In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Report: China’s richest man Jianlin may try to purchase the three Grand Tours; Testing Chris Froome: Q&A with Dr. Jeroen Swart on Tour winner’s lab results, his conclusions and what comes next; Teams start naming their lineups for Santos Tour Down Under; UCI says agreement has been reached on WorldTour reform; Taxation Without Representation; Thereabouts 2: the feature length documentary – this Friday only; The nine types of bike riders; Yowamushi Pedal anime stage show; This Short Film Was Made with 2 Stationary Bikes and 1,800 Long Exposure Photos
Report: China’s richest man Jianlin may try to purchase the three Grand Tours
ASO has for years been the big fish amongst race organisers, running the top events and also having sizeable influence in the direction of the sport. It owns the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España plus many other major races, and resisted the UCI over the introduction of the ProTour, and more recently, the planned WorldTour reforms.
However if Milano Finanza is proven correct, another major player could be vying to enter the arena, with Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin and his Wanda Sports group reportedly interested in buying the three Grand Tours.
Jianlin is China’s wealthiest person with an estimated fortune of almost $30 billion. In addition to many other business interests, he owns a 20% stake in Spain’s Atlético Madrid football team. Earlier this year he purchased InFront Sports & Media, which holds some of the marketing rights to FIFA’s World Cup, and also owned Ironman.
After that acquisition the new Wanda Sports group was launched in November.
According to Milano Finanza, this company is considering purchasing the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
Click here to read more on CyclingTips.
Testing Chris Froome: Q&A with Dr. Jeroen Swart on Tour winner’s lab results, his conclusions and what comes next
Exercise physiologist Dr. Jeroen Swart has been front and centre in the news in the past few days, having played an important role in the physiological tests that Chris Froome underwent in London in August.
Those tests, carried out at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) lab, looked under the hood of the two-time Tour winner, giving an insight into his physiology and also attempting to explain how Froome went from being a rider with limited early success to a multiple Grand Tour winner.
Here’s an excerpt:
Q: Do you think it would have been an option to give Chris Froome’s whole bio passport to someone like Michael Ashenden or Robin Parisotto [experts at detecting blood doping – ed.]?
You could say to them, okay, you assess this, come to your conclusions and then just release that conclusion without needing to release all the blood values publicly?
JS: Yes, I think that is a fair suggestion. And it is something that I would certainly suggest to them. So releasing it to an expert to review and for them to provide an opinion, certainly. Releasing it into the public domain doesn’t really add value.
Click here to read the full interview on CyclingTips.
Teams start naming their lineups for Santos Tour Down Under
With just over a month to go until the start of the Santos Tour Down Under, several teams have named their seven-man lineups for the WorldTour race.
Ag2r La Mondiale, FDJ, Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing have all confirmed their squads for the Australian event, which begins on January 16.
New signing Jack Bobridge will spearhead the Trek Factory Racing team, and will be joined by Julian Arredondo, Giacomo Nizzolo, Peter Stetina, Ryder Hesjedal, Boy Van Poppel and Kiel Reijnen.
Orica GreenEdge will include Simon Gerrans, emerging sprinter Caleb Ewan, Michael Albasini, Daryl Impey, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Mathew Hayman.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
UCI says agreement has been reached on WorldTour reform
It’s been a long and bumpy path but, according to the UCI on Tuesday, a consensus has been reached on the subject of planned reforms to the UCI’s WorldTour.
“Following a two-day meeting held in Barcelona, Spain, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and key stakeholders of men’s professional road cycling have agreed on the details of the reform,” cycling’s governing body said in a statement.
“Coming after two years of dialogue and consultation amongst all stakeholders, the seminar brought together representatives of over 25 UCI WorldTour events, the 18 UCI WorldTeams and representatives of riders.”
CyclingTips understands that no vote was held, but that objections were not raised by the stakeholders.
Last month one of those stakeholders, the International Association of Cycling Race Organisers (AIOCC), had voted 70 to six opposing the reforms in their current presentation.
Click here to read more on CyclingTips.
Taxation Without Representation
What have world championship medallists Peter Sagan, Michael Matthews and Ram?nas Navardauskas got in common? Aside from the obvious, they’re all forced to pay a share of their prize money to fund the CPA rider union. Only they’re second class citizens when it comes to getting their voice heard. The Inrng assess the situation.
Here’s an excerpt:
For those riders with national representation there’s the usual formal democratic process of voting at annual general meetings of their national union and being able to mandate delegates to work on their behalf, plus valuable informal channels like chats with riders and so on to establish policy. But for those without a local union it means hundreds of riders are having to pay for a union which doesn’t represent them as well.
Under the current rules delegates to the CPA meetings cast votes proportional to their member base meaning across the World Tour and Pro Conti ranks they can exercise block votes of over 100 votes each. By contrast pro riders from countries without a union can have their say if they attend the meeting in person but this is a two class system: if you’re born in a traditional cycling country you get a union, if you’re not then you have to pay but don’t get a representative. Taxation without representation.
Click here to read more at Inrng.
Thereabouts 2: the feature length documentary – this Friday only
Hold onto your seats folks. This Friday, December 11 for one day only we’ll be showing the feature length documentary “Thereabouts 2” here on CyclingTips. Time details for the various timezones are listed at the bottom. Don’t miss it!
Gus and Lachlan Morton aren’t your average professional cyclists. In addition to their day jobs of riding and racing for the Jelly Belly team in the US, the Morton brothers are the brains behind Thereabouts: a series of adventures designed to get back to the very essence of cycling.
It’s all about riding for riding’s sake, enjoying the process of moving from A to B, learning something about yourself and your mates, and riding hard just because you can.
Click here to read more on CyclingTips, and to see a preview video:
The nine types of bike riders
Which one are you?
1. The wannabe pro
2. The Wrench
3. The Talker / Gearhead
4. The Girl
5. The Hedge Fund Fred
6. The Single Speeder
7. The guy who should wash his gloves more
8. The DH rat
9. Get a f$%king job
Read more at Teton Gravity.
Yowamushi Pedal anime stage show
In Japan there is an anime and manga called Yowamushi Pedal (translated as “Cowardly Cyclists”) with the story centred on bike racing. Interestingly, it has been made into a stage show!
Thanks to Scott Groom for the tip-off!
This Short Film Was Made with 2 Stationary Bikes and 1,800 Long Exposure Photos
“Un Petit Tour Dans Paris” is a new 1.5-minute short film by French director Maxime Baudin.
“In a splendid and romantic Paris, while everything is going too fast, a young man ride a ‘bicyle’,” the synopsis reads. “But his simple ride is going to take on a whole new dimension…”
Baudin tells PetaPixel that he did the shoot over two days in Paris, shooting 1,800 RAW photos with his Canon 7D to create the frames for the stop motion. Each exposure was a 2.5-second long exposure, since he wanted to show the world around his actors as blurry with motion and activity.
Watch the video below, and click here to read more about how this was created.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Sports supplements and accidental doping – how big is the risk?
- Holiday reads: cycling books to enjoy by the fire or on the beach
- Verve Cycling InfoCrank review
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday December 8