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The professional peloton’s collective strength against the UCI and race organisers could be at risk with the Dutch riders’ union pulling out of the international cyclists’ union (CPA). This breaks apart the collective voice the riders’ wanted, but it seems the CPA may be faltering and the Dutch organisation is moving on before things full fall apart.
Quote of the day
“ITT Nationals, over-simplified: Guy stares past his hands at white lines for 3 rainy laps to set a new best time, then has to wait 2 hours for last year’s fastest guy to knock him down a step”. — American Chad Haga on Twitter after finishing second at the U.S. national time trial championships.
Haga first started tweeting his over-simplified stage reports during the Giro d’Italia in May and they gained much popularity, netting him over 3,000 new followers on Twitter. We caught-up with Haga just after the Giro to find out why he first started doing this.
Story of the day: Dutch riders’ Union pulls out of CPA
The Dutch Association for Professional Cyclists (VVBW) announced it is withdrawing its membership from the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA), the international cyclists’ union, due to a lack of representation for riders from countries without a formal union and deficiencies in the organisation. The move is dramatic considering the VVBW was a founding member of the CPA.
The CPA has made strides in recent years to help give riders a voice against the UCI and race organizers. The organisation helped to bring the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol to fruition and limit the integration of disc-brake equipped bikes in the peloton due to safety concerns. However, it seems lately the CPA has not been proactive in communicating its long-term plans to the riders.
Currently, only nine countries of the CPA have the ability to vote on decisions. “To the present day, three primary European cycling countries control the policies of the CPA, and the VVBW feels this isn’t a true reflection of the men’s professional ‘peloton’ in the year 2018,” the statement read.
The CPA seems to have done little to help the women’s peloton. In turn, the women’s peloton also appeared to lack confidence in the CPA, as it created its own union last December. Iris Slappendel, Gracie Elvin, Loren Rowney, and Carmen Small created The Cyclists Alliance to help promote and protect athlete safety and enhance professionalism within the sport.
The VVBW fully back The Cyclists’ Alliance in its statement.
It remains to be seen what the next step is for the Dutch riders’ union and how the CPA will respond. The CPA seems to be on the brink, as it has lost a founding member’s support and the organisation’s website has not been updated in nearly two years.
MPCC hails UCI’s new anti-doping additions, calls on WADA to change rules
Responding to Thursday’s announcement that the UCI is seeking to ban tramadol and glucocorticoids, the MPCC anti-doping group has applauded the move, but continued its demands on World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to act.
The MPCC called on WADA to add Tramadol to the prohibited list, to apply automatic provisional suspensions when a rider has a positive or abnormal control, and to confirm a stoppage from competition when there has been an intake of glucocorticoids.
UCI to host multi-discipline world championships every four years
The UCI announced it will hold what it terms ‘a true festival of cycling’ every four years beginning in 2023. Multiple world championships will take place in the same block of time and same region over a period of between 17 and 19 days. It will be the first time all the championships will be held in the same area.
“To be held every four years, in each pre-Olympic year starting from 2023, this UCI event will bring together the following world championships: Road, Mountain Bike (cross-country Olympic, cross-country Marathon and downhill), Track, BMX Racing, Urban Cycling (BMX Freestyle Park, trials and mountain bike Eliminator), Para-cycling Road, Para-cycling Track, Indoor Cycling (artistic cycling and cycle-ball) and Gran Fondo,” explained the governing body in an announcement.
Van Garderen headed to EF-Drapac?
American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing), recently second overall at the Amgen Tour of California, is rumoured to be heading to EF Education First-Drapac in 2019, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. The 29-year-old has finished fifth overall at the Tour de France twice (2012, 2014) and with it looking more and more likely BMC Racing will fold at the end of the season, the American looks to be securing his future before it’s too late.
Chris Hamilton extends with Team Sunweb
Talented young Australian rider Chris Hamilton has further extended his contract with Team Sunweb, signing on for an additional two years. The 23-year-old rider joined the squad in 2017 and has a contract until the end of 2019: the new two-year deal adds to that, and will see him in the team’s colours until the end of 2021.
“I’m really excited to be extending with the team,” he said. “For me it was a pretty easy decision when I look at the development they have already given me in just one and a half years. Team Sunweb have always had a lot of faith in me which gives me a lot of confidence in what we can do together over the coming three years. I’m looking forward to making the next steps with the team.”
Hamilton helped teammate Wilco Kelderman to fourth overall in last year’s Vuelta a España, and also helped Tom Dumoulin and Sam Oomen to second and ninth overall in the Giro d’Italia in May.
UCI reveals 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar, no more date overlaps
The 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar will encompass the same 23 events as in 2018, but with no date overlaps. Mainly the Women’s Amgen Tour of California and Emakumeen Bira in Spain will no longer be held over the same time period in May. The California race will take place from May 16 to 18 in 2019 and Emakumeen Bira will be held from May 22 to 25.
Interestingly, La Course by Le Tour is listed as “to be confirmed.” It is the only event on the calendar with this designation, which begs the question of whether the event will take place next year.
Strade Bianche will once again open the calendar on March 9 and the Tour of Guangxi will conclude the calendar on October 20. In all, the 2019 Women’s WorldTour will comprise 52 days of racing.
Be paid to bike to work in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, employees could soon be paid to bike to work instead of driving, according to BikeBiz.com.
The Dutch government is looking into restructuring its corporate tax law to help encourage companies into paying their employees to bike to work. Dutch Secretary of State for Infrastructure Stientje Van Veldhoven has proposed that companies pay their staff 14 pence per kilometre to bike to and from work. According to BikeBiz, over 50-percent of daily car commutes are within 7.5 kilometres.
“The bicycle makes an important contribution to accessibility, livability and health. It reduces traffic jams. That’s why I want to stimulate cycling with the goal that there will be 200,000 extra commuters from the car and that we will make 3 billion more bicycle kilometres together,” Van Veldhoven said.
A hidden cycling mecca: Boulder, Colorado
Many of CyclingTips’ U.S.-based employees live in Boulder, Colorado, so we are a little biased when it comes to the town, but we couldn’t agree more that it is truely a gem in the cycling community. Check out the video below to see what makes Boulder so special and you may recognize a few of the faces and voices too.
Happy Birthday to…
Thomas Voeckler (39), the Frenchman retired after the Tour de France last year after over a decade of entertaining fans with his attacking style of racing. He first gained international prominence in 2004 when he wore the yellow jersey for 10 days during the Tour. He finished fourth overall in the Grande Boucle in 2011 after gaining the maillot jaune early in the race out of a breakaway and then riding valiantly in the mountains. Over his career, he won four stages at the Tour.
Also to, Andréas Klöden (43) and Jérémy Roy (35).