The heat is no joke in Qatar.

Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

October 11, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leigh Howard and Stefan Denifl to new Aqua Blue Sport team; Team Sky, Wiggins drug probe dismissed as toothless; Nicholas Roche critical of Team Sky’s use of TUEs; Title sponsor backs Team Sky amidst controversy; Riders critical of heat at UCI Road World Championships; Controversy over ambulance on course during U23 TT world championship; Lappartient stepping down as head of French Cycling Federation; Sharon Laws diagnosed with cancer; Lance Armstrong on Paul Kimmage, mechanical doping, and still being Tour de France champ; Seven Magnificent Ways To Mount Your Bicycle; 14 Ways to Dismount a Bicycle.

Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling) winning the Clasica de Almeria 2016

Leigh Howard and Stefan Denifl to new Aqua Blue Sport team

by CyclingTips

Following a total of seven years racing with the WorldTour HTC Colombia, GreenEdge and IAM Cycling squads, Leigh Howard is moving to the new Irish Pro Continental squad Aqua Blue Sport. He and IAM Cycling teammate Stefan Denifl are amongst seven riders announced on Monday, joining four others previously confirmed last week.

Howard won the Clasica de Almeria and a stage of the Tour des Fjords this season, as well as netting second in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The sprinter also took the Trofeo Campos and Trofeo Platja de Muro races in 2013.

“I want to win races of course,” said the 26 year old. “But cycling is a team sport so success comes from a team point of view. “For Aqua Blue Sport success won’t just mean podium places – we’re a new name so we’ll need to prove ourselves, and prove that we deserve to be up there as a pro team.”

Also confirmed on Monday were the Dutchmen Michel Kreder and Peter Koning, New Zealand’s Aaron Gate, 2012 Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen and the 23 year old Australian Calvin Watson. Denifl is a strong climber and placed fourth in the mountains classification in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He won the same competition in the 2015 Tour de Suisse. The 29 year old said that in addition to personal ambition, he also wanted to help the younger riders on the team to benefit from the experience he has built up during stints with the Cervélo Test Team, Leopard Trek, Vacansoleil DCM and IAM Cycling.

“We have to grow and fight as a team and success will come with that,” he said. “Personally I am looking forward to a good preparation for 2017 and a year where I will be at my best. I am highly motivated to achieve my goals and the team’s goals, on and off the bike.”

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Today’s feature image comes from the women’s team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

  • Will

    Little ironic to have a quote saying that 10 ambulances should follow cyclists in Qatar, for the next article to criticise the ambulance for getting in the way. I appreciate both sides but just found it funny, can’t please everyone.

    • Alex

      You’d think that “not getting in front of the cyclist” would be part of the rules.

      • Bex

        reminds me of matt white going off his nut when an “officials”/spectators car got in front of one of their riders and nearly caused a crash. backstage pass from a couple of years ago, very funny.

    • H.E. Pennypacker

      In other news, irony now means any two things that are remotely related to one another but not the same.

      • Sir Wiggo

        In other news Michael Richards is a racist.

    • donncha

      FOLLOW the cyclists ;-)

      • Dave

        So only the last rider in a time trial is allowed to receive prompt medical attention?

    • John Paterson

      Focusing on “follow” and not “lead” should dispel most of the irony

  • pedr09

    Does anyone believe that ‘toothless tiger’ UKAD will get to the bottom of the matter?

    • Bex

      i don’t understand what’s to get to the bottom of. He took TUEs, they’re legal but not moral; what investigation needs to be done.

      The UCI should bring in TUEs that can’t be taken in competition and not withing x weeks of competing.

      but agreed, they’re not going to find anything new.

      • Laurens

        Agree. It was legal but people (including me) now think it shouldn’t be. That means changing the rules, but that can only ever apply to the future, not the past.
        Wiggins has no case to answer, but that doesn’t mean his integrity can’t be discussed in the media.

      • huzzathewazza

        I think the issue may be – was the cure (injected steroid) appropriate to the condition – in light of current and past illnesses?
        … Beyond that i.e. when should a competitor be considered too ill to race – and – do we allow drugs of this strength to be permitted etc is beyond the remit of the investigation

    • Sir Wiggo

      It depends ….

      Those who believe Sky are clean will say UKAD did a thorough job and this proves Wiggins and Co have nothing to hide.

      Those who believe Sky are systematically doping as an outfit will say that of course UKAD didn’t find anything, because they’re toothless. And so yes, they did dope.

  • Corsa

    I find it funny that riders are complaining about the heat while wearing long-sleaved skinsuits and rubberised shoe covers.

    UCI Rule 1.3.033

    It is forbidden to wear non-essential items of clothing or items designed to influence the performances of a rider such as reducing air resistance or modifying the body of the rider (compression, stretching, support). Items of clothing or equipment may be considered essential where weather conditions make them appropriate for the safety or the health of the rider. In this case, the nature and texture of the clothing or equipment must be clearly and solely justified by the need to protect the rider from bad weather conditions. Discretion in this respect is left to the race commissaires.

    • Andy Logan

      Dunno what they are moaning about, Australian Cyclists regularly ride/race in temperatures in the summer which are hotter and these guys/girls are pro’s as well.

      Not surprised they are hot wearing long sleeved skinsuits etc as well.

    • Bex

      in that heat, long sleeves aren’t going to make you hotter, in face it’s shielding their skin from direct sun so could have the opposite effect. rubberised shoe covers on the other hand…

    • jules

      have to agree. ironically, over here comms will make you remove booties in the dead of winter :)

      • Sir Wiggo

        commie bastards

  • scottmanning

    As to Mathis. Isn’t that what they call “riding to the conditions”? Sometimes it bites you when you have to stop at a level crossing, other times it might help you! Car’s got out of the way as soon as they could…

  • cthenn

    Team Sky’s downfall is happening faster than expected. It took way too long to bring down Armstrong, it’s happening to Sky while they are still on top. I’m sure the TUE’s are just the tip of the iceberg, we’re in an era where more journo’s are actually doing their job instead of fluffing the riders. Someone will get to the *real* bottom of this and expose this team for what they are, a pitiful copycat of US Postal.

    As far as Doha goes, the UCI doesn’t care, just like FIFA. Give the championships to some wasteland in the desert ruled by despots, culturally ignorant and intolerant, but who cares, they got what they wanted, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Come on and watch the freak show as riders cook their brains as they ride!


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