lunedì 20 ottobre 2014

Keep this smile! :D

More pics here:
http://www.teamgiantshimano.com/2014/10/insideout-gallery-lars-van-der-haar-wins-valkenburg-cyclo-cross-world-cup/

domenica 19 ottobre 2014

Cyclocross: WC Valkenburg - Elite Women Full Results

RESULTS
1 COMPTON Katherine USA19781203 0:43:50
2 WYMAN Helen GBR19810304 KONA FACTORY TEAM +00:13
3 DE BOER Sophie NED19901212 PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM +00:25
4 VAN LOY Ellen BEL19800916 +00:38
5 ANDERSON Elle USA19880329 +00:42
6 HARRIS Nikki GBR19861230 +00:57
7 CANT Sanne BEL19901008 +01:03
8 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZE19830420 +01:09
9 VAN PAASSEN Sanne NED19881027 BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM +01:25
10 VERSCHUEREN Jolien BEL19900507 +01:32
11 KEMMERER Arley USA19840223 +02:10
12 CHAINEL-LEFEVRE Lucie FRA19830702 +02:29
13 MICHIELS Githa BEL19830328 TREK-KMC TRADE TEAM +02:40
14 NUNO Aida ESP19831124 LOINTEK +03:03
15 PETIT Marlene FRA19910401 +03:51
16 PERRY Laura FRA19960220 +04:02
17 NOSKOVA Nikola CZE19970701 +04:02
18 MIKULASKOVA Martina CZE19930813 +04:13
19 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL19910423 +04:16
20 VAXILLAIRE Stephanie FRA19790615 +04:29
21 LABOUS Juliette FRA19981104 +04:34
22 ERLANDSSON Asa Maria SWE19740130 +04:36
23 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL19961204 +04:39
24 HEIGL Nadja AUT19960215 +04:49
25 VALENTINI Elena ITA19920330 BTC CITY LJUBLJANA +04:53
26 WITLOX Lizzy NED19950211 +05:21
27 HENZELIN Lise-Marie SUI19911108 +05:26
28 KUNTOVA Vendula CZE19931010 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN +05:30
29 HORMES Reza NED19670206 +05:44
30 PAYTON Hannah GBR19940323 +05:52
31 THIJS Katrien BEL19850203 +06:07
32 HOTTINGER Olivia SUI19980111 +06:10
33 HECKMANN Lisa GER19880514 +06:10
34 BAJGEROVA Adela CZE19970131 +08:20
35 GODART Suzie LUX19620720 +08:25
36 FIEDLER Yvonne GER19861115 -2LAP
37 BACHMANN Liv-Susanne GER19790420 -2LAP

Cyclocross WC Valkenburg: A Cool Victory for Lars van der Haar


Embedded image permalinkYes: coolness, focus, control. Today Lars van der Haar didn't make any mistakes. Clean lines, a regular pace too high too folow for almost everybody. Few laps and already he was leading with Kevin Pauwels and Tom Meeusen. Walsleben trying to bridge. In a sunny, crowded Cauberg. 
It isn't easy to confirm after one year when you took such a smashing victory, it isn't easy when you are racing in your homeland, in front of your people. He did.
Cool, focused, always in control. Moreover determined.
Tom Meeusen was fighting as a lion and his style is classy and pure, but he couldn't keep the rythm and got finally dropped. It was Lars van der Haar and Kevin Pauwels, two fast wheels in a very fast race. Unfortunately Pauwels fell, his back wheel sliding on died leaves on a descent. Van der Haar flew away and nobody could catch.


Embedded image permalinkBehind a three riders chasing group had formed: Meeusen, Pauwels, Walsleben and Vantornout. They were giving it all but van der Haar was too fast. 
Embedded image permalinkBina had already abandoned, Sven Nys' chain dropped and he was also forced to abandon. Four laps to go van der Haar crossed solo the line and since there his gap grew till 1'08''. At the last lap it was still 1'. 
Behind they werent's chasing anymore but fighting more tactically for the 2nd place. Van Amerongen and Van Kessel had joined the front group. 
At the last lap Kevin Pauwel attacked and gained a gap. Meanwhile Lars van der Haar was already smiling and rising one arm to celebrate a cool victory. Bravo! 2. Pauwels, 3rd Van Kessel.

Lars van der Haar:
“From the first lap it went perfect today. I came in front with Pauwels but then became alone, and I didn’t expect that. I pushed him too far and he made a mistake.
I didn’t take a drink as I knew I could manage the heat – I don’t think you need to do it for an hour. It turned out to be a good decision. 
I am happy with my demonstration today, it was a good race and this was my first peak of the season. I’m pleased to be the World Cup leader again and I hope to go on like this.”
"Of course I know that Sven Nys doesn't like the heat, so I decided for a fast start. Meeusen and Pauwels were not far away. It did not make sense to just keeping pushing. Moreover, I could save energy staying on their wheels.
But after a while I saw the others coming back and I didn't want. So I went in front and rose the pace again.
Then I just rode steadly. I felt really good on the bike today. I really could 'play' with my bike, took the curves perfectly, had the right line. It felt good, much better than last week in Ronse where I struggled with the bike. It's really something beautiful when you can go ahead with 1:10, in the last two laps then I really enjoied the bike and I'm proud of this victory. It's fine to start the season well but the season is still long and I would like to show beautiful things in the bpost Bank trophy and Hansgrohe Superprestige."

Kevin Pauwels:
"I had abdominal cramps. I've already had them in Erpe-Mere. Perhaps it's because of the heat. You have to drink a lot, perhaps that explains those abdominal problems. I had to go deep to follow Lars and made mistakes." 
Lars was clearly the strongest of us all. This fall was my own fault. 

I'm growing gradually into my best shape and looking forward to races like the Koppenberg."

RESULTS
1 VAN DER HAAR Lars NED19910723 DEVELOPMENT TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:05:42
2 PAUWELS Kevin BEL19840412 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:26
3 VAN KESSEL Corne NED19910807 TELENET - FIDEA +00:34
4 VANTORNOUT Klaas BEL19820519 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:38
5 MEEUSEN Tom BEL19881107 TELENET - FIDEA +00:38
6 VAN AMERONGEN Thijs NED19860718 TELENET - FIDEA +00:41
7 WALSLEBEN Philipp GER19871119 BKCP - POWERPLUS +00:48
8 ADAMS Jens BEL19920605 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +00:59
9 POWERS Jeremy USA19830629 +01:10
10 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL19921119 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:24
11 MERLIER Tim BEL19921030 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:31
12 WELLENS Bart BEL19780810 TELENET - FIDEA +01:38
13 BOROS Michael CZE19920809 +01:58
14 AERNOUTS Jim BEL19890323 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +02:05
15 WUBBEN Niels NED19880220 TELENET - FIDEA +02:18
16 MOUREY Francis FRA19801208 FDJ.fr +02:23
17 GRAND Arnaud SUI19900828 +02:25
18 CANAL Fabien FRA19890404 LOOK - BEAUMES DE VENISE +02:30
19 VAN DEN BRAND Twan NED19890122 +02:35
20 FRANZOI Enrico ITA19820808 MARCHIOL EMISFERO +02:48
21 PAPRSTKA Tomas CZE19920301 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN +02:55
22 AERNOUTS Bart BEL19820623 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:04
23 TARAMARCAZ Julien SUI19871112 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:08
24 PEETERS Rob BEL19850702 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +03:24
25 MOSER Andreas SUI19840122 +03:25
26 VAN LEEUWEN Patrick NED19850416 CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS +03:38
27 MEISEN Marcel GER19890108 CORENDON - KWADRO +04:02
28 WEBER Sascha GER19880223 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI +04:11
29 ZAHNER Simon SUI19830306 +04:12
30 FIELD Ian GBR19860618 +04:42
31 RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ Javier ESP19791102 +04:51
32 RULLIERE Melvin FRA19891222 +04:58
33 WINTERBERG Lukas SUI19880504 +05:24
34 BIANCO Marco ITA19821211 -1LAP
35 LHOTELLERIE Clement FRA19860309 -1LAP
36 GIL Mariusz POL19830506 CORENDON - KWADRO -1LAP
37 VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy NED19850321 -2LAP
38 HANSEN Kenneth DEN19911007 -2LAP
39 SAEGESSER Severin SUI19920711 -2LAP
40 BERDEN Ben BEL19750929 -2LAP
41 PAGE Jonathan USA19760916 -2LAP
42 BETALU Josep ESP19771021 -3LAP
43 VAN DER POEL David NED19920615 BKCP - POWERPLUS -3LAP
44 TAKENOUCHI Yu JPN19880901 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI -4LAP
45 PARBO Joachim DEN19741118 -4LAP
46 SILVESTRI Elia ITA19900329 -4LAP
47 EDMOND Angus NZL19760203 NZL19760203 -5LAP

sabato 18 ottobre 2014

Cyclocross: WC Valkenburg Start List (Elite Men and Women)

Good luck!

ELITE MEN 
2 BINA Martin CZE19830521 CORENDON - KWADRO
3 SIMUNEK Radomir CZE19830906 CORENDON - KWADRO
4 PAPRSTKA Tomas CZE19920301 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN
6 BOROS Michael CZE19920809
7 NYS Sven BEL19760617
8 PAUWELS Kevin BEL19840412 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM
9 MEEUSEN Tom BEL19881107 TELENET - FIDEA
10 VANTORNOUT Klaas BEL19820519 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM
11 PEETERS Rob BEL19850702 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM
12 AERNOUTS Bart BEL19820623 CORENDON - KWADRO
14 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL19921119 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM
15 BERDEN Ben BEL19750929
16 WELLENS Bart BEL19780810 TELENET - FIDEA
17 ADAMS Jens BEL19920605 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM
18 MERLIER Tim BEL19921030 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM
19 AERNOUTS Jim BEL19890323 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM
20 VAN DER HAAR Lars NED19910723 DEVELOPMENT TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
21 VAN AMERONGEN Thijs NED19860718 TELENET - FIDEA
22 VAN KESSEL Corne NED19910807 TELENET - FIDEA
23 WUBBEN Niels NED19880220 TELENET - FIDEA
24    VAN DER POEL David NED19920615 BKCP - POWERPLUS
25 VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy NED19850321
26 VAN DEN BRAND Twan NED19890122
27 VAN LEEUWEN Patrick NED19850416 CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS
28 MOUREY Francis FRA19801208 FDJ.fr
29 CANAL Fabien FRA19890404 LOOK - BEAUMES DE VENISE
30 RULLIERE Melvin FRA19891222
31 LHOTELLERIE Clement FRA19860309
32 TARAMARCAZ Julien SUI19871112 CORENDON - KWADRO
33 ZAHNER Simon SUI19830306
34 GRAND Arnaud SUI19900828
35 WINTERBERG Lukas SUI19880504
36 MOSER Andreas SUI19840122
37 SAEGESSER Severin SUI19920711
38 WALSLEBEN Philipp GER19871119 BKCP - POWERPLUS
39 MEISEN Marcel GER19890108 CORENDON - KWADRO
40 WEBER Sascha GER19880223 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI
42 AMBROZIAK Christoph GER19830718
43 POWERS Jeremy USA19830629
44 PAGE Jonathan USA19760916
45 FRANZOI Enrico ITA19820808 MARCHIOL EMISFERO
46 FALASCHI Bryan ITA19910521
47 SILVESTRI Elia ITA19900329
48 RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ Javier ESP19791102
49 BETALU Josep ESP19771021
50 FIELD Ian GBR19860618
51 TAKENOUCHI Yu JPN19880901 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI
52 EDMOND Angus NZL19760203
53 GIL Mariusz POL19830506 CORENDON - KWADRO
54 HANSEN Kenneth DEN19911007
55 PARBO Joachim DEN19741118
56 BIANCO Marco ITA19821211

ELITE WOMEN
2 DE BOER Sophie NED19901212 PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM
4 KASTELIJN Yara NED19970809
6 HORMES Reza NED19670206
7 WITLOX Lizzy NED19950211
8 VAN PAASSEN Sanne NED19881027 BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM
9 CANT Sanne BEL19901008
10 VAN LOY Ellen BEL19800916
12 MICHIELS Githa BEL19830328 TREK-KMC TRADE TEAM
13 VERSCHUEREN Jolien BEL19900507
14 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL19910423
15 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL19961204
16 THIJS Katrien BEL19850203
17 CHAINEL-LEFEVRE Lucie FRA19830702
20 PETIT Marlene FRA19910401
21 VAXILLAIRE Stephanie FRA19790615
22 PERRY Laura FRA19960220
23 LABOUS Juliette FRA19981104
24 WYMAN Helen GBR19810304 KONA FACTORY TEAM
25 HARRIS Nikki GBR19861230
26 PAYTON Hannah GBR19940323
27 COMPTON Katherine USA19781203
28 ANDERSON Elle USA19880329
29 KEMMERER Arley USA19840223
31 VALENTINI Elena ITA19920330 BTC CITY LJUBLJANA
33 HECKMANN Lisa GER19880514
34 BACHMANN Liv-Susanne GER19790420
36 FIEDLER Yvonne GER19861115
37 MIKULASKOVA Martina CZE19930813
38 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZE19830420
39 NOSKOVA Nikola CZE19970701
41 BAJGEROVA Adela CZE19970131
42 KUNTOVA Vendula CZE19931010 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN
43 NUNO Aida ESP19831124 LOINTEK
44 GODART Suzie LUX19620720
46 ERLANDSSON Asa Maria SWE19740130
47 KLOPPENBURG Margriet Helena DEN19880118
48 HENZELIN Lise-Marie SUI19911108
49 HOTTINGER Olivia SUI19980111
50 HEIGL Nadja AUT19960215

Firenze Cycling MeetUp: An Easy Ride Around Florence

Me (and a naked man!)
That's the hardest point of the climb and although it isn't the Alpe d'Huez I'm proud: my pace is still good. Yeah yeah! I'm smashing it! I'm doing better than the rider in front of me. Now I shift to a longer gear, jump off the wheel and speed up to get a gap. He doesn't respond and I'm leading solo toward piazzale Michelangelo, under the beautiful pines. 
It's the first ride of the Firenze Cycling MeetUp
 http://www.meetup.com/Firenze-Cycling-Meetup/ and we planned an easy ride around Florence. The weather is surprisingly good, the trafic not too bad and I must admit (again and again) that Florence looks spendid from here. 
We stop to take a picture with the Davide by Michelangelo (a copy of course: the original is in Museo dell'Accademia, near piazza San Marco) and we are back on the sadle, up and down by Viale dei Colli till piazzale Galileo where we have two options: down to Porta Romana (short ride) or left to Galluzzo (long ride). We feel bold so is left. I keep the back of the group now because I'm not smart in the traffic and via Senese is always busy. 
In Galluzzo we turn left to take the Cinque Vie narrow street, by the small river Ema. It's a very beautiful place to ride your bike, almost flat, some gentle ups and downs. It leads to Ponte a Ema, Gino Bartali's town and headquarter of Team Aquila, my son's. We ride via Chiantigiana, till the roundabout of Ponte a Niccheri, turn left back to Ponte a Ema and right toward Bagno a Ripoli by Ritortoli. 
Here the road starts climbing and the landscape is more rural. Ritortoli is a (infamous) steep climb with several airpins coming from Bagno a Ripoli but we arrive from Ponte a Ema so for us it's a fast descent. We cross via Roma, ride down via fratelli Orsi and via del Padule till the roundabout for Florence (short ride) or Pontassieve (long ride). 
We feel done and it's time to go home so it's left in via Pian di Ripoli till the trafic light, then right in via della Nave a Rovezzano and via Crocifisso del Lume, narrow lovely streets that as a commuter I know very well. At the small roundabout it's left and then right in via San Lorenzino a Ripaltuzza till the larger via di Villamagna. 
The ride is over: I cross the bridge of Varlungo and go home by the river, the Cupola del Duomo still so big in the distance, the sun warm on my skin. Nice one! lets do it all again!

venerdì 17 ottobre 2014

Cyclocross: In Short (and translated) - Waiting for Valkenburg

 
Pic by Dirk Bruylant 


There is an article here
http://www.sport.be/nl/wielrennen/veldrijden/article.html?Article_ID=705962&utm_source=sport.be-veldrijden&utm_campaign=sportbe_rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

In Short (and translated):

1.World Cup Kicks Off on the CaubergLast year Lars van der Haar won here on Sven Nys, thanks to his good legs and also to Nys' bad luck. A Dutch winner on Dutch soil: epic! Kevin Pauwels and Philipp Walsleben completed the podium.
2.Hard Race:  The Cauberg Cross is a relatively new race, only included in the World Cup since 2013, and a tough one, featuring steep climbs and technical descents. It requires strength and concetration. 
3. Sven Nys: He had won in 2012 but had a lot bad luck last year, when a fall, two flat tires and a broken chain forced him to pull off. Sunday he's going to start, in spite of the illness that prevented him to not race in Ardooie. It's reported to have been "a nausea due to a momentary disruption of the vestibular system". It doesn't sound good but it could have no consequences at all so Nys remains one of the favourites, with van der Haar.
4.The new UCI rules instead have consequences, notably the fact that Belgium is allowed to bring a lot of riders, 12 to be exact: Jens Adams, Bart Aernouts, Jim Aerbouts, Ben Berden, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens, Klaas Vantornout, Kevin Pauwels, Tom Meeusen, Rob Peeters, Tim Merlier and Gianni Vermeersch. 
5. At the start (and not): Francis Mourey will be there too, aiming for the podium. Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert instead will not take part in the Elite race.

As far for me I obviously support Lars van der Haar: 
GO Lars van der 
HAARD-ER!
(and make my day!)

Cyclocross: Stybar Crashed in Ardooie... but who did win? Results


Last year winner Klaas Vantornout had not been invited - shame! . and Sven Nys didn't start due to illness. Then Stybar fell and broke his collarbone!! 
There was a race in Ardooie anyway and Michael Vanthourenhout won it. Meeusen was 2nd and Walsleben 3rd.

RESULTS
1 Michael Vanthourenhout Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
2 Tom Meeusen Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
3 Philipp Walsleben BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
4 Joeri Adams Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
5 Tim Merlier Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
6 Toon Aerts Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
7 Nicolas Cleppe Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
8 Niels Wubben Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
9 Bart Wellens Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
10 Jens Vandekinderen Telenet Fidea Cycling Team