Monday 4 May 2015
Marcel Kittel's return to cycling has been further delayed after the German withdrew from the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on the weekend.
Kittel has been sidelined by a virus since March, with the Tour de Yorkshire meant to mark his return to racing. However the hills and the high pace took its toll with the Kittel abanonding the race after 100km.
The Giant-Alpecin rider will continue to work towards the Tour of California which begins in Sacremento on 10 May.
Recent under 23 Tour of Flanders winner Alex Edmondson is going to shave his iconic moustache in an effort to raise funs for Nepal.
Britain's Alex Dowsett smashed Rohan Dennis's UCI Hour Record on the weekend, setting a new mark of 52.937km at the Manchester Velodrome.
Next up to tackle the feat is Sir Bradley Wiggins on 7 June.
World number one Caroline Buchanan (Tuggeranong) and rising star Corey Frieswyk (Walkerston) have claimed the elite titles at the Subaru BMX National Championships at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane.
In the women’s race, Buchanan held her mettle coming out of the first turn as rival and former world championships silver medallist Lauren Reynolds (Bunbury) attempted a powerful passing move that brought her crashing to the dirt.
Minutes later Frieswyk, a shock national champion in 2013, stormed home from fifth on the last turn in a drama packed race as first world champion Sam Willoughby (Happy Valley), then last year’s world number four Anthony Dean (Cross Keys), national series champ Bodi Turner (Eastfield) and finally teenager Kai Sakakibara (Southlake/Illawarra) all slid out and fell on the final berm.
Scottish Commonwealth Games representative Lucy Coldwell (Holden Women’s Cycling) won the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania.
A consistent Coldwell found the podium in all three stages of the Subaru National Road Series event, including victory in Saturday’s hilltop finish in Sheffield.
Coldwell finished third in Sunday’s 75 kilometre road race from Ulverstone to Riana through Gunns Plains, winning the Tour by a commanding 37 seconds to defending Tour champion Ruth Corset (Total Rush Hyster).
“It’s a great step for me, being in the yellow jersey. It’s the first time I’ve ever been in that position,” said Coldwell.
“I love Australia, I live here and it’s home for me so it’s really special.”
Jenelle Crooks (Specialized Securitor) rounded out the tour podium, one minute and 21 seconds in arrears.
Stage 1 Highlights
Stage 2 Highlights
Stage 3 Highlights
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire was deemed a success with strong crowds supporting the race that grew out of the 2014 Tour de France's Grand Depart.
Event organiser Gary Verity is reportedly in discussions with British Cycling about a bid for the UCI Road World Championships.
It was Team Sky's Lars Petter Nordhaug who was crowned the winner in Leeds on Sunday. The Norwegian won the opening stage from a group of five riders to take the race lead which he held throughout the three-stage race.
Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 2 in a sprint finish while Ben Hermans claimed a solo victory in Stage 3, finishing nine seconds ahead of BMC team-mate Greg van Avermaet who won the sprint for second.
Nordhaug sealed the victory with an 11 second advantage over Samuel Sanchez (BMC) and Thomas Voecker (Europcar).
While the race was a success for Team Sky it lost key rider Ben Swift who injured his shoulder in a crash in the opening stage of what is his home race. Swift will undergo surgery this week and will miss the Tour of California.
@nearle88: That will go down as one of the coolest, most exciting races I'll ever do! The crowds were just insane, made even better riding in Sky kit. Thanks for the support!!
Australian Professional Contintental team Drapac hit the podium twice at the five-stage Tour of the Gila in the US.
Jordan Kerby finished third in the Stage 3 individual time trial. The 22 year old completed the 26km course in Tyrone in 34min 21sec, 31 seconds slower than the fastest time of Tom Zirbel (Optum). Fellow Australian Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) was fourth, 10 seconds behind Kerby.
@jordankerby: Pretty happy to run a drum todya in Gila, it's been a while!
In the following stage Drapac's Dutch representative Wouter Wippert finished second in the sprint behind Lucas Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman).
Drapac now turns its attention to the Tour of California which begins on 10 May.
Tour of California broadcast details
The eight-stage Tour of California will be live on SBS in May! The race will also be live-streamed online at Cycling Central. The opening stages are a feast for the sprinters with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) and Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) expected to race. Australia's Drapac Pro Cycling are also competing.
Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) was crowned the 2015 Tour of Turkey winner after Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural-Seguros) upset Mark Cavendish on the final stage.
Bonet was first across the line in the Istanbul finale after making a late attack. Cavendish hunted him in the final metres but could not quite close the gap to the Spaniard.
Twenty-seven year old Durasek claimed the race lead when he finished sixth in Stage 6. He successfully defended his advantage through until the final stage, winning with a 32 second lead over Eduardo Sepulveda (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) with Australia's Jay Mccarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) third, 56 seconds back.
Stage 8: 121km, Istanbul