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The Tour de France is at “Full Gas” and we have all the results and rider quotes, plus the video action if you missed anything during the week. EuroTrash Thursday isn’t all Tour; we also have the Giro Rosa and the Tour of Austria for that extra excitement. No doping report on the 1998 Tour de France till after this Tour, that's our TOP STORY for today. Lots to read, so maybe a big piece of gâteau avec un café au lait?

TOP STORY: 1998 Inquiry Delayed
As reported in Monday’s EuroTrash, the French Senate report on doping, which is expected to reveal the results of retroactive testing on samples from the 1998 Tour de France was to be announced on July the 18th. The Senate has now announced that it will not release the report until after this year’s Tour has finished. The move came after a delegation of riders spoke to Valerie Fourneyron of the French Sports Ministry on the morning of stage 1 in Corsica. Samuel Dumoulin told L'Equipe that “it is a nice gesture on the part of the senators. They heard us and understood that our claim was well founded. Our goal was to avoid confusion between old business and the current peloton. We never said we did not want the fight against doping, but simply we asked for equality between sports. Given the media coverage of the Tour, we know that a spark would trigger a huge fire. Viewers would be reminded of the old doping cases. Now we can concentrate on the sport, and once we have turned the page of the Tour, we will focus on the findings of the investigation."

It has already been suggested that a sample of Laurent Jalabert’s was positive for EPO and UCI President Pat McQuaid has stated that 1998 Tour de France winner; Marco Pantani could be stripped of his win if he is one of the riders named by the Senate Commission as being positive the Tour.

President McQuaid has maybe forgotten a couple of points: First there is an eight year limit on doping cases, if you remember the case against Lance Armstrong would have passed this date had it not been for ongoing investigations. Also that Armstrong was shown to be positive six times in retroactive tests in the 1999 Tour de France and the UCI did nothing until much later when the USADA case brought the Armstrong house of cards down.

Pantani’s family also point out that: “In criminal law, death terminates any existing or future proceedings against the suspect and the crime is also declared extinct.” His family also point out that there is no B sample to compare with the retroactive sample.

Felice Gimondi spoke of the case to La Republica: “It’s like when they lower the speed limit from 150kph to 130, what do we do? Hand out fines to everybody who drove at 150kph before?” Gimondi also wasn’t very impressed by the governing body; “they don’t have balls and they never have. They only make easy choices, that boy might have made serious mistakes but he paid too high a price.”

I think we all now have a good idea what was going on in those years and Pantani was part of that era and I don’t think there will be any surprises in the announcement. Maybe it would be better for the UCI to be concerning its self with the living and also getting its own house in order.

Pantani 1998:

Tour de France 2013
After a hard Stage 3 where a group of five; Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Sebastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Alexis Vuillermoz (Sojasun), Simon Clarke (Orics-GreenEdge) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), broke away as soon as the flag dropped. They were never allowed more than 4 minutes lead and Clarke took all the KOM points except the important last one. The Polka dot wearing Pierre Rolland (Europcar) jumped up to the suffering Clarke and passed him before the top to consolidate his mountains lead. On the descent Rolland was joined by Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Lars Nordhaug (Belkin), but they had no chance with the bunch thundering down behind them. Orica-GreenEdge and Cannondale had the bit between their teeth and took Simon Gerrans and Peter Sagan to the line where Gerrans got the verdict by half a wheel.

Jan Bakelants held the overall lead due to a lot of hard work from the RadioShack Leopard team.

Race Quotes:
“This is a huge win,” said stage winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge). “It’s a huge moment for the team. We have been so close on so many occasions. Hopefully it’s the first of many more to come.”

“This is obviously our biggest win,” added Sport Director Matt White. “We’ve won more than 50 races since the team’s inception last year. We had already won at the Giro, the Vuelta, the Classics and all sorts of races between, but this is the one box we hadn’t ticked off yet.”

“Daryl and I have been working well together in the finals in the last few days,” said Gerrans. “Yesterday I led him out. We thought the finish suited me better today, and we made the decision to have him lead me out because of that. He’s the best in the business. He did an absolutely perfect job.”

“I had no idea if I had won,” said Gerrans. “I knew it was really close, and I wasn’t going to celebrate too early. Sagan and I were on the opposite ends of the road and we both threw our bikes. My win was confirmed a few minutes later. We’re all pretty ecstatic.”

Third placed José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar): "This third place makes me happy, but the man in front of me before the sprint lost a bit of place and I don't know if I would have been able to contest the stage with Gerrans and Sagan otherwise. Still I'm content with the result, especially because I've realized that yesterday's failure was just a bad day. I had cramps with the heat and felt horribly bad. Things are now working properly. This was a stage I knew that could be good for me, but my priority is always staying with Alejandro and, only after completing my work, looking after my personal chances. It's a huge moral boost after several setbacks, even a teeth infection in the last few weeks, and being able to contest a Tour sprint with some of the best guys around is a good sign.

"Corsica is over and every day I'm better" Alberto Contador finished today the third and final stage on the island of Corsica with good feelings and relatively satisfied, regardless of the fall of the first day, he feels that every day is a little better of his injuries. “Today has been a day of nerves for the narrow road, but I finished well. Every day I feel better”, he said after crossing the finish line. What about the team time trial? “I hope to be well”, he says, “because the Saxo-Tinkoff team is very strong. The team is helping me a lot in these days and yet I feel affected a little the muscles due to the tension of the fall, but I'm glad I saved these first days of the Tour without losing time and without major problems, especially if tomorrow we do a good time trial.”

But Alberto doesn’t give too much importance to the TTT, because it will not be a straight fight between the favourites. “Tomorrow is a challenge between teams, not directly between the leaders. It will not have the same importance that an individual time trial, but serves to clarify a little the general classification, which is now in the air completely.”

Best young rider; Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS): "I was really happy to see Tony Martin in the final because that is a really good prognosis before tomorrow," Kwiatkowski said. "He crashed so badly in the first stage. I was really happy to see him help me. Actually, all of the guys helped me a lot today. I want to say thank you to them. I had a lot of help from this team, I feel good about this team. I help the other guys and then they help me as well."

"We have many good time trialists on our team," Kwiatkowski said of tomorrow's TTT. "We are the World Champions in this discipline. I will do my best. I think we can have a good result tomorrow. Tony and Gert Steegmans talked to us about the course. It's not really a hard TT, so it fits well for us."

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQS): "I saw my chance on the downhill and immediately went to the front," Chavanel said. "My condition is good and I will try again for sure in the next stages."

And Chavanel’s break away companion; Belkin’s Lars Petter Nordhaug: “After the missed opportunity yesterday, I wanted to attack today. I landed in a strong group together with Chavanel amongst others, but the headwind ultimately tempered our escape. Just as we were nearly reeled in, I made another go of it as you must fight on to the bitter end. You never know what will happen behind you.”

Cadel Evans (BMC) said the 145.5-kilometer stage was more conservative than he had anticipated. "I honestly expected a more aggressive race from the start," the 2011 Tour de France champion said. "I thought more would be interested in getting in the breakaway on such a hard stage and the breakaway has a pretty good chance if it's a good quality one. But they sort of let a group go quite easily." By virtue of its second place on the team classification, the BMC Racing Team will be the second-to-last team to start the 25 km race against the clock in Nice. "We can look forward with confidence at the team time trial tomorrow," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue. "We have worked on this since the beginning of the year. We had three days on a wonderful course with a team who is in good shape and worked well to protect Cadel. Now we will see what happens at the team time trial and, after this, we go to the Pyrenees."

The injured Tony Martin (OPQS): "Today I felt better than yesterday," Martin said. "Of course I'm still not 100 percent, but I'm feeling better than what was expected. Now I hope to get a good night's rest and tomorrow give my best effort to the team for the team time trial. I know how important it is to race hard for the team in this moment. We will do our best to get a good result."

Tour de France Stage 3 Result:
1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 3:41:24
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC
6. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
8. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
9. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
10. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 3:
1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard in 12:21:27
2. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun at 0:01
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
6. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
7. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
8. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale.

Stage 3:

The Orica-GreenEdge team was over the moon when they saw the last team of the day, RadioShack Leopard, come in 29 seconds down on their time of 25:56 for the 25 kilometres in Nice in the Stage 4 team time trial. After yesterday’s stage win from Simon Gerrans, the Australian team’s confidence was sky high and their fastest time put Gerrans into the yellow jersey. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step nearly had the win, but Orica-GreenEdge beat them by 75/100’s of a second in an exciting battle. Chris Froome and his Sky team came 3rd at 3 seconds, while Alberto Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff was 4th at 9.

Race Quotes:
Simon Gerrans in his new Yellow Jersey: “It was a team effort yesterday, but I was the one to stand on the podium and receive the reward. It was that much more special to stand on the stage today with the entire team. All nine of us were on the podium together to celebrate our win. The yellow jersey is an added bonus. We certainly weren’t the favourites, but we had a very strong team,” Gerrans added. “There were no weak links today. Everyone was given a specific role to play within the TTT. The stronger riders pulled harder and longer. The less strong guys kept the speed up on their teams. Everyone committed 100% and it paid off with the win.”

With the win came the yellow jersey. Although tied on time with Impey and Albasini, Gerrans was the first of his teammates across the finish line, snagging himself the coveted maillot jaune. The sixth Australian to wear yellow, Gerrans adds his name to an impressive list that includes Phil Anderson, Bradley McGee, O’Grady, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans.

“To take the yellow jersey is the pinnacle of cycling,” said Gerrans. “The Tour de France is the race around the world that everyone knows, and the yellow jersey is the symbol of that race. Winning stages and wearing yellow changes a career. To pull on this jersey is something a rider might dream about for his whole life. Only a few guys get that opportunity. I’m thrilled to have that honour.”

Team Saxo-Tinkoff finished the stage in fourth position: “I'm very happy about the boys' effort today. They are precisely where they are supposed to be and now they got to see for themselves that they are among the strongest here. It gives us the confidence to believe in the project and that everything here is possible. Tomorrow, there's a very long stage where we don't have to take the responsibility of the reigns pulling in breakaways but we can stay behind and at the same time make sure that Alberto is brought safely across the finish line,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Fabrizio Guidi.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff Spaniard, Benjamin Noval was extremely unfortunate during today's team time trial where a spectator came too close to the Spaniard with his camera shortly after passing the first intermediate time check where Noval parted with his teammates. Noval suffered a hard blow to his hand and tore his tendon in his left index finger causing severe pain. The pain will have an effect on Noval's abilities in the race and surgery might be needed after Tour de France. However, Benjamin Noval will be on the start line tomorrow.

Lotto Belisol were 5th, Jurgen Van den Broeck: “I am very satisfied with this result. This was the highest possible result for us today. We were riding up to sixty kilometers per hour. It was a very strong performance of the entire team. We have a very strong sprint train and you shouldn’t underestimate that, that comes in very handy during the team time trial. Someone like Adam Hansen is a very strong man; he’s made for this job. Only Orica GreenEdge, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff stayed ahead of us, so we are of course very happy. That I lose only 14” on Chris Froome is fine by me. I was already glad to be able to leave Corsica in one piece and that I hadn’t lost any time there. Now I’m even more relieved that, thanks to a strong team effort, I’m still so close in GC after four important days.”

Lampre-Merida were 8th on the stage. “I'm very happy for today terrific performance, we all were great,” Damiano Cunego commented. “It was not so simple for us to keep a high speed on the flat course, but we did it in a perfect way, thanks to a very good team spirit. In addition, Merida bikes demonstrate once again to be amazing in their performance. It's also important to point out the care of the team about the details: as an example, today we could use during warm up the jersey that Champion System provided us, they were chilled by a machine and they helped us not to suffer in the heat.”

The BMC Racing Team's ninth place in Tuesday's team time trial was disappointing, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said, but the 26 seconds lost is not a major cause for concern with so much of the race still to come. "We wanted to make a top five result and to lose a little less time on the big leaders for the general classification," Lelangue said. "So it was a little bit of disappointment with all the work we have done. We know that this can happen on such a fast parcours, even if it is such a short distance. At least we are still there and we know it is a long way to go to Paris. The mountains are only coming at the end of the week and we have two more individual time trials: a really fast one around Mont Saint-Michel and a technical one in Embrun." Cadel Evans, who is 28th overall, 26 seconds behind new race leader Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), put it simply: "We weren't fast enough," he said. "Losing a lot of seconds isn't something you want to hope for today and it isn't what I expected," he said, "but we'll have to go back over the analysis and have a look why."

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): “I'm quite satisfied about our race, we were very unit and fluid during all the course. The feelings are quite good and that's important for the continue of this 'Tour de France'. About the gap towards the others favorite for general classification, I can say it's in line with our expectations: we couldn't do much better in such a flat and fast course.”

“It was a good day for us” Alberto Contador made an optimistic analysis of the result of the team time trial, where the Saxo-Tinkoff marked a great time, finishing fourth, just 9 seconds behind the winner. “The favorites have finished within seconds of each other and that's good for the race”, Contador said at the finish line. “It's always good that we are all close overall and is nice for the show. It was a good day for us.”

Alberto repeated that it has been “a good stage for us, but it had always been best to stay ahead of our rivals, but the result has been this and I am very happy because the team has been very strong.”

Alberto Contador, meanwhile, went on to explain that he was particularly happy “because the team has given its 100% and that allows us to continue with all options on the classification. We are only at the fourth stage, a lot remains of the Tour, but after my fall; every day I feel better even though the muscle still bothers me a bit in the left leg, I hope to arrive in perfect condition to the Pyrenees.”

Bad news for Cannondale’s Ted King as he was 7 seconds outside the time limit after he lost contact with his team and was disqualified. His parents had travelled to France to see their son race, but he would not be allowed to start stage 5. King was dropped by the others in the Cannondale team after 2 kilometres and thought he had finished in time, but it was ruled otherwise, he is suffering from a separated shoulder.

Tour de France Stage 4 Result:
1. Orica-Greenedge in 25:56
2. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:01
3. Sky at 0:03
4. Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:09
5. Lotto-Belisol at 0:17
6. Garmin-Sharp
7. Movistar at 0:19
8. Lampre-Merida at 0:25
9. BMC at 0:26
10. Katusha at 0:28.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 4:
1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 12:47:24
2. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:01
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:03
7. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
8. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky
9. Nicholas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:09
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff.

Orica-GreenEdge win stage 4:

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) came up with the goods at the end of Stage 5 getting the better of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the finish line in Marseille. Earlier in the day; Yukiya Arashiro & Kevin Reza (Europcar), Romain Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) broke away soon after the flag went down. There were some sore legs in the peloton, so the chase let the escape go to 13 minutes. The Japanese Champion; Yukiya Arashiro was the highest rider on GC in the break at 3:42, but no one thought the break would go the full distance. The group worked well together with Thomas De Gendt taking the KOM points. After 174 kilometres Delaplace and Sicard were dropped as Argos-Shimano and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step came forward to help Orica-GreenEdge with the chase. On the last climb of the day, Côte des Bastides (Cat 4), the attacks started in the break and Reza and Lutsenko were out front until they were caught with less than 3 kilometres to go. An earlier crash took out Chistian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) and Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) as Omega Pharma – Quick-Step took control of the lead-out. Lotto Belisol also worked hard for André Greipel, but Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) had Cavendish’s wheel and Peter Sagan had the big German’s wheel. Cavendish came of his last lead-out man’s wheel and no one could come past him, Boasson Hagan held Cavendish for second and Sagan jumped Greipel for third. There was a big crash in the last 200 metres just behind the sprinters, many riders came down, but Lotto Belisol’s Jurgen Van den Broeck looked to be the worst off.

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) finished in 15th place in the same time as Cavendish so kept his Yellow jersey.

Race Quotes:
This is Mark Cavendish’s 24th victory at the Tour de France: "I usually don't start winning until about the 5th stage of the Tour anyway," Cavendish said. "This has been pretty on the norm, but we were really motivated today. Orica-GreenEdge did the chasing today which was nice, for once we could sit behind and save it for the end. Jerome Pineau told me about the final climb. I knew it was always going to be difficult. When I turned left I immediately recognized it from one of my first races as a professional. I knew exactly what climb it was as soon as I hit it heading into Marseille, and luckily I held on and I had the whole team around me to take me to the last kilometre."

"We never really caught the break until the last minute so we really had to take off," Cavendish continued. "Sylvain Chavanel, Tony Martin, Michal Kwiatkowski, and Peter Velits chased down the break. We had to use our train up early to catch them back. You could see how committed everybody was today for the sprint and the win. Matteo Trentin went in the final and he went really, really well," Cavendish said. "He held off two guys going on the right and took a massive turn into the last corner with Gert Steegmans on his wheel. Steegmans stayed patient and he went so fast, I have to say I didn't even really have to accelerate off his wheel. I just carried on the speed he took me to and only for the last 250 meters and that was it. We won. I'm super, super happy with the win today. The guys worked exactly like they wanted to the whole stage. We started the sprinting off just like we did in the Giro d'Italia. Yesterday was frustrating we were less than a second from the stage win. Now we can celebrate, we've got good morale in the team and we boosted it even more today."

Cavendish could not say enough about the last two men of his leadout train: "Gert is one of the most intelligent guys I know," Cavendish said. "He reads — he plays a joker quite a bit but he is super, super intelligent and super deep. He's a really great guy. When I was on different teams I used to fight with him a little bit, but he was one of the guys I was most excited to race with on Omega Pharma - Quick-Step. I think the way we've jelled together along with Matteo Trentin is important. You've got one of the most experienced guys in the peloton with one of the most youthful guys in the peloton. They work really, really well together in front of me and it makes my job so much easier in the final. I'm super lucky to have a committed group of guys like that, and especially here at the Tour de France."

André Greipel (Lotto Belisol): “Today’s race was very fast and agitating. All Lotto Belisol riders have given their best during the chase for the five escapees. In the last two kilometres Adam Hansen stepped up the pace. The final km was very chaotic and we had to sprint against the wind. I had to brake for an instant so I lost the track of Greg Henderson. It was the first real bunch sprint of the Tour and the team did very well. Too bad I just couldn’t finish the good work.”

Lotto Belisol’s late crash victim Jurgen Van den Broeck: “In front of me Bouhanni was one of the riders that crashed and before I realized I was on the ground. The pain is mainly situated on my knee which was seriously hit. For the rest the damage is not too bad; some minimal abrasions but that heals fast. I’m curious to see how I will get up tomorrow. After three days on Corsica you’re happy that you can start the rest of the Tour in one piece, but as I told several times something can happen here every day.”

Andrey Amador (Movistar): "Fortunately, the crash did not have any consequences. It happened before the last slope; the race was coming fast and there was some touch of wheels. When one of two crashes, the rest of the field goes with them - that's what happened. Still I only had to get my bike off the dough, it was stuck into Rolland's, and keep going. It was a short fright and my wrist hurts a bit, but it isn't really anything. The race is tense, the gaps in the GC are short... everything adds more nervousness to the competition. It will stay like this until the weekend, when the Pyrenees will take some energy and calm nerves down. The important thing is that Nairo's incident wasn't bad either, and we're perfectly fit after these first five days. We're all OK, close to the main favourites - it doesn't matter in my case, but it does when it comes to Alejandro, Nairo or Rui. We're really excited to be competing with them and should race circumstances favour it, we will profit from the chance."

Nairo Quintana (Movistar): "I saw the pile-up and had time enough to brake, but someone hit me from behind and I went down. It isn't nothing to worry about, just a very small bruise in my hand that will not affect me at all. Now we will keep trying to get out of any incidents for these next two days as we wait for the mountains to come - we all hope to perform well there. I'm feeling quite strong right now - the legs respond well to the efforts, though these small mountains make easy for power riders to push harder and the race becomes a bit more difficult."

Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador safely crossed the finish line but several other riders were involved in another huge pile-up on the finish line: “We did the stage near the front but to save energy, we let other teams do the pulling. Our main objective was to avoid getting involved these constant crashes during the first week of the Tour. Tomorrow, there's another sprinter finale and our target is the same as today. Safety is our main concern and we'll have to pay special attention to the wind that could cause some trouble tomorrow,” said Saxo-Tinkoff's Fabrizio Guidi after the stage.

Tour de France Stage 5 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step in 5:31:51
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
4. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
5. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
7. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp
9. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun
10. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 5:
1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 18:19:15
2. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:01
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:03
7. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
8. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky
9. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:09
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff.

Cav win's stage 5:

Giro Rosa 2013
Stage 2 was won by ex-World road Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) outsprinting race leader and current World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv Giant) at the end of 99.6 kilometres out and back from Pontecagnano Faiano. In stage 1 Bronzini was last on the stage due to punctures, but as she said after the finish; “I wanted to reverse the classification as soon as possible. I made it today thanks to my super teammates." Vos kept the overall lead by 17 seconds from Marta Tagliaferro (MCipollini-Giordana).

Giro Rosa Stage 2 Result:
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-Honda in 2:34:03
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv Giant
3. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest
4. Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team
5. Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle-Honda
6. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv Giant
7. Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo
8. Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK
9. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Bepink
10. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana.

Giro Rosa Overall After Stage 2:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv Giant in 5:27:37
2. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana at 0:17
3. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest
4. Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK
5. Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team at 0:19
6. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv Giant at 0:20
7. Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK
8. Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team at 0:21
9. Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo
10. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Bepink.

Stage 2:

World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv Giant) soloed over the last 8 kilometres to win Stage 3, nearly 1 minute ahead of Claudia Häusler (Tibco-To The Top) and Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini-Giordana). She had been with Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS), but the Australian crashed on a sharp bend while descending. Vos rode on up the steep cobbled summit finish for the win and to consolidate her overall lead.

Giro Rosa Stage 3 Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank.Liv Giant in 2:49:44
2. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Tibco To The Top at 0:45
3. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana
4. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Kuota at 0:48
5. Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK at 0:50
6. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies at 0:55
7. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-Lululemon
8. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Holland National Team at 0:58
9. Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team
10. Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS at 1:02.

Giro Rosa Overall After Stage 3:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv Giant in 8:17:08
2. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Tibco To The Top at 1:13
3. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana at 1:15
4. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Kuota at 1:22
5. Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK at 1:24
6. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies at 1:29
7. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-Lululemon
8. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Holland National Team at 1:32
9. Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team
10. Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 1:36.

Stage 3:

Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv Giant) won yet another stage in the woman’s Giro d’Italia in Wednesday’s Stage 4 from Monte San Vito to Castelfidardo. Vos jumped 300 metres out from the line and no one could get near her. Second was Evie Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) at 3 seconds, with Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol) in third. The stage was the longest of the Italian Tour at 137 kilometres and Vos made the most of it by taking as many bonus seconds as possible and is now leading by 1:31 over Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini-Giordana) and 1:33 over Claudia Häusler (Team Tibco-To The Top).

Giro Rosa Stage 4 Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv Giant in 3:14:28
2. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-Lululemon at 0:03
3. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies
4. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana
5. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Tibco To The Top at 0:07
6. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Holland National Team at 0:09
7. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Kuota
8. Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 0:18
9. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS at 0:20
10. Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team.

Giro Rosa Overall After Stage 4:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv Giant in 11:31:23
2. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana at 1:31
3. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Tibco To The Top at 1:33
4. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-Lululemon at 1:39
5. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies at 1:41
6. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Kuota at 1:44
7. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Holland National Team at 1:54
8. Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK at 2:03
9. Mara Abbott (USA) USA National Team at 2:05
10. Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 2:07.

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Tour of Austria 2013
Monday's 157 kilometre long second mountainous Stage 2 from Innsbruck to Kitzbüheler Horn was predicted as being a key stage in this year's Tour of Austria. Three escapees created a big gap to the field who started reeling them back in after 100 kilometres on the road. In the final 6 kilometres of the stage on the demanding and very steep uphill finish, the field was reduced to a small chase group on the tail of the now solo rider, Harald Totschnig (Tirol).

With 3 kilometres to go, the Austrian rider was reeled in and once again, Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) leaped away to take the stage win wearing the leader's jersey and he was followed closely by two teammates: Alexandr Dyachenko and Fabio Aru in 2nd and 3rd places.

“Before the stage we agreed to support Chris but it turned out that he wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, Bruno (Pires) was our best rider in the GC today followed by Rafa (Majka). We'll discuss the tactics for the rest of the race later on. There are several mountain stages yet to come and we still have a few opportunities to flash the jersey,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Steven De Jongh.

Tour of Austria Stage 2 Result:
1. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana in 4:17:15
2. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:05
3. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:14
4. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:26
5. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 0:37
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 0:44
7. Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha at 0:51
8. Matija Kvasina (Cro) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 0:56
9. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha at 1:05
10. Jure Golcer (Slo) Tirol Cycling Team at 1:13.

Tour of Austria Overall After Stage 2:
1. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana in 8:22:57
2. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:43
3. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 0:59
4. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 1:10
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:29
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 2:03
7. Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha at 2:10
8. Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard at 2:15
9. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha at 2:24
10. Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling at 3:05.

Stage 2:

Tuesday’s Stage 3 of the Tour of Austria was a 119.7 kilometres long stretch from Heiligenblut and Matrei where Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) launched a solo breakaway and was joined by Jakub Kratochvila (Arbü). However, they were caught and the stage was decided in a bunch sprint where Norwegian, Thor Hushovd (BMC) was the fastest rider getting the better of his team mate Daniel Oss and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Gianni Meersman. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) finished safely in the bunch in 21st place to retain his overall lead.

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said the stage win – the BMC Racing Team's third in the last three editions of the Tour of Austria – was the result of a concerted team effort. "Every guy on the team worked well and did their part," he said. "First with the guys like Alessandro Ballan and Marco Pinotti helping bring back two guys who were up the road late, and then helping with the lead-out, which was flawless." Dominik Nerz, Danilo Wyss and Greg Van Avermaet ramped up the speed before Oss took Hushovd into the final 500 meters of the 119.7-kilometre stage. "The guys did a great job of working together," Hushovd said. "It was actually a hard moment just to pass Daniel and then I looked under my arm and couldn't see anyone. I'm really, really happy. When a team works so well like this, it's easy to win a bike race." Hushovd's win was his third of the season, adding to the Norwegian national road title he won June 23 and Stage 1 of the Tour du Haut Var on Feb. 16. Oss's result matched his best of the season while Van Avermaet was also in the top 10, in seventh. "In the last kilometre, I did my normal job: working with the other guys in front of me to get us in the best position before the last corner," Oss said. "I'm feeling great and this was a nice result."

Tour of Austria Stage 3 Result:
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC in 2:53:31
2. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC
3. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
4. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana
5. Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
6. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
8. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
9. Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis
10. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff.

Tour of Austria Overall After Stage 3:
1. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana in 11:16:28
2. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:43
3. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 0:59
4. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 1:10
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:29
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 2:03
7. Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha at 2:10
8. Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard at 2:15
9. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha at 2:24
10. Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling at 3:05.

Stage 3:

Mathias Frank soloed to win his first race in nearly four years in Stage 4 on Wednesday and give the BMC Racing Team its second straight victory at the Tour of Austria.

Frank had been part of the day's original, nine-man breakaway and was first to summit the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria (3,798 meters). With two kilometres to go in the 146-km race, he attacked what was left of the escape group and soloed in eight seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Matija Kvasina (Team Gourmetfein-Simplon), who was third. "I knew this was the perfect stage for me," Frank said. "I was in the first move at the beginning and we really had to push hard on the Grossglockner because there were a lot of attacks from behind. But I could I feel I was riding strong. I haven't won so many races so this is really nice." Frank's last victory was the overall of the Grand Prix Tell in Switzerland in August of 2009. In May, he helped teammate Tejay van Garderen win the Amgen Tour of California while finishing fourth himself. At the Tour de Suisse last month, he was second on Stage 2 to take the race lead, which he held for five days. BMC Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said he knew Frank had the form to win a stage. "It took him a while to come around from some sickness and his crash at nationals, but he was really motivated today," he said. "I went up to him in the car after the first climb – which was really hard – and he said he was feeling good." Frank's success follows Tuesday's stage win by BMC Racing Team Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd ahead of teammate Daniel Oss. With four days of the race to go, Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) leads the race overall.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Chris Anker Sørensen showed determination and good form by finishing second and teammate, Rafal Majka finished fifth: “This morning, we agreed that if a break should go on the first climb, we had to have a rider in there but no one went away. However, Chris took initiative on the second climb and was joined by teammate, Rafal Majka. Later on Grossglockner, Frank joined them. They almost get caught on the uphill finish but a strong finish secured the good result,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Steven de Jongh.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff Dane, Chris Anker Sørensen comments: "I think Rafa and I did an almost perfect stage where we are doing everything right but we missed the victory. We were constantly on top of the situation and we were, along with Mathias Frank the only survivors from the original break. Frank was in a league of his own today and I really respect his performance. Although it is always bitter being so close to victory without taking it I'm actually very happy about my own effort. I needed this good experience to show to myself that I'm actually in pretty good shape. Tomorrow, we face a long stage, which ends with a short but very steep climb to the finish. If I feel good and recovered, I'll try again but we have other powerful riders here with Nicki (Sørensen) and Rory (Sutherland) to do well on tomorrow's course,” said Saxo-Tinkoff's Chris Anker Sørensen.

Tour of Austria Stage 4 Result:
1. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC in 3:42:39
2. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:08
3. Matija Kvasina (Cro) Team Gourmetfein Simplon
4. Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard at 0:10
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:12
6. Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale at 0:16
7. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
8. Ian Boswell (USA) Sky at 0:19
9. Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli at 0:20
10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:26.

Tour of Austria Overall Stage 4:
1. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana in 14:59:42
2. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 0:59
3. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana at 1:04
4. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 1:31
5. Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard at 1:50
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 2:01
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 2:09
8. Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha at 2:17
9. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha at 2:24
10. Matija Kvasina (Cro) Team Gourmetfein Simplon at 2:49.

Stage 4:

3 Year Deal for Cancellara
When the RadioShack Leopard team becomes Trek next year it will have Fabian Cancellara until the end of 2016 leading in the Classics and time trials. In an announcement via video, the Swiss multi-champion said: “I'm really happy, I am looking forward and in 2014 we are going to start with a big new team.” Adding “we are now working on many things. I think it will be a lot of work, but I think the biggest thing is that I am really looking forward to this project for the next three years,” he also suggested that he would be staying with Trek even after retiring as a rider. The team’s General Manager; Luca Guercilena told Sporza: "Fabian signed a contract for three years, to 2016. With Trek we want to score especially in the classics. Fabian plays a crucial role; he is the heart of the team. Now that Fabian has chosen for Trek, we can start to talk and negotiate with the other riders. We hope to make a nice and great team with Trek.”

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