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June 9, 2018
Photography by Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos
Dan Martin sent a shot across the bow a took his first victory since 2017. Trek settled its Farley fat-bike lawsuit with the family of the late comedian Chris Farley. And one of the most influential figures in cycling stays behind-the-scenes. Meet Stella Yu, who is most likely responsible for the comfortable saddle you love.
The final hors category ascent to Valmorel separated the contenders from the pretenders on Friday at the Criterium du Dauphine, two days into a four-day block of mountain stages. Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) attacked in the final three kilometres and soloed to the victory. The victory is Martin’s first since the Volta ao Algarve in 2017. Geraint Thomas (Sky) crossed the line four seconds back and pulled on the maillot jaune as race leader.
Team Sky set a brutal pace at the front of the peloton on the final climb to reel in the remnants of the breakaway and to set-up its GC favorite, Thomas. Movistar’s young sensation and Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler had a go with 3.5 kilometres to go. The attack drew out the overall contenders and then Martin made his move.
“It’s been a difficult start of the season for myself and the team, but it’s just fantastic that it worked out today,” Martin said. “Personally, since I won a stage at the Tour de France [in 2013], I’ve probably been second and third about ten times, so it’s great to win here just before the Tour because that’s my goal. I surprised myself today though. I didn’t expect to be that strong.”
Comedian’s family settles with Trek over “Farley” named fat bike
The family of comedian Chris Farley and Trek have come to a settlement over Trek’s Farley-branded fat bike, according to a report in The New York Times. The Wisconsin-based bicycle corporation was being sued by Make Him Smile, a company operated by the actor’s family. The lawsuit claimed that Trek had acted unlawfully when it named its fat-bike line “Farley.”
Details and the amount of the settlement were not provided by the Court or by either party.
Why Stella Yu is the most powerful woman in the cycling industry
The annual pre-Tour de France new product extravaganza is in full swing and we thought we’d look back at one of the most influential individuals that stays out of the limelight.
Stella Yu isn’t a name that instantly rings a bell for most cyclists, but her role in the cycling industry far outweighs her recognition outside of it. Everyday riders might think of the company she heads and founded, Velo Saddles, as a fringe brand that peddles value-oriented seating options, but that’s by design. Behind the scenes, Yu’s company is a veritable gargantuan in the industry. Chances are extremely good that you’re already riding a Velo product without even knowing it.
Learn more about Stella Yu here.
Is Stella Yu the most powerful woman in the cycling industry? By many accounts, absolutely.
BMC Racing riders to skip European championship
BMC Racing riders will not race the European championships in Glasglow in either the time trial (Aug. 8) or road race (Aug. 12), according to a statement from the Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC). It appears the championships conflict with the dates of the BinkBank Tour in Belgium, which starts the day after the EU road race. BMC Racing will also be present at the Tour of Utah and Tour of Poland during the time period of the championships.
The UEC statement said the organization was “shocked” to learn of BMC Racing not participating and said they had planned a charted flight for after the road race to accommodate the riders racing the BinckBank Tour.
UCI investigating Lotto-Soudal for using “aerodynamic gel”
Lotto-Soudal used a special aerodynamic gel during Wednesday’s team time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine and now the UCI is stepping in to investigate the legality of it, according to Het Nieuwsblad. The UCI’s technical committee is looking into the substance and hopes to have a decision on the matter prior to the Tour de France.
UCI rule 1.3.033 forbids “non-essential items of clothing or items designed to influence the performances of a rider such as reducing air resistance or modifying the body of the rider (compression, stretching, support).”
Lotto-Soudal powered to third during the 35-kilometre team time trial. They finished 53 seconds behind Team Sky, who won the stage. Lotto-Soudal was open about the team’s use of the substance after the stage with team doctor Servass Bingé explaining the substance to Sporza.
“It’s Speed Gel,” Bingé said. “The gel reduces air resistance. The higher your speed, the more profit you can get from aerodynamics, all small bits help and we try to support our riders in that speed gel provides an aerodynamic advantage and perhaps also a mental advantage.”
The UCI It remains to be seen how the UCI will treat the substance.
Saturday’s sixth stage at the Criterium du Dauphine will be exciting. The 110-kilometer route from Frontenex to La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo is nearly identical to stage 11 of the Tour de France. Short stages tend to attacks from the drop of the flag and full power racing throughout the entire stage. This is definitely a day to watch and it will help you get in the mood for what’s to come in July.
BMC issues voluntary recall of 2017-2018 Timemachine 01 TT/Tri models
Wider tires are all the rage these days (and for good reason), but it’s important to remember that there is such a thing as too wide, especially if your frame isn’t meant to accommodate the additional volume.
BMC is apparently running into a problem on its 207-2018 Timemachine time trial/triathlon models, specifically related to how much — or in this case, how little — room there is between the front tire and the cutout on the close-fitting down tube.
“When using certain tire widths, the distance between the front tire and the down tube may fail to meet the required safety tolerance,” stated an official BMC press release. “In the event of contact between the tire and frame, this could result in a potential crash.”
Owners of affected bikes are advised to immediately bring them to an authorized BMC dealer for inspection, and further action as needed.
Yeti plans outdoor industry campus in Colorado
Yeti Cycles is looking to build a 25-acre outdoor campus in Golden, Colorado just outside the city of Denver. The 40-acre site, which includes 25-acres of developable land and requires land rezoning approval as well, would become Yeti’s new headquarters and factory. The idea is the land site would become an industry campus of sorts with other outdoor brands also being housed there.
Yeti partnered with development firm Neeman Company on the project with Yeti owning 9-acres of the 25 acres of developable land. Yeti’s plot of land will include three giant buildings, which take into account the company’s predicted growth over the next 20 years.
José Joaquín Rojas turns (33) today. He’s a veteran of the WorldTour, having turned professional in 2006 with Astana. His biggest accomplishment is being a two-time national Spanish road race champion. Also, to Ben Hermans (32).