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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2015
Photography by Jered Gruber, Cor Vos, Shane Stokes
Van Genechten wins stage four of the Tour de Wallonie; Contador to call an early end to his season; Froome says he’s looking into doing extra physiological testing, will make results public; Second title sponsor coming for Orica GreenEdge team?; Nibali to miss Tour in 2016?; UCI annual reports and accounts for 2014 released; On bike camera at La Course 2015; The GCN Show: How Chris Froome Really Won The Tour De France
One day after his compatriot Philippe Gilbert took stage three of the Tour de Wallonie, Belgium’s Jonas Van Genechten sped to victory on the penultimate leg of the race.
The IAM Cycling rider won a big sprint to the line in Waremme, beating the Dane Michael Morkov (Tinkoff – Saxo), Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing), Michael Van Staeyen (Cofidis) and the rest of the bunch.
He prevailed after a tough 174.9 kilometre day in the saddle, with adverse weather conditions complicating things.
“There was a lot of stress throughout the day,” he said. “There was a strong headwind for the sprint, but the team supported me completely from the beginning to end.
“We had been edged out up till now, but I had the conviction to try and do something special. I had a lot of pressure since the beginning of the season, and now all that has been released. This victory frees me, much more than I would have thought.”
His team had a meeting before the stage and, recognising that things hadn’t gone to plan in the race thus far, it decided to put everything behind him. That faith paid off. “In cycling, when you are alone, you can’t do much. We worked on the cohesion of the group, and we are reaping the harvest,” said directeur sportif Thierry Marichal.
Niki Terpstra (Etixx – Quick-Step) continues to lead overall and holds a 16 second advantage over Victor Campenaerts (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise). Katusha’s Sergey Lagutin is a further 20 seconds back.
Fatigued after trying, and failing, to add a Tour de France victory to his earlier Giro d’Italia triumph, Alberto Contador has said that his season is almost at an end. The Spanish Tinkoff – Saxo rider will end his 2015 racing participation at the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday, then will take a break.
Contador has ended his season earlier than most on more than one occasion and, with the Tour his sole major objective next year, he wants to get his break in early, then knuckle down to training.
“It’s been a couple of years since I last rode and I want to end the year in this race before taking a holiday,” he told Spanish publication AS. “We now start the rest period and after the Classic [Clásica San Sebastián] I will gradually take more time off my bike.
Contador worked hard this season, winning a stage in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol early on, then winning the Giro d’Italia and taking a stage plus the overall classification in the Route du Sud in France.
His Tour didn’t got to plan, though, with the Spaniard appearing fatigued after his Giro d’Italia and ending the race only fifth overall.
Chris Froome (Sky) won. Contador beat him last season in the Vuelta a España, but was not on the same level in the 2015 Tour.
Click here to read more at As.com
Following on from a suggestion during the Tour de France that the team will increase its transparency after that race, Tour winner Chris Froome has told Sky Sports that this is likely to happen.
“I am actually probably looking into doing a bit more testing with the team now in terms of looking into things like lung capacity, in terms of VO2 max for example. Maybe that is something we will look at doing in this next period,” he said.
“I think we can certainly learn from it. We haven’t done any of that kind of testing on any of the riders, from what I know. I am sure we could learn from it.
“Of course there are a lot of people out there who would be interested to know those kind of figures. I have no issues with sharing that.”
Froome had a big jump in form in 2011 when he finished second overall in the Vuelta a España, and was regarded as the strongest man in the race. He went on to take second behind team-mate Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France, then won the 2013 and 2015 editions of the race.
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Seeking to build the team after what was a Tour de France affected by injury, Orica GreenEdge owner Gerry Ryan has confirmed that the squad is hoping to secure a second title sponsor in 2016.
Ryan told WA Today that he has been discussing the mater with several potential naming rights sponsors, both from Australia and from overseas.
The Australian businessman has invested millions in the squad thus far and knows that if another backer can be added to the support provided by Orica – which has signed up until the end of 2016 – the team will be in a much better financial position.
“We’ve got several options [for additional naming rights sponsors], looking overseas. And what we’re looking to do in the next six months is to have a secondary sponsor,” he said.
“I’ve had an inquiry from Australia … we’ve got a couple going at the moment.]
“We want it to be sustainable, and we’re working on making it more sustainable economically, so without having to rely on me. And we’ll achieve that in the next three years.”
Click here to read more at WA Today
Winner last year but only fourth this season, Vincenzo Nibali could miss next year’s Tour de France after La Gazzetta dello Sport stated that he has an alternative programme.
According to the newspaper, the Italian rider will compete in his home Tour, the Giro d’Italia, and miss the Tour de France altogether.
Instead, it says that he will chase success in the Olympic Games.
Next season will be Nibali’s last of his current contract with the Astana team. La Gazzetta suggests that he will leave the squad and head elsewhere, with the Kazakh setup instead backing Fabio Aru.
Click here to read more at Biciciclismo.
Cycling’s governing body the UCI recently released its annual report and accounts for 2014 and these figures have now been analysed by INRNG.
Amongst the details are a costing of 2.5 million Swiss Francs for the CIRC report, paid out in 2014. This investigation tipped the UCI into a loss of 0.95 million.
The governing body has had a setback this season in that the value of the Swiss Franc has increased. Because most of its revenues are paid in Euro, this means a relative loss on income on what was paid before.
In 2014 the UCI secured CHF 33.4 million in revenue, a very similar figure to 2013.
Click here to read more at INRNG.
The final day of the Tour de France saw the sprinters battle it out for success, but before the men squared up one last time the women had their own fight in the second edition of La Course.
Bigla rider Vera Koedooder had an on-bike camera and her footage offers a unique view of what was a crash-filled race. See more here:
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips: