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by Matt de Neef
March 27, 2015
Photography by Kristof Ramon & Cor Vos
In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen wins Volta a Catalunya queen stage, Bart De Clerq moves into yellow; Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour wins the Tour of Taiwan, Tino Thomel wins final stage; Paul van der Ploeg wins Tour de Perth opener; Sergio Henao back in action after injury; Cycling Victoria announces first-ever women’s Melbourne to Warrnambool; Previewing Gent-Wevelgem; Getting in the break at Milan-San Remo; The Col Collective – Col d’Izoard from Briançon.
A day after crashing and losing significant time on stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has made amends with a victory on the race’s queen stage. The American attacked on the stage-ending first-category climb to La Molina and was able to hold off Richie Porte (Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)to take first win of the year.
The day’s main breakaway featured Cannondale-Garmin’s Tom Danielson, Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing), Jérome Coppel (IAM Cycling), Loic Chetout (Cofidis), and Jose Herrada (Movistar) and after successive climbs just Danielson and Zoidl remained out front, holding an advantage of 1:23 with 32km to race.
The break was over when Sky’s Vasil Kiriyenka attacked on the final climb, followed by Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and then van Garderen. Kiryienka and van Garderen rode together for a time before the American rode clear solo and went on to win the stage. Behind him Porte and Contador were making moves and would ride on to the podium.
Overnight leader Pierre Rolland (Europcar) slipped from the overall lead while Rolland’s stage 1 breakaway companion Bart De Clerq (Lotto-Soudal) took up the lead.
The seven-stage race continues today with a 195km stage from Alp to Valls.
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Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical) has held on for overall victory in the Tour of Taiwan, finishing comfortably in the bunch on the final stage into Dapang Bay. The day was won by Tino Thömel (RTS-Santic) who bested dual stage winner Wouter Wippert (Drapac) and Synergy Baku’s Ioannis Tamouridis.
It took 78km of the day’s 177.6km for a breakaway to be established but with the fastmen keen for another bunch kick to end the race, the breakaway riders’ time out front was destined to be shortlived.
With Drapac contributing to the chase the break was down to 1:30 with 30km to race, and by 10km to go the race was all back together.
Poorseyedigolakhour won the race overall by 30 seconds ahead of compatriot Hossein Askari (Pishgaman) with Askari’s teammate Rahim Emami in third place.
The men’s Subaru National Road Series got underway in Perth on Thursday evening with 108 cyclists taking to the startline in the Woodside Tour de Perth.
2013 Mountain Bike Eliminator World Champion Paul van der Ploeg (CharterMason-Giant) took out the 1.5km prologue in Fremantle, stopping the clock in 1:23. Search2retain’s Angus Tobin was second, just 0.66 behind van der Ploeg, while Cameron Ivory (GPM Stultz) was third.
The four-stage race continues today with a 122km road race before another road race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday.
Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release. Click here to read more at the National Road Series website.
by Shane Stokes
Sidelined since he was hit by a car at the Tour de Suisse last June, Team Sky’s Sergio Henao finally returned to racing on Thursday’s opening stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in Italy.
The Colombian rider suffered what were potentially career-ending injuries during his warm-up for the time trial at the Tour de Suisse. He has been unable to compete since but reached an important milestone on Thursday when he began the four day stage race.
“I’m ecstatic to be back racing and to be able to return to this level,” he said. “I want to make the most out of this opportunity and I want to repay the team for its trust and dedication in helping me. I am excited to get started and I want to return to winning races in the future.”
Henao finished in the bunch on stage 1a, a 99.5km road stage, while Team Sky finished second in the stage 1b team time trial the same day. Henao now sits in 97th place, 1:45 off the lead of Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). Three road stages remain in the UCI 2.1 race.
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Cycling Victoria has announced the first ever edition of the Anchor Point Women’s Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic, which will be held on Saturday October 17.
Sitting alongside the men’s race, which is in its 100th edition, the women’s race will cover the same distance as the men’s (nearly 300km) making it the longest one-day women’s road race in the world.
2015 Australian national road champion Peta Mullens is one of ten women who have already marked the ‘Warrny’ on their 2015 race program.
“To me, the M2W is the Australian version of a spring classic,” Mullens said. “It’s been around for 120 years (literally), it’s one of the world’s longest bike races and it’s a revered race on the National calendar. Similar to most spring classics though, it’s never typically been a race for women.”
We’ve been enjoying the preview videos that Bell helmets and Team LottoNL-Jumbo have been putting together these past few weeks and here’s another: a quick look at Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem. In it, LottoNL-Jumbo’s road captain Bram Tankink talks about the role the wind can play in the one-day WorldTour race.
Serge Pauwels spent the major part of last weekend’s Milan-San Remo in the breakway. Here’s a video from his bike-mounted camera showing what it’s like trying to get into and establish a breakaway in a race like Milan-San Remo.
The latest video from The Col Collective is a look at one of the climbs up the Col d’Izoard, a 19.5km ascent that averages close to 6%. To quote from the video’s description:
Starting in Briançon it’s a stern test, just shy of 20km in length and cloaked in larch wood trees almost all the way up to its 2,360 metre summit. While they offer shelter from the elements they also obscure your view and hold you in suspense right until the very end, gradually peeling back their layers to reveal the 3,320 metre Pic de Rochebrune amidst a mountain landscape beyond words. Deep breath, relax and peace.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days: