The 2013 Tour de France presentation was yesterday (Wednesday) and we have a quick review of the route and hear what the top riders have to say. Results from the Tour of Hainan and cyclo-cross video from the weekend keeps us up to date on the race front and we have the usual other news and selection of videos. Relax with a coffee and EuroTrash Thursday, it’s the weekend soon.
The 2013 Tour de France
There had been many a rumour as to the route of the next Tour de France; well the wait is over as the French Grand Tour was revealed in Paris on Wednesday. The 100th Tour de France will start in Corsica and as usual finish in Paris, the Champs-Elysees finish will be different from the usual ending as it will be at night and will go round the Arc de Triomphe, instead of cutting short.
Now the important bit in between has a balanced feel to it, not too much time trial kilometres, 90, including 25 for the team time trial on stage 4 and a mountain test from Embrun to Chorges of 32 kilometres. Add to that 6 mountain stages with 4 summit finishes, 5 hilly stages and 7 for the sprinters.
The big stage will probably be stage 18 to the legendary Alpe d’Huez which the race will climb twice; stages 8 to Ax-3 Domaines, 15 to Mont Ventoux and 20 to Annecy-Semnoz are the others with summit finishes.
What the riders think:
Jurgen Van den Broeck: “Hard, beautiful and lots of variation; those are my impression of the Tour 2013. Up to the day before the final day we can battle for the GC. As a rider you get a first, general impression about the track and the level of difficulty, but only at the training sessions you notice how hard some stages really are. More than ever now every rider will have to be focused. Even in Corsica we need to conquer some hills, which will maybe make the first day less nervous, comparing to the normal first sprinting stages. The art is to be focused on day 1, but also to be as strong in the final days, because it’s clear the final week will be decisive. The time trials are not that long, that’s positive, though the climbing time trial seems really hard and the stages after the resting days are not that hard either, which makes me glad.”
Cadel Evans: “The finish to l’Alpe d’Huez is going to be interesting, I’ve never ridden up the backside, the Col de Sarenne, so I might have to go and look at that in training. It’s really something to ride in the front group of the Tour de France on the l’Alpe d’Huez and to go up there twice means it’s going to be a very special day.” The Australian summed the route up with: “In the last week, we won’t have an idea who’s going to eventually be the winner in Paris.”
Bradley Wiggins: “I’m probably going to concentrate on the Giro d’Italia next year, for me, along with Paris-Roubaix, it’s the only race on the calendar that’s up there with the Tour de France for its history. It’s just beautiful and I’d love to win that pink jersey along with the yellow jersey.” Wiggins told Eurosport. “I’ll be at the start, that’s for sure. If Chris is the leader then we go for it. My priority is the Giro d’Italia. It’s become apparent that it’s very difficult to compete in two Grand Tours and so it’s very likely I’ll be there in a helping capacity. It was always about winning one Tour de France. I’ve done it and I’m very proud the way I did it. I’d love to win the Giro too. I’m a great historian of the sport and love it. I think cycling is a team sport and I wouldn’t have won without that great team behind me. If I can play a part and help someone else win it, then that’s what I look forward to.”
Andy Schleck: “I believe it’s a really hard parcours, it already starts in the first days, with the Grand Dйpart in Corsica. I know the roads there quite well, from racing the Critйrium International, so I’m looking forward to it.” The RadioShack-Nissan rider said. “After that we go back to the continent, have a TTT and then gradually move over to the Pyrenees, with two mountain stages. They are maybe not the hardest, but in the Tour every stage is important.”
Chris Froome: “All I can say is that if I was to target the Tour a 100% next year, then I’d do everything I could to be on the top step in Paris.” He added; “It’s definitely a very challenging route. It’s going to suit the climbers very well but the contenders are going to have to be riders who can hold their own in the time trial too,” he said. “I’m going to have to go away and study the course more carefully. There are going to be some very testing stages, especially towards the end of the race. I think stages 17, 18 and 19, with two mountain top finishes and a time trial there and Ventoux too. It’s going to be an action packed Tour.”
Alberto Contador: “The finishes that have put in are pretty famous and some already know what they are like, but as always we have to see how the race goes,” Alberto Contador said after the presentation. “The Mont Ventoux is a climb where people usually lose time due to the wind usually found in the end. Ax 3 Domaines; remember the battle I had with Andy Schleck and we went head-to-head. And also the Alpe d’Huez is hard enough to make a difference.” In short, according to Alberto, “there are many mountains and many finish uphill, but to make a difference they must be large enough to show superiority.” As for the keys to the race, Contador said about the Tour “every day is key. In the first week you go home because of a fall or lose many minutes for an injury. Every day is critical.” Of potential rivals, he said, “I’ll wait to see the start-list, but especially Froome. I am confident enough, but do not know where he could have come last year, he will not be slowed by the team time trial and his team has two that can do very well. Wiggins, may have won last year and has to be on the list of favorites but this time we have less kilometers against the clock and that does not favor him. Cadel Evans also knows how to win the Tour and of course Andy Schleck, who has an amazing talent and, if prepared thoroughly, again can be fighting for victory.”
Philippe Gilbert: “There will be many opportunities for sprinters at the start, then the team time trial and two individual time trials, one easy and one difficult, and then some uphill finishes. So this 100th Tour was built for a very complete rider.” The World Champion said; “To me, the queen stages will be the one that climbs l’Alpe d’Huez twice and the 242 km stage which finishes up the Mont Ventoux. They will be very tough and should affect the overall standings.”
Stay tuned to PEZ for a more in-depth Tour review.
2013 Tour de France Route:
Stage 1, June 29: Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, 212km
Stage 2, June 30: Bastia to Ajaccio, 154km
Stage 3, July 1: Ajaccio to Calvi, 145km
Stage 4, July 2: Nice to Nice, team time trial, 25km
Stage 5, July 3: Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille, 219km
Stage 6, July 4: Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier, 176km
Stage 7, July 5: Montpellier to Albi, 205km
Stage 8, July 6: Castres to Ax-3 domaines, summit finish, 194km
Stage 9, July 7: Saint-Girons to Bagnиres-de-Bigorre, 165km.
July 8: Rest day.
Stage 10, July 9: St-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo, 193km
Stage 11, July 10: Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel, individual time trial, 33km
Stage 12, July 11: Fougиres to Tours, 218km
Stage 13, July 12: Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, 173km
Stage 14, July 13: Saint-Pourзain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, 191km
Stage 15, July 14: Givors to Mont Ventoux, summit finish, 242km.
July 15: Rest day.
Stage 16, July 16: Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, 168km
Stage 17, July 17: Embrun to Chorges, individual time trial, 32km
Stage 18, July 18: Gap to l’Alpe d’Huez, summit finish, 168km
Stage 19, July 19: Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, 204km
Stage 20, July 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, summit finish, 125km
Stage 21, July 21: Versailles to Paris/Champs-Elysйes, 118km.
More Alpe d’Huez News:
The Mayor of l’Alpe d’Huez wants Lance Armstrong’s name removed from the tribute signs to past winners on the mythical mountain. Armstrong’s name is on bend 21, shared with Fausto Coppi and again on Hennie Kuiper on bend 19. Jean-Yves Noyrey said “he was stripped of his title as winner of the Tour, that brings us to the question, but opinions are divided within the council.”
The 2013 Tour route:
Tour of Hainan 2012
The Tour of Hainan is the Tour of Beijing’s little brother, a UCI 2.1 that carries a good points value for the mostly Asian teams over its 9 stages starting and finishing in Sanya from the 20th to the 28th of October.
The young Russian; Leonid Krasnov (Rusvelo) beat Team Type 1’s Alexander Serebryakov at the end of Stage 1 in Xinglong after 112.7 kilometres. 110 riders contested the finish, Joeri Stallaert (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) was third and Argos-Shimano’s Ramon Sinkeldam was fourth.
Tour of Hainan Stage 1 Result:
1. Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo in 2:35:46
2. Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1
3. Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
4. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano
5. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
6. Mohd Zamri Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
7. Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP-Tableware Cycling Team
8. Michael Grenda Ben (Aus) Australia National Team
9. Michael Kurth (Ger) Eddy Merckx-Indeland
10. Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille.
Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 1:
1. Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo in 2:35:36
2. Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 at 0:04
3. Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
4. Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:06
5. Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong at 0:07
6. Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team
7. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano at 0:10
8. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
9. Mohd Zamri Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
10. Georgios Karatzios (Gre) Sp-Tableware Cycling Team.
After 145.6 kilometres from Wanning to Wenchang, Stage 2 came down to a bunch sprint won by Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan of the Terengganu cycling team, beating Team Type 1.Sanofi’s Russian sprinter Alexander Serebryakov who will be riding for Euskaltel-Euskadi next year. Serebryakov’s two second places were good enough to take over the overall lead.
Tour of Hainan Stage 2 Result:
1. Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team in 3:35:14
2. Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1
3. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4. Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System
5. Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
6. Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
7. Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
8. Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
9. Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo
10. Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Sp-Tableware Cycling Team.
Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 2:
1. Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 in 6:10:48
2. Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo at 0:02
3. Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
4. Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team at 0:06
5. Fuyu Li (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
6. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille at 0:08
7. Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
8. Grйgoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
9. Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team at 0:09
10. Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong.
Valentin Iglinskiy crossed the line in third place in the Tour of Hainan’s Stage 3 (194 km from Wenchang to Haikou) after a sprint finish. The Kazakh rider, winner of the last two Tours, now finds himself 7th in the general classification and 18 seconds from the Russian rider, Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi).
Directeur sportif Alexander Shefer told us about the stage finish: “Around 4 km from the line, we crossed a large bridge, there was a lot of wind and we were in the lead, ready to launch Valentin’s sprint. We formed an echelon and the group was split. Unfortunately, Nepomnyachshiy fell shortly after. Valentin stayed in the leading group and managed to cross the line in third place. There are still many stages to go and we are going to try our best to end the season with a victory.”
The Cyclo-cross World Cup in Tabor
We didn’t have the video of last Sunday’s cyclo-cross World Cup in time for EuroTrash Monday, so here is Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) winning the Tabor race for the second year in a row:
Merhawi Kudus wins second leg of Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge
Eritrean, Merhawi Kudus (World Cycling Centre Africa) won the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge in Port Elizabeth today.
This week it was revealed that Kudus will be riding for the MTN-Qhubeka World Cycling Centre Africa Team next year and he proved today why he deserves his spot on the team.
Bradley Potgieter was the top finisher for Team MTN-Qhubeka in fourth place.
The race was the second in the series and changed its venue from the Altona Primary school to the Aldo Scribante race track dew to excessive rain in the area and took on a circuit format of 2.2km’s for 60 laps.
The professionals welcomed the increase in distance, as the race was aggressive from the start. Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown and Martin Wesemann were involved in a dangerous move early on until the peloton brought them back.
Kudus made the final selection in the race during the closing kilometres before attacking his breakaway companions with two laps to go in an impressive display of power to win solo.
A delighted Director of the World Cycling Centre in Africa, JP van Zyl said, “It just shows our training program is working. After the race Merhawi said to me ‘coach, I can now see why you give us those hard 20 minutes sessions’, but I told them wins like this will happen because the team is dedicated.”
After two rounds, the World Cycling Centre now leads the team competition in the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge with Team MTN-Qhubeka in second place.
“This is a good sign for the two teams to be leading the competition as next year when we will ride as MTN-Qhubeka World Cycling Centre Africa Team. I think MTN-Qhubeka boss Douglas Ryder has done the right thing in bringing this team together,” concluded van Zyl.
MTN-Qhubeka World Cycling Centre Africa Team will act as a feeder team to the MTN-Qhubeka Pro Continental team.
The final leg of the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge takes place in Durban on 11 November.
Thanks to the MTN-Qhubeka team for the race info.
Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge – Port Elizabeth Results:
1. Merhawi Kudus (World Cycling Centre Africa)
2. Dylan Girdlestone (Westvaal-BMC)
3. Theuns van der Bank (Nu Water)
4. Brad Potgieter (MTN-Qhubeka)
5. Meron Emmanuel (World Cycling Centre Africa).
Cycling to Stay in Olympics
The IOC have said they will up hold the decision of the UCI on the USADA report on Lance Armstrong, but would wait for the full decision before stripping Armstrong of his 2000 Olympic bronze time trial medal. The IOC will also not be investigating the UCI, but as UCI President Pat McQuaid is the IOC member for Ireland and Hein Verbruggen is a honorary IOC member, things should be OK? In an IOC statement they reiterated their position; “It would not be correct to punish the vast majority of clean athletes if we exclude the UCI from the Games,” said the IOC, it is also a pioneer in the fight against doping.”
Vino in London 2012:
Ex-Rabobank Team for the WorldTour?
After the announcement that the Dutch bank; Rabobank would not be sponsoring the professional team next year and that its WorldTour license expires at the end of this year, there were worries for the team’s future. The team has applied for a four year extension to its current license and the UCI have asked the license commission to make an exception for the team due to it having a financial guarantee for next year.
Maybe the Dutch post office should take over the team?
Chipotle Pull Out of Sponsorship
The sponsor of the Slipstream development squad; Chipotle, has decided not to continue with the team at the end of the present arrangement. The chain of Mexican restaurants said that their decision had nothing to do with the Lance Armstrong case. This ends the involvement between Slipstream and Chipotle that goes back to 2008.
Chipotle: Back to the Start:
Oakley Splits from Armstrong
Lance Armstrong’s last and probably longest personal sponsor; Oakley has ended their links. Oakley helped Armstrong through his cancer financially as part of the company’s medical insurance. Oakley like all the other main sponsors has said they would still support the Livestrong charity.
Tarik Chaoufi Joins Euskaltel-Euskadi
The top rider in the UCI AfricaTour; Tarik Chaoufi will be riding in the orange kit of Euskaltel-Euskadi next year, he will be joining a mixed team of Basque and riders from other nations. Along with Chaoufi, other non-Basque riders will be; Jure Kocjan & Alexander Serebryakov from Team Type 1, Juan Josй Lobato from Andalucнa, Ricardo Mestre from Carmim-Prio, Steffen Radochla from Team NSP-Ghost, Andrй Schulze from Team NetApp, Robert Vrecer from Vorarlberg and Ioannis Tamouridis from the Greek SP Tableware team. New Basque riders are Garikoitz Bravo from Caja Rural and Jon Aberasturi is moving up from Orbea, the Euskaltel-Euskadi feeder team.
A bit of action from the Championships of Morocco:
Kjaergaard Confesses to Doping
Norwegian Steffen Kjaergaard told Procycling.no that he doped when he was with Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team between 2000 and 2003, helping Armstrong win the Tour de France in 2000 and 2001. He said he started using EPO in 1998 when with he was with Team Chicky World, his manager at the time was Kim Andersen who now works for RadioShack-Nissan, he was banned for life in 1987, but the sentence was changed to one year quarantine, he also tested positive in 1992.
Omega Pharma Half Marathon expects record number of participants, including Eveline Hoste, Luc van Lierde and Roger De Vlaminck
Press Release: The Omega Pharma Half Marathon was first organized three years ago on the initiative of Marc Coucke, CEO Omega Pharma, who accepted the challenge to run a half marathon for his first time. Already from the first edition, the event attracted 892 participants, and this number grew last year to 1492.
In the meantime, the early-bird subscriptions for the third edition are running fast. On October 18, already 787 participants had enrolled, compared to 651 at the same moment last year. If this interim status is extrapolated, the third edition will again have a record number of participants, which would make this event one of the biggest in its kind in Flanders.
Among the early-bird subscribers are Eveline Hoste (media star, Miss Belgian Beauty 2001), Luc Van Lierde (athlete, four time winner of the Ironman triathlon, World champion triathlon 1997) and Roger De Vlaminck (former professional cyclist, four time winner of Paris-Roubaix). More stars are expected to enrol.
Beside the half marathon run, the happening also includes the Davitamon Run 10Km, the Bodysol Run 5km and the Paranix Kidsrun (1500 m or 600 m).
Participants can enrol via the website www.omegapharmahalvemarathon.be, or at the event location on October 28.
For additional information, please contact:
Omega Pharma P.R.
Mobile: +32 496103516
Fourth Out of the Saddle Charity Evening is the Biggest Yet
Press Release: On Saturday 20th October, professional cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing hosted their fourth annual fundraising evening with the stars, welcoming 260 guests to “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers”.
Taking place at the Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham, the event was attended by a number of big names from the world of cycling, including Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy, overall winner of the Tour of Britain, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and his soon-to-be Team Sky teammate, Ben Swift.
Guests were treated to a buffet dinner, followed by a question and answer session compered by David Harmon, Eurosport’s cycling commentator. This provided a chance to hear from riders including Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and Ed Clancy who each shared details of their extraordinary success this summer.
Harmon then remained behind the microphone for the evening to do the honours as MC and Auctioneer. There were 11 special items to bid for, including Tiernan-Locke’s signed Tour of Britain gold jersey, Kristian House’s KoM winners jersey, also from the Tour of Britain, Chris Froome’s signed Vuelta jersey and Ed Clancy’s signed Olympic kit.
Also receiving bids was a signed Olympic photomontage of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and a Jeff Banks bespoke suit, while the lucky raffle winners each took home pair of Festina ladies and men’s watches from Festina UK.
The auction raised Ј7000, which was donated to Brothers on Bikes (https://www.brothersonbikes.org.uk). At the event were brothers Sam (aged 15) and Ollie (aged 14) who had recently completed the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in memory of their Uncle Malcolm, who passed away with cancer in November 2011.
Speaking after the event, Dean Downing said: “This year’s Out of the Saddle was a great success and we’re both really grateful to everyone who came along, got involved in the auction and helped to make our annual evening with the stars the biggest yet.”
After the event, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke tweeted: “Honoured to share a table with Brothers on Bikes Sam & Ollie at the Out of the Saddle do. Great night and heaps of cash raised for a worthy cause!”
Also in attendance from the cycling industry were Rapha Condor Sharp’s Directeur Sportif John Herety, Endura Racing’s team manager Brian Smith, Graham Briggs, Chris Walker, Malcolm Elliott, Pete Williams and Matt Stephens, former pro cyclist turned cycling television presenter. Emmerdale actor and keen cyclist Rik Makeram was also invited as a special guest.
For more information on the work of Out of the Saddle, please visit: https://www.outofthesaddle.org.uk.
Russel Downing races an electric bike:
Car for Bike at Wiggle
UK cycle shop; Wiggle received a Twitter from @shotbyjohnson asking “@wigglebikeshop This is my car. I would like to offer you a swap for a Mekk Poggoi 2G Ultegra. No joke Make it Happen”. Thomas Dibley, Wiggle’s cycle marketing manager, said: “I was in the office when this tweet came in. Our mutual reaction was ‘let’s do it’, so as soon as we figured out who would actually take ownership of this car, we accepted the offer.” He added: “I’m pretty sure we at Wiggle won’t be trading too many more cars for bikes.” @shotbyjohnson twittered after; “I still cannot believe @wigglebikeshop are sorting me out with a Mekk 2G Poggio Ultegra. Absolutely Amazing”. Thanks to BikeBIZ for the info.
They Got My Result Wrong!
I think I now this guy and maybe you know someone just the same? Another great video on xtranormal from ggwindc1.