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Spanish newspaper Marca reported Tuesday that Vuelta a España organizers have confirmed plans for a one-day women’s race in conjunction with the final stage of Spain’s grand tour.
The 2015 Vuelta will finish in Madrid on September 13. It is anticipated that the women’s race will take on a similar format to that seen at La Course by the Tour de France, which was held for the first time this year, and will return in 2015, again racing the Champs-Élysées circuit.
Vuelta organizer Unipublic is said to be in talks with the UCI to seek a top-category classification for the event on the international elite women’s calendar.
Details still remain unconfirmed, but as of now, organizers plan to hold the race on Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana boulevard. As of yet, the event does not have an official name, but it is expected to resemble La Course in many ways.
This race will be a welcome addition to the women’s calendar, which sees precious few elite races in Spain, with the exception of the Bira stage race.
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In the women's race, the early selection included Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos/Van Dessel/Power Bar), and Nikki Thiemann (Rare Disease). Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Jessica Cutler finished in sixth place on day one of HPCX. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos/Van Dessel/Power Bar) was able to use her long strides to make quick work of the barriers. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Brittlee Bowman (House Industries/Simple Human/Richard Sachs) was a constant presence just behind the leaders. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Racing) led a group up the hill after the barriers. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Rebecca Gross looked through a tricky corner on her way to a seventh-place finish. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel/Power Bar) rode the front most of the race with Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) right on her wheel. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) used her criterium sprinting experience to take the uphill sprint to the line ahead of Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel/Power Bar). Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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In the men's race, Cameron Dodge made his way through the barriers on the Thompson Park course. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Jake Sittler had a solid race, finishing in the top ten. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Anthony Clark (JAM Fund/NCC) leads Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team). What seemed like minor contact with Clark ended Durrin's day with a broken right shift lever. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Bill Elliston carried his bike through one of the technical sections of the course. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Cameron Dodge (Pure Energy Cycling/Scott) was able to capitalize on a bobble by Anthony Clark and opened up a commanding lead. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Todd Wells (Specialized) leads Anthony Clark (JAM Fund/NCC). The two would go on to finish third and fourth, respectively. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Robert Marion and Lewis Gaffney (American Classic) rode together as they started a new lap. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Anthony Clark (JAM Fund/NCC) eyed his line through an off-camber section. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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Lewis Gaffney got tangled in the tape, after a get-off. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
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The Men's Podium from HPCX Day 1. Cameron Dodge took the victory over Travis Livermon, and Todd Wells. Photo by Scott Kingsley | ScottKingsleyPhotography.com
The lights will dim, the music score will ramp up, and the invited cyclists will nod their heads in universal agreement as if to say, “Yep, the Tour de France looks hard again.”
On Wednesday morning, inside the packed auditorium at the Palais de Congrés in Paris, the cycling world will see the official route for the 2015 Tour. Just how hard it will be remains to be seen. [Tune in live at 5:30 a.m. EDT on October 22 -Ed.]
The Tour is always hard, no matter what race organizers throw at the peloton. Speeds, pressure, crashes, and weather add up to make the Tour unlike any race of the season.
The big question will be centered on how many time trial kilometers will be included in the route. The 2012 course, with more than 100km of time trialing, played perfectly into the hands of Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins. After a more balanced 2013 edition, the 2014 Tour featured only one individual time trial, tipping the scale toward the climbers. There are reports that a team time trial could also be included in this year’s route.
Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), no slouch against the clock, will hope for a repeat of this year’s climber-friendly course, though a return of the cobblestones, which Nibali deftly handled this year to pave the way to his first yellow jersey, is not back on the menu for 2015.
From what’s been revealed via leaks, guesswork, speculation, and even Twitter messages from enthusiastic local politicians, the 2015 Tour looks to be one that gradually becomes harder the more it winds up. Check velowire.com for an extensive recap of various tips and hints.
What’s confirmed is that the Tour will begin in Utrecht, Netherlands, on July 4, and conclude on the Champs-Élysées on July 26 in Paris. In fact, the opening three days are already established, with the return of an individual time trial to open the Tour, followed by two road stages across the Netherlands and Belgium to start the 102nd edition of the French tour.
An opening-day time trial returns for the first time since 2012, when Fabian Cancellara won in Liège, and wore the yellow jersey for seven days. If the distance is more than 10km, and it’s expected to be nearly 14km in length, it will be considered a time trial and the first stage, rather than a prologue. Semantics aside, any first-day race against the clock in a grand tour can create significant time differences right from the gun.
It’s unlikely the Tour will reintroduce finish line and mid-stage time bonuses, however, meaning that whoever wins the yellow jersey in Utrecht could carry it for several days. Tour director Christian Prudhomme has hinted in interviews that shakeups could be in store for the points system used to determine the green jersey, but time bonuses are not looked upon in favor within the hallways of ASO offices.
After what will be the sixth Tour Grand Départ inside the Netherlands, two more road stages are confirmed, with stage 2 from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans along Holland’s windy coast, and stage 3 starting in Antwerp, Belgium.
Once back in France, there seems to be general agreement among Tour watchers that the route will wind counter-clockwise around France. Hence its French name, la grande boucle, or the big circle. the Tour will loop around France, and is expected to trace across northern France, with stops in Normandy and Brittany, before transferring south to tackle the Pyrénées. The first rest day typically comes near Pau or Lourdes.
There are usually two to four Pyrénéan stages, with at least one major summit finale. A return to Plateau de Beille could be in the cards.
The route is then expected to move across southern France toward a climatic final battleground in the Alps, with possible summits to include Pra-Loup, Galibier, and La Toussuire. It’s been widely reported that l’Alpe d’Huez will be featured as a race-making centerpiece set on the penultimate stage. The Tour will be in an absolute frenzy if it does indeed feature the last significant battle up the 21 switchbacks of cycling’s most famous climb.
That will mean what is expected to be the Tour’s lone, longer individual time trial will likely come between the Pyrénées and the Alps. Perhaps it could come before the Pyrénées, but either way, the closing stages across the Alps will favor aggressive racing on the steeps.
There’s another interesting possibility — perhaps no longer time trials at all. With a team time trial and the opening day time trial in Utrecht, perhaps ASO will offer up a surprise, and not include any other TTs. That would create a tightly packed GC scenario favoring the pure climbers. Can anyone say, Nairo Quintana?
No matter what the Tour organization comes up with, the Tour is always hard. It’s not always the best or most exciting race of the season, simply because one rider tends to outshine everyone else, but it’s always the hardest, and inevitably, the strongest rider usually wins.
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Although Raphael Carrondo uploaded this POV video to YouTube two months ago, and it is now making the rounds after the The Independent reported on the altercation that took place in London.
“I couldn’t believe what had happened — I feel so lucky to be alive,” Carrondo told ITV News. “This guy just came out of nowhere and leathered my front wheel. I went flying over the handlebars and my head almost went under the bus — it was terrifying.”
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Editor’s note: This article is a general overview of pulmonary emboli and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your physician if you think you are suffering from this or any other medical condition.
On November 17, 2006, Mike Friedman (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), 24, felt an excruciating pain rip through his torso. “I’ve never been so short of breath,” he said. “It was like a dull knife ripping apart my chest.” In the middle of watching the movie “Cars,” he turned to his date and said, “We need to get to a hospital. I think I’m having a heart attack.”
Forty minutes later, Friedman was under evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, not for a heart attack, but for a pulmonary embolism, a potentially lethal blood clot in his lung.
Pulmonary emboli (PE) are silent killers. Often with little prior warning, nearly 300,000 people are killed every year by blood clots which lodge in their lungs (Kahanov and Daly, 2009). There is no greater cause of sudden death in the healthy population than a pulmonary embolism (Goldhaber, 2004).
First, a clot called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) forms, often in the calf. The DVT travels from the veins to the right side of the heart which pumps the clot to the lungs. Untreated, this blocks blood flow to the lungs and can ultimately cause cardiac arrest. In total, over 900,000 people are stricken with pulmonary emboli every year. Many of those hit are otherwise healthy athletic people. (Andersen et al, 1991).
PEs are not unheard of in the peloton. Rwandan cycling pro Adrien Nyonshuti (MTN-Qhubeka), the focal point of Tim Lewis’s book, “Land of Second Chances,” lost his 2013 season because of his PE. Vuelta a España champion Chris Horner suffered one in 2011. Top professional Frank Vandenbroucke wasn’t so lucky. His embolism was fatal.
It was the coalescence of four crucial factors that caused Friedman to totter down the UPMC emergency department hall that night.
In late October of 2006, the rider affectionately known as “Meatball” had surgery to remove a recurrent saddle sore. What he didn’t know at the time was that he carries a genetic mutation called Factor V Leiden — one of the approximately 16 known genetic variants that can cause clotting disorders. The surgery, coupled with Friedman’s genome, kicked his clotting mechanism into high gear.
On November 6, he drove 1,600 miles non-stop from his home at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to his family in Pittsburgh. Fueled by little more than truck stop coffee, dehydration became Friedman’s buddy during the drive. Worse, periods of immobility, such as lengthy drives and airplane rides, often trigger DVT formation. Friedman’s calf cramped badly during the drive. Once the clot took root in his leg, the cramping was constant, an early warning sign that a DVT had formed in his leg.
When Friedman arrived in Pittsburgh, he began to train again. Unable to sit comfortably, he went out for runs. He also did 75-mile rides — without a saddle, but with a DVT in his calf.
Surgery, genetic predisposition, a lengthy drive, plus dehydration — fortunately for Friedman on his date night, he avoided the urge to tough it out, and got to the ER.
What are the warning signs that should alert you to seek immediate evaluation?
1) Shortness of breath — typically appears suddenly and always gets worse with exertion.
2) Chest pain — Not only “heart attack pain,” but pain when you draw deep breaths, cough, or bend at the waist. It does not go away.
3) Cough — especially bloody sputum.
4) Leg pain and/or swelling — usually in the calf. This is a tough one for cyclists. Our calves always ache. One-sided swelling is a tipoff. Friedman’s was only in his right calf below the knee.
5) Clammy and/or discolored skin — Friedman’s leg took on a reddish hue.
6) Irregular heartbeat.
7) Anxiety, lightheadedness, and/or dizziness.
If you’ve got two or more of these symptoms, it’s time to get evaluated immediately. Untreated, 30 percent of acute PEs result in death (Horlander K.T., et al). Once at the hospital, several tests are commonly used to diagnose a DVT/PE episode.
Typically, a chest x-ray is taken to rule out other disorders which mimic a PE. An ultrasound exam of your legs can confirm the presence of a DVT. Standard blood work often includes a D-dimer test, which can tell if your body’s clotting mechanism has been engaged.
A CT pulmonary angiogram is considered the gold standard for PE diagnosis. A small amount of contrast medium which contains iodine is injected into a vein in the hand or arm. The exam is quick — images are taken shortly after injection and take just moments to gather. Any emboli are seen as dark against the white background of the dye within your pulmonary circulation.
Now that your doctors have diagnosed you with a PE, you are likely to be treated with a variety of anticoagulant therapies. How long you’ll remain on anti-coagulant therapy, and when you can get back on your bike are critical questions for any cyclist.
Straightaway, you’ll need patience as the damage caused by the blood clots in your lungs and legs takes time to heal. Swelling of the legs is often worse after a DVT, so your physician may order you to wear compression stockings to keep it at bay. You might find that the mere act of walking up stairs leaves you breathless for several weeks post-PE. Base miles will be the order of the day for awhile.
PEs are complex medical management issues for physicians. It may take several weeks of tweaks until your personal physiology and the medications begin to act in harmony. While the outlook for a fit athlete’s return to active riding is far brighter than for the population at large, you might find yourself on anticoagulants for some time.
Most likely, you’ll be back on the bike, but perhaps not as strongly as Friedman. In May of 2007, six months after suffering a PE, Friedman raced the Four Days of Dunkerque. In December of 2007, Friedman won the pre-Olympics scratch race on the Beijing velodrome which cemented his spot on the US Olympic long team. And in April of 2008, he raced the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, as he rode in support of fourth-place finisher and Garmin teammate Martijn Maaskant. Nice comeback.
Special thanks to Dr. Chris Roseberry, MD, FACS — the finest cyclocrossing surgeon in Exeter, NH.
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4iiii’s $399 Precision ANT and Bluetooth power meter built into this little unit comes with a glue kit for the user to attach it to the left crankarm. The installation kit includes a jig that plugs into the pedal hole to ensure it’s placed in the correct location. After gluing it on with epoxy and leaving it for six hours, the user hangs a 10+ pound weight from three different points on an included load cell spindle. This is done just once for an aluminum crank, but it should be done annually with a carbon crank, since 4iiii says its flex characteristics can change over time.
As a rider’s pressure on the pedal moves relative to the crankarm due to ankle twisting or variations in spindle length, the 4iiii corrects for it based on this calibration data, and the company claims that other crankarm-based power meters without this feature lose up to 9 percent accuracy due to this variation in pressure distance from the crank. The rider also calibrates the 4iiii for temperature at the head unit; 4iiii claims that its active learning temperature compensation system brings the accuracy of the power meter to within one percent. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The Stages power meter is not glued on by the consumer; Stages sells pre-calibrated left crankarms for various cranksets with its power unit attached. It has a temperature slope built into its software, since the deflection of the arm under a given force changes with temperature. As soon as Stages wakes up to the movement of the crank, it is constantly checking its temperature and correcting for it. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Stages created a sustainable stage for itself at Interbike with its booth made out of an old international shipping container. The container can go by truck, train, or boat to the next bike show, and it can be simply plunked down and opened. The wood text plaques are recycled from scrap generated by a guitar maker. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Those familiar with the vast swaths of dead lodgepole pine trees in the Rockies will recognize this blue-stained beetle-kill wood that Stages used for the flooring, tables, and counters of its reusable trade show booth. A fungus carried by the mountain pine beetle colors the wood blue. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The $499 WatTeam PowerBeat power meter has a glue-on sensor and a computer unit attached to a metal flange that goes around the pedal spindle. A wire connects the sensor and comp unit, and it communicates with a bike computer via ANT+ or with a smartphone via Bluetooth. The kit includes this ruler that indexes off the pedal spindle to accurately determine the gluing location of the sensor. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The user glues a sensor onto the edge of each crankarm. The kit comes with a 2kg mass for the user to calibrate the unit. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
WatTeam claims accuracy within 1.5 percent from its unit, which measures from both the left and right crankarms. As the rider pushes down on the pedal, the sensor is on the top edge of the crankarm, and the comp unit is on the bottom edge. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The new Nikola pedal body moves inward and outward 25mm (one inch) along the pedal spindle as the crank goes around; this is when the spindle is at maximum extension. Its inventor, Nick Nikola, is a skater who felt that riders could go faster if they could incorporate their big skating muscles, so he built this pedal that at the top of the stroke is as close to the crank as a standard pedal, but at the bottom of the stroke becomes an inch wider. Trying it on a trainer, it looks weird when watching the feet go back and forth, but the feeling is actually very subtle. There is a spiral cut into the spindle running over a pin inside so that the pedal moves back and forth as the spindle turns within it. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Nick Nikola, the founder of Nikola pedals, claims the “natural motion of the foot is to kick outward,” which is why he made his pedal do so; this photo shows when the spindle is at minimum extension. He claims a 2-percent efficiency increase, resulting in an average decrease in 40km time trial times of two minutes. The user can adjust the clocking of the pedal to be fully inboard at a spot other than at the standard 12 o’clock position and hence fully outboard somewhere other than at 6 o’clock as well. Nikola said the University of Pittsburgh is doing clinical trials with his pedal, adding that it appears to relieve the hip pain of riders with Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). 4iiii claims that, due to its load-cell calibration and the learning capability of its 4iiii Precision power unit glued to the crankarm, it would measure power output accurately from a rider using a Nikola pedal as it moved inward and outward, and that other crankarm-based power meters would not have that accuracy. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The $5,500 multilingual PowerControl 8 is the more accurate, eighth generation computer from the originator of bicycle power measurement, SRM. The PC8 has a magnetic charger plug, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and wireless download. The anodized aluminum housing continues SRM’s asymmetrical mount, is only 8mm wider than the PC7, and fits its existing handlebar clip. The larger, sharp monochrome 2.7” LCD, customizable display has 400x240 pixels, a high-quality contrast, and an auto backlight. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The SRM IndoorTrainer Electronic, held in the photo by SRM founder Ullrich Schoberer, has an improved, electronically-controllable flywheel, developed in cooperation with the Italian company Gobat. The magnetic brake, like in SRM’s previous IndoorTrainer flywheel, simulates road feel, but this one can also be controlled electronically via USB cable or Bluetooth LE 4.0 with a personal computer, or via an app installed on a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, the two-button handlebar remote Schoberer is pushing can manually increase or decrease resistance in 10-watt increments or change magnetic brake position, and a PC8 is included on the handlebar. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The SRM IndoorTrainer Electronic’s magnetic brake ramps up with flywheel speed by means of eddy currents induced in the spinning steel flywheel by the stationary magnet and, together with the wide range of the NuVinci N360 continuously-variable-gear hub, it provides enormous brake power. Both professionals and newbies can benefit, since bigger chainrings and reducing spacing between the magnet and the flywheel increases brake power, and vice versa; minimum brake power is 80 watts at 80 RPM. With a cadence of 40 RPM and a 53T chainring, a maximum brake power of about 400 watts is possible, while with a cadence of 120 RPM and a 53T chainring, the maximum brake power is the 1,400 watts Andre Greipel uses for indoor sprint training. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Based in Milan, Italy, Zehus makes this shiny chrome, 250-watt pedal-assist electric-motor rear hub. The Zehus Bike+ hub has no handlebar controller and mounts on any bike. It switches on and off automatically as the rider pedals and coasts, and it recharges from the bike’s motion when it isn’t driving. It has sensors monitoring pedaling torque and road slope, and the mode can be controlled via Bluetooth with a smartphone. If used regularly on the standard setting, it never needs to be recharged, but a charger plugs into the end of the axle if need be. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
The Zehus electric rear hub can run on “endless charge” without mileage limit on the “Bike+” setting, or it will go 30km on battery power, or it can be shut off so it’s a singlespeed with a 3kg rear hub running on human power. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Cyclists generally measure power output in watts, rather than in horsepower. These Canadian cowpokes are not actually beating this dead horse in the Ryders Eyewear booth at Interbike; they’re doing CPR and ventilating with a cowboy hat in hopes of getting it to put out more than the zero horsepower it’s currently doing. Its horsepower never went up, however. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
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