Recent Road Cycling News
The 201km Stage Two of the 2014 Tour de France was billed as one of the more taxing courses the riders would see in their first few days through the towns of Northern England, on their way south to London. The hilly ride, including nine extremely difficult climbs, from York to Sheffield saw millions of fans, for the second day in a row, lining the course hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite rider. While the United Kingdom was bias towards defending champion, Chris Froome, of Team Sky, it was Italy’s National Champion, Vincenzo Nibali who attacked just before the finish to claim his first ever Tour de France stage victory.
Sir Bradley Wiggins’ 2014 AMGEN Tour of California campaign was extremely reminiscent of his 2012 Tour de France victory. Back in winning form, the Tour de France and Olympic Champion took to the California landscape with one thing on his mind: adding to his already impressive resume with an AMGEN Tour of California title, one of the few cycling feats he had not yet achieved. From his domination of the individual time trial during stage two, to the first climbing stage on the third day of racing, Wiggins and his Team Sky teammates put him into position to bring home California’s version of the yellow jersey. He took the top prize by an overall margin of 30 seconds over Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra crossed the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome without another rider in sight. There would be no sprint finish. The Dutchman had out-legged the competition to ride solo to the 2014 Paris-Roubaix victory, touting a 19 second gap to the next competitor.