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The Vuelta a España gets into its sixth stage today and there is no sign of any end to the craziness. Everyone wants the overall lead except the man who has it; Vincenzo Nibali. If you missed anything we have all the results, video and race comments from the week. Lots of other news from the World of cycling to fill up your EuroTrash Thursday coffee time!

TOP STORY: Europe Votes on UCI Presidency
I recently received details of the UEC (Union Européenne de Cyclisme) Exceptional Ordinary General Assembly to be held on September 15th in the Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Regensdorf Im Zentrum in Switzerland. The agenda does throw up a couple of questions, see what you think.

Here is the Agenda:
- President’s speech

- Presentation of the new UEC graphic charter

- Contribution of the UEC to the reform of the professional cycling (presentation, debate and vote)

- Proposal for amendment to article 51.1 of the UCI Constitution, presented to the forthcoming UCI Congress, by the National Federation of Malaysia (MNCF) and the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) as well as the transitional clause presented by the UCI (presentation and debate)

- Expression of choice of the National Federations to the 14 European voting Delegates regarding the amendment and transitional clause outlined in previous section (vote in accordance with Article 8, paragraph 8 of the UEC Statutes)

- Presentation of the electoral programs of the two candidates for the UCI Presidency

- Questions and proposals of the National Federations to the two candidates for the UCI Presidency

- Expression of choice of the National Federations to the 14 European voting Delegates regarding the two candidatures to the UCI Presidency (vote in accordance with Article 8, paragraph 8 of the UEC Statutes).

Now my question is: How can they discuss and listen to the “presentation of the electoral programs of the two candidates for the UCI Presidency.” After they have discussed 1: “Proposal for amendment to article 51.1 of the UCI Constitution, presented to the forthcoming UCI Congress, by the National Federation of Malaysia (MNCF) and the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) as well as the transitional clause presented by the UCI (presentation and debate).”

And 2; “Expression of choice of the National Federations to the 14 European voting Delegates regarding the amendment and transitional clause outlined in previous section (vote in accordance with Article 8, paragraph 8 of the UEC Statutes).”

Surely if they vote against both or either of the two proposals then there is no point listening to the “presentation of the electoral programs of the two candidates for the UCI Presidency,” as one of the candidates (Pat McQuaid) will not be able to be considered as a candidate.

OK it’s good to plan ahead, but if they reject any of the proposals, they also reject McQuaid. Maybe they know something we don’t?

Vuelta a España 2013
Showing no signs of slowing down, American Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) took a solo victory in Stage 3 and laid claim to the red leader’s jersey. In the process he became the oldest rider in the history of cycling to win a stage in a Grand Tour, with the prior honour going to Pino Cerami who won a Tour stage at 41 years, 2 months. Horner will turn 42 in October.

The 172.5km stage began in Vigo and ended in Mirador de Lobeira. And after the early break of Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguro RGA), Cyril Bessy (Cofidis), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Vincente Reynes (Lotto Belisol) and Luca Dodi (Lampre-Merida) had been caught all hell let loose as there were many crashes and splits into a cross wind. Eventually things calmed down and a large group hit the bottom of the summit finish. The final pitch was just enough to stir things up after a crash saw many riders hit the ground. Horner avoided the carnage and jumped clear in the last kilometre of racing to cross the finish line three seconds ahead of Alessandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez. It was a second win this month for Horner who claimed a stage win two weeks ago in the Tour of Utah after missing much of the season due to a knee injury.

Race Comments:
Stage winner and overall leader Chris Horner: “It was fantastic today. There were multiple attacks but when I looked back and saw that I had a small I gap, I just said to myself that I was going. There were so many attacks that when I finally got to the last rider I wasn’t 100 percent sure he was the last guy, but in the car they were telling me to ‘Go! Go!’ So I went full gas to the line. It’s always a gift to win. And when you win here with all of these world class riders, you know you are one of the best riders, too, and it’s a wonderful feeling.”

“I hurt my knee earlier in the year. Utah was my first race since end of March but I’m back now and I feel good and motivated to win some races. I’ve trained very hard and now I’m back to work. I wanted to take the jersey today. That was my plan and I hope to keep it as long as possible.”

Chris Horner has had a long and successful career in cycling but shows no signs of preparing to leave the sport: “I love racing. Everyone keeps asking me when I am going to retire, but I won’t do that until I feel like I’m just suffering all day on the bike and never winning bike races. At this moment I feel like I can keep racing forever. We feel we can keep this jersey for a few days. The team is so strong, we will work to keep it. Markel, Fabian, Rasty – they are the best at riding on the flats and I will be well protected by them. We will work for more stage wins too – I think I can win the Vuelta.”

In closing Horner said: “Thank you RadioShack for sponsoring me and the team for 4 years. They stop now and also I am at the end of contract. My contract is free and open."

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): “When I attacked I thought I could catch Horner,” said Purito. But to tell the truth he did a great job in the last km. I did my best anyways, in order to take the second position, because the time bonuses can make the difference: but Valverde was faster than me. Anyways, I’m very satisfied of my shape, considering it’s been one month since I haven’t taken part to a race, from the end of ‘Tour de France’”.

Bauke Mollema (Belkin): “The last sixty kilometres were chaos. First I was behind a crash and later on, my chain fell off. Fortunately, the guys brought me back both times. I really need to thank them for that. The legs feel good. The explosive arrivals of the past two days suited me well, but you can’t compare it to a longer climb. So in that respect I just have to wait and see.”

Alejandro Valverde: "The stage ended up being really hard. It's sad I missed out on the victory because I had the legs and the finish suited me well. Actually, we didn't mean to contest it, but the race development forces you to get up front - there's Purito, who also came in 3rd. You can't sit up, and it's also important to get some bonus seconds. The team paid attention in all phases of the race and took me to the front wherever it was needed - a difficult day because of the wind required focus. We were alerted by the team radio there was some crash behind, and there was tension at the front indeed, but riding up-front, any crashes or gaps are easier to combat. It's almost normal we came into this situation, because the passage through the bridge was crazy - that separator in the middle of the road was bonkers. Galicia is beautiful... but mostly on holiday. This Vuelta will be really long and we must stay going day by day, but I'm feeling strong at the moment."

Saxo-Tinkoff's Rafal Majka and Nicolas Roche finished a few seconds behind in a chase group: “The stage turned out the become a lot more thrilling we had bargained for as Rafal was caught behind a crash and we spent a lot of energy bridging the gap to the front group. For the same reason, we weren't in a perfect position entering the uphill finish. We have four riders in the top-15 so I'm still happy about the effort from the boys and the current general classification. The stage was a reminder for us to stay alert at all times and staying in the front of the pack and that's exactly what we'll do tomorrow,” commented DS, Fabrizio Guidi after the stage. Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Nicolas Roche is third overall.

Vuelta a España Stage 3 Result:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek in 4:30:18
2. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:03
3. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
4. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky
5. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard at 0:06
9. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff
10. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 3:
1. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek in 9:37:40
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 0:08
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:14
4. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:16
5. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:23
6. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:24
7. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky at 0:25
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:38
9. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:45
10. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura.

Stage 3:

Jussi Viekkanen (FDJ), Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Sharp), Danilo Wyss (BMC), Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) leaped away on the 190 kilometre undulating Stage 4 between Lain to Fisterra to form the long break of the day.

About 35 kilometres from the finish line, the peloton were to pass a categorized climb, Mirador de Ezaro with gradients up to 30%. But during the battle for the right position towards the foot of the climb, riders were tailed off due to the high pace of the peloton.

The battle among the favourites was cancelled and a big group of riders made it past the climb and chased down the last man standing from the early break; Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). The French rider was later joined by a small chase group including Luis-Leon Sanchez (Belkin) while RadioShack Leopard Trek took to the chase.

The final escapee was swept up with 14 kilometres to go and the stage win was up for grabs. And after a long and tiring day, Astana entered the short uphill finish first but Dani Moreno (Katusha) opened the sprint and he made it to the finish line with Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) trying his hardest to close on him.

Astana’s Vicenzo Nibali took the leader’s Red jersey back much to his own surprise as he was on his way back to the team’s hotel, after a long wait he managed to take to the podium and receive his jersey.

Race Comments:
“I'm very happy with this victory,” said stage winner Dani Moreno (Katusha). “Yesterday I said to my teammates that I would have liked to try to win today because I liked this stage a lot. I have to thank all them, especially Luca Paolini that helped me a lot in the final part in order to put me in the best position for attacking, and Purito: we know each other very well, we know which stages are more suitable to the other. He's the leader, but he usually leaves me some chances for myself: I have to be focused and take advantage of them, I think the race is still very long and maybe I'll have some more chances. It was a great victory in a very demanding stage. Mirador de Ezaro was really tough and was expected to make the difference, but maybe nobody wanted to try to make a huge selection because it was still a long way to the finish line.”

How do you feel about winning stage 4 at the end of the world? “I’m extremely happy because this year, I haven’t been as lucky as in the previous seasons. I have four or five more years of pro racing ahead. We’re going to celebrate this victory first and take the rest of the Vuelta day by day. There’s still a long way to go and I believe stage 9 to Valdepeñas de Jaén will be one to appreciate. We’ve had four difficult days in Galicia where racing is always hard.”

Had the Katusha team given you the green light for attacking in today’s finale? “We’re like a family. We have fun together when we train and when we race. With ‘Purito’, we always discuss which finale is better for him or for me and we adjust our ambitions to the circumstances. This time, Luca Paolini helped me getting the perfect position and we’ve worked hard for nobody to be able to follow the acceleration.”

Where do you train during the off-season? “In Cordoba, Argentina. I don’t feel comfortable with winter time, so I go there, where my wife is from.”

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana): “Chris Horner’s team had the objective to keep the red jersey, it comes as a surprise for me to get it back. I don’t know what happened. There might have been a gap somewhere… I didn’t do any great action. We targeted the stage for Maxim Iglinskiy but it was difficult to position him in this very fast sprint. It’s been a very nervous stage from 30km to go till here at the “end of the world”. We’ll ride the next stage with serenity. As I said the previous days, the Vuelta is still long. You have seen as well as I did who are my main rivals, Valverde, Rodriguez…, those who have taken some time bonus atop the hills. But we haven’t experienced the real climbs of the Vuelta yet. It’s been more of a nervous kind of racing so far. My team has managed to keep me up the front with caution and avoid too big gaps.”

Former race leader Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard): “It’s not a bad thing to lose the red jersey by only a few seconds. It’s even better because it makes this my last interview until we reached the mountains where I’ll get the jersey back. For the sponsors, it’s better to see the red jersey every day but for me, it’s better this way. I have good legs. If my team takes care of me the way they can, I’ll have a fantastic Vuelta.”

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge), third: “When I jumped, the peloton slowed down a little bit. It sort of shocked everyone. I didn’t win but I’m happy with my sprint, I’m happy with the work the team did for me. I seem to have the form I need to contest the bunch sprints here.”

Breakaway rider Nicolas Edet (Cofidis): “I was disappointed about my first three days at the Vuelta. Yesterday, I crashed and I lost a lot of time while I was feeling physically better. So I intended to do something today. When the counter-attack came across to me after the Mirador de Ezaro, I thought it might be the right move, but Quick Step rode behind. My legs are good, I want to try again.”

Angel Vicioso (Katusha): “This kind of small hill to finish was great for Dani Moreno. We positioned him and Joaquim [Rodriguez] but we were not obsessed about winning the stage. We were more focused on not losing time.”

"There was a very hard climb with 35km to go," Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Gianni Meersman said. "I was a little bit behind because of that, but the guys did a great job bringing me back. Then I was in good position for the last 2 kilometers, it was steep but the guys brought me to the wheel of Boasson Hagen. Then, at 500 meters to go, Moreno went. Then, Cancellara went after him. Boasson Hagen started to sprint. At 200 meters I passed him, and then with 100 meters to go Matthews passed me. So, I was 4th. It was quite a hard day and the finish was really hard. Congratulations to Moreno who was super strong. I was sprinting in a 53-12 behind him and that was with a little bit of uphill. So, he was clearly the best today and he deserves the victory. But I'm happy with my shape and I hope to try again to win a stage."

Bauke Mollema (Belkin): "I did a good sprint. I came from a bit too far out but I'm satisfied with the result. I like finishes like this, I'm pretty fast on short climbs. "It is always good to have someone in the front. After the steep climb, Luis León went away with the other guys and allowed us to patrol the group. It was good."

Late attacker, Luis León Sánchez (Belkin): "It was a good feeling to get away in that small group after the steep climb, but with only six riders it was hard to stay away and win the stage. It's okay, there are many more chances to come. What I did, today, though helped take the pressure off of Laurens and Bauke for the final climb."

Team Saxo-Tinkoff had four riders in the first two groups across the finish line. A small gap opened up in the finale. “It was a rather stressful day in the bunch. A little bit more drama than I fancy and especially for us as Rafal had a puncture two kilometres from the foot of the steep climb but the boys were back there to get him back up to the front of the group of favourites. It's one of these situations where you can drop out of the GC completely but once again, we reacted quickly and precisely. Tomorrow, we're going to experience some more climbing and I think the boys are ready,” commented Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Fabrizio Guidi.

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff), king of the mountains: “At the Mirador de Ezaro, I saw there was a point up for grab just ahead of me, so why not going and getting it. But I’m not racing for the KOM competition nor for the green jersey.” Nicolas Roche is third overall and is leading both the mountain and all-round competition.

Vuelta a España Stage 4 Result:
1. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha in 4:37:47
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard Trek
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
4. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
7. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale
8. Warren Barguil (Fra) Argos-Shimano
9. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky
10. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 4:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana in 14:15:30
2. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:03
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:08
4. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:16
5. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:21
6. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:26
7. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky at 0:28
8. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:31
9. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:42
10. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura at 0:45.

Stage 4:

After 8 kilometres of the 168.4 kilometre Stage 5 from Sober to Lagao de Sanabria, a breakaway consisting of Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Jurgen Van De Walle (Lotto Belisol), Arnaud Corteille (FDJ) and Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) broke clear of the field. On the medium mountainous course, the front group worked up a lead of almost 11 minutes before the big engines of Orica-GreenEdge and Garmin-Sharp started dragging the escapees back in. However, the leaders were working really well together and kept the field at bay for a long time in spite of the fact that more teams started chasing. Arnaud Corteille (FDJ) was the last to be reeled in after he attacked entering the final ten kilometres of the stage.

Three kilometres later, the Frenchman was joined by Jurgen Van De Walle (Lotto Belisol) but the bumpy finale took out the last bit of energy remaining in the two riders who were swept up with 4 K’s to go. A series of counter-attacks was launched but the stage was decided in a bunch sprint where Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) was the fastest rider ahead of Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step). Argos-Shimano had done much of the lead-out work, but Niklas Arndt was only 4th. It wasn’t really a true sprinters day as Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) pointed out before the start: “On paper it’s not a true sprinters’ stage but it can finish with a bunch sprint. Hopefully a small group will go and sprinters’ teams will bring it back. There are 3000 metres of climbing in total today though! My form is good. There was nothing for me in the first few days of the Vuelta but I’ve worked for the days I’ll have my chances.” Farrar was 5th behind Matthews.

Race Comments:
Stage winner Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge): “I crossed the finish line, and I was happy right away,” said Matthews. “After a few moments, it sunk in what I had really done. A few tears came out after that. This is the biggest win of my career. The team was super impressive today. They did their job perfectly so I could do mine.
What did you know about the tricky finale of today’s stage? “Former rider Julian Dean now works for us. He went to see the last 20 kilometres so we knew exactly what to do. It took pressure off. We weren’t riding blind; otherwise I wouldn’t have had the win today. This one is for the team for sure. They were riding 100% for me. It’s been a dream to race for an Australian team, but coming from Rabobank to a new team, I had to find my way into the team to be able to have the opportunity to win a race. In the first part of the season, I worked for the team, now they’re really backing me and I want to keep this momentum rolling.”

How does it feel to win your first stage in a Grand Tour? “This is the first Grand Tour I’ve ever done, so I wasn’t expecting to win, I was hoping to win. There’s a difference between having good form and pulling off a victory. Twenty other guys could have won today. It took a lot of devotion from my team-mates to take me there.”

What kind of sprinter are you? “I can win uphill sprints. I can win flat sprints. I haven’t classified myself yet. I’m sort of floating between different specialties. I yet have to discover if I can have a go in the classics or not. Hopefully I can keep wins coming. I came to this world through the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), which is a good stepping stone for young guys like me. It gave me the opportunity to come to Europe, race against the best riders in the world and step up a level.”

Where does your nickname “bling” come from? “Aged 16 or 17, I rocked up to a race, I had three golden chains, tattoos, several jewels, so one of my good friends came up with this nickname. I have to keep it rolling I guess and get more jewels for myself.”

The winner’s team-mate Mitch Docker (Orica-GreenEdge): “We had a plan for winning with Michael Matthews but between a plan and the reality, there’s a gap sometimes. We couldn’t plan that we’d get so little help chasing at the front of the peloton. Only Garmin put two riders with us. Quick Step rode as well, but only at the very end. So we had to use all our guys early, including myself. I should have done a lead out until 500 metres to go but I was exhausted 3km before the line. All this work makes the victory sweeter. It’s good to come up with a result. I think Michael was full of confidence since the Tour of Utah but he was a bit disappointed to finish only third yesterday. We told him: look at the guys [Dani Moreno and Fabian Cancellara] in front of you, how can you be disappointed? It was obvious that he’d be the man on a more favourable terrain.”

"I received a perfect back up by my team mates, especially Mori made an outstanding move in leading me to the head of the group at 2 km to go,” second placed Max Richeze (Lampre-Merida) explained. “I tried to follow Matthews's wheel, but there was no space and so many riders fighting, so I spent energies in view of the sprint. When Matthews began his action, I tried to recover him and also thanks to the wind I went near his wheel, but it was not enough. Maybe, if I would have started the sprint just behind him, I could have had some chances. Tomorrow there will be another good chance for sprinters; I'd like to be protagonist again.”

Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard): “It gives less work to race with the white jersey [of the combined classification] than the red but the red is still more enjoyable. The race was really easy today until the first climb, but from there until the finish, it went full gas. We rode all the climbs at the maximum because it was difficult to catch the breakaways.”

8th on the stage Graeme Brown (Lotto Belisol): "It was a solid day and certainly no real sprint stage. It was a kind of 'maybe-stage.' At the beginning of the week, we didn't think it was going to be a sprint here. The last ten kilometres were heavier than expected and just too difficult for me. With only five hundred metres to go I was at my limit. However, I was surprised as I came so close."

Lotto Belisol DS Mario Aerts: “It was our intention to get in a breakaway today. Because there are no top sprinters here, there was a possibility that other teams wouldn’t give everything to catch the escapees. When the gap was more than ten minutes, we believed in it. If they would have had four minutes on the last climb, 31 km from the end, we thought it would have been possible to stay ahead. But there were only three minutes left. Wally battled till the end. If they would have made it to the finish, a stage win was definitely in the cards.”

“The efforts of the guys are big, that’s why they got away already four times. There is an excellent atmosphere in the team. The past few days we wanted to anticipate on the hilly finishes. We took the chance the peloton would let them go once. For the next days the chances of a bunch sprint are higher, although we’ll have to see if and which teams will do the work. We’ll definitely keep chasing a victory.”

"It was another hard finish today," Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Gianni Meersman said. "Once again the team perfectly put me in the best position for the sprint. We took our responsibility also to catch the breakaway. In the last five kilometers Martin, Pieter Serry and Zdenek Stybar piloted me, then at 600 meters to go I was on the wheel of Matthews. I waited for the right moment to go and when I decided to launch my sprint Matthew also went and I couldn't really pass him. The timing for the sprint was perfect, but he was just stronger than me today. Yesterday I finished in 4th place, today I was 3rd. I really would like to get a stage here for me and the team. We will see day by day and try to do our best."

Team Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Fabrizio Guidi comments: "The stage developed without that much drama. The boys were doing what we had discussed, they were at the front in the finale to avoid any accidents and it is also our goal in the next stages, which look like delicacies for the sprinters. This does not mean that we can just sit back and relax. We have to stay focused, make sure to stay away from the wind, save our strength and prepare for our kind of terrain.”

Vuelta a España Stage 5 Result:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 4:28:22
2. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
3. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
4. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Argos-Shimano
5. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
7. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
8. Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol
9. Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
10. Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 5:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana in 18:43:52
2. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:03
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:08
4. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:16
5. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:21
6. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:26
7. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky at 0:28
8. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha at 0:31
9. Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:38
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:42.

Stage 5:

Fat Froome?
Chris Froome has "suffered greatly" during the USA Pro Challenge - Tour of Colorado. The winner of the Tour de France climbed off during the final stage on the Denver circuit with a small lung infection. "Froomey" rested after La Grande Boucle and is now four kilos fatter, but he will be in Boulder (Colorado) for two weeks to fine-tune for the World championships. "My coach Tim Kerrison thinks I'll be in good shape," he explained in an interview with L'Equipe.

Froome still has a lot of competition in 2013: GP Quebec, GP de Montréal, the Worlds, Il Lombardia, the Tour of Beijing and the Japan Cup. "I do not know how I will go in the Worlds. I will work hard for the next three or four weeks and then I'll have the legs. If I get a good result, great. If I do not, I’ll think about the Tour of Lombardy, the Tour of Beijing and the Japan Cup, I always need to have a new goal. I would not have been able to go home after the Tour and take six months until the next holiday season,” said Froome. He acknowledges in the interview that his victory in the Tour de France has changed the attitude of some people to him, but hopes to maintain his personality. As to his winning more Tour’s de France? "I want to repeat. The first victory has given confidence. I knew better than ever coming to the Tour my training data, but there are other factors that cannot be controlled. Furthermore, from Paris so far I've gained 4 kilos and just relaxed for two weeks, it shows all the work that needs to be done to get that way. I do not know if I can regain that status next year.” But that is still far away, at the moment I have another target. "It would be unbelievable to take the yellow jersey and the rainbow in the same year."

Needs a good feed!

RadioShack Leopard Limits End of Season
RadioShack Leopard Trek team owner Flavio Becca will not be funding any races for the team to the end of the season, apart from the WorldTour races. This means the team will only ride the GP Plouay, GP Québec, GP Montréal, Giro de Lombardia and the Tour of Beijing. The team would normally have ridden races like the Tour of Britain, Paris-Brussels and Paris-Tours. The team must ride the WorldTour races or they would lose their licence, which has already been sold to Trek, who are taking over the team next year. “It's all down to money,” according to the teams press officer Tim Vanderjeugd.

Driving Lessons for Thibaut Pinot
FDJ rider Thibaut Pinot showed his inability to descend during the Tour de France this year as he lost any chance of a high place when he was dropped by the other top riders going down the Porte de Pailhères. To solve his problem French rally driver Max Mamers has volunteered his services to help his countryman overcome his problem by teaching him to drive a rally car round the Magny-Cours circuit at high speed. According to L’Equipe Mamers saw Pinot and “I said to myself that I could do something for him.” Team manager Marc Madiot believes Pinot’s problem is not his bike handling, but his fear of speed. He originally thought of sending his rider to the mountains for a bit of downhill skiing, but decided a fast car would be the safer option, saying; “skiing is also useful for learning how to adjust your trajectory but I’m not in favour of riders doing that.” Adding “the objective is to familiarise Thibaut with high speeds.”

Di Luca Hearing in September
On September the 4th Danilo Di Luca will appear before a CONI (Italian Olympic committee) anti-doping prosecutor to answer to his out of competition positive for EPO on April the 29th. Di Luca’s positive test was taken three days after he had signed to ride with the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team and start in the Giro d’Italia. This will be Di Luca’s third such infringement; he was banned for 3 months in 2007 for his involvement in the “Oil for Drugs” affair, then a two year ban (reduced to 9 months) for two positives for CERA during the 2009 Giro d’Italia. It is very possible that he will receive a life time ban for this offence. At 37 years old it’s unlikely we will be seeing Danilo racing again.


Gaudin & Turgot to Ag2r-La Mondiale
French riders Damien Gaudin and Sébastien Turgot will leave Europcar to join Ag2r-La Mondiale next year. Both are Classics men; Turgot with a 2nd place in the 2012 Paris-Roubaix and 8th this year in the Tour of Flanders. Gaudin was 5th in Roubaix and won the prologue of Paris-Nice. Both riders have been with the Europcar set up through its different teams and amateur squads. Both riders have contracts for the next three years with Ag2r-La Mondiale.

More Riders for Trek
Next year’s Trek team have announced more riders that will be joining from the soon to be defunct RadioShack Leopard team. Stijn Devolder, Yaroslav Popovych, Jesse Sergent, Hayden Roulston, Gregory Rast will be joining the Schleck brothers and Fabian Cancellara, plus Jens Voigt, Fumiyuki Beppu, Haimar Zubeldia and Markel Irizar.

BelkinVan at La Vuelta a España 2013
The Belkin van is now at the Spanish Grand Tour in its next adventure. Here is part 1 to get you started:

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