Saturday, January 31, 2015

Armstrong Critical of UCI president Brian Cookson

Disgraced Texan says he feel sorry for Froome and Wiggins

Lance Armstrong has claimed that Brian Cookson has not delivered on his campaign promises since becoming president of the UCI.

During a long interview with the BBC, a few days after the two-year anniversary of his doping confession, Armstrong suggested that Cookson has failed to signal a new direction in the fight against doping because of the way he handled the Astana WorldTour licence decision and the unusual fast-tracking of the decision to give Chris Froome a TUE for the corticosteroid prednisolone during the 2014 Tour de Romandie.

Cookson told Cyclingnews that Astana was 'drinking in the last chance saloon' after a series of doping scandals but said the UCI had to abide by the current procedures that are laid down and so give the Kazakhstani team a place in the WorldTour. However, Armstrong, who often had the support of former UCI president Pat McQuaid during his career, claimed that "If McQuaid had made the same decisions Cookson has made in his first year, he would have been lynched."

"Do we like what we have got so far?" the BBC report Armstrong as saying.

Speaking to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission

Armstrong has spoken to the UCI funded Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) as he tries to secure a reduction in his life ban issued by the Unites States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). However it seems the CIRC can only recommend reductions in the length of bans, with USADA having the final word in Armstrong's case. Italy's Riccardo Ricco has also spoken at length to the CIRC but the Italian Olympic Committee blocked any reduction in his ban.

According to the BBC, Armstrong said "everybody thinks" Astana should have been thrown out, but he accepted that Cookson's hands might have been tied by the UCI's rules.

Armstrong also believes that other former dopers should be obliged to speak to CIRC if they want to remain in the sport. "If I'm Brian Cookson, I would make it a deal point that you have to come in and talk," Armstrong said. "So if Riis doesn't talk to you, or Vinokourov doesn't, there should be consequences. I don't know those to be examples, but I can imagine.”

"If you don't come in to talk, you don't just get passed."

According to the BBC, the Tinkoff-Saxo team said that Riis has never specifically refused to meet CIRC. The UCI said it would wait until CIRC is published before making any comment. CIRC is expected to complete its year-long investigation by the end of next month.

The UCI preferred not to respond to Armstrong's comments, telling Cyclingnews: “The UCI will await the findings and recommendations of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission which is investigating historic doping in cycling before commentating on any individual. The CIRC is due to report its findings at the end of February.”

Feeling sorry for Froome and Wiggins

During the BBC interview Armstrong said he felt sorry for the consequences his doping had caused to the sport and particularly the legacy of questions every Tour de France winner now faces.

"I'm sorry, and I completely agree that because of the timing of things, it is down to me," Armstrong said.  "[USADA's reasoned decision] comes out after the Tour in 2012, so it's logical that in 2013 there's going to be a lot of questions. Especially in a year when Chris Froome performs exceptionally.”

Article Source: Cycling News 

"Look, Froome won the Tour in 2013, that's 14 years after 1999. If in 1999 I was asked questions about the 1985 winner of the Tour de France, I'd be like 'What are you talking about? Why are you asking me about the mid-80s? But the story was so relevant to people. When this went down, people were left with the impression, in 2012, that I was hanging blood bags six months earlier. That's not the case.

"So I feel bad for those guys, they shouldn't have been put in that position. I'm not sure why they were put in a position to answer 15-year-old questions, but it's unfortunate for all of us, especially for them."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hecht Earns Top Result in Hoogerheide's Cyclo-cross World Cup Finale

Hoogerheide, NED (January 25, 2015) – Colorado native Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) earned a third place finish in Hoogerheide, Netherlands today in the sixth and final UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup race of the season.

Junior Men

Heading into Sunday’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup finale, American Gage Hecht was ranked fifth overall in the point standings. His bronze medal ride secured his fifth place in the rankings, crossing the line 53 seconds off race winner Eli Iserbyt (BEL) and five seconds behind silver medalist Roel van der Stegen (NED).

Hecht was followed up by fellow Americans Lance Haidet (Bend, Ore./Raleigh-Clement) in 18th place, Bannan Fix (Fort Collins, Colo.) in 29th and Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./ Development) at 46th.

Elite Men

Mathieu van der Poel (NED) won the elite men’s race with a time of 1:08:38. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Aspire Racing) was the top-placed American in the field finishing 3:34 off the lead.

Jonathan Page (Shelburne, N.H./XcelLED/Fuji) placed 31st, Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, Mass./Jam Fund/NCC) finished 37th, James Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Raleigh-Clement) at 41st and Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Cyclocross Project 2015) rounded out the American contingent at 50th.

Elite Women

Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Kaitie Antonneau (Racine, Wis./ Cannondale p/b placed highest for the Americans in the women’s race. Lloyd finished just the over 3 minutes off the leader in 14th and Antonneau right behind her in 15th.

Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing), who came into Sunday’s race ranked third in the standings finished 21st, bumping her down to fourth overall. Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./Kalas-NNOF Cycling Team) finished behind Compton in 22nd and Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./ Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) at 30th. Eva Lechner (ITA) won with a time of 44:53.

U23 Men

Laurens Sweeck (BEL) won the U23 men’s race, with Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Cyclocross Network Racing) finishing as the top placed American in 26th place. Dillman was followed by Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./ California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) in 30th place, Grant Ellwood (Boulder/Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) in 35th place and Sam O’Keefe (Baltimore, Md./C3-Twenty20 Cycling) at 40th.

Look here for full results and standings from the 2014-15 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

Article Source: USA Cycling

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Froome: Contador is My Biggest Tour de France Rival but Nibali and Quintana Deserve Respect

2013 Tour winner say Team Sky are stronger than ever

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has praised Alberto Contador’s ambitious attempt at the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double but restated his desire to concentrate on the Tour in 2015. The British rider was speaking at a roundtable event at Team’s Sky training camp in Mallorca, Spain where also described Team Sky's roster as their strongest yet.

“I will say that Contador has set himself a very difficult objective, to win the Giro and the Tour. I’m not going to say that it’s impossible and if anyone can do it Alberto is the rider to know how to,” Froome told the gathering press.

“He was winning the Tour back in 2007 so he’s been doing this for a good few years, and he knows how to get himself ready for a race like the Tour de France but for me personally I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours back to back and to be going for the win in both Grand Tours, so for now my priority is the Tour de France.”

Contador’s decision to tackle the Grand Tour double this season sees him stand apart from the majority of his rivals but it has kept the flames alive in the rivalry between Froome and the Spaniard. The pair first clashed as Grand Tour rivals at the Tour in 2013 with the British rider putting in a commanding display to win the race. Contador could only manage fourth but the pair began hostilities again at last year’s Vuelta a España. Both riders had crashed out of the Tour in July and returned to Spain with Contador getting the upper hand and beating Froome into second place.

In recent interviews the Tinkoff-Saxo leader has pinpointed Froome as his main rival for the Tour, and Froome returned the compliment before adding that the likes of Vinenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana could also not be ruled out.

“I think Alberto is one of the biggest rivals, my biggest rival. I think last year’s Vuetla is still very fresh in my mind and how strong he was after his really serious injuries, so I think he’s going to be one of the toughest guys but it’s really good for the sport to have this kind of rivalry. It’s what the fans want to see, the race organisers and we can’t discount guys like Nibali, Quintana, and Purito. All of these guys need the same level of respect.”

At one stage in the winter it had looked as though both riders would go stride for stride in the Giro-Tour doubleheader after Froome had announced his praise of the Giro route on his personal website. Oleg Tinkov – Tinkoff Saxo’s owner - had talked up a €1 million purse for riders willing to race both events but since then Froome and Team Sky have decided that the Tour remains their main ambition.

“Given that where I am right now, that I’m 29 years old, and coming into my best years as a professional cyclist and that the Tour de France is the biggest race for us, I think it would be a loss to miss the Tour,” he said.

“Having said that, the Giro really is a good route for me, with multiple summit finishes and a long, hard time trial. I would have liked to have been there but to have done the Giro and then the Tour, if you’re realistically looking to win both, it’s difficult and a big ask. It’s more realistic to do the Giro and the Vuelta because the Giro-Tour are too close to each other."

Team Sky has bolstered their options in the off-season in a bid to improve their defensive lines. Last year Froome was somewhat isolated at times but they British team have brought in Nicolas Roche, Wout Poels and Leopold König into their rank. Richie Porte has rediscovered his form while back in Australia and Froome believes that this team are the strongest he’s worked with since the squad’s inception five years ago.

“It’s exciting, really exciting because all of those guys are all contenders in their own rights and have been in the top ten in grand tours so to have them on board is a huge boost to our Tour de France pool that we’ll select from. There’s a buzz around here and everyone is keen to get stuck in.”

“I would definitely say that we’re starting with the strongest roster, throughout the team, that we’ve ever had on Team Sky. We have a lot of strength in depth that we can choose from and hopefully that will mean that our Grand Tour teams are the strongest that we’ve had yet.”

Article Source: Cycling News 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships 2015

By: Zeb Woodpower

Haussler out kicks Ewan for Australian national title

Neil Van Der Ploeg claims bronze

Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) won a thrilling Australian national road championships as he out sprinted Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) to claim victory after 183km of racing around Bunninyong in a time of 4:47:24. Haussler lost contact on the final climb up Mt Buninyong with the seven-man break that had formed on lap four of 18, and had been whittled down as the pace lifted in the second half of the race, but regained contact in the final kilometres of the race and despite having "lactic acid coming out of his ears" held off Ewan for his first national title.

Neil van der Ploeg (Avanti) won the sprint for third place with neo-pro Campbell Flakemore (BMC), Sam Spokes (Drapac), Jack Bobridge (BudgetForklifts) and Angus Morton (Jelly Belly) following him home.

"It's definitely up there with the [Tour de France] stage win to Colmar, everything was in slow motion," Haussler said.

The IAM Cycling rider raced under a German licence until 2010, told reporters after the win. "In the last 100 meters I was sprinting and looking down and across to Caleb and just getting everything out of me to get across the line in first. When I got there I had to scream. There was just so much in me that I had to get out."

"I came here with good form and obviously it's very hard with just me and Dave [Tanner] in the race. It's a bit of poker but everything worked out perfectly. Like I said before, it's probably the best day of my life."

The anticipated tete-a-tete between Cadel Evans and Richie Porte came too late in the day with both heavily marked by the peloton as the seven-man breakaway started the final lap with a lead of a minute-and-a- half. While the fireworks starting going  in the peloton up the climb, Haussler and the break were riding away to victory and it would be sweet redemption after years of hard luck and injury.

"Once you've had the taste of winning in you, that sensation of emotion, that’s what it's all worth it for," Haussler said of what keeps him racing. "The hard work of going out on the bike every day and sacrificing everything basically, your relationship, relationships with friends, your whole lifestyle ...  but it is worth it. I'd do it all over and over again. That's the way cycling is, you have injuries you crash but you come back and that’s what makes you a rider. You fall down but you have to come back up and you come back even stronger."

"It means everything to me," Haussler added. "Even when they were playing the national anthem I had to hold back otherwise the tears were coming to come down, there have been a lot of bad years where you go to races and get dropped and guys go up the road and attack and in the sprint you just can’t follow and you think ‘what’s the matter?’ I knew it would come back eventually but you have to put in the hard work."

An attack by Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) on the back-half of the course came too late to bridge across the break with eighth place, 48 seconds later, placing him as the best of the chasers. Steele von Hoff won the bunch sprint for ninth place at 52 seconds in a group that contained Evans (11th), Porte (22nd) and Simon Clarke (10th).

How it unfolded

The men's road race started under overcast skies but there was no sign of the predicted inclement weather at the 10:50am roll out. Once the gun the fired, the peloton turned the pedals over to start the first of 18 laps and headed up the hill to Mt Buninyong. Sam Spokes (Drapac) and Rhys Gillett (Pro Team Down Under) where the first riders to get away and held a ten second advantage over the peloton when it crossed the line to start lap two.

With the duo reeled in on the lower slopes of the midland highway climb, local lad Pat Shaw (Avanti) attacked off the front and was joined by Cam Peterson (Drapac). The duo built a small advantage over the chasers to hold a 30 second advantage at the start of lap three.

A large group of 15 riders formed on the fourth lap as it caught and subsumed the breakaway. BudgetForklifts were one of three teams with multiple representations with Josh Berry, Brendan Canty and Jack Bobridge, while Orica-GreenEdge had Damien Howson and Luke Durbridge, Drapac had the quartet of Bernie Sulzberger, Will Clarke, Lachie Norris and Cam Peterson. The solo riders were Nathan Earle (Team Sky), Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), Campbell Flakemore (BMC), Paul van der Ploeg (CharterMason Giant), along with Gillett and Shaw.

The leaders built an advantage of 53 seconds on the start of lap six and with Porte and Evans having teammates in the break, were happy to leave the pace setting to the likes of Orica-GreenEdge and BudgetForklifts who had amassed at the front of the bunch.

After seven laps and 70km of racing, the breaks advantage broke the minute barrier as Durbridge put in an effort to force a gap. More attacks saw riders drop off from the break, which reached a maximum advantage of two minutes, with Clarke the sole survivor by lap 14. The breakaway specialist would be joined by Pat Lane (African Wildlife Safaris) on the next lap who then motored on to be the leader on the road.

With 29km to go, Lane was caught close to the feed zone on the midland highway climb, by a 17 rider group that had managed to go off the front of the peloton. In that group was Robbie Hucker, Sam Spokes, Darren Lapthorne, (Drapac) Cameron Wurf, Ewan, Haussler, Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge), Angus Morton, Peter Milostic, Flakemore, Ollie Kent-Spark (search2retain /, Mitch Docker, Bobridge, Neil van der Ploeg and Jack Anderson (BudgetForklifts).

With two laps to go, the break held a 1:24 minute advantage through the finish line and as they turned onto the climb for the penultimate time, Hepburn put in an attack to go solo and was joined by Spokes and Ewan and discarded the passengers.

Earle was riding on the front of the bunch which showed no desperation to bring back the break which had become nine riders by the time they came round for the bell lap with Hepburn and Flakemore leading.

A 1:30 minute deficient to the reduced peloton meant the likes of Evans and Porte would have to drop the hammer on the final climb if they wanted the gold medal.

Lapthorne was the first rider to attack from the breakaway and did so at the almost exact some spot as his did in 2007 when he won the title. Hepburn jumped on his wheel to close it down when Lapthorne tried again, it was Hepburn and Ewan going after him. Van der Ploeg was next to latch on just before Lapthorne gave it one last dig but it was Ewan who crested the KOM solo.

With the final seven kilometres a fast descent, Ewan was caught by Bobridge with four chasers behind them. By the time they reached Fisken Rd, it was all back together again while the peloton's chances of victor were relying on the break playing cat and mouse as the race winning attacks never eventuated from Evans or Porte.

Spokes attacked just as the six-rider group of Hepburn, van der Ploeg, Haussler, Ewan, Flakemore and Morton came back together in the final 3km.

From that point a sprint finish was inevitable and it was Haussler's timing of his sprint that got him over the line in first place just as he chain was falling off.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

News Shorts: Dekker to Mexico for Hour Record, Dumoulin extends with Giant-Alpecin

Tour de France on German TV, Cyclingnews now on Instagram

Dekker to Mexico for world hour record attempt

Thomas Dekker will make his Hour Record attempt at altitude in Aguascalientes in Mexico, and do so on a bike from Dutch company Koga. A date for the attempt has not yet been set.

Sport scientist Leon Burger, who is working with Dekker, told that the benefits of altitude are uncertain. “This is due to many factors, such as whether he is well acclimatized. At altitude you have less drag, but you can also deliver less power.”

Dekker never rode to his potential after his return from his doping violation and failed to secure a contract with the Cannondale team for 2015.

“The confidence and conviction that I had, had slipped away,” he said. His tests now show nearly ten percent more power than the last months of the season.

“The attack on the world record is a wake-up call for me,” he said recently.

Tour de France and ARD confirm race to be shown in Germany

German broadcaster ARD and the Amaury Sport Organisation have confirmed that the Tour de France will be broadcast live on German free to air television in 2015 and 2016. ARD had stopped live broadcasts in 2011, citing doping within the sport.

“Germany is a major country in the world of cycling,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.“Today, German cycling boasts two first-rate teams and a generation of consummate and talented riders, such as Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Tony Martin. Indeed, these three riders have won 18 stages over the last 4 editions of Le Tour. Thanks to ARD's channels, I am delighted that the German public will be able to follow the Tour de France on German public TV, unencrypted, daily and live the race for the next two years".

“The most recent German successes, especially at the Tour de France, and the new generation of German cyclists, who are very active in the campaign for doping-free sport, have led to an increased attractiveness of this sporting event,” said Volker Herres, ARD’s program director.

Dumoulin with Giant-Alpecin for two more years

Team Giant-Alpecin announced during their team presentation in Berlin that Tom Dumoulin has extended his contract with the team for two years, “taking him to at least the end of 2016.” The 24-year-old will open his season at the Tour Down Under later this month.

The Dutch rider, who turned professional with the team in 2012, established himself on the world stage during the 2014 season. He won the Dutch national time trial title as well as various time trials during the season, topping it off with third place in the World Championships. Dumoulin also showed his all-around abilities with top five finishes in major stage and one-day races.

“I feel at home with this team as I can develop myself together with the team to my full potential. I have ambitions to work with this team for a longer period and to keep challenging ourselves together,” he said in the team press release.

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Article Source: Cycling News

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nation's Top CX Riders Head to Heart of Texas for Nationals

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jan. 5, 2015) – Riders from around the United States, ranging from ages 9-81, will descend on Austin, Texas, Jan. 7-11 for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, where they will vie for more than 40 Stars-and-Stripes jerseys at Austin’s Zilker Park.

Katie Compton crosses the line.
Katie Compton looks to defend her title in 2015. (photo by Eddie Clark)

The Cyclo-cross National Championships return to Austin for the first time in 37 years, where 37 competitors return to defend their 2014 crowns. Among the defending champions are 2014 elite champions Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha-Focus) and Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing), as well as defending women’s U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Colorado Springs, Colo./ and nine-time national champion Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized).

View all of the currently registered riders.

Learn more about the event rules, eligibility and call-up requirements here.

Held at Austin’s 350-acre Zilker Park, the five-day event will run on a 3.5 km loop that features two sets of limestone stairs, one dirt descent, a wood ramp and plenty of off-camber terrain.

The 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross course map is available online.
Article Source: USA Cycling

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Out with the old, in with the new, may you be happy the whole year through! 

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