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For those of us who hate the relentless ticking noise that happens on many deep-section carbon wheels, Effetto Mariposa has a solution. Instead of resorting to wrapping a piece of electrical tape around the valve stem to keep it from rattling in the valve hole, use this little piece of Effetto Mariposa Shelter. Shelter is a clear, flexible, adhesive-backed, super impact-absorbing material that is perfect for chainstays. It can make all the difference on a cyclocross or mountain bike by quieting the chain noise and keeping the chainstay’s finish as good as new. Effetto Mariposa now includes little “silencer” pieces cut for the valve stem with every package of Shelter. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

Lennard Zinn takes in the Expobici show in Padua, Italy, which is the biggest it's ever been

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For those of us who hate the relentless ticking noise that happens on many deep-section carbon wheels, Effetto Mariposa has a solution. Instead of resorting to wrapping a piece of electrical tape around the valve stem to keep it from rattling in the valve hole, use this little piece of Effetto Mariposa Shelter. Shelter is a clear, flexible, adhesive-backed, super impact-absorbing material that is perfect for chainstays. It can make all the difference on a cyclocross or mountain bike by quieting the chain noise and keeping the chainstay’s finish as good as new. Effetto Mariposa now includes little “silencer” pieces cut for the valve stem with every package of Shelter. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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Rain can't spoil the German party in day two of time trials at the world championships in Ponferrada

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UCI ends Beijing tour, sets groundwork for major changes http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/uci-ends-beijing-tour-sets-groundwork-major-changes_347001 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/uci-ends-beijing-tour-sets-groundwork-major-changes_347001#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:55:13 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347001

The peloton climbs Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain, the final climb of the 2013 Tour of Beijing, and the race's first-ever mountaintop finish. Photo: Graham Watson | VeloNews.com (File).

The Tour of Beijing is left off of the 2015 schedule, and the UCI hints that major changes are on the horizon for elite men's peloton

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The peloton climbs Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain, the final climb of the 2013 Tour of Beijing, and the race's first-ever mountaintop finish. Photo: Graham Watson | VeloNews.com (File).

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — The UCI is pulling the plug on the controversial Tour of Beijing at the same time as the cycling federation is laying the groundwork for a major overhaul of the elite men’s racing calendar.

On Tuesday, the UCI confirmed that the 2014 edition of the five-day Beijing tour will be its last, ending a four-year run of a stage race that had some questioning the legitimacy of the UCI’s direct involvement in racing event ownership.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the Tour of Beijing as we head toward the fourth and final edition of that race and the role it has played in helping to build the profile of road racing in Asia,” said UCI president Brian Cookson in a press release.

The demise of the five-day Beijing tour was little more than a footnote in a UCI press release Tuesday. It’s unclear if Chinese officials lost interest in funding the event, or if the UCI was severing ties with the race organized by Global Cycling Promotion, an arm of the UCI created under Cookson’s predecessor, Pat McQuaid, and former UCI president Hein Vebruggen.

The Beijing tour raised hackles from some who suggested that UCI was in a conflict of interest and overstepped its bounds by trying to own cycling races for profit at the same time as it regulates the sport. When introduced in 2010, the Beijing tour was immediately given WorldTour status, which required all the top teams to attend, leapfrogging the new event over older, more established races that remained at lower ranking.

Cookson is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday, and will likely address the issue.

The UCI also confirmed the 2015 WorldTour racing calendar. Besides the exclusion of the Beijing tour, there are no major revisions for next season. The 2015 WorldTour season will open with the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia in January and close with the Giro di Lombardia in October.

The dates for the three major grand tours are as follows:
Giro d’Italia: May 9-31
Tour de France: July 4-26
Vuelta a España: August 22 to September 13

Here is link to the 2015 WorldTour calendar

Without going into specifics, the announcement also hinted there is steady progress in what is said to be a major overhaul of how the elite men’s international race calendar will look within the next few years.

With proposed changes expected to be introduced by the 2017 season, there are ongoing discussions between the UCI, race organizers, and teams on how to reshape the calendar.

A UCI working group dubbed the Professional Cycling Council met for two days during the Ponferrada world championships to discuss the issues, but there were no specifics revealed Tuesday.

Potential changes include the reduction of the number of riders per team — perhaps as low as 22 — and the reduction of race days, down to about 120. It is also said that the UCI may seek to shrink the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España to less than three weeks.

Again, without giving away any details, Cookson said the reform “remains on track.”

“The reform of the UCI WorldTour remains on track,” Cookson said in a statement. “I am delighted with the cooperation shown by stakeholders over the last few months to move forward and ensure a simplified and more robust financial structure of the UCI WorldTour and look forward to further developing professional cycling’s showcase in 2015 and beyond.”

It’s unclear how much race organizers or teams are in agreement with the proposals. Last week, Vuelta a España director Javier Guillén said the Spanish tour, which is owned by Tour de France owners ASO, was opposed to reducing the Vuelta to less than three weeks.

The moves also come against the backdrop of efforts by teams to press for better economic conditions from race organizers. Dubbed the “Avignon project,” up to 13 major teams have been having ongoing discussions about how to create new revenue streams within the sport, and how to obtain a share of TV revenues. There have even been veiled threats that the teams would boycott the Tour de France if better economic conditions are not met.

Also on Tuesday, the UCI confirmed that such innovations as “bike cameras, geo-location technology, and audio-visual content,” such as cameras mounted inside team cars, will continue into the coming season.

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With two medals in the pocket, Stevens aims for the rainbow http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/two-medals-pocket-stevens-aiming-rainbow_346954 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/two-medals-pocket-stevens-aiming-rainbow_346954#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:28:07 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346954

Evelyn Stevens gave everything in the final straight to secure her third place podium spot in the world time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

After winning medals in the TTT and the ITT, Evelyn Stevens hopes to complete the worlds sweep with a top-three in the road race

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Evelyn Stevens gave everything in the final straight to secure her third place podium spot in the world time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Evelyn Stevens couldn’t have asked for a better start to worlds week. She won her third consecutive gold medal with Specialized-Lululemon on Sunday in the team time trial and then backed it up with her second career individual time trial medal with bronze Tuesday.

After going two for two, the 31-year-old will try to complete the sweep, aiming for the rainbow jersey in Saturday’s road race.

“It’s a great way to start the worlds,” Stevens told VeloNews. “I still don’t have a road medal. I’ve been close. That would be awesome [to medal in all three events]. I’d love to win the time trial title someday, but I want to win the road race. That has the most panache.”

Ever ambitious, Stevens will be hoping to punch onto the podium Saturday to round out her worlds week sweep, but admits that it won’t be easy.

