In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: One Pro Cycling confirms Matt Goss signing; Boonen to start training again in a month; Marianne Vos unlikely to compete this cross season as recovery phase continues; Mont Ventoux to return to the Tour de France on Bastille Day 2016?; Is this the end for Team Colombia?; Dutch students developing an open-source 3D-printed bike; Pit stop for Peter Sagan at the Abu Dhabi Tour; Watts Zap compilation from season 2015; Time lapse of cyclists in Copenhagen rush hour.
One Pro Cycling confirms Matt Goss signing
by Shane Stokes
One Pro Cycling has confirmed that 2011 Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss has signed with the British team for 2016.
“I’m really excited to join One Pro Cycling,” Goss said. “It’s a new challenge and I want to make the most of the opportunity.”
Goss’ momentum has slowed in recent seasons and some may question his move to a team that was racing as a Continental squad this season. However One Pro Cycling plans to step up a level next season and Goss believes it will be successful.
“The team have experienced a lot of success in their first year on the road and they have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season,” Goss stated. “It’s not often you get the chance to join a fresh new team in which everyone including riders and support staff are motivated by the same end goal.
“I hope that my knowledge and experience will play a key role in helping One Pro Cycling achieve the best possible results as they move to Professional Continental level racing.”
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Boonen to start training again in a month
by Shane Stokes
In the days after a crash that saw him abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour with a fractured skull, Tom Boonen was told by doctors that, to be safe, he shouldn’t race for up to six months, jeopardising his 2016 Classics campaign.
“It’s hard to say [when he could return]. The doctors speak of six months doing nothing, for safety,” Boonen said. “But I think more about a month. That’s about the time that a fracture is needed to recover. They are especially afraid of here the trauma. But when I’m back in Belgium, I’ll get it examined fully once more.”
Etixx – Quick-Step doctor, Yvan Van Mol was more optimistic.
“Tom is recovering well,” he said. “Considering the good clinical evolution, we expect that Tom can start preparing for next season in six weeks.”
He is due to undergo a CT scan this coming Thursday. The outcome of that will determine when he can fly back to Belgium.
Marianne Vos unlikely to compete this cross season as recovery phase continues
by Anne-Marije Rook
Twelve-time world champion Marianne Vos has been sidelined on-and-off with injuries since December of last year, and only made a couple road race appearances this year. Rabo Liv now reports that while Vos is doing well after a three-month resting period, she will remain “inactive,” meaning no cyclocross racing anytime soon.
“She’s just riding at the moment, not training,” said Henk Vos, Marianne’s father. “Marianne … will undergo some tests later this month to see how she’s doing and if she can start training again.”
Vos’ injury was a result of overuse and pushing her body over limit. These past months she has learned to let recovery take its time and not make any hasty decisions.
“I recognise that the injury didn’t happen by chance. It was obvious overuse in training and racing and meant that I had to take a step back or it would only get worse,” Vos told Ella earlier this year.
Later this month, Vos and the management will determine what her next steps will be. The team says it may be possible for her to start training again late this fall or winter. Of course with an Olympic year looming, Vos will be eager to get back into race shape.
Click here to read more at Ella.
Mont Ventoux to return to the Tour de France on Bastille Day 2016?
The mayor of Bedoin in the French region of Provence has hinted that the iconic Mont Ventoux climb could return to the Tour de France on Bastille Day 2016 after a three-year absence.
“Nothing is official yet, but it seems that the rise will be by Bedoin since I just received my invitation to attend the official presentation in Paris,” Luke Reynard told La Provence. “Only towns who are hosting a stage start or finish are invited to the presentation.”
If the race does indeed visit Mont Ventoux in 2016, it will be the 16th time the “Giant of Provence” has featured in the Tour de France. Nine of those visits were summit finishes, the most recent of which was in 2013; a stage which Chris Froome won en route to winning the race overall.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Is this the end for Team Colombia?
The manager of Team Colombia, Claudio Corti, has indicated that the Pro Continental squad is almost certain to fold at the end of this season.
“I’m waiting for a final decision from the Minister for Sport but the Colombian government does not have the same finances available to invest in the sport and especially in the team for 2016,” Corti told Cyclingnews. “They’re also preparing for the Rio Olympics and building new stadiums, so there’s less for the team. However I can’t continue to run the team with any less than we do now.”
“We’ve had a good relationship over the years and if a Colombian sponsor came along it would be great but I’m not optimistic. I’ve registered the team for 2016 with the UCI but its time to arrange the bank guarantee and confirm the funding otherwise I’ll have to make a final decision. I don’t want to the doubts to drag on.”
An interesting piece at Alps&Andes reflects on the factors that have led to the team’s likely demise:
“As murky as the waters might be in Colombian cycling, there’s still an embarrassing amount of talent there. And Team Colombia was not able to capitalize on it. But others have, leaving Team Colombia without a single win this season, during a time when Colombian cycling experiences an amazing resurgence.”
Dutch students developing an open-source 3D-printed bike
A group of industrial design students in the Netherlands has designed an open-source 3D-printed bicycle that, they hope, will make cycling cheaper and more accessible than ever.
The OBI bike, part of The Bike Project, will reportedly allow anyone to print themselves a new bike. The modular design, the team says, will make it easy to replace parts of the bike.
“We believe in the power of open source design,” The Bike Project website readers. “Once we have created the first working bicycle, all our designs will be made available for anyone to improve, change or inspire.
“With The Bike Project, we wanted to make a major push towards a future we believe in; where anyone with access to a 3D printer and internet, will be able to manufacture tools/products that they will use in their everyday lives, and that those around them can use in their everyday lives,” said Paul.
They hope to have their first model out on the streets of Amsterdam early next year.
Click here to read more at The Bike Project website.
Pit stop for Peter Sagan at the Abu Dhabi Tour
There’s always something exciting about bike races using motor racing circuits, as was the case on the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Not only did the riders race around the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, some, like Peter Sagan, even used the pit lane for bike changes.
In the video below Peter Sagan swaps out his Specialized Tarmac for the new Venge ViAS, and swaps his helmet over as well.
Watts Zap compilation from season 2015
With the road season effectively over, here are some fun and funny moments from throughout the year, pulled together by TV show Watts Zap.
Time lapse of cyclists in Copenhagen rush hour
The bike-to-car ratio here is truly impressive, as too is the the sheer volume of cyclists.
This video comes as British cycling minister Robert Goodwill told British Cycling that the UK is three decades behind Denmark when it comes to cycling infrastructure.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- How riders and team staff survived the extreme heat of the Abu Dhabi Tour
- “When I was racing in Europe” – 10 ways to spot a fake ex-pro
- Daily News Digest: Monday October 12