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Rigoberto Urán confirmed he’ll race both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2015. An Etixx-Quick-Step press release from the team’s training camp in Oliva, Spain, laid out the roadmap for the first half of the Colombian’s race season.
“I am really excited about my program and the races I have to do,” Urán said. “We chose a different approach than last year. In 2014, I started my season in Tour of Oman. This year we decided to change my race calendar a bit. I plan on racing ‘The Double’ [Giro d’Italia and Tour de France]. I will be racing two big grand tours, which changes my calendar needs a bit.”
The 27-year-old will begin 2015 in his home country, racing the Colombian national time trial and road championships, February 7 and 8.
“I start with the ambition that I’d like to win the time trial and do the best I can in the road race,” said Urán. “It would be an honor to wear the Colombian champion jersey in the European races and be like an ambassador of my country.”
Urán’s lead-up to the Giro will include Classic Sud Ardeche, Strade Bianche, and Tirreno-Adriatico. He’ll then race Volta ao Catalunya and Tour de Romandie.
“About the Giro, I saw the parcours and I think I can do well,” he said. “It is suited to my skills. There is also a long time trial. Everyone knows I work a lot on the time trial discipline in order to improve my performance.
“The Giro is a special race where anything can happen at any moment, but my goal is to be there and ready for the race no matter what can happen each day.” Urán finished second behind countryman Nairo Quintana at the 2014 Giro.
After three years, Urán will return to race the Tour de France in 2015. In his last Tour, the Colombian finished 23rd and held the white jersey for six days.
“I am really happy to come back to this race, one of the top races in the world,” he said. “I know it is difficult to do the Giro and the Tour at a high level, but as you know I like to think about things race-by-race, and I am able to focus on two different objectives during my season in this way. My approach will be different at the Tour than at the Giro. I will try to go there to do well, but it will be more linked to rediscovering the race and to stage hunt. But of course I’d also like to do well in the last week.”
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Catalan WorldTour race will feature more but smaller climbs to avoid bad weather
Live-streaming video footage from onboard cameras in the middle of a bike race has leapt from merely plausible to clearly possible.
Australian website CyclingTips.com collaborated with tinkerers Tom Reynolds and Andy Richardson, both of whom come from motorsport backgrounds where onboard cameras are widely used, to successfully live-stream video from inside the elite men’s race at the St. Kilda Cycling Club Shimano SuperCrit last Sunday. The test was far from perfect, but it proved that live onboard footage is technically possible.
Reynolds and Richardson borrowed and hacked drone video technology to get the project off the ground. The Shimano SuperCrit was the first test event, and though the duo ran into issues, including battery life, signal dropouts, an overheated laptop, and camera vibration, the project was proven viable.
Reynolds wrote about the project on CyclingTips.com on Thursday. He provided a five-point list of technical hurdles that would need to be overcome to bring such coverage to traditional road races like the Tour de France:
1. We’d need a system not too far different to what we currently have, but with a bespoke smaller camera system with on-board recording and a slightly better transmitter system. Costly, but it would work.
2. Footage from the cameras would be beamed to a helicopter above or perhaps to a motorcycle and then on to the chopper.
3. Due to battery issues, a software system to “wake” the camera up and then send it to sleep is important. You could perhaps get 90 minutes of live broadcast at best with existing smaller batteries. “Wake-up” software would mean you could “check in” with a rider and then sleep the system so you are good to go for the finish.
4. The bike build might have to be unique to reduce ballast, run custom wiring and aerial locations. Weight would be down to 500gms in total.
5. On mountain stages it might even be possible to get the rider to change bikes. It was done in the Tour de France in the past.
The UCI, which legalized the use of onboard cameras in racing this year, had no involvement in the project, but is actively considering how to bring live onboard footage into cycling coverage.
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Trek Factory Racing team camp: Bike build
Mechanics were busy assembling bikes for the team camp. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Gluing tubulars
The never-ending job of gluing tubulars was underway. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Bontrager wheels
Trek Factory Racing will be on Bontrager wheels in 2015. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: New bikes
The fleet of new Trek bikes was ready to go. The team can chose between Trek's lightweight Emonda, aerodynamic Madone, and all-rounder Domane. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Laces or straps?
Bontrager shoe choices were being made at team camp. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Frank Schleck
Frank Schleck returns to Trek Factory Racing in 2015, without his brother Andy who retired from pro cycling in the fall of 2014. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Group ride
Fabian Cancellara and Gregory Rast waited for the day's group ride to begin. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Morning ride
The team got some instructions before heading out for a spin on their new bikes. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Team ride
The Trek Factory Racing team trained along the Spanish coast. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: New bikes
The Madone uses truncated airfoils to decrease drag. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: New shoes
Bontrager's Classiques shoe uses laces, similar to Giro's Empire model. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Core work
Core work and flexability tests are a part of every early-season team camp. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Custom shoe fit
Scans help determine the optimal insole for each rider. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: 2015 apparel
The team received some of the new Bontrager apparel that they will be wearing in 2015. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Trek Factory Racing team camp: Bike fit
PrecisionFit was on hand at camp, getting riders dialed in with bike fits for the 2015 season. Photo: Trek Factory Racing
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Velo magazine, the annual awards issue.
If his career had simply come to a quiet end after his 2009 World Cup series victory, Julien Absalon would still have been lauded as arguably the greatest cross-country racer in history. However, the French champion wasn’t done then. Not by a long shot.
From 2010 through 2013, he struggled with results that were, for him, sub-par. His DNF at the London Olympic Games may have been the nadir, as younger riders began to eclipse the five-time World Cup winner.
However, in 2014, he came storming back. The 34-year-old made his intentions clear, winning the first two World Cup rounds in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and Cairns, Australia. Though he ceded four of the seven rounds to Swiss rival Nino Schurter, Absalon was consistently on the podium in all but one of the World Cups.
Naturally, he rode the entire season in the red, white, and blue jersey as French national champion, a title he’s held non-stop since 2003. Plus, he claimed the European championships in June at St. Wendel, Germany.
But as is the case with any elite mountain biker, Abaslon’s season would hinge on his performance at the world championships. Sure enough, aboard a BMC full-suspension race bike — something entirely different for a rider who has preferred hardtails with little exception — he bested Schurter in Norway. More than anything, Absalon’s margin of victory was convincing. He won by nearly two minutes, a country mile in XC, a discipline that has offered increasingly tight competition with shorter, faster courses.
Absalon’s fifth world title sent a clear message. After a seven-year rainbow jersey drought, the flying Frenchman was back. And he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
In recent years, it was difficult to talk about British downhillers without using the name, “Atherton.” Rachel Atherton is a two-time British national champion as well as a world champion, and brother Gee is twice world champ. However, fans of mountain biking’s most precise and technical discipline have been learning a new name. With eight major UCI wins to her credit, it’s no wonder that Wales’ Manon Carpenter has assumed the mantel as the queen of downhill.
A mere 21 years old, the Madison Saracen rider won three World Cup stops on three different continents — Leogang in Austria, Mont Sainte Anne in Canada, and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa — showcasing her versatility and precocious professionalism.
Beyond her wins, she was never outside of the top-five at World Cups. Plus, she notched an especially impressive second place at Cairns, Australia, where the jungle track was impossibly slippery and muddy.
Though her second-place finish at the British downhill national championship was likely a disappointment (naturally, she was beaten by Rachel Atherton), Carpenter came through when the chips were down at the world championships. Hafjell, Norway offered up a rough, raw track, much to the delight of the world’s fastest downhillers. Carpenter again was pitted against countrywoman Atherton and prevailed by a slim eight hundredths of a second.
In a sport where success hinges on attention to detail and mental toughness — all while careening down the world’s most difficult trails — Carpenter showed class that belies her young age. Though it may be too soon to predict her future as the next dominator in downhill, it’s likely that we’ll look back on 2014 as a harbinger of the Carpenter era.
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The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which represents 78 percent of UCI WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, issued a statement Thursday that summarized the standing of seven teams. Six of the listed teams will face voluntary suspension, according to MPCC rules, if one or more of their respective riders fail an anti-doping test.
Androni Giocattoli will have to suspend itself for a week if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before May 30, 2015.
Astana WorldTour will have to suspend itself for four weeks if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before August 1, 2016.
Colombia will have to suspend itself for one week if one if its riders violates anti-doping rules before January 22, 2015.
Lampre-Merida will have to suspend itself for one week if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before May 21, 2015.
RusVelo will have to suspend itself for four weeks if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before March 17, 2015.
Neri Sottoli will have to suspend itself for one week if one of its riders violates anti doping rules before August 7, 2015. This team is suspended from MPCC until the next annual general meeting, planned on October 2015.
Additionally, MPCC noted that Astana Continental, currently suspended by Kazakhstan’s federation, will have to suspend itself for five weeks if it elects to return to competition.
The MPCC self-suspension process is contingent upon the result of a B sample analysis, or an admission of guilt by the rider.
Riders and teams must also comply with WADA and UCI rules, which are binding, but the MPCC relies on teams’ voluntary participation when it comes to sanctions and suspensions.
Member teams also agree that, “in case of an ongoing disciplinary prosecution, a rider will be evicted immediately from a race, in order to prevent cycling’s image and credibility to be jeopardized.”