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May 21, 2014
NEWS & RACING BROUGHT TO YOU BY GIORDANA
Good morning and welcome to your Wednesday edition of the Rocacorba Daily. In today’s headlines: Bouhanni returns to notch third victory of Giro, Evans holds Maglia Rosa; Wippert sprints to victory as Clarke retains overall lead in Japan; Alonso’s project not dead, yet; Lance Armstrong Subpoenaed to Testify; George Hincapie’s launches new book; and much more entertaining stuff below….
Although he got into difficulties on the final descent and was distanced for a time from the main bunch, French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni battled back to regain his place in the peloton and then to thunder home for what is his third stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia.
The FDJ.fr rider played things perfectly in the final gallop, avoiding a crash which brought down Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and several others, then calmly took Giacomo Nizzolo’s wheel when the Trek Factory Racing rider launched his sprint.
He then kicked past inside the final 100 metres, showing confidence and strength to nab the victory.
Although Bouhanni couldn’t match Marcel Kittel when the Giant Shimano rider won the first two road race stages, he has come into his own since then. He took stage four in Bari, notched up another success three days later in Foligno and took his third today.
Bouhanni’s success tightens his grip on the red points jersey, while the Maglia Rosa Cadel Evans had little issues in defending his own tunic.
Read the full Giro d’Italia stage 10 stage report here on CyclingTips.
Wouter Wippert has continued Drapac Professional Cycling’s start at the Tour of Japan, taking out the bunch sprint to win the second stage in Mino on Tuesday.
The result follows Drapac’s 1-2 finish in Sunday’s Prologue where Will Clarke and Jordan Kerby won the prologue. Clarke retains the green leader’s jersey heading into day three with a one-second advantage over Wippert and Brenton Jones (Avanti) with the 29-year-old finishing safely on bunch time.
“The stage panned out perfectly and went to plan,” said Clarke. “With two riders up the road it made it easier for us to control the race with a little help from Lampre-Merida also. Jordan, Lach’ [Norris] and myself rode on the front for a lot of the day.
The 160.7km stage was dominated by a two-man breakaway of Takayuki Abe (Utsunomiya Blitzen) and Airan Fernandez (Matrix Powertag) which gained a maximum advantage of just under four minutes before the race was finally brought back together on the final lap of the 21.3km circuit.
“When you plan the way you want a stage to work, and then the team executes it perfectly and you win, it’s even more special,” said Wippert. “The team – Will, Jai and Adam – dropped me off perfectly and Lach and Jordan worked all day to ensure the break didn’t go away too much.”
Text adapted from Drapac Press Release
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the UCI will make a decision on Fernando Alonso’s application for a World Tour license in the next two weeks. The paper says Alonso is claiming he has signed a 20M euro sponsorship deal with the Dubai government, but he will scrap the whole plan if the uncertainty drags on much longer.
Alonso’s people are reportedly unhappy with the arduous World Tour application process the UCI has put in place. They feel it is wrong that a team has to guarantee its sponsorship and riders in August, and then endure weeks of uncertainty until the UCI confirms the WorldTour places in November (this is of course what every application goes through).
Read more on Cyclingnews.
Lance Armstrong and his manager were subpoenaed Monday to give sworn video testimony to the Texas Supreme Court next month about using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
An arbitration panel issued subpoenas for Armstrong to give testimony on June 12 as well as his business manager, Bill Stapleton, on June 9.
Armstrong is fighting a lawsuit from SCA Promotions that is demanding he return $12 million in performance bonuses.
SCA Promotions first investigated the doping allegations back in 2005 when Armstrong gave sworn testimony denying the accusations, and the two parties settled with an agreement to pay him.
Armstrong appealed the most recent case to the Texas Supreme Court, saying a previous settlement with the company can’t be reopened.
George Hincapie who rode with Lance Armstrong for all seven of his tour victories, details the massive cheating scandal in his highly anticipated memoir, “The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris.”
Lance Armstrong has written the book’s foreword: “Drugs were so prevalent in that era that the decision itself, as our team saw it, was either play ball with everyone else or go home,” Armstrong writes.”
“George and I, along with others on the team, crossed over that threshold together.”
In The Loyal Leutenant, Hincapie said he had made use of EPO since 1996 but he quit in 2006. Hincapie recalls first using PEDs in 1996 when he found a thermos in a fridge labled “EPO” which he shared with roommate and rider Frankie Andreu. He pressed Andreu for details and learned he had only to go to any pharmacy in Switzerland and ask for a box of Epirex, according to the book.
Read more on NYDailyNews.
Follow the transfer from Ireland to Bari, Italy, with Lotto Belisol during the first week of this year’s Giro d’Italia.
To find out more about this massive undertaking, read our feature about the logistics behind the mammoth 2756km transfer from Dublin to Bari here.
In this video CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett is shown around the Team Sky bus by Rod Ellingworth, head of performance operations.
Get inside the peloton for the last 3km of stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California with the new Shimano Sport Camera. The majority of the clip is from Koen de Kort’s saddle cam. The last 150m was filmed from John Degenkolb’s camera.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips: