You’ve been Slagtered

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.

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Macini

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Further details can be provided by Brad Coulter at Macini Bikes Australia on 0423 111 995, or by email at macinibikes@internode.on.net

Website at Macini Bikes

I’ll provide some more details on the new Macini in a few weeks time.

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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.

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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.

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Ghost written adventures of our blogging neo-pro

If you want a chuckle, have a read of this.

Hospitable Aussies – Domestique Bliss

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OK, time to wrap up the tour.

Stage 3 – Unley to Stirling

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1 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco
2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC
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The Badger

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Check out that hair
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It was bloody hot out there

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Stage 4 – Modbury to Tanunda

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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.

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Howson and Gilbert riding up Humbug Scrub near the top of the KOM.
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Graeme Brown after that horrible crash on the the last straight

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Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill

Simon Gerrans just pipping Tom Jelte Slagter on Old Willunga Hill
Simon Gerrans just pipping Tom Jelte Slagter on 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

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Tour Down Under 2013 - Stage 5 - McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill - 151.5KM

A tough day, a tough week Andy
A tough day, a tough week Andy

A few snaps from the top of Old Willunga Hill

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Have a closer look at the jersey and knicks.

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Stage 6 – Adelaide City

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1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:52:59
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling

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Overall results

Geraint Thomas, Tom Slagter, Javi Moreno
Geraint Thomas, Tom Slagter, Javi Moreno
Final general classification
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

Points

Points classification
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

KOM

Mountains classification
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

Young Rider

Young rider classification
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

Teams

Where's Andy?
Where’s Andy?
Teams classification
1 Radioshack Leopard 55:27:54
2 Movistar Team 0:01:09
3 Lotto Belisol 0:04:00

Random Photos

Daniel from Equipe cycliste AG2R LA MONDIALE making sure the Focus Bikes postion it set up back to the right spot after the long flight from Europe
Daniel from Equipe cycliste AG2R LA MONDIALE making sure the Focus Bikes postion it set up back to the right spot after the long flight from Europe

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And so we say farewell for another year.

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What a week.

And to finish off a great week.

Banner on the side of the road.By: Olivia DiFabio
Banner on the side of the road.
By: Olivia DiFabio

Till next week

Ride safe, tight spokes

iPib

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