Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

"May every day of the new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your family"

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro

Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro
Bianchi unveils Androni-Venezuela’s new Sempre Pro

Savio's team remains with Italian brand

Gianni Savio’s Androni-Venezuela team will continue to ride Bianchi’s in 2014 after the Italian bicycle manufacturer announced that the team would ride the Sempre Pro for the second year running.

The all-carbon monocoque racing frame, with a larger downtube, internal cable routing and oversized chain stays, helped the squad to 13 victories in 2013 with wins the Giro della Toscana, a stage in the Tour de San Luis and the overall in the Vuelta a Venezuela.

Savio has been as busy as ever in the off-season, retaining former Italian champion Franco Pellizotti, and signing Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland from the defunct Vacansoleil team.

The team will ride the Giro d’Italia in 2014. Bianchi will also retain their place in the WorldTour with Team Belkin set to use the Italian brand after ending their association with Giant at the end of this season.

Article Source: Cycling News

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 

We have a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

Can't decide what to get that cycling enthusiast? Let them decide with a gift card from Velo Wrench.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Where are they now? Chasing down... Erin Hartwell

by Mary Topping

Erin in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Photo by Henri Szwarc/Getty Images

For Erin Hartwell only one suit merited wearing.

“In the Olympics you are given two suits,” he says. “Your marching suit for the opening ceremonies and an awards suit for the podium.

“I only ever wore the awards suit. Never went to an opening ceremony, never went to a closing. We weren’t there for the party. We were only there to compete.”

That single-minded focus on the highest level of competition shaped the kilometer specialist Hartwell, now 44 years old, into one of the most successful American track cyclists in the world arena. He earned Olympic and world champion silver and bronze medals. He set Olympic, world, and national records. He also dominated national championships.

His path to achievement in cycling came about through another sport that he’s recently rediscovered.

Olympic ambitions 

Images of Bruce Jenner running, pole vaulting, and launching a javelin as he worked toward gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics hooked seven-year-old Hartwell on becoming an Olympian. In high school he swam, but he focused on track and field to pursue the Olympic goal.

After practice he returned to his south side Indianapolis home. His mom worked as a flight attendant. Self-employed, dad painted and hung wallpaper.

The young Hartwell started cycling while recovering from a 1986 track and field injury. The next year he became junior national champion in the individual pursuit. The velodrome reminded him of track and field and he manufactured speed in no time at all on a fixed gear bike. Cycling became his new ticket to the Olympics in the form of the kilometer time trial or “kilo.”

 “I choose the kilometer because it was the one event I felt I could control in my pursuit of pushing the limits of human performance,” he explains. “It was really about me testing what I was capable of doing…I wasn’t racing a man; I was racing a clock.”

Sprinting for medals

Hartwell portrays American track athletes of the early 1990s as “punching bags for the rest of the world.” He and teammate Marty Nothstein headed to competitions like pioneers driving wagons loaded with American pride and ambition.

 “No one is going to push us around,” recalls Hartwell regarding their mindset at the time. “We will compete with the best in the world. And even if we lose, somebody’s going to be bloodied at the end of the day…any event we ever went to, we were there for one explicit reason – get the medal.”

He raced at his first Olympics in 1992. He and his American teammates rose quickly to podiums, Hartwell believes, because they were good athletes. And they prepared. “I remember countless times I could look my competitors in the eye and see who had done the work and who didn’t. You could see the fear. And that was a beautiful thing.”

 The Madison was actually his favorite track event. But dedication to becoming the best in the world meant focusing on the kilo. Fun wasn’t the point at the time.

In 2011, ten years post-retirement and after swearing he’d never compete in masters cycling, Hartwell captured a masters national championship in the Madison. “I wanted to win a Madison championship,” he says. “And it was enough.

“In hindsight I think I may have been a better endurance athlete or maybe a Madison rider, points racer, something than say a pure sprinter. I was good at sprinting.” However, he adds, “I think I could have been more successful on the road side, at least financially and maybe professionally.”

New pursuits

After the 1996 Olympics he quit the kilo, trimmed off sprinting muscle, and prepared to transition to road racing. At that time another ambition began to claim his loyalty – raising a family with his wife at the time. Team EDS, a trade team he explains was associated with the U.S. national team, asked him to return to his trademark event for a salary and a guaranteed job afterwards. Family in mind, Hartwell got back on the track bike.

 He made it to road racing with the Saturn Cycling Team in 2000 after a 1998 knee injury cut him off from the kind of training the kilo required. An overall win in the Joe Martin Stage Race and additional victories confirmed his road potential.

Before agreeing to travel to his third Olympics that year for the team pursuit, he hesitated. He didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a track cyclist and wasn’t sure about committing the second half of the road season to the world event.

 Hartwell’s reluctance to ride in the 2000 Olympics reveals something else one could say he values: the desire for autonomy, the freedom to define himself.

About a year later in 2001, after recovering from another injury, he started to put in the miles on the roads of what he describes as the “wind-swept, Belgian-like hills” of southern Indiana. In the middle of a ride he clicked out of his pedals and sat in the grass at the side of the road.

“You know what?” he said to himself. “That’s it. I’m done.”

Recalling that moment, he says, “I was no longer pursuing the Olympic dream… I should be going to school or something, do something I’ve not done yet while I still have the opportunity.

He retired from professional cycling and continued his pursuit of human excellence in other capacities.

Respect for sprinting

After some college study and a job with the Welsh Cycling Federation, in 2005 Hartwell became the CEO at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Hartwell describes track at a world-class level as a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat spectator sport. Speed. Banging elbows. Incredible acceleration and explosiveness. Track sprinters, he says, pump out 2,500 watts while riders completing a Tour de France stage might generate just over half that.

To understand the experience Hartwell suggests viewing online videos of the Belgian Gent Six-Day event. He calls the action “beautiful mayhem on a bike” as athletes zip around an oval at 55 to 60 kilometers an hour doing Madison exchanges. “…it was literally hours of they are going to crash at any second,” he says.

Based in part on the exposure track cycling received during the 2012 Olympics, Hartwell perceives increasing interest in the discipline. A revamped world cup format, more international meets, and other developments signal that track is getting more respect, “the respect it deserves.”

In 2012 the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame added the guy who gave America its first Olympic medal in the kilo to its modern road and track competitor ranks.

“It was a wonderful moment for me. Icing on the cake. It’s good to have that peer recognition especially following in the footsteps of my best friend Marty [Nothstein] who was inducted the year before,” Hartwell says. “I thought ‘wow man, two track cyclists/sprinters back to back!’ I thought that was pretty cool.”

