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Colombian Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory in stage 1 of Vuelta de San Juan, but his win was overshadowed by confusion in the final two kilometers as part of the peloton missed a turn in the run to the line in San Juan, Argentina.

Elia Viviani, riding for the Italian national team, was second in the sprint. Nippo – Vini Fantini’s Nicolas Marini finished third behind his countryman on a hot day with temperatures into the triple digits for the 142.5km opening stage. Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) continued his run of success in early season South American races with Monday’s win, having also won three stages at the now-defunct Tour de San Luis.

A video posted on Twitter by ProCyclingStats indicates that some of the peloton went to the wrong side of a barrier where the road split in two.

Bahrain – Merida’s leader Vincenzo Nibali finished safely with the bunch in fifth place on the day.

The race continues Tuesday with stage 2, also starting and finishing in San Juan and similarly favorable for a bunch sprint.

Stage 1, top 10

  • 1. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, in 3:07:44
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, ITALY, at :00
  • 3. Nicolas MARINI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 4. Matteo MALUCELLI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :00
  • 5. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Tom BOONEN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 7. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 8. Alan RAMIREZ, MUNICIPALIDAD DE RAWSON SOMOS TODOS, at :00
  • 9. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 10. OSCAR MIGUEL SEVILLA RIVERA, MED, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, Quick-Step Floors, in 3:07:34
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, Italy, at :04
  • 3. Nicolas MARINI, Nip, at :06
  • 4. Matteo MALUCELLI, And, at :10
  • 5. Vincenzo NIBALI, Bahrain – Merida, at :10
  • 6. Tom BOONEN, Quick-Step Floors, at :10
  • 7. Matthias BRÄNDLE, Trek – Segafredo, at :10
  • 8. Alan RAMIREZ, Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos, at :10
  • 9. Bauke MOLLEMA, Trek – Segafredo, at :10
  • 10. OSCAR MIGUEL SEVILLA RIVERA, Med, at :10

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Shifting ambitions: Trek – Segafredo’s diversified 2017 roster http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/from-the-mag/shifting-ambitions-trek-segafredos-diversified-2017-roster_428984 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/from-the-mag/shifting-ambitions-trek-segafredos-diversified-2017-roster_428984#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:21:40 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428984 Trek – Segafredo diversifies its roster in order to challenge on both cobbles and cols in 2017.

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At first glance, life within Trek – Segafredo has been surprisingly calm this off-season, especially when compared to other WorldTour outfits. The American-registered team renewed its deal with Italian co-sponsor Segafredo in November for four more years, buying it some coveted financial stability. The team’s management and staff remain largely unchanged, and its roster retains the same international flair — 14 nationalities are represented — as the team had in 2016.

A deeper look into Trek – Segafredo’s roster, however, reveals a major shift in talent and focus. When riders and staff gathered for training camp in December in Alfaz del Pi, Spain, the assembled team was be radically different in its approach to racing.

Transfers and retirements have reshaped Trek – Segafredo’s roster. Stijn Devolder, Julián Arredondo, Niccolo Bonifazio, and Riccardo Zoidl all left Trek – Segafredo to ride elsewhere. Fränk Schleck bowed out quietly with a 29th place finish at Il Lombardia. Yaroslav Popovych, who came to the team in the 2012 merger of the RadioShack and Leopard – Trek squads, transitioned to the team car after the spring campaign. Australian Jack Bobridge retired at age 27 due to untreatable arthritis in his hands. And 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal hung up his wheels after a frustrating 2016 season.

And then there’s the loss of Fabian Cancellara, who leaves the sport after a barnstorming farewell tour.

“The most important change has been Fabian retiring,” says general manager Luca Guercilena. “It’s clear that when you lose a leader like him, you need to build up the team again, because it’s not just that you’ve lost a rider but you’ve lost the leader of the team. Not just on the bike, but also in attitude.”

The team has moved swiftly to fill vacancies, signing double monument winner John Degenkolb for the spring classics and Alberto Contador to strengthen its grand tour outlook. Despite signing two proven leaders for top season goals, however, team leadership is emphasizing a more democratic approach to racing in 2017.

DIRK DEMOL, TREK – SEGAFREDO’S classics director, believes Degenkolb has the talent to command the squad once built around Cancellara. “Fabian, you can’t replace him, but for me Degenkolb was really a first choice,” Demol said. “You see he’s already won Gent-Wevelgem, he’s already won Sanremo, already Roubaix, he’s a guy who’s capable to be a leader, and I think also it was understood from our first talks he’s a leader.”

As accomplished as Degenkolb is at the age of 27, though, his presence does not require Trek – Segafredo to control the peloton as it did with Cancellara. Degenkolb’s shadow is not yet as long as his predecessor, and the classics landscape has evolved. A decade ago, Cancellara and Tom Boonen jockeyed for victory at every cobbled race, but today, talents such as Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Alexander Kristoff, Sep Vanmarcke, Ian Stannard, and others are distributed across the peloton. The deeper talent pool places responsibility on more teams to work during the races. And every opportunity that arises can benefit Degenkolb as well as his talented teammates, Demol said.

That includes Jasper Stuyven, whose muscular solo win at last year’s sprinter-friendly Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne evoked some of Cancellara’s own late escapes. Demol, however, does not want to saddle the 24-year-old Belgian with the pressure of leading the team at Belgian races. Not yet, anyway.

“We need to give [Stuyven] maybe two more years,” Demol says. “As a young rider, he’s proved his qualities, even while he went to university. He’s still growing, and that’s a good thing to see. I want to take care of him, and I want to be prudent that we don’t burn him out.”

Demol also expects results to come from Edward Theuns, third at both Dwars door Vlaanderen and Halle-Ingooigem last year, and from Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo. Nizzolo holds a handful of Italian classics titles, and though he has only flirted with the northern races previously, top-10 finishes at Dwars and Gent-Wevelgem in 2016 have earned him bigger expectations next spring.

“We have one leader but we have more cards to play,” Demol says. “We’ll have to see how the condition is from all of them, but we can race differently than what we did with Fabian when, especially at Flanders and Roubaix, we were taking full responsibility in the race.”

Degenkolb, Stuyven, Theuns, and Nizzolo will count on support from new signings Matthias Brändle, Mads Pederson, and Koen de Kort, who came with Degenkolb from Giant – Alpecin. They will join returning workhorses Gregory Rast, Markel Irizar, and Boy Van Poppel.

UNLIKE THE COBBLED CLASSICS squad, where Cancellara’s retirement left a clear void, Trek – Segafredo emerged from 2016 with a clear general classification leader for grand tours.

After the Tour de France’s stage 18 time trial, Bauke Mollema was sitting in second overall, well behind Chris Froome, but 24 seconds ahead of Adam Yates and 45 seconds clear of Nairo Quintana. The next day, Mollema slid out on a wet left-hand bend on the descent of the Montée de Bisanne, eventually losing 4:29 to stage winner Romain Bardet. The mistake dropped him to 10th place on GC. Still, the Dutchman confirmed his status as a podium contender.

Will Contador’s arrival stifle Mollema’s ambitions at the Tour? Guercilena is adamant that won’t be the case. Instead, Guercilena believes the two riders can give Trek – Segafredo a one-two punch. Contador is 33, and Guercilena believes he still has plenty of racing in his legs.

“I think it’s clear that Contador is still a GC contender. He proved in the Vuelta this year that he’s still competitive, so we would like to support him as a leader,” Guercilena says. “And when I’m talking about him sharing the leadership of the GC with Bauke, it’s exactly because I think that Bauke proved already that he’s a captain, that he’s a GC contender.”

For now, Mollema will be Trek’s man for the Giro. But for the Tour de France, the plan is to have both Mollema and Contador on top form to challenge Froome and Quintana, although Contador will be the primary leader.

In preparation for its renewed assault on the grand tours, Trek – Segafredo reinforced its high-mountain support with Jarlinson Pantano, who won a mountain stage at the 2016 Tour, longtime Contador stablemate Jesus Hernandez, and Cannondale – Drapac transplant André Cardoso. American Peter Stetina, veteran Basque Haimar Zubeldia, and versatile Fabio Felline all return for another season.

Can Guercilena and Demol mold their riders into a single unit willing to share leadership and sacrifice in the name of collective victory? The team has a short offseason, a handful of training camps, and the season’s early races to accomplish this task.

“It’s clear that it’s a big challenge for us in general, because we were focused just on supporting one man for the past three years and right now we have different leaders,” Guercilena says. “On top of that we have some young guns that we feel have arrived at the point to be competitive by themselves. It’s clear the riders will work well together and they have potential, so the main job of the directors will be exactly this: to build up the team spirit. I’m sure that if that’s done, then we’ll have really huge potential.”

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Nibali gets rolling with royal Bahraini team in Argentina http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/nibali-gets-rolling-royal-bahraini-team-argentina_428978 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/nibali-gets-rolling-royal-bahraini-team-argentina_428978#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:09:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428978 The Italian and four-time grand tour champion kicks off his season at the Tour de San Juan Monday.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Vincenzo Nibali begins a new era Monday in Argentina with the team created from a chance bike ride in the Middle East.

The Italian winner of all three grand tours, including the 2016 Giro d’Italia, heads the Bahrain – Merida team with backing from the Bahraini royal family. It is cycling’s first WorldTour team from the Middle East, and it all began after Nibali visited the tiny Persian Gulf island ahead of the 2015 Dubai Tour.

“When you’re with him, you can see that he is a great man,” Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said when VeloNews visited Bahrain.

“Every champion should be like Nibali because he is very humble of his achievements. He offers help when you ask. He is straightforward.”

Nibali raced for teams Liquigas/Cannondale and Astana, He won the Vuelta a España in 2010, the Tour de France in 2014, and the Giro d’Italia twice, in 2013 and in 2016.

The Bahrain squad debuted last week in the Santos Tour Down Under, but Nibali begins his season Monday at the Tour de San Juan in the team’s red, blue, and gold colors.

The team essentially took root in February 2015. Nibali’s agent Alex Carera is friends with Milan Erzen, a former Slovenian professional cyclist who helped the prince with his horse stables. The prince’s horses use thin-air oxygen tents for training that Erzen designed.

With the prince’s new passion for cycling, Erzen asked Carera if Nibali would make the short trip to Bahrain ahead of the Dubai Tour. As the prince prepared to train one day, he was surprised when he looked up to see Erzen arrive with Nibali.

“I’ve worked my way up in endurance horse races. I’m the bronze medalist in the world championships. Horses are my passion, my No. 1 passion,” said the prince.

“In time, I realized that I needed a sport that required 100 percent effort. Sometimes when I’m beaten by another rider it could be that he’s not better me but that his horse is better. That made me consider cycling.”

Prince Nasser has competed in Ironman triathlons around the world, but riding for four hours with a grand tour star was different.

“It was my first ride without an iPod. Between asking questions and getting my breath back, it was a struggle, but Nibali explained everything about cycling. It was an incredible ride.”

Erzen and Nasser had been talking about a team. At that point, the idea of a Bahraini team took off.

“Milan said, ‘If this is what you really want, then we need to work seriously.’ Exactly one year ago, last January, we said, ‘OK, let’s go, let’s do it.’ We looked for sponsors and made everything secure.”

Erzen made calls to those he knew in Slovenia. Carera decided to leave his agency to his brother and join the team. They contacted Vladimir Miholjevic to be a sport director. Through his connections in Croatia from organizing the national tour, they made more hires.

Nibali, the team’s star, was the first rider signing the team announced. For its debut season, the team now has 27 cyclists, mostly a mix of Italians, Slovenians, and Croatians.

Money comes from Bahrain, through the prince’s connections with the local companies, and from Taiwanese bike manufacturer Merida. The budget is around $18.5 million for 2017, which should be a modest enough amount to support the team’s goal of winning the Giro with Nibali.

“Some countries pay a lot of money for a couple of seconds on television for a pop-up advertisement, but we don’t want these 10 or 30 seconds. We want five or six hours every day, and cycling gives us this opportunity,” Nasser explained.

“My dream is to have another star, or stars, in the team. I think team Sky is one of the best teams because they have all the stars. Chris Froome is one of the legends in this game. I said we know Nibali and he’s a legend, let’s start with him now.”

The prince and the team fought a host of criticisms that suggested they should not have a racing license based on allegations of torture during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

The team, which has an initial backing of three years, is now one of 18 WorldTour teams for the 2017 season. It is the first top team from the Middle East, a region which celebrated its second outfit when Abu Dhabi took over Lampre’s sponsorship.

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Sagan goes climbing for classics prep http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sagan-goes-climbing-classics-prep_428970 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sagan-goes-climbing-classics-prep_428970#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:52:29 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428970 Peter Sagan made his debut at the Tour Down Under, and now he's heading to Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains for altitude training.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Peter Sagan will head to the Spanish hills as he ramps up for a rumble across the pavé this spring. Sierra Nevada in Spain’s Andalucía, to be exact, for an important high-altitude training camp ahead of the spring classics.

Sagan spent three weeks at altitude last year and the payoff was impressive, with victories at Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders and a second-place finish at E3 Prijs Harelbeke. Bora – Hansgrohe is hoping to hit the repeat button this spring, and the team is sticking to what works.

“We will go there for three weeks. It was the ideal preparation last year,” Bora sport director Patxi Vila said. “Sierra Nevada has great facilities, it is world-class. It worked perfect for us last year.”

The Slovakian superstar is coming off a discreet but successful season debut at the Santos Tour Down Under. He didn’t get a win, but he did manage three second places to Aussie sprint ace Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott). Sagan’s performance was just fine for his new team. The German-based squad was keen to ease Sagan through the paces with his new teammates and staff, and Sagan said he found the laid-back environment of the WorldTour opener ideal.

“There is not much to talk about in terms of victories,” Sagan said Sunday. “But the team is working together well, and we had some nice racing. The big goals are still coming.”

The two-time defending world champion was the star of the week, both on and off the bike, and was wildly popular with the fervent Aussie fans.

“He gave it a real go here. Three second places and the effort in the [People’s Choice] classic,” Tour Down Under director Mike Turtur said. “Another 100km to make the stages 250km, it’s a different story because that is where he comes into his own. It was an honor to host him and have him here as the world champion, and he’s set a great example. He brings a lot to the sport. His personality, the way he races, and his honesty. What you see is what you get. He will just tell what he thinks. He will not try to butter anything up or be political. I love that about him.”

Sagan would have liked to have won, but he also worked for sprinter teammate Sam Bennett and also helped lead out Jay McCarthy to win a critical mid-race time bonus in Sunday’s finale, which allowed McCarthy to bounce up to the final podium with third.

Upon returning to Europe this week, Sagan will head to the Sierra Nevada mountains for three weeks of intense preparation ahead of his first major goal of the season, the spring classics. He will stay at the high-altitude training center CAR (Centro de Alto Rendimiento), the state-sponsored, state-of-the-art facility perched at 5,104 feet above sea level.

The peloton’s top GC riders have been trekking to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands for years, but Vila said the sub-tropical island is too hot and the climbs too long and steep for classics-bound riders. In contrast, Sierra Nevada is nestled at the top of a long, gradual climb, with plenty of rolling flats and hill country down in the valley floor.

“The good thing about Sierra Nevada is that it is cooler weather like the classics. Tenerife is too hot and the climbs are too hard,” he said. “The training there is perfect for going to the classics.”

Altitude training has been de rigueur for the peloton’s fleetest GC contenders, but earlier efforts by classics riders to mimic the same race results across the pavé have fallen short. That’s started to change. Last year, Sagan joined such riders as John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel at Sierra Nevada, who were sharing space with other GC climbers.

Vila said the benefits of altitude training translate to the classics as well. He expects to see more riders heading to the high country in the coming weeks.

“Everyone said you are crazy to go to altitude and miss some of the early races, because it has never worked before,” Vila said. “I can guarantee you, there will be more classics riders up there this year.”

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Gallery: Final stage of the 2017 Tour Down Under http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-final-stage-2017-tour_428917 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-final-stage-2017-tour_428917#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:02:33 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428917 Total dominance from the Australians as Caleb Ewan sprints to fourth stage win and Richie Porte claims overall victory.

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A moment between Rohan Dennis (left) and BMC Racing teammate, race winner and fellow Aussie Richie Porte. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Reigning two-time world road race champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was held to three second-place stage finishes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Team Sky's Danny van Poppel hoped the final stage would be his day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The peloton screamed past many iconic South Australia landmarks, including world famous Haigh's Chocolates along Rundle Mall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com After claiming both the Paracombe and Willunga stages, Richie Porte needed only to finish with the bunch to claim the overall win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The peloton rounded the second of two hairpin turns in the 20-lap, 90km Adelaide city circuit on stage 6. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Australian sprinting sensation Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) claimed his fourth stage win of the week to wrap up the points classification. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Colombian Esteban Chaves, who finished second on GC, congratulated Orica-Scott teammate Caleb Ewan after the win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Richie Porte proudly hoisted the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under winner's trophy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com TDU classification winners posed for post-race photos, including Jhonatan Restrepo (youth), Richie Porte (general), Caleb Ewan (points) and Thomas de Gendt (mountains). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Tour of Qatar to return in 2018, say organisers http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tour-qatar-return-2018-say-organisers_428912 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tour-qatar-return-2018-say-organisers_428912#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:46:50 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428912 The Tour of Qatar will return in 2018.

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DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — The Tour of Qatar, cancelled this year because of an apparent lack of sponsorship, will return in 2018, the head of the emirate’s cycling federation told state media on Sunday.

Mohammed Al-Kuwari, the new president of the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation, said the stage race will be held again after a year’s gap in 2017 to allow the tiny Gulf country to help develop stronger national teams.

“During the coming period, the federation is planning to organize strong local tournaments in a bid to discover local talents to represent the Qatari national teams,” Kuwari told the Qatar News Agency in an interview. He added: “The federation will host international tournaments again next year, the most important of which will be the Tour of Qatar.”

It was announced in December by the UCI, world cycling’s governing body, that the 2017 edition of the tour — and the women’s Tour of Qatar — would be cancelled, apparently over a lack of a sponsor.

“It is understood the decision follows difficulty attracting sponsor financial support,” said the UCI at the time.

That announcement came just weeks after Qatar was roundly criticized for the small crowds attending the world road cycling championships in October. It also came against a backdrop of energy-rich Qatar adjusting its spending priorities as it responded to global oil price fluctuations.

The Tour of Qatar was first held in 2002 and previous winners include Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Mark Cavendish. The 2017 race was due to be included as part of the UCI’s elite World Tour for the first time.

Although there was no specific mention of the women’s tour, Kuwari added there was a “need” to create a Qatari women’s cycling team to compete at the international level.

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Porte sets early marker with emphatic TDU win http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-sets-early-marker-emphatic-tdu-win_428906 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-sets-early-marker-emphatic-tdu-win_428906#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:28:04 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428906 After proving he’s the strongest man in Australia, Richie Porte will export that momentum to Europe.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — After proving he’s the strongest man in Australia, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will export that momentum to Europe.

The 31-year-old Tasmanian locked up an elusive GC on Sunday at the six-day Santos Tour Down Under, beating back the likes of Esteban Chaves (Orica – Scott) and a top Aussie field. The victory means even more as he takes aim at the Tour de France this summer.

From Adelaide to Paris, it’s pedal to the metal, with all eyes on the yellow-jersey prize.

“I’m coming into my prime and I know I don’t have that many more opportunities to have a full crack at the Tour,” Porte said. “I’m going to make the most of that.”

The Tour Down Under was the first step toward Paris. In his return to racing after crashing out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games road race, Porte looked fit, trim and motivated to stake his claim as the man to beat.

After some close calls and bad luck at the Tour Down Under, including back-to-back second places, Porte took the race by the scruff of the neck, with blistering attacks on the two uphill finales to win at Paracomb and Old Willunga Road to stamp his name on the trophy. In a race typically coming down to time bonuses, his 48-second margin of victory is the second-largest in the Tour Down Under’s 19-year history.

“Richie deserves to win the race,” said Matt White, sport director on rival Orica – Scott. “He was the best climber here, and with two uphill finishes, he proved it when it counted.”

The next big question is how far Porte can carry his early season success into the meat of the European season. Up next is the one-day Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race before returning to Europe for Paris-Nice, a race he’s won twice, and then Catalunya, Romandie and Dauphiné ahead of tackling the Tour as BMC’s sole leader. With the team sending Tejay van Garderen to the Giro d’Italia, BMC is rallying its troops around Porte.

For the first time in his career, Porte will be Plan A in July.

“That’s exciting, that I have a team built around me for the first time ever,” Porte said. “I’ve often been the Plan B, or whatever. BMC Racing have put a lot of faith in me this year, and today I’ve shown them I can repay that faith.”

Joining Porte this week in Australia were riders such as Amael Moinard, Danilo Wyss, and Damiano Caruso who will likely be part of his Tour entourage. Newcomer Fran Ventoso also impressed with strong performances all week.

Can challenge Froome

BMC Racing believes that Porte has the chops to take on Chris Froome and Sky, which has won four of the past five editions of the Tour de France. Porte was an integral part of that Froome’s “Fortress Sky” before taking the leap to join BMC Racing last year.

After finishing fifth last year at the Tour despite a costly puncture late in stage 2 and tumbling on the Mont Ventoux fiasco when he followed Froome and Bauke Mollema on the attack, BMC is confident they’ve found their man. The team is banking that Porte can contend for the podium if he can get a clean run through the Tour.

Porte’s emphatic victory in Australia sets the tone for the rest of the season. Winning breeds success.

“If you want to win the Super Bowl, you gotta win the first game of the season,” said BMC Racing’s general manager Jim Ochowicz. “This win brings momentum to the whole team. Richie has the guys here that will be with him the whole season. You win here, and you can start the ball rolling all season long.”

Porte’s overall win at Australia’s most important stage race brings his palmares full circle. Second two years in a row, Porte was unstoppable this week, and comes out looking like the man to beat when he returns to Europe.

“I think back to nine years ago, this race really kicked off my career,” he said, referring to his ninth-place ride in 2008 as a neo-pro. “I see the photos of me in 2008, and I looked like I’d eaten a few more pies … It’s been quite the journey, with a lot of ups and downs. Hopefully, it’s a great season for me and I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe and getting stuck in.”

Australia already has its first Tour winner, with Cadel Evans who won in 2011 after years of banging at the door. Now it’s Porte’s turn. A strong debut on home roads will set the tone for run at the Tour.

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Porte claims Tour Down Under http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-claims-tour_428901 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-claims-tour_428901#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:55:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428901 Australia's Richie Porte won his first Tour Down Under Sunday.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) — Australia’s Richie Porte won his first Tour Down Under after finishing safely in the peloton on the final 90-kilometer stage through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday.

Porte, who seized the ochre leader’s jersey after the third stage, led the race from that point on and virtually assured himself of the title when he won his second stage on Saturday.

Stage 6, top 10

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, in 1:55:28
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 4. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 5. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 7. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 8. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 10. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 19:55:49
  • 2. Johan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :48
  • 3. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :51
  • 4. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :51
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :59
  • 6. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:02
  • 8. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:02
  • 9. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:02
  • 10. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:04

The Tasmanian took a lead of 48 seconds over Colombia’s Esteban Chaves into the final stage and his BMC Racing team controlled the peloton throughout, ensuring there was no chance of a breakaway spoiling Porte’s party.

The stage, 20 laps of an Adelaide street circuit, was won by Australia’s Caleb Ewan in a mass sprint, with world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia finishing second and Slovenia’s Marko Kump third.

It was Ewan’s fourth stage win of the week and confirmed his position as one of the rising stars of world sprinting.

However, the day belonged to Porte, who had finished second at the season-opening event the previous two years.

The 31-year-old’s BMC Racing team is setting the Tasmanian up for this year’s Tour de France and sent a strong team to Australia to support him in the opening World Tour event of the year.

He never looked like losing once he rode away from the field on the climb into Paracombe on Wednesday and then underlined his dominance when he did the same to win at the top of Willunga Hill on Saturday.

Crashed in Rio

“The Tour Down Under was good for me this year, two hilltop finishes,” Porte said.”It’s just incredible to come here and win after being so close the past two years. After crashing in Rio and injuring myself quite nastily (where Porte broke his scapula) it wasn’t too hard to be motivated for this race,” he said.

“I had a good break at the end of last season and have come back refreshed physically and mentally. To win this race means a hell of a lot.”

Ewan will also look to the big races in Europe after outsprinting the field four times this week. Sagan tried to overpower the diminutive 22-year-old on Sunday but was unable to make an impression, finishing runner-up to the New South Welshman for the second time this week.

Ewan’s Orica-Scott team has kept him away from the Grand Tours to enable him to develop, but he said he was ready for bigger challenges.

“It’s great to get the season off to a good start, it really gets the momentum going to Europe,” he said.  “I’ll probably have a bit of a break now and get ready for the European season.”

Belgium’s Thomas De Gendt ensured he took the King of the Mountain title when he broke away from the peloton to claim the points on the 10th climb up Montefiore Hill, while Ewan took the sprint jersey.

Stage 6 results

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, in 1:55:28
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 4. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 5. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 7. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 8. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 10. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 11. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 12. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 13. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 14. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at :00
  • 15. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 16. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 17. Johan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 18. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 19. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 20. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 21. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 22. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 23. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :00
  • 24. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 25. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 26. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :00
  • 28. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :00
  • 29. Marco MARCATO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 30. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 31. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 32. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 33. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :00
  • 34. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 35. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 36. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :00
  • 37. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 38. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 39. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 41. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 42. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 43. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 44. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 45. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 46. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at :00
  • 47. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 48. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 49. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 50. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 51. Michal KOLÁR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 52. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 53. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 54. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 55. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :00
  • 56. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 57. Michael STORER, AUS, at :00
  • 58. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 59. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 60. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 61. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 62. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 63. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 64. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 65. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at :00
  • 66. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 67. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 68. Giovanni VISCONTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 69. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 70. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 72. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 73. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at :00
  • 74. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 75. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 76. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 77. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 78. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at :00
  • 79. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 80. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 81. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 82. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 83. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 84. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 85. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 86. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 87. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :11
  • 89. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :11
  • 90. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at :11
  • 91. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :11
  • 92. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :11
  • 93. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :11
  • 94. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE ABU DHABI, at :11
  • 95. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at :14
  • 96. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at :15
  • 97. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at :15
  • 98. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :17
  • 99. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :17
  • 100. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :17
  • 101. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :17
  • 102. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :17
  • 103. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :17
  • 104. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at :17
  • 105. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at :17
  • 106. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :17
  • 107. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :17
  • 108. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :26
  • 109. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :26
  • 110. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :36
  • 111. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 112. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :50
  • 113. Eros CAPECCHI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :50
  • 114. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 115. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :56
  • 116. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :57
  • 117. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:03
  • 118. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:06
  • 119. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 1:13
  • 120. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at 1:14
  • 121. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:14
  • 122. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:22
  • 123. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:28
  • 124. Sam BENNETT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:31
  • 125. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:31
  • 126. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:11
  • 127. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:11
  • 128. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:25
  • 129. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:36
  • 130. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:43
  • 131. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:43

General classification

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 19:55:49
  • 2. Johan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :48
  • 3. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :51
  • 4. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :51
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :59
  • 6. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:02
  • 8. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:02
  • 9. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:02
  • 10. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:04
  • 11. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at 1:06
  • 12. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 1:06
  • 13. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:15
  • 14. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 1:18
  • 15. Michael STORER, AUS, at 1:18
  • 16. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:19
  • 17. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:23
  • 18. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25
  • 19. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 1:29
  • 20. Giovanni VISCONTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:38
  • 21. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 1:44
  • 22. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:45
  • 23. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:03
  • 24. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at 2:04
  • 25. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at 2:08
  • 26. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:12
  • 27. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:16
  • 28. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:20
  • 29. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:24
  • 30. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:25
  • 31. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:45
  • 32. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:47
  • 33. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:49
  • 34. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 3:12
  • 35. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:15
  • 36. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:15
  • 37. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 3:44
  • 38. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 4:16
  • 39. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:23
  • 40. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – SCOTT, at 4:43
  • 41. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:48
  • 42. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 4:48
  • 43. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:57
  • 44. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:57
  • 45. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 5:04
  • 46. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:34
  • 47. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:05
  • 48. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:17
  • 49. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 6:27
  • 50. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 6:28
  • 51. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:44
  • 52. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at 7:00
  • 53. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:07
  • 54. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:27
  • 55. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:28
  • 56. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:31
  • 57. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:01
  • 58. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:03
  • 59. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:04
  • 60. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 8:08
  • 61. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:14
  • 62. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:24
  • 63. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:36
  • 64. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:22
  • 65. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:32
  • 66. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:41
  • 67. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:11
  • 68. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:13
  • 69. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 10:18
  • 70. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:20
  • 71. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:24
  • 72. Eros CAPECCHI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 10:39
  • 73. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE ABU DHABI, at 10:59
  • 74. Marco MARCATO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 11:08
  • 75. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 12:10
  • 76. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 12:10
  • 77. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:16
  • 78. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:27
  • 79. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 12:38
  • 80. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 12:58
  • 81. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 13:08
  • 82. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 13:09
  • 83. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:33
  • 84. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 14:10
  • 85. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:31
  • 86. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:57
  • 87. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 15:08
  • 88. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 15:11
  • 89. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 16:11
  • 90. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 17:00
  • 91. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:05
  • 92. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at 17:08
  • 93. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:59
  • 94. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 18:29
  • 95. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at 18:45
  • 96. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 20:28
  • 97. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 21:03
  • 98. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM SUNWEB, at 21:11
  • 99. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 21:59
  • 100. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 22:45
  • 101. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 22:54
  • 102. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 22:55
  • 103. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:35
  • 104. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 24:02:00
  • 105. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at 24:46:00
  • 106. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 24:50:00
  • 107. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 24:56:00
  • 108. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at 25:01:00
  • 109. Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI, at 25:39:00
  • 110. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 26:19:00
  • 111. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 26:38:00
  • 112. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 26:44:00
  • 113. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 27:13:00
  • 114. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 27:49:00
  • 115. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 27:49:00
  • 116. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 28:09:00
  • 117. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 28:14:00
  • 118. Sam BENNETT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 28:14:00
  • 119. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 28:42:00
  • 120. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 30:01:00
  • 121. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 30:02:00
  • 122. Michal KOLÁR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 30:24:00
  • 123. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE – DRAPAC, at 30:36:00
  • 124. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 32:01:00
  • 125. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 36:11:00
  • 126. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 36:58:00
  • 127. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 37:02:00
  • 128. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 37:44:00
  • 129. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 38:19:00
  • 130. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 38:59:00
  • 131. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 46:55:00

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Gallery: Porte secures TDU win atop Willunga http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-porte-secures-tdu-win-atop-willunga_428896 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:33:33 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428896 Australian Richie Porte (BMC Racing) claims his third straight Willunga Hill stage win and all but clinches his first TDU victory.

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Richie Porte greeted fans prior to the decisive stage 5 start at the Santos Tour Down Under. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo One hundred thirty two riders made the start on stage 5 of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo The peloton was met with pristine conditions on the penultimate stage. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo Mother Nature turned on her charm for the fifth stage of the WorldTour kickoff. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo Fans showed their patriotic spirit along the roadside. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo Riders raced toward the infamous Willunga Hill.  Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo Richie Porte is shrouded in support from the thousands of fans lining the roadside. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo Australian Richie Porte claims his third straight Willunga Hill stage win. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo After back-to-back second place finishes on GC, Richie Porte is just one stage away from claiming a Tour Down Under victory. Photo: Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo

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Porte takes mortgage on TDU with Willunga win http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-takes-mortgage-tdu-willunga-win_428870 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/porte-takes-mortgage-tdu-willunga-win_428870#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:30:39 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428870 Richie Porte won the iconic Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) — Tasmania’s Richie Porte won the iconic Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under for the fourth year in a row Saturday with a superb attack from two kilometers out.

Porte’s bold move two-thirds of the way up the second climb of Willunga Hill left the more fancied Colombian climbers, Sergio Henao and Esteban Chaves, in his wake.

Top 10, stage 5

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 3:40:13
  • 2. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :20
  • 3. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 4. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 5. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 6. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at :23
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :23
  • 8. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :23
  • 9. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :23
  • 10. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :23

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 18:00:21
  • 2. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :48
  • 3. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :51
  • 4. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :54
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :59
  • 6. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:02
  • 8. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:02
  • 9. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:02
  • 10. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at 1:06

The Australian, whose BMC Racing team believes he is a real contender for the Tour de France, crossed the finish line 20 seconds ahead of fellow countryman Nathan Haas and Chaves.

He now leads the General Classification by 48 seconds from Orica-Scott’s Chaves and is virtually assured of winning the season-opening UCI World Tour race on the streets of Adelaide on Sunday.

“That street circuit in Adelaide is not easy, anything can happen there,” Porte said. “But I’m happy with where I’m at at the moment, I put some good time into the other guys and I think it’ll make tomorrow a little bit more relaxed.”

Porte conceded his eyes were on the Tour de France later this year.

“This is not an easy climb and to win it is great for morale,” he said.  “Obviously the biggest goal for me is July at the Tour de France. Things are going well.”

The 151.5-kilometer fifth stage began in the wine-growing town of McLaren Vale and took in three laps through the vineyards and around Aldinga Beach before a circuit that took in two climbs of Willunga Hill.

New Zealand’s Jack Bauer, who made a brave bid for glory on stage four and was only caught with three kilometers to go, was again part of an early breakaway with Frenchman Jeremy Maison, Australia’s Will Clarke and King of the Mountain contender Thomas De Gendt of Belgium.

The four got their lead out to just over three minutes on the early circuits but that was cut by a minute at the bottom of the first climb of
Willunga Hill. Clarke soon dropped off the pace but the other three made it over the top two minutes clear, allowing De Gendt to pick up the King of the Mountain points.

The peloton began to reel in the leaders and with seven kilometers to go they were caught, signaling the start of the attacks as a number of teams tried to bring their climbers to the front.

Henao, Chaves and Porte joined a small group of seven who broke clear of the peloton but with two kilometers to go, Porte attacked and neither of the Colombians could keep up with him.

Australian Nathan Haas, who was dropped early in the climb, battled back and stole second place with Chaves third.

Sunday’s final stage is a 90-kilometer race through an Adelaide street circuit.

Complete results

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 3:40:13
  • 2. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :20
  • 3. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 4. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 5. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 6. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at :23
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :23
  • 8. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :23
  • 9. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :23
  • 10. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :23
  • 11. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :23
  • 12. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :23
  • 13. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at :28
  • 14. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :32
  • 15. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :32
  • 16. Michael STORER, AUS, at :35
  • 17. Giovanni VISCONTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :39
  • 18. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :40
  • 19. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 20. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :44
  • 21. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :46
  • 22. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:00
  • 23. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at 1:01
  • 24. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at 1:01
  • 25. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:01
  • 26. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 1:01
  • 27. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:01
  • 28. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:09
  • 29. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:09
  • 30. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:09
  • 31. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:22
  • 32. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:22
  • 33. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:22
  • 34. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:25
  • 35. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:33
  • 36. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:33
  • 37. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:44
  • 38. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:50
  • 39. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:50
  • 40. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:50
  • 41. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 1:50
  • 42. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:50
  • 43. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:50
  • 44. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:00
  • 45. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:10
  • 46. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:18
  • 47. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:25
  • 48. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:25
  • 49. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:25
  • 50. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:54
  • 51. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:54
  • 52. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 3:20
  • 53. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 3:20
  • 54. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 3:20
  • 55. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – SCOTT, at 3:31
  • 56. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 3:31
  • 57. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at 3:31
  • 58. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:36
  • 59. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:58
  • 60. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:58
  • 61. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 4:05
  • 62. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 4:05
  • 63. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 4:05
  • 64. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:14
  • 65. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:00
  • 66. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 5:12
  • 67. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:56
  • 68. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:56
  • 69. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:58
  • 70. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:58
  • 71. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:58
  • 72. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 6:28
  • 73. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 6:28
  • 74. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 6:35
  • 75. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 6:35
  • 76. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:35
  • 77. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE ABU DHABI, at 6:35
  • 78. Marco MARCATO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 6:37
  • 79. Eros CAPECCHI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 6:37
  • 80. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 6:37
  • 81. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 6:41
  • 82. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:47
  • 83. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:49
  • 84. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:58
  • 85. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 7:05
  • 86. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 7:05
  • 87. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 7:05
  • 88. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:20
  • 89. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:31
  • 90. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:41
  • 91. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:41
  • 92. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:05
  • 93. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 8:05
  • 94. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 8:10
  • 95. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:10
  • 96. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 8:52
  • 97. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 8:57
  • 98. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 8:57
  • 99. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 8:57
  • 100. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:37
  • 101. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:22
  • 102. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 10:22
  • 103. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:22
  • 104. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 10:22
  • 105. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 10:22
  • 106. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 11:25
  • 107. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM SUNWEB, at 12:24
  • 108. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:24
  • 109. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at 13:41
  • 110. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at 13:41
  • 111. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 13:41
  • 112. Tyler FARRAR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 13:41
  • 113. Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI, at 13:41
  • 114. Sam BENNETT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 14:48
  • 115. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 15:19
  • 116. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 16:06
  • 117. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 16:06
  • 118. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 16:06
  • 119. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 16:06
  • 120. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 16:06
  • 121. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 16:06
  • 122. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 18:26
  • 123. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 18:26
  • 124. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 18:26
  • 125. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 18:26
  • 126. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 18:26
  • 127. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 18:26
  • 128. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 18:26
  • 129. Michal KOLÁR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 18:26
  • 130. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 18:26
  • 131. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at 18:26
  • DNF James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL

General classification

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 18:00:21
  • 2. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – SCOTT, at :48
  • 3. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :51
  • 4. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :54
  • 5. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :59
  • 6. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 7. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:02
  • 8. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:02
  • 9. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:02
  • 10. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at 1:06
  • 11. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at 1:06
  • 12. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:07
  • 13. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:15
  • 14. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:18
  • 15. Michael STORER, AUS, at 1:18
  • 16. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:19
  • 17. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:23
  • 18. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25
  • 19. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 1:29
  • 20. Giovanni VISCONTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:38
  • 21. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:44
  • 22. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:45
  • 23. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:03
  • 24. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at 2:04
  • 25. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at 2:08
  • 26. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:12
  • 27. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:16
  • 28. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:20
  • 29. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:24
  • 30. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:25
  • 31. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:36
  • 32. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:45
  • 33. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:49
  • 34. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:54
  • 35. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 3:12
  • 36. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:15
  • 37. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:15
  • 38. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 3:45
  • 39. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 4:16
  • 40. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:23
  • 41. Simon GERRANS, ORICA – SCOTT, at 4:43
  • 42. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:46
  • 43. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:48
  • 44. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 4:48
  • 45. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:57
  • 46. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 5:04
  • 47. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 5:34
  • 48. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:34
  • 49. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:00
  • 50. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:05
  • 51. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:44
  • 52. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at 6:45
  • 53. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:07
  • 54. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:27
  • 55. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:28
  • 56. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:31
  • 57. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:01
  • 58. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:03
  • 59. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:04
  • 60. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 8:08
  • 61. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:14
  • 62. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 8:24
  • 63. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:36
  • 64. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:15
  • 65. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:22
  • 66. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:30
  • 67. Eros CAPECCHI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 9:49
  • 68. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 10:01
  • 69. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:11
  • 70. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 10:13
  • 71. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:20
  • 72. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:31
  • 73. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE ABU DHABI, at 10:48
  • 74. Marco MARCATO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 11:08
  • 75. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 11:53
  • 76. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:55
  • 77. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:59
  • 78. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:10
  • 79. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:16
  • 80. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 12:21
  • 81. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:43
  • 82. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 13:08
  • 83. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:33
  • 84. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 14:10
  • 85. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:20
  • 86. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:57
  • 87. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 15:08
  • 88. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 15:11
  • 89. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at 15:54
  • 90. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 16:23
  • 91. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 16:43
  • 92. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:05
  • 93. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 17:15
  • 94. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:23
  • 95. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:59
  • 96. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 20:28
  • 97. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 20:37
  • 98. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 20:46
  • 99. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM SUNWEB, at 21:11
  • 100. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 21:24
  • 101. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 21:58
  • 102. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 22:43
  • 103. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 22:45
  • 104. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 23:37
  • 105. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 24:02:00
  • 106. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at 24:19:00
  • 107. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 24:39:00
  • 108. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at 24:46:00
  • 109. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at 25:01:00
  • 110. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 25:42:00
  • 111. Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI, at 25:43:00
  • 112. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 26:19:00
  • 113. Sam BENNETT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 26:43:00
  • 114. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 27:13:00
  • 115. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 27:49:00
  • 116. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 27:49:00
  • 117. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 28:09:00
  • 118. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 28:14:00
  • 119. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 28:42:00
  • 120. Tyler FARRAR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 28:59:00
  • 121. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 29:23:00
  • 122. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 30:22:00
  • 123. Michal KOLÁR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 30:24:00
  • 124. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 31:25:00
  • 125. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 34:22:00
  • 126. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 35:33:00
  • 127. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 35:34:00
  • 128. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 35:36:00
  • 129. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 35:56:00
  • 130. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 38:33:00
  • 131. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 46:29:00

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — When China’s richest man comes calling with a deal in his pocket, you pay attention.

That’s what happened last summer, when Wang Jianlin reached out to the UCI with an intriguing offer. His Wanda Group wanted to create a new stage race in China. The UCI was all ears.

“They started talking to us in the middle of last year,” UCI president Brian Cookson told VeloNews. “We were very keen to see what they could come up with. They’ve been interested in coming into cycling for a while, and negotiations went smoothly. The deal was done shortly before Christmas.”

For Cookson and the UCI, the three-year deal with the Wanda Group is major coup.

Not only does the agreement mark a return of the WorldTour to the lucrative Chinese market, anchored by the six-stage Tour of Guangxi (October 19-24), it also aligns the cycling governing body with China’s richest man who is aggressively expanding his endurance sports portfolio.

The Wanda Group is rapidly becoming a major player in cycling. Takeover bids of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia were discretely rejected last year, but that hasn’t stopped Jianlin. Wanda bought Infront Sports & Media in 2015 for $1 billion as well as the World Triathlon Corporation, taking over its Ironman triathlon series for $650 million. It also picked up the Cape Epic mountain bike event as well as part of the WorldTour Tour de Suisse and a marathon road cycling series called Velothon. In short, Wang is already a major player poised to get even bigger.

Good news for UCI

The Wanda deal is good news to the UCI, which is enthusiastic about the entrée of the Chinese magnate into cycling.

“Strategically, it makes sense in having another big player promoting major races. Monopolies are not a good thing,” Cookson said. “They are one of the biggest sports/entertainment companies in the world. They are huge. They are serious people and serious investors.”

This new deal is different than the UCI’s previous efforts in China with the Tour of Beijing. That race ran from 2011-14 under the UCI’s Global Cycling Promotions subsidiary, which Cookson closed following his election. Though that event had strong Chinese government backing, the race ran into blow-back over pollution worries and concerns about the appropriateness of the UCI owning and promoting races in a for-profit business.

Cookson said the UCI has no direct financial interest in the Wanda deal, and emphasized the UCI will receive only standard race fees and other administrative costs that go along with any WorldTour-level event.

“Our previous project in China with the Tour of Beijing was mixed success,” said Cookson, pointing out exceptions for the worlds and World Cups. “We scrapped Global Cycling Promotions because it is not our role to promote cycling events. Our job is to be a regulator. There are racing fees, but the whole idea is that they’re investing in China through their event. There is a WorldTour fee, but that is all the UCI gets out of this.”

Goes beyond WorldTour

Cookson said they pushed that the deal reach beyond the WorldTour race. It also includes a satellite office of the UCI’s World Cycling Center, accompanying public rides and a women’s race as well as playing the host to UCI events like the newly minted urban cycling world championships.

“When we started to talk, we really wanted to help the Chinese cycling federation. We don’t just want a big race; we want to help cycling develop. We wanted some mass participation events, and to encourage the local government to invest in cycling infrastructure,” Cookson said. “They wanted to be part of the WorldTour. Because we were assured of their level of investment and commitment, it seemed like an extremely good deal.”

Following the initial contact last summer, things moved quickly. Wanda made a formal presentation to UCI officials during the Doha worlds, and the details were hammered out in the next few weeks. Chinese appliance company Gree, the world’s largest producer of air-conditioners with more than $20 billion in annual sales, has already signed on as race sponsor.

“Wanda are determined to do things in a big way, and we want to work with them as a partner,” Cookson said. “This will be nothing like Beijing In terms of environmental issues, and they want people to watch it, so they are going to promote it. It will not be like Qatar or Beijing, remarkable by the absence of fans.”

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Gallery: Behind the scenes with Trek – Segafredo Down Under http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-behind-scenes-trek-segafredo_428818 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-behind-scenes-trek-segafredo_428818#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:27:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428818 Photographer Veeral Patel is embedded with the Trek – Segafredo team, documenting its first WorldTour race of 2017.

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Photographer Veeral Patel was embedded with the Trek – Segafredo team at the Santos Tour Down Under. Ride along with the team in its first WorldTour race of 2017. Photo: Veeral Patel American Peter Stetina has some new facial hair to show off at the first race of the season. Photo: Veeral Patel TDU's first stage was rolling, hot, and ended in a sprint finish won by Caleb Ewan. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Having a good laugh in the team van. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Koen de Kort stands in the heat of the People's Classic, an evening crit two days before the Tour Down Under. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Guerreiro took the best young rider's jersey after the second stage. Photo: Veeral Patel New Trek signing Mads Pedersen gets cleaned up following a crash in stage 2. 
Photo: Veeral Patel De Kort, who rode for Giant – Alpecin (now Sunweb) last year, gets a massage on the first day of the Tour Down Under. 
Photo: Veeral Patel It might not be as posh as the team bus, but a well-placed cooler will do. Photo: Veeral Patel Riders make moves on stage 2 of the TDU. 
Photo: Veeral Patel No team buses at the Tour Down Under means teams sit around outside before each stage. 
Photo: Veeral Patel First race of the year and the bandages are already out. 
Photo: Veeral Patel The peloton en-masse in stage 3 of the TDU. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Stetina on the front during the TDU's second stage. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Pantano comes from the defunct IAM Cycling team and won a stage of the Tour de France last year. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Mechanics prepare a team car for the day. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Mads Pedersen won the Paris-Roubaix Juniors race in 2013. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Stetina in the peloton. 
Photo: Veeral Patel De Kort has been slowly adding to his tattoo. 
Photo: Veeral Patel The long, hot roads of the Tour Down Under provide the first racing miles for much of the pro peloton. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Ruben Guerrieiro, still in the best young rider's jersey, gets on the gas in stage 4. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Jarlinson Pantano poses with a fan. 
Photo: Veeral Patel Tan lines are inevitable in the Australian summer. 
Photo: Veeral Patel With temperatures hovering near 100˚F and bright sun, riders are careful not to get burned during long days in the saddle. 
Photo: Veeral Patel It's no Tour de France caravan, but the Tour Down Under puts on a great parade every day. 
Photo: Veeral Patel

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Draft Montana bill could restrict cyclists from two-lane roads http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/draft-montana-bill-restrict-cyclists-two-lane-roads_428641 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/draft-montana-bill-restrict-cyclists-two-lane-roads_428641#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:01:05 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428641 Montana cyclists could see their road ride route options drastically reduced if a draft bill in the Montana House of Representatives moves

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Montana cyclists could see their road ride route options drastically reduced if a draft bill in the Montana House of Representatives moves forward as written. LC2196, sponsored by freshman legislator Barry Usher of district 40, would prohibit cyclists, runners, walkers, and those in wheelchairs from two-lane highways outside of municipalities when no shoulder is present.

Usher claims that the bill was inspired by safety concerns, while opponents contend that the measure is a clear attempt to disenfranchise non-motorized road users.

“I talked with Representative Usher a couple days ago. We put it on Facebook, and I also sent out an email to our member contact list. The Facebook post has just been spread exponentially,” said Melinda Barnes, executive director of Bike Walk Montana. “We’re asking right now that he just withdraw this bill before it goes to committee. He said he’s not willing to do that.”

Representative Usher confirmed that he had spoken with Barnes, and said, “I understand why she is upset. I said I’m looking for ideas and solutions. Give me an idea of how I can change this.

“The bill will definitely change, but the problem is when I talked to Melinda [Barnes], she said drop it, and I’m not going to drop it. We need to talk about it.”

Usher is a Republican who won his seat with 66.2 percent of the vote in November 2016. The lawmaker said he’d spoken with a number of people who expressed concerns about bicycle safety, which prompted him to start the process of drafting the bill. “We just need to come up with solutions,” he added. “I’m open for suggestions.” He mentioned he’d be open to some sort of bicycle registration system, albeit one that is anonymous, similar to snowmobile registrations. The representative said he understood there to be a system like this in Florida, but VeloNews could not find any such rule on the books in the Sunshine State. Usher did not mention HB205, which is currently in committee and includes a provision for one-time registration fees for bicycles to fund bicycle trail maintenance in Montana.

This is a map of Montana that roughly highlights the roads potentially affected by the draft bill. It does not include county roads.

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How Peter Sagan landed at emerging Bora-Hansgrohe team http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/from-the-mag/peter-sagan-landed-emerging-bora-hansgrohe-team_428705 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/from-the-mag/peter-sagan-landed-emerging-bora-hansgrohe-team_428705#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:25:06 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428705 Peter Sagan's transfer to Bora – Hansgrohe was no simple matter. Riders, staff, and sponsors were all affected by the season's biggest

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In December 2015, cycling’s most polarizing team owner Oleg Tinkov revealed that he would dissolve his Tinkoff team following the 2016 season. The news set off one of the biggest storylines this past season: Tinkoff ’s marquee rider, Peter Sagan, was on the open market.

In June, news leaked that Sagan had signed a three-year deal with the small German Pro Continental squad then named Bora – Argon 18. Sagan would earn six million euros a year, reports noted, and the German team would make the jump to the WorldTour in 2017 as Bora – Hansgrohe.

After the news broke, journalists and cycling pundits were left with multiple questions. Why had the sport’s biggest star chosen this tiny German team? How did the deal come together? Could this nascent squad support Sagan’s outsized ambitions at major races?

Since the summer, the details of Sagan’s move to Bora – Hansgrohe have slowly trickled out. Sagan bypassed larger teams in favor of Bora because the smaller team could accommodate his very unique requirements. Bike manufacturer Specialized played a big role in connecting rider with team. And the team’s boss, Ralph Denk, worked behind the scenes to round up the resources in order to make the deal work.

Sagan’s story exposes the depth of influence one rider can have on a team’s fortunes. It also reveals how such a journey is rarely made alone: In this case, the futures of so many others were intricately tied to the Slovak’s fate.

IN EARLY 2016 Peter Sagan’s agent, Giovanni Lombardi, began speaking with WorldTour teams about his client. Lombardi declined to give specifics, but sources familiar with Sagan said that Astana, Etixx – Quick-Step, and the new Bahrain – Merida team were interested. Lombardi’s negotiations should have been easy — Sagan is the sport’s biggest rider, so who wouldn’t want him?

But Sagan travels with a sizable entourage. Hiring him meant bringing on no less than 14 total people: two mechanics, two masseuses, one coach, one sport director, three Slovak teammates (Michael Kolar, Erik Baska, and Sagan’s brother Juraj), as well as Tinkoff teammates Maciej Bodnar, Rafal Majka, and Pawel Poljanski.

“The goal was for Peter to be happy — that means making the Sagan group happy,” Lombardi said through a translator. “Money is important, but we’re not just going to look for money.”

Bringing on a group of that size is not easy, even for the biggest WorldTour squads. A team would need to fire existing riders and personnel to accommodate the new riders and staff, or bring on more sponsorship cash to cover the cost of 13 additional salaries. For larger teams, that influx of manpower could upset an established balance.

The personnel requirements trimmed down the number of Sagan suitors, Lombardi said. Sagan told VeloNews he realized the entourage would narrow the number of teams on his list, but it was still his biggest priority.

“The big teams, they already plan everything, and it was very difficult to make half the team leave to make room for my group,” Sagan says. “I wanted my group with me and that was the most important thing with what I wanted to do.”

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SAGAN HAS A LONGSTANDING relationship with bicycle manufacturer Specialized, which sponsored him during his early days as a mountain bike racer and worked with him at Tinkoff. In April 2016, the company joined the search party and began working to find Sagan a new home for 2017.

At the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized put Lombardi in touch with Quick – Step owner Patrick Lefevere. The two groups were in discussion for an unknown amount of time but, ultimately, they decided not to join forces.

“Patrick’s squad is a well-oiled machine, and absorbing all of the staff and riders could change the dynamic,” says Slate Olson, formerly chief marketing officer at Specialized. “It just didn’t come together.”

Still, Specialized was committed to keeping Sagan on its bike, which meant it would need to bring a sizable financial boost to whichever team could clear out space for Sagan and his group. The company worked almost like an agency for Sagan, keeping its ears open for inquiries for the star rider.

During the Giro d’Italia, Specialized representatives on the ground in Italy were contacted by Bora – Argon 18 team director Ralph Denk, who said he was hoping to bring his Pro Continental squad up to the WorldTour for 2017. The jump up would mean that Bora needed additional riders and staff, and could therefore accommodate Sagan and his entourage. Only 14 of the team’s 21 riders would be making the jump to the WorldTour.

“We had not many riders or staff with WorldTour experience,” Denk says. “I was looking for employees.”

The former owner of the Giant mountain bike team, Denk had long held WorldTour ambitions. In 2010, he helped found Continental team NetApp, which gained a wild-card entry to the Tour in 2014 and became Bora – Argon 18 the following year. Like many team directors, Denk believed the UCI would start trimming the number of WorldTour teams after the 2017 season. Thus, he saw the coming season as his best shot at earning a WorldTour berth.

Denk believed his team could also capitalize on Germany’s return to pro cycling. Nearly a decade has passed since German cycling fans learned of the rampant doping on Team Telekom in the 1990s and early 2000s. The sport seemed primed for a major come- back in a nation that had for years turned its back to cycling. Indeed, the German city Düsseldorf will host the Grand Départ of the 2017 Tour de France, and the Deutschland Tour is slated to return to the UCI calendar in 2018.

So Denk set out to find the sponsorship dollars to sign Sagan and step up to the WorldTour.

During the same Giro, he was driving through the Dolomites with the owner of Bora Cooking Products, the team’s primary sponsor. Denk told him that signing Sagan represented the best shot at the WorldTour. It would not be cheap.

“He said he could not cover the entire amount, but I should try to get [Sagan],” Denk says. “He gave me the okay to take the risk to sign Peter.”

Denk then reached out to Philip Harinck, who oversees Belgian marketing for the German company Hansgrohe, which manufactures faucets. Having helped Belgian company Berry Group with its sponsorship of the U.S. Postal Service team more than a decade ago, Harinck knew the marketing potential of pro cycling. He agreed to bring Hansgrohe aboard as a presenting sponsor for the team. The last financial piece to fall into place was Specialized, which also agreed to come aboard as a major cash and gear sponsor.

By June, Denk had the finances and infrastructure to commit to Sagan. During the Critérium du Dauphiné, Denk traveled to Monaco to meet with Lombardi. The deal was done, months before the UCI’s transfer window.

“The actual negotiation was very easy and smooth,” Denk says. “I had a good feeling that we respected each other. From there it went very fast forward.”

BEFORE THE OPPORTUNITY to snag Sagan entered the picture, Denk’s 2017 ambitions were surprisingly humble. He hoped to again earn a wildcard entry to the grand tours, and to continue to develop young German stars Emanuel Buchmann and Silvio Herklotz.

In Sagan, however, Denk saw greater opportunities. The team would be certain to join the WorldTour. Needless to say, the team’s ambitions are no longer so humble.

“We want to end the [WorldTour team] classification in the top six, win the green jersey, and we want to win a monument,” Denk says. “And we’d like to finish a grand tour in the top five.”

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TDU stage 4 photos: Ewan wins again, but breakaway came close http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tdu-stage-4-photos-ewan-wins-breakaway-came-close_428681 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/tdu-stage-4-photos-ewan-wins-breakaway-came-close_428681#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:13:38 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428681 The Tour Down Under's Bupa stage offered an exciting pursuit on the final descent, but the break was caught, and the sprinters won again.

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The Santos Tour Down Under's Bupa stage is known to favor a breakaway. These three men, Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors), Cameron Meyer (UniSA), and Ondrej Cink (Bahrain – Merida), were off the front most of the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Prior to stage 4, Quick-Step's Dries Devenyns and Bauer kicked back and enjoyed the Australian sunshine. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Esteban Chaves fans were excited to see their Colombian star in Australia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The three-man break gathered about a three-minute advantage by the mid-point of the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Richie Porte (BMC Racing) looked relaxed in the peloton. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Meyer made a move, and soon Cink was dropped. Eventually, the UniSA rider would give up on the break, leaving Bauer to ride alone. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Caleb Ewan wore the red jersey as top rider in the points classification. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The peloton chased hard into the final descent. It took longer than expected, but eventually they caught a hard-charging Bauer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Familiar faces lined up for the sprint, with Ewan again leading the way. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com And Ewan claimed his third stage win at this Tour Down Under, despite being a bit boxed in toward the end of the sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Ewan always looks particularly happy to win on home turf. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Porte kept the ochre jersey for another day. On Saturday, he'll race up Willunga Hill, where he's won in the last three editions of the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Peter Sagan. What more can we say? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com UCI president Brian Cookson was on hand for the WorldTour kickoff. Perhaps he should try a pair of those 100% shades that Sagan wears? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Sky news: Thomas, Landa to Giro, Froome to Tour, Vuelta http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sky-news-thomas-landa-giro-froome-tour-vuelta_428676 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/sky-news-thomas-landa-giro-froome-tour-vuelta_428676#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:55:15 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428676 The British team's grand tour teams are taking shape, with the leaders for each of the three races being named.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Team Sky’s grand tour teams are taking shape in the early days of the 2017 season. Chris Froome will lead cycling’s juggernaut team in the Tour de France in search of a fourth title and Geraint Thomas will have his first chance to win the Giro d’Italia.

Thomas, who transferred from a classics rider to stage racer over the last two years, looks set to co-lead the Italian grand tour with Spaniard Mikel Landa.

“He needs big goals this year and he wants to target a grand tour,” general manager Dave Brailsford said of Thomas at the team’s camp earlier this month. “This is a big season for Geraint. He won Paris-Nice last year, but it didn’t go as well as he wanted in the Tour de France.”

Sky hopes a double-barrel approach to the Giro will finally pay off with a victory. It has won the Tour four times, but has been unsuccessful in the Giro. It tried with Rigoberto Urán, Bradley Wiggins, Richie Porte, and last year, Mikel Landa. The closest it came was in 2013, when Colombian Rigoberto Urán finished second.

Landa placed third overall in 2015 with Astana. As Sky’s captain, he was forced to abandon midway through last year’s race with stomach problems.

Brailsford explained that Thomas and Landa can work together and they will both have their targets in the Giro.

Froome is one of two grand tour stars, along with with Alberto Contador of Trek – Segafredo, who will skip the 100th edition of the Giro. The aim is to achieve four and perhaps five titles.

“[I have] no number in mind,” Froome said in a January interview. “But I dream to be up there with Merckx and Indurain with five Tour de France victories.”

With the leaders sorted in the first grand tours of the year, Sky must now settle on the helpers to place in its Giro and Tour lineups.

Mikel Nieve saved the Sky ship last May after Landa quit the Giro. The team switched to a stage-win focus and the Spaniard succeeded in Cividale del Friuli. He also won the mountains classification.

Sky this year will have Nieve support Froome in the Tour and in the Vuelta a España later in the summer.

Thomas and Landa will likely have mountain support from new Italian climber Diego Rosa, Sebastian Henao, Philip Deignan, David López, and, assuming he is back up to speed, Beñat Intxausti.

Italian Elia Viviani, who won an Olympic gold medal in the omnium, will target Milano-Sanremo and then stages in the Giro. Already, he won a stage for Sky in the 2015 Giro.

American Ian Boswell may work his way into the team’s long list for the Tour. Last year, the 25-year-old rode the Giro and supported Froome to second overall in the Vuelta.

Froome’s main mountain goat should be Wout Poels again. The Dutchman won the Volta a Valenciana last year and shepherded Froome to victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour.

Sky should also rely on new French climber Kenny Elissonde, Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Luke Rowe, and Ian Stannard. It is unclear if Landa and Thomas will race the Tour after the Giro or rebuild for the Vuelta.

With the controversies of last summer still brewing, Sky will welcome a return to racing and to the grand tour playground.

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After Ewan’s hot start in Australia, pressure is on to win in Europe http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/ewans-hot-start-australia-pressure-win-europe_428670 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/ewans-hot-start-australia-pressure-win-europe_428670#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:19:56 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428670 The 22-year-old sprinter won three of the first four stages at the Tour Down Under, but his real test will come on European roads.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — Caleb Ewan is the fastest man in Australia, yet despite a red-hot start at the Santos Tour Down Under, he still needs to prove himself on European roads.

The Orica – Scott speedster darted to his third win in four days Friday, denying two-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) a victory for the second day in a row. Everyone agrees the 22-year-old is on a tear; now he needs to prove it against the best sprinters in the world in Europe.

“There are a lot of young, quick guys coming through, and there are still the Greipels and Cavendishes out there, so it’s going to be a hard one to try to become the best sprinter in the world,” Ewan said Friday. “But hopefully I will one day.”

Orica is taking the long view on its sprinting prodigy, and will not bring the boy wonder to the Tour de France this year. First, the team is hoping Ewan can deliver on his promise and earn some wins on European roads in races like Tirreno-Adriatico and similar races at the WorldTour level.

Orica sport director Matt White confirmed Ewan will return to the Giro d’Italia in May in a quest for a stage victory in the Italian grand tour.

“The Tour? First things first. He’ll be doing the Giro for sure,” White said. “Even though it seems like he’s been around for awhile, you have to remember he’s only 22.”

Although the Aussie team’s grand tour plans have yet to be officially revealed, it’s possible Orica could bring Colombian sensation Esteban Chaves to the Tour de France for his highly anticipated debut in the French tour, meaning the team would be firmly focused on the GC.

At 5-foot-5, the self-styled “pocket rocket” is picking up on the Australian sprint legacy of Robbie McEwen and Matt Goss. Ewan’s certainly made a big impression in his first two pro seasons, including a win at the Vuelta a España in his rookie year in 2015 and the German semi-classic Cyclassics Hamburg ahead of John Degenkolb last year following the relegation of winner Nacer Bouhanni.

Ewan is already off to a hot start of the 2017 season, winning four of five days of racing at the Santos Tour Down Under, taking the opening-weekend critérium and stages 1, 3, and 4.

“He’s got great form here, so let’s see what he can do when he gets back to Europe in March,” White said. “This is a great start to the season, and the next step in his development.”

For this season, Ewan will have the pressure to up his game and be more competitive at the WorldTour level across stage races and one-day classics. Of his 19 wins so far, seven have been at the WorldTour level, with five of those at the Tour Down Under and only two — the Vuelta and Hamburg — in Europe.

Last year in Europe, he snatched two wins, at Hamburg and at the Tour of Britain. He was second at stages at the Giro and Tirreno-Adriatico, so he’s already been knocking at the door for some big European results.

Orica is certainly happy with his performance this week. With archrival BMC Racing’s Richie Porte looking to have a lock on GC, Ewan’s surpassed expectations to give the team some momentum in Australia’s biggest race. His explosive kick and pint-sized build have many comparing him to Mark Cavendish. Ewan’s aerodynamic finish-line tuck is impressive, allowing him to squirt through holes and win drag races against larger rivals. He’s even spent time in the wind tunnel to hone and perfect his unique forward-leaning aero-tuck sprint.

That style paid off in spades Wednesday against Sagan, but while the world champion admitted Ewan is the fastest rider at the Tour Down Under, he added that Ewan still needs to prove himself in Europe.

“He is riding at home. He was all winter in Australia and he was training in good weather. I just finished the season in end of October and I did one month without the bike, for relax and holiday, and I started to train in December,” Sagan said. “For now, the best sprinters in the world — Kittel, Greipel, Gaviria — are not here. He is winning a lot now, because he is the best here.”

This season, Ewan’s ambition is to join that elite company of world-class sprinters, but he knows he needs to start consistently winning races at such events as Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo and the grand tours first. To give him a chance, Orica signed German track rider and sprinter Roger Kluge to help pilot Ewan in the bunch sprints, and the pair is using the Tour Down Under to get used to each other.

“I will be racing with Caleb across Europe this spring and we are very motivated to get some big wins,” Kluge said. “I am a lot bigger than he is, so he can tuck in behind me and I can help steer him through the bunch. Sprinting in Europe is not easy, but I think he’s going to have a big season. You can see he has more experience and confidence.”

The pressure is on Ewan to win against the likes of Cavendish and Kittel in Europe. Orica isn’t sweating it. They feel time is on their side.

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Australian Caleb Ewan won his third stage of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under Friday, maneuvering through a disorganized sprint to cross the line first in Campbelltown.

Peter Sagan of Bora – Hansgrohe was again second to the Orica – Scott sprinter, and Sky’s Danny van Poppel was third.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year,” said Ewan, who has six wins so far in January. “My team did an amazing job. They really committed to the chase, committed to winning today.”

Top 10, stage 4

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORS, in 3:45:19
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BOH, at :00
  • 3. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 4. Ben SWIFT, UAD, at :00
  • 5. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 6. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 7. Jay MCCARTHY, BOH, at :00
  • 8. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at :00
  • 9. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00

On the long descent to the finish, it looked like Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors) might have a chance at riding away to victory alone. He’d been in the day’s breakaway with UniSA’s Cam Meyer and Bahrain – Merida’s Ondrej Cink. However, Bauer, the New Zealand time trial champion, was caught by the field with about 5 kilometers remaining in the 149.5km stage.

The straight, 1km run to the finish was slightly uphill, making it difficult for the sprinters to judge. Sky led out the sprint, and for a moment, van Poppel looked to be in the clear. But Ewan squeezed through a small gap on the right-side barriers, giving two-time defending world champion Sagan the slip and taking another win.

“I knew this one was going to be tough; I guess it was tough for all of the sprinters as well,” the 22-year-old Ewan added.

It was another productive day through the Adelaide hills for Tasmanian Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who worked well with his team and retained the overall lead. Porte has a 20-second advantage over Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and a 22-second lead over Ewan’s teammate Esteban Chaves entering the final two days of racing.

Saturday’s 151.5km stage 5 features the Tour Down Under’s classic uphill finish on Willunga Hill, a stage Porte has won the last three years.

“Yesterday and today, I had so much to lose and not a lot to gain so to get that one done is a massive relief and now it’s Willunga, which I know quite well,” Porte said. “But that’s a different scenario going into it now. I don’t have to attack, I’ve just got to follow. So it’s not all about the stage win tomorrow, it’s more about trying to defend the ochre jersey.

“We have a great team and I’m pretty relaxed with where I’m at. If [the GC riders] want to hit out early, we have the team to try and control it. But we have a trump card in Rohan Dennis, he’s lean, he’s strong and he’s pretty motivated.

“The atmosphere on Willunga is incredible. It’s like riding the Tour de France every year, so it’s a special stage to win. So we’ll just see how it all pans out.”

Information from AFP was used in this report.

Stage 4 results

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORS, in 3:45:19
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BOH, at :00
  • 3. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 4. Ben SWIFT, UAD, at :00
  • 5. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 6. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 7. Jay MCCARTHY, BOH, at :00
  • 8. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at :00
  • 9. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 11. Michael WOODS, CDT, at :00
  • 12. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 13. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at :00
  • 14. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 15. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 16. Wilco KELDERMAN, SUN, at :00
  • 17. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 18. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 20. Diego ULISSI, UAD, at :00
  • 21. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 23. Simon GERRANS, ORS, at :00
  • 24. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 25. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TBM, at :00
  • 26. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at :00
  • 28. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 29. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORS, at :00
  • 30. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 31. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 32. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QST, at :00
  • 33. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 34. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 35. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 36. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CDT, at :00
  • 37. Patrick BEVIN, CDT, at :00
  • 38. Petr VAKOC, QST, at :00
  • 39. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at :00
  • 40. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 41. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :00
  • 42. Dries DEVENYNS, QST, at :00
  • 43. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 44. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 45. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 46. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 47. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 48. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 49. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 50. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 51. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 52. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :00
  • 53. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 54. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 55. Alex HOWES, CDT, at :00
  • 56. Marco MARCATO, UAD, at :00
  • 57. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at :00
  • 58. Chun Kai FENG, TBM, at :00
  • 59. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CDT, at :00
  • 60. Michael STORER, AUS, at :00
  • 61. Chris HAMILTON, SUN, at :00
  • 62. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at :00
  • 63. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 64. Janez BRAJKOVIC, TBM, at :00
  • 65. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 66. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 67. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 68. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 69. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at :00
  • 70. Marko KUMP, UAD, at :00
  • 71. Giovanni VISCONTI, TBM, at :00
  • 72. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 73. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 74. Ondrej CINK, TBM, at :00
  • 75. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 76. Nikias ARNDT, SUN, at :00
  • 77. Eros CAPECCHI, QST, at :00
  • 78. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 79. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 81. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QST, at :00
  • 82. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 83. Roger KLUGE, ORS, at :00
  • 84. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 85. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 86. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 87. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Manuele MORI, UAD, at :00
  • 89. Louis MEINTJES, UAD, at :00
  • 90. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 91. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, TBM, at :00
  • 92. Daryl IMPEY, ORS, at :00
  • 93. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at :00
  • 94. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAD, at :00
  • 95. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, TBM, at :00
  • 96. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 97. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 98. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 99. Lennard HOFSTEDE, SUN, at :00
  • 100. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 101. Jack BAUER, QST, at :00
  • 102. Martin VELITS, QST, at :16
  • 103. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 104. Michal KOLÁR, BOH, at :18
  • 105. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :18
  • 106. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :21
  • 107. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :21
  • 108. Rüdiger SELIG, BOH, at :23
  • 109. Sam BENNETT, BOH, at :26
  • 110. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :36
  • 111. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 112. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, SUN, at :36
  • 113. Simon GESCHKE, SUN, at :39
  • 114. Phil BAUHAUS, SUN, at :41
  • 115. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at :43
  • 116. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at :56
  • 117. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :56
  • 118. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :56
  • 119. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 1:04
  • 120. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:08
  • 121. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:08
  • 122. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:16
  • 123. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:23
  • 124. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORS, at 1:36
  • 125. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:17
  • 126. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BOH, at 2:17
  • 127. Tom SCULLY, CDT, at 3:03
  • 128. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:14
  • 129. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:19
  • 130. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BOH, at 6:39
  • 131. Damien HOWSON, ORS, at 6:39
  • 132. William CLARKE, CDT, at 9:42

Overall standings

  • 1. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, in 14:20:18
  • 2. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 3. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORS, at :22
  • 4. Jay MCCARTHY, BOH, at :24
  • 5. Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA, at :27
  • 6. Rohan DENIS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :29
  • 7. Luis León SANCHEZ, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 8. Diego ULISSI, UAD, at :29
  • 9. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 10. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :29
  • 11. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :29
  • 12. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 13. Wilco KELDERMAN, SUN, at :29
  • 14. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QST, at :29
  • 15. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA, at :29
  • 16. Nathan EARLE, AUS, at :33
  • 17. Michael WOODS, CDT, at :33
  • 18. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :33
  • 19. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :33
  • 20. Michael STORER, AUS, at :33
  • 21. Tom-Jelte SLAGTER, CDT, at :45
  • 22. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :45
  • 23. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :47
  • 24. Patrick BEVIN, CDT, at :49
  • 25. Petr VAKOC, QST, at :49
  • 26. Giovanni VISCONTI, TBM, at :49
  • 27. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :52
  • 28. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :53
  • 29. Chris HAMILTON, SUN, at :53
  • 30. Lucas HAMILTON, AUS, at :53
  • 31. Ondrej CINK, TBM, at :55
  • 32. Jai HINDLEY, AUS, at :57
  • 33. Dries DEVENYNS, QST, at :57
  • 34. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:01
  • 35. Simon GERRANS, ORS, at 1:02
  • 36. Daryl IMPEY, ORS, at 1:07
  • 37. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 1:12
  • 38. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:14
  • 39. Jose HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:15
  • 40. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:17
  • 41. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:19
  • 42. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QST, at 1:19
  • 43. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:19
  • 44. Louis MEINTJES, UAD, at 1:19
  • 45. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:20
  • 46. Jack BAUER, QST, at 1:27
  • 47. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:31
  • 48. Ben SWIFT, UAD, at 1:41
  • 49. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:43
  • 50. Maurits LAMMERTINK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:43
  • 51. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:44
  • 52. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:48
  • 53. Samuel Jenner, AUS, at 2:03
  • 54. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:31
  • 55. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:36
  • 56. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:46
  • 57. Eros CAPECCHI, QST, at 3:02
  • 58. Cameron MEYER, AUS, at 3:04
  • 59. Clement CHEVRIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:12
  • 60. Yukiya ARASHIRO, TBM, at 3:23
  • 61. Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:38
  • 62. Peter SAGAN, BOH, at 3:40
  • 63. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:40
  • 64. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:41
  • 65. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:50
  • 66. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:50
  • 67. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:53
  • 68. Janez BRAJKOVIC, TBM, at 3:55
  • 69. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAD, at 4:03
  • 70. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 4:09
  • 71. Tiago MACHADO, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:17
  • 72. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:17
  • 73. Marco MARCATO, UAD, at 4:21
  • 74. Manuele MORI, UAD, at 4:21
  • 75. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:28
  • 76. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 4:38
  • 77. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:03
  • 78. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:12
  • 79. Simon GESCHKE, SUN, at 5:17
  • 80. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 5:56
  • 81. Gregor MÜHLBERGER, BOH, at 6:00
  • 82. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:08
  • 83. Martin VELITS, QST, at 6:11
  • 84. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 6:19
  • 85. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:25
  • 86. AMAEL MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:42
  • 87. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:18
  • 88. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 7:27
  • 89. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 7:43
  • 90. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:43
  • 91. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, TBM, at 8:33
  • 92. Nikias ARNDT, SUN, at 8:37
  • 93. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:37
  • 94. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, TBM, at 8:49
  • 95. Caleb EWAN, ORS, at 9:08
  • 96. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:33
  • 97. Lennard HOFSTEDE, SUN, at 9:46
  • 98. Alex HOWES, CDT, at 9:56
  • 99. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at 10:30
  • 100. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:42
  • 101. Callum SCOTSON, AUS, at 10:55
  • 102. Chun Kai FENG, TBM, at 11:26
  • 103. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CDT, at 11:33
  • 104. Rüdiger SELIG, BOH, at 11:33
  • 105. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 11:41
  • 106. Sam BENNETT, BOH, at 11:45
  • 107. Roger KLUGE, ORS, at 11:45
  • 108. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 11:45
  • 109. Michal KOLÁR, BOH, at 11:48
  • 110. Marko KUMP, UAD, at 11:52
  • 111. SEBASTIAN HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 11:57
  • 112. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 11:58
  • 113. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 12:11
  • 114. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:13
  • 115. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:49
  • 116. Phil BAUHAUS, SUN, at 13:07
  • 117. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORS, at 13:22
  • 118. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 13:31
  • 119. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:43
  • 120. Tom SCULLY, CDT, at 14:30
  • 121. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 14:51
  • 122. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 15:08
  • 123. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 15:32
  • 124. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:57
  • 125. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:00
  • 126. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 18:34
  • 127. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, SUN, at 19:40
  • 128. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 19:57
  • 129. William CLARKE, CDT, at 21:18
  • 130. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BOH, at 23:59
  • 131. Damien HOWSON, ORS, at 26:02
  • 132. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 27:53

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GreenEdge Cycling, the management company behind the Orica – Scott men’s and women’s professional teams, will launch a new Chinese-registered UCI Continental development team for the coming season called Mitchelton – Scott.

The new team will be a collaboration between GreenEdge, Cycling Australia, and the Chinese Cycling association, and will include riders from both Australia and China. It’s creation is a result of the longstanding relationship between general manager Shayne Bannan and Chinese head coach Jingkan Shen.

“Mr. Shen and I have been in discussions about this project for the last decade,” Bannan said.

“Mitchelton – Scott is a collaboration by two different systems,” said Shen. “It’s a very good opportunity for Chinese riders to communicate with Australian riders and it should push Chinese cycling to a higher level.”

The creation of the team fits into a broader boom in Chinese interest in both professional and amateur bike racing, one that is fueled by one of the country’s richest men, Wang Jianlin. China recently regained a WorldTour event, the new Tour of Guangxi, and Jianlin is pushing his Wanda Group further into pro cycling by providing financial backing for a new UCI World Cycling Center satellite in China. Wanda is dipping a toe into race organization via Infront Media, which is organizing a series of races in Switzerland, South Africa, and the Netherlands. InFront works closely with Velon, the WorldTour team organization.

However, despite the influx of investment, there has been no direct pipeline for Chinese talent to step into European racing. With Mitchelton – Scott, the world’s most populous nation may have found one.

The team will primarily race in Asia and Europe and expects to begin racing in late February or early March. A preliminary roster of two Australian riders and six Chinese riders has been announced, with additional names to be added based on results of the Australian summer race season.

The Chinese riders are Xue Chaobua (24), Qin Chenlu (24), Xue Fuwen (20), Liu Hao (28), Sun Xiaolong (22), and Bi Wenhui (23). The Australian riders are Harrison Sweeney (18) and Robert Stanndard (18).

“To be able to contribute to the development of our local Australian riders and those from China is something we are very proud of,” Bannan said. “For China, this is the first project of its kind and it’s also the evolution of Australia’s WorldTour Academy to enhance the pathway for local riders too.”

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Gallery: Ewan collects another TDU win in stage 3 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-ewan-collects-another-tdu-win-stage-3_428605 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-ewan-collects-another-tdu-win-stage-3_428605#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:30:24 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428605 The sprinters have their day in stage 3, and a late-race crash causes some nervous moments in the run to Victor Harbor.

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Richie Porte (BMC) rolled to the start, sporting the ochre leader's jersey of the Santos Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Peter Sagan's Specialized shoes have a special iridescent tint on the heels. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The peloton enjoyed a stunning view of the ocean in stage 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Lotto – Soudal's Thomas De Gendt initiated the day's four-man breakaway. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Australian fans cheered on their home rider, Porte, who was race leader after stage 2. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com World champion Sagan cruised in the pack on stage 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Porte was well-protected by his BMC team on a stage that got a little hectic in the final circuit of racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com UAE Abu Dhabi's Vegard Laengen was the last man standing out of the four-man breakaway, but he too was caught in the end. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Orica – Scott represented at the front of the race, flying the colors as Australia's top team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Lukas Postleberger led the way for his Bora – Hansgrohe squad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Caleb Ewan took the sprint out early, blasting up the right barriers. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Although Sagan had a late charge to the line, Ewan hung on for his second stage win of this Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Sagan was satisfied after the stage, noting that Ewan was on good form due to his time Down Under, adjusting to the heat and building his form. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Porte finished safely, saying that the race was a bit hectic, due to a crash inside of the final three kilometers. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Jan Bakelants was one of the riders taken down by the late crash in stage 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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