John Degenkolb wins men’s Gent-Wevelgem
John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) has gone some way to making up for a frustrating Milan-San Remo result last week by winning Gent-Wevelgem overnight.
The German sprinted to victory at the head of a 28-strong group with Arnaud Demare (FDJ.com) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) making up the minor placings.
A late move by Belgian champion Stijn Devolder (Trek), Silvan Dillier (BMC) and Andrey Amador (Movistar) got some distance ahead but was eventually reeled in by a 40-strong main field in the final 2km. Sagan started his sprint a little too early and Demare a little too late, while Degenkolb timed his run to perfection.
“This race is one of the really big classics and I am so happy to add Gent-Wevelgem to my honours,” said Degenkolb.
“Last weekend at Milan-San Remo was probably one of the most disappointing moments of my career. Today everything went 100 per cent better than last week so I can forget about that disappointment now.”
Emma Johansson wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup
Orica-AIS’s Emma Johansson has won the second World Cup on the UCI Elite Women’s calendar, leading an eight-rider elite group over the line at the hilly Trofeo Alfredo Binda race in northern Italy.
Specialized Lululemon’s Trixi Worrack set off on a solo escape part way through the race but was caught, at which point the peloton was down to just 69 riders. A group of six riders then went clear and built an advantage of nearly a minute, but were caught with 51km to go.
A series of breaks and escapes would vie for overall honours but as the last lap approached the peloton, then made up of just 29 riders, came back together. Emma Johannson led the reduced group over the final climb of the day, creating an elite escape group which would go on to contest the finish.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), who won the first World Cup of the season, came second, while Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink) was third. Armitstead retains her lead in the nine-race World Cup series.
Follow the link for results from the 2014 Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup. Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Joaquim Rodriguez holds on for Volta a Catalunya win
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has taken out overall honours in the Volta a Catalunya over the weekend, fending off attacks to hold on to the lead he took on stage 3.
Ganadores de la Volta a Catalunya: Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Alberto Contador (ESP) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) pic.twitter.com/8fOtM2k842
— 24h (@24h_tve) March 30, 2014
Stef Clement (Belkin) took the win on stage 6 after attacking from the breakaway, and Sunday’s final stage, a wet and miserable 120km stage around Barcelona, was won by Lieuwe Westra (Astana) with a bold solo move.
Rodriguez finished 10th on the final stage after shutting down an attack by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the final climb of the day.
Rodriguez takes the overall victory by four seconds ahead of Contador, with stage 4 winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC) taking out third place, seven seconds behind Rodriguez.
Jean-Christophe Peraud claims Criterium Internationale victory
Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has won the general classification at the three-stage Criterium Internationale over the weekend by just a single second.
— George Avgerinakis (@avgerinakis) March 30, 2014
Peraud was second on the final stage’s mountain finish behind Matthias Frank (IAM), a result which moved the Frenchman from fourth place overall after stage 2, into the overall lead.
Peraud’s compatriot Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.com) won the opening stage in a bunch sprint, ahead of Australia’s Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp). Tom Dumoulin proved fastest in the stage 2 ITT, winning ahead of Australia’s Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp).
But in the end it was the final stage that decided the overall classification, with Frank’s win putting him into second place overall ahead of Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura).
Follow the link for final results in the 2014 Criterium Internationale. Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Lauren Hall wins women’s Gent-Wevelgem
Lauren Hall (Optum Kelly Benefits) has won the women’s Gent-Wevelgem, outfoxing her breakaway companions and sprinting to victory in the 115km race.
Hall, who was riding for the US National Team, made the day’s main selection at 35km to go when the race split on the penultimate climb. Roughly 25 riders made it to the front group before just eight riders escaped and built a race-winning lead of two minutes.
Attacks riddled the lead group in the closing kilometres but Hall marked the moves before saving herself for the final sprint, which she won ahead of Janneke Ensing (Boels-Dolmans) and Vera Koedooder (Bigla).
Organisers are hoping that the race will become part of the Women’s World Cup in years to come.
Peter Kennaugh takes overall win at Settimana Coppi e Bartali
Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh has claimed his first major stage win, taking out the four-stage Settimana Coppi e Bartali in Italy.
Kennaugh won stage 2, giving himself a 42-second lead going into the penultimate stage. That race was won by Elia Viviani (Cannondale) with Kennaugh finishing in the bunch which ensured the British rider went into the final stage ITT with his 42-second advantage in tact.
The Sky rider finished the final stage in 22nd place but had enough of an advantage to win the general classification by 12 seconds, ahead of stage 4 winner and teammate Dario Cataldo and 35 seconds ahead of Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli).
The overall win caps off an excellent week for Team Sky, with the team winning stage 1a (Ben Swift), 1b (TTT), stage 2 (Kennaugh), coming second on stage 3 (Swift), winning stage 4 (Cataldo) and taking out the overall title.
Follow the link for final results from the 2014 Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Peter Sagan wins E3 Harelbeke
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) showed on Friday that he’s in great Classics form and that his Tour of Flanders ambitions are on track, after winning E3 Harelbeke from an elite four-rider escape group.
E3 Harelbeke features a number of the same climbs as the Tour of Flanders and it was on one of these hills, the Oude Kwaremont, that Sagan made his move.
