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GENT, Belgium (VN) — Vincenzo Nibali will risk losing in a big attack in order to win Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He said that others are too afraid or think too much about WorldTour points to make a move like the one that nearly landed him a Milano-Sanremo victory in March.
“The teams don’t want to try these big and long moves because they are thinking of the WorldTour classification,” Nibali told VeloNews. “The riders all think about bringing in points because they are important for the teams and for their contracts.”
The Italian in Astana’s light blue made such a move at Liège in 2012 when he raced for Liquigas-Cannondale. He attacked on the Côte de La Roche aux Faucons and used his skills to break free on the descent with 19.5 kilometers left.
He held 45 seconds on the favorites group with Philippe Gilbert as he climbed the Saint Nicolas and closed in on the finish in Ans. Maxim Iglinsky followed more closely, however. At the foot of the 1.3km ramp to Ans, he caught Nibali and rode clear to the win. Nibali finished second.
“I’d do it again, too,” Nibali said. “I’m not bitter from two years ago, it was the right thing to do. I didn’t make any mistakes, only that Iglinsky had a great day and was able to pull me back. I lacked the energy at the end to do anything about him.”
Nibali showed his love for the long-range attack in Milano-Sanremo four weeks ago. He shot free on the Cipressa climb with 25km to race and lasted until the Poggio, with 9km remaining to his first monument victory.
“I can do it solo in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but Milano-Sanremo is another story. Sanremo is 300 kilometers, not 250, so any sort of extra effort you do … It’s difficult,” Nibali added. “For Milano-Sanremo, I could’ve used someone with me on my attack. I had many kilometers ahead of me. Ahead of my move on the Cipressa, I spoke with someone. I won’t say or name names of those who should’ve gone with me. Instead, I was on my own.”
Nibali named Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara after the race. This week, though, he complimented Cancellara’s racing tactics.
“Riders like me and Cancellara don’t think about the points, just the win,” he said. “That way of thinking, about placings and WorldTour points, it’s a big downward spiral. It’s a shame for cycling because it steals the show from the fans but that’s the way it is because many riders have contracts that are linked to points so they watch the classification closely.”
Nibali won the 2010 Vuelta a España and last year took top honors in the Giro d’Italia’s overall classification. His aim is trained on the Tour de France this year. He is ramping toward the Tour with specific training and spent two weeks at altitude in Tenerife prior to arriving in Belgium last week. He went over the border to France Thursday to ride the cobbled sectors of the Tour’s fifth stage.
Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne, but more so Liège-Bastogne-Liège, remain his last goals this spring before taking a break and returning at June’s Critérium du Dauphiné ahead of the July 5 start for the Tour de France.
“Liège suits me with its long climbs,” he said. “I’ll have to see what the situation’s like on Sunday, but I’m not afraid to attack from far out.”
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Team Sky leader looking to the Tour of California but intends to return to Paris-Roubaix in 2015
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Adjusting Campy EPS
I wonder if you could help with adjusting my Super Record EPS. The bike shop had re-zeroed it several times, but I continue to have trouble with the rear derailleur skipping both up and down in the larger cogs. The chain actually always runs quietly — it’s just occasional skipping. Any suggestions?
If it skips in both directions at the same adjustment, I’d start by checking the chain length and cog wear before doing anything else. Use a good chain gauge to ensure that the chain is within spec, and either use a Rohloff HG-check tool on the cogs, or try riding it on a new cogset. Then I’d check alignment of the derailleur hanger. If I’m understanding your symptoms correctly, it seems very weird if your chain and/or cogs are not overly worn and everything is in alignment. I ride a Campagnolo EPS-equipped bike several times a week and have never experienced that.
Have you tried, while riding, to hold the mode button down on the right lever until the LED on the EPS interface glows pink (about seven seconds)? And then, if on the last shift it skipped to a larger cog, you gave the upshift thumb button one quick push, and then you pushed the right mode button again so the pink LED switched off? And, vice versa, if it skipped to a smaller cog, you gave the downshift finger lever one quick push, and then you pushed the right mode button again so the pink LED switched off? This always works for me, and I do it as many times as needed until the chains run silently and shifts perfectly.
If, however, yours will shift too far toward larger cogs and also too far toward smaller cogs at the same adjustment, I would look very carefully at the teeth of the cogs and at the chain plates to see if any of either are bent. I’d also try a different wheel or at least a different cogset. If nothing is bent and it behaves the same on a different cogset, then I have no suggestions for you other than checking every detail of alignment on the frame — chainline, derailleur hanger alignment, and dropout alignment relative to the centerline.
Chain lube testing follow-up
I had noticed much improved longevity of chains lubed with ProLink ProGold; after using it for several years I learned that Lennard had also seen and written of a similar experience. After the first VeloLab chain lube test (where Prolink ProGold didn’t fare all that well for low resistance), it occurred to me that perhaps the means that the chains were lubed in the test is impacting the results. ProGold uses a lot of carrier. My theory is that when you drip it onto chain rollers that soon the carrier evaporates while the oil stays put. But in the chain test article they submerged the chain into the lube. Here it would seem like a larger amount of carrier would be a detriment — as you pull the chain out of the bath the carrier would have a greater chance of also taking away some of the same oil intended to stay put. Just a thought. So shouldn’t the lubes that are intended to be dripped on be tested the way that the manufacturer suggested?
And the other thing I noticed — the lubes were heated to 100 degrees. I don’t know of anyone who heats their chain lube prior to application (paraffin is the exception). So by doing so aren’t you also possibly giving an advantage to the wax and Teflon infused lubes — softening up those solid ingredients and allowing them to better penetrate. Here again, how about real world application methods versus lab science that isn’t reality? Just a thought.
I followed up with a bunch of my chains that had been lubricated over a long period of usage by dripping it on, not by submerging. As you can see, it didn’t improve things.
Below is a more general answer to your question.
Answer from Friction Facts:
When we originally developed the chain lube test protocol, the submersion in the lubricant and heating was performed to ensure equal penetration for all lubricant samples, since manually dripping the lubricant on the chain by hand seemed, at the time, to be very subjective from an experimental sense. It was understood that the submersion method was not the typical method to apply chain lube, yet it was performed to maintain experimental control across samples.
As more experimentation and formal testing is performed, the testing protocol is maturing. We’ve learned that lubricants penetrate very well with the typical drip method. Even higher viscosity oils penetrate easily to the inner pins as the chain spins. The penetration is due to the pumping action seen in each of the links during cycles of tension and no tension, and of course, articulation of the links in general works the lube.
In future chain lube tests, the drip method at room temperature will be used to simulate more closely the real-world application. Waxes and greases will still be submerged or worked in by hand as the drip method is not applicable.
— Jason Smith
Founder, Friction Facts
Some time back, you answered some questions about lawyer tabs. I just happened to read them. Now, while I’ve also wondered “why not just create a long-throw QR” a very significant possible reason just occurred to me.
If you used a long throw QR — wouldn’t you essentially be designing back in the very type of potential failure that the lawyer tabs are designed to prevent? Lawyer tabs are there to prevent you from losing a wheel because you either forgot to close your QR, or didn’t close it tightly enough. So if you design a QR that opens way big, and left it open through human error, you’d have the same situation as the old-style QR, and no lawyer tabs, right?
On the other hand, since I think the lawyer tabs are overdesign and overregulation, maybe I should keep my mouth shut, lest somebody in Washington get fancy ideas, again.
Yes, that could happen, if the rider didn’t close the skewer. But even in that case, the skewer springs might not push the cam and nut symmetrically so that one still hung up on a lawyer tab. Just having those tabs sticking out probably still greatly increases the chances of one snagging something. And if the rider didn’t tighten the skewer enough, or closed it poorly so that the lever opened a bit while riding, the lawyer tabs would help.
More on hub quick release skewer life
I once broke a skewer. It was a cheaper, no-name skewer made of carbon steel. It was no more than two years old. Admittedly, I would tighten it pretty good, but I’m no brute. It broke at the cam end where the carbon steel rod attaches. The skewer rod was necked down at the point of failure with marks of stretching and stress. It looked exactly like test samples from a yield test. It unfortunately broke as I was putting the wheel back on after fixing a flat out on the road, stranding me. I now use high quality skewers with titanium or stainless rods.
Definitely change them before they wear to the point that your wheel comes off your wheel fork mount on the top of your car, while traveling down the highway at 65 mph.
Although, in retrospect (nobody was hurt), the entertainment value of a bicycle wheel bouncing across 3 lanes of traffic, a grassy media, and another three lanes of traffic, before rolling down the hill, into the creek, is pretty high!
The tell tale is when the lever doesn’t go over the cam top and eases up. I saw in the shop an American Classic QR actually gradually “open” when closed “theoretically” all the way.
It can and does happen, although not that often. The cam can wear flat!
Regarding skewer wear — I had an old titanium rear skewer lose the ability to firmly hold the wheel in the dropouts under strong efforts, mainly on hills. No matter how hard I — or SRAM neutral support — tightened it, a really hard effort could yank the wheel out of position so that it rubbed the frame. The SRAM guy and I both guessed (and it’s just a guess) that the threading on the non-cam side was slightly worn or stripped so that the nut was popping across one or two threads, thus loosening the skewer — fortunately a lot less dangerous on the rear wheel.
Unfortunately I first encountered this on stage 1 of a stage race. And the neutral support mechanic figured I hadn’t closed the QR properly, so he reset my wheel, gave me a shove, and then the car passed me before I caught the pack … and then it happened again. And again. Game over.
And from Campagnolo:
I inquired to our engineering people; they say that there is no way to understand if a QR is wearing out (because there is no real wearing on a Campagnolo internal cam QR). From our test there isn’t a real life cycle with the QR; of course you have to inspect to see if there is sign of crack, corrosion, or damage such as bending from some hard impact (as you should with your whole bike before you ride it) and not use it if there is something wrong, but even after the most heavy test we have never had cases when a QR breaks itself by fatigue.
We cannot comment on the quality of other manufacturers quick releases.
— Daniel Large
North America Technical Service
Campagnolo North America Inc.
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Another year of ’cross is gone, and with our new-to-the-newstands Issue 24, we bring you the 2014 Reader and Editors’ Choice Awards. We didn’t want to keep all the good stuff just for our subscribers though, so we’re listing almost all of the awards—voted on by you in the Readers’ Choice and argued over at CXM HQ for the Editors’ Choice—here.