UCI checked for motors at cyclocross worlds
Dutch newspaper Het Nieuwsblad is reporting that the UCI checked riders’ bikes for motors at the world cyclocross championships last weekend.
UCI officials reportedly removed the seatposts of the top three riders in each race and used a camera to search for the presence of mechanical doping inside the frames.
The move comes just weeks after disgraced Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca claimed in a TV interview that such technology has existed for many years. Back in 2010 Fabian Cancellara was accused of having mechanical assistance to win the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Click here to read more at nieuwsbad.be (in Dutch).
Samuel Sanchez confirms BMC deal is for one year
Sammy Sanchez has confirmed with Italian website BiciCiclismo that his newly-signed contract with BMC is for a single year.
Sanchez said in the interview that negotiations for his postition started less than a week ago and that the deal was struck quickly once Jim Ochowicz, Cadel Evans and sports director Yvon Ledanois had given their approval.
“Initially it’s a year-long contract, but the important thing is that I’m doing what I like,” Sanchez told BiciCiclismo. “I’m racing to enjoy myself and now I will be able to do it with a team that is amazingly well-organised.”
Sanchez is yet to bed down his race calendar for this year.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Ladies Tour of Qatar starts today
The first big race of the UCI elite women’s road calendar starts today in Doha: the Ladies Tour of Qatar. Raced over four stages in and around Doha the race (like the men’s equivalent) is famous for its flat parcours and strong winds.
Last year’s edition was won by sprinter Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano), who also won in 2009 and 2010. Wild will go into the race as one of the big favourites, alongside Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and last year’s runner up Chloe Hosking (Hitech Products).
Click here for the startlist, click here for the official website and click here for a piece about Aussie sprinter Chloe Hosking and how she’s focused on this race after losing the leader’s jersey in last year’s race.
Jayco Herald Sun Tour starts tomorrow
The 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour kicks off tomorrow in it’s first year back as a UCI classified race. After a twilight prologue on Melbourne’s Southbank tomorrow evening the riders take on four road stages, concluding with the traditional Arthurs Seat multi-pass loop on Sunday.
Three WorldTour teams will be in attendance — Orica-GreenEDGE, Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale — as will Australia’s only ProConti team Drapac and a handful of Continental teams.
There will also be a number of national squads in attendance, including two from Australia (one is an U23 squad), one from New Zealand and one from Great Britain.
No Sagan/Alonso deal, says Bettini
Reports that Peter Sagan will join Fernando Alonso’s new team in 2015 for €3.3 million are overblown, according to former Italian national coach Paolo Bettini who is now working for Alonso.
“It seems that his manager exaggerated. If someone is offering that amount of money I don’t see why he’s waiting to sign,” Bettini, who started with Alonso in January, told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We haven’t talk about this, but with Alonso I was clear: with that amount of money we can sign three riders, one to stay on his wheel and make him lose, and two to win.”
Sagan has been with Cannondale since turning pro in 2010 but his contract runs out at the end of this season. Last week tuttobici.com reported that Bettini had confirmed a €3.3 million ($4.45 million) deal with Sagan for the next two seasons.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
18 teams invited to Strade Bianche
RCS Sport, the organisation behind Strade Bianche and Roma Maxima, has named the teams that will take on the one-day races on March 8 and 9 respectively.
Last year’s Strade Bianche winner Moreno Moser will be there at the head of his Cannondale team. The other teams coming to the race are: Astana, BMC, Lampre-Merida, Movistar, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Giant-Shimano, Katusha, Team Sky, Trek Factory Racing, Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF, Colombia, IAM Cycling, MTN-Qhubeka, Unitedhealthare and Yellow Fluo (formerly Vini-Fantini).
The same teams will line up for Roma Maxima the next day, with the exception of Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Tinkoff-Saxo, while Ag2r-La Mondiale will be in attendance with last year’s winner Blel Kadri.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
The many muds of Hoogerheide
Here at CyclingTips we’re big fans of the work of photographers Iri Greco and Jim Fryer. The pair have put together a great album of shots from the cyclocross world championships over the weekend, all focused on how muddy the course was and the effect that had on the races. Check out their gallery over at VeloNews here.
Shimano introduces sports camera with live streaming capabilities
Shimano has entered the already-crowded sports camera market with its CM-1000 camera, announced yesterday, which uses WiFi and ANT+ to connect with smartphones, ANT+ compatible devices (such as power meters or heart-rate monitors) and even Shimano’s new Di2 wireless transmitter.
The device is smaller than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just 86 grams, which includes the battery and lens cover.
The camera can pair with a custom iOS or Android smartphone app to allow live viewing, video playback and remote camera adjustments. The CM-1000 is believed to be available from May 2014 for US$300.
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The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: