Former cyclocross rider Lars Boom won Sunday’s challenging opening-day time trial at the 68th Paris-Nice. His cyclocross skills must have come in very handy on the tough course.
On a hilly course replete with cobblestones, wind and cold weather, the 2008 world cyclocross champion blasted to victory ahead of Jens Voigt and Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) in the 8km prologue in Monfort-l’Amaury.
Theo Bos (Cervélo TestTeam) won his second sprint within a week and Frantisek Rabon (HTC-Columbia) wrapped up the overall in Sunday’s final stage at the five-day Vuelta a Murcia in Spain. Keep reading below for a roundup of stages 3 – 5.
South Africans Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey are doing us proud at the Vuelta a Murcia. The race is held over five stages around Murcia, Spain and is part of the UCI Europe Tour.
Daryl Impey placed 5th for Team RadioShack as Robbie Hunter won the first stage of Tour of Murcia. Lance Armstrong and the rest of the Radioshack team came in same time safely in the bunch.
Monaco’s Cycling Federation has handed a two-year suspension to former Silence-Lotto rider Thomas Dekker for an EPO positive that resulted from the re-testing of an old sample last year. His suspension will end on July 1 of 2011. Dekker did not challenge his suspension and has said he will not appeal. The 25-year-old Dekker has said that he intends to return to the sport.
Alberto Contador stared adversity in the face yet again as he stormed to victory in the 2010 Volta ao Algarve this weekend.
Forced to ride a replacement bike in Sunday’s 17.3km individual time trial after a late-hour UCI ban sidelined his Specialized Shiv TT bike, Contador still managed to claim overall victory on Sunday at the five-day Volta ao Algarve in his first race since winning last year’s Tour de France.
The SA Road Championships took place on a circuit course through the suburbs of Klerksdorp on Friday.
The championship was raced over 15 laps of 11.2km which consisted of loads of sharp corners and short steep climbs. The elite and u23 riders race together in the midday sun forming a bunch of 180 riders.
Yesterday saw the SA national TT champs taking place in Klerksdorp. The riders woke to great conditions, with the heat and humid weather definitely helping the riders from the coast to adjust to the altitude without too many problems. Kevin Evans rode a spectacular race to win his first national road jersey on the 38km course.