In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bouhanni secures UCI Europe Tour win with victory in Nationale Sluitingprijs – Putte-Kapellen; Henderson, Vanendert confirmed as staying with Lotto-Soudal; Report: 2018 world road race championships to be held in Austria; Optum signs Pate and Britton; Acquarone: I feel like a cycling whistleblower who was fired, then accused of doping; Cameron Meyer joins Dimension Data for 2016; Alexey Vermeulen signs for LottoNL-Jumbo; The GCN Show Ep. 144: Is This The Future Of Pro Cycling?; How To Corner – Ridesmart
Bouhanni secures UCI Europe Tour win with victory in Nationale Sluitingprijs – Putte-Kapellen
French rider Nacer Bohanni has clinched victory in the season long UCI European Tour ranking, securing the win when he sprinted home first in the Nationale Sluitingprijs – Putte-Kapellen on Tuesday.
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The Cofidis competitor outpaced Tom Van Asbroeck (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal), Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and the rest of the bunch.
The race was marked by a nine man move, with Mike Teunissen and Maarten Tjallingii (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal), Dimitri Claeys (Verandas Willems), Wesley Kreder and Brian Van Goethem (Roompot Oranje Peloton), Olivier Chevalier (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and Oscar Riesebeek (METEC – TKH) building a lead that could have seen them stay clear.
However a committed chase behind brought the gap down to 55 seconds starting the final lap and the last rider clear in the break, Claeys, was caught two kilometres from the line. Bouhanni did things perfectly from there and took the double triumph as a result.
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Henderson, Vanendert confirmed as staying with Lotto-Soudal
As was already indicated by Greg Henderson in a recent interview with CyclingTips, the Lotto-Soudal team has confirmed that he will remain part of the squad in 2016. Also staying on board will be the Belgian Jelle Vanendert, a past stage winner in the Tour de France.
Henderson is 39 years of age but remains one of the best leadout men in cycling. He helped team-mate Andre Greipel to multiple wins in 2015, including stages in Paris-Nice and the Giro d’Italia where he played a vital role.
“For me, it isn’t a surprise that I am still in the peloton on my fortieth birthday, even if I will be an exception in the team,” he said. “The main factor is motivation, I’m still very motivated to be ready when I need to be in top shape.
“Due to my crash in the third stage during the recent Tour de France, I couldn’t play the role I wanted. After Hamburg, I went on an altitude training camp in Colorado together with my family to prepare myself for the World Championships team time trial. We really focussed on it, with a seventh place as result.
“I will try to be in the best possible shape when I’m in competition to share my experience with the other riders. 2015 was a nice season, but I hope that we can do the same next year.”
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Report: 2018 world road race championships to be held in Austria
Following previous editions staged in Villach in 1987 and Salzbourg in 2006, won by Stephen Roche and Paolo Bettini respectively, indications are that the UCI’s world road race championships will return to Austria in three years time.
According to French website Direct Velo, Innsbruck will host the championships on a course tailor-made for climbers. It will include a climb of approximately eight kilometres in length and be on a circuit of about twenty kilometres.
The men’s race will feature between 4,000 and 4,500 metres of climbing, almost double that of the 2006 edition. However the UCI is yet to evaluate the circuit. The team time trial will feature two climbs.
Direct Velo states that other towns in the Tyrol region could be visited, with Kufstein mentioned as a possible location for the team time trial and Kitzbühel as a possible start point for the Elite men’s road race.
Next year’s world championships have already been confirmed for Doha in Qatar, while the 2017 edition will be held in Bergen in Norway.
Click here to read more at Direct Velo.
Optum signs Pate and Britton
The American Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies team has made formal the signings of Danny Pate and Rob Britton, saying that the duo will strengthen its squad for the major American stage races, namely the Amgen Tour of California, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Challenge.
Pate is now 36 years of age and has spent much of his career riding for others at Garmin, HTC Highroad and Team Sky. He’ll now have a chance to chase his own results.
“He hasn’t had many chances to get a result for himself, so he’s flown under the radar a bit,” said performance director Jonas Carney. “He is very well-rounded and capable of big results if he puts his mind to it. He can climb, time trial, and handles his bike as well as most field sprinters. Danny is a serious GC threat for us, but will also play a major role in helping a someone like Eric Young, Ryan Anderson, or Britton win a big race.”
Britton won this year’s Tour of the Gila and picked up third in this year’s USA Pro Challenge. He moves across from the SmartStop team. “2015 was an incredible year, and I’m honestly still processing what was accomplished,” he said.
“Colorado changed everything, as it showed me I can compete against some of the best time trialists around. I honestly haven’t sat down and penned out goals for ’16, but I promise it will be big. There’s a bike race in Rio that I’d like to attend.”
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Acquarone: I feel like a cycling whistleblower who was fired, then accused of doping
Almost two years after he was fired from his role with Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport, former race director Michele Acquarone has repeated calls for a full investigation into a missing 17 million Euro and reiterated claims that he is a scapegoat.
The Italian, who was suspended along with others in October 2013 and then sacked two months later, has been trying to clear his name ever since.
He claims he is fully innocent and says that there appears to be no urgency to determine those who took the money.
“This is like a situation in cycling. Everybody knows about the doping problem,” he told CyclingTips in a long telephone interview. “Sometimes I feel I’m seen like one of the doped athletes – Di Luca, for example – who said they didn’t do anything wrong, and then you have all the people who say you are a cheater.
“But what I am saying is I am not like that. I was not one of these guys. I am like the guy who found out that in the team somebody was cheating, I reported it, yet I was fired. And now everybody thinks I was a doper. And that is crazy.”
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Cameron Meyer joins Dimension Data for 2016
by Matt de Neef
Team MTN-Qhubeka, which will race as Dimension Data in 2016, has announced that Cameron Meyer will join the team in the new year after four seasons with Orica-GreenEdge.
Meyer, a two-time Australian time trial champion, had a breakthrough victory in 2011 when he won the Tour Down Under as part of the Garmin-Cervelo team. The following year he joined Orica-GreenEdge in what was the team’s first season. He has remained with the Australian outfit ever since.
“I am very excited to be racing with Team Dimension Data next season,” Meyer said. “They have had unbelievable results at the biggest races and are moving ahead quickly. I am really looking forward to being a part of their future success.
“My main motivation for joining this professional racing team was not only the pride I would feel being an ambassador on the bike but also the pride of involvement in the successful work for the Qhubeka Charity.”
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Alexey Vermeulen signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
The promising young rider Alexey Vermeulen has inked a two year deal with Team LottoNL-Jumbo, and will turn pro with the squad after three years with the BMC Development Team.
The 20 year old American rider has links to the country the team is registered in and described the step up as unbelievable.
“From the moment I first got on a bike, I dreamed of becoming a pro cyclist. This move is special for my father, – his father was Dutch, and he inspired me to start cycling. It makes me excited to learn the language.”
He added that riding with Robert Gesink is a draw for him, both because of his past successes and also because Vermeulen believes he can learn a lot with him.
“We want to help Alexey to become a good stage race cyclist,” said Sports Director Nico Verhoeven. “He is a young rider, who has developed steadily in recent years. Because of a broken wrist he missed the World Championships, but otherwise he definitely would have been racing the U23 road race in Richmond. We want to guide him towards the top.”
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What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- “The Ella Awards: celebrating the best of the season
- Opinion: Middle Eastern racing is about more than just money
- 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
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