TOP STORY: 2014 Tour de France ‘Wild Card’ Teams
The Tour de France organizers, ASO, have released their choice of ‘Wild Card’ invitees for the 2014 event, which starts in Leeds on July the 5th. As usual there are no surprises with French team taking the most of the places. Obviously Cofidis and Bretagne-Séché Environnement were automatic selections, IAM Cycling are registered in Switzerland but with Sylvain Chavanel joining the team and many of the staff being French, the team was always going to be a popular choice. The fourth and last team place has gone to the German NetApp-Endura team, which is makes sense as they have built up to the top Grand Tour by competing successfully in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. Of the teams left out; MTN-Qhubeka are probably the most hard done by, but maybe a Vuelta ride would cheer them up. Caja Rural-RGA will ride the teams’ home tour in Spain and would probably have difficulty in the French Tour for athletic and financial reason. So on the whole, the four teams were probably the best choice, of course with Europcar moving up to the ProTour it did free up one of the French places.
The 18 ProTour teams will be joined in the Tour de France by:
Bretagne – Séché Environnement, Cofidis, IAM Cycling and Team NetApp – Endura.
A very happy Ralph Denk, the Team Manager of Team NetApp – Endura said:
“A dream comes true. We have worked towards this news since the first day of the team’s founding. That our wish has now become reality is overwhelming, and will put the whole team into a euphoric mood. We could not have hoped for better news shortly before our season opening.”
“My thanks go to the ASO. We will certainly reciprocate the great trust that is being put in us with this invitation with a very committed appearance. It is a great advantage for us that we have already been informed about the decision now. We can thus gear the entire first half of the season towards this big event and start in Leeds in top form with the best riders,” Denk continued. “I would also like to thank our sponsors and partners who have supported us on this path. The Tour de France is one of the largest sports events in the World and I am pleased to be able to offer them this opportunity.”
Joël Séché, CEO of the Séché-Environnement Group: “I am very happy to see our team that will, for sure, be very high in this global event. I’m glad to be associated with this great challenge of this popular sport in Brittany. I’m happy, of course, for all the staff of Séché-Environnement and its subsidiaries. 2014 will be the year for Britain and Séché-Environnement.”
Emmanuel Hubert, Sporting Director: “It’s great. It’s great for Bretagne-Séché Environnementent team. It’s actually a story of men, they are a formidable group that has great values. And I know this team is going to respond not only the riders, but also with the staff in the 2014 Tour de France. Now the work and bring results.”
Phil Liggett reveals the 2014 Tour de France route by BroadcastExchange:
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup-Nommay, France 2014
With one week to go to the cyclo-cross World championships; Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) took the day off which allowed Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) to take the win. Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) missed out on the home win and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) was third at 5 second as Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development) was fourth, but did win the UCI World Cup overall.
Meeusen was out for the win and attacked from the off, he was joined by Philipp Walsleben and Telenet-Fidea team mate Corné van Kessel. Francis Mourey eventually crossed to them, but as soon as he did; Walsleben attacked. Meeusen and Mourey chased the German down; this was the end for Van Kessel who couldn’t hang on. Although Meeusen was in trouble on the muddy sections every lap, he always managed to get back with the French and German champions. In the end it came down to a sprint, Mourey led it out, but the Belgian was too strong and out kicked the Frenchman and Walsleben lost ground to them both. Lars van der Haar came in 1 minute and 1 second down, but happy with his overall win.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup-Nommay Men’s Result:
1. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea in 1:00:45
2. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr
3. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:05
4. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 1:01
5. Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah at 1:18
6. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:23
7. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:30
8. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace
9. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team at 1:39
10. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:51.
The men’s race:
Horner for Lampre-Merida
At last the news is official that the 2013 Vuelta a España winner; Chris Horner will be riding for the Italian Lampre-Merida team this year. The team confirmed it via their social networks and they hope to have the paperwork in order for him to ride the Mallorca Challenge (February 9th to 12th). As Brett Copeland, Lampre-Merida team manager, said in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Horner would ride the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España leaving the Tour de France for World champion Rui Costa. With the signing of Horner by the Italian team, this brings their nationality count up to ten with riders from; Italy, Argentina, China, Colombia, Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and now the United States.
Robert Bartko Hangs Up His Wheels!
Ed Hood, our man at the ‘6 Days’ had some news for us from Berlin and it was that track star; Robert Bartko would be riding his last race on the boards of Copenhagen starting tonight (Thursday) and finishing on Tuesday the 4th of February, it will be his retirement race. The 38 year old from Potsdam, Germany, has had a long and very successful career; 2 Olympic Gold medals, 4 World championships, 11 ‘6 Days’ and a suitcase full of national, European and World Cup medals. He wasn’t slow on the road either with stage wins in the smaller races and overall in the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, 3rd in the Tour of Belgium and winning the Rund um Berlin.
Robert Bartko with Roger Kluge (Skil-Shimano) at the Berlin 6:
Sánchez: No Team in the Next 15 Days, That’s It!
Samuel Sánchez has told Radio Euskadi that “the next 10 – 15 days are critical and hopefully something is close” adding that he would give up any hope of a team after that time. In his interview he stated: “For legal purposes I’m unemployed. But the feeling is totally opposite. I’m a cyclist, I keep living the life of a professional cyclist but I have yet to find a jersey to defend. It is a complex situation.” Samu will be 36 on the 5th of February and he confirmed “If in 10 or 15 days I cannot find accommodation, then it would be a final goodbye. I hope not to have to stop, but to continue racing. These 10-15 days are crucial and hopefully something will happen as soon as possible.” He wants to continue till at least 2015, when he said he could: “choose my end and put my expiration date on my career,” a sad end.
Sagan for Alonso Team?
According to Italian web-site tuttobiciweb Peter Sagan will be riding for the so far unnamed team that is being set up by Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso next year. They say that he has agreed to sign a contract for 2015 and 2016 for €3.3 million each year. Whether it is true or not, we won’t know for sure until the official signing period in August.
Sagan does his tricks:
The ASO ‘Wild Card’ Other Invites
As well as announcing the Tour de France ‘Wild Card’ team; ASO have also selected the three teams who will be riding Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné this year. Cofidis and IAM Cycling ride them both with Bretagne – Séché Environnement in Paris-Nice and then being replaced by NetApp-Endura in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Bretagne – Séché Environnement, Cofidis, IAM Cycling.
Critérium du Dauphiné:
Cofidis, IAM Cycling, Team NetApp – Endura.
Teams for the Dubai Tour
The first Dubai Tour starts on the 5th of February in Dubai for a town centre time trial stage of 10 kilometres, the 16 teams have named their top riders for the event. 11 WorldTour teams including riders; World champion Rui Costa, the Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez, Peter Sagan, Ryder Hesjedal, Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara, Taylor Phinney and sprinters Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.
Lampre-Merida: Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (POR), Filippo Pozzato (ITA).
Astana: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Janez Brajkovic (SLO).
Banco BIC-Carmin: Manuel Antunes Amaro (POR), Henrique Casimiro (POR).
BMC Racing Team: Thor Hushovd (NOR), Taylor Phinney (USA).
Cannondale: Peter Sagan (SVK), Damiano Caruso (ITA).
Garmin-Sharp: Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Tyler Farrar (USA).
Movistar Team: Alex Dowsett (GBR), Adriano Malori (ITA).
Omega Pharma-Quick Step: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Tony Martin (GER).
RTS-Santic Racing Team: Simon Buttner (FRA), Alex Coutts (GBR).
SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team: Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG), Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE).
Team Giant-Shimano: Marcel Kittel (GER), Cheng Ji (CHN).
Team Katusha: Joaquin Oliver Rodriguez (SPA), Luca Paolini (ITA).
Tinkoff-Saxo: Oliver Zaugg (SUI), Matteo Tosatto (ITA).
Trek Factory Racing: Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN).
UAE National Team: Majid Albalooshi (UAE), Mohammed Almansuory (UAE).
Vini Fantini-Nippo-De Rosa: Pier Paolo De Negri (ITA), Takashi Miyazawa (JPN).
Stage 1: 10 km. ITT Dubai “Down Town Stage”.
Stage 2: 122 km. “The Stage Sport”.
Stage 3: 162 km, Dubai – Hatta. “The Stage of Nature”.
Stage 4: 124 km “The Stage Old Dubai”.
The first stage – An individual time trial 10 kilometres – will take place in the new city and is called “Down Town Stage”.
The second stage – 122 kilometres – will run through the area of the largest sports facilities in Dubai, including the horse race track, the Olympic swimming pool, the bike path Al Qudra, the motor racing track and the Golf Club. This is called “The Stage Sport”.
The third stage, the longest stage at 162 kilometres, it will go out of town and into the desert to end at Hatta. This stage is called “The Stage of Nature”.
The fourth and final stage – 124 kilometres long – crosses the old part of the city, passing two of the most iconic buildings of Dubai: the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world at 830 meters height. This stage is called “The Old Stage Dubai.”
Dubai Tour 2014 – Official promo:
The Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne announces 25 teams
The Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (UCI 1.1), to be held on March 2, has confirmed 25 teams: 11 WorldTour, 8 ProContinental and 6 Continental teams.
Teams for 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne:
WorldTour: Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step, BMC, Ag2r-La Mondiale, Giant-Shimano, Belkin, Garmin-Sharp, Katusha, Sky, Europcar and FDJ. Plus ProConti: Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Cofidis Credit Solutions, IAM Cycling, Netapp-Endura, Yellow Fluo and CCC Polsat. And Conti: An Post – Chainreaction-S. Kelly, Wallonie-Bruxelles, Roubaix-Lille Métropole, Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace, and 3M Team Veranclassic-Dolticini.
Last years race was suspended because of bad weather; Mark Cavendish won in 2012, Chris Sutton in 2011; Bobbie Traksel in 2010, Tom Boonen and 2009 and 2007, and Steven de Jongh in 2008 and 2004.
2007 Kuurne Brussels Kuurne by wwwcyclingtv:
Gent-Wevelgem 7 ‘Wild Card’ Teams
Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Cofidis, MTN Qhubeka, Androni-Venezuela Giacattoli, Team Netapp-Endura and IAM Cycling are the seven ‘Wild Card’ teams for the WorldTour classic Gent-Wevelgem on 30th March, along with the 18 ProTour teams.
They are the same teams invited to E3 Harelbeke (28th March) with the only change of NetApp-Endura instead of UnitedHealthcare. Ghent-Wevelgem pays tribute to the First World War, this year is the centenary of the start of the war. The 233 kilometres with the start and finish in Vanackerestraat Deinze, will pass the war memorial in Diksmuide, and several war cemeteries across Ploegsteert and Messines.
The nine climbs are: Casselberg at 115 km and again at 120 kilometres, Catsberg (137 km), Baneberg (146 km), Kemmelberg (154 km), Monteberg (158 km), Baneberg (185 km) and the Kemmelberg again after 193 km.
Peter Sagan won in 2013, Tom Boonen won in 2011, 2012 and in 2004, Bernhard Eisel in 2010, Edvald Boasson Hagen in 2009, Oscar Freire in 2008, Marcus Burghardt in 2007 and Thor Hushovd in 2006.
Lotto Belisol Injury Report
Tests at the hospital of Herentals have shown that Jelle Vanendert has incurred a radial head fracture in a crash in the first stage of the Tour de San Luis, that’s a small fracture in the elbow. Despite this injury he did start all other stages, before abandoning in the final one. Since the fracture didn’t shift, surgery isn’t needed.
The fracture implies a partial inactivity of 10 days and Vanendert has to wear an elbow brace that period, but he can keep up his condition by training on the rolls. If he gets the all-clear after a new visit to the doctor he can resume the normal training. The four days race Challenge Mallorca which starts on February 9 will probably come too soon; Vanendert is likely to start again at the Ruta del Sol on February 19.
Movistar: Quintana for the Giro, Valverde for the Tour
The Movistar Team has decided the calendar for its two leaders, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde for this year. The Colombian will tackle the Giro d’Italia as designated leader of the telephone squad, while Valverde will be carrying the Blue flag at the Tour de France. Excluding any physical troubles, both will be at the helm for the Vuelta a España at the end of the season.
The winner of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, his first race of the year, Quintana will spend the month of February in Colombia as his first child will be born in few days’ time. After that, he will get back into racing in Spain with the Vuelta a Murcia and the Clásica de Almería, then to travel to Italy for Roma Maxima and Tirreno-Adriático. The Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta a Asturias will be his last stops before the Giro.
Valverde will debut next week in the Dubai Tour for the Movistar Team’s first-ever Middle East appearance. Mallorca, Andalucía, Murcia, Almería, Strade Bianche, Roma Maxima, Milano-Sanremo, Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs Harelbeke, GP Indurain, País Vasco and Amorebieta will be his preparation for the Ardennes trio, while the Criterium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse will set him into condition for the Tour.
Movistar Team general manager Eusebio Unzué explains on the decision taken: “Personally, I don’t think taking Nairo to the Tour with his age, plus the pressure of improving last year’s result, is interesting for his future. I prefer to keep him growing into the formation period he’s still in and let him know the Giro, because we think it’s an extremely interesting race for him to progress on so many aspects, and where he will enjoy full leadership in a Grand Tour for the first time. Naturally, Alejandro’s presence into the squad also had its influence, having a solid leader for the Tour with him. He has full backing from us – he’s earned it. He already proved last year that he was perfectly capable reaching the final podium despite that mechanical. The Vuelta? Both have time to recover from their efforts, and it’s a race that suit them both to perfection and which is also a priority for Movistar. I think this race schedule satisfies our sponsors, the race organisers and also offers chances on important races to other riders of our team who deserved to have them. Movistar Team is not just Nairo and Alejandro – our strength will keep residing there.”
The two Movistar leaders:
2014 Challenge Mallorca Start List
Bradley Wiggins, Sergio Luis Henao, Alejandro Valverde, Igor Antón, Beñat Intxausti, Jurgen van den Broeck, Rigoberto Uran, Michal Kwiatkowski, Daniel Martin, Andrew Talansky and Luis Leon Sanchez are among those on the start sheet for the four Iberostar trophies in the XXIII Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca to take place from 9 to 12 February.
Astana: Fabio Aru, Alexandr Dyachenko, Daniil Fominykh, Jakob Fuglsang, Enrico Gasparotto, Francesco Gavazzi, Andriy Grivko, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Maxim Iglinskiy, Arman Kamyshev, Tanel Kangert, Frederik Kessiakoff, Mikel Landa, Alexey Lutsenko, Michele Scarponi, Paolo Tiralongo, Ruslan Tleubayev, Andrey Zeits.
Europcar: Yukiya Arashiro, Natnael Berhane, Antoine Duchesne, Tony Hurel, Vincent Jerome, Morgan Lamoisson, Mederel Maxime Alexandre Pichot, Perrig Quemeneur, Kevin Reza, Bjorn Thurau, Angelo Tulik.
Garmin-Sharp: Javier Acevedo, Nathan Brown, Andre Cardoso, Caleb Fairly, Phil Gaimon, Alex Howes, Ben King, David Millar, Nick Nuyens, Tom Slagter, Andrew Talansky, Fabien Wegmann, Daniel Martin, Koldo Fernández de Larrea
Katusha Maxim Belkov, Giampaolo Caruso, Petr Ignatenko, Mikhail Ignatyev, Pavel Kochetkov, Alexander Kolobnev, Dmitriy Kozonchuk, Alexander Rybakov, Egor Silin, Simon Spilak, Yury Trofimov, Anton Vorobyev.
Lotto-Belisol: Sander Armee, Stig Broeckx, Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, Greg Henderson, Olivier Kaisen, Jurgen van den Broeck, Jelle Vanendert, Tim Wellens, Frederik Willems.
Movistar Team: Alejandro Valverde, Igor Anton, Eros Capecchi, John Gadret, Gorka Izaguirre, Dayer Quintana, Javier Moreno, Jasha Sutterlin, Sylwester Szmyd, Francisco José Windy, Andrey Amador, Imanol Ervin, José Iván Gutiérrez, Beñat Intxausti, Pablo Alfaro.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step: Julian Alaphilippe, Gianluca Brambilla, Michal Golas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Meersman, Serge Pauwels, Pieter Serry, Zdenek Stybar, Matteo Trentin, Rigoberto Uran, Petr Vakoc, Thomas de Gendt.
Orica-GreenEdge: Esteban Chaves, Michael Matthews, Christian Meier, Ivan Santaromita, Pieter Weening, Adam Yates, Simon Yates.
Sky: Bradley Wiggins, Ian Boswell, Dario Cataldo, Philip Deignan, Joseph Dombrowski, Nathan Earle, Joshua Edmondson, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sebastian Henao Gómez, Sergio Henao Montoya, Pete Kennaugh, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Richie Porte, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Xavier Zandio.
Caja Rural-RGA: Luis Guillermo Ramón Mas Domene, Fabrizio Ferrari, Marcos Garcia, Antonio Molina, H. Rodrigo Parra, Antonio Piedra, Amets Txurruka, Davide Vigano, Luis León Sánchez, Francisco Javier Aramendia.
Cofidis: Edwig Cammaerts, Egoitz García, Cyril Lemoine, Luis Angel Mate, Adrien Petit, Florien Senechal, Julien Simon, Romain Zingle, Jerome Coppel, Julien Fouchard, Levarlet Guillaume, Stéphane Poulhies.
IAM Cycling: Vicente Reynes, Jonathan Fumeaux, Frank Matias, Reto Hollenstein, Roger Kluge, Pirmin Lang, Thomas Löfkvist, Patrick Schelling, Johann Tschopp.
MTN-Qhubeka: Gerald Ciolek, Jani Tewelde, Martin Wesemann, Meron Russom, Adrien Niyonshuti, Johann Van Zyl, Ignatas Konovalovas, Kristian Sbaragli, Andreas Stauff, Sergio Padilla, Martin Reimer, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Linus Gerdemann.
NetApp-Endura: Jan Barta, Cesare Benedetti, Iker Camano, David de la Cruz, Bartosz Huzarski, Leopold König, Tiago Machado, Ralf Matzka, Jose Mendes, Jonathan McEvoy, Frantisek Padour, Erick Rowsell.
Team Novo Nordisk: Javier Megías, David Lozano, Andrea Peron, Martijn Verschoor, Joonas Henttala Nicolas Lefrancois, Charles Planet, Thomas Raeymaekers, Kevin De Mesmaeker, Stephen Clancey, Christopher Williams, Ruud Cremers, Benjamin Dilley, Joe Eldridge.
Active Jet: David Muntaner, Jesus Ezquerra, Mario Gonzalez, Pawel Frnaczak, Lukasz Bodnar, Brylowski Pawel, Michal Podlaski, Konrad Dabkowski, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Emanuel Piaskowy, Slawomir Chrzanowski, Arkadiusz Owskian.
Burgos-BH: Juan Carlos Riutort, David Belda, Pablo Torres, Dario Hernández, Jesús del Pino, Ander Arranz, Unai Arranz, Álvaro Robredo, Ibai Salas, Igor Merino, Federico Butto, Victor Martin, Diego Leon Cuervo.
De Rijke-Shanks: ?
Euskadi: Jon Abesaturi, Mikel Aristi, Carlos Barbero, Victor Etxebarria, Mikel Iturria, Jon Larrinaga, Pablo Lechuga, Miguel Minguez, Haritz Orbe, Beñat Txoperena, Illart Zuazubiskar.
Team Ecuador: ?
Mavic – 125 years of passion
Like the two employees presented in this video, Service Course tech Denis Greffet and lead research engineer Jean-Pierre Mercat, everyone at Mavic lives his passion every day through his work. Watch this video and discover what makes Mavic so special: creative, engaging, pioneering, and inspired by deep roots in the French cycling culture.
Giant-Shimano Team for the GP Marseillaise
Press Release: The European race calendar gets underway this week with the annual opener, the GP Marseillaise in the south of France on Sunday.
The undulating one-day race usually sees a reduced peloton fight out the finish and last year Warren Barguil (FRA) sprinted to an impressive eighth place.
Barguil returns this year with a year’s race experience at WorldTour level under his belt, along with seven teammates with several different cards to play.
It will be the first race of the season for all of the Team Giant-Shimano riders competing, including John Degenkolb (GER) who will be looking to stretch his legs and see how is form is after the winter break.
The race also marks both Dries Devenyns (BEL) and Chad Haga’s (USA) first race since joining the team.
Team Giant-Shimano’s coach for the race, Christian Guiberteau (FRA) said: “It’s the first race of the season for all the guys here so our main target is to get the cohesion back after a break, and make sure everyone is working well together. It is also important for the guys to get their heads back into race mode.
“It’s a tough race here, always up and down but without any real mountains so anything can happen. It depends on what the weather is doing too. All the guys have had a solid winter so it will be good to see them racing again.”
Warren Barguil (FRA), Roy Curvers (NED), Thomas Damuseau (FRA), John Degenkolb (GER), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Chad Haga (USA), Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE), Albert Timmer (NED).
Directeur Sportif: Christian Guiberteau (FRA).
Lotto Belisol at the Tour Down Under
The top Australian stage race is over for another year, here are Lotto Belisol’s video impressions of their 2014 Tour Down Under:
How to be a Road Rider!
27 steps to learn how to be a road bike rider, maybe you think you are already one, but this guide by the guys from nsmb.com will explain everything you need to know.
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