Millar running for CPA president; Breakaway survives at Vuelta: Daily News Digest

by CyclingTips

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Former professional cyclist and convicted (if apologetic) doper David Millar will run for president of the rider’s union. Millar has long been an advocate for clean sport since serving a two-year doping ban from 2004 to 2006. He has also worked with WADA and the rider’s union since retiring from the sport in 2014. Also, at La Vuelta a bizarre crash after the finish demonstrates the most important thing to never do at a bike race — turn your back on the peloton.

Story of the day: Millar to run for CPA President

For the first time in the history of the Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA), the union for pro riders, two candidates will challenge for the presidency. Former professional David Millar announced on Thursday he will challenge the current CPA President Gianni Bugno in the upcoming election at the UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Bugno is seeking a third four-year term as president.

Millar, whose 18-year professional career was split by a two-year doping ban in 2004, recieved much backlash on social media when his candidacy was announced. Even though the Briton has become a vocal anti-doping advocate since his ban and even helped to launch the Slipstream Sports program on that platform in 2008 alongside Jonathan Vaughters, many fans on social media were not pleased to see him running.

Established in 1999, the CPA works to ensure the riders have a voice, especially when it comes to safety. The CPA was integral in starting the Extreme Weather Protocol, which protects the riders from racing in extreme conditions. That seems to be the biggest accomplishment for the CPA in recent years, as the organisation seems to be in limbo. The CPA has mostly stayed outside of the limelight, something Millar wants to change, and its official website is dormant.

The CPA is also struggling against the politics of the bigger European cycling nations. The Dutch rider’s union (VVWB) left the CPA earlier this year citing politics and a handful of countries controlling the interests of the riders. One of Millar’s main arguments relates to this particular point, as he has proposed an electronic vote where every professional rider has a vote in the election. In the past, CPA presidents were elected only from member associations.

While Millar is proposing new ideas and has been an anti-doping advocate, it remains to be seen if his doping ban will still haunt him and affect his candidacy. One thing is for sure, after the showdown at last year’s world championships in Norway for UCI President, we are set for another debate this year in Austria.

Tweet of the day

Cyclocross season is upon us and the yearly debate on how long the elite men’s and elite women’s races should be is back in full swing. Elite women’s races currently have to be between 40 and 50 minutes while elite men’s races are 60 minutes. Should the elite races be an equal 50 minutes in length? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Race Radio

Geniez takes Vuelta win out of breakaway, Herrada leads GC

Alexandre Geniez (Ag2r-LA Mondiale) captured stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana out of the breakaway, as the day finished at the lighthouse in the coastal city of Mañón. Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) finished a close second with Bahrain-Merida’s Mark Padun in third.

Jesús Herrada (Cofidis), who started the stage nearly six minutes down, was part of the day’s breakaway and gained enough time to put on the red leader’s jersey at the end of the stage. He has over a three-minute advantage on former race Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Yates and the rest of the GC contenders rolled across the line over 11 minutes down on stage winner Geniez and over eight minutes down on Herrada.

LottoNL-Jumbo takes Britain TTT

LottoNL-Jumbo bested Quick-Step Floors in the tough 14-kilometre team time trial at the Tour of Britain to take the fourth stage and move Primož Roglic into the race lead. The Dutch squad covered the course in 19:37, beating Quick-Step by 16 seconds. Katusha-Alpecin finished third, 20 seconds behind LottoNL-Jumbo.

Roglic has a six-second lead over Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in the general classification. Another Quick-Step Floors rider, Bob Jungels, is third overall at 16 seconds.

Never turn your back on the peloton

In a bizarre incident, a crash occurred after the finish line on stage 12 of La Vuelta that saw stage winner Alexandre Geniez (Ag2r-La Mondiale) go down along with a few others.

An individual was crossing the road about 50 metres after the finishing and did not notice the quickly approaching riders until it was too late. Geniez collided heavily with the person, the rider’s shoulder striking the individual’s head quite hard. Stage runner-up Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) tumbled over his handlebars and Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing), who was fourth on the stage, also crashed.

All three riders were able to walk away from the incident, but as of press time no update on the individual that caused the crash was available.

Transfer News

American Tayler Wiles will be joining the new Trek-Segafredo women’s team in 2019, she announced on Instagram. Wiles raced for the British Trek-Drops outfit this year.

Wiles finished second overall at the Tour of California and narrowly missed taking a stage win in the Giro Rosa, finishing second to Ruth Winder (Sunweb) in a three-up sprint. Winder is also joining the new Trek squad next year.

Wiles joins previously confirmed riders Lizzie Deignan, Elisa Longo Borghini, Lotta Lepistö, Winder, Lauretta Hanson, and Abi Van Twisk. The team will be directed by Ina Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini.

Moving Pictures

Vuelta a Espana stage 12 highlights

Tour of Britain stage five highlights

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