VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:25:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Hesjedal changes mindset, goes on the attack at the Vuelta http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/hesjedal-changes-mindset-goes-attack_343257 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/hesjedal-changes-mindset-goes-attack_343257#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:02:34 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343257

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was the best of the rest, finishing second in stage 7. One can't help but wonder how the finale would have played out if the group of four had made it to the end together to contest the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Days after losing hopes for a strong overall standing, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) went on the attack Friday after changing his attitude

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was the best of the rest, finishing second in stage 7. One can't help but wonder how the finale would have played out if the group of four had made it to the end together to contest the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

ALCAUDETE, Spain (VN) — Two days after getting caught in an ambush in crosswinds that all but ended his GC hopes in the Vuelta a España, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was on the march in Friday’s stage across treacherous roads.

Hesjedal punched into the day’s winning breakaway, the first successful break of this year’s Vuelta, but a late crash dashed his hopes for the stage win. The Canadian rode across the line second at 1:34 behind winner Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), frustrated but content with his efforts.

“I was on De Marchi’s wheel, and my bike just went out from underneath me. It’s pretty frustrating,” Hesjedal told VeloNews. “De Marchi and I were doing the lion’s share of the work. Who knows what would have happened. Hat’s off to De Marchi, he was super strong all day. I was in for a shot for the win, so it’s pretty frustrating.”

Hesjedal’s crash was similar to one involving grand tour rookie Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano) earlier this week. Roads in southern Spain are covered in dust, grime, and oil, baking under an intense sun without rain for weeks if not months.

“The roads were pretty treacherous out there,” he said. “We were managing it pretty well, but my bike just slipped out from underneath me.”

Hesjedal’s presence in Friday’s breakaway revealed just how much this Vuelta has changed for the 2012 Giro d’Italia champion.

After skipping the Tour de France, he came into the Vuelta with quiet optimism of fighting for a top spot overall.

Those hopes evaporated Wednesday in an otherwise routine stage when Tinkoff-Saxo accelerated in crosswinds to try to split up the bunch. Unfortunately for Hesjedal, he was one of the biggest names caught in their trap, but he questioned Tinkoff-Saxo’s style of the attack.

“I am not a big fan of moves like that. We had just gone through a small village, with cobbles, and then a big descent, so the entire peloton is single-file, and then they drill it,” Hesjedal said. “Someone loses the wheel, and you’re caught out.

“I had Nathan [Brown] with me, but he punctured. Dan [Martin] was in the second group, and most of the team was having to deal with that. It was real hectic, and I didn’t have time to come back,” he said. “There were not a lot of guys in my group working. Basically, it was a 45km time trial. You cannot compete alone against the majority of the peloton.”

Hesjedal lost more than three minutes, and admitted he didn’t have great legs in Thursday’s explosive finale up La Zubia, losing even more time.

“The legs just weren’t there, so I rode up at my own pace,” Hesjedal said. “I have a different mindset now. The GC is over for me. We still have Dan [Martin], and we’ll ride to protect him. We’ll also be looking for other opportunities.”

Hesjedal was rewarded with the day’s most combative rider’s prize for his efforts. Garmin-Sharp’s second second-place stage finish — Martin was second in stage 3 — will only fuel their drive to win a stage before this Vuelta is over.

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Froome dodges bullet, confidence building day by day at Sky http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/froome-dodges-bullet-confidence-building-day-sky_343244 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/froome-dodges-bullet-confidence-building-day-sky_343244#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:58:54 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343244

Chris Froome (Sky) may have finished the Vuelta's stage 7 a bit battered and bloodied, but he also finished a couple seconds ahead of his rivals, showing his determination and GC ambitions. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Froome dodged a bullet Friday, and confidence is growing within Team Sky that their man could have a real shot at Vuelta victory

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Chris Froome (Sky) may have finished the Vuelta's stage 7 a bit battered and bloodied, but he also finished a couple seconds ahead of his rivals, showing his determination and GC ambitions. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

ALHENDÍN, Spain (VN) — Chris Froome (Sky) dodged a bullet Friday, avoiding serious injury in an early-stage crash. He later sprinted, with his right knee and elbow covered in bandages, to take a couple seconds on his GC rivals.

Temperatures and tempers were on the rise during Friday’s transition stage over rough, bumpy roads across Andalucía’s barren olive grove country. Froome couldn’t avoid other riders crashing in front of him, and went skittering to the ground, giving everyone inside the Team Sky bus a scare.

“I’m OK, but you definitely get the feeling that when bad luck comes, it comes more than once,” said Froome, who also crashed in a pre-race warm-up last week in Jerez de la Frontera. “All things considered, I’m feeling alright, and I think I got off relatively unscathed. It’s good to have another day behind us.”

When Froome went down, there was confusion in the bunch because the day’s main breakaway was just forming prior to the third-category Alto de Illora. Some teams kept pulling, trying to control the break or place a rider into the group, while others were urging the pack to slow down.

“I narrowly avoided the crash,” said Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). “Froome lost a minute because he had a mechanical, but no one was pulling at the front. Everyone was expecting it to regroup, and to get through the rest of the day ‘tranquilo.’”

Froome initially struggled to regain contact, but Team Sky pulled back into formation and paced him back into the front pack after a quick visit to the medical car.

“When the crash happened, a Giant-Shimano rider went down in front of me. I swerved to try to avoid that, and went down,” Froome explained on the team’s website. “The guys paced me back. It took us a good 15km before we got back into the peloton.”

Froome then had a parting shot in the finish, darting clear out of the GC group, enough to take two seconds on Contador and the others.

Despite the scare, Froome is now in fourth place overall, just 20 seconds behind race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Friday’s transition stage across the olive groves of Andalucía was hardly a walk in the park. The demanding parcours and rough, dust-and-oil-covered roads made for a tension-packed day of racing.

“Easy? Just ask Froome, he crashed,” Contador said after Friday’s stage. “The roads were super-slippery, and you had to be very careful. It took more than 40km before the break got away, so we were really going fast behind.”

The first week of the Vuelta closed out Friday with Froome looking a lot more credible than he did when the season’s third grand tour started in Jerez de la Frontera.

Though he may be one of the best contemporary grand tour riders, Froome came to the Vuelta with more question marks than confidence. Froome missed weeks of training to recover from his injuries that provoked his early exit from the Tour de France, preventing him from defending his yellow jersey.

