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News shorts: Vorobyev wins Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen prologue
March 06, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vorobyev wins Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen prologue in Middelkerke Katushas Anton won the opening stage and took the early lead of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen in Middelkerke on Friday evening. The Russian finished the 7km prologue in 7:57, beating New Zealands Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) by four seconds and Czech Repubics Jan Barta (Bora-Argon18) by five seconds. Of course, I am very happy with this victory! Vorobyev said. I was very motivated, because I was able to achieve good form and I wanted very much to get a result. I knew this route because Ive ridden it previously.ADVERTISEMENT In the morning I had a chance to see the route again and to understand how to ride it, how to divide the power on the distance. In the first part it was a strong head wind, so it was important to pass it with a good speed. Normally, I like long time trials, but I worked hard to improve my abilities in short distances, because I know I have to ride both long and short TTs. Now, I am the leader in GC and I am motivated for fighting in this race until the end. We have a very strong team here in Belgium and all of the guys are really motivated to support me and to help me in next two days. We will see what will happens, but I am sure for 100 per cent we will do our best. Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen will continue on Saturday with the 174.1km first stage from Brugge to Harelbeke and conclude on Sunday with a 184.5km stage from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem. You can read more at More...
David Millar to represent riders in Extreme Weather Protocol talks
March 06, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
David Millar has confirmed to Cyclingnews that he will represent the Cyclistes Professionnels Associes (CPA) as it works with the UCI to establish an Extreme Weather Protocol to protect riders and avoid making them compete in dangerous weather conditions. Millar retired at the end of 2014 after racing for 17 years with Cofidis, Saunier Duval and Garmin. He revealed he has yet to ride a bike since his last race but has began to coach former teammate Ryder Hesjedal. He is also writing a second autobiography. His first called Racing through Dark mostly covered his decision to dope and the huge consequences on his life and career. The new book will be called Racer and will remember the good bits, the fun bits, he said. Millar has travelled to Paris to attend a key CPA meeting before Paris-Nice. The same meeting will be attended by representatives of the newly formed Association of North American Professional Cyclists (ANAPRC), as professional riders finally start to stand up for their rights as a key stakeholder in the sport. Millar has been asked to represent the CPA in the working group created by the UCI to work on a protocol.ADVERTISEMENT Id said Id never get involved in things like this because when I did stick my neck up as a rider, I got my head cut off. But they approached me and now Im retired things are different. The sport is also changing and I do think Ive got the experience of lots of different situations in the sport. I hope I can help make a difference. I love cycling and want to help it move forward, Millar told Cyclingnews. Any Extreme Weather Protocol could lead to stages and races being cancelled, with the ANAPRC calling for a Plan B stage if temperatures fall below 3C. But Millar understands that racing in certain conditions is what makes cycling unique. He wants to help find a balance between legendary stages in the rain and snow and rider safety. We cant set strict perimeters because cycling is often held in extreme weather, its also the nature of the sport. Its about finding a way of not putting anyone health at risk, Millar explained. The problem is that currently in extreme weather conditions, nobody knows what is going on. So if we can have an Extreme Weather Protocol in place, we can allow decision to be made quickly and definitely. You can read more at More...
McQuaid divulges 2017 Worlds contract with Makarov
March 06, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pat McQuaid has told Cyclingnews that he met with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) on three separate occasions in 2014 and that he has nothing to hide regarding allegations of covered-up doping tests and misconduct at the UCI while he was president from 2005 to 2013. However, the Irishman has revealed to Cyclingnews that he signed a personal contract with Igor Makarov " the head of the Russian Cycling Federation " in 2012, while still at the head of the UCI. The contract was in relation to a potential World Championships bid from Makarovs home country of Turkmenistan, and McQuaid, who claims he was considering not standing in the UCI presidential election of 2013, admits that he signed a contract before realizing that it was a potential conflict of interest. McQuaid had previously, before becoming UCI President, acted as a consultant for the 2004 Worlds in Verona, Italy. During 2012, as a result of the Lance Armstrong affair and other significant work-related pressures, I strongly considered not standing for re-election as UCI President in 2013, McQuaid told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT During this period, following a number of discussions about the development of cycling in Eastern Europe, Igor Makarov, a fellow UCI Management Committee member, offered me a contract for the future development of cycling in his homeland, Turkmenistan, including the preparation of a bid to bring the UCI Road World Championships there in 2017. I agreed to this contract in July 2012. Four months later, however, in October 2012, following a very successful Olympic and Paralympic Games for cycling in London, I reconsidered my position about standing for re-election to the UCI Presidency and so, because of a possible conflict of interest, I informed Mr Makarov that I did not wish to proceed with the contract. I should stress that at no point did I carry out any work relating to this contract, nor did I ever receive any payment relating to this contract. McQuaid and Makarovs relationship soured when the UCIs Independent License Commission deemed that the Katusha team " run by Makarov " should have their WorldTour License revoked for the 2013 season on ethical grounds. The decision was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but Makarovs backing of McQuaids presidency was over from that moment. You can read more at More...
Tour of the Gila facing cancellation
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
New Mexico's Tour of the Gila could face cancellation this year if the race can't quickly replace the title sponsor that withdrew support this month. The UCI 2.2 race is scheduled to begin on April 29, and organisers have given themselves one week to find the sponsorship dollars that would allow the race to continue this year. The 29-year-old event has received UCI status for its women's event for the first time this year, while the men's race has been a UCI event since 2012. Organisers announced a call to action this week to help find a title sponsor that would allow the event to continue. The race is seeking approximately $40,000. The Tour of the Gila faced a similar crisis in 2009 before SRAM stepped in as the title sponsor. Race director Jack Brennan is hoping a similar angel sponsor will come forward this year.ADVERTISEMENT Once the word went out, the cycling community rose to the occasion and the race became one of the most successfully attended races in Gilas history, Brennan said of the 2009 event. This is a grassroots event that relies largely on the unparalleled support of the Silver City community, which is a major feat in a town of 10,000 people. Brennan said making the announcement was very difficult, but race organisers believed it was important to get the word out as soon as possible about the race's difficult situation. Weve always been known for being able to pull off a lot for a little, and the door is open for a few companies or individuals to obtain a title sponsorship for this year, he said. You can read more at More...
UCI to publish CIRC report on Monday
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI has confirmed it has received the report document from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) and announced it will be publish the report early on Monday morning. UCI President Brian Cookson announced the creation of CIRC soon after being elected in September 2013. The UCI has covered the estimated 3 million costs. This Commission will investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been in involved in any wrong doing in the past "allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport Cookson said when CIRC was announced.ADVERTISEMENT Their work will also be focused on understanding what went so wrong in our sport and they will make recommendations for change so that, as far as possible, those mistakes are not repeated. The CIRC commission was headed by Swiss politician and former state prosecutor, Dick Marty. He was joined by anti-doping specialist, and CAS arbitrator, Ulrich Haas and former Australian military officer, Peter Nicholson. Assisting the trio is Aurlie Merle, who has experience in investigation and justice work for the UN. Haas handled Alberto Contadors appeal after his positive test for Clenbuterol and Riccardo Riccos unsuccessful appeal against his 12-year ban. You can read more at More...
Coming soon: Live coverage of Strade Bianche and Paris-Nice
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Theres top-class racing from Italy and France on the agenda this weekend and you can follow all of the action right here Cyclingnews, with live, minute-by-minute coverage of both Strade Bianche and the prologue of Paris-Nice. Though only in its ninth year, Strade Bianche has already established itself as one of the stand-out races of the spring, as the peloton snakes its way across the hills and dirt roads of Tuscany before the stirring finish on Sienas Piazza del Campo. The action gets underway at 10.30 CET and you can keep track of events at all the way to the finish on Saturday afternoon. Cyclingnews man in Italy, Stephen Farrand, will also be on location and will have all of the news and reaction from what is sure to be a dramatic day of racing in Tuscany.ADVERTISEMENT On Sunday, attention switches north of the Alps to France, as Paris-Nice gets underway in Maurepas with a 6.7km prologue in Maurepas. The first rider rolls down the start ramp at 13.35 CET and, once again, all of the action will be covered live on Cyclingnews. Live coverage of Paris-Nice continues daily for the duration of the race, and from next Wednesday, March 11, Cyclingnews will also cover live coverage of every stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, as the big four of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali face off in Italy. To get in the mood for Strade Bianche, you can read Stephen Farrands preview here, while Sadhbh OShea takes a look at what to expect in the inaugural womens edition. Zeb Woodpower has the lowdown on Paris-Nice here. You can read more at More...
Nys confirms 2016 date for retirement
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two-time cyclo-cross world champion Sven Nys has announced that he will do exactly one more year as a professional rider before he hangs up his bike and retiring from the sport. The Belgian had previously stated that he would end his career next season but has confirmed the date as March 5, 2016. Now 38, Nys turned professional in 1998 with Rabobank and has since ridden for Landbouwkredit and Crelan-AA Drink " for who he currently races. During his 17-year career, Nys has won the World Championship twice, in 2005 and 2013. In 2005 Nys also won the national title, the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy, the cyclo-cross World Cup, the Superprestige titles, and ended the season as the world number one " the only rider to achieve this grand slam of cyclo-cross. Nys has won a total of 46 World Cup races, and has claimed the overall title six times. He has been the Belgian national champion nine times and holds three national mountain bike titles.ADVERTISEMENT As recently as December of last year, Nys denied that he had any plans to retire but the rise of talented young riders Mathieu van der Poel, who won the elite World Championships this season, and Wout van Aert have forced him to change his mind. The 2014/15 was a tough one for Nys by his own standards, with illness disrupting his schedule, but he still secured four victories including the defence of his Cross Vegas title. Nys will make his departure at an extravaganza event in the Sportpaleis Antwerp that has been named 'Merci Sven'. Tickets for the event have already gone on sale, where fans will be able to bid farewell to Nys at the 23,000-seater stadium, and are expected to go quickly. You can read more at More...
Brailsford: Wiggins can go out with a win
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky principle David Brailsford believes that Bradley Wiggins can end his very successful tenure with the British WorldTour team in style. Wiggins is due to leave Team Sky after targeting Paris-Roubaix next month and then join his Wiggins Continental team and race on the track for the final part of his career. "There's no reason why he can't go out with a win. He's prepared well, he's focused well and when he does that, he's terrific with preparation. He needs a big stage to perform and Paris-Roubaix is certainly that, Brailsford told Sky Sports News. Wiggins has been part of Team Sky since its inception in 2010; the team was largely built around him until recently. He landed his biggest successes in Team Sky's black and blue colours, most notably his 2012 Tour de France title. Wiggins is due to switch to the track, where he began his career, to target the Hour Record and the Olympic games in the next 18 months. Among his final races for the team, Wiggins will ride Paris-Nice, which begins this Sunday, where he won ahead of his Tour success.ADVERTISEMENT "Bradley has been an iconic figure for us in Team Sky and for British cycling. He'll start this weekend in the Paris-Nice stage race, in his last stage race for Team Sky. He's won it before and he's ready for it, said Brailsford. Then we'll go on Paris-Roubaix which will be his last race for Sky - a big one-day classic and he's ready for that too. It'll be sad to see him go, that's for sure. Team Sky has enjoyed a purple patch of late with two GC victories at the Volta ao Algarve and the Vuelta a Andaluca with Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome respectively, and Ian Stannards commanding win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. "It's been our best start to the season ever. We've had more victories at this point of the year than we've ever had so it's been a terrific start, explains Brailsford. Brailsford claims the team have rallied over the winter, after a particularly challenging 2014 season. You can read more at More...
Moser hoping for second Strade Bianche victory
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Moreno Moser remains the only Italian winner of Strade Bianche but the latest member of the Moser cycling dynasty is hoping to land a second victory on Saturday and get his career back on track. Moser has not won a race since finishing ahead of his then Cannondale teammate Peter Sagan in 2013. He has shown flashes of his class and pedigree but has been hampered by personal doubts and mistakes with his training and racing schedule. Cannondale-Garmin has Sebastian Weber as team coach but riders are allowed to use personal coaches and Moser revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport that he has opted to work with Michele Bartoli this season. The former Classics winner from the nineties also coaches many of the Lampre-Merida riders and Carlos Betancur of Ag2r-La Mondiale. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport on the eve of this years Strade Bianche race, Moser recalls his 2013 victory as a perfect race. Not because I didnt do anything wrong but because at least when you win, you dont have to dig things up to understand your mistakes; for once you can avoid doing that.ADVERTISEMENT Moser said he realised his climbing ability and Classics skills were suited to the rolling roads of Strade Bianche in 2012. He hoped for a second victory in 2014 but was hit by a fever just a few days before the race. On Saturday he will line up alongside Ryder Hesjedal and Nathan Haas in the 2015 Cannondale-Garmin squad and is more optimistic about his chances after finishing sixth overall at the Tour Down Under and then eighth at the Trofeo Laigueglia despite being hit by a flu bug during the teams training camp in Mallorca. Strade Bianche is a difficult race to understand and to get right. More than other races, it depends on the weather. The wind, when you train on the course on your own, is not a problem. But when youre in the peloton, its worse than the climbs and can dump you on the ground on the dirt roads, Moser explained. Its difficult to predict what will happen. A break could go and stay away, but then again it might not be the decisive move. The final group could include, 10, 30 or just five riders as we hit the final climb (to Siena), its a very open race. You can read more at More...
News Shorts: BMC confirm Paris-Nice roster
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen will have the services of Tour Down Under winner and Hour Record holderRohan Dennis, along with2012 World Champion Phillipe Gilbert when Paris-Nice starts Sunday inMaurepas.Silvan Dillier, Ben Hermans,Amal Moinard,Michael Schr andPeter Velitswill join them in the eight-day race Dennis has been on a short break after his Australian win and record-breaking hour ride, and he'll likely target Sunday's prologue before settling into his domestique role. Gilbert could be looking for a stage win while helping to shepherd van Garderen to the key mountain stages. Moinard, who won the Paris-Nice mountains classification in 2010, will be looking to lend a hand on the climbs. Van Garderen is targeting a top result in the race after finishing second recently at the Tour of Oman. The BMC team leader was forced to abandon Paris-Nice on the second day last year after falling ill.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here Fox Sports will broadcast Tour of Utah You can read more at More...
Beating the numbers game
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
The sight of Briton Ian Stannard defying the odds to beat the three Etixx-QuickStep riders to win last Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was extraordinary. But it was not the first of its kind to show how a numbers advantage is no guarantee for victory in a bike race. Watching Stannard (Team Sky) outsprint Dutchman Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) and beat two other breakaway riders " Belgians Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenburgh, at eight seconds and 15 seconds, triggered Australian legend Phil Anderson's memory " a not so fond memory either. It first reminded him of stage 7 of the 1993 Tour de France from Peronne to Chalons"sur-Marne in the Champagne region when he and, Motorola teammates, Max Sciandri and Alvaro Meija were in the key seven man break but failed to win the stage. With the break set to stay away after the Motorola trio had won 260 bottles of Fleury la Rivieri champagnein the two intermediate sprints beforehand, they looked set to win the stage with their numbers advantage and Sciandri's reputed sprinting prowess. Alas, as with the Etixx-QuickStep trio at Omloop-Het Nieuwsblad, it was not to be.Champagne but no cigar Sciandri was pipped on the line by, the yet to become Tour de France champion, Bjarne Riis, whereas Mejia finished in fourth place, and Anderson sixth. Sciandri's sense of embarrassment was clear as he said: "To get beaten, yeah but by Riis?" Anderson recalled this week how it may have left his team with champagne to drink - it was not in celebration, but commiseration. "I worked for Sciandri, just buried myself because he was our designated sprinter," Anderson told Cyclingnews. "He was beaten by the 'oompa loompa' that was Bjarne Riis at that stage he was a bit heavier then He wasnt really a sprinter. I don't know what was going on Sciandri was having an extremely slow day.I thought we would have had that one in the pocket." Asked about Motorola's stash of champagne they won beforehand, Anderson laughed and said: "I remember using a sabre to open the champagne that night around the table, but we were drowning our sorrows, not celebrating that we had won a heap of champagne. "I guess that's how the Etixx guys felt but they probably didn't win champagne."Thumbs up for Stannard As Anderson learned on several occasions in his professional career that ran from 1981 to 1994 " and not always at his cost " winning the race for numbers in the decisive break of the day does not always translate to winning the race for first place. "Often I was in a situation where I was out numbered and won, or held my place for 'GC' [general classification]," Anderson said. "But [last Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad] was an extreme case when there were four of them in the break when it is three against one it is quite outstanding really."ADVERTISEMENT Anderson revelled in the north European classics despite one win in the 1983 Amstel Gold Race against near-misses in the Tour of Flanders (2nd in 1985 and 1987), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (2nd in 1984 and 3rd in 1983 and 1989) and Ghent Wevelgem (2nd in 1985). But Anderson had nothing but praise for Stannard's ride, even after the criticism of Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere. While the Belgian Etixx-QuickStep boss criticised Stannard for not working more in the break, Anderson felt he rode superbly. "Stannard was smart and he was named at the top of the results [in first place]," Anderson said. "He also had the guts to attack [in the finale]."The roots of conflict You can read more at More...
News shorts: Movistar and Etixx-QuickStep confirm Strade Bianche teams
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Valverde to lead Movistar at Strade Bianche Alejandro Valverde will lead the Movistar team at Strade Bianche on Saturday. The 200km race starts in San Gimignano and finishes in Siena, where the Spaniard hopes to top his third-place performance from last year. Valverdes teammates will be Andrey Amador,Giovanni Visconti, Jasha Stterlin, Marc Soler, Pablo Lastras, Fran Ventoso and Enrique Sanz.ADVERTISEMENT The team also confirmed their Paris-Nice roster that will include Spanish road race championIon Izagirreand Beat Intxaustialong withImanol Erviti, Rubn Fernndez, Dayer Quintana, Eros Capecchi, Gorka Izagirre andJos Joaqun Rojas. Etixx-QuickStep announce Strade Bianche and West-Vlaanderen rosters You can read more at More...
Video: 10 riders to watch in Paris-Nice
March 05, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
Paris-Nice has long held its place in the cycling calendar as the first major stage race of the season, and while these days the peloton has more than half a dozen major stage races already under its belt, none have the prestige, length and difficulty of the ASO-run event. For that reason, Paris-Nice attracts a strong field for its eight stages, which are bookended with individual time trials.The race begins with a short prologue in Maurepas on Sunday and ends with an uphill time trial on the Col d'Eze next week, and in between there are ample opportunities for sprinters, climbers and roulers alike.ADVERTISEMENT Who are the top 10 riders to watch this year?Watch the video below to find out, and as always subscribe to the Cyclingnews Youtube channel so you won't miss a single moment of our extensive video coverage. You can read more at More...
Duchesne part of strong Europcar team for Paris-Nice
March 05, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
Antoine Duchesne had a disappointing first year on the WorldTour with Europcar in 2014 because of injuries and illness. This season, the young Canadian is hoping to turn his luck around as he heads into Paris-Nice from March 8-15 in France and the Spring Classics. Im ready for Paris-Nice, Duchesne told Cyclingnews. Im healthy at the moment. Even with a tough early season I feel pretty strong. Thats why I was selected to race Paris-Nice. It will be my first big stage race since Ive been on this team. The Quebec-born rider, who now bases himself in southern France with fellow Canadian Hugo Houle from the Ag2r-La Mondiale team, got his start with Europcar after a series of promising results as an under-23 rider, including back-to-back national road titles, second place in a stage at the Tour de Beauce and fifth in a stage at the Tour of Alberta.ADVERTISEMENT Europcar offered him a two-year deal (2014 and 2015) that aligned perfectly with the French teams upgrade to the WorldTour last year, giving him a dream position on a team that would compete in all of the top races in the world. A series of injuries, however, kept him from starting the bigger stage races. Not knowing exactly what his strengths were, Europcar added Duchesne to the Spring Classics campaign last year. I was new to the team and they didnt really know what I was capable of, so I only did Mallorca and Tour of Langkawi in the early season, and then I jumped into the Classics. Since I was riding the cobbles well, I did the whole season through Paris-Roubaix, he said. His spring season ended in injury when he hit a street pole before the Arenberg sector of Paris-Roubaix, injuring his thigh and hip, which sidelined him from racing for almost a month. Recovered and back on the bike in May, Europcar slotted him in for the Critrium du Dauphin, his first chance at a WorldTour stage race, but as the race grew closer they replaced him with Romain Sicard instead. You can read more at More...
