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EUROTRASH Pologne Monday!

There were so many races at the week-end and so many results, video and race reports for you this Monday morning. Pologne, Utah, Denmark and Burgos all rounded up in EuroTrash. Disk brakes, who wants them? We look forward to the Eneco Tour which starts today, Matt Brammeier has bad crash in Utah, Ivan Basso to return, Amets Txurruka for Orica-GreenEDGE, Ilnur Zakarin to stay with Team Katusha and the 2015 Vuelta a España music. A busy coffee break.

TOP STORY: Disc Brakes – Bad Idea?
The use of road disk brakes will soon to be allowed in competition by the UCI, it is not doubted that they are more efficient than rim brakes, but that is one of their problems. Either everyone in the peloton must use them or no one. Can you imagine the carnage if the guy in front of you slams on his disk brakes and you just crash into the back of him as your rim brakes are not so responsive. You can lock-up your wheels with rim brakes and skid, so do you need anymore braking power? Also what comes to mind, are the tires up to the job of taking this kind of braking. Another problem that comes to mind is; the wheel change during a race. We see now how much slower wheel changes are due to the lugs on the frame ends, the mechanics used to file them off a quick change, with a disk and the frame end tags wheel changes will take an age, complete bike changes would be quicker. When I spoke to BMC’s Philippe Gilbert earlier this year about disk brakes he didn’t know much as he had never used them on the road. His comment that he didn’t use his brakes on a descent put it in context. I remember Sean Kelly once remarking “don’t worry about your brakes, they only slow you down!” The photo below shows what damage a hot disk can cause to a riders leg, in this case Gustav Larsson of the Cult Energy team. His comment with the photo on Instagram: “New brake tattoo. Minutes after use, contact in millisec! Soon legal in roadbike pile-ups.”

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Tour de Pologne 2015
Bart De Clerq (Lotto Soudal) won the Stage 5 of the Tour de Pologne from Nowy Sacz to Zakopane over 223km, the longest stage in the 2015 edition. The Belgian made his mark with the moves of a true finisseur about 3km from the finish line, after the race lit up in the last challenging lap on the circuit in Zakopane, which featured three consecutive climbs. Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) was second and Sebastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling) came in third.

The race heated up right away with a break that was initially made up of six riders. They eventually ended up as four by the time they came onto the Zakopane circuit. The four riders were Slovenian Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowicw), Edward Beltran (Tinkoff-Saxo), Norwegian Vegard Breen and Belgian Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal). With about 70km to go, the Colombian Beltran broke ranks and ended up alone in the lead. Meanwhile, behind him, on the Cat 1 climb of Gubalowka, with ramps of 18%, the chase was being pulled by Team Sky. Unfortunately, in the meantime yesterday’s yellow jersey Kamil Zielinski lost contact from the group of top riders.

Once Beltran had been caught the race became really decisive on the last lap of 50km on the Zakopane circuit. The group stayed strong, with about thirty riders being pulled by the light blue Astana jerseys led by Fabio Aru. The pair from Cannondale-Garmin, Davide Formolo and Moreno Moser, were steady in their wake, with all the best riders in the group, including Diego Ulissi, Davide Rebellin, Christophe Riblon, Sergio Henao, Ion Izagirre and Ilnur Zakarin.

The only one missing was World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski, who was dropped from the chase group at the beginning of the last lap. After the big guns jostled it out on the three climbs, the finalé followed with attacks and counter attacks. De Clercq made the right move about 3kms out from the finish line and nobody could catch him. In the GC De Clerq leads by 4 seconds on Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and 6 seconds on Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin).

Grega Bole (CCC Sprnadi Polkowice) is the new cyclamen Tauron KOM jersey. The white-red Lang Team jersey for the points’ classification remains on the shoulders of Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) and the blue Lotto jersey for the most active rider on the shoulders of Kamil Gradek (Reprezentacja Polski). BMC Racing is the new leading team.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal): “The real start of the Tour de Pologne was today actually. It was a very long stage with two laps of about 54 kilometers. These laps were very tough because the climbs lay in that lap. When we entered the final lap, a group of riders was trying to get away with among them Sander Armée. I bridged the gap to that group. We were with nineteen riders in front at that moment and I felt that I had good legs. Many riders bridged the gap to the front group so the group consisted of about 40 riders. Afterwards, Astana was setting a very high pace and on the final climb I was really suffering. But I managed to stay in the front of the race and in the descent there were only eleven riders left. I then attacked at about four kilometers of the finish and it appeared to be the good moment. I stayed in front and won the stage. I’m very happy with that because it’s been a while since I won a race. First of all, I’m going to enjoy this victory. For the rest, I’ll do my very best to maintain the first position on GC. Tomorrow is going to be a very tough day because of the many climbs. I rode this stage last year and no doubt, many riders will get dropped. It will be a matter of defending my jersey as well as I can. Also with the time trial ahead, it isn’t going to be an easy task. But I’ll give it my all to obtain the overall victory.”

2nd on the stage and 2nd overall, Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida): “De Clercq made his attack in the right moment and was great in keeping a high speed until the arrival. I was the fastest rider in the group and no one wanted to help me in the chase, so I decided to start a lonely recovery, Reichenbach followed me, but he had no energies for supporting me. It’s a bittersweet feeling having missed the victory in such interesting stage, but I received good feedbacks from my legs, especially on the last very demanding climb. I’d like to realize a good performance in tomorrow stage too, so I need to rest and to recover energies.”

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling): “It was the first really difficult stage of the Tour of Poland. The day was long, and there was a lot of elevation change, and then a very tiring final circuit. There was hardly a flat meter the entire time, with either false flats where the pack pushed a very fast pace, or else on the last climb, for example, which was tough enough and had a gradual rise. At the start of the day, I didn’t have a good idea of how I really felt. It was complicated because there was a strange rhythm, and it was hard to get a clear reading on how my legs would respond. But then in the final, I felt very comfortable, and I tried to go all out, though I wasn’t really thinking about my ranking. In my head, I told myself that I had to win this stage. I think we were only missing one or two kilometers to get back to and overtake the eventual winner. Now we will have to recover well in order to be in good position to do well again tomorrow. I hope definitely for a top-10 in the overall standings.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 5 Result:
1. Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 5:48:49
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:03
3. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
4. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:07
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC
6. Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
8. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 5:
1. Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 20:55:42
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:04
3. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:06
4. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:09
5. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
6. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:15
8. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:16
9. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:17
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha.

Stage 5:

Sergio Henao (Sky) won the Queen Stage 6 of the Tour de Pologne on the selective circuit in Bukowina Tatrzanska, 174 km with 8 mountain climbs. The Colombian from Team Sky won thanks to a forcing move with about 3km to go. The stage and the Skandia yellow jersey went to Henao, but 8 seconds behind him was Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), the Italian is second overall on the same time as the Colombian.

World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx – Quick-Step) attacked early and his move formed a group of about 20 riders. Kwiatkowski was joined by teammates Michal Golas & Gianluca Brambilla, Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo), Diego Rosa (Astana), Ian Boswell (Sky), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Darwin Atapuma & Dylan Teuns (BMC), Edurard Vorganov (Katusha), George Bennet & Bram Tankink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Arnold Jeanneson & Kenny Elissonde (FDJ.fr), Maciej Paterski & Niki Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi), Tomasz Marczynski (Reprezentacja Polska) and Guillau Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

After 50 kilometers, Bram Tankin went on the attack, followed by Pawel Poljanski. At the start of the last lap; Pawel Poljanski left Tankink behind and Diego Rosa eventually crossed to Poljanski. Behind; Lotto Soudal, for the yellow jersey Bart De Clercq, and Team Sky started to chase and closed down on Rosa, who had gone solo.

25km from the finish and the yellow jersey group with all the top men, around 20 riders, was all together. On the last climb Ben Hermans (BMC), Mikel Nieve (Sky) and Lawson Craddock (Giant-Alpecin) made the first attack, but they were pulled back for Sergio Henao to attack with 3 kilometers to go for the stage win and overall jersey. Behind him: Ulissi, Craddock, Riblon, Aru, Nieve, Hermans, Izaguirre, Nieve, Formolo, De Clercq and Zakarin. These will be the riders contending for the yellow jersey in Saturday’s time trial in Krakow.

In the other classifications: Pole Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) won the Tauron cyclamen jersey as best climber and his fellow countryman Kamil Gradek (Raprezetacja Polski) took the Lotto blue jersey as the most active rider in the pack. Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) is wearing the Lang Team white-red jersey for the points’ classification. Tomasz Marczynski (Reprezentacja Polski) is the best Polish rider. Lotto Soudal lead the team classification.

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Stage winner and equal leader overall, Sergio Luis Henao (Sky): “It was a hard stage, I had ridden it already in previous years and I was familiar with it. I knew we had to wait for the last lap to see how the group was doing. The last climb was very complicated; for a while there were many attacks. It was very tiring with a very fast pace but with Nieve we tried to anticipate. Aru gave it a go and Astana set the pace. I stuck to his wheel and I found the strength for the winning counter attack. For tomorrow I must say that the time trial is not my specialty but I want to do well. I feel good and I want to fight for victory. We’ll see at the arrival. After my fall in the Tour of Suisse in 2014 I spent many difficult months with a fractured kneecap which almost forced me out of cycling. I have to thank the people closest to me, my girlfriend and the team that believed in me and waited for me. This year I had some good results in the Pais Vasco and the Tour of California. I came close to victory, but I was always missing that little something to win. Now I’m happy with this success and I want to thank my family and my team again for always believing in me.”

2nd on the stage and equal leader overall, Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida): “I’m happy because at the beginning of the stage I wasn’t feeling so good. Yesterday was a really hard stage and I was feeling it. But I got back on my feet all right and I’m satisfied. When we bunched up at the beginning of the climb I hoped we’d stay compact to then play my sprint at the arrival, but Henao had better legs; he took off and no one could keep up with him. All I can do is congratulate him. Tomorrow I’m going to give it my all in the time trial, fully aware that it’s been two very exhausting days. Everyone is going to be feeling the fatigue but I’m going to try to fight like everyone else.”

Clément Chevrier (IAM Cycling): “We knew it was going to be a difficult day, and we knew that from the very beginning, but it often depends on the first breakaway. In this case, there was no first breakaway. It was flying from very early on, and if you weren’t on top of things, you were out the back. After about 20 or 30 kilometers, the peloton was already cut in half. When we began the circuits, there were maybe 50 riders in the main group, and our goal was to survive and stay to help Sébastien Reichenbach for as long as possible. In the last lap, Larry Warbasse, Stefan Denifl and I were there to help place our leader, and do whatever he needed, no questions asked. Since the Giro, I feel I have turned a corner, especially in terms of my ability to recover. I was physically tired after the first three days of staying on the front and driving the pace for Matteo Pelucchi, but then we were mentally pumped up because all our efforts were rewarded with victories. I needed maybe one or two stages to recover a little, and today I have felt much better. Anyway, my goal was not to ride for myself, but to be able to help my team leader as much as possible, and that is what I was able to do better this time.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 6 Result:
1. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky in 4:38:27
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:08
3. Lawson Craddock (USA) Giant-Alpecin
4. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
6. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky at 0:11
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC
8. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
9. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin
10. Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:16.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 6:
1. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky in 25:34:15
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:10
4. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:11
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:14
6. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:17
8. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:19
9. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky at 0:22
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha at 0:27.

Stage 6:

Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Movistar) won the 72nd Tour de Pologne, this victory follows two second places by Izagirre in 2013 and 2014. On Saturday morning Izagirre was 6th on the GC when he set off from the Stage 7 starting gate in Krakow, 14 seconds down on yellow jersey Sergio Henao (Sky). In the 25 kilometers against the clock Izagirre was 7th, but more importantly he was the fastest of the overall riders. Ion Izagirre took the overall ahead of Belgians Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), second at 2 seconds and Ben Hermans (BMC), third at 3 seconds.

It was non-stop thrills today at the Rynek Glowny in Krakow, the super central Market Square, where the time trial took off and arrived. On one side the time trial specialists were vying for the stage victory. On the other, 9 general classification riders were bunched together with a margin of less than 30 seconds as they went into battle for final yellow Skandia jersey.

For the joy of Poland, their very own time trial National Champion Marcin Bialoblocki (Reprezentacja Polski) won the stage, which was his first victory in a WorldTour race. Bialoblocki prevailed by just 2 seconds over the strong Belorussian Vasil Kiryienka (Sky). Holland’s Rick Flens (LottoNl-Jumbo) was third, 59 seconds back.

In the other Tour de Pologne classifications, it was a Polish party with Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) winning the Tauron cyclamen jersey as best climber and Kamil Gradek (Reprezentacja Polski) who took home the blue Lotto jersey as the most active rider in the bunch. Germany’s Marcel Kittel scored the white-red Lang Team jersey for the points’ classification. Tomasz Marczynski (Reprezentacja Polski) came away with the Lotos classification for the best Polish rider. In the team classification final victory went to Lotto-Soudal.

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7th on the stage and final overall winner, Ion Izagirre: “Winning any WorldTour race is extremely important and in my case, conquering a stagerace for the first time in my career is huge, even more here in Poland after two runner-up finishes – I’m just really, really happy to have made it onto the highest step of the podium at last. I relied on my legs after feeling quite well during the last few days; I worked really hard in the weeks prior, actually; I already came close to a victory in Ordizia and, in every single stage here, we always fought to ride at the front and not to lose any time. I knew that I would be able to do a good TT here, since I knew the parcours – I was really determined and willing to win this race. I didn’t feel as good as I did during last year’s time trial, but the result changes everything. With all the energy we spent for it and the support by my team… It’s incredible to win the Tour de Pologne! The first days were hard for me: always into flat roads, under stifling heat, having to keep attention everywhere – and it was a matter of suffering, suffering a lot as well in the mountains, with long stages like Zakopane’s, as in this TT. I really feel for De Clercq and that two-second margin; I know how harsh it feels to lose a race by such a short gap, as it happened to me with Majka last year, and the happy side of it came to me this time. I really like one-week stage-races and this year, with my podium in Pais Vasco and this victory, I’ve shown I’m getting stronger in those and doing well in those with a TT, where I can improve my result. Coming up next? I don’t know: for the time being, my schedule is mainly Tour de Limousin, then Hamburg and Plouay – but we still have to talk to Eusebio and see how we tackle the end of the season.”

Stage winner, Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland): “Honestly, I didn’t expect to win today, of course, I’d dreamt about it, but I was fully aware that there were many adversaries and that they were very strong. However today I really gave it all I had. There were tons of people along the streets cheering me on and there were many people close to me who travelled many kilometers to come see me, so I absolutely wanted to do well and give everything for them. It was a fantastic thrill. There’s nothing else like this, I can’t compare the victories I’ve scored up to now with this one. This is an entirely different level. After winning the Polish National Time Trial Championships, this for me is a dream come true.” Bialoblocki participated in the tour with the Polish national team but during the year he races with the continental team One Procycling. “A few years ago I decided to go to England to have a chance. I worked hard, even pulling night shifts at work so I could have time to train. Today’s success is a reward for me and the people who believed in me and all my efforts.”

2nd overall, Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal): “I didn’t dare to dream beforehand to become second in this Tour de Pologne, I’m tremendously happy. Although it’s a bit of a double feeling because I finished at two seconds of the overall victory, but I’m not complaining. I can look back to this stage race with a positive feeling. I had some confidence that the legs and the condition would be good; I had trained a lot and had a good feeling after the training camp in Livigno as well. But I didn’t expect to perform like this. That stage win and the second place in the GC please me a lot. The run-up in this Tour of Poland wasn’t tough, but the final stages were the opposite. The two penultimate stages were very hard, also the closing time trial was tough. I’m happy with the end result and I hope to hold that shape till the Vuelta. But first of all, I’m going to rest two weeks and I will enjoy the good results.”

3rd overall, Ben Hermans (BMC): “Finally, I am on the podium at a WorldTour race, but it is disappointing because I was only three seconds from the victory. But that is racing. I am going to keep trying to get better from here, I would still like to do a big victory. But winning two races and then having the podium in Austria and now being on the podium here is not so bad.”

3rd on the stage, Rick Flens (LottoNL-Jumbo): “This is really great, after my second place in the National Championships, my confidence has grown a lot, but this, I did not expect. I really suffered over the last few days, but I think it has done me well. It was around 35 degrees at the time and towards the evening it cooled down, but I don’t know if it was an advantage or a disadvantage. I followed the remainder of the race in the bus. At one point, I started believing in a top five, but none of the late starters was able to beat my time, which was fantastic.”

Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling): “Overall, we didn’t really have that much stress today since, aside from Sébastien Reichenbach’s position, we didn’t pretend we had too much of a chance to surprise the general classification. Larry Warbasse certainly had the heart to do well over this course. But for the other guys on the team, I think we were just interested in finishing the race well, and complete what has been a demanding week. For myself, the heat was not overly disabling since I had the chance to have the wind cool me a little. But overall, this week has been absolutely brilliant for us. We won two stages, and considering this is a WorldTour event, that is something to be proud of since it is not every time that you can celebrate such a success. Sébastien Reichenbach also finished third in one of the hardest stages, and that proves that he is in good condition. So IAM Cycling can be happy about what it achieved.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 7 Result:
1. Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Poland in 28:45
2. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky at 0:02
3. Rick Flens (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:59
4. Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 1:09
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:16
6. Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:23
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 1:24
8. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha at 1:25
9. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek at 1:26
10. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo.

Tour de Pologne Final Overall Result:
1. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar in 26:04:38
2. Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:02
3. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:03
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha at 0:14
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:15
6. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:19
7. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:40
8. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky at 0:54
9. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin at 1:23
10. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky at 1:32.

Stage 7:

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Tour of Utah 2015
Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the sprint in Herber Valley on Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah from Dion Smith (Hincapie) and Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop). Kocjan moved into the overall lead from Kiel Reijnen (Unitedhealthcare).

The 176.5km stage was based on a loop from Heber Valley and back with the climb of Wolf Creek Pass 60 kilometers out and the climb to Jordanelle (Cat 4) before the finish. A seven man group that escaped after 20 kilometers: Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin), Tim Roe (Drapac), Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka), Robin Carpenter (Hincapie), Daniel Eaton (Axeon), Nicola Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and Luis Lemus (Airgas-Safeway), but they were never allowed much more than three minutes advantage. The Colombia team came to the front before Wolf Creek Pass and had them in sight on the climb. Jim was dropped by the group, but was replaced by Gregory Daniel and the lead was extended to 1:55 at the intermediate sprint with 35km to go.

The lead was cut on the final climb with 20km to go and was only 45 seconds 10K out and with 6 kilometers left before the line it was down to 15 and 4 out the peloton was all together. In the sprint, race leader Kiel Reijnen couldn’t get amongst the time bonus and lost his yellow jersey to Kocjan.

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Stage winner, Eric Young (Optum): “It was a pretty hard stage for me, I was just right at the back over Wolf Creek there just trying to hang on. Climbing at 9,500 feet is kind of hard, but I was able to make it over that and then just conserve, conserve. We looked at it this morning and it looked a lot shorter than the .4km it said on the manual. I can sprint for a long time, so you could kind of go out of the last corner, and maybe somebody comes around you and you get second. BMC was on the front, they had three guys there in that last corner. I kind of swung wide, passed some guys and then waited a second or two, but basically just went right there. They didn’t shut down the left side so I had a hole to go through, then I just took a straight line through those curves, put my head down and that was it.”

3rd on the stage and overall leader, Jure Kocjan (SmartStop): “The first plan was to win the stage and then if it happens it happens, but the first goal was to win the stage.”

5th on the stage and 3rd overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “The team did an amazing job again, they executed the plan for a world-class sprinter. Although I feel like I have done a decent job of sprinting the past couple of days in the smaller groups, today, when the group was a little bigger, you saw that I am not a pure sprinter – tactically and also physically. Physically, I feel really good, I think I have spent a little bit of physical and mental energy fighting out these finishes the past few days that maybe other GC (general classification) guys have not. I still want to take it day-by-day. The yellow jersey is still in play for tomorrow and then we have two hard mountain days.”

Tour of Utah Stage 4 Result:
1. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 4:47:57
2. Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie at 0:01
3. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
4. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:02
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:03
7. Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
8. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team
9. Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie
10. Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac at 0:04.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 4:
1. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop in 17:46:56
2. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie at 0:02
3. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:04
4. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
5. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin
6. Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie
7. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac at 0:12
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:13
9. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team at 0:14
10. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka.

Utah stage 4:

Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won his teams second consecutive stage on Friday’s Stage 5 in the Tour of Utah. The Canadian jumped away from the lead group on the steep finish climb of the Salt Lake City circuit. He also moved into the overall lead. Sonny Cobrelli (Bardiani-CSF) was 2nd and Kiel Reijen (UnitedHealthcare) was 3rd.

Eight riders broke away early in the stage for a 1 minute lead: Travis McCabe (Team SmartStop), Phil Gaimon (Optum Pro Cycling), Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF), Adam Phelan (Drapac), Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts), Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) and Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka). The SmartStop team controlled the peloton and kept the break close.

With three laps to go; Pirazzi and Jim attacked from the lead group, but a non-working Jim didn’t help. The peloton caught all the others in the break and just before they caught Pirazzi and Jim, Robin Carpenter (Hincapie) jumped over to them, but the race was all together at the start of stage 6. Next to make an attempt was Natnael Berhane, he attacked through the finish and took a lead of 25 seconds. BMC and UnitedHealthcare pulled the race together for the last climb, but Woods had the strength to take the stage and jersey.

stage 5 of The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2015

7th on the stage and 2nd overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “But Taylor Phinney and Michael Schär did a good job fighting for me,” Bookwalter said. “Some of the Colombians kamikaze’d me off their wheel. I was really fighting them for it, but they made it clear they were willing to go down if it meant keeping their wheel. It was a short, explosive climb at altitude so I sort of felt like I had to ride it at my own pace, you saw guys fading really hard in the last 200 meters. Michael Woods showed he was clearly above the rest of us, with a big time gap and now the lead. But looking at the results, I am pretty proud of how I recovered on the climb. I did a good 200 meters to put some time into the other GC (general classification) guys.”

Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka): “Today I got in the break again which was good, and with two laps to go I attacked with other one other and thought maybe we had a chance but it didn’t work. Tomorrow is another opportunity and we will try again.”

Tour of Utah Stage 5 Result:
1. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2:03:50
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:02
3. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
4. Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia at 0:04
5. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling
6. Leonardo Basso (Ita) Trek
7. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
8. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek at 0:07
9. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac
10. Brendan Chanty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts at 0:09.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 5:
1. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 19:50:50
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:04
3. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop at 0:05
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:07
5. Dion Smith (Nzl) Hincapie at 0:09
6. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling at 0:14
7. Leonardo Basso (Ita) Trek
8. Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia
9. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac at 0:15
10. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek at 0:17.

Utah stage 5:

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) soloed to victory in Stage 6 of the Tour of Utah on the summit finish at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. Dombrowski dropped the others half-way up the final climb taking the stage and yellow jersey from Michael Woods (Optum Pro Cycling) who was 2nd, ahead of Natnael Berhane (MTN-Qhubeka). Fränk Schleck (Trek) was 4th with Chris Horner (Airgas-Safeway) 5th. Dombrowski holds the overall by 50 seconds over Woods, Schleck at 1:07 and 1:09 to Horner.

The early break of three was joined by a group of nine. They were: Dion Smith (Hincapie), Ruben Guerreiro, Greg Daniel & James Oram (Axeon), Flavio De Luna & Rob Britton (SmartStop), Joey Rosskopf (BMC), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin), Carlos Ramirez (Colombia), Johan Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka) and Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts).

Dion Smith was the best placed at only 9 seconds, but the break managed a gap went over 5 with 85km to go. Optum, Jelly Belly and UnitedHealthcare started the chase and were joined by Colombia on the front of the peloton. The speed split the peloton on Guardsman’s Pass. Up front; the breakaway also split leaving only Britton and Rosskopf ahead of King. King caught them on the descent as the others were caught by the bunch.

The Colombia team along with BMC kept the pace high on the Cottonwood Pass, holding the three leaders at 1 minute. Overall leader Michael Woods had no Optum teammates and so BMC were planning on putting Brent Bookwalter in yellow. Dombrowski attacked the peloton half-way up the climb to Snowbird, he received some help from King in the break, Fränk Schleck (Trek), Robbie Squire (Hincapie) and the yellow jersey Woods fought back to the pair as Horner was in trouble.

Dombrowski kept the pace high and only Schleck could hold him, but Dombrowski needed 10 seconds on Schleck for the overall lead. Eventually Schleck had to let Dombrowski go and was caught by Woods with 5K to go. Chris Horner (Airgas-Safeway) had recovered and with Natnael Berhane (MTN-Qhubeka) caught Woods and Schleck. Dombrowski won by over a minute from Woods, Berhani, Schleck and Horner to give him a 50 second buffer going into the final 125.8 kilometer stage in Park City on Sunday.

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Stage winner, Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin): “I saw Ben up the road, so I figured if I can go across to Ben and make a selection, I know Ben can really rill it for a k or to and really whittle it down, and that’s sort of how we did it. Once Ben swung off I think it was only Frank Schleck with me. The tailwind helped me a lot because I knew if there was a group of three or four chasing behind it’s more or less the same for them. That definitely helped making up a deficit like that coming into this stage. My director came up in the car, and sometimes you’re not totally sure what the situation is, I mean you’re off the front and you’re probably alone, but I had to ask him, ‘Is there anyone ahead of me?’ And he said, ‘No, no. You’re going to win the stage, man. You’re going to win the race.’ And I’m like, ‘No, are you sure?’ And he said, ‘You’re going to win the race.’”

Tour of Utah Stage 6 Result:
1. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin in 5:00:00
2. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 1:17
3. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka
4. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek
5. Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway
6. Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:44
7. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac at 1:54
8. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
9. Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia
10. Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 6:
1. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin in 24:51:36
2. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:50
3. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek at 1:07
4. Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway at 1:09
5. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:26
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 1:32
7. Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia at 1:42
8. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac at 1:43
9. Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie at 1:47
10. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis at 1:51.

Utah stage 6:

Lahlan Norris (Drapac) won the Final Stage 7 from BMC’s Brent Bookwalter, with Natnael Berhane (MTN-Qhubeka) third. Joe Dombrowski (Garmin-Cannondale) finished in the same time as Berhane and held his overall lead for his big win ahead of Michael Woods (Optum Pro Cycling) and Bookwalter moved up to 3rd.

Twelve riders made the early break: Taylor Phinney (BMC), Sam Spokes (Drapac), Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka), Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare), Edwin Avila (Colombia), Luca Chirico (Bardiani-CSF), Ty Magner (Hincapie), Rob Britton (SmartStop), Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Angus Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis), Griffin Easter (Airgas-Safeway) and Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts), they were not allowed more than 4 minutes advantage. At the start of the Wolf Creek Ranch they had just over 3 minutes. The break split on the climb to reform on the descent. Eventually it split again leaving Putt out on his own as the others were caught, but eventually he was caught by Rob Britton and then the bunch.

Behind Britton; Dombrowski, Woods, Bookwalter, Berhane, Frank Schleck (Trek), Daniel Martinez (Colombia) and Rob Squire (Hincapie) formed a chase group. They were joined by Norris, Chris Horner (Airgas-Safway) and Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis). Britton managed to stay out front until the Empire Pass were he was caught by the 10 chasers. Bookwalter and Norris attacked on the descent, with Bookwalter looking the stronger. On to the finish on Park City Main Street, Bookwalter had a gap on the final corner, but Norris fought back to him and just took the win by a photo finish. Berhani brought the chasers in 20 seconds later with Dombrowski save in 9th.

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Overall winner, Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin): “I said to the guys on the team bus the first day, ‘I think we can still win this race. And I think with you guys individually we can win stages as well, so let’s not focus on that and let’s just focus on the race and see what we make of it and be as positive about this as we can,’ I think it was a good week for us.”

Stage winner and 6th overall, Lachlan Norris (Drapac): “Our first win in the USA. I am so happy for this team. We planned today and executed exactly the plan exactly. The pace was hot up the climb and I tried to remain calm and keep my rhythm, I knew I had to stay at the front of the group as we hit the descent. 500 meters from the top I surged and it brought me back to the front of the group. As we hit the top, I wanted the lead as I knew it was critical to have the lead heading down. I pushed and only Brent came. He attacked me on the small climb half way down. I stayed back and wound it up as he attacked in the finish. It’s exciting! I am excited for everyone on the team. We had numerous top-10 placings this week and guys in the break almost every day. Our morale is high heading into next week for Colorado and I am just so excited.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “I think I got a good jump out of the last corner and was full gas all the way to the line, but he came around me. I am really bummed to miss the win on the stage, but the points jersey and the podium overall is a really good consolation. It is a testament to how we rode through the week – never giving up and just fighting on every stage.”

Taylor Phinney (BMC): “I am really satisfied, I really didn’t have any expectations and I wasn’t sure how long I would even be in the race.”

Peter Stetina (BMC): “We thought it was going to be tough for me to even finish Stage 1, we thought the best scenario would be finishing three or four stages. So to actually finish the Tour of Utah was beyond my wildest dreams. I personally didn’t see that coming. So I was really pleased I could do that off of three weeks of training.”

Tour of Utah Stage 7 Result:
1. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac in 3:14:51
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
3. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:20
4. Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie
5. Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway
6. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek
7. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
8. Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia
9. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin
10. Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop at 0:48.

Tour of Utah Final Overall Result:
1. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin in 28:06:48
2. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:50
3. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 1:05
4. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek at 1:07
5. Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway at 1:09
6. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac at 1:12
7. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:22
8. Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia at 1:41
9. Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie at 1:46
10. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis at 1:50.

Utah final stage 7:

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Tour of Denmark 2015
Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) won Stage 3 of the Tour of Denmark on Thursday. He beat his eight co-break members, Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy) was 2nd and Alexander Kamp (Coloquick) was 3rd. Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Soudal) was 4th and moved into the overall lead by 3 seconds from Marco Marcato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and 12 seconds on Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo).

The first break of the day consisted of: Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar), Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka), Mike Terpstra (Roompot), Patrick Clausen (Team Trefor-Blue Water), Martin Gron (Denmark) and Christopher Williams (Team Novo Nordisk). Their maximum lead was 6 minutes but Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana chased them down and they were caught with 30 kilometers to go.

The winning nine man breakaway formed with Breschel and teammate Christopher Juul Jensen, Guldhammer and Kamp, along with Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), Marco Marcato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Argon 18) and Troels Vinther (Cult Energy). They managed a lead of 1 minute and after a bit of cycling chess Breschel sprinted for the win and Bak took the overall lead.

Stage winner and 4th overall, Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo): “It was a really tough finale but I’m very happy. This is why we ride – to get wins like this. It’s been a long time since my last win so it’s amazing when it all plays out. Today, we planned to create a hard race and the team did a great job to destabilize the race, as we got closer to Vejle. After my first attack on the climb up Kiddesvej, where I tried to open up the race, I could sense that I had to pace myself, as we had to do it three more times. I had to control my effort but our attack had created a good group and we had distanced the group behind us. I have been aiming for this stage to take the win and Chris Juul as our GC rider knew when I would attack and for him it was about staying with me, when I attacked. Unfortunately, Lars Bak also made it in the group but Chris is now third in the GC trailing by just 12 seconds. He’s strong in time trials, so it’ll be exciting to see how the overall looks after tomorrow’s evening time trial.”

2nd on the stage and 5th overall, Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy): “Naturally, I’m a bit disappointed. It’s my home town, I have been looking forward to this for a long time and I really wanted to nail it. But I was simply beaten by a stronger rider today and it’s no shame losing a sprint to Matti. With 20-25 kilometers from the finish, I had a puncture and struggled a bit to get back up. Entering the final circuit, Troels did an amazing job. He initiated an attack so I could stay in the back of the group while the others had to work to bring him back in. In the sprint, I was in the right position but lacked the power to go past him. Now, I’m 5th overall and within reach of 4th and I don’t think the GC is set.”

5th on the stage and 2nd overall, Marco Mercato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “It was a hard day today. Tinkoff-Saxo worked hard and they deserve this victory with Matti Breschel. I felt good but not super good. At 300 meters from the line I made a mistake. I went to the front to anticipate but they saw me and closed the gap immediately.”

6th on the stage and 7th overall, Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka): “It was a tough race today with many short, hard climbs in the final. Tinkoff-Saxo made the move about 50km before the finish, forming a group of 20 riders. Edvald and I decided that we both needed to try follow the moves. I joined a breakaway of 9 riders and I was feeling good until the last corner where I didn’t really have the legs to speed up again. It was a hard race though and so my performance has made me confident for my upcoming tasks.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 3 Result:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo in 4:36:35
2. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy at 0:01
3. Alexander Kamp (Den) Coloquick
4. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
5. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:06
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora Argon 18 at 0:09
8. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
9. Troels Vinther (Den) Cult Energy at 0:41
10. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:52.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 3:
1. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal in 13:52:07
2. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:03
3. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:12
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:33
5. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy at 0:38
6. Alexander Kamp (Den) Coloquick at 0:40
7. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:49
8. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora Argon 18 at 0:52
9. Troels Vinther (Den) Cult Energy at 1:24
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:25.

Denmark stage 3:

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) won his second consecutive sprint in Stage 4 to Frederiksvaerk, beating Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Team Post Denmark) on the uphill finish. Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) held his 3 second overall lead over Marco Marcato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) third at 12 seconds going into the afternoon time trial.

Stage winner, Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo): “It’s really something, it’s my second win and the team’s second win in a row. I tried to stay calm out there and save energy for the sprint, while staying confident in myself ahead of the uphill sprint. I was delivered in a perfect position by my teammates, in particular Chris Juul and Jay McCarthy that rode the final lead-out for me. I’ve put in a lot of hours on the bike before this race. It’s just over a month since I was hit by a car and now I’m here as the stage winner for the second day in a row. That’s great but it’s also due to the group of guys racing here. In the sprint I knew that I had to start my sprint far out to increase my chances against Boasson Hagen and Magnus Cort. So I opted for a long sprint and that certainly worked out well. I’m not going to take it easy at tonight’s TT to save myself for the final flat stage tomorrow. I want to go out there and ride as fast as I can – time trials are not my specialty, but taking my GC position into consideration I have to do my best. But there’s no doubt that Chris Juul-Jensen is our primary guy tonight and I think he stands more than a fair chance.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 4 Result:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo in 2:23:57
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
3. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Post Danmark
4. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
6. Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot
8. Yannick Martinez (Fra) Europcar
9. Ben Swift (GB) Sky
10. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 4:
1. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal in 16:16:04
2. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:03
3. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:12
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:27
5. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy at 0:38
6. Alexander Kamp (Den) Coloquick at 0:40
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora Argon 18 at 0:52
8. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:02
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:21
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Cult Energy at 1:24.

Denmark stage 4:

Mads Würtz Schmidt (Coloquick) took the Stage 5 time trial, beating many top riders. The Dane beat Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Trefor-Blue Water), both by 15 seconds over the 13.6 kilometers. Christopher Juul Jensen took the race lead from Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), who punctured and finished at 1:12. Juul Jensen has 45 seconds over Bak and 53 seconds over Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Marco Marcato in 3rd.

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2nd on the stage and overall leader, Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo): “It’s great to be able to pull on the yellow leader’s jersey with just one day to go. It was a hard time trial, short but very intensive, and I had to fight from the start but that was of course the same for everybody. It was crucial to find a good rhythm from the start and try to keep it to the end. I didn’t get the win but I came sort of close and the yellow jersey was the main goal. It’s unfortunate for Lars Bak that he had a puncture, from what I hear I had gained enough time already but it’s still a pity for him. I’ve felt good throughout the week, however we’ve spent energy riding at the front and I’ve supported Matti, who has gained two stage wins. Right now, I’m very happy to have such a strong team to back me on the final stage. But we definitely can’t rest yet, as a lot can and will happen on the final stage in Copenhagen tomorrow.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 5 Result:
1. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Coloquick in 15:45
2. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:15
3. Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
4. Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana at 0:30
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:33
6. Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:36
7. Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
8. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora Argon 18 at 0:39
9. Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy at 0:42
10. Rasmus Quaade (Den) Cult Energy at 0:44

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 5:
1. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo in 16:32:16
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:45
3. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:53
4. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy at 1:04
5. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora Argon 18
6. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Coloquick at 1:26
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:27
8. Alexander Kamp (Den) Coloquick at 1:30
9. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 1:36
10. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:44.

Stage 5 TT:

Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) took the overall win on the Final Stage 6 of the Tour of Denmark, while his teammate Michael Morkov won the final stage ahead of another Tinkoff-Saxo man, Matti Breschel, in 2nd and the points jersey.

Juul-Jensen had a 45-second lead over Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal) and his team protected him perfectly and managed to go for the stage win at the same time. There was a four man break which was always going to fail due to the sprinters teams and Tinkoff-Saxo chasing them down. 5 kilometers to go and the race was all together with Tinkoff-Saxo in charge. On the last bend; three Tinkoff’s were on the front with Breschel looking for the points jersey and Morkov looking for the stage win, with Juul Jensen keeping safe for the overall.

Overall winner, Chris Juul-Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo): “It’s difficult to describe this. On top of the overall win, we finish off with a very well deserved stage win for Michael Mørkøv. It was something special to enter the laps and streets here in Copenhagen that I know so well with this huge turnout. It was a mixture of being focused on making it to the finish line to secure the lead and enjoying it but I must admit that I was confident all because of this group of riders that I have around me. We’ve targeted multiple goals during Tour of Denmark and this time everything played out just right. I’m overwhelmed by this experience and the support I have received from my teammates and people at the side of the road. Before the season I had two main goals – to win the national TT championship and to win the Tour of Denmark. And yesterday at the time trial, I was able to establish my overall win in this race wearing the red and white national TT jersey. I have a new team next year but it’s very special to conclude four amazing years like this. I turned pro here on Tinkoff-Saxo and I’m glad that I can pay back my teammates and everybody with this win.”

4th overall, Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy): “Honestly, I’m disappointed right now. Being able to smell the podium is naturally frustrating but at the end of the day, finishing 4th overall is a very good result considering the quality riders in the field. Both big international names and the broad mass of Danish talents emerging here in Tour of Denmark who put the pressure on and lift the standards of the race to a new level including Mads Pedersen who really had a national breakthrough in this race. Surely, I owe this personal result to my teammates who sacrificed themselves along the way to put me in this position and I’m truly grateful. I’m coming back next year for more action and with the same ambitions.”

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka): “The race was a sprint like we thought and I was feeling good for the final. Unfortunately there was a big crash in the finale and we lost some of our rhythm before the sprint. Going into the final corner the two Tinkoff riders got a gap which I tried to close but it was not possible. The team have been great all week and we rode well. Now I look ahead to next week where I will race the Arctic Race of Norway.”

10th on the stage and 3rd overall, Marco Marcato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “In the final stage the team has done great work for me again. It was another fast stage and I kept to the front of the bunch to not lose any time. I tried to do the sprint as well but I was a bit too far at the final turn. Finally I can say it was not a bad time trial but it was not super either. It was a flat course and therefore perfectly suited for the real specialists. You had to push big gears and I don’t have that power as a rider. Of course my morale is good after the Tour of Denmark. My form is also good. I did an altitude training camp and I feel I am improving every day. In the Eneco Tour I hope to get some chances to show myself.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 6 Result:
1. Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo in 3:09:59
2. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka
4. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot
5. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
6. Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
7. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Post Danmark
10. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Tour of Denmark final Overall Result:
1. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo in 19:42:19
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:45
3. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:49
4. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy at 1:00
5. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 at 1:04
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:19
7. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Coloquick at 1:26
8. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
9. Alexander Kamp (Den) Coloquick at 1:30
10. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Post Danmark at 1:54.

The final stage 6:

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Vuelta a Burgos 2015
Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha), took a very nice victory in Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Burgos on Thursday. Isaychev won the sprint from the breakaway group, that was able to stay in front until the finish line despite a furiously chasing peloton. In the final the Katusha rider out-sprinted Matteo Busato from Southeast and Miguel Benito from Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

The third stage of the Vuelta a Burgos started in Castrojeriz and ended in Villadiego after 165 km of racing. After a number of attacks a group of 5 riders, including Vladimir Isaychev broke clear after 20 km. They were able to take 3 minutes advantage, but after 40km the peloton caught them. Another set of attackS created a new breakaway after 10km and Isaychev again was there. This group stayed away until the finish line and fought for the stage victory, taken by Katusha’s rider. The peloton finished just 15 seconds later. In the general classification Luis León Sánchez from Astana still holds the lead.

Katusha’s sports director Claudio Cozzi: “Because of the strong side wind the peloton split in parts, but all our leaders were in front – Moreno, Silin and Machado finished the stage among the leaders without any problem. We knew it would be a flat stage. That’s why we wanted to prepare the sprint for Rudi Selig in the final. But, in the same time, there was a possibility for the break, so when the attacks started, Vladimir Isaychev managed to get away in the break. There were several attacks in the break and every time Vladimir had the power to follow the attacking riders. In the final, because of the wind, the peloton split in different parts, while Team Astana started to control the race. The gap decreased fast but the peloton did not manage to catch the leaders. Vladimir did a very good sprint and won a solid win. We still have two decisive stages ahead and today’s success motivates us for new achievements.”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 3 Result:
1. Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha in 3:31:06
2. Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast
3. Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Carlos Quintero (Col) Colombia
5. Rafael Andriato (Bra) Southeast at 0:15
6. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast
7. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
9. Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha
10. Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 3:
1. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana in 7:20:56
2. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 0:01
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana
5. Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:25
6. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:26
7. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
8. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:29
9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
10. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar.

Burgos Stage 3:

Astana’s Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez won Stage 4 and took over the overall lead from his teammate Luis Leon Sanchez. Lopez got the better of Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) in the tough finalé. Sanchez couldn’t hold on after an attack from teammate Michele Scarponi, and dropped to 5th overall. Lopez leads from Scarponi by 4 seconds, and Rein Taaramae 3rd at 8 seconds.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 4 Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana in 4:11:17
2. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:01
3. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:04
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana
5. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 0:08
6. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar at 0:10
8. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 0:16
9. Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha at 0:21
10. Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 4:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana in 11:32:14
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 0:04
3. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 0:08
4. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:30
5. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana at 0:31
6. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar at 0:33
7. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:38
8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
9. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 0:44
10. Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha at 0:53.

Burgos stage 4:

Dani Moreno took a splendid win in the Last Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour of Burgos, the Queen stage to Lagunas de Neila. Moreno attacked in the last kilometer to the mountaintop finish and won 13 seconds ahead of Rein Taaramäe (Astana). Ten riders, with Moreno, three Movistar riders, Torres, Belda and three Astana’s tackled the last climb. Taaramäe and Scarponi kept the pace high to protect their leader Miguel Ángel López but López dropped when first Belda, and later Latour attacked. When Moreno counterattacked it was already clear that López would lose the Tour of Burgos. Taaramäe is the Overall winner ahead of Astana teammate Michele Scarponi and Dani Moreno, 2 and 9 seconds behind respectively. Moreno’s strong performance gave him the green jersey for the points classification.

Stage winner Dani Moreno (Katusha): “It was very hard but the compensation is so nice, especially after my earlier two second places this week in Burgos. It was a hard fight against a strong Astana block, but in the end I took the stage win. I attacked at the right moment. David Belda and Pierre-Roger Latour attacked too early in my opinion. I attacked on the steepest part and in no time I caught the two leaders and made a nice gap to the others. It was good to see race leader López drop. Unfortunately I just did not take enough time on Taaramäe and Scarponi to win the Overall, like I did three years ago. I needed this win. I was so close already many times this year. This makes me happy.”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5 Result:
1. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha in 4:23:25
2. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 0:13
3. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:17
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 0:19
5. Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia at 0:25
6. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 0:33
7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
8. David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH at 0:57
9. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar at 1:32
10. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar at 1:40.

Vuelta a Burgos Final Overall Result:
1. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana in 15:56:00
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 0:02
3. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:09
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:12
5. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:34
6. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 0:56
7. Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia at 1:23
8. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar at 1:44
9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar at 1:57
10. Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha at 2:26.

Burgos final stage 5:

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Eneco Tour 2015
The Eneco Tour starts today (Monday 10th August) and runs to the 16th with 7 stages set in Holland and Belgium. Cross winds and cobbles are high on the menu in a stage race that is suited to the Classics riders. There is one individual time trial in Hoogerheide over 13.9km on Thursday, but the race will be won overall by a hard-man of the Northern roads.

Website: www.sport.be/enecotour/

Eneco Tour Stages:
Stage 1: Monday 10 August: Bolsward – Bolsward (183.5 km)
Stage 2: Tuesday 11 August: Breda – Breda (180.7 km)
Stage 3: Wednesday 12 August: Beveren – Ardooie (171.9 km)
Stage 4: Thursday 13 August: Hoogerheide – Hoogerheide (ITT) (14 km)
Stage 5: Friday 14 August: Riemst – Sittard-Geleen (179.6 km)
Stage 6: Saturday 15 August: Heerlen – Houffalize (208.6 km)
Stage 7: Sunday 16 August: St-Pieters-Leeuw – Geraardsbergen (188.6 km).

