Kreuziger wins Amstel Gold Race with late attack
Roman Kreuziger (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff) made a solo break for home to win last night’s 252km-long Amstel Gold Race from Maastricht to Valkenburg. The Czech rider broke clear from a group of escapees with 7km remaining in the race and then held off the chasing pack to win by 20 seconds.
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde won a sprint finish for second with Australian Simon Gerrans taking third.
It was the first time the 26-year-old Kreuziger, a former winner of the young rider jerseys at both the Tour de France and Tour of Italy, has won a Classic. At the foot of the final ascent of the short but punishing Cauberg climb, three kilometres from the end, Kreuziger had a 30-second lead over the peloton.
World champion Philippe Gilbert attacked out of the group to try to hunt down Kreuziger but he never got close and once over the top of the Cauberg he was chased down by the pack.
Click here to see the full results and the final kilometres of the 2013 Amstel Gold Race.
Cramps ruin Sagan’s chances in Amstel Gold
Coming into last night’s Amstel Gold Race, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was the almost-unbackable favourite. He’s has a formidable start to the year, including a dominant win last Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl, but when it came to the final stages of last night’s race, Sagan wasn’t able to compete at his best.
“I felt rough, about 30 to 40 kilometres to go,” Sagan told reporters afterwards. “It wasn’t ideal but there wasn’t anything I could do, I was cramping up.”
“When [Philippe] Gilbert (BMC) attacked, I wanted to follow him, but it simply wasn’t possible. I didn’t have the strength to do it.”
In the end Sagan finished in 36th place, 57 seconds behind the winner, Roman Kreuziger.
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Rodriguez crashes out of Amstel, in doubt for Fleche and Liege
With 43km to go in last night’s Amstel Gold Race, Katusha rider Joaquim Rodriguez, one of the race favourites, was involved in a crash that ended his race.
While Rodriguez got back on his bike after the crash, he looked to be in a lot of pain and soon abandoned. A medical examination in Maastricht after the race showed “a strong contusion at the left femoral biceps muscle”.
The crash could spell the end of Rodriguez’s Ardennes campaign with Katusha’s team doctors unsure whether the Spanish rider will be right for Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday and Liege-Bastogne-Liege next weekend.
Click here to read more on VeloNation.
Nathan Haas gets last minute call-up
Nathan Haas’ didn’t expect to race in Amstel Gold on Sunday, but the good news came to him rather unconventionally:
I’ll try this… If anyone is near @nathanpeterhaas please tell him he just got the last minute call up to do Amstel. And turn on his phone!
— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) April 10, 2013
Vaughters couldn’t get through to Haas when he tried to call at after Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday where Haas showed good form. Haas was headed for the airport to fly back home to Girona.
Haas came in 95th yesterday at Amstel Gold Race and said on twitter:
Amstel gold is absolutely the best race ever! Full gas. Even though I was dropped with 30k to go I finished with a Massive smile! Best race
— Nathan Haas (@NathanPeterHaas) April 14, 2013
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Amstel Gold Race in quotes
We’ve scoured the press releases to bring you a bunch of quotes from riders and team managers about last night’s Amstel Gold Race. Click here to read them all.
Joe Cooper wins Tour of Perth
Joe Cooper (Huon Salmon/Genesys Wealth Advisers) has claimed his maiden Subaru National Road Series overall tour win, taking out the Woodside Tour de Perth — the opening event of the series — over the weekend.
Cooper took the yellow jersey after he blitzed stage two’s time trial on Rottnest Island before going on to defend his lead successfully to seal an emotional victory.
Claiming line honours on the final day of the tour was Scott Law (GPM Data #3), the 22-year-old winning a bunch sprint to the line ahead of Neil Van der Ploeg (Search2Retain/ Health) and Alex Smyth (Satalyst Giant Racing).
Law showed his sprinting class, edging out his competitors over a challenging 112 kilometre course including three decisive climbs which narrowed the peloton down to just 20 riders.
Cooper won the Tour de Perth overall ahead of Neil Van der Ploeg and teammate Jack Haig. Huon-Genesys won the overall teams classification as well as the King of the Mountain jersey with Nathan Earle. Sam Horgan (Budget Forklifts) clinched the sprinters jersey.
The next race in the Subaru Men’s National Road Series will be the Battle on the Border which runs from May 2-5. The Subaru Women’s National Road Series gets underway before then though, with the three-day Mersey Valley Tour being held from April 26-28.
Click here to read more and see the full results from the 2013 Tour de Perth.
Kirsten Wild wins Ronde van Gelderland
Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) has won the one-day Ronde van Gelderland in a bunch sprint overnight, ahead of Italian Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Australian Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK).
Orica-AIS’s Shara Gillow embarked on a solo escape in the final 30km of the 140km course and held an advantage of a couple minutes before being reeled in by a surging peloton.
Wild was too strong in the bunch kick, crossing the line first and adding to the four victories she picked up in the recent Energiewacht Tour.
Click here to see the full results from the 2013 Ronde van Gelderland.
Plaza solos to overall victory in Castilla y Leon
Ruben Plaza (Movistar) has jumped away on the final day of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, to win the stage and the three-stage race overall.
Plaza attacked on the final climb of the day, leaving behind an elite group at the 2km-to-go banner, and soloing in to the finish in Cervera del Pisuerga just ahead of Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy/Kenda).
The win is Plaza’s first since breaking his tibia and fibula in a crash in the 2011 Vuelta a Murcia after he went off-road on a descent.
Click here to read more and see the full results from the 2013 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.
Four more riders test positive to GW1516
Late last week Russian rider Valery Kaikov became the first cyclist to test positive to the “black market” drug GW1516.
Over the weekend, four more riders were added to the list with the Costa Rican Cycling Federation (FECOCI) announcing four “Adverse Analytical Findings” from the Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica last December.
The four riders haven’t been named yet and may now ask for “B” sample analysis, or accept the initial result.
Click here to read more.
The difference between Holland and the Netherlands
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Holland and The Netherlands? Were you confused about this very fact while watching the Amstel Gold Race last night? Well, be confused no more; it’s actually pretty simple. Kind of.
McQuaid receives nomination from Cycling Ireland for third term
Pat McQuaid has secured a formal nomination for a third term as UCI president following a vote from the board of Cycling Ireland on Friday.
McQuaid was under pressure following accusations of poor management and many doping scandals while he’s been in cycling’s top job, but he apparently swayed the board with a presentation and the promise that he will raise a series of concerns with the UCI management committee about governance, ethics and more.
Click here to read more on WorldOnBike.
Baby Giro under threat
World cycling could lose one of its most prestigious amateur stage races this year after organisers of the Baby Giro d’Italia (or GiroBio) announced the race lacks the necessary funding to continue.
The Baby Giro is Italy’s biggest amateur race and since its inception in 1970 it has helped to develop many stars. Francesco Moser, Gilberto Simoni and Marco Pantani are all among the list of past winners.
“Amateur racing isn’t profitable”, GiroBio organiser Giancarlo Brocci told Cycling Weekly. “Those who have the ability to help me won’t, because they see they can’t make a profit from it.”
Click here to read more on Cycling Weekly.
Giro del Trentino trailer
Last year’s Giro del Trentino made headlines because of the truly scary Punta Veleno climb which rises nearly 1,100m in less than 9km — an average gradient of about 12%.
This year’s four-stage race starts tomorrow and while the Punta Veleno doesn’t look like it will feature, the riders will have to tackle the Arco-Sega di Ala on the final stage — a climb that also reaches 20% according to the official race website.
So before the race gets underway, check out this great trailer.
Making a Moots: behind the scenes
And finally, check out this behind-the-scenes video of the making of a Moots titanium bike. According to road.cc:
“Moots, based in Steamboat Springs in Colorado since 1981, have an enviable reputation as makers of top end titanium frames. Moots frames still are highly coveted. They were one of the earliest adopters of the material and that expertise and passion for Ti comes through in this video, offering a rare insight behind the scenes to the processes involved in making a Moots titanium bike”