In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Porte in “a fantastic position” after first week of the Giro; Alberto Contador – “Each day after my crash I’ve been getting better”; UCI releases English version of Astana Reasoned Decision; Inside Richie’s RV; Aru’s lawyer confirms legal action against Greg Henderson for Twitter comments; Oleg Tinkov looking to reduce Peter Sagan’s salary; The Giro to North America?; An Post Ras leader disqualified; Kimberley Wells wins the 2015 Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship; Win The Ultimate Job – cover the Tour de France for CyclingTips; RideAir – The Next Generation of Effortless Air Pumps?
Porte in “a fantastic position” after first week of the Giro
After going for “a nice short ride” on the first rest day of the Giro d’Italia, Richie Porte (Sky) told reporters that he is “ready to get stuck into the second week” and that he feels he’s in “a fantastic position after nine stages”.
When asked how hard he’s had to ride thus far to stay with Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador, Porte said: “It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been comfortable. I haven’t had to go into the red just yet and that’s the way I wanted it to be in the first week.”
When Porte was asked when he’d go on the attack, rather than mainly following the moves of his rivals, Porte said with a smile: “In the [stage 14] time trial”.
“To be honest, I haven’t had to attack yet… I think Aru and [Mikel] Landa (Astana) are doing all the attacking for us. It doesn’t make sense to go attacking like that in the first week, you’ve got to pay for it somewhere, maybe in the third week, let’s just see what happens.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Alberto Contador: “Each day after my crash I’ve been getting better”
Speaking to the press after a short rest day ride of his own Alberto Contador has explained that his shoulder is getting better by the day and that he doesn’t expect the injury to affect his stage 14 ITT too greatly.
“I’ve taken advantage of today’s rest day to test my position on the [time trial] bike, and although I should feel better in five days, I still decided to slightly widen the position of my handlebars. It costs a little bit aerodynamically but it puts less pressure on my shoulder. In this situation I think it’s more important to protect it”.
When asked about his main rivals for the rest of the race, Contador said: “Richie has some advantages at the time trial, but we have to see how the standings are after that stage. As for Aru, it is true that he has spent energy, but we have all spent energy. Aru’s terrain is in the high mountains, like me. So for me Aru and Porte are the most dangerous”.
“Even though there haven’t been very tough finales, the first week was very demanding, the peloton has suffered and now it seems as if there’s is a period of relaxation, but we must remain attentive every day and above all save strength for the time trial”.
Click here to read more at the Tinkoff-Saxo website.
UCI releases English version of Astana Reasoned Decision
Several week ago the UCI’s License Commission published, in French, its reasoned decision for why Astana hadn’t been stripped of its WorldTour license. That reasoned decision has now been released in English and can be found here, for those that are interested.
The crux of the decision can be found in the conclusions, namely:
“The Commission rules … that it duly notes that [Astana] is committed to conforming to the measures recommended by the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) and that this commitment has been formalised in a document signed by the UCI World Team Astana ProTeam, ISSUL and the Licence Commission.”
“The registration of the UCI World Team Astana ProTeam for 2015 remains in place … In the event of a failure to respect the terms of the agreement, ISSUL shall inform the
Commission which may at any time reopen the proceedings for the withdrawal of the licence. The proceedings would also reopen if there are any new cases of doping or other serious infringements of the regulations.”
Click here to read the full document.
Inside Richie’s RV
After the Team Sky press conference during yesterday’s rest day at the Giro d’Italia members of the press were invited aboard Richie Porte’s RV to take a look around … once they’d sanitised their hands to prevent Richie getting sick.
Unsurprisingly, it’s just an RV; more specifically a Fleetwood Excursion 39R with couch, desk, fridge, mini-kitchen and bedroom. The most interesting part of the whole exercise was the comments from Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford about the reasoning behind renting an RV for Richie.
— Mark Bennett (@bennettmvc) May 18, 2015
“Ultimately the idea of it came from the team, not Richie. It’s not as if Richie said ‘I want an RV, I want to isolate myself.’ You have to be very careful with that.”
When asked whether having the RV meant Richie was isolating himself from the team, Brailsford said:
“The riders eat together, they spend time on the bus together, but when they come back to the hotel, you’ve got nine riders and one person is on his own. That one person is usually the leader,” he said. “The difference between Richie coming outside here to the RV and being inside that hotel, 200 metres away, is that he would be walking to his room on his own instead of walking outside to this RV on his own.”
Speaking about the benefits of the RV, Brailsford added: “Two nights ago we were in a hotel where there was a birthday party downstairs, and we had to move all of our riders and change their rooms at about 11:30 or 12 o’clock. So you’re upstairs moving the riders around but Richie didn’t have a clue there was a party going on.”
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly and see photos of the inside of the RV (it’s just an RV).
Aru’s lawyer confirms legal action against Greg Henderson for Twitter comments
by Shane Stokes
Almost a month after Kiwi rider Greg Henderson suggested that Fabio Aru had biological passport issues and that his absence from racing due to reported illness in April was instead due to this matter, the rider has launched a legal case against him. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Monday that the rider’s agent Alex Carera and his lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone had announced that they had filed a defamation case in court against Henderson.
Henderson wrote his tweet on April 23, but later backtracked. “When you’re sick, you’re sick. Jump on these conclusions does not help anyone. My mistake. I had to shut my mouth. A sincere apology,” he wrote on the morning of April 24.
However this was not enough for Aru and his representatives and they have launched their case. According to the statement issued by Carera and Napoleone, they are seeking to protect the good name and integrity of the rider plus his team. They indicated that in addition to the criminal complaint, they will also seek financial damages.
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
Oleg Tinkov looking to reduce Peter Sagan’s salary
Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is trying to find a legal way to cut Peter Sagan’s salary after the Slovakian had an ordinary start to the season (his win at the Tour of California nonwithstanding).
“In the Classics we only had plan A, but no plan B, so when Peter didn’t perform, there were no other guys to cover for him. There was not much we could do because we put all of the chips on one guy and it didn’t work. Peter’s still a great rider but he cannot win everything,” Tinkov told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The problem in cycling is that it’s not easy to cut salary because we have a contract. I believe that cycling needs a different model. The problem with cycling is that riders look to raise the salary once they win. When Peter wins, he wants more money. When they start to win, that’s okay, they have more and more money, and teams even increase them during the season, it happened with my riders last year.
“Unfortunately you cannot cut their salary but they have a bonus when they win, but if not they still have a huge fee, and that’s really painful. They can have a huge part of your budget and they don’t perform, but I can’t do anything because they have a three-year deal. I don’t like this model. Of course if I could find any legal possibility, I would decrease the contract. But we have to work with it.”
Click here to read more at La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Giro to North America?
For many years there’s been talk about the possibility of bringing the Giro d’Italia to North America and while that talk has never been translated into action, the dream is still alive according to Giro director Mauro Vegni.
“The Giro in the United States could be an opportunity that is closer than people think,” Vegni told VeloNews. “We want to bring the Giro experience to growing European economies, and to other regions, like the United States and East Asia.”
Andrew Hood writes for VeloNews that should the Giro head to North America there’d be separate infrastructure for the race’s visit. Teams would have access to vehicles that would stay behind in the US and there likely wouldn’t be a time trial, to reduce the number of bikes and wheels that would need to be flown across.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
An Post Ras leader disqualified
A day after winning the opening stage and moving into the overall lead in the An Post Rás, a UCI 2.2 stage race in Ireland, Italian rider Francesco Reda (IDEA 2010 ASD) has been disqualified after receiving unauthorised help from his team car following a puncture.
It appears that Francesco Reda, our overnight race leader has been disqualified… The Commissaire's communiqué will reveal all #Ras2015
— An Post Rás (@anpostras) May 18, 2015
“He got a very irregular assistance from his car,” Chief commissaire Danuta Macialek told the Irish Times, referring to holding onto the vehicle. “He was warned that this was irregular, but didn’t stop. That is why we had to disqualify this rider.”
Reda previously served a ban from the sport after refusing a doping control in February 2013. Team manager Alberto Elli protested yesterday’s disqualification but those appeals were dismissed, prompting Elli to withdraw his team and head back to Italy.
Click here to read more at the Irish Times.
Kimberley Wells wins the 2015 Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship
by Jessi Braverman
The Amy Gillett Foundation announced on Monday that Dr. Kimberely Wells has been selected as the recipient of the 10th Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship. The scholarship provides Wells with the opportunity to race for the High5 Australian Women’s Road Development Team in Europe.
The selection panel reportedly chose Wells as the scholarship recipient because of her cycling achievements and her demonstrated qualities as a role model in both the medical field and her community work.
“This scholarship is a legacy to Amy’s life and ambitions, and Dr. Wells has proven the same excellence in her sport as well as her education that Amy pursued,” said Simon Gillett, who is the Amy Gillett Foundation’s Patron and one of the scholarship judges. “Dr. Wells is already a gifted athlete, and I am confident that she will make a talented ambassador for the Foundation.”
“Every year, I can’t help but think of Amy on July 18th as I’m celebrating another year pursuing my passions and dreams,” Wells said. “I will represent the Amy Gillett Foundation with pride, doing my best to achieve excellent results for myself and for my team in Europe. I also want to help the Amy Gillett Foundation raise the profile of vulnerable road users in order to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths of bike riders in Australia.”
The Amy Gillett scholarship is awarded annually on fulfillment criteria that includes cycling achievements and future potential, work and study experience, aspirations, personal and team qualities, and other sporting background.
Click here to read more at Ella CyclingTips.
Win The Ultimate Job – cover the Tour de France for CyclingTips
Ever wanted to visit the Tour de France? Ever wanted to contribute to CyclingTips? Now you can do both thanks to our Ultimate Job competition. We’re looking for two people to head over to France to follow the Tour for us, reporting back on the race from a fan’s perspective.
We’ve got a bunch of goodies on offer for the winners of this competition; just be sure to get your entry in by the end of the month! For more information about how you can enter, click here. And if you’re looking for inspiration, you can find some of last year’s best entries here.
Here is one of the many good applications we had last time around.
RideAir – The Next Generation of Effortless Air Pumps?
This probably isn’t the sort of thing you’d stick in your bidon cage on your regular bunch ride, but it could be useful for other sorts of riding. What’s your take?
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- 8 talking points from the first week of the Giro d’Italia
- Misogyny in cycling: How the Amanda Batty vs. Pinkbike discussion applies to you
- Jens Voigt on life after retirement
- Daily News Digest: Monday May 18