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It looks like Jens Voigt and Matthias Brändle have started an Hour Record resurgence, who will be next? We have the week-end’s cyclo-cross action from Belgium with full video coverage and the latest team and rider news. Sad news from Kenya, but you can all help. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.

TOP STORY: The Hour Record
Last week Matthias Brändle took the Hour record with a distance of 51.852 kilometers on the track in Aigle, Switzerland, beating the previous record holder, Jens Voigt by 742 meters. This sudden interest in the record has started the ‘possible attempts’ rumour mill. The first has been that Bradley Wiggins will attack the record next summer on the track in Mallorca. The local newspaper, Diario de Mallorca, has said that Wiggins had told people at a function in the famous cycling restaurant Tolo’s in Port de Pollença, that he was very interested in setting a new record on the Mallorcan track and hoped it would encourage thousands of English fans to travel to the island on holiday to watch his attempt.

With Wiggins now concentrating on the track (apart from a possible Paris-Roubaix ride) with the Rio Olympic Games in mind, he will be in a perfect position to take his shot. The other most likely riders (you would think) to take on the Hour would be Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara. Their problem is that they are committed to a full road season and finding a slot that would suit their team and give them enough time to train specifically is very difficult. Having the best riders go for the record does make it more interesting for the public and validates the UCI rule change.

UCI president said after Brändle’s successful ride:”I hope that the achievements of Jens and Matthias inspire other great cyclists to attempt to overcome one of the most challenging tests in our sport. Cycling should adapt to the times and so we opted for modernizing the rules of the hour record. It is fantastic that we were able to witness two exploits of this calibre in such a short space of time. It also proves that the record is fully revitalised. What Matthias Brändle did is a tremendous accomplishment. He was the first rider to reach towards 52 kilometres, which is very special for cycling and the hour record. A performance like this shows our sport in the best way possible. The hour record is an example of cycling in its purest form, with riders getting the best from themselves. I think it’s one of the most difficult goals and requires perfect planning.”

So, who’s next? Whoever it is he has to be in the Bio-Passport system, so forget dusting down your old track bike in the garage just yet.

They will have to go some to beat Tony Rominger’s record on a similar bike:

header-bpost-trofeeBPost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross 2014
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) out-sprinted Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) at the end of a fast and furious BPost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross round 2 in Oudenaarde. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) managed to get on the podium in 3rd place after a late solo attempt.

A group of seven riders split on the first lap, but around twelve other riders managed cross to them. Kevin Pauwels was the dominant force in the group until Sven Nys split the group. Nys, Pauwels, Klass Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) rode off the front, with Van Aert and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) chasing, eventually they caught the other. Van der Haar was quick to attack and was joined by Van Aert, Meeusen and Pauwels, with Nys and Vantornout chasing again a handful of seconds back.

Nys managed to catch the leaders, but Meeusen had to ease up. Pauwels was the next to try his hand as Van der Haar led the chase with Vantornout, Nys and Van Aert on his wheel, but Van de Haar had done too much and cracked. Pauwels hovered in front of Vantornout and Van Aert as Nys struggled at first before catching the chase. In the last lap the chasers caught Pauwels which launched Nys away followed by Van Aert who put in the strongest sprint for the win ahead of the Belgian champion.

BPost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 58:59:00
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink Team at 0:02
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:11
4. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:17
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:26
6. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:53
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO at 1:13
8. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:14
9. Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:33
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 1:57.

Koppenbergcross, complete race:

header-superprestigeSuperprestige Zonhoven 2014
Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) lost out again on Sunday, this time to Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won the two-man sprint to the line against Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) to win the second round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross in Zonhoven on Sunday. Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) was third at 13 seconds.

Nys, Pauwels, van der Haar and Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) were again the main men of the race. Nys made a late attack, but Pauwels fought hard to catch him in the last lap. In the sprint Pauwels was by far the fastest and took a length out of the Belgian champion. Nys moved into the overall lead in the Superprestige series.

Superprestige Zonhoven Result:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games in 58:04
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink
3. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:13
4. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:33
5. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:58
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:12
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO at 1:15
8. Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:22
9. Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:38
10. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:44.

The full race from Zonhoven:

header-John Njoroge Muya Memorial FundFund Opened for John Njoroge Muya
John Njoroge Muya, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained after a collision with an oncoming car on the afternoon of October the 19th at the Tour of Matabungkay, a three-day stage race in the Philippines. A member of the Kenyan Riders cycling team, Njoroge was leading after winning the opening time trial. It was his first time ever to wear the leader’s jersey in a race. In the official statement that marked Njoroge’s passing, his coach, Rob Higley, said that Njoroge had been overcome with pride when he pulled on his yellow jersey at the start of day two.

Njoroge hailed from Kenya’s Central Province and got his start in cycling by carrying 50kg milk containers up to fifty kilometers from his home on the family bike, providing a strong endurance base for his professional career. Njoroge’s best previous result was third overall at the 2012 UCI Tour of Rwanda. He had recently competed in both the time trial and road race at the Commonwealth Games. Sadly, Njoroge leaves behind a wife and a one year-old baby boy.

A fund has been set up to assist Njoroge’s family, the proceeds from which will go not only to assisting those Njoroge leaves behind but also (if immediate needs are met) to create a scholarship program in Njoroge’s name that will fund secondary education costs for promising young Kenyan riders. The hope is that these funds will allow these young people to attend school while training and racing with the Kenyan Riders squad.

The fund, hosted by MoreThanSport.org, was created by cyclists who participated in the race alongside Njoroge and his team. It will be overseen and supervised by members that include the founders of the Kenyan Riders, their main financial supporters as well as the team manager and coach, with further direction from the creators of the fund. To date some $2,373 of the target of $20,000 has been raised.

Please go to https://www.morethansport.org/partner/kenyanriders to learn more about how to make donations.

More can be read about Njoroge’s remarkable start to his cycling career (and indeed about the remarkable story behind the genesis of the team) on the official Kenyan Riders website and also the Kenyan Riders FaceBook page.

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header-tinkoffsaxoTinkoff-Saxo Announces Four Key Technical Appointments
Bobby Julich joins Tinkoff-Saxo as Head Coach, Daniel Healey takes the newly created position of Head of Sports Science while Sean Yates and Patxi Vila will strengthen the team of Sports Directors. For Bjarne Riis, Team Manager, this marks an important change and a big step up in how Tinkoff-Saxo works as a team. It is ambitious and that is exactly what it takes to become the very best cycling team in the world.

A milestone is reached today in Tinkoff-Saxo’s ambitious plans for 2015 and beyond with the appointment of four accomplished professionals in strategic positions for the development of the team. The head coach, sports scientist, sports directors, coaches and trainers will work towards improving the way Tinkoff-Saxo’s riders train, recover and race.

Team Manager Bjarne Riis is “happy to have Julich, Healey, Yates and Vila in the team. They are incredibly capable professionals and I consider them an asset for any team as they come with tremendous motivation and great experience. They will play an important role in our new and ambitious setup going into the next season and this reflects our clear ambition to deliver results in 2015. They all have big theoretical and professional capacity and will be able to lift the level of our coaching and training.”

Bobby Julich is thrilled to work with Riis again as the two practically wrote the book on race coaching when the American first joined Team Saxo Bank in 2009 in the newly-created position of race coach. He enjoys taking on this new challenge and looks forward to making a successful team even better.

According to Julich, in the past, “the coach solely looked after the training and the program.” That approach was limited and in his new position in Tinkoff-Saxo, Julich would like to implement what he calls a “three-dimensional play.”

“My intention is to get involved deep in the life of the riders, not just with the training but with the life-skills advice, the tactical advice, recovery and nutrition. In this new system, I would like to be the person that looks after all the details,” commented Julich.

Daniel Healey will bring a wealth of experience having built a cycling specific, multidisciplinary skill set that covers exercise physiology, sports nutrition and hands-on coaching of professional road and track cyclists. He was head of nutrition from 2008 to 2012 for New Zealand’s high-performance sports system and that work within such a big institution allowed him to make the next step.

According to Healey, Tinkoff-Saxo owner, Oleg Tinkov, has built a “world-class roster and all we have to do, the coaches and science staff, is to make each member in that roster a little bit better than what they were before they came to this team.”

Sean Yates will strengthen the team of sports directors and coach a few riders alongside Julich and Healey. He will be no stranger in Tinkoff-Saxo, having worked in the past with Bjarne Riis, Steven de Jongh and Alberto Contador, among others.

For him it is “an honor to be asked by Bjarne to join Tinkoff-Saxo. It is probably the only team I would work with right now and when the opportunity came along, it was too good to turn down. Nevertheless, becoming the world’s best team will not be an easy task. It will require a lot of hard work, a lot of planning and a lot of communication by everybody involved. It’s going to be challenging but I like challenges.”

Patxi Vila joins Tinkoff-Saxo as sports director, after a career as a pro and with the invaluable experience of performance specialist at Specialized Bicycles. His role was to help teams and riders optimize all aspects of racing, from the position of the riders on the bike to the strategies used. “I like the future goals the team has,” commented Vila. “I think it’s good to be demanding with oneself because we are all competitive and we want to win. We have to set ambitious, but feasible, goals and given the background of this team, I’m convinced they are feasible. Such challenges not only put me under pressure, they motivate me.”

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header-lottobelisolLotto Belisol: Marcel Sieberg talks about the off-season
The 2014 cycling season only came to an end two weeks ago or one’s already thinking of next year. Last week Marcel Sieberg got back on the bike to gradually build up to 2015. The German rode his last race on 3rd of October, but already had a break of two weeks before that. He talks about how the off-season looks like for him.

Five-week break
Marcel Sieberg: “In total I had a five-week break. In between I rode the Münsterland Giro on 3rd of October. Normally I take a break of four weeks in the off-season. This year that was one week more, but compared to other years I’ve started the trainings on an earlier date.”

Moving
“During these weeks off, my family and I moved house, so it was a stressful period. There were still things that needed to be done in the house. Normally I go on a holiday in October, but that wasn’t the case this year because of the move. Also, our daughter is only a few months old, so we decided to stay home. During this off-season in enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. I do normal things, that I can’t do often during the season, like visiting family.”

Take it slowly
“The past few weeks I left my bike aside, but since a few days I’ve started training again. In autumn and winter I also like to ride the mountain bike in weekend. I’m gradually building up towards next year. I do rides of two to three hours to start slowly. When it rains I skip a ride. I still have plenty of time to get in shape. In November and December I will train on the rollers when it rains.”

Nice to be on the bike
“The distances of my training rides now depend on how I’m feeling. The next two months that will be more consistent and I’ll do power training as well. I will also take up core stability training then, which I do on a rest day for example. It’s nice to be back on the bike. At the beginning of the break you’re happy of course, but after a few weeks you want to start again.”

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header_lampre-meridaMatteo Bono in 2015 his tenth season in Lampre-Merida
Lampre-Merida has renewed the contract of Matteo Bono for the 2015 season. The thirty-one years old cyclists will have his tenth season with the team, in addition to some months he spent as trainee in 2005. Bono (4 victories in career, all of them in World Tour races) will be the blue-fuchsia-green longest-lasting rider in the team.

The prolongation of the contract is very important for Lampre-Merida because it enriches the team roster with a cyclist who gives a stable contribution of experience, energies and racing skills. He’s one of the best riders in the world for supporting the team’s captains, as the blue-fuchsia-green team manager Brent Copeland confirmed: “Matteo exclusively raced in our team during his career, giving us the opportunity to appreciate the regular improvement of his skills that set him now on a top level for his role. It’s also important to point out that he’s more than a domestique, as it’s confirmed by the four victories he obtained during his career and by the breakaways in the past season in Milano-Sanremo, Giro d’Italia and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, when he reached the summit of the Redoute as solitary leader of the race. He’ll be a good model for the young talents in the team.”

Bono looks forward to 2015: “My 2014 season has just ended in Tour of Hainan, I’m going to spend some days on holidays but soon I’ll start again working in view of 2015. After so many years, it’s such a magic feeling to receive the trust from the team, the sponsors and my colleagues, I thank them all for this amazing thing. My commitment is to give always the best for the team and for my team mates in order to achieve together the best results.”

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header-drapacClarke, Lapthorne, Meyer, Norris and Bernard Sulzberger will be back for Drapac in 2015
Drapac Professional Cycling welcomes the return of riders Will Clarke, Darren Lapthorne, Travis Meyer, Lachlan Norris and Bernard Sulzberger to the squad for 2015.

The five were instrumental to the success of the Australian-based UCI Professional Continental outfit this season and management is buoyed by their decision to re-sign.

Will Clarke –
The 29-year-old’s consistency has gone a long way towards arguably the best season of his career. Clarke was a standout in Drapac’s debut WorldTour appearance at the Tour Down Under in January, where he was the awarded the Most Competitive rider on three of the six stages. Clarke then went on to finish third in the Herald Sun Tour Prologue, claim a silver medal at the Oceania Individual Time Trial Championships and win the opening stage of the Tour de Perth. Internationally, Clarke wore the race leader’s jersey at the Tour d’Azerbaïdjan for two days after he finished runner-up on stage 2, he won the prologue and finished third on stage 6 of the Tour of Japan, at the Tour de Kumano Clarke won the prologue and was runner-up on two stages and then was a stage winner and twice runner-up at the Tour of Iran, where he also took out the Points Classification.

Clarke said that the he was looking forward to another season with Drapac. “It was an easy decision [to return] for me,” he explained. “I enjoyed racing with the team and got some good results.

Drapac’s Director of Performance, Keith Flory, said that Clarke will again be a rider to watch next year. “He’s had a fantastic year both with victories and some incredible team work and we’re excited to work with him on some new performance goals for the 2015 season,” Flory said.

Darren Lapthorne –
The 2007 Australian Road Champion will head into his seventh season with the squad in 2015. A key player in the nail-biting final few laps at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Lapthorne finished in sixth place in what was a gutsy performance. Lapthorne was on song at the Tour d’Azerbaïdjan, claiming third overall – the team’s best general classification result of 2014.

“I feel like I did most things right in 2014,” explained Lapthorne. “I think I gave myself every opportunity in most races to get results but just lacked a little luck this year which is why I had many top 10 results but no wins for the season. I still love racing my bike and believe we have a team that can achieve great things which I can contribute towards in 2015,” he concluded.

Flory praised Lapthorne’s ability to stand up and be counted. “A growing leader of the team on the bike, Darren has showed everyone at both the Nationals and Tour d’Azerbaïdjan that he’s a very dangerous rider,” he said.

Travis Meyer –
With a determination that is tough to match, Meyer’s continued place in the squad was unquestionable. 2014 has been far from an easy one for the 25-year-old who was hit by a car while training for the Tour of Turkey in Andorra on April 12. He sustained a fractured jaw, a fractured right arm and significant bruising. Since making his return for the team at the Tour of China I, Meyer’s hard work has him on track for a strong second season with Drapac. “My decision to remain with Drapac was an easy one,” he explained. “Drapac has been super supportive through my recovery after my accident in April and have given me the best opportunity to return in 2015 to full fitness. I never got to experience a full season with this great team, so I couldn’t miss the chance next year.”

Flory said that he was looking forward to Meyer’s progression. “After a career-threatening crash, Travis has worked incredibly hard to get back to the world class rider we know he is,” he explained. “Travis proved this over at the Tour of Hainan with some incredible team performances. 2015 will be an exciting year for Travis.”

Lachlan Norris –
Another consistent performer for Drapac in 2014, Norris has found himself in the thick of the action throughout the year. The 27-year-old collected a bronze medal at the Oceania Individual Time Trial Championships and then steadily built up his season for a solid block of racing in Asia. There, Norris finished top-10 in the general classification at the Tour de Kumano and then fourth overall at the Tour of Korea. However, the best was yet to come as he helped Drapac team make a firm statement of its intentions for the US racing scene over the next few years, claiming two top-10 stage finishes on the way to 10th overall at the Tour of Utah in what capped off a strong team performance.

Norris said that he was looking forward to another season with Drapac. “It is never a decision to take lightly, but is always a relief once the decision is made and I can focus on the job at hand,” he said. “My personal racing highlight from this year was definitely the Tour of Utah but it was great to see some continued improvement throughout the season in many areas of my riding. There are certainly some aspects I will be taking from this season and working on for next year,” he continued. “I believe both the team and me personally will have a better understanding of the planning and structure of my racing and training to help get the most out of my performances on race day.”

Flory believes Norris has plenty to offer the team in the season ahead. “Norris has taken some big steps forward this year and he’s really worked hard to achieve them,” he said. “His top 10 in Utah highlights his progression and we’re excited to see him continue to capitalise on those gains.”

Bernard Sulzberger –
In signing on for 2015, Sulzberger will head into his third season with Drapac. Sulzberger is the definitive team player and provides excellent leadership on the road. He was a silver medallist at this year’s Oceania Road Championships but his results belie the true impact of the amount of work that he does during a race.

“I have enjoyed my last two years with Drapac,” Sulzberger said. “It was an easy decision to continue working with the team for 2015. I enjoy riding for an Australian-based team and find the staff and riders are all of an easy-going nature which makes it a pleasant environment. The Tour of Taiwan is a goal for me in 2015 to try and defend my 2013 title,” he continued. “I feel it suits my riding style and me having to pull out this year due to tooth infection certainly makes this a big objective for me. Nationals next year would also be another big objective for the team and myself to do well.”

Flory is hopeful that Sulzberger has better luck with his health in 2015. “Bernie has a natural instinct for racing and although he’s had his fair share of bad luck in 2014 with illness and injury, he’ll still prove to be incredibly dangerous for 2015,” he said.

Will Clarke, Darren Lapthorne, Travis Meyer, Lachlan Norris and Bernard Sulzberger. © DPC:
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header-colombiateamAnother prospect for Colombia: Brayan Ramirez joins the Team
Team Colombia welcomes a new recruit: Brayan Steven Ramirez Chacon (Bogotà, November 20th, 1992), one of the brightest Colombian prospects, joined Alex Cano, Cayetano Sarmiento, Walter Pedraza, Camilo Castiblanco, Sebastian Molano and Carlos Mario Ramirez to become the 16th rider of 2015 Team Colombia roster.

Coming from Movistar Team América, Ramirez – 1.78 tall climber of 69 kg – conquered the gold medal at 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and two years later – at just 20 – claimed a strong second place at the Road Colombian National Championships, behind Felix Cardenas and ahead of former Team Colombia’s rider Darwin Atapuma.

In the last season, Brayan Ramirez showed his talent, taking second at the Under 23 Colombian National Championships road race, and finishing third in the time trial behind winner – and fellow Team Colombia newcomer – Carlos Mario Ramirez. In addition, he placed overall second at the Vuelta de la Juventud, and was runner-up in the Panamerican Games’ road race.

Ramirez was selected for the Colombian National Team for the Tour de l’Avenir, where he played an important role for Miguel Angel Lopez on the mountains, and took part in the World Championships in Ponferrada, launching a brave attack with three laps to go in the Under 23 race.

Brayan Ramirez strengthens Team Colombia’s line-up, but more might be still to come: General Manager Claudio Corti is holding discussions with more athletes, including some components of 2014 Team Colombia roster.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Martinez lands at Team Colombia
The face of 2015 Team Colombia looks younger every day, just like the one of the Escarabajos’ latest recruit. The 17th man in Claudio Corti’s roster is named Daniel Felipe Martinez, was born in Bogotà and will turn 19 on April 25th, 2015 – meaning Team Colombia will field one of the youngest rider of the pro peloton once again in 2015.

His name will not be a new one to all those who watched the Junior Road Race of 2013 World Championships in Florence, when Martinez lived the whole day in the break, eventually going on to finish 15th, and catching the attention of the Union Cycliste Internationale, that welcomed him at the World Cycling Center in Aigle (Switzerland), its training and formation center for young talents from all over the World.

Martinez’ climbing skills had already revealed in 2012, when he won the overall classification of the Vuelta del Futuro, one of the most important Colombian races for Cadets, while in 2014 he won the Junior National Championship road race (confirming his 2013 title) as well as the time trial.

“Martinez is an interesting rider, and he definitely had a valuable experience at the UCI World Cycling Center, helping him to start settling into European cycling,” Claudio Corti explained. “But for us he is a long-term prospect. We want to start a learning process that hopefully will bring good satisfaction to both him and the Team.”

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header-GCNOff the Back With GCN
The guy’s at Global Cycling Network have chosen some of their best videos for this compilation. Nice!

header-mondayquiz14-15Trivia Monday Quiz 14-15
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