HAMMOND IMPRESSING IN HOLLAND
Roger Hammond is certainly making an impression in his debut appearance at a Grand Tour.
 
The British Cervélo rider was third in the second stage of the Vuelta on Sunday, ahead of André Griepel, Tom Boonen and Tyler Farrar.
 
Hammond placed himself well in the sprint at the end of the second stage, 202km from Assen to Emmen, but was just edged out by a flying Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and Liquigas’ Fabio Sabatini.
 
Hammond’s result means he is now 23rd on general classification, 0-24 behind race-leader, Fabian Cancellara.

Gerald Ciolek, Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage 2
Above: Hammond (third from right in white) is edged out by Ciolek and Sabatini
 
IN-FORM ROWSELL WINS AGAIN IN BELGIUM
Jo Rowsell continued her red-hot Flemish form with her third win in a fortnight. At Saturday’s kermesse in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, the 100% ME rider made into a four-woman break which comfortably distanced the peloton.
 
At the finish, she outgunned her rivals for the win, hot on the heels of recent triumphs at Hoeleden and Herentals.
 
Ruby Miller finished just ahead of the pack in seventh, with Lizzie Armitstead just behind the best sprinters in twelfth.
 
Sunday’s race at Zottegem-Erwetegem, run jointly as the women’s Championship of West Flanders, also saw Brits finish strongly. While former Vision1 rider Vicki Whitelaw soloed to victory by three minutes, national junior champion Laura Trott took fourth near the head of the bunch sprint.
 
Alexandra Greenfield crossed the line in sixth, with Ruby Miller tenth.
 
There could be another victory in store for the young Brits today, with many racing the Gijzenzele kermesse.

Results
1. Jo Rowsell (Team Halfords Bikehut) 2-23-00

2. Vera Koedooder (Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam)
3. Christina Becker (Equipe Nurnburger)
Others
7. Ruby Miller (Individual) at 3-50
12. Elizabeth Armitstead (Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam) at 3-58
28. Alice Monger-Godfrey (Swift Racing Team)
50. Laura Trott (Team Wallis) all st
 
 
CUMMINGS RIDING WELL IN ITALY
Britain’s Steve Cummings is enjoying a fine run of form, finishing 11th in Saturday’s Giro del Veneto.
 
The race was won by Katusha’s Filippo Pozzato, with Cummings finishing in the bunch, led home by Pozzatto’s team-mate, Pavel Brutt.
 
Cummings is strongly rumoured to be leaving his Barloworld team and heading for the Sky team as of next year.
 
 
LONDON SKYRIDE JUST WEEKS AWAY
After Manchester, Glasgow and Leicester Skyride heads to London for the Mayor of London’s Skyride, formerly known as the London Freewheel on September 20.
 
Now in its third year, this hugely popular event will give thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to take over some of London’s most famous streets as traffic is banished for the day.
 
Passing some of London’s most recognizable landmarks, the ride encompasses Victoria Embankment along the Thames and then up through the City passing St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.
 
For more information, see www.newbritishcycling.org.uk/skyride/london

Skyride Glasgow
Above: Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar at the Glasgow Skyride