Uran solos to Giro stage 10 victory

Olympic silver medallist Rigoberto Uran (Sky) attacked on the final ascent of last night’s 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, opening up a gap and eventually winning the mountain stage by 20 seconds over his Colombian compatriot Carlos Betancur (Ag2r).

Uran’s impressive win was enough to move him up to third overall while Uran’s team leader, Bradley Wiggins, finished 1:08 behind, in 10th place. Crucially, Wiggins lost more than 30 seconds to his biggest rivals, maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Australia’s Cadel Evans (BMC) who finished third and fifth respectively, both 31 seconds behind Uran.

Team Sky had proved their dominance earlier in the stage when six of the team’s riders led the main field up the first category Passo Cason di Lanza climb. Sky’s tempo effort shredded the peloton and reeled in a 13-man breakaway that got as much as 9 minutes over the peloton.

The remnants of the break, and a few other attacks, were all wrapped up within 10km of the finish and with roughly 8km left in the stage, all uphill, Uran took off alone up the Altopiano del Montasi climb. The move appeared to be an attempt to ease pressure on Wiggins but when Nibali and Evans upped the pace Wiggins was unable to follow.

Giro D'Italia 2013 stage-10

Nibali retains the maglia rosa after finishing third on the stage, with Evans now 41 seconds behind. Uran is now in 3rd place, 2:04 behind Nibali with Wiggins one second behind, and Robert Gesink (Blanco) in fifth.

Tonight’s 11th stage takes the riders 182km from Tarvisio to Vajont, taking in the second category Sella Ciampigotto climb, and a 6.4km climb to the finish line.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 10 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia including details of the overall standings thus far.

Evans still in contention, Hesdjedal dropped

Cadel Evans (BMC) has passed his first serious challenge in this year’s Giro, staying with the GC contenders on the first mountain stage of the race. Evans stayed glued to Nibali’s wheel for virtually the entire day and appears comfortable on the long steep climbs, more of which will feature in the coming stages.

Vincenzo Nibali said of the Australian:

“Evans is looking very strong, and his ability to hold pace and attack in the mountains will be serious in the next 10 days of racing. The Giro is hard every day, and now we have entered into a new week. It is possible to have a bad day even after a rest day, and I was lucky to be in good form on Montasio.”

Nibali’s third place on last night’s stage meant the Italian received 12 seconds worth of time bonuses over Evans, but Evans did gain ground on Wiggins and other rivals. Evans said after the stage:

“To maintain my position at this point is still very good. So far, so good. We still have a lot of mountain stages to go. Nibali is the rider I have to focus on at this point considering my place in classification. Every day that passes is looking more that way. But I don’t know that we are even halfway into this Giro yet. So it may still be a little early to say.”

Giro D'Italia 2013 stage-10

Perhaps the biggest story of the day was the implosion of reigning champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp). The Canadian popped on the first category Passo Cason di Lanza climb and never really recovered.

Hesjedal lost 20:53 to race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), falling back to 33rd on the general classification, 23:45 back.

Click here to read more about Cadel Evans’ impressive ride thus far, and click here to read more about Ryder Hesjeda’s unfortunate day.

Giro d’Italia quiz

Earlier this week we announced we’d be running a Giro d’Italia quiz , giving you the chance to take home some great prizes. Well, that quiz is now live and ready for you.

All you need to do is pick the winner of next Friday’s epic 19th stage, enter your name and email address, complete the quiz and you’ll go in the draw to win. What can you win? Well, thanks to Bike Bug we’ve got a GoPro HD Hero3 Silver Edition and Garmin 510 available, plus a copy of Orica-GreenEDGE’s photo book “We Won’t Back Down”, a one-year subscription to RIDE Magazine, and a bunch of copies of RIDE 60, the most recent edition of the magazine (out this week!).

For all the details and to do the quiz head over to this page. Thanks to Jamie Jowett for putting together a challenging and informative quiz!

Sagan opens his California account with stage 3 win

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has won the third stage of the 2013 Tour of California in a bunch sprint, pipping Australia’s Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) on the line.

Amgen Tour of California

A four-rider break got away early in the stage and was only reeled in 13.5km from the finish line after sharing the KOM points throughout the stage. With the break caught on the downhill run to the line, the sprinters’ teams got into position to contest the final sprint. Sagan found himself out of position in the dash to the line but managed to find a way around to take the stage win.

Perhaps the most heartening piece of news to come out of the stage was the fact Andy Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) was in the four-man breakaway and that he won a bunch of KOM points along the way. He’s certainly not back to his best, but it’s good to see Andy mixing it up at the big races again.

The general classification was unchanged by the stage 3 result with Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) retaining his overall lead after finishing with the peloton.

Tomorrow’s fourth stage takes the riders 135km from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara in a stage that looks set to finish with a bunch sprint.

Follow the link to see the results from stage 3 of the 2013 Tour of California.

Extreme heat the real killer in the Tour of California

Riders have had to complete not just with each other but with the extreme heat in the opening stages of the Tour of California, reportedly leaving several riders with heatstroke.

Amgen Tour of California

US pro Phil Gaimon (Bissell) has been blogging about the race for VeloNews and the latest instalment in his blog is well worth a read. These first two paragraphs give you a real sense of the conditions the riders currently face:

On paper, it looked like the first couple stages were going to be all about the climbs, but then the paper spontaneously burst into flames, and we learned that heat was the real killer.

We’ve all been dumping water on ourselves a lot at the Amgen Tour of California. At one point, I realized I was dumping First Endurance drink mix on my head. “Whatever,” I thought, and kept dumping. It was cold, and it’s not like I wasn’t going to take a shower after the stage.

Click here to read the full article at VeloNews.

Wade blogs from stage 3 of the Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro 2013

Stage 3 didn’t exactly go as I envisioned it the night before. I started the day in yellow (40-49 Vets) and while I had no upfront hopes of winning my category, it’s not hard to get caught up in defending the lead.

It was a short ride to the startline and halfway there I started to hear some creaking coming from the cranks. It took a couple minutes to figure out, but once I did I noticed that my crank arm was so loose I could turn the bolt with my fingers. It certainly wasn’t like that the night before during the uphill TT.

At the startline I frantically looked for someone with a 10mm allen key to tighten up my cranks but to no avail. Starting like this wasn’t an option as it was just a matter of time before I’d be stuck in the middle of the outback in worse trouble.

Some 45 minutes after everyone started I found a support vehicle with the tools I needed and got back on my way.

Stage winner in the men's race Michael Crosbie. (Image: Chloe Geraghty)

Stage winner in the men’s race Michael Crosbie. (Image: Chloe Geraghty)

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the lack of pressure on the racing allowed me to ride alone with my head up through some of the most magnificent countryside I’ve ever seen. It reminded me of riding through parts of the Arizona desert, albeit with an Australian twist. The skies were ocean blue and the soil and mountains a deep red with singletrack heaven winding through the middle of it.

Today is quite a long stage at 90 kilometers and keeping the pace quite moderate on yesterday’s stage was probably a good thing to have forced on me. There will be no mercy in stage 4, and I’m fired up for a good result.

Congratulations to Michael Crosbie (see photo above) for winning stage 3 in the men’s and to Rowena Fry for taking out the women’s stage in her third straight win of the race.

You can read the full race report for stage 3 here and track the live results here.

Merckx: ‘incomprehensible’ how Wiggins descends

Cycling’s king, Eddy Merckx is astonished at how poorly Bradley Wiggins (Sky) descends. In the Giro d’Italia, Wiggins has lost ground on a couple of occasions on wet downhills.

“I have no idea how he does it, it is incomprehensible,” the five-time Giro winner told Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. “He’s rode like a novice in these last few days. It makes me think there’s something wrong with his equipment.”

Click here to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.

Snow may block Giro’s Galibier pass

Riders in the Giro d’Italia may be unable to climb to the top of the Col du Galibier on Sunday with heavy snow blocking the pass and forcing workers out to try and clear the way.

The iconic climb is due to close the 19th stage, the first time the Giro has ever visited the famous mountain. In 2011, the Tour de France climbed up the south side.

The Stelvio and Gavia climbs, featured on May 24, are better off, but snow still covers the road. Workers are monitoring the situation.

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Wiggins’ “girl” comments criticised

Bradley Wiggins’ suggestion that he “descends like a girl”, has angered some followers with a column in the British newspaper, The Telegraph calling the statement “derogatory.”

“Girls already have enough obstacles to face if they want to achieve sporting success,” read the article. “They do not need the message that they are weaker than boys shoved down their throats by someone that they should admire.”

Click here to read the full article at The Telegraph.

Saiz may return to cycling after cleared of Puerto charges

Manolo Saiz, manager of the ONCE and Liberty Seguros teams, said he may return to cycling after being cleared in the Operación Puerto doping trial.

Tour de France - 5e etappe

The 53-year-old Spaniard said on local radio that “if something suitable turns up,” he would return. “[Cycling] is in exactly the same position as every other sport, with more good people than bad.”

Click here at Cycling News.

Vacansoleil team in difficulty, loses co-sponsor DCM

Team Vacansoleil’s sponsorship search took a further hit when co-sponsor DCM announced it would not renew its support. The Belgian fertiliser company has funded the Dutch team for the last three years.

Vacansoleil is also due to end its commitment. General manager, Daan Luijkx is waiting for the travel company’s decision while searching for a potential replacement sponsor.

Another Dutch team, Blanco is also searching for a sponsor to replace Rabobank. The country’s third WorldTour team, Argos-Shimano is the only one sure of continuing in 2014.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Danny MacAskill’s “Imaginate” — Episode 3

Avid readers of the Rocacorba will know that we’ve been following Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate videos quite closely. And here, for your viewing pleasure, is episode 3. To quote from Pinkbike:

“As the project gathers pace, Danny finds the perfect space to start building his lines. He takes some inspiration from the Atherton’s at Fort William and as the UK prepares to welcome the Olympics, Danny has the honour of carrying the torch through Glasgow.”


Click here to see episode 3 of Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate.

Mr Dale’s Diary

Long before there was The Secret Pro there was Mr Dale’s Diary, a column in the old “Pro News” Monthly Broadsheet in the UK in the late 1970s. “Mr Dale” has been in touch with us and has kindly let us publish one of his columns from that era.

Mr Dale was a pro in the British peloton from 1974 to 1978 and here’s how he described himself and his column to us:

I wrote from the point of view from the rear of the peleton, where much suffering was in evidence, as opposed to race reports dealing with the stars. Being possessed of the worst sprint in British pro racing, I only had one win in 4 1/2 years, and that was a 100+ km lone break, after which there was a posse of domestiques assigned to make sure I never did it again.

“Mr Dale’s Diary” was a spoof on the very long running BBC Radio program “Mrs Dale’s Diary”, and I used the rider’s nicknames — e.g. “Dog”, “Hissing Sid”, “The Kolossus”, “Chirpy” and “Guy the Gorilla” — as an in joke.

Click here to read the column.

The Rocacorba Recap

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