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EF took the team time trial in Colombia, the Arenberg is shorter than we thought, Sean Yates stays on the road, Dr Richard Freeman has further delayed a medical tribunal, and Mavic and Enve are for sale. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: EF takes Colombia TTT win, Uran leads
EF Education first took the opening, 14km team time trial at the Tour Colombia, handing the honour of the race’s first leader’s jersey to local Rigoberto Uran.
EF crossed the line with a time of 15:07, seven seconds better than Deceuninck-Quick Step and nine seconds ahead of Team Sky.
The result sets up EF’s GC leader at the race, Dani Martinez, in a good position heading into the six-day stage race, ahead of Sky’s Egan Bernal, the defending champion.
EF came to Colombia with time trial hitters including Taylor Phinney, Lawson Craddock, and Uran. The race also marked the return of Alex Howes, who was forced to step away from racing at the Tour of Utah last year and was later diagnosed with a thyroid condition he now says he has under control.
Beauty of Cycling
Sean Yates, a former star of the Tour de France, now suffers from Atrioventricular canal defect, which severely limits his heart rate. CyclingWeekly caught up with Yates on a training ride on his new ebike, which lets him get out an enjoy the sport he’s loved for decades.
“I still want to keep going, I still want to ride my bike,” Yates said.
2019 Roubaix route with a shorter Arenberg
This year’s Paris-Roubaix will see few significant route changes, the addition of a memorial for Michael Goolaerts, and a shorter Trouee d’Arenberg. Well, sort of.
Roubaix will once again cover 257km, with 29 cobblestone sectors. The first sector has been shortened from 2.2km to 900m, but the rest of the course remains unchanged. Except for one adjustment: the Arenberg Forest is now 2,300 meters, rather than 2,400.
The forest hasn’t shrunk, of course. ASO simply went out and measured it more carefully. Turns out it’s been 2,300 meters all along.
The sector formerly known as Chemin de Saint-Quentin will now be known as the Secteur Michael Goolaerts, and the peloton will pass a monument erected near where he died last year.
Sky doc’s tribunal could be delayed by a year
The medical tribunal that will question former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman could be delayed by months, or even a full year.
The General Medical Council (GMC) questioning was set to begin last week, but was adjourned after Freeman’s attorneys requested a delay.
The GMC was set to look into allegations relating to a box of testosterone patches shipped to the Manchester Velodrome, home to the British Cycling, as well as Dr Freeman’s prescription and record keeping practices.
The delay tactic has irked the Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) parliamentary select committee, Damian Collins.
“It is disgraceful that delaying tactics are holding up the work of this important medical tribunal into Dr Richard Freeman’s work for British Cycling and Team Sky,” Collins said to the BBC.
Dr Freeman has previously failed to show up to a DCMS inquiry, citing poor health.
Shimano sales up 3 percent
There’s a trend in the bike industry right now: Companies are selling fewer units, but making more money. That’s thanks to more expensive models. Specifically, it’s thanks to ebikes.
Shimano is the latest to announce a rise in sales dollars coupled with a decrease in units moved. Read more about the trend at Bicycle Retailer.
Olympic sprint champion and former Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania congressional candidate Marty Nothstein plans to sue USA Cycling, according to a local news station.
Nothstein’s lawyers filed a writ of summons last Friday. Last year, Nothstein denied allegations of sexual assault that came to USA Cycling through an anonymous tip. SafeSport conducted an investigation, which was closed with no action against Nothstein.
Meme of the day
Garmin buys Tacx
GPS maker Garmin announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to buy Tacx, maker of tools, indoor trainers and related software.
Garmin purchased the privately-held Dutch company for an undisclosed amount.
“Tacx brings an entirely new product category to Garmin’s fitness portfolio that expands our reach into the indoor training market,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “Together with Tacx, Garmin will offer a seamless, enjoyable and motivating indoor and outdoor experience for cyclists
all year long.”
Mavic, Enve up for sale
Wheel and component brands Mavic and Enve have been put up for sale by their parent company, Amer Sport, which also owns outdoor brands like Salomon and Arc’Teryx.
Amer put its cycling brands up for “strategic review” last fall, assessing the market’s interest in the two brands. In 2017, Amer reported a turnover of 134.3 million euros for its cycling division, an 18 percent drop from 2015.
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Feature Image: The Arenberg trench. Photo: Kristof Ramon.