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Holloway and Rivera win at TD Bank Mayor’s Cup

54 min 30 sec ago

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: Men’s U23 world time trial championships

1 hour 35 min ago
  • 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: Women’s junior world time trial championships

1 hour 43 min ago
  • 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

2 hours 17 min ago

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

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.”

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.”

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Farrar ‘disappointed’ to miss out on worlds ride

4 hours 3 min ago

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

4 hours 15 min ago

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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Video: How to fit road tubeless tires

4 hours 38 min ago

Global Cycling Network walks you through the steps required to set up tubeless tires on a road bike.

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

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Gallery: Testing bikes, food at the Expobici show

5 hours 33 min ago

PADOVA, Italy (VN) — The riding at demo days at most bike shows leaves a lot to be desired, but the Expobici show in Italy is an exception. Located in Galzignano Terme in Euganean Hills south of Padova (Padua), the road riding is exquisite, on narrow, winding, and lightly-traveled roads through these hills known for their thermal baths. And the mountain biking trails feature considerable technical difficulty and a very high fun factor.

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    I’ve never been to a bike show demo day with a picturesque monastery like this one near Abano Terme along the designated route. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    You don’t find great riding roads like this just anywhere, but Italy is riddled with them. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    The roads winding through the Euganean Hills in northeastern Italy would be exceptional by any standard, but particularly by the standards of what normally constitutes test-riding loops at a bike show demo. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    You surely can’t find a meal like this eggplant pizza along the roads at the Interbike Outdoor Demo in Boulder City, Nevada, but there are myriad places serving great food in Galzignano Terme and along the road loops nearby in the Euganean Hills. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    When Expobici’s outdoor demo was over, you found out by this bell tower ringing at 5 p.m. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    This Basso Diamante was a blast to rail tight switchbacks on, and there were lots of those to enjoy in the hills near Galzignano Terme. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    This proprietary aluminum headtube extender makes the head tube of a Basso Diamante 20mm longer; it presses into the headtube, and then the headset presses into it. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    This Basso Diamante aluminum headtube extender blends aesthetically and aerodynamically with the frame’s carbon toptube. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    This Colnago C60 with Campy Super Record EPS electronic shifting was so much fun to ride fast on sharp downhill switchbacks that I turned right around and did one long set of them over again. It is quite stiff and climbs great, yet what is really noticeable is how well it tracks on tight curves. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    The 170mm of travel of this 27.5-inch-wheel Scott Genius ate up the rocky and root-strewn drop through the forest in Galzignano Terme on the Expobici demo’s mountain bike cross-country loop. It is an incredibly light bike for having that much travel, and with dual front and rear shock lockouts controlled by a single lever, it climbed just fine, too. When you hit the rollers on top, flipping the lever release once opened up 110mm of travel, and when you hit the downhill, flipping the lever release again opened the shocks to the full 170mm of plush travel. At the same time, pushing the hydraulic button at the left grip dropped the RockShox Reverb seatpost, getting the saddle out of the way for the jumps, drops, and berms of the descent. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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    The Stairway to Heaven bike shuttle is based at Lake Garda and came to Galzignano Terme to shuttle riders to the “Gravity” trails of the Expobici demo. Judging by the great descending on the “Cross Country” loops, I imagine the enduro riding accessed by this shuttle was indeed heavenly. This little van would be totally overwhelmed by the number of gravity-assisted riders constantly filling the huge shuttle trucks at Interbike’s On-Dirt Demo, but it seems to be about the right size to handle the small number of riders at Expobici’s demo that are interested in that type of riding. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

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Meredith Miller Journal: The road to winning CrossVegas

6 hours 12 min ago

Meredith Miller beat a fast field at CrossVegas earlier this month. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com

Rewind to August 2013 for a moment — after a 15-year career, I announced my retirement from road racing at the Tour of Elk Grove in Chicago. Although I was sad to say goodbye to so many women who had been my teammates, friends, and competitors over the years, at the same time I was excited about the upcoming cyclocross season. Although I had announced my retirement from road, retirement from ’cross was still in the distant future.

In May of this year, I still hadn’t landed a full-time “real” job. I knew that if I wanted to race ’cross on an elite team outside of Colorado, I had to put the job search on hold and commit to racing full-time. With California Giant Berry Farms taking a different approach to the season, it was time for me to move on to another team after a successful and gratifying six years with the program.

I started putting feelers out but wasn’t getting any real bites when I ran into Allen Krughoff, who also happened to be in the same boat as me. The idea of starting our own team was born out of shared circumstances and combined resources.

By mid-June we had a promising lead from Noosa Yoghurt to become our title sponsor and had landed several major product sponsors including Focus Bikes, Enve Composites, and SRAM. The idea of starting our own team had become real and intense. We were committed to not just building a new team that would scrape by, but we were determined to establish a legitimate program that did not cut corners.

Rewind nine days to September 10 — the debut of the Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team at CrossVegas. After countless, exhausting hours of phone calls, e-mails, and meetings, we had fulfilled our mission of building a top-notch program from scratch, and it was time to showcase the team’s new colors in front of a massive crowd. We couldn’t have been more proud to launch the team in front of the biggest crowd on the ’cross circuit and with most of our sponsors watching. Little did we know just how big the night would turn out for our new team.

Last year in Vegas, I had my best result to date. I won the sprint for fourth behind Katerina Nash, Lea Davison, and Catharine Pendrel. The trio are all mountain bikers who had just peaked for the MTB World Championships a week or so prior — and they were flying.

When I saw their names on the startlist (minus Lea) again this year, I significantly downplayed my chances of stepping onto the podium. Catharine had just become the MTB world champion four days before lining up in Vegas, so there was no question about her form. Add Katie Compton into the mix, who typically skips CrossVegas, and the chances of a podium seemed to get significantly smaller still.

I knew from the start exactly who to keep my eyes on. It didn’t take long before I found myself bridging across to the two frontrunners — Katie and Katerina. Soon, Catharine bridged solo to our little group as we rode clear of the rest of the field.

With Catharine and Katerina both riding for Luna, Katie and I let them take charge — it was their race to win. It was the first time I had ever been in the winning move at CrossVegas, and I knew I had to be smart to be one of the three to step onto the podium. I didn’t have the confidence that I could simply outride them, so I started to hedge my bets on the sprint.

On the penultimate lap, Catharine slipped out on a sidewalk section and took herself out of the running. Selfishly I was a little relieved knowing I had locked up my first podium finish in Vegas. On the final lap, I sat behind Katerina and Katie watching and waiting for any last efforts to really turn the screws. Nothing big happened and we came to the final twisty section all together.

I had wanted to lead through this last section because I thought the first person through would have the best chance in the sprint. But it didn’t happen that way. Instead, I brought up the rear as we wound our way through the tight turns. At one point I tried to pass Katie but only succeeded in almost taking myself out. Luckily I had enough time to recompose myself and set up for the sprint.

Coming out of the final turn, it was Katerina, Katie, and then me spread wide through the turn. I put my head down to open my sprint for the final 200-meter dash to the line. First I came around Katerina and I thought to myself: “Second is awesome!” And then I realized I still had about 50 meters to come around Katie. About five feet before the line I knew I had just won CrossVegas.

Elated was an understatement. I surprised myself and probably many other ’cross followers and fans, too. I’d never experienced the scrum that followed me around with cameras and microphones in my face — not even after winning road nationals in 2009. This was bigger — way bigger. I get to wear the stars and stripes on my sleeves forever, but winning CrossVegas undoubtedly goes down as the crowning achievement of my career.

Over a week later, it’s still hard for me to believe that I won CrossVegas over Katerina Nash, Katie Compton, and the rest of the stacked women’s field. I have raced against Katie and Katerina many, many times without ever having finished in front of either of them. To do it on a night when just about all of our team’s sponsors, friends, and family were watching was a dream come true. And then to watch Allen top it off with an amazing ride in the men’s race only added to the fulfilling and unforgettable moments from CrossVegas.

What could top that triumphant moment? Winning ’cross nationals.

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After TTT loss at worlds, Martin focuses on time trial history

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Tony Martin (center) and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammates rode to third in the worlds TTT. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

German Tony Martin will put the disappointment of losing the team time trial behind him and will focus on winning a record-equalling fourth individual title on Wednesday in Spain. After Omega Pharma-Quick Step won the 2012 and 2013 TTT titles, all that Martin and the team could manage was a bronze medal ride behind BMC Racing and Orica-GreenEdge on Sunday.

“The rain doesn’t make the race any easier,” Martin said after his team tried to catch BMC, which rode on a dry course.

“It was a disappointment that it rained on the last descent, but that shouldn’t be an excuse that we lost time in the final — we have to look at what went wrong with analysis.”

After winning gold medals in Valkenburg (2012) and Florence (2013), Omega Pharma rode 36 seconds slower than BMC on the 57.12-kilometer course in Ponferrada, located in northwest Spain. Martin must now turn his attention to Wednesday’s 47.1km individual test, in which he could match Fabian Cancellara’s record of four victories.

“The team time trial was a good test to see where I was at. I’m OK, but I am still not 100 percent,” Martin said. “I have to analyze how to prepare now for the next days with my team, to take it easy or train a bit harder.”

A win would add to his 2011, 2012, and 2013 titles and make him the only cyclist to win four consecutive times.

