In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Damien Monier and Eri Yonamine win Taiwan KOM Challenge; Chris Horner still aiming to race next season; Pozzato poised to join Southeast; Four year ban handed down to Mondory; Velon rejects media report claiming it wants to muscle in on rider contracts; Bridie O’Donnell to attempt Women’s UCI Hour Record…
Damien Monier and Eri Yonamine win Taiwan KOM Challenge
France’s Damien Monier and Japan’s Eri Yonamine have won the men’s and women’s 105 kilometer Taiwan KOM Challenge on Friday.
412 riders from 32 countries started the combined men’s and women’s non-UCI sanctioned bike race/sportive which climbs 3,275 meters above sea level with gradients reaching over 27% toward the summit at Mount Hehuan — Taiwan’s tallest mountain accessible by road.
The win for Monier (Bridgestone Anchor) did not come easy over the 105-kilometer, after a final break of 12 riders, which included three-time Taiwan national road champion Chun-Kai Feng of Lampre-Merida, was shed down to only five in the final 7km after being decimated over the most torturous section of the road with 300m of 27% gradient.
Monier took the top prize of $1-million NT ($43k AUD, $31k USD) with a time of 3 hours, 34 min. and 19 seconds.
Out of the 46 women competing, media and organisers were looking to two riders especially to contest for the win: Eri Yonamine (Saxo Bank FX securities), the 24-year-old Japanese national hill climb, time trial and cross country mountain bike champion, and Marg Fedyna, a 51-year-old endurance racer and the 2014 TaiwanKOM winner.
In the end, Yonamine crossed the finish line at 4:03:29. Fedyna rolled in with a time of 04:20:31. While well over 19 minutes faster than her previous time in 2014, it was 17 minutes short of the win. Behind Fedyna, Hsiao Chia Tseng came in with a time of 4:21:53.
See the top results of each category here (pdf)
Pozzato poised to join Southeast for 2016
Filippo Pozzato looks to be joining Italian pro-continental team Southeast for 2016.
The 34-year-old Italian with no contract after two winless seasons at Lampre-Merida, has finalised a deal with Southeast for next season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a verbal agreement has been reached which also includes Pozzato bringing on a co-sponsor. The deal will be announced shortly, with La Gazzetta quoting Pozzato’s agent, “There is an agreement, and we will make it official once it’s signed.”
Pozzato was once one of Italy’s top riders, winning Milano-Sanremo (2006), Tirreno-Adriatico (2003), the Italian national championship, and stages at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. His last WorldTour win was GP Ouest France – Plouay in 2013.
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Chris Horner hasn’t decided to retire, he is aiming to race next year
Chris Horner’s agent Baden Cooke has dismissed as completely inaccurate reports in Friday’s l’Equipe concerning the rider’s future, saying that there is no truth to the suggestions that time has run out for his career.
“We are still talking to Airgas-Safeway,” the Australian told CyclingTips. “Basically I haven’t spoken to anyone regarding what he was doing next year. It has all just been made up.”
According to L’Equipe on Friday, Cooke has been unable to find a new deal and has advised Horner to retire.
He insists that this is not the case and that the American will be racing next year if talks go to plan.
Horner is now 44 years of age. He won the Vuelta a España in 2013, raced with Lampre-Merida in 2014 and then moved to Airgas-Safeway prior to the start of this season.
Cooke said that he is in talks with that team alone.
“We have been speaking for about a month now, longer than that even,” he explained. “It is progressing along, but he hasn’t signed yet.”
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Four year ban handed down to Mondory over EPO positive
The career of French rider Lloyd Mondory is almost certainly over after he was handed a four year ban on Friday. The 33 year old rider was declared as having had a positive A sample test for EPO on March 10 of this year. The sample had been taken during an out of competition test on February 17.
In a statement issued by the UCI, the governing body said that its Anti-Doping Tribunal had reached a decision on the case.
“The Anti-Doping Tribunal found Mr. Lloyd Mondory guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of EPO) and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider.”
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Velon rejects media report claiming it wants to muscle in on rider contracts and image rights
Responding to an Italian media report stating that it was requiring riders to sign a document giving up image rights and other elements, the Velon group has said that such claims are false.
This week Italian website Tuttobiciweb wrote that an ad hoc document called the ‘Velon addendum’ had been drawn up and that riders from around the world would be asked to sign it.
“This appendix would heavily influence on the contracts of riders, that in signing it (some have already done, and only later became aware of what they have signed) they would release to the team in one fell swoop their image rights, intellectual property rights and also the declaration of personal data and even more,” it said.
“In short, an appendix which would clash violently with the ‘Joint Agreement’ recognised by the UCI.”
It added that it considered this to be, ‘a document that could greatly weaken riders’ bargaining power, who in this way would be divested also of their soul with one simple signature.’
Contacted by CyclingTips, a Velon group spokesman was clear that he considered the story to be wide off the mark.
“From Velon’s position we’re not involved in any rider contracts and, as such, are simply not placed to be discussing matters that are between the teams and the riders themselves,” he said.
“We’re also not involved in any rider agreement, whether it’s the terms discussed by the CPA and AIGCP under the Joint Agreement or between the teams and the riders.
“The idea that there is a “Velon Addendum” is not correct. Velon doesn’t make any proposals to riders on their contracts or act directly with them and certainly does not insist they sign anything.”
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Bridie O’Donnell to attempt Women’s UCI Hour Record
Australian cyclist Bridie O’Donnell will attempt to break the Women’s UCI Hour Record at the beginning of next year. Scheduled for January 22, her attempt will be part of the Santos Tour Down Under week at the Super-Drome in Adelaide, Australia.
O’Donnell’s challenge will come just four months after American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set the new mark of 46.273km in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Bridie O’Donnell has represented Australia at three UCI Road World Championships and made twelve podium appearances at Australian and Oceania Championships in the past decade. The 41-year-old physician has been training for the attempt for twelve months, ever since the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) modernised and simplified the regulations for the record by authorising the use of bikes that comply with the regulations for endurance track events.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge now that Molly (Shaffer Van Houweling) has set a new world mark of 46.273kms, but I believe I’m on target and the team around me has supported and encouraged me to no end,” said Bridie O’Donnell. “Everything’s going to plan, and I’m hoping for a big crowd in Adelaide as it’s being staged during the Santos Tour Down Under.”
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