VeloNews.com » News http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:46:50 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Commentary: After Iglinskiy EPO positive, will Astana honor its MPCC commitment? http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/commentary-iglinskiy-epo-positive-will-astana-honor-mpcc-commitment_348155 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/commentary-iglinskiy-epo-positive-will-astana-honor-mpcc-commitment_348155#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:46:59 +0000 Neal Rogers http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348155

Maximin Iglinsky (c), on the podium at the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Enrico Gasparotto (l) and Vincenzo Nibali (r). Photo: Tim de Waele.

With the Tour of Almaty on Kazakhstan soil this weekend, Maxim Iglinsky's positive for EPO will put Astana's commitment to the MPCC to the

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Maximin Iglinsky (c), on the podium at the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Enrico Gasparotto (l) and Vincenzo Nibali (r). Photo: Tim de Waele.

On Wednesday, news broke that Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy had tested positive for EPO.

Iglinskiy, winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance. A week earlier, he’d ridden into Paris as a member of Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France-winning team. The next day, he finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian.

Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother, Valentin, also an Astana rider, was suspended in September for testing positive for EPO as well. Valentin Iglinskiy’s positive sample was taken 10 days after Maxim’s, on August 11, at the Eneco Tour.

The national implications were profound: Kazakh brothers, riding for a Kazakh-funded team led by Kazakh manager Alexander Vinokourov, a man who is no stranger to doping suspensions.

While there’s never a good time for a doping positive, the news came at a particularly awkward time for the Astana team.

As a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), a voluntary group of teams committed to a stricter code of ethics than the UCI demands, Astana is required to auto-suspend itself for eight days, starting on the day of the next WorldTour event.

That would mean the team would miss Sunday’s Il Lombardia, next week’s Tour of Beijing, and, perhaps most importantly, the Tour of Almaty, held Sunday in Kazakhstan, where Nibali was due to compete. (Lombardia and Beijing are both WorldTour events; Almaty, a UCI 1.1 race won by Iglinskiy last year, is not.)

For reference, MPCC rules prompted Lampre to voluntarily keep Chris Horner out of the Vuelta a España, due to low cortisol levels, even though he’d been granted a TUE for cortisone by the UCI. Several major teams, including Sky, BMC Racing, Movistar, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Tinkoff-Saxo, and Trek Factory Racing, are not part of the group. It’s rumored that when Astana joined the MPCC, in December 2012, it was because the team was scared due to the fact that Katusha did not (initially) receive a 2013 WorldTour license.

“Damaging practices in the past have created problems for professional cycling’s future, placing the reputation, image and viability of the sport at serious risk. Neither the doping practices nor the environment that served to enable them can ever be allowed to happen again,” Vinokourov wrote in a letter to MPCC president Roger Legeay. “On the basis of trust and transparency, Pro Team Astana finds the MPCC Code of Conduct to be a credible, voluntary step towards protecting and re-establishing the positive, clean image of professional cycling.”

In telling the media that he’d won the Tour as a clean rider, Nibali cited the UCI’s bio-passport, saying, “A lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now. If there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, the biological passport, maybe I would not be here.” Nibali also cited the strength of his team as the reason he’d won the Tour; Iglinskiy was an integral part of that team. There were no positive tests at this year’s Tour for banned substances.

Back in 2012, I wrote a post-race analysis of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, examining why so many pre-race favorites, former winners like Andy Schleck and Philippe Gilbert, had ridden poorly, while no one had predicted that Iglinskiy would win — just as few had predicted his Astana teammate, Italian Enrico Gasparotto, would win the Amstel Gold Race one week earlier.

Back then, Vinokourov was still racing, not yet an Olympic champion. He had left the 2007 Tour de France in disgrace, after winning two stages, but had returned from a suspension, and in 2010 he became a two-time Liège winner, though that victory was followed by accusations that he’d bought the win from Russian Alexandr Kolobnev.

“The lack of firepower from previous winners will surely raise eyebrows in a sport where inconsistent results will forever be scrutinized,” I wrote in 2012, “as will surprise results from two riders of the same team over a period of one week, particularly as Vinokourov, the figurehead of that team and a quasi-admitted drugs cheat, has been accused of buying his win just two years ago.”

(I wasn’t alone in my surprise over Iglinskiy’s 2012 Liège win; my story quoted several riders and managers who expressed wonder over his monument victory.)

Three months after Iglinskiy’s Liège win — ahead of Nibali — Vinokourov was again suspected of buying a major victory, again from a two-man breakaway, this time from Colombian Rigoberto Urán at the London Olympic road race. Urán’s unusual look back, over the wrong shoulder, was accompanied by an inexplicable swerve that relegated him to silver; to some, it seemed that, for Vinokourov (and Kazakhstan), the value of a gold medal was immeasurable.

On Wednesday, the same day as the Iglinsky news broke, Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) returned to racing, at Milano-Torino. Kreuziger sat out the Tour de France, and then the Tour of Poland, after the UCI’s anti-doping commission contacted him regarding values from 2011 and 2012, when he raced with Team Astana. Frustrated by the lack of a positive test, Tinkoff pushed back, and, ultimately, the Czech Olympic committee cleared its rider after anomalies were found in his biological passport. The UCI is expected to appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And on Wednesday, the same day as the Iglinskiy news broke, Oslo, Norway, withdrew its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, citing the high cost of hosting the Games, and a lack of public support for the expense.

Those cities remaining in the running: Beijing, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan — the same city where Astana had planned on riding on Sunday.

The timing of the Iglinskiy positive, and the Tour of Almaty, makes for an interesting dilemma for Vinokourov.

Continue to participate, as planned, and the team’s commitment to the MPCC  is immediately exposed as a facade. Withdraw, as the team is bound to do, albeit voluntarily, and it misses an opportunity to trumpet its Tour champion on home soil, at the potential site of a future Olympic Games. A no-show on Kazakhstan soil would seem an unimaginable embarrassment for the Astana team. (Asked for comment, an Astana spokesman could not immediately provide an answer for the team’s next move.)

An oil-rich country that takes great pride in its athletic achievements, Kazakhstan seemingly sees no limits in what it can achieve, and no cost too high. Even with his doping suspension and bribery allegations, Vinokourov is a national hero, appointed by the former prime minister, who is also the head of the Kazakh Cycling Federation.

Olympic medals, Tour victories, even an Olympic Games — they are all seemingly within reach. Given the cloud of suspicion surrounding the team, the cost for the sport of cycling, however, may be immeasurable.

Will Astana suspend itself from competition for eight days, according to MPCC rules, or will it renounce its MPCC membership and ride in Almaty? Will the team honor its commitment to clean sport, or will nationalistic interests prevail? Time will tell, and ultimately, actions will speak louder than words.

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Results: 2014 Milano-Torino http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/results-2014-milano-torino_348115 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/results-2014-milano-torino_348115#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:33:31 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348115 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) wins the 95th edition of Milano-Torino, attacking on the steep final climb of Colle di Superga

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  • 1. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, in 4:30:12
  • 2. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :03
  • 3. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at :09
  • 4. Fabio ARU, Astana, at :13
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at :14
  • 6. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :17
  • 7. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at :19
  • 8. Davide REBELLIN, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at :24
  • 9. Frank SCHLECK, Trek Factory Racing, at :40
  • 10. Mauro FINETTO, NRI, at :42
  • 11. Diego ROSA, Androni Giocattoli, at :44
  • 12. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :49
  • 13. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at :55
  • 14. Edoardo ZARDINI, Bardiani-CSF, at 1:01
  • 15. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:05
  • 16. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:11
  • 17. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at 1:11
  • 18. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:11
  • 19. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:11
  • 20. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, Europcar, at 1:27
  • 21. Mirko TEDESCHI, Idea, at 1:32
  • 22. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at 1:35
  • 23. Mathias FRANK, IAM Cycling, at 1:38
  • 24. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at 1:59
  • 25. Jarlinson PANTANO, Colombia, at 2:00
  • 26. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:27
  • 27. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 2:28
  • 28. Robinson Eduardo CHALAPUD GOMEZ, Colombia, at 2:46
  • 29. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at 2:55
  • 30. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM Cycling, at 3:28
  • 31. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 3:37
  • 32. Enrico BATTAGLIN, Bardiani-CSF, at 3:40
  • 33. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 34. Francesco FAILLI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 35. Giorgio CECCHINEL, NRI, at 4:00
  • 36. Fabio TABORRE, NRI, at 4:00
  • 37. Domenico POZZOVIVO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 38. Sergey LAGUTIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 39. Kiryll POZDNYAKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 40. Alessio TALIANI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 41. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 42. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 43. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 44. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 45. Mikael CHEREL, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 46. Johann TSCHOPP, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 47. Moreno GIAMPAOLO, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 48. Ferekalsi DEBESAY ABRHA, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 49. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, Movistar, at 4:00
  • 50. Franco PELLIZOTTI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 51. Clement CHEVRIER, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:00
  • 52. Fabian WEGMANN, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:00
  • 53. Christian KNEES, Sky, at 4:00
  • 54. Simone PONZI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 55. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 4:00
  • 56. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at 4:00
  • 57. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, Sky, at 4:00
  • 58. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 4:00
  • 59. Paolo CIAVATTA, AZT, at 4:00
  • 60. Angelo PAGANI, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 61. Gian Marco DI FRANCESCO, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 62. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm KESSIAKOFF, Astana, at 4:00
  • 63. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 64. Roman KREUZIGER, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 65. Egor SILIN, Katusha, at 4:00
  • 66. Pavel BRUTT, Katusha, at 4:00
  • 67. Simone PETILLI, AZT, at 4:00
  • 68. Emanuele SELLA, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 69. Cyril GAUTIER, Europcar, at 4:00
  • 70. David LOPEZ GARCIA, Sky, at 4:00
  • 71. Christophe KERN, Europcar, at 4:00
  • 72. Lachlan David MORTON, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:00
  • 73. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 74. Dennis VAN NIEKERK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 75. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 76. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 77. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 78. Sergei POMOSHNIKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 79. Michele SCARPONI, Astana, at 4:00
  • 80. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at 4:00
  • 81. Ivan BALYKIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 82. David LOZANO RIBA, Novo Nordisk, at 4:00
  • 83. Laurent DIDIER, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:00
  • 84. Samuele CONTI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 85. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 86. Yonder GODOY, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 87. Andrea PASQUALON, AZT, at 4:00
  • 88. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 89. Alfonso FIORENZA, CEF, at 4:00
  • 90. Alfredo BALLONI, CEF, at 4:00
  • 91. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 92. Patrick SCHELLING, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 93. Martin ELMIGER, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 94. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 95. Sergey KLIMOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 96. Daan OLIVIER, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 97. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 98. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 99. Fabio CHINELLO, AZT, at 4:00
  • 100. Fabio GADDA, Idea, at 4:00
  • 101. Lorenzo ROTA, MG Kvis-Trevigiani, at 4:00
  • 102. Pawel POLJANSKI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 103. Cesare CIOMMI, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 104. Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 105. Ilnur ZAKARIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 106. Antonio PARRINELLO, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 107. Charly PETELIN, AZT, at 4:00
  • 108. Antonio MEROLESE, CEF, at 4:00
  • 109. Nicola GAFFURINI, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 110. Simone STERBINI, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 111. Marco tecchio, AZT, at 4:00
  • 112. Thomas LÖVKVIST, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • DNF Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Ivan ROVNY, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Nicki SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Thomas DEKKER, Garmin-Sharp
  • DNF Eros CAPECCHI, Movistar
  • DNF Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, Movistar
  • DNF Adriano MALORI, Movistar
  • DNF Enrique SANZ, Movistar
  • DNF Eugenio ALAFACI, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Calvin WATSON, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Enrico GASPAROTTO, Astana
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana
  • DNF Alessandro VANOTTI, Astana
  • DNF Ian BOSWELL, Sky
  • DNF Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky
  • DNF Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Matteo MONTAGUTI, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Brian BULGAC, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Lawson CRADDOCK, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Dries DEVENYNS, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Cheng JI, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Steven LAMMERTINK, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Jerome COUSIN, Europcar
  • DNF Vincent JEROME, Europcar
  • DNF Thomas VOECKLER, Europcar
  • DNF Andrea FEDI, NRI
  • DNF Jonathan MONSALVE, NRI
  • DNF Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, Androni Giocattoli
  • DNF Stefano PIRAZZI, Bardiani-CSF
  • DNF Stefano LOCATELLI, Bardiani-CSF
  • DNF Jérôme PINEAU, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Edward Fabian DIAZ CARDENAS, Colombia
  • DNF Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, Colombia
  • DNF Carlos Julian QUINTERO, Colombia
  • DNF Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC Polsat Polkowice
  • DNF Maciej PATERSKI, CCC Polsat Polkowice
  • DNF Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, MTN-Qhubeka
  • DNF Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka
  • DNF Stephen CLANCY, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Paolo CRAVANZOLA, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Kevin DE MESMAEKER, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Joonas HENTTALA, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Javier MEGIAS LEAL, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Andrea PERON, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Charles PLANET, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Artem OVECHKIN, RusVelo
  • DNF Matteo BUSATO, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Ricardo Tomas CREEL, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Luca CHIRICO, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Mattia FRAPPORTI, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Andrei NECHITA, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Christian DELLE STELLE, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Rino GASPARRINI, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Gianni Franco D’INTINO, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Emiliano FAIETA, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Fabio TUZI, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Alessio LANZANO, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Filippo BAGGIO, CEF
  • DNF Nicola DAL SANTO, CEF
  • DNF Loris PAOLI, CEF
  • DNF Luca TASCHIN, CEF
  • DNF Gianluca LEONARDI, AZT
  • DNF Gianluca MENGARDO, AZT
  • DNF Daniele MOSSINI, Idea
  • DNF Ricardo PICHETTA, Idea
  • DNF Matteo COLLODEL, Idea
  • DNF Alessandro PETTITI, Idea
  • DNF Matteo SPREAFICO, Idea
  • DNF Simone CARANTONI, Idea

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Kwiatkowski to roll out the rainbow at Lombardia http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kwiatkowski-roll-rainbow-lombardia_348141 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kwiatkowski-roll-rainbow-lombardia_348141#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:40 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348141

Michal Kwiatkowski will show off his newly-won rainbow jersey for the first time at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Michal Kwiatkowski, winner of the 2014 world championships, will line up at the Giro di Lombardia for his first race in the rainbow jersey

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Michal Kwiatkowski will show off his newly-won rainbow jersey for the first time at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Newly-crowned world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will line up for his first race in the rainbow jersey at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday.

Kwiatkowski, 24, is expected to make a splash in the 248-kilometer classic. With numerous challenging climbs, the final cycling monument of 2014 is well suited for the Pole.

“I probably will realize what I’ve truly done when I wear the rainbow jersey at the start of Il Lombardia,” said Kwiatkowski. “About Il Lombardia, I’ve never been able to finish it. I got sick last year the night before the start. So with this jersey, I at least have to do better than last year [laughs]. To me it’s beautiful to show my jersey for the first time in a monument.”

The race will tackle the Madonna del Ghisallo (8.58km, 6.2 percent average, 14 percent max gradients), Colle Gallo (7.43km, 6 percent average, 10 percent max gradients), Passo di Ganda (9.2km, 7.3 percent average, 15 percent max gradients), and Berbenno (5.5km, 5.3 percent average, 10 percent max gradients). In the final 5.2km of the race there is a short uphill section of 7.9 percent average gradient, and it ramps up to a maximum of 12 percent.

“The last days were a little bit hectic,” Kwiatkowski said. “I went home after a great welcome at the Warsaw airport. My family and my girlfriend were there, along with many journalists and supporters. It was really nice to meet all those people and see how huge cycling has become in Poland.

“To be honest I still have to realize what I did. I’m still in shock, even now. When I think about that race, after the finish I was really confused because it was so incredible. It’s like when you dream during the night and then everything comes true. It’s something I am still processing. The last days of my life have been completely different than before.

“Let’s see what I can do [at Lombardia] considering all the great emotions I’ve had in the last days. Of course I will try to do my best to honor the race and the jersey.”

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Video: How to make a breakaway work http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/video-make-breakaway-work_348131 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/video-make-breakaway-work_348131#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:45:10 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348131

GCN explains how to make a breakaway move stick.

Global Cycling Network explains the basics of how to break away and make it stick

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GCN explains how to make a breakaway move stick.

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.

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Maxim Iglinskiy tests positive for EPO http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/maxim-iglinskiy-tests-positive-epo_348127 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/maxim-iglinskiy-tests-positive-epo_348127#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:25:32 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348127

Maxim Iglinskiy is the latest Astana rider to return a positive doping sample. His brother, Valentin, tested positive for EPO in September, and now Maxim has been suspended for a test indicating EPO use. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Kazakh is second Astana rider in less than one month to be suspended by UCI for doping after his brother also tests positive for EPO in

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Maxim Iglinskiy is the latest Astana rider to return a positive doping sample. His brother, Valentin, tested positive for EPO in September, and now Maxim has been suspended for a test indicating EPO use. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy has tested positive for EPO use, according to a document issued by the UCI that lists provisionally suspended riders.

Iglinskiy, 33, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance, according to the UCI.

Iglinskiy finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian the day after the sample was taken. The Kazakh is perhaps best known for winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali.

Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother, Valentin, who also rode for Astana, was suspended in September for testing positive for EPO as well. Valentin Iglinskiy’s positive sample was taken 10 days after Maxim’s, on August 11 at the Eneco Tour.

Astana is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which means it could potentially suspend itself in advance of Sunday’s Giro di Lombardia.

According to MPCC rules, teams must suspend themselves for eight days, “in the event of several positive tests in the past 12 months,” with that period starting on the day of the next World Tour event. This would also impact the team’s participation in the Tour of Beijing.

VeloNews‘ request for comment from Astana Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

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Giampaolo Caruso wins Milano-Torino http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/caruso-wins-milano-torino_348103 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/caruso-wins-milano-torino_348103#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:11:46 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348103

Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) celebrated victory at Milano-Torino after battling Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) on the final climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Caruso punches his way to victory on the steep final climb of the 199-kilometer Italian classic race

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Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) celebrated victory at Milano-Torino after battling Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) on the final climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Katusha’s Giampaolo Caruso won the 193.5-kilometer Milano-Torino race held Wednesday.

The 2014 event was the 95th edition of the race, making it the oldest one-day classic race held in Italy.

The 26-year-old Italian won on the steep final climb to the finish, the Colle di Superga, which the peloton tackled twice in the closing 19 kilometers of the race. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) was second, and Caruso’s Katusha teammate, Daniel Moreno finished third.

“I am very happy. I was already many times close to victory this season, but finally I made it,” Caruso said. “Sergei Chernetckii did enormous work. He attacked with four kilometers to go. When Nocentini counterattacked, I followed him. With 2.5 km to go we caught Chernetckii but he continued to work hard in the front until 1k to go. He was super. As I knew Nocentini is very strong in the sprint, I tried to anticipate and attacked with 300 meters to go. He followed me but I had a second acceleration in my legs.”

Several notable stars returned to racing after the world championships in Spain, including Fabio Aru (Astana), who placed fourth, and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who was fifth.

Vuelta a España champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was sixth.

“This was Alberto’s first race since the Vuelta and naturally, he has to get back into the rhythm but he was actually doing tremendously well considering,” said Tinkoff-Saxo director Fabrizio Guidi. “He had to close down a few gaps on the final slope but wasn’t in the final and crucial break. But he’s where he’s supposed to be physically. It was also great to have Roman [Kreuziger] back on the team. And even though he’s been away from racing since June, he worked hard for Alberto until hitting the foot of the final climb, and he finished in the bunch. Now, we’re looking forward to Giro di Lombardia.”

Katusha will start Sunday as the big favorite for the last one-day WorldTour race of the season, Il Lombardia, won by Rodríguez the last two years.

Full results.

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Kreuziger returns with CAS appeal expected http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kreuziger-returns-cas-appeal-expected_348089 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kreuziger-returns-cas-appeal-expected_348089#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:45:45 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348089

Roman Kreuziger returned to racing at Milano-Torino. His teammate, Alberto Contador rode to sixth place in Wednesday's race, which serves as a tune-up for Giro di Lombardia. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

With striking similarities to the Contador case, Kreuziger returns to racing with the threat of an appeal by the UCI looming

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Roman Kreuziger returned to racing at Milano-Torino. His teammate, Alberto Contador rode to sixth place in Wednesday's race, which serves as a tune-up for Giro di Lombardia. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

MILAN (VN) — Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) returned to racing Wednesday in Italy’s Milano-Torino with a likely anti-doping case on the horizon. The Czech Olympic committee cleared its rider despite anomalies that were found in his biological passport, a decision that the UCI is expected to appeal soon.

“I am not going to comment on an individual case while it’s ongoing,” said UCI president, Brian Cookson last week, “but all biological passport cases are important; integrity [and] authority are very important.”

Kreuziger has not raced since June 22 in the Tour de Suisse. He was slated to ride in Tinkoff’s yellow kit at the Tour de France to help Alberto Contador, but was stopped with questions regarding his biological passport. The scene repeated itself when he tried to line up in the Tour of Poland.

Instead, after hearings and appeals, he lined up to help recent Vuelta a España winner Contador in Italy’s Milano-Torino. He is also scheduled to race next week’s Tour of Beijing, a race organized by a branch of the UCI.

Tinkoff-Saxo explained in a press release Wednesday morning that Kreuziger “deserves to be racing.” The UCI’s Cookson would not comment the case, but it is likely that he would disagree with the team’s view.

The UCI called him out for peculiar biological passport readings. The passport, which the UCI introduced in 2008, tracks blood and urine values to spot abnormalities that could indicate doping.

The UCI’s anti-doping commission contacted Kreuziger several times regarding values from 2011 and 2012, when he raced with team Astana. He contacted experts and responded, but on May 30, the commission said that it did not accept his explanation and passed the case to his home country.

The Czech Olympic committee cleared him September 22 and gave him the option to return to racing, but by doing so, it struck a blow to the UCI’s biological passport. As with other cases, like Franco Pellizotti’s, the UCI is expected to appeal to sport’s high court, CAS, to uphold the integrity of its heralded anti-doping passport.

Kreuziger is free to race meanwhile. The case is similar to Contador’s, who while waiting out a legal process, raced and won the 2011 Giro d’Italia. CAS eventually ruled against Contador, stripped his results and added to the confusion for cycling and its followers.

The UCI is trying to avoid further confusion and to ensure cases are handled equally. Cookson announced last week that starting in 2015, a new independent and international anti-doping tribunal will handle doping cases instead of the rider’s country.

Despite Kreuziger and his team arguing against this specific case, cycling has welcomed the biological passport as it tries to move ahead from the EPO, blood doping, and Lance Armstrong scandals.

“A lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now,” Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) said at a press conference when he won the Tour de France this year.

“If there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, the biological passport, maybe I would not be here.”

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Contador, Valverde battle for WorldTour title http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/contador-valverde-battle-for-worldtour-title_347973 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/contador-valverde-battle-for-worldtour-title_347973#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:40:07 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347973

Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are both gunning for the UCI WorldTour overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The pair is separated by just 14 points heading into the final two races on the WorldTour calendar

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Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are both gunning for the UCI WorldTour overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It’s not time for the beach yet, at least with the UCI WorldTour titles still up for grabs.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are putting their vacation plans on hold, at least for a few more weeks. Both the individual title and the team title are to be decided in the final two WorldTour events on the calendar.

Contador and Valverde are both expected to race the Giro di Lombardia (October 5) and the final edition of the Tour of Beijing (October 10-14). Contador has confirmed his presence in both races, while Valverde appears on startlists.

Contador leads with 620 points and Valverde is second with 606 points, just 14 behind his compatriot. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is a distant third, with 478 points.

“Everyone would like to end the season No. 1,” Contador said. “I am already happy to be leading the ranking right now, above all since I could not earn any points at all during the Tour. We have to remember that we have very difficult rivals, above all, Alejandro Valverde.”

Contador led throughout the spring, but Valverde bounced ahead after winning the Clásica San Sebastián in early August. Contador reclaimed the lead after winning the Vuelta, earning enough points to keep things interesting going into China.

Points will be earned for the top-10 at Lombardia, and in top-10 overall at Beijing, plus the top-5 per stage in China.

Contador skipped the road world championships on home roads, citing an unfavorable course, but some suggested he already had eyes on finishing off the season with fresh legs to chase the WorldTour title.

“After the Vuelta I spent most of my time resting because I ended the race very tired,” said Contador, who will race Wednesday at Milan-Turin. “I did a few long rides, but I won’t know how I feel until I start racing.”

The team standings are also close, with Movistar leading with 1,360 points. Tinkoff is second with 1,186 points. One can only imagine Oleg Tinkov rallying the troops to try to win the prestigious team prize.

Contador’s commitment to the Beijing tour comes in the race’s final edition. UCI president Brian Cookson confirmed last week the UCI’s commercial arm, Global Cycling Promotion, would be “wound down” following the final edition of five-day race in China’s capital.

“The vision of GCP is not one that I support, and we are going to do things differently in the future,” Cookson said. “We don’t see the UCI being a major promoter outside the world championships and the World Cups. Those are our properties, and those are the things we should concentrate on.”

Riders would often skip the Beijing tour if the title were already wrapped up. Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), who won the past two WorldTour prizes, did not race in Beijing last year after securing the title with a victory at Lombardia. Rodríguez also skipped the 2012 Beijing tour after having a wrap on the individual standings.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Nicole Duke’s Marin Cortina http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-nicole-dukes-marin-cortina-2_347909 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-nicole-dukes-marin-cortina-2_347909#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:55:29 +0000 Logan VonBokel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347909

In her second year riding for Marin, Duke is testing out a prototype thru-axle fork on her Cortina cyclocross bike

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Reviewed: Challenge Chicane is not your average file tread http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/reviewed-challenge-chicane-average-file-tread_347901 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/reviewed-challenge-chicane-average-file-tread_347901#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:32:45 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347901

The Challenge Chicane tubular tire is a great choice for fast, dry cyclocross races. Cornering knobs provide extra security, compared to the file tread tires of yesteryear. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Introduced last year, Challenge's file tread is a hybrid that enjoys extra cornering grip thanks to knobs borrowed from the Limus

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The Challenge Chicane tubular tire is a great choice for fast, dry cyclocross races. Cornering knobs provide extra security, compared to the file tread tires of yesteryear. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

You've got to lean in to make the Chicane's side knobs bite, and when you do, you're rewarded with confident cornering. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

You’ve got to lean in to make the Chicane’s side knobs bite, and when you do, you’re rewarded with confident cornering. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

With a low-profile, textured center, the Chicanes roll fast, especially on paved sections of course. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

With a low-profile, textured center, the Chicanes roll fast, especially on paved sections of course. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Though they aren't a perfect choice for every type of weather condition, the Chicanes are very versatile. And very fast. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Though they aren’t a perfect choice for every type of weather condition, the Chicanes are very versatile. And very fast. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

I glued these Challenge Chicane tubular tires to the wrong wheelset.

In the August heat, as I looked ahead to cyclocross season, I assumed that I wouldn’t like these file tread tires enough to have them on my nicest, carbon fiber-est wheels. I was wrong.

Other file treads I’ve ridden in years past have been squirrelly. In Colorado, files are scary, especially when you’re racing on dusty, loose, even gravel-strewn tracks in the early season (or sometimes all season).

However, the Chicanes offer meaty side knobs that allow them to punch above their weight when you lean into corners.

The side knobs are actually taken directly from Challenge’s Limus mud tire. They are tall, large, and firm. And Challenge isn’t the only tire manufacturer to take this approach to building a fast tire that can hold its own in the corners. Dugast recently introduced the Pipisquallo, which pairs Pipistrello file tread with Rhino side-knobs.

Between the course tape, the Chicane delivers all the speed that you’d expect from a file tread. But when you hit the corners, the difference is immediately apparent. The tires will release a little as you initiate the turn, then the large, supportive side-knobs kick in and offer great cornering traction, so long as you commit.

In fact, at times, the Chicane seemed to corner better than full-knob tires, perhaps due to the absence of intermediate knobs, which sometimes feel squirmy on hardpack.

Like most other file treads, the Chicane was terrific on grass courses and even better on off-cambers, due to the added treads on the side. Challenge’s supple 300tpi casing on the Pro Team model I tested also contributed to the tire’s grip at low pressure, which meant that they were also confident in sand pits.

And yet, there is no such thing as a perfect all-around cyclocross tire. The Chicane has its limits. On loose steep pitches, the file tread was still … well, a file tread. When powering up climbs on loose dirt, the minimal center tread eventually lets go. Similarly, braking power is greatly reduced in those conditions.

I also came to grief on a grassy course after some sprinklers turned on for the last few laps, making the surface wet and greasy. Races can be won with smart gambles. That day, I probably would have picked a different pair of tires, if I had another chance.

If you’re looking ahead to a fast, relatively flat ‘cross race, without a cloud on the horizon, the Chicane is a great tire to have in the quiver. However, it’s probably not the only tire you should have for the weekend fun.

Price: $115
Weight: 335g per tire (claimed)
Pros: Great speed, reliable cornering grip, supple casing, far more versatile than the average file tread.
Cons: Outgunned on steep, loose hills, not a safe bet when there’s a chance of rain.

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Alonso teams up with investment group, plans to invest in cycling companies http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alonso-teams-investment-group-plans-invest-cycling-companies_347896 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alonso-teams-investment-group-plans-invest-cycling-companies_347896#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:59:39 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347896

For much of 2014, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has hinted that he's cooking up a new professional cycling team. However, he has yet to release any specifics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Formula One world champion announces partnership with NOVO Holdings Group, seeks cycling companies to invest in

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For much of 2014, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has hinted that he's cooking up a new professional cycling team. However, he has yet to release any specifics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Yahoo Finance Canada reported that Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has partnered with an investment group with an eye toward investing in cycling companies.

NOVO Group Holdings, a company founded last year to develop, acquire, and manage assets in sport, announced a partnership with Alonso on Tuesday.

Rumors have swirled for months about a possible WorldTour team organized by Alonso, but as of yet, no concrete plans have emerged.

“We want to create a competitive, sustainable team franchise that is loved and admired for its innovation, transparency, and commitment to social responsibility,” said NOVO managing partner Nathan Pillai. “We are busy putting in place the foundations required to achieve the long-term success we desire and will make an announcement on our progress in due course.”

However, the press statement did not include any specifics as to what sort of progress was expected in the coming days or months.

Alonso indicated that at the outset, he may be focused more on finding product manufacturers to join the venture.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new venture,” said Alonso. “I get to indulge my passion for cycling and obsession with technology and design with likeminded people.”

Pillai also indicated NOVO’s interest in products, saying, “We see opportunities in high-performance products, wearable technologies, and content that serve these segments.”

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Caroline Mani returns to her winning ways http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/caroline-mani_347885 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/caroline-mani_347885#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:10:11 +0000 Maxwell Nagel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347885

Caroline Mani won the second day of the Rapha Super Cross weekend in Gloucester. It was her first UCI win in three years, and she did it with a cast on her broken left wrist. Photo by David McElwaine

Caroline Mani is off to a great start in 2014 despite suffering a broken wrist for the fourth time in her career

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Caroline Mani won the second day of the Rapha Super Cross weekend in Gloucester. It was her first UCI win in three years, and she did it with a cast on her broken left wrist. Photo by David McElwaine

After struggling to find her groove over the past few years, former French national cyclocross champion Caroline Mani (Raliegh-Clement) is firing on all cylinders as the 2014-2015 season warms up.

Finishing in the top 10 at every race she’s done this fall, Mani looks to be back on her old form despite suffering a wrist injury in late September.

“I’d been struggling a lot over the past few years, I hadn’t been feeling like my old self on the bike,” Mani said. “Getting adjusted to living and racing in America took a bit longer than I had expected.”

Now that Mani is comfortably settled into her new home and racing a complete North American calendar, she feels that she is ready to get back to where she left off a few years ago.

“I did a lot of base riding this year, but also did a big block of road racing during the summer,” said Mani. “I don’t think I did more training this year than I have done in the past — just different and more structured work, and it’s been working quite well for me.”

With a strong start to the season, Mani’s changes to her off-season training are showing clear progress in the opening weeks of ‘cross season. With a seventh place finish at CrossVegas and podiums at both the Boulder and Madison races, Mani had her best result of 2014, winning Rapha Super Cross in Gloucester, Massachusetts this past weekend.

“Gloucester is a race that I’ve always loved, but really struggled to do well at.” Mani said following her victory. “I hadn’t won a UCI race since 2011, so getting the win there was amazing. I’ve missed winning, I really want to win more!”

Mani’s commanding victory on the second day of Gloucester was more impressive because she did so wearing a cast over her broken left wrist.

“Saturday’s race was really painful for me. My wrist was hurting a lot and I was unable to get a good hold on the bike because of the cast. So it took some time to get used to it, but once I did, I knew I had the legs to fight in the race,” said Mani. “Finishing fourth on Saturday was a great accomplishment, but the pressure was off of me on Sunday. I had better control of my bike, I was able to ride with a bit more confidence, and I had the legs.”

Mani’s wrist injury isn’t anything seriously detrimental to the rest of her season. This is the fourth time she’s broken her wrist, however, this break wasn’t caused by a crash, rather just a poorly healed bone her hand. Mani hopes to be out of a cast in three weeks and back to racing with both hands, not that the cast has slowed her down that much.

Mani will remain on the East coast for the next few weeks, racing at the Providence Cyclocross Festival to start October, where she’ll work to defend her lead in the New England Cyclocross Series. She’ll follow that up with the Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival in Rochester, New York in mid-October.

Looking further down the road, Mani is unsure whether she’ll be racing much in Europe this season saying, “If I’m able to continue winning, then I’ll have a talk with my team managers to consider racing in Europe, but for now I’m focused on the American calendar. Of course, I’ll race the French national championship and the world championships in the winter.”

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In the class of 1990, cycling’s future looks bright http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/class-1990-cyclings-future-looks-bright_347880 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/class-1990-cyclings-future-looks-bright_347880#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:47:13 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347880

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 24, and Germany's John Degenkolb, 25, are two of the many promising young stars rising through the ranks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

At worlds, Kwiatkowski, 24, leads the way for a young cohort that is talented and promising

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Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 24, and Germany's John Degenkolb, 25, are two of the many promising young stars rising through the ranks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — Pole Michal Kwiatkowski led in a wave of young riders at the world championship road race Sunday. Behind the 24-year-old, three others from the class of 1990 finished in the top 15.

“I want to stay the same guy,” Kwiatkowski said after his win. “I hope this rainbow jersey does not change my life.”

The rainbow win completed a successful year for team Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s rider. He won the Volta ao Algarve overall, the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana at the Challenge Mallorca, Strade Bianche, the Tour de Romandie prologue time trial, and a stage in the Tour of Britain. He also placed second overall in Britain, second overall in the País Vasco, and top five in the three Ardennes classics.

“[He] really grew up on our team,” team general manager Patrick Lefevere said in a press release. “We always believed in him. The first time I met him was 2008, and immediately he impressed me with his character and his talent. It was strong, but also intelligent racing [at the worlds].”

“Kwiatkowski took the risk on the descent and jumped to the riders,” Australia’s director, Brad McGee told VeloNews. “It was make or break and he had the muscles to back it up.

“He hasn’t come from nowhere, he’s had many big give victories this year. There’s plenty of room at the top of cycling for these young riders.”

McGee’s team took the silver medal with Simon Gerrans, but also saw 24-year-old Michael Matthews place 14th in his best ever performance at the elite worlds after winning the under-23 title in 2010. Like Kwiatkowski, Matthews shined this season with Orica-GreenEdge, winning a stage in the Giro d’Italia, where he wore the leader’s jersey, and accomplishing the same feat at the Vuelta a España.

“It’s my first elite worlds where I’ve been in the finish,” Matthews said. “It’s a really good experience for me to be there in the final of this caliber of race.”

Australia’s aim was to protect Gerrans, who went with Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde on the last climb. Matthews waited behind, ready in case the race ended in a sprint.

“I didn’t find the rain too bad,” Matthews added. “The climbs didn’t really faze me, the Vuelta a España and Tour of Poland prepared me well. It was just the acceleration from the pure climbers on the final kicker [that] sort of hurt a little bit.”

It hurt, but Matthews should gain from the experience as he heads into 2015. He placed 14th in the bunch sprint won by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff for eighth place. France’s Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) and Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) — the other two riders born in 1990 — were in the top 15, placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

“Colbrelli has never raced the elite worlds,” Italy’s head coach, Davide Cassani said. “The worlds are going to serve these riders [well].”

The class of 1990 also includes talented riders like Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing), who could not start due to a broken leg suffered in May at the U.S. national championships.

Other cyclists from the class of 1990, or even 1991 and 1992, shined in the worlds, including France’s Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano), Dane Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo), and Italian Fabio Aru (Astana). The only disappointment was the rider often touted as cycling’s next superstar, Slovak Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Sagan won the green jersey for the third time this year at the Tour de France and signed a multi-million dollar contract with Tinkoff-Saxo, but appeared to suffer in the second half of the season. He stayed in the main group with Matthews, but given his star status, followers expected more.

“Peter just didn’t have the legs to go with the best riders at the worlds,” said Cannondale sports director and Sagan’s helper at the worlds, Stefano Zanatta. “He’s an exceptional rider, so you hope for the best, but based on the races beforehand, we sort of knew he wasn’t in shape.”

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In the News: Olympic cycling champion Sara Carrigan being sued over bunch ride accident http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/news-olympic-cycling-champion-sara-carrigan-sued-bunch-ride-accident_347875 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/news-olympic-cycling-champion-sara-carrigan-sued-bunch-ride-accident_347875#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:27:05 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347875

Australia's Sara Carrigan won the 2004 Olympic road race. She is being sued in Australia after a crash occurred on a training ride that her company organized. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Australian Olympic gold medalist is being sued for a crash that occurred on a group ride organized by her cycling school

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Australia's Sara Carrigan won the 2004 Olympic road race. She is being sued in Australia after a crash occurred on a training ride that her company organized. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Courier Mail reports that Olympic champion Sara Carrigan is being sued $750,000 over a cycling accident that happened on a “bunch” ride at her Mermaid Waters-based cycling school in Australia.

Bernie Elsey Jr., the son of property developer Bernie Elsey, has lodged a claim for personal injury damages against Sara Carrigan Cycling and another cyclist Stephen John Milligan, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

In May last year, Elsey was on one of the cycling school’s “Go for Gold Cycling Bunch” rides when he alleges another cyclist crashed into him.

After the accident, Elsey was treated in hospital for a complex left fractured femur and had a steel rod and screws permanently placed in his leg.

Read the article on The Courier Mail >>

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In new filing, glimpses at Armstrong defense http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/new-filing-glimpses-armstrong-defense_347817 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/new-filing-glimpses-armstrong-defense_347817#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:10:00 +0000 Matthew Beaudin http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347817

The Lance Armstrong legal team filed new papers in court on Sept. 25, offering a glimpse of potential defenses the Texan may use in a False Claims Act suit. Photo: Mark Gunter | AFP

The U.S. Department of Justice and Lance Armstrong's legal team continue sparring over discovery and defenses

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The Lance Armstrong legal team filed new papers in court on Sept. 25, offering a glimpse of potential defenses the Texan may use in a False Claims Act suit. Photo: Mark Gunter | AFP

You should have known, and you got way more than you paid for.

Those, essentially, are two of the defenses it appears the Lance Armstrong camp will unveil if needed in its contest with the U.S. Department of Justice and Floyd Landis.

The False Claims Act dispute between Armstrong and the DOJ is ongoing, and new court papers provide a deeper look into the defense Armstrong and his attorneys may provide: that the government should have known cheating was occurring on the U.S. Postal teams, and that the government benefitted hugely from its years-long sponsorship, more so than it paid for.

The Armstrong camp and the DOJ — which is now, by proxy, former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, since the government joined his whistleblower suit — are casting stones back and forth as each party undergoes discovery and plans its attacks and defenses. While there is nothing groundbreaking in the latest paperwork from the Armstrong team — a 38-page brief on why some of the Texan’s defenses should stand — it does show a clear window into what may transpire in court if the suit isn’t settled beforehand.

False Claims Act suits allow whistleblowers to sue those they say defrauded the government, and the government has the right to intervene, which it did in February 2013. Landis, who initially filed the suit, could collect up to 25 percent of the money recovered. The USPS paid more than $30 million for the team from 2001 to 2004 and has sought three times its investment, though Velo understands the number discussed as a possible settlement is much lower.

“I think that Armstrong’s response to the motion is telling … he basically is saying the government knew what was going on, or should have known what is going on, that the government benefitted from the sponsorship,” Mark Stichel, a Baltimore-based attorney who has litigated civil cases in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., told Velo.

Both sides are sparring on discovery issues, Stichel said, and the government is trying to narrow Armstrong’s affirmative defenses so it can avoid certain types of discovery. In plain speak, the government wanted to strike some of Armstrong’s defenses, which is somewhat odd.

“Here, we’re really seeing kind of balls to the wall litigation,” Stichel said. “People are litigating anything they can.”

One of those ways is to quarrel over what defenses will be allowable. The DOJ sought to strike some of Armstrong’s, to which his legal team took umbrage. The Armstrong team spelled out its economic view of the sponsorship as well.

“The government claims that it was financially harmed by the sponsorship of the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) team. But the USPS-commissioned studies conservatively valued the global exposure the USPS received from 2001 to 2004 at $138-147 million — more than three times the amount the government paid to sponsor the USPS team,” the filing reads. Lawyers for Armstrong go on to contend that the USPS’ sponsorship of the team was one of the most effective public-relations ventures for the Postal Service. It’s also noted that, according to the government’s own papers, it made at least $26 million in “direct” revenue from the sponsorship.

The defense also contends the government knew of the doping on the team, and “in one instance” dismissed allegations without any investigations. At another point, the government wrote to Tailwind Sports, Armstrong’s management firm, stating it was harmed by negative publicity. The filing states that in order to “remedy the situation,” the government requested Tailwind pay $50,000 for public relations service, which is a payment “no one contends has not been paid,” the file reads.

Further illustrating its point that the government should have known there was PED use on the team, the papers point to newspaper stories as evidence. There’s a mention of a 1999 New York Times piece that ran after Armstrong tested positive for corticosteroid use, a note about the French investigation in 2000, mention of a USA Today story regarding Dr. Michele Ferrari, and mention of a 2001 piece that ran in London’s Sunday Times by David Walsh — whose employer Armstrong later sued, though the paper got its money back years later after Armstrong admitted to doping.

Thus far, the filings between the two sides have been postured and aggressive. “There’s just a lot of money at stake,” Stichel said. “Also, you can’t discount the personalities of the litigants. I’d expect this in a case of this magnitude.”

The should-have-known defense, while it may come across as odd, isn’t entirely uncommon.

“Here, Armstrong is saying, look, you should have known for years,” Stichel said. “That’s a general legal principal. You can’t, or you shouldn’t, sit on your rights. Now that being said, the False Claims Act, which is the basis for the government case, has all kinds of doctrines that are different from normal cases, and those doctrines tend to favor the government.”

The September 25 document also alleges the government failed to appropriately capitalize on its sponsorships by not using tickets or invitations allotted, thus missing out on potential revenue.

The government could file its response as soon as sometime later this week.

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Future-proof hubs: How to buy hubs that will work for years http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/future-proof-hubs-how-to-buy-hubs-that-will-work-for-years_347781 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/future-proof-hubs-how-to-buy-hubs-that-will-work-for-years_347781#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:45:49 +0000 Michael Robson http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347781

Mavic Pro Disc: Not quite sure why it's not thru-axle compatible. Photo: Michael Robson

Are your hubs future-proof? Some are convertible to thru-axles and 11-speed, many are not

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Mavic Pro Disc: Not quite sure why it's not thru-axle compatible. Photo: Michael Robson

You’re reeling, confounded, and exasperated by five years of rapid-fire, near-constant technical innovation in cyclocross equipment.

Join the club.

Cyclocross used to be the awkward, dirty child of the cycling family, built from parts and components cobbled together from other disciplines with very few dedicated equipment solutions. Today, ‘cross has become the proving grounds for new technologies, a torture-test that confirms the potential of a concept.

The avalanche started with disc brakes in ‘cross — an obvious stepping stone to road discs. Around the same time came electronic shifting, then 11-speed, hydraulic brakes, 11-speed electronic shifting with hydraulic disc brakes and now, as if that’s not enough to make your head spin, thru-axles.

Thru-axles have clear advantages to quick-release systems, especially in ‘cross, and if blazing-fast wheel changes are not part of the equation (as they are on the road), thru-axles make a lot of sense.

Since the disc brake revolution, I have built up a decent quiver of disc brake wheels, all different brands and types, and my first thought when preparing to switch to thru-axle frames (and to some extent 11-speed drivetrains) was how many of my existing wheelsets could be upgraded to 11-speed and/or thru axle. Looking forward, I wanted to know which new offerings were future-proof and what would be useable for at least a few years. I assumed everyone had thought of this, since most disc brake hubs for CX are really repurposed MTB hubs and any self-respecting hub designer should have seen this coming. I mean, how hard could it be to make a hub that can be swapped out from quick release to thru-axle, right?

Harder than you might think. Amazingly, rear hubs are typically easier to set up for conversion than front hubs due to the 12mm axle standard. A front hub that can accept a 15mm thru-axle needs a bigger (at least 17mm inner diameter) bearing so the bearing race width needs to decrease, which sacrifices reliability, or the outer diameter of the bearing needs to increase, which adds weight and typically requires a full hub shell redesign. Some manufacturers thought of this and incorporated it into their designs years ago, and some didn’t.

I did a little bit (OK, a lot) of research and came up with a pretty good outline of who did what and when.

DT Swiss: Any DT Swiss disc brake-compatible rear hub can be converted to 11-speed and 142×12 thru-axle with a simple kit. It’s amazingly easy to do, no tools required. Detail-oriented mechanics will re-dish by 0.5mm, but that’s small enough for most riders to simply ignore.

DT does not make a conversion kit for the standard, quick-release-compatible 240s front hub with the 15mm inner diameter (ID) x 28mm outer diameter (OD) bearing, citing a larger ID and a less reliable bearing. But there is a way: Western Mountainsports in Canada makes a conversion kit. It requires new bearings to be installed, but works well.

DT does make 15mm and 20mm front hubs. Those can be converted to quick release with the use of additional end caps.

Moving forward (model year 2015 and beyond) all DT disc brake hubs will be thru-axle compatible.

Grade: A-, all good except for that quick-release 240 front hub.

Kappius: This small brand has done it right. The KH-1.5 and KH-2 hubs are 11-speed and thru-axle compatible and have been from the beginning, which wasn’t that long ago. Again it’s a super-simple end cap swap.

Grade: A+

Hed: Info is a bit foggy on backwards compatibility. Switching to 11-speed should be possible on most older Hed hubs, but thru-axle is not.

11-speed freehub bodies are available for older centerlock disc hubs and some rear thru-axle options are available, but the wheel will need to be re-dished about 2mm. All Hed disc hubs moving forward will be 11-speed and thru-axle compatible.

Grade: B, poor thru-axle backwards compatibility, but good looking forward.

Easton: OK, these guys nailed it. Any 2014 or newer disc brake wheelset comes stock as 11-speed and can be easily converted to thru-axle.

Looking backwards, any M1 series hub can be converted to 11-speed and thru axle with no re-dishing required. So too can some of the EA70-level wheels back to about 2011, but for your specific wheelset, it is best to check out compatibility online at Easton’s extras page.

Grade: A+, it clearly saw both thru-axles and 11-speed coming.

Chris King: King’s flagship disc brake road hub, the R45, is 11-speed compatible but sadly both front and rear are not convertible to thru-axle.

Grade: C, no thru-axles here. Look to King’s mountain hubs, which will be 11-speed compatible soon.

Rolf Prima: All disc-compatible hubs, even the older ones, are QR and thru-axle compatible, and most 10-speed hubs can be retrofitted to 11-speed by changing free hub bodies, though a slight re-dish is required on some of the model years.

Grade: A, backwards and forwards compatibility for both 11-speed and axle type.

Mavic: Just released at Interbike, Mavic’s new Ksyrium SL disc wheels come with quick release and thru-axle hardware for the front wheel but the back wheel is QR only. The good news is that the rear is 11-speed — at least Mavic is halfway there.

Grade: B+, it needs a thru-axle rear wheel.

Zipp: Any rear hub sold on a Zipp wheel today is 11-speed out of the box, but the 88/188 front and rear hubs can not be converted to thru-axle. They can be converted to 11-speed, but the wheel must be shipped to Zipp.

Grade: B-, good 11-speed backwards compatibility, new rear wheel not convertible to thru-axle.

Stans: All of Stan’s new road disc wheels with 3.30RD or 3.30RD Ti hubs are 11-speed and the switch to thru-axle requires a new axle and end caps. Older 3.30 front hubs are all able to go 15mm thru with simple end caps. Rear 3.30 hubs are limited to 10-speed but can be converted to thru-axle.

Grade: A-, good thru-axle compatibility, no way to convert old hubs to 11-speed.

The fork question: Here’s where you can make a significant upgrade without buying all new equipment. Once you round up some thru-axle bits for your wheels, a fork like the Whisky 9 ’cross can be added to any existing disc brake bike with tapered headset and will noticeably stiffen up the front end, where it matters most. The Whisky 9 is light, stiff and one of the best one-hit upgrades available.

The hope is that purchasing a suite of new wheels can be avoided, and at least some current equipment can be brought up to date. The good news here is that as far as wheels are concerned we should have a few years of relative calm in terms of technical innovation — whatever works now (11-speed and thru-axle compatible) will work for a while. So get out your wheels, get on Google and find out if your gear is future-proof.

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Roche, four others bolster Sky lineup for 2015 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/roche-4-others-bolster-sky-lineup-for-2015_347847 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/roche-4-others-bolster-sky-lineup-for-2015_347847#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:27:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347847

Nicolas Roche will be tasked with helping lead Chris Froome through the Tour de France next summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Irishman has served as a key lieutenant to Alberto Contador on Tinkoff-Saxo since 2013

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Nicolas Roche will be tasked with helping lead Chris Froome through the Tour de France next summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

LONDON (AFP) — Irish rider Nicolas Roche and four others have signed on with Sky for 2015, the team announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Roche, who has a wealth of grand tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, and Dutchmen Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed with Sky after two years away.

Roche’s signing is significant as it strengthens Chris Froome’s support for the 2015 Tour de France, while simultaneously weakening Alberto Contador’s squad as the Irishman was previously at Tinkoff-Saxo.

Roche, the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, said: “It’s a great honor to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world.

“I feel that I’m still developing as a rider so now’s the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path.”

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: “He brings a wealth of experience, having ridden 13 grand tours in his career, and that will be invaluable to the team.

“Nicolas has the perfect character and temperament for us and we expect him to play a key role next season.”

Konig is also likely to play a strong support role for Froome, while also riding grand tours for a high placing himself.

On NetApp-Endura, Konig placed seventh in the 2014 Tour de France and has claimed stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Amgen Tour of California, and the Tour of Britain.

The 24-year-old Fenn becomes Sky’s first Scottish rider, after moving from Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad.

Poels becomes the first Dutchman at Sky and the climber has been watched by the squad for some time, while Nordhaug returns after a three-year stay from 2010 to 2012.

Brailsford added: “We’ve signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad.

“We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad.

“They all bring their own qualities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season.”

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Powers sweeps, Wyman and Mani split at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/powers-sweeps-rapha-super-cross-gloucester_347748 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/powers-sweeps-rapha-super-cross-gloucester_347748#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:13:38 +0000 Maxwell Nagel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347748

Helen Wyman (Kona) won in a sprint finish with Kaitie Antonneau on the first day of Rapha Super Cross. Photo by David McElwaine.

Jeremy Powers wins sixth consecutive race in Gloucester. Helen Wyman and Caroline Mani each claim a win at Rapha Super Cross

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Helen Wyman (Kona) won in a sprint finish with Kaitie Antonneau on the first day of Rapha Super Cross. Photo by David McElwaine.

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester kicked off the 2014 Verge New England Cyclocross Series this past weekend. The unseasonably high temperatures on the Massachusetts North Shore made for fast, dry, and dusty courses in Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park.

Powers takes weekend sweep

After what has been an impeccable start to his season, national champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) claimed victory on both days in Gloucester.

Saturday’s race was punctuated by an early attack from Allen Krughoff (Noosa Pro Cycling), which led to the day’s main selection. After being caught, Krughoff kept the pace high in the select group while Powers sat comfortably in the mix before making his winning move.

“I was hurting at the beginning. I survived the attacks, then made my move.” Powers said. “Gloucester is such a great race, especially today with the huge crowd cheering.”

Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs) and Ben Berden (Raliegh-Clement) rounded out the day’s podium, while Curtis White (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) claimed a win in the U23 category.

Sunday saw similar early escapes as Lukas Winterberg (MG-Cycling Team) and White attacked in the opening laps. With Powers leading a large chase group, he kept a high tempo, ultimately coming around the leaders near the end of the race.

Powers soloed to victory for the second day in a row saying, “I’m excited to represent my New England roots with these wins.” Sunday was also his sixth consecutive victory, over the course of three weekends.

Jamie Driscoll (Raliegh-Clement) finished second on the day, with Winterman closely behind in third. White finished fourth on the day, retaining his lead in the U23 division.

Wyman and Mani split

Large elite women’s fields took to the course for fast racing on both days in Gloucester.

Saturday’s race featured cat-and-mouse racing as the field stayed largely together for much of the day. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Kaitie Antonneau (Twenty16) attacked on the final lap, staying away to the line. Wyman out-sprinted her breakaway partner, and Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo) finished third.

Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) took the win in the U23 category.

Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Cycling) was involved in a crash with Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) in the end of the race, taking both of them out of contention and sending Miller to the hospital for stitches in her leg.

Sunday saw a bit more excitement in the elite women’s field as a fast start from Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling) led an early charge. With Durrin, Wyman, and Erica Zaveta (Amy D. Racing) on her wheel, an early break was established and the rest of the field was left to chase.

Looking for redemption, Crystal Anthony sat on the front of the chase, trying to bring back the group of four, but it was Caroline Mani (Raliegh-Clement) who was able to bridge up to the move.

Racing with a cast on a broken left wrist, Mani charged past the lead group and on to a win in the second day of Rapha Super Cross.

“Racing is really painful right now, but the huge crowd cheering today really helped me forget about the pain,” said Mani following her victory.

Kemmerer claimed second on the day, while Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) took third after bridging to the lead group late in the race.

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Video: On-board footage from UCI world championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/video-board-footage-uci-world-championships_347768 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/video-board-footage-uci-world-championships_347768#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:31:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347768

Onboard cameras provide footage from the 2014 women's world road championship race.

Take a ride inside the elite women's peloton in Ponferrada with POV camera footage, including video from the dramatic crash

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Onboard cameras provide footage from the 2014 women's world road championship race.

Take a ride inside the elite women's peloton in Ponferrada with POV camera footage, including video from the dramatic crash

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Tim Johnson testing cyclocross suspension fork http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/tim-johnson-testing-cyclocross-suspension-fork_347760 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/cyclocross/tim-johnson-testing-cyclocross-suspension-fork_347760#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347760

The Lefty fork certainly stands out from the crowd with its single stanchion. It requires a proprietary hub, headset, and stem.

Cannondale is dabbling with a cyclocross suspension fork, and former national champion Tim Johnson was testing it in Gloucester

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The Lefty fork certainly stands out from the crowd with its single stanchion. It requires a proprietary hub, headset, and stem.

Cannondale rider spotted on Lefty fork

Suspension engineers at Cannondale have been hard at work on a new cyclocross standard — a cyclocross version of Cannondale’s popular Lefty suspension fork. A 26”-wheel Lefty, slimmed down to shorter travel for cyclocross, was spotted at the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team trailer on Sunday at the Rapha Super Cross race in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The bike belonged to former cyclocross national champion Tim Johnson. Johnson’s fork started its life as a 26” Lefty XLR cross-country fork, but had its travel tweaked to be much shorter than the Lefty’s XLR’s 100mm of travel. Sources estimated that it was reduced to 35mm of travel.

Johnson’s bike also had a RockShox PopLoc remote lockout, just like those found on Cannondale mountain bikes. The remote was mounted to the right of the proprietary Cannondale stem. Meaning Johnson would only be able to lock out and open the fork while his hands were on the top, an ideal spot for setting up before an overly bumpy section of course, or for bunny-hopping barriers.

Cannondale marketing manager, Bill Ruddell said, “The team must be doing some special product testing,” seemingly unaware that Johnson was testing a Lefty fork.

Johnson would not confirm any of the particulars on the new fork, only saying, “I’ll tell you one thing, you have to ride this thing.”

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