giovedì 2 luglio 2015

Tour de France: Alexis Vuillermoz Diary 1 (translated)

One of my favourite riders is about to start in the Tour and he's writing a diary for a French site
It's a great chance to know him a little better so I decided to translate it. Enjoy!

"I discovered the Tour de France in 2013 with Team Sojasun. Six months earlier, I was still a trainee, far, so far from the Grande Boucle and from this hot passion that fills the roads in July. 
As a child, with my father, my cousins and some neighbours, we used to place  our tent on the slopes of the Alpe d’Huez. It was the 90ies and Richard Virenque was my idol. I beloved that cheer mood, waiting to see, finally, ethe peloton passing in front of us.
I started the Tour 2013 without any clear expectation, with the beginners' faith and determined to grab that unique chance. I keep a strong emotional memory. In the 3rd stage, in Corse, I had gone in a break-away.  Me, the beginner, I found myself in front in the greatest race in the world, between two wings of excited spectators  who were cheering me up. In spite I was all focuse on my body, on my heart and on my legs, I could feel what the popular excitement means in the Tour.  
I also loved climbing to the top of the Alpe d’Huez because that was a direct link to my childhood, my father and those moments of sharing and joy.  Finally I had the chance to finish the race and to taste the last day and the 'tour d’honneur' on the Champs Elysées.
In a few days I'll take part in my second Tour de France. The contextis obviously different. I ride now with Team AG2R LA MONDIALE and we have high expectations. Romain Bardet and Jean-Christophe Péraud, our two leaders, hope to be high in the final overall, as far as me, I must be there to support them in the mountains, where the race gets decided. 
In the last Critérium du Dauphiné, I felt I'm in good shape and that I was able to be in the finale with Nibali, Froome and the others even if they still are a step ahead of me. The important thing is to know that the top level is human and that my ambitions aren't unrealistic. 
In the last days I'm often asked about my ambitions. Like may riders, I dream to win a stage, to get a jersey, to race in a strong team ready to fight for three weeks for leaders who are in the game with the big names.
During these three weeks I'll keep you updated about me on a regular basis, very happy to allow the internet readers of Nordic Magazine to share my daily life. Because while I have the chance to ride my bike everywhere in the world my little spot of  Jura is always in my heart."

mercoledì 1 luglio 2015

Andy Schleck Features CTRL Eyewear

In Short: Tour de France - Bob Jungels' First

That was Halloween!
The first time I met Bob Jungels it was in 2010, he wasn't a pro yet, we were both attending the post Liège party by Asport in Diekirch and Ed Buschette - Luxembourgish Federation's chief - introduced me: "That's Bob Jungels, a very talented young rider". Sure it was! He won the U23 TT World Championship few later, then went racing for Leopard's Continental Team, finally passed to the pro squad. Now he's ready for his first Tour de France. 
There is a nice interview here.

In Short:

1. A Big Circus: "I have roomed a lot with Andy and Fränk (Schleck) and we talked a lot about it. [...] You realize it's the biggest event of the year, and it's not only the race that's going on - that's what you hear from the others who have done it -  that it's a big circus. There will be more pressure."

2. La crème de la crème: "I am not sure if it's harder, but I think that you have to understand that from every team you have the nine strongest riders, so obviously it's the crème de la crème that's there."

3. A Tactical Race: "Also, I have a feeling that teams are not going to take the same risks to force some things in the Tour than at the other Grand Tours, that tactically they will be more conservative especially compared to one-week races."

4. Sleep is important: "I took my own pillow for the Tour. It's because sleep is that important in three weeks. I mean, they always say that if you sleep one hour more each day you have an extra 2-3 nights rest by the end. That is quite a difference, and something you may not realize the first time that you are there and you go to bed at 12 instead of 11."

5. Goals and Hopes: "I really hope that I can be the last guy with the leaders to guide them into the final climbs. And yeah, if I have a chance to go for a breakaway, I am going to grab it. I mean the big goal would be to win a stage."

6. Nat Champ: "I am proud to wear my National jersey, and to do it at the Tour is overwhelming. The first day starts with a time trial and that will be a stage I am really motivated for and hope to do well in. To wear the  jersey at the Tour – yeah, it’s an honor, I’m excited."

martedì 30 giugno 2015

In Short: Bauke Mollema About Safety At Races

In his last blog for Cyclingnews TFR rider offers his view on the vexata quaestio of safety at races and it isn't banal. TFR has always supported the idea that radios are good for safety, now Mollema thinks it's just the opposite. He's quite harsh about UCI, organisers, Teams and also rider: they are doing nothing to make races less dangerous. And his suggestions are both simple and realistic. Have a look.

1. Not enough. "The UCI, race organisations, teams and riders are not really doing anything (or enough) to reduce the number of crashes. It’s like we say to ourselves, ‘oh yeah, there was another crash,’ and then we just continue on until the next big crash happens."

2.Dangerous routes: "Sometimes crashes happen because the parcours is too dangerous. [...] In that case, I think organisations should really look carefully at the parcours, especially the last 25km."

3. Stress: "I think the reason for many of these bigger crashes is because there’s more and more stress in the peloton. Riders are fighting more for a top-10 position than they were in the past." [...] The mentality is not like it should be. A lot of riders think that it’s almost the end of the world if they lose their teammate’s wheel. [...] Sometimes it’s the riders who are making mistakes."

4. A too big peloton: "In my opinion, the peloton is too big. I think it would be better to race with smaller teams and less teams, especially at the Grand Tours, but also the other big races. [...]  It would be a lot better because it would force teams to be more careful with their riders [...] As for the racing itself, having smaller teams would make races more interesting to watch, tactically."

5. No radios: "Also, I think riding without the radios would help with rider safety. [...]  I’ve spoken with other riders about this… team directors can create a lot of undue stress for the riders just by telling them through the radios to stay close together, to be at the front during certain moments in the race, whether it’s for the start of a climb or if a cobbled section is coming up. [...] I think it’s better to give more responsibility to the riders. Let the riders make their own choices as to where they need to be in the peloton. Let them review the parcours before the races so that they know when the climbs are coming, instead of the team directors feeding them all of this information through a radio during the races."

6. Time Neutralisation: "And why not take the times for GC at three kilometres to go? Or change the three-kilometre rule, as it is now, to five or 10 kilometres?"

Meanwhile Andy Schleck...

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Tour de France: Teams' Rosters Out

Le Tour de FranceIt isn't the start list yet because there are no numbers but here you have the riders who will be in the race. And I'm happy to see Alex Dowsett. No Frank Schleck, you know: knee's problems.

 Tinkoff - Saxo
  CONTADOR Alberto
  SAGAN Peter
  ROGERS Michael
  MAJKA Rafał
  BENNATI Daniele
  BASSO Ivan
  KREUZIGER Roman
  VALGREN Michael
  TOSATTO Matteo

Movistar Team
  QUINTANA Nairo
  VALVERDE Alejandro
  HERRADA José
  MALORI Adriano
  IZAGIRRE Gorka
  ANACONA Winner
  CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
  ERVITI Imanol
  DOWSETT Alex

Etixx - Quick Step
  CAVENDISH Mark
  KWIATKOWSKI Michal
  MARTIN Tony
  URAN Rigoberto
  ŠTYBAR Zdeněk
  RENSHAW Mark
  VERMOTE Julien
  TRENTIN Matteo
  GOLAS Michal

Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  KELDERMAN Wilco
  TEN DAM Laurens
  GESINK Robert
  MARTENS Paul
  KRUIJSWIJK Steven
  LEEZER Tom
  VANMARCKE Sep
  TANKINK Bram
  VAN EMDEN Jos

Team Giant - Alpecin
  BARGUIL Warren
  CURVERS Roy
  DEGENKOLB John
  DUMOULIN Tom
  GESCHKE Simon
  DE KORT Koen
  PREIDLER Georg
  SINKELDAM Ramon
  TIMMER Albert

BMC Racing Team
  CARUSO Damiano
  DENNIS Rohan
  OSS Daniel
  QUINZIATO Manuel
  SáNCHEZ Samuel
  SCHAR Michael
  VAN AVERMAET Greg
  VAN GARDEREN Tejay
  WYSS Danilo

Trek Factory Racing 
  ARREDONDO Julián David
  CANCELLARA Fabian
  DEVOLDER Stijn
  DIDIER Laurent
  IRIZAR Markel
  JUNGELS Bob
  MOLLEMA Bauke
  RAST Gregory
  ZUBELDIA Haimar

