Recent Road Cycling News
In a wild day of cycling in London, Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Vinokurov took the top spot on the men’s road cycling podium, followed closely behind by Columbia’s Rigoberto Uran. Vinokurov bettered his 3rd place finish in 2000 with his top performance today in London. While he was planning retirement following the 2012 season already, Vinokurov was more than happy to win the biggest race of his career during its final moments. Team Great Britain, who was considered a heavy favorite in the race, controlled the front of the peloton most of the day, but didn’t have enough in the end to top Vinokurov and the rest of the riders in front of them. The United States’ Taylor Phinney, finished just outside of podium position in fourth place.
The fourteenth stage of the 2012 Tour de France was lined up to be an epic battle including all of this year’s big names, jockeying for position in the overall individual time classification. The 119-mile stage ranging from Limoux to Foix was a beauty, with two massive climbs towards the end of the day. On the single-lane road up the Mur de Peguere, all the top contenders in the Tour were side by side, jammed in between a thick field of spectators. There is no explaining the grit riders show climbing the massive grades of the Tour de France. Once at the top, most of them are slightly relieved with the downhill race that follows. Unfortunately, that relief was marred at the top of the 9.3 km climb of the Mur de Peguere.
French rider Pierrick Fedrigo collected his fourth career Tour de France stage victory on Monday and his second in Pau. The 158.5km (99-mile) Stage 15 from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat, leading most race followers to believe that sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel would be racing for the stage victory. This wasn’t the case however; as a lead group of six riders (not including the aforementioned sprinters) went out from the get go, ultimately leaving Fedrigo and Garmin-Sharp’s Christian Vande Velde to fight it out for the sprint finish. With 200-meters to go, Fedrigo took off and Vande Velde could not counter.