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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 21, 2013

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November 21, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Is Van Aert the next Niels Albert?

    Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) would finish an impressive second at Jaarmarktcross Niel after spending spending several laps alone in the lead
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    November 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Young Belgian impresses in Jaarmarktcross Niel

    In 2005, it was a young Niels Albert who, at 19 years of age, jumped away early in the Jaarmarktcross in Niel and then held on to finish second behind world champion Sven Nys. Flash forward to 2013, and Nys is again in the rainbow bands and denying victory to a young Belgian, this time named Wout Van Aert.

    The race, traditionally held on Armistice Day, may not be part of one of the major cyclo-cross series, but it is one of the few opportunities for the U23 riders to test themselves against the elites. Van Aert, in his second year as an U23, leapt off the front on the first lap after taking the hole shot, and only Nys would catch him.

    "I attacked early because I wanted to put on a show for the fans," Van Aert told cyclo-cross.info. "I didn't expect to hold out for so long."

    "When I got the hole shot, I decided to keep on at my own pace. I saw that only Sven Nys had come up from the chase group. When he caught me, I tried to hang on as long as possible so that I had the best chance to stand on the podium. Then he cracked me, and I had to reset. I was really surprised that I was able to stay away from the chasers."

    Van Aert said riding behind Nys was a good experience, for as long as it lasted. "It was fantastic to be able to ride in the wheel of Nys. All the crowd cheers as he comes along. It's fantastic, and something I had never experienced in the U23s. In his track, I also noticed that my lines were not right before."

    Although he showed that he is able to ride with the best in the elites, Van Aert has no plans to graduate early from the U23 ranks.

    "No, because I want my second year in the U23s to be good. This shows again that the level at the U23s is not to be underestimated. We have all risen to the level of Mathieu...

  • How the race was won: Derby City Cup

    Men’s Podium (L to R) Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) 2nd, Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 1st, Danny Summerhill (K-Edge Felt) 3rd
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    November 14, 2013, 19:52 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Powers gets the win, but how did he do it?

    In this week's edition of How The Race Was Won, Cosmo Catalano breaks down the action from the second day of racing at the The Mudfund Derby City Cup.

    The site of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships lacked the kind of epic weather which favored the Belgians in February, and the fast, dry course peppered by tricky sand sections could only cause a selection consisting of the six strongest riders.

    Saturday's winner Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Danny Summerhill (K-Edge / Felt), Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) were all together coming into the final lap. So how was the race won? Watch the video to find out.

     

     

  • Johnson finding winning formula for cyclo-cross

    Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) was one of the pre-race favorites today
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    November 15, 2013, 16:25 GMT
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    Ted Burns

    American's Mud Fund helps developing riders

    At the Cincy3 Cyclo-cross Festival in Ohio two weeks ago Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and his teammate Ryan Trebon won all three races. Johnson won the marquee C1 event, the Kings CX Night Race, and then surprised Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) the following day at Harbin Park with a late race attack, which garnered him his second consecutive victory of the weekend. Trebon carried the momentum to Louisville the following weekend, by winning the C1 event on the first day of racing at the Derby City Cup, which was being sponsored by Johnson's Mud Fund.

    He doesn't like to call it a comeback, but after a few lean years, Johnson feels he's finally come up with a balanced, and winning formula for the cyclo-cross season. When he left the professional road peloton to focus on cyclo-cross, Johnson found it difficult to replace the intensity he achieved while racing on the road. Riding tempo at the front of the peloton, driving breakaways, and racing all of the major U.S. stage races for ten years provided a level of training and fitness that Johnson was, at first, hard pressed to replicate.

    Johnson now uses a mix of road racing, mountain biking, group rides, and even fondos, to prepare himself each season, but it took time to isolate the problem. "I didn't really know what I was missing," Johnson said about the energy the pro peloton gave him. "I miss that part about road racing a lot, and I think my 'cross results have missed that, but I think I've done a pretty good job of getting back into some kind of balance. I feel like when 'cross season does start, I'm ready for it."

    Johnson is a busy man, and immediately after his win at Harbin Park he flew to...

  • Wellens back in action after injury

    Bart Wellens (Telenet - Fidea) after his 9th place finish at the Valkenburg World Cup round
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    November 15, 2013, 20:32 GMT
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    Stephen Farrand

    Telenet-Fidea rider ready for weekend of racing

    Bart Wellens (Fidea-Telenet) will be return to racing this weekend after two weeks away due to a back injury, competing in the Bpost Bank Trophy race in Hasselt on Saturday and then the Superprestige race in Asper-Gavere on Sunday.

    The 35 year-old Belgian is keen to return to racing and to secure a place in the Belgian team for the Koksijde round of the World Cup on November 23.

    "I have pain in my back, I'm certainly not 100%, but it is better than expected," Wellens said on the Telenet-Fidea website.

    "On Wednesday I rode with with Quinten Hermans and Daan Soete, doing heavy work in the field and that went smoothly. We did some serious interval training and I easily finished that.”

    Wellens has been mixing cyclo-cross training with physiotherapy and a long ride from his home to Ostend on the Belgian coast but refused to be drawn on what he achieve in his comeback races.

    "It remains to be seen and I don’t want to say what my real ambitions are,” he said.

    “I’ll evaluate things on Saturday. I will certainly fight to do well because I realize that my selection for the World Cup is not certain. There are a few young riders knocking at the door but I want to be in the team. I'm going to do everything to be in Koksijde.”

    Fidea-Telenet team leader Tom Meeusen is also fit for the weekend of racing after damaging his ankle last week. He will race with a special ankle brace.

    "It’s one that they use in volleyball. I want some extra support, because I don’t want to hurt it again,” Meeusen said.

    "I hope to shine in the races. I prefer to do well Hasselt but I won’t hold back in Asper-Gavere either. They’re predicting a dry weekend which suits me better.”

  • 2014 women's 'cross world championship features new Saturday start

    Marianne Vos will seek her seventh 'cross world championship on home turf at the 2014 Worlds in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.
    Article published:
    November 16, 2013, 21:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Becomes marquee afternoon event of opening day

    Since the first elite women's cyclo-cross world championship was contested in 2000 at Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands, the women's race has taken place on Sunday mornings, prior to the elite men's contest, in the two-day format.

    At the upcoming 'cross Worlds, taking place February 1-2 in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands, the organising committee has swapped the traditional time slots of the U23 men and elite women, however, so the women will now have the marquee, afternoon spot on Saturday.

    "That way the women's race is the main program during the first day of the world championship," Jan Prop, president of the organising committee, told cyclo-cross.info. "The live broadcast of the race, with this change, will have a more prominent place for TV programming."

    The major attraction for the upcoming women's cyclo-cross world championship is undoubtedly Dutch superstar Marianne Vos, the six-time and reigning 'cross world champion who has won the rainbow jersey for the past five straight editions. Her 2009 world title was earned in Hoogerheide, the last time the venue hosted 'cross Worlds. The race organisation hopes crowds will turn out in droves to support Vos on her bid to win a seventh 'cross world title on home soil.

    "With the hugely popular Marianne Vos as a public attraction we hope the spectators will descend both days," said Prop.

    On Saturday, February 1 the junior men's world championship will take place in Hoogerheide at 11:00am followed by the elite women at 3:00pm. The time slots are identical for Sunday, February 2nd's races with the U23 men contesting their world championship at 11:00am followed by the elite men at 3:00pm.

  • Gallery: Superprestige Gavere from the pits and the race

    A frites van and beer tent loom out of the fog the day before Sunday's Superprestige race at Gavere
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    November 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT
    By:
    Robin Wilmott

    Disc brakes take a back seat at muddy 'cross venue

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    One of the biggest tech stories of the current cyclo-cross season has been the gradual appearance of hydraulic disc brakes within the ranks of the elite men. Lars van der Haar won the first two World Cup rounds using them, and recently Niels Albert, Sven Nys, and now Philipp Walsleben have all dipped their toes in the water, testing them out at the races.

    One of the main arguments for using discs is their advantage in very muddy races, and consistent braking, especially on tough descents. So at the Superprestige Gavere, one of the muddiest courses of the season so far with a long technical descent, we expected to see even more discs on the grid. Instead, apart from Van der Haar, they were conspicuous by their absence in the men’s race, although the women racers seemed more willing to embrace the technology.

    Otherwise, for the riders, it was mud tyres all round, and the main focus was on trying not to jam the bike up with mud and rip the rear derailleur off, something that Gavere has become known for. For the spectators, it was an enormous party, with raucous dancing and singing as darkness fell.

    Click here to view the photo gallery from Gavere.

  • Anthony siblings share success in Optum family

    Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
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    November 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT
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    Sam Wiebe

    Brother/sister duo in American team

    Many professional bike racing teams begin to become more and more like family as the years go by, but the US-based Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team, with both men's and women's programs, is the unique home to the brother-sister duo Jesse and Crystal Anthony.

    The Massachusetts siblings come from a family full of bike racers: the five other children in the family have all dabbled in the sport, but seven-time cyclo-cross champion Jesse was joined in the professional ranks by his older sister Crystal this year thanks in part to his work as her coach - she won her seventh UCI 'cross race in Northampton this month. She will head to Belgium for the next UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup round in Koksijde.

    Q: Jesse, you have been training Crystal for the last two years. Is it rewarding for you to see her successful on the bike?

    JA: It's been really exciting for me to see my sister not only compete in cyclo-cross, but excel in the discipline. I have tried to share as much of my experience and knowledge as I can with her, and it's gratifying to be able to help her reach the podium. She is extremely motivated and capable. I've been coaching her for a few years, and I like to think that I've guided her well, but ultimately her success comes from her own ambition and dedication to her goals. Having her join the Optum family this year has been fantastic. It means I get to share the relationship and camaraderie I've come to love in this program with my sister.

    Q: Crystal, you are going to embark shortly on a trip to compete on the World Cup 'cross circuit in Europe. What are the goals you have for this trip?

    CA: I’m hoping to make the world championship team this year, so my goal for Europe is to secure a spot on the team. Last December, I had the amazing opportunity to race the Namur and Zolder World Cup races over the Christmas week. Being immersed in...

  • How the race was won: Jingle Cross Rock

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) wins it on the last lap
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    November 21, 2013, 17:54 GMT
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    Cycling News

    It's the little details that win the race

    This week's edition of How the Race Was Won focuses on the second day of racing at Iowa's Jingle Cross Rock, and commentator Cosmo Catalano picks out every tiny detail of the elite men's action.

    Did Adam Craig (Giant) really do multiple nose-wheelies? What caused Jeremy Durrin (Optum) to crash in a turn? And how did Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) defeat all of his rivals for the second consecutive day?

    Watch this video, courtesy of Behind the Barriers TV, to find out all the small things that go into a race-winning effort. For more How the Race Was Won videos, check back every Thursday on Cyclingnews.