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Brim Brothers launches $440 wearable power meter

February 11, 2016 - 12:01pm

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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SRAM launches new NX mountain 1x drivetrain

February 11, 2016 - 11:53am

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

February 11, 2016 - 11:15am

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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  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Al Shamal Sports Club

    The peloton rode past Al Shamal Sports Club on the 189 kilometer route from the Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat al Shamal. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: The late break

    An 11-man break was later reduced to four. Preben Van Hecke, Patrick Gretsch, Jesper Asselman, and Mark McNally were eventually pulled back by Dimension Data's efforts to protect the lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Front puncture

    With eight kilometers to go, Edvald Boasson Hagen dropped back to deal with a punctured front tire. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Renshaw helps Boasson Hagen

    Mark Renshaw stayed back with Boasson Hagen to help him chase back to the pack. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Rear puncture

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

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Dimension Data chases

    Again the Dimension Data squad worked to keep Boasson Hagen in the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Boasson Hagen at the front

    Boasson Hagen got caught up in a chase group and had to take matters into his own hands. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Kristoff sprint

    BMC and Katusha drilled the pace late in the stage, putting Greg Van Avermaet and Alexander Kristoff in good position for the sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Kristoff wins

    Kristoff got the win with Van Avermaet finishing second. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Cavendish gets fifth

    With no teammates left to provide a lead-out, Mark Cavendish came across in fifth place on the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Katusha celebrates

    Teamwork paid off for Katusha on stage 4. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Boasson Hagen post-stage

    Luck was not on Edvald Boasson Hagen's side in stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 4: Cavendish leader's jersey

    Mark Cavendish moved back in to the overall lead at the Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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MTBers strive for ‘Perfect race’ at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

February 11, 2016 - 10:46am

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

February 11, 2016 - 8:26am

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

February 11, 2016 - 8:08am

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

February 11, 2016 - 7:32am

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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U.S. champ Busche upbeat for season with UnitedHealthcare

February 11, 2016 - 6:54am

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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Video: Col Collective climbs Pikes Peak

February 10, 2016 - 3:32pm

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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Velo magazine — March 2016

February 10, 2016 - 3:11pm

The March issue of Velo magazine is the 2016 season preview issue.

The peloton is awaking from its winter slumber, and right on cue, we’ve got our 2016 Season Preview in the March issue of Velo magazine. So what does the new year hold for pro cycling?

One of the biggest developments for 2016 is the addition of a Women’s WorldTour. Christina Bonnington writes about how the women’s peloton is deeper than ever — what does that mean for Marianne Vos? The Dutch Olympic gold medalist was once nearly untouchable in any race she started, but she suffered a disappointing 2015 due to injury.

On the men’s side of things, the question is flipped as Chris Froome looks to win his second consecutive Tour de France. Sure, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana will be on top form to challenge the Brit, but they have yet to find a chink in his armor.

Andrew Hood also interviews Tom Boonen in the March issue of Velo. This could be the final season for the Belgian classics star, and he’s hoping to go out in a blaze of glory, aiming for a record fifth Paris-Roubaix title and perhaps even a run at world championships — after all, the flat, technical course in windy Qatar could favor his skills, which have been honed over thousands of racing kilometers in northern Europe.

But Boonen isn’t the only rider with rainbow dreams; 2016 may afford a sprinters’ renaissance — we assess five of the peloton’s fastest men and their odds for a big season, one which may be punctuated by a world championship title.

Pro racing aside, when this time of year rolls around, most of us are dreaming of ways to upgrade our rides. You’ve probably heard this before, but that’s because it’s true: Wheels are one of the best upgrades for your bike. So, our tech team took four carbon fiber clinchers to the Velolab to find out which is fastest.

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Reviewed: J.Paks frame bag

February 10, 2016 - 2:39pm

It secures to the top tube via Velcro straps and to the seat and down tubes via water bottle cage bosses. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews

We Like: Water bottle cage boss mounting provides stability.
We Don’t Like: Custom build means longer wait time.
Price
: Starting at $180
www.jpaks.com

Frame bags solve a pretty major a storage problem for winter bikers who shed bulky layers that won’t fit in a hydration pack. There are plenty of choices out there, but J.Paks stands out for two important reasons: One, all the bags are made by hand in Denver by Joe Tonsager; and two, they’re custom-made to fit your frame with adaptability and toughness in mind. Whatever you want or need your pack to do, Tonsager will make sure it happens.

Our test model attached to a Meriwether Cycles fat bike with a curved top tube. To accommodate this unique tube shape, Tonsager made a completely custom bag shape that secures to the top tube with heavy-duty Velcro straps and to the seat tube and down tube via integrated bolts that thread into the water bottle cage bosses. This bag isn’t going anywhere — no swaying, no working loose.

Inside, removable Velcro panels allow for plenty of storage options. Want just one big compartment? Remove the Velcro separator. Want to separate your food from your clothes? Put the separator right where you need it.

Pockets are laid out logically: a small pocket on the left side is ideal for stowing your ride food, while the top pocket on the right side is sized perfectly for a water bottle and fat bike tube, or for your hydration bladder. The lower pocket is great for all your extra layers. A flared front adds storage capabilities without interfering with your pedal stroke, too. This layout was all part of the design process, which mostly involves several conversations with Tonsager about how you’ll be using the bag.

We rode this bag through all the slop we could find during a Colorado winter and the tape-sealed construction kept all our goodies dry. You can choose your bag’s material, too: Heavy-duty 1000D Cordura is ideal for long bikepacking trips, and the lighter X-Pac cloth is great for everyday riding and long-haulers looking to trim weight. Though we thought we’d only use it for bikepacking or longer day trips, the pack is ideal for shorter rides too — leave the Camelbak at home. And a J.Paks bag is only a few dollars more expensive than a comparable Revelate Designs bag — not bad for a fully custom build.

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Motorized cheating case moves forward

February 10, 2016 - 11:12am

Belgian Femke Van den Driessche was caught with a hidden motor in her bike at the cyclocross worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The UCI has referred the sport’s first motorized cheating case to its Disciplinary Commission, which will hear arguments from all relevant parties in the coming weeks.

The bike of Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was found to contain a motorized crankset at the U23 world cyclocross championships in January. Her case will be put before a panel of either one or three members of the Commission (likely three in this case), and will be heard at UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. Panel members will call witnesses and experts, and Van den Driessche may either submit her own defense or be assisted by an advisor.

Read the explainer about how the UCI will prosecute technological fraud >>

Van den Driessche will be notified by mail of the result. She can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, just as in a physiological doping case.

The minimum penalty for an individual found in breach of the UCI’s technical fraud regulations, which ban the use of propulsion of any kind, is a six-month suspension and a fine of 20,000 CHF. There is no maximum penalty.

Teams are also liable, though it is unclear how the UCI will define a team in this case. Van den Driessche races for the Kleur op Matt – No Drugs team during the regular season but was with the Belgian national team at worlds. A team can also be suspended for six months (or more) and fined between 100,000 and 1,000,000 CHF.

Van den Driessche maintains that the bike in question was not hers. She claims it was a friend’s bike, one she sold last year. It was sitting around, and a mechanic grabbed it.

However, technological fraud places strict liability on the rider and the team involved, so if non-compliant equipment is found near a team or race, “within or in the margins of a cycling competition,” as the UCI rule states, it qualifies as technological fraud.

A non-compliant bicycle is one that doesn’t conform to the rules laid out in Article 1.3.010 of the UCI’s technical regulations, which bans motors.

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UCI’s team reforms enacted — in NASCAR

February 10, 2016 - 10:57am

Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

NASCAR announced yesterday that it is moving away from its sponsor-dominated business model toward something intended to provide more stability for teams, as reported by the New York Times. Anyone who follows cycling will recognize the logic behind the move.

As the Times reports, NASCAR is “shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors.

“The change moves away from the independent contractor model that has been used since NASCAR’s inception in 1948. A car owner was responsible for all the financial obligations to race each week, depending on sponsorship to help pay the bills. When a sponsor pulled its funding, a car owner could potentially go broke.”

It makes total sense. And it is, in a nutshell, what the UCI and organizations like Velon are pushing for in pro cycling. So why would NASCAR teams be able to push through reforms like this while the UCI and WorldTour teams see every such move in cycling shot down? Why will NASCAR teams now own nine-year charters, while the UCI was barely able to increase the length of WorldTour licenses from two to three years? Because NASCAR doesn’t have an ASO to deal with.

Unlike pro cycling, NASCAR is a tightly controlled series with an empowered governing body. NASCAR does run into issues with the owners of the tracks that host its events. The organization frequently butts heads with the owner of Speedway Motorsports, which owns several of NASCAR’s most important tracks. But there is no race that casts a shadow over NASCAR the way the Tour de France does over cycling, and no track owner as powerful as ASO.

It’s worth noting that the new NASCAR model started as a proposal from the Race Team Alliance, a union of team owners formed in 2014 that both NASCAR and track owners said would undermine the sport, similar to criticisms of cycling unions like the CPA and Velon.

Like the UCI, NASCAR understands how vital team stability is to the future of the sport, which led to the new business model. Unlike the UCI, NASCAR — at the prodding of a team-owners organization — was able to do something about it.

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Gallery: 2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3

February 10, 2016 - 10:43am

Edvald Boasson Hagen showed off his Cervelo aero road bike that he rode to victory in the stage 3 time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Boasson Hagen Cervelo

    Edvald Boasson Hagen showed off his Cervelo aero road bike that he rode to victory in the stage 3 time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Quinziato on course

    BMC's Manuel Quinziato finished the time trial in third place, 29 seconds back from Boasson Hagen. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Kristoff loses time

    Prior to the time trial, Katusha's Alexander Kristoff was sitting in second-place overall. After losing almost a minute in the TT, he has dropped to fifth in the GC. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Cavendish TT

    Mark Cavendish finished in the top 10 in the TT, and sits 26 seconds back in the GC standings. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Boasson Hagen takes the lead

    Cavendish looked on as his Dimension Data teammate Boasson Hagen got ready to claim the leader's jersey at the Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Boasson Hagen podium

    Seven-time Norwegian national champion Edvald Boasson Hagen won the stage 3 time trial at the Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Boasson Hagen leader's jersey

    Boasson Hagen covered the 11-kilometer TT course in 13:26. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Anderson best young rider

    Eddy Merckx joined Giant-Alpecin's Soren Kragh Andersen on the podium for the best young rider jersey presentation. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

  • View Larger Image.2016 Tour of Qatar, stage 3: Boasson Hagen media

    After the stage, Boasson Hagan said that he hopes to hold onto the golden jersey for the next two days. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Kristoff: ‘Good ol’ Boasson Hagen has returned’

February 10, 2016 - 10:31am

Edvald Boasson Hagen is showing glimmers of good form at Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

LUSAIL, Qatar (VN) — The Edvald Boasson Hagen who shot to the top of cycling at 21 years of age is back to his winning ways with another win in the Tour of Qatar on Wednesday. Insiders say that he is now free from the shackles of Sky, where he had to work for much bigger stars.

The Norwegian won stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné and Giro d’Italia, Gent-Wevelgem, and the overall classifications in the Tour of Britain and Eneco Tour early in his career. After leaving HTC-Highroad for Sky, despite giving the British team its first Tour de France stage win, he appeared lost.

Since 2015, he has been with South African team Dimension Data. He won the Tour of Britain again last year and on Wednesday, the time trial stage of the Tour of Qatar. He holds the GC lead with two days to race.

“In Sky, he had to work a lot, and they wanted him to develop into another type of rider, but now he’s developing back to where he was before,” Norwegian Ronde van Vlaanderen and Milano-Sanremo winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) said.

“You see that he has his power back, he was up there in the echelons in the last two days, and he’s sprinted well. It looks like the good ol’ Edvald Boasson Hagen that we remember from a few years ago has returned.”

Boasson Hagen won the 11-kilometer stage by 25 seconds over Dutchman Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and moved into the lead with 26 seconds on teammate Mark Cavendish. The two raced together at teams HTC-Highroad and Sky.

“He’s the same rider as he was at HTC. He’s never changed as a rider, it’s just that he was a little bit in a service mode at Sky so you really didn’t get to see what he could do anymore,” Cavendish said. “He’s back in an environment where he can flourish as a racer.”

Not only does he have a free role, but he has responsibility. The now 28-year-old will need to arrange the sprints for Cavendish and take the lead in the classics.

“He’s grown as a leader. He’s one of the old guys in the team now, and for a quiet lad, he really motivates the other riders,” Cavendish added. “He knows how to ride in a unit, how to be a leader there and road captain. It’s good to see him grow in a leadership role.”

Journalists fear speaking to Boasson Hagen not because he is impolite, but because of his shyness and tepid responses that rarely exceed 20 words. “I don’t know if I really changed a lot, but I really had a good time in Sky, as well,” Boasson Hagen explained. “We aren’t riding for the yellow jersey win in the big tours so I have more freedom and opportunities.”

“He was a different rider in Sky, but he’s always been a good bike rider,” Dimension Data sport director Roger Hammond told VeloNews. “In Sky, though, he was surrounded by Tour de France riders, so what do you do? Here, we are focusing on him and giving him the same attention that Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome were getting for the Tour de France.”

Dimension Data not only worked for Cavendish in the last two sprint stages, but protected Boasson Hagen for the stage 3 time trial and the possible overall victory. Whether he can hold it for the next two days through the barren, sand-blasted plains remains to be seen. The Tour of Qatar continues Thursday with a stage through the northwest, just inland from Qatar’s vast natural gas fields and the Persian Gulf that separates the state from Bahrain.

“This race is far from over, but we have to be happy with this win and lead at the moment,” said Hammond. Cavendish added, “We are definitely in a strong position for Eddy’s overall win.”

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Pro Bike Gallery: Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Madone RSL

February 10, 2016 - 8:28am

Fabian Cancellara never rode the old Madone, preferring to stick to a special, hyper-aggressive version of the Domane for its improved comfort. But when Trek moved the ISOspeed Decoupler tech found on the Domane to the new aero Madone, Cancellara came right along with it. The RSL model, which stands for Race Shop Limited, is the team's version, with a more aggressive fit. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

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Riders say UCI’s ramped-up motor testing is warranted

February 10, 2016 - 7:51am

Brian Cookson is at the Tour of Qatar this week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

DOHA, Qatar (VN) — Bring on improved testing for motors, say riders after UCI president Brian Cookson announced Tuesday that the governing body would consider more invasive testing.

It was discovered that Belgian Femke Van den Driessche had a motor in her bike during the under-23 race at the recent cyclocross world championships. Cookson, who parachuted into the Persian Gulf for the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, said the UCI is “taking this seriously.”

“It needs to happen because it’s probably happened in the past and they missed it a few times,” Dimension Data’s Mark Renshaw told VeloNews.

“I’ve never seen anyone win by 10 lengths in front of Mark Cavendish. It’s fair to say that we’ve never seen it in a sprint finish. Anything can happen though, it wouldn’t surprise me with technology now. It can be so advanced that even if it was 25 watts over an hour or two period, it is quite a lot in the mountains.”

The UCI is reportedly using a new tablet application that allows its CSI-type controllers to secretly detect electromagnetic frequencies.

“What we’ve been trying to do is to trial and develop equipment that will be easier to use and will allow us to scan more bikes more quickly and at more races,” Cookson said.

“If we need to go to a situation where every bike has to be pre-examined before a race, including the bikes on the team cars, then maybe this is something that we have to look at. We have much better technology now and we can do the more invasive tests.”

Some riders had dismissed motors as science fiction fantasy prior to the 19-year-old Van den Driessche being busted. Since then, the issue has become much more real.

“It could always happen, so it’s good that they are doing these small tests,” Belgian and BMC Racing rider Greg Van Avermaet said. “I had them control my bike at races. I think if they do that once or twice then it should be enough to scare others not to do it. It’s money well spent. It’s good that they can now check it in an easy and quick way.”

Said Astana’s Andrea Guardini: “It’s the right fight. If they have been used, then they were probably used years ago when no one thought about it. Now they are talking about it too much. I think a potential user would be scared off, but it’s worth it that the UCI is testing.”

BMC coach Marco Pinotti said it makes more sense that a motor was allegedly used in cyclocross, where teams are much smaller. He said it would take too much of an orchestrated effort for teams at the WorldTour and Pro Continental levels to cheat in such a way.

Van den Driessche faces a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 Swiss francs ($19,700 to 197,000) and a minimum six-month suspension if she is found guilty. The UCI’s disciplinary commission is examining her case now.

“Obviously, I don’t want to say anything that might prejudice the case, which is in fact sub-judice,” Cookson said. “But this is a very serious development and we are handling it with the utmost care.”

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Boasson Hagen wins Qatar TT, takes overall lead

February 10, 2016 - 7:44am

Edvald Boasson Hagen's time trial victory in stage 3 earned him the overall lead at Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Tour of Qatar’s golden leader’s jersey was handed from one Dimension Data rider to another on Wednesday as Edvald Boasson Hagen won the 11.4km time trial in Lusail, assuming the GC lead held by Mark Cavendish for the race’s first two days.

“It went pretty well today, I have been feeling quite strong since earlier in the week so I had a go to try and take the victory today,” Boasson Hagen said. “I am feeling strong but also I suffered in the wind. I am just happy that it was enough to take the jersey which we will do our best to keep.”

Stage 3, top 10
  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 13:26
  • 2. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :29
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 5. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 6. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 7. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :44
  • 8. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :44
  • 9. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :45
  • 10. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :47

 

Top-10 overall
  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 6:53:35
  • 2. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 5. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :45
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :48
  • 7. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:02
  • 8. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:07
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:10
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:15

 

“I feel stronger than last year and with luck I am,” said Boasson Hagen. “I succeeded in winning today; now I’ll try to keep hold of the golden jersey.”

Norway’s Boasson Hagen won stage 3 by 25 seconds over LottoNL-Jumbo’s Jos van Emden, who edged out BMC’s Manuel Quinziato by four seconds. Cavendish is now 26 seconds behind his teammate in the overall after finishing seventh in the TT. Quinziato moved up from 10th to third overall, thanks to his strong performance on Wednesday.

“I never consider myself well off, but I thought that I would have a good chance to win this time trial,” van Emden said about his second place. “When I heard that Boasson Hagen was 25 seconds faster, it hurt me. It’s always hard to be dethroned, but it proves that he’s simply the best, on the other hand. I delivered a good time trial. The difference between is the power.”

Thursday will be stage 4 of the five-day race, a 189km run from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

Stage 3 results
  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 13:26
  • 2. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :29
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 5. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 6. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 7. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :44
  • 8. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at :44
  • 9. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :45
  • 10. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :47
  • 11. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at :51
  • 12. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :51
  • 13. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :57
  • 14. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :58
  • 15. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :58
  • 16. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at :59
  • 17. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 18. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:00
  • 19. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:03
  • 20. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:04
  • 21. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:04
  • 22. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:04
  • 23. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:04
  • 24. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:05
  • 25. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at 1:05
  • 26. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:06
  • 27. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:09
  • 28. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:10
  • 29. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:11
  • 30. Scott THWAITES, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:11
  • 31. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:12
  • 32. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:12
  • 33. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:13
  • 34. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at 1:17
  • 35. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:18
  • 36. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:19
  • 37. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:19
  • 38. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:20
  • 39. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:20
  • 40. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:21
  • 41. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:21
  • 42. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:21
  • 43. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:22
  • 44. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:22
  • 45. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:25
  • 46. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:26
  • 47. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:27
  • 48. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:27
  • 49. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:27
  • 50. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:28
  • 51. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:28
  • 52. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:29
  • 53. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:29
  • 54. Rudiger SELIG, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:29
  • 55. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:31
  • 56. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:31
  • 57. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:32
  • 58. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:32
  • 59. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:33
  • 60. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:33
  • 61. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:34
  • 62. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:35
  • 63. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at 1:35
  • 64. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:35
  • 65. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:37
  • 66. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:37
  • 67. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:37
  • 68. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:39
  • 69. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at 1:39
  • 70. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:40
  • 71. Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:40
  • 72. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:41
  • 73. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:42
  • 74. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:42
  • 75. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:43
  • 76. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:43
  • 77. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:43
  • 78. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:43
  • 79. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:45
  • 80. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:46
  • 81. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:46
  • 82. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:47
  • 83. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at 1:48
  • 84. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:48
  • 85. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:48
  • 86. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:48
  • 87. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:49
  • 88. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:49
  • 89. Thomas KOEP, SSG, at 1:49
  • 90. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:50
  • 91. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:50
  • 92. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at 1:51
  • 93. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:52
  • 94. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:52
  • 95. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:52
  • 96. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:53
  • 97. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:53
  • 98. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 1:53
  • 99. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at 1:54
  • 100. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at 1:54
  • 101. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:55
  • 102. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:57
  • 103. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:57
  • 104. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 1:57
  • 105. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:58
  • 106. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:58
  • 107. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:59
  • 108. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at 2:00
  • 109. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at 2:01
  • 110. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:02
  • 111. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – ARGON18, at 2:02
  • 112. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:03
  • 113. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:05
  • 114. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:05
  • 115. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:07
  • 116. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:07
  • 117. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 2:07
  • 118. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:08
  • 119. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:08
  • 120. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:12
  • 121. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:15
  • 122. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 2:16
  • 123. Christian Mager, SSG, at 2:20
  • 124. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:24
  • 125. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:26
  • 126. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:30
  • 127. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:32
  • 128. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 2:32
  • 129. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 2:33
  • 130. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA – ARGON18, at 2:35
  • 131. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 2:42
  • 132. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:01
  • DNS Barry MARKUS, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON

 

General classification
  • 1. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, in 6:53:35
  • 2. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 3. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :32
  • 4. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 5. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :45
  • 6. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :48
  • 7. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:02
  • 8. Sam BENNETT, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:07
  • 9. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:10
  • 10. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:15
  • 11. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:18
  • 12. Zakkari DEMPSTER, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:21
  • 13. Arnaud GERARD, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:24
  • 14. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:32
  • 15. Rudiger SELIG, BORA – ARGON18, at 1:37
  • 16. Andrea GUARDINI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:47
  • 17. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:11
  • 18. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:26
  • 19. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:33
  • 20. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:37
  • 21. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:50
  • 22. Scott THWAITES, BORA – ARGON18, at 2:57
  • 23. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:59
  • 24. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:05
  • 25. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:06
  • 26. Preben VAN HECKE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:10
  • 27. Johan VANSUMMEREN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:12
  • 28. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:15
  • 29. Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:15
  • 30. Dmitrii KOZONCHUK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:17
  • 31. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:19
  • 32. Soufiane HADDI, SKD, at 3:21
  • 33. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:23
  • 34. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 3:23
  • 35. Sébastien TURGOT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:26
  • 36. Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:27
  • 37. Stijn STEELS, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:28
  • 38. Mekseb DEBESAY, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:29
  • 39. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 3:32
  • 40. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:35
  • 41. Andrea PALINI, SKD, at 3:40
  • 42. Steven TRONET, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 3:43
  • 43. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:44
  • 44. Kamberaj XHULIANO, SKD, at 3:47
  • 45. Matt BRAMMEIER, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:53
  • 46. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:54
  • 47. Marko KUMP, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:58
  • 48. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:01
  • 49. Michael REIHS, SSG, at 4:02
  • 50. Marco MARCATO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:49
  • 51. Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:10
  • 52. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 6:11
  • 53. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 8:01
  • 54. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 8:46
  • 55. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:55
  • 56. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:02
  • 57. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:15
  • 58. Tim DECLERCQ, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:20
  • 59. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 9:27
  • 60. Roy JANS, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:34
  • 61. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:38
  • 62. Lieuwe WESTRA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:45
  • 63. Tomasz KIENDYS, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 9:47
  • 64. Fabian WEGMANN, SSG, at 9:49
  • 65. Jef VAN MEIRHAEGHE, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 9:58
  • 66. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 10:48
  • 67. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 10:56
  • 68. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 11:02
  • 69. Kenneth VAN ROOY, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 12:21
  • 70. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:53
  • 71. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:56
  • 72. Damien GAUDIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:00
  • 73. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:01
  • 74. Mads PEDERSEN, SSG, at 13:01
  • 75. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:02
  • 76. Vegard BREEN, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 13:08
  • 77. Alex KIRSCH, SSG, at 13:13
  • 78. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:17
  • 79. Brenton JONES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:18
  • 80. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:24
  • 81. Luka PIBERNIK, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:24
  • 82. Jason LOWNDES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:28
  • 83. Benoit JARRIER, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 13:29
  • 84. Robert WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:30
  • 85. Marco CANOLA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 13:31
  • 86. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:31
  • 87. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 13:33
  • 88. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 13:35
  • 89. Ivan SANTAROMITA, SKD, at 13:35
  • 90. Tim KERKHOF, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:42
  • 91. Adil JELLOUL, SKD, at 13:44
  • 92. Floris DE TIER, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 13:45
  • 93. Thomas KOEP, SSG, at 13:45
  • 94. Michael Carbel SVENDGAARD, SSG, at 13:47
  • 95. Wesley KREDER, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:48
  • 96. Yukiya ARASHIRO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:48
  • 97. Sébastien MINARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:49
  • 98. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 13:49
  • 99. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 13:51
  • 100. Graeme BROWN, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 13:53
  • 101. Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA, at 13:55
  • 102. Meher HASNAOUI, SKD, at 13:56
  • 103. Danilo NAPOLITANO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 13:58
  • 104. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 14:01
  • 105. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 14:01
  • 106. Grzegorz STEPNIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:03
  • 107. André LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:03
  • 108. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 14:11
  • 109. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:26
  • 110. Shane ARCHBOLD, BORA – ARGON18, at 14:31
  • 111. Ivar SLIK, ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON, at 14:38
  • 112. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:55
  • 113. Bjorn THURAU, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 14:58
  • 114. Mario Jorge FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 15:10
  • 115. Amaury CAPIOT, TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 15:32
  • 116. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA – ARGON18, at 15:58
  • 117. Bernard SULZBERGER, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 16:04
  • 118. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – ARGON18, at 16:18
  • 119. Kenny DE HAES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 19:16
  • 120. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 20:16
  • 121. Peter KONING, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 20:49
  • 122. Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 20:58
  • 123. Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 21:11
  • 124. Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 21:18
  • 125. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 21:20
  • 126. Karl MENZIES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 21:28
  • 127. Jordan KERBY, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 21:36
  • 128. Yauheni HUTAROVICH, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 21:51
  • 129. Luke KEOUGH, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 21:54
  • 130. Christian Mager, SSG, at 22:31
  • 131. Samuel SPOKES, DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING, at 22:51
  • 132. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 28:13

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Trentin’s road to classics climbs Mount Etna

February 10, 2016 - 7:02am

Matteo Trentin, pictured here during the 2015 Tour of Britain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Matteo Trentin is hoping the heights of Mount Etna will give him an edge in the bergs and cobbles of the northern classics this spring.

Others have tried altitude training ahead of the spring classics, including Team Sky, with mixed results. Trentin, however, is convinced altitude will do him some good, and so the Etixx – Quick-Step rider will escape to Sicily to train on the flanks of Mount Etna ahead of the upcoming classics campaign.

“I always do altitude camp in the summer, usually about 15 to 20 days. It works really well, so let’s try if it will work for the classics,” Trentin told VeloNews. “I will head to Etna to see if it will give me a boost.”

Altitude camps have become an essential part of modern training, especially for grand tour riders heading to the Tour de France. While it has clear advantages for riders racing up the French mountain cols in July, altitude training hasn’t proven to be a major impact on the classics. Sky tried it with their riders a few years ago with mixed results, with some riders even saying the demands of the altitude camp wore them out ahead of the grueling classics. The British team has since ditched its altitude training for its classics-bound riders in its quest to win a major one-day classic.

Trentin has used altitude training before, including trips to Lake Tahoe and Livigno, Italy, and the 26-year-old Italian is hoping the effort will pay off for the classics.

As a key member of the deep and experienced Etixx classics team, Trentin knows he needs to be at the absolute top of his game to have a chance for victory. Not only does he need to beat the rest of the peloton, he has to work his way up the hierarchy at Etixx. With Tom Boonen, Zdenek Stybar, and Niki Terpstra ahead of him, Trentin accepts he is a few rungs down the ladder. But if a door opens, he wants to be ready to storm right in.

“We have the big guys, with Tom, Stybie, Niki, but even like last year, I was third in Harelbeke,” Trentin said. “Everyone is very clear about this. We all want to win, but it’s important that the team wins.”

Trentin is one of the few modern Italians who is targeting the northern classics, picking up the tradition from such riders as Michele Bartoli, Gianluca Bortolami, Andrea Tafi, and Franco Ballerini — a generation of Italians who dominated the classics in the 1990s.

“It’s always a childhood dream to win a big classic,” Trentin said. “It would be nice to win such a race just once. To win just one of these monuments would be like a dream. Being on this team, with such a big history, it’s something that I am very proud of.”

No Italian has won Paris-Roubaix since Tafi in 1999 or the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) since Alessandro Ballan in 2007. Yet it’s the 2001 edition of Roubaix, won by Sky sport director Servais Knaven, that drew Trentin into the classics.

“The 2001 Paris-Roubaix, that was the most epic race I’ve ever seen,” he said. “That’s when I started to love the classics. Your body is on the limit, they are very physical races. They are the big challenges in this sport.”

In fact, the dynamics of that 2001 Roubaix, when Knaven rode as a support rider for his higher-profile captains, is just the kind of scenario Trentin would need to someday win one of the classics.

“The road speaks for the riders, so if someone is feeling great, they will have their chance,” Trentin said, insisting there are no problems on the talent-rich Etixx classics squad. “We are all professional, and we are all racing for the same team. Last year, I was third at Harelbeke, so the chance is there to win something if you have a great day.”

With Boonen looking at perhaps his final season, Trentin is poised to move up. Entering his sixth campaign with the Belgian outfit, Trentin has already won two stages at the Tour de France and won Paris-Tours last fall. Though not considered a “monument,” Paris-Tours was an important milestone for the improving Italian.

“That was a nice present to win Paris-Tours. I was chasing victory in a one-day race for awhile,” Trentin said. “I made a good end of season [run]. I was well-prepared for the worlds, but I made a tactical mistake that took me out of the race. When I went home, I was mad for one week, thinking about the worlds, because you do not get too many opportunities to be there. I made a mental switch, and I used that frustration from the worlds.”

Don’t look for Trentin at the Belgian opener at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, however. He’s skipping the first weekend of the Belgian classics to head to Mount Etna instead. He’s hoping the rarified air of the Sicilian volcano will help him on the cobbles of Flanders and France.

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