What a week that was. Apart from the Thursday, the weather In his first season as a pro racer, that little dutchman certainly surprised more than just himself to take out his first world tour race at this years TdU.
Before I wrap up the tour, some of you on top of the hill on Saturday may have noticed a group of 3 Macini bikes “on show”. Not having heard of them before (yes I know, I am a bit of a Johnny come Lately) and always keen to learn, I spoke to the bloke (Brad) who was showing off the bikes what they were about. And this is what I found out.
The Macini brand has been part of the South Australian cycling landscape for approximately 40 years. With a strong focus on the racing cyclist, the Macini name grew to be a recognized brand name all over Australia, both on the road and at the velodrome.
In the early days, Macini frames were crafted locally in Adelaide by a talented frame builder and long time cyclist. According to my sources (ie the internet – Riverland Cycling Club), the Macini name comes from a man that used to make bikes at Super Elliots in Adelaide. Both stock frames and custom made frames were made to order and were available in road and track models alike.
As the reputation developed and success followed, the best racing frames were sourced from around Australia and now all over world, to keep up with the demand to exacting standards.
Macini Bikes have always been held in high regard with the racing cyclist. The brand has been extremely well known in South Australia and has supported both individuals and cycling clubs not only in Adelaide, but all around Australia.
Today, Macini Bikes are absolutely dedicated and committed to reestablish the name and reputation by offering cyclists the very best bikes and components available. Tradition and reputation is the key of any first tier cycling brand and Macini will continue to follow this model staying true to its values, heritage and the strong legacy.
Further details can be provided by Brad Coulter at Macini Bikes Australia on 0423 111 995, or by email at email@example.com
Website at Macini Bikes
I’ll provide some more details on the new Macini in a few weeks time.
New Lazer Helmet
You would have seen in the Choice Classic and the Stage 6 Street race the new Lazer helmet worn by the Lotto Belisol team.
For 2013 the Lotto-Belisol team is equipped with the Lazer Helium helmet, but what stood out was the the brand new Chrome Aeroshell. Just as aerodynamic as the 2012 Aeroshell seen at the Tour de France, the Chrome Aeroshell is designed to reflect solar radiation. Experiments at EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, project number 209541) have shown that the material reflects about 55% of the incoming solar radiation (visible light + infrared) compared to a reflection of 20% of standard helmet material. The use of the Chrome Aeroshell results in reduced heat accumulation between head and helmet which helps keep the head cool and comfortable. It allows for zero UV penetration into the helmet for protection again the damaging rays of the sun. The thermal effects on the head when wearing a helmet with a Chrome Aeroshell will be extensively tested in the coming months.
Ghost written adventures of our blogging neo-pro
If you want a chuckle, have a read of this.
OK, time to wrap up the tour.
Stage 3 – Unley to Stirling
|1||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco|
|2||Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge|
|3||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC|
Stage 4 – Modbury to Tanunda
|1||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol||3:02:52|
|2||Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|3||Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Saxo-Tinkoff|
Today saw World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Damien Howson (UniSA-Australia) make an early breakaway and stay out there until the peleton reeled them back in with 8km to go.
From here it was always going to be Andres stage, and with his dominant leadout train, he brought home the bacon with nary a worry.
Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill
|1||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge||3:36:25|
|2||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco||–|
|3||Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar||0:00:10|
A few snaps from the top of Old Willunga Hill
Have a closer look at the jersey and knicks.
Stage 6 – Adelaide City
|1||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol||1:52:59|
|2||Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team|
|3||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling|
|1||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||18:28:32|
|2||Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:17|
|3||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:00:25|
|4||Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi||0:00:32|
|5||Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:34|
|6||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team|
|7||Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi||0:00:36|
|8||Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|9||Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:38|
|10||Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ||0:00:41|
|1||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling||46||pts|
|2||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol||45|
|3||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||41|
|4||Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team||37|
|5||Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||36|
|6||Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida||34|
|7||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team||28|
|8||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling||28|
|9||Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge||26|
|10||Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida||24|
|1||Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team||22||pts|
|2||Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||20|
|3||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling||16|
|4||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge||16|
|5||Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team||16|
|6||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||14|
|7||Jordan Kerby (Aus) UNI SA – Australia||12|
|8||José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team||12|
|9||Damien Howson (Aus) UNI SA – Australia||10|
|10||George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard||8|
|1||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||18:28:32|
|2||Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi||0:00:32|
|3||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||0:00:34|
|4||Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ||0:00:54|
|5||George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard||0:01:02|
|6||Adam Phelan (Aus) UNI SA – Australia||0:02:58|
|7||Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp||0:05:07|
|8||Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ||0:06:47|
|9||Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:07:31|
|10||Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida||0:09:07|
And so we say farewell for another year.
What a week.
And to finish off a great week.
Till next week
Ride safe, tight spokes