Landis on Froome; Haga is Dumoulin’s sidekick; a tribute to Goolaerts: Daily News Digest

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It’s been almost a week since the Giro wrapped up, but we’re still talking about it. And we should: It was one of the most spectacular, and controversial, finales in Giro history.

It began with Chris Froome’s epic 80-kilometer solo ride on stage 19, and the heartbreak some suffered in seeing it, which led to Bernard Hinault refusing to mince words and ASO threatening its nuclear option.

The Secret Pro even defended Froome’s solo ride and now Floyd Landis is voicing his thoughts with an exclusive interview with CyclingTips.

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“I think being shot made me more compassionate.”Greg LeMond

Floyd defines ‘doing a Landis’

Floyd Landis’ performance-enhanced solo escapade across five climbs during the 2006 Tour de France lives on as a legend of the dark era of cycling. Froome’s own epic ride across three climbs and over 80 kilometres on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia has been compared to Landis’ ride — whether that’s fair or not is up for you to decide.

With Landis’ ride back in the mainstream conversation over the last week, we thought there’s nothing better than talking to the man himself about Froome’s escapade. Landis helps define exactly what “doing a Landis” entails.

Chad Haga’s Giro d’Italia, over-simplified: 3,572km in support of Tom Dumoulin

American Chad Haga has become a loyal lieutenant to Dutchman Tom Dumoulin after helping him to victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and second overall in 2018.

Haga spoke about guiding Dumoulin everywhere in the peloton and gaining the respect of the peloton by the job he does. “My job was to be his sidekick and keep him fresh until it was time for him to go. And then, I would save as much energy for the next day. But it’s quite cool just to be sort of attached to him throughout the race because by the end of it, people kind of expect that when he moves through a gap in the middle of a bunch, I’m coming through also, and you get a little bit more respect that way. It was a good companionship, I think. It was a fun duo”

CyclingTips and Haga also chatted about the Sunweb rider’s over-simplified race reports, especially the day Esteban Chaves was dropped and peloton rode hard the entire day, and his top-10 ride during the stage 16 individual time trial.

Click through to see our full interview with Chad Haga.

Paris-Roubaix honors Michael Goolaerts with cobbled sector

A cobblestone sector of Paris-Roubaix will be named in honor of Michael Goolaerts. The 23-year-old tragically died during the 2018 edition of the race after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The cobblestone sector in Biastre, France will be officially named ‘Secteur Pavé Michael Goolaerts’ during a ceremony on June 10.

Race Radio

Brennauer takes stage four of Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour

Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle-High5) bested Ellen Van Dijk (Sunweb) and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) on stage four in Germany to finally crack the top step of the podium after finishing third, third, and second over on the opening three days of the race. The finish was technical will a cobbled street to the line in Gera.

Three days of racing remain with two more road stages before the final day individual time trial.

Lucy Kennedy set return at Giro Rosa

It looks like Mitchelton-Scott might just have valuable new recruit Lucy Kennedy back in time to bolster the Australian squad for the Giro Rosa in July, according to a team press release.

The climber fell hard at Amstel Gold, leaving her with a long list of injuries includina g concussion, a broken clavicle, fractured scapula, eye socket and jaw.

Coming up

It’s hammer time! The second Hammer Series race of the season runs June 1-3 in Limburg, Netherlands. After Mitchelton-Scott dominated Hammer Stavanger last weekend, look for teams to come out extra aggressively.

The race is being streamed live on social media, digital and broadcast channels all over the world. We recommend watching the race on Hammer Series website, as you can see the race, in-race data, results, and current standings all on one page.

U.S. Pro road nationals live stream

USA Cycling announced that it will provide a live webcast of the men’s and women’s national road championships, held June 24 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Race announcer Brad Sohner will provide commentary for both races, beginning with the women’s 72-mile race at 9 a.m. ET. The 120-mile pro men’s race begins at 1:15 p.m. ET. The events can be viewed on the USA Cycling YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Tech news

Zipp updates NSW rim-brake clincher range

Zipp has just announced an update to its 303 (45mm), 404 (58mm) and 808 (82mm) NSW clincher rim-brake wheelsets, bringing them closer inline with its disc brake options.

At 1.75mm wider than the previous versions, each new wheelset gets a 19mm internal width rim that’s aerodynamically optimised for use with 25c tyres. The new rim will happily run either clinchers and inner tubes or tubeless tyres, with Zipp claiming that its Tangente RT25 tubeless tyres can be mounted without the use of tire levers. The new wider tubeless rims result in small weight increases for each wheelset.

The NSWs features are otherwise unchanged, including Zipp’s Cognition hubset, Sawtooth aerodynamic dimple design and smooth Impress graphics on the rim surface, and the ShowStopper brake track. We praised many of these features in our review of the previous generation Zipp 404 NSW wheelset. Visit for more information.

Otso releases a budget gravel bike

From speed pursuits to the journey, Otso has released the Waheela S gravel bike, a budget-oriented model that’s all about versatility. Made of Reynolds 520 steel tubing with an electro deposited rust protection coating, the new Otso borrows a few geometry tricks from cross country mountain bikes, including an extended toptube to be used with a shorter stem and a front end that’s suspension corrected for use with gravel suspension forks. Using Otso’s Tuning Chip system, something we tested in our review of Otso’s Warakin, the Waheela S’ frameset can be adjusted for use with tyres ranging anywhere from 700x28c to 7000x53c (29×2.1″), including 650Cx53.

The Waheela S comes in two colours, with framesets, including Otso’s carbon Lithic fork, priced at just US$899. Featuring SRAM Apex 1 drivetrains, complete bikes will start from US$1,999, and go up to US$3,249 for a bike equipped with a Fox F32 AX suspension fork and KS E30I dropper post. Visit for more information.

Moving pictures

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Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour stage 3 highlights
Recap of the third stage of Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour won by American Coryn Rivera (Sunweb).

Inside look into Movistar Women’s Team

An insight into the aims and approach of the new women’s Movistar team in its first season with this video from the UCI.

Happy Birthday to …

Robert Gesink (32), the Dutchman has been showing off his climbing chops at the WorldTour level for the last decade. He won the overall title at the Amgen Tour of California in 2012 and has shown well in one-day races with victories at the GP Montréal (2010) and GP Québec (2013) His last victory was a stage 14 of the 2016, which Vuelta a Espana that finished atop the Col d’Aubisque.

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