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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, April 14, 2014

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April 14, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • Miguel Angel Rubiano claims national Colombian road title

    Miguel Angel Rubiano and his well-deserved gold medal
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    April 14, 2014, 2:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Tricolour to debut at La Flèche Wallonne

    Miguel Angel Rubiano won his first race in the colours of Team Colombia at the national Colombian road race ahead of Lampre Merida's Winner Acanona and and former Team Colombia rider Juan Pablo Suarez (EPM-Une).

    Rubiano, a stage winner at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, claimed his first win for the team having spent the last two seasons with Androni Giocattoli.

    On the 156km course in Cartagena, it was Rubiano who proved to be the canniest of a 13-man group that had broken away around the halfway stage of the 10 lap pan-flat circuit, out sprinting his companions and claiming the national title.

    On lap 6, the 13-man group, including many of the favourites, broke away from the main bunch with only Valle del Cauca leading the chase behind which was to prove futile as Rubiano claimed his ninth career win.

    "I feel happy and proud to bring this jersey back to Europe after a long time, and be able to show it in some of the biggest races in the World," Rubiano said afterwards. "I was confident in my chances, and I am sure this achievement will provide another boost to the whole team."

    "In the first five laps there were riders attacking everywhere, and the peloton split due to the wind, but I always managed to race in the top positions. It was key today, as in races like this any move can be the right one, and I was sharp and lucky to work my way into the winning one.

    "In the final kilometre, the road was slightly uphill until 500 metres to go, and then down until the line: I kicked early, gaining a little and then I pushed on in the descent until I raised my arms."

    Rubiano will debut his new jersey on April 23 at La Flèche...

  • Report: Driver of car responsible for hospitalisation of Horner identified

    Chris Horner is hospital in Italy
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    April 14, 2014, 3:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Retired 70-year-old may not have realised accident

    Last year's Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner (Lampre Merida) is recovering in hospiital following a training ride crash in which he was hit by a car when riding around Lake Como in Italy and Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that while exact circumstances of the accident involving Horner are still unclear,  the identity of the driver is now known.

    The Italian paper are reporting that the driver is a septuagenarian pensioner resident from Milan who has a vacation home on Lake Como.

    The driver was not reported by the traffic police of Lecco and Gazzetta suggest that he may not have realised that Horner fell. The 42-year-old American suffered a punctured lung, four broken ribs and needed stitches to a head wound in the accident and is expected to remain in hospital for several more days.

    Horner's participation in the Giro d'Italia appears very unlikely as flying after a punctured lung is not advised for several months. The Italian Grand Tour starts on May 9 in Belfast.

  • Sagan happy to give a demonstration at Paris-Roubaix

    Peter Sagan modelling the new Cannondale kit with Sojason joining as a sponsor
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    April 14, 2014, 6:25 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Sixth place for Slovak after defiant showing

    He still wasn't at his effervescent best, but rarely can a sixth place finish have felt as welcome for Peter Sagan as it did at Paris-Roubaix. The Cannondale rider put in an aggressive showing on the pavé that served as a robust response to the criticism he faced after two listless showings in his previous two monuments.

    Expectations surrounding the 24-year-old have risen exponentially since his professional debut in 2010, and his recent - relative - failures at Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders were deemed to constitute the first major setback of his career. Even victory at E3 Harelbeke the weekend in between seemed to offer little in the way of mitigation. Heavy lies the crown, indeed.

    When Sagan punctured shortly before the Arenberg Forest, it looked as if this Paris-Roubaix was going to follow the pattern of his previous two appearances in the race, but he resolutely set about chasing back on. Later, when he was distanced by Fabian Cancellara's forcing on the cobbles at Ennevelin, he offered a defiant response by attacking as soon as he had caught back up to the Swiss rider.

    That acceleration saw Sagan eventually bridge up to Tom Boonen's leading group on the cobbles at Wannehain, and then, with a mix of impetuousness and insouciance, he immediately attacked once again, leading the race into the Carrefour de l'Arbre.

    "Today was quite a hard day. I had to change my bike three times and I was always having to chase back on," a mud-encrusted Sagan said after rolling to a halt in the Roubaix velodrome. "In the end, I decided to attack to go at a regular pace myself."

    This was a curious edition of the race, marked by a headwind that led to a general lack of...

  • Démare best of the French at Roubaix

    Arnaud Démare (FDJ)
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    April 14, 2014, 7:15 BST
    Cycling News

    FDJ rider twelfth after two punctures and a fall

    Arnaud Démare in his sixth Monument overcame early setbacks at Paris-Roubiax to win the bunch sprint for twelfth place in the second group to finish after Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rode away for an impressive solo victory.

    For 22-year-old Démare, the race marked his best ever finish at a Monument and on the day he was also the best placed Frenchman and fastest rider across the 257km which constitutes the Queen of the Classics.

    On the eve of the race, Démare had told reporters that: "My goal is to gain experience and stay in contact as best I can and for as long as possible with the strongest riders, people like Cancellara and Boonen," Démare said. "I'll fight to stay up there for as long as I can."

    Arguably, he succeeded in his ambitions.

    "It was a great experience," Démare said after finishing the race. "I always remained in contact with the best, always in the top 30. I felt that the [​​Camphin] sector would be decisive, which I anticipated.

    "Then I thought my group would get organised but, I was probably the only one to believe [it would]."

    For the day started well when David Boucher made his way into the early break but he suffered a puncture at few hundred meters before the trench of Wallers-Arenberg, losing contact with his companions. Boucher attempted to latch back on to the leaders but was held up at a train crossing, halting his momentum.

    Back in the main bunch, Démare was trying to get over two punctures and a fall and thanks to the help of Mickael Delage, he made his way back to the head of the peloton. With a touch under 70km left to race,...

  • Bad luck for BMC at Paris-Roubaix

    A crash took out Greg van Avermaet (BMC)
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    April 14, 2014, 11:04 BST
    Sadhbh O'Shea

    We were good, but not good enough, says Peiper

    BMC left Paris-Roubaix empty handed despite being one of the most active teams during the race. With three potential contenders for the podium, the American outfit were expected to be in the mix at the finish. They went into the final 50km with four men in the front two groups, but a series of unfortunate events meant they were left with nobody when the real attacks began.

    Their work was all for Greg Van Avermaet, but it turned to nought when he took a tumble on a corner. BMC's performance director Allan Peiper was left lamenting their misfortune, but could take heart from what went before. "I think the boys rode well. They were in the action all day. They were controlling breaks, trying to get away and I think everyone did really well. It was unfortunate that Greg crashed with 22km to go in a dirt corner," he told Cyclingnews. "Mickey Schär helped to get him back, but the group was splitting up and 11 riders got away. I think that Greg finish 18th out of the second group that came in. He was unfortunate. Apart from Greg, I think we did what we could but we weren't good enough on the day."

    Phinney was meant to provide an able back up plan but suffered a puncture on the cobbles and was forced to stop and take a wheel change. The former two-time under 23 champion had looked strong up until that point and was understandably disappointed when he crossed the line. "It's too bad, but I think that personally that I've made a step forward from the years before.

    "When you flat on the cobbles you can't really push the same power. I tried to stay with the group, but then you have to stop at the end of the sector and you lose a good 30 seconds. From there, I was in another little group and powered to the line," explained Phinney. "Every year is a...

  • Vanmarcke blames headwind and Stybar in Roubaix

    Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) puts in an attack
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    April 14, 2014, 12:57 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Belkin rider outnumbered in finale

    Despite being in the form of his life and being regarded as a top favourite in every Spring classic Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) is still without a win this year. In the Ronde van Vlaanderen he was beaten in the sprint and at Paris-Roubaix a late solo move from Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) ended his bid for glory.

    Once again the 25-year-old Belgian showed that he was able to keep up with top favourite Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) when it mattered and he even took the initiative himself a couple of times. But being outnumbered by the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team in the final kilometres was too much to withstand. Vanmarcke walked away from the Roubaix vélodrome and the Spring classics season empty-handed.

    "That's true. I'm disappointed because I really wanted a win in one of these races. I've been battling along in every race but it didn't work out," Vanmarcke said while pointing out it was a different disappointment compared to last year when he was very emotional after getting beaten in the sprint by Fabian Cancellara. "It's different. Last year I rode for the win and I was very disappointed because I felt I could've won. Now I felt I was stronger but I wasn't able to ride for the win. I had very good legs today to go very far, to ride for the win and I was actually able to do that for a long time but there was too much headwind."

    According to Vanmarcke that headwind was the main reason that he wasn't able to win on Sunday afternoon. Added to that was the lack of support from Zdenek Stybar (Omega...

  • The inCycle video vault

    Tom Boonen was a key cog for Omega Pharma-Quick Step claiming the win
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    April 14, 2014, 14:59 BST
    Cycling News

    A one-stop home for inCycle’s entire video back catalogue

    Cyclingnews has partnered with inCycle TV this season to bring you video interviews, race highlights and previews from the biggest races and teams from the world of professional cycling.

    You can watch all the videos here, or on our Youtube channel,  here

    A beginner's guide to Paris-Roubaix

    The cobbles in Paris-Roubaix were once a shame for local councils who preferred asphalt to show affluency. Now they are the pride of Paris-Roubaix. Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix maintain the 'sectors pavés' every year. This video is a must for those new to the Classics and the rich heritage of Paris-Roubaix.


    Bradley Wiggins on Paris-Roubaix and his Tour de France aspirations

    On the eve of Paris-Roubaix, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins previews the race deemed 'Hell of the North'. He talks about his desire to do well in the toughest of the Spring Classics.

    Legends of the Tour of Flanders

    Flanders is history, Flanders is cycling. inCycle takes you through the history of the longest, hardest race over the Flemish cobbles and the infamous hills like Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.

    Tony Martin's...

  • Redlands winner Rosskopf sets sights on Winston-Salem UCI race

    Mens podium.
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    April 14, 2014, 15:50 BST
    Pat Malach

    Hincapie Devo rider gets cycling career back on track

    When Hincapie Sportswear's Joey Rosskopf dropped the cream of the US domestic peloton at the Redlands Bicycle Classic last week on his way to winning the final stage and taking the overall, it was the natural progression in a steady stream of better and better results. Now he has his team director's home town race, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, firmly in his sights.

    The new UCI 1.2 takes place on Friday, April 18, in team director Thomas Craven's home town, giving Hincapie Devo extra motivation to perform, and after winning Redlands and going on to take two races at the Sea Otter Classic, momentum is on their side.

    "[Craven] keeps saying, 'The race course goes by where I grew up, it goes down my street, by my house,'" Rosskopf said. "We have to win."

    Rosskopf will go into the race as one of the favorites. Despite a 2013 season that was easily his best so far, the overall win at Redlands – Rosskopf's first in a National Race Calendar event – has been a breakthrough for the 24-year-old from Athens, Georgia.

    "For whatever reason – Redlands is always the first race of the NRC – there's always a ton of excitement around it and a lot of publicity," Rosskopf said. "It seems like more publicity than any other NRC race, so it's awesome to be able to come out at the start of the season, when none of us really knew where our fitness was, and be able to do so well."

    Although more casual fans of US cycling may be taking their first notice of Rosskopf following his Redlands performance, the 6-foot-1-inch rider has been knocking at the door for several seasons after a slow start at top-level racing. Rosskopf's father got him into cycling at an early age, and Rosskopf showed enough promise as...