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Today.com reports that U2 frontman Bono faces a long road to recovery after crashing on a bike ride in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday.
The singer attempted to avoid another rider and was involved in what doctors have called a “high energy bicycle accident.” Bono was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department and underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” followed by five hours of surgery.
The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.
According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, “[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room … where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.” On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger.
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Richie Porte (Sky) is hoping to put his annus horribilis behind him, and ride into 2015 with a roar.
Illnesses derailed much of Porte’s season, forcing him to miss the Giro d’Italia. Later, at the Tour de France, he was poised to step up, following the unexpected exit of defending champion Chris Froome, but he suffered in the mountains. Speaking on Team Sky’s website, Porte admitted it was a year of hard knocks.
“Probably the only good thing about having a bad year is that it does make you hungrier,” he told TeamSky.com. “It was a rough season. It started well and I was where I needed to be in January and February, but I got sick a few times, which meant I didn’t had the most straightforward year. In October I came off a month of antibiotics, and I feel much, much better.”
Porte pulled the plug on his season earlier than expected, and has taken the time to fully recover.
“I’m coming into this period seven kilos lighter [15.4 pounds] than I was at this time last year. I’m definitely ready to go and ready to really step it up. I’d love to have a big year,” he said.
“Obviously the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that the Tour is hard enough as it is without throwing in some sickness,” he continued. “It was a disaster when Chris [Froome] went home, but the form I had going into the Tour was quite good. … That was the dream, as it’s always been my ambition to finish on the podium in the Tour, but then it turned into a nightmare. Obviously, I think about it as a missed opportunity, but you’ve got to get on with it.”
Porte said he was training hard in Europe, where’s he based in Monaco, taking in La Madone nearly daily with training partner and teammate, Froome. He’s since returned to Tasmania, where he is enjoying a bit of quality time at home. He is expected to race the Santos Tour Down Under in January, where he won a stage and finished fourth overall last year.
Porte, 29, put a philosophical spin on Sky’s season.
“We had two years of massive success. It’s almost like we needed to have this year,” he said. “But we’ve also had a lot of bad luck – with Geraint (Thomas) at Paris-Nice, Sergio (Henao’s) crash, myself, Yogi (Ian Stannard), and Froomey. It hasn’t been a straightforward year. I guess it’s hard to measure luck, but we’ve had our fair share of bad. It just makes everyone doubly determined to have a great season next year.”
On stage 5, Chris Froome (Sky) made his mark on the Tour of Oman, winning the day and going on to claim the overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) sprinted to victory in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Boonen: Dwars door Vlaanderen
In Dwars door Vlaanderen Boonen attacked on the Taaienberg, a hill affectionately known to some as the "Boonenberg," due to the Belgian's penchant for making race-winning moves on its slopes. Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge) followed, but Boonen's Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Nikki Terpstra would go on to win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Peloton: Dwars door Vlaanderen
The Dwars door Vlaanderen field was strung out as it tried to find a smooth line to ride beside the cobbled road. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Sagan: E3 Harelbeke
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won E3 Harelbeke after escaping on the Oude Kwaremont then out-sprinting Nikki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Geraint Thomas (Sky). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Degenkolb sprint: Gent-Wevelgem
A massive bunch gallop at the end of Gent-Wevelgem played into John Degenkolb's (Giant-Shimano) hand. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Cancellara: Ronde van Vlaanderen
Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) waited until the final few hundred meters to make his winning move in Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), besting Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and his other two breakaway companions, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Sprint finish: Ronde van Vlaanderen
Though he's not known as a sprinter, Cancellara had the legs to beat Van Avermaet, Vandenbergh, and Vanmarcke in the finale at the Tour of Flanders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
I just went full gas, like I like to do,” Terpstra said of the move he made to win Paris-Roubaix. “It was not clear how much of a margin I had. I knew I was in the front, and when I looked behind, I saw I had a good gap. I didn’t look back again, because you know they’re coming. I wasn’t sure I was going to win until reaching the velodrome.” Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Martin TT: Tour de Romandie
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was nearly undefeated in time trials in 2014. The world champion handily won the Tour de Romandie TT. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Evans pink jersey: Tour of Italy
Aging veteran Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) enjoyed four days in pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia before ceding his lead to the younger generation of GC contenders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Stelvio: Tour of Italy
A snowy day on the Stelvio might have decided the Giro d'Italia, but despite some controversy about stage 16, which saw Nairo Quintana (Movistar) win the day and take the lead for good, it was an unquestionably dramatic day of racing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Quintana pink: Tour of Italy
Quintana confirmed his place at the top of the Giro standings on stage 19, winning the time trial to Cima Grappa. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Rogers Zoncolon: Tour of Italy
After a tumultuous off-season that saw him suspended for a clenbuterol positive, then reinstated, Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) got a taste of redemption, winning atop the Zoncolan in the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Froome: Criterium du Dauphine
After winning the race's first two stages, Chris Froome (Sky) looked poise to take the Criterium du Dauphine, but Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) caught him — and other GC favorites — off-guard with a bold move on the final day to win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Sagan: Tour de Swiss
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) assumed his trademark "super-tuck" in the Tour de Suisse, wearing the leader's jersey in the points competition after winning stage 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
London sprint: Tour de France
London rolled out the welcome mat for the Tour de France stage 3, a classic sprint finish won by Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Nibali cobbles: Tour de France
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) proved to be the toughest of the Tour's GC contenders on a cobbled stage 5 that was treacherous with its slippery, wet conditions. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Boom: Tour de France
Lars Boom (Belkin) delivered a big win in stage 5 of the Tour. Not entirely surprising, as Boom is a former world cyclocross champion. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Nibali: Tour de France
A common sight in the 2014 Tour de France: Nibali, alone, in yellow, winning. Stage 13 helped the Italian consolidate his lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Nibali TT: Tour de France
As if any further proof was required, Nibali reminded the Tour that this year's yellow jersey belonged to him, and no one else. He rode to fourth place in the Bergerac-to-Perigueux time trial to seal the deal on the Tour's penultimate day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Contador: Vuelta a España
After dropping out of the Tour with a broken leg, Alberto Contador came storming back in the Vuelta a España. In stage 8, he was merely one day away from taking the race lead for good. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Martin TT: Vuelta
Tony Martin claimed his seventh individual time trial win in stage 10 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Three amigos: Vuelta
The three amigos: Contador, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) battled throughout the Vuelta, but Contador proved best. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Kwiatkowski attack: Road World Championships
The 2014 world road championships felt like the dawning of the Michal Kwiatkowski era, as the Polish all-rounder rode a brilliant race in the rain to win the rainbow jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
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It’s hard to go slow when you’re paid to ride fast. Veteran sprinter and ace leadout man Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) had to learn to slip into the slow lane in 2014 to recover from three minor surgeries. Those proved to be little more than speed bumps, and the 38-year-old Henderson was right back in the mix, picking up a win at the Ster ZLM Toer and slotting into his role as part of Lotto’s formidable leadout train.
VeloNews recently caught up with Henderson from his European home base in Girona, Spain, to talk sprints, André Greipel, and how to beat Marcel Kittel.
VeloNews: You’ve been in the game a long time. Do you still love racing?
Greg Henderson: It depends on what you call a pro. When I was racing on the track, I guess you could call that a bit of a living. I was in America for a number of years, and I was able to make the jump to Europe. I’ve been racing my bike a long time, but I still love it. I really do. I am lucky that I enjoy training. I love the hard work. You have to love it; otherwise you couldn’t deal with all the suffering. If you haven’t done the hard work, you get your ass handed to you at the race. I pride myself on the hard work I put into the bike.
VN: You were a sprinter in your own right, but now you’ve slotted into the role as a leadout man. Are you happy in that position?
GH: I am very happy. I had my chance to have my shots. A win now doesn’t make or break me. I am employed to do a job. At the Vuelta, I was looking after the Belgian champion [Jens Debusschere]. Some of these young guys really need help with positioning, how to save energy, how to move around the bunch, general skills in the peloton. I really enjoy doing that. That’s what I enjoy. André has the horsepower I never had. My biggest attribute was always positioning, so it works out perfect. My job is to position Greipel, and I drop him off with 200 meters to go, then he turns on the turbos at 2,000 watts. It’s impressive to watch. I am totally happy with that.
VN: You had that nasty crash at the Tour de France. How was the recovery from that one?
GH: I had three knee surgeries over the past year, mate. I had a problem at the end of . After the team time trial at worlds, my knee was so sore, I skipped the Tour of Beijing to give it a rest and hoped it would resolve itself. Well, it never did, and I had surgery two months later. They found some old scar tissue in there, and it was fine. Then I crashed at the GP Samyn [in April], and I opened it up again, got some dirt off the road, and it got infected. I pulled out of Three Days of De Panne. So it was another surgery, and two weeks on the couch. After that, the training went perfect, and I started the Tour de France with huge motivation, and then I crashed on the fourth day. It was a stupid crash, and I landed on my knee, and it just exploded. It just blew straight open.
VN: So another surgery, but a fast comeback for the Vuelta?
GH: Yes, my surgeon knows me pretty well by now. My knee just exploded at the Tour. It was a stupid crash, I just crossed wheels with André [Greipel], and I landed right on it. I was not a happy chappy, but it was not as serious as it looked. They sewed me up, and I was back for the Commonwealth Games [ed: he was seventh]. This year, I’ve been king of the comebacks.
Generation of super sprinters
VN: Lotto has one of the top sprint trains, but now there’s a lot of competition …
GH: Three years ago, there was not that many sprint trains. Giant-Shimano saw what we were doing, and now every team is trying this leadout thing. We did a bloody good job, but credit goes to the other teams. Now there are three or four major leadout trains out there. It makes it more fun, more of a challenge, and more satisfying when you win.
VN: Has the type of sprinting changed? Now we see these huge engines, Greipel and Marcel Kittel. How different is that to guys like Robbie McEwen or Oscar Freire?
GH: There are pure power sprinters, like Greipel and Kittel, who just want to get to the front, and they will smash the pedals. Guys like McEwen and [Mark] Cavendish, they’re more nimble, and they can move through the peloton, and use their pure speed to win. When McEwen was at the top of his game, you’d be looking around, where’s Robbie? He’d be tucked in behind someone, and then, oh, there he is, and he wins. There are different types of sprinters today. Kittel is so strong, with 200 meters to go, when he opens up, there is almost no chance to pass him. The only way to beat him is to try to make him tired before the final sprint. [Alexander] Kristoff, he’s another big, strong guy. They just blast off. Sprinters have changed a bit the past few years.
VN: It’s a very deep sprinter field right now — is it more competitive than ever?
GH: It’s very deep right now. Five years ago, it was all Cavendish, and everyone else was racing for second. There’d be Greipel, maybe [Tyler] Farrar, and then here comes Kittel. We have three very fast guys right now, with Greipel, Kittel, and Cav. And guys like Kristoff, [Luka] Mezgec, [Sacha] Modolo, all coming up. Even if you lined it up perfectly at the Tour, you could still be fifth at the line. The guys are lightning-quick, and the field is deeper. More teams are bringing their trains. It’s an exciting time right now for the sprints.
VN: What’s your take on Nacer Bouhanni?
GH: I don’t know him at all. He’s come up bloody fast. I did the Vuelta with him this year, and I couldn’t believe how strong he was climbing. He’s the complete package, that’s for sure. I don’t know him as a person. He’s not a super-friendly type of guy that you’re going to chat to in the bunch.
VN: Despite this generation of sprinters, it seems like the major races have something against a pure sprint stage; there’s always a rising finale, or a steep climb in the final 20km … is that frustrating?
GH: Then you get guys like [John] Degenkolb, [Peter] Sagan, and [Michael] Matthews, guys who can get up a 10-minute climb. The pure sprinters cannot do that. They’ve had to change their sprinting styles. They’ve lost a little speed in the pure sprints, but they can get over those hard climbs that the sprinters cannot, and then they can win out of a smaller group. There are two options to win a sprint these days: the first is to put out 2000 watts at the line, or 450 watts for a 10-minute climb at the end of a race, and win out of a small group. It’s still bloody exciting.
VN: Would you like to see more chances for the pure sprinters? You don’t want the extreme, such as when Alessandro Petacchi won nine sprints in the 2004 Giro, but there were only three or four sprints in the Vuelta this year. What’s the balance?
GH: The pure sprinters deserve their chances. So long as there is an even distribution of stages, I am happy with it. You cannot have a sprint every day, but it does seem like they’re putting in these bloody hard climbs to make it to the sprint. The guys have worked on that skill, and evolved their style of sprinting to adapt to the changes in the kinds of stages we’re seeing. You gotta be able to get over that final climb to have a chance to win the sprint.
VN: How is your team dealing with the emergence of Kittel? First, you had to try to beat Cavendish, and now here comes Kittel …
GH: He’s hard to beat. I’ve been studying footage on YouTube to try to figure out a way to beat him, to see if he has a flaw in his sprint. The problem is, he’s bloody strong. He doesn’t have a big kick, it’s like he’s a bloody steam train. To beat him is very difficult. But that’s bike racing. We have to find a way to beat him. You cannot just go into the race thinking about second place, especially if you’re a sprinter. We do what we normally do, and try to put André in perfect position with 200 meters to go, and hit it out on the line. André’s pretty bloody strong, too.
Greipel is ‘consummate pro’
VN: Greipel and the team have won at least one Tour de France stage the past four editions in a row. How important is that?
GH: André is the consummate pro. From January until October, he’s still winning. That’s bang for your buck. There are not a lot of bike riders who can do that. He had the most wins again this season. He’s exemplary. He’s always in good condition, always healthy, and ready to race to win. He’s one of those guys young riders look up to.
VN: How is Greipel as a leader? He doesn’t seem like one of those riders who yells and screams on the bus when things go wrong …
GH: He is really mellow. He lets his legs do the talking. He gets upset when he loses, but he’s angrier with himself, especially when he messes something up. That’s a mark of a true champion. Of course, he’s disappointed when he doesn’t win, but he’s not on the bus, yelling and screaming, throwing his helmet. He’s very respectable with everyone, and he knows he cannot win without us.
VN: Does the increased competition give the team even more motivation?
GH: Absolutely. It’s never a given we’re going to win. We hate being beaten. It pisses me off immediately. That’s a huge driving force — to win. It takes a lot of hard work to win. That’s part of this job, the hard work.
VN: Describe the sensation of winning …
GH: It’s incredibly satisfying. It’s better than any wine you’ll ever drink. Winning is the best, but when you win at the Tour de France, it’s beyond words. It’s such an incredible feeling, because everyone knows just how hard it is. There’s that one stage from the Tour a few years ago, and there’s a photo with my arms up in the air, I was celebrating before André even crossed the line. I knew as soon as André came off my wheel, I knew he was going faster. That’s when we won our first one.
Keen to keep racing before coaching
VN: So you’re still up for 2015?
GH: Yes, one more year with my contract, but I want to keep racing. I am still at the top of my game. I am really good at the job I do. I love it. I have a niche that I am super-comfortable with, and I give 100 percent.
VN: Have you thought about what you will do when you retire?
GH: I’ve started a little coaching business. I have about 12 guys that I look after, mentor, and coach. It’s something I really enjoy, and it’s an avenue I’d like to explore when I retire, whether it’s coaching on my own, or as a sport director, or coach for a team. I have a sport science degree from university, and it’s always been a passion of mine. I am always reading articles to stay up to date, and I’m always interested in the new training techniques. When I was at Team Sky, I was always pestering the coach there with questions. One day he said, ‘Hendo, are you sick? You have haven’t asked one question all day.’
VN: Do you think there will ever be a top New Zealand team, similar to Orica-GreenEdge?
GH: I’d love it. Racing is getting better and better in New Zealand. Back in the day, it was just Julian Dean. There was Chris Jenner, and then I got across from America to Europe. Now we have six Kiwis in the European peloton. That’s the thing with the Kiwis; we have to succeed. If you’re Belgian, you can just go home, but if you’re Kiwi, this is your only shot. The work ethic is there.
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