Geniez wins stage 15 of the Vuelta, Nibali extends his lead

French rider Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) claimed victory in his homeland as the gruelling 224.9km 15th stage of the Tour of Spain crossed the border into France.

stage-15 of the Vuelta a EspaÒa 2013

Geniez finished more than three minutes ahead of Italian Michele Scarponi and Irishman Nicholas Roche.

“It has been a long day,” a delighted Geniez confessed afterwards. “I went from the start in a group and we worked well together, everyone collaborated to obtain the maximum time gap in the breakaway.

“Two kilometres from the finish was when I saw that I had the victory in my legs and it was a special motivation for me to win here in France.”

Geniez was part of a breakaway group of six riders that led a chasing pack of 19 by over two minutes, and the peloton by over seven minutes by the time they had completed the climbs over the Colle del Canto and Port de la Bonaigua.

The 25-year-old then attacked on his own with 25km still to go, but having maintained a significant advantage over the peloton he began the climb up the Col de Peyresourde to the finish line with still over five minutes of an advantage and was never threatened.

There was plenty to fight for in the overall race standings on the climb to the finish as all the major contenders grouped together before a series of attacks and counter-attacks were launched.

Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez and Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde were first to show their hand, but Nibali always ensured they could never get away and in the end there was no change in the top five of the general classification as those three, Horner and Italian Domenico Pozzovivo all registered the same time.

Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali maintained his lead in the overall classification as he finished fourth alongside Horner and Valverde, who remain 50 secs and 1:42 behind respectively.

stage-15 of the Vuelta a EspaÒa 2013

Despite maintaining his lead after another crucial stage Astana’s Nibali isn’t taking anything for granted with four more mountain stages still to come.

“I tried to go in the last climb up to Peyragudes but it was difficult, with so many continuous attacks it was a crazy stage with a lot of movement,” said the 2010 Vuelta winner.

“We will see how things will go in Formigal tomorrow after two days with such great accumulated fatigue. There are still important climbs to come like in Pena Cabarga and Angliru.”

Follow the link for results from stage 15 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Text via AFP.

Ratto takes stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification.

Daniele Ratto and Dario celebrating after the finish.

Daniele Ratto (left) celebrating his stage win at the finish.

Cannondale’s Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with over 40km to go to finish ahead of Astana’s Nibali and Christopher Horner.

On a day when heavy rain and freezing conditions more than played their part, Ratto’s teammate Ivan Basso and Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez of Belkin were both forced to abandon the race due to hypothermia.

Sanchez had even been part of the early breakaway group that built up a lead of over eight minutes before the worst of the rain arrived, however after suffering a heavy fall on the descent from Envalira he and Basso were forced to pull out as the temperatures plummeted.

With conditions hindering the chasing peloton, Ratto took advantage to breakaway on his own and his lead was never seriously troubled, although he lost nearly three minutes on Nibali and Horner as he struggled up the climb to the finish.

Follow the link for results from stage 14 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Click here to read a report from the stage by Ratto’s teammate Cam Wurf. Text via AFP.

Barguil wins stage 13 of the Vuelta

French youngster Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) broke clear in the final kilometre of Friday night’s 169km ride from Valls to Castelldefels to claim the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain.

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The 21-year-old was part of a breakaway group of 10 that controlled the second half of the stage but he made the telling break to seize his first professional stage win ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin).

Barguil celebrated his victory as he crossed the line by pointing to the sky and he dedicated his maiden win to his recently deceased grandfather.

“I am very happy and especially for my grandfather because he was an inspiration for me.”

And victory also completed a huge turnaround in fortunes for Barguil after he suffered a heavy fall in Monday’s 10th stage in Granada which saw him lose 25 minutes in the general classification.

After Michele Scarponi (Lampre) had briefly led on his own following the category one climb up the Alto del Rat Penat, the Italian was joined by a group of nine more riders that had broken away from the peloton.

The breakaway group maintained their lead of around three minutes from the peloton for the final 40km of the race.

With the winner certain to come from the leading 10, Jerome Coppel (Cofidis) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) were first to attack but were quickly caught before a tactical period followed with no one wanting to take the lead.

However, eventually it was the inexperienced Barguil who made the decisive attack for the line as he held on comfortably in the 400-metre climb to the finish.

Follow the link for full results from stage 13 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Text via AFP.

Rohan Dennis wins the Tour of Alberta, Sagan wins final stage

Twenty-three-year-old Australian Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) has won the Tour of Alberta after holding on to the overall lead he claimed on stage 3.


Dennis had sprinted to victory on stage 3 at the head of a six-rider breakaway that formed on the crosswind-affected stage from Strathmore to Drumheller.

Dennis had been in second overall going into stage 3 after finishing behind Peter Sagan in the prologue time trial and when race Sagan was distanced in the crosswinds of stage 3, Dennis took the overall lead.

Sagan still had a memorable Tour though, winning three of the six stages on offer, including the final stage into Calgary.

Sagan took the inside line on a final left-hand corner before the finish, putting himself into a terrific position for the final sprint. And when it came time for the final kick, Sagan was far too strong, pulling well clear of Luca Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) and Robert Forster (UnitedHealthCare).

Follow the link for final results in the 2013 Tour of Alberta.

Cadel Evans wins stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta

A day earlier at the Tour of Alberta Cadel Evans won his first race of the season and BMC’s second at the Tour of Alberta when he outsprinted four breakaway companions to win the 169.6km fourth stage.


Evans bided his time in the final sprint before kicking hard to take out the cool, rainy stage.

“You have to look at who’s going well,” Evans said about the final kilometres of the race. “I had an idea (Tom Jelte) Slagter was a pretty fast finisher but I didn’t know for the Argos rider (Simon Geschke). So I had to play a bit of luck there, but mainly just patience and waiting it out until the end.”

Geschke finished second and Slagter was third.

Evans’s victory was his first since winning Stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June of 2012.

Follow the link for results from stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta. Text via BMC press release.

Bouhanni wins GP de Fourmies

Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) has outsprinted Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) to win the one-day GP de Fourmies in France and claim his eighth victory of the season. Bryan Coquard (Europcar) was third.

The 205km race was shaped by a six-rider breakaway which featured Ángel Madrazo (Movistar), Sander Helven (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Carlos Julian Quintero (Colombia), Clément Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole).

The escapees made it as far as the 11km finishing circuit, which was tackled five times, but were eventually caught on the penultimate lap.

The main field fractured due to the rolling terrain and due to the pace applied by FDJ at the head of affairs to set up a sprint for Bouhanni.

An attack came from Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Leonardo Duque (Colombia) and Alessandro Malaguti (Androni Giocattoli), in the final stages but was was shut down 4km from the finish.

Further attacks were attempted by the likes of Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), but the sprinters’ teams chased them down ensuring a sprint finale.

Follow the link for full results from the 2013 GP de Fourmies.

Van Dijk wins overall at the Boels Ladies Tour

Ellen van Dijk of the Specialized-Lululemon team has won the 2013 Boels Holland Ladies Tour by 1:05 over her compatriot Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabobank) after finishing sixth on the final stage overnight.

The final stage of the race was won by MCipollini-Giordana’s Tatiana Guderzo in a photo finish ahead of Van Vleuten.

Overnight leader Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon) had worn the leader’s orange jersey since her team won the TTT on stage 2 but her 13th place on the final stage, 2:52 behind the winner, wasn’t enough to defend the lead.

Stage 5 of the race was taken out by Australia’s Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products) who outsprinted dual stage winner Kirsten Wild to take her second victory of the year.

Follow the link for full results from the 2013 Boels Ladies Tour. Click here to read daily reports from the race by Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin.

Antoshina wins overall at the Tour de l’Ardeche

Russia’s Tatiana Antoshina (MCipollini-Giordana) has taken out the 2013 Tour de l’Ardeche after finishing seventh on the sixth and final stage.

The final stage was won by Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) who sprinted to her third victory of the race and her 16th win of the year so far.

Bronzini’s teammate Linda Villumsen was looking set to win the race overall when she fell ill on the morning of the final stage. While she was able to finish the race, she wasn’t able to defend her leader’s pink jersey.

Carlee Taylor was the highest placed rider in the Australian national team, finishing sixth overall, 1:06 behind Antoshina.

Follow the link for final results from the 2013 Tour de l’Ardeche.

Tom Palmer wins men’s Tour of the Murray River

Canberra’s Tom Palmer (Drapac) has been crowned Tour of the Murray River champion. Palmer earned the Subaru yellow leader’s jersey after victory on stage two of ‘Australia’s great river’ tour and successfully retained his lead before celebrating the overall win in Yarrawonga yesterday.


The win was Palmer’s maiden general classification victory, the 23-year-old clinching the tour by 9-seconds to Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing). Anthony Giacoppo (Huon-Genesys) rounded out the podium 13-seconds off the lead.

“To come away with the tour was just fantastic,” Palmer said. “I’ve never won a general classification tour before, I’ve only ever won one day races or stages so this is a big step for me in my career.

“I had the best team here, they put it all on the line for me and I can’t thank them enough,” Palmer said.

Line honours for the concluding stage, a criterium in Yarrawonga, went to 2012 London Olympian Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing) ahead of Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) and Scott Law (GPM Data#3).

The win moved South Australia’s Edmondson into second place overall following his stage six victory in Cobram on Saturday.

“To get first and third yesterday was amazing, [and] we came here knowing what we had to do, we needed to get one second for me to move to second overall,” Edmondson said.

