VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:45:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 In the News: Giant will sell direct to consumer by August http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/in-the-news-giant-will-sell-direct-to-consumer-by-august_395348 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/in-the-news-giant-will-sell-direct-to-consumer-by-august_395348#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:45:21 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395348

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Giant is following the lead of Trek, offering bikes to consumers online, but they will still have to pick up their new rides at a shop.

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Bicycle Retailer and Industry News reports that Giant Bicycles USA will sell bikes directly to consumers by August. Bike purchasers will have to collect their new rides at a Giant store, so it won’t cut out the middleman entirely. This is similar to how Trek is doing its direct-to-consumer program.

“The way consumers buy bikes and gear is rapidly advancing and we want our retailers to win as the environment transforms here in the U.S.,” Giant USA’s general manager John Thompson said. “Our Giant Web Link is 100 percent committed to helping you grow your retail store’s revenue, profits and business relevance.”

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USA Pro Challenge will not run in 2016 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/usa-pro-challenge-will-not-run-in-2016_395325 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/usa-pro-challenge-will-not-run-in-2016_395325#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:27:57 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395325

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Organizers confirm that the race will not be held in 2016 as the new ownership group tries to rally support for the Colorado stage race.

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Organizers of the USA Pro Challenge stage race confirmed Friday that the event will not occur in 2016. In a written statement, CEO Shawn Hunter said that the race will aim to re-start in 2017.

The announcement comes less than a month after a USA Pro Challenge representative told VeloNews that the race would go on in 2016, indicating that organizers had found replacement funding following the exit of its former financial backers, the Schaden family. In September, the USA Pro Challenge announced that the Schaden family would step down from its role as the race’s backer to allow for a new ownership group to take over the five-year-old race.

It is unclear whether the required funding was never found, or was simply found too late.

“The timing and work involved in this endeavor does not allow us to produce the event in 2016 and achieve all the goals of our important stakeholders,” a statement read. “Instead, we have targeted 2017 to restart this iconic race. Since the inaugural USA Pro Challenge in 2011, the race has been a great Colorado community asset and has quickly become one of the most exciting races on the global cycling calendar, for fans and competitors.”

According to organizers, the event had grown into Colorado’s largest sporting event, with an estimated economic impact of $130 million.

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Competing priorities leave Cavendish’s 2016 plans uncertain http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/cavendishs-track-future-remains-unclear_395321 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/cavendishs-track-future-remains-unclear_395321#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:05:00 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395321

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team worked all day to defend his slim lead in the Tour of Qatar general classification Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Mark Cavendish isn't ready to commit to track world championships or an Olympic campaign, as Dimension Data relies on him for road races.

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Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team worked all day to defend his slim lead in the Tour of Qatar general classification Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

DOHA, Qatar (VN) — After sealing an overall win at Tour of Qatar Friday, Mark Cavendish says that he is unsure where he will ride next, on the track or on the road. A decision to ride the track world championships in March would be a step toward the Olympics. Otherwise, he could call off his gold medal plans.

Dimension Data’s super sprinter placed only millimeters behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in stage 5 to conclude the Tour of Qatar in Doha. Doing so, he kept his race leader’s golden jersey. With the stage win on day one Monday and today’s overall, he now counts two wins in 2016.

Uncertainty, however, surrounds his track plans. He has been racing the omnium event on the track in an effort to qualify for Great Britain’s 2016 Olympic team. That selection could hinge on the track worlds in London, where he would need to prove up to the task after placing fourth at the last World Cup round in Hong Kong.

The Manxman said that he would decide during the week if he would race worlds, but he has not made the call yet. “I haven’t thought about the track worlds really. I’ve just been trying to get through this nine-day block with the Dubai Tour and here,” Cavendish told press off the winner’s podium, overlooking Doha’s blustery Corniche.

“So of course, I know I’m in contention for selection there. But when you’re racing here in the winds like this, you can’t really have the track in the back of your mind, you have to go full gas. But I’m happy with what I’ve got out of these races in Dubai and Qatar, and obviously made up to have the win more than anything.”

Cavendish admitted that he first must manage his road career because that is what he is being paid to do, but that he wants to have a chance at giving Great Britain another track gold medal. He tried in the 2008 Beijing Games, but Madison partner Bradley Wiggins was not up to speed after winning in other events. In 2012, in London, he tried in the road race, but tactics worked against him. Juggling both the road and track, though, is a bit “tricky” and he could be forced to call off his dream.

“I think it’s doable,” he said at the start of the week. “I might find out in a few weeks that it’s not, I might find out the middle of this week that it’s not doable, and things will have to change.”

A week has gone by, and Cavendish looks to be ready for the road season after beating Kristoff in stage 1 and defending Dimension Data’s lead when Edvald Boasson Hagen suffered a double puncture Thursday. His track coach Heiko Salzwedel will have to decide just how he is progressing for the omnium, a multi-discipline event over two days.

If they call off worlds, Cavendish might scrap all plans to race the Olympics. Now, however, it is unclear. What is clear is that South Africa’s Dimension Data, in its first season as a WorldTour team, depends on him in the road races. Cavendish’s program includes Milano-Sanremo on March 19, Gent-Wevelgem on March 27, Scheldeprijs on April 6, and, of course, the Tour de France in July, where already counts 26 stage wins.

Right now, he sees two options for his next race: “If I do the worlds, I do the worlds. If I don’t, it’s probably Tirreno-Adriatico.”

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Gallery: 2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 5 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/gallery-2016-tour-of-qatar-stage-5_395280 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/gallery-2016-tour-of-qatar-stage-5_395280#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:35:32 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395280

The final sprint at the Tour of Qatar was a head-to-head matchup between Cavendish and Katusha's Alexander Kristoff. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alexander Kristoff claims his third win of the week, and Mark Cavendish wraps up the overall title at Tour of Qatar.

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The final sprint at the Tour of Qatar was a head-to-head matchup between Cavendish and Katusha's Alexander Kristoff. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Video: UCI checks 90 bikes at La Mediterraneenne http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/video-uci-checks-90-bikes-at-la-mediterraneenne_395306 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/video-uci-checks-90-bikes-at-la-mediterraneenne_395306#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:14:53 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395306

The UCI tested scads of bikes on Friday at La Méditerranéenne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

The UCI checked 90 bikes from six different teams at La Méditerranéenne on Friday.

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The UCI tested scads of bikes on Friday at La Méditerranéenne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

The UCI checked 90 bikes from six different teams at La Méditerranéenne stage race in France on Friday and found no technological fraud. The testing was unannounced.

The bikes were tested using the same technology that was employed at the cyclocross world championships in January, where a motor was found in Belgian Femke Van den Driessche’s bike. The test involves a small sensor and a tablet computer, which, when held near a frame or wheel, can detect a motor inside.

A coach from CSF-Bardiani caught the testing on video and posted it on Instagram.

Controlli @uci_cycling per verifica presenza #motorini in telai e ruote @bardiani_csf #greenteam #rideclean

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The new technology allows the UCI to test a large number of bikes in a short period of time. Previously, cranksets had to be removed from each frame in order to visually inspect its interior. The time-consuming process meant that the UCI could only test a few bikes at any given event.

“The UCI has invested considerable time and financial resources in this area and trialing new methods of detection is part of its commitment to ensuring its tests are as robust as possible,” the UCI said in a statement. “Intelligence has also been gained from active engagement with the industry and other information given to us which has enabled us to refine and improve our testing.”

The UCI noted that it will continue to test a “significant number of bikes in unannounced tests in all disciplines throughout 2016 and beyond.”

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Reviewed: Connex 11s0 chain http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/bikes-and-tech/reviews/reviewed-connex-11s0-chain_395110 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/bikes-and-tech/reviews/reviewed-connex-11s0-chain_395110#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:56:45 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395110

Connex's 11s0 chain held up under the rigors of a full cyclocross season. (And yes, we know it needs a thorough degreasing.) Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com

Connex is hoping you'll branch out when you need a replacement and opt for its product. But is the price worth it?

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Connex's 11s0 chain held up under the rigors of a full cyclocross season. (And yes, we know it needs a thorough degreasing.) Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com

So you need a new chain — do you seek out something new and different, or stick with the same model you had before? It’s easy to just grab the usual SRAM or Shimano chain and keep on rolling, but Connex is hoping you’ll mix it up and go for something like its 11s0 chain, which we tested last fall.

Perhaps the only bike upgrade that is less sexy than a chain is a bottom bracket (well, the word “bottom” does have some humorous, juvenile connotations), but replacements are inevitable. As for the Connex 11s0, it worked flawlessly for 700 miles of riding — mostly cyclocross, including 14 races. The shifting was on par with any Shimano, KMC, or SRAM chain we’ve used before. Plus, the Connex withstood a punishing, muddy day that resulted in a decapitated rear derailleur. We just kept on riding it for another month of ’cross racing.

Connex’s only quirk is the quick link. It works perfectly well, but it must be oriented correctly, or the chain will skip in the 11-tooth cog.

Here’s the one knock against Connex: This chain is $70, which is rather dear, compared to SRAM’s PC1170 chain, priced at $46. The two are roughly comparable in terms of weight (the Connex weighs 270g for 118 links) and performance.

If you’re feeling adventurous and need a new chain, we can vouch for the Connex, but it’s a little hard to discern if the higher price is worth it.

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Italian Francesco Reda handed eight-year ban for EPO http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/italian-francesco-reda-handed-eight-year-ban-for-epo_395276 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/italian-francesco-reda-handed-eight-year-ban-for-epo_395276#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:54:01 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395276

Francesco Reda (left) has been stripped of his second-place result at 2015 Italian national championships and banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test at that race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Francesco Reda, runner-up at Italian national championships in 2015, has been banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test.

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Francesco Reda (left) has been stripped of his second-place result at 2015 Italian national championships and banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test at that race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Francesco Reda, who finished second to Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali in the 2015 Italian national road race championships, has been banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test.

In July 2015, Italian authorities announced that Reda had tested positive for EPO at nationals. Italy’s anti-doping tribunal confirmed the result Friday with its decision to ban the 33-year-old for eight years. The Team Idea 2010 ASD rider was stripped of his podium result at national championships as well.

This is not Reda’s only doping offense. In fact, 2015 was his first season back in the peloton after serving a 14-month ban for refusing a doping control in 2013 while riding for Androni – Giocattoli. He was originally banned for two years, but his sentence was reduced after he cooperated with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).

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Week in Tech: Specialized Allez, Liv Ambassadors, and more http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/bikes-and-tech/week-in-tech-specialized-allez-liv-ambassadors-and-more_395237 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/bikes-and-tech/week-in-tech-specialized-allez-liv-ambassadors-and-more_395237#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:15:08 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395237

The newest edition of Specialized's Allez Sprint will include a front derailleur braze-on. Photo: Specialized

We've got the latest tech news, including some new bikes launched Down Under, new road gear, and more.

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The newest edition of Specialized's Allez Sprint will include a front derailleur braze-on. Photo: Specialized

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

Specialized gives Allez Sprint a front derailleur

Aluminum is not dead. Specialized is doing its part to keep the metal alive, and the newest edition of the Allez Sprint has a front derailleur braze-on (revolutionary, right?). Previously, the Allez Sprint was committed to SRAM’s 1x road group. Now you’ve got some options, and it’s the same frame construction as before, which Specialized says is as stiff as a Tarmac thanks to a three-piece brazed BB assembly. This adds up to create a bike that’s very frisky — the Allez felt great under power, sprinting up short rises, or closing the gap in a bunch. We’ve ridden plenty of carbon race bikes that are harsher than this, although the Allez isn’t butter-smooth over rough roads. It communicates a noticeable amount of road feel, but not in an uncomfortable manner. Currently, it’s only available as an 1,150-gram frame for $1,100 (including an S-Works Tarmac fork, Venge seatpost, and headset).

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Alchemy unveils Atlas carbon road bike

Alchemy Bicycles revealed its sub-900-gram Atlas carbon road frame that borrows technology from Alchemy’s flagship Helios carbon road bike. Engineered for diverse riding demands, the Atlas is designed for long flats, technical descents, and steep climbs. Available in stock sizes and colors, the Atlas is priced at $3,999 for the frameset, an Enve 2.0 fork, and a Cane Creek headset. A complete Atlas with Shimano Ultegra retails for $6,699.

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Liv launches 125-member ambassador program for women

Liv added 45 new members to its U.S. women’s ambassador program, which now totals 125 members located across the country. The goal of the Liv ambassador program is to grow the women’s cycling community regionally through local events that educate women about the sport and make cycling more approachable and welcoming. The program officially launched on February 8 at the annual Liv ambassador camp in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the camp, Liv provided hands-on training about the brand as well as leading clinics and group rides. SRAM, which is also working with this program, was on hand to train ambassadors on drivetrain, brakes, suspension, maintenance, and technology.

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SRAM Red gets a makeover

New for 2016, SRAM introduced a complete graphics rework inspired by and designed to complement the look of SRAM’s new wireless eTap groupset. The graphics feature overlapping textures and design elements in a matte and gloss black finish. Additional changes include more subtle logo placement, layering, tone on tone texture differences, and a refined Red logo.

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Factor Bikes launches new line of bikes

Factor Bikes, the bike brand responsible for Vis Vires bikes, announced details of its new bike collection. The new range was presented by Factor Bikes co-owner and former Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke at the Santos Tour Down Under. Guests included Jack Bobridge of Trek – Segafredo, Koen de Kort of Giant – Alpecin, and former professional racers Bradley McGee and Stuart O’Grady. The new bikes — the Factor ONE and the Factor O2 — will be available in March from select dealers and direct from the Factor website.

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Kitsbow releases first road collection

The Kitsbow cycling apparel company announced the addition of a road line that includes the Geyser’s jersey, Coleman Valley bib short, King Ridge windbreaker, Road arm warmer, and Road knee warmer. “Mountain biking was our starting point, our core and our passion at Kitsbow,” Kitsbow founder Charlie Cronk said. “Most of us ride, whether it’s mountain, urban commuting, or road, so each addition to the line has been a natural progression. Now we’re excited to expand into road apparel, remaining true to Kitsbow’s design philosophy.”

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The Sufferfest debuts two new cycling videos

The Sufferfest, creators of virtual indoor cycling training videos, announced the release of the new Power Station and The Way Out videos. Adding to its library of more than 20 videos, The Sufferfest’s newest workouts feature officially licensed footage from Milano-Sanremo and Tirreno-Adriatico, on-bike camera footage from the Giro d’Italia, and scenic routes from The Col Collective across the French and Italian Alps. The workouts were designed by elite coach Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching and BMC Racing, and are available via download from the Sufferest’s website and its streaming app.

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New Endura windproof jacket available

The Endura cycling apparel company released its latest windproof offering, the FS260-Pro SL Thermal Windproof Jacket. Inspired by the jacket Endura produced for the Movistar team, the FS260-Pro SL is constructed from a 4-way stretch windproof fabric with a thermal grid lining on the front and sleeves. This acts as a barrier against both the wind and cold. High-stretch, thermal rear panels are breathable and quickly wick sweat away, while the high-cut, double-layer collar and seamless, extended cuffs keep the cold air out. MSRP: $225

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Cavendish claims second Tour of Qatar title http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/cavendish-claims-second-tour-of-qatar-title_395263 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/cavendish-claims-second-tour-of-qatar-title_395263#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:41:11 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395263

Mark Cavendish prevailed on the final day of Tour of Qatar to win the overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The British sprinter finishes second to Alexander Kristoff on the final stage, but benefits from time bonuses to take the overall victory.

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Mark Cavendish prevailed on the final day of Tour of Qatar to win the overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Mark Cavendish won the Tour of Qatar for a second time Friday as Alexander Kristoff sprinted to victory on the fifth and final stage.

“Obviously it’s nice to be wearing gold now, but I know I am only wearing it on behalf of Edvald [Boasson Hagen],” said Cavendish. “He only lost it because of bad luck and not through any other kind of cause. He should be the guy wearing this gold jersey but we are just super happy to keep it in Team Dimension Data. The team made the step up to WorldTour this year and we’ve already won a GC.”

Stage 5, top 10

  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 2:56:16
  • 2. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 3. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 4. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 7. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 8. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 9. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :00
  • 10. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00

 

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, in 13:47:23
  • 2. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :05
  • 3. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :12
  • 5. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :25
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :36
  • 7. Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18, at :47
  • 8. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :55
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:04

Katusha’s Kristoff held off Cavendish to take his third stage win of the week and the points classification, matching his efforts in the 2015 edition of the event. Cavendish previously won the Tour of Qatar in 2013.

With Cavendish wearing the golden leader’s jersey, Dimension Data kept the day’s three-man breakaway in check. Katusha also pitched in at the front of the peloton, bringing the race back together with 10 kilometers to go to the finish in Doha Corniche.

“We were really motivated for today, and I have won this stage before a couple of times,” Cavendish continued. “The wind was always going to make it difficult today, it was a block head wind, and we thought it was going to be cross. Actually it was more a cross/head wind so you were never really comfortable. We knew we were going to have to take control, and the team were really motivated after yesterday.”

Edvald Boasson Hagen led out Cavendish in the sprint, but Kristoff prevailed in the final 200 hundred meters to win in a photo finish. Roy Jans of Wanty – Groupe Gobert finished second on the day. Because of time bonuses, Cavendish was able to finish five seconds ahead of Kristoff in the general classification to claim the final gold jersey. BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet was third overall, eight seconds back, though he didn’t factor in stage 5’s sprint.

“That sprint was pretty hectic,” Kristoff said. “A lot of teams were trying to take the lead. We did actually a very good job all day. We controlled the break and were able in the end to be in front at the last corner. There, we had a good position. Dimension Data overtook us a little bit. We managed to stay together, more or less. The last 500 meters were for [Dimension Data], but I passed them again with 200 meters to go. Then Cavendish came by my side. I thought he got me but then … I think my body is just a little bit longer … That made the difference.”

The triumph signals a return to form for Cavendish with his new Dimension Data team after a stop-start 2015 season that ended with him leaving Etixx – Quick-Step.

Stage 5 results

  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 2:56:16
  • 2. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 3. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 4. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 6. Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 7. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 8. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 9. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :00
  • 10. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at :00
  • 12. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 13. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 14. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at :00
  • 15. Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 16. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 17. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 18. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at :00
  • 20. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 21. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 23. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :00
  • 24. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 25. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 26. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 27. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :00
  • 28. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 30. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :00
  • 31. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 32. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 33. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :00
  • 34. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 35. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at :00
  • 36. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :00
  • 37. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 38. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 39. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 40. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 41. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 42. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :00
  • 43. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 44. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :00
  • 45. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 46. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 47. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 48. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 49. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at :08
  • 50. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :08
  • 51. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :08
  • 52. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at :08
  • 53. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :08
  • 54. Christian Mager, SSG, at :08
  • 55. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 56. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at :08
  • 57. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 58. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 59. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 60. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :08
  • 61. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :08
  • 62. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :08
  • 63. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :08
  • 64. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :08
  • 65. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :08
  • 66. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :08
  • 67. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 68. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 69. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at :08
  • 70. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :08
  • 71. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 72. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :08
  • 73. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :08
  • 74. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :15
  • 75. Rudiger SELIG, BORA-ARGON 18, at :15
  • 76. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :16
  • 77. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :19
  • 78. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :19
  • 79. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :19
  • 80. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :22
  • 81. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :22
  • 82. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :22
  • 83. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :22
  • 84. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :22
  • 85. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :22
  • 86. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :22
  • 87. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :22
  • 88. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 89. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at :22
  • 90. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :22
  • 91. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :29
  • 92. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18, at :31
  • 93. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at :31
  • 94. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :31
  • 95. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 96. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :31
  • 97. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :31
  • 98. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at :31
  • 99. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at :31
  • 100. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :34
  • 101. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :34
  • 102. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :37
  • 103. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :37
  • 104. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :39
  • 105. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :39
  • 106. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :46
  • 107. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :46
  • 108. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at :48
  • 109. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at :48
  • 110. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 111. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 112. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :48
  • 113. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :48
  • 114. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :59
  • 115. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :59
  • 116. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at :59
  • 117. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :59
  • 118. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:04
  • 119. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 1:04
  • 120. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:19
  • 121. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:26
  • 122. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:27
  • 123. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:09
  • 124. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 2:32
  • 125. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:32
  • 126. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:32
  • 127. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 2:32
  • 128. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 2:32
  • DNF Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNS Thomas KOEP, SSG

 

General classification

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, in 13:47:23
  • 2. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :05
  • 3. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :12
  • 5. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :25
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :36
  • 7. Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18, at :47
  • 8. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :55
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :56
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:04
  • 11. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:12
  • 12. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:19
  • 13. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:22
  • 14. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:36
  • 15. Rudiger SELIG, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:50
  • 16. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:09
  • 17. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:12
  • 18. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:48
  • 19. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:48
  • 20. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:51
  • 21. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:10
  • 22. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:20
  • 23. Scott THWAITES, BORA-ARGON 18, at 3:22
  • 24. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:38
  • 25. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:45
  • 26. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:48
  • 27. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at 3:54
  • 28. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:59
  • 29. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:02
  • 30. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:09
  • 31. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at 4:12
  • 32. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:13
  • 33. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at 4:15
  • 34. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:17
  • 35. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:22
  • 36. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 4:23
  • 37. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 4:23
  • 38. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:35
  • 39. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:37
  • 40. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 4:47
  • 41. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 5:13
  • 42. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 5:32
  • 43. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:03
  • 44. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at 6:05
  • 45. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:31
  • 46. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 7:00
  • 47. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 8:09
  • 48. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:21
  • 49. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at 9:02
  • 50. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:09
  • 51. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:19
  • 52. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 9:47
  • 53. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:49
  • 54. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 10:00
  • 55. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 10:55
  • 56. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at 11:00
  • 57. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 11:38
  • 58. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 12:23
  • 59. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 12:35
  • 60. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:09
  • 61. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 13:16
  • 62. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 13:39
  • 63. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:41
  • 64. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:48
  • 65. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:53
  • 66. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:54
  • 67. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 13:56
  • 68. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:57
  • 69. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:57
  • 70. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:58
  • 71. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:05
  • 72. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:12
  • 73. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:12
  • 74. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:12
  • 75. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at 14:12
  • 76. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:16
  • 77. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:26
  • 78. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:39
  • 79. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 14:42
  • 80. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:47
  • 81. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at 14:51
  • 82. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 15:05
  • 83. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 15:05
  • 84. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 15:17
  • 85. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA-ARGON 18, at 15:18
  • 86. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 15:18
  • 87. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 15:22
  • 88. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 15:24
  • 89. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 15:33
  • 90. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 15:49
  • 91. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 15:57
  • 92. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:02
  • 93. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at 16:04
  • 94. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 16:09
  • 95. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 16:16
  • 96. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:00
  • 97. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 17:06
  • 98. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at 17:12
  • 99. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 17:22
  • 100. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 17:25
  • 101. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA-ARGON 18, at 17:25
  • 102. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:38
  • 103. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 17:46
  • 104. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 18:07
  • 105. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 18:13
  • 106. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 18:27
  • 107. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 18:48
  • 108. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at 18:49
  • 109. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at 18:51
  • 110. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 18:59
  • 111. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:07
  • 112. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:19
  • 113. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 19:41
  • 114. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 20:00
  • 115. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 20:11
  • 116. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 20:43
  • 117. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 22:16
  • 118. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 22:22
  • 119. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 22:35
  • 120. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 22:49
  • 121. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 24:11
  • 122. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 24:21
  • 123. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 26:25
  • 124. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 26:29
  • 125. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 26:33
  • 126. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 27:20
  • 127. Christian Mager, SSG, at 27:24
  • 128. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 28:38

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ASO: Establish motor checks before UCI negotiations http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/aso-establish-motor-checks-before-uci-negotiations_395253 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/aso-establish-motor-checks-before-uci-negotiations_395253#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:50:34 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395253

Christian Prudhomme met with the media in Qatar on Friday. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com

The Tour director Christian Prudhomme wants motorized cheating sorted out before the ASO talks with the UCI about rejoining WorldTour.

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Christian Prudhomme met with the media in Qatar on Friday. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com

SEALINE BEACH, Qatar (VN) — Tour de France organizer ASO threw a curveball Friday, saying it must sort out controls for motorized cheating before any negotiations to rejoin the UCI WorldTour can take place.

The ASO said in December it will pull the Tour, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and its other races out of the WorldTour and register them as HC events for 2017. Such a move would allow the French organizer to invite the teams it wishes, as opposed to the 18 WorldTour teams who receive automatic entries to World Tour races and a handful of Pro Continental squads who are invited by race organizers. ASO said at the time the UCI’s reforms for 2017 created a “closed system.”

The priority has changed, however, says Tour director Christian Prudhomme, after a rider was caught with a motor in her bike at the cyclocross world championships last month.

“If that problem is not sorted out, then what is the point of talking about anything else? That’s the priority, to have systematic checks on motors,” Prudhomme told select media, including VeloNews, at the Tour of Qatar.

“Fifteen days ago, I wouldn’t have talked about those checks, but things have radically changed in cycling because now it’s no longer a rumor with a motor being discovered. This has become our priority, and cycling has to understand that. We have to get rid of the cheating and the suspicion before talking about any other subject. We have to sort this problem out.”

The governing body’s disciplinary commission is investigating the case of Belgian Femke Van den Driessche after her spare bike was found with a motor in its seat tube during the under 23 women’s race at the ’cross worlds in Zolder, Belgium, on January 30. If the often-feuding French organizer and the UCI have found any common ground, it is regarding beefed-up controls for hidden motors.

“Room for negotiations on the WorldTour? I don’t know,” Prudhomme said. “I want to insist that we have to have systematic controls for motors first. [UCI president] Brian Cookson said that, and that’s a good thing. That’s the main issue facing us now. Do I think the UCI is going about the controls in the right way? Yes. It’s easy to check bikes and it doesn’t cost a lot of money.”

Prudhomme was rushed ahead of the Tour of Qatar’s final stage Friday into Doha’s center. Instead of speaking about the roadblock separating the ASO from rejoining the WorldTour for 2017, he focused on motors and missed opportunities to meet Cookson face to face for the first time since the ASO dropped its bomb in December.

Cookson traveled to Australia for the Santos Tour Down Under, where Prudhomme was due to visit before canceling his trip. The Brit arrived in Qatar for stage 2, around the same time Prudhomme arrived.

“Of course, I’m not doing this on purpose,” Prudhomme said of the missed encounters between the pair. “I had a problem with my flight for Australia, there wasn’t a flight for me, and I stayed in Paris. Anyway, it never happened. Brian probably doesn’t know my schedule, and I don’t know his schedule. It’s not deliberate.”

If ASO keeps its seven races out of the WorldTour, it would seriously devalue the top-level racing series. Cookson said in Australia, “It’s not impossible to run the WorldTour without ASO’s events, but they are some of the biggest events. We do want them to be a part of it.”

Before leaving Qatar, Cookson said, “I haven’t spoken to [ASO] since earlier last year and the UCI met at the Management Committee last week and we reconfirmed our position on the 2017 reforms.

“I’m sure we can come to an agreement with the ASO without the outbreak of war again. The Tour is the biggest and best bike race in the world. I’m sure they will want to continue to be a part of the WorldTour. I do want to say our door is open and I’m always ready to talk with anyone from ASO, from Madame Amaury downwards.”

Prudhomme tried to play down the brewing conflict between ASO and the UCI.

“After the Paris attacks two months ago, I’d never use the word war,” he said. “There are differences, yes, but this is not a war.”

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Brim Brothers launches $440 wearable power meter http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/brim-brothers-launches-440-wearable-power-meter_395221 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/brim-brothers-launches-440-wearable-power-meter_395221#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:01:20 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395221

The Zone power meter combines force data from a plate under the cleat with accelerometer data from this pod to calculate power. It can be moved from bike to bike with ease, as it's not actually attached to the bike. Just bring your shoes. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

Brim Brothers' cleat-based Zone DPMX power meter launched on Kickstarter Thursday, and the company says it will deliver in three months.

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The Zone power meter combines force data from a plate under the cleat with accelerometer data from this pod to calculate power. It can be moved from bike to bike with ease, as it's not actually attached to the bike. Just bring your shoes. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

After six years of development, Brim Brothers’ long-awaited wearable, cleat-based power meter launched on Kickstarter Thursday, quickly reaching more than 30 percent of its 100,000 euro goal.

The Zone DPMX measures power using a small plate placed between the sole of a cycling shoe and the cleat of a Speedplay pedal, replacing the four-hole to three-hole converter required to use Speedplays with three-hole shoes. A pod containing accelerometers and other gadgetry sits on top of the shoe, sending information via ANT+ to any compatible cycling computer. The system is as mobile as a pair of shoes, completely self-contained, waterproof, and, as of press time, is among the least-expensive direct-measurement power meter available.

This is not the first time Brim has launched the Zone. A promised 2014 production run and planned availability in 2015 were delayed, though the company has had working prototypes for years. The price then was $1,000, but has since dropped considerably. The company is now promising delivery to Kickstarter funders in three months’ time.

Brim Brothers is Kickstarting two models: The Zone DPMX Single, which measures power in only one cleat and will double that measurement, as Stages power meters do, and another two-foot meter called the Zone DPMX Dual, which measures power at both feet.

The Single is available for 390 euro, or about $440, and the Dual is available for 780 euro, or about $880.

How it works

The Zone cleat houses piezoceramic sensors, a more advanced version of the stuff that causes a spark in some gas lighters. When compressed or stretched, they create a current. That current can be translated into force.

The sensors are not strain gauges, as found in many power meters. Brim says they can be more accurate than strain gauges, since they are less affected by temperature swings. They’re also highly durable, a necessity, given where Brim has chosen to position them.

The cleat sensors work in tandem with a small pod placed on the top of the shoe, which measures acceleration and is responsible for calculating power and sending that figure to your cycling computer. These pods run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which last 15-20 hours between charges (a similar run time to most Garmin cycling computers, for example).

The Zone is launching with Speedplay cleats, but founder Barry Redmond has previously told VeloNews that further pedal compatibility is on the horizon.

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The NX X-Horizon rear derailleur provides the same shifting action as XX1, with a larger upper pulley offset and the 12-tooth X-Sync pulley wheels. Photo: SRAM

SRAM introduces an even less expensive 1x drivetrain option for mountain bikers, the NX group.

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The NX X-Horizon rear derailleur provides the same shifting action as XX1, with a larger upper pulley offset and the 12-tooth X-Sync pulley wheels. Photo: SRAM

Single-ring drivetrains keep getting more affordable, and SRAM’s new NX 1x mountain bike kit is the latest option for cash-strapped mountain bikers. It provides the wide gear range riders have enjoyed on the trails for years now, but at a more attainable price point. The X-Sync crankset, X-Horizon rear derailleur, X-Actuation shifters, and NX chain and cassette are fully compatible with all SRAM 1x drivetrains, but the cassette fits a normal freehub, not the SRAM-specific XD driver.

