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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, October 12, 2013

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October 12, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Todd Wells takes early start to 2013 'cross season

    Todd Wells (Specialized) was the only rider to ride the stairs
    Article published:
    September 19, 2013, 5:12 BST
    Pat Malach

    Wanted pre-CrossVegas prep, but more MTB racing looms

    Three-time US national cyclo-cross champion Todd Wells (Specialized) is changing up his plan for this season's cyclo-cross effort, getting a much earlier start than he did in 2012-13 following the London Olympics.

    Wells didn't start his season last year until the very end of October, but this year he's already competed in four races leading up to tonight's Clif Bar CrossVegas UCI C1 race. He won both days at the Nittany Lion Cross in Pennsylvania two weeks ago and competed less successfully during both days of the Green Mountain Cyclocross Festival in Vermont last weekend.

    "I think that's more 'cross races this year already than I did all of last year," Wells, 38, said of his season so far. "The reason I started early this year was to try and get some cyclo-cross fitness before CrossVegas. That's really my main goal. I'll still start a little bit later after CrossVegas. I'll take some time off and do some mountain bike races."

    Wells currently leads the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar, although he said he doesn't expect to hold that lead much longer.

    "I'll take a bit of a break after this," he said of the Las Vegas race. "I have la Ruta, Iceman and some other mountain bike races coming up that I'm going to prep for, but then I'll come back to 'cross in December in hopes of targeting national champs."

    Wells also said a spot for cyclo-cross Worlds is out of the question because he will be training for the multi-day Cape Epic mountain bike race in March.

    "To prep for that you need big volume, and [Worlds] just doesn't fit," he said. "The...

  • Powers, Durrin continue to lead USAC Pro CX standings

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) sweeping the weekend at the Gran Prix of Gloucester
    Article published:
    October 02, 2013, 22:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Anderson up to 3rd in women's standings after sweep in Gloucester

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Gabriella Durrin (Rapha-Focus) remain in the lead of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) after the season-long series continued this past weekend with two days of racing at the Shimano NEPCX-Gran Prix of Gloucester in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

    Powers swept both days of racing, each a UCI C2-ranked event, to bring his season points total to 248 and increase his lead over Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b by 29 points. Johnson finished second on Saturday and third on Sunday, earning 56 points for his efforts, and now has 219 points thus far this season.

    Johnson's teammate Ryan Trebon moved from fourth to third after a pair of top-five finishes in Gloucester which brings his points total to 199. Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund-NCC) drops from third to fourth overall with 190 points followed by Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) in fifth overall with 157 points.

    Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) swept the women's races in Gloucester and the 70 points earned for her pair of victories moved her into third overall at 182 points. Gabriella Durrin continues to lead overall, however, as her second and fourth place results boosted her series total to 242 points. European champion Helen Wyman (Kona), fourth then second this weekend, remains in second overall with 193 points.

    Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) round out the top five of the women's standings with 168 and 159 points respectively.

    The next stop on the Pro CX series will be this coming weekend, October 5-6, with two days of racing at the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. Saturday's racing will be the second C1-ranked event of the season in the US and the weekend also marks the first events of the Junior...

  • Amy Dombroski killed while training

    Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
    Article published:
    October 03, 2013, 18:23 BST
    Peter Hymas

    US 'crosser collides with truck

    Amy Dombroski, a 26-year-old American who races cyclo-cross for the Belgian Young Telenet-Fidea squad, was killed today while on a training ride in Belgium. The news first broke on Twitter via her team followed by a report on that Dombroski had a collision with a truck.

    "It is terrible, terrible news," Corné Lepoeter, president of Telenet's development team, told VeloNews. "We are all so sad. … We don't know anything more. We just got the news."

    The Young Telenet-Fidea squad later reported on their team website more details about the circumstances of Dombroski's death, which occurred while she was in the midst of a motor-pacing workout on the road.

    "Amy was doing a workout behind a scooter when around 4:00 pm, a collision occurred with a truck in Sint-Katelijne-Waver," read the statement. "The driver of the motorcycle miraculously escaped the accident but for Amy the consequences of the impact were so great that she succumbed.

    "Amy was a very likeable young woman with lots of ambition. She had worked hard in recent months on her speed and power to make it to the top of women's cyclo-cross in the coming months."

    It was also stated by the Young Telenet-Fidea team that Dombroski was engaged to motocross rider Ryan Rozinsky.

    Dombroski opened her 2013-2014 'cross season in the United States with a pair of local races in Colorado where she placed second at Cross of the North and first at GMS Zero Gravel Cross. She then travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada where finished 15th in her seventh CrossVegas then competed in the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Gloucester, Massachusetts this past weekend where she placed eighth on Saturday and 11th on Sunday.

    Dombroski then flew to Belgium for her team's presentation on Tuesday and the start of her European campaign.

    Dombroski was a native of Jericho, Vermont, but like many pursuing a professional cycling career she resided in...

  • Stybar not ruling out cyclo-cross Worlds

    Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
    Article published:
    October 04, 2013, 19:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Spring Classics remain Czech's main priority

    Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is not ruling out lining up at the cyclo-cross world championships in Hoogerheide in February, provided that it does not interfere with his preparation for the Spring Classics.

    “There are a few conditions attached – I need to feel fit and above all, it has to fit with my preparation for the spring classics, which are my absolute priority,” Stybar told Het Laatste Nieuws.

    The Czech won back-to-back world titles in 2010 and 2011, but has increasingly focused on the road since signing for QuickStep in March 2011. He rode a limited cyclo-cross programme in the winter of 2012-13 and skipped the Worlds in Louisville, before going on to enjoy a fine road season.

    Stybar finished sixth in his debut Paris-Roubaix after crashing out of the winning move when he collided with a spectator on the Carrefour de l’Arbre. He went on to win the general classification of the Eneco Tour and a stage of the Vuelta a España during a strong run of late summer form.

    Stybar confirmed that he will ride the “Boonen and Friends” charity cyclo-cross race in Mol on November 30, and has also pencilled in a number of Belgian cyclo-cross races around the Christmas period, including Zolder on December 26. However, he was reluctant to commit to riding the Czech national championships, where he is in line for a seventh successive title.

    “I still have doubts about the Czech national championships,” he said. “I would have to travel to the far east of the country for that national championships and that threatens to cost me a lot of time and energy.”

  • Jeremy Powers: I want to see the sport grow

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) sweeping the weekend at the Gran Prix of Gloucester
    Article published:
    October 05, 2013, 18:55 BST
    Ted Burns

    US cyclo-cross rider plans season

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) may say he's taking his build up slower this year, but after winning three of his last five races, one would think he's off to his customary fast start.

    "I'm not razor thin and I feel like I've got somewhere to go from here," said Powers after winning the first day of the Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup. "Where as last year, when I got to the World Cup, I felt like I was already three months into the season."

    2012 looked promising for Powers. As the newly minted national cyclo-cross champion, Powers took an early, and unassailable lead in the USGP of Cyclo-cross with six victories in six starts. By all accounts this would have been a landmark year, but his hard work failed to pay off on the World Cup circuit, and by the time U.S. nationals and the world championships rolled around in January and February, his form had become unpredictable.

    In previous years Powers would come into September’s races having completed several weeks of intense intervals. Instead, Powers has changed up his summer program in order to stay fresh throughout the season. "I did a good block of riding that was easy and fun for me, and then I did the Tour of Alberta, and some other racing to get ready for 'cross season," said Powers about the changes he's implemented. "I think that was a more organic and natural build. It didn't have to be super taxing mentally."

    Powers presents a gregarious and outsized personality on camera and to his fans, but shifts into a more subdued and serious persona as he articulates his career plans.

    Power’s first order of business is to cement his ownership of the U.S. 'cross scene with another championship title. After his

  • Richie Porte leads Sky to Tour of Beijing

    Richie Porte (Sky) seems to be enjoying his time riding in Colorado.
    Article published:
    October 09, 2013, 13:27 BST
    Cycling News

    Long season almost over for Australian

    Richie Porte will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Beijing, but after a long season is well aware that challenging for the overall result may be difficult. 

    Porte has been racing since early spring and took overall victory at Paris-Nice in March before finishing second behind teammate Chris Froome at the Criterium International. The pair raced almost identical racing programmes throughout the season, culminating in the Tour de France in which Froome led Team Sky to their second successive overall title.

