In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mads Würtz wins U23 men’s ITT world title; Chloe Dygert takes gold in junior women’s ITT world championships; Tony Martin confirms shot at hour record, but not in 2016; Season over for Mark Cavendish after shoulder surgery; Giorgia Bronzini and Elisa Longo Borghini renew with Wiggle Honda for 2016; Peter Stetina takes another step in recovery from leg injury; Cycling Australia fields only one of three possible riders in U23 men’s ITT at the Worlds; What it takes to win a world championships TTT; Car smashes through Road World Championships barriers in Richmond; Taylor Phinney on winning Worlds TTT; Wiggle Honda rides the Worlds TTT.
Mads Würtz wins U23 men’s ITT world title
Danish rider Mads Würtz has won the men’s U23 individual time trial at the Road World Championships in Richmond, covering the 30km course in a time of 37:10 (48.4km/h average). Würtz finished 12 seconds clear of Germany’s Maximilian Schachmann and 21 seconds ahead of last year’s junior ITT world champion, Lennard Kämna (Germany).
Würtz and Schachman rode early in proceedings, before rain started to fall in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Kamna rode later in the day, in wet conditions, and was the only rider able to challenge the top three in the rain.
“I was shaking for the last one and a half hours and still am. I just can’t believe what I achieved,” said gold medallist Wurtz. “I went hard on the first part, and then I took it a bit easy on the way out the first time, then I went full gas on the headwind on the way back. I won, so there’s nothing to say.”
Würtz took the lead early in the day and spent a long stint in the hotseat. Australia’s sole representative, national ITT and road race champion Miles Scotson, was on track for a top-three finish despite suffering from gastro in recent days. He had an untimely mechanical in the second circuit, however, and ended up finishing in seventh place.
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Chloe Dygert takes gold in junior women’s ITT world championships
In the junior women’s ITT at the world championships, the USA landed an impressive 1-2 on home soil with Chloe Dygert beating Emma White while Australia’s Anna-Leeza Hull completed the podium.
Dygert, the reigning US junior road race and ITT champion, had been suffering from bronchitis in the week before the race and didn’t know how she would go.
“It was a miserable ride, but I did it,” she said to Cyclingnews. “I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my friends and family. It was more of a mental thing of being sick and not being able to do well. The support got me to where I was today.”
Dygert completed the 15km course in a time of 20:18 (44.3km/h average), 1:05 faster than her compatriot White. Hull was a further 21 seconds behind, registering her second consecutive bronze medal in the junior ITT world championships.
Tony Martin confirms shot at hour record, but not in 2016
Three-time world individual time trial champion Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) has confirmed that he would like to have a shot at Bradley Wiggins’ hour record of 54.526 kilometres, but not just yet.
“For sure I will go for it, but probably not next year with the Olympics, another big target,” Martin said after the world championships team time trial on Sunday. “In ‘17, ‘18 maybe, sometime then. I’ll try it for sure one time.”
Former record holders Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Rohan Dennis (BMC) were asked whether they were tempted to have another shot at the record. “Nope”, replied the former; “Not any time soon”, said the latter.
“If I do go for it again I want to be confident I can beat it,” Dowsett continued. “The hour record took quite a big toll on my road season this year. I’d like to have a good season on the road.
“Wiggo’s distance is big, it would require a hell of a lot of work from the team and the sponsors. You don’t just rock up and ride around the track for an hour — it takes months of preparation and huge amount of effort. With it being 54.5km now, it’s a huge ask for anyone. I would like to have another crack in the future but road will be my focus this year.”
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Season over for Mark Cavendish after shoulder surgery
by Shane Stokes
Mark Cavendish may have ridden his final race ever in Etixx–Quick-Step team colours, with the Briton being forced to end his season early due to the after-effects of his Tour of Britain crash.
Cavendish underwent surgery Monday morning on the left shoulder he injured when he hit a parked car on stage six of the British race. He suffered a partial tear of his left AC ligament in the impact. This is the opposite shoulder to the one he badly injured in a fall during stage one of the 2014 Tour de France. The surgery was successful, but his season is at an end.
“After ten days since the crash, I still had pain and I couldn’t lift or pull much weight,” he explained. “I tried to ride my bike a few days ago on the road, but I could not put any power out by pulling on the handlebars.
“The surgery was necessary to avoid any problems in the near future. I’m so disappointed to end the season like this.”
“The UCI World Championships and Abu Dhabi Tour were two important objectives for the end of my season,” he said. “But there’s nothing I can do now except take a period of rest, and then start with intensive rehab. I wish Etixx–Quick-Step and the British National Team all the best for the next races.”
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Giorgia Bronzini and Elisa Longo Borghini renew with Wiggle Honda for 2016
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling has announced that two of its Italian superstars, Elisa Longo Borghini and Giorgia Bronzini, have both extended their contracts with the team.
Bronzini, a two-time former world champion, plans to retire after the 2016 Road World Championships in Qatar, while Longo Borghini will race in Wiggle Honda colours for at least another two seasons.
“The team is really strong and I believe we can achieve even better results than this year,” Longo Borghini said. “For me it would be really nice to win another World Cup – although they won’t be the World Cup next year, they will be WorldTour races!”
“It’s the last season of my career, and this team feels like a home for me,” Bronzini said. “I know it will be really tricky because it is an Olympic year, and everyone is going to be fighting to be in the Olympics. Maybe there will be some points that the girls will be with their national teams, but I’m really sure that I want to take the opportunity to stay with this team.
“The team is so close to my heart. I want to stay together, and work together like we have always done. I hope that the power will stay with this team, because when we decide to go for something we work together for it. That is the main strength of the team.”
Stetina takes another step in recovery from leg injury
Peter Stetina’s recovery from a serious leg injury took an important step last week when the American had a plate and 14 screws removed from his lower leg.
“He had a big rod and a plate and 14 screws, and some of the screws were just under the skin, so when he pedaled he could feel it,” BMC physician Max Testa explained to Cyclingnews. “I’m sure it will feel much better without the metal. On Monday they will remove the staples and then he can start riding the bike.”
Stetina crashed into a metal bollard on the opening stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, shattering bones in his lower right leg. He spent four months in rehabilitation before making his return at the Tour of Utah last month.
“In Utah he was better on the bike than walking. The bike is friendly on joints, so he was able to do it. After [the USA Pro Challenge in] Colorado – we were concerned he has metal just under the skin in case of crashes. We decided that since we have other riders coming back from injury, we would anticipate the removal of hardware so we don’t take risks.
Stetina is set to race with Trek Factory Racing in 2016 after two years with BMC.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Cycling Australia fields only one of three possible riders in U23 men’s ITT at the Worlds
Australia’s Miles Scotson was his country’s sole representative in the U23 ITT at the Road World Championships overnight, despite the fact Australia had the option to enter three riders (the regular allowance of two plus Oceania champion Harry Carpenter).
Both Carpenter and Jack Haig, the latter having signalled his desire to ride the ITT, are in Richmond for the U23 road race but were overlooked for selection in the ITT.
We asked Cycling Australia for comment about this decision and here’s what they said:
“Cycling Australia makes selections in accord with the national selection document. All athletes were assessed all throughout the year and finally at Chrono Championois. This process resulted in the decision to focus on Miles Scotson for the TT and to focus remaining riders in the RR.
This has been a consistent approach taken over the years with the Under 23 group.
Click here to read more about this issue, as covered by The Roar last year.
What it takes to win a World Championships TTT
The team at SRM has published a handful of data from Sylvan Dillier’s ride as part of the world-championship-winning BMC team on Sunday. Here are the basic facts and figures:
Average speed: 54.8km/h
Max speed: 78.3km/h
Average power: 396 watts
Max power: 1,144 watts
Average cadence: 104 rpm
Click through to the SRM website for some analysis of Dillier’s effort.
Car smashes through Road World Championships barriers in Richmond
This news report from NBC12 tells the story.
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Taylor Phinney on winning Worlds TTT
It’s been a remarkable comeback for Taylor Phinney. Well over a year out of competition after a career-threatening injury, a stage win at the USA Pro Challenge in his second race back, and now a gold medal in the TTT world championships.
Here’s Phinney reflecting on his latest win and what it means to him:
Wiggle Honda rides the Worlds TTT
Yesterday we shared a video from Wiggle Honda showing the team’s preparation for the world championships TTT. Here now is a video from the day itself, on which the team managed fourth, just outside the medals.
What You Missed
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