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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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May 14, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Giro d'Italia rest day with Matt Goss and the Orica GreenEdge team

    Matt Goss and Luke Durbridge at the start of the stage
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    May 14, 2013, 1:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Exclusive video from Monday's rest day

    A week into the Giro d’Italia and Matt Goss and his Orica GreenEdge teammates made use of the first rest day of this year’s race.

    It’s been a mixed grand tour for the Australian team which has seen Leigh Howard depart and Pieter Weening drop down the pecking order in the overall. Still, Goss and his teammates have two weeks to turn their race around.

    The Orica leadout train has shown signs that a repeat of last year’s sprint stage win for Goss could be on the cards again while the rest of the team will look to infiltrate breakaways.

    In this exclusive video for Cyclingnews ,Goss talks Cyclingnews through Orica GreenEdge’s race so far. The former Milan-San Remo winner then runs through the relaxed protocol the team follows on typical rest days in grands. It’s generally a mixture of sleeping, late breakfasts and a gentle spin in order to keep the legs moving.

    On Tuesday the race restarts with a 167 kilometre trek from Cordenons to Montasio. You can follow every kilometre right here on Cyclingnews.


  • Acevedo's win brings Jamis-Hagens Berman back into the spotlight

    Janier Alexis Acevedo (Jamis - Hagens Berman) was nearly unable to raise his arms on the approach to the finish line in Palm Springs
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    May 14, 2013, 2:10 BST
    Pat Malach

    Colombian recruit's California victory one of team's biggest

    After missing out on all three major North American races last year, Jamis-Hagens Berman made the most of its 2013 Amgen Tour of California invitation Monday by scoring a win with new recruit Janier Acevedo during stage 2.

    The talented Colombian climber, who won the Mogollon stage of the Tour of the Gila earlier this month with a dominant solo attack up the final climb, jumped away from a select group that included BMC's Mathias Frank and Tejay van Garderen; RadioShack's Matthew Busche; Saxo Bank-Tinkoff's Michael Rogers and Tour of the Gila overall winner Phil Deignan.

    Van Garderen was able to match the 27-year-old Colombian's initial surge but soon faded off the pace as Acevedo soloed across the line 12 seconds ahead of last year's Best Young Rider at the Tour de France.

    Acevedo, who won a stage at the 2011 Tour of Utah, said today's win was undoubtedly the biggest of his career.

    "There are no real words to describe what it feels like," Acevedo said through an interpreter. "I was just focused on the race and trying to win the stage."

    Acevedo's victory is also the biggest ever for the Jamis squad, which used the offseason to bolster its roster and sponsorship. Team director Seba Alexandre initially signed former Bissell rider Ben Jacques-Maynes, who has competed in every edition of the Tour of California, before adding Acevedo and former WorldTour sprinter J.J. Haedo to the 2013 squad.

    The offseason moves have already paid off for the US Continental team, which has racked up a handful of wins on the domestic circuit and which led the UCI 2.2 Tour of the Gila for a week in New Mexico before Deignan took over the lead on the final day. Now they can add a stage win in one of America's biggest races to the team's accomplishments.

    "For us, a stage victory...

  • Adam Hansen: Taking competitive edge into his own hands

    Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) on his own on a rainy stage 7
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    May 14, 2013, 3:15 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    From shoes to preparing for another Grand Tour triple-assault

    According to Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) completing three Grand Tours in 2012 not only made him stronger, but far more efficient as a rider. It's a nice parallel when you consider that not only has the 32-year-old designed a logistics program using his computer programming background for his team to ease travel pressures across the WorldTour, but also his own shoes.

    There were murmurs from the peloton at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in January. The moulded cleats attached to a rudimentary-looking shoe that Hansen was sporting had fast garnered attention among the local riders back home. Cyclingnews asked the rider about his unique bit of kit then but he wanted to wait until the product was officially ready with the shoes set to be available to the public in July under his eponymous label, Hanseeno.

    To suggest that the development of his very own shoes has been a bit of a process, could best be described as an understatement with 16 prototypes required for them to reach their current form. More than just 'Adam being Adam', his custom-made shoes are borne out of necessity.

    "I have an odd-shaped foot," he told Cyclingnews. "I have a bone that extrudes where the normal buckle on cycling shoes are, which means I can never wear a shoe with a ratchet system. It's too much pressure on the bone. I have always used three-strap shoes in the past because of this. I had a perfectly-fit shoe once and they stopped producing them; I continued to use them for four years after production stopped."

    Needing another option, Hansen worked off a foot mould prepared by Proarch Podiary in Cairns, Australia, where he's been a long-time client, developing numerous designs within the UCI regulations until they just felt right. No matter how many times the design and manufacture changed, the final...

  • Tour of California shakes and bakes in searing Palm Springs heat

    Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) douses himself with water
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    May 14, 2013, 4:55 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Time gaps widen with hot, hilly finish

    The 6.4 kilometer-long 10% grade to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was always expected to be a decisive part of the 2013 Tour of California, but with temperatures on the road soaring well into the 110-degree range - Orica GreenEdge's Cameron Meyer said he saw 50C (122F) on his SRM - what was expected to be uncomfortable turned out to be bordering on dangerous.

    Following the stage, riders varied in their reaction to the extreme conditions - although the stage win and race lead was good medicine for Jamis-Hagens Berman's Janier Acevedo, he could barely stay upright after the finish line. Other riders made it across and then collapsed, such as BMC's Marco Pinotti, who was treated for heat exhaustion in the back of an ambulance.

    Soigneurs were kept busy pushing riders across the line, applying ice cold towels and handing out drinks, but some of the competitors were beyond their help. David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura) had to be carried up to the medical tent, and Omega Pharma - Quick-Step's Pieter Serry couldn't make it past the 500m to go point. His team car picked him up and delivered him to the medics, who quickly packed him in ice and transported him to the hospital.

    "It was boiling, it was survival of the fittest out there today," said Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff), who coped well enough with the heat to finish in fifth on the day.

    Even with a conservative approach to the stage, there was no getting around the effort needed to get to the finish, and some riders fared better than others.

    "All of us were just trying to get to this climb, there was no racing beforehand," said Optum's Chad Haga.

    RadioShack's Matthew Busche was the best of his team, making the leading group before letting go and riding in for seventh, but he suffered to get there. "The last two kilometers I just kept going slower and slower," Busche said. "I drank a lot today, but it...

  • Video: Deignan continues upward rise in Tour of California

    Phil Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) goes solo on the climb.
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    May 14, 2013, 6:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Irishman displays form of old on Palm Springs finish climb

    Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) confirmed the return to the kind of form which won him a stage of the 2009 Vuelta a España, following up his overall victory at the Tour of the Gila with a fine performance on the second Tour of California stage in Palm Springs.

    The 29-year-old Irishman was at the head of the race on the 3.7-mile final ascent and rather than be content to just follow wheels, he launched an attack which, while unsuccessful in netting him a stage win, resulted in a third-place on the day and third overall.

    Just 27 seconds down on race leader Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman), and 15 seconds behind second-placed Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Deignan is hoping to have enough to hold on for a top result.

    "I had a good block at altitude, and then did Gila, and I think that worked pretty well for me. The only thing I was worried about today was the temperatures, and I think later in the week when it cools down a little bit, it will be better for me," Deignan told Cyclingnews.

    It's been a few years since Deignan has shown his class: following his 2009 Grand Tour stage win, he struggled with a host of issues, glandular fever, overtraining, other various illnesses and injuries. He was on an upward trend in 2012 with the UnitedHealthcare team, but had to cut his season short to head back to Ireland when his father fell ill.

    He performed consistently in the early season, and then in the lead-in to Tour of...

  • Meyer expected to recoup Palm Springs time loss in San Jose TT

    Cameron Meyer (Orica - GreenEDGE)
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    May 14, 2013, 7:03 BST
    Cycling News

    Orica GreenEdge rider distanced by pure climbers on taxing ascent

    Orica GreenEdge arrived at the Tour of California with a single man who would be charged with flying the overall contender flag. Cameron Meyer, still on the way back into form following surgery to treat a saddle sore injury earlier in the year, was amongst the select group that finished just behind the opening stage's winner Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), with anyone not in the 50-odd man group ruled out of the GC fight but it was the near-200km stage to Palm Springs that would reveal the Australian's true position in the standings.

    After a little more than five hours in the saddle a lone figure in the shape of Janier Acevedo (Jamis – Hagens Berman) came into sight, winning the stage and taking over the race leadership from the faded Westra who was dropped inside the first kilometre of the climb that averaged almost 10 percent. Meyer had been detached from the elite bunch a little over mid-way up the gruelling Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climb and did his best under the baking Californian sun to cross the line in 10th-place, 1:40 down on the new Colombian yellow jersey wearer.

    "I can't say I've ever done 200km with a SRM saying 51-degrees," Meyer said in his team's Backstage Pass. "It was pretty extreme out there, I reckon we all went through about 20 to 25 bidons. I had a good day, I knew I had to limit my losses and maybe I can bring something back in the time trial.

    "I'm top-ten at the moment and I think I can...

  • Giro d'Italia shorts: Wiggins out takes, Vicioso hospitalised, no surgery for Basso

    A thoughtful Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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    May 14, 2013, 8:04 BST
    Cycling News

    Tenth stage dedicated to the fans

    Wiggo out takes: doping, Millar, me and JV, Tour de France leadership and the Giro-Tour double

    Bradley Wiggins spoke to the media during the first rest day on Monday. Most of the questions were about the Giro d'Italia. These are the out takes.

    Q: Is pro cycling getting back its credibly?

    "Last night I saw that BBC World reported on the Giro stage, and there was not a mention of doping. I think people want to know about the Giro and how Team sky is getting on. Cycling's more popular than it has been, especially in the UK. Since the whole Armstrong thing in January or whenever it was, there hasn't been much mention of it in the mainstream press. It's all been about the racing."

    Q: David Millar is more outspoken about doping than you are. Do you have role model too or is more a question of mentality?

    "Dave's in a different position, he's been there and is the voice as why not to go there. I've been a saint all my life, I'm in a different position to Dave. I've got other things to talk about, other questions to answer."

    Q: Jonathan Vaughters said on Twitter that you had the same stomach problems as Cataldo. What do think about that? Is it true?

    After rolling his eyes, Wiggins said: "I don't know. Who knows what goes though Jonathan's head. I had a bit of a chest infection. A little bit of a cold, but it hasn't been affecting me on the bike. I've got a bit of tendonitis but were managing it all."

    Wiggins claimed he had not read Dave Brailsford's statement confirming that Chris Froome is the designated team leader for the Tour de France.

    "I didn't read it. I'm here at the Giro and focused on it. My mind is just focusing on the Giro,"...

  • Win a Fi'zi:k Arione R3 saddle signed by Garmin Sharp's Andreas Klier

    Win a signed saddle from Andreas Klier
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    May 14, 2013, 8:54 BST
    Cycling News

    Cyclingnews competition

    Coming on the back of Monday's announcement that Andreas Klier has retired from professional cycling to take up a job as a director at Garmin -Sharp, Cyclingnews has teamed up with  'Fi'zi:k to bring you this competition.  We're giving one lucky reader to chance to win a limited edition 'Fi'zi:k Arione saddle signed by Andreas Klier.

    To enter all you need to do is the following:

    1. Subscribe to our youtube channel.
    2. Fill in this form to complete your entry

    If you've already done step 1, then just fill in the form to complete your entry.

    Competition will now end on Friday 17th May, winner will be contacted by e-mail and announced on Facebook.