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Stage 19 results: Sastre wins his 2nd mountaintop finish; Di Luca unable to shake Menchov

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Stage 19 results
1 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team                      4.33.23            
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                               .21  
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini                 .30
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   .30
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas                                      .35
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                   .53
7 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale                         1.15

General classification after stage 19
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                              81.13.55
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini                0.18
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                              1.39
5 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team                         2.40
4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas                                     3.33
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                  4.55
7 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo         8.48
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                 9.32

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Boris Johnson launches london cycling event

Mayor kick-starts London’s cycling revolution with a packed summer of events
26-5-2009   263

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today set out plans for an action-packed summer of cycling, designed to boost the numbers of people travelling by bike and pave the way for London’s cycling revolution.

At the launch in Trafalgar Square the Mayor was joined by Olympic Gold medallist and keen London cyclist James Cracknell, and children from local schools as part of a drive to encourage kids and families to get pedalling.

The popular Freewheel event, which attracted 50,000 people last year to cycle past London’s iconic sights along a car-free route, will be made bigger and better, with an additional event bringing the concept to outer London, this year to the borough of Hounslow.

The Tour of Britain cycling race is returning to London, and Londoners of all ages are being challenged by the Mayor to get pedalling through a series of London ‘cycle challenges’, where workplaces and schools can compete based on the number of miles clocked up and the number of people they get cycling.

New figures released today show a bicycle boom is underway with an estimated 545,000 daily bicycle journeys now made in London, up 9% in the year since the Mayor was elected. Speaking at the launch, the Mayor said he was determined to reach beyond dedicated commuter cyclists and encourage more Londoners to join in.

A record £111m investment in cycling is being made this year, which includes funding for new Cycle Hire and Cycle Highways schemes and safety training across London. The Mayor also unveiled a major new marketing campaign ‘Catch up with the bicycle’, which shows the freedom of cycling and how, as in other European countries, cycling can be a stylish and desirable way to travel. The message is that we can all cycle, at our own pace and in our own style.

The Mayor said:

“Cycling is on the up in London, but there is still much to do if we want to really revolutionise the way that Londoners get about. That’s why we are making record investments in cycling, developing the cycle highways and cycle hire schemes, and are unveiling a summer schedule stuffed full of biking events, competitions, and campaigns designed to boost cycling across London’s boroughs.

“Through this, Londoners of all ages and abilities can take part and experience the joys of travelling in one of the most handy, healthy, and environmental-friendly ways possible, and we can achieve our aim of making London a city where two wheeled, pedal-powered transportation is the norm, and not the exception.”

The Mayor’s efforts to make cycling more convenient include a commitment to provide 66,000 new cycle parking spaces across the capital.  Right now 138 new cycle parking spaces are being unveiled at Euston station, with more set to open at Liverpool Street shortly.

Behind the scenes, work continues on delivering the central London cycle hire scheme, and 12 cycle highways – giving cyclists safe and convenient routes into town – by 2012, with exciting news expected on both projects over the summer.

Dates for Londoners to add to their diaries this summer include:

  • 1 – 30 June, The London Workplace Cycle Challenge – get your place of work to compete with other organisations across London to see who can get the most people cycling during June.
  • 15 – 30 June, Secondary School London Cycle Challenge – students aged between 11-14 will compete against other schools to see who can get the most people cycling, and will also compete against other year groups within their own school.
  • Sunday 9 August, Freewheel-style event in Hounslow, with cyclists invited to join a fun cycle around some of the boroughs wonderful green spaces.
  • Saturday 19 September, Tour of Britain cycle race final –watch the country’s biggest professional cycling event and Britain’s biggest live sporting event played out on the streets of London.
  • Sunday 20 September, the hugely popular Freewheel will be built upon this year, with a bigger better event taking in St Pauls and the City area and more of London’s iconic sights.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Director of Transport Policy, said: “The Mayor’s cycling revolution aims to enable millions of Londoners to get on a bike and feel that same mixture of freedom, confidence, and excitement that many of us experienced when we first learned to ride as children.”