Uran scouts Giro time trial route
March 05, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rigoberto Uran got an early peek at the Giro dItalias stage 14 individual time trial course this week, with the Etixx-QuickStep rider saying he loves the parcours. Uran finished second in the Giro dItalia general classification last year, temporarily taking the leaders maglia rosa after winning the stage 12 time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo. Movistars Nairo Quintana eventually won the overall with impressive riding in the mountains. Uran will return to the Giro this year as the Colombian time trial champion, having won gold in February of this season. Hes hoping the Giros 59.2km test from Treviso to Valdobbiadene on Saturday, May 23, will favour him again this year.ADVERTISEMENT This time trial comes after two weeks of racing at the Giro, so it can be key, because energy levels of all riders will be at the limit after that amount of racing, said Uran, who scouted the course this week with teammate Gianluca Brambilla. It could be important for the GC because after about an an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes of time trialing, time differences can be pretty significant. The course starts with 30km of flat road before encountering several punchy climbs leading to the finish. Etixx-QuickStep trainer Koen Pelgrim said the changing nature of the course can make a riders effort hard to gauge. You can read more at More...
Van Garderen '100 per cent ready' for Paris-Nice
March 05, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from ]
On paper, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) sets out from Maurepas this Sunday as one of the outstanding favourites for final overall victory at Paris-Nice, but the Race to the Sun rarely plays out according to a preordained script. Twelve months ago, van Garderens race was ended prematurely by a bout of illness that forced him to abandon on the second day, but even without such misfortune, BMC directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois warns that Paris-Nice can never be reduced to its set-piece stages. The summit finish on the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret on stage 4 is expected to be pivotal and the Col dze time trial " where, surprisingly, van Garderen has never particularly excelled " provides the grand finale on the Riviera, but this race has a penchant for unexpected plot twists.ADVERTISEMENT Paris-Nice is not just the last stage, Ledanois told Cyclingnews. Its always dangerous, Paris-Nice. You can expect a stage for the sprinters and then its a surprise and very hard, so you never know. For sure, the Croix de Chaubouret, the Col dze and the prologue are a selection more or less for the top five on GC, but you have to be careful everywhere. Every time, the first stages are dangerous with the wind. We have eight days and every one of those days is dangerous. Van Garderen arrives at Paris-Nice after taking second place at the Tour of Oman for the second successive season, but while there is now a familiar rhythm to his early-season, one can never step into the same river twice. Second place behind Chris Froome in 2014 was viewed in wholly positive terms, whereas van Garderen appeared to harbour some regrets about missing out on victory to Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida) last month. There are differences, too, in van Garderens mind-set this time around. Although he began to supersede Cadel Evans in the BMCs hierarchy when he finished in fifth place at the 2012 Tour de France, he was only formally handed the keys to the kingdom at the beginning of last year. After recovering from a mixed build up to record another fifth-place finish in Paris, Ledanois believes van Garderen has grown into the leadership role and its associated pressures. You can read more at More...
Gallery: Jamis-Hagens Berman in Costa Rica training camp
March 05, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from ]
The Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home team chose a unique location for their early season training camp, heading to Costa Rica for a two-week block of training in between their first test of the year, the Tour de San Luis, and their next goal, the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The riders and staff chose Orosi in the Central American country for the camp, and have found the weather, roads and terrain were well suited for their first-ever two-week long camp. The team had a little local knowledge thanks to the presence of Costa Rican Gregory Brenes in the squad.ADVERTISEMENT "We looked at a great country, with good weather, and a lot of good roads and terrain where I expect the riders will have a very hard and productive two weeks of training," director Sebastian Alexandre said. "We look forward to starting the season in the US shortly, and I again have high expectations for my team this year." The team had a strong start in the Tour de San Luis, where climber Daniel Jaramillo placed ninth overall. After Redlands, the team will focus on the Tour of California, where Ben Jacques-Maynes will likely start as the only rider to have competed in all 10 editions of the race. You can read more at More...
Froome reveals he testified to CIRC
March 05, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from ]
2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome has revealed that he testified before the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) about the current situation in the sport. The CIRC was formed after the election of UCI president Brian Cookson to investigate how doping had become so endemic to the sport in the 1990s and 2000s, and to determine what role the UCI played in the evolution of the doping culture. "I sat down with CIRC after the end of the season last year and spent a good few hours with them, just talking about the state of the sport and how, from a riders point of view, they can try to improve on things," Froome told The Daily Mail. "I think the sport is definitely making a lot of headway in trying to improve its image and and putting the past behind us." Froome's rival for this year's Tour is defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, but his Astana team is facing a possible revocation of its WorldTour licence and it remains to be seen how the team's situation, which arose out of the EPO positives of brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy last year, will affect the Tour.ADVERTISEMENT "What I take a lot of confidence from is the fact that these guys are getting caught," Froome said. "It means the testing is working, which is obviously what you want. Its not comforting to know that you are racing against guys who are breaking the rules. But if they are getting caught then at least you know the system is working. Froome said he feels the sport has improved from the situation voiced by riders such as Lance Armstrong, who claim they had no other choice but to dope or quit the sport. "Im grateful its not a choice I have to make," Froome said."I hate how it was for young riders coming into the sport back in his day. Im very grateful its not like that anymore." You can read more at More...
UCI reconfigures Athletes' Commission
March 05, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI announced today that it will reconfigure the composition of its Athletes' Commission, rebalancing the 13-member team to include trials and indoor cycling in addition to the major race disciplines. The Athletes' Commission will have one male and one female representative from road, track, BMX, mountain bike and para cycling, with one representative each from cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling, presided over by a to-be-elected President chosen by the commission members. The UCI started the Athletes' Commission in 2011, with Florian Rousseau its first president, and riders such as MarianneVos,Sven Nys, Philippe Gilbert and Bernhard Eisel in its ranks. It had five representatives from road cycling, and two each from MTB, track, 'cross, BMX and para cycling, and took on such tasks as equal prize money for men and women, and sharing UCI points across disciplines.ADVERTISEMENT The revamped commission's goal will be to improve training and racing conditions for riders, and to give a voice to the athletes in the administration of the sport by direct feedback to the UCI from the riders through the commission. I am personally very pleased with the new birth of the Athletes Commission," UCI president Brian Cookson said. "During my campaign for the UCI Presidency, I voiced my support for a major role for the athletes. By being the ones training and racing every day, they are the essence of cycling and therefore the ones best placed to give their feedback on many different issues touching our sport. This renewed Commission will operate as a true channel between riders and the UCI. Athletes will be able to promote their rights and duties in all disciplines while being informed of the decisions of our Federation. You can read more at More...
Gesink out of Tirreno-Adriatico
March 05, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from ]
LottoNL-Jumbo have been forced to rethink their strategy for Tirreno-Adriatico after Robert Gesink opted to stay at home with his sick son. Gesink pulled out of his first race of the season the Volta ao Algarve two weeks ago - ahead of stage 3 - due to his sons illness and has been at home since then. Im glad my son Bram will leave the hospital today. The last couple of weeks, I was only concerned about my family. Thats why I wont be able to reach my desired level in Tirreno-Adriatico, Gesink said in a team press release. I made a false start in the Tour of Algarve and I didnt gain the intensity I wanted. Now, with Bram back at home, I dont have to worry that much anymore and I can focus on bike riding again. Im going to prepare myself for the Tour of the Basque Country via other races. Gesinks partner endured a challenging pregnancy with their son, undergoing two surgeries in September before finally giving birth. The Dutchman abandoned the Vuelta a Espaa to be by her side during that time. Medically, the last 12 months have been difficult for Gesink also. A stress-induced heart arrhythmia forced him to pull out of competition early in 2014 before having surgery in May.ADVERTISEMENT Gesink was meant to lead the team at the seven-day Italian race but the team has been forced to switch their focus to the bunch sprint with Tom Van Asbroeck in his absence. We have other plans, said directeur sportif Erik Dekker. Our goal was top ten with Robert, but thats going to be difficult now. However, we are flexible and well start the race with new ambitions. With Tom Van Asbroeck we aim to be in the sprints. Winning is going to be hard with Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan, but to get in the mix for a third or fourth place is a good goal. Van Asbroeck joined the team at the start of this season after a very successful 2014 and Tirreno-Adriatico will be his first WorldTour race. The young Belgian has had a good start to the year with a second place on the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve and fourth at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne last weekend. You can read more at More...

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