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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion:
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Today's Racing

The Tour de Luxembourg starts today. First off is a prologue stage, a 2.67 km time trial.

UCI Rider, Team & Country Rankings - May 31

Sorry, I should have posted these post-Giro d'Italia rankings a couple of days ago.

Here are the rider rankings along with their previous positions:

Rank Prev. Rider Team (Code) Points
1 1 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 338
2 23 CONTADOR Alberto TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 307
3 2 PORTE Richie TEAM SKY (SKY) 304
4 3 KRISTOFF Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 237
5 4 DEGENKOLB John TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 232
6 5 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 230
7 46 ARU Fabio ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 212
8 10 URAN URAN Rigoberto ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 209
9 6 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 196
10 7 KWIATKOWSKI Michal ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 195
11 8 QUINTANA Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 189
12 9 THOMAS Geraint TEAM SKY (SKY) 184
13 11 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 178
14 12 ALAPHILIPPE Julian ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 165
15 13 SPILAK Simon TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 163
16 14 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 156
17 17 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 155
18 15 STYBAR Zdenek ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 152
19 79 LANDA MEANA Mikel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 148
20 16 TERPSTRA Niki ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 140
21 18 SAGAN Peter TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 136
22 21 ZAKARIN Ilnur TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 134
23 19 HENAO Sergio Luis TEAM SKY (SKY) 130
24 20 PINOT Thibaut FDJ (FDJ) 130
25 22 DENNIS Rohan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 115
26 24 BOOM Lars ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 101
27 - HESJEDAL Ryder TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 96
28 25 YATES Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 92
29 - AMADOR Andrey MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 91
30 26 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 88
31 27 GALLOPIN Tony LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 82
32 28 PAOLINI Luca TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 80
33 - KRUIJSWIJK Steven TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 80
34 29 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 76
35 30 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 73
36 31 FROOME Christopher TEAM SKY (SKY) 70
37 32 DUMOULIN Tom TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 70
38 - KONIG Leopold TEAM SKY (SKY) 70
39 33 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 62
40 34 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING (IAM) 56
41 35 KREUZIGER Roman TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 54
42 89 CARUSO Damiano BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 54
43 36 VANMARCKE Sep TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 52
44 37 FERNANDEZ Ruben MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 52
45 38 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 52
46 39 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 52
47 40 BONIFAZIO Niccolo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 51
48 41 TRENTIN Matteo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 50
49 42 BENOOT Tiesj LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 50
50 43 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 48
51 44 ROELANDTS Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 48
52 - TROFIMOV Yury TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 48
53 45 KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 46
54 - GENIEZ Alexandre FDJ (FDJ) 44
55 47 CANCELLARA Fabian TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 41
56 48 VALLS FERRI Rafael LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 41
57 49 VANDENBERGH Stijn ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 40
58 50 SCARPONI Michele ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 40
59 56 ATAPUMA Darwin BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 40
60 51 IMPEY Daryl ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 39
61 86 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 39
62 52 POELS Wouter TEAM SKY (SKY) 36
63 - MODOLO Sacha LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 36
64 53 MORENO Daniel TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 34
65 54 IZAGUIRRE Gorka MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 32
66 - MONFORT Maxime LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 32
67 55 MAJKA Rafal TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 31
68 57 LAMPAERT Yves ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 30
69 58 CIMOLAI Davide LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 30
70 97 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 27
71 77 GREIPEL André LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 26
72 - KANGERT Tanel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 24
73 59 VUILLERMOZ Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 23
74 95 TIRALONGO Paolo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 23
75 60 BRESCHEL Matti TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 22
76 87 NIZZOLO Giacomo TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 22
77 61 ROWE Luke TEAM SKY (SKY) 20
78 - ULISSI Diego LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 20
79 - VIVIANI Elia TEAM SKY (SKY) 20
80 115 INTXAUSTI Benat MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 19
81 92 KIRYIENKA Vasil TEAM SKY (SKY) 18
82 - MOINARD Amaël BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 17
83 - FORMOLO Davide TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 16
84 - POLANC Jan LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 16
85 - KEISSE Iljo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 16
86 62 PANTANO Jarlinson IAM CYCLING (IAM) 15
87 63 KELDERMAN Wilco TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 14
88 76 FELLINE Fabio TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 14
89 80 LOBATO Juan Jose MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 14
90 64 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 12
91 - CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM CYCLING (IAM) 12
92 65 BAUER Jack TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 10
93 66 YATES Adam ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 10
94 - BETANCUR Carlos Alberto AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 10
95 93 DURBRIDGE Luke ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 10
96 67 MARTIN Tony ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 10
97 68 MALORI Adriano MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 10
98 107 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 9
99 69 WELLENS Tim LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 8
100 - NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel TEAM SKY (SKY) 8
101 - VISCONTI Giovanni MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 8
102 - CLARKE Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 8
103 78 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING (IAM) 8
104 70 CHERNETSKI Sergei TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 8
105 - HOFLAND Moreno TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 8
106 - PELUCCHI Matteo IAM CYCLING (IAM) 8
107 71 MARTIN Daniel TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 7
108 72 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 7
109 73 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 7
110 74 SLAGTER Tom Jelte TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 6
111 - GESCHKE Simon TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 6
112 - MEZGEC Luka TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 6
113 75 KUENG Stefan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 6
114 111 PORSEV Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 5
115 105 GERRANS Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 5
116 81 NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 4
117 82 BENNETT George TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 4
118 - KLUGE Roger IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
119 - REICHENBACH Sébastien IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
120 83 BAKELANTS Jan AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 4
121 84 WESTRA Lieuwe ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 4
122 85 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ (FDJ) 4
123 - LAGUTIN Sergey TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
124 - GRETSCH Patrick AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 2
125 91 LINDEMAN Bertjan TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
126 - MARANGONI Alan TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 2
127 88 DANIELSON Thomas TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 2
128 90 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 2
129 94 BODNAR Maciej TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 2
130 96 VALLEE Boris LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 2
131 - ROSA Diego ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
132 116 ROGERS Michael TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 1
133 99 BOUET Maxime ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1
134 - CHAVES Jhoan Esteban ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 1
135 108 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1
136 - HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
137 102 BELKOV Maxim TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
138 109 REZA Kévin FDJ (FDJ) 1
139 114 RICHEZE Maximiliano Ariel LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
140 106 MEERSMAN Gianni ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1
141 98 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
142 100 TAARAMAE Rein ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
143 101 HAAS Nathan TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 1
144 103 VAN DER SANDE Tosh LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 1
145 104 BRANDLE Matthias IAM CYCLING (IAM) 1
146 110 POZZATO Filippo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
147 112 BRUTT Pavel TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 1
148 113 NIELSEN Magnus Cort ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 1
149 117 SOLER Marc MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
150 118 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1

Team Rankings:

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Points
1 1 ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 861
2 2 TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 844
3 3 TEAM SKY (SKY) 758
4 4 MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 743
5 10 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 553
6 7 TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 550
7 5 BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 463
8 6 ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 394
9 8 LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 354
10 9 TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 314
11 12 LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 260
12 11 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 245
13 14 FDJ (FDJ) 179
14 13 TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 165
15 16 TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 158
16 17 CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 135
17 15 IAM CYCLING (IAM) 99

Country Rankings:

Rank Prev. Country Points
1 1 SPAIN 1096
2 2 AUSTRALIA 660
3 3 COLOMBIA 583
4 6 ITALY 553
5 5 NETHERLANDS 479
6 4 FRANCE 473
7 7 GREAT BRITAIN 376
8 8 BELGIUM 376
9 9 GERMANY 278
10 12 CZECH REPUBLIC 276
11 10 NORWAY 237
12 11 POLAND 228
13 17 RUSSIA 197
14 13 PORTUGAL 196
15 15 SLOVENIA 185
16 14 SWITZERLAND 169
17 16 SLOVAKIA 136
18 - CANADA 96
19 - COSTA RICA 91
20 18 DENMARK 75
21 19 SOUTH AFRICA 39
22 24 ESTONIA 25
23 23 BELARUS 18
24 20 NEW ZEALAND 14
25 21 UNITED STATES 9
26 22 IRELAND 7
27 26 ARGENTINA 1
28 25 AUSTRIA 1

MTN-Qhubeka announces Tour de France Team

MTN-Qhubeka made the following announcement:

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are set to make history when they become the first African registered cycling team to participate in the Tour de France this year. To be on the start line of Le Tour is a huge step forward for our team and a massive milestone for African cycling. The opportunity comes with great responsibility and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the Grand Depart with clear objectives and a strong team. 7 African riders and 4 internationals make the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung Tour de France squad.

Here is the long list of nine riders from which seven will be selected to ride the Tour:

LottoNL-Jumbo also preparing for Tour de France

This news came from the Dutch Team:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo Sports Director Merijn Zeeman intends to get in the mix with his riders daily in the Critérium du Dauphiné, from June 7 to 14. Wilco Kelderman wants to prepare as well as possible for the Tour de France, which starts July 4 in Utrecht.

The 24-year-old Dutchman went on a three-week altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Last year, he finished fourth overall after having completed the Giro d’Itaila. This season he’ll ride the Dauphiné in the run-up to the Tour.

“Last year, the race was a like a desert for me, this time it’s about preparation,” Kelderman said. “That’s different of course. I don’t know how my shape is exactly, although I have been able to train properly in Spain.

“I’m aiming for a good result, but the most important thing is to end the race with a nice feeling. After the final stage, I still have three weeks before the start of the Tour. That is quite long.”

After the Dauphiné, he will remain in the Alps to train.

Wilco Kelderman

Wilco Kelderman at the 2014 Vuelta a Espana

Merijn Zeeman: “We’re not completely focused on Wilco,” Zeeman explained. He will travel to France early this week to recon some Tour stages.

“Everyone is allowed to ride for his own chances. Martijn Keizer has a Giro in his legs and George Bennett should be able to perform on this course. The others are in shape, as well. We head into the race with ambitions to achieve a result every day. For that, we need to be aggressive.”

The 24.5-kilometre team time trial on day three needs extra attention. The team wants to improve itself “as there’s one in the Tour de France, as well,” Zeeman continued. “It is an important part of the race.

“Mathieu Heijboer is our TT specialist and he will be present in the Dauphiné to make sure the preparation runs as smoothly as possible. This week we have TTT training scheduled in Holland as well.”

Team line-up: George Bennett, Brian Bulgac, Jos van Emden, Martijn Keizer, Wilco
Kelderman, Bram Tankink, Dennis van Winden & Maarten Wynants.

Sports Directors: Erik Dekker, Merijn Zeeman & Mathieu Heijboer.

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