Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dowsett seals GC victory in Germany

It got as close as it could be to a 'comfortable' defense for Alex Dowsett as the 26-year-old Briton conquered the 36th edition of Bayern-Rundfahrt (UCI 2.HC) in south Germany following the final circuits in Nürnberg (198km). The whole Movistar Team led the Essex boy home brilliantly, with all Soler, Sanz, Capecchi, Moreno, Anacona and Sütterlin - combined with sports direction by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía - entirely focused on the UCI Hour Record holder's success.

A five-man break avoided any of the three intermediate sprints being contested by Dowsett's nearest rival Tiago Machado (KAT), which meant he only had to keep any gaps into the final bunck kick tight to conserve the yellow jersey. It's Alex's 10th pro victory - his first overall classification after 24-hour stints in yellow at both the Circuit de la Sarthe and the Tour of Britain last year - and also the Movistar Team's 23rd success of the 2015 season, only thirteen short of their best record in 1998 with almost five months of competitions still to come.

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Dowsett seizes GC lead in Bavaria

A glorious Saturday overall for the Movistar Team started in south Germany as Alex Dowsett claimed his first road victory of 2015 exactly two weeks after smashing the UCI Hour Record in the Manchester velodrome. The Essex-based rider became the new leader of the Bayern-Rundfahrt after snatching the decisive, 26km TT in Hassfurt by the smallest of margins (1"45) over Portuguese stageracer Tiago Machado (KAT), whom he was leading by only two seconds through the intermediate point.

The Blues' good references, with Javi Moreno in an early second place, helped the 26-year-old Briton, who got back in yellow eight months after his one-day lead in the Tour of Britain. Dowsett became the tenth rider to score a win in Movistar Team colours this season by a few minutes over team-mate Beñat Intxausti, adding up to a victory tally that increases to 22 with the duo's combined success in Germany and the Giro d'Italia. A 198km stage from Hassfurt to Nürnberg, with bonus seconds available at both the intermediate sprints and the finish, is on Dowsett's way to his first GC victory as pro.

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Lotto Soudal: Third place for André Greipel in Genova

Today the second stage of the 98th Giro d’Italia took place, a sprint stage of 177 kilometres from Albenga to Genova. Immediately after the official start five riders escaped the peloton. With eleven kilometres left to cover, in the first local lap of 9.5 kilometres, they were all caught. At the end the spectators got to see the expected bunch sprint. André Greipel rode in first position in the last hectometres, which were slightly uphill. He was passed by Moreno Hofland and Elia Viviani, who won. Greipel finished on the third place.

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Wacky Wednesday Report 5/13/2015

Wacky Wednesday Report

The Wacky Wednesday Report is a weekly article were we find wacky, weird, or crazy things that have happened in the peloton for the past week.

This week's WWR brings us to the Tour of California and Stage 3 Podium.Photos by Mark Adkison, Hors Categorie Photography

Photos by Mark Adkison, Hors Categorie Photography

Peter Sagan photo bombs with rabbit ears the Stage 3 Tour of California winner Toms Skujins of Hincapie Development Team.

It's nice to see that Sagan is back to his jovial self, though not everyone approves of his podium shenanigans.

Wacky Wednesday Report 5/6/2015

The Wacky Wednesday Report For 5/6/2015

This week's WWR finds us at the Tour of Turkey were CCC rider David Rebellin starts stage 4 in 2nd place overall.

CCCAfter winning a stunning mountain top finish on stage 3, it appeared Rebellin would be on the 2nd step at the finale in Istambul.

At about 28km from the finish and with the whole CCC team around him Rebellin finds himself on the ground and out of the race. Apparantly a dog ran onto the road and took out CCC rider Stefan Schumacher and Rebellin. Rebellin suffered a dislocated shoulder and was force to abandon.

Here's the how the CCC Team's website tells the story:

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