2013 Tour de France route finalised
We’ve known for months now where each stage of this year’s Tour de France will start and finish but only in the past few days have the full details of each stage become available.
If you want to pick through the maps and profiles stage by stage, we’d recommend checking out steephill.tv.
The 100th edition of the Tour de France begins in just over a month, on June 29, with a 213km road stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. After three days on Corsica the Tour will feature a TTT in Nice before heading to the Pyrenees on the first weekend.
A visit to the Alps in the final week, including a double summit of Alpe d’Huez on stage 18, should prove decisive.
IOC confirms cycling’s status for 2016 Olympics
Cycling’s status as a high category sport for the 2016 Olympic Games has been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Cycling is one of five Category B Olympic sports along with basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, which guarantees it more prestige and a larger share of Olympic revenue than most other sports — that figure amounted to $22 million from London 2012. Only athletics, gymnastics and swimming have Category A status.
Six criteria are used to judge a sport’s Olympic status, ranging from TV audiences (40%) and internet page views (20%), via general popularity (15%), spectator ticket requests (10%) and press coverage (10%) to the number of national federations involved (5%).
“This is a real boost to our sport worldwide,” said UCI President Pat McQuaid, who is also an IOC member. “Cycling is one of the few sports to have been present at every edition of the summer Olympic Games, and this is further proof that it is now more popular than ever.”
Text via UCI press release.
Criterium du Dauphine startlist
The eight-stage Criterium du Dauphine kicks off this Sunday with many of the Tour de France contenders taking the start for a final hit-out before Le Tour rolls around. The theory goes that you can get a good idea of who’s going to be in form at Le Tour by watching the Dauphine, and last year was no exception.
Here are just some of the riders who’ll be taking on the Dauphine: Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez, Samuel Sanchez, Thomas Voeckler, Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Tom Jelte Slagter.
Follow the link for the 2013 Criterium du Dauphine provisional startlist.
McQuaid calls on Armstrong to help fight doping
In a speech after being elected to serve a second four-year term on the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council, UCI president Pat McQuaid has called on Lance Armstrong to “jump on his private plane and come to Switzerland (UCI headquarters) and say ‘what can I do?’” to help fight doping in cycling.
McQuaid suggested that Armstrong had not apologised for his actions and that the Texan should sit down with USADA and WADA and provide any information that he might have that could prove valuable in cleaning up the sport.
McQuaid told reporters once again that there’s no reason he should resign or apologise for the UCI’s failure to catch Armstrong and other dopers.
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Armstrong renews call for truth and reconciliation
Lance Armstrong has responded to Pat McQuaid’s comments by reiterating his desire to see the formation of a truth and reconciliation commission, saying that if such a commission was formed “I plan on being the first man in the door. Tell me when and where.”
USADA and WADA both support the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission but the UCI has nixed the plans, arguing that such an investigation shouldn’t be limited to just cycling. The UCI’s Independent Commission was disbanded in January before it could investigate the peak body’s anti-doping policies.
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Armstrong and the suspicious 2001 Tour de Suisse test
And here’s something about Armstrong that’s a little more interesting than the back-and-forth between the Texan and Pat McQuaid. In the lead-up to this year’s Tour de Suisse the Inner Ring has looked back at Armstrong’s famous “suspicious test” from the 2001 edition of the race and brought some new analysis to bear.
We won’t say any more than that — it’s worth giving the article a read — but if you’re wondering how a 2001 test could possibly be relevant in 2013, here’s a quote from the piece: “Six months on from the USADA verdict the UCI is still trying to defend its actions from 2001.”
Click here to read the article at The Inner Ring.
Princes Bridge northbound to get a wider bike lane
The Melbourne City Council yesterday confirmed that a lane of the Princes Bridge, just south of Flinders Street station, will be converted into a bike lane sometime in the next month. The setup will be trialled on the northbound side of the bridge for three months with the southbound side remaining untouched until plans are revealed for the tram stop outside Flinders Street Station.
Many motorists have reacted angrily to the move suggesting that the removal of a lane of traffic will dramatically increase commute times for drivers heading into the city from the south. In response Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said:
“The queue will be longer down St Kilda Rd but it will move more quickly into the city so we anticipate absolutely minimal, absolutely minimal, change to travel time but a huge benefit for all of those road users.”
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The passion of the velodrome
Here’s a nice feature article at Bicycling.com about the unlikely construction of a velodrome in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a long piece — and, frustratingly, it’s split over six pages — but it’s well worth a read if you get some time today.
Check out the article here.
Sick tricks on a vintage women’s bike
This video’s been kicking around the internet for a while now so you might have already seen it. But even if you have, it’s well worth another look. Very impressive and entertaining.
The Bike Lane, coming soon
The final episode in this season of The Bike Lane lands today. It features, among many other things, a head-to-head between Wade Wallace and Scott McGrory in The Hot Lap. Stay posted.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:
- Ryokou: Chapter 3 — “Fall”
- Ryokou: Chapter 2 — “Construct”
- Ryokou: Chapter 1 — “Beginning”
- Video: The Bike Maker
- Rocacorba Daily: Wednesday May 29