In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chaves confirms no Tour debut until 2017, will target Giro and Vuelta next season; Pablo Lastras retires after 18-year career; Contador’s most important career victory; Rachel Neylan and Kat Garfoot extend with Orica-AIS; Ironman Melbourne cancelled due to calendar clash; Behind the scenes with Trek Factory Racing’s Luca Guercilena; It’s time to MOVE for Movember; Taking Strava art to the next level; 3D cycling renders by Poly Peloton; A lucky escape?; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race TV commercial.
Chaves confirms no Tour debut until 2017, will target Giro and Vuelta next season
by Shane Stokes
After the best season of his professional career thus far, Orica-GreenEdge rider Esteban Chaves has outlined the path to what he and his team hope will be an even bigger future.
Speaking to Marca, the Colombian dual Vuelta a Espana stage winner confirmed his 2016 has already been outlined by the team’s sporting director Matt White.
“He wants me to do Giro and Vuelta, and do the Tour with the Yates [brothers]. The overall plan is that,” Chaves said. “The goal is to do two Grand Tours and be able to aim for both. That would be ideal. The program will be confirmed in the first team training camp in Spain in January.”
As regards the Tour, he’s got an idea when he will first line out there.
“If things continue like this, I will debut the following year, in 2017,” he explained. “It would mean debuting at 27 years of age. There’s time. It is true that my sporting progression is a little behind because of the year I was stopped [due to injury – ed.]. We will go step by step. I think you can’t go to the Tour to learn, but you have to be ‘armed’ [fully ready].”
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Pablo Lastras retires after 18-year career
Spanish veteran Pablo Lastras has announced his retirement from professional cycling after 18 years in the sport. Lastras crashed heavily at the Volta a Catalunya in March and severely damage his pelvis; an injury that required extensive surgery and still makes it difficult for him to walk.
“From this day I won’t return to being a professional cyclist,” Lastras said on Wednesday, speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “The first five months I was looking after myself as if I was going to be discharged and able to get on my bike the next day. Now I see it as very tough, especially after realising what I have and the consequences that this type of injury entails.”
Lastras’ 18-year career was all spent at the service of Eusebio Unzue and generally as a domestique. He did, however, manage eight victories including a stage win in all three Grand Tours.
“I have written down in notebooks, since I was 15, almost 1,600 races and 635,000 kilometres. The key is simple: have a good attitude, suffer, look after yourself a little, and motivate yourself every day,” said Lastras. “The aim, if all goes well, is to be able to be a normal person in January 2017. I still have many pains and the metal plate still hurt me from all angles.”
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Contador’s most important career victory
He’s won two editions of the Tour de France, taken two of the Giro d’Italia and also clocked up success in three editions of the Vuelta a España. However, when asked which career result means most to him, Alberto Contador doesn’t pick any of these. Instead, it’s smaller race, but one which had a special emotional significance.
Because of this, his stage five win in the 2005 Tour Down Under is the highlight he nominates.
“I had previously undergone brain surgery [for a cerebral cavernoma – ed.], and no one could tell me if I could ever sit on a bike again, or if I would be able to race. I have since won many important races. But from an emotional point of view, it was the most important victory for me,” he stated, according to Feltet.dk.
Contador was speaking at a press conference held at the Tinkoff-Saxo team get-together in Croatia. He is heading towards what will almost certainly be his final season in the peloton and, while his missed out on a third Tour win in 2015, still regards the year a good one.
“I’m happy with how 2015 went…especially the Giro victory, which I have been delighted about,” he said. “Of course I would also have liked to win the Tour. They were the only goal I had in 2015…the double was all I wanted. I tried, but for the Tour I was more tired than expected.”
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Rachel Neylan and Kat Garfoot extend with Orica-AIS
Orica-AIS has announced that Rachel Neylan and Kat Garfoot have both extended with the team and will ride for the Australian-registered outfit through 2016.
Garfoot joined the team midway through 2014 while Neylan did similar this year after finishing second in the Australian road nationals and winning the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Both riders finished the year in good form – Garfoot narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place in the world championship time trial while Neylan won the Trophee d’Or (while racing for the Australian national team) and was also very active in the Worlds road race.
“We grew together as a team this year and learned and developed a lot,” Garfoot said. “It’s a great working environment and I think it’s an advantage to work with the team I know well in such an exciting and important year.”
