Good morning and welcome to your Rocacorba Daily. In today’s headlines: van Asbroek wins stage 4 of Tour de Walloniel; Jones wins Murray River Tour opener; Emma Pooley retires from cycling; Laurens Ten Dam: ‘I believe the race was really clean’; 2015 Giro d’Italia to start with a team time trial in Sanremo; Team NetApp-Endura will be known as Bora – Argon18; Ten days in lycra; Cyclist Crashes at 60km/hr; Slaying the badger

van Asbroek wins stage 4 of Tour de Wallonie, Meersman still leading GC

Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won the fourth and penultimate stage of the Tour de Wallonie on the 174.9km course between Herve and Waremme beating overall race leader Gianni Meermsan (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in the final sprint.

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Russian Viacheslav Kuznetsov took 3rd place. The 35th Tour de Wallonie ends Wednesday with the 180km fifth stage from Malmedy and Ans.

Stage 4: Herve > Waremme - Stage Result

Tuesday 29th July 2014

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Jones wins Murray River Tour opener

Warragul’s Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing) has returned to the Subaru National Road Series in style, sprinting to victory in Robinvale on Tuesday to claim the Tour of Murray River lead.

Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing) wins stage 1 of the Tour of Murray.  Image courtesy of Con Chronis.

Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing) wins stage 1 of the Tour of Murray River. Image courtesy of Con Chronis.

Brenton Jones spent time overseas during the national calendar’s eight week break, competing at both the UCI 2.1 Tour of Japan and UCI 2.2 Tour of Singkarak where he bagged a third place and two stage wins respectively.

“It’s great to go overseas and mix it with the best international competition in Asia, but to come back and get a win in the NRS, which has been my stepping stone, is a really nice achievement,” said Jones.

In windy conditions which caused numerous crashes, Jones took out the 155 kilometre Mildura to Robinvale road race ahead of teammate Neil van der Ploeg and Raphael Freinstein (Charter Mason).

Earlier in the race, a three–man breakaway established including Jones’ brother Jarryd (African Wildlife Safaris), Michael Troy (GPM Wilson) and Aden De Jager (Team Scody Downunder).

The group gained a maximum advantage of four minutes before the ever-changing wind direction took its toll on the group, causing Troy to drop off after Pat Shaw (Satalyst Giant) bridged to the group with 35 kilometres remaining.

However the eagerness of the peloton ensured the group were caught inside the final two kilometres.

The Tour continues tomorrow with a dual staged day, beginning with a criterium in Swan Hill before a 98km road race from to Quambatook.

Stage one results

1. Brenton JONES (ART) 3h32:31 12
2. Neil VAN DER PLOEG (ART) +0
3. Raphael FREINSTEIN (CHM) +0

General Classification (after stage one)

1. Brenton JONES (ART) 3h32:19
2. Neil VAN DER PLOEG (ART) +6
3. Raphael FREINSTEIN (CHM) +9

See full results here.

Emma Pooley retires from cycling after Commonwealth Games

Emma Pooley announced that she’ll be retiring from pro cycling, and Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race will be her last race before she be moves to long course triathlon and mountain running. The 2010 world road time-trial champion said: “You have to go sometime. I considered retiring after the London Olympics, but I didn’t feel like I was ready.

“I’ve been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity – it’s a big event, it’s almost at home, and I want to go out properly, when I’ve planned it and have no regrets.”


“I’m very lucky in that I can make that decision. For a lot of people, the choice is made for them, either by injury or team dynamics. It’s a positive choice. After the first Giro stage win, there was a little bit of me that thought about carrying on until Rio 2016, but the decision was made. Maybe I had a good Giro because the weight was off my shoulders, maybe it was the last chance saloon.”

Pooley opted out of the Great Britain team in 2013 to complete her PhD in engineering.

Read the full interview and announcement with Emmay Pooley here.

Laurens Ten Dam on Tour: ‘I believe the race was really clean’

His result was based on a steady consistency rather than one or two headline-grabbing stage performances, but Laurens Ten Dam’s solid riding in the Tour de France let to the best Grand Tour result of his career on Sunday.


The 33 year old followed up on his 28th overall in 2012 and 13th place in 2013, finishing ninth overall in this year’s race.

