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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 ]
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 More...
Cavendish loses Tour of California lead in San Jose
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Sprint rivalry between QuickStep and Tinkoff continues to simmer in California
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
So far so good for Gesink's return to California
May 12, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 12, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. ''There were four of us (teammates) at the last corner and I had to come around Peter,'' said Cavendish, who earned his 130th pro career win. American Rob Carpenter is third overall, 11 seconds behind. More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California
May 12, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LODI, California (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday after the second stage of the Tour of California.Cavendish, riding for the Etixx-Quick... More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. Sagan again bolted to the front of the mass sprint, but he was passed by Cavendish by a quarter-wheel. Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands finished third in the stage. More...
Weekend wrap: All the news from Giro d'Italia, Tour of California
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from ]
Giro d'Italia The opening weekend of the Giro d'Italia started off as an all-Australian affair, with Orica-GreenEdge claiming the victory in the team time trial, repeating their success last year even without specialistSvein Tuft, who was injured in the Tour deRomandie. SimonGerrans donned the first maglia rosa, with Michael Matthews his understudy in the white jersey of best young rider. Matthews ascended to the race lead on stage 2, though missing out in the bunch sprint to Team Sky's Elia Viviani on a stage riddled with crashes.Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2RLa Mondiale)was the worst-off of the main contenders, finishing at 1:09.ADVERTISEMENT News: Brailsford outlines 'great opportunity for Porte in Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia news shorts: Remembering Wouter Weylandt Porte upbeat despite losing time in Giro d'Italia TTT Gerrans seizes Giro dItalia lead after faultless display from Orica-GreenEdge Aru, Uran happy to take time on Porte in Giro dItalia team time trial Contador ahead of Giro d'Italia rivals in opening TTT skirmish Giro d'Italia: How long can Orica GreenEdge keep the maglia rosa? Tim Kerrison: Porte has the confidence Wiggins showed in 2012 Greipel puts brave face on Giro dItalia sprint defeat Crashes send peloton sprawling on Giro d'Italia stage 2 Deja vu for Matthews in Giro d'Italia maglia rosa Viviani savours his first Giro dItalia stage victory Alafaci blames fixed gear cyclist for Giro dItalia crash Porte to sleep in marginal gains motorhome during Giro dItalia Giro d'Italia: Pure sprinters could take a back seat in coming stages Videos: inCycle video: Cannondale-Garmin TTT preparation Video: Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Bolide TT bike Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 race video highlights Matthews looks to upgrade white jersey to pink on stage 2 On-board footage fromOrica-GreenEdge's winning TTT ride Luka Mezgec targets Giro d'Italia sprints Heinrich Haussler on riding the Giro d'Italia for the first time Tom Boonen on his debut Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia Stage 2 race video highlights Elia Viviani on stage 2 victory at the Giro d'Italia Michael Matthews in the Giro d'Italia maglia rosa Boswell looking for opportunities in California Talansky excited about 'home' race at Tour of California California GC Contenders aiming for Big Bear, Mt. Baldy UCI allows testing by USADA at Tour of California Cavendish: We have a team that can win stages in Tour of California Sagan: I want to speak with Tinkov eye to eye Allergies and virus knock Talansky out of California Renshaw recovers from crash to lead Cavendish to California win You can read more at More...
Renshaw recovers from crash to lead Cavendish to California win
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Renshaw (Etixx-QuickStep) showed up for the finale of stage 1 at the Tour of California Sunday and did what he does best, setting up his sprinter Mark Cavendish in perfect position to grab his 10th win of the season. But before Renshaw could go to work on the closing circuits in Sacramento, he had to recover from a nasty crash early in the stage that saw him launch over his handlebars. "There was a massive pothole and when you're in the middle of the peloton you don't see it," Cavendish said. "I was riding next to him and he just disappeared due to the fall. So I was a bit worried. But fortunately he made it back and did a great job in the end, even if he's a bit sore."ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw obviously took the fall in stride, even joking about it on Twitter after the stage. "Came to a rather sudden stop today after I hit a massive pot hole," Renshaw wrote. "My front flip with an average landing didn't score high with the judges." Cavendish beat Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) for the win, his third in Sacramento. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish wins first stage of Tour of California
May 11, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish powered past Slovakia's Peter Sagan just before the finish line Sunday to win the first stage of the Tour of California.Cavendish, a 25-time Tour de France stage winner, raced to... More...
Mark Cavendish wins first stage of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 11, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish powered past Slovakia's Peter Sagan just before the finish line Sunday to win the first stage of the Tour of California. More...
Cavendish: We have a team that can win stages in Tour of California
May 09, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish is back in California this week dreaming of adding a couple more notches to his victory count when the eight-day race takes off Sunday in Sacramento. Fresh off the Tour of Turkey, where the Manx Missile scored three stages wins and a second place, Cavendish appears well positioned to do just that. Its great to be back, and we have a strong team here from Etixx-QuickStep, Cavendish said Friday during the pre-race press conference.ADVERTISEMENT We dont have Tom Boonen here this year, but weve got a team that can win stages. I think its going to be difficult to go for the overall, obviously, with a sprint team but for the sprint stages weve got a good team, and for some of the other stages as well. Cavendish will be joined in California by Julian Alaphilippe, who is currently on his own hot streak, as well as Yves Lampaert, Gianni Meersman, Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin, Stijn Vandenbergh and Martin Velits. Cavendish currently counts five stage wins in California, where he raced for the first time in 2008. He returned in 2009 to claim two stages, followed by a single stage win the next year. He missed the race for three years before returning in 2014 and winning the opening stage by three millimetres over Giant-Alpecins John Degenkolb. It was the closest-ever finish at the Tour of California. You can read more at More...
Video: Five riders to watch for the Tour of California
May 09, 2015 (09:45) [ Indexed from ]
The Tour of California turns 10 this Sunday as the riders embark on eight days of racing, which takes them from Sacramento and down the coast to the finish in Pasadena. With Bradley Wiggins not returning to defend his title, there is only one former champion on the start line in Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo). The Dutchman is still returning from an early season injury, and were likely to see a new winner on the top step when the race finishes in over a weeks time. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) leads the home nations GC hopes as he returns to the race for the first time since 2012. Talansky is yet to prove himself this year with disappointing results at his early season races, and the team will be hoping that he can turn that around in California. With four flat stages this season, there are plenty of chances for the sprinters to notch up a victory. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has been on flying form this season and is the man to watch out for on the flat finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Watch the below video to see who else made our five riders to watch for the Tour of California and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at More...
Cavendish, Armstrong highlight Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 08, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Mark Cavendish and Kristin Armstrong will highlight the Tour of California. Eighty-four women representing 14 teams will begin two days of racing Friday in the Sierra Nevada with a 74-mile counterclockwise loop around Lake Tahoe in the new women's three-day stage race. Lisa Brennauer of Germany, the current world time trial titlist, and American Lauren Stephens, who claimed the national racing series last year, are the top contenders. The Sacramento stage will be a day for the fans. More...
Cavendish headlines Etixx-QuickStep for Tour of California
May 07, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish has been confirmed to lead the Etixx-QuickStep team in the upcoming Tour of California. Coming off three stage victories in the Tour of Turkey last week, the Manx missile has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks, and he is on target to add to his five career stage wins in California. Cavendish will be joined by his lead-out train, with Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin and Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert all capable stage winners themselves, and big men Stijn Vandenbergh and Guilaume Van Keirsbulck and Martin Velits present to do the heavy lifting.ADVERTISEMENT The team will also be joined by Lige - Bastogne - Lige runner-up Julian Alaphilippe, the 22-year-old Frenchman who has had stand-out performances this season. Etixx-QuickStep for Tour of California: Mark Cavendish, Yves Lampaert, Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Stijn Vandenbergh, Martin Velits You can read more at More...
Cavendish overcomes flat tire in sprint for Turkey stage win
April 28, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep defied the odds on Monday to further hush the doubts over their lead-out train. It has been a challenge for the Belgian squad to perfect their sprint set-up since Mark Cavendish joined in 2013 and his former HTC lead-out man Mark Renshaw followed in 2014. But not only did they make it two wins from two stages at the Tour of Turkey on Monday, they did so with Cavendish coming across the line on a flat tire.ADVERTISEMENT What is more, Renshaw also punctured in the closing stages before coming back to lead out. We went round a corner with 5km to go and my wheel went from me and I thought thats not good, said Cavendish. I had a little bounce and it was spongy, it wasnt totally flat but it was really spongy and I thought oh god, I either stop now but then we were already on our third guy in the train so if I stopped we were one man short for [Mark] Renshaw anyway. So I thought Ill give it a crack. I went easy round the last two corners then, yeah, went for it. You can read more at More...
Tour of Turkey: Confidence boosting second place for Ewan behind Cavendish
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) admitted to being a little starstruck by lining up against one of his sprint idols on the first stage of the Tour of Turkey in Alanya on Sunday. The 20-year-old had never raced against Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) before and came half a bike length away from beating him to the line in the bunch sprint finish. "It feels a little bit surreal," said the Australian, who has won two stages of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and of the Tour de Langkawi already this year. It's kind of weird racing him I guess, always watching him growing up and now actually racing him. And not just racing with him but being right up there against him - it's pretty surreal feeling.ADVERTISEMENT "If I had a better run I think could almost beat him. I came from way too far back and it was really close on the line so I don't know. If I got a better run or came off his wheel then maybe I could have come a bit closer but obviously it's good for confidence knowing I'm that close to him " it's not such a big distance. "I was no more nervous than I usually am before a race, there's probably less pressure coming in here because no one really expects me to be able to beat Cav and Greipel so it takes a lot of the pressure off my shoulders but then in the final it gets pretty nervous because you want to have a good result." In his first season as a professional, Ewan has been getting to grips with working with a proper lead-out train. He, Adam Blythe and Leigh Howard tried and tested things at Langkawi but the latter was forced to pull out of Turkey through injury shortly before the race. You can read more at More...
Cavendish back on track at Tour of Turkey after March illness
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) is happy with the way his season is progressing despite suffering a series of minor setbacks in March. At the Tour of Turkey, a first building block in his Tour de France preparation, the 29-year-old quickly got back to his winning ways, edging out Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) to take the stage 1 victory. The Manxman made an impressive start to the year with six wins, including stages of the Tour de San Luis and the Dubai Tour and one-day victories at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and the Clsica de Almera. But he and lead-out man Mark Renshaw came down with a virus during a trip to South Africa at the start of March, which forced him to take a short break and miss Scheldeprijs. Once back in Europe, he was denied the chance to contest a bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico and again Milan-San Remo because of a dropped chain.ADVERTISEMENT Ideally Id have liked to have carried on further into the spring but I got sick in South Africa and really I needed to stop and get over the virus, said Cavendish after the stage in Alanya. Just to stop, reset it, and get going again was quite nice. I dont think Im in as good a condition as I could have been but Im definitely happy with where Im at, Im happy with the strong team Etixx-QuickStep have brought here. He didnt expand on whether or not the chain issue, which had also hindered teammate Tom Boonen this season, had been properly addressed, saying simply: My chain didnt drop today." You can read more at More...
Renshaw: Etixx-QuickStep sprint train is coming together
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Renshaw is pleased with the way things are going for himself and Mark Cavendish but admitted to being frustrated by Etixx-QuickStep not providing them with a dedicated support unit. Renshaw and Cavendish were the final cogs in the famous HTC-Highroad lead-out train, perhaps the slickest winning machine the sport has seen, but the extent and variety of talent on the Etixx roster means the duo cant enjoy the same luxury now. The Belgian squad boasts the likes of world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin, along with Classics men Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar, not to mention a genuine Grand Tour contender in Rigoberto Urn. In this team its really hard, Renshaw said on Saturday ahead of the sprint-oriented Tour of Turkey. We have so many big riders and I dont think well ever pull them together like we did in HTC. It will always be this group of guys and that group of guys all targeting their individual things.ADVERTISEMENT The team is getting better each year, and with [Fabio] Sabatini coming in we have more of a core group around Cav. But we cant expect that things will be 100% for Cav because the team wants the yellow jersey, the white jersey It definitely makes life more complicated. While Cavendish and Renshaw are unable to fully recreate the days of old, some of their competitors are looking to do just that, notably the Manxmans new arch-rival, Marcel Kittel. The Germans set-up at Giant-Alpecin is one Renshaw looks at with envy. Giant can dedicate five or six riders purely to Kittel. Our guys, especially Tony [Martin] and Kwiatkowski who are really loyal teammates to Cav, will give 100% but if its the day before a time trial you know Tonys going to swing off a little bit early, Renshaw said. You can read more at More...

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