Michael Rogers revels in the thrill of winning

ZONCOLAN: With a stage win in the Giro d’Italia already his, Australian Michael Rogers could easily have ridden to the finish in Trieste on Sunday believing that his return to grand tour racing from a provisional doping ban had been mission accomplished.
Nanjing Night Net

But after claiming his second win for the 3449km race in Saturday’s 20th stage – 167km from Maniago to Monte Zoncolan in the Dolomites – Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), who was recently cleared by the Union Cycliste Internationale after testing positive for clenbuterol at the Japan Cup last October, explained how he could draw more from himself at the end of what has been a brutal Giro.

 Fichier sélectionné dans Sport

Over the last three weeks, Rogers, 34, who won stage 11 to Savona in a late solo attack, has also ridden superbly to help his Polish teammate Rafal Majka ride into sixth place overall in the Giro that will end on Sunday.

“I enjoy the working part of it,” a beaming Rogers said after his victory.

“With the experience I have, I enjoyed teaching a team that is full of energy and a team I have found here.

“But at the end of the day, the thrill is still winning.”

Rogers, from Canberra, also cited the “life lesson” that his five months out from racing due to his clenbuterol case had provided.

“I learned that it’s what you create and give. It’s not what you have physically,” Rogers said.

“I saw opportunities in this race and I took advantage of them; whereas before maybe I wasn’t as hungry.”

On Saturday, Rogers and Francesco Italian Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) were leading the stage on final kilometres of the 167km race that ended with the 10km climb up Monte Zoncolan that has an average gradient of 14.9 per cent with a maximum of 22 per cent.

 Fichier sélectionné dans Sport

The pair, the remnants of an initial 19-rider breakaway that formed early in the stage, appeared set for a head-to-head battle on the final climb when a fan pushed Bongiorno into Rogers, forcing the Italian to put his foot down to avoid crashing.

With Rogers having accelerated just as the incident happened with 2.9km to go, he had no idea of what happened – and didn’t know until after seeing a replay later.

But after Rogers rode away, he too found himself having to ideal with unruly fans; and while not impaired as Bongiorno was, he was left to shout and swipe them away.

“It was a bit of a problem with some of the fans up there on the mountain all day drinking the local drop or something …” said Rogers.

“One spectator hit my handlebars a couple of times and I asked him to move and kept on hitting them and force was required.

“They have to give us a little bit of room. We can’t ride through gaps that don’t exist.”

Despite the bedlam, Rogers maintained his focus and survived racing through the gauntlet of fans, yet never believing the win was his until the final turn to the finish.

Without getting any time gaps between him and those chasing, Rogers drew on his time trialling prowess that led him to win three world titles in the discipline.

“I just time trialled to the top,” Rogers said.

“It is the first time I have been up Zoncolan, so I didn’t really know it very well. I tried to give it everything I could.”

Nearing the finish, Rogers found just enough energy to kiss the wedding ring on his left hand twice in dedication to his Italian wife Alessia and three daughters, and his family in Canberra and then swing his right arm in celebration before crossing the line.

In his wake came second placed Italian Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) at 38 seconds, then Bongiorno in third at 49 seconds after being passed by Pellizotti.

At 4 mins 45secs and in 17th place came overall race leader Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar), fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in 18th and Italian Fabian Aru (Astana) in 22nd place – all at the same time.

For Quintana, the result virtually assured him overall victory – barring disaster.

With Sunday’s last and 21st stage, 172km from Gemona del Friuli to Trieste, being flat, it is likely to end in a bunch sprint with everyone finishing at the same time.

Going into Sunday’s final stage, Quintana lead was 3mins 7secs over Uran and 4mins and 4secs on Aru.

Meanwhile, Australian Cadel Evans (BMC) was in eighth place overall at 12mins flat after he dropped a place with his 33rd place on the stage at 7mins 20secs.

Rupert Guinness has been covering the Giro d’Italia as a guest of Eurosport. Eurosport have been covering every stage live, up to an including Sunday’s final and 21st, Gemona del Friuli to Trieste – 172km – from 10.30pm on Eurosport Channel 511, Foxtel.*Times are subject to change

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Fish floated against depression

SALMON sashimi may become a hot favourite in weekly meal plans after a Tasmanian study found women who consumed more fish could reduce their chances of developing depression.
Nanjing Night Net

The study looked at 1386 adults from across Australia, aged 26 to 36, who were questioned about their mental health, diet and lifestyle, including their weekly seafood intake.

Women who ate fish at least twice a week were found to have a 25 per cent less chance of developing depression.

For males, there was no association found between depression and fish consumption.

Menzies Research Institute Tasmania researcher Kylie Smith said the study mapped all seafoods including shellfish but other studies had found fish with omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon or tuna were more beneficial.

“There have been quite a few studies that have shown connections between fish and depression but no one has ever looked at it over the long term, which is what we have done,” Dr Smith said.

“Those women who ate more fish were less likely to develop depression over the five-year follow up period.”

The report, authored by six researchers including four Tasmanians, was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology .

Out of the sample, 160 women and 70 men experienced depression in the five years following the questionnaires and interviews.

Lifestyle factors such as weight, smoking and marital status were also assessed but did not change the findings, where the risk of a new depressive episode in women decreased by 6 per cent for each additional weekly serving of fish consumed.

Dr Smith said the study could be aligned with an increasing interest to discover whether lifestyle factors can help reduce depression.

“There are some nasty side effects with [anti-depressant] drugs and some people don’t take the medication so researchers are trying to find out whether diet or physical activity can reduce depression,” she said.

The study was connected to the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study and used data from 1984, 2004 to 2006 and 2009 to 2011.

Istanbul protesters fail in bid to take Taksim Square

Protest: police walk past burning debris in the Cihangir district of Istanbul. Photo: Kate Geraghty Blockade: police officers blocked off Taksim Square. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Nanjing Night Net

A man protests in front of a police line in Taksim Square Photo: Kate Geraghty

Changed crowd-control tactics by Turkish police left Istanbul dazed on Saturday evening. But there were no deaths, only few injuries and fewer than 40 arrests as thousands of protesters surged against police lines in a failed bid to take central Taksim Square.

The protesters’ objective was to occupy the square and adjoining Gezi Park, where brutal police suppression of protests a year ago sparked nationwide outrage.

Beginning peacefully on May 31, 2013, the protesters’ first objective was to block government plans to refashion the park as a mall, but the police crackdown spawned protests against the government on a portfolio of issues – and when the dust had settled eight protesters were dead and thousands wounded.

On Saturday, as many as 30,000 police, many of them in civilian garb, were flown and bussed in from across the country to take up positions around the square. Before any protesters could make their way to the square all access was blocked.

Police on the lines were overheard urging each other “calm, calm” and in many cases they opted to wait out the chanting protesters rather than resort to the tactics that caused a national explosion of anti-government anger 12 months earlier.

Fairfax Media observed a teenager exiting a local hospital, clutching an icepack to the side of his head where he claimed he had been hit by a teargas canister. An ambulance was seen speeding into the midst of protesters on Istiklal Street, a key tourist strip that runs off Taksim Square, possibly to deal with several injuries reported by local media after a water cannon smashed the glass panels in a street vendor’s trolley.

Earlier Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seemed to taunt the protesters, telling them: “You’ll not be able to come to those places like you did last year.”

Mr Erdogan, who is expected to be a candidate for the Turkish presidency later this year, told a gathering the previous day: “Violence is where there is no thought and opinion. The Gezi people are those who have no thought. They never planted a tree.”

By mid-evening, tourists were making their way back to cafes on the square while police pursued the last of the protesters – some of whom used slingshots to throw stones and lit fires of protest as householders took to their balconies, beating pans and saucepans in solidarity.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

AFL: Essendon victorious over RichmondPHOTOS

AFL: Essendon victorious over Richmond | PHOTOS Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers is tackled by Cale Hooker of the Bombers during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Nanjing Night Net

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers takes a mark during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers is congratulated after kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Steven Morris of the Tigers competes for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Ben Howlett of the Bombers is congratulated by David Zaharakis after kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

A general view as the Bombers and Tigers stand before the Dreamtime at the ‘G match during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The Tigers leave the field after losing the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Bombers fans look on as Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers has a shot at goal during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Brandon Ellis of the Tigers competes for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Trent Cotchin of the Tigers is tackled by Zach Merrett of the Bombers during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Joe Daniher of the Bombers runs with the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Mark Baguley of the Bombers and Daniel Jackson of the Tigers compete for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Dustin Fletcher of the Bombers and Shaun Hampson of the Tigers compete for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Brett Deledio of the Tigers runs with the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Jack Riewoldt and the Tigers leave the field after losing the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Courtenay Dempsey of the Bombers runs with the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Dylan Grimes of the Tigers runs with the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Daniel Jackson of the Tigers is tackled during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Heath Hocking of the Bombers and Matt Thomas of the Tigers compete for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Courtenay Dempsey, David Zaharakis and Paul Chapman of the Bombers sing the team song in the changing rooms after winning the round 11 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Essendon left the field victorious, defeating the Tigers 104-54. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

TweetFacebook Essendon Bombers v Richmond TigersAFL Round 11.

NRL: Cowboys keep Storm scorelessPHOTOS

NRL: Cowboys keep Storm scoreless | PHOTOS James Tamou of the Cowboys is tackled by Cameron Smith and Ryan Hoffman of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock
Nanjing Night Net

Young Tonumaipea of the Storm is tackled by Matt Scott of the Cowboys during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Brent Tate of the Cowboys is tackled by Young Tonumaipea of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by William Chambers of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys scores a try during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Michael Morgan (L)of the Cowboys celebrets with Ray Thompson and Brent Tate after scoring a try during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Michael Morgan of the Cowboys scores a try during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Michael Morgan of the Cowboys celebrates after scoring a try during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Ethan Lowe of the Coboys is tackled by George Rose and Tohu Harris of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Matthew Scott of the Cowboys is tackled by Cameron Smith and Kenny Bromwich of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by William Chambers of the Storm during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Cameron Smith of the Storm walks with Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys at the end of the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Robert Lui of the Cowboys runs the ball during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Cameron Munster of the Storm runs the ball during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Ray Thompson of the Cowboys kicks the ball during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Cameron Smith of the Storm leads his team from the field after finishing their warm up during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

Michael Morgan of the Cowboys runs the ball during the round 12 NRL match between North Queensland and Melbourne. The Cowboys kept the visitors scoreless, with the Storm failing to answer any of North Queensland’s 22 points. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

TweetFacebook North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne StormThe Cowboys defeated the Storm 22-0.