Cyclingnews Roundup - 10 things to know from the week to November 11

Lawson Craddock spotted in Texas on a non-sponsor correct Giant bike
Lawson Craddock spotted in Texas on a non-sponsor correct Giant bike (Image credit: Instagram)

1. EF Education-Nippo sent termination notices to two of its 2021 riders for using non-sponsored gear

What happened? Sergio Higuita, who signed a contract with Bora-Hansgrohe for 2022, was seen riding a Specialized bike rather than a sponsor-correct Cannondale. His team sent him a termination notice (opens in new tab), but then kept him on board after an apology (opens in new tab) from Higuita. Then, it also emerged they sent a contract termination letter to Lawson Craddock, who has signed for Team BikeExchange, for riding a Giant bicycle at a Mellow Johnny's event in Texas. Stay tuned.

What are the consequences? The riders faced the possibility of losing out on a month or more of their 2021 salary before their contract ends on December 31.

2. Giro d'Italia organisers announce the route for the 2022 Italian Grand Tour

What's the route? The Grand Partenza will start in Budapest with an uphill finish (opens in new tab) on May 6 and two other stages in Hungary before a rest day transfer to Italy. There look to be seven (opens in new tab) opportunities for sprinters, six hilly stages (opens in new tab) and summit finales (opens in new tab) at Mount Etna, Blockhaus, Cogne and the Passo Fedaia and major mountains to be crossed including the Mortirolo and Passo Pordoi.

What's left to know? The entire route, including the dates for each stage, will be published on Thursday.

3. Afghan rider Rukhsar Habibzai signs with Twenty24

Why is it significant? Habibzai was one of a few brave women who started riding and racing bicycles, despite it being a social taboo for women there. After the trauma of being torn away from her family and her country she still wants to race her bike. She is the first Afghan to sign (opens in new tab) for a US development team, Twenty24.

Get more on the story: Habibzai tells Cyclingnews about her harrowing escape (opens in new tab) to the USA.

4. Desiet Kidane dies in training crash

What happened? Details have not been made public but the promising Eritrean, who raced and trained with the UCI's World Cycling Centre programme, reportedly died after being struck by a driver (opens in new tab) while she was training in Asmara. The UCI, among many others, paid tribute to the "rising young talent who will be greatly missed" via its social media channels.

Cyclingnews expresses its condolences to Kidane’s family, friends and teammates at this sad time.

5. Filippo Pozzato hospitalized with COVID-19

Why it's significant: Pozzato was unvaccinated and has urged others not to make the same mistake (opens in new tab). He was due to get his vaccination but fell ill three days before his appointment. He has been in hospital since November 2 on supplemental oxygen.

How did he get it? Unknown, but he had organized the "Ride the Dreamland" series of events in mid-October and became ill five days later.

6. Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar reveals his weakness

Well, what are his weaknesses? Long, high-altitude climbs and a team that is arguably weaker than Ineos.

Why is it significant? He made the revelation (opens in new tab) on Geraint Thomas' podcast, claiming he can "crack pretty fast" and that Ineos could use its collective strength to beat him.

7. Tech from Rouler Live

What is it? Rouleur Live is a four-day gathering in London showcasing cycling tech, delivering live interviews with pro riders, and appearances from some of the sport's biggest names.

What's significant?
The Rouler Live bike show took place in London in front of an actual audience with people together, in person, after months of mask mandates and pandemic-related cancellations. We've put together a gallery of tech (opens in new tab) innovations and items of interest from the show.

8. Retired rider Peter Kennaugh talks about the human cost of performance

What happened? Peter Kennaugh spoke extensively about his decision to retire in 2019, along with his struggles on and off the bike, in a film called 'Frontiers' made by Wahoo.

What's significant?
In a reminder that riders are not robots Philippa York said: "When you’ve watched 'Frontiers' you might start to understand that what Peter Kennaugh did when he said enough is enough back in 2019 took strength. It’s a moment of real bravery to recognise what he describes as his dream not being what he thought it would be, and to have to say that out loud, because to the cycling fan being a pro is the ultimate job."

9. Transfers and retirements

10. Upcoming races and events

November 11: The Superprestige cyclo-cross series continues with the Jaarmarktcross in Niel on Thursday. The race is broadcast on Sporza in Belgium and Eurosport and GCN+ (opens in new tab) just about everywhere else. It's a great urban course with deep mud and some off-camber to make it technical. Expect close racing in men's and women's fields where new European champion Lars van der Haar will debut his jersey. Quinten Hermans and Denise Betsema are the series leaders after two rounds. 

November 13: The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup heads to Tabor for round six, which includes the first rounds for Junior men and women and U23 men. The race is broadcast on Sporza, NOS, Eurosport, Telenet Play Sports and on FloBikes (opens in new tab) in the USA.

Eli Iserbyt leads the elite men's series by 45 points over teammate Michael Vanthourenhout, while the women's leaders are tied on points, with Brand and Betsema locked on 147 points. 

Cyclingnews will have reports, results and photos from both events.

The week's features

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