The next act

He left the velodrome in 2008 to focus on his Athletics Cubed venture. The sports management company provides athlete coaching and management as well as event promotions through three programs, the newest called SprintStars. Now he’s looking to restructure his business with a more singular focus on sprinting by year-end. He imagines a central environment exclusively for international sprinter training. Plans also include camps and tours in unique places.

While still passionate about pursuing human excellence in his work, he says, “I like the sport, but after almost 30 years you don’t live for it anymore.”

What he lives for now: family, peace, contentment. “I’ll begin exploring my creative side more. I’d like to see more of the world where it’s not just focused on a velodrome and a hotel room.” The creative work that interests him is writing. “I think there may be a story to tell at some point and wouldn’t mind doing some screenplays, we’ll see.”

Article Source: USA Cycling 

Friday, December 13, 2013

(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles

Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles

On Christmas morning a family surprises their son with extravagant gifts but he is focused on something even better.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cavendish, Cancellara, Kittel and Sagan to ride the inaugural Dubai Tour

By: Stephen Farrand

Four-day race suits the sprinters, starts with time trial

Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan will be the stars of the inaugural Dubai Tour in February, with Cancellara the favourite to win the opening time trial, while the sprinters are set to clash on the other three stages.

The route of the new early-season race was revealed at the official presentation in Dubai on Tuesday morning. Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport is organising the race with the Dubai Sports Council.
The 16 teams of eight riders will include 11 ProTeams and the first three teams classified in the UCI Asia Tour 2013, plus the United Arab Emirates national team and the Dubai Sky Dive team.

The race begins on Wednesday February 5 with a 10km time trial in the down town area of Dubai, amongst the skyscrapers and offices of the modern city.

The 122km second stage visits the most important sports buildings in Dubai, including as the Hippodrome, the Olympic pool, the new Al Qudra cycling path, the Autodrome and the Golf Club. It ends overlooking the sea in the Palm Jumeirah archipelago resort.

The third stage is the longest of the race at 162km and will leave the city and pass through the desert to finish in Hatta. The final 60km of racing includes two minor climbs but a descent to Hatta should set up another sprint finish.

The 124km fourth and final stage will cross the old part of Dubai, passing two of the most iconic Dubai buildings: the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. Every stage will start from the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The race will be shown live and in HD in 70 countries, including Eurosport.

"We are pleased to host the inaugural Dubai Tour 2014 as it puts the spotlight on Dubai as a hub for important international sporting events,” Saeed Hareb, the chairman of the Dubai Tour High Committee said.

“We thank those who have made this possible, from the leadership of the Dubai
Sports Council to our event partners RSC Sports, as well as sponsors and the media. We are looking forward to a dramatic and exciting race featuring some of the most popular names in the sport as they battle to win the honor and prestige of winning the first Dubai Tour title.”

Lorenzo Giorgetti, the RCS Sport Commercial Director is the Events Dubai Director.

“We are really proud to be here today to underline our partnership with Dubai Sports Council and show how the development of the Dubai Tour project is now in its final stage,” he said.

“The course presentation, the sponsor’s introduction and the appointment of the TV broadcaster are all part of this great project that we have developed together in the last few months. We are now less than 60 days away from the start of the first edition of Dubai Tour and we are sure that this unique event will be widely appreciated at an international level.”

Article Source: Cycling News

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Team Velo Wrench

2014 Team Velo Wrench is off to a great start. Don't worry if you didn't get on the team initially.  Please feel free to join us for rides and fun even if you're not on the team (yet)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dakar AMT 650B Weekend (2014)

Jamis Account Rep and Rider Doug Krauze takes his Jamis Dakar AMT on a road trip for the weekend at four of the best trails in NY and NJ.

This is where the 650B wheel size really shines: on a 150mm travel all-mountain dualie. Meet the new Dakar AMT 650 Pro and Comp. Based on our proven XCT trail bike, but bulked up for bigger hits at higher speeds, with mp4 suspension for efficient pedaling uphill and aggressive descents, 12 x 142mm rear thru-axle, ISCG05 chainguide mounts, beefy asymmetrical chain stays and a progressive suspension design with excellent climbing capabilities that delivers plush rear wheel traction. If you want to do it all, fast, this is the bike.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 

We have a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

Can't decide what to get that cycling enthusiast? Let them decide with a gift card from Velo Wrench.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Velo Wrench Bike Shop Would Like To Wish You And Your Family A Very Safe And Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Small Business Saturday


Saturday~November 30th
7:00a - 9:00p

We will open early and stay open late
There will be hourly specials and day long sale items

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips From The Mechanic - Now is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Bike is Ready for Winter

Now is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Bike is Ready for Winter
  1. Inspect your tires for wear and cracking.  After a long summer of exposure to the elements tires can crack and dry out so make sure your safe and replace cracking tires.
  2. Check your chain. If you don't have a chain checking device we will check if for FREE. A worn chain can cause damage to the drive-train and cost hundreds to replace parts.  The standard way to measure chain wear is with a ruler or steel tape measure. This can be done without removing the chain from the bicycle. The normal technique is to measure a one-foot length, placing an inch mark of the ruler at the side of one link pin, then looking at the corresponding link pin 12 complete links away. On a new, unworn chain, this link pin will also line up exactly with an inch mark. With a worn chain, the link pin will be past the inch mark. source
  3. Clean your bike. The best way is with soapy water and low pressure hose paying attention not to spray directly into bearing. Dry the bike completely and lube your pivot points and your chain. If you do not ride in the winter and will be parking the bike for an extended time use a heavy duty lube on the chain to protect it from storage. If you hang your bike by the wheels make sure you rotate them every month and put a little air in the tires to protect the rim from damage. If you park the bike outside cover it with a good water shedding cover and to protect from ambient moisture using an old terry cloth towel will help to keep the frame dryer when place over the seat and top tube. Its also a good idea if your bike is steel, to remove the seat post and spray the inside of the frame with a conditioner similar to Pam cooking spray not a lot just a touch them lube the seat post with a poly lube and replace it in to the bike. There you go you have done a home version of winterizing your bike. If you don't have time to do it or you want a complete winterizing of the bike including cables frame and all bearings you can always bring it to us and we will do for you. plus if you bring in the attached coupon you can get it done for only $50.00 (regularly $75.00)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nys Strikes Again in the Zonhoven Sand

By: Brecht Decaluwé

World champion beats Albert in a sprint

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) surged forward late in the sandy Zonhoven Superprestige race to grab the win on Sunday afternoon. The world champion outsprinted Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and moved into the lead of the overall Superprestige rankings after two rounds. Former leader Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) finished third a short time later.

Vantornout and Dutch champion Lars van der Haar (Rabo Development Team) led for most of the race on the spectacular course with the sand quarry but didn't have anything left in their tanks when Albert and Nys launched their offensive; Van der Haar went on to finish fourth.

Nys struggled to move up towards the early leaders due to a bad start, heavy traffic and a flat tyre.

"Two laps before the end, I started getting a grip on the race," said Nys to TV-Channel Vier. "Niels went flat out, and I made no mistakes behind him. In the sprint, I clicked out of the pedal, but I was strong enough to hold on for the win. It was a great race for the riders, and it's nice to come out winning. It's one to remember."

While Nys and Albert were caught in traffic early on, Vantornout applied the tactic of putting pressure on right from the start. The Belgian champion used his usual hole-shot start to set a fierce pace which only Van der Haar was able to mark.

"It was my plan to ride my own race in front. It's easier to choose your tracks on this course. There were a few tough sections with a lot of headwind though and riding an hour in front is very long," Vantornout said.

That's why Vantornout eventually ended his cooperation with Van der Haar. "Everybody made mistakes. If you rode flawlessly, it was possible to close a gap of 15 seconds in no time."

Halfway through the race, Albert and teammate Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) bridged up to Vantornout and Van der Haar with Nys trailing by a dozen seconds together with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). "I always struggled to move up due to mistakes from others, my own mistakes or a flat tyre," Nys said.

Four laps before the finish Nys bridged up to the leaders for the first time, but as the world champion described, he wasn't comfortable yet due to setbacks in the sand sections.

In the penultimate lap, Nys made his move forward through the field during the second part of the course. Just ahead of a tricky uphill sand section, a brutal Nys set Vantornout aside. "Those are nice duels. We all want to win. That's what the people like to see, and me too," Vantornout said. "It gave me a boost to fight even harder."

Nys hopped off the bike little later and used the sand section to recover. As a result, four riders entered the final lap, ready to battle it out for the victory.

Albert took the initiative and set a fierce pace in front. Van der Haar was the first victim and let his foot off the gas. Only Nys was able to hold Albert's wheel while Vantornout slowly faded away. Albert put Nys in trouble, but he was unable to gain more than a handful of metres on the world champion.

"Sven and I were the best, especially in the final laps. I tried but Sven made no mistakes in the final lap otherwise it was possible. On the other hand, I'm happy with my form after a few tough weeks," Albert said.

Nys profited from Albert's hard work and just before the final corner, he moved in first place which was necessary considering the short finishing straight. Although Nys clicked out of the pedal, he held on for the win. "Albert was spending a lot of energy in that section before the final corners. I managed to recover there," Nys said.

Next week the third round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series will be held in Hamme-Zogge. "I heard it'll be raining all week, so there will be a great course for us," Albert is looking forward to the Bollekescross.

Article Source and for Full Results: Cycling News 

Friday, November 1, 2013

(2013) Jamis CX Team Promo

Jamis Cyclocross Team for the 2013-14 Season

Roster includes Ben Jacques-Maynes, Thomas Turner, Tyler Wren, Carson Miller, Phil Mooney, Jessica Cutler & Sam Cerruti

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sacramento to Host Tour of California Start?

By: Pat Malach
Possible return after two year absence

The Californian capital city of Sacramento is a "strong candidate" to return as a host city for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, according to a report published Monday.

The cycling website Tour de France Life reported that the Northern California city could host the start of the race when it takes place May 11-18 next year. Although the race followed a south-to-north route for the first time in 2013, a start in Sacramento could indicate the route will return to a north-south format as in the past. Sacramento has hosted the race five times out of the race's eight years but did not take part in 2012 and 2013.

Race owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Vice President Michael Roth told Cyclingnews Monday that the race organization does not comment on speculation about host cities and will likely make the official announcement during the first two weeks of November, adding that the list of participating cities is still in the final stages.

But Jim Birrell, managing partner of race technical director Medalist Sports, told Tour de France Life reporter James Raia back in August that Sacramento had been in contact with the race about being a host city for 2014.

"I know AEG has presented a proposal to them," Birrell said. He also said that the state capital is an important market for the race and that "there's a good chance of going back to Sacramento next year."
The Sacramento Bee newspaper estimated that approximately 50,000 fans attended the Sacramento stage finish in 2011, generating an estimated $3.7 million in hotel and restaurant business for the local economy.

Sacramento previously hosted stages of the race in 2007 through 2011. The city has hosted one prologue time trial and four stage finishes. Fabian Cancellara, riding for Team Saxo Bank, won the prologue time trial in 2009. Mark Cavendish, riding for HTC-Columbia at the time, won the tour opener in 2010 with a bunch-sprint win in Sacramento after a start in Nevada City. Team Sky's Ben Swift won the second stage of the race there in 2011 on a course that also started in Nevada City.

The 2011 stage to Sacramento turned out to be the de facto opening of the race after organizers canceled a planned stage around Lake Tahoe at the last minute because of inclement weather.

The Tour of California started in San Francisco in February of 2006. In 2010, the race moved from its February spot on the UCI calendar to its current place in May, making it one of the last major preparation races before the Tour de France. Past winners include Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rogers, Chris Horner, Robert Gesink and 2013 victor Tejay van Garderen.

"The race has always attracted the top riders in the world, whether it is the last race before the Tour de France or the first race of the season," Roth said.

The race is ranked 2.HC on the UCI America Tour.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 
Velo Wrench Bike Shop has a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

Can't decide what to get that cycling enthusiast? Let them decide with a gift card from Velo Wrench.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2014 Tour de France Route Unveiled

By: Stephen Farrand
Five mountain finishes, one time trial and a day on the cobbles

 The 2014 Tour de France route

The route of the 2014 Tour de France has been officially unveiled in Paris, with the 101st edition of Le Tour including five mountain finishes, just one 54km individual time trial stage and nine sections of cobbles in a stage in northern France.

The racing begins in Yorkshire on Saturday, July 5, and ends three weeks later on Sunday, July 27, in Paris.

Following the three opening stages in Yorkshire and to London, the Tour de France follows a clock-wise route via northern France and the Vosges mountains before tackling the Alps, the south of France and then the Pyrenees before ending in Paris. Surprisingly the 2014 route does not visit the west coast of France and so snubs the cycling heartlands of Vendee and Brittany.

Christian Prudhomme, the Director of the Tour de France, unveiled the route in Paris.

The confirmation that riders will have tackle 15.4km of cobbles surprised everyone at the presentation, especially the overall contenders who will have to fight for survival on the cobbles of northern France. 2013 winner Chris Froome and Alberto Contador sat side by side and neither seemed happy to see the return of the cobbles.

The 156km fifth stage between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut will also remember the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, as will stage seven to Nancy that passes near Verdun.

The route continues south via the champagne vineyards of Reims and Epernay and heads into the Vosges mountains, the new 'third range' of mountains in the Tour, starting the tough stage to above Gerardmer at La Mauselaine. Before the finish there is the Col de Grosse-Pierre, which the locals call the 'impossible climb'. It is narrow and 12% and will cause havoc.

Stage 10 includes seven climbs before the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles and will surely see the real overall contenders emerge. Froome won here in 2012 and would surely love to gain time on his rivals again.

In 2014 the Alps will host just two stages: to Chamrousse near Grenoble and to Risoul, but both include some classic Alpine climbs including the Col du Lautaret and Col d'Izoard. The finish to Chamrousse is 18km long, while the Col'Izoard is the highest climb of the Tour at 2,360m.

There is no visit to Mont Ventoux as the race transfer between the Alps and Pyrenees, with a sprint finish likely in Nimes on stage 15 before the riders enjoy the second rest day in Carcassonne.

Rest will be vital because the 2014 Tour ends with a triplette of mountain stages in the Pyrenees with finishes in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet and Hautacam. The first stage is 237km long, while the ride to Hautacam is short but no-doubt intense at 145km - 40km of the stage will be on the climbs.

If the Pyrenees do not decide the overall classification, the 54km time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux will be the final battle for the yellow jersey before the transfer to Paris and the sprint on the Champs Elysees.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Our Semi Annual Ladies Night is October 25th!


Friday October 25th, we will be hosting our Semi Annual Ladies Night! 

Starting at 6:30 pm the store will close to all men and open for
Ladies Night. 

On the menu for Ladies Night is:
  • Guest Speakers including Kristen Hill, the VP of NCNCA (the governing body for Nor Cal/Nevada cycling) 
  • A discussion on women's specific fitting with regards to saddle position. 
  • A Free mechanics clinic including a tire changing hands on clinic. 
  • We will have a raffle for a free tune up and several other prizes. 
  • We will be sampling women's specific cycling food and hydration products.
  • All preregistered guests (by 10/21) will receive a free tote (see picture above). 
  • We will be providing snacks and dessert along with Wine.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Team Meeting

Our first meeting will be at the shop Oct 23rd at 6:30 pm. This is an open meeting for this year's team and club. 

All are welcome to attend. If you are at all thinking about joining a bike club or race team this is the meeting for you. We will cover all the requirements to being in the club or racing on a team. We will have a much larger team this year and will include club riders on the team. Meeting will last about an hour and cover several topics including benefits of joining the team. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

UCI Release Outline for Future of WorldTour

Reduced teams, races, race days proposed

The UCI have released a prospective document outlining a streamlined WorldTour to be enacted by 2020. The regular update to its Sport and Technical bulletin released on Sunday featured a ground-breaking outline for reform of international cycling that was quietly nestled between pages on sustainability and the Tour de l'Avenir.

Titled ‘A decisive stage in the reform of professional cycling' the third page of the bulletin goes on to identify a number of key changes that "should lead to a profound and decisive change in the organisation of professional cycling." The reforms are set to be submitted to the UCI Management committee and Professional Cycling Council for approval in January 2014. If approved the changes will be enacted by 2015 and fully in place by 2020.

A new WorldTour

Instead of the WorldTour, Professional Continental and Continental system employed at current, the UCI is proposing a system with the WorldTour split over two divisions that will still sit above the third division comprised of Professional Continental and Continental teams. Although there remain a number of issues in order to make this work properly, the broad arrangement is outlined as follows:

• 16 Division 1 teams with 120 days of racing [down from 19 teams and 154 days of racing in 2013].
• 8 Division 2 teams with 50 days of racing.
• Division 3 to feature the Europe Tour, America Tour, Asia Tour, Africa Tour and Oceania Tour.
• All results across three divisions to be compiled into a single ranking system to serve as the basis for the nations' ranking.

A new calendar

Common complaints about the current WorldTour system centre around a number of issues with the length of the season, the overlapping of events and the strain this puts on teams seen as major hurdles. The suggested reforms include a re-structuring of the international cycling calendar in order to tackle these problems. The proposed changes are:

• The season will now run from February to October.
• Competition on every weekend, especially Sundays.
• No overlapping of events.
• No competition amongst first and second division events.
• Six weeks of uninterrupted competition focused on the spring classics.
• Stage races cut to five or six days.

Modernisation or homogenisation?

Although only provisional, and certain to be debated, analysed and amended accordingly, the UCI's outline for reform of professional cycling is already being said to be taking the sport from a romanticised past-time steeped in heritage to something of a Formula One on bicycles. Whether this is intended and whether it is to the liking of current sponsors, riders and fans is yet to be seen.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nieve Confirms Two-Year Deal With Sky

By: Peter Cossins

Basque climber looking forward to joining “the best team in the world”

Mikel Nieve has confirmed rumours circulating at the World Championships last week that he has agreed to join Sky Procycling on a two-year deal from the start of next season. The 29-year-old Basque climber has a contract with his current Euskaltel-Euskadi team that runs to the end of 2014, but has been free to pursue other options since Euskaltel announced their decision to leave the sport at the end of this season.

Speaking to El Diario de Navarra, Nieve admitted he had not considered joining the new team led by F1 star Fernando Alonso, who had been negotiating to take over the Euskaltel set-up. “Even before the Fernando Alonso option appeared I was already convinced that I wanted to go to Sky,” he said. “I’ve still not signed because I wanted to see how things played out with Euskaltel, but I’ve agreed a two-year deal.”

Nieve revealed that he is ready to take on a new role as a support rider when he joins the British team having established himself as a grand tour leader during his five seasons with Euskaltel. Over that period he has finished 10th in the Giro and Vuelta, winning stages at both races. This summer, he made his debut at the Tour de France, finishing 12th thanks largely to an impressive showing on Mont Ventoux, where he finished third behind yellow jersey Chris Froome.

“I fully understand that I am going to be working for other team-mates, and that this is a team where I can provide real support in mountain stages,” he said. “I know that I am going to a team in which I am going to ride in a very different way and in which things are going to be very different all-round. I believe this change will suit me very well. It is the best team in the world and I believe I can progress as a rider.”

Nieve also revealed he had spoken several times with Sky’s Xabi Zandio about the British team. According to Nieve, Zandio had convinced him that it was the right move to make.

He acknowledged he feels lucky to have a contract for next season when so many of his Euskaltel team-mates are still searching for options. “I’ve spent five years with these guys. I don’t know if all of them are going to find a team for next season. It’s not an easy situation, I wish them all the best of luck,” Nieve said.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Italy Plans to Make Everyone Suffer in Elite Men's Worlds

By: Stephen Farrand

Nibali ready for role as aggressive team leader

Italian national coach Paolo Bettini has confirmed that the Italian team will ride aggressively in Sunday's world championships road race in the hope of creating a hard and selective race and so favour team leader Vincenzo Nibali or at least make the likes of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara suffer.

The Italian squad rode the Florence finishing circuit for the first time on Thursday morning. Bettini refused to name his final starting nine until close to Friday's deadline. He movingly remembered the late Franco Ballerini, who was the national coach when Bettini won his two world titles (2006, 2007) and Olympic gold at the 2004 Games in Athens. Ballerini's widow and children attended the press conference to encourage the Italian riders and wish them all the best.

Bettini is expected to go for experience and climbing ability rather youth and speed.

Vincenzo Nibali and Filippo Pozzato are expected to be team leaders, with Diego Ulissi also given protected status after his excellent ride at the Vuelta a Espana. Rinaldo Nocentini, Giampaolo Caruso, Michele Scarponi, Luca Paolini, Giovanni Visconti and Ivan Santaromita will be expected to go in the early breaks and do the heavy lifting and chasing. Simone Ponzi and Alessandro Vanotti likely to be the two reserves who will help with information and tactics from the road side in the absence of race radios.

"A lot's been said about the world championships but now it's time to race," Bettini said in a long and drawn out press conference.

"The circuit is great but also hard. We're up against a lot of rivals but we're playing at home and we're ready. We'll see how the race evolves on Sunday and see what happens during the whole 272km. The circuit is fast - they'll do the Fiesole climb at 30km/h and it'll be very hard when the racing is hard. There's very little time to recover or organise a chase because there are two climbs per lap.

"We'll be riding to win. People have been saying other countries are the favourites and so they'll have to take some responsibility but we're ready to take ours. Rather than chase all day, we want to be chased. We won’t hold back."

Bettini praised Nibali and the rest of the team. Luca Paolini announced this will be his last ever world championships after wearing the azzurra ten times. The experienced Katusha rider will be the Italian road captain and a possible protected sprinter if the race stays together.

"Nibali is developing and growing all the time," said Bettini. "Now he's going to become a father and so he'll mature even more. He's unusual as a rider. He can win Grand Tours but can also blow one-day races apart and win. He's not only a stage race rider like Contador. He can do something on Sunday."

Nibali ready to race in the rain

Nibali said he had recovered from the efforts of the Vuelta a Espana thanks to some quiet time at home and some quality training. He's from Messina in Sicily but is motivated for the Tuscan world championships after spending much of his amateur career in Tuscany teams.

"The circuit is fast but hard too," he said.

"You do the Fiesole climb and there's no time to recover because you quickly hit the Via Salviati climb. It's also one of the longest Worlds we've done for many years and there's 3000m of climb, that's quite a lot.

"It's a long, hard Worlds, so we'll need lots of endurance, so it's difficult to predict how the race will be decided. It's true, I've got to finish alone but my back is covered if I attack because we've got good riders like Visconti, Pozzato, Paolini and Ulissi."

Rain is forecast for Sunday, which could provide Nibali an extra edge.

"I won't be doing a rain dance but I've proved I can give a bit more in the rain. There are a lot of rivals like Cancellara and Sagan who also go well in wet conditions. But if it does rain, it'll be harder for everyone," he predicted.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Howson Powers to U23 Men's Time Trial Title

By: Stephen Farrand

Paillot, Hansen round out podium

Damien Howson (Australia) blasted to victory in the Under 23 men's time trial at the world championships, adding a rainbow jersey to his green and gold Australian Under-23 national champion's jersey and his Oceania title.

The Adelaide-born rider set a time of 49:49, covering the pan flat 43.5km course from Pistoia to Florence at an average of 52.3km/h. Howson beat Yoann Paillot (France) by a massive 57 seconds, while Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) finished third at 1:10.

Campbell Flakemore (Australia) finished fourth, just off the podium, 1:22 behind his compatriot. The USA's Lawson Craddock finished fifth, 1:41 down after being affected by a mid-race crash. Ireland's Ryan Mullen was seventh at 1:47.

Howson took third place last year but will have little chance to show off his rainbow jersey, as he will ride with Orica-GreenEdge in 2014 after signing a multi-year deal with the Australian WorldTour team. He is widely considered to be a future Grand Tour winner and seems to have the potential to follow in the footsteps of Cadel Evans, Michael Rogers and Richie Porte.

"At the start of the season I won the Australian and Oceania titles and so set myself the goal of taking all three. This has been a major focus of mine all year, so I'm so happy to have done it," Howson said after pulling on his rainbow jersey.

The time trial was all about power, speed and aerodynamics. Howson’s ride was a perfect balance of all three. He is tall and powerful but not muscular, resembling Bradley Wiggins more than Fabian Cancellara.

Howson has the strength to push out the watts needed to ride at over 50km/h and combines it with a near perfect aero position on the bike. He is able to keep a flat back despite his tall build, with his arms tucked in close together to help him penetrate the air as smoothly as possible. He follows the same race strategy for every time trial he rides.

"I always try and maintain a constant pace from start to the finish. I focus on what I can do best. I was told I was doing a good ride and I think this is one of the best rides I've ever done. I'm happy about that."

Howson had a taste of riding with Orica-GreenEdge as a stagiaire at the Tour of Utah. He will make the full step up in 2014, with the dream of developing into a Grand Tour contender.

"I was happy to sign a contract with Orica-GreenEdge 2014," he said. "I rode against some WorldTour teams at the Tour Down Under and got a taste of racing with them in Utah. It was a great. I met the guys and learnt about the differences between Under 23 racing and the top level racing. I'm excited for next year and for the future."

Paillot takes silver for France

Silver medalist Paillot is the current French and European time trial champion and already rides as a professional with the La Pomme Marseille Continental team, which no doubt helped him take on the other Under-23 riders.

"When I saw the course, I knew I was one of favourites and this pushed me to do better. I'm happy with silver," he said, confirming he will stay with La Pomme Marseille next year.

"We've got a good programme of races and we've done well this year. I hope to ride in the WorldTour some time in the future but I'm happy at La Pomme Marseille for now."

Hansen to ride for Garmin-Sharp in 2014

Lasse Norman Hansen completed the podium, taking bronze. Like Howson, he will also ride in the WorldTour in 2014, with Garmin-Sharp. He won Olympic gold in the Omnium on the track but hopes to become a cobbled classics contender during his professional career.

"I was really hoping to be good today. I think I timed my form well and did a perfect ride but Damien was better today," he said sportingly.

"I was leading by less than a second at the first split but that was because my plan was to start fast and try to hold my pace. But I died a bit between the splits and just wasn't fast enough."

Howson, Paillot, and Hansen will all ride in Friday's Under 23 road race, as the leading cycling nations clash on the tough circuit around Florence.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Evans Admits Another Tour de France Win is Unlikely

Australian on the demands of Grand Tours in current era

Although Cadel Evans has admitted that he is unlikely to win the Tour de France again, the BMC rider is determined to try and return to his former levels next season, where he is expected to line up at the Giro d’Italia rather than at the Tour.

