Thursday, September 30, 2010

Elite Women's Road Race Start list

1 Tatiana  ITALY
18 BECKER Charlotte  GERMANY

Under-23 Road Race start list

6 SOUPE Geoffrey  FRANCE

Fabian Cancellara claims his fourth World Championship time-trial title

Fabian Cancellara claimed a record breaking fourth World Championship Time-Trial title in Geelong.

The Swiss rider, who has been almost unbeatable this year, crossed the line over a minute ahead of second place man David Millar with a time of 58 minutes 09 seconds. He had a wobble that nearly sent him off his bike at the bridge that had caught so many people out, but in his smooth style he corrected it was went on to win. Cancellara left it late to make his decision to go to the World Championships after he suffered a shock loss to Peter Velits during the Vuelta a Espana. It could have been his fifth title but he decided to skip the 2008 championships after winning the Olympic time-trial.

Elite Men's Time-trial Results

1 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:58:09  
2 David Millar (Great Britain) 0:01:02  
3 Tony Martin (Germany) 0:01:12  
4 Richie Porte (Australia) 0:01:19  
5 Michael Rogers (Australia) 0:02:25  
6 Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 0:02:40  
7 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 0:02:44  
8 David Zabriskie (United States Of America) 0:02:51  
9 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:03:00  
10 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 0:03:01  
11 Bert Grabsch (Germany) 0:03:06  
12 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:03:07  
13 Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 0:03:27  
14 Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 0:03:30  
15 Nicolas Vogondy (France) 0:03:39  
16 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 0:03:40  
17 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:03:42  
18 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 0:03:45  
19 Sylvain Chavanel (France) 0:04:00  
20 Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) 0:04:04  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Emma Pooley Takes her First Road Title at World Championship Time-Trial

Emma Pooley braved the cold weather to become the first British woman to win the World Championship time-trial.

Pooley stormed ahead of the competition to win her first international road title by beating Germany’s Judith Arndt by 15 seconds with a time of 32 minutes 48 seconds. The Londoner managed to keep her cool despite having to change her bike moments before the start after officials found a problem with it.

Disappointment for Cantele
She came over to Australia earlier this year in February to recce the course and it paid off as she mastered the difficult lumpy circuit. Pooley then had a tense wait after her run while the other seven riders had to come in including Noemi Cantele, who finished second in that time-trial and third in the road race at last year’s event.

Elite Women's Time-trial results

1 Emma Pooley (Great Britain) 0:32:48.44
2 Judith Arndt (Germany) 0:33:03.61
3 Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) 0:33:04.24
4 Amber Neben (United States Of America) 0:33:26.10
5 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) 0:33:32.38
6 Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) 0:33:48.52
7 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:33:54.35
8 Shara Gillow (Australia) 0:34:01.62
9 Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) 0:34:10.64

10 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 0:34:13.99
11 Emma Johansson (Sweden) 0:34:22.32
12 Noemi Cantele (Italy) 0:34:29.59
13 Patricia Schwager (Switzerland) 0:34:39.23
14 Charlotte Becker (Germany) 0:34:42.39
15 Anne Samplonius (Canada) 0:34:43.25
16 Melissa Holt (New Zealand) 0:34:53.83
17 Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation) 0:35:04.70
18 Vicki Whitelaw (Australia) 0:35:07.75
19 Alexis Rhodes (Australia) 0:35:12.22
20 Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation) 0:35:18.29

Elite Men's Time-trial Start list 2010

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13:00:00 WEEKES James SKN
13:02:00 ZEITS Andrey KAZ
13:04:00 MCCAULEY Gordon NZL
13:06:00 MARYCZ Jaroslaw POL
13:08:00 VELITS Martin SVK
13:10:00 THOMSON Jay Robert RSA
13:12:00 KANGERT Tanel EST
13:14:00 HASANOVIC Esad SRB
13:18:00 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo COL
13:20:00 MORKOV Michael DEN

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Elite Women's Road Race - Preview

The most anticipated event in the World Championships is always the Road Race and this is no different in the women’s event.

Marianne Vos might be more eager than any to win after she missed out by such small margins in the past two years. The Dutch rider lost to Tatiana Guderzo by 19 seconds in Switzerland last year and by mere inches to Nicole Cooke in Italy the year before. Sitting at the top of the UCI rankings she has to be the biggest favourite.

Elite Women's Time-trial Start list

15:00:00 LEAL BALDERAS Veronica MEX
15:01:30 YAP Kimberley MAS
15:03:00 NONTASIN Chanpeng THA
15:04:30 BERTINE Kathryn SKN
15:06:00 KALITOVSKA Lesya UKR
15:07:30 MULLER Valeria Teresita ARG1
15:09:00 MOHAMMAD Mariana MAS
15:10:30 PANINA Tatiana BLR
15:12:00 ANTONOVA Yelena KAZ

Under-23 Time Trial start list

10:00:00 EDER Frayre Moctezuma  MEX
10:02:00 VAN OVERBERGHE Arthur  BEL
10:04:00 SORENSEN Jimmi DEN
10:06:00 VINK Michael NZL
10:08:00 NOVIKOV Nikita RUS
10:10:00 HOULE Hugo CAN
10:12:00 DURBRIDGE Luke AUS
10:14:00 MAMMINI Matteo ITA
10:16:00 DILLIER Silvan SUI
10:18:00 FOMINYKH Daniil KAZ
10:20:00 SILVESTRE Fábio POR

Monday, September 27, 2010

Elite Men's and Women's World Championship Time-Trial - Preview

There are only two more days until the curtain comes up on the 2010 World Road Cycling Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

First up will be the Time-Trial where the women will compete along the same route as the men. Favourites for the title will be the multiple world champions Fabian Cancellara and Kristin Armstrong.

The course is a nice combination of undulating roads and steep climbs around the coastal area of Geelong. It won’t just be the point a squirt type route we saw in the Vuelta a Espana the riders will have to be much more tactical about their approach. The women will only get one shot with a lap of the course where the men will be completing two laps.

World Road Championships - Timetable

Tuesday 28 September Schedule
Time Trial
♦ Team managers meeting, all categories 09:00-10:00
♦ Time Trial training session, all categories 13:00-15:00
♦ Confirmation of starters, all categories 10:00-12:00
♦ Distribution of race numbers for Women Elite and U23 Men 16:00-18:00
Wednesday 29 September
Time Trial
♦ Men U231 10:00-14:05*
♦ Women Elite1 15:00-16:50 *
♦ Distribution of race numbers for Men Elite 17:30-18:00
Thursday 30 September
Road Race
♦ Team managers meeting, all categories 09:00-10:00
♦ Confirmation of starters, all categories 10:00-12:00
♦ Distribution of race numbers for Men Under 23 17:00-19:00
Time Trial
♦ Men Elite1 13:00-17:35*
Friday 1 October
Road Race
♦ Distribution of race numbers, for Women Elite and Men Elite 13:00-15:00
♦ Men Under 231 13:00-17:15*
Saturday 2 October
Road Race
♦ Women Elite1 13:00-16:35*
Sunday 3 October
Road Race
♦ Men Elite1 10:00-16:50*
*Arrival Time estimated

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Behind the Green Jersey - A profile of Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish became the first British rider to win a sprinter’s jersey, since Malcolm Elliott in 1989, when he won the Vuelta a Espana’s green jersey last week.

The Manx rider has become one of cycling’s most successful sprinters at the young age of 25; he is also the best British Tour de France winner with 15 stage victories in three attempts.

A Great Rider is Born
He has always ridden but his love of cycling took hold at the world famous Manx Cycling Week, which has in the past attracted such rider as Jacques Anquetil and Eddie Merckx. It was there he met another British rider David Millar who Cavendish says inspired him to race.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tour of Britain - Round Up

This year’s Tour of Britain boasted a high quality including Olympic champions Bradley Wiggins and Ed Clancy.

Stage one brought the riders from Rochdale to 132km up the road to the seaside town of Blackpool. Despite the tough nature of the course it was sprinter Andre Greipel who opened his account with victory. Saxo Bank rider Jonny Bellis only managed 54km before he was forced to climb off the bike. The Manxman is coming back to form after suffering from a near fatal accident in Italy last September.

Team Sky’s Greg Henderson gave the home crowd something to cheer in stage 2 about when he beat Heinrich Haussler and Michael Albasini to the line. The Kiwi was joined in the 18-man breakaway by teammates Wiggins and Geraint Thomas.

The home knowledge helped them on a course that was much more difficult than it looked on the profile.

HTC Columbia was back on the top step and back in yellow after stage 3 with Albasini crossing the line first. The stage was difficult from the start and several riders were dropped immediately the race was de-neutralised. Albasini became the third man to wear the yellow jersey in three stages.

Vacansoleil put on a big show in stage four finishing first and second after the pair launched an attack on the final climb of the day.

La Vuelta - Week Three Round-Up

Stage 15 saw the Spaniard Carlos Barredo finally break his grand tour duck with a win on the summit of Lagos de Covadonga in horrible conditions. The Quick Step rider became known for his fruitless attacks during the Tour de France this year. He finally reaped the rewards and finished over a minute ahead of second place man Nico Sijmens. He announced later that he is going to leave the Belgian team and join Rabobank next season.

Two days after losing race leader Igor Anton in a huge crash Euskaltel were on top again when Mikel Nieve left his companions on the ascent of the Cotobello. Pre-tour favourite Fränk Schleck finally showed his form after breaking his collarbone on stage three of the Tour de France. The Luxembourg road champion hadn’t made much of an impression, but chased Nieve in to second place.

The big news of the day, however, was Joaquin Rodriguez taking back the red jersey from Vincenzo Nibali after the Liquigas rider cracked and lost over 30 seconds on the final climb.

Time Trial Surprise
After the rest day came the time trial and Peter Vilets sprung the surprise of the tour after he beat Denis Menchov and Fabian Cancellara. The HTC Columbia rider put on a stunning performance and took advantage of a tail wind towards the end of the course to outclass the rest of the field.

Friday, September 17, 2010

VaE: Philip Gilbert takes his second victory in La Vuelta while Vincenzo Nibali hold on to Red

Philip Gilbert took his second victory in this year’s la Vuelta a Espana after a huge sprint in to the town of Toledo.

With just over 3km to go several riders launched an attack including Luis Leon Sanchez. They managed to pull out a small gap of around five seconds, but they were caught 1km later. The attacks broke up the peloton leaving the sprinters behind.

This allowed the explosive Belgian to start a 500 metre sprint to the line, but he was almost caught by Tyler Farrar who had survived the earlier escape attempts. Vincenzo Nibali managed to come in not too far behind the Belgian to keep a 50’ gap ahead of Ezequiel Mosquera.

Today’s stage was the longest of this year’s Vuelta and a mixture of terrain and the riders legs were tested immediately with a second category climb. The rest of the stage was very undulating, but gradually moved down and a slight incline in the last kilometre.

A break away was formed after the first and only classified climb of the day. It was Dominik Roels, who was in the break yesterday and Josep Jufre who came of the front of the bunch first. They were soon joined by Manuel Ortega and Xavier Florencio; the four men managed to pull out a massive gap very quickly.

ToB: Borut Bozic beats Greg Henderson to give Vacansoleil second victory

Borut Bozic finally managed to take victory ahead of Greg Henderson in stage 7 of the Tour of Britain.

Bozic has been the bridesmaid on a couple of occasions this year, but this time the Vacansoleil rider had the legs on the Kiwi in Colchester on the uphill finish. However, the pair were a full three seconds ahead of third place man Richie Porte. The win now puts him just over a minute behind race leader Michael Albasini who has been suffering from illness for the past few days.

The Slovenian’s victory added to Wouter Poels’ on Tuesday means Vacansoleil now sit at the top of the team classification 6’15 ahead of Sky Pro Cycling. He will hope that the departure of his teammate Pim Lighart will not hamper his hopes of staying on the podium and possibly winning the yellow jersey on the final stage.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ToB: Andre Greipel takes another victory in stage 6 of the Tour of Britain

Andre Greipel won his second sprint finish in Stage six of this year’s Tour of Britain in Great Yarmouth.

The German had too much pace for Borut Bozic and went on to claim his 20th victory of the season. If he hadn’t had Mark Cavendish as a teammate this man would surely have a few Grand Tour victories under his belt this season.

Greipel also won the opening stage from Rochdale to Blackpool beating Manuel Belletti to the line. The victory was also the second today for his team, fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish won his third stage in la Vuelta a Espana.

Mayer Makes the Brake
Cameron Mayer from Garmin-Transitions made a brave attempt for a victory today and it looked like he could do it. He launched an escape with Jeremy Hunt initially but the Cervelo ride was soon dropped and Jaroslav Marycz joined Mayer. The two managed to build up a big lead of seven minutes assisted by a tail wind most of the way, but the Aussie launched an attack and lost his Saxo Bank companion.

VaE: Mark Cavendish beat JJ Haedo to his third victory in La Vuelta

Mark Cavendish took his third victory just ahead of JJ Haedo in a sprint in stage 18 of this year’s Vuelta a Espana.

The Manxman had a good start to the tour winning the team time-trial, but he went through a brief barren patch during the first week. He took his first victory back in stage 12 and he’s won every sprint since then. The 25-year-old has extended his lead in the green jersey competition and it looks likely that he will wear it in Madrid.

It has been a good day for the HTC Columbia team who took a sprint victory in the guise of Andre Greipel in stage five of the Tour of Britain.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ToB: Marco Frapporti beat Bradley Wiggins to the line in Tour of Britain Stage 5

Marco Frapporti beat home favourite Bradley Wiggins after a late break in stage 5 of the Tour of Britain.

Frapporti was in a breakaway group of seven riders before launching his attack along with Dan Martin with 10 kilometres to go. The pair managed to pull out a small gap on the lead group, but after the exertions of yesterday Irishman struggled to stay on the pace.

At 5km to go Martin was dropped, when Frapporti attacked on a small incline, and passed swiftly by the following riders; Wiggins was the only man who could keep up with the Italian using his pursuiting skill to bridge the gap, but he just could catch up with him before the finish.

VaE: Peter Vilets takes surprise win as Rodriguez loses the red jersey again in Stage 17

Peter Velits took a surprising victory in today’s 45km time-trial in Peñafiel beating Denis Menchov as Joaquin Rodriguez lost his red jersey after a terrible day on the bike

Velits rode himself up the classification overtaking Nicolas Roche, Frank Schleck and Rodriguez to put him in a podium position with less than a week to go. The HTC Columbia man had been sixth place, but was able to take advantage of tail winds towards the end of the course to boost his time.

Rodriguez has a Bad Day
Rodriguez struggled to keep the speed up and lost over four minutes on his closest rivals tumbling down the timings. The Spaniard held a lead of 33 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali at the start of the day, but he now lays down in 5th 3’45 down on the Italian.

Nibali had his own heart stopping moment when he got a puncture on his front wheel. The Liquigas rider went for the spare bike as his mechanic went to put a new wheel on his bike. After a brief moment of confusion he was back on his bike, but he lost around 20 seconds in the change.

Menchov went someway to salvaging his 2010 tour; the Russian has won this tour twice in 2005 and 2007 but he has failed to impress so far and was lying 42nd over an hour behind the leader Joaquin Rodriguez. Menchov put in a brilliant ride to beat Swiss World Champion Cancellara by 25 seconds.

TOB: Wouter Poels take victory in stage four but Albasini keeps the lead

Wouter Poels launched an attack on the final climb of the day to beat teammate Borut Bozic and win stage four of the Tour of Britain amid panic for the organisers.

The Dutchman survived the early attacks made on the group to ride away from his teammate Bozic by five seconds. The win added to the news he’d received the day before that he would be part of the team going to the World Championships after Laurens Ten Dam crashed in the Vuelta.

Stage four took riders from Minehead to Teignmouth and was billed as the Queen stage of this year’s tour. It proved to be too difficult for most of the field who couldn’t keep up with the pace set by the front group.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

La Vuelta - Week two Round-Up

The second week started with a sad note after the news of the death of Team Sky masseur Txema Gonzalez who contracted a bacterial infection that turned in to septicaemia. The team pulled out of the tour weakened already by three riders dropping out through illness.

Stage eight from Villena to Xorret del Catí saw the eighth different rider to win a stage in the 2010 Vuelta. David Moncoutie got in to the decisive breakaway of the day and was able to pull away on the final climb finishing almost one minute ahead of the forever bridesmaid Serafín Martinez. The Cofidis rider dedicated his victory to Gonzalez and Laurent Fignon, who died a couple of days earlier.

La Vuelta - Week one Round-Up

The Vuelta celebrated its 75th birthday in an impressive fashion this year with a night-time team-time-trial. The starting ramp was placed next to Spain’s oldest bull ring with the 14km course going past some of Sevilla’s most stunning sights.

Another first was Mark Cavendish’s appearance at the tour; after just missing out on the green jersey in Paris the Manxman was looking to do the job in Madrid. It couldn’t have got off to a better start with his HTC Columbia team putting 10 seconds in to the rest of the teams and the sprinter donned the red jersey.

However Garmin Transition’s Julian Dean’s didn’t get the start to the race he intended after hitting a curb and going over his handlebars during a warm up. The Kiwi came to the starting ramp without his skin suit and was dropped almost immediately by his team.