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by Mark Zalewski

September 16, 2016

In your CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Castroviejo wins European Championships time trial; Ellen van Dijk wins European Championships time trial; Colbrelli wins Coppa Agostoni; Froome, Wiggins among athletes with TUE approvals published by Russian hackers; Contador confirms move to Trek-Segafredo, reaffirms Tour de France is primary goal; Victoria inches ever closer to a minimum passing distance law; Rosskopf extends with BMC; Australia names road worlds teams; Russian track racer Ekaterina Gnidenko disqualified from London 2012 Games; Harrogate seeks to be host town for 2019 Road World Championships; Woman sets paced bicycle land speed record; Boardman unexpectedly questioned about Armstrong on talk show; Froome receives signed pair of boots from Barcelona star Lionel Messi; Diamondback claims world’s fastest triathlon bicycle; A bike that plays records.

Castroviejo wins European Championships time trial

by CyclingTips

Movistar’s Jonathan Castroviejo won the time trial of the European Road Championships in Plumelec, ahead of Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac).

“Taking on such a TT just four days after a Vuelta a España is really difficult,” said Castroviejo. “It all depends on how you have finished things off there, if your team did well and you’ve got morale – I really tried to recover as much as possible, eat much and healthy, have as much rest as possible, and keeping my mind focused on this tough course, almost an hour-long one, with rough roads, small climbs, plenty of elevation gain. Fortunately, things turned out well.

“Having such experience from so many close calls really helped me today. You know that in such demanding courses, an effort of 55-60 minutes, everything can be lost on the last few kilometers, and as we saw that the start also suggested to take on a big gear and push hard, I rather decided to save some energy and stay calm for the end. We knew the Côte de Cadoudal and it was more than necessary to save some legs for the end.”

The win comes less than a month out from World Championships and could be a sign of form for the Spaniard looking for the rainbow jersey.

“Well, we’ve got time before that. For me, the most important thing now is having some more rest, recovering also my head and not only my legs. After that, we will race a couple of race with the team in Italy and we will start thinking about the Worlds after that. When it comes to physical work, we’ve done more than enough before Doha already!”

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Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

Today’s feature image comes from the Coppa Agostoni and shows Elia Viviani’s custom shoes for his gold medal win at the Rio Games.

  • I’m assuming all that panelling on the Tri bike in the viseo, would be shocking in any cross wind….

    • Dave

      Triathlon is the perfect place for that bike, it deserves to be showered in urine.

    • Laurens

      If you’re going to make claims on non-UCI approved bikes, this would be trumped by many recumbant bikes. But what’s the point?
      And that land speed record must be so scary… Fred Rompelberg still holds the record but I remember he crashed once and broke pretty much everything you can break, and bruised the rest.

  • Cameron Harris

    Hey State Government of NSW: compare and contrast the positive, constructive tone of the Victorian approach to cycling safety with your combative, blame focussed approach.

    • Hamish Moffatt

      In Victoria we’re allowed to go out for a drink after work too :-)

      • Dave

        All the more reason to become the fifth state/territory to introduce a passing distance regulation.

    • winkybiker

      The NSW process and resulting legislation suited Duncan Gay and his freeway-building/loving cronies perfectly. They have ensured cyclist safety by basically fine-ing them off the road. If the NSW Govt. did the comparison you suggest, they’d laugh and wonder what the bicycle-loving hippies down in Victoria were smoking.

  • Gavin Adkins

    I think it’s a great shame that there was apparently no room for Kimberley Wells in the Australian squad for Road Worlds. Pretty tough for a power sprinter with three (3) UCI wins this year to miss out on selection for a flat windy course…

    • Yeah, not a bad call. You could probably even make a case for Lauretta Hanson. She was third on a stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar this year while racing for the Aussie national team.

      • Dave

        Annette Edmonson is another pretty big omission, she would be the ideal final leadout rider for Hosking and a good sprint option if Hosking gets dropped.

        Gracie Elvin is certainly a rider who must be there, because it’s by no means guaranteed to come to the finish all together.

        • Bex

          Annette Edmo is a funny one for me, she dominates on the track but hasn’t done much on the road this year. I guess her focus was on Rio Track so she probably doesn’t have road legs at the moment.

      • Gavin Adkins

        Definitely, Hanson is a big talent.

  • Crompensation

    Australia all-in for the Sprint for the men’s road race

  • ZigaK

    Was expecting someone to be poped in the 2012 OI men’s road race.


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