He attacked over the top of the hill, with only Geraint Thomas (Sky), and Omega Phama-QuickStep pair Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh strong enough (and well-positioned enough) to go with him.
The four-rider group quickly built an advantage and despite the best efforts of the chasers (including Fabian Cancellara who was caught out of position when Sagan attacked), the quartet held an advantage to the line. The OPQS duo tried to use their numbers to their advantage but the Slovakian was too alert and when it came down to a bunch sprint he proved too strong.
“After Milan-San Remo I immediately turned the page,” said Sagan. “I suffered a lot [there], I was freezing and I wasn’t able to get the result I wanted. This morning I was really determined to test my condition in a normal situation and the result was great. It’s the best way to start the Belgium Classics season and a big boost of confidence for the next events.”
Joe Cooper wins back-to-back Tour de Perth titles
New Zealand’s Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) has successfully defended his Woodside Tour de Perth title, taking out the opening event in the Subaru National Road Series, for the second time.
Cooper, who rode himself into the Tour lead on Friday after a blistering individual time trial on Rottnest Island, defended his four second lead throughout the final stage at Perry Lakes.
Cooper took out the event by four seconds to stage two victor Tim Roe (Budget Forklifts) while his teammate Mitchell Lovelock-Fay finished in third place overall, 30 seconds in arrears.
Final stage line honours went to Victoria’s Shannon Johnson (CharterMason) who beat home-town favourite Anthony Giacoppo (Avanti Racing) and Queensland’s Alex Wohler (Budget Forklifts) in a bunch sprint.
An early breakaway of six formed with Lovelock-Fay, Wohler, West Australian Travis Meyer and his Drapac teammate Adam Phelan, Jayden Copp (Bianchi DCM Arbitrage) and Cru Halliday (Skoda St. George).
The group were eventually joined by William Clarke (Drapac) and Budget Forklifts teammates Michael Cupitt and Josh Prete, causing a split in the leading group resulting in Meyer, Lovelock-Fay, Prete and Wohler forming a new four man lead break.
However on the final two laps of the eight kilometre circuit, other teams joined the chase to ensure a bunch sprint.
Follow the link for final results from the the 2014 Tour de Perth. Text adapted from Cycling Australia press releases.
Podium place for Caleb Ewan at Trofeo Rancilio
Australia’s Caleb Ewan has taken second place in the Trofeo Rancilio under-23 race overnight, the first race contested this season by the Australian Jayco U23 WorldTour Academy team.
The Italian race came to a bunch sprint in which Ewan was just beaten by Jakub Mareczko.
Click here to read more (via Google Translate).
Andre Greipel suffers broken collarbone at Gent-Wevelgem
A crash in last night’s Gent-Wevelgem has reportedly left Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) with a broken collarbone and torn ligaments, putting the German national champion out of next Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.
Greipel, who was one of the pre-race favourites, crashed heavily with 8.2km remaining and jumped straight into the team car.
Lotto-Belisol reports that Andre Greipel suffered broken collarbone, torn ligaments in Gent-Wevelgem crash, will undergo surgery immediately
— VeloNews (@velonews) March 30, 2014
“His collarbone is definitely broken, it’s swollen,” said Lotto-Belisol directeur sportif Marc Sergeant. “We did everything to get with André to the finale, and we succeeded 100 percent in that,” added Sergeant.
“We had five men for him in the finale; it was all going very well until the moment when he crashed.”
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Richie Porte’s Giro d’Italia under threat
Richie Porte has told the Sydney Morning Herald’s Rupert Guinness that his Giro d’Italia ambitions might be in doubt after an illness that has seen the Tasmanian withdraw from two WorldTour events.
When asked whether his illness and time off racing has threatened his Giro, Porte said: “It has compromised my Giro preparation. I’m not sure. I will have to make a decision with David Brailsford and Tim Kerrison.”
Porte was planning to go to the Giro as Team Sky’s GC contender, before heading to the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome. And despite having a great start to the season and some promising form, it appears Porte might have to re-evaluate his goals.
“At Tirreno, I was close enough on overall classification after one mountain stage [4th at 34 secs] and felt I was getting better,” he said. “One moment you are plotting on how to win the next day’s stage, then next thing you are up at 4am with gastro. It’s a little bit cruel.”
“There is still a long season to go … I have some time at home now to properly recover and get my season back on track.”
Click here to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Highlights videos from the ABSA Cape Epic
While there’s been plenty of action on the road cycling front, one of the biggest MTB races in the world, the ABSA Cape Epic, has also been in full swing over in South Africa.
Here are the highlights from stage 5:
And here are the highlights from stage 6:
Stage 7, the final stage of the race has now been contested and the overall winners crowned. If you want to find out the final results click here. Otherwise we’ll share them with you tomorrow when the highlights video from the final stage is released.
Evolution of the bicycle in just over a minute
This is a pretty cool video showing how bike design has changed since the 1800s.
Tram-track cyclist has a lucky escape
Here’s a video of a lucky Polish cyclist who tried to squeeze through the gap between two trams and came unstuck. He was very lucky not to have been hit by either tram. His bike is reportedly ok as well.
Click here to read more at road.cc.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: