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Cyclocross Magazine got our grubby hands on some exclusive set photos of early production SRAM CX1 product photos, and it appears the release date is very near for this much-anticipated single ring cyclocross group by SRAM. The quality of these photos is pretty low, so it’s not completely clear what you’re looking at, but hints of some stainless steel and black composite components are seen in the photos.
We also saw a photo of a scale with this early production CX1 assembly on it, and it showed 975 grams. Will that save weight over traditional double chainring drivetrains? It depends what that 975g includes of course. Many racers turn to single chainrings for simplicity and fewer dropped chains, not weight savings, but weight weenies also are attracted by the possibility of losing a shifter, front derailleur, and cable housing.
Stay tuned as we try to make sense of this. We expect official details of CX1 to be released at any moment.
Lars Boom out of Paris-Nice with fractured elbow
- Anybody know if there is a field cap on the races? Doesn't look like there is but I wanted to make sure I plan accordingly.
A new batch of young riders working their way into the elite pro ranks are giving scandal-weary Dutch fans something to cheer about.
Perhaps no country beyond the United States suffered more fallout in aftermath of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into the Lance Armstrong era than The Netherlands.
In the wake of the salacious headlines in the fall of 2012, longtime sponsor Rabobank hastily pulled the plug on nearly two decades of backing the sport, delivering a potential death blow to Dutch cycling.
A generation of top riders who raced during the EPO era, including superstar Michael Boogerd, have been forced to admit that they were on the fast gas during the 1990s and 2000s.
Rabobank, however, has continued to back its under-23 development team, a platform that continues to deliver quality talent into the peloton.
A crop of young riders, including Dutch sprinter Moreno Hofland (Belkin), winner of Monday’s second stage at Paris-Nice, are helping to push the negative headlines off the front pages.
“Moreno is a big talent. The way he sprinted today shows how good he is,” said Belkin sport director Merijn Zeeman. “He’s not a pure sprinter, but can win hard races out of small groups. He has a big future ahead of him.”
Other young riders looking at big futures include Wilco Kelderman, also Belkin, and last year’s winner of the Santos Tour Down Under, Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp).
Slagter, 24, will focus on the hilly classics this season while Kelderman is expected to step up his GC ambitions. Also 22, Kelderman won the Tour of Denmark last year and rode to 17th in the Giro d’Italia in his grand tour debut. He leads Belkin’s hopes in the overall at Paris-Nice this week.
“We do not know how far he can go. He can climb well for a tall rider, and his time trialing is very good,” said Belkin sport director Erik Dekker of Kelderman. “We will see if he can develop into a grand tour rider. We don’t want to put too much pressure, because he is young, but he’s also very good.”
The demise of the Dutch-based Vacansoleil-DCM team at the end of 2013 means there are fewer pathways for the Dutch into the elite peloton, but quality Dutch riders are finding homes on other teams.
Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing), 20, won stage 1 at the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (Three Days of West Flanders) over the weekend, and was the youngest pro in last year’s Tour de France, at the ripe age of 19. His older brother Boy, 25, also races for Trek.
Raymond Kreder is part of Garmin’s growing Dutch stable that also includes neo-pro Dylan Van Baarle, winner of last year’s Olympia Tour.
Hofland’s hot start
It’s the 22-year-old Hofland, whose ex-pro father named him after Moreno Argentin, who is attracting attention right now with an impressive start to the 2014 season.
After winning a stage at the Tour de l’Avenir and the Dutch U23 championship in 2012, he turned pro last year with Belkin, winning three stages and the overall at the Tour of Hainan late last season.
A year’s experience and hard work over the winter have clearly paid off. He snatched a stage at the Ruta del Sol earlier this season and nearly came around Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), finishing second at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in Belgium on March 2.
“The last couple of weeks were pretty good for me and I’m hoping to hold this form as long as possible,” Hofland said Monday. “I improved a lot in the last seasons and I made tests in the winter showing how fast I could go, but I was not expecting to peak so fast. My objective this season is to take part in the classics and keep learning. There’s a great new generation of sprinters coming up, and it’s very exciting.”
Belkin officials insist Hofland is not a pure sprinter, but rather a rider who has can pounce out of reduced groups in harder, selective races, or stages with steeper, more demanding profiles. Monday’s uphill sprint in Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche, France, fit the bill and Hofland took advantage.
Established pros, such as Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, and Lars Boom (all Belkin), are carrying Dutch colors right now. Riders like Kelderman and Hofland are waiting in the wings, and that’s only good news for scandal-weary Dutch fans.
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The international road season is in full swing. The classics and spring stage races are underway and Velo’s international road season preview is on newsstands now.
The April 2014 issue of Velo gets us ready for the season, emphasizing the pressures faced in pro cycling throughout the season, and speculating on the top contenders in the early-season classics, as well as the Tour de France.
Early-season road racing kicked off in the Middle East with the Dubai Tour and European correspondent Andrew Hood explores the growth of racing in the region in “Sunshine, Spirits, and Crosswinds.” Hood questions whether these races, including the Tours of Qatar and Oman, are the real deal, or simply a mirage. The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask.
France is home to the world’s most prominent bike race, but the Tour hasn’t had a French winner in almost 30 years. In “French Flagellation,” contributor Ryan Newell notes that, while it lacks Tour wins, France has tradition, a national series, and a unique brand of courage. France’s plan to develop a “French Team Sky” may aid in development, but there’s no certainty it will bring another elusive Tour victory.
Half The Road documentary filmmaker Kathryn Bertine talks women’s racing with Addie Levinsky in “Sitting In.”
Where will the biggest riders in the world face off in 2014? In “Under Pressure,” Chris Case maps the matchups across the season. Different riders target different races — while some rise, others recover, and each event plays an integral part in each athlete’s individual season.
Training is no longer confined to merely “riding a lot,” but how racers can make gains, however marginal, based on training with power, focus on diet, etc. In “Science Wars,” Andrew Hood discusses the emergence of science in cycling. It’s a battle Sky is winning, but how?
In “High July,” Matthew Beaudin looks ahead to the 2014 Tour de France and what he expects to be five defining moments.
In “Changing of the Guard,” editor-in-chief Neal Rogers explores the rivalry between former world champion Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, who bagged the most stage wins at the 2013 Tour de France, looking for the answer to the question of who is the fastest man on a bike.
Marianne Vos is undoubtedly among the greatest cyclists of all time. She has it all and she doesn’t just win road races, or cyclocross races — she wins just about every race. In “Vos Against the World,” Matthew Beaudin examines Vos’ rivals across the biggest races in the sport.
The Velo technical team heads back to the VeloLab to pit four WorldTour-caliber road bikes against each other. While laboratory data only tells part of the story, the lab test identified one of the stiffest race bikes ever built. Pick up a copy today to see which frame tested off the charts.
If a new bike isn’t in your plans for 2014, our technical editor Caley Fretz and company also reviewed four new performance sunglasses and selected our 2014 Editor’s Choice. Find out which model made the grade.
And last, but not least, Dan Wuori has a penchant for imaginative season predictions. Flip to Wuori’s “At The Back” column to see what he thinks might happen on the road in 2014.
Find all this and more in Velo’s April 2014 issue, available on newsstands or in the Apple iTunes store.