Joaquim Rodriguez climbs to Volta a Catalunya stage 3 win
Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez has won stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya overnight, putting in an attack on the final climb to the La Molina ski station that his main rivals, Chris Froome (Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) were unable to match.
— Ciclismo en directo (@NCiclismo) March 26, 2014
The Spaniard made his move with 500m left on a stage that saw the big GC contenders come to the fore.
A group of six breakaways riders made an early escape but when the last of those riders, Kevin Reza (Europcar) was reeled in within 5km of the finish, it was time for the likes of Rodriguez, Froome, Contador, and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) to show their wares.
Froome made the first attack but was quickly nullified, before Rodriguez made a move that nobody could counter. He went on to finish the stage five seconds ahead of Contador and nine seconds ahead of Quintana.
Rodriguez now leads the general classification from Contador and Quintana as the riders go into stage 4, arguably the toughest stage of the race thanks to a summit finish at Vallter 2000.
Follow the link for results from stage 3 of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya. Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Niki Terpstra wins Dwars door Vlaanderen
Niki Terpstra has started Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Flemish campaign in great form, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen overnight with a convincing solo attack.
A break of more than 20 riders got clear after 65km of racing and just before the escape was shut down, with roughly 30km to go in the 201km race, Terpstra attacked solo on the Paterberg.
He wasted no time in building up a lead of roughly 30 seconds and while a chase group of four riders (including Terpstra’s teammate Gert Steegmans) was on the hunt, Terpstra managed to stay clear.
The chase group was caught inside the final kilometre while Terpstra, giving it everything, managed to hold on to win by 17 seconds ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and Borut Bozic (Astana).
Amy Pieters wins women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen
Amy Pieters (Giant-Shimano) has won the women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen overnight, sprinting to victory at the head of a small breakaway.
A group of four riders — Amy Cure, Thea Norsen, Kim de Baat and Julia Souk — broke away, while Amy Pieters chased solo to bridge to the leaders.
Thorsen tried to get away from the leaders in the closing stages but couldn’t, with Pieters proving the strongest by far in the final sprint. De Baat was second while Australia’s Amy Cure was third.
— velowijf (@velowijf) March 26, 2014
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Will Clarke wins Tour de Perth opener
Drapac has started the 2014 National Road Series in convincing fashion with Will Clarke winning the stage 1 criterium at the Tour de Perth last night.
A crash just before the finish line of the technical and at-times-dangerous street circuit in Fremantle saw much of the field taken out of contention for the final sprint. But Clarke escaped unharmed and went on to win ahead of Shannon Johnson (CharterMason Giant) and Anthony Giacoppo (Avanti).
“The whole race was really sketchy but I was able to come through unscathed and eventually take the win,” Clarke said after the race.
“I felt pretty good but it was quite a hard race. I was definitely the beneficiary of having four teammates left in the race at the end. They made sure I was up there.”
Clarke takes a four second lead into the second stage of the four-stage race, a 116km course around Kalamunda.
Sergio Henao speaks about being withdrawn from Sky’s racing schedule
Sergio Henao has made his first press appearance since being withdrawn from racing by Team Sky, following team testing which revealed anomalous biological values.
Henao told Cycling News he “shares and understands the attention Team Sky is giving to the blood value the last monthly control has highlighted,” explaining that he has “always believed in the ethical values of cycling, and that honesty and respect for the rules come before anything else.”
Henao continued that he is keen to “collaborate with the team to complete the medical-scientific investigation with the aim to help the investigation.”
Team Sky is investigating whether Henao spending the winter at his home in Colombia, at an altitude of 2,125 metres, led to his unusual blood values.
“I have nothing to hide and I’m not worried. The team want to analyse things and look at it all and I will comply with them,” he said.
“Since arriving at Team Sky I have done 30 controls and I have never had a problem. This is internal with the team. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has never said that there was something suspicious.”
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Brian Cookson clarifies position on cycling at Winter Olympics
UCI president Brian Cookson has clarified comments made in the press recently that track cycling should be moved to the Winter Olympics to allow the running of more cycling events.
Cookson pointed out on Twitter that his comments were simply ideas at this stage and not official UCI policy.
Happy to see twitter discussion on my comments on Olympic sports programme – the #IOC's Agenda 2020 should encourage debate. Just an idea!
— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) March 25, 2014
But let's be clear, this is just an idea for discussion, not a formal UCI policy. Lots of discussion needed. Also love to see CX in WOs too.
— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) March 25, 2014
Back in February Cookson and the UCI suggested cyclocross, which isn’t yet an Olympic sport, should be part of the Winter Olympics, even though it’s not held consistently on ice or snow (a pre-requisite for sports at the Winter Olympics).
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
SRM launches FSA K-Force UCB Powermeter with user changeable battery
SRM has launched a new FSA Powermeter which features a user-changeable battery for the first time. The axle stores two AA batteries, a significant departure from existing SRM powermeters which need to be sent back to Germany to have batteries replaced.
The FSA K-Force Light BB386 EVO with the SRM Powermeter spiders reportedly comes in at 784g (without bottom bracket) and is being offered in a 50/34 setup, with a 53/39 coming soon.
— Poshbikes.com (@PoshbikesDotCom) March 26, 2014
Click here to read more at road.cc.
This isn’t what you want to see while out for a ride with a young child. Or at all really. Scary stuff.
Here’s a piece of road-side technology from Trondheim in Norway, for cyclists that aren’t fans of climbing super-steep hills. The Trampe is a motorised aid for cyclists, much like a ski lift, which you ride up to, put your foot on while still sitting on your bike, and let the device pull you up the hill.
The Trampe was initially opened in the 1990s but fell into disrepair. It has since been reopened and is free for all cyclists to use on the 18% hill you see in the video above.
Click here to read more at fastcoexist.com.
Behind the scenes of Stage 3 at the ABSA Cape Epic
While we wait for the official highlights video from stage 3 of the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race, here’s a behind-the-scenes video from the Specialized Racing team.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: