In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Heart procedure for Movistar’s José Joaquín Rojas after anomaly detected; Quintana confirmed for Tour de San Luis, but without pressure; Alaphilippe says cycling is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, but it’s important to push on; ‘Decisive’ time trial amongst details emerging about 2016 Vuelta a España; Jens Voigt on retirement, evolving technology, post-career employment and television work; Rabobank development team to end next season; Tayler Wiles joins Orica-AIS; World Cycling Centre Africa holds first all-women’s development camp; Chaos at cyclo cross; The GCN Show Ep. 149 – Paris: The Heart Of Cycling
Heart procedure for Movistar’s José Joaquín Rojas after anomaly detected
Spanish rider José Joaquín Rojas will undergo a heart procedure on Wednesday to address an issue discovered last week by the team’s medical staff.
The staff were carrying out the usual pre-season checks and picked up the problem. Rojas explained the issue.
“They detected it in the electro cardiogram and ultrasound of the heart that is carried out each year. It is called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome,” he stated. “It is something that is no problem for those with a regular life, but it can affect those of us who are highly competitive.”
The condition is one affecting the electrical signals in the heart. It can lead to periods of rapid heart rate, called tachycardia, where the organ beats faster than is required. It is caused by the usual electrical signals following an additional route in the heart, over-stimulating it.
The procedure to correct this will be carried out on Wednesday morning in the hospital of Navarra. “I have been told that they will insert a catheter through my groin and burn the fibres that cause this anomaly,” he said.
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Quintana confirmed for Tour de San Luis, but without pressure
He won the race two years ago but this time around, the Movistar team is determined not to put pressure on Nairo Quintana to deliver in the Tour de San Luis.
The Colombian rider will be part of the squad competing in the early season event, which will be held in Argentina from January 18 to 24. He will be joined by 2013 Fléche Wallonne champion Dani Moreno and 2015 Tour de l’Avenir victor Marc Soler, who could prove to be the strongest riders on the Movistar squad.
“We want him to start the season calmly, without intensity work in the early season,” states the team’s general manager Eusebio Unzue. That said, he won’t put pressure on him to hold back, allowing him to race if he feels like it. “However, year after year is more difficult to win, not only because of the number of rivals, but also because of their good training,” he added.
In 2014 Quintana won the fourth stage to the Alto del Amago and then took over the race lead the following day in the 19.2 kilometre San Luis time trial. He won the overall classification by 43 seconds from Phil Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp).
He went on to win that year’s Giro d’Italia and then, this season, took the second Tour de France runner-up slot of his career.
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Alaphilippe says cycling is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, but it’s important to push on
Describing the recent terrorist attacks in Paris as ‘horrible,’ French rider Julian Alaphilippe has echoed a statement by Michael Rogers saying that cycling is potentially vulnerable, but believes that not giving in to fear is vital.
“I think that nobody is protected, nobody is sheltered from that in a race,” he told Rouleur. “Anyone can be confronted by this kind of situation. It could be at a bicycle race, at the airport, in town, who knows?
“You’ve got to continue to live, to not stop living because of people like this.”
He said that defiance is the right response in the face of such intimidation. “Sport, but also work and family, all the things that bring us happiness, you’ve got to continue to do. Be it cycling or the job, we’ve got to continue to keep living and fighting them.
“Because if we stop doing that, that’s what these people want. Through cycling, it’s also a manner of saying that we’ll continue to do what we love.”
Click here to read the full story, which includes Alaphilippe’s account of his superb season, at Rouleur.
‘Decisive’ time trial amongst details emerging about 2016 Vuelta a España
It’s another two months until the route will be revealed, but details are becoming known about next year’s Vuelta a España.
According to officials located alongside Spain’s eastward coast, a time trial described as ‘decisive’ will take place close to the town of Calpe. While the distance and precise route are yet to be released, it is suggested that the race against the clock will take in some climbs further inland before finishing in the seaward town.
The race will begin on Ourense in Galicia on August 20 and will also have a stage finish on the difficult uphill to Ézaro.
Four stages in Galicia, a stint in the Pyrenees and a stage finish at La Camperona are rumoured to feature.
Fabio Aru won this year’s Vuelta a España. He has said he will focus on the Tour de France next season, but it remains to be seen if he will also do the Spanish Grand Tour.
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Jens Voigt on retirement, evolving technology, post-career employment and television work
In a wide-ranging interview on the bicycles.net.au website, Jens Voigt covers a lot of ground about his career and what has happened afterwards. He also gives his thoughts on issues such as the current technology in cycling and what could change.
Here’s an excerpt:
The bikes are very advanced. The UCI has a weight limit. I think there are serious discussions within the UCI to lower that. At the moment it is 6.8 kilos I believe. I think you could easily lower it to 6 kilos or lower it by 500 grams to 6.3 kilos and it’s a perfectly safe, stable, ridable bike.
Apart from that, the next big innovation or development is probably going to be more wearable equipment. One day soon we are going to have equipment that can measure lactic acid in real time or your V02 or your oxygen uptake.
It can give a live feed to your coach or to your Strava account and share it with everybody. This will also help, I believe, to maintain or gain more credibility. No one needs to hack into Froomes’ SRM data anymore. It’s all out there, online and you can see; ‘in January he pushed this, in May it’s this, in July it’s this’. He is developing, he is training and you can see it is all the way it should be. It helps to train smarter and intelligently if your coach has information about your body and how it works.
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Rabobank development team to end next season
Questions about Rabobank’s future involvement in the sport have cropped up again after the news that its development team will come to an end after the 2016 season.
According to De Telegraaf, Dutch cycling union KNWU Chairman Marcel Wintels communicated the news to the federation’s Congress, saying that the Dutch bank will withdraw its backing at that point in time.
Rabobank also sponsors the KNWU, with this deal also drawing to a close. It remains to be seen if the company will extend its involvement with the women’s Rabobank Liv team which, like the two other arrangements, was due to run until the end of next season.
The bank had previously backed a top level men’s team, funding it between 1996 and 2012 and becoming one of the longest-running sponsors in the sport. However it withdrew from that in the wake of the USADA report. The team went on to become Belkin Pro Cycling, and then LottoNL-Jumbo.
Click here to read more at De Telegraaf.
Tayler Wiles joins Orica-AIS
by Anne-Marije Rook
Orica-AIS today officially announced the signing of American Tayler Wiles for the 2016 season.
Riding for Velocio-SRAM, the 26-year-old had a breakout 2015 season, winning the Tour of New Zealand and Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.
Going into her fourth professional season, Wiles is looking forward to an aggressive year with her new ORICA-AIS teammates.
“I’ve always really loved and respected ORICA-AIS’ racing style, being more aggressive and opportunistic,” Wiles said in a press release.
“They have historically been a team whose tactics are hard to read and who plays to the strengths of each rider on any given day.”
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World Cycling Centre Africa holds first all-women’s development camp
It’s previously focussed on the continent’s male riders but now the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa has held its first-ever all-women development camp.
Held at the WCCA centre in Potchesfroom, South Africa, it featured a total of seven young riders from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda and Botswana.
They were aged between 18 and 22 years and spend a month there, working with the WCCA coaches on all aspects of high-level training and competition.
At the end of the camp they rode the 1.1-ranked Momentum 947 Road Cycle Race in Johannesburg, competing alongside UCI Women’s Teams such as Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Plantur and Team Tibco SVB.
Encouragingly, three finished in the top 15. Ethiopian duo Tsega Gebre and Hadnet Kidane were fourth and ninth, while Rwanda’s Jeanne Girubuntu was 15th.
Click here to read more at the UCI.ch.
Chaos at cyclo cross
Tweeted out by Laser Helmets, here’s a great cyclo-cross clip.
— Lazer Helmets (@lazerhelmets) November 9, 2015
The GCN Show Ep. 149 – Paris: The Heart Of Cycling
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Momentum 94.7: a homecoming sealed with a team win
- The best and worst of 2016’s new rider-team pairings
- Ella Picks: Monday November 16
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday November 17