sabato 13 febbraio 2016

Vuelta a Murcia: Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert:
"Today was just a great day. I won but it was really a win for the whole team. We really raced perfectly together. I've done a lot of races but I've never really seen anything like this in my life. There were 20 guys left at the top of the climb with 20 kilometers to go and I was suffering, but I was still there with the guys. To have all seven of us out of 20 guys was really amazing to see.
We rode full gas to the last climb and kept a high tempo, almost at max speed. Tejay attacked two kilometers from the top at which point we were only six or seven guys left. We caught him with two kilometers to go and then I took my chance in the sprint. So there was no way we were going to lose the race, either with Tejay winning solo or me in the sprint. I want to thank all of my teammates because we really raced together and it was so nice.
At the Dubai Tour I was already feeling good. I recovered well and trained a lot in between the two races so yeah, I think I'm ready for the season."

1 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team125755:02:19
2 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team8555,,
3 ZAKARIN Ilnur Team Katusha 7040,,
4 SANCHEZ Luis Leon Astana Pro Team6032,,
5 HERMANS Ben BMC Racing Team50280:04
6 KANGERT Tanel Astana Pro Team40240:15
7 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team35200:18
8 CATALDO Dario Astana Pro Team30181:05
9 NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits25161:06
10 DE LA PARTE Víctor CCC Sprandi Polkowice 20141:09
11 IZAGIRRE Ion   ,,
12 ROJAS José Joaquín   2:06
13 FERNÁNDEZ Rubén   ,,
14 SÁNCHEZ Samuel   ,,
15 OWSIAN Lukasz   ,,

Cyclocross: Noordzeecross in Middelkerke

Rain. A brutal race this one, lots of running and soft sand.
No surprises so far with Dekker, Iserbyt and Cant winners in their categories.

Jens Dekker: 
"Also won the last Superprestige race of the season in Middelkerke! Love riding in this jersey! #spmiddelkerke #enerthermbkcp"

Elite Men race on and immediately a mechanical problem for Laurens Sweeck. Not sure what it was but he almost fell. Tome Meeusen was the fastest at the start but the pack is still all together. Lars van der Haar is about 8th.
After one lap Michael Vanthourenhout has got a slight gap. Nys, Van Aert, Vantornout, Aerts, Meeusen and Van Kessel are chasing.
Now Wout van Aert joins Michael Vanthourenhout but M. van der Poel closes the gap and brings back the group. A mechanical problem foces van Aert to run, his bike on his shoulder while the race head goes away.
Seven riders in front including M. van der Poel who's leading. Van der Haar is also here, on 4th position.
5 laps to go M. van der Poel has got a gap while van Aert is dropped behind. He can finally change his bike and starts chasing but now Nys is the Super Prestige vitual leader.
Van der Poel is solo, Meeusen and Vanthourenhout at 10", Van der Haar, Aerts, Nys and Vantornout at 14''. Suddenly Vantornout falls. 
4 laps to go M. van der Poel is still solo, Meeusen is chasing at 19'', then van der Haar comes. Van Aert is 15th now and furiously chasing. Mud is slippery and Klaas Vantornout goes down.
3 laps to go Van der Poel has got a solid advantage. Meeusen chases at 23", Aerts, Nys and Van der Haar at 42". Wout van Aert croassed the line on 7th position and is back the virtual leader of the Super Prestige, on Nys. 
2 laps to go Van der Poel  is leading solo, Meeusen is at 27", Nys and van der haar at 48", Aerts at 59", Vantornout and a GREAT Van Aert  at 1'21.
Last lap: in spite of a small mistake M. van der Poel is still leading solo.Then Tom Meeusen comes. Then Nys, van der Haar and... Van Aert! Incredible!
Nys and van Aert even drop van der Haar and are fighting for the 3rd place. 
Mathieu van der Poel wins solo but To  Meeusen celebrates as well with a wheelie. 3rd is Wout van Aert who also won the Super Prestige series. 4th is Sven Nys and 5th Toon Aert. Only 6th Lars van der Haar.


5 CAMPS Jelle 
10 GROOT Mitch
U23 MEN 
2 HERMANS Quinten 
3 AERTS Thijs 
4 CLEPPE Nicolas 
5 PEETERS Yannick 
7 WOUTERS Sieben 
8 BUDDING Martijn 
9 JOSEPH Thomas 
10 BAKX Kelvin
1.M.Van der Poel, 
3.Van Aert, 
6.Van der Haar, 
8.Van Kessel, 
1. Wout van Aert
2. Sven Nys
3. Lars van der haar

venerdì 12 febbraio 2016

Tour of Qatar 5: Kristoff or Cav?

Kristoff it seems and so the jury decided after considering this photofinish. No doubt it was close. No doubt Cavendish and Kristoff are the best sprinters in the race. Bonus seconds also played a role and Cavendish was crowned the race winner: no doubt it's a big result for Team Dimesion Data - Qhubeka. No doubt a demonstration that Cav's choice was right.
As far as me, it was an all gray day, pourring rain and messed up clouds of every kinds of shade between storm black and snow white. No bike but my tartan umbrella, the one I bought on the Tourmalet when Andy Schleck won. 

Mark Cavendish
"We were really motivated for today and I have won this stage before a couple of times. The wind was always going to make it difficult today, it was a block head wind and we thought it was going to be cross. Actually it was more a cross head wind so you were never really comfortable. We knew we were going to have to take control and the team were really motivated after yesterday. Obviously we were in control at the beginning of yesterday but then with the puncture of Edvald it really put the team in a difficult situation. It also made it harder for us to take the overall today so we really had to be on top of our game to make sure we finished on the top step of the podium. The lads did it perfectly on the final laps when it was hectic, keeping me in the front and out of danger, so I was ready for the sprint.
Obviously it’s nice to be wearing gold now, but I know I am only wearing it on behalf of Edvald. He only lost it because of bad luck and not through any other kind of cause. He should be the guy wearing this gold jersey but we are just super happy to keep it in Team Dimension Data. The team made the step up to World Tour this year and we’ve already won a GC. It is great for the new sponsors, Dimension Data, Deliotte and also to highlight Qhubeka here on the international stage." 

Alexander Kristoff:
"That sprint was pretty hectic. A lot of teams were tryng to take the lead. We did actually a very good job all day. We controlled the break and were able in the end to be in front at the last corner. There we had a good position. Dimension Data overtook us a little bit. We managed to stay together more or less. The last 500 meters were for them but I passed them again with 200 meters to go. Then Cavendish came by my side. I thought he got me but then… I think my body is just a little bit longer… That made the difference, - said Alexander Kristoff, who won the silver jersey of the best sprinter.My results in Qatar are even better than last year, even if I did a worse time trial. The team did such a good job. Without them I would never have been able to win these stages because every day I had a very good lead out. We are ready for Oman."

Greg Van Avermaet:
“I’m happy with the week here in Qatar. I like this kind of racing. It’s always a big fight to be in position and be up there, and I think it’s really good preparation for the Classics and the rest of the season. You do a lot of speed work here, and at every corner you have to be up there.
The team did a great job here working together and making sure I was in the right position. I really have to credit their efforts here and it shows that our work together in the off-season at the training camps has paid off.
Now I’m off to Oman where it is a little bit hillier and a bit more relaxed. Every day here it is stressful with the winds and the speed. There are a lot of stages for me in Oman, and probably some sprints better suited to me.”

Nils Politt:
"What a first race some wins @tourofqatar_ thanks guys.@katushacycling now is time to go home for recovery"


1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 2:56:16
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
4 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
5 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
6 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
7 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
9 André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
10 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 13:47:23
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:05
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:08
4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:25
6 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:36
7 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:47
8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:55
9 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:56
10 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04
11 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:12
12 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:19
13 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:01:22
14 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha 0:01:36
15 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:50
16 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:09
17 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:12
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:48
19 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
20 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:02:51
21 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:03:10
22 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha 0:03:20
23 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18 0:03:22
24 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:03:38
25 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:45
26 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:03:48
27 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai 0:03:54
28 Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:03:59
29 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:02
30 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:04:09
31 Xhuliano Kamberaj (Alb) Skydive Dubai 0:04:12
32 Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha 0:04:13
33 Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai 0:04:15
34 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:17
35 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:04:22
36 Steven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:04:23
37 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre - Merida
38 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:04:35
39 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data 0:04:37
40 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:04:47
41 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 0:05:13
42 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 0:05:32
43 Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:06:03
44 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data 0:06:05
45 Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:06:31
46 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:07:00
47 Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service Group 0:08:09
48 Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:08:21
49 Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data 0:09:02
50 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:09:09
51 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:09:19
52 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:09:47
53 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:49
54 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:10:00
55 Carlos Alzate (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:10:55
56 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group 0:11:00
57 Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:11:38
58 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:12:23
59 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 0:12:35
60 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:09
61 Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:13:16
62 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:13:39
63 Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:13:41
64 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:13:48
65 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:13:53
66 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:13:54
67 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:13:56
68 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:13:57
69 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida
70 Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:13:58
71 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:14:05
72 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:14:12
73 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
74 André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
75 Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Stölting Service Group
76 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:14:16
77 Tim Kerkhof (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:14:26
78 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:14:39
79 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:14:42
80 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:47
81 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai 0:14:51
82 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:15:05
83 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
84 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:15:17
85 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 0:15:18
86 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
87 Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:15:22
88 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:15:24
89 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:15:33
90 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:15:49
91 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:15:57
92 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:16:02
93 Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group 0:16:04
94 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:16:09
95 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:16:16
96 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:17:00
97 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:17:06
98 Alex Kirsch (Luxi) Stölting Service Group 0:17:12
99 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:17:22
100 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:17:25
101 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
102 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 0:17:38
103 Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:17:46
104 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:18:07
105 Jason Lowndes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:18:13
106 Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:18:27
107 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data 0:18:48
108 Maher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai 0:18:49
109 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Skydive Dubai 0:18:51
110 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:18:59
111 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:19:07
112 Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:19:19
113 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:19:41
114 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:20:00
115 Matthew Busche (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:20:11
116 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:20:43
117 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:22:16
118 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:22:22
119 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:22:35
120 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:22:49
121 Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:11
122 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:24:21
123 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:26:25
124 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:26:29
125 Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:26:33
126 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:27:20
127 Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group 0:27:24
128 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 0:28:38
Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin
1 BMC Racing Team 41:23:15
2 Team Katusha 0:00:57
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:02:03
4 Dimension Data 0:04:03
5 Astana Pro Team 0:06:17
6 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:06:26
7 Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:07:31
8 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:09:49
9 Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:56
10 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:10:21
11 Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 0:10:47
12 AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:46
13 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:16:09
14 Lampre - Merida 0:18:01
15 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:26:58
16 Stölting Service Group 0:29:18
17 Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:39:44
18 Drapac Professional Cycling 0:40:57

giovedì 11 febbraio 2016

Tour of Qatar 4: Kristoff but Cav. And a pretty moon.

It has been a very long demanding day for me: off to work at 8 am, back home at 7 pm. Morning lessons and afternoon meetings. When I got off my train and saw this pretty moon up in the sky I stopped and in spite I was tired I felt happy: it's so cute, perfect and white! the delicate halo like a soft bed of  clouds...
In Qatar it has been also a long day and a dramatic one because the race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen punctured  in the finale and was attacked by BMC and Lotto-Jumbo. He lost the jersey to his team mate Mark Cavendish but Alexander Kristoff won another big sprint.

Alexander Kristoff:
"The team did a really good job in the final kilometre, putting me with really good speed into the sprint. For me it was just to finish it off and keep the other guys behind me. I knew Cavendish was there but I think he was stuck a bit behind so it went perfectly for our team. It [the general classification] will be decided tomorrow. Cavendish is leading the race and he is not a slow man, so if it comes down to bonus seconds I think, if he's not unlucky, he will protect his lead, but it is quite open."

Mark Cavendish:
“I’m not too worried about the gold jersey right now, I’m majorly disappointed for Edvald. He was in such a good position. The lads rode incredible all day and controlled it. We didn’t need to control it but we did. But unfortunately Edvald punctured with less than 10k to go. BMC and Lotto-Jumbo went straight to the front full gas as soon as they heard on the radio, so there was no chance of Edvald coming back
We knew that would handicap the sprint because in a full crosswind, you need to be kept out of the gutter. Like, I was on Michael Schär’s wheel in the crosswind and he kept losing the wheel in front, so you’ve got to keep coming around and you’re never going to be able to compete in the end, so you’ve got to limit your losses. But it was the right decision for everyone to ride with Edvald. Even I didn’t win the stage, I was going to be in gold.
It was always going to be difficult to win in the crosswind. Alone, you’ve just got to limit your losses and not lose time. If you’re on your own in the gutter, you can lose a few seconds in 500 metres, so I had to make sure I didn’t lose any time. Ok, the time bonuses would be alright, but if they got the times bonuses and there was a gap, then we’d lose everything."


1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:57:12
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
3 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
4 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
6 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
7 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:06
8 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:08
9 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:09
10 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
11 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
12 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
13 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:13
14 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:14
15 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:18
16 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
17 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
19 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
20 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:20
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 10:51:13
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:09
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:19
6 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:30
7 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:41
8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:49
9 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:50
10 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:58
11 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:06
12 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:13
13 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha 0:01:15
14 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:01:16
15 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:29
16 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:03
17 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:06
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:42
19 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
20 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:02:45
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 42 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 42
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 31
1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 10:51:43
2 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:19
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:12
4 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha 0:02:36
5 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:02:54
1 BMC Racing Team 32:34:27
2 Team Katusha 0:00:57
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:02:03

mercoledì 10 febbraio 2016

The UCI refers technological fraud case to Disciplinary Commission

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"On Saturday 30 January 2016, a concealed engine was discovered in a bike following checks at the Women Under 23 race of the 2016 UCI Cyclo-­cross World Championships.
Pursuant to the UCI Regulations related to technological fraud, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has today referred the case to the Disciplinary Commission which will hear all relevant parties in the weeks to come.
Working independently from the UCI, the Disciplinary Commission is the body in charge of imposing sanctions for breaches of the UCI Regulations.
No other statement will be made until a decision has been rendered."

Tour of Qatar 3: Boasson Hagen and a lot of wind

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What a crazy wind today! and I'm not talking about Qatar, I'm talking about Florence. Riding to work has been a thril... till when I had to change direction and that crazy tail wind became a dangerous cross wind, so strong I risked to fall. Meanwhile the sky was a mess of flying clouds and disconcerting patches of blue. It started raining as I dismounted but as I locked my bike it had already stopped. Crazy weather, a wild early spring.
In Qatar the wind direction and its changes always are a factor. In a time trial even more. Time trial AND strong wind don't make a good pair, especially if you are using lenticular wheels on your bike. - Do you remember Andy Schleck's crash in the Dauphiné? - But I guess nobody did in Qatar and usually the most of the riders doesn't even use a tt bike.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen won and Søren Kragh Andersen (9th) is back in White. I'm glad to see that Jos van Emden was 2nd today: for me he's still the guy who proposed to his girlfriend during the Giro itt on the Zoncolan!

Rick Zabel:
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Søren Kragh Andersen 
"Happy with my ITT here in Quatar,17... first day i felt good after the travel from Australia to here... 2days to go!!!"

Jesse Sergent:
"That one hurt. Had hoped for better, but missing that top end power but all in all a good hit out! 2 days of desert riding to go!"
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Søren Kragh Andersen 

Nils Politt:
"Good ITT from me today Place 11 I am very proud of this result @tourofqatar_ @katushacycling"

Jos van Emden:
“I never consider myself well off, but I thought that I would have a good chance to win this time trial. When I heard that Boasson Hagen was 25 seconds faster, it hurt me. It’s always hard to be dethroned, but it proves that he’s simply the best on the other hand. I delivered a good time trial. The difference between is the power.”

Manuel Quinziato:
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Mark Cavendish
"Third in a time trial at this level is a good sign. I spent a good winter at the training camps we did. I knew I had good shape in training but you never know how're you're going to feel in the race and today was a good confirmation that I'm starting the season off on the right foot.
We are happy. I think we are in third and fourth on GC with two stages to go, so we can still try something.'

Greg Van Avermaet:
"I'm pretty happy with my time trial. Before last year I had never done a good time trial so I tried to do my best this year. I did the same average in terms of power as last year which was good.
I think I'm fourth in the GC. I was hoping that Boasson Hagen would not be so strong and that everyone would stay at the same level so that I could have taken the jersey. It's a little bit disappointing but it's only the start of the season."
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Manuel Quinziato

Boasson Hagen:
“It didn’t feel like I was going fast on the course, but I think when you suffer a lot, you don’t feel like you’re going fast. I felt good earlier in the week and it’s good to get the proof that I was going well.”

Mark Cavendish:
“He’s the same rider he was at HTC. He was kind of in a service role more at Sky so we didn’t really get to see what he could do anymore. I rode with him and he was still as strong as ever if not stronger but obviously they had other ambitions at Sky. But he’s back in an environment where he can kind of flourish as a racer and he’s definitely showing that. He’s mental, he never shuts up! One thing I’ve noticed since I rode with him at HTC is how he’s grown as a leader. He’s one of the old guys on the team now and for a quiet lad, he really motivates the other riders. He knows how to ride as a unit, he knows how to be a leader and road captain. It’s superb to see him grow into a leadership role and he definitely inspires the young African lads.”

Alexander Kristoff:
“He’s gone back to his old trainer and I think that move was good for him because at Sky he had to work a lot, and they wanted him to develop into another rider. But now he is developing back to where he was before, I think. You can see from today that he has his power back. On the other days, he was in the first echelon, and he’s doing good sprints again. He’s starting to look like the good old Edvald we remember from a few years ago.”

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:13:26
2 Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:25 3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC 0:00:29
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC 0:00:32
5 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana 0:00:40
6 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana 0:00:43
7 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:44
8 Jordan Keby (NZl) Drapac
9 Soren Kragh Andersen (Dan) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:45
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC 0:00:47
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 6:53:35
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:26
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC 0:00:32
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC 0:00:34
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:00:45
6 Soren Kragh Andersen (Dan) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:48
7 Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Katusha 0:01:02
8 Sam Bennett (Ire) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:07
9 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:10
10 Michael Schar (Swi) BMC 0:01:15
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 36 pts
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 29
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 27
1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 6:54:23
2 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:14
3 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha 0:01:49
1 BMC Racing Team 20:42:42
2 Team Katusha 0:01:00
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:01:36

martedì 9 febbraio 2016

Tour of Qatar 2: Kristoff, crash... and women's commuting

On my way to school
Life is like a wheel: not original but basiclyu true. It turns. A women life especially. I'm not going to dettail it but our monthly period is more than just a bleeding, it affects our physical shape as well as our mood, both in a good and in a bad way
You  probably know that recently an athlete declared she scored a record during her period and studies demonstrate that the bad moment is before it while during it there is an improvement in energy and strenght. As far as our mood, we can be grumpy but also euphorical and usually that's a very creative time, good for painting, writing but also for scientific discoveries. Now you know! 
Embedded image permalinkLife is like a wheel, and when you have your period and you go to work on two wheels... ehm... it can be a problem. Your shape can be perfectly good, even better than usual, but your sadle can need a good washing after it, and your pants too. 
I hope I didn't scandalise you talking about our period. It has been a taboo very long but the most of the world's population has to deal with it once a month so I think there is no reason to keep it secret any longer. Indead women started tweeting about it to make it clear that it's a normal event in a woman life, nothing to be ashamed about.
In short today I had to wash my sadle twice. I'm not happy about it, it's annoying, it's a drag. But I'm not particularly ashamed and it had no particular consequences because it happened coming back from school in the morning and again after a long afternoon meeting. Once I was talking with a friend about women riders and she told me once she had seen Fabiana Luperini washing her saddle at the end of a race. That's it. 
Embedded image permalinkLife is a wheel and women's life has made of a monthly period of sore belly, bad sleeping, upset mood, headache and so on. That affect s our results, no need to deny it, but consider how much it could affect them and it doesn't! It's amazing! chapeau to all my fellow monthly bleeders and especially to my fellow women commuters: we rock!
And now let's have a look to the Tour of Qatar. Kristoff won and Team Katusha - after two doping cases and waiting for a suspension - also conquered the White Jersey by Sven Erik Bystrøm. There was a big crash, caused it seems by the wind and the nervous racing in the finale. Cavendish and Kristoff fought shoulder to shoulder and just the photofinish could say who was the winner. Sacha Modolo is on the GC top three but so far on the wrong step...

Alexander Kristoff:
"It was a little uphill here at the finish. It suited me quite well. We tried to enter the final km in a good position, but, of course, other teams had the same plans. In the last straight line I stayed on the wheel of Jacopo and it worked well. The whole team did a great job for the lead out but also earlier in the day at front of the race. We had a great day and I am very happy. I could hold Cavendish behind me, but it was a very close sprint. After crossing the line I was not sure about the win, maybe I had just few centimeters. This kind of hard sprints suit me really well and I knew I had a chance today, but of course, after yesterday's stage I was not sure I would be able to do it. Tomorrow is another day. I am not such a good specialist of time trial, but we will see how close I can be. Also, we have Slava Kuznetsov and he has a chance to do well tomorrow. So, anyway we will try to do our best tomorrow and in other stages."

Sven Erik Bystrøm:
"I have really nice feelings. First of all, because of this great win of Alex. Also with this white jersey, which is a nice bonus for me. The first part of the race was quite hard because of these crosswind sections, but later on the circuit it was more technical, but in the same time, it was more easy to control the race."

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:11:26
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6 Andrea Francesco Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai
7 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
8 André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
9 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 6:39:51
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:05
3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:14
4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:18
6 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20
8 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:21
9 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha
10 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 32 pts
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 27
3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 17
1 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 6:40:12
2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin
3 Soufiane Haddi (UAE) Skydive Dubai 0:01:43
Teams Classification
1 Team Katusha 20:00:36
2 BMC Racing Team
3 Bora-Argon 18 0:00:05
4 Dimension Data 0:01:43
5 Astana Pro Team 0:03:26
6 Fortuneo - Vital Concept
7 Skydive Dubaï 0:05:09
8 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9 Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
10 UnitedHealthcare
11 Wanty - Groupe Gobert
12 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:11:01
13 AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:18
14 Lampre - Merida 0:13:36
15 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:17:27
16 Stölting Service Group 0:21:28
17 Roompot Oranje Peloton 0:35:39
18 Drapac Cycling