“The feeling of coming together as a unit winning races is something special I’d never experienced at this level before, it was a real highlight of my year,” Neylan agreed. “It was a fresh page for me being in such a friendly and professional environment on and off the bike.”
Garfoot and Neylan join Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt in re-signing with the team, while Dutchwoman Annemiek Van Vleuten and Australian Loren Rowney will also join the line-up in 2016.
Ironman Melbourne cancelled due to calendar clash
Organisers of the Melbourne Ironman triathlon have announced that next year’s edition of the event will be cancelled.
“This cancellation decision is a result of challenges that have arisen due to a scheduling conflict with another major event in the Melbourne calendar,” a press release read. The other event is the Melbourne Grand Prix which has been moved from March 31 to April 3 to a fortnight earlier, clashing with Ironman Melbourne.
“Holding both events on the same day was explored; however, the impact on the city, surrounding communities, roads and emergency services was not manageable for an event to be delivered in Melbourne to the level required for our athletes’ safety and satisfaction,” said CEO for Ironman Asia-Pacific, Geoff Meyer. “Furthermore, Ironman athletes would be affected by increased travel expenses over these high demand dates in Melbourne.”
“For the past four years we have delivered a truly outstanding and world-class event that has brought close to 10,000 athletes from across the globe to the city of Melbourne. We sincerely thank the Victorian Government and all of our event partners for their involvement during this period,” Meyer added. “This was not an easy decision as the event has become a much loved one by athletes and the Ironman community all over the world.”
Click here to read more via an Ironman press release.
Behind the scenes with Trek Factory Racing’s Luca Guercilena
There are several teams within the professional peloton that do a very good job of telling their story. They go above and beyond simple press releases to introduce fans and the media to the people within the team, and not just the riders. Trek Factory Racing is one such team.
In part 15 of the Behind the Stripes series, the team’s press officer Tim Vanderjeugd and photographer Emily Maye spent a day in Milan with general manager Luca Guercilena. Here’s an excerpt from the piece they produced:
“The energy of large cities is overwhelming. Subways, in particular, unload their urban vibes on you in a split second. I notice that Luca picks up the pace as soon as we enter the underground tunnel system. It’s clear he’s in his element.
“When I was studying sport science at the University of Milan I would cross the whole city on the subway every day. Almost two hours each way.”
Straight out of college Luca managed a junior team in Milan. He also joined the carabinieri, Italy’s military police. Rumor has it his This is the line mantra when setting out boundaries of internal team rules originated from his police days. Luca is a firm believer that discipline is the bridge between setting goals and achieving them.
Click here to read the full piece.
It’s time to MOVE for Movember
It’s that time of year again. October is drawing to a close and another Movember is just around the corner. For the past few years the CyclingTips crew has supported Movember by growing some of the filthiest moustaches you’re ever likely to see. In 2015 we’ll be supporting the annual charity event once again but this time we’ll be doing things a little differently …
New to Movember in the charity event’s 12th year is MOVE — a 30-day fitness challenge. Instead of growing an unsightly top-lip-warmer for 30 days, you can show your commitment to the cause this year by committing to some form of exercise every day for a month.
Your daily ‘move’ can be anything: a half-hour walk, a run, a game of tennis, a session at the gym or, of course, a bike ride. For most of us cyclists, riding every day of the month won’t be a massive challenge, but why not get your slightly-less-active mates involved and help them get hooked on cycling in the process!
Click here to find out more about how you can join us.
Taking Strava art to the next level
UK-based cyclist David Taylor has put together some impressive Strava art in the past, including this big bike which took a ride of more than 300km to trace out. Taylor’s latest artwork is supposed to be reminiscent of the constellation Ursa Major, and we think he’s done a pretty good job!
— Strava (@Strava) October 28, 2015
3D cycling renders by Poly Peloton
Speaking of artwork, here’s an interesting take on the world of cycling from Poly Peloton.
Be sure to check out the Poly Peloton website for many more pieces in the same style.
A lucky escape?
This probably could have ended up a lot worse. But should the rider have slowed down for the pedestrians rather than going around them?
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race TV commercial
The Australian summer of racing is going to be here before we know it, including the second edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. We’re certainly looking forward to it!
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- The Secret Pro: the off-season, the Abu Dhabi Tour and the ‘bullsh*t’ Doha Worlds
- Wiggins plans to keep racing after Rio. “It’s been refreshing coming back to the track”
- Agents, AIGCP awaiting next developments after passing of UCI’s reforms for professional cycling
- Daily News Digest: Thursday October 29