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Belgian Classics, Volta A Catalunya And The Criterium International – GCN Cycling News Show – Ep. 65

Belgian Classics, Volta A Catalunya And The Criterium International – GCN Cycling News Show – Ep. 65

Coming up on this week’s show: we take a look
at the early season Belgian classics, as well as the Volta a Catalunya, Criterium International,
and we take a little look at the GCN inner tube challenge, GCN instant leg wax, caption
of the week and tweet of the week from Greg Henderson. First up is E3 Harelbeke, and Peter Sagan
of Cannondale adds to his burgeoning palmarès, but it was Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas who split
the field on the Oude Kwaremont, forcing a split of Peter Sagan and the Omega Pharma
– Quickstep duo of Stijn Vandenbergh and Niki Terpstra. Terpstra had already taken out Dwars
door Vlaanderen earlier in the week. The leading quartet worked smoothly together in the finale,
but were chased furiously by Stijn Devolder of Trek Factory Racing after Fabian Cancellara
made it back to the second group after being caught behind a crash. But it wasn’t to be.
The final sprint was taken by several lengths by Peter Sagan, who timed his sprint to perfection,
coming off the wheel of Geraint Thomas after the leadout by Stijn Vandenbergh. And it was
Niki Terpstra who nipped in to take second place. Last week’s caption of the week winner is
Thomas Fahy, with: Good stuff. This week’s caption comes from the Tour of
Catalunya; a rather interesting service car. It’s with a very heavy heart that we report
that British mountain bike journalist Steve Worland has died. To many, Steve was the John
Peel of mountain bike journalism, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his
partner, Jo, and their daughter, Holly, at this very difficult time. Giant – Shimano’s John Degenkolb took out
Gent Wevelgem to add to his sparkling palmarès, beating FDJ’s Arnaud Démare and Peter Sagan
in a raging bunch sprint. But the race was peppered by crashes which took out such notables
as André Greipel and Ian Stannard. In the women’s event, Lauren Hall claimed her first
major victory, beating the Dutch duo of Jenneke Ensing and Vera Koedooder in the final sprint,
after the trio had distanced themselves from a breakaway group of eight in the final kilometre. Tech of the week is GCN’s instant leg wax.
One of our most requested videos is how to shave your legs, but here at GCN we thought
we’d take things a little bit further and have developed our own product. Last week
in Mallorca we filmed a commercial for the latest product developed by Global Cycling
Network: GCN instant leg wax. For the fastest shave in the peloton, it’s GCN’s instant leg
wax. No shaving, no fuss, just apply the balm to your legs, slightly warm, to achieve perfection,
and the smoothest legs in the peloton. Available online soon, and at all good stockists. In the Volta a Catalunya, Joaquim Rodríguez
took out the victory for the second time in his career, beating Alberto Contador by a
slender 4 seconds and BMC’s Tejay van Garderen in 3rd. It certainly was a race that tested
the form of the Grand Tour contenders, with Nairo Quintana of Movistar in 5th place overall,
and Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Team Sky in 6th. This year we’re going to find out who can
change an inner tube the fastest in the peloton. So, the clock starts as soon as you pick the
wheel up. You’ve got the option of using two tyre levers to remove the existing inner tube.
Then you’ve got to put the new one in before pumping it up to 100psi. Then the clock stops. 3, 2, 1 Go! The GCN inner tube challenge will be making
it’s way across and through the peloton this year, but we want to see just how fast you
can change a tube. Post your videos to us – full instructions are in the description
down below. The race known as the mini Tour de France
was held this weekend over the beautiful, twisting roads in Corsica. It was AG2R’s Jean-Christophe
Péraud who took overall honours from Mathias Frank of IAM Cycling and NetApp-Endura’s Tiago
Machado. Our Strava club is nearly at an amazing 4000
members, and this week’s leaders are: Distance: Steve Coughlan
Longest Ride: Shumpei Ogawa Climbing: Matt Stephens, Sa Calobra….oh….that’s
Cormac Keeney! This week’s tweet of the week is from Greg
Henderson. Very regular tweeter is Greg: Good stuff Greg. The 2nd round of the women’s World Cup, the
Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy, was taken out by Emma Johansson, her second win in a week.
But with 2nd place on the day, Lizzie Armitstead maintains her lead in the overall classification. In other race news, Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh
took his first overall win in the Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. There were also stage wins
for teammates Dario Cataldo, who was 2nd overall, and Ben Swift, who took the opening stage. Can GCN presenters swim? Have you seen the trailer? We shot lots of content in our seven days
in Mallorca, all of which will be online soon. Make sure you share our videos, and if you
haven’t subscribed already, please do subscribe, and we’ll see you all next week. Thanks for
watching. Dan? I forgot my wallet! And we’re done.
No we’re not!

34 comments on “Belgian Classics, Volta A Catalunya And The Criterium International – GCN Cycling News Show – Ep. 65

  1. Rider: Hey do you guys have that GCN Instant Leg Wax? I think I see a hair on my leg.
    Driver: Sorry buddy, Matt Stephens ran us dry.

  2. At 6:10 "Can GCN presenters swim?" I think that should be changed to "Can GCN presenters dive?" Looked painful 🙂

  3. Caption of the week: Have you got any painkillers left? This new saddle is quite a pain in the ass, literally. 

  4. Lads, as the weather begins to slightly warm up in the Northern Hemisphere. I would love to see you boys compete against one-another in a triathlon. Sprint distance.

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