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by Dane Cash
November 11, 2020
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Even with the big races of the season all in the rearview mirror now, Tuesday was still a busy news day.
Among the big stories of the day: Chloé Dygert has a new team for 2021, Alex Dowsett has a new (sort of) goal, Tejay van Garderen will ride on with the same team next season, and that team is linking up with Cannondale and USA Cycling to start collegiate cycling programs at HBCUs and TCUs.
Read on for more …
| Dygert signs with Canyon-SRAM
Chloé Dygert will join Canyon-SRAM next season on a lengthy contract, as rider and team announced on Tuesday that she is coming aboard for the next four years.
“Honestly, it’s the best team for me—willing to work with my track schedule and giving me the freedom to still be the athlete I strive to be,” Dygert said in a team press release. “My focus in 2021 is clear—the Tokyo Olympic Games. I just want to heal and be ready in time, and my goals are to win gold in the time trial and the team pursuit.”
The 23-year-old American, who won the 2019 world time trial title and has taken multiple world championship wins on the track, has spent the past five seasons as a member of the Twenty20 organization. She is currently focused on recovering from the leg injury she suffered at this years Worlds TT and building back into form for the Tokyo Olympics. Beyond that, Dygert may look to take on more races in Europe.
| Dowsett will make another run at the hour record
Former UCI Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett will make another attempt at the record before the end of the year.
The 32-year-old Briton, who held the record for just over a month in 2015 before his mark was bested by Bradley Wiggins, said on Tuesday that he will make another run at the record on December 12 at the Manchester Velodrome. His 2015 mark stood at 52.937 kilometers; Wiggins set the new mark at 54.526, and then Victor Campenaerts bested that to set the current record at 55.089 km in April of last year.
“In terms of difficulty, this time around I know the bar has been set extremely high by Victor,” Dowsett said. “It’s going to be a very big ask but I think I’m capable.”
| EF, Cannondale, USA Cycling link up to start collegiate cycling programs at HBCUs and TCUs
EF Pro Cycling, Cannondale, and USA Cycling are joining forces to fund and launch collegiate cycling programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
Inspired by the new collegiate team at St. Augustine’s University, the first collegiate program at an HBCU, the initiative will start in 2021 with a three-year commitment to fund two new cycling programs at one HBCU and one TCU.
“We believe that cycling is for everyone. Yet, in reality, not everyone feels welcome or has access today,” said Mary Wittenberg, EF Pro Cycling President. ”We want to help increase diversity in our sport, starting with racial diversity in cycling in the USA. Success will require a comprehensive approach across the industry, so we turned to USA Cycling to talk about how we could best target our energies in concert with others looking to help from grade school to masters-age athletes.”
| Van Garderen will ride on with EF in 2021
Speaking of EF, Tejay van Garderen has extended his contract with the team and will ride on with the squad into 2021, he said on Instagram on Tuesday.
“Thrilled to announce I will be riding with @efprocycling for the 2021 season,” van Garderen wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Going on season 12, and we got a lot of exciting things to look forward to. Let’s get it!!!”
The 32-year-old American joined EF at the start of 2019 after spending seven seasons with the BMC squad. In his first year with EF, van Garderen rode to second overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but pulled out of the subsequent Tour de France with a broken thumb. This season, he has largely ridden in a support role, backing Rigoberto Urán at the Tour and Hugh Carthy at the Vuelta a España.
| Simmons’s suspension is reportedly over
Cyclingnews reports that Trek-Segafredo’s Quinn Simmons is no longer suspended.
Trek-Segafredo said on September 30 that the 19-year-old American would be suspended “until further notice” for “statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans, and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport.” Earlier that day, Simmons had responded to a tweet from José Been that included the words “If you follow me and support Trump, you can go” with a tweet saying “Bye” that also included a hand-waving emoji with a Black skin tone.
Trek-Segafredo clarified the following day that “Quinn Simmons was not suspended because of his political views. He was suspended for engaging in conversation on Twitter in a way that we felt was conduct unbefitting a Trek athlete.”
As of Tuesday, that suspension has reportedly been lifted, with Simmons set to attend Trek-Segafredo’s upcoming training camps.
| Power will not return to Sunweb
According to Wielerflits, Robert Power’s time with Sunweb is up at the end of the year. The 25-year-old Australian joined the team at the start of 2019 after three years at Mitchelton-Scott.
In his last year at Mitchelton, Power rode to victories at the Japan Cycle Cup Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika and a top 10 at Strade Bianche, but he has largely ridden in a support role at Sunweb. It remains to be seen where he’ll end up in 2021.
| Rounder is better on Wilier’s new Filante SLR flagship aero road racer
As Ronan Mc Laughlin writes, Wilier launched the all-new Filante SLR on Tuesday.
| Salsa Cycles announces recall of Cutthroat adventure bike fork
Salsa has announced a recall that affects its Cutthroat adventure bikes, as well as Cutthroat framesets and Cutthroat Carbon Deluxe aftermarket forks.
| What we learned about Roglic, Carapaz, and Carthy at the Vuelta
Primoz Roglic, Richard Carapaz, and Hugh Carthy each proved something at this year’s Vuelta a España.
Today’s featured image of the final sprint on stage 5 of the Tour de France comes from the Grubers.