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Cyclocross worlds: Niels Albert
Niels Albert's final appearance at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships didn't go according to plan, as the Hoogerheide mud pit caught him off guard. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour of Qatar: Kiel Reijnen
Kiel Reijnen's day started off well in stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar, riding in the break with Philippe Gilbert. However, he fell victim to the crosswinds later that day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour of Flanders: Martin Elmiger
Rainy weather in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) caused a number of crashes. Fortunately, in this case, Martin Elmiger found a grassy ditch in which to land. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The peloton was forced to do a bit of compulsory cyclocross practice at E3 Harelbeke to avoid a crash. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Paris-Roubaix: Greg Van Avermaet and Marcus Burghardt
Paris-Roubaix always sees carnage and in this case, Greg Van Avermaet and Marcus Burghardt slid out on a loose, dusty corner. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Amstel Gold race: Tony Martin
Tony Martin's errant bike was the only sign of a crash that occurred in the Amstel Gold race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Criterium du Dauphine: Jerome Pineau
Jerome Pineau crashed in stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine, but it appears that someone's rear wheel suffered the most damage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish's Tour de France ended shortly after it started. He tangled with Simon Gerrans while winding up his sprint at the end of stage 1 and dropped out of the race with an injured shoulder. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Chris Froome
Chris Froome's crash on stage 4 of the Tour de France was the beginning of the end. Though he started the next day's cobblestone stage, X-rays revealed later that he had fractured his wrist. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Jon Izagirre
The Tour's stage 4 was also unkind to Jon Izagirre, and especially his Canyon bike. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Andrew Talansky
Stage 7 of the Tour saw a select group sprinting for the win, but Andrew Talansky touched wheels with Simon Gerrans and crashed heavily, which eventually led to his withdrawal from the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Alberto Contador
The story of the Tour was the high-profile riders who were forced to retire from the race. On stage 10, Alberto Contador's number was up. He crashed on an innocuous descent and broke his leg. He tried to continue riding but soon conceded. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France: Maarten Tjallingii
Maarten Tjallingii went head-over-heels in stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
UCI Road World Championships
A major crash during the elite women's road race at the UCI Road World Championships resulted in many fallen riders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
MILAN (VN) — Bradley Wiggins is finalizing a development team with Sky for 2015 that will take him to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a possible fifth Olympic gold medal.
“We’re in negotiations with Sky at the moment,” he said at a marketing event, according to The Telegraph. “Next year, I would love to have my own team which we are in the process of setting up. It will basically be the guys I am going to try to win that gold medal with.”
Wiggins has re-focused after becoming the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in 2012. He has yet to return to the Tour and has no plans to do so.
He instead turned to the world championship time trial, which he won in September in Ponferrada, Spain, and to the Paris-Roubaix cobbled classic. This year he finished ninth on the Roubaix velodrome. In 2015, it could be his last big road race.
“Obviously I have come off the back of winning the world [time trial] championship six weeks ago. That was sort of the final nail in the road coffin as it were,” Wiggins said.
“I really want that fifth Olympic gold. So working back from that I’ll stay with team Sky — hopefully — and try to win something like Paris-Roubaix, which is a completely different challenge to the Tour de France.”
The 34-year-old from London is rumored to be on Sky’s Paris-Roubaix squad next April 12 before switching gears to the track. He will aim for the hour record in June or July and a team pursuit gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. To get there, he wants his own team that is not restricted to Sky’s UCI WorldTour program.
“I would love to have my own team,” Wiggins added. “And that team will facilitate a program, and a training program, which will basically give us the best possible opportunity of winning that gold medal.”
Wiggins won two Olympic gold medals in the individual pursuit in 2004 and 2008, one in the team pursuit in 2008, and one at home at the 2012 London Games in the road time trial.
At the Rio Games, Wiggins will be 36 years old and likely will be saying goodbye to his racing career. The development team could give him a new drive.
“Long-term, post-Rio, I’d love to find the next Bradley Wiggins or Chris Hoy,” Wiggins explained. “That is something that I think would really drive me for the next 10 years. That is kind of what the starting of this team is about; it’s that grassroots, the future of the sport, and finding the next champion.”
Wiggins, who was linked to Orica-GreenEdge this summer, has yet to announce his 2015 contract. The development team appears concrete, however. British website Cycling Weekly released photos of a customized motor home with Wiggins at the wheel. It also reported that Andy Tennant, Mark Christian, and Steven Burke — all endurance track cyclists — will join team Wiggins.
“I got approached by Brad. He put the project to me, and I was really keen,” the 27-year-old Tennant told Cycling Weekly.
“If anyone can pull the sponsors together, he’s the man. He told me why he wanted to do this team. It should be a really good team. For my development, this team will be a great place for me.”
CALORGUEN, France (AFP) — Lance Armstrong has become a stain on the glorious cycling memories of French legend Bernard Hinault, who said he would refuse to speak to the shamed American rider.
Cycling has an unfair reputation over drug-taking, according to the five-time Tour de France winner who marks his 60th birthday on Friday as one of the most popular living Frenchmen.
Hinault told AFP in an interview that he has had a “dream life” in cycling but that doping scandals that have made the sport notorious “hurt all those who love cycling.”
“But they should look at all sports. Cycling is no more rotten than the others,” he declared. “People are always picking on cycling.”
But mention Armstrong and his mood darkens. “If I met him today I would not talk to him. I would not even say hello.”
Hinault was the last French winner of the Tour de France 29 years ago. The long wait for a successor from his home country also pains him.
“Today we don’t have a complete rider capable of racing at 50 kilometers (30 miles) an hour and keeping up with the best climbers,” Hinault said.
“We have plenty of good ones with the right temperament. But even with the temperament, you are not the best if you cannot win.”
But despite those nags, Hinault, who lives on a converted farm at Calorguen in Brittany, said he has no regrets about his own career.
“If tomorrow you asked me, ‘you are 20, you start again,’ I would restart the same life,” he said. “I have a dream life, I wish everyone could have a life like me.”
At the entrance to his farm, he keeps the gloves, shorts, and cycling jerseys he uses now. In a nearby cabinet are the cups and medals that set out Hinault’s incredible achievements — five Tour de France titles (1978-79,
1981-82, 1985), three Giro d’Italia wins, and two Vuelta a Espana victories. He said he got the same pleasure from winning each race.
Not ‘a single regret’
Hinault said his own retirement was carefully prepared and decided six years before he was 32.
“I stopped on November 11 and we had a big party, not a funeral, and on the 19th I was already working for ASO,” said Hinault, who does public relations work for the Tour de France organizer.
That meant he missed out on trying for a sixth Tour title.
“Would I have been happier if I had done two years more? I could have won the Tour again. But I don’t have a single regret,” he declared.
For 20 years, Hinault split his time between his farm with 150 Charolais cattle and ASO, mainly keeping his bike in the garage.
“I didn’t have the time. I was working 360 days a year. You are not going to go riding for the five days left,” he said.
But a few years ago, Hinault sold the cattle and started riding again on the nearby rural roads.
“I ride two or three times a week, between 80 and 100 kilometers (50 and 60 miles). There is the same pleasure even if we go slower,” he said.
Hinault remembers every race, starting with his first big win at the age of 16 in a local race that ended in a sprint finish.
He also remembers his rivalry with American Greg LeMond, Frenchman Laurent Fignon, and particularly Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk.
Zoetemelk came in second six times at the Tour de France — three of those behind Hinault. “He gave me the most trouble,” Hinault said.
Now they are friends. The two families have been on holiday to the Dutch West Indies and have ridden up the Alpe d’Huez climb for a Dutch television charity program.
“That is the spirit of sport. At 9 a.m. we start the fight, at 5 p.m. we finish, at 7 p.m. we eat and laugh together,” Hinault said. “The fight starts again the next day.”
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For the second time in three years, Luna’s Georgia Gould ended her season as the winner of the Iceman Cometh Challenge, the 29-mile point-to-point mountain bike race that celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday in Traverse City, Michigan.
Gould also won the Iceman Challenge in 2012, coming off her best season to date, a season that brought bronze medals at the Olympic Games and world championships, as well as four World Cup podium appearances.
However Gould has struggled since then, failing to crack the top 10 at an international event since that 2012 world championship race.
Her 2013 season was, in her words, “sucky,” while 2014 was not without its struggles, with sub-par international results, but a bit of salvation as well, with top-five finishes at four of the seven domestic Pro XCT events. Specifically, second-place at the national cross-country championship in July, just 15 seconds behind Lea Davison (Specialized), and a pair of wins the following day in the Super-D and short-track cross-country races, served as confirmation to Gould that, at age 34, she’s still got a bit of fire left in the stove.
Gould said that after taking most of the fall of 2013 off, she’d committed to racing the Iceman back in March, determined to return to what she said is quite possibly “the most fun bike race… ever.”
“Personally, for me, when I first heard people talking about the Iceman, it was always about the awesomeness of the event, more than just about the race,” Gould said. “There’s not much singletrack, but it’s really fun. It’s a point-to-point, which is a refreshing change from what I usually do, which is the World Cup standard 15-minute lap with steep climbs, and steep descents. This race is the total opposite — every hill you can see the top of. It’s fast, you’re in the big ring the whole time. There is a fair amount of singletrack, and also fun doubletrack. I was surprised the first time I raced it, by how much I liked the course.”
On Saturday, in cold, wet, and muddy conditions, Gould rode the majority of the 29-mile race alone to beat Canadian Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) by over three minutes; American Kelli Emmett (Liv) finished third, 1:21 behind Batty.
“It was pretty muddy this year, which added another element,” Gould said. “Because it is so fast and so flat, it can be a very tactical race. I remember that from 2012, everyone sat on my wheel, no one wanted to work, and it was hard to get away. There is no long, sustained climb, so you have to be patient and know when to make your move. At the beginning, I told myself to sit in, and to be patient.
“Then it whittled down to five or six of us, and we started to catch some of the guys. We went through a muddy section, and I was in the lead, and after we were through it, I had opened up a small gap. There was still about 30km to go, and I thought, ‘if I go now, I can ride my own pace, and I don’t have to worry about all the messing around. I can ride my own tempo, and save a little in case anyone catches me.’ Of course, as you get towards the finish, you start going for it a little more.”
Gould crossed the finish line in 2:12:55, to the cheers of a raucous crowd, a confetti cannon, and, a little later, a $6,000 check for the first-place finisher. She estimated she rode the final 90 minutes on her own.
All totaled, more than 5,400 participants took part in last weekend’s Iceman race, which rides through Michigan’s Pere Marquette State Forest. Prize money was on offer to the top five finishers in every amateur category.
“It was an awesome way end the season,” she said. “It is such an awesome community. I couldn’t believe the number of people at the finish line, considering it was 35 degrees out, sleeting and snowing. It’s amazing, all the people who race in the morning, and then come back out there for the pro finish. Afterwards, there was a fantastic party, with a great band. Everyone was having so much fun. It is the most fun bike race… ever. I’ll be back next year. Nothing else is confirmed for 2015, but I’ll be back at the Iceman.”
In the men’s race, Pinckney, Michigan, resident Brian Matter (KS Energy Services-Team Wisconsin) won his fourth Iceman title, giving him the most in the event’s 25-year history. Matter won in 1:56:54, four seconds ahead of defending champion Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing), with Derek Zandstra, also of Scott-3Rox Racing, third, one second behind Kabush.
Gould, whose contract with Luna runs through the 2016 season, said she’s more or less done racing for the year, though she expects to race the national cyclocross championship in Austin in January.
“This fall I have been doing whatever I feel like,” she said. “I haven’t been training specifically for cyclocross, at all. I have been riding, but not training. I needed a mental break, as much as anything. I’m riding, but I am not looking at a training schedule.”
In the week before Iceman, Gould raced three days of UCI cyclocross at the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival, finishing fifth, then eighth, then third in the Pan-American Continental Cyclocross Championship, behind Compton and Meredith Miller (Noosa).
Though she’s never won a national title, Gould has finished second three times behind 10-time winner Katie Compton. Her best result this fall was at the September 20 Trek CXC Cup in Wisoconsin, where she finished second to Compton.
“I always feel obligated to go to nationals, that’ll be my next race,” Gould said.
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