Weening wins the Tour of Poland
Orica-GreenEDGE’s Pieter Weening won the overall classification at the Tour of Poland at the weekend, leaping four places on stage 7 to take his first WorldTour stage race victory.
Weening was in fifth place overall coming into the final stage, a 37km ITT, 27 seconds behind overnight leader Christophe Riblon. Weening’s 6th place on that final stage was enough to take him to the top of the leaderboard.
“Pieter has had the most consistent year of his career,” said Sport Director Matt White. “He’s come close to several stage wins this season at Langkawi, the Giro, Pais Vasco and, of course, Poland. After so many close calls, it’s especially good to see him hit this target.”
Bradley Wiggins’ aspirations of ITT glory at the World Championships in September seemed to be on track when he took out the final stage ahead of Fabian Cancellara. Weening was the best of the overall contenders in sixth place on the stage, 1:44 behind Wiggins.
Stage 6 had been won by Team Colombia’s John Atapuma with Riblon in second place, the Frenchman jumping into the leader’s jersey as a result. Weening had been sixth on that stage, his third of four top-ten finishes for the Tour.
Kelderman wins Tour of Denmark
Team Belkin’s Wilco Kelderman has claimed the first major professional stage race victory of his young career, winning the Tour of Denmark over the weekend.
The 22-year-old finished safely in the bunch on stage 7 to take out the overall by six seconds over his nearest rival, Lars Bak.
Kelderman took the overall lead in stage 5, winning the 12.1km ITT ahead of Timofey Kritskiy (Katusha) and giving himself a six-second advantage over Bak.
Matti Breschel had won stage 3, backing up from his stage 2 victory the day before, and taking the overall lead. And then on stage 4, Magnus Cort took out the win, the second of the Tour for him after his stage 1 win.
And after Kelderman’s ITT victory it was Mark Cavendish who closed out the Tour, winning stage 6 in a bunch sprint while Kelderman protected his overall lead.
“The team did an awesome job for Wilco today. There was a breakaway of five guys and it was controlled from behind, so it was just what we wanted,” said Belkin Sports Director Michiel Elijzen. “The GC with Wilco was the main target today. We are so happy to have made it to the finish without crashes or punctures.”
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Tour of Denmark.
Johansson wins Route de France prologue
After wearing the yellow jersey from start to finish at Thüringen Rundfahrt, it was a bit of déjà vu for Emma Johansson at the Route de France. The Swede won the prologue that marks the start of the eight day tour to don the first leader’s jersey at the seventh edition of the French race.
Johansson’s winning time of 5’07.93 was less than one second faster than Linda Villumsen (Wiggle Honda) in second. Amy Pieters (Argos-Shimano) was third in 5’09.27.
Johansson focused on the cobbled sections of the technical 3.3km course. The profile of the prologue belied its difficulties.
“The prologue was a lot more technical than it looked on paper,” Orica-AIS DS Dave McPartland said. “We saw it this morning for the first time – and it was a pretty rude shock. The early morning ride helped prepare the girls for the effort.”
Text via Orica-GreenEDGE press release. Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Route de France prologue. Click here to read a blog post about the prologue by Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin.
Bronzini wins Route de France stage 1
Wiggle Honda’s Giorgia Bronzini has sprinted to victory in the first stage of the Route de France, between Soissons and Enghien-les-Bains, just to the north of Paris.
The former two-time World champion won from a lead group of 37 riders after the peloton broke up on an unclassified climb on the stage’s 3.5km finishing circuit. Bronzini beat Valentina Scandolara (MCipollini-Giordana) and race leader Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) into second and third.
“It was a simple race with not many attacks until we got to the little final circuit,” Bronzini explained. “In the circuit there was a little climb of around two and a half K, and some of the sprinters dropped off. The first time around there were only 20 riders, but more riders got back on.
Emma Johansson remains in the overall lead by one second over Bronzini’s teammate Linda Villumsen with six stages remaining in the Route de France.
Anderson wins Tour of Gippsland by narrowest margin
In a thrilling finish to the 2013 Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland in Traralgon on Sunday, Queensland’s Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts) clinched the crown by the narrowest possible margin.
Anderson, 26, finished just one second ahead of Tasmania’s Nathan Earle (Huon-Genesys) after the five-day, eight-stage Tour which covered more than 500 kilometres, with Earle’s podium finish catapulting him into the Subaru NRS individual standings lead.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Anderson said. “It’s been a great win. I haven’t raced in the NRS since 2009 so it’s nice to come back and get a win,” said Anderson, who has raced in Europe for a number of years.
Anderson clinched the yellow jersey on a wet and gusty day three in Licola on Friday where he edged Earle in a three man sprint to the line.
“Nathan [Earle] is a quality bike rider and credit to him. He’s a fantastic talent and he’ll go along way and maybe this will be my claim to fame to say that I beat him,” Anderson said of the newly signed Team Sky rider.
Second placed Earle was relentless in his attempts to claw back time on the general classification leader, finishing in second place on the final stage to fall just one second short of an overall victory.
Traralgon hosted the tour’s eighth and final stage of the tour with riders contesting a hotdog style criterium in blustery conditions. 2012 Olympian Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing) took line honours in a bunch sprint with Earle and teammate Russell Gill rounding out the podium.
The win was Edmondson’s second of the week following the 19-year-old’s victory on the stage three road race from Leongatha to Yinnar and secured him third overall for the Tour.
“To win today is just unreal,” Edmondson exclaimed. “I have to take my hat off to the team though, they were unbelievable. I came into this tour not knowing how I would go, we’ve got a young team and we’ve only started racing in the NRS this year and I think we’re starting to show what we can do,” Edmondson said of the South Australian based team who were victorious at the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour.
The Subaru NRS continues on the 14th August with the Campolina Fulton-Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast.
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Tour of Gippsland. Text via Cycling Australia press release.
Demare wins inaugural men’s RideLondon Classic
FDJ’s Arnaud Demare has won the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Classic in a bunch sprint on London’s Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace.
Demare’s team dominated the 221km race and the former U23 world champion was the fastest of the remaining sprinters that arrived at the wide boulevard finish.
“One year after the Olympic Games this is a victory that’s a symbol of something for me,” said 21-year-old Démare. “It’s even more important because I lost my trainer, who died a month ago, so it’s very emotional for me.”
The RideLondon Classic was part of a larger weekend of cycling festivities, designed to carry on the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.
Demare said of the race:
“The course was harder than last year at the Olympics but I was feeling great on the way back to London,” he continued. “I was at the centre of the group and I told my two teammates to open the field – I had the legs, I just needed one opportunity. In the final stages I thought a lot about my trainer who had been with me since I was a junior, and that carried me to the line.”
Follow the link to see full results from the 2013 men’s Prudential RideLondon classic. Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Trott wins inaugural women’s RideLondon Classic
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s double Olympic champion won the inaugural edition of the women’s Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix on The Mall after a perfect lead out from fellow Olympic champion Dani King.
Local rider Trott crossed the line more than a wheel’s width clear of national criterium champion Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel), with Australian Loren Rowney (Specialized-lululemon) just pipping King for third place.
On the fast open circuit, which circled St James’s Park in an anti-clockwise direction, the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team was constantly on the attack. Although nobody was able to escape the peloton, the aggressive tactics had the effect of blunting the sprint trains of the other teams.
“Because it was such an open course we just had people attacking,” Trott explained. “Even I was attacking, although I was going to be the team’s sprinter, but with five laps to go we decided to stop attacking and start chasing. There was no point just to keep using people to get up the road because nothing was staying away.”
“Then with five laps to go I just stuck on Dani’s wheel. There was no communication between us, it was just all or nothing, she just knew that I was there.”
Follow the link for full results from the 2013 women’s Prudential RideLondon classic. Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Mike Cotty’s setup for his 666km trans-Alpine epic
You might remember Mike Cotty, the bloke we told you about last week who’s planning a 666km non-stop ride across the French Alps, taking in 17 Cols. Well in this article the folks at road.cc take a look at the bike and gear Cotty’s going to be using for the ride which starts today.
Motorist admits to “purposely” hitting cyclist
British woman Daisy Abela has invoked the ire of the cycling community in her home country and elsewhere after tweeting “Just had a full on barney with a cyclist he started banging on my roof so I purposely run him over LOL see yaaaa”.
In follow-up tweets Abela wrote: “I was definitely still drunk. If there’s anything I hate in this world it’s f*ckin’ cyclists” and “I knocked him off his bike but still managed to continue my journey with 1 wing mirror lol”.
Click here to see more tweets from Abela’s now-deleted account.
Abela has since come out and said the tweets have been “blown way out of proportion”, that the incident wasn’t a hit-and-run and that she wasn’t in fact drunk at the time of the incident. Police are currently investigating the issue.
You might remember a similar outburst back in May when British woman Emma May said on Twitter:
“Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike before – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists” .
A bubble-wrap bike?
We all know how satisfying it is to pop a sheet of bubble wrap. Imagine if you had a bike with a front wheel made of bubble wrap that popped bubbles as it went around.
Comedian Eric Buss has brought such a machine to life and put this short and silly video together. Where do we get one?
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: