Team GB pair relishing prospect of Tour of Britain’s toughest stages
As the Tour of Britain heads into its two toughest stages, keep an eye out for the young guns on the Great Britain team, and particularly for the Yates brothers, who made such an impact at the Tour de L’Avenir earlier this month. Double L’Avenir stage-winner Simon has his sights set on a top 10 finish in London on Sunday, while twin brother Adam, runner-up at the L’Avenir, is relishing the prospect of Friday’s summit finish at Haytor in Devon.
World points race champion Simon admitted to a bit of disappointment following his time trial performance in Knowsley, where he dropped from second overall to 11th, but insisted he’s not out of the GC battle yet.
“I came here with the GC in the back of my mind, but knew I would lose quite a bit in this test,” he told Cyclingnews. “There are some quite hilly days coming up and I could show myself there. I went quite well on the Caerphilly stage last year, but there are some good guys here – [Nairo] Quintana, Dan Martin, so it’s a bit of a tall order.”
Adam Yates, who races for the same CC Étupes club that produced Vuelta a España stage-winners Warren Barguil and Kenny Elissonde, said his Tour of Britain experience hasn’t been as positive thanks to a crash coming off the Honister Pass in the Lake District on Monday. “My bike broke on the descent off the Honister – it snapped clean after I hit a hole. I went straight into a fence and into a woman at about 60k an hour and lost 30 minutes,” he said.
“There are still some good stages ahead for me. I’ve got my eye on that stage in Devon, although Simon could make the top 10 and I will work for him. But, because he’s my brother, he’ll let me have a...
Watch out Oprah Winfrey as there's another book club in town - the Pro Cyclist's Book Club to be exact.
While currently competing at the Tour of BritainJacob Rathe (Garmin-Sharp) told Cyclingnews about how the book club, created earlier this year by Rathe and his teammates David Millar and Alex Howes, came to fruition.
"The cyclist's life is much more boring than it seems," said Rathe. "There's many, many tedious hours in buses, planes and hotels and books are the most relaxing way to spend your time."
In deadpan fashion the 22-year-old American relates the trials and tribulations of their endeavor and sheds some light on his lifestyle as a professional cyclist at the WorldTour level.
Former UCI president will not comment on specific allegations
Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has declined to comment on allegations made against him in a dossier commissioned by Russian Cycling Federation president Igor Makarov and others, saying that he did not feel it ought to be taken seriously.
A summary of the dossier was leaked to the press last week, and it accused both Verbruggen and his successor Pat McQuaid of corruption. The document alleges that Verbruggen and McQuaid solicited a bribe of €250,000 from an unnamed team owner in 2012.
The dossier also alleges that Verbruggen allowed Lance Armstrong’s legal team to edit and write parts of the Vrijman report, a supposedly independent review into how Armstrong’s urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France were retrospectively found to be positive for EPO in 2005.
Speaking to Cyclingnews on Wednesday, Verbruggen indicated that he would not be taking legal action to defend himself against the accusations outlined in the document and he explained why he has not commented publicly on the matter.
“I think if I commented, it would mean that I thought it was serious,” Verbruggen said. “But I already told a journalist colleague of yours from Great Britain that I don't think it's serious and I don't think you should take it seriously either."
For his part, McQuaid has robustly denied the allegations made against him in the dossier, describing them as “totally untrue and […] not supported by a scintilla of evidence.” McQuaid has also highlighted that Makarov is among those supporting rival candidate Brian Cookson in next week’s UCI presidential election.
Verbruggen and McQuaid have previously reacted litigiously to accusations of corruption. In January 2012, they opened defamation proceedings against both Floyd Landis and Paul Kimmage in response to allegations...
Las Vegas, Nevada hosts series finale on September 19
Cyclingnews is pleased to present live streaming coverage of the final round of the 2013 USA CRITS Championship Series which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 19, 2013 as part of Interbike, the largest bike industry show in North America.
Coverage will commence at 5:45pm PDT prior to the Industry Cup at 6:00pm and will continue through the finale of the men's 70km final.
USA CRITS Finals schedule: -Industry Cup (40km) - 6:00pm PDT -Women's USA CRITS Final (40km) - 7:00pm PDT -Cruiser Celeb Relay Race (5km) - 8:00pm PDT -Men's USA CRITS Final (70km) - 8:30pm PDT
After a few years away with finale stops in Dallas, Boston and most recently, Vail, the series finals will be held in its previous location at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, also the new home of Interbike for 2013.
Now in its seventh year, the 2013 USA CRITS Championship Series featured 10 events, beginning in early March in Tucson, Arizona and now culminating in Las Vegas, Nevada for the final round.
The men's series has been dominated by the Pro Continental UnitedHealthare squad, which has won eight of nine rounds thus far, and entering the Las Vegas finale the team holds first and second overall courtesy of Hilton Clarke and Carlos Alzate respectively. The Continental SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis has gone head-to-head each round against UnitedHealthcare's "Blue Train" and the team's Shane Kline holds third overall.
The women's series has been more egalitarian regarding the distribution of wins, but Erica Allar holds a clear series lead having won four of the rounds. Lenore Pipes (Care4Cycling p/b Solomon) holds second overall while Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) lies in third.
The biotechnology company Amgen and AEG, owner/operator of the Tour of California, announced today that Amgen has renewed its title sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California. Amgen has had title sponsorship of the California stage race since its 2006 inception with 2014 marking the ninth edition of the event.
"We are very excited about renewing our title sponsorship," said Ray Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen. "At Amgen, we are passionate about serving patients and this is a great opportunity to connect with them from a different perspective."
Programs running in tandem with the Amgen Tour of California will be designed to raise awareness about some of the world's most serious illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, two leading causes of death globally.
Expanded programming will build on the success of Breakaway from Cancer, a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Amgen will continue to honor and celebrate cancer survivors through a variety of events taking place during the eight-day event including official race starts, jersey presentations and Breakaway Mile events, a special walk along the race course for community members impacted by cancer.
The announcement underscores Amgen's continued commitment to the State of California, the healthy benefits of cycling, inclusive of the active Amgen Cycling Club, and a long history of involvement in charitable events.
"From day one of our partnership, Amgen has been an extraordinary, dedicated partner and has worked closely with us to build the race into what it is today – America's premier cycling event, and one of the most anticipated on the international calendar," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports.
The ninth round of the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) is kicking off today in Canberra with a new-look tour set to excite proceedings. In years past the previously named Canberra Tour has been a victim of its own popularity with bunches of riders proving too large for race permits provided by the ACT police and as such its future has remained in doubt.
The heritage of the Canberra Tour in Australian circles is not to be underestimated, whether at junior or senior level, riders who have excelled there in the past include but are not limited to: Rohan Dennis and Nathan Haas (Garmin Sharp), Will Clarke (Argos-Shimano), Cameron and Travis Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) and Jack Bobridge (Belkin).
With an invigorated parcours, renewed government support and a rolling road closure assured by Police it appears all parties have come together to support the new look event. The tour now consists of four stages over three days; a 20km out and back time trial on Friday, a 120km hill top finish road race on Saturday, an undulating 82km circuit race on Sunday morning and a final criterium to finish on Sunday afternoon.
Canberra local and recent Tour of Murray Victor, Tom Palmer, will be missing the support of his Drapac team as they are absent for the event, but remains enthusiastic as he tackles the race as a guest rider with Canberra Cycling Club.
"I love the community here and I look forward to a great event. If a result from me can be a part of that, to have a local rider on the podium, then that would be awesome.
"To have the first edition of the tour raced and supported at a high level would be fantastic, I'd like to see it keep going for years to come," said Palmer.
Palmer will be a strong contender for the final stage criterium that will be raced in front of Australia's Parliament House, but is not expected to challenge for overall honours that will likely be...
Mancebo has been racing domestically in the US since signing with RealCyclist.com for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He moved to the 5-hour Energy/Kenda squad when the two teams merged before the start of this season. Mancebo, a former Spanish national champion with multiple top-10 finishes in Grand Tours, took the NRC individual title both years he raced with RealCyclist and added another title this season with 5-hour Energy.
But the 37-year-old is still negotiating with his current team while testing the waters for a return to Europe.
"I haven't signed yet, but it's a great team," Mancebo said of the 5-hour Energy squad. "I have been here three years, and I'm very happy here. It's not easy [to get a contract with a top-level European team]. I try to find a good team there, and I have some offers, but no really good offers. If I want I could ride there, but I think no."
Mancebo has been incredibly successful during his three years on the US domestic circuit with the UCI Continental teams. He won the Redlands Bicycle Classic twice, in 2011 and 2013. He also took the overall crown twice at the Cascade Cycling Classic in 2011 and 2012. Mancebo has also won Sea Otter, the Tour de Beauce, Battenkill and the Joe Martin Stage Race.
In 2013 Mancebo was second at the Vuelta a Castillo Leon and has scored stage wins at the Tour of Utah, the Tour of the Gila and at Beauce. He finished second during stage 1 of the Tour of California and was seventh overall at the inaugural Tour of Alberta earlier this month.
Mancebo said the big North American races motivate him, and he has yet to race in the USA Pro Challenge...
Langeveld is a Classics specialist who won the 2011 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and finished fifth in that year's Tour of Flanders. In 2013, Langeveld finished 10th in the Tour of Flanders, seventh in Paris-Roubaix, and fifth in E3 Harelbeke.
"I chose Garmin-Sharp because I know I will find a great Classics team with depth, experience and talent," said Langeveld. "I believe in 2014 we can be successful and play an important role in the Northern Classics just as the team did this year in the Ardennes."
"I am also hoping to be part of the Grand Tour teams and support the GC leaders as much as possible in achieving their goals. I was exited to see Garmin-Sharp racing aggressively and full of passion in the Tour de France this year and I am happy to join this group and be supportive on the highest level."
Langevelde's new contract is for two years. "I am happy to be joining a team with a great history and a specific character and I will work hard for the first goals of 2014."
Garmin-Sharp Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said, "Sebastian is a huge talent. He is a rider that excels in many disciplines and in particular, he will be a very strong addition to our Classics squad. He's already proven what he can do in these races and we are excited to have him on board starting in 2014."