Rast wins Tour de Suisse stage 6, Frank retains yellow

Gregory Rast (RadioShack-Leopard) won the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland overnight as Mathias Frank (BMC) retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Veteran Swiss Rast powered clear of Mathew Hayman, Alexander Kolobnev and Bert Grabsch over the final kilometre after the quartet had stayed out in front for much of the 186.1km ride from Leuggern to Meilen.

“This is such a big win for me,” said a delighted Rast.

Tour de Suisse 2013 stage-6

“This stage is close to my home and I know these roads very well. I’ve tried (for) 10 years to win a stage here and today I finally made it. I’m really, really happy.”

With Rast riding hard and out of sight, Australia’s Hayman pipped Kolobnev to second with Grabsch, who had earlier made several failed attempts to escape the leading group, rounding out the top four.

The four riders were never challenged after breaking clear of the peloton 30km into the stage with the pack eventually crossing the line almost 11 minutes off the pace.

Tour de Suisse 2013 stage-6

In the overall standings, Frank, of Switzerland, remains 23sec ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger, with last year’s champion Rui Da Costa of Portugal in third at 35sec.

Friday’s seventh stage, a 206km route from Meilen to La Punt, features four categorised climbs, including the HC Albula Pass just before the finish, a climb that peaks at 2,315m.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 6 of the 2013 Tour de Suisse. Text via AFP.

Tuft wins opening stage of the Tour due Slovenie

Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE) took his second time trial win of the season overnight, posting the quickest time on the opening stage of the Tour de Slovénie. The eight-time Canadian National time trial champion covered the 8.8 kilometre course in Ljubljana 6 seconds quicker than teammate Brett Lancaster in second.

“Everything went right today,” said Tuft. “I have good sensations from the start. I knew I was on a good ride.”

The flat fast course favoured the power rider. Tuft averaged 53.2km/h en route to his winning time of 9:55.

Svein Tuft wins stage 4

“The capital city of Ljubljana is beautiful,” said Tuft. “This was a nice course for going flat out. There wasn’t anything tricky about it. The roads were in good conditions and it was nice not to race in the rain.”

Tuft will start stage two in the race leader’s jersey. The first road stage is an undulating day featuring Cherry Mountain.

“We don’t have a chance here for the overall,” said Wilson. “We didn’t bring any guys who can contend with the big mountains. We don’t expect to have the jersey on the last day, but we’re happy to have it tomorrow.”

Follow the link to see full results from stage 1 of the 2013 Tour de Slovenie. Text via Orica-GreenEDGE press release.

Flakemore wins Thuringen-Rundfahrt time trial

Campbell Flakemore has made it back-to-back victories for the Australian U23 team at the Thüringen-Rundfahrt U23 in Germany, winning the stage 5 individual time trial.
Flakemore’s teammate Damian Howson, who won the prologue time trial, was in second place, 16 seconds behind Flakemore.

Flakemore’s win comes just a day after Caleb Ewan outsprinted the rest of the field to win stage 4.

With two stages left in the race Damian Howson is now the highest placed Australian, in third place 16 seconds behind the leader Dylan Van Baarle. Adam Phelan, who rides for the Drapac squad back in Australia, is in 4th overall, 47 seconds off the pace.

Follow the link to see full results from stage 5 of the Thüringen-Rundfahrt U23.

Controversy over Laura Trott’s win at IG London Nocturne

In the women’s elite criterium at the IG London Nocturne over the weekend, Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott was crowned the winner of the race with Hannah Barnes (MG Maxifuel) in second. But did Trott actually win?

After reviewing the race footage for a TV highlights show, the event organisers have admitted that Barnes actually crossed the finish line first.

But commissaires from British Cycling deemed that Barnes had contested the sprint dangerously by taking her hands off the bars to celebrate when there were other riders in close proximity (i.e. the riders the leaders had lapped). British Cycling relegated Barnes one place to second, thereby awarding Laura Trott the victory.

Click here to read more at totalwomenscycling.com.

Anti-same-sex marriage protesters to target the Tour de France

After launching a protest at the French Open tennis final on the weekend, the anti-gay marriage protest group calling itself “Hommen” has promised to use the Tour de France to spread its message.

The group has promised not to disrupt the Tour but will instead line the road with its shirtless members.

French citizens voted on April 23 to legalise same-sex marriage with the first ceremonies conducted in mid May. But despite widespread support for same-sex marriage in France, some, including the members of Hommen, remain resistant to the change.

Click here to read more at The Atlantic.

Japanese underground bike parking

Here’s a video showing a nifty underground bike parking station in Japan and how it works. Whether or not we will see such technology introduced to Australia in the near future is unclear, but it’s a terrific idea anyway.

Top scientists highlight the complexity of the “helmet issue”

British science writer Ben Goldacre and statistician David Spiegelhalter have written an editorial for the British Medical Journal in which they show what many of us already knew: that the bike helmets issue is a complex and challenging one.

Goldacre and Spiegelhalter begin their report by saying:

“We both dread questions about bicycle helmets. The arguments are often heated and personal; but they also illustrate some of the most fascinating challenges for epidemiology, risk communication, and evidence based policy.”

The two authors suggest that debates about the efficacy of bike helmets are only going to continue, closing with the following analysis:

“The enduring popularity of helmets as a proposed major intervention for increased road safety may therefore lie not with their direct benefits—which seem too modest to capture compared with other strategies—but more with the cultural, psychological, and political aspects of popular debate around risk.”

Click here to read the British Medical Journal editorial and click here to read further analysis at road.cc.

Helmet-mounted crash sensors available for pre-order

The ICEdot crash sensor is a small device that can be attached to the back of your helmet to detect whenever your helmet receives a sizeable impact. The device can be coupled with your smartphone via bluetooth and when a crash is detected, an alarm is set off on your phone.

You can disable the alarm but if you aren’t able to do so (i.e. because you’ve been too badly injured in the crash) your phone will send out emergency text messages with your GPS coordinates to pre-defined emergency contacts.

The sensors are now available for pre-order for US$150. Check out the promo video below:

Click here to read more.

Flying bicycle revealed

Here’s something from the “wait, what?” basket. Czech engineers have unveiled a flying bike that is pedal-powered while on the ground and propeller-powered while airborne.

The test flight of the F-Bike featured a mannequin with the bike’s movement controlled from the ground but it’s expected that a human pilot will be able to fly the bike later this year.

To be totally honest, we’re not entirely sure what you’d use a flying bike for, especially given this one weighs in at nearly 100kg and can only fly for a couple of minutes before the batteries run out. But maybe we’re missing the point:

“Our main motivation in working on the project was neither profit nor commercial interest, but the fulfilment of our boyish dreams,” said project engineer Ales Kobylik.

Check out the video below and let us know what you reckon.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:

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