VeloNews.com » News http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 04 Aug 2015 23:53:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Ben Jacques-Maynes ‘on the upswing’ at Utah http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/ben-jacques-maynes-on-the-upswing-at-utah_380572 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/ben-jacques-maynes-on-the-upswing-at-utah_380572#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 23:50:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380572

Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) rode in the break during stage 2 of Tour of Utah. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After a long recovery from a major crash at Tour of California, Jacques-Maynes is riding back into fitness — and into the break — in

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Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) rode in the break during stage 2 of Tour of Utah. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Ben Jacques-Maynes was a mess. It was two days after his stage 2 crash at the Tour of California in May, and the veteran rider, recovering in a hospital a with litany of injuries, had one thing in mind.

“I was saying, ‘I don’t want to go out like this,’” Jacques-Maynes recalled Tuesday at the Tour of Utah. “I was laid up in bed in pain and thinking about how I was going to pay for new teeth. But there was such a huge outpouring of support and general well wishes. It definitely helped me get back.”

About two months later, the 36-year-old rider, competing in his 14th and final pro season, was back. He’s still missing front teeth, and his body is far from healed. But after placing fourth overall in the five-day Cascade Cycling Classic that ended July 26, Jacques-Maynes is racing in Utah in an unfamiliar personal space.

“I am going to have a totally different take on this race,” said the Jamis-Hagens Berman rider. “It’s survival here to actually feel better in Colorado [USA Pro Challenge]. It’s my goal. You might see me here in the gruppetto a couple of times, but I am on the upswing.”

Jacques-Maynes’ crash in May occurred after the often-unheralded cyclist received a rare moment in the spotlight. He was the only rider in the Tour of California to compete in all 10 editions and he was presented with a one-off anniversary bike as the preamble to a celebration of longevity that never occurred.

“It’s been an interesting return to racing,” said Jacques-Maynes, who was among a five-rider break early in stage 2 from Tremonton to Ogden. “I am definitely putting myself back together still. I am good enough to be here and participate with my team, but certainly I’m not on the level as I’ve been in the past.”

Jacques-Maynes finished 43rd in the main field in the stage 2 and is ninth overall, trailing race leader Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) by 13 seconds.

In the Cascade Cycling Classic, Jacques-Maynes was also in an early race breakaway that stayed away. He described his fourth overall place as “lucky.”

“My power was down; I definitely felt I was struggling just to be in there,” he said. “I was fortunate to make a big breakaway that lasted. I had a couple of good times, but there’s a lot of work to do to get back to my usual self.”

Jacques-Maynes’ crash in California was four years after another crash in the same event nearly ended his career. In the long fifth stage from Seaside to Paso Robles, the Central California rider suffered a fractured collarbone. A premature recovery led to a staph infection that required a second surgery. He took several months to recover in what he described as a “life-altering medical intervention.”

“It’s mental; Your body can go through so many different issues,” said Sebastian Alexander, the Jamis-Hagens Berman team director, of his team captain’s current return. “But it’s mental that you have to be ready to go again. Physically, we heal and we are good again.

“Mentally, it’s very difficult when you crash or have a teammate who crashes. It affects your mind. It’s about fear. It’s a human thing. There’s nothing bad with that. People handle it in different ways.”

Juan Jose Haedo, the now-retired Argentinean sprinter who works with Jamis-Hagens Berman and whose younger brother rides for the team, concurred.

“I think it’s more mental,” Haedo said. “He [Jacques-Maynes] is 36, I think. Your body can go as long as your head goes. If you have the strength to come back and not be afraid of any situation then for sure you can come back. He’s young enough to be strong enough.”

Jacques-Maynes, who plans to retire after his team participates in the team time trial at the UCI World Road Championships next month in Richmond, Virginia, claimed the KOM competition last year at the USA Pro Challenge. It would be a lofty expectation to repeat the title.

“The body is putting itself back together from the trauma,” he said. “Your body is healing so there’s a lot involved in that. You’re always tired, and it’s also the secondary things.

“I found out just last week I probably broke my back in the crash. It’s an ongoing process. You just take lumps as they come. It was a major crash, and there are ramifications. But you just try not to get caught up in the negativity of it.”

Even if Jacques-Maynes plans to wind down his competitive career, pro cycling’s effects will linger. He faces further extensive dental surgery late this year and in early 2016.

“I am hoping it goes smoothly,” he said. “I do have some trepidation of drawn-out medical care, and that’s the biggest mental hurdle I need to get over. Fortunately, I won’t have to be bike riding at the time.

“I will be long done with cycling long before I will recover from the accident. I won’t have to like jump back on the bike and get back right away to training. I will be going to work or being a stay-at-home dad.”

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Cancellara set to return at the Vuelta a Espana http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/cancellara-set-to-return-at-the-vuelta-a-espana_380574 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/cancellara-set-to-return-at-the-vuelta-a-espana_380574#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:45:00 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380574

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) wore yellow for one day at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

After breaking two vertebrae in the Tour de France, abandoning the race despite wearing yellow, Cancellara will start the Vuelta.

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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) wore yellow for one day at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will make his return to racing at the Vuelta a España, which is set to start August 22, less than 50 days after fracturing his vertebrae at the Tour de France. Cancellara sustained two transverse process fractures in two lower-back vertebrae while wearing the yellow jersey on stage 3 of the Tour.

“The initial plan was to return to racing at the Eneco Tour next week,” said Cancellara in a team press statement. “But it’s too early. I’m still experiencing some pain when I’m doing high intensity, even though I have been training since more than a week with training rides of up to four hours. I’d love to race already, but my body is just not ready yet.”

Cancellara had almost the exact same fracture earlier in the season during the E3 Harelbeke. Two months later, he returned at the Tour de Fjords race in Norway. The start of the Vuelta will mark six and a half weeks since his crash at the Tour de France, a significant difference in time with a much quicker return to racing.

“I’ll be at the start of the Vuelta for the seventh time now,” he continued. “It’s a race that I like: lots of kilometers, hard racing, good roads, and fans that appreciate our sport. Above all, I want to get back into the habit of racing and help our leaders, starting with the team time trial in Marbella. I want to be as good as I can at the worlds. I’ll suffer to get through the first week, but I need competition.”

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Investigation dropped in Laurens Sweeck Vaminolact doping inquiry http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/investigation-dropped-in-laurens-sweeck-vaminolact-doping-inquiry_380560 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/investigation-dropped-in-laurens-sweeck-vaminolact-doping-inquiry_380560#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:42:03 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380560

Laurens Sweeck won the 2015 Belgian cyclocross national championships in the under-23 category. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Under-23 Belgian cyclocross champ Sweeck cleared by Belgian Cycling Federation due to insufficient evidence.

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Laurens Sweeck won the 2015 Belgian cyclocross national championships in the under-23 category. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Belgian under-23 cyclocross champion and worlds runner-up Laurens Sweeck (Corendon-Kwadro), who faced a possible two-year suspension for the intravenous use of the infant nutritional supplement Vaminolact, will return to racing next season after the Belgian Cycling Federation announced it was dropping its case against him. Investigators from the federation found that there was insufficient evidence of wrongdoing to continue the case.

Vaminolact, which is normally administered intravenously to infants as a nutritional supplement, is not considered a banned substance. However, intravenous use of the drug would violate the UCI’s so-called “no needles policy.” Sweeck maintains that he only used the solution orally.

Sweeck was one of a number of Belgian athletes caught up in the investigation of doctor Chris Mertens, who has also been accused of administering ozone therapy to athletes. The treatment involved infusing athlete’s blood with ozone, a practice that has been criticized not just for its association with blood doping, but also for being dangerous and without scientific basis.

BMC star Greg Van Avermaet and cyclocrossers Tom Meeusen and Bart Wellens have all seen cases against them dismissed as well. Wellens nonetheless retired from racing at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Sweeck said in a press release that he was relieved that the case had been closed. “The quick verdict finally provides some security, for example, for my participation in the first World Cup event in Las Vegas,” said Sweeck, who now expects to take the start at CrossVegas, the first-ever American cyclocross World Cup race, on September 16.

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Kocjan wins Utah stage 2, Reijnen keeps yellow http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/kocjan-wins-utah-stage-2-reijnen-keeps-yellow_380554 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/kocjan-wins-utah-stage-2-reijnen-keeps-yellow_380554#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:10:18 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380554

Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) celebrated his stage 2 win in Ogden. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Jure Kocjan rides into a select group over a big climb late in the race and proves to be the fleetest sprinter in the bunch in Ogden.

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Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) celebrated his stage 2 win in Ogden. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

For the second day in a row, the American domestic teams showed their stripes at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and this time it was SmartStop’s Jure Kocjan who came away with the win. The Slovenian winner of the points classification in last year’s Tour of Utah sprinted out of a select group after 99.2 miles of racing to sprint to his first Utah stage victory in Ogden. The field had been whittled down by a category 3 climb that topped out with 20 miles left to race.

“Off the back there was a big gap, like 50 seconds,” Kocjan said of the split in the field after the climb. “So, I told them we have four guys, four other guys, four of my teammates. And I told them just go as hard as you can ’cause I knew there were not a lot of good sprinters at the front. So, I knew if we make it to the end, I’m probably the fastest one.”

Top 10, stage 2

  • 1. Jure Kocjan, Team Smartstop, in 3:37:27
  • 2. Robin Carpenter, Hincapie Racing Team, at :00
  • 3. Brent Bookwalter, Bmc Racing Team, at :00
  • 4. Kiel Reijnen, Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team, at :00
  • 5. Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas, Colombia, at :00:00
  • 6. Logan Owen, Axeon Cycling Team, at :00:00
  • 7. Alex Howes, Team Cannondale-Garmin, at ::00
  • 8. Dion Smith, Hincapie Racing Team, at :00
  • 9. Gavin Mannion, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, at :00
  • 10. Robert Thomson Jay, Mtn-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, at :00

 

Top 10, GC

  • 1. Kiel Reijnen, Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team, in 8:46:19
  • 2. Alex Howes, Team Cannondale-Garmin, at :04
  • 3. Jure Kocjan, Team Smartstop, at :04
  • 4. Robin Carpenter, Hincapie Racing Team, at :08
  • 5. Robert Thomson Jay, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, at :08
  • 6. Brent Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team, at :00:10
  • 7. Daniel Eaton, Axeon Cycling Team, at :10
  • 8. Johann van Zyl, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, at :00:11
  • 9. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home, at :00:13
  • 10. Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas, Colombia, at :00:14

 

The early break included: Dan Eaton (Axeon), Pierrick Naud (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Mackenzie Brennan (Hincapie Racing), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman), and Jay Robert Thompson (MTN-Qhubeka).

On the day’s only climb, a category 3 ascent of North Ogden Divide, Eaton got away, and only Thompson and Jacques-Maynes could keep him in sight. Over the top, the lone leader’s advantage was a mere 25 seconds. The rest of the break was brought back by the peloton.

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) attacked out of the group over the top of the climb and chased up to Eaton with 15 miles to go. The duo extended their gap slightly, to about 45 seconds.

“There was little lull in pace, and I was feeling good, so I thought I would bring a couple of strong guys with me,” Bookwalter said. “For a minute, I had Chris Butler with me, which I though was great. I knew these guys [Team SmartStop] were a good team for the bunch kick. I lost Chris on the downhill. … But [we were] sort of waiting for another group to come up to us, but that group was a little bigger than I had hoped. I was still happy to be in the race and give it a try.”

The catch was made just before the field passed the finish line with three circuits to race around Ogden, about seven miles to go.

Attacks came and went on the final laps, but nothing stuck.

In the finale, UnitedHealthcare’s Janez Brajkovic pulled hard for yellow jersey Kiel Reijnen. Then, BMC Racing took over with one kilometer left. Next it was Team SmartStop to cue up the finale.

Jure Kocjan came through with the win for his SmartStop squad, narrowly out-sprinting Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing). Brent Bookwalter (BMC) finished third.

Reijnen kept his overall lead by four seconds over Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin). Kocjan moved up to third overall with the time bonus earned. The UHC rider also keeps the lead in the points classification, while Gregory Daniel (Axeon) wears the king of the mountains jersey.

On Wednesday, the race will ride 109 miles from Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful and includes four categorized climbs — three category 3s and one category 2.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Jure KOCJAN, TEAM SMARTSTOP, in 3:37:27
  • 2. Robin CARPENTER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 4. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Edwin Alcibiades AVILA VANEGAS, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 6. Logan OWEN, BDT, at :00
  • 7. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 8. Dion SMITH, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Gavin MANNION, JBC, at :00
  • 10. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 11. Travis MCCABE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :00
  • 12. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 13. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 14. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 15. Ruben GUERREIRO, BDT, at :00
  • 16. Ruben ZEPUNTKE, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 17. Christopher HORNER, AIR, at :00
  • 18. Lachlan NORRIS, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :00
  • 19. Michael WOODS, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :00
  • 20. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 21. Gregory OBANDO BRENES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :00
  • 22. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Leonardo BASSO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 24. Taylor SHELDON, JBC, at :00
  • 25. Flavio DE LUNA, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :00
  • 26. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 27. John HORNBECK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 28. Connor MCCUTCHEON, AIR, at :00
  • 29. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 30. Robbie SQUIRE, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 31. Jorge Camilo CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 32. Matthew BUSCHE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 33. James ORAM, BDT, at :00
  • 34. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, BDT, at :00
  • 35. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 36. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 37. Chris BUTLER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :00
  • 38. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at :00
  • 39. Phillip GAIMON, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :00
  • 40. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 41. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :00
  • 42. Lachlan David MORTON, JBC, at :00
  • 43. Ben JACQUES-MAYNES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :00
  • 44. Daniel EATON, BDT, at :00
  • 45. Carson MILLER, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :00
  • 46. Rob BRITTON, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :00
  • 47. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 48. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:20
  • 49. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:22
  • 50. Griffin EASTER, AIR, at 1:48
  • 51. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:16
  • 52. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:16
  • 53. Emerson ORONTE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 2:16
  • 54. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 55. GREGORY DANIEL, BDT, at 2:16
  • 56. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 2:16
  • 57. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 2:16
  • 58. Brendan CANTY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 2:16
  • 59. Nicolae TANOVITCHII, JBC, at 2:16
  • 60. Luis Enrique DAVILA, AIR, at 2:16
  • 61. Jasper BOVENHUIS, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:16
  • 62. Carlos Mario RAMIREZ BOTERO, COLOMBIA, at 2:16
  • 63. Adam Phelan, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:16
  • 64. Edward KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:16
  • 65. Joseph SCHMALZ, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 66. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, COLOMBIA, at 2:16
  • 67. Cullen EASTER, AIR, at 2:16
  • 68. Timothy ROE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:16
  • 69. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 70. Eric YOUNG, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 2:16
  • 71. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:16
  • 72. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 2:16
  • 73. Alexandr BRAICO, JBC, at 2:16
  • 74. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 75. Gerardo MEDINA, AIR, at 2:16
  • 76. Scott ZWIZANSKI, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 2:16
  • 77. Julien BERNARD, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:16
  • 78. Mac BRENNAN, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 79. Kevin GOTTLIEB, AIR, at 2:16
  • 80. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 81. Lucas Sebastian HAEDO, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 2:16
  • 82. Angus MORTON, JBC, at 2:16
  • 83. Steve FISHER, JBC, at 2:16
  • 84. Tyler MAGNER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 85. Pierrick NAUD, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 2:16
  • 86. Luca CHIRICO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:16
  • 87. Julian KYER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 2:16
  • 88. Erik SLACK, JBC, at 2:16
  • 89. Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 90. Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:10
  • 91. Chris PUTT, BDT, at 5:10
  • 92. Stephen LEECE, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 5:10
  • 93. David WILLIAMS, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 5:27
  • 94. Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 5:46
  • 95. Jack BOBRIDGE, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 5:46
  • 96. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 5:46
  • 97. Andrea MANFREDI, BARDIANI CSF, at 5:46
  • 98. Brodie TALBOT, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 5:46
  • 99. Wouter WIPPERT, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:46
  • 100. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:46
  • 101. Thomas SOLADAY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 5:46
  • 102. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 5:46
  • 103. Glenn O’SHEA, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 5:46
  • 104. Jack ANDERSON, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 5:46
  • 105. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:46
  • 106. Michael TORCKLER, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 5:46
  • 107. Walter Gaston TRILLINI, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 5:46
  • 108. Sebastián MOLANO, COLOMBIA, at 5:46
  • 109. Justin MAUCH, AIR, at 7:41
  • 110. Malcom RUDOLPH, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 7:41
  • 111. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 7:41
  • 112. Charles Bradley HUFF, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 8:20
  • 113. Jesse ANTHONY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 8:20
  • 114. Zachary BELL, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 8:20
  • 115. Matthew Harley GOSS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 8:20
  • 116. Josh BERRY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 8:20
  • 117. Tommy NANKERVIS, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 8:20
  • 118. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 8:20
  • 119. Oscar CLARK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 8:20
  • 120. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 8:20
  • 121. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 8:20


