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Tour de France shorts: Chavanel and Pineau leave IAM Cycling
July 08, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
IAM Cycling's squad for the 2016 season is due for a shake up with the Swiss team announcing the departure of 35-year-oldSylvain Chavanel. The Frenchman joined the team at the start of 2014, winning five races including theGP Ouest France-Plouay, but with the team looking to focus on sprint success no contract renewal was forthcoming.Jrome Pineau, who joined the team from Quick Step with Chavanelin 2014, is also set to exit the team. "For next year, we want to have our pack of wolves more compact and prominent at the front of the peloton in order to usher our sprinters to the finish line more effectively. As a result of this reevaluation, we decided not to extend Sylvain Chavanel's contract,"the founder of IAM Cycling Michel Thtaz explained. "We are certainly aware of everything that Sylvain has brought to this team. The collaboration has exceeded our expectations. We will never forget his fantastic victory at the GP de Plouay last August, nor his overall qualities as a racer as well as a human being. We have really had two wonderful years together with him. I reiterate my thanks to him for his professionalism and wish him the very best for his future." The team's sprint options for 2015 include Matteo Pelucchi, Jonas van Genechten and Heinrich Haussler although the trio have just three wins between them and none since the first of February.ADVERTISEMENT In March, Europcar sprinterBryan CoquardtoldL'quipe that the team's future would need to be decided before the Tour de France, explaining "I just now want to develop in a team with riders to support me for the sprints." IAM Cycling, BMC and AG2R have all inquired about the services of the Frenchman although the departure of training partnerPineau may influence his decision to ride elsewhere in 2016. Contract extensions for Langeveld and Benoot You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France shorts: Dutch police scrap planned protest, Alpecin drops 'doping' slogan for Tour
July 01, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
No police protest at Tour de France in Utrecht,Rotterdam A planned protest by the Dutch police union, which threatened to disrupt the second stage of the Tour de France has been called off, AD.nl reported today. The police unions planned to stop the Tour caravan for a traffic control on the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam on stage 2 to draw attention to their prolonged battle to improve pay wages. Police also planned to interrupt the Grand Depart in Utrecht, but decided against it even though there has been no new collective labour agreement. Negotiations are continuing this week.ADVERTISEMENT Justice Minister Ard van der Steur and Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb planned to ask the courts for an injunction to stop the protest from interfering with the Tour. I regret this action and I find it incomprehensible that this event, followed by so many cycling fans, is being used for this action, Aboutaleb said to ANP. I have a lot of sympathy for the police officers who are fighting for a better collective labour agreement, but I dont think that objective should be obtained in this manner." Alpecin drop 'doping for hair' slogan during Tour You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Chavanel and Frank lead IAM Cycling's Tour de France challenge
June 25, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
IAMCycling reveals Tour de France roster Mathias Frank will lead IAM Cyclings general classification challenge at the Tour de France while Sylvain Chavanel will have carte blanche to go on the offensive throughout the three weeks. The Swiss squad announced their nine-man roster on Wednesday, confirming that Jrme Pineau will miss out on the Tour for the first time in his 14-year professional career. Second overall at last years Tour de Suisse, Frank has had a low-key 2015 thus far and was hampered by sinusitis at the recent Critrium du Dauphin, but has won the confidence of his team. We will do everything we can to allow him to be as efficient as possible throughout the big event in July, directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe said. To help him achieve his goals, we have decided to go without a pure sprinter who would be likely to shine in the first week.ADVERTISEMENT Former Hour Record holder Matthias Brndle will look to shine in the opening time trial in Utrecht, while Jrme Coppel " 14th overall in 2011 " will join Jarlinson Pantano in supporting Frank in the mountains. Chavanel, meanwhile, lines up for his 15th Tour and will look to add to his tally of three stage wins. Sylvain Chavanel, our rouleur-puncheur [] will have the status that will allow him to attack whichever stages he fancies, Verbrugghe said. IAM Cycling team for the Tour de France: Matthias Brndle, Sylvain Chavanel, Stef Clement, Jrme Coppel, Martin Elmiger, Mathias Frank, Reto Hollenstein, Jarlinson Pantano and Marcel Wyss. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Chavanel second best in Abetone
May 14, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sylvain Chavanellet the peloton know his aggressive and opportunistic racing style wasn't taking a back seat on hisGiro d'Italia debut as the IAM Cycling leader made his mark on the first summit finish of the race to Abetone by finishing second.Chavanel's ambition for the Giro was to finish with a stage win to his name and having made his way into the day's four-man break, he executed one plan for the day having stated before the stage that he was "determined to show what I can do", he ultimately fell one position short of victory. While describing that the percoso of stage six suits him better, Chavanel explained he was keen to show himself out in front and chance his luck for victory. "I managed to slip into the right group of guys for the break, even though Thursday's stage will likely suit my qualities since it is longer. But never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. We rode along well together and had a good pace. The stage was less difficult than those that we have faced since Sunday," Chavanel said.ADVERTISEMENT Chavanel was unable to match the climbing speed of stage winnerJan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) who finished 1:31 in advance of the 35-year-old but he just managed to hold of the fast finishing trio and overall favourites, Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte, for his best results so far of the season. "This meant it was a great opportunity to be at the front. I am still not quite in top form, but I managed my efforts. Of course, I'd be even happier if I had won, but I was just lacking a little pep on the climbs that pitched above 6-7%," Chavanel said."I came up against someone who was stronger than me, but it still feels good to be at the front of a race. I intend to try my luck again. For the team, it was also important to show that we have the firepower to fight." With the team's Italian sprinter Matteo Pelucchi recovering day-by-day from his injuries, IAM Cycling's sport director Kjell Carlstrm added that the team will be looking to claim another high stage finish today. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Shimano wraps up investigation of Flanders incidents
April 25, 2015 (06:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Shimano has concluded its investigation of the two incidents in the Tour of Flanders involving their neutral service cars, and again apologized to the riders and teams involved. It said that the crash involving Trek Factorys Jesse Sergent was the result of a split-second error of judgment. In separate incidents, a neutral service car hit Sergent, who suffered a broken collarbone, and another Shimano car hit the FDJ team car in the same race, pushing it into FDJ rider Sebastien Chavanel. The company issued the results of its investigation on Friday, after considering reports from all parties concerned".ADVERTISEMENT Sergent was in the races breakaway, and as the gap decreased, the cars behind the break were told to move to the front of the race. Following the convoy and in a pressurized race situation, the highly qualified driver chose to progress at the wrong moment, resulting in him crossing Jesse's racing line on a corner, coming into contact with the rider, Shimano said. "He immediately realized what happened and pulled in at a point where it was safe to do so. He retrieved Jesses bike from the on-coming flow of traffic and attempted to aid the rider before contacting police and ambulance services. We are assured that, aside from a split-second error of judgement, all protocols were followed, both to mitigate the chance of an accident and how to respond after an accident. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tech gallery: Weird and wonderful gear at Paris-Roubaix
April 13, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Although Paris-Roubaix's 'Hell of the North' moniker originally referred to the bombed-out state of post-war Northern France, many riders today consider the description perfectly apt for the bone-shaking cobblestone race. With more than 57km of pav during the 253km event from Compiegne to Roubaix, team mechanics broke out fat tubulars, handlebar gel and extra bar tape, and bar-top brake and shift levers of various configurations. IAM Cycling star Sylvain Chavanel took the start on a cyclocross bike with new 30cm Schwalbe G-One tubeless tyres. At first glance, 2015 Paris-Roubaix champion John Degenkolb of Giant-Alpecin had a fairly straightforward machine with a Giant Defy Advanced SL frameset, Shimano C35 wheels, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group and Pioneer power meter. But a closer look revealed a few tricks, like 30mm Vittoria-branded tubulars with clincher treads glued on, a single bar-top brake lever, a Di2 climb switch mounted next to the stem and a little good luck, 'knock on wood' token glued to the frame. MyKnoaky is a good luck charm product created by former pro Andreas Klier.ADVERTISEMENT While Cofidis won the award for most ridiculously fat handlebar tape job " their triple wrap brought bar circumference to nearly 15cm and dwarfed the hoods " perhaps more surprising was the appearance of aero bikes at Paris-Roubaix. Both Tour of Flanders champion Alexander Kristoff and the entire Movistar team rode the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, with wide tubulars the only concession to the stones. Movistar rider John Gadret rode the Canyon integrated aero handlebar with most of the tops bereft of any tape at all. With an eye to the chance of wet, muddy cobblestones, weather is always the number one topic at Paris-Roubaix (it was dry this year). But a close second is tyre pressure. While every rider is different " based on their weight, plus weather, tyre size and personal preference " all riders run much lower tyre pressure than at any other road race of the year. Most riders were in the 4.5-6bar/64-86psi range. As with his teammate Chavanel, IAM Cycling rider Matthias Brndle told BikeRadar that he had mechanics put 5bar/72psi in his 30mm tubeless Schwalbes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Chavanel leads IAM Cycling into 2014 Tour de France
July 06, 2014 (05:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frenchman on joining the Pro-Conti team and ambitions for the Tour More...
Frank and Chavanel lead IAM Cycling at Tour de France
June 24, 2014 (14:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Swiss team name the nine riders for their Tour debut More...
IAM Cycling hoping Chavanel can repeat winning ways in Dunkirk
May 07, 2014 (06:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frenchman claimed overall victory in 2002 and 2004 More...
Chavanel ruled out of Paris-Roubaix with bronchitis
April 09, 2014 (16:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Haussler set to return for Hell of the North More...
Chavanel: Nothing to be done against Terpstra at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 26, 2014 (23:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frenchman takes 5th place in Waregem     More...
Chavanel's overall hopes fade at Paris-Nice
March 13, 2014 (11:46) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mechanical problem costly on run-in to Mont Brouilly     More...
Sbastien Reichenbach to support Sylvain Chavanel at Paris-Nice
March 07, 2014 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
IAM Cycling sending a strong squad with overall ambitions     More...
Chavanel leads the line and a new challenge at IAM Cycling
February 01, 2014 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Exclusive interview with French all-rounder     More...
No additional pressure at IAM Cycling for Chavanel
January 14, 2014 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frenchman targets classics in 2014     More...
New signings Chavanel, Frank, Reynes and Pineau don IAM Cyclings team colours at 2014 launch
January 13, 2014 (16:15) [ Indexed from VeloNation ]
Classic success plus Tour de France participation important goals for Swiss squad More...
Chavanel using cyclo-cross to kick start his training
November 08, 2013 (20:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
French rider preparing for 2014 debut with IAM Cycling     More...
Martin and Chavanel to clash in Chrono des Nations
October 16, 2013 (17:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pinotti bows out in the final race of the European season     More...
Sylvain Chavanel motivated for Paris-Tours
October 12, 2013 (22:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Final race with Omega Pharma-Quickstep for Frenchman     More...
Sylvain Chavanel looking for Paris-Tours luck in final race for Omega Pharma-Quick Step
October 11, 2013 (22:30) [ Indexed from VeloNation ]
Frenchman hoping to be a protagonist in the race that made his name as a neo-pro More...

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