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- May 14, 2013, 01:18
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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.
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- May 14, 2013, 02:10
- 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 here has paid off," Alexandre told Cyclingnews at the top of the brutal Tramway climb after the race. "Anything else that comes, that's great, but we know the overall race is going to be very tough. We have to be realistic. We'll try to enjoy today, but for our team it's already a victory just to win the stage. It's huge."
The team will now have the considerable task of defending Acevedo's yellow jersey, but Alexandre said he's being realistic about the team's chances for the overall when the race rolls across the finish line next Sunday in Santa Rosa.
"I need to be honest about the riders I have and the team I have and who we are racing against," Alexandre said. "We're going to do what we can, but we know this is a world-class event, and there are a lot of the best ProTour riders in the world. We are one of the best US teams, but it's going to be difficult to control the race. So we'll do what we can, and if we can do it, great, and if not, then we've won a stage already, and that was the goal for the race."
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- May 14, 2013, 03:15
- 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 result had to be lightweight. It's always been the little things that drive Hansen, a regular on the Weight Weenies forum, so-called 'marginal gains' before they were thrust into the cycling vernacular via Sir David Brailsford and Team Sky. The finished product at 105 grams is essentially a carbon sock with a moulded cleat attached. They look sleek and simple, as described on the inrng blog as "what looks like a pack of carbon fiber pre-preg, some fishing line and a ratchet dial from an old Sidi shoe" - but the process is anything but.
"I wish it was so simple like this," Hansen revealed. "For a pair of these shoes, it requires six different moulds. In the final process the pre-moulded cleat is attached to an Aquapour mould where four layers of 160 gram twill weave carbon is laid with a honeycomb sandwich Coremat between the reinforced fabrics to the sole of the foot mould with standard mixing ratio of epoxy resin.
"Then on the upper part of the mould a single layer of Kevlar 50 gram plain weave is laid, another two layers under the Sidi ratchet system, plus 60 grams of carbon plan weave over the top before a single piece of 160 gram twill weave carbon fabric around the entire mould bottom and top. This second process is made with a different mixing ratio of epoxy resin. A special third mixture is then added to plasticise the upper layer for a softer more comfortable feel."
The result is a consistent tension across the foot, something Hansen describes as comfortable and "very nice". Reactions within the peloton have been mixed Hansen admits, with his design really starting to grab people's attention at the Tour of Turkey, then there's the polarising issue of the all-black colour scheme.
"The shoes are different that is for sure," he said. "It looks nothing like the space boots with dials, ratchet systems and plastic parts that are all over current shoe designs. It's very sleek and lean-looking. Currently they are plain black carbon, so some really like them, some don't - but not many people like plain black shoes either."
Mixed emotions under a bright spotlight in Pescara
Riding to a solo victory on Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia last week in Pescara, Hansen joined an elite group of Australians as having won a stage of the Italian Grand Tour, following in the wheels of Anderson, Wilson, McKenzie, McEwen, McGee, Evans, Gerrans, Lancaster, Lloyd and Goss. The latter two may be the only ones that stick in the Queenslander's memory, simply because he also rode in those editions, but climbing onto the top step of the podium at the Giro had long been something that Hansen had desired on his palmares.
"I always wanted a Giro stage," Hansen told Cyclingnews. "The Giro is the first grand tour I did [in 2007 - ed.]. So for me it was the first big highlight change in my career just starting."
Quietly, but eloquently spoken as he may be, Hansen is not a fan of the spotlight and so standing on the podium last Friday was not somewhere that the hard-working domestique who, for the majority of the season is at the service of André Greipel felt at ease. Meantime, the congratulations were pouring in for one of the nice guys of the peloton - all the while Hansen's mind was on the remaining stages.
"I'm not so fond of all the attention personally," he explained. "Winning the stage and going directly to the hotel would have been ideal. Even standing on the podium felt strange, being put on a pedestal looking down... I don't know; I'm here to race."
In racing the Giro, Hansen is competing in his fifth-straight Grand Tour. Endurance has never really been an issue with his triathlon background and who has been known to take long hikes in the snow during the off-season where the aim is to keep his heart-rate as low as possible, but there is more to his Grand Tour plans in 2013. Riding the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España was something that "just happened" in 2012, taking a "why not" attitude once the lap around France was complete. This time, all three have been pencilled into his race calendar from the start of the season and he will prepare accordingly.
"I've been working on my climbing a little more this year and knowing that I will aim for all three GTs again," Hansen explained. "I am thinking more forward with my training based on them."
That work was there for all to see on Stage 7 of the Giro, when Hansen rode away from his breakaway companion Emanuele Sella (Androni Giacattoli) on the Santa Maria de Criptis with 20km left to race on the 177km stage.
The Grand Tour environment is harsh. His 2012 odyssey resulted in a fractured sternum at the Giro and a painful hip from a crash at the Vuelta but the three long weeks in the saddle punctuated by the odd rest day, is something that Hansen revels in, always keen to see just how far he can push his own body.
"I love them," he admitted. "I always ride better in them no matter what form I have before starting. For me I like the time away, focusing and having a number of chances for the team or yourself. They are a race of mixed emotions. Good things happen, bad things happen and when you finish it feels like going home after a war."
Battles of body and mind aside, the Adam Hansen riding in 2013 is improved on last year.
"It makes you smarter in your efficiency to ride," he explained. "I feel I save a lot more energy now then I use to. I also feel stronger as a rider this year, than last year from doing this."
Apart from shoes, Hansen also has t-shirts and race wear available within his collection. You can find out more by visiting hanseeno.com
- Article published:
- May 14, 2013, 04:55
- 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 must not have been enough. I started to get dehydration goosebumps in the last couple kilometers, but man I felt like I was walking the last kilometer or 500 meters. It was brutal. The heat and the climb and everything. It was brutal conditions and a brutal course."
Does the race organisation need to consider extreme heat in the same light it viewed the extreme cold and snow that plagued Milan-Sanremo and the other European races this spring, which were shortened or canceled?
AEG's Michael Roth said that no team directors or riders ever contacted the race organisation to suggest that the stage be altered because the heat might put the riders' safety in jeopardy.
"We had a precedent in Lake Tahoe in 2011 to cancel a stage, and we take the riders' safety and health as our top priority. We knew the temperatures would be higher today, and we had a lot of discussions about it," Roth said. "We consulted the doctors and the race officials monitored the situation. We supplied every team with ice and water.
"We lost more riders on stage 1 than today."
The best young rider of the race, Lawson Craddock (Bontrager), grew up in Houston, Texas and has coped his entire career with the extreme heat and humidity of that area. He didn't think it was too extreme to race, but the problem was that not all the riders were acclimated to it.
"It's just like altitude, some riders do better, some do worse. Everyone has to deal with it the same, but it was brutally hot, especially when we hit Palm Desert. It was survival of the fittest."
Fortunately when the race heads toward the coast, the marine layer is expected to blanket the coast and bring the temperatures down below 70. Perfect racing weather.
Pat Malach contributed to this report.
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- May 14, 2013, 06:15
- 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 California captured the overall victory with a brilliant performance on the final stage of the Tour of the Gila.
Can he hold onto a podium spot? Deignan is hoping his time trialing skills will hold up to the test.
"I'm time trialing better this year than before. I don't know if I can be on terms with [Michael] Rogers and guys like that, but definitely in Gila I was close in the TT, and I'll try to limit the losses and see what I can do on Diablo."
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- May 14, 2013, 07:03
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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 move up after the time trial. The boys did a fantastic job dropping me off at the bottom of the climb," he added.
In 2012, while aiming at a GC attempt at the Vuelta a España, Meyer rode to 11th overall at the 2.HC race but this year his ambitions leading into the race were somewhat lofty after missing a large chunk of the early season races due to complications after his surgery.
The 10th-place ride to Palm Springs may at first glance appear to be a blow to his overall chances but with his strength against the clock and a number of the riders ahead weaker in a long individual test like the one to be tackled on Stage 6, it's expected Meyer will climb up the higher rungs of the GC ladder by the end of the week-long race.
"The big objective today was riding for Cam," said sports director Matt Wilson on the team site. "The boys did an awesome job for him. They helped get him into good position before the last climb, which was important because of the heat and difficulty of the climb. He lost 1'40" and with a big time trial coming up that really suits him, we expect him to make some of that time back."
Following the searing temperatures experienced on Day 1, where the Australian ProTeam lost two of its riders Michael Hepburn and Fumi Beppu after missing the time cut, the heat was once again a major factor. Riders and team staff alike were quick to suggest that Stage 2 was one of the hottest days experienced on the bike however, for the Orica GreenEdge squad Wilson added that the team recovered better-than-expected over night and if anything, had improved after the initial shock to the familiar European climate.
"This had to have been the hottest day ever for this tour," he said. "I don't remember anything even as close to the heat we saw today. Fortunately, the boys recovered pretty well from yesterday and even felt a little bit better today. Today's pace wasn't as high as yesterday, which was good for them."
With such a tough opening couple of days to the race Wilson was impressed by Meyer's ride especially given it did not suit the qualities of the former Tour Down Under champion.
"We're very happy with how the day went for us. Cam felt good on the climb. He raced his own pace and was able to get into a good rhythm. He's not a pure climber so he wasn't able to follow the explosive moves, but he did a fantastic job given his qualities."
- Vuelta a España
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- May 14, 2013, 08:04
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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," he said.
"I got asked before about this and I'm sure I'll get asked about it after the Giro, but my mind's just here at the Giro."
"It says what it says, it's the same as January when we made all the press conferences in January. People chose to use different parts of what I said two weeks ago. The message is the same."
Q: If you won the Giro, would you go for the Giro-Tour double?
Wiggins laughed slightly, shook his head but didn’t answer.
The Giro, the fans and the road
Tuesday's stage 10 of the 96th edition of the Giro d’Italia, from Cordenons to Altopiano di Montasio, is dedicated to the fans. For the first time, fans will be able to see their own tweets printed on the race route beneath the riders’ wheels.
Between March 21 and April 1, 2013, tweets with the hashtag #montasiostage were saved and then printed, in pink, on the climb that leads up to the Altopiano di Montasio.
The project also reached out to the teams taking part in the 2013 Giro d’italia, all of whom contributed a tweet, and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, which sent a message using the regional tourist agency’s Twitter account @FVGlive.
The project is part of an effort to use social media to bring fans closer to the Giro d’Italia.
Injuries confirmed for Vicioso
Following a crash during Sunday's stage 9, Angel Vicioso Arcos (Katusha) was taken to the Careggi hospital for further investigation after the finish.
The clinical and instrumental examination showed a fracture of the second finger of his left hand, a fracture of two ribs (left hemithorax), a fracture of the upper angle of his right shoulder blade, splenic contusion and left renal contusion.
Vicioso was hospitalized so that doctors could keep him under observation.
No surgery for Basso afterall?
Ivan Basso's recovery from a perineal cyst continues with the former two-time winner of the Giro d'Italia still unable to ride a bike.
Website tuttobiciweb.it reports that Basso underwent a third ultrasound on Monday morning at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, followed by a consultation by general surgeon, Dr. Michael Carlucci assisted by Roberto Faccincani. The pair found that the cyst has been absorbed in part and maintain that surgery is not the answer, despite its "delicate" positioning.
A further 10 days of rest has been advised.
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- May 14, 2013, 08:54
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