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- Want to reach out and see if anyone has information about the Mo State Cyclocross Championships for this year. Is there a date and location set for the event? It was in St. Louis last year on that cold, snowy and slick day in December.
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador won stage 16 of the Vuelta a España, a harrowing 160.5km route that tackled five categorized climbs and finished with a 16.5km ascent of La Farrapona.
Contador is clearly in control at the Vuelta, padding his GC lead, and facing only one challenge, from Sky’s Chris Froome.
Froome initiated the final move with 4.5km left on the summit finish. Contador was quick to follow, but Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were left behind as the slope pitched up.
Together, the Briton and the Spaniard rode a hard, steady pace up the climb, catching early breakaway Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale).
However, the cooperation was bound to disintegrate eventually. Froome took a dig in the closing kilometers, but ultimately it was all Contador. The race leader attacked with one kilometer left, and the Sky rider had no reply to Contador’s vicious acceleration.
“Today was a good day for us,” Contador said. “I could stay with all the riders; it appears Froome is recovering. Sky set a strong rhythm. I saw an opportunity, and I took advantage of it … I saw that Sky was setting a rhythm; at the Dauphine, I learned that it can be hard to follow their rhythm. Valverde couldn’t follow, and that’s good for me. I could stay with Froome … It’s going to be complicated to control, I am happy, because [my] strength is good, recovering good.”
Stage 16’s action saw the battle for GC podium places tighten. Of course, Contador extended his overall lead, but Froome now sits in third, only three seconds behind Valverde, who is second. Rodríguez is 50 seconds behind the Briton in fourth. Fabio Aru (Astana) is in fifth, 3:38 behind Contador.
Breakaway starts on the first climb, ends in fisticuffs
After only 10 kilometers of racing, the peloton faced a category 1 ascent of the Alto de la Colladona.
BMC’s Rohan Dennis initiated a move that grew to include 13 riders. The Colladona took its toll. The break was reshuffled, and 12 riders emerged at the front after the 7.4km climb.
The leaders were: Rohan Dennis (BMC), Laurens ten Dam (Belkin), Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros), Peter Kennaugh (Sky), Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo), Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Johan Le Bon (FDJ.fr), Wouter Poels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida), and Peio Bilbao (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros).
Next on the hilly menu for the day’s stage was a category 2 climb of the Cordal, a 7.6km mountain with an average gradient of 5.5 percent. Then, in short order, the race was sent up the category 1 climb of Alto de la Cobertoria.
Back in the peloton, Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was in difficulty on the Cobertoria. His teammates rallied to help pace him up the climb to defend his sixth-place GC position.
Trek Factory Racing’s Fabian Cancellara climbed away from the field on the category 1 ascent, hoping to bridge to the breakaway. He rode the Cobertoria descent alone, but the former time trial world champion was unable to chase to the front. The peloton reabsorbed his move with 45km to go.
At the start of the 10.1km Puerto de San Lorenzo climb, there was discord in the breakaway. Rovny and Brambilla came to blows. It appeared that the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was upset that Rovny was disrupting the pacemaking.
Back in the peloton, Urán was dropped again. Katusha’s work on the front was taking its toll on the day’s penultimate climb. Soon, Urán was 1:20 behind the red jersey group. At the end of the day, Urán would fall from the top-10 overall.
At the front, the break had shattered. De Marchi and Brambilla crested the 4,419-foot summit, leading the race. Contador’s group reached the top of the climb 3:02 behind the lead duo.
On the descent, Poels bridged to the two leaders. Their advantage was 2:57 with 20km – and a massive ascent of Lagos de Somiedo – remaining.
Soon, Brambilla and Rovny were ejected from the race for the fight.
This left Poels and de Marchi alone at the front. De Marchi then attacked and carried on alone with 11.6km left in the stage.
De Marchi’s advantage was 1:28 with 10 kilometers left. Sky drove the pace in the GC group. However, the Cannondale rider’s gap was holding at 1:32, with six kilometers left on the final category 1 climb.
Froome vs. Contador
With 4.5km left, Froome and Contador made their intentions clear. With a terrific turn of speed, the Briton snapped the elastic, and only the race leader, Contador, could follow.
Valverde and Rodríguez were dropped. Soon, Fabio Aru (Cannondale) bridged to the two Spanish chasers.
De Marchi was caught with three kilometers to go. He tried valiantly to stay with the two leaders, but was dropped.
Aru was also in difficulty. Valverde and Rodríguez rid themselves of the young Italian inside of the final three kilometers.
Froome drove the pace again with 2.5km left, but his Spanish rival was right on his wheel.
The lead duo had a 33-second advantage over the two chasers.
Aru fought on, sticking with Valverde and Rodríguez, despite the fatigue from riding in the break all day.
When the leaders saw the red kite, they had a 45-second gap over the chase.
Then, Contador again showed his class. The race leader made a decisive move, pedaling out of the saddle with the vicious intensity that he is known for. Froome could not follow.
At the finish, Froome crossed the line 14 seconds behind the winner.
“When Froome has a change of pace it is difficult to follow him but I managed to do it and I knew Valverde and Purito were behind so it could be an important day for me,” said Contador. “What gives me more reassurance is that I am recovering well, I have the power in my legs despite the [crash in the Tour] I suffered and now we have a rest day ahead of us that we need to make the most of.”
De Marchi had a strong kick in the final kilometer to take third, 48 seconds behind. Valverde was 53 seconds adrift in fourth, missing out on valuable time bonuses at the line. Rodríguez rounded out the top five, 57 seconds back.
Tuesday will be the Vuelta’s second rest day. Then, racing restarts in earnest on Wednesday with one last flat stage for the sprinters, then two summit finishes — on Thursday and Saturday — before stage 21′s final time trial in Santiago de Compostela.
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LONDON (AFP) — Australia’s Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won a sprint finish against Team Sky’s Ben Swift to take stage two of the Tour of Britain in Llandudno on Monday.
Renshaw, who usually works as Mark Cavendish’s lead-out man with the Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad, raced clear to win as Swift suffered the consequences of making his move too soon.
After Renshaw’s teammate Michal Kwiatkowski went on the attack on the descent of Great Orme, with 4.2km to go, the peloton was forced to go full gas to catch back to him.
After the climb of the Great Orme created significant splits in the peloton, Movistar’s Alex Dowsett tried to break away to victory inside the final kilometer, but Bradley Wiggins, working for Swift, led a group of chasers back on to their wheel on the approach to the line.
Swift then sprang forward but, with Cavendish not in contention, Renshaw covered the move and claimed the win. Kwiatkowski raised his hands to celebrate the victory and still placed sixth.
“It was a great stage, a great victory, my first for the year with Omega Pharma-Quick Step,” Renshaw told British Eurosport. “It’s always good to win, I’ve had victories here before on the Tour of Britain and it’s good to do it again.”
The 31-year-old, winner of stage five of the Tour of Britain in 2011, will now take the yellow jersey from Marcel Kittel, who lost touch with the peloton on the Great Orme.
“It was quite a fast final 30 kilometers,” Renshaw said. “Especially the last 5 kilometers with that kind of a descent. It was quite exciting for the public, I’m sure it was really spectacular to watch. It suited me very well. It was a hard little final, but I had good legs after the Tour de France. So, with a bit of good timing in the sprint it worked out quite well. We’ve got a great team here. It’s a shame Mark Cavendish crashed yesterday because who knows what could have happened, he still finished third yesterday. Normally it would have been a perfect sprint for him on my wheel. Now he’s trying to recover after taking a big hit on his thigh. It’s amazing he’s still in the race.
“But personally it’s great to reward the team with my first win in an OPQS jersey this year. I’m also proud of the fact that we had three riders in the top 10 today, with Michal Kwiatkowski and Niki Terpstra doing well in the final kilometers with me. Kwiatkowski came onto my wheel in the final. That shows what kind of class rider he is. He knows if he’s on my wheel it’s one more bike length for whoever is trying to come behind. He’s a class rider and those kinds of tactics help teams win races. It’s great to win, it’s a fantastic feeling.”
Before the day’s racing began, Sky lost Ian Stannard, who withdrew with a fractured scaphoid suffered in a crash during Sunday’s opening stage.
Cavendish continues to recover from a Stage 1 crash that caused pain in his left quadricep.
“I’ve gotten used to that feeling by helping riders like Cavendish,” Renshaw said. “I’ve dedicated myself to so many wins for other riders, so it’s really nice to get a win personally. It’s also nice to step up when our leader took a big hit. If Cav is not feeling great, he’ll tell us. Today he let us know and it was an opportunity for me. I’d like to dedicate this to him as he’s one of the biggest champions of the sport. I came to this team to help him, and even when he’s not 100 percent I’d still dedicate my effort to help him. I’m glad I could step up and execute the sprint in his place, and I’ll continue to support him and my other OPQS teammates in the next days.”
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Richmond 2015 and Universal Sports Network announced a media partnership for next year’s UCI world road championships in Richmond, Virginia, held September 19-27, 2015.
The deal provides unprecedented coverage in the United States of the UCI’s pinnacle event, with more than 64 original hours across multiple networks including Universal Sports, NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC.
Live digital streaming of all races will be available via a new Richmond 2015 mobile app for iOS and Android devices, set to launch next year.
The agreement includes daily live event coverage on both Universal Sports and NBCSN, with live coverage of the final day of racing on NBC and CNBC.
Universal Sports will also produce daily pre- and post-race shows onsite, bringing fans across the country closer to the action through interviews, race highlights and course previews in addition to airing daily primetime encore presentations.
The nine-day event features 12 world championship races, including those for elite men and women, under-23 men and junior men and women, taking place in Virginia’s historic capital city.
The event is expected to attract more than 450,000 spectators from around the world. Some of Central Virginia’s most iconic views will be featured along the various courses, with all of the races finishing in downtown Richmond.
“Next year, the top cyclists in the world will ride through the Richmond region, and this partnership ensures that more people than ever will be able to watch one of the premier cycling events in the world,” said Tim Miller, COO of Richmond 2015. “Not only will fans be able to tune into the action on Universal Sports, NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, but they also will love the interactive, second-screen experience that the Richmond 2015 mobile application will provide.”
Pro racing covered by Universal Sports Network in 2014 includes the UCI world road championships, the Vuelta a España, Volta a Cataluyna, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Britain, the world mountain bike championships, and the world cyclocross championships.
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MADRID (AFP) — Italian Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Russia’s Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo) came to blows while riding at the front of stage 16 at the Vuelta a España on Monday.
In bizarre circumstances, both men landed punches and elbowed each other while continuing to ride in the breakaway group of 13 riders on the 160.5km stage of the race from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona.
It is believed that the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was upset that Rovny was disrupting the pacemaking in the break.
Rovny even had to ask for a new pair of sunglasses from his Tinkoff-Saxo team car as they were broken in the altercation.
During the final part of stage, both riders were ejected from the race for the fight.
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I'm in KC, but I'll be at Hermann this weekend for the CX festivities doing the SS races if anyone is interested and wants to meet.