In today’s Daily News Digest: Villumsen finally steps up to gold medal position in elite women’s world championship time trial; Appelt take junior men’s time trial at world road race championships; Three year WorldTour licences and new races amongst new reform of cycling announced by UCI; Cavendish confirmed as official ambassador of Abu Dhabi Tour despite non-participation; WADA announces collaboration with China to fight illegal doping; The Class of 2010: the incredible talent of the Geelong Worlds U23 road race; The nearly men of the world road race championships; The GCN Show Ep. 141:The $100 Million Question: Is Cycling Getting The Recognition It Deserves?; Set Up Your Time Trial Position Like A Pro – Taylor Phinney’s BMC Time Machine
Villumsen finally steps up to gold medal position in elite women’s world championship time trial
She’s tried for many years, finishing tenth, third, second, third, second and ninth in the past seven editions. That all changed Tuesday for Linda Villumsen, with the Kiwi rider winning gold and thus achieving one of the top goals of her career.
Setting off in the latter part of the event, Villumsen tore around the 29.9 kilometre course in a time of 40 minutes 30 seconds. This was nine seconds faster than the-then best time set by Katrin Garfoot (Australia) and 21 seconds quicker than a pace which had been the best for much of the day, that of Kristin Armstrong (USA).
Dutchwoman Anna Van Der Breggen went closest to spoiling the party, clocking up a time just three seconds off gold. Defending champion Lisa Brennauer wasn’t able to repeat her performance of twelve months ago and had to settle for the bronze medal.
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She had started slowly but despite accelerating, left herself with too much to do. The German came up five seconds short.
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Appelt take junior men’s time trial at world road race championships
Dominating the individual time trial for junior men in Richmond, Virginia, Leo Appelt walked away with the gold medal on Tuesday. The German rider admitted he was surprised by how well he fared in the race.
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He was a cool one minute 52 seconds quicker than the rider who had been in the hotseat, Kazakhstan’s Ilya Gorbushin, and held off all the subsequent challenges to his position at the top of the standings.
American riders took second and third, with last year’s silver medallist Adrien Costa repeating that performance and Brandon McNulty coming through for bronze.
“It’s bittersweet,” Costa told VeloNews. “I want to go one better, but to be able to podium two years in a row, I can’t be too bummed about it.”
Keagan Girdlestone (South Africa), Gino Mader (Switzerland) and Jasper Philipsen (Belgium) filled the next three places.
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Three year WorldTour licences and new races amongst new reform of cycling announced by UCI
Several key changes including three year WorldTour licences and a general reform of men’s professional road cycling have been confirmed by the UCI, bringing to an end over two years of dialogue and debate with various stakeholders in the sport.
The governing body has long been working at a reform of cycling in order to lead to greater stability and growth.
It announced on Tuesday that its management committee has approved key principles drawn up.
These principles were discussed this week by the Professional Cycling Council, which met at the UCI road world championships in Richmond, USA.
One of the biggest agreements is the decision to extend the granting of WorldTour licences from one year to three, with the UCI saying that it hopes this will result in increased investment and thus greater stability.
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Cavendish confirmed as official ambassador of Abu Dhabi Tour despite non-participation
Although Mark Cavendish stated Monday that he had been forced to call an early end to his season due to shoulder surgery, the Abu Dhabi race organisers have confirmed that he will remain in his previous-announced slot as official ambassador.
“We regret Mark Cavendish’s absence from the race itself,” said Abu Dhabi Sports Council General Secretary Aref Hamad Al Awani, “but he still remains a guest of honour of the first Abu Dhabi Tour.
“Depending on his recovery, we will be glad to involve Mark in all the official activities, including the UCI Cycling Gala awards ceremony.”
Cavendish had hoped to ride strongly in both that event and also the world road race championships, but his collision with a parked car on stage six of the Tour of Britain dumped him to the ground and caused a partial tear of his left AC ligament.
This has been corrected via surgery but he is unable to race for the immediate future. “There’s nothing I can do now except take a period of rest, and then start with intensive rehab. I wish Etixx – Quick-Step and the British National Team all the best for the next races.”
WADA announces collaboration with China to fight illegal doping
Responding to the availability of banned substances which have been manufactured in Chinese laboratories, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and the General Administration of Sport of China (GASC) have signed a highly significant agreement.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding announced Tuesday, measures will be taken to track and eliminate the illegal manufacture and supply of doping products and their raw materials from China.
The deal follows on from the recent investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Operation Cyber Juice, which saw huge quantities of doping products seized. Many of these originated in Chinese laboratories.
The new agreement will see WADA and Interpol provide information to Chinese law enforcement officials, who will then tackle the illegal doping market there. “The project will spur law enforcement agencies in other countries to investigate and arrest illegal buyers of PEDs based on intelligence that they receive from Chinese government agencies,” stated WADA in the announcement.
WADA’s director general David Howman said the agreement was a major step forward. “The information collected during these investigations is of huge value to sports and anti-doping authorities who are then able to pursue anti-doping rule violations that may have been committed by athletes, or their entourage.”
The Class of 2010: the incredible talent of the Geelong Worlds U23 road race
by Dave Everett
Michael Matthews and John Degenkolb are among the hot favourites for the elite men’s road race at the Road World Champions in Richmond this Sunday. Both have developed in recent years to become among the best riders in the world and, interestingly, both finished on the podium in the U23 men’s road race at the 2010 Road World Championships in Geelong.
In fact, a look back at that particular race shows many of the sport’s current stars played a starring role in that race.
Cast your mind back to 2010, and, in particular, to the Road World Championships held in Geelong. Thor Hushovd won the men’s road race, Italian sprint sensation Giorgia Bronzini won the first of her two consecutive women’s road race titles and the Australian crowd got a taste of pro racing away from the Tour Down Under.
But it’s not just the elite results that are now worth looking back on and dissecting. The peloton and especially the top five of the U23 field from that year is well worth looking back on. Half a decade down the line the results sheet is now a who’s-who of big names.
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The nearly men of the world road race championships
They were some of the best riders in the history of the sport, but four big champions of cycling never took the rainbow jersey. Despite a plethora of successes in other events victory in the worlds eluded them, although each went close.
Frenchman Jacques Anquetil went close with second place in 1966, losing out to Rudi Altig in a three man sprint to the line. Anquetil’s longtime rival Raymond Poulidor was third.
Roger De Vlaeminck (Belgium) clocked up 11 victories in cycling’s monument Classics and was one of only three riders in history to win all five of those races. However he and others were outfoxed by Hennie Kuiper (Netherlands), who slipped away and reached the line alone.
Nine-time monument winner Sean Kelly is regarded as one of the most dominant riders of all time, but even his one-day prowess didn’t translate into a rainbow jersey. The Irishman placed third behind Giuseppe Saronni (Italy) in 1982 and was again third behind Greg LeMond (USA) seven years later.
Five time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain is another who went frustratingly close, with the Spaniard third in 1991 behind Gianni Bugno (Italy) and second to Lance Armstrong (USA) in 1993. He was runner-up again in 1995, where his compatriot Abraham Olano won.
Click here to read the full story on VeloNews.
The GCN Show Ep. 141:The $100 Million Question: Is Cycling Getting The Recognition It Deserves?
Set Up Your Time Trial Position Like A Pro – Taylor Phinney’s BMC Time Machine
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Ridden and reviewed: Women’s road shoes
- Ten things I liked at Interbike this year
- Dumoulin uncertain about Worlds ITT after “surprising” Vuelta
- 9 things I’ve learnt as a bike reviewer
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday September 22