Sydney woman passes away three days after cycling accident in Waterfall

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Sydney entrepreneur Casey Kinnaird has died three days after she was badly injured in a cycling incident in Waterfall – a popular riding area for Sydney cyclists.

The 35-year-old was riding along McKell Avenue at Waterfall when she was involved in a collision with a car travelling in the opposite direction about 7.15am on Saturday.

Police said in a statement on Tuesday that inquiries into the accident were continuing. It is believed the driver of the vehicle stopped after the collision.

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UniSA-Australia Team Announced for Tour Down Under

Cycling Australia has selected a seven man UniSA-Australia team hungry for success at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. The riders are coming in top form after racing at last weekend’s National Road Championships.

Headlining the team is young gun Caleb Ewan, who won his second U23 national criterium crown last week. Ewan had a breakthrough year in 2013 with the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team, picking up seven wins in Europe and placing fourth in the under 23 road race at the UCI World Championship in Florence.

Joining Caleb will be fellow Jayco-AIS WTA alumni Campbell Flakemore and Bradley Linfield. Completing the roster are Avanti Pro Cycling Team riders Jack Haig, Mark O’Brien, Anthony Giacoppo and Neil Van Der Ploeg.

Cycling Australia, National Performance Director, Kevin Tabotta, says this is a fantastic opportunity for seven emerging young Australian riders to showcase their talents on the WorldTour stage.

“We’ve selected a mix of riders to target general classification (GC) and stage results and expect each of them to acquit themselves well against the world class field.

“We’ll certainly be looking for Caleb Ewan to take the strong form he showed at the National Road Championships into the TDU and beyond this season,” said Tabotta.

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Roulston and Buchanan win New Zealand’s National Road titles

We were so caught up in the Australian National Championships last week that we completely missed our brothers and sisters in New Zealand who also held their National titles over the weekend.

Hayden Roulston (Trek) took his fourth National road title ahead of Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) and triathlete Tom Davidson. Rushlee Buchanan took out the women’s race. There’s far too much to cover here, but head over to for complete coverage.

Tinkoff-Saxo Reveal New Kit And High Ambitions At Gran Canaria Training Camp

Today Team Tinkoff-Saxo held its launch in the Anfi Tauro resort in Gran Canaria, and lead rider Alberto Contador reaffirmed his intention to attempt to win his third Tour de France.

“My primary goal will be the Tour de France,” Contador says. “I’ll then look to race the Vuelta in August. I’ll begin with the Tour of Algarve in February. I’ll then race Tirreno-Adriatico, followed by the Volta a Catalunya and then the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April. I’ll have a break before coming back for the Dauphiné in June, followed by the Tour and Vuelta [a Espana].”

Tinkoff - Saxo launches new kit at Gran Canaria training camp.

Tinkoff – Saxo launches new kit at Gran Canaria training camp.

Contador finished fourth at the Tour de France in 2013 but has grander ambitions in 2014. In the future, Tinkoff-Saxo says they will pay greater attention to utilizing the latest sports science research for maximum performance.

‘We’re working with partners, including universities, who’ll provide us with scientific data of what performs better,’ says Tinkoff-Saxo’s CEO Stefano Feltrin. ‘That’ll apply to bicycles, clothing, training, nutrition… Anything that can help the riders perform to their peak.’

The team has a very strong base, with a core of some of the world’s best riders. Nicolas Roche and Roman Kreuziger are two of the highest profile, who’ll not only be supporting Contador’s Tour de France campaign, but also aiming for victories of their own.

Roche’s primary goal is the Giro d’Italia while Kreuziger’s looking to build on a memorable 2013 that included victory at the Amstel Gold Race. Also watch for Tinkoff-Saxo riders like Rafal Majka, Oliver Zaugg, Daniele Bennati and Matti Breschel.

Bjarne Riis also commented about the recent takeover by Oleg Tinkof. “I’m feeling really good about it. It’s good for the team and it’s good for Oleg [Tinkov, the owner]. And I have to say during the process Oleg has been great. I have a lot of respect for that and I really look forward to this partnership. It’ll be different for me but it’s great because he wants to do his best for the team.”

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UCI to spend more than $3 million on internal inquiry

The UCI is investing more than $3M to fund a newly created, three-member panel that will investigate the its potentially damaging past.

Officials confirmed to VeloNews that the UCI has budgeted 3 million Swiss francs (about $3.3 million), a substantial sum for the UCI, considering its average annual expenses are around 6 to 8 million Swiss francs.

Cookson told Velonews, “This Commission will investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past — allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport,” Cookson said. “Their work will also be focused on understanding what went so wrong in our sport and they will make recommendations for change so that as far as possible those mistakes are not repeated.”

“This is a priority for the UCI and is part of our goal to rebuild trust in our sport,” a UCI official told VeloNews via e-mail to confirm the inquiry’s budget.

New WADA chief Craig Reedie applauded efforts by the UCI to conduct an independent inquiry. Reedie, who became the World Anti-Doping Agency’s third president on January 1, said WADA has been working closely with the UCI on this initiative.

“We have been involved for some weeks now in working together more closely with the UCI, and helping them put their independent commission,” Reedie told VeloNews in an interview Tuesday. “We are quite happy that they’re doing [an investigation]. It’s the UCI’s wish to look into the past. That’s not WADA’s responsibility to do that, but we support them, and we need to help them in the creation of the independent commission, and that they are doing it within the anti-doping code.”

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Cancellara unharmed after collision with car

And in today’s “non-news” headline of the day, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Fabian Cancellara collided with a car on home roads in Bern, Switzerland, before traveling to the Trek Factory Racing camp.

The Italian newspaper said a car cut him off and caused the incident. The 32-year-old suffered scrapes and bruises on his left side but continued riding.

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SRAM 1×11 Cyclocross drive train spotted

SRAM’s upcoming CX1 1×11 drive train was spotted in Boulder, Colorado at the US cyclo-cross national championship on the bikes of Ryan Trebon (, Elle Anderson (California Giant) and at least two others. SRAM isn’t saying anything but the components look like they’re production-ready and the official release is coming soon.

SRAM's CX1 1x11 spotted at the US Cyclocross National Championships. Photo by Road Bike Action

SRAM’s CX1 1×11 spotted at the US Cyclocross National Championships. Photo by Road Bike Action

CX1 is a single-ring drivetrain that uses their X-Sync chainring with alternating tooth widths and a clutched rear derailleur cage to ensure the chain in stable without having to run a separate guide. The concept has been adapted from SRAM’s 1X mountain bike drive train.

Lotto-Belisol lead-out training

In case you missed it, Greg Henderson wrote an excellent piece for us yesterday about how he’s recovering from a knee injury during the off-season. The 37 year old Kiwi has just extended his contract with Lotto-Belisol for 2 years but hasn’t been able to ride over the past few months because of an injury that nobody could diagnose. In the piece, Henderson gives us an insight into his injury, self-doubt, thoughts on retirement, and eventual recovery.

You can read the piece here, but in case you missed the video at the end, check it out:

Greg Henderson won’t be racing at the TDU, but in the video above you can see him training with his Lotto-Belisol team in Adelaide this week.

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The Rocacorba Recap

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