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March 19, 2014
Good morning and welcome to your Wednesday edition of the Rocacorba Daily News Digest. In today’s headlines: Contador wins Tirenno-Adriatico; Evans withdraws from Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of final stage; Wiggins: It could be that this is my last Tour; Fabian Cancellara: “Why is Bradley Wiggins doing Roubaix?”; Astana rider Yerlan Pernebekov suffers fatal stroke; Bicycle Taxidermy posters highlight dangers on Brazilian roads.
Two-time Tour de France former champion (well, three if you count 2010) Alberto Contador showed his return to form by taking the overall victory at the Tirreno-Adriatico following the final time trial yesterday.
Italian Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the final ITT stage, a flat 9.1 km course which finished on the palm tree-lined seafront of San Benedetto del Tronto.
Malori completed the course in a winning time of 10min 13sec, leaving former world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara second at +6 seconds off the pace with Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, the Olympic champion in the discipline, in third at +11 seconds.
Contador, who finished second overall recently at the Tour of the Algarve, took the overall lead after an impressive ride on stage five when he launched an attack in the final 30 km, caught an earlier escape group and then beat his stage rivals to win on top of the steep ‘Muro di Guardiagrele’.
His performance left overnight leader Michal Kwiatkowski, of Omega-Pharma, trailing home six minutes behind and gave Contador a 2:08 lead on Colombian Nairo Quintana of Movistar.
Contador’s win was arguably boosted by Richie Porte’s retirement prior to stage five due to illness.
Click here for full results from the 2014 Tirenno-Adriatico.
Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team withdrew from Tirreno-Adriatico Tuesday, foregoing the final stage, 9.2-kilometer individual time trial in order to return home and resume training for the Giro d’Italia. At this time of abandoning the race, Evans was over 30 minutes down on Contador.
Evans said in a press release, “Obviously, my results are not anywhere near my expectations or intentions coming here,”
“It is disappointing because we obviously worked a lot and I worked to continue the momentum that we started at the Tour Down Under. But obviously, the results tell a different story. So I will have to go home and reassess the situation and start again toward the next goals.”
Evans is scheduled to next compete at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, April 7-12.
“Unfortunately things aren’t going well,” the past Tour de France and world road champion said. “That’s the way it goes. We have ups and downs. That’s life.”
After finishing third at the Tirreno-Adriatico ITT, Bradley Wiggins hinted to cyclingnews that this year’s Tour de France could be the last of his career before he switches to the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
“After the Tour de France, we’re 18 months out from the Olympics and that’s really when you’ve got to get back on the (track) program. It could be that this is my last Tour. If it is, I’d better make it a good one,” he told cyclingnews.
Wiggins said, “It’s likely I’ll be on Team Sky for the next couple of years, even if I’m on the track programme, because that’s what the team was created for: to help the track guys. But in what capacity I will race could change drastically as I put on more weight for the track and specialise for it.”
Read more on cyclingnews.
Fabian Cancellara laughed off Bradley Wiggins’s participation this spring in Paris-Roubaix. Cancellara will lead team Trek going into Paris-Roubaix on April 13 and aim for his fourth win of the cobbled classic. When he listed the riders reaching form for the spring classics he left off Team Sky’s Wiggins.
“Wiggins? Why?” Cancellara said with a grin during a press conference. “Of course he’s welcome. Everyone is welcome to Roubaix. Everyone. Even Quintana is welcome.”
Wiggins’ best showing at Paris-Roubaix was 25th in 2009. He’s raced the cobbled classic three times in his professional career, 2011 being his most recent.
“Roubaix has a special charm,” Wiggins told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. “Among the classics, it’s the one best suited to my characteristics. I’m no longer as light as I was in 2012, I’m a few kilogrammes heavier. I’m more powerful. I’m convinced I can do well in Roubaix for a very simple reason: When you face the pavé it’s like you’re racing a time trial.”
“I know he put on eight kilogrammes. He does not look like a Tour competitor anymore, I’ve seen that. He’s building up for being another type of rider,” Cancellara explained last night.
Stage 5 of this years Tour de France covers 15.5 kilometres of Paris-Roubaix’s infamous sectors of pavé.
Read more at Cycling Weekly.
Astana is saddened to report the tragic death of a 19 year old rider from their Continental Team – Yerlan Pernebekov.
The cyclist was together with his Astana Continental teammates at a training camp in Ecuador on 14 March and had finished his daily routine when he began complaining of a severe headache around dinner time and was immediately hospitalized – Medical staff later explained that Yerlan suffered a burst blood vessel, which led to a stroke – The rider was placed into an artificial coma and team trainer Vladimir Remyga never left his side.
Unfortunately and in spite of every effort by doctors and medical staff, Yerlan could not be saved – Pernebekov passed away today without regaining consciousness – he was 19 years old.
Astana team management along with representatives from Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry are currently working to bring Yerlan home to Kazakhstan –
Yerlan Pernebekov won the 2013 Asian Junior Road Race Championships. You can see a list of this promising young rider’s previous results here.
An agency called Heads Propaganda have created a series of posters in Brazil are highlighting the dangers of cycling on the roads in Brazil. The posters illustrate handlebars displayed on wooden mounts similar to game-hunting trophies.
In addition to each poster drawing parallels between cycling on the roads of Brazil and big-game hunting, but each of the images is also accompanied by a line about where the ‘kill’ was made.
A message runs alongside the series of posters which reads: “Every day, more and more cyclists are being killed in Brazilian streets and roads. Let’s respect the cyclists. Let’s stop hunting”
Read more on Road.cc.
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The Nope / CyclingTips handmade leather wallets and iPhone Cases. (Bottom) Joan Cortes and his wife Barbara handmake these in their loungeroom in Melbourne.
If you’re interested, a limited supply of the wallets and iphone cases can be purchased here.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed yesterday at CyclingTips: