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by Matt de Neef
March 4, 2015
In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Campbell Flakemore returns to action this weekend; De Weert, LottoNL-Jumbo dismiss reports rider is part of Belgian investigation; Storey plays down suggestions of a repeat bid for the world hour record; Woman dies after feedzone crash in Belgium; Le Samyn des Dames and women’s Strade Bianche previews; Tirreno-Adriatico promo video; The Helix folding bike; Dan Craven’s Namibian Champion Jersey.
After more than a month away from racing thanks to a broken collarbone Campbell Flakemore (BMC) is set to make his return at the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (Three Days of West Flanders) this Friday.
Flakemore, who is the reigning U23 world time trial champion, broke his collarbone while riding back to the hotel after stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under in January. Flakemore has since recovered from the injury and, like teammate Klaas Lodewyck — who also returns from a broken collarbone — will line up at the Belgian three-day race in Middelkerke on Friday.
The race consists of a 7km prologue ITT before two road stages. Team BMC for the race will feature: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Campbell Flakemore (AUS), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI) and Rick Zabel (GER).
Text adapted from a BMC press release. Click through for the 2015 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen startlist.
by Shane Stokes
Three days after Greg Van Avermaet and his BMC Racing Team confirmed that the Belgian rider had been called before the disciplinary commission of the Belgian cycling federation in relation to alleged banned practices, compatriot Kevin de Weert has categorically refuted suggestions that he too is under investigation.
“At the end of 2013, I received a court letter with the request to voluntarily provide them with DNA-material because they wanted to close the case,” de Weert said. “In the beginning of 2014, I voluntarily gave them samples of my DNA, and I do not have to justify myself at the court or my sports federation, because I never received any summons for hearing.”
His LottoNL-Jumbo team echoed this.
“The Belgian climber Kevin de Weert has never been placed under suspicion in the case revolving around doctor Chris Mertens from Rotselaar. De Weert has voluntarily cooperated in the DNA investigation at the beginning of January 2014, in which no match was found.
“The team sees no reason for Kevin not to race, therefore he will start in Tirreno Adriatico.”
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
She made an extremely strong impression in going within 563 metres of equalling the long-standing hour record of Leontien Van Moorsel, but British Paralympian Sarah Storey has ruled out another tilt at the mark.
Storey, who covered 45.502 kilometres in Lee Valley VeloPark in London on Saturday, said that once was enough for her, although she did leave a small possibility open after 2016.
“It’s a once in a lifetime,” she said, speaking to Press Association. “I won’t be considering doing it any time soon. If I ever did it again it would be well after Rio.”
She said that she was extremely fatigued after her effort and expressed admiration for another Briton who took the men’s record in the 1990s after initially failing.
“I have absolutely no idea how Graeme Obree did it again the following day, when he was unsuccessful in his attempt and then successful the day after,” she said. “It’s an incredibly drawn-out, painful process. I hoped I had enough in me to go over 46km but whatever I was going to do was going to be the absolute best I had.”
A woman has died after being hit by a rider in the feedzone of an elite amateur race in Brustem, Belgium over the weekend.
Carine Goyvaerts, the wife of former professional Ludwig Wijnants, was waiting in the feedzone for her son Arne Wijnants when a first-year U23 rider Jordi Van Dingenen (Vastgoedservice Golden Palace) collided with the woman. The 18-year-old rider was reportedly trying to remove his jacket and was caught by a gust of wind that propelled him towards the woman.
Goyvaerts was taken to hospital with a skull fracture and died from her injuries on Monday. Van Dingenen suffered a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung and a brain injury in the incident.
The team issued a statement about the incident: “The entire Vastgoedservice Golden Palace Team wishes to express its deepest condolences to the Wijnants family at this dramatic news. Both the team management, sponsors and the entourage and the riders of our team are extremely shocked by the events of the last 24 hours.”
The team quotes Van Dingenen as saying, “I am devastated. This is a nightmare for me. I would also like to express my deepest condolences to the family of the woman in question. At this time I cannot remember anything of what happened.”
Click here to read more at Sporza.
After the elite women’s European season opened at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, the racing continues with Le Samyn des Dames, a 112km one-day race in Belgium later today, and the inaugural women’s Strade Bianche on Saturday.
Velofocus’ profile for Strade Bianche, with the white sections representing the roads that give the race its name.
Velofocus has put together great previews for each race. Here’s an excerpt from the Le Samyn preview:
Le Samyn des Dames, now in it’s fourth year, is based on a similar route to the long established men’s race [ed. which will also be race today] which has been running in one form or another since 1968. A demanding circuit finish with a combination of some very narrow lanes, cobbles and short climbs around Dour, not far from the Belgian/Walloon border, are the key features of the race.
Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) is the defending champion and one of the key riders to watch. You can find a startlist for the race here.
Here’s an excerpt from the Strade Bianche preview:
The race [weaves] through the picturesque, rolling Tuscan hills, through idyllic towns add in the gravel chalk roads and cap it off with a finish in the impossibly beautiful Siena. It is one of the most visually stunning races of the year, becoming an instant hit on the men’s circuit and now there’s a women’s edition of the race too!
Velofocus lists Tiff Cromwell, Lizzie Armitstead and Anna van der Breggen among the riders to watch. An in-progress startlist can be found here.
Be sure to check out Ella CyclingTips for coverage of these and other races on the professional women’s calendar (and much more).
If the promise of seeing Contador, Nibali, Froome and Quintana all racing one another wasn’t enough to get you fired up for the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico (which starts next Wednesday), then this great promo video might.
We realised folding bikes aren’t exactly “pro”, but the Helix looks pretty impressive. Its makers claim it’s the “smallest folding bike in the world”.
Click here to read more at De Zeen magazine.
This is a great little video from the team at Garneau showing how Dan Craven’s Namibian national champion’s jersey was put together and how it’s been looked after since Craven received it.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days: