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London Six Day returns in October
July 01, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Six day racing on the track will make a return to London in October thanks to direct involvement from Mark Cavendish. The Manxman is a partner with Madison Sports Group, who will organise the London Six Day between October 18-23 in the Lee Valley VeloPark, the velodrome used for the 2012 London Olympics. Former Olympic track sprinter Sir Chris Hoy is also involved as an ambassador, as the event looks to build on the incredible interest for cycling in Britain. Six day racing is still popular in some parts of Europe but has been in gradual decline, with many of the biggest road racing stars were unable to find time to compete on the track during the winter.ADVERTISEMENT The London organisers hope to reboot the six day racing format and create a more spectacular event. A six day was last held in London 35 years ago. Madison Sports Group said Madison and Derny races will be combined with women's, junior and talent events, to create a unique blend of racing action. Organisers are also promising music from DJ's and light shows that will create an unprecedented atmosphere in the velodrome. Cavendish attended the official presentation of the London Six before travelling to Utrecht for the start of the Tour de France. He raced on the track during his early career, riding his first six day in 2005. He is a former double Madison world champion and won the 2014 Gent Six in Belgium with Etixx-QuickStep teammate Iljo Keisse. His team has been against Cavendish trying to qualify for the track events for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is expected to ride Six Day London at the end of his road racing season. "I am excited about Six Day London and the sport of Six Day racing returning to the UK," he said. "While working with Madison Sports Group I have been incredibly impressed with their vision for the sport and their approach to create the best cycling events in the World. I have no doubt that they will deliver ground-breaking spectacles for athletes and fans alike, helping to take the sport to the next level." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish feeling good ahead of Tour de France after strong nationals display
June 29, 2015 (09:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) feels he is in great shape heading into the Tour de France, and his performance in the British road race championships in Lincoln on Sunday would certainly to attest to that. The 2013 national champion, riding solo in a field of four Sky riders, finished second behind Peter Kennaugh after a grueling day of racing that was ignited in the crosswinds as early as 3km in. Cavendish led over the first of eight ascents of the steep cobbled Michaelgate before doing a great deal of work to bring back the Sky escape duo of Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. Along with another Sky rider, Luke Rowe, he caught them and tried to emulate Stannard at Het Nieuwsblad " who won from a break of three Etixx riders " before being outpaced by Kennaugh on the final climb of Michaelgate.ADVERTISEMENT Im super happy. Im happy with my form and with how it went [today]. Ive trained hard this year, the team has given me a good programme to prepare for the Tour. Im up for it. This was a good hit-out, I didnt recover as well from [the Tour de] Suisse as I hoped. I had a bigger week so I didnt know how it would go today, but Im glad considering. Im happy with how I felt today so a weeks recovery now and I should be fine for the first days of the Tour de France. That bigger week since Suisse was spent on the Isle of Man, where he unexpectedly got dragged into in a local handicap race. Quite what the local amateurs and juniors thought when they saw the 25-time Tour de France stage winner roll up is anyones guess, but he decided to get involved before riding home. And just like the nationals, it was hard racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish gets full sprint train in Etixx-QuickStep Tour de France squad
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Etixx-QuickStep team are putting their emphasis on the first half of the Tour de France, aiming for stage wins and the victory in the team time trial on stage 9 before turning their focus to the mountains.Rather than place an aim on the overall classification, the Belgian team instead seeks to win stages and spend some time holding the yellow jersey. SprinterMark Cavendish will have his main lead-out men Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin and Zden›k tybarby his side, together with power riders Tony Martin and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski. Rigoberto Urn, coming off a 14th place in the Giro d'Italia, will focus on the mountain stages, while Michal Golas and Julien Vermote will provide support. "We are at the start of this Tour de France with a very talented and experienced team," Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag said. "Of course for a team like ours, until the 9th Stage at the TTT, every day will be a challenge."ADVERTISEMENT Aldag expects the opening week to suit the team as it heads from the Netherlands through several crosswind-battle days through Belgium. "Starting in the beginning in Utrecht with the ITT, and continuing the day after with a stage that, on paper, looks to be conditioned by crosswinds along the sea. It's no secret we have a team that is built for these kinds of efforts. So we are looking forward to this stage." "Stage 4 with the cobbles, it is another stage that suits our team perfectly, even if riding on a Classic parcours during the Tour de France is not exactly like riding the spring races. Of course, in cycling anything can happen during these stages, but we know we are as prepared as any team in the peloton to do well on the cobbled sectors." The team will then turn their focus to Cavendish, who will get the whole team at his service for the flat stages 5, 6, and 7 before the stage finishing on the Mr-de-Bretagne and the team time trial. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel and Cavendish set to go head to head at Tour de France
June 24, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andr Greipel will face off against Mark Cavendish for only the second time since last years Tour de France as he heads Lotto-Soudals ambitions this July. The pair have only sprinted against each other at the Tour of Turkey since the Manxman crashed out of the 2014 Tour on day one. Cavendish mopped up three stage wins in Turkey while the German took a solitary victory before he abandoned to focus on the Giro dItalia. Greipel left the Giro with a stage victory, and he has since gone on to take two stage wins apiece at the Tour de Luxembourg and Ster ZLM Toer, claiming the overall classification in the latter. Greipel will be relying on Greg Henderson, Jens Debusschere and Marcel Sieberg to help him tip the balance in his favour at the Tour and the team are hopeful that he can deliver. This choice is based on trust: in what they did for the team in the past, their current condition and the way we want to approach the next Tour, said team manager Marc Sergeant.ADVERTISEMENT Andr Greipel remains one of the foundations of the team. Since 2011 he won at least one Tour stage each year, he got a confidence boost the past weeks in several races and with a good team around him we aim for another stage win. Its true there are less sprint opportunities than previous years, but still this is our biggest chance of a stage win. The likes of Lars Bak and Adam Hansen, who will be making his 12th consecutive Grand Tour appearance, provide big engines to pull the team along on the flat days, and along with Tony Gallopin, 2012 Giro dItalia podium finisher Thomas de Gendt and Tim Wellens, they give the team options on the lumpier terrain too. Gallopin had a very successful 2014 Tour de France, taking a stage win and wearing the yellow jersey for two days. He showed similar aggression with his stage win at Paris-Nice to put him in contention for the overall victory, only losing out in the final time trial. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Peter Sagan's Tour de France Specialized Venge ViAS
June 24, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There has been much buzz about Specialized's new Venge ViAS, the newly designed aerodynamic road frame being used by sprinter Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), but Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan was also on board the ViAS when he won stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse. Specialized claims the frame saves two minutes on a flat 40km test over a standard road frame, tucking all of the shift and brake cables internally, resulting in a sleek, wind-cheating profile only seen before on time trial machines. At the Tour deFrance, only Sagan will be on the ViAS as he seeks to defend his green jersey title, but the rest of the team will get their chance to enjoy the benefits of this aero frame later in the season.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm excited to bring my new Venge to the Tour,"Sagan said. "I rode it for the first time in Tour de Suisse and I won a stage on it on the first day. I guess you don't get a better start with a new bike than that. Of course numbers are important but that is the work of the engineers - for me the ultimate test comes when I'm on the bike. How does it feel and is it a winning bike? It looks great and I have already won on it, so it will be great to have at the Tour." Tinkoff-Saxo general manager Stefano Feltrin says the new frame is part of its partnership with the American manufacturer. "This example of bike excellence stands testimony to how we benefit from each other,"Feltrin said. "Our team and riders provide valuable feedback and offer a world class testing ground, while Specialized offer the forefront of bike technology, which we, in turn, profit from at the races. It's a perfect bike for Peter and I'm sure that a lot of people look forward to seeing him ride it at Tour de France." Also see:New Specialized Venge ViAS sets high bar for aero road, New Specialized aero road bike spotted You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New Specialized aero road bike prototype spotted
June 18, 2015 (09:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar At the Tour de Suisse, a warm-up stage race for the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was spotted riding a new Specialized that very well could be a prototype of the next generation Venge aero bike. Specialized declined to comment on the bike, but here is what we are able to glean from the photos by Tim de Waele. This new Specialized has what many havetaken to calling 'superbike' features on time trial bikes " an integrated stem that looks to house internal cabling, bespoke front and rear brake with highly sculpted aero bodies, and an aero handlebar with a flat top and a severe dip in the center.ADVERTISEMENT Instead of hiding a small brake inside the fork, Specialized has built this massive integrated piece onto the back of the fork When it comes to brake calipers, many companies have taken pains to hide them from the wind. Some have built a small brake inside of the fork legs; some have tucked calipers under the chainstays. Often they are smaller units, which can mean compromised braking power. Specialized seems to have taken an entirely new approach with some seriously beefy looking calipers. The front especially is massive, with a long tail coming of the back of each fork leg. Since the bike is being raced at the Tour de Suisse, it must have passed the UCI's bike check, including its 3:1 length-to-width ratio inspections. But this front brake must be right up against that line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New Specialized Venge prototype spotted
June 18, 2015 (06:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar At the Tour de Suisse, a warm-up stage race for the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was spotted riding a new Specialized that very well could be a prototype of the next generation Venge aero bike. Specialized declined to comment on the bike, but here is what we are able to glean from the photos by Tim de Waele. This new Specialized Venge has what many have taken to calling 'superbike' features on time trial bikes " an integrated stem that looks to house internal cabling, bespoke front and rear brake with highly sculpted aero bodies, and an aero handlebar with a flat top and a severe dip in the center.ADVERTISEMENT Instead of hiding a small brake inside the fork, Specialized has built this massive integrated piece onto the back of the fork When it comes to brake calipers, many companies have taken pains to hide them from the wind. Some have built a small brake inside of the fork legs; some have tucked calipers under the chainstays. Often they are smaller units, which can mean compromised braking power. Specialized seems to have taken an entirely new approach with some seriously beefy looking calipers. The front especially is massive, with a long tail coming of the back of each fork leg. Since the bike is being raced at the Tour de Suisse, it must have passed the UCI's bike check, including its 3:1 length-to-width ratio inspections. But this front brake must be right up against that line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lombardi denies Sagan transfer rumours
June 17, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ever since Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov openly expressed his dissatisfaction with Peter Sagan's performance, even going so far as saying he would cut his salary if he could find a legal way to do it, the rumor mill has been awash with chatter that Sagan might leave the team. Today, his agent Giovanni Lombardi squashed those speculations, stating emphatically that Sagan will respect his contract, which runs through 2017. Tuttobici today said Etixx-Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere, who is still deciding whether to keep several big name riders whose contracts end this year, including Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, is interested in Sagan. Such a move would keep Sagan on Specialized, and would help bolster the squad's Classics team, but Lombardi denied Sagan would break his contract. "Peter is a rider of great interest to the market, I know this and can only welcome it, but one thing is certain: Peter has a contract that expires at the end of 2017 and we wants to absolutely respect this agreement until the end," Lombardi said to Tuttobici after its initial report.ADVERTISEMENT "Does it look like he is suffering at the Tour de Suisse, not supported by a team that does not believe in him? ... Believe me, there were many who wanted Sagan, but Oleg Tinkov was the fastest to sign him. Unless they have good reason, Peter will not leave." Tinkov paid a reported 4 million ($4.5 million) per season to sign Sagan, but then had to wait impatiently until mid-March to see the rider take his first win of the year in Tirreno-Adriatico. Sagan's Classics campaign fell somewhat flat, and he just missed the podium in Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. Tinkov wrote in hisCyclingnews blog in May that Sagan seemed to have "lost something", and needed to start winning. Even with Sagan claiming an impressive time trial and overall victory at the Tour of California, Tinkov said he would renegotiate Sagan's salary if he could. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish and Kwiatkowski confirmed for Tour de Suisse
June 12, 2015 (08:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish and world championMicha‚ Kwiatkowski headline a strong Etixx-Quick Step team for the Tour de Suisse that gets underway with a 5.4km prologue inRisch-Rotkreuz. Cavendish will make his return to racing following a short break after he won four stages and the points classification at the Tour of California last month and will be looking to add to his thee career wins at the WorldTour race. Cavendish's lead out man Mark Renshaw has also been selected for the race with the sprints an opportunity to fine tune Etixx's train before the Tour de France next month.Matteo Trentin and Julian Vermote will also be called upon to support Cavendish on the flat sprint friendly stages. A stage winner at the race last year, Trentin provides another outlet to victory on the flat stages. Kwiatkowski also returns to racing after a break having not pinned on a number sinceLige-Bastogne-Lige in April.Kwiatkowski won his first race in the rainbow stripes of the world champion a week earlier at Amstel Gold Race having opened his 2015 account against the clock in the Paris-Nice prologue. The 25-year-old will start the short opening prologue as one of the favourites on his debut at the race.ADVERTISEMENT Zden›k tybar returns to racing having also enjoyed a break since Lige with his focus likely to be on Tour preparation than stage victories whileGianluca Brambilla and Micha‚ Go‚a›complete the roster. Etixx-Quick Step for the 2015 Tour de Suisse:Michal Kwiatkowski, Mark Cavendish, Gianluca Brambilla, Michal Golas, Mark Renshaw, Zdenek tybar, Matteo Trentin and Julian Vermote. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aldag: Cavendish and the team are concentrating on Tour de France success
June 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the Tour de France less than a month away Rolf Aldag has stressed that the race should take centre stage in his riders' minds and that contract talks between the management at Etixx QuickStep and Mark Cavendish, while important, will take care of themselves if the team can be successful. "I think that right now there's no need to discuss Mark's future. Right now the only thing we need to discuss is the now because the Tour de France is just around the corner and that's the most important thing," Aldag told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "He missed the Tour last year but we all that he made his value as a rider from that race and winning 25 stages there, along with all the other great wins he had at the Giro, Vuelta and his win at Milan-San Remo. "It will all come down to all his sporting success. The biggest event of the year is knocking at the door." Cavendish heads into the Tour de France after an already successful season but the Tour de France has always been the barometer that has decided his year. A stage win in most rider's palmares would be a career highlight but ironically it would be seemed as a failure for the British rider to win that amount in a single season due to the expectations placed on him due to his previous success. "What can you measure him against, what defines a good season for Mark Cavendish? He learnt the hard way, and was frustrated for good reasons when he had a year a Sky. He won stages in the Giro and three stages in the Tour and some people were claiming that he had a bad season. That says it all, that expectations go through the roof," Aldag said. Last year Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France on the opening stage in Yorkshire but Aldag, who has worked with Cavendish since their T-Mobile and Highroad days together, believes that Etixx and their star sprinter can succeed at the Tour before sorting out a long term future. "We want to prove that he missed out last year at the Tour because he was injured and not because of anything else. He's had a really good season so far and to put that little extra on top he can win at the Tour. I don't think we should say it's only about winning a certain number of stages. He wants to be there, and be present. The team are backing him and that's the plan. The rest [in terms of contracts] is between Patrick [Lefevere] and Mark and what they figure out together. I hope this is the best team for him and if you look at his statements he seems to be all right with the team here." "I'm not his spokesperson for his future so we'll focus on the race and we'll see for everything else." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere yet to decide contracts for Cavendish, Kwiatkowski and Uran
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a transfer market dictated by agents as much as results and budgets, Patrick Lefevere finds himself at the centre of several of the key potential transfer sagas of the summer. Lefeveres position as transfer kingpin isnt just born from chance, however, and the Etixx-QuickStep manager is keeping is cards close to his chest as he negotiations with Mark Cavendish, Rigoberto Uran, Tom Boonen and Micha‚ Kwiatkowski about renewing their contracts. The world champion is rumoured to have already signed for Team Sky, although he has denied this to his teammates, while Lefevere has been linked with a number of riders, including Mikel Landa, Richie Porte and Ryder Hesjedal. Im more or less where I want to be in terms of my plans, Lefevere told Cyclingnews from his office in Belgium.ADVERTISEMENT However, I have the impression, and I dont think that Im alone, that agents are calling me a lot and that means the market isnt moving that quickly. I dont think many teams are signing riders at the moment. Normally were paying what the market asks so if you saw in the past when Sky came into cycling the prices went up, but now the market is standing still. There are a number of factors at play within the current market. Peter Sagans reported salary of 4 million Euro is seen as a benchmark by many of his rivals, and although the fee is huge, athletes and more importantly their agents, are using the example to drive up their prices. Another factor is that no new WorldTour team is " at this stage " coming onto the scene for 2016, and team are looking to reduce roster size for 2017 if the UCIs new regulations comes into place. On top of that BMC are reportedly only able to offer one-year deals, a sticking point when it comes to attracting riders to one of the best payers in the peloton. And finally, the big four of Froome, Nibali, Contador and Quintana are all under contract for next year, meaning that bargains are being sought with the likes of Porte, Ryder Hesjedal, Dan Martin and man of the moment Mikel Landa. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish given red carpet treatment for Richmond Worlds preview
May 20, 2015 (22:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish stopped inRichmond,Virginia on his way home from the Tour of California to preview the course for the 2015 UCIRoadWorldChampionships, and was given a full police escort to allow him closed roads to better evaluate the course. The Etixx-QuickStep sprinter, fresh off his four stage wins in the Tour of California, can be seen in this video published on SkySports, being escorted by police motorcycles through the streets of downtown Richmond and riding up Libby Hill. The 2011 World Champion showed he is on flying form in California, only conceding one sprint to Peter Sagan on an uphill finish in Avila Beach. Whether or not Richmond would suit him, he did not say.ADVERTISEMENT Its harder than Denmark, Cavendish told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Theres a lot of 90 degree corners, which there wasnt so many [of] in Denmark [where] there was a lot of flow. Theres going to be a lot of acceleration." Although the steep, cobbled climb of Libby Hill is difficult, Cavendish found the climb less difficult than the Governor Street climb in the final kilometer. Those are not challenging, if Im honest, he said of the Libby Hill cobbles. The most challenging hill is the [climb on Governors Street]. The cobbles is more about positioning. Were professional bike riders. The juniors might find it hard there but [to] the professionals its not really anything. Its not like riding on a flat road, obviously. Positioning is probably key, but in terms of technical difficulty, theyre not that big a deal. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of California: Cavendish makes it count in Santa Clarita
May 15, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) put on another impressive performance on Thursday at the Tour of California, taking his third sprint win of the week and his eighth career win in the Golden State. The Manx Missile easily outpaced Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the rain-soaked finishing straight in Santa Clarita after his Etixx-QuickStep team and the Hincapie Racing team of overall leader Toms Skujins brought back the final breakaway rider in the final three kilometres. "It's one thing to be wet and to be cold when you're wet, but with the wind coming on you're freezing to the absolute bone," a shivering Cavendish said after the stage. "But it was good. All my teammates, thank you. It was hard to catch them back in the final but my team really looked after me."ADVERTISEMENT "I had Mark Renshaw at the end, and as always he was cool and calm, but we had to dig deep," Cavendish said. "It was a bit hectic in the last kilometre and Mark was cooked, so we couldnt go as fast as we wanted in the end." With a headwind at the finish, Cavendish waited and timed his jump after the other riders started their sprints. "Waeytens went first and I timed it well enough to catch him before the line. I'm super happy to get the stage win for the team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory (The Associated Press)
May 15, 2015 (08:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who won the first two stages, powered to the front in the final 200 yards to win the 95.7-mile leg from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita in 3 hours, 51 minutes, 37 seconds. Cavendish waited for Australian teammate Mark Renshaw to get to the front of the field. ''I had Mark Renshaw at the end, and as always he was cool and calm, but we had to dig deep,'' Cavendish said. More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory
May 15, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage.Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who... More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory (The Associated Press)
May 15, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. More...