David Brown, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “With all the fantastic cycling events taking place in the capital, there’s never been a better summer to start cycling in London. Whether it’s commuting to work or school as part of TfL’s June London Cycle Challenge, trying out leisure cycling at one of the Freewheel events, or exploring your local traffic free ‘greenway’ cycle routes, cycling is something that’s open to everyone to enjoy.

“Help is on hand for anyone starting out. Londoners of all ages can get access to free, TfL-funded cycle safety training through their local council, and can order free cycle maps from TfL to help them plan their journeys. There is a whole network of quiet and traffic-free cycle routes that make cycling in the Capital a pleasure, as well as a quick and convenient way to travel.”

Raleigh UK Ltd donated bikes to the Mayor to give to the children who joined him for the launch. The children were able to take the bikes home with them and continue to cycle.

Mark Gouldthorp, Managing Director of Raleigh UK Ltd said

“We are delighted to help the Mayor of London in his quest to promote and increase cycling in London. Having been making bikes for all the family for over 120 years, we know how many great reasons there are to cycle and would like to see more and more people enjoying the benefits.”


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Tne Rasta Roadie”Steve Carty” The great man of special words about the sport of cycling

bike with trailorPictures of Steve Carty’s home city of Toronto With his Majestic cycle and trailor, may the cycling gods look after you Big Man. FRR

Obree to try for the hour record again

Graeme Obree bidding for hour record again

Former world hour record holder Graeme Obree is seriously considering another attempt at the record.

In an interview in Cycling Plus 224 (on sale 5 June), 43-year-old Obree says he has been training hard, built a bike that conforms with UCI regulations and set a date of late 2009 to make the attempt.

“I’m not saying that I will break the hour record, but I am aspiring to do it,” said Obree. “You know, last year was the first year since I was 16 that I didn’t win a bike race.

“I don’t think that you’re physically hampered from winning at the highest level just because of age. To diminish yourself just in terms of age isn’t justified. I don’t think you can use it as an excuse, not if you’ve kept it going.”

The current record, using ‘modern’ UCI rules, is 49.7km, held by Czech Ondrej Sosenka. In the past, when the rules allowed for more aerodynamic bikes, Obree twice broke the record: 51.596km in 1993 and 52.713km in 1994.

The bar was eventually raised to 56.375km by Chris Boardman in 1996, before the UCI banned the types of bikes and ‘superman’ riding style that allowed such speeds to be reached. Now, only traditional round-tubed diamond frames with spoked wheels and drop handlebars are allowed. Luckily, Obree knows how to build bikes:

A close up of obree's hand built hour record machine. uci legal too.: a close up of obree's hand built hour record machine. uci legal too.

Graeme Obree’s hour record attempt machine (Photo: Andy McAndlish)

As he did with his previous hour records, Obree has built his own bike for this attempt. It’s made out of Reynolds 653 tubing and weighs over the UCI limit of 6.8 kilos. “I’ve built it within the limiting factors of the regulations,” he said. “It’s deliberately long so my arms are stretched onto the drops for the best aero position. It’s also longer at the rear as this puts weight towards the front of the bike.”

The bike also features another Obree trademark, a huge gear: 138 inches (67×13) to be exact. He’s been pedaling this on his evening training sessions, which typically last between two and two-and-a-half hours.

Obree was at his peak in the early to mid ’90s, when he twice broke the hour record and twice won the world individual pursuit championships. He has had a well documented battle with depression, highlighted in his autobiography, The Flying Scotsman, which was made into a movie.

Read the full interview in Cycling Plus 224, on sale 5 June. You can also catch Obree in person at BikeRadar Live on 30-31 May, where he’ll be taking part in the Procycling Hot Laps on Saturday and holding a Q&A session in the big top at 12.45pm on Sunday.