At the historic Centro Civico in the beautiful Tuscan village of Bolgheri, a dozen of the world’s finest cyclists gathered this afternoon at the pre-Tirreno-Adriatico ‘Top Riders’ press conference.
As a consequence of a crash with about 10km remaining in Paris-Nice Stage 2 on Monday, Gianni Meersman left the race this morning, returned to Belgium, and immediately underwent examinations at H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen as decided by team medical staff. Medical checks underlined fractures of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs of the right hemithorax. A CT Scan also underlined fractures of three, and fissures of six, transverse processes in the dorsal and lumbar areas.
The world's largest independent utility company has chosen the ‘Corsa Rosa’ as its promotional vehicle in Italy.
Kris Boeckmans won't start in the third stage of Paris-Nice today. In a crash in the first stage on Sunday he was hit from behind by another rider and incurred a small concussion.
Monday 10th March began an hour later for the sleep-deprived peloton and the extra time in bed was much appreciated. Stage 1, for teams Nottingham and Aedas, left Valence for a ride in the early morning sun to Cleon D’Andran, 49.5km away. CYCLE TO MIPIM veteran Jennifer Ross of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design commented on the lovely long downhill, which is followed by the 'slowies' getting pulled back by the motorbike to the peloton along the long straight flat that follows at 40kph. This year she found this particular experience surprisingly enjoyable.
Wouter Wippert was delivered to victory on Stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan by a phenomenal Drapac Professional Cycling team effort on Tuesday afternoon in Changhua County.
Wednesday, 12th of March, it’s time for this year’s Italian stage race classic, Tirreno-Adriatico where Tinkoff-Saxo put up a powerful line-up containing: Alberto Contador, Daniele Bennati, Manuele Boaro, Matteo Tosatto, Nicolas Roche, Michael Mørkøv, Roman Kreuziger and Sergio Paulinho.
ORICA-GreenEDGE will line up for Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday with three key objectives:
Cadel Evans will lead the BMC Racing Team at Tirreno-Adriatico, a race he won in 2011 on the way to his victory at the Tour de France.
Zipp’s new SL-70 Aero is, in every way, a high-performance bar. This new unidirectional carbon handlebar is packed with the innovations for best-in-class fit, ergonomics and aerodynamic performance. With its wing-shaped bar top, the SL-70 Aero features Zipp’s latest bar refinements while building on the trend-setting aero legacy of the VukaSprint.
The 49th Tirreno-Adriatico, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, starts in Donoratico on Wednesday 12 March and concludes, as tradition dictates, at San Benedetto del Tronto on Tuesday 18 March.
Michal Kwiatkowski first and Peter Sagan second.
Sunday's Stage 1 began with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for Christian Coy, more commonly known as 'Moustache', one of the most-recognisable motorbike outriders and a big character on the event, who has ridden CYCLE TO MIPIMs since it began.
Traditionally the Three Days of West-Flanders finished on Sunday in Ichtegem with the Omloop der Vlaamse Ardennen. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck stayed ahead of a chasing peloton and rode solo towards the victory. Kenny Dehaes had to be satisfied with place six.
RusVelo women’s team finished the weekend’s block of three one-day races in El Salvador with an impressive tally of high places. Having opened it with Olga Zabelinskaya’s victory in the Grand Prix GSB, on Friday, on a demanding 99 km-long mountainous course, the Russian squad contested the GP de Oriente. Olga Zabelinskaya finished 4th with the teammate Elena Kuchinskaya crossing the line 7th.
The best - Italian women's team - led by women – throws its first campaign against femicide. The athletes of the team to support the strength of women with meaningful sentences and a single hashtag: #GOAHEADLADIES.
At 6am on the morning of Day Three, Saturday 8th March, the peloton left Reims, the home of Veuve Cliquot, in midnight blue. As the day unfolded and the sun rose, the famous Champagne countryside was revealed in glorious blue and gold, and the temperature increased, lifting the mist off the vines to create a magical atmosphere.
Wouter Wippert has avoided a crash in the finale of the opening stage of the Tour de Taiwan to finish in second place in the 52km criterium in Taipei City.
Why you should go for 24mm tires. The riders of Tinkoff-Saxo have just crossed the finish line in Siena. The white roads of Tuscany posed a particular risk of punctures with several fierce sections of dirt roads. We've talked to Specialized about how they design tires that have both speed and durability.
On Friday, Nic Dougall of the World Cycling Centre Africa MTN Qhubeka Feeder Team repeated his 2013 victory of the Bestmed Tour de Boland against a much stronger field than the previous year. Dougall, who had won the 18km opening time trial from the Berg River Dam to Helshoogte in convincing fashion, finished the stage in 7th place, 24 seconds down on stage winner Darren Lill (Team Cannondale Blend). The performance secured Dougall the victory over fellow World Cycling Centre Trainee, Till Drobisch of Namibia by 45 seconds. Drobisch also finished in second place at the Tour de Boland in 2013.