VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:31:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Matteo Pelucchi wins finale of 2015 Mallorca Challenge http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/matteo-pelucchi-wins-finale-2015-mallorca-challenge_359827 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/matteo-pelucchi-wins-finale-2015-mallorca-challenge_359827#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:12:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359827

Matteo Pelucchi takes his second victory of this year's Mallorca Challenge. Photo: AFP

Matteo Pelucchi takes his second victory of the 2015 Mallorca Challenge, out-kicking André Greipel and Ben Swift

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Matteo Pelucchi takes his second victory of this year's Mallorca Challenge. Photo: AFP

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) won Sunday’s Trofeo Playa del Palma-Palma, out-kicking fellow speedsters André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Ben Swift (Sky).

The race, a 168.2km leg from Playa de Palma to Palma de Mallorca, was the fourth and final round of the Mallorca Challenge.

The day proved wet and windy, but IAM was able to keep Pelucchi protected, get him over the final climb and slip him into the right spot in the finale.

“I felt comfortable on the third-category climb.  In fact I suffered more from the wind and cold than I did from the climbs,” said Pelucchi.

“Holst Enger and [Simon] Pellaud really helped me in the last kilometers and then [Aleksejis] Saramotins put me in a perfect position just after the last turn.  At that point I took Greipel’s wheel because he had his entire train and I was convinced that I could play for the win.  I really take great pleasure in getting another win, but it is very important to note the strength of the team.”

It was the second victory of this year’s Challenge for the 26-year-old Italian, who on Thursday won the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salinas-Campos ahead of Elia Viviani (Sky) and Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar).

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The podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Tim De Waele files a gallery from the final day of the 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor

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The podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2015 UCI cyclocross worlds, elite men and U23 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/results-2015-uci-cyclocross-worlds-elite-men_359796 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/results-2015-uci-cyclocross-worlds-elite-men_359796#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:53:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359796 Results from the elite and U23 races at the 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic

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  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED), 1:09:12
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT (BEL), 1:09:27
  • 3. Lars VAN DER HAAR (NED), 1:09:29
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS (BEL), 1:10:18
  • 5. Klaas VANTORNOUT (BEL), 1:10:24
  • 6. Tom MEEUSEN (BEL), 1:10:29
  • 7. Gianni VERMEERSCH (BEL), 1:11:38
  • 8. Marcel MEISEN (GER), 1:11:49
  • 9. Philipp WALSLEBEN (GER), 1:11:55
  • 10. Marco Aurelio FONTANA (ITA), 1:12:06
  • 11. Julien TARAMARCAZ (SUI), 1:12:08
  • 12. Luca BRAIDOT (ITA), 1:12:25
  • 13. Michael BOROS (CZE), 1:12:31
  • 14. Fabien CANAL (FRA), 1:12:38
  • 15. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN (NED), 1:12:39
  • 16. Simon ZAHNER (SUI), 1:12:42
  • 17. Sven NYS (BEL), 1:12:42
  • 18. Tomas PAPRSTKA (CZE), 1:12:50
  • 19. Rob PEETERS (BEL), 1:13:08
  • 20. Francis MOUREY (FRA), 1:13:11
  • 21. Ian FIELD (GBR), 1:13:12
  • 22. Mariusz GIL (POL), 1:13:34
  • 23. Jonathan PAGE (USA), 1:13:45
  • 24. Lubomir PETRUS (CZE), 1:13:53
  • 25. Marcel WILDHABER (SUI), 1:13:59
  • 26. Niels WUBBEN (NED), 1:14:03
  • 27. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ (ESP), 1:14:05
  • 28. Arnaud GRAND (SUI), 1:14:12
  • 29. Matej LASAK (CZE), 1:14:17
  • 30. Kenneth HANSEN (DEN), 1:14:33
  • 31. Martin HARING (SVK), 1:14:41
  • 32. Jeremy POWERS (USA), 1:15:30
  • 33. David VAN DER POEL (NED), 1:15:51
  • 34. Aitor HERNANDEZ GUTIERREZ (ESP), 1:15:52
  • 35. Zach MCDONALD (USA), 1:17:05
  • 36. Aaron SCHOOLER (CAN)
  • 37. Marek KONWA (POL)
  • 38. Kazuhiro YAMAMOTO (JPN)
  • 39. Radomir SIMUNEK (CZE)
  • 40. Karl Heinz GOLLINGER (AUT)
  • 41. Jaroslav CHALAS (SVK)
  • 42. Mark MCCONNELL (CAN)
  • 43. Vaclav METLICKA (SVK)
  • 44. Paul REDENBACH (AUS)
  • 45. Yu TAKENOUCHI (JPN)
  • 46. Gabor FEJES (HUN)
  • 47. Garry MILLBURN (AUS)
  • 48. Lukáš BATORA (SVK)
  • 49. Mike GARRIGAN (CAN)
  • 50. James DRISCOLL (USA)
  • 51. Olek UHANOV (UKR)
  • 52. Angus EDMOND (NZL)

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Mathieu Van der Poel solos to elite men’s world ‘cross crown http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/mathieu-van-der-poel-solos-elite-mens-world-cross-crown_359790 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/02/news/mathieu-van-der-poel-solos-elite-mens-world-cross-crown_359790#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:37:44 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359790

Mathieu Van der Poel was overcome by emotion as he won the elite men's race at the world cyclocross championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mathieu Van der Poel claims the elite men's title at cyclocross worlds as Wout Van Aert derails a Dutch 1-2 by out-kicking Lars Van der Haar

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Mathieu Van der Poel was overcome by emotion as he won the elite men's race at the world cyclocross championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mathieu Van der Poel made it look easy — almost — as he rode alone to the elite men’s world cyclocross title in Tabor.

The 20-year-old Dutch rider slipped away going into the second lap and stayed gone for the rest of the race, though it took him a while to figure out how to bunny-hop the double barriers, a tactic he later said played a role in his victory.

Lars Van der Haar, who blasted off the line as per usual, finished strongly too, though not as well as he would have liked. After he left World Cup champion Kevin Pauwels behind to take the runner-up spot on the course, Belgium’s Wout Van Aert overcame a series of mishaps to catch and pass the Dutch rider on the finishing straight to snatch the silver away at the line.

Van der Poel, of course, was already celebrating an emotional victory.

“I was confident after my win in Hoogerheide,” said the newly crowned world champion, the first Dutch rider to win the elite men’s title since Lars Boom did so in 2008. “But the race was very hard mentally because I never had a very big lead.

“I thought by myself the whole time the gap wasn’t big enough, and I couldn’t make it bigger. They came within five seconds of me, I think. I knew I had an advantage because I could jump the barriers. I just kept on riding.”

So did Van Aert, who suffered through dropped chains and a crash to claim that silver medal.

“In the beginning I was in the front, so there was no problem,” said Van Aert. “Mathieu was riding very hard in the first lap, but I tried to stay in his wheel. But then I dropped my chain for the first time. And that was no problem, I could come back.

“But in the second lap it dropped off a second time — still no problem, I think. I was a little behind, but I believed still in coming back. But I think in the third lap I was a little too fast in the corner, and I made a big crash where I hurt my shoulder. Then it took one lap to recover from that and I was already 50 seconds behind. After that it was a long race of coming back.”

Harmony, briefly, then a solo

Van der Poel, Van Aert and Tom Meeusen were battling early in the first lap. But it was the Dutchman who settled into the lead past the barriers with three Belgians in his train — Van Aert, Meeusen, and Pauwels, chased by Van der Haar.

Van der Poel nearly came to grief hopping the barriers but recovered quickly, and he and Van Aert opened a small gap over Meeusen and Pauwels.

Then Van Aert dropped his chain riding onto the pavement and had to dismount to fix it. Meeusen and Pauwels slipped past him and crossed the line going into lap two seven seconds behind Van der Poel. Van Aert got going again, but found himself already 12 seconds down.

Soon it was a three-man Belgian team pursuit hunting Van der Poel. Again he nearly botched the barriers, clearing the first but having to do some quick footwork over the second, nearly clipping a photographer’s camera.

The miscue gave Van Aert and Pauwels the chance to catch him. Van der Haar, Meeusen and Klaas Vantornout were closing in, too.

No matter. Van der Poel stayed on the front and kept the pressure on.

Van Aert encountered another problem and fell out of the group. Van der Poel drove into six laps to go with Pauwels leading Van der Haar and Meeusen at five seconds. Back on his bike, Van Aert chased some 17 seconds down.

Van der Poel stayed ahead of Pauwels, Van der Haar and Meeusen, while Vantornout and Van Aert pursued them.

The chase strings out

On his third trip over the barriers Van der Poel finally cleared them more or less cleanly. Pauwels was still leading Van de Haar and Meeusen, but that chase was stringing itself out, with Meeusen losing ground. Vantornout was chasing that trio, while Van Aert was in peril of being caught by a large chase.

Five to go. Van der Poel led Pauwels and Van der Haar by 11 seconds. Meeusen was at 19, Vantornout at 25, and Van Aert at 50. Gianni Vermeersch led Sven Nys and a horde of others at more than a minute down.

A determined Pauwels cut steadily into Van der Poel’s advantage, with Van der Haar parked on his wheel, and by the barriers the two were within striking distance of the leader. Behind, Vantornout had joined Meeusen.

But with Pauwels getting no help from the leader’s teammate, the gap went back out to 12 seconds. And with four to go Van der Poel led them by 18 seconds. Meeusen and Vantornout were at 36 seconds with Van Aert still gutting it out at 47 seconds down.

Pauwels skipped the pit this time around while Van der Haar took a fresh bike, but the Dutch rider lost no ground. Behind, Van Aert ground his way up to Meeusen and Vantornout.

Van der Haar makes his move

Then Van der Haar attacked Pauwels on a rise, hoping to forge a one-two Dutch finish. But Pauwels stuck close, and the two closed to within 12 seconds of the leader.

Van der Haar accelerated again, trying to put Pauwels in difficulty. And this time he got a bit of daylight.

His teammate hit the line for three to go with 12 seconds over Van der Haar and 16 over Pauwels. Van Aert followed at 34 seconds, just ahead of his two teammates.

The race for the podium began to tighten then. At the barriers Van der Haar was just seven seconds behind Van der Poel. Pauwels had the same deficit to the Dutch rider, with Van Aert charging up to him.

Two Dutchmen, two Belgians. With two laps remaining Van der Poel led Van der Haar by 10 seconds. Van Aert and Pauwels followed at 28 seconds. Vantornout and Meeusen were out of the hunt at a minute down.

Pauwels suddenly dropped out of the chase, glancing over one shoulder and stumbling on the stairs. Van der Haar stayed second, at 13 seconds, with Van Aert third at 23.

Van der Poel knew he could have company soon.

“At the finish we had a section that we crossed lines and I saw that [Van der Haar] was coming,” he said. “He came to me the closest, I think, he was at three seconds. And then I could jump the barriers again and I did an effort to make the gap bigger.”

The battle for second

Bell lap: Van der Haar was stuck at 11 seconds back with Van Aert at 21. Pauwels was all done at 42 seconds.

And Van der Poel was starting to believe.

“I just told myself that I couldn’t make any mistakes because they weren’t far behind.,” he said. “But the last half lap I knew that I was going to be the new world champion.”

There was no doubt about who would take the lesser steps on the podium, but their finishing order remained to be settled. Incredibly, Van Aert fought back up to within striking distance of Van der Haar on that final lap.

One final miscue on a short, U-turn climb looked to have done for Van Aert. But the Belgian rebounded once again and caught Van der Haar.

Ahead, Van der Poel wept tears of joy as he celebrated his victory, but his teammate might have found his eyes damp for another reason — as they hit the pavement, the irrepressible Van Aert powered away from Van der Haar and took second.

Van Aert declined to blame a new bike for his troubles, saying the dropped chains were not as much of a factor in his finish as that crash.

“I don’t know what really the problem was; I think there was too much mud between the chain and chain ring,” he said. “I think I had right tires. I was really good today. I don’t think the chain problems were the biggest problems. The biggest troubles I had I had was after the crash where I lost the most time.

“Before the race my tactic was to go one hour full gas and never give up. And that’s what I did. Right now it’s a disappointment it was not possible to make a nice race together with Mathieu.

“Mathieu was today really strong and I think he will be a nice world champion. I think he will show the jersey all year long.”

Jonathan Page was the top American finisher in 23rd at 1:13:45.

Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report from Tabor.

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Michael Vanthourenhout on his way to winning the under-23 race in Tabor. Photo: AFP

Michael Vanthourenhout attacked on the third lap and stayed away, while teammate Laurens Sweeck bounced back from crashes to take second

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Michael Vanthourenhout on his way to winning the under-23 race in Tabor. Photo: AFP

TABOR (Czech Republic) — Michael Vanthourenhout led a one-two Belgian finish in the under-23 category on Sunday at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor.

Vanthourenhout took the victory by 10 seconds over compatriot Laurens Sweeck with Stan Godrie of the Netherlands third.

The big names spent a quiet first lap before Vanthourenhout, Sweeck, Godrie, Joris Nieuwenhuis, and Vojtech Nipl moved forward.

“I had a bad start, I was seventh, eighth place, and then I took another bike with softer tires and that was better,” said Vanthourenhout. “So I could go to the front, so my problem was solved.”

Three laps in Vanthourenhout attacked. Sweek was isolated in fourth, and the riders in front of him couldn’t respond. The Belgian was off the front and away.

“I waited three laps, and then I thought it was a good moment,” he said. “It seems to be the right choice I made.

“At the moment of my attack I didn’t know really where Laurens was. I attacked and when I looked back I saw I had a little break. I went for half a lap at full power, that’s all I’ve seen, that’s all I know.”

Sweeck began a chase, falling a few times, and the last time he hit the deck it was clear he would be unable to close the gap. Vanthourenhout rode alone to the victory.

But Sweeck was able to capitalize on a late bobble by Godrie and that was that.

“The last [fall] it was too much for the gold. I was not far behind Michael then, but I hurt myself a little,” he said. “Then I waited for Stan and we go for the last lap, and I know it was for second place.”

 Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report from Tabor.

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Gage Hecht just missed the podium, but he took it in stride. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Gage Hecht didn't win. He didn't even make the podium. But he heard the announcers and fans calling his name, and he'll definitely be back

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Gage Hecht just missed the podium, but he took it in stride. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TABOR, Czech Republic (VN) — Gage Hecht just can’t stop smiling.

In his place, another rider might cry, swear, throw a bike. You could hardly fault them.

Hecht, among the most promising American junior cyclocrossers in a decade, fought one of the most dynamic battles cyclocross has seen this season, racing Belgian Eli Iserbyt and Netherlander Max Gulickx right up to the final turn for a shot at the silver medal. It would have been the first medal for an American man since 2007, when Danny Summerhill and Jonathan Page scored dual silvers in the junior and elite categories in Hooglede-Gits. Rare company.

It wasn’t to be. Hecht’s frozen, muddy chain skipped as he approached the race’s final 180-degree corner. Gulickx sprinted, and Hecht settled for fourth. No medal, no place on the podium, no photos, no TV. Just walk back to the bus, pack up your bike, and head home.

Hecht, focused on the moment and the thrill of riding his first world championship race, didn’t seem to mind.

“I feel amazing, I’m so excited just with how the race went today,” he said. “I felt great about it. Racing with the best out there in the world, it’s tough. It’s definitely a tough race, and those who got on the podium definitely deserved to be up there.”

Instead, he said, he simply savored a moment in the spotlight, hearing announcer Richard Fries — a familiar voice to American racers — calling out his name on the PA, and the thousands of fans from around the world roar over every punch and counter-punch.

And indeed, he was living a dream — one that almost evaporated before it started. Part of a five-man race early on, Hecht found himself on the wrong side of the gap when the group fractured near the end of the first lap.

He roared back, shedding Swiss rider Johan Jacobs in the process. By the time he got back, gold seemed out of reach, with junior world mountain bike champion Simon Andreassen of Denmark off the front. But his return to near the front set up the three-way fight for the podium that followed.

“I was up at the front and a gap formed and I just wasn’t able to close it down in time,” he said. “But I closed down [the gap to] a few riders. Simon still was off there, but that was still okay, I’m still happy with hanging in the top three. It was great.”

Hecht’s enduring positivity is for real, and he is clearly having fun, unique among the deadly serious European boys who lined up alongside him in the front row. His bike, a titanium Moots, carries a tiny figure of Bart Simpson on its seat tube. In the championship race he looked focused, but never stopped smiling.

Not so his competition. Belgian Eli Iserbyt, the overwhelming favorite, told reporters he nearly abandoned the race when he realized he had made a bad tire choice and could not match Andreassen on the melting, slippery course.

Hecht didn’t waver. When a late fall nearly ended his chances for the podium he picked up his bike, refocused, and got back into the chase.

Undoubtedly, he’ll do the same next season. The top first-year junior in the race, Hecht will return in the fall as the favorite, with an open road to a worlds medal.

On Saturday, he said he was only looking forward.

“I’m a little disappointed, but, you know, I was still top five, which is amazing for a world championships,” he said. “I’m excited about how I did. A medal would have been ideal, but, you know. …”

That medal, the one he missed this year? Will it be waiting for him next year in Zolder, Belgium? Can he do what he almost did this time around?

“Hopefully,” he said, turning to make one last walk back to the vans. “I’d like to. That would be cool.”

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Jack Bobridge falls just short of hour record in Australia http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/jack-bobridge-falls-just-short-hour-record-australia_359775 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/jack-bobridge-falls-just-short-hour-record-australia_359775#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:26:38 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359775

Jack Bobridge said attempting the hour record was the hardest thing he's ever done. Photo: Cycling Australia

Jack Bobridge says attempting the hour record was "by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I think, and the hardest thing I will ever

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Jack Bobridge said attempting the hour record was the hardest thing he's ever done. Photo: Cycling Australia

MELBOURNE — Just two days after finishing second in the team pursuit at Australian track nationals here, subbing for Budget Forklifts teammate Scott Sunderland in the final, former world champion and 4000-meter individual pursuit world record holder Jack Bobridge was back on the velodrome Saturday, hoping to become the third man in four months to break the once-elusive hour record.

However, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist fell just short of the 51.852km set by Austrian Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) on October 30, which upended retired cyclist Jens Voigt’s record of 51.110km set on September 18, a day after his 43rd birthday.

“I take my hat off to Brändle, it’s amazing what he’s done,” said an exhausted but smiling Bobridge, slumping in the corridor surrounded by hordes of media after covering 51.3km.

“That’s just one hell of a record. This is the closest to death I will ever be, I think, before actually dying.

“It’s funny, I don’t know what else to do but smile … I can’t even describe how much pain my glutes and quads are in — it’s unbelievable.”

The 25-year-old said the attempt was “by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I think, and the hardest thing I will ever do.”

“At 20 minutes it sunk in what was happening and what was about to happen. At 20 minutes in there is nowhere to go … you have to keep going. It was just brutal the whole way.”

Bobridge, who has ridden for Garmin, Orica-GreenEdge and Belkin, signed with the Australian Continental team Budget Forklifts alongside fellow team pursuit world champions Luke Davison, Glenn O’Shea and Mitchell Mulhern in order to split time between the road and track and better concentrate on preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sunderland will join them in an effort to stack the deck for the upcoming Australian National Road Series, dominated by the Avanti Racing team for the past five seasons.

“I guess for the IP world record I wasn’t going for it on the day — it just happened,” said Bobridge. “It was more of a shock. I think it’s definitely going to take some serious time to recover and I just hope to hell I’m good for worlds. …”

An Adelaide native who now lives in Perth, Bobridge won the first stage at the Santos Tour Down Under last week while riding for UniSA and spent two days in the ochre leader’s jersey.

His hour-record attempt made him the second fastest rider in the modern era and the fastest Australian ever, surpassing Olympian Bradley McGee, who rode 50.052km in 1997.

However, he may not hold that distinction for long — former teammate-turned-rival Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) will attempt to break Brändle’s record on February 8 at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Dennis, 24, lifted the leader’s jersey from Bobridge with a thrilling victory over retiring teammate Cadel Evans in stage 3, en route to taking the overall general classification. He also finished 19.7 seconds ahead of Bobridge on January 8 as the two took second and third respectively behind Richie Porte (Sky) in the individual time trial at the Australian road national championships.

When asked if he had a message for Dennis post-race, Bobridge replied: “Don’t do it to yourself.”

As for track cycling coach Tim Decker’s claim that he may have another go at the hour record, Bobridge added: “That’s a big dream of his at the moment. I couldn’t think of anything worse.

“He’s going to have to do some serious convincing to make me line up to do it again.”

Aaron S. Lee is a cycling and triathlon columnist for Eurosport and a guest contributor to Velo.

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Alejandro Valverde opens his victory account for 2015. Photo: AFP

Alejandro Valverde wins round 3 at the Mallorca Challenge as teammate Rory Sutherland crashes out with a broken collarbone

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Alejandro Valverde opens his victory account for 2015. Photo: AFP

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) soloed to victory on Saturday in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the third day of the Mallorca Challenge.

At the front for much of the race, Valverde went it alone 30km from the finish and won his first victory of the season by more than a minute ahead of Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal). Leopold König (Sky) finished third.

The Movistar leader proved Friday that he was in good form by finishing second in the Trofee Andratx-Mirador Es Colomer behind Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka).

Saturday proved a rough day for one of his teammates, though. Rory Sutherland, in just his second day in a Movistar jersey, crashed early and broke his left clavicle.

There were few details of what happened, but according to Movistar, the Australian all-rounder crashed on the descent off the Col d’En Claret after 17km.

Sutherland was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Palma de Mallorca, with acute pain to his left shoulder. X-rays later revealed a distal left collarbone fracture.

According to the team, Sutherland will return to his home in Girona, Spain, on Sunday, and undergo more checkups to see if surgery is necessary.

The 32-year-old Sutherland joined Movistar on a two-year deal to help Valverde and Nairo Quintana in the team’s major goals for 2015. Sutherland made his season debut in Movistar colors on Friday.

Sunday’s fourth and final day of the Mallorca Challenge, the 168km Trophée Playa de Palma-Palma), should be one for the sprinters.

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The student has become the master ... for now. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot said it felt strange to defeat friend and mentor Marianne Vos. But she told herself: “I’m not here to be second"

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The student has become the master ... for now. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TABOR, Czech Republic (VN) — She did not believe it herself, she said, until it was nearly over. Already a world champion on the road, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the clock running out on one of the greatest battles women’s cyclocross has ever seen, decided she could do it.

Decided, she says, she had to do it.

In the last lap, Ferrand-Prevot said later, she told herself: “I’m not here to be second. It’s my day.”

It was. Belgian Sanne Cant, also riding at the highest level of her career, threw everything she had at her French rival, but came up empty. They came to the road together, Cant trailing by just a hairsbreadth, but she must have known already it was too much.

In the sprint this year, Ferrand-Prevot is the new boss.

In victory, she upset the long-reigning queen, Marianne Vos. At the road world championships last September in Ponferrada, Spain, Vos was coming off of back-to-back championships. On Saturday, in Tabor, Ferrand-Prevot snapped a Vos streak that went all the way back to 2009. Vos, hampered by injury for much of the past month, settled for bronze.

“I wanted to say thank you to Marianne because, yeah, I think she’s the best coach for me,” said Ferrand-Prevot. “Today I’m really happy for me, but I’m also — it’s a bit a strange feeling to take the victory. Of course I’m really happy, but I don’t know, it’s a strange feeling. I know next year will be a great battle again. That’s cycling.”

She is likely right. Vos may be down right now, but she is only 27. The two Rabo-Liv teammates and friends will surely clash again. But, said Vos, who has long played the role of mentor to 22-year-old Ferrand-Prevot, the two will meet as equals next time.

“I saw her already coming over from the juniors and then already at that moment she was the biggest talent I ever saw on all the disciplines: mountain bike, time trial, road, cyclocross,” said Vos after Saturday’s race.

“So yeah, it’s not a really big surprise for me that she’s now here with the rainbow jersey, and on the road too. She’s really good. She’s not only good, she’s mentally good, physically good, really dedicated to the sport.

“It’s great to work with her in the team, and of course she’s French and today she was a rival, but it’s good to have such a rider in the field.”

Cyclocross fans were likely unsurprised to see Ferrand-Prevot on top of the podium on Saturday. Her steady progression over the past few years — including two French cyclocross titles and two medals at the under-23 world mountain bike championships since 2011 — is an unambiguous indicator of her incredible talent. Her seven cyclocross podium finishes before Saturday’s race, another.

On Saturday she joked that she owed this latest world championship to her team, a little twist on the traditional thanks for the support.

“On the Rabo team you have to do both,” she said, laughing. “It’s my contract.”

But anyone who has been paying attention would know the truth cut much deeper. She loves sport, loves it in all its many flavors, if her increasingly diverse palmares are any indication.

“I’ve done cyclocross since I was young,” she said, answering the same question a second time, more seriously. “So for me it’s a really good [foundation] for the road and MTB. First, [this year] I do a cyclocross season to prepare my road season, but after Zolder I saw I was in good shape, and I said, ‘Why not?’”

But she also acknowledged her good luck, coming in top form to a championship race in which Vos was, perhaps, ailing. She said she could not guess at exactly what level her friend Vos — who was certainly not holding back — had been riding.

“I think she was good, but not as good as [at the World Cup in] Zolder or whatever,” said Ferrand-Prevot. “She pedaled with only one leg. I don’t know.”

Whatever indeed, Vos shot back — Ferrand-Prevot had surely earned the victory.

“Today it was my 100 percent,” she said. “I don’t think I could do more today.”

And whatever Vos’ health and preparation for worlds, it is clear their friendship and rivalry is something the younger rider considers to be at the core of her success, even if her talent was evident from an early age.

