Rocacorba Daily: Tuesday April 9

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Good morning and welcome to the Rocacorba Daily on this fine Tuesday morning. Today, we’ve got a couple more stories in the fallout from Paris-Roubaix, we’ve got information about the start of the National Road Series, some other news items and, of course, a great video to start your day. Enjoy!

Cancellara, Boonen the best of their generation?

Only 10 riders have ever won the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year and, after Sunday, only two riders have ever done the double twice: Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen.

While both riders have had their share of setbacks and misfortunes along the way, most people would name Cancellara and Boonen as the best cobbled classics riders of the past five years.

With his win on Sunday, Cancellara now has six of cycling’s Monuments to his name — three wins at Paris-Roubaix, two at the Tour of Flanders and one at Milan San Remo — with six Monument podiums as well. Boonen is one win ahead of Cancellara with four Paris-Roubaix wins and three at Tour of Flanders, not to mention his five Monument podium finishes.

When asked who he thought was stronger out of himself and Boonen, Cancellara told reporters:

“I don’t like to say who’s better, we are showing that we are the two great riders so far in the last few years. It’s up to you to have your opinion on who is the better one.”

Either way, fans around the world will be hoping that we see Cancellara and Boonen go head-to-head in Paris-Roubaix next year — something that hasn’t happened since 2010.

Click here to read more on Velonews.

Cancellara keeps quiet about post-Roubaix plans

Fabian Cancellara is now heading home for a rest after his win in Paris-Roubaix and has told journalists that he’s unsure what will come next.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying this win,” Cancellara explained. “There are question marks on what will be next. We will leave it up in the air.”

We can probably forgive Cancellara for wanting to have a bit of time off; after all, he’s had a fairly successful few months with wins at E3 Harelbeke, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, a third place at Milan-San Remo and a fourth place at Strade-Bianche.

Cancellara reportedly told a journalist earlier this year that he would skip the Tour de France but he has since denied saying as much.

Click here to read more on Cycling Weekly.

From the Broomwagon

A beautiful short video from the broom wagon by reporter Ayolt Kloosterboer during the 2013 edition of Paris-Roubaix.

How Paris-Roubaix unfolded, through social media

If you’re like us, you probably watch bike races with two screens these days: one screen showing the race itself, and the other showing you Twitter updates about the race. This article by Cycling Weekly is a good wrap-up of how Paris-Roubaix unfolded, told via updates from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click here to read the article on Cycling Weekly.

Men’s National Road Series starts this week

The first race on the Men’s Subaru National Road Series calendar, the Woodside Tour of Perth, starts this Thursday. The four-day tour features three road stages and an individual time trial in the region around Perth, including two stages on Rottnest Island.

The 14-race Men’s National Road Series runs until October 26 with events in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

The Women’s National Road Series commences on April 26 with the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania and features nine races between then and October.

Click here to read more about the 2013 Subaru National Road Series.

Women’s Giro confirmed for 2013

The women’s Giro d’Italia has been confirmed for 2013 with the “Giro Rosa” to be held over eight days from June 30 to July 7.

Race organiser Giuseppe Rivolta has started a new company to run the event and has been given the rights to the race for the next four years.

Marianne Vos has won the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia (now known as the Giro Rosa).

The 2013 Giro Rosa will start in Puglia, in the south of Italy, and end in Lombardy and further details will be available soon.

The women’s Giro has traditionally been a 10-day tour but has been shortened this year because of a clash with the Mediterranean Games.

Click here to read more on Cycling News.

UCI confirms positive EPO test by Serebryakov

The UCI has confirmed that Euskaltel Euskadi rider Alexander Serebryakov has tested positive to EPO after it was announced last week that a positive sample had been taken.

Serebryakov was pulled out of the Euskaltel Euskadi squad for Paris-Roubaix and provisionally suspended following the positive test for what was, at the time, an unnamed substance.

The UCI said of the Russian rider:

“The provisional suspension of Mr. Alexander Serebryakov remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Russian Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.”

Click here to read more on VeloNation.

France’s Longo back in anti-doping spotlight

(AFP) Veteran French cyclist Jeannie Longo is back in the crosshairs of national anti-doping authorities for failing to comply with procedures aimed at catching drug cheats.

The head of the French anti-doping agency, the ALFD, said Longo was again “obliged to provide details of her whereabouts” so that she could be subjected to surprise tests.

ALFD president Bruno Genevois told AFP the measure was ordered “in the light of previous failings” by the cyclist.

Longo, aged 54 and still racing, had received three warnings from the French Anti-Doping Agency for breaking the whereabouts rule.

Longo is a sporting icon in France, having won 59 national titles, 13 world titles and four Olympic medals including a gold in road racing in 1996.

She has however seen her reputation tainted by a string of doping allegations.

Her husband and coach, Patrice Ciprelli, admitted last year that he had been buying the banned blood booster EPO since 2007, but insisted it was for his own, personal use.

Click here to read more about how the whereabouts works.

Do we need to “de-lycrafy” cycling?

Here’s an article published on The Age website yesterday that questions whether “there should be fewer cyclists in lycra”. The piece riffs off a quote from London Mayor Boris Johnson earlier this year:

“I want to de-Lycrafy cycling. I want to make it normal, something for everyone, something you feel comfortable doing in your ordinary clothes.”

As seems to always be the case with cycling-related articles on the Fairfax websites, this one generated a fair bit of discussion. What’s your take?

Click here to read the article on The Age website.

Haute Route: Life is a Pass

And before we go, here’s a great video about two guys’ journey to ride the world’s most famous ski tour … on mountain bikes. It’s a long video (about 17 minutes) but it’s well worth setting aside part of your lunch break for. Enjoy!

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