Schlagwort-Archiv: Ian Boswell

Talansky is best on Baldy

American Andrew Talansky took a hard-fought victory atop Mt. Baldy on the fifth stage of Amgen Tour of California on Thursday. The 28-year-old out-sprinted race leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) in an uphill dash to the line to claim Cannondale-Drapac’s first WorldTour win of the season.

“I’m so happy,” Talansky said. “We needed that. That’s what happens when we have fun.

“We’re all overjoyed,” added Talansky. “The guys set it up on the stage. My form, as far as everyone else was concerned, was unknown coming into this, and the guys put full trust and full faith in me. I ended up losing a bit of time on Mt. Hamilton on Monday. Brendan Canty saved my day yesterday, the whole team did. I could have been a minute back after getting a flat at a bad time.”

He’s not a minute back. Instead Talansky will head into the penultimate stage in fourth overall with a 44-second deficit to Majka. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) is currently second at six seconds while Ian Boswell (Team Sky) is third at 25 seconds. The stage six individual time trial covers 24-kilometers around Big Bear Lake, which lies 2,000 meters above sea level.

“I’d prefer to be in the yellow jersey right now, but we won the stage today, and I’ll enjoy that,” said Talansky. “Tomorrow I’ll focus on the time trial. If we win this race, we win this race, and if we lose, we lose. Life goes on.

“Rafal is a great time trialist,” Talansky added. “I like my chances, but I can’t underestimate what he will do tomorrow. I have no doubt that we’ll both go out there and give it everything we have. Whoever ends up on top, ends up on top.”

HOW IT HAPPENED
It was a fast, frantic start to the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Thursday’s race took in 125 kilometers with over 3,600 meters of climbing between Ontario and the top of Mt. Baldy. The category one summit finish has four times featured in the Amgen Tour of California, including in 2011 – Talansky’s first participation in the race.

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3. Etappe Tour of the Alps – Team Sky bläst zur Attacke

Auch die 3. Etappe litt unter der kalten Witterung und die geplante Passage des 2000 Meter hohen Würzjoches wurde gestrichen, das Ende der auf 136km verkürzten Etappe von Villaabassa/Niederdorf zur Bergankunft in Funes / Villnöß blieb unverändert.

Obwohl nur mit 6 statt 8 möglichen Fahrern zur Rundfahrt angetreten, übernahm Team SKY in der 2. Hälfte der Etappe eindrucksvoll das Kommando.


TeamSKY_Kennaugh_Deignan_Thomas_Boswell_Elissonde_Landa

Im 12 Kilometer langen Anstieg zur Alpe Rodengo ,40 Kilometer vor dem Ziel, gaben Peter Kennaugh und Ian Boswell mächtig Gas an der Spitze des Hauptfeldes, das daraufhin deutlich schrumpfte und es gelang ihnen so, zum Beispiel Thibault Pinot /FDJ) von seinen Helfern zu isolieren.

Auch der Abstand zur Gruppe des Tages mit Davide Orrico (Sangemini), Leigh Howard (Aqua Blue Sport) und Filippo Fortin (Tirol Cycling) schmolz sehr schnell, zwischenzeitlich hatte der Abstand fast 6 Minuten betragen.

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Teamvorstellung Tour of the Alps

3 Aufnahmen von der Teamvorstellung:

1.) Team SKY

mit Philip Deignan, Peter Kennaugh, Vorjahressieger Mikel Landa,Kenny Elissonde, Ian Boswell, Geraint Thomas und DS Dario Cioni

2.) BORA HansGrohe

mit Emanuel Buchmann, Andreas Schillinger, Jose Mendes, Rüdiger Selig, Jan Barta, Silvio Herklotz und Pascal Ackermann, der als Sprinter an der Streckenführung sicherlich seine helle Freude hat…..
:-)

3.)

ANDRONI – Sidermec

mit u.a. Francesco Gavazzi und Davide Ballerini

Text/Foto

Gerhard Plomitzer

www.plomi.smugmug.com