Even Sky’s team boss Dave Brailsford said Froome wouldn’t know how he was going until the race hit the mountains. Froome answered those doubts Thursday in the short but steep climb up La Zubia.

Froome’s determination and aggressive racing in the first week have served as a spark within the Team Sky bus. When Froome was confirmed for the Vuelta, the team left home such riders as Ian Boswell to bring a stronger core group of experienced riders to protect Froome for a podium campaign.

One of those riders is Peter Kennaugh, who will be one of the key men for Froome in the mountains in the final week.

“The vibe has been pretty good from the start. Everyone is having a laugh. Everyone is working together, the spirit is really good,” Kennaugh told VeloNews. “Everyone knows their job. We’re all motivated to see Chris racing well.”

Kennaugh said he cannot understand speculation about Froome’s condition coming into the Vuelta.

“Maybe he wasn’t as good for the Tour de France, but Froomey in January is still better than 95 percent of the peloton,” Kennaugh continued. “I was always confident that he could do what he did [Thursday]. He’ll just keep getting stronger as the race goes on.”

Froome gave a hint that he was taking the Vuelta very serious when he sprinted to win a two-second time bonus at an intermediate sprint midway through stage 5.

“Why not take those bonus seconds when you can? Chris doesn’t forget that he lost the Vuelta [in 2011] by 13 seconds,” Sky sport director Dario Cioni told VeloNews. “It’s not easy to take two seconds in the race. It shows Chris is serious about this Vuelta.”

And if there was any doubt about Sky’s leader, he erased them in Thursday’s summit finale, riding to second in the stage, and erasing uncertainty about his form.

Without overlooking the potential dangers of crosswinds in Saturday’s sprinter’s stage to Albacete, the next major test comes in Sunday’s climbing stage to Valdelinares. The finale will be much better suited to Froome’s climbing style, with a second-category climb quickly followed by the 8km, first-category summit finish.

And following Monday’s rest day, Froome’s ace in the hole is waiting with the 36.5km individual time trial at Borja in stage 10. If Froome is anywhere near the same level the peloton’s seen over the past few years, he should be able to take important, if not decisive, gains on the Spanish mountain goats.

“The time trial will be very important for Chris,” Sky’s Dario Cataldo told VeloNews. “We have to keep Chris out of trouble, and protect him leading to the climbs. We are confident after what we are seeing so far.”

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VeloNews presents Athletic Achievement awards at Interbike gala http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/velonews-presents-awards-interbike_343144 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/velonews-presents-awards-interbike_343144#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:25:20 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343144

World champion Marianne Vos, winner of the 2014 Sparkassen Giro. Photo: AFP.

Nominees and winners in the Athletic Achievement category have been selected by the editors of VeloNews

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World champion Marianne Vos, winner of the 2014 Sparkassen Giro. Photo: AFP.

Interbike’s first annual industry awards gala, the IB Awards, celebrates the bike industry’s success and innovation. The 2014 awards honor achievements from the 2014 product year, beginning in July 2013 and concluding in June 2014. Nominees and winners will be selected from categories across the bike community, including Product Innovation, Athletic Achievement, Dealer Excellence, Supplier Performance and Advocacy Efforts.

Interbike has also partnered with multiple media organizations and other key industry colleagues to curate the different award categories, select nominees and ultimately honor the winners.

Tickets for the IB Awards can be purchased during the Interbike registration process. Special advanced ticket pricing for the event is $75 per person, and includes drinks, a sit-down dinner, and awards show entertainment. After September 6th, advance ticket pricing will end and tickets will only be available at onsite registration for $100.

Below is the list of nominees in the Athletic Achievement category; nominees and winners in the Athletic Achievement category have been selected by the editors of VeloNews. Click here for complete award category details.

North American Road Cyclist of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in road cycling for the 2014 race season amongst North American Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 through July 22nd, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)
➢ Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare)
➢ Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)
➢ Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop)
➢ Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)

North American MTB Cyclist of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in mountain bike racing for the 2014 race season amongst North American Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. This category will include performances across all disciplines of mountain bike racing, including XC, DH, Dual Slalom, Enduro, etc. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 through July 22nd, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Todd Wells (Specialized)
➢ Lea Davison (Specialized)
➢ Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Racing)
➢ Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

International Cyclocross Rider of the Year (Male/Female) – This award recognizes excellence in Cyclocross Racing for the 2013 race season amongst International Pro-level racers and includes both men and women. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between July 1st, 2013 through June 30th, 2014 for both domestic and international races.
• Nominees:
➢ Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
➢ Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
➢ Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
➢ Sven Nys (Crelan AA Drink)

International Cyclist of the Year Male – This award will be given to the individual male professional cyclist that dominates their respective category of racing that year. This award will include all racers in multiple disciplines of cycling (Mountain, Road, and Cross) and across all parts of the world. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cyclocross.
• Nominees:
➢ Julien Absalon (BMC Mountainbike Racing)
➢ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
➢ Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
➢ Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
➢ Sven Nys (Crelan AA Drink)

International Cyclist of the Year Female – This award will be given to the individual female professional cyclist that dominates their respective category of racing that year. This award will include all racers in multiple disciplines of cycling (Mountain, Road, and Cross) and across all parts of the world. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS)
➢ Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
➢ Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano)
➢ Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

North American Revelation Rider of the Year– This award is recognizes the professional cycling athlete (male or female) that has a breakout race year. This athlete could come from the best young rider ranks or could be a racer that finally has a year for the ages and has become a force to be reckoned with. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop)
➢ Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries)
➢ Katie Clouse (Cole Sport)

International Ride of the Year – This final award recognizes the athlete that performs at an amazing level on one-day event. These epic performances will be one for the ages and could come from one of the classics, or a single stage in one of the big Tours, or an amazing DH run, or even an epic CX event in incredibly difficult conditions. This ride will include male and female and will cover multiple disciplines of cycling. Performance is considered for all races that transpired between January 1st 2014 and July 22nd, 2014 for road and mountain and from July 1st 2013 through December 31st, 2013 for cross.
• Nominees:
➢ Vincenzo Nibali (Stage 5, Tour de France)
➢ Zdenek Stybar (World Cyclocross Championship)
➢ Andrew Talansky (Stage 8, Critérium du Dauphiné)
➢ Nairo Quintana (Stage 16, Giro d’Italia)

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Gallery: 2014 Vuelta a Espana, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/gallery-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343225 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/gallery-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343225#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:22:00 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343225

The peloton suffers through a hot day of aggressive, crash-filled racing. De Marchi prevails, and Froome battles back from fall to gain time

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USA Cycling announces changes to Pro CX calendar http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/usa-cycling-announces-changes-pro-cx-calendar_343219 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/usa-cycling-announces-changes-pro-cx-calendar_343219#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:48 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343219

Ryan Trebon edged out Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the 2013 Derby City Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com

USA Cycling announced the 2014-15 edition of its Pro CX calendar, beginning on September 6 and run through January 4, with 44 total events

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Ryan Trebon edged out Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the 2013 Derby City Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com

USA Cycling announced today that the 2014-15 edition of their Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) will begin on September 6 and run through January 4, and will again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s final standings.

The 2014-15 Pro CX calendar will feature 44 dates on the domestic schedule, including the addition of two C1 events, bringing the total of top-tier UCI races to eight.

Two new initiatives are in place for the 2014-15 campaign, including permanent race numbers for top pros for the entire year, and a new qualification process for national championships.

All riders who finished in the top 20 in last year’s Pro CX have been given the option to have a permanent number. Numbers range from 2 through 99, with the number 1 bib being reserved for race directors to assign as they wish.

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) has chosen #29; Elle Anderson (KDL Cycling Team) has chosen #22; along with Austin Vincent, they topped the men’s, women’s, and junior men’s standings on the 2013-14 Pro CX calendar.

Riders will be able to keep their numbers as long as they remain in the top 20 of the Pro CX following each season.

There will also be new qualifications to enter the elite categories at the national cyclocross championships. Invites for the elite divisions will only be offered to any rider ranked in the top 90 in the Pro CX standings following the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon, on December 6-7; or any rider with UCI points.

Another noteworthy addition to the rulebook will see riders having to pick their poison. Racers will no longer be able to compete in both elite and masters categories at the national championships. They can only race in one of those two divisions, but may also enter a singlespeed and/or a non-championship division.

This year’s calendar features at least one event in 18 states across the U.S., beginning on September 6 with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pennsylvania. It continues under the stars in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 10 with Clif Bar CrossVegas, the first of the calendar’s C1 races.

The series quickly moves to Colorado as riders vie for points in the U.S. Open of Cyclocross (formerly the Colorado Cross Classic) and Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colorado, on September 13-14.

The Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Maryland, will each be held September 20-21. The action remains in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders will compete in the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester 1 and 2 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 27-28 before the focus shifts to Providence, Rhode Island, October 4-5, when riders will compete in the Providence Cyclocross Festival.

The following weekend, Rochester, New York, will be the site of the Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival on October 11-12. The Pro CX circuit continues in the east with the HPCX in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Oct. 18-19, before heading west to St. Louis, Missouri, for the Oct. 25-26 Gateway Cross Cup.

On October 31, the focus will be in Fairfield, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Harbin Park before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest the Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark on November 1. The action that weekend concludes in Covington, Kentucky, where riders will compete in the Cincy3 @ Devou Park on November 2.

Covington will also be the site of the Pan Am Continental Cyclocross Championships that day, a non-Pro CX event that features races for elite women, U23 men, and juniors men. Also on that weekend, riders can compete on the east coast at the NEPCX Cycle-Smart International on November 1-2 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

From there, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Louisville, Kentucky, to contest the Derby City Cup on November 8-9.

In the middle of November, Pro CX action will take place in Iowa City, Iowa, as the 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross is slated for November 14-16. Riders will then travel to Stony Point, New York, to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2, on November 22-23. The following weekend, riders can burn off those Thanksgiving calories on either coast with the CXLA weekend in Los Angeles or the Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, Massachusetts. Both races are scheduled for November 29-30.

The week after Thanksgiving, December 6-7, will feature more bi-coastal action as riders can score points in Warwick, Rhode Island, at the NBX Gran Prix of Cross or Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on December 13-14, the North Carolina Grand Prix, before concluding in the New Year with the Kingsport Cyclocross Cup in Kingsport, Tennessee, on January 3, and the Resolution Cross Cup on January 3-4 in Dallas (Garland), Texas.

Both of those races will serve as final tune-ups for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, Texas, January 7-11. The national championships are a non-Pro CX event.

In 2014-15, there are eight Pro CX races ranked as C1 by the UCI; in those races, Pro CX points are tripled. Those eight races are listed below:

September 10, Clif Bar CrossVegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

September 14, Boulder Cup, Boulder, Colorado

September 20, Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, Wisconsin

October 4, Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, Rhode Island

October 11, Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival, Rochester, New York

November 1, Cincy3 Lionhearts International, Mason, Ohio

November 8, Derby City Cup, Louisville, Kentucky

November 15, 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross-2, Iowa City, Iowa

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Results: 2014 Vuelta a Espana, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/vuelta-a-espana/results-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343212 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/vuelta-a-espana/results-2014-vuelta-espana-stage-7_343212#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:15:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343212

Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to victory in stage 7 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alessandro de Marchi rides alone to win the stage, while Chris Froome chips away at GC with a sneaky sprint

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to victory in stage 7 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

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

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) soloed to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España, his first grand tour stage victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

De Marchi rides alone to win in Alcaudete, while a cagey Chris Froome gains a little more time on GC rivals

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Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) soloed to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España, his first grand tour stage victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale) rode alone to Alcaudete to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España.

Though the Italian had company for most of the 169-kilometer day, riding with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling), and Hubert Dupont (Ag2r La Mondiale) in the break, he seized the opportunity when Hesjedal crashed with 14 kilometers left.

Initially, there was some hesitation between de Marchi and Tschopp, but the Italian quickly made his move and never looked back.

Tschopp chased to no avail. Eventually he regrouped with Hesjedal and Dupont, but by that point, it was too late.

The Italian claimed his first career grand tour stage victory.

“It’s great to have been in a break with such strong riders,” said de Marchi. “After my top-fives, this is clearly the best result. A near perfect day today. … Obviously today I felt like I had good legs, and I was allowed [by the Cannondale team] to go for it.”

Behind, Chris Froome (Sky), again revealed his canny instinct and form. He remained attentive in the finale, sprinting out of the peloton and causing a slight split that gained him a two-second advantage over other GC favorites.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) still leads the overall by 15 seconds over teammate Quintana, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in third, 18 seconds behind. However, with his effort in the finish, Froome is now only 20 seconds behind the leader in fourth.

Stage 7 photo gallery.

Four riders off the front

A very large group attacked early, but the peloton wasn’t about to let it go.

After the early escapees were brought back, another group went away, including Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Niklas Arndt (Giant-Shimano), Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing), and Dominik Nerz (BMC).

However, many other riders in the peloton wanted to participate, and as others bridged to the leaders, the breakaway’s size swelled to 15 riders.

Again, the field was unhappy with the situation, and brought it all back together.

“The course was tough and the riders made ​​it extra hard,” said Belkin sports director Erik Dekker. “The start was fast and not long after, all hell broke loose. In the first hour, about 100 riders were dropped. If that happens in a pro peloton, the pace must be really, really high.”

Hesjedal and Tschopp then got off the front.

A few kilometers later, the leading duo were joined by Dupont and de Marchi.

In the peloton behind, Chris Froome (Sky) suffered a crash, but returned safely to the field.

With 69 kilometers left, the break’s advantage hit its zenith at 7:18.

The gap was gradually brought down to 4:07 by the time the leaders saw 20km to go.

Crash disrupts breakaway

With 14 kilometers left, Hesjedal crashed on a gradual bend, possibly hitting a patch of gravel, losing contact with the leaders. De Marchi took advantage of the situation and rode away from Tschopp.

Dupont was dropped by the two leaders, while Hesjedal waited for a new bike. When he crashed, his bike was run over by a camera motorcycle.

Back in the peloton, Lampre-Merida tried to chase, but it appeared that Movistar moved to the front and told the Italian team’s riders to ease off the pace. Perhaps they believed the break was too far away to be easily brought back.

With 12 kilometers remaining, de Marchi had a 3:05 lead over the field, and Tschopp was still chasing, 20 seconds behind the Cannondale rider.

At 5km to go, de Marchi’s advantage over Tschopp was 45 seconds.

The Italian leader’s advantage stretched to 1:35 with 3.2km to go. Behind, Hesjedal had joined Tschopp and Dupont in the chase. The peloton remained 3:22 behind.

But de Marchi was long gone, riding solo to win. “It’s never easy to win, but you just have to keep trying,” he said. “The close results give you motivation to try again. This is an important win for Cannondale as well. The team is closing, and we wanted to leave this Vuelta with a stage victory. We will try to win another one.”

Behind, Hesjedal led the chasing trio in, followed by Dupont and Tschopp.

“I am really happy with the day and my fourth place,” Tschopp said. “I already eyed this stage even though it was difficult to know beforehand how I would feel since the heat is so intense from the start. We broke away from the group on the first climb, and with riders like Hesjedal and de Marchi as company, I really had to hang on during the false-flats. I gave my maximum and I managed to score some points for the king of the mountains. This will maybe help me if I recover well and find some opportunities in the second and third weeks of racing. Certainly it has given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the race.”

As the peloton arrived, Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), and Froome attacked out of the group, hoping to cause a split on the final rise to the finish. The Sky leader succeeded in taking two seconds out of other GC favorites, including the race’s current leader, Valverde.

Giant Shimano’s Warren Barguil suffered a crash in the finale. The Frenchman was slow to get off the tarmac, and eventually walked his bike across the finish.

“It was a hard stage, [with] dangerous roads, [and it was] very hot again,” said Valverde. “When Froome crashed, we waited. It’s a matter of respect. Tomorrow should be a bit easier, we hope. Every day has been hard so far in this Vuelta. We hope the heat diminishes in the coming days.”

“I decided to take the wheel of Alejandro [Valverde] because I thought Valverde was going to close the gap,” Contador said of the finish. “Froome started, but I saw that Alejandro didn’t go. That surprised me, and I [didn't] know if at the end we [had] lost any [time].”

The peloton faces a flat 207km stage from Baeza to Albacete Saturday.

Full stage 7 results.

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Global Cycling Network tours the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bus.

Global Cycling Network takes a look at the bus that transports Martin, Boonen, and other OPQS stars during the Vuelta

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Global Cycling Network tours the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bus.

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.

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Eurobike Gallery: Canyon’s full-suspension, web-connected MSRC road bike http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/eurobike-gallery-canyons-full-suspension-web-connected-msrc-road-bike_343162 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/eurobike-gallery-canyons-full-suspension-web-connected-msrc-road-bike_343162#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:30:19 +0000 Caley Fretz http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343162

Canyon's latest road bike uses magnetic-controlled full suspension and can call home when you crash by connecting to your smartphone

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Merckx in hospital after heart scare http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/merckx-hospital-heart-scare_343154 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/merckx-hospital-heart-scare_343154#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:01:40 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343154

Eddy Merckx made his customary appearance at the 2014 Tour de France podium, greeting Vincenzo Nibali on stage 5, alongside Bernard Hinault. Merckx recently had a pacemaker fitted to aid with heart problems. Unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worse, and he was hospitalized due to chest pain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Eddy Merckx has been hospitalized in Brussels after suffering chest pain, but a close friend says everything is under control

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Eddy Merckx made his customary appearance at the 2014 Tour de France podium, greeting Vincenzo Nibali on stage 5, alongside Bernard Hinault. Merckx recently had a pacemaker fitted to aid with heart problems. Unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worse, and he was hospitalized due to chest pain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

BRUSSELS (AFP) — Cycling great Eddy Merckx has been hospitalized in Brussels after complaining about heart pains, Belgian newspapers reported on Friday.

Het Laatste Nieuws reported that, according to Merckx’s close friend, Paul Van Himst, it is “not so serious” and everything seems to be under control. However, it also said that, according to those present, Merckx looked “pale and worried.”

De Morgen and Het Laatste Nieuws said the 69-year-old Belgian had been suffering from hypertension and had lost consciousness last weekend.

Merckx, known as “The Cannibal” in the prime of his cycling career in the 1970s when he won the Tour de France five times, has a history of heart problems and had a pacemaker fitted last year.

A biography of the cyclist, published in March, 2012, said he had had a heart condition from the start of his career and should never have even competed professionally.

Friends of Merckx told AFP recently that he may undergo an angioplasty operation to widen narrowed or obstructed heart arteries.

Merckx is being treated by Pedro Brugada, the same doctor who successfully treated Nick Nuyens’ heart problems. Brugada is also treating former cyclocross world champion Niels Albert.

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Daryl Impey to return to racing, pharmacist takes doping positive blame http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/daryl-impey-return-racing-pharmacist-takes-doping-positive-blame_343150 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/daryl-impey-return-racing-pharmacist-takes-doping-positive-blame_343150#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:52:24 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343150

Daryl Impey has been cleared of wrongdoing. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

A hearing in Johannesburg has determined that Daryl Impey's positive test for Probenecid was a result of pharmacist error

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Daryl Impey has been cleared of wrongdoing. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

MILAN (VN) — South African Daryl Impey may return to race with team Orica-GreenEdge after a hearing Thursday in Johannesburg determined his doping positive was due to a pharmacist’s error.

“We are extremely happy with the fact that Daryl has been 100 percent cleared to race and we all look forward to having him back riding for us,” team Orica’s general manager, Shayne Bannan, said. “We very pleased with how he has handled his case and the process around it. We will reinstate Daryl in our racing roster as soon as possible.”

“I’m thrilled to have been given the notification that I’m 100 percent OK to race again and no sanction whatsoever will be applied,” added Impey. “I was confident in my defense and I’m thankful that I was given the chance clear my name beyond any type of doubt.”

The 29-year-old was forced to clear his name after the results of an anti-doping test that were announced on July 2, on the eve of the 2014 Tour de France.

At the 2013 Tour de France, Impey made headlines when he placed 13th on the stage to Montpellier, took over the race lead and became the first African to wear the yellow jersey. He held it for two days.

The tests results, however, showed him positive for the banned diuretic Probenecid from the February 6 South African national road championships. He was removed from Orica’s nine-man Tour team before the race began.

Probenecid is a substance used to treat gout and hyperuricema but banned because it can be used as a masking agent. The 1988 Tour de France winner, Spaniard Pedro Delgado, tested positive for Probenecid but was later cleared and kept his title.

Impey’s defense focused on a pharmacy in Durban, on the country’s eastern coast. A report in The Star newspaper explained that the pharmacist gave Probenecid to another customer and sold Impey empty gel capsules with contaminated hands. The Durban pharmacist took the blame and produced cash register receipts showing the times of the purchases.

Impey explained that he needed the gel capsules to fill with bicarbonate of soda in order to fight against lactic acid in the championship race. He went early in the morning to buy them, he said, but the pharmacy did not have any. Later, the pharmacist called Impey to say that he found some and Impey returned in the afternoon to buy them.

“It’s just utter, utter relief that justice has been done,” Impey said in The Star’s article. “Everything that has happened, all the bad publicity, all the mud that has been thrown at my name, it’s never going to be rectified, but I knew I hadn’t doped, and would never dope. We presented the hearing with hard facts, factual proof. This was no ‘maybe’ or ‘could have been.’”

Impey last raced at the Critérium du Dauphiné, closing the race June 15 in 89th overall. He is reportedly due to return to racing at the Canadian one-day races in Quebec and Montreal on September 12 and 14, three months after the announcement, and seven months after the test. He also hopes to compete in the world championships in Ponferrada, Spain, in late September.

“This is something that should have been handled quicker. Athlete’s rights are as important as anyone else’s,” added Impey.

“It was hugely disappointing missing out on Tour de France, and the Vuelta. This could have been sorted out in May and April, I could have got on with my career. … There have been massive repercussions for my family and me. My name has been dragged through the mud.

“We found the source, the hearing found no fault, no negligence on my part. We gave them the facts. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or even the right place at the wrong time, almost cost me my entire career. Cycling is not a hobby for me. This puts bread and butter on the table for my family.”

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Eurobike Tech: Zipp launches low-rolling-resistance Tangente tires http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/eurobike/zipp-launches-low-rolling-resistance-tangente-tires_343131 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/eurobike/zipp-launches-low-rolling-resistance-tangente-tires_343131#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:04:50 +0000 Caley Fretz http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343131

The Tangente Speed is Zipp's top-end clincher. It's a pure race tire, with no puncture-resistant belt. Photo: Zipp

Two new clinchers and a tubular focus on reduced rolling resistance and the aerodynamics of the tire/wheel interface

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The Tangente Speed is Zipp's top-end clincher. It's a pure race tire, with no puncture-resistant belt. Photo: Zipp

Zipp announced a thorough update of its Tangente tire line, placing a focus on decreased rolling resistance as well as the aerodynamic interaction between the tire and rim.

Three new tires enter the lineup for 2015: the Course, a 120 tpi all-around clincher, the Speed, a 220 tpi, featherweight race clincher, and the SLSpeed, a handmade, 320 tpi tubular with a handmade cotton casing.

The original Tangente lineup, produced by Vittoria, was initially designed with a focus on aerodynamics, shaped to control airflow from the tire to the rim. It was among the first designs to consider the tire from an aerodynamic standpoint, taking into account its impact as both a leading and trailing edge. Rolling resistance was largely ignored as an engineering goal.

That is not true of the new tires, available starting in September. Zipp engineers worked to reduce rolling resistance in all three models, employing new rubber compounds, a new puncture-resistant belt in the Course model, and new, softer, higher tpi-count casings.

Zipp did not provide any data to back up its rolling resistance claims.

The Course clincher will be available in 23mm and 25mm widths with claimed weights of 205 and 215 grams, respectively. MSRP is set at $55 per tire.

The Speed clincher is lighter, 180 grams and 190 grams for the 23mm and 25mm widths. It does not feature an anti-puncture belt, and is intended to be used as a race tire. MSRP is set at $65 per tire.

Both the Course and Speed models will feature rubber/nylon casings.

The SLSpeed is the highlight of the line, at least for the racers among us. It is available in 24mm and 27mm widths, tubular only, with claimed weights of 265 grams and 276 grams, respectively. The tubular uses a cotton/latex casing, just like Specialized’s new ultra-low rolling resistance Turbo Allround tire (both tubulars are available in 24mm as well, which seems to be the sweet spot between rolling resistance and aerodynamics).

MSRP for the SLSpeed will be $100 per tire. All three tires will be available in September.

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The Vuelta heats up in stage 6, as the GC contenders come out to play, and the pretenders are left behind on the steep climb to La Zubia

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The GC heads of state had their Vuelta test on stage 6, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) proved fastest. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Marquee names are battling in the opening stages of the Vuelta a España, delivering on the promise of the season's most exciting grand tour

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The GC heads of state had their Vuelta test on stage 6, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) proved fastest. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

LA ZUBIA, Spain (VN) — The final grinding kilometers of the short but very steep climb up the flank of Spain’s Sierra Nevada saw the peloton’s top stars gritting it out, elbow to elbow, fighting for victory.

This is the battle the cycling world wanted to see earlier this summer at the Tour de France. What didn’t happen in July is unfolding with thrilling consequences in Spain’s summer heat at this year’s Vuelta a España.

Thursday’s mountaintop finale, the first of six in this Vuelta, delivered the goods in five short but explosive kilometers. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Chris Froome (Sky) — two of the peloton’s elite — thrashed their legs for the win, each perhaps surpassing their own expectations after they crashed out of the Tour. Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), a perennial Vuelta favorite, played his card as expected with a sharp attack.

Yet it was Alejandro Valverde, who has openly vowed his allegiance to Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana, who came out the winner, taking the stage and recapturing the leader’s jersey.

It couldn’t have been a better script for the opening salvo from what’s arguably the Vuelta’s best field ever.

“This is the Vuelta that everyone is hoping for, with Quintana, Valverde, Froome, and Contador locking horns, really fighting,” said Sky principal Dave Brailsford. “This is just great to see. It’s really exciting. It gets you off your seat.”

The first mountain stage of any grand tour is often more a litmus test of form rather than a race-breaker. It reveals just as much about who possibly can win the Vuelta as who cannot.

La Zubia, a cruelly steep road straight up the flanks of the sun-seared Sierra Nevada, proved a worthy backdrop. Though only five kilometers long, it featured ramps as steep as 10 percent, the ideal proving ground for podium contenders and pretenders.

Movistar took control of the final climb, with Valverde throttling the front, putting much of the peloton into the red zone at two kilometers to go. A week of excessive heat, with temperatures hovering in the mid-to-high 90s, only heightened the suffering.

Valverde insisted he was riding to set up Quintana, but the pint-sized Colombian just sat there when everyone expected him to pounce. At 1,300 meters to go, the ideal moment to punch the accelerator, Quintana’s poker face gave nothing away, but his legs didn’t have the gas. Everyone was waiting for Quintana’s attack that never came. Instead, Rodríguez jumped with 700 meters to go. Valverde, who’s been criticized in the past for botching tactics, knew exactly what to do.

“We were setting a hard, steady pressure, trying to eliminate as many rivals as we could. When Purito [Rodriguez] jumped, I went right with him, and I had the legs to finish it off,” Valverde said. “I’ve said all along I am riding for Nairo [Quintana] in this Vuelta. I’ve been in the wind, doing some work, but also I am protecting my interests, not losing time. Nairo’s still there [second at 15 seconds back], but who’s to say I cannot win a stage when my legs are feeling good?”

As Valverde suggested, Quintana will surely take flight in the longer, even steeper climbs waiting in the final week of the Vuelta. And although the Giro d’Italia champion clearly didn’t have the spark to challenge for the stage — he was fifth at 12 seconds back — he was right where he needed to be.

Even more ecstatic was Contador, who not only was able to stay with Movistar’s incessant rhythm, but followed the accelerations late in stage, crossing the line for a morale-boosting third.

“Alejandro won the stage, but this is like a victory for me as well,” Contador said. “I couldn’t imagine being in the top-10 today, and there I was fighting for the victory. I am very content.”

Following his horrendous crash at the Tour that left him with a fractured leg, Contador was a final-hour starter for the Vuelta. He was only able to train two weeks before the start of the tour, but Thursday’s result gave him much-needed confirmation that he can be a player in this Vuelta.

“I’ve been really suffering in these first few stages. It’s a huge surprise to be up there today. I am so happy I decided to come to the Vuelta,” he continued. “It was so hard to miss the Tour. I was in the best form of my life, and I didn’t want to sit home on the couch, and miss the Vuelta as well. My leg still gives me a bit of pain, but I am feeling better with each passing day. Can I win the Vuelta? Well, I keep focusing on taking it day to day, but if I have a chance, I will certainly try.”

Froome, too, was more than content with his performance, nearly winning the stage. Like Contador, the 2013 Tour winner came into the Vuelta short on training days, and unsure of where he stood. He was able to stay with the Movistar surge, and then follow the late-stage accelerations to second place, an encouraging sign for the Sky entourage.

“Chris didn’t know where he was at. Today has given him a lot of confidence,” Brailsford said. “The idea was to build coming into the race, rather than start at 100 percent. He’ll be very happy today.”

On the sharp end of the action, there were a few more surprises. Fabio Aru (Astana) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) both punched into the top-10 on the stage. Robert Gesink (Belkin), back from heart surgery, was also there, as was young French hope Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano), riding as GC leader for the first time in his career. Mikel Nieve was ninth, meaning Sky will have firepower to support Froome deep in the mountains.

More than a few big names were on the back foot. Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who came with high expectations, couldn’t match Movistar’s searing pace, and lost touch with about one kilometer to go, crossing the line 19th, 1:04 back. Haimar Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing) and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), two veterans, both lost more than two minutes.

Samuel Sánchez (BMC Racing) also ceded time he didn’t want to, crossing the line 15th at 47 seconds. The 2008 Olympic champion, who is close friends with Contador, said it’s no surprise that he’s going better than expected.

“I have said from day one that if Contador is here, he will be competitive, so it’s not a surprise for me,” Sánchez said. “The best riders stayed at the front in the last one-and-a-half kilometers, and I could not follow them. I preferred to continue at my own pace to limit my losses.”

Garmin-Sharp was riding hard on the approach to La Zubia, with Andrew Talansky taking big turns until about 2.5km to go, but Daniel Martin couldn’t finish off the work, losing contact, and crossing the line 18th at 59 seconds back. Ryder Hesjedal, after losing time in the crosswinds Wednesday, was 44th at 3:44 back, results that put a serious kink into Garmin’s GC ambitions.

The Vuelta is just starting, but it’s shaping up to be the kind of race people were hoping to see this summer in July, before crashes and the huge gains eventual winner Vincenzo Nibali won across the pavé took the air out of the race.

Froome and Contador are clearly up for a fight. The strongest team in the race backs Valverde and Quintana. Rodríguez, Aru, and a host of others still might have something to say about it.

Buckle your seatbelts. The Vuelta is just starting.

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Alejandro Valverde ended his day on the podium after stage 6 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alejandro Valverde takes back the overall lead on stage 6's steep finish climb

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Alejandro Valverde ended his day on the podium after stage 6 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

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

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Rui Costa, winner of the 2011 GP Cycliste Montreal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Organizers of the fifth edition of the Québec City and Montreal Grands Prix Cyclistes have announced the rosters for the upcoming races

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Rui Costa, winner of the 2011 GP Cycliste Montreal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Organizers of the fifth edition of the Québec City and Montreal Grands Prix Cyclistes (GPs), held September 12 and 14 respectively, announced the rosters for the upcoming races, which include six of the top-15 riders in the UCI WorldTour rankings.

For the first time, spectators in Québec will see the rainbow jersey of the reigning world road race champion, Rui Costa, in action. Costa is no stranger to either GP, having taken the top step of the podium in Montreal in 2011.

“These are tough, very beautiful circuit races,” he said. “They’re ideal preparation for the world championships. But above all, they are important for your palmarès. Montreal was the first major victory of my career in a one-day race.”

The Portuguese champion will have help from Lampre-Merida teammates, including the ageless Chris Horner, winner of the 2013 Vuelta a España.

But he’ll have his work cut out for him, against some elite competition, including a trio of French stars in Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r La Mondiale), second in the 2014 Tour de France, and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), sixth in that same race, as well as Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol), who won a stage and wore the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour.

Others in the mix include Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing), fifth in the Tour de France, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), who won in Québec City in 2012 and has a reputation for bagging classics (he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won stages of both the Giro and the Tour de France in 2014, and Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing).

The list of potential winners continues, including Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), who finished third in Québec City and fourth in Montreal last year, Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr), second in Québec City last year, and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Geraint Thomas (both of Team Sky), among others.

Among the 18 ProTeams in this year’s peloton, Ag2r La Mondiale, currently sitting second in the UCI WorldTour standings, has entered six of the nine men who took the team classification honors in the 2014 Tour de France (Péraud, Bardet, Blel Kadri, Christophe Riblon, Sébastian Minard, and Ben Gastauer).

“Québec City and Montreal are festive events conducive to great action, and the riders really love going over there. The circuits are very well laid out and favor climbers and puncheurs,” said an enthusiastic Péraud.

As always, the GPs will include a contingent of Canadian riders, including two of the three Québecers on the UCI WorldTour, Hugo Houle (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Antoine Duchesne (Europcar), who’ll be competing in front of a home crowd, as well as Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge).

Full team rosters are available here.

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Classics specialists Fabian Cancellara (right), Tom Boonen (center), and Peter Sagan (left) are among the favorites for Ponferrada worlds who are using the Vuelta to hone their form. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Four of the biggest favorites for Ponferrada are at this Vuelta: Fabian Cancellara, Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen, and Peter Sagan

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Classics specialists Fabian Cancellara (right), Tom Boonen (center), and Peter Sagan (left) are among the favorites for Ponferrada worlds who are using the Vuelta to hone their form. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

LA ZUBIA, Spain (VN) — In a Vuelta a España packed with superstars, most of the attention has been focused on the GC contenders. And for good reason, with the likes of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Chris Froome (Sky), and Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) headlining what should be a blockbuster battle for victory.

Behind them, there is an equally impressive field of heavy hitters pedaling through this Vuelta for very different reasons. Some of the biggest names in the pro peloton are here, all honing their form for the one-day race that truly matters in the second half of the racing season — the world road championships — set for September 28, two weeks after the Vuelta concludes in northwest Spain.

Four of the biggest favorites for Ponferrada are at this Vuelta: Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Call them the “Fab Four,” among the peloton’s most successful and important riders, all at the Vuelta, with one thing in mind: the rainbow jersey.

“I am here at the Vuelta to prepare for the worlds,” Boonen said. “I’d like to try to win a stage, but the most important thing is to leave the Vuelta with good sensations for the worlds.”

That sentiment is echoed among all four of the marquee riders. So far in this Vuelta, there have been glimpses of their ambitions. Gilbert tried to win Wednesday’s stage, finishing seventh after beginning his sprint a touch too early. Cancellara, too, has been active, using the Vuelta to ease back into competition.

Of the four, it’s Sagan who seems to need the Vuelta to rediscover a winning kick. Sagan took a break following his third consecutive green jersey at the Tour de France, and signed a multi-million-euro deal to join Tinkoff-Saxo for 2015 and beyond.

Sagan has been uncharacteristically quiet so far in this Vuelta, and clearly is not on his best form. Some are questioning whether or not he has the desire to seriously make a run for the world title.

“Peter needs this Vuelta to regain his best form before the world championships,” said Cannondale sport director Mario Scirea. “He came here without racing, and he needs to use the first week or so to improve his condition. We hope to win a stage in the second or even third weeks.”

All four are hoping to leave the Vuelta with winning form heading toward Ponferrada. The rolling circuit course, with two short, steep climbs, is perfect for their powerful, puncheur style of racing. Many view Sagan as the outright favorite for the world title.

Two of the “Fab Four” have already won world road titles — Boonen in Madrid in 2005, and Gilbert in Valkenburg in 2012 — while Cancellara and Sagan are perennial favorites.

Cancellara already packs four world titles in his wardrobe, but all of those have come in the time trial. It’s the rainbow jersey of the road that has become Cancellara’s quest as he enters the closing years of his illustrious career.

“I have said many times I would like to win that rainbow jersey,” Cancellara said in an interview earlier this year. “I have been close a few times, but I have not had the luck. This year I will try again.”

Most of the favorites for the worlds are racing the Vuelta. Others include such riders as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano), Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and overnight race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), three-time defending world time trial champion, also is at the Vuelta to hone his form.

Since its move from April to September in 1995, the Vuelta has become the race of choice for worlds-bound riders. In fact, defending champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) is the first world champion since 2000 who did not participate in the Spanish grand tour. Recent Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is another notable absentee at this Vuelta, but typically, the world champion is honed on the roads of Spain.

Gilbert, for example, used the 2012 Vuelta as a springboard to his world title, salvaging what was an otherwise unspectacular season with two stage victories before his dramatic coup up the Cauberg.

“I hope to win a stage, but I came here not feeling great after the Eneco Tour,” Gilbert said. “The Vuelta is the best preparation for the worlds. There is no better way to train for the worlds than to race here.”

There is also a bit of jostling going on, especially between Boonen and Gilbert. Both will be fighting to prove their worth to lead the powerful Belgian team. Add Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and Belgium will be one of the favorites for the rainbow jersey.

“Anyone who says they can win the worlds at 90 percent should be locked up in the loony bin,” Boonen said. “I have to earn my place as team leader. I have to show that I am strong during this Vuelta. If I do not feel like I can win the race, I will say it. I’ve missed a few worlds due to illness and crashes, so I am motivated for this world championships.”

If this Vuelta wasn’t already exciting enough, the preparation for the world championships adds another layer to what could be the most interesting grand tour of the season.

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Valverde shows his climbing legs with stage 6 win at Vuelta http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/valverde-shows-climbing-legs-stage-6-win-vuelta_343014 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/valverde-shows-climbing-legs-stage-6-win-vuelta_343014#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:04 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=343014

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was unstoppable on the steep final climb in stage 6 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde is best on La Zubia, beating GC heavy-hitters on a steep final climb

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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was unstoppable on the steep final climb in stage 6 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won stage 6 of the Vuelta a España on a steep final climb to La Zubia.

After 167.1 kilometers of racing in southern Spain, all of the major GC contenders were ready to test each other on the Vuelta’s first summit finish.

An elite group of nine emerged in the final kilometer, with Valverde riding a brutal tempo. Teammate Nairo Quintana was tucked in behind, along with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Chris Froome (Sky), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), and Fabio Aru (Astana).

Though Valverde seemed to be playing the domestique, between his efforts to set the pace early in the finale, and his work to chase an attack by Rodriguez, he turned out to be strongest in the end.

Froome showed his form with a surge in the final few hundred meters, but Valverde clearly had the freshest legs and the fastest kick. He fending off the Briton and his countrymen, Rodriguez and Contador, who finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Quintana rounded out the top-five

“I was at the front, setting a hard rhythm, we cut it down to 10-11 guys,” said Valverde. “When Purito [Rodriguez] went, I followed, and I had the legs to finish it off. I am content, because the legs are feeling good. Nairo [Quintana] is still there, and there are many mountains to come, but who’s to say that when I am feeling good I cannot win a stage?”

Valverde reclaimed the overall lead, and now sits 15 seconds ahead of his teammate, Quintana. Contador is third, 18 seconds back.

“I’m extremely happy for Alejandro [Valverde],” said Quintana. “He’s a great rider. He did great work for me in the finale and still was able to win the stage — that’s something not many riders can do. I’m still lacking some pace. You could see in the final kilometer I’m not still in my top condition, but I hope to keep progressing in the next stages. The important thing for us is to keep the win within the team, no matter if it’s him or me, and for the time being, that goal is being fulfilled.”

Stage 6 photo gallery.

Two for (the long breakaway) road

Lotto-Belisol’s Pim Ligthart again found his way into the breakway and was accompanied by Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural).

Several groups tried to bridge to the leaders, but were unsuccessful. For the second day in a row, the Vuelta had two riders off the front, and their gap soon increased north of four minutes.

The peloton treated the break lackadaisically. With 125 kilometers to go, the duo was 12:24 up the road. Then, it was nearly 15 minutes.

Garmin-Sharp took to the front to set pace, and by the 100km to go marker, the gap was 11:15.

After the day’s first two categorized climbs, Katusha moved to the front of the field to help pare down the gap. With 35 kilometers remaining, the break had a seven-minute advantage.

When the break reached the final intermediate sprint in Granada, their gap had fallen to 4:30.

With 10 kilometers left, the break was only 1:45 up the road.

As the gap went under one minute, Katusha was pulling hard on the front, setting up the finale for Rodriguez. Sky’s Peter Kennaugh also moved to the front to work on behalf of team leader Froome.

Lightard took a final dig, heading into the steep, 12 percent gradient at the base of the final climb to La Zubia.

The peloton seemed to ease off the accelerator as the climb began, waiting for someone to make a move.

Finally, with three kilometers left, the escape ended. Meanwhile, Cadel Evans (BMC) was dropped from the front group, as the favorites wound up the pace.

Valverde indicates his GC intentions

With two kilometers left, Valverde rode a fierce pace at the front of the group. Garmin-Sharp’s Dan Martin dangled off the back of the group, unable to keep pace.

Belkin’s Wilco Kelderman also found himself in difficulty with less than two kilometers left.

“It climbed for four kilometers and was straight uphill with an average gradient of 10 percent,” said Kelderman’s teammate, Laurens Ten Dam. “Valverde set the pace and really hurt me. I cursed him. I suffered a lot in the final three kilometers…”

Only nine riders remained in the front group with one kilometer to go.

Rodriguez initiated the hostilities with 600 meters to go, quickly gapping his companions.

Valverde jumped and was soon on Rodriguez’s wheel. Froome was chasing, a few bike lengths back, with Quintana and Contador on his wheel.

Froome accelerated, and pushed past Valverde and Rodriguez in the final meters, but the move came too soon.

Valverde kicked again and gapped the other contenders, riding to his first individual stage win at this year’s Vuelta, ahead of Froome. Contador was third, and Rodriguez could only manage fourth.

“I am content, because I was just hoping to be able to be in the top-10, and there I was at the front, fighting for the stage,” said Contador. “I am still not 100 percent, but today was encouraging. I’ve been suffering these first few days, but the legs are coming around. Today was important, and it’s a big boost for morale. I want to keep taking it day to day, because the hardest part of this Vuelta is still to come.”

The peloton will ride a 169km stage Friday, from Alhendín to Alcaudete. They’ll tackle a category 3 and a category 2 climb, and although the stage finishes on a climb, the final approach to the line is not categorized.

Full stage 6 results.

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Art's Cyclery's shows you how to wrap your bike's aero bars with new grip tape

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