In an interview with L’Équipe, Evans acknowledged that at 36 years of age, he will be hard-pressed to repeat his Tour de France victory of 2011. “I won’t say that it’s impossible [to win the Tour again] but it’s very, very difficult and, for me, unlikely,” Evans said. “Does that surprise you?”

Evans finished 3rd in this year’s Giro but went on to struggle at the Tour and has ruled out the possibility of lining up at both races next season. “I won’t do the Giro-Tour double two years running. It cost me too much,” he told L’Équipe.

The Australian pointed out that the demands of preparing for a Grand Tour in the current era is such that it is becoming ever more difficult to be competitive at both the Giro and Tour.

“Today, the difference in stage races is made during the preparatory training camps,” Evans said. “You have to train hard, in a specific way and recover well. You have to target you event carefully and prepare specifically, which means spending a lot of time away from home. Doing six weeks at altitude is an advantage over those who have only done two or three weeks.”

Evans acknowledged that Bradley Wiggins and Sky brought a new level of rigour to Tour de France preparation in 2012, although he wondered whether such focus is sustainable over an extended period of time. “That year, Wiggins made a lot of sacrifices every day,” he said. “From the outside, I don’t know if you can repeat that every year.”

After taking a morale-boosting stage victory at the Tour of Alberta last week, Evans is now working towards his final objectives of the 2013 season – the world championships in Florence and the Tour of Lombardy. “Above all, I want to finish the season well,” he said. “Next year, my aim will be to get back to my old level, the one I was at up until 2012.”

Article Source: Cycling News

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour of Britain Time Trial

 By: Daniel Benson

Sky rider takes overall race lead

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) blitzed the16km time trial course on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain to move into the overall race lead. The 2012 Tour de France champion completed the course in a time of 19:54, finishing 32 seconds clear of teammate Ian Stannard, and 42 seconds ahead of Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer.

Wiggins’ time was enough to see him move into the race leader’s golden jersey after overnight leader Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) could only manage 34th on the stage, 1:51 down on Wiggins.
Wiggins now leads Ian Stannard by 33 seconds, with Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) in third.

“It’s not been a great season up to now, for one reason or another. But the minute I was not riding the Tour [de France] I was training locally. This was always on my mind and it was great to get out there and do a performance like that after the last two days,” Wiggins said at the finish.

In wet conditions it was Wiggins’ aggression through the technical sections that saw him establish an early lead as he zipped through the opening corners and accelerated out of the saddle at the exit from each apex. His commitment on the slick roundabouts that littered the course, coupled with his improving form, saw him complete the opening half of the time trial in 9:17.

His pre-race competition, Alex Dowsett (Movistar) had started minutes before the Olympic champion and having beaten Wiggins at the Giro d’Italia time trial to Polsa in May was expected to once again challenge. However the Movistar rider, who will line up with Wiggins in the individual time trial at the Worlds next week, was never able to challenge Wiggins' time and finished fourth on the stage.

Earlier on in the day Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-CSF) briefly led. The Italian was eventually edged out by Jack Bauer in a time of 20:36. And when Dowsett and the impressive Nairo Quintana (Movistar) failed to take the lead, only Wiggins and Stannard stood in the New Zealander’s way to a surprise win.

Stannard, having set off before his team leader, was first over the line, 10 seconds ahead of Bauer, but Wiggins was fast approaching the finish and by the time he crossed the line in 19:54 the stage win was secure.

Article Source: Cycling News

Saturday, September 14, 2013

(2013) Police Unity Tour: Chapter 37

In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Dept., with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The Police Unity Tour started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000.00. Today, the Police Unity Tour has over 1200 members nationwide who make the trip.

Chapter 37 was started by Port Authority police officers in 2002 and named in honor of the 37 PAPD officers who were killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. Although designated the New York chapter, membership of active and retired law enforcement officers also includes police departments from California, New Jersey and New Hampshire. The chapter is also viewed as the 9/11/01 Memorial Chapter. The original Chapter 37 members are represented by members of the Port Authority NY/NJ, Huntington Beach CA, Glendale CA, Nassau County and the New York City Police Departments. A pledge was made by the original members that Chapter 37 will always start the Tour at the World Trade Center to honor, respect and remember the 72 officers who lost their lives September 11, 2001.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

World's Best Headline Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montreal

 Canadian eyes again on Hesjedal

By: Peter Hymas

On the same weekend that the Vuelta a España champion will be crowned in Spain, across the pond in Canada the UCI WorldTour will make its lone foray into North America with the fourth running of two taxing one-day events: the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday, September 13 and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday, September 15.

Despite the fact that the races in Québec and Montreal overlap with the season's final Grand Tour, nonetheless a deeply talented peloton of 21 eight-man teams has been assembled from the 19 WorldTour squads, one Pro Continental squad (France's Team Europcar) plus a Canadian national team formed from the rosters of various Pro Continental and Continental squads.

Headlining the Canadian races are both the number 1 and number 2 cyclists on the WorldTour rankings: Chris Froome (Sky) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale), respectively. Fittingly, Froome will wear dossard #1 whilst competing in Canada and it will be the first time a reigning Tour de France champion has competed in Québec and Montréal. Froome and several Sky teammates, including trusted lieutenant Richie Porte, have been in North America since mid-August, first arriving for Colorado's USA Pro Challenge (August 19-25) and then remaining there to continue training in their build-up to these Canadian races and the world championships. While Froome and company were underwhelming in Colorado, with that race plus additional training in their legs they should be well-equipped to handle the amount of climbing on tap for Friday and Sunday.

Arguably the odds-on favourite for victory both days, Peter Sagan, too, has had a block of racing and training in North America that's been in effect since early August when he arrived in Aspen, Colorado to acclimate to the altitude he'd face during the USA Pro Challenge. The 23-year-old Slovakian champion has been on a tear of late, with four stage wins plus a stint in the leader's jersey in Colorado followed by three stage wins and another stint in the leader's jersey at the inaugural Tour of Alberta (September 3-8). Sagan has competed in the Canadian WorldTour races in both 2010 and 2012, with a second place in the 2010 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal his only top-10 result, but with another year of racing in his legs to build both strength and tactical acumen Sagan will definitely be a threat in both events.

Sagan also has an eye on the world championships in Italy, taking place two weeks after Sunday's race in Montréal, and it will be curious to see how he fares with his North American build-up, rather than the Vuelta. The last 12 world champions all contested the Vuelta a España prior to winning the rainbow jersey, but Sagan may prove that the racing opportunities on offer in North America, now buoyed by the addition of the Tour of Alberta to bridge the gap between the USA Pro Challenge and the one-day Canadian WorldTour races provides suitable preparation for Worlds.

As none of the previous Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec champions - Thomas Voeckler, Philippe Gilbert and Simon Gerrans - are competing this go round in Canada, a new winner will be crowned on Friday afternoon. The 2012 runner-up Greg Van Avermaet, however, will be racing in Canada as part of a deep BMC squad. The 28-year-old Belgian had a block of North American stage racing at the Tour of Utah as well as the USA Pro Challenge with one stage win in Utah plus five additional podium finishes in both Utah and Colorado. BMC will also field Cadel Evans, recently a winner of a stage at the Tour of Alberta, plus USA Pro Challenge overall champion Tejay van Garderen. Brent Bookwalter, too, is on good form having supported van Garderen in Colorado and then finishing second overall in Alberta.

All three previous champions from the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal - Robert Gesink (2010), Rui Costa (2011) and Lars Petter Nordhaug (2012) - have returned, however, and have shown form this year indicative of a repeat performance. Gesink and Nordhaug are now teammates on Belkin Pro Cycling and while neither have any victories in their 2013 palmares, both have Tour de France finishes in their legs and recent high placings: Nordhaug finished 2nd overall on home soil in Norway's Tour des Fjords while Gesink just finished 5th overall at the Tour of Alberta. Their Belkin teammate Tom-Jelte Slagter is someone, too, who can win on the circuits in Québec and Montréal.
Costa will lead Movistar in Canada nearing the end of a season highlighted by two stage wins at the Tour de France, a stage win and overall victory at the Tour de Suisse, plus a Portuguese time trial
title. He's been quiet of late in Plouay, Brussels and Fourmies, but can't be counted out with WorldTour points on the line in Canada.

As has been the case in previous editions, the hopes of Canada primarily rest on the shoulders of Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp). The 2012 Giro d'Italia champion has had a rocky 2013 campaign, however, having had to drop out of the Giro and then push through the Tour with a broken rib, but he arrives in Québec and Montréal in good spirits after finishing the Tour of Alberta. 2010 was Hesjedal's best performance in the WorldTour races, with a 4th in Québec followed by 3rd in Montréal. If Hesjedal should falter, Garmin-Sharp's roster still packs quite a punch courtesy of Lachlan Morton, Andrew Talansky and Tom Danielson.

Another Canadian with strong expectations to perform is Québec's own David Veilleux who will captain the Europcar squad. Veilleux made his Tour de France debut this past July and his season has been highlighted by a stage win on the first day at the Critérium du Dauphiné plus overall victory at the Boucles de la Mayenne. Veilleux's best results in his home WorldTour races have been a pair of 22nd place finished in the 2011 events, but he's surely capable of a strong performance.

There are plenty of other riders capable of reaching the podiums in Québec and Montréal including Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Borut Bozic (Astana), Tony Gallopin (RadioShack Leopard), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) and Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida).

Venues in Québec and Montréal

On Friday, September 13, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec will once again be contested on 16 laps of a 12.6km circuit in historic Old Québec totalling 201.6km. The peloton will descend through the Park Des Champs-De-Bataille, race on the Boulevard Champlain along the Saint Lawrence River before starting the steep ascent up the Cote de la Montagne (10% average gradient with its steepest pitch at 13%). The peloton will then negotiate the narrow and undulating streets of the old city before returning back onto Saint Louis for a shallow, 4% rise to the finish line. All in all there's a shade under 3,000 meters of total climbing on tap for the day's racing.

After travelling via train on Saturday to Montréal, the peloton will face the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday, September 15 - a 205.7km course comprised of 17 12.1km laps on a circuit rich with cycling history. The venue served as the world championship circuit in 1974 (with Eddy Merckx winning his 3rd men's pro world title), the Olympic Games road race in 1976, a men's World Cup event from 1988 through 1992 plus a women's World Cup event from 1998 through 2009.

The course starts on the Avenue du Parc and the peloton will soon ascend the route's signature climb up Mont Royal (1.8km long at 8% average gradient). The riders will descend the Chemin Remembrance and the Cote-des-Neiges before beginning a more technical stint through the downtown streets surrounding the Université de Montréal. The peloton will ascend the Cote de la Polytechnique (780m at 6% average gradient) mid-way through the circuit and descend along the Cote Ste-Catherines back onto Avenue du Parc where they'll face a 4% rise to the finish.

There's even more total climbing on tap in Montréal - 3,893 meters in all - with a finale typically consisting of a small group of riders duking it out for victory at the day's conclusion.

Both days favour the peloton's strong men that pack a finishing punch - and the most watched man in the peloton will be the rider who best personifies the requisite characteristics - Cannondale's Peter Sagan.

Article Source: Cycling News

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bradley Wiggins to Lead Team Sky at Tour of Britain

Race forms part of Worlds training

Team Sky has confirmed that 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will lead the team at the Tour of Britain later this month. Wiggins, who missed this year’s Tour de France, will use the British race as part of his build up to the Worlds later in the month.

Wiggins will be joined by Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson, Bernhard Eisel, Mathew Hayman and David Lopez, in Sky’s six-man line-up.

“The crowds and the roads make it special and it’s always very humbling to see the fantastic support that we get from the public. I’m coming into the race feeling really good. It finishes in close proximity to the world time trial championships which is my main late-season goal. The Tour of Britain is always a tough event and I’m looking forward to getting started."

The race starts on September 15 with a 201km stage from Peebles - Drumlanrig Castle. The race may start in Scotland but over the following days it travels through the north of England, and Wales, before a finishing stage in London on September 22.

Wiggins was forced to abandon the race last year due to illness but with a 16k time trial on stage 3 this year, he is one of the pre-race favourites for the overall win.

Sky will be joined at the race by four other WorldTour teams Garmin-Sharp, Movistar, Omega Pharma and Cannondale. However, last year’s defending champion, Jonathan Tiernan Locke – now with Team Sky – has not been selected.

Article Source: Cycling News

Monday, September 2, 2013

Preview: Inaugural Tour of Alberta Ready to Roll

Can anyone stop Sagan?
By: Pat Malach

The Canadian province of Alberta has overcome a lot to get to the start of its inaugural namesake UCI stage race this week. Severe flooding in June temporarily displaced more than 100,000 people and left behind a wake of damage measured in billions. Extensive road and bridge damage southwest of Calgary were the biggest obstacles for the bike race.

But in a testament to the can-do attitude prevalent in the rugged Canadian province, which lies north of Montana between British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, communities have recovered, roads have been repaired and the race will go on.

The six-day UCI 2.1 Tour of Alberta stage race starts Tuesday evening with a prologue time trial near the middle of the province in Edmonton before making its way south over the next five days toward the finish in Calgary.

Although the routes for four of the five stages remain the same as originally planned, flood damage in the Rocky Mountains forced major changes to the Queen Stage on the penultimate day.

The original plan for stage 4 was to start in Black Diamond and travel 200km northwest through the Rockies to Canmore, ending with a hors category climb to the ski station southeast of Banff National Park. Now the stage will start and finish in Black Diamond with a circuit through the foothills. Although roads in the area have reopened to auto traffic, organizers decided earlier this summer to adjust the route based on rider safety.

With the summit finish in Canmore gone, the race loses its best chance for the climbing specialists to reshuffle the general classification in their favor. The current overall route puts more emphasis on the opening race against the clock in Edmonton and time bonuses collected at the end of each stage.

Evans, Hesjedal, Sagan on hand in Alberta

The race's early September spot on the calendar following the USA Pro Challenge allows it to serve as a bridge to the upcoming World Tour races in Montreal and Quebec, and as such it draws some of the world's top riders and teams. Six WorldTour teams will join two Pro Continental and seven Continental teams over the roads of Alberta this week.

BMC, Garmin Sharp, Cannondale, Argos-Shimano, Belkin and Orica GreenEdge will represent cycling's top division. UnitedHealthcare and Champion System come from the Pro Continental ranks, while Continental teams Bissell, 5-Hour Energy, Equipe Garneau-Quebecor, Jelly Belly, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, Smart Stop-Mountain Khakis and the Canadian National Team round out the field.

Cannondale sprinter Peter Sagan, who recently won four of seven stages in Colorado, is the prohibitive favorite for the overall in Canada. With a short prologue time trial and time bonuses up for grabs at the end of each stage, the relatively flat parcours will provide Sagan plenty of opportunities to pad his cumulative time.

Ryder Hesjedal, who became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour last year at the Giro d'Italia, will head an eight-man Garmin Sharp squad that includes rising star Lachlan Morton and veteran pro David Millar. Hesjedal has been dealing with some lingering aches and pains following a crash in the Tour, but he'll no doubt want to put on good show in his home country.

Cadel Evans, winner of the 2011 Tour de France, will lead a BMC team that also includes Americans Brent Bookwalter and Larry Warbasse. Cam Meyer will bring an Orica GreenEdge team that includes Pieter Weening. Belkin Pro Cycling is bringing 2012 Tour of California winner Robert Gesink of the Netherlnds and Aussie Jack Bobridge on its eight-rider roster. Argos-Shimano has Slovanian sprinter Luca Mezgec along with strongmen Patrick Gretsch and Simon Geschke on its own eight-man squad.

Among the other early contenders for yellow; look for current Canadian national champion Zach Bell, Belkin's Bobridge, Garmin Sharp's Rohan Dennis, BMC's Bookwalter, Gretsch of Argos-Shimano, Meyer of Orica GreenEdge and current US national time trial champion Tom Zirbel (Optum-Kelly Benefits Strategies). Zirbel's teammate, Chad Haga, will also be back in the peloton after taking a rest during the USA Pro Challenge.

The sprinters who failed to unseat Sagan during the bunch sprints in Colorado will get another crack. Optum's Ryan Anderson twice finished on the podium with Sagan. Mezgec of Argos finished second to Sagan twice in Colorado. US national road champion Freddie Rodriguez could be savvy enough to sneak past Sagan if the right circumstances are present. Other sprinters on hand include Optum's Ken Hanson and UnitedHealthcare riders Robert Foster and Luke Keough.

But with Sagan still building his form toward the world championships later in the month, the two-time winner of the points jersey in the Tour de France will be near the top of this game and a real challenge for the opposition.

Prologue Time Trial: Edmonton
Tuesday, Sept. 3

Starting and finishing at Sir Winston Churchill Square in the heart of downtown Edmonton, this tight, technical 7.3km course will take the riders through neighborhoods, a thrilling descent and the climb from the river valley through the Alberta Legislature grounds. The winner will wear the first-ever Tour of Alberta's leader's jersey, and the first pecking order of the week will be set for teams.

Stage 1: Strathcona County - Camrose
Wednesday, Sept. 4

Stage 1 will start in the Strathcona County suburbs just east of Edmonton after a neutral parade around Sherwood Park. The race will head north for a pass through the city of Fort Saskatchewan before turning south to Ardrossan and the scenic lake district and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. When the race reaches Camrose at 146km, the peloton will negotiate three laps of the tight, twisting 4km finishing circuit for what will likely be the first bunch sprint of the week.

Stage 2: Devon - Red Deer
Thursday, Sept. 5

If Sagan were ever to draw up a perfect stage for himself, it might look like stage 2 from Devon to Red Deer. Riders will get a nice warm up as the race route heads south, passing through the rolling farmland around Leduc, Millet, Wetaskiwin, Hobbema and Ponoka. From there they'll turn west toward Red Deer, where they'll tackle a steep, punchy climb east of town before arriving for the first of three finishing circuits. The 4km finishing circuits include a 30 meter climb that will hurt the sprinters and an 80km/h descent that will reward nerve and handling skills. More than any other stages, this one looks tailor made for the young Slovakian and his skills.

Stage 3: Strathmore - Drumheller
Friday, Sept. 6

Closing in on Calgary now, stage 3 starts just to the east in Strathmore. The plains around Strathmore quickly give way to rolling hills as the race heads east then north through the community of Rosebud. Then it's back to the banks of the Red Deer River in the heart of the Badlands. The short, steep grades along the river could be the launch pads to victory. Drumheller fans get a front row seat for this action as the race will pass through town before doing a large loop north and back into town for a fast finish. This first day in the foothills has the potential to shake up the race standings.

Stage 4: Black Diamond - Black Diamond
Saturday, Sept. 7

Stage 4 was initially scheduled as the Queen Stage, starting in Black Diamond and finishing in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a 64km ascent to Canmore. But the spring flooding caused too much road damage to use the original route. Instead, organizers have devised a stage that starts and finishes in Black Diamond after a lumpy 170km circuit. The race will head north out of Black Diamond on Alberta 22 and cruise through Turner Valley into the hills. A large 60km circuit gives way to a smaller 40km circuit that is done twice. This smaller circuit is loaded with challenging terrain, including two King of the Mountain climbs and numerous other rollers. What is left of the peloton after these climbs will descend down Alberta 22 to Black Diamond.

Stage 5: Okotoks - Calgary
Sunday, Sept. 8

The hill country west of Okotoks gives one final chance for the climbers, but chances are this stage will be another one for the sprinters. Momentum will build through the flatlands leading into Calgary, and the race should be going full gas along Memorial Drive before crossing the Bow River leading to downtown, where four 3.5km finishing circuits await.

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