Tejay van Garderen climbs to stage 4 victory at Volta a Catalunya

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has won the queen stage of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya, climbing to victory at Vallter 2000 in freezing conditions overnight.

Van Garderen took his first victory of the year ahead of his more-fancied GC rivals, including Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Sky).

Van Garderen escaped from an elite group inside the final 100m of the 12km stage-ending climb with Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) crossing the line in second with Contador third.

Rodriguez finished fourth on the stage, four seconds behind van Garderen, and holds on to his lead in the general classification ahead of Contador and now van Garderen.

The race continues tonight with a 222km stage from Camprodon to Valls, which features just the one categorised climb.

Follow the link for results from stage 4 of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya. Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Ben Swift leads Settimana Coppi e Bartali after stage 1a and 1b

Ben Swift (Team Sky) has continued the good form that saw him finish on the podium at Milan-San Remo last weekend, winning stage 1a of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali race in Italy yesterday.

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Swift took the win ahead of Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) and later in the day Team Sky won the stage 1b team time trial.

Swift now leads the general classification by six seconds over his three teammates with three stages remaining: two road stages and an individual time trial.

Follow the link for results from stage 1 of the 2014 Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Click here and here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Tim Roe solos to victory in stage 2 of the Tour of Perth

Former BMC development team member Tim Roe (Budget Forklifts) has made his return to the Subaru National Road Series in style, winning stage two of the Woodside Tour de Perth in commanding fashion.

Roe, (SA), finished the 110km road race to Kalamunda solo, 22 seconds ahead of former WorldTour rider and Perth local, Travis Meyer (Drapac Pro Cycling) and Mt Fuji record holder, Ben Dyball (Avanti Racing).

“I knew I had made some big progress in terms of getting over my injury from Europe and I wanted to show that in the racing today,” said Roe. “I’m really happy to get a good result.”

Roe’s victory has propelled him into the Tour lead, 22 seconds ahead of Meyer and Dyball (NSW) with two stages remaining.

Earlier in the day, a break of five riders established including Roe’s teammate Kristian Juel, Jai Hindley (GDT Racing), Maxime Martin (MCJ), Rhys Gillett (African Wildlife Safaris) and Alex McGregor (Satalyst Giant).
The group earned a two-minute advantage before a chase group of 11 broke free from a tired peloton, including Roe and Meyer.

The two front groups came together with 19km remaining before Roe and Meyer attacked on the final ascent, riding away to finish one-two.

Follow the link for results from stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de Perth. Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

Highlights from stage 3 of the ABSA Cape Epic

Here’s a highlights video from stage 3 of the ABSA Cape Epic MTB race in South Africa:

The stage was won by Christoph Sauser and Czech Frantisek while German Robert Mennen wore the leader’s yellow jersey after the stage.

Stay four has already been contested and we’ll bring you the highlights video when that’s available.

Click here to read more.

Yorkshire set for May race off back of Tour de France opener

Yorkshire tourism bosses announced yesterday that, under a new agreement with the ASO, a new international bike race will be held in northern England from next year.

“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with British Cycling and ASO to launch a new international bike race in Yorkshire from May 2015 onwards,” said Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

“It will be three days of cycling right the way across the county, in places that missed out on the Tour [de France] this time round, such as the coast and Ryedale.

The race is scheduled for May and will have a 2.HC rating. While the race doesn’t yet have a name, there are suggestions that it might be the Criterium International since the current contract for that race, which is held on Corsica, runs out after this year’s edition.

Click here to read more at VeloNews and here to read more at Cycling News.

Chris Horner withdraws from Volta a Catalunya

Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) has withdrawn from the Volta a Catalunya to avoid aggravating the Achilles tendonitis that saw the 42-year-old American pull out of Tirreno-Adriatico last week.

“The withdrawal will allow Chris Horner to plan a proper program of recovery and trainings with Giro d’Italia as main target: he’ll also perform some reconnaissance on the courses of the main stages,” the Lampre-Merida team said in a brief note on its website.

The team told Cycling News that Horner could miss the Volta a Pais Vasco with the injury and that he might target the Giro del Trentino instead.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Sep Vanmarcke extends contract with Belkin

Team Belkin has announced that Classics specialist Sep Vanmarcke has extended his contract with the team until 2016.

Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) loses the sprint by inches from winner Fabian Cancellara (CHE) (to his right)

Vanmarcke is best known for his win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2012 and for finishing second to Fabian Cancellara in last year’s Paris-Roubaix.

The 25-year-old Belgian has started his year in promising form, coming third at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and fourth at Het Nieuwsblad.

“Sep is a diamond in the rough. Especially when it comes to the Flemish Classic races,” Belkin team manager Richard Plugge said in a press release confirming the news.

“Sep is a very strong guy, who has a lot of potential. It is only logical that we wanted to extend his contract, we want to keep the backbone of our team as strong as possible.”

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

”Where are you?” — behind cycling’s whereabouts program

If you’ve already read our piece which takes in inside look at the Whereabouts Program, have another look at this piece at The Inner Ring about how cycling’s whereabouts program for anti-doping testing works, it’s worth a look.

Here’s an excerpt:

Riders first have to submit their location for three months at a time every quarter. For example riders had to supply their likely whereabouts for one hour a day for every day in April, May and June last week. Failure to submit this batch of quarterly data can itself result in a Whereabouts failure and three failures equate to an anti-doping ban.

As you can imagine it’s hard to know where you’ll be so riders typically submit their home address and state 6.00am for three months in a row. Then they will update with changes as they’re called to races, training camps and other travel.

This weekend’s races

There’s a big weekend of racing coming up so here’s a list of the races to keep your eye on:

Volta a Catalunya

The seven-stage WorldTour race wraps up on Sunday night. Click here for info about each of the remaining stages.

E3 Harelbeke

This Flandrian semi-classic is on tonight (Melbourne time) and boasts a strong startlist. Last year’s race was won by Fabian Cancellara who put in a monster attack with 35km and rode away to a solo victory. He’ll be a hot favourite for tonight’s race too.

Check out the map and profile.

Criterium Internationale

This three-stage race is raced on Saturday and Sunday and features two road stages and an ITT. Last year’s edition was won by Chris Froome on his way to winning the Tour de France, but he’s not competing this year, given he’s at the Volta a Catalunya.

Here’s the startlist and here’s some info about each of the stages.

Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup

The second round of the women’s World Cup is being contested in Italy on Sunday. Click here to see the race map and profile, here to watch the highlights from last year’s race (from 12:45) and click here to read a further preview by Sarah Connolly.

Men’s Gent-Wevelgem

Gent-Wevelgem will be held on Sunday night and Peter Sagan will be looking to defend his title from last year. Here’s a route map, the course profile and the startlist. And here’s a highlights video from last year’s race.

Women’s Gent-Wevelgem

This year’s women’s Gent-Wevelgem, the third running of the race, is held on the same day as the men’s race (and the same day as the Binda World Cup). Kirsten Wild goes in as the defending champion and red-hot favourite.

Check out a highlights video from last year’s race here. Check out a full preview at VeloFocus here, including course map and profile, and the startlist here.

The SoftWheel

When an Israeli farmer and inventor broke his pelvis and was wheelchair-bound, he got the idea to improve wheelchair design. His efforts, to design a hydraulic air cushion in the seat, were unsucesful, but he wasn’t about to give up. Instead he set about trying to reinvent the wheel.

The result, thanks to backing from Israel’s RAD BioMedAccelerator and a team of experts is called SoftWheel.

SoftWheel’s “Acrobat” features selective suspension which kicks in after detecting an impact beyond a certain threshold. The technology has also been applied to bikes with the “Fluent” designed specifically for urban cycling.

Click here to read more at israel21c.org.

The Me-Mover, the “next step in urban mobility”?

And speaking of developments in urban mobility, check out this vehicle called the Me-Mover.

Click here to read more at road.cc and click here to visit the project’s Kickstarter page.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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Today’s feature image comes from Jered Gruber and shows Fabian Cancellara on his way to winning E3 Harelbeke in 2012. He also won the semi-classic in 2013. This year’s edition of the race is held tonight.