Tony Martin wins stage 9 of the Tour de France as Tony Gallopin rides into yellow

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has won a hilly stage 9 of the Tour de France in the Vosges mountains after attacking from a two-man breakaway on the biggest climb of the day. Martin had been leading the race with Cannondale’s Alessandro De Marchi before setting off alone on the first category climb to Le Markstein 59km from the finish, and holding off a chase group to take his first road stage win at the Tour de France.

Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) finished in the chase group more than five minutes ahead of the peloton, taking the yellow jersey off the shoulders of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in the process.

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Tony Martin and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) got clear of the peloton in the opening 20km of the race as a chase group of roughly 25 riders came together behind them. The pair extended their advantage as the stage wore on, before Martin attacked with about 59km to go on the longest climb of the day.

He sumitted the climb first and from there victory was all but assured — the chase group wasn’t close enough to shut down the gap on the flat run to the line, and the peloton was well behind, taking it easy.

In the end Martin crossed the line 2:45 ahead of the chase group which was led home by Cancellara in second place and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in third. A rather relaxed-looking peloton finished the stage 7:46 behind Martin and 5:01 behind the chase group, giving Tony Gallopin a lead of 1:34 going into Bastille Day.

Vincenzo Nibali is now in second place while Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) slots into third after finishing in the same escape group as Gallopin.

Stage 9: Gerardmer > Mulhouse - Stage Result

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Marianne Vos wins the 2014 Giro Rosa as Dr Emma Pooley wins her third stage

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) has capped off a dominant Giro Rosa for her Rabo-Liv team, winning her third edition of the race overall after Dr Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol) won the final stage; her third of the race.

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Going into the final stage Vos led the GC ahead of her teammates Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Anna van der Breggen with her nearest challenger being last year’s winner, Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare), 1:39 in arrears. The final stage finished with the tough climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo, made famous by the Giro di Lombardia, and it was a question of whether Vos would be able to hold on to her lead.

On the approach to and lower slopes of the final climb, the peloton started thinning out until only the pure climbers and the GC contenders were left. Emma Pooley attacked on the final climb, opening up a small gap by the time there was 5km left to race. She would go on to win the stage by 25 seconds, her third mountain-top victory of the race.

Pooley was followed over the line by Ferrand-Prevot and Vos at 25 seconds with van der Breggen fourth. Mara Abbott finished fifth. The result ensures a 1-2-3 on the GC for Rabo-Liv, plus the points classification (Vos, but top four for Rabo-Liv) and six stage victories (four for Vos and two for Annemiek van Vleuten). Emma Pooley, who took nine months off last year to finish her PhD in geotechnical engineering, took the QOM classification in addition to her three stage wins.

Stage 9: Trezzo sull’Adda > Madonna del Ghisallo - Stage Result

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Peter Kennaugh leads from start to finish to win the Tour of Austria

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) sealed overall victory in the 2014 Tour of Austria yesterday after finishing safely in the bunch as the sprinters had their day on the final stage into Vienna. Marco Haller (Katusha) won the final, rain-drenched stage, ahead of Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) and Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Sharp).

Stage 8 of the Tour of Austria concluded with 10 laps of a circuit around the streets of Vienna after a group of five riders slipped up the road on the run into the capital, managing to open up a maximum advantage of two minutes. The day was always likely to come down to a bunch sprint and the gap to the breakaway was down to one minute as the peloton reached Vienna.

With the weather worsening, the race organisers declared that the GC times would be taken with one lap to go, leaving the sprint trains to battle it out over the final circuit. Peter Kennaugh rolled home safely in the pack to ensure he wrapped up the title while Haller sprinted to the win in his home race.

Kennaugh took the overall lead way back on stage 1 with a solo victory to the mountain-top finish at Sonntagberg. He was able to defend his lead throughout the race, finishing more than a minute clear of Javier Moreno (Movistar) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale).

Stage 8: Podersdorf > Vienna - Stage Result

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Text adapted from a Team Sky press release.

Sergiy Lagkuti wins stage 8 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake, Ilya Davidenok still leads overall

The breakaway succeeded again on stage eight of the Tour of Qinghai Lake, as stage winner Sergiy Lagkuti (Kolss) surprised even himself after winning out of a group of seven that escaped 92km into the 226km stage.

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Despite having been sick the last four days, Lagkuti reported feeling much better as he covered the move for the Kolss team following the day’s major beyond category climb early in the stage. With no plans for a stage win, the team was only looking to ride for the team classification, but was pleasantly surprised when it became clear the breakaway would make it to the line.

