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Chad Haga was like a sponge throughout his rookie season in 2014, soaking up everything he could during his first year in the bigs with Giant-Shimano.
After two productive seasons on the U.S. scene with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, Haga made a relatively seamless transition to the WorldTour.
For Haga, who reached the top level of the peloton through the collegiate racing circuit, joining Giant-Shimano was like Bike Racing 101.
“It’s been really staggering, much more than I could have hoped for,” Haga said. “I didn’t get the win that I was hoping for, but I learned a lot, and I am really looking forward to next year.”
Haga joined Giant-Shimano along with compatriot and fellow Texan Lawson Craddock to give the international squad a promising U.S. presence. Craddock, too, enjoyed a successful debut season with the team, including a third-place finish and best young rider prize at the Amgen Tour of California.
Haga posted 74 race days in 2014 — more than the previous two seasons combined — and they were all quality races across Europe and the United States. He saw starts at such diverse races as Nokere Koerse, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Vuelta a España, as well as the Amgen Tour of California.
He posted three top-10s in time trials, including fourth at the Vuelta a Burgos in August, a result that helped him punch his ticket to the Vuelta a España for his grand tour debut.
Haga survived what was a very tough Vuelta, helping teammate John Degenkolb claim the overall points competition. Giant-Shimano also had a promising showing in the general classification, placing Warren Barguil in the top 10 overall.
The 26-year-old American then wrapped up his season with the world team time trial race in Ponferrada, Spain, and Milano-Torino to close his 2014 calendar in Italy in October.
“I was really surprised how well I came out of it,” Haga said of the Vuelta. “Certainly, I was tired, but I never fell off the cliff. It was pleasantly surprising.”
Unlike many of his younger compatriots, most of whom have come through the successful U23 racing program backed by USA Cycling, Haga raced collegiately, and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M in 2010.
Giant-Shimano was looking to add some young Americans to their lineup, and Haga and Craddock fit the bill perfectly.
“At the beginning of the season, Chad was quiet, and you could see he was looking to find his place,” said Giant-Shimano sport director Lionel Marie during the Vuelta. “Now you can see he is more comfortable, and he’s much more a part of the team. Everyone is very happy with how he’s performing. He has a big future.”
Haga is back home, enjoying some quality time Stateside before regrouping with his Giant-Shimano teammates for the first team meetings ahead of the 2015 season.
“There will be a lot of mountain biking in my winter,” he said. “I will be excited to race next year.”
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Outside magazine reports that German lawmakers are preparing legislation that would make doping in sports a criminal offense, according to the Dusseldorf-based business newspaper Handelsblatt. The law, drafted by German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Heiko Maas, is set to be introduced on Wednesday and prescribes prison terms of up to three years for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
After major doping controversies throughout the early 2000s, German television cancelled live coverage of the Tour de France in 2011. However, young stars like Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) have been slowly reviving interest in the sport in their native country in recent years.
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Following his breakout 2014 season, Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) can’t wait to get back into the mix for next season.
With two stage victories and the climber’s jersey in the Tour de France, along with the overall at the Tour of Poland, the 25-year-old Majka enjoyed his best season since turning pro in 2011.
“I’m really satisfied with my season. In the previous years, I’ve done well, worked hard for the team and gotten some good personal results. But now I’ve started winning, which was the one thing missing in the past years,” Majka said in a team release. “The team has supported me and I was able to step up.”
Majka is part of a new generation of Polish riders making an impact on the peloton. Along with compatriot and reigning world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Poland is producing some quality talent.
For 2015, Majka will continue to build his all-round skills. In last year’s Giro d’Italia, he was fighting for a podium spot until he came down with a chest cold in the final week, and he ended up a respectable sixth overall.
“I still have to work on some key areas if I want to become even stronger in the big stage races,” he said. “During the winter, I will focus on my time trial. Both the team and I know that there are still quite a lot of seconds to gain here.”
Majka’s race schedule for 2015 has yet to be defined. With team captain Alberto Contador targeting both the Giro and the Tour, Majka’s GC ambitions will clearly be directed to other races.
After an ambitious 2014 season, he pulled the plug early, and has not raced since the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. Tinkoff will soon regroup on Spain’s Gran Canaria for the team’s first training camp next month.
“I’m really motivated, and I share the same big ambitions as the team,” he said. “We want to deliver results in the races of 2015 and perhaps I will also look into doing some of the classics in the future.”
