Adelaide Hills alive with the sound of team time trials
The Adelaide Hills were alive with the sound of cycling on Friday with a team time trial kick-starting the inaugural Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour, the first Subaru National Road Series (NRS) event to be staged in South Australia.
Local knowledge aided South Australian based Euride Racing to a comprehensive victory in the men's event from Cuddlee Creek to Newton, while Tasmania's Team Polygon Australia scorched the course to take the honours in the women's category.
In the men's event, Euride Racing blitzed their way across the 20 kilometre course, with the home team stopping the clock in 24mins 19secs to propel Harry Carpenter into the yellow leader’s jersey.
“I’m pretty ecstatic really,” Carpenter exclaimed. “We’ve been targeting this race for a long time because it’s our home town tour - we were definitely hoping to come out and prove something today and it’s great to be able to do that. We are all over the moon.”
In a steep downhill course through the Adelaide Hills, Euride Racing upstaged Budget Forklifts by sixteen seconds (24:35) as well as previously unbeaten team time trial specialists Huon Genesys (25:00) by 41 seconds.
“We know this road back to front,” Carpenter described. “The course is very technical; knowing what corners we could take a bit quicker was definitely the difference today.”
Carpenter believes the result has placed his team, which includes George Tansley, Tom Kaesler, Russell Gill, Joshua Harrison, Andrew Roe, Fraser Northey and Scott Mcphee, in a great position heading into the weekend.
The men's second stage will be held on Saturday and will feature a 158 kilometre road race including three loops around Hahndorf, before Sunday's kermesse concludes the Tour.
“We now have four riders up there on GC so we have lots of options, and as a team we are very confident that we’ve got enough now to take out the whole tour, which of course is always our goal,” Carpenter added.
The inaugural Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour is the fourth round for the men and third for women in Subaru 2013 NRS. The Tour's second stage, for both men and women will be held on Saturday, starts and finishes at the Bird-in-Hand Winery, Woodside.
The 2013 Subaru NRS features 17 individual events across Australia, including six combined men’s and women’s events, and a total of 77 days of racing.
Expression of Interest:Cycling Australia Ethics and Integrity Panel
Cycling Australia (CA) is seeking expressions of interest from people interested in appointment to an Ethics and Integrity Panel (“Panel”).
The formation of such a Panel was one of the key recommendations of the Wood Review into CA conducted at the end of 2012 to strengthen the governance processes of Australian cycling.
The Panel is a volunteer sub-committee of CA appointed by the Board of CA. The principal roles of the Panel will be to deal with matters of ethics and integrity referred to it by the CA Board and provide recommendations back to the Board on such matters
A set of summary guidelines setting out the proposed operations of the Panel can bne found by clicking the link below.
Expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified or experienced candidates, including a brief CV of relevant details, are welcomed no later than Monday 3 June 2013.
EOI will be considered by a Nominations Committee and recommendations for appointment to the Panel will be submitted to the Board for endorsement. It is proposed to have the Panel in operation before the end of June 2013.
Rowney takes stage three of Tour Languedoc Roussillon
Australia's Loren Rowney (Specialized-Lululemon) claimed the honours in stage three of the Tour Languedoc Roussillon in France.
Queensland's Rowney established an early break on the hilly 123 kilometre stage from Maury to Camurac, staying with the group as the GC riders bridged the gap.
A rider broke clear inside the final kilometre, however Rowney's teammate Lisa Brennauer reeled in the break in time for Rowney to contest the sprint.
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The 2013 Tour Languedoc Roussillon features over 100 riders across 18 teams covering 640 kilometres across six stages through the stunning landscapes of the French region.
McGee and Stephens to head up Cycling Australia Elite Men's Road Group
Monday 20 May 2013
Cycling Australia CEO Graham Fredericks today announced Bradley McGee (OAM) as Directeur Sportif for the Elite Men's Road program. Joining him will be Brian Stephens in the role of European Co-ordinator.
The pair will be responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the Elite Australian Road teams as they strive for podium performances at the UCI World Championships in Florence this September, together with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
"Brad's decorated career as an athlete and more recently his coaching pedigree stamped him as the ideal choice to head up the program,” said Fredericks. “He will be ably assisted by Brian who has worked closely with numerous Australian athletes over the last 20 years and will play an important mentoring role from his European base.”
Fredericks added; “The selection process was extremely thorough and we are delighted with the appointments. Both coaches have signed no doping declarations in accordance with CA policy and are highly committed advocates of clean cycling at the elite level.”
One of the country's most gifted and decorated cyclists, McGee was the first Australian to wear the leader's jersey at all three grand tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España). His career also netted an Olympic gold medal win in Athens, together with multiple World and Commonwealth Games titles.
Post retirement, McGee transitioned into team management with a 4-year stint as a Directeur Sportif for Team Saxo Bank Sungard, before more recently moving back home to take up the position of head coach at NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS).
Caleb Ewan was one of the first to benefit from McGee’s tutelage locally. Ewan’s stellar run of early season form in 2013 saw him selected for the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy program currently enjoying great success in Europe.
“It’s an honour to be invited to take the helm of the Aussie road team” said McGee. “We are still very well stocked with riders competing on the world stage and the next generation are eager to continue the tradition of punching above our weight results wise.”
McGee added; “Brian’s role will be a critical one to ensure that the younger guys are well equipped to cope with the rigours of European professional bike racing as they continue to learn and develop.”
“I would also like to acknowledge NSWIS for allowing me to integrate this role into my existing coaching commitments that will continue as planned. My current workload has been carefully considered by CA and I’m confident that the net results will benefit riders in both programs.”
From his base in Austria Stephens added; "I’m looking forward to working with Brad and the boys. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re certainly approaching the task ahead with much optimism.”
The scope of work for the Australian Elite Men’s Road group management team includes:
Both roles are effective immediately.
The UCI World Championships will be held in Florence, Italy on September 20-28, 2013.
Aussie MTB duo power to World Cup wins in Germany
Victoria’s Dan McConnell has become the first Australian male since Cadel Evans in 2000 to win a World Cup event, while Rebecca Henderson capped a sensational weekend for Australian mountain biking with victory in the under 23 women’s event at the UCI Cross Country (XC) World Cup #1 in Germany.
The wins came hot off the heels of the major bid announcement by Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia last Friday that Australia will host 2014 and 2016 World Cup events in Cairns, Queensland.
A powerful final lap surge by McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) was the difference as he claimed Sunday’s elite men’s race and the World Cup leader’s jersey in superb style.
"I did not expect this," exclaimed McConnell, who finished 21st in the cross country event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. "I came into this looking for a solid top-15, so it's unbelievable.”
McConnell, the reigning Oceania champion, had previously recorded only one top-20 World Cup result and it appeared this would be the case again when he commenced the seventh and final lap in sixth place, 29 seconds behind Mantecon.
In a calculated final lap, McConnell steadily picked up places on the first long climb to move into second place, before taking the lead after the final descent and outsprinting Spain’s Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez on the home straight for the win.
“I could see Sergio in front of me, and at that stage I just gave it everything, and caught him through the grass section at the bottom of the descent,” McConnell explained. “I got into the last corner with a little bit of a gap and nothing was going to get past me at that point, I was running on adrenalin.”
In the under 23 women’s event, Canberra’s Rebecca Henderson claimed her maiden World Cup victory in a rain soaked event on Saturday.
Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) was cautious early in the stages of the race and found herself in fourth place after the first of four laps.
However the London Olympian powered to the front in the second lap and never relinquished the lead to finish 48 seconds clear of Jenny Rissveds (Sweden).
“I had a healthy lead, but I still felt pressure and rode as smart as I could,” said Henderson who like McConnell, now sits in the overall lead on the World Cup standings.
"This is an awesome result for Dan and Bec and on behalf of the MTBA Committee, congratulations to them,” said Russell Baker President, Mountain Bike Australia. “We thought it was going to be a good weekend for Australian Mountain Biking when we were able to announce two world cups for Cairns in 2014 and 2016, but how can you top these fantastic results."
The second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will be held in the Czech Republic from May 24.
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: Flakemore takes stage five Phelan 7th overall in GC
ROYAL SMILDE OLYMPIA'S TOUR (NED) UCI 2.2
STAGE 5 - REUVER I.T.T. , 13.8 km (NED) (68 starters)
Finally some sunshine for the week and a stage the remaining Aussie guys had been targetting to chase a result. All four Aussies left were all still fatigued from yesterday's monster day as were most of the remaining peloton.
Alex Clements was our first rider off and put in a solid effort. He finished 13th on the stage and gained some valuable experience during the long wet week of Dutch style racing.
Then Damien Howson set the fastest time taking 11secs. off Michael Vink from New Zealand and remained in the hot seat for a while with Campbell and Adam our two remaining starters.
Clearly the ride of the week for the Aussie team was Campbell Flakemore's T.T. effort today taking another 6secs. off Damien's time and moving from 13th to 9th overall.
Adam was our last rider off and best placed on G.C. and managed a great result to move into a tie for 6th on G.C..
So 1st and 2nd for the stage with Campbell and Damien. This is off the back of Rohan's T.T. win and Glenn O'Shea's 3rd here last year and in 2011 it was Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn taking 1-2 on the same course.
STAGE 5 results - 13.8km T.T.
1. Flakemore, Campbell (Australia) 16min.54.580secs. @ 48.994 km/hr
YouTube highlights of T.T. stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NdElpccDI08#!
STAGE 6 - REUVER CIRCUIT RACE, 83 km (NED) (68 starters)
The final stage was a 10km circuit around Reuver and teams chasing intermediate sprint bonuses and points for respective overall jerseys.A final bunch sprint had the Aussie train of four hit front at 2km remaining trying to get a time bonus for Adam Phelan to move up on G.C.
Cairns to host UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: Cold and wet racing continues in Netherlands
STAGE 4 - BOCHOLTZ to VOERENDAAL, 192 km (NED)
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: Flakemore in fifth after third stage
ROYAL SMILDE OLYMPIA'S TOUR (NED) UCI 2.2
STAGE 3 - ULFT to GENDRINGEN, 157 km (NED)
Adam then needed a quick bike change from the crash with the stage entering the finishing 11 kilometre circuit for four laps. The break had been caught by this point when Brad jumped across to a late breakaway on the circuit and worked well with his 3 companions before finally being caught at 5km to go.
Followed Saturday morning with a 13.8km time trial in Reuver and and 80km circuit race the same afternoon to complete the tour.
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: Aussies in good position after stage 2 of Olympias Tour
ROYAL SMILDE OLYMPIA'S TOUR (NED) UCI 2.2
STAGE 2 - RHENEN to ALKMAAR, 173 km (NED)
Mitch, Alex and Brad missed the split by the halfway point but came in with a large group to remain in the tour for tomorrow.
Van Baarle is shaping up to be the one to watch for the overall again but Campbell and Adam are in a good position with a committed team working hard towards Friday's queen stage in the hilly Valkenburg region near last year's Road Worlds courses and Saturday's 13.8km Time Trial and circuit race in Reuver.
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: Flakemore third on GC after opening stage of Olympias Tour
ROYAL SMILDE OLYMPIA'S TOUR (NED) UCI 2.2
STAGE 1 - NOORDWIJKERHOUT to HOOFDDORP, 180km (NED)
What was expected to be an aggressive and fast paced race today turned out to be critical in the overall scheme of General Classification. Crosswinds and a few showers gave plenty of opportunities to break up the race as much as possible with the Aussies covering all of the major moves early and the five stronger Dutch teams all looking to make their moves in some trying conditions.
Campbell and Adam got into a decisive break of 18 riders at 80km to go and then the De Rijke-Shanks team (NED) put seven of their team on the front of the main chase group to form a significant group of 30 riders and splitting the peloton into three groups.
Unfortunately the rest of the Aussies weren't able to anticiapte that move quickly enough and left their chase too long. The group of 30 chased for over one hour until making contact with the leaders at 10km to go and form the decisive G.C. group of 37 riders with the remainder of the peloton now at over 4 minutes.
Adam sprinted well for seventh in the stage, with Campbell comfortably inside the lead group across the line.
Campbell now sits third overall, also with the under 22 leaders jersey at 9 secs. down on G.C., while Adam is seventh at 11 secs. down and both well in contention for overall honours by Saturday's final stages.
Alex Morgan struggled with the winds and conditions and after a crash midway through the stage, regained the bunch briefly before succumbing to the constant pressure with another eight riders anf finished outside the time limit.
Tomorrow is again expected to be windy and wet with a 25km bridge exposing the race to the predictable weather coming into the final 70km of the 173km stage from Rhenen to Alkmaar.
STAGE 1 results - 180km
1. Vermeulen, Jeff (Metec-TKH, NED) 3hrs 52m.30s @ 46.4 km/hr
- Clements, Howson, Linfield, O'Shea @ 5'34"
Earle continues winning streak for Huon-Genesys at Toowoomba
Tasmania’s Nathan Earle (Huon Genesys) has claimed victory in the FKG Tour of Toowoomba, the third round in the Subaru National Road Series.
Earle’s win makes it three from three for the Tasmanian based outfit who topped the general classification at both the Tour de Perth and Battle on the Border.
“It’s pretty special to be able to come here and win,” Earle described. “Pat (Shaw) has won it two years previously and I got third in 2010 - I wore the leaders jersey for a day and lost it so that was bit upsetting and I said to myself ‘I want to come back here at some point and win the tour.”
Earle clinched the leaders jersey on stage two of the Darling Downs tour, winning a sprint to the line at the summit of Mount Bunya before the team cemented their lead with a solid performance in the team time trial on Saturday.
“My highlight is definitely the win on Bunya Mountain,” Earle said. “But also the team time trial was pretty special, just to be a part of that and to dominate by more than a minute to the second place was awesome.”
Earle, 24, took out the tour eight seconds ahead of teammate and current Subaru National Road Series leader Jack Haig while teammate Ben Dyball finished third overall, 16 seconds behind.
“The tour went so well for us,” Haig commented. “The first day was pretty hard, Drapac took it to us but we knew we had the best climbers at the tour and we showed that on stage two in Bunya Mountains.”
Current under 23 cross country mountain bike Australian Champion, 19 year old Haig is enjoying being in the NRS leaders jersey in his first year with a professional road cycling team.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming but I’m really enjoying being able to wear a jersey at the tours,” Haig explained. “I’m just looking forward to keeping it for as long as I can and trying to get some exposure and get my name out there.”
The final day’s stage went to Search2Retain sprinter Neil Van der Ploeg who won a bunch sprint ahead of stage four victor Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia) and Josh Taylor (GPM Wilson).
“It’s awesome to get the win,” Van der Ploeg exclaimed. “I’ve finished from second place to fifth place numerous times in the NRS so far this year so I was really keen to get a win on the board.”
Van der Ploeg took out the 50 kilometre criterium around Queens Park in the centre of Toowoomba after a last ditch attack by William Walker (Drapac) was shut down inside the final lap.
“I think you’d be a bit of a fool not to be concerned with someone like Will going off the front,” Van der Ploeg said of Walker’s stage one victory. “Luckily we had Angus Tobin there to do a bit of a chase which was just enough in the end and I can’t thank the team enough.”
JAYCO-AIS WTA News: First European Tour kicks off
PROLOGUE, 3.2km - KATWIJK aan ZEE (NED)
Australian National team
The Royal Smilde Olympia's Tour is the first European Tour for the season for the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Team, with special guest rider for the week in South Australia's Glenn O'Shea.
O'Shea raced with the Jayco-AIS team at last year's Olympias Tour and has spent the last couple of months after Track Worlds racing with the An Post Belgium team. O'Shea's experience and tactical sense will add to a solid in-form young team who are looking forward to continued results during the week-long tour.
Also joining the road racing group for the first time is current Track world champion Alex Morgan who is looking to gain valuable road racing experience in Europe throughout the next few months.
Caleb Ewan remains on the injured list after his serious crash last Sunday but he is mending well and should be racing again by the end of May.
The prologue was held along the boulevarde south-west of Amsterdam and the winds were at a premium. No technical difficulties to the course, but a block headwind start for 2.2km, U-turn at a roundabout, and roaring 1km tail wind into the finish.
The Italian-based guys had put some work together in training to be amongst the results today and stay close on G.C. But the results below showed the guys are well focussed on moving their solid training efforts into results.
The winner of the stage rode for Argos Shimano last year and has already won some big races in Belgium and Holland this year. With seven of the Australians in the top 10 and Alexander Clements, not suited to the short sharpy prologues, still rode a respectable time to finish mid-field.
I've included the top 20 below to show that there are a few decent teams represented here wtih Rabobank always our nemisis this week having four guys finish between 12th and 20th.
So looking forward to an eventful week of crosswinds and agressive Dutch style racing with the decisive pentultimate stage Time Trial next Saturday morning.
- James Victor
PROLOGUE results - 3.2km
1. Vermeltfoort, Coen (Di RIjke, NED) 03min. 56sec. @ 48.8 km/hr
Hansen claims Giro stage win
Queensland's Adam Hansen (Lotto), won the seventh stage of the Tour of Italy on Friday, with Spain's Benat Intxausti claiming the overall leader's pink jersey.
Saturday's eighth stage is a 54.8km time trial between Gabbice Mare and Saltara, with Bradley Wiggins, 1:32 behind Intxausti in 23rd overall, fancied to prevail to boost his chances of victory.
Hansen took command of the stage after forming part of a five-strong breakaway group that hit the front early on in the day's run. Hansen and Emanuele Sella forged clear of the frontrunners near the Chieti climb 35km from the finish, with Hansen dropping the Italian to come home alone.
Hansen took the stage with a 1:07 gap back to a group led by Italian Enrico Battaglin with another home hope, Danilo Di Luca, in third. Intxausti came in 14th at 1:07.
Hansen, who turns 32 on Saturday, was clinching his first stage victory on a major tour since he turned professional in 2007.
In the overall standings, Intxausti now leads by five seconds from Vincenzo Nibali, who like Wiggins also fell, with last year's Giro winner, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, eight seconds back in third.