Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

PARIS (Reuters) – Watch and learn – that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team’sTour de France roster.

The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall.

Quintana, 23, reached the Champs Elysees in Paris having won a stage and claimed both white and polka-dot jerseys for the best young rider and the best climber.

On Saturday, he won the 20th stage at the top of Semnoz after a final 11-km ascent – nothing intimidating for a rider who would descend 16 kilometers every day to go to school on a 20-kilo mountain bike.

“And I had to come back every evening,” he says with a smile.

 He caught the eye of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue when, aged 20, he won the Tour de l’Avenir – the most prestigious young riders’ race.

Unzue was looking for Colombian riders for his Spain-based team.

“Finding a Colombian rider who climbs well is easy,” said Unzue, referring to the ‘Beetles’, the Colombian climbers of the 1980s.

“But finding one who climbs well and who is also a good time-trialist is more rare.”

Quintana, however, is not just a physically talented rider. He is also a clever one.

“The other thing that struck me is his character,” said Unzue.

“He’s got a lot of self-confidence and he analyses a race very well. When you listen to him debrief his day, you understand right away that he is not just a fast rider.”

Quintana showed during the Tour that he is a fast learner.

 Starting the race with the task of helping team leader Alejandro Valverde secure a podium finish, the Colombian found himself thrust into the role of leader after the Spaniard lost considerable time on a flat stage following a mechanical problem.

“Everybody in the team believed in me. Everyone helped me, especially psychologically, to achieve this. At 23, I was not prepared for that,” he said on Saturday, sobbing between sentences.

“When they asked me if I was up for it (after Valverde’s hopes were dashed), I said ‘yes, sure, I’m ready to be team leader but I hope you will forgive me if my legs don’t respond at some point’.”

 His legs responded well as Quintana finished second behind Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain in the stage finishing up the iconic Mont Ventoux, although he briefly lost consciousness after crossing the line.

That day, he probably attacked too early. On Saturday, he showed that he had learned his lesson, waiting for Froome to attack on the slopes of the Semnoz before countering him in the final kilometer to take the stage.

The win capped years of hard work, Quintana said, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“I worked very hard and I had the support of my parents, my team. A year ago, when I turned professional, it was difficult to imagine that I would be here today,” he said.

“As a kid I didn’t dream this could happen to me. I was taking things on a daily basis.”

Quintana has emulated compatriot Luis Herrera, who won the King of the Mountains title in 1985 and 1987, but he is setting his sights higher than the polka dot jersey.

“These performances give me a lot of confidence for the following years. In 2015 I could be gunning for yellow. I will continue to work every day to achieve that,” he said.

Lorenzo: Fall Again? My career fail!

Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero (Foto: Reuters)

MONTEREY – Jorge Lorenzo claimed had anxiety and fear when undergoing series Laguna Seca, early yesterday. Under conditions of the shoulder is still injured, the champions hit by fears of a career that could have been completed if back in an accident.

Previously, Lorenzo crashes twice in a row in Assen and Sachsenring and make a broken left collarbone. Must be fitted with a titanium plate was a medical team to fix broken bones Lorenzo.

But in the United States last GP, Lorenzo remains down. Yamaha Factory jockey admitted relieved not able to play due to finish the race with points (sixth) and most importantly, no more accidents because if it happens, will not only finish his journey this season but also can force closes early career.

“I feel proud and relieved, finally. Race yesterday I was in a difficult and dangerous situation. Because if I crash for the third time and also had surgery three times, this season or even a career I could run, “said Lorenzo.

“We avoid the situation. Now I am sure that I will (appear) more perfect in Indy (Indianapolis GP) and scramble back to fight another victory, “he added, as quoted by Autosport, Tuesday (07/23/2013).

Entering pause this summer, X-Fuera berujuluk racers did not want to diving activities other than rehabilitation and recovery: “I have not been feeling great, it took a month or more without anesthesia practice as well as two normal,” he added.

“At mid-race to the end (series Laguna), I felt dizzy. I look even worse. Not to mention the performance of my bike that is not working properly when warm-up session, “added Lorenzo.
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Kittel Wins Tenth Stage

Saint Malo – Marcel Kittel won his second victory at the Tour de France 2013. German rider who strengthens Argos-Shimano team was leading at the stage finish tenth, Tuesday (07/09/2013).

Take the tenth stage of the Saint-Gildas-des-Bois Saint-Malo heading within 197 kilometers with the flat terrain.

Kittel, winner of the first stage, touching the finish line at the beginning. He beat Andre Greipel in a sprint to the finish line and recorded a time of 4 hours 53 minutes 25 seconds.

The third position is occupied by the United Kingdom rider, Mark Cavendish. Peter Sagan and William Bonnet following behind him.

After the tenth stage, the yellow jersey as the marker leaders still held by the Team Sky rider, Chris Froome. Froome, who finished at No. 24 in the tenth stage, has now recorded a total time of 41 hours 52 minutes 43 seconds.

Froome winning 1 minute 25 seconds over Alejandro Valverde who finished second. The third and fourth position is occupied by a two-rider team Belkin, Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam. Roman Kreuziger who strengthens Saxo-Tinkoff team is in fifth position.

Ogled Red Bull, Ricciardo Performance Gear

Daniel Ricciardo. (Foto: Reuters)

SILVERSTONE – Daniel Ricciardo back teeth on the second day of testing at Silverstone. Toro Rosso managed to become the fastest driver of the 15 riders who fell in this test.

Having had time to become the fastest driver on the first day of testing at Silverstone on Friday (19/07/2013), Ricciardo is being ogled by Red Bull back was fastest with a record time of 1 minute 32,972 seconds.

Toro Rosso actually dominate in this test. Young drivers Carlos Sainz, who became his teammate this time, also ranks second. Interestingly, the third best time also achieved success Ricciardo Championship with 1 minute 33 187 seconds.

Pastor Maldonado again disappointing. The Williams driver had to settle for ninth position by making 1-minute 34 116 seconds. Maldonado was lost quickly from Davide Valsecchi, Oliver Turvey, James Calado and Antonio Felix da Costa.

Keep in mind, this time the test is one of the advanced program of the FIA ​​and Pirelli tires are trying to solve a problem that had plagued riders broke at Silverstone.

Rossi Ask Marquez Disqualified

Rossi Minta Marquez Didiskualifikasi

Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi, did not accept the action of overtaking Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider, who assessed harm him at the U.S. MotoGP at Laguna Seca Circuit, on Sunday. Passports Italian rider was also asked Marquez for disqualification.
“I want to talk about the maneuver especially with Livio Suppo,” he said, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. “So, you and Stoner hit me for two or three years of maneuvering for cutting in corners. Then what you say today, Marquez should be disqualified?” Suppo is intended Rossi Honda team manager.
Suppo was responding to comments by Rossi with ease. “Thank you for the question and thanks to Marquez .. Because, after a few years later, we were finally able to reply to your maneuver,” said Suppo. Rossi then reply to Suppo laughing, “Ah, okay, okay.”
Marquez with a daring overtaking Rossi in the corner of the legendary ‘S’ for the second. Even coming off the track, Marquez still can precede Rossi. After shifting Rossi, Stefan Marquez overtaking Brad and continues to be in pole position to finish the race.
Marquez said he was imitating the action of Rossi on the 2008 racing season ago when overtaking pembala Ducatti, Casey Stoner. “When I saw the video in 2008, I think it’s impossible,” said Marquez. “But while there, I took off the brake a little because there was no room and I passed the same place.”

Romain Grosjean Staring Positive Hungarian GP

Romain Grosjean Menatap Positif GP Hongaria

Lotus rider, Romain Grosjean, he headed Hungarian Grand Prix next week, with a positive feeling.
Formula 1 car racer the French failed to score points in Spain, Monaco, Canada, and the UK, but later he was able to climb the podium in Germany.
Currently he is sure to keep the momentum victory while competing in Budapest, Hungary, which will be the 10th in the series championship this season.
“The third position in Germany is a good result, so of course now I have a positive feeling that deal with race in Hungary. We live a great race at the Nuerburgring (Germany),” he said.
Last season, Grosjean finished third in Hungary and wanted to repeat the success.
“I like the circuit and one of the best experiences I have had. I scored pole position for the first time in the circuit while competing in GP2 in 2008, then finished first and third. In 2012 I was on the podium in F1,” he said.
To win the race in Hungary which has a narrow track and a lot of corners, Grosjean said, he should be able merasih kualifiasi fastest time in half.
“We showed last year when we could be in the first line and would be awesome if it was vacant again this year.

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Nicky Hayden Threatened can’t join MotoGP Next Season

Nicky Hayden Terancam Tak Ikut MotoGP Musim Depan

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden will not be offered a contract extension by the Ducati team in MotoGP season 2014. Racer whose name is quite popular in the United States that had revealed his future uncertainty in MotoGP next season when convening MotoGP Germany last week.
Ducati is based in Bologna, Italy is not an offer for a new contract Hayden motorhome Desemosedici for the sixth season. But also do not want to lose Ducati Nicky Hayden.
As an alternative, offering Ducati rider 31-year-old racer was a different contract. That is offered to be the driver in the event the Superbike World Championship (WSBK).
There has been no official confirmation from Ducati related to this issue. “We prefer to retain Nicky with Ducati and we have some options that are still to be discussed again with him, including the option to race in the World Superbike,” said Ducati boss, Paolo Ciabatti in MCN.
But Nicky Hayden admitted, “I really prefer to stay in MotoGP racing with the right bike and the right team, but unfortunately at this time Momennya not so good,” said Nicky Hayden as reported Motorcyclenews.
Hayden also indirectly agreed that he was ready to move into Superbike racing. Now he’s still wait and see. At least until the end of this season, Ducati will continue to give full support to the two riders, Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
“But Hayden Ducati offered at different positions in the Ducati line-up, we are just starting to talk about this time in Germany, and we’ll see,” he said.
By not offering them by Ducati Nicky Hayden, another speculation that mention Cal Crutchlow will move to replace Hayden Ducati.

Fixed Spies in MotoGP reason

Ben Spies (Foto: Reuters)

MISANO – Ben Spies finally decided to stay in MotoGP despite having joined the satellite team. So, what is the reason underlying the decision Spies to stay afloat in the class of kings.

Spies failed to show a slick performance at this season with the Yamaha factory team. Of the 12 series that has been played, Spies was even able to stand on the podium. This is what makes the Yamaha decided not to renew the contract of American rider.

Previously, Spies crowded rumored to be returning to Superbike, the event that makes it appear as a world champion. However, after much thought, Spies eventually decided to stay in MotoGP.

Spies accept the proposal from the satellite Ducati team, Pramac Racing to race in the next season. Spies will duet with drivers who are still career in Moto2, Andrea Iannone.

“I sjudah ever in World Superbike, and you’ll never know what you can do when you return (to Superbike). I did not say, I could have come back and won titles or how many races I can win. But, I’ve never felt the feeling in my race and it was enough, “said Spies told MCN, Saturday (09/15/2012).

“In MotoGP, I do not know what I can do, but I know that I have not been doing the best I can do. I know that and that’s why I keep thinking about it. I do not want to regret that I was not able to spend all my potential over the last five years, “he concluded.

Sean Should Satisfied Finish 15th at Norisring Germany

Sean Harus Puas Finish ke-15 di Norisring Jerman

Although they had to settle for finishing in 15th position, the young Indonesian driver, Sean Gelael successfully demonstrated one of his best performances as a rookie on a street circuit, Norisring – Germany. Sean is now 16 years-old, and is the youngest driver in the FIA ​​Formula 3 European, managed to achieve the best results, ie the position 15 of the 28 riders in the third race.
In the second race, Sean finished in the top 20, while in the first race, Sean had an accident and was not able to finish the race.
At the time of the qualifying session race 1, Sean managed to record real time odds just 0.678 seconds ahead of the first order that Felix Rosenqvist. When racing himself, Sean competing with the Australian, Mitchell Gilbert, and drivers from New Zealand, Nick Cassidy.

Naas happens when Sean Mitchel collided with Gilbert. ?? I try to avoid Mitchel who was in front of me, I braked, but the wheels locked vehicle, and the vehicle can not be controlled, so I can not avoid Mitchel,?? Sean bright.
But the accident, Sean did not affect performance in the second race. ?? Consequences of a collision in the first race, the race 10-15 in the second round, I was very careful. As a result, of the 23 positions at the start, I was passed by a few riders behind me. After that, I returned to find my own rhythm, and managed to pass a few riders in front of me?? Sean said.

?? Race at Norisring circuit is quite remarkable. Each rider must always drove like crazy at every opportunity. We must put the vehicle as close as possible to the wall to be able to increase the speed, and it is actually very difficult, especially for the novice driver like me,?? he said again.
In the third race, Sean drove smoothly, even able to avoid some of the accidents that occurred in front of him, so managed to finish in 15th position. Starting from position 22, Sean managed to start well. But in the first corner, where there is often an accident, Sean chose to play it safe by taking the middle path. Nevertheless, the Swiss rider, Sandro Zeller had crashed into the rear tire Sean vehicle, which resulted in the distance with the vehicle in front of Sean being widened.

?? Due to the wide range, I think I should try harder to follow the drivers in front of me. At first I tried to increase the speed as much as possible during the first two rounds, but in the end I realized I’d better finish consistently to achieve, and maintain my position,?? she said.
After Norisring, Sean will continue the race in Spa Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, which is the second round of the British Formula 3 Championship. In the first round of the British Formula 3, Sean appeared incredible, successfully climbed the podium twice at Silverstone UK. Racing in Belgium will take place June 25 through July 27, 2013.

?? Momentum of the last few games will be my lunch in Spa Belgium. From the results I got, I believe that I was able to begin to catch up and compete in the top middle of the race. And I am also glad, that races later in the year, will be carried out in the circuits that I know enough, like Hockenheim and Zandvoort. It will be very helpful to me,?? he hoped.