Guillaume Van Keirsbulck wins Driedaagse De Panne

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has won the 2014 Driedaase De Panne (Three Days of De Panne) after taking the overall lead from his teammate Gert Steegmans on the stage 3b individual time trial.


Van Keirsbulk was fifth on the 14.3km ITT (which was won by Maciej Bodnar of Cannondale), catapulting the Belgian to the top of the general classification, seven seconds ahead of Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) who finished fourth on the stage. Gert Steegmans rounded out the top three overall after finishing 28 seconds back, in 17th, on the final stage.

Steegmans had gone into the final day of racing in the overall lead and maintained that lead after the stage 3a road race, which was won by Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) ahead of Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Kenny Van Hummel (Androni Giacattoli). The stage 3a sprint victory was Modolo’s second consecutive stage win at the race after the Italian won stage 2.

The overall result gave Omega Pharma-QuickStep three riders in the top five: Van Keirsbulk, Steegmans, and Niki Terpstra in fourth. Marcel Kittel rounded out the top five with an impressive sixth in the ITT.

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Wes Sulzberger win’s men’s Adelaide Tour opener

Tasmania’s Wesley Sulzberger (Drapac Pro Cycling) outlasted a disintegrating breakaway to steal line honours in a tough opening stage of the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour yesterday, the second event in the Subaru National Road Series (NRS).

Sulzberger took out the 85km race three seconds ahead of Cameron Peterson (Peloton Sports/Turramurra Cyclery) and a further 39 seconds in front of teammate Jonathan Cantwell.

Sulzberger was part of an 11-man breakaway which broke free from the peloton after 20km of racing. With notable teams Avanti Racing and Budget Forklifts missing the move, the group, which included Sulzberger’s teammate Jonathan Cantwell, gained a maximum advantage of 2:20

A frantic chase from the peloton meant the leaders advantage was cut to inside two minutes before they hit the base of Adelaide’s infamous Corkscrew Road climb.

With the breakaway falling away and the climbers of the peloton breathing down his neck, Sulzberger raced ahead, taking Peterson with him.

Third placed Cantwell won a three-up sprint for the podium ahead of National Road Series leader Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) who had jumped ahead of the peloton, and fellow breakaway rider Jackson Mawby (Satalyst Giant).

The four-stage race continues today with a 156km road stage.

Follow the link for results from stage 1 of the 2014 men’s Adelaide Tour. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Ruth Corset wins women’s Adelaide Tour opener

Former Subaru National Road Series Champion Ruth Corset (Holden Women’s Cycling) has taken out the opening stage of the 2014 series following a dominant ride through the hills of Adelaide.

Corset showed her climbing prowess in the opening stage of the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour, storming up Corkscrew Road before riding on to cross the line more than 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

“I just had to attack at the bottom [of Corkscrew Road],” said Corset who was runner up in the series in 2013. “My teammates got on the front and rode tempo and slowly rode [the break] back just before the big descent into the gorge.

‘It was pretty fast on the descent, but they positioned me well coming into the climb where I attacked.”

Corset took out the testing stage 32 seconds ahead of Lizzie Williams (Specialized) and 35 seconds in front of Victoria’s Tessa Fabry (Jayco/Apollo/VIS).

Earlier in the race, Lauretta Hanson (Bicycle Superstore) tested her legs solo off the front of the peloton, gaining a 50 second advantage before being caught inside 30km to go.

“We didn’t really panic, we wanted to keep it together until the bottom of the climb because I was planning to attack and get away,” said Corset.

The four-stage race continues today with a 102km road stage.

Follow the link for results from stage 1 of the 2014 women’s Adelaide Tour. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Women’s Tour of Flanders preview

The Tour of Flanders is coming up this Sunday (see our preview here) and while it’s the men’s race that attracts the most headlines, the women’s race earlier in the day is also more than worth your attention.

The women’s Tour of Flanders is the third round of the UCI women’s World Cup, just a week after the second race in northern Italy, and even though last year’s winner Marianne Vos won’t be there, there’s still a long list of superlative riders taking to the start.

Winner of the Binda World Cup Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) lives in one of the towns that the race passes through and she’ll almost certainly play a role come Sunday. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is in terrific form and will be keen to defend her overall lead in the World Cup. And Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) has been impressive so far this season and will be looking to step up in Vos’ absence.

Final startlists are yet to be released but head over to VeloFocus for a full preview of the race, including map and profile.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep spoiled for choice at Flanders

There’s little doubt Omega Pharma-QuickStep has had a great start to the European racing season, winning the likes of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Dwaars door Vlaanderen, Strade Bianche and, overnight, Driedaagse De Panne. And with so many riders in great form, selecting a team for the Tour of Flanders is proving to be a problem, albeit a good one, for team directors.

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Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra will go into the race as OPQS two main hopes, but not all places have been confirmed as yet.

“With the win, I hope for a spot on Omega Pharma’s team,” Van Keirsbulck told journalists after winning Driedaagse De Panne. “It’s not a given in such a strong team, but I think that I have shown that I deserve a spot.”

OPQS will likely choose Iljo Keisse, Nikolas Maes, Zdenek Stybar, Matteo Trentin and Stijn Vandenbergh and Van Keirsbulck to complement Terpstra and Boonen, with the team being announced tonight.

But despite a successful run in recent weeks, OPQS General Manager Patrick Lefevre feels the weight of expectation.

“We are very happy with the results until now,” Lefevere said. “But don’t forget that after Liège-Bastogne-Liège, if we haven’t won one of the big ones, everybody will say, ‘what happened?'”

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Tramadol to blame for Classics crashes?

Lotto-Belisol team doctor Jan Mathieu has told the press that the use of a powerful painkiller called Tramadol is a possible contributor to a recent series of crashes that have marred the early classics of season 2014.

As an opioid Tramadol can cause drowsiness which, according to Mathieu in an interview with, has seen some riders lose concentration and cause crashes.

Teams signed up to the Movement for Credible Cycling aren’t supposed to use the drug, but teams that aren’t signed up are free to use it as it’s not on WADA’s banned substances list.

“Tramadol is a really strong painkiller and has a central effect,” said Mathieu. “It is dangerous for your concentration and you can become addicted to it. The MPCC has asked the UCI and WADA to ban its use.”

WADA added Tramadol to its ‘watch list’ a couple years ago and is currently monitoring its use and potential abuse.

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly. And click here to see a discussion on Reddit, with some people discussing their first-hand experience of the drug.

The Santini Spring Classics Tipping Competition

Have you signed up for our Spring Classics Tipping Competition yet? We usually only do tipping competitions for Grand Tours, but we’ve come up with an exciting format for the Classics which will keep everyone interested. Get on board! It’s free and there are some great prizes to be won courtesy of Santini. See here for details and to sign up.

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 Jered Gruber and was shot during last year’s Tour of Flanders.