In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Coryn Rivera rides to victory at stage 5 of Thüringen Rundfahrt; Rodriguez renews with Katusha; Hansen renews with Lotto Soudal; Sánchez renews with BMC; Night-time doping tests blocked by French law; No racing at all for Marianne Vos; Team Cult Energy could fold before the end of the year; Finding a Path to Success in the Second Tier of the Tour; and more…
Coryn Rivera rides to victory in stage 5 at Thüringen Rundfahrt
Coryn Rivera (U.S. national team) sprinted to victory on stage 5 at Thüringen Rundfahrt. Rivera beat out a select group of 11 riders that escaped early in the stage.
“The move went 20km in, and it was a good opportunity day to get in a break,” Rivera, a former criterium national champion, said after the race. “This move went, and so I just followed, then pushed it over the climb, and we had time!
“Then it was just a long day with 11 others, rotating through. We do a small loop at the finish so I was able to see what the run-in was like.”
Lisa Brennauer retains the overall lead heading into stage 6.
Stage 5: Gera > Gera - Stage Result
Tuesday 21st July 2015
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team
Orica - AIS
Bigla Pro Cycling Team
Team TIBCO -SVB
Orica - AIS
BTC City Ljubljana
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
Orica - AIS
BTC City Ljubljana
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Joaquim Rodriguez renews in 2016 with Team Katusha
Team Katusha has announced that dual stage winner at this year’s Tour de France, Joaquim Rodriguez, has renewed his contract with the Russian WorldTour team for one more year.
“How could I make the choice not to continue with my current team?,” Rodriguez said via a team press release. “It was my dream to go on with Team Katusha, with my current teammates and current staff. For me it was a logical choice. We decided already a while ago to continue our relationship but in the end it always takes a while to finalise the contract.
“I am happy I could sign on this rest day. Worry-free I can now tackle the final week of the Tour de France.
Team management was full of praise for the Spaniard.
“Despite his age Joaquim Rodriguez still delivers,” said general manager Viacheslav Ekimov. “We don’t see any regression in his results or attitude. Joaquim is an example for his teammates. We are happy he continues with Team Kausha.
Adam Hansen renews with Lotto Soudal through 2017
Meanwhile Lotto Soudal has announced that popular Australian rider Adam Hansen has extended with the team through 2017.
Hansen has been riding for the team since 2011 and has completed every Grand Tour since the 2011 Vuelta a Espana. If he reaches the finish line in Paris safely on Sunday, he’ll equal the record of completing 12 consecutive Grand Tours.
“We absolutely wanted to keep a valuable rider like Adam Hansen in the team,” said team manager Marc Sergeant. “Of course other WorldTour teams would love to welcome someone like him, but Adam knows what to expect of our team and vice versa.”
Adam Hansen said: “Of course I’m happy. Lotto Soudal shows lots of appreciation for what I do for the team and I feel very good here. I try to do as much as possible for the team and the other riders and I think everyone appreciates my role. And I want to keep on doing it the next years.”
Sammy Sánchez renews with BMC Racing Team for 2016
And over at BMC, 2008 Olympic road race champion Sammy Sanchez has revealed that he has signed a one-year contract extension with the US-based team.
“I think that everybody has seen what a good job Samuel has done at this Tour de France,” team manager Jim Ochowicz said. “So we made a decision that we are going to extend his contract for a lot of good reasons: His mentorship, his leadership in the team and his senior position in the peloton. All three of those things add up to an overwhelming decision to keep him on board for 2016.”
“I am very happy about next year and pleased with this decision,” Sánchez said. “The BMC Racing Team is the best team in the world, with good teammates, good management and good staff. All of them are good people and good professionals.”
Night-time doping tests blocked by French law at Tour de France
In accordance to French law, there will be no night-time anti-doping tests at this year’s Tour de France. A rule to allow for the new WADA measure may be introduced in September, according to anti-doping authorities.
However, night-time testing has been carried out prior the Tour de France, according to Lars Bak, who told reporters that several riders in Spain had been tested.
Before the start of the Tour de France UCI President Brian Cookson told cyclingnews that “I understand from the CADF that the first night-time tests have taken place. That’s a part of our armoury in the fight against doping. I can’t say anything on who has been tested, where or when but night time testing is now happening. I can’t comment if that’s happening at the Tour but it has been brought in during the last months.”
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No La Course, no Worlds, no road racing at all for Marianne Vos
by Anne-Marije Rook
In consultation with the Rabo Liv medical staff, Marianne Vos has decided to not race in the few remaining months of road season, meaning she will not be defending her win at La Course nor will she lining up at the World Championships this September.
The 12-time world champion has been sidelined on-and-off with injuries since December, and only made a couple road race appearances this year.
Back in April, Vos seemed recovered and ready to return to the peloton, and spoke optimistically in an exclusive interview with Ella CyclingTips ahead of her 2015 road racing debut at the Ronde van Gelderland.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Vos’ return to racing was disrupted once again when she sustained a rib fracture during a recon ride of the Ötztaler Forest Cross in Haiming, Austria, just a week after Gelderland. In June, Rabo Liv once again announced she’d be taking another rest period to continue recovering from the hamstring issues she sustained last winter.
Now, despite reportedly feeling better, her latest tests show insufficient basis to further increase the training. The team states that Vos is suffering from possible “non functional overreaching situation,” meaning that an increased training load would result in declining performance.
Click here to read more at Ella CyclingTips.
Team Cult Energy could fold before the end of the year
Danish ProContinental team Cult Pro Energy could fold before the end of the year if a new sponsor can not be found.
“After September 13, we have decided to stop our race program, because we now have a limited amount of money, so we cannot run the last month of the season,” sport director Michael Skelde told dr.dk.
“I’m still optimistic, but I understand if our riders are in despair about the team’s future. They are now informed about the situation and we will not stand in the way if a rider changes teams.”
Among the most well-known riders on the team are Linus Gerdemann and Fabian Wegmann. Danish rider Rasmus Guldhammer said: “It is really sad and really sorry for Danish cycling. I am going out and finding a new team, so I have to work to find something,” he said.
Cult Energy has said previously it would like to continue to sponsor the team but that it is not able to be the sole sponsor.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Finding a Path to Success in the Second Tier of the Tour de France
While there’s plenty of media coverage of the big teams at the Tour de France, the smaller, wild-card teams tend to attract far less attention, particularly in the English-speaking world. Which is why it’s interesting to read this New York Times piece about the Bretagne-Seche team, one of the French wild-card teams in the race.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Small teams with little hope of success often put riders into breakaways to get their sponsors’ names on television. While Bretagne-Séché has had plenty of riders in breakaways, Droussent said it was motivated by strategy, not commercialism. The team’s meager budget has not allowed for the hiring of a sprinter, leaving breakaways as its only chances at success in flat stages.
“We have to be in the breakaways,” Droussent said. “It’s the only thing we can do. But we don’t go on the breakaway because we want to show off the sponsor. We attack because we want to win.”
Click here to read the full story at the New York Times.
CyclingTips Tour de France Podcast – Episode 6
The latest episode of the CyclingTips Tour de France podcast is now up. Take a listen as the CT TDF team dissects the past four stages, shares some of their experiences from the Tour and looks ahead to the next three stages in the Alps.
Sagan and Froome joking around
Peter Sagan’s bizarre appearance in the mix zone on stage 16 began with a boisterous “Hey Froomey, how you doin’ man?” and saw the Slovak try to push down the brim of the GC leader’s cap. Good to see the race’s most prominence faces taking a moment to enjoy the lighter moments.
Peter Sagan’s descending masterclass
Speaking of Peter Sagan, if you haven’t seen this video of the Slovak champion descending the Col de Manse on stage 16, make sure you do. Brilliant.
Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: Into Thin Air
Here’s the latest instalment in Adam Phelan’s video diary. It’s all about the Drapac rider’s visit to Salt Lake City ahead of some high-altitude races in the US.
Click here to read the great article that accompanies this video.
First look: FSA’s electronic groupset
Some great work here from the Global Cycling Network, looking at some new technology.
Click here to read more.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:
- Faces of Le Tour: part two
- Moots Vamoots CR review
- Behind the scenes of Dimension Data’s rider tracking at the Tour de France
- Tour de France: LeMond repeats calls for greater transparency in the sport
- Jack Haig’s Diary: altitude training and building blocks for next season
- Vegetarian diets and vegan desserts with Lizzie Armitstead
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday July 21