Theo Bos wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland

Team Belkin’s Theo Bos has taken victory on stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, winning a messy bunch sprint into Rzeszow ahead of Luca Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).

Tour de Pologne 2014 stage-3

Four riders formed the day’s main breakaway — Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Björn Thurau (Europcar), Pawel Franczak (Poland) and Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat) — the quartet building a lead that peaked at 3:15 before the peloton started to tug on the strings, keen to avoid a repeat of stage 2 where Petr Vakoc stayed away for a solo win.

With 30km to the finish the four leaders had little more than a minute, before being caught just inside 12km to go thanks to the efforts of Belkin chasing on the front.

On the narrow run-in to the finish Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Luka Mezgec both looked like they were going to take victory, before Bos came from behind and put in a powerful kick to take the win.

The Czech Republic’s Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) retains his lead in the general classification after finishing in the bunch. The Tour of Poland continues today with a 236km stage that includes two short climbs toward the end.

Stage 3: Kielce > Rzeszów - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th August 2014

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Orica GreenEDGE

Michael Schar holds on for thrilling solo victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Utah

Michael Schar (BMC) has held off a hard-chasing peloton in the dying kilometres of stage 2 at the Tour of Utah, taking a solo victory just two seconds ahead of the bunch led by overall leader Jure Kocjan (SmartStop) and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly).

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2014 (2.1) stage-2

Schar had been part of the five-rider breakaway that got itself together early in proceedings, with Darren Lapthorne (Drapac), Joseph Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear), Benjamin Day, (UnitedHealthcare), Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Raacing) and Ramiro Rincon (Funvic) also present. After the break gained a maximum advantage of nearly seven minutes, Rincon was dropped and then, as they crested the last climb of the day — the first-category Boulder Mountain — Rosskopf and Schar escaped together, with 43km to race.

The two riders were soon split up with Schar continuing on alone, battling cramp and fatigue as he pushed for the line in Torrey. Rosskopf was caught by the peloton in the dying kilometres, but Schar was able to hold on, taking victory on what he described later as the hardest day of racing in his career.

With his second place on the stage, Jure Kocjan retains the lead going into stage 3, a 190km stage with just one climb of note in the early part of the stage.

Stage 2: Panguitch > Torrey - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th August 2014

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Kreuziger to fight UCI in Court of Arbitration for Sport, demands to be allowed ride Vuelta a España

by Shane Stokes

Fighting on after the UCI served him with a provisional suspension on Saturday, Roman Kreuziger has confirmed that he will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Amstel Gold Race 2014

Blasting what he said was ‘much misleading and imprecise information’ published in the media of late, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider insisted he had not broken any rules and said that he wants to return to competition as soon as possible. He said that he intends to take part in the Vuelta a España.

“I am deeply frustrated by this current situation, which makes it impossible for me to do my job and ride my bike,” he stated, confirming a CAS appeal. “I’m not a cheat, and I have not committed any doping offence. Experts confirm that there is no evidence of any alleged anti-doping rule violation in my case.

“This has been going on since June 2013, and still there is no formal case opened against me. Despite this I’m now provisionally suspended. I sincerely hope that this situation can be resolved quickly and not turned into a political matter,” Roman Kreuziger says.

Meanwhile the UCI has told CyclingTips that it will agree to a fast decision at CAS. Providing CAS agrees to the request, it means that Kreuziger should find out in time if he will be able to take part in the Vuelta a España or not.

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) acknowledges Roman Kreuziger’s decision to bring the provisional suspension imposed on him to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” a spokesman said via email.

“The UCI fully respects the rider’s rights and – as made clear in the notification sent to the rider on August 2, 2014 – shall cooperate with him in agreeing to an expedited proceeding that should allow CAS to decide the appeal before the beginning of the Vuelta a España.”

Click here and here to read more about this unfolding story at CyclingTips.

Bauke Mollema signs with Trek Factory Racing for two years

Trek Factory Racing has announced the addition of 27-year-old Dutch rider Bauke Mollema to its team for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Mollema, who finished 10th at the Tour de France, will strengthen the stage racing contingent of the team and bring new firepower to the GC goals of the pinstriped squad. He will be the third Dutch rider on the team.

Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian 2014

“I am very happy with this opportunity with Trek Factory Racing,” says Mollema. “The team has a great reputation in the peloton and I have had really good talks with Luca Guercilena. I can really feel the trust they have in me.”

“Bauke has shown a very consistent development as a GC rider, both in one week races like the Tour de Suisse and Grand Tours,” said Trek Factory Racing’s General Manager Luca Guercilena. He is also a high potential rider for the hilly classics, as he has shown last weekend by taking second place in the Clásica San Sebastián.

It is not yet known what this means for the prospects of Andy and Frank Schleck but there are indications one if not both of the Luxembourgers won’t be with Trek in 2015.

Text adapted from a Trek Factory Racing press release.

BMC signs Damiano Caruso; Ag2r-La Mondiale and Carlos Betancur part ways

by Shane Stokes

Meanwhile the BMC Racing Team has announced a new signing of its own, saying that the former Italian under 23 champion and 2013 Tour of Beijing King of the Mountains Damiano Caruso had inked a multi-year contract with the American squad.

Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali 2013 - 4

“We are pleased to include Damiano on the BMC Racing Team’s roster for 2015,” said general manager Jim Ochowicz said. “He brings with him a strong desire to excel his talents with us. He is an outstanding climber who has delivered big results in the past and the future holds great opportunities for him both as a leader and a worker.”

A rider who is still looking for a contract for next year is Carlos Betancur. His agent Giuseppe Acquadro has confirmed to El Tiempo that an agreement has been reached between the rider and his Ag2r-La Mondiale team to end his current contract early.

The 24 year old Colombian joined the team in 2013 and was due to race there until the end of 2015. He won two stages plus the overall in this year’s Paris-Nice and also took a stage, the points classification and the overall in the Tour du Haut Var. However he returned to Colombia and broke off contact with the team, which tried unsuccessfully to get him to return to Europe to race.

He later said that he was suffering from cytomegalovirus. He didn’t ride the Tour de France as a result, missing out on what was due to be his main season goal. He will compete in the Vuelta a España but doesn’t expect to be an overall contender.

It is not yet clear where Betancur will compete next season.

Click here to read the full story at CyclingTips.

Tinkoff-Saxo rejects rumours about Sagan announcement on Thursday

The Slovakian media has reported that Tinkoff-Saxo is just days away from announcing the signing of three-time Tour de France points classification winner, Peter Sagan, but the team has since denied such reports.

TDFR 2014 - stage -19

“The team will make some announcements on August 7th and 9th but they will not be about Peter Sagan,” Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Stefano Feltrin told Cyclingnews.

If not the announcement of Sagan’s signing (which, while maybe not happening this week, is still likely to happen if rumours can be believed), it might be that Tinkoff-Saxo is this week announcing the signing of Ivan Basso and/or Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.

The Finances of Team Sky

It’s rare for a professional cycling team to publish its accounts in full but Team Sky has done just that. The Inner Ring has gone through the document and pulled out some of the interesting points. Here’s an excerpt:

One thing that stands out is the wage bill, it’s big at £15.6 million. It’s the same in 2013 as 2012 and back in 2011 it was £11.1 million. Mark Cavendish might have left the team before 2013 but the team issued new contracts to Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome among others and this accounts for the spend.

Note the line on “bike and performance equipment”, this is where the team buys its own material, preferring to buy some gear rather than take on a sponsor. We’ve seen the team using non-Shimano rims and aero wheels and they have a large, private stock of Veloflex and FMB tyres.

Click here to read the full story at The Inner Ring.

Garmin Connect now syncs with Strava

Here’s good news for those of us that use Garmin cycling computers but that prefer Strava over Garmin Connect — uploads from a Garmin device via Garmin Express, Garmin Connect Mobile or Wi-Fi can now be configured to automatically update to Strava as well. Check out the link before for more info.

Click here to read more at Bike Rumor. Follow the link to check out our review of the Garmin Edge 1000.

Your training questions answered with Dig Deep Coaching – part one

Back in early July we announced a new collaboration in which the team at Dig Deep Coaching answers your questions about training, nutrition and more, all here at CyclingTips. We received a huge number of questions after calling for submissions, and in this first instalment, Stephen Gallagher and the team at Dig Deep have selected a handful of questions to answer in detail.

Head here to get some great advice and tips on how to “sharpen up” your legs for race day, get your pre/during/post-ride nutrition right and much more.

If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask the guys at Dig Deep, you’ll find instructions on how to do that via the link above. The team will also be hosting a webinar next month where they’ll answer a whole bunch more of your training questions.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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