In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chaves confirms Giro-Vuelta double for 2016; Frank Schleck not ready to contemplate retirement — another Tour de France top 10 still an objective; The Inner Ring on Katusha’s change of image; Two Itera-Katusha riders banned for anti-doping violations; Rusvelo to become Gazprom-Colnago in 2016; A bicycle trainer with a hill-climb apparatus; Cyclist ‘slaps’ moped rider on shared pathway; Peter Sagan on his goals for 2016; The Steamboat Ralleye.
Chaves confirms Giro-Vuelta double for 2016
Colombian sensation Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) has confirmed he will ride both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 2016, just as he did in his breakout 2015 season.
“I will have two major objectives: the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana and I would like to be part of the Colombian selection for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” Chaves said in an interview with Colombian website Publimetro.co. “Now I am in the [Olympics] selection; we will see later, when the race is closer, if I can be in the Olympics or not.”
Chaves was one of the most impressive performers at this year’s Vuelta, winning two stages en route to fifth overall. The young Colombian says the lead-up to his Vuelta performance was a long one.
“I arrived at the Vuelta a Espana after two years of preparation, where I did a Giro d’Italia this year and last year we did the Vuelta a Espana that was my first three-week race. I’ve had two seasons in the WorldTour, that has also been really important, always having competition in the WorldTour,” he said. “It is [not] only those two years, there has also been a lot of progression before that, in Team Colombia, when I was racing with Nairo (Quintana) in the Tour de l’Avenir with the Colombian team, in my junior teams… The whole process has taken me to the Vuelta a Espana 2015.”
Chaves has signed a three-year contract extension with Orica-GreenEdge and will remain with the team through 2018.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Frank Schleck not ready to contemplate retirement; another Tour de France top 10 still an objective
The 2016 season will be Frank Schleck’s 15th as a professional and the 35-year-old Luxembourger says he has no plans of retirement just yet.
“I wont carry on riding until I’m 42, don’t worry. It’s going to be hard for me, next season, because I’ve been on the podium in races like the Tour but I know that’s not going to be easy to repeat because of the evolution of young riders who are coming through and it’s harder and harder to perform. However, I still believe that I can ride a top ten in the Tour,” he said.
“If that’s not the case then that’s fine, I can still lead the team in other ways by being at the front and helping others. I can give experience to younger riders. It’s just hard for me to say that 2016 is going to be my last year.
“I don’t know when I’ll stop, I really don’t. It’s hard to imagine that this will be my final season. I’ve had one year off the bike and I know just how much I missed it. For now, I’m just thinking about next season and getting the best out of myself. If I can ride like that and perform for the team I’ll be happy. Then we’ll see what happens.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
The Inner Ring on Katusha’s change of image
Late last week we shared a piece with you about Katusha’s plans to reinvent its image; to rectify perceptions that the WorldTour team isn’t ‘sexy’. Now, in an article entitled “Can you love Katusha?”, The Inner Ring has weighed in on perceptions of the Russian team and how a rebrand might help (or not).
Here’s an excerpt:
“Stepping away from the sport there’s no shortage of PR advice around for individuals, companies and even nations that are unloved. It’s hard to think of a pro team that’s gone from ugly duckling to swan though.
What does Katusha mean? They’ve topped the world rankings before and have some of the world’s best riders like Alexander Kristoff and Joaquim Rodriguez today. But they’re an unloved team and the managers want this to change. They’re right to be concerned given even the most successful teams don’t win that often so perceptive matters like popularity and public image matter.
Stepping away from the Team Kremlin image could help but it’s hard to escape the source of their funding. Management is part of the problem too, some of the staff have a dubious past and a steady drip of doping stories which keep making it hard to forget the past. They’re the only active team that’s had their licence stripped. Given this even if they get everything right in 2016 it’ll take more time to polish up their image.
Click here to read the full article at The Inner Ring.
Two Itera-Katusha riders banned for anti-doping violations
Speaking of Katusha, the WorldTour team’s Continental feeder squad, Itera-Katusha, has just learned that two of its young riders have been hit with one-year bans for anti-doping rule violations.
Andrey Lukonin and Ivan Lutsenko have both been suspended by RUSADA after “information was provided by the Disciplinary Anti-doping Committee”. It is unclear whether this constitutes a positive test for a banned substance or a different type of anti-doping infringement.
Just as positive tests at the Astana Continental feeder team earlier this year raised questions about the WorldTour team of the same name, these latest violations might lead some to question whether similar breaches could be found at the Katusha WorldTour team.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Rusvelo to become Gazprom-Colnago in 2016
And in better news for teams owned by Russian energy magnate Igor Makarov, the Rusvelo men’s ProContinental team will have two new title sponsors in 2016: Gazprom and Colnago.
“Since I was a kid I dreamed of being able to have a Colnago and tonight I crown my dream, launching a team [composed of 21 riders, all Russians] that is close to my heart and that will use the most desired bike in the world,” said Makarov, a former cyclist himself.
A bicycle trainer with a hill-climb apparatus
Here’s an interesting patent that we stumbled across which seems to be for a trainer that automatically adjusts the distance from the front forks to the ground in an attempt to more realistically simulate riding up or down hills.
The patent’s authors, Pro-Climb in Washington, USA, suggest that gradient simulations on stationary trainers (by increasing or decreasing resistance) go some way to replicating the experience of climbing but that there is considerable room for improvement. They suggest that their device is one such way of making such an improvement.
Click here to see the full patent.
Cyclist ‘slaps’ moped rider on shared pathway
The videos you tend to see online are the ones of cyclists being hit by other road users, but this clip is a little different. In it, a cyclist in Stockholm seems to takes offence at a moped rider using a shared cycle path and hits the moped rider.
The moped rider (who posted the video) suggests that he was legally entitled to use the path, saying “The lane to the right is actually for pedestrians, while the lane to the left is for bicycles/mopeds going both directions.”
Click here to read more at road.cc.
Peter Sagan on his goals for 2016
This video is worth a watch solely for Sagan’s answer to the question of which one race he would like to win in 2016:
The Steamboat Ralleye
This is a terrific video from Kitsbow and Niner showing the 197-mile (317km) Steamboat Ralleye from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- How to take great photos of your bike
- How to wear a cycling cap? Team Giant Alpecin shows you…
- Garmin Edge 520 review
- The HoliDaze: let’s talk about holiday weight management
- Chasing Races: The stories behind the photos of Karen M. Edwards