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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, September 9, 2013

Date published:
September 09, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Powers hones 'cross form at Tour of Alberta

    Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly) took home the most aggressive jersey for his time in today's break.
    Article published:
    September 08, 2013, 20:30 BST
    By:
    Pat Malach

    Jelly Belly rider in the mix in Canada

    Two-time US cyclo-cross champion Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) has been preparing for the upcoming season with a blast of intense training on the road this week at the Tour of Alberta. Powers made the breakaway during stage 1 from Strathcona County to Canmore, and the four-rider group he was in made it all the way to the closing circuits before the pack swallowed them up and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) took his second win of the race.

    "The goal was to get to the circuits and try to finish it off, because you never know what can happen," Powers said of the day's escape.

    "Every time we turned we thought it was finally going to be a little bit of tailwind and we'd get a little bit of a reprieve," he said. "But every single time we turned there was wind from another direction. It felt like it never stopped. So that makes for a very hard day with four riders. I don't know what it was like in the back, but up front we were all leaking oil, if you will."

    Powers didn't get the win, obviously, but he did collect the jersey for most aggressive rider on the day. And maybe more importantly was the nearly three-and-a-half hours of high-intensity "training" the 30-year-old American put in off the front.

    "It's definitely more motorpacing than I'd have been able to get otherwise," he said.

    During Friday's stage 3, Powers was well-positioned near the front of the field before the bunch hit the crosswinds that blew the race apart, but he suffered a flat tire just before the race started splitting up.

    "I really thought that I would be able to make that selection,"...

  • Rodríguez: Horner and Nibali are strongest at Vuelta a Espana

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) powers to the finish line on the Collada de la Gallina climb to place 4th on the stage
    Article published:
    September 08, 2013, 21:30 BST
    By:
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Spaniard hopes for podium finish or stage win

    Me falta, me falta (I'm missing something, I'm missing something) was how Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) described his current state of form when he crossed the line after stage 15 of the Vuelta a España.

    Together with Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), Purito was the only rider really to try to unsettle the current overall classification on the final section of stage 15's six-hour ride through the Pyrenees.

    And whilst Roche staged a longer distance attack over the Porte de Bales, Rodriguez made several short digs in the final climb to Peyragudes. Roche just managed to stay clear, but Rodriguez was hunted down each time and had to settle for seventh on the stage and no change to his fourth place overall position on general classification.

    Vincenzo Nibali, an ever up-beat but realistic Rodriguez said, is looking increasingly invulnerable, with the Spaniard describing the Italian as "very strong, doing really well. He and Horner are the strongest, then me and Alejandro [Valverde] are on another level, just behind.

    "I had my moment of glory today," he said - an ironic reference to his repeated short, sharp attacks, "but I can't do it. I'm trying but I'm missing something, I'm missing something. Me falta, me falta."

    His objectives, Rodriguez says now "are a podium or a stage win." He almost snorted in disbelief when told that Valverde said after stage 15 he believed that Nibali was ‘looking a little weaker'. "He says that? Well I didn't see that," he responded. "He's doing really well."

    Last year's winner on the Peyragudes in the Tour, Alejandro Valverde, said after the stage he had recovered fully from his ‘

  • Cycling remains a 'core sport' at Olympic Games

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 1:56 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    McQuaid warns against complacency

    The 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires voted for cycling to be retained as a 'core sport' of the Games over the weekend.

    UCI President and IOC member Pat McQuaid welcomed the decision in a statement.

    "Each and every national cycling federation around the world depends on cycling's position as a 'core sport' in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in order to receive funding from their respective governments," he said. "Preserving cycling's position as a core Olympic sport is therefore critical to the development of our sport worldwide."

    Cycling has been a part of every modern summer Olympic Games since 1896, the first Olympiad, in Athens, Greece. In 2005, there was a shift at the behest of the UCI in the track cycling program for the 2008 Games in Beijing, whereby the men's kilometer time trial and women's 500m time trial were dropped in order to make way for BMX. For the 2012 Games in London, the men's individual pursuit, points race and the madison were removed, while on the women's program the individual pursuit and points race were dropped. The changes allowed for both men and women to compete in the sprint, team pursuit, team sprint, keirin and the introduction of the omnium. Cycling has also come under threat as an Olympic sport due to numerous doping positives.

    Earlier this year, wrestling, which has been a part of the Games since ancient times was discarded as a core sport by the IOC Executive, replaced by rugby 7's and golf. However, overwhelming support from IOC members saw wrestling re-instated over the weekend ahead of softball / baseball and squash.

    "When a sport like wrestling, which has been at the heart of the Olympic programme since 708 BC (with one exception in Paris in 1900), faces being dropped from the Olympic programme, it shows that no sport can ever afford to be complacent," explained McQuaid.

    "One of my proudest achievements as an IOC member has been securing...

  • Horner: I'm still hoping to make a move

    Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) climb to the finish
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 3:54 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Veteran content to play the waiting game to Peyragude

    Six stages remain in this year's Vuelta a España and currently second on the general classification Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) says he's hoping to make a move on leader, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

    The top five overall – Nibali, Horner, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) - finished together in a group 3:20 behind stage 15 winner Alexandre Geniez (FDJ.fr). The result leaves Nibali with a 50 second lead over Horner, with Valverde another 52 seconds in arrears, Rodriguez at 2:27 and Pozzovivo at 3:43.

    "I think Nibali and myself were still the strongest, but Rodriguez and Valverde were putting in strong attacks," said Horner of the battle to the top of the Peyragudes on Sunday. "Kišerlovski did a big effort to try to break the group apart, but we had five or six guys that were really on top form today so basically we just all watched each other to the line. If we keep this up, nothing will change. We might need someone to have a bad day before we can make another selection."

    Horner noted that accelerations from Valverde and Rodriguez are harder to nullify than those of Nibali. There won't be any respite on Monday's 16th stage, but there is a rest day coming on Tuesday. Then, the Vuelta concludes with some of the toughest climbs still to come in Asturias.

    The 41-year-old was happy to see drier conditions than have been encountered in recent days at the Vuelta, with bad weather forcing a large number of abandons in the peloton, but Horner would also prefer for the temperature to rise.

    "My form is still good and the legs are good, even though today was long and cold. But I‘m hoping to see another warm day in Spain," he said.

    With...

  • The deal with Vaughters that saw Dennis take Alberta title

    Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) covered with dirt from the road.
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 5:14 BST
    By:
    Pat Malach

    Garmin Sharp investment in youth paying dividends

    Rohan Dennis, the 23-year-old winner of the inaugural Tour of Alberta, had a deal with Garmin-Sharp General Manager Jonathan Vaughters. The young rider was about to start a long string of races beginning with the Tour de France and ending this week in Alberta, and he asked his boss if he could go home for a rest before starting the long campaign.

    "I thought two months was going to be quite challenging to be on the road," said the rider who placed second in the Alberta prologue and then took over the race lead on stage 3. "I asked if it was possible, and he said it was if I came here and won the prologue for him. I didn't do that, but in the end I won the overall, so I think he's probably a little bit more happy than what he first thought he would be."

    Dennis took the best young rider jersey at the Criterium du Daupine in June, then he rode his first Tour de France, followed by Classica San Sebastian. After that he traveled to the US for back-to-back races at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado before heading north for the inaugural Canadian race. It was a long spell on the road for the young neo-pro, but he capped it off with his first win in a UCI stage race.

    "It helps that we had a really strong team with a lot of guys who can ride the flats and guys who can ride the hills at the same time," he said of the Garmin-Sharp squad that faithfully-supported his effort.

    "We had no doubt in our mind that if there was anyone dangerous who went up the road we had the team to pull it back," he said. "You could say we rode a little bit cocky sometimes, but sometimes you have to really put yourself out there and sort of show your power to sort of intimidate other teams and show them that we are here for business and we are going to try and finish this race off as well as...

  • Dillier steps up to BMC Racing Team for 2014

    Silvan Dillier (BMC) crosses the line in front of Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly).
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 6:43 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Move follows Alberta stage win as stagiaire

    Silvan Dillier's win at the Tour of Alberta last week was enough to secure the 23-year-old a contract with the BMC Racing Team for 2014.

    Dillier had earned a ride in Alberta as a stagiaire, having spent this season racing with BMC's development team. He quickly made an impact, winning the second stage of the race having spent 75km in a two-man breakaway in his fifth victory of the season.

    Silvan Dillier, winner of a stage at the Tour of Alberta, signed a contract with the BMC Racing Team for the 2014 season, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Sunday.

    "Silvan has already deliver his first professional victory this week and the future holds many more for him," team president and general manager Jim Ochowicz said. "He is multi-talented, with a number of skills on both the road and track that he will bring to the team."

    Dillier, from Switzerland, said that confirmation of his abilities at the next level was not something he expected to see so soon.

    "The BMC Racing Team is one of the biggest teams in the world," he said. "There are so many good riders, and, if you get a chance to join this team as a young rider, it is just amazing. I really look forward to the next few years."

    The announcement follows the earlier signings of Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp), Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Rick Zabel (Rabobank Development).
     

  • Eurobike 2013: The pro bikes

    Chris Froome's Pinarello Dogma in Tour de France yellow
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 9:52 BST
    By:
    Ben Delaney

    Sagan's Cannondale, Froome's Pinarello and more

    This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

    At Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany, many brands took the opportunity to tout their connection to the world's best racers with their competition bicycles on display.

    Many bikes were put up for admiration — under lock-and-key, of course — in what looked to be post-race condition, with grease and mud still splattered on many of them.

    BikeRadar wandered the many halls of Eurobike and found machines like Peter Sagan's Cannondale SuperSix, Nino Schurter's Scott XC Scale, Joaquim Rodríguez' Canyon and many more.

    Check out the gallery here for a visual stroll through the Eurobike halls.

    For our complete Eurobike coverage, click here.

  • Boonen to resume training in late September

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) played his hand in the early breakaway
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 11:27 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Belgian looks ahead to 2014

    After calling time on his ill-starred season last month due to a perineal cyst, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is hopeful that he can resume training at the end of September and begin his preparations for 2014.

    “It’s going in the right direction,” Boonen told Het Nieuwsblad. “The skin around my perineum has grown back but now I have to let it recuperate. I tried a couple of times to ride for an hour but it’s better that I save myself now and the skin grows strong again. I hope to be back training on the bike at the end of September.”

    Boonen’s 2013 campaign was plagued by problems from the very outset. Illness curtailed his winter training and the start of his season was delayed further by an infected elbow. An early crash at the Tour of Flanders put a stop to Boonen’s classics campaign, and although he returned to win a stage of the Tour de Wallonie in July, a nagging saddle sore brought his season to an early end.

    Although sorry to miss out on the world championships in Florence later this month, Boonen was able to put his disappointment in perspective, acknowledging that the Tuscan course does not suit his characteristics.

    “It’s always a pity to miss the Worlds but it’s a bit less painful to miss out this year,” Boonen said. “The course in Florence isn’t really for me. The disappointment was much larger when I missed out on the Worlds in 2010 and 2011 [Geelong and Copenhagen – ed.] Injury denied me two chances of being world champion again. As for Florence, I see that Philippe Gilbert is coming very good again and it would be great if he could be world champion again.”

    Boonen...