In today’s Daily News Digest: Dennis confident prior to Tour Down Under title defence: says form is perhaps better than 2015; “I am more motivated than I have ever been” – Froome extends with Team Sky until end of 2018 season; Finding Lucas Euser; Matt Goss confirmed as heading One Pro Cycling lineup in Le Tour de Langkawi; Boonen retains confidence heading into what’s possibly his final season; Team Sky announces Giro d’Italia squad; CES 2016 Oakley Radar Pace; Tour de San Luis preview video; Richard Virenque and a turbo-charged mosquito
Dennis confident prior to Tour Down Under title defence: says form is perhaps better than 2015
Speaking in the run up to the Santos Tour Down Under, last year’s winner Rohan Dennis has said he is on course physically to challenge for what would be a record second straight victory in the event.
“To be honest, we have a good team. Nationals showed that I am still going well, the same as last year if not a little bit better,” he stated.
“But there is still obviously tactical parts of the race, the Tour Down Under, where I can come unstuck and lose the race pretty quickly. I have still to keep myself on my toes and not do anything stupid each day. But the form is there.”
Dennis will return as part of the BMC Racing Team and will be joined by the rider who finished second overall behind him last year, Richie Porte.
With Porte now a BMC Racing Team rider, the American squad will have two captains in the event. He believes that’s an advantage over others.
“We have got two bulls to fight. I think that is our greatest strength at the moment…”
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“I am more motivated than I have ever been” – Froome extends with Team Sky until end of 2018 season
A member of Team Sky since 2010 and a winner of two Tours de France in that time, Chris Froome has confirmed that he has extended his contract until the end of 2018.
“Team Sky have been fundamental to my success to date, so it was a very easy decision to commit to the team until the end of 2018,” he said.
“Their values are my values and I am proud to ride for a team that has shown that you can win the biggest bike races in the world clean.
“2015 was a fantastic year for me both professional and personally and this is a great kick start to 2016. I am more motivated than I have ever been and I have got big targets for this Olympic year. I can’t wait to start racing.”
His existing contract had been due to run until the end of this season.
Team Principal Dave Brailsford described him as both one of the most talented and dedicated riders in the world and also a ‘fantastic ambassador’ for the sport.
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Finding Lucas Euser
Lucas Euser was the rider behind Taylor Phinney when he crashed during the US national championships in May 2014, and has now spoken about the effects that fall had on him.
Euser gave up his race to tend to Phinney, who was badly injured, and said that he suffered guilt and depression after the crash. This ultimately led to his retirement at the end of 2015, which he speaks about in depth.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
““The crash with Taylor changed things. I love the kid, right? We’ve developed a really close relationship, but as much as he crashed and hurt himself, I avoided a crash,” he says. Then the question that runs on a loop: “I happened to slide into a concrete barrier as opposed to a guardrail. Why?”
“It left me with a little bit of survivor’s guilt, after I popped up. I was okay. My bike took all the impact. I see what he went through, thinking like, ‘Oh, I’ve been in that position. Why wouldn’t it happen again?’ I say this as a 32-year-old, not as a 22-year-old. The 22-year-old old Lucas would have said something completely different.”
Click here to read the full feature on VeloNews.
Matt Goss confirmed as heading One Pro Cycling lineup in Le Tour de Langkawi
Former Milan Sanremo winner Matt Goss is attempting to return to his previous heights this season, and will ride the Tour de Langkawi as one of his early targets.
The Australian was part of a One Pro Cycling squad confirmed on Tuesday for the race.
“We have worked hard to build a race calendar for One Pro Cycling in 2016 to both develop and challenge our squad whilst always looking to be competitive”, directeur sportif Matthew Winston said. “To be accepted into Le Tour de Langkawi is testament to the squad that we’ve built. I’m confident we can travel to Malaysia not only to ride the race but to be challenging for good results.”
Goss will be joined by climber John Ebsen, who is also a new signing. He was previously eighth and 13th overall in the race, clocking up those results in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Also on board will be the New Zealander James Oram, the Pole Karol Domagalski and the Britons Richard Handley and George Harper.
Click here to read the full story on CyclingTips.
Boonen retains confidence heading into what’s possibly his final season
It’s almost four years since he last took Classic wins, netting the Tour of Flanders/Paris-Roubaix double, but Tom Boonen is convinced that he can still take big victories in pro cycling.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t like it, and still didn’t believe I could win,” Boonen said, according to VeloNews. “I have thought about how nice it would be to not have to worry about weight, but I am still motivated. I don’t want to be sitting at a desk yet.”
He might well have taken more big victories since then, but has been dogged by misfortune. This includes the big crash he had in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Tour last October, where he suffered concussion and resulting hearing loss.
“After the bad luck I’ve had the past three years, I deserve it,” he said. “I am working to be ready for those big races that I love.”
He admitted that he is not at 100 percent, but said that he is where he usually is at this time of the year. “I will be ready for the big races. I’d love to win another Roubaix. I’ve already won it four times, more than I ever expected. It’s a race that’s given a lot to me, and I’d love to have another cobblestone [trophy].”
Click here to read the full story on VeloNews.
Team Sky announces Giro d’Italia squad
Having ridden strongly in support of Fabio Aru in last year’s Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, Spaniard Mikel Landa will get his own chance in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He has been confirmed as heading the Team Sky squad in the race, joining Leopold Konig, Sergio Henao, and Beñat Intxausti.
In all ten riders were named for what will ultimately be a nine-man squad. One of those listed will not make the final cut.
In addition to the aforementioned riders, the provisional lineup also includes Sebastian Henao, world time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka, Ian Boswell, David Lopez, Christian Knees and Elia Viviani.
Landa was third in last year’s Giro but appeared to many as strong enough to have pushed for second, if not first. He held back on several occasions to help Aru, obeying team instructions that he most likely wanted to ignore.
He appeared frustrated at times but will finally get the chance to show what he can do as a Grand Tour team leader.
Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.
CES 2016 Oakley Radar Pace
Coached by your sunglasses? Oakley makes it possible; see the details here.
Tour de San Luis preview video
There’s some spectacular scenery in this Tour de San Luis race preview. The Argentinean event begins on January 18.
Richard Virenque and a turbo-charged mosquito
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Meet Jeanine Laudy, Ella’s new race reporter
- To Everest base camp and beyond: how Adam Hansen continues to defy convention in pro cycling
- Ella Picks: Monday January 11
- Photo gallery: elite men’s road race at the Australian Road Nationals
- Photo gallery: women’s road race at the 2016 Australian Road Nationals
- Introducing The Kaurna Kit: an Attaquer X CyclingTips collaboration supporting Red Dust
- Daily News Digest: Tuesday January 12