In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: John Degenkolb hungry for maiden Tour stage win, won’t target green jersey; Tinkov ready to boycott Le Tour in 2016; Utrecht police cancel Tour de France protest ride; Velon enters partnership and content capture deal with GoPro; Dimension Data to bring live rider-tracking to Le Tour; Team Sky Prepare for Tour de France; Ride With Us by Strava.
John Degenkolb hungry for maiden Tour stage win, won’t target green jersey
John Degenkolb might have nine stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana and one at the Giro d’Italia to his name, but the Giant-Alpecin rider doesn’t want to stop there. Speaking at his team’s pre-Tour de France press conference, Degenkolb said he was keen to have a stage win at all the Grand Tours on his palmares.
“I’m counting down the days to the start,” Degenkolb said ahead of his third Tour de France. “I want to get rid of those second places in the Tour and go for a stage win.”
In the absence of his teammate Marcel Kittel, Degenkolb will be the team’s go-to man in the sprint finishes. Riding for the green sprinter’s jersey isn’t the primary objective … at this stage.
“The green jersey? First, we focus on a stage victory. Suppose the green comes into sight, then maybe we should try it, though winning it is not the priority,” Degenkolb said. “The green jersey is a big dream of mine, but at present it is not on the agenda.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Tinkov ready to boycott Le Tour in 2016
In his latest blog post for Cyclingnews, Oleg Tinkov has provided his insight into the upcoming Tour de France, including Alberto Contador’s chances of backing up his Giro d’Italia win (“I think he is on his way to the double”), whether Peter Sagan has a chance of winning the green jersey (“Perhaps he can win the green jersey while helping Alberto win yellow, that would be the best outcome”) and, interestingly, about his willingness to boycott the race in future.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I obviously understand that ASO is powerful because it has the Tour de France but I believe that the teams have more power, especially when they come together like with Velon. If the teams decide to come up with an ultimatum and not go to the Tour, what is ASO going to do? They can’t do anything.
I’m ready to boycott the 2016 Tour de France to make them understand that things have to change. It’s not such a big deal. Similar things happen in other sports, players have gone on strike in the NBA or the NHL hockey league.
I can afford not to go to the Tour de France for a year if all the teams agree not to go too. Of course it would hurt the fans in the short term but it benefits the sport as a whole in the long term. Otherwise we will continue to struggle. I really hope that ASO can understand that.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Utrecht police cancel Tour de France protest ride
Police in Utrecht have called off the protest they had planned for the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday after consultations with city officials.
At this point though, the action planned during Sunday’s stage 2 of the Tour will continue in Rotterdam. Police officers there plan to delay the stage by pulling over vehicles ahead of the riders and performing traffic checks.
The action is part of a 15-week-long protest by the police unions for a better collective bargaining agreement for the police.
Click here to read more at NLtimes.nl.
Velon enters partnership and content capture deal with GoPro
Velon has announced a partnership with GoPro to capture on-bike race footage and footage from behind the scenes of professional bike races, starting at the Tour de France this weekend.
Meanwhile, VeloNews reports that ASO will provide “a test of live, on-bike camera footage during the neutral roll-out of stage 2”.
Speaking about the Velon/GoPro partnership, Velon CEO Graham Bartlett said: “The partnership will show fans a new side of cycling, with the fantastic moments that have never been captured before, I think this is a great deal for the sport.
“GoPro’s YouTube channel is one of the world’s highest ranked online sports channels, in the top 5 for both subscribers and video views, we want this partnership to excite the fans and open the sport up to new ones from around the world.”
Click here to read more at Velon.
Dimension Data to bring live rider-tracking to Le Tour
In other technology news, ASO and technology partner Dimension Data have announced a collaboration that will provide fans with real-time information about riders in this year’s Tour de France.
“The technology will allow cycling fans to follow the race in ways they’ve never been able to before,” Dimension Data executive chairman Jeremy Ord said. “Until now it was difficult to understand what was happening outside of what could be shown on the live television coverage.
“The ability to follow riders, get accurate information about which riders are in a group, and see real-time speed are just some of the innovations that will be realised through this solution. During the duration of the three-week race, we’ll be rolling out a range of new capabilities, including a beta live-tracking website.”
Live trackers will be mounted under the saddle of each rider and Dimension Data will process and analyse the data, presenting it to the world online.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Team Sky Prepare for Tour de France
This is a promotional video for Jaguar but it also features some nice perspective on the Tour de France from 2013 winner Chris Froome.
Ride With Us by Strava
Strava describe their latest short film as a way of saying, to its customers, “Thanks for taking us on your ride”.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:
- New team, new challenge: Carmen Small’s road to Rio continues with Bigla
- How is a race route designed? Aviva Women’s Tour race controller Guy Elliott explains
- Heinrich Haussler on his up-and-down season and life beyond cycling
- Amy’s Wall is back in 2015!
- Daily News Digest: Wednesday July 1