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Tour of Poland stage 1: Bewley in Poland as Hutarovich wins opener

Stage 1 - Yauheni Hutarovich wins smlAugust 4th, ’14.  Yauheni Hutarovich has won the first stage of the Tour of Poland; the first World Tour stage race since the Tour de France.  The Belarusian rider beat Roman Maikin of Rusvelo and Manuele Mori of Lampre-Merida on rain-swept roads to become this year’s first leader of the race.  Also featuring Sam Bewley of Orica GreenEdge.

Tour of the Murray River stage 5: weather turns as break succeeds
August 2nd, ’14.  Ayden Toovey of the Subaru NSWIS Development Team won the fifth stage of the Tour of the Murray River alone on a day where weather conditions collaborated to make day 4 of racing one that many would rather forget.  In the overall standings Brenton Jones of the Avanti Racing Team continues to wear the yellow jersey.
Tour of the Murray River stage 4: Gough on form while Norton active in break
Darcy Ellerm-Norton smlAugust 1st, ’14.  Brenton Jones of the Avanti Racing Team now has a 12 second advantage over Budget Forklifts’ Jesse Kerrison after finishing in the first group on the fourth stage of the Tour of the Murray River.  There was nothing the break could do to stop Jayden Copp from taking the win though as the Australian broke away for narrow solo win.
Kiwis at Murray River: stages 1-3
Michael Vink smlJuly 31st, ’14.  Two days and three stages into the latest event in the Subaru Cycling Australian National Road Series - the Tour of the Murray River - and the Kiwis invasion is already seeing rewards.  Budget Forklift teammates Daniel Barry, Westley Gough and Michael Vink collaborated to send teammate Jesse Kerrison to stage 2 victory and second place in the overall standings.  Gough also made a crucial break in stage 3 to launch himself into the top 20 overall.

Cameron Karwowski & Hamish Schreurs at the post-Tour criteriums
Greg Van Avermaet smlJuly 30th, ’14.  It’s post-Tour criterium time for the Tour de France, but also for New Zealand’s Cameron Karwowski and Hamish Schreurs.  The Veranclassic-Doltcini riders were one of 29 riders invited to the Natourcriterium Aalst featuring some of the best and brightest to have lit up the news headlines and screens over the past three weeks.  The race was won by Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing.

Kiesanowski, Smith & Oram star in the States
Team Action dominated smlJuly 23rd, ’14.  A fantastic week of racing by our Kiwi riders in the States culminated in two great final stages of racing for both the men and women’s races as Joanne Kiesanowski, Dion Smith and James Oram all starred on the last day of the Cascade Cycling Classic.

Polish National Time Trial Championship: Michal Kwiatkowski turns the tables

June 26th, ’14.  After twice placing second in the Polish National time trial championship Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step has finally gone one better.  The current Polish Road Race champion will at least be able to claim to be the reigning champion in both disciplines until Sunday when he defends his road race crown there.

Switzerland National Time Trial Championships: Cancellara makes it a hat-trick

Swiss TT champs podium smlJune 26th, ’14.  Fabian Cancellara of Trek Factory Racing did not let an allergic reaction to a bee sting get to him last night in the Switzerland National Time Trial Championship.  The 33-year old was the only rider to go below 58 minutes for the 44.7km course to win his third consecutive national title in the discipline.

Tour de Suisse stages 8-9: Chavez and Costa win final stages
Rui Da Costa thumbJune 23rd, ’14.  The two final stages of the Tour de Suisse were expected to throw up some changes in the GC standings; and with two summit finishes that is exactly what happened.  Stage 8 saw Orica GreenEdge’s Johan Esteban Chaves win alone with a perfectly timed attack, while world road race champion Rui Costa couldn’t have picked a better stage on which to win his first race in the rainbow jersey in stage 9.  
Tour de Suisse stage 7: good result for Bewley as Martin continues the OPQS domination

stage 11 podium martin thumbJune 21st, ’14.  Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step secured his second stage win of the race, his second time trial victory of the race; and extended his lead in the general classification.  The world time trial champion beat Tom Dumoulin of GIANT-Shimano and Rui Costa of Lampre-Merida on the eve of the first of two big mountain stages.

Tour de Suisse stage 6: Trentin for OPQS . . . again

stage 14 close finish thumbJune 20th, ’14.  Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s strength in depth became apparent yet again in stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse as Matteo Trentin became the third different rider to win a stage of the race; taking the bunch sprint finish out of a depleted peloton after the first mountain stage of the race.  

Tour de Suisse stage 5: Modolo wins as Cav crashes
June 19th, ’14.  The twisting, technical finish to stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse produced a new stage winner in Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo as he took the sprint finish ahead of Peter Sagan of Cannondale and GIANT-Shimano’s John Degenkolb.  The finish was marred by a crash in the final kilometre that took out Matthew Goss of Orica GreenEdge and Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Mark Cavendish.  
Tour de Suisse stage 4: Cavendish is king in the sprint
June 18th, ’14.  Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma-Quick Step has won the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse.  In a stage designed perfectly for the sprinters Cavendish got the better of Juan Jose Lobato of Movistar, Peter Sagan of Cannondale and Sacha Modolo of Lampre-Merida.  After four stages the overall race lead still hasn’t changed with Cavendish’s teammate Tony Martin still leading overall.
Tour de Suisse stage 3: Sagan best in tough Swiss finish
sagan 75June 17th, ’14.  Peter Sagan has won the third stage of the Tour de Suisse.  The Slovakian riding for Cannondale took his ninth win in the race since 2011, out-sprinting Michael Albasini of Orica GreenEdge and Sergio Luis Henao Montoya of Team Sky in a race that saw a surprising number of time gaps open up on some of the prominent GC contenders.
Tour de Suisse stages 1-2: Martin and Meyer triumph in first two days

June 16th, ’14.  The final preparation race for the Tour de France GC contenders is underway.  Two stages into the 2014 Tour de Suisse and two wins have gone the ways of Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step  in the opening time trial, and Cameron Meyer of Orica GreenEdge in the first bunch stage on the road.

GP du canton d’Argovie: Geschke wins against top-class field

June 13th, ’14.  Simon Geschke of GIANT-Shimano took his first victory in three years when he won the one-day GP du canton d’Argovie.  The 28-year old German rider beat BMC Racing’s Silvan Dillier and Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Jerome Baugnies in the finale.  

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