venerdì 19 dicembre 2014

Cyclocross: In Short (and translated) Vantornout skips Essen and Namur

The sexiest man in the cross peloton is sick, so forced to skip the Bpost Bank Trophy-round in Essen and probably the World Cup in Namur.
There is an article here, together with this stunning picture.
On Wednesday Vantornout was supoosed to race the Sint-Niklaas cross, but didn't. He's struggling with a viral infection.

Klaas Vantornout:
"After my poor performance in Antwerp and Mol last weekend had to be something going on, On Monday and Tuesday I didn't feel all right, On Wednesday the illness came out the. The doctor told me that I have a viral infection. Rest is the only treatment because antibiotics are useless in a viral infection.
It comes at the true wrong moment, just before the busy holiday period. Essen and Namur races seemed talilored for me. Unfortunately I will have to skip at least Essen. With two nights ahead, I hope to be at the start in Namur to defend my 2nd place in the World Cup, but then everything should go well. Maybe I'll have to delete some competitions between Christmas and New Year."


Hour Record: Alex Dowsett Goes For It! and for little bleeders

Embedded image permalinkWOW! I'm looking forward! really I am! Alex is one of 'my' riders and I'm sure he's going to do things right. As the press release says: "British time trialist from Movistar Team -Commonwealth Games winner, 3-times National Champion- to take on current 51.852km mark at London's Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome on Friday, February 27th, 2015". And I'm considering the idea to fly there to watch.

Alex Dowsett:
"Things like the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, the Tour de France and world championships hit home with the general public, but I truly had my eyes opened during my offseason this year when I travelled around Europe with the Miles for Haemophilia campaign. The campaign was simple: just to raise awareness and promote a healthy and active lifestyle within the Haemophilia community. What I realised quite quickly tough was the impact my story was having. As a young haemophiliac things were tough, even more so for my family than I. There was only a predicted gloomy outcome, talk of wheelchairs, crutches, joints fused in place or replaced, a far cry from the Alex you see before now.
On these trips I saw my story was spreading hope: their boy or girl could in fact lead an ordinary life. So I thought: what more can I do to bring a positive outlook on the future to them, alongside my own personal career ambitions? Everyone understands a world record, so I wanted my next target to be the hour record. The Hour is something I've always been interested in; the simplicity of it, mostly: no tactics, no hiding, just you and the bike. Now I've got a new sense of drive as I know that the more success I can achieve, the more hope it will give everyone in the whole rare disease community. We spend our childhoods being told what we can't do, so I'm going for the record for anyone that gets told what they can't do something and goes out to prove themselves otherwise. I'm training a hell of a lot harder because of it.

Eusebio Unzué:
"It's very emotional for me, due to several reasons.  Dowsett's attempt means looking back to what Miguel Indurain's hour record meant to all of us, 20 years ago. Back then, it wasn't really usual to pursue such record, of all goals you could go after, and there weren't many riders who dared to take such challenge, either. After some attempts prior to ours, Miguel relied on his chances to beat the mark, we got our hands into it and, after many weeks of hard work, the day came - and it was really emotional: the velodrome in Bordeaux, full of people, the TV camers showing it live... it was really different from what we were used to. I always remember that day as one of the hardest for Miguel: I found it completely broken, out of energy after such a hard attempt in conditions he wasn't accustomed to at all.
Alex's attempt reflects the globalization of cycling and the internationalization of our team. Taking the chance with a British rider, at the Olympic velodrome in London, and adding that social drive, with Alex taking such efforts to support those ones with rare diseases, himself being an ambassador of Haemophilia... I already find this attempt perfect and positive for everyone, all circumstances put together. On the other hand, without our partners, especially Canyon and Endura, we would have hardly made it to the start line. The marks that two track riders, big time trialists, like Bobridge and Rohan Dennis will set will make it really difficult for us, but I hope this will become a further drive for Alex to tackle it."

UCI President Brian Cookson:
“I am delighted that an experienced time trialist such as Alex Dowsett is attacking the UCI Hour Record just months after Matthias Brändle’s tremendous performance on the UCI World Cycling Centre velodrome, in Switzerland. After Brändle’s new record, I said that I was convinced that many other riders would try to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary UCI Hour Record holders, and Alex did not wait long to announce his attempt. It will take place at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will add to the excitement of the event. Dowsett’s attempt gives credit to the amendment of the regulations we introduced several months ago. The recent changes have sparked an exciting series of challenges, which is exactly what we hoped would happen when we decided to authorise the use of track bikes with modern designs and technology. The UCI Hour Record has been revived and is capturing the imaginations of riders and fans alike.”

Practical info:
Tickets for the UCI Hour Record attempt are already available through See Tickets. Details on the attempt's exact timetable, press accreditations and TV coverage will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans will be able to follow the preparations for the event through the hashtags #PerfectHour and #UCIHourRecord, at Movistar Team's Facebook page and on Twitter accounts @alexdowsett, @Movistar_Team and @UCI_cycling.

mercoledì 17 dicembre 2014

In Short: Wilco Kelderman about Tour and Team

Giro 2013 (Ischia TTT)
Another great interview by Barry Ryan here

In Short:

1.TdF Grand Départ round the corner: “It’s really near my home so it’s a really big motivation. I think it’s a good opening time trial for me, because it’s a bit longer than a prologue. Last year, the time trials were good for me but I think I can make more progress with the bike and material.
The route looks OK for me, although the first week with the cobblestone stages and the Mur de Huy is going to be really important. I just like to ride the French races so I’m really looking forward to riding the Tour in the coming year.
I hope to begin really good at the Tour and then I hope to go for top 15, top 10. That’s going to be my goal, as high up as possible, but it’s hard to say which place. Anything can happen, especially at the Tour with the crashes and everything, but I am going for a high classification.”

2. Team Lotto-Jumbo: “It’s really a Dutch team now. All of the Netherlands is looking to us and all of the riders are speaking Dutch. Only George Bennett maybe not. Of course, we looked to other teams and there was a lot of interest but I feel good on this team and the first choice was to stay with Belkin and now with Lotto-Jumbo. Of course it was necessary to talk to different teams but my first choice was always Team Lotto.
No one expected that Belkin would stop so it was a little bit of a surprise for the whole team when that happened. Then during the Tour, it was announced that there would be a new sponsor and the situation was already a lot better. I think we are a really special team, especially in the Netherlands.
In a lot of races I am one of the leaders and outside of the races I’m one of the bigger guys on the team. I’m more important now, I feel it already.”

Cyclocross: Mathieu Van der Poel as Sint Niklaas

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1 Van der Poel Mathieu 
2 Pauwels
3 Bosmans 
4 Adams 
5 Taramarcaz 
6 Meisen 
7 Bastaans 
8 Van der Poel
10 Wellens