In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data awarded WorldTour licence for 2016; Power’s pro debut in January on hold after diagnosis of bone condition; Whistleblowers part 2 – the cost of speaking out; Cadel Evans unsure about Porte and Van Garderen sharing BMC leadership; British government backs bid for UCI Road World Championships; Nicolas Roche recommences training after infected spider bite; Brumotti sets new world record for most stairs climbed on a road bike; 142 Miles from Monday; Haute Route 2016 Teaser; Australian Road National Championships promo.
MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data awarded WorldTour licence for 2016
by Shane Stokes
The UCI has confirmed that MTN-Qhubeka/Team Dimension Data will step up to the WorldTour in 2016. The team was invited to speak to the UCI’s Licence Commission last week and, on the basis of that meeting plus paperwork submitted, its step up to the top level of the sport has been approved.
“This is incredible,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder. “I am so happy for this team, our partners and all the staff and riders that have worked so hard over the years to keep building this team to push beyond the boundaries and believe that anything is possible.
“To get this news on our training camp in Cape Town as we are bonding with our new team for the future is simply the best motivation to move forward into 2016.”
The team has described it as a historic day in the world of cycling, and with reason. It will be the first time Africa will be represented at the very top level of the sport, and shows the progress the team has made in recent seasons.
It rode its first Tour de France this season as a result of a wildcard invite, but will now have automatic right of entry to it and other WorldTour races.
Power’s pro debut in January on hold after diagnosis of bone condition
One of Australian cycling’s most exciting young talents, Robert Power, has had his career sidelined indefinitely due to a rare bone disease.
The 20-year-old has been identified as having major stage race potential due to his climbing ability, but he is facing an uncertain future after being diagnosed with a form of bone marrow oedema.
“I’ve been in sports medicine for more than 40 years and I’ve never seen this,” Orica-GreenEdge medical director Dr Peter Barnes said, according to the Herald Sun. “It’s in the books and the fine print, but it’s one of those things you’d never get asked about in an exam because it’s so rare.”
Power spent much of the second half of the season away from racing after injuring his knee. He was getting that injury checked out when his condition was discovered.
“There’s no treatment,” Dr Barnes said. “The one thing we do know about it is that it will eventually come good, but obviously the question everyone will ask is ‘when?’ and we’ve got no idea,” he stated. “The literature says it’s anywhere between four and 24 months.”
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Whistleblowers part 2 – the cost of speaking out
by Shane Stokes
As was detailed in part I of this feature, the long history of cycling is dotted with examples of people who spoke out about problems in cycling. Whether it was about doping or corruption, their testimony turned a spotlight onto issues that needed to be addressed.
But many times their words fell onto deaf ears, causing problems and frustration for those who spoke out. Here’s an excerpt:
“Graeme Obree: “It is a bit like the mafia – if everyone is not implicated in a crime, then there is a loose cannon who can whistleblow. So if everyone gets involved with it, then nobody can squeak [speak out].”
“There was an attitude that it was unprofessional. They actually lost respect for me because I wasn’t willing to [take drugs]. They saw me as a rank amateur not willing to take professional action. The reason my career ended so quickly was because I wasn’t willing to do it.”
Click here to read more at CyclingTips. Part one can be read here.
Cadel Evans unsure about Porte and Van Garderen sharing BMC leadership
Australia’s only Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans, is unsure whether having two GC leaders at BMC — Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen — will work.
When asked whether his former teammate Van Garderen would accept sharing the leadership with Porte, Evans said “I don’t know. I’ll have to wait and see. It will probably give you a bit to talk about. It’s one of the things you’ll be able to follow with interest next year.”
Evans also suggested that back-to-back Tour de France wins is certainly possible for Chris Froome.
“For him I think it’s possible,” he said. “He’ll be the only rider in this era who’ll be able to go back-to-back, barring illness and injury.”
Since his retirement Evans has been riding but only a limited amount. He’s also taken up running and has been involved in a 12-month study into the effects of de-training on elite athletes.
Click here to read more at Fox Sports.
British government backs bid for UCI Road World Championships
The UK government has revealed it will back a bid to host the UCI Road World Championships for the first time in almost 40 years.
The newly released Comprehensive Spending Review suggests that the UK government is committed to attracting more top-level sporting events to the UK, including the road cycling Worlds.
“The government is increasing its funding for elite sport to build on the success of Olympic and Paralympic games at London 2012 and support Team GB’s ambition for success in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020,” the document reads.
“Following the success of hosting London 2012 and the Rugby Union World Cup the government will support the ambition to host the cycling Road World Championships and 2021 Rugby League World Cup in the Northern Powerhouse. ”
The proposed British Worlds would take place somewhere in the north of England but wouldn’t be until 2019 at the earliest. The next three UCI Road World Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar (2016), Bergen, Norway (2017) and Innsbruck, Austria (2018).
Click here to read more at road.cc.
Nicolas Roche recommences training after infected spider bite
Nicholas Roche (Sky) has returned to pre-season training in Australia after requiring treatment for an infected spider bite.
For those who were curious about what the bite looked like, my arm a couple of days ago. Crazy Ozzie wildlife ! pic.twitter.com/R6LuSIYV9m
— nicholas roche (@nicholasroche) November 24, 2015
Roche was bitten on the arm in the Gold Coast earlier this month, the wound then becoming infected when he travelled to Singapore for a corporate event.
“When I was in Singapore I had to go to hospital a couple of times to have a look at it and get it taken care of,” Roche told Cycling Weekly. “It was a bit of a scare. My hand blew-up like a balloon and I didn’t know what was happening.
“In hospital they were not very encouraging either,” he added. “They never tell you how good or how bad it is, they try to stay as neutral as possible, but I think they were as worried as I was.”
Now healed, the 31-year-old Irishman is back training this week. He is in Australia for a month of pre-season training after a recent southern hemisphere honeymoon.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Brumotti sets new world record for most stairs climbed on a road bike
Trials ace Vittoria Brumotti is back in the news after setting what appears to be a new world record.
Brumotti reportedly climbed more than 1,200 steps on his roadbike in 51 minutes in Dubai’s Burj Al Arab tower. Given the coverage of Brumotti’s previous stunts, it shouldn’t be too long before a video of the record attempt emerges.
142 Miles from Monday
This short film comes from the world of mountain biking but it’s a story that many of us can identify with — the desire to step away from everyday life, to explore by bike, and to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone.
Sadly the video isn’t available to embed but we recommend you click here to go and watch it at PinkBike.
Haute Route 2016 Teaser
Each of the week-long Haute Route events see riders cover between 800 and 900km over seven stages, for a total of more than 20,000m of climbing. The promo for next year’s event looks great:
Australian Road National Championships promo
The 2016 Australia Road National Championships were launched earlier this week with the news that the women’s road race will get ‘as-live’ coverage for the first time ever. Here’s a promo video for the Nationals carnival that was revealed at the same time — it’s certainly got us excited for a big summer of racing here in Australia!
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days: