Rossella Ratto wins stage 2 of Women’s Tour

Rossella Ratto (Estado de Mexico-Faren) upset for the sprinters on stage two of the Women’s Tour after she and fellow breakaway companion Susanna Zorzi (Astana-Be Pink) were able to stay away from a chasing peloton. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) won the bunch kick taking third place.

Ratto takes over the General Classification, taking Emma Johansson out of the yellow jersey.

Silvia Valsecchi (Astana-Be Pink) was the first rider to break away from the bunch and made it to the first intermediate sprint, but was caught shortly after. Ratto attached approaching the QOM at 65km and brought fellow Italian Susanna Zorzi with her.

women's Tour of Great Britain 2014 stage-2

The two riders worked well together to build up a maximum lead of over two minutes.

Armitstead’s Boels-Dolmans team worked to bring back the breakaway and defend the yellow jersey but by 10km to go, the gap was down only to a minute.

Ratto then out-foxed Zorzi to take the stage victory in Bedford with the chasing bunch coming only six seconds behind.

Stage 2: Hinckley > Bedford - Stage Result

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RATTO Rossella
Estado de México-Faren Kuota
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ZORZI Susanna
Astana BePink Womens Team
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VOS Marianne
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team

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DéMare wins again at 4 days of Dunkerque

Arnaud Démare ( won the second stage of the 4 Days of Dunkerque, his second in a row and retained the leaders jersey. The stage 166.9km stage from Hazebrouck to Orchies was described as a “mini Paris-Roubaix” which featured lots of cobbled sectors and many short climbs on a miserable wet and windy day.

Stage 2: Hazebrouck > Orchies - Stage Result

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DéMARE Arnaud
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Team Giant-Shimano
3. be
Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise

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Primoz Roglic wins stage 2 of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, Will Clarke takes the overall lead

Primoz Roglic (Adria Mobil) has won stage 2 of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, crossing the line in Ismayilli ahead of his Australian breakaway companion Will Clarke (Drapac). A chase group of 26 riders was led home nine seconds later by Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli). The win gives Clarke the overall lead in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, nine seconds ahead of a trio of riders: Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil), stage two runner-up Vitaliy Buts (Kolss) and Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil).

Read the full stage report here on CyclingTips

Stage 2: Baku > Ismayilli - Stage Result

Thursday 8th May 2014

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ROGLIč Primož
Adria Mobil
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CLARKE William
Drapac Professional Cycling
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Neri Sottoli

A chat with Carlos Sastre – His career, Grand Tour predictions, and where he is now

CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef is in Azerbaijan covering the Tour and what a place to bump into 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. Matt sat down with Sastre and spoke about his career, his tips for the upcoming Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, and what he’s been up to since retirement.


Read the full interview and story with Carlos Sastre here on CyclingTips

Kittel on Giro d’Italia’s sprints: “I’m very confident we can do good things”

Marcel Kittel has already had a successful season, clocking up five victories to date. He started off on a high note by taking the Down Under Classic in January, then followed that up with three stage wins in the Dubai Tour plus a repeat win in Scheldeprijs.

Since then he took third in the opening time trial in the Tour de Romandie, missing his usual participation in the Presidential Tour of Turkey in order to follow what he believes was the best path to the Giro d’Italia.

Giro-D'Itaia 2014 Team presentation

“I’m now in the second section of my season, in which the highlight is the Giro,” said Kittel in Belfast. “I think I had a good start in the sprint. I can be confident with the results I got there and with the team I have here. That’s the goal for me, that’s the goal for the team and I’m looking forward to it.”

Although Mark Cavendish will miss the race, Elia Viviani took two stage wins in Turkey and declared his form perfect after the second of those. Kittel accepts that the Italian will be one of the biggest obstacles to success in the days ahead.

“I followed the results in Turkey and as you say he is in very good condition, as many other sprinters are too,” he said, when asked about the Cannondale rider. “We are aware of the fact that we have to concentrate on our sprint and focus on doing very good work to be able to win sprints at this race.”

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Basso hints at retirement if he doesn’t perform this year

Ivan Basso has hinted that if he fails to meet his expectations at the Giro d’Italia over the next three weeks, he may retire next year.

Ivan Basso at the Giro d'Italia team presentation yesterday

Ivan Basso at the Giro d’Italia team presentation yesterday

The 37 year old told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, “An intelligent athlete knows his place and should be able to understand his own limits, so he can try to overcome them. You need that so you don’t get flattened by the passing of time, by the end of a moment in your life.”

“Why should I have gone to the press conference? What could I have said? I know I’m not at my best but I think I can find a different role. Otherwise I’d be stupid and pathetic if I said I was hoping to win. I know that things have gone differently so far this year.”

“I know that people think I’m past my best. I hope it’s not true. I’m not riding well but my conscience is clear. I’m still ambitious. I want to have a good Giro. I think I’m competitive and we’ll see exactly how much very soon. The Giro always motivates me.”

Basso’s contract with Cannondale is up for renegotiation after the end of this season. When speaking about if he’ll be racing in 2015:

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said.

“I’ve thought about it a lot and I’m not sure what will happen but a lot will depends on what happens in this race,”

“I don’t want to look back. I’m not interested in saying in my career I won this race or that race. I also don’t want to look too far ahead. Whatever happens, it won’t be a problem to reach an agreement with [Cannondale team manager] Roberto Amadio.”

Read more at CyclingNews.

Matty Lloyd happy with first US race

Matthew Lloyd’s first race with the Jelly Belly-Maxxis team last week at the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico wasn’t an ideal start. He was caught up in a crash on the first day and eventually finished 42nd overall, more than half an hour down on overall winner Carter Jones (Optum Pro Cycling).

MattyLloydJellyBelly“It’s been interesting racing,” he told Cyclingnews at the Tour of Gila. “A few crashes here and there, but you’re always going to get that in a mixed field. But I think with the altitude and the characteristics of the race – always up and down – it’s been some nice training and a good way to get over some jet lag before next week.”

“I sort of maintained a lot of the endurance training in Australia and kept all the fast-paced lactic acid work for this week,” he said. “So the circuit racing and the shorter climbs are obviously better for that, and hopefully a couple days rest and coming into next week will be fine.”

Lloyd’s next race is at the Tour of California coming up next week.

Read more at CyclingNews.

POC releases new Cerebel aero helmet

Swedish company POC, in collaboration with Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling team, Volvo Car Group and WATTS Lab, is proud to reveal Cerebel, a new aero road helmet. The helmet will be introduced at the first stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 on May 9th in Belfast.

Garmin-Sharp's Jack Bauer in the Volvo Wind Tunnel

Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer in the Volvo Wind Tunnel

According to the POC press release:

“The Cerebel helmet is built on the competence of POC’s internal product team and developed in close collaboration with Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling team, Volvo Car Group and WATTS Lab.

Commenting on the new helmet, Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder says:

“Introducing the Cerebel helmet is about completing our range of road helmets, each developed for a specific purpose. All our four helmets; Octal, Octal Aero, Cerebel and Tempor, are extremely fast in their category, so it is a matter of priorities, conditions, the parcours and personal riding style. What it all comes down to is saving watts and seconds”.”

Cerebel will be presented at the trade shows this fall and will be available to consumers as part of POC’s upcoming road range in spring of 2015.

Strava moves into big data

Strava has launched “Metro” which is a data service providing “ground truth” on where people ride and run. Millions of GPS-tracked activities are uploaded to Strava every week from around the globe. In denser metro areas, nearly one-half of these are commutes. These activities create billions of data points that, when aggregated, enable deep analysis and understanding of real-world cycling and pedestrian route preferences.

Strava Metro, Melbourne

Using Metro, Strava aims to help departments of transportation and city planners, as well as advocacy groups and corporations, make informed and effective decisions when planning, maintaining, and upgrading cycling and pedestrian corridors.

Read more on Strava

Fight, fight, fight!

This short video shows what everyone wants to do when someone takes you out on your bike, but only kids can get away with it…

Have a wonderful weekend and ride safe.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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