“Of course, I am aware that I could set a record that would probably stand for a very, very long time in the history books, but I’m not a record hunter,” Martin told German media, including Weser Kurier, in a press conference.

“For me, it’s about the day, not the record. I want to go another year in the world champion jersey. And if there is a record — wonderful.”

Sebastian Weber, who has coached several riders and teams, has worked with Martin since around 2008. He told VeloNews that Martin’s goal is to match Cancellara before he turns his attention to other events such as the hour record.

The 29-year-old German tops a short list of time trial favorites that includes 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), Adriano Malori (Italy), Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), and Rohan Dennis (Australia).

“The favorite status pushes me further, but it is also not easy to roll with the pressure from the start ramp,” Martin said. “There is nothing guaranteed for me over the 47 kilometers. And after all, I’m up against people such as Bradley Wiggins and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, to just name two other favorites.”

Martin earned his favorite status this year. He won six individual time trails, including one in the Tour de France and one in the Vuelta a España. A win Wednesday in the time trial, which Cancellara will skip to give his attention to the road race, would cement his name not only in the record books but as one of cycling’s best time trialists.

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Specialized, Evelyn Stevens move to Boels-Dolmans women’s cycling team in 2015

12 hours 21 min ago

Evelyn Stevens leads the victorious Specialized-Lululemon squad onto the podium of the 2014 world time trial championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Specialized announced Monday that it will shift its sponsorship focus to the Boels-Dolmans Women’s Cycling Team for 2015.

The brand will step back from its title-sponsor role with Velocio Sports’ Specialized-Lululemon squad, the top American women’s team in 2014 and the winning team of the world time trial championship on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain.

Specialized will be taking both Lululemon and American talent Evelyn Stevens with it to Boels-Dolman; the two-time U.S. national time trial champion and 2012 Flèche Wallone winner has signed a contract with the Dutch squad for 2015.

Specialized will stay on as the tire sponsor with the Velocio team, which has yet to announce a title sponsor for 2015.

“Women’s cycling is the top priority for Specialized over the next three years,” said the Specialized women’s product manager, Erin Sprague. “We’ve been trying to keep things quiet for the past few weeks, but we are happy to announce the launch of the new Boels-Dolmans women’s racing team.”

Specialized has already been working with Boels-Dolmans as a technical sponsor, providing bikes, helmets and other hard goods, but the recent announcement will expand the relationship between the team and bike company.

“We will be fully onboard with Boels-Dolmans next year,” Sprague said. “That includes time in the wind tunnel, doing testing, advanced product development and focusing exclusively on that team.”

Specialized and Lululemon will be stepping back from their current flagship women’s team, Specialized-lululemon, which is managed by Velocio Sports, in order to begin sponsorship efforts with the newly reworked Boels-Dolmans team.

“We have been a part of the Specialized-lululemon team for the past three years and it was a great fit for us at that point in women’s cycling, but women’s cycling isn’t a start-up anymore, women’s racing is happening. Both funding and expectations in the sport have increased, so we want a bigger platform for what we can do in women’s cycling.” Sprague said, “Lululemon will join the new Boels-Dolmans team as an off-the-bike clothing provider, and will continue to do artistic collaborations with Specialized.”

Adding to an already strong team of riders, which includes 2013 world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk and former British national champion Lizzie Armistead, Boels-Dolmans have signed up and coming Dutch rider Chantal Blaak along with Stevens to its 2015 roster.

“Being able to bring a personality and powerhouse like Evie [Stevens] to the team should do great things for women’s cycling here in the US,” said Sprague. “We see Ellen van Dijk, Lizzi Armistead, and Evie Stevens as three of the fastest riders in the women’s peloton right now, and we hope that they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

Boels Rental, a heavy machinery rental company based out of Belgium, and Dolmans, a landscaping company, are heavily involved in women’s cycling. Along with holding the title sponsorship for the team, Boels Rental will support the Boels Ronde van Drenthe, Flèche Wallone Feminine, The Boels Rental Hills Classic, and the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the 2015 season.

Boels-Dolmans 2015 roster:

Ellen van Dijk
Lizzy Armitstead
Evelyn Stevens
Chantal Blaak
Megan Guarnier
Christine Majerus
Romy Kasper
Kasia Pawlowska
Demi de Jong
* One top rider is still being negotiated

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Jeremy Powers doubles up at Trek CXC Cup

September 21, 2014 - 6:08pm

Powers bunnyhopped the barriers, adding to his insurmountable lead. Photo by Logan VonBokel.

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) won day two of the Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Sunday, making it a weekend sweep for the U.S. national champion.

Allen Krughoff (Noosa Pro Cyclocross) finished second, with Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) in third.

As he did on Saturday, Powers ran away with the win, opening a significant lead less than halfway into the hour-long race.

“Allen was chasing hard,” Powers said. “It was hard to find time [on the course.] It was even faster than yesterday, it was even more buffed out. I was really leaning on it, figuring out the absolute maximum amount my tires could hold in each corner, and trying to find a few seconds each lap. With three to go, I made my hardest lap, I gained a little bit of time, and I was confident I could do it again if I needed to, but the gap went up. It was a good race. It was a hard race.”

Krughoff, who said he’d had a bad start, settled into second place, while Durrin, who led on the first lap, battled behind with Raleigh-Clement teammates Ben Berden and Jamey Driscoll, as well as Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com.)

“It was better than yesterday,” Krughoff said. “I had a bad start, and basically started around 10th. Today was tighter, they added more corners. Jeremy was on the front, and it was the accordion effect with me, on the back of this group of 10 — we kept shedding guys, but Jeremy was on the front just gaining time, and by the time I got around everyone and started chasing him down, he already had eight seconds on me. Then it was like Pac-Man, all the way around the course.”

As the race wound down to the final lap, Powers held a 15-second lead over Krughoff, while Driscoll and Durrin continued to go back and forth, attacking and chasing. Durrin ran the course’s difficult climb, while Driscoll rode it and opened a gap.

Into the finish line it looked to be a two-up sprint, however Driscoll slipped out of his pedal, and Durrin easily took the final podium spot, six seconds ahead of Driscoll. Berden finished fifth, 23 seconds behind Driscoll.

“I was riding that hill better than both of them [Berden and Driscoll] all day, but on the last lap, Driscoll kind of brake-checked me a bit, and caused me to get off my bike,” Durrin said. “I knew I was riding stronger than him in most of the corners, and that I had to get back onto his wheel. I passed him on the second-to-last corner. I think he stood up to sprint, and I had a gap on him. I was able to hold it. This was a big one for me.”

Johnson, who finished second to Powers on Saturday, ended up ninth, 3:04 off Powers’ winning pace.

“It’s the danger of not being well trained,” Johnson said. “Inconsistency sneaks up on you. Today was one of those days where I could feel it coming on, I knew it was going to be a hard one, and it just never came around. You just hope that the next lap will be better than the last one.”

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Compton, again, for weekend sweep at Trek CXC Cup

September 21, 2014 - 4:07pm

Compton made it a weekend sweep in front of her Trek sponsors in Wisconsin. Photo by Logan VonBokel.

U.S. national cyclocross champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) made it a weekend sweep at the Trek CXC Cup Sunday in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

As she so often does when racing on home soil, the UCI World Cup series champion powered away from the rest of the field to finish alone.

Behind Compton were the same two riders on the podium as on Saturday, yet in reverse positions, with Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) taking second, and Georgia Gould (Luna) in third.

Even after a night of rainfall, the course was exceptionally dry and dusty, slippery even on the easiest of corners. Wind also played a major factor, with gusts up to 40mph.

Compton attacked Mani halfway through the 45-minute race, on a steep climb that Mani was unable to ride. From there, Compton held her gap to the line, winning by 23 seconds.

“It was a little bit tighter today, it was super fast, and I think there are a few less twists and turns [than Saturday],” Compton told VeloNews. “And it was so windy. I definitely had a better start today, and I tried to wait, but then I saw a spot to attack, and Caroline was right there.”

Mani said she was satisfied to have finished as close as she did to the World Cup champion.

“[Compton] was riding the climb. I don’t have the gear for that. I made the choice to run a single-ring today, a 40-28, and I’m not capable of riding that,” Mani told VeloNews. “I made that choice, maybe it was a mistake, but she is stronger than me, so even if I would have been able to ride the climb with her, I think she would have eventually attacked me somewhere else. She’s stronger, but it was good to be able to follow her for a couple of laps. I’m satisfied with that.”

Compton said the course’s slick conditions were much different than on Saturday, which made for a change in cornering tactics.

“The apexes of the turns were slick today,” Compton said. “I tired to cross the apexes, rather than use them. It was a bit tricky, and the lines were changing, even during the race. You had to think about each turn differently, on each lap.”

Gould said the key difference for her between Saturday and Sunday was her start, which she described as “crappy.”

“By the time I got through some traffic, I was just by myself,” Gould told VeloNews. “It was actually kind of boring. I was all prepared to be tactical, and maneuvering, and mostly it was just a time trial. I felt good, but the time gaps weren’t changing.”

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Gallery: 2014 UCI World Road Championships, TTT

September 21, 2014 - 1:36pm

BMC used excellent form and clear skies to score an upset win. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: nibble

    BMC does the bite test on their gold medals. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: BMC

    BMC used excellent form and clear skies to score an upset win. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: podium

    BMC celebrates their first victory in the team time trial, after losing two years ago by three seconds. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: on the road

    BMC headed out of Ponferrada for their gold-medal ride. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Giant-Shimano

    A video bike gets a close look at the Giant-Shimano team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: second again

    After finishing second for two consecutive years, the Orica-GreenEdge team shows their disappointment. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: warming up

    Specialized-Lululemon riders warm up in the morning sun before their gold-medal ride. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: into the turn

    Specialized-Lululemon headed into the final turn with the gold medal locked up. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: showing the gold

    Specialized-Lululemon showed off their third consecutive gold medal in the women's team time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Omega men

    World time trial champion Tony Martin was unable to power the Omega Pharma team to victory. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: men's podium

    The men's TTT podium of BMC, Orica-GreenEdge, and Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Garmin

    Garmin is led by Ramunas Navardauskas. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Optum corners

    Brianne Walle leads Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies into the final turn. Optum would miss the bronze medal by only six seconds. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: on the trainers

    Optum warms up for their oh-so-close fourth-place ride. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: start ramp

    Optum on the start ramp for the women's team time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: bound for second

    The second place team of Orica-GreenEdge leads into the final turn. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Powers leads UHC

    National champion Alison Powers led her UHC team to the finish line. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: crash aftermath

    The remnants of the Rabo-Liv team roll towards the finish after losing two riders in a violent crash at the red kite. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: celebration

    Evelyn Stevens leads the victorious Specialized-Lululemon squad onto the podium of the 2014 world time trial championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: vineyards

    After leaving Ponferrada, the time trial course rolled through vineyards and mountains. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Tuft in front

    Canada's Svein Tuft takes the lead for Orica-GreenEdge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: UHC prepares

    Lauren Tamayo and the rest of the UHC women's squad get ready for their ride. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • View Larger Image.2014 UCI road worlds, TTT: Wiggo

    Bradley Wiggins was unable to bring the Sky team home for a medal, in spite of his sharp bike. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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    The women's team time trial podium of Specialized-Lululemon, Orica-AIS, and surprise third place Astana. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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Tejay van Garderen calls team’s victory ‘the highlight of my career’

September 21, 2014 - 12:47pm

BMC celebrates its victory in the team time trial at the UCI World Road Championships in Spain. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Cycling is all about individual success, but it certainly takes a team to win, so perhaps it was no surprise when Tejay van Garderen described Sunday’s team time trial victory with BMC Racing as the “highlight of my career.”

BMC Racing upset pre-race favorites Omega Pharma-Quick Step, knocking back the Belgian squad and Australian challenger Orica-GreenEdge by more than 30 seconds to win the prestigious race Sunday as the UCI World Road Championships opened in Spain.

“This is the highlight of my career. To be able to share this with the team, it’s just incredible,” van Garderen told VeloNews. “To be up here with my boys, it’s awesome.”

Van Garderen’s celebration was clouded by a late-race thunderstorm, however, which added a touch of polemic to the finale as light rain and gusting winds kicked up for the final teams still on course.

BMC Racing was fastest at two of three time splits on the 57.12km course looping around the Bierzo wine country, stopping the clock in 1:03:29 (53.954kph).

The American squad started more than 30 minutes before defending champions Omega Pharma and rode to the finish on dry roads. An afternoon thunderstorm quickly developed, with light showers dampening the roads and gusting winds creating tougher conditions for the later starters.

BMC and Omega Pharma were all but tied at the first time check at 23.5km, and Omega Pharma was nearly 10 seconds faster at the second time check at 36km. At 48.9km, BMC was once again 12 seconds faster, and won handily by 35 seconds over Omega Pharma, and 31 seconds over second-place Orica.

Omega Pharma’s Tom Boonen said the rain and the wind were both contributing factors to their loss.

“We knew we were behind. Coming into the final climb, we saw the thunderstorm coming, and the wind was really picking up,” Boonen said.

“I think it changed a lot for these three teams starting later [Orica, Omega Pharma and fourth-place Sky]. We went 8kph slower on the last part than we did in training. It was just pushing, pushing, pushing.”

Boonen said the team lost “a lot of time” on a final climb and descent as the team separated, and had to wait for everyone to regroup before the final corners to make it safely to the line.

Van Garderen, however, defended BMC’s victory, saying that his team was already fastest when the sprinkles started to fall.

“It’s a kind of a blessing and a curse. We got a little bit better weather, but the teams knew how to play off of us, because they had the split times,” van Garderen said of BMC’s earlier starting time.

“The weather didn’t come until the end … maybe it would have been closer, but I am confident that we were the strongest team today. We made no mistakes. We were hauling ass out there.”

Van Garderen said BMC’s game plan was to try to remain steady throughout the course and keep everyone together as long as possible.

“We started with 20-second pulls, and once we got to the first check, we assessed who was a bit stronger and weaker, so the weaker guys sat on a bit longer, and the stronger guys pulled longer,” he said.

“We tried to keep the speed the same, and then drill it on the flats. We didn’t want to over-complicate things. It was just, get out there, and ride … hard.”

Rounding out the team were Italians Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss, Swiss rider Silvan Dillier, Australian Rohan Dennis, and Slovak Peter Velits, who has now been part of three straight team time trial victories, adding Sunday’s win to victories in 2012 and 2013 with Omega Pharma.

Velits, too, defended BMC’s victory despite the late-race change of weather.

“I think we would still win, maybe not with such a big advantage, but we would still win,” Velits said. “The last few teams had rain, with worse roads, but we were strong all the race. It was the work of the whole team.”

Sunday’s intense battle revealed just how seriously the major teams are taking the team time trial. Several big favorites for next week’s road race were roped into racing by their respective teams, such as Fabian Cancellara with Trek Factory Racing, and Peter Sagan, with Cannondale.

Team Sky brought in 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (who said, when asked how the race went, “There’s not much to say, is there?”), while Marcel Kittel, the German sprinter, started with Giant-Shimano.

“For any team that takes it seriously, there are five or six teams that go all out for the team time trial, amongst those teams, it’s a very special race,” said Orica’s Svein Tuft.

“It’s a special test, a real show of character of the team. It’s a very special event. I think it’s a great event that they’ve added to the world championships.”

For van Garderen, winning gold in Sunday’s team time trial is what he said was his most realistic chance to ever become a world champion. He admitted it will be tough to beat Tony Martin in Wednesday’s individual time trial, or knock back the likes of Sagan or Cancellara in next week’s road race.

“This is a team sport, but sometimes people don’t understand that. The team time trial really shows you that. You can understand what the team aspect is all about,” van Garderen said.

“There are times, like at Colorado [USA Pro Challenge], I was there on the podium, but I wanted to have my whole team up there.”

On Sunday, the entire BMC Racing Team celebrated the victory.

 

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Results: 2013 UCI World Road Championships, team time trial

September 21, 2014 - 9:45am

  • 1. BMC Racing, in 1:03:29.85
  • 2. Orica GreenEdge, at :31.84
  • 3. Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :35.22
  • 4. Sky, at :37.29
  • 5. Tinkoff-Saxo, at :46.59
  • 6. Movistar, at :51.37
  • 7. Trek Factory Racing, at 1:01.47
  • 8. Giant-Shimano, at 1:26.60
  • 9. Cannondale, at 1:28.56
  • 10. Garmin-Sharp, at 1:44.80
  • 11. Fdj.fr, at 2:05.08
  • 12. Astana, at 2:12.38
  • 13. Katusha, at 2:14.35
  • 14. Belkin, at 2:28.16
  • 15. Lampre-Merida, at 2:30.08
  • 16. RusVelo, at 2:44.81
  • 17. Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, at 2:45.29
  • 18. CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 3:36.90
  • 19. Europcar, at 3:52.06
  • 20. Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:05.91
  • 21. Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at 4:07.49
  • 22. Lotto-Belisol, at 4:12.00
  • 23. Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 4:29.70
  • 24. Kolss Cycling Team, at 4:57.99
  • 25. Mg Kvis-Wilier, at 5:36.95
  • 26. Rabobank Development, at 6:01.11
  • 27. Adria Mobil, at 6:12.23
  • 28. BDC Marcpol, at 6:51.56
  • 29. Ecuador, at 8:08.46

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BMC Racing Team unhorses Omega Pharma-Quick Step in worlds TTT

September 21, 2014 - 9:18am

BMC Racing en route to victory in the team time trial at the UCI road championships. Photo: AFP

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — BMC Racing Team, led by American star Tejay van Garderen, dethroned reigning champions Omega-Pharma Quick-Step to win the men’s team time trial on Sunday at the UCI World Road Championships.

Although finishing with just four of the original six-man team — the minimum requirement — the American squad got stronger as the race went on to win in a time of 1 hour, three minutes and 29.85 seconds.

That was 35 seconds quicker than Australia’s Orica GreenEdge, which, like several other teams who started later, was impeded by rain on the run in.

BMC finished before the rains started to fall. And although they were neck and neck with their main rivals throughout, the difference was made in the final 10km of the 57.1km course.

“It feels incredible,” said van Garderen, who raced alongside teammates Rohan Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato and Peter Velits. “We were confident but we were nervous coming into this.

“We’re world champions. What more can you say? We knew coming in that we had a strong team, and it was just a matter of everything falling into place.

“It was a dynamic course and you had to be strong on all fronts to win this.”

Van Garderen insisted BMC Racing’s victory shouldn’t be seen as a surprise.

“It wasn’t a surprise. We came in knowing it was going to be hard. We had respect to the others’ teams, but we knew we had a chance,” he said. “At Valkenburg in 2012, BMC was only 3sec off the win, so to be that close, there’s no reason we could be up there again.”

Omega Pharma, led home by reigning three-time individual time trial champion Tony Martin, and with a star-studded team including former road race world champion Tom Boonen and Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, could manage only third, just over three seconds behind Orica.

They had won the last two editions of the team time trial competition, beating BMC into second in 2012 and Orica last year.

“The rain wasn’t nice, but that’s not the only reason why we were losing time,” said Martin. “We cannot blame the rain on the loss today. We have to analyze what happened.”

Svein Tuft of Canada said Orica tried its best, but found the going “a bit tougher out there than what we thought pre-riding the course.”

“The last 10km was a boxing match,” he said. “It was really hard coming home, and we really suffered out there. Being second again is not our favorite thing, but we gave it everything we had.”

Team Sky, led by British Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins, missed out on a medal by just two seconds. Like Orica and Omega, Sky finished in the rain but they paid more for weak links.

By the halfway mark Sky had already lost two of their six riders, with Geraint Thomas and Salvatore Puccio dropping off, while Dario Cataldo was missing turns at the front, effectively reducing them to three riders while all their rivals were still at full strength.

Editor’s note: Stay tuned for more from Spain.

 

 

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Marianne Vos dropped, Rabo-Liv crashes at UCI road worlds

September 21, 2014 - 7:30am

Marianne Vos couldn't stay with her Rabo-Liv squad after starting too fast. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Marianne Vos has been called the Eddy Merckx of women’s racing. She has dominated the major dates on the women’s calendar over the past half decade.

The multi-talented 27-year-old can win on all surfaces, from track to road to cyclocross, with world titles in all three disciplines. The Dutch superstar is the five-star favorite at every race she starts, and capped another exceptional season this summer with victory in La Course on the Champs-Élysées in July, with 20 wins in 45 days of racing.

Yet there are some troubling signs coming into Ponferrada that Vos might not be in top condition as she takes aim at a fourth career rainbow jersey.

Vos pulled out of two stage races earlier this month — the Boels Rental Ladies Tour on home roads and the Lotto Belisol Belgian Tour. Both were planned departures to be fresh for Ponferrada, but nevertheless some are wondering what’s going on with the usually voracious Vos.

On Sunday, during the women’s team time trial, there was something even more shocking: She was dropped by her teammates during the 36.15km race.

“I blew up. I went out way too hard at the start of the race,” Vos told reporters at the line. “I was pulling hard at the front, and when I eased up, and moved to the back of the line, I could not keep up. They were going too fast for me.”

Vos said that team time trialing is not her thing, and it’s no secret that Vos is not a top racer against the clock. She’s never won a world title in the individual time trial. Still, it was still a shock Sunday to see Vos gapped.

“I was surprised,” Vos said. “I expected to go better, because we prepared well for the race, but what counts is Saturday. I am feeling good about the road race.”

Perhaps Vos’s fast start and eventual blowup in the TTT was a blessing in disguise. She was not on the wheel when her Rabo-Liv teammates crashed hard coming through a traffic circle late in the race when it looked like the team was poised for the podium. Vos pedaled through moments later to see the carnage.

More troubling are the injuries suffered Sunday by two key helpers on the Dutch team, Anna Van der Breggen and Annemiek Van Vleuten. Both were transported to a local hospital.

Vos insists there is no reason for alarm, but even a hint of weakness by such a dominant rider could give wings to her rivals.

When asked if Vos is beatable, archrival Emma Johansson (Sweden) said she tries not to obsess over Vos.

“Everyone is beatable,” Johansson said. “For me, it’s about being the best I can be on Saturday. If that’s good enough to win, I don’t know. I hope it is, but I am not going to focus on others.”

This year’s deep field, coupled with the deceptive Ponferrada course, means that it could be harder for Vos to ride away from the pack. Some are expecting a selective race, with perhaps a reduced bunch sprint to the line, making things more complicated for Vos to try to win her third title in a row.

It’s a mistake to count Vos out of any race, but Sunday’s race was hardly the kind of start to worlds week that she was expecting.

 

 

 

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Specialized-Lululemon wins 3rd straight TTT title at UCI road worlds

September 21, 2014 - 6:54am

Specialized-Lululemon wins a third consecutive team time trial to kick off the 2014 UCI World Road Championships. in Ponferrada, Spain. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Shaking off a training-day crash, Specialized-Lululemon powered to its third consecutive team time trial victory Saturday to open the 2014 road world cycling championships.

Three of the team’s six riders went down hard in a high-speed training crash Saturday, with key rider Evelyn Stevens earning a trip to a Spanish hospital.

Under sunny skies Sunday, they rallied to fend off a deep, 14-team field to claim the prestigious trade team title for the third year running.

“The staff did an incredible job after our crash yesterday, helping us recover not just physically, but mentally as well,” said Carmen Small. “They helped us keep a positive attitude, to remind us that it happened yesterday, and not on the race day. That helped us to focus on what we needed to do.”

Stevens and Trixi Worrack have been on the team for all three victories. For Stevens, riding across the line victorious once again was even more significant after the crash. Stevens said riders crossed wheels, sending her crashing hard on her shoulder.

“I was getting X-rays last night, so it added a little bit more flair. That made it even more special knowing that we were not perfect going into the race,” Stevens told VeloNews at the line. “We just went out and rode flawlessly. It’s super special, because it was a really deep field.”

Specialized-Lululemon rode the 36.15km course in 43:33 (49.805kph). Stevens, who said she was not seriously injured Saturday, lost the wheel on the final descent, but regained contact in the closing kilometers to give the team six across the line.

Orica-AIS kept it close, stopping the clock for silver at 1:17 back.

“We’ve been working really hard all year, and we got it spot on today. I am really pleased with the ride,” said Orica’s Emma Johansson. “Lululemon have been super-fast all year, but we’re getting closer and closer.”

Astana-BePink, which wasn’t among the pre-race favorites, took a surprise bronze at 2:20 slower, edging out Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies by just six seconds. United Healthcare was also close to the podium, stopping the clock in 2:44 for sixth.

“It’s an incredible experience for the team to come together to get a medal,” said American Alison Tetrick of Astana. “We might not have been one of the favorites, but we had a great ride and a lot of heart today, so we are very proud of our ride.”

Rabo-Liv crashed heavily in the closing kilometers, finishing last. Anna Van der Breggen and Annemiek Van Vleuten — key helpers for defending world road race champion Marianne Vos — were both transported to a local hospital.

Vos had been gapped by her teammates, so she was not involved in the crash.

“Team time trialing is not my thing,” Vos said at the line. “I only saw the crash when I came around the corner. I hope my teammates are okay.”

Many eyes were on Ellen van Dijk , who was part of Specialized-Lululemon’s first two worlds-winning teams. She switched to Boels Dolmans this season, but her team could only muster fifth.

“It didn’t go as well as we had hoped. Not everyone was on their best day,” Van Dijk said. “We lost two girls early, and on the climb, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. I was feeling okay.”

Specialized-Lululemon took special pride in winning its third title despite the departure of Van Dijk, the reigning world individual time trial champion.

“We showed we are a strong team, even without Ellen here,” said Lisa Brennauer. “This shows to everyone that we six stick together, that we can make it happen. It’s more than just about her, it’s the whole team. It’s not just one, that’s what we showed during the whole year.”

Despite some changes in team sponsorship for 2015, the team’s future is secure, though there could be some changes in Specialized-Lululemon’s lineup for next season when it defends its world time trial title in Richmond, Virginia.

 

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Jeremy Powers goes early and stays gone to win Trek CXC Cup opener

September 20, 2014 - 5:00pm

Jeremy Powers got busy early and left the chasing to others. Photo: Logan VonBokel

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) took the kickoff at the Trek CXC Cup on Saturday in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

Powers got busy early on, and going into the bell lap the U.S. national champion had built a lead of perhaps a dozen seconds over a surging Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), who had just shed Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport-Yoga Glo).

Johnson cut into Powers’ advantage on the final go-round, but not enough. He would have to settle for second, seven seconds behind, as Milne held off Allen Krughoff (Noosa Professional Cyclocross) for third.

“It’s just such a technical track. It’s so fast, and there’s just a lot of room for error from the others,” said Powers. “So, I just elected this morning … I was like, well, if I can establish a gap in the first two then I’m just going to try to hold that throughout the race.

“Everything was perfect today. The bikes were perfect, the tires were hooking up great, and I felt good. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Johnson got an assist from Milne, who bobbled once toward the end.

“[Milne] dumped it in a corner and that’s how I got the gap,” said Johnson. “Second’s good. Jeremy had a classic wire-to-wire.”

As for Milne, he said his mantra this season has been “one step at a time.”

“Once I got up there at the beginning it wasn’t really a tactics game as just an hour time trial for me, hoping to not get caught from behind,” he said. “I think I’m as strong as everyone here. It’s just the technique has to start coming.

“Allen’s my roommate, so I know very well how good he is technically. And this year he’s shown that he doesn’t lose form at the end of a race. So I saw him coming and I was racing steady to keep away from him, honestly.”

 

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