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Where will Peter Sagan be next season, is that the big question of the day? Maybe not, but we also have all the action from Pologne, Utah and Denmark: results, reports, comments and video. RideLondon Classic, transfers, Vuelta a España, Tinkoff v UCI, African Bicycle Dream and fighting cyclists are all in other cycling news. A very full EuroTrash sack.

TOP STORY: Sagan for Tinkoff?
It seems to be the big story of the moment, a Slovakian newspaper says the announcement will be made when stage 5 of the Tour de Pologne finishes in Slovakia today (Thursday). The team say that no announcement will be made and Peter Sagan Tweeted: “My head is bursting from all those thoughts about my future @cannondalePro @teamalonso @AstanaTeam @tinkoff_saxo”. So what’s the big deal? Sagan goes to a new team next year; he will still be the same rider. He might have a better team around him, but Sagan isn’t the type of rider who uses a lead-out train and Tinkoff-Saxo might have too many cooks next year and not enough Indians, if I can mix my metaphors. Mr. Sagan might also not want anyone to know which team he will be riding for next year as questions of collusion might arise in the Vuelta a España. Let’s hold our breath just a little longer.

Don’t leave your car near Peter:

header-pologne14Tour de Pologne 2014
Petr Vakoc had a great day in the Stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne from Turon to Warsaw over 226 km. The young Czech rider from team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step was all alone at the finish line in the Polish capital at the end of a spectacular breakaway that lasted for more than 200 km. It was supposed to be a long, flat stage, just right for the sprinters. After a lively start three riders managed to break away: Poles Bartlomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat) and Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Reprezentacja Polski) with Czech Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and reached a maximum advantage of about 7 minutes.

Once they made it to the final circuit in Warsaw; the Czech rider left his breakaway companions in his tracks, continuing his attack solo. For a while it looked like he wasn’t going to make it, but with grit and determination he managed to stay ahead of the group attack which was being pulled by the sprinters teams, going on to cross the finish line by himself, arms raised high in triumph.

He won the stage and took the yellow Skandia leader’s jersey. The group came in 21” behind him, led by Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Belgian Boris Vallee (Lotto-Belisol).

Now Vakoc leads the general classification with a 27 seconds over Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R-La Mondiale) and 31seconds ahead of Russian Roman Maikin (Rusvelo). The white-red Lang Team jersey for the points classification remains with Hutarovich and the cyclamen Tauron jersey for the GPM belongs to Pole Maciej Paterski (CCC Polsat). In the team classification Omega Pharma – Quick-Step remains in the lead.

Vakoc, who is also an Economics student at University of Prague, won the University Road and Time Trial Championships earlier this season: “Being UCI WorldTour this is a big race, so to win solo like this is unbelievable,” Vakoc said. “The toughest moment was when we started the finishing circuit. The gap was falling fast and my legs started to tire a bit. Then with five kilometres to go it started to get really hard but I just gave it everything for those last five kilometres. I didn’t think about anything other than use every ounce of energy that I had. It’s a beautiful moment for me. I didn’t expect it, and it seems neither did the peloton. When the three of us went away and had a gap at first I wasn’t so sure about my decision, but then I thought maybe if the gap kept going up and I save enough energy in the final kilometres, I can try to go alone. I was thinking about it, to try and have some energy left to win a stage. It’s a great feeling to have this effort pay off and earn my first UCI WorldTour victory of my career here in Poland. It seems Poland brings me luck as both of my University Championship victories also happened here a few weeks ago. I like racing in Poland. Now, I’d like to fight to keep the jersey as long as I can. It will be hard, but I will fight and I know my teammates will fight with me. We will see in the coming days. I’m a young student on and off and the bike and this will be an opportunity to learn in the best way possible. I’d like to thank OPQS for giving me a chance today, and at Tour de Pologne, in this jersey that I am so proud to wear.”

Lotto Belisol’s Boris Vallée: “I got second in the bunch sprint and third in the stage, certainly not a bad result but no victory of course. It was nervous in the peloton. AG2R, the team of leader Hutarovich, played poker. At a certain moment they stopped chasing. When the gap had risen other teams began to help a hand, for us it was Pim Ligthart who assisted in the chase. The advantage of Vakoc was too big.”

“Yesterday we would launch the sprint for Kenny Dehaes, but he crashed in the final. I had hit the ground as well earlier in the stage, but could calmly return to the front. Then I did the sprint and became seventh. Today I rode for the team. Jonas Van Genechten got boxed in at the barriers, so I took my chance again. My condition is really good. We’ll see what happens the next few days. Tomorrow there’s another sprint stage in theory, but bad weather is forecasted. If there’s a big break that could make an end to the sprinters’ hopes. Tomorrow morning we’ll decide who will be our first man for the sprint.”

Astana’s Enrico Gasparotto after stage 2: “Better weather today, sunny and hot – that’s the kind of day it was in Poland. The riders stayed but the sprint teams made a mistake and in the end it was only fast in the finale.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 2 Result:
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 5:23:54
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:21
3. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
4. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-Shimano
5. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
9. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
10. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 2:
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 11:11:28
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:27
3. Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo at 0:31
4. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:33
5. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:35
7. Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale
8. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:37
9. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
10. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale.

Stage 2:

Theo Bos (Belkin) took the win on Stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne. At the finish line after 174 kilometres from Kielce to Rzeszow, the Dutch rider got the best of a bunch sprint, coming in ahead of Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano), who won the sprint in the last stage of the Giro d’Italia this year, and Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE), who wore the green jersey in the 2014 Giro. This is Theo Bos’s seventh seasonal victory and his first in a WorldTour race this year.

This stage came to life with a break by 4 riders, but after yesterday’s mistake the break was not allowed much of a lead. The escape was made up of: Poles Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat) and Pawel Franczak (Rapresentacja Polski) with German Bjorn Thurau (Europcar) and Italian Salvatore Puccio (Sky). The four were caught by the bunch during the first of two final circuits in Rzeszow.

In the general classification Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) hung on to the yellow Skandia leader’s jersey. The Czech finished off the back after a crash about 1 km out broke up the bunch, fortunately without any apparent consequences for any riders. Since the fall took place within the last 3 km of the race, according to race regulations the time was neutralized by the jury. Vakoc leads by 27 seconds over Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Theo Bos.

Stage winner Theo Bos (Belkin): “The legs were really good I felt on the lap. Yesterday we took control also on the laps with the team, but it was really wide roads. I was full gas all the time so then in the sprint I wasn’t strong. But there was one guy in front anyway. Then today we said ‘ok maybe it’s not wise to take the front again.’ But then we heard the roads were really narrow. So we took the front and we can keep it because of all of the corners also. So, I saved a lot of energy. Then in the last lap I had to fight for position. It was a fast circuit, really high speed, so it helped me a lot and I was able to win. I’m happy with my victory today in Poland. There are a lot of people here watching us. For me it’s the biggest race I’ve been to this year. There are many nice people in the streets, really enthusiastic. Sometimes you just ride through the middle of nowhere and there are still people everywhere. It was great. Everyone looks really happy when they see us. As for tomorrow, I know the parcours is really long. I look at the final circuit as something that can be difficult because in the last kilometre there is a roundabout and then the road goes down a bit. It’s maybe similar to the first sprint stage. But, I will look at the book closer tomorrow. For now I will enjoy the victory today.”

Overall leader Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step): “Today was a great feeling with the whole team supporting me as leader. I always rode in the middle of my teammates protecting me. It was like a dream. We were always in control today with the breakaway having a small gap. We remained in control even when we entered the finishing circuit. There was, of course, a crash before the final but I’m happy that everyone of the team is OK. For me, this was a good experience for my young career to ride with such great support from my team. Tomorrow is another stage likely for the sprinters, and we will try to defend my jersey once again. Then, we go into the mountains. It won’t be easy, but I have nothing to lose and can only try my best to keep this yellow jersey.”

The Most Combative Rider Pawel Franczak (Rapresentacja Polski): “For me as a young cyclist it’s a very important prize because Tour de Pologne is an opportunity for all the Polish riders to participate and be here in front of the fans and sponsors. We can also learn something from the peloton and the most experienced riders. So it’s very honourable for me. I think tomorrow is a very important stage and, like yesterday’s stage with Vakoc making it to the finish, that another breakaway will try their luck but I think it will still be a sprinter’s finish.”

Belkin Sports Director Michiel Elijzen: “I didn’t think Theo looked very strong during the first days and so I decided that we would ride for Barry today,” said Sports Director Michiel Elijzen. “I knew Theo would be motivated and that he would have a good day, as he usually performs slightly better when the pressure is low. That he actually won, is pretty cool. Barry Markus, Paul Martens and Theo lost each other in the hectic final, after which Theo made a good decision to go for himself. This is the big win he was waiting for,” continued Elijzen. “Theo and I work closely together throughout the season. If he’s at his best, he’s one of the best sprinters in the world. Theo and I both think that he didn’t perform as well as he could have so far. Today he had that extra motivation that he needs at times and showed that he can bring a sprint to a good end even without a train. That was really nice to see, although I have to say that the team did a very strong lead-out.”

Astana’s Jacopo Guarnieri said after stage three: “Gaspa and Arman were working for me and I was in the right position for the sprint with 1k to go – then there was a crash directly in front of me and it was too late to avoid it.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 3 Result:
1. Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin in 3:39:27
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC
6. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
7. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
9. Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 3:
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 14:50:55
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:27
3. Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin
4. Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo at 0:31
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
6. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:33
7. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:35
9. Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale
10. Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:37.

Stage 3:

The finish of Stage 4 to Katowice came down to a photo finish and Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol) got the judge’s decision over Italian Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) and Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano). It was record sprint for Van Genechten with a maximum speed of 80 km/h. This is Van Genechten’s second success this season, the first in his career at a World Tour race.

The first part of the stage featured a break by five riders: Russians Alexander Rybakov (Katusha) and Andrey Solomennikov (RusVelo), Belgian Boris Vallee (Lotto Belisol), Frenchman Jerome Cousin (Europcar), and Belorussian Branislau Samoilau (CCC Polsat). However their efforts were promptly annulled by the peloton being pulled by the men from Omega Pharma – Quick-Step for the yellow jersey Vakoc, as well as the teams of sprinters intent on getting their leaders into the final bunch sprint at Katowice. After that there was an attack by other 3 riders: Pole Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat), Austrian Matthias Krizek (Cannondale) and Brit Joshua Edmonson (Sky). The trio tried to get away but the pack never let them have more than a 2 minute advantage. In the final the three men got caught by Jerome Cousin (Europcar), who had already made the morning break, and Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Reprezentacja Polski); these two were the last to give in to the strong chase by the group, which hit the long straight in Katowice in a tight bunch to jostle for victory in the final sprint.

In the general classification Czech Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) keeps the yellow Skandia leader’s jersey for the second day in a row. Austrian Matthias Krizek (Cannondale) moved up to second place at 26 seconds back.

Stage winner Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol): “I’m thrilled with this victory, which is definitely the most important of my career. Today the team did a great job and they set me up in the right conditions to bust the sprint. In the final I was in a good position and when the sprint was launched I chose the right timing to come off of the wheels of my adversaries just a few meters from the finish line. It was a very fast sprint which was helped by favourable winds. I hit 80 an hour at the arrival, which was slightly downhill; I practically didn’t get up from the saddle for how fast we were going. For me this is the first time at the Tour de Pologne and I’m impressed by the affection and how much the race is followed. I had already come to Poland for a Cities Trip some time ago, but I have to say that this day will be forever etched in my memory.”

Astana’s Jacopo Guarnieri after stage 4 – where the Italian rider finished second after a long day in Poland: “I look at second place optimistically – I did a perfect sprint and the guy who won in the final 20m was behind me – the glass is half-full in the end.”

Fourth Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) explained that: “I was aware it would have been a very fast sprint and in fact it was performed at very high speed. This is the reason why it was important to approach their sprint in the head positions: I received a very useful support by my team mates and I’d like to point out how the feeling with Ferrari is working perfectly. I preferred to begin early my sprint because I was aware of the risk of not finding the necessary space. Unfortunately, as it had happened yesterday, I could not be incisive in the final 20 meters. It’s something I can improve, considering that I was out of race for one month.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 4 Result:
1. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol in 5:43:29
2. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
3. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
8. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Shimano
9. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
10. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 4:
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 20:34:24
2. Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale at 0:26
3. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:27
4. Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
6. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7. Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo at 0:31
8. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:33
9. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:35.

Stage 4:

logo-utahTour of Utah 2014
Moreno Hofland won the Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah on Monday. The Belkin team rider finished off the perfect Belkin teamwork in Cedar City. Hofland picked up the win and the overall lead in a bunch sprint at the end of the 182.6-kilometre race. Hofland finished ahead of Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) and Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida).

Hofland sustained severe injuries in May after a harsh crash in the Tour of California. The young Dutchman broke several ribs and suffered a fracture in his lower back vertebrae. In Utah, he returned to competitive racing.

Stage winner Moreno Hofland (Belkin): “It’s fantastic to win straight away,” said Hofland, who had a strong spring and even won a stage in Paris-Nice. “After my crash, I had to miss several races, which I had to watch on television. The people here know that I was out for a long time and they’re very enthusiastic. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and I’m just super happy to race again. I’m very proud of the team. They did a great job today.” Hofland will start Tuesday’s second stage in the yellow jersey, but he’s not fixated on defending the jersey. “The ride is pretty tough and I expect a group of thirty riders to sprint for the victory. I’ll try to survive, but the yellow jersey is not sacred. I want to save a little for Wednesday. I expect a real sprint again then.”

Danilo Wyss finished sixth, Rick Zabel was seventh and earned the best young rider jersey and the pair combined with past Tour de France winner Cadel Evans to help the BMC Racing Team come away with the best team prize on Monday’s opening stage. Wyss said his season-best result came after teammate Michael Schär made a bid for the win with an attack in the final kilometre. “Michi did a good attack, but it was a bit too fast – and with the headwind at the end, it was not possible to make it,” Wyss said. “I had to fight a lot in the last kilometre to keep my position, so I was feeling a bit on the limit in the sprint.” Zabel, who matched his season-best result, said he was not thinking of going for the best young rider jersey. “I was just trying to help Danilo in the final as much as I could with the lead out and I still had enough to get seventh,” he said.

Cadel Evans, racing for the first time since the Tour de Suisse in June, finished 13th to help the BMC Racing Team take the lead in the team classification: “Coming back into competition, you can never be quite sure where you stand,” Evans said. “But the pace of the race was relatively conservative today, with the climbs, the altitude, the wind and there was a lot of headwind today. So that made it difficult for attacking and staying away. For me, that worked well. The rhythm was a bit friendly and a little bit less race-specific. And most of all, I see myself running OK. But I see the other guys also riding well and functioning well as a team.” BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said he was also pleased with what he saw as the seven-day race got underway. “We knew we had some cards to play with Zabel and Danilo in the sprint,” he said. “We weren’t exactly expecting to take the stage, but we wanted to do the best we could and the guys did that.”

Tour of Utah Stage 1 Result:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 4:51:12
2. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
3. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
6. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC
7. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC
8. Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
9. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
10. Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 1:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 4:51:02
2. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop at 0:04
3. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:06
4. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:10
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
6. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC
7. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC
8. Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
9. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
10. Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis.

Stage 1:

BMC Racing Team’s Michael Schär soloed the final 60 kilometres out of the day’s breakaway, survived a bout of leg cramps and held off a furious chase to score his first victory of the season on Tuesday in Stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Schär saw a more than four-minute lead over the top of the last climb – 38 kilometres from the finish – reduced to seconds inside the final kilometre of the 210.3-km race. “The finish line really could not come soon enough,” Schär said. “I had a lot of cramps the whole downhill. But then, in the last five kilometres, it got better. I got some power again and I was on my threshold. But with 500 meters to go, I got a big cramp on my right side. I pushed through it and I didn’t look back any more. I remembered never to look back – to never give them anything.” Schär crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop Pro Cycling) who assumed the race lead. “I gave it all I had to the line,” Schär said. “They say if you never try, you never win. I am not a sprinter. I am not a super good climber. I have to win my races from breakaways.”

Schär’s nearly 200 kilometres on the front of the race began with five others. One-by-one, they fell away as four categorized climbs were tackled, the last of which was where Schär shook free from Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team). “We really knew this was a day Michi could stay away if he got over the top of Boulder Mountain,” BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said. “In the grand scheme of things, we didn’t necessarily want him to take the yellow jersey. But we wanted to be represented, go for the stage win and not miss out on a group that would affect the general classification.” Schär – who earned most aggressive rider honours for his heroics – missed taking the race lead by two seconds. Four other BMC Racing team riders finished in the top 15 on the stage, including Cadel Evans, who is now fifth overall, 12 seconds off the lead.

Evans said he was especially happy to see Schär earn his second career victory. The 2013 Swiss national road champion helped Evans win the Tour de France in 2011. “It was a pretty hard day for everyone today. Of course for Michi, it was probably the hardest day of all,” Evans said. “But even in the group, it was solid chasing behind. So it was interesting to see which teams had the strength and I think we softened a few legs up. We will see Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday how the guys rebound from their efforts.” The BMC Racing Team kept its lead in the team classification with Evans placing sixth, Brent Bookwalter 10th, Ben Hermans 11th and Dylan Teuns 15th. Wednesday’s stage is 190.3 km with only one categorized climb and finishes at the Miller Motorsports Park.
Thanks to Sean Weide at BMC.

Tour of Utah Stage 2 Result:
1. Michael Schär (Sui) BMC in 5:03:00
2. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop at 0:02
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5. Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC
7. Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
8. Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida
9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 2:
1. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop in 9:54:02
2. Michael Schär (Sui) BMC at 0:02
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis at 0:08
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:12
5. Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC
7. Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
9. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team at 0:14
10. Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:17.

Stage 2:

Moreno Hofland struck again in the Tour of Utah on Wednesday. After having already sprinting to the win in stage 1, he also triumphed in Stage 3, after 190 kilometres, ahead of Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida) and Eric Young (Optum-Kelly Benefit) in Miller Motorsports Park. Team-mate Wilco Kelderman crossed the line in fifth.

“Again the lead-out was perfect,” said Hofland. “With two laps to go, United-Healthcare was in the front. We were able to profit from that. When we entered the final lap, we moved up next to them and we accelerated and left them behind. Thanks to Dennis van Winden, Jetse Bol and Robert Wagner, I was able to start the final corner in perfect position. The win in stage one gave us a lot of confidence and today we applied the same formula. The fifth stage could also end in a sprint, so we’re going to do our best for that one too.”

Helped by a lead out from 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team’s Rick Zabel sprinted to seventh. Zabel said the three laps of the 3.6-kilometer circuit at the end of the race were unlike any other. “It was really wide, with lots of corners, so the peloton moved differently than in a normal sprint,” the first-year professional said. “It was crazy.” Zabel said Evans delivered him to the front with a kilometre to go. “Cadel did an amazing job so I had perfect position,” he said. “With 250 meters to go, the sprint started and I was on the right side, so I was completely in the wind. It is a bit disappointing because I had hoped for a podium place today.”

BMC Racing Team’s Michael Schär remained second in the overall standings, two seconds behind Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop Pro Cycling). The past Swiss national road champion said he enjoyed a more relaxed ride in the peloton than when he soloed the final 60 km Tuesday to narrowly take the stage win. “I was really enjoying being in the peloton today,” Schär said. “It was a pretty calm day and many guys came and congratulated me, which was nice.” Evans is also in the top 10, in sixth and 12 seconds behind Kocjan, heading into Thursday’s mountain-top finish. “We had our heads up all day in case something was going to happen,” BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said. “In the sprint, Cadel was really amazing in positioning and willing to help out our young guy, so that was really nice to see.”

Tour of Utah Overall Stage 3 Result:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 4:29:41
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4. Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin
6. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
7. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
9. Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Garmin-Sharp.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 3:
1. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop in 14:23:43
2. Michael Schär (Sui) BMC at 0:02
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis at 0:08
4. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team at 0:11
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:12
6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC
7. Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
9. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 0:17.

Stage 3:

header-denmarktourPost Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark 2014
Stage 1 from Hobro to Mariager was a short 155 kilometres that ended in a bunch sprint. Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen, who showed why he has been signed up for Orica-GreenEDGE for the next 3 years. He got the better of Jasper De Buyst (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Valerio Agnoli of Astana.

Valerio Agnoli (Astana) sprinted to 3rd: “The sprint went quickly – from a group of 40 on the final circuits I saw the chance with 300m to go and stayed to the side.”

Post Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark Stage 1 Result:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water in 3:33:39
2. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
3. Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana
4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
6. Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7. Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
8. Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
9. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
10. Nicolai Brøchner (Den) Denmark.

Post Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 1:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water in 3:33:29
2. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:02
3. Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana at 0:06
4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:07
5. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:09
6. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:10
7. Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol
8. Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
9. Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo
10. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Stage 1 winner, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Cult Energy Vital Water):
stage - 1 of the Tour of Denmark 2014

header-ridelondonThe RideLondon – Surrey Classic 2014
The 3rd RideLondon – Surrey Classic (UCI 1.1HC event) takes place on Sunday. Starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, the pro cyclists will head away from the heart of the London 2012 Olympic Games, passing the world-famous backdrop of Canary Wharf, as they head into and through central London and out into Surrey to use the Olympic route. Climbs of Staple Lane, Leith Hill and Box Hill, before racing back into London via Kingston-upon-Thames. The closing stages takes the riders over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames, then follows the Embankment all the way alongside the Thames, heading past some of London’s most famous landmarks as it makes its way across Parliament Square and up Whitehall to the famous 1km to go banner. The race then swings left at Trafalgar Square, with riders racing under Admiralty Arch to line-up for the finishing sprint along The Mall, this time heading towards Buckingham Palace and the finish line.

Ex-World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Mark Renshaw (Orica-GreenEDGE) are expected to lead a mix of WorldTour, ProContinental, Continental and National teams.

WorldTour teams: Sky, BMC, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Belkin, Orica-GreenEDGE, Cannondale and Giant-Shimano, will be joined by: MTN – Qhubeka, Wanty – Groupe Gobert, NetApp – Endura, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Team Colombia, An Post-Chain Reaction and Synergy Baku Cycling Project and a selection of smaller teams from Britain and abroad.

Race Website: https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

Route Map Here.

Giant-Shimano team for London
Racing returns to the roads of the 2012 London Olympics this weekend at the third edition of the RideLondon Classic.
The race suits the sprinters with a flat grandstand finish on The Mall which also saw the finish of a victorious stage three of the Tour de France.

Team Giant-Shimano comes into this one-day race with Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE) capable of getting a strong result in a sprint eventuality. He is supported by young Daan Olivier (NED) who comes to London after a period of high altitude training and a strong showing at Clasica San Sebastian.

Also lining up in London is one of the team’s stagiaires, Steven Lammertink (NED) who starts his first race for the team.

“We will go into the race in London with an open chance for all the riders to go on the offensive and get into the break,” said coach Marc Reef (NED). “Then if the race comes down to a sprint like it did last year the team will look to support Jonas and get him in the best possible position.

“It will be a good opportunity for some of the team to try and get up the road and to learn from the experience. It will also be the first race for our stagiaire Steven with the team. The focus for him will be to integrate with the team and to get involved.”

Giant-Shimano line-up:
Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE), Thomas Damuseau (FRA), Steven Lammertink (NED), Sea Keong Loh (MAL), Daan Olivier (NED), Tom Peterson (USA).
Coach: Marc Reef (NED).

OPQS at the RideLondon Classic
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selections that will participate in Prudential Ride London Classic. Mark Cavendish, who withdrew from the Tour de France after a Stage 1 crash, will not participate in Prudential Ride London Classic. He will participate in Tour de l’Ain.

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Andrew Fenn (GBR), Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Gert Steegmans (BEL), Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL).
Sports Director: Brian Holm (DEN).

Glamorous London awaits Team Colombia
Team Colombia is one of 25 teams (including 8 Pro Tour teams) that will be competing in the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday August 10th. The six-rider team (Juan Pablo Valencia, Edward Diaz, Edwin Avila, Duber Quintero, Juan Esteban Arango, Leonardo Duque, led by Sports Director Valerio Tebaldi) will tackle the 200-km route starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 13:00 (local time), that includes multiple circuits in the Surrey Hills and additional sections of the 2012 Olympic Road Race Route, such as the climb of Staple Lane. Sir Bradley Wiggins and Philippe Gilbert look like to British one-day race top-guns.

Following the Tour de France and Commonwealth Games, interest in cycling has never been higher in UK, and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is another chance for fans to get close to the world’s top teams. Held for the first time in 2013, Prudential RideLondon immediately set new records as it became the largest inaugural mass-participation event in the world with 66,000+ participants and raised more than £7 million for charity, making it the largest charity cycling event in the UK.. The race will be covered live on BBC1 and shown internationally in more than 160 countries worldwide.

“The importance of cycling in UK raised impressively during the last few days – Valerio Tebaldi said – as confirmed by the outstanding Grand Depart of recent Tour de France. We do expect a glamorous, exciting and crowded race in London, that is one more reason to give our best”.

On Monday, August 11th, the squad will move from London to France in view of two stage races in a row, Tour de l’Ain (from 12th to 16th) and Tour of Limousin (from 19th to 22nd of August). At Tour de l’Ain, Team Colombia will be in the action with the same team as in England, with the sole exception of Jonathan Paredes replacing Duber Quintero.

Colombia line-up:
Juan Esteban Arango, Edwin Avila, Edward Diaz, Leonardo Duque, Duber Quintero, Juan Pablo Valencia
Sports Director: Valerio Tebaldi.

Team Belkin to force break in London
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM will take its freedom and try to force the eventual winning move in the Prudential Ride London Classic on Sunday.

“I’m a Sports Director for a long time now, but I’ve never done a race in London,” said Sports Director Frans Maassen. “That’s a bit weird, but I had a chat with Jan Boven, who was here last year and I’m up-to-date now. “We’ll be racing a really beautiful course. I expect a bunch sprint, but for us that’s not what we necessarily want. If other teams support us in the hill zone we can maybe force something. We have the riders to do so.”

Nick van der Lijke
Maassen is referring to Nick van der Lijke, who did well in the hilly stages of last week’s Tour de Wallonie. The youngster, who’s quick in a sprint as well, missed out on the Clasica San Sebastian due to a crash, but feels ready to race again.

“I feel a lot better now,” said Van der Lijke. “I had abrasions all over my body but slowly they began to fade. I have already been able to do some proper training rides and the right feeling is back.

“It was a pity that I couldn’t test myself at the highest level in San Sebastian. I was hoping to see what I was capable of when I’m in a strong shape. Hopefully, I can do that pretty soon, maybe on Sunday even. I expect a bunch sprint, I can do fine in a hard race as well.”

TEAM line-up:
Stef Clement, Laurens ten Dam, Jonathan Hivert, Steven Kruijswijk, Nick van der Lijke and Paul Martens.
Sports Director: Frans Maassen.

BMC Racing Team Roster For London Race
Past world road champion Philippe Gilbert headlines the BMC Racing Team’s five-man roster and stagiaires Luke Davison and Loic Vliegen make their debut in Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The one-day, 192-kilometer race will travel some of the same roads used for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

Luke Davison (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Loïc Vliegen (BEL).
Sport Director: Allan Peiper (AUS).

Prudential RideLondon Promo 2014:

header-vueltaVuelta a España Director Javier Guillén: “A wonderful start list”
Vuelta a España general director Javier Guillén is happy to announce that almost all the world’s best cyclists have entered the race set to kick off on August 23 in Jerez de la Frontera in the south of Spain and finish in Santiago de Compostela in the north west on September 14. In 2015, the event will celebrate its 80th anniversary but the 2014 Vuelta a España is already going to offer a spectacular show.

Javier Guillén, the start list looks exceptional. What’s your comment?
“It is indeed, even though teams can modify their line up until four days prior to the start. In addition to what we already knew from the enrolment forms we received, the very good news came on Tuesday with Alberto Contador possibly taking part. He’s been on the list of titular riders sent to us by Tinkoff-Saxo a few days ago. Since he crashed at the Tour de France, I’ve been hoping for a quick recovery. Shall he be able to take part in the Vuelta, he’d enrich an already exceptional start list.”

Does this start list make the Vuelta the second Grand Tour in your mind?
“For me, it’s the first! Of course, the Tour de France is the world’s biggest yearly sport event, not only in cycling, but the Vuelta keeps improving year after year.”

Can you describe the course with two distinctive parts, one in the south and one in the north?
“It’s going to be very hot in the south, let’s say the weather will be better than in France in July… As usual, we’ll start with a team time trial. We’ve opted for shorter stages. The longest one will be stage 8 from Baeza to Albecete (207km) in order to bridge the south and the north of the country. Last year we had a mountain stage on day 3, this time the first one will be stage 6 to La Zubia but the route before that isn’t dead flat. There’ll be some spectacle, notably on stage 4 with a climb situated 25km before the finish in Cordoba.”

Are the mountains mostly scheduled in the second part?
“Yes, real climbing will begin the day after the [34.5km long] individual time trial in Borja. There will be three high mountain stages: stage 15 to Lagos de Covadonga, stage 16 to La Farrapona, which I believe to be the queen stage, and the second last stage to los Ancares. Besides that, there are about ten medium mountain stages including a very nice course from Pamplona to San Miguel de Aralar (stage 11). There are eight uphill finishes. That’s the trademark of La Vuelta.”

Every year you come up with a spectacular location like the Pamplona arena for a team time trial two years ago. What’s new this time?
“The start of stage 3 in Cadiz will take place on the deck of an aircraft carrier. That has never happened in cycling before!”

How come won’t the Vuelta finish in Madrid?
“Santiago de Compostela celebrates the 800th anniversary of the visit of Saint Francisco of Assisi. Such an exceptional occasion was needed for skipping Madrid where we’ll go back next year for sure. It was also a way to thank Galicia and its elected members for having hosted the Grand Depart in 2013. The finishing line of the closing individual time trial will be drawn at the exact end of the pilgrimage walk. The last rider will arrive at nightfall. The award ceremony will be a spectacular one.”

Isn’t it difficult to name a hot favorite for the Vuelta this year?
“I’ll make four names: Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez. But we shouldn’t forget Cadel Evans, Warren Barguil who’s got a huge talent, and of course, Alberto Contador if he’s here.”

More info on www.lavuelta.es

Making of La Vuelta 2014
Making of the Promotional Spot from la Vuelta, filmed with Sara Baras at different locations of the provincia de Cádiz:

header_trekfrtBauke Mollema to Trek
Trek Factory Racing has announced that 27-year-old Dutch rider Bauke Mollema will join the team for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Mollema, who was 10the overall at the Tour de France, will strengthen the stage racing contingent of the team and bring new fire-power to the GC goals of the pinstriped squad. He will be the third Dutch rider on the team.

“I am very happy with this opportunity with Trek Factory Racing,” says Mollema. “The team has a great reputation in the peloton and I have had really good talks with Luca Guercilena. I can really feel the trust they have in me. The structure of the team is really solid and I like the vision of the management. The bike was also a major factor for me and the standards are obviously really high for a team that is owned by the bike supplier.”

“Bauke has shown a very consistent development as a GC rider, both in one week races like the Tour de Suisse and Grand Tours,” said Trek Factory Racing’s General Manager Luca Guercilena. He is also a high potential rider for the hilly classics, as he has shown last weekend by taking second place in the Clásica San Sebastián. We believe in him and we want to help him to bolster his talent.”

“I feel like this team will give me the space to grow as a rider,” says Mollema. “A new environment and new faces will be good for me, I believe.”

Mollema has three Grand Tour top-ten results to his name: fourth in the 2011 Vuelta Espana and sixth and tenth in the last two Tours de France. He also had two podium finishes in the Tour de Suisse and one in the Tour of the Basque Country.

How Bauke Mollema became a pro cyclist:

header_BMCBMC Racing Team Signs Damiano Caruso
The BMC Racing Team has signed Damiano Caruso to a multi-year contract beginning with the 2015 season, BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Tuesday.

Strong Climber
The 26-year-old is a former Italian Under 23 national road champion who finished third overall at the Tour of Austria last month while placing runner-up on Stage 3. Winner of Stage 5 at Settimana Coppi e Bartali last year, Caruso also captured the king of the mountains classification at the Tour of Beijing last year. “We are pleased to include Damiano on the BMC Racing Team’s roster for 2015,” Ochowicz said. “He brings with him a strong desire to excel his talents with us. He is an outstanding climber who has delivered big results in the past and the future holds great opportunities for him both as a leader and a worker.”

‘A Big Opportunity’
A top 25 finisher at the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and 2013, Caruso said he welcomed the opportunity to join the BMC Racing Team. “This is a big opportunity to be a part of one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “I am proud and happy to sign on with them. Next year, I want to try to win an important race and help others win races, too. I know I will have a good group around me to do it.” Caruso has a pair of podium finishes in one-week stage races to his credit, having finished third overall at the Tour of Alberta last year and third overall at the Tour of Britain in 2012. He was also third in the Stage 18 time trial of the Giro d’Italia in 2012.

20 Questions with Damiano Caruso:

BMC Racing Team Signs Jempy Drucker
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Thursday the signing of Jempy Drucker to a multi-year contract, beginning in the 2015 season.

Help For The Classics
The 27-year-old from Luxembourg was runner-up last month at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, runner-up on Stage 5 at the Tour of Norway and finished fourth at Dwars door Vlaanderen. A professional since 2008, he has twice finished runner-up at GP Stad Zottegem (2010 and 2012) and was sixth overall last year at the Tour de Wallonie. “Jempy has a nice background in classics-style racing in the spring and summer,” Ochowicz said. “He also has stage racing experience that we will be able to utilize in a number of races throughout the year. On numerous occasions, he has demonstrated his ability to time trial and deliver in the faster races solid performances and consistent results.” Drucker said he was excited to receive the invitation to join the BMC Racing Team. “I think it is one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “It will be a pleasure to get a chance to ride for the BMC Racing Team next year. I want to progress as a rider and become a better rider. My main races are the classics, so I hope to be able to play a big role in them and help the team get nice results or a win.”

Heart Problem Sidelines Lodewyck
Klaas Lodewyck will be withheld from racing for an indefinite amount of time due to a problem with his heart, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Wednesday.

Thorough Investigation Underway
Lodewyck competed last month in the Tour de Wallonie, his first competition since breaking his right collarbone in a crash while racing with the Belgian national team in Halle-Ingooigem on June 25. “He had been experiencing some irregular heart rhythm during racing and training,” Dr. Testa said. “We have been investigating it, first by having him evaluated by sports cardiologists in Belgium. The common decision between a specialist there and the BMC Racing Team’s medical staff is to rest Klaas for an undetermined amount of time while a thorough investigation is performed.” Before his injury, Lodewyck had been effective in helping teammate Philippe Gilbert win Ster ZLM Toer, Steve Cummings win Tour Méditerranéen and Taylor Phinney win the Dubai Tour. The most aggressive rider at the 2012 Tour of Oman said the situation is depressing. “Mentally, it is like I am in a big nightmare,” Lodewyck said. “Since my crash, it seems like there has always been something and for the last week, I have been to the hospital almost every day for tests.” Dr. Testa said an update on Lodewyck’s condition will be shared when more details are known.

header-tinkoffsaxoOpen letter to UCI President Mr. Brian Cookson
TO: UCI President, Mr. Brian Cookson

Re: Your interview of August 3rd on the Roman Kreuziger’s case

Dear Mr. Cookson,

As Managing Director of Tinkoff Saxo I am writing to you in response to your statements in your interview of August 3rd to explain what you have described as an “inexplicable” decision by our team (i.e. the decision to put Roman Kreuziger in the line up for Tour of Poland).

I am not going to go through the history of the case – but just going straight to the point:

When the UCI informed the rider about its fluctuations in 2013 – which the rider received on the first day of the Tour de France – he was requested to provide an explanation but no provisional suspension was imposed; it was fine for him to continue racing, and he did.

In May 2014, again shortly before the start of the TdF, the UCI formally indicated it would initiate proceedings against the rider but, again, nothing was said about a possible provisional suspension pending the outcome of those proceedings.

The team did not suspend him but decided, with his agreement, not to send him to TdF to protect him and the team (which was trying to win that race) from media attention, speculation and to allow him to get his defence organized.

It should be noted that since becoming aware of the issue in 2013 the team had requested expert opinions, had reviewed Kreuziger’s expert opinions, had reviewed the UCI anti doping rules applicable at the time and concluded that the rider should be eligible to continue racing, a decision, until now supported by the UCI.

On June 28th the team clearly stated: “Though he won’t be racing for now, until more information becomes available to the team it will not provisionally suspend Roman unless required by the UCI or the Czech Federation”.

UCI did not react to the public statement from the team that its clear understanding was that the rider was not suspended.

More than a month after that statement both Roman and the team expected to be able to have him racing in Tour of Poland. After all, we have a contract with the rider and we pay him a salary to race.

What seems inexplicable to us is how UCI can decide that from a certain moment in time but also retroactively the interpretation of the rule, that riders will not be provisionally suspended for alleged blood passport violations, which has applied since 2011 when the blood passport was introduced, shall be revised. What changed on August 1st, 2014?

It is also hard to understand how the UCI’s President in the same interview can state, on the one hand, that “I don’t know the detailed history of the case as I wasn’t the president then, and one of the things that I have done is separate myself from the detail of the anti-doping process” and, on the other hand, “There are very serious anomalies”: obviously one of the two statements can not be true.

It is also difficult not to object to your statements below:

(i) “The WADA code is clear but a little bit ambivalent on that point”, and (ii) “And I’m not saying that he [Kreuziger]’s guilty” but “In this instance that’s [to suspend the rider provisionally] what we’ve decided and we’re going to look at all future cases to see if they should be pursued in the same way. It’s not a definite once and for all though”.

It seems to us that (a) a penalty to a rider shall be applied only based on very precise and verified circumstances (b) UCI and yourself have written that the provisional suspension is imposed because it is likely that the rider’s results will be affected by the asserted anti-doping rule violation – thus you believe he is guilty; and (c) we believe that justice shall be administered treating all cases in the same manner and not on a case by case basis.

This team is fully committed to the fight against doping in sport, to the use of the biological passport and to the application of strict anti-doping rules but does believe this should be conducted in a manner that respects the facts and proper process, guarantees proper defense right and do not jeopardize the team’s ability to plan properly when hiring riders and select a team to participate in a race.

Kindest regards
Stefano Feltrin.

header-MTNAn African Bicycle Dream – Episode 5
The wait is over: An African Bicycle Dream – Episode 5 is here.

The 5th episode in AABD reflects back to our participation at the recent Tour de Suisse. Team Principal, Douglas Ryder and Director Sportif, Jens Zemke also give a lot of insight into the teams preparation and plans for the upcoming Vuelta a Espana. There are numerous interviews with key riders and management in this, the most exciting episode in the African Bicycle Dream series yet.

Fighting Cyclists!
It’s no wonder we don’t see cyclist fighting very often, it just doesn’t look good. The tour of Portugal can be an aggressive race. Both riders; Vicente De Mateos and Asbjørn Kragh, were thrown off the race:

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