Intxausti wins Tour of Beijing
Spain’s Benat Intxausti won the Tour of Beijing Tuesday, as Slovenian Luka Mezgec edged out Nacer Bouhanni in the event’s final metres to deny the French sprinter a third stage victory.
Red jersey Intxausti, whose powerful attack in Monday’s hill stage had given him the overall lead, came home safely in the peloton to take the title for his Movistar team, which also includes Portugal’s world champion Rui Costa.
“I’m very happy with my whole season and above all, to put a finishing touch to the team’s season,” said Intxausti, 27, who also won the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia this year.
The 117-kilometre fifth stage from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium in the north of the Chinese capital, featuring 12 laps of an essentially flat 7.5-kilometre loop, was always likely to end in a bunch finish.
Pinotti was part of a five-man breakaway that gained enough time at one point that the six-time Italian national time trial champion was the virtual race leader. After being reeled in with one lap of the finishing circuit to go, Pinotti finished 58th. For his efforts, Pinotti and another retiring rider – Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM Procycling Team) – shared most aggressive rider honors. “My goal was to be in the breakaway,” Pinotti said. “Flecha told me he didn’t want to go in the break this morning, but then when I saw him in it, I went across to him. We had fun together.”
Bouhanni, who had won two of the first four stages, made his move just a few metres too early and Mezgec was led out by his Argos-Shimano team to overtake him and win by a bike length.
“I’ve been waiting a really long time for this and today I succeeded,” Mezgec, 22, said in a report released by the organisers. “Today every single guy did his own job in a perfect way.”
With a 10-second bonus available for the stage win, Germany’s Tony Martin, who had won the first two editions of the event but was 24 seconds behind Intxausti overall, made a brave last-ditch attempt to retain his title with just over three kilometres to go.
But the London Olympics silver medallist was pegged back, leaving the sprinters to duel for line honours.
Bouhanni, 23, of Francaise des Jeux, took the green jersey for the points competition.
See full results of Stage 5 and final GC of the 2013 Tour of Beijing. text via AFP
Frears to start shooting Lance Armstrong biopic in France
Stephen Frears, the award-winning British director of “The Queen” and “Dangerous Liaisons”, will this week start shooting his biopic of legendary-turned-notorious cyclist Lance Armstrong, French media said.
Filming of the provisionally titled “Cycling Project” will begin Friday in the French Alps, with other locations including the northeastern Ardennes region and Britain, the daily newspaper Le Parisien said.
Frears’s biopic will trace the career of the cancer survivor who finally admitted in January 2013 that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles.
European companies Studiocanal and Working Title will co-produce the films, the trade journal Film Francais said.
British actor Ben Foster from the TV series “Six Feet Under” will play the disgraced Armstrong who has been banned for life from the sport for taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The screenplay by Danny Boyle’s “Trance” writer John Hodge will be based on the book by journalist David Walsh, who investigated Armstrong and cycling’s vast doping scandal.
text via AFP
UCI announces Women’s World Cup jersey design competition
The stars of the UCI Women Road World Cup could soon be wearing bike jerseys designed by you. The UCI is launching a competition for the design of four jerseys for four different classifications.
As well as the leader’s jersey for the UCI Women Road World Cup, we are now introducing jerseys for the best young rider, best climber and best sprinter.
Design one or more of these four jerseys and be in with a chance of winning a trip to a World Cup event and, above all, seeing the winners of the different classifications wearing a jersey carrying your design.
Belkin and Santini partner for two years
The Belkin Pro Cycling Team and Santini have agreed to a two-year contract. The Italian clothing manufacturer will supply the team with official team clothing, both on and off the bike, starting from January 2014.
“Santini breathes passion, lives for cycling, and is known for its high-end clothing and many years of experience with great cycling teams,” says Belkin Pro Cycling Team general manager Richard Plugge. “The match with Belkin is perfect. Technical innovation is important for both Belkin and Santini. We are very happy to further build our team together with another Italian brand next to bike partner Bianchi.”
Pietro Santini, owner and founder of the family-run company based in Bergamo, Italy, is pleased with the collaboration. “When we met for the first time, there was an instant connection. We were looking for a fresh, new team with a strong personality and truthful values, open to experiment with new technical products aiming for the best performance. With Belkin we found the perfect match,” adds Monica Santini, managing director of the Italian cycling clothing manufacturer.
text via press release
Riding Home: With Rapha-Condor JLT (Part III)
The conclusion to Muc-Off Media’s journey with Rapha Condor JLT through the final three stages of this year’s Tour of Britain which closes with the final stage taking place in Westminster. With backdrops such as the London Eye and Big Ben, the setting was perfect; one final race to complete the 8 stage journey round the country.