Archive for January 26th, 2008

Action and interviews from stage 5 of the Tour Down Under — the toughest day of the tour.
Featuring Phil Liggett, stage winner and overall leader Andre Greipel, and British rider Jeremy Hunt.

Source: TDU Website

Germany’s Andre Griepel stomped on hopes of a local win to celebrate Australia Day when he claimed his third stage victory to take over the lead in the Tour Down Under.

The Team High Road cyclist sprinted home in a time of 3hr26min46sec edging out Australian Allan Davis (Australia-UniSA) and Spaniard Jose Benitez (Saunier Duval) after a 147 kilometre stage through the McLaren Vale wine growing region on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. His win has moved him to the top of the classification with a seven second buffer over Davis in second place. Spain’s Jose Rojas (Caisse d’Epargne) is sitting in third overall, 20 seconds off the race lead. Continue Reading »

Rated as one of the best sprinters in the world, Maximiliano Richeze took revenge on yesterday’s stage from La Toma to Merlo over 168.7kms with a clear cut win. Richeze makes a quantum leap in the standings to second overall behind race leader Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira). In a stage dominated by Argentinean riders, Garrido took second ahead of Anibal Borrajo (Colavita) who also sits third overall.

Best of the An Post team was Paidi O’Brien finishing in 30th place of the 198 starters. Continue Reading »

KUALA LUMPUR – RIDERS bound for Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 have regarded the Fraser’s Hill climb as “equally challenging” as the Genting climb with some expecting an open race and exciting competition in the race which starts in Alor Setar on Feb 9.

Some of the riders, who are now competing in the Tour Down Under, were of the opinion that the exclusion of Genting would not at all affect the excitement and competitiveness of the annual race.

For Credit Agricole’s new signing Simon Gerrans, despite Fraser’s Hill being at a lower level than Genting, he
predicts tough challenges ahead.

“I’ve never done Genting before as this will be my first ride in Le Tour de Langkawi. I’m not sure how it feels to
ride in Genting but my teammates who have done Genting told me that it would be really really tough so in a way, I’m kind of glad not to do it at this point of time,” said Gerrans who is currently competing in in Adelaide. Continue Reading »

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia’s first and most successful UCI Continental team Le Tua will be making their second appearance in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) with an eye on making a bigger impact than they did a year ago.

Starting Asia’s biggest cycling event from February 9 to 17 will be a team that comes fresh from a highly successful campaign in the Jelajah Malaysia, which saw their veteran Indonesian climber Tonton Susanto win the overall individual title, while sprinter Anuar Manan took the points classification.

The 35-year old Tonton, who hails from Jakarta, claimed his first ever overall victory in the Jelajah Malaysia thanks to a disciplined overall performance by hisMalaysian team.

“With time running out for me, that victory was a sweet one because after so many years of trying, I finally have an overall victory to savour,” said Tonton, who two weeks prior to Jelajah Malaysia had finished second overall in the Tour of Thailand behind Iran’s Ahad Kazemi Sarai. Continue Reading »

Source: TDU Website

After several attacks from the gun, after 20km we have a lead group of five that formed including Greg Henderson (NZl) of Team High Road, Carlo Westphal (Ger) of Gerolsteiner and Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) of Euskaltel – Euskadi, along with Julien Mazet (Fra) of Astana and Renaud Dion (Fra) from Ag2R-La Mondiale. At the 114km point, they were caught after spending over 90km off the front, even though their lead was over 4 minutes at one stage. The peloton cam back together for the climb of Willunga Hill and as expected, the fireworks started. Continue Reading »