He attributes his fine overall result to hitting peak form at the right time, but also to what he said was a cleaner race.

“It’s more of a personal thing for me. I can’t point fingers at the other riders,” he said, speaking of his position on ethics. “I know how I did it and I am really happy with how I did it. But to be honest, I believe the race was really clean.

“For me, when I see the guys ahead of me, I think it’s a clean Tour and I am happy with the results I am getting at age 33. I’m not thinking about results I could have gotten at age 25 but I am happy with my life. I can look everyone in the eye and for me that’s important.”

Read the full interview with Laurens Ten Dam here on CyclingTips.

2015 Giro d’Italia to start with a team time trial in Sanremo

The 2015 Giro d’Italia will start with a 18 kilometer team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo entirely along a bike path down the Ligurian coast.

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The region of Liguria will host the first three stages of the 98th Giro d’Italia, RCS Sport announced on Tuesday.

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, who won the Giro in 2013, hinted he could ride in next year’s race as part of an ambitious Giro-Tour double.

“The Giro d’Italia is very important for me,” Nibali said. “I have a very special bond with the Giro because it’s the race that launched me onto the Grand Tour scene. I wish to come back to the Giro, in 2015.”

The second stage is one for sprinters. It is a 150-kilometer route between Albenga and Genoa, including a final four circuits in the city center.

It will be followed by a hilly stage on the spectacular Cinque Terre coastal roads, with a 185-kilometer leg from Chiavari to La Spezia.

The Giro runs from May 9-31.

Team NetApp-Endura will be known as Bora – Argon18

As of January 1st 2015, the NetApp-Endura team will be known as BORA – ARGON 18. The Canadian bicycle company Argon 18 has officially signed a three-year agreement with the German team and thereby becomes a partner of Bora, a high-end cooktops and extraction systems manufacturer.


“We chose this team because we firmly believe it will confirm our standing as a leading and innovative bike brand on a worldwide scale” says Gervais Rioux, Olympic athlete and founder of Argon 18. “NetApp-Endura is a Pro Continental team that comprises some 20 riders and has an impressive international race calendar. With front-runners such as Leopold König, it has been making steady progress since its beginnings. Its 7th place in the general individual classification of this year’s Tour de France is an irrefutable proof of this. Now that the team will be riding Argon 18 bikes, we’ll have the best possible allies to help us develop innovative new technologies and, consequently, better products for the team to use.”

Read full press release here.

Ten days in lycra

Back in April I had the privilege of joining Soigneur on one of their weekend getaways. On that trip I met a dozen other cyclists from all different backgrounds. One of those people was writer Max Olijynk who was documenting his first riding adventure – 300kms in two days.

Aside from Max being a great bloke, his different background (skateboarding) brought lots of interesting questions, insights and perspectives to the long days in the saddle and to the dinner table. You can read Max’s full account of being thrown into the deep-end here.

Cyclist Crashes at 65km/hr

This cyclist was planning on descending Los Gatos Road in Temecula, California to reach speeds of up to 60+mph. The particular road has a maximum grade of 24%.

After deciding he could not recover the bike from the wobble, the cyclist moved to the shoulder of the road in order to minimize the impact of the crash. He fell on his shoulder and sustained a broken collar bone.

On my first decent down Los Gatos Rd. (24% grade) (Temecula, Ca.), my plan was to hit 60+ mph. After realizing my excessive speed while approaching a turn that led to the 24% grade drop off, I hit the brakes too hard and caused speed wobbles in my handlebars. I couldn’t get them under control so I decided it would be better to crash in the dirt than to crash on the asphalt on a steeper portion of the decent. I slowed down as much as I could and took a dive on the shoulder ON MY shoulder. I broke my collarbone into 4 pieces, smashed my helmet (which saved my life), and am thankful to be alive. Top speed was 50 mph. Crash speed is estimated around 40 mph.

Slaying the badger

Slaying the Badger is a detailed and revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry: Greg LeMond vs. Bernhard Hinault at the 1986 Tour de France. The book was first written by cycling journalist Richard Moore and the film documentary was just released at the Tribeca Film Festival.


You can see the full version of the film here.

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Today’s feature image comes from the Col du Tourmalet at the Tour de France on stage 18 taken by Kristof Ramon.