Dan Martin back training after Giro crash, says he’s feeling good

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) had high hopes coming into this year’s Giro d’Italia but they were quickly dashed when, on the first stage TTT, Martin crashed out of the race with a collarbone fracture.

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CyclingTips’ Shane Stokes caught up with Martin with the latter now back training on the road and workings towards a return to racing, potentially at the Tour de France.

Since his crash and the surgery to repair his collarbone, Martin has chosen to avoid the press, but the Irishman is now willing to speak about the incident.

“I am doing okay,” Martin told CyclingTips. “Obviously it was a bit rough for the week or so after the operation. There was the initial buzz of having the operation done and then having quite decent mobility back, then the progress slows down. It was a gradual rehabilitation, getting the muscles moving. All that stuff. It is something I have never experienced before, it is the first time I have broken a bone.”

Martin was initially told that he could resume working on the home trainer the day after his operation. However he said that he decided not to do so, admitting he was not geared up to knuckle down again so soon.

“It is hard enough to motivate yourself to use the trainer normally, and I wasn’t going to just jump back on it,” he said. “I think a lot of guys rush back from these injuries and pay for it later.

“For the sake of a few hours’ training, I definitely took my time and made sure that the bone was healed 100 percent. It was a pretty bad break in the end…it was a clean break, but I still have a lot of metalwork going on inside me. I wanted to be sure that I get the arm moving properly again.

“It was more important for me to spend more time doing the rehab exercises rather than riding the home trainer.”

Click here to read the full feature interview with Dan Martin, here at CyclingTips.

Wilco Kelderman aiming for the 2015 Tour de France

He was one of the revelations of this year’s Giro d’Italia and now Belkin’s seventh-placed finisher in the Italian Grand Tour, Wilco Kelderman, is looking towards his Tour de France debut in 2015.

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“It seems logical that I will start there,” Kelderman said. Team Belkin sports director Frans Maassen agrees. “If you look at his development, it’s probable that he will make his Tour debut next year.”

This year’s Giro was Kelderman’s second Grand Tour after finishing 17th in last year’s race, despite riding in support of Robert Gesink. The 23-year-old had been aiming for a top-10 finish this time around, and succeeded thanks to his consistency and strength in the mountains.

“I don’t need to be at the Tour every year,” Kelderman said. “But it seems logical to me that I will take that step up after finishing two Giros. Especially since the start of the Tour is so close to home next year.”

Kelderman isn’t likely to have to wait until the Tour next year to ride his next Grand Tour; he’s pencilled in to race the Vuelta a Espana later this year.

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Froome and Wiggins kept separate in lead-up to the Tour de France

It would seem that Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins will be lining up together at the Tour de France but at the moment Team Sky appears to be keeping the two apart in the lead-up to that race.

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Froome, who won last year’s Tour and will go into this year’s race as the leader of Team Sky, will head to the Criterium du Dauphine to try and defend his 2013 title. Wiggins, who won Le Tour in 2012, will race the Tour de Suisse.

Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: “Both the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Suisse are WorldTour events and we are looking to perform in both races. Bradley heads to Switzerland with a strong team after a great win in California and we’ve got the right group for the Dauphine, especially considering the nature of the course.”

Froome will be joined by Richie Porte, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Mikel Nieve, Danny Pate, Geraint Thomas and Xabier Zandio in the Dauphine squad, with all seven likely to accompany him at the Tour, leaving space for one more rider.

Sky has remained tight-lipped about who that final rider will be, but there’s every chance it could be Bradley Wiggins.

“Both of these races will form part of our selection for the Tour,” he added. “We have to name 13 riders in a long list during June and we’ll do that from across the squad, including riders at the Route du Sud, not only those in the Dauphine and Tour de Suisse groups.”

Click here to read more at the Team Sky website.

Danilo Hondo set to retire

Trek Factory Racing’s Danilo Hondo is ready to call an end to his 18-year career and will hang up his bike at the end of this year.

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Writing in his blog for Radsport-news.com the German said it became clear during the Giro that the time was right.

“What was a rumour in the spring, became more and more clear to me during this Giro – namely, that with 40 years I can end my career at the end of this season with a good feeling.”

Hondo turned pro in 1997 after a successful stint as a track rider and has ridden for a number of teams since then. He has won the German national championships, not to mention two stages of the Giro d’Italia.

Click here to read more at radsport-news.com.

Race rules and adverse weather

Here’s a nice piece over at The Inner Ring about adverse weather and how the UCI rules deal with such weather during bike races. Of course this piece is timely given the events of the Gavia/Stelvio stage at the Giro recently; a stage which, intuitively, looked like it probably should have been cancelled.

But as The Inner Ring writes, the UCI regulations are actually very limited when it comes to deciding when a stage should or shouldn’t be cancelled. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s hard to set rules on the weather. Take snow, it might be snowing but is it settling on the ground or more importantly is it settling on the road? And just as the Inuit people have many different words for snow the rulebook could have to specify snow against sleet but who in the race convoy is there to check the flakes?

Plus these questions aren’t easy to answer, the race director could be accompanying the riders in the valley while high up it’s snowing on a mountain pass and a race could ride into a storm within seconds… and ride out of it quickly too. It’s warmer going uphill than downhill and so on.

Click here to read the full article at The Inner Ring.

Tinkov: I understand how the riders suffered

You might have seen photos throughout the Giro of Tinkoff-Saxo team boss Oleg Tinkov riding the stages ahead of the race, to get a feel for what the riders go through. And while he didn’t do every stage (mind you he only missed the Irish stages) or ride the whole course each day, he did still cover an impressive amount. It’s unclear exactly how far he rode, but with a week left in the race he’d already covered 1,600km.

Check out the video below to learn more about what Tinkov got out of the experience.

Peter Sagan shows off his MTB skills

We all know that Peter Sagan has amazing bike-handling skills, but did you know that he was a junior MTB world champion and that he rode briefly for the Cannondale Factory Racing MTB team in 2009? In this video we see him tearing up the trails with his former teammate Marco Fontana on a new steed from Cannondale.

The Flying Rider concept bike

This video features a proof of concept of a saddle-free, suspended-rider bicycle called the Flying Rider.

You can learn more about this invention here.

Goat riding a guy riding a bike

This doesn’t look all that aero to us. The video sure is entertaining though.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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Today’s feature image comes from Jered Gruber and was taken on stage 16 of this year’s Giro d’Italia.