Thomas Voeckler to miss Tour Down Under after training accident
Entertaining Frenchman Thomas Voeckler will miss the Tour Down Under after breaking his collarbone in a collision with a car in Adelaide yesterday.
Voeckler was riding with his Europcar team near the seaside suburb of Glenelg when a pedestrian crossed the road in front of a car Voeckler was following. The car braked suddenly.
“I didn’t have time to brake and I bumped into the car,” he said. “I immediately understand that my collarbone is broken as it’s the third time it’s broken.”
Voeckler will fly out of Adelaide tomorrow to return to Nantes, France for treatment.
Voeckler had surgery earlier this month to remove a metal plate that was put in after a previous crash.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
The story of how Giant saved Argos-Shimano
It’s been well publicised in the past few weeks that Giant’s stepped in at the last minute to help out the former Argos-Shimano team whose new title sponsor pulled out at the last minute. This piece on Cycling News provides some more detail about the precarious position the team found itself in.
“We experienced how vulnerable a team can be when there is a problem with one of the main sponsors.” Giant-Shimano’s team manager Iwan Spekenbrink told Cyclingnews.
The team had announced in October that a new sponsor was secured and with that a handful of big name riders renewed their contracts. Not only that but close to a million euros had been spent on kit and equipment. And then the team received a letter to say the new sponsors had pulled out.
Giant stepped up to the plate as the key sponsor for the team and helped to re-design and re-produce enough kit and equipment in time for the Tour Down Under.
The team has taken up legal proceedings against the company that was supposed to be sponsoring them — a company which they can’t name.
Click here to read the article at Cycling News.
Charlie Bazzano passes away at 90
Charlie Bazzano, the oldest surviving member of the 1948 Australian Olympic team and the uncle of Matt Bazzano has died, aged 90.
Bazzano finished fourth in the 1000m sprint at the 1948 Games in London in a career that saw him race against (and with) the likes of Russell Mockridge and Sid Patterson.
Bazzano built most of his own bikes and was a mainstay of the NSW cycling scene for decades, rising to prominence in the early 1940s. He earned his selection for the 1948 Games after winning back to back national sprint titles in 1947 and 1948, ahead of Sid Patterson who won the world sprint title in 1949.
Charlie later went on to coach NSW cycling.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Team Sky switches to Stages powermeters for 2014
After using the SRM power measuring system for a few years, Team Sky has switched to Stages powermeters.
“As a team, we see the power meter as a very useful tool,” said Tim Kerrison, Team Sky’s Head of Performance Support. “The results that we get, both from training and racing, help us to quantify how our riders are performing, which then allows us to make informed coaching decisions.”
While Stages is a relatively new player in the powermeter space, the relationship with Team Sky is a huge vote of confidence for the crank-arm-based measuring system.
“We are so pleased to announce that Team Sky will race with Stages Power this season; this sponsorship, and what it means for Stages Power, is very exciting for our company,” said Pat Warner, Stages Cycling’s Senior Vice President. “We are humbled and honoured to be collecting data for one of the best teams in the sport. It’s a huge responsibility and we both have great confidence that Stages Power can help Team Sky be successful this season.”
Spotted: Shimano Di2 wireless transmitter
Shimano has informally unveiled a new ANT-protocol transmitter for its electronic Di2 drivetrains which will allow the Di2 system to communicate wirelessly with external devices, including a newly-announced computer.
Information about the wireless system is scarce, with the official launch due next month, but VeloNews is reporting that the technology will allow the user to see their current gear selection and their battery level on their compatible cycling computer.
Shimano hasn’t revealed whether the wireless system will be able to interface with other ANT+ compatible devices, such as Garmin head units.
Click here to read more and to see photos of the device at VeloNews.
Condor Cycles made bikes for Lance Armstrong film
Here’s an interesting piece about Condor Cycles and how they were contracted to make the bikes used in the new film about Lance Armstrong, which stars Ben Foster as Armstrong.
The company was tasked with making 40 frames, with Condor’s head of design Ben Spurrier responsible for replicating the decals and other details seen on the bikes in the Armstrong era.
“Initially the producers wanted an entire peloton’s worth of vintage bikes between about 1994 and 2004”, Spurrier said. “However the best thing we could think of was just simply to replicate the bikes as best as possible because we had three weeks in which to do the whole lot.”
Click here to read more at Bike Radar.
Cyclist uses Strava to map marriage proposal
And here’s a lovely tale from California. Cyclist Murphy Mack has ridden a ~30km course around San Francisco to spell out the words “Marry me Emily” on Strava.
It’s not the first time Strava’s been used for a marriage proposal but it is the prettiest effort we’ve seen. Chapeau sir!
Introduction to Team Giant-Shimano
Here’s the “official video” of the new Giant-Shimano team, published at the time of their team and kit launch earlier this week. It’s possibly a little over-dramatic, but doesn’t come close to the hopefully-tongue-in-cheek effort by Cannondale last year.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:
- What it takes to win a nationals road race — analysing Gracie Elvin’s power file
- Rocacorba Daily: Wednesday January 15
- Inside line: Tiff Cromwell’s nationals road race