Schlagwort-Archive: Ben O’Connor

Etoile de Bessèges – Etappe 4

Le Pont du Gard – Le Mont Bouquet (138,7 km)
1 Ben O’Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling Team 3:20:29
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:16
3 Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Team 0:00:16
4 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:26
5 Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:29
6 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Arkéa – Samsic 0:00:33
7 Laurens Huys (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:00:36
8 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:36
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:38
10 Daniel Alejandro Mendez Noreña (Col) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:41
11 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:52
12 Damien Touzé (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:56
13 Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:56
14 Michael Valgren Hundahl (Den) NTT Pro Cycling Team 0:00:56
15 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:00:56

Gesamtwertung
1 Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:24:17
2 Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:24
3 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:40
4 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:00:43
5 Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:45
6 Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:01:12
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:25
8 Laurens Huys (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:01:28
9 Damien Touzé (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:29
10 Daniel Alejandro Mendez Noreña (Col) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:01:33

Ben O’ Connor soloed to an impressive victory on stage 4 of Etoile de Bessèges for NTT Pro Cycling.

It was an inspired team performance that set Ben O’Connor up for the win on stage 4 of the Etoile de Bessèges. Initially, O’Connor made it into the early break of the day with 6 other riders but with 55km to go of the 138km stage, NTT Pro Cycling looked to shake up proceedings by relentlessly attacking from the peloton.
First, Andreas Stokbro made a move but he was brought back by the main group. Then Michael Gogl jumped clear and he got a slight gap before two others bridged to him. We then had Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren also attack the peloton just a few kilometers later, as they looked to bridge across to Gogl.
With around 30km to go, the Boasson Hagen and Valgren group caught both the Gogl and O’Connor leading group almost simultaneously, giving NTT Pro Cycling 4 riders in a lead group of 11 riders. Our quartet took charge of the front group and drove the pace all the way to foot of the 4.5km finishing climb, arriving at its base some 40″ ahead of the main field.

O’Connor set the pace as soon as they turned onto the uphill gradient and one-by-one, the remaining riders were distanced until only Simon Clarke (EF Education) remained.
As O’Connor had done all the work on the climb, Clarke thought he had the advantage and attacked our young Australian with just over 2km to go. O’Connor was equal to him and not only followed the move but also counter-attacked, twice, while also keeping the chasers from the main field at bay too.
It was the third surge that came at 1km to go from O’Connor that was the telling blow though. He got the gap on the EF rider and soloed to an incredible stage victory, just reward after a superb team performance.

Ben O’Connor
„We got the stage win! It was awesome teamwork from the boys, they really took the race on. I was upfront early and then Michael (Valgren), Eddy and (Michael) Gogl came across and really took the race on. We gave it our best shot and blew it to pieces. In the end, I was able to finish off their work so it was a team win today. It was absolutely perfect, what we were able to do. It gives us confidence for the upcoming races, that we can be up there with the best in the world.”

Stefan Denifl vor Ö-Tour-Gesamtsieg, Zoidl der unbelohnte Held des Tages


Denifl am Glockner

Die Glockneretappe wurde zum fast perfekten Jubeltag für Österreich! Stefan Denifl verteidigte seine Gesamtführung und fährt morgen mit Gelb nach Wels! Der tragische Held des Tages war Ex-Rundfahrtssieger Riccardo Zoidl, der knapp nicht „Glocknerkönig“ wurde und sich auch im Kampf um den Etappensieg mit dem zweiten Platz begnügen musste. Und das nach einer Flucht von knappen 200 Kilometern!


Der neue „Glocknerkönig“ Pieter Weening

Die heutige Glockneretappe begann bei Sonnenschein, was sich später noch ändern sollte, mit rasantem Tempo. Nach dem Start in Kitzbühel bliesen fünf Fahrer auf dem Felbertauern zum Angriff: Neben Ex-Toursieger Riccardo Zoidl, der kurz vor Lienz zu Sturz kam, waren auch auch Tour de France-Etappensieger Pieter Weening, Ben O’Connor, Anthony Perez und Pöggstall-Etappensieger Tom-Jelte Slagter vertreten. Bei Lienz hatte das Quintett bereits 2:35 Minuten Vorsprung auf das dezimierte Feld mit allen Favoriten um den Gesamtführenden Stefan Denifl. Dahinter folgte eine rund 30-köpfige Verfolgergruppe mit über vier Minuten Rückstand.

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Lineup & Preview: Tour of Austria

On Sunday, July 2, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka lines up for Tour of Austria with a strong and very motivated team ready to fight for glory every day.

The opening stage of the race is a short prologue. However, despite its distance of only 800 meters, it’s far from easy. The riders climb all the way from the start to the finish in Graz, tackling an ascent with an average gradient of over 10 %. The next day, the sprinters will have a chance to shine as the peloton heads into Vienna for an expected bunch sprint in the Austrian capital. Two undulating finishes then follow before it’s time for the queen stage of the race.

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Tour of Norway #1: Boasson Hagen the boss on his birthday


Boasson Hagen claims the first stage in the Tour of Norway
The Tour of Norway could not have got off to a better start for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Edvald Boasson Hagen, as our Norwegian Champion won the opening stage on his birthday. Boasson Hagen beat Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) in the sprint for the line.

The opening stage of the Tour of Norway took riders on a 170km trip from Honefoss to Asker. There were numerous undulations throughout the stage with a final drag all the way to the line finish as well. The stage suited our Norwegian Champion to a tee and most of the rival teams were looking to our African Team to make the decisive moves.

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Jakub Mareczko gewinnt vor Filippo Pozzato die 3.Etappe der Tour de Langkawi

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PANTAI REMIS: Jakub „Kuba“ Mareczko gab Wilier Triestina seinen ersten Sieg der Saison 2017 in der 3. Etappe von Le Tour de Langkawi bei Pantai Remis am Tag nach seinem Teamkollegen Filippo Pozzato in der Nähe. Der verkleinerte italienische Outsprint-Stadium 1-Sieger Scott Sunderland, der in die Führung der Punkte Klassifizierung bewegt, während Ryan Gibbons von Südafrika das gelbe Trikot vor der Königsetappe behalten, um die Cameron Highlands.

„Endlich habe ich das Eis gebrochen“, kommentierte Mareczko. „Das ganze Team war vorbereitet um mich zum Sieg zu bringen. Ich danke meinen Teamkollegen dafür. Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin und [Rafael] Andriato zerrten mich zu den ersten Positionen des Pelotons und ich konnte meinen Sprint mit 400 Metern starten. “

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