Team SKY, Lotto Belisol, BMC Racing Team, Garmin Sharp, ORICA-GreenEDGE; a small selection of the 19 men’s professional road cycling teams in cycling’s top division. I’m certain readers here would be able to recall all, or most of them, if put on the spot. Now, how many women’s teams come to mind? How about female … Continue reading
Eligible to race again following a two-year suspension for EPO use, Iran’s Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor returned to the peloton in time to participate in arguably the hardest event on the UCI AsiaTour. His star-studded Tabriz Petrochemical Team took control of the 2’002km race from the third stage, which he won, opening a lead which would … Continue reading
When Sacha Modolo today won his sixth stage in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake, he joined an exclusive club of riders who have achieved the same feat in a single race. With a final stage remaining, he could become the first rider to ever win seven stages in one edition of an AsiaTour stage … Continue reading
In winning today’s 123 kilometre stage, Sacha Modolo joined Australian Allan Davis (2007) and Slovenian Luka Mezgec (2012) with five stage wins in a single edition of Tour of Qinghai Lake. Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox’s unstoppable sprinter also took his home country’s total stage wins to 19, since the race was inaugurated in 2002.
With appearances in Tour of Qinghai Lake, Tour of Hainan and Tour of Taihu ticked off in the second-half of his 2012 season, Benjamin Giraud was in China a lot last year; the 27-year old Frenchman graced the podium seven times, but always with another rider standing taller beside him. Today, he finally made the … Continue reading
The worrying thing for Sacha Modolo’s rivals in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake is not the fact he won his fourth stage today, it’s the fact there are still four remaining. Does anyone else have a chance?
In May this year, Korea’s Cycling Federation advertised a unique opportunity on its website; the chance for one male Korean road cyclist to be a stagiaire on Australian ProTeam ORICA-GreenEDGE. With the rider due to be announced on or around July 30, Cycling iQ spoke with the team’s GM, Shayne Bannan, to find out more.
Points classification leader Sacha Modolo elevated the coveted green jersey further from the reach of his rivals, completing a hat-trick of victories in this year’s race so far and continuing to frustrate ProTeam squad Lampre-Merida’s search for its elusive first stage win in China.
By way of a monstrous 34.8km climb from 2’739m to 4’117m, Continental Team Astana’s Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy realized his first stage win in a UCI professional event and catapulted up into 2nd on GC behind Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhour, in the biggest shakeup of the general classification all week.
Under normal circumstances, individuals engaged in sporting activities above 4’000 metres are usually tethered to a safety apparatus of some sort. At 4’120 metres though – about the altitude a flight attendant offers passengers a hot towel – the only thing Tour of Qinghai Lake riders were clutching onto were a pair of handlebars; aluminium … Continue reading