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The high point of the week had to be the chase back of Alberto Contador on the climb of the Mortirolo, he turned a deficit into an advantage. Giro, Belgium, Fjords and US Champs with video, results and reports. Hydration is our Top Story with Dr. Cheung. Other cycling news: Paolini, Küng, De Weert, Veloroos and Salem live video.

TOP STORY: Hydrate or Die!
It’s great when you get some recognition and our ToolBox editor, Stephen Cheung Ph.D, has been receiving many plaudits from all over the world on his recent paper on hydration. The latest was on the GCN YouTube channel, the first item, it even came before their Giro d’Italia round-up. You can read his findings in Tuesday’s ‘Toolbox: How Important is Hydration?’ Great work by Stephen and his team, we are all very proud at PEZ to be working with him.

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On the descent from Aprica, before the Mortirolo on Stage 16, Alberto Contador punctured, Katusha and Astana put the pressure on the front to distance him and at the base of the Mortirolo; Fabio Aru had a minute on the pink jersey. Contador headed off on his own to chase down Aru, his Astana teammate Mikel Landa and LottoNL- Jumbo’s Steven Kruijswijk. He caught them and attacked, Aru couldn’t follow and from then on lost time. Landa sat on Contador and Kruijswijk and they towed him to the stage win and second overall.

Before all that action a break of eleven riders formed after the first climb. They were: Franco Pellizotti (Androni-Giocattoli), Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF), Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin), Fabio Felline (Trek), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), David De La Cruz (Etixx – Quick-Step), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi), Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) and Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida).

They were making a good job of being the break of the day, until Katusha and Astana put the hammer down. The only rider to survive was the Canadian, Ryder Hesjedal who managed to stay with front riders and finish 7th and move into the top ten overall. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) also rode a perfect race, he held Contador when he caught the front group and looked good for the stage win, if it hadn’t have been for Landa. Kruijswijk finished 2nd and moved into 8th overall.

Fabio Aru (Astana) struggled on to finish in 7th place, dropping to 3rd overall at 4:52 to Contador and 50 seconds back from Mikel Landa.

Alberto Contador single handedly saved his 2015 Giro with a stunning ride up the Mortirolo, had it been in different circumstances he might now be leading by 6 or more minutes.

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Stage winner, Mikel Landa (Astana): Will Aru be riding for you tomorrow? “I don’t know yet. I still haven’t seen the General Classification. We have to see how my legs are. I’m know I’m second overall, but I don’t know the times with respect to Contador. We’ll see how Fabio recovers, it would be good if the two of us could work together against Contador. To tell you the truth, I had a lot of respect for Aprica. There are sidewinds in the valley, and the gradient isn’t very high, so it doesn’t really suit me. We tried to force the pace before the Mortirolo to make Alberto suffer so that catching us would cost him energy. After Alberto had caught us, I saw that Aru wasn’t strong, they told me to go ahead and try to win the stage. The rest, you know. If I’d come as a leader, it’s possible I wouldn’t have achieved anything at all. You never know. This situation is new for me, what’s happened has happened, and we’ll see how it ends.”

Overall leader, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo): “I feel proud to have been a protagonist today. It was a very difficult stage. Everything was going perfectly until my puncture on the descent from the Aprica. Basso gave me a wheel but it took time to change and by then I was in a chasing group. I knew that the most probably scenario would be what happened. I’m not going to debate whether it was correct or not. My team-mates were extraordinary. The entire team dropped back and we worked together. My pulse rate on the flat was 180. Ahead, they were riding at full gas to open a gap. When I saw that that Astana were organized ahead, I knew I’d start the Mortirolo with a time deficit. When we started the Mortirolo, we were putting out an incredible number of Watts. My team took control on Day 1 of this Giro d’Italia, and I think people forget it. The problem wasn’t so much starting the climb behind, but the fact that the previous descent finished 10km before. I knew how hard it would be: I had 45km to go, during which I couldn’t afford to have any problems – mechanical problems or crises. On the Mortirolo, I rode at my rhythm. I knew it was a time trial. I couldn’t allow myself to lose my calm. After I changed wheels with Basso, I rode the Mortirolo using a gear ratio of 34-30.”

2nd on the stage, Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo): “Did Contador call me the strongest man in the race? That’s a great compliment, I have to say I felt very good. I’m very satisfied with my legs at the moment. Hopefully, I can benefit from it during the rest of the week as well. Landa was just too strong. I already knew that before the rest day. I therefore decided to take as much time as possible in the last ten kilometers, instead of fighting for a stage win.”

Break rider, Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida): “The early kilometers of the stage was very demanding, because of the climb and because of the cold and the rain. The first selection was natural, then the battle began and I focused my attention on joining a good attack attempt. I succeeded in joining a ten riders breakaway but, as already happened on Sunday, the bunch did not give us too much freedom.”

Abandoned, Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling): “I had a tough night. This morning I woke up feeling odd. I still wanted to start, but from the beginning of the first climb, I just felt really sick and was unable to keep pace even with the gruppetto. I did give my maximum, but I was just powerless. It did not make sense to continue under these conditions. It is a huge disappointment because I was really looking forward to finishing my first Giro.”

Read the full race report HERE.

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Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Result:
1. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana in 5:02:53
2. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:38
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
4. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha at 2:03
5. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin at 2:10
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 2:51
8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 3:18
9. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 3:19
10. Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 16:
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo in 65:04:59
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana at 4:02
3. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 4:52
4. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 5:48
5. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha at 8:27
6. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 9:21
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 9:52
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 11:40
9. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr at 12:48
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin at 12:49.

Stage 16:

Wednesday’s Stage 17 was meant to be a sprinters stage and in the end that’s how it turned out with Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo taking a bike length out of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Luka Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin) at the finish line in Lugano. At the top of the only climb of the day, Marco Bandiera (Androni-Giocattoli), Iljo Keisse (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) broke away and were not caught until after the second intermediate sprint with 29 kilometers to go to Lugano. On the run-in to the finish there was an attack by Adam Hansen (Lotto soudal), Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Darwin Atapuma (BMC), but it failed. Next to go was Tom Jelter Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin) on a small rise in the road with 5.2 kilometers to go. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) managed to slip over to Slagter, but the peloton was only meters behind them. Luca Paolini (Katusha) was the last to try something, but he too was scooped up in time for the Lampre-Merida team to take Sacha Modolo to the line for his second stage win of the 2015 Giro.

On Tuesday in stage 16, sixteen riders were fined for holding onto cars and motorbikes. The top names in the list were Leopold König (Sky) and Jürgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Soudal). They received a fine of 50CHF, 10 seconds added to the overall and a deduction of 5 points. Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), Marcus Burghardt & Silvan Dillier (BMC), Bartlomiej Matysiak & Sylwester Szmyd (CCC Sprandi), Kenny Elissonde (FDJ.fr), Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin), Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo), Giacomo Nizzolo & Fabio Silvestre (Trek Factory Racing) also had the same penalty. Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Elia Favilli & Francesco Gavazzi (Southeast) and Marco Coledan (Trek) received a 100CHF, 20 seconds added and the loss of 10 points.

Stage winner, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida): “The Giro d’Italia has been very hard. I don’t feel superior to anyone, I think I’m a rider who sometimes achieves good things, but I have to say that I’ve achieved what I have here thanks to my team, and specifically, Ferrari and Max Richeze. My wins in these two stages are for them. I’ve done four years without a train and I’ve managed to gather some wins. It’s more difficult, yes. I think that a rider, when he has my qualities, with a good kick, if they take you up there, it is difficult to get past you. Just look at Cavendish: when he doesn’t have a train, he is beatable. I’ve beaten him once, and another time I’ve gone close, because he didn’t have a train. When he has a train, he’s even stronger. If you drop him off there, logically, he becomes almost unbeatable. I’ve always said that, and now I’m in his position, I can’t say, ‘No, I’m the strongest.’ I have an advantage over the others. I have a good kick, and if you deliver me to 150m, it’s difficult to get past me. But the art is also in making the train work. I’ve been trying since January, because Ferrari has never been in this position: he used to do the sprints, he didn’t set them up for someone else. So my chances of getting good results have improved because I have placed my trust in my team-mates, and I have persisted with the train. In Qatar, I could have chanced my hand alone, but instead, I worked with Ferrari. If you can’t make three riders gel, you’ll never make a train work. Now, Ferrari is strong, Max too, and so am I, and today we showed it.”

The Maglia Rosa, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo): “In theory it was a transitional stage but it was hard. The road went up and down, and we were riding into a headwind for most of the day. The peloton was very nervous, and it was fast, with the three-man breakaway up the road. So far, something has happened almost every day: a crash, a puncture. I’m very happy because I got through the stage safely and arrived in Lugano, where I live, on my home roads. Yesterday was much more wearing than I would have liked, but I’m one day closer to Milan.”

4th on the stage, Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling): “This 4th place feels good for the team, but tomorrow no one will remember it. Of course, for my confidence it is nice, especially since in such a mountainous Giro we have to seize ever possible opportunity. I felt strong all day, but when you are sprinting alone, it is never easy to get into a podium position. Besides, the finishes in the Giro are really Italian. The work that Lampre did just confirms that. We are still hoping to get a shot at a stage win in Milan on Sunday for the final.”

10th on the stage, Nick Van Der Lijke (LottoNL-Jumbo): “It was a tough sprint. Normally, I’d lead-out Moreno Hofland, but he was dropped earlier on. I shifted focus and went for my own chances. I’m glad I could sprint, but unfortunately, I had to close a gap in the run-up to sprint, which wore me out.”

Read the full race report HERE.

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Giro d’Italia Stage 17 Result:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 3:07:51
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
3. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Alpecin
4. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
5. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
6. Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar
8. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
9. Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr
10. Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 17:
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo in 68:12:50
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana at 4:02
3. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 4:52
4. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 5:48
5. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha at 8:27
6. Leopold König (Cze) Sky at 9:31
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 9:52
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 11:40
9. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr at 12:48
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin at 12:49.

Stage 17:

header-belgium-tour-15Belgium Tour 2015
Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) won the 6.8 kilometer Prologue time trial in Bornem to take the first leader’s jersey of the Baloise Tour of Belgium. He beat Rohan Dennis (BMC) by two seconds and Gaetan Bille (Verandas Willems) by 9 seconds in third.

Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling): “It was not very long, but it was hard! I’m really happy with my result and my race. I have not raced for some time. I have been mostly training and now all my efforts are rewarded. Yet I still don’t feel 100% on my game, so I came here to test myself, and in the end the result was encouragingly conclusive. I am doubly pleased because it was not really an easy course. The prologue was short, so we had to get going very fast. There were many turns and I had to be careful approaching them, but then had to accelerate out of them very quickly. Of course, I will do everything to defend the jersey, but I can’t say I am going to win the Tour of Belgium since we are still very far away from the finish. We must not forget that we have many good riders in the team including Martin Elmiger and Dries Devenyns, who are both in good shape. The next stages will be difficult, so if I lose the jersey, but it stays within the IAM Cycling team, that will certainly be a great satisfaction.”

Former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis of the BMC Racing Team came up two seconds shy to another past world hour record holder, Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling), Wednesday in the prologue of the Baloise Belgium Tour. Brändle, who held the world hour record until Dennis surpassed it in February, clocked a time of seven minutes and 54 seconds in the 6.85-kilometer race. Dennis was runner-up and BMC Racing Team’s Greg Van Avermaet and Jempy Drucker were also in the top 10, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. BMC Racing Team Sport Director Max Sciandri said it was disappointing to see Dennis come so close to victory. “Two seconds hurts,” Sciandri said. “Rohan is a guy who can win – and he needs to win these prologues. This is his specialty. Maybe the distance wasn’t perfect. But he was up there. It is a little bit disappointing. He gave his best, but the win was within our reach.”

Belgium Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling in 7:54
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:02
3. Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems at 0:09
4. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:11
6. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC at 0:16
7. William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr at 0:19
8. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
9. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step at 0:20
10. David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr.

Belgium Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling in 7:54
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:02
3. Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems at 0:09
4. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:11
6. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC at 0:16
7. William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr at 0:19
8. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
9. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step at 0:20
10. David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr.

Stage 1:

header-joker+-soudal15Lotto Soudal becomes Joker+ Soudal for Baloise Belgium Tour
For the Baloise Belgium Tour (27 – 31/05) Lotto Soudal will become Joker+ Soudal. Joker+ is a game of the Belgian National Lottery for which the participants have to choose their favorite zodiac sign. To put Joker+ in the picture the riders will wear outfits of Vermarc that are especially designed for this occasion and pimped helmets of Lazer.

The logo of Joker+ will temporarily be placed on the right and left side of the shorts. The eyecatcher will definitely be the jersey of the Joker+ Soudal riders which has the colors of Joker+, that’s mainly orange. Colorful accents have been added and on the back the twelve zodiac signs are visible. The riders will definitely be easily to spot in the peloton!

Each rider has a helmet with his star sign on: pisces for Tiesj Benoot, sagittarius for Jasper De Buyst, scorpius for Thomas De Gendt, virgo for Jens Debusschere, cancer for Gert Dockx and Jürgen Roelandts, taurus for Marcel Sieberg and aquarius for Jelle Vanendert. In the next days you’ll discover if their characters correspond to their zodiac sign.

More info: https://www.jokerpluscycling.be/language

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A sprint finish in Norheimsund saw the familiar face of Team Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff cross the finish line first, but in Wednesday’s Stage 1 of the Tour des Fjords the Norwegian rider was joined by teammate Marco Haller for second place. Haller lead-out Kristoff and had good enough position and speed to carry his effort to the line for the 1-2 placing on the stage podium. The victory marks the 23rd win of the season for Team Katusha and 14th personal win in 2015 for Alexander Kristoff. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) sprinted in for the third position on the 177km road stage from Bergen to Norheimsund.

Racing continues on Thursday in the 5-stage 2015 Tour des Fjords. The stage is the longest at 205 km. It begins in Jondal and ends in Haugesund

Stage winner, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha): “It’s been a great season so far. I think the main part of this success is the team that has continued to work for and support me. We have a very strong group and we work very well together. You can see today that we are numbers 1 and 2 and this is a fantastic result. I’m happy to win here in my “home” race. I’m still not quite at my real home but I’m getting closer. It was quite slippery in the corner coming to the finish line and I lost Haller’s wheel a little bit at that moment, but I came back to him. Then when he started it was perfect timing, such a good lead out. At 350 m to go I saw he was still sprinting for second place and it was just great to see that.”

2nd, Marco Haller (Katusha): “With this strong team we had everything under control thanks for Jacopo Guarnieri and Dmitriy Kozonchuk. They controlled so well. We were confident on the climb and the team never panicked. We just stuck together and at the top we were in good position. At 600-700 m to go it was a little bit tricky but we had the right move and the right timing also thanks to Simon Špilak and Sven Erik Bystrøm. I think it’s great that we take first and 2nd. We have real power in our squad. I am working for Alex here and we want him to win this – it’s his home Tour. Winning with him feels like I’m winning myself and I’m very happy finishing off second.”

4th on the stage, Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka): “It was quite a hard day that included a chaotic finish. We did one climb twice in the final and there were about 25 riders in the front group, myself and Edvald included. After the final corner I was in a good position and I was feeling pretty good too in the sprint after my short break. I am looking forward to the rest of the week as the team is riding really well at the moment and we will try to win a stage with Edvald.”

Tour des Fjords Stage 1 Result:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha in 4:31:55
2. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE
4. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
5. Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
6. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
7. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
8. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy
10. Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water.

Tour des Fjords 2015
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha in 4:31:45
2. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha at 0:04
3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:06
4. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:10
5. Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
6. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
7. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
8. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy
10. Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water.

Kristoff and Haller, 1st and 2nd in stage 1:

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It was a rainy finale at the USA Cycling Professional Road Championships on Monday where Matthew Busche put on a fine tactical display to take a solo win and claim his second Championship title.
A series of attacks left two men standing in the final lap of the 179.3-kilomoter race in Chattanooga, Tennessee and it was clear that Busche was the strongest of the pair.

Busche easily handled Joe Dombrowski’s (Cannondale-Garmin) attack with just over two kilometers to go, then immediately countered and never looked back. “Being able to come into the line and knowing I was alone and realizing that I was going to win was special. Now I wished I had slowed down a little bit in the last 150 meters to savor it, but I didn’t know how fast Joe was coming – and you never know what can happen,” explained Busche.

“I’m ecstatic! Since I won in 2011 I wanted to do it again, for me, for my family, for the team – it’s always an honor to wear the colors of your country. It’s been a hard start to the season so this is great. It’s unbelievable to have [my son] Noah there with me on the podium. You see guys do it all the time, and I always thought I would never do that. Maybe it was cliché, but I enjoyed it a lot! To have my own family here, and Noah at only five months old, and to celebrate with them is very memorable.”

A large breakaway formed early in the race and Matthew Busche missed the move; with no Trek Factory Racing teammates to help in the chase Busche had to play a cool-hand and rely on others to do most of the work to bring it back.

With United Healthcare leading the chase the gap fell, and the tough Lookout Mountain climb did the rest. On the final ascent only one rider remained out front, albeit a worrisome strong climber in Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cannondale).

Busche: “When that big group went from the start, I was mad for missing it. I don’t even know how it happened, or when or where. I, like a lot of guys, thought it was over and I was very frustrated that I had missed it. I am by myself so I have to rely on other guys to do some work and luckily there were some others that wanted to win.”

“I am alone and I can’t chase the break and then win the race so I had to play it cool. I got nervous when Andrew [Talansky] went alone the third time up Lookout, because he looked very strong. It was a gutsy move. But teams kept working, and at the end things came together.”

Late in the race the rain began to pummel down giving an added dangerous element to an already punishing course, and by the three finishing circuits in town there were only 10 survivors remaining, but most of the strong climbers were represented.

Busche explained the tactical and wet ending: “I felt I was one of the strongest at the end and Alex Howes was definitely Garmin-Cannondale’s favorite for that finish, he’s punchy and fast so I wasn’t going to wait for the sprint. I’ve learned from these [National Championship] races that at some point something is going to stick and hopefully I’m not going to miss it. I think with just over one lap to go I went for it, but everyone came back to me. There were more attacks and you never know which one is going to go, when Joe, Gaven [Mannion, Team Jelly Belly] and I got away that was a little bit surprising for me as I don’t know how the gap opened up. But it’s just one of those things in a long race and it only takes a small gap that someone can’t close and it’s over; it’s just the way a championship race is.”

“Then it was just Joe and me. I don’t think he liked his chances in the sprint so he was staying in my wheel. When he attacked it was a strong attack, but I had strong legs and could follow. I knew I had to go right away, and I got a gap. I had to keep my wits about me as the final left hand turn was slippery and even though I was fairly certain I had to come back in my own head to slow down, and don’t lose it in the corner.”

Busche and Dombrowski shed Mannion on the final steep kicker and it turned into a two-up fight. Dombrowksi, perhaps knowing he had a fast teammate behind in Howes, and maybe knowing his chance was slim in a sprint against a strong-looking Busche, first sat in Bushce’s wheel for a few kilometers, then gave a final last-ditch attempt at the win with around two kilometers to go.

But Busche easily thwarted the move, countered, and soloed into the stars and stripes jersey. It was a sweet win for Busche who suffered an injury in late January and just recently returned to competition. “To be the strongest on the day, and maybe play it a little tactically better, to win in a hard race like today, in hard conditions, hard course, just to win knowing that you gave it your all is just really the best feeling,” summed up Busche.

USA Cycling Pro Road Championships Result:
1. Matthew Busche (USA) Trek in 4:35:21
2. Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:05
3. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:19
4. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin
5. Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway at 0:21
6. Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis at 0:25
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:54
8. Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team at 0:59
9. Christopher Butler (USA) Team SmartStop at 1:01
10. Carson Miller (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman at 1:08.

The finalé of the race:

header-katusha15Luca Paolini stays with Team Katusha
2015 Gent – Wevelgem winner Luca Paolini, age 38, will spend his next professional season again in the WorldTour Team Katusha. The appropriate agreement was signed both by rider and team management.

Luca Paolini is the key rider in Katusha’s strategy during the spring classics races. This season Luca was the rider who helped Alexander Kristoff to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and to take a nice second place in the Milano – Sanremo. In addition, Luca took an amazing emotional victory for himself in the Belgium classic Gent – Wevelgem.

– Remembering the last spring classics season, I feel like I still have forces to remain in this sport. I feel I can be useful for the team and our leader Alexander Kristoff, I can get my own results, and I can help the young riders in the team with their professional development. This is the reason I immediately said “yes” when team management proposed a new contract to me. I am very happy with the fact that I will continue my career in the peloton, – explained Luca Paolini.

– Without any doubt, Luca Paolini is a great rider, and one of the most respected and popular riders in the professional peloton and with his many fans worldwide. Many times Paolini became that decisive factor that tipped the scales in our favor. I am very happy that Luca stays with our team. I know he has not voiced his last word in cycling, – said general manager of Team Katusha, Viacheslav Ekimov.

Details on the newly signed contract will not be disclosed. Additional riders will be announced when appropriate.

Currently Luca Paolini is taking part in the Giro d’Italia.
Cycling: 98th Tour of Italy 2015 / Stage 7

header-bmc15-plainKüng Released From Hospital
Stefan Küng of the BMC Racing Team was released from a Swiss hospital Tuesday, less than a week after fracturing his vertebrae in a crash at the Giro d’Italia.

Küng was able to walk to an afternoon news conference at Kantonsspital St. Gallen. He thanked the team management and staff and everyone who has helped him since his crash last Thursday while descending a mountain pass in the rain on Stage 12.

“I feel good, I can sleep, I can stand up, I can take a shower,” he said. “I am kind of back to normal – not on my bike – but I am feeling good. Under the circumstances, I can be very happy that I can already go home.”

Küng’s attending physician, Dr. Fabrice Külling, said the reigning world individual pursuit champion is making a good initial recovery. Küng did not suffer any brain damage and he is not expected to undergo any operations, Külling said.

“The kind of fracture he had, a lot of times it happens that they have neurological complications,” Kuelling said. “Lucky for him, he is doing fine. He was also lucky because the fracture was in the thoracic region, which is pretty stable – even though it is what we call an unstable fracture. I think he is doing fine because he is a good sports guy.”

Kung said he considers himself lucky not to have suffered a more serious or permanent injury. Two riders slid out in front up him and he shot over his handlebars, landing on his head and suffering a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae.

“I am very happy that my back is not harmed,” Küng said. “I am still able to walk and I am not paralyzed, which is always possible with a vertebrae fracture. For a sportsman, it is very hard to lay in bed, coming out of the Giro … 12 stages … every day on the bike … and then just laying in the bed. It is really hard. I always want to go forward. I am kind of a person who always needs somebody to hold me back. Now it is my back that is holding me back.”

Külling said Küng will have to wait at least six to eight weeks before he can even consider riding again. Additional examinations and water therapy will determine how his rehabilitation progresses.

A solo winner of a stage of the Tour de Romandie and the Volta Limburg Classic, Küng is disappointed to miss his goal race of the year, next month’s Tour de Suisse. But he said he has new goals now.

“For sure, I will be back on my bike. I am not sure at which level, but I think in six weeks,” he said. “That is the first goal I have. Then we will see how it goes, day-by-day.”

Stefan Küng:
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header-lottonl-jumboleftKevin De Weert quits cycling
Kevin De Weert has ended his cycling career as of today. The 33-year-old climber from Belgium says goodbye to the team on his birthday. De Weert rode his last race in Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s yellow and black colors on Saturday the 23rd of May during the World Ports Classic.

Kevin De Weert
“After having worked hard for a year and a half, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot get back into my old shape. For this reason, I’ve decided in proper consultation with the team to quit cycling on a professional level as of today. I’m happy with the decision, even though it comes earlier than planned. I’m unsure what my future will look like, but I’m looking forward to new challenges within this sport,” says a relieved Kevin De Weert.

Richard Plugge
“We regret Kevin De Weert’s departure. This was not our expectation when we started the collaboration. On the other hand, we support him and wish Kevin all the best,” says Richard Plugge, Managing Director.

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header-veloroosThe Veloroos Training-Day
Recently interviewed on PEZ were the Veloroos, the first Australian, all female team, to take part in the brutal Race Across America, the 3000 mile (4828km) non-stop race from the west to east coast of the U.S.A.

To catch up with the girls and check out how their training is going as D-Day approaches, check out this well put together video on their preparations for this amazing race. You can also keep up to date with the Veloroos on their facebook page and right here at PEZ as we follow the progress of these determined athletes as their ultimate goal of a podium at the RAAM gets ever closer.

Veloroos Training-Day from NothinButShorts International on Vimeo.

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