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Brailsford still on the hunt for a lead sponsor, Colbrelli opens the account for Bahrain-Merida, General Motors enter the e-bike market, Fuji Bikes are back, and Rapha updates women’s bibs. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day
“Six weeks from now is the Boulder Roubaix, my favorite local road race on the calendar. I first raced it in 2002; I last did it in 2017. I wasn’t unhappy with my last result — a mid-pack finish after spending some time off the front in the first half before I was dropped and alone in the wind. I got a bit of a fitness bump from the effort, and most importantly, I had a good time.
That was the last time I pinned on a number. Now, two years later, I’m wondering if I ever will again.”
Are you still holding onto the idea of being a bike racer, even if you no longer race? In his latest Weekly Spin column, Neal Rogers shares a story that many will relate to.
Beauty of Cycling
For many of us a bike ride is the perfect therapy. Anne-Caroline Chausson, a 16-time UCI World Champion (mountain bike) and Olympic gold medalist (BMX), returns to the trails while fighting her second bout of cancer. Best of luck to the French superwoman, hope to see you back at the races soon!
Brailsford: Colombian sponsor “very unlikely”
According to Spanish daily Marca, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford told journalists in Colombia that the chances of a Colombian sponsor backing his team in 2020 are low.
Brailsford attended Tour Colombia last week and met with the Colombian president and president of the country’s sports ministry. Rumours of a deal with Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol swirled following the meetings.
Sky is ending its sponsorship agreement at the end of 2019. Realistically, Brailsford has about five months to secure funding before marquee riders begin signing elsewhere.
“I’m open to anything. Give me a call,” Brailsford said.
Sonny Colbrelli wins Oman stage 4
Bahrain-Merida’s Sonny Colbrelli won an uphill sprint from a 40-rider bunch on stage 4 of the Tour of Oman, besting Greg van Avermaet (CCC) in the final metres.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) retained his overall lead.
Stage 5 finishes atop Green Mountain, a 5.7km climb that averages 10.5 percent.
Louise Houbak wins first round of Zwift Women’s KISS Super League
Round One of the Zwift Women’s KISS Super League has just finished. The unofficial results state Louise Houbak (Zwift All Stars) took the win ahead of Simone Boilard (Twenty20Pro). While Ella Harris (Canyon-SRAM) went deep for third place.
— Zwift (@GoZwift) February 19, 2019
Gram of the day
When a little e-bike trolling becomes funny…
General Motors (GM) enters the e-bike market with ARIV
With companies such as Yamaha, Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Continental, Samsung, KTM and BMW already in the e-bike space, it’s proving an interesting market for many others outside of cycling. And now the newest name to that list is General Motors (GM).
ARIV is GM’s entry into the e-bike space, launching with two compact urban bike models (one folding) which each feature 16in wheels. Despite the bikes being designed in Detroit, GM is first focusing on the booming e-bike markets of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Both models offer clever smartphone integration in the way of a Quadlock and USB charging, in addition to integrated lights and mudguards. The bikes are being sold online via BikeExchange.
Rapha release three new women’s bibs
Three years in development and said to be the most comfortable in the world, Rapha’s new women’s chamois design is found within new bib short models. The Souplesse Detachable Bib Shorts (race) and Women’s Cargo Bib Shorts each feature seamless, multi-thickness and dual-density pads which come in two sizes, depending on size of shorts and style of riding. The chamois’ offer softer foam at the front, with firmer foam at the sit bones.
Silca release new Bluetooth-enabled travel floor pump
A travel floor pump is designed to offer easy tyre filling from a pump that’s barely bigger than a frame hand pump. Specialized, Bontrager and Topeak have long offered such things, and now Silca joins the party. Read more about the Silca Viaggio, a 57cm long and 1.34kg fully-featured floor pump.
ASI back in business
It has been a rocky few months for ASE, the owners of Fuji Bikes, Breezer, SE Bikes and Performance Bicycle (retail), but things are looking up. As reported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, ASI, the US-based distribution arm of ASE, is shipping stock once again. 2019 bikes are shipping out, including the tease of new Fuji models to come. This comes as good news after fears that the acquired brands would be liquidated.
However, the story remains far less positive for the future of Performance Bicycle retail stores.
Happy Birthday to …
Long-time Lotto-Soudal rider Jelle Vanendert of Belgium turns 34 today. And to Australian Patrick Shaw (33), who prior to retirement was commonly seen at the front of Australian National Road Series and Continental races riding for the Praties outfit.
In case you missed it …
In Asheville, Jared Gruber captures the perfect tranquility of an early morning winter’s ride.