Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/LottoNL-Jumbo) & his twin rolling side by side

Post-Tour Criterium Mechelen (Belgium) 2016

Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 2, 2016

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In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead; Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe; Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017; Kreuziger joins Orica-BikeExchange, aims to help team’s young riders in Grand Tours; RideLondon sportive rider dies of cardiac arrest; Rio velodrome given Aussie stamp of approval; Hesjedal to retire at end of season; Lobato signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; Merida to sponsor Bahrain Cycling Team; Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: On-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass: Classica San Sebastian; How many bikes do you own?

Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead

by CyclingTips

Vicente Mateos (Louletano / Hospital Loulé) won the sprint on the fifth stage of the Volta a Portugal into Viseu, ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec).

Rui Vinhas (W52 / FC Porto) retained a comfortable overall lead into the rest day with his teammate Gustavo Veloso in second, 2’48” back.

The 153.2km long stage went over five mountain passes, one hors category, but still came down to a sprint.

After Tuesday’s rest day the race will face the queen stage between Belmonte and Guarda, with two hors category climbs.

Stage 4: Bragança > Senhora da Graça - Stage Result

Sunday 31st July 2016

1. es
VELOSO Gustavo Cesar
W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal
05:12:24
2. pt
SILVA Daniel
Rádio Popular Boavista
0:05
3. pt
BRANDãO Joni
Efapel
0:12

Today’s feature image is from the post-Tour Criterium Mechelen in Belgium.

  • Mark

    Wrong video under HOW MANY BIKES DO YOU OWN?

  • I bet Team Wiggins is over the moon that their branding is all over the Bahrain Cycling Team.

    • Turbo

      Fairly shameless reproduction eh?

      • awesometown

        holy smokes, I just noticed that!

  • VerticallyCompliant

    Another Ardennes leader. Just what OBE need…
    Amstel Gold podium next year could be 2nd, 3rd and 4th Orica – Bike exchange.

    • Dave

      You do know that Matthews is leaving?

      • VerticallyCompliant

        Where too? Won’t hurt Gerro and Roman’s chances. They will still be sprinting against each other.
        Though that said Romans long lead out for Sagan up the stage two climb at the tour will have Gerro licking his lips.

        • Dave

          It is confirmed that he is out, reportedly to Giant-Sunweb but not yet announced.

          Kreuziger is a classy super domestique, he will work for Gerrans at Amstel if that’s what the team decides on. He’ll get his chance at Liege if the new final with the Gerro-shelling cobbled climb is kept.

    • Andy B

      At least this ones willing to go solo and not suck wheels

  • Andy B

    Happy to see OBE sign Kreuziger.. An enjoyable rider to watch and strong domestique

    • Dave

      I agree. As well as his physical strength, his race smarts will come in handy in the mountains when things are going down too quickly for White to call the shots over the radio.

  • Nitro

    Tragic to read about the RideLondon events.

    The hold ups in the mass participation events would have been frustrating. (I am sure I read somewhere that the majority of the field didn’t even get to ride up Box Hill?)

    Stopping the pros in the middle of the race would have been annoying

    But someone losing their life, one air lift, and 33 people in hospital – that’s scary (I know Mrs. Nitro always worries when I hit the odd mass participation ride…)

    Best wishes to those impacted – as well as their families.

    • Dave

      My thoughts also to those who were involved, including those who stopped to assist the rider who had the heart attack and must now be wondering if he might still be alive if they had done something different.

      On the plus side, it does sound like the disruption was handled well by the organisation on the day.

      The organisers need to have a serious look at some of the arrangements made ahead of the 2017 event though, as it looked like a field of 27000 was too big for a sportive held ahead of a road race on the same course.

      Perhaps holding the sportive on the Saturday could be considered, swapping places with the women’s elite race which could then be upgraded from a crit to a road race held on the same day and course as the men’s race. With a couple of tweaks to replace the circuits with more of an out-and-back route and a derogation from the UCI race distance rule, it could become the first road cycling race in the world to have both equal prizemoney and equal difficulty.

      Another option could be a lower cap on both the total size of the field (not likely, I understand it’s a big money spinner) and also a cap on the number of riders able to enter without previously completing the event or another ‘qualifying’ event.

      > I am sure I read somewhere that the majority of the field didn’t even get to ride up Box Hill?

      Correct, in two senses of the statement. Most riders don’t get to ride up Leith Hill or Box Hill without stopping because the climbs are choked full and they have no option but to stop and walk up.

      The whole ‘outer’ section of the route taking in Leith Hill and Box Hill was bypassed following the crashes, to clear the punters out from the area where the race took in a number of circuits. They posted a map of the diversion online … https://d1ffaecguugkl4.cloudfront.net/ridelondon/live/uploads/cms_page_media/18/RideLondon_100_Diversion_Map_2016.pdf

  • Laurens

    Clever feature image, KRamon shows us the mirror image of the picture so the reflection of the writing on the wall is not a mirror image ;-)
    By the way it says “It promised to be another beautiful day”

    • Anthony O’Toole

      yep I noticed that too. I wondered how the mirrored text could be read normally, and then the cranks on the wrong side are a give-away.

  • Robert Merkel

    Breaking news – Lizzie Armitstead will go to Rio after winning CAS appeal against four-year whereabouts ban for three missed tests .

    • geoff.tewierik

      Expect Tinkov to pass comment on Twitter shortly.

      • Dave

        But not Cookson!

    • Yes indeed. We’ve got a story coming up soon.

    • jules

      Dodgy

      • Dave

        That was covered up nicely by the UCI, which is hardly a good look when they are bending the rules to chuck out Russian riders who have served their time.

        I’d like to hear the thoughts of the UCI President on this, but I don’t expect to.

  • Andy B

    Is there any specific reason why the S works bikes are branded just “Specialized” at the Olympics?
    Vino’s and the other orange bikes in 2012 were, and now Nibali has posted a picture of a bike with just specialized on the frame?
    Is there a reason behind this? I imagine they are still the S Works Frame?

    • Hyun-ji Song

      I can speculate that because it’s the Olympics there is more exposure and having one name Specialized probably is more focussed for the general public rather than two. Then if people are interested, they can research and bam, S-works pops up.

    • Dave

      For a start, they will all be riding current model bikes rather than the 2012 S-Works+McLaren Venge or 2014 S-Works+McLaren Tarmac which had the traditional McLaren house colour of orange.

      It will be interesting to see what other Spesh riders have on their bikes. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s down to IOC branding rules.

      • Andy B

        yep my thoughts were either Branding issues or perhaps Specialized don’t sell S Works in all markets so they feel they will get a broader exposure by just having the one brand shown

        • Dave

          I wouldn’t put it past the first, but I think it’s more likely to be the second.

          I’ve never understood the idea of putting the S-Works name in prime position on the downtube as it feels like brand dilution. Can you imagine Gerrans on a bike with anything other than SCOTT in prime position?

  • Marc

    Great photo by Kramon. About those post tour crits: I think they’re great. Of course they’re fixed, but spectators either don’t know or don’t care. I think it’s great that the Tour de France stars you’ve been watching for weeks on TV all of a sudden appear in your own little town (the crits are almost never in the bigger cities). You can see them, touch them, talk to them, get their autograph. In what other sport can you do so? It brings cycling to the people. It is how my love for cycling really started, I was watching the Tour on TV and the next week they were racing in my own backyard. I was amazed by the colours, the speed, the jerseys, and so proud of the autograph I got from my favorite rider, he even wrote my name on the piece of paper saying he was happy to have me as a fan! Two days after that first crit I bought my first, way too large, road bike and have been riding ever since. It’s a great way of getting young kids to like the sport and its athletes.

    And more technical: they are fixed, they do race with smaller gears to make it look faster, the average is usually just under 40km/hr. They do not really race them, because the pro’s need to recover from the Tour and be sort of fresh for the real races to come, like San Sebastian or the Vuelta. Real racing would hurt them, as those crits go for two hours and the circuits aren’t like the ones we’re used over here in Australia. They usually have bad road surface and tight corners. If you would really race them, it would be non stop accelerating, sprinting from corner to corner. 2-hour crits in Holland and Belgium can be harder than a 160 km classic. About the winner: usually the race organiser gives a top three to the riders. Those riders can battle it out on the last few laps for the spots. However, if there is a big star like Froome or Sagan, they usually have to win. Local riders who fill up the fields never finish top 3, but they are in the break, almost looking to make it.

    Sounds fake? And a rubbish show? It sort of is. But if any of you is ever in Europe that time of year, go have a look and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it. The whole atmosphere, the cyclists, the speaker, the sizzles, the live music, it’s great entertainment.

    • Laurens

      I remember going to one of those with my dad as a kid and it was magical to see the Tour de France heroes in the flesh, almost close enough to touch them. Don’t know who ‘won’ but it’s great kids today can have that same experience.

    • Dave

      As I’m also a cricket fan, I view it the same way I view the tour matches between visiting international teams and state teams or the CA Chairman’s XI.

      They aren’t real cricket matches as they’ll have a range of contrived playing conditions, arranged declarations and local grade players might come on as substitutes. It’s still a nice day out (usually at a smaller regional/suburban ground where you can sit on a grass bank, not a massive stadium) for any real fan of the sport, the play seen on the field is still pretty real (Mitchell Johnson looked just as scary at a lazy 140km/h as he did going full throttle in a Test!) and the kids can get their magazines signed by the whole team which won’t happen during a hotly contested Test/ODI/T20I match.

      Long may both exhibition cricket matches and crits live on!

  • jon

    For better or for worse, Tinkov has somewhat of a point.

  • Good bye ~ Ryder Hesjedal.

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