News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:44:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Video: Highlights from women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:39:47 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436379 Catch up on the action from the final race of Ardennes week, the first-ever Women's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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Photo Essay: Remembering Michele Scarponi http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/photo-essay/photo-essay-remembering-michele-scarponi_436339 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/photo-essay/photo-essay-remembering-michele-scarponi_436339#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:43:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436339 Photographer Brad Kaminski takes a look back at the 2011 Tirreno-Adriatico when the race passed through Scarponi's Italian hometown.

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In 2011, I photographed Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. On stage 6, the race went through Filottrano, Michele Scarponi’s hometown. As I was passing thorough Filottrano on the way to the finish in Macerata, I couldn’t help but notice how popular Scarponi was. I stopped to check out the town and take some photographs. There were signs and banners for him all over town, but there were very few people out and about. As it turns out, they were all at the finish 25 kilometers away in Macerata awaiting the arrival of their hometown hero. The circuit through Macerata took the riders up and down 20 percent grades — it’s no wonder Scarponi was such a great climber. He finished third that day, but you would have thought he was the winner by the amount of avid support that was present at the podium presentation.

After Scarponi’s tragic death Saturday, I went back into my photo archives to remember him.

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Gallery: Boels makes it three-for-three at Liège http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-boels-makes-three-three-liege_436338 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-boels-makes-three-three-liege_436338#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:03:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436338 Anna van der Breggen made it a perfect three-for-three in the hilly Ardennes, winning ahead of Boels teammate Lizzie Deignan.

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French rider Offredo left bloodied by baseball bat attack http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/road/french-rider-offredo-left-bloodied-baseball-bat-attack_436335 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/road/french-rider-offredo-left-bloodied-baseball-bat-attack_436335#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:29:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436335 French cyclist Yoann Offredo claimed on Monday he was assaulted by box cutter- and baseball bat-wielding attackers while on a training ride.

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PARIS (AFP) — Bloodied and bruised French cyclist Yoann Offredo claimed on Monday he was assaulted by box cutter- and baseball bat-wielding attackers while on a training ride.

“Today, victim of an assault, with a box cutter and a baseball bat while training with two friends,” wrote the 30-year-old on his Facebook account, alongside photos of himself with a bloodied face and huge welt on his forearm.

“Result: a broken nose, a rib in a sorry state and bruises all over the body, but on top of the physical injuries, I’m above all shocked.”

Offredo, who rides for Belgian outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert, did not specify where the attack took place but said it was “in the country of human rights.”

He also gave no other details about the attackers.

“I’m not angry, I’m just sad to say that I hope my children don’t take up this great sport that I love.

“You leave in the morning to go training but never know if you’ll be coming back.”

Offredo recently finished 14th at Paris-Roubaix and 14th at Tour of Flanders as well.

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Liège Roundtable: How to beat Valverde http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/commentary/liege-roundtable-beat-valverde_436291 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/commentary/liege-roundtable-beat-valverde_436291#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:21:42 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436291 Liège was a bit of a snoozer this year. So we have ideas: How the peloton can beat Valverde, and how to make the route better.

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The 2017 spring classics season went out like a lamb on Sunday with Alejandro Valverde sprinting to his fourth victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The predictable finish (after a month of exciting racing) begs a few questions. Does the race known as “La Doyenne” need a facelift to promote more excitement? Should Tim Wellens quit those suicidal attacks? How can anybody beat Valverde at these Ardennes races?

Let’s roundtable!

What is your opinion of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and its spot within pro cycling?

Spencer Powlison @spino_powerlegsIt certainly is exciting for core cycling fans, but if I sat down to watch this year’s edition with a casual rider, someone who only sees a few big races each season, I doubt it would enthrall them. Should every race have broad appeal? It would be nice, but sort of like the hour record, I think Liège is more exciting to talk about than it is to actually watch all the way through.

Fred Dreier @freddreier: I have always loved Liège, but the race has become a snore. A diminished peloton of really tired guys always comes into Côte de Bombed-Out-Warehouse [more commonly known as Côte de Saint Nicolas -Ed.] and then a flurry of attacks occurs just before Valverde out sprints everyone after that left-hand turn. This year Michael Matthews and Greg Van Avermaet were in the final group, and both guys were too gassed to do anything. For such an iconic race to feature just 15km of action means something needs to change.

Andrew Hood @EurohoodyIt is the hardest race of the year that looks easy. The climbing and the speed make for a brutal day, one of the hardest of the entire season depending on the race conditions. Add in some rain and cold, and LBL would look very different. No one said every monument has to be a masterpiece.

How could organizers change the dynamic of the race?

Spencer: I like my one-day races to play out like ‘90s rom-coms (will they? won’t they?) So the finale this year left me uninspired. I think it’s important for at least one of the spring classics to be a pure endurance test that favors climbers. Given the tradition and heritage surrounding Liège, I’m not sure if organizers should monkey with the formula. New riders will come up the ranks and give us an animated finale, and sooner or later they will cryogenically freeze Valverde.

Fred: Shorten the distance, remove a few of the early climbs, and then place La Redoute a bit closer to the finish, to give riders real incentive to attack up the flanks. Keep the St. Nicolas but remove Roche-Aux-Faucons. La Redoute is a big, hard climb, and I’d like it to become a springboard for that will-they/won’t-they finale that Spencer loves so much.

Andy: Perhaps the idea of having it play out in the flats after one of the major climbs could be interesting to create a more tug-of-war dynamic between attackers and finisseurs.

Tim Wellens again went for the suicidal move inside 15km. What’s your advice for him?

Spencer: Get a teammate who can close the deal to sit back in the chase group. I really like how do-or-die Wellens is in these big races. I don’t want him to stop attacking, but if Lotto-Soudal brought on a bit of support, maybe from a fast finisher like Michael Matthews or Simon Gerrans (who aren’t on his team, by the way), his breakaways would have a chance.

Fred: Keep at it, Tim! One of these days the peloton will finally blink, and those precarious 12-second gaps you love to nurse will balloon out to 45 seconds. Wellens doesn’t have the power to win a sprint or attack in the final, so it seems like the suicide move is his best card.

Andy: Keep trying — sooner or later one of those attacks will work, it’s the only card he can play so he has to keep playing it. And maybe someday someone will go with him who has legs to win.

What’s the scenario that brings Cannondale-Drapac the win?

Spencer: Given Michael Woods’s experience, I think his top-10 result is quite good. As for a win? That would have to come out of a small group where the tactics play out to perfection. I don’t think anyone on that team has the finishing kick to go up against the favorites in the final selection.

Fred: Cannondale had the numbers but lacked the legs. If the peloton snoozed for another kilometer, then Formolo may have had the real estate to stay away. Conversely, if Woods or Uran had the legs, they could have mounted a counter attack when Formolo was caught.

Andy:  I think it’s the right tactic to get into the late-race breakaways and to try to surprise the favorites. No one on the team has the right profile to go up against one of the five-star favorites however.

How do you beat Valverde at Liège if he’s on form?

Spencer: You know that scene in “Breaking Away,” when the Italians give Dave the ol’ frame pump in the spokes? … In all seriousness, Valverde won this year’s edition more with brawn than guile. Dan Martin’s attack really forced his hand. Michal Kwiatkowski was slightly out of position, otherwise, Valverde might have dragged him right to the front. If Julian Alaphilippe had been in this final group — not sidelined with a knee injury — he would have been the perfect card for Quick-Step to play. Have the young Frenchman mark Valverde while Martin attacks and then pip him at the line.

Fred: Death ray? Make him race on a Brompton? Attach this thing to his bike? I think the key is you can’t go into the final kilometer with him by your side, so that means you need to have the numbers to send a guy up the road on the Côte de Saint Nicolas. Team strength seems like a natural answer. Perhaps the best thing to do is just pray.

Andy: Someone who has the team to drag him to the line as far as Valverde gets with a Movistar and then come past in the sprint — Valverde’s on true dig comes with 500m to go.

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Valverde dedicates prize money to Scarponi’s widow http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/valverde-dedicates-prize-money-scarponis-widow_436322 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/valverde-dedicates-prize-money-scarponis-widow_436322#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436322 The cycling world mourns Michele Scarponi's death. Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali dedicate recent wins to the Italian.

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A tearful Alejandro Valverde dedicated his Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory and prize money Sunday to the widow of Michele Scarponi, who was killed Saturday in a crash in Italy.

“This victory is dedicated to [Scarponi] and his family. He was a great friend of mine,” Valverde said as tears welled in his eyes at the finish line, adding he would donate the 20,000-euro prize to Scarponi’s family. “When I heard the news of his death, I was left cold. I felt terrible, not just me, but everyone in the cycling community.”

Sunday’s Liège started under a cloud of sadness as Astana lined up at the front of the peloton that paid tribute to Scarponi with a minute of silence. Scarponi’s death touched everyone in the peloton, but the riders agreed, including his Astana teammates, that the best way to honor Scarponi would be to race Sunday. Enrico Gasparotto, a former Astana teammate who also lost Antoine Demoitié last year in a fatal racing crash, was especially moved.

More details of the Saturday morning crash emerged in Italy. Scarponi had wrapped up racing the Tour of the Alps on Friday, where he won a stage and finished fourth overall, and after showering, he drove directly home with an Astana team helper, arriving home late Friday night to post a photo of himself playing with his twin sons on social media.

A routine early morning training ride quickly turned fatal. According to media reports, a Fiat Iveco, a type of industrial van, pulled directly in front of the oncoming Scarponi as a 57-year-old man turned into a Y-intersection at a crossroads. Scarponi, who had the right-of-way on the slightly downhill road, was mortally injured from what witnesses described as a brutal impact, striking the front right bumper and smashing the windshield. Medics quickly arrived on the scene, but efforts to revive him failed as a helicopter evacuated him to a local hospital. Police are considering pressing charges against the driver, who said he did not see the oncoming Scarponi, according to media reports.

Scarponi’s tragic death has also revived calls for new legislation in Italy to improve bicycle safety and driver awareness on Italy’s busy secondary highways.

In Italy, family and friends will gather Tuesday to say farewell to Scarponi in a sports pavilion in a public homage in his hometown of Filottrano. Fans and fellow cyclists will gather to remember the career and life of Scarponi.

Former teammate Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won the Tour of Croatia on Sunday, and also dedicated the victory to Scarponi, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport, “He was like a brother to me. I was racing with a heavy heart, but I wanted to win for Michele. I cannot stop thinking of his smile.”

In a final moving photograph posted on social media, the red-and-blue macaw named Frankje that was often featured in online videos with Scarponi was seen sitting on a signpost at the crossroads where Scarponi died. Flowers and memorials marked the spot, with Frankje stoically waiting in vigil for his friend who will never come back.

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Liège gallery: Valverde wins fourth title on somber day http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/liege-gallery-valverde-wins-fourth-title-somber-day_436300 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/liege-gallery-valverde-wins-fourth-title-somber-day_436300#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:40:58 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436300 Alejandro Valverde wins his fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège title one day after fellow racer Michele Scarponi was killed while training.

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Froome tests Tour form in Switzerland http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/froome-tests-tour-form-switzerland_436290 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/froome-tests-tour-form-switzerland_436290#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:23:18 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436290 Chris Froome returns to Romandie to tune up his form for the Tour de France. The hilly Swiss race starts Monday.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — Two-time defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will test his form ahead of his bid for a fourth title in July at this week’s Tour de Romandie.

The Swiss race is designed to prepare riders for the Tour de France starting with Tuesday’s 4.8km prologue at Aigle, and including two mountain finishes before culminating with a tough 17.8km time trial Sunday in Lausanne.

Faithful to his winning pre-Tour de France formula, the 31-year-old Briton will be backed up by French teammate Kenny Elissonde, whose help will be particularly precious in the mountains.

Froome won the Swiss race in 2013 and 2014 going on to win the Tour de France in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

This year’s race brings together the 18 WorldTour teams plus one invitation for Belgian outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Several big names are absent including last year’s top two finishers: Nairo Quintana of Colombia and France’s Thibaut Pinot, who will compete in the Giro d’Italia starting May 5.

Swiss rider Michael Albasini has already won six stages and will bid to close in on the overall record of 12 held by Italian Mario Cipollini.

Tour de Romandie 2017 stages

Stage 1, April 25: Aigle prologue (4.8km)
Stage 2, April 26: Aigle to Champéry (173.3km)
Stage 3, April 27: Champéry to Bulle (160.7km)
Stage 4, April 28: Payerne to Payerne (187km)
Stage 5, April 29: Domdidier to Leysin (163.5km)
Stage 6, April 30: Lausanne individual time trial (17.88km)

Teams and lead riders

Ag2r La Mondiale (Matthias Frank, Alexis Vuillermoz)
Astana
Bahrain-Merida
BMC (Tejay van Garderen)
Bora-Hansgrohe
Cannondale-Drapac (Rigoberto Uran)
Quick-Step Floors (Bob Jungels)
FDJ (David Gaudu, Steve Morabito)
Lotto-Soudal (Thomas De Gendt)
Movistar (Winner Anacona)
Orica-Scott (Michael Albasini)
Dimension Data
Katusha-Alpecin (Simon Spilak, Ilnur Zakarin)
LottoNL-Jumbo (Jurgen Van Den Broek)
Sky (Chris Froome)
Sunweb (Warren Barguil)
Trek-Segafredo (Jarlinson Pantano)
UAE Abu Dhabi (Diego Ulissi)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

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Gila stage 5: Wiles and Huffman sew up overall titles http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/gila-stage-5-wiles-huffman-sew-overall-titles_436230 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/gila-stage-5-wiles-huffman-sew-overall-titles_436230#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:22:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436230 Tayler Wiles and Evan Huffman win the Tour of the Gila overall in Pinos Altos, New Mexico.

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Tayler Wiles and Evan Huffman took home top honors in the overall at Tour of the Gila in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, as the five-day race wrapped up Sunday in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Wiles’s UnitedHealthcare teammate Katie Hall bookended the week with her second win in stage 5, also having won stage 1. Ecuadorian Jhonatan Narvaez (Axeon Hagens Berman) won the final stage of the men’s race.

To make things even sweeter for the UnitedHealthcare camp, its women swept stage 5 with Wiles second and Ruth Winder third, a little over two minutes behind Hall after the 110.9km race. In addition to the two stage wins, Hall, 30, ended up second overall, and Leah Thomas (Sho-Air Twenty20) was third.

Narvaez was coming off of a win at the Circuit des Ardennes International, a four-day UCI 2.2 race in France. The 20-year-old is new to the Axeon team for 2017. He attacked the eight-man break to win the 161.9-kilometer stage 5 ahead of Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and UnitedHealthcare’s Gavin Mannion.

As the lone Axeon rider in a break that was spearheaded by four Rally riders, Narvaez had to bide his time and attack in the final 250 meters to win. “No one on their own felt strong enough to do something. But Jonathan [Narvaez] played it really smart,” Axeon Hagens Berman sport director Jeff Louder said. “I told him to take his chance when he could. He was super-patient and jumped with about 250 meters to go.”

Tvetcov ended the week second overall, 23 seconds behind Huffman, while third place went to Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel), who was 25 seconds back.

Unfortunately, Narvaez’s stage win was overshadowed by a grave crash that saw Axeon rider Chad Young taken to a Tucson hospital via life-flight after sustaining facial injuries. His team said his condition was “stable” late on Sunday.

“At this point, we simply ask everyone in the cycling community to please keep Chad in their thoughts and prayers,” team manager Axel Merckx said.

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Valverde wins fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/valverde-wins-fourth-liege-bastogne-liege_436172 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/valverde-wins-fourth-liege-bastogne-liege_436172#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:45:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436172 Alejandro Valverde took his fourth career victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, winning Belgium’s oldest one-day classic ahead of Dan

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Alejandro Valverde took his fourth career victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, winning Belgium’s oldest one-day classic ahead of Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) after a frantic chase to the line. The victory came 11 years after Valverde took his first win at the race affectionately called “La Doyenne.”

Valverde, 36, is now tied with Italian rider Moreno Argentin with the second most victories at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Only Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx has more, with five wins.

Top-10 results

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 6:24:27
  • 2. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 3. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at :03
  • 4. Michael MATTHEWS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :03
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :03
  • 6. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :03
  • 7. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :03
  • 8. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 9. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 10. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :07

After crossing the line, Valverde dedicated his victory to Italian racer Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a training accident on Saturday. He said he would donate his prize winnings from the race to Scarponi’s family.

Valverde came into the race as the heavy favorite, having won Wednesday’s La Fleche-Wallonne race for a record fifth time. As the peloton rumbled into Liège for the finale, however, Valverde appeared to be caught out by the aggressive Cannondale-Drapac squad. Cannondale’s Davide Villella attacked up the Cote Saint Nicholas alongside Sergio Henao (Sky). After the peloton reeled in the move, Cannondale’s Davide Formolo sprinted off the front and opened a 10-second lead.

Formolo kept his advantage until the final kilometer and began to fade with 800 meters to go. That’s when Martin attacked from the bunch, opening up a sizable gap on the final uphill drag to the finish in Ans.

Just as Martin caught Formolo, Valverde sprung from the bunch and slowly reeled in the Irishman, who won Liège in 2012. Valverde caught Martin with 300 meters to go, and sprinted around him for the win.

The victory caps off an impressive spring for Valverde, who turns 37 this coming Tuesday. He has won four stage races — the tours of Catalonia, the Basque Country, Andalusia and his home region of Murcia — already this season, and two one-day classics.

Full results

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 6:24:27
  • 2. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 3. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at :03
  • 4. Michael MATTHEWS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :03
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :03
  • 6. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :03
  • 7. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :03
  • 8. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 9. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 10. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :07
  • 11. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :07
  • 12. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :07
  • 13. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :07
  • 14. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :10
  • 15. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 16. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 17. Rudy MOLARD, FDJ, at :14
  • 18. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :14
  • 19. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 20. Patrick KONRAD, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 21. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :14
  • 22. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 23. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :14
  • 24. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 25. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 26. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :28
  • 27. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :34
  • 28. Daniel MORENO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :51
  • 29. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :54
  • 30. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :54
  • 31. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :54
  • 32. Lawrence WARBASSE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :54
  • 33. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :54
  • 34. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :54
  • 35. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :54
  • 36. Simone PETILLI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :54
  • 37. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :54
  • 38. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :54
  • 39. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :54
  • 40. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :54
  • 41. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :54
  • 42. Floris DE TIER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :54
  • 43. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :54
  • 44. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :54
  • 45. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :54
  • 46. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :54
  • 47. Sam OOMEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :54
  • 48. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :54
  • 49. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :54
  • 50. Serge PAUWELS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:00
  • 51. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:00
  • 52. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 53. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:00
  • 54. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:08
  • 55. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:56
  • 56. Lilian CALMEJANE, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 1:56
  • 57. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:13
  • 58. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:13
  • 59. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:13
  • 60. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:22
  • 61. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:29
  • 62. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:38
  • 63. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 3:38
  • 64. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 3:50
  • 65. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:50
  • 66. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:50
  • 67. Stefan DENIFL, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 3:50
  • 68. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:42
  • 69. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:42
  • 70. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 4:42
  • 71. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 4:50
  • 72. Giovanni VISCONTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 5:01
  • 73. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 5:31
  • 74. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:31
  • 75. Eliot LIETAER, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:31
  • 76. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:31
  • 77. Yoann BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 5:31
  • 78. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 5:35
  • 79. Diego ROSA, TEAM SKY, at 5:35
  • 80. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:35
  • 81. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:41
  • 82. Fabien GRELLIER, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 6:14
  • 83. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:27
  • 84. Thomas SPRENGERS, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 7:40
  • 85. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:40
  • 86. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at 7:40
  • 87. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:40
  • 88. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:40
  • 89. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 7:40
  • 90. Mark CHRISTIAN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 7:40
  • 91. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 7:40
  • 92. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 7:40
  • 93. Matej MOHORIC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 7:40
  • 94. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:40
  • 95. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 7:40
  • 96. Sébastien DELFOSSE, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 7:40
  • 97. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:40
  • 98. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:40
  • 99. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:40
  • 100. José MENDES, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 7:40
  • 101. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:40
  • 102. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 7:40
  • 103. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:40
  • 104. Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY, at 7:40
  • 105. Cesare BENEDETTI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 7:40
  • 106. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:40
  • 107. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:40
  • 108. BENOIT VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 7:40
  • 109. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 7:40
  • 110. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at 7:40
  • 111. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:40
  • 112. Thomas VOECKLER, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 7:40
  • 113. Jonathan HIVERT, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 7:40
  • 114. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:40
  • 115. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:40
  • 116. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:52
  • 117. Anthony PEREZ, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 8:41
  • 118. Romain SICARD, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 9:15
  • 119. Antoine WARNIER, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 10:39
  • 120. Brian NAULEAU, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 10:39
  • 121. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:39
  • 122. Perrig QUEMENEUR, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 10:39
  • 123. Gregory HABEAUX, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 10:39
  • 124. Christophe MASSON, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 10:39
  • 125. Dries VAN GESTEL, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 10:39
  • 126. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 10:39
  • 127. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:39
  • 128. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 10:39
  • 129. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 10:39
  • 130. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:39
  • 131. Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 10:39
  • 132. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 10:44
  • 133. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 11:32
  • 134. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:11
  • 135. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:11
  • 136. Aaron GATE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 13:11
  • 137. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:11
  • 138. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:11
  • 139. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – SCOTT, at 13:11
  • 140. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 13:11
  • 141. Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 13:11
  • 142. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 13:11
  • 143. Michel KREDER, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 13:11
  • 144. Romain GUILLEMOIS, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 13:32
  • 145. Grega BOLE, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 13:32
  • 146. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:55
  • 147. Quentin JAUREGUI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:55
  • 148. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 14:09
  • 149. Benjamin DECLERCQ, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 14:41
  • 150. Aime DE GENDT, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 14:41
  • 151. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 14:41
  • 152. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 15:35
  • 153. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at 16:39
  • DNF Ludovic ROBEET, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • DNF Martijn BUDDING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Steven LAMMERTINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF CEDRIC PINEAU, FDJ
  • 163. Thomas DERUETTE, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • 164. Dimitri PEYSKENS, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • 165. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • 166. Preben VAN HECKE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • 167. Kevin DELTOMBE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • 168. Lars Petter NORDHAUG, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • 169. Conor DUNNE, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • 170. Daniel PEARSON, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • 171. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY
  • 172. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT
  • 173. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • 174. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • 175. Eros CAPECCHI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS
  • 176. Olivier PARDINI, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • 177. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • 178. Kenneth VAN ROOY, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • 179. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT
  • 180. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA – SCOTT
  • 181. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI
  • 182. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM
  • 183. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • 184. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB
  • 185. Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB
  • 186. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM SUNWEB
  • 187. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • 188. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • 189. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK – STEP FLOORS
  • 190. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • 191. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • 192. Jérôme BAUGNIES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • 193. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • 194. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • 195. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • 196. Jerome COUSIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • 197. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • 198. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • 199. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • 200. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO

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Women’s Liège: Van der Breggen sweeps Ardennes http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/womens-liege-van-der-breggen-sweeps-ardennes_436169 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/womens-liege-van-der-breggen-sweeps-ardennes_436169#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:11:04 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436169 With a win Sunday in the women's Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Anna van der Breggen delivered a clean sweep of the three hilly one-day classics.

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With a victory Sunday in the inaugural women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Anna Van der Breggen delivered a clean sweep of the three hilly one-day classics, having won Amstel Gold Race one week ago and La Flèche Wallonne Wednesday.

“I was aiming to be good this week, but I never expected something like this,” said Van der Breggen. “It was an important week. I hoped to win one of them. I think Liège is a beautiful race, so if I could win this one, I’d be really happy but to win three of them. Wow.”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM3:42:17
  • 2. Elizabeth DEIGNAN, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+17
  • 3. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM+19
  • 4. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB+31
  • 5. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA – SCOTT+31
  • 6. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+31
  • 7. Shara GILLOW, FDJ+31
  • 8. Olga ZABELINSKAYA, BEPINK COGEAS+31
  • 9. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5+34
  • 10. Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+41

Not only was Van der Breggen the same winner in the last three Women’s WorldTour races, the rest of the podium was exactly the same as it was in the two prior rounds. The Dutchwoman’s Boels-Dolmans teammate Lizzie Deignan was second, and WM3’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma was third.

Niewiadoma initiated the winning breakaway near the top of the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, the third major hill in the 132km race. The Boels duo followed, along with Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) and Ashleigh Moolman-Paiso (Cervelo-Bigla).

Van der Breggen escaped over the final climb, Côte de Saint Nicolas, and rode alone to victory, enjoying the advantage of having her teammate patrolling the chase group behind.

The Olympic champion Van der Breggen, 27, came home with a 17-second advantage on her teammate, the former world champion, who out-sprinted the Polish 22-year-old.

“I thought I could try it, and if it didn’t work, I still had Lizzie behind me,” said Van der Breggen added. “That’s where I had an advantage. Because Lizzie is there, people are more hesitant to react to my attack. They know Lizzie can sprint really well.”

Full results

  • 1. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM3:42:17
  • 2. Elizabeth DEIGNAN, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+17
  • 3. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM+19
  • 4. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB+31
  • 5. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA – SCOTT+31
  • 6. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+31
  • 7. Shara GILLOW, FDJ+31
  • 8. Olga ZABELINSKAYA, BEPINK COGEAS+31
  • 9. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5+34
  • 10. Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+41
  • 11. Janneke ENSING, ALE CIPOLLINI+48
  • 12. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+1:33
  • 13. Leah KIRCHMANN, TEAM SUNWEB+1:33
  • 14. Claudia LICHTENBERG, WIGGLE HIGH5+1:33
  • 15. Sabrina STULTIENS, TEAM SUNWEB+1:33
  • 16. Audrey CORDON RAGOT, WIGGLE HIGH5+1:33
  • 17. Anouska KOSTER, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM+1:33
  • 18. Martina RITTER, DROPS+1:33
  • 19. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, LENSWORLD – KUOTA+1:33
  • 20. Katrine AALERUD, HITEC PRODUCTS+1:37
  • 21. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+1:37
  • 22. Marie VILMANN, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+1:40
  • 23. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING+1:48
  • 24. Vita HEINE, HITEC PRODUCTS+2:00
  • 25. Margarita Victoria GARCIA, BIZKAIA – DURANGO+2:03
  • 26. Katrin GARFOOT, ORICA – SCOTT+2:24
  • 27. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA – SCOTT+2:24
  • 28. Anna CHRISTIAN, DROPS+2:24
  • 29. Roxane KNETEMANN, FDJ+2:37
  • 30. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE CYCLING+2:46
  • 31. Polona BATAGELJ, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+2:48
  • 32. Dani KING, CYLANCE CYCLING+2:48
  • 33. Ann-Sophie DUYCK, DROPS+2:50
  • 34. Eri YONAMINE, FDJ+2:50
  • 35. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+2:53
  • 36. Amelie RIVAT, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM+3:32
  • 37. Lorena LLAMAS, BIZKAIA – DURANGO+4:06
  • 38. Kelly VAN DEN STEEN, SVG+7:24
  • 39. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE CYCLING+7:24
  • 40. Sofie DE VUYST, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM+7:24
  • 41. Sofia BERTIZZOLO, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM+8:00
  • 42. Agnieszka SKALNIAK, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM+8:00
  • 43. Floortje MACKAIJ, TEAM SUNWEB+8:00
  • 44. Elise DELZENNE, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES+8:00
  • 45. Moniek TENNIGLO, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM+8:00
  • 46. Charlotte BRAVARD, FDJ+8:00
  • 47. Anna POTOKINA, SERVETTO GIUSTA+8:00
  • 48. Camilla PEDERSEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN+8:00
  • 49. Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, BIZKAIA – DURANGO+8:00
  • 50. Lara VIECELI, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM+8:00
  • 51. Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ, SERVETTO GIUSTA+8:00
  • 52. Mónika KIRÁLY, S.C. MICHELA FANINI+8:00
  • 53. Anisha VEKEMANS, ALE CIPOLLINI+8:00
  • 54. Iraida GARCIA OCASIO, S.C. MICHELA FANINI+8:00
  • 55. Stephanie POHL, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+8:00
  • 56. Claudia KOSTER, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN+8:04
  • 57. Victorie GUILMAN, FDJ+8:04
  • 58. Hanna NILSSON, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+8:04
  • 59. Urša PINTAR, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+8:04
  • 60. Daniela REIS, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM+8:13
  • 61. Wubbigje Regina KNOL, CYLANCE CYCLING+8:16
  • 62. Alison JACKSON, BEPINK COGEAS+8:18
  • 63. Anna CEOLONI, S.C. MICHELA FANINI+8:19
  • 64. Soraya PALADIN, ALE CIPOLLINI+8:26
  • 65. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, LENSWORLD – KUOTA+9:18
  • 66. Christine MAJERUS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM+9:18
  • 67. Abby-Mae PARKINSON, DROPS+9:44
  • 68. Alice BARNES, DROPS+9:44
  • 69. Eugenia BUJAK, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA+9:44
  • 70. Kseniya TUHAI, BEPINK COGEAS+9:44
  • 71. Nathalie VERSCHELDEN, LENSWORLD – KUOTA+9:44
  • 72. Olena PAVLUKHINA, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM+9:44
  • 73. Milagro MENA, SAS – MACOGEP+9:44
  • 74. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING+9:44
  • 75. Annette EDMONDSON, WIGGLE HIGH5+9:44
  • 76. Jessy DRUYTS, SVG+9:44
  • 77. Roos HOOGEBOOM, BIZKAIA – DURANGO+9:44
  • 78. Alice GASPARINI, SERVETTO GIUSTA+9:44
  • 79. Daiva TUSLAITE, ALE CIPOLLINI+9:44
  • 80. Francesca BALDUCCI, S.C. MICHELA FANINI+9:44
  • 81. Shani BLOCH-DAVIDOV, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN+9:44
  • 82. Allie DRAGOO, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+9:44
  • 83. Jenelle CROOKS, ORICA – SCOTT+9:44
  • 84. Lauren KITCHEN, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM+9:44
  • 85. Georgia WILLIAMS, ORICA – SCOTT+9:44
  • 86. Malgorzata JASINSKA, CYLANCE CYCLING+9:44
  • 87. Hannah BARNES, CANYON SRAM RACING+9:44
  • 88. Trixi WORRACK, CANYON SRAM RACING+9:44
  • 89. Gracie ELVIN, ORICA – SCOTT+9:44
  • 90. Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS+9:44
  • 91. Tatiana GUDERZO, LENSWORLD – KUOTA+9:48
  • 92. Susanna ZORZI, DROPS+9:48
  • 93. Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, LENSWORLD – KUOTA+9:48
  • 94. Femke VERSTICHELEN, BIZKAIA – DURANGO+9:58
  • 95. Giorgia BRONZINI, WIGGLE HIGH5+10:17
  • 96. Lotta LEPISTÖ, CERVELO – BIGLA PRO CYCLING TEAM+10:17
  • 97. Pauline ALLIN, SAS – MACOGEP+11:48
  • 98. Sarah INGHELBRECHT, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM+13:50
  • DNF Ting Ying HUANG, SERVETTO GIUSTA
  • DNF Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Nina KESSLER, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Tereza MEDVEDOVA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Katia RAGUSA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Thalita DE JONG, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Saartje VANDENBROUCKE, LARES – WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Natalie KERWIN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF AMBER LEONE NEBEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Doris SCHWEIZER, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT, CANYON SRAM RACING
  • DNF Valeriya KONONENKO, S.C. MICHELA FANINI
  • DNF Jutatip MANEEPHAN, S.C. MICHELA FANINI
  • DNF Soline LAMBOLEY, SAS – MACOGEP
  • DNF Irena OSSOLA, SAS – MACOGEP
  • DNF Iris SACHET, SAS – MACOGEP
  • DNF Valerie DEMEY, SVG
  • DNF Fien DELBAERE, SVG
  • DNF Susanne ANDERSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF KSENIIA DOBRYNINA, SERVETTO GIUSTA
  • DNF Sofia BEGGIN, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM
  • DNF Mayuko HAGIWARA, WIGGLE HIGH5
  • DNF Jeanne KOREVAAR, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Aude BIANNIC, FDJ
  • DNF Miho YOSHIKAWA, BIZKAIA – DURANGO
  • DNF Juliette LABOUS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Rozanne SLIK, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Celine VAN SEVEREN, SVG
  • DNF Mieke KROEGER, CANYON SRAM RACING
  • DNF Valentina SCANDOLARA, WM3 PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Carlee TAYLOR, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Marta TAGLIAFERRO, CYLANCE CYCLING
  • DNF Kaat HANNES, LENSWORLD – KUOTA
  • DNF Jessie DAAMS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Isabelle BECKERS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Annelies DOM, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Chantal HOFFMANN, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Mia RADOTIC, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA
  • DNF Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA
  • DNF Anna TREVISI, ALE CIPOLLINI

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Tour of the Gila: White and Young win stage 4 crit http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/tour-gila-white-young-win-stage-4-crit_436163 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/tour-gila-white-young-win-stage-4-crit_436163#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:51:39 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436163 Rally cycling team goes two-for-two Saturday at Tour of the Gila, with Emma White and Eric Young winning the Silver City criterium.

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The Rally cycling team went two-for-two Saturday at Tour of the Gila, with Emma White and Eric Young winning the women’s and men’s Silver City criterium in New Mexico. The overall leaders remained the same after the criterium with UnitedHealthcare’s Tayler Wiles holding the jersey in the women’s race and Friday’s time trial winner Evan Huffman (Rally) keeping his GC lead.

White, 19, is a former U.S. junior national cyclocross champion. She surprised the field on the hilly crit course and won by three bike lengths. Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) sprinted to second place, and Lizzie Williams (Hagens Berman-Supermint) was third. After stage 4, Wiles was 27 seconds ahead of stage 3 winner Leah Thomas (Sho-Air Twenty20), with Winder third, 1:11 out of the lead.

“There were attacks the last three laps of the race,” said White. “We lost one of our teammates yesterday in the time trial, she fell and broke her collarbone so we were down to four riders today. So we decided to use our teammates to cover attacks and I surfed on fast wheels and went on my own.

“Coming through the last corner I was sixth wheel and it’s a long sprint so I followed some wheels and came around at the last moment and took it.”

Saturday was Young’s second win of the week after his victory in stage 2. He was followed home by UHC’s Travis McCabe in second and Jose Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS) in third. Young’s Rally teammate Huffman leads the overall by 25 seconds on Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel). Another Rally man, Matteo Dal-Cin, who won stage 1, is third, 30 seconds back.

“On the last lap the Cylance guys had the front and were doing a great job,” Eric Young said. “I went through on the second wheel behind Karl Menzies who’s a pretty experienced racer. That was a perfect position to sprint from and I did. No one came around me. This was a little less painful than stage 2.”

Racing concludes Sunday with the Gila Monster stage. This fifth and final race will be 110.9km for the women and 161.9km for the men.

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Sea Otter Classic 2017 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/sea-otter-classic-2017_436293 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/sea-otter-classic-2017_436293#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:37:26 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436293 Take a (virtual) stroll through Sea Otter Classic to check out the cool gear and other stuff spotted at the biggest cycling festival in the

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We were on the ground all week at the 27th Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California — were you? If not, take a (virtual) stroll through our liveblogs from the week to check out some of the cool gear and other stuff spotted at the biggest cycling festival in the U.S.

Thursday, April 20: Rotor, Assos, Shinola, and more

Friday, April 21: Crankbrothers, Marin, Boa, FSA, TRP, and more

Saturday: Specialized, Fat Chance, Yakima, Douchebags, and more

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Ringing ears at the Little 500 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/ringing-ears-little-500_436151 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/ringing-ears-little-500_436151#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:33:54 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436151 The Champs-Élyseés has nothing on this. Not in pomp nor circumstance, not in fervor, certainly not in volume. True, Indiana

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The Champs-Élyseés has nothing on this. Not in pomp nor circumstance, not in fervor, certainly not in volume. True, Indiana University’s Little 500 race lacks some global status (and some big names), but don’t even try to tell these women that. You won’t get very far.

The Little 500 held it’s 30th women’s edition on Friday, and my ears are still ringing. One hundred laps of a 400-meter cinder track on flat-pedal singlespeeds with coaster brakes, just over an hour of racing in front of thousands of students, drunk on enthusiasm and definitely beer, culminating in what my Indiana-born Little 5 guide described as “the most ballsy Little 5 win, maybe ever.” The Thetas (Kappa Alpha Theta) attacked early, some sixty laps in, off the back of an exchange from their rival, Delta Gamma. It was a burn-plus-one, in Little 5 parlance, taking advantage of the slowdown in a rival’s exchange. And it was ballsy. “Nobody ever goes that early,” Charlie Hammon, who will race Saturday, told me. “I’m not sure they can hold it.”

They could.

“We love our riders, we love,” the Thetas chanted, over and over and over again. At least a hundred of them, decked out in Theta Cycling t-shirts, screaming their lungs out. Most have never seen another bike race, couldn’t tell you who Chris Froome is. But they know Evelyn Malcomb, Sydney Keaton, Rachel Brown, and Grace Bennett. They love their riders, yes they do. And the noise when Bennett crossed the line, my word. Perhaps the ringing will stop before the men’s race Saturday afternoon, just so it can start all over again.

Fans rushed the track, ran behind their girls in a victory lap, yelled and cried and hugged. The pride was palpable. The bragging rights, unbeatable.

“I’m shocked. I’m shocked. I’m so happy,” Malcomb said, standing fifty yards past the finish line, her voice cracking. “It’s the best thing in the world, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have the best team that just pulled that off.”

Credit: Nick Hartman

It wasn’t luck, though. The attack was perfectly timed in a race where timing is everything. The format and long track of Little 500, raced in teams of four on two bikes with exchanges like a sort of flat-pedal Madison, make it difficult to gain any real separation. “More often than not, the window of opportunity closes before they get back around to me and I can tell them what to do on the white board,” said the team’s coach, Ryan Knapp. “I just try to teach them what an opportunity looks like. They spotted this one.” The gap reached 16 seconds — massive in this race, where speeds are governed by the tiny gear — then shrunk to zero in the waning laps as Alpha Omicron Pi bridged across. It became a battle of the closers, and there was no touching Theta’s Bennett.

“I am hit by waves of realization that it actually happened,” said Brown. When will it settle in? “In the shower later, when I’m having a beer.”

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Gallery: Tour of the Gila 2017, stage 3 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/gallery-tour-gila-2017-stage-3_436132 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/gallery-tour-gila-2017-stage-3_436132#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:33:44 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436132 New Mexico's Tour of the Gila moved into the 26-kilometer stage 3 individual time trial with Leah Thomas and Evan Huffman taking top honors.

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Sea Otter 2017 liveblog: Saturday http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/sea-otter-2017-liveblog-saturday_436123 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/sea-otter-2017-liveblog-saturday_436123#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:04:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436123 Follow along as news director Spencer Powlison checks out all of the cool new tech, cycling culture, events, and more at Sea Otter.

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From racing to new tech announcements, mountain biking to road, the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California has it all. Held annually since 1991, this is one America’s biggest cycling events with 10,000 athletes and 71,000 fans. Follow along as news director Spencer Powlison checks out all of the cool new tech, cycling culture, events, and more this week in California.Catch up on Thursday and Friday’s Sea Otter liveblogs.

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Peloton loses the eternal smile of Scarponi http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/commentary/peloton-loses-eternal-smile-scarponi_436120 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/commentary/peloton-loses-eternal-smile-scarponi_436120#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:36:10 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436120 While journalist Andrew Hood only knew Michele Scarponi professionally, his fondest memory of the fallen cyclist will always be his smile.

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I didn’t know Michele Scarponi personally, but every time I made contact with him working as a journalist, one thing always stayed with me: his smile.

Scarponi was always quick with a grin and a quip for the press corps, even when the questions always weren’t so savory. And though his rapid-fire Italian sometimes made it tricky to understand everything he was saying, there was no hiding Scarponi’s authentic joy of life.

The peloton lost one of its true characters Saturday morning in a tragic accident that reminds everyone of the dangers that every cyclist faces when they’re out on the open roads.

Italian media reported that a van struck Scarponi at an intersection during a training ride Saturday morning near his hometown of Filottrano in Italy’s Marche region. Emergency officials evacuated him by helicopter, but he died from trauma injuries while en route to a hospital. He was 37 years old, and leaves behind a wife and two twin sons.

Nicknamed “Scarpa,” the popular rider among his peers had just returned home overnight from the Tour of the Alps, where he won the opening stage in his first victory in nearly four years and finished fourth overall.

He posted a photo on his Twitter account Friday night, with his sons mounted on his back.

The sudden loss was too much for his friends and colleagues to accept.

“This is a tragedy too big to be written,” Astana officials wrote in a press release. “We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation.”

It’s that grin, and joy of racing is what everyone will remember. Rain or shine, in victory or loss, Scarponi was always radiant.

This past week, the cycling world witnessed the best of Scarponi during the Tour of the Alps. He was ecstatic with what was his first victory in nearly four years when he won the opening stage, collapsing with tears of joy into the arms of his soigneurs and teammates.

He later dedicated the victory to his compatriots in his native Abruzzi region who have suffered through a string of devastating earthquakes. And he was the first to congratulate Geraint Thomas when the Sky rider attacked to take away the race leader’s from his shoulders for good. Scarponi had no pretensions, just good intentions.

A fifteen-year professional, Scarponi was a one-of-a-kind, and was known just as much for his hijinks and sense of humor off the bike as he was for his exploits in the peloton. According to Belgian pro Sep Vanmarcke, Scarponi would occasionally break out into song during a race. I never personally witnessed that, but I am sure every pro that did will remember it forever.

Scarponi lived the highs and lows that came with being a professional cyclist, but he never lost his contagious smile and sense of humor. Even when linked to the “Operación Puerto” doping scandal that blew up in 2006, he didn’t complain about being one of the few who actually ended up serving a ban (Scarponi was banned for 15 months), he simply asked that he didn’t get stuck with the label as a career-long doper.

After his ban, Scarponi got a lifeline from Gianni Savio, and paid back the favor by winning the 2009 Tirreno-Adriatico and, the following year, won a stage during the 2010 Giro d’Italia won by Ivan Basso (who also was entangled in the Puerto affair).

The next season, he was the only rider able to even stay close to Contador during the 2011 Giro, yet after the Spaniard was disqualified for his ongoing legal challenge for a clenbuterol positive during the 2010 Tour de France, Scarponi was declared the winner. Again, Scarponi revealed his class, and didn’t parade around like he was a big champion, but added discreetly that he would have liked to win the Giro in another manner.

Scarponi’s third act came when he joined the Astana outfit in 2014 and emerged as one of the peloton’s most effective workers. He provided key help in Vincenzo Nibali’s 2014 Tour de France as well as last year at the Giro. On Saturday, Nibali (who tried to bring Scarponi with him to Bahrain-Merida) said he was at a loss for words to express his sense of loss.

Scarponi’s accomplishments on the bike were often dwarfed by his bigger-than-life personality. He was simply a very funny guy. Like many, I was often in guffaws over Scarponi and his newfound feathered friend, Frankje the macaw. Scarponi posted several video clips of the blue-and-green macaw following along during his training rides near his home.

Last fall, I called him up to get the real story. In a 20-minute conversation that was pure Scarponi — full of laughs and energy, and all at full-speed — he explained that Frankje wasn’t his pet, but that of a neighbor in a nearby village who allowed the big macaw to fly freely from house to house. One morning, Scarponi pedaled past, he suddenly found himself the center of attention of the parrot, and he feared the big bird was going to attack him. Scarponi recounted how he eventually befriended the big bird, and would call out every time he pedaled past.

“I don’t know if Frankje thinks he’s a cyclist, or he thinks I’m a macaw,” Scarponi explained with a laugh. “Perhaps he thinks we belong to the same team, because the color of my Astana jersey is similar to his feathers!”

On one foggy morning, Scarponi recounted how he pedaled past and called out, but he spied Frankje watching from inside a window, unable to tag along for the ride, squawking in despair at missing out on the fun.

After Saturday’s tragic news, Frankje won’t be the only one  missing Scarponi.

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Italy’s Scarponi killed in training crash http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/italys-scarponi-killed-training-crash_436114 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/italys-scarponi-killed-training-crash_436114#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:48:25 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436114 Veteran Italian Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike.

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Rome (AFP) — Veteran Italian Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, plunging the cycling world into mourning.

“This is a tragedy too big to be written,” Astana said in a statement, paying tribute to the 37-year-old, who won the Giro d’Italia in 2011.

“Ciao Michele,” Astana wrote on Twitter.

The fatal crash happened on a crossroad near his home in central Italy and he leaves behind a wife and two children, Astana said.

Citing police sources, the Italian daily Il Resto del Carlino said that the driver of the vehicle “did not see” Scarponi.

The cycling star, whose professional career began in 2002, was in the twilight of his career but proved his enduring quality on Monday when he took his first victory in four years in the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps.

He outsprinted Briton Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot of France to claim the early lead of the race, a key warm-up event ahead of next month’s Giro d’Italia, the first of the year’s Grand Tours.

Scarponi was gearing up for another tilt at the Giro, which starts on May 5 in Sardinia, when the collision occurred in Filottrano, in Ancona province.

He was set to lead the Astana team at the showpiece after injury to Fabio Aru.

“Immense tragedy. There are no words. Rest in peace my friend,” Aru tweeted.

Scarponi won the 2011 Giro after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping. The Italian was himself suspended for doping for 18 months between 2007 and 2008.

Contador was among the first to express his shock, tweeting that he was “paralysed and speechless.”

He described Scarponi as “a great person and always with a contagious smile.”

Astana said Scarponi had gone home after finishing fourth on Friday in the Tour of the Alps and spent the evening with his young family.

“This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened,” the team statement said. “We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was a real milestone and a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team,” it said.

“The Astana Pro Team clings to the Michele family in this incredibly painful moment of sorrow and mourning.”

Other cycling teams expressed their sadness.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends and team of Michele Scarponi, who passed away this morning in a traffic incident,” Quick-Step Cycling team said on Twitter.

That was echoed by the BMC Racing Team, who tweeted: “Our thoughts are with you all.”

Scarponi’s death underlines the dangers faced by professional cyclists training on the roads.

In January 2016 six riders from the Giant-Alpecin team, including Frenchman Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb of Germany, were seriously injured after being hit by a car during a training trip to Spain.

Two months later Frenchman Romain Guyot, a young cyclist with the Vendee U team, died after being struck on his bike.

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Huffman continues Rally dominance at Gila TT http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/huffman-continues-rally-dominance-gila-tt_436109 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/huffman-continues-rally-dominance-gila-tt_436109#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:11:38 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436109 The Rally Pro Cycling team continued its dominance at New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila, with rider Evan Huffman winning Friday’s

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The Rally Pro Cycling team continued its dominance at New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila, with rider Evan Huffman winning Friday’s individual time trial and slotting into the race lead. Huffman took over the GC from his teammate Matteo Dal-Cin, who won the race’s opening stage on Wednesday.

Huffman’s stage victory follows the stage 2 win by Rally’s Eric Young on Thursday.

Huffman finished the 16.7-mile course in 33:07, finishing 25 seconds up on TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel), with Nigel Ellsay (Silber) finishing third, 35 seconds down. Rally placed three riders in the top-10, with Dal-Cin finishing sixth and Rob Britton finishing 7th, 46 and 49 seconds in arrears respectively.

Huffman, 27, won the same Tour of the Gila time trial stage in 2012. After winning on Friday, Huffman said his legs felt better during the recent effort than they did in 2012.

“I felt fantastic today, both physically and mentally,” Huffman said. ““This is my fifth time doing this. I felt really good, speed and power wise, and made it happen. I’m really happy. This time is a little different now that I’m in the leader jersey. I think I have a legitimate shot at holding it to the last day.”

Eisenhart’s performance bumped him up from 22nd place to second place, while previous Dal-Cin moved down to third place heading into Saturday’s downtown criterium.

“I went out there, had a target of power that I wanted to hit and stuck to that plan,” Eisenhart said. “I didn’t panic, stayed in my limit. My plan today was to put as much time into the climbers as possible. To finish second to a guy like Huffman is an honor. I’m happy with my time, I honestly went out there and had fun.”

Eisenhart’s teammate Brendan Rhim was the first rider to spend a considerable amount of time in the hot seat, clocking an impressive 34:48 as one of the early starters. George Simpson (Gateway Harley Davidson) knocked Rhim out of the top spot with a time of 34:26, which was good enough to get the young rider into the top 10 at the end of the day.

Simpson’s result stood the test of time until Huffman and Eisenhart came across the line, and from then on, no one could top them.

Huffman said he hopes Rally can continue its dominating performance during Saturday’s criterium. The team will be working for Young.

“Eric (Young) is in top sprinting form so we may also try to set him up for a shot at the finish,” Huffman said. “The final stage will be incredibly difficult, as always. I have a good advantage on most of the pure climbers, and the team is riding well, so I’m confident I can keep the jersey until the end.”

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