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4 May 2015 - 8:13 AM  UPDATED 4 May 2015 - 11:18 AM
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.

Alex Dowsett breaks Rohan Dennis's UCI Hour Record
Australian Rohan Dennis no longer holds the world hour record, with Britain's Alex Dowsett setting a new mark by completing 52.937km at the Manchester Velodrome.

"In training, we only ever did like 35 minutes, so there was always those 25 minutes which were a bit of an unknown, but 30 minutes in, I was still feeling comfortably, the time was ticking away a lot quicker than I was expecting. I was scared of the suffering, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. That is a testimony to the preparation I went through - there was a plan, I didn't like it much, for the risk of riding behind Dennis for the first 45 minutes, but I had faith in my coaches, Mark Walker and Mikel Zabala. I was a little bit enthusiastic at times, but Steve was bringing me back down onto schedule. I just had faith in everything that's gone into today - it was carefully executed.

"Everyone in the team said that if I was feeling OK, I'd be let loose into the final five minutes. As soon as it clocked ten minutes to go, I had a lot in me still and I could press on a bit - it really was a dream. I just hope the message comes out - to all the young haemophiliacs, of any age really. There's a lot of people in the world who faces adversity. I was lucky to have a responsible family to take care of me, and I could push myself to this. It wasn't about failing or succeeding today - it was about trying something I hadn't done before."

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.   
Racing at dusk on an extended day of competition following the shocking weather that enveloped Brisbane the previous day, Buchanan and Frieswyk mastered the tricky, greasy track best.

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.

General Classification
1 Lucy Coldwell (Holden Women) 5hr 7min 37sec    
2 Ruth Corset (Total Rush Hyster) 0:00:37    
3 Jenelle Crooks (Specialized Securitor) 0:01:21    
4 Shannon Malseed (Holden Women) 0:02:32    
5 Anna-Leeza Hull (Specialized Securitor) 0:02:35    
6 Georgia Baker (High Five Dream Team) 0:02:52    
7 Kirsten Howard (Subaru NSWIS NKC) 0:02:56    
8 Rachel Ward (Boss Racing Team) 0:03:00    
9 Taryn Heather (Bicycle Superstore) 0:03:14    
10 Alexandria Nicholls 0:03:17

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!!

General Classification
1 Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) Sky 12hr 47min 56sec    
2 Samuel Sanchez (ESP) BMC Racing 0:00:11    
3 Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Europcar         
4 Stéphane Rossetto (FRA) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:13    
5 Philip Deignan (IRL) Sky 0:00:24    
6 Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing 0:01:05    
7 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing 0:01:15    
8 Erick Rowsell (GBR) Madison Genesis 0:01:21    
9 Huub Duijn (NED) Team Roompot    0:01:27    
10 Richard Handley (GBR) JLT Condor

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
1 Luis Mas Bonet (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2hr 45min 03sec    
2 Mark Cavendish (GBT) Etixx-Quick-Step         
3 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA         
4 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Southeast         
5 Daniele Colli (ITA) Nippo -Vini Fantini         
6 Daniele Ratto (ITA) UnitedHealthcare          
7 Davide Appollonio (ITA) Androni Giocattoli         
8 Eduard Prades Reverte (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA         
9 Roy Jans (BEL) Wanty-Groupe Gobert         
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) Orica-GreenEDGE

General Classification
1 Kristijan Durasek (CRO) Lampre-Merida    31hr 06min 44sec    
2 Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:32:00    
3 Jay Mccarthy (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:56:00    
4 Alex Cano Ardila (COL) Colombia 0:01:30    
5 Serge Pauwels (BEL) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:32    
6 Mirko Selvaggi (ITA) Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:01:58    
7 Enrico Barbin (ITA) Bardiani CSF 0:02:01    
8 Tomasz Marczynski (POL) Torku Sekerspor 0:02:02    
9 Adam Hansen (AUS) Lotto Soudal 0:02:11    
10 Javier Megias Leal (ESP) Novo Nordisk 0:02:15