TOP STORY: 2014 World Road Championship Course
The organisers of next year’s World road race championships in Ponferrada, Northern Spain, has released the route and race details for the championships running from Sunday the 21st of September with the elite women’s team time trial and finishing on Sunday the 28th with the elite men’s road race.
The team time trial course is mostly flat with one climb for the women, with a total distance of 36.15 kilometres and two climbs for the men; distance 57.1 kilometres.
The individual TT has a short climb with a ramp of 7% near the finish of the 29.5 kilometre course for the women, the men have two climbs in their 47.1 kilometre race against the clock.
The road race is based on an 18.2 kilometre circuit starting and finishing next to the sports centre of Ponferrada, the course heads out of town to climb up to the reservoir; 7 laps for the women (total 127.4kms) and 14 for the men (254.8kms). The men will climb a total of 4,284 metres with the climb to the reservoir of Bárcena every lap and its 11% ramps. A strongman’s course.
The Worlds in Ponferrada web site is here at http://www.mundialciclismoponferrada.com.
Schedule for 2014 UCI Road World Championships:
Sunday, September 21
Elite women – Team time trial
Elite men – Team time trial
Monday, September 22
Junior men – Individual time trial
Under-23 men – Individual
Tuesday, September 23
Junior women – Individual time trial
Elite women – Individual time trial
Wednesday, September 24
Elite men – Individual time trial
Friday, September 26
Junior women – road race
Under-23 men – road race
Saturday, September 27
Junior men – road race
Elite women – road race
Sunday, September 28
Elite men – road race.
Vlaamse Industrieprijs Bosduin Cyclo-cross 2013
Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon) came into the last lap with Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development) on his wheel and Belgian champion Klaas Vantournout (Sunweb-Napoleon) chasing. On the fast course Pauwels let van der Haar take the lead for half a lap before he put the pressure on and distanced the Dutchman before the tarmac section to the finish. Pauwels sprinted to the finish for a 9 second gap on van den Haar and 30 seconds on his team mate Vantornout.
Vlaamse Industrieprijs Bosduin Men’s Result
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games in 1:02:15
2. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 0:09
3. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:30
4. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:46
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:49
6. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:52
7. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:56
8. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
9. Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah
10. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:59.
The last lap:
Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) led from the start stretching the bunch into a line and burning everyone off until only Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabobank Liv/Giant) could stay with her. In the end the French girl had to let Cant go to finish 6 seconds down. Ellen Van Loy (DNCS-Pro 2012) had been strong at the start but faded to third at 19 seconds.
Vlaamse Industrieprijs Bosduin Women’s Result
1. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP in 38:31:00
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 0:06
3. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 0:19
4. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 0:58
5. Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 1:21
6. Monique van de Ree (Ned) at 2:00
7. Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team
8. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling
9. Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom at 2:41
10. Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol at 3:18.
The highlights of the woman’s race:
No Movistar Contract for Marque
Tour of Portugal winner Alejandro Marque (OFM-Quinta Da Lixa) tested positive for betamethasone during the race and now will face losing his win, his contract with Movistar and a two year ban. The drug is banned by WADA and the UCI have sent the report to the Spanish Cycling Federation for him to be sanctioned. He does claim to have a TUE for the use of the drug for a knee injury and also told his team and the tester. He stated: “I consider the presence of the substance in my body sufficiently declared and have now received treatment for the knee with regards to the new season. The use of betamethasone was prescribed. I had no intent to deceive.” If he is stripped of the win, his team mate Gustavo Veloso will be given the win.
The Movistar Team released this statement:
“In the light of the news published by the media today, and following convenient verification of the facts, Abarca Sports informs that the rider Mr. Alejandro Marque, who was set to join Movistar Team’s roster for the upcoming season, will not make part of the squad. The contract signed between both parties will not come into effect on January 1st, 2014.”
A Healthy Froome!
In an interview with The Independent newspaper, the Kenyan born Tour de France winner Chris Froome revealed that he no longer has the parasitic disease bilharzia. He said: “At last I am free of the debilitating disease bilharzia. I had a test when I went back to Kenya recently and it is the first time it has come back negative since the diagnosis. That is fantastic news for me. I’m not going to have to worry about that any more. That should be it gone now.” He was first diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and that it can stay in the system for up to six years. He added: “I have been going back every six months for the past two years and returning positive results. When I was first diagnosed they said it had been in my system for at least two years, but it could have been there even longer, five or six years possibly.”
Gallopin and Monfort to Lotto Belisol
Tony Gallopin and Maxime Monfort will be leaving RadioShack-Leopard to ride for the Belgian Lotto Belisol team in 2014. The Frenchman Gallopin turned Pro for Auber 93 in 2007 before moving to Cofidis in 2010 then RadioShack in 2012, his best result came this year in the Clásica de San Sebastián where he won beating a top selection of riders. Maxime Montfort from Bastogne in Belgium has been a Pro since 2004 with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago; from there he went to Cofidis, Team Columbia-High Road before joining Leopard in 2011. Montfort won the Tour de Luxembourg in 2004, the Bayern-Rundfahrt in 2010 and the Belgian National time trial championships in 2009. In the Grand Tour’s he has finished 6th in the Vuelta a España and 16th in the Tour de France.
Tony Gallopin wins in San Sebastián:
Lotto Belisol: Programme 2014
The programme of Lotto Belisol for 2014 is gradually getting ready. Just like last year the team will start in the Tour Down Under and the Tour de San Luis, this will be the opening races. The team will go to the Middle-East in February for the races in Qatar and Oman.
Jurgen Van den Broeck will begin the new cycling year in Argentina; also Jelle Vanendert will attend the Tour de San Luis. Next is foreseen that VDB takes part in Tirreno-Adriatico for the first time. The Race of the two seas is also part of Jürgen Roelandts his programme. He will traditionally start in the Tour Down Under, afterwards his route goes via Qatar as a preparation on the Belgian opening weekend with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
André Greipel won’t ride Milan-Sanremo. Just like the previous years the German champion will go to the Tour Down Under, then Qatar and possibly Oman are planned for him. Tony Gallopin will also participate in that last race. The Frenchman will probably open the season in the GP La Marseillaise and will then ride the Etoile de Bessèges. His first goal next year will be Paris-Nice. That’s the same for Maxime Monfort, who’s going to Spanish races in the run-up, like the Ruta del Sol.
Thanks to the Lotto Belisol team for the info.
Samu Sanchez to a WorldTour Team?
According to El Pais Samuel Sanchez has signed a contract with a WorldTour team for 2014, although which team will not be announced until January. With the signing of Sanchez this leaves nine riders of the soon to be defunct Euskaltel-Euskadi team without team places for next year.
A Euskaltel in Japan!
The Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Ricardo García will race next season with Team Ukyo in Japan. The 25 year old rider from Avila commented on Twitter: “Nothing yet closed but quite good. Very happy to continue another year in professional.”
Ricardo Garcia raced from 2009 to 2011 with the Continental team Orbea and the last two seasons in the orange of Euskaltel-Euskadi, competing in: The Tour Down Under, Tirreno-Adriatico, Paris-Nice, Romandie, Dauphiné, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Fleche Wallonne, but did not start in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France or the Vuelta a España.
Garcia is the 16th rider from Euskaltel-Euskadi to find a team for next season: Igor Antón, Ions & Gorka Izaguirre and Juan José Lobato (Movistar), Mikel Landa (Astana), Mikel Nieve (Sky) and Romain Sicard (Europcar) in the WorldTour. Pello Bilbao with ProContinental Caja Rural-RGA and in Continental teams: Juanjo Oroz & Pablo Urtasun (PineRoad), Gari Bravo & Ricardo Mestre (Efapel), Jure Kocjan (SmartStop), Ioannis Tamouridis (SP Tableware) and Robert Vrecer (Vorarlberg).
Heras to Sue
Roberto Heras to sue the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) and the Sports Council (CSD) over his reinstated 2005 Vuelta a España win. He has always claimed his innocence and took his case to the Spanish Supreme Court instead of through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won. His Vuelta win had been given to Dennis Menchov, but the Supreme Court has credited it to Heras to give him four wins in the Spanish Grand Tour. Heras is suing the RFEC and CSD for loss of earnings to the tune of €1 million.
Heras in the 2005 Vuelta a España stage 15, Cangas de Onis-Valgrande Pajares:
Leopard to Continue with 12 Riders
The Leopard team will continue next season in the Continental category, the team confirmed via press release. Their calendar will focus on EuropeTour races in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. The team will consist of 12 riders, combining youth with some experienced names. “We want to stay true to the mission of a development team: offer opportunities to young cyclists to develop as athletes in a professional environment and to prepare them for a potential career in the UCI WorldTour. We will be able to offer them a balanced race program and a good team spirit,” says manager Markus Zingen who will be accompanied by DS Tom Flammang.
Five riders continue from 2013: Piere Baffi (ITA, 1990), Alex Kirsch (LUX, 1992), Pit Schlechter (LUX, 1990), Tom Thill (LUX, 1990) and Joel Zangerle (LUX, 1988). The 7 new faces will be: Setting Konig (GER, 1995) Piarre Matthias (GER, 1992), Massimo Morabito (LUX, 1993), Kevin Feiereisen (LUX, 1992), Dennis Coenen (BEL, 1991), Patrick Olesen ( DEN, 1994) and Florian Salzinger (GER, 1983).
Quintana Home in Colombia
Nairo Quintana is back in Colombia after a mini training camp with the Movistar Team in preparation for the early season, starting with the Tour de San Luis (20-26 January), Challenge de Mallorca (9-12 February), Paris Nice (March 9 to 16) and Volta a Catalunya (24-30 March).
At the moment only his debut in Argentina is one hundred percent sure due to the birth of his daughter planned for late January or early February, plus the indecision on whether he will ride the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France. It is also not certain if he will be at the official launch of the Movistar Team on 31st of January in Madrid.
Quintana will travel from his country to Argentina directly to give his first pedal strokes at the Tour de San Luis, where the riders can enjoy the weather and three summit finishes, the Mirador del Potrero (2nd stage), Alto del Amago (4th) and the Mirador del Sol (6th). He is then scheduled to return to Spain to meet with the rest of the team and contest the Challenge de Mallorca, although his return maybe delayed by the birth of his daughter.
The Colombian will ride Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, his first two WorldTour races, as in 2013, and hopes to be competitive. This year he contested the Race the Sun, but lost two-minute in Saint-Vallier and ended at 3:20 to Richie Porte. He did end with a good taste, finishing third in the time trial on the Col d ‘Eze. The route is still unknown, so the other alternative is the Tirreno-Adriatico.
His next competition will depend on whether the races in the Giro d’Italia, or the Tour de France. From Catalunya its only 40 days until the start of the Giro in Belfast and after racing in Paris-Nice and the Catalan tour the dilemma would be whether to compete a week later at the Tour of the Basque Country (7-12 April), which he won in 2013 or go to the Tour de Romandie (April 29-May 4).
Victory for Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta a Burgos:
Sky Team for Tour Down Under
The Sky team will be led by Richie Porte in his home race, the Tour Down Under. He will be backed by fellow Australian Chris Sutton and Austria’s Bernie Eisel. The rest of the team are British riders; Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe, plus Irishman Philip Deignan making his debut for the team.
Sky Tour Down Under team:
OPQS for the Tour Down Under
Press Release: Omega Pharma – Quick Step Cycling Team has announced the formation that will take part in the Tour Down Under (21-26 January, 2014).
The team will fly from Amsterdam to Adelaide on January 7th, under the orders of Sports Director Rik Van Slycke. As usual, the team will also participate in the circuit organized in Adelaide on the Sunday before the race.
“The routes won’t be much different that what we saw in the last edition of the race,” explains Sport Director Van Slycke. “We’ll have a few days in Australia before the race to adjust to the jet lag and take advantage of the good weather to train. The squad will have an athlete like Mark Renshaw, who will be highly motivated for his hometown race, in which he’s already done well in the past. Next to him we’ll have Matteo Trentin and Andrew Fenn, the young Julian Alaphilippe, in his first race as a pro, and Carlos Verona. Experience on the team will be guaranteed by Jan Bakelants and Serge Pauwels. The goal is to stand out as major players from the beginning of the race and try to obtain a victory right away. It will be an important way to get the season of to the best possible start.”
“The Tour Down Under represents the start of the new season, an important race for the team to make its first mark,” Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag says. “The guys who are going there are really looking forward to the race. Compared to the rest of the team, their preparation is more advanced so they will be in shape for the race. On the squad we have a good mix of expert riders and young athletes who can really benefit from this experience.”
OPQS Tour Down Under Riders:
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA),
Jan Bakelants (BEL),
Andrew Fenn (GBR),
Serge Pauwels (BEL),
Mark Renshaw (AUS),
Matteo Trentin (ITA),
Carlos Verona (ESP),
Sports Director: Rik van Slycke (BEL).
The 2014 Beat Cancer Tour:
Garzelli to be DS with Yellow Fluo
Stefano Garzelli will become a DS for the ex-Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team next year. The team now has a main sponsor and will be known as Neri Sottoli, which makes pasta sauces and other bottled vegetables and olives. Garzelli won the Giro d’Italia in 2000 and took a bit of convincing to join the team’s management, as team manager Luca Scinto told Gazzetta dello sport: “It took me a bit of time to convince him, but in the end, Stefano accepted.” The team are playing down the rumour that Chris Horner would also be joining the team.
Neri Sottoli team for 2014:
Gianni Bellini, Giorgio Cecchinel, Francesco Chicchi, Daniele Colli, Samuele Conti, Andrea dal Col, Roberto de Parte, Andrea Fedi, Mauro Finetto, Luigi Miletta, Simone Ponzi, Mattia Pozzo, Matteo Rabottini, Mirko Tedeschi, all Italian. Brazilian Rafael Andriato, Venezuelan Yonathan Monsolve and Ramon Carretero from Panama. Fabio Taborre and Franceso Failli might also be with the team for next year.
FDJ Signs Young Talent!
The FDJ.fr continues with its plan to have the best young French talent. According to the French web site Le Telegramme , the team has signed former junior World champion Olivier La Gac on a two and a half year contract, until end 2016, La Gac was born in Brest on August 27th 1993.
Le Gac will race the first part of the season with his current amateur team; Bic 2000 and debut with the team of Marc Madiot on August the 5th.
Jesus Ezquerra to Active Jet
The Spanish rider Jesus Ezquerra will race next season with the Active Jet team, he confirmed to BiciCiclismo. Active Jet is a new Polish Continental team which has already been announced the signing of track rider David Muntaner and Baqué-Campos rider Mario Gonzalez. Ezquerra has been with Leopard-Trek for the past two seasons with the Leopard-Trek, previously he had been in the same amateur as Mario González, where he won the Vuelta a Palencia.
Active Jet is a new team under the direction of manager and director Piotr Kosmala and coach Jakub Pieniazek, the team will debut in the Challenge de Mallorca then the Vuelta a Andalucía and the Vuelta a Murcia.
