Kenny van Hummel wins stage 6 of the Tour de Langkawi
Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela’s Kenny van Hummel has won stage 6 of the Tour de Langkawi, beating Orica-GreenEDGE’s Aidis Kruopis and United Healthcare’s Ken Hanson in a bunch sprint at the end of the 199.1km stage into Pontian.
Strong winds battered the peloton throughout the stage while breakaway attempts were nullified by the team of race leader Mirsamad Pourseye Digolakhour, Tabriz Petrochemical.
Van Hummel proved strongest in the final dash for the line.
“In the last kilometre I was at first on the left with Andrea Guardini (Astana) but the crosswinds were making it a bit messy over there, so I decided to move to the right,” Van Hummel said.
“Just as I moved, I saw United Healthcare were starting a lead-out, so I tagged along and found a perfect position to start my sprint,” said van Hummel. “It was a clean straight sprint. I just put the hammer down and went full speed.”
After finishing in the bunch on stage 6, Mirsamad Pourseye Digolakhour leads the general classification by eight seconds over Merhawi Kudus (MTN-Qhubeka) and 11 seconds over third-placed Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (UnitedHealthcare).
The 10-stage Tour de Langkawi continues tomorrow with a 230km stage from Kota Tinggi to Pekan which is likely to end in another bunch sprint.
Marcel Sieberg questions UCI’s new “footpaths” rule
On January 1 this year the UCI introduced a new rule to prohibit riders from riding anywhere but the designated road surface during races. Specifically, the law says:
“It is strictly prohibited to use sidewalks/pavements, paths or cycle paths alongside the roadway that do not form part of the course. Non-respect of this requirement is sanctioned an accordance with Article 12.1.040.14bis, without prejudice to any other sanctions that may apply.
However at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday, the race-winning break was seen riding on footpaths rather than the cobbles, much to the disdain of Lotto-Belisol’s Marcel Sieberg:
For what we have new rules??? Front group all on the asphalt *bike path* Peloton all on the cobbles. pic.twitter.com/ldoDhtmr4I
— Marcel Sieberg (@MarcelSieberg) March 3, 2014
And now we know why we lost 30sec just on this point. Come on guys….everyone or no one
— Marcel Sieberg (@MarcelSieberg) March 3, 2014
It’s unclear whether the UCI will impose any penalty on the riders involved but as The Inner Ring considers in a typically great piece, what does this mean for the rule? Why bother introducing a new rule if you’re not going to enforce it?
Click here to read more at The Inner Ring.
Pat McQuaid still undecided on CIRC participation
We haven’t heard much from Pat McQuaid since he was toppled from his position as UCI president late last year and according to Press Association Sport McQuaid is still undecided as to whether he’ll participate in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), an independent investigation into cycling’s history of doping.
McQuaid told Press Association Sport:
“I need to be convinced that this commission is going to look into all of the aspects of the reasons why doping was prevalent. That is who was actually responsible, not just the UCI, but also people like WADA and USADA.
“I don’t want to see a witch hunt into me and [his predecessor] Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible (for anti-doping activities) as well and should be asked to account for themselves as well.”
McQuaid maintains that the UCI was the “leader in the fight against doping” during his tenure and that of Verbruggen.
“From that point of view, I don’t think the UCI should be taken to task for what may or may not have happened. I have to be convinced that this isn’t setting out to be a witch hunt.
“At the end of the day, we now know Lance Armstrong never tested positive. Never tested positive. That’s a fact. There is no proof anywhere, either in the USADA Reasoned Decision or anywhere else, that Lance Armstrong tested positive. If Lance Armstrong never tested positive, what is there to cover up?”
Click here to read more at The Independent.
Roads to ride: Genting Highlands
The climb to Genting Highlands featured in the queen stage of this year’s Tour de Langkawi (as it normally does) and it’s also the latest road to be featured in The Inner Ring’s Roads to Ride series.
There are some suggestions that the route is no longer open to cyclists (outside of the Tour de Langkawi) and the ride itself sounds pretty heavy with traffic, but that aside it’s still interesting to learn a bit more about the climb that more or less decides the Tour de Langkawi each year.
Click here to read the full piece.
Xpedo reveals pedal-based power meter
In recent years we’ve seen the introduction of several new affordable power meter options, including Stages and Garmin Vector pedals. The latest to enter the power meter market is Xpedo with its pedal-based Thrust E system.
The entire system is contained within the pedal with power measurements coming from a strain gauge in the pedal contact area.
The pedals do look rather bulky underneath, with some suggesting this might create clearance issues while cornering.
Xpedo claims an accuracy of +/-2% for the pedals (similar to both the Garmin Vector and Stages) and data is sent via ANT+ as you might expect. Each pedal has a rechargeable battery that’s apparently good for 150-190 hours.
As for the price, that’s not clear yet. The pedals have just been revealed at the Taipei International Cycle Show and more information is sure to be available in coming months.
Click here to read more at road.cc.
We’re not quite sure what’s going on here but it looks like Orica-GreenEDGE and Team Sky have some fun and frivolity planned for next Monday.
There’s already been some great banter between the two teams on Twitter:
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) March 4, 2014
— ORICA-GreenEDGE (@ORICA_GreenEDGE) March 4, 2014
All will be revealed on Monday apparently. Whatever it turns out to be, it is great to see some of the sport’s top teams having a bit of fun with one another.
Cyclists attack driver in South Africa
We’ve seen plenty of YouTube videos of motorists losing their temper and attacking cyclists, but a video showing the reverse is reasonably rare. Here’s one such video from South Africa which shows a group of cyclists attacking a driver, including with pepper spray.
While it’s hard to tell from that vision exactly what led to the confrontation, the man who took the video, Symon Scott, told South Africa’s IOL News that:
“I found myself approaching a bunch of about 20 cyclists, probably practising for the Argus Cycle Tour. They were in the left lane, but many were riding abreast so some were even encroaching into the right-hand lane, past the centre line.
Further ahead was a stationary vehicle [the white van in the video] that was double parked but it went unnoticed by the leader of the group who was looking back and communicating to the rest of the team.
The group were moving swiftly and only at the last second when the leader again faced forwards, did he see the vehicle …
He had to swerve violently to avoid the vehicle and this obviously upset him. He stopped his bicycle abruptly and flew into a violent rage. The entire peloton pulled up in support and some followed his lead.
Click here to read more at IOL News.
Roadtripping New Zealand: drone crash outtake
It’s not too long until we can reveal the next installment in our Roadtripping series but in the meantime, check out this outtake. We’ve watched it a whole bunch of times in the CT office and it makes us laugh every time.
If you’re not familiar with our Roadtripping series, check out the first installment here.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: