In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali takes solo victory at Tre Valli Varesine; Alexis Gougeard wins Tour de l’Eurometropole prologue; Nathan Haas and Omar Fraile join MTN-Qhubeka/Dimension Data; Steele Von Hoff signs with ONE Pro Cycling; Astana denies Belgian prosecutor has decided Vinokourov and Kolobnev should stand trial; Boris Johnson – it was “not worth” London hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart; More than a millions bikes recalled following quick-release concerns; What it takes to win a junior world championship road race; Worlds road races aerial highlights reel.
Vincenzo Nibali takes solo victory at Tre Valli Varesine
Less than 24 hours after arriving back in Italy after the Road World Championships Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has soloed to victory in Tre Valli Varesine.
Nibali attacked on the final climb of the 198.5km race having been part of a select group of riders at the front of the race. While the chasers hesitated, Nibali opened up a gap and was able to ride away to victory.
The Italian national champion crossed the line nine seconds ahead of Sergey Firsanov (RusVelo) who accelerated away from the 13-rider chase group to take second place. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) was third.
“The guys did a great job today, especially Fabio Aru, without them I wouldn’t have won,” Nibali said. “I was tired after the flight and because of the jet lag. I started and even thought of climbing off but I felt good and things worked out. I have to thank my teammates for this win.”
Earlier in the day a 20-rider breakaway got clear but they were caught ahead of the nine finishing circuits in Varese. Other counterattacks were similarly accounted for in the closing kilometres before Astana forced a split in the bunch, from which Nibali attacked with 3.5km to go.
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Alexis Gougeard wins Tour de l’Eurometropole prologue
Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has taken victory in the Tour de l’Eurometropole prologue, completing the generally uphill 7.8km course in a time of 11:23 (41.1km/h average).
— Hotgoméz (@HoTGoMezpro) September 30, 2015
The Frenchman was three seconds faster than LottoNL-Jumbo’s Martijn Keizer and 12 seconds faster than former UCI hour record holder Matthias Brandle (IAM).
The five-day UCI 2.1 Belgian race features four road stages in addition to yesterday’s prologue, including today’s 167.1km stage 1 which features a few short climbs halfway through the stage.
Prologue: Obigies > Mont Saint-Aubert - Stage Result
Wednesday 30th September 2015
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Nathan Haas and Omar Fraile join MTN-Qhubeka/Dimension Data
by Shane Stokes
Australian rider Nathan Haas and the Spaniard Omar Fraile are the two latest signings to the MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data lineup for 2016, joining Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel in coming on board.
Haas has been racing with the Cannondale-Garmin team for the past four seasons, winning the Japan Cup for a second time along the way, and clocking up other results and helping his teammates to their own successes.
“I’m incredibly excited to join the team because I feel that it, on the most inherent level, represents the true global and worldwide reach that professional cycling is moving in,” Haas said. “Not only does the team compete at the highest level of the sport, it translate our love of sport across all aspects of cycling, weighing equal importance on the bike as a necessity of transport, environment, and sport.”
The team’s general manager Brian Smith says that Haas exemplifies the type of rider the team is about. “A great personality and willing to race aggressively. This type of visibility in races is very important to our Bicycles Change Lives campaign. I think his style of racing will compliment another couple of our team riders and elevate them to more success together.”
Fraile comes to the team from another Pro Continental outfit, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. He had a superb 2015 season, winning the King of the Mountains competition in the Vuelta a España, and also taking the same prize in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
Steele Von Hoff signs with ONE Pro Cycling
by Shane Stokes
Having moved to NFTO from Garmin-Sharp, Steele Von Hoff will once again compete with a British team in 2016. The Australian rider will be part of ONE Pro Cycling’s push for Pro Continental status, and said that this push was part of his motivation in making the move.
“After racing against ONE Pro Cycling all year I have seen how professional the team has been managed and raced with a strong team environment,” he said on Wednesday. “I was very impressed with the ethos and core values of team and feel it aligns well with those I uphold myself. It’s a team I can’t wait to join. The atmosphere ONE Pro Cycling has created gets me excited to be racing again.”
Von Hoff won the Australian National Criterium Championships in January and then went on to take a Tour Down Under Stage win. He later picked up victory in the 1.2- ranked Rutland–Melton Classic plus the Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race.
“My goal this year has been to step back to racing in the top tier so I can show what I can do,” he said. “With ONE Pro Cycling progressing from the British domestic scene to Pro-Continental, it felt like a natural fit. Here they will get invited to some of the biggest races in the world and I’ll be able to race back at the top level. I believe that with the right support I can beat some of the fastest guys in the world.”
The team’s CEO is Matt Prior, a former England cricketer and current cycling fanatic.
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Astana denies Belgian prosecutor has decided Vinokourov and Kolobnev should stand trial
by Shane Stokes
Astana has denied that team general manager Alexandre Vinokourov is likely to face trial in relation to allegations he ‘bought’ the 2010 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège from Alexandr Kolobnev, despite media reports suggesting the two will face trial.
Astana acknowledges the case is ongoing, but questions media reports saying that the prosecutor had already made a decision.
“The Chamber has not taken any decision owing to the circumstance that the respective lawyers of the two incriminated cyclists had officially requested additional duties to find out the whole truth of this matter,” the team said in a statement.
News about the case emerged earlier on Wednesday when Sky Sports said that a decision had been made by the prosecutor. Vinokourov had been accused of paying Kolobnev €100,000 in relation to the 2010 race. The Kazakh rider had just returned from a doping ban and dropped breakaway companion Kolobnev close to the finish, soloing to the win. The following year Swiss magazine L’Illustre made the accusation and published emails that appeared to show the agreement.
If found guilty, both could face between six months and three years in prison, plus fines of between 300,000 and 600,000 euro.
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Boris Johnson: it was “not worth” London hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart
London mayor Boris Johnson has admitted that he decided the English capital should not host the 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart because it was “not worth it”.
Johnson told BBC London 94.9 he could not justify spending £35 million (AU$75 million) on the event.
“I will not waste cycling money on something that would only deliver very brief benefits,” Johnson said. “I’m afraid I have got to put my hands up here and say I took the decision not to go forward with it. You’ve got to take some tough decisions in government and I think 35m quid on a one-off event was just not worth it for London.”
London had been given the go-ahead from the ASO but pulled out of the deal the day before contracts were signed.
Click here to read more at the BBC website.
More than a millions bikes recalled following quick-release concerns
No fewer than 17 bike brands have teamed up with various consumer safety organisations and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association to issue a voluntary recall on more than a million bikes with front wheel quick-release units and disc brakes.
The recall was issued in response to concerns that the quick-release skewers in question could come into contact with the front disc brake if improperly tightened.
The recall affects certain bikes made between 1998 and 2015 from the following brands: Diamondback, Raleigh, Breezer, Fuji, SE, Cannondale, GT, Felt, Jamis, Giant, Haro, Norco, Access, Civia Cycles, Novara, Ridley and Specialized.
The recall follows a similar initiative from Trek earlier this year in which nearly one million bikes were recalled with the same concerns.
What it takes to win a junior world championship road race
The USA’s Chloe Dygert was one of the stand-out performers at last week’s Road World Championships in Richmond, winning both the junior women’s individual time trial and road race. If you’re interested in seeing what it takes to win at that level, be sure to check out Dygert’s power analysis from her road race win, her Strava file from that race, and her Strava file from her time trial.
Her road race is particularly interesting. The 18-year-old averaged 233 watts for the 1 hour 43 minutes of the race, with a normalized average power of 294 W for the last lap, which she rode solo. Her highest one-minute power was an impressive 473W (7.19W/kg), set on the steep 23rd Street climb on the opening lap.
Click here to read more at Training Peaks.
Worlds road races aerial highlights reel
This is a terrific video from the team at Richmond 2015 showing highlights from the Road World Championships as shot from the air. Given how unimpressive parts of the city looked from the air during the live coverage, they’ve done a great job in the editing suite to ensure Richmond looks picturesque.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Kittel agency : ‘no information’ about story linking rider to transfer to Etixx – Quick-Step
- Simon Clarke: “I questioned whether I could be more motivated somewhere else”
- Black Inc Black Fifty C wheelset review
- Ad-blocking and what it means for the online cycling media
- Bernhard Eisel: “If I stay at Team Sky I’ll have a lot of free time”
- Daily News Digest: Wednesday September 30