Thursday, March 26, 2015

Women's News Shorts: D'Hoore Rides Gent-Wevelgem, Johansson Out with Broken Collarbone

World Cup standings, Wild and Cordon win, Velocio training camp
Martine Bras (Boels Dolmans), Jolien D'Hoore (Lotto Belisol Ladies) and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Women)
Martine Bras (Boels Dolmans), Jolien D'Hoore (Lotto Belisol Ladies) and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Women)
The classics contenders will reunite at the women’s UCI 1.2 Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields on March 29 in Belgium. Notably on the start line will be Wiggle-Honda’s Belgian champion Jolien D’Hoore, who recently won the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup, but will skip the second round in Cittiglio as it is held on the same day.

Gent-Wevelgem is a 115km race from Ypres to Wevelgem and includes five climbs. D’hoore has shown top form this early season with wins at the Omloop van Het Hageland in Belgium on March 8 and then again at the World Cup opener in the Netherlands on March 14.

“Gent-Wevelgem is a race close to my heart,” D’hoore said. “It’s a typical Belgian spring classic so it should suit my abilities. This year it’s ‘only’ a 1.2 but the organisation of Gent-Wevelgem has bigger plans for the future. They really support women’s cycling and want to help in the growth of it.”

Her Italian teammate Elisa Longo Borghini will lead Wiggle-Honda at the hilly Cittiglio World Cup, a race she won in 2013. “It’s almost on my home soil and it’s always really nice to race there because all my family and friends are there cheering for me,” she said. “Winning it in 2013 was a dream.”

Jolien D'Hoore

Cittiglio World Cup’s defending champion Johansson out with broken collarbone

Following the opening World Cup at the Ronde van Drenthe, the series will resume with the second round at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio on March 29 in Italy. Defending champion Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) will not be participating because of a broken collarbone sustained in a crash at the Novilon Eurocup on March 15.

“Losing Emma to her broken collarbone is really unfortunate, but sometimes it offers good opportunities for other riders to really step up and fill that gap,” said Orica-AIS director Gene Bates.
Orica-AIS will rely on the powerful Valentina Scandolara, who won the Santos Women Tour, and Amanda Spratt instead. “The main riders will be Scandolara and Spratt for this weekend,” Bates said. “They have targeted this race all season so they will be looking to have a good race and they have both been preparing really well.”

The team recently signed Rachel Neylan for the remainder of the 2015 season. The Australian’s first race with the team will be at the upcoming World Cup. She secured the silver medal at the Australian road championships in Ballarat in January and then went on to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

“To sign with ORICA-AIS was the icing on the cake after a great start to the season.”

UCI World Cup standings after Ronda van Drenthe


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda120 pts
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur100 
3Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team85 
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team70 
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda60 
6Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM50 
7Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team40 
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais35 
9Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini30 
10Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM25 

Wild wins Novilon Eurocup

Hitec Products’ Kirsten Wild took her first win of the 2015 road racing season at the UCI 1.2 Novilon Eurocup held on March 15 in the Netherlands, her third road race so far this year. She had a late start to the road season after concentrating on her track cycling endeavours during the winter months. She participated in the three-event Ronde van Drenthe weekend, which also included the Drentse 8 on March 12 and the World Cup on March 14. During the finale at the Novilon Eurocup, Wild sprinted to the win ahead of Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-Honda) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans).

Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) wins

Cordon triumphs in Cholet Pays de Loire Dames

Wiggle-Honda’s Audrey Cordon also took her first win of the season at the UCI 1.2 Cholet Pays de Loire Dames on March 22 in France. Cordon won a three-woman sprint to the line ahead of Amelie Rivat (Poitui-Charentes.Futuroscope.86) and Miriam Bjornsrud (Hitec Products) placed third. “That was so good!” Cordon said in a team press release.

“I’ve done this race since 2006. I won it in 2012, and I was also on the podium. I really wanted to win because I wanted to thank my teammates for all their hard work today. Also, because I worked a lot for the team in the past weeks, and they wanted to thank me as well.

“Today they were protecting me, so I had to win. I didn’t have any choice!” she laughed. “This race is close to my home, and my family was there, and it’s not every race that your family can come. It’s in France too, so it’s good.”

Velocio-SRAM completes successful training camp in Italy

Velocio-SRAM united for an 11-day training camp in Peschiera Del Garda, Italy, for aerodynamic positioning and testing on their time trial bikes, and team time trial training in preparation for their world title defence at the 2015 World Championships held in September in Richmond, Virginia. The riders also spent time training together on the hilly terrain ahead of the team’s spring campaign.

“The riding was amazing. We had some flat and also some great hills to climb and to do good interval training,” said Karol-Ann Canuel.

World time trial champion Lisa Brennauer added, “Starting your training from Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera Del Garda is nice. Whatever direction you go you’ll always find nice routes and good training conditions and you also have the chance to go along the lake taking the west or the east side.
The area provides a lot of opportunities. From slightly hilly routes along the lake to challenging climbing in the mountains.”

The team’s time trial bikes were set up for testing on the Montichiari velodrome where newcomer Alena Amialisuik, Belarus road and time trial champion, said, “I learned a lot of new things about time trialling and it was really interesting and new for me.”

Tiffany Cromwell added, “We had the opportunity to get our time trial bikes set up and the benefit of immediate aerodynamic testing for these new positions. It was also a chance to meet with some of our team sponsors and although it was a busy period it was very productive for the team.”

Velocio-SRAM will next compete at the Trofeo Binda in Cittiglio on Sunday, where Trixi Worrack will lead their roster that also includes Cromwell, Amialiusik, Canuel, Brennauer and Tayler Wiles.

Tiffany Cromwell gets out of the saddle

Batty and Nash win opening rounds of US Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT)

Canada’s Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing Team) and Czech Republic’s Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) won the opening rounds of the US Pro XCT held in California.
Batty won the Bonelli Park XC event held in San Dimas on March 14. She beat Luna Pro Team teammates Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould.

Nash took the win in round two at Fontana XC held on March 21 in Fontana. She soloed to the win just ahead of the two-up sprint between her teammate Gould in second and Batty in third place. “Maybe I was little stronger than I expected today, and I let gravity help me on the downhill’s as well!” Nash said on the Luna Pro Team website.

Gould added, “I am really excited because it was a good day for the team.”

Article Source: Cycling News

Monday, March 23, 2015

Milan-San Remo 2015 Race Highlights

As has so often been the case, the longest of the Classics fell to the man who spent the shortest amount of time at the front. At almost 300 kilometres,Milan-San Remo is a race of patience as much as it is of endurance, and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) showed both qualities in abundance as he emerged in the final 50 metres to claim victory.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March Tips from the Mechanic

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Froome Reveals He Testified to CIRC

Sky rider says doping is no longer a choice riders have to make

Chris Froome was all smiles for the camera as he lined up on the start.

2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome has revealed that he testified before the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) about the current situation in the sport. The CIRC was formed after the election of UCI president Brian Cookson to investigate how doping had become so endemic to the sport in the 1990s and 2000s, and to determine what role the UCI played in the evolution of the doping culture.

"I sat down with CIRC after the end of the season last year and spent a good few hours with them, just talking about the state of the sport and how, from a rider’s point of view, they can try to improve on things," Froome told The Daily Mail. "I think the sport is definitely making a lot of headway in trying to improve its image and and putting the past behind us."

Froome's rival for this year's Tour is defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, but his Astana team is facing a possible revocation of its WorldTour licence and it remains to be seen how the team's situation, which arose out of the EPO positives of brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy last year, will affect the Tour.

"What I take a lot of confidence from is the fact that these guys are getting caught," Froome said. "It means the testing is working, which is obviously what you want. It’s not comforting to know that you are racing against guys who are breaking the rules. But if they are getting caught then at least you know the system is working.’

Froome said he feels the sport has improved from the situation voiced by riders such as Lance Armstrong, who claim they had no other choice but to dope or quit the sport.

"I’m grateful it’s not a choice I have to make," Froome said."‘I hate how it was for young riders coming into the sport back in his day. I’m very grateful it’s not like that anymore."

The case of the Iglinskiy brothers shows that doping is still happening, however, but Froome said it is not something he thinks about while racing.

"You can’t be going to the start line looking at the guys next to you and wondering whether you’re racing against something who is turbo charged," Froome said. "If you do you’ve probably lost the race before you’ ve even started. It’s not even a factor in my mind on that start line. I’m just racing whoever is there and I’ve got to think we are all on an even playing field or it’s game over for me before the race has even started. We have to rely on the UCI to keep our sport clean and run it in the right way. We have to put all our trust in them."
Author: Cycling News

Thursday, March 5, 2015

USA Cycling names 2015 Pan Am Continental MTB Championships Team

(March 2, 2015) – USA Cycling announced Monday the 20-member 2015 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championship cross-country and downhill rosters. The event will be held March 25-29 in Cota, Colombia.

The team, which features four men’s and six women’s elite cross-country riders, will vie for valuable UCI points at the five-day event. These UCI points will help determine the XCO ranking for the United States as it relates to Team USA’s Olympic Rider Quota push to qualify the maximum number of mountain bike rider slots for the Rio Olympic Games next summer.

Cross-Country Elite Men
Stephen Ettinger* (Bozeman, Mont./Sho-Air-Cannondale)
Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team)
Spencer Paxson (Bellingham, Wash./Kona Bicycles Factory Team)
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing)

Cross-Country Elite Women
Lea Davison* (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing)
Georgia Gould* (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team)
Erin Huck* (Boulder, Colo./SCOTT-3Rox Racing)
Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Sho-Air-Cannondale)
Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Team KENDA-M&M Racing)
Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Team Stan’s NoTubes-Niner)

Cross-Country U23 Men
Howard Grotts* (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing XC)
Keegan Swenson (Escondido, Calif./Sho-Air-Cannondale)

Cross-Country U23 Women
Kate Courtney* (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing)

Cross-Country Juniors Men
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling)

Cross-Country Juniors Women
Ksenia Lepikhina* (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado Boulder)

Downhill Elite Men
Dylan Conte (Stowe, Vt.)
Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich./Northern Arizona University)
Max Morgan (Duluth, Ga.)
Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Gstaad-Scott)

Downhill Juniors Men
Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)

* Indicates athlete was an automatic qualifier based on USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Pan American Continental Championships Athlete Selection Criteria, found here.

Article Source: USA Cycling