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Vuelta a Espana: How the GC contenders fared at Lagos de Covadonga
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ranking the overall contenders at Vuelta a Espaa can be a rather hazardous sort of an exercise in its early phases, at least when compared with the more regimented Tour de France. This late in the season, in a race where weaker teams and more fatigued riders tackle often unfamiliar terrain, the Vuelta carries few of the certainties of July. Small wonder, then, that the general classification situation was decidedly nebulous for the opening week, but the picture sharpened into focus on the 12-kilometre climb of Lagos de Covadonga on Monday, the final act before the race breaks for its opening rest day. Eleven stages from the finish in Madrid, this Vuelta already seems destined to boil down to a straight duel between two men " Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Just seven kilometres from the summit of Lagos de Covadonga, however, it looked as though Quintana was about to be locked in hand-to-hand combat with a different foe for the next two weeks. With Froome seemingly faltering some 45 seconds behind, Quintana responded smartly to an acceleration from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), and together the pair put daylight into all of the erstwhile contenders.ADVERTISEMENT For a few kilometres, it appeared that Lagos de Covadonga was about to bear out the impressions of Saturdays haul up to La Camponera, where Quintana had been the strongest of the GC men and Contador the most determined. Yet by the time Quintana eased clear of Contador inside the final four kilometres, he was not so much ridding himself of the Spaniard as battling to ensure he held off a resurgent Froome. Like the runner Paula Radcliffe, Froomes ungainly style of riding means that gauging his condition from a glance is nigh on impossible; only the watch is a reliable indicator. When his deficit to Quintana was edging out towards a minute just shy of midway up the climb, it seemed as though his race was run, but Froome then seemingly went into overdrive on the upper reaches, picking off Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Contador and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in succession en route to third on the stage, just 25 seconds down on Quintana. Not quite Pantani on Oropa, but a startling turnaround nonetheless. More on this story: Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana wins stage 10 Contador struggles on Covadonga to remain in contention at Vuelta a Espana Froome remains in Vuelta a Espana contention with dramatic bounce back Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana takes lead with lone win in Covadonga Vuelta a Espana stage 10 highlights - Video Contador: New dawn fades Racing for third place? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gesink on track for strong second half of Vuelta a Espana
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) showed promising form heading into the second half of the Vuelta a Espana with a second-place finish behindstage 10 winner Nairo Quintana on the famed climb to Lagos de Covadonga. "My goal is to be good in the second part of the Vuelta," said Gesink, who is still recovering from a concussion sustained in a crash at the Tour de Suisse. "My feeling is that today, the second part of the Vuelta began. We all were in a difficult spot after [Steven] Kruijswijk had to abandon. It lasted for days, but now we have turned things around." Gesink was part of a 16-man breakaway that formed along the coast in the early stages of the 188.7km race from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga.ADVERTISEMENT He was the last rider left of the original move on the final ascent to the finish line when Quintana caught and passed him for the stage win. He hung on to finish second on the day, 24 seconds behind the Colombian but one second ahead of third placed Chris Froome (Team Sky). "This was a nice day, it's not fun that another rider was faster, but it gives me a good feeling," Gesink said, who was joined in the move by teammate Victor Campenaerts. "It is not about who is the first to attack and who goes the fastest immediately, so I set my own pace and I quickly noticed that I could drop the others [breakaway riders]. "Campenaerts did a good job, too. He ensured the speed stayed high when there was a lack of collaboration in the break. Even I went to the front a few times to set the pace because the majority were mainly concerned with the last climb, instead of maximising the lead we had." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ulissi and Costa sign for two years with new Chinese WorldTour team
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former world champion Rui Costa and Lampre-Merida teammate Diego Ulissi are the first riders to sign with the new TJ Sport Consultation project that aims to be the first Chinese-registered WorldTour team. The group announced last week that it would take over the licence of the Lampre-Merida team. Costa, who won the world championships in 2013, said being part of the project was special for him.ADVERTISEMENT I had received proposals from other teams, however when Saronni described to me his ideas for the future and the project, I had no doubts and I immediately chose to sign a new contract for the next two years, the 29-year-old said in a statement released by the team. I really appreciate that Saronni and the group of TJ Sport trust in me. This is a great motivation for me. Ulissi, 27, has raced since 2010 with Lampre-Merida, the only professional team he's competed with so far in his career. He won two stages of the Giro d'Italia in May and recently took the overall at the Czech Cycling Tour. "I'm happy to continue along the professional path I have started in the team several years ago, adding a new enthusiasm which comes from the Chinese project, he said. I'm sure the next two years will be full of satisfactions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan remains top of WorldTour standings after GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World Champion Peter Sagan retains his position atop the individual WorldTour standings following the French WorldTourGP Ouest France-Plouay race won by IAM Cycling's Oliver Naesen. There was no change to the top 12 riders with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) improving from 19th to 13th after his third place in Brittany. TheGP Ouest France-Plouay was Sagan's first WorldTour race since the Tour de France but it was only a short appearance as Sagan recorded a DNF. It was also his first race since appearing at the Olympic Games for Slovakia in the cross-country. With 22 WorldTour races now completed for the 2016 season, 203 riders have scored points. Points accumulated in the Vuelta a Espana will be finalised when the race finishes in Madrid in September 11 where Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are all racing.ADVERTISEMENT In the team standings, Movistar also holds first position with1152 points in comparison to second placed Tinkoff on 1046. Team Sky are the third team to crack the thousand point barrier on 1019. Dimension Data are last of the 18 teams on252 teams, with IAM Cycling 17th on 317 points. The there is no change to the top of the nation standings either as Spain continues to lead Colombia, France, Great Britain, and Australia. In total, 35 nations have scored points across the 2016 WorldTour season with Lithuania bottom on one point. The Vuelta a Espaa and Eneco Tour are the final stage races on the WorldTour calendar with the one-dayGP de Qubec, GP de Montral, Il Lombardia to follow. The final event of the WorldTour is the Team time trial at the World Championships although the WorldTour teams are set to boycott the October event. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kristoff best of the rest at GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Kristoffcame into the re-vampedGP Ouest France - Plouayas defending champion and in form off the back of a stage win at Arctic Race of Norway and third at Cyclassics Hamburg with the Katusha rider just denied the WorldTour victory by breakaway riders Olivier Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac). While Katushatook on the responsibility of chasing down the breakaway to ensure the sprint finish for Kristoff, the peloton came up five seconds short of Naesen and three seconds short on Bettiol as the Norwegian won the bunch spring for the final podium position. Kristoff, 29, explained that while he was highly motivated for the 50th running of the Bretagne classic, the lumpy parcours almost ruled him out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT "The break was stronger today. I won the sprint from the group, but I really struggled on the climb. I came back after that and I felt I had control in the sprint, but unfortunately there were two guys in the front so it was third place to me," Kristoff."I felt not super today, but in the sprint I felt good, so I am happy with this result although, of course, I was hoping for a win like last year." Kristoff added that work by his lead out menMarco Haller and Jacopo Guarnieri, after early work fromJurgen Van den Broeck and Vladimir Isaychev, couldn't be faulted and the result bodes well for upcoming racing at the Tour de Fjords. We had good control, but perhaps the break was caught too early. Jacopo went in the second break and showed he was very strong today. Also he and Marco kept me in a good position all the time. I am very happy with the work they did and the work of the entire team. I tried to win and I made the most of it," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Naesen revels in 'beautiful' GP Ouest-France Plouay victory
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following the announcement that Swiss WorldTour team IAM Cycling will be closing up shop at the end of the season, the squad has gone from strength to strength with stage wins in all three grand tours and can now addGP Ouest-France Plouayto its list of 2016 victories after a breakaway victory forOliver Naesen. "This is by far the biggest win of my career," Naesen said. "This is the first time I have succeeded in winning a World Tour event. That automatically gives such a success a special flavor." Just minutes afterNaesen raised his arms in victories, Dries Devenyns came close to winning a second Vuelta a Espana stage for the squad as he finished second to David de la Cruz atAlto del Naranco.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old Naesen is one of several IAM Cycling riders off to AG2R-La Mondiale from 2017 and has hit his stride in recent months with his first WorldTour win adding to his combativity prize on stage 4 of the Tour de France in July. In the GP Ouest-France Plouay, Naesen had broken away withAlberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac),Guillaume Martin (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) with 40km of the race to come.Gougeard lost contact on the final lap of thePlouay circuit with Martin the next to pull up stumps as the sprint teams chased hard behind.Bettiol and Naesen held their nerve inside the final 5km with the Belgian launching the race winning attack. "When I crossed the line, I realized that this sort of emotion is the reason I train so hard. It's an incredible feeling to have all those sacrifices finally rewarded," he added. "I don't ride my bike to finish 50th. I like to win. Alberto Bettiol was very strong, but I knew I could impose my strength. With one kilometer to go, I felt that the peloton would not catch us. When I launched my sprint, I immediately found myself alone. I could really enjoy my moment." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador continues recovery for second day in Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two days after his big crash in the Vuelta a Espaa, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) continues to recover from his injuries, although as the Spaniard had predicted, he spent the stage following wheels rather than trying to recoup some more time losses. Contador had warned after stage 8, where he raced surprisingly strongly on the ascent of Alto de la Camperona, that injuries of the type he suffered in stage 7 of the Vuelta were often more painful and trickier to handle 48 hours after the crash, rather than in the more immediate aftermath. However, on stage 9 the Spaniard looked to be in solid, if not spectacular shape, staying with the main group of favourites and finishing 18th on the Naranco, even as outsiders like former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing) and Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) shipped a little time.ADVERTISEMENT Still seventh overall, the Spanish stage racing specialist began his customary post-race interviews by congratulating compatriot David De La Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) at length for taking the lead. But he then described his own feelings in a somewhat ambiguous fashion as "good, although my legs felt more blocked up than I'd have liked." "It was a very hard start, very fast, so maybe that's why I felt a bit blocked up, but overall I'm happy, once my legs had warmed up I felt fine." Contador said before proceeding to warm down on the rollers near the line. "It was a relatively straightforward stage, not too complicated in the bunch. I'm looking forward to the Lagos de Covadonga [on Monday's summit finish] because I like mountain stages, but let's see how my body recovers first." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Movistar unconcerned with losing Vuelta a Espana lead
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Recent Vuelta a Espaa history replayed itself on stage 9 of the race as Movistar once again lost the overall lead, for the second time in less a week - and once again minimized the importance of ceding the top spot overall. In what was effectively a re-run of the stage 4 scenario to San Andres de Texeiro that saw breakaway Darwin Atapuma (BMC) take over the lead from Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), five days later David De La Cruz (Etixx-Quick Step) gained enough time in a break to a summit finish to oust Movistar's Nairo Quintana from the top spot overall. Strengthening the comparison, just like in San Andres de Texeiro, the favourites powered up the final ascent of Naranco at speed, but grouped without any significant attempts to blast out of the pack. Just like on the Galician climb, there was even, once again, a solid attempt by Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) to break out of the pack, presumably once again to put pressure on Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But the end result was exactly the same: Movistar losing the lead with the clear expectation that it would return to the Spanish team's clutches in the not-too-distant future and all the top favourites crossing the line together. The only difference, perhaps, was rather than a Colombian taking the jersey away from a Spaniard as happened with Fernandez and Atapuma, this time the roles were reversed and a Spaniard removed the lead from a Colombian. "Losing the jersey is not a problem at all," Alejandro Valverde, third overall, said afterwards. "You could even say we wanted it given how the race played out." Indeed, Movistar tapped out a solid rhythm behind that kept the gap at five minutes rather than the eight new leader David De La Cruz said he had hoped for, but there was never a ferocious acceleration by the men in dark blue of the type that could have seen the gap come down quicker. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 9 highlights - Video
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Etixx-Quickstep added to its record in the Grand Tours with another stage victory and leader's jersey.This time it was David De La Cruz who copied the performance of Gianluca Brambilla in the Giro d'Italia, taking out the stage victory atop the Alto de Naranco and the overall race lead in the Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT De LaCruz's breakaway put enough time into the group of overnight race leaderNairoQuintana (Movistar) to lead the Colombian by 22 seconds, with Alejandro Valverde in third at 41. Etixx-Quickstep now have the best Grand Tour stage record in the WorldTour peloton - seven stage wins between the three Grand Tours and three different riders donning leaders' jerseys - MarcelKittel(Giro), Gianluca Brambilla (Giro) and now De La Cruz. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lagutin completes Katusha's Grand Tour hat trick
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sergey Lagutin gave his Katusha team its third Grand Tour stage win of the season - one in each the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and now the Vuelta a Espaa thanks to the 35-year-old Russian. The hat trick is something only four other WorldTour teams have accomplished - Etixx-Quickstep, IAM Cycling, Orica-BikeExchange and Team Sky - and the first Grand Tour stage win of Lagutin's career at the ripe old age of 35. It comes after the Giro d'Italia stage win by Rein Taarame and the Tour de France stage victory by Ilnur Zakarin.ADVERTISEMENT Lagutin was part of an 11-rider breakaway on the 181.5km stage 8 through the pan flat Duero basin as the peloton chose to have a quiet day and let the move get 10 minutes before the road tilted severely upwards for the 8km ascent of the Alto de la Camperona. "Finally, the dream came true. I was dreaming about this since I was little, about winning a stage in a Grand Tour like the Vuelta. Now it has happened and I still can't believe it has happened to me," Lagutin said. "I'm 35 years old and in some ways, I was thinking this was probably it, but I hope this makes things start all over for me." Lagutin started out his cycling career under the banner of Uzbekistan and was the U23 world champion and a seven-time national champion for that country, but after his Vacansoleil team folded he opted to sign for RusVelo and was encouraged to change his citizenship to Russian. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana soars to Vuelta a Espana lead on Alto de la Camperona
