VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:22:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Little 500 special podcast: Cinder tracks and singlespeeds http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/podcast/little-500-special-podcast-cinder-tracks-singlespeeds_436500 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/podcast/little-500-special-podcast-cinder-tracks-singlespeeds_436500#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:22:19 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436500 This special episode comes straight from the Little 500 race of "Breaking Away" box office fame.

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Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

This special episode comes straight from the Little 500 race of “Breaking Away” box office fame. Caley Fretz heads to Bloomington, Indiana for the annual event, which captivates a 40,000 student campus and an entire state, to embed himself inside the winning Black Key Bulls team for the weekend. His goal: find out what makes this collegiate singlespeed race, held on a pan-flat cinder track, such an incredibly popular event.

Read more about his experience at the Little 500 >>

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Tour de Romandie Gallery: Felline wins prologue http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/tour-de-romandie-gallery-felline-wins-prologue_436468 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/tour-de-romandie-gallery-felline-wins-prologue_436468#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:27:39 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436468 Trek-Segafredo's Fabio Felline wins the Tour de Romandie opener on a rainy day in Switzerland.

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Technical FAQ: Swapping cages and rim width follow-ups http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq-swapping-cages-rim-width-follow-ups_436445 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq-swapping-cages-rim-width-follow-ups_436445#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:39:53 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436445 Lennard Zinn address questions about swapping derailleur cages, grinding freehub feet, and follow-ups on rim width.

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Swapping derailleur cages

Dear Lennard,
I’d like to know if it is possible to take the long cage from an Ultegra 6800 rear derailleur and use it to replace the shorter Dura-Ace 9000 cage? 

I’d like to have the ability to run a cassette up to 32 teeth but don’t want to lose the aesthetic by running an Ultegra on an all Dura-Ace drivetrain.
— Jean

Dear Jean,
Yes, you can do that. I have instructions for interchanging Shimano jockey-wheel cages in “Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 5th Edition.”
― Lennard

Grinding freehub feet

Dear Lennard,
Just read your column about 11-speed cassette installation to 10-speed freehub. It’s quite a clear idea, but how did you grind these “little feet” on the freehub? By which tool?

I’m solving same problem — I bought a 105 groupset and am pushing it to work with “Sora-ready” wheels. I regret that I didn’t buy a 10-speed group; I’m now having big difficulties with it.
— Alexander

Dear Alexander,
I just filed them with a hand file. I used a big file and used the side of it to file the feet back.
― Lennard

Feedback on tire pressure and tire diameter

Dear Lennard,
Your last article is very clear, and I’m 100 percent in agreement with your analysis. I’ve had this discussion with friends for years … usually related to FatBike wheels.

If you use the “exaggerated” FatBike tires as a tool to illustrate the magnitude of force involved, I think people visualize it better. A lot of guys over-inflate their FatBike tires to get them seated. Many believe that more pressure always yields lower rolling resistance, so they keep adding air. I have to strongly emphasize to all of my customers to NEVER exceed 20 psi on any fat rim but in reality, they should probably never have more than 12 psi in the tires for any length of time. The tires stretch because the amount of force is so massive. Poor rims will eventually fail after the tires stretch enough. You can lift a truck with these wheels just like an airbag.

When a FatBike tire “lets go,” it is way more dangerous than any skinny tires I’ve experienced. It’s pretty obvious when you think about the number of pumps you put into that tire vs any skinny tire. It is pure stored energy. The sealant will penetrate the skin like a tattoo — ears will ring for hours, your eyes will not have time to blink before the sealant hits the cornea. More than a dozen customers have written me to tell me their experience and embarrassment for not following instructions. On top of that, effective rolling resistance doesn’t change measurably above 12psi for a 170-pound rider.
— Jim Simons
President, FattyStripper.com

Dear Lennard,
I think some readers are confusing pressure and force. Same psi and more square inches equals more pounds of force.

 It’s why you can easily hold 100 psi with your finger if the tube is the size of a valve stem, but that rapidly becomes impossible as the tube ID — and cross-sectional area — becomes larger.
— Peter

Dear Lennard,
I just switched to wider 25mm carbon road rims from the 23mm width carbon rims I had before and installed the same 700 x 28mm tire I had been using on the standard width rims. My 2015 Ridley Fenix used to just allow the 28mm tire to fit, with some scraping on the seat tube when I would get gravel on the tire. With my new wider rims, they have much better clearance using the same tire. I love the ride of 28mm tires, but the scraping was irritating and it took some paint of the back of my seat tube. Wider rims may solve clearance problems for some frames and allow you to use 28mm tires for a softer ride.
— Doug

Still confused about rim width and tire stress? Refer to this PDF >>

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Romandie: Fabio Felline wins prologue http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-fabio-felline-wins-prologue_436453 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-fabio-felline-wins-prologue_436453#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:28:11 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436453 Trek-Segafredo's Fabio Felline claimed Tour de Romandie's 4.8km prologue time trial, beating Movistar's Alex Dowsett by two seconds.

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Trek-Segafredo’s Fabio Felline claimed his first win in two months in Tour de Romandie’s 4.8km prologue time trial, beating Movistar’s Alex Dowsett by two seconds. Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott) was third in the opening stage around Aigle, Switzerland.

“This victory is for Scarponi,” said Felline, referring to fellow pro rider Michele Scarponi who died in a tragic training crash Saturday. “I also want to dedicate this to another family close to me who one week before Scarponi also went through the same situation. For me, the last 10 days have not been easy.”

The route included a one-kilometer climb as well as a technical descent. To make matters worse, the weather turned rainy sooner than expected, but that didn’t stop Trek’s Italian from clocking the fastest time, averaging 48.4kph. As is sometimes the case in Romandie’s traditional opening stage, some riders opted to ride standard road bikes for more reliable handling. Felline, 27, rode his time trial bike.

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome — a two-time winner of the Swiss race — opted to start among the early riders to avoid the rain but his tactics backfired on a slippery surface. The Sky rider lost 29 seconds to the winner, with BMC’s Tejay van Garderen conceding 34 seconds.

“The road was really slippery, and on the third corner, Tejay van Garderen unfortunately crashed,” said BMC director Fabio Baldato. “Everyone was at their limit, and it was a difficult point on the course. After that, though he recovered well and he was pulling back time quickly.” The American rider did not suffer any serious injuries in the crash.

“I never expected this victory,” Felline added. “This is the biggest victory of this season for me, and I needed this win for a lot of reasons. It has been two months that I have always been in the front [of races], always with the good riders, but always I missed the results. This victory is for sure a good present for me, and for the team.”

Felline will carry the leader’s jersey into Wednesday’s fearsome stage 1, a 173.3km race with five categorized climbs, including a Cat. 1 uphill finish in Champéry.

Prologue results

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 5:57
  • 2. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 4. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 5. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 6. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 7. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 8. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 9. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at :11
  • 10. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :11
  • 11. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :11
  • 12. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 14. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :12
  • 15. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :13
  • 16. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 17. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 18. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 19. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 20. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 21. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 22. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 23. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 24. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :17
  • 25. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 26. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :18
  • 27. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 28. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :19
  • 29. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 30. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 31. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 32. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 33. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 34. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 35. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 36. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 37. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 38. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 39. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 40. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :21
  • 41. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 42. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :22
  • 43. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 44. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 45. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 46. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 47. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 48. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :23
  • 49. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 50. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :24
  • 51. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 52. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 53. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 54. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 55. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :24
  • 56. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :24
  • 57. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :25
  • 58. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at :25
  • 59. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 60. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 61. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 62. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :25
  • 63. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :25
  • 64. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :25
  • 65. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 66. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 67. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 68. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 69. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :27
  • 70. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 71. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 72. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 73. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :28
  • 74. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 75. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 76. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 77. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :28
  • 78. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 79. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :29
  • 80. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 81. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 82. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 83. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :29
  • 84. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 85. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 86. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :29
  • 87. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 88. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 89. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 90. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :30
  • 91. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 92. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 93. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 94. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :31
  • 95. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 96. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :31
  • 97. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :32
  • 98. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :32
  • 99. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :32
  • 100. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :32
  • 101. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :32
  • 102. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :33
  • 103. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :33
  • 104. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 105. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 106. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :33
  • 107. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :33
  • 108. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 109. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :34
  • 110. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 111. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :34
  • 112. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 113. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 114. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :35
  • 115. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :35
  • 116. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 117. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :35
  • 118. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 119. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :36
  • 120. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 121. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :36
  • 122. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :37
  • 123. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :37
  • 124. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :37
  • 125. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :37
  • 126. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 127. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 128. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :38
  • 129. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :38
  • 130. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :39
  • 131. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :40
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :41
  • 133. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 134. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 135. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :44
  • 136. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 137. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 138. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 139. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :47
  • 140. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :48
  • 141. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :49
  • 142. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :50
  • 143. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :50
  • 144. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 145. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :54
  • 146. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 147. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :56
  • 148. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :57
  • 149. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:02
  • 150. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:03
  • 151. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:07
  • 152. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:15

General classification

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 5:57
  • 2. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 4. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 5. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 6. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 7. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 8. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 9. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at :11
  • 10. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :11
  • 11. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :11
  • 12. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 14. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :12
  • 15. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :13
  • 16. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 17. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 18. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 19. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 20. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 21. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 22. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 23. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 24. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :17
  • 25. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 26. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :18
  • 27. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 28. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :19
  • 29. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 30. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 31. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 32. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 33. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 34. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 35. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 36. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 37. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 38. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 39. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 40. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :21
  • 41. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 42. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :22
  • 43. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 44. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 45. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 46. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 47. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 48. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :23
  • 49. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 50. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :24
  • 51. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 51. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 53. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 54. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 55. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :24
  • 56. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :24
  • 57. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :25
  • 58. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at :25
  • 59. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 60. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 61. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 62. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :25
  • 63. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :25
  • 64. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :25
  • 65. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 66. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 67. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 68. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 69. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :27
  • 70. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 71. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 72. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 73. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :28
  • 74. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 75. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 76. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 77. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :28
  • 78. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 79. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :29
  • 80. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 81. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 82. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 83. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :29
  • 84. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 85. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 86. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :29
  • 87. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 88. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 89. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 90. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :30
  • 91. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 92. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 93. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 94. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :31
  • 95. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 96. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :31
  • 97. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :32
  • 98. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :32
  • 99. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :32
  • 100. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :32
  • 101. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :32
  • 102. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :33
  • 103. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :33
  • 104. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 105. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 106. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :33
  • 107. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :33
  • 108. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 109. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :34
  • 110. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 111. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :34
  • 112. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 113. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 114. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :35
  • 115. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :35
  • 116. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 117. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :35
  • 118. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 119. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :36
  • 120. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 121. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :36
  • 122. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :37
  • 123. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :37
  • 124. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :37
  • 125. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :37
  • 126. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 127. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 128. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :38
  • 129. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :38
  • 130. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :39
  • 131. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :40
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :41
  • 133. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 134. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 135. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :44
  • 136. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 137. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 138. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 139. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :47
  • 140. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :48
  • 141. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :49
  • 142. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :50
  • 143. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :50
  • 144. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 145. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :54
  • 146. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 147. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :56
  • 148. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :57
  • 149. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:02
  • 150. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:03
  • 151. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:07
  • 152. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:15

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I thought maybe the puking would wait until later. Nope. Noah’s stomach is over it, 190 laps into this 200-lap spectacle. Enough of the three-minute pulls, maximum effort, trying to keep that back wheel in line on a cinder track that’s loosening into kitty litter by the minute, trying to keep 32 other teams behind the Black Key Bulls for just a little bit longer.

Noah, last name Voyles, is doubled over in between two warmup bikes. Everyone near him has put a hand on his back in a collective “It’ll be OK, son.” He does not look OK. One of the hands is from the team’s coach, a skinny young bike racer named Ryan Knapp. “The best damn Little Five coach in Bloomington,” a random man in a yellow and black cap tells me, pointing with a thick finger. “You find me a better one,” is his challenge. I doubt I could. With 10 laps to go, it looks increasingly certain that Knapp will go two-for-two, win the women’s and men’s Little 500 races, a feat everyone’s pretty sure has never been done. I like him. He has a way of saying very mean but very true things in a way that’s quite funny.

Noah looks up at him, his stomach emptied. “Do I need to go on again?” he asks, pitifully, like a bad puppy that’s just yacked on the carpet. Knapp stares at him for a moment, doing some math in his head. He has three other riders he can use: senior Charlie Hammon, junior Kevin Mangel, and the sophomore, a 4-minute-mile ace they’ve been saving, Xavier Martinez. They have a lead, but not a comfortable one. A lead’s never comfortable in this race.

“Maybe,” Knapp says to the kid with puke on his shoes.

2:20pm, Saturday, April 22. A man just jumped out of an airplane 1,000 feet over our heads. We’re two-thirds of the way through a Little 500 start sequence that will take at least half an hour. Wind’s from the east, gusting. The predicted rain hasn’t come. The stands are full and getting rowdy. Some 25,000 will show up over the course of the weekend, the race director Andrea Balzano tells me. 25k! Holy hell. This might just be the biggest one-day race in America. College kids on singlespeeds, the biggest in the USA.

Someone pokes me in the shoulder and points up as a stars-and-stripes parachute unfurls and the crowd and its phones all look up at once. The jumper is dangling another American flag below him. Two flags are better than one, someone says. I think it was Smoot who said it.

The jumper’s landing is timed with the end of an a cappella group’s rendition of Indiana’s unofficial state song, “Back Home Again in Indiana:” When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, they sing and the crowd sings, Then I loooong for my Indiana hooooome. Smoot, are those tears? “It’s always played at the start,” he says. “That’s why I love it, even though I’m from Illinois.”

Charlie was a hot mess this morning. Pacing around, double and triple checking everything. It’s how the Black Key Bulls captain copes, says my Little 5 fixer, Nick Hartman. He just worries about everything. But it works. The senior has an important job today: He’ll bear the brunt of the early work, taking long, 20-lap pulls to keep BKB (Black Key Bulls is a mouthful) out of trouble and up front. He’s also the team’s first rider. Early laps are treacherous, full of riffraff that haven’t yet dropped to lapped purgatory. There are 33 teams and maybe 15 are good. In terms of relative experience on the cinders, Little 500 is sort of like a Cat. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 race. The last-place team is going to get lapped 98 times in a 200-lap race. Riders at the back remount after an exchange like giraffes jumping on an escalator, all flailing legs and squished unmentionables. “Jesus, man, there’s always a lot of shit out there,” says Maddison, another BKB alum. And Charlie will have to dodge it.

The peloton rides two laps behind the pace car before it accelerates and swings out of the track. It’s a rolling start; Charlie is near the front. The group stands as one on their tiny gears and accelerates to an adrenaline-induced race pace. They make it exactly one and three-quarter laps before someone falls down.

“Oh, for f—k’s sake,” Maddison says, mostly to himself.


Charlie Hammon


Xavier Martinez



Noah Voyles


Kevin Mangel

Four riders, two bikes, 200 laps. Those are the underlying constants with which Knapp and the rest of the coaches play their game of cinder chess. “Timing is more important than strength,” Knapp says. “But it’s best to have both.” The tiny gear is the great equalizer. In the end, it mostly comes down to the exchanges. How they’re timed, and how few a team can get away with.

Frankly, the exchanges are terrifying. By lap 100 there’s an awful lot of blood about, and most of it is from exchanging. Think of it as a high-speed, coaster-brake version of a Madison handoff, except both riders are on foot at some point. The rider in the race usually tries to accelerate off the front — it’s called a burn — and then skids like a damn maniac into the pit at 25 mph, hops off the right side of the bike and hands it to his teammate, who is already running and hops on. If the burn is good, the fresh rider has enough of a gap to settle back into the peloton with relative ease. If the burn is bad, or the exchange is botched, then there’s no ease at all.

I do not totally understand the tactical nuance of Little 500, but I understand this: Exchanges take time, so the only way to stay out front alone is to get a gap that is longer than the time it takes to exchange. That’s a couple seconds, maybe 50-80 meters or so. Otherwise, the exchange sends a team back to the peloton. Getting a gap that size on a pan-flat track with a gear that has teams spinning over 130rpm just to sit in is like trying to cut a bad steak with a butter knife.

BKB’s exchanges look good to my inexperienced eye. So do those of Sigma Chi, right next door, and the Cutters, which is not the team of townies as it is in “Breaking Away,” but simply a team with no Greek or residence hall affiliation, just like BKB.

The first 100 laps are well-controlled. Charlie does his big turns on the track, helped by Kevin and Noah. One botched exchange sends Kevin’s knee into the ground, but he’s fine. “I’ll have to scrape the cinders out later,” he says. Xavier sits on his road bike and spins slowly. He hasn’t entered the race yet. His particular talents will be needed later.

Slowly, but quite surely, the racing stints begin to take their toll. You can see it in the winces as they exchange. “It’s the worst feeling,” Nick says. “A burn is a sprint, so you’re pegged, then you have to slam on the brake, which cramps up your calf. Then you end up just standing there with no bike. No spin-down, nothing. Just standing there with a cramped calf and a heart rate of 190, trying not to fall over.”

Noah botches an exchange. That’s odd because he has the best handling skills of the four. A former BMXer, racing in Vans today. But he’s tired, almost takes out another rider. Tensions are high now. The Lambdas in the stands behind him begin a chant, “Asssshoole, assshoooole,” that the BKB don’t particularly like. Nick turns to one of them: “Shut the f—k up, man.” Maddison walks in as backup. Two against maybe 20? Nick, you may be my guide this weekend but I am not with you on this. But have I mentioned Spencer? Spencer is here, another BKB alum. He was runner-sized a year ago. He’s not anymore. He’s bald and bearded and 210 pounds. He turns around. The Lambdas shut up.

The other teams should have seen it coming, really. Knapp used the same tactic with his Theta ladies on Friday, and they won by half a lap. So maybe they did see it coming, they just couldn’t do anything about it.

Forty laps to go, nearly two hours in. Knapp reminds his riders of the plan: Watch for a move, follow it, attack it. Just like Theta did. It’s called a burn-plus-one. You follow a rider trying to gap for an exchange and when he jumps off the bike you keep your head down and pin it. Xavier has still hardly touched the race track. He takes an exchange from Noah after a burn that was covered by rivals, leaving him at the back of the field.

Thirty laps to go. The track has churned soft. It’s particularly bad in turns three and four. Cadence is high, has to be smooth. You can see the rear wheels skitter out and then get wrestled back.

More blood. A botched exchange sends a rider off balance. He reenters the peloton sideways. A bowling ball against tired pins. They slide on cinders on their backs and will scream in the shower later. Maddison has his hands on his head, squeezing his temples, mouthing expletives without speaking them. He and Nick can’t take it. They’re taking turns pacing. One watches the race until he can’t anymore while the other paces back and forth behind the pit, not watching. They fill each other in during their own exchanges. Xavier swings out and around the cinder-grated riders and sprints to the front of the group before the yellow flag is flown, requiring all riders to maintain their distance to the leader. Yellow is out for two laps. 171 to go.

Green flag. Race is on. Twenty-eight laps to go. Xavier goes. Goes. Goes. Goes.

Gone.

Noah’s done puking. His last stint extended the team’s lead to more than a straightaway. He’s back on the trainer, spinning slowly, looking down. “Do I have to go on again?” he asks. Knapp looks at him. “Maybe.” The honest answer at the time. But it’s really a no. He won’t have to go back in. Seven to go now. Xavier takes a final pull, extends the lead again. The chasers are cracked. Dead. Pedaling squares. Gray Goat and the Cutters will not return. Kevin gets in. Four laps to go. Three. Two.

The celebration begins now and will extend well into tomorrow. It’s Kevin across the line. Sweet Kevin, they call him. Mild-mannered, polite. Blood runs down from his knee. He almost exchanges with Xavier with two to go, but why risk it? Maddison has his hands in the air and might be crying. Nick jumps over the fence. Spencer jumps over the fence. Knapp just stands there with his hands on his head. Noah runs up and down, just past the finish line, his Vans kicking up cinders. You can see him in the finish photos later: Kevin crossing the line, Noah running next to him. The chant from the stands behind is simple and growing louder: “B-K-B, B-K-B,” until it envelops everything and is everywhere. Security is letting anyone with a BKB T-shirt into the infield. Someone hoists Kevin above the crowd. He waves the new Black Key Bulls hat that Gomez gave him last night high in the air and screams.

The People’s Champions, the student paper calls them.

It’s 1:14 a.m. Kevin’s face will be on the front of the school paper tomorrow. “We gave him that because he’s the only single one,” Charlie jokes. The cover boy is sitting on a stool in the back of a bar called Nick’s, the bar you go to before you go to Kilroy’s. We haven’t gone to Kilroy’s yet. We will go to Kilroy’s. That much is pretty certain. Everyone is here: Charlie, Xavier, Noah. The four champions. And Maddison, Nick, Spencer, Smoot, Gomez, Mis, Jordan, Neff, Val, Rex, the four Thetas, Grace and Sydney and Rachel and Evelyn, who won yesterday. Knapp. Kevin’s mom. Andrea, the race director. Me, swept up in it all. Kevin has a drink in each hand. “Don’t know where these came from,” he says. He puts one glass down to pick another cinder out of his knee. “I still can’t believe it. I wonder when I’ll believe it,” he says. Random frat bros offer high-fives and to buy another round. The whole city knows what happened today. The whole city will know what Sweet Kevin looks like tomorrow. This, all of this, in Bloomington, Indiana, where for one weekend every year this little bike race seems to be everything to almost everyone.

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Video: Highlights from women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:39:47 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436379 Catch up on the action from the final race of Ardennes week, the first-ever Women's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He also gave no other details about the attackers.

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s roundtable!

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

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

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

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

How could organizers change the dynamic of the race?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tour de Romandie 2017 stages

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

Teams and lead riders

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

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Gallery: Tour of the Gila 2017, stage 5 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-tour-gila-2017-stage-5_436266 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-tour-gila-2017-stage-5_436266#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:46:57 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436266 Scenes from the fifth and final stage of the Tour of the Gila, dominated all week by Rally Cycling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top-10 results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full results

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

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

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

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

Top-10 results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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