Tour de France winner believes British team can lift his son to new heights
Cyclocross worlds: Niels Albert
Niels Albert's final appearance at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships didn't go according to plan, as the Hoogerheide mud pit caught him off guard. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour of Qatar: Kiel Reijnen
Kiel Reijnen's day started off well in stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar, riding in the break with Philippe Gilbert. However, he fell victim to the crosswinds later that day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour of Flanders: Martin Elmiger
Rainy weather in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) caused a number of crashes. Fortunately, in this case, Martin Elmiger found a grassy ditch in which to land. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The peloton was forced to do a bit of compulsory cyclocross practice at E3 Harelbeke to avoid a crash. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Paris-Roubaix: Greg Van Avermaet and Marcus Burghardt
Paris-Roubaix always sees carnage and in this case, Greg Van Avermaet and Marcus Burghardt slid out on a loose, dusty corner. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Amstel Gold race: Tony Martin
Tony Martin's errant bike was the only sign of a crash that occurred in the Amstel Gold race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Criterium du Dauphine: Jerome Pineau
Jerome Pineau crashed in stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine, but it appears that someone's rear wheel suffered the most damage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish's Tour de France ended shortly after it started. He tangled with Simon Gerrans while winding up his sprint at the end of stage 1 and dropped out of the race with an injured shoulder. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Chris Froome's crash on stage 4 of the Tour de France was the beginning of the end. Though he started the next day's cobblestone stage, X-rays revealed later that he had fractured his wrist. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Jon Izagirre
The Tour's stage 4 was also unkind to Jon Izagirre, and especially his Canyon bike. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Andrew Talansky
Stage 7 of the Tour saw a select group sprinting for the win, but Andrew Talansky touched wheels with Simon Gerrans and crashed heavily, which eventually led to his withdrawal from the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Alberto Contador
The story of the Tour was the high-profile riders who were forced to retire from the race. On stage 10, Alberto Contador's number was up. He crashed on an innocuous descent and broke his leg. He tried to continue riding but soon conceded. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Maarten Tjallingii
Maarten Tjallingii went head-over-heels in stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
UCI Road World Championships
A major crash during the elite women's road race at the UCI Road World Championships resulted in many fallen riders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
MILAN (VN) — Bradley Wiggins is finalizing a development team with Sky for 2015 that will take him to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a possible fifth Olympic gold medal.
“We’re in negotiations with Sky at the moment,” he said at a marketing event, according to The Telegraph. “Next year, I would love to have my own team which we are in the process of setting up. It will basically be the guys I am going to try to win that gold medal with.”
Wiggins has re-focused after becoming the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in 2012. He has yet to return to the Tour and has no plans to do so.
He instead turned to the world championship time trial, which he won in September in Ponferrada, Spain, and to the Paris-Roubaix cobbled classic. This year he finished ninth on the Roubaix velodrome. In 2015, it could be his last big road race.
“Obviously I have come off the back of winning the world [time trial] championship six weeks ago. That was sort of the final nail in the road coffin as it were,” Wiggins said.
“I really want that fifth Olympic gold. So working back from that I’ll stay with team Sky — hopefully — and try to win something like Paris-Roubaix, which is a completely different challenge to the Tour de France.”
The 34-year-old from London is rumored to be on Sky’s Paris-Roubaix squad next April 12 before switching gears to the track. He will aim for the hour record in June or July and a team pursuit gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. To get there, he wants his own team that is not restricted to Sky’s UCI WorldTour program.
“I would love to have my own team,” Wiggins added. “And that team will facilitate a program, and a training program, which will basically give us the best possible opportunity of winning that gold medal.”
Wiggins won two Olympic gold medals in the individual pursuit in 2004 and 2008, one in the team pursuit in 2008, and one at home at the 2012 London Games in the road time trial.
At the Rio Games, Wiggins will be 36 years old and likely will be saying goodbye to his racing career. The development team could give him a new drive.
“Long-term, post-Rio, I’d love to find the next Bradley Wiggins or Chris Hoy,” Wiggins explained. “That is something that I think would really drive me for the next 10 years. That is kind of what the starting of this team is about; it’s that grassroots, the future of the sport, and finding the next champion.”
Wiggins, who was linked to Orica-GreenEdge this summer, has yet to announce his 2015 contract. The development team appears concrete, however. British website Cycling Weekly released photos of a customized motor home with Wiggins at the wheel. It also reported that Andy Tennant, Mark Christian, and Steven Burke — all endurance track cyclists — will join team Wiggins.
“I got approached by Brad. He put the project to me, and I was really keen,” the 27-year-old Tennant told Cycling Weekly.
“If anyone can pull the sponsors together, he’s the man. He told me why he wanted to do this team. It should be a really good team. For my development, this team will be a great place for me.”