General classification

  • 1. Kiel REIJNEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, in 8:46:19
  • 2. Alex HOWES, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :04
  • 3. Jure KOCJAN, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :04
  • 4. Robin CARPENTER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 5. Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :08
  • 6. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 7. Daniel EATON, BDT, at :10
  • 8. Johann VAN ZYL, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :11
  • 9. Ben JACQUES-MAYNES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :13
  • 10. Edwin Alcibiades AVILA VANEGAS, COLOMBIA, at :14
  • 11. Logan OWEN, BDT, at :14
  • 12. Ruben ZEPUNTKE, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :14
  • 13. Dion SMITH, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 14. Ruben GUERREIRO, BDT, at :14
  • 15. Travis MCCABE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :14
  • 16. Benjamin KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :14
  • 17. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 18. Natnael BERHANE, MTN – QHUBEKA, at :14
  • 19. Connor MCCUTCHEON, AIR, at :14
  • 20. Christopher HORNER, AIR, at :14
  • 21. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, BDT, at :14
  • 22. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 23. Gavin MANNION, JBC, at :14
  • 24. Gregory OBANDO BRENES, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :14
  • 25. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :14
  • 26. Frank SCHLECK, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :14
  • 27. Lachlan NORRIS, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :14
  • 28. Jorge Camilo CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES, COLOMBIA, at :14
  • 29. Taylor SHELDON, JBC, at :14
  • 30. Matthew BUSCHE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :14
  • 31. Michael WOODS, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :14
  • 32. Robbie SQUIRE, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 33. John HORNBECK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 34. Janez BRAJKOVIC, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :14
  • 35. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :14
  • 36. Leonardo BASSO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :14
  • 37. Flavio DE LUNA, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :14
  • 38. James ORAM, BDT, at :14
  • 39. Rob BRITTON, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :14
  • 40. Alex CANO ARDILA, COLOMBIA, at :14
  • 41. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COLOMBIA, at :14
  • 42. Chris BUTLER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at :14
  • 43. Carson MILLER, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at :14
  • 44. Lachlan David MORTON, JBC, at :14
  • 45. Walter Fernando PEDRAZA MORALES, COLOMBIA, at :14
  • 46. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 47. Phillip GAIMON, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at :14
  • 48. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:34
  • 49. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:36
  • 50. Griffin EASTER, AIR, at 2:02
  • 51. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:22
  • 52. GREGORY DANIEL, BDT, at 2:23
  • 53. Pierrick NAUD, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 2:29
  • 54. Carlos Mario RAMIREZ BOTERO, COLOMBIA, at 2:29
  • 55. Eric YOUNG, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 2:30
  • 56. Youcef REGUIGUI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 2:30
  • 57. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:30
  • 58. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:30
  • 59. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:30
  • 60. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 61. Nicolae TANOVITCHII, JBC, at 2:30
  • 62. Lucas Sebastian HAEDO, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 2:30
  • 63. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 64. Brendan CANTY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 2:30
  • 65. Adam Phelan, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:30
  • 66. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 67. Timothy ROE, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:30
  • 68. Tyler MAGNER, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 69. Jasper BOVENHUIS, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:30
  • 70. Alexandr BRAICO, JBC, at 2:30
  • 71. Gerardo MEDINA, AIR, at 2:30
  • 72. Mac BRENNAN, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 73. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, COLOMBIA, at 2:30
  • 74. Luis Enrique DAVILA, AIR, at 2:30
  • 75. Edward KING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:30
  • 76. Luca CHIRICO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:30
  • 77. Julien BERNARD, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:30
  • 78. Angus MORTON, JBC, at 2:30
  • 79. Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:30
  • 80. Cullen EASTER, AIR, at 3:17
  • 81. Scott ZWIZANSKI, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 3:17
  • 82. Steve FISHER, JBC, at 3:17
  • 83. Erik SLACK, JBC, at 3:17
  • 84. Emerson ORONTE, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 3:31
  • 85. Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:24
  • 86. Stephen LEECE, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 5:24
  • 87. Chris PUTT, BDT, at 5:24
  • 88. Wouter WIPPERT, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 6:00
  • 89. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 6:00
  • 90. Sebastián MOLANO, COLOMBIA, at 6:00
  • 91. Matt BRAMMEIER, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 6:00
  • 92. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 6:00
  • 93. Jack BOBRIDGE, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 6:00
  • 94. Brodie TALBOT, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 6:00
  • 95. Joseph SCHMALZ, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 6:32
  • 96. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 6:34
  • 97. Songezo JIM, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 6:34
  • 98. Julian KYER, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 6:34
  • 99. Jack ANDERSON, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 6:35
  • 100. Walter Gaston TRILLINI, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 6:47
  • 101. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 7:33
  • 102. Zachary BELL, TEAM SMARTSTOP, at 8:34
  • 103. Matthew Harley GOSS, MTN – QHUBEKA, at 8:34
  • 104. Peter STETINA, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:51
  • 105. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 9:03
  • 106. Jesse ANTHONY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 9:21
  • 107. Oscar CLARK, HINCAPIE RACING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 108. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:21
  • 109. David WILLIAMS, JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN, at 9:42
  • 110. Josh BERRY, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 12:38
  • 111. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 12:38
  • 112. Kevin GOTTLIEB, AIR, at 16:27
  • 113. Andrea MANFREDI, BARDIANI CSF, at 19:57
  • 114. Malcom RUDOLPH, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 21:52
  • 115. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 21:52
  • 116. Glenn O’SHEA, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 23:50
  • 117. Michael TORCKLER, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 23:50
  • 118. Thomas SOLADAY, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 24:10
  • 119. Justin MAUCH, AIR, at 25:45
  • 120. Charles Bradley HUFF, OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES, at 26:24
  • 121. Tommy NANKERVIS, TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS, at 26:24

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Commentary: Oleg Tinkov’s racist tweet http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/oleg-tinkovs-racist-tweet_380517 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/oleg-tinkovs-racist-tweet_380517#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:16:39 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380517

Oleg Tinkov said Russia's economic woes are not affecting his business — for now. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com

Last week, Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov called Barack Obama a monkey on Twitter. Where is the outcry?

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Oleg Tinkov said Russia's economic woes are not affecting his business — for now. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com

Last week, Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov — who, as many have pointed out, is the Donald Trump of cycling — called Barack Obama a monkey on Twitter.

Yes, just days after the Tour de France ended with its first African-registered team and first black African riders to finish the race, the owner of one of the biggest teams in cycling called a powerful and well-known black man a monkey.

Tinkov’s tweet was in response to one from Cannondale-Garmin director Jonathan Vaughters that showed the Mona Lisa morphing into Russian president Vladimir Putin.

This was not an accident or some cute portmanteau we can chalk up to Tinkov’s imperfect grasp of English. “Monkey” isn’t a racist taunt only in America or only in English. It is universal. European football matches have a long history of monkey chants and banana peels being thrown onto the field.

But that sport’s authorities and teams have cracked down. When then-Liverpool player Luis Suarez, of Uruguay, was accused of using a racist slur against a black opponent in 2011, he was fined £40,000 ($62,296) and banned for eight games.

Last year, when a Villarreal fan throw a banana at Barcelona player Dani Alvez, the Spanish Football Association fined Villarreal €12,000 ($13,070) due to the fan “committing an act of contempt or disregard concerning racial or ethnic origin towards an adversary.”

The team identified the culprit and banned him for life.

These are bans and fines for a player and a fan. So what is cycling’s plan for dealing with overt racism from a team owner? Reached by email, the UCI said this when asked about Tinkov’s tweet: “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) strongly condemns any sort of discrimination in cycling, including racism. Together with all of our stakeholders, we have the responsibility to make sure that such behavior has no place in our sport.”

UCI’s head of communications, Sébastien Gillot, said that would be the agency’s only comment on the matter. If that’s the only comment, but it’s followed by decisive action (too late for any action to be swift), fine. But if the UCI thinks saying the right thing excuses it from doing the right thing, it is mistaken.

At last year’s Tour, Swiss rider Michael Albasini was accused of shouting racist abuse at Kevin Reza, a black Frenchman riding for team Europcar. It was almost identical to the Suarez situation — two rivals, in the heat of the game, with no officials to witness. A fine and an eight-game ban for Suarez, nothing for Albasini.

Two days after Tinkov’s tweet, massive crowds in the Eritrean capital of Asmara welcomed African riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudos (MTN-Qhubeka) back from France. The pair’s route from the airport to their private reception with Eritrea’s president was reportedly lined with people, many who turned out in polka-dot clothes, in honor of the days Teklehaimanot led the Tour’s climbing competition.

Cycling hasn’t been the provincial sport it once was for a long time. But now it’s more global than ever. There is no place for racism, and no excuse to let racist abuse go unpunished.

Oleg Tinkov called a black man a monkey in a public forum. This one is cut and dried.

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Eritrea celebrates Kudus and Teklehaimanot after Tour ride http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/eritrea-celebrates-kudus-and-teklehaimanot-after-tour-ride_380515 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/eritrea-celebrates-kudus-and-teklehaimanot-after-tour-ride_380515#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:38:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380515

Daniel Teklehaimanot and his MTN-Qhubeka teammate Merhawi Kudus were the toast of Eritrea after finishing the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Tour de France's first Eritrean riders return to their home country and get a hero's welcome.

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Daniel Teklehaimanot and his MTN-Qhubeka teammate Merhawi Kudus were the toast of Eritrea after finishing the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — The Tour de France rolled into Paris for its final stage over a week ago, but the party continues in East Africa’s Eritrea. The country welcomed home Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot Saturday after they helped MTN-Qhubeka become the first professional team from the African continent to race the grand tour.

Kudus, 21, was the youngest rider in the 2015 race. Teklehaimanot became the first African to wear the polka-dot climber’s jersey, taking it for four stages in the first half of the three-week race.

Pushing the South African team’s debut to a new high, Brit Steve Cummings won the stage to Mende on the day millions celebrated Nelson Mandela.

“It was huge for the team, it was huge for Africa,” general manager Doug Ryder told VeloNews last week.

“It’s an honor that now our Africans are known and that we need to step up the team structure even more to support them.”

“It’s great for cycling to get an African team,” Cummings explained at the Tour. “There’s a lot of talent in Africa who doesn’t get a chance. [The team] makes sport bigger and better across five continents.”

Eritrea and the rest of Africa went crazy for the nine-man team. From Utrecht to Paris, a group of Eritrean-flag-waving fans followed MTN’s black and white bus. Most days, while the French applauded and pointed at the stars, the Eritrean supporters sang and danced for the country’s first cyclists in the Tour.

Given the party atmosphere over the three weeks, it seemed only right that when Kudus and 26-year-old Teklehaimanot touched down in the capital city of Asmara that the stage gave them a hero’s welcome.

Team MTN-Qhubeka called the celebration “crazy.” Images, beamed around the country live on state television ERI-TV, showed thousands of locals lined along the main streets of Asmara waving the country’s blue, red, and green colors and dressed in polka-dots. Kudus and Teklehaimanot sat on top of white Toyota trucks in matching red dots for a ride from the Asmara International Airport to the president’s palace to meet Isaias Afwerki.

The two were interviewed on television and sat as special guests — Kudus in the team’s black colors and Teklehaimanot in a polka-dot jersey he brought home from France — while locals sang and danced in their honor at the Bahti Meskerem Square.

Eritrea, still recovering from a war with Ethiopia, sits a lowly 42nd in a list of the richest African countries. With Kudus and Teklehaimanot reaching a global audience during three weeks of the Tour de France, an entire nation’s spirits appeared to be lifted.

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In the news: Mont Ventoux in 2016 Tour? http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/in-the-news-mont-ventoux-in-2016-tour_380502 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/in-the-news-mont-ventoux-in-2016-tour_380502#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:03:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380502

The "Giant of Provence", Mont Ventoux, is rumored to appear in the 2016 Tour de France after a three-year absence. Photo: BrakeThrough Media

Early reports indicate that the famous hors-categorie climb in Provence will feature in the 2016 edition of the Tour.

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The "Giant of Provence", Mont Ventoux, is rumored to appear in the 2016 Tour de France after a three-year absence. Photo: BrakeThrough Media

Sportwereld reports that Mont Ventoux will feature in the 2016 Tour de France, which begins on July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel. The 2016 Tour will also visit the small country of Andorra early in the race.

The famous “Giant of Provence” first appeared in the Tour in 1951 and most recently in 2013. The peloton has traversed the hors-categorie climb on 15 occasions with nine summit finishes.

Chris Froome used the Mont Ventoux stage finish to assert his authority on the 2013 edition of the race. He beat Nairo Quintana by 29 seconds and led the general classification by 4:14 at the end of the day.

Lance Armstrong famously gifted a stage win to the late Marco Pantani atop the climb in 2000. After a tough battle up the climb, Armstrong allowed Pantani to cross the line first to claim the stage win, as a gesture of good faith. Pantani did not see it this way, and Armstrong later regretted the decision.

The rumored 14th stage of the 2016 race would start in Draguignan and the peloton would cover 180km (111.8mi) by the finish atop the bald mountain.

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Kiel Reijnen sprinted through the rain to claim his first career win at the Tour of Utah and the overall lead after stage 1.

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Two in a row for Pelucchi in Poland http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/two-in-a-row-for-pelucchi-in-poland_380487 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/two-in-a-row-for-pelucchi-in-poland_380487#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:11:43 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380487

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) claimed a second victory at Tour of Poland on Tuesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

IAM Cycling's Matteo Pelucchi claims another stage win at Tour of Poland as Marcel Kittel conserves his GC lead for one more day.

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Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) claimed a second victory at Tour of Poland on Tuesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) won his second stage in a row at Tour of Poland on Tuesday, sprinting to victory in stage 3 after 166km of racing from Zawiercie to Katowice.

“This second victory boosts my morale, but it’s also a great thing for the team since we’re all preparing for the Vuelta too,” said Pelucchi. “And that is my next goal.”

Trek Factory Racing’s Giacomo Nizzolo ended up on the podium again, this time in second place, ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo’s Tom Van Asbroeck. Despite a seventh-place finish in stage 3, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), winner of stage 1, kept his overall lead by six seconds over Nizzolo. Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) is third, 10 seconds back.

The early breakaway included Matej Mohoric (Cannondale-Garmin), Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro), Kamil Gradek (ActiveJet), Ian Boswell (Sky), Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice), and Marcus Burghardt (BMC). However, the day’s flat course was meant for the sprinters. The break never got more than three minutes’ advantage and was pulled back with 60 kilometers left, aside from Bialoblocki, who pressed on alone, only to be caught with 4km left.

“Today we tried a different tactic with the guys, and I am very glad that it paid off,” explained the winner. “Just after the false flat in the last kilometers, a small group including some very good sprinters managed to get a bit of a gap. I was extremely fortunate to have Vicente Reynes and Roger Kluge with me. They were able to plug the hole, and I just had to stay on their wheels. It was perfect. They put me in the front position, and instead of kicking my sprint off, I preferred to wait until the last possible moment to produce my top effort. That was a good idea, but in practice I know it can be dangerous.”

Wednesday’s stage 4 will offer three significant climbs over the 220km course from Jaworzno to Nowy Sacz, but will see a flat, 28-kilometer run-in to the finish.

Top 10 results

  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:48:41
  • 2. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 3. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 4. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 5. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 7. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 8. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 9. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00

 

Top 10 GC after stage 3

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 9:51:50
  • 2. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :06
  • 3. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :10
  • 4. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 5. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :12
  • 6. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :12
  • 7. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 8. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 9. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :16
  • 10. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16

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Opportunity, challenge for BMC, Porte, and van Garderen http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/opportunity-challenge-for-bmc-porte-and-van-garderen_380447 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/opportunity-challenge-for-bmc-porte-and-van-garderen_380447#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:44:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380447

Richie Porte is trading Sky's blue for BMC's red in the 2016 season, but will he be able to coexist with Tejay van Garderen? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Will Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen be stronger together with BMC, or are their skills and ambitions too similar for just one team?

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Richie Porte is trading Sky's blue for BMC's red in the 2016 season, but will he be able to coexist with Tejay van Garderen? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen share similar skill-sets as GC riders, and for 2016, they’ll be sharing the same BMC team as well. Four days into cycling’s official trading season, this may turn out to be one of the most interesting deals of the year, and its implications for the two young GC stars could be complicated.

Richie Porte’s move from Sky to BMC Racing sets the stage for what might be a highly successful partnership with Tejay van Garderen, the emerging American Tour de France contender. The high-profile transfer raises expectations but provokes tricky questions.

Will the two budding GC contenders be able to work together? How will they balance their individual goals? And, more importantly, will it create a division within the team?

BMC Racing is clearly looking to bolster its GC base by signing the 30-year-old Tasmanian. As BMC manager Jim Ochowicz pointed out, the team doesn’t pack a pure sprinter, so it was looking to bring another GC contender to complement, not overshadow, van Garderen’s position on the team.

“Richie is a really great athlete, he’s a good team player, and he’s someone who can work with Tejay, and on his own leadership,” Ochowicz told VeloNews. “One person cannot cover all the GC races of the season. It’s a big plus for us all around.”

Both have strengths that complement each other — Porte and van Garderen are steady climbers and excellent time trialists with confirmed palmares — yet it will be interesting to see if these two can find a balance going into next year’s Tour de France without tipping over the boat.

Pluses for van Garderen

Some assume Porte’s arrival to BMC is a veto of van Garderen’s emerging role as outright team leader. BMC manager Jim Ochowicz emphatically stated that is not the case.

“Absolutely not,” Ochowicz told VeloNews. “We have all the confidence in Tejay. We’ve been talking about this since April, about bringing another strong climber for the GC. And now we have that person with Richie.”

During four seasons with Sky, Porte emerged as one of the best super-domestiques in the bunch, helping Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome win three yellow jerseys, while picking up some choice victories of his own. Of course, Porte isn’t moving to BMC to usher around van Garderen, but his presence will bolster the American deep in any grand tour where they race together.

Porte’s arrival will also take some of the pressure off van Garderen. While Damiano Caruso and Samuel Sánchez lead in such races as the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, neither is expected to deliver the way van Garderen is.

The rough is idea is that Porte and van Garderen will split the stage racing calendar between them. For example, Porte might race Paris-Nice and Volta a Catalunya, while van Garderen can target Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie. And the only time they might race together would be the Tour.

That gives BMC winning cards in all the major races, and more options in July — less pressure on van Garderen to carry the team’s GC ambitions alone.

Pluses for Porte

Porte isn’t moving to BMC to just target smaller races. While ticking off wins like Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya in 2015 packs huge WorldTour points, on a personal level, Porte wants more than that.

It’s clear that Sky is backing Froome 100 percent. If it flicked the defending Tour champion Wiggins at the end of 2012 to throw the entire weight of its powerful organization behind Froome, Porte knew if he stayed at Sky, he would always be second fiddle.

At BMC, he will receive equal billing with van Garderen at races like the Tour, and be the team’s outright GC leader at just about any other race he goes to.

“And we will still need to look at the courses for the major grand tours,” Ochowicz said. “We will make decisions based on the routes, and which races best suit the riders. Richie is already a proven winner.”

Upside for BMC

With Porte, BMC signs a guaranteed GC captain for a major part of the WorldTour calendar.

“We don’t have a pure sprinter, like a [André] Greipel or [Mark] Cavendish, so when we’re not at the one-day classics, we’re a GC team,” Ochowicz said. “Between Richie and Tejay, we will have strong captains in nearly every stage race to go to. When we show up, we race to win.”

The team has its classics program covered, with Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet. Ochowicz also confirmed the team is not looking at signing a major sprinter for 2016, so with Porte and van Garderen sharing the GC load, the team hopes to be competitive in every major race it targets.

Porte will also provide a strong engine for team time trials, a discipline BMC, winner of the trade team world TTT title in 2014, takes very seriously.

One Porte + one van Garderen = one yellow jersey?

Can two riders working together do more than one rider alone? That’s what BMC is betting on for next year’s Tour.

Ochowicz repeated the notion that Porte and van Garderen racing together will only bolster the entire team’s prospects in the season’s major stage races.

BMC needs to look no further than Movistar to find its inspiration. The Spanish squad came to the 2015 Tour with two co-leaders, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, and ended up with a bonanza, finishing second and third overall, as well as winning the team prize and the white jersey. Quintana is being groomed as the team’s outright GC leader, but having Valverde helps spread the burden.

That’s how the presence of Porte could be a big boon for van Garderen.

“Ever since Cadel [Evans] retired in January, we knew we wanted to bring on another climber for GC,” Ochowicz said. “We when commit to a race, we want to put on a good show, and we want to be competitive.”

How it could all go wrong

So far, BMC brass have been discreet about what exactly they are promising Porte.

Some comments by Porte suggest that he thinks he’s going to have the chance to be outright leader at BMC. He told Aussie broadcaster SBS during stage 9 of the Tour, when he confirmed he was leaving Sky, that one of his main motivations was to get the chances he wasn’t going to have under Froome, saying, “But I’m ready, I’m in the prime of my career now the next few years, so I need to go and lead a team.”

The imminent arrival of the Tasmanian sparked reports that van Garderen was exploring his options. Though he’s under contract through 2016, van Garderen’s agent reportedly put out feelers with other teams. As VeloNews’ Gregor Brown reported, there was some contact with Trek Factory Racing, but it appears van Garderen will finish out his contract with BMC in 2016.

BMC has done a good job in the past balancing goals of riders with similar agendas. Gilbert and Van Avermaet share the classics campaign, while Evans and van Garderen rode in unison during the 2012 and 2013 Tours. Porte and van Garderen are both easygoing characters, and both have said they are friendly with each other, but every racer knows their career comes with an expiration date.

Van Garderen has been groomed as Evans’ heir apparent since his breakout 2012 Tour, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the arrival of Porte.

As Ochowicz confirmed, the team has yet to map out the 2016 racing, so it’s possible Porte and van Garderen might target different grand tours next season.

Since finishing fifth and winning the best young rider’s jersey in 2012, van Garderen’s had a bumpy road at the Tour, finishing 45th in 2013, fighting through crashes and illness to match his career-best fifth in 2014, before suddenly abandoning in the Alps this July while poised for a shot at the podium just five days short of Paris.

Van Garderen, however, still believes he can reach the podium in Paris, and even win the Tour some day. Porte, too, believes he can go farther than he has in grand tours. If they both end up in the Tour next year, which is highly likely, at some point, one rider will have to sacrifice his chances for the other. Fitness and luck quickly put everyone in their place at the Tour, but the seeds are there for possible tension.

Neither van Garderen nor Porte has been able to win a grand tour yet. Both are confirmed performers in one-week stage races, and both have unfulfilled grand tour ambitions.

The balancing act between Porte and van Garderen will be much more delicate for BMC brass than it was with Evans and van Garderen, when one was the aging champion and the other, the rising prince.

Both Porte and van Garderen want to be kings, and there’s only one throne.

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Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set a new hour record for U.S. elite women, world masters 40-44 women, and pan-American women in Mexico in early 2015. AFP PHOTO | HECTOR GUERRERO

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling will attempt the UCI hour record on September 12 at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set a new hour record for U.S. elite women, world masters 40-44 women, and pan-American women in Mexico in early 2015. AFP PHOTO | HECTOR GUERRERO

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling is back at it, setting a September 12 date to attempt the UCI hour record at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The high altitude velodrome is well-known to set fast times.

“Mexico has a special place in the UCI hour record history, as the site of records by Eddy Merckx, Jeannie Longo, and Leontien van Moorsel,” Van Houweling said. “I hope my upcoming attempt will be part of that proud history.”

Van Houweling first broke the U.S. hour record last December and has made multiple attempts since. Her latest attempt in early July extended the U.S. hour record mark to 46.088km, longer than the current UCI hour record of 46.065km set by van Moorsel in 2003. However, that attempt did not qualify for the UCI hour record, as she had not been enrolled in the Biological Passport for long enough for the UCI to validate it before her attempt.

“It is an honor and an immense challenge to take on the most epic record in all of cycling. I have had several opportunities to ride on the track in Aguascalientes, and I know that it is a fantastic facility,” Van Houweling said.

In May 2014, the UCI modernized the hour record, allowing bikes that conform to the rules for endurance track events. The rule change sparked interest again in the record, but mostly on the men’s side with the record having been broken five times. Bradley Wiggins set a mark of 54.526km on June 7.

UCI president Brian Cookson is happy to see a second attempt at the record on the women’s side after Sarah Storey’s unsuccessful attempt in February.

“I am delighted that another athlete will make an attempt on the women’s UCI hour record. It will be very exciting to see what she can achieve in her attempt at the world record.”

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Sanchez: Help Astana win Vuelta, then worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/sanchez-help-astana-win-vuelta-then-worlds_380444 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/sanchez-help-astana-win-vuelta-then-worlds_380444#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:37:09 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380444

Luis Leon Sanchez rode the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, supporting Astana teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, who both finished on the podium. He'll seek more success with those two at the Vuelta this August. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Luis Leon Sanchez plans to be an instrumental part of Astana's strong Vuelta team, and he hopes the race gives him top fitness for worlds.

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Luis Leon Sanchez rode the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, supporting Astana teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, who both finished on the podium. He'll seek more success with those two at the Vuelta this August. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

MILAN (VN) — Top Spanish one-day cyclist, Luis León Sánchez is on the road to Richmond, Virginia, for the world championships this September. His idea is “to win” in the Vuelta a España, worlds, or both.

The second part of his season continues Tuesday with the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain with Team Astana. The Murcian is racing there with Mikel Landa to prepare for the team’s charge on the Vuelta a España starting August 22 in the country’s south.

“I want to improve my condition in the Vuelta a Burgos to arrive on top form for the Vuelta,” Sánchez said in a press statement.

“Astana is fielding a top team; we have the responsibility of fighting for the win and I want to do my part. Nibali, Aru, and Landa are great riders, and we are fighting for nothing less than the win.”

Nibali announced Friday that he will race in Spain alongside Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, second and third in the Giro d’Italia this May, respectively. Nibali, besides winning the Giro in 2013 and the Tour de France in 2014, won the Vuelta in 2010. He is one of only six riders ever to have won all three grand tours.

With Sánchez, the nine-man team will include Diego Rosa, Paolo Tiralongo, and Dario Cataldo. Team manager Giuseppe Martinelli told VeloNews, “This is probably the strongest team that I’ve ever had for a grand tour.”

In the way that Englishman Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) came off the Tour de France and won the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday, Sánchez aims for the same in the Vuelta and Richmond worlds on September 27.

The 31-year-old is known as one of the most crafty and cunning stage hunters. His ability helped him take four stage victories in the Tour de France over the years, and push on further to overall wins in the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice.

“I want to make the team,” Sánchez said.

“In Baku at the European championships, we showed that we know how to race as a team. I’ve been studying the Richmond course already, looking over the videos sent to me from the team.”

First the Vuelta a España, which begins with a time trial on August 22 in Marbella. Sánchez, who renewed his contract for 2016 and 2017, has to help the team in turquoise win the overall as he tried to do in the Giro with Aru.

“It was easy for me to stay with team Astana,” he added.

“I’m happy in this team, I’ve known [general manager Alexandre] Vinokourov since the time that we raced together in Liberty Seguros. I hope to pay back the trust that the team has given me.”

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Dragoo wins stage 1 of Tour of Utah Women’s Edition http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/dragoo-wins-stage-1-of-tour-of-utah-womens-edition_380440 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/dragoo-wins-stage-1-of-tour-of-utah-womens-edition_380440#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:54:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380440

Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) won stage 1 of the Tour of Utah Women's Edition on Monday. Photo: Tour of Utah

Strong teamwork by the Twenty16-Sho-Air team nets Dragoo a win in the two-day women's race held in Logan and Ogden.

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Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) won stage 1 of the Tour of Utah Women's Edition on Monday. Photo: Tour of Utah

Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) held off a chasing peloton through relentless rain in downtown Logan for a solo win in stage 1 of the two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The Salt Lake City resident finished 49 seconds ahead of Gretchen Stumhofer (Colovita-Bianchi) and Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare), who was third.

“I’m super pumped to have this win. I just can’t believe it,” Dragoo said at the finish of the 75-minute race. “I just moved to Utah. It’s great. I’m pumped to do it for my new home state.”

The field included a number of top riders, such as Erica Allar (LA Sweat), the current National Criterium Calendar leader, and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), last year’s winner of the inaugural Tour of Utah Criterium Classic.

Racing on a technical 1.5-mile circuit, the peloton broke into several groups after a small break was established. Rivera worked alongside her teammate Villumsen to catch the break before Twenty16-Sho-Air took over.

“There was a break ahead of us for a bit. We were catching the group and I was just countering,” Dragoo said. “I thought for sure they’d catch me. I know that my team is smart enough to cover moves and not work in a break if they get in one and shut stuff down. It really worked out. It’s nice that we got the win today especially because we are such a small team.”

Speaking prior to the race, Dragoo added her appreciation for getting the opportunity to race alongside the men’s race.

“It’s great that they have a race for us. There’s a lot of publicity, TV time, and it’s good for women to be aired with the men. We really appreciate it. It’s going to help the sport grow for women and hopefully the younger generation sees it and wants to do this too.”

Ogden will host the second and final day for the women, racing 75 minutes on a fast, flat 1.5-mile circuit, using some of the same roads the men will race for the stage 2 finish. The winner of the Criterium Classic will be determined by the total points between the two days of racing.

Top 10 results

1. Allie Dragoo, Twenty16-Sho-Air
2. Gretchen Stumhofer, Colavita-Bianchi
3. Linda Villumsen, UnitedHealthcare
4. Allison Arensman, Twenty16-Sho-Air
5. Olivia Dillon, Visit Dallas Cycling
6. Justine Clift, Fearless Femme
7. Amanda Miller, Visit Dallas Cycling
8. Coryn Rivera, UnitedHealthcare
9. Samantha Schneider, ISCorp Cycling
10. Hannah Barnes, UnitedHealthcare

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Simon Yates defends brother’s San Sebastian win after BMC’s reaction http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/simon-yates-defends-brothers-san-sebastian-win-after-bmcs-reaction_380426 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/simon-yates-defends-brothers-san-sebastian-win-after-bmcs-reaction_380426#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:53:35 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380426

Simon Yates took to Twitter to voice his frustration with BMC's reaction to the events of Saturday's Clásica San Sebastián. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Simon Yates takes to Twitter to voice his frustration over the reaction to his twin's victory in the Clásica San Sebastián

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Simon Yates took to Twitter to voice his frustration with BMC's reaction to the events of Saturday's Clásica San Sebastián. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — Simon Yates, twin brother of Clásica San Sebastián winner Adam, called BMC Racing’s reaction to Greg Van Avermaet’s crash with a television motorbike “disrespectful.”

The Orica-GreenEDGE rider took to Twitter to defend his 22-year-old brother and teammate following Saturday’s incident in the Basque Country in northern Spain.

Yates posted a grainy screen shot of the television coverage with around 10 kilometers to race that showed Belgian Van Avermaet crashing and Adam Yates around two yards behind.

Underneath the photograph, he wrote, “#justsaying.” Race winner Adam retweeted Simon’s post.

The posts came following BMC’s reaction to the incident.

“The bad thing is that I think I could have won the race,” Van Avermaet said in a press release Saturday. “I had a big gap.”

“Greg had a good gap,” added Sport Director Yvon Ledanois. “If this does not happen, he wins the race and Philippe finishes second.”

Team president Jim Ochowicz said Sunday, “Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened.”

Van Avermaet attacked on the final climb of the day with around 10 kilometers to race, but a following TV motorbike lost control on the narrow road and touched its front wheel with the bicycle’s rear wheel. BMC’s cyclist, winner of the Tour de France’s Rodez stage, went down on the right and Yates made his way through the carnage on the left.

Yates made an attack of his own later on the climb. He went on to win his first WorldTour race, which was partly spoiled by a loss of TV coverage. He did not realize he had won when he reached the finish solo, only throwing up his hands to celebrate the San Sebastián win several moments after crossing the line.

It is not the first time this year that vehicles played their part in a race. Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was taken down by a motorbike in the Tour de France, and in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, a Shimano service car caused both Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) and Sébastien Chavanel (FDJ) to crash.

Adam Yates himself was involved in a controversial crash with BMC’s Peter Stetina nearby in a stage finish of the País Vasco this April. In the final kilometer of a sprint finish, the group had to make its way around poorly marked traffic poles on the road. Stetina broke his right tibia, patella, and four ribs, and Yates broke his finger.

Ochowicz added that the team plans “to explore every legal option” after the incident Saturday that marred the Spanish classic.

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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) raced the 2015 edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).

Coryn Rivera finished second in her first race, a one-lap boys' race, when she was 11. But success in female racing soon followed, and it

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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) raced the 2015 edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).

About half a lifetime ago and when she wasn’t yet a teenager, Coryn Rivera spent considerable time pedaling around Southern California. It was heady stuff for a 10-year-old to ride 100 miles, but it was a family affair and it served her well.

Rivera, now 22 and the defending champion of the women’s omnium at the Tour of Utah, was on the back of a tandem with her father as the pilot. Her indoctrination was a quick learning experience.

A year later, she was racing solo. She finishing second in her first race, a one-lap boys’ race. But success in female racing soon followed, and it lead to her dozens of national titles and current position among the country’s top sprinters. “It’s one my favorite memories of cycling,” said Rivera, who finished eighth on the rainy opening day of the two-day women’s omnium. “It’s a big part of my life, growing up and riding with my parents.”

Much has happened since.

A sprinting specialist since her junior racing days, Rivera is steadily improving as a well-rounded rider. She’s succeeding at road races and improving as a time trialist. She’s won nearly a dozen races this season and finished second at the Pan-American Games road race and at the road nationals.

“Looking back, it’s seems like it’s been a long time,” said Rivera. “I’ve been racing pro along with collegiately throughout my career. I’ve been in a bunch of different categories and it’s been some what of a slow progression throughout it all.

“But I think I’m nail all of these little milestones, from studies to collegiate racing to pros. I’ve always kind of been pigeon-holed as a crit rider, but as I am getting older and having more time to ride, I am maturing as a rider and getting stronger on the hills and working on my time trialing just a little bit. I’ve stepped it up this year and it’s showing.”

Rivera’s breakthrough in pro racing occurred with her victory in stage 3 of the Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany in late July. She remained in Europe to compete in La Course, the women’s event on the final day of the Tour de France. “The first big pile up, just about everyone went down,” said Rivera of La Course. “There were wheels everywhere. It was so slippery, even the mechanics were going down just getting out the car. I only crashed once then it was just trying to get back on an trying not to crash. I couldn’t count how many crashes I dodged.”

Rivera’s improvement has also been apparent to Rachel Heal, the UnitedHealthcare women’s team director. “This has been the breakout year for her,” Heal said. “It’s a combination of her getting strong and strong. It’s hard work and self-motivation. She’s always had the potential but now she’s turning into much more of an all-around rider. She may be be a GC rider, but she can win one-day races and certainly sprints.”

Women’s racing concludes Tuesday with a late-morning criterium in Ogden.

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Tom Danielson at the Tour of Utah press conference, August 2, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

As news spread Monday of Tom Danielson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, reactions from riders at the Tour of Utah, where

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Tom Danielson at the Tour of Utah press conference, August 2, 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

As news spread Monday of Tom Danielson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone, reactions from riders at the Tour of Utah, where Danielson was the two-time defending champion, were a mixture of dismay, awkward body language, and blunt language.

“Danielson and I turned pro the same year,” said Ben Jacques-Maynes, the veteran Jamis-Hagens Berman rider, just prior to stage 1. “You can see the massive difference in our career trajectories from 2002. Having said that, we now know why there’s a trajectory difference.

“We kind of knew about that with the Reasoned Decision and the whole Lance Armstrong thing coming out. Danielson gave plenty of testimony about his own drug use then. But I guess he hasn’t given it up. I don’t know what he could be thinking that it’s even a possibility. I don’t know what drives people to do these things.”

Danielson, Chris Horner (Airgas-Safeway), and Frank Schleck (Trek) were the predicted top contenders for the overall title, with Horner the runner up to Danielson the past two years. Schleck has several top-five overall Tour de France finishes and is competing in the Tour of Utah for the first time.

Horner wouldn’t comment specifically on Danielson, but he said the race strategy would change. Schleck was unfazed and pragmatic.

“We’ll just race hard, I guess,” said the Luxembourg rider. “He explained it and there’s nothing we can do. We have to wait for the B sample and before I would dare to say anything against him. He has to have a fair chance.”

Veteran United Healthcare rider rider Janez Brajkovic grasped for words.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Brajkovic said. “I don’t know all the details and I don’t want to judge people, but it definitely sounds bad. He’d be done, sure.”

Danielson faces a lifetime ban from the sport should his B sample confirm the positive test. He served a six-month suspension, from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013, after he admitted to doping during his time with the Discovery Channel team.

Like Horner, Brajkovic said the race strategy would change. With stages 6 and 7 of the weeklong including beyond category climbs, Cannondale-Garmin was expected to control the tempo of earlier stages.

