Weekly Wrap January 25, 2015
In this Weeks Weekly Wrap: Cavendish swears at a reporter in Argentina, Dennis wins in Australia, cycling isn’t the worst and plenty of bike porn.
Post Wrap Up
Tour de San Luis Wrap
Probably the biggest story coming out of Argentina and the Tour de San Luis this week had nothing to do with the race itself. In a pre-race press conference with a number of the big names, Mark Cavendish got a little upset with one of the questions and responded in memorable fashion, much to the surprise of teammate Michael Kwiatkowski.
“Can you tell me 100% that one of these journalists isn’t f***ing your wife?”
Here is the full video.
When racing got underway, the Manx Missile would have to settle for second place in the stages 1 and 2 as young Colombian Fernando Gaviria turned some heads by beating the favorite. Cav would get his revenge on the final day though, taking his first win of the season.
The Tour de San Luis was not one for the favorites. Understandable since they are just starting their season. Nairo Quintana missed out on the overall, losing to Argentinian Daniel Diaz who took the leaders jersey by winning stage 2 and solidified his lead with another win in stage 4. Quintana made it to the podium, finishing in third.
Canadian Hugo Houle, of AG2R, put down an impressive performance by finishing 3rd in stage 5’s individual time trial, 1 second behind World Champion Kwiatkowski.
Tour Down Under News
On the other side of the world, the Aussie were kicking off the season in Adelaide with the Tour Down Under. The race was former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans’ last World Tour race and the former World Champion was among the favorites as he looked for a memorable send off.
As usual the race came down to the Queen Stage at Willunga Hill. At the start of the stage, Evans’ BMC teammate Rohan Dennis was in the leaders jersey which left Sky’s Rickie Porte with a lot of work to do. Dennis had taken the lead by winning stage 3’s uphill finish which looked good for the young Aussie as he prepares for an attempt at the hour record in the coming weeks.
As expect, Porte attack on the last assent of Willunga Hill and slowly dropped his competition with Dennis being the last man on his wheel. Porte soloed away to victory but, unfortunately for the man from Tasmania, the gap wasn’t big enough and Dennis hung on to the overall by 2 seconds.
2015 marked the first year since 2004 that the final podium for the Tour Down Under was made up of all Australians with Dennis, Porte, and Evans going 1, 2, 3 respectively.
Another notable performance was that of Jack Bobridge. Bobridge, who rides for Australian Continental team Budget Forklifts, took the leaders jersey after the peloton miss judged the breakaway in stage 1 allowing Bobridge to take the stage win. He continued to be active in breakaways all week and took home enough points to claim the King of the Mountains competition. Like Dennis, Bobridge was using the Tour Down Under as part of his preparation for an attempt at the hour record.
Cycling is not the Worst
There has been an infograph making its way around the internet that shows the worst offenders when it comes to positive dopping tests in sports for 2014. Surprisingly, since there is so much attention on it, cycling was only in fourth place with 16 positive tests. Athletics (95), baseball (62), and weightlifting (28) all had more positive tests.
The infograph breaks the numbers down more showing that only 3 of cycling’s 16 positive have took place at the World Tour level with the majority occurring at the Continental level. It also showed a major discrepancy between males and females, with only 1 female racer testing positive. That’s a discrepancy they wont be complaining about.
New Season, New Bikes
Just like last week where we looked at all the new kits of the World Tour teams for 2015, Cycling Tips has provided a wonderful round up of all the beautiful new bikes for the 2015 season. For all of you into that kind of thing, it really is bike porn. Link here.
If you like that kind of stuff, don’t worry cause there will be more to come on the bikes of the pro peloton for 2015 here at The Wannabe Racer. So check back for that.