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After his disappointing Tour de France, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has bounced back with a vengeance in the Vuelta a Espaa, dropping all his GC rivals on the Alto de la Camperona to clinch the overall lead in the Spanish Grand Tour. It was the second time Quintana has worn the red jersey of Vuelta leader. In 2014 he followed the right wheels in a small bunch sprint to the ski station of Valdelinares and moved into the race lead, but then crashed out the following day. This time around Quintana's assault on la roja looked to be much more determined. First Movistar cranked up the pace on the lower slopes of the Alto de la Camperona. Then with three kilometres to go, Quintana responded well to a move by Chris Froome (Team Sky), before blasting away himself, shedding both Froome and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in the process.ADVERTISEMENT Twelfth at the finish, Quintana gained 25 seconds on Contador and 33 on Froome, enough to put him into the overall lead by 19 seconds on teammate Alejandro Valverde and with 27 seconds on Froome. Former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team) meanwhile, slumped to sixth place, 1:36 down. Quintana not only has the overall lead, but in a very good day for Movistar, Valverde crossed the line in the same time as Froome and remains in second overall, as well as holding the lead in the 'combined' classification as well. After a Tour where Quintana seemed a shadow of his former climbing self, the 2014 Giro d'Italia winner is now in control of the Vuelta and back to his best. And to judge by his tough-talking tone in the press conference, the Colombian has no intention of shedding the lead, either. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 8 highlights - Video
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espaa had but one climb, but with pitches up to 20 per cent, it the Alto de la Camperona proved to be quite difficult enough.The peloton let the breakaway fight for the stage win, and Katusha's Sergey Lagutin paced himself perfectly to take the win over Axel Domont (AG2RLa Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT But all eyes were on the GC battles behind, and it was Movistar who proved the strongest, withNairo Quintana dancing away from his rivals to take over the race lead fromBMC's DarwinAtapuma. AlbertoContador found his second wind, however, and jumped away to nab a few seconds back from AlejandroValverde (Movistar) and ChrisFroome (Sky), who now sit second and third overall, respectively. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dylan Kennett's dad slams Cycling New Zealand over treatment of his son in Rio
August 26, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The father of Kiwi Olympian Dylan Kennett believes his son was the subject of a personal attack from Cycling New Zealand's high performance director, following his races in Rio.Kennett's performance was openly questioned by Cycling... More...
Chris Froome and Alberto Contador in Vuelta a Espana crash as Jonas van Genechten wins stage seven
August 26, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion collided with Alberto Contador inside the final kilometre but was unhurt and remains third in the overall standings More...
Watch: Superman cyclist's daring move
August 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cyclists, maybe not try this one on New Zealand roads.Despite the fact it's reportedly a set up, and there is could be an element of acting from the fellow riders, this Superman style while going downhill is still a pretty impressive... More...
When mere paint won't do it: Bike lanes around the world
August 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cities are increasingly changing bike lanes to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars.From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
August 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MIRADOR DE EZARO, Spain (AP) " Results Monday from the third stage of the 71st Spanish Vuelta, a 176.4-kilometer (109.6-mile) route from Marin to the Mirador de Ezaro (rider, country, team, time):1. Alexandre Geniez, France, FDJ,... More...
Geniez wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Fernandez takes over lead
August 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MIRADOR DE EZARO, Spain (AP) " Alexandre Geniez of France held off an attack by the title favorites on a brutal final climb to win the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday.Geniez completed the hilly 176.4-kilometer (109.6-mile)... More...
Meersman sprints to victory in 2nd stage of Spanish Vuelta
August 21, 2016 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAIONA, Spain (AP) " Belgium's Gianni Meersman beat a pack of sprinters to claim the Spanish Vuelta's second stage on Sunday for his first win at a grand tour.The 30-year-old Meersman was launched by his Etixx-Quick Step team in... More...
Riverbank to be shored up for shared pathway
August 21, 2016 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Work on the next stage of the cycling and walking track from the Whanganui City Bridge to North Mole starts on Monday.The contract for the work has been awarded to B Bullock (2009) Ltd. Because some of the work involves shoring... More...

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