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Harry’s cracked carbon seatpost.

Lennard Zinn addresses questions about cracked carbon seatposts and the compatibility between drivetrain parts

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Harry’s cracked carbon seatpost.

A cracked carbon seatpost

Dear Lennard,
I have a cracked carbon fiber seatpost. Photo [above]. This is the second in four months, and this one failed after less than 25 rides. Both cracked in the seat vertical way. The frame is a 2006 custom-sized Serotta titanium that has over 40,000 miles, and the previous seatpost (also carbon) was the original. The questions I have are:

— Any ideas why this might be happening?
— Should I get a replacement titanium or aluminum seatpost? It seems to me another carbon one will fail, too.
— Any considerations where replacing with ti or aluminum?
— Harry

Dear Harry,
Yes, I certainly do have an opinion about why that has happened.

Carbon fibers are very strong, and, while they can be quite flexible when dry, they become brittle when cured with resin into a matrix. In this case, it looks to me like the seat clamp at the top of the seat tube pinched the corners of the seat-tube slot into the fibers. Carbon fibers cannot take being crushed like that, and the carbon layers will crack and delaminate in response.

There are a number of ways to avoid this, all of which are intended to avoid the stackup of the slot and the tabs of the binder clamp together. If your frame has the binder tabs welded on (rather than a separate band clamp), and your bike takes a 27.2mm seatpost, you are out of luck and should look for a different material other than carbon fiber for your seatpost. (I suppose there is one option with this situation, and that is to cut and file off the binder ears so that you can use a removable binder clamp on it, and then follow Option 2, below.)

With welded-on binder tabs there is only one option to use a carbon post — and that is only as long as the seatpost diameter is larger than 27.2mm. However, if you have a removable seatpost clamp that slips over the top of the seat tube, you have other options.

Option 1
If you have a seat tube with an inner diameter of 28.6mm or larger, then you can use a carbon 27.2mm seatpost along with a slotted shim sleeve that will bring it up to the inner diameter of your seat tube. When you slide the seatpost into the sleeve and in turn slide the whole shebang into the seat tube, make sure you rotate the slot of the shim sleeve so it is on the opposite side from the slot in the seat tube. That way, as the binder clamp is tightened and its corners push inward, the sleeve distributes the load away from the high stress concentration at the top of the seat-tube slot that cracked your seatpost.

Option 2
If you have a removable seat binder clamp, rotate it so that its slot is on the opposite side from the slot in the seat tube. In other words, the binder bolt will be in front of the seatpost, not behind it. This way, the binder clamp’s clamping force will be distributed around a large area, and there will not be a stress concentration at the corners of the seat-tube slot. A variation on this is to use a binder clamp with an angled slot; these are made specifically to address this problem and avoid pinching in at the top of the seat-tube slot.

Using Options 1 and 2 together will further decrease the stress concentration at the top of the seat-tube slot.

As for a preference between a titanium and an aluminum seatpost, I don’t have one. Yes, a titanium one could look very nice with your titanium frame. On the other hand, with aluminum seatposts the price is generally lower, there are far more options, and you can pick the post based on your preferred saddle-rail clamp atop the post.
― Lennard

Cutting a carbon seatpost

Dear Lennard,
I have a carbon seatpost that is way too long for my frame size and would like to cut it down because it’s hard to install and perhaps save a little weight.

How much seatpost is recommended inside the seat tube (below my required seat height) to keep it safe for riding?
— Sam

Dear Sam,
Make sure you have at least four inches (100mm) inside the frame. That should be sufficient for most bikes, but ensure that it is also long enough to extend below the intersection with the seatstays and top tube.
― Lennard

Shimano Ultegra compatibility

Dear Lennard,
I have a Shimano Ultegra-equipped Cervelo R3 and my STI shifters are of the old variety (exposed cables not under the bar wrap). My friend offered me his new Shimano 6703 shifters that he no longer needs. Will the Shimano 6703 left shifter (being meant for a triple) be compatible with my compact double (50-34 teeth)? I have upgraded my front and rear derailleurs in the last year to Shimano 6700 due to other reasons and was hoping this would work. What do you think?
Robert

Dear Robert,
That system could be adjusted to be rideable, perhaps even raceable, but it can’t work like either system was intended to work, because you won’t be able to trim the derailleur’s position to avoid chain rub in cross gears at both ends. The left ST-6700 double shifter has a trim position on both chainrings, but the left ST-6703 triple lever has no trim adjustment over the middle chainring, which now becomes either the inner-chainring position or the outer-chainring position when used on a double. So whether you attempt to use outer/middle position clicks, or middle/inner position clicks for running it as double shift lever, you will almost certainly not be able to get an adjustment without chain rub on the front-derailleur cage in all cross-chain combinations. That may be fine for you, and the price is certainly right.
― Lennard

SRAM road/MTB compatibility

Dear Lennard,
I stumbled upon an older post of yours regarding 10-/11-speed compatibility. In a response, you mentioned that, “SRAM did not change the cable pull ratio when going from 10-speed to 11-speed, so a 10-speed SRAM road rear derailleur will work quite well with an 11-speed SRAM road shifter.” This sparked my interest! I am running a 10-speed SRAM Rival rear shifter with an inline barrel adjuster, a SRAM X5 type 2 rear derailleur, a SRAM 11-32 10-speed cassette, SRAM 10-speed chain and a Raceface narrow-wide ring on my CX rig as a budget, CX1-style build. In my research, folks who’d set their bike up this way had great luck, but claimed it would only work with a 10-speed setup. I can attest that it indeed has work flawlessly. That said, if the pull between SRAM 11-speed and 10-speed road shifters is the same, with an 11-speed chain and cassette, can a SRAM X5 type 2 rear derailleur be paired up with a Rival 22 (11-speed) shifter?
— Ryan

Dear Ryan,
Yes it can, because SRAM also maintains the same cable-pull ratio on road 10- and 11-speed and MTB 10-speed derailleurs. SRAM MTB 11-speed, however, has a different cable pull. So an XX1 rear derailleur cannot work flawlessly with a Red 22 shifter.
― Lennard

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The Quiet Man speaks http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/cyclocross/quiet-man-speaks_359406 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/cyclocross/quiet-man-speaks_359406#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:22:15 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359406

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won his second cyclocross World Cup title in the 2014/2015 season. Though he's a familiar face on the podium and a fan favorite in Belgium, little is known about the taciturn Belgian racer. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com

Who is cyclocross World Cup champion Kevin Pauwels? Dan Seaton talks with one of Belgium's most inscrutable 'cross stars

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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won his second cyclocross World Cup title in the 2014/2015 season. Though he's a familiar face on the podium and a fan favorite in Belgium, little is known about the taciturn Belgian racer. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com

ERPE-MERE, Belgium (VN) — The boy lay on the ground for a long, long time. Longer than made any sense. He had fallen heavily, missing a corner, crashing into a ditch. It looked like maybe the kind of fall that could knock you out of a race, but not the kind where you stay down so long. But the boy stayed down.

Tim Pauwels, a barrel-chested 23-year-old with a shock of nearly-white blonde hair lay dying, a ruptured aorta filling his chest with blood. Later, some would say his heart had already stopped before the fall, that he had died on the bike. Nobody would ever know for sure.

In the anguished weeks that followed, his family would forever wonder why help had been so slow to arrive. Why the police who supervised the course had failed to come to Pauwels’ aid. Why the race organization in Erpe-Mere, site of the star-crossed early-season race where Pauwels fell, had not taken to the public address system to seek a doctor from the thousands of fans who lined the track. Or whether they, or their doctors, or his team’s doctors had failed to recognize the warning signs, so clear in the sharp light of hindsight, that something was ailing the young cyclist.

But his parents, Jos and Josée, would face an even more impossible question. What to do about Tim’s brother, Kevin, 20, the reigning under-23 world cyclocross champion?

Should he stop? Did he himself ever harbor any doubts about continuing to race, without the brother who had been his role model and his idol, with the possibility that he, too, might have inherited Tim’s condition?

In an interview two months later, Kevin, normally shy to the point of timorousness, was unusually declarative. Did he ever doubt that he should keep going?

“Not for a moment,” he said.

* * *

January 2015

The Hollywood version of the Kevin Pauwels story would end back in the mud of Erpe-Mere. Exactly 10 seasons out of the long, dark shadow of his brother’s death, racing in the first-ever Belgian championship race on that very course, Pauwels would pull away from the field in the final lap. He would climb the final hill to the finish, holding back tears of joy and sorrow, emotion long repressed finally breaking through.

The music would swell and Kevin would ride to a long-elusive prize, the driekleur, the yellow, black, and red tri-color jersey of Belgium’s elite national cyclocross champion. It would be a redemptive victory, bringing his story full circle, and at just the right moment.

But Belgium is a long way from Hollywood, and there is no redeeming so terrible a loss, certainly not by winning a bicycle race. The real Pauwels finishes a disappointing fifth, his role limited to set-up man for his triumphant Sunweb-Napoleon Games teammate Klaas Vantornout. Pauwels will settle for the World Cup title — the second of his career — and an outside shot at the world championship, in Tabor, Czech Republic, on February 1. He will be the man he has always been: affable, inscrutable.

Pauwels will not shed a tear about any of this. In fact, he foretells most of the real story in his mobile home a week before it all happens, getting ready for a relatively small race in Leuven.

He is preparing his lunch while he talks to me, spreading thin slices of plain white bread with even thinner layers of creamed honey and Sirop de Liège, a nearly black, fruit-based spread that tastes a little like apple butter. He wears the slightly bemused smile he nearly always wears, joking that he might be the only Belgian cyclocrosser who doesn’t load up on spaghetti ahead of a race.

I’ve been through a lot of pre-race, lunchtime, mobile home interviews like this one. He might be right.

The radio plays quietly in the background as we talk, an upside-down interview in which Pauwels listens far more than he talks himself. He answers questions, occasionally in English, more often in Flemish, and as we talk it occurs to me that Pauwels, now 30, has come a long way since emerging as on of the main protagonists of the 2011-12 cyclocross season. That season, Pauwels says, was his very best. He won the World Cup, the GVA Trofee — one of Belgium’s two major cyclocross series, now called the Bpost Bank Trofee — and earned a bronze medal at the world championships in Koksijde, Belgium, his second trip to the worlds podium as an elite.

But the Pauwels of 2011 still seemed more boy than man, small and nervous, his voice quavering in every post-race interview. The years since have transformed him, and he is more confident in every respect: in his demeanor, in his body language, and — most importantly — in the flair with which he races his bike. Though still a man of few words, there is no longer any trepidation in his voice. The boyishness of a few years ago has melted away, and the lines on his face and thinning of his hair lend him instead a touch of ruggedness. He has become, undeniably, a man.

Although, he tells me, interviews, like the one we’re doing today, remain his least favorite thing that success as a cyclist has earned him. Some things never change.

Kevin is talking about his 2014-15 season — not his best, he says — and I am thinking about how much he has changed when his mechanic and friend of 20 years, Bart Risbourg, sticks his head into the mobile home. He joins the conversation, saying he too has seen a change since Kevin first became popular a few years ago.

“Sometimes people stop him and say hello when we’re out,” Risbourg explains. “Now it’s normal, but in the beginning, it was a bit disturbing for him. Now he’s adapted to the spotlight.”

And it’s true. Today, Kevin seems well-adapted to his place near the top of Belgian cyclocross. And while he eats and relaxes before the race, we share a wide-ranging, conversation on his career, his family, his influences, and his expectations for a season that has been something of a resurgence after a down year.

That Belgian championship race so loaded with symmetry and gravity to me? Pauwels brushes off. It is not the kind of race that favors him. “It will be very hard to win,” he says. “It would take a super day. [The others] need to have a bad one. The track will be a hard track and it will be a muddy race. It was already a hard race in September, it is sure to be hard now.”

Pauwels prefers drier conditions, more elevation change. A back injury, better controlled now, but still a nagging problem, has hindered his power and his running in the heaviest mud in past couple of years. He likes many of the World Cup courses, and he points to the Cauberg Cyclocross course, in Valkenburg, Netherlands, where he has twice finished second to Lars van der Haar.

More significantly, he singles out the World Cup race in Tabor, 2011, as the best race of his life. “The difference between me and the rest was so big there,” he says. “It was the beginning of the season, it was my first big win of that season, and it was in that season people started looking with another view at me.”

He’ll have another shot, perhaps his most important shot — perhaps his last, best chance to wear the world champion’s rainbow stripes — at that Tabor course this weekend.

That race, he says, might even be easier to win than the Belgian championship. But he doesn’t yet know that the two young riders who have dominated cyclocross all season, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert, will both line up in the elite race yet. That decision is still a couple of weeks away. But, cast in that light, Pauwels’ concise assessment of his season so far seems prescient.

“It’s harder to win now than it was a few years ago,” he says. “The two young guys, Wout and Mathieu, are very good.”

* * *

Any time you write about somebody the first question you ask yourself is, “Who is he, anyway?” It’s a terrible cliche, but it is the singular question that determines the fate of your story. Fail to answer it, and your story collapses, limp and characterless.

As a reporter, after a while, you come to know the men and women you cover week after week, and you want to answer this question. You want your readers to know that the reigning world champions, Marianne Vos and Zdenek Stybar, are the two most likely riders in the sport to crack self-deprecating jokes during a press conference. That Katerina Nash will always ask how you’re doing before you can ever land a question. That Niels Albert, no matter where along the roller coaster arc of his career he was, never failed to remind you he was, at heart, “just Niels from Tremolo.”

Kevin Pauwels, always answering questions with the same impenetrable half-smile, reveals so little of his inner life, this question seems impossible to answer. I must have asked myself 20 times in the span of this little lunchtime interview, and asked Pauwels nearly as many times himself, before his friend, Bart, says something that snaps the answer into focus.

Pauwels is so fluid, so obviously comfortable with himself and everything around him on the bike, and so much the opposite as soon as he walks away from it. How can two people so different inhabit the same body?

“I think he’s the same person on the bike or without,” says Risbourg. “He has the same mentality next to the bike, he’s as much determined. But on the bike he has the possibility to show it. It’s harder for him to express himself without it.”

Kevin Pauwels is a bike racer. That’s who he is. It’s what he loves — the best part of his day, he says, is the time spent on the bike — and it’s what he lives to do. Who would he be without the bike? It’s a question without any answer.

Pauwels lives with his parents in Kalmthout, right on Belgium’s northern border. In fact, he tells me, he owns more than one house, but rents them out. His father was a successful racer himself in the 1970s, though he never came close to the kind of success Kevin has enjoyed.

Though he clearly owes something to his father’s interest in cyclocross, Pauwels says he was not much of an inspiration as a racer. “I never saw him riding. I was too young,” he says. Sven Nys, he says, was a much bigger inspiration early in his career.

But he acknowledges parental support as the bedrock of his success.

“It’s easy for me, I’m at home so I don’t have to do a lot,” he explains. “My parents do everything for me. They cook, everything, so I can focus on training and racing.”

In-season he spends most of his time training or recovering from training. Away from the bike he prefers to stay in, watching television and movies. He cites “Breaking Bad” as a favorite.

He is also, as Risbourg, his mechanic, tells it, meticulous to the extreme about his bikes. He weighs and charts every piece of hardware that gets installed on one of them. He is fastidious about his position on the bike as well.

“I think all the best riders are maniacs about their bikes,” says Risbourg. “Kevin worries about the weight of the bike, about the way his brakes are set up. He’s the one who sets the height of the saddle and the shifters and handlebars. I put everything on the bike, but Kevin adjusts it all himself.”

Pauwels is, in his own words, confounded by his fans’ interest in him. He wonders who, in America, could be interested in reading a story whose central theme is, “Who is Kevin Pauwels?” even as he recalls his race at the Louisville world championships fondly. He appreciated the exuberant support of the fans there. “But they were cheering for everybody,” he adds modestly.

The truth is, what the fans think of him matters little to Pauwels; he appreciates their support but he rides for himself.

“I don’t really care [what people think about me],” he says. “My fans know who I am. My friends at home know me.”

And his biggest fan, arguably, is his grandmother, a tiny, white-haired woman with fiery, joyful eyes. She is so omnipresent at Kevin’s races that most Flemish cycling fans know her by the same name he does, Oma Fientje.

“I don’t see her a lot during the week, but I see her every weekend at the races,” says Pauwels. “It’s motivating. It’s good to see her at the races.”

Pauwels has been called dispassionate, a description belied by his obvious desire for victory on the bike — and by the sweetness he reserves for his grandmother, who he smiles and waves at, boyishly, from World Cup podiums.

And when Kevin is on the podium, she is always watching from the front row.

* * *

When Kevin Pauwels was a boy he watched his brother Tim, three years older, venture into the world of cyclocross.

Tim had some success, racing to a podium at the Belgian nationals as a junior and posting respectable results in a handful of big Belgian races. He inspired Kevin, and, when he was finally old enough, Kevin followed his brother into the sport.

“It’s probably because of him that I started racing,” says Pauwels now, looking back. “He raced, so of course I wanted to as well.”

He can be grateful for that.

Cyclocross, it turned out, was his calling. The younger Pauwels was wildly successful, racing to a junior world championship and, two years later, following it up with an under-23 championship. And even as Kevin amassed so much success of his own, he lived in the shadow of his brother. Tim looked out for Kevin, say people who raced with and wrote about the pair before Tim’s death. He was a source of confidence and reassurance, helping Kevin navigate the uncomfortable waters of the spotlight.

His death was clearly devastating, but published reports from 2004 say Kevin never spoke about it, publicly or privately. Whatever it was that Kevin went through back then, he went through it largely alone.

The Kevin Pauwels of 2014 is more forthcoming, more open, and he says now that he does think of his brother sometimes, though he says he does not turn to that thought for inspiration. Tim’s absence now is like a long-ago healed wound, albeit one that still aches from time to time. If it defined Kevin once — and, for a time, it surely did — it no longer does.

Kevin has become his own man.

Who is that man? He is unlike anybody else to compete at such a high level in the sport, it is true.

Invariably, when you talk about Kevin, someone will suggest he is autistic, as if his reticence cannot be explained without a label. He may be, though whether he is or isn’t was a question nobody was willing to address on the record. But the bigger question is whether it would matter if he were. Whatever his nature is, it has hardly been a limitation. Pauwels has met nearly ever expectation and exceeded it on his way to becoming one of the most successful cyclocross riders of the present era.

If you ask Kevin, he will tell you he is one thing: a cyclocrosser, nothing else. So let’s allow his achievements to speak for themselves.

He is the among the only men to go head-to-head with Wout Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel and emerge victorious at any point this season. He is the only still-active racer to earn two World Cup overall titles in the 2010s.

And, by the end of next Sunday, he might just be the new cyclocross world champion.

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Fifteen teams set to contest Ladies Tour of Qatar http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/ladies-tour-qatar-2015_359409 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/ladies-tour-qatar-2015_359409#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:02:54 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359409

The Ladies Tour of Qatar will host four days of racing in early February, attracting many of the women's peloton's top riders. PHOTO: BRUNO BADE- ASO (File)

The Ladies Tour of Qatar holds its seventh edition this February, with former and current world champions vying for victory in the desert

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The Ladies Tour of Qatar will host four days of racing in early February, attracting many of the women's peloton's top riders. PHOTO: BRUNO BADE- ASO (File)

The Ladies Tour of Qatar will be holding its seventh edition this year from February 3-6. Although defending four-time champion Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won’t make the trip to Doha in early February, Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur) and Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-Honda) — second and third place last year, respectively — will be on hand.

With one year to go before the world road championships come to Qatar for the first time, 90 riders (15 teams of 6) will be present at the tour. Although Wild will not be riding in the event this year, many talented riders will be competing to become this year’s queen of the desert.

The UCI World Cup winner and gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games last year, Lizzie Armitstead, as well as Ellen Van Dijk, who won the Ladies Tour of Qatar in 2011, will lead the Boels-Dolmans team.

The Wiggle-Honda team will be led by Italian sprinter and two-time world champion, Giorgia Bronzini, along with Hosking.

Orica-AIS, which was the best team in the Ladies Tour last year, boasts Emma Johansson, world number one in 2013. Orica will also bring Valentina Scandolara, who is on form after winning the 2015 Santos Women’s Tour in January.

World time trial champion Lisa Brennauer will also race in Qatar, along with her newly-formed Velocio-SRAM team.

Ladies Tour of Qatar (February 3-6)

Stage 1: Museaum of Islamic Art – Dukhan Beach (98.5km)
Stage 2: Al Zubarah Fort – Madinat Al Shamal (112.5km)
Stage 3: Souq Waqif – Ah Khor Corniche (93.5km)
Stage 4: Sealine Beach Resort – Doha Corniche (85km)

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Armstrong says he’d cheat again http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/armstrong-says-hed-cheat_359402 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/armstrong-says-hed-cheat_359402#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:15:27 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359402

Speaking to the BBC, Armstrong said, "If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again." Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

"It was a bad decision and an imperfect time," Armstrong says. He also wants reduced ban and to have his Tour wins restored in records

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Speaking to the BBC, Armstrong said, "If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again." Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

LONDON (AFP) — Lance Armstrong has said he would take banned substances again if faced with the same circumstances that saw him dope in 1995.

In an interview with the BBC on Monday, the American said it was not possible to win cleanly when he was dominating the Tour de France with a record seven wins from 1999 to 2005 but that the race could now be won by a ‘clean’ rider.

Asked, if he would cheat again, Armstrong said, “If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn’t do it again because I don’t think you have to.

“If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again.”

Armstrong, who insisted he was clean when he came out of retirement in 2009 and 2010 — contrary to USADA’s report — added: “When I made the decision, when my team made that decision, when the whole peloton made that decision, it was a bad decision and an imperfect time.

“But it happened. And I know what happened because of that. I know what happened to the sport, I saw its growth.”

Armstrong, 43, was stripped of his Tour titles and given a lifetime ban from cycling by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012, having denied for years he was a cheat.

The cancer survivor eventually made a public confession in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013.

On Monday, he also said he deserved a reduction in his ban after twice speaking to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC, a campaign group looking to clean up the sport).

He was also keen to see his Tour titles be restored, with Armstrong saying the absence of a winner was equivalent to the years when the race wasn’t run because of the first and second World Wars.

He added that good had come from his participation in the sport, saying Trek Bicycles, his supplier, had increase sales from $100 million to $1 billion as the story of how he overcame cancer to again become a champion racer brought new fans into cycling, while his charity foundation, Livestrong, was able to raise $500 million.

“Do we want to take it away?” he said. “I don’t think anybody says ‘yes.'”

As for the Tour de France titles now erased from the record books, Armstrong said: “I think there has to be a winner, I’m just saying that as a fan.

“There’s a huge block in World War One with no winners, and there’s another block in World War Two, and then it seems like there’s another world war.

“I don’t think history is stupid, history rectifies a lot of things. If you ask me what happens in 50 years, I don’t think it sits empty… I feel like I won those Tours,” Armstrong added.

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Gallery: Tour de San Luis, stage 7 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/gallery-tour-de-san-luis-stage-7_359380 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/gallery-tour-de-san-luis-stage-7_359380#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:27:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359380

The final day of Tour de San Luis offered a fast sprint finish that saw Mark Cavendish notch his first victory of 2015

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Limitless: Rohan Dennis’ 2013 Alberta win threw the doors wide open http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/limitless-rohan-dennis-2013-alberta-win-threw-doors-wide-open_359378 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/limitless-rohan-dennis-2013-alberta-win-threw-doors-wide-open_359378#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:00:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359378

Rohan Dennis' win in the 2013 Tour of Alberta was a sign of things to come. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After Dennis' win at Tour Down Under, a look back at his breakthrough victory in the 2013 Tour of Alberta, his first taste of GC success

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Rohan Dennis' win in the 2013 Tour of Alberta was a sign of things to come. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the November 2013 issue of Velo magazine. After Rohan Dennis’ (BMC) win at the 2015 Tour Down Under, a look back at the young Australian’s first major victory, taken in 2013 at the Tour of Alberta.

Rohan Dennis has always been open to possibilities.

It wasn’t, however, until a week of racing in Canada that he began to believe that these possibilities might become realities. Looking out from the podium as overall winner of the 2013 Tour of Alberta, the 23-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider from Australia began to imagine a very different future for himself as a professional bike racer.

Dennis is a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the team pursuit. He’s been an outstanding time trialist, finishing second (twice), third, fifth, and ninth in TTs at major races in 2013, and was 12th at the 2013 world championship in Florence. Add to this raw power his natural climbing prowess and you have a rare breed indeed. It’s the sort of alchemy that led Bradley Wiggins to a Tour de France win, and a path that Garmin boss Jonathan Vaughters sees his young prodigy following [Dennis is now on the BMC Racing team -Ed.].

“What Rohan resembles more than anything else is Brad,” Vaughters said. “He’s incredibly powerful, and he’s sort of like Brad early in his career. You look at how Brad was a fast team pursuit rider, just like Rohan, and he could climb well on occasion in his early years, which is what we’ve seen from Rohan.”

While comparisons to Sir Bradley might be a bit premature, comparisons to riders within his own generation seem inevitable, and hardly less impressive. Dennis hasn’t had the early success of teammate Andrew Talansky, 24, whose 2013 season included a second-place finish at Paris-Nice and 10th in his first Tour. Nor has he gone the way of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who has worn the white jersey in Paris and won both the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge in 2013. Dennis evokes a different, but equally powerful, kind of regard.

“He’s got an engine that people would die for, you know?” said David Millar, the Garmin road captain who helped shepherd Dennis n Alberta. “And it’s still pretty raw.”

Raw, yes, but impossible to ignore. He fired his first shot across the bow in 2013’s Critérium du Dauphiné by taking second place in the time trial, behind Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and ahead of Chris Froome (Sky), and held yellow for a day before finishing eighth overall, in white, as the best young rider. He made it emphatic in Alberta, wresting the leader’s jersey from Peter Sagan (Cannondale) with an outstanding stage victory, the first of his career, on stage 3 into Drumheller.

If you put that together, you have a time trialist, a track rider, and now a stage-race winner.

“This guy has got it,” Vaughters said.

Beyond expectations

Dennis said he came to the 2013 Tour of Alberta hoping for an evening prologue victory on the streets of Edmonton, or at the least, a finish in the top three. He finished second that day, 13 seconds behind Sagan in 7.3 kilometers.

“I thought, ‘Well, it’s the Sagan show from here on,’” Dennis said. “And he proved it the next day and the next.”

Sagan powered through the uphill finish in Canmore to win stage 1, flicking an imaginary cigar to the crowd as he crossed the line. He didn’t win stage 2 — that went to stagiaire Sylvan Dillier (BMC), who beat Sergei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Kenda) from a two-man breakaway — but Sagan made the field sprint look easy when he cleared the field by two full seconds.

“We were kind of almost resigned — as bad as it sounds — to settling for the podium because of the way Sagan is,” Millar said. “But we had no idea we were going to have an echelon day like we did, which just changed the whole situation.”

The winds blew hard across the Alberta prairie on stage 3, fracturing the peloton and leaving Sagan hanging off the back, unable to bridge back. A breakaway of 18 found Dennis without teammates, battling with four riders from BMC and Robert Gesink (Belkin). The group was whittled to six when Gesink powered up the second of two short, steep climbs with 25 kilometers to go; Dennis went hard on his wheel. That set up a sprint finish in Drumheller that saw Dennis go early and beat Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) to win the stage and take yellow.

“When he finished second in the prologue, automatically that showed how strong he was. But the day he won? He did that all on his own,” Millar said. “He was literally the strongest guy in the race.”

And, Vaughters added, “the smartest.” “That breakaway in Alberta was a good test for him,” Vaughters said. “He had four BMC riders and he was by himself. He managed that situation and still won the stage. There aren’t so many neo-pros that wouldn’t have cracked under the attacks and pressure and being alone, without teammates. He was able to manage that situation very carefully.”

Given a lead of 18 seconds over Bookwalter and 30 over Caruso, Dennis turned to his stable of veteran teammates, among them Millar, Ryder Hesjedal, Christian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie. They’d been his cheering section all week and, in the final two stages, they kept him from harm, ensuring his top spot on the podium in Calgary.

“They’re really motivating and really do help out with keeping me positive, helping me think it is possible to win — probably more than what I think I can do some days,” Dennis said. “It’s good to have that support from guys who have come in fourth in the Tour de France or won the Giro or won stages in the Tour. It does really help you feel better about yourself, especially as a neo-pro. They look at the possibilities. I’m half doubting myself sometimes.”

Plucked from the waters

Dennis’ sports career began, like many in Australia, in the water. Growing up near Adelaide, he was a competitive youth swimmer with an aversion to chlorine.

“It just sort of seeps into your pores, and into your hair,” he said. “I didn’t have a haircut for a year and a half because it just died. It stayed the same length. I’m like, ‘This isn’t healthy.’”

At 15, Dennis was discovered by the South Australian Institute of Sport, whose Talent Search program visits schools to look for the next generation of Olympic-quality athletes, gauging students on a variety of skills.

“And then they put you into a sport where they physically think your body is made for that sport, and mine was cycling, so I took it up to help my swimming,” Dennis said. “And about four or five months in, I’d done better in my cycling than I ever had in nine years of swimming. And I was enjoying it a lot more as well. It’s a lot more of a social sport, not just looking at a black line then turning around at the end of the pool. You don’t get a whole lot of time to enjoy what you’re doing when you’re in a pool. So I decided to switch my focus to cycling and use my swimming for fitness for my cycling.”

That year he won his first title, the under-17 Australian road time trial. A year later he repeated and added a junior team pursuit championship on the track, and two years later he was on the winning team pursuit squad at the world junior track championships. By 2011, he’d won back-to-back team pursuit golds at the world championships, had recorded the second-fastest modern-era time in the 4-kilometer individual pursuit, and finished third overall in the individual pursuit World Cup standings.

On the road, Dennis joined Jack Bobridge, Leigh Howard, Michael Matthews, and others at Team AIS, the Australian Institute of Sport’s under-23 development squad, in 2009. After two years, he jumped to the Rabobank Continental squad, but he left after a season to rejoin the AIS development team. In the 2012 Tour Down Under, the breakout came. He attacked eventual winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the climbing stage up Old Willunga Hill, and finished fifth, earning both the best young rider and best climber jerseys. While flying the flag for his young Australian team, he flew his own.

“I know it’s a pain in the ass for the WorldTour guys that we were so aggressive, but we want to show off how good we are, and it’s a way for us to try and get our name out there,” Dennis said. “I thought, ‘That’s my goal, I’m going to try to get off the front and show what sort of rider I am.’ And that eventually [led] into a couple of results during that tour, and [Garmin] wanted to talk about a contract the next year. That’s where it all started.”

Like the rest of the world, Vaughters had seen Dennis’ numbers on the track. What he saw on the hills of Australia made offering a contract easy.

“That was real simple,” Vaughters said. “Here’s a guy who has shown he can ride a 4:18 individual pursuit and 3:59 team pursuit, and he wins the best climber by climbing the Tour Down Under with Valverde? He was every bit as good as the guys out there. It’s a rare combination that you can get a guy who can go that fast on the track that can also climb.”

Turnaround

The 2013 season began inauspiciously for Dennis with illness, injury, self-doubt, and no results to speak of.

“The start of the season was pretty rough for me,” he said. “I was battling sickness and thought, ‘Well, this is just pretty normal.’ I kept looking back on previous years and it seemed like every second year it was just an average year, with either my health or my fitness. I couldn’t get on top of things, so I thought this year was going to be one of those years.”

Dennis could still ride against the clock — second in the Australian time trial championship, 15th in a time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, ninth in a time trial at the Tour de Romandie — but his climbing legs were missing in action. After a strong third-place finish in an uphill time trial in May’s Amgen Tour of California, though, Dennis received some encouragement in the form of an odd but prescient phone call. It was Vaughters, asking that he go to the Dauphiné to support Talansky’s bid for a win and maybe finish in the top 30 himself. The team CEO had seen something Dennis hadn’t.

“I thought he had been watching someone else racing. We hadn’t even gone up Mount Diablo yet and I’d been dropped on really big climbs and hilltop finishes and I thought, ‘He’s definitely got me mixed up with someone else,’” Dennis said. “I sort of said, ‘Yeah, thanks, I’ll do it,’ and then it all fell into place. He was right, really.”

His disappointment at losing the Dauphiné time trial to Martin was tempered by a day in yellow. And although he gave up the jersey to Froome, Dennis turned heads. While the Sky captain was powering past Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) to win on the brutal Valmorel climb, Dennis finished a respectable 14th, losing 59 seconds. He climbed well enough the rest of that week to finish eighth overall and wear white as the best young rider, earning him a slot on Garmin’s team for the Tour — what would have been his first. There he was to have ridden until the first rest day; he never started. Instead, he rested for later in the season, for smaller stage races in Utah, Colorado, and, specifically, Alberta, where he thought the challenging prologue course suited his style.

“He went there saying, ‘I want to win the prologue,’ and gets second, but he proved to be a much more intelligent and savvy road racer,” Vaughters said.

At a shade under six feet tall and between 155 and 160 pounds, Dennis is relatively stocky, without the lanky build of most grand tour riders like Wiggins or Froome.

“He’s still got that … I’d go as far as to say that puppy fat on him,” Millar said. “He still legitimately could lose some weight and keep his power, which automatically means he’s going to climb even better in the future.”

The weight loss wouldn’t be easy, and it wouldn’t happen overnight.

“If he ever wants to contest a grand tour, he’ll need to be a good five kilograms (11 pounds) — maybe even six or seven — lighter than he is now,” Vaughters said. “But I think that’s something he can accomplish with time. It’s a twoor three-year process.”

It’s a process that Dennis says he has to ponder. He has another year left on his contract with Garmin, time enough to choose from a new menu of possibilities.

“I need time to sit back, reflect, and look toward what path I should take,” he said before the last stage of Tour of Alberta. “I’ve been told I should just really concentrate on time trialing by some people, and try to become more of a Tony Martin. But I’ve also been told it’s possible to go down the Wiggins-Froome sort of route and go for the overall GC stuff.”

Time, of course, will tell.

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Tour de San Luis' penultimate day challenges the peloton with a 4,167-foot climb to a mountaintop finish on Filo Sierras Comechingones

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Global Cycling Network has a basic overview of three different methods you can use to position your saddle

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Global Cycling Network explains three different methods to set your saddle height.

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Rohan Dennis leads the UCI rankings after winning the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The new system, unveiled January 1, dramatically altered the way riders and teams earn points during the season

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Rohan Dennis leads the UCI rankings after winning the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — The radical points and ranking system implemented on January 1 lasted only three weeks. Over the weekend, cycling’s governing body scratched its changes and reverted to the WorldTour scales used through 2014 season.

“It has indeed become clear that the new ranking system was presenting teams and riders with considerable problems,” UCI President Brian Cookson wrote in a letter to teams and related associations, which was obtained by VeloNews.

The UCI updated its road race regulations Saturday to eliminate the massive text overhaul it made in red print on January 1. The January 24 changes put the points and ranking system back in line with the one used since the WorldTour replaced the former World Cup in 2005.

The UCI released its WorldTour rankings Sunday, with Santos Tour Down Under winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) on top. The system sits better with teams, some who complained that the changes came without proper notice.

“You can’t change your rules suddenly in January,” Richard Plugge told Dutch broadcaster NOS when the changes surfaced at the beginning of January.

The broad changes introduced which followers still were struggling to understand or were unaware existed would have changed the rules late into the offseason and impacted how cyclists and teams ranked for 2015 and beyond. They could have affected which teams receive a 2016 WorldTour license and wildcard invitations to the grand tours.

The new World Classification outlined January 1 created a single ranking for all elite and under-23 riders. Instead of a calendar year, it operated on a 52-week rolling year and the UCI was to update it weekly.

The regulations published January 1 included sweeping point scale changes. For the first time, all three grand grand tours offered equal points — 1,000 — for the overall winner instead of the Tour de France having greater weight. The remaining WorldTour events offered equal points to the winner, 500.

The World Classification would give the Critérium du Dauphiné overall winner the same 500 points as the GP Montreal winner, for example. The current WorldTour system favors the one-day monuments and stage races over the smaller one-day events.

The stage races would count for more with the holder of the leader’s jersey earning points per stage. In grand tours, the mountains and points winner would also take home points for the World Classification.

When the first World Classification appeared January 18, José Rujano led thanks to his overall win in Venezuela’s Vuelta al Tachira en Bicicleta stage race.

The UCI appeared on the right track with the World Classification, but introduced it too quietly and too late ahead of the 2015 season. Cookson, in his letter dated on Saturday, said despite the problems and the delay, the changes will come.

“The UCI has taken note of some concerns expressed recently on the subject of new rankings,” Cookson wrote.

“It has indeed become clear that the new ranking system was presenting teams and riders with considerable problems given that they had assumed that they would be working in 2015 with the 2014 system and had built their structures and planned their seasons accordingly.

“These concerns convinced us of the merits of a postponement of the introduction of the new regulation to allow all parties to adapt to the new ranking system.”

Cookson explained that the UCI will test the ranking system this season and refine it to be reintroduced for another year.

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The World Cup season comes to a close ahead of next weekend’s world championships

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Aussies to UCI: Keep the Tour Down Under in January http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/aussies-to-uci-keep-the-tour-down-under-in-january_359309 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/aussies-to-uci-keep-the-tour-down-under-in-january_359309#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:42:10 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359309

Richie Porte is "humbled" by the number of fans at the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Organizers, fans, and riders want the Tour Down Under to stay in January, but the UCI is considering other options

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Richie Porte is "humbled" by the number of fans at the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Don’t mess with our Tour Down Under. That’s the message from Australians to cycling’s governing body.

The UCI continues to discuss reforms to be introduced by 2017 that could include a major shakeup of the WorldTour calendar. One complaint is that the current racing calendar is too long and jumbled, running from January to October. Some want to hone the calendar into something tighter and more comprehensible, and that could mean a change of date for the Santos Tour Down Under.

At this stage, there is nothing concrete, but there is growing consensus among some quarters that the Tour Down Under would better fit into a leaner WorldTour calendar if it were in late February instead of its current slot in January.

No one in Australia, however, agrees with that logic.

Just about everyone, from riders to staffers to politicians and fans, agrees that the Tour Down Under is perfect just where it is.

“I had a great week. I am so blown away how cool this race is, it’s getting bigger and bigger,” said Australian rider Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo). “The crowds are so enthusiastic. It’s turning into a party of cycling.”

Since its inception in 1999, the Tour Down Under has evolved into a world-class event on every level. The organization, the media interest, and the number of fans rivals anything in Europe. Riders like the warm weather, a central hotel without long transfers, and relatively easy racing conditions. Most stages hover around 150 kilometers, so there are no major climbs or time trials — nothing too hard so early in the season.

And fans turn out in massive numbers to watch the race. One official said as many as 35,000 people travel exclusively into South Australia during race week to watch the race, filling hotels, bars, and restaurants. Richie Porte (Sky) said the crowds lining the decisive climb up Willunga Hill are as big as anything the peloton sees in Europe.

“We are humbled by the numbers of fans who turn out to see us and cheer us on,” Porte said. “The crowds up Willunga Hill are like what we see at the Tour. As riders, we really appreciate that.”

The race also features a race expo and team tents area that features live bands, big-screen TVs, and beer gardens for fans to watch the race live. There are also start and finish-line grandstands and VIP tents. A gran fondo event draws more than 7,000 participants. On many levels, it’s the ideal WorldTour event in terms of planning, execution, success, and impact.

A key factor to the Tour Down Under is the fact that it is held in January, which, being in the southern hemisphere, is at the tail end of the summer school holidays. A move to February would mean that the thousands of families and students who travel to Adelaide from all corners of Australia to watch the race simply couldn’t come.

“This race reminds me a little about the Coors Classic,” said Greg LeMond, who was a guest of the race organizers this year. “It was based around Boulder, and it was incredibly popular, because people could take their vacation, be based in one place, and see all the stages in a short distance. You go to the Tour de France, you’re lucky to see the race, 10 seconds and it’s gone.”

Tour Down Under officials are nervously watching the calendar reform process at the UCI.

“At the end of the day, it’s a UCI decision as to what they do with the reform in 2017,” said TDU race director Mike Turtur. “We would hope that after 17 editions of this race that we’d like to think that we have enough coins in the bank to suggest that we’re doing the right thing.

“I think the UCI needs to look at our race in January like the Tour de France is in July,” he continued. “It’s critically important that we stage this race during the holiday period, because it’s a tourism event as well as a bike race. It would be like asking the Tour de France to move from July to another month. They would say absolutely not. The reason this race exists is because of tourism.”

Turtur suggested that if there are any changes to the WorldTour calendar, rather than change its race dates, the UCI should find an event to slot in between the Tour Down Under and the European calendar at Paris-Nice in early March.

“The bike race component is good for the sport, but there are business needs that need to be considered in front of everything else. I think if the UCI takes all of that into consideration, they will make a wise decision about our place on the calendar,” Turtur said. “And look at February, to find another WorldTour event to slot in there between our race, and going back to Europe in March, so there’s not a blank month. We’ve got to find something in February that fits in as a WorldTour race, maybe in the Middle East somewhere.”

That sentiment is echoed across the peloton. The riders and teams enjoy the Tour Down Under, and most don’t think it should be tampered with.

“The Tour Down Under is a different race than it was 15 years ago. There are no preparation races anymore. This is as good as any race in the world right now. It’s January, but it’s very, very serious racing,” said Orica-GreenEdge sport director Matt White. “The reason it works so well in January is because it’s school holidays. If you moved it to February, it might work well on the calendar, but for the fans and the tourism, which is the backbone of this race, January is a great place for this race.”

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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) won the final stage of Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mark Cavendish claims his first win of the season, as Diaz takes the overall in San Luis, Argentina

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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) won the final stage of Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Etixx-Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish claimed his first win of 2015 in a sprint finish that wrapped up the Tour de San Luis on Sunday.

“We rode a tactically smart race,” Cavendish said. “When the break went, Michal Golas went with it. But eventually the teams who didn’t have riders in the break chased it down. We didn’t have to pull earlier because he was in the break, so we were all fresh for the final.

Daniel Diaz (Funvic), who assumed the overall lead on stage 2, won the overall title, 1:05 ahead of Rodolfo Torres (Team Colombia) and 1:34 ahead of defending champion Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who rounded out the podium in third.

The final day of racing was a 122.4km stage. It started and finished in San Luis, Argentina, comprising one short circuit, then three long circuits, from San Luis to El Durazno and back.

A large break escaped early, including Adriano Malori (Movistar), Enzo Moyano (San Luis), Ben Gastauer (Ag2r La Mondiale), Golas (Etixx-Quick-Step), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Benjamin King (Cannondale-Garmin), Marco Bandiera Androni-Giocattoli), and Mauro Finetto (Southeast).

The break had an advantage of three minutes at one point, but the peloton was set on a sprint finish. With 25 kilometers to go, their gap was a mere 34 seconds. They were soon caught in the final run-in to San Luis.

After a few miscues earlier in the week of racing, Fabio Sabatini delivered Cavendish perfectly on the right side of the final gallop. Cavendish jumped with 300 meters to go and got the better of Fernando Gaviria (Colombia) — winner of two stages at Tour de San Luis — and Jakob Mareczko (Italy), who was third.

“It’s important, not just for myself, but for the whole team, to get a good feeling started here,” Cavendish said. “This is important race experience that we will use to build for our season. You can’t replicate this kind of preparation at any kind of a training camp. You need to have other riders around you to really work on your leadout.”

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Results: 2014-15 UCI Cyclocross World Cup-Hoogerheide http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2014-15-uci-cyclocross-world-cup-hoogerheide_359298 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2014-15-uci-cyclocross-world-cup-hoogerheide_359298#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:02:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359298 Results from the final round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Hoogerheide, the Netherlands

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    Men

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, BKCP-Powerplus, in 1:08:38
  • 2. Wout Van Aert, Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Continental Team, at 01:04
  • 3. Gianni Vermeersch, Sunweb-Napoleon Games , at 01:21
  • 4. Kevin Pauwels, Sunweb-Napoleon Games , at 01:22
  • 5. Lars Van De Haar, Team Giant-Alpecin, at 01:37
  • 6. Sven Nys, at 01:56
  • 7. Francis Mourey, Fdj, at 02:18
  • 8. Tim Merlier, Sunweb-Napoleon Games , at 02:52
  • 9. Jens Adams, Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Continental Team, at 02:57
  • 10. Fabien Canal, Armee De Terre E-Sportsante, at 03:04
  • 11. Julien Taramarcaz, Corendon-kwadro, at 03:05
  • 12. David Menut, Auber 93, at 03:26
  • 13. Jeremy Powers, Rapha-Focus, at 03:34
  • 14. Philipp Walsleben, BKCP-Powerplus, at 03:41
  • 15. Aurelio FontanaMarco, at 03:42
  • 16. Twan Van Den Brand, Cyclingteam Jo Piels, at 03:50
  • 17. Marcel Meisen, Corendon-kwadro, at 03:58
  • 18. Tom Meeusen, Telenet-Fidea , at 04:07
  • 19. Radomir Simunek, Corendon-Kwadro, at 04:14
  • 20. Gert-jan Bosman, Cyclingteam Jo Piels, at 04:14
  • 21. Niels Wubben, Telenet-Fidea , at 04:15
  • 22. Bart Wellens, Telenet-Fidea , at 04:19
  • 23. Michael Boros, at 04:30
  • 24. Jim Aernouts, Sunweb-Napoleon Games , at 04:41
  • 25. Tomas Paprstka, at 04:55
  • 26. Thijs Van Amerongen, Telenet-Fidea , at 05:08
  • 27. Corne Van Kessel, Telenet-Fidea , at 05:16
  • 28. David Van Der Poel, BKCP-Powerplus, at 05:17
  • 29. Luca Braidot, at 05:58
  • 30. Sascha Weber, at 07:13
  • 31. Jonathan Page, at :1LAP
  • 32. Arnaud Grand, at :1LAP
  • 33. Ian Field, at :1LAP
  • 34. Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez, at :1LAP
  • 35. Marcel Wildhaber, at :1LAP
  • 36. Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez, at :1LAP
  • 37. Stephen Hyde, at :1LAP
  • 38. Ole Quast, at :1LAP
  • 39. Clement Lhotellerie, at :1LAP
  • 40. Mariusz Gil, at :1LAP
  • 41. James Driscoll, at :1LAP
  • 42. Yoann Corbihan, at :2LAP
  • 43. Martin Haring, Ck Banska Bystrica, at :2LAP
  • 44. Alois Falenta, at :2LAP
  • 45. Lubomir Petrus, BKCP-Powerplus, at :2LAP
  • 46. Andreas Moser, at :2LAP
  • 47. Bryan Falaschi, at :3LAP
  • 48. Severin Saegesser, at :3LAP
  • 49. Matej Lasak, at :3LAP
  • 50. Zach McDonald, at :3LAP
  • 51. Nicolas Samparisi, at :3LAP
  • 52. Marco Ponta, at :3LAP
  • 53. Inigo Gomez Elorriaga, at :3LAP
  • 54. Joachim Parbo, at :3LAP
  • 55. Aaron Schooler, at :4LAP
  • 56. Vladimir Kyzivat, at :4LAP
  • 57. Vaclav Metlicka, at :4LAP
  • 58. Mike Garrigan, at :5LAP
  • 59. Kazuhiro Yamamoto, at :5LAP
  • 60. Joseba Leon Gutierrez, at :5LAP
  • 61. Garry Millburn, at :5LAP
  • 62. Mark McConnell, at :5LAP
  • 63. Paul Redenbach, at :5LAP
  • 64. Yu Takenouchi, Veranclassic-Ekoi, at :6LAP
  • 65. Mario Matijevic, at :6LAP

Women

  • 1. Eva Lechner, in 0:44:53
  • 2. Katerina Nash, at 00:18
  • 3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Rabo Liv Women, at 00:27
  • 4. Sanne Cant, at 00:54
  • 5. Sabrina Stultiens, Team Liv-plantur, at 01:03
  • 6. Lucie Chainel-lefevre, at 01:19
  • 7. Ellen VanLoy, at 01:32
  • 8. Jolien Verschueren, at 01:40
  • 9. Helen Wyman, at 01:58
  • 10. Nikki Harris, at 02:17
  • 11. Sophie DeBoer, Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team, at 02:40
  • 12. Marianne Vos, Rabo Liv Women , at 02:53
  • 13. Martina Mikulaskova, at 02:57
  • 14. Rachel Lloyd, at 03:02
  • 15. Kaitlin Antonneau, Twenty 16 P/b Sho-Air, at 03:04
  • 16. Christine Majerus, Boels Dolmans , at 03:18
  • 17. Maria ArzuffiAlice, Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi, at 03:33
  • 18. Sanne Van Paassen, Boels Dolmans, at 03:42
  • 19. Caroline Mani, at 03:51
  • 20. Loes Sels, at 04:11
  • 21. Katherine Compton, Trek Factory Racing, at 04:19
  • 22. Elle Anderson, BMW-Happy Tooth Dental, at 04:24
  • 23. Pavla Havlikova, at 04:34
  • 24. Jessica Lambracht, at 04:53
  • 25. Aida Nuno, at 04:54
  • 26. Reza Hormes, at 05:09
  • 27. Lisa Heckmann, at 05:14
  • 28. Marlene Petit, at 05:14
  • 29. Mical Dyck, at 05:15
  • 30. Crystal Anthony, at 05:34
  • 31. Laura Verdonschot, at 05:35
  • 32. Amira Mellor, at 05:59
  • 33. Karen Verhestraeten, at 06:10
  • 34. Hannah Payton, at 06:14
  • 35. Karla Stepanova, at 06:24
  • 36. Hoek Bianca VanDen, Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team, at 06:33
  • 37. Chiara Teocchi, at 06:47
  • 38. Esmee Oosterman, at 06:52
  • 39. Janka Keseg Stevkova, at 07:03
  • 40. Maria ErlandssonAsa, at 07:31
  • 41. Lizzy Witlox, at 07:53
  • 42. Katrien Thijs, at 07:55
  • 43. Emeline Gaultier, at 08:00
  • 44. Nikola Noskova, at 08:20
  • 45. Suzie Godart, at 08:46
  • 46. Driessche Femke VanDen, at 09:09
  • 47. Carolina Gomez, at 09:11
  • 48. Christine Vardaros, at 09:35
  • 49. Nadja Heigl, at 10:18
  • 50. Denisa Lukesova, at :1LAP
  • 51. Monica Carrascosa, at :2LAP
  • 52. Lindsay Gorrell, at :2LAP

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  • 1. Wouter WIPPERT, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, in 1:56:09
  • 2. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 3. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 4. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :00
  • 5. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Steele VON HOFF, AUS, at :00
  • 8. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Rudiger SELIG, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien CHAVANEL, FDJ, at :00
  • 11. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 12. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 13. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 14. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 15. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Enrique SANZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 18. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Aleksei TCATEVICH, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 20. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 21. Cadel EVANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 23. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 24. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 25. Mark RENSHAW, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 26. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 27. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 28. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :00
  • 30. Christopher SUTTON, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 31. Gert DOCKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 32. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 33. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at :00
  • 34. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 35. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 36. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 37. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 38. Martin VELITS, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 39. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 40. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 41. Martin KOHLER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :05
  • 42. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :05
  • 43. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at :05
  • 44. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :09
  • 45. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :20
  • 46. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :22
  • 47. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :22
  • 48. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :29
  • 49. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :32
  • 50. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :36
  • 51. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at :44
  • 52. Cameron MEYER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :45
  • 53. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :50
  • 54. Laurent DIDIER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :50
  • 55. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :50
  • 56. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :50
  • 57. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :50
  • 58. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at :50
  • 59. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :56
  • 60. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 1:01
  • 61. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:06
  • 62. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:06
  • 63. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:14
  • 64. Michael ROGERS, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:14
  • 65. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:14
  • 66. Jack HAIG, AUS, at 1:14
  • 67. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:14
  • 68. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:14
  • 69. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:14
  • 70. Daniel MCCONNELL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:14
  • 71. Hayden ROULSTON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:14
  • 72. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 1:14
  • 73. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:14
  • 74. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:14
  • 75. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:21
  • 76. William CLARKE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:21
  • 77. Alexander EDMONSON, AUS, at 1:25
  • 78. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 1:25
  • 79. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 1:25
  • 80. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:46
  • 81. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:46
  • 82. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:46
  • 83. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:46
  • 84. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:36
  • 85. David TANNER, IAM CYCLING, at 3:03
  • 86. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:22
  • 87. Jack BOBRIDGE, UniSA, at 3:29
  • 88. Timothy ROE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 3:29
  • 89. Barry MARKUS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 3:29
  • 90. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 3:29
  • 91. Robert POWER, AUS, at 3:29
  • 92. Miles SCOTSON, AUS, at 3:29
  • 93. Oliver ZAUGG, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 3:29
  • 94. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 3:29
  • 95. Nathan HAAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:29
  • 96. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:29
  • 97. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 3:29
  • 98. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 3:29
  • 99. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:29
  • 100. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:01
  • 101. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 4:11
  • 102. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 4:11
  • 103. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:11
  • 104. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 4:28
  • 105. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 4:28
  • 106. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 4:28
  • 107. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 4:28
  • 108. Giampaolo CARUSO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:28
  • 109. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:28
  • 110. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:47
  • 111. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:47
  • 112. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:47
  • 113. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:47
  • 114. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 5:47
  • 115. Neil VAN DER PLOEG, AUS, at 5:47
  • 116. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:47
  • 117. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:47
  • 118. Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:47
  • 119. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 5:47
  • 120. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 5:47
  • 121. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 5:47
  • DNF Manuele MORI, LAMPRE-MERIDA
  • DNF Jack BAUER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN
  • DNF Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING
  • DNF Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ

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The race leader stayed focused and out of trouble in the final stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from the final stage of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under, a circuit race through the streets of Adelaide

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The race leader stayed focused and out of trouble in the final stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Kevin Pauwels, Sanne Cant claim UCI World Cup titles http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/kevin-pauwels-sanne-cant-claim-uci-world-cup-titles_359270 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/kevin-pauwels-sanne-cant-claim-uci-world-cup-titles_359270#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:13 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359270

Mathieu Van der Poel dominated the World Cup finale in the Netherlands. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kevin Pauwels and Sanne Cant claim their UCI World Cup crowns as Mathieu Van der Poel, Eva Lechner win the finale in Hoogerheide

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Mathieu Van der Poel dominated the World Cup finale in the Netherlands. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) claimed their UCI cyclocross World Cup titles on Sunday following the final race at Hoogerheide.

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-PowerPlus) won the men’s finale in the Netherlands, bolting away from the field on the first lap, staying away to the finish, and making himself the obvious favorite for a rainbow jersey at the upcoming UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor. Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) took second with Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb) third.

“I was motivated,” said Van der Poel. “It’s close to my home, and there were a lot of people that I knew who were coming to watch the race. That’s always motivating. And then the course was good for me today, and I had a good day. That’s always nice.”

Pauwels, who finished fourth, collected the overall World Cup title with 430 points. Lars Van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) finished second overall with 345 while Corne Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) took third with 307.

“I knew in advance that I couldn’t lose the World Cup anymore, so I wasn’t really thinking about the World Cup today, but more about the race itself,” said Pauwels, who freewheeled to the line, apparently to award the final spot on the podium to his teammate Vermeersch.

“I couldn’t have done better than third,” Pauwels added. “It was a bit of a disappointment that Mathieu van der Poel was so far away. I think there’s now only one favorite for the world championships. I’m not surprised by him, but I hoped the gap wouldn’t be so big.”

Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) took the women’s closer ahead of Katerina Nash (Luna) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo-Liv).

Once she hit the front, Lechner rode away from the field. Prevot and Nash chased, but they couldn’t erase the gap.

Lechner, who is racing cyclocross primarily as training for mountain biking, said she’s become “more professional and more focused” after getting some solid results.

“I didn’t expect to [win] today,” she said. “I just arrived yesterday, late evening, straight from my team training camp. So I didn’t really have the best preparation. But even for that, I’m quite happy that I could win.”

Cant, like Pauwels, finished fourth to lock up the series title with 246 points. Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea) finished second with 204 and Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) rounded out the podium in third with 187.

“It was pretty awful, actually,” said Compton. “I finished, that was good. I just can’t go hard. I tried, not having too bad of a start but also knowing I couldn’t go out that hard.

“I was someplace towards the back, in the middle maybe. Then I felt a little better about halfway through — but then I had an asthma attack with one to go. So I had to stop and regroup. And then I could keep going and finish that last lap.

“Today I just needed to finish. As long as I did that I knew I was going to get third [in the World Cup overall]. So that was kind of the goal. But it’s hard to swallow. It’s good to get third — had I not, it would have been even more disappointing.”

Fast and faster

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) bolted off the front of the men’s field from the gun, chased by Pauwels and Van der Poel. Then Van der Poel took over at the front and almost instantly opened a seven-second gap on the muddy circuit. In short order he was completely out of sight.

As the first lap ended Van der Poel was already 15 seconds ahead of a chase featuring Sunweb teammates Pauwels and Tim Merlier. A lap later, Vermeersch had moved into second, 24 seconds down on the leader.

With six to go Van der Poel led Vermeersch by 33 seconds as Van Aert fronted a bigger chase a minute down.

Van Aert got away from that group during the lap and took over sole possession of third, pursued by Pauwels. The World Cup leader caught on, and with a half hour gone and five laps remaining Van der Poel remained alone out front, despite a bobble. Vermeersch was losing ground at 43 seconds while Van Aert and Pauwels were at 1:04.

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), Van der Haar and Francis Mourey (FDJ) linked up with Van Aert and Pauwels, adding horsepower to the chase until Pauwels dumped it in a corner and briefly sprung Van der Haar free.

The race for second

With four to go Van der Poel was nearly a minute ahead of Vermeersch, with the second chase a further half-minute in arrears, having retrieved Van der Haar.

A lap later, Vermeersch was clinging to second at 1:08 with a resurgent Van Aert closing in some 10 seconds behind.

Van der Poel dropped his chain and had to dismount to fix it, but he had plenty of time to effect repairs. Behind, Pauwels had bridged to the Van Aert-Vermeersch chase.

Two to go saw Van der Poel still on his own, with the chasing trio battling for second at 1:18.

Come bell lap the pursuit remained a race for second with Van Aert on the front and Pauwels bringing up the rear. Then Van Aert accelerated away from the others and took over the runner-up spot, leaving Vermeersch and Pauwels to fight for third.

Van der Poel grabbed a Dutch banner at the line and celebrated his victory before the home crowd with a flag wave and a fist pump. Van Aert followed at 1:04 for second, while Vermeersch coasted across ahead of Pauwels for third at 1:21.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Van der Poel. “It was a very hard and long race for me to ride all by myself. It was very difficult.”

Van Aert said he got off to a poor start, and with Van der Poel already off the front he found himself racing for second.

“I was not really good in the beginning. Afterwards I was not really bad, but Mathieu was stronger. A lot stronger,” he said.

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Rohan Dennis celebrates the final victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Rohan Dennis stays out of trouble on the final circuit race through Adelaide to head an all-Australian podium at the Santos Tour Under

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Rohan Dennis celebrates the final victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) — Rohan Dennis stayed out of trouble on the final stage to win the UCI season-opening Santos Tour Down Under by two seconds from fellow Australian Richie Porte on Sunday.

The BMC Racing rider finished in the leading group behind stage winner Wouter Wippert (Drapac) to win the race, which concluded with a 90km stage through the streets of Adelaide.

Dennis headed an all-Australian podium, with Porte (Sky) second and his BMC teammate Cadel Evans 20 seconds back in third.

Dennis took the leader’s ochre jersey on Thursday after a stunning win on top of Paracombe Hill, then managed to cling to the lead when Porte claimed the penultimate stage up the notorious Willunga Hill.

Then, on Sunday, Dennis and the other overall contenders avoided a crash on the second-to-last lap that took out stage favorite Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin).

“I had to make sure I kept within distance of Richie, especially after that little spill,” Dennis said. “It was just about following him and making sure if there was a split it wasn’t too hard to come across.”

Dennis said former Tour de France winner Evans, who is about to retire from the sport, had helped him during Sunday’s race.

“He just said keep following me — obviously he was staying close to Richie as well making sure he didn’t lose time,” Dennis said, adding that Evans’ presence had taken pressure off him leading into the final stage.

“When we go down the street for coffee after dinner everyone harasses him,” he said. “Everyone wants to talk to him and even though I was leading the race I could just walk around in the background, so for me it was absolutely perfect.”

Sunday’s final stage win by Wippert was a triumph for Drapac, which has ambitions to join Orica-GreenEdge as a UCI WorldTour team.

Drapac took responsibility for chasing down a group of six riders, who broke away after the first intermediate sprint on the eighth lap and still had a lead of one minute with just over four laps to go.

Once the group was caught the sprinters jostled for position in the ride up Montefiore Hill before the right-hand turn into the fast finishing straight.

IAM Cycling brought Heinrich Haussler to the front but Wippert muscled his way past and stole a crucial break.

Haussler pushed hard but could not overhaul Wippert, with Boris Valle (Lotto-Soudal) coming third.

Early race leader Jack Bobridge (UniSA) took out the King of the Mountain competition, while South African Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) won the points jersey.

 

 

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Kleber Da Silva wins stage 6 at Tour de San Luis; Dani Diaz holds lead http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/kleber-da-silva-wins-stage-6-tour-de-san-luis-dani-diaz-holds-lead_359261 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/kleber-da-silva-wins-stage-6-tour-de-san-luis-dani-diaz-holds-lead_359261#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:48:52 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359261

Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis as teammate Daniel Díaz tightens his grip on the race lead with one stage

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Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Kleber Da Silva (Funvic Brasilinvest) won stage 6 of the Tour de San Luis on Saturday.

Da Silva took the 117.5km queen stage from Achiras to Sierras Comechingones by just two seconds from Rodolfo Torres (Team Colombia) with race leader Dani Díaz (Funvic) rounding out the podium at six seconds.

The break of the day included Juan Esteban Arango (Colombia), Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Antoine Duchesne (Europcar), Tom Danielson (Cannondale-Garmin), Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha) and Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare).

The escapees took nearly five minutes on the peloton at one point. However, with 38km remaining their advantage had been slashed to less than two minutes. As the catch finally came, the last man standing was Canola, but he too was swept up and a new group of leaders went clear.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Díaz, Da Silva, Torres and Leandro Messineo (San Luis Somos Todos) were among them, and the finale saw Díaz and Torres battling for the stage win, with the Funvic rider getting the edge in the end while his teammate and race leader finished third.

Díaz now leads Torres on the overall by 1:05 with Quintana third at 1:34.

Sunday’s seventh and final stage is a 122.4km race around San Luis.

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Roman Kreuziger says polygraph supports claims of innocence http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/roman-kreuziger-says-polygraph-supports-claims-innocence_359251 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/roman-kreuziger-says-polygraph-supports-claims-innocence_359251#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:38:13 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359251

Roman Kreuziger wins the Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com (file)

Roman Kreuziger says a polygraph test proves he's not a doper. But there are questions about the test's accuracy, and ways to beat it

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Roman Kreuziger wins the Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com (file)

Roman Kreuziger, accused of doping over anomalies in his biological passport, said Saturday he has passed a lie-detector test in a bid to clear his name.

“I replied to three essential questions and for all of them, the detector confirmed that I was telling the truth,” Kreuziger, 28, announced on his website www.kreuzigercase.com.

The cyclist said he replied “No” to three questions: “Have you taken doping products?”; “Have you used blood transfusions to improve your performance?”; and “Have you taken EPO (erythropoietin)?”

The test was carried out in Prague by British specialist Terry Mullins.

“I repeat: I’m not a cheat, nor a liar and I’ve never taken drugs,” the Czech rider added.

Kreuziger has already published his biological passport on his website to back his claim to innocence.

The polygraph is not a guarantee of innocence, however.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that courts could continue to bar the use of polygraph results as evidence, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the court that there was “no consensus that polygraph evidence is reliable.”

In 2002, according to NPR, the National Academy of Sciences likewise concluded that the so-called lie-detector test was not infallible after a comprehensive review of research on the polygraph.

“It concluded that the test performed far better than chance in catching lies. But the researchers also found the test produced too many false positives,” wrote NPR’s Martin Koste in his story about a man who makes his living teaching people how to beat the test.

And Tyler Hamilton, in his book “The Secret Race,” acknowledged searching Google for ways to beat his own lie-detector test.

Raymond Nelson, president of the American Polygraph Association, acknowledged to NPR that the test was not perfect but claimed its accuracy rate was still better than 80 percent.

The UCI sanctioned Kreuziger for anomalies in his biological passport during two distinct periods — from March to August 2011 and April 2012 to the end of the 2012 Giro d’Italia — when he was riding for Astana.

His current team, Tinkoff, dropped him from last year’s Tour de France with his agreement.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reopened a case against Kreuziger in October after the UCI appealed a Czech Olympic Committee decision to clear him of doping charges that had seen him banned from the sport for months.

Krueziger finished fifth in both the 2011 Giro and 2013 Tour, and won the Amstel Gold Race in 2013. The UCI wants Kreuziger banned for between two and four years and all his results since March 2011 erased, along with a 770,000-euro ($957,000) fine.

Editor’s note: Agence France Press contributed to this report.

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Results: 2015 Santos Tour Down Under, stage 5 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2015-santos-tour-stage-5_359247 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2015-santos-tour-stage-5_359247#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:55:12 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359247 Results from stage 5 of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under

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  • 1. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, in 3:37:32
  • 2. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :09
  • 3. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 4. Cadel EVANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 5. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at :16
  • 6. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :19
  • 7. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 8. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :26
  • 9. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :28
  • 10. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :28
  • 11. Jarlinson PANTANO, IAM CYCLING, at :28
  • 12. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :28
  • 13. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at :32
  • 14. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at :38
  • 15. Michael ROGERS, TINKOFF-SAXO, at :48
  • 16. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :48
  • 17. Cameron MEYER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :48
  • 18. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at :56
  • 19. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :58
  • 20. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:02
  • 21. Jack HAIG, AUS, at 1:05
  • 22. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:15
  • 23. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 1:29
  • 24. Jérémy ROY, FDJ, at 1:54
  • 25. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 2:16
  • 26. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:16
  • 27. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 2:16
  • 28. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:16
  • 29. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:16
  • 30. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:16
  • 31. Timothy ROE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:16
  • 32. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:16
  • 33. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at 2:16
  • 34. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:21
  • 35. Laurent DIDIER, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:24
  • 36. Daniel MCCONNELL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:24
  • 37. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 2:31
  • 38. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 2:31
  • 39. Kristijan DURASEK, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 2:31
  • 40. Hayden ROULSTON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:53
  • 41. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:05
  • 42. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 3:08
  • 43. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 3:08
  • 44. Robert POWER, AUS, at 3:08
  • 45. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at 3:18
  • 46. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:22
  • 47. Giampaolo CARUSO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:22
  • 48. Martin VELITS, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 3:40
  • 49. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:40
  • 50. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 3:40
  • 51. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 4:09
  • 52. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 4:09
  • 53. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 4:09
  • 54. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at 4:09
  • 55. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 4:09
  • 56. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at 4:09
  • 57. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 4:09
  • 58. Jack BAUER, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 4:16
  • 59. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 4:24
  • 60. Enrique SANZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:28
  • 61. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:40
  • 62. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:40
  • 63. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:43
  • 64. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:46
  • 65. David TANNER, IAM CYCLING, at 4:46
  • 66. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 5:11
  • 67. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:34
  • 68. Gert DOCKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:34
  • 69. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:34
  • 70. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 5:45
  • 71. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 5:45
  • 72. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 5:45
  • 73. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 5:45
  • 74. Oliver ZAUGG, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 5:45
  • 75. Steele VON HOFF, AUS, at 5:45
  • 76. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 5:45
  • 77. William CLARKE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:45
  • 78. Miles SCOTSON, AUS, at 5:45
  • 79. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:45
  • 80. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 6:11
  • 81. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:46
  • 82. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 7:41
  • 83. Jack BOBRIDGE, UniSA, at 8:45
  • 84. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:45
  • 85. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:45
  • 86. Nathan HAAS, TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN, at 8:45
  • 87. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 8:52
  • 88. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 8:52
  • 89. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 8:56
  • 90. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:48
  • 91. Martin KOHLER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:48
  • 92. Aleksei TCATEVICH, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:48
  • 93. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 13:48
  • 94. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:48
  • 95. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:48
  • 96. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:48
  • 97. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:48
  • 98. Alexander EDMONSON, AUS, at 13:48
  • 99. Neil VAN DER PLOEG, AUS, at 13:48
  • 100. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 13:48
  • 101. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 14:30
  • 102. Christopher SUTTON, TEAM SKY, at 14:30
  • 103. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 14:30
  • 104. Barry MARKUS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 14:30
  • 105. Sébastien CHAVANEL, FDJ, at 14:30
  • 106. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN, at 14:30
  • 107. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 14:30
  • 108. Mark RENSHAW, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 14:30
  • 109. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 14:30
  • 110. Yves LAMPAERT, ETIXX-QUICK STEP, at 14:30
  • 111. Rudiger SELIG, TEAM KATUSHA, at 14:30
  • 112. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO, at 14:30
  • 113. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:30
  • 114. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:30
  • 115. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 14:30
  • 116. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 14:30
  • 117. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF-SAXO, at 14:30
  • 118. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 14:30
  • 119. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 14:30
  • 120. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 14:30
  • 121. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE-MERIDA, at 14:39
  • 122. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 14:39
  • 123. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 15:09
  • 124. Wouter WIPPERT, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 15:51
  • 125. Vladimir ISAYCHEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:06
  • DNF Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO
  • DNS Kenny DE HAES, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNS Olivier LE GAC, FDJ
  • DNS Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ
  • DNS Travis MEYER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING

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