“I guess it’s probably going to be harder for us,” Brajkovic said. “We were counting on them to control the race. We’ll have to be a little more aggressive and see what happens.”

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Results: 2015 Tour of Poland, stage 2 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-2_380336 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/results-2015-tour-of-poland-stage-2_380336#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:04:24 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380336 Pelucchi takes the second stage of the Tour of Poland in a sprint, as Kittel earns runner-up honors on the day and holds on to the race lead

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  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 11. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 12. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 13. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 14. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 17. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 18. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 19. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 21. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 22. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 24. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 25. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 27. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 28. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 29. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 31. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 32. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 33. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 34. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 35. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 36. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 37. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 38. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 39. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 42. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 43. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 45. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 46. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 47. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 48. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :00
  • 49. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 50. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 51. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :00
  • 52. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 53. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 54. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 55. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 56. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 57. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 59. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 60. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 61. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 62. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 63. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 64. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 65. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 66. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 67. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 68. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 69. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 70. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 73. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 74. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 75. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 76. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 77. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 78. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 79. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 82. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 83. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at :00
  • 84. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 85. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 86. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 87. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 89. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 90. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 91. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 92. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 93. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 94. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 95. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 96. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 97. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :00
  • 98. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :00
  • 99. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 100. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 101. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 102. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 103. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 104. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 105. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 106. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 107. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 108. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 109. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 110. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 111. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 112. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 113. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :00
  • 114. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 115. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 116. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at :00
  • 117. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 118. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 119. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 120. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 121. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :00
  • 123. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 124. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 125. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 126. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :00
  • 127. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 128. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 129. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 130. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 131. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 132. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 133. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 134. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 135. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 136. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 137. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 138. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 139. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 140. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 141. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 142. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 143. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 144. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 145. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 145. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 146. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :00
  • 148. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :00
  • DNF David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP

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Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) bested Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) in a messy sprint to win stage 2 of the Tour of Poland. A crash and the ensuing pileup brought much of the field down inside the final kilometer, but early reports suggest that no one suffered serious injury in the incident, though David de la Cruz (Etixx-Quick-Step) was forced to abandon the race by a broken collarbone sustained in a fall earlier on in the stage.

A five-rider group broke clear of the peloton not long after the start of the action, but the sprinters’ teams kept the move on a relatively short leash, never letting the gap get out too far on the relatively flat terrain. The peloton gradually reeled in the move until things were all together again with about 20km left in the stage, and then the leadout trains started to wind up for a big sprint finish, with Astana and then Orica-GreenEdge drilling at the front to discourage attacks and set up their riders for the finale.

Top 10, stage 2

  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00

Top 10, GC

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 6:03:09
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :10
  • 3. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :12
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :12
  • 5. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :13
  • 6. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :16
  • 7. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 8. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 9. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16
  • 10. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :16


In the battle for position at the head of the race, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) swung in front of stage 1 runner-up Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) after coming around the final corner and into the finishing straight, and the 21-year-old Australian hit the deck.

Ewan’s bike struck Nizzolo’s but the Italian sprinter was somehow able to stay upright — many of those in tow were not as fortunate, however, with one rider brought down as he rode over the frame, causing a massive pileup behind and putting several sprinters out of position.

Nizzolo and Modolo accelerated away from the pileup, but Matteo Pelucchi and Marcel Kittel came around and powered toward the finish. Pelucchi crossed the line first, raising both arms to celebrate his first victory since February.

Marcel Kittel, wearing the yellow leader’s jersey after winning the first stage of the race, retained his overall race lead after the crash-marred sprint.

Although the pileup brought down a significant portion of the peloton, initial reports seem to indicate that no one suffered any major harm in the finale: “I have no information on any serious injury,” said race director and former pro rider Czeslaw Lang.

The Tour of Poland continues Tuesday with a 166-kilometer stage 3, from Zawiercie to Katowice.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, in 3:20:12
  • 2. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 3. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 4. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 8. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 9. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 10. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 11. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 12. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 13. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 14. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 17. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 18. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 19. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 21. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 22. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 24. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 25. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 27. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :00
  • 28. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 29. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 31. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 32. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 33. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 34. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 35. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 36. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 37. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 38. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 39. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 42. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 43. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 45. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 46. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 47. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 48. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :00
  • 49. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 50. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 51. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :00
  • 52. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 53. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 54. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 55. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 56. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 57. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 58. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 59. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 60. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 61. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 62. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 63. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 64. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 65. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 66. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 67. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 68. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 69. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 70. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 71. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 73. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 74. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 75. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 76. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 77. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 78. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :00
  • 79. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 82. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 83. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at :00
  • 84. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 85. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 86. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 87. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 89. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 90. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 91. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 92. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 93. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 94. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 95. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 96. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 97. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :00
  • 98. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :00
  • 99. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 100. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 101. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 102. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 103. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 104. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 105. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 106. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 107. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :00
  • 108. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 109. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 110. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :00
  • 111. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 112. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 113. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :00
  • 114. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 115. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 116. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at :00
  • 117. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 118. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 119. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 120. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 121. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :00
  • 123. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 124. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 125. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 126. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :00
  • 127. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 128. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 129. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 130. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 131. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 132. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 133. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 134. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 135. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 136. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 137. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 138. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 139. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 140. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 141. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 142. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 143. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 144. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 145. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 145. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 146. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :00
  • 148. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :00
  • DNF David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP

 

General classification

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 6:03:09
  • 2. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :10
  • 3. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :12
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :12
  • 5. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :13
  • 6. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :16
  • 7. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 8. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 9. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :16
  • 10. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :16
  • 11. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :16
  • 12. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :16
  • 13. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 14. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :16
  • 15. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 16. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :16
  • 17. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 18. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :16
  • 19. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 20. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :16
  • 21. Pawel FRANCZAK, POL, at :16
  • 22. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 23. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :16
  • 24. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 25. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 26. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :16
  • 27. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :16
  • 28. Kamil ZIELINSKI, POL, at :16
  • 29. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :20
  • 30. Kamil GRADEK, POL, at :20
  • 31. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 32. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :21
  • 33. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 34. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 35. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 36. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 37. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 38. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :24
  • 39. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 40. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 41. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 42. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 43. Lawson CRADDOCK, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :24
  • 44. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 45. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 46. Michal GOLAS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 47. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 48. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 49. Eduard Alexander BELTRAN SUAREZ, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 50. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 51. Eros CAPECCHI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 52. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 53. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 54. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at :24
  • 55. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 56. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 57. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 58. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 59. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 60. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 61. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 62. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, POL, at :24
  • 63. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 64. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 65. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 66. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :24
  • 67. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 68. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 69. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 70. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 71. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 72. Moreno MOSER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 73. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 74. Ivan SANTAROMITA, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 75. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at :24
  • 76. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 77. Chris Anker SÖRENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 78. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 79. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 80. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 81. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 82. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 83. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 84. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 85. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 86. Borut BOZIC, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 87. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 88. Adam STACHOWIAK, POL, at :24
  • 89. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 90. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 91. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 92. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 93. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 94. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at :24
  • 95. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 96. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 97. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 98. Lawrence WARBASSE, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 99. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 100. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 101. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 102. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :24
  • 103. Gianni MEERSMAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :24
  • 104. Dariusz BATEK, POL, at :24
  • 105. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 106. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 107. Vegard BREEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 108. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :24
  • 109. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM CYCLING, at :24
  • 110. Alberto BETTIOL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 111. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 112. Jesper HANSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :24
  • 113. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :24
  • 114. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 115. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :24
  • 116. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 117. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 118. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 119. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24
  • 120. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 121. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI, POL, at :24
  • 122. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 123. Damien HOWSON, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :24
  • 124. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 125. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at :24
  • 126. Jesse SERGENT, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 127. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 128. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 129. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 130. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :24
  • 131. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :45
  • 132. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :52
  • 133. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, at :58
  • 134. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:06
  • 135. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:09
  • 136. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:24
  • 137. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:27
  • 138. Gatis SMUKULIS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27
  • 139. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 1:27
  • 140. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:27
  • 141. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:27
  • 142. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:27
  • 143. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:27
  • 144. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 1:43
  • 145. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:43
  • 146. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:45
  • 147. Boris VALLEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:55
  • 148. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:34
  • 149. Pawel BERNAS, POL, at 6:11

 

Points classification

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 39 points
  • 2. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 33 points
  • 3. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, 32 points
  • 4. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, 27 points
  • 5. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 27 points
  • 6. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, 22 points
  • 7. Matteo PELUCCHI, IAM CYCLING, 20 points
  • 8. Caleb EWAN, ORICA GreenEDGE, 19 points
  • 9. Dennis VAN WINDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 17 points
  • 10. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 16 points
  • 11. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 14 points
  • 12. Lorenzo MANZIN, FDJ, 13 points
  • 13. Lasse Norman HANSEN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 13 points
  • 14. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 12 points
  • 15. Mitchell DOCKER, ORICA GreenEDGE, 12 points
  • 16. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 11 points
  • 17. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, 10 points
  • 18. Kristoffer SKJERPING, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 10 points
  • 19. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 9 points
  • 20. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 9 points
  • 21. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, 8 points
  • 22. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 7 points
  • 23. Peter VELITS, BMC RACING TEAM, 7 points
  • 24. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, 6 points
  • 25. Robert KISERLOVSKI, TINKOFF – SAXO, 6 points
  • 26. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, 5 points
  • 27. Christian MEIER, ORICA GreenEDGE, 4 points
  • 28. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 3 points
  • 29. Eduard VORGANOV, TEAM KATUSHA, 3 points
  • 30. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 2 points
  • 31. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 2 points
  • 32. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 1 point
  • 33. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point

 

Mountains classification

  • 1. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, 9 points
  • 2. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 4 points
  • 3. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 2 points
  • 4. Pawel BERNAS, POL, 2 points
  • 5. Matej MOHORIC, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, 1 point

 

Teams classification

  • 1. Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, in 18:10:15
  • 2. Tinkoff – Saxo, at :00
  • 3. Team Giant – Alpecin, at :08
  • 4. Bmc Racing Team, at :08
  • 5. Etixx – Quick Step, at :08
  • 6. Astana Pro Team, at :08
  • 7. Poland, at :08
  • 8. Team Cannondale – Garmin, at :16
  • 9. Ag2r La Mondiale, at :16
  • 10. Iam Cycling, at :16
  • 11. Orica Greenedge, at :16
  • 12. Lotto Soudal, at :16
  • 13. Fdj, at :16
  • 14. Movistar Team, at :16
  • 15. Team Sky, at :16
  • 16. Team Katusha, at :16
  • 17. Ccc Sprandi Polkowice, at :16
  • 18. Trek Factory Racing, at :16
  • 19. Lampre – Merida, at :52

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Phil Gaimon Journal: Time to train http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/phil-gaimon-journal-time-to-train_380340 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/road/phil-gaimon-journal-time-to-train_380340#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:17:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380340

The road to Mont Mégantic was scenic, but a crash took out plenty of riders at the foot of the climb in the second stage of the Tour de Beauce. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Phil Gaimon rides the Tour de Beauce, rests, and returns to training, with help from Henry David Thoreau

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The road to Mont Mégantic was scenic, but a crash took out plenty of riders at the foot of the climb in the second stage of the Tour de Beauce. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

I hate when people start their blog with an apology for how long it’s been since they’ve written, so I want to make it clear that I haven’t written in awhile because I haven’t raced in awhile, and that’s what I blog about. So I’m not sorry.

You see, when the Tour de France is going on, if you’re not one of the chosen teams for cycling’s main event, you’re probably sitting at home. Few races try to compete with the Tour, since they wouldn’t get the top riders, or a whole lot of viewership. It’s nice, though, because you don’t get much chance to rest during the season, or really train sometimes.

There was one race that I didn’t really feel like writing about, but it’s been long enough that I can tell you about the Tour de Beauce. Beauce is a great event, and one I hadn’t exactly targeted, but was looking forward to, with a good climbs, a long time trial, and a strong team.

Near the end of the second stage, Pierrick Naud was escorting me and Mike Woods to the base of Mount Megantic. You see where this is going: one of the dumbest crashes I’ve ever been a part of.

The road was dry and safe, there wasn’t any reason to fight for wheels, and we were about as organized, at the front, and together as teammates could hope to be (those are the things directors yell at you to do). I don’t know what happened in front, but suddenly we were all piled on top of each other, along with a bunch of other dudes. I slid on my back like a turtle, and remember looking over to see Woods sliding on his belly like a penguin. Pierrick kind of rolled, generously spreading the road rash to all sides. When I stood up, my bike was shockingly far away.

I limped to the finish, where our heroic soigneurs, Jose and Myriam, had found a small shack/house thing. The house was intended to shelter us while we warmed up and ate, but instead became an impromptu hospital/comedy club, as we cleaned and patched our wounds, observed and roasted by the guys who made it to the finish unscathed. Woods had taken some road rash to his nether regions, and the joke was that it was three feet long before the crash. Road rash is temporary, but a good dick joke is forever if I can write it in a blog or a book.

Pierrick had stitches and continued in the race. I think he used to play hockey. Woodsy spent some time with his family, and my crushed helmet indicated that I should sit in a dark hotel room staring at the ceiling for a few days. I emerged only to buy a blender and groceries, so I could make kale/beat shakes, which make me happy for some reason.

Guillaume Boivin rescued Beauce for us, racing like a wrecking ball, and capping it off with a National Maple Syrup Championship a week later. While I took a few days off, Tom Zirbel and our North Star crew held up their end and won a big race in front of our Minnesota-based sponsors.

I spent most of July at altitude in Big Bear, training at 7,000 feet for Utah and Colorado. My fiancé came up for a weekend, and Jesse Anthony joined for a few days, but he left me for a house the team was renting in Colorado. I could have gone there, but I trained in Big Bear at this time last year and it worked, so I didn’t want to change anything.

In my book, I talked a lot about sad times in cheap motels on the way from one race to another, living out of my car, eating dinner alone. I always looked back on it fondly, though, and reliving it for a few weeks in Big Bear wasn’t all bad. Maybe I just needed someone to tap me on the shoulder back then, and say everything was going to be okay. I know that now.

The Tour of Cali stage was snowed out, but it doesn’t get any better than Big Bear for good riding and good people. I have an annual tradition of reading Thoreau’s Walden by the lake, and I think he’d be proud of the portable kitchen I set up in my motel room, still in a box from the amateur days. Electric skillet, one fork, one knife, one spoon. I can afford vegetables now, though. Back then it was carbs and protein. Veggies were just empty vitamins. Thoreau was a proponent of a morning walk and manual labor. But wouldn’t be happy about all the training I did. I imagine he’d think pro cycling is pretty silly (but that’s the beauty of it, Henry!).

Beauce and portable kitchens are behind me now, and Utah and Colorado are coming up. I’m excited to line up with the team. My best “Miami Vice” impression is all over the race poster. Thoreau never had that.

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Chad Haga Journal: Getting back to work http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/chad-haga-journal-getting-back-to-work_380326 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/08/news/chad-haga-journal-getting-back-to-work_380326#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:45:12 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=380326

The altitude camp scenery provided an additional challenge: staying focused while doing intervals. Photo: Chad Haga

Chad Haga heads to altitude camp after a summer break from racing, and then takes on the Clásica San Sebastián

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The altitude camp scenery provided an additional challenge: staying focused while doing intervals. Photo: Chad Haga

The summer’s recent doping stories have served as confirmation — for those seeking it — that professional cyclists are all dirty, that races can only be enjoyed with the mindset that they’re watching a bunch of pharmaceutical robots. It’s simply easier that way, rather than taking the nuanced view that some people will always take shortcuts to achieve anything that’s worth being good at.

The rest of us, though, sweat and sacrifice and fight for every small gain that we can make, doing it the hard way: working for it. That’s why I’m so happy with my 56th place at the Clásica San Sebastián last weekend, but I’ll come back to that later.

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer break, the first time I’d taken three consecutive days off the bike since before the Tour Down Under in January. I may have enjoyed it a bit too much if you believe the bathroom scale, but it was summer in Spain, my apartment had no AC, and I can only resist ice cream for so long. What fat calipers can’t measure, however, is the motivation and rejuvenation gained by slacking off for a bit.

By the time I got back to work, I’d gone without swinging a leg over for more than a week. After one week of coffee rides and another of proper training, I was headed into the French Alps for a high-altitude training camp, repeating the previous summer’s plan that saw me finish the season well.

High-altitude camps are becoming more common as an effective—and legal—way to boost blood values, now that EPO and testosterone are things of the past (editor, can you please use the special sarcasm font for that last phrase?). Camps also build team camaraderie and provide a focused training environment, which is aided by the isolation that comes from living at a ski resort in the summer.

For the less-“settled” riders who comprised this camp, it was a nice change of pace to get away from our usual training routes. We had a support car following to make life easy (especially during the heat wave that pushed temperatures to triple-digits, necessitating more than a dozen bottles for a decent ride) as we explored new terrain. Just like at home, we had only to roll down the driveway and start pedaling our way into the postcard scenery. In this case, the driveway was 22km long, contained dozens of switchbacks, and took an hour longer to climb than descend, but that’s the price of a camp in the Alps.

The camp was a success, getting my legs back under me for the second half (well, the last quarter, but who’s counting?) of my season. I still lacked the sharpness that can only be attained through racing, so it was nice to get that tune-up at a low-key, drama-free race like the Clásica San Sebastián (editor, make sure to apply the sarcasm font to that phrase, too!).

In truth, though, the race provided a real test for me, as it is tactically simple and primarily comes down to strength. I’d had the same preparation for the preceding month as for the 2014 edition, so I could clearly see if I was any better this time around. As it turned out, the first 4.5 hours of my race were exactly the same as in 2014, but this time I stayed with the favorites all the way until the final climb before my legs gave out, two climbs more than last year.

That may not seem like much, but it means everything to me. That small gain was hard-earned, and I look forward to pushing myself to continue improving through the end of the season. The old adage really is true: it never gets easier, you just go faster. It just takes a lot of work to get there, but that’s fine by me.

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