A quieter week than we’ve had for a while: The Tour of Britain is in full swing, except when its windy and raining, Philippe Gilbert has shown again why he is the favourite for just about any race he starts and our man Jered shows ‘em how to do it in the Alpine Challenge. Lots of Worlds team news and a question of money answered! Read on…
Sizzling end to The 2011 Alpine Challenge in Annecy
The 2011 Alpine Challenge finished in Annecy on Sunday under clear blue skies and with riders experiencing temperatures of over 30 degrees.
Following the same innovative format as The London-Paris, the riders faced 4 stages, held over 3 days and covering famed climbs including the Col Des Aravis, Col de la Forclaz and Col de la Croix Fry.
Each day, the timed hill section decided the holder of the king and queen of the mountains, whom were awarded red and pink Le Marq jerseys respectively. The competition was hard fought each day with some fast climbing and top action.
Early leader of the King of the Mountains was professional Yanto Barker. He was challenged particularly by journalist Jered Gruber. Barker just edged the first 2 days, before television commitments took him out of the contest, leaving Gruber to secure the jersey on the final tough climb.
Mother of three, Kelli Bayliss impressed everyone with her riding style and consistency in the mountains. Riding in group one on many of the climbs, she secured the Queen of the Mountains, with an impressive pace on the final Col de la Croix Fry which lived up to its name with temperatures topping 30 degrees on its exposed slopes.
The riders enjoyed a full rolling road closure on route, support from the mythical Mavic Service cars and a host of other added features including some fantastic goodie bags provided by Chain Reaction.
Triple winner Stephen Roche rode the event and looking forward to the 25th anniversary of his Tour De France win he said; “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 3 days with the participants in The Alpine Challenge. The camaraderie, the scenery and the format made the event fantastic and I am looking forward to returning next year as part of my 25th anniversary celebration of winning the triple.”
The Alpine Challenge attracted some great new partners and sponsors. Chain Reaction started their relationship with great support of the event, LeMarq, a new clothing brand by Le Col, Wattbike were on hand to demonstrate the benefits of training on their machines and set a challenge on the final day as the official training partner, and finally Blacksheep provided the official timing.
Sven Thiele of HotChillee said:
“That was a tough challenge, but standing here at the finish with everyone laughing, smiling and congratulating each other makes this worthwhile. I rode the route, so I know what pain these riders went though to achieve an incredible challenge. Our team at HotChillee will now work on building an even more dynamic and ambitious event for 2012.”
Based out of the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy in the Savoie, the scenery and riding on The Alpine Challenge is breathtaking, with riders enjoying the benefits of rolling road closures, motorbike outriders and lead vehicles whilst riding in groups of similar ability and supported by a professional crew including masseurs, mechanics and Mavic neutral service.
The event provided the opportunity to ride a series of mountain stages (approximately 110-120km per day), and is created to offer a ‘Tour de France’-like experience.
Following a stunning warm-up ride around Lake Annecy on arrival, the event started with a 10km timed mountain stage which was used to seed riders into the appropriate groups. Three mountain stages then followed, crossing some of the infamous mountain stages such as the Cols des Aravis.
Further event information can be found at www.thealpinechallenge.com.
Tour of Britain 2011
After Mark Cavendish’s win in Stage 1 everyone was excited to see if he could hold onto it in Stage 2 from Kendal to Blackpool over 130 kilometers. Well, he ehld it OK, but with out pedaling very far! The stage was cancelled due to the wind and rain forecast for the North of England on Monday. Race Director; Mick Bennet explained that it would be dangerous on the exposed sections of the race route with very hight winds of around 75mph possible. The riders made a circuit of Kendal because of the amount of fans who had come out in the rain to see the race and then they all drove to Stoke-on-Trent where they will start on Tuesday.
Stage 3 was still windy and after Sky split the race the wind split the split! Sky then sent Alex Dowsett up the road which caused overall leader; Mark Cavendish to put his HTC men on the front to chase him down. Rabobank had an armchair ride to the finish in Stoke-on-Trent and Lars Boom won the stage and took over the overall lead.
Tour of Britain Stage 3 Result:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank in 3:23:42
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
4. Stephen Cummings (GB) Sky
5. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad
6. Ian Bibby (GB) Motorpoint
7. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GB) Rapha-Condor-Sharp
8. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
9. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard-Trek
10. Andrew Fenn (GB) An Post-Sean Kelly
Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 3:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank in 8:04:35
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad at 0:03
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:06
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank at 0:07
5. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare at 0:08
6. Andrew Fenn (GB) An Post-Sean Kelly
7. Ian Bibby (GB) Motorpoint at 0:13
8. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard-Trek
9. Stephen Cummings (GB) Sky
10. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Garmin-Cervelo.
