In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Orica GreenEdge names best all round Tour de France team in its history; RCS Sport announces return of its ‘Trittico di Autunno’ trio of races; Alpecin to drop ‘doping for your hair’ slogan during the Tour de France; Small to debut for Bigla Pro Cycling in the Giro Rosa; Heinrich Haussler on his up-and-down season and life beyond cycling; Appollonio provisionally suspended after positive test for EPO; Lizzie Armitstead: best in the world; Amy’s Wall is back in 2015; 2015 Orica-GreenEdge Tour de France team announcement; Vittorio Brumotti dazzles in Road Bike Freestyle 2; The GCN Show Ep. 129: Does Aero Matter? + National Champions Crowned
Orica GreenEdge names best all round Tour de France team in its history
Unveiling a far more rounded Tour de France team than in its previous participations in the race, the Orica GreenEdge squad named an impressive line-up for the event on Tuesday.
The Australian squad will include former stage winner and past yellow jersey Simon Gerrans plus previous Maillot Jaune Daryl Impey [pictured], as well as two-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Michael Matthews. Joining them will be two-time 2015 Tour de Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini, former Tour de France stage winner Pieter Weening, plus the time trial specialists Svein Tuft and Australian Luke Durbridge.
As indicated by general manager Shayne Bannan in a recent CyclingTips interview, the squad will for the first time be able to aim for success on the mountain stages. This is down to two of the most exciting young talents in pro cycling, the Yates twins Adam and Simon.
The duo are still just 22 years of age but have already racked up some impressive results. Adam took the 2014 Presidential Tour of Turkey while Simon was recently the winner of the best young rider’s award in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
They are just second year professionals but have made impressive progress thus far and give the team an additional element in its Tour campaign.
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RCS Sport announces return of its ‘Trittico di Autunno’ trio of races
Confirming it will run two more races in addition to the Il Lombardia Classic later this year, Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport has stated that the previously-cancelled Gran Piemonte will return to the calendar this season.
It will join Il Lombardia and Milan-Tornio, which has been run by a rival company in recent seasons.
The latter is billed by RCS Sport as the oldest Classic in the world, and includes five-time winner Costante Girardengo, Giuseppe Saronni and Francisco Moser in its list of winners.
More recently Alberto Contador, Diego Ulissi and Giampaolo Caruso took the past three editions.
Gran Piemonte was last raced back in 2012, with Rigoberto Uran triumphing then.
Il Lombardia was won in 2014 by Dan Martin.
Alpecin to drop ‘doping for your hair’ slogan during the Tour de France
Its slogan is a deliberately provocative one but the co-sponsors of the Giant-Alpecin team has decided to drop the ‘doping for your hair’ catchline during the upcoming Tour de France.
Alpecin is a caffeine shampoo producers and previously worked with the 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich in its campaigns.
However with German domestic television returning to the Tour de France and being famously intolerant of the sport’s past doping problems, the company has stepped back from its motto.
“I would hope that Alpecin as sponsors, and above all the cyclists, will not be the subject of any discussions during the next three weeks of the Tour,” said Alpecin’s managing director Edward R. Doerrenberg in a statement.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Small to debut for Bigla Pro Cycling in the Giro Rosa
Recently signed to the Bigla Pro Cycling team after racing the first part of the season with Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air, former US national TT champion Carmen Small will make her debut on Friday when the Giro Rosa gets underway with a prologue in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
She will join double 2014 stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten, South African champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Swiss champion Doris Schweizer, Canadian champ Joëlle Numainvile, Nicole Hansemann and Clara Koppenburg.
“We want to do a good Giro overall, said team manager Thomas Campana. “This is another big test for us and we want to honour the race and make it an exciting one. Together with all teams, we want to put on a great show of women’s cycling for the partners and supporters of the sport.
“We’ve chosen a diverse line up. It will be curious to see how we do it the time trials but overall we will look to do well with a balanced team.”
Heinrich Haussler on his up-and-down season and life beyond cycling
by Matt de Neef
When Heinrich Haussler outsprinted Caleb Ewan to win the Australian road title on the tough Mt. Buninyong course back in January, there was a sense of some relief among Aussie cycling fans. For a man whose career has been defined as much by near misses as success, it seemed Haussler was on track for a memorable season.
But 2015 — a contract year — has proved to be another challenging season for the Australian-born German resident. So far at least.
The latest aspect is his absence from the Tour de France, which begins in Utrecht this weekend. After a challenging season thus far, the IAM sprinter and Classics specialist is busy recharging mind and body before the second half of the season.
CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef caught up with Haussler at the launch of the 2016 Scott Foil in Salzburg, Austria last week to reflect on the year so far and consider the months ahead.
Click here to read the full feature on Cyclingtips.
Appollonio provisionally suspended after positive test for EPO
Winner of a stage of the Tour of Luxembourg in 2011 plus the runner-up in last year’s Roma Maxima, the career of Italian rider Davide Appollonio is under a shadow after the UCI revealed that he tested positive for EPO in an out of competition control taken on June 14 this year.
Appollonio races with the Androni Giocattoli team and previously competed with the Cervélo Test Team, Team Sky and Ag2r La Mondiale. He clocked up five top ten stage finishes in the Giro d’Italia this year, including fifth on stage 17, but is now facing a possible four year ban.
The repercussions for the 26 year old could potentially be even more severe as his team stated last December that the riders and staff had signed an agreement whereby they would have to pay a fine of 100,000 euro if involved in doping.
The news of Appollonio’s positive test was printed on the UCI’s list of licence holders who are provisionally suspended. It has not indicated if his B sample has been tested as yet.
Lizzie Armitstead: best in the world
by Anne-Marije Rook
Women’s professional cycling has a new leader. The recently updated UCI Individual Rankings shows that Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead is the best ranked rider in the world, taking the number one spot from Marianne Vos who’s been sidelined with injuries all season.
Armitstead has been enjoying a very successful season. In the last month alone, she won the Philadelphia World Cup race, stage one of the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain and the British National Championships.
The UCI rankings are based upon the results in all women’s UCI-sanctioned races over a twelve-month period. Vos has topped the individual rankings every year from 2007 to 2012 and again in 2014. Sweden’s Emma Johansson took the lead in 2013.
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
Amy’s Wall is back in 2015
by Wade Wallace
Last year CyclingTips and the Amy Gillett Foundation launched the inaugural Amy’s Wall hill climb competition on the Saturday evening of Amy’s Gran Fondo. It was a huge success and we’re proud to say that this year it’s back again and it’ll be even bigger and better! Entries are now open for Saturday, September 12.
Simon Gillett, patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation, said that he was looking forward to crowning the 2015 King and Queen of Amy’s Wall.
“To be crowned King and Queen of Amy’s Wall riders will launch themselves up the first gruelling section of the iconic Bay Street, towering above the Lorne Lifesaving Club,” Gillett said.
“Everyone who has been to Lorne knows just how steep that hill is, with the gradient hitting more than 20% in those first brutal metres.”
“We will have a live leader board with a series of heats before the men’s and women’s finals.”
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
2015 Orica-GreenEdge Tour de France team announcement
A creative approach to confirming the Orica GreenEdge team for the 2015 Tour de France.
Vittorio Brumotti dazzles in Road Bike Freestyle 2
Don’t try this at home! More incredible acrobatics by the Italian trials rider.
The GCN Show Ep. 129: Does Aero Matter? + National Champions Crowned
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:
- Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: Flashes of Korea
- Kessiakoff on Astana’s pressurising of riders, team’s licence woes, Nibali’s panache and an improving sport
- First-look review: the 2016 Giant TCR Advanced SL
- National championships round-up: men’s individual time trials and road races
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday June 30