Greipel wins stage 4 of the Eneco Tour

Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel won the sprint finish in the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour overnight as reigning champion Lars Boom moved into the leader’s jersey.

Andrei Greipel wins stage 4 of the 2013 Eneco Tour.

Andrei Greipel wins stage 4 of the 2013 Eneco Tour.

Greipel proved to be a class above the competition in the final stages of the 169km ride from Essen to Vlijmen, finishing well clear of Italian Giacomo Nizzolo in second with Boom third.

Boom’s third place was enough to move the Dutchman ahead of France’s Arnaud Demare in the overall standings due to bonus time on offer at the finish.

Demare dropped to third, three seconds off Belkin’s Boom, with Greipel moving up to second overall, just one second behind, thanks to his victory.

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, last year’s Tour de France winner, was affected by a crash which split the peloton and lost 3 minutes 11 seconds on the day to fall 9 minutes 37 seconds adrift of the overall lead. However, he is fancied to win tonight’s fifth stage, a 13.2km time trial from Sittard to Geleen.

Follow the link for full results from stage 4 of the 2013 Eneco Tour. Text via AFP.

Giacoppo wins stage 3 and 4 at the Tour of the Great South Coast

Defending champion Anthony Giacoppo has recaptured his form of last year by clinching an impressive double in the Campolina-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast.

The Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers rider took out yesterday morning’s criterium before backing up with a bunch sprint victory in the gruelling Heywood to Casterton road race later in the day. Team Budget Forklifts’ Sam Horgan retained the leader’s jersey, leading Alex Morgan by 24 seconds and a further 53 seconds to Pat Shaw (Huon-Genesys).

Anthony Giacoppo wins stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast, his second stage win of the day.

Anthony Giacoppo wins stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast, his second stage win of the day.

While Giacoppo didn’t expect to be a contender in the afternoon road race he found himself near the front as the 92.9km race — which featured eight hill climbs — approached the finish line in Casterton.

“I came over the top of the climbs in the second group. I tried to get in a few little moves here and there and when it came down to a bunch sprint, I knew there weren’t a lot of sprinters there.”

Giacoppo took out the afternoon’s stage ahead of Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing) and Shannon Johnson (Charter Mason) while in the morning’s criterium, it was Scott Law (GPM Data#3) and Tom Palmer (Drapac) who rounded out the podium.

New Zealander Horgan said it was a tough day, made easier by his Team Budget Forklifts teammates.

“It’s really about safety in numbers,” he said. “Our strategy is to stick together and that’s what we did today.”

The action continues today with a Port Fairy criterium at 10.30am and a road race from 1pm.

Follow the link for results from stage 3 and stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of the Great South Coast. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

Orica-GreenEDGE names team for the Vuelta

Orica-GreenEDGE’s nine-man squad for the 2013 Vuelta a Espana features two previous Vuelta stage winners — Simon Gerrans and Simon Clarke — and two riders making their grand tour debuts — Sam Bewley and Michael Matthews.

Matthews is in good form after winning two stages at the Tour of Utah in recent weeks and will go into the Vuelta as one of two sprinters for the team, alongside Leigh Howard. The team’s main strategy though, according to sports director Neil Stephens, is to target stage wins.

“Our objectives are very much like last year”, Stephens said. “Many of the stages suit our style of racing, and we’re capable of doing very well here.”

Simon Clarke won the KOM classification at last year's Vuelta.

Simon Clarke won the KOM classification at last year’s Vuelta.

The full Orica-GreenEDGE roster is as follows:

Baden Cooke, Christian Meier, Leigh Howard, Michael Matthews, Mitch Docker, Sam Bewley, Simon Clarke, Simon Gerrans and Wesley Sulzberger.

Stay posted to CyclingTips for further Vuelta team lists in the coming days.

Click here for the full Orica-GreenEDGE press release.

Laurens Ten Dam renews his Belkin contract

Laurens Ten Dam has extended his contract with Team Belkin and will ride with the Dutch squad through until the end of 2015.

Ten Dam finshed 13th at this year’s Tour de France after spending much of the race in the top 10. He also finished 8th in last year’s Vuelta a Espana.

“In the Tour, we allowed Laurens to ride for himself. He did very well despite the pressure,” said sports director Nico Verhoeven. “In the future, Laurens will have a free role more often in Grand Tours. In the Vuelta this year, he will lead Belkin together with Bauke Mollema. We have great confidence in Laurens.”

Ten Dam received several offers from rival teams but decided to stay with Belkin.

“I’m very happy to be part of this team, working with superb team-mates and sports directors. I have really improved here as rider. I’m happy with the opportunities I have and continue to receive. Honestly, I couldn’t find any reason to leave,” Ten Dam said.

Text adapted from a Belkin media release.

Andreas Klier accepts USADA saction for doping

Former pro and current director at Garmin -Sharp, Andreas Klier, has accepted a sanction from USADA after admitting to doping throughout his career.

Klier admitted to using EPO, human growth hormone and cortisone, and to using blood tranfusions from 1999 through to 2006.

Klier’s punishment will see the 37-year-old suspended for six months as of August 12, and he’ll be disqualified from all races from July 21, 2005, including a stage victory at the 2007 Vuelta a Espana.

Click here to read more at Cycling Weeky.

Cycling can boost kids’ brain power, research finds

A study in the European Journal of Sports Science suggests that moderate exercise can improve a child’s reading and spelling ability.

Researchers from Coventry University and Bournemouth University looked at the effect of exercise on 9 girls and 9 boys, their average age just less than 10 years old.

The children’s reading, sentence comprehension, spelling and arithmetic skills were tested on separate days: after 20 minutes of rest, after 20 minutes on a cycling ergo machine at 50% of max heart rate, and after 20 minutes at 75% of max heart rate.

The researchers found that reading and spelling improved after periods of moderate exercise, but didn’t improve more at higher intensity. Exercise wasn’t found to improve sentence comprehension and it was found to impair arithmetic ability.

Click here to read more at and here to read the original research paper.

Holden ad upsets cyclists

A TV advertisement for Holden’s new Malibu sedan has angered some cyclists with the ad showing a cyclist crashing while appearing to dive out of the way of the car in question.
The drivers do nothing to stop and help the cyclist, pulling into an alley to avoid police attention.

Some cyclists have taken to Holden’s Facebook page to express their frustration, including Leonard Smith:

“OK so its all right to Hit and Run a cyclist, then hide from police? Where is your moral compass Holden? You might call this fantasy, but unfortunately a lot of motorist out there are not sophisticated enough to understand that and see it as implied permission to behave badly to cyclists.”

Holden responded with the following:

“While we recognise the concerns from some people to our ad, we believe that most viewers will understand that the situation has been created as a fantasy.

The cyclist takes a tumble because he is mesmerised by the Malibu’s standout looks in an otherwise sea of beige.

Holden takes its approach to road safety very seriously and is proud to have supported the cycling community for many years, including our sponsorship of the Holden Women’s Cycling Team”

What do you make of the ad?

Click here to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Twitter boast leads to murder charge for US teen

A Californian teenager who originally faced vehicular manslaughter charges for killing one cyclist and injuring another has had his charge upgraded to second-degree murder after it emerged the teen had been boasting on Twitter about speeding.

Police claim 18-year-old Cody Wall was doing 84 mph (135km/h) in a 40mph (~64km/h) zone when he collided with husband and wife Johannes and Diana Hersevoot in June this year. Diana was killed and Johannes injured.

Hall allegedly posted a tweet inviting his followers to join him on a “death ride” and had earier bragged on Twitter of driving at 140mph.

If found guilty, Hall faces a jail term of 15 years to life.

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”Road Wars” preview

It’s fair to say Australia’s commercial television networks don’t have a history of being overly sympathetic towards cyclists and that trend is likely to continue with a story on Channel Seven’s “Sunday Night” this weekend.

The piece, provocatively titled “Road Wars” is being promoted with the following teaser: “Cyclists vs. motorists: which side of the fence do you sit? Your opinion may change after watching this Sunday Night investigation.”

We can only hope that teaser suggests that the story might be at least partially sympathetic or understanding towards cyclists, but we’re not holding our breath. For one thing, and while it’s hard to tell without the appropriate context, it would seem like Derryn Hinch refers to cyclists as “cockroaches on wheels” at some point during the story. Great.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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