    Porte recently competed in the World Championships in Florence but found himself off the pace in the time trial before being one of the majority who abandoned the rain-soaked road race. However he was part of Team Sky's squad than won the bronze medal in the team time trial.

    “The team’s got pressure on me but it’s been a long season,” Porte said. “I’m pretty honest with where I am with them but we’ll see what happens. I’ve heard that the climb’s not terribly hard so if that’s the case… For the end of season I don’t think that my shape’s too bad. I’ll take it as it comes.”

    Joining Porte will be countryman Mathew Hayman. The veteran will be riding in his final WorldTour event for Team Sky having signed a contract with Orica-GreenEdge for 2014.

    Austrian, Bernhard Eisel, also makes the trip to China after being part of Team Sky’s winning ride at the Tour of Britain last month. David Lopez also formed part of the same team and, like Eisel, heads to Beijing.

    “Lopez is in quite good form,” said Porte. “Bernie and Hayman are always in good condition. Josh Edmondson, our young neo-pro – to be honest he’s probably the most underrated neo-pro this year. He’s been absolutely brilliant. In the future he’s going to be a big rider.”


  • Plant named president of UCI Cyclo-cross Commission

    The UCI
    Article published:
    October 09, 2013, 17:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Will also serve another 4-year term on UCI Management Committee

    Mike Plant has been selected by UCI President Brian Cookson and the UCI Management Committee to be the new president of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission. The announcement was made on Tuesday and serves as a testament to how cyclo-cross has grown in the U.S. and the country's role and influence in cyclo-cross worldwide.

    "I am honored and excited to be selected as president of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission," said Plant, who was also recently re-elected to serve another 4-year term on the UCI's Management Committee. "Cyclo-cross has grown dramatically in the U.S. over the past five years and in 2013 we were honored to host in the U.S. the first Cyclo-cross World Championships held outside of Europe."

    On February 2, 2013 the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships took place in Louisville, Kentucky and marked the first time in the event's 64-year history that it took place outside of European soil.

    Plant brings plenty of sports administration experience to the table and has been executive vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves since 2003. He also served as president of USA Cycling's board of directors from 1995 to 2002 and is currently president of the U.S. Speedskating board of directors. Plant was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors.

    In previous roles, he was executive director of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team and associate executive director of the U.S. Cycling Federation. Plant also raced as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team.

    Plant, as part of the UCI Management Committee, was also an outspoken critic of now former UCI President Pat McQuaid during the contentious presidential election campaign which was ultimately won by Brian Cookson.

  • bpost Bank Trofee kicks off with time classification for women

    Niels Albert celebrates his victory in Oostmalle, securing overall success in the Bpost Bank Trofee
    Article published:
    October 12, 2013, 17:55 BST
    Cycling News

    Small changes for top Belgian cyclo-cross series

    The bpost Bank Trofee will kick off on Sunday with the GP Mario de Clercq in Ronse, when the top names of cyclo-cross will come together for the first time in the season. Formerly known as the GvA Trofee, the series is in its 26th season, but just the second in its current incarnation.

    An overall time classification which was applied to the men's series for the first time last year, will be part of the women's series this season. The U23s and newcomers will still race on points for the series overall.

    The series will include the usual eight races, starting in Ronse, then moving to Oudenaarde for the Koppenbergcross on November 1. The races in Hasselt (November 17), Essen (December 22) and Loenhout (December 28) are followed by the GP Sven Nys in Baal on New Year's Day, and the Krawatencross in Lille and Sluitingsprijs in Oostmalle after the world championships.

    Series coordinator Erwin Vervecken said that there will only be small changes made to the series this year, with the addition of the time classification for women and a course change for the GP Rouwmoer in Essen the main alterations.

    "The cyclo-cross in Essen will undergo a metamorphosis. The new site is located at the station. Last year we had a lot of logistical problems in Essen. Everything will now be a lot better. Not only for the campers of the riders but also for the public. It will be a largely flat course, but there will be some technical sections."

    There will also be additional security for the riders at the Azencross in Loenhout, with changes being made to the beer tent to prevent the kind of incident which took place last year when a spectator threw beer on Sven Nys.