In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vasil Kiryienka takes surprise win in Road World Championships ITT; Basso given another all clear after bout with testicular cancer, no further treatment needed; Matthews – I have the form to win Worlds; Rohan Dennis on dealing with anger and frustration; Bora–Argon 18 signs Lukas Pöstlberger; Human-powered vehicle speed record broken by Canada’s Aerovelo; Barbed wire ‘booby trap’ for cyclists; Soigneurs – the hardest job in cycling?; UCI Bike Measurements at World Championships in Richmond; Highlights from the women’s ITT at the Road World Championships.
Vasil Kiryienka takes surprise win in Road World Championships ITT
by Shane Stokes
He’s been known for his relentless work with Team Sky but on Wednesday Vasil Kiryienka took his diesel engine up a notch to win the elite world time trial championships in Richmond, Virginia.
The Belarusian rider stunned many when he blitzed to the gold medal in the 53.5 kilometre test, covering the distance in a time of 1:02.29 (50.9km/h average). Kiryienka won a close tussle with Italy’s Adriano Malori, who was nine seconds back while Frenchman Jerome Coppel was third, 26 seconds down.
The expected favourites each missed out on the battle for the medals. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) feared he would be tired after the Vuelta a España and that proved to be the case. His fatigue plus a reported saddle sore saw him net fifth, 1:02 down. Australia’s Rohan Dennis rode well but was forced to change a bike. He was one place and six seconds behind Dumoulin, while triple champion Tony Martin (Germany) wasn’t firing on all cylinders and came home seventh.
“Today was no surprise for me,” said Kiryenka, winner of the European Games ITT back in June. “I planned this with the help of my team, and it’s great that I’ve beaten so many talented riders.
“I want to thank Team Sky – they have done an amazing job for me and I couldn’t have done this without their support. I dedicate this win to them.”
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Basso given another all clear after bout with testicular cancer, no further treatment needed
by Shane Stokes
Ivan Basso has been given another all clear, having undergone another check-up two months after discovering he had testicular cancer and undergoing surgery. His Tinkoff-Saxo team communicated the news on Tuesday, saying that it felt the latest news drew a line under what he had gone through.
— Tinkoff Saxo (@tinkoff_saxo) September 22, 2015
Basso’s discovery of the problem was a lucky one; he crashed on stage five of the Tour de France and injured his left testicle. The pain didn’t relent in the following days and so he underwent a scan in the mobile medical unit of the Tour on July 12. One day later he underwent a more thorough assessment in a Pau hospital and, as a result of that diagnosis, withdrew from the Tour. He underwent surgery on July 15, with the affected testicle being removed then.
“The patient has perfectly recovered from the intervention,” stated Professor Francesco Montorsi, the Director of the Urology Surgery Unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, at the time. “The final histological examination shows, currently, no indication for additional treatment and the patient will be closely observed during the following months.”
It is as a result of these follow-up checks that he has been given the all clear.
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Matthews: I have the form to win Worlds
When the elite men’s road race rolls around at the Richmond World Championships this Sunday, Australia’s Michael Matthews will go in with the full support of the Australian team. That support, plus his current form, leads Matthews to believe he has a realistic shot of winning the race.
“The form is really good and I came up really well after Alberta and I had really good form in Quebec and Montreal,” Matthews told Cyclingnews. “I’ve been here ever since training. I’ve a few little bits of preparation to do before the road race next Sunday.”
“’[Winning] it’s definitely possible. I have the form to do it and I have the team to support me. I have to have a bit of luck on my side but hopefully the preparation and the dream comes together.”
The road race course seems to favour a reduced bunch sprint or possibly a late solo breakaway. Matthews believes that, either way, the support of his countrymen will be vitally important.
“We have maybe four guys who could be there for me in the final. It’s a really demanding course and it can depend on who works where in terms of trying to keep the race together as much as possible.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Rohan Dennis on dealing with anger and frustration
Neal Rogers published an interesting piece over at VeloNews yesterday which principally looked at Rohan Dennis’ ambitions of winning the ITT world title. Arguably more interesting than that were the quotes from Dennis about how he deals with anger and frustration.
“I have been known to sort of have a short fuse,” Dennis says, “and I think cycling is the way I let that anger out. That’s how I vent.”
“I’ve always liked things in order,” Dennis says. “So when something really simple hasn’t been done, or something isn’t organized, and I’ve asked for it to be organized — which doesn’t happen very often on BMC — it’s something that can set me off a bit. That’s one of the main things. I’m a bit OCD. That’s the nice way of putting it.”
Dennis’ teammate Taylor Phinney said of the Australian “For sure, he’s got this temper. He’s kind of like the Hulk. He can just blow up and turn green” while BMC’s performance manager Allan Peiper described Dennis as “an angry young man.”
So how does he calm himself down? “I take a deep breath, and count to 10. And if that doesn’t work, I count to 100.”
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Bora–Argon 18 signs Lukas Pöstlberger
German ProContinental team Bora-Argon 18 has announced is third new signing for 2016 with Austrian 23-year-old Lukas Pöstlberger joining the black-kitted squad.
This season Pöstlberger has won the overall title at the An Post Ras in Ireland and a stage of the Tour of Austria. He has spent the latter part of the season racing with Bora-Argon 18 as a stagiaire.
“Lukas is a very versatile and strong rider who competes consistently at a high level. He has been very convincing in the past few weeks and he has already established himself in the team,” said team manager Ralph Denk. “Lukas brings the potential for classics, time trials and short stage races. Accordingly, he will ride a challenging and diverse race program next year. Those who already win elite races as a U23 rider are natural winners and that’s the mentality needed in the pro ranks.”
Pöstlberger won the elite men’s title at the Austrian national road championships as a 20-year-old, the youngest rider to achieve that feat.
Human-powered vehicle speed record broken by Canada’s Aerovelo
Toronto-based team Aerovelo has set a new record for the fastest-ever human-powered vehicle: 139.45km/h.
Eta, the team’s recumbent bicycle enclosed in an aerodynamic shell, was accelerated to record-breaking speed by Todd Reichert three times in as many days. Last Thursday Reichert set a new mark of 133.8km/h, before twice breaking his own record in subsequent days.
“This year, we were just blasting down that course,” Reichert recalled. “It just happened so quickly. Within a minute, you’re over 100 kilometres an hour. At that point, you’re just flying.”
“I just knew we had it. And at that point, it was just very exciting to see how much we could smash it by,” he told CBC News.
Click here to read more at CBC.
Barbed wire ‘booby trap’ for cyclists
Here’s some disturbing news that came out of Canberra earlier this week. Bushwalker Michael Archinal discovered barbed wire strung neck-high across a nature trail near the nation’s capital, seemingly with the aim of hurting cyclists.
— Matt Keenan (@mwkeenan) September 22, 2015
“There’s no doubt this was meant to severely injure somebody on a pushbike,” Archinal said. “The trail goes through the Bullen Range Nature Reserve and I think people potentially want to keep walkers and cyclists out of the area.”
“My wife didn’t even see it, she thought it was a branch. It was in the shade of the tree, lucky I saw it out of the corner of my eye otherwise it would have got me in the throat,” he said.
“We think it had only been put up that morning, there was no pressure from the wire through to the trunk of the tree it was wound around.”
Click here to read more at the Canberra Times.
Soigneurs: the hardest job in cycling?
It’s well known that being a soigneur for a pro cycling team is a hard job involving long hours and plenty of time away from friends and family. BBC reporter OJ Borg spent some time behind the scenes with MTN-Qhubeka soigneur Danijel Kvasina at the recent Tour of Britain to find out just what’s involved in his role.
Click through to the BBC website to watch the video.
UCI Bike Measurements at World Championships in Richmond
This Cyclingnews video provides a quick look at how the UCI measures time trial bikes at the World Championships in Richmond.
Highlights from the women’s ITT at the Road World Championships
If you haven’t seen it already, this highlights video from the women’s ITT in Richmond is well worth a look.
Click here for a full race report at Ella CyclingTips.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Review: The virtual world of Zwift – Just a game, or will it change the way we train?
- WorldTour reforms are on their way, but what do they mean for rider contracts and the transfer market?
- Racing for last place
- Daily News Digest: Wednesday September 23