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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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July 10, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Goss left to rue Veelers' crash as form shows signs of improvement

    Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEdge)
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    July 10, 2013, 3:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Australian sprinter feeling better

    Matt Goss (Orica GreenEdge) was seemingly on track to deliver his best sprint performance so far at this year's Tour de France only to have his progress hampered by the crash that left Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) lying on the road with 150 metres to go.

    Orica GreenEdge sports director said heading into the rest day this week that Goss had come out of the race through the Pyrenees in far better condition than he had beforehand and expected the former Milan-San Remo winner to be better placed in the flatter stages to come.

    Goss was locked on the wheel of eventual winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) before having to quickly move to his left in order to avoid coming to grief as Veelers crashed on Tuesday's 10th stage.

    "That was a close as u can come to going down in a sprint today! Veelers bike hit my front wheel then my leg then sent me in the air at 70kph," Goss later said via his twitter feed. Footage showed Goss coming unclipped when he adjusted his line.

    "Had a lot of luck on my side to keep it upright! But unlucky not to get to do the sprint.... But I have all my skin for the next days!"

    He later continued by that the skill he showed to avoid crashing was "more ass than class."

    Goss' hopes for a result on the opening stage was brought to an end 500m from the finish when his front wheel collapsed after the spokes were damaged in the earlier crash that took out a number of contenders, including Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step). The 26-year-old suffered grazing in the incident but his sprint form hasn't been able to match the...

  • Porte is confident about Froome's time trialing ahead of Tour de France stage 11

    Chris Froome in yellow for another day
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    July 10, 2013, 5:46 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Brit could have over four-minute advantage after Wednesday's TT

    It would be presumptuous to even suggest that Chris Froome (Team Sky) will have the Tour de France wrapped up within the next 24 hours, but the stark reality is that he may well be over four minutes ahead of his nearest rival by the time he comes to a halt in the Mont-Saint-Michel time trial on Wednesday.

    "We can laugh about it, but it's possible, isn't it?" Richie Porte told Cyclingnews when asked if his teammate and the yellow jersey could four minutes clear by the end of the stage.

    "Not everything goes to according to plan, and we've seen that time and time again, but it would be a nice position for us to be in," he said.

    During last month's Criterium du Dauphine, Froome and Porte wiped the floor with Alberto Contador, who finished nearly two minutes down on Froome over a 32-kilometre individual test. The Spaniard blamed his performance that day on his allergies, but he wasn't the only GC rider in this year's Tour to also suffer that day. Alejandro Valverde and Laurens Ten Dam also lost substantial time.

    The road to Mont-Saint-Michel is well suited to Froome, who has improved his time trialing enormously since joining Team Sky, and even though Bradley Wiggins overshadowed his rides against the clock last year, he has become one of the best time trialists on the planet.

    "I don't want to be too blasé about it, but I think it's going to suit Chris more than it suits those other guys, and I think tomorrow is going to be a crucial stage on GC. Some guys are going to lose a lot of time," Porte predicted.

    The Australian, who dropped out of GC contention on stage 9, added that he would like to use the Mont-Saint-Michel as a ride of redemption after being blown...

  • Martin and then daylight for Tour's first ITT

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powers to victory in the 32.5km time trial at the Dauphiné
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    July 10, 2013, 6:47 BST
    Cycling News

    Start times for Stage 11

    Reigning World Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) is the overwhelming favourite for Wednesday's 33km individual time trial between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel while maillot jaune Chris Froome (Sky) will be looking to maintain and perhaps even extend his advantage over his GC rivals.

    Martin will be the 65th rider to leave the start house at 12:36 local time, and so will have a while to wait to see if his time stands with the German expected to cover the distance in around 38 minutes.

    First man on course however will be six-time Paralympic Champion Jiri Jezek of the Czech Republic who will be riding as a special guest of the Tour. As for the first official starter, that honour goes to Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana) who will begin his ride at 10:28 with the next 157 riders leaving at two-minute intervals while the remaining 24 get a three-minute gap.

    The reasonably flat, straight roads hold a distinct advantage for the powerful purists of the discipline, with last month's time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine a good point of reference. There, Martin again showed his dominance in the chrono, having recovered from illness, to win by 47 seconds from Garmin's Rohan Dennis, while Froome was a further five seconds in arrears to round out the podium.

    "I feel pretty well," Martin said of his feeling heading into Stage 11, having battled the Tour so far with significant grazing after a crash on Stage 1. "I had a pretty good rest day. The injuries are quite okay now, not too much pain anymore. I recovered well and am really motivated for the time trial tomorrow."

    Froome meantime, holds a 1:25 advantage over nearest rival Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and was planning a Tuesday evening recon for a detailed look at the task at...

  • Orica GreenEdge tipping podium for Tuft in ITT

    Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEdge) rides to the stage win in Tour de San Luis
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    July 10, 2013, 8:28 BST
    Cycling News

    Canadian to go 100%, saysWhite

    It's the second man on course during today's Stage 11 time trial who is looming as most likely to keep the hot seat warm, Orica GreenEdge's Svein Tuft.

    The 33km reasonably flat parcours is likely to play to Tuft's strengths and as he did during Orica GreenEdge's first Tour de France win in last week's team time trial, the Canadian's 1.8 metre 77kg frame should stand up to the buffeting coastal winds. The quietly-spoken five-time national time trial champion is even being tipped to finish on the podium by the team's sports director Lorenzo Lapage.

    "A place in the top three should be possible," Lapage told

    Tuft is riding his debut Tour de France this year at age 36. There had been some hope for Orica GreenEdge's other strong rider against the clock, Cameron Meyer, but after a tough day in the wind racing across Brittany on Tuesday, Tuft will be carrying the hopes of the Australian-registered outfit.

    Tuft recovered from the minor crash with Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) 18km from the finish but did not end up having to assist positioning sprinter Matt Goss for the Stage 10 finale, which saved some energy for the time trial.

    "Svein is completely fine," sports director Matt White said in Saint-Malo. "We could have used his horsepower in the final, so in terms of our objectives today, it wasn't ideal to have lost him like that. On the other hand, he was able to sit up and roll in once he lost contact with the field and that saves his legs a bit before the time trial. He'll be going 100% tomorrow."

    Tuft has so far claimed two individual time trial victories this season, at the Tour de San Luis and at the Tour de...

  • Tour de France shorts: TT start times

    Reigning time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) en route to victory in the German TT championship
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    July 10, 2013, 10:46 BST
    Cycling News

    Kristoff to stay with Katusha, Gesink on time trials

    Time trial start times

    The stage 11 individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel will see riders in action for most of the day.

    There are 182 still in this Tour de France. Most will start at two-minute intervals, with the last 25 riders setting off at three-minute intervals.

    Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) set an early fast time of 38:04. That will be the marker for most riders and the overall contenders.

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is the huge favourite to win the time trial but other contenders include Spanish time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar), Tuft, David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) and race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky).

    Any increase or change indirection of the wind could be a factor, because much of the course is very close to the coast and the finish is goes out and then back on the long exposed road that links Mont-Saint-Michel to the coast.

    Here are the start times of the favourites for the 33km time trial and the overall contenders:

    Lars Boom (Belkin): 12:12
    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 12:36
    David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) 13:14
    Jonathan Castroviejo Spanish 13:34
    Tejay van Garderen (BMC): 14:42
    Cadel Evans (BMC): 16:09
    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): 16:30
    Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp): 16:33
    Nairo Quintana (Movistar): 16:36
    Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff): 16:39
    Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff): 16:42
    Laurens ten Dam (Belkin): 16:45
    Bauke Mollema (Belkin): 16:48
    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): 16:51
    Chris Froome (Team Sky): 16:54.

    Kristoff re-ups with Katusha

    Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff has re-signed with Team Katusha for two years, for an alleged 700,000 Euros per year. He has...

  • Froome determined to gain time on Tour de France rivals

    Tour de France leader Chris Froome (Sky)
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    July 10, 2013, 11:31 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Team Sky leader: I'm going to give it everything

    After a bruising final stage in the Pyrenees Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be looking to assert a greater level of control over his Tour de France rivals during today's individual time trial to the picturesque spot of Mont-Saint-Michel.

    The maillot jaune currently holds a 1:25 lead over Alejandro Valverde and 1:51 over Alberto Contador. However come the end of the 33-kilometre test against the clock, Froome could well be between three and four minutes ahead of his nearest rivals.

    "Honestly I've not really thought too much about what to expect from the time trial. I'm just going to go out there and give it absolutely everything," Froome said during his stage 10 press conference, admitting that the responsibility of leading the Tour has been a position he's grown used.

    Small advantages

    Froome may even win the stage, with Tony Martin still suffering from his crash earlier in the race and a lack of other time trial specialists in the field. However the most important target for the Team Sky leader is gaining time on his overall rivals, and every second gained will alleviate the pressure on his team which struggled to contain Valverde and company on stage nine in the Pyrenees.

    "Time trialing is one of those things, whereby the more you do it, the better you get at it. The better you have of your own feelings, your body and your own pace," Froome explained.

    "This year I've done a few races in similar kind of time trials and I don't think there's any real secret to it. You can make small advantages with equipment, we've got a new time trial bike this year and I've spent a bit of time in a wind tunnel, which I've never done before. All these things add up and the time trial is a day that I want to target and I want to go for it."

    A blueprint for...

  • Dan Martin: I’m not thinking about Tour de France GC

    Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to win stage 9 at the Tour de France
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    July 10, 2013, 13:16 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Irishman lies in 8th place ahead of time trial

    Dan Martin may be the only card Garmin-Sharp have left to play in the general classification contest at the Tour de France but the Irishman says that securing a high overall finish in Paris is not an objective in itself for the time being.

    Martin currently lies 2:28 down in 8th place overall after his stylish stage victory at Bagnères-de-Bigorre on Sunday, but – to paraphrase his fellow countryman, the former Leeds United footballer Johnny Giles – he is still taking each day on its merits.

    “I’m not thinking about GC, I’m just taking it day by day,” Martin told Cyclingnews. “I’m treating it as if I’ve got twelve one-day races left and if the GC happens, it happens. It’s not what I came here for and there’s so much that can happen in these races. The main thing is to try and stay safe and get to the mountains, and then we’ll try and get another stage, and then who knows what will happen.”

    Buoyed by his victory over the Hourquette d’Ancizan on Sunday, Martin made light of the lengthy transfer the peloton undertook as they made the long trek north to Brittany from the Pyrenees ahead of the subsequent rest day. Conditions were admittedly not quite those faced by Albert Londres’ Forçats de la Route in 1924, but the tests of endurance in this 100th edition of the Tour certainly do not stop when the riders cross the line.

    “The travel was hard because we didn’t get to the hotel until 10.15 at night and it was 45 degrees on the airplane so it was kind of hero to zero stuff,” Martin said. “We managed to get a few beers in the airport though before the...

  • Cavendish doused with urine in Tour de France time trial

    Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
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    July 10, 2013, 14:19 BST
    Cycling News

    Spectators insult Omega Pharma sprinter

    Patrick Lefevere has confirmed that a fan threw a bottle of urine at Mark Cavendish during stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

    Cavendish was competing in the individual time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel when the incident happened and Lefevere believes that the it may have stemmed from action in stage 10 when Cavendish was involved in a coming together with Tom Veelers which left the Argos Shimano rider on the tarmac after a high speed crash.

    "Some spectators were not very pleased with what happened yesterday and one idiot put urine at him. Threw it at him," Lefereve said.

    "Maybe you have smell his jersey before you believe," he said when one reporter asked how he could confirm the substance.

    "I don’t know the taste of urine but he’s a little bit upset at the moment, and down, because he doesn’t deserve this and he’s right."

    Lefereve was then quizzed on reports that Mark Renshaw will ride for Omega Pharma QuickStep in 2014, reuniting one of the most lethal leadout teams in recent history.

    "I hope that Renshaw signs with me on August 1st," Lefevere said.

    "Of course to help Mark, not to win races," he then added, making reference to the fact that Renshaw broke away from Cavendish in order to seek his own opportunities at Rabobank [the team later becoming Blanco and then Belkin].

    "Mark calls every week with someone else but the maximum number of riders I can take is 30 and I have to look for the best people but if you look at the modern leadouts, if Mark Renshaw comes we’ll have one of the best leadouts in the world."