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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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August 27, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Eurobike 2013: Campagnolo EPS V2 Power Unit details released

    Details of the new Campagnolo EPS V2 Power Unit have been released
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    August 27, 2013, 14:33 BST
    Sam Dansie

    Slimmer battery can be mounted inside the frame

    Details of the slimmed down, cylindrical Campagnolo EPS V2 Power Unit were unveiled last night, on the eve of Eurobike 2013. The new Super Record, Record and Athena EPS battery weighs 132g, compared to the bulkier, boxier first generation unit that weighed about 170g.

    The V2 Power Unit’s pen-shaped design means it can be mounted internally in the seat tube, down tube or top tube, or externally on the non-driveside. The fact that the already-waterproofed battery can be mounted inside the frame will mean it’s more protected from rain, grime and most crashes.

    Campagnolo claim the three cell, 12V lithium ion unit – the same configuration as for the first gen battery – will last for about 1,500km on a single charge, though terrain and shifting frequency will have an impact on battery life. The unit is lab tested and guaranteed for 500 recharges.

    The Power Unit’s 'brain', dubbed Digital Tech Intelligence, has been slightly reprogrammed for better shifting, but it is not known whether it’s compatible with older EPS groupset components.

    The V2 Power Unit is reported to be 172mm long, including the mounting cage, with a 27mm diameter at its widest point, though dimensions haven’t yet been confirmed by Campagnolo.

    For our complete Eurobike coverage, click here.

  • Team Sky extends partnership with Pinarello

    Who else’s but Chris Froome’s (Sky) Pinarello Bolide
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    August 27, 2013, 15:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Three-year deal signed through 2016

    Team Sky and Pinarello announced today that they've extended their partnership for a further three years, taking the British WorldTour squad's relationship with the Italian bike manufacturer into its seventh season.

    Pinarello was a founding partner of Team Sky in 2010 and has worked closely with riders, mechanics and performance staff to help develop the road and time-trial bikes that have been ultilised in 136 wins thus far, highlighted by back-to-back Tour de France victories in 2012 and 2013.

    "Over the last four years our relationship with Pinarello has been a true partnership, one which we are delighted to be extending," said Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford. "Not only do they share the same desire for excellence, but from Fausto right through the company they are an absolute joy to work with. There is a lot more we want to achieve as a team and we go forward knowing we have the best partner to do that in Pinarello."

    "I want to thank everyone on the team – from the riders to mechanics and all the staff – for the great support that they have given us during the last four years," said Fausto Pinarello. "And a special thanks to Sir Dave Brailsford, the strongest leader in the peloton. It’s my honor to be a Team Sky partner and I am sure that together we’ll make the best bikes in the world."

  • Video: Vande Velde makes US farewell tour in Colorado

    Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) rolls across the line after his final pro race in the United States
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    August 27, 2013, 17:31 BST
    Peter Hymas

    USA Pro Challenge final domestic event for Garmin-Sharp veteran

    When the day's early break was finally swept up on the streets of Denver, Colorado, and the bell rung for one 14.6km lap to go in the concluding stage of the USA Pro Challenge, Christian Vande Velde moved to the very front of the peloton for the finale of his last race on home soil. The 37-year-old American will bring his 16-year professional career to a conclusion following the team time trial world championships this September, but for the Garmin-Sharp veteran this final lap in front of the biggest crowds of the race was a fitting denouement for a career which began many years ago in this same state.

    With two kilometres remaining the television camera zeroed in on Vande Velde, who looked into the lens and waved goodbye.

    "It was a little more emotional than I thought it would be," said Vande Velde. "I didn't want to think about it too much before the race because it's a hard race and it's competitive but that last lap I definitely started thinking about the things I've done in my career when I first started racing 20 years ago in this state up until this time.

    "I'm just happy that I got to race long enough to see three editions of this race. By far this is the coolest race there is in the United States and in my heart, the world."

    Vande Velde, the defending USA Pro Challenge champion, finished his last race on US soil in 22nd overall, riding in support of teammates Lachlan Morton, wearer of the yellow jersey for two stages, and then Tom Danielson, who ultimately finished on the podium in third place behind a BMC one-two of Tejay van Garderen and Mathias Frank.

    The son of US Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee John Vande Velde, Christian's cycling career began on the track. He embarked on his professional road career in 1998 with the US Postal Service Team where he spent the first six...

  • Horner unfazed by loss of Vuelta leader's jersey

    Chris Horner (Radioshack) in the race lead after his stage win in the Vuelta
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    August 27, 2013, 19:10 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    American will continue to battle for GC

    "For me personally, it's a good thing to lose the jersey - for the sponsor I think it's an absolutely terrible thing," was Chris Horner's honest view of his surprise loss of the leader's jersey at the conclusion of stage 4 at the Vuelta a España on Tuesday.

    "[From here on] I will be able to concentrate on the GC, without all the leader's [ceremony protocol] stuff, maybe an hour to an hour and a half [of leader's obligations] after each stage," Horner told Cyclingnews.

    "For me personally, it was all about leading for one day."

    Horner's loss of the Vuelta leader's jersey occurred after he was caught out by a late split in the peloton at the finish in Fisterra. Isolated from his teammates and unable to move ahead as the bunch slowed in the final metres, commissaires ruled there had been a six-second split.

    With Nibali in 16th spot in the front group of 21 - and initially completely unaware that he had the lead again - and Horner in 26th, with a six-second time gap, the American was out of the jersey after just 24 hours in red.

    "I got boxed in, there was a split very close to the line and I couldn't move out on either side," Horner said. "It wasn't a hard effort in terms of the finish, but we slowed down and I got boxed in so badly there wasn't anywhere for me to go.

    "We used up the teammates that usually I have around me 100 percent beforehand, I was left to work on my own and I got boxed. By the time I got unboxed, the gap was there.

    "I got trapped on one side, I could see the acceleration going on the other. It wasn't bad luck, you know it's going to happen, there's nothing you can do and if you get caught out....that was the way the race went."

    Horner said that his RadioShack...

  • Moreno given green light to attack by Rodríguez

    Daniel Moreno (Katusha) won the second Vuelta stage of his career in Fisterra
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    August 27, 2013, 20:47 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Spaniard earns second Vuelta stage win of career

    This April after Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) crashed in the Amstel Gold Race, he gave teammate, roommate and close friend Dani Moreno the role of leader in Flèche Wallonne. And the 31-year-old Madrileño responded to perfection, claiming the victory for Katusha.

    Fast forward four months and Moreno was once again given the green light by Rodriguez - as roommate and teammate - to try for his own moment of glory, but on this occasion in the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España.

    Rodriguez is uninjured this time around, and biding his time for the crunch moments of the race in the second and third weeks. But in the first week, after Moreno showed remarkably uneven form - suffering in the team time trial to keep in contact on the final climb into Sanxenxo, but then second on the next stage to the Alto de la Groba behind Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) - on stage four the Katusha Spaniard clinched the victory.

    Moreno's double acceleration - first to reach Juan Antonio Flecha (Vancansoleil-DCM) and then again to go for his first win since Fleche this spring - was timed to perfection, and the veteran climber revealed afterwards he had been "practicing to make sure I got it right."

    "Movistar had been driving really hard, but that kind of tough stage and fast finish suits me," Moreno, who won in the Vuelta on the Sierra Nevada summit finish in 2011, said afterwards.

    "I had a lot of help from [teammate Luca] Paolini early on, then I went for it from a long way out. I think that surprised quite a few people."

  • Nibali surprised to be back in Vuelta lead

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) became the surprise leader of the Vuelta after stage 4 following former red jersey wearer Chris Horner being on the wrong side of a split
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    August 27, 2013, 21:47 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Peloton split on stage 4 yields unexpected bounty

    Vincenzo Nibali's return to the top spot of the Vuelta a España at the conclusion of stage four caught the 28-year-old Italian completely off guard. Team buses had been parked four kilometres away from the finish because of restrictions on space at the Fisterra lighthouse finish, and Nibali was actually on his bike, en route for a shower and change of clothes, when the news came through: overnight leader Chris Horner was caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton, transferring the red jersey to Nibali's back by three seconds.

    Lacking a race radio or phone on him, though, there was no way of making contact with the 2013 Giro winner so a member of team management was dispatched to track him down and bring him up to the finish via a team car.

    "I'm surprised, I had no idea I was the leader," Nibali said afterwards. Asked whether he actually wanted to shoulder the responsibility of leading, he made it clear that it was not his aim so early in the game, with 17 stages still to come.

    "I wanted to be calm, like I said on other days," Nibali said. "I could see that Horner's team wanted to keep the jersey, they had worked really hard to defend it. I appreciated how much they wanted it.

    "I wasn't looking for the lead, just to stay in the main group right up until the end." With a 16th place result on the day he said he was pleased "because there were no big gaps at the finish and we had kept the situation under control."

    "These four stages have been very tense, very hard racing and we've had [Alejandro] Valverde [Movistar] and [Joaquim] Rodriguez [Katusha] going for it in the finishes, using all their power in the uphill sprints." The two Spaniards, he said, were his clearest rivals for the moment.

    Asked if he...

  • Anderson delivers for Team Optum at USA Pro Challenge

    Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), left, finished second to Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the USA Pro Challenge's final stage in Denver.
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    August 27, 2013, 22:30 BST
    Peter Hymas

    Canadian nearly got the better of Sagan in Denver

    Ryan Anderson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) nearly pulled off the upset stage win of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge on the final day in Denver. The 26-year-old Canadian had gotten the jump on Peter Sagan (Cannondale) out of the last turn, and faced 250 meters of road between himself and the biggest win of his life. Sagan, however, already a three-time stage winner in his first Colorado appearance, clawed his way back to Anderson and passed him in the closing meters for his fourth stage win of the USA Pro Challenge.

    2012 came to a close in tumultuous fashion for Anderson, who found himself scrambling for a team after his two-year stint with Spidertech came to an abrupt conclusion last fall when the Pro Continental squad folded. Anderson, a member of US-based Continental squad Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2010-2011, received a lifeline in June from the team in its 2013 iteration, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, and set out to salvaging his season in dramatic fashion.

    "When Spidertech folded we tried to recruit Ryan back, he went somewhere else, and that didn't work out for him," Optum performance director Jonas Carney told Cyclingnews. "He called me this spring and was wondering if we had a spot for him and we did. He was a member of our team for a couple of years and he's part of our family. We always wanted him to come back."

    Anderson earned the silver medal in Canada's road championships in late June, followed that with third place in the Tour de Delta, then found himself going toe-to-toe with WorldTour fast man Elia Viviani (Cannondale) in early August at the Tour of Elk Grove. Anderson finished runner-up to the Italian sprinter on stages 1 and 2 and stood on the final GC podium in second...

  • Eurobike 2013: Cyclingnews' complete coverage

    Eurobike's exhibition grounds in Friedrichshafen, Germany
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    September 12, 2013, 3:19 BST
    Cycling News

    22nd edition set to be biggest yet

    On Wednesday, August 28th the world's leading international bicycle trade show will kick off its 22nd edition. Held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the Eurobike red carpet will be rolled out for more than 1280 exhibitors from over 54 countries. Notably, a world leader will be attending for the first time as German Chancelor, Angela Merkel, officially opens the event.

    The Eurobike Awards that highlight products with new and innovative designs will be unveiled on the 28th of August. Awards are spread across a multitude of categories ranging all the way from road racing to special purpose folding bikes, as well as including many awards for components and apparel.

    An expected 40,000 trade visitors and 1,800 journalists will flock to Germany for the four day event in order to assess products for the 2014 retail season. Although the event is targeted at fellow traders, in keeping with Eurobike tradition, Saturday August 31st will be open to the public.

    E-Bikes, travel talk, bike fashion and road cycling componentry are set to dominate proceedings, but as always, let Cyclingnews know what you want to hear about in the comments below.

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