TOP STORY: CSG Helps Martyn Ashton
Cycling Sports Group has diverted its Christmas Card fund to help pay for the rehabilitation cost facing Martyn Ashton who fell from a 3 metre platform during a live show at the Silverstone Moto GP. In the fall he dislocated the T9 and T10 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed below the injury. He was unable to finish his Road Bike Party 2 video, so Chris Akrigg and Danny McAskill helped by shooting the final scenes. CSG UK marketing manager, Clive Gosling explained why: “Martyn is an inspiration to me as a very gifted athlete but also as one of the most genuine and generous individuals I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He would do anything for anyone and now he needs a little help in return for the decades of entertainment and millions of YouTube views he has brought to the world. We have written to our dealers wishing them a Happy Christmas and hope they can see the benefit of the donation as Martyn’s videos reach and inspire millions of non cyclists”.
Martyn is now in a wheelchair and in need of support to adapt to his new life and the costs of home adaptions, medical equipment and the associated costs of ongoing care.
Another chance to see the video:
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Rome 2014
Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won his second World Cup ahead of the competition leader; Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team), with World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) in third. With his second place Van der Haar strengthened his lead in the World Cup and as Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) could only finish 9th Albert is now in 2nd spot. Albert had a fast start which sorted out the lead group from which he set up his solo win from the third lap. Albert had a lead of around 20 seconds and could not be pulled back until near the end when it was too late.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Rome Men’s Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 1:06:33
2. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 0:04
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 0:05
4. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr at 0:11
5. Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah at 0:41
6. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 0:45
7. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:50
8. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:01
9. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:16
10. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:19.
Albert win’s in Rome:
Katie Compton (Trek) won the sixth round of the World Cup and her fifth victory in the competition, securing her overall victory. Compton and World Cross champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) led the race together until the last lap when Compton rode away to finish 24 seconds up. Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea) had started well and was the only rider to sat with Compton and Vos, but she couldn’t hold their pace and blew to finish 7th. Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) held her second overall place with a 9th place, so the battle for the podium will continue in the final round in France between Harris, Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) and Vos.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Rome Women’s Result:
1. Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective in 36:45
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 0:24
3. Eva Lechner (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito at 1:10
4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 1:24
5. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP at 1:33
6. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona Factory Racing at 1:35
7. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Young Telenet-Fidea at 1:37
8. Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team at 1:42
9. Nikki Harris (GB) Young Telenet-Fidea at 1:56
10. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) Ec Stephanois at 2:17.
The finish of the women’s race:
The Rotterdam 6 Days
SixDayRacing.com streams the Six-Days of Rotterdam from 2-7 January 2014 LIVE via www.sixdayracing.com. The races are being broadcasted daily from around 19:00 – 23:30cet (on Sunday 12:00 – 17:00cet). The footage is provided with English commentary by UK cycling commentator David Harmon with analysis from cycling legend Tony Doyle.
In addition to the live stream and highlights video, SixDayRacing.com will offer several interviews with riders, backstage footage and other content on the YouTube channel SixDayRacing TV (http://www.youtube.com/sixdayracing).
Here are the Highlights of day 2:
Contador would take Sánchez
Alberto Contador has told Spanish sports paper Marca that: “Is it a possibility? I’d like that,” on the possibility of Samuel Sánchez coming to the Tinkoff-Saxo team. “Who wouldn’t like a rider of his quality on his team? And all the more so given the great relationship we have.” The possibility of Sánchez joining the team has re-arisen due to Michael Rogers’s positive test for clenbuteral and the teams need, or no need to replace him. “I hope that everything can be clarified. Personally I think it was due to contamination,” said Contador. “I have full confidence in Michael and I hope that they can clarify the matter. He is a fundamental part of our team. As for a possible replacement, today I have a pretty solid team, we’re at an advanced date and it’s not strictly necessary.” Although it sounds like Contador has nothing to do with the deal, saying: “Samuel is a great rider and we get on really well but I don’t know exactly how the situation is in terms of conversations with the team.” Rogers is at the moment waiting for the result of his B sample from the Japan Cup, which he won.
Sánchez to Colombia?
With the Colombia team ending its contract with 23 year old neo-pro Alexis Camacho, due to his first season not going as well as both expected and the rider not settling in Europe, it was suggested that the Colombia team might take on ex-Olympic champion; Samuel Sánchez. It now seems this will not happen as the team have announced they are looking at only Colombian riders to replace Camacho.
Sánchez is on of the best descenders in the peloton, here he on the Col du Galibier in the 2011 Tour de France:
Horner to Christina Watches?
It has been reported by the Danish newspaper BT that Claus Hembo, the Christina Watches team manager, is in talks with Chris Horner’s manager with the possibility of him riding for the Danish team. Hembo said: “We have been talking for a few days now. I have told his manager that we are very interested. We are honoured. It shows that we have international stature.” Of course money will be the problem, as Hemro pointed out: “We need extra sponsor money to sign him,” Hembo said. “I am calling my network at the moment. We need about 1.5 million (Danish Kroner, about €201,123 or $273,487). Maybe the end of the line.
Horner and Nibali attack on the Collada de la Galina – Vuelta a España 2013, Stage 14:
In December a photo of Mark Cavendish appeared on many social networks with the Manxman looking a little over weight. “The question of how much heavier Mark is now does not interest me much,” said Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team manager Patrick Lefevere to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I am interested in who wins the first stage of the Tour de France in England on July the 5th and he wears the first yellow jersey and go down in history.” The British sprinter will start the year at the Tour de San Luis on January the 20th in Argentina.
DS Davide Bramati suggested that “maybe it’s because of the fact that the British champion’s jersey is very white, a colour that makes you look fat. I know Mark has already been to Spain, where we have another camp. For me he has no more kilos than in the same period last year. He is highly motivated and ready to start winning.”
Look’s fit to me!
Lotto Belisol: First selections of 2014
The new cycling season is coming closer. The first race for Lotto Belisol will be the People’s Choice Classic criterium in Adelaide on Sunday 19th of January, last year this was won by André Greipel. Two days later the team will start in the Tour Down Under, which takes place until January 26. Another part of the Lotto Belisol core will go to South-America. They ride the Tour de San Luis in Argentina from 20th until 26th of January. Here you find the selections.
Thanks to Lotto Belisol.
People’s Choice Classic and Tour Down Under:
Stig Broeckx, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Olivier Kaisen, Jürgen Roelandts and Marcel Sieberg.
Tour de San Luis:
Sander Armée, Kenny Dehaes, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert and Frederik Willems.
Purito and Katusha will start from the Tour de San Luis to Win the Giro d’Italia
Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez, the UCI World’s number 1, will make his debut at the Tour de San Luis to prepare his assault on the Giro d’Italia. The Spaniard will retrace his footsteps from last season to set up his 2014, starting with this debut in Argentina.
“I’m going to start with the Tour de San Luis,” says Rodriguez, “a race I particularly enjoy because of the climate, the mental approach, the route and the level of the participants. Last year went especially well for me and this year we also decided to take part. Besides, the stages are varied, with no less than three summit finishes plus a time trial. It’s a perfect route to build up a good work base. I definitely won’t be starting out to win because I’m still behind in my preparation and over all because the South Americans will be arriving in top form and highly motivated. My main objectives for 2014 will be the Ardennes Classics with the Liege-Bastogne-Liege first and foremost and the Giro d’Italia, the major stage race that is well suited to my skills. At the Tour de France there is an individual time trial that is too long. For the second part of the season on the other hand, I’ll be aiming for the Vuelta a España and after that the World championships that will be held on our home turf and with which I still have some unfinished business.”
Claudio Cozzi, Sports Director for the Russian team: “This is my first time because last year unfortunately as soon as we landed in Argentina I had to turn around and go back home for an unexpected death in the family. It’s a very beautiful, challenging route. Without a doubt one of the more prepared riders will win it. The guys are very motivated because they love this climate and the South American approach. We won’t be too stressed out but if the occasion should present itself, we definitely won’t hold back.”
Katusha team for the Tour de San Luis:
Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA), Daniel Moreno (SPA), Angel Vicioso (SPA), Alberto Losada (SPA), Luca Paolini (SPA) and Giampaolo Caruso (ITA).
The best bits of Purito:
ITERA-Katusha Gets Ready for a New Season
The UCI has announced the registration of the continental teams for the 2014 season. Among first to be announced was the Russian team ITERA-Katusha, founded at the end of 2009 as part of the Russian Global Cycling Project. The upcoming season will become its milestone 5th season in the UCI Europe Tour.
Team is preparing for the season in Cyprus, where ITERA-Katusha is spending its long training camp under the management of its head sports director Nikolay Morozov, along with three other sports directors, Ilya Chernetskiy, Evgeny Popov and Anatoly Yarkin.
The full roster of ITERA-Katusha in 2014, consisting of 17 riders:
Mikhail Akimov (1992), Ildar Arslanov (1994), Alexander Foliforov (1992), Igor Frolov (1990), Dmitrii Ignatev (1988), Roman Katyrin (1991), Dmitriy Kosyakov (1986), Artur Kovsh (1992), Viktor Manakov (1992), Sergey Nikolaev (1988), Maxim Pokidov (1989), Pavel Ptashkin (1990), Maksim Razumov (1990), Mamyr Stash (1993), Kirill Yatsevich (1992), Aydar Zakarin (1994) and Evgeny Zverkov (1993).
Cassani favourite for Italian National Job
According to Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello sport, Davide Cassani is the favourite to step into the shoes of Paolo Bettini at the Italian National team. The paper’s website ran a poll and Cassani got 42% of the vote, Gianni Bugno 14%, Silvio Martinello 10% and Michele Bartoli 8%. It looks like the poll was correct as La Gazzetta dello sport reports on Sunday that Cassani has been appointed the new coach, pending formal ratification from the Italian Cycling Federation council which meets in January.
Cassani rides the Maratona Dles Dolomites with Enervit (in English):
Team Garmin-Sharp Unveils 2014 Jersey and Announces Collaboration with WWF
Press Release: Team Garmin-Sharp unveiled its new jersey from technical clothing supplier Castelli, along with exciting collaboration news with global conservation organization WWF and the team’s official off-bike athletic footwear and clothing sponsor New Balance.
The collaboration with WWF is a natural progression of an exciting story, in the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race, Garmin-Sharp’s lead rider, Dan Martin, was chased by a man in a panda suit just before he sprinted to the win. Since then, the panda has been the team’s spiritual mascot, regularly called upon via twitter to provide help in the critical moments of a race.
“We are honored to partner with WWF and help its critical mission of creating a future where people live in harmony with nature,” says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp. “We’re thrilled to contribute to WWF’s efforts to ensure that cyclists, cycling fans, and everyone else have a healthy, thriving planet to enjoy for generations to come.”
WWF works in more than 100 countries to conserve biodiversity and ensure that the resources that sustain life on Earth are used wisely. Team Garmin-Sharp will race in 19 countries during the 2014 season, promoting the link between sport and conservation.
“This collaboration is a natural fit for WWF because athletes and fans can be great advocates for the environment,” says Maria Boulos, Director Corporate Partnership, WWF International. “Cyclists do the sport they love outdoors, and they want to have beautiful landscapes and clean air and water to enjoy – not just today, but forever.” For more information on this collaboration visit panda.org/garmin-sharp.
For the last three years New Balance has been the official off-bike athletic footwear sponsor for Team Garmin-Sharp. New to the sponsorship this year will be the addition of the New Balance logo to the team’s official jersey. “Since 2011 New Balance has enjoyed a successful sponsorship with Team Garmin-Sharp,” says Jeff McAdams, Head of the Global Strategic Consumer Group at New Balance. “Last year we released a Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 running shoe that sold out around the world and in 2014 we look forward to having our NB logo added to the team kit. As one of the world’s fastest growing athletic brands we see our sponsorship with Team Garmin-Sharp as a natural reflection of our shared vision for innovative performance.”
2014 Team Garmin-Sharp Jersey
The 2014 Team Garmin-Sharp jersey, which includes the iconic WWF panda logo, will be raced for the first time at the Tour Down Under in Australia in January. Castelli continues to make sure the team has the best clothing for the season, from the cold spring classics to the heat of France in July. The 2014 team kit retains the distinctive argyle while getting a totally new look to the back that will be more visible from the helicopter shots.
“It’s not just design updates. The close partnership we have with Garmin-Sharp’s Robby Ketchell, has led to improvements in aerodynamics and body temperature management in numerous models across the line, as well as 5 new models that we will be testing in 2014 to make sure the riders have the best possible clothing for every condition,” said Andrea Peron, Castelli’s race performance director.
“We’re happy that our partnership with Team Garmin-Sharp leads to real innovation for the pros that we can then bring into our Castelli collection and our Servizio Corse custom team products. Based on our partnership with the team, every cyclist can benefit from the feedback we get from the pros,” said Steve Smith, Brand Manager, Castelli.
Team replica pieces will be available at Castelli dealers and on slipstreamsports.com beginning in late February.
Fabio Duarte on the attack in 2014 In Montecampione dreaming of the GIro
When an athlete chooses to spend the final day of the year going on recognition on a key climb of the upcoming Giro d’Italia, it’s no hard to tell what his approach to the next season will be: on the attack. That athlete is Fabio Duarte, the leader of Team Colombia, who at 2013 Giro d’Italia had his best days in – quoting his own words – a below par season, particularly compared to his expectations, looking to light up the Escarabajos’ hopes and ambitions ahead of their third season in the Pro Continental ranks, as well as those of their many fans around the World.
On December 31st, Fabio Duarte rode his Wilier Triestina Zero7, followed by General Manager Claudio Corti in the Team Car, to the top of the Montecampione climb, one of the highlights of the 97th Giro d’Italia, where the 15th stage’s finish will be set on May 25th. Team Colombia is in the bid for one of the three still-available wild cards to enter the Corsa Rosa: RCS Sport will unveil the Escarabajos’ fate in a matter of days, but Duarte is already at work to be ready for the challenge.
A different winter
It was a special Winter for Fabio, his first away of his home Country – Colombia: Fabio chose to remain in Italy, where he lives throughout the competitive season, with his family on his side. In 2013, Fabio married his beloved Daniela, and became a father for the first time: his daughter Marianella came to light on December 26th. Despite going through plenty of big changes, a great serenity reveals out of Fabio’s words.
“It is true, I am as serene and focused as ever in my life – Varese 2008 Under 23 World Champion said -, I am training hard and I am experiencing the best feelings I have ever had at this time of the year. Some might think that staying in Italy would have been a disadvantage, but it really was not the case here: I could focus on my preparation only, keeping everyday contact with Claudio Corti and our Sports Directors. Last year, I could tell something wasn’t working to plan in Winter time already, and being away from my family all the way through the season distracted me more than it should.”
“This time out, it’s an all-new story: in these months I was able to make the best for myself as a rider, working hard to hit the ground running, starting at the Tour de San Luis. The climate and weather is different in Italy than in Colombia, but that did not affect me a bit: on the other hand, I could enjoy a deal of tranquility and serenity that is really making a huge difference.”
Debut in San Luis
On Friday, January 3rd, Fabio will fly to Bogotà, where he will train for two weeks ahead of joining the team in Argentina for the season debut. “I have never raced in San Luis before, I know many first-tier athletes have been starting their season there in the last few season, and that will be the case this time too. It will be a useful comparison: no one will be in top condition yet, but personally I hope to provide a good performance – it would be important for me.”
“Giro, we believe”
The real goals will come later in the season: “Everyone in the team hopes to be back to the Giro, and we honestly believe in our chances. Though there is a number of strong teams with a chance, I believe Team Colombia provided a good solid performance in 2013, and we would deserve to be selected again. We only missed a stage win, and we want a second chance to grab it. Montecampione? Why not: it would be a nice one to dedicate to Marianella…”
New look for colombiacyclingpro.com
Meantime, a new version of Team Colombia’s official website www.colombiacyclingpro.com was released on January 1st: new look, new functions and all 2014 athletes and sponsors, and once again a key reference for all the followers of the Escarabajos, along with the official social network profiles on Facebook (facebook.com/ColombiaCyclingPro) and Twitter (@Col_Coldeportes).
Thanks to Team Colombia.
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