Lotto Soudal
  BAK Lars Ytting
  DE GENDT Thomas
  DEBUSSCHERE Jens
  GALLOPIN Tony
  GREIPEL André
  HANSEN Adam
  HENDERSON Gregory
  SIEBERG Marcel
  WELLENS Tim

Astana Pro Team
  NIBALI Vincenzo
  FUGLSANG Jakob
  BOOM Lars
  GRIVKO Andriy
  SCARPONI Michele
  WESTRA Lieuwe
  GRUZDEV Dmitriy
  TAARAMäE Rein
  KANGERT Tanel

FDJ
  CHAVANEL Sébastien
  DéMARE Arnaud
  GENIEZ Alexandre
  BONNET William
  LADAGNOUS Matthieu
  MORABITO Steve
  PINOT Thibaut
  ROY Jérémy
  VAUGRENARD Benoit

Team Sky
  FROOME Christopher
  PORTE Richie
  THOMAS Geraint
  KENNAUGH Peter
  STANNARD Ian
  ROWE Luke
  ROCHE Nicolas
  KöNIG Leopold
  POELS Wout

Team Katusha 
  KOZONTCHUK Dmitry
  GUARNIERI Jacopo
  HALLER Marco
  PAOLINI Luca
  KRISTOFF Alexander
  RODRíGUEZ Joaquim
  MACHADO Tiago
  CARUSO Giampaolo
  LOSADA Alberto

Orica GreenEDGE
  ALBASINI Michael
  DURBRIDGE Luke
  GERRANS Simon
  IMPEY Daryl
  MATTHEWS Michael
  TUFT Svein
  WEENING Pieter
  YATES Adam
  YATES Simon

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
  NAVARRO Daniel
  BOUHANNI Nacer
  LAPORTE Christophe
  SENECHAL Florian
  SOUPE Geoffrey
  SIMON Julien
  MATé Luis Ángel
  EDET Nicolas
  VANBILSEN Kenneth

AG2R La Mondiale
  PERAUD Jean-Christophe
  BARDET Romain
  CHEREL Mikael
  GASTAUER Ben
  GAUDIN Damien
  VANSUMMEREN Johan
  VUILLERMOZ Alexis
  BAKELANTS Jan
  RIBLON Christophe

IAM Cycling
  BRäNDLE Matthias
  CHAVANEL Sylvain
  CLEMENT Stef
  COPPEL Jérome
  ELMIGER Martin
  FRANK Mathias
  HOLLENSTEIN Reto
  PANTANO Jarlinson
  WYSS Marcel

Team Europcar
  COQUARD Bryan
  GAUTIER Cyril
  GENE Yohann
  NAULEAU Bryan
  QUEMENEUR Perrig
  ROLLAND Pierre
  SICARD Romain
  TULIK Angelo
  VOECKLER Thomas

Lampre - Merida
  BONO Matteo
  CIMOLAI Davide
  COSTA Rui
  DURASEK Kristijan
  OLIVEIRA Nelson
  PLAZA Rubén
  POZZATO Filippo
  SERPA Jose Rodolfo
  VALLS Rafael

Team Cannondale - Garmin 
  TALANSKY Andrew
  MARTIN Daniel
  HESJEDAL Ryder
  BAUER Jack
  KOREN Kristijan
  LANGEVELD Sebastian
  NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
  VAN BAARLE Dylan
  HAAS Nathan

Bretagne - Séché Environnement
  FEDRIGO Pierrick
  FEILLU Brice
  SEPúLVEDA Eduardo
  DELAPLACE Anthony
  FONSECA Armindo
  GERARD Arnaud
  VACHON Florian
  PERICHON Pierre-Luc
  BRUN Frederic

MTN - Qhubeka
  BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
  CUMMINGS Stephen
  FARRAR Tyler
  JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques
  JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
  KUDUS Merhawi
  MEINTJES Louis
  PAUWELS Serge
  TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel

Bora-Argon 18
  BáRTA Jan
  BENNETT Sam
  BUCHMANN Emanuel
  DEMPSTER Zakkari
  HUZARSKI Bartosz
  MENDES José
  NERZ Dominik
  SCHILLINGER Andreas
  VOSS Paul

lunedì 29 giugno 2015

Cyclocross: World Cup Calendar (without Canada)


...BUT NO MONTREAL. 
Organisers say logistic and financial problems forced them canceal it. 
I'm going to save some dates...