In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: “A new chance” – Ciolek explains move to Cult Energy-Stolting for 2016; 2014 world under 23 time trial champion Flakemore looks set to quit BMC Racing Team; Mark Cavendish chasing Tour de France stage win record with new team; Meares says she will miss rivalry with Pendleton in Rio Games; Voigt: “The sport doesn’t need an old man like me anymore”; Simon Yates ramps up ambitions after Orica-GreenEdge team-mate’s example; What it takes to take on the world hour record; Roberts moves from Team Cult Energy to coaching role with Giant-Alpecin; Policeman question rider’s riding location after he is killed in Milawa; The GCN Show Ep. 148: Is This The Most Epic Climb In The World?
“A new chance” – Ciolek explains move to Cult Energy-Stolting for 2016
He won Milan-San Remo during his first season with the MTN Qhubeka team and now, moving to another Pro Continental squad for 2016, Gerald Ciolek is hoping to land similarly big results with his new team.
The German rider confirmed five days ago that he was moving to Cult Energy-Stolting, with a message from him on Twitter and a brief update to the team’s Facebook page being a somewhat low-key confirmation of the move.
However he has now elaborated on the reasons for the decision, and said that he was hoping to rediscover the impetus he had during year one with MTN Qhubeka in 2013.
“A change is always a new possibility and a new chance,” he told CyclingTips. “I’ll get all the support and opportunities I need to perform on a high level. I’m looking forward to a new environment after three years.
“The time at MTN-Qhubeka was good and it was great to see the team grow over the years. I’m now looking forward to Cult Energy-Stolting Group where I’ll have the support to win races again.”
Click here to read the full story on CyclingTips.
2014 world under 23 time trial champion Flakemore looks set to quit BMC Racing Team
He highlighted his talent in winning the world under 23 time trial championship last year, but Campbell Flakemore looks set to walk away from his current WorldTour contract with the BMC Racing Team.
According to The Advertiser, the Tasmanian rider has returned home and has ruled out moving back to Europe next year.
He got his debut pro season off to a strong start, picking up fourth in the Australian road race championships. However he crashed out of the Santos Tour Down Under, suffering a broken collarbone.
He recovered and returned to competition, but told News Corp during the season that he was finding living abroad and racing at the WorldTour level difficult. While he hoped that things would turn around, it appears that this is not the case.
It is not yet clear what his plans will be. However at 23 years of age, he is young enough to return to the WorldTour at a later point should he wish to do so.
Click here to read more at The Advertiser.
Mark Cavendish chasing Tour de France stage win record with new team
It was once seen as a very achievable feat for him, then more recently there were big questions about whether or not he would be able to get the goal across the finish line. Now, according to his new boss Douglas Ryder, Mark Cavendish and his team will work hard to try to get him closer – and ideally past – the all-time Tour de France stage record set by Eddy Merckx.
Cavendish currently has 26 stage wins to his name, eight off the record of 34. He’s just two behind the next-best, Bernard Hinault’s 28 victories.
“It’s a goal for him and us too, to bring up his Tour de France stage win tally and trying to come closer to an all-time record of wins,” MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Ryder confirmed to Cycling Weekly. “He wants to achieve that and we are all sitting behind him.”
The squad will be renamed Team Dimension Data in 2016 and, all going to plan, will move up to the WorldTour level prior to the start of the season. That will give it automatic entry to the Tour de France which, along with the Rio Olympics, will be Cavendish’s top objective for the year.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Meares says she will miss rivalry with Pendleton in Rio Games
As she continues building up towards the Rio Olympics, Anna Meares has reflected on her long and intense rivalry with Victoria Pendleton, saying that things won’t be the same without her there. Speaking to the Guardian, she said that Pendleton brought a standard that she felt will not be matched in next year’s Games.
Here’s an excerpt:
““She brought a standard that will not be matched. It will be different [without Pendleton in Rio], for sure. [I will miss] the intensity, the feeling I got whenever I saw her at a competition. If it wasn’t for the other one, we would never have reached where we did.
“In hindsight, as stressful and as difficult as that rivalry was, and the hype associated with it, we were the reason why there was a spotlight on women’s track sprinting in London. It’s a very young sport for us – women have only been involved in track cycling since 1988 – so to bring a spotlight to it as we did, I was really proud to have been one half of that.”
Still, she says that racing against the home hero in London was tough. “At the time it was super stressful, very draining and at times concerning. Being in some ways portrayed as the villain because I was the competitor goes against who I am as a person and the personality I have. That was very confronting for me.”
Click here to read more at the Guardian.
Voigt: “The sport doesn’t need an old man like me anymore”
Speaking just over a year after he hung up his wheels, Jens Voigt has admitted that he has missed the sport at times, but has now come to terms with his retirement and believes he made the right choice.
“I’m in a lucky position in that I can honestly say that I left it all out there,” he told VeloNews. “I squeezed everything out of myself — both mentally and physically — so I was happy that I stopped and I didn’t ride too much.
“I admit that while commentating for the Tour de France this year [for NBC], I did feel a bit nostalgic when I saw all the new bikes, kits and gear — the riders looked good, happy, and ready to go,” he continued. “That’s when I realized I’m not out there anymore.
“But then after a day or two of crashes, I was glad I wasn’t.”
He said that the current generation of riders is very strong and makes him excited about the future of the sport. “Riders like Chris Froome, Tejay van Garderen, and Simon Gerrans are phenomenal talents,” he stated, then added tongue in cheek. “The sport doesn’t need an old man like me anymore.”
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Simon Yates ramps up ambitions after Orica-GreenEdge team-mate’s example
Heading into year three in the pro bunch, Orica-GreenEdge climber Simon Yates has said that his team-mate Esteban Chaves’ superb Vuelta campaign has given him inspiration and motivation for next season.
“Watching what my team-mate Esteban Chaves achieved at the Vuelta a Espana this summer has been a big inspiration. Esteban is a couple of years further along in his career than Adam and I, but he is a similar rider to us and seeing him win two stages, lead the race and finish fifth overall has definitely shown me what can be achieved.”
Yates was giving his thoughts in his Sky Sports blog and detailed his build-up towards what will be an important target.
“It looks like I’m going to be doing a similar schedule in 2016 to this year, so my first outing of the season will probably be Paris-Nice in March, and from there I’ll build towards my main goal, the Tour de France,” he explained.
“Next year is my third as a professional and while I’ve done well so far, I’m keen to step up to the next level in 2016 and start winning week-long stage races, such as Paris-Nice or the Tour of the Basque Country, or at least get on to the podium.”
Click here to read his full blog on Sky Sports.
What it takes to take on the world hour record
by Simone Giuliani
Last week Australian Bridie O’Donnell announced that she would take on the world hour record in January, hoping to beat the mark of 46.273 kilometres set by American Molly Shaffer van Houweling in September. While the attempt is only a little more than two months away, O’Donnell has already been working up to this moment for much of the year. We talk to O’Donnell and the team behind her to find out what is involved.
In pursuit of the hour record, there are no teammates to draft off, no one to chase, no hills to break up the flow, no other gears to change in to, no downhill for relief but also no roaring headwind to hold you back. There is just one rider, going around in circles for 60 minutes.
While the eyes and pressure are on the individual, the UCI hour record attempt is anything but a solo effort and it’s crucial to build a good team off the track that will help with the training, the gear, the aerodynamics and all the other behind-the-scenes things that go in to a world hour record attempt.
Click here to read more at CyclingTips, including detail of some of the costs involved.
Roberts moves from Team Cult Energy to coaching role with Giant-Alpecin
Former Australian professional Luke Roberts is continuing to build experience in the world of cycling, moving to a coaching role with the Giant-Alpecin squad in 2016.
The 38 year old, who won the team pursuit in the 2004 Olympic Games, retired from the sport in 2014. After a year as a directeur sportif with Team Cult Energy, he’ll work alongside the likes of John Degenkolb and Tom Dumoulin next season.
“Since ending my career as a professional cyclist I have wanted to move forward in my career as a coach,” he said. “I was looking for a team that fit my philosophy in cycling, and I found that team in Team Giant-Alpecin. I have a lot of respect for the team and its approach to modern cycling, as it is always pushing the development of the team and the sport of cycling itself.”
Chief coach Rudi Kemna said that the team talked extensively with him to make sure he would be a good fit. The conclusion was that he would be. “Factors that played a major role in our decision were his experience as a pro cyclist, first as a track rider, with the specific training that involves, followed by his experience as a road cyclist, at both large and small teams, in combination with his knowledge of and interest in training science.
“The first year he will have the opportunity to gain specific experience with our seasoned coaches, especially with regard to our way of working, with Team Giant-Alpecin’s Keep Challenging approach.”
Policeman question rider’s riding location after he is killed in Milawa
In what appears to be perilously close to victim blaming, Wangaratta Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Connors has raised questions about the circumstances which led to a 50 year old rider from Rosebud to be hit by a Nissan Patrol 4×4 while riding a recumbent bike in Milawa, Victoria, on Saturday.
“He was riding a recumbent bicycle which is one of the low bikes where the rider is almost laying back with their feet out in front,” he said. “It’s hard to tell what caused the accident at this stage.
“We are on a fairly good road here in a 100km/h zone, but just behind us is a perfectly good bicycle path. I think at times the rider has got to weigh things up. They are quite within their rights to use the road, but their own safety is paramount, so these are all things to consider.”
The driver of the car called emergency services after the collision and was arrested.
Local lobby group Bicycle Network was critical of these comments and also a quote from Wangaratta Doctor Julian Fidge, who said that bike riders should only ride on off-road paths and should be fined if they travel on roads.
“They amount to nothing short of an attempt to shift the responsibility of the death to the rider himself rather than others who might be found responsible. They can also be upsetting to families who are trying to make sense of their loss. We will not speculate on the causes of this crash while the official investigation is underway.”
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The GCN Show Ep. 148: Is This The Most Epic Climb In The World?
Highlights from the inaugural Peaks Challenge Cradle Mountain
Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge series began in 2010 with the 3 Peaks Challenge in Victoria. Five years later, 3 Peaks has become Peaks Challenge Falls Creek, and two further events have been added to the series: Peaks Challenge Gold Coast, held back in August, and Peaks Challenge Cradle Mountain, held earlier this month.
So how does Cradle Mountain compare to the rest of the Peaks Challenges? Read the full story here
What You Missed
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