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by Matt de Neef
November 22, 2013
In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily: Omega Pharma-QuickStep reveals new kit for 2014; 12 WorldTour teams for Tour de San Luis; Cycling Australia women’s endurance scholarships announced; Tony Martin tempted by world hour record; Cannondale reveals full roster for 2014; Felt ends sponsorship of Argos-Shimano; interview with the Yates brothers; Strava for Google Glass; and “Cyclists shaming drivers”.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep has revealed the new racing kit its riders will be wearing in 2014. Designed by Vermarc the jersey “features clearer and more decisive lines, and a black colour scheme that makes the jersey more aggressive — yet more elegant and stylish at the same time!”
“We are happy with the design of our new jersey,” explained Team Manager Patrick Lefevere. “The 2014 design is an evolution that follows in the footsteps of the jersey from the previous two years.
“This jersey is made even more special since even some of our riders were involved in the creation process. Their feedback and ideas were an important factor in reaching this result. We are sure that our fans will be able to appreciate a jersey that can wisely combine the tradition and history of OPQS with a modern, stylish design.”
What’s your take?
Text via Omega Pharma-QuickStep press release.
The UCI 2.1 Tour de San Luis is one of the opening races on the elite men’s road race calendar and in 2014 the Argentinian race will feature no fewer than 12 WorldTour teams, one more than this year.
The teams in attendance will be: AG2R-La Mondiale (France), Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan), BMC Racing Team (USA), Cannondale Pro Cycling (Italy), Garmin – Sharp (USA), Katusha (Russia), Lampre-Merida (Italy), Lotto-Belisol (Belgium), Movistar Team (Spain), Omega Pharma-Quick Step (Belgium), Orica GreenEDGE (Australia) and Trek Factory Racing (USA).
The seven-stage race begins on January 20 and features three summit finishes and more than 1,000km of racing.
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Cycling Australia has announced the four riders who have been awarded 2014 CA Women’s Endurance Cycling Program Scholarships.
Katrin Garfoot (Queensland), Chloe McConville (Victoria), Jessica Mundy (South Australia) and Emily Roper (Queensland) were selected after completing the gruelling nine-day selection camp held at the AIS in Canberra earlier this month.
Working with some of the nation’s best sports science expertise at the Australian Institute of Sport, the selection camp was designed and modelled on Australian Military Special Forces selection methodologies. The camp was separated into three phases featuring a range of technical, mechanical and physiological skills assessments. 20 selected riders from across Australia took part with just four riders making it through to the final phase.
2013 scholarship holders McConville, 26, Roper, 19, and Mundy, 19, all return to the program in 2014 following a successful completion of demanding camp experience. Joining them is 32-year-old German native Katrin Garfoot, who recently acquired her Australian citizenship. Garfoot has delivered a standout domestic season, claiming the individual honours in the 2013 Subaru National Road Series.
“The finishing group of the 2014 camp is the best finishing group we have ever taken,” remarked Cycling Australia Senior Women’s Road Coach Martin Barras.
Click here to read Tess Fabry’s account of the AIS selection camp. Text via Cycling Australia press release. Click here to read more.
It seems Fabian Cancellara has been talking about an attempt at the world hour record for years now and now the reigning world time trial champion Tony Martin has thrown his hat in the ring.
“My rivals Fabian Cancellara and Bradley Wiggins talk about the hour record,” Martin told Thüringer Allgemeine. “I also have it in mind. Being the fastest man in the world would be a nice title to have.”
Some have argued that if Cancellara or Wiggins has a tilt at the record it will spark attempts from other riders. The record was set in 2005 by Czech cyclist Ondrej Sosenka.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Team Cannondale has revealed its full roster for 2014 with the 27-rider-strong squad headline by Peter Sagan, Moreno Moser and Ivan Basso.
Twenty of the 27 riders remain from this year’s list while four are neo-pros — U23 road race world champion Matej Mohoric plus the Italian trio of Davide Villella, Alberto Bettiol and Davide Formolo — and three have been signed from other teams — Marco Marcato (Italy), Oscar Gatto (Italy) and George Bennett (New Zealand)
The full squad is as follows:
Peter Sagan (Slovakia), Ivan Basso (Italy), Moreno Moser (Italy), Elia Viviani (Italy), Damiano Caruso (Italy), Ted King (USA), Maciej Bodnar (Poland), Guillaume Boivin (Canada), Alessandro De Marchi (Italy), Michel Koch (Germany), Kristijan Koren (Slovenia), Matthias Krizek (Austria), Paolo Longo Borghini (Italy), Alan Marangoni (Italy), Daniele Ratto (Italy), Fabio Sabatini (Italy), Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Cristiano Salerno (Italy), Josè Cayetano Sarmiento (Colombia), Cameron Wurf (Australia), Marco Marcato (Italy), Oscar Gatto (Italy), George Bennett (New Zealand), Matej Mohoric (Slovenia), Davide Villella (Italy), Alberto Bettiol (Italy) and Davide Formolo (Italy).
We’re just hoping we get to see a 2014 season launch video like the one Cannondale created this season:
US bike maker Felt has announced it will no longer sponsor Argos-Shimano in 2014 with the Dutch-based team all but announced to be riding Giant next season.
Felt had supplied bikes to Argos-Shimano for the past two years and the decision to cease sponsoring the team was apparently a difficult one.
“Felt has always been a company that raced and the last two years with Team Argos-Shimano have been tremendous,” said company founder Jim Felt.
“It is time for us to look to new opportunities. This is in no way to say we do not support road racing at the very highest level — we wholeheartedly do and we will continue to — it is just that we wanted to move some of the sponsorship pieces around.”
Felt will no longer supply bikes to a WorldTour team but they are expected to sponsors other teams.
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
Two of the most exciting new signings for the Orica-GreenEDGE squad in 2014 are the Yates brothers, Adam and Simon. Rob Arnold from RIDE Magazine spoke to the twins to find out how they got to where they are now, why they chose Orica-GreenEDGE and where they expect the next few seasons will take them.
Click here to read those interviews.
A couple weeks back we wrote a piece about wearable devices for cycling in which we spoke about the potential applications of devices like Google Glass. Now we know that Google has been working alongside Strava to bring cycling-specific software to Glass, and it looks pretty great.
Scrub through to 16:03 in the video below to hear more about how this will work.
Here’s a segment from Channel 7’s Sunrise show earlier this week about cyclists who attach cameras to their bikes (or themselves) to capture bad behaviour by other road users. Take a look and let us know what you think.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed this week: