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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 5, 2013

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December 05, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Nys, Compton continue to lead UCI cyclo-cross standings

    Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) outsprinted Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) to win in Gavere for the ninth time in his career
    Article published:
    November 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT
    Cycling News

    Peeters tops junior men's rankings

    Three weeks of racing have taken place since the previous tabulation of the UCI Cyclo-cross rankings, but world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) and World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) continue to lead their respective elite men's and elite women's standings. Belgium's Yannick Peeters, the reigning European champion, leads the junior men's standings.

    The highlight for Nys's recent race results were back-to-back victories in the C1-rated races at the GP Hasselt (November 16), the third round of the bpost bank trofee, and the fourth round of the Superprestige series in Gavere, contested the following day. This past weekend, however, Nys abandoned the Superprestige round in Gieten due to a mechanical and the previous day he finished fourth at the third World Cup round in the sands of Koksijde, Belgium. As a result his leading point tally in the rolling, 12-month tabulation dropped slightly to 2,008.

    Nys's closest rival in the UCI 'cross standings, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), however, won both of the previous weekend's races and narrowed the gap to Nys to 70 points. Belgians hold the top-three positions in the standings with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) in third at 1,772 points with Dutch champion and World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) the first non-Belgian in the standings in fourth at 1,710 points. There was stability at the upper reaches of the standings as the top-10 riders maintained their positions.

    The USA's Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) is the top North American rider in the...

  • Stybar turned down lucrative Telenet-Fidea cyclo-cross contract

    Overall Eneco Tour winner Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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    November 29, 2013, 10:08 GMT
    José Been

    Czech considers riding World Championships

    Zdenek Stybar has turned down an offer from Telenet-Fidea to return to cyclo-cross with the team. The Czech rider was offered €500,000 per year plus €300,000 to €400,000 in start fees and prize money, Het Nieuwsblad reports. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider turned down the offer to keep focusing on a road racing career.

    Telenet-Fidea manager Hans van Kasteren told Het Nieuwsblad that he made Stybar the offer around the time of Paris-Roubaix, where the Czech played an important role in the final but saw his chances of victory disappear after a collision with a spectator. "Stybar still has a huge commercial and sports value in cyclo-cross. That's why I offered him that salary." 

    Stybar said no to the proposal, even though it would mean he could earn more than what he earns at Omega Pharma-QuickStep. "The €500,000 we offered is a salary only. With starting fees and prize money it could well amount up to €800.000 or even more than that," Van Kasteren clarified.

    The 27-year old rider wants to invest in his road racing career which started in 2011 with Quick Step. This year became his breakthrough season with two stage victories and the overall win in the Eneco Tour. He also won the seventh stage in the Vuelta and finished sixth in Paris - Roubaix. Stybar's ambition is to win the Tour of Flanders.

    Stybar hasn't said goodbye to cyclo cross forever, however. In his teammate Tom Boonen's charity cross on Friday, a race he won last year, he'll ride against road pro cyclists like Jan Bakelants, Thomas de Gendt,...

  • Gallery: Sunweb-Napoleon Games training camp

    Sunweb-Napoleon Games' star riders Klaas Vantornout and Kevin Pauwels enjoy some training time in Spain
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    December 01, 2013, 10:11 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Belgian 'cross team takes mid-season break in Spain

    With no cyclo-cross races in Belgium or the Netherlands this coming weekend, the stars of the European cyclo-cross circuit have opted to head south to warmer climes for training camps commencing earlier this week and running through the latter portion of next week. While the Telenet-Fidea squad opted for the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, rival team Sunweb-Napoleon Games chose the coastal city of Calpe, Spain as their destination for a mid-season break.

    "This is mostly a program of long-distance training on the road, but I will also include a few sessions in the woods," said Subweb-Napoleon Games team manager Mario De Clercq.

    "This break comes just in time for many of our riders. Klaas Vantornout was looking forward to it, he even left a day earlier for Calpe. For Kevin Pauwels it is good that he can go someplace away from the stress. Gianni Vermeersch has been missing his explosiveness in recent 'cross races while Jim Aernouts still needs to build his base after his broken leg."

    In addition to current team members, three of the squad's new signees for 2014 are also in attendance at the camp: Michael and Dieter Vanthourenhout plus Dominique Cornu.

    The team will spend 10 days in Calpe, Spain and return home to Belgium next Thursday. Sunweb-Napoleon Games riders return to racing on Saturday, December 7, at the C1-rated Scheldecross race in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Click here to view the photo gallery.

  • Video: How the race was won, Jingle Cross Rock day 3 edition

    Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) taking the hole-shot
    Article published:
    December 02, 2013, 21:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Keen analysis of elite men's third day in Iowa

    In this week's edition of How the Race Was Won, Cosmo Catalano takes a look at the elite men's race on the third and final day of racing at Iowa's Jingle Cross Rock.

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) had already won two days in a row in Iowa, but how would he fare against a strong field of determined rivals such as Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), elite men's up-and-comer Logan Owen (California Giant-Specialized) and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement)?

    In this video, courtesy of Behind the Barriers TV, Cosmo Catalano breaks down all the action at the UCI C1-rated event on a rain-dampened circuit featuring the Mt. Krumpit run-up.

  • Trek's new carbon cyclo-cross bike - sneak peek

    Trek's new carbon fiber cyclo-cross bike was inadvertently revealed in this Instagram photo
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    December 03, 2013, 16:15 GMT
    James Huang

    New bike spotted with IsoSpeed decoupler and integrated seatmast

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    We speculated a few weeks ago that Trek has a new carbon fiber cyclo-cross bike in development and it appears we now have some evidence that our speculation was well-founded. We're still awaiting official details, but it looks like our guesses were spot-on based on a photo of the new bike posted to the Instagram account of Megan Pura Porteous.

    We hypothesized that Trek's new as-yet-unnamed carbon 'cross bike would feature the company's long-running no-cut integrated seatmast plus a variant of the remarkably effective IsoSpeed seat tube 'decoupler' to smooth out rough courses and indeed, both are visible in the image along with internal routing for electronic drivetrains, flattened seatstays, dual bottle mounts, and a rear disc brake mount mounted to the chainstay.

    We've only seen disc-specific versions of the new bike to date but rim brake versions are almost guaranteed to be available, too. Current Trek Cyclocross Collective racer Katie Compton has mostly been racing on her rim brake-equipped Crockett in European World Cups and we're guessing fellow 'cross superstar Sven Nys will also continue on with rim brakes once he officially joins the team on January 1.

    Not surprisingly, Trek road brand manager Michael Mayer was noncommittal when we asked about the new bike.

    "We are always in development on new products and testing new products and will officially release information on new product when it is available," he told...

  • Powers, Anderson continue to lead Pro CX standings

    Powers takes the win on day one of Baystate CX Weekend
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    December 03, 2013, 20:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    Three weekends of racing remain to determine series champions

    With three weekends of racing remaining in the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) remain in the lead of their respective elite men's and elite women's standings. Austin Vincent (Race CF | @racecf) continues to lead the junior men's standings.

    Pro CX racing took place on both coasts last weekend with a pair of UCI C2-rated events at Baystate Cyclo-cross in Sterling, Massachusetts while on the west coast a weekend of racing took place in Los Angeles, California with a pair of UCI C2-rated events at CXLA Weekend.

    Jeremy Powers remained close to home and contested the Baystate Cyclo-cross events, winning Saturday followed by a second place finish to Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) on Sunday. With the points earned in Massachusetts Powers boosted his season tally to 876 and increased his lead to 45 points over second-placed Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b, who raced both days in Los Angeles and earned a fourth on Saturday and third on Sunday. Belgium's Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), who won Sunday at the CXLA Weekend and placed fifth on Saturday, remains in third overall but closed his deficit to Johnson to just seven points.

    Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b also competed in Los Angeles this past weekend, winning the opener on Saturday and finishing 11th on Sunday to remain in fourth overall at 651 points. The elite men's top-five is rounded out by Berden's teammate Jamey Driscoll who remained in fifth overall at 452 points after second and seventh place results at the CXLA Weekend.

    Elle Anderson remains in control of the elite women's...

  • Jeremy Powers gives up road to focus on cyclo-cross

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus)
    Article published:
    December 04, 2013, 15:00 GMT
    Ted Burns

    Gives up Jelly Belly slot to focus off-road

    After 10 years riding for Jelly Belly Cycling, Jeremy Powers has decided to hang up his road cleats to focus on the next phase of his cyclo-cross career. "I think that we need to do the World Cups, and for me personally, I want to do that,” said Powers. “That's the next step for me. I don't want to be a racer that just raced for America."

    After a prolific 2012-13 US cyclo-cross season, Powers finished last February questioning his ability to juggle a high profile cyclo-cross career with professional road racing. Powers expects that stepping away from road racing, and focusing purely on cyclo-cross, will enable him to perform on the World Cup cyclo-cross circuit.

    "In April I'll be relaxed, and be doing what I need to be doing to get ready for cyclo-cross," said Powers at the Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY. "Less miles on the road, more core, more off-road, more running and things like that. Things that when you are doing 30 hour weeks, six weeks in a row, are just not possible to do."

    Powers came to road racing from mountain biking on the advice of several mentors, including Adam Myerson and Kirk Albers, and quickly found his way to Danny Van Haute’s Jelly Belly team in 2004. He credits his tenure riding under Van Haute on Jelly Belly for helping refine his fitness, and teaching him how to race. By 2007, when Stu Thorne signed him to the squad, Powers had started to shift his focus more towards cyclo-cross.

    "Every year road racing came down a peg in my focus," said Powers. "I always did well in races that were under four hours, I always did well in races that were less than 70 degrees out. I have a high sweat rate, and low attention span, which is why cyclo-cross is geared towards me perfectly."

    As his cyclo-cross commitments and contracts...

  • How the race was won: Jingle Cross Rock women

    Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) after winning her third race of the weekend
    Article published:
    December 05, 2013, 19:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    How Nash dispatched her rivals in Iowa

    In this week's edition of How the Race Was Won, Cosmo Catalano takes a look at the elite women's race on the first day of racing at Iowa's Jingle Cross Rock.

    Katerina Nash (Luna) puts on her usual show of dominance, especially in the absence of American rival Katie Compton (Trek), but she does get a little bit of a surprise from Amanda Miller (Tibco to the Top), who hung on until the bitter end.

    In this video, courtesy of Behind the Barriers TV, Cosmo Catalano breaks down all the action at the UCI event, breaking down where the winning moves occurred. See if you agree on how the race was won, and leave your comments below!