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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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Inside the UCI’s blockbuster deal with Wanda Group http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/inside-ucis-blockbuster-deal-wanda-group_428866 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/inside-ucis-blockbuster-deal-wanda-group_428866#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:18:02 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428866 Wang Jianlin reached out to the UCI with an intriguing offer. His Wanda Group wanted to create a new stage race in China.

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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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Trek president John Burke’s 12 solutions to save America http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/trek-president-john-burkes-12-solutions-to-save-america_428713 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/trek-president-john-burkes-12-solutions-to-save-america_428713#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:26:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428713 Trek bikes president John Burke discusses his recent book, and why he's frustrated with the current political climate in the U.S.

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Last Sunday, Trek Bicycles president John Burke published the inaugural address he wanted to see President Donald Trump deliver. The address is short on bombast and long on policy, written in the direct language of a CEO, and includes 12 “key initiatives” for the new U.S. President to embrace.

Those 12 initiatives mirror the 12 problems identified in Burke’s recently released, 140-page book, “12 Simple Solutions to Save America.” Burke is a registered Independent, and the solutions reflect that, tilting back and forth from one side of the political spectrum to the other. On public unions he takes a traditionally conservative stance; on campaign finance, he aligns mostly with the left. He proposes a large new safety net he calls “Head Start 2” and advocates for expanding Medicare to cover all of America but, at the same time, demands minimal health standards to enjoy coverage.

Burke’s sister, Mary Burke, ran for the Wisconsin governor’s office in 2014. John Burke insists he has no further political plans, however.

Last summer, VeloNews received a copy of Burke’s book and conducted the following interview with the Trek president. Yes, this remains a cycling website, but given Burke’s position as a leader within the cycling industry, we thought our readers might be interested in Burke’s thoughts.

VN: You say up front that you’re an Independent, but each of the solutions tilts one direction or the other. The union ideas are to the right, the campaign finance to the left. But they’re all political solutions, and would have to be achieved through a political process. Do you have a next step here, or is the purpose just to get the conversation started?

John Burke: The number-one thing is to get the conversation started and to educate the American people. Government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and if the people don’t really know the issues, you’re not going to make process.

The goal here was to take 12 major issues that people don’t know that much about and put it all in one book. I think folks need to be more demanding of the government.

VN: You’re not the first person to suggest some of these fixes. Why do you think or hope that you’ll have traction where others haven’t?

JB: I’ve never seen anyone write a book with all of these problems paired with solutions. Certain solutions, you’re right, they’ve been brought up before. I don’t think they’ve been brought up in a complete picture. I haven’t seen a book that takes all of those problems and solves them in 140 pages. In an easy to understand manner. People, if they’re Republican or Democrat, can see that.

VN: Has anything in the political arena changed since you started writing that led you to change something in the book? Have we made any progress on these issues since you started writing?

JB: No.

VN: I guess I knew the answer to that one.

JB: I think it’s gotten worse. The inability of this country to take a look at simple problems and go, ‘Let’s fix it.’ in the best interest of the country. We’ve got massive problems out there like the tax code, our legal system, inequity. You take a look at gun violence, and once again, this thing rears its ugly head, and nobody has done anything.

You sit there are you go, ‘Are you kidding me?’

You’ve got a political campaign where none of the people running could pass an interview at a company. They can’t answer a question. If somebody is being interviewed to be the CEO of Trek, they’re going to be asked, ‘What’s your plan,’ and they better have a pretty good answer. But only if you’re running for the presidency of the United States can you be asked, ‘What’s your plan,’ and you can talk for 20 minutes and say nothing.

The American people deserve better.

VN: You sound frustrated.

JB: I’m always amazed at people putting party above country, and I think that’s only increased over time.

You take a look at congress. For four years they didn’t pass a budget. You take a look at the approval rating of congress, it’s 10 percent. We have a tax code that is 74,000 pages long. The healthcare system, in this country today, is the most expensive healthcare system in the world by a long shot and gets the worst results.

What sports team, or what business would tolerate a team that’s spending the most on payroll and getting the absolute worst results?

One of my favorite graphs in the book is on over the last 15 years, if you take a look at the military industrial complex, and how much money has been spent lobbying Washington. It’s something like $1.3 billion.

Then you ask, ‘What has the healthcare complex spent in the same time?’ It’s $5.2 billion. The lobbying of elected officials keeps everything the same.

But this is an amazing opportunity. In the book, there are 12 major issues that could be solved relatively quickly, and it would have a major impact on the country. That’s why I think this generation has been given an opportunity.

VN: Your sister ran for office. Is there anything else behind the political awakening of the Burkes? Is there a reason why more than one of you are becoming involved?

JB: I think the legacy from my father is that you don’t sit on the sidelines. He was actively involved in a lot of things. My family likes to be involved and solve problems. I think that’s it.

I have a great job and Trek’s a great company, but you can’t sit on the sidelines and just say ‘whatever.’ I think a lot of smart people sit on the sidelines and go ‘whatever.’ I think people who have really benefited from this country have an obligation to say, ‘There are some serious problems.’

VN: It’s not unheard of for future politicians to lay out a platform in a book like this. Do you have plans to run for office?

JB: Nope. I love doing what I’m doing.

VN: Last question. What did you have to leave on the cutting room floor when you wrote this? What were issues 13, 14, and 15?

JB: Oh, man. Immigration was there, but I really don’t know enough about it. And I thought that I would stick to things that I really know, and that I have a real opinion on, and that I think are simple solutions to. One of the things I try to go over in the book is that you don’t need to fix everything in this country. But if you can fix the big things, the amount of change that that would cause, and the amount of other problems that would fix would blow people away. I left a few on the sidelines and just focused on those 12.

All those 12 can be done.

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Week in Tech: Blackburn Ranger, Shimano S-Phyre apparel http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-blackburn-ranger-shimano-s-phyre-apparel_428647 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-blackburn-ranger-shimano-s-phyre-apparel_428647#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:52:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428647 Blackburn Rangers head to Europe, Shimano releases apparel line, Trek issues a recall, and Showers Pass has a new base layer.

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Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Blackburn Rangers: European edition

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Photo: Blackburn

The Blackburn Ranger program is back for a fifth year and is expanding its reach with a new European campaign. The Ranger Program was originally founded to encourage bike adventures along iconic cycling routes like the Pacific Coast Highway, the Great Divide, and Transamerica Trail. For 2017, Blackburn has set its sights overseas and is opening its application process to European Rangers who’ll continue the series of exploratory rides along Highland 550 in the United
Kingdom, the Alpine Bike Trail 1 in Switzerland, El Camino de Santiago in Spain, or a route dubbed “the Adventure Trans Germany.”

Blackburn will select four new Rangers for the European campaign. Each of these individuals will be asked to test Blackburn product and will be supported by partners like SRAM, Niner, Giro shoes, Bell helmets, WTB, Big Agnes, and Kitsbow apparel.The application period for the 2017 Blackburn Ranger Program will run from January 3rd to February 28th and is open to applicants worldwide. Final selections will be made by April 15th.

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Get Phyred up with new Shimano clothing line

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Photo: Shimano

Shimano expands its S-Phyre concept line with the addition of new performance cycling apparel. A racing skin suit, short sleeve jersey, bib shorts, gloves, and socks join the S-Phyre cycling shoes that were launched last year.

Shimano says the goal of all S-Phyre products is to maximize power transmission by applying linkage and movement principles in a complete system between the bike, the body and the motion of muscles. Shimano acquired Bikefitting.com to help develop each piece of apparel.

Shimano S-Phyre skin suits, jerseys, bib shorts, gloves, and socks will be available at select retailers beginning February. S-Phyre footwear is already available in select stores and the WorldTour LottoNL – Jumbo team will race in S-Phyre custom clothing and footwear in 2017.

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No. 22 joins the titanium resurgence

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Photo: No. 22

No. 22 titanium bicycle manufacturer launched a new road bike model called the Aurora, which blends features from the company’s race-focused Reactor model with bigger tire clearance and disc brakes. The $4,299 titanium frame can be paired with a carbon seat mast ($4,799 for the full frameset) and is handmade in the U.S. The Aurora is built with a T47 threaded bottom bracket – a controversial threaded BB size that has yet to catch on with major manufacturers – and internal cable routing. It has clearance for 30mm tires, includes 142x12mm and 100x12mm thru axles, and flat mount disc brakes. All No. 22 bikes are built to order, with current lead times of approximately 10 weeks.

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3D printed bikes ride from Las Vegas to San Francisco

Photo: Sculpteo
Photo: Sculpteo

Bay Area-based 3D printing service bureau Sculpteo built the world’s first-ever fully functional, digitally manufactured bicycle using advanced 3D Printed metal including aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium. The design team that built the bike is riding their invention 600-miles from Las Vegas to San Francisco to demonstrate the bike’s strength, durability and viability. The Sculpteo team has been documenting their journey and will arrive at San Francisco’s City Hall on the morning of Saturday, January 21st.

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Trek 720 Disc bikes and 24-spoke wheels recalled

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Photo: Trek

Trek issued a voluntary recall of model years 2015, 2016, and 2017 Trek 720 Disc bicycles as well as Bontrager Approved TLR Disc 700C 24H front and rear wheels. This recall was prompted by the discovery that a limited number of bicycles were made with wheel sets that exhibit a higher rate of spoke breakage. A broken spoke on the front wheel could engage with the brake caliper, causing the bicycle to stop suddenly.

Trek is reaching out through its global network of authorized retailers and will provide free replacement wheels to the 1,529 affected bikes located throughout the world. To incentivize owners to return them, Trek will issue a $100 coupon to each owner of an affected product who participates, good toward any Trek or Bontrager merchandise through December 31, 2017.

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Mixed bamboo and Merino base layer from Showers Pass

Photo: Showers Pass
Photo: Showers Pass

Showers Pass introduced a new short sleeve edition of its Bamboo-Merino Henley shirts to compliment the full line of clothing. This base layer is designed for bike commuting and active outdoor lifestyles both on and off the bike. Showers Pass says the fine Bamboo fibers offer a soft and cool-to-the-touch feel inside the garment for comfort while the Merino wool fibers on the face of the shirt provide warmth and prevent odors. These two natural fibers are knitted together to form Showers Pass’ exclusive Bamboo-Merino Cool Techfabric. Similar to the long sleeve Henley, the short sleeve option has a long torso design, seamless underarms, raglan sleeves, and flat lock stitching to prevent chafing.

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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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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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Reviewed: Dynaplug Micro Pro tubeless tire repair kit http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/reviewed-dynaplug-micro-pro-tubeless-tire-repair-kit_428098 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/reviewed-dynaplug-micro-pro-tubeless-tire-repair-kit_428098#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:59:15 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428098 Dynaplug offers a simple, effective way to fix tubeless punctures that can't be repaired by tire sealant alone.

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MSRP: $60 ($10 for refill of five plugs)
What you get: Applicator, five plugs, tiny knife for cutting the plug ends, other tools for prepping the puncture.
Buy it if: You ride on tubeless tires. Like, ever.
Don’t buy it if: You don’t ride on tubeless tires or love walking home.

Tubeless tire sealant of any brand just doesn’t get the job done on large punctures and slices. Dynaplug’s brilliant little rubber plugs can handle much larger holes, and might just keep you from walking home.

If you run tubeless tires, you need Dynaplugs. After a year of testing, and half a dozen tubeless tires saved from an early trip to the trash bin, we can confidently say that Dynaplug’s bike-specific Micro Pro repair kit should be in every tubeless rider’s kit.

Here’s how they work: Each plug has a brass tip connected to a viscoelastic rubber cord. These plugs are inserted into Dynaplug’s applicator. When you slice or puncture a tire and sealant alone can’t fill the hole, simply push the applicator (with plug inside) through the hole, and then pull it out. The sticky plug stays in place and fills the hole. The tail of the plug, left sticking out of the tire, is then cut off with clippers or the small blade included in the Micro Pro.

No need to pull the tubeless valve and install a tube inside the nasty, sealant-covered tire. Just plug, re-inflate, and ride.

The plugs work best when the tire is partially inflated, so there’s something to push against as you insert the plug. Sometimes that means inflating the tire with a CO2 or pump then quickly inserting the plugs once the tire has its shape back.

I had mixed success using more than one plug to fill large holes (which is not something Dynaplug recommends, but I tried it anyway). I successfully filled a large tread slice with two plugs but failed to fill a sidewall cut the same way.

The repairs are durable. Last fall, about half way down the Whole Enchilada in Moab I put a 2-3mm tread puncture in a brand-new Maxxis Minion DHF tire. It was its maiden voyage. $70 in the trash bin, I thought. But no. The on-trail Dynaplug repair is still holding, four months later.

The design has a long history of use on motorcycle and car tires. Dyanplug simply downsized the plugs for smaller bike tires, and developed a much smaller system (the shape of a pill and about the size of your thumb) that can be stuffed in a saddlebag or jersey pocket.

The plugs are available with a bullet-shaped tip or a sharp cone tip. Refill packs of five are available for $9.99. The sharp version works better for most cycling flats as it’s easier to push through small slashes and holes.

The plugs will fix tubeless road tires, and stay in place even under high pressure (we tested up to 85psi without issues). When repairing a tire with no tread you’ll need to be a bit more surgical when removing the plug tails.

The Micro Pro kit is self-contained inside the pill-shaped container, half of which serves as the applicator. It includes five repair plugs, two insertion tubes, a tiny knife, an “air stopper” used to hold air in the tire while you prepare the plugs, a pipe cleaner for cleaning up the hole, and a pouch to keep everything together.

The whole kit is so small and so effective that there’s no excuse to roll out without it. But if you want something even more compact, Dynaplugs now has a version called the Racer that’s even smaller and lighter.

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GreenEdge announces Aussie/Chinese development team http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/greenedge-announces-aussiechinese-development-team_428630 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/greenedge-announces-aussiechinese-development-team_428630#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428630 New team organized by GreenEdge cycling will feature collaboration between Australian and Chinese cycling associations.

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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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Champ chat: Hyde on Euro ‘cross, nationals after-party, start-line dogs http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/champ-chat-hyde-euro-cross-nationals-party-start-line-dogs_428624 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/champ-chat-hyde-euro-cross-nationals-party-start-line-dogs_428624#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:29:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428624 U.S. cyclocross champion Stephen Hyde talks Hoogerheide and worlds goals, CX Nats after-party hijinks, and the European racers' love of

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Cyclocross racing will reach its crescendo in a little over a week at UCI World Championships in Biele, Luxembourg, January 28-29. So we got in touch with newly minted U.S. champion Stephen Hyde, who is already in Europe for Sunday’s Hoogerheide World Cup, to talk about his expectations, the CX Nats after-party, his friendship with world champ Wout Van Aert, and more.

VeloNews: Were you bummed to miss that super slippery World Cup race in Italy?

Stephen Hyde: No absolutely not. I was so comfortable here. I was sitting down with a nice cup of coffee. I was watching the race, texting friends who also weren’t there saying, “Man, how stoked are you that you’re not there? I’m really stoked, this is great!” It looked crazy. Kerry Werner is here, Sittard, at the USAC house in Netherlands. Before Toon Aerts hit that tree, he was on the other side of the barrier also laying underneath that tree, bruised some ribs. Everybody got hurt that went there. It was pretty crazy. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have had it, but it was a pretty crazy cyclocross race.

VN: What are your expectations for Hoogerheide and worlds?

SH: I’ve been pretty consistent with my top-20 to 10th placings, and I didn’t necessarily get any fitter over nationals break. I did a lot of traveling, came back over. I hope to be consistent with that, I hope to be somewhere around that 15th to 10th place would be ideal. Outside of Iowa I haven’t landed a 10th or better at any of the World Cups. Depending on the weather. It’s pretty cold right now here. Normally it’s pretty wet and muddy. It’s been sunny and cold, 24, 22 degrees every day. All the mud is kind of solid. It could be a different Hoogerheide than I’ve ever raced. Which might play out to my advantage … Maybe it’ll be faster for everybody, and I’ll be in the same place, you never know.

In the U.S. I can be like, “OK, this race is going to be great for me, or this person is going to be good here.” You don’t necessarily have that luxury here. You can’t just be like, “I’m really good at slippery icy conditions … Oh wait, no, everybody else here is here, too, they’re all super good at this. Crap.”

VN: Give us a quick assessment of your performance at nationals. What letter grade would you give yourself?

SH: I would say like an A-minus. I did win, I’m happy about that. That was a passing grade. I was really happy about my preparation. I’ve never ridden in those conditions. I’ve never raced on ice like that. You’ve got guys like [Jon] Page, Todd Wells, Jamie [Driscoll]. I called Jamie as being the favorite outside of hopefully myself. I was like “Oh god, he’s going to be good.” Skier, the guy’s grown up on this stuff, from Vermont.

I’ve seen him race to good placings in conditions that required a similar effort. A lot of not using your brakes, a lot of easy accelerating and just really steady. I’m a punchy rider so for me, it was like, OK I need to focus 100 percent on not falling. You couldn’t open up. There wasn’t anywhere to pedal. It was all just not falling down. We all fell down, everybody fell down. I give it an A-minus for my probably four times falling and still winning [laughs].

VN: Jeremy Powers said that it’s customary for the winner to buy some beers at the nationals after-party. Did you do that in Hartford? Any good stories from the bar?

SH: David from CCAP put on a pretty cool little after-party at one of the breweries there … And no one would let me buy any drinks! We ended up going to a couple of bars that night and partied. Luckily a lot of people came out. It was really nice to see everybody. You look forward to that. Nationals is like, okay win or lose, bad race, good race, everyone’s going to go out and we’re all going to go celebrate the season, look forward to a new beginning. Some of us are going to continue to race but for a lot of people, it’s the end of their season. It’s always a good time.

But no I didn’t buy any drinks, no one would let me. I turned down some drinks! I had a couple of people come up, “Dude, congratulations, you gotta do some shots with us.” I was nursing this cold, my voice went out. I was like, I’m sorry I can’t I still have to travel and race. I feel bad. Dudes that offered that: I’ll take you up on it some other time, I promise.

VN: Worlds will be at a relatively new venue this year. Do you have any beta on this Luxembourg course?

SH: There’s a UCI teaser video — it’s always hard to tell from a GoPro. Everybody looks at every nationals course and we’re like “That looks really lame,” and it turns out it’s the hardest thing ever. The difference here is that through the GoPro video it actually looks really hard. I’m gonna assume it’s going to be another hour in hell, hour and 15 minutes in hell. It looks really really punchy, a lot of up and down on the side of this big hill, goes through a construction site. I don’t know what the weather is going to be like. I’m not a guy that flips through the weather channel constantly. I kind of leave it up to the day and send it. I don’t know if it’s a talent or a curse.

VN: You like punchy courses — is that your strength, when it comes to Euro ‘cross races specifically?

SH: If you look at courses like Iowa or Spa or Overjise. All of them I’ve had decent results in. They’re all kind of an old-school mountain bike course. Uphill, pretty steep climb, and then some pretty tricky downhill stuff. If I can just get a half lap of doing efforts, half a lap of descending, then I can do some damage.

VN: And your weakness in those races?

SH: There’s so many of them! There’s so many holes in the armor there. These guys, their thresholds are higher, they race in these conditions, they’re different, the soil texture is a lot different; RPM changes are different. I struggle with finding traction, on a lot of these courses where it’s real slick on top. I struggle on the low RPM work. I’ve come a long way on my running. It’s super high-speed, stuff we don’t see in the U.S. It’s generally faster every lap than I’m used to. I’m not going to say the courses are harder. I think that’s kind of a misconception. … Granted they’re harder than most of the courses [in the U.S.]; you get most of your challenge out of doing the same thing at higher speed, at more exhaustion. Just kind of having to close your eyes and go for it.

VN: Jeremy Powers said you Snapchat Wout Van Aert — what’s the best snap he’s sent you?

SH: Who’s Jeremy? [laughs] He half-lied. I don’t have a Snapchat. But I haven’t been afraid to just Facebook message or Instagram message any of these guys over here. Whatever, they’re no different to anyone at home to me. Wout’s been really cool. Ever since I met him last year. I’m a racer, but I’m also a fan too. The ones that you can reach out to, the ones that kind of show some humanity, I love those guys. Wout’s been great. There’s a number of Euro riders over here that I really enjoy their company, I look up to. Wout’s like I don’t know how many years younger than me. … He’s a baby! You’re a little bit of a nerd a little bit of fan.

VN: His Instagrams of his dog are so funny.

SH: All these guys over here have dogs! Van der Poels have that Dalmatian. Michael Vanthourenhout has this little poodle or Chihuahua thing or something. Their girlfriends come to the start line with their dogs. It’s something you don’t see on the camera. They all have their little dog on the start line or the finish line — I wish they would show that!

No, Jeremy’s the one running around with Snapchat glasses. He’s got the glasses, have you seen those? He is full nerd! [laughs]

VN: I gave you a nickname on the VeloNews Show the other week. Some people didn’t like it, so it’s only fair for you to give me a nickname. Don’t hold back, fire away.

SH: I couldn’t come up with one. I really couldn’t. I feel like if you get a nickname out of me it can’t be spoken in public anyways. That’s the only way my brain works! That’s when we’re cool, is if I give you a nickname, and it’s mildly offensive.

VN: So my nickname is redacted?

SH: Yeah, sorry. [laughs].

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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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RCS Sport boss: Italian teams ‘run on a mistaken model’ http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/rcs-sport-boss-italian-teams-run-mistaken-model_428346 http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/rcs-sport-boss-italian-teams-run-mistaken-model_428346#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:57:46 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428346 Italy is now without a WorldTour team and only two of its four Pro Continental squads will race the Giro d'Italia in May.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — RCS Sport sent a strong message to its home teams this week when it named the four wildcards to compete in the 2017 Giro d’Italia.

After leaving two of the four Italian Pro Continental squads out of the lineup, RCS Sport’s cycling director Mauro Vegni told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “The Italian cycling crisis is not based solely on the Giro wildcard selections.

“It’s the fact that for years these teams have run on a mistaken model: ‘We either race the Giro or we close the team.’ You can’t have this as your way of reasoning.”

In its selection of teams to race alongside the 18 WorldTour teams, it left Androni Giocattoli and Nippo – Vini Fantini off the list. It did select Italian squads Bardiani – CSF and Wilier Triestina, along with Russia’s Gazprom – RusVelo, which raced and won a stage in 2016, and Poland’s CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

RCS Sport has dealt a hard blow to Italian cycling. Without a team in the WorldTour for 2017, the four Italian Pro Continental teams are the meat of the once dominant cycling country. Half of them will be watching on television when the 100th edition of the Giro starts on Sardinia on May 5.

The teams chosen for the Giro will race with the 18 WorldTour teams, a list that includes Bahrain – Merida with defending Vincenzo Nibali.

RCS Sport also issued wildcard invitations for its other early season WorldTour races Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, and Milano-Sanremo. The four teams received a green light to some of those races.

The white gravel classic Strade Bianche holds WorldTour status this year. In addition to the 18 WorldTour teams, RCS Sport is welcoming three wildcards — Androni, Bardiani, and Nippo.

“It can’t be that the Giro is everything, and our other races count for nothing,” Vegni said.

“The teams that aren’t racing the Giro are racing Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, and Sanremo. If it’s all linked to the Giro, that means that these teams don’t have a true project.”

Bardiani had two factors in its favor: it continually invests in young Italian cyclists and it won the Italian Cup in 2016. The classification typically guarantees a ticket to the following year’s Giro.

Cycling industry companies Wilier Triestina and Selle Italia back the team with Filippo Pozzato, but they also invest in RCS Sport’s races.

Italy’s long-running Androni team, with Gianni Savio at the management helm, already sat out the 2016 Giro. Nippo – raced the last two editions. It stood a strong chance of racing again in 2017 with 2004 winner Damiano Cunego and Colombian Julian Arredondo, who won a stage and the mountains classification in 2014.

“I’m sorry for Androni, but at the base you need to have a true project. The same for Nippo, which I gave my faith for a few years,” Vegni added.

“I’d like to see that the best young Italian talents pass through these teams. Arredondo, in Nippo’s case, doesn’t make the difference. The project that Bardiani has is a good platform to launch young cyclists.”

RCS Sport’s decision could be the knock-out punch for Androni and Nippo. Without the big Italian race on their program, sponsors may abandon ship. Androni already said that will be the case.

“I am not a man of knee-jerk reactions, but when I take a decision that is it,” Mario Androni, who heads the Androni toy company, told Tutto Bici.

“Last year, I made an evaluation, I decided that in case we fail to receive an invitation in 2017 that my time sponsoring cycling would end. I thought long about it one year ago, I said so clearly, and now I confirm it.”

General manager Gianni Savio is currently with the Androni team racing in Venezuela. He said he will address the issue in a press conference when he returns to Italy.

“It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth,” Nippo manager Francesco Pelosi said.

“Italian cycling lost the only WorldTour team it had this year. Maybe for the 100th edition of the Giro it would’ve been merited to give attention and consideration to the rest of us.”

Italian cycling skates on thin ice with the 2017 season just underway. Its last remaining team, Lampre, went to the Middle East with sponsor UAE Abu Dhabi. Now, Androni and Nippo must make other plans for May.

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ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — It’s confirmed: Nairo Quintana will attempt cycling’s most fabled double and will race both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this season.

The 2014 Giro winner confirmed his calendar to Colombian media. Movistar sport director José Luis Arrieta told VeloNews overnight the team is committed to the Giro-Tour double attempt.

“His approach to the Giro is still to be finalized, but he will race the Giro and Tour,” Arrieta said. “We believe it will not handicap his chances for the Tour. Last year, he rode the Tour and won the Vuelta a España, so riding two grand tours in a row at a high level is within his capabilities.”

Movistar officials first floated the idea of a Giro-Tour last fall, in part to pay homage to the Giro’s centenary edition in 2017. Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué later backpedaled and hinted the Tour might remain the central focus of Quintana’s season. This week, Quintana confirmed his intentions to Colombian media, and Arrieta also said the double is set as the season’s main challenge.

“Logically his ambition is to win the Tour, and our obligation is to help him, and the Giro can be part of that,” Arrieta said. “Nairo has demonstrated he can race two grand tours at a high level, so racing the Giro is a good option.”

The Giro-Tour double is one of cycling’s most elusive challenges, with only seven riders in cycling history winning both races in one season. The last to do it was Marco Pantani in 1998. Many believe it’s too difficult to achieve in today’s peloton.

That goal is ambitious by any measure, and riders who have tried in recently, including Alberto Contador who won the Giro in 2015 but faltered in the Tour, say the demands are too much during the Giro to arrive in top shape for the Tour.

Arrieta, however, said the team studied the power meter data from Movistar’s co-leader Alejandro Valverde, who raced both the Giro and Tour (and the Vuelta a España as well) during 2016. Valverde won a stage and finished third overall in the Giro last year, and then rode to sixth in the Tour while riding at the service of Quintana. Movistar believes Quintana could do even better than Valverde.

“Taking the information from Alejandro last year, when he did Giro-Tour, we saw he was almost in better condition during the Tour,” Arrieta said. “We have some data that help us to believe that you can do both the Giro and Tour in good condition, that you can be competitive in the Giro, and later be just as strong in the Tour.”

Quintana’s confirmation sets up what’s looking to be a great Giro field for 2017. Other top riders to commit to the Italian grand tour include Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida), Fabio Aru (Astana), Sky’s Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL – Jumbo), and most likely Esteban Chaves (Orica – Scott).

Arch-rival Chris Froome (Sky) will not be racing the Giro, and will likely repeat his Tour-Vuelta approach to 2017 as the Sky captain puts winning a fourth Tour crown ahead of an attempt at the Giro. Quintana, however, gained confidence after beating Froome in last year’s Vuelta.

Arrieta said Quintana will travel to Europe next week to outline his approach toward the Giro, with likely early season starts at the Mallorca Challenge and the Volta a Valenciana.

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Caleb Ewan won his second stage at the Santos Tour Down Under Thursday, out-sprinting world champion Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) in stage 3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain – Merida) was third after the 144-kilometer ride from Glenelg to Victor Harbor.

Sky’s Danny van Poppel looked set to claim victory as the front group rounded the final turn, as Ewan was back in eighth. The Australian, however, prevailed in a hectic dash to the line. Sagan weaved his way through traffic to nab second.

“Today was pretty tough after yesterday. I went pretty deep — it really took me three-quarters of the race to get back into it,” said Ewan, who rides for Orica – Scott. Ewan also won the first stage of the race.

Top 10, stage 3

  • 1. Caleb EWAN, ORS, in 3:24:45
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BOH, at :00
  • 3. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, TBM, at :00
  • 4. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 5. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 6. Nikias ARNDT, SUN, at :00
  • 7. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 8. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 9. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 10. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00

The 22-year-old Australian’s team was also saddled with the task of bringing back a strong four-man breakaway, initiated early in the day by Lotto – Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt.

With the finish line coming up fast, Gorka Izagirre, who sits second overall in the race, crashed after a touch of wheels. Fortunately for the Movistar rider, he did not lose time on GC, as the crash happened inside the final 3km.

“It was fine today. Obviously the team played a big role in that, said race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who avoided the crash. “It was quite nervous and stressful all day. It’s another step closer to the finish.”

Porte has a 20-second lead over Izagirre in the overall standings, with Orica’s Esteban Chaves third at 22 seconds back.

Ewan admitted he thought he was in trouble heading for the finish.

“I was a bit far back on the last turn,” he said. “I was jumping around on wheels and luckily I got through in the end.”

Friday’s stage 4 is a 149.5km run from Norwood to Campbelltown, which might favor a breakaway.

Information from AFP was used in this report.

Stage 3 results

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

Overall standings

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

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Editor’s note: This video includes footage from The Santos Tour Down Under, TDW Sport, and Brad Kaminski/VeloNews

Finally, after months of waiting, the UCI men’s WorldTour is back! The 2017 season has kicked off with Australia’s Santos Tour Down Under.

Historically, riders come into the TDU with varying levels of form. Australian riders are often flying, while guys from North American and Europe are still remembering how to race a bicycle. It’s almost impossible to predict a GC rider’s results in April or May based on his form at the Tour Down Under.

That’s not the case with sprinters, however. Oftentimes, a sprinter who is winning in January can keep that success rolling later into the season. Why? We explore a few reasons.

Plus, we assess the Tour Down Under’s most fascinating and cute fauna, from baby kangaroos, to huge snakes, to the Outback’s most dangerous beast (Hint: He won the 2011 Tour de France). All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show!

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