World Road Champion; Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) won Stage 4 in Caerphilly after getting into the race winning beak on the last climb before the finish. Three riders went on an early forage into the Welsh countryside; Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-Sharp), Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post) and Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) had a sizeable lead before Rabobank, Leopard-Trek and Sky pulled them back within 10 kilometres of the line. Sky then put the pressure on the front to cut the lead group to 25 riders on the Caerphilly Mountain. Hushovd beat the overall leader; Lars Boom (Rabobank) into second place, but the Dutchman kept the lead.
Tour of Britain Stage 4 Result:
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Garmin-Cervelo in 4:32:22
2. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
3. Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp
4. Ian Bibby (GB) Motorpoint
5. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare
6. Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp
7. Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
8. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp
9. Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing
10. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard-Trek.
Overall After Stage 4:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank in 12:36:51
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:12
3. Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare at 0:14
4. Ian Bibby (GB) Motorpoint at 0:19
5. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard-Trek
6. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Garmin-Cervelo
7. Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky
8. Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
9. Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp
10. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator.
GP de Wallonie 2011
Yet another win for that man Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)! He rode away from everyone on the Namur Citadel by putting on the pressure until no one could follow the Belgian Champions pace. Saur-Sojasun’s Julien Simon was last wheel to hang on the Gilberts coat tails and finished second with Bjцrn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DMT) at the front of the peloton. Think I’ll have 5Ђ on Gilbert for the Worlds?
GP de Wallonie Result:
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto in 5:00:08
2. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 0:02
3. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
4. Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
5.Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) RadioShack
7. Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
8. Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
9. Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard-Trek
10. Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha.
Here is the race action on Sporza, thanks to Ivan for finding it for me.
World Championship News:
The Belgian Team
With no Tom Boonen in the line-up, Philippe Gilbert will be the team leader for the Belgians. Boonen has announced that this season has finished and he will not ride the Worlds. Gilbert has had a phenomenal season and is always a possible winner for any race he enters. The Belgian team is always strong and sometimes they even work for each other! Gilbert; is he worth that bet?
Kevin De Weert,
Greg Van Avermaet,
Dominique Cornu and Thomas De Gendt will ride the individual TT.
The Australian Team
No Mark Renshaw in the Australian team for the Worlds? A strange decision, one wonders if it has anything to do with the new GreenEdge team and that he isn’t in it? Possibly the selectors believe it won’t be a sprint finish? It’s a strong team with youth and experience that should be able to change tactics during the race, but the speed of Renshaw could be missed at the finale.
Jack Bobridge and Richie Porte will ride the individual time trial.
The Swiss Team
The Fabian Cancellara Team I guess! But saying that, the road team could be quite handy, although with only four riders it won’t be easy. You can never rule out Cancellara in the time trial though!
Fabian Cancellara and Martin Kohler will ride the TT.
The French Team
Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler will be the team-leaders of the French team at the World Championships, backed up by some strong team workers. Both riders have had a good season, but whether they can win on this course is debatable.
Reserves are Christophe Riblon and Jeremy Galland.
Laszlo Bodrogi and Dimitri Champion will ride the time trial.
The German Team
The course is supposed to be for the sprinters, so Andrй Greipel should stand a good chance if it does, but then so might Marcel Kittel and Danilo Hondo, John Degenkolb should also be a big help. A more certain winner of a medal will be Tony Martin in the time trial, this season he has been nearly un-beatable with wins in the Dauphinй, Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espaсa.
9 Riders for the road and 2 for the TT:
The Russian Team
The Russian team is really the Katush team in (slightly) different clothing as all the riders for Copenhagen are Katush riders. Recent Paris-Brussels winner Dennis Galimzyanov is obviously on good form at the moment and could pull off a surprise.
The Italy Team
Paolo Bettini has recovered from his plane crash and picked the Italian team for the World Champs and commented: “Gilbert public enemy n°1 at Worlds!” He is going with the sprinters picking Bennati, Modolo, Viviani and Oss. Visconti could also be there as he the form and can get in the breaks. If Pinotti has recovered enough he could be on the podium in the TT.
Marco Pinotti and Adriano Malori will ride the individual time trial.
The Dutch Team
Recent points winner at the Vuelta; Bauke Mollema will lead a strong Dutch team at the Worlds. If it comes down to a sprint the Dutch team has many options for fast finishers like Pim Ligthart, Robert Gesink and Mollema himself.
Lieuwe Westra and Stef Clement will ride the individual time trial.
The Spanish Team
Three times World Champion; Oscar Friere will be the leader of the Spanish team in Copenhagen. Three other Rabobank riders will be along with him; Barredo, Gerate and L.L. Sanchez, three Movistar riders; Erviti, J.J. Rojas and man on from, Lastras. Flecha from Sky and Reynes from Omega Pharma-Lotto make up the others.
