Caleb Ewan wins the Launceston Cycling Classic: Men’s Criterium
Orica-GreenEDGE recruit Caleb Ewan has won the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic in the Launceston CBD, edging out reigning champion Neil van der Ploeg and Anthony Giacoppo.
Ewan, a former junior world track champion went into the race as the favourite and didn’t disappoint, taking out the win in front of a crowd of roughly 5,000.
“Next year I’ll be in the ProTour but will definitely try and come back because it’s a great crit. There has not been a crowd this big at a crit I’ve been to which makes the win more special and is great for cycling.”
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Lauren Kitchen wins Launceston Cycling Classic women’s criterium
Meanwhile Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Lauren Kitchen sprinted to victory in the women’s race at the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic in Launceston, Tasmania, to take her second win of the Australian summer to date.
The 23-year-old was the fastest of a small group of riders that arrived to contest the finish of the downtown race, taking the win ahead of Liv/Giant’s Nicole Whitburn and Specialized Securitor’s Lizzie Williams.
With Kitchen set to leave Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling at the end of 2013, the race saw her take victory in her very last competitive outing in the black and orange colours.
“It was a really great way to finish my year with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling and it definitely wasn’t possible without the support of my teammates. A great way to finish the year and my run with Wiggle Honda,” Kitchen added.
Text adapted from a Wiggle Honda press release.
Owner forced to change bike shop name after threat from Specialized
The owner of a tiny bike shop in Cochrane, Canada is being forced to change the name of his shop, Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, after Specialized claimed they own the trademark on the word Roubaix, a brand of road bike.
Dan Richter, Cafe Roubaix owner and a veteran of the Afghanistan war, said he didn’t name his store after Specialized’s road bike — it was named after the region in France made famous by the Monument race Paris-Roubaix.
“It’s been frustrating,” Richter told the Calgary Herald. “The response throughout this process (from Specialized) has been arrogant and almost unbelievably dismissive.
“We didn’t want to go public . . . but they’ve made it clear on no uncertain terms, they are going to sue.”
Larry Koury, managing director of Specialized Canada Inc., said the company is simply defending its legally owned trademark.
“A simple trademark search would have prevented this,” Koury told the Calgary Herald. “We are required to defend or lose our trademark registration.”
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Anna Meares breaks 500m time trial world record
Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares has claimed gold in the 500 metre time trial at the Track World Cup in Mexico in a world record time of 32.836. The feat makes her the first woman in history to go under 33 seconds in the event.
Meares eclipsed her own world record posted at the Melbourne World Championships in 2012 (33.010) to again write herself into the history books.
“I just wanted it, I wanted it really badly,” Meares said. “It’s really weird, it’s taken me nearly 10 years to improve just over a second in the discipline. In Athens in 2004 I was 20 years old and became the first women to ride a sub 34 [33.952] and now, ten years later at 30 years of age, I’m the first to ride a sub 33.I am just so proud.”
Meares took out the event ahead of German Miriam Welte (33.062) and reigning world champion, Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee (33.296).
Text via Cycling Australia press release.
Francois Pervis sets new kilo record
Meanwhile in the kilometre time trial at the Track World Cup, Frenchman Francois Pervis has broken the world record, completing the event in 56.303 seconds.
Pervis was one of 10 riders that posted a time of under one minute in the time trial on a track that has yielded a total of seven world records over the past few days.
The records are:
Pervis’s kilo, men’s flying 200m time trial (Pervis), men’s team sprint (Germany), women’s flying 200m time trial (Kristina Vogel), 500m time trial (Anna Meares), women’s team sprint (Germany) and women’s team pursuit (Great Britain).
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Australia finishes second on Track World Cup medal tally
Anna Meares (sprint silver) and Shane Perkins (keirin bronze) added to the Australian medal tally on the final day of the UCI Track World Cup in Mexico on Sunday with Australian finishing the meet with nine medals: five gold, one silver and three bronze. The haul puts Australia second on the medal tally behind Great Britain.
Less than twenty-four hours after becoming the first woman in history to break the 33 second barrier in the women’s 500m time trial, Anna Meares was at her world record breaking best again, this time in the women’s sprint qualifying.
Meares, the reigning Olympic sprint champion, wound it up in the flying 200m to produce a stunning time of 10.487secs to break the world record of 10.573secs set earlier in the year by Tianshi Zhong (CHN) on the same track. However Meares’ glory was short-lived, with Germany’s Kristina Vogel eclipsing the new mark shortly after with a scorching 10.384secs.
Shane Perkins collected the bronze medal in a crash-marred keirin competition that was delayed following crashes in the opening two heats that resulted in Michael D’Almeida (FRA) and Josiah Ng (MAS) being transported to hospital.
In the final, Perkins nestled behind the derny with Matthew Crampton (GBR) and Matthijs Buchli (NED) making the first moves as the bike left the track. Tobias Wachter (GER) surged to the front with two laps to go, with a burst from Crampton on the back straight enough for him to lead it out to the line for the win. Perkins entered the finishing straight in fifth place, however a final burst in the final 50 metres saw him clinch the bronze behind Wachter.
Text via Cycling Australia press release.
Froome hopes back-to-back Tour wins will bring credibility back to the sport
Chris Froome has told BBC Sport that he wants to defend his Tour de France title next year and that doing so will show cycling has entered a drugs-free era.
“I’d like to think if I can go back and do it again it will bring some credibility back to the sport,” Froome said.
“I know for a fact some people were dubious about the results I got last [season] and Bradley the year before,” he said.”I know myself that my results aren’t going to be stripped, but it will take time before people will see they are going to stand.
“I think we’re through the toughest time of it now. It is really a minority of riders breaking the rules now and getting caught, but we are still living in that post-doping era where we are having to deal with a lot of negativity.”
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Jens Voigt to return to the Tour Down Under
Crowd favourite German cyclist Jens Voigt will make his 11th appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under when he returns with the new-look Trek Factory Racing team in January.
At 42 years of age Voigt will be the oldest cyclist in the peloton and will be joined by Luxembourger Frank Schleck who is making his debut appearance.
Australian Calvin Watson recently signed his first UCI Pro Team contract with Trek Factory Racing and will make his debut in Adelaide.
Voigt’s contribution to the Santos Tour Down Under will be recognised when he is honoured at the Legends’ Night Dinner on January 25 at the Adelaide Convention Centre alongside British cycling star Sir Chris Hoy. Jens said he looked forward to returning to the Santos Tour Down Under.
“(The) Tour Down Under has almost become like a ritual for me. Adelaide was the starting point of every season in the recent past. As it looks like 2014 will be my last season, it’s going to be extra special,” Jens said.
Text adapted from a Tour Down Under press release.
Armstrong apologises to former ‘victim’, Christophe Bassons
Lance Armstrong has met up with one of his former ‘victims’, Christophe Bassons, to apologise for his role in forcing the French cyclist off the 1999 Tour de France.
The disgraced US rider, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life for serial drug-taking, held face-to-face talks with Bassons in a Paris hotel, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Saturday.
“The most important thing for me is to tell you in private that I’m sorry,” the paper quoted Armstrong as telling Bassons in the Friday meeting.
Bassons was riding for Festina when the team became embroiled in a doping scandal in 1998. The following year he abandoned his one and only Tour de France after a posse of riders, led by Armstrong, made their dissatisfaction clear following his anti-doping sentiments expressed in a newspaper column. He retired from professional cycling in 2001.
This latest apology follows Armstrong’s meeting last month with Emma O’Reilly, the whistleblowing masseuse on Armstrong’s former US Postal team.
According to L’Equipe Armstrong is on a kind of “tour of redemption”. Before arriving in Paris he was in Rome to pave the way for an eventual meeting with old foe Filippo Simeoni, the former Italian cyclist he threatened in 2004.
Text via AFP.
A statement from Total Rush owner Simon Coffin
On Friday we published a story about a function at the well-known Melbourne bike shop Total Rush which attracted significant criticism for its use of topless models. Over the weekend there were a couple developments in the story, including a statement released by Total Rush founder and owner Simon Coffin.
You can read the full statement here which includes the line “Had Total Rush believed the use of body artists would offend, we would have sought an alternative promotion on the night.”
A video blog posted by Total Rush team rider Bridie O’Donnell over the weekend suggests that Simon Coffin was warned three weeks before the event that the use of body artists would offend but chose to proceed.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: