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Yet another packed EuroTrash Monday; catch up with all the news, video and results from Poland, Denmark and London. In today’s TOP STORY we ask; has Pat McQuaid shot himself in the foot this time? As always we have lots of other bits and pieces to start the week off. Monday coffee EuroTrash time.

TOP STORY: Has the McQuaid Presidential Bid Stalled?
After UCI President put forward his plan to change the way a presidential candidate could be nominated, his plan has been described as “attempted dictatorship” by the only “legitimate” candidate Brian Cookson. He added; “this latest twist appears to be nothing more than a fraught attempt to undemocratically and unconstitutionally impact on the process while it is underway. It is no wonder that many in the cycling family as well as fans and sponsors have lost faith in the UCI to govern ethically when the man at the top of the organisation is prepared to embarrass an entire sport in an attempt to try and cling onto power.”

McQuaid wants to change (retrospectively) how candidates are nominated from the present method of his home federation putting him forward to any two federations nominating the presidential candidate. Mr. McQuaid has the backing of the Malaysian federation and the Asian cycling confederation for the rule change and the support of the Thai and Moroccan federations.

The Russian federation has threatened to use “all legal means” to stop these “astonishing” amendments. In a statement, Russian federation president; Igor Marakov said: “I will always be opposed to any modification that aims to circumvent the democratic principles and to favour one or several individuals to the detriment of the whole cycling community. The only person who will take advantage of an ‘anticipated’ modification of Article 51 of the UCI Constitution is undoubtedly, exclusively, the candidate Pat McQuaid.”

The US representative on the UCI Management Committee; Mike Plant has accused McQuaid of vote rigging, said in a statement: “It gets worse. That’s deplorable to me and a number of my colleagues, to then go and start manipulating a number of the rules and the statute. We all know what it is; it’s a backup plan in case he doesn’t win his nomination in Switzerland. It’s like do you really not see, to anyone with any common sense or any ounce of dignity, what that looks like? It’s called election rigging. It’s called election manipulation. We should be better than that and we deserve better than that.” Adding “this isn’t about Pat or what Mike Plant wants. It’s about right and wrong, ethics and integrity.”

Tour de Pologne 2013
It was a rough day in the peloton on the 160.5 kilometre long Stage 5 of the Tour of Poland between Nowy Targ and Zakopane where a lot of riders were dropped on the bumpy course due to the high pace dictated by the Saxo-Tinkoff team.

Seven riders managed to create a gap but the teams wanted to keep them on a short leash, the break was neutralized with 26 kilometres to go. In a wild counter-attack, a group with Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Luis-Leon Sanchez (Belkin) and Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) managed to create a gap.

The Saxo-Tinkoff team went to the front of the pack and worked very hard in order to bring the escapees back in for the Yellow jersey Rafal Majka. They were neutralized with 5 kilometres remaining, a series of counter-attacks were launched from the field but it was a complete pack thundering to the finish line where Thor Hushovd (BMC) suddenly jumped up the road and took his second stage win in the race.

Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka finished 14th but lost the overall lead as Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) managed to pick up a time bonus along the way. Majka is now second by 1 second from Izaguirre.

Saxo-Tinkoff’s Chris Anker Sørensen said after the stage: “On Saturday, we’re facing the crucial time trial of the race. There are a few small climbs at the beginning of the course but the final part is pretty flat and it could be won by a powerful rider like Fabian Cancellara. It’s not too bad for Rafal and me but I think we would both prefer gaining a little more time so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Norwegian road champion Thor Hushovd powered past Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ) and Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) to take his second stage win at the Tour de Pologne, his fifth victory of the season and the BMC Racing Team’s third straight at the race.

Hushovd, who also took the lead in the sprint classification, said when the final breakaway of the 160.5-kilometer race was reeled in with five kilometres to go, he was poised to deliver the BMC Racing Team’s 19th win of the year. “For sure, the sprint was a perfect one for me,” he said. “I knew if the group came back, I would have a good chance. The last climb was hard, but the team did a good job and everyone was working well together like we have been the whole race.” The three straight stage wins ties a team record set last month when Hushovd (Stage 3) and Mathias Frank (Stages 4 and 5) won three in-a-row at the Tour of Austria. It was also the BMC Racing Team’s sixth win in the past 11 days, a stretch that includes three victories last week by Greg Van Avermaet at the Tour de Wallonie, Hushovd’s win on Stage 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday’s solo victory by Taylor Phinney. “We are a really good group here,” Hushovd said. “We are enjoying racing together and when the ball first starts rolling, it doesn’t stop and everything goes well. We don’t have any pressure. We just do our jobs and the rest comes along.”

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said having Frank as part of an early breakaway that was only brought back in the final 26 km took pressure off the team. “We knew this would be a difficult day to control because the stage was not so hard and because of that we were focused on putting someone in the break,” he said. “Mathias was the guy I asked and he did an amazing job.” When six riders escaped the peloton again with 19 km left, BMC Racing Team’s Marco Pinotti and Phinney helped with the chase to bring them back. The final piece of teamwork was put on the shoulders of Italian road champion Ivan Santaromita, who escorted Hushovd up the final climb and helped bring him to the final kilometre. “All the guys were fantastic again today,” Baldato said. With two days to go, the overall lead changed hands with Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) using a time bonus to overtake Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff). Santaromita (14th, 1:24 behind) is the BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider overall.

Jon Izaguirre drew the conclusion that “it showed a lot of tension in the last two climbs. Everyone is aware of the new scoring system has been tested in this race and that the leadership of the race was at stake. The general attitude was very offensive, there were many attacks, and in the first sprint I was second, at that moment I knew that I would be the leader, but there was many movements, from those interested. I stuck with the front riders to 500 meters to go and took the overall.

Colombia team general manager Claudio Corti was upset by the treatment of his rider, Atapuma in the break: “What happened today is shameful. Darwin Atapuma, who reached a brilliant second place in Madonna di Campiglio on Saturday, was part of the early breakaway, until he was literally mobbed by his fellow escapees’ sports directors, and later by the riders themselves, as they were convinced that a man in decent GC position (even though Atapuma was 5 minute down the leader) would have compromised the breakaway’s outcome. Other teams’ sports directors made unbelievable pressures to the rider and the team car, telling their riders to unleash consistent and meaningless attacks against Atapuma, who was eventually forced to drop. I would like to remind to cycling “landlords” that this is not what sport is about, and it’s a shame to see some teams with huge budgets ready to kill for any result …”

Tour de Pologne Stage 5 Result:
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC in 3:54:40
2. Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
3. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
4. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Argos-Shimano
5. David Tanner (Aus) Belkin
6. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky
7. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
9. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Argos-Shimano
10. Georg Preidler (Aut) Argos-Shimano.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 5:
1. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi in 25:49:41
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:01
3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky at 0:05
4. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:07
5. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:08
6. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:10
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:14
8. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard at 0:17
10. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard at 0:19.

Stage 5:

Tour de Pologne stage 5 interviews with the winner Thor Hushovd (BMC) and to the new yellow Skandia jersey Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi):

There were basically no flat stretches in the 192 kilometre long Stage 6 of the Tour of Poland from Bukovina to Bukowina Tatrzanska where the climbers had one last chance to gain some time in the GC before Saturday’s final stage – a 37 kilometre long time trial.

Several big breaks were established, caught and new counter-attacks were launched throughout the stage where the climbs were ramps for adventurous riders in the field. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) was longest living survivor from an early breakaway when Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) joined him on the uphill finish as Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka struggled to keep up.

Atapuma was untouchable to the line and took the stage while Riblon became the new overall leader of the race before the crucial time trial. Rafal Majka finished fifth on the stage and is now third overall and Jon Izagirri (Euskaltel-Euskadi) lost his overall lead and is now second to Riblon at 19 seconds.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Chris Anker Sørensen did a good job supporting Majka who was dropped in the finale. The strong Dane is now tenth overall: “It was a really tough stage and out intention was to win it. And actually, I think we did a good job for a long while but in the finale we just weren’t strong enough. Rafal was suffering a bit today and I had spent a lot of energy taking turns ahead of him so my tank was almost empty on the uphill finish. We’re still both in the top-10 but we have to rider our very best tomorrow in order to maintain our position after the time trial. But surely, I’ll give what I have and see how far it takes me.”

Team Colombia’s stage winner Darwin Atapuma: “I am happy, tired but really happy: honestly, it feels great to be a World-Tour stage winner!” – said the 25-year old rider from Tuquerres. “When we were at 500 metres to the line, I turned behind and saw no one was coming, and that was the moment I realized I was going to make it. I know this win has a huge importance, not only for me but for the whole team and our project, and makes me even more proud after what happened yesterday: I think we showed we could have won even that stage…”

Darwin did not forget some key contributions to his success at the Tour de Pologne: “I want to dedicate this win to all of my teammates, ‘cause they gave everything they had for me since day 1, and always showed confidence and full commitment – I am so glad I was able to reward them! This is also for our whole team staff, starting with Claudio Corti, our sports director and everyone involved here. And I truly hope to have made a big number of fans happy, in Colombia and all over the World!”

Tour de Pologne Stage 6 Result:
1. Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia in 5:19:36
2. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:02
3. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura at 0:22
4. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky
9. Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC
10. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 6:
1. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale in 31:09:20
2. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:19
3. Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:20
4. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky at 0:24
5. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:27
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:33
7. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar
8. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard at 0:36
9. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale at 0:40
10. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:41.

Stage 6:

Stage 6 interviews:

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the 37-kilometer final Stage 7 race against the clock, 56 seconds ahead of Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard), 1:14 ahead of Taylor Phinney (BMC) and 1:20 ahead of Marco Pinotti (also BMC), the reigning Italian time trial champion. Phinney said being the eighth rider of 109 starters did not affect his performance. “At the end of the day, I was quite surprised that I got third considering I didn’t feel very strong,” he said. “I kind of blew up on the last highway coming back into Krakow. For the lack of preparation I’ve been able to put in for the time trial due to complications from saddle sores at the Giro, I’m pretty happy with being third. Being beaten by Cancellara and Wiggins … that’s not so bad.” Pinotti, who said his goal was a top five finish, had the best time at the intermediate check – two seconds faster than Wiggins. “The first part was probably the most technical and the hardest, with lots of rolling parts,” he said. “But I lost more than a minute to Wiggins in the last 16 or 17 km, which was where the course was a highway.” Nerz’s result gave him the BMC Racing Team’s best finish overall – 13th, 3:12 behind race winner Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEDGE) – while teammate Ivan Santaromita was 14th, 3:25 back. Nerz said he wasn’t sure how he would recover after a tough stage Friday. “When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty good,” he said. “I was sure I could do a pretty good time trial, but this was unexpected. For me, it’s a great feeling. I had a rest period after the Tour of Austria and one-and-a-half weeks of training before coming to this race. So to go like this is awesome.”

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka was third overall with a gap of 20 seconds to the leading rider, Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Both Rafal Majka and Chris Anker Sørensen dug deep today securing them both a position in top-10. Rafal Majka finished 4th and Chris Anker Sørensen 10th.

Pieter Weening took his first WorldTour overall victory in Krakow in the final stage. The Dutchman won the Tour de Pologne, leapfrogging up to the highest spot on the leader’s board after finishing sixth in the final stage time trial. Weening netted four top ten stage results en route to the general classification win.

“Pieter has had the most consistent year of his career,” said Sport Director Matt White. “He’s come close to several stage wins this season at Langkawi, the Giro, Pais Vasco and, of course, Poland. After so many close calls, it’s especially good to see him hit this target.”

“It’s been a long, hard week,” added Weening. “This is a big win for me. Winning at a WorldTour race is always a really important result. I’m satisfied with what we achieved here.”

Weening previewed the time trial course ahead the stage start. He liked the look of the stage seven from the car window.

“We did a recon this morning in the car instead of on the bike because I have already done enough kilometres this week,” Weening explained. “I saw from the beginning that it was a time trial that would be really good for me. It was always up and down, and I had to push a big gear all the time. That’s perfect for my capabilities.”

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) bested Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard Trek) for the stage win. The Brit posted an untouchable winning time of 46’36 over the 37km test. Weening was the best of the overall contenders in sixth place on the stage, 1’44 behind Wiggins.

“I wasn’t thinking about winning while I did my time trial,” said Weening. “I didn’t think much about the general classification result. I wanted to give everything one last time. That’s all I could do. I hoped it was enough for a good result on GC in the end.”

Weening had started the stage in fifth place, 27” behind overnight leader Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale). Faster than Riblon at the intermediate time check, Weening had recouped enough time at the finish to win the overall by 13″ over Riblon.

“Someone affiliated with the race organisation was standing near me,” said Weening. “He had a race radio, and he was the one to deliver the good news. When he told me I had done it, I was pretty happy right away. This was a big goal.”
“You know, people seemed really surprised when we didn’t select Pieter for the Tour,” White added. “He had such a good Giro, and they thought it was an oversight on our part not to include him on the Tour team. Poland has long been a target, and that’s why he didn’t race the Tour. People might not know this but he’s run second and fourth at Poland in the past. It’s obviously a race that suits him. This year was the hardest edition because of the two stages in the Dolomites at the start.”

Weening credits the team atmosphere and hard-working staff as key ingredients to his success throughout the week.
“The whole team works really well together,” said Weening. “It helps to have a good race when you can laugh around the dinner table. The staff worked really hard, too. They always do on this team. In the end, everything was perfect.”

After the effort, Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) said that: “I am happy with the work done and every time I value more the second place overall in a race of WorldTour class. At first I was struck with that feeling of not winning, but must assess what has been achieved in a race of the highest category to which I have come after the Tour and I finished second overall. I’ve performed very regularly throughout the week and am happy and good taste,” said the Gipuzkoan cyclist. “It was a Tour in which the team has worked very well. Comrades have done a great job defending the yellow jersey. They’ve Trusted me and I can only thank them for his great work” he remarked. As to the time trial that has put an end to the race, outlining Jon “In the first part I did not feel entirely comfortable, but in the second I went faster. I had the best feelings, I had good references, as I have said that was fine and in the end I scored a pretty good time.”

Belgian TT Champion Kristof Vandewalle finished 1’40” down on stage winner Wiggins: “I think I rode a good TT,” Vandewalle said. “The parcour was really hard. The first part was hilly and I had to use the small gear several times. On the top of the small hills it was important to speed up again and relaunch the action. The second part was completely straight till Krakow. I think I had a good performance if I compare it with the last TT in Tour of Austria. The shape is good and during this Tour de Pologne I tried a few times to go into the attack, but without luck. Now I will go home and from tomorrow I will be focused on defending the Belgian National TT Championship, which I conquered last year. The parcour, about 44 or 45 kilometers is different from last year and for sure faster. I will make a recon next week and for sure I will work on the speed with a few specific training sessions behind the motorbike. I’m really looking forward to this race in Maldegem on August 11th.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 7 Result:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 46:36
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard at 0:56
3. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC at 1:14
4. Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC at 1:20
5. Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:40
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge at 1:44
7. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:05
8. Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC at 2:13
9. Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha at 2:15
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 2:17

Tour de Pologne Final Overall Result:
1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge in 31:58:07
2. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:13
3. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:16
4. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:26
5. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky at 0:51
6. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 1:14
8. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale at 1:38
9. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 2:35
10. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 2:50.

Stage 7:

Stage 7 interviews, Weening and Wiggins:

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark 2013
The 180 kilometre long Stage 2 of Tour of Denmark was launched in Ribe and offered the peloton a flat and rainy course across Jutland to Sønderborg where the stage was expected to be concluded in a bunch sprint.

But just like Thursday’s stage, a breakaway wanted to interfere with the sprinters’ plan. And Matthias Brandle (IAM), Martijn Verschoor (Novo Nordisk), Rasmus Quaade (Team TreFor), Mikkel Mortensen (Concordia Forsikring-Riwal) and Rolf Broge (Post Danmark) managed to stick together until 20 kilometres to go where Brandle launched a solo attack.

At the same moment, Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Danish national champion, Michael Mørkøv leaped away from the bunch and bridged the gap to Brandle with Rolf Broge (Post Danmark) and Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol). Michael Mørkøv kept insisting taking long and deep turns at the front and the fierce pace was too much for Broge who was dropped.

But the sprinter teams outnumbered the escapees and the break was caught before the finish line where Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Matti Breschel was in a perfect position for the sprint and the powerful Dane took an impressive stage win.

Matti Breschel says: “As Michael (Mørkøv) took off in the finale, we were given an alibi to stay behind in the chase and take advantage of the other teams working in the front and as we hit the finish line, I was in an ideal position. Marko (Kump) opened a long sprint to lead me out and he actually created a small gap but I was soon back on his wheel and was able to pass him on the final meters. It’s been a while since my last win so this is very satisfying and it’s even more gratifying being able to share the podium with Marko,” said Breschel.

Novo Nordisk’s Dutch rider Martijn Verschoor was in the day’s breakaway group, the ‘Changing Diabetes’ jersey was again perfectly presented. Verschoor went away with a group of three other riders after passing the famous town of Møgeltønder. “I thought we would have been caught early, but they let us go”, Verschoor recalls the situation after 70km. The maximum gap for the small group of five riders was 2:20 minutes, and entering the hard final circuit at Sønderborg, there were only 55 seconds left for the fight against the advancing bunch with the sprinters. Just about two laps into the last four, and around 12km from the finish, the group was caught by the bunch.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Stage 2 Result:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff 4:17:38
2. Marko Kump (Slo) Saxo-Tinkoff
3. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
4. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin
6. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol
8. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
10. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 2:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energy in 8:49:51
2. Nikola Aistrup (Den) Concordia Forsikring-Riwal at 0:01
3. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:07
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:11
5. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:15
6. Marko Kump (Slo) Saxo-Tinkoff
7. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin at 0:17
8. Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling at 0:18
9. Martin Herbæk Grøn (Den) Concordia Forsikring-Riwal
10. Rasmus Mygind (Den) Team Trefor at 0:19.

Stage 2:

It was a 200 kilometre long and hot day in the Tour of Denmark Stage 3 where the peloton was challenged with a demanding final circuit in Vejle where the 4 climbs up Kiddesvej usually splits the field completely.

However, six escapees Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp), Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha), Mark Sehested Pedersen (Blue Water Cycling), Michael Reihs (Team Cult Energy), Søren Kragh Andersen (Team TreFor) and Mikkel Mortensen (Concordia Forsikring-Riwal) tried hard to work up a lead before the lumpy finish.

The heavier riders in this group were dropped along the way and entering Vejle, a new break was formed including Saxo-Tinkoff’s Matti Breschel, Troels Vinther (Cult) and Lotto-Belisol’s Lars Bak, where Bak insisted on dropping his companions on the hilly circuit. Matti Breschel attacked on the final climb up Kiddesvej and won the stage and took the overall lead.

“Everything went smooth for Matti. He really has great power right now and seems impossible to drop and as he has shown at a number of occasions, he’s explosive in a finale like this. This stage has been his goal for a long time and when he won yesterday’s stage, it was a bonus for him. And it set free a lot of pressure and new energy that he could use today. Now he leads with six seconds to Bak and I’m not sure that’s enough to maintain the lead after the time trial so we’ll see what we can do on tomorrow morning’s stage,” said Saxo-Tinkoff’s DS, Lars Michaelsen.

Wilco Kelderman of Belkin: “It was hot and hard out there today. On the first city lap, Matti attacked and I went with him. We worked well together but then on the last climb I played my card, trying to drop him. Matti stayed on my wheel, though.”

Belkin rallied its team and took control after about 140 kilometres in the 200 kilometres stage from Sønderborg. Kelderman joined an attacking group of seven with Breschel and Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol).

“It was a hot day, Saxo bank controlled it and then we took over,” said Sports Director Michiel Elijzen. “Wilco got in the move, but so was Matti Breschel, who was just too strong.”

Kelderman sits well in the overall classification and leads the young riders’ ranking, a good sign for tomorrow and winning the race on Sunday.

Elijzen added, “It’s not over, we have the time trial tomorrow and we have big hopes for Wilco.”

“I’m looking forward to win the GC,” Kelderman explained. “I’m up there now and normally I go well in the time trial. I’ve got a chance to win but I have to keep an eye on Lars Bak who’s up in the GC and strong.”

On Saturday the riders face a split day, a road stage in the morning and a 12.1-kilometre time trial in the afternoon.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Stage 3 Result:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff in 4:44:41
2. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin
4. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
5. Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
6. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:09
7. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:13
8. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha at 0:21
9. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energi at 0:31.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 3:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff in 13:34:33
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:06
3. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:14
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 0:16
5. Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:19
6. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:29
7. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:33
8. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:41
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energi at 0:47
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energi at 0:51.

Saturday’s 105 kilometre long Stage 4 was a undulating stretch from Høng to Asnæs Indelukke, but the world class sprinters in the race were expected to finally get a their share of the cake as they still haven’t been able to control the race.

A duo consisting of Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling) and Rasmus Guldhammer (Blue Water Cycling) created a small gap on the peloton. Saxo-Tinkoff for overall leader Matti Breschel and the sprinter teams worked at the front of the field and the front group was swept up entering the final circuit.

A new duo, Martin Mortensen (Concordia Forsikring Riwal) and Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) managed to work up a small lead to the speeding bunch. In the final kilometres, the field exploded and a chase group worked hard to bridge the gap. Coming into the finish, the duo was caught and the Danish talent, Magnus Cort (Cult Energy) demonstrated impressive power to take his second stage win.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Matti Breschel finished in the bunch and is still leading the race before the 12.1 kilometre long time trial in the evening.

“Once again, it was a truly demanding finale where the sprinters were left out of contention and I’m pretty sure the race will be back on this course in the future. It was racing at its best with constant movement from the pack with an impressive win by Cort. Unfortunately, we weren’t able gain bonus seconds before tonight’s crucial time trial but Matti will just have to look down, give everything he has and see far it takes him against the specialists,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Lars Michaelsen.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Stage 4 Result:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energi in 2:19:57
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:02
3. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
4. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 0:03
6. Tony Hurel (Fra) Europcar
7. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
9. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff
10. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 4:
1. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff in 15:54:33
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:04
3. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:14
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 0:16
5. Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:19
6. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:29
7. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:33
8. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energi at 0:38
9. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:40
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energi at 0:51.

Stage 1 & 4 winner Magnus Cort Nielsen (Team Cult Energi):
Silkeborg Varde - Denmark - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cy

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Matti Breschel was leading the Tour of Denmark with 4 seconds on the former Danish TT national champion, Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol) before the Saturday evening Stage 5 12.1 kilometre race against the clock. Breschel worked very hard on the course and did a good time trial but Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) was simply faster and took the stage win and the overall lead of the race. Bak moved up to second and Breschel maintains a spot on the podium as overall third.

“Matti did a very good time trial and actually one of his best, I think. He was really focused and kept a high pace but it couldn’t quite match the power of the specialists. He’s now overall third and a spot on the podium after tonight’s time trial is what we had hoped for. There are quite a few specialists in the mix here and he’s actually still not that far away from the win. Tomorrow’s stage to Copenhagen is about the stage win for our part,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Lars Michaelsen.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Stage 5 Result:
1. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin in 14:35
2. Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha at 0:02
3. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling at 0:03
4. Matthias Brândle (Aut) IAM Cycling
5. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:05
6. Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin at 0:08
7. Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling at 0:09
8. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha at 0:11
9. Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
10. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 5:
1. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin in 16:09:24
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:06
3. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:15
4. Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:33
5. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:38
6. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:47
7. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:51
8. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step at 0:57
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energi at 1:08
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energi at 1:11.

Stage 5 and overall winner Wilco Kelderman (Belkin):
Roskilde Frederiksberg - Denmark - wielrennen - cycling - radspo

Tour of Denmark was concluded with a 165 kilometre Stage 6 from Roskilde to Frederiksberg in Copenhagen. Just like the previous stages, a breakaway threatened to take it all but was caught on the circuit in Copenhagen where a cheering crowd received the peloton.

The Belkin squad controlled the pace throughout the day and made sure the peloton was complete entering the finish line where the stage was decided in a furious bunch sprint. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step won the battle for the right position and Mark Cavendish was superb on the finish line taking the stage win.

Despite some promising results this season, including fifth overall at the Tour de Romandie and 17th in his grand tour debut at the Giro d’italia, even Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) admitted about his overall victory. “It was a big surprise to win the time trial Saturday. It was a flat, short course, but I think it was my best time trial of my career. It was really surprising, and that put me in the yellow jersey,” Kelderman said. “It’s really great to win here with the new team. They controlled the race for me and protected me all day. It was nice to ride in the yellow jersey.”

Kelderman had little time for celebration. Following post-stage protocol of the podium ceremony, anti-doping controls, and a press conference, he went straight to the airport. “This is my first pro victory, so I am very happy,” he said. “I have had no time to celebrate. Maybe we can find a restaurant here at the airport. I am so happy with the victory. And even more important was the team support, which I like most.”

Cavendish beat Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) for the win. The Manx Missile has won 16 races this season: “I’m happy about this victory,” Cavendish said. “When I came here I didn’t know how my form would be after the Tour de France. I was still a bit tired, and this race — despite being mostly flat in Denmark — is hard. But the team rode really well. The team was always around me and supporting me. I really wanted to win today in Frederiksberg, because it is the third time I’ve won in three races here. This is almost like the Danish Champs-Élysées, so of course I am happy to close out the race with this kind of win.”

“Now I am going home to spend some time with my family — I will normally be back for Tour of Britain,” Cavendish continued. “I raced more than 90 days in 2013, but I am really happy with great support from the team. This has been one of my most successful seasons. It helps going to races with a team like this, because it’s like staying with friends. It’s always about commitment and I have it from these guys. When you have this kind of commitment as a sprinter you always have a chance to win.”

Second overall Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol): “I felt I was strong the whole week because in every stage I ended in the front. Unfortunately I made some little mistakes during the time trial so I lost time. Kelderman simply was too strong and he finished 18 seconds ahead of me. At that point the winner of the Tour of Denmark was certain. I’m a bit disappointed because when you’re so close to a victory you want to win, especially when it’s a stage race in your native country. 6 seconds is not much but they make the difference between first and second place. But second place is not bad either, as I aimed for top five. Next year I will absolutely go for it again.”

Team Saxo-Tinkoff have had a successful race taking two stage wins and a spot on the podium overall: “Of course, we’re happy about putting two stage wins and an overall third in the bag in a race like Tour of Denmark, which gets bigger, better and attracts increasingly stronger riders every year. Kelderman is the right winner. He demonstrated on yesterday’s time trial that he is the strongest here. But I think we’ve been doing a good race, we’ve been riding aggressively and we have all enjoyed the focus and support from our Danish fans following us alongside the road,” concluded Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Lars Michaelsen.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Stage 6 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 3:33:13
2. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Europcar
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
4. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
5. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
6. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff
9. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Post Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark Final Overall:
1. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin in 19:42:37
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol at 0:06
3. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:15
4. Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:33
5. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:38
6. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:47
7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
8. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:51
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Cult Energi at 1:08
10. Troels Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energi at 1:11.

Cavendish Denmark Stage 6
Cavendish Denmark Stage 6 – Post Danmark Rundt Presseservice.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2013
The first edition of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic came down to a bunch sprint on the Mall in London and Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won from Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) and Yannick Martinez (La Pomme-Marseille). The race kicked off with an early break of Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloisel), Dominique Rollin (FDJ), Ramon Sinkeldam (Argos Shimano), Jonathan McEvoy (Team NetApp-Endura), Clinton Robert Avery (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT) and Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Joker-Merida), they built up a lead of 5 minutes. The ProTour teams started to chase in the last 100 kilometres and brought the race together for many riders trying their luck in the last 50 kilometres, Yoann Offredo and Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloisel) were the last to be caught and it was down to the FDJ team to lead Démare to victory.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
3. Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Zakkari Dempster (Aus) NetApp-Endura
7. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
8. Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
9. Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky
10. Ben Swift (GB) Sky.

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Westra & Pellizotti for Astana?
Astana have extended their contracts with current riders; Dmitriy Muravyev, Borut Bozic, Francesco Gavazzi and Paolo Tiralongo and signed Lieuwe Westra from Vacansoleil-DCM and Franco Pellizotti from Androni Giocattoli. There maybe a little problem with Pellizotti, he was banned for 2 years due to a suspicious bio-passport. The Astana team is part of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) which does not allow its members to sign riders who have been suspended for more hat 6 months until 2 years have passed since the end of their ban. This would mean he can’t return until the start of May 2014, but his contract will probably start on the 1st of January 2014. The Astana team management are looking at how to get round the problem. A delayed start to his season or they leave MPCC?

Froome to Ride USA Pro Challenge
2013 Tour de France winner; Chris Froome (Sky) will be riding the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado in August from the 19th to the 25th. The Sky team will be made up from: Froome, Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski, Danny Pate, Peter Kennaugh, Richie Porte, Kanstantsin Siutsou and Josh Edmondson.

Zabel Dropped by Canyon
After (eventually) admitting to using EPO and other drugs during most of his race career, the bike company Canyon has ended its connection with Zabel who was an Ambassador for their bikes. It’s not the end of the road for Zabel and Canyon as CEO Roman Arnold said “Our values dictate that we do not impose across the board sanctions on people who we have built relationships with based on trust. We condemn Erik’s actions, but we do not condemn the person. That is why we now want to find a new way of working together with Erik in the future.”

Zubeldia & Irizar stay Trek
Haimar Zubeldia Agirre and Markel Irizar Aranburu will be staying with Trek next year; Zubeldia has signed a contract for the next two years and Irizar for three. Both riders came up through the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, as they are Basque. Zubeldia is now 36 years old and is happy “to remain a professional cyclist” in these hard times. Irizar at 33 still has many years ahead mostly at the right hand of Fabian Cancellara in the classics.

12 Year Ban for Sergio Ribeiro
Portuguese rider Sergio Ribeiro has been given a 12 year ban by the Portuguese cycling federation due to anomalies in his bio-passport from 2011. He had been banned for 2 years in 2007 for a positive EPO out of competition test. The 2011 and 2012 Portuguese rider of the year will be able to race again in 2025.

No Cobo for La Vuelta
2011 Vuelta a España winner Juan José Cobo will not be part of the Movistar team at this year’s Vuelta a España. In 2011 he beat Sky’s Chris Froome by 13 seconds, but has never shown the same form since. The Movistar team will be lead by Alejandro Valverde who will be looking for his second home Grand Tour victory.

Two Times Up the Zoncolan
After going over the Alpe d’Huez twice in one day in the Tour de France, it is rumoured that the 2014 Giro d’Italia will climb the Zoncolan two times. A local newspaper is reporting that the riders would first climb the brute from Ovaro and then climb it again on the Priola road. This would be the first time the Priola road would be used as previously it has always been climbed either from Ovaro or Sutrio. It is said that the Priola climb is 9 kilometres long with an average climb of 13% and ramps of 23%.

This is Gilberto Simoni winning on the Zoncolan in 2007:

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