Emma Johansson wins first stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) has won the opening stage of the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain, outsprinting Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) and Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) at the head of the peloton.

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French road race champion Elise Delzenne (Specialized-Lululemon) launched an attack 27km from the finish and managed to get a gap of 45 seconds, but she was caught inside the final 2km. inside the final two kilometres.

One of the big pre-race favourites, local rider Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) launched her sprint with 500m to go in the 94km stage, but she was overrun by a handful of riders before Johansson made her winning move.

Today’s second stage is the longest of the five-stage race and will likely end in another sprint finish.

Stage 1: Oundle > Northampton - Stage Result

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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Orica - AIS
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VOS Marianne
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team

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Arnaud Demare wins Four Days of Dunkirk opener

The winner of last year’s Four Days of Dunkirk, Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) has started this year’s race in similar fashion, winning the opening stage in a sprint finish ahead of Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Shimano) and Yannick Martinez (Europcar).

The day’s main escape featured a trio of riders — Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo), Wouter Mol (Veranclassic – Doltcini) and Jonas Rickert (Topsport-Vlaanderen-Baloise) — who got away after about 30km of racing. They were caught with 50km left in the 163km race and this prompted a series of attacks from in the lead group.

The most promising of these attacks came from Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) who was joined by Adrien Petit (Cofidis). Together they built a small advantage but with 2km remaining they too were caught and it was all set up for a bunch sprint.

Tomorrow’s second stage features a number of short climbs and pave sectors and will be raced over 162km from Hazebrouck and Orchies.

Stage 1: Dunkerque > Coudekerque-Branche - Stage Result

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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DéMARE Arnaud
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Team Giant-Shimano
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Team Europcar

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Kenny van Hummel wins stage 1 of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan

Dutchman Kenny van Hummel (Androni-Giocattoli) has won the wind-affected opening stage of the 2014 Tour d’Azerbaidjan, sprinting to victory in Sumqayit ahead of Vitaliy Buts (Kolss) and Davide Vigano (Caja Rural).

Tour d'Azerbaidjan stage 1

Heavy winds split the race into three groups early on but by the time the riders reached Sumqayit for the first of five circuits around the city, the lead group had grown to nearly 70.

Despite the best efforts of a four-rider group, the 70 riders came back together in the penultimate lap, setting things up for a sprint. In the end it was the pre-stage favourite van Hummel (a former WorldTour rider with Vacansoleil) that won comfortably.

“My team did a good job bringing me to the front at 500m to go”, van Hummel said. “At 300m to go I smashed the hammer down and the victory was there.”

Tour d'Azerbaidjan stage 1

The race continues today with a 187km stage from the Baku Velo Park to Ismayilli, featuring two second category climbs and a first category climb.

Stage 1: Baku > Sumqayit - Stage Result

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela
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BUTS Vitaliy
Kolss Cycling Team
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Caja Rural - Seguros RGA

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Robert Gesink has surgery to fix heart problem

Team Belkin’s Robert Gesink has suffered from a cardiac arrhythmia for several seasons now but after missing Amstel Gold Race and pulling out of Tirreno Adriatico and Pais Vasco because of it, the Dutchman decided to something about it.

According to a Belkin press release:

“Robert Gesink has successfully undergone an extensive cardiologic examination regarding his cardiac arrhythmia. The cause of the problem has been found and has been treated directly. Gesink will start training again after a period of rest, and after consulting the Team’s medical staff and trainers. It is not known yet when he will ride his first race.”

“I am very pleased to put these insecure times behind me. I will start my recovery with full confidence and hope to know more about my schedule soon,” Gesink said.

Click here to read more at the Team Belkin website.

Geraint Thomas could leave Team Sky at the end of the year

Geraint Thomas’ contract with Team Sky comes to a close at the end of the year and the Welshman has told the BBC he is considering offers from a number of different teams.

“I’m obviously speaking to Sky at the moment and I think it should be sorted this week with where I go,” Thomas told BBC Wales Sport. “Obviously Sky is a great team but I think it’s good to have a look at other teams and what they have to offer.

Thomas is reportedly considering offers from three or four teams.

Click here to read more at the BBC website.

Accident victim wakes from a coma

Marie-Claire Moreels, the 65-year-old woman who was hit by a Johan Vansummeren during the Tour of Flanders has awakened from a coma two days ago.

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Philippe Reyntjens, the husband of Marie-Claire Moreels told HLN.be, “Five days ago, the anaesthesia was discontinued and put two days ago, the hospital called me that my wife was woken up.” “I jumped in the air and I drove to the hospital right away. I was so euphoric that I almost had an accident myself.”

Marie-Claire Moreels was spectating at the Tour of Flanders and while standing on the middle of the boulevard the peloton split around but Johan Vansummeren crashed and hit her dead on. It was suspected that she had brain trauma underwent an operation at the hospital. Since then, she was kept in a coma and fortunately woke up two days ago.

“She’s been looking around and can already move, but not talk,” said Philippe. “I hope it will continue all the way in the right direction. Tomorrow I have a talk with the doctor. Then I will know more,” says Philippe Reyntjens.

Read more at HLN.be (Flemish)

Peta Mullens interview

Cycling Weekly chats to Wiggle-Honda’s Peta Mullens, who sats that the main problem with pro cycling is you can’t own a labradoodle:


I come out of Bendigo. Historically we’ve had some amazing mountain bikers from there. Australia isn’t as competitive in mountain biking as we are on the road, but those times are changing and I hope I can be one of those people who can push that trend.

I’m pretty keen on labradoodles at the moment. I don’t have any pets. I want a dog so badly but we’re always on the road and it would be selfish to have one and never be there to look after it. Just like a child really.

Read the full interview here on Cycling Weekly.

Cycling provides an answer to worsening air quality

A report about worsening air quality around the world, released yesterday by the World Health Organisation (WHO), shows that cities which promote ‘active transport’ such as cycling, have been able to improve their air quality.

The report reads:

“Cities such as Copenhagen and Bogotà, for example, have improved air quality by promoting ‘active transport’ and prioritizing dedicated networks of urban public transport, walking and cycling. We can win the fight against air pollution and reduce the number of people suffering from respiratory and heart disease, as well as lung cancer.”

Click here to read more at road.cc. Click here to read more at the World Health Organisation website.

The hubless, foldable Sada bike

The Sada foldable bike has been attracting a bit of attention recently, namely because it collapses down into not much more than the size of an umbrella, thanks to a hub- and spoke-less wheel design. Check it out here:

Click here to read more at GizMag.

Trek releases new women’s Silque endurance road bike

Today Trek is unveiling the Silque, a new women’s endurance road bike that provides a balance of smoothness and power for female road riders. Trek says that, “Each bike is equipped with the World Tour-proven IsoSpeed decoupler, doubling vertical compliance and improving overall performance. The women’s size-specific custom Ride Tuned OCLV Carbon frame is designed for women to ride smoother, longer, and faster than ever before.”

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“The Silque takes the customization of women’s road bikes to a new level,” said Trek Women’s Product Manager Amanda Schulze. “When comparing female and male athletes on the same frame size, professional training data shows that most female athletes place less stress on the frame. Knowing this, we designed a size-specific frame to compliment a woman’s power to weight ratio, delivering the perfect balance of smoothness and power at every frame size.”

Roadtripping Ireland…when things go awry

Over the past two days we’ve been bringing back some spectacular imagery and stories of our trip through Ireland while checking out where the Giro d’Italia will be heading. But not everything went to plan. Check back this afternoon and we’ll tell you more about what happened here:

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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