Juan Manuel Garate,
Luis Leon Sanchez,
Josй Joaquin Rojas,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Jonathan Castroviejo and Gesщ Herrada will ride the individual TT.
The World Championship Schedule:
Junior Women time trial-Sep 19-Copenhagen-13.9 km.
U23 Men time trial-Sep 19-Copenhagen-35.2 km.
Junior Men time trial-Sep 20-Copenhagen-27.8 km.
Elite Women time trial-Sep 20-Copenhagen-27.8 km.
Elite Men time trial-Sep 21-Copenhagen-46.4 km.
Junior Women road race-Sep 23-Rudersdal-70 km.
U23 Men road race-Sep 23-Rudersdal-168 km.
Junior Men road race-Sep 24-Rudersdal-126 km.
Elite Women road race-Sep 24-Rudersdal-140 km.
Elite Men road race-Sep 25-Rudersdal-266 km.
Who has signed for GreenEdge this week?
Wesley Salzberger and Leigh Howard are the most recent signings for the Australian team. Salzberger has been riding for the French FdJ team for the last three years after he won a silver medal at the 2007 Under 23 World Championships. The 24 year-old Tasmanian thinks he should fit in well at GreenEdge as he pointed out: “I came through the under-23 national team with Shayne, and to be going back [with him], in a pro team with GreenEdge is a dream come true.” Howard is still only 21 years-old and has been a World Champion on the track and is looking forward to making it on the road. The soon to be; ex-HTC rider recently finished the Vuelta a Espaсa where he showed well in the sprint finishes. This brings the GreenEdge signings up to 20, although I know of one more that we can’t mention…yet!
Henderson to Lotto-Ridley
The New Zealander; Greg Henderson is teaming up with some his old mates at Lotto-Ridley next year. Henderson rode with Andre Greipel, Marcel Sieberg, Adam Hansen and Vicente Reynes back in the old Columbia-HTC team and now he heads to the new(ish) Belgian team for the next two years.
One More Year for Voigt!
The “Old Man” of the peloton has signed a one year contract with the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team for next year. He will be 40 years-old this year and has been a Pro for 14 years, but has the determination to race for one more year.
So How Much Do They Win?
We have been asked by quite a few people (especially Marco); “how much money do the riders actually take home at the end of a race?” It’s sometimes not an easy thing to find out, the race manual usually has a list, but you can’t get your hands on one of them that easily. Unless the race is trying to show how rich they are, then they don’t usually broadcast the winnings publicly. You have to also remember that sometimes the teams have to pay the race to start and in other races the race pays the team to ride. Then there are the hotels to consider, someone has to pay for them. OK here are the prize lists for two races; The US Pro Cycling Challenge and La Vuelta Espaсa.
This is straight out of the Technical guide for the US Pro Cycling Challenge in Euro/US Dollars.
1st = 3060/4080
2nd = 1548/2064
3rd = 760/1013
…20th = 76/101
1st = 3060/4080
2nd = 1548/2064
3rd = 760/1013
…20th = 76/101
1st = 9925/13,233
2nd = 5008/6677
3rd = 2465/3287
…20th = 247/329
Daily Jersey: 375/500
And now La Vuelta a Espaсa in Euros:
10th to 20th=360.
10th to 20th=3,800.
GC for Teams:
Points & Combined Jersey:
In La Vuelta there are lots of daily prises, plus every climb and sprint gets a prise as does the “Red No.” for each day, in the end the total prize money on offer at the Spanish tour is: 1,057,480 Ђ. Don’t compare these to tennis or golf and whatever you do don’t look at Soccer or Formula 1, and please don’t ask about riders wages because that just opens a completely different can of worms!
Out Of The Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers Returns For a Third Year
Press Release: Cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing will once again be hosting “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers” on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at The Charnwood Hotel near Rotherham.
Last year’s event saw the brothers joined by stars from the cycling scene, Chris Walker, John Herety, Kristian House, Adam Blythe and Lizzie Armistead. With family and many friends from the cycling community attending, the night was heartily enjoyed by all who attended.
Looking to build on the previous two editions, the night will once again feature a buffet, auction, disco and guest interviews conducted by Eurosport’s cycling commentator David Harmon.
Russell has enjoyed another fantastic year at ProTour level, debuting in his first Grand Tour with Team Sky at the Giro d’Italia. Older brother Dean has also had another successful year, winning 7 races with Rapha Condor Sharp on the British Crit scene.
This year the brothers have decided to support CRY UK, Cardiac Arrest in the Young. CRY was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD); Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS).
Tickets are limited and will be available from early September. For more information and ticket details, please visit https://www.outofthesaddle.org.uk.
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