In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nibali’s anticipated departure from Astana at end of 2016 looking a lot less likely; “The most exciting I’ve seen in many years” – Holm predicts greatness for Etixx – Quick-Step’s young sprinter Gaviria; Pauline Ferrand-Prevot sidelined with knee injury; Androni Sidermec reveals 2016 jersey; This is Drop and Roll; The 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships; Ridley Scott’s Boy and Bicycle available to watch online for free.
Nibali’s anticipated departure from Astana at end of 2016 looking a lot less likely
by Shane Stokes
After his inglorious exit from this year’s Vuelta a España many predicted Vincenzo Nibali would leave the Astana team. But now, according to the rider himself, there is a good chance he might renew after the 2016 season.
“I was already twice proposed a [contract] renewal,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The first two days after the Vuelta, and I find this a gesture of great respect, the other recently. There is interest on their part, now it’s up to me to choose.”
He said that deciding to stay with the team will depend on certain factors. “It is no longer an economic issue, but one of choices: which races I will do, the program, whom I will be supported by. I don’t want to be angry at races, but happy. The chances of renewing with Astana are good.”
As well as his thoughts on his career future, Nibali also gave an insight into his likely programme for 2016. He will begin in the Tour de San Luis, do a training camp at altitude at Mount Teide, ride the Tour of Oman and then return to Europe for Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo.
Another high-altitude training camp will follow, then the Giro del Trentino, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro d’Italia. Whether or not he will do the Tour de France remains a topic of discussion. Fabio Aru is thought likely to have the team’s backing to try for the win, but Nibali sees value in riding the race in order to prepare for the Olympic Games.
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“The most exciting I’ve seen in many years” – Holm predicts greatness for Etixx – Quick-Step’s young sprinter Gaviria
by Shane Stokes
Etixx-Quick-Step director sportif Brian Holm believes the team’s young Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria is one of the most exciting riders he’s seen in many years.
“He did some crazy stuff I never saw before, really,” Holm told CyclingTips. “I saw him first time, he had just came from the track to the road. He was going so fast in the Ride London Classic, the one day race. Okay he got a cramp in the last five kilometres, but he was unbelievable there.
“Then he went on to ride the Tour of Britain… Until he got the problem with his knee [which caused his withdrawal from the race prior to stage five – ed.], he was riding on the front, pulling the bunch for 150 kilometres. When it was splitting up, he was still with the first on the climbs despite pulling for that distance.”
Holm believes he might well have triumphed that day, save for some bad luck.
Team owner Patrick Lefevere has even gone so far as to say Gaviria could be a successor to Cavendish who, after several seasons with Etixx-Quick-Step, is headed to MTN-Qhubeka/Dimension Data in 2016.
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot sidelined with knee injury
Reigning cyclocross world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot appears set to sit out the European CX season, including a shot at defending her rainbow jersey, after reportedly picking up an injury in training.
— Rabobank – Liv (@RaboLiv) November 26, 2015
Ferrand-Prevot tweeted that she’d fractured her tibial plateau — an injury that, according to her Rabo-Liv team, could see the Frenchwoman out of action for six weeks.
Rabo-Liv’s other multiple-time world champion, Marianne Vos, is expected to return to racing in 2016 after a year on the sidelines due to ‘overtraining’.
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Androni Sidermec reveals 2016 jersey
Italian Pro Continental team Androni Sidermec (formerly Androni Giocattoli) has revealed its new kit for the 2016 season, having done away with its blue, white and red kit in favour of a Cofidis-like mostly red ensemble.
The 2016 Androni Sidermec squad has been together in Cesenatico for pre-season medical checks and meetings in the build-up to a training camp in Benidorm, Spain, from December 10-20.
The team’s roster for 2016 is: Franco Pellizotti, Marco Bandiera, Marco Benfatto, Egan Arley Bernal, Tiziano Dall’Antonia, Marco Frapporti, Alberto Nardin, Luca Pacioni, Daniele Ratto, Mirko Selvaggi, Alessio Taliani, Davide Viganò, Francesco Chicchi and Serghei Tvetcov.
This is Drop and Roll
Here’s the latest video from Danny McAskill and his band of merry trials riders. This time it’s an over-the-top homage to 80s rock. Heads-up: the product placement in this video feels a little more overt than in previous efforts, but it’s an enjoyable watch nonetheless.
The 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships
This is a great laugh.
Ridley Scott’s Boy and Bicycle available to watch online for free
The British Film Institute (BFI) has made Ridley Scott’s first film available for free online. The super-low-budget 1965 film Boy and Bicycle features Scott’s older brother, Tony, playing a truant who spends the day riding around Hartlepool, England. Click on the image below to watch the film at the BFI website.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Garmin Edge 520 review
- Update on Mark Gunter’s condition
- Why whistleblowers are crucial for cycling and other sports: part 1
- Whistleblowers part 2 – the cost of speaking out
- Daily News Digest: Thursday November 26