Bronzini takes back-to-back wins at Route de France

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini has sprinted to her second straight victory in stage two of the Route de France overnight.

Bronzini’s team had worked hard to chase down a lone breakaway from Russian Alexandra Burchenkova in the closing kilometres of the 85.8km stage and in the end it was Bronzini, the former two-time World champion, who finished more than a length clear of the rest of the field.

Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto-Belisol) took second place, ahead of Thalita de Jong (Rabobank-Liv/Giant).

Giorgia Bronzini wins stage 2 of the 2013 Route de France.

Giorgia Bronzini wins stage 2 of the 2013 Route de France.

“Today was a little bit shorter and because of that there were so many attacks from the start,” said Bronzini. “It was a little bit harder, with some climbs and wind today. In the final 25km there was one Russian girl that attacked, and had one minute – or one minute and a half – so I spoke together with [race leader Emma] Johansson and we decided to chase together.

“So she put her [Orica-AIS] teammates, and I put my teammates on the front and Lotte Becker, Lauren Kitchen and Mayuko Hagiwara did a really, really good job. Linda Villumsen reserved her power for an attack in the final, and I reserved my power for a possible sprint.”

Despite the brisk wind, and the fact that the peloton split for the second day in a row, there were no opportunities for anybody to attack and the stage was heading for another sprint.

“We arrived at the finish in a bunch,” Bronzini explained. “The last corner was at 300 metres, and the finish was a little bit of a climb, which is my favourite sprint.”

With no changes to to the top of the general classification Emma Johansson retains the overall lead by one second.

Text adapted from a Wiggle Honda press release. Follow the link for full results from stage 2 of the 2013 Route de France. Click here to read a report from the stage by Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin.

Equal prize money promised for women’s Tour of Britain

Last week we learned that a women’s Tour of Britain will be held in 2014 and we now know that the women’s race will feature the same amount of prize money for women as in the men’s race.

One of the race organisers, Guy Elliott said:

“It will be the only cycling event in the world where women are not second best. The goal is to wrap a social agenda for change in health and social terms around a sports event, to send a strong message to women that they don’t have to be second best. It’s a game changer. It cannot carry on, that we discriminate against women in sport from the age of 15.”

It would also seem that there will be daily television coverage of the race, a key step in building awareness of and interest in women’s cycling.

“We’ve got a number of television companies wanting to do it, including terrestrial and free to air, which is the key thing,” Elliott said. “We’re in the embarrassing position where more than five councils want it.”

The five-day women’s Tour of Britain is scheduled for May, separating it from the men’s race which is usually held in September.

Click here to read more at The Guardian.

Boonen in doubt for the Eneco Tour

A saddle sore kept Tom Boonen out of the Tour of Denmark and it looks as if the wound might stop him from taking the start of the Eneco Tour next Monday as well.

It's been a tough season for Tom Boonen.

Compared to 2012, 2013 has been particularly unkind to Tom Boonen.

Boonen has had a forgettable season with more than his fair share of illness, crashes and injuries. He crashed out of Gent-Wevelgem and a spill at the Tour of Flanders saw him miss Paris-Roubaix.

After some good results at the Tour of Belgium Boonen suffered from the flu in July and now it’s a saddle sore that’s holding him back.

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

How the places for the World Championships are allocated

The road world championships are happening in Florence in September and in a week or so from now we’ll know which riders will take the start line for the men’s road race.

On the August 15 deadline, the top 10 countries in the UCI WorldTour rankings will be able to take 10 riders, assuming they have 10 riders in the individual rankings (i.e. that have accrued WorldTour points throughout the season). CyclingNews reports that only five teams have currently qualified to take a full company: Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and France.

While Great Britain is third in the national rankings, there are only 8 British riders in the individual rankings and so only 8 British riders can start the road race.

For more information see this UCI document and this article from CyclingNews.

This years stagiaires

Every year many of the pro teams give out “stagiare” contracts to a handful of young riders, giving those riders half a season to prove themselves in the hope of securing a full-season contract.

CyclingNews has published a list of 50 stagiaires that we’ll likely see in smaller races for the rest of the season.

Australian and Oceania U23 ITT champion (and Oceania U23 road race champion) Damian Howson is the only Australian on the list and he’ll take part in his first race for Orica-GreenEDGE at the Tour of Utah from today.

Mavic disc brakes

It seems almost certain that disc brakes will make their way into the road bike market sooner or later and in the final stages of the Tour de France, Dave Everett from Shoddy Cycling caught up with a product manager at Mavic to talk about the company’s work in this area.

Click here to read more at Shoddy Cycling.

Daisy Abela apologises for Twitter comments

Yesterday we brought you the story of young British woman Daisy Abela who had taken to Twitter to post about an altercation she had with a cyclist. Abela’s tweets made it sound like she’d deliberately run the cyclist over and that she’d been drunk at the time.

She’s since apologised for her tweets and said “I understand and accept that my tweets sound incriminating and when reading them back sound frankly disgraceful”. In a following tweet she continued: “But in fact they have been largely exaggerated and blown out of proportion. This incident was NOT a drunken hit and run.”

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BrewCX talks Dirty (Deeds)

There’s a huge weekend of cyclocross coming up in Melbourne, with the inaugural CX National Championships on Saturday and the fifth and final round of the national CX series on Sunday.

Ahead of the weekend’s races the guys at BrewCX spoke to Hamish and Andrew of Dirty Deeds CX to get a sense of what we can expect from Saturday and Sunday.

Be sure to check out BrewCX for more Australian CX coverage and stay posted for more from the upcoming weekend of racing.

Lucky escape for Chinese cyclist

If you’re a cyclist that spends any amount of time riding in a big city you’ll be more than aware of the dangers of dooring. While we never like to see people getting hurt, this video is a good reminder that it’s important to pass parked vehicles with enough room that you’re out of reach of suddenly-opened doors.

The woman is apparently in a stable condition which is lucky: if that truck had been a few metres behind it could have been a very different outcome.

Introducing Nik and Ned

This video is a few years old now — it was featured at the 2011 St. Kilda Festival — but it’s the first time we’ve seen it. It’s a simple but endearing story about one man and his dog, and the rides/walks they do together.

Overtaking on the wallride

This video from a Czech four-cross (4X) race has been doing the rounds overnight and you can see why. In one smooth piece of manouevreing Michala Marošiho goes from third to first, all while off the ground.

Click here to learn more about four-cross.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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