Wouter Wippert wins stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic

One of Drapac’s new signings, Dutch recruit Wouter Wippert, has started his time with the ProConti squad in style, winning stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic yesterday.

Wippert won the bunch sprint into Palmerston North ahead of Daniel Klemme (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) and Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing Team) while stage 1 ITT winner Michael Vink (Budget Forklifts) held on to the leader’s jersey.

“It’s a win for the team today,” Wippert said. “All of my new teammates have been there for me since I joined Drapac. After such a great result today, things can only get better and better.”

Wippert was a late call-up to the squad and only had days to prepare for the race after Ben Johnson was injured in training.

Today’s third stage covers 154km and starts and finishes in Palmerston North.

Follow the link for results from stage 2 of the 2014 New Zealand Cycle Classic. Click here to read more.

Track nationals continue in Adelaide

A South Australian win in the men’s teams pursuit has headlined day 2 of the Australian national track cycling championships in Adelaide.

The quartet of Alex Edmondson, Glenn O’Shea, Jack Bobridge and Luke Davison posted a time of 3:58.387 to defeat their NSW rivals in the 16-lap, 4,000m race.

The other titles contested yesterday were:

U19 men’s teams pursuit: won by South Australia (Callum Scotson, Matthew Holmes, Alexander Porter and Rohan Wight) in a time of 4:07.11, ahead of Western Australia.
Women 3000 metre individual pursuit: won by Tasmanian Amy Cure ahead of Annette Edmondson in a time of 3:34.186.
Under 19 women’s 500m time trial & keirin: won by Courtney Field of Victoria. Field won the TT in 36.016 seconds
Men U19 10km Scratch: won by Jack Edwards (NSW) ahead of Matthew Ross (VIC) and Sam Welsford (WA).
Men U19 Sprint: national title won by Braeden Dean (VIC) while race overall was won by Korea’s Jeone Park. As the highest placed Australian Dean was awarded the national title.

The national track championships end tomorrow.

Lampre-Merida confirms signing of Chris Horner

After months of rumours, suggestions and unsuccessful negotations, Chris Horner finally has a team for the 2014 season: Lampre-Merida.

Last year’s Vuelta a Espana winner appears set to make his debut in the pink colours at the Mallorca Challenge next month before heading to both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana as the team’s general classification hope.

Click here to read more.

Interview with Chris Horner’s “representative”, Baden Cooke

Rob Arnold at RIDE Media spoke to Chris Horner’s “representative” Baden Cooke just after the Lampre-Merida deal was announced and published this interview.

It’s an interesting look at the process behind getting the deal through and the issues they had along the way. Here’s an excerpt:

I took Chris on on the first of January. We almost had a deal done in two weeks, [around] the first 10 days of January. Then there was a bit of a leak in the media from someone – we’re not quite sure who it was – and then that slowed things down a bit because we were trying to keep it under wraps. And that just added an extra element of difficulty to it.

Making sacrifices for a shot at the pro peloton

Speaking of RIDE Media, here’s a piece published online at RIDE yesterday by Nick Squillari about the considerable challenges of trying to make the step up to the pro ranks and what you need to sacrifice to get there.

Another life ago I was a podiatrist. Still the same, happy-go-lucky and over-energised Nick I still am today. Only back then I had a house, disposable income, job for life with a six figure salary beckoning by the age of 35 and never the slightest thought I’d ever be living back at home. In short, not so long ago I was fulfilling all society’s expectations. The script from there isn’t original either: start riding a bike, mate suggests racing, do a few races, find yourself in A-grade then, 14 months later, lining up with Vinokourov and Guardini at the Tour de Langkawi.

I’m not being flippant, I am not alone in making such a quick rise from club level pack fodder to expecting to making the top 10 at a national title. But no matter the speed you get there, nearly every rider in Australia reaches the same glass ceiling. To perform at a level that will lead you to a full time professional contract you need to train like a full-time (ie. fully paid) pro.

The piece is worth a read, in particular for Nick’s comparisons between AFL players in local leagues and the top domestic cyclists in Australia.

Click here to read the full article at RIDE Media.

257 applications for Tour of Flanders hostess positions

It would seem that Peter Sagan’s indiscretion on the Tour of Flanders podium last year has done nothing to discourage would-be hostesses applying for the job, with more than 250 women putting their hand up.

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Entries closed last night for the chance to become the hostess for Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Brabantse Pijl.

The 257 candidates will be narrowed down to just 10 in the coming days — nine by a jury, the 10th by a voting competition on Facebook — with the finalists undergoing a number of tests (including a practice presentation with nearly-2m tall Stijn Vandenbergh) before the winners are selected.

Click here to read more at nieuwsblad.be.

Richie Porte and Cam Wurf complete 400km ride on Porte’s birthday

It was Richie Porte’s birthday yesterday and the Team Sky rider celebrated by doing a 400km ride around northern Tasmania with fellow Tasmanian Cam Wurf (Cannondale).

We gave Richie and Cam the keys to the CyclingTips Instagram account and together they posted a bunch of photos from what was a monster ride.

Click here to see the photos Richie and Cam posted, which includes this great one at the end of the ride.

Advertising Standards Authority overturns decision on cycling ad

Yesterday we reported that the following video had been banned by Scotland’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because one of the riders shown in it isn’t wearing a helmet and is riding too far from the kerb.

After receiving a deluge of complaints the ASA has overturned its decision, publishing the following statement:

“The ASA has withdrawn its formal ruling against a Cycling Scotland ad pending the outcome of an Independent Review. That followed a request from Cycling Scotland, in which it argued that the ASA’s criticism of the positioning of the cyclist was incorrect.

The decision to withdraw was made by the ASA Chief Executive in light of a potential flaw in our ruling. Once the Independent Review process is complete we will publish our decision on our website.”

Click here to read more at Bike BIZ.

The 18 scariest videos of motorists attacking and abusing cyclists

This collection of videos has been pulled together by the folks at London Cyclist and highlights just how fraught the relationship between drivers and cyclists can be. There are also of plenty of lessons to be learnt in there about how to and how not to exercise your rights as a cyclist on the road.

Here’s one video from the collection:

Click here to see the full collection over at London Cyclist.

Previewing the cyclocross world championships

The CX worlds are on this weekend and the UCI has produced a nice little teaser to get you in the mood:

Stay posted for our preview of the race, coming up later today.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Chris Horner winning stage 10 of last year’s Vuelta a Espana.