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BMC to Eneco Tour
The BMC Racing Team has announced its roster for the Eneco Tour, a seven-day WorldTour race.

Riders:
Jempy Drucker (LUX), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).
Sport Director: Valerio Piva (ITA).

Philippe Gilbert winning the GP. Pino Cerami.
Grand Prix Pino Ceram 2015

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Preview of the Eneco Tour with Jürgen Roelandts and Herman Frison
From Monday 10 August till Sunday 16 August, the 11th edition of the Eneco Tour will take place. In this stage race, the riders are led over Dutch and Belgian roads in seven stages. The peloton has to ride a few tough stages, where the sprinters and the classics riders will have their chance to show something.

The peloton starts in the Dutch village Bolsward, which is also the finish town of the first stage. 183.5 kilometers need to be covered in total, at the end there are two local laps of about twenty kilometers. The sprinters will try to show themselves for the first time. Also the second stage can be a sprint stage. With start and finish in Breda, the peloton has to ride a flat stage which ends with two laps of almost 30 kilometers. Day three has a similar profile, the riders need to ride from Beveren to Ardooie. Yet again, two laps need to be covered at the end of the stage, this time of about fifteen kilometers. This is probably going to be the last sprint chance.

On day four, the riders have to ride an individual time trial of fourteen kilometers in Hoogerheide. Stage five is the start of a tough triptych. From Riemst to Sittard, the peloton needs to surmount eighteen hills in a small Amstel Gold Race; something for the classics riders. The sixth stage is the longest one of this Eneco Tour, the riders need to cover more than 200 kilometers and have to climb ten hills. The GC riders will definitely try something in this small Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In the seventh and final stage, the peloton has to surmount twelve hills, among them the Berendries, Leberg and Valkenberg. This stage, which is situated in the Flemish Ardennes, traditionally ends on the Muur van Geraardsbergen. Most of the time, the GC is decided in this stage.

Lotto Soudal will start in this stage race with riders as André Greipel, Jürgen Roelandts and Tiesj Benoot. The winner of previous year, Tim Wellens, is also participating. They will ride against riders as Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert and Niki Terpstra. Also the sprinters are well represented with among others Moreno Hofland, Giacomo Nizzolo, Sacha Modolo and Arnaud Démare. Sports director Herman Frison and Jürgen Roelandts give a short preview.

Herman Frison: “The course is a bit the same as the previous editions. The first two or three stages can be sprint stages, although there’s mostly a strong wind in the Netherlands so echelons can be formed. After that there’s a time trial, the GC riders will have to be attentive here. At last, there are three little classics; a little Amstel Gold Race, a little Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a little Tour of Flanders. The GC will be decided in these final stages.”

“It will depend on how the Tour de France riders will be recovered. If you get out of the Tour in a good form, you can hold that for a long time. If you come out of the Tour in a less good shape, due to injuries for instance, it’s tougher to be in a good condition. We’re going to try to win a stage, therefore we have André Greipel and Jens Debusschere. Who will go for the overall victory isn’t certain yet. We have Tim Wellens, Tiesj Benoot or Jürgen Roelandts in our team for the GC. We’ll have to see how the race is evolving, it’s difficult to predict. In every race where we start, we try to do something nice.”

Jürgen Roelandts: “After the training week in Livigno, it wasn’t certain how the legs would be, everyone reacts differently on a training week. In the Tour de Wallonie I didn’t have a super feeling and afterwards I had some stomach ache. So I hope for a better feeling in the Eneco Tour, but I’m confident that it will be the case.”

“There are a few stages that I like, especially the fifth and seventh stage. I really love the classics courses and I hope to try something in those stages. Certainly in the final stage, where the start is nearby my place of birth. The first days I will do my job in the sprint train of André Greipel, afterwards it will depend on how the legs will react.”

Selection Lotto Soudal: Tiesj Benoot, Stig Broeckx, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg and Tim Wellens.
Sports directors: Herman Frison, Bart Leysen and Frederik Willems.

André Geipel should have some form from the Tour:
Tour de France 2015 - stage 21

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Eneco Tour – 10-16 August – UCI WorldTour
Wanty-Groupe Gobert has several cards to play in this varied edition of the Eneco Tour. In this seven day stage race through the Netherlands and Belgium the decisive stages will take place in the second half of the week.

“On the first three days we hope for good results from both Roy Jans and Marco Marcato in the sprints. Marcato has finished in the top ten on four consecutive days in the Tour of Denmark and is currently third in this race that finishes on Saturday. However, in the Eneco Tour you know that it will be very hard to obtain results in stages with big names like Greipel on the start list,” sports director Hilaire Van Der Schueren says.

In the final stages, which have a more classical character, the team has several aces to play. The fifth stage from Riemst to Sittard includes some of the climbs known from the Amstel Gold Race. The final stage with a finish on De Vesten, just under the top of the iconic ‘Muur’, in Geraardsbergen features the cobbles and climbs of the Flemish Spring Classics.

“For these stages we look at riders like Bjorn Leukemans, Enrico Gasparotto and Marco Marcato. When it comes to a good result in the overall classification much depends on the time trial in Hoogerheide on Thursday. We must get through the first three days without crashes and then ride the time trial à bloc. A good overall classification is then also a possibility for the team,” Van Der Schueren concludes.

Team:
Bjorn Leukemans (BEL), Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Marco Marcato (ITA), Roy Jans (BEL), Frederik Backaert (BEL), Frederik Veuchelen (BEL), Mirko Selvaggi (ITA), Jérôme Baugnies (BEL).
Directeurs sportif: Steven De Neef/Hilaire Van Der Schueren.

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Team Katusha for Eneco Tour
The next goal of Team Katusha in the WorldTour is the Eneco Tour, which will be held in Belgium and Netherlands from August 10th to 16th.

The team’s roster:
Jacopo Guarnieri, Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Kochetkov, Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Aleksandr Porsev, Rudi Selig, Gatis Smukulis and Simon Špilak.
Sports directors are Torsten Schmidt and Xavier Florencio.

Simon Špilak:
Paris - Nice 2015 Stage - 6

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Hofland and Kelderman lead LottoNL-jumbo in the Eneco Tour
The versatile nature of the Eneco Tour offers opportunities for various types of riders next week. Team LottoNL-Jumbo, with Moreno Hofland and Wilco Kelderman leading the team, will aim to get involved on the various terrains in the only World Tour stage race of the Benelux.

“Moreno feels good after a period of rest,” Sports Director Nico Verhoeven said. “He showed that in some Belgium one-day race and in the London Prudential Classic, where he won the sprint of a large group and finished ninth. We will take a number of riders who can assist Moreno in the sprints. Our goal is to do well in those.”

Kelderman will focus on the overall. “But we shouldn’t instantly expect the world from Wilco, he ended the Tour de France not fully fit. He’s heading in the right direction, though.”
Perhaps to his benefit, the Eneco Tour gets tougher during the second part of the week. “The time trial on the fourth day is important,” Verhoeven added. “After that we head into the hills and especially the last two days are difficult. The sting is in the tail.”

Moreno Hofland
Hofland is looking forward to making his debut in the Eneco Tour. “As a little boy I watched the race. Now people will come to watch me,” Hofland said. “The second and fourth stage finishes in Breda and Hoogerheide are close to my hometown Roosendaal. I want to get in the mix in the bunch sprints and post some good results. Of course, I would love to win a stage, but that’s always a challenge at WorldTour level. The feeling is certainly there after the races in Belgium and my ninth place in London.”

Wilco Kelderman
Kelderman starts the Eneco Tour with some doubt. “My back still feels a little stiff,” said the Dutch time trial champion. “I don’t really know what to expect, but after my seventh place two years ago, I’m aiming for a top ten ranking once more. The time trial gives me extra encouragement. I look forward to putting on the national TT jersey in my own country in a WorldTour race. “Hopefully, I can get better over the week. We start with a good team. I’m excited.”

Team line-up:
Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Moreno Hofland, Wilco Kelderman, Tom Leezer, Maarten Tjallingii, Robert Wagner & Maarten Wynants.
Sports Directors: Frans Maassen & Nico Verhoeven.

Wilco Kelderman:
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Giant-Alpecin for the Eneco Tour
Team Giant-Alpecin heads into the seven-day Eneco Tour without last year’s third placed overall Tom Dumoulin (NED), but with a strong, opportunistic line-up capable of fighting for stage results across varied terrain.

Nikias Arndt (GER) continues here after the Tour de Pologne and will be looking towards the sprint stages, while Tour de France stage winner Simon Geschke (GER) returns to action after his successful Tour.

The team will be captained by Roy Curvers (NED), while Chad Haga (USA) and Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) will have an eye on the individual time trial on stage four. The line-up is then completed by Georg Preidler (AUT) and Albert Timmer (NED), both of whom also return to racing after Le Tour, as well as Zico Waeytens (BEL).

“With Tom Dumoulin out after his crash at the Tour de France we are focusing on stage wins here both with Nikias as our sprinter and with Simon for the more difficult stages,” explained coach Rudi Kemna (NED). “The last three days will be very difficult and the time trial will be decisive for the overall.

“We will see how far we can go with Tobias for the GC battle, and for this we will need to ride well together as a team, especially early on when the race starts in the north of The Netherlands where we can expect there to be a lot of wind.”

Team line-up:
Nikias Arndt (GER), Roy Curvers (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Chad Haga (USA), Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE), Georg Preidler (AUT), Albert Timmer (NED), Zico Waeytens (BEL).
Coach: Rudi Kemna (NED).

Georg Preidler:
prologue of the Tour de Suisse 2015

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Etixx – Quick-Step to Eneco Tour
Etixx – Quick-Step has announced the selection that will participate in Eneco Tour, a seven stage race of 1126.9km in total distance, from August 10th until the 16th of August.

Eneco Tour has a little bit of everything for the classics riders of the peloton: Winds, hills, and of course the cobbles. The first three stages may look simple on paper due to the flat profiles, but strong winds could play a role in all of them. Stage 4, a 13.9km ITT in Hoogerheide, could be crucial for the GC contenders of the race.

The big GC actions of Eneco Tour might be saved until the 179.6km 5th Stage. There are 23 climbs in total to ascend from Riemst to Sittard-Geleen, with several of the climbs having featured in Amstel Gold Race. There is a two-lap finishing circuit of 22.4km each lap. The 6th stage, 208.6km from Heerlen to Houffalize, is another up-and-down affair, as the peloton will pass 18 climbs.

The 188.6km 7th and final stage, from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Geraardsbergen, is where the cobbled climbs come into play. These cobbled ascents include the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, which once was included in Ronde van Vlaanderen. The riders will climb it once as part of a finishing circuit, and the race concludes halfway to the summit on the second ascent.

“Eneco Tour is as usual a quite challenging race,” Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. “The first few days in Holland could be an immediate factor, it depends on the weather conditions. But of course, the time trial will better define the riders for the general classification. The real battle for the GC will be in the last few days in the Ardennes. The last days are always complicated and difficult, but we have a good team and for sure we will try to go for a stage victory. We will try to do well in the time trial, then see where we are in the GC, and make a strategy to try to get the best out of this race that in the past gave us good results and victories.”

Etixx – Quick-Step Riders:
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Tom Boonen (BEL), Yves Lampaert (BEL), Nikolas Maes (BEL), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Niki Terpstra (NED), Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Martin Velits (SVK).
Sports Directors: Wilfried Peeters (BEL) & Tom Steels (BEL).

2015 has been a good season for Niki Terpstra:
Cycling: Tour Wallonie 2015/ Stage 1

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Matt Brammeier sustains severe injuries in high speed crash at Tour of Utah Irishman unlikely to require surgery
Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed crash on stage 6 of the Tour of Utah. The Irishman collided with a service car on the descent from Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He was chasing back to the main peloton by the time.

After the crash ambulance transported Matt to hospital where he underwent several check ups. He is stable but sustained severe injuries to his pelvis, ribs and lung. The team wishes Matt a speedy recovery.

Dr Jarrad van Zuydam – Team Doctor: “Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed collision with a vehicle during the queen stage of the Tour of Utah. Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant, however. He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries.”

Matt Brammeier:
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Basso Back?
Ivan Basso is in training again after his surgery for testicular cancer after only a month. Basso is to hold a press conference the Aquagrande Sports Centre in Livigno on August 17 in Livigno and lead a short ride.

Ivan Basso:
5th stage of the 61st Tour of Andalusia Ruta Del Sol

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Amets Txurruka for Orica-GreenEDGE
Basque rider, Amets Txurruka, will be riding for the Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team in 2016. Txurruka brings a lot of experience to the team as he has ridden fourteen Grand Tours, mostly as right-hand-man for Samuel Sanchez at Euskaltel-Euskadi. He left the Euskadi set up at the end of the 2012 season to ride with the ProConti Caja Rural team where he gathered some victories for himself, including the Vuelta a Asturias, Tour du Gévaudan, stage 1 in the Tour of Norway and KOM in the Vuelta a Burgos and Basque Country.

Amets Txurruka solo in the 2014 Clasica San Sebastian:
Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian 2014

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Ilnur Zakarin to go on with Team Katusha
Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin continues his career with WorldTour Team Katusha. The appropriate agreement was signed recently between team management and rider. Ilnur Zakarin (25) is spending his debut season in the UCI WorldTour. This year Ilnur won the final classification of the Tour de Romandie and took a heroic victory in stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. On Saturday Zakarin scored another strong result finishing 4th in the overall classification of the Tour de Pologne.

“I always wanted to compete at the highest level and I am happy with my first steps in the WorldTour with Team Katusha. This season I was able to get some good results, which would have been impossible to get without the team’s support. I feel very comfortable in Katusha and I am glad to continue my career in this team. I have more ambitions in cycling and I am sure I can realize them with Katusha,” said Ilnur Zakarin.

“Ilnur is doing a great season. Despite his young age, he already realized some important achievements. We are trying not to push or stress Ilnur and we would like to give the rider, step by step, the possibility for a harmonic development. I am sure Ilnur has a big future in professional sports and I am happy he will continue his development in Team Katusha,” commented general manager Viacheslav Ekimov.

Details on the newly signed contract will not be disclosed. Ilnur Zakarin’s next race will be the Arctic Race of Norway from August 13th to 16th.

Ilnur Zakarin in the Giro:
Giro d'Italia 2015: undicesima tappa

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Final stage Boels Rental Ladies Tour live on television
Also live stream on internet, commentating by Marianne Vos

Following races like La Course by Le Tour de France, the last stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour will be broadcasted live on television. Main sponsor of the race Boels Rental took the initiative and with the help of several partners, television station L1 is able to broadcast the race live on Sunday, September 6th. There will also be a live stream on the internet. Sander Kleikers and Marianne Vos will commentate the race. At the moment it is still possible that more television stations are going to broadcast the race.

The sixth stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour starts in Bunde and finishes on the Cauberg. It will be the queen stage of the race, with a trail through the hills of southern Limburg. Before that the peloton has already five race days behind them. On Tuesday, September 1 the stage race starts in Zeddam. Followed by two stages in Tiel, an individual time trial in Oosterhout and a stage in Gennep. Before the live coverage on Sunday, a summary of the stage in Gennep will be shown. The best women cyclists in the world compete in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.

La Course by Le Tour de France
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Less than two weeks to the start of la Vuelta a España
Here is the Vuelta promotional video and music. Nice.


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