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by Shane Stokes
September 30, 2015
Photography by Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon, Mark Gunter, Cor Vos
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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Cavendish ‘super excited’ to join Team Dimension Data, Renshaw and Eisel also confirmed; Kelly: A change of scene might be just what Cavendish needs; Farrar commits to helping Cavendish; Katusha’s Selig boosts Bora –Argon 18 sprint train; Simon Clarke: “I questioned whether I could be more motivated somewhere else”; Cervelo takes over title sponsorship of Bigla team; Ad-blocking and what it means for the online cycling media; Magpie Mitigation ; London Mayor Johnson said decision not to stage 2017 Tour de France was his; The GCN Show Ep. 142: Richmond World Road Championships
The long-rumoured transfer of Mark Cavendish to the MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data setup has been confirmed Tuesday, with the Briton aiming to add to his 26 Tour stage wins with the squad.
“I’m super excited about becoming a part of the Team for 2016. It is a team that I have watched closely as it has grown, especially over this season and been really impressed with the spirit, strength and dynamics of the group,” he said.
Cavendish has been with the Etixx – Quick-Step team for the past three seasons and is now seeking a fresh start. He’s hoping to get back to the point where he can take multiple Tour stages, and believes the setup is the one that can help him do it.
“It’s fair to say that most of the peloton has seen how incredible the Team raced this year,” he said, referring to MTN-Qhubeka’s Tour debut and also its performances in other events.
“To join it with the target of helping to win even more races with other strong, experienced household cycling names like Mark Renshaw, Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Steve Cummings and of course Bernie Eisel is going to be real special, as well as assisting the talent of the young, African riders to top level success.”
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Responding to the announcement Tuesday that Mark Cavendish will compete with the Team Dimension Data squad from 2016, Sean Kelly has said that the move could potentially reinvigorate the Briton’s career.
While time will ultimately prove how successful the move will be, Kelly said that if things had stagnated with Etixx – Quick-Step then exiting could be the best step.
“Sometimes there can be a lack of motivation in a team…you get a bit stale when things are not going well,” he told CyclingTips.
“You know you are not going to be getting [signing] a new contract when you are not getting what you have [earned] already. If a team wants to take down your contract, that doesn’t help your motivation as a rider. So that could be part of it as well.
“Who knows? Next year you could see Cavendish perhaps come back to sprinting real well. A change of colour, a change of scene, a change of people might be what he needs.”
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Once rivals, Tyler Farrar has promised to help Mark Cavendish in the bunch sprints after the latter inked a three year contract with the Dimension Data/MTN-Qhubeka team.
“Sure, we had our moments when we butted heads, but we’ve both grown up a little bit,” Farrar told VeloNews. “That’s natural, especially when you’re young, and sprinting is the most emotional aspect of professional cycling, so tempers always flare. On the whole, we’ve always stayed fairly cordial.”
Farrar moved to the team prior to the start of the 2015 season and had the chance to chase his own results at times. That could well change next year as Cavendish will require the assistance of the American rider and others.
According to Farrar, that’s fine. He accepts that his own natural speed is not as it was.
“I am at that point of my career,” he explained. “I am better served being a real good lead-out man for a top sprinter than I am fighting it out for myself to finish third through eighth in field sprints. … You could make the argument that [Cavendish is] the greatest sprinter of all time.”
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One of Alexander Kristoff’s leadout men has inked a deal to compete with the Bora – Argon 18 squad in 2016, with the German team hoping that his addition will boost its success race in the sprints.
Rüdiger Selig is moving across after four seasons with the Katusha squad and, in addition to his assistance to Kristoff and others, has also clocked up some good results himself.
This season he picked up second on a stage in the Tour of Bavaria and third on a stage in the Volta ao Algarve. His role with the team will see him get his own chances when not supporting Bora – Argon 18 sprinters Sam Bennett and Phil Bauhaus.
“We focused our search specifically on a fast rider who strengthens our young sprint train with his experience from the WorldTour,” said the team manager Ralph Denk. “Rüdiger owns these qualities, and being a German rider is of course a great fit to our team.
“Especially for a young sprinter like Phil Bauhaus, who is just 21 years old, the lead-out experience of Rüdiger can make the difference in a race.”
by Sophie Smith
Australia national team staple Simon Clarke marked the end of a “really good” season and so time with trade outfit Orica-GreenEdge at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday.
Clarke has been selected to represent his nation at all bar two world titles since making a junior appearance in 2003 and worked early to assist men’s road race silver medalist Michael Matthews before penning the end of another career chapter.
The 29-year-old helped call the shots as a road captain on the “unique” course that may at another time have suited the puncheur now focused on a fresh start with Cannondale-Garmin from 2016.
“Negotiating to change teams requires quite a lot of time and stress and I feel in a way that’s maybe had a little bit of an effect on my performance recently,” Clarke told Cyclingtips from North America.
Clarke has competed for ‘home’ trade team Orica-GreenEdge since its inception in 2012 and with the group this year marked a stint in the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia where he also made headlines for assisting compatriot and Sky rival Richie Porte with a mechanical for which the latter was controversially penalised for.
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Years after the Cervélo Test Team men’s and women’s squads came to an end, the bicycle manufacturer is returning to a prominent position in the women’s peloton via a new deal with the Bigla cycling team.
“It’s an exciting time for the team and for women’s pro cycling,” said Cervelo managing director Robert Reijers, announcing the new Cervélo – Bigla team collaboration.
“Female participation in our sport is exploding globally. One way we support women’s engagement is by supporting pro cycling. We are convinced that the quality of the Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team and its staff, combined with our support and that of co-sponsors Rotor, Endura, and Enve, will take it to new heights.”
The Swiss team includes riders such as Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Carmen Small, Lotta Lepistö, Lisa Klein, and Clara Koppenburg.
Cervélo also backs the MTN-Qhubeka team, which took stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España this year.
by Wade Wallace
A couple weeks back Apple announced its new iOS 9 ad blocking capabilities. Of course many people already use third-party ad blockers and have been doing so for years. But now that a technology giant like Apple has made it easier than ever for users to block ads, we’ve arrived at something of a watershed moment.
Apple’s move is one that undermines a fundamental business model of the media; one that goes back to the days of the printing press — the implicit exchange of free content for your attention.
I don’t believe I’m being melodramatic when I say this could change the internet as we know it. It’s a turning point for online media and how business is done on the web. If an ad isn’t shown, then how is the site’s content being paid for?
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by Chloe Hosking
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Spring that is. In Australia it’s that fantastic time of year when you can exchange the leg warmers for bare — albeit ghostly white — legs, and when sitting at the coffee shop for post ride brews no longer carries the risk of catching hypothermia.
At a recent hairdresser appointment I was reflecting on just this with my hairdresser, a young, upbeat girl who had just invested in her first bike.
“That’s fantastic, and it’s the perfect time of year as well!” I applauded her as I’d do any woman, or man for that matter, who has taken the plunge and invested in a two-wheeled speed machine and lycra.
“Well, you would think that. But it’s actually not,” she replied before going on to recount her first riding experience from earlier that week.
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A day after the news emerged that London had turned down ASO’s offer for it to host the start of the 2017 Tour de France, the city’s mayor Boris Johnson has said that the choice was “entirely my call.”
Britain hosted the start of the 2014 Tour, a Grand Depart considered by many as a huge success. However Johnson argued that his decision was a logical one.
“I had to take a very tough decision, obviously painful. In an ideal world, you know me, my policy is to have your cake and eat it,” he said, according to the Guardian.
“The difficulty was we had to make a choice – £35m is an awful lot to spend on a one-off event when you could put that money in to long-term projects. What people really want is safer cycling lanes. For me it was a no brainer.”
Isabel Dedring, London’s deputy mayor for transport, said that a lack of outside funding was a major factor in the decision. Johnson has prioritised projects that will increase the number of cyclists in the city. These include segregated cycle lanes, something that would improve safety for riders.
Click here to read more at the Guardian.
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