News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:36:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png News – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Interbike 2017 liveblog: Thursday http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/bikes-and-tech/interbike-2017-liveblog-thursday_448472 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:36:07 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448472 Day two of Interbike holds more bike gear, more Las Vegas weirdness, and plenty of fun from the tradeshow hall.

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We’re on to day two of the cycling industry’s biggest North American tradeshow. Join us for one final week of staggering around Las Vegas before Interbike moves to Reno in 2017. We’ll be covering all the interesting tech, fun events, ‘cross racing, and more on this liveblog, so check back for regular updates. Also, tune in to the VeloNews podcast for two episodes recorded from the hall at Interbike.

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VN podcast, ep. 51: Interbike special with Eisenhart, Clif team, Tetrick http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/podcast/vn-podcast-ep-51-interbike-special-eisenhart-clif-team-tetrick_448669 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/podcast/vn-podcast-ep-51-interbike-special-eisenhart-clif-team-tetrick_448669#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:30:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448669 We're live from Interbike! So, of course, it's time to play some games. We quiz TJ Eisenhart, Alison Tetrick, and the Clif Bar team.

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Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

We’re live from Interbike! So, of course, it’s time to play some games.

Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison quiz TJ Eisenhart on classic quotes, Alison Tetrick on her Alison expertise, and the Clif Bar team on its Luna Chix heritage. Plus, your host’s favorite tech from cycling’s annual tradeshow.

If you like what you hear, subscribe to the VeloNews podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Also, check out the VeloNews Fast Talk training podcast with Trevor Connor and Fretz.

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Gerrans joins BMC for final chapter of career http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/gerrans-joins-bmc-for-final-chapter-of-career_448630 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/gerrans-joins-bmc-for-final-chapter-of-career_448630#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:57:42 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448630 The 37-year-old Australian will serve in a helper role to the team's GC riders and its young up-and-comers.

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Simon Gerrans will ride for BMC Racing in 2018 in a support role as the team’s Australian accent continues to grow.

The 37-year-old leaves Orica-Scott after seven years with the Australian team, and will slot into a helper’s role behind GC captain Richie Porte and classics star Greg Van Avermaet.

“I always saw myself spending the last period of my career in more of a road captain role and passing on my experiences,” Gerrans said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the team as both a support rider and leader when called upon.”

Gerrans won such races as Milano-Sanremo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Santos Tour Down Under a record four times, as well as stages in all three grand tours, but he went winless this year and did not race in a grand tour.

There were some reports that Gerrans would retire at this year’s Tour Down Under, but the chance to help Porte in the Tour de France offered a new challenge for the veteran all-rounder.

“Simon will … be a high-level support rider for Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet, as well as a rider who can make the most of any opportunity that comes his way,” said BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz. “We are looking forward to seeing what Simon can do when he puts on the BMC Racing Team jersey next year.”

Gerrans becomes the team’s fourth Australian rider, joining Porte, Rohan Dennis, and neo-pro Miles Scotson on the U.S.-registered team.

BMC Racing does not reveal the length of contracts of its riders. Gerrans is the third new face on the team for the 2018 season. The squad has also penned deals with Belgian classics rider Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) and emerging classics star Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac).

Five riders have moved to new teams for 2018, including Silvan Dillier (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Amael Moinard (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Manuel Senni (Bardiani-CSF). Manuel Quinziato retires while Samuel Sánchez tested positive for a peptide ahead of the start of the Vuelta a España last month.

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Lappartient will succeed Cookson as UCI president http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/lappartient-will-succeed-cookson-uci-president_448625 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/lappartient-will-succeed-cookson-uci-president_448625#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:13:22 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448625 Frenchman David Lappartient will succeed Briton Brian Cookson as UCI president after winning a landslide election on Thursday in Bergen.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Frenchman David Lappartient said his main job after being elected the new president of the UCI on Thursday was to maintain cycling’s credibility.

The 44-year-old beat incumbent Brian Cookson by a landslide 37 votes to eight at the world cycling governing body’s Congress in Bergen, Norway. And having vowed in his election campaign to fight against corruption, doping and technological fraud, Lappartient said he would not be getting complacent now that he is president.

“We have to be stronger because I don’t want tomorrow to have new Armstrong affair — it would be a disaster for our sport,” said Lappartient. “To lose credibility takes five minutes, to regain it takes 20 years — we have to be careful about it.”

He vowed to ensure independence and transparency in drug testing and “continue the fight against technological fraud”, although he said the UCI would “need to implement new systems”.

He also admitted that the “economic model of our sport is not very strong”, pointing to the team sponsors being local or national companies rather than global names.

Briton Cookson, 66, had beaten Ireland’s Pat McQuaid in a bitter and farcical election four years ago, but in defeat became the first UCI President to fail to earn a second term.

He came to power in 2013 following years of doping scandals and the fall-out from Lance Armstrong’s admission of cheating throughout his career, which saw him stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins.

“The UCI I leave behind is unrecognisable from the organisation I took over in 2013 and I depart with my head held high,” said Cookson. “Someone needed to stand up and take on the previous regime, who had dragged cycling into the gutter.”

In the build-up to Thursday’s election, Cookson accused his predecessor McQuaid of working against him behind the scenes. McQuaid was frank in his support for Lappartient, telling Cyclingnews that the UCI “needs a change” and describing Cookson as a “fraud”.

The election vote was a surprise to many who had expected a close-run battle. But in earning 37 votes, Lappartient, the incumbent European Cycling Federation President and until March the French Federation President too, said it was “not a photo-finish, the message of the membership was clear: they want to have new leadership”.

Lappartient, who said he was “deeply honored” by his election, becomes the 11th president of the UCI since its creation in 1900.

He was French Federation President from 2009 until March and has been European Federation President since 2013, a position he now leaves to take on his new role.

The 44-year-old is also mayor of a small town in Brittany.

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Cross Vegas: Sweeck, Nash solo to victory http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/cross-vegas-sweeck-nash-solo-victory_448609 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/cross-vegas-sweeck-nash-solo-victory_448609#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:07:08 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448609 Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) and Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) took victories on Wednesday at the 2017 Cross Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) soloed to victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas on Wednesday night with the famous Las Vegas Strip shining brightly in the distance. The Belgian attacked through the uphill sand pit on lap one and was never to be seen again. Laurens brother Diether finished second with Jeremy Powers (Aspire), who did the bulk of the work in the chase group, rounding out the podium in third.

“It looked easy, but it wasn’t easy because it wasn’t the plan to get in front the first lap,” Sweeck, who finished second at the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup at Jingle Cross in Iowa City on Sept. 17, said. “I was first in the descent, and then it was already a good gap. I kept pushing on the pedals. I was very happy at the finish line.”

The 11th edition of Cross Vegas began with “The Strip” in the distance for the final time on Wednesday night. Held midweek during the Interbike tradeshow, the race will be moving to Reno next year, as that is where Interbike will be held. However, the race will still be called Cross Vegas.

Powers took the holeshot, but soon conceded the lead to Travis Livermon. The Maxxis-Shimano rider led the race for the first half of the opening lap until the riders came to the uphill sand pit. Few were able to ride the tough section and Laurens Sweeck took advantage. He flew through the sand pit and opened up a lead that would never be closed.

A chase group of Powers, Diether Sweeck, and Michael Van den Ham (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare) soon formed.

As the laps ticked off, Laurens continued to extend his lead and the chase group turned to tactics instead of trying to bring the leader back. The slowing pace allowed a couple of riders to bridge to the chase and give themselves a shot at the podium. First Bjorn Selander (Borah Teamwear powered by Bingham Built) and then Geoff Kabush (SCOTT sports-Maxxis) bridged to the three chasers.

Into the final lap Laurens led by nearly a minute and the podium was set, but not the exact order. A Powers attack with a lap and a half to go had separated the four-time U.S. national champion and Diether from the rest of the chase group.

Diether led Powers into the uphill sandpit for the final time and rode through it cleanly. Powers bobbled and was forced to get off and run. This proved to be the deciding factor with Powers unable to close the gap created by Diether riding the sandpit, while he ran.

A special moment occurred at the end of the race with Laurens sitting up and waiting for his brother. The Sweeck brothers crossed the line together with Laurens holding a Belgian flag he took from a fan on the finishing straight.

Powers came home third with Selander, who went all-out on the final lap and passed Van den Ham, taking fourth. Canadian Kabush finish sixth.

Top-10 results

  • 1. Laurens SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38
  • 2. Diether SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38
  • 3. Jeremy POWERS, ASPIRE RACING, 01:08:53
  • 4. Bjorn SELANDER, BORAH TEAMWEAR POWERED BY BINGH, 01:08:55
  • 5. Michael VAN DEN HAM, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:09:32
  • 6. Geoff KABUSH, SCOTT SPORTS-MAXXIS, 01:09:47
  • 7. Travis LIVERMON, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 01:10:08
  • 8. Hector Fernando RIVEROS PAEZ, STANS NOTUBES P/B MAXXIS/CZ, 01:10:21
  • 9. Lance HAIDET, DONNELLY SPORTS, 01:10:31
  • 10. Cody KAISER, LANGETWINS/SPECIALIZED, 01:10:36

Nash, Pendrel go 1-2 for CLIF Pro Team

Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) soloed to victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas, her fifth victory in the race’s 11 editions.

Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) showed her dominant performance at the Iowa City world cup on Sunday was no fluke, as she rode a flawless race to take victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas. The win gave her five victories in the race’s 11 editions with her first coming in 2010. Her teammate Catharine Pendrel finished second with Ellen Noble (Aspire), who bunny hopped the barriers, third.

“We worked together and could get more distance between us and them,” Nash said about her duel with Pendrel, making her winning move in the long sand runup with a lap to go. “As it got close to the end it was time to kind of duke it out between the two teammates. It was a good day.”

French national champion Caroline Mani (Van Dessel/Atom Composites) launched off the line and took the holeshot. She was soon passed by her teammate Cassandra Maximenko who opened up a small gap, but Nash shut her down. A lead group of nine soon formed, as the typical pack riding tactics of the Cross Vegas course soon began.

On the third lap of five, Pendrel and Nash decided enough was enough and broke away from the others. The CLIF Pro Team duo worked well together and built up a considerable advantage over the others rather quickly.

Nash made her move for victory on the uphill sand pit the following lap. She charged up the hill and hit the accelerator once back on her bike. The gap she opened up was one that Pendrel would not be able to close.

Behind Nash and Pendrel, a chase group of five had formed. Noble and Mani were joined by Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team), Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX), and Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano).

While the top-two spots were sealed, the final spot on the podium was not. Noble won the sprint for third with Mani finishing fourth and Woodruff in fifth.

Women Full Results

  • 1. Katerina NASH, CLIF PRO TEAM, 43:08
  • 2. Catharine PENDREL, CLIF PRO TEAM, 43:19
  • 3. Ellen NOBLE, ASPIRE RACING, 43:52
  • 4. Caroline MANI, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITES, 43:54
  • 5. Chloe WOODRUFF, STANS-PIVOT PRO TEAM, 43:54
  • 6. Clara HONSINGER, TEAM S&M CX, 43:57
  • 7. Crystal ANTHONY, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 44:12
  • 8. Meredith MILLER, RAPHA CANYON, 44:28
  • 9. Cassandra MAXIMENKO, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITES, 44:48
  • 10. Heidi FRANZ, NWCX PROJECT, 45:11
  • 11. Hannah FINCHAMP, CLIF PRO TEAM, 45:11
  • 12. Courtney PATTON, FREDDIE FU CYCLING TEAM, 45:23
  • 13. Rebecca GROSS, ZERO D RACING – SPED PRECISION, 45:51
  • 14. Laurel RATHBUN, DONNELLY SPORTS, 46:12
  • 15. Shannon MALLORY, NWCX PROJECT, 46:27
  • 16. Alexandra BURTON, POINT S RACING, 46:40
  • 17. Brittlee BOWMAN, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU, 46:49
  • 18. Taylor KUYK-WHITE, PHILLY BIKE EXPO, 47:12
  • 19. Katherine SANTOS, AMY D FOUNDATION, 47:16
  • 20. Caitlin BERNSTIEN, VIVE LA TARTE, 47:19
  • 21. Chelsea WEIDINGER, MASH SF, 47:39
  • 22. Heidi WOOD, HIFI CX, 47:42
  • 23. Jennifer MALIK, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CYCLOCROSS, 48:24
  • 24. Christa GHENT, AMY D FOUNDATION, 48:32
  • 25. Nicole DORINZI, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTER, 48:40
  • 26. Lisa CORDOVA, CYCLESPORT SPECIALIZED P/B MUSC, 49:03
  • 27. Petra SCHMIDTMANN, VAN DESSEL FACTORY CYCLING, 49:14
  • 28. Allison ARENSMAN, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 49:52
  • 29. Lisa LEONARD, 50:25:00
  • 30. Terra KIER, SQUARE1/HELENS CYCLES, 51:21
  • 31. Lindsay WETZEL POLIN, SK RACING, 51:57

Men Full Results

  • 1. Laurens SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38
  • 2. Diether SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS,
  • 3. Jeremy POWERS, ASPIRE RACING, 01:08:53
  • 4. Bjorn SELANDER, BORAH TEAMWEAR POWERED BY BINGH, 01:08:55
  • 5. Michael VAN DEN HAM, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:09:32
  • 6. Geoff KABUSH, SCOTT SPORTS-MAXXIS, 01:09:47
  • 7. Travis LIVERMON, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 01:10:08
  • 8. Hector Fernando RIVEROS PAEZ, STANS NOTUBES P/B MAXXIS/CZ, 01:10:21
  • 9. Lance HAIDET, DONNELLY SPORTS, 01:10:31
  • 10. Cody KAISER, LANGETWINS/SPECIALIZED, 01:10:36
  • 11. Denzel STEPHENSON, EVOL DEVO ELITE, 01:10:43
  • 12. Andrew JUILIANO, GRIT WORLD RACING P/B SHIMANO, 01:10:59
  • 13. Troy WELLS, TEAM CLIF BAR, 01:11:24
  • 14. Mark MCCONNELL, HOT SAUCE CYCLING, 01:11:39
  • 15. Jonathan PAGE, SHIMANO CLIFBAR KINDHUMAN, 01:11:47
  • 16. Keegan SWENSON, CANNONDALE/3ROX, 01:11:48
  • 17. Allen KRUGHOFF, KRUGHOFF RACING, 01:12:00
  • 18. Jules GOGUELY, APEX/NBX/HYPERTHREADS, 01:12:19
  • 19. Benjamin SONNTAG, TEAM CLIF BAR, 01:12:39
  • 20. Dylan POSTIER, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:13:38
  • 21. Kevin BRADFORD-PARISH, GILLESPIE/SET COACHING, 01:13:46
  • 22. David GREIF, VELORENO
  • 23. Molly CAMERON, POINT S RACING
  • 24. Isaac NILES, GARNEAU EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS
  • 25. Timothy RUGG, RIDE WITH RENDALL
  • 26. Jose Alfredo PACHECO ROSES, BUENA PARK BICYCLES
  • 27. Brannan FIX, ALPHA BICYCLE CO.-GROOVE SUBARU
  • 28. Ryan RINN, VIVE LA TARTE
  • 29. Jayson JACOBS, BREISMEISTER
  • 30. Jared NIETERS, SEAVS/HAYMARKET PB VAN DESSEL
  • 31. Aj SNOVEL, JAKROO HIFI P/B FELT BICYCLES
  • 32. Parker BLOOM, BROAD STREET CYCLES
  • 33. Oleksiy UKHANOV, HUDSON/LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING/

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Bergen delivers something rare: a time trial worth watching http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/bergen-delivers-something-rare-time-trial-worth-watching_448598 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/bergen-delivers-something-rare-time-trial-worth-watching_448598#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:55:00 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448598 Wednesday’s men's elite world time trial championship will rank among the best and most exciting races against the clock we’ll likely

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Time trials are a necessary evil in pro cycling, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them.

Time trialing is a precise art, requiring incredible focus, power and determination. There’s an undeniable austere beauty to cycling’s race of truth.

There’s only one problem: time trials are boring as hell to watch.

That changed Wednesday in dramatic fashion in Norway. The thrilling race in the elite men’s world championship race proved that time trials can pack a punch.

Wednesday’s time trial will rank among the best and most exciting races against the clock we’ll likely ever see.

Why? A perfect blend of course dynamics, a controversial bike-swap opportunity before a climber’s finale, a world-class field, and a dose of late-race rain, all cheered on by a massive crowd added up to deliver something remarkable.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” dethroned world champion Tony Martin told DPA. “Even if it wasn’t my kind of course, it was one of the best finales I’ve ever raced.”

It isn’t always this way.

Time trials, by their very nature, are the opposite of the raw energy and unpredictable emotion that road racing typically evokes. Without team tactics or bunch theatrics, time trials are metronomic battles against the clock. Beautiful and enthralling in their own way, time trials are generally tedious and uninspiring for almost everyone else.

There have been a few exceptions: Paris in the 1989 Tour de France, or Milan in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Exception is the keyword. Who else remembers a time trial?

Like it or not, time trials are ascendant in cycling today.

In modern cycling, where power meters, stronger teams, and an ever-more-equal peloton have combined to slowly squeeze the excitement out of the summit finales, time trials are where stage races are won and lost. On a good day, the most a grand tour rider might gain is 20 seconds in a mountaintop finale. In contrast, the differences can be minutes in time trials. That’s why teams and riders invest more time, energy, and training into time trials than any other aspect of racing.

It’s just a shame that no one’s figured out how to make them interesting. Until now, that is.

When organizers of the Bergen world championships offered up the 31km course, people were instantly intrigued. And Wednesday’s nail-biting racing action confirmed it was a time trial unlike any other.

The relatively short distance guaranteed a tight race. The opening 27.6km of the course fit the traditional world’s TT mold. Undulating terrain, some technical corners, a few punchy climbs, but nothing that pure power machines like Tony Martin and Vasil Kiryienka couldn’t turn into molehills. And had it ended there, no one would be buzzing like they are.

Norway’s rugged coastline and technical urban streets served up a tantalizing opportunity for race organizers. Rather than settle for a traditional course, they added a whopper.

It was the inclusion of the hairpin climb up Mount Fløyen — 3.4km at 9.1 percent — that turned drab into dramatic.

The pre-race anticipation was heightened by the introduction of a “bike changeover” zone. Purists rolled their eyes, insisting that by providing riders the opportunity to swap bikes before the final climb simply proved that the course wasn’t in the spirit of what a real time trial should be.

In the end, around 65 percent of the field opted for a bike change. Of the final 10 riders, however, only one — silver medalist Primoz Roglic — decided to swap bikes.

The addition of the “to swap or not to swap” question added another wrinkle of intrigue before what was a very interesting race.

“I am one of those guys who can climb on a time trial bike,” said gold medalist Tom Dumoulin. “I had doubts about swapping the bike, but yesterday we made the decision not to change bikes, and I think it was the right one.”

The crowds were raucous and rowdy, but in a decidedly polite Norwegian way. Everyone respected the rules and did not interfere in any way with the riders. The few who tried to play a Viking’s version of Running of the Bulls were quickly body-checked off the course. Fans cheered, applauded, and rejoiced in their sea of red Norwegian flags. It was 10-deep all the way up the final climb, as big as any crowd you’d see at Alpe d’Huez or the Kapelmuur.

The organizers and the UCI deserve kudos for embracing this idea. You can’t have a course like this year every year, but on Wednesday, Bergen delivered something rare: a time trial that was worth watching.

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2017 Worlds gallery: Dumoulin wins elite men’s time trial http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/gallery/worlds-2017-gallery-dumoulin-wins-elite-mens-time-trial_448572 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/gallery/worlds-2017-gallery-dumoulin-wins-elite-mens-time-trial_448572#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:38:45 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448572 Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) powered through wet conditions to become the elite men's individual time trial world champion.

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2017 Worlds: Dumoulin crushes course to become world champion http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/2017-worlds-dumoulin-crushes-course-become-world-champion_448561 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/2017-worlds-dumoulin-crushes-course-become-world-champion_448561#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:46:32 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448561 Tom Dumoulin won the 2017 Men's UCI World Individual Time Trial Championship on Wednesday in Bergen, Norway.

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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) added a world title to go along with his Giro d’Italia title, as he powered through the rain to claim gold in the UCI Men’s World Individual Time Trial Championship on Wednesday in Bergen, Norway.

I cannot believe it,” Dumoulin said. “It’s really amazing. I had such a good day. I thought my power meter was off because I felt so high and really good. It started raining, and I needed to take the corners really slow. In every corner on the final climb, I was slipping because I had my TT tires on because I thought it would be dry. I was doubting for a long time.

“I thought at first a bike change, but when I saw the climb for the first time, I was doubting. I decided yesterday not to take a risk with a bike change. I think it was the better decision. It’s the double. It’s amazing. Last Sunday was surprising that we won as a team. Today was less surprising. I was one of the favorites. I managed to stay calm, and I was on a good day. I still have the road race. Some celebrations, but then I have to focus on Sunday.”

The Dutchman obliterated the rest of the field, completing the 31km course in 44:41 and winning by nearly a minute over Primož RogliČ (Slovenia). Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Froome (Great Britain) earned bronze.

The Dutch now own the men’s and women’s world titles in the individual time trial, as Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s title on Tuesday.

Top-10 results

  • 1. Tom Dumoulin, (NED), in 44:41.00
  • 2. Primož RogliČ, (SLO), at :57.79
  • 3. Chris Froome, (GBR), at 1:21.25
  • 4. Nelson Oliveira, (POR), at 1:28.52
  • 5. Vasil Kiryienka, (BLR), at 1:28.75
  • 6. Gianni Moscon, (ITA), at 1:29.49
  • 7. Wilco Kelderman, (NED), at 1:34.33
  • 8. Rohan Dennis, (AUS), at 1:37.39
  • 9. Tony Martin, (GER), at 1:39.88
  • 10. Jan Tratnik, (SLO), at 1:43.45

The elite men’s individual time trial course at the world road championships in Bergen, Norway was by no means easy. The 31km course navigated two 16km laps around the city, but before completing the second lap, the riders turned and tackled Mount Fløyen (3.4km at 9.1%) to the finish. Many riders choose to swap from their time trial bike to a road bike at the bottom of the climb. The UCI had set-up a designated zone for this.

Due to the lap format of the race, the riders went off in waves with all of the top contenders in the last wave. Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) went off in the third wave of six and opted not to do a bike change. He flew up the climb and set the best time of 46:24.

Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands), who started in the fourth group, opted switch to a road bike at the bottom of the climb and was able to beat Tratnik’s time by nearly 15 seconds.

When the riders from the fifth group began to come through the finish, the times began to fall. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal), who switched to a road bike for the final climb, set a new best time of 46:09. He would only be in the hot seat for a few minutes before he received a scare. Gianni Moscon (Italy) came charging up the hill and stopped the clock 97-hundredths of a second slower. The Italian opted not to change his bike at the bottom of the hill.

2015 world individual time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) pulled himself inside and out up the final climb and stopped the clock a mere 23-hundredths of a second slower than the time of leader Oliveira. At the moment, the top-three was separated by under a second.

The final group of the day included all of the heavy hitters. After all of the final riders were out on course, rain began to fall.

Roglic was one of the few riders in the final group to switch to a road bike at the bottom of the climb and it paid-off for the Tour de France stage winner. The former ski jumper stopped the clock with a time of 45:38, the first rider to go under the 46-minute mark.

Froome, who decided to compete in the individual time trial at the world championships due to the tough finishing climb was off the mark at the time checks out on course and seemed not be in for a shot at a medal. However, he turned up the power on the climb and stopped the clock a preliminary second.

It did not take long after Dumoulin started to realize he was on a golden day. The Team Sunweb rider, who led his team to victory on Sunday in the world team time trial championship, was flying through the rain. He set the fastest time through all of the time checks out on course. As Dumoulin charged to the finish line atop Mount Fløyen he nearly caught the rider that had started a minute and a half in front of him. That rider was none other than Froome.

Four-time world ITT champion and defending champion Tony Martin (Germany) did not have a great day. He fought valiantly through the rain on the rolling laps and looked to still be in with a shot at a medal as he began the final climb. He suffered on the steep grades though and finished the day down in ninth.

Rohan Dennis (Australia) started his day setting quick times out on course, but crashed midway through his ride. Blood was seen running down his knee and he finished in eighth.

American Tejay van Garderen finished in 26th, nearly three minutes down on Dumoulin. U.S. national individual time trial champion Joey Rosskopf finished in 41st.

Full Results

  • 1. Tom Dumoulin, (NED), in 44:41.00
  • 2. Primož RogliČ, (SLO), at :57.79
  • 3. Chris Froome, (GBR), at 1:21.25
  • 4. Nelson Oliveira, (POR), at 1:28.52
  • 5. Vasil Kiryienka, (BLR), at 1:28.75
  • 6. Gianni Moscon, (ITA), at 1:29.49
  • 7. Wilco Kelderman, (NED), at 1:34.33
  • 8. Rohan Dennis, (AUS), at 1:37.39
  • 9. Tony Martin, (GER), at 1:39.88
  • 10. Jan Tratnik, (SLO), at 1:43.45
  • 11. Bob Jungels, (LUX), at 1:49.46
  • 12. Nicolas Roche, (IRL), at 1:53.54
  • 13. Alexis Gougeard, (FRA), at 1:53.97
  • 14. Jonathan Castroviejo, (ESP), at 2:01.39
  • 15. Ilnur Zakarin, (RUS), at 2:04.44
  • 16. Victor Campenaerts, (BEL), at 2:08.55
  • 17. Edvald Boasson Hagen, (NOR), at 2:11.20
  • 18. Andrey Grivko, (UKR), at 2:15.13
  • 19. Nikias Arndt, (GER), at 2:16.05
  • 20. Ignatas Konovalovas, (LTU), at 2:21.15
  • 21. Martin Toft Madsen, (DEN), at 2:33.01
  • 22. Laurens De Plus, (BEL), at 2:35.08
  • 23. Yves Lampaert, (BEL), at 2:35.09
  • 24. Jan BÁrta, (CZE), at 2:39.18
  • 25. Stefan KÜng, (SUI), at 2:45.53
  • 26. Tejay Van Garderen, (USA), at 2:47.52
  • 27. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti, (ESP), at 2:48.78
  • 28. Alexey Lutsenko, (KAZ), at 3:04.60
  • 29. Hugo Houle, (CAN), at 3:06.61
  • 30. Alexander Evtushenko, (RUS), at 3:06.94
  • 31. Andreas Vangstad, (NOR), at 3:09.38
  • 32. Tobias Ludvigsson, (SWE), at 3:09.58
  • 33. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, (POR), at 3:10.54
  • 34. Lasse Norman Hansen, (DEN), at 3:21.23
  • 35. Jasha SÜtterlin, (GER), at 3:28.07
  • 36. Mateusz Taciak, (POL), at 3:28.87
  • 37. Eduardo Sepulveda, (ARG), at 3:31.52
  • 38. Dmitriy Gruzdev, (KAZ), at 3:33.31
  • 39. Hamish Bond, (NZL), at 3:33.92
  • 40. Reto Hollenstein, (SUI , at 3:34.04
  • 41. Joseph Rosskopf, (USA), at 3:47.20
  • 42. Serghei Tvetcov, (ROU), at 3:49.48
  • 43. Tao Geoghegan Hart, (GBR), at 3:50.67
  • 44. Zhandos Bizhigitov, (KAZ), at 4:01.37
  • 45. Jarlinson Pantano Gomez, (COL) , at 4:10.63
  • 46. Lukas PÖstlberger, (AUT), at 4:14.41
  • 47. Riccardo Zoidl, (AUT), at 4:46.43
  • 48. Robert Britton, (CAN), at 4:57.29
  • 49. Willem Jakobus Smit, (RSA), at 5:27.33
  • 50. Maciej Bodnar, (POL), at 6:02.24
  • 51. Redi Halilaj, (ALB), at 6:03.03
  • 52. Valens Ndayisenga, (RWA), at 6:05.86
  • 53. Kostyantyn Rybaruk, (UKR), at 7:35.60
  • 54. King Lok Cheung, (HKG), at 8:14.25
  • 55. Uri Martins Sandoval, (MEX), at 8:22.59
  • 56. Nazir Jaser, (SYR), at 8:34.66
  • 57. Elchin Asadov, (AZE), at 9:00.48
  • 58. Eugert Zhupa, (ALB), at 9:15.43
  • 59. Meron Teshome, (ERI), at 9:49.40
  • 60. Ahmad Badreddin Wais, (SYR), at 10:57.98
  • 61. Arsalan Anjum Muhammad, (PAK), at 11:47.78
  • 62. Gabriel Tan, (SIN), at 12:46.53
  • 63. Awais Khan, (PAK), at 12:51.92
  • 64. Yi Peng Teoh, (SIN), at 13:00.32

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The cycling industry’s biggest North American tradeshow is off and running. Join us for one final week of staggering around Las Vegas before Interbike moves to Reno in 2017. We’ll be covering all the interesting tech, fun events, ‘cross racing, and more on this liveblog, so check back for regular updates. Also, tune in to the VeloNews podcast for two episodes recorded from the hall at Interbike.

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Sepp Kuss will make his WorldTour debut in 2018 after signing a two-year deal with LottoNL-Jumbo, the team announced on Wednesday.

“I’m extremely excited to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo,” Kuss said in a team release. “With a proven track-record of developing its riders and considering the great amount of individual attention and resources the staff gives its riders, I feel that this team is the best place for me to progress. I hope to learn from the experienced team members and continue to develop as a climber along with working on my time trial. I’m also excited to discover what types of races suit me best.”

The 23-year-old joins LottoNL-Jumbo after spending two years with the continental Rally Cycling program. During that time, Kuss showed himself as a solid climber. He finished second on stage two of the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August atop the brutal climb to Snowbasin Resort. His runner-up placing earned him the yellow jersey, which he wore for a day. He went on to finish ninth overall.

A few weeks later, Kuss finished second again on a summit finish. This time it was at the Tour of Alberta and he finished runner-up to his teammate Evan Huffman. He would finish the race second overall behind Huffman.

He also won a stage of the 2016 Tour de Beauce, which finished atop Mont-Mégantic.

Kuss will join fellow young American Neilson Powless in making the jump to the WorldTour with LottoNL-Jumbo. Powless also recently signed a two-year deal with the team.

“Kuss attracted our attention during the Tour of California,” director sportive Merijn Zeeman said. “Since then, we have been following him and we tested him intensively. He has a background as a mountain-biker and hasn’t been riding a racing bike for a long time yet. He still has plenty of room for development and we will give him the time to do so.”

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Bergen worlds power rankings: Elite women’s road race http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/analysis/bergen-worlds-power-rankings-elite-womens-road-race_448521 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/analysis/bergen-worlds-power-rankings-elite-womens-road-race_448521#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:57:30 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448521 The world's best female cyclists will face off in Bergen, Norway. Here are 10 favorites to watch on Saturday.

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UCI World Road Championships head to Bergen, Norway this weekend. Here are our top-10 picks for Saturday’s 152.8km elite women’s road race.

10. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)

Kirsten Wild
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As one of the world’s top pure sprinters, Wild isn’t an outright favorite in Norway. The course is likely too hilly for the Dutchwoman. However, a race is only as tough as the riders make it, and there are occasions when world championships are easier than expected due to a tentative peloton. If that’s the case, Wild will be a rider to watch in the sprint.

9. Gracie Elvin (Australia)

Gracie Elvin
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Elvin came close to a few major wins this spring at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders. In both races, she ended up second. Her results through the second half of the season have been modest, but the 28-year-old could be an underdog favorite if she finds herself in the right breakaway.

8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)

Annemiek van Vleuten
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Recently crowned world time trial champion van Vleuten is opposite Wild when it comes to the course. Bergen’s circuit probably isn’t hilly enough for the Dutchwoman, who won La Course atop the Col d’Izoard. However, she’s clearly got winning form and is surely brimming with confidence now that a rainbow jersey is hanging in her Norwegian hotel room. The Netherlands has many cards to play. It might do well to send van Vleuten up the road for another time trial.

7. Elizabeth Deignan (Great Britain)

Elizabeth Deignan
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The 2015 world champion had a strong start to 2017, with three second-place results in Ardennes week. More recently, Deignan was second in La Course and won GP de Plouay. The Brit isn’t a pure sprinter, but if the field gets whittled down on the hilly Bergen circuit, she’d be a good wheel to follow in the rush to the line.

6. Chloe Hosking (Australia)

Chloe Hosking
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Like Wild, Hosking is a top sprinter who would light up a bunch finish if the peloton takes a tentative approach to this world championships. The Aussie, who won La Course on the Champs-Elysees in 2016, won stage 2 at Tour of Norway in August and was second in stage 4 at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. Plus, Hosking might be racing with something to prove after being left off Australia’s initial worlds team. She appealed, as did Rachel Neylan, and both were given spots on the squad.

5. Lotta Lepisto (Finland)

Lotta Lepisto
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Lepisto is having the best season of her career with six major victories. Plus, the Finnish champion recently won the Crescent Vargarda Women’s WorldTour race, so her form is coming around. The 28-year-old does well on hilly circuits with fast finishes — she won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem this spring. Her only weakness might be her team, which is not as deep as others in the race.

4. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

Anna van der Breggen
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Much like van Vleuten, van der Breggen is more at home on hilly courses. She swept the Ardennes classics and won the Giro Rosa this year. However, don’t forget that this year’s Giro was far less mountainous than other editions. The Olympic champion stayed in the mix on many of the tricky finishes and having just won a silver in the worlds TT, she is powerful enough to get away and stay away.

3. Coryn Rivera (United States)

Coryn Rivera
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As an American publication, we were reticent to put Rivera in the No. 1 spot on this list … What if we jinxed her? Based on her win at Tour of Flanders, the Californian is a top favorite in Bergen. The course’s moderate climbing should be no problem. Her fast finish will be key. The only question is whether the tactics will play out in her favor. To win worlds — or at least earn a medal — Rivera needs a moderately sized group to come to the line for a sprint. She’ll have a few options on the American squad to support that goal, but they don’t match the firepower of the Netherlands.

2. Jolien D’hoore (Belgium)

Jolien D'hoore
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Belgian D’hoore is coming off a sprint victory at the Madrid Challenge at the end of the Vuelta. That flat circuit is far easier than the Bergen course, but make no mistake, D’hoore can handle some climbing. She’s won consistently all season long on a variety of courses, ranging from Omloop van het Hageland on home turf in February to China’s Tour of Chongming Island in May and to the Giro Rosa in Italy this July.

1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos
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Wait, Vos? Yep, we’re serious, and here’s why. Not only does she have the world championship and Olympics pedigree, she’s hitting her form at the right moment. Vos recently won the Ladies Tour of Norway and stage 1 at the Lotto Belgium Tour. She’s also the reigning European champion. The Bergen course is great for her combination of climbing chops and sprinting savvy. Plus, as we’ve been alluding to, the Dutch have an embarrassment of riches in the women’s world championship race. Vos should be able to sit back in the peloton while other favorites try long-bomb attacks. If the race comes back together on the final lap (which a number of teams will want), Vos will be ready to pounce.

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Giro boss challenges Froome to record-setting attempt http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/giro-boss-challenges-froome-to-record-setting-attempt_448536 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/giro-boss-challenges-froome-to-record-setting-attempt_448536#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:28:33 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448536 The Italian grand tour is hoping Chris Froome decides to race next May, especially in the wake of his Tour-Vuelta double.

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JERUSALEM (VN) — Giro d’Italia boss Mauro Vegni is hoping a chance to make history will lure Chris Froome to next year’s corsa rosa.

“It would be an opportunity for Froome to make history,” Vegni told VeloNews. “No one’s ever won three grand tours in a row like this. He could try if he comes to the Giro.”

Vegni is putting the challenge to Froome: come to the Giro, and try to make it three in a row.

It’s an interesting ruse. With back-to-back wins in the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a España, if Froome won the 2018 Giro, it would be something never done, at least in this order. Bernard Hinault won three-straight grand tours in 1982-83, when the Badger won the Giro-Tour in 1982, and the Vuelta in April in 1983.

Eddy Merckx won four straight grand tours — the 1972 Giro and Tour, and the 1973 Vuelta and Giro — when the Vuelta was held in April.

Since moving the Vuelta in 1995 from April to late summer, Froome became the first rider this year to pull of the Tour-Vuelta double in that order.

Vegni knows that the missing jewel on Froome’s otherwise shimmering palmares is the Giro, and hopes that Froome will eventually want to fill out his palmares.

“That’s the last big challenge for him. He’s won the Tour and Vuelta, now it remains the Giro,” Vegni said. “We hope that this will help push Froome to come to the Giro. We are hoping that he can confirm this challenge.”

This year, Froome balked at a Giro attempt despite a course that strongly favored him.

Will Froome take up the challenge in 2018, with the Giro taking an historic start in Israel? Vegni said he hopes so.

So far, Froome has been hesitant about committing to the Giro. He’s one short of joining the “Five Win” club, and suggested the Tour will be his priority in 2018.

“A fifth Tour in 2018 will be the priority and focus,” Froome said after winning the Vuelta. “We will have to see what the courses look like next year, and then sit down with the team to draw up plans.”

So far, Froome has steered clear of the Giro since his rise as a generational grand tour powerhouse. In fact, Froome hasn’t raced the Giro since 2010, when he was still anonymous in the pack. He finished 32nd in 2009 and did not finish the 2010 race.

Since then, Froome has raced 12 grand tours — six Tours and six Vueltas — with an impressive track record. He’s won five of those 12 (four Tours, one Vuelta), finished second four times (two Tours, two Vueltas), DNF’d two times (2014 Tour, 2015 Vuelta), and only once finished off the podium in races he’s completed (fourth, 2012 Vuelta).

With four Tour titles and one Vuelta win, Froome needs the Giro to join the elite company of only six riders who’ve won all three of cycling’s grand tours.

Vegni denied suggestions that the Giro designs its route with the hope of attracting a big name like Froome. He said that’s a dangerous bet because there is no guarantee the rider will come. On paper, this year’s Giro looked ideal for Froome. Instead, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) fended off a deep field of climbers to win the 2017 maglia rosa.

The official Giro course will be unveiled this winter. Until then, the Giro will be holding out hope that Froome will race, at least sooner or later.

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Bora refutes reports, says Sagan is healthy for Bergen worlds http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/bora-refutes-reports-says-sagan-healthy-bergen-worlds_448541 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/bora-refutes-reports-says-sagan-healthy-bergen-worlds_448541#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:44:32 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448541 Peter Sagan will attempt to win an unprecedented third straight world road race title this weekend.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Peter Sagan “is not sick” but is instead on track for an unprecedented third consecutive world championship title in Bergen, Norway this Sunday.

The Slovakian cyclist of team Bora-Hansgrohe, the road world champion in 2015 and 2016, returned to Europe from the two Canadian one-day races in Quebec and Montreal. He won the GP Quebec and finished ninth in Montreal two days later.

“He had some throat pain coming back from Canada, but nothing more that,” Sagan’s coach Patxi Vila told VeloNews. “I wouldn’t even say he was sick, he was training as normal.

“It was spun out of control and perhaps the wrong message got out there. It’s Peter, people want to know. Everything is going well, though.

“He’s back in Europe. Yesterday he trained well and he’s finishing his last big block before Sunday.”

The Bora-Hansgrohe team told Norwegian media that it rested Sagan instead of fielding him in the team time trial last Sunday. However, Vila explained that there was no concern and Sagan is on track for a third title.

“He’s in the same form as the last two years for the worlds, his shape is very similar to the last few years,” Vila said. “The results in Quebec and Montreal were similar to the last years. We have done the same lead-up with races and training, so we should expect the same.”

Sagan won his first title in Richmond, Virginia in 2015 and defended it in Doha, Qatar last year. If he wins on Sunday, he would be the first cyclist to earn three road race titles in a row.

“It wasn’t before, but now the worlds is the most important race of the year for Peter. He doesn’t think about going for the third title, he’s just going for the win. He’s focused and super motivated. I can tell that he’s relaxed.”

Sagan must form alliances with rivals, given that Slovakia is too small to control the race.

“That’s always a main thing. It’s not like Belgium, or the other strong nations. You have to find teams with the same goal and try to work together,” Vila added.

“If the weather stays the same, rainy but not too cold, then it’s perfect. In those conditions over 260 kilometers, the toughest rise to the top. The pace is high from the beginning and it’s a long race, people just get dropped from behind and Peter excels.”

Sagan will arrive Thursday to the former Viking port city, where he will find his top rivals: Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), and Australian Michael Matthews (Sunweb).

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Worlds 2017 gallery: Van Vleuten wins elite women’s time trial http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/gallery/worlds-2017-gallery-van-vleuten-wins-elite-womens-time-trial_448498 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/gallery/worlds-2017-gallery-van-vleuten-wins-elite-womens-time-trial_448498#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:19:40 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448498 Annemiek van Vleuten rides to a rainbow jersey in the 2017 Bergen, Norway world time trial championships.

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Worlds: Van Vleuten wins her first rainbow jersey http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/worlds-van-vleuten-wins-first-rainbow-jersey_448488 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/race-report/worlds-van-vleuten-wins-first-rainbow-jersey_448488#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:11:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448488 Annemiek van Vleuten storms to world championship title in elite women's TT. The Dutch go one-two with Anna van der Breggen second.

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On a cloudy Tuesday in Bergen, Norway, Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten stormed to her first world championship title in the elite women’s time trial. The Netherlands went one-two in the race with Anna van der Breggen second by 12 seconds over the hilly 21.1km course. Australia’s Katrin Garfoot was third.

“I still cannot believe it,” said van Vleuten. “This season I keep surprising myself with what I can do. To be world
champion in the time trial I never thought I would be able [to do] this.”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED), in 28:50.35
  • 2. Anna Van Der Breggen (NED), at :12.16
  • 3. Katrin Garfoot (AUS), at :18.93
  • 4. Chloe Dygert (USA), at :37.95
  • 5. Ellen Van Dijk (NED), at :52.06
  • 6. Linda Villumsen (NZL), at :55.73
  • 7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), at 1:18.53
  • 8. Lauren Stephens (USA), at 1:19.86
  • 9. Hannah Barnes (GBR), at 1:23.42
  • 10. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN), at 1:34.09

American Lauren Stephens set the fastest time early in the order, but soon Olympic road race champion van der Breggen came home more than one minute quicker.

Another American Chloe Dygert also made an appearance on the top-three hot seats before slipping to fourth on the day. The 20-year-old former junior world champion lost time on the route’s primary climb, the 1.5km Birkelundsbakken, which was at the halfway point. However, she picked up a few seconds on the rolling downhill to the finish.

A third Dutchwoman, 2013 TT world champion Ellen van Dijk, settled for fifth place behind Dygert.

Van Vleuten was slower than her compatriot van der Breggen at the first two checkpoints, but only by a few seconds. In the final 11.1km, van Vleuten turned on the afterburners to go fastest by 12 seconds.

The rainbow jersey completes van Vleuten’s remarkable recovery from a horrible crash in the road race at the Rio Olympics. She also won La Course by Le Tour de France in convincing fashion this July.

“To have up and downs, and sometimes some real downs, makes the ups even more beautiful,” she added. “This is beautiful without a crash in Rio, but that makes the story really, really special.”

World time trial championships wrap up Wednesday with the elite men’s race, where four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is aiming to add a rainbow jersey to his collection on the 31km course.

Elite women’s results

  • 1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED), in 28:50.35
  • 2. Anna Van Der Breggen (NED), at :12.16
  • 3. Katrin Garfoot (AUS), at :18.93
  • 4. Chloe Dygert (USA), at :37.95
  • 5. Ellen Van Dijk (NED), at :52.06
  • 6. Linda Villumsen (NZL), at :55.73
  • 7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), at 1:18.53
  • 8. Lauren Stephens (USA), at 1:19.86
  • 9. Hannah Barnes (GBR), at 1:23.42
  • 10. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN), at 1:34.09
  • 11. Amber Leone Neben (USA), at 1:41.99
  • 12. Lisa Brennauer (GER), at 1:48.30
  • 13. Audrey Cordon Ragot (FRA), at 1:50.62
  • 14. Pernille Mathiesen (DEN), at 2:01.78
  • 15. Juliette Labous (FRA), at 2:01.82
  • 16. Ann-Sophie Duyck (BEL), at 2:02.87
  • 17. Trixi Worrack (GER), at 2:03.53
  • 18. Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA), at 2:07.62
  • 19. Elinor Barker (GBR), at 2:10.42
  • 20. Lotta Pauliina LepistÖ (FIN), at 2:13.82
  • 21. Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN), at 2:18.95
  • 22. Eri Yonamine (JPN), at 2:29.16
  • 23. Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS), at 2:31.11
  • 24. Lisa Morzenti (ITA), at 2:31.23
  • 25. Tayler Wiles (USA), at 2:46.51
  • 26. Ramona Forchini (SUI), at 2:47.48
  • 27. Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (COL), at 2:50.89
  • 28. Antri Christoforou (CYP), at 2:51.86
  • 29. Marlen Reusser (SUI), at 2:58.92
  • 30. Martina Ritter (AUT), at 3:02.35
  • 31. Vita Heine (NOR), at 3:04.83
  • 32. Olena Pavlukhina (AZE), at 3:08.79
  • 33. Olga Shekel (UKR), at 3:28.84
  • 34. Rotem Gafinovitz (ISR), at 3:30.00
  • 35. Sari Saarelainen (FIN), at 3:44.17
  • 36. Aurela Nerlo (POL), at 3:50.69
  • 37. Ksenia Tcymbaliuk (RUS), at 3:54.02
  • 38. Omer Shapira (ISR), at 3:57.41
  • 39. Thea Thorsen (NOR), at 4:01.31
  • 40. Eileen Burns (IRL), at 4:11.69
  • 41. Daiva Tuslaite (LTU), at 4:19.37
  • 42. Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (ESP), at 4:21.34
  • 43. Varvara Fasoi (GRE), at 4:28.38
  • 44. Yumi Kajihara (JPN), at 4:52.52
  • 45. Aurelie Halbwachs (MRI), at 5:01.58
  • 46. Brenda Santoyo Perez (MEX), at 5:10.30
  • 47. Eyeru Tesfoam Gebru (ETH), at 5:10.39
  • 48. Yao Pang (HKG), at 5:17.27
  • 49. Eleni Michalista Tsavari (GRE), at 5:18.62
  • 50. Aranza Valentina Villalon Sanchez (CHI), at 5:31.61
  • 51. Qianyu Yang (HKG), at 5:40.78
  • 52. Selam Amha (ETH), at 6:32.69
  • 53. Justina JovaiŠytÉ (LTU), at 6:43.10
  • 54. Jer Ling Serene Lee (SIN), at 7:25.77

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Great Britain’s Thomas Pidcock and Italy’s Elena Pirrone won world time trial championship titles in the junior categories in Bergen, Norway.

Pirrone and her teammate Alessia Vigilia went one-two in the junior women’s race Monday. Australia’s Madeleine Fasnacht was third in the 16.1km race against the clock. Summer Moak was the top American finisher in 18th, 2:03 behind.

The Italian team also had reason to celebrate after the junior men’s time trial Tuesday. Antonio Puppio finished second behind Pidcock in the 21.1km test. Poland’s Filip Maciejuk was third behind the Italian. American Kendrick Boots finished 24th, 1:13 adrift.

Junior women’s results

  • 1. Elena Pirrone, ITALY, in 23:19.72
  • 2. Alessia Vigilia, ITALY, at :6.38
  • 3. Madeleine Fasnacht, AUSTRALIA, at :42.32
  • 4. Hannah Ludwig, GERMANY, at :45.45
  • 5. Maria Novolodskaya, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, at 1:09.05
  • 6. Marit Raaijmakers, NETHERLANDS, at 1:20.94
  • 7. Pfeiffer Georgi, GREAT BRITAIN, at 1:22.59
  • 8. Shari Bossuyt, BELGIUM, at 1:23.46
  • 9. Letizia Paternoster, ITALY, at 1:29.61
  • 10. Jade Wiel, FRANCE, at 1:30.63
  • 11. Marie Le Net, FRANCE, at 1:35.84
  • 12. Anne-Sophie Harsch, LUXEMBOURG, at 1:40.95
  • 13. Lea Lin Teutenberg, GERMANY, at 1:45.42
  • 14. Olha Kulynych, UKRAINE, at 1:46.42
  • 15. Daria Malkova, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, at 1:51.24
  • 16. Emma Cecilie Norsgaard JØrgensen, DENMARK, at 1:55.09
  • 17. Anne De Ruiter, NETHERLANDS, at 1:56.33
  • 18. Summer Moak, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 2:02.33
  • 19. Laurie Jussaume, CANADA, at 2:08.42
  • 20. Erin J Attwell, CANADA, at 2:09.05
  • 21. Marina Kurnossova, KAZAKHSTAN, at 2:10.69
  • 22. Lara KrÄhemann, SWITZERLAND, at 2:11.47
  • 23. Alana Castrique, BELGIUM, at 2:18.26
  • 24. Sara Martin Martin, SPAIN, at 2:20.19
  • 25. Marta Jaskulska, POLAND, at 2:20.92
  • 26. Hannah Gruber-Stadler, AUSTRIA, at 2:21.20
  • 27. Lauren Dolan, GREAT BRITAIN, at 2:23.74
  • 28. Viivi Puskala, FINLAND, at 2:24.72
  • 29. Abigail Youngwerth, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 2:30.47
  • 30. Misuzu Shimoyama, JAPAN, at 2:31.39
  • 31. Andrea RamÍrez Fregoso, MEXICO, at 2:39.03
  • 32. Anastasiya Kolesava, BELARUS, at 2:51.87
  • 33. Juste JuŠkeviČiŪtĖ, LITHUANIA, at 2:56.50
  • 34. Karin Penko, SLOVENIA, at 2:58.90
  • 35. Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana, SPAIN, at 3:08.64
  • 36. Martine GjØs, NORWAY, at 3:14.75
  • 37. Anzhela Solovyeva, KAZAKHSTAN, at 3:15.01
  • 38. Alyssa Rowse, BERMUDA, at 3:30.61
  • 39. Emelie Røe Utvik, NORWAY, at 3:38.19
  • 40. Regina StegvilaitÉ, LITHUANIA, at 3:39.15
  • 41. Liontin Evangelina Setiawan, INDONESIA, at 4:20.25
  • 42. Cinthya Teresita Covarrubias Rocha, MEXICO, at 4:45.65
  • 43. Chaniporn Batriya, THAILAND, at 4:52.57
  • 44. Zayd Hailu, ETHIOPIA, at 4:58.79
  • 45. Tsadkan Kasahun, ETHIOPIA, at 5:14.68
  • DNF Kanyarat Kesthonglang, THAILAND
  • DNF Aksana Salauyeva, BELARUS

Junior men’s results

  • 1. Thomas Pidcock (GBR), in 28:02.15
  • 2. Antonio Puppio (ITA), at :11.92
  • 3. Filip Maciejuk (POL), at :13.29
  • 4. Juri Hollmann (GER), at :21.53
  • 5. Igor Chzhan (KAZ), at :23.66
  • 6. Julius Johansen (DEN), at :27.61
  • 7. Daan Hoole (NED), at :29.87
  • 8. Andreas Leknessund (NOR), at :32.30
  • 9. Nik ČemaŽar (SLO), at :35.49
  • 10. Sebastian Berwick (AUS), at :35.93
  • 11. Vojtech SedlÁČek (CZE), at :36.97
  • 12. Thymen Arensman (NED), at :39.89
  • 13. Leon Heinschke (GER), at :40.26
  • 14. Johan Price-Pejtersen (DEN), at :41.62
  • 15. Ilan Van Wilder (BEL), at :46.40
  • 16. Richard Holec (CZE), at :47.79
  • 17. Mitchell Wright (AUS), at :48.06
  • 18. Søren WÆrenskjold (NOR), at :55.34
  • 19. Fred Wright (GBR), at :57.04
  • 20. Shoi Matsuda (JPN), at :58.55
  • 21. Sébastien Grignard (BEL), at :58.64
  • 22. Mauro Schmid (SUI), at 1:07.77
  • 23. Veljko StojniĆ (SRB), at 1:08.13
  • 24. Kendrick Boots (USA), at 1:13.81
  • 25. Gleb Brussenskiy (KAZ), at 1:15.70
  • 26. Oscar Elworthy (NZL), at 1:20.14
  • 27. Tobias Bayer (AUT), at 1:28.57
  • 28. Charles-Étienne ChrÉtien (CAN), at 1:30.91
  • 29. Dzianis Mazur (BLR), at 1:31.36
  • 30. Xeno Young (IRL), at 1:34.63
  • 31. Damian Papierski (POL), at 1:37.28
  • 32. Yevgeniy Fedorov (KAZ), at 1:37.85
  • 33. Samuele Manfredi (ITA), at 1:40.90
  • 34. Riley Sheehan (USA), at 1:41.30
  • 35. Ben Hamilton (NZL), at 1:44.36
  • 36. Nikita Martynov (RUS), at 1:46.45
  • 37. Florentin Lecamus Lambert (FRA), at 1:48.36
  • 38. Mario Gamper (AUT), at 1:51.08
  • 39. Guillermo Garcia Janeiro (ESP), at 1:51.36
  • 40. Valère ThiÉbaud (SUI), at 1:51.53
  • 41. Daniil Nikulin (UKR), at 1:51.69
  • 42. Romas Zubrickas (LTU), at 1:52.34
  • 43. Luka Sagadin (SLO), at 1:52.54
  • 44. Victor Alejandro Ocampo Giraldo (COL), at 1:55.51
  • 45. Ben Walsh (IRL), at 1:56.66
  • 46. Kristers Ansons (LAT), at 1:59.55
  • 47. Olav HjemsÆter (NOR), at 2:03.99
  • 48. Jason Oosthuizen (RSA), at 2:07.82
  • 49. Alexis Renard (FRA), at 2:09.30
  • 50. Gleb Kugaevski (RUS), at 2:09.73
  • 51. Hamza Mansouri (ALG), at 2:10.00
  • 52. Linus Kvist (SWE), at 2:26.78
  • 53. Kaden Hopkins (BER), at 2:27.42
  • 54. Arthur Kluckers (LUX), at 2:29.59
  • 55. Daniil Turuk (BLR), at 2:39.79
  • 56. Thanakhan Chaiyasombat (THA), at 2:46.76
  • 57. Matthew Oliveira (BER), at 2:52.18
  • 58. Christoffer Wall (SWE), at 2:54.03
  • 59. Jose Eduardo Autran Carrillo (CHI), at 2:57.88
  • 60. Kestutis Vaitaitis (LTU), at 2:58.51
  • 61. Valentin Vasiloiu (ROU), at 2:58.96
  • 62. Graydon Staples (CAN), at 3:01.55
  • 63. Ivan Orlov (AZE), at 3:10.30
  • 64. Fernando Islas Lopez (MEX), at 3:20.78
  • 65. Dylan Redy (MRI), at 3:30.68
  • 66. Ryan Terry (RSA), at 3:43.41
  • 67. Alaeddine Cherhabil (ALG), at 3:44.35
  • 68. Melki Mohamed Aziz (TUN), at 3:46.02
  • 69. Abdellah Loukili (MAR), at 3:46.30
  • 70. Kiflom Gebresilassie (ETH), at 3:46.61
  • 71. Charl Du Plooy (NAM), at 4:00.42
  • 72. Aymen Merdj (ALG), at 4:11.28
  • 73. Mohammed Medrazi (MAR), at 4:14.02
  • 74. Mohamed Rayes (SYR), at 4:16.04
  • 75. Schalk Van Der Merwe (NAM), at 4:17.47
  • 76. Mikayil Safarli (AZE), at 5:18.10
  • 77. Stephen Alberto Belle (SEY), at 5:44.69
  • 78. Wachirawit Saenkhamwong (THA), at 6:19.53

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Froome looks to cap glorious year with world title http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/froome-looks-cap-glorious-year-world-title_448479 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/froome-looks-cap-glorious-year-world-title_448479#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:11:37 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448479 Chris Froome has a chance to end his best ever season on a high when he tackles the hilly world time trial championships in Norway.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Chris Froome has a chance to end his best-ever season on yet another high when he tackles the hilly world time trial championships course in Bergen, Norway Wednesday.

A punishing final 3.4km climb on the 31km course with gradients reaching 10 percent will favor specialist climbers like Froome over the freight-train time trialists like four-time world champion Tony Martin.

Many people believe the climb will almost certainly rule out the more regular powerhouse racers against the clock leaving Froome, Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin, Australia’s Rohan Dennis, and Ilnur Zakarin of Russia to battle for honors.

German Martin, for one, is angry that his title defense has been compromised.

“The finale of the parcours of the individual time trial is way too hard for me,” said the 32-year-old, winner in 2011, 2012, 2013, and last year.

“I’ll be the outgoing world champion and so I’ll still give it everything and I’ll fight hard but I know I’ve got very little chance of success.”

The course should suit Dumoulin and Froome, the silver and bronze medallists at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, who are both world-class time trialists as well as strong climbers.

Froome has already enjoyed an incredible year, winning the Tour de France for the fourth time and Vuelta a España for the first time.

The only grand tour he missed out on was the Giro, won by Dumoulin.

But Froome’s attention has been diverted from his final race of 2017 to questions about his nationality.

The 32-year-old was born in Kenya, brought up in South Africa and lives in Monaco. But his parents are British and he insists he is as proud as anyone to represent Britain.

“Absolutely there is national pride for me,” he told the Times newspaper. “I think a lot of people do battle to relate to me in that sense, certainly back home in Britain.

“My whole family is British and we had very British values growing up. Christmas was a big roast, Yorkshire puddings, our gran’ would cook up a storm.”

Froome is by far Britain’s most successful road cyclist ever, yet his popularity pales in comparison to that of the country’s first — and only other — Tour winner, Bradley Wiggins.

“I have never lived in Britain so, if people don’t feel I am British, that’s their opinion, fine,” added Froome.

“But I also know how I feel. I wouldn’t look at my family for one second and think it anything other than British.”

If he was to win on Wednesday, Froome would become only the third British world time trial champion behind Chris Boardman, the inaugural winner in 1994, and — almost inevitably — his gigantic cycling shadow Wiggins in 2014.

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Bergen worlds power rankings: Elite men’s road race http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/analysis/bergen-worlds-power-ranking-men_448455 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/analysis/bergen-worlds-power-ranking-men_448455#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:41:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448455 UCI World Road Championships head to Bergen, Norway this weekend. Here are our top-10 picks for Sunday's 267.5km elite men's road race.

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UCI World Road Championships head to Bergen, Norway this weekend. Here are our top-10 picks for Sunday’s 267.5km elite men’s road race.

10. Rui Costa (Portugal)

Rui Costa
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Costa hasn’t followed up his 2013 world championship victory with many wins of note, but the Portuguese rider is still an outside favorite in Norway. A strong climber with a decent kick, Costa won the Abu Dhabi Tour in February and was second in two stages at the Giro d’Italia. He’d need to find the right breakaway move for a shot at a medal.

9. Lars Boom (Netherlands)

Lars Boom
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Former world cyclocross champion Boom is finding form right on schedule for a tilt at road worlds. His win in stage 5 at the BinkBank Tour was marred by a rather rude victory salute. However, the Dutchman made good in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, winning the stage 5 time trial and the overall. Boom will be hoping that the climbers don’t make the race too hard for him on the Bergen circuit’s primary climb, Salmon Hill.

8. Fernando Gaviria (Colombia)

Fernando Gaviria
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Like Boom, Gaviria will be hoping the peloton stays mostly intact for a fast finish. The 23-year-old Colombian is known as a superb sprinter, but he can survive over small climbs, as evidenced by his fifth-place result in Milano-Sanremo and ninth-place finish at Gent-Wevelgem. After four stage wins in the Giro, Gaviria got back to his winning ways in stage 4 at Tour of Britain, followed by a win at the UCI 1.1 Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen race in Belgium.

7. Diego Ulissi (Italy)

Diego Ulissi
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The Italians have a number of cards to play in Bergen. But none of them look to be outright winners. For our money, Ulissi is the most promising rider toeing the line Sunday. He’s coming off an emphatic win from the breakaway at Grand Prix de Montreal. Also, he was second at Memorial Marco Pantani back home in Italy. Much like his Montreal win, Ulissi will be a threat if a small breakaway stays off the front.

6. Julian Alaphilippe (France)

Julian Alaphilippe
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Twenty years after France’s last world championship title, Julian Alaphilippe may be the man to break the drought. Well, maybe. The 25-year-old has a nice blend of climbing and sprinting talents, but his rivals (more on them in a moment) may be just a bit quicker. We’ll see how the Frenchman feels after a full three weeks of racing at the Vuelta a España. If he can harness the form that he rode to victory in stage 8, Alaphilippe may do his predecessor Laurent Brochard proud.

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen
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If worlds were in any other place, Boasson Hagen wouldn’t be ranked this high on our list. However, the 2017 championships are on home soil for the Norwegian. That should provide extra motivation. Don’t forget that Boasson Hagen finished second to Philippe Gilbert at 2012 worlds. He’ll have no trouble with the 2017 course’s climbs and, judging by his sprint win in stage 8 at Tour of Britain, may be quick enough to claim another medal.

4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)

Michal Kwiatkowski
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Can Kwiatkowski keep his amazing season rolling in Bergen this weekend? The 2014 world champion won Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo and then proceeded to rip the Tour de France peloton to pieces on behalf of teammate Chris Froome. Oh, and just for kicks the Pole won Clasica San Sebastian at the end of July. He helped his Sky team to a bronze medal in team time trial worlds, so it seems Kwiatkowski may have a few matches left to burn. Hopefully we’ll be treated to another exciting matchup between him and Peter Sagan, like the finale in Milano-Sanremo six months ago.

3. Michael Matthews (Australia)

Michael Matthews
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The double stage-winner in this year’s Tour de France has found the podium at worlds before. Matthews was second on the hilly Richmond course in 2015. The 26-year-old Aussie is on form as well, riding with his Sunweb team to the outfit’s first team time trial world championship title Sunday. That said, he couldn’t quite match the pace of rivals Greg Van Avermaet or Sagan at the one-day races in Canada at the start of September. Matthews would need to play his hand perfectly to win a rainbow jersey, or he’d need a bit of luck — and you never know who might have a bad day, a crash, or a mechanical.

2. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

Greg Van Avermaet
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Olympic champion Van Avermaet is as good a pick as any for a worlds title. Should he be No. 1? Perhaps, but he wasn’t even close to out-sprinting Sagan in Grand Prix de Quebec. Overall, he never rediscovered the form that won him E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, and Paris-Roubaix earlier this season. The Belgian had a listless run at the BinkBank Tour prior to the Canadian WorldTour races. Perhaps he’s yet to hit his autumn peak. If he times it right, he’ll certainly have a strong Belgian team to back him up in Bergen to boot.

1. Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Peter Sagan
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No one has won three consecutive world championship titles. Only four men have won three rainbow jerseys. This year, Sagan might join the likes of Eddy Merckx, Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen, and Oscar Freire. By now, we all know he doesn’t have a beefed-up team to support his worlds endeavors. We also know that doesn’t stop him from out-classing those who do, whether they are Belgians, Britons, or Australians. Despite being controversially ejected from the Tour de France, the Slovak looks to be on pace for worlds, having just won in Quebec, his 100th career victory. If he wants his 101st win to be adorned with rainbow bands, he’ll want a tough race with an explosive sprint finish. Too much cat-and-mouse play and Sagan might get burned by tactics, faced with — for example — the Italian team, which has several cards to play.

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UHC beefs up roster with Tvetcov and Marcotte http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/uhc-beefs-roster-tvetcov-marcotte_448452 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/uhc-beefs-roster-tvetcov-marcotte_448452#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:45:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448452 UnitedHealthcare signs two stalwarts of the domestic pro scene, Serghei Tvetcov and Eric Marcotte, for the 2018 season.

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UnitedHealthcare signed two stalwarts of the domestic pro scene, Serghei Tvetcov and Eric Marcotte, for the 2018 season.

Tvetcov, 28, won stage 3 and was second overall at the inaugural Colorado Classic in August. The Moldovan also finished third overall at the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. He leaves the Jelly Belly Continental team, which he raced for in 2013 and 2014. He also did a two-year stint with Androni Giocattoli in 2015 and 2016.

“This move is a huge step up in my career,” Tvetcov said. “My goal is to peak in May and after that focus on the Utah and Colorado races, in which I have been very close to the overall win. For now, I look forward to meeting my new team.”

Marcotte won U.S. national road championships in 2014 and went on to take the Stars and Stripes jersey in the 2015 criterium national championships the following season. The 37-year-old comes to UHC after one season with Cylance, where his best result was second in stage 4 of the Joe Martin stage race.

“For me, this is a great opportunity to be with one of the top programs out there,” Marcotte said. “It’s very well-run and organized, as well as competitive in all events.”

He’ll be reunited with Travis McCabe, who finished second to Marcotte at 2014 road nationals when they both rode for SmartStop.

“Travis is like my brother,” Marcotte added. “We are really close. It’s been great to be a part of his success in the beginning and see him continue to progress. Now we cross paths again, and I hope to contribute to more of the same kind of successes.”

Preliminary UnitedHealthcare 2018 men’s roster

Janier Acevedo
Carlos Alzate
Alex Cataford
Jonny Clarke
Daniel Eaton
Sebastian Haedo
Adrian Hegyvary
Daniel Jaramillo
Luke Keough
Gavin Mannion
Eric Marcotte
Travis McCabe
Lachlan Norris
Tanner Putt
Serghei Tvetcov

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Olympic medalist Sarah Hammer retires http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/olympic-medalist-sarah-hammer-retires_448448 http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/olympic-medalist-sarah-hammer-retires_448448#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:19:40 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=448448 America's most successful track cyclist Sarah Hammer retires from professional racing. She has four Olympic silver medals to her credit.

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America’s most successful track cyclist Sarah Hammer has retired from professional racing. The 34-year-old has four Olympic silver medals to her credit, as well as eight world championship titles on the track dating back to 2006.

“I’m really excited to continue my journey of promoting track cycling and women’s cycling in my new role. My primary focus will be to share and implement my knowledge with incoming athletes and coaches so they don’t have to learn it all on their own,” said Hammer, who will become director of coaching at Performance United, a training facility in Colorado Springs.

She earned her final world championships medal in Hong Kong, April 2017, a silver in the points race. That upped her tally to 15 career medals in UCI World Track Championships.

In her final Olympic appearance, Rio 2016, she rode with the team pursuit squad to claim silver behind Great Britain. She also won silver in the omnium.

“Sarah has had one of the most remarkable careers in Olympic sport. Her achievements are astounding and without a doubt place her among the greatest American cyclists of all time,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, CEO and president of USA Cycling.

“In terms of results, I am probably most proud of the 2012 Olympic team pursuit medal I won with Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch, and Lauren Tamayo,” Hammer addd. “That journey was a special one and is one I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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