Saturday, January 21, 2017

Team Katusha Gets First 2016 Win at Tour of Qatar

Alexander Kristoff Brings to KATUSHA First Win of the Season

On a very windy day, Alexander Kristoff brought to Team KATUSHA the first victory of the season, winning stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar. In the final bunch sprint Kristoff overpassed Mark Cavendish from Team Dimension Data and Roy Jans from Wanty – Groupe Gobert. Viacheslav Kuznetsov finished 10th.

KATUSHA's Alexander Kristoff

- It was a little uphill here at the finish. It suited me quite well. We tried to enter the final km in a good position, but, of course, other teams had the same plans. In the last straight line I stayed on the wheel of Jacopo and it worked well. The whole team did a great job for the lead out but also earlier in the day at front of the race. We had a great day and I am very happy. I could hold Cavendish behind me, but it was a very close sprint. After crossing the line I was not sure about the win, maybe I had just few centimeters. This kind of hard sprints suit me really well and I knew I had a chance today, but of course, after yesterday's stage I was not sure I would be able to do it. Tomorrow is another day. I am not such a good specialist of time trial, but we will see how close I can be. Also, we have Slava Kuznetsov and he has a chance to do well tomorrow. So, anyway we will try to do our best tomorrow and in other stages, - said Alexander Kristoff.

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Rally Cycling to Start Season at La Méditerranéenne

Pate, Huffman and Britton to Lead Team in Season Opener

Rally Cycling, the top ranked Continental team in America, will start the 2016 season at the La Méditerranéenne – formerly known as the Tour Mediterranéen. Absent from the calendar last year, La Méditerranéenne returns as one of the season’s premier events. First held in 1974, previous winners of the event include Eddy Merckx, Jean-Francois Bernard and Gianni Bugno. Held along the coast of the Mediterranean sea, the four-day stage race starts in Banyoles, Spain, on February 11th. It then crosses southern France for two of its stages before ending in the Italian city of Bordighera, on February 14th. The 2016 edition of La Méditerranéenne features an opening stage team time trial followed by three road stages.

Rally Cycling 2016

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Tour of Utah 2016

America's Toughest Stage Race Presents Stage 1 - Zion Canyon Village to Cedar City

First-time host Zion Canyon Village will kick off Stage 1 of this year’s Tour of Utah on August 1. This stage features one of the most picturesque landscapes in the state of Utah. Zion Canyon Village sits at the far southwest corner of Utah and is surrounded by the quaint town of Springdale. This is the southernmost point in Utah of the event’s 12-year history. Zion Canyon Village is home to gift shops, lodging, a local brewery and, of course, plenty of hiking and biking trails. It is the last piece of private property before entering Zion National Park.

Zion Canyon Village Utah St1 2016

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Dan Martin Nets First Victory For Etixx -€“ Quick-Step

A Fierce Acceleration Saw The 29-Year-Old Irish Rider Get The Win At The Top of Alto de Fredes

Almost one year and a half since his last victory, which came in stage 4 of the 2014 Tour of Beijing, Dan Martin found again the road to success, this time at the 67th edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where he conquered the European season’s first mountain top finish, Alto de Fredes (17 km, 4.5% average gradient, 12% maximum gradient). The two-time Monument winner took advantage of his powerful explosion and left everyone behind before soloing to the finish line, where he scored his maiden victory in the Etixx – Quick-Step jersey, a result which helped him move up in the overall standings.

Dan Martin 2016 Valencia win

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Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Heads Into February

Cannondale Pro Team Updated Roster for Tour of Valencia

Please note the following roster reflects three changes from the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team's initial team roster.

Cannondale 2016

UPDATED CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM VALENCIA ROSTER

  • Jack Bauer
  • Matti Breschel
  • Joe Dombrowski
  • Davide Formolo
  • Pierre Rolland
  • Kristoffer Skjerping
  • Tom-Jelte Slagter
  • Davide Villella

 

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