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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 26, 2013

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September 26, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Julich: Dropped water bottle hurt Phinney's result at Worlds TT

    Taylor Phinney (USA) en route to 5th place at the world time trial championships in Florence.
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 17:31 BST
    Cycling News

    Florence test "a learning experience," says American

    American Taylor Phinney rode to a fifth place finish in the elite men's individual time trial the UCI road world championships on Wednesday, which was close to the expectations of his time trial coach Bobby Julich, but could a dropped water bottle have hampered his eventual result? Julich thought so.

    "He dropped his water bottle at kilometer 32. He doesn't ride with a radio and if he had, I would have told him to take a sip every 10km. When he finally went to take a drink 32km in, it just slipped out of his hand and it was past the feed zone. We can't feed from the car, so it was unfortunate."

    Phinney finished 2:08 behind winner Tony Martin (Germany), 1:22 behind Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), 1:20 down on bronze medalist Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) and 42 seconds behind Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) after coming fifth at all of the time checks over the 57.9km event.

    Still, Julich felt that dehydration prevented him from picking up the pace and possibly moving up one spot ahead.

    "Up until that point he was really on it, but anyone who knows about hydration - you're losing 7-10% of your power [when dehydrated]. I was really nervous about those last 10k and it came true.

    "He had the power, he had the morale, he had the form, but when you don't drink for an hour in these conditions ... it just cut his legs out from under him.

    "I'm super proud of him. you can never count on something like that happening. I just wish that if he was going to be fifth, that he would have had gotten it all out and had a perfect ride. Technically he did have a perfect ride, but you saw in those last 10km ... you could see how much the dehydration affected him. He needs to be proud of his...

  • Tony Martin conquers the pressure to take a third time trial world title

    Tony Martin (Germany) counts three world titles
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 18:10 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    "You need to be strong in the head and you have to like pain"

    Tony Martin admitted that winning two previous time trial world titles had given him the experience and mental strength he needed to win a third title in Florence, Italy on Wednesday and consecrate him as the world best time trialist.

    The 28-year-old German had the mental strength to stay focused during the 57km time trial and gradually carved out a significant winning margin of 46 seconds on silver medalist Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain). Martin has now taken over Fabian Cancellara's crown and is just one title behind the Swiss rider in the record books.

    "There was a lot of pressure on me, I've already won this title twice, but I wanted to win it again. Three times in a row, I can't imagine anything better," Martin said in the press conference while sitting between Wiggins and Cancellara while resplendent in his new rainbow jersey.

    "I started to handle the pressure in 2011, and I learnt to handle the pressure and to use the pressure. For me, time trialing is all about the head. You need goals that push you. I need the pressure on the start so that I want to win. I need it to push me, that's only way for me that works. You need to be strong in the head and you have to like pain. For me it's more painful on the climbs, so I prefer an hour on the limit in a time trial."

    Martin blasted along the course at an average of 52.911km/h. He studied the course during training for the team time trial and focused on staying in an aerodynamic position while pushing his massive 58-tooth chain ring.

    He revealed that like Wiggins, he was pushing out more than 450 watts and went faster than his planned threshold.

    "We did 95% of the course in the team time...

  • Wiggins redeemed with Worlds time trial silver

    Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) with the silver medal at the 2013 time trial Worlds
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 19:10 BST
    Laura Weislo

    "Missing the Tour was the best thing that ever happened to me"

    From the high of his 2012 Tour de France victory and Olympic gold medal, Bradley Wiggins plummeted to a low after a disappointing 2013 Giro d'Italia, but on Wednesday he put a different slant on his season with a silver medal at the UCI road world championship individual time trial, a result that follows on the heels of his overall victory in the Tour of Britain.

    "From where I've come from in the start of June, I've come a long way. I won the Tour of Britain, won silver at the Worlds against one of the best assembled fields in last few years. I can look back and be pretty happy – it's a good platform for winter and next year,” Wiggins said.

    "When you get second, there is always tinge of disappointment, but have to accept that when you're beaten by better athlete on the day. All in all, I'm pretty happy."

    Wiggins likened the period that followed his failure to make an impression at the Giro – he eventually dropped out due to illness – as a sort of "fall from grace".

    "I went back to the drawing board. I started training when the Dauphiné was on," he said. "I liked that solitude, I liked that low, it was nice, and it was the start of the road back.

    "Missing the Tour de France and all that was the best thing that ever happened to me. It made me realise that it took a good two years get there, and I had to start right back at the bottom. I realised it is a long way to the top."

    Looking to the future

    For Wiggins, claiming a silver medal behind Germany's Tony Martin, but in front of former world champion Fabian Cancellara, mirrored his showing in the same event in Copenhagen two years ago, and offered some redemption at the end of a trying campaign. "It's nice to end the season on a high,”...

  • Horner releases biological passport results

    Chris Horner (RadioShack) takes a famous win at the Vuelta a Espana
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 19:50 BST
    Cycling News

    Vuelta champion provides all data from 2008 through win in Spain

    Ten days after becoming the first American to win the Vuelta a España, as well as the oldest ever Grand Tour champion, Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) released all of his biological passport results on his personal website.

    "As a proponent of releasing his SRM power data for fans throughout his partnership with SRM, Chris feels that releasing this additional information will allow fans to feel confident in his victory at the Vuelta a España and the current state of the sport of cycling," read a statement on his site.

    The UCI's biological passport program began in 2008, and the 41-year-old Horner has provided the results of all of his tests since its inception. Horner was tested 39 times all together consisting of three tests in 2008, eight tests in 2009, nine tests in 2010, four tests in 2011, eight tests in 2012 and seven tests thus far in 2013.

    Horner was tested four times during his Vuelta victory - August 29, September 3, September 7 and September 14 - and was also tested once (August 22) two days prior to the Spanish Grand Tour's start on Saturday, August 24.

    Horner's release follows the example of Lance Armstrong who published his blood values in 2009, to a flurry of scrutiny, after coming out of retirement. That release would eventually backfire on him when experts looked at the data and said that there was evidence he was doping. Armstrong would cease publication of his blood values.

    With the downfall of Armstrong following the publication of USADA's Reasoned Decision last October, this year's Grand Tour winners faced an added level of scrutiny as to whether...

  • Cancellara content with a bronze medal at time trial Worlds

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 21:20 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Radio problems cost the Swiss star precious seconds

    Fabian Cancellara revealed that he was unable to receive time checks during the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships on Wednesday, but insisted that he was happy with a bronze medal despite finishing just two seconds slower than Bradley Wiggins.

    Cancellara was a few hundredths of a second faster than eventual winner Tony Martin of Germany, but faded and slipped to third in the final part of the 57km course. He finished 48 seconds down on Martin.

    "I accept the result. I'm proud and happy with my race in one way but not in another. Losing to Bradley by just two seconds is a pity but I did the best I could on what isn't really a course for me," he said.

    To be out there on that long flat road for so long without information from the team made it even harder. I don't know if it was the motorbike that was with me that disrupted the radio. All I know is that I did the time trial 100% on my own. I got everything out."

    No questions about the road race

    Cancellara pushed back any questions about Sunday's road race. He's a huge favourite but preferred to take the racing one at a time.

    "I didn’t race thinking about Sunday today. If I'd done that it's be a mistake. I know a lot of people want to know about Sunday; how I feel, how I look and what I'll do. But you know what, I'm not giving any info," he said.

    "Now I want to enjoy my medal. I've got to rest up, see my family. I'll look back over this race and see where I can perhaps gain some seconds in the future. I just hope this satisfaction gives me a push for Sunday. That's all I'm going to say for Sunday."

    The UCI presidential elections

    Cancellara was more willing to share his...

  • Kreuziger pulls out of world championships

    Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff)
    Article published:
    September 25, 2013, 22:02 BST
    José Been

    Czech rider calls a halt to his season

    Roman Kreuziger will not ride the world championships road race on Sunday. The Czech rider doesn’t feel fit enough for the 272 kilometre long race and has announced that he will not race again this season.

    “I have been training in Italy last week but my form is not improving. It’s no use just to ride this race when I can’t have a good result,” Kreuziger said, according to Tuttobici.

    Kreuziger enjoyed a successful debut season at Saxo-Tinkoff, winning Amstel Gold Race in April and finishing fifth overall at the Tour de France. He also claimed third at the Tour de Suisse overall and the Clasica San Sebastian. Kreuziger subsequently started the Vuelta a España, abandoning on stage 14 in order to prepare for the Worlds.

    “I kept training in Italy but my condition wasn’t what it should have been. I worked a lot but I’m not in form, so it’s better to pull out. I spoke about it with [Saxo-Tinkoff manager] Bjarne [Riis]. He said I should stop if I didn’t feel up to it, so my season ends here,” Kreuziger said.

    Martin Hunal of Sparta Prague will take Kreuziger’s place in Czech line-up. The team also consists of Omega Pharma–Quick Step’s Zdenek Stybar and Frantisek Rabon, Netapp-Endura’s Leopold König and Jan Barta, BMC stagiaire Jakub Novak,, and Stanislav Kozubek of Bauknecht.

  • Movistar confirm split with Pinarello

    The Movistar team heads onto the stage
    Article published:
    September 26, 2013, 0:13 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Spanish team yet to confirm bike supplier for 2014

    Movistar team boss Eusebio Unzué has confirmed that his team will not ride Pinarello bikes in 2014. The move brings to an end roughly 30 years of collaboration between the giants of the Italian bicycle manufacturing and the Spanish team.

    Rumours of a split had been circulating for some time but earlier this week a Pinarello spokesperson told Cyclingnews that a deal was still being negotiated.

    However any contract negotiations appear to be over. Speaking to Cyclingnews on Wednesday Unzue said, "We aren't continuing with them. We've got various different offers on the table and we will make an official position for which sponsor we're with next Sunday."

    Pinarello announced last month that they had signed a contract extension with the British outfit, Team Sky. The Italian company has sponsored professional teams since the 1960s, including Telekom, Fassa Bortolo, and Unzué's teams.

  • Rough ride in Europe for Christina Watches-Onfone's Jordan Kerby

    Jordan Kerby (Christina Watches-Onfone) takes the under-23 Australian National Championship road race title
    Article published:
    September 26, 2013, 2:10 BST
    Jono Lovelock

    Budget Forklifts salvage season for U23 Australian Champion

    Australian U23 Road Race Champion, Jordan Kerby, has returned early from an up and down season in Europe to race the Tour of Tasmania with Budget Forklifts. The tenth round of the Subaru National Road Series looks to be Kerby's last race as he closes the door on a season that has not gone completely to plan.

    Kerby started his 2013 campaign last November as he set his sights on the U23 Australian Road Championships in January. Kerby won the prologue at the Herald Sun Tour and soon after won the U23 road title to cap a barnstorming ten days that assured Kerby a spot with the Uni-SA National Team to race the Tour Down Under. As he told Cyclingnews, however, the momentum soon came to a halt.

    "I went to Europe the day after TDU, didn't get much of a break or anything and they said our first race was Vuelta Mexico," explained Kerby. "And so we were in a training camp for that, I was in the cold weather for two months training for that and then they said 'oh yeah, that one's cancelled.'

    "But that was not the team's fault, that was the race organisation's fault. We'd signed up to race and we just never heard anything from them."

    With the first blunder the responsibility of race organisers, not the team, Kerby and his Australian teammate Mitchell Lovelock-Fay, remained confident of a strong season to come. With enough of a salary to survive on and training camps at Lake Garda, Italy, the two settled in for a decent block of training with their next goal,...