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Fernando Gaviria wins in Argentina; Theo Bos returns to form on the track; Rebecca Rusch announces gravel training camps; and Silca CEO Josh Poertner shares some knowledge in a new podcast. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day:
The 66th Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Australia’s oldest stage race, kicks off tomorrow on Phillip Island in Victoria. The men’s event will comprise five stages, concluding in Melbourne, while the women will compete over two stages, finishing in Churchill.
Among the notables on the start list are Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott), and Luke Rowe (Team Sky) on the men’s side, and Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Brodie Chapman (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) on the women’s side.
CyclingTips Australian editor Matt de Neef will be on the ground, so stay tuned for daily features and updates.
Gaviria wins opening stage of Vuelta a San Juan
UAE Team Emirates speedster Fernando Gaviria won the 159.1km-long first stage of the Vuelta a San Juan in a bunch sprint over Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) finished 8th, and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished ninth.
Tomorrow’s stage covers 160.2km of the Argentinian countryside, from Chimbas to Peri Lago Punta Negra.
Theo Bos back to track gold
Dutchman Theo Bos took his first individual Track World Cup gold in 13 years this week, winning the keirin in Hong Kong.
Bos is a five-time world champion on the track, but made an ill-fated move to road racing in 2009. His track speed never quite translated to the rigors of road racing.
At the Tour of Turkey that year, he was fined and disqualified for pulling Daryl Impey down and into a barrier, though Bos claimed he was merely protecting himself.
Bos later signed for the Cervelo Test Team, then Rabobank, MTN-Qhubeka, and Dimension Data. He won stages of the Tour of Turkey and took his first WorldTour victory at the 2012 Eneco Tour.
Bos returned to track racing in 2016, and won a team sprint gold at the Minsk World Cup last year.
Rebecca Rusch announces Rusch Academy gravel training camps
Gravel-focused riders looking for a fresh challenge can now look to two new training camps hosted by none other than Rebecca Rusch.
The all-inclusive GravelLessTraveled Academy, held June 5-9, features four full days of gravel riding in the Idaho backcountry with multiple route options, daily clinics, catered meals, nutrition and fitness coaching, and three nights at the Wild Horse Creek Ranch. Also included is a custom Assos jersey, guaranteed and discounted entry into the 2019 Rebecca’s Private Idaho event, a 12-week training plan, and “giveaways of some of Rebecca’s favorite gear.” Registration is US$1,950-2,450, depending on lodging preferences.
Alternatively, there’s also the Gravel Backcountry Academy, June 11-16, which offers a more remote and rugged experience, daily point-to-point rides, nightly education and skills clinics, gourmet meals, and small groups.
Tweet of the day
Ok, so this isn’t technically a tweet, but it’s still worth sharing. Surely fixies and snowy roads don’t mix, right? Think again.
Silca Josh Poertner launches Marginal Gains podcast
Former Zipp technical director and current Silca owner/CEO Josh Poertner is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to bicycle performance, and he’s now sharing some of that accumulated wisdom through his new Marginal Gains podcast, co-hosted by Michael Hotten and Elden Nelson.
The first episode discusses the meaning of marginal gains in the context of cycling overall, and how lots of those small gains may yield real improvements in performance, even if any one of them individually may not mean much.
Listen to the first episode here.
Trek adds Project One Icon paint options to mountain bike line
Trek made a splash with its latest Madone aero road bike, not just for the bike design itself, but also for the stunning Project One Icon paint options that were made available at the same time. Now, mountain bikers can get the same schemes on the Top Fuel, Fuel EX, and Procaliber trail bikes, too.
For more information — and to start building your own — head over to Trek’s Project One page.
Brooks releases updated Cambium C13
The Brooks Cambium C13 has always been a bit of an outlier, what with its molded carbon fiber rails, throwback aesthetic, and one-piece molded vulcanized rubber top. New for this year is an extra woven nylon layer on top, which should only add to the saddle’s unique look.
Brooks offers the updated Cambium C13 in white or black, 132mm or 145mm widths, and in either solid or cutout varieties. Retail price is US$220 / AU$TBC / £172 / €200, and more information can be found at brooksengland.com.
Happy Birthday to…
Julian Dean (44) and Adriano Malori (31).
In case you missed it …
Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction?
That was the question CyclingTips global technical editor James Huang has been wondering for some time now, and CeramicSpeed chief technology officer Jason Smith was thankfully willing to dig up some answers. The results may surprise you.
Read the full story here.
Cyclocross and American football could hardly be more different, no?
Not according to CyclingTips editor-at-large Neal Rogers, who explored some of the unusual parallels between racing in the mud, and tossing a pigskin across the gridiron.
Check out his thoughts here.
Feature Image: Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 1 of the Vuelta a San Juan. Photo: Cor Vos.