Matteo Trentin wins stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has won a sprint finish on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse after benefiting from the hard work of teammate and overall race leader Tony Martin.

Tour de Suisse 2014 stage - 6

Trentin was able to hold off Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) in the final dash to the line after Martin had strung out the reduced peloton in the closing kilometres before rolling across the line in 16th himself to defend his overall lead in the race.

Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha), Jaco Venter (MTN-Qhubeka), Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM) and Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) formed the day’s main escape after roughly 10km of racing, with the group of five leading the race ahead of the day’s four main climbs. The teams of the sprinters got to work with about 60km to go and after a series of attacks from within the main field the escape was caught as the riders approached the final climb.

Stage favourite Peter Sagan (Cannondale) attacked on the final climb and again on the descent towards the finish. He appeared to spend too much energy in the process, getting caught with about 2km to go before Tony Martin increased the tempo on the run in to the finish and split a group of six riders off the front.

The small escape was caught but Martin then went into lead-out mode, setting Trentin up for the sprint finish while Bannati finished second and Gavazzi was third, making it an all-Italian podium.

Stage 6: Buren a. Aare > Delémont - Stage Result

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Michael Matthews wins Tour de Slovenie stage 1 ITT

Michael Matthews has won the stage 1 individual time trial at the Tour de Slovénie, covering the 8.8km course in Ljubljana in 10:05, six seconds faster than runner-up Kristijan Koren (Cannondale) and 10 seconds faster than third-placed Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida).

Image: Orica-GreenEdge

Image: Orica-GreenEdge

The time trial course in Slovenia’s capital city was a flat, fast out-and-back ride with a small loop near the start/finish. Technical skills offered little advantage nor did start time. Matthews averaged 52.4km/h over the straightforward course.

Matthews will take the race leader’s jersey into today’s second stage of the four-stage race, a lumpy day with a category three climb near the start and a category one climb near the finish.

“I’ve done lots of climbing training at altitude recently,” Matthews said. “Hopefully that does me a favour tomorrow, and I can go for another really good result like today. We’ll enjoy the win tonight and get back to business tomorrow. We have a great team here to support me in this role.”

Stage 1 (ITT): Ljubljana > Ljubljana - Stage Result

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Marcel Kittel wins stage 2 of the Ster ZLM Toer

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) has shown that he’s building form well ahead of the Tour de France next month, winning stage 2 of the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands yesterday.

Ster ZLM Tour 2014 stage - 2

Kittel outsprinted the likes of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), taking the overall lead from prologue ITT winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in the process.

On a day that was always going to come down to a sprint finish, a group of four riders — Nicola Testi (Androni), Alphonse Vermote (Vastgodservice), Timo Roosen (Rabobank) and Jan-Willem van het Schip (Koga) — took a while to get established but when it did, the gap was allowed to grow to as much as five minutes. With BMC working on the front for Gilbert and Lotto-Belisol later contributing as well, the breakaway was safely caught with a little more than 10km remaining, opening the door for a number of attacks from the peloton.

It was all brought back together though, before a split with roughly 5km to go ensured only 40 or so riders would be in contention for the sprint finish. Despite the best efforts of the other teams, it was Giant-Shimano that was most effective, setting Kittel up for his first win since stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia.

Stage 2: Rucphen > Sint Willebrord - Stage Result

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Team Belkin calls for crowdfunding to secure future

After it was announced earlier this week that Belkin will be pulling out as the main sponsor of the Dutch team at the end of this season, the team’s management has set up a PayPal account and called for fans to donate 10 euros to help secure the team’s future and riders.

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“The Belkin Pro Cycling Team has started an immediate search for a new title sponsor. As of 2015, Belkin will withdraw from the Belkin team as sponsor. We are confident that we will find a new sponsor in time, but we want to take things into our own hands via crowd funding,” a statement on the team website reads.

“With your support we can finance a part of the team and show potential sponsors that we have loyal supporters we can count on. This offers stability, which will make it more likely for sponsors to join our team.”

If the team can’t secure additional funding they run the risk of losing key riders.

Click here to read more at the Belkin website.

Bauke Mollema in talks with Tinkoff-Saxo for 2015

One Belkin rider who appears to be looking elsewhere for a ride next year is Bauke Mollema. Mollema’s agent has been in contact with Tinkoff-Saxo about potentially joining the team in 2015, with team owner Oleg Tinkov confirming the discussion.

Photoshoot Tacx 2014 in Locarno

“I was called the same day to see if I was interested in Mollema,” team owner Oleg Tinkov told De Telegraaf. “He is definitely a good rider, but the amount being asked is too high. If a decent proposal comes, I would be interested,” he continued.

Mollema’s agent, Martijn Berkhout, told Cycling News: “Mollema is at the end of his contract and every team knows that. And every WorldTour team with ambition know his status and there’s a lot of interest in signing him if things with Belkin’s sponsorship search don’t work out. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Tinkov is interested.”

Mollema will go into next month’s Tour de France as the leader of Team Belkin. He was sixth in last year’s edition.

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David Millar’s house ransacked while he was at the Dauphine

After returning home to Girona after the Criterium du Dauphine, David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) learned that he’d been the victim of a burglary. He took to Twitter to share the news:

Fields of Joy – Melbourne to get a purpose-built cyclocross track

In good news for Melbourne’s cyclocross community, Sunbury Cycling Club (SCC) has begun work on a purpose-built CX venue at Essendon Fields — the so-called “Fields of Joy”. The land for the course has been made available by the owners and operators of the Essendon Fields retail and office precinct, and lies just north of the runway at Essendon airport.

Australian national CX champions Lisa Jacobs and Al Iacuone check out Fields of Joy last weekend.

Australian national CX champions Lisa Jacobs and Al Iacuone check out Fields of Joy last weekend.

The site features a long embankment which, apart from providing great viewing opportunities for spectators, is perfect for building berms, stairs and other features for the course.

The first race at the new course is planned for July 27, ahead of a three-race series which will be held in August, September and October.

This project is being run as a fundraiser for Michael Blyth, a young Sunbury resident who was paralysed in a MTB accident and found himself uninsured.

For more information about the project, visit the Fields of Joy CX website or Facebook page.

Inside the stage 5 sprint finish at the Tour de Suisse

If you need to be convinced that bike-mounted cameras will make pro cycling more entertaining than it already is, check out this video. It’s the best illustration we’ve ever seen of just how hectic it gets inside the peloton in the dying stages of a bike race. Breathtaking stuff.

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

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Today’s feature image was taken by Jered Gruber somewhere in Switzerland. Anyone know the exact location?