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Classic specialists test their legs in Kuurne
March 02, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Midway through Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne there were some accelerations from the classics specialists on the Oude Kwaremont but at the end of the day a bunch sprint concluded the race on the Brugsesteenweg in Kuurne with Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) as winner. For Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ian Stannard (Sky) the donkey race in Kuurne ended up being a good training ride. When approaching the Oude Kwaremont, Tom Boonen accelerated a couple of times to make the race harder. Vanmarcke accelerated fiercely on the cobbles of the Oude Kwaremont. His acceleration created the 20-man lead group that rode ahead of the peloton for a while. The group also included Tom Boonen while Stannard was pulling his sprinter Elia Viviani along. Alexander Kristoff and Philippe Gilbert had to work hard but managed to make the cut as well. Once there was a regrouping Vanmarcke still planned to launch an attack in the final kilometres but eventually he opted to work for his team's sprinter Tom Van Asbroeck, who eventually finished fourth.ADVERTISEMENT "After the Oude Kwaremont we rode away with a large group of about twenty riders. Some riders were hiding in the group. That made sense because they wanted to save themselves for the sprint. I told Maarten Wynants that I would stop working too because someone had to be able to ride the finale. On the local laps I decided that we would go for Tom [Van Asbroeck]. I noticed during the first lap that there wasn't enough crosswinds. Then I said that I would be the last man to lead out the sprint," Vanmarcke said. The Belgian looked back on a good weekend in which he managed a fifth place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Vanmarcke had been chasing the peloton for twenty kilometres before chasing the lead group of four riders for another forty kilometres. "The form is very good but the results weren't there. Yesterday much more was possible but due to bad luck it didn't happen. With the eye on the upcoming weeks it's good to know my form is very good. Today I wasn't as good as Saturday. Another time trial of 60 kilometres wasn't possible. It created a lot of fatigue yesterday. Everybody seemed tired after yesterday's race," Vanmarcke said. While Vanmarcke and Boonen were putting the hammer down in front Stannard took his time to move up. The winner of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was working for his team's sprinter on Sunday. "We wanted a sprint for Viviani. I saw Tom and some of the other guys going. I just had to shut that gap, really. Otherwise they could've gone and that could've been the end of the race. I was aware of Viviani just behind me. I didn't blow him of the wheels there. It was difficult with the crosswinds there. I just took my time and slowly came back," Stannard told Cyclingnews. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Champion System gets first taste of the Classics
March 02, 2015 (06:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
For top guns like Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step), and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is a side dish in their classics campaign. For other riders its their first ever classic, a dive into the unknown. At the start of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a small team from New Zealand was getting their riders ready for the race. Most of the year the CCT p/b Champion System team is racing at lesser known events without TV coverage. The boys from Belgian manager Franky Van Haesebroucke were lining up with their camper and party tent next to the big team busses from the WorldTour teams. Clearly the budgets are different but it turns out their goals are completely different as well. "It's not our goal " like many other Continental teams " to ride the Tour de France in a few years time. It's our goal to offer a chance to foreign riders to ride a Classics campaign. That's why we chose to ride under the flag of New Zealand," Van Haesebroucke said.ADVERTISEMENT The manager rode throughout the world as a professional cyclist and used his contacts in New Zealand to found his team. "The federation helped to get the team up and running. There are a huge amount of great talents in New Zealand who are ready to take the step to come racing over here." After Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the team is racing the Dorpenomloop Rucphen, two races in Drenthe, the Omloop van het Waasland in Wanzele, the Handzame Classic, Route Adlie de Vitr. "Were racing mostly in Belgium, Netherlands and France. The riders are staying in Hof Ter Cammen in Oudenaarde. The MTN-Qhubeka riders are staying there too. It's more or less a bed and breakfast for riders," Van Haesebroucke explained. The team is sponsored by Champion System, a Hong Kong-based company for custom apparel. The company-owned Pro Continental team pulled the plug after the 2013 season. Now the company sponsors Van Haesebroucke's team, which features riders from multiple countries including Japan, Denmark, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Great-Britain, Germany and Lithuania. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish turns around Etixx-QuickStep with Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne victory
March 01, 2015 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Im not a bad bike rider, to be fair, Mark Cavendish said on Sunday afternoon and it was hard to quibble with that assessment after a Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne victory that saw him showcase his range and put a rather brighter sheen on his Etixx-QuickStep teams Opening Weekend. Cavendishs winning sprint on the Brugsesteenweg had the feel of a dress rehearsal for the Via Roma three weeks from now, as he overhauled Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and held off Elia Viviani (Sky) to claim his seventh win of the new season. He may take just as much heart, however, from the fact that he had the legs to make what had seemed like the race-winning selection over the top of the Oude Kwaremont with 70 kilometres till to race. Along with Kristoff and Viviani, Cavendish was among the 19 riders who spent 30 kilometres off the front of the race, but the presence of four of his Etixx-QuickStep teammates in the move meant that he had the relative luxury of following the wheels. The selection, forced by Tom Boonen, was a very public response to the teams disastrous handling of the finale at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Im not a bad bike rider and Im in by far the strongest team, Cavendish said. You saw that yesterday too. Ok, it was a bit of a fuck up in the end but it was still a big show of strength by the team yesterday and it was the same today. After being caught, to be able to change the tables and commit 100 percent to the sprint was great you know. Cavendish, of course, sat out Omloop in preparation for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and he was unwilling to dwell on the question when the local press asked for his assessment of how Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh and Niki Terpstra had contrived to cede victory to Ian Stannard (Sky) on Saturday. Yesterday I was sat on my bed watching it so I cant really talk about it, Cavendish said, though he added that the mood in the teams base at the Kennedy Hotel in Kortrijk was about as upbeat as it could have been in the circumstances. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen, Cavendish, Terpstra headline QuickStep weekend rosters
February 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Etixx-QuickStep have announced their official rosters for this weekends Classics kick-off at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, with Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra sharing the leadership load at Omloop on Saturday, and Mark Cavendish joining the effort the next day for Kuurne. Boonen will be looking for his first-ever win win at Omloop, while Niki Terpstra recently showed fine form in the Middle East. The 200.2km Omloop Het Nieuwsblad features 11 hellingen, including many of the climbs also featured, or formerly featured, in the Tour of Flanders. There are also 10 cobbled sections.ADVERTISEMENT "The parcours hasn't changed much, so the final is the same," Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. "For all the riders it's the first test to see where they are on this kind of parcours before the big Classics. The masks will fall off." Peeters said QuickStep will bring a strong roster to the race with riders in good condition that can be a part of the action and play a part in the final. "So we are pretty confident in our abilities to be a protagonist," Peeters said. "The last time we won this race was 10 years ago with Nick Nuyens, but the finish was still in Lokeren. Tom Boonen was second that day. Now we hope after 10 years that we can do a good race and try to get a win.??" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Pro riders cleared for Cape Town Cycle Tour
February 25, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI allows pro riders in Cape Town Cycle Tour The UCI has struck a deal with Cycling South Africa that will allow licensed riders to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which is not sanctioned by the national governing body, according to a report today on IOL Sport. The participation of top pros such as Etixx-QuickStep's Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw was cast into doubt when the international governing body said it would be enforcing its forbidden races rule for the 2015 cycling season. The rule prohibits UCI-licensed riders from participating in an event that is not on a national, continental or world calendar or that has not been recognised by a national federation, a continental confederation or the UCI.ADVERTISEMENT The Cape Town Cycle Tour, which combines a road race and mass-participation ride for 35,000 people, is not sanctioned by the national governing body. The UCI initially stated that licensed riders taking part in the event would be subject to a fine and a 30-day ban from future sanctioned events. The cycle tour's organisers won the right in court last year to host its events without Cycling South Africa sanctioning, because the extra fees and licensing amounted to an unfair and unnecessary tax, according to the IOL Sport report. Cycling South Africa, the UCI and event organisers reached an agreement on Monday, however, that will allow the event to move forward with the proper sanctioning to allow participation by UCI-licensed riders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria set for Etixx tests as Lefevere talks about Cavendish's future
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fernando Gaviria will undergo tests at the Bakala Academy next week as Etixx-QuickSteps Patrick Lefevere steps up his pursuit of the Colombian sprinter. Gaviria won two stages at the Tour de San Luis last month, beating Mark Cavendish in the process. A number of WorldTour teams immediately enquired about the future of the 20-year-old. Lefeveres team were installed as the early favourites to sign the rider and the transfer has moved a step closer. Hes coming to us after the weekend to do some tests. Hes in Paris to do the track World Championships and then from there hell come to Kortrijk. Well have a talk, do some tests and then he will return to Colombia, Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Well try to sign him if the tests are good but well of course respect his plans for the Olympics. Even if a deal is done in the coming weeks the chances of Gavaria signing as a stagiaire for the remainder of the season in a post-Olympic programme are slim. "We didnt talk about that. Not yet. With stagiaires doing the road Worlds, they often ride the Tour d LAvenir so you only see them once or twice and I dont know if its too hard to make him a stagiaire," Lefevere said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Climbers will have their day at 2015 Tour of California
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento for its opening stage and finish eight days later in the shadow of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, race organiser AEG announced on Thursday. The 10th edition of the race will take place May 10-17 and return to the stunning Pacific Coast as it follows a north-south route over 1,165 kilometres. The course promises plenty of variety, with multiple days for the sprinters and more than 13,000 metres of climbing throughout the eight days, including an encounters with Balcom Canyon and Mount Hamilton, as well as a return to Mt. Baldy. Weve reached a milestone this year with the 10th edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams weve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route, said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think its going to be a year for the record books.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike 2014, when eventual winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) seized the race lead during the stage 2 time trial in Folsom, the general classification this year will likely be sorted out in the closing days, starting with the 24km individual time trial in Big Bear on May 15. The racing will begin with two days for the sprinters on a circuit that starts and finishes in the state capitol of Sacramento, followed by a 193km trek from Nevada City to Lodi. In 2014, the sprint between Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in Sacramento resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history, with Cavendish taking the win by three millimetres. Stage 2 will start with a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course. Riders will get their first taste of the climbing that lies ahead when the race visits San Jose for the 10th consecutive year. From San Jose, the riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. The narrow, twisty road makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish praises team effort in Almeria win
February 16, 2015 (10:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sunday proved to be a long day on the front for Etixx-QuickStep, which brought sprinter Mark Cavendish to victory at the Clasica de Almeria, his fourth win of the young 2015 season. The 183km Spanish race included three categorised climbs but ended with a long downhill run into the finish. An early escape of five riders brought Cavendish's team to the front, and when Movistar and Katusha threw riders into the chase, the catch was imminent. "Yesterday I didn't really feel good during the race at Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, but today the team was really motivated," Cavendish said following his win at Almeria. "We started riding from kilometer zero. We were always in front, in the first 10 positions of the group the entire race.ADVERTISEMENT "We also rode strong in the wind and made the decision to break up the bunch in the crosswind after the last climb. With 30 kilometers to go Katusha and Movistar moved up to help us out, so the front group went full gas until the finish line." The peloton brought the leaders back into the fold just as crosswinds began to blast the bunch. A split in the field left about 58 riders in the front group as the second group on the road fell more than two minutes behind. From there, Etixx-QuickStep once gain controlled the race and delivered the leadout train in perfect position for the final kilometres. "In the sprint, Zdenek Stybar began the lead-out into the final 450 meters. Then Mark Renshaw led me out, and I was in his slipstream until 150 meters to go. By the time I went it was just a matter of finishing off the race for the win. It was perfect." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crash catches Farrar out in Almeria finale
February 16, 2015 (10:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After making the front group with his lead-out man intact, a crash in the final kilometres of the Clasica Almeria dashed American Tyler Farrar's hopes of mixing it up with eventual winner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and runner-up Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar). We made the front selection with Matt [Brammeier] and Tyler, with Matt obviously doing all he could for Tyler, said MTN-Qhubeka team director Alex Sans Vega. Tyler was feeling really good and said he had super legs. Unfortunately, he was caught behind the crash at 2km to go. Luckily he didn't go down but it meant he had no possible options to contest for the win. It is bad luck for our team because Tyler felt he really could have won, or at least finished on the podium today.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish became the first British rider to win the Clasica Almeria, out-kicking Lobato and his own lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, at the line. A five-rider break animated the early racing, but the chase led by Etixx-QuickStep and Team Katusha brought the race back together with about 40km remaining. The pressure of the chase and ever-present crosswinds split the bunch, with only 58 riders remaining at the front of the race. The race pretty much went as expected, Sans Vega said. There was a small break early on, which Etixx then controlled all day. As expected, we knew there could be crosswinds around the 45km mark, and that is exactly where it split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tech: Mark Cavendish's Specialized S-Works Venge
January 28, 2015 (10:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tech: Mark Cavendish's Specialized S-Works Venge2015 race bike for Etixx-QuickStep sprinter By Cycling News. January 28, 08:59 Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has begun his 2015 season on a... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish wins in Tour de San Luis
January 26, 2015 (11:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cavendish wins in Tour de San LuisBritish rider takes first victory of 2015 By Cycling News. January 26, 09:56 Mark Cavendish opened his season account with a win on the final day of the Tour de San... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw ready to team up with Cavendish for 2015 sprints
January 24, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Renshaw ready to team up with Cavendish for 2015 sprintsAustralian talks about Tour Down Under sprints By Rupert Guinness. January 24, 12:45 As the lead-out rider for Mark Cavendish, Australian Mark... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Sabatini finally aboard the Cavendish train
January 22, 2015 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sabatini finally aboard the Cavendish trainItalian on life at Etixx-QuickStep By Barry Ryan. January 22, 11:20 Pistoia is, quite literally, where trains are made. AnsaldoBreda, the rail transport... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish pays tribute to Gavirias track speed
January 22, 2015 (06:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cavendish pays tribute to Gavirias track speedLead-out hesitation costly for Manxman in San Luis By Barry Ryan. January 22, 05:17 For the second sprint running at the Tour de San Luis, Mark... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish leaves it too late in Tour de San Luis opener
January 20, 2015 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cavendish leaves it too late in Tour de San Luis openerMissing marker in finishing straight proves costly By Barry Ryan. January 20, 01:27 After wheeling to a halt past the finish line at Villa... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish, Kwiatkowski and Quintana ready for the Tour de San Luis
January 17, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cavendish, Kwiatkowski and Quintana ready for the Tour de San LuisRace provides different kind of opening to Tour Down Under By Barry Ryan. January 17, 15:11 When the Tour Down Under began life in... All the latest news headlines from Cyclingnews.com More...
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December 07, 2014 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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Cavendish and Keisse win Zurich Six
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