“We’ve been close with the lead outs before but we finally nailed it today – full credit to the boys. We came here with high expectations [but] I can’t be too upset with second, I’m happy with that,” said Edmondson who has found the general classification podium for the third consecutive NRS Tour.

Follow the link for final results in the 2013 men’s Tour of the Murray River. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

Katrin Garfoot wins women’s Tour of the Murray River

Queensland’s Katrin Garfoot (Pensar SPM) has taken out the women’s Tour of the Murray, earning her the overall lead in the women’s Subaru National Road Series in the process.


The win is Garfoot’s second consecutive tour victory following on from her successes in the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley two weeks ago.

Garfoot sealed the win by clinching a sprint finish in the final stage in Yarrawonga, ending the tour a convincing 42-seconds in front of Felicity Wardlaw (Bicycle Superstore). Garfoot’s Pensar SPM teammate Ruth Corset rounded out the podium 50 seconds back.

“I surprised myself the whole tour,” Garfoot said. “I guess I was pretty lucky that I could rest my legs yesterday because it was a fast race, I couldn’t be happier with the win.”

Garfoot took out the fifth stage ahead of Canberra’s Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Bontrager) and Corset.

“I saw Rebecca Wiasak coming up on the left and I thought ‘this is going to be tough,’ but I just went for it and got the win which is good.”

The win now puts Garfoot into the Subaru NRS lead by a narrow three seconds to series defending champion Corset.

“The NRS jersey will stay in our team again,” Garfoot said. “It’s swapped hands and we’ll see how many more times it will swap hands throughout the season – it is going to be interesting.”

The next event in the men and women’s Subaru National Road Series is Canberra’s National Capital Tour from September 20 – 22.

Follow the link for final results from the 2013 women’s Tour of the Murray River. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

BMC sign Tour of Alberta stage-winning stagiaire Silvan Dillier

Stagiaire Silvan Dillier, winner of stage 2 at the Tour of Alberta, has signed a contract with the BMC Racing Team for the 2014 season, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Sunday.

Dillier won stage 2 out of a two-man breakaway that lasted 80km at the Canadian race. It was his fifth victory of the season and his first since signing as a stagiaire with the BMC Racing Team in August.

“The BMC Racing Team is one of the biggest teams in the world,” Dillier said. “There are so many good riders, and, if you get a chance to join this team as a young rider, it is just amazing. I really look forward to the next few years. With my win here in Canada, I saw that it’s possible for me to win races also on the pro level.”

Racing for the BMC Development Team earlier this year, Dillier won the overall title and best young rider honors at the Tour de Normandie in March, the final stage of Triptyque Ardennais and Cham-Hagendorn in May and Flèche Ardennaise and the elite national road and time trial titles in June. The 23-year-old also has three national Under 23 time trial championships (2010-12) to his credit.

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the future is bright for the first recruit signed from the BMC Development Team.

“Silvan has already deliver his first professional victory this week and the future holds many more for him,” Ochowicz said. “He is multi-talented, with a number of skills on both the road and track that he will bring to the team.”

Text adapted from a BMC press release.

UCI votes against CAS arbitration on McQuaid nomination issue

The UCI has announced that it will not allow the Court of Arbitration for Sport to examine its constitution, in response to a challenge from five national federations about Pat McQuaid’s nomination for a third term at the UCI presidency.

The national federations of USA, Russia, Canada, Finland and Algeria had requested action on Monday, saying that clarification was needed on Article 51.1 of the UCI’s constitution: that a presidential candidate must be nominated by their home federation.

The Thai and Moroccan federations have reportedly nominated McQuaid for the presidency while the Malaysian federation has proposed a change to the constitution to allow any two federations to nominate a candidate.

Click here and here to read more about the UCI elections and the nomination issue.

McQuaid told The Guardian that he had no hand in rejecting the arbitration request.

“I wasn’t part of the decision, it was the executive committee.”

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Following Graeme Obree’s land-speed record attempt

Last week we brought you the news that Graeme Obree is attempting to break the human-powered land-speed record on a vehicle dubbed “The Beastie”. Well, the folks over at Cycling Weekly are following Obree progress quite closely and have published this first post, including photos.

More Melburnians riding than ever

According to a survey by Bicycle Network, more Melburnians are commuting to the CBD than ever. Their annual count, which took place a few weeks ago, registered 547 cyclists making their morning commute to the city, compared with 383 riders last year and 393 in 2011.

This is the third year the count has been taken place on a spring morning at the intersection of Bourke and Swanston St between 8am and 9am.

Click here to read more at The Age.

Mike Cotty’s Les Alpes: part 2

Over the past few months we’ve been bringing you the story of Mike Cotty who rode 666km in the French Alps in one go, climbing more than 16,000m and summiting 17 cols.

Here now is the second and final part in a video about Cotty’s epic achievement:

Here’s part 1 if you haven’t seen it already.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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