Catch up with all of the happenings after a busy weekend of cycling from around the world.
Monday 15 Jun 2015

If you missed Stuart O'Grady on The Bike Lane then you missed something special. Catch up now with this most revealing of interviews with Matt Keenan doing the interrogation.

Ewan wraps up Tour of Korea title in Seoul.

Froome sends Tour warning with Dauphiné win.

Durasek solos to a Tour de Suisse stage victory.

Heartbreak for van Garderen as Froome steals the Dauphiné show.

 

The London World Naked Bike Ride was a protest event to raise awareness of issues such as safety of cyclists on the road, reducing oil dependence and saving the planet. The above was pretty much the most SFW image we could find.

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The Movistar team will be heading into the Tour de Fance with the clear favourite in its ranks and a team to match. Despite the exploits of Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana will be seen by many as the man to beat.

Included in the Movistar list is veteran Australian Rory Sutherland. 

One of the classiest sprinters to eve pull on a jersey, Alessandro Petacchi, has oficially retired at the age of 41. As you might expect of such a long career he piled up the wins, including an astounding 48 grand Tour stages.

Petacchi also won Milan-San Remo in 2005, Paris-Tours (2007) and the Scheldeprijs (2009).

Not unlike many of his generation he also served a ban for the performance enhancing drug Salbutamol, and like so many of his contempories he also denied using the substance.

Check out his career profile at Wikipedia.

 

Emma Johansson won the final stage of the Euskal Emakumeen Bira, her second for the Tour. She finished ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabobank-Liv Women) and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) to finish the five-day race with two wins, third overall and as the winner of the points classification. 

Niewiadoma topped the general classification ahead of Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) and  Johansson.

“It’s really nice after a hard spring to come here for six days of racing and come home with three victories,” Johansson said of her success at Euskal Emakumeen Bira and Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria.

“I gave it a crack today, I knew I needed to make a gap to be able to take the general classification but Niewiadoma has been glued to my wheel all week.

“But to have the team riding so strong is really nice too and it’s always special for me to race here as well.”

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Etixx-QuickStep's Tom Boonen won the 99th edition of the German Rund um Köln out of a reduced final group. Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was second, and Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Argon18) finished third. 

 

“I am of course happy about this victory," Boonen said. "There isn't often a chance to ride in Germany, so it's great to win there when I have the opportunity. It was a nice race. The first part was really up-and-down, left-and-right. There were steep and narrow roads, so it was a quite demanding parcours.

"In the longest climb of the day Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy-Vital Water) set a hard pace. The peloton exploded and we ended up with more than 20 guys ahead after this climb. Then we really went full gas and lost a few guys again. Then I eventually attacked, but I was followed by Gerdemann, Nikolas (Maes), and three other guys. We worked really well together, full speed, because the peloton was always chasing hard behind.

"When we entered into the local laps we had about a minute gap, so we played a little bit with the tactics. Nikolas and I tried to keep everybody together for the final sprint. Nikolas did a great job and I finished off the day's work by winning the race."