VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:13:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Owen opens Axeon Hagens Berman account in Portugal http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/owen-opens-axeon-hagens-berman-account-portugal_431285 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/owen-opens-axeon-hagens-berman-account-portugal_431285#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:08:12 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431285 American Logan Owen collects the first win of 2017 for his Axeon Hagens Berman team Saturday in stage 4 of Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal.

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American Logan Owen collected the first win of 2017 for his Axeon Hagens Berman team Saturday in stage 4 of Volta ao Alentejo in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal. The 21-year-old out-sprinted Movistar’s Carlos Barbero and Jasper De Laat (Metec-TKH) on a punchy uphill finish to a 175.8km stage.

“It is one thing to win a bike race,” Owen said. “But to win it at the level that this race is now — a [UCI] 2.1 classification — and against a WorldTour rider like Barbero is something extra special. To be able to overpower him in the finish meant a lot.”

Owen’s teammate Chris Lawless was second in stage 3 on Friday. At first, the American team planned to ride for Lawless on the penultimate stage 4, but Owen explained that, after a bit of online research, they rearranged leadership duties. “Initially, we thought it would be a good finish for Chris [Lawless], but Adrien (Costa) actually looked it up last night on Strava and Google Earth view and said it looked like a pretty hard finish up a hill for about a kilometer,” Owen said.

Axeon Hagens Berman put its team on the front to ride back the day’s breakaway. The peloton caught the escape with two kilometers to go, and Owen hopped on Barbero’s wheel, knowing that the overall race leader would be a good man to follow in the sprint.

“I kept fighting for [Barbero’s] wheel because I knew it was a good finish for him,” Owen added. “He had a teammate lead him out to 200 meters and I just followed. Initially, I tried to go right because the wind was coming from the left. But he shut the door on me. So I had to go on the other side and kick again.”

With only one stage remaining in the race, a 168.9km run to Évora, Owen is just six seconds out of the lead in the best young rider’s classification, third behind teammate Eddy Dunbar and De Laat, who holds the jersey in that competition.

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Quintana puts rivals on notice in Abu Dhabi http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/quintana-puts-rivals-notice-abu-dhabi_431264 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/quintana-puts-rivals-notice-abu-dhabi_431264#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:54:25 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431264 Tactics worked against Nairo Quintana on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he appears the sharpest of the stars with the Giro in sight.

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JABEL HAFEET, United Arab Emirates (VN) — Tactics worked against Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he appears the sharpest of the stars with the Giro d’Italia in sight.

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) snuck free for the win, and likely the overall title win tomorrow, while the giants clashed.

Quintana was quashed on the Jebel Hafeet climb by defensive riding from Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), but the 2017 season appears to be swaying in the Colombian’s favor.

“There were a lot of rivals waiting for me to attack, marking my moves, and that was difficult,” said the softly spoken Colombian. “And when other opponents attacked, I had to control them as well.

“In the midst of these movements, other cyclists took advantage and attacked, and since they are high-quality rivals, they were able to make the break stick.”

A Movistar staff member drapped Quintana in another jersey. He looked over his shoulder for some teammates and they descended the climb together.

Costa won the stage over Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) in third at 10 seconds. Quintana led the favorites group home at 58 seconds.

The Jebel Hafeet offered views of the vast, empty and aired emirate and a moment for Quintana to reflect.

The 27-year-old has come a long way. He already won the Giro d’Italia in 2014, the Vuelta a España in 2016, and placed twice second to Sky’s Chris Froome in the Tour de France.

This year, he faces his biggest task yet, racing both the Giro and Tour for the overall win. It is a winning combo not seen since Marco Pantani’s Giro/Tour double in 1998.

Judging by his overall win in the Volta a Valenciana earlier in February and his ride today, Quintana is on the right path for the Giro this May 5 to 28.

Lethal rides to Val Martello and Monte Grappa won him the Giro. A similar early-stage attack to Formigal locked in his Vuelta title last September. Watching today, one could sense small Quintana sharpening his axe on the ‘Empty Mountain’ bordering Oman.

Movistar took the race in hand. Quintana attacked at 9.3 kilometres out, 6.1 and 2.8. Each time, he found different scenarios working against him. Each attack, however, served towards the greater goal of winning the Giro this May and setting himself up for the Giro/Tour double.

Giro rival Dumoulin motored away in the chaos. With Contador marking Quintana, Trek teammate Bauke Mollema worked free too.

Quintana, however, kept control. He radioed his team-mate, who came to the front and began pulling to close the gap. It was too late for the win, but a massive muscle-flex among cycling’s A-list.

Doing so, he kept a good grip on Fabio Aru (Astana) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), and left behind others like Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing).

Quintana leaves the UAE Monday. He will travel to Movistar’s headquarters in Spain, regroup and pack for the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race. There in central Italy, he will have another chance and face other Giro rivals like Geraint Thomas (Sky).

“My fitness level at this point of the season is similar to what I found last year,” said Quintana after Valenciana.

“We’ve got two big goals ahead, the Giro and the Tour, and we know that finding the correct approach will be key to our success.”

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Van Avermaet downs Sagan to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/van-avermaet-downs-sagan-win-omloop-het-nieuwsblad_431269 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/van-avermaet-downs-sagan-win-omloop-het-nieuwsblad_431269#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:36:22 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431269 Olympic champ Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on home soil during the opening classic of the season on Saturday.

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GENT, Belgium (AFP) – Reigning Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ahead of reigning two-time world road race champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in Gent, Belgium during the opening classic of the season on Saturday. and Sepp Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac).

Top 10

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:55:06
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Sep VANMARCKE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :00
  • 4. Fabio FELLINE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :45
  • 5. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :52
  • 6. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :52
  • 7. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :52
  • 8. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :52
  • 9. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :56
  • 10. Adrien PETIT, DIRECT ENERGIE, at :58

The 2016 Olympic champion earned his first victory of 2017, 43rd of his career, trapping the Slovakian in the sprint by taking the inside line in the last turn toward the finish of the one-day, 198.3km WorldTour event. Fellow Belgian Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) finished third.

After avoiding a huge crash with 62km to go, van Avermaet was amongst 11 riders to successfully chase down a six-rider break with 40km remaining.

Soon after, van Avermaet, Sagan and Vanmarcke found themselves in the lead inside the final 20km.

“The race was really hard,” said van Avermaet. “It was a beautiful race and we made it hard together with Peter Sagan. We opened up the race at the right time at Eikenberg. It was really nice to come with three guys to the finish and wonderful that I could finish it off.

“I had confidence from last year that I could win in a sprint on this finish and in the end, it was a good sprint and I am really happy with what I did today.”

Sagan said, “I had spent a lot of energy and it was hard to recover for the final sprint. I’ve worked hard these past few weeks, but it was one month without racing — it’s like a copy of last season, but it’s promising for the races to come. The season is long and has just started. I consider this race a very good training and I look forward to the upcoming races.

Results

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:55:06
  • 2. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 3. Sep VANMARCKE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :00
  • 4. Fabio FELLINE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :45
  • 5. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :52
  • 6. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :52
  • 7. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :52
  • 8. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :52
  • 9. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :56
  • 10. Adrien PETIT, DIRECT ENERGIE, at :58
  • 11. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at :58
  • 12. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :58
  • 13. Philippe GILBERT, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :58
  • 14. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :58
  • 15. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:02
  • 16. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:41
  • 17. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 2:41
  • 18. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:44
  • 19. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:44
  • 20. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 2:44
  • 21. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:44
  • 22. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:44
  • 23. Justin JULES, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROTECT, at 2:44
  • 24. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:44
  • 25. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:44
  • 26. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:44
  • 27. Yoann OFFREDO, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:44
  • 28. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 2:44
  • 29. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:59
  • 30. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:59
  • 31. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 2:59
  • 32. Kevin ISTA, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROTECT, at 2:59
  • 33. Taco VAN DER HOORN, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 2:59
  • 34. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:59
  • 35. Sonny COLBRELLI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 2:59
  • 36. Florian SENECHAL, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:59
  • 37. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:59
  • 38. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 2:59
  • 39. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 2:59
  • 40. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:59
  • 41. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 2:59
  • 42. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at 2:59
  • 43. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 2:59
  • 44. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:59
  • 45. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:59
  • 46. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 2:59
  • 47. Edward THEUNS, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 2:59
  • 48. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:59
  • 49. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:59
  • 50. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:59
  • 51. Niki TERPSTRA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:59
  • 52. Preben VAN HECKE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 3:07
  • 53. Sylvain CHAVANEL, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 3:07
  • 54. Stijn VANDENBERGH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:36
  • 55. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 4:36
  • 56. Quentin JAUREGUI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:36
  • 57. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 4:37
  • 58. Peter KONING, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 4:42
  • 59. Jelle WALLAYS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:26
  • 60. Stijn DEVOLDER, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at 5:26
  • 61. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:45
  • 62. Jimmy TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:45
  • 63. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 7:45
  • 64. Maxime FARAZIJN, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:45
  • 65. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:45
  • 66. Stijn STEELS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:45
  • 67. Thomas SPRENGERS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:45
  • 68. Huub DUYN, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at 7:45
  • 69. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:49
  • 70. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 7:49
  • 71. Pim LIGTHART, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 7:49
  • 72. Martin ELMIGER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:49
  • 73. Gregory RAST, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 7:49
  • 74. Olivier PARDINI, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROTECT, at 7:49
  • 75. Maciej BODNAR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 7:49
  • 76. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:49
  • 77. Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:49
  • 78. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 7:49
  • 79. THOMAS BOUDAT, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 7:49
  • 80. Franck BONNAMOUR, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 7:49
  • 81. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 7:49
  • 82. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 9:09
  • 83. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:09
  • 84. Marco COLEDAN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 9:09
  • 85. Dennis VAN WINDEN, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY, at 9:09
  • 86. Iljo KEISSE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 9:09
  • 87. Roy CURVERS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:09
  • 88. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 9:09
  • 89. Lawrence NAESEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROTECT, at 9:09
  • 90. Sander CORDEEL, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at 9:09
  • 91. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 9:09
  • 92. Ryan MULLEN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 9:09
  • 93. Julien MORICE, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 9:09
  • 94. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 9:09
  • 95. Maxime VANTOMME, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROTECT, at 9:09
  • 96. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 9:09
  • 97. Yves LAMPAERT, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 9:16
  • 98. Jérôme BAUGNIES, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:17
  • 99. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 9:17
  • 100. Florian VACHON, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 9:17
  • 101. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at 11:37
  • 102. Tony MARTIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:37
  • 103. Sven erik BYSTRØM, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:37
  • 104. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 11:37
  • 105. Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY, at 11:37
  • 106. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 11:37
  • 107. Lasse Norman HANSEN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 11:37
  • 108. Daniel HOELGAARD, FDJ, at 11:37
  • 109. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 11:37
  • 110. Maxime DANIEL, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 11:37
  • 111. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:37
  • 112. Svein TUFT, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:37
  • 113. Guillaume BOIVIN, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY, at 11:37
  • 114. Wesley KREDER, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 11:37
  • 115. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 11:37
  • 116. Pierre LUC PERICHON, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT, at 13:01
  • DNF Matthew BRAMMEIER, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • DNF Conor DUNNE, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • DNF Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
  • DNF Andrew FENN, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • DNF Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Zakkari DEMPSTER, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Bryan COQUARD, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Romain CARDIS, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Ryan ANDERSON, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Aaron GATE, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • DNF Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Leigh HOWARD, AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • DNF Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Antoine DUCHESNE, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Aviv YECHZKEL, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Tom BOONEN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS
  • DNF Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Mihkel RÄIM, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Benjamin PERRY, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF MARC FOURNIER, FDJ
  • DNF Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Tyler WILLIAMS, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Dimitri CLAEYS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Kenneth VANBILSEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Nikolas MAES, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Anthony TURGIS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Hamish SCHREURS, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Michal KOLÁR, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Luka PIBERNIK, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Christophe PRÉMONT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Dries DE BONDT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Gaetan BILLE, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Lukas SPENGLER, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Alex KIRSCH, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Stef VAN ZUMMEREN, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Jens MOURIS, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Lars BOOM, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO
  • DNF Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK-SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Mads PEDERSEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Simone ANTONINI, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Kevin DELTOMBE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Edward PLANCKAERT, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Aime DE GENDT, SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Julien STASSEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUA PROJECT
  • DNF Erwann CORBEL, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT
  • DNF Borut BOZIC, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Domen NOVAK, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF David PER, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, Tfs
  • DNF Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT
  • DNF Julien DUVAL, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, FDJ
  • DNF Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO
  • DNF Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA-SCOTT
  • DNF Antonio NIBALI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Coen VERMELTFOORT, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Sam BEWLEY, ORICA-SCOTT
  • DNF Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Jenthe BIERMANS, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Nils POLITT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Otto VERGAERDE, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Alexander KRISTOFF, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Michael MORKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Marc SARREAU, FDJ
  • DNS Elmar REINDERS, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ

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Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) soloed to victory in the 12th edition of the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (UCI 1.1) in Gent, Belgium on Saturday.

After racing 122km, the 27-year-old two-time national champion crossed the line 15 seconds over a handful of riders, including compatriots Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) to make an all-Dutch podium.

Brand’s Sunweb teammate Ellen van Dijk finished fourth on the same time as Blaak and van Vleuten, as did fifth-place finisher Elisa Longo Borghini (Orica-Scott).

“It was a really good day,” said Brand. “The team were great and supporting me really well by keeping me out of the headwind. The girls kept me in a great position, and we were in a perfect situation with Ellen [van Dijk] up the road and good support behind. They helped me to maintain a good position ahead of the cobbles and climbs, so I didn’t have to do anything which was great.”

Results

  • 1. Lucinda BRAND, TEAM SUNWEB, in 3:19:58
  • 2. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :15
  • 3. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :15
  • 4. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB, at :15
  • 5. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :15
  • 6. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA-SCOTT, at :28
  • 7. Jolien D’HOORE, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:47
  • 8. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 9. Dani KING, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 10. Gracie ELVIN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:47
  • 11. Lotte KOPECKY, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 1:47
  • 12. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, WM3 ENERGIE, at 1:47
  • 13. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:47
  • 14. Ann-Sophie DUYCK, DROPS, at 1:47
  • 15. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:00
  • 16. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:00
  • 17. Roxane FOURNIER, at 2:37
  • 18. Lotta LEPISTÖ, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 19. Christina SIGGAARD, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 2:37
  • 20. Sofie DE VUYST, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 21. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 22. Valerie DEMEY, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 2:37
  • 23. Christine MAJERUS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 24. Amy PIETERS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 25. Chloe HOSKING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 2:37
  • 26. Lauren KITCHEN, WM3 ENERGIE, at 2:37
  • 27. Tatiana GUDERZO, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 2:37
  • 28. Sarah ROY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:37
  • 29. Janneke ENSING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 2:37
  • 30. Alice BARNES, DROPS, at 2:37
  • 31. Shara GILLOW, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 2:37
  • 32. Malgorzata JASINSKA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 33. Audrey CORDON RAGOT, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 2:37
  • 34. Floortje MACKAIJ, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:37
  • 35. Eider MERINO KORTAZAR, LOINTEK, at 2:37
  • 36. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 37. Kelly VAN DEN STEEN, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 2:37
  • 38. Lisa KLEIN, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:43
  • 39. Leah KIRCHMANN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:45
  • 40. Stephanie POHL, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:46
  • 41. Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 42. Claudia LICHTENBERG, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 3:47
  • 43. Anouska KOSTER, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:02
  • 44. Amalie DIDERIKSEN, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:37
  • 45. Camilla PEDERSEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 7:37
  • 46. Moniek TENNIGLO, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:37
  • 47. Riejanne MARKUS, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:37
  • 48. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:40
  • 49. Jeanne KOREVAAR, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:40
  • 50. Kaat HANNES, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 7:40
  • 51. Marta BASTIANELLI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 7:42
  • 52. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:42
  • 53. Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 7:42
  • 54. Clara KOPPENBURG, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 55. Julia SOEK, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:42
  • 56. Jessica ALLEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:42
  • 57. Jenelle CROOKS, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:42
  • 58. Rozanne SLIK, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:42
  • 59. Trixi WORRACK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:42
  • 60. Kirsten WILD, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 61. Allie DRAGOO, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 7:42
  • 62. Roxane KNETEMANN, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 9:14
  • 63. Natalie VAN GOGH, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 64. Maaike POLSPOEL, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 9:21
  • 65. Trine SCHMIDT, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 66. Annelies DOM, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 67. Abby-Mae PARKINSON, DROPS, at 9:21
  • 68. Kaat VAN DER MEULEN, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 69. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK COGEAS, at 9:21
  • 70. Daniela REIS, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 71. Jessie DAAMS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 9:21
  • 72. Wiebke RODIECK, GERMANY, at 9:21
  • 73. Sara PENTON, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 9:21
  • 74. Sarah INGHELBRECHT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 75. Daiva TUSLAITE, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 9:21
  • 76. Julie LETH, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 9:21
  • 77. Sarah RIJKES, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 78. Katia RAGUSA, BEPINK COGEAS, at 9:21
  • 79. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 9:21
  • 80. Sara MUSTONEN LICHAN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 9:21
  • 81. Eugénie DUVAL, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 9:24
  • 82. Pernille MATHIESEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 10:15
  • 83. Thea THORSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 14:13
  • 84. Alison JACKSON, BEPINK COGEAS, at 14:13
  • 85. Isabelle BECKERS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 14:13
  • 86. Kelly DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 14:13
  • 87. Kim DE BAAT, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 88. Paola MUNOZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 14:13
  • 89. Ine ALLAERT, KEUKENS REDANT CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 90. Ilona HOEKSMA, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 14:13
  • 91. Gilke CROKET, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX, at 14:13
  • 92. Laura VAINIONPÄÄ, at 14:13
  • 93. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 94. Anna TREVISI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 14:13
  • 95. Astrid GASSNER, COLAVITA/BIANCHI, at 14:13
  • 96. Jessica MUNDY, COLAVITA/BIANCHI, at 14:13
  • 97. Esther VAN VEEN, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 98. Nathalie VERSCHELDEN, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 14:13
  • 99. Amelie RIVAT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 100. Esra TROMP, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 101. Demi DE JONG, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:13
  • 102. Estefania PILZ, AUTOGLASS WETTEREN-GROUP SOLAR at 14:13
  • 103. Joelle NUMAINVILLE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 14:13
  • DNF Demmy DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX
  • DNF Fien DELBAERE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX
  • DNF Lucy GARNER, WIGGLE HIGH5
  • DNF Romy KASPER, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Olga DOBRYNINA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Margarita SYRODOEVA, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Maria Vittoria SPEROTTO, BEPINK COGEAS
  • DNF Špela KERN, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Roos HOOGEBOOM, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Yessica PÉREZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Lorena LLAMAS, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Whitney ALLISON, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Kendelle HODGES, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Abigail MICKEY, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Amber PIERCE, COLAVITA/BIANCHI
  • DNF Annabel SIMPSON, DROPS
  • DNF Rebecca WOMERSLEY, DROPS
  • DNF Susanna ZORZI, DROPS
  • DNF Greta RICHIOUD
  • DNF Charlotte BRAVARD
  • DNF Nina KESSLER, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Cristina MARTINEZ BONAFE, LOINTEK
  • DNF Beatriu GOMEZ FRANQUET, LOINTEK
  • DNF Ziortza ISASI CRISTOBAL, LOINTEK
  • DNF Belen LOPEZ MORALES, LOINTEK
  • DNF Alba TERUEL RIBES, LOINTEK
  • DNF Chanella STOUGJE, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Anna KNAUER, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG-DESTIL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Doris SCHWEIZER, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Inga RODIECK, GERMANY
  • DNF Gudrun STOCK, GERMANY
  • DNF Laura SÜßEMILCH, GERMANY
  • DNF Lisa KÜLLMER, GERMANY
  • DNF Kathrin HAMMES, GERMANY
  • DNF Lensy DEBBOUDT
  • DNF Evelien DEBBOUDT
  • DNF Stefanie DECEUNINCK
  • DNF Brenda GOESSENS
  • DNF Claudia JONGERIUS
  • DNF Dorottya KANTI
  • DNF Pia DE QUINT
  • DNF Mie Bjørndal OTTESTAD
  • DNF Laura VAN GEYT
  • DNF Emmy ANDERSSON
  • DNF Kelly LAMBRECHTS
  • DNF Chane JONKER
  • DNF Megan CHARD
  • DNF Lana PETIT
  • DNF Kelly Kalm
  • DNF Claire THOMAS
  • DNF Sarah BORREMANS
  • DNF Steffy VAN DEN HAUTE
  • DNF Naïka DENEEF
  • DNF Lara DEFOUR
  • DNF Kim VAN DEN STEEN

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Abu Dhabi: Costa wins mountain stage, takes overall lead http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/abu-dhabi-costa-wins-summit-finish-takes-overall-lead_431241 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/abu-dhabi-costa-wins-summit-finish-takes-overall-lead_431241#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:15:50 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431241 Rui Costa claims the queen stage and lifts the red leaders jersey with one day to go in the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour.

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Portugal’s Rui Costa dropped all comers up the 12km Jebel Hafeet mountain Saturday to claim the third stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi and take a firm grip on the overall lead.

The former world champion stands a great chance of overall victory as Sunday’s final stage runs 26 laps around the perfect tarmac of the Yas Marina Formula One circuit, a stage which is likely to end in a bunch sprint.

The 30-year-old is showing powerful early season form after also coming second in the Tour of Oman.

Costa signed with the Abu Dhabi team in the close season and rewarded their confidence here by dropping final rival Ilnur Zakarin over the last few metres, with Dutch ace Tom Dumoulin in third at 10 seconds.

Earlier on the climb pre-stage favourites and major Tour winners Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana had neutralised each other’s attempts to get away before Costa sprung his burst of speed on a steep section.

Of the other top climbers Bauke Mollema was fourth at 28 seconds and Fabio Aru sixth at 46, while Quintana was 10th and Contador ended 13th.

Stage 3, top 10

  • 1. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, in 4:34:08
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10
  • 4. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :28
  • 5. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 6. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :46
  • 7. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :46
  • 8. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :46
  • 9. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :46
  • 10. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR, at :58

General classification, top 10

  • 1. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, in 12:39:15
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :04
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 4. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :38
  • 5. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :56
  • 6. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :56
  • 7. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :56
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :56
  • 9. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :56
  • 10. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:08

“I started the final climb a long way back and I had to put a lot of effort in to reach the front of the peloton,” explained Costa after the race. “When I got there I realised that my legs were good and I tried to surprise the others with an attack from a long way out. That was the right tactic.

“I was still suffering from the initial effort so I saved myself with Zakarin at the end to recuperate for the final sprint.”

According to Costa, the victory was a much-needed boost to both himself and the team.

“For us, it was very important to have a great result here,” he admitted. “I can’t say I was under pressure but psychologically I knew we had to perform at our best.

“We won and there couldn’t be a better result,” Costa continued. “We are extremely happy for this victory here in Abu Dhabi, with a new sponsor and a brand new jersey.

“I’m very happy with this victory that will boost my morale for the remainder of the season.

Stage 3 results

  • 1. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, in 4:34:08
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :10
  • 4. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at :28
  • 5. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 6. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :46
  • 7. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :46
  • 8. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :46
  • 9. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :46
  • 10. Nairo QUINTANA, TEAM MOVISTAR, at :58
  • 11. Diego ULISSI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :58
  • 12. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :58
  • 13. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 1:01
  • 14. Jack HAIG, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:05
  • 15. Vincenzo NIBALI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 1:05
  • 16. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:05
  • 17. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:05
  • 18. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:05
  • 19. Carlos VERONA, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:05
  • 20. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 1:05
  • 21. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:05
  • 22. Louis MEINTJES, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:05
  • 23. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:05
  • 24. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:05
  • 25. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:05
  • 26. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:22
  • 27. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:22
  • 28. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 1:23
  • 29. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:23
  • 30. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:25
  • 31. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:27
  • 32. Pieter SERRY, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:57
  • 33. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 1:57
  • 34. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 1:57
  • 35. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:57
  • 36. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:57
  • 37. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:57
  • 38. Peter STETINA, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 1:57
  • 39. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:57
  • 40. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:57
  • 41. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 1:57
  • 42. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 1:57
  • 43. Stefano PIRAZZI, Brd, at 1:57
  • 44. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:57
  • 45. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 2:26
  • 46. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:28
  • 47. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 48. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 49. Janez BRAJKOVIC, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 2:42
  • 50. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 2:42
  • 51. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 2:42
  • 52. Franco PELLIZOTTI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 2:42
  • 53. Rein TAARAMÄE, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 2:56
  • 54. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 3:26
  • 55. Pavel KOCHETKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 3:26
  • 56. Ivan ROVNY, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 3:26
  • 57. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:26
  • 58. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:45
  • 59. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:45
  • 60. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:47
  • 61. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:00
  • 62. Valerio AGNOLI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 4:02
  • 63. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 4:02
  • 64. Ben SWIFT, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 4:02
  • 65. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:13
  • 66. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:13
  • 67. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:30
  • 68. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:30
  • 69. Edoardo ZARDINI, Brd, at 4:45
  • 70. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:53
  • 71. Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 5:40
  • 72. Marco CANOLA, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 5:40
  • 73. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 5:40
  • 74. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 5:55
  • 75. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:02
  • 76. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:02
  • 77. Michael GOGL, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 6:02
  • 78. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:02
  • 79. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 6:02
  • 80. Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 6:11
  • 81. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:38
  • 82. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 6:38
  • 83. Rob POWER, ORICA-SCOTT, at 6:40
  • 84. Nicola BOEM, Brd, at 7:03
  • 85. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 7:25
  • 86. Rick ZABEL, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 7:25
  • 87. Artur ERSHOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 7:25
  • 88. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:25
  • 89. Laurent DIDIER, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 7:25
  • 90. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:45
  • 91. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 8:28
  • 92. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:42
  • 93. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:42
  • 94. Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:42
  • 95. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:42
  • 96. Fabio CALABRIA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:42
  • 97. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:42
  • 98. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:42
  • 99. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:42
  • 100. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 11:42
  • 101. Julien BERNARD, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 11:42
  • 102. Mirco MAESTRI, Brd, at 11:42
  • 103. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 11:42
  • 104. Alessandro TONELLI, Brd, at 11:42
  • 105. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFEDO, at 11:42
  • 106. Juraj SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:42
  • 107. Manuele MORI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 11:42
  • 108. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:42
  • 109. Nikolay TRUSOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:42
  • 110. Andrea PERON, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:42
  • 111. Luca WACKERMANN, Brd, at 11:42
  • 112. Maxim BELKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:42
  • 113. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 11:42
  • 114. Pavel BRUTT, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:42
  • 115. Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:42
  • 116. Imanol ERVITI, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:42
  • 117. Daniele BENNATI, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:42
  • 118. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:42
  • 119. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 11:42
  • 120. Alex DOWSETT, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:42
  • 121. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:42
  • 122. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:42
  • 123. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 11:42
  • 124. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:42
  • 125. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 11:42
  • 126. Simone CONSONNI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 11:42
  • 127. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:42
  • 128. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:42
  • 129. Roger KLUGE, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:42
  • 130. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 11:42
  • 131. Nicola RUFFONI, Brd, at 11:42
  • 132. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:42
  • 133. Caleb EWAN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:42
  • 134. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:42
  • 135. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:42
  • 136. Kirill SVESHNIKOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:42
  • 137. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 12:31
  • 138. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 12:40
  • 139. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 12:40
  • 140. Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 12:40
  • 141. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:40
  • 142. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 13:16
  • 143. Andrea GUARDINI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 14:48
  • 144. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 17:47
  • 145. Alan MARANGONI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 19:17
  • 146. Erik BASKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 19:17
  • 147. Kazushige KUBOKI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 19:17
  • 148. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 19:17
  • 149. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA-SCOTT, at 19:17
  • 150. Manuele BOARO, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 20:10
  • 151. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 20:30
  • 152. Johann VAN ZYL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 20:30
  • 153. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 20:30
  • 154. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at 20:30
  • 155. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI-CSF, at 20:30
  • DNF Sondre HOLST ENGER, AG2R LA MONDIALE

General classification

  • 1. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, Uad, in 12:39:15
  • 2. Ilnur ZAKARIN, Kat, at :04
  • 3. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 4. Bauke MOLLEMA, Tfs, at :38
  • 5. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :56
  • 6. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :56
  • 7. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :56
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :56
  • 9. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :56
  • 10. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:08
  • 11. Diego ULISSI, Uad, at 1:08
  • 12. Nairo QUINTANA, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 1:08
  • 13. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tfs, at 1:11
  • 14. Vincenzo NIBALI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 1:15
  • 15. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:15
  • 16. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:15
  • 17. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 1:15
  • 18. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:15
  • 19. Louis MEINTJES, Uad, at 1:15
  • 20. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:15
  • 21. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:15
  • 22. Carlos VERONA, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:15
  • 23. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:15
  • 24. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:15
  • 25. Jack HAIG, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:15
  • 26. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:32
  • 27. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:32
  • 28. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:33
  • 29. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:35
  • 30. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:37
  • 31. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 2:07
  • 32. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:07
  • 33. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 2:07
  • 34. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:07
  • 35. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:07
  • 36. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 2:07
  • 37. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:07
  • 38. Pieter SERRY, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:07
  • 39. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:07
  • 40. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:07
  • 41. Peter STETINA, Tfs, at 2:07
  • 42. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 2:07
  • 43. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 2:07
  • 44. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 2:36
  • 45. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:38
  • 46. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:40
  • 47. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:40
  • 48. Janez BRAJKOVIC, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 2:52
  • 49. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, Kat, at 2:52
  • 50. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Kat, at 2:52
  • 51. Franco PELLIZOTTI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 2:52
  • 52. Rein TAARAMÄE, Kat, at 3:06
  • 53. Ivan ROVNY, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 3:36
  • 54. Pavel KOCHETKOV, Kat, at 3:36
  • 55. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 3:36
  • 56. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:36
  • 57. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:55
  • 58. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:55
  • 59. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:57
  • 60. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:10
  • 61. Ben SWIFT, Uad, at 4:12
  • 62. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 4:12
  • 63. Valerio AGNOLI, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 4:12
  • 64. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:23
  • 65. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:23
  • 66. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:40
  • 67. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:40
  • 68. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 4:55
  • 69. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 5:43
  • 70. Marco CANOLA, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 5:44
  • 71. Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 5:50
  • 72. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 6:05
  • 73. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:06
  • 74. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:12
  • 75. Michael GOGL, Tfs, at 6:12
  • 76. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 6:12
  • 77. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:12
  • 78. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 6:12
  • 79. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 6:48
  • 80. Rob POWER, ORICA-SCOTT, at 6:50
  • 81. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:55
  • 82. Rick ZABEL, Kat, at 7:35
  • 83. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:35
  • 84. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 7:35
  • 85. Laurent DIDIER, Tfs, at 7:35
  • 86. Artur ERSHOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 7:35
  • 87. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:53
  • 88. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:55
  • 89. Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 8:13
  • 90. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI-CSF, at 8:28
  • 91. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 8:38
  • 92. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 11:36
  • 93. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:39
  • 94. Caleb EWAN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:46
  • 95. Manuele MORI, Uad, at 11:46
  • 96. Fabio CALABRIA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:49
  • 97. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 11:50
  • 98. Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:51
  • 99. Kristijan ÐURASEK, Uad, at 11:51
  • 100. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:52
  • 101. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:52
  • 102. Roger KLUGE, ORICA-SCOTT, at 11:52
  • 103. Nicola RUFFONI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 11:52
  • 104. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 11:52
  • 105. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 11:52
  • 106. Luca WACKERMANN, BARDIANI-CSF, at 11:52
  • 107. Andrea PERON, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:52
  • 108. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:52
  • 109. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:52
  • 110. Daniele BENNATI, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:52
  • 111. Kiel REIJNEN, Tfs, at 11:52
  • 112. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:52
  • 113. Fumiyuki BEPPU, Tfs, at 11:52
  • 114. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:52
  • 115. Imanol ERVITI, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:52
  • 116. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:52
  • 117. Pavel BRUTT, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:52
  • 118. Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:52
  • 119. Alex DOWSETT, TEAM MOVISTAR, at 11:52
  • 120. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:52
  • 121. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 11:52
  • 122. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, Kat, at 11:52
  • 123. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:52
  • 124. Maxim BELKOV, Kat, at 11:52
  • 125. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 11:52
  • 126. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 12:12
  • 127. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA-SCOTT, at 12:12
  • 128. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 12:14
  • 129. Simone CONSONNI, Uad, at 12:18
  • 130. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 12:41
  • 131. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 12:46
  • 132. Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 12:50
  • 133. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 12:50
  • 134. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 12:59
  • 135. Juraj SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 13:16
  • 136. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 13:16
  • 137. Nikolay TRUSOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 13:39
  • 138. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 14:03
  • 139. Julien BERNARD, Tfs, at 14:25
  • 140. Andrea GUARDINI, Uad, at 14:58
  • 141. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 15:09
  • 142. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 15:22
  • 143. Kirill SVESHNIKOV, GAZPROM-RUSVELO, at 17:38
  • 144. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 17:57
  • 145. Kazushige KUBOKI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 19:25
  • 146. Alan MARANGONI, NIPPO-VINI FANTINI, at 19:25
  • 147. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA-SCOTT, at 20:08
  • 148. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 20:40
  • 149. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 21:18
  • 150. Manuele BOARO, TEAM BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 21:23
  • 151. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at 21:37
  • 152. Erik BASKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 21:48
  • 153. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI-CSF, at 22:54
  • 154. Johann VAN ZYL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 23:47
  • 155. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 24:49

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On Thursday, we went down to the VeloNews shop for a very unscientific experiment to see how dangerous disc brakes really are. You, dear readers, gave us lots of feedback on Twitter, Facebook, and probably other social media sites we aren’t even aware of, so it seemed worthwhile to produce a follow-up video.

In the sequel to “Will it Cut?” we address a couple of your most common critiques. Managing Editor Chris Case hopped on the bike to put out some serious watts. We grabbed some meat from the local butcher to see whether riders are risking their flesh with discs. Did we heat up the rotor? No, because most crashes occur when the peloton is going fast, and no one is hitting the brakes for extended periods of time — hence, the rotors aren’t being heated by the friction of braking action.

Our silly little demonstration doesn’t prove a whole lot, but it seems to indicate that, yes, under some unique circumstances, disc brake rotors could cut you. To be fair, bladed spokes would also do damage. Chainrings are quite sharp too. So have fun, ride safe, and don’t try this at home.

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Lance Armstrong fraud trial set for November http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/lance-armstrong-fraud-trial-set-november_431223 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/lance-armstrong-fraud-trial-set-november_431223#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:48:46 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431223 Armstrong's battle against a $100 million lawsuit brought by the U.S. government is set to go to trial on November 6, 2017.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — Lance Armstrong’s battle against a $100 million lawsuit brought by the U.S. government over whether he committed fraud by doping has been set to go to trial on November 6, 2017.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper is set to hear the case in Washington, D.C., having denied Armstrong’s request to throw out the case.

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking damages from Armstrong claiming he defrauded the government when he cheated while riding for a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life in August 2012 after the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA) reported he actively took part in one of the most sophisticated doping schemes ever seen in sport.

After years of denials and despite his suspension for life, he finally acknowledged to American television host Oprah Winfrey in January 2013 that he doped throughout his career, including in all seven of his Tour wins from 1999-2005.

Former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis filed a lawsuit in 2010 accusing Armstrong of fraud, and that suit was later joined by the government, which wants Armstrong to pay back money the U.S. Postal Service paid his team plus damages.

Listen to our discussion of Armstrong’s situation on the VeloNews podcast:

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This week’s garbage takes: Tough-guy Kristoff, Emirates money http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/commentary/this-weeks-garbage-takes-tough-guy-kristoff-emirates-money_431197 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/commentary/this-weeks-garbage-takes-tough-guy-kristoff-emirates-money_431197#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:37:42 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431197 Kristoff gets named "Belgian Guy" of the week, Emirates cash rolls in, Disc brakes get people mad, and Talansky gets extra motivation.

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Any given week, there are oodles of cycling stories flying around in the news. So here’s a quick-hit summary of this week’s happenings, plus my own garbage opinions on each. Much like my gambling advice, these takes are for entertainment purposes only!

‘Belgian Guy’ of the week: Kristoff tough enough for Kuurne

In the not-so distant past, the world’s best sprinters (Mark Cavendish, André Greipel, et al.)  would bang bars at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Not this year. Most of the big guns are at the Abu Dhabi Tour, working on their tans and enjoying the (I’m assuming here) opulent gift baskets. There’s one guy who is in Belgium, however: Alexander Kristoff. Kristoff is clearly not afraid of chilly weather, leg warmers, and cobblestones. You know what this tells me? The Norwegian is ready to rock this classics season. Choosing the Low Countries in February over the Middle East is a real hard-man move. That’s why he’s my Belgian Guy of the week.

UAE Team Emirates flying into 2017

If Canadian rapper Drake had a favorite WorldTour team, it would have to be UAE, because this team, “started from the bottom; now they here.” According to our Gregor Brown, the team (previously Lampre-Merida) was one of the poorest in the WorldTour last year. This year, its coffers have swelled, thanks to a cash injection of between 5 to 10 million euros from title sponsor Fly Emirates. Here’s my question: How will the team spend all that cash? I have a few suggestions. First, they should replace the team bus with a team airplane, which they can park at the races. The scene would harken back to the golden era of air travel. The riders walk off the plane down the Bluth family stair-car. Mechanics unload the race bikes on one of those luggage conveyor belts you see at the airport. If some journalists show up for interviews, they’ll have to wait at a kiosk while a friendly team attendant informs them the delay is due to thunderstorms over Atlanta. There could be an incentive program for the riders. Win a race, and you get to pick a free item from the “Skymall” catalog. Imagine it: a glow-in-the-dark toilet for Rui Costa, and a two-person Snuggie for Louis Meintjes and Diego Ulissi. My other idea: Box seats at an Arsenal F.C. game for some off-season footy.

Uran will race TDF (but not for GC)

Cannondale-Drapac is all-in for Andrew Talansky at the Tour, right? Well, maybe not. The latest news is that Rigoberto Uran will now focus on success at hilly spring classics before racing the Tour as an opportunist. A talented all-rounder, Uran has twice finished second at the Giro d’Italia. He sounds like a GC guy to me, not an opportunist. In a recent feature about Talansky, team boss Jonathan Vaughters said the move to race the American at the 2016 Vuelta (rather than the Tour) amounted to “mind games.” Is Uran’s new Tour assignment the latest mind game? Is it a coy way to let everyone know that Uran is a capable plan B, should something go awry? Sounds to me like Talansky has some good motivation.

Doing the math on Valverde’s 100th win

Movistar was popping bottles last Sunday to celebrate Alejandro Valverde’s 100th pro win, which he collected at Ruta del Sol in Andalucia. I brought up my mixed feelings about “Balaverde” on the VeloNews Show this week, but to reiterate: About 20 of his wins came before Operacion Puerto hit the fan in 2006. He served a two-year ban for that doping scandal a few years later. Then, he immediately went back to his winning ways upon his return go the peloton and has continued winning big races well into his late 30s. Again, I enjoy watching him race for entertainment purposes, but as we mentioned on the VN Show, Valverde is our Ethical Conundrum All-Star. Perhaps this photo of Valverde wistfully looking out a window will help us tabulate how many victories we can confidently count:

Every day Alejandro Valverde looks out his window and sees victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Orica trying to win battle of the Colombians

Andrew Hood was pretty complimentary of Orica-Scott’s strategy for the 2017 grand tours. Sure, sending the Yates twins to the Giro and Esteban Chaves to the Tour makes sense on paper, but perhaps the explanation goes a bit deeper. Nairo Quintana has held the title as top Colombian GC guy for some time now — will Chaves make a statement by beating his countryman in July? If so, will Chaves get a hero’s parade through the streets of Bogota? And will he then get to meet the president? I hope so. With Quintana trying the Giro-Tour double, he might be vulnerable come July.

Disc brake boogeyman at Abu Dhabi

We probably wrung this story dry on Thursday. Owan Doull’s shoe got sliced in Abu Dhabi. He thought it was a disc rotor. It doesn’t look like it actually was. Twitter (predictably) exploded with disc brake-induced rage. We even did a little in-house experiment. So here’s one final fresh take: This is a huge opportunity for bike apparel companies to start developing Kevlar-woven shoes, jerseys, and chamois. That way we can be sure these spinning blades won’t filet our body parts.

The sprinter whisperer

This week, Travis McCabe gushed about his new teammate and road captain Greg Henderson, who has shepherded him to two big wins so far this winter. Henderson, who also raced in the WorldTour with André Greipel, seems to be something of a sprinter whisperer. He knows how to get the best out of his fast men with his legs and words. So what is he whispering? Is it something empowering? “You’re good enough. You’re smart enough. And doggone it, people like you.” Or maybe a little “Friday Night Lights” flavor? “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” McCabe has a good sense of humor, so I’m guessing Reece Bobby’s maxim from “Talladega Nights” would work best: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

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Legally Speaking: Can’t Keep a Good Idea Down http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/legally-speaking-cant-keep-good-idea_431121 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/legally-speaking-cant-keep-good-idea_431121#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:48:02 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431121 If you come to an empty intersection while riding, no vehicles or pedestrians in sight, do you make a complete stop and do a track stand

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If you come to an empty intersection while riding, no vehicles or pedestrians in sight, do you make a complete stop and do a track stand for the audience of passing birds? Slow to a crawl and then stand up to accelerate? Or do you ease up, make sure the intersection is clear, and then roll? Only one of these options is legal — unless you live in Idaho, or a few cities in the U.S. In those select cases, you can legally choose the third option, whereby you treat the stop sign as a yield sign. Idaho passed a law nearly 35 years ago that allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and red lights as stop signs.

But since then, Idaho remains the only state to have passed a “Stop as Yield” law. It’s certainly not for lack of trying in other states, though. I’ve lost track of how many efforts have been made to pass a similar law elsewhere, all of which have gone down in flames. The latest effort was in Colorado, where a bill to adopt an Idaho-style Stop as Yield law was recently introduced, but died in the transportation committee after the majority of legislators said the change would cause more problems.

We live in an age when simple knee-jerk takes and emotionally laden sound bite-sized retorts rule the day. Most legislators, law enforcement officers, and even many cyclists just aren’t going to put more than a moment’s thought into this concept before denouncing it.

But you can’t keep a good idea down, and this issue will continue to come up. In fact, a Stop as Yield law has just been introduced in the California Legislature. So I think it’s important to understand what we’re talking about. In most states, cyclists are required to come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. But in Idaho, a cyclist is only required to stop at a stop sign when there is approaching cross-traffic that has the right of way. Otherwise, the cyclist is free to enter the intersection (with appropriate caution).

To many opponents of the Idaho law, this sounds like lawlessness and a recipe for disaster. However, the law is exactly in keeping with how a yield sign works — which is why it is called a “Stop as Yield” law. In Idaho, cyclists are still subject to the laws requiring them to observe the traffic signs, just as they are in other states. They aren’t allowed to ignore the signs. They aren’t allowed to cut others off. They’re required to follow the law.

However, the cyclists have a different requirement than motorists.

This is what offends some people — they see it as “special rights” for cyclists. These opponents sometimes argue “same road, same rights, same rules.” But the Idaho law does not authorize cyclists to break the law; it requires them to obey the law. So arguments that cyclists should have to obey the laws miss the point — that’s exactly what Stop as Yield laws require. The issue is that opponents feel that cyclists should have to follow the exact same laws as drivers.

This is not a strong argument. While we don’t want to jeopardize our right to the road, I don’t agree that cyclists must be subject to the exact same requirements as drivers in order to keep our right to the road. How many cyclist who argue “same road, same rights, same rules” would agree that they must be capable of maintaining the same speed as automobile traffic in order to use the road? Zero. And how many drivers get hot under the collar because pedestrians are not required to stop at stop signs unless approaching traffic has the right of way? Again, zero. It’s already well-established in law that different road users are subject to different requirements without affecting their legal right to the road. And nobody gets bent out of shape about it, until we talk about making the laws a little more sensible for cyclists.

So how do we move this forward, from good idea to good law? First, opponents of Stop as Yield have plenty of objections, which we need to anticipate and respond to. But the good news is that the objections are not based on how the law actually works. For example, law enforcement has expressed concerns that a Stop as Yield law would result in more car-on-bike crashes. But that’s simply not true. The evidence from Idaho indicates that there have been fewer  and less severe car-on-bike crashes after passage of the Idaho. In fact, Idaho bicycle attorney Kurt Holzer observes:

“In my years representing cyclists, I have never seen a car v. bike collision or a bike v. pedestrian collision that was attributable to road users following the stop as yield statute. That’s right, not once in the hundreds of bicycle collision cases I have investigated has the law created an incident.”

Second, focus on why a Stop as Yield law is needed: Because it makes crossing intersections safer for cyclists, and benefits drivers by keeping traffic flowing more smoothly. When cyclists can legally choose Stop as Yield, they can cross an intersection at a safer speed, drivers aren’t forced to wait while cyclists come to a complete stop and then work to get back up to a safe speed, and law enforcement resources can be devoted to more pressing needs. Everybody wins.

Third, engage with the media early on, because the media will be explaining the issue to the constituents of the legislators you are trying to persuade. As an example of what can go wrong, sensational and biased articles played a role in creating opposition to the most recent legislative effort here in Oregon, where attorney Ray Thomas and I testified in support of Stop as Yield at the Transportation Committee hearing on the bill.

And finally, competitive cyclists need to get involved, because it affects us too. Of course, safely rolling a stop is one thing, but rolling the entire paceline through will still be illegal, so it doesn’t solve every problem roadies face at stops, but for solo and small group rides, Stop as Yield helps you to legally cross an intersection in the way that you judge to be the safest, just as we already do countless times when crossing or entering traffic flow from our driveway or the side of the road. But we don’t need to reinvent the wheel; this is as simple as getting involved with our advocacy organizations, and asking them to make a Stop as Yield law a legislative priority for your state. It isn’t a question of if Stop as Yield Laws will be passed, it’s only a matter of when — so let’s make it happen now.

What questions or concerns do you have about Stop as Yield laws? Bob Mionske and BikeLaw.com want to hear from you on the BikeLaw.com Facebook page.

Now read the fine print:

Bob Mionske is a former competitive cyclist who represented the U.S. at the 1988 Olympic Games (where he finished fourth in the road race), the 1992 Olympics, as well as winning the 1990 national championship road race.

After retiring from racing in 1993, he coached the Saturn Professional Cycling team for one year before heading off to law school. Mionske’s practice is now split between personal-injury work, representing professional athletes as an agent and other legal issues facing endurance athletes (traffic violations, contract, criminal charges, intellectual property, etc.).

Mionske is also the author of “Bicycling and the Law,” designed to be the primary resource for cyclists to consult when faced with a legal question. It provides readers with the knowledge to avoid many legal problems in the first place, and informs them of their rights, their responsibilities, and what steps they can take if they do encounter a legal problem. If you have a cycling-related legal question please send it to Bob, and he will answer as many of these questions privately as he can. He will also select a few questions to answer in this column. General bicycle-accident advice can be found at www.bicyclelaw.com.

Important notice:
The information provided in the “Legally Speaking” column is not legal advice. The information provided on this public website is provided solely for the general interest of the visitors to this website. The information contained in the column applies to general principles of American jurisprudence and may not reflect current legal developments or statutory changes in the various jurisdictions and therefore should not be relied upon or interpreted as legal advice. Understand that reading the information contained in this column does not mean you have established an attorney-client relationship with attorney Bob Mionske. Readers of this column should not act upon any information contained in the website without first seeking the advice of legal counsel.

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Fast Talk, ep. 13: How to pick a power meter http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/podcast/fast-talk-ep-13-how-to-pick-a-power-meter_431206 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/podcast/fast-talk-ep-13-how-to-pick-a-power-meter_431206#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:17:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431206 There is no training tool more powerful than a power meter, when it's used properly. But which one you should buy?

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The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews columnist Trevor Connor and editor Caley Fretz discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

There is no training tool more powerful than a power meter, when it’s used properly. But which one you should buy? What part of your bike should it be on? Is a one-sided power meter good enough? We are joined by our tech crew, Dan Cavallari and Kristen Legan, to answer these questions and many more. Plus, pro power insight from Cannondale-Drapac’s master of the breakaway, Toms Skuijns.

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sports hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

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Sky’s Elissonde facing uphill battle for Tour spot http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/skys-elissonde-facing-uphill-battle-tour-spot_431199 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/skys-elissonde-facing-uphill-battle-tour-spot_431199#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:58:19 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431199 The 25-year-old has the potential to be one of Sky's big climbers down the road, but he would be fine with missing the Tour this year.

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Kenny Elissonde is facing an uphill battle to earn a spot on Team Sky’s Tour de France squad, and that’s just fine with the French climber.

As one of Sky’s newest arrivals, the 25-year-old harbors no illusions about his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome this summer as Sky goes for its fifth yellow jersey in six years.

“Racing the Tour? Well, that is the hope!” Elissonde said. “Team Sky is the best team in the world for the Tour de France, so to make the selection is not so easy. There are many riders trying to ride on the Tour team, because everyone knows they have a very good chance to win.”

There is room at the top, but it won’t be easy for Elissonde, winner of a stage at the 2013 Vuelta a España, to make the Tour squad. Nicholas Roche and Leopold Konig both left Sky, while David Zandio retired. Diego Rosa was the only other major new rider for 2017, along with some younger, less-experienced talent.

Everyone knows how deep Team Sky’s roster is. All eight of the riders who made up “Fortress Froome” last July remain with Sky for 2017, and all will be fighting for a return ticket as Froome races for his fourth Tour win.

Sky is so deep that even its “B Team” that was sent packing to the Tour of Poland last summer included Nicholas Roche, Michal Kwiatkowski, Beñat Intxausti, and Konig, enough to be the envy of other Tour squads.

The featherweight Frenchman — he’s 5-foot-6 and 115 pounds — might be in with a chance. Elissonde already spent a lot of quality time with Froome and joined him as his training partner in Australia. Earning Froome’s trust is key to getting in on Sky’s Tour selection.

“Chris Froome is very helpful and friendly to the rest of us. He gives us advice, and that can help us later in our career. He is a big worker, and he sets the example for everyone,” Elissonde said. “I want to gain more experience and take it step by step, so maybe not this year at the Tour, perhaps the next year, why not?”

This year’s Tour course isn’t heavy on big climbs, and Sky will likely want to bring some of its brawnier riders to help usher Froome through several classics-style stages packed in the front half of the race.

Elissonde has one more handicap: he’s never raced the Tour. He’s started the Vuelta four times, including in 2013 in what was his grand tour debut when he won the Angliru stage out of a breakaway. He also raced the Giro d’Italia in 2015, posting steady results to get on Sky’s radar.

Whether he makes the Tour selection or not, Elissonde is making his presence known. He is Sky’s first French rider since Sylvain Calzati and Nicolas Portal (now Froome’s favored sport director) were part of Sky’s inaugural 2010 team, and is one of the team’s first pure climbers.

“I had already had some contact with the team, and we began to speak, and we decided to go for it. I am the first French rider in a long time,” Elissonde said. “It is an interesting learning curve, and every day I learn something new. This is a special team. Every team has its own style and training methods. I am seeing something different every day, so as an athlete, I think those changes are good ones.”

That Team Sky, the team at the height of its powers and dominance, would sign a French rider speaks volumes about France’s revival inside the peloton.

Many French riders stick to French teams, where they can earn big salaries, and rarely venture beyond the comfortable confines of the French orbit. Elissonde, who raced for FDJ from 2012-2016, said he couldn’t pass up on the chance to join one of the peloton’s heavy hitters.

“The French are at the top level now, because French cycling has changed a lot. I was not there 10 years ago, but now French cycling has some very good trainers and we have some great riders,” Elissonde said. “We hope the sport is in a good way and in a good direction. The French riders are now competitive in the sprints, in the climbs, in the GC. We are seeing the French riders have results again.”

Sky boss Dave Brailsford hasn’t been shy about his interest in developing a French rider. While Froome still has a few good years left in him, Sky could be nurturing Elissonde for a long-term project to chase mountain stages and jerseys (he was second in the Vuelta’s King of the Mountains competition last year). Right now, he’s content with trying to fit in at his new home as he dreams about July.

“Everything is going very nice with the team. It is a nice change for me, to try something different,” said Elissonde, who is racing this week at the Abu Dhabi Tour. “Change is good for any athlete.”

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Abu Dhabi: Kittel wins stage 2 in photo finish http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/abu-dhabi-kittel-wins-stage-2-photo-finish_431190 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/abu-dhabi-kittel-wins-stage-2-photo-finish_431190#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:18:01 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431190 The German edged Caleb Ewan by less than half of his front wheel to claim his fifth victory of the season.

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Marcel Kittel stole a victory at the end of Friday’s stage 2 at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) crossed the finish line at virtually the same moment, but closer inspection revealed that Kittel finished first by less than half of his front wheel.

Ewan, who actually started to raise his arms in celebration after he crossed the finish line, took second. Cavendish, the winner of Thursday’s stage 1, claimed third.

Cavendish remains the overall race leader entering Saturday’s stage 3, with Kittel and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 4 and 8 seconds behind in second and third.

“Our plan was to leave it late today. It was a strange finale and I surfed from wheel to wheel, saving up some energy,” Kittel said. “I really believed in this victory until the very end, and getting it the way I did makes things very nice, just as in Dubai two weeks ago.”

Stage 2, top 10

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 3:28:11
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 4. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 5. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 6. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 7. Andrea GUARDINI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 8. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 9. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 10. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00

Top 10 overall

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, in 8:05:03
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :04
  • 3. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 4. Marco CANOLA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :08
  • 5. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :08
  • 6. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :08
  • 7. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 8. Fabio CALABRIA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :11
  • 9. Mirco MAESTRI, BRD, at :12
  • 10. Kazushige KUBOKI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :12

Friday’s win was Kittel’s fifth of 2017 and Quick-Step’s 13th. Kittel made headlines Friday morning when he rolled to the start line with a bike outfitted with standard rim brakes after Thursday’s incident that saw Owain Doull crash and claim that one of Kittel’s disc brake rotors sliced through his shoe.

Kittel said Friday’s win was extra special after the crash took him out of Thursday’s finish.

“On stage 1 I lost the chance to fight for the victory, but also some skin, so today I was keen on making the most out of this opportunity,” said Kittel, who will make his 2017 European debut at Paris-Nice next week.

Kittel now has 11 wins at Middle Eastern races.

The 153-kilometer stage 2 around Abu Dhabi was pancake flat, with a few small bumps in the middle of the route.

Six riders broke away early in the stage and rode ahead of the peloton in windy conditions that nearly led to the formation of echelons. As the final kilometers ticked away, the six escapees were caught. The final two — Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) — saw their day out front come to an end with around 2.5km to go.

From that point, the sprint finish was on. Kittel came around Ewan as a large group approached the finish line and was able to throw his bike to victory.

Saturday’s stage 3 measures 186km and ends with a 10km ascent of Jebel Hafeet.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 3:28:11
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 4. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 5. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 6. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 7. Andrea GUARDINI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 8. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 9. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 10. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 11. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 12. Nicola RUFFONI, BRD, at :00
  • 13. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 14. Rick ZABEL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 15. Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 16. Mirco MAESTRI, BRD, at :00
  • 17. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 18. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 19. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 20. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 21. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 22. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 23. Kazushige KUBOKI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 24. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 25. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 26. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 27. Andrea PERON, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 28. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 30. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 31. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 32. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 33. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 34. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 35. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 36. Luca WACKERMANN, BRD, at :00
  • 37. Ivan ROVNY, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 38. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 39. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 40. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 41. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 42. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 43. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 44. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 45. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 46. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 47. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 48. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 49. Franco PELLIZOTTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 50. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 51. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 52. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 53. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 54. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 55. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 56. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 57. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 59. Jack BAUER, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 60. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 61. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 62. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 63. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 64. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 65. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 66. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 67. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 68. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 69. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 70. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 72. Sondre HOLST ENGER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 73. Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 74. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 75. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 76. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 77. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 78. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 79. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 80. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 81. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 82. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 83. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 84. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 85. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 86. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 87. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 88. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 89. Stefano PIRAZZI, BRD, at :00
  • 90. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 91. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 92. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 93. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 94. Nikolay TRUSOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 95. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 96. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 97. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 98. Marco CANOLA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 99. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 100. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 101. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 102. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 103. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 104. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 105. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 106. Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 107. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 108. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 109. Simone ANDREETTA, BRD, at :00
  • 110. Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 111. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 112. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 113. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 114. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 115. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 116. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 117. Alessandro TONELLI, BRD, at :00
  • 118. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 119. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 120. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 121. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 122. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 123. Fabio CALABRIA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 124. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 125. Julien BERNARD, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 126. Patrick KONRAD, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 127. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 128. Pavel BRUTT, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 129. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 130. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 131. Edoardo ZARDINI, BRD, at :00
  • 132. Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 133. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 134. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 135. Artur ERSHOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :00
  • 136. Valerio AGNOLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 137. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 138. Alan MARANGONI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 139. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 140. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 141. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 142. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :22
  • 143. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 144. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :26
  • 145. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :37
  • 146. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :41
  • 147. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :41
  • 148. Erik BASKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :55
  • 149. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at :57
  • 150. Manuele BOARO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:03
  • 151. Johann VAN ZYL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:15
  • 152. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 1:15
  • 153. Nicola BOEM, BRD, at 1:17
  • 154. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:25
  • 155. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:22
  • 156. Kirill SVESHNIKOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 2:51

General classification

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, in 8:05:03
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :04
  • 3. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 4. Marco CANOLA, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :08
  • 5. Caleb EWAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :08
  • 6. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :08
  • 7. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :10
  • 8. Fabio CALABRIA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :11
  • 9. Mirco MAESTRI, BRD, at :12
  • 10. Kazushige KUBOKI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :12
  • 11. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at :13
  • 12. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :14
  • 13. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 14. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 15. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :14
  • 16. Nicola RUFFONI, BRD, at :14
  • 17. Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 18. Rick ZABEL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 19. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 20. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 21. Andrea GUARDINI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 22. Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 23. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 24. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 25. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 26. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 27. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 28. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 29. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 30. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 31. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 32. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 33. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 34. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 35. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 36. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 37. Ivan ROVNY, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 38. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :14
  • 39. Iuri FILOSI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :14
  • 40. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 41. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 42. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :14
  • 43. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 44. Kenny ELISSONDE, TEAM SKY, at :14
  • 45. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 46. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 47. Luca WACKERMANN, BRD, at :14
  • 48. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 49. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 50. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 51. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 52. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 53. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 54. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 55. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 56. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 57. Andrea PERON, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 58. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 59. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 60. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 61. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 62. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 63. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 64. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 65. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 66. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 67. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 68. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 69. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 70. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 71. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 72. Franco PELLIZOTTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 73. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 74. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 75. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 76. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 77. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 78. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 79. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 80. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 81. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 82. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 83. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 84. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 85. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 86. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 87. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 88. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 89. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 90. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :14
  • 91. Pavel BRUTT, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 92. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 93. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 94. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 95. Jack BAUER, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 96. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 97. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 98. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :14
  • 99. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 100. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 101. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 102. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :14
  • 103. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 104. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :14
  • 105. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :14
  • 106. Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 107. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 108. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 109. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 110. Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :14
  • 111. Patrick KONRAD, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :14
  • 112. Stefano PIRAZZI, BRD, at :14
  • 113. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 114. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 115. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :14
  • 116. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 117. JHONATAN RESTREPO VALENCIA, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 118. Edoardo ZARDINI, BRD, at :14
  • 119. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 120. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 121. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 122. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 123. Alan MARANGONI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :14
  • 124. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 125. Valerio AGNOLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :14
  • 126. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :14
  • 127. Artur ERSHOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at :14
  • 128. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :14
  • 129. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :34
  • 130. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA – SCOTT, at :34
  • 131. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :36
  • 132. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :36
  • 133. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :40
  • 134. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :40
  • 135. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :51
  • 136. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :55
  • 137. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at 1:11
  • 138. Manuele BOARO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:17
  • 139. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:19
  • 140. Alessandro TONELLI, BRD, at 1:21
  • 141. Nicola BOEM, BRD, at 1:29
  • 142. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:38
  • 143. Nikolay TRUSOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 2:01
  • 144. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 2:06
  • 145. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:06
  • 146. Yuma KOISHI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 2:06
  • 147. Simone ANDREETTA, BRD, at 2:31
  • 148. Erik BASKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 2:35
  • 149. Julien BERNARD, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:47
  • 150. Sondre HOLST ENGER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:55
  • 151. Johann VAN ZYL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:21
  • 152. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:31
  • 153. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:44
  • 154. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 4:23
  • 155. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 4:24
  • 156. Kirill SVESHNIKOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 6:00

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (VN) — Marcel Kittel has put his disc brake trial on hold only three weeks into the 2017 season. The decision follows Thursday’s Abu Dhabi Tour stage 1 crash in which Sky’s Owain Doull said one of Kittel’s brake rotors sliced his foot.

The tall blond German on the Quick-Step Floors team rolled out a silver Specialized bike Friday fitted with standard caliper brakes. After just five race days that included three wins, the discs were gone.

Those discs, some of Kittel’s colleagues say, cut like knives and add an additional risk to an already risky sport.

“I will not use the disc brake bike today out of respect for my colleagues,” Kittel said after his team drove to the start of stage 2 and parked.

“The most important thing here is that we as riders stick to together and have one voice. We should have discussions about it, opinions will be different, but I can understand if there might be mental problems at the moment and I don’t want to put oil in that fire.”

The incident ahead of the final kilometer in stage 1 fanned a fire that has been burning for the last few years.

Opinions vary sharply on the use of disc brakes in professional road cycling. And with each alleged incident, the divide and fire appears to grow.

Francisco Ventoso blamed a rival’s rotor for a deep muscle cut in his leg suffered while racing Paris-Roubaix last year. That halted disc brake use of the remainder of 2016.

It re-started in 2017 with Tom Boonen’s Tour of San Juan stage win, the first road victory on disc brakes, and came to a head with Doull’s crash. Some say the rotor slashed his foot and other blame the side barriers.

“Everyone has the right to say what he thinks,” continued Kittel. “I’m sure every one of you saw that video that was on Twitter and everywhere, it’s pretty clear to see that it would have been difficult to get a sliced shoe from my disc because the distance is too far. Anyway, it is not up to me to say.”

Kittel appears ready to ride the next three days in Abu Dhabi without his disc brake bike. It is unclear what he will do after that. “We’ll see how that situation develops,” he said.

Eyes will be on Boonen and whether he will use discs or calipers in Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Belgian classics champion said he would race with disc brakes until he retires after April’s Paris-Roubaix.

The professional peloton wants the UCI to stop and reexamine the use of discs in road cycling. In a union vote, 40 percent of riders voted to prohibit their use, 40 percent — including Kittel — voted to prohibit their use until better safety measures are rolled out, and only 16 percent want to continue their use as the rules are now.

“Ultimately [the cyclists] should be one of the leading roles when it comes to decisions like that because we ride the bikes [and] we suffer from the injuries, like you saw yesterday, when we crash. We should be part of the process,” Kittel continued.

“I still support the technology but I’m also really in support of those riders who are scared and I’m happy to talk to everyone to try to convince them, but also I’m asking for extra investigations and safety measures.”

Specialized, Shimano, and every manufacturer want to sell equipment to make profits. Some say that is the reason team riders are using discs and disc-ready frames.

“I don’t get paid to ride disc brakes, like some of my colleagues have said as a joke. I’m also not here to drive a marketing campaign for disc brakes,” Kittel explained.

“I still think they can be the next step for technology in our sport, I still have that opinion, but I think it’s also a smart move to see how it develops and keep working on it.”

Are disc brakes dangerous? We performed a little experiment to find out >>

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Video: What can disc rotors actually cut? http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/video/video-can-disc-rotors-actually-cut_431182 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/video/video-can-disc-rotors-actually-cut_431182#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:49:17 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431182 Will disc brake rotors cut shoes? Leather? Cardboard? Watch as we channel our inner "MythBusters" in the VeloNews workshop.

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Disc brakes are slowly overtaking the world of competitive road racing, but the change is not without concerns, the biggest of which is the rotor — will it slice cyclists apart when they crash on it?

At Paris-Roubaix in 2016, Movistar’s Fran Ventoso claimed that a large cut on his lower leg was caused by a disc rotor used by the Roompot team. Team Sky’s Owain Doull says his left shoe was sliced clean through by a disc brake rotor in a crash at the end of stage 1 in the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour. The video from the latter incident seems to indicate a rotor was not to blame.

So, we took it upon ourselves to conduct a definitely not scientific experiment to get an idea of how real the fears are. Will disc brake rotors cut shoes? Leather? Cardboard? Watch as we channel our inner “MythBusters” in the VeloNews workshop.

Like this video? Hate this video? Watch the sequel, where we address viewers’ critiques >>

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Did disc cut Doull? Race footage suggests it didn’t http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/did-disc-cut-doull-race-footage-suggests-it-didnt_431165 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/did-disc-cut-doull-race-footage-suggests-it-didnt_431165#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:43:40 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431165 Mark Cavendish might have won stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour, but the big story was Owain Doull, who said his shoe was sliced through by a

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Mark Cavendish might have won stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour, but the big story was Owain Doull, who said his shoe was sliced through by a disc brake rotor in a crash at the finish. However, after looking carefully at some Eurosport footage of the incident, it seems unlikely that a rotor was to blame for the Sky rider’s ruined Fizik R1 shoe.

“Nothing else could cut like [that]. It’s like a knife, you know. Just cut straight through that,” Doull said. “I think it’s just [Kittel’s bike], which has disc brakes you know.”

Based on this video, it appears that Doull caused the crash, pinched against the left-side barriers. Kittel is on the Brit’s right shoulder, and is taken out shortly thereafter. You can see the German’s disc brake-equipped Specialized S-Works Venge Vias flying through the air while he slides face-first on his stomach. The disc bike lands some distance ahead of both Kittel and Doull.

There is a brief moment in which foot-on-rotor contact would have been possible. As Doull falls left, the inside of his left foot, which is where he was cut, would have needed to go under his own bike and hit the left side of Kittel’s bike, where the disc rotors are located. That doesn’t look likely based on the footage (Kittel appears to be launched forward when Doull’s own bike slides under Kittel’s bike), but stranger things have happened in high-speed crashes.

Of course, it’s impossible to say with absolute confidence what did or did not transpire in the crash, but the video evidence casts doubt on whether a disc brake rotor actually cut the shoe and Doull’s foot.

Watch our experiment with disc brake rotors >>

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Video: Documenting Zirbel’s hour record ride http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/video/video-documenting-zirbels-hour-record-ride_431169 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/video/video-documenting-zirbels-hour-record-ride_431169#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:50:02 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431169 Rally Cycling documents Tom Zirbel's hour record ride in Mexico. The U.S. TT specialist broke U.S. hour record in September 2016.

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In September 2016, with his pro cycling career nearly complete, American Tom Zirbel traveled to Aguascalientes, Mexico to attempt to break the U.S. hour record. His former team, Rally Cycling, put together this documentary video of the ride.

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McCabe strikes again thanks to Henderson’s expertise http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/mccabe-strikes-thanks-hendersons-expertise_431127 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/mccabe-strikes-thanks-hendersons-expertise_431127#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:34:12 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431127 American Travis McCabe out-sprints bunch in Langkawi to claim second win in February, crediting teammate Greg Henderson.

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GERIK, Malaysia (VN) — Just a little over two weeks after talking with VeloNews about his recent stage win at the Herald Sun Tour earlier this month, American sprinter Travis McCabe out-kicked a group of 50 riders to claim stage 2 at Le Tour de Langkawi in Gerik, Malaysia on Thursday.

McCabe took the win over 2006 Milan-San Remo winner Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Triestina) and current race leader Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data).

After the race, McCabe once again spoke with VeloNews, this time to share his thoughts on winning the longest stage (208.1km) of the eight-day UCI Asia Tour road race.

“I’m on cloud nine,” said McCabe. “You can’t ask for anything better when the lead-out works and all goes as plan. It’s perfect.”

The 27-year-old Arizona native was also quick to give credit to new UnitedHealthcare teammate Greg Henderson, who rejoined the American Pro Continental squad after more than a decade away.

“Hendy is the one that you can really attribute all the success to,” said McCabe. “He is really making me look good, the whole team is, but we have Hendy coming in from Lotto and working with André Greipel. He just has so much knowledge and is calling all the shots, putting everything in line and telling us how to sprint and how to approach each mile marker — he is pretty much telling us how to race.”

Henderson returned to UHC after Lotto-Soudal declined to renew his contract following five years with the team. The native New Zealander began his road career at UHC’s original incarnation of Health Net-Maxxis back in 2004 following a world championship and Commonwealth Games gold medal on the track.

“The whole team executed the plan perfectly and pulled off the win so it was a great day on the bike,” Henderson told VeloNews. “We learned from our mistake yesterday and was able to keep Travis calm until the final 150 meters, and he was able to power to the win.

“It was a great day for Travis and the team.”

In less than a month of racing, the addition of the Vuelta a España stage winner has already paid dividends.

“The biggest thing I need to work on is patience, and Hendy has done a great job of keeping me calm,” explained McCabe, who joined UHC in 2017 after a year with the Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team. I’m rooming with Hendy this week and as you can see it’s already paying off.”

The 40-year-old veteran played a critical role in the evolution of Lotto’s sprint train, and McCabe is hoping lightning strikes twice.

“I’m an aggressive rider and I still have some work to do as today I got in a break before the climb and wasted some energy because I was feeling good. But I need to be patient and put trust in my team.

“I came from a team where I didn’t really have a lead-out and was fighting for myself,” he continued. “To come to a team where I have six to eight guys behind me is a game-changer.”

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Cavendish takes ‘team boost’ with A-list Abu Dhabi win http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/cavendish-takes-team-boost-list-abu-dhabi-win_431156 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/cavendish-takes-team-boost-list-abu-dhabi-win_431156#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:07:48 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431156 Cavendish says he's confident with his early season form, and a stage 1 sprint victory in star-studded Abu Dhabi Tour backs that up.

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MADINAT ZAYED, United Arab Emirates (VN) — Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) is the greatest sprinter in the world for a reason. The Brit performs when it matters, and on Thursday that was ahead of an all-star sprint field in the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The race attracted almost all the top sprinters in the world for its first edition in the WorldTour series. Cavendish not only collected his first win of 2017, but did so in the most prestigious and rich circumstances.

“I take more of a boost that my team did everything right than because of the other people who are here,” Cavendish said in the Madinat Zayed stadium. “If I had lost today I would have had a lot of groveling to do.”

Cavendish last won four months ago, on October 23, in the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Then, the race held an autumn date and only ranked as a UCI 2.HC event, not WorldTour.

This year, the race assembled an A-list of sprinters with Cavendish, André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), Elia Viviani (Sky), and Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates).

A crash involved Kittel and Ewan in stage 1, so they were unable to take on Cavendish. Greipel placed second behind the ‘Cannonball’ from the Isle of Man.

Cavendish pulled off what many considered impossible in 2016 — to reconfirm his status as top sprinter. Despite being written off in some quarters, Cavendish stormed to victory in stage 1 of the Tour de France. With it, he earned the chance to wear the famous yellow jersey for the first time.

It added to a career that now includes 30 Tour stage wins, a Milano-Sanremo trophy, and the road worlds title.

Cavendish further impressed last year because, in addition to the yellow jersey, he aimed for an Olympic omnium gold medal and another road world championship win. He fell short in those races, but just barely, taking home the silver medal in both cases.

He not only relies on powerful quads, but he studies and applies himself well to build such rich a palmarès.

“Today we watched and studied the final last year,” he continued. “It was the same finish, and we did everything wrong last year, so we actually did make a conscious effort to study the opposite of what we did last year. We did what we planned to do.”

Cavendish already began his season with the Dubai Tour and Volta ao Algarve. With a winning boost, a second victory appears to be around the corner. The Abu Dhabi Tour features three more stages, two for sprinters like Cavendish.

These races prepare him for his early season objective in Milano-Sanremo on March 18. He won the race in his debut in 2009 at just 23 years old. Now he is an experienced 31 years old.

“This is not a confidence thing at all. I’m a realist. I know what I need to do and what I do…” Cavendish added.

“I know if I’m in form or not in form and for the season. I’m quite confident with where my form is right now.”

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Doull says disc rotor sliced shoe in Abu Dhabi crash http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/doull-says-disc-rotor-sliced-shoe-in-abu-dhabi-crash_431145 http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/doull-says-disc-rotor-sliced-shoe-in-abu-dhabi-crash_431145#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:31:49 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=431145 Sky's Owain Doull is caught in a finish crash at Abu Dhabi Tour, and he says Marcel Kittel's disc brake rotor cut his shoe apart.

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Team Sky’s Owain Doull says his left shoe was sliced clean through by a disc brake rotor in a crash at the end of stage 1 in the Abu Dhabi Tour.

“My shoe’s cut the pieces, that’s definitely brakes that did that,” he said. “It’s gone straight through my shoe into my foot. That’s lucky it is not my leg.”

Doull and several other riders, including Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) crashed into a barrier on the left side of the road, just under the 1km to go archway on the flat sprint stage that kicked off the four-day race. The 23-year-old Brit said Kittel’s bike, which has disc brakes, is likely the cause of the cut.

“Nothing else could cut like [that]. It’s like a knife, you know. Just cut straight through that,” Doull said. “I think it’s just [Kittel’s bike], which has disc brakes you know.

“They’re pretty lethal to be honest,” he added. “I’ve come off lucky.”

It was not the first time a rider has accused disc rotors of inflicting damage. At Paris-Roubaix in 2016, Movistar’s Fran Ventoso claimed that a large cut on his lower leg was caused by a disc rotor used by the Roompot team. That assertion has been disputed, but Ventoso stands behind the story.

The UCI’s disc brake test period was abandoned following the incident but was then reinstated at the start of the 2017 season, with the stipulation that all disc rotors would be rounded to make them less sharp. In January, Tom Boonen became the first rider to win a professional road race on disc brakes. That was followed up by a win from his teammate, Kittel, at the Dubai Tour.

Disc brakes remain contentious technology within pro cycling. The Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA) has called for an end to the current trial period until the safety issue can be fully addressed. “As we have said several times, we are not against the technological innovation, but we are worried above all by the safety of the riders on the road,” said CPA President Gianni Bugno.

Bugno has called for rotors to be protected by covers.

We took a close look at some race footage of the crash, and it cast some doubt on whether Doull’s shoe was actually cut by Kittel’s brake rotor. Read more >>

Gregor Brown contributed to this report.

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

The classics are here! Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison discuss Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (and Tom Boonen’s chances there), then dive into a confluence of Lance Armstrong-related happenings. Plus, a chat with the manager of a pro team without logos on its jersey. How do they make that work? Team Illuminate’s Chris Johnson explains.

Read about Team Illuminate’s trip to the Tour of Iran >>

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