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October 6, 2014
Good morning and welcome to your Rocacorba Daily news digest. In today’s headlines: Dan Martin turns around season with Il Lombardia Classic win; Bevin wins Tour of Tasmania; Evans ends European career at Il Lombardia; Kwiatowski debuts rainbow jersey; Alonso cycling project has not applied for WorldTour licence; The week in bike; and Rabobank-Liv girls wind down at l’Eroica.
Attacking from the back of the select lead group, catching the other riders off guard and then using his speed to hold them off, Dan Martin turned around what had been a very frustrating season when he grabbed victory in Il Lombardia on Sunday.
The Garmin-Sharp rider was one of nine riders who pushed ahead of a reduced-size peloton on the final climb of Bergamo Alta, sitting at the back and biding his time while others such as Philippe Gilbert and his BMC Racing team-mate tried to slip clear over the summit and down the descent.
He then made his move with 600 metres to go, attacking on the right hand side of the road right at the point that the group lulled.
Martin’s canny move, which resembled his uncle Stephen Roche’s attack to win the 1987 world championships, saw riders such as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) look to others to take up the chase, giving him all the time he needed to solo in for victory.
“It’s one of my favourite races. It’s just incredible to win it,” Martin told Eurosport, referring to an event he was second in three years ago and fourth in 2013.
The success sees him emulate the victories of fellow Irishman Sean Kelly, who triumphed in 1983, 1985 and 1991.
Click here to read the full Il Lombardia race report on CyclingTips.
Patrick Bevin (health.com.au-search2retain) added his name to the illustrious Tour of Tasmania honour roll on Sunday, joining the likes of Cadel Evans and Richie Porte.
Patrick Bevin wins the Tour of Tasmania. Image by jxpphotography
Having finished second in the gruelling opening stage individual time trial to the summit of Mt Wellington, Bevin fought hard to clinch the Tour lead after winning stage four in the seaside town of Penguin. From there, the New Zealander set about consolidating his advantage, sprinting to a second stage victory on Saturday in Burnie.
“I feel a little bit out of place to be honest,” Bevin admitted when asked about being alongside Evans and Porte as a winner of the prestigious Tour. “I’m absolutely ecstatic. When I looked at the season this was the biggest NRS race for me, so to win it is a fantastic achievement and something I’ll be proud of for the rest of my career.
“The whole team has been phenomenal for the last two weeks,” Bevin added. “We sat down after the stage when I first took the yellow jersey and were kind of like – this is almost a little silly being an amateur team racing at the front of this bike race, but it shows what happens when you band together and really get behind someone.”
Josh Berry (Cellarbrations Racing Team) held on to the SRAM King of the Mountain jersey, while Freinstein won the Jayco Sprinters Classification with his final day efforts. Having worn the Premax Young Rider’s jersey all week, Nicholas Katsonis retained it with a 29th place finish in Devonport. Avanti Racing took out the team general classification, while Joseph Cooper retains his position as aggregate series leader.
2014 Tour of Tasmania final podium: Ben Dyball, Patrick Bevin, Tim Roe. Image by jxpphotography
1 Patrick BEVIN (STR) 12h00:35
2. Ben DYBALL (ART) +27
3. Timothy ROE (BFL) +1:06
See the full results here.
The Subaru National Road Series continues with the 99th edition of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic on Saturday 11 October.
Adapted from Cycling Australia press release.
Cadel Evans has closed a chapter in his life and career in Il Lombardia yesterday where he finished in 25th place while working for his teammate Philippe Gilbert.
Cadel lines up for his last European race (with son Robel) before he returns home to Australia to complete the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January 2015.
Evans said on his website, “Today was my last big professional race in Europe, so it had quite a few emotions attached to it; particularly that my ‘little man’ [Robel] could come to the sign on with me and experience that, and the overwhelming compliments I received from fans, members of the press and the race organisation. I’m sure I will miss the passion that Italian racing offers. I will definitely miss the adrenalin, but I won’t miss the numerous potholes that try to throw off repeatedly during a 250km+ race like today’s though. And…despite carrying a bit of a cold, the legs are actually coming along quite well…I don’t think my four-year-old will notice it when we ride to school together this week…”
Evans also told cyclingnews, ““I’ll definitely miss racing.”
“I want to do well today but also enjoy the moment. But I know I’ve got to stay focused on the race but I want to be up front and feel the passion of the race. The passion is always strong in Italian races.
“It’s been a fantastic journey. I wasn’t very good at the Vuelta but I feel I’m coming round well. I’ll be fit during my off season …
“I leave the sport satisfied and looking forward to the future. I’ve had enough and given my all. I can’t add much more to my palmares in the future, and so I have to be satisfied with that. I’ve had some good results in the last 20 years and so I’m not going to complain.”
Michal Kwiatkowski finished his first race in the rainbow jersey despite a bad leg cramp and came across the line in 77th place.
Kwiatkowski debuts the rainbow jersey. Check out the painjob on his bike.
“Today I felt great,” Kwiatkowski said after the race on the OPQS website. “I said to the guys that they could support me, and I got that from them. I was relaxed the whole race. I’m thankful for them. But 12 kilometers before the finish I got a cramp in my right leg and I couldn’t pedal anymore. I am not sure what the reason as, but after six and a half hours on the bike those things can happen. I am disappointed in not finishing with a good result at this race, but at the end of the day what can you say?
Having this jersey with the rainbow stripes on my chest is an incredible feeling. I exited the bus today and the public started to scream my name. That’s something new for me, but I get such support from the spectators during the race it’s amazing. Now my long season is over, and I am happy to end it as UCI World Road Champion. I am looking forward to next season already, riding for Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in the rainbow jersey once again. Now I need rest, and I will see everyone on the road again soon.”
While UCI President Brian Cookson spoke to journalists on the Astana situation during his appearance in Lombardy, he took his time to discuss the “Alonso Cycling Project” which has been the topic of rumours and speculation this season.
Cookson revealed that no application has been received from Fernando Alonso or his representatives and even if a team comes to fruition, won’t become a part of World Tour next season.
“We haven’t had anything from them about the WorldTour,” Cookson told Cyclingnews at the start of Il Lombardia. “We’re still waiting for further information from them, I think it’s still possible for them to have a ProContinental team for next year, but we’re still waiting for that information.”
Cookson emphasised that the rumoured project of the Fernando Alonso may kick-off in 2015, but they haven’t been provided with precise information regarding their plans yet.
“We’ve provided him with every bit of information that is needed and we look forward to hearing of his plans when he’s ready to tell us more about them,” said Cookson. “He’s often said that he’d be quite happy to come in at the ProContinental level and build from there and that makes a lot of sense to us.”
Read more on cyclingnews.
According to a report published by Bloomberg on Friday, ASO chairman Jean-Etienne Amaury said that the company is looking for a backer to finance the event, which would be an expansion of the single day La Course event held on the final day of the 2014 Tour in Paris.
Amaury said that the costs of staging the event would need to be covered by a backer, as would the additional expense of broadcasting the women’s race.
He said that an American company might be the most logical to fill that slot, given the strong reception and feedback the inaugural La Course race generated in the US.
Read the full story here on CyclingTips.
As part of our collaboration with Cosmo Catalano of Cyclocosm, one of the weekly series we’ll be featuring regularly is his always entertaining “The Week in Bike”. It’s far more than a simple recap of the past week’s events. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you check out the latest instalment here.
Now that their season is complete, the girls from Rabobank-Liv were out in full force yesterday at L’Eroica on the Strade Bianche of l’Eroica in Tuscany. Here are a few photos:
Roxane Knetemann in the vintage outfit of her father Gerrie, and Katarzyna Kasia Niewiadoma and Pauline Ferrand Prevot in her world champion jersey pictured during L’Eroica.
Current world champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team) and Team Belkin team manager (formerly Rabobank) Harold Knebel
Roxane Knetemann and Marianne Vos
Current world champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Pauline Ferrand Prevot – Katarzyna Kasia Niewiadoma – Iris Slappendel -Tom Davies, Lucinda Brand – Roxane Knetemann – Marit Huisman
Katarzyna Kasia Niewiadoma and Pauline Ferrand Prevot
The Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips: