Road – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png Road – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 A day in the life of Ian Garrison http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/a-day-in-the-life-of-ian-garrison_454797 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:27:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454797 Ian Garrison is one of the country’s premier up-and-coming racers, and a member of the Hagens Berman Axeon pro cycling team.

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Ian Garrison is one of the country’s premier up-and-coming racers, and a member of the Hagens Berman Axeon pro cycling team. He’s also a member of USA Cycling’s national team development program, funded by donations to USA Cycling’s Foundation. 

My daily schedule varies depending on what time of the week, month, or year it is, but for the most part, I try and keep relatively structured. This schedule outlines what my typical training day looks during the off-season, a time where building a foundation for the season is key, but without of the specifics that come with in-season training.

I have a couple of goals in mind when building my off-season training day. The first is low mental stress. There will be plenty of nose to the grindstone days during the race season and for that reason, the offseason is about resetting mind and body so that I can come in as fresh as possible come March. The second is keeping in mind my goals for the upcoming season. I find it helpful to remember what you are working towards and because I will be starting part of my season with the National Team at the U23 spring classics, these races act as a target while moving through the off-season months.

With all that in mind, here’s what a typical day of training might look like for me.

7:30am: Wake up

● I’ll start drinking a liter of water and finish it by the time I am done at the gym

7:30am-8:00am: 20 minutes of meditation

● My coach introduced meditation to me and over the years it has just become part of my morning routine

8:15am-9:15am: Gym

● The gym is a great resource to help lay the foundation in the off-season. Sessions are
never crushing, they just for a different type of muscle stimulation and strength building
● My workouts consist of a combination of exercises, primary focused around the legs (as
you would assume)

Photo credit: Ian Garrison

9:20am-9:40am: Breakfast

● I find I have to eat a large breakfast or else I’m starving by dinner time.
● I pretty much eat the same thing every day, varying quantity depending on the day’s training load.
● What I eat: Eggs with vegetables (spinach or Kale), oatmeal, and a cup of coffee
(Aeropressed)
● I’ll also use this time to try to respond to whatever emails I need to or complete any little
things around the house that need to be done

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10:30am-4pm: Ride

● On a big day, my ride will be anywhere from 4 to 5.5 hours
● Now that it is winter time I am not doing any serious intervals or efforts. The riding is
steady and moderate to easy.
● I may occasionally include some one-legged pedaling drills or a short sprint to wake up
the legs a bit during long rides

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4pm-5pm: Post Ride Recovery

● To start I’ll grab a light recovery drink: a mix of carbohydrates and protein to cover my
main nutrition bases and take the edge off while I find make something to eat
● Shower
● Next I’ll eat a decent meal: Tuna, rice and vegetables for example
● Stretching and foam rolling: I will usually foam roll first and then run through a series of
stretches to help flush everything out

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5pm-7pm: Free time

● Pretty straightforward
● I might play guitar or piano, or begin to prepare dinner if I am having people over
● But if the ride was hard enough I might must lay on the couch and do nothing

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7pm-8pm: Dinner

● Dinner is the biggest opportunity for me to work on my cooking skills so I’ll usually put a
considerable amount of effort of it
● I have no set meal plan or diet, I try and switch things up each night and make food that I
want to eat (within reason). Plenty of vegetables, some carbs and proteins.
● I also enjoy cooking for other people so I’ll do that a couple of times per week

8-9:30: Relax

● Usually reading, watching or messing around with instruments

Photo credit: Gavin Hoover

10:00pm: Sleep

● I notice a huge difference in how I feel on the bike depending on how much I have slept
so I always aim to get between 9.5 and 10 hours

7:30am: Wake up and Repeat!

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Gallery: Santos Tour Down Under 2018, stage 2 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/gallery/gallery-santos-tour-2018-stage-2_454986 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/gallery/gallery-santos-tour-2018-stage-2_454986#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:29:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454986 Caleb Ewan sprinted to the win on stage two of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under on Wednesday in Stirling.

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Ag2r manager Lavenu says UCI should sanction Froome http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/ag2r-manager-lavenu-says-uci-sanction-froome_454978 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/ag2r-manager-lavenu-says-uci-sanction-froome_454978#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:10:48 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454978 Vincent Lavenu told VeloNews he believes the Sky rider's salbutamol case should result in a sanction by cycling's governing body.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Longtime French team manager Vincent Lavenu said “no one would understand” if Chris Froome escapes his Salbutamol case without a sanction.

“No one would understand it, neither the journalists, nor the public or the other riders, if there is not a sanction,” Lavenu told VeloNews. “It’s true that there were sanctions for similar affairs in the past, so there should be a sanction.”

Lavenu, who’s run the Ag2r La Mondiale outfit since the 1990s, called the Froome case a “delicate affair,” and accepted the inevitability of lawyers, hearings, and tribunals in the high-profile case.

“What will the sanction be? I don’t know,” he said. “I have confidence in the authorities of the UCI. There are the rules within the UCI and the WADA code, and the lawyers will be involved. There have been sanctions before in similar cases.”

Lavenu echoed an underlying frustration with the Froome case that permeates much of the peloton. He said that the case reflects negatively on the sport.

“When the leader of world cycling has an affair like this, it is all of cycling that is impacted,” Lavenu said. “It is a shame that this is where we are, because it does not help the image of cycling.”

Lavenu also pointed out inconsistencies between the UCI rules and those associated with the MPCC (Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible), a group that Lavenu’s Ag2r squad is a founding member. The MPCC urged Team Sky to sideline Froome as his case is adjudicated.

MPCC rules would require Froome to be sidelined following an adverse analytical finding, but Team Sky is not a member of the group. Instead, UCI rules allow Froome to compete during the review process, and he continues to train.

“What I am sure of is that for MPCC members, this would not happen,” he said. “When a rider has problems, we stop the rider. The first positive test — sffft — they are out. Voila! That is the reality. That is better for the image of cycling.”

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Landis: Froome’s salbutamol case could collapse Team Sky http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/landis-froomes-salbutamol-case-collapse-team-sky_454968 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/landis-froomes-salbutamol-case-collapse-team-sky_454968#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:57:25 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454968 The former pro said Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol could spell disaster for the team.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — The end could be near for cycling’s top team, according to former professional cyclist Floyd Landis.

Landis said he believes the Chris Froome salbutamol case will “implode” Team Sky, the British super team that counts five Tour de France wins over the last six years.

The American, who was briefly the 2006 Tour de France victor before he was disqualified for doping, gave evidence that led to the eventual case and lifetime cycling ban for Lance Armstrong.

“When you have someone that high-profile who suffers a ban, it usually means the whole thing implodes,” Landis told The Guardian.

“If I was on the board of directors or an executive at Sky, or any of the companies who sponsor them, I would be long gone. At some point they have to make a decision that looks ethical.”

Team Sky runs on the highest budget in cycling at $42 million per year. The team stumbled when it first debuted in 2010 but hit full-stride thereafter. It conquered the Tour with Bradley Wiggins once and with Froome four times.

It looked to withstand the Wiggins TUE and jiffy bag scandal over the last year, but the new Froome case could be too “high-profile” for the board.

The case involves Froome’s anti-doping test finding for the asthma drug salbutamol during the Vuelta a España, a race he won. He recorded 2,000 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of urine, double the allowed limit of 1,000, on stage 18. The news that anti-doping authorities are investigating the case emerged on December 13.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported Tuesday that Froome may argue a kidney problem led to the adverse reading. The case risks dragging on for months and some have said it’s bad for the sport.

Before news of the salbutamol case emerged, Froome announced an ambitious 2018 plan that sees him racing the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France on the heels of his Tour and Vuelta victories. The Giro welcomes the return of Froome, but organizers now worry about the baggage an ongoing anti-doping case may bring.

“This time Froome’s case emerged in September 2017, and the Giro starts in May, so that means a solution can be found in eight months,” Giro d’Italia director Mauro Vegni told L’Equipe.

“I want to believe that’s enough time because if not, we lose all hope in our ability to run this sport. The public wouldn’t understand it, and neither would I.”

The Giro begins May 4. Froome, according to VeloNews sources, signed a deal for 1.4 million euros with organizer RCS Sport to race.

Froome risks losing his Vuelta a España title and faces a ban of six months to two years. Any UCI decision could be appealed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or the U.K. Anti-doping Agency (UKAD).

“It’s all in the hands of the UCI. They have to guarantee that everything will be sorted out between now and then,” Vegni added.

“The Giro is a major race that attracts attention from fans worldwide, that public support can’t be abused.”

There is also the possibility that Sky could collapse if Froome is sanctioned. The team began with and runs on a zero-tolerance stance. That led to several riders being dismissed in 2012, although critics have said it does not go far enough or that a zero-tolerance approach is impossible to implement in cycling.

“There’s no belief in that zero-tolerance system anymore; that was never a real thing,” Landis said. “It was just great PR about marginal gains and all these cute little sayings they thought up.”

The 2018 season began this week with the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia. Froome is due to debut next month, perhaps at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, while trying to defend himself in a case that is destined to ramble on.

“There is evidence that salbutamol can be performance-enhancing if it’s used orally or intramuscularly. It’s very difficult to get to the level Chris Froome showed by using an inhaler. If that will form his excuse I think it’s nonsense and I don’t think many buy it,” added Landis.

“He’s trying to defend himself because he has everything to lose. I feel sympathy for him but if he doesn’t face it now, he will have to later.”

Landis’s 2006 Tour title was eventually stripped due to a high testosterone reading. He gave evidence in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) cases against Armstrong, and kick-started the ongoing Justice Department lawsuit that seeks $100 million.

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Woods aims to become more complete rider as Giro bid looms http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/woods-aims-to-become-more-complete-rider-as-giro-bid-looms_454906 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/woods-aims-to-become-more-complete-rider-as-giro-bid-looms_454906#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:55:15 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454906 The 31-year-old Canadian finished seventh at the Vuelta a Espana last year and is taking aim at a strong finish in the Giro for 2018.

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Fresh off a seventh-place overall finish at the Vuelta a España, Mike Woods is starting the 2018 season as a bona fide grand tour rider. The 31-year-old Canadian is set to target May’s Giro d’Italia, which should be quite the challenge for someone who only started racing at an elite level a few years ago.

Woods says his offseason, however, could hardly have gone better. Armed with a two-year contract with EF Education First-Drapac and some semblance of security for the first time in his cycling career, Woods was actually able to recover from the season before beginning his training campaign.

“Every offseason prior to this, I’ve lived and died by the sword. I’ve been on one-year contracts,” he told VeloNews this week in a phone interview. “I always had a very short-lived offseason, and I often had sleepless nights during the offseason thinking about how hard I had to train, how much I had to accomplish in order to move up or get to a place where I wanted to be. Whereas this offseason was super enjoyable because I got to hang out.”

Transitioning to cycling after years as a competitive runner, Woods made a name for himself at the WorldTour level as a punchy climber. He finished ninth at last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, further confirming his potential on short, steep ascents, but has been working hard to broaden his skill set. After landing his first career grand tour top-10 result last year in Spain, Woods is directing his efforts toward improving against the clock.

“A huge focus of mine over the last two months has been in time trials, and my seated power,” he said. “Prior to this offseason, I never really worked on those two disciplines because my coach and I had such a small window where, first of all, because of my age, I needed to move up really fast. And then also, even when I got onto [Slipstream], I needed to prove myself and the best way for me to prove myself was through my climbing abilities.”

Now, with time and good reasons to focus on his chrono abilities, Woods says he is already making big strides. No matter how good his preparation, however, Woods is realistic about the challenge of repeating the kind of success he had at last year’s Vuelta.

“I think at the Vuelta, I smashed it and I had a great race, but all the stars aligned. And I had no pressure,” he said. “It was amazing, the way I was handled by Juan Manuel Gárate, my director at the race. We never even talked about GC until stage 9 of the race. So I didn’t have to carry the baggage of racing a GC.”

Woods would like to improve upon the seventh overall he scored at his last grand tour start, but he isn’t interested in committing to a specific result as his objective.

“I’m going to have a lot of races prior to the Giro and because of those races, there’s all these intangibles. I could have a crash, could have an injury, could get sick,” he said. “There’s so many things that could contribute to me not achieving a certain position. All this being said, I want to do better, obviously. I’m motivated and really focused on trying to improve my standing in the Vuelta. But at this point, it’s just so far out to say, ‘I want a top five.'”

Looking ahead to the Giro’s route, Woods is particularly excited about the chance to race up Monte Zoncolan, one of professional cycling’s most brutal climbs. For Woods, the more brutal, the better.

“I found over the course of the Vuelta I progressed and I had my best performances on the hardest days,” he said. “The hardest days of racing that we do on the calendar are often the days where I’m most excited to race now.”

At 31, Woods is nearing a place in his career where most riders might find themselves hitting a plateau physically — but he says with excitement he’s only found himself getting better and better so far.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “If you talk to my coach, Paulo [Saldanha], I’m improving dramatically in all fronts. I’m improving even in things I’ve been working on a lot, like climbing, but where I’m making huge inroads is on the time trial. Before I came to [Slipstream], I probably did a total of, I don’t know, nine time trials in my entire career. So I’m physiologically improving because I’m testing my body in a completely different position, and where I’m really also improving is just my mental capacity and my level of knowledge within the races.”

His road to the Giro will likely start at the Abu Dhabi Tour, and then Woods will race both the Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta al País Vasco. From there, it’s on to the Ardennes and his final preparations for the Giro d’Italia.

Along the way, he’s making sure to learn as much about himself as possible. He has enjoyed his expedited journey from running star to cycling star so far, and is committed to finding out more over the next few seasons about where he most excels as a bike racer.

“I still think it’s really too early for me to say I’m just one thing. When I first came into the WorldTour, I was kind of pegged as this short punchy guy,” he said. “But the only reason I was pegged as a short punchy guy is that at Liège, for example, or even Flèche, they’re difficult from a positioning perspective but if you just have a really good capacity and you get a bit lucky, you’re going to have success.

“Some of these other disciplines, time trialing for example, or a GC role, they’re far more nuanced and there’s a big learning curve. I was just not able to express my abilities in those realms because I didn’t have the experience. Over the next year or two, my big goal is not necessarily to say what I’m going to be, but to discover what I’m going to be.”

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Moreno to shadow Uran in move to EF-Drapac http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/moreno-to-shadow-uran-in-move-to-ef-drapac_454950 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/moreno-to-shadow-uran-in-move-to-ef-drapac_454950#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:27:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454950 Daniel Moreno will be a key support rider for the team's leader Rigoberto Uran throughout the year, especially at the Tour de France.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Dani Moreno will live in the shadows throughout much of 2018. In the shadow, that is, of Rigoberto Urán.

The veteran Spaniard is a key signing for EF Education First-Drapac coming into 2018, and his marching orders will be giving Urán an extra wheel deep in the mountains.

“Last year, Rigo was incredible in the Tour, and he could finally show the caliber of rider he is during the most important race of the year,” Moreno said at the Santos Tour Down Under. “So this year, I think he could even be better.”

Last year, Urán enjoyed a breaking out party during the Tour de France. The colorful Colombian won a stage, finished second in two others, and rode into Paris second overall. His gap of 54 seconds to winner Chris Froome was the narrowest in the Sky captain’s four yellow jersey victories.

That performance has EF-Drapac dreaming big for 2018.

Team management began talking to Moreno last fall to bring some extra experience and some solid climbing legs to what will be a ramped-up Tour effort in 2018.

The team narrowly escaped disaster last fall but emerged with new title sponsor Education First. Moreno is the most veteran among nine new arrivals for the 2018 squad centered around Urán, classics veteran Sep Vanmarcke, and emerging star Michael Woods.

“We started to talk during the Vuelta about what I could bring to the team,” Moreno said. “For me, the idea is to help Rigo and to be with him throughout all of his races during the calendar. I hope to help go as far as possible.”

Moreno’s won such races as Flèche Wallonne, the Vuelta a Burgos, three stages at the Vuelta a España, and two stages at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

At age 36, he knows his place. Earlier in his career, he gladly worked for former teammate Joaquim Rodríguez at Katusha. His latest challenge means trying to help Urán become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as well as helping guide Woods through the Ardennes classics.

“Rigo has so much experience, but he’s still young. He hasn’t tapped out his potential yet,” Moreno said. “I also hope to have my opportunities a few times along the year, but when it comes time to work, we’ll work for the team. I expect it to be a bit like it was on Katusha, and I was able to take advantage of the opportunities from time to time when I had them.”

So far, Moreno said he’s fitting in fine with new American teammates. A pro since 2004, this is Moreno’s sixth team (riding twice for the Movistar franchise), and he said there are few differences once the rubber hits the road.

“The truth is today there are not that many differences between the WorldTour teams. Of course, there are cultural details,” he said. “Once you’re on the road and doing the work, it’s the same as any team.”

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Tour Down Under: Ewan wins difficult stage 2 into Stirling http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/tour-ewan-wins-difficult-stage-two-stirling_454945 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/tour-ewan-wins-difficult-stage-two-stirling_454945#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:07:01 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454945 Caleb Ewan won stage two of the 2018 Santos Tour Down under on Wednesday in Stirling over his teammate Daryl Impey and Jay McCarthy.

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Aussie sprinting phenom Caleb Ewan won the difficult second stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under into Stirling on Wednesday. Mitchelton-Scott finished first and second on the stage, as Daryl Impey held on for second after leading out Ewan. Ewan also took over the lead in the general classification, as former race leader Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was dropped on the rolling run-in to the finish.

GC contender and former winner in Stirling, Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe), finished third and also gained a few bonus seconds. He’s hoping to improve on his third-place overall finish from last year.

“It was a finish that probably suited Sagan better than it suited me, so to get one up on him here in a finish (like that) is a bonus,” Ewan said. “It’s probably more exciting winning on a stage you’re a bit more unsure about going into … I’m very thrilled.”

The stage was dominated by a solo breakaway by Movistar’s Jaime Castrillo who was caught with less than 15 kilometers to go in the stage.

Top 10, stage 2

  • Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON-SCOTT,1 in 04:03:55
  • Daryl Impey, MITCHELTON-SCOTT,2 at 0:00
  • Jay McCarthy, BORA – HANSGROHE,3 at 0:00
  • Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE,4 at 0:00
  • Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA – ALPECIN,5 at 0:00
  • Elia Viviani, QUICK-STEP FLOORS,6 at 0:00
  • Gorka Izagirre, BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM,7 at 0:00
  • Domenico Pozzovivo, BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM,8 at 0:00
  • Luis Leon Sanchez, ASTANA PRO TEAM,9 at 0:00
  • Carlos Barbero, MOVISTAR TEAM,10 at 0:00

Top 10 overall after stage 2

  • 1. Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON-SCOTT, in 07:54:00
  • 2. Daryl Impey, MITCHELTON-SCOTT, at 0:10
  • 3. Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 0:12
  • 4. Jay McCarthy, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 0:12
  • 5. Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA – ALPECIN, at 0:15
  • 6. Jhonatan Restrepo, TEAM KATUSHA – ALPECIN, at 0:15
  • 7. Elia Viviani, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 0:16
  • 8. Simone Consonni, UAE-TEAM EMIRATES, at 0:16
  • 9. Carlos Barbero, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 0:16
  • 10. Anthony Roux, FDJ, at 0:16

The second stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under traveled 148.6 kilometers from Unley to Stirling. The riders tackled a 21-kilometer finishing circuit in Stirling to end the stage that was by no means flat. The uphill finish in Stirling isn’t too steep to purely suit the GC contenders, but gaps could form in the peloton in the run-in, so positioning entering the finale was critical.

Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac), Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), and Scott Bowden (UniSA) were in the breakaway for the second straight day but were also joined on Wednesday by neo-pro Jaime Castrillo (Movistar). Clarke won the stage into Stirling in the 2012 edition of the Tour Down Under.

Dlamini promptly crossed the only KOM point of the day first at the top of Tea Tree Gully Hill (Cat. 2, 2.5km at 6.3%) after 15 kilometers of racing. He extended his lead in the King of Mountains classification, as he won the only KOM point on stage one as well. After he won the climb, he bid goodbye to his fellow breakaway companions and rejoined the peloton.

As the riders entered the final 100 kilometers of the stage, the breakaway was pushing their advantage over the peloton toward the seven-minute mark. This got the attention of Bahrain-Merida and all of the seven riders on the team went to the front of the peloton to begin reeling back-in the three leaders.

Clarke began the second stage of the Tour Down Under sitting third overall, four seconds behind race leader and stage one winner Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal). He captured both sprint points out on the course and with them a total of six bonus seconds. This put Clarke in the virtual Ochre leader’s jersey.

After winning the second sprint point with about 70 kilometers remaining to the finish, Clarke decided to drop back to the peloton. Bowden followed suit and all of a sudden Castrillo was left all alone in the lead. The Spaniard crossed the finish line in Stirling to begin the three circuit laps with nearly four minutes over the peloton.

On the first circuit around Stirling, Bahrain-Merida continued to set a fierce pace in the peloton and had shrunk Castrillo’s lead to just 1:20. The final seven kilometers of the circuit is a gradual rolling uphill, which makes the finish more suited to a rider like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), than a pure sprinter like Ewan.

Steve Morabito (FDJ) crashed midway through the second circuit and after recovering from the initial shock of the crash, it appeared he hurt his shoulder badly. He was seen working with the race doctor and doing motions similar to popping back-in a dislocated shoulder. Morabito would remount his bike and continue, though he had lost considerable time to the peloton. He would finish the stage.

Castrillo’s day out front came to an end with 13 kilometers remaining to the finish on the last circuit around Stirling. EF Education First-Drapac was seen at the front of the peloton along with Bora-Hansgrohe.

As the riders began the final seven-kilometer drag up to the line, Team Sunweb took control of the peloton, as current race leader Greipel was seen going out the back. There would be a new leader of the race at the finish line.

Ewan was still near the front of the peloton at the five-kilometer sign and was surrounded by nearly all of his Mitchelton-Scott teammates.

The pink jerseys of EF Education First-Drapac led the peloton under the red kit marking the final kilometer of the stage. Soon after, Lotto-NL Jumbo came to the front of the peloton with two riders. Robert Gesink was sitting in second position. However, he was left on the front of the bunch much too far the finish and simply served as the final lead-out for the fast men. Impey led out Ewan, as World Champion Sagan brought McCarthy to the front from a little way back.

It appeared Sagan may take the stage win, as he went shoulder to shoulder with Ewan, but Sagan began to fade as the steep finish hill started to bite. Ewan pulled away, as Impey tucked into his slipstream and hung on for second on the stage. McCarthy finished third on the day with Sagan finishing fourth.

Ewan’s win in Stirling came as a bit of a surprise, as the steep finish doesn’t particularly suit a pure sprinter. As consolation for his incredible effort, Ewan pulled on the Ochre Leader’s jersey. He has a 10-second lead over Impey in the general classification. Sagan sits third at 12 seconds with McCarthy on the same time. McCarthy is highest in the overall among the riders contending to win the general classification.

The Santos Tour Down Under continues on Thursday with the third stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor. The 146.5km stage will finish with three laps of 13 kilometers each around Victor Harbor. The stage is expected to end in another bunch sprint finish.

Stage 2 full results

  • 1. Caleb Ewan, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, in 4:03:55
  • 2. Daryl Impey, (RSA) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Jay Mccarthy, (AUS) BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 4. Peter Sagan, (SVK) BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 5. Nathan Haas, (AUS) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 6. Elia Viviani, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 7. Gorka Izagirre Insausti, (ESP) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 8. Domenico Pozzovivo, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 9. Luis León Sanchez, (ESP) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Carlos Barbero, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Pierre Roger Latour, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 12. Anthony Roux, (FRA) FDJ, at :00
  • 13. Diego Ulissi, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 14. Daniel Moreno, (ESP) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 15. Rohan Dennis, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Timothy Roe, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 17. Simone Consonni, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 18. Jon Izaguirre Insausti, (ESP) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 19. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, (POR) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 20. Robert Gesink, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 21. Dries Devenyns, (BEL) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 22. Richie Porte, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Tom-Jelte Slagter, (NED) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 24. Rúben Guerreiro, (POR) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 25. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, (COL) TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 26. Marc Soler, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Sam Oomen, (NED) TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 28. Michael Valgren Andersen, (DEN) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Georg Preidler, (AUT) FDJ, at :00
  • 30. Enric Mas Nicolau, (ESP) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 31. Scott Davies, (GBR) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 32. Cameron Meyer, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 33. George Bennett, (NZL) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 34. Nathan Earle, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 35. Mikael Cherel, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 36. Christopher Hamilton, (AUS) TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 37. Brendan Canty, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 38. Lars Bak Ytting, (DEN) LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 39. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia, (COL) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 40. Mike Teunissen, (NED) TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 41. Eros Capecchi, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 42. Niklas Eg, (DEN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 43. Ruben Fernandez, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 44. Owain Doull, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 45. Ben Gastauer, (LUX) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 46. Laurent Didier, (LUX) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 47. Ben O’connor, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 48. Lachlan Morton, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 49. Salvatore Puccio, (ITA) TEAM SKY, at :11
  • 50. Laurens De Vreese, (BEL) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :13
  • 51. Adam James Hansen, (AUS) LOTTO SOUDAL, at :13
  • 52. William Clarke, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :13
  • 53. Artyom Zakharov, (KAZ) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 54. Maarten Wynants, (BEL) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :27
  • 55. Manuele Mori, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :32
  • 56. Stijn Vandenbergh, (BEL) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :32
  • 57. Fumiyuki Beppu, (JPN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :32
  • 58. Simon Gerrans, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 59. Tom Bohli, (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 60. Miles Scotson, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 61. Nelson Oliveira, (POR) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :32
  • 62. Jasha SÜtterlin, (GER) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :40
  • 63. Daan Olivier, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :40
  • 64. Koen De Kort, (NED) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :50
  • 65. Tiago Machado, (POR) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :54
  • 66. Patrick Bevin, (NZL) BMC RACING TEAM, at :54
  • 67. Thomas Leezer, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :58
  • 68. Steele Von Hoff, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 01:03
  • 69. Simon Clarke, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 01:04
  • 70. Nuno Matos, (POR) MOVISTAR TEAM, at 01:04
  • 71. Enrico Battaglin, (ITA) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 01:13
  • 72. Nikias Arndt, (GER) TEAM SUNWEB, at 01:15
  • 73. Mathew Hayman, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 01:42
  • 74. Jack Bauer, (NZL) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 01:42
  • 75. Zakkari Dempster, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 01:46
  • 76. Marco Marcato, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 01:49
  • 77. Matteo Bono, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 01:49
  • 78. Tom Scully, (NZL) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 02:09
  • 79. Danilo Wyss, (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM, at 02:18
  • 80. Daniel Oss, (ITA) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 02:43
  • 81. Michael Morkov, (DEN) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 02:43
  • 82. Valerio Agnoli, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 02:46
  • 83. Yukiya Arashiro, (JPN) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 02:46
  • 84. Maurits Lammertink, (NED) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 03:03
  • 85. Damien Howson, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 03:21
  • 86. Alexander Edmondson, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 03:21
  • 87. José GonÇalves, (POR) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 03:26
  • 88. Chad Haga, (USA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 03:28
  • 89. Thomas De Gendt, (BEL) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 03:46
  • 90. Pavel Kochetkov, (RUS) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 03:46
  • 91. Matteo Montaguti, (ITA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 03:46
  • 92. Nans Peters, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 03:46
  • 93. Oscar Gatto, (ITA) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 03:46
  • 94. Jaco Venter, (RSA) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 05:15
  • 95. Alexander Porter, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 05:37
  • 96. Riccardo Minali, (ITA) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 05:37
  • 97. Peter Kennaugh, (GBR) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 05:51
  • 98. Michael Storer, (AUS) TEAM SUNWEB, at 06:01
  • 99. Mitchell Docker, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 06:01
  • 100. Truls KorsÆth, (NOR) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 06:01
  • 101. Christopher Lawless, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at 07:21
  • 102. Lukasz Wisniowski, (POL) TEAM SKY, at 07:21
  • 103. Fabio Sabatini, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 07:21
  • 104. André Greipel, (GER) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 07:21
  • 105. Mark Renshaw, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 07:21
  • 106. Nico Denz, (GER) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 07:21
  • 107. Mads Würtz Schmidt, (DEN) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 08:31
  • 108. Marcel Sieberg, (GER) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 09:55
  • 109. Robert Thomas Wagner, (GER) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 09:55
  • 110. Antoine Duchesne, (CAN) FDJ, at 09:55
  • 111. Jaime Castrillo Zapater, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at 09:55
  • 112. Rüdiger Selig, (GER) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 09:55
  • 113. Nicholas Dlamini, (RSA) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 09:55
  • 114. Florian Senechal, (FRA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 09:55
  • 115. Matthieu Ladagnous, (FRA) FDJ, at 09:55
  • 116. Jens Debusschere, (BEL) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 09:55
  • 117. Mads Pedersen, (DEN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 09:55
  • 118. Logan Owen, (USA) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 11:09
  • 119. Maciej Bodnar, (POL) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 11:09
  • 120. Phil Bauhaus, (GER) TEAM SUNWEB, at 14:49
  • 121. Alex Frame, (NZL) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 14:49
  • 122. Manuele Boaro, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 14:49
  • 123. Steve Morabito, (SUI) FDJ, at 14:49
  • 124. Scott Bowden, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 14:49
  • 125. Sam Bennett, (IRL) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 14:49
  • 126. Roberto Ferrari, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 19:26
  • 127. Ramunas Navardauskas, (LTU) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 24:11
  • 128. Davide Cimolai, (ITA) FDJ, at 24:11
  • 129. Samuel Welsford, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 24:11
  • 130. Jonathan Dibben, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at 24:11
  • DNS Daniel Hoelgaard, (NOR) FDJ

GC after stage 2

  • 1. Caleb Ewan, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, in 7:54:00
  • 2. Daryl Impey, (RSA) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :10
  • 3. Peter Sagan, (SVK) BORA – HANSGROHE, at :12
  • 4. Jay Mccarthy, (AUS) BORA – HANSGROHE, at :12
  • 5. Nathan Haas, (AUS) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :15
  • 6. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia, (COL) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :15
  • 7. Elia Viviani, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 8. Simone Consonni, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :16
  • 9. Carlos Barbero, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 10. Anthony Roux, (FRA) FDJ, at :16
  • 11. Diego Ulissi, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :16
  • 12. Robert Gesink, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 13. Sam Oomen, (NED) TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 14. George Bennett, (NZL) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 15. Georg Preidler, (AUT) FDJ, at :16
  • 16. Luis León Sanchez, (ESP) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 17. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, (POR) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :16
  • 18. Pierre Roger Latour, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 19. Jon Izaguirre Insausti, (ESP) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :16
  • 20. Mikael Cherel, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 21. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, (COL) TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 22. Tom-Jelte Slagter, (NED) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 23. Christopher Hamilton, (AUS) TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 24. Ruben Fernandez, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 25. Domenico Pozzovivo, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :16
  • 26. Richie Porte, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 27. Gorka Izagirre Insausti, (ESP) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :16
  • 28. Rúben Guerreiro, (POR) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :16
  • 29. Nathan Earle, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at :16
  • 30. Brendan Canty, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :16
  • 31. Dries Devenyns, (BEL) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 32. Scott Davies, (GBR) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 33. Marc Soler, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 34. Rohan Dennis, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 35. Niklas Eg, (DEN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :16
  • 36. Lars Bak Ytting, (DEN) LOTTO SOUDAL, at :16
  • 37. Daniel Moreno, (ESP) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :16
  • 38. Michael Valgren Andersen, (DEN) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 39. Enric Mas Nicolau, (ESP) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 40. Timothy Roe, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at :16
  • 41. Ben O’connor, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 42. Lachlan Morton, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 43. Laurent Didier, (LUX) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :16
  • 44. Cameron Meyer, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :16
  • 45. Ben Gastauer, (LUX) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 46. Owain Doull, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 47. Eros Capecchi, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 48. William Clarke, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :17
  • 49. Salvatore Puccio, (ITA) TEAM SKY, at :27
  • 50. Laurens De Vreese, (BEL) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 51. Adam James Hansen, (AUS) LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 52. Artyom Zakharov, (KAZ) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :32
  • 53. Mike Teunissen, (NED) TEAM SUNWEB, at :32
  • 54. Maarten Wynants, (BEL) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :43
  • 55. Fumiyuki Beppu, (JPN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :48
  • 56. Manuele Mori, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :48
  • 57. Tom Bohli, (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 58. Stijn Vandenbergh, (BEL) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :48
  • 59. Simon Gerrans, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 60. Nelson Oliveira, (POR) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :48
  • 61. Miles Scotson, (AUS) BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 62. Daan Olivier, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :56
  • 63. Jasha SÜtterlin, (GER) MOVISTAR TEAM, at :56
  • 64. Koen De Kort, (NED) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 01:06
  • 65. Patrick Bevin, (NZL) BMC RACING TEAM, at 01:10
  • 66. Tiago Machado, (POR) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 01:10
  • 67. Thomas Leezer, (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 01:14
  • 68. Steele Von Hoff, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 01:19
  • 69. Simon Clarke, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 01:20
  • 70. Nuno Matos, (POR) MOVISTAR TEAM, at 01:20
  • 71. Enrico Battaglin, (ITA) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 01:29
  • 72. Nikias Arndt, (GER) TEAM SUNWEB, at 01:59
  • 73. Zakkari Dempster, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 02:02
  • 74. Marco Marcato, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 02:05
  • 75. Matteo Bono, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 02:05
  • 76. Mathew Hayman, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 02:16
  • 77. Tom Scully, (NZL) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 02:25
  • 78. Danilo Wyss, (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM, at 02:34
  • 79. Jack Bauer, (NZL) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 02:53
  • 80. Michael Morkov, (DEN) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 02:59
  • 81. Valerio Agnoli, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 03:02
  • 82. Yukiya Arashiro, (JPN) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 03:02
  • 83. Maurits Lammertink, (NED) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 03:19
  • 84. Daniel Oss, (ITA) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 03:23
  • 85. Alexander Edmondson, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 03:37
  • 86. José GonÇalves, (POR) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 03:42
  • 87. Damien Howson, (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 03:55
  • 88. Matteo Montaguti, (ITA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 04:02
  • 89. Nans Peters, (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 04:02
  • 90. Pavel Kochetkov, (RUS) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 04:02
  • 91. Thomas De Gendt, (BEL) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 04:02
  • 92. Oscar Gatto, (ITA) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 04:02
  • 93. Chad Haga, (USA) TEAM SUNWEB, at 04:10
  • 94. Jaco Venter, (RSA) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 05:31
  • 95. Riccardo Minali, (ITA) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 05:53
  • 96. Alexander Porter, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 05:53
  • 97. Peter Kennaugh, (GBR) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 06:07
  • 98. Mitchell Docker, (AUS) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 06:17
  • 99. Truls KorsÆth, (NOR) ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 06:17
  • 100. André Greipel, (GER) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 07:27
  • 101. Christopher Lawless, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at 07:37
  • 102. Mark Renshaw, (AUS) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 07:37
  • 103. Fabio Sabatini, (ITA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 07:37
  • 104. Nico Denz, (GER) AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 07:37
  • 105. Lukasz Wisniowski, (POL) TEAM SKY, at 08:01
  • 106. Michael Storer, (AUS) TEAM SUNWEB, at 08:05
  • 107. Mads Würtz Schmidt, (DEN) TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 08:47
  • 108. Nicholas Dlamini, (RSA) TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 10:07
  • 109. Jaime Castrillo Zapater, (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM, at 10:08
  • 110. Antoine Duchesne, (CAN) FDJ, at 10:11
  • 111. Rüdiger Selig, (GER) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:11
  • 112. Mads Pedersen, (DEN) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 10:11
  • 113. Marcel Sieberg, (GER) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:11
  • 114. Jens Debusschere, (BEL) LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:11
  • 115. Matthieu Ladagnous, (FRA) FDJ, at 10:11
  • 116. Florian Senechal, (FRA) QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 11:06
  • 117. Logan Owen, (USA) TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at 11:25
  • 118. Robert Thomas Wagner, (GER) TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:24
  • 119. Maciej Bodnar, (POL) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:22
  • 120. Scott Bowden, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 15:02
  • 121. Phil Bauhaus, (GER) TEAM SUNWEB, at 15:05
  • 122. Steve Morabito, (SUI) FDJ, at 15:05
  • 123. Manuele Boaro, (ITA) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 15:05
  • 124. Alex Frame, (NZL) TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 15:33
  • 125. Sam Bennett, (IRL) BORA – HANSGROHE, at 18:41
  • 126. Roberto Ferrari, (ITA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 19:42
  • 127. Ramunas Navardauskas, (LTU) BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 24:27
  • 128. Samuel Welsford, (AUS) AUSTRALIA, at 24:27
  • 129. Jonathan Dibben, (GBR) TEAM SKY, at 24:27
  • 130. Davide Cimolai, (ITA) FDJ, at 24:51

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Chris Froome’s legal team is staking out an unconventional, high-risk approach in what could be an all-or-nothing bid to clear his name in his Salbutamol case.

That’s according to L’Equipe, which outlined a possible Froome defense in a three-page report in Tuesday’s edition. Citing sources, the French sports daily suggested that his legal team will try to argue that Froome’s kidneys misfired during a few critical days during last year’s Vuelta a España and provoked the high levels of the asthma drug.

There was no immediate response from Froome or Team Sky.

After weeks of silence from Froome’s legal team, the L’Equipe story provided the first glimpse of how Froome’s defense might shape up.

The four-time Tour de France winner tested for high levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol with an adverse analytical finding en route to winning last year’s Vuelta a España.

Rules do not require a provisional ban, but Froome is facing the legal battle of his life to try to clear his name and salvage his reputation.

According to L’Equipe, Froome’s legal team has ditched the argument that dehydration triggered the Salbutamol reading. It is also not considering pharmacokinetic testing to try to re-create similar readings via lab testing. Without revealing its sources, it’s impossible to know how accurate that information might be. So far, Froome’s legal team has kept its cards close to its chest.

Instead, L’Equipe suggests that Froome’s lawyers will argue that their clients’ kidneys were not functioning properly around the stages in the final week of the Vuelta. L’Equipe sketched out a defense that will suggest that Froome’s kidneys were retaining Salbutamol, and then released it suddenly to flood his system, thus triggering the high levels.

The Team Sky captain insists he did not take more than the allowed amount of the asthma medication and vows to fight to clear his name.

Froome has retained Michael Morgan, a leading lawyer whose former clients include Alberto Contador, Lizzie Deignan, Johan Bruyneel, Maria Sharapova and some big-name European soccer players.

Froome’s legal team is lining up experts to make their case in front of the UCI’s Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS), which has also bringing its own experts to bear, L’Equipe reported.

Because Froome is arguing he never took more than allowed limits of Salbutamol, he could be shutting the door to a possible reduction in the ban. During the 2014 Giro d’Italia, Italian rider Diego Ulissi tested for levels similar to Froome’s, but later admitted to taking too much Salbutamol to treat asthma. As a result, Ulissi received a nine-month ban, and even raced the 2015 Giro.

L’Equipe painted a scenario that Froome could be cleared, or he could face disqualification and a maximum, two-year ban.

Procedurally, arguments will be made before LADS. If the panel agrees, Froome could be cleared without a ban or disqualification of the Vuelta. Both the World Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping could appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Froome could also appeal any decision against him to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Froome, meanwhile, continues to train and vows to race the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France as planned during the 2018 season.

The attention will bore down on the case, however, and will play out in hearings over the next several weeks and months. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Gallery: Greipel gallops to TDU stage 1 win http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/gallery/gallery-greipel-gallops-tdu-stage-1-win_454891 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/gallery/gallery-greipel-gallops-tdu-stage-1-win_454891#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:16:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454891 Greipel wins the Tour Down Under opener on a sunny stage 1 to Lyndoch, Australia

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American Alexey Vermeulen, 23, holds out hope for another pro contract http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/american-alexey-vermeulen-23-holds-hope-another-pro-contract_454841 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/american-alexey-vermeulen-23-holds-hope-another-pro-contract_454841#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:36:33 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454841 Vermeulen raced for two years with LottoNL-Jumbo but was not given a contract extension after the 2017 season.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, American Alexey Vermeulen was lining up for the Santos Tour Down Under for what was the start of his second professional season.

Instead of returning to Australia this week for the WorldTour’s 2018 start, Vermeulen is now back home wondering if he’ll race professionally again.

“I don’t know yet what I am doing next year,” Vermeulen said in a telephone interview. “I have a couple of options. I am trying to figure it out. It’s been hard. I thought it would be a transitional year, and it hasn’t become that. It’s been hard.”

The 23-year-old is still holding out hope of signing with a U.S. team for this season, but he admits it’s been some rough classes in the school of hard knocks.

Instead of entering his third year at the WorldTour, he’s contemplating returning to college. He’s hoping to hold out one more year and try to bounce back onto a WorldTour team in 2019.

In the meantime, Vermeulen is still training hard and trying to retain a positive mindset.

“It was quite surprising the way that it happened. We were talking about [extending], but I never could get a straight answer,” he said. “It turned into a shitty situation, and now I am trying to make the best of it.”

In 2016, Vermeulen left the BMC Development Team a year early at the ripe age of 20 to join LottoNL-Jumbo on a two-year deal. He raced his fair share of WorldTour races with the team and was planning on a grand tour debut at last year’s Vuelta a España.

He raced a full calendar of 64 days in 2017, including a fifth-place finish out of a winning breakaway group in stage 3 at the Critérium du Dauphiné and a third at the U.S. national road racing championships. But that wasn’t good enough for LottoNL-Jumbo.

When it came time to talk about a new contract, Vermeulen said the team was sending mixed messages. Many teams across the peloton cut back their rosters, in larger part due to new rules that trim grand tour squads from nine to eight.

By the time the door was closed at LottoNL-Jumbo, Vermeulen was discovering that other teams had already filled their rosters.

“I don’t blame anyone. I blame myself more for not opening my eyes sooner,” he said. “I got screwed on this deal, but I don’t want to back-stab Lotto. I had a good time there, and I learned a lot. The communication could have been better.”

Vermeulen said he’ll keep training like a pro throughout 2018 and isn’t losing hope of joining a Continental or Pro Continental team.

He once pondered medical school before following his passions on the road. If the pavement runs out on a possible professional road racing career, school might be back in his future.

He’s not giving up yet. By returning to his roots back on U.S. soil, he said he’s posting the best power numbers of his career. He’s also rediscovering the joy of training. All that gives him inspiration that he might be able to land back with a WorldTour team.

“This is the first time I am really fighting for a contract, so we’ll see how it all turns out,” he said. “I may have to take a year off and try to come back. I want to race again in the WorldTour. If that doesn’t happen, then school is the next best option.”

Vermeulen harbors no regrets, especially when asked if it would have been wiser to have raced another full season in the U23 ranks before leaping into the treacherous WorldTour waters.

“I think any 20-year-old is going to sign that [WorldTour] contract,” he said. “I think looking back, maybe someday I might regret not staying one more year at the U23 level, but I would never not sign that contract. It’s very hard to get a WorldTour contract, so there’s no way you’re going to pass up that opportunity.

“I am 23, there are still a lot of places to go,” he continued. “It’s going to be hard [to miss the Tour Down Under]. Everyone is starting to race, and I am not going to be there. I am already a little bit sad. I don’t know if I am more sad about missing the racing or the photos with the baby kangaroos!”

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Van der Breggen embraces team-first mentality at Boels-Dolmans http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/van-der-breggen-embraces-team-first-mentality-at-boels-dolmans_454811 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/van-der-breggen-embraces-team-first-mentality-at-boels-dolmans_454811#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:14:30 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454811 Anna van der Breggen stood atop the podium many times in 2017 but says she gets just as much satisfaction out of helping a teammate win.

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She may have been the top-ranked cyclist on the Women’s WorldTour last year, but Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) had no problem letting her terrific form tail off over the winter break. She’ll be working hard to get back to her best the next few months, and that’s just the way she likes it.

“It sounds a bit strange, but I try to get rid of my condition so I can start on a totally new level when I start training again for next season,” van der Breggen told VeloNews in a phone interview last week. “It’s also good for your body after a year of sport that you have a couple of weeks being different. Your body can recover from the year, sort of. That’s the main thing in the offseason.”

The 27-year-old Dutchwoman enjoyed a brilliant April last year, sweeping the three Ardennes Classic races, and stayed sharp through the rest of the season. She claimed the Amgen Women’s Race in May and the Giro Rosa in July, and she stayed competitive all the way through the September world championships. After such a successful racing campaign, van der Breggen relished the chance to unplug for a while and enjoyed plenty of relaxation over the offseason.

That’s not to say van der Breggen hasn’t already begun building for the 2018 season. She and her Boels squad are particularly focused on making improvements against the clock, looking for ways to perfect her positioning on the time trial bike.

She is also mixing things up in training to see if she can improve her finishing kick. “I always try to do something new [in offseason training]. This time I’m doing some sprints,” she said.

Beyond her training goals, van der Breggen has yet to develop much of a specific list of objectives for the season. In fact, she doesn’t seem especially interested in rattling off any particular events as her favorite targets.

“The main goal is to be good with the team again. I don’t really point out which races. I don’t really care which races,” she said. “I want to be good at the moment I want to be good. I still have to figure out what those moments are.”

The Ardennes trio of the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will make for an obvious spot to circle on her calendar, but van der Breggen was quick to point out she may put herself to work for someone else in those races.

“I love those races, so I want to be good at that point. If I want to win it, if I need to help my teammates, whatever my task will be, I need to be in shape to do that,” she said.

That openness to helping her teammates is a key component to riding for the best team in women’s cycling. Capable of contending in practically every race on the calendar, Boels-Dolmans dominated the first two editions of the Women’s WorldTour. The team counts each of the last three road world champs on its lineup.

Van der Breggen paints a picture of a group of riders that buys into the team-first mentality, despite all the star power.

“The good thing in this team is that we all really can go for each other,” she said. “If somebody wins that race the way you plan it, that feels the same as if you win a race yourself because you helped a lot with winning that race for the team. Last year, it was perfect in the team. I hope next year will be the same.”

Team manager Danny Stam echoes van der Breggen’s take on the team’s approach. He also acknowledges the challenges of trying to top her 2017 campaign. For Stam, the expectation is that van der Breggen continues to be a major threat, even if it’s just one of the team’s multiple threats in any given race.

“Anna did a really good season last year. It’s almost not possible to do a better season. If you look at it, there’s only one small spot on it, that’s the worlds. The rest of it, everything she wanted to win, she won,” he told VeloNews.

“I think Anna can also enjoy racing when somebody else gets a win and she did a good job for them. Of course, it’s always nice to try to get the win for yourself, but I also can understand for her that it’s not easy when you’ve already won three times and everybody is focused on you to do it again.”

In any case, van der Breggen certainly seems likely to rack up more wins in 2018. It’s hard to see anyone with such a well-rounded skill set not throwing up her arms more than a few times over the course of the year.

Strade Bianche is the first big race on her calendar for 2018, and van der Breggen did go so far as to say she wouldn’t mind crossing the line first into Siena.

Beyond that, she’ll take the season as it comes. And if she finds some of her rivals in the women’s peloton getting the better of her along the way, she seems to welcome the change, noting the positive impact a diverse field of stars will have on the sport.

“Men’s cycling, you have so many different riders who can win a race. In women’s cycling, we have less women who can win a race,” she said. “There should be more and more. That should be the main thing to develop with women’s cycling because if you have more riders who can win a race, the teams will develop, you get bigger teams, you can do more races.

“I think it’s good and we have more attention for it when young girls have that feeling of, ‘I can win a race,’ and then go for it. And that’s getting more and more the case I think.”

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2019 Tour to honor Merckx with Brussels start http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/2019-tour-honor-merckx-brussels-start_454833 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/2019-tour-honor-merckx-brussels-start_454833#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:51:42 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454833 Two stages in and around the Belgian capital will kick off the 2019 edition of the Tour de France.

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BRUSSELS (AFP) — The 2019 Tour de France will start with two stages in and around the Belgian capital of Brussels in a tribute to Eddy Merckx, race director Christian Prudhomme confirmed Tuesday.

The first stage will measure 192 kilometers, setting off from the city’s Royal Museums of Fine Arts and will take in the Lion’s Mound on the battlefield of Waterloo, the hometown of soccer star Eden Hazard, and the Mur de Grammont, a steep climb used in the Tour of Flanders.


The following day will see a 28km team time trial from the Royal Palace to the Atomium, one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

The 2019 Tour will mark 50 years since the Belgian cycling legend Merckx first earned the yellow jersey on home soil at Woluwe-Saint-Pierre near Brussels, where his parents ran a grocery shop.

Now 72, “The Cannibal” won that year’s Tour de France and went on to win it a record-equalling five times overall, the last in 1974.

“It was important to start in the home city of the champion who has worn the yellow jersey more times than anyone else,” said Prudhomme.

The 2019 Tour will mark 100 years since the introduction of the yellow jersey.

Brussels last hosted the Tour’s Grand Depart in 1958.

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Bardet blasts Froome doping inquiry: ‘We are a laughing stock’ http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/bardet-blasts-froome-doping-inquiry-we-are-a-laughing-stock_454828 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/bardet-blasts-froome-doping-inquiry-we-are-a-laughing-stock_454828#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:34:17 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454828 The French rider sounds off regarding Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding dating back to last year's Vuelta a Espana.

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PARIS (AFP) — Leading French rider Romain Bardet called cycling “a laughing stock” for failing to announce any sanctions against Chris Froome since his adverse doping test during last year’s Vuelta a Espana was revealed.

In an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe, Bardet, who has finished on the podium in the Tour de France in each of the last two years, also said he doubts the British rider will be cleared.

“I would like to believe in Chris Froome’s good faith, but when you go over the limit, the rules provide for sanctions. We can no longer be permissive about this,” the Ag2r La Mondiale rider said.

Bardet finished second in the Tour in 2016 and then third last year, both times behind Froome, who has won the race four out of the last five years.

Froome and his Team Sky revealed in December that the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication Salbutamol during the Vuelta, which he won for the first time, last September.

Although Salbutamol is permitted in certain doses, Froome gave a urine reading of twice the allowed limit.

However, as the medication can be taken legally, Froome was not suspended by the UCI and instead was asked to explain the elevated reading.

Bardet admitted his frustration that no decision has yet been taken on whether to suspend Froome or strip him of his Vuelta victory. In the meantime, he can ride as normal.

“Froome gave the test in September and, as if by chance, we find out about it in December,” Bardet said.

The new season is swinging into gear this week in Australia at the Santos Tour Down Under, and Bardet added: “The season is starting without any decision having been taken. This is ridiculous, we are a laughing stock.

“I am astounded that, without this being leaked to the press, it might have been years before we found out about this test.”

Bemoaning a “lack of transparency” in the sport, Bardet called for an “independent inquiry.”

In the meantime, he added: “I don’t see how Froome can carry on riding as though nothing has happened.”

“As Sky are not doing anything, there is nothing to prevent the rider from taking the decision to pull out while waiting for the authorities to decide.”

Asked about Bardet’s comments, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said he understood his compatriot’s concerns.

“I can only repeat that I want an answer as quickly as possible,” Prudhomme said in Brussels during an event to unveil the start of the 2019 Tour in the Belgian capital.

“I am convinced that the UCI and its president David Lappartient will do everything to ensure that is the case.”

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Tour Down Under: Greipel gets victory number 17 on stage 1 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/tour-greipel-gets-career-victory-number-17-stage-1_454817 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/tour-greipel-gets-career-victory-number-17-stage-1_454817#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:13:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454817 Andre Greipel won the opening stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under over Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan on Tuesday in Lyndoch.

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André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) sprinted to victory on stage one of the Santos Tour Down Under on Tuesday in Lyndoch. Nicknamed the Gorilla, Greipel now has 17 stage victories all-time in the race, the most by any rider.

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) finished second with World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won Sunday night’s People’s Choice Classic, completed the podium.

Top 10, stage 1

  • 1. André Greipel, LOTTO SOUDAL, in 3:50:21
  • 2. Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 4. Elia Viviani, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 5. Simone Consonni, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 6. Phil Bauhaus, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 7. Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 8. Matteo Montaguti, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 9. Ramunas Navardauskas, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 10. Riccardo Minali, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. André Greipel, LOTTO SOUDAL, in 3:50:11
  • 2. Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :04
  • 3. William Clarke, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :04
  • 4. Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 5. Nicholas Dlamini, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :06
  • 6. Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :09
  • 7. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :09
  • 8. Elia Viviani, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 9. Simone Consonni, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 10. Phil Bauhaus, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10

The opening stage of the six-day Santos Tour Down Under traveled 145 kilometers from Port Adelaide to Lyndoch. Port Adelaide was last visited in the race in the first edition. The route for the day focused in the area around Lyndoch, as the riders completed a 26.5-kilometer circuit three times once they reached the finishing city. Lyndoch had hosted a finish in 2016 and 2017 with Ewan winning on both occasions.

Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac), Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) and Scott Bowden (UniSA) broke away in the early kilometers. The peloton was in no hurry to chase them down and the trio quickly built an advantage of over four minutes.

Dlamini took the only King of the Mountain point at the top of Hamburg Scrub (Cat. 2, 6.3km at 4%) and will wear the white and black jersey, as leader of the KOM competition for stage two.

Bowden dropped off the lead group and went back to the peloton shortly after the KOM, leaving two riders in the lead.

Michelton-Scott’s Damien Howson led the peloton kilometer after kilometer during the middle part of the race. The Australian team clearly had faith in Ewan, who won four stages at the Tour Down Under in 2017. Ewan launched his sprint a bit too early at the People’s Choice Classic on Sunday and had to settle for third in the event. He had won the race the previous two years. He was hoping for a different outcome on Tuesday.

Behind Howson, Team Sky was at the front in full force looking after their sprinter Chris Lawless. Lawless is a neo-pro in 2018 after spending the 2017 season racing for Axeon Hagens Berman. Sky started the race with six riders after Kristoffer Halvorsen crashed in the sprint on Sunday and broke his right hand. A new rule this year limits teams to seven riders in WorldTour races instead of eight. Eight riders will be the maximum number of riders in a team for Grand Tours in 2018 when it was previously nine.

The leading duo crossed the finish line to begin the three finishing circuits with 79.5 kilometers left in the race. There lead over the peloton hovered around the two and a half minute mark.

Clarke crossed the sprint point first midway through the lap and gained the three-second time bonus. Behind the leading duo, riders attacked out of the peloton in pursuit of taking the third spot at the sprint point and more importantly the one-second time bonus that came with that position. The Tour Down Under often comes down to a race of seconds. Rui Costa (UAE Emirates), a threat for the GC, just barely missed out on getting the bonus second. He was beaten by Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin), whose teammate Nathan Hass finished fourth overall in 2017.

A lap later, Clarke took the sprint point again and this time the peloton came to the sprint line together. Nathan and Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe), who finished third overall last year, went wheel-to-wheel to the line fighting for the bonus one-second. Haas came out on top.

With less than 30 kilometers remaining, Dlamini was dropped by Clarke and the Tasmanian was left to fend for himself in the front. Clarke crossed the finish line to begin the final 26.5-kilometer lap with a 1:30 advantage over the peloton.

The rider in the pink and green of EF Education First-Drapac was brought back into the bunch with 10 kilometers to go to the finish, as the teams of the sprinters came to the fore. Quick-Step Floors sent its entire team to the front to put fast-man Elia Viviani in prime position. Clarke would be awarded the most aggressive rider prize for the stage, a consolation for spending nearly the entire day in the lead.

The peloton left Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who came to Australia chasing stage wins, on the side of the road with less than five kilometers to go. The Irishman had jammed his chain. Bora-Hansgrohe’s number two sprinter for the race is no slouch — it’s Sagan.

Elbows were spread wide heading into the last kilometer with the sprinters fighting for position. Quick-Step Floors looked to have put Viviani in perfect position for the Italian to take his first victory with his new team. Viviani switched from Team Sky to Quick-Step Floors over the offseason.

The peloton screamed around the final sweeping left-hand bend at the 300 meters to go and lined up for a straight sprint to the finish. An FDJ rider slid out on the bend and crashed heavily into the barriers on the right side of the road.

Viviani was the first to launch his sprint on the left side of the road, while Ewan went on the right side. However, the winner would come from the center. Greipel charged down the center of the road to take the opening race of the 2018 WorldTour calendar. Sagan followed Greipel through the final kilometer but did not have the speed to come around the German.

Ewan finished third while Viviani finished fourth. Both riders finished in the same spot they did on Sunday at the People’s Choice Classic.

The Santos Tour Down Under continues on Wednesday with a 148.6-kilometer route from Unley to Sterling. The riders will tackle a difficult finishing circuit in Sterling to end the stage. The uphill finish in Sterling isn’t too steep to purely suit the GC contenders, but gaps could form in the peloton in the run-in, so positioning will be key.

Stage 1 results

  • 1. André Greipel, LOTTO SOUDAL, in 3:50:21
  • 2. Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 4. Elia Viviani, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 5. Simone Consonni, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 6. Phil Bauhaus, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 7. Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 8. Matteo Montaguti, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 9. Ramunas Navardauskas, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 10. Riccardo Minali, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Patrick Bevin, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Enrico Battaglin, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 13. Daryl Impey, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 14. Christopher Lawless, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 15. Mads Pedersen, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 16. Samuel Welsford, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 17. Jay Mccarthy, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 18. Rüdiger Selig, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 19. Fumiyuki Beppu, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 20. Antoine Duchesne, FDJ, at :00
  • 21. Nans Peters, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 22. George Bennett, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 23. Carlos Barbero, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 24. Mark Renshaw, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 25. Steele Von Hoff, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 26. Sam Oomen, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 27. Georg Preidler, FDJ, at :00
  • 28. Anthony Roux, FDJ, at :00
  • 29. Mikael Cherel, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 30. Robert Gesink, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 31. Ruben Fernandez, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 32. Diego Ulissi, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 33. Mads Würtz Schmidt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 34. Fabio Sabatini, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 35. Steve Morabito, FDJ, at :00
  • 36. Nico Denz, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 37. Christopher Hamilton, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 38. Logan Owen, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 39. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 40. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 41. Artyom Zakharov, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Marcel Sieberg, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 43. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 44. Simon Clarke, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 45. Jon Izaguirre Insausti, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 46. Mitchell Docker, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 47. Alexander Edmondson, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 48. Laurens De Vreese, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 49. Luis León Sanchez, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 50. Tom-Jelte Slagter, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 51. Pierre Roger Latour, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 52. Marco Marcato, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 53. Daan Olivier, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 54. Danilo Wyss, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 55. Jens Debusschere, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 56. Brendan Canty, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 57. Tom Bohli, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Nathan Earle, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 59. Richie Porte, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 60. Manuele Boaro, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 61. Manuele Mori, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 62. Niklas Eg, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 63. Tiago Machado, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 64. Stijn Vandenbergh, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 65. Simon Gerrans, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 66. Rúben Guerreiro, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 67. Lars Bak Ytting, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 68. Yukiya Arashiro, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 69. Valerio Agnoli, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 70. Scott Davies, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 71. Matthieu Ladagnous, FDJ, at :00
  • 72. Domenico Pozzovivo, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 73. Dries Devenyns, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 74. Michael Morkov, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 75. Nuno Matos, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 76. Marc Soler, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 77. Adam James Hansen, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 78. Nicholas Dlamini, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 79. José GonÇalves, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 80. Lachlan Morton, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 81. Ben O’connor, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 82. Gorka Izagirre Insausti, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 83. Roberto Ferrari, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 84. Enric Mas Nicolau, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 85. Michael Valgren Andersen, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 86. Laurent Didier, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 87. Pavel Kochetkov, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 88. Ben Gastauer, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 89. Rohan Dennis, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 90. Maurits Lammertink, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 91. William Clarke, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 92. Jaime Castrillo Zapater, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 93. Koen De Kort, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 94. Nelson Oliveira, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 95. Jasha SÜtterlin, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 96. Tom Scully, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 97. Maarten Wynants, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 98. Daniel Moreno, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :00
  • 99. Salvatore Puccio, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 100. Alexander Porter, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 101. Cameron Meyer, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :00
  • 102. Zakkari Dempster, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 103. Owain Doull, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 104. Timothy Roe, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 105. Thomas De Gendt, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 106. Matteo Bono, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :00
  • 107. Scott Bowden, AUSTRALIA, at :00
  • 108. Oscar Gatto, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 109. Miles Scotson, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 110. Jonathan Dibben, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 111. Truls KorsÆth, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 112. Eros Capecchi, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 113. Peter Kennaugh, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 114. Jaco Venter, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 115. Thomas Leezer, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 116. Mike Teunissen, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 117. Damien Howson, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :18
  • 118. Mathew Hayman, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :18
  • 119. Davide Cimolai, FDJ, at :24
  • 120. Lukasz Wisniowski, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 121. Daniel Oss, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :24
  • 122. Chad Haga, TEAM SUNWEB, at :26
  • 123. Nikias Arndt, TEAM SUNWEB, at :28
  • 124. Alex Frame, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :28
  • 125. Jack Bauer, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :55
  • 126. Florian Senechal, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :55
  • 127. Michael Storer, TEAM SUNWEB, at 01:48
  • 128. Maciej Bodnar, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 01:57
  • 129. Robert Thomas Wagner, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 02:13
  • 130. Sam Bennett, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 03:36
  • 131. Daniel Hoelgaard, FDJ, at :00

General classification

  • 1. André Greipel, LOTTO SOUDAL, in 3:50:11
  • 2. Caleb Ewan, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :04
  • 3. William Clarke, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :04
  • 4. Peter Sagan, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 5. Nicholas Dlamini, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :06
  • 6. Nathan Haas, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :09
  • 7. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :09
  • 8. Elia Viviani, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 9. Simone Consonni, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 10. Phil Bauhaus, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10
  • 11. Matteo Montaguti, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 12. Ramunas Navardauskas, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 13. Riccardo Minali, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 14. Patrick Bevin, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 15. Enrico Battaglin, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 16. Daryl Impey, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :10
  • 17. Christopher Lawless, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 18. Mads Pedersen, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 19. Samuel Welsford, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 20. Jay Mccarthy, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :10
  • 21. Rüdiger Selig, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :10
  • 22. Fumiyuki Beppu, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 23. Antoine Duchesne, FDJ, at :10
  • 24. Nans Peters, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 25. George Bennett, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 26. Carlos Barbero, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 27. Mark Renshaw, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 28. Steele Von Hoff, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 29. Sam Oomen, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10
  • 30. Georg Preidler, FDJ, at :10
  • 31. Anthony Roux, FDJ, at :10
  • 32. Mikael Cherel, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 33. Robert Gesink, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 34. Ruben Fernandez, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 35. Diego Ulissi, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 36. Mads Würtz Schmidt, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :10
  • 37. Fabio Sabatini, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 38. Steve Morabito, FDJ, at :10
  • 39. Nico Denz, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 40. Christopher Hamilton, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10
  • 41. Logan Owen, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 42. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 43. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 44. Artyom Zakharov, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 45. Marcel Sieberg, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :10
  • 46. Simon Clarke, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 47. Jon Izaguirre Insausti, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 48. Mitchell Docker, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 49. Alexander Edmondson, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :10
  • 50. Laurens De Vreese, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 51. Luis León Sanchez, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 52. Tom-Jelte Slagter, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 53. Pierre Roger Latour, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 54. Marco Marcato, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 55. Daan Olivier, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 56. Danilo Wyss, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 57. Jens Debusschere, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :10
  • 58. Brendan Canty, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 59. Tom Bohli, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 60. Nathan Earle, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 61. Richie Porte, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 62. Manuele Boaro, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 63. Manuele Mori, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 64. Niklas Eg, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 65. Tiago Machado, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :10
  • 66. Stijn Vandenbergh, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 67. Simon Gerrans, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 68. Rúben Guerreiro, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 69. Lars Bak Ytting, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :10
  • 70. Yukiya Arashiro, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 71. Valerio Agnoli, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 72. Scott Davies, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 73. Matthieu Ladagnous, FDJ, at :10
  • 74. Domenico Pozzovivo, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 75. Dries Devenyns, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 76. Michael Morkov, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 77. Nuno Matos, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 78. Marc Soler, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 79. Adam James Hansen, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :10
  • 80. José GonÇalves, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :10
  • 81. Lachlan Morton, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 82. Ben O’connor, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 83. Gorka Izagirre Insausti, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 84. Roberto Ferrari, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 85. Enric Mas Nicolau, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 86. Michael Valgren Andersen, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 87. Laurent Didier, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 88. Pavel Kochetkov, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :10
  • 89. Ben Gastauer, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :10
  • 90. Rohan Dennis, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 91. Maurits Lammertink, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :10
  • 92. Jaime Castrillo Zapater, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 93. Koen De Kort, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :10
  • 94. Nelson Oliveira, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 95. Jasha SÜtterlin, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :10
  • 96. Tom Scully, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 97. Maarten Wynants, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 98. Daniel Moreno, TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE, at :10
  • 99. Salvatore Puccio, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 100. Alexander Porter, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 101. Cameron Meyer, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :10
  • 102. Zakkari Dempster, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 103. Owain Doull, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 104. Timothy Roe, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 105. Thomas De Gendt, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :10
  • 106. Matteo Bono, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :10
  • 107. Scott Bowden, AUSTRALIA, at :10
  • 108. Oscar Gatto, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 109. Miles Scotson, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 110. Jonathan Dibben, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 111. Truls KorsÆth, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :10
  • 112. Eros Capecchi, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :10
  • 113. Peter Kennaugh, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :10
  • 114. Jaco Venter, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :10
  • 115. Thomas Leezer, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :10
  • 116. Daniel Hoelgaard, FDJ, at :10
  • 117. Mike Teunissen, TEAM SUNWEB, at :26
  • 118. Damien Howson, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :28
  • 119. Mathew Hayman, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at :28
  • 120. Davide Cimolai, FDJ, at :34
  • 121. Lukasz Wisniowski, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 122. Daniel Oss, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :34
  • 123. Chad Haga, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 124. Nikias Arndt, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 125. Alex Frame, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :38
  • 126. Jack Bauer, MITCHELTON – SCOTT, at 01:05
  • 127. Florian Senechal, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 01:05
  • 128. Michael Storer, TEAM SUNWEB, at 01:58
  • 129. Maciej Bodnar, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 02:07
  • 130. Robert Thomas Wagner, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 02:23
  • 131. Sam Bennett, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 03:46

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — The Vuelta a España kept an explosive ingredient in its route recipe for 2018: a short summit-finish mountain stage.

When organizer Unipublic raised the curtains Saturday on the 20th and penultimate stage to be held in Andorra, everyone perked up, remembering 2016 when Nairo Quintana upset grand tour king Chris Froome en route to Formigal.

It is not unheard of to include six mountain passes over 1,000 meters in a grand tour stage, but squeezing those into 105.8 kilometers complicates life for some and opens up opportunities for others.

Of the nine summit finishes the Vuelta a España named, the final one could be the most challenging. It will certainly be decisive with only a flat sprint stage in Madrid on Sunday.

In Andorra, the principality nestled in the mountains between Spain and France, the stage will climb 4,000 meters. The first “small” pass over the Comella is followed by Beixalis, Ordino, again Beixalis and Comella, and a summit finish to Coll del la Gallina.

Race director Javier Guillén wanted to end the 2018 route on a high. In 2016, he did so on the Aitana climb. In 2017, Alberto Contador celebrated his final professional victory on L’Angliru. As per tradition, the race finishes with the final day on Madrid’s flat roads.

Guillén told AS Saturday that the idea is “nothing is resolved until [la Gallina] and that it can change everything.”

The Vuelta experimented with a similar stage in 2016 but used it near the end of the second week. After one kilometer, Team Sky’s Chris Froome found himself isolated without teammates. Rivals Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador attacked. He never saw them again and lost the Vuelta over the short 118.5 kilometers.

Froome said this year that he learned “two aspects” from 2016 that he took forward: “have numbers at the front so my teammates can control and, my reasonability, making sure important rivals don’t go clear without me following.”

The Vuelta organizer included a 129-kilometer stage to Sierra Nevada in 2017, but that failed to shake up the overall classification quite the same.

The Tour de France rolled out its own short stages recently as well.

In 2017, the Tour’s 101-kilometer stage to Foix, Alberto Contador, Mikel Landa, and Nairo Quintana all took turns attacking and forced race leader Fabio Aru to defend all day. For 2018, the French grand tour will go a step further with stage 17, a 65km race with more than 3,000 meters of climbing.

“You start and you can almost see the finish line,” Quick-Step sport director Brian Holm told VeloNews. “It’s like doing a criterium and a BMX and cyclocross race together, riders just going mad.”

The Gallina ingredient in the Vuelta’s recipe may fail to change the overall, but it is guaranteed to rattle the foundations before Unipublic awards the final red leader’s jersey and trophy in Madrid.

The Tour’s Foix stage added a much-needed balance with the long, 200-plus-kilometer stages through France’s heartland. Last year, organizer ASO included eight days over 200.

“The long stages are part of cycling’s story, but I think that in modern cycling you get much more out of short stages with just two mountains,” team Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué told VeloNews.

“Like you saw in Formigal in the Vuelta or in the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles in the Tour, which wasn’t very long, but raced all-out.”

The Vuelta in 2018 only includes one stage over 200, the 208.8-kilometer hilly stage in Galicia mid-race.

“There are short and explosive finishes, high-mountain stages, and in the middle, there are stages that nobody can say are transitional,” Guillén told Zikloland.

“They all contain something, they all have a reason in the end. The race can be lost on any day.”

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Administrative hiccup keeps WorldTour rookie out of Tour Down Under http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/administrative-hiccup-keeps-worldtour-rookie-out-of-tour-down-under_454664 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/administrative-hiccup-keeps-worldtour-rookie-out-of-tour-down-under_454664#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:43:58 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454664 Belgian Borg Lambrecht, 20, will miss what would have been his first professional race because of the snafu.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Dreams of a WorldTour debut are being put on hold for a Belgian neo-pro following an administrative technicality that will keep him on the sidelines during the Santos Tour Down Under.

Twenty-year-old Borg Lambrecht was hoping to race Tuesday’s opening stage in what would be his WorldTour debut with Lotto-Soudal, but he didn’t meet requirements of the UCI’s ADAMS whereabouts program.

Lotto-Soudal seems to be putting the blame on the UCI.

According to team officials, Lambrecht listened to a UCI-sponsored webinar in mid-December to teach neo-pros how to follow the ADAMS program. Lotto-Soudal said in a press release it received Lambrecht’s official log-in information the following day on December 15. That date meant it was too late to meet the requirements, however, and the team isn’t taking any chances to run afoul with anti-doping authorities.

So, Lambrecht won’t race until the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race at the end of January.

“This is a huge disappointment,” he said. “We came to Australia a week ago, and I was looking forward to my first pro season and then it’s a huge disappointment when you hear you can’t start. But of course we can’t take any risk. I will stay here to train for a week and then I will head to Melbourne with the team.”

The case reveals just how complex the WADA code can be. And rather than risk running afoul with rules, Lambrecht won’t race this week.

Rules used to require neo-pros to undergo three doping controls as part of their biological passport before their WorldTour debut. New rules call for neo-pros to be registered in the ADAMS system 42 days before the start of their first WorldTour race.

According to Lotto-Soudal officials, the UCI organized three webinars in French, Spanish, and English during December. Lambrecht sat in during the English class on December 14, and received his log-in the next day. That date, however, was 10 days short of the requirement to start the Tour Down Under.

Team officials said they filed an official complaint with the cycling federation, but without UCI confirmation that he could race, Lotto-Soudal is sidelining its rookie.

That means Lotto-Soudal will line up for the first race of the 2018 WorldTour calendar with six starters instead of seven.

The situation harkens back to another controversy involving Lance Armstrong and the Tour Down Under in 2009.

At the time, UCI officials waived rules requiring athletes to be in the WADA testing pool for at least six months. The UCI allowed Armstrong to make his highly anticipated comeback at the Australian race despite falling nearly two weeks short of the cutoff date.

The UCI issued this statement on the matter on Wednesday:

“To ensure a level playing field at the UCI WorldTour level, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) requires that all riders competing in the Series are subject to the Athlete Biological Passport programme run by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF). Therefore, Article 2.1.005 of the UCI Regulations provides that a rider shall provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information to an Anti-Doping Organisation for a minimum of six weeks prior to his first participation in a UCI WorldTour event.

“By informing the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) only on 11 December 2017 of its intention to register neo-pro Bjorg Lambrecht for the 2018 season, the Lotto Soudal team had already exceeded the 6-week deadline for the 2018 Santos Tour of Down Under which was set on 5 December 2017.

“Article 2.1.005 of the UCI Regulations has been in force since 2009, and consistently applied to and complied with by UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental ever since.”

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Porte looks to keep Tour Down Under trophy in Aussie hands http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/porte-looks-keep-tour-trophy-aussie-hands_454658 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/porte-looks-keep-tour-trophy-aussie-hands_454658#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:01:28 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454658 Richie Porte is the defending champion at the Santos Tour Down Under and he will face stiff competition this week from his fellow Aussies.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) — Australia’s Richie Porte will head into this week’s Santos Tour Down Under in South Australia as the clear favorite to win the UCI season-opening event for the second consecutive year.

Porte stormed to a 48-second win over Colombian rider Estevan Chavez (Mitchelton-Scott) in the 2017 edition to claim his maiden victory in the race, the fourth year in a row that an Australian won the title.

The race, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, takes place in the south of the country on the streets of Adelaide and through the surrounding countryside.

It begins on Tuesday with a 145-kilometer stage from Port Adelaide to the Barossa Valley wine-growing town of Lyndoch and finishes on Sunday with a street race through inner city Adelaide.

The race will once again feature its iconic penultimate stage which has two climbs up Old Willunga Hill, where tens of thousands of fans line the road in scenes reminiscent of the Tour De France mountain stages.

This stage is also where the race is often decided, as it was in 2017 when Porte left all the other riders in his wake to open an insurmountable lead.

However, the Tasmanian downplayed his chances this year. “I would love to win another Willunga,” Porte said. “For me personally, it would be a great way to start the season, and try to win this race again.”

Porte will be supported in the race by a strong BMC Racing team that includes 2015 winner Rohan Dennis and four-time champion Simon Gerrans, who has moved over to the US-based team from Australian outfit Michelton-Scott (formerly Orica-GreenEDGE).

The Australian riders are always heavily favored in the Tour Down Under as they are coming off their national championships, whereas the international riders have not raced since October.

Porte’s main rivals for the general classification are likely to be fellow Australians Dennis, Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin). McCarthy finished third behind Porte and Chavez last year, while Haas was fourth.

The international challenge will be headed by Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter, the 2013 champion who now rides for South African team Dimension Data, Portugal’s Rui Costa (UAE Emirates) and Spanish brothers Ion and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida).

World champion Peter Sagan, who won the warm-up race on Sunday ahead of Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Michelton-Scott) could also feature, however, the Slovakian said he is in Adelaide to support his Bora-Hansgrohe teammate McCarthy.

The race for the sprint title could prove equally as interesting as the general classification, with 16-time stage winner Greipel expected to battle it out with Ewan. Italy’s Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) should also feature in the sprints.

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Neo-pro to start TDU days after appendectomy http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/neo-pro-start-tdu-days-appendectomy_454654 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/neo-pro-start-tdu-days-appendectomy_454654#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:32:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454654 Neo-pro Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) will make his WorldTour debut at the Tour Down Under just days after emergency appendicitis surgery.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — It’s going to take more than an appendectomy to stop neo-pro Michael Storer from making his WorldTour debut in a Sunweb jersey.

The 20-year-old confirmed he will race Tuesday’s opening stage at the Santos Tour Down Under just days after having his appendix removed in emergency surgery.

“I am feeling like myself again,” he said after a training ride Monday. “Yes, I’ll take the start.”

It’s been a wild week for Storer, who signed a two-year deal to join Team Sunweb for 2018-2019 following an impressive under-23 season last year. On January 7, he raced to 34th in the Australia elite men’s national championship road race.

What he thought was a post-race upset stomach last Monday turned out to be something more serious. A trip to the doctor’s office revealed he was suffering acute appendicitis. Surgery was advised, and before he knew it, he was lighter by one appendix.

“It was a big surprise for me having my appendix taken out,” Storer said on the team’s website. “After the national road race on Sunday, I had typical gastro symptoms and thought it must have just been from the race or something I ate. The pain went away a bit and then came back badly midday on Monday so the team decided to get me to see the doctor. This was a good decision because those extra precautionary steps meant the problem got sorted really quickly and in an early stage of appendicitis. If the appendix had ruptured I wouldn’t be in a position to consider racing the Tour Down Under.”

Team officials said there is no pressure on Storer to race and they will monitor his recovery, but surgery went so well he will have the green light to race Tuesday.

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World Champ Sagan wins People’s Choice Classic http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/world-champ-sagan-wins-peoples-choice-classic_454598 http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/race-report/world-champ-sagan-wins-peoples-choice-classic_454598#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:43:53 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=454598 World Champion Peter Sagan was victorious in the People's Choice Classic on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia over Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan.

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Three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) opened his 2018 season Sunday night in Adelaide, Australia with a victory at the People’s Choice Classic. The evening criterium serves as the opener for the WorldTour Santos Tour Down Under which begins on Tuesday. The race does not count toward the overall of the WorldTour race.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) captured second and two-time defending champion Caleb Ewan (Michelton-Scott), who was wearing the green and gold jersey as the national criterium champion of Australia, settled for third after opening his sprint early.

“I am very happy with this win,” Sagan said. “I am very happy in Australia. It’s a nice way to start the season. I hope to have many more victories this season.”

Top 10

  • 1. Peter Sagan, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • 2. Andre Greipel, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • 3. Caleb Ewan (Aus), MITCHELTON-SCOTT
  • 4. Elia Viviani, QUICK-STEP FLOORS
  • 5. Simone Consonni, UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • 6. Christopher Lawless, TEAM SKY
  • 7. Sam Welsford, UNISA-AUSTRALIA
  • 8. Enrico Battaglin, LOTTONL-JUMBO
  • 9. Jasha Sütterlin, MOVISTAR
  • 10. Mark Renshaw, DIMENSION DATA

The People’s Choice Classic is a stable of the Santos Tour Down Under. The evening criterium serves as an hors-d’oeuvre to the opening WorldTour race of the season. The 133 riders tackled 22 laps of the 2.3-kilometer course for a race of 50.3 kilometers. While a winner would be crowned at the finish, there was also a sprint prize, with sprint points on offer on laps 5, 10, 15, 20, and at the finish.

Five riders escaped the peloton in the opening laps. Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek-Segafredo), Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin), Tom Bohli (BMC Racing), and Zak Dempster (UniSA) formed the lead group.

Boaro took the first intermediate sprint on lap five and three laps later the lead group grew to seven, as Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) and Tim Roe (UniSA) latched on.

Right as Morton and Roe bridged to the leaders, the pace in the peloton began to increase. The gap had grown to near the one-minute mark and Michelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe came to the front to make sure things didn’t get out of hand.

Restrepo, who took home the Best Young Rider prize at the Santos Tour Down Under last year, took maximum sprint points on laps 10 and 15, as former Belgian national road champion Jens Debusschere did the bulk of the pace making at the front of the peloton.

With five laps to go the last remaining survivors of the breakaway Boaro and Bohli were swept-up by the peloton, setting the stage for a dramatic finale.

Ag2r-La Mondiale rider Matteo Montaguti took a flyer with four laps remaining but didn’t get more than 100 meters off the front of the peloton. The speed was simply too high for a solo attack.

Entering the final lap, elbows were out at the front of the peloton, as multiple teams fought to get to the front to set-up their sprinter. Quick-Step Floors were looking to put new signee for 2018, Elia Viviani in prime position.

Into the final straightaway, Greipel was in prime position was sitting second wheel with his final lead-out man at the head of affairs. Ewan opted to go early on the left side of the road, coming from a few wheels back. Going early was a risky endeavor, as the road kicks-up to the finish.

Norwegian Kristoffer Halvorsen (Sky) crashed into the barriers on the right side, sending one of the sponsor banners into the road. Luckily, he was the only one to go down and would get up and ride across the finish line.

After the race, Team Sky confirmed that Halvorsen broke his right hand in the crash and wouldn’t start the Santos Tour Down Under. “Kristoffer was taken to hospital after the stage and, unfortunately, it’s been confirmed that he has fractured a bone in his right hand, so he won’t be able to race in the Tour Down Under,” Team Sky Doctor Richard Usher said. “The next step will be to consult with the specialists and ensure we manage the injury properly.”

Sagan followed Greipel down the center of the road and came around the German to take the victory. The World Champion had said leading up to the race he would be working for Sam Bennett in the sprints, so it was interesting to see him take the victory.

Bora-Hansgrohe Director Sportif Patxi Vila was pleased to see Sagan take the victory, even though the team was working for Bennett. “It’s not the type of sprint for Peter, but everyone knows he is the best in the world for positioning,” Vila said. “We were working for another rider. It shows that Peter is already in good form. It’s a great way to start the season.”

Sagan took a lap of honor around the course before going to the podium, waving and smiling to the many fans that lined the course.

Elia Viviani, who settled for fourth on the day just off the podium, was satisfied with his result. “I was out of position in the final corner. I thought I would’ve been 10th so to come close is OK,” Viviani said. “I lost a wheel but I was able to come back. It is the first race of the season so I know I need to just trust my guys when they lead me out. The goal this week is to win one stage. One would be enough.”

The official start of the Santos Tour Down Under is Tuesday. The opening stage travels 145 kilometers from the Port of Adelaide to Lyndoch. The flat stage is expected to end in a sprint, so the top three from the People’s Choice Classic could go up against each other again.

Full results to come

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s the thinking inside Bora-Hansgrohe as the team plots the 2018 calendar for three-time world champion Peter Sagan.

Sagan will follow a familiar roadmap through the 2018 season, with three peaks focused on the northern classics, the Tour de France, and the world championships.

In fact, his schedule is nearly identical to what he raced last year. The only real wrinkle is that he will skip the Belgian classics openers at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, the latter of which he won in 2017.

“The big goal is for Peter to be in top condition for the northern classics,” said Bora-Hansgrohe trainer Patxi Vila. “Peter already has a place among the best with his three world titles. Now he wants to win more monuments.”

Sagan debuts his 2018 campaign with an evening criterium Sunday and then with the six-stage Santos Tour Down Under on Tuesday. He hasn’t raced since his dramatic third world title in Bergen, Norway last September.

The 27-year-old Slovakian has already been in Australia for nearly two weeks as he’s taken advantage of the warm weather to prepare for the start of a new campaign.

“I hope it is good preparation for the coming season. It is time to make some race kilometers, and with some good weather,” Sagan said. “It’s a no-stress race, it’s very nice to start the season here.”

Vila said Sagan will skip the pair of Belgian classics to be able to spend more time with his new son, Marlon, born in October. Between a busy racing schedule and high-altitude training camps, Sagan wants to be able to spend at least a few weeks his new son at home.

After racing Paris-Roubaix, Sagan will take a short break before ramping up for the Tour de France. He’ll repeat his now-familiar schedule, with starts at the Tour of California and Tour de Suisse before a return to the Tour.

Sagan will take another short break following the Tour before preparing for the worlds in Austria. It’s unlikely he will return to the Vuelta a España, where he wasn’t raced since 2015. The past two years, Sagan has raced in a mix of shorter stage races and one-day races before the worlds.

Despite the heavy climbing course in Innsbruck, Vila said Sagan shouldn’t be counted out.

“The worlds are a special race. There is a lot of climbing, but it all depends on how the race unfolds,” he said. “It’s too far away to think too much about the worlds right now. He will be there, but first, we look to the classics and the Tour. Then we’ll make a plan for the worlds based on how things stand.”

Sagan’s 2018 schedule

Tour Down Under
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milano-Sanremo
E3-Harelbeke
Gent-Wevelgem
Tour of Flanders
Scheldeprijs
Paris-Roubaix
Tour of California
Tour de Suisse
Tour de France
— To Be Determined —
World championships

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