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cyclingweekly.comAnnemiek Van Vleuten dominates on Monte Zoncolan to win Giro Rosa stage nineAnnemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) rode solo to the crest of Monte Zoncolan on the queen stage of the Giro Rosa to fastightenten her grasp on the maglia rosa. It was the first time the race has visited the climb since 1997, and that year it approached from the easier side of Sutrio; as opposed to the 10km at 11.5 per cent the rider’s faced this year. An early break away trio consisting of Silvia Valsecchi (BePink), Sara Penton (Team Virtu Cycling Women) and Olena Pavlukhina (BTC City Ljubljana) built up a lead approaching three minutes early on, but the escapees were caught before the rider’s arrived at the pivotal mountain. With just over 5 kilometres left, Van Vleuten responded to an attack from Moolman-Pasio – and the duo sped away from the reduced bunch, before Van Vleuten dug deep to distance her companion with 2km left. The battle for third was left to Amanda Spratt – the maglia rosa’s team mate who won solo on stage six – and Eider Merino (Movistar), with Spratt proving herself the more capable of the two on the day. How it happened The 104 kilometre stage from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan opened with 86 fairly flat km’s, excluding a shorter climb in Bordano at 61km, before the riders approached the mountain. One notable absence from the peloton was Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) who, after winning stage eight, was forced to abandon the race after falling ill overnight, commenting “it would be irresponsible to start today, in such a brutal stage to the Monte Zoncolan.” A pile up just 10km into the race left some riders chasing on, but most had regained contact with 80km remaining. In the mean time a group of five – containing Eri Yonamine (Wiggle High5) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) attacked to create some distance, but they were caught soon after. That led the way for an attack cooked up between Valsecchi, Penton and Pavlukhina. Come the 48m to go mark, they’d managed to build up a lead of 2 minutes 55 seconds. Of the three, Pavlukhina was the best placed on GC – in 61st place and over thirty minutes down, meaning the bunch could well allow them to slip away without danger of affecting the battle for overall. The three stayed away on the first climb at Bordano, Valsecchi was first, followed by Pavlukhina and Penton – though their lead was sinking, down to 2-20. In the peloton, Dani King (WaowDeals) finished the climb first ahead of best Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5). Come the intermediate sprint at Tolmezzo, they were still away. The finish order – Valsecchi, Pavlukhina and Penton – was identical to that of the climb, but the gap was much smaller – at 1-48. Approaching the early slopes of the climb, the catch was close, and it was made with 14km to go – by which time the entire peloton was enjoying the cooling effect of a mountain downpour. The average gradient of 11.5 per cent …Continue reading »
theedadvocate.orgU.S. graduation rates at record high - The EdvocateSpread the loveThe U.S Department of Education announced this week that the high school graduation rate reached another record high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 year, according to the Huffington Post. The announcement follows October’s release of preliminary data by the Education Department that shows a decreasing gap in graduation rates between black and white and black and Hispanic students. The data shows that graduation rates climbed for the country as a whole. The past four consecutive years have shown a continual increase in the U.S. high school graduate rate after the states and districts began using a new …
film.avclub.comThe Rock’s Skyscraper promises stupid fun, but falls shortDwayne Johnson, who recently played a brawny ex-Special Forces primatologist in Rampage, gets a backstory that’s almost as good in Skyscraper: His character, the Ahabically one-legged safety consultant Will Sawyer, used to be an FBI agent, until his left shank got blown off in a botched hostage rescue. Dusting off his undergrad comparative mythology books, writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber sends our hero off to relive and scale this trauma (this time with his own wife and kids in peril) as he swings and climbs his way up the Pearl, a Hong Kong super-high-rise that makes Dubai’s real-life Burj Khalifa look like an old New York tenement. It’s 3,500 feet tall, very shiny, and topped with a spherical chamber that operates somewhat like Star Trek’s Holodeck, though its only real purpose is to set up an abstract, Lady From Shanghai-inspired funhouse finale. We’re told the Pearl is “the safest super-tall structure in the world.” But towers have been a recipe for disaster since the Book Of Genesis, and this one falls easily to sabotage by a crew of international, mostly Eurotrash mercenaries.
lifehacker.comHow to Keep Your Dog From Getting OverheatedThey say only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, but even mad (or sad, or glad) dogs should probably stay inside when the temperature climbs too high. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can wreak utter havoc on your canine friend, but there are a few things you can do to keep your dog cool and safe this summer.3
culturalhealthsolutions.comHow to Prevent Diabetes - Actionable Steps to Get Started - Cultural Health SolutionsAs soon as our feet hit the floor every morning, we start making decisions that affect our health in one way or another. Will you go to the gym or climb back in bed? Meditate or find a show to binge on TV? Veggie omelet or french toast bagels? It can be overwhelming, but we do our best because we wa4
thestreet.com5 Investing Podcasts Perfect For Your Beach WeekendHeading to the beach? Check out these podcasts: Why Trump Doesn't Want a Soft Brexit, CEO of Carnival, Carnival Cruise CEO on Inclusion, Climbing the Ranks and Booking the Best Cruise, Skully COO Reveals the Future of Smart Technology and more.