In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nibali takes Coppa Bernocchi pre-worlds event in Italy; Sagan, Rogers confirmed as part of Tinkoff-Saxo world TTT team; Reijnen secures two year contract with Trek Factory Racing after impressing on US circuit; Craddock to Cannondale-Garmin in 2016; Nibali and ten others confirmed for Italian worlds lineup; final selection to be made closer to start; Impressive line-up for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour: Aru, Valverde, Matthews and more to ride; Inner Ring assesses Europcar’s new title sponsor Direct Energie; Basso back on bike and showing descending skills; Fear of heights? Watch this and start quivering…; Top 10 Underdogs At The 2015 Road World Championships
Nibali takes Coppa Bernocchi pre-worlds event in Italy
Sealing his place on the Italian team for the Elite world road race championships, Vincenzo Nibali was first to the line at the end of the Coppa Bernocchi on Thursday.
— ProCyclingStats.com (@ProCyclingStats) September 17, 2015
The Astana rider bounced back from his disqualification from the Vuelta a España by winning the 192 kilometre 1.1-ranked event in Legnano. He hit the line one second ahead of Mauro Finetto (Southeast), Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Carlos Quintero (Colombia), with José Mendes (Bora-Argon 18) and Gianfranco Zilioli (Androni Giocattoli) fifth and sixth.
Nibali came into the race one day after netting second in the Coppa Agostoni and rode aggressively in the finale.
Together with Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) and Maciej Paterski (CCC), he bridged across to a five man lead group comprising Emanuele Sella, Sergei Tvetcov (Androni), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18), Edward Ravasi (Lampre-Merida), and Frederic Brun (Bretagne).
Further reshuffling took place but Nibali remained prominent and made his winning move just inside the final kilometre.
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Sagan, Rogers confirmed as part of Tinkoff-Saxo world TTT team
Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan and triple world time trial champion Michael Rogers have been named as part of Tinkoff-Saxo’s six-man lineup for the world championship team time trial in Richmond, USA, this Sunday.
Unlike the other events in the worlds, the race is disputed by trade teams rather than national squads. As a result the team features five different nationalities; aside from Slovakia (Sagan) and Australia (Rogers), it also includes the Danes Chris Juul Jensen and Michael Valgren, the Italian Manuele Boaro and the Pole Maciej Bodnar.
“It’s a complicated task to select the squad for the Worlds TTT, as it’s late in the season and it’s critical that the riders aren’t fatigued before an all-out effort like this,” stated directeur sportif Sean Yates.
“It’s obvious that these six riders, together with the likes of Bennati and Contador, are the strongest time trialists on our team and we felt that they were the best at this point.”
He believes that if the team gets it strategy right, it can challenge. “BMC, Orica and Etixx are surely some of the teams that will prove hard to beat but we want to muster in there.”
After impressing on US circuit, Reijnen secures two year contract with Trek Factory Racing
Announcing the latest in a list of new signings for 2016, the Trek Factory Racing team has confirmed that the American sprinter Kiel Reijnen will make his WorldTour debut with the team.
Reijnen has impressed this season, winning stages in the USA Pro Challenge and the Tour of Utah, netting third in the US national championships and taking the mountains jersey in the Tour de Langkawi.
He’s also shown that speed in the past, clocking up wins in two editions of the Philadelphia Cycling Classic and taking another stage in the 2014 USA Pro Challenge.
In addition to that, he’s also shown the all-round ability to land overall victory in both the Tour of Rwanda and the Tour of Thailand.
“This is a huge opportunity for me,” the current UnitedHealthcare rider said, speaking about the two year deal. “This move represents the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last years. During my time at UHC I became a more consistent rider and a lot of time it was because of team work.
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Craddock to Cannondale-Garmin in 2016
Prominent in the recent Vuelta a España where he rode in support of race leader Tom Dumoulin, the American rider Lawson Craddock is set to move across to Cannondale-Garmin for the 2016 season.
He joins other new signings including Pierre Rolland, Rigoberto Uran, Matti Breschel, Mike Woods and Wouter Wippert, and will likely work in support of riders such as Rolland and Andrew Talansky.
However he also has his own ambitions. “I’d like to start getting more personal results,” he said, according to VeloNews. “I think I have a lot of room to grow as a cyclist.
“I think I can be a support rider in Grand Tours. I’d like to be there, to learn as much as I can from the older guys who have been competitive over three weeks. With how the Cannondale team races, they go into some of these harder weeklong races, like Catalunya or Suisse, with a couple of options.
“Everyone gets opportunities, and they help each other out. I think there will be opportunities to prove myself.”
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Nibali and ten others confirmed for Italian worlds lineup; final selection to be made closer to start
While some speculated that the flat course could see Vincenzo Nibali left off the team for the world road race championships, Italian selector Davide Cassani has dismissed this by naming the Italian to the squad for the event.
Nibali dispelled any real doubts this week when he finished second in Wednesday’s Coppa Agostoni and then won Thursday’s Coppa Bernocchi. Cassani has made clear he sees him as being a big factor for the team, even if the final nine man selection will be made closer to the event.
The eleven riders named Thursday are Nibali, Sky sprinter Elia Viviani, Daniel Oss and Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team), Fabio Felline and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani – CSF), Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida), Matteo Trentin (Etixx – QuickStep) and Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff – Saxo).
Adriano Malori (Movistar) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin) will do the elite time trial.
Impressive line-up for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour: Aru, Valverde, Matthews and more to ride
Some of the top names in the sport have been announced as competing in the first-ever Abu Dhabi Tour, which will begin on October 8 and run for four days.
The field includes Mark Cavendish, who has been named as the official ambassador, as well as Vuelta a España winner Fabio Aru, 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali (both Astana), Vuelta runner-up Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and WorldTour champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Also on board are former world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) and Sky’s Richie Porte. Cavendish will go up against fast finishers such as Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo).
The field will also include double Vuelta stage winners Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge), Lampre-Merida’s Diego Ulissi and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka).
“I’m really looking forward to be racing in Abu Dhabi,” said Matthews. “It would be the perfect opportunity to finish the season on a high note.
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Inner Ring assesses Europcar’s new title sponsor Direct Energie
This week saw confirmation that the electricity and natural gas company Direct Energie will take over as title sponsor of the current Europcar team in 2016, thus saving the squad. Inner Ring has cast an eye over the details and talks about what the deal means.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“A diminished team and given Europcar are hardly a force at the moment there’s not a huge promise in 2016. So far a downer but the continued presence of the team is a good thing of course, jobs are saved and the mere fact that a new sponsor comes in is good news. Bernaudeau’s team is more than a squad, it’s a family and maybe even a philosophy. This may sound pretentious but that’s how it works at times, the team has its service course in a country manor house and a claimed 85% of the riders come up from the Vendée-U feeder team which is also based there. We can see the loyalty of some riders: Bryan Coquard probably could have gone elsewhere and doubled his salary; Thomas Voeckler has been helping with the sponsorship hunt. It’s not unique, teams like Orica-Greenedge also know they can’t compete financially with other teams so work hard on other aspects to retain their riders and make them feel valued in other ways.
Click here to read more at the Inner Ring.
Basso back on bike and showing descending skills
Following his recent tussle with testicular cancer, Tinkoff-Saxo rider Ivan Basso is back training on his bike and, from the looks of things, fully enjoying it. This video clip shows his downhill ability plus the skill level of an experience professional.
— Tinkoff Saxo (@tinkoff_saxo) September 17, 2015
Fear of heights? Watch this and start quivering…
Multiple trials world champion Kenny Belaey shows equal measures of skill and courage in this video, which features some very deft – and stomach-tightening – riding.
It includes a section where he rides and 18 metre long slackline, 112m above a gorge and at an altitude of 2,700m.
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What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Strava users remain frustrated by switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap
- Exploring Cuba by bike
- Disc brake experiment in Vuelta a España hailed as important step forward for pro cycling
- Daily News Digest: Thursday September 17