Kate Courtney suggested the future of American mountain biking is bright, as both rode to top-five placing’s over the weekend in Mount-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

Grotts, recently crowned men’s pro national champion, continued his strong season with a second place finish, 26 seconds behind winner Titouan Carod (Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret). Keegan Swenson (Team ShoAir-Cannondale) also put in a solid ride, finishing in tenth. Grotts remains in the top-five overall in the U23 World Cup standings, sitting in fourth with two rounds remaining.

A two-rider battle headlined the elite men’s race, Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing) and reining world champion Julien Absalon (BMC) showed themselves to be head and shoulders above the rest. Schurter came out on top, besting Absalon by fourteen seconds. Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team) rounded out the podium in third. Stephen Ettinger (Team ShoAir-Cannondale) was the top American in 31st, a distant 7:35 behind Schurter

Courtney remains in third overall in the under-23 women’s World Cup standings after riding to fifth place in Canada behind winner Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing). Rissveds finished in a time of 1:18:52 with Courtney 3:02 off the pace. Shayna Powless cracked the top-fifteen with a 12th place finish, coming in a few minutes behind Courtney.

In the women’s elite race, Lea Davison (Specialized Racing) rode to another top-ten finish with sixth in Mount-Sainte-Anne. She finished 3:05 behind winner Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team). Erin Huck (Scott-3Rox Racing) and Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) finished 22nd and 25th, respectively. Davison continues to hold fourth in the World Cup overall.

On the Downhill side, junior racer Charlie Harrison (USA National Team) led the way for the Americans, barely missing the podium with a fourth place finish. Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing) placed seventh in the elite men’s race, 4.903 seconds off the winning time set by Josh Bryceland. Gwin continues to lead the World Cup overall in the elite category.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stays in North American with the riders taking on the courses in Windam, New York, next weekend.

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Results: 2015 Tour of Poland, stage 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-2_380336 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-2_380336#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:04:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380336 Pelucchi takes the second stage of the Tour of Poland in a sprint, as Kittel earns runner-up honors on the day and holds on to the race lead

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  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 11. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 12. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 13. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 14. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 17. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 18. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 19. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 21. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 22. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 24. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 25. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 27. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 28. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 29. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 31. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 32. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 33. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 34. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 35. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 36. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 37. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 38. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 39. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 42. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 43. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 45. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 46. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 47. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 48. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :00
  • 49. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 50. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 51. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :00
  • 52. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 53. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 54. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 55. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 56. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 57. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 59. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 60. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 61. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 62. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 63. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 64. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 65. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 66. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 67. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 68. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 69. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 70. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 73. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 74. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 75. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 76. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 77. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 78. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 79. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 82. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 83. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at :00
  • 84. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 85. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 86. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 87. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 89. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 90. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 91. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 92. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 93. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 94. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 95. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 96. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 97. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :00
  • 98. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :00
  • 99. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 100. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 101. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 102. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 103. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 104. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 105. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 106. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 107. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 108. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 109. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 110. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 111. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 112. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 113. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :00
  • 114. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 115. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 116. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at :00
  • 117. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 118. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 119. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 120. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 121. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :00
  • 123. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 124. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 125. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 126. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :00
  • 127. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 128. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 129. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 130. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 131. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 132. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 133. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 134. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 135. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 136. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 137. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 138. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 139. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 140. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 141. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 142. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 143. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 144. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 145. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 145. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 146. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :00
  • 148. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :00
  • DNF David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP

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Pelucchi sprints to win in Tour of Poland’s second stage http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/pelucchi-sprints-to-win-in-tour-of-polands-second-stage_380353 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/pelucchi-sprints-to-win-in-tour-of-polands-second-stage_380353#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:10:34 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380353 Matteo Pelucchi bests Marcel Kittel and Giacomo Nizzolo in a messy sprint to take the victory in the Tour of Poland

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Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) bested Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) in a messy sprint to win stage 2 of the Tour of Poland. A crash and the ensuing pileup brought much of the field down inside the final kilometer, but early reports suggest that no one suffered serious injury in the incident, though David de la Cruz (Etixx-Quick-Step) was forced to abandon the race by a broken collarbone sustained in a fall earlier on in the stage.

A five-rider group broke clear of the peloton not long after the start of the action, but the sprinters’ teams kept the move on a relatively short leash, never letting the gap get out too far on the relatively flat terrain. The peloton gradually reeled in the move until things were all together again with about 20km left in the stage, and then the leadout trains started to wind up for a big sprint finish, with Astana and then Orica-GreenEdge drilling at the front to discourage attacks and set up their riders for the finale.

Top 10, stage 2

  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00

Top 10, GC

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 6:03:09
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :10
  • 3. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :12
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :12
  • 5. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :13
  • 6. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :16
  • 7. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 8. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 9. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16
  • 10. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :16


In the battle for position at the head of the race, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) swung in front of stage 1 runner-up Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) after coming around the final corner and into the finishing straight, and the 21-year-old Australian hit the deck.

Ewan’s bike struck Nizzolo’s but the Italian sprinter was somehow able to stay upright — many of those in tow were not as fortunate, however, with one rider brought down as he rode over the frame, causing a massive pileup behind and putting several sprinters out of position.

Nizzolo and Modolo accelerated away from the pileup, but Matteo Pelucchi and Marcel Kittel came around and powered toward the finish. Pelucchi crossed the line first, raising both arms to celebrate his first victory since February.

Marcel Kittel, wearing the yellow leader’s jersey after winning the first stage of the race, retained his overall race lead after the crash-marred sprint.

Although the pileup brought down a significant portion of the peloton, initial reports seem to indicate that no one suffered any major harm in the finale: “I have no information on any serious injury,” said race director and former pro rider Czeslaw Lang.

The Tour of Poland continues Tuesday with a 166-kilometer stage 3, from Zawiercie to Katowice.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 11. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 12. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 13. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 14. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 17. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 18. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 19. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 21. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 22. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 24. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 25. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 27. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 28. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 29. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 31. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 32. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 33. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 34. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 35. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 36. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 37. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 38. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 39. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 42. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 43. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 45. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 46. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 47. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 48. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :00
  • 49. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 50. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 51. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :00
  • 52. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 53. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 54. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 55. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 56. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 57. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 59. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 60. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 61. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 62. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 63. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 64. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 65. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 66. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 67. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 68. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 69. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 70. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 73. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 74. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 75. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 76. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 77. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 78. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 79. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 82. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 83. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at :00
  • 84. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 85. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 86. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 87. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 89. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 90. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 91. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 92. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 93. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 94. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 95. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 96. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 97. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :00
  • 98. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :00
  • 99. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 100. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 101. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 102. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 103. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 104. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 105. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 106. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 107. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 108. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 109. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 110. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 111. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 112. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 113. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :00
  • 114. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 115. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 116. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at :00
  • 117. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 118. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 119. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 120. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 121. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :00
  • 123. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 124. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 125. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 126. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :00
  • 127. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 128. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 129. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 130. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 131. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 132. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 133. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 134. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 135. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 136. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 137. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 138. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 139. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 140. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 141. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 142. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 143. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 144. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 145. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 145. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 146. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :00
  • 148. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :00
  • DNF David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP

 

General classification

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 6:03:09
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :10
  • 3. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :12
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :12
  • 5. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :13
  • 6. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :16
  • 7. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 8. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 9. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16
  • 10. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :16
  • 11. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :16
  • 12. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :16
  • 13. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 14. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :16
  • 15. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 16. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :16
  • 17. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 18. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :16
  • 19. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 20. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :16
  • 21. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :16
  • 22. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 23. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 24. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 25. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 26. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 27. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 28. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :16
  • 29. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :20
  • 30. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :20
  • 31. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 32. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :21
  • 33. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 34. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 35. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 36. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 37. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 38. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :24
  • 39. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 40. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 41. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 42. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 43. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :24
  • 44. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 45. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 46. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 47. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 48. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 49. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 50. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 51. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 52. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 53. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 54. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :24
  • 55. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 56. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 57. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 58. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 59. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 60. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 61. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 62. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :24
  • 63. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 64. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 65. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 66. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :24
  • 67. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 68. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 69. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 70. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 71. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 73. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 74. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 75. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :24
  • 76. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 77. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 78. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 79. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 80. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 81. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 82. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 83. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 84. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 85. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 86. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 87. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 88. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :24
  • 89. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 90. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 91. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 92. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 93. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 94. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :24
  • 95. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 96. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 97. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 98. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 99. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 100. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 101. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 102. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 103. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 104. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :24
  • 105. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 106. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 107. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 108. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 109. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 110. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 111. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 112. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 113. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 114. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 115. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 116. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 117. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 118. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 119. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 120. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 121. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :24
  • 122. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 123. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 124. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 125. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :24
  • 126. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 127. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 128. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 129. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 130. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 131. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :45
  • 132. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :52
  • 133. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, at :58
  • 134. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:06
  • 135. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:09
  • 136. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:24
  • 137. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:27
  • 138. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27
  • 139. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 1:27
  • 140. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:27
  • 141. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27
  • 142. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:27
  • 143. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:27
  • 144. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 1:43
  • 145. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:43
  • 146. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:45
  • 147. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:55
  • 148. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:34
  • 149. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at 6:11

 

Points classification

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 39 points
  • 2. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 33 points
  • 3. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, 32 points
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, 27 points
  • 5. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 27 points
  • 6. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, 22 points
  • 7. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, 20 points
  • 8. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, 19 points
  • 9. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 17 points
  • 10. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 16 points
  • 11. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 14 points
  • 12. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, 13 points
  • 13. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 13 points
  • 14. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 12 points
  • 15. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, 12 points
  • 16. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 11 points
  • 17. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, 10 points
  • 18. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 10 points
  • 19. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 9 points
  • 20. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 9 points
  • 21. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, 8 points
  • 22. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 7 points
  • 23. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, 7 points
  • 24. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, 6 points
  • 25. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, 6 points
  • 26. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, 5 points
  • 27. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, 4 points
  • 28. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 3 points
  • 29. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, 3 points
  • 30. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 2 points
  • 31. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 2 points
  • 32. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 1 point
  • 33. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point

 

Mountains classification

  • 1. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, 9 points
  • 2. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 4 points
  • 3. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 2 points
  • 4. Pawel BERNAS, POL, 2 points
  • 5. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point

 

Teams classification

  • 1. Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, in 18:10:15
  • 2. Tinkoff – Saxo, at :00
  • 3. Team Giant – Alpecin, at :08
  • 4. Bmc Racing Team, at :08
  • 5. Etixx – Quick Step, at :08
  • 6. Astana Pro Team, at :08
  • 7. Poland, at :08
  • 8. Team Cannondale – Garmin, at :16
  • 9. Ag2r La Mondiale, at :16
  • 10. Iam Cycling, at :16
  • 11. Orica Greenedge, at :16
  • 12. Lotto Soudal, at :16
  • 13. Fdj, at :16
  • 14. Movistar Team, at :16
  • 15. Team Sky, at :16
  • 16. Team Katusha, at :16
  • 17. Ccc Sprandi Polkowice, at :16
  • 18. Trek Factory Racing, at :16
  • 19. Lampre – Merida, at :52

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The road to Mont Mégantic was scenic, but a crash took out plenty of riders at the foot of the climb in the second stage of the Tour de Beauce. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Phil Gaimon rides the Tour de Beauce, rests, and returns to training, with help from Henry David Thoreau

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The road to Mont Mégantic was scenic, but a crash took out plenty of riders at the foot of the climb in the second stage of the Tour de Beauce. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

I hate when people start their blog with an apology for how long it’s been since they’ve written, so I want to make it clear that I haven’t written in awhile because I haven’t raced in awhile, and that’s what I blog about. So I’m not sorry.

You see, when the Tour de France is going on, if you’re not one of the chosen teams for cycling’s main event, you’re probably sitting at home. Few races try to compete with the Tour, since they wouldn’t get the top riders, or a whole lot of viewership. It’s nice, though, because you don’t get much chance to rest during the season, or really train sometimes.

There was one race that I didn’t really feel like writing about, but it’s been long enough that I can tell you about the Tour de Beauce. Beauce is a great event, and one I hadn’t exactly targeted, but was looking forward to, with a good climbs, a long time trial, and a strong team.

Near the end of the second stage, Pierrick Naud was escorting me and Mike Woods to the base of Mount Megantic. You see where this is going: one of the dumbest crashes I’ve ever been a part of.

The road was dry and safe, there wasn’t any reason to fight for wheels, and we were about as organized, at the front, and together as teammates could hope to be (those are the things directors yell at you to do). I don’t know what happened in front, but suddenly we were all piled on top of each other, along with a bunch of other dudes. I slid on my back like a turtle, and remember looking over to see Woods sliding on his belly like a penguin. Pierrick kind of rolled, generously spreading the road rash to all sides. When I stood up, my bike was shockingly far away.

I limped to the finish, where our heroic soigneurs, Jose and Myriam, had found a small shack/house thing. The house was intended to shelter us while we warmed up and ate, but instead became an impromptu hospital/comedy club, as we cleaned and patched our wounds, observed and roasted by the guys who made it to the finish unscathed. Woods had taken some road rash to his nether regions, and the joke was that it was three feet long before the crash. Road rash is temporary, but a good dick joke is forever if I can write it in a blog or a book.

Pierrick had stitches and continued in the race. I think he used to play hockey. Woodsy spent some time with his family, and my crushed helmet indicated that I should sit in a dark hotel room staring at the ceiling for a few days. I emerged only to buy a blender and groceries, so I could make kale/beat shakes, which make me happy for some reason.

Guillaume Boivin rescued Beauce for us, racing like a wrecking ball, and capping it off with a National Maple Syrup Championship a week later. While I took a few days off, Tom Zirbel and our North Star crew held up their end and won a big race in front of our Minnesota-based sponsors.

I spent most of July at altitude in Big Bear, training at 7,000 feet for Utah and Colorado. My fiancé came up for a weekend, and Jesse Anthony joined for a few days, but he left me for a house the team was renting in Colorado. I could have gone there, but I trained in Big Bear at this time last year and it worked, so I didn’t want to change anything.

In my book, I talked a lot about sad times in cheap motels on the way from one race to another, living out of my car, eating dinner alone. I always looked back on it fondly, though, and reliving it for a few weeks in Big Bear wasn’t all bad. Maybe I just needed someone to tap me on the shoulder back then, and say everything was going to be okay. I know that now.

The Tour of Cali stage was snowed out, but it doesn’t get any better than Big Bear for good riding and good people. I have an annual tradition of reading Thoreau’s Walden by the lake, and I think he’d be proud of the portable kitchen I set up in my motel room, still in a box from the amateur days. Electric skillet, one fork, one knife, one spoon. I can afford vegetables now, though. Back then it was carbs and protein. Veggies were just empty vitamins. Thoreau was a proponent of a morning walk and manual labor. But wouldn’t be happy about all the training I did. I imagine he’d think pro cycling is pretty silly (but that’s the beauty of it, Henry!).

Beauce and portable kitchens are behind me now, and Utah and Colorado are coming up. I’m excited to line up with the team. My best “Miami Vice” impression is all over the race poster. Thoreau never had that.

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The altitude camp scenery provided an additional challenge: staying focused while doing intervals. Photo: Chad Haga

Chad Haga heads to altitude camp after a summer break from racing, and then takes on the Clásica San Sebastián

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The altitude camp scenery provided an additional challenge: staying focused while doing intervals. Photo: Chad Haga

The summer’s recent doping stories have served as confirmation — for those seeking it — that professional cyclists are all dirty, that races can only be enjoyed with the mindset that they’re watching a bunch of pharmaceutical robots. It’s simply easier that way, rather than taking the nuanced view that some people will always take shortcuts to achieve anything that’s worth being good at.

The rest of us, though, sweat and sacrifice and fight for every small gain that we can make, doing it the hard way: working for it. That’s why I’m so happy with my 56th place at the Clásica San Sebastián last weekend, but I’ll come back to that later.

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer break, the first time I’d taken three consecutive days off the bike since before the Tour Down Under in January. I may have enjoyed it a bit too much if you believe the bathroom scale, but it was summer in Spain, my apartment had no AC, and I can only resist ice cream for so long. What fat calipers can’t measure, however, is the motivation and rejuvenation gained by slacking off for a bit.

By the time I got back to work, I’d gone without swinging a leg over for more than a week. After one week of coffee rides and another of proper training, I was headed into the French Alps for a high-altitude training camp, repeating the previous summer’s plan that saw me finish the season well.

High-altitude camps are becoming more common as an effective—and legal—way to boost blood values, now that EPO and testosterone are things of the past (editor, can you please use the special sarcasm font for that last phrase?). Camps also build team camaraderie and provide a focused training environment, which is aided by the isolation that comes from living at a ski resort in the summer.

For the less-“settled” riders who comprised this camp, it was a nice change of pace to get away from our usual training routes. We had a support car following to make life easy (especially during the heat wave that pushed temperatures to triple-digits, necessitating more than a dozen bottles for a decent ride) as we explored new terrain. Just like at home, we had only to roll down the driveway and start pedaling our way into the postcard scenery. In this case, the driveway was 22km long, contained dozens of switchbacks, and took an hour longer to climb than descend, but that’s the price of a camp in the Alps.

The camp was a success, getting my legs back under me for the second half (well, the last quarter, but who’s counting?) of my season. I still lacked the sharpness that can only be attained through racing, so it was nice to get that tune-up at a low-key, drama-free race like the Clásica San Sebastián (editor, make sure to apply the sarcasm font to that phrase, too!).

In truth, though, the race provided a real test for me, as it is tactically simple and primarily comes down to strength. I’d had the same preparation for the preceding month as for the 2014 edition, so I could clearly see if I was any better this time around. As it turned out, the first 4.5 hours of my race were exactly the same as in 2014, but this time I stayed with the favorites all the way until the final climb before my legs gave out, two climbs more than last year.

That may not seem like much, but it means everything to me. That small gain was hard-earned, and I look forward to pushing myself to continue improving through the end of the season. The old adage really is true: it never gets easier, you just go faster. It just takes a lot of work to get there, but that’s fine by me.

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Vincenzo Nibali last raced the Vuelta in 2013, when he spent several days in the leader's jersey before ultimately finishing the race in second overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Fabio Aru says that he and Vincenzo Nibali can work together at the Vuelta a España

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Vincenzo Nibali last raced the Vuelta in 2013, when he spent several days in the leader's jersey before ultimately finishing the race in second overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — A storm could be brewing with the Vuelta a España on the horizon, but Fabio Aru refuses to believe so.

Aru, second in the Giro d’Italia, welcomed fellow Italian and teammate Vincenzo Nibali into the Astana lineup for the Vuelta, which starts in three weeks on August 22.

After a disappointing Tour de France, Nibali announced Friday that he would form part of Astana’s team alongside Aru and Spaniard Mikel Landa for the Spanish grand tour.

Team Manager Giuseppe Martinelli told VeloNews that it might be the strongest team he has ever raced in a grand tour, but it could be one that has the potential to internally combust.

Nibali is said to be on the outs with Astana after failing in the first half of the Tour de France, and Aru is supposed to be the team’s next grand tour star. The Kazakh team in blue has not renewed Nibali’s contact, which expires in 2016, but extended Aru’s through 2017.

Aru placed second in the Giro and put the Vuelta on his planner early in the year. He aims to win his first grand tour in Spain after last year winning two stages and finishing fifth overall. Nibali has won all three grand tours – the 2010 Vuelta, the 2013 Giro, and the 2014 Tour. Trying to make amends for the Tour in the Vuelta, his star presence could potentially upset Aru.

“It’s better to have Vincenzo as a teammate,” Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper over the weekend.

“It’s the others who will have the problems.”

Aru is taking a low-key approach to the Vuelta as he did for the Giro. Ahead of the Giro, he only raced in Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya.

After the Giro ended May 31 in Milan, he returned to racing for the first time in two months Sunday in the Tour of Poland. The eight-day race is his only preparation race before the Vuelta. That means that Aru has essentially spent more days training at altitude this year than he has racing.

The 25-year-old from Sardinia’s southwest has not previewed any of the Vuelta stages, but will rely on Martinelli’s direction and perhaps Nibali’s experience over the three weeks.

Achieving anything less than a win could be a disaster for the team. Before Nibali turned his Tour around with a stage win at La Toussuire ski station and a fourth place overall in Paris, General Manager Alexandre Vinokourov told VeloNews that the team has to win at least one grand tour this year.

“It’s not that we have to win, but we have to be competitive,” Martinelli told VeloNews.

“We were great in the Giro, probably the best team, but we lacked a big star to finish it off. With the team that we have for the Vuelta, we can take on and beat Quintana or Froome.”

Aru insisted that the race will not turn into an intra-team squabble.

“[Nibali and I] spoke on the telephone Thursday. He’s come out of the of the Tour in great form, the win gave him a good boost,” Aru said.

“We are professionals, we know how to do our work, we know the rules of the team. I have a good relationship with him even if we never race together.”

Aru pointed out times they lined up side by side: when he helped Nibali win the 2013 Giro and in the 2014 world championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Landa adds another potentially combustible element. At the Giro, the 25-year-old Basque climber appeared the strongest in team Astana at times, holding on to second overall for three stages and winning the Madonna di Campiglio and Aprica mountain stages. He is slated to join team Sky in 2016, so if he goes against the team’s orders and races for himself, then he would have little to lose and much to gain in the Vuelta.

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Taylor Phinney was all smiles catching up with Axeon team director Axel Merckx (for whom he rode at the start of his career) at the Tour of Utah team presentation event. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After more than a year away from competition, Taylor Phinney is excited to get back to racing at the Tour of Utah

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Taylor Phinney was all smiles catching up with Axeon team director Axel Merckx (for whom he rode at the start of his career) at the Tour of Utah team presentation event. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After 14 months of rehabilitation and reflection, Taylor Phinney returns to bicycle racing in this week’s Tour of Utah. How his battered but mended body will respond is unknown, but the BMC rider is eager to return to the peloton.

“I am not super nervous; I think I am more anxious,” Phinney said Sunday on the eve of weeklong’s race pre-race press conference in Logan. “I’ve just been waiting for a long time to get going and just do it. I will be happy once we get on the starting line and we go for it.”

The 710-mile (1143km) race begins Monday with a 132.1-mile (212.5km) stage 1 that starts and finishes in Logan.

Phinney’s multiple leg injuries in the 2014 U.S. national championship road race in Tennessee have been well-documented. Many in the sport, including the rider himself, thought his rapidly advancing pro career could have ended just as he was starting to really get going, with a stage win and the overall victory at the Tour of Dubai, a stage win at the Tour of California, and the national championship time trial title all secured that season.

“For sure, there were times when I didn’t think I was going to race again, said Phinney, 25. “I am glad I kind of had to think about that. You know, at the age of 24 having to think about my life without the bike. It puts a lot of things into perspective. It makes you realize how lucky we all are to be here racing our bikes.”

Phinney had discussed returning to competition in Utah since after an earlier potential return at the Tour of California didn’t materialize. Phinney and teammate Peter Stetina announced their participation Friday.

“My return to racing is more of a personal thing,” Phinney said. “I didn’t want to have too much external pressure by announcing it too early. My team was really supportive. They said, ‘If you want to go to Utah, you can decide three days before the race if you want to and you can decide not to race three days before the race if you want to.’”

“I’ve been doing really good the past couple of weeks. I’ve been training hard for a while, so I was excited to announce that I was going to race, but like I said, it was more of a personal thing.”

Phinney’s extended break from cycling led him to a growing interest in painting. His support included the guidance from parents Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Davis Phinney whose pro careers were full of both successes and setbacks from injuries. Carpenter-Phinney was the 1984 Olympic road race gold medalist. Davis Phinney had 328 career wins.

In 1988, Davis Phinney crashed into the back window of a team career while racing in Europe and suffered extensive facial injuries. Sixteen years ago, at age 40, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

“We didn’t so much compare injuries,” said Taylor Phinney. “He had all these scars on his face, but his body was fine. He went through a kind of identity crisis because his beautiful face wasn’t so beautiful anymore. My face was fine and I’m not saying it’s a beautiful face. It was more of a threat to a career in my instance.

“But I think I took a lot of courage and inspiration from his battle with Parkinson’s. Being around that, being around someone who’s constantly struggling and only trying to slow a decline. In my case, you’ve hit rock bottom, but you’re always coming back up. I realized how lucky I was that I am was going continue to improve.”

In addition to Phinney and Stetina, the amended BMC roster for the Tour of Utah will also include Brent Bookwalter, Michael Schär, Joey Rosskopf, Kilian Frankiny, and Manuel Senni.

“I am so excited to come back, but I haven’t come back yet,” Phinney said with a chuckle. “I still have to race tomorrow. I’ve got to see how that feels first. But I am looking forward to it and it will be nice to get back into it, for sure. And for sure, since all this time has expired my body just wants to go. I get one more night of sleep and then I’m going to hit it.”

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Movistar confirms Quintana will race Vuelta http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/movistar-confirms-quintana-will-race-vuelta_380303 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/movistar-confirms-quintana-will-race-vuelta_380303#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:30:14 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380303

Nairo Quintana wore the red leader's jersey for one day at last year's Vuelta a España before breaking his collarbone in a crash and abandoning the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Nairo Quintana joins a growing list of superstar GC contenders slated to start the 2015 Vuelta a España

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Nairo Quintana wore the red leader's jersey for one day at last year's Vuelta a España before breaking his collarbone in a crash and abandoning the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The 2015 Vuelta a España just keeps getting better.

With riders such as Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) set to race the Spanish grand tour, Movistar confirmed Monday that Nairo Quintana will also be at the August 22 start line.

Runner-up at the Tour de France in July, Quintana remained undecided on whether or not he would race the Vuelta. The Colombian sensation was said to be leaning toward skipping the race, but Movistar wants its superstar to start what will be his second grand tour of the 2015 season.

Quintana will link up with Alejandro Valverde, who rode to a career-best third at the Tour in July. The pair rode in tandem in France, giving Chris Froome (Sky) a run for his money. At the Vuelta, however, it is expected that Valverde will be the outright team captain, putting less pressure on Quintana.

Last year, Quintana won the Giro d’Italia, skipped the Tour, and started the Vuelta with high ambitions. A pair of crashes, however, sent him packing home early (though not before he’d spent a day in the red leader’s jersey).

Movistar officials confirmed Quintana’s presence Monday, and said more details about the team’s Vuelta lineup and strategy will be revealed in the coming days. With Quintana’s start at the Vuelta, it’s unlikely he will try to win a third straight title at the Vuelta a Burgos, which starts Tuesday in northern Spain.

Vuelta officials are hopeful Froome will also decide to race the Vuelta, which he has said he is considering. 2014 champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) ended his season already, and will not defend his title.

Other confirmed starters include Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin), Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale), and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

The 70th Vuelta begins August 22 with a team time trial at Puerto Banus along Spain’s Costa del Sol.

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Danielson won the Tour of Utah in 2014 and 2013, but will sit out the 2015 edition following a failed doping test. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Tom Danielson tests positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test performed July 9

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Danielson won the Tour of Utah in 2014 and 2013, but will sit out the 2015 edition following a failed doping test. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Tom Danielson (Cannondale-Garmin) tested positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test performed July 9, according to tweets from the rider Sunday night.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has not formally announced the positive test, but informed Danielson of the result on August 2.

“Tonight has been one of the worst nights of my life,” Danielson wrote on Twitter. “While I was eating dinner with my team the night before Tour of Utah I received a call [from] USADA notifying me that a out of competition test I gave July 9th has tested positive for, from what I understand, synthetic testosterone.”

Danielson, 37, will sit out the Tour of Utah, which he was scheduled to start Monday, as he awaits the results of his B sample. He won the last two editions of the race.

Further Tweets from the American rider, who served a six-month suspension, from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013, after he admitted to doping during his time with the Discovery Channel team, state that he will have the supplements he takes tested for possible contamination.

Danielson faces a lifetime ban from the sport should his B sample confirm the positive test.

Cannondale-Garmin released a statement Monday, confirming Danielson’s immediate suspension.

“Tom Danielson notified Slipstream Sports that he was informed by USADA that he has returned an adverse analytical A sample using carbon isotope testing. In accordance with Slipstream Sports’ zero tolerance anti-doping policy, he has been suspended from competition, effective immediately. He awaits the results his B sample. Slipstream respects and will adhere to the process of the anti-doping authorities and will not comment further.”

This story is developing, check back for more.

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Will Olson died following a crash Saturday at the Crested Butte stop of the Enduro World Series. Photo courtesy Bonnie McDonald

The Crested Butte stop of the Enduro World Series is canceled after a rider dies in a crash

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Will Olson died following a crash Saturday at the Crested Butte stop of the Enduro World Series. Photo courtesy Bonnie McDonald

CRESTED BUTTE, Colorado (VN) — Tragedy struck the Crested Butte stop of the Enduro World Series Saturday when a Colorado rider died following a crash.

The rider, Will Olson of Edwards, Colorado, died on course following a crash around noon during the third of eight timed stages held over three days.

Olson crashed on the lower part of the run, on Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, close to the finish line.

Though an official coroner’s report will not be released for several days, race organizers said early indications pointed to “blunt-force trauma to the chest.”

The accident halted competition on Saturday. The remainder of the event, to have been completed Sunday, was canceled.

Race organizers Brandon Ontiveros of Big Mountain Enduro (BME) and Chris Ball of the Scotland-based Enduro World Series (EWS) held an emotional press conference Sunday morning in Crested Butte — a press conference Ontiveros said “we all hoped would never happen.”

Ball said that competitors quickly notified on-site medics of Olson’s situation, adding that although a medic was at the scene via motorbike “within minutes,” Olson’s injuries “were such that he could not be saved.”

According to a press release issued by the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department, “two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately 30 minutes with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of 30 minutes longer. A paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on the scene and pronounced the rider deceased.”

Asked if there were any indication what might have caused the crash, Ontiveros replied: “We’re presuming that maybe he clipped a pedal…. He was probably going about 20 to 25 mph. The section where he crashed had a chicane, around some trees. A rider came upon him laying face down. There was no indication of head injury, and no real damage to his bike. It appears to have been a blunt force trauma to the chest.”

Ontiveros added that Olson, 40, who raced in the Vet Expert 30+ category, was “one of the most talented riders in Colorado, riding near pro level.”

“He had raced our events before, he had ridden in Crested Butte, and he was one of the riders expected to win that category,” Ontiveros said. “He was very skilled, a local Colorado guy … a positive soul. I think this was just a freak accident.”

Colorado-based BME organized the event as a stop on the international EWS series, drawing riders from around the globe. Ball said that none of the event’s results would be considered in the season-long EWS standings.

“Out of respect and honor of Will, and the bike community, [canceling the event] was the proper call,” Ball said. “No one wants to go out and race their bikes after a tragic accident like that. And out of respect to Will, we decided to cancel this round, in terms of points. A rider’s life is far more important, and we feel we have the support of the riders for that decision.”

Riders and staff on hand said that Olson’s death, and the cancellation of racing, were unprecedented within the enduro racing community.

Deaths have occurred in mountain-bike racing; most recently, in August 2014, Dutch mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar died following a crash in the qualifying rounds of the cross-country Eliminator at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop in Méribel, France.

However, this was believed to be the first death in enduro racing, a multi-stage format that resembles downhill racing yet requires riders to pedal up “liaisons,” and then race down “special stages” that are far longer than traditional downhill runs.

In lieu of racing, a memorial group ride was scheduled for noon on Sunday. Organizers also offered counseling to riders and staff, both in Crested Butte and next week in Whistler, British Columbia, the next stop of the EWS.

Giant rider Adam Craig said canceling the remainder of the event wasn’t just the right call, it was the only decision.

“Racing is no longer relevant,” Craig said. “Canceling was the only thing they possibly could have done.

“There are so many layers of things the race organizers have to deal with, and seeing how fast people can ride through the woods isn’t one of those things. Everyone can still ride their bikes today, if they want to. They can ride them fast, or not, but it just doesn’t matter.”

Craig added that in his decade-long career he had never before participated in an event where a death had occurred.

As for the future of BME and EWS events, Ball said that he had not had time to think that far ahead, but added that nothing in the event’s preparation could have prevented Olson’s accident — or saved him.

“From the EWS perspective, I’m confident in Brandon [and] in the medical team, and in that regard, I think we have to put this down to something we do in mountain sport — and it’s something closer to us than we’d like sometimes,” he said.

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Results: 2015 RideLondon-Surrey Classic http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-ridelondon-surrey-classic_380288 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-ridelondon-surrey-classic_380288#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:15:29 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380288 Jempy Drucker wins a four-man dash to the line in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic

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  • 1. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:47:46
  • 2. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 3. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 4. Sep VANMARCKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 5. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 6. Leigh HOWARD, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 7. Kenneth VAN ROOY, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 8. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :49
  • 9. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:00
  • 10. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:00
  • 11. Loic VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 12. Daniele RATTO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 13. Dries VAN GESTEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:00
  • 14. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:00
  • 15. Graham BRIGGS, JLT CONDOR, at 1:00
  • 16. Philippe GILBERT, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 17. Pieter JACOBS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:00
  • 18. Twan CASTELIJNS, BABYDUMP CYCLING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 19. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:00
  • 20. Thomas SPRENGERS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:00
  • 21. Eddie DUNBAR, NFTO, at 1:00
  • 22. Phil BAUHAUS, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:04
  • 23. Federico ZURLO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:04
  • 24. Fabian WEGMANN, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 3:04
  • 25. Mark MCNALLY, MADISON GENESIS, at 3:04
  • 26. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:04
  • 27. Dale APPLEBY, NFTO, at 3:04
  • 28. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 3:04
  • 29. Jakub KACZMAREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:04
  • 30. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:04
  • 31. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:04
  • 32. Ralf MATZKA, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:04
  • 33. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:04
  • 34. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:04
  • 35. Xandro MEURISSE, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 3:04
  • 36. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:04
  • 37. Gerald CIOLEK, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 3:04
  • 38. Alex PETERS, at 3:04
  • 39. Russell DOWNING, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 3:04
  • 40. Andrew FENN, TEAM SKY, at 3:04
  • 41. Huub DUYN, ROP, at 3:04
  • 42. Karol DOMAGALSKI, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 3:04
  • 43. Thomas SCULLY, MADISON GENESIS, at 3:04
  • 44. Mark CAVENDISH, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:04
  • 45. Alistair SLATER, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 3:04
  • 46. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:04
  • 47. Tyler FARRAR, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 3:04
  • 48. Thomas MOSES, JLT CONDOR, at 3:04
  • 49. Piotr BROZYNA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:04
  • 50. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROP, at 3:04
  • 51. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:04
  • 52. Scott DAVIES, at 3:04
  • 53. Wesley KREDER, ROP, at 3:04
  • 54. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 3:04
  • 55. Owain DOULL, TEAM WIGGINS, at 3:04
  • 56. Andrew TENNANT, TEAM WIGGINS, at 3:04
  • 57. Christopher LAWLESS, TEAM WIGGINS, at 3:04
  • 58. William CLARKE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 3:04
  • 59. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:04
  • 60. Dylan GIRDLESTONE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 3:04
  • 61. Tim KERKHOF, ROP, at 3:04
  • 62. Erick ROWSELL, MADISON GENESIS, at 3:04
  • 63. Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:04
  • 64. Michael CUMING, JLT CONDOR, at 3:04
  • 65. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:04
  • 66. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:04
  • 67. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY, at 3:19
  • 68. Giacomo BERLATO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 6:42
  • 69. Yanto BARKER, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 8:54
  • 70. Edward THEUNS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:54
  • 71. James VANLANDSCHOOT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:54
  • 72. Gustav LARSSON, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 8:54
  • 73. Robin STENUIT, at 8:54
  • 74. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:54
  • 75. George PYM, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 8:54
  • 76. Conor DUNNE, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 8:54
  • 77. Tom DEVRIENDT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:54
  • 78. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 8:54
  • 79. Matthew GIBSON, at 8:54
  • 80. Michal PALUTA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:54
  • 81. Samuel LOWE, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 8:54
  • 82. Jens MOURIS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 8:54
  • 83. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:54
  • 84. Bradley WIGGINS, TEAM WIGGINS, at 8:54
  • 85. Davide FRATTINI, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 8:54
  • 86. Kristian HOUSE, JLT CONDOR, at 8:54
  • 87. Alessandro MALAGUTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 8:54
  • 88. Joel ZANGERLE, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 8:54
  • 89. Christopher SUTTON, TEAM SKY, at 8:54
  • 90. Steele VON HOFF, NFTO, at 8:54
  • 91. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:54
  • 92. Nick DOUGALL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 8:54
  • 93. Jonathan DIBBEN, TEAM WIGGINS, at 8:54
  • 94. Evan OLIPHANT, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 8:54
  • 95. Morgan KNEISKY, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 8:54
  • 96. Sander HELVEN, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:54
  • 97. Steven LAMPIER, TEAM RALEIGH GAC, at 9:06
  • 98. Thomas STEWART, MADISON GENESIS, at 13:05
  • 99. Karel HNIK, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING, at 13:05
  • 100. Robert PARTRIDGE, NFTO, at 13:05
  • 101. Berden DE VRIES, ROP, at 13:05
  • 102. Peter WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 13:05
  • 103. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:05
  • 104. Germain BURTON, at 13:05
  • 105. Michael James NORTHEY, MADISON GENESIS, at 13:05
  • 106. Ian BIBBY, NFTO, at 13:05
  • 107. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 13:05
  • 108. Jonathan MCEVOY, NFTO, at 13:05
  • 109. Mateusz TACIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 13:05
  • 110. Alexander MAES, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 13:05
  • 111. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:01
  • 112. Andreas STAUFF, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 19:28
  • 113. Alessandro BAZZANA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 19:28
  • 114. Aidis KRUOPIS, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 19:28
  • 115. Ryan MULLEN, AN POST – CHAINREACTION, at 19:28
  • 116. Oliver WOOD, at 19:28
  • 117. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at 19:28
  • 118. George HARPER, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 19:28
  • 119. Jake Kelly, at 19:28
  • 120. Frederique ROBERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 19:28
  • 121. Barry MARKUS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 19:28
  • 122. Mathew CRONSHAW, MADISON GENESIS, at 19:28
  • 123. Theo BOS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 19:28
  • 124. Edward CLANCY, JLT CONDOR, at 19:28
  • 125. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 19:28
  • 126. Martin KOHLER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 19:28
  • 127. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 21:44
  • DNF Adam BLYTHE, ORICA GreenEDGE
  • DNF Nicolas MARINI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Shiki KUROEDA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
  • DNF Felix ENGLISH, JLT CONDOR
  • DNF Alex KIRSCH, CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Jonathan MOULD, ONE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Chris OPIE, ONE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Joshua HUNT, ONE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
  • DNF Mark CHRISTIAN, TEAM WIGGINS
  • DNF Gabriel CULLAIGH
  • DNF Kenny DE HAES, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Lander SEYNAEVE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Ken HANSON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Robert FöRSTER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM

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Results: 2015 Tour of Poland, stage 1 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-1_380285 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-1_380285#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:03:00 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380285 Marcel Kittel returns to the top of the podium in stage 1 of the Tour of Poland

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  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, in 2:43:13
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 3. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :00
  • 4. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 5. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 6. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 7. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 9. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 10. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 12. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 13. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 14. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 15. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :00
  • 16. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 18. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 19. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :00
  • 21. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :00
  • 22. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :00
  • 23. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 24. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 25. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 27. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 28. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :00
  • 29. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 30. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :08
  • 31. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 32. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 33. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :08
  • 34. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :08
  • 35. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 36. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 37. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 38. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 39. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 40. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 41. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 42. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 43. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :08
  • 44. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 45. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 46. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 47. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 48. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 49. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :08
  • 50. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :08
  • 51. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 52. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 53. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 54. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 55. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 56. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 57. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :08
  • 58. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 59. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :08
  • 60. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 61. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 62. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 63. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :08
  • 64. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :08
  • 65. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 66. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 67. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 68. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :08
  • 69. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :08
  • 70. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :08
  • 71. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 72. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :08
  • 73. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 74. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :08
  • 75. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 76. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 77. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 78. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :08
  • 79. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 80. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 81. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 82. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 83. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 84. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 85. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 86. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 87. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 88. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 89. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 90. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :08
  • 91. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 92. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :08
  • 93. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 94. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 95. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 96. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 97. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :08
  • 98. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 99. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 100. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 101. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 102. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :08
  • 103. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 104. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 105. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 106. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 107. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 108. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 109. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 110. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 111. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 112. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 113. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 114. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 115. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :08
  • 116. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :08
  • 117. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 118. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :08
  • 119. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 120. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :08
  • 121. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :08
  • 122. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 123. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :08
  • 124. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 125. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 126. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :08
  • 127. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 128. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :08
  • 129. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 130. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 131. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :08
  • 131. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :29
  • 132. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :36
  • 133. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :50
  • 134. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, at :52
  • 135. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :53
  • 136. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:08
  • 137. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:11
  • 138. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 1:11
  • 139. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:11
  • 140. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:11
  • 141. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:11
  • 142. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:11
  • 143. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:11
  • 145. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 1:27
  • 146. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 1:27
  • 147. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:29
  • 148. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:39
  • 149. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:18
  • 150. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at 5:56
  • DNF Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN

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Drucker takes four-up sprint to win RideLondon-Surrey Classic http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/drucker-takes-four-up-sprint-to-win-ridelondon-surrey-classic_380277 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/drucker-takes-four-up-sprint-to-win-ridelondon-surrey-classic_380277#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:49:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380277

Jean-Pierre Drucker won the RideLondon-Surrey Classic from a four-man break on SUnday. Photo: AFP

LottoNL-Jumbo has the numbers, but it's BMC's Jean-Pierre Drucker who gets the win in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic

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Jean-Pierre Drucker won the RideLondon-Surrey Classic from a four-man break on SUnday. Photo: AFP

Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) won a four-up sprint to take the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

The 200km route through London and Surrey served up a variation of the course used in the 2012 Olympics.

Going into the final 20km an eight-man break — Drucker; Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge); Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Etixx-Quick-Step); Ben Swift (Sky); Kenneth Van Rooy (Lotto Soudal); Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka), and Mike Teunissen and Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) — was holding a two-minute advantage over the peloton.

Swift attacked the break with 15km to go, and Drucker and Teunissen followed. Sbaragli led the others back up to them, and then Vanmarcke took his shot, prying open a significant gap.

Swift jumped once more but got nowhere, as Vanmarcke motored along at the front, taking a 16-second edge over his former companions into the final 10km with the greatly reduced peloton more than 90 seconds behind and losing ground.

Top 10

  • 1. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:47:46
  • 2. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 3. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 4. Sep VANMARCKE, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 5. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 6. Leigh HOWARD, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 7. Kenneth VAN ROOY, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 8. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :49
  • 9. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 1:00
  • 10. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:00

 

With 5km to go Vanmarcke had 20 seconds over the first chase, which Swift was trying to goad to greater efforts.

Finally Drucker jumped the group and went after Vanmarcke. Teunissen marked him, and Swift followed.

The trio closed in on Vanmarcke going into the final 2km and it was a quartet bound for the line.

At the red kite Drucker was on the front. Teunissen jumped once, twice, and then Swift found himself on point. Vanmarcke tried one final dig, going early on the left, only to see Drucker, Swift and his own teammate rocket past past at the line.

Teunissen took second on the day while Swift rounded out the podium in third.

“I am a fast guy, so I was pretty confident,” Drucker said after winning his first race of the season. “I looked a bit to Ben Swift because I knew he was a bit nervous. He wanted to do something. I tried to keep his wheel and focus on him.”

Vanmarcke said the race was “a real fight” from 70km out.

“With 15 kilometers to go, I tried to finish it on my own,” he said. “I was able to push through during the first five kilometers, but afterwards I was slowing down a little bit. It’s a pity that they caught me with two kilometers to go.”

Teunissen was likewise disappointed after having come so close to winning.

“I tried to put Ben Swift and Drucker under pressure,” he said. “Swift chased me two times and broke himself. I was close in the end and I think that I should have waited for the sprint. I’m fed up with that.”

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