1x X-Sync crankset

Chainring compatibility: 28t, 30t, 32t, 34t, 36t, 38t, 40t
Crank arm length: 155mm, 165mm, 170mm, 175mm
BB spindle interface: 24mm, 30mm
Weight: 680-780g
MSRP: $116

1×11 X-Horizon rear derailleur

Max tooth: 42t
Weight: 322g
MSRP: $74

11-Speed X-Actuation trigger shifter and Grip Shift

Cable length: 2,200mm
Weight: 142g
MSRP Trigger Shifter: $27
MSRP Grip Shift: $33

PC-1110 Chain and PG-1130 Cassette

Chain length: 142 links
Chain weight: 232-273g
Cog sizes: 11t, 13t, 15t, 17t, 19t, 22t, 25t, 28t, 32t, 36t, 42t
Cog weight: 538g
MSRP PC-1110 Chain: $14
MSRP PG-1130 Cassette: $79

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Gallery: 2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/gallery-2016-tour-of-qatar-stage-4_395184 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/gallery-2016-tour-of-qatar-stage-4_395184#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:15:04 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395184

Moments later, Boasson Hagen realized that he had suffered a double puncture which ultimately required a bike change. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Untimely flat tires leave Edvald Boasson Hagen out of the race as Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory, and Mark Cavendish takes GC lead.

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Moments later, Boasson Hagen realized that he had suffered a double puncture which ultimately required a bike change. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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MTBers strive for ‘Perfect race’ at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/mtb/perfect-race-at-24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo_395183 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/mtb/perfect-race-at-24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo_395183#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:46:04 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395183

Brian Wilson, Matthew Slaven, Erik Tonkin, and Kris Sneddon rode 24 laps in 24 hours at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo in 2007, the only team to ever do so. Photo: Epic Rides

Much like baseball's "perfect game," 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo affords a similar challenge: riding 24 laps in merely 24 hours.

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Brian Wilson, Matthew Slaven, Erik Tonkin, and Kris Sneddon rode 24 laps in 24 hours at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo in 2007, the only team to ever do so. Photo: Epic Rides

For most of the 1,850 riders in this year’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, the “perfect race” includes a full day of mountain biking with friends and family, great food and tales by the campfire, glorious weather in the Sonoran desert, and no prickly incidents with cacti.

But for a select group of fast and disciplined mountain bike racers, the perfect race means something much more elusive — riding 24 laps in 24 hours. Much like Major League Baseball’s extremely rare “perfect game” — a game lasting a minimum of nine innings in which no opposing player reaches base — the perfect race at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, presented by Tucson Medical Center, requires equal amounts skill, fitness, planning, and a bit of luck.

The last and only time a perfect race happened at the Tuscon, Arizona event was in 2007. The Kona Bikes team of Brian Wilson, Matthew Slaven, Erik Tonkin, and Kris Sneddon completed 24 laps, finishing at 12:24pm Sunday.

“It snowed on the race course earlier that week, helping pack down the dirt and loose sand. By event weekend, the course was as fast as we’ve ever seen it, and the weather was ideal for achieving a perfect race,” Epic Rides president Todd Sadow said.

Provided the weather cooperates this year, the perfect race requires consistent sub-one hour lap times during the day, as nighttime laps are generally a couple minutes slower than during daylight hours. Naturally, any mechanical issues would likely derail chances of riding 24 laps in 24 hours. However, as Kona Bikes proved when they had a 1:11:12 nighttime lap, recovering from a 10-minute setback is possible. Their fastest laps were lap 2 at 55:40 and lap 3 at 55:20, clocked during the day when riders were still fresh and leaders had a relatively open course with no lapped traffic. Because the race allows teams to go out on a final lap prior to high noon on Sunday, teams could theoretically only have 23 laps at 11:59am and still pull off the perfect race.

Past results from 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo >>

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Video: Roompot’s speedy disc brake wheel change http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/video/video-how-fast-will-wheel-changes-be-with-disc-brakes_395174 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/video/video-how-fast-will-wheel-changes-be-with-disc-brakes_395174#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:26:01 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395174

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Roompot Oranje Peloton team is riding SRAM HydroR disc brakes at Tour of Qatar. Mechanics shot a video of a quick mid-race wheel change.

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Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Pro riders and team officials have a few reservations about bringing disc brakes into the peloton, but it appears that one concern has been quelled today at Tour of Qatar, namely wheel changes. Some worry that disc brakes — and thru-axles — will make flat tire fixes more time-consuming. Roompot Oranje Peloton is riding SRAM’s Red HydroR disc group in Qatar this week, and captured video of a rather speedy mid-race wheel change.

Now, if they can only find a way to convince the riders that disc rotors aren’t actually “spinning knife blades.”

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Double puncture leaves Boasson Hagen deflated in Qatar http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/double-puncture-leaves-boasson-hagen-deflated-in-qatar_395169 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/double-puncture-leaves-boasson-hagen-deflated-in-qatar_395169#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:08:30 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395169

Edvald Boasson Hagen, seen here after winning stage 3 in Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Norwegian began stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar with a 26-second lead, but two flats cost him the jersey.

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Edvald Boasson Hagen, seen here after winning stage 3 in Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MADINAT AL SHAMAL, Qatar (VN) — Edvald Boasson Hagen waved goodbye to a turbo-charged group of riders and his lead in the Tour of Qatar on Thursday when he suffered a double puncture in the final eight kilometers of stage 4. The only bright spot for the Norwegian, however, was that his Dimension Data teammate Mark Cavendish was able to take over the golden leader’s jersey with one stage left.

Boasson Hagen, the winner of Wednesday’s time trial, sat bent over in a folding chair next to the team’s car after the stage, consoled by Cavendish and his other teammates. What would have been an important classification win in his career had slipped away in a flash.

“Shit happens,” Boasson Hagen said, still seated. “Yeah, it would’ve been a big win, but now my Qatar win is gone. I can’t do much about it.”

Boasson Hagen went from having a 26-second lead to fifth-place overall at 19 seconds back. The Dimension Data team, minus Cavendish, dropped back to help Boasson Hagen, but he had lost too much ground on the main group.

Cavendish was left all alone and he sprinted to fifth place on the stage, finishing with the same time as winner Alexander Kristoff of Katusha. Cavendish now leads the GC standings by two seconds over BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet. Manuel Quinziato, Van Avemmaet’s teammate, is six seconds behind in third.

“I’m massively disappointed for Eddy,” said Cavendish, who wore the leader’s jersey in stages 2 and 3. “It’s shit, less than 10 kilometers to go to have a puncture. Obviously, when the other teams see it, they are going to go full-gas. BMC and LottoNL – Jumbo were going full. I had to stay put. It was the right decision to put everyone back with Edvald and try to save the golden jersey. My main aim when I was alone was just to limit my loses and not lose any time. We could’ve lost everything otherwise.”

After winning the 11-kilometer time trial yesterday, Boasson Hagen looked ready to continue his rebirth after leaving Sky for MTN – Qhubeka in 2015. His classification defense seemed straightforward, especially since the barren plains of Qatar’s northwest were relatively calm this afternoon instead of blustery as usual.

With only eight kilometers remaining, however, he stopped for a front wheel change. He took a wheel from Mavic neutral support and began chasing immediately to rejoin the pack.

“I thought there was only a front puncture, but then I realized I had a double puncture,” Boasson Hagen added. “I stopped and Youcef Reguigui gave me his bike, but it was going too fast at that point and the group was too far away by then. A double flat and the group is gone.”

Regardless, American Tyler Farrar, Jay Thomson, and Cavendish’s lead-out man Mark Renshaw worked to bring back Boasson Hagen. Their effort fell short by 45 seconds, the time gap between them and the small group with stage winner Kristoff and Van Avermaet.

Cyclists often respect the race leader when he suffers a mechanical and slow down for him, but it could not be that way today on the roads inland from Qatar’s rich natural gas reserves.

“We were not pulling, it was LottoNL and BMC, but they had already attacked when he punctured,” Kristoff said about his fellow Norwegian. “I was not thinking about him, I was thinking about the stage.

“It was just bad luck for him. I feel sorry for him because normally he would’ve won the race overall here. He should at least be confident with how he rode yesterday and that he is back on a good level.”

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Qatar: Boasson Hagen flats out of lead; Kristoff wins stage 4 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/qatar-boasson-hagen-flats-out-of-lead-kristoff-wins_395164 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/02/news/road/qatar-boasson-hagen-flats-out-of-lead-kristoff-wins_395164#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:32:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=395164

Alexander Kristoff won his second stage of the week at Tour of Qatar in stage 4. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Edvald Boasson Hagen loses the overall lead due to flat tires, while Alexander Kristoff sprints to his second victory of the week.

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Alexander Kristoff won his second stage of the week at Tour of Qatar in stage 4. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Merely one day after seizing the overall lead at Tour of Qatar with a convincing time trial victory, Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen tumbled in the standings Thursday after suffering multiple flat tires in stage 4. His countryman Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) sprinted to victory in Madinat Al Shamal after 189km of racing.

“The group was definitely split up,” Kristoff said of the finale. “We still had many of our riders in the front group; the guys did a powerful lead out, we split the group again and it worked well. It was a perfect finish for us with first and third places.”

Stage 4, top-10

  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 3:57:12
  • 2. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 4. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at :00
  • 5. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 6. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :06
  • 8. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :08
  • 9. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 10. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :09

 

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, in 10:51:13
  • 2. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :06
  • 4. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :09
  • 5. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :19
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :30
  • 7. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at :41
  • 8. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :49
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :50
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :58

The peloton got a respite from the desert wind early on, but after the first intermediate sprint, the wind picked up, leading to a few splits in the peloton. With about 10km to go, race leader Boasson Hagen flatted, but the group in front continued to pull hard.

“Shit happens,” Boasson Hagen said. “Yeah, it would’ve been a big win, but now my Qatar win is gone. I can’t do much about it.” On a positive note, his Dimension Data teammate, Mark Cavendish, has moved into the overall lead with one stage remaining in the five-day race.

For Kristoff, it was his second win of the week. This time, he came home ahead of BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet and his Katusha teammate Jacopo Guarnieri. On Friday, the sprinters will have one final opportunity to unhorse Cavendish, who leads the overall by merely two seconds, in a short, 114-kilometer stage from Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche.

Gregor Brown contributed to this report.

Stage 4 results

  • 1. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, in 3:57:12
  • 2. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 4. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at :00
  • 5. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 6. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :06
  • 8. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :08
  • 9. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 10. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :09
  • 11. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :09
  • 12. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :09
  • 13. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :13
  • 14. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :14
  • 15. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :18
  • 16. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA – ARGON18, at :18
  • 17. Rudiger SELIG, BORA – ARGON18, at :18
  • 18. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :18
  • 19. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :18
  • 20. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 21. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :29
  • 22. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :34
  • 23. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :34
  • 24. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :36
  • 25. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :36
  • 26. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 27. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :45
  • 28. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at :45
  • 29. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 30. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :45
  • 31. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :45
  • 32. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :45
  • 33. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 34. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :45
  • 35. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :45
  • 36. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at :45
  • 37. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :45
  • 38. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :45
  • 39. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 40. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at :45
  • 41. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at :45
  • 42. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :45
  • 43. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :45
  • 44. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :45
  • 45. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 46. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 47. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :45
  • 48. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :45
  • 49. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA – ARGON18, at :45
  • 50. Scott THWAITES, BORA – ARGON18, at :45
  • 51. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :45
  • 52. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :55
  • 53. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at :55
  • 54. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :55
  • 55. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :56
  • 56. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :56
  • 57. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :56
  • 58. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – ARGON18, at :56
  • 59. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :56
  • 60. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :56
  • 61. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :56
  • 62. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :56
  • 63. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :56
  • 64. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at :56
  • 65. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at :56
  • 66. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:05
  • 67. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:07
  • 68. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:07
  • 69. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:07
  • 70. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:10
  • 71. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:10
  • 72. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:10
  • 73. Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:10
  • 74. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:16
  • 75. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:16
  • 76. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:16
  • 77. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:16
  • 78. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:16
  • 79. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:16
  • 80. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:16
  • 81. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:16
  • 82. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:20
  • 83. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:20
  • 84. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:20
  • 85. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:23
  • 86. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:23
  • 87. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at 1:23
  • 88. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:23
  • 89. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:26
  • 90. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:40
  • 91. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:44
  • 92. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:44
  • 93. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:44
  • 94. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:59
  • 95. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at 3:20
  • 96. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at 3:23
  • 97. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 3:23
  • 98. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:12
  • 99. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:12
  • 100. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 4:12
  • 101. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:12
  • 102. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 4:12
  • 103. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 4:12
  • 104. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:12
  • 105. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:12
  • 106. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:05
  • 107. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at 5:05
  • 108. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 5:05
  • 109. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:05
  • 110. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:05
  • 111. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:05
  • 112. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:05
  • 113. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 5:05
  • 114. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:05
  • 115. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:05
  • 116. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:05
  • 117. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 5:05
  • 118. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 5:05
  • 119. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at 5:05
  • 120. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:05
  • 121. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:05
  • 122. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at 5:05
  • 123. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:05
  • 124. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:05
  • 125. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:05
  • 126. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:05
  • 127. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 5:05
  • 128. Christian Mager, SSG, at 5:05
  • 129. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:05
  • 130. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:05
  • 131. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:05
  • 132. Thomas KOEP, SSG, at 20:29

 

General classification

  • 1. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, in 10:51:13
  • 2. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :06
  • 4. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :09
  • 5. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :19
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :30
  • 7. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at :41
  • 8. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :49
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :50
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :58
  • 11. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:06
  • 12. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:13
  • 13. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:15
  • 14. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:16
  • 15. Rudiger SELIG, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:29
  • 16. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:03
  • 17. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:06
  • 18. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:42
  • 19. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:42
  • 20. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:45
  • 21. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:52
  • 22. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:56
  • 23. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:06
  • 24. Scott THWAITES, BORA – ARGON18, at 3:16
  • 25. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:24
  • 26. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:31
  • 27. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:34
  • 28. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:36
  • 29. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at 3:40
  • 30. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:42
  • 31. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:56
  • 32. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:00
  • 33. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 4:02
  • 34. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:03
  • 35. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at 4:06
  • 36. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at 4:09
  • 37. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 4:12
  • 38. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:16
  • 39. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 4:17
  • 40. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:21
  • 41. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:45
  • 42. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:49
  • 43. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:11
  • 44. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at 5:11
  • 45. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:39
  • 46. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 6:54
  • 47. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 6:59
  • 48. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 7:09
  • 49. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:07
  • 50. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:08
  • 51. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:03
  • 52. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:17
  • 53. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:39
  • 54. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:46
  • 55. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 9:57
  • 56. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at 10:46
  • 57. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 10:49
  • 58. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 11:32
  • 59. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 11:38
  • 60. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 12:40
  • 61. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:55
  • 62. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 13:02
  • 63. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:20
  • 64. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:25
  • 65. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:27
  • 66. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:29
  • 67. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:31
  • 68. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 13:33
  • 69. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:37
  • 70. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:41
  • 71. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:43
  • 72. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:48
  • 73. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 13:50
  • 74. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:52
  • 75. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:58
  • 76. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:02
  • 77. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:06
  • 78. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:06
  • 79. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at 14:06
  • 80. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 14:07
  • 81. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:12
  • 82. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at 14:14
  • 83. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 14:17
  • 84. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 14:23
  • 85. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 14:28
  • 86. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:28
  • 87. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 14:30
  • 88. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 14:30
  • 89. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:33
  • 90. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:33
  • 91. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 14:37
  • 92. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 14:45
  • 93. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA – ARGON18, at 14:50
  • 94. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 14:51
  • 95. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 15:08
  • 96. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 15:35
  • 97. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 15:48
  • 98. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 15:51
  • 99. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at 15:58
  • 100. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at 16:07
  • 101. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 16:26
  • 102. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 16:48
  • 103. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – ARGON18, at 16:48
  • 104. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 16:54
  • 105. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 16:54
  • 106. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:32
  • 107. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:39
  • 108. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 18:07
  • 109. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at 18:14
  • 110. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 18:24
  • 111. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 18:30
  • 112. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 18:34
  • 113. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at 18:35
  • 114. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 18:50
  • 115. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:05
  • 116. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 19:34
  • 117. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 19:35
  • 118. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 19:49
  • 119. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 21:39
  • 120. Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 21:42
  • 121. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 22:10
  • 122. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 22:24
  • 123. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 22:29
  • 124. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 23:41
  • 125. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 24:02
  • 126. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 25:28
  • 127. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 25:57
  • 128. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 26:07
  • 129. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 26:15
  • 130. Christian Mager, SSG, at 27:10
  • 131. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 28:32
  • 132. Thomas KOEP, SSG, at 33:48

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Art's Cyclery demonstrates the simple process of constructing and attaching a mud guard to keep dirt and debris out.

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Matthew Busche is riding for UnitedHealthcare this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Matthew Busche spent six seasons in the WorldTour and is now riding at the Pro Continental level. He hopes to return to the top rung.

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Matthew Busche is riding for UnitedHealthcare this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

AL ZUBARAH, Qatar (VN) — American Matthew Busche is moving on with UnitedHealthcare this season after what he terms a “surprise” cut from WorldTour team Trek – Segafredo after six seasons.

Busche went from riding at the Continental level in 2009 to the WorldTour a year later after signing with Radioshack. He raced in the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Tour de France once, and last year he won the road race title at the U.S. championships. However, Trek passed on renewing his contract for 2016.

“It came a little bit as a surprise [that I wasn’t renewed],” Busche told VeloNews while spraying on some sunblock ahead the Tour of Qatar’s fourth stage.

“It’s neither here nor there now. It is what it is, I can’t change it. I’m moving on and focusing on what I can control, which is here and the future.”

Busche had a roller coaster 2015. He broke his wrist in the first race of the year and struggled to return to his best, which he did for the national championship. He fell hard in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and at the same time wondered what was happening with his contract renewal. Trek beefed up its squad by signing riders like Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, but Busche heard very little before being told a deal was not happening. He signed with UnitedHealthcare in September.

The 30-year-old remains upbeat despite being at the Pro Continental level, a step down from the WorldTour. He’ll race the Tour of Oman next week and also has the big American stage races on his calendar.

“That time with Trek definitely changed me, but this team is good and sometimes change is good. I’m looking forward to this. I should definitely have more individual opportunities in this team and I’m going to try to seize that as best as possible,” Busche said as he reached for his stars and stripes jersey.

“Obviously, this race in Qatar is not my cup of tea, but already in Oman I should be protected, and obviously in the U.S. at the stage races. I’ll take the opportunities that are given to me. I can set some clear goals for myself. Clearly for our team, the Tour of California, Tour of Utah, and [the USA Pro Challenge] are the big races. I’ll try to perform in the lead-up races as well. Any race is an opportunity.”

After Busche finishes the final stage through the Qatari countryside Friday, he will travel to Muscat with the team for the Tour of Oman, with Janez Brajkovic serving as the squad’s co-leader. From there, his program will include races that set him up for the Amgen Tour of California in May.

Those races could set Busche up for a future contract because he’s not giving up on riding for a top WorldTour team in the future.

“I’ll keep doing everything I can to get back, but at the same time, I’m not going to focus on it because if you focus on that it just takes away from everything else,” Busche added. “I can only control what I can control, and that’s me. Hopefully by doing so, by working on my performances, that will hopefully come, that I’ll get back in the WorldTour.”

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Climb the second-highest paved road in North America. Pikes Peak is over 14,000 feet above sea level.

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Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of The Col Collective. 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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