Stevens said, “Time trials are easier to control,” and said the American team should not be considered the favorites against such powerful squads as the Dutch, Italians, and British.

“We are the dark horses. There are so many great teams out there. We have quality, but I wouldn’t call us the favorites,” she said. “What I am most excited about Saturday is that it’s open. I think a lot of people can win.”

The other squads will likely closely mark Stevens, a dangerous climber with staying power. Racing in the elite category since 2009, she’s been a consistent worlds performer, with 15th in 2009, 16th in 2012, and fifth last year in Italy.

The U.S. women’s team has been knocking on the door of a road race podium over the past decade, with fourth in 2009 with Kristin Armstrong, fourth in 2012 with Amber Neben, and fifth last year with Stevens. After so many close calls, any spot on the podium would be an important milestone.

“I haven’t even be on a team when someone’s gotten a medal. I would love to have it, but I would be thrilled if my team won a medal,” she said. “We’ll race for the win.”

After two time trials, Stevens said she will now switch gears, and start to prepare for the road race Saturday. Other members of the road race squad will arrive Wednesday, and the team will inspect the seven-lap women’s circuit course in the coming days.

Stevens said she’s better off racing both the team time trial and individual time trial ahead of the road race, insisting racing is the best preparation for the lottery of the road race.

“I described it as if I had three pockets,” Stevens said. “The TTT was the first pocket; threw it out. Today was the middle pocket; empty it out. Now I have one big fat full pocket for the road race. I am going to throw some more gummies in there and get ready to empty it out Saturday.”

As the song goes, two out of three ain’t bad, but a clean sweep would be historic. Since the team time trial was introduced in 2012, no rider has won medals in all three events.

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Ukraine’s political insecurity makes future uncertain for Solovey http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/ukrainian-political-insecurity-makes-future-uncertain-solovey_346955 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/ukrainian-political-insecurity-makes-future-uncertain-solovey_346955#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:57 +0000 Barnaby Chesterman http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346955

Anna Solovey turned in the best time trial of her career at elite world championships, earning a silver medal. However, with turmoil in her home country, Ukraine, she's uncertain what the future holds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Anna Solovey finds her cycling career, and even her safety, threatened by Ukranian conflict, but wins world time trial championships medal

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Anna Solovey turned in the best time trial of her career at elite world championships, earning a silver medal. However, with turmoil in her home country, Ukraine, she's uncertain what the future holds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (AFP) — Anna Solovey may have just finished runner-up at the world time trial championships, but the Ukrainian said political turmoil back home means she doesn’t know what the future holds.

Solovey was a surprise medallist in Ponferrada, Spain on Tuesday, despite a strong pedigree that saw her win two world junior titles in the race against the clock.

The reason she had passed largely under the radar was a two-year doping ban she received at just 19 years of age that kept her out of competition from July 2011 to just before last year’s world championships.

When asked about that incident, Solovey would say only, “That’s three years ago and it stays three years ago.”

Speaking about her performance she said, “It’s my second world championships in the elite category [she was eighth last year].

“I have a problem with my country because we have bad politics — I have a hard job. This is my first medal in the elite category and I’m so happy.”

But Solovey, 22, from the restive eastern part of Ukraine currently occupied by pro-Russian militias, said she doesn’t know what the future holds.

“I don’t know what to do next year because we have a problem in Ukraine. I don’t have any money with my team because we have a problem with my country.

“I went into the world championships in a dream, I can’t say [more], I live each day.

“I come from Lugansk, and this is a very dangerous city so I needed to go to another city.

“I live in Lvov [in the far West] because in Ukraine we only have one track [velodrome]. I have competed in track as well.”

She said the ideal situation would be to move abroad and find a professional team but added that it would be a wrench to leave her coach Sergei Bazin, who has guided her for 10 years.

“It would be better [to leave] but I really like my country, I hope things will get better,” she said. “It’s very difficult because I have no money from competitions. In the last year I did only one competition in France [last week].

“I can’t go [to competitions] because the federation can’t give me money.”

With such difficulties impeding her prospects just to train, Solovey’s result seems even more remarkable, but she claims that desire is what has brought her success.

“I want it, it’s because I want it. I have the best friends, the best coach and it was my dream.

“I wanted to go to the world championships, and I’m thinking about the Olympics. I have a big dream.

“In my team there are only three people, but I have the best team and the best coach.

“I don’t know anything [about joining a professional team], I can’t ask for something. I don’t know, I can’t go with any team because I need to train with my coach because it’s 10 years that I’ve been with Sergei Bazin; I can’t think what I’d do without him.”

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Results: 2014 women’s elite world time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-2014-womens-elite-world-time-trial-championships_346951 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-2014-womens-elite-world-time-trial-championships_346951#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:18 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346951 Brennauer takes gold as Stevens wins bronze in Ponferrada, Spain

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  • 1. Lisa BRENNAUER, GER, in 38:48.16
  • 2. Hanna SOLOVEY, UKR, at :18.68
  • 3. Evelyn STEVENS, USA, at :21.25
  • 4. Mieke KRÖGER, GER, at :38.29
  • 5. Ann-Sofie DUYCK, BEL, at :45.31
  • 6. Karol-Ann CANUEL, CAN, at :51.26
  • 7. Eleonora VAN DIJK, NED, at 1:11.64
  • 8. Alison POWERS, USA, at 1:14.17
  • 9. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, NZL, at 1:14.28
  • 10. Trixi WORRACK, GER, at 1:15.25
  • 11. Katrin GARFOOT, AUS, at 1:23.36
  • 12. Martina SABLIKOVA, CZE, at 1:25.62
  • 13. Chantal BLAAK, NED, at 1:35.47
  • 14. Eri YONAMINE, JPN, at 2:06.48
  • 15. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, ITA, at 2:14.86
  • 16. Tatiana ANTOSHINA, RUS, at 2:27.75
  • 17. Serika GULUMA ORTIZ, COL, at 2:29.51
  • 18. Mayuko HAGIWARA, JPN, at 2:30.78
  • 19. Eugenia BUJAK, POL, at 2:33.04
  • 20. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, UKR, at 2:37.18
  • 21. Julie LETH, DEN, at 2:42.53
  • 22. Rossella RATTO, ITA, at 2:57.21
  • 23. Audrey CORDON, FRA, at 3:01.53
  • 24. Doris SCHWEIZER, SUI, at 3:09.45
  • 25. Christine MAJERUS, LUX, at 3:30.97
  • 26. Lija LAIZANE, LAT, at 3:34.93
  • 27. Leah KIRCHMANN, CAN, at 3:35.36
  • 28. Lotta LEPISTÖ, FIN, at 3:40.03
  • 29. Mia RADOTIC, CRO, at 3:48.42
  • 30. Martina RITTER, AUT, at 3:59.36
  • 31. Sari SAARELAINEN, FIN, at 4:04.65
  • 32. Belen LOPEZ MORALES, ESP, at 4:11.65
  • 33. Daiva TUSLAITE, LTU, at 4:16.37
  • 34. Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, ESP, at 4:27.21
  • 35. Dana ROŽLAPA, LAT, at 4:35.38
  • 36. Aude BIANNIC, FRA, at 4:38.06
  • 37. Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, MEX, at 4:39.90
  • 38. Jacqueline HAHN, AUT, at 4:40.91
  • 39. Katazina SOSNA, LTU, at 4:49.12
  • 40. Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, RUS, at 4:55.29
  • 41. Liisi RIST, EST, at 5:03.62
  • 42. Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, POL, at 5:14.67
  • 43. Heidi DALTON, RSA, at 5:43.86
  • 44. Verónica LEAL BALDERAS, MEX, at 5:44.31
  • 45. Barvara FASOH, GRE, at 6:04.47
  • 46. Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, BRA, at 6:15.57
  • 47. Daniela REIS, POR, at 7:48.82
  • DNS An-Li PRETORIUS, RSA
  • DNS Carmen SMALL, USA
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    Germany's Lisa Brennauer wins the gold medal in the women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    Germany earns its second TT gold medal on the shoulders of Lisa Brennauer, who overcame rainy conditions to win

