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RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly two dozen elite-level cyclists will gather in Richmond, Virginia to train and familiarize themselves with the courses on offer for the 2015 world road championships. The organizing committee, Richmond 2015 and USA Cycling will host the two-day training camp October 22 and 23.
Some of America’s top male and female riders will be in attendance, including Taylor Phinney (BMC), Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon), and Virginia natives Joe Dombrowski (Sky), Andrea Dvorak (TIBCO), and Ben King (Garmin-Sharp). In addition to team meetings and strategy sessions, the riders will train on portions of the time trial and road race courses. Team USA will also participate in community outreach events while in town.
The 2015 worlds will be the first time the United States has hosted the event since 1986, when it was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“The 2015 UCI road world championships are 11 months away and we are already beginning preparations for our team USA athletes and staff,” said USA Cycling CEO and president Steve Johnson. “This training camp in Richmond will help familiarize our 2015 world championship team hopefuls with the course so they can begin the all-important mental preparation for next year’s event. The camp will also allow our athletes to interact with the people of Richmond as we start the countdown to one of the biggest events in the 2015 cycling calendar.”
Tim Miller, chief operating officer of Richmond 2015, said, “We have spent countless hours over the past few years designing courses worthy of the world’s best cyclists. To say that we’re thrilled to showcase them to team USA is an understatement. At the same time, we’re delighted to introduce them to Richmond and central Virginia, which will be the center of the cycling universe for nine days next September.”
The 2015 world championships will be held September 19-27, 2015 and are expected to attract 450,000 spectators and a worldwide TV audience of 300 million over the nine days of the event. More than 1,000 cyclists — elite men and women, under-23 men, and junior men and women — from more than 75 countries compete for their countries, just as they do in the Olympic Games, in three disciplines: the traditional road race, individual time trial, and team time trial.
Team USA Cyclists participating in Richmond training camp
Ben King (Garmin-Sharp)
Joe Dombrowski (Sky Pro Cycling)
Andrea Dvorak (Team TIBCO/To the Top)
Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team)
Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)
Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare)
Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)
Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon)
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon)
Lauren Hall (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Tyler Williams (BMC Development Team)
TJ Eisenhart (BMC Racing Team)
Ben Wolfe (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
Alexey Vermeulen (BMC Development Team)
Logan Owen (BISSELL Development Team)
Adrien Costa (Hagens Berman U-23)
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Oleg Tinkov’s 1 million euro challenge to have cycling’s top four grand tour contenders race in the three grand tours of 2015 has died before it even began. The Russian businessman and owner of Tinkoff-Saxo admitted he will have to scale down his hopes or pursue the stars to do it another year.
“The sooner it happens the better it is. For the next year it may be hard,” Tinkov told Sky Sports Thursday.
“I think it would be a huge victory if next year all four of them would start the Giro and Tour double. Alberto Contador has already confirmed, so why don’t Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Vincenzo Nibali join him? That would be good. Let’s start with the double this year and see how it evolves.”
Tinkov’s wish of even having all four in the Giro d’Italia May (9-31) and Tour de France (July 4-26) will likely not come true as the cyclists have planned to race elsewhere.
Quintana (Movistar), who won the 2014 Giro, announced Thursday he firmed up his 2015 racing schedule to be centered on the Tour and the Vuelta a España (August 22-September 13).
“In reality, there is very little chance of all four of us being present,” Quintana said at press conference. “For my part there would be no problem. I could do it, though.”
2014 Tour champion Nibali (Astana) and 2013 champion Froome (Sky) are reportedly aiming for the Tour de France and are going to leave the Giro to their teammates. Nibali already said that Fabio Aru deserves his space to race the 2015 Giro as Astana’s leader after showing his capabilities this season.
Contador, Tinkov’s rider, appears to be the only one of the four willing to ride the Giro/Tour double and to go for a possible third grand tour at the Vuelta.
Tinkov initially proposed to give 1 million euros, or $1.3 million, to the four cyclists if they raced the Giro, Tour, and Vuelta in 2015. He said they could allow the winner to take it all or divide the money four ways.
The money appears not sufficient enough, as the top stars want to focus on being in form to win one of cycling’s prestigious stage races and to make way for their teams’ other riders.
“It’s hard but they are getting a lot of money, those guys,” Tinkov said of his challenge. “They get a big paycheck. They are paid almost like good football players. They have a good salary and they have to work for that salary.”
Quintana’s 2015 schedule also includes the Tour de San Luis, Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), the Tour de Suisse, and the Vuelta a Burgos. Even without the three-week Giro, he will be racing all season.
Critics of Tinkov’s idea have pointed out that racing hard in all three grand tours would exclude the stars, both physically and mentally, from racing in the smaller events.
“It’s not a question of money, but programming, goals, and a lifestyle choice. Already to prepare for a big race like the Tour requires a lot of self-sacrifice and a lot of work,” Nibali told Italian website Tutto Bici.
“Cyclists are away from home often. We neglect our family to go race or to train for long periods at camps. Fitting in three grand tours would not be humane.”
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Elia Viviani (Cannondale) looks poised to join Team Sky for 2015, a move that could open more doors for riders at Garmin-Sharp.
The 25-year-old Italian sprinter told La Gazzetta dello Sport that a deal is all but done, and he’s only waiting for the signatures to be signed to a contract that would bring him to the UK-registered team.
“I chose Sky for a few reasons. They showed confidence in me, and the want to make me a showcase rider in the Italian market,” he told the Italian sports daily. “There’s also the track side of things. [Dave] Brailsford showed support for my desires to try for the Olympics. To have a team like Sky, with a lot of track experience, it made for an easy decision.”
There was no official confirmation from Team Sky officials Thursday. Viviani added that he also had offers from Orica-GreenEdge and BMC Racing.
Viviani has emerged as a promising sprinter, picking up 30 pro wins since 2010, including WorldTour-level victories at such races as the Tour of Beijing and the Critérium du Dauphiné. He’s raced four grand tours, making his Tour de France debut this summer with Cannondale, but he’s come up short of a stage victory.
Viviani is also an active track rider, competing in several world championships, and in the omnium event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he was sixth. He hopes to compete on the boards again during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in two years.
Viviani’s decision to join Sky will open up another spot at Gamin-Sharp — soon to be Cannondale — for next season, with the team set to merge with Cannondale for 2015.
Viviani was one of eight existing Cannondale riders widely reported to be under contract for next season, deals that are part of the plans to merge the Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp squads going into 2015.
Viviani did not expand on why he did not join the Slipstream-managed team, only saying, “Once the possibility with Garmin faded, I considered three teams.”
With Viviani heading to Sky, however, that opens up room for other riders searching for teams, including the popular American Ted King, who’s ridden for Liquigas/Cannondale since 2011.
Sky, meanwhile, continues to bring new faces to its lineup. Other riders confirmed to join the team for 2015 include Wout Poels and Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Leopold Konig (NetApp), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin), and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo). Confirmed departures include Edvald Boasson Hagen to MTN-Qhubeka, Joe Dombrowski to Cannondale, and Dario Cataldo to Astana.