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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

October 13, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tony Martin smashes field to land fourth world time trial championship title; Four years after USADA’s Reasoned Decision, Bruyneel appeal to CAS underway in Switzerland; Pooley says Brailsford was ‘silly’ to guess her whereabouts; Yorkshire to host 2019 UCI Road World Championships; AIGCP sends strong letter to UCI opposing WorldTour reforms; Brian Cookson’s response over cycling crisis is too little, too late; La Course could expand for 2017; Dumoulin says World Champs are ‘flat’; Dimension Data signs Ryan Gibbons and Ben O’Connor; Underground Adelaide velodrome plan divides city council; On-board cameras at the World Champs; Glow in the dark bike path in Poland; Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out.

Tony Martin smashes field to land fourth world time trial championship title

by Shane Stokes

Turning back the clock after dialling back his time trial position to its previous iteration, Tony Martin grabbed his fourth Elite world TT title in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday with a storming ride.

“It is amazing, I can’t believe it. Everyone knows I didn’t have a good year so far until Sunday,” he said, referring to the Etixx QuickStep team’s victory in the team time trial. “Becoming world champion here is incredible. It makes everything forgotten that happened during the year. It was amazing and I think it will give me a lot of strength for next year.”

The German rider finished a clear 46 seconds clear of last year’s champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), who did what he could to repeat but had to settle for silver. Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo was one minute 11 seconds back in third, while Rohan Dennis (6th), Bob Jungels (10th), Tom Dumoulin (11th), Alex Dowsett (12th), Taylor Phinney (15th), and Luke Durbridge (18th) will likely be disappointed with their performances.

One who will be encouraged, though, is young Irishman Ryan Mullen. He was one of the earliest starters, set the quickest time and remained in the hotseat until the final few minutes of the competition. He eventually finished fifth, one minute 22 back and just 11 seconds off bronze. Given that Mullen is young enough to have ridden the under 23 event, he will be back in future years fully believing he can take gold.

Martin doesn’t have to look ahead, though. He can savour a rainbow jersey right now, repeating his victories in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Today’s feature image comes from the men’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.

  • Superpilot

    1) What are the countries for other future years than 2019 in Yorkshire?

    2) The guardian article on Cookson criticising him is too late? Cookson mentions TUE system etc in this very article https://cyclingtips.com/2015/04/cookson-says-uci-will-try-to-tighten-up-cortisone-and-other-grey-area-substances/

    3) Look, doping in the sport is something I really dislike, although I congratulate Jaksche’s interview with Ride as very very refreshing and open. Anyway Brunyeel may be a dork for cheating, but I think it sounds right that American organisations have no place lodging consequences on him in those circumstances, that is for WADA or his national body to undertake, surely?

    • jules

      I don’t know the circumstances of USADA’s ban on Bruyneel, but maybe USADA claims jurisdiction over the fact Bruyneel was DS of a US-registered team? I note that team-based doping is a violation of the WADA code

    • Don Cafferty

      “The Respondents in this action are Mr. Johan Bruyneel (“Mr. Bruyneel”), Dr. Pedro Celaya Lezama (“Dr. Celaya”), and Mr. José (“Pepe”) Martí Martí (“Mr. Martí”) (collectively “Respondents”, and individually “Respondent”). All three Respondents worked for the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel professional cycling teams and have been charged with conduct stemming from their participation on those teams.” http://www.usada.org/wp-content/uploads/aaa42214.pdf

    • Sir Wiggo

      I agree on point 2.

      I’m not the biggest Cookson fan. By coincidence Rouleur #65 has quite a long interview with him. He gets a bit of a grilling from Cleverly. Certainly more than I expected.

      Anyway, I thought Cookson explained himself pretty well, justifying what he’s achieved, and what they still need to achieve. He was quite frank.

      I have concerns with Gibson’s criticisms; that said, the average Joe Blow who knows little with cycling would agree with him.

      To me, they read like Gibson doesn’t quite understand where the UCI stands on TUEs, and what WADA’s role is.

      And as you rightly said, Cookson has spoken. Maybe the Guardian thinks that unless he speaks to them, them he’s silent.

  • Anto, NZ

    Danny MacAskill; great to see someone is having fun on their bike!

    • Nitro

      100% agree – personal opinion is that this sort of video is much more appealing than the seemingly never ending “arms race” between the guys who seem determined to put themselves in the “one slip and its certain death” scenarios… We all unfortunately know how that’s going to end for one of them one day…

      Out and about, enjoying the great outdoors, clearly having a blast – Isn’t that what cycling should be about ?

      • Mark Blackwell

        +1 Thought the restrained, playful style was an excellent change-up (particularly riding into the deep puddle… hilarious!)

        • Agreed: the tone is perfect. A beautiful little film you can’t help laughing and smiling at.

    • Andy B

      Great Video :)

  • Andy B

    Underground Velodrome sounds awesome.. we’ll take it in Newcastle ;)

  • Nitro

    Re: Yorkshire 2019, I did think the tweet from Chris Froome was on point given the current state of play…

    “Great to hear #Yorkshire has been awarded the 2019 Road World Championships. There won’t be any complaints about the lack of spectators”


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