9.30.2012

Giro 2013 route and all stages


1 Napoli - Napoli FLAT
2 Ischia - Forio TT
3 Sorrento - Monte Ascea
4 Policastro Busentino - Serra S.Bruno ATOP finish
5 Cosenza - Matera
6 Mola - Margherita di Savoia FLAT
7 San Savo -Pescara TRICKY
8 Gabbicce Mare - Saltara TT
9 Sansepolcro - Firenze WORLDS route
10 Codenons - Montasio ATOP finish
11 Tarvisio - Vajont
12 Longarone - Treviso
13 Busseto - Cherasco
14 Cervere - Bardonecchia ATOP finish
15 Cesena Torinese - Galibier ATOP finish
16 Valloire - Ivrea
17 Caravaggio - Vicenza
18 Mori - Polsa Cronoscalata/Climbing TT
19 Ponte di legno - Val Martello ATOP finish
20 Silandro - Tre cime di Lavaredo
21 Riese Pio X - Brescia

9.29.2012

Il Lombardia: Rabobank about Mollema's 7th...

http://www.rabosport.com/news/item/23861
Sports director Frans Maassen said : "This Giro di Lombardia was a hard battle of attrition. Under these circumstances, the best riders automatically start riding on top, and today it wasn’t any different. That even happened very early, because the final result is very similar to the passage through the Muro de Sormano. It’s a pity the breakaway group with Tom-Jelte wasn’t allowed to keep the lead until after that, because he could probably have given Bauke some extra support. That’s why we really wanted to have someone in that breakaway, but the twelve were unfortunately not given enough space.”
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"Rodriguez was really a class of his own in the finale. When he starts, you know you have to stay close. That didn’t work, but Bauke did get very close to a place on the podium. Sanchez and Mollema were more or less the last ones to connect, and Sanchez still finished second. So everything was still possible, but it ended being a seventh place"

Il Lombardia: Purito storming in the storm

Pic by OPQS
A wet race this year decided by crashes: Gilbert and Nibali went down, amongh the others, losing their favourites status. Sormano and Ghisallo were hard but too far from the finish so it has been again on the last climb - and descent - that the race has been won. A large front group survived to rain and early attacks - Bardet  first on Sormano, De Weert twice solo, Rui Costa the last attempt - and finally Rodriguez made the move to the victory. Behinde the fight was just for the second place. First Spaniard ever to win Il Lombardia, Rodriguez also won the UCI Ranking.
Bravo Mollema: always in the front group, dropped in the end, managed to come back and achieved a good 7th place. Bravo also Zaugg: not in the super shape that allowed him to win last year in Lecco but strong enought to fit in the top ten. Santambrogio really surprised me while Uran and Henao responded to the high expectations of the day. 
A great race! ... but watching it in tv I was happy I wasn't there. My son spent his race trying to break away, in vain but that means he passed for many laps pulling all the small G4 peloton. Dropped at the sprint like every breaker he was exhausted and proud.
RESULTS
1 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 6:36:27
2 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:09
3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
5 Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
8 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank
10 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana

9.28.2012

Worlds reportage: 2. At the Start in Maastricht

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It's cold and rainy when I arrive but the main square is already crowded. In spite it is early I have soon to decide where I am going to place myself so basicly what I want to see because the signing cerimony is far from the start line and the team buses even further. There is no big screan. It was weird to walk under the gray sky of Maastricht wearing my rain jacket of the Frank and Andy Schleck Fan Club: none of them is there. Laurent Didier, Ben Gastauer and Jempy Drucker are the Luxembourgish National Team that time and the Leopard bus has been replaced by a small camper. I have met some staff crossing the bridge and asked them about. It has turned out that even Ed Buschette – the Lux Fed Secretary – has left the day before and I know that my friend and great photographer Georges Noesen is in Luxembourg attending football. 
Alberto Contador
I go immediately to the buses just to have a look but the bad weather is forcing the most of the riders inside and many teams still have to come. Eventually I take my place few meters beyond the start line. I am outside the barriers because the UCI was still 'evalueting' my request for a press accreditation on Friday, when I left Italy but it doesn't matter: I like to be on the road, amongh the crowd and not to watch the race in tv in a press room. In add my chances to get interviews after the race are zero because riders surrounded by all the world media in cycling are more likely to talk to L'Equipe, Cyclingnews or even RAI than to an obscure short female blogger.
Ian Stannard
The signing cerimony starts in the background and the road in front of the stage grows more and more crowded. Riders still wearing their rain jackets and long sleeves arrive, climb the stage, sign and get stopped by journos asking questions and cameramen filming for the Dutch tv. Photographers wearing the yellow jacket with PHOTO and UCI printed on form a solid wall all around them so with my zoom lens I can only see some helmets or some legs. 
By the way: at Worlds helmets and gloves help a lot to recognize anonymous riders in the national kit: some of them choose to wear the official stuff but the most of them prefer to keep helmet and gloves they are used to since all the season, their team stuff, and that makes it very easier to understand who in the earth they are. 
At the barrier we are talking about the weather while the speaker is emphasizing stars' names in the desperate attempt to make the audience clap. No way. The square is full but everybody look sleepy and cold. "We must wait for Belgians" a tall Dutch says "The border is close and they are sure they win".
 The speaker must share his view: "Let me introduce Philippe Gilbert!" he thunders and the the square explodes in many points, unlike a volcano, more like many mines scattered around. Dutches are silent, hostile. Following RaboCycling on Twitter I got the idea Dutches tend to understate. The tall man says Niky Terpstra is the team leader today while Gesink and Mollema will work for him. There is a big unexpressed pressure on the homeland team and maybe a scaramantic disbelieve. It has not been a great season for Rabobank. 
Aleandro Valverde
"I support Holland in this Worlds" I tell "Mollema is one ogf my favourite riders and there is that young guy, Tom Slagter... He's not going to do much today... But in my opinion he has got a huge talent." The tall man is surprised: "Not Italy?", "No... I like many of them but I don't like how they race as a team usually: working for others and getting nothing in the end". Gilbert rides solo to show his confidence. I will see him solo later in the day: at the last passage on the Cauberg.
The Italian team is late but Spaniards and Brits are already lined up at the start. Contador is fixing his arm warmer, Valverde stands up and looks straight in front, way taller than his mates, all siting on the saddles and waiting. They don't talk each other. 
The Brits at the opposit are joking and laughing, glimpsing lively around. They seem amused like children in a school trip. Much more serious, Mark Cavendish, beyonde the rainbow but by the exit side after a long season: he has been luckier than many World Champions – bad luck seems attached to the famous jersey – but still lost the sprinters jersey in the Giro just for one point and must put aside his personal ambitions in the Tour de France in order to serve Wiggins' – and national – cause, finally failed to get his revange in the Olympics at home. In spite of that he should be proud: he finished both Giro and Tour, won many stages included the most glorious sprint in cycling, on the Champs-Élysées. He definitely honoured his title.
Moreno Moser
By the other side of the line there is Oscar Freire: it's the last race for him and the last chance to win. He said he's going to retire and that time he sounds serious. He's going to get off his profesional cyclist jersey and it would be cool if it was the raimbow one. Oscarito is the favourite always and nobody is so dumb to forget him in a race preview. Today thought it's the Worlds and each rider at the start deeply wants to win it, each one in each team. The road makes the leader, that's always true, but here it's even truer especially for teams filled with stars. Keep out, look your shoulders. Anything can happen on the Cauberg climb.
I can't see very far from where I am. The Italians are now behinde the Brits: I recognize Vincenzo Nibali and Moreno Moser, the youngest looking way more confident than the oldest. When I interviewed Moser I got absolutely impressed by his self awarness, by his calm and coolness. Nibali at the opposite looks nervous. I wonder how strong his leadership is. In any case the Italian Team starts as one of the strongest. 
Further behinde, Slovenians, Norwegians, Japaneses, Luxembourgers... the small teams. And France: Voeckler could be a black horse today but he dismissed the expectations. Belgians and Dutches of course, shoulders by shoulders. The winners and the losers looking back from the Cauberg but now, in the main square of Maastrict, all is still intact.
The red Skoda car of the Race Start is ready few meters from the line, Pat McQuaid, the UCI President, stands and waits. The show is a little late. Lets go. Riders ride in front of me, some of them clearly aeger to go in front, others slowly and cautiously keeping the back of the group. It isn't yet a peloton. It would be cheerer in the sun.  
Pat McQuaid
It starts to rain and it's time to head the rail station and Valkemburg: supporters, reporters, cycling fans are a peloton too and we flood through the streets like a tyde. The touristic small electric train is empty today and stucked in the walking crowd. 
Vincenzo Nibali
Ready...
....go!
............................................MORE TO COME ............................................................ 

9.27.2012

Gran Piemonte: Rigoberto Uran said...

...“I’m very happy with the win today and I felt really good during the race. Along with Sergio (Henao) we tried to attack on the final lap before the finish. I was able to get away with Verdugo over the top of the climb but we did not have a big gap to the riders behind. We managed to stay clear and we gave it everything on the descent back to the finish. I have come out of the Vuelta with some really good fitness. The World Championships was some good preparation looking ahead towards Lombardy and today was also another really good warm-up. I really like the race and I and very motivated for Saturday.”
According to Team Sky press release Uran "had made his way into a dangerous late escape as the race split apart on the approach to the finish, the 25-year-old kicking on to win solo on the cobbled finishing straight in Biella."
RESULTS
1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
2 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:04  
3 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi

Worlds reportage: 1. Belgian Fries

This reportage is shared in 1. Belgian Fries 2. At the start in Maastricht 3. On the Cauberg 4. Lost in Limburg. I have many pictures to check and post: be patient and you'll have them all :)
Cauberg

Pascaline is a small cute Begian girl. She's in Florence studying Italian for three months and now we are siting face to face in a crowded and noisy restaurant where this monthly MeetUp is held. We are supposed to talk in English and we do but I'm leaving for the Cycling World Championship and it comes natural to talk about Belgium. "...and remember" she's telling "Not French Fries! Belian Fries!" Belgians are very proud of their fries, I lernt that in 2011 when I collapsed in a brasserie after Liège-Bastogne-Liège and delegated my dinner completely to the waiter just saying "But no French fries please", "Of course no" he was "Belgian fries! Have you ever tried? You must. Belgian fries is the best in the world."
Few days later I'm on the Cauberg, freezing in the icy wild wind, waiting for the first lap of the Elite Men Road Race on a steep green slope. It isn't crowded: it's bursting at the seams like a suitcase filled with excitement and passion. In spite it's early cycling fans are everywhere, at the barriers and amongh the bushes, Belgians especially and not far from me a banner says TORNADO TOM FRITS. I can't avoid to think to the Belgian Fries, now and even more later, when Gilbert flyes solo toward the rainbow line.
Belgians came to Limburg sure they are going to win. At the start in Maastricht there were much more Belgians than Dutches. Noisy, happy and proud they were celebrating already climbing the Cauberg bringing flags, banners and beers. After the signing cerimony, far in the back ground, Gilbert has ridden solo to the start line waving to the crowd and smiling. Sure as well to be at the tourn point of his bad year and supported by a solid motivated team. That made the difference, I have no doubt.
The Start Line in Maastricht
At the opposite the Spanish team failed again to race as a unit: its many brilliant individualities blew up like anarchic bombs. In Maastricht they were side by side in the first row, Contador surrounded by photographers, Freire aeger to grab again the raimbow in his very last competition, Valverde silent but smart, balancing his wheight on the bike and ready to ride an oppostunistic race.  
The British team is just in the middle, in the main place, honouring Marc Cavendish who is back to his national colors after an year in World Champion's jersey. He honoured it till the end. The British team has got few chances today so it's amazing and great to see Cavendish pulling hard on the Cauberg, give it all and finally pass, dropped and proud, welcomed by claps. The British team has got few chances... but it plays them all. When the young American Talansky attacks the British National Champion Stannard responds and it's one of the most beautiful moment of the race. 
The Dutch team has got great chances instead but wasted it badly: it's race looked weak and moreover confused. Gesink, Mollema and Terpstra failed to make the difference and missed all the decisive moves. And it was a big team. 
The small team Norway with only three riders managed to get a medal: big isn't always good. Or maybe in that case some riders are so good that really don't need a big team: Boasson Hagen has got a splendid engine. 
In Maastricht the line is overcrowded now inside and outside the barriers, a wall of photographers is like a second line, the start of the race car is ready, Pat McQuaid arrives but some teams still have to sign and the speaker remainds there are few minutes left. The Italian team is late. They seem nervous when they take finally place in the second row. I spot Vincenzo Nibali and he looks older: 2012 has been a weird season for him, dotted in very good results but somehow disappointing regarding the very high expectations. That often happens to talented riders, supporters can be as cruel as they are passionated, you must stay cool. 
Cauberg: Gilbert flyes to the victory
How is Bettini's team? A good one on paper. They said they are going to 'disturb' and they do. Cataldo is in the break- away, Nocentini in the chasing group – bdw I wonder why - Moser makes a crazy pace in the descent and Nibali launches the attack that will decide the race. In spite of that Italy gets no medals and the Italian group passes slowly talking on the Cauberg while Gilbert has already won and Valverde pursuits Boasson Hagen for a podium spot. They seem to say: no gold no sense, the game is over. That I don't like. 
..............MORE TO COME............
RESULTS
1 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) 6:10:41  
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) 0:00:04  
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain) 0:00:05  
4 John Degenkolb (Germany)    
5 Lars Boom (Netherlands)    
6 Allan Davis (Australia)    
7 Thomas Voeckler (France)    
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)    
9 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Colombia)    
10 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spain)    
11 Rui Costa (Portugal)    
12 Tom Boonen (Belgium)    
13 Oscar Gatto (Italy)    
14 Peter Sagan (Slovakia)    
15 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Sweden)    
16 Koen De Kort (Netherlands)    
17 Michael Albasini (Switzerland)    
18 Assan Bazayev (Kazakhstan)    
19 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Great Britain)    
20 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway)    
21 Simon Gerrans (Australia)    
22 Stefan Denifl (Austria)    
23 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)    
24 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spain)    
25 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)    
26 Bjorn Leukemans (Belgium)    
27 Fabian Wegmann (Germany)    
28 Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation)    
29 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)    
30 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Portugal) 0:00:17  
31 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)    
32 Robert Gesink (Netherlands)    
33 Daniel Martin (Ireland)    
34 Nicolas Roche (Ireland)    
35 Jurgen Roelandts (Belgium)    
36 Ian Stannard (Great Britain) 0:00:53  
37 Paul Martens (Germany)    
38 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain)    
39 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)    
40 Yury Trofimov (Russian Federation) 0:01:01  
41 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spain) 0:01:37  
42 David Tanner (Australia)    
43 Andrew Talansky (United States of America) 0:01:54  
44 Rene Mandri (Estonia) 0:02:21  
45 Gustav Larsson (Sweden)    
46 Marek Rutkiewicz (Poland)    
47 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Colombia)    
48 Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)    
49 Rafael Andriato (Brazil)    
50 Michael Schär (Switzerland)    
51 Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)    
52 Chris Anker Sorensen (Denmark)    
53 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland)    
54 Takashi Miyazawa (Japan)    
55 Karsten Kroon (Netherlands)    
56 Tom Jelte Slagter (Netherlands)    
57 Sylvain Chavanel (France)    
58 Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)    
59 Jan Barta (Czech Republic)    
60 Ben Swift (Great Britain)    
61 Michal Golas (Poland)    
62 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Luxembourg)    
63 Mathias Frank (Switzerland)    
64 Alex Howes (United States of America)    
65 Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation)    
66 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)    
67 Steve Morabito (Switzerland)    
68 Winner Anacona Gomez (Colombia)    
69 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Colombia)    
70 Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)    
71 Sergio Paulinho PRO    
72 Simon Geschke (Germany)    
73 Heinrich Haussler (Australia)    
74 Moreno Moser (Italy) 0:02:34  
75 Luca Paolini (Italy) 0:02:46  
76 Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy)    
77 Marco Marcato (Italy)    
78 Simon Clarke (Australia) 0:02:53  
79 Johannes Frohlinger (Germany)    
80 Christian Knees (Germany)    
81 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spain)    
82 Borut Bozic (Slovenia)    
83 David Veilleux (Canada)    
84 Mickael Delage (France)    
85 Diego Ulissi (Italy)    
86 Eduard Vorganov (Russian Federation)    
87 Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukraine) 0:03:11  
88 Luke Rowe (Great Britain) 0:05:46  
89 Vladimir Isaichev (Russian Federation)    
90 Gianni Meersman (Belgium) 0:08:10  
91 Matej Jurco (Slovakia) 0:08:55  
92 Carlos Oyarzun (Chile)    
93 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Belarus)    
94 Siarhei Papok (Belarus)    
95 Stefan Histrov (Bulgaria)    
96 Evaldas Siskevicius (Lithuania)    
97 Carlos Jose Ochoa (Venezuela)    
98 Taylor Phinney (United States of America)    
99 Peter Kusztor (Hungary)    
100 Bertjan Lindeman (Netherlands)    
101 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)    
102 Jacek Morajko (Poland)    
103 Brent Bookwalter (United States of America)    
104 Frantisek Rabon (Czech Republic)    
105 Ronan Mc Laughlin (Ireland)    
106 Matthias Brandle (Austria)    
107 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic)    
108 Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)    
109 Georgi Petrov Georgiev (Bulgaria)    
110 Francois Parisien (Canada)    
111 Marcus Burghardt (Germany)    
112 Thomas Lovkvist (Sweden)    
113 Leopold Konig (Czech Republic)    
114 Tanel Kangert (Estonia)    
115 Jure Kocjan (Slovenia)    
116 Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)    
117 Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)    
118 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)    
119 Laurens Ten Dam (Netherlands)    
120 Matteo Trentin (Italy) 0:09:44  
121 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Costa Rica) 0:10:23  
122 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)    
DNF Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)    
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slovenia)    
DNF Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)    
DNF Grega Bole (Slovenia)    
DNF Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)    
DNF Sergey Firsanov (Russian Federation)    
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan)    
DNF Dario Cataldo (Italy)    
DNF Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spain)    
DNF Rein Taaramae (Estonia)    
DNF Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa)    
DNF Wesley Sulzberger (Australia)    
DNF Adam Hansen (Australia)    
DNF Jerome Coppel (France)    
DNF Vincent Jerome (France)    
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)    
DNF Christopher Horner (United States of America)    
DNF Tejay van Garderen (United States of America)    
DNF Tony Gallopin (France)    
DNF Kevin De Weert (Belgium)    
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)    
DNF Gabriel Rasch (Norway)    
DNF Jonathan Monsalve (Venezuela)    
DNF Maxime Bouet (France)    
DNF Martin Grashev (Bulgaria)    
DNF Gregory Rast (Switzerland)    
DNF Oliver Zaugg (Switzerland)    
DNF Bruno Pires (Portugal)    
DNF Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)    
DNF Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia)    
DNF Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia)    
DNF Arthur Vichot (France)    
DNF Richie Porte (Australia)    
DNF Timothy Duggan (United States of America)    
DNF Michael Matthews (Australia)    
DNF Ying Hon Yeung (Hong Kong, China)    
DNF Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)    
DNF Matthew Busche (United States of America)    
DNF Vladimir Miholjevic (Croatia)    
DNF Marko Kump (Slovenia)    
DNF Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uruguay)    
DNF Julian Dean (New Zealand)    
DNF Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)    
DNF Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)    
DNF Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine)    
DNF Denys Kostyuk (Ukraine)    
DNF Daniel Schorn (Austria)    
DNF Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kazakhstan)    
DNF Luka Mezgec (Slovenia)    
DNF Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)    
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)    
DNF Lucas Euser (United States of America)    
DNF Jorge Martin Montenegro (Argentina)    
DNF Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukraine)    
DNF Juraj Sagan (Slovakia)    
DNF Maros Kovac (Slovakia)    
DNF Tomasz Marczynski (Poland)    
DNF Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic of Moldova)    
DNF Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)    
DNF Jeremy Roy (France)    
DNF Peter Velits (Slovakia)    
DNF Matti Breschel (Denmark)    
DNF Christopher Froome (Great Britain)    
DNF Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)    
DNF Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)    
DNF Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Venezuela)    
DNF Stanislav Kozubek (Czech Republic)    
DNF Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Argentina)    
DNF Dries Devenyns (Belgium)    
DNF Laurent Didier (Luxembourg)    
DNF Enzo Moyano (Argentina)    
DNF Shinichi Fukushima (Japan)    
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Japan)    
DNF Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)    
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia)    
DNF Mauricio Muller (Argentina)    
DNF Hichem Chaabane (Algeria)    
DNF Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)    
DNF Yusuke Hatanaka (Japan)    
DNF Amir Rusli (Malaysia)    
DNF Svein Tuft (Canada)    
DNF Sea Keong Loh (Malaysia)    
DNF Martin Velits (Slovakia)    
DNF Nebojsa Jovanovic (Serbia)    
DNF Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan)


9.26.2012

A coming back

Hi everybody. I'm back. I have some good pictures to post and some stories to tell. I arrived just last night and it has already been a very busy day so I had no time to write anything. 
Andy Schleck is supposed to come back too: RSNT asked the organizer of the Memorial VDB to include him in the start list Le Quotidien says http://www.lequotidien.lu/les-sports/38295.html You can understand how un-straight the news is. No press release, no direct quotation. Lets see. Andy is a stubborn guy and he firmly wants that coming back but it's fair enought to put less pressure as possible on his shoulders.
Meanwhile Alberto Contador won Milano-Torino on Diego Ulissi and Kessiakoff after a long break-away by Rabottini & Balloni.

9.20.2012

2013 races calendar

Save your dates!
Source: http://www.lottobelisol.be/nl/worldtour-kalender-2013-668.htm
WORLDTOUR
22.01.2013 27.01.2013 Tour Down Under
03.03.2013 10.03.2013 Paris - Nice
06.03.2013 12.03.2013 Tirreno-Adriatico
16.03.2013 16.03.2013 Milano-Sanremo
18.03.2013 24.03.2013 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
22.03.2013 22.03.2013 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke
24.03.2013 24.03.2013 Gent - Wevelgem
31.03.2013 31.03.2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres
01.04.2013 06.04.2013 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
07.04.2013 07.04.2013 Paris - Roubaix
14.04.2013 14.04.2013 Amstel Gold Race
17.04.2013 17.04.2013 La Flèche Wallonne
21.04.2013 21.04.2013 Liège - Bastogne - Liège
23.04.2013 28.04.2013 Tour de Romandie
04.05.2013 26.05.2013 Giro d'Italia
02.06.2013 09.06.2013 Critérium du Dauphiné
08.06.2013 16.06.2013 Tour de Suisse
29.06.2013 21.07.2013 Tour de France
27.07.2013 27.07.2013 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian
27.07.2013 03.08.2013 Tour de Pologne
12.08.2013 18.08.2013 Eneco Tour
24.08.2013 15.09.2013 Vuelta a España
25.08.2013 25.08.2013 Vattenfall Cyclassics
01.09.2013 01.09.2013 GP Ouest France - Plouay
13.09.2013 13.09.2013 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
15.09.2013 15.09.2013 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
05.10.2013 05.10.2013 Giro di Lombardia
09.10.2013 13.10.2013 Tour of Hangzhou
16.10.2013 20.10.2013 Tour of Beijing

EUROPE TOUR
23.02.2013 23.02.2013 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite
24.02.2013 24.02.2013 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
24.02.2013 24.02.2013 Clasica de Almeria
27.02.2013 27.02.2013 Le Samyn
01.03.2013 03.03.2013 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
13.03.2013 13.03.2013 Nokere-Koerse
15.03.2013 15.03.2013 Handzame Classic
20.03.2013 20.03.2013 Dwars door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre
23.03.2013 24.03.2013 Critérium International
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World Championship will be in Florence since September the 22th to the 29th.
 

Worlds: breathtaking duel in men ITT

First check point: Martin is 4 seconds down to Phinney. Astonished. I watch and pray because we all like heros and if Phinney wins he will be the youngest world champion ever. But Martin wants that victory, his second title in a row. He's fast and can manage wisely his effort. TT specialists use to start very fast, slow down a little to set a pace they can keep and give all at the finish: he's doing so. I know that. I know. But still that -4 is amazing and I'm glued to the screan. 
Contador instead is slow, so slow, too slow. Tony Martin can see him now, joins him, passes him finally: on the right side to lose absolutely nothing in that easy large corner. Contador follows but really can't keep his pace. He will go to say the winner "Congrats" after the finish. An ITT here is different from an ITT in a stages race. But still the hard route could suit a climber who is good against the time: a Cadel Evans - but he isn't here - a Contador.
The hard route also suits well a cronoman who is good in climbing like Marco Pinotti: his time is good, so good, too good. The road is wet, dry, wet. Dry in the open space, wet under the trees. Pinotti fell and crash on a wet line: his race is over. He starts again, slowly and sadly, then stop. Bettini jumps off the Italia team car, touch Pinotti's shoulder, point to him and makes a sign with his hand toward the cameras. Pinotti is out with a brocken collarbone. The young Malori had told RAI Pinotti was "The Cronoman A" for team Italia. Now Cronoman B is just The Italian Team in this race and he can be proud of his 10th place.
For an incredible long time the obscure Kazakh Gruzdev stays and sweats on the hot seat. His time - 0:01:56.44 - resists till when Kiryenka crosses the line. And Kiryenka is all smile on that unconfortable place: his kid-like face is radiant and we well know it from many stage podiums. Kyrienka looks like a good guy.
On the road, all the best riders are now pushing their limits to gramb that medal, that jersey, that title but obviously the serious fight is a duel: Martin against Phinney or Phinney against Martin because the German is now leading again on the American and the gap is steadly around 20''. Those are racing in two different ways: Phinney went full gaz so far and now is maybe breathing and waiting for the last effort, Martin at the opposit is speeding up. I'm sure that Phinney has still got a reserve. Yes. He must .
He does! Few meters and it will be all over. The clock is running, madly. Last climb, last curve, last stretch. People screaming but he hears nothing, sure. And suddenly it's all done. Best Time. Taylor Phinney. The youngest ever. On the hot sit now after a strugle against the time, a corpo a corpo. Time Trials are often  aseptic, cold races. Not now, not here. Maybe it's the Amstel's air. Maybe it's the fact that guy is so young and so strong - too young probably but absolutely strong - he's forcing the World Champion to defend himself. Fabian Cancellara, the King of Time, is watching and tweeting: amused, amazed, probably invious. What a pity he isn't here!
But it's matter of seconds: Martin is like a panzer. He smashes seconds, destroys times. You see on the screen the furious fugue of names: better than Gruzdev, better than Kiryenka, better.... oh! better than Phinney! 5 seconds faster! FIVE SECONDS. He falls down his bike or maybe they push him down: team staff, coach, masseures, everybody. He's fine, he's standing, he rides away smiling to the cameras and crosses Contador who shakes hands sporty but suddenly shy. In the hot sit Taylor Phinney hids his face in his hands: fatigue, exhaustion, emptyness. The sense of waste, of loss. A deep disapointment close to despair. 
Astonished I watch and think he must be proud. He achieved a splendid results. But it will take him a while to understand, to feel the joy after the pain. He's good and he knows that. He's not happy and wants more. He must, he can, he will. Next year, why not?
Kiryenka's kid-like face is even more radiant now. All is over for him too. A spot on the podium, a bronze medal for the breaker-away, for the daily worker of short and long tours. Well deserved. The worse place is always the 4th: I was curious about van Garderen and he confirmed the idea I have got about him. Cadel Evans is right to say he will hand him on the baton. Kessiakoff on the 5th isn't a surprise after his performances in Tour de Suisse and La Vuelta. Jan Barta neither: we don't see him in the big races but check his results and see how good he is. Gruzdev honestly IS a surprise, for me at least.
What about my guys? lets see.
Chavanel started fast but his final time is disappointing: I was expecting him in the top ten. He's probably tired because he's competitive since early in the season. Cameron Meyer is disapointing in general: he can do much better than that. He left the track and I think he's still trying to find the right 'road setting'. I didn't watch Bonar's race but his place normally was in the top 15 at least: tired too? It has been a long season for him: Giro and Olypics included. Very disappointing also Taaramae: 35th is not good for such a good cronoman. But he's back from a long stop dued to a bad illness so...excused. Not excused Fugslang, only 37th. I'll go and see what he said because there is probably a reason. 
But many good cromomen did a quite bad race yesterday: Westra, Brajkovic, Durbridge, Castroviejo, Velits, Sergent. Contador. Many are tired. Many are tours racers. Somebody.... wasn't in a good day.
That's all folks. It has been fantastic.
Results
1 Tony Martin (Germany) 0:58:38.80  
2 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:00:05.37  
3 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 0:01:44.99  
4 Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 0:01:49.37  
5 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Sweden) 0:01:50.56  
6 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) 0:01:56.44  
7 Jan Barta (Czech Republic) 0:02:12.49  
8 Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) 0:02:26.06  
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain) 0:02:30.00  
10 Adriano Malori (Italy) 0:02:40.54  
11 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 0:02:43.69  
12 Svein Tuft (Canada) 0:02:56.24  
13 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:02:57.13  
14 Riccardo Zoidl (Austria) 0:02:57.27  
15 Sylvain Chavanel (France) 0:02:58.15  
16 Cameron Meyer (Australia) 0:02:59.65  
17 Kristijan Koren (Slovenia) 0:03:05.29  
18 Jérémy Roy (France) 0:03:08.16  
19 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 0:03:11.99  
20 Thomas De Gendt (Belgium) 0:03:15.29  
21 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:03:17.88  
22 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) 0:03:23.38  
23 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) 0:03:25.89  
24 Kristof Vandewalle (Belgium) 0:03:35.66  
25 Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) 0:03:39.35  
26 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:03:46.06  
27 Patrick Gretsch (Germany) 0:03:48.78  
28 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 0:03:52.35  
29 Sergey Firsanov (Russian Federation) 0:03:56.58  
30 Matej Jurco (Slovakia) 0:03:56.96  
31 Sam Bewley (New Zealand) 0:03:59.21  
32 Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 0:04:03.43  
33 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania) 0:04:05.98  
34 Peter Velits (Slovakia) 0:04:07.06  
35 Rein Taaramae (Estonia) 0:04:09.84  
36 Bert Grabsch (Germany) 0:04:16.85  
37 Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) 0:04:18.37  
38 Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) 0:04:18.79  
39 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:04:19.25  
40 Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) 0:04:19.82  
41 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa) 0:04:25.93  
42 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kazakhstan) 0:04:32.23  
43 Gatis Smukulis (Latvia) 0:04:35.63  
44 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:04:54.59  
45 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine) 0:05:09.20  
46 Michael Hutchinson (Ireland) 0:05:22.86  
47 Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 0:05:34.37  
48 Eugen Wacker (Kyrgyzstan) 0:05:43.45  
49 Jose Ragonessi (Ecuador) 0:06:16.66  
50 Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia) 0:06:19.04  
51 Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador) 0:07:58.00  
52 Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan) 0:09:12.93  
53 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:09:17.91  
54 David Albós (Andorra) 0:09:18.85  
55 Ji-Yung Kang (Korea) 0:09:19.66  
56 Gabor Legyel (Hungary) 0:13:49.29  
DNF Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Norway)