Alaphilippe's form continues at Tour of California
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
JulianAlaphilippe took full advantage of the opportunity to ride for his personal ambitions on stage 3 of the Tour of California as he finished third having helped Mark Cavendish to victory on the two previous stages. Etixx-Quick Step sport director Brian Holm explained that the performance of 22-year-old Alaphilippe in San Jose was further evidence of the Frenchman's potential after a strong Ardennes campaign in which he finished on the podium at both La Flche Wallone and Lige-Bastogne-Lige "He was just fine today and he even got the white jersey," Holm said. "We know he's fast, and he's a competitor. He's strong. He was there with riders like Alejandro Valverde in the Ardennes, so this performance is not really a surprise We thought he might be a little tired after the Ardennes Classics, but he's got class. He wanted to stay with the front group and he did it, and he got third behind a guy like Sagan. So we're happy with the result. As for the rest of the team today, everyone did well.ADVERTISEMENT Alaphilippe explained he was happy to pursue personal ambitions after helping Cavendish to his two stage wins and performing his team role to aplomb. "This season is all about new experiences for me as a young rider, and this is my first time at Tour of California" Alaphilippe said. "This was also my first eight-day stage race with a mountain stage and a time trial still to come. I have to say I'm enjoying it a lot. So far we had great teamwork with Mark winning two stages, and defending yellow. It was important to learn how to work in support of him, sometimes using a lot of energy in front. I was also honoured to be his second-to-last leadout man yesterday. We accomplished the goal of the win, and I was happy I contributed in the last kilometres. Today I thought might be a chance to maybe show myself if the condition was there. Voila, my condition was good. I was able to stay in the front group with the best guys." Now occupying fourth on the overall standings, Alaphilippe added that he will take the race day-by-day before making any suggestions of a high overall result. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish loses Tour of California lead in San Jose
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After two straight wins and two days in the Tour of California leader's jersey, Mark Cavendish conceded the yellow jersey to stage 3 winner Toms Skujin (Hincapie Racing Team) in San Jose, rolling across the line in the gruppetto over 21 minutes later.Julian Alaphilippe continued Etixx-Quick Step's run of podium finishers with third place on the stage to move into the best young riders white jersey. Cavendish retains his lead in the points classification and will turn his attention to the 173.1km stage 4 to Avila Beach according to sport director Brian Holm with the day expected to finish in a bunch sprint.ADVERTISEMENT "Cavendish hung on as long as he could and he had teammates there with him as the race leader. Now he has the green jersey and tomorrow looks like a sprint stage. I think we will wait and see however, as the day after can also be a sprint," Holm said. "We will wait and see what we can do tomorrow, if we will work like we did the first two days or if maybe someone will support us. We saw what happened today with teams working all day only to miss the catch. We got two stage wins in the first two days, so the pressure is off a bit. We'll think first before we start riding on the front tomorrow, and we'll keep doing our best for good results in the next days with high morale." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sprint rivalry between QuickStep and Tinkoff continues to simmer in California
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The simmering rivalry between the Etixx-QuickStep team of Mark Cavendish and the Tinkoff-Saxo squad led by Peter Saganat the Tour of California will likely end up on the back burner during todays stage in San Jose. The climb over Mt. Hamilton and the uphill finish on Metcalf Road could rule out the type of bunch sprint finish that has seen Cavendish win the first two stages of this years race. But the sprint teams could face off again during stage 4 to Avila Beach, stage 5 to Santa Clarita and the final day in Pasadena on Sunday. Cavendish has obviously had the upper hand so far, beating Sagan by several bike lengths on the opening day and narrowly edging him out Monday in Lodi. On each occasion, Cavendish has taken the opportunity to castigate his rivals team for not contributing to the chase. After Sundays opening stage, Cavendish said the Tinkoff-Saxo riders only came to the front after the TV cameras came on, and on Monday he pointed out once again that his team did the bulk of the work to bring back the break.ADVERTISEMENT Tinkoff did some at the end, but it was when the gap had come down a lot by then, he said, adding that because his team had to pull so hard so late in the stage, they only had four fresh riders for the finale compared to eight for the other sprint teams. Guillame Van Keirsbulck, one of the riders QuickStep had to throw into the race late to bring back the breakaway, explained the dilemma. The problem is everybody knows Cav is the fastest here, and they are a little bit scared of us, he said. Theres nobody who really wants to help us. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
So far so good for Gesink's return to California
May 12, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
LottoNL-Jumbo's Robert Gesink has had a pretty low-key reintroduction to the Tour of California this week. The 2012 overall winner finished 27th on stage 1 and 17th on stage 2 and currently sits 19th overall, just 20 seconds off the lead of Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep). He narrowly avoided a crash 10km from the finish during Monday's second stage, but he's sitting in good position heading into the difficult stage 3 route around San Jose. "Today was really good," Gesink told Cyclingnews Monday in Lodi. "Yesterday was a tough day to start with. It was tactical, and then today a little bit. Yesterday was a bit more nervous, but so far I'm good."ADVERTISEMENT The San Jose stage is a bit of an enigma, with five categorised climbs before an uphill finish outside of town. But it's unclear whether the stage will set a pecking order for the overall contenders or just provide a selection for a new stage winner aside from Cavendish, who won stages 1 and 2. "I think it will be a selection day, but they say it's really difficult," he said. "I've been racing in this area and training before, but I can't really say how difficult exactly it will be. "Well have to see, but Mt. Hamilton, the climb, I know. And I know the area a bit, so it will be more of a GC day than today, for sure." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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