mercoledì 22 ottobre 2014

Tour de France: Alberto Contador said...

Alberto Contador:
“The first stages are a bit different from the last few years. You have to be in good shape from the very first stage. It begins with a short time trial, but there will be time difference.
We must to be strong in the two uphill finishes, because, although they’re short, sometimes there are bigger time differences here than on the long climbs. It will be very important to have a strong team to stay protected. This is also important on stage 4 with cobblestones, which we will have to see before determining how difficult they are.
This first part of the Tour ends with a team time trial in which it will be important not to have lost riders in crashes or from illness, because a stage like this will be different if you have lost two riders in contrast to having a full team ready, The key to this first part will be to avoid losing time, as it will be in the mountains, where this particularly mountainous and demanding Tour will be decided.
The uphill finishes in the Pyrenees will be very important, just as is the finish in Mende, a finish that I know well. Despite being short, there will be differences on this climb. In the 2015 edition, the recovery from all that effort will be very important, especially if you look at the last week in the Alps. It will be very complicated in case you have to defend the lead, although the last week gives many tactical possibilities in case you have to attack. In general, it’s a Tour where you have to arrive in good shape and stay fresh and well recovered until the very end.
I like this Tour, it’s harder than what the last years have been and requires me to recover well from the Giro d'Italia. But I will prepare myself thoroughly."

Bjarne Riis:
“I like this parcours and I think it is going to be a spectacular race. I hope we will perform well in the team time-trials. The first week will be very demanding and stressful in order to get a good position in the peloton before for the first climbs. I also like to have cobblestones, because this year they resulted in a very interesting stage, although I hope it does not rain that day.
I like this course. It requires us to have a strong team and the absence of a long time trial is also good for us. I don't think the Tour has to always stay the same. In the same way that not every year there are cobblestones or a time trial. The Pyrenees and the Alps will be very hard and that will make a spectacular race: we need to have a spectacular race and I think that's a good change”.

Tour de France: Chris Froome about his (no) partecipation, aiming Giro and Vuelta

Froome in Florence, 2013
"There's no two ways about it, next year's Tour is going to be about the mountains. There's very little emphasis on time trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains. With 6 mountaintop finishes it is going to be an aggressive and massively demanding race.
The team and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to which of the grand tours I will compete in.  I see myself as quite a balanced GC rider and the Giro with it's inclusion of a long TT of 60km and tough uphill finishes will make it a well balanced race which suits me well.  If I did the Giro I may also be able to get myself back to top shape for the Vuelta and go there with a realistic chance of aiming for the win.
In the past I've only targeted one grand tour each season but it could be a good opportunity for me to focus seriously on two.  It's still early days though and we'll have to sit down and put our heads together as a team to work out what 2015 is going to look like for us.
I actually quite enjoy the challenge of riding on the cobbles. It's a difficult and stressful obstacle for us to overcome when it's part of a race like the Tour de France, but we're all in the same boat and there's no reason why I'd be any worse off than any of the other GC contenders. The cobbles were not the cause of my departure from the Tour this year, it was the crash on the previous stage which could have happened to anybody.  I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
We'll have to see who's going to be there but I think Alberto Contador will be the man to beat.  You can never discount the likes of Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and other GC contenders like Purito (Rodriguez) and Valverde.  Alberto is the guy who stands out though.  He came back after his injury in an amazing way to win the Vuelta España title this year and I expect him to be just as strong next season".

Tour de France 2015 Presentation (and a bitter taste)

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Ready to listen
The new jersey
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Route confirmed

First of all, I cried like a cow: images of the last Tour de France on the screan, so many emotions and the bitter taste of the end of a dream. Not one image and not one word for the crash that  ended Andy Schleck's career, that hurts. But also that has been the last Tour de France.
Even worse considering that Cadel Evans was there and  called on stage. He's going to retire, just one more race in Australia, named after him. The memory of the Tour he won in the last day ITT on Andy Schleck. It was 2011, the  Tour of his victory on the Galibier - and I was there. 
Fortunately they don't show images of it. The victory in that Tour changed Evans' life, as well as Andy's. In a very different way.
Not there instead Alberto Contador, nor Chris Froome. Weirdly Team Sky placed its team camp today.
Looking forward, not to the past, the next Tour offers climbers good opportunities: a tricky start with a taste of Classics, pavé and a lot of wind in the North, then Pyrennes, some average mountain in the center of the country and the Alps. Very few time trial.
The start is in Utrecht, the finish of course in Paris: there are 9 flat stages, 3 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages, 5 summit finishes, 1 ITT and 1 TTT.
First reactions sound enthusiastic. I like it too. Various, it's going to be open.
Finally, a bit of fashion report: almost all riders were wearing dark boring formal suit. The only exception: Blel Kadri, in shirt. Not bad also J.C. Peraud wearing jeans and a destructurated short jacket.




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Some pavé
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Some Classics' climbing
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A new summit finish in the Pyrennes
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On stage
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All stages
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Official poster
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Tony Gallopin

lunedì 20 ottobre 2014

Keep this smile! :D

More pics here:
http://www.teamgiantshimano.com/2014/10/insideout-gallery-lars-van-der-haar-wins-valkenburg-cyclo-cross-world-cup/

domenica 19 ottobre 2014

Cyclocross: WC Valkenburg - Elite Women Full Results

RESULTS
1 COMPTON Katherine USA19781203 0:43:50
2 WYMAN Helen GBR19810304 KONA FACTORY TEAM +00:13
3 DE BOER Sophie NED19901212 PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM +00:25
4 VAN LOY Ellen BEL19800916 +00:38
5 ANDERSON Elle USA19880329 +00:42
6 HARRIS Nikki GBR19861230 +00:57
7 CANT Sanne BEL19901008 +01:03
8 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZE19830420 +01:09
9 VAN PAASSEN Sanne NED19881027 BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM +01:25
10 VERSCHUEREN Jolien BEL19900507 +01:32
11 KEMMERER Arley USA19840223 +02:10
12 CHAINEL-LEFEVRE Lucie FRA19830702 +02:29
13 MICHIELS Githa BEL19830328 TREK-KMC TRADE TEAM +02:40
14 NUNO Aida ESP19831124 LOINTEK +03:03
15 PETIT Marlene FRA19910401 +03:51
16 PERRY Laura FRA19960220 +04:02
17 NOSKOVA Nikola CZE19970701 +04:02
18 MIKULASKOVA Martina CZE19930813 +04:13
19 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL19910423 +04:16
20 VAXILLAIRE Stephanie FRA19790615 +04:29
21 LABOUS Juliette FRA19981104 +04:34
22 ERLANDSSON Asa Maria SWE19740130 +04:36
23 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL19961204 +04:39
24 HEIGL Nadja AUT19960215 +04:49
25 VALENTINI Elena ITA19920330 BTC CITY LJUBLJANA +04:53
26 WITLOX Lizzy NED19950211 +05:21
27 HENZELIN Lise-Marie SUI19911108 +05:26
28 KUNTOVA Vendula CZE19931010 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN +05:30
29 HORMES Reza NED19670206 +05:44
30 PAYTON Hannah GBR19940323 +05:52
31 THIJS Katrien BEL19850203 +06:07
32 HOTTINGER Olivia SUI19980111 +06:10
33 HECKMANN Lisa GER19880514 +06:10
34 BAJGEROVA Adela CZE19970131 +08:20
35 GODART Suzie LUX19620720 +08:25
36 FIEDLER Yvonne GER19861115 -2LAP
37 BACHMANN Liv-Susanne GER19790420 -2LAP

Cyclocross WC Valkenburg: A Cool Victory for Lars van der Haar


Embedded image permalinkYes: coolness, focus, control. Today Lars van der Haar didn't make any mistakes. Clean lines, a regular pace too high too folow for almost everybody. Few laps and already he was leading with Kevin Pauwels and Tom Meeusen. Walsleben trying to bridge. In a sunny, crowded Cauberg. 
It isn't easy to confirm after one year when you took such a smashing victory, it isn't easy when you are racing in your homeland, in front of your people. He did.
Cool, focused, always in control. Moreover determined.
Tom Meeusen was fighting as a lion and his style is classy and pure, but he couldn't keep the rythm and got finally dropped. It was Lars van der Haar and Kevin Pauwels, two fast wheels in a very fast race. Unfortunately Pauwels fell, his back wheel sliding on died leaves on a descent. Van der Haar flew away and nobody could catch.


Embedded image permalinkBehind a three riders chasing group had formed: Meeusen, Pauwels, Walsleben and Vantornout. They were giving it all but van der Haar was too fast. 
Embedded image permalinkBina had already abandoned, Sven Nys' chain dropped and he was also forced to abandon. Four laps to go van der Haar crossed solo the line and since there his gap grew till 1'08''. At the last lap it was still 1'. 
Behind they werent's chasing anymore but fighting more tactically for the 2nd place. Van Amerongen and Van Kessel had joined the front group. 
At the last lap Kevin Pauwel attacked and gained a gap. Meanwhile Lars van der Haar was already smiling and rising one arm to celebrate a cool victory. Bravo! 2. Pauwels, 3rd Van Kessel.

Lars van der Haar:
“From the first lap it went perfect today. I came in front with Pauwels but then became alone, and I didn’t expect that. I pushed him too far and he made a mistake.
I didn’t take a drink as I knew I could manage the heat – I don’t think you need to do it for an hour. It turned out to be a good decision. 
I am happy with my demonstration today, it was a good race and this was my first peak of the season. I’m pleased to be the World Cup leader again and I hope to go on like this.”
"Of course I know that Sven Nys doesn't like the heat, so I decided for a fast start. Meeusen and Pauwels were not far away. It did not make sense to just keeping pushing. Moreover, I could save energy staying on their wheels.
But after a while I saw the others coming back and I didn't want. So I went in front and rose the pace again.
Then I just rode steadly. I felt really good on the bike today. I really could 'play' with my bike, took the curves perfectly, had the right line. It felt good, much better than last week in Ronse where I struggled with the bike. It's really something beautiful when you can go ahead with 1:10, in the last two laps then I really enjoied the bike and I'm proud of this victory. It's fine to start the season well but the season is still long and I would like to show beautiful things in the bpost Bank trophy and Hansgrohe Superprestige."

Kevin Pauwels:
"I had abdominal cramps. I've already had them in Erpe-Mere. Perhaps it's because of the heat. You have to drink a lot, perhaps that explains those abdominal problems. I had to go deep to follow Lars and made mistakes." 
Lars was clearly the strongest of us all. This fall was my own fault. 

I'm growing gradually into my best shape and looking forward to races like the Koppenberg."

RESULTS
1 VAN DER HAAR Lars NED19910723 DEVELOPMENT TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:05:42
2 PAUWELS Kevin BEL19840412 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:26
3 VAN KESSEL Corne NED19910807 TELENET - FIDEA +00:34
4 VANTORNOUT Klaas BEL19820519 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:38
5 MEEUSEN Tom BEL19881107 TELENET - FIDEA +00:38
6 VAN AMERONGEN Thijs NED19860718 TELENET - FIDEA +00:41
7 WALSLEBEN Philipp GER19871119 BKCP - POWERPLUS +00:48
8 ADAMS Jens BEL19920605 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +00:59
9 POWERS Jeremy USA19830629 +01:10
10 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL19921119 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:24
11 MERLIER Tim BEL19921030 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:31
12 WELLENS Bart BEL19780810 TELENET - FIDEA +01:38
13 BOROS Michael CZE19920809 +01:58
14 AERNOUTS Jim BEL19890323 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +02:05
15 WUBBEN Niels NED19880220 TELENET - FIDEA +02:18
16 MOUREY Francis FRA19801208 FDJ.fr +02:23
17 GRAND Arnaud SUI19900828 +02:25
18 CANAL Fabien FRA19890404 LOOK - BEAUMES DE VENISE +02:30
19 VAN DEN BRAND Twan NED19890122 +02:35
20 FRANZOI Enrico ITA19820808 MARCHIOL EMISFERO +02:48
21 PAPRSTKA Tomas CZE19920301 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN +02:55
22 AERNOUTS Bart BEL19820623 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:04
23 TARAMARCAZ Julien SUI19871112 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:08
24 PEETERS Rob BEL19850702 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +03:24
25 MOSER Andreas SUI19840122 +03:25
26 VAN LEEUWEN Patrick NED19850416 CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS +03:38
27 MEISEN Marcel GER19890108 CORENDON - KWADRO +04:02
28 WEBER Sascha GER19880223 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI +04:11
29 ZAHNER Simon SUI19830306 +04:12
30 FIELD Ian GBR19860618 +04:42
31 RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ Javier ESP19791102 +04:51
32 RULLIERE Melvin FRA19891222 +04:58
33 WINTERBERG Lukas SUI19880504 +05:24
34 BIANCO Marco ITA19821211 -1LAP
35 LHOTELLERIE Clement FRA19860309 -1LAP
36 GIL Mariusz POL19830506 CORENDON - KWADRO -1LAP
37 VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy NED19850321 -2LAP
38 HANSEN Kenneth DEN19911007 -2LAP
39 SAEGESSER Severin SUI19920711 -2LAP
40 BERDEN Ben BEL19750929 -2LAP
41 PAGE Jonathan USA19760916 -2LAP
42 BETALU Josep ESP19771021 -3LAP
43 VAN DER POEL David NED19920615 BKCP - POWERPLUS -3LAP
44 TAKENOUCHI Yu JPN19880901 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI -4LAP
45 PARBO Joachim DEN19741118 -4LAP
46 SILVESTRI Elia ITA19900329 -4LAP
47 EDMOND Angus NZL19760203 NZL19760203 -5LAP