In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Giacoppo, Wells win Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic; Mark Cavendish to race the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race; Brian Cookson – The reform of professional cycling is vital for the future of our sport; Dynamo Cover Continental team collapses, former Australian U23 champion Ben Dyball among those affected; Dimension Data interested in signing Igor Anton?; Alessandro Vanotti breaks leg in Astana training camp crash; Mississippi age-group rider tests positive; Etixx-Quick-Step reveals new kit for 2016; David Walsh reflects on The Program and the Armstrong years; Yowamushi Pedal the movie.
Giacoppo, Wells win Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic
Anthony Giacoppo (Avanti) and Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) have been crowned victors of the Launceston Cycling Classic over the weekend.
Giacoppo, a former Australian criterium champion, had been leading a breakaway with four laps of the new City Park course remaining. A burst of speed ahead of the final corner put Giacoppo into a perfect position from where he ousprinted Nathan Earle (Sky) for the win.
In the elite women’s race, defending champion Kimberley Wells repeated her 2014 success, outsprinting Sarah Roy (Orica-AIS) and High5 Dream Team teammate Kendelle Hodges.
The Launceston Cycling Festival introduced equal prize money for the women’s race this year.
Earlier in the weekend, Avanti’s Neil van der Ploeg won the elite men’s kermesse in Longford, while Orica-AIS’s Chloe McConville escaped from a four-rider break to take a solo win in the elite women’s kermesse.
Mark Cavendish to race the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
The Victorian minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, has announced that Mark Cavendish will take part in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 31 next year.
Despite attempts to secure Cavendish for other Australian summer races, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be the Manxman’s only outing on Australian soil. His Dimension Data team will be in action at the Tour Down Under the week prior, however, as necessitated by their new WorldTour status.
“I am looking forward to starting the 2016 season in Victoria and racing for the first time with Team Dimension Data at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race,” Cavendish said. “I’ve heard great things about the challenging Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race course and I’m especially excited to visit Geelong again – last time I was there was for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships,” Cavendish said.
Click here to read more at about the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Brian Cookson: The reform of professional cycling is vital for the future of our sport
Ahead of a key stakeholder’s meeting in Barcelona about the pending WorldTour reforms, UCI president Brian Cookson has written a piece for Cyclingnews about why he believes the reforms are so important.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The UCI is the governing body and I carefully choose the word ‘governing’ rather than ‘controlling’. We know we can’t make the reforms that are needed on our own; we need the support of the organisers, of the teams, and the riders. And we have to do it in a way that pleases the fans too. When I was elected I promised to be a President who listens and takes account of people’s view. But at the same time you eventually have to take a lead.
I think there is a pretty wide consensus amongst the stakeholders who will gather in Barcelona on Monday. Each stakeholder has their own interests and assets to protect but we can all become stronger by working together. We have to remember that there are many other sports out there that have higher profiles, with stronger economic models and many more people watching on television around the world. If we’re going to compete with them, make our sport grow and provide better experiences and rewards for everyone involved, we’ve got to work together.
The alternative of a major dispute amongst stakeholders is not what I want to contemplate. I don’t think the fans want any further arguments either. I think they’ll lose patience with us if we continue to bicker. Women are showing us the way. Look at what’s been achieved in the past two years by all sides working together collaboratively.
Click here to read the full article at Cyclingnews.
Dynamo Cover Continental team collapses, former Australian U23 champion Ben Dyball among those affected
by Shane Stokes
The 2011 Australian under 23 champion Benjamin Dyball is one of many riders who have been left high and dry for the 2016 season after the new Dynamo Cover Pro Cycling team collapsed on Friday.
Dyball (previously with Avanti Racing), compatriots Benjamin Hill (Charter Mason) and Jesse Kerrison (BMC Development Team) plus the Kiwi Nick Kergozou are the riders affected from the southern hemisphere.
The team was originally set to race under the We Are Wales banner, as announced in 2015, and stated that riding the Tour de France by 2019 was a goal. It changed the planned title from We Are Wales to Dynamo Cover Pro Cycling in recent months, and was due to begin competing in 2016. However the founder Eifion Weinzweig sent an email to team staff and riders on Friday breaking the news that the project was not going ahead in 2016.
The opening section of the email reads:
“I regret to say that the team project has to be delayed by 1 year. The reason is that mid-week our sponsor agent received unexpected legal threat amounting to £5million and has pulled out leaving us with no options. This has resulted in a postponement of sponsorship funds, until the threat is cleared. The threat will last into 2016, however I intend to continue with the project aiming now for the 2017 season.
Contacted by CyclingTips, Weinzweig said he would not comment on the matter.
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
Dimension Data interested in signing Igor Anton?
Ahead of its first year as a WorldTour outfit Dimension Data (currently MTN-Qhubeka) is currently finalising its roster and Spaniard Igor Anton is reportedly among those in the team’s sights.
The 32-year-old Spaniard rode with Euskaltel-Euskadi from his debut in 2005 through to 2013 when the team folded. He has been with Movistar for the past two years but hasn’t been offered a contract extension.
“More was expected of me in a team where demands are high, and maybe I didn’t fulfil those expectations,” Anton said in a recent interview with Ciclo 21. “These last two years haven’t been a disaster because I’ve helped the team, I’ve won again, but it hasn’t been enough. I have shown through my results that I have a lot to offer and that I can still have a place at the top level.”
According to Cyclingnews Igor Anton is on the list of riders Dimension Data is potentially interested in, but the team might instead opt not to add any more signings for 2016.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Alessandro Vanotti breaks leg in Astana training camp crash
Astana domestique Alessandro Vanotti has fractured his tibial plateau in a crash at a team training camp.
Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru was also involved in the crash but was uninjured.
“A few kilometers away, on the promenade of the coast, there was a sign with the work in progress, a truck and a traffic-marking cone,” Vanotti told La Gazzetta. “The rubber cone was hit by Fabio Aru and took my wheel, I fell. I got up and I realized there was something wrong, the area was swollen like a watermelon. ”
The 35-year-old Vanotti will today have an MRI scan to determine whether the injury will require surgery and how long his recovery might take.
“Put it this way,” Vanotti told La Gazzetta. “The important thing is that Fabio is not injured. I only regret that something like this happened in training.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Mississippi age-group rider tests positive
An age group rider in Mississippi, USA, Todd Hickman, has tested positive for stanozolol and methylphenidate at the Louisiana-Mississippi Age-Graded Road Championships and been banned from the sport for four years.
The 49-year-old won the 66-mile (106km) championships in the 40+ age group category in a race that was contested by just 10 riders.
Stanozolol is an anabolic agent while methylphenidate is a stimulant that is sold under the name Ritalin, among others.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Etixx-Quick-Step reveals new kit for 2016
Here’s Etixx-Quick-Step’s new kit for 2016, as modelled by new recruit Marcel Kittel. Blue is the new black!
Click here to read more at CyclingTips.
David Walsh reflects on The Program and the Armstrong years
The Program is now in cinemas worldwide and YouTube channel FilmQuote Compile recently spoke to journalist David Walsh about the film and his recollection of the Armstrong years:
Click here to read our review of The Program.
Yowamushi Pedal the movie
The Japanese cycling-themed manga-turned-anime Yowamushi Pedal (“Cowardly Cyclists”) was recently turned into a feature film, the Australian release of which happened over the weekend. Here’s a look at the theatrical trailer:
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Visiting Orbea: a bike brand 175 years in the making
- Bikes of the Bunch: Curve Ti Belgie
- Analysis: Froome’s data released showing impressive lab results, as well as some limited blood test figures
- Roadtripping Switzerland