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The juggernaut that is the Tour de France is rumbling toward us at great speed and the team have started naming their hopefuls for the French race. We also have the results, video and anything else from the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de Beauce, Skoda Tour of Luxembourg and the Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk. Also a lot of great video catch-up’s from the Giro d’Italia and the Dauphiné, plus we visit our own Dr. Cheung in his lab. Basically a very full EuroTrash bag this Thursday morning.

TOP STORY: Dr. Cheung’s Lab!
Regular PEZ and Toolbox readers will know that our own Dr. Stephen Cheung has been writing about the science of cycling for over a decade now, but what does he actually do in his real life in the lab? Recently, Virtual Researchers on Call (www.vroc.ca), an organization developing videos to promote the fun of science in grade school children in Ontario, produced a video on Stephen’s Environmental Ergonomics Lab at Brock University. And since the video is geared for grade schoolers, his wife Debbie came up with the terrific idea of having their two grade-school aged boys interview Dr. Freeze in his lab. Check out what happens when Dr. Freeze and the Freezies play in the lab!

Tour de Suisse 2013
Stage 3 saw Peter Sagan (Cannondale) take the stage victory and Mathias Frank (BMC) move into the overall lead. On the final climb of the day four riders escaped and the overall leader Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) was not one of them. Sagan along with Frank had Rui Costa (Movistar) and Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) for company with around 25 kilometres to the finish in Meiringen. There had been many big breaks during the day and Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) was the last to be caught from a large group before the final action started. Bad news for Garmin-Sharp as Ryder Hesjedal crashed out of the race in the later part of the stage. Mathias Frank now has 25 seconds over Roman Kreuziger and Rui Costa in third at 35 seconds.

BMC’s Mathias Frank said familiarity with the downhill run-in to the finish helped, but assistance from teammates going up the climb was even more valuable. “The whole team did a great job placing Tejay van Garderen and me at the bottom,” he said. “Then Tejay set the perfect pace. I was talking to him and he said he would set a good, hard tempo. It was just perfect how we did it. Tejay is riding really strongly. To have a guy like him as a teammate is all you can ask for.” Frank now leads Roman Kreuziger (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) by 23 seconds and Rui Costa (Movistar) by 35 seconds with six stages to go. Both were part of the four-man move that finished 39 seconds ahead of a shattered peloton. Van Garderen is 10th overall, 1:39 behind.

BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said having world road champion Philippe Gilbert in an 18-man breakaway allowed the team’s remaining riders to stay quiet around Frank and van Garderen until the right moment. “At the briefing this morning, we decided to go for it after the first passage through the finish line,” he said. “There was a fourth category climb with a critical downhill so we wanted to be in the front before the last climb. That was a great job by the whole team to make it happen.” Frank said four previous Tours de Suisse have taught him not to underestimate the importance of every stage. “One moment of not being attentive can be fatal for you,” he said. “But I have a great team around me and I’m really confident in the job they can do and that they can keep me out of trouble.” Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team will take a one-day-at-a-time approach to defending the lead. “Every day will be difficult,” he said. “We know there will be some easy days. But in a stage race, you have to be concentrating every day. The good thing is, we have a good team around Mathias and around Tejay for supporting the yellow jersey. We have seen they are all riding on a high level.”

After the stage; the Garmin-Sharp team released this statement: “Ryder Hesjedal crashed during today’s stage at the Tour de Suisse, suffering a heavy blow to the neck and head. He was immediately transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Hesjedal suffered multiple, severe contusions and abrasions to the right wrist, hip and knee and left shoulder, elbow and knee. Preliminary CTs show no fractures and no neurological pathologies. He will remain under close observation by team medical staff. Hesjedal’s health is the team’s priority – depending on how his recovery progresses team medical staff as of now hopes he may be able to train in a few days time, although this will depend on his recovery.”

Tour de Suisse Stage 3 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale in 4:46:27
2. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar
3. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff
4. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco at 0:39
6. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:46
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
9. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
10. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 3:
1. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC in 7:39:18
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:25
3. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:35
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:53
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 0:57
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco at 1:08
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 1:23
8. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 1:26
9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 1:28
10. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:39.

Stage 3:

Tuesday’s 174 kilometre long Stage 4 from Innertkirchen to Bouchs (161 kilometres) offered the first real chance for the sprinters to shine. However, a trio consisting of Jens Voigt (RadioShack Leopard), Robert Vrecer (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol) tried their hardest to stay away.

On the final climb with 40 kilometres to go, Voigt and Vrecer picked up the pace in the break and dropped their companion. At the same time, the duo expanded their lead on the peloton where the sprinter teams slowed to protect and keep their sprinters in the field over the climb.

The last standing escapee, Voigt was caught 2 kilometres from the finish line and Arnaud Démare (FDJ) showed a fast pair of heels to well known fast-men; Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano).

Mathias Frank (BMC) is still the leader of the race while Saxo-Tinkoff’s Roman Kreuziger is second at 23 seconds and Rui Costa (Movistar) third at 35 in the GC.

Stage winner Armaud Démare said after the stage: “I did a lot of the classics and I learnt a lot, and I got some wins too, it was great to get the wins in Dunkirk and the GP de Denain, but to win here in a WorldTour race is just brilliant.” Referring to his three stage wins at the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque.

Mathais Frank (BMC) said things could hardly have gone any better during his first day in the yellow leader’s jersey. “It really worked out well for us with a small group going,” he said. “The last few kilometres were very nervous, but I have a really good team around me – the best guys you can have for this job. I was confident that I just had to stay in their wheel and they would keep me out of trouble.” Frank, who turned professional in 2008, is leading a stage race for the first time since he led for one day at the 2012 Giro del Trentino. With four riders within a minute of him, Frank said he is confident about maintaining his advantage over second-placed Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Rui Costa (Movistar) in Wednesday’s 178.4-kilometre race. “It’s mostly on my home roads, so I know it pretty well,” he said. “I think it is going to be another nice stage.”

Lampre-Merida’s sport director described the sprint: “The last bend, at 200 metres to the finish, was the most important point, in fact Demare, who approached it for first, won the race. So the real sprint was to the last bend: Davide Cimolai could be in the top ten, but he could not recover additional positions in the short final straight.”

“Obviously, the main goal today was to serve and protect Roman and keep his position in the GC and we made it without problems. Tomorrow, we’ll probably be following the same recipe. Roman has to save some energy so he’ll be ready for the final mountains in the race where we have the chance to transform silver to gold,” said Saxo-Tinkoff’s DS, Fabrizio Guidi.

Tour de Suisse Stage 4 Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 4:08:23
2. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
6. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
7. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
8. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol
9. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 4:
1. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC in 11:48:01
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:23
3. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:35
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 0:53
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 0:57
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco at 1:08
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 1:23
8. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 1:26
9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 1:28
10. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:39.

Stage 4:

Stage 5 from Buochs to Leuggern had a circuit in store for the peloton and a categorized climb that could be used as a launching pad for eager escapees. However, a break of four riders managed to break clear of the bunch before entering the circuit in Leuggern. They were: Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard), Cyril Lemoine (Sojasun), Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), they were only allowed a maximum lead of around 3 minutes.

However, with 23 kilometres to go Saxo-Tinkoff’s Nicolas Roche brought the escapees back to the field after a fierce chase on the climb. And the Cannondale team started to set Peter Sagan up for the win, as did Saxo Tinkoff for Matti Breschel.

In the very last kilometre, the sprinters were all in the right place and in the hectic bunch sprint decision; Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) repeated his stage 1 win beating Sagan and the previous day’s winner, Demare (FDJ) to the line.

Mathias Frank (BMC) held onto the overall lead for another day from Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Rui Costa (Movistar). Stage six on Thursday will bring a hilly finish for the 188 kilometres between Leuggern and Meilen.

The BMC Racing Team successfully protected the overall lead of Mathias Frank for the second straight day Wednesday at the Tour de Suisse while another one of the top contenders crashed out of the race.

Frank said he there were a few nervous moments during the 178.4-kilometer stage that ended in a bunch sprint won by Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling). World road champion Philippe Gilbert was the BMC Racing Team’s best finisher in 13th. “At the end, there was a lot of action, a lot of fighting going on,” Frank said. “There were one or two situations where I wasn’t in the best position. But 99 percent of the day went well and the team did a great job. Having a team around you like this is is perfect. I didn’t lose any time, so at the end it was a good day.” Frank still leads Roman Kreuziger (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) by 23 seconds and Rui Costa (Movistar Team) by 35. But Costa’s teammate, Giovanni Visconti – who had been fourth – crashed and could not continue. On Monday’s Stage 3, 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal also crashed and had to leave the race. “You have to be attentive from beginning to the end,” BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. “We have to progress like we do in the Tour de France – day-by-day – and to protect Mathias and Tejay van Garderen and to come to the final time trial on Sunday in good position. I am confident in the team we have. Those guys know what to do. They have already done big tours. They are classic guys and climbers. So there’s no reason to be nervous.”

“Our primary goal today was to protect the overall second place and at the same time, the finale was a good fit for Matti who was feeling strong today and he really showed it in the sprint. So we secured Roman his position and we put Matti in a perfect spot for the sprint. He opened up with 200 meters to go and was only passed by world class sprinters, Kristoff, Sagan and yesterday’s stage winner so I’m happy about this result. Tomorrow, there’s another bumpy stage and it could go either way for the sprinters or maybe finally a breakaway victory,” said Saxo-Tinkoff’s DS Fabrizio Guidi after the stage.

After his resurrection -including two stage victories- in the recent Giro d’Italia and following a great performance on stage one in the Tour de Suisse -where he was sitting in 4th overall-, bad luck hit Giovanni Visconti today during stage four of the Helvetic stage race. The Movistar rider was forced to abandon the event after a crash in the opening phase of a day.

Visconti fell in the middle of the bunch going at high speed, and the impact with the pavement, despite not involving any fractures, caused him serious abrasions and loss of skin in some zones. Assisted by the race doctor on his bike, the wounds advised against Visconti staying in the race and he was immediately taken to the Kantons hospital in Baden, where checks ruled out any other major injuries. After his bruises were treated -with one of them in his left thigh requiring some stitches-, the Movistar Team rider is OK to head back home to Italy tomorrow to continue his recovery.

“I was pedalling in the bunch when suddenly some riders that were preceding me crashed: I could not avoid them,” Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) explained. “I cut my finger and I suffered grazes on the left leg and on the right arm, but nothing that prevented me from recovering the bunch and to reach the arrival. My morale is still good, since I’m really willing to realize good performances in the next stages, in order to wipe out all the bad luck.”

Tour de Suisse Stage 5 Result:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha in 4:08:29
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff
5. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
6. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
9. Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
10. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 5:
1. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC in 15:56:30
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:23
3. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar at 0:35
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 0:57
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco at 1:08
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 1:23
7. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 1:26
8. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale 0:01:28
9. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:39
10. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 1:42.

Stage 5:

Tour de Beauce 2013
Dream start for Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour de Beauce Stage 1: The Italian Andrea Peron came in at a solid third place (missing the win by only half a bike-length), and the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team celebrates its first podium result. After 165km (102.5m), with start and finish in Lac-Etchemin, Quebec, the 24-year-old from Borgorico was bettered only by Belgian rider Jasper Stuyven from Team Bontrager Cycling and Canadian Guillaume Boivin from Team Cannondale.

“This is my first year as a pro”, says the twenty-four-year-old, “so I’m very happy with getting on the podium! I hope I’ll finish in a front position again tomorrow and hope for good results overall.”

Quebec’s most important bike race kicked off with constant rain. The first of 6 stages took place around the lake with numerous steep hills and rough tarmac, and the drizzle did not make life any easier. After 100km through the Canadian countryside, two riders were remained in the break with an advantage of 8:45 minutes, and the entire Team Novo Nordisk squad held tight in the peloton.

“The whole team did a really solid job,” says Team Novo Nordisk Sports Director, Pavel Cherkasov. “Everyone was active. Thomas was in the breakaway in the beginning. All the riders were in the front of the bunch. In the last 15km, the group began chasing the two riders as the peloton started to shatter – our guys held tight.” With 4km to go, Finnish rider Joonas Henttala suffered some bad luck with a flat tire and finished in the third group with Australian rider, Chris Williams. “The rest of the guys were in the front battling for the sprint, Cherkasov goes on to say. “Fabio Calabria was caught in the crash with 200m to go, but still finished in the first group. And Andrea was able to find the right position for the sprint and finish 3rd. Great job by the entire team!”

Team Novo Nordisk General Manager, Vassili Davidenko, is pleased with the result.“That was a magnificent performance,” he says, “Thomas did a great job at the beginning of the race getting into a breakaway group where he spent most of the day. Andrea was supported perfectly from Javier on the last climb and was then able to hold the position up front.” After today’s race, Team Novo Nordisk clearly is to be seen as a favourite for the upcoming stages. “We have big expectations for this week,” says Davidenko, “and the guys are ready. Stage three from St-Georges to Mont Mégantic will mix up the general classification and give the riders a chance to position themselves respectively.”

The third place finish is especially meaningful for Team Novo Nordisk Co-founder and CEO, Phil Southerland. “This is a tremendous day for Team Novo Nordisk!” he says. “Our riders have been working so hard and fighting in each and every race, and to finally step onto the podium is a victory for our team and a victory for everyone around the world with diabetes. We will aim to climb higher throughout the Tour de Beauce, and inspire those with diabetes to pursue their dreams. Congrats to the team and to Andrea!”

“Andrea is a phenomenal guy,” Southerland goes on to say. “He had contracts taken away when he disclosed his diabetes– so before Team Novo Nordisk he had been forced to hide the fact he had diabetes. Now he takes pride in his disease and serves as a great role model for all with diabetes.”
Thanks to the Novo Nordisk team for the race info.

Tour de Beauce Stage 1 Result:
1. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team in 4:06:11
2. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team
3. Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5. Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block
6. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
7. Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
8. Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda
9. Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
10. Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team.

Tour de Beauce Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team in 4:06:01
2. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team at 0:04
3. Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk at 0:06
4. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System at 0:08
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 0:10
6. Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block
7. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
8. Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
9. Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda
10. Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team.

Beauce Stage 1:

Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s Matthias Friedemann was runner-up on Wednesday’s Stage 2 at the Tour de Beauce, matching his best performance of the season.

“I was a bit disappointed yesterday getting caught in the crash, so I was extra motivated today,” Friedemann said. “Clinton (Avery) was fantastic and put me in perfect position. I felt really good and went early, but picked the wrong side and got closed out a bit. By the time I got clear it was too late. I’m happy to get a spot on the podium and I hope to get another shot at a stage win later in the week.”

Runner-up on Stage 5 at 4 Jours de Dunkerque earlier this year, Friedemann – along with Champion System teammate Chad Beyer – had to scramble when a crash at the front of the pack took both of them down with 15 kilometers to go, just as the gap to the day’s three-man breakaway was hovering at one-minute.

“Most of our guys were caught up in that crash but quickly back to the bunch,” Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said. “We got Chad going directly and a quick bike change had Matthias working his way back in short order.”

The breakaway group of Robert Sweeting (5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team), Jonathan McCarty (Bissell Pro Cycling) and Joseph Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team) were caught inside the final kilometer after enjoying a three-minute lead at one point. Guillaume Boivin (Canada National Team) took the win ahead of Friedemann and Jasper Stuyven (Bontrager Cycling Team) was third. The win moved Boivin into the overall race lead while Friedemann is Champion System’s best-placed rider in third, eight seconds behind Boivin.

“I think Matthias will have another shot for a stage win before the race is over and the guys have a lot of confidence in him,” Beamon said.

Thursday’s 164-km stage, with its summit finish on Mont-Megantic, is expected to play a significant role in the general classification.
Thanks to the Champion System team for the race report.

Tour de Beauce Stage 2 Result:
1. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team in 3:53:20
2. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
3. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team
4. Diego M Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team
5. Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
6. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
7. Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
9. Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
10. Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block.

Tour de Beauce Overall After Stage 2:
1. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team in 7:59:15
2. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team at 0:02
3. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team at 0:08
4. Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team at 0:10
5. Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk at 0:12
6. Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda at 0:13
7. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
8. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at 0:16
9. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
10. Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block.

Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s Matthias Friedemann (far left) finished second as Guillaume Boivin of the Canada National Team (second from left, in white) won Stage 2 of the Tour de Beauce.
(Brian Hodes, VeloImages.

Ster ZLM Toer-GP Jan van Heeswijk 2013
The 5 day stage race; Ster ZLM Toer-GP Jan van Heeswijk was opened on Wednesday evening with an 8 kilometre Prologue in Goes, Holland, where Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) was defending his overall win from 2012. However, it was Robert Wagner (Blanco) who took the stage and the leader’s jersey at the end of the time trial.

The Blanco Pro Cycling Team made a flying start in the Ster ZLM Toer. The team scored a one-two finish in Goes with Robert Wagner and Lars Boom. They were early starters and clocked good times but had the fortune to finish their runs before the rain set in.

Wagner was well prepared for the prologue in Zeeland. “I’m a decent prologue rider and therefore I stepped out of the Dauphiné already on Saturday. There was one more heavy mountain stage on the programme, with real bad weather conditions. I wanted to save up for today. It might sound funny, but I exited with a good feeling. I had good legs and today we can see just how good. Wagner is happy with the win for several reasons. “This is a nice victory, especially with Lars coming in second. As a team we could not have hoped for a better start. For me personally, it’s a great accomplishment as my last win came in 2011 when I became the German champion.

Lars was enthused about his performance. “Second is nice although I would naturally have preferred to win. I am happy to defer to Robert. I simply did not go hard enough to win but I have to say the legs felt good. This is a good start. I started early on purpose as we knew rain was coming and that was not in our favour.”

Wagner also looked ahead. Despite the win, he remains focused. “I know my job. I am going to help Lars to a good classification and support Theo Bos in the sprints.”

Team Saxo-Tinkoff are in the race with Christopher Juul-Jensen, Jay McCarthy, Jonas Aaen, Anders Lund, Takashi Miyazawa and Rory Sutherland. And Sutherland is the captain during the race: “Rory did a good time trial and we hope that he’ll be doing a solid overall result in the race. There are a couple of stages (3 & 4) that suit him very well and he’s still fast and strong after the Giro, so he’s our man for the GC. Besides, we have Takashi for the bunch sprints on tomorrow’s and the final stage of the race,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Steven de Jong after the stage.

Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk Prologue Result:
1. Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco in 9:40
2. Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco at 0:02
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano at 0:03
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano at 0:05
5. Andrew Fenn (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:06
6. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:08
7. Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo at 0:10
8. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:11
9. Markus Eichler (Ger) NetApp-Endura)
10. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol at 0:13.

Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk Overall After the Prologue:
1. Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco in 9:40
2. Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco at 0:02
3. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos-Shimano at 0:03
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano at 0:05
5. Andrew Fenn (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:06
6. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:08
7. Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo at 0:10
8. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:11
9. Markus Eichler (Ger) NetApp-Endura) at 0:11
10. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol at 0:13.

Pic: Wouter Roosenboom.

Skoda Tour of Luxembourg 2013
The Tour of Luxembourg was launched with a Prologue over just 2.5 kilometres but with both cobblestones and gradients in the Capital of Luxembourg. The fastest rider in the peloton was Jimmy Engoulvent (Sojasun) who won the prologue like he did in 2012, 2010 and in 2007.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s line-up in the race: Chris Anker Sørensen, Bruno Pires, Manuele Boaro, Mads Christensen, Karsten Kroon, Marko Kump and Timmy Duggan. DS, Dan Frost comments on the team goals: “It was a technically demanding course with quite a few corners, cobbles and a steep descent and the short distance was obviously not in Manuele’s favour. He likes the longer time trials. We enter this race without a given rider for the GC which means that everyone’s free to attack and enter the breakaways and hopefully drag in a good stage result,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Dan Frost.

Skoda Tour of Luxembourg Prologue Result:
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun in 3:42
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:01
3. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun
4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent.jobs-Wanty at 0:03
5. Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
6. Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco at 0:04
7. Damien Gaudin (Fra) Europcar at 0:06
8. Bob Jungles (Ned) (RadioShack Leopard) at 0:07
9. Remi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling
10. Merco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM.

Skoda Tour of Luxembourg Overall After the Prologue:
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun in 3:42
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:01
3. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun at 0:01
4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent.jobs-Wanty at 0:03
5. Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling at 0:03
6. Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco at 0:04
7. Damien Gaudin (Fra) Europcar at 0:06
8. Bob Jungles (Ned) (RadioShack Leopard) at 0:07
9. Remi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling at 0:07
10. Merco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:07.

Tour de France News:

Argos-Shimano tour Pre-Selection Riders
Not surprisingly the Argos-Shimano team have gone for a sprinter heavy selection with John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel. The team will pick the final nine riders from these 13 pre-selected riders: Bert De Backer, Roy Curvers, John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Johannes Fröhlinger, Simon Geschke, Yann Huguet, Thierry Hupond, Marcel Kittel, Koen de Kort, Ramon Sinkeldam, Albert Timmer, and Tom Veelers.

The BMC Tour Short List
The Belgian newspaper; Het Nieuwsblad is speculating on which riders will back-up Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen at the Tour de France. The paper reports that Philippe Gilbert, Mathias Frank, Michael Schär, Steve Morabito, Thor Hushovd, Marcus Burghardt, Amael Moinard, Brent Bookwalter, Dominique Nerz and Manuel Quinziato all had test rides on the Nice team time trial course and the team will be chosen from that list.

Astana Tour Team List
Jakob Fuglsang will be leading the Kazakh Astana team at the Tour de France, he will be backed up by eight from the following: Assan Bazayev, Janez Brajkovic, Enrico Gasparotto, Francesco Gavazzi, Andrei Grivko, Jacopo Guarnieri, Andrey Kashechkin, Fredrik Kessiakoff, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Muravyev, Kevin Seeldraeyers and Egor Silin.

Garmin-Sharp Last Minute Selection
Also according to Het Nieuwsblad is that the Garmin-Sharp team will not make its Tour de France team selection until the Wednesday before the Corsica start. In an interview with the paper, Garmin-Sharp rider Johan Vansummeren said: “I’m on a list, but that is very long. The day after the Belgian championship we fly to Girona, where testing will take place.” The choice will be made after that.

Blanco Announce Tour Short-List
Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema will be leading the Blanco team at the Tour de France, who the other seven riders will be chosen from: Lars Boom, Laurens ten Dam, Tom Leezer, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Mark Renshaw, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Bram Tankink, David Tanner, Maarten Tjallingii, Sep Vanmarcke and Maarten Wynants.

Celebrate the 100th Tour de France with Tour de France 100
In 1904, the founder of the Tour de France lamented, “The Tour is finished. It has died of its success, of the blind passions that it unleashed, the abuse and the dirty suspicions.” Now as the Tour achieves its 100th edition this month, Tour de France 100 celebrates the world’s greatest sporting spectacle.

Tour de France 100 is a featured sports book in Barnes & Noble bookstores this June and July and is also available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Beginning June 20, celebrate the 100th Tour de France with a rare and restored Tour de France photograph each day at www.TDF100.com.

The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world’s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. In its 100 runnings-the race was interrupted twice by war-it has cast its spotlight on some of the greatest athletes of all time, who fought their way across France’s magnificent landscape in pursuit of victory and the yellow jersey worn by the Tour’s overall leader.

In Tour de France 100, award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.

Vividly reproduced photos abound of heroes of the race, from pioneers like Octave Lapize and Eugène Christophe-first to wear the yellow jersey-to legendary warriors like Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. The great battles-Fausto Coppi versus Gino Bartali, Greg LeMond versus Bernard Hinault-are richly told, as is the shocking death of Tom Simpson and the controversial disgrace of Lance Armstrong. And the high drama of the modern era, represented by super-sprinter Mark Cavendish and the droll Bradley Wiggins, is fully covered as well.

There is nothing else that compares to the Tour, and Tour de France 100 is a superb celebration, as well as a keepsake of the Tour’s 100th edition that will be treasured by all cyclists and bike racing fans.

Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the World’s Greatest Race
Richard Moore
Hardcover with jacket. 250 b&w and color photographs throughout.
11″ x 12 1/2″, 224 pp., $34.95, 9781937715069

Richard Moore is a sports journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Award. His second book, Heroes, Villains and Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Outside magazine named Slaying the Badger one of the ten best cycling books of all time. Moore writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, and the Scotsman. He is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

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Relive the Emotions of the 2013 Giro d’Italia
With two new highlight videos covering every stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, together with an interview with the winner, Vincenzo Nibali.

Two weeks ago the 96th Giro d’Italia crowned its new champion, the Sicilian Vincenzo Nibali of Team Astana.

Two new highlight videos now allow viewers to re-live the iconic images and dramatic emotions from all the pivotal stages of this year’s Corsa Rosa. In the second video, Vincenzo Nibali himself talks of the feelings, fears, joys, and emotions that helped him on his triumphant ride to the top step of the final Giro d’Italia podium in Brescia, Italy.

Here are the highlights of the 96th Giro d’Italia on YouTube:

And this is the video with an interview with Vincenzo Nibali:

The videos are also viewable on the official Giro d’Italia website (www.giroditalia.it) and on the website of La Gazzetta dello Sport (www.gazzetta.it).

Criterium Du Dauphiné – Time Trial Tech Talk
Another great video from globalcyclingnetwork, this time they look at the TT set-up’s at the Criterium du Dauphiné. “GCN are joined by Caley Fretz, Tech Editor at Velonews for an in-depth tech discussion, both looking at the kit for the Dauphiné, and also for the consumer.

Most of the big favourites for the Tour de France are in action at the Criterium du Dauphiné, and the time trial is a great opportunity for having a look at the equipment that can shape not only this race, but also the Tour as well.

We discuss the impact that new technology has on the results. For example Chris Froome has the latest Pinarello at his disposal — one of only three riders to do so — whereas another Pinarello sponsored rider, Alessandro Valverde doesn’t. How much of an advantage is it really?

We also look at what this means for us, the consumers. Which bikes should we look at, considering the amazing claims promised by the manufacturers, how should we approach things?

This interview is a breath of fresh air blowing through the hype that surrounds wind tunnel testing.”

Run Rabbit Run – Chris Froome – Dauphine 2013 stage 5
Another great video from Viral Verse: Chris Froome gave an interview to the Times saying his target is to win the Tour de France for the next 6 or 7 years. Can he do it? It’s a controversial statement – Wiggins is out of the Tour this year due to injury – but he’ll be back. Can Chris match Bradley’s 2012 winning streak? So far Froome is on track. He looks good – damn good.

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