Simon Gerrans’ reflections on his nationals road race win

Simon Gerrans has written a post on his blog about his win at the nationals road race on Sunday. Here’s a snippet:

We went over the top of the climb one by one. I was the first over. Cadel Evans (BMC) followed me. Cam [Meyer] was the next to crest the climb. Then came Richie Porte (Team Sky). The four of us came together again over the top, and that’s how things stayed until the final.

After the final selection of four riders had been made, I was really confident. I fancied my chances in a sprint against Cadel and Richie, but I had the luxury of having Cam with me. Cam was intent on making sure we got to the finish as a single unit, and thanks to his work, I was able to rely on my sprint to finish off the job.

Click here to read more at Gerro’s website.

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA deny interest in Chris Horner

On Monday Spanish website Ciclo 21 reported that 2013 Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner was in talks with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, but the ProConti outfit has denied the rumour, saying “our team roster for 2014 is complete.”


“We have not been in contact with either him or his management,” a Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team source told Cyclingnews on Monday. “We don’t know where this story about us trying to sign him has come from, but it’s certainly not from us. It’s not true, anyway.”

With the season already underway it’s still a mystery where Chris Horner will end up.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Contract talks with Chris Horner have fallen through: Christina Watches

We reported yesterday that Chris Horner’s new representative Baden Cooke had rebuked Danish Continental outfit Christina Watches for announcing a deal was nearly done with the 42-year-old American.

Now, representatives from Christina Watches have conceded that Horner won’t be racing with them in 2014.

stage-18 of the Vuelta a EspaÒa 2013

“Without having a Grand Tour in our race program it was always going to be a difficult decision for Chris to make,” a representative said. “We fully understand his decision and hope he can find a sponsor who can support his wish to defend his Vuelta title.”

An email from Cooke to the team reportedly read:

“I thank you all for your hard work on putting together your best possible deal for Chris. We explored this option seriously and with the best intentions. Chris however has decided that he will not take you up on the offer. His desire to defend the Vuelta title being the main reason.”

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Matty Lloyd says his health, not ProTour contract is 2014 priority

Australian Matty Lloyd has raced at the top level of the sport and isn’t concerned about racing for a lower-level squad this season, in Jelly Belly-Maxxis.


“I don’t worry about it, about not being in the pro level,” Lloyd told VeloNews. “I’ve been through the steps, I’ve been successful but if I don’t have the results then I don’t have guarantees in a top-level team. It’s a good lesson to the younger guys. You can’t just join a team based on your past successes.”

When Lloyd was training in late 2010 he was hit by a car, breaking his shoulder and aggravating an old spinal injury.

“The broken shoulder was almost too close to the 2011 season to allow me to recover quickly. They had different people they had to deal with — organisations can be challenges. They had to deal with 30 guys. The only solution at that point was to let it loose. That’s what happened. I didn’t fall out with one person. I remain friendly with everyone at Lotto.”

Lloyd raced the 2012 season with Lampre but returned to Australia in 2013 after only racing part of the season with the Italian team.

“I went back to Australia, the main issue was health,” Lloyd said. “I broke my elbow in the 2012 Tour de France and I still had trouble from my spine. Getting fit day in and day out was troubling. I didn’t want to damage my system.”

Lloyd is set to base himself in California part-time while riding for Jelly Belly-Maxxis and will meet his new teammates at a camp in April.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Giant takes over sponsorship of Argos-Shimano, new kit revealed

When the new title sponsor of the former Argos-Shimano team didn’t come through, Giant stepped up to sign a multi-year deal with the team, creating team Giant Shimano.


Giant will also sponsor a men’s development team and the Liv/Giant pro women’s team which will be known as Liv Shimano.

The sponsorship announcements come as the team unveiled its new kit for 2014.


Click here to read more at VeloNation.

IAM reveals 2014 kit

Meanwhile Swiss ProConti team IAM Cycling has also revealed its new kit for 2014, in addition to its new-look squad which features many-time French ITT champion Sylvain Chavanel.


“To confirm our results from 2013, which means we need go a step further, it was important to target our new additions carefully,” said the team manager Serge Beucherie. “To this end, we recruited Sylvain Chavanel, Roger Kluge and Vincente Reynes for our classics campaign. We believe we can play to win big considering the quality of the staff that we have involved for these one-day Classics.

“The same goes for our stage race ambitions with the arrivals of Mathias Frank and Jérôme Pineau, the latter of whom brings a rich knowledge of how best to ride Grand Tours.”

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Konya Torku request being put on Biological Passport program

The past two editions of the Tour of Turkey have been marred by doping scandals, both from within the Turkish Continental team Konya Torku Sekerspor.

Now, the organisers of the Tour of Turkey have forced Konya Torku Sekerspor (and any other team that isn’t already) to be part of the UCI’s biological passport program before it will receive an invite.


“This statement is already in our invitation letter to all invited teams”, race director Abdurrahman Acikalin told Cycling News.” So far, we were informed that Konya Torku Sekerspor has already applied to WADA and UCI in order to get biological passport and follow the procedure, as required.”

The Konya Torku Sekerspor team told Cycling News:

“We are ready for the biological passport, we are just waiting for direction from UCI and WADA. We are ready for take part in Tour of Turkey and, therefore, we are still working and training all our abilities.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Interview with Nettie Edmondson

Nettie Edmondson is a rider who splits her time between the road and track and does both, it has to be said, with great success. She didn’t have a great time at the road nationals, crashing heavily in a criterium which, on paper, she was a good chance to win.

Now Nettie has sat down with Tim Renowden of The Roar for a great interview in which she talks about splitting her time between track and road, how she sees the state of women’s cycling in both disciplines, and what she’s got planned for 2014.

Here’s an excerpt:

2013 was pretty challenging. It was my first professional road season and trying to balance it with the track was quite difficult. I thought it would be easier than it was, and the transition from track to road definitely took me longer than I planned. I was chasing my fitness for a long time and I didn’t really feel fit on the road until the last third of the season.

I just tried to act like a bit of a sponge in the team and learn as much as I could from Loes Gunnewijk from Holland and Emma Johansson from Sweden, who have so many years of knowledge on the road. I made a lot of mistakes but just tried to listen to them, both during racing and after racing during team debriefs.

Click here to read the interview at The Roar.

The Professional Cyclists’ Book Club

Here’s an enjoyable read over at Manual for Speed: a verbatim reproduction of an invitation email to the Professional Cyclists’ Book Club, set up by Jacob L. Rathe, David Millar, Alexander D. Howes.

The email contains the (enjoyable) rules of the club and explains how new members can get involved and what’s expected of them. We particularly liked this line: “No bike books, no Lance bull shit, no tween lit.”

Check out the full email at Manual for Speed. Check out the PCBC on Twitter here.

’Point-making’ cyclist hits back at Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has made it pretty clear in recent years that he doesn’t particularly like cyclists being on the road and so his latest Twitter post came as little surprise.

The follow up from that tweet has been interesting to watch, not least because the rider in question is doing exactly what a number of road safety organisations recommend cyclists do in narrow lanes: command that lane.

Check out the cyclist’s response to Clarkson’s tweet and more over at

The impact of carbon insoles on cycling performance

Some cyclists use carbon insoles, not only to prevent cycling-specific overuse injuries but to increase the power they’re able to put out. And now a study by researchers in Germany and Luxembourg has sought to find out whether carbon insoles deliver the performance gains the manufacturers claim.

They tested 18 male cyclists and triathletes of national level of above, some with a carbon insole, some with a standard insole. The results: no noticeable performance gains from using a carbon insole.

Click here to check out the full study.

Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass: elite women’s nationals road race


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Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass: elite men’s nationals road race


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The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:

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Today’s feature image comes from Adrian Vlok and was taken over the weekend at the Australian National Road Championships as Simon Gerrans attacked and blew the race apart on the final lap.