Paris-Nice – Hofland takes Stage 2
Moreno Hofland sprinted to victory Monday in the second stage at Paris-Nice. Hofland’s Belkin teammates positioned the 22-year-old Dutchman perfectly going into a late right-hander in the 205km stage from Rambouillet to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche, and Hofland had the legs to make a long sprint to snag victory ahead of John Degenkolb of Germany. Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni crossed the line third to defend the leader’s jersey in the eight-day French race.
Hofland said, “It’s a great victory. The team rode great today. The stage was hectic again, because there were some crosswinds. We all tried to be in the front at the dangerous points,” a happy Hofland said after the podium ceremony. “I wanted to surprise the bunch, so I made a long sprint. I jumped with 250 metres to go, and no one came around me. I am so happy, because this is a big race. This is Paris-Nice!”
Click here for full results of Stage 2 of the 2014 Paris-Nice.
Meersman penalised for drafting
Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was penalised 1:10 by commissaires on Stage 2 of Paris-Nice for prolonged drafting by a team car as he attempted to rejoin the peloton following a crash in the last 10km of the finish. Meersman was in the virtual overall lead when he got caught up in the crash late in the stage finishing in Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche.
Read more on cyclingnews.
Giro d’Italia considering women’s race
RCS Sport is considering a women’s race to run in conjunction to the Giro d’Italia. Race organiser General Manager Paolo Bellino explained to Cycling Weekly that they are discussing it.
“It’s not at the top of our list but it’s also not the last item,” Bellino told Cycling Weekly. “We are looking over a series of things, including something for the women. It’s an important subject. We want to be modern and up to date like we’ve always been.”
“A new event that will give an even more universal dimension to the Tour,” a press release said. “A few hours before the men’s peloton arrives in Paris … the world’s elite women cyclists will race the circuit in the historic heart of the city.”
Read more on Cycling Weekly.
Campagnolo officially launches Super Record RS groupset
Campagnolo has issued a press release which includes details on their new 2015 Super Record RS groupset. The new groupset will be offered in limited quantities and for a limited time.
The key area for development has been its front shifting. Campy says that they are acting on feedback from the many professional athletes riding its products – with some riders still preferring a mechanical groupset over their electronic EPS.
Campag says, “The project was aimed at increasing both performance as well as reliability even in extreme conditions although most changes won’t be easily recognizable to the naked or untrained eye. While at first sight the groupset appears quite similar to the previous version, several angles and shapes were modified throughout the drivetrain with the most significant changes being concentrated on the chainrings and front derailleur design. While the average cyclist might not realize the intricacies of a chainring; how each and every tooth has its own shape, how the internal surface is designed for specific performance and how the two perform in unison for faster and more efficient chain engagement”
Buy knock-off bike products and risk death, support slavery
According to Robbert de Kock, Secretary General of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) who spoke at the Taipei Bike Show last week, if you buy a counterfeit bike on an internet site like Alibaba, you not only run the risk of injury or even death, you could also be supporting organised crime like drug trafficking and prostitution. The problem of counterfeits in the bike industry has become so great that fakes might even be finding their way into local bike shops.
In a presentation by the WFSGI to members of the bike industry at Taipei Cycle last week, Michele Provera (below), Vice President of Internet Brand Protection at Convey, a company that specialises in internet brand protection, said, “We’re not dealing with sweatshop factories, we’re dealing with very sophisticated organisations who launder money they gain from drug dealing, from prostitution, from slavery.
Read more on Road.cc.
Team Sky and Orica-GreenEDGE Round 1 – Rock, Paper, Scissors
Team Sky and Orica-GreenEDGE have joined forces to produce a series of fun and engaging YouTube ‘Battle’ videos.
All five episodes of the #SKYvOGE series were filmed during the 2014 Tour Down Under and will be released on a fortnightly basis from Monday 10 March.
The opening episode sees the two teams contest a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Future episodes are currently being kept tightly under wraps, but Team Sky’s Digital Manager Nick Howes was able to shed some light on how the Battle Series came about: “The goal of the Battle Series was to show another side to our team away from the racing. Our fans don’t often get to see that side to us because once the races start everyone is so professional. There are some big characters in Team Sky – both riders and staff members – and that really comes through in the Battles.
Roadtripping New Zealand
Last week we were proud to bring to you our latest Roadtripping feature from New Zealand. These are extremely fun to create, so expect many more to come from all over the world!
The Armstrong Lie – Sydney Showing – A few tickets left
This week we’re premiering the feature documentary The Armstrong Lie in Melbourne and Sydney. While Melbourne tickets have now long been sold out, we still have a few seats left for our Sydney showing this Friday at the Randwick Ritz Theatre at 7pm. Click here to reserve your seat.
CyclingTips jersey & kicks, t-shirts and other accessories now on sale
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with some of our favourite cycling brands to bring you a range of custom made, high quality CyclingTips apparel for both on and off the bike.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the combination of some of the world’s leading clothing and accessory manufacturers producing our kit and bidons, and the beautiful simplicity of our handmade artisan leather cycling wallets and phone cases.
This is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for some of the exciting collaborations we have coming up. In the meantime, be sure to check out our:
- CyclingTips jerseys, bibs (available now). Made by Capo.
- CyclingTips gilets (available now). Made by Capo.
- CyclingTips tee shirts (available now)
- Caps and socks (coming later this week). Made by Capo.
- Bidons (coming later this week)
- The Nope-CyclingTips Wallet and iPhone cases (coming later this week)
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The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed from a huge week here at CyclingTips:
- Rocacorba Daily: Monday March 10
- Roadtripping New Zealand
- Results from the 2014 FebFifteen Strava Challenge
- Everesting: climbing 8,848m in a single ride
- The human cost of gold medals — the dark secrets of the Charlie Walsh era
- Xenon gas as a performance enhancing drug: doping or hot air?
- BH G6 review
- Reflecting on a ‘legend’, Charlie Walsh