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The Vuelta can save a season, Bronzini the director, a new Giant and another Terbutaline case.
Story of the day: Redemption at the Vuelta
Richie Porte is healed, training hard, and looking to win. So is Rigoberto Uran, back from his injury on the cobbles at the Tour de France. And the Yates brothers, coming off GC disappointment at both the Giro (Simon) and Tour (Adam). Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde are out to prove that Movistar is worth worrying about.
The Vuelta a Espana is cycling’s redemption tour, the last opportunity to prove something to the world before the offseason wipes the slate clean.
It’s a dynamic that makes the Spanish grand tour particularly interesting, and unpredictable. Riders base entire seasons off the Tour, and sometimes the Giro. The assumption is that they’re lining up at their best. But it’s quite rare that the Vuelta is a primary target until something goes wrong earlier on. Most of the contenders line up after overcoming some difficulty. Injury or a loss of confidence bred of poor form. Who knows how they’ll ride or when they’ll peak. Who knows how they’ll react to the heat and the climbs. Who knows if they’re truly healed, if they’re actually ready.
The Vuelta starts in ten days. Who can save their season?
Bronzini retires, will direct at Trek women’s team
Italian Georgia Bronzini will end her 16-year career this fall and move to the director’s seat with the new Trek women’s team. She’ll join retired pro Ina Teutenberg at Trek.
Bronzini is a two-time road world champion with more than 80 professional victories.
“It is hard to leave the racing behind, I have many great memories, but I am happy I can continue in cycling,” she said. “I have so much to give back; I want to pass this on.”
Geschke moves to BMC/CCC
Sunweb’s German climber Simon Geschke will ride for BMC, soon to become CCC, in 2019. Geschke has ridden with Sunweb and its previous iterations for his entire professional career. “I wanted to change teams at least once in my career and I thought this year would be a good time, and then this opportunity came up so I took it,” Geschke said in a press release.
CCC hasn’t announced its name for next season. It will be managed by Jim Ochowicz, who currently manages BMC, and will combine some current BMC riders with a crop of new hires. The team has already announced the signings of Will Barta, Serge Pauwels, and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck. It has retained Greg Van Avermaet but lost Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis, Tejay van Garderen, Damiano Caruso, and Alberto Bettiol.
Xuban Errazkin positive from Volta Portugal
Basque rider Xuban Errazkin has returned two adverse analytical findings for terbutaline, an asthma drug, according to record.pt.
Errazkin was the best young rider and finished 16th overall at the Volta a Portugal last month. The tests were conducted at the Abimota Grand Prix in June.
Terbutaline, like Salbutamol, is classified as a beta-2 agonist and is banned by WADA. However, unlike Salbutamol, Terbutaline requires a TUE to be used at any dose in competition. Terbutaline is the same substance that was found in a sample from Simon Yates’ at Paris-Nice in 2016. That sample resulted in a 4-month suspension for the Brit.
Van der Hoorn takes BinckBank stage
Taco Van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) attacked his breakaway companions in the final kilometer of the BinckBank Tour’s third stage and crossed the line solo ahead of Maxime Vantomme (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan). Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) stepped into the overall race lead.
Tweet of the day
Anybody have a private jet?
After 48 hours of travel, Team Africa Rising still isn’t in Colorado. That’s a problem, because the Colorado Classic starts tomorrow.
Nooooo! Total nightmare. US friends – Anyone know someone with a private jet that could help?? We have so much invested in this, new bikes waiting and the @CoClassicPro to race! Help us @Twitter – please RT everyone! #africarising #teamisteam https://t.co/h7k2sQAvrU
— Africa Rising Cycling (EUR) (@CyclingAfricaEU) August 15, 2018
Giant announce Revolt Advanced carbon gravel bike
Giant has just announced its first carbon gravel bike, the Revolt Advanced. Built with versatility in mind, the 2019 Revolt Advanced borrows a number of design cues from the recently revamped Defy Advanced endurance bike, including the use of the updated D-Fuse seatpost and matching (tapered) handlebar for increased comfort.
The new Revolt Advanced features dropped chainstays, allowing the use of a standard double crankset with room for up to 700x45c rubber (or wider if run with 650B wheels). The “Advanced composite” grade frame features stealthy rack and fender mounts, three water bottle cage mounts and an optional plastic downtube protector. The new gravel platform shares similar geometry figures to the ToughRoad SLR GX we recently reviewed, albeit with a better choice in fork rake for a reduced trail figure.
The Revolt Advanced is expected to land in stores from October, with three models on offer ranging between AU$2,799 to AU$4,299. US pricing is TBC. Visit Giant Bicycles for more information.
Wolf Tooth and King Cage collaborate on new Morse bottle cage
Looking for a little more space with the limited room you’ve got? Wolf Tooth have teamed up with King Cage to offer a bottle cage with four mounting positions across 32mm of vertical adjustment. Made by King Cage in Durango Colorado, the new Morse bottle cage shares the same bent tube and welded design that has made the original King Cage so iconic. The Morse cage is available in either titanium (US$70) or stainless steel (US$25), weighing 32g and 58g respectively. Learn more at Wolf Tooth.