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PARIS (AFP) — Tour de France organizers on Tuesday revealed they have obtained permission from the Paris police chief to round the Arc de Triomphe in 2014.
The world’s greatest cycling race has finished on the Champs Elysees every year since 1975 but this year, for the first time, the route extended along the entire length of the most famous road in Paris to include a ride around the iconic Arc de Triomphe.
When the original route for the 2014 Tour was published in October, organizer ASO said the Arc was off limits for 2014. But they have now received the green light from local police.
“The police commissioner has given his agreement for a route identical to that of 2013,” Tour de France assistant director Pierre-Yves Thouault told AFP. “The success of the 2013 Tour convinced us to include the same route which allows us to best promote the race as much as the monuments.”
One change from this year, though, is that in traversing the River Seine from the Rive Gauche to the Rive Droite before beginning the circuits of the Champs Elysees, the route will take the peloton over the Alexandre III bridge opposite the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, instead of the Pont du Carrousel directly in front of the Louvre museum.
Next year’s final stage will finish a little earlier than this year’s did, with the eighth and final circuit of the Champs Elysees due to end at around 7:30 p.m. local time.
For the 100th edition of the Grand Boucle in July, a later finish was programmed in order to allow for a nighttime illumination of the Arc de Triomphe as part of the award ceremony.
Kenyan-born Chris Froome (Sky) became the second Briton in a row to win the Tour, succeeding compatriot and teammate Bradley Wiggins, who in 2012 was the first ever rider from the other side of the English Channel to finish atop the Tour standings.
The 21st and final stage of next year’s Tour will take place on Sunday, July 27.
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) will debut what will be a different kind of season in 2014 at the Santos Tour Down Under (January 19-26).
Evans is throwing his ambitions behind a strong run at the Giro d’Italia in May, meaning that the UCI WorldTour opener will be more than just a way to stretch his legs in front of home crowds.
“Cadel has his sights set on victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and will be keen to start the season well and build towards this goal,” race director Mike Turtur said in a press release. “I’m sure we will see strong performances from all of the BMC Racing Team riders competing, plus plenty of passion from fans excited to have Cadel Evans back racing on home soil.”
Evans hasn’t raced in the Tour Down Under since debuting his rainbow jersey in 2010.
After riding to third in the 2013 Giro and struggling through the Tour de France to finish 39th overall, the 2011 Tour champ is recalibrating his 2014 objectives, putting the Giro front and center, and leaving the Tour captaincy in the hands of Tejay Van Garderen.
Joining Evans in Australia will be Brent Bookwalter and Rick Zabel, the son of German sprinter Erik Zabel, who will be making his WorldTour debut.
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MILAN (VN) — The Giro d’Italia organizer dismissed race director Michele Acquarone today over a fraud investigation involving 13 million euros ($17.6 million) that went missing, according Italy’s La Presse website. Acquarone will hold a press conference Thursday with Paolo Bellino, reported to be the new race boss.
La Presse reported other shake-ups as well. In addition to Acquarone, RCS Mediagroup fired media relations director Matteo Pastore and former CEO Giacomo Catano.
RCS Mediagroup began the investigation of its sports subsidiary, RCS Sport, at the end of September. It suspended Acquarone immediately as a precautionary measure and sent him home with pay.
Acquarone says he had nothing to do with the stolen money. He told VeloNews two months ago, “I know there are people that may think I have a hand in this incident, but I’ve always worked with transparency.”
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Happy December, readers. We’re into the waning hours of cyclocross season here in the States and we’re fielding a number of questions on tubular care for the cyclocross off-season, so I’ll address two of those here. Additionally, a reader wrote in with a great question on hacking SRAM hubs for 11-speed retrofits. I have thoughts on this and SRAM also weighed in on the topic.
How should I store tubulars?
I’m trying to figure out how to take care of tubular tires during the off-season. Should I try to suck out the Stan’s in the tires if I’ve put some in? Should I keep them pumped up when I’m not using them? Should I do anything special before I ride on them again besides inspecting closely to make sure the glue job is still strong? What’s the life of a glue job anyway? Does it differ from a road tubular to a ’cross tubular?
Well, my method has been to drain, rinse with water, and, when possible, suck the sealant out. However, suction only works on Tufos and Clements; it won’t work on tubulars with inner tubes inside, because the opposite wall of the inner tube will immediately get sucked against the valve opening, and no air can pass from the nether regions of the inner tube.
If you had sealant in them, no matter how well you thought you got it out, keep air in the tires, and keep rotating them throughout the off-season, or when you pump them up next fall, you will hear the stuck areas try to come unstuck as you’re inflating, and the inner tube will suddenly blow. In other words, don’t leave the valve open over the off-season, as it allows the tube to dry inside and stick to itself. I’ve had this happen to me with a number of tires, and it can be very disheartening. It is a real pain to replace the inner tube in a tubular, but when they’re practically unworn and are so pricey. …
I think the little bit of water left in there after rinsing out the sealant (or moisture from in air from an air compressor if you pump your tires with one that is not drained regularly) can stick the inner tube together, too. As there is no inner tube inside them, this won’t happen with a Tufo or Clement tubular, but if you don’t rotate one of those regularly, any remaining sealant will dry in a blob in one spot inside if the valve is left open.
Here is what Stan says:
He will never be able to get the sealant out. Tubulars have tubes inside them and the evaporation will be very slow. I have a set of tubulars I used for demos. I would poke holes in them and did it for years without adding sealant.
I would tell him to leave the air in because it’s already 100 percent humidified. If the tire loses air, do not put in fresh air. Just leave it flat until the next time he wants to use it.
Founder, Stan’s NoTubes
From Effetto Mariposa:
Here’s my 2 cents.
Regarding storage, I’m on the same page as Stan’s, except that I wouldn’t leave the tubulars completely deflated: tubulars don’t get completely deflated anyway, but it’s important not to deflate them on purpose and/or leave them on the floor so that the wheel weight pinches the tubular. No real tubular aficionado would do that, and it becomes more important when there’s sealant inside (there’s a remote chance that a thin layer of sealant pinched that way glues two sides of the inner tube together).
As for the life of a glue job, I have my experience coming from my Vittoria years, but I read the same in one of your answers (perhaps two years ago?) to a similar question … checking the tubular at low pressure and common sense are the key.
—Alberto De Gioannini
Founder, Effetto Mariposa
As for the glue, inspection is key before using them again, yes. Try to peel them off at low pressure. No way to predict life of your glue job, as it depends on the job and on the environmental conditions where it was during the on- and off-season. Here in dry Boulder (normally, that is, our September flood notwithstanding), I consistently get at least two seasons out of a cyclocross tubular glue job. Road tubulars, due to the higher pressure and better fit to the rims, don’t have to be glued as securely as cyclocross tubulars, so they can certainly go that long with a good glue job.
More on peeling carbon with tubular removal
In the question from Ryan at the bottom of a column from September, he asked about carbon stuck to the base tape of his tubular tire being peeled up with the tire. As I said in my answer, it’s happened to me many times before. It happened to me again recently when peeling tubular gluing tape off of an Enve rim and a Xentis rim, so I asked Jake Pantone at Enve about it, and his answer is below.
Answer from Enve:
The tire bed of the rim bears a relatively minor role in the overall strength of the rim. The tire bed completes the structure by connecting the two sidewalls and of course provides the mounting surface for tires.
When material is removed from the tire bed in the process of removing tape/tires it is not a catastrophic event and as you know you can simply remount a tire and ride on (as you have experienced). What can become a problem is if, when the tire is pulled, fiber is removed and it peels into the brake tracks and sidewall of the rim. This of course will create uneven braking that will most likely result in further deterioration of the brake track over time.
Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, Enve
Can I hack SRAM hubs for 11-speed drivetrains?
Further to your writings on 10-speed wheels (notably Zipp) and 11-speed Shimano, I have read on a forum (yes, a dubious source) of someone simply leaving out a cog from an 11-speed Shimano cassette and installing it on a 10-speed wheel with a 1 mm spacer. The rear derailleur limit screw was then adjusted so the 11-speed components were to be used as 10-speed for the time being, until the expense of newer wheels can be justified by the rider. Do you have information about this working or not?
Also: my recollection from the time of Zipp’s changes to its 2012 188 hubs was that the only thing changed was a fine-tuning of the angle for the non-drive-side spokes. Yes, Zipp is a company that frets over details, but can that subtle change of spoke angle really negate earlier 188 hubs from carrying an 11-speed Shimano cassette? If a simple 11-speed hack for 10-speed wheels is to switch to a Campagnolo 11-speed freehub body and cassette, which can be done with a pre-2012 188 hub, then I have a hard time believing the same 188 hub cannot carry a Shimano 11-speed cassette.
Yes, that works — leaving a cog and spacer out of an 11-speed cogset and using it on a 10-speed freehub. I’ve done it myself, and Shimano’s Wayne Stetina described doing that himself in a column from October.
As for the Zipp hub, I’ll let Zipp answer that below.
We have provided a popular service to convert our 2012 model year wheels to become compatible with 11-speed cassettes. Those 2012 wheels are built using our 188v8 (or 188 version 8) hubs, which are those with the Beyond Black or Falcon Grey-colored hubs. Previous model 188v7 hubs (silver) have a narrow flange width and therefore the threads on the axle for the v7 hubs were placed more inboard so the clinch nut could thread up to the bearing on the non-drive side. Our 11-speed kit has the v8 axle where the threads are placed more outboard to accommodate the wider flange spacing of the 188v8 hub. If you try to use the v8 axle on a v7 hubshell, the clinch nut would run out of thread and not contact the non-drive side bearing. All model year 2013 and 2014 (with 188/v9 hub) model-year wheels are 11-speed compatible. For more information on our conversion service, visit our website.
Public Relations Specialist, Road Cycling and Cyclocross, SRAM/Zipp/Quark
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American Timmy Duggan called it a career on Monday, after some time to reflect while waiting on a verbal deal with Cannondale to come through.
The announcement, posted on his website, comes after a tough 2013 campaign with Saxo-Tinkoff, during which he sustained a broken leg at the Santos Tour Down Under and never truly recovered. In a note on his site, Duggan was candid and open with his fans and the sport.
“In the ambulance to the hospital with my season-threatening injury, I began to question if this was worth it anymore. Despite plenty of support and being surrounded by incredible teammates and team staff at Saxo-Tinkoff, I hated nearly every day of the season, I was miserable and depressed. It is incredibly frustrating as an athlete to not be able to be at your best, and, even worse, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted it any more,” he wrote. “Cycling has given me a lot, but it has also taken a lot away. I wouldn’t trade my experiences, accomplishments, and relationships I’ve had in cycling for anything, but the injuries, the time away from home, and the sacrifice of so much to ride a bike faster are weighing heavy. At this point in my career, even when things are going very well, racing bikes is not making me truly happy. It doesn’t excite me like it used to. When I was thinking about the 2014 season, I couldn’t see myself being happy enough, regardless of the situation.”
Duggan, the 2012 U.S. road champion and Olympian, wrote that in recent weeks he was able to spend more time with his family and friends, and that he felt “alive” again. The 31-year-old is no stranger to pain on the bike, and the issues racing can present. He suffered a serious brain injury in a horrific crash at the Tour of Georgia in 2008. He’s broken more bones along the way (including the bad leg break early last season) and decided enough was enough. “It has become clear how important some other things are to me and how much I’m missing,” he wrote.
In place of cycling, Duggan will pursue a career in residential real estate, a family business of more than 30 years, and is working to earn a real estate license. He will also work with the Lake Eldora Racing Team. “Ski racing is my original sport and one that is very close to my heart, and I’m excited to apply the knowledge and experiences I’ve had in reaching the top levels of cycling to the next generation of aspiring Olympians in ski racing,” he wrote.
He concluded: “Cycling gave me goals and the opportunity to accomplish them, and the journey along that whole process has shaped me, and for that I am very proud. But cycling certainly doesn’t define me, and its not who I want to be anymore. Already I feel so incredibly alive as I move forward into my next ambitions.”