The group started to break up in the last 2km, as Lagkuti finished alone off the front, followed by Volodymyr Kogut (Amore & Vita – Selle SMP) with Samuele Conti (Neri Sotolli) finishing third.

Astana Continental’s Ilya Davidenok finished in the field to defend his three jerseys as the top Asian rider, sprint, and GC leader.

Stage 8: Xunhua > Lintao - Stage Result

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Text adapted from a Tour of Qinghai Lake press release.

Tony Martin: “The last few minutes in particular were incredible”

Using the same power and concentration which has earned him three world time trial titles, Tony Martin won stage nine of the Tour of France two minutes 45 seconds ahead of the chase group led home by Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing.

“This really comes close to my first success in the worlds,” he said afterwards, savouring the success and the emotions it brought. “It was amazing. It is really special to win a road race, not just a time trial. And especially when you can celebrate it in the last few kilometres when you know you have it. The last few minutes in particular were incredible.”

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Martin’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere likened the victory to the top cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx. He’s a little biased, of course, being the boss of Martin, but there certainly was a parallel to be made.

Read the full story here on CyclingTips.

Richie Porte ready for the first big mountain stage

Stage 8 was the first taste of what we can expect in the high mountains of the Tour de France, but it’s stage 10 tomorrow where the cream will rise to the top. Is Richie Porte ready?

Outside the team bus in Mulhose Dave Brailsford told journalists that Richie Porte is ready:

“He has quite a lot of experience of what it takes to win a GC without having done it. He has quite a lot of learning from that.

“What we have experienced in the last few years is Chris riding with Bradley and learning a lot, then putting that to use himself. Then Richie has ridden for Froomey, and particularly last year, he rode ever so well for him…and you learn a lot from that.

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The day after Chris Froome went home because of a fractured wrist, Porte said:

“I’ve got an opportunity to step up and I’m really going to do that now,”

“It doesn’t change a whole lot for me. I’m in good form. Now I’ll ride for myself and not somebody else. We’ll see what happens.”

Read more on Cyclingnews.

Menchov given two year ban, disqualified from three Tours de France

by Shane Stokes

Over a year after his then-Katusha team announced that Denis Menchov was walking away from the sport, citing a knee injury as the reason, it has emerged that the Russian rider has been suspended for biological passport violations.


In a list of doping sanctions displayed on its website, Menchov is listed as having been given a two year ban running until April 9 2015. In addition to that, it states that he has been disqualified from the Tour de France in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The UCI has confirmed the news of Menchov’s sanction in a brief statement released to CyclingTips. It reads as follows:

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms having imposed a 2-year ban on Russian rider Denis Menchov as a result of his anti-doping rules violation based on his Athlete Biological Passport. The rider is declared ineligible until 9 April 2015 and is disqualified from the Tour de France 2009, 2010 and 2012. No further communication will be made on this case.”

Menchov meanwhile has said he won’t appeal the ban:

“I’m not going to appeal the sanction, I don’t want to waste time doing it, nor do I want to spend any energy on it,” Menchov said, according to Russian website R-Sport.

Click here to read more at CyclingTips. Click here for a good piece at The Inner Ring about what this all means for the UCI’s procedures when it comes to announcing rider bans.

Stijn Vandenbergh extends contract with Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Stijn Vandenbergh has extended his contract with Omega Pharma-QuickStep Cycling Team and will now ride with the Belgian setup for 2015 and 2016.

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Vandenbergh finished in the top five at Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke this year, and was second at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2013.

“I’m happy,” Vandenbergh said. ‘It’s great news for me and it’s best for me to stay with this team. As a Belgian, I’m proud to be part of a Belgian based team with an international dimension. On this team I have come to know everybody well, from the riders to the staff. It is a team where I can feel the confidence around me.”

Text adapted from an Omega Pharma-QuickStep press release.

Andy Schleck: “I don’t want to retire. Not like this”

When Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of the Tour de France early in week one and had to have surgery on his knee, there were some suggestions this latest setback might spell the end for the 2010 Tour de France winner. But now Schleck has told Cyclingnews he is determined to rebuild his career. Again.

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“In the morning after the crash I went on the rollers and I couldn’t push more than 80 watts. The doctor came and he asked me if I could push more but I couldn’t because it was so painful. I got on the bus and we made the call to not start,” he said.

“It goes without saying that the morning I pulled out of the race was the worst moment I’ve ever had in cycling. To give up in the Tour de France like that was crushing. It was heartbreaking. I was on the bus with tears in my eyes because I knew that I couldn’t ride my bike anymore,” an emotional Schleck said.

Scans the day after his injury revealed the full extent of Schleck’s knee injury: a rupture of both the collateral and cruciate ligaments plus a tear in the meniscus and bruising. Schleck had surgery immediately but faces a long road back to full fitness.

“You know though, I thought for a moment that it might all be over but I don’t want to give up like this. I crashed out of the Tour and that’s not how I want people to remember me. So as soon as I can start again I will ride.

“I love to ride my bike so I’ll start out small and then I can think about racing but it’s important not to rush. The doctors say ‘please Andy, be careful and don’t put pressure on your knee’ and they repeat it every day.”

Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.

Bike thieves hit RusVelo and Gourmetfein Wels

Bikes thieves have hit both the RusVelo ProContinental and Gourmetfein Wels Continental teams in the past few days with thieves stealing hundreds of thousands of euros worth of equipment.

The RusVelo service corse in Italy was broken into on Thursday morning with two men caught on video breaking in through the roof.

“We are the fifth team this year which falls victim of an incident like that in the region of Lombardy only,” said RusVelo team manager Renat Khamidulin. “There is no doubt that shortly the stolen Colnago bikes will pop up in online stores; it’s just the chain of events that has repeated itself a number of times. All we can do is to appeal to potential buyers – don’t be lured into purchasing these bikes!”

The Gourmetfein bikes, meanwhile, were taken during the Tour of Austria. All 15 of the team’s bikes were stolen from the hotel before team co-ordinator Roberto Marcuzzo put the call out to other teams, asking for help.

“Within 16 minutes we had 30 bikes.The support of the international and national teams was unbelievable,” he said. “I have been in cycling a long time, but have never seen such a great and engaged show of support.”

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Successful surgery for Matthias Frank and Darwin Atapuma

Friday’s seventh stage 7 of the Tour de France saw two riders abandon the race with a broken femur: Darwin Atampuma (BMC) and Mathias Frank (IAM). Both riders have successfully undergone surgery and are set to begin the recovery process.

“The surgery went well and now he is in recovery,” BMC’s Dr. Max Testa said of Atampuma. “The plan is to stay at the hospital for one or two days and then we will organise an ambulance transfer to his place in Italy where he will start physical therapy in the next two or three days.”

Frank, meanwhile, underwent surgery in Geneva on Sunday and, depending on the recovery process, hopes to be back on the trainer within three weeks.

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Luca Paolini warned for using his phone mid-race

Here’s a bizarre photo of Luca Paolini from stage 8 of the Tour over the weekend:

The incident prompted race organisers to issue a warning at the end of the stage, in the document listing all sanctions from the stage: “The use of mobile phones during the race by riders is not authorised in reference to article nine of the event and article 2.2.024 of the UCI regulations.”

Paolini suggested after the race that he had forgotten he left his phone in his pocket and was just turning it off before returning it to the team car.

2015 Tour Down Under route announced

The 17th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under will return next January with new race routes across South Australia.

Race Director Mike Turtur said the course was developed to give sprinters, climbers and all-rounders an equal chance at victory, while also showcasing the city and new places in regional South Australia.

“In an event first there will be a stage finish in the Adelaide Hills town of Paracombe, the smallest rural spot to ever host a stage.”

Race Director Mike Turtur is pleased with the balance achieved in the race stages.

“Stage 1 from Tanunda to Campbelltown will see us get off to a spectacular start with no race neutral and racing starting straight out of the township. The new finish location in Campbelltown, presents a very tough, uphill sprint which will demand perfect timing by the sprinters,” Mr Turtur said.

“There will be two loops through the Barossa before riders tackle Checker Hill in the opposite direction to usual and power towards the finish line.

“The new finish at Paracombe and the climb up Torrens Hill Road will make for a very interesting stage. We are returning to Glenelg after many years for a stage start which will be a highlight for Bupa Stage 4 as well as the Bupa Challenge Tour and on the same day a new finish location in Mount Barker.

Sunday 18 January People’s Choice Classic 51km Adelaide’s East End
Tuesday 20 January Stage 1 133km Tanunda to Campbelltown
Wednesday 21 January Stage 2 150km Unley to Stirling
Thursday 22 January Stage 3 143km Norwood to Paracombe
Friday 23 January Bupa Stage 4 145km Glenelg to Mount Barker
Saturday 24 January Stage 5 151km McLaren Vale to Wilunga Hill
Sunday 25 January Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 tbc tbc

New Sufferfest Video launched

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The Rocacorba Recap

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