Chris Froome wins the Tour de Romandie

Chris Froome (Sky) has shown his Tour de France rivals that he’s in ominous form after winning the final-stage ITT in the Tour de Romandie on Sunday and claiming the general classification in the process.

Froome came into the final stage one second behind the overall leader Simon Spilack (Katusha) after the pair escaped from the peloton on stage 3 and put time into all their other rivals.

On the final stage it was Froome that proved quickest over the 18.5km time trial, completing the course in 24:50 (an average of 44.7km/h), just one second ahead of three-time world ITT champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). Spilack finished seventh on the stage, 29 seconds behind Froome.

With a tough climb in the middle the course suited Froome more than Martin, but the victory shows that Froome has overcome an illness that saw him miss Liege-Bastogne-Liege and that he is on track for a Tour de France defence in roughly two months. Froome won the Tour de Romandie last year as well.

Stage 5 (ITT): Neuchâtel > Neuchâtel - Stage Result

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Adam Yates wins the Presidential Tour of Turkey

Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE) has successfully defended the overall lead he took on stage 6 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey, winning the eight-stage race in Istanbul on Sunday.

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In what was a great day for British cycling, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took out the final stage — his fourth win in eight days — and Yates, in just his first year as a professional, finished in the bunch to secure the overall lead over stage 3 victor Rein Taaramae (Cofidis).

Yates had gone into the final stage just one second ahead of Taaramae and in what turned out to be a regulation sprint finish, Taaramae found himself caught behind a small split, increasing Yates’ overall margin to five seconds.

“On the first mountain stage, Taaramae was clearly the strongest, ” said 21-year-old Yates about his victory. “The key moment of our race was when I won the next mountain stage and took the jersey off him. On the stage that I did win, the guys kept me out of the wind all day. I arrived at the bottom of the climb fresh, which was really important.”

“Hopefully there is more like this to come.”

Romain Hardy (Cofidis) was third overall while Australia’s Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) finished in an impressive ninth after a strong showing in the mountains.

Stage 8: Istanbul > Istanbul - Stage Result

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Anna van der Breggen wins Cyclisme Féminin Elsy Jacobs

In what was a dominant weekend of racing by the Dutch Rabobank-Liv squad, Anna van der Breggen has won the general classification at the Elsy Jacobs stage race in Luxembourg.

Anna van der Breggen (centre) with teamates Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (left: mountain/youth classification) and Marianne Vos (right: points classification).

Anna van der Breggen (centre) with teamates Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (left: mountain/youth classification) and Marianne Vos (right: points classification).

Van der Breggen’s victory was set up by a solo victory on stage 1 in which she broke clear of the field and went on to win by more than a minute over a peloton led home by Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini) and dual world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda).

Van der Breggen ended up winning the GC by 1:05 over her teammate Marianne Vos who won both the prologue and stage 2. In the prologue Vos proved too strong for world ITT champion Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) and on stage 2 a last-minute escape saw her break free of the peloton, followed home two seconds later by Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Julie Leth (Hitec Products).

After choosing to skip several months of the road season after a very busy end to 2013, it would appear that Marianne Vos is back in world-beating form. And for her Rabobank-Liv team it was a perfect weekend — not only did they win all three stages, the general classification and the points classification (Vos), but Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (winner of the Fleche-Wallonne World Cup a few weeks ago) took out the mountains classification and best young rider classification as well.

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Second for Katrin Garfoot at Gracia Orlova

Meanwhile in the Czech Republic Australia’s Katrin Garfoot has finished second overall in the four-stage Gracia Orlova, behind Poland’s Paulina Brzezna.

After finishing fifth in the prologue, Garfoot finished fourth in stage 1 and second in stage 2 and stage 3. She finishes the race nine seconds behind Brzezna who won stages 1 and 3 and was third on stage 2.

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Ruth Corset wins Mersey Valley Tour

Back in Australia, Ruth Corset (Holden Cycling) has won the second race in the women’s National Road Series, the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania, after climbing to victory on stage 2.

Just 24 hours after taking the overall 2014 Subaru National Road Series leader’s jersey after finishing third in the opening stage time trial, Corset’s pre-planned attack at the foot of the final climb of the 80.5km second stage worked perfectly.

Corset claimed the stage by ten seconds over Tessa Fabry (VIS), with 16-year-old Anna-Leeza Hull (Racing Kangaroos) catapulting herself into NRS stardom as one of the youngest to ever find a NRS podium, just 18 seconds behind Corset.

Stage 3 was won by Victoria’s Lizzie Williams (Specialised Securitor) who capped her rapid ascent back into the Australian cycling scene with a sprint victory in the 75km stage, ahead of Alex Manly (SASI) and Corset.

Corset took out the general classification by 59 seconds ahead of Tess Fabry and a further seven seconds clear of her third-placed teammate Jenelle Crooks.

Click here for the final results in the 2014 Mersey Valley Tour. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Travis Meyer released from hospital

Drapac’s Travis Meyer has been released from hospital after being hit by a vehicle in training on April 12. Meyer is now in Girona, Spain and said via a Drapac press release that he is on the mend and very lucky not to have more significant injuries.

“My recovery is coming along really well,” said Meyer. “I am much better than I was even a week ago.”

“I was lucky to end up with ‘only’ a broken jaw near my chin, a fracture in my joint near my ear, fractured arm, bruised lungs and some bruising all down my right side,” he said. “I have two plates in my jaw, my jaw wired shut and a plate and screws in my arm.”

Meyer is only able to consume liquid meals given the injuries to his jaw.

Meyer doesn’t remember the collision itself, however the driver of the vehicle told police that he turned out of a side street while the cyclist was travelling down a slight descent.

“That would explain why my whole right side is damaged and my left untouched,” said Meyer. The driver rendered assistance at the scene, admitted fault and accompanied Meyer’s wife, Genna, to the hospital.

Text via Drapac press release.

Tejay van Garderen hits reset after a tough spring

BMC’s Tejay van Garderen has called an end to his spring race campaign after retiring from the Tour de Romandie.

Van Garderen won last year’s Tour of California but won’t take part in this year’s race — which starts on May 11 — instead choosing to focus on the Tour de France where he’ll be the sole leader for BMC after several years of sharing the leadership with Cadel Evans.

Van Garderen has had mixed fortunes so far this year. He finished second overall at the Tour of Oman and third overall at the Volta a Catalunya but has battled illness and crashed hard in the Tour de Romandie prologue.

“I had a pretty nasty crash in the prologue where I hit my hip pretty good. I had X-rays and there were no broken bones but it was pretty painful,” van Garderen said on the BMC team website.

“I was optimistic it was getting better each day and that I could finish the race up strong. But when we hit the steep climbs today (Friday), it really started aggravating and flaring up. I just thought it wasn’t worth risking doing further damage by staying in the race. It is better to rest it and kind of turn the page on the spring and focus on the Tour de France, which is what is most important.”

Click here to read more at the BMC website.

Armstrong moves to block SCA legal battle

In an attempt to avoid paying back an estimated US$12 million, Lance Armstrong has requested that the Texas Supreme Court stop the re-opening of an arbitration case by insurance company SCA.

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SCA paid Armstrong bonuses for winning the Tour de France but when it appeared that Armstrong had doped en route to those wins, SCA opened proceedings to recoup those costs.

The parties settled and the case was closed, but at the time Armstrong had sworn that he didn’t dope. Now that Armstrong has admitted to doping, SCA is attempting to reopen the case.

Armstrong’s legal team argues that Texas law doesn’t allow parties to reopen cases that have been previously settled.

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Mark Cavendish winning the final stage of the Tour of Turkey.