In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Uncertainty over future of Cycling Anti Doping Foundation; Alaphilippe explains collapse in form after superb first half to 2015; Former Flèche Wallonne winner Dani Moreno moves from Katusha to Movistar; Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt re-sign with Orica-AIS; Carlos Betancur – Move to more professional Movistar will make things easier; The most efficient riders of 2015; Red Bull Rampage and the question of risk vs reward; Trotify – “The leading bike-horse hybridiser in the world!”.
Uncertainty over future of Cycling Anti Doping Foundation
by Shane Stokes
Despite having one of the biggest anti-doping programmes in world sport, the Cycling Anti Doping Foundation (CADF) could be under threat after a decision taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday.
The IOC announced after a summit held in Lausanne, Switzerland, that it wanted to remove drug testing from the control of sports organisations. The goal, it said, was to boost independence in the process of policing sport.
“With regard to the credibility of sport and the protection of clean athletes, the Summit has taken a major step forward to making anti-doping testing independent from sports organizations,” IOC president Thomas Bach said. “The Summit requested WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) to study taking responsibility for testing as the global centre of competence in anti-doping.”
CyclingTips sought comment from WADA in relation to what the development would, or could, mean for the CADF.
“During the Olympic Summit, Sir Craig Reedie agreed that WADA would undertake a study in close consultation with WADA’s partners and funders, which consist of the sports movement and governments of the world,” a WADA spokesman responded. “The topic will also be discussed at WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings on 17 and 18 November respectively.”
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Alaphilippe explains collapse in form after superb first half to 2015
He was one of the big breakthrough riders of the 2015 season, yet was far quieter towards the end. Now, Etixx – Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe has explained just what went wrong.
“When I arrived in Canada for the [WorldTour Grand Prix] races I immediately had the feeling that something was wrong,” Alaphilippe said in a blog post on his team’s website. “I didn’t feel really well. But, when you are young, you think it is simply a matter of fatigue and not fully recovering. I didn’t really think about it. I tried to do my job.”
He hoped for something better at the world road race championships in Richmond, Virginia, but that didn’t work out as planned.
“I spent 15 days there, so for me it was a long period mentally. Sadly, the feeling did not improve. In fact, it felt worse. I was training really hard, but my body didn’t respond as I hoped. I rode the Worlds, but since the first pedal stroke I knew it would be bad for me. There was nothing I could do with my condition.
“When I returned to Europe, I discovered I had mononucleosis. It was probably present in my body for a few weeks prior.”
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Former Flèche Wallonne winner Dani Moreno moves from Katusha to Movistar
Two years after winning the Flèche Wallonne Classic and one month after he placed ninth overall in the Vuelta a España, Dani Moreno is moving from Katusha to the Movistar team.
The Spaniard had an impressive season this year, showing he is still a strong rider at 34 years of age. He won a stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, recently placed second at Il Lombardia and was also fourth in the Clásica de San Sebastián and fifth in Flèche Wallonne.
He previously raced for Movistar’s predecessor, the Caisse d’Epargne team, between 2008 and 2009, prior to spending a year with Omega Pharma-Lotto and then joining Katusha in 2011.
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Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt re-sign with Orica-AIS
Orica-AIS has confirmed that two of the team’s Australian stalwarts, Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt, have re-signed with the team for 2016.
“Gracie and Amanda really know what the team ethos is and how we are going to get there,” sport director Gene Bates said. “They have really stepped up in that area, especially in the back half of this year, and it’s been fantastic to sit back and watch them develop.”
Both Elvin and Spratt are former national champions and both took their first European victory during the 2015 season. Elvin’s first win came in May at the Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik whilst Spratt got her reward at Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol in June.
“I want to step it up again in 2016 and be consistently competitive with the top 20 riders in the world at the big races,” Elvin said. “The Olympic Games is my biggest goal for next year and I will be working very hard with that event in mind.”
“Overall I was really happy with my 2015 season,” Spratt said. “I would say it was my best year to date in Europe and I felt like I made the step up in my fitness and performance level that I have been looking to do for a few years. This will be my fifth season with Orica-AIS – in fact I am the only remaining original rider in the team.”
Carlos Betancur: Move to more professional Movistar will make things easier
Enigmatic Colombian Carlos Betancur says he will take a lot from his time at Ag2r-La Mondiale but that Movistar, where he will ride in 2016, is the more professional outfit.
“With Ag2r all the experiences were good – I think they they all contributed to my life,” Betancur said in an interview on the Colombian Cycling Federation website. “Now with Movistar the good things continue, but in a more professional manner and knowing how to do things. They know what type of rider I am, and I think they are much more professional in what they do. I think that now things are going to be much easier.”
“I’m happy to belong to the number one team in the world, and I believe that with a person like Eusebio Unzué, who knows me and my characteristics very well, great things are on the way for me and for Movistar.
“I believe that being in a team like Movistar will consolidate me as a rider. I had some problems with Ag2r and that made it hard to demonstrate what class of rider I am. But now with Movistar we are going to show the class of rider that I am.”
Betancur attracted criticism from Ag2r-La Mondiale in 2014 for staying in Colombia when he was feeling sick, rather than heading to Europe where he was supposed to ride the Tour de France. He and the team agreed to part ways in August this year.
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The most efficient riders of 2015
The Inner Ring has published an interesting piece of analysis about the most successful riders of the 2015 season.
We know that Alexander Kristoff took the most wins of any rider this year but as The Inner Ring writes, Kristoff was also the most efficient, winning a staggering 24% of all races he entered.
It’s no great surprise to see that the top eight riders on the list are all sprinters — Caleb Ewan was second with an amazing 20% efficiency — but the first non-sprinter was also an Australian.
“Richie Porte is the first non-sprinter on the list, with 9 wins from 69 race days, impressive given almost a third of this, the Tour de France, was spent in service of Chris Froome,” The Inner Ring writes. “Obviously a stage racer would like to win as much as possible but in reality the aim of the game is energy preservation and only striking out when it counts so wins don’t come as often for this kind of rider.”
Click here to read the full article at The Inner Ring.
Red Bull Rampage and the question of risk vs reward
Here’s a story from the world of mountain biking that, if true, is rather concerning. In the wake of a serious injury to rider Paul Basagoitia at the 10th Anniversary of the Red Bull Rampage freeride event, website Vital MTB has posted several criticisms of the event.
The website claims that riders in the notoriously dangerous event aren’t covered by event insurance and are “required to sign a liability waiver freeing Red Bull of any responsibility”. Journalists covering the event are also made to sign a restrictive legal agreement.
“As press, when we sign our papers to get approved for a media pass, among the many legal clauses we agree to is one stating that we will never post a photo of a bad crash or a rider’s condition after the fact,” Vital MTB reports. “It’s literally the first clause in a two page agreement. Why not? Why the hell can’t the public know what happens out there? Why must it be shrouded in secrecy?
“We understand keeping things quiet out of respect for the athlete and their family until the time comes if/when they want to tell the world, but Red Bull attempted to sweep this one under the rug. They stated that Paul was just fine and told the announcers the same (who in turn unknowingly told the public), when in fact he’s fighting just to feel his legs and feet again, let alone walk.”
The piece ends with the following quote: “I want you Pros to consider for a moment if it’s still really worth it. Is it? Honestly? Because in our minds your lives are worth so much more.”
Click here to read the full article at VitalMTB.
Trotify – “The leading bike-horse hybridiser in the world!”
Here’s something from the bike-attachments-you’ll-never-need-but-are-good-for-a-laugh file. Trotify has been around for a few years now and, according to its designers, it’s “a wooden device that sits on your front wheel and makes your bike clop like a horse”
Cue the Monty Python references …
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- How to embrace riding in the rain
- Bikes of the Bunch: Cipollini RB1K
- Daily News Digest: Monday October 19