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If you missed yesterday’s world champs road race for men, then you missed a cracking race! The racing was brilliant but Mother Nature decided to intervene to see who was really deserving of the rainbow jersey!

For those of us that did get to watch the race on TV, we all got to see it from the perspective of the moto-cams that ride in front or next to the riders. It showed us the racing as we have become accustomed to seeing it. But thanks to the team at Shimano, they have released a video that gives us a different view of the racing – from the perspective of the team cars following the racing.

Here you get to see how Mother Nature determined who was strong enough to make it to the finish.

My hat off to all the riders that took part – it was a tough race!


Stage 5 of The Tour of South Africa (Copyright: Michelle Cound -

24 February 2011

Stage 5: Oudtshoorn to Barrydale: 153 km

A Warm welcome and hot weather was the call of the day at the fifth stage of The Cell C Tour of South Africa which saw Team D’ Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo take top honours for the second day in a row.  Kristian House however remains GC leader.

The first 20 kilometres of the race saw a few breakaway attempts, but the bunch kept pulling them back.  Eventually though, at about 70 kilometres into the race there was a six man breakaway consisting of Tyler Day (Bonitas), Jeremy Maartens (DCM), Clinton Hendricks (Tasol-GT), Estafinos Gebresilassie (UCI Africa Mixed Team), Frank Dressler-Lehnhof (Differdange-Magic Sport Food) and Gregory Habeaux (Veranda’s Willems-Accent) –  this just before the first KOM hot spot.

As the riders kept climbing, they increased the gap from the peloton to about 3min55” at 84kms eventually pushing through and with just 60km to go and a great lead of 4minutes 15 seconds.

Maartens and Habeaux were the last surviving members of the break and were swallowed up with 7km to go by the peloton, lead by MTN-Qhubeka. This action packed stage ended with a massive bunch riding  furiously toward the finish, but it was Team  D’Angelo & Andenucci-Nippo’s Bernardo Riccio, considered one of the best climbers in the world that took top honours.

Tomorrow’s Queen stage will be the defining stage for the general classification.  House still has an overall lead of 2.22 and is looking forward to the penultimate stage of the inaugural Cell C Tour of South Africa.   The race starts in Hermanus and includes four categorized climbs before finishing in Stellenbosch.

The results for stage 5 are as follows:

  1. Bernado Riccio (43) D`Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo – 04:34’04”
  2. Daryl Impey (57) MTN Qhubeka – 04:34’04”
  3. Christoff Van Heerden (119) MTN Qhubeka – 04:34’04”

The competition leaders at the start of stage 5 (Copyright: Michelle Cound -

Young supporters cheering the riders on (Copyright:

The peloton taking in the beautiful South African countryside (Copyright:

Domnik Ivo (TT RAiko Aragon 18) under the hot South African sun (Copyright:

The peloton on stage 5 (Copyright:

The peloton climbs the first pass during stage 5 (Copyright:

The peloton climbs the first pass during stage 5 (Copyright:

Riders on the descent after the first pass (Copyright:

The break pulling away from the peloton (Copyright: Michelle Cound -

Bernado Riccio wins Stage 5 (Copyright: Michelle Cound -

On the podium: Daryl Impey, Kristian House and Bernado Riccio

Fabienne Heinzmann on the cover of Cyclepassion 2011

For those of you who are still wondering about what to get for xmas, or if you are the girlfriend of a cyclist and not sure what to get him, then look no further. The 2011 Cyclepassion calendar is by far the best cycling calendar in the time it has been around. Very tasetfully done, while showing off the top road and mountain biking women racers in a way we’ve never seen them before.

Well, here are some video trailers for the calendar, tastefully put together by  Markus Neuert of Cyclefilm:

Calendar / DVD – 1 of 3

Calendar / DVD – 2 of 3

Calendar / DVD – 3 of 3

The 2011 Cyclepassion Athletes:

Willow Koerber (USA) – Trek/Subaru – MTB
Heather Irmiger (USA) – Trek/Subaru – MTB
Liz Hatch (USA) – Lotto Ladies Team – Road
Veronica Andreasson (Sweden) – Lotto Ladies Team – Road
Julie Krasniak – (France) Look – Road
Fabienne Heinzmann – (Switzerland) BMC – MTB
Mona Eiberweiser (Germany) – CentralPro – MTB
Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) Road/Cross

So, what are you waiting for?!

Well, it’s been a full year since The Tour of Britain was last here. And this year’s event did not disappoint. From the outset each stage tested the strength and determination of each team and by stage 3, they were moaning non-stop at how hard it was. So different from the 2009 event where they were moaning at how easy the race was. Seems which ever way the organiser’s take it, they just can’t win.  Oh, and don’t get me started on the home-based fans. When will they get it in their silly little heads that it’s an 8 day event. This means there are not enough days to get around the whole country. In order to do that, the ToB’s event status would need to increase (to maybe even ProTour) and take in at least two weeks of racing. Maybe then each and every town and region could be visited by The Tour. But until the UCI decides otherwise, the event is going to stay an 8-day race.

Anyway, this year I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the finish in Glastonbury for the 176km stage 5. The previous day’s stage was the hardest of the 2010 Tour, so they boys legs were going to be tired in the run into Glastonbury. For the full race report for Stage 5, click here.

Now, as I had a very cosy spot right by the finish line, I tried my best to take pictures of the riders as they came by. Here’s what I managed to get:

Glastonbury stage finish for The Tour of Britain

Dean Downing from Rapha Condor Sharp

The Honda lead car coming through the finish

Marco Frapporti

Marco Frapporti

Bradley Wiggins blowing a kiss to the crowd in celebration of his second place

Michael Golas

Pieter Ghyllebert

Garmin - Transitions' Dan Martin

Ronan Van Zandbeek

The bunch sprint

Stephen Cummings

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas

Cervelo's Dan Lloyd and Roger Hammond

Jeremy Hunt

Mark Renshaw

Mark Renshaw

HTC-Columbia's Mark Renshaw

Kit Gilham

Garmin's Cameron Meyer

Podium Girls' Lauren and Anna

Marco Frapporti

Michael Golas

Michael Albasini

Michael Albasini

By Peter Hodges

HTC – Columbia celebrate double success in London, as national Tour finishes on a high

The final podium at the 2010 Tour of Britain

Team HTC – Columbia celebrated winning The Tour of Britain in style as Andre Greipel took his third stage win of The Tour while Michael Albasini confirmed his overall victory to seal the Yellow Jersey presented by Bikeability.

Greipel took victory in the finishing sprint of The Tour, heading home Lucas Sebastien Haedo and Britain’s Roger Hammond in Newham to ensure that his HTC – Columbia team take four stage wins plus the overall prize from The Tour of Britain.

The Tour of Britain sprint finish in the Olympic and Paralympic Borough of Newham

In the General Classification standings, Greg Henderson used the time bonuses available at the intermediate Sprints to leapfrog Richie Porte and move into third spot overall, though at the top there was no change with Swiss rider Albasini holding onto his one minute and five second advantage over Borut Bozic of the Vacansoleil team.

Michael Albasini celebrates

Henderson also sealed victory in The Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey thanks to his fourth place in the bunch sprint, while Michal Golas kept hold of the Sprints Jersey, which the Vacansoleil team added to the King of the Mountains Jersey won by Johnny Hoogerland, who immediately after the finish donated his race jersey and numbers to The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Taking the honours of top British rider was Rob Partridge of Endura Racing in eighth place, two minutes thirty two second back, while Motorpoint – Marshalls Pasta came sixth in the standings to take the honours as best of the five British domestic UCI Continental teams in The Tour, head of ProTour opposition like Garmin – Transitions.

Kicking off proceedings before the grand finale of The Tour of Britain was The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride, which saw cyclists and celebrities ‘UniteByCycling’ to enjoy the Newham circuit in sunny conditions to take on the challenge of Stage Eight while helping to combat prostate cancer.

Speaking at the final stage of The Tour of Britain, John Neate, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, explains: “It was fantastic to see almost 1,000 amateur cyclists warming up the tarmac for the pros in the final stage of The Tour of Britain.  Almost 4,000 people across the UK have united behind the cause on two wheels to measure themselves against the cycling elite. We are incredibly pleased to be partnered with The Tour of Britain and we hope to build the success of these unique sportive events further next year.”

Cyclists get a further chance to ride a Tour of Britain stage on Sunday 26th September, when The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride takes place at Stoke-on-Trent over the tough of Stage Two of The Tour.  To find out more visit

Racing in sunny conditions and in front of large crowds on the 12 kilometre circuit was fast from the drop of the flag, by Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, with AN Post Sean Kelly Cycling Team’s Matt Brammeier being particularly active.

The Irish National Champion was soon on the attack by himself, spending the first couple of laps out front alone before he was caught by a strung out peloton.  For that move, plus his part in a later breakaway, Brammeier earned himself the day’s Honda Combativity Award for the stages’ most aggressive rider.

Brammeier was reeled in by the Sky led peloton in time for Henderson to snatch victory at the opening hot spot Sprint, moving him level on time with Porte.  Two laps later and Henderson once again headed the field as they sprinted for the line, elevating himself onto the podium at the expense of the Australian.

A more sizeable break then got away, instigated by Cervelo’s Jeremy Hunt, who circulated alone at first before being joined by Brammeier, Tom Barras, Peter Williams and Wouter Sybrandy.  The quintet worked well together to build up a 30 second lead, but with HTC – Columbia and Sky on the front of the main field working for Greipel and Henderson the advantage was never going to be maintained.

Once reeled in the peloton could set itself up for the finishing sprint, taking in one final high speed tour of Newham, London’s Olympic and Paralympic Borough before turning onto the long, straight finishing line.

Bursting through to take his third win of The Tour was Greipel, who adds victory in London to wins in Blackpool and Great Yarmouth.  Behind Haedo enjoyed another good day in the sprints, with Hammond taking third to end his home Tour on a high note.

Team HTC - Columbia celebrate their victory

Stage Eight Results

1) Andre Greipel                            Team HTC – Columbia               1h 57m 07s

2) Lucas Sebastien Haedo             Team Saxo Bank                       @ same time

3) Roger Hammond                       Cervelo Test Team                     @ same time

Honda Combativity Award Winner: Matt Brammeier       AN Post Sean Kelly Cycling Team

Final General Classification standings (after eight stages)

1) Michael Albasini                        Team HTC – Columbia               29h 23m 47s

2) Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    @ 1m 05s

3) Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  @ 1m 10s

Final Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey standings (after eight stages)

1) Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  74pts

2) Borut Bozic                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    68pts

3) Koen de Kort                            Skil – Shimano                          50pts

Final King of the Mountains Jersey standings (after eight stages)

1) Johnny Hoogerland                   Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    56pts

2) Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       45pts

3) Wout Poels                               Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    31pts

Final Sprints Jersey standings (after eight stages)

1) Michal Golas                             Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    34pts

2) Richie Porte                              Team Saxo Bank                       22pts

3) Greg Henderson                        Sky Professional Cycling Team  21pts

Final Team General Classification (after eight stages)

1) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team                88h 08m 02s

2) Sky Professional Cycling Team              @ 6m 15s

3) Team Saxo Bank                                   @ 24m 42s

The Tour of Britain is proud to be partnered with The Prostate Cancer Charity.  Don’t forget this September your chance to follow in the wheel tracks of the professionals and ride three stages from The Tour of Britain.  Go to to find out more!

Lene Byberg

You’ve all heard about or seen the CyclePassion calendar series. Well, production of the 2011 version is well under way and here is a sneak peak of what we can expect in next year’s version.

But here’s an added bonus from the CyclePassion crew  – they have produced a documentary DVD about the elite women cyclists of Cyclepassion 2011.

The blurb they’ve put together for this as is follows:

How boring would life be without a bit of ‘over-the-top(less)ness’ from time to time See the revealing story behind the Calendar. The Cyclepassion crew has given us exclusive access to their photo shoots to produce a documentary DVD about the elite women cyclists of Cyclepassion 2011. The first shoot was with Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger of the Subaru Gary Fisher/Trek MTB Team after the Offenburg UCI World Cup.

So here it is:

Make sure you get the 2011 calendar on your xmas wish list. It looks like it’s going to be a good one!

Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesja


The Orbea - For Goodness Shakes Men's and Woman's Team for 2010

Just under two weeks ago, the Sunday following the Endura Team launch, I attended the launch of the newly created Orbea-For Goodness Shakes cycling team.  The launch took place at the Redbridge Cycling Centre, or Hog Hill as it’s known to many of the cyclists that frequent its track.

But this was a launch like no other in the UK. Why? Well, because its the only UK professional cycling to also announce a woman’s cycling squad in their team line up.

Together with my friend Peter from Shutt Velo Rapide, we saw the day start off with team manager, Stephen Charles, introducing the men’s squad and then the woman’s squad to the waiting audience, which included team sponsors, friends and family. But the second main announcement for the day was that the woman’s squad was being headed up by Olympic Individual Pursuit Gold Medallist, Rebecca Romero MBE.


The Orbea-For Goodness Shakes Woman's Squad (From L-R: Caroline Gammel, Janet Birkmyre, Rebecca Romero, Emilie Fisher, Cassie Gledhill)

According to the team’s offical press release for the launch:

The Men’s Squad brings together a talented mix of youth and experience, captained by the former GB rider Andy Lyons. With the experience of Lyons, Dean Shannon and Ben Thompson to guide them, expectations are high for the talented youngsters, Dan Kogan, Marcel Six, Steven Griffiths, Lewis Atkins and Kristian Downs to come through and shine in the mixture of Domestic and Continental racing the team will undertake in 2010.

With Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Romero MBE heading the Women’s Squad alongside Multiple National and World Masters Champion Janet Birkmyre, Cassie Gledhill, Caroline Wojcik-Gammell and Emilie Fisher, there is a wealth of talent and experience designed to deliver results on the road, in time trials and on the track.

Following the UCI’s decision to eliminate the individual pursuit from the Olympic programme, Romero has decided to turn to the Road Time Trial and will aim for glory at September’s World Road Championships in Melbourne. By joining the OFGS squad, this will give her the opportunity to focus on the road and develope her time trial skills.


The Orbea-For Goodness Shakes 2010 Men's Squad (From L-R back row: mechanic Andrew Brown, James Whatling, Kristian Downs, Andy Lyons, Stephen Charles, Matt Ewings, Ben Thompson, Marcel Six, mechanic Dan Kouglan. Front row L-R: Dean Shannon, Adam Norris, Lewis Atkins, Steven Griffiths, Dan Kogan)

The Orbea – For Goodness Shakes Men’s Squad are:

The Orbea – For Goodness Shakes Woman’s Squad are:

Looking at this line up, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of the team this year, in both the men’s and woman’s racing!

And don’t forget to check out the team’s Facebook page, and you can also follow them on Twitter if you’d like to be kept up to date with the their developments and progress.