She won her first race, she said, when she was barely big enough to pedal a bike.

“I was 5 years old, and it was in my area,” she said. “My mother was the president of the club. So I won the race — but we were with, I think, just three. And it was the beginning of a great history. When I was young, it was more for pleasure, most races. When I was 12 I started to think about the national championship. And even now, I cannot say I [was destined] to win a world championship. So for me, it’s great but I didn’t expect one day to be world champion.”

Road led to the mountain bike, where she earned junior world titles in 2009 and 2010, and that success led back to the road and her growing list of championships and other successes.

Now undeniably one of cycling’s biggest stars, Ferrand-Prevot said she hoped she could play a role in advancing the women’s side of the sport, but that she preferred to let her legs do her talking.

“I think it was an exciting race on the TV so it was good for women’s cycling. It was really exciting in the finish with us both the front,” she said. “I think we have a good president of UCI, and he’s trying to develop women’s cycling. Marianne also works a lot on this. Maybe one day we will have the same salary and the same races.”

Equal salaries? Maybe — hopefully! — so. In the meantime, with a roster so rich in young talent, and finishes as exciting the one Ferrand-Prevot delivered on Saturday, it might be the men who aspire to match the women’s races.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot takes the title from Sanne Cant. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Tim De Waele files a gallery from the slugfest at the women's world championship contest in Tabor

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot takes the title from Sanne Cant. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, junior men and women http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2015-uci-cyclocross-world-championships-junior-men-women_359736 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/results-2015-uci-cyclocross-world-championships-junior-men-women_359736#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:49:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359736 Elite women and juniors results from the 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships

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  • 1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, (FRANCE), in 0:49:10
  • 2. Sanne Cant, (BELGIUM), at 00:01
  • 3. Marianne Vos, (NETHERLANDS), at 00:15
  • 4. Nikki Harris, (GREAT BRITAIN), at 00:21
  • 5. Katerina Nash, (CZECH REPUBLIC), at 00:36
  • 6. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre, (FRANCE), at 00:56
  • 7. Helen Wyman, (GREAT BRITAIN), at 01:21
  • 8. Ellen Van Loy, (BELGIUM), at 01:35
  • 9. Christine Majerus, (LUXEMBOURG), at 01:54
  • 10. Sophie De Boer, (NETHERLANDS), at 01:56
  • 11. Caroline Mani, (FRANCE), at 02:13
  • 12. Mical Dyck, (CANADA), at 02:19
  • 13. Kaitlin Antonneau, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 02:31
  • 14. Alice Maria Arzuffi, (ITALY), at 02:40
  • 15. Sabrina Stultiens, (NETHERLANDS), at 02:51
  • 16. Martina Mikulaskova, (CZECH REPUBLIC), at 03:01
  • 17. Sanne Van Paassen, (NETHERLANDS), at 03:07
  • 18. Loes Sels, (BELGIUM), at 03:08
  • 19. Nadja Heigl, (AUSTRIA), at 03:14
  • 20. Rachel Lloyd, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 03:14
  • 21. Pavla Havlikova, (CZECH REPUBLIC), at 03:19
  • 22. Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez , (SPAIN), at 03:28
  • 23. Jolien Verschueren, (BELGIUM), at 03:52
  • 24. Jessica Lambracht, (GERMANY), at 04:08
  • 25. Crystal Anthony, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 04:15
  • 26. Janka Keseg Stevkova, (SLOVAKIA), at 04:21
  • 27. Katherine Compton, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 04:33
  • 28. Amira Mellor, (GREAT BRITAIN), at 04:49
  • 29. Lisa Heckmann, (GERMANY), at 04:49
  • 30. Asa Maria Erlandsson , (SWEDEN), at 04:58
  • 31. Eva Lechner, (ITALY), at 05:07
  • 32. Marlene Petit, (FRANCE), at 05:15
  • 33. Aida Nuno, (SPAIN), at 05:21
  • 34. Hannah Payton, (GREAT BRITAIN), at 05:38
  • 35. Olga Wasiuk, (POLAND), at 05:45
  • 36. Nikola Noskova, (CZECH REPUBLIC), at 05:48
  • 37. Paula Gorycka, (POLAND), at 06:10
  • 38. Meredith Miller, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 06:28
  • 39. Carolina Gomez, (ARGENTINA), at 06:31
  • 40. Elle Anderson, (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), at 06:36
  • 41. Chiara Teocchi, (ITALY), at 07:03
  • 42. Ayako Toyooka, (JAPAN), at 07:25
  • 43. Karla Stepanova, (CZECH REPUBLIC), at 08:37
  • 44. Lindsay Gorrell, (AUSTRALIA), at 09:05
  • 45. Livia Hanesova, (SLOVAKIA), -1 lap

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot dashes Sanne Cant's hopes at the line in Tabor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot prevails in a hard-fought battle with Sanne Cant to win a heavyweight women's world cyclocross championship title

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot dashes Sanne Cant's hopes at the line in Tabor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France won a thriller of a battle at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships on Saturday in the Czech Republic, adding the world ‘cross crown to her rainbow jersey from the 2014 road championships in Spain.

Ferrand-Prevot and Sanne Cant (Belgium) were trading punches throughout the final laps, but it was the French rider who delivered the knockout in the end, with Marianne Vos (Netherlands) rounding out the podium in third.

“I think it was an exciting race on the TV so it was good for women’s cycling,” said Ferrand-Prevot. “It was really exciting in the finish with us both at the front. I just knew I have to turn the last corner in the first position, so I tried to go full gas until the corner and sprint to the finish line.”

Cant, who was visibly upset to lose the rainbow jersey at the end of a stellar ‘cross season, said she did what she could to lose Ferrand-Prevot before the finish and didn’t make any mistakes, save for one.

“[Pauline] is good in the sprint,” said Cant. “She won a world championship on road in the sprint. I know she’s faster, but I made a mistake not to sit in front, so it’s my own mistake.”

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) got off to a quick start on the muddy circuit as Vos led the pursuit.

As the first lap came to an end Chainel-Lefevre led through the finish with Vos, Cant and Ferrand-Prevot chasing. Americans Katie Antonneau and Katie Compton were already a half-minute down with the snow starting to fall.

The French teammates hooked up just past the barriers with Vos just behind in third.

Then Cant slipped past Vos and into third.

Three laps to go saw a five-woman group up front, with Cant, Vos and Harris having joined the French party. Katerina Nash soon latched on, too.

Ferrand-Prevot and Cant soon escaped the group, and then the French rider discarded Cant, and with two to go she was leading the race alone with Nash in front of a four-woman battle for second containing Vos, Cant and Harris.

Cant surged again and left the others behind, quickly closing on Ferrand-Prevot, and the two were together after pitting for fresh bikes. Vos was perhaps five seconds behind, with Wyman trying to work her way into contention.

Cant opened a gap on Ferrand-Prevot, but the French champion fought back, only to bobble on a short rise and see her Belgian rival ride away again, taking a three-second edge.

Going into the bell lap Cant was just two seconds ahead of Ferrand-Prevot with Vos leading the charge at seven seconds down. And then the French rider retook the lead, with Vos closing in, followed by Nash and Harris.

At the stairs Cant was leading Ferrand-Prevot once again, but the chase was nearly on them. Vos pitted, but Nash did not, and at the barriers it was Ferrand-Prevot leading Cant, chased by Vos, Nash and Harris.

The two front-runners battled hand to hand, neither giving quarter, as Nash and Vos fought for third. The Czech rider slid out on a muddy patch, giving the edge to Vos, as ahead Ferrand-Prevot took a slight advantage over Cant.

The French rider led onto the pavement and would not be denied — she took the victory over Cant, while Vos had to settle for third at 15 seconds. Harris finished fourth, while home-field favorite Nash took fifth.

“I knew she would be good and I thought technically she was also very good,” sand Ferrand-Prevot of Cant. “I crashed and she came back and she passed me. In my head I said, ‘Okay, she is not going to pass me like this again.’ In the final lap I tried to be at the front and to stay at the front.”

For her part, Cant seemed to be struggling to figure out what she might have done differently.

“I don’t think I made many mistakes,” she said. “I just think I have to sit in the front before the finish line. But she’s really fast, so maybe if I sit in first she could pass me. I don’t know. After the race it’s all easy [to second guess].”

Third-placed Vos said she gave “100 percent,” though she conceded that with a hamstring injury her finish fell short of her usual dominant performance.

“I don’t think I could do more today,” she said. “Of course maybe it wasn’t what I can do normally on a world championship or what I’ve done before in the races in December. But last week it was a less percentage. Now it was already a bit more. I didn’t expect this, so for me it was over 100 percent today.”

And the new world champion tipped her hat to Vos, who coaches her.

“Today I’m really happy for me, but I’m also — it’s a bit a strange feeling to take the victory,” said Ferrand-Prevot. “Of course I’m really happy, but I don’t know it’s a strange feeling.

“I know next year will be a great battle again. That’s cycling.”

Antonneau was the top American in 13th at 2:30 with Rachel Lloyd 20th at 3:14 and Compton 27th at 4:33.

Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report from Tabor.

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Simon Andreassen and Eli Iserbyt battle in Tabor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Simon Andreassen takes the rainbow jersey in Tabor as American junior Gage Hecht just misses the podium, finishing fourth

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Simon Andreassen and Eli Iserbyt battle in Tabor. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TABOR, Czech Republic  — Simon Andreassen of Denmark won the junior race on Saturday at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Andreassen, 17, whose best result in the UCI World Cup is a third place in Namur, Belgium, attacked early and then soloed to victory on the Tabor course, which was dotted with patches of snow.

European champion Eli Iserbyt of Belgium, who dominated the regular season, winning three World Cup rounds, took the silver medal ahead of Dutchman Max Gulickx.

Andreassen said he made his move early so he could take the course as he pleased.

“I wanted to be alone so I could ride my own lines and not be disturbed by other riders,” he said, adding that despite his bold move he had not been confident of victory.

“I didn’t expect it, but I was hoping for it, and I’ve never been so well prepared for a cyclocross race before. So it was a dream, but it was perfect today.”

A big group formed early on, then split, leaving five riders out front — Andreassen, Iserbyt, Gulickx, Johan Jacobs and American Gage Hecht.

Iserbyt was first to fade, apparently using the wrong tire for most of the race, but came roaring back, as did Hecht and Gulickx, both of whom had falls but bounced back to rejoin the race on the final lap.

Iserbyt got his gap on the final lap, and while Hecht looked good to lead out the sprint for third, his chain skipped in the final corner and he lost too much ground to make up.

Iserbyt, who conceded that he had felt the pressure of being the favorite for the title, said he started with the wrong tires and “felt bad in every corner.”

“I lost a few seconds every corner,” he said. “So I wanted to change to the Rhinos, but they weren’t available. So they had to go to the mobile home to get them.

“I felt good this morning, but the course changed a lot. At 9 o’clock it was dry, could ride with slicks. I don’t know, the temperature raised five degrees and the course changed very, very, very fast. That’s something you can keep in mind, but you don’t know that before the race.”

Still, Iserbyt said he was content with the silver medal.

“I was focused on the first place, but second place is nice,” he said. “It’s a bit of a surprise for me to get second because in the middle of the race I thought about stopping. But that’s not me. There were a lot of supporters for me here, and from Belgium, so, yeah, I don’t know. If you stop — you don’t start here to stop.”

Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report from Tabor.

 

 

 

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Week in Tech: Cyclocross worlds and new Shimano power meter http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-cyclocross-worlds-new-shimano-power-meter_359702 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-cyclocross-worlds-new-shimano-power-meter_359702#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:24:37 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359702

Belgian riders Wout van Aert and Rob Peeters received special light blue Colnago Superprestige frames this week to match their Belgian kits. Photo: Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team

Scott's new disc-brake 'cross bike, Belgians get special blue bikes and Lazer lids, Nys' prototype Dugasts, and Shimano power meter spotted

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Belgian riders Wout van Aert and Rob Peeters received special light blue Colnago Superprestige frames this week to match their Belgian kits. Photo: Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Scott teases disc ’cross frame

Scott Bikes had quietly stepped away from the cyclocross market. Despite having racers on its bikes at the highest levels, the Swiss brand did not offer a single ’cross bike this season. Over the last couple of years, Scott kept its cyclocross marketing to a minimum, as it did not offer a disc-brake bike, but all that will be changing soon.

Swiss rider, Marcel Wildhaber raced the final round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup aboard a prototype Scott with disc brakes, and a front thru axle — we believe the rear end sports a thru axle as well.

Scott has posted the new bike all over its different social media outlets, so we expect to see the bike launched ahead of next season. Don’t get too attached to the paint scheme, though. The special camouflage is intended to blur the lines on the prototype frame, much like how car manufacturers mask prototypes.

Nys tests prototype Dugast Rhino

Sven Nys has been testing a prototype Dugast Rhino tubular during world championships course inspection in Tabor, Czech Republic. The new tubulars sport the same cotton casing and tread pattern of the current Rhino, but the rubber compound has glass beads and sand mixed in.