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    Germany's Lisa Brennauer wins the gold medal in the women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    Lisa Brennauer won Germany’s second TT gold medal at world championships on Tuesday, matching the performance of her countryman, Lennard Kämna, who won the junior race earlier in the day.

    Brennauer, 26, bested Ukraine’s Anna Solovey, who surprised many favorites with a ride that earned her second place, 16.68 seconds behind the German winner.

    American Evelyn Stevens was third, 21.25 seconds behind.

    “I am so happy to win, I still cannot believe it,” Brennauer said. “The worlds are a special race, because there are girls who prepare only for this race, you never see them all season, so to win here, I am so happy and overwhelmed.”

    Photo gallery.

    Solovey’s ride was unexpected, as she only competed one other time in 2014, at the Trophée Européen TT, where she won. The Ukrainian served a two year ban between 2011 and 2013 after testing positive for Drostanolone.

    “That’s three years ago and it stays three years ago,” Solovey said of the ban.

    “This is only my second year in elite category, and this is my first medal, so I am very happy,” Solovey said. “To be second, I can be happy with that. We have a lot of problems in my country right now. It is a dangerous place. I do not know if I will be racing next year. There is no money, so I cannot say what my future will hold. I am so sorry for what is happening in my nation.”

    Brennauer is the reigning German national time trial and road race champion. She also won the time trials at Auensteiner Radsporttage and Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt in 2014.

    This is the German’s second world championship gold medal this year — she was part of the Specialized-lululemon squad that won TTT worlds on Sunday, as was Stevens.

    Stevens’ bronze medal was an improvement on her 2013 ride in Florence, where she finished fourth, out of the medals by only a few seconds.

    “I tried not to think about the final climb until I got there,” Stevens said. “The finish line for me today was the top of the climb, because it came just two kilometers from the decsent. I gave everything I had. I was in the pain cave. It’s just about whatever you had left. Last year was a good lesson that every pedal stroke counts. Every worlds is a bit different, so I started today’s race prepared as well as I could, and if people are better than you, all you can do is your best.”

    Many of the riders who started at the end of the order, including reigning world champion Ellen van Dijk, faced very rainy conditions, giving the earlier starters a distinct advantage. Van Dijk could only manage a seventh-place ride, 1:11.64 behind Brennauer.

    American Alison Powers set an early fastest time, but finished eighth, at 1:14.17.

    “Honestly, I wanted a medal, but I wasn’t fast enough,” Powers said. “I had a good ride, I had good preparation, so that’s all you can be happy with. I felt strong during the ride, and I had good communication in my ear with [UnitedHealthcare team manager] Mike Tamayo, so it was all good. It was a good course for me, but I would have preferred a little more technical, where you could find speed, and carry speed. It started to sprinkle a little during my ride, and I was secretly hoping it would start to downpour, but that makes it fair for everyone, and everyone had a clean ride. I thought I might have had a podium until [Mieke Kroeger] beat me by 35 seconds. That’s a big margin, and I didn’t feel so good after that.”

    American Carmen Small, who took the bronze medal last year in Florence just ahead of Stevens, was a surprise no-show at the start house. Though she was part of the Specialized-lululemon team that won the gold medal in the TTT on Sunday, Small posted to Twitter that she had fallen ill, writing, “I’m pretty devastated to have to say I wont be starting the TT today. I gave it all for the TTT and it put me over the edge, sick in bed.”

    Full results.

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    Results: 2014 men’s junior world time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-2014-mens-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346932 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-2014-mens-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346932#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:35:54 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346932 Germany's Lennard Kamna wins the junior time trial in Ponferrada

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  • 1. Lennard KÄMNA, GER, in 36:13.49
  • 2. Adrien COSTA, USA, at :44.66
  • 3. Michael STORER, AUS, at :58.11
  • 4. Filippo GANNA, ITA, at 1:05.94
  • 5. Zeke MOSTOV, USA, at 1:19.13
  • 6. Tom WIRTGEN, LUX, at 1:29.86
  • 7. Sven REUTTER, GER, at 1:34.27
  • 8. Michael O’LOUGHLIN, IRL, at 1:42.81
  • 9. Jaime RESTREPO, COL, at 1:43.89
  • 10. Matthew GIBSON, GBR, at 1:46.81
  • 11. Jan TSCHERNOSTER, GER, at 1:47.53
  • 12. Niklas LARSEN, DEN, at 1:51.55
  • 13. Mikolaj GUTEK, POL, at 1:58.45
  • 14. Corentin ERMENAULT, FRA, at 2:01.63
  • 15. Tobias FOSS, NOR, at 2:01.77
  • 16. Mark PADUN, UKR, at 2:10.57
  • 17. Szymon Wojciech SAJNOK, POL, at 2:17.32
  • 18. Nikolay ILICHEV, RUS, at 2:21.66
  • 19. Gino MÄDER, SUI, at 2:22.71
  • 20. Senne LEYSEN, BEL, at 2:22.99
  • 21. Edoardo AFFINI, ITA, at 2:34.67
  • 22. Vitaliy NOVAKOVSKYI, UKR, at 2:36.20
  • 23. Alisher ZHUMAKAN, KAZ, at 2:37.00
  • 24. Martin PALM, BEL, at 2:45.51
  • 25. Jérémi DEFAYE, FRA, at 2:46.05
  • 26. Anders HARDAHL, DEN, at 2:55.93
  • 27. Anton IVASHKIN, BLR, at 2:56.25
  • 28. Gustav BASSON, RSA, at 2:56.35
  • 29. Hampus ANDERBERG, SWE, at 2:56.92
  • 30. Ivo Emanuel ALVES, POR, at 3:00.96
  • 31. Izidor PENKO, SLO, at 3:03.41
  • 32. Adrián JARAMILLO, ECU, at 3:03.54
  • 33. Erlend BLIKRA, NOR, at 3:07.45
  • 34. Mark DOWNEY, IRL, at 3:09.49
  • 35. Martin SCHÄPPI, SUI, at 3:10.48
  • 36. Andrej PETROVSKI, MKD, at 3:27.13
  • 37. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, COL, at 3:27.46
  • 38. Yuriy NATAROV, KAZ, at 3:28.71
  • 39. Kevin GENIETS, LUX, at 3:30.05
  • 40. Ilya VOLKAU, BLR, at 3:30.94
  • 41. Onur BALKAN, TUR, at 3:34.33
  • 42. Facundo CRISAFULLI, ARG, at 3:35.36
  • 43. Petr RIKUNOV, RUS, at 3:36.42
  • 44. Ivan VENTER, RSA, at 3:36.84
  • 45. Tiago ANTUNES, POR, at 3:38.71
  • 46. Gustaf ANDERSSON, SWE, at 3:40.94
  • 47. Pier-André CÔTÉ, CAN, at 3:41.33
  • 48. Andre Eduardo GOHR, BRA, at 3:44.80
  • 49. Jon BOZIC, SLO, at 3:50.26
  • 50. Ekke-Kaur VOSMAN, EST, at 3:54.03
  • 51. Alihan DEMIRBAG, TUR, at 3:55.35
  • 52. David ZVERKO, SVK, at 3:57.09
  • 53. Diego LÓPEZ, ESP, at 4:00.15
  • 54. Islam MANSOURI, ALG, at 4:15.59
  • 55. Xavier CAÑELLAS, ESP, at 4:18.54
  • 56. Keigo KUSABA, JPN, at 4:24.98
  • 57. Norman VAHTRA, EST, at 4:34.99
  • 58. Abderrahim ZAHIRI, MAR, at 4:48.48
  • 59. El Mehdi CHOKRI, MAR, at 4:52.87
  • 60. Emil DIMA, ROU, at 5:19.51
  • 61. Zoheir BENYOUB, ALG, at 5:21.21
  • 62. Brian CARRO, URU, at 5:23.26
  • 63. Roman SHUKUROV, UZB, at 5:30.31
  • 64. Elgun ALIZADA, AZE, at 5:40.09
  • 65. Dávid KARL, HUN, at 6:16.39
  • 66. Kanan GAHRAMANLI, AZE, at 6:46.04
  • 67. Mohamed IMAM, EGY, at 7:07.40
  • 68. Youssef HELAL, EGY, at 7:35.12
  • 69. Ulugbek SAIDOV, UZB, at 8:38.99
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    Lennard Kamna wins junior world time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/lennard-kamna-wins-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346928 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/lennard-kamna-wins-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346928#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:26:59 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346928

    Lennard Kamna of Germany won the junior men's time trial with a big time gap of 45 seconds to second place. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    American Adrien Costa finishes second, 44 seconds behind the German

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    Lennard Kamna of Germany won the junior men's time trial with a big time gap of 45 seconds to second place. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    Lennard Kämna won Tuesday’s junior world time trial championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

    “I am very happy to win here,” said Kämna. “I hope to realize it in the next few days. The last kilometers were the hardest, with the climb, and after 25km, this was very hard. At the top of the mountain, my trainer said I had the best time, so I was hoping that I would not crash, and that I could win. This season and the winter, I trained a lot. I have a good trainer, and he is the reason why I am so good.”

    Photo gallery.

    On a 29.5km course, he averaged 49.8kph and bested American Adrien Costa by 44 seconds. Australia’s Michael Storer finished third, 58 seconds behind the winner.

    “I did come into the race with some pretty high expectations,” said Costa. “My teammate, Zeke Mostov was third last year, so we prepared well for the TT, and we were hoping to have some good rides. I am definitely happy to get second, but I have to admit I was disappointed to see Lennard to come across the line [44] seconds faster than me, but he proved he was the strongest, and that he really deserved it.”

    Costa, 17, was fastest through all the checkpoints of the 29.5-kilometer course and crossed the line with a time of 36:58.15, the best on the board at that point. He enjoyed his time in the hot seat until Kamna scorched through with a clocking of 36:13.49, but Costa’s time held up for the silver medal.

    “Right away, when we did some course recon, I really loved the course,” said Costa. “It had some nice, open, straight sections that I knew suited me because I could just motor along those. Not too many technical parts and obviously the climb helped me. I was definitely very excited. I had some pretty high expectations for this and I’m happy with the result. I think it was one of my better TTs ever so I don’t really have any regrets. ”

    Costa is  looking ahead to improving on his performance in the junior ranks next year when the world comes to Richmond, Virginia, for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

    “I’m going to work hard for it,” Costa said. “With it being in the U.S. it’s going to be even more motivation for me to match or improve this result, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

    Defending world junior TT world championships bronze medalist Zeke Mostov finished fifth, 1:19 seconds off the winning pace.

    Full results.

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    Bradley Wiggins feels Tony Martin there for taking http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/bradley-wiggins-feels-tony-martin-taking_346917 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/bradley-wiggins-feels-tony-martin-taking_346917#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:08:54 +0000 Barnaby Chesterman http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346917

    Bradley Wiggins put the team on his back in Sunday's world team time trial championships. Though his Sky team was down two riders midway through the test, Wiggins drove the pace to finish just shy of the medal stand. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

    Olympic time trial champion feels the Ponferrada course favors him, and he showed his form in the TTT on Sunday

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    Bradley Wiggins put the team on his back in Sunday's world team time trial championships. Though his Sky team was down two riders midway through the test, Wiggins drove the pace to finish just shy of the medal stand. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

    PONFERRADA, Spain (AFP) — Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is confident he can dethrone reigning three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin in Wednesday’s TT championships.

    Twice in the last three years, Wiggins has finished runner-up to Martin at the world time trial event, with those defeats coming on either side of the Briton’s victory over the German at his home Olympic Games in London.

    And having been chastened by the time gap Martin put into him last year, Wiggins believes he’s in a better position to challenge the German this time around, particularly after his time trial success at the Tour of Britain earlier this month.

    “This year’s course probably suits me a little bit better than it did against Tony last year, and there’s also an element of the unknown with where he’s at right now,” said the 2012 Tour de France winner.

    “Tony’s been so dominant all year, and this race will be about whether he’s sustained that form. He won the time trial at the Vuelta but he didn’t look as convincing there as he did at the Tour.

    “It’s one of those things though, it’s so unknown. I thought I’d be closer to him last year but he put 42 seconds into me, so you can’t predict what other riders are going to do.”

    Last year, Martin actually beat Wiggins by 46 seconds, although that was 30 seconds less than the incredible gap the German achieved in 2011.

    As Wiggins said, Martin has been peerless this year in time trials, winning one each at the Tour and Vuelta as well as a number of others, including two at the Tour de Suisse and one each at the Tour of the Basque Country and Tour of Belgium, not to mention his national championships.

    However, Wiggins has beaten Martin several times in races against the clock, particularly in his golden year of 2012 when he triumphed in time trials at the Tour (two), Criterium du Dauphine, Paris-Nice, and Tour de Romandie.

    This year he hasn’t managed quite so much success but he did win one at the Tour of California, which helped him to overall success.

    Rode like a beast

    And Wiggins rode like a beast in Sunday’s team time trial event in Pontferrada for Sky.

    The British outfit had lost two of its six-man team before the halfway mark while both Kanstantsin Siutsou and Dario Cataldo were struggling and missing turns at the front, yet they missed out on a medal by just two seconds.

    And it was Martin’s Omega-Pharma Quick-Step team that denied them.

    Yet given the power in their line-up — which included Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and former world champion Tom Boonen — and the fact they finished with five riders, the gap was surprisingly close.

    Martin certainly wasn’t happy with his showing or his form.

    “It’s always a nice test for your condition, for data and for the individual time trial,” said Martin after the team event, which is contested by professional teams rather than national unions, like the rest of the world championships.

    “My feeling was OK but I’m still not 100 percent. I still have to analyze now with the team and trainer how to prepare the next days: if I should take it a little easy or train a bit harder.”

    Regardless of what condition Martin is in, Wiggins says he is right on form.

    “I feel with the form I’m in, I should be in the ball park, and we’ll see where we are on the day.

    “In the back of your mind you build yourself up mentally, and I’m telling myself there is a chance I could win it.”

    It won’t just be about those two, though, with American Tejay Van Garderen, Wiggins’s Sky teammate Vasil Kiriyenka of Belarus, and Canadian Svein Tuft all in the mix.

    The men’s race will be run over 47.1km, more than 10km shorter than 2013′s race.

    The women’s event is a 29.5km time trial with Dutch reigning champion Ellen van Dijk the favorite.

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    Howes and Reijnen ready to tackle worlds road race http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/americans-howes-reijnen-set-worlds_346825 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/americans-howes-reijnen-set-worlds_346825#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:48:20 +0000 Maxwell Nagel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346825

    Alex Howes (left) and Kiel Reijnen jetted off to Spain Monday for the world championships. Photo: Jordan Reijnen

    The close friends from different trade teams will ride together for the U.S. in Ponferrada

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    Alex Howes (left) and Kiel Reijnen jetted off to Spain Monday for the world championships. Photo: Jordan Reijnen

    Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) and Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) rarely lack interesting or unusual topics of conversation. This comes in handy for the longtime friends and training partners.

    Seven-hour training rides ahead of world championships go by faster. Or, when they sit down for coffee, as they did with VeloNews on Saturday, the pair is good company.

    “Kiel, what’s your spirit animal?” asked Howes.

    “Bear,” Reijnen replied. “Bears are going to get me through the world championships.”

    “If you could be two animals combined into one super animal, what would you be?” asked Howes, with no hint of irony.

    “Eagle bear,” Reijnen said without hesitation. “And that’s a golden eagle bear to be specific.”

    “How would that work?”

    “I’d be the size of a bear, but I’d have wings. I’d hibernate like a bear, but be able to fly to my nest high up in a giant sequoia tree.”

    Though at the moment they were concerned with spirit animals, the bear (Reijnen) and coyote (Howes) were dead serious at the USA Pro Challenge in August, battling each other for stage wins throughout the weeklong event.

    Those strong performances confirmed U.S national team spots for Howes and Reijnen. They will ride in the elite men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain on Sunday.

    “Being selected to the worlds team is something that I’ve wanted for a long time now,” Reijnen said. “Howes and I have talked many times in the overwhelming heat and the freezing cold while up in the mountains about being teammates one day, and that time is now upon us.”

    The 255-kilometer road race will feature more than 13,000 feet of climbing over 14 circuits through the lumpy terrain in and around Ponferrada.

    “America has had a great history with strong stage racers and big diesel guys, but we were lacking in that one-day punch that the world championships require and that’s what I think my riding style is best suited for,” said Howes ahead of his third worlds appearance.

    Howes, 26, who got his start with Garmin-Sharp’s organization in 2007, is relatively more accustomed to longer races — especially since coming off his first Tour de France in July.

    Reijnen, on the other hand, has slightly less experience with races of this length, yet he remains optimistic and expects to be a powerful teammate.

    “For me, I think that coming off high-altitude races in Utah and Colorado and translating that to sea-level speed in Alberta is going to help me a lot as I look ahead to worlds,” Reijnen said. “Along with racing, Alex and I have been pushing each other a lot on training rides recently. Just the other day we went out for 230km to finalize our preparation.”

    Reijnen and Howes will be joined by Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Andrew Talansky (Garmin), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), and Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) in Sunday’s road race.

    “We all know what our own strengths and weaknesses are. We will fit into our roles based on what we are capable of doing, but it’s a one-day race and anything can happen,” Reijnen said. “For me personally, I’d like to be a participant in making the race happen. Whether that means doing work early on or later in the day, I’d just like to play a role in how the race unfolds.”

    Speaking directly toward the ambitions of the team in the race, Howes said, “I think a realistic and slightly ambitious goal for us is to pull out a top-10. If we could do that in addition to being a factor in the race, I think we’d be happy with ourselves. I can see someone like Tejay or Talansky throwing down a nasty attack with 15km to go … but we’ll see.”

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    Photo Essay: World team time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/photo-essay-world-team-time-trial-championships_346845 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/photo-essay-world-team-time-trial-championships_346845#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:52:20 +0000 BrakeThrough Media http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346845

    Images from the opening event at world championships in Ponferrada, Spain

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    Euser to receive Jack Kelly Fair Play Award http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/euser-receive-jack-kelly-fair-play-award_346819 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/euser-receive-jack-kelly-fair-play-award_346819#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:32:20 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346819

    Lucas Euser will be recognized during the Friday awards dinner at the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).

    Lucas Euser to be awarded for his sportsmanship during 2014 U.S. national road championships

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    Lucas Euser will be recognized during the Friday awards dinner at the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).

    The United States Olympic Committee announced Monday that Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) has been selected to receive the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP, one of four annual awards that will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, Sept. 25-26, at the Hilton Chicago.

    The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award recognizes an athlete, coach, or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship.

    Euser made a selfless decision to abandon the 2014 U.S. road national championships after crashing with his training partner and two-time Olympian Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team). Euser walked away from the crash, but Phinney was unable to continue after suffering a double fracture in his left leg.

    Although they were representing different teams, Euser ended the race to attend to Phinney until medical assistance arrived. Acting with grace under pressure, Euser’s unique act of compassion brought the spirit of friendship to the forefront of a sport typically characterized by fierce competition, especially among rival teams.

    Willie Banks was named the Olympic Torch Award honoree, while Kristi Yamaguchi and the University of Central Oklahoma’s Endeavor Games were chosen as the Rings of Gold awards recipients.

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    Gallery: 2014 junior women and U23 men’s ITT world championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/gallery-junior-women-u-23-men-itt-world-championship_346780 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/gallery-junior-women-u-23-men-itt-world-championship_346780#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:56:57 +0000 Casey B. Gibson http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346780

    Young riders battle rainy conditions for world championship titles in Spain

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    Holloway and Rivera win at TD Bank Mayor’s Cup http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/td-bank-mayors-cup_346749 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/td-bank-mayors-cup_346749#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:37:55 +0000 Maxwell Nagel http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346749

    Coryn Rivera sprints to victory wearing her newly earned national criterium champion's kit. Photo: TD Bank Mayor's Cup

    Holloway and Rivera win on the historic streets of downtown Boston at the 2014 TD Bank Mayor's Cup

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    Coryn Rivera sprints to victory wearing her newly earned national criterium champion's kit. Photo: TD Bank Mayor's Cup

    As final race of the 2014 National Criterium Calendar series, the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup attracted the country’s fastest criterium racers to ride laps around the iconic Government Center in downtown Boston.

    Holloway upsets UHC lead out

    The star-studded elite men’s race featured a variety of riders, ranging from ProTour to local category 1 racers. With threats like Ted King (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Gavin Mannion (Garmin-Sharp) thrown into the mix, the UnitedHealthcare men’s squad was forced take control of the last quarter of the race, retrieving breaks and covering attacks. Despite its best efforts to set up sprinter Ken Hanson, current amateur criterium national champion Daniel Holloway (Athlete-Octane Cycling) took the dash to the line.

    “All season, Athlete Octane and other teams have been working to find the chink in the UHC armor,” said Holloway following his victory. “It wasn’t until the last 300 meters that [UnitedHealthcare] was totally exposed and I was able to take advantage of that.”

    Rivera wins in new national champion’s jersey

    Sporting her recently-earned national criterium champion’s kit, Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), had to work with limited support as much of her team is currently in Spain at  UCI world road championships. Despite having limited firepower, Coryn Rivera and teammate Hannah Barnes were able to patrol the race perfectly, setting up Rivera for the win in the final sprint.

    “There’s no better way to end the season than to get the victory in my first race in the stars and bars,” said Rivera. “I’ve had an incredible year with the UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team and I couldn’t have seen it go any other way.”

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    Results: 2014 men’s U23 world time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-mens-u23-world-time-trial-championships_346773 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-mens-u23-world-time-trial-championships_346773#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:56:48 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346773 Australia's Campbell Flakemore beats Ireland's Ryan Mullen by less than a second

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  • 1. Campbell Flakemore, Aus, in 43:49.94
  • 2. Ryan MULLEN, Irl, at :0.48
  • 3. Stefan KUENG, Sui, at :9.22
  • 4. Rafael Ferreira REIS, Por, at :19.32
  • 5. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, Ger, at :37.84
  • 6. Jonathan DIBBEN, Gbr, at :38.28
  • 7. Andreas VANGSTAD, Nor, at :44.88
  • 8. Louis MEINTJES, Rsa, at :48.36
  • 9. Frederik FRISON, Bel, at 1:07.22
  • 10. James ORAM, Nzl, at 1:09.57
  • 11. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, Aut, at 1:25.43
  • 12. Nils POLITT, Ger, at 1:27.68
  • 13. Viktor MANAKOV, Rus, at 1:28.62
  • 14. Steven LAMMERTINK, Ned, at 1:38.56
  • 15. Théry SCHIR, Sui, at 1:44.31
  • 16. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, Den, at 1:44.42
  • 17. Alex KIRSCH, Lux, at 1:45.57
  • 18. Juan CAMACHO DEL FRESNO, Esp, at 1:46.03
  • 19. Davide MARTINELLI, Ita, at 1:55.32
  • 20. Alexander EVTUSHENKO, Rus, at 1:55.33
  • 21. Mario GONZALEZ SALAS, Esp, at 1:55.74
  • 22. Jan Marcus Faaglum KARLSSON, Swe, at 1:57.38
  • 23. Robin CARPENTER, Usa, at 1:57.53
  • 24. Scott DAVIES, Gbr, at 2:01.65
  • 25. Ignacio PRADO, Mex, at 2:02.28
  • 26. Dion SMITH, Nzl, at 2:05.42
  • 27. Jose Luis RODRIGUEZ, Chi, at 2:06.43
  • 28. Willem Jakobus SMIT, Rsa, at 2:09.83
  • 29. Oleg ZEMLYAKOV, Kaz, at 2:10.22
  • 30. Viktor OKISHEV, Kaz, at 2:17.72
  • 31. Ruben POLS, Bel, at 2:23.19
  • 32. Tom BOHLI, Sui, at 2:24.75
  • 33. Marlen ZMORKA, Ukr, at 2:27.91
  • 34. Gregor MUHLBERGER, Aut, at 2:36.66
  • 35. Taylor EISENHART, Usa, at 2:37.39
  • 36. Miguel Ángel LÓPEZ, Col, at 2:37.49
  • 37. Przemyslaw KASPERKIEWICZ, Pol, at 2:37.62
  • 38. Ioannis SPANOPOULOS, Gre, at 2:40.64
  • 39. Carlos RAMÍREZ, Col, at 2:56.88
  • 40. Rémi CAVAGNA, Fra, at 2:58.82
  • 41. Seid LIZDE, Ita, at 3:08.64
  • 42. Facundo LEZICA, Arg, at 3:12.95
  • 43. Casper VON FOLSACH, Den, at 3:22.33
  • 44. Bruno MALTAR, Cro, at 3:31.11
  • 45. David PER, Slo, at 3:33.48
  • 46. Bruno ARMIRAIL, Fra, at 3:54.61
  • 47. Hugo angel VELAZQUEZ, Arg, at 4:03.42
  • 48. Anasse AIT EL ABDIA, Mar, at 4:06.57
  • 49. Ahmet ORKEN, Tur, at 4:10.13
  • 50. Abderrahmane MANSOURI, Alg, at 4:34.30
  • 51. Valens NDAYISENGA, Rwa, at 4:38.33
  • 52. Dmitriy RIVE, Kaz, at 4:43.94
  • 53. Salaheddine MRAOUNI, Mar, at 4:47.71
  • 54. Pontus KASTEMYR, Swe, at 4:48.16
  • 55. Tural ISGANDAROV, Aze, at 4:59.52
  • 56. Adil BARBARI, Alg, at 5:01.17
  • 57. Jean Bosco INSENGIYUMVA, Rwa, at 5:04.25
  • 58. Feritcan SAMLI, Tur, at 5:14.91
  • 59. Pablo CRUZ, Hon, at 6:01.42
  • 60. Szabolcs SEBESTYEN, Rou, at 6:29.81
  • 61. Shern Mun Benedict LEE, Sin, at 7:21.47
  • 62. Diego hossfeldt DIEGO HOSSFELDT, Qat, at 7:41.77
  • 63. Victor CARTIN, Mda, at 9:56.68
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    Results: 2014 women’s junior world time trial championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-womens-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346770 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/results-womens-junior-world-time-trial-championships_346770#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:49:14 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346770 Australia wins gold and bronze, and Denmark's Mathiesen takes second

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  • 1. Macey STEWART, Aus, in 20:08.39
  • 2. Pernille MATHIESEN, Den, at :10.79
  • 3. Anna-Leeza HULL, Aus, at :13.31
  • 4. Alexandra MANLY, Aus, at :13.81
  • 5. Emma WHITE, Usa, at :26.47
  • 6. Greta RICHIOUD, Fra, at :26.63
  • 7. Melissa LOWTHER, Gbr, at :27.69
  • 8. Aafke SOET, Ned, at :28.23
  • 9. Daria PIKULIK, Pol, at :38.91
  • 10. Daria EGOROVA, Rus, at :44.73
  • 11. Camila VALBUENA, Col, at :50.05
  • 12. Lisa KLEIN, Ger, at :51.87
  • 13. Alice GASPARINI, Ita, at :52.45
  • 14. Sofia BERTIZZOLO, Ita, at :55.51
  • 15. Janelle COLE, Usa, at 1:02.21
  • 16. Milda AUŽBIKAVICIUTE, Ltu, at 1:06.86
  • 17. Yekaterina YURAITIS, Kaz, at 1:08.07
  • 18. Natalia RADZICKA, Pol, at 1:08.78
  • 19. Kiyoka SAKAGUCHI, Jpn, at 1:08.81
  • 20. Faina POTAPOVA, Kaz, at 1:10.48
  • 21. Chanella STOUGJE, Ned, at 1:10.51
  • 22. María CALDERÓN, Esp, at 1:14.95
  • 23. Franziska BANZER, Ger, at 1:15.92
  • 24. Margot DUTOUR, Fra, at 1:16.11
  • 25. Julia KARLSSON, Swe, at 1:20.44
  • 26. Jeanne KOREVAAR, Ned, at 1:22.26
  • 27. Nikola ZDRÁHALOVÁ, Cze, at 1:22.31
  • 28. Linda HALLERÖD, Swe, at 1:25.85
  • 29. Tereza MEDVEDOVA, Svk, at 1:29.46
  • 30. Aline SEITZ, Sui, at 1:29.71
  • 31. Eva Maria PALM, Bel, at 1:29.95
  • 32. Ema MANIKAITE, Ltu, at 1:33.97
  • 33. Dafné THÉROUX-IZQUIERDO, Can, at 1:35.81
  • 34. Michelle ANDRES, Sui, at 1:39.82
  • 35. Mari-Liis MOTTUS, Est, at 1:41.87
  • 36. Anastasiia PLIASKINA, Rus, at 1:43.77
  • 37. Josie KNIGHT, Irl, at 1:45.84
  • 38. Julia RODRÍGUEZ, Esp, at 1:46.17
  • 39. Yumi KAJIHARA, Jpn, at 1:50.41
  • 40. Paula PATIÑO, Col, at 1:50.98
  • 41. Grace GARNER, Gbr, at 1:57.75
  • 42. Endija RUTULE, Lat, at 1:59.33
  • 43. Katja JERETINA, Slo, at 2:04.74
  • 44. Monique GERBER, Rsa, at 2:24.80
  • 45. Ekaterina KNEBELEVA, Uzb, at 2:31.03
  • 46. Kimberley LE COURT DE BILLOT, Mri, at 2:36.03
  • 47. Ebtesam ZAYED AHMED, Egy, at 3:08.21
  • 48. Michelle BENSON, Rsa, at 3:25.69
  • 49. Menatalla ESSAM RAGAB, Egy, at 5:07.77
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    Double delight for Australia at worlds http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/double-delight-australia-worlds_346759 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/double-delight-australia-worlds_346759#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:15:14 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346759

    Campbell Flakemore makes it two time trial golds in a row for Australia as he wins the U23 individual time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    U23 Campbell Flakemore and junior Macey Stewart win gold in the world time trial championships

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    Campbell Flakemore makes it two time trial golds in a row for Australia as he wins the U23 individual time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    Macey Stewart dives into the final turn, on her way to winning the junior women's individual time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    Macey Stewart dives into the final turn, on her way to winning the junior women’s individual time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

    PONFERRADA, Spain (AFP) — Campbell Flakemore and Macey Stewart gave Australia a golden double at the world time trial championships in Ponferrada, Spain on Monday.

    Flakemore won the men’s under-23 time trial event, beating Ireland’s Ryan Mullan by just half a second, with Switzerland’s Stefan Kueng, the last rider to start, snatching third.

    “I was very disappointed with my [fourth place] result in last year’s [worlds] TT,” said Flakemore. “That was what was driving me today to keep pushing hard.”

    Photo gallery.

    It was Australia’s fourth win in six years in the event — the two years it didn’t win, it took silver.

    Teenager Stewart won the women’s junior 13.9km time trial event ahead of Denmark’s Pernille Mathiesen by almost 11 seconds while another Aussie, Anna-Leeza Hull pipped teammate Alexandra Manly, third last year, by just half a second for the bronze.

    It wasn’t just double glory for Australia, though, as both riders come from Tasmania, just like Team Sky’s Richie Porte.

    “It’s obviously a cool start for Australia, we’ve always had strong time trialists like (former U23 winners) Jack Bobridge, Damien Howson, and Luke Durbridge,” said Flakemore.

    “It’s a tradition I’m happy to continue. Macey won this morning, and she’s from Tasmania like me so it’s pretty cool for Tasmania to get two gold medals.

    “I knew I was down in the first checks, but I knew that final climb would be decisive, so I kept a little bit in the tank, and I think that was decisive. The last K, it was so close, it could have gone either way. I am glad it went my way.”

    Flakemore, who came fourth a year ago, put in a blistering sprint finish on the 36.15km course to wrench the gold medal out of a clearly disappointed Mullen’s hands.

    “I cannot even explain it,” said Mullen. “I thought I would hang on. I took as many risks today as I could. I don’t have any regrets. It’s so disappointing to get so close to the world title. We’ve worked hard to get into the shape I’m in, and I’ve kept progressing, and I thought I would win, but I am also very happy to be on the podium.

    “I gave everything out there. I cannot think where I could have gone harder without risking a crash. I’ve progressed over the years, and the best guy won. I hope there is more to come.”

    But there was more disappointment for Portugal’s Rafael Reis, who had long been sitting in a podium position but saw his medal hopes go up in smoke as Flakemore and Kueng came home as two of the last three riders.

    “I gave everything I had,” said Kueng. “Maybe I went too easy in the beginning, but it’s hard to say. In the [wet] corners I was quite scared. I didn’t want to crash.”

    Junior women’s results.
    U23 men’s results.

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    Farrar ‘disappointed’ to miss out on worlds ride http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/farrar-disappointed-miss-worlds_346729 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/farrar-disappointed-miss-worlds_346729#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:29:01 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346729

    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) would have liked to represent the U.S. at 2014 world championships, but the climbing-heavy course and reduced team allocation for the Americans conspired against him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

    Farrar wasn't selected for the six-man squad heading to Sunday's climbing-centric world championships in Spain

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    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) would have liked to represent the U.S. at 2014 world championships, but the climbing-heavy course and reduced team allocation for the Americans conspired against him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

    PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Tyler Farrar is “disappointed” he won’t be racing next weekend in northern Spain for the elite men’s road cycling world championships.

    With the U.S. men’s team down to six riders for the road race, instead of the nine maximum for top-ranked nations, Farrar was squeezed out for selection.

    “I was pretty disappointed not to get selected, but there are only six spots, instead of nine,” Farrar told VeloNews. “It’s a super hard course, with more than 4,000 meters [13,123 feet] of climbing, so they’re sending a climbing-focused U.S. team.”

    The Garmin-Sharp rider has competed in several worlds in the U23 and elite men’s ranks, with a career-best 10th in the so-called sprinter’s worlds in Copenhagen in 2011.

    He hasn’t returned to worlds competition since then, but said he would have liked to have been selected for the Ponferrada course that he admitted didn’t favor his sprinter’s style.

    “I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t be a part of it,” Farrar continued. “A guy like [Garmin-Sharp teammate] Alex Howes has a big chance, and I would have loved to have been there to help him make it happen. There are a lot of good American guys this year.”

    One reason why experienced riders such as Farrar were squeezed out was that the U.S. elite men’s team earned only six out of nine possible start spots, based on the nation’s ranking.

    Three were automatic bids, with those going to Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), and reigning national champion Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop). Talansky and van Garderen will both race the time trial Wednesday as well.

    The three remaining spots went to Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) and Howes, who both won stages at the USA Pro Challenge, and BMC workhorse Brent Bookwalter.

    Howes, who, with Peter Stetina, was among the two U.S. finishers in last year’s demanding course in Florence, will be one of the U.S. team’s best cards to play.

    Van Garderen, hot off winning the trade team time trial world title Sunday, admitted the U.S. team will not line up as one of the five-star favorites to win.

    “We have a few different plans. We obviously don’t have a big favorite,” Van Garderen said. “We have a few guys who are ready to work, and we have guys like Alex [Howes] who can be fast in a select group in the end, and guys like me and [Andrew] Talansky, if there is a move going away on the last few laps. We want to spread around our chances to win. I think we’ll work well together. We want to at least animate the race.”

    That means Farrar, who raced to 10th in the trade team time trial Sunday with Garmin-Sharp, will be setting his sights on different targets as he winds down his 2014 season.

    Up next, he’ll race in the Tour Eurometropole (formerly Franco-Belge), where he won a stage last year, and then the Tour of Beijing for his first time.

    “I still have a few weeks of racing ahead of me,” Farrar said. “The legs are good. I like racing in the fall, and I am looking forward going to China.”

    The Beijing tour will also put an end to his seven-year run at Garmin-Sharp. He’s set to join MTN-Qhubeka in a two-year deal next season.

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    Kreuziger cleared of doping by Czech Olympic committee http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/kreuziger-cleared-doping-czech-olympic-committee_346740 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/kreuziger-cleared-doping-czech-olympic-committee_346740#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:17:01 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=346740

    Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was officially cleared of doping charges on Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

    On Monday, Czech authorities announced that Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping charges

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    Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was officially cleared of doping charges on Monday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

    PRAGUE (AFP) — The Czech Olympic committee on Monday cleared Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) of doping charges after the cyclist had been banned from the sport for months over problems with his biological passport.

    The committee said on its website that, “the values in the cyclist’s biological passport did not exceed the basal (extreme) values.”

    It said it had “considered the expert opinions submitted by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and by the sportsman, which explain the so-called abnormalities.”

    However, the UCI said it may appeal the decision after president Brian Cookson had said last month that there was “a very strong indication of manipulation.”

    The UCI released a statement saying, “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms receipt of the Arbitration Committee of the Czech Olympic Committee’s decision on the Roman Kreuziger case.

    “The UCI takes note of the decision to acquit the rider and will consider the possibility of appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as provided under the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

    “At this stage, with the relevant appeal windows opened, the UCI will not make any further comment on the case.”

    Dating from 2011 and 2012, the problems with the biological passport banned the 28-year-old Czech rider, who had finished fifth in last year’s Tour de France, from this year’s Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and the world championships.

    The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency now have a month to appeal the decision, said the Czech committee.

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