Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eric Marcotte- 2014 Pro Road National Champion

Eric Marcotte reacts to earning the 2014 Pro Road National Championship, propelling underdog Team SmartStop to the top of the podium.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Report: Team Alonso Will Race in 2015

Driver's manager confident they can make WorldTour

“We will be racing in 2015,” is the message coming from the Team Alonso camp. Since announcing in January that Paolo Bettini would manage team, things have been awfully quiet - until this week. Aside from the numerous riders who have been linked to the team that will be known as F.A.C.T. any details have been few and far between.

Spanish cycling website Biciciclismo suggest that the biggest stumbling block for the team has been the August 1st deadline for signing contracts. Under current UCI regulations, teams cannot sign an in-contract rider before August first. Traditionally, a lot of contract negations are done in and around the Tour de France, but pen cannot be put to paper until that date.

They go onto say that failure to get the team racing in 2015 would be a huge dent to Alonso’s public image, after the collapse of the Euskaltel-Euskadi deal in 2013. Something that the Formula One driver’s manager Luis Garcia Abad is keen to avoid.

For the Alonso project to make it into the WorldTour, they need to sign riders with sufficient points. Under new regulations, only the top five points earners in the team will be counted towards that target. The uncertainty has already taken it’s toll with Peter Sagan ending contract negotiations with the team, limiting his choices to Tinkoff-Saxo or Cannondale.

At the end of the year, only two places will be available in the sport’s top level, with the first 16 teams gaining automatic entry into the WorldTour for 2015. Early December has often been the time that the UCI confirm the WorldTour teams.

In 2012, Orica-GreenEdge built their squads from scratch to gain entry into the WorldTour in their first year. However, Alonso’s manager recently complained that the convoluted process each team must go through to gain entry has been hindering their signing of riders. Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Garcia Abad had made the trio to the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland to get special dispensation.

The UCI has also moved to clarify their position on the Alonso team, insisting that the Formula One driver will not receive any special treatment and will have to follow the complicated licence application process like every other team that wants to be part of the WorldTour in 2015.

The UCI insisted to Cyclingnews that Alonso's agent Luis Garcia Abad did not travel to Aigle for a vital meeting on Monday and said that the only time that UCI president Brian Cookson had met Alonso was during the WorldTour trophy Awards in Madrid in December.

"We feel it is important to point out that Alonso's representatives have never asked for any special treatment of any kind," a UCI spokesperson told Cyclingnews.

"It is the UCI's responsibility to create the most favourable environment for any team willing to enter the UCI WorldTour circuit."

"We very much welcome Fernando Alonso's interest and look forward to discussing further with him and his advisors. We'd be very, very happy if the team is created for 2015. However, any application for a place in the WorldTour will have to comply with the same regulations as those followed by every other team."

Leading cycling agent Paul De Geyter told Cyclingnews last week that his experience tells him that the team would need their plans finalised by the end of May if they hope to be racing in 2015.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last 3km of Stage 8 of Amgen Tour of California

Get inside the peloton for the last 3km of stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California. Majority of clip from Koen de Kort saddle cam. Last 150m filmed from John Degenkolb's camera. All footage fimed with the Shimano Sport Camera.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tour of California: Will Routley Claims Breakaway Win

May 14, Stage 4: Monterey - Cambria 168.9km

Wiggins retains his overall lead after stage four

William Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) rode the perfect race during stage 4 of the Tour of California on Wednesday. Routley, a member of the day's ultimately successful break, not only won all three KOMs, but also won the stage. Gregory Daniel (Bissell Development Team) and Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk) rounded out the top three on the day.

Race leader Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) successfully defended his jersey, with no time lost or gained to runner-up Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp).

The 165.1km stage down the California coast from Monterey to Cambria featured one sprint and three major climbs, none of which were greater than a category 3. The last climb came just over 40km from the finish, leaving plenty of time for the sprinters' teams to bring things together for a final bunch gallop.

Except the peloton waited too long to get serious about chasing and failed to make the catch, leaving sprinters Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) frustrated as missing out on a possible stage win.

The six-rider breakaway that escaped the bunch just a few kilometers into the stage included Daniel, Christopher Jones (UnitedHealthcare), Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), De Masmaeker, Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and mountains classification leader Routley.

The leaders, all of whom were well down on the general classification, cooperated well together and quickly started building their advantage, which ballooned to nearly four minutes but held there as the peloton didn't seem to want let the escapees have too long a leash.

Routley collected maximum points on each of the day's KOMs, while Jones won the only intermediate sprint.

As the closing kilometers neared, the sprinters' teams joined Team Sky in the chase, but in the end they left it a little too late.

The break's six riders worked well together and smartly waited long enough to begin their games with each other. After a few moves by the two UnitedHealthcare riders, De Masmaeker made the first serious final move, but he was countered by Routley, who surged toward the line for the win.
Cavendish won the field sprint for seventh ahead of Sagan.

Source and For Full Results: Cycling News 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Team Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home: Tour of California TV Spot (2014)

TV Spot during the AMGEN Tour of California for Team Jamis Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home

Video Produced by Jamis Bicycles

Friday, May 9, 2014

inCycle Video: A Brief History Of The Giro d'Italia

inCycle TV provides historical footage of the world's most beautiful race and tracks some of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever seen.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wiggins, Cavendish, Sagan to Headline Tour of California

Provisional start list for 2014 race

The organisers of the 2014 Tour of California published the provisional start list for the race, with 2012 Tour de France winner and multi-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins in the starring role for Team Sky.

The 2014 edition of the race features a 20km time trial, the mountain finishes on Mount Diablo and Mountain High and the final stage in Thousand Oaks as the decisive stages for the general classification.

Among the favorites, along with Wiggins, is last year's podium finisher Janier Acevedo (Garmin-Sharp), who, together with Tom Danielson and Rohan Dennis will attempt to give Garmin-Sharp its first overall victory in the race.

The 2013 overall winner, Tejay van Garderen will not be in attendance, but BMC is bringing a strong team with American contender Peter Stetina. The team will also include Thor Hushovd, Taylor Phinney and sprinter Greg Van Avermaet, a podium finisher in nearly every spring classic.

In between the critical stages, there are opportunities for the sprinters, and 10-time stage winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) will be the man to beat. Omega Pharma-Quickstep will be keen to take him on, with both Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen in attendance.

Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Juan Jose Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) should also make Sagan's past domination a bit more difficult this year.

The domestic teams will be on the attack as always, but this time with real opportunities to shake up the overall classification. Last year's Mt. Diablo stage winner Leopold K├Ânig (Netapp-Endura) will be hard to shake, as will Jamis-Hagens Berman's climbers Daniel Jaramillo and Gregory Brenes. Looking for a dark horse? Try Matthew Lloyd, who has made his comeback from injury with Jelly Belly, or Novo Nordisk's Javier Megias, fresh off a strong ride at the Tour of Turkey.

Optum's Carter Jones, hot off his victory in the Tour of the Gila, will be a prime contender to repeat as the mountains classification winner, but will be up against Tour of Turkey mountain winner Marc de Maar. Finally, any one of the Bissell Development team riders could take out the best young rider jersey, in particular Redlands Classic runner-up James Oram.

You can see the provisional start list here.

Article Source: Cycling News

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Speak Jamis: Kozy's Cyclery (2014)

Owner Paul Kozy of Kozy's Cyclery in Chicago, Illinois talks about Jamis Bicycles and how they make the best bikes possible for all riders.

Video Produced by Jamis Bicycles