In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Taylor Phinney wins stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge; Froome undergoes physiological testing; Crew filming Rio Olympics test race robbed at gunpoint; Canyon to sponsor women’s team after fall of Velocio-SRAM; Chloe Hosking’s injury recovery tips; Top risks to riders; Highlights from the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast; USA Pro Challenge 2015 – The Israel Cycling Academy; Holding on to cars at the Olympic test event? Transsylvania trailer.
Taylor Phinney wins stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge
Taylor Phinney (BMC) has continued his impressive comeback to the sport, winning the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs on Monday. Phinney attacked out of a reduced peloton well inside the final kilometre, overhauling Jordan Kerby (Drapac) before dashing to victory.
Earlier in the stage a seven-rider breakaway got clear but they were caught inside the final 30km. Guillaume Boivin (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) — who had been in the early break — went clear with Rohan Dennis (BMC), the two getting a slim lead. They were overhauled by a considerably reduced peloton inside the final kilometre, prompting an attack from Jordan Kerby, who had also been in the day’s first breakaway.
Kerby’s move was a promising one, but a long-range sprint from Taylor Phinney saw Kerby accounted for as the American powered to the line for an emphatic victory.
The USA Pro Challenge is just Phinney’s second race back since spending 14 months away from racing after seriously injuring his leg in the US Road Nationals in May 2014.
The USA Pro Challenge continues today with a 186km stage that includes three categorised climbs, including a roughly 6km climb to the finish in Arapahoe Basin, roughly 3,300m above sea level.
Stage 1: Steamboat Springs > Steamboat Springs - Stage Result
Monday 17th August 2015
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BMC Racing Team
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Froome undergoes physiological testing
Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) underwent physiological testing on Monday ahead of the Vuelta a Espana with his team promising the results of such testing would be made public later this year.
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) August 17, 2015
The testing comes in the wake of scepticism about Froome’s performance at the Tour de France, but the rider himself told the BBC recently that there were other motivations as well.
“I wanted to do this at the start of the season, even before all this came up during the Tour,” Froome said. “It’s physiological testing for me to understand what makes me the athlete I am.”
It’s not clear exactly what tests Froome underwent but critics have called for Froome to release his VO2max and heartrate details.
“Chris Froome has started the program of physiological tests he promised he would undertake during the Tour,” a Sky spokesman said. “The process will continue later in the year and Chris has given a commitment that the results will be made public. This process is part of Chris’ and Team Sky’s ongoing desire for greater public transparency to help to continue to build trust in the sport.”
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Crew filming Rio Olympics test race robbed at gunpoint
A camera crew sent to Rio de Janeiro to film a road cycling test event for next year’s Olympics were reportedly robbed at gunpoint over the weekend, according to Brazilian news reports.
Two armed men on a motorbike reportedly approached the five-strong crew and robbed them of camera equipment and a mobile phone.
According to a Reuters report, official figures suggest robberies in Rio rose 25% in 2014, the biggest jump since records began in 1991. Some 85,000 law enforcement personnel will reportedly be on duty during next year’s Olympics.
Alexis Vuillermoz (France) went on to win the UCI 1.2 test event ahead of Serge Pauwels (Belgium) and Romain Bardet (France).
Click here to read more via Reuters.
Canyon to sponsor women’s team after fall of Velocio-SRAM
German bike manufacturer Canyon is set to sponsor a professional women’s team in 2016, the company set to work with Ronny Lauke, sport director of the ill-fated Velocio-SRAM.
While it was announced last week that Velocio-SRAM would be coming to a close at the end of 2015, Lauke appears set to create a team featuring staff from Velocio-SRAM and at least some of the riders.
“We don’t do things by half at Canyon and with Ronny we have found the right partner. He has built a team for the past few years, which is already in the world’s elite,” Canyon’s chief brand officer Frank Aldorf said via a press release. “We believe firmly in a successful partnership and are looking forward to start the Olympic year together.”
Click here to read more at CyclingOnline.nl.
Chloe Hosking’s injury recovery tips
Wiggle Honda rider Chloe Hosking writes some great blogs over at our sister site, Ella CyclingTips, including this latest one about recovering from injury. Here’s an excerpt:
“1. Goal set: give yourself a recovery time frame and small achievable goals along the way.
Injuries can make you feel like a cyclist in winter while everyone else around you is enjoying summer, which can make it hard to find motivation to get back to where you once were. So establish a timeline early on with your doctor or whoever is helping you in the recovery process. Whether it’s two weeks or two months, your head needs to know there’s an end goal.
2. Don’t become consumed with, and by, your injury.
It would be too easy to throw a pity party for yourself. I’ll admit I was feeling pretty sorry for myself for the first week but after I’d set my timeline I knew I had to try and remain positive and balanced about things. Try not to let your injury or illness dictate everything. Keep your mind off it by hanging out with family and friends. I’ve renamed myself Chloe the Claw. Laughter is the best medicine, isn’t it?
Click here to read the full article at Ella CyclingTips.
Top risks to riders
Here’s an interesting read from Simon Vincett over at Ride On magazine. By crunching the Victorian road stats, the article lists the most common risks to cyclists who share the road with other road users.
The most common type of crash? The so-called “right through” incident, which Ride On describes as follows:
“This most commonly occurs when a motor-vehicle traffic is backed up but a bike rider is travelling unimpeded up the left. Adjacent to a side street the motor vehicle traffic leaves a gap and a driver coming from the other direction turns right through the gap to access the side street and fails to give way to the rider.
The solution is to be aware of gaps in backed up traffic, slow down well before any gap and watch for a driver turning through the gap. Often this situation is complicated by a driver in the stalled car just before the gap waving the right turning driver through, making them slightly less careful with their scanning.
Approximately 10% of right-through crashes involve the bike rider making the right turn and being hit by a car coming straight ahead. In this case the rider should not make the turn unless they are sure they can complete the turn in the space and time before the on-coming car. Better still use a hook turn. Bike riders can make hook turns at any intersection (unless a sign prohibits them).
Click here to read more at Ride On.
Highlights from the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast
Nearly 1,000 riders from across Australia and overseas enjoyed perfect conditions for the first Peaks Challenge Gold Coast on Saturday 8 August, 2015. Bicycle Network produced the following highlights video from the day.
Click here to read a great first-hand account of the ride. Disclosure: Bicycle Network is a long-time supporter of CyclingTips.
USA Pro Challenge 2015: The Israel Cycling Academy
One of the most interesting teams at this year’s USA Pro Challenge in Colorado is the Israeli Continental Cycling Academy Team. Here’s a great little video from Cyclingnews with the team’s media manager, talking about the setup, who to look out for on the team, and the team’s selection for the race:
Holding on to cars at the Olympic test event?
This video reportedly shows Japanese riders in the recent Rio Olympics test event getting a little assistance up a climb. The poor quality of the video makes it impossible to verify the riders involved, but it would seem that of the four Japanese riders in the race, three didn’t finish and the remaining rider finished more than 17 minutes down.
Judging by the trailer, this film might be worth a look.
Click here to read more.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- The Transcontinental Race: crossing Europe by bike in 16 days
- Women are not small men: How gender dictates nutritional needs during training and recovery
- Vuelta teams to back Froome, Quintana and Valverde announced
- Daily News Digest: Monday August 17