The special Dugasts give Nys added confidence in cornering on the snow and ice that currently cover the Tabor course. With more snow expected tomorrow, it’s likely that Nys will race his gritty new rubber come Sunday. According to Trek’s Matt Shriver, there might be a couple other riders on the prototype tires, though he was unsure.

This is not the first time Nys and Dugast have tested a tire designed for racing on ice. The Dugast Diablo famously — for those who pay attention to such details — never made it to market after the UCI banned it from UCI events, though we have higher hopes for this new Dugast.

Belgian riders sport special frames, helmets in Tabor

Belgian riders Wout Van Aert and Rob Peters will toe the line in Tabor aboard some new frames. Frame sponsor Colnago sent the two podium hopefuls light blue frames that pair nicely with the Belgian national team kit. Peeters and Van Aert will continue to ride SRAM Force CX1, as they have all year.

Lazer helmets also provided the Belgian VGSP riders with a special black and light blue Z1 helmet. Lazer’s Chris Smith said on Twitter that the Belgian color would be available by next ’cross season.

Belgian teammate Sven Nys also received a special bike for the World Championships, with a similar light blue livery. Of course, every rider is hoping to trade in their current frames on Monday morning for a white model with some rainbow stripes.

Shimano power meter spotted in Spain

Outside of the ‘cross spectacle centered in the Czech Republic, Shimano’s first foray into mobile power measurement was spotted on triathlete Bart Aernouts’ BMC by Lava Magazine.

Shimano filed for a power meter design patent last year, though nothing has come of it, except for an integrated power meter on Shimano’s stationary bike used for bike fits. Shimano is currently not commenting on the power meter, but the design requires the use of Shimano’s TL-FC16 tool, which is normally used for attaching non-drive side Shimano cranks.

Lava’s photos lead us to believe the new power meter uses strain gauges on both the left and right crank arms, though how they are mounted is still a mystery. The system resembles Pioneer’s power meter that was launched last spring.

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Sven Nys won CrossVegas 2014. With the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup kicking off in Las Vegas next fall, it's expected that the fast, grassy race will see even more European stars on the start grid. Photo: Dave McElwaine

Las Vegas and Montreal to host rounds in the next cyclocross World Cup season. UCI also announces women's youth category for worlds

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Sven Nys won CrossVegas 2014. With the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup kicking off in Las Vegas next fall, it's expected that the fast, grassy race will see even more European stars on the start grid. Photo: Dave McElwaine

The cyclocross World Cup will be heading across the pond for the 2015-2016 season. The UCI Management Committee met in Tabor, Czech Republic ahead of cyclocross world championships, and made this along with several other significant decisions.

The first two rounds of the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup will be held in Las Vegas, September 16, then Montreal, September 19.

“After the 2013 UCI cyclocross world championships in Louisville, we look forward to another milestone for this exciting discipline thanks to our first-ever World Cup rounds to be held in North America,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “Las Vegas will provide a spectacular backdrop to the opening round of the 2015-2016 UCI cyclocross World Cup. With the second round of the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup taking place in Montreal, Canada, our leading cyclocross series is definitely making a big push in North America.”

The UCI also announced the addition of what it terms a women’s youth category — riders 17-22 years old — to the 2016 UCI cyclocross world championships program.

“I believe the breadth of decisions taken today by the UCI Management Committee demonstrates this progress, our willingness to embrace innovation to help grow all disciplines of our sport and the increasing commercial and broadcast interest in cycling,” Cookson said.

In the same announcement, the UCI also granted provisional membership to the Kosovo Cycling Federation, enabling Kosovo to participate in UCI activities while awaiting a decision on its full membership request which will be considered at the 2015 UCI Congress in September.

The governing body also confirmed the closure of Global Cycling Promotion following a full review and the end of the Tour of Beijing.

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Video: GCN’s Alberto Contador interview http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/video-gcns-alberto-contador-interview_359687 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/video-gcns-alberto-contador-interview_359687#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:55:20 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359687

Alberto Contador talks to Global Cycling Network about his favorite races and the future of his career.

Global Cycling Network takes a ride with former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to talk cycling and more

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Alberto Contador talks to Global Cycling Network about his favorite races and the future of his career.

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

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Pro Bike Gallery: Sven Nys’ Trek Boone for 2015 ‘cross worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-sven-nys-trek-boone-2015-cross-worlds_359672 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/cyclocross/pro-bike-gallery-sven-nys-trek-boone-2015-cross-worlds_359672#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:33:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359672

Sven Nys will tackle the Tabor world championships course aboard a custom-painted Boone with a massive 48-tooth big ring

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Cummings shocks Valverde on second day in Mallorca http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/cummings-shocks-valverde-second-day-mallorca_359665 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/road/cummings-shocks-valverde-second-day-mallorca_359665#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:27:40 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359665

Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the second day of the Mallorca Challenge ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Photo: AFP PHOTO | JAIME REINA

MTN-Qhubeka's Stephen Cummings dispatches Valverde on a hilly day of racing at the Mallorca Challenge

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Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the second day of the Mallorca Challenge ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Photo: AFP PHOTO | JAIME REINA

MADRID (AFP) — Britain’s Stephen Cummings proved strongest on the final climb in day two of the four-race Mallorca Challenge on Friday, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

The MTN-Qhubeka rider, winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean in 2014 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in 2012, surprised the favorites in the final push and held on ahead of Valverde.

“I’m really happy with today’s victory,” Cummings, 33, said. “I knew I had done a lot of good work over the winter so I’d like to thank the team for the amazing work they did and chance they gave me to focus on today’s race.”

Cummings’ teammate Johann van Zyl spent over 145 kilometers in the day’s main breakaway. The escape started out with 10 riders, but on the lower slopes of the first-category Puig Major climb, the 23-year-old South African, along with José Goncalves (Caja-Rural) and Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin), rode clear from the rest of break.

With 38 kilometers to go, van Zyl tried a brief solo attack but was soon caught by Goncalves and van Baarle. With three kilometers to go, the MTN-Qhubeka rider went again. He was eventually the last rider caught, at 1.5km to go.

Soon after, Cummings attacked in the final kilometer and rode to victory.

“I was able to come back to the front right near the end and snatch the victory, so I’m really happy with the result,” the winner said. It was his first win and his first race of the 2015 season.

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin) was third at six seconds after the 149km run from Andratx to Mirador d’Es Colomer.

Saturday’s third day will also be mountainous, riding 165km from Valldemossa to Deia.

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Interview: Tom Meeusen hopes troubles are behind him http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/interview-tom-meeusen-hopes-troubles-behind_359659 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/interview-tom-meeusen-hopes-troubles-behind_359659#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:51:50 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359659

Tom Meeusen said his season didn't quite live up to his high expectations. Hopeful that a Belgian doping scandal is behind him, the 26-year-old is hungry for more opportunities to win races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

After a tumultuous lead-up to worlds, Meeusen is cleared to race, unsure of form, but hopeful to seize an opportunity to win

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Tom Meeusen said his season didn't quite live up to his high expectations. Hopeful that a Belgian doping scandal is behind him, the 26-year-old is hungry for more opportunities to win races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

TABOR, Czech Republic (VN) — Two weeks ago, Tom Meeusen would have been a top pick for a place on the podium at the world championships this weekend here in the Czech Republic. Then he was out — deleted from the Belgian roster for the race, the result of his role as a witness in the Belgian investigation into doping by doctor Chris Mertens.

Days — and a trip to the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport — later he was back, permitted to race after the court clarified that only riders suspected of doping offenses should be prevented from racing under UCI rules.

Meeusen returned to action last weekend, with a dismal but emotional finish at the final World Cup stop in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. On Friday he spoke with VeloNews about his ordeal, a season of steady improvement, and his aspirations for Sunday’s championship race.

VeloNews: Can you tell us about these very strange two weeks that you had? About how you learned you were not going to be on the Belgian national team for worlds?

Tom Meeusen: I was in training camp in Spain, and I had just done my hardest trainings for the preparation for worlds. And in the evening I got a telephone from journalists, and I knew already that there was something wrong in Belgium. And the day after, I got telephoned that I couldn’t ride.

So I flew directly home and took a lawyer, and we went to BAS [the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport], and we got the decision back to ride the worlds and Hoogerheide.

It was a really hard week. I was really tired from the preparation for worlds, after the nationals, a hard December month, so I was tired. And then I needed to recover, and then I got the case, so I got sick. That’s the reason I got sick, all the troubles, and there I lost all of my chances to be good at the worlds.

VN: Can you talk about your emotions going through all of this? It’s not even the first time this has happened to you.

TM: No. I didn’t ride Louisville [the 2013 world championships] also. I didn’t ride two of the World Cups that season. So it’s stupid that it’s such a long case, but now I have my own lawyer, and after the worlds I hope everything is finished and that I can ride fast with a clear head, because that’s really necessary to compete on this level. If you have something like this two weeks before the worlds, the head is not ready for the race.

VN: It must be really frustrating, because your involvement in this case is — you didn’t have a positive test …

TM: No. Nothing.

VN: There’s no question about your character. You just happen to be named in an investigation because you went to a doctor.

TM: Yeah, true. And my type of riding is also nothing suspicious or something. I have to [get victories] in the fast, technical races. When there’s power I’m just a few percent off, so I don’t get it. So I hope it’s over fast. I think that can be my biggest victory of the season, that the case is finally behind me.

VN: Can you use it as some motivation to ride harder on Sunday? Can you channel some anger into your riding?

TM: I tried it, but I got sick, so that’s the reason I was not good in Hoogerheide. But I wanted to show myself there, and that’s the reason for the fast start there. But now I’m just busy trying to prepare as good as I can, and I will do my best.

VN: Let’s talk about the worlds.

TM: Yes! Thank you!

VN: How do you like this course?

TM: It’s a very hard course with very hard intervals. You have your stairs, and then after the stairs, you have the jump up on the bike, and then still a little bit of uphill. And then after that, the barriers and then again the uphill, and then down. So it’s really hard intervals, so guys like Mathieu [van der Poel] and Wout [Van Aert] can take the tempo to such a high level it can be hard for everyone. But I hope it can be a tactical race.

VN: What do you need to happen, with the weather, with the dynamics of the race, for you to have a good race?

TM: They all talk about the weather and snow here, but you have to take all the meters from the lap, so hard parts of the race are still as hard when it’s snowy. It’s only a little bit more technical. But I think when it’s a little bit muddy, it’s also technical in the corners.

So I’m not that busy with the weather as everyone thinks. But the track from Tabor is a really hard track.

VN: What do you think your best ride here was, from World Cups, past world championships?

TM: I was here in the past worlds fourth [in the under-23]. I was riding in third place behind the first two guys [the Polish Szczepaniak brothers, Pawel and Kacper, who both tested positive for EPO after finishing first and second, respectively -Ed.], and I was at that time such a favorite that I didn’t want to step for third place on the podium. So I got fourth. Arnaud Jouffroy passed me still. And a few months later, he’s world champion and I’m second! [The Kacper brothers were stripped of their first- and second-place finishes -Ed.]

In the World Cup here I was two times sixth, I think. Not a really great result.

VN: So it’s a race where you could do well, but maybe not one where you would feel confident you would win.

TM: No, no. It’s not my best course.

VN: So what are your expectations? What are your hopes?

TM: I hope I can come over the third or fourth lap, because I think Mathieu van der Poel is going to have such a high pace that everyone drops. I hope that the Belgians don’t give him 15 seconds and ride for second or third place, that they, as a team, keep riding and that it’s for Mathieu much harder to keep the gap for the win.

In the world champs only one place counts, and that’s the jersey, so they have to all ride to follow Mathieu.

VN: Looking back at the season, was it a success for you?

TM: It was a season — just not quite a really good season. I was always second or third. I don’t know how many podium places I have, but a lot. [Meeusen has 12 -Ed.] And I have only two victories, so that’s not enough.

VN: But podium places are very good.

TM: But it’s the winning that counts. It’s always — the winner is always the guy who is talking [on TV]. So that’s something more.

VN: But more and more you are on the podium, so don’t you see some kind of progress?

TM: I was better on the nationals. We had a really hard course there, so for me it was an improvement that I got on the podium there. But last year when I got one chance — I didn’t get so many chances, but I finished it. This year, it happens sometimes that I got the chance for the win, and I didn’t take it. And I have to be sharper on the attacks, and when I get the chance I have to take it.

I hope there will be some races that I can take my chance again.

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Video: Cyclocross, a Belgian experience http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/video/video-cyclocross-belgian-experience_359652 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/video/video-cyclocross-belgian-experience_359652#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:04:03 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=359652

Each year, USA Cycling brings young cyclocross athletes overseas to get the full Belgian experience at the world's biggest races.

Ride along with USA Cycling's young cyclocross hopefuls as they train, travel, and race in Belgium against the world's best

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Each year, USA Cycling brings young cyclocross athletes overseas to get the full Belgian experience at the world's biggest races.

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