June 20, 2013 - The excitement for the Tour de France is building and as usual we have the National Championships this week-end to help us on our way. Not so much racing to report on during the week, but we still have a stuffed EuroTrash Thursday; Tour up-dates, team news, the Tour of Korea, a couple of new books, a new video from Velovie and…Well, get the coffee and read it all!
Rapha Condor JLT's Mike Cuming seized the yellow jersey at the Tour of Korea today, with a brilliant attacking ride on the race's hilly sixth stage.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung again played a major role in the sixth stage of the Tour of Korea (June 9 – 16 / UCI 2.2), as Dennis van Niekerk and Louis Meintjes rode in the break of the day and with their escape companions made the overall rankings even more exciting with only two stages to go. The successful move now places both South Africans in the top ten of the overall classification with van Niekerk 6th (+1’37″) and Meintjes 9th (+3’02″). Kristian Sbaragli is tenth (+3″05″) as the team enjoys three riders in the top ten.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Zach Bell beat 10 fellow breakaway riders to win Friday's Stage 6 of the Tour de Korea while teammate Chun Kai Feng regained the lead in the king of the mountains classification.
The Champion System Pro Cycling Team was runner-up - by one second - to Team MTN-Qhubeka at the Stage 5 team time trial at the Tour of Korea.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung won the stage 5 team time trial of the Tour de Korea on Thursday. The result is the second victory for the African team after Kristian Sbaragli won the opening stage. The stage took place over 25.5 kilometres and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung blazed through the course in a time of 35’19”.
With the Tour de Korea starting on Sunday and the Tour de Beauce starting on Tuesday, Team Novo Nordisk participates in two high profile stage races at the same time. This means that while one part of the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team has finished its race already, the other only starts its day having breakfast on the opposite side of the globe.