UCI Road World Championship Results – September 22nd

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The 81st International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World continued its second day with a rain-soaked Monday in Ponferrada. Two events took place consisting of the under-23 men’s individual time trial result and the junior women’s time trial.

The lady cyclists began first with an 8.64 miles (13.9 km) loop course that was mostly flat, except for a 300-foot climb near the completion. Between the weather and a gradient of 7% the rhythm was disturbed by the steep descent and a flat run to the finish.

The 18 to 23-year-old men’s competition tackled a 22.46 mile (36.15 km) circuit looping on mainly even streets from Ponferrada before heading back and tackling the same 7% ascent as the women did.

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The Australian national anthem was played twice for gold in the winner’s circle. After Monday’s events, it is no surprise from the results that the country is currently at the top of the provisional medal table. Australia has achieved two gold, two silver and one bronze medal as of September 21st.

 

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Macey Stewart won the gold for Australia in the Junior Women’s World Time Trial Championship. “The weather wasn’t the greatest but to be honest I love racing in the rain so when I saw it was raining this morning I got a little bit excited,” she exclaimed after the race. She clocked in at 20 minutes 8 seconds and has had an exciting year in women’s racing thus far. The teenager snared a silver medal this year in Canberra during the opening day of the national under-19 road championships. She also tapped her medal tally by winning gold in August at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea. Joining her on the podium for silver was Pernille Mathiesen of Denmark and taking bronze was her fellow countrymen, Anna-Leeza Hull.

 

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The 2nd Australian taking gold on Monday was for the winner for the under-23 men’s individual time trial; Campbell Flakemore was thrilled to achieve his gold medal in a time of 43 minutes 49 seconds. He fought all the way to reach the finish line. His reasoning for this aggressiveness towards winning was simply stated with “This is my last year as an under-23 and I really wanted it today.” He has clocked over 3852 miles in 53 race days at his young age.   Silver medal winner was Ryan Mullen of Ireland and taker of Bronze was Stefan Kueng of Switzerland.

Top Five Junior Women’s individual Time Trial

1.    Macey Stewart (Australia)
2.    Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)
3.    Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)
4.    Alexandra Manly (Australia)
5.    Emma White (United States)

Top Five Under-23 Men’s Individual Time Trial 

1.    Campbell Flakemore (Australia),
2.    Ryan Mullen (Ireland)
3.     Stefan Kueng (Switzerland)
4.     Rafael Ferreira Reis (Portugal)
5.     Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

2014 UCI Road World Championships Results – September 21st

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The 81st International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships began on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain with the men’s and women’s team time trial. For 2014, 69 national federations are registered to compete in the championships.

The world championships are raced differently than as seen in other cycling competitions.  A cyclist can represent and ride for a specific team in the ‘team time trial’ but then ride for their nation in the ‘individual time trial.’

Teams are made up of six riders, and in another deviation from the rest of the worlds, the winners receive a gold, silver or bronze medal and not a rainbow jersey.

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Each of the road races take place commencing and finishing in Ponferrada among a few hills. The total ascent is 1000 feet and a maximum gradient of 11%. There will be two climbs at the Alto de Montearenas  (at an average of 3.5 %) and the Alto de Compostilla (at an average of 6.6 %).

In the elite division for men, which was a 35 mile trek, the winner for the gold was BMC Racing at a time of 1 hour 3 minutes 29 seconds. Riding for the American team was led by American star, Tejay van Garderen. His teammates included Rohan Dennis (AUS), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITAand  Peter Velits (SVK).

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Riding for the Orica-GreenEdge team, winner of silver, was Luke Durbridge (AUS) Michael Hepburn (AUS) Damien Howson (AUS) Brett Lancaster (AUS) Jens Mouris (NED) and Svein Tuft (CAN).

The American team of Specialized–lululemon took the gold for the Women’s Elite Team Time Trial in 43 minutes 33 seconds. The cyclists rode for 22 ½ miles with  the members of the team being Chantal Blaak (NED), Lisa Brennauer (GER), Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN), Carmen Small (USA), Evelyn Stevens (USA) and Trixi Worrack (GER).

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Results of Men’s Team Time Trial

1.    BMC Racing,
2.    Orica-GreenEdge
3.     Omega Pharma
4.    Team Sky
5.    Tinkoff-Saxo,

Results of Women’s Team Time Trial

1.    Specialized-lululemon
2.    Orica-AIS,
3.    Astana BePink
4.    Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5.    Boels-Dolmans

Welcome to the 2014 UCI Road World Championships

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The 2014 UCI Road World Championships will begin this weekend from September 21st to the 28th and will be held in Ponferrada, Spain. This is the climax following three grand tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d’Italia).

 

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The UCI cycling championship competitions consist of twelve events for elite, under-23 and junior cyclists. Spain is no stranger in playing host country. This is the seventh time that race has been held in the Iberian nation. However, it is the first time in Ponferrada which is situated in Province of León among the El Bierzo valley, completely surrounded by mountains.

For eight days, Ponferrada will be the cycling capital of the world. The finest riders in all categories including the best national and international teams will be battling for medals and the prized rainbow jerseys

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) was founded in Paris in 1900 and is the world prevailing organization overseeing the sport of cycling. They are recognized as such by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and have their World Cycling Centre headquarters based near the IOC in Aigle, Switzerland.
UCI Delegates at the UCI Congress in 1904

Delegates at the UCI Congress in 1904 courtesy of UCI
The UCI Road World Championships were formulated in 1921 as the sole purpose of providing a platform for the world’s best cyclists. This time the bearer of the title of 2014 Road World Champion will obtain the coveted jersey that the riders place their best sprint for is the ‘Rainbow Jersey.’

Many familiar faces will be participating this weekend including Britain’s own Chris Froome, the winner of the 2013 Tour de France winner and 2nd place taker at in last’s weeks the Vuelta a España. Weather should be temperate with temperatures around 70F and planet of sunshine to begin the race.
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Unlike other cycling races, the UCI Road World Championships is unlike other bicyclist races. Rather the participants compete for their home nation than representing a corporate sponsor’s team.

PatchNRide looks forward to the latest completion in road cycling. Triggering off this Sunday, stay tuned for the details and follow with the results of the first day of 2014 UCI Road World Championships.

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Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stage 21 and Final Results

 

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Vuelta a Espana is now a memory until next year and the final results are in. However, a recap of Stage 21 is in order.

 

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For Stage 21 on Sunday, it was a brief 6-mile (19 km) team time trial in the historic northern city in Spain, Santiago de Compostela.

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Adriano Malori of Italy (Movistar Team) was the victor clocking in at 11 minutes 12 seconds. The type of weather that hit the short technically challenging time trial is usually not conducive to Malori’s style. As he crossed the finish, even he was amazed that he excelled over the other 158 riders.

Adriano Malori

Stage 21 Results Sunday September 14

1.    Adriano Malori of Italy (Movistar Team)
2.     Jesse Sergent of New Zealand (Trek Factory Racing)
3.     Rohan Dennis of Australia (BMC Racing Team)
4.    Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus (Team Sky)
5.     Jimmy Engoulvent of France (Team Europcar)

Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)  clinched success in the Vuelta a Espana with a firm execution in the closing time trial stage in rain-soaked Santiago de Compostela. However, he did lose 27 seconds to Briton Chris Froome (Team Sky) who managed to remain in 2nd place and Alejandre Valverde of Spain (Movistar) was third in the final classification results. Alberto Contador rolled in his third win in a Vuelta a España competition. He previously stood on the winner’s podium in 2008 and 2012. “It’s a dream for me to win three Vueltas; I really was not expecting it,” exclaimed Alberto Contador.

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Final Classification Results

1.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)
2.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
3.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
4.    Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
5.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)

Red Jersey – Overall Winner
Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)
    
Green Jersey – Points Classification
John Degenkolb of Germany (Team Giant-Shimano)

Polka-Dot Jersey –King of the Mountain
Luis León Sánchez  of Spain (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stage 20

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Vuelta a Espana is here and is nearly completed until next year with one more day to go. However, today’s race actually decided the overall winner. Stage 20 presented an exciting 115 miles (185.7 km) from Santa Estevo de Ribas de Sil to Puerta de Ancares.

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This was the one last full attempt for the red jersey and is considered a mountainous course with two Category 3’s, one Category 2 and one Category 1 climbs. The finish line is at the highest category climb. The five ascents averaged a 12% gradient with some as low as 7% and as upward to 17% at one point.
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The overall leaders moved those legs to get to the finish line first. Unless something of the ordinary took place, which it didn’t, one of the top five were assured to be crowned the winner for tomorrow’s ceremony after the time team trial set for Stage 21.
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The day was mild and Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) glided away as Iberia’s hero and the winner of this year’s competition. Known by the nickname ‘el Pistolero ‘(the pistol) he made cycling history as being one of only five riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling. This includes the 2007 Tour de France, 2008 Giro d’Italia, 2008 Vuelta a España and 2012 Vuelta a España. He already envelops the 2008 Olympic and four World time trial titles. Now he can add the 2014 Vuelta a España to his impressive resume with his time for Stage 20 at 5 hours 11 minutes 43 seconds.

Alberto Contador did not disappoint his following. The road was filled during the final 10 miles during the ascent of La Farrapona. He and Chris Froome of Britain (Team Sky) were running back and forth with each other. It appeared as though it would be too close to call until the 1/2 mile point from the finish.

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Contador broke away and there was nothing but smiles upon his face as he finished alone at the summit of the Ancares pass and clear 17 second from Chris Froome to win the Vuelta a Espana 2014.

Tomorrow, Stage 21 is a brief 6-mile (19 km) team time trial beginning and finishing up Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 20 Results Saturday September 13 and Overall Classification Results

1.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)
2.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
3.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
4.    Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
5.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)

Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stage 19

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Vuelta a Espana 2014 has reached Stage 19, and the cyclists faced a 112 miles (180.5 km) ride. This trek includes two mountain stages classified as Category 2. The stage from Salvaterra de Miño to Cangas do Morrazo has biking fan’s determining as to who the tournament’s winners will be. However, it may still be too close to call.

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Stage 19 tends to be difficult for most of the sprinters and totally uncomplicated for these professionals of the leader board in the general classification. The stage starts off with a flat run from Salvaterra de Miño along the Galician coastline.

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After 36 miles of sprinting, the pack faces its first category 2 upward slope at Alto de Monte da Groba with an average gradient of 4.2%. The riders descended back to the coast and continued to sprint until the 77-mile mark. They then hit upon Alto Monte Faro, their second Category 2 climb and ascending for 3 miles to the summit. Gradients escalated to 7% for this final categorized ascent of Stage 19. It was short-lived and was immediately followed with a fast descent. The last few miles provided the peloton with a slightly uneven stretch, and then a flat final ½ mile to the crossing if the finish line.

 

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Adam Hansen of Australia (Lotto-Belisol) was the surprise win of the day fighting off favorite John Degenkolb of Germany (Team Giant-Shimano).  Hansen has plenty of on the road expereince. He completed all three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España) in 2012.

Carpe diem or ‘seize the moment’ never came in truer form than today for Adam Hansen. He saw an opportunity to accelerate during Stage 19’s final 2 miles in Galicia. Without looking back, he was alone and crossed the finished line in 4 hours 21 minutes 58 seconds.
The general classification remained unchanged for Alberto Contador of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo). It was a relatively easy course for him to retain in the red jersey. He maintains his lead of 1:19 over Britain’s Chris Froome (Team Sky) and 1:32 on Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Movistar).

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For 115 miles (185.7 km), the cyclists plan to step up their levels and manifest a duel to the finish on Saturday. Stage 20 has set its course from  Santa Estevo de Ribas de Sil on Saturday. The stage concludes at Puerta de Ancares with the highest category ascent.

Stage 19 Results Friday September 12

1.    Adam Hansen of Australia (Lotto-Belisol)
2.    John Degenkolb of Germany (Team Giant-Shimano).
3.    Filippo Pozzato  of Italy (Lampre-Merida)
4.     Yannick Martinez of France (Team Europcar)
5.     Michael Matthews of Australia (Orica Greenedge)

Overall Classification Results  

1.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) 76:00:40
2.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
3.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
4.    Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
5.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)

Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stage 18

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After a sprinter’s paradise of a course on Wednesday, cyclists in Stage 18 had to deal with a rougher journey for 97.5 miles (157 km). The rough journey from A Estrada (Ponteverdra)  to Mont Castrove was the third mid-range mountainous stage of the 2014 Vuela a Espnan.

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It began very smooth but that changed and the riders had tackled two Category 2 climbs cresting 2300 feet. The pack had to deal with Alto Monte Castrove not one but twice, each time in a different direction with a maximum grade of 12%. The closing climb was for 3 miles before reaching the finish line.
Mont Castrove
Three riders left the race this morning. Robert Gesink of The Netherlands (UCI ProTeam Belkin) was in 7th place in the General Classifications. He has departed for home due to a family emergency. It was announced that he withdrew to be with his pregnant wife, who is hospitalized and has undergone surgery twice this week.

Robert Gesink

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Boonen of Belgium (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) departed the Vuelta in order to prepare for the world championships.
Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team) was the conqueror of Stage 18 and took his second win of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana. He is still holding at fifth place in the overall standings after winning this stage at a time of 3 hours 47 minutes 17 seconds.

Fabio Aru

A nice surprise was seeing Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky) as runner-up. His result jumped him up-a-notch in the overall classifications and placed Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Movistar) behind him.
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The red jersey wearer gets to don it for at least another day. Alberto Contador of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) did lose 17 seconds but is 1 minute 19 seconds over Chris Froome. With three stages left to the race, it promises to be fight to its completion, and we will see which of the top five will be crowned the overall winner for 2014.

While today’s stage had its ups and downs, Stage 19 is also mountainous at a distance of 112 miles (180.5 km). From Salvaterra de Miño to Cangas do Morrazo, there are two category 2 climbs with a flat finish.

Stage 18 Results Thursday September 11

1.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)
2.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
3.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
4.    Rodríguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
5.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Overall Classification Results  

1.    Alberto Contador Velasco of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) 71.38.37hrs
2.    Chris Froome of Great Britain (Team Sky)
3.    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain (Movistar Team)
4.    Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver of Spain (Team Katusha)
5.    Fabio Aru of Italy (Astana Pro Team)