Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos

by Adam Phelan

High-speed descents, jostling for position in a final sprint, the very real risk of crashing — road cycling is an undoubtedly dangerous sport. And when it comes to putting yourself in harm’s way for the sake of your team, it’s often a case of placing fear to one side, and simply focusing on the job at hand.

In his latest diary post for CyclingTips, Drapac Pro Cycling’s Adam Phelan takes us back to the recent Tour of Austria and the commitment required to put his teammate, Brendan Canty, in a position to take his first professional victory.

Here is an excerpt:

As cyclists, we are often blind to the ridiculousness of professional cycling – we are the daily inhabitants of a strange and closed world uniquely our own. A world in which waking up and not being sore is unusual, a world in which extreme tan lines and lean, fatless, often salt-caked bodies are the norm. And yet, as we move forwards through this circus, moments will arise where suddenly the true absurdness of it all just slaps you in the face.

Whether is it pushing the limits on a crazy descent towards the bottom of a climb for your teammate, or guiding him into position through the chaotic jungle of riders around you; whether you have to keep hold of a wheel another team is pushing in on, or, as was the case on the fifth stage of Austria, you have to ride through a mini-mountain of flipped-up cow shit as you manoeuvre the team towards the front in preparation for the final climb, it is all part of the job, one way or another.

At times you have to switch off to get the job done, but when it all comes together, when each piece of the jigsaw puzzle falls perfectly in place and a teammate crosses that finish line in first place … well, that indescribable, triumphant, ‘switched-on’ feeling is worth it all.

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