Theo Bos wins stage 8 of the Tour de Langkawi
Theo Bos (Belkin) has taken his third stage win at this year’s Tour de Langkawi, winning the bunch sprint at the end of the 202km eighth stage from Kuantan to Marang.
Bos took the victory ahead of Astana’s Andrea Guardini and Androni-Venezuela’s Kenny van Hummel after managing to avoid a crash 1.5km from the finish.
“It’s a good feeling to have won my third stage this year to equal our record of three wins last year, that was our target,” said Bos.
The day’s early break featured Morgan Lamoisson (Europcar), Choon Huat Goh (OCBC Singapore), Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku) and Zhi Hui Jiang (Giant Champion System) and together the quartet built up a lead of four minutes. But with Belkin working hard at the head of affairs, the escapees were caught with 10km to go, setting up another bunch sprint.
The crash near the finish took down overall leader Mirsamad Pourseye Digolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical), but given the incident occurred inside the final 3km, the Iranian won’t lose any time overall.
The 10-stage Tour de Langkawi continues today with stage 9, a 109km stage from Bandar Permaisuri to Kuala Terengganu which features just two fourth-category climbs.
Sagan to Tinkoff-Saxo, and taking Cannondale with him?
A report in the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Peter Sagan has signed a deal with Tinkoff-Saxo for the 2015 season. The move will apparently see bike manufacturer Cannondale sell its WorldTour license and move into a sponsorship role with Tinkoff-Saxo which, some suggest, might become Tinkoff-Cannondale.
There have been any number of rumours flying around about Peter Sagan’s plans for 2015 and without official confirmation it’s best to treat this report as speculation.
The official transfer window opens on August 1 so no official announcement will be made until then.
Click here to read more at Gazzetta dello Sport (via Google Translate).
A Team Sky women’s team?
Winner of the 2012 Tour de France Bradley Wiggins has suggested that Team Sky will look to launch a women’s team in the near future.
Wiggins is a financial backer of the Wiggle Honda team which is home to a number of Great Britain’s strongest female cyclists, including Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Dani King, and Elinor Barker.
Orica-GreenEDGE, Giant-Shimano and Lotto Belisol have all set up women’s teams in recent years and Wiggins believes Sky could be next.
“I think it’s the next logical step in terms of where we are coming from and what we are focused on,” he told Thursday’s edition of British newspaper The Independent. “We’ve certainly got the bodies for it.
“I think the only danger with it is that they become this incredibly super squad, with a great budget and great riders, and then you’ve got the worst women’s team on the circuit too and the void is huge … It becomes a financial competition rather than an athletic one.”
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
SRAM replacement hydraulic disc brakes due in April
You might remember that in last November, SRAM recalled its entire stock of Red and S-700 hydraulic disc brakes. Now, SRAM president Stan Day has released a new video explaining how the company’s ‘recovery plan’ is coming along and announcing that the first delivery of replacement brakes is due in late April.
SRAM has spent the past few months examining the cause of the fault, which saw the brakes fail in sub-zero temperatures at a US cyclocross race. Here’s a quote from the video above:
“In the extreme cold air the system seal stiffened and became less complaint which is why we saw the problem multiply in December. The first mechanical issue was that the cylinder bore wasn’t cylindrical, our manufacturing process parameters did not not adequately control the part fabrication. The result was there was an oval shape to the bore that was beyond what the seal was capable of, especially in the cold when the seal lost its compliance.
The second issue was that the system created excessive negative pressure in the brake fluid reservoir. When it is controlled, it doesn’t affect the brakes, when it isn’’ under control, it’s operating outside of the seals capability to compensate, especially in extreme cold. The result was air ingested.
These two issues, in combination with normal manufacturing tolerance variation, could also allow failure in the system in warm riding conditions. That’s why we asked everybody to stop riding the brakes.
With our new model year 2015 production, we have fixed both issues, as well as complete a number of normal improvements for a second year production.
Coaches can influence whether athletes decide to dope: study
A new study from the University of Stirling in Scotland suggests that coaches play an important role in determining whether athletes will end up using doping products.
The study was commissioned by WADA and was undertaken by anti-doping experts, following on from a study last year that found Scottish athletes are less likely to dope if they are part of a team.
The new study found that Scotland’s strong anti-doping record is linked to coaches’ attitudes.
Dr Justine Allen, lead author of the study, explained that the researchers found a “strong stance from Scottish coaches towards anti-doping and their ethos is based on athletes achieving success through hard work and not through taking any shortcuts”.
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said:
“While the study offers just a snapshot from one country, it certainly validates the view that WADA has towards athlete support personnel and the fact that those who surround the athlete, including coaches, can strongly influence an athlete’s decision-making.”
Cyclist knocked off bike by rope strung across path
Two teenage girls in the UK have been arrested after stringing a rope across a path which a 23-year-old cyclist hit, knocking her from her bike.
The rope caught the cyclist around the neck, throwing her forcefully on to her head through which she sustained a concussion.
The cyclist told a local newspaper:
“I didn’t see anyone around, but heard laughter from somewhere and then saw something moving – that was when the rope was right on top of me. I felt myself being knocked to the floor, but don’t remember anything after that until the paramedics arrived. It was all quite a blur, I must’ve been knocked unconscious.”
The rider was discharged from hospital but was readmitted after having severe headaches and vomiting. A CT scan showed swelling on her brain.
“I feel disgusted. I was told the people involved videoed it as well. I’m there on the promenade all the time, I feel like it could’ve happened any time”, the cyclist said. “It will take a lot to get back on a bike, and to do that route again.”
Click here to read more at road.cc.
How to watch women’s cycling
It’s no secret that very few women’s road races are broadcast live. But in this post Sarah Connolly writes about the ways you can still keep up with the racing, live and otherwise. It’s good timing too, given the women’s World Cup is starting soon.
The Horn: a Cycle Atlas video
Do yourself a favour and check out this video from the guys at the CycleAtlas. It’s from a recent ride they documented at Mt. Buffalo. Seriously stunning videography.
Check out the full ride report here.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed from a huge week here at CyclingTips:
- Roadtripping New Zealand
- Results from the 2014 FebFifteen Strava Challenge
- Everesting: climbing 8,848m in a single ride
- The human cost of gold medals — the dark secrets of the Charlie Walsh era
- Xenon gas as a performance enhancing drug: doping or hot air?
- BH G6 review
- Reflecting on a ‘legend’, Charlie Walsh