Slovakia’s Peter Sagan confirmed he was the most promising rider in the world peloton when he won the first stage of his first Tour de France on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Liquigas rider surged ahead in the tricky finale of the 198-km ride from Liege, on the wheel of prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, to snatch his 14th victory of the season.
Team Leopard-Trek is a new professional road racing team from Luxembourg led by the brothers Andy Schleck and Fränk Schleck, with Brian Nygaard and Kim Andersen as team managers. Other senior riders include veterans Jens Voigt, World Time Trial Champion Fabian Cancellara and Stuart O’Grady.
Fabian Cancellara reaffirmed that he is the fastest man against the clock by winning a record fourth time trial crown at the world road race cycling championships.
Cancellara clocked a winning time of 58 minutes 09 seconds for the tough 45.8km course. British rider David Millar was second in 59:11 and German Tony Martin took third in 59:21.
The host country for the 2010 edition of the UCI’s main event is Australia, one of the world’s great cycling nations. This is due to the growing success of the Tour Down Under, the UCI ProTour’s opening event, as well as the exploits of the best Aussies – in particular Cadel Evans and Jack Bobridge. Oceana is only the fourth continent the Road World champs has visited since its inception in 1927. The other three continents are Europe, America and Asia.
World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara proved once again that he is still the best there is. The Swiss Saxo Bank rider covered the 52 kilometres from Bordeaux to Pauillac in 1:00:56.
Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) once again delivered an exciting duel for the overall win in the Tour de France, with the Spaniard narrowly holding on to his lead in the final time trial of this year’s race
World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) donned the first yellow jersey of the 2010 Tour de France after easily winning the 8.9km prologue in Rotterdam on Saturday. Lance Armstrong had a good ride coming home in 4th, 22 seconds behind Cancellara.
Robert Gesink claimed a prestigious win on the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland Thursday to take command of the race.
The Rabobank climbing specialist attacked late on the third and final climb, crested the summit alone and raced the remaining 10km downhill to finish well ahead of an eight-man group of chasers.