New Coach at Cannondale
Cannondale Pro Cycling announced that the leading German sports scientist; Sebastian Weber, has joined the team to train and prepare riders for the 2014 season. To perfect his training regimen, the team has committed to the successful approach of Weber for the cycle sport. Weber will work with Italian coaches Samuel Mattia and Michelusi Marangoni. At only 36 years old, Weber is one of the best coaches of his generation. His coaching experience spans several teams like T-Mobile (2006 and 2007), HTC Columbia (2008-2011) and more recently Katusha (2012 and 2013). As a coach, Weber has had more than 120 wins in six years and has worked with top riders like André Greipel, Tony Martin, Tejay Van Garderen, and Joaquim Rodriguez.
“I am excited to join the Cannondale Pro Cycling for the 2014 season, it will be an important and difficult step for the team, they not only need to achieve the results set last year, but also overcome them,” Weber said. “I am eager to contribute and work closely with the coaches and management team to provide the best possible support for the riders. I understand that it is excellent, very close, and occupational status of men with very high potential to achieve great success.”
Besides Weber, Cannondale Pro Cycling has assembled Samuel Mattia and Michelusi Marangoni to lead the coaching team. Michelusi has worked with the Italian Cycling Federation, focusing on their lower categories, and Continental team Androni. In 2012, Michelusi was part of team training to prepare Olympic riders including Elia Viviani for the London Games. Samuel Marangoni, brother of Cannondale team rider Alan Marangoni, will be the third coach. Marangoni has worked with local Italian teams and has experience with the Centre for Studies of the Italian Cycling Federation. Along with medical staff team led by Dr. Roberto Corsetti and including Dr. Emilio Magni and Dr Antonio Angelucci, Cannondale Pro Cycling plans to create a strong group able to manage all aspects of team performance.
Cannondale top man:
19 Teams for La Marseillaise 2014
The organization of the Grand Prix d’ouverture La Marseillaise (2.1) has announced the 19 teams taking part in the 2014 edition on the 2nd of February. The GP La Marseillaise is the first round of the PMU Coupe de France, the same teams will start the Etoile de Bessèges (February 5th-9th), with the inclusion of Bardiani-CSF who will be riding the Costa degli Etruschi on the same day as La Marseillaise.
Ag2r La Mondiale
Caja Rural Seguros RGA-
CCC Polsat Polkowice
La Pomme Marseille
Czech Road Women Cyclists Photographed for 2014 Calendar
Press Release: This time the calendar was photographed in the city of Opava. The theme for this year is “one day in the life of a woman cyclist” who live and breathe for cycling and their daily problems and responsibilities.
The money which they earn from the sales of this calendar will be used to help the women cyclist to participate in races out of Czech, to increase their quality and also to increase the participation of Czech cyclist in foreign races for 2014.
So we appeal the public to buy these calendars to help Czech cyclists and make their dream come true for next year.
You can buy the calendar on web www.mojekolo.cz or directly through to web Czech mix team. (Ms Irena Berkova) www.czech-mix-team.cz, bank account Czech mix team: Czech Mix Team: Fio bank: 2400348670/2010 or contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price for this calendar is 300czech crowns / cca 10EUR. if you buy more than 10 pieces 280czech crowns/9EUR. The price is not including postal charges.
Here is the video:
Chasing the Ghost
Here is a really good film by Craig Bingham called ‘Chasing the Ghost’ it covers the Race Across America 2013 and was sent to us by Jonathan C. Puskas, Director; USMES wounded Veteran Programs. Impressive!
Dig In at the Dock!
Now here is a great piece of race promotion, it’s for a Scottish cyclo-cross at Bo’ness Harbour on the 5th of January for the third Dig in at the Dock cyclo-cross race. This is (according to the race organisers) Scotland’s favourite and most competitive cyclo-cross. They also say that it has a field of racers unmatched by any other in the country this season. It’s a spectator friendly event with face-painting for kids, a Samba band and much more including free cowbells for you to make some noise with. If the race is as good as the promo then it should be a great day out.
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