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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Date published:
May 13, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Vos, Armitstead and Barnes on the Women's Tour

    Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) adds another yellow jersey to her collection
    Article published:
    May 12, 2014, 20:40 BST
    Cycling News

    Riders share their thoughs on inaugural event

    The inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday, with Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) beating Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) to the overall classification.

    The race was the first international event for women in Great Britain and saw huge crowds line the route to cheer on the riders. Cyclingnews spoke to a number of riders, including race winner Vos, and British riders Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) to see what they thought.

    “It’s really important to me, as a British rider, to have a home race and I’m very proud that such a prestigious race has come to my home country,” Armitstead said to Cyclingnews.

    For Vos, it is the first time she has raced on British roads since taking gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The multiple Olympic and World Champion was happy to be back in front of the British crowds.

    “It’s a new race and it’s always exciting. How the organisation is and how the crowds are here in Great Britain is fantastic,” Vos told Cyclingnews. “Holland is a racing nation, but you don’t often get crowds like this. It’s fantastic to race here and it is a motivation when you see all the kids around out of school.”

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  • Video: Peter Stetina talks GC hopes at Tour of California

    BMC's Peter Stetina in the mountains jersey, climbs with Gianluca Brambilla and Marc de Maar
    Article published:
    May 13, 2014, 9:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Leadership an honour for American rider

    With Tejay van Garderen deciding to forgo his defence of the Tour of California title as he builds for the Tour de France, BMC have given Peter Stetina leadership responsibilities for the American 2.HC event.

    The American is in his first season with BMC having spent the last few seasons with Garmin-Sharp and came close to winning his first race for team at the Tour of San Luis in January. Stetina was second on stage two as he finished eight overall on GC.

    The 26-year-old spoke to Cyclingnews about the race and what it means to lead the team at what effectively is his "home race".

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  • Unzue: Quintana has the same strength of character as Hinault

    Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
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    May 13, 2014, 12:07 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Movistar director predicts time trial as next key stage of the Giro d'Italia

    Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzue says Nairo Quintana has got through the first three stages of the Giro d'Italia feeling confident and optimistic about his chances of overall victory.

    The experienced Spanish manager admitted to Cyclingnews that while the team time trial and the two road stages in Ireland may have limited importance come the final reckoning in Trieste on June 1st, they were anything but straightforward.

    “Getting through the first few stages of the Grand Tours with no incidents or crashes is already a good start. They’re always the most stressful stages of the race, and we’ve come through feeling ‘mission accomplished,” he said.

    With his favourite terrain, the high mountains, still a long way off, Quintana is currently lying 59th, 1:09 behind race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).

    That may not sound so spectacular, but the experienced team director, who is backing Quintana in his effort to become Colombia’s first ever Giro d’Italia winner, knows there is a long way to go yet in the 2014 race.

    Unzue has a history of success in breakthrough Grand Tour triumphs, going back to the days when Spain’s only major team was sponsored by Reynolds and then Banesto. Together with Jose Miguel Echavarri, Unzue jointly oversaw Miguel Indurain’s successful bid to become Spain’s first ever winner of the Giro d'Italia in 1992. But whilst Quintana has already shown he can take a runners-up spot in his debut Tour de France, Unzue believes that “with Nairo we still have to be patient.”

    “He has to show again he is still the kind of consistent rider that he was in last year’s...