In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Additional surgery required for Degenkolb after Giant-Alpecin training crash; Adriano Malori out of his coma in Argentina; Peter Sagan previews Olympics course, Rio only one goal in a big season; Quintana – ‘We continue dreaming of the yellow jersey’; Teams announced for first-ever Women’s WorldTour event, Strade Bianche; Unibet to replace Rabobank as Dutch cycling sponsor?; Cyclocross world championships preview – Why a 21-year-old will wear the rainbow jersey; Training tips from Jens Voigt; Fabian Cancellara’s junior worlds ITT throwback; Jail time for driver who swerved towards cyclists; Michele Scarponi gets another visit from Frankie.
Additional surgery required for Degenkolb after Giant-Alpecin training crash
by Shane Stokes
Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb has returned to Germany after being hit by a car last Saturday, with his Giant-Alpecin team confirming that he will undergo additional surgery as a result of the accident.
“John’s left index finger was damaged in the accident and he will have additional surgery in Germany,” stated team physician Anko Boelens on Wednesday. Boelens added that it is currently impossible to say when Degenkolb will be back in action.
“As a professional athlete, he needs the functionality back in his finger, and the recovery time for that is extremely difficult to predict.”
The surgeon who treated him in Spain stated this week that the rider would be out at least three months, meaning he will miss the defence of his San Remo and Roubaix titles.
Chad Haga, meanwhile, won’t require surgery on an eye socket fracture after all.
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Adriano Malori out of his coma in Argentina
The Movistar team reports that Italian rider Adriano Malori is out of his medically induced coma after crashing heavily at the Tour de San Luis last week.
Movistar doctor Jesús Hoyos told VeloNews that Malori has been out of sedation for two days now and is “conscious and lucid.”
The team had its presentation yesterday but did so with without Malori.
“We present the team without Adriano today,” team manager Eusebio Unzué told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He should be here with us and the most important thing is that he returns to the peloton as soon as possible. That’s our main wish for this 2016.”
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Peter Sagan previews Olympics course, Rio only one goal in a big season
Having just finished the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to take a look at the road race course that will be used in this year’s Olympics.
— Tinkoff (@tinkoff_team) January 26, 2016
Sagan has played down his chances of winning the road race, saying the course is probably too hilly for him. Regardless, the Olympics is just one of Sagan’s goals for this year.
“2016 is not only about the Olympic Games for me because I have three parts of the season: The Classics, the Tour de France and if I’m good I will see about Rio, and then the World Championships,” Sagan said.
“The Classics are the big goals for me. Flanders, Milan-San Remo and Roubaix. These three are my goals,” Sagan said. Responding to a question about whether he felt under pressure to take a long-awaited Classics win, he said:
“We’ll see if I can win one. I’ve been racing for seven seasons but for now I’ve never won, even if very many people want me to. I’m still trying but it’s been hard for six years.”
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Quintana: ‘We continue dreaming of the yellow jersey’
Chris Froome (Sky) might be going for his third Tour de France victory this year, but he certainly won’t do it easily if Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has anything to say. After Froome opened an early lead in last year’s race, Quintana closed the gap, taking it to Froome right up until the last stage. This year Quintana hopes to go one step higher on the podium than second.
“We continue dreaming of the yellow jersey,” Quintana said at the Movistar team launch. “We are concentrating on the Tour, which is what we have the greatest hopes for and have dreamed of for so long.
“Then there are secondary objectives like the Olympics and to try again at the Vuelta a Espana.”
Quintana shared leadership duties with Alejandro Valverde at last year’s Tour de France but with Valverde riding his first Giro d’Italia this year, Quintana is likely to be the sole leader at the Tour.
Click through to read more at VeloNews.
Teams announced for first-ever Women’s WorldTour event, Strade Bianche
by Anne-Marije Rook
The first ever UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar gets underway on March 5 with the second edition of the women’s Strade Bianche in Siena, Italy. Race organisers yesterday announced which teams will be at the start line for this iconic ‘white roads’ race.
Under the new UCI Women’s World Tour regulations, only the top 15 ranking UCI teams will receive an automatic invite to one-day races. Additionally, organisers are allowed to extend several ‘wild card’ invites to teams of their choosing.
Unsurprisingly, for the iconic Italian event, the wild card invites all went to Italian teams. The invited teams are:
Wiggle High5, Rabo Liv, Boels-Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM, Cervelo Bigla, Orica Ais, Hitec Products, Cylance, Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank, Liv-Plantur, Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86, Btc City Ljubljana, Bepink, Astana, Alè Cipollini, Lotto Soudal, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Lensworld-Zannata, Servetto Footon, Inpa – Bianchi, S.C. Michela Fanini, Aromitalia Vaiano and Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.
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Unibet to replace Rabobank as Dutch cycling sponsor?
Late last year it was revealed that after 20 years sponsoring Dutch cycling, Rabobank would be pulling out of the sport. But the news isn’t all bad — online betting company Unibet appears set to fill that gap.
Unibet will reportedly take over as main sponsor of KNWU, Dutch cycling’s governing body, in a deal worth €7 million over four years, starting in 2017. There’s one small hurdle at this stage though: Unibet doesn’t yet have a license to operate in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government is reportedly in the process of finalising legislation that would allow licenses for commercial online betting companies.
Click through to read more at DutchNews.nl.
Cyclocross world championships preview: Why a 21-year-old will wear the rainbow jersey
by Neal Rogers
The Cyclocross World Championships are on in Belgium this weekend and, as Neal Rogers writes, there’s every chance the winner of the elite men’s race will be a 21-year-old: Mathieu van der Poel or Wout van Aert. Here’s an excerpt from Neal’s preview of the race:
“Together, the two riders have ushered in a new era for cyclocross fans, one marked not only by a generational passing of the torch, but also by a rivalry that could last a decade, or longer.
Both men have dominated the 2015-16 cyclocross season in their own way. Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) was the early frontrunner, seemingly winning without opposition in September and October while van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) was absent, nursing a knee injury that had required surgery.
By early January, van Aert had 14 victories and led all three major cyclocross series: Superprestige, BPost Bank Trophy, and the UCI World Cup. In most scenarios, that might be a career-defining season. Over the past six weeks, however, the world champion has been in a league of his own, winning four consecutive World Cups, often by large margins.
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Training tips from Jens Voigt
Jens Voigt has been absolutely everywhere since he retired from the sport in late 2014: in commentary roles, at VIP appearances, organising Gran Fondos — you name it. In his latest appearance, ‘The Jensie’ spoke with Cycling Weekly to provide some very useful training advice. Here’s an excerpt:
“Endurance alone isn’t enough
“In the early days, in East Germany, most of my training was long and slow. I could ride Paris-Moscow at 41.5km/h, but when I turned professional I realised that races aren’t decided at that speed; they are decided in the crucial five or 10 minutes of max effort — when I needed to be stronger.”
Train specifically for the hardest parts of the race
“I cut down the volume of training and did more quality, less quantity. I already had endurance; I didn’t need any more. What I needed was to train for the crucial part of the race.
“I did 10 minutes and one kilometre maximal efforts to replicate jumping after a breakaway or trying to create a break. I’d ride five times a four- or five-minute circuit early in the season — then later 10 times — at close to my maximum effort.”
Click through to read more at Cycling Weekly.
Fabian Cancellara’s junior world ITT throwback
Swiss powerhouse Fabian Cancellara is barely recognisable in this photo of him as junior world time trial champion:
Jail time for driver who swerved towards cyclists
A UK cyclist has been sentence to 2.5 years in jail after deliberately swerving towards cyclists in an attempt to scare them or run them off the road.
In addition to the cyclist involved in the above incident, two other cyclists recorded similar complaints.
The driver claimed he was swerving to avoid potholes, but was found guilty of two of the three incidents.
“I was in full control of the car. I do not agree it was dangerous, slightly careless,” the driver told the court after footage of the incident was shown to the jury. “I can remember swerving towards a cyclist to miss the pothole. I have got no reason… I am a cyclist myself,” he added, according to the Western Daily Press.
Click through to read more at the Sticky Bottle website.
Michele Scarponi gets another visit from Frankie
You might remember a video from late last year of Astana rider Michele Scarponi riding with Frankie the macaw. Well, Frankie and Michele have been reunited.
…ancora in compagnia di Frankje?? pic.twitter.com/1tU7fRtx9a
— Michele Scarponi (@MicheleScarponi) January 27, 2016
Apparently Frankie is something of a local celebrity, having made the news when she went missing a couple years back.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Responding to news of his positive test, Caja Rural rider claims innocence and blames contamination
- Jaegher Interceptor frameset review
- Introducing The Kaurna Kit: an Attaquer X CyclingTips collaboration supporting Red Dust
- Golden Oldie: A ride through history with Australian cycling legend Iris Dixon
- Daily News Digest: Wednesday January 27