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Title: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on November 19, 2015, 12:20
Not sure where best to post this


https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/667273424851607552

Anders Lund (ex Saxo) to replace Morten Bennekou as Coach of the Danish U23 squad.

Press release here (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/anders-lund-er-ny-u23-landstraener.html)

Bennekou's shoes were always going to be difficult to fill, and while this is a surprising choice, I think it could well work.  Sure Anders may not have direct coaching experience at this level, but he brings a whole different skill set to the job. All that experience and tactical know how from his years as a professional could well provide that next level for a talented set of young riders.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LaVelocipede on November 19, 2015, 21:59
Next week - specially targeted Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge.  :P
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on November 20, 2015, 09:57
Next week - specially targeted Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge.  :P

Well obviously that's what this thread is for   :cool
... but at least you'll know and be able to avoid it  :lol
I was thinking of your sanity Conor  :angel
Title: Re: Anders Lund as U23 Coach
Post by: Not My Circus on November 20, 2015, 09:59
The more I read, the better I like the idea...
interview with Feltet (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/ny_u23-landstraener_vi_har_store_forventninger_til_naeste_aar/#CiY0kCKq1fCXdDxj.97)
Title: CX
Post by: Not My Circus on November 30, 2015, 09:38
#SpecialBreschel in CX debut at the the weekend...

FIERCE

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12314081_1098218566856756_8179387562093859752_n.jpg?oh=b4d2a35fa2333332342c48646dafdae0&oe=56D5A3C3&__gda__=1456867395_d2d78f1c7ef73934a91aa69c74e6da66)
Title: Danish UCI & Post Cup races in 2016
Post by: LukasCPH on November 30, 2015, 11:25
I pieced together the 2016 Danish racing calendar (also adding the UCI races in Sweden & Norway as they're usually dominated by the Danes).

There'll be only 4 Post Cup races next year. :(
The fifth date had been taken by the new 1.1 race Velothon Copenhagen ... but reading between the lines in this Cykelmagasinet article (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/global-cykelfestival-kommer-til-danmark), that race may be postponed until 2017.

Anyhow, here's the calendar:
Date Date Nat. Cat. Name
19/03 *de Nat Rund um Ascheffel
20/03 *de Nat Giro Nortorf
23/04 *dk PC GP Herning Post Cup 1
29/04 *dk 1.2 Himmerland Rundt
30/04 *dk 1.2 GP Viborg
01/05 *dk 1.2 Skive-Løbet
07/05 *no 1.2 Hadeland GP
08/05 *no 1.2 Ringerike GP
14/05 *se 1.2 Scandinavian Race in Uppsala
18/05 22/05 *no 2.HC Tour of Norway
27/05 *dk NC DM ITT U23 Haderslev
28/05 *dk NC DM RR U23 Haderslev
05/06 *dk PC Bornholm Post Cup 2
11/06 *dk 1.2 Fyen Rundt
12/06 *dk 1.2 GP Horsens Posten
18/06 *dk NC DM TTT Sjælland
19/06 *dk 1.1 Velothon Copenhagen
23/06 *dk NC DM ITT Næstved
26/06 *dk NC DM RR Næstved
27/07 31/07 *dk 2.HC Post Danmark Rundt
10/08 14/08 *no 2.HC Arctic Race of Norway
28/08 *dk PC Sorø Post Cup 3
31/08 04/09 *no 2.1 Tour des Fjords
11/09 *se 1.1 Velothon Stockholm
18/09 *dk PC Randers Post Cup 4
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on November 30, 2015, 18:22
LOVE this, thanks Lukas :)

only 4 Post Cup rounds and a maybe Velothon. Hmm we'll have to wait and see. I knew PDR was moving dates, but hadn't realised about Tour des Fjords... I meant to listen to the Fjords presentation today, and then completely forgot about it [shakes head at self]. Now the Danish pros are spread amongst many teams, it will be interesting to see who makes PDR, and also how DM tactics work out...

Is it 2016 yet???
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on December 01, 2015, 17:52
http://www.postdanmarkrundt.dk/index.php?p=nyheder/profil.php&nyhed=473 (http://www.postdanmarkrundt.dk/index.php?p=nyheder/profil.php&nyhed=473)

The 2016 Tour of Denmark will start with a 195 km stage from Herning to Esbjerg. The latter part of the stage will be along the North Sea, with the very narrow bridge at Kammerslusen a key point on the route:
(http://www.postdanmarkrundt.dk/images/nyheder/20151201-1012-85.jpg)
In 2011 the peloton split here, with a.o. Jakob Fuglsang and Richie Porte losing all chances of overall victory.


The race will have only 5 stages on 5 days - no morning road stage on the penultimate day anymore, only the ITT. Makes sense from a TV broadcast standpoint; this year the morning stage wasn't televised because the production company couldn't have two set-ups (or take it down after the morning stage finished and build it up again at the ITT in time).
Queen stage finishes in Vejle, final stage on Frederiksberg Allé.

DR will broadcast the race. No mention of EuroSport, but I expect that they'll carry it too.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 03, 2015, 14:04
Ed Hood from Pez talks with Mads Wurz Schmidt (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/interviews/pez-talk-world-champ-mads-wurtz/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.VmBGq_nhDcs) on winning in 2015, developing in 2016, and a future on the WorldTour in 2017.


Cykelmagasinet have words with Breschel on  CX, running, interval training and disk brakes   (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/breschel-skivebremserne-er-paa-vej) and also his plans for 2016  (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/breschel-jeg-skal-koere-tour-i-2016). Race schedule seems to be Mallorca, Valencia, altitude training, spring classics and then a GT - the Tour for choice.
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I must avoid crashes and illness, but I hope wildly much on it, and rejoice.
 
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 17, 2015, 07:39

Oh my goodness... Birdsong to the cobbles  :cool :cool :cool

https://twitter.com/veloropa/status/677386236202524672


He's talked about it before but never had it in his programme. I have always thought he has the skill set for the cobbles, and Flanders would suit more than say Paris Roubaix.

I shall watch with interest...
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: just some guy on December 17, 2015, 07:53
Oh my goodness... Birdsong to the cobbles  :cool :cool :cool

https://twitter.com/veloropa/status/677386236202524672


He's talked about it before but never had it in his programme. I have always thought he has the skill set for the cobbles, and Flanders would suit more than say Paris Roubaix.

I shall watch with interest...

The biggest understatement of the year Birdsong gets a hair cut and you would watch with interest  :lol

 :cool
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 17, 2015, 09:01
The biggest understatement of the year Birdsong gets a hair cut and you would watch with interest  :lol

 :cool

OI you!!!

What the ...


Hah... you are right... :lol :lol :lol


Except...

NOT THE HAIR!!! that hair is perfect the way it is...  :angry :angry

I still think he'll make a good go on the cobbles ...  :D :D
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on December 17, 2015, 10:05
Yours truly will take one of his last opportunities to watch a Danish track race tonight:
The Danish omnium championships! :cool

Among the starters:
Casper Folsach
Mathias Krigbaum
Daniel Hartvig
Simon Bigum
Elias Heslleskov Busk
Mads Pedersen
Amalie Winther Olsen
Michelle Lauge Quaade

Defending champions Lasse Norman Hansen and Amalie Dideriksen won't start. :(
That means we'll see new #champdk champions! :)

I'll be cheering especially for the #soigneur guys Elias Helleskov Busk & Rasmus Bøgh Wallin. :cheer
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 17, 2015, 11:08
Yours truly will take one of his last opportunities to watch a Danish track race tonight:
The Danish omnium championships! :cool

Among the starters:
Casper Folsach
Mathias Krigbaum
Daniel Hartvig
Simon Bigum
Elias Heslleskov Busk
Mads Pedersen
Amalie Winther Olsen
Michelle Lauge Quaade

Defending champions Lasse Norman Hansen and Amalie Dideriksen won't start. :(
That means we'll see new #champdk champions! :)

I'll be cheering especially for the #soigneur guys Elias Helleskov Busk & Rasmus Bøgh Wallin. :cheer

Ooooo lucky you - enjoy  :D

Give them all a cheer for me, I should like to see Krigbaum on the podium

But hang on .... wait ..... Mads Pedersen ??? Stolting Mads P ??? 

Now I am jealous :)

Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on December 17, 2015, 11:15
But hang on .... wait ..... Mads Pedersen ??? Stolting Mads P ??? 
The very same. But he's #cult Mads P for two more weeks. ;)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 17, 2015, 11:23
The very same. But he's #cult Mads P for two more weeks. ;)

Hahahaha I can't heart that comment enough

As for Mads, well you must cheer very loud for me too #GoMads

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on December 17, 2015, 11:44
As for Mads, well you must cheer very loud for me too #GoMads
I will! :D
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on December 19, 2015, 09:44
All the young dudes1....

https://twitter.com/CiclismoInter/status/677969036043489280

Good article on the current crop of hopefuls.
and why a Danish vueltómano might be regarded with suspicion in a country of clasicómanos y rodadores

[1]
 1. with honourable mentions for the slightly older  :lol
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 05, 2016, 15:14
Remember way back in November when the Danish Bike Awards happened and fan girl was let loose for the night (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=7637.msg210624#msg210624)?
At the time I said (perhaps warned would be a better word  ;) that...
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Actually there are two award events for Danish Cycling. Why? because they are utterly brilliant and deserve it obviously! [2]. One set arranged by the Danmark Cykle Union and the one I have posted here from the cycling website feltet.dk.

Well lo and behold today IS THE DAY the DCU announce their CYCLIST OF THE YEAR 2015
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f3/b4/b2/f3b4b2118dad153194c406c176c080b7.jpg)

This is a much more serious and staid affair to be held at the new HQ of Danmark Post, so fear not, there will be no fan girl reprise today.

The SERIOUS stuff....
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from here (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/invitation-aarets-cykelrytter-2015.html)
A committee consisting of Lars Bonde and Morten Bennekou (Danish Cycling Union), Mogens Jacobsen (Politiken), Benjamin Munk Poulsen (Berlingske) and Anders Lund (future Danish U23 national coach) has nominated five riders Year Cyclist 2015. 
Danish Cycling Union and Post Denmark is responsible for the conduct of the election and referendum .
All Danish Cycling Union license riders and managers are eligible to vote. The vote is closed. 

The nominees for this year's Rider 2015: 
Christopher Juul Jensen  (Tinkoff-Saxo) 
• Victory merged in Tour of Denmark 2.HC
• Danish champion in the time trial
 • Important helper during Tinkoff-Saxo Giro victory.

Jesper Hansen   (Tinkoff -Saxo)
• Victory merged in the Tour of Norway 2.HC
• Stage Victory in the queen stage of the Tour of Norway
• Breakthrough as a domestique on the mountain stages in the Vuelta Espana.

Mads Würtz Schmidt  (Team COLOQUICK)
• U23-world champion in time trial • Victory in the time trial in Post Tour of Denmark
• The stage victory in the Tour de I'Avenir.

Annika Langvad  (Specialized Racing)
• Victory in MTB World Cup department in Val di Sole
 • Merged third place in the World Cup 2015 • Silver at the World Championships MTB-Marathon.

Soren Kragh Andersen
  ( TRE-Blue Water)
• Total no. 2 of the Tour de Fjord Cat. 2.1
• Stage victory in the prologue of the Tour de I'Avenir
• The stage victory in the Tour de I'Avenir.

I'll report back with the results in due course ...
Spoiler (hover to show)

EDIT: AND THE WINNERS ARE... :Party: :Party: :Party:
Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 05, 2016, 18:54
My unofficial report:
The right rider won, the cake was to die for, and Chris JJ was his usual funny self. :)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Guilherme Ribeiro on January 05, 2016, 18:57
So what prediction you have to Mads Wurtz results in the new season?
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 05, 2016, 19:06
My unofficial report:
The right rider won, the cake was to die for, and Chris JJ was his usual funny self. :)

Yes indeed, you can't argue with the rainbows. IIRC Birdsong took the prize in his rainbow year as well. It's just ... #sigh

Glad to hear Chris was on form, hopefully we'll hear what his race schedule is soon.

You know I need pictures of the cake now, or  a description at the very   ;)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 05, 2016, 19:07
So what prediction you have to Mads Wurtz results in the new season?
He'll probably go for much of the same as 2015:
The *dk ITT champs, Tour of Denmark ITT, #rainbow U23 ITT Worlds - and the U23 Nations Cup races. Plus whatever UCI races #trefor are going to do ...

Mads Würtz won't be as all-conquering as Søren Kragh was, he's not really the sprinter type. But he could nevertheless get some good results in the Norwegian UCI races etc. simply because he's good enough to be at the sharp end.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 05, 2016, 19:09
Glad to hear Chris was on form, hopefully we'll hear what his race schedule is soon.

You know I need pictures of the cake now, or  a description at the very   ;)
CJJ did say on stage that with two Giros under his belt, he was hoping for the Tour ... :shh

No cake pics, sorry. It was a brownie-type cake, very full and chocolate-y. I should have filled my pockets!
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 05, 2016, 19:15
So what prediction you have to Mads Wurtz results in the new season?

More of the same (TTs, short stage races if they're on the calender, and some aggressive one day racing. I'd imagine he'll target nationals,  his home Tour, and Worlds again.

 Actually I'm pleased he's taken another year at the Conti level, rather than sailing off to the pro ranks. He seems like a rider that needs his head in the right place to stay motivated and on track. He'll surely benefit working with Team Trefor particularly given the head coah / sports director Ricky Enø Jørgensen moves from Coloquick with him. Another year of development, race craft and hopefully some victories will be just the ticket.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 05, 2016, 19:20
CJJ did say on stage that with two Giros under his belt, he was hoping for the Tour ... :shh

No cake pics, sorry. It was a brownie-type cake, very full and chocolate-y. I should have filled my pockets!

Chris at the Tor would be the best... in fact imagine how many Danes could be on the start line?

MMMMMM brownies are the best, but very rich
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Guilherme Ribeiro on January 05, 2016, 19:21
Thanks
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: DB-Coop on January 05, 2016, 23:36
Chris at the Tor would be the best... in fact imagine how many Danes could be on the start line?

In the news today it made it sound like he had talks with OGE and that he most likely was going to start the Tour, I think it makes sense, Giro really looks worse than the tour for Chavez so he should probably start the Tour, CJJ was signed in part to get a dom that had been on a top GC team in a GT, so I think it makes sense for both to be on the start line for the Tour.

As far as Danes on the start line, my guess:
Chris Anker Sørensen
Christopher Juul Jensen
Jakob Fuglsang
Michael Mørkøv
Lars Bak
and maybe Valgren too
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 06, 2016, 09:37
In the news today it made it sound like he had talks with OGE and that he most likely was going to start the Tour, I think it makes sense, Giro really looks worse than the tour for Chavez so he should probably start the Tour, CJJ was signed in part to get a dom that had been on a top GC team in a GT, so I think it makes sense for both to be on the start line for the Tour.

As far as Danes on the start line, my guess:
Chris Anker Sørensen
Christopher Juul Jensen
Jakob Fuglsang
Michael Mørkøv
Lars Bak
and maybe Valgren too

Nicely put  :cool
Being an excellent dom and the 'winning' experience he can bring was most certainly a huge part of why he got the OGE gig. The final piece of the jigsaw was how OGE would campaign at the 2016 GTs... where Chavez would be suited and how they work with the Yates brothers.

As for Danes at the Tour... I'd expect Fuglsang, Bak, Mørkøv for sure, v. High probability of CAS and CJJ, I'm sure I read Valgren is slated to accompany Contador in 2016 and so I'd expect the Tour again if all goes well. I would add Breschel but at a lower probability, he seems to be in with a chance according to interviews. And that's 3/4 more than last year  :cool

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 20, 2016, 15:26
YAAY  :D 
Good to see CJJ in the  #greenedge kit. Sense of humour still intact, lets hope the wrist is healing nicely.  Look closely and there is also a bit of Magnus Cort too  :cool

https://twitter.com/JensenJuul/status/689824520442626049
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 23, 2016, 13:37
Rumours of Michael Skelde back with a new team abound.  This makes me very happy  :D

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It's like coming home and start fresh.
Too bloody right

https://twitter.com/Procyclingeu/status/690851650504933376

https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/690637267430461440
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 25, 2016, 13:46
Three posts that made me laugh and one that left me shocked to the core  ;)

Hairy legs, mass crash and Disney movies: Read Chris Anker's personal SMS diary
https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/691613635119046656
 #fortuneo Chris Anker Sorensen is the boss #thatisall

#tinkoff VALGREN SINGS  :lol
Flo already knows about this one, but really it deserves to reach a wider audience #OhMichael #LostBoy
(http://i64.tinypic.com/33xzhwl.jpg) (https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0jomrhiKO/)
Click on Michael for the whole experience

Chris Juul at the  #greenedge OGE training camp
https://twitter.com/ORICA_GreenEDGE/status/690099956124884992
Good to see he's fitting right in to that laid back Aussie vibe

 #stolting Guldhammer a Belieber (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=7681.0;message=215027)
I really don't know where to go with this....
Thanks (I think) for flagging this one up Search
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2016, 10:43
The *dk race calendar is out:
http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/foreloebig-terminsiste-landevej-2016.html (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/foreloebig-terminsiste-landevej-2016.html)

Note that the 1.1 Velothon Copenhagen has been moved to 4th September and will be replaced by the (non-UCI and very special) "Stjerneløbet" ("Star race") around Roskilde.
Seriously, look it up - it's a unique format.
An explanation (in *dk) can be found here: http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/hvad_gaar_stjerneloebet_ud_paa/ (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/hvad_gaar_stjerneloebet_ud_paa/)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on January 27, 2016, 11:16
The *dk race calendar is out:
http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/foreloebig-terminsiste-landevej-2016.html (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/foreloebig-terminsiste-landevej-2016.html)

Note that the 1.1 Velothon Copenhagen has been moved to 4th September and will be replaced by the (non-UCI and very special) "Stjerneløbet" ("Star race") around Roskilde.
Seriously, look it up - it's a unique format.
An explanation (in *dk) can be found here: http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/hvad_gaar_stjerneloebet_ud_paa/ (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/hvad_gaar_stjerneloebet_ud_paa/)

I was just coming over to add your tweets Lukas  :D After reading the link, I do vaguely remember something from last year but it was one of those races I never really followed.  It does sound an exciting and unique event, presumably the five routes offer something different and I imagine it's a real blast to be there live.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on March 23, 2016, 21:05
A couple of quick updates...

Chris Juul Jensen
https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/712182231704412161

Unfortunately CJJ will be out of the cobbled races this season  :(
The injury he sustained on his wrist in last year's Milan San Remo smash, hasn't responded well to the intervention he underwent in the offseason, and is still very painful over the cobbles. He will ride the Ardennes instead in support of OGE. He says
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It was a sour pill to swallow compared to that of course was the big goal in the spring, and it''s not a comfortable or easy situation to be in when I'm new rider on the team. But fortunately takes both I and the team is relatively quiet (OK about it??).


Matti Breschel
Replaced by Cannondale at the last minute for Milan San Remo due to a fever, looks like #SpecialBreschel will be back for Gent-Wevelgem... Cykelmagasinet report here (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/breschel-har-haft-41-i-feber-peeeaergerligt)

I say back, but after 5 days in bed running a fever in 41s, he's lost a lot of form and is pretty fvcking peeed about it. Jeebus he can not get a break sometimes :( :(
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- You are not the master of such a time illness. I've really tried to take care of myself, kept me away from sick people have been vaccinated and have used hand alcohol. But it has not been enough, because I've been lying in bed for five days and had 41 in fever. 

- This has not been the best preparation - it is clear. I've been training since November, and it's flipping annoying and frustrating that this is happening. You are not the master of such a time illness. Now I hope for a miracle, even though I am aware that it will be difficult. I am greatly retarded. I comfort myself with the fact that I felt good start in Paris-Nice and came highly of it. But the disease will affect the next few weeks running.


Fingers crossed for both of them
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on April 13, 2016, 14:36
Don't know if this is the right discussion to ask but does someone know what's up with Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, who has not raced at all this year, and Rasmus Guldhammer, not in Fleche Brabanconne. Injuries, what?
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on April 13, 2016, 16:32
Don't know if this is the right discussion to ask but does someone know what's up with Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, who has not raced at all this year, and Rasmus Guldhammer, not in Fleche Brabanconne. Injuries, what?
AKA DNFed in Bessèges, a race famous for ruining many of Bobbie Traksel's seasons. Don't know if he crashed out of it there, but that may be a reason.
Guldhammer has had some health issues, I believe.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on April 15, 2016, 11:56
From the TTT at ZLM Roompot this morning

Anders Lund #oldschool  :D

https://twitter.com/ParentiniTT/status/720924295636103168
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on April 15, 2016, 15:20
From the TTT at ZLM Roompot this morning

Anders Lund #oldschool  :D
I'm not 100% sure it is Anders Lund - as he would normally be driving the car (and therefore sitting on the left). But it does look an awful lot like him on the pic.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on April 15, 2016, 16:51
I'm not 100% sure it is Anders Lund - as he would normally be driving the car (and therefore sitting on the left). But it does look an awful lot like him on the pic.

Hmmm Looks like Anders, still made me smile. Maybe he gave up driving so he could shout with loud hailer
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on April 15, 2016, 17:31
AKA DNFed in Bessèges, a race famous for ruining many of Bobbie Traksel's seasons. Don't know if he crashed out of it there, but that may be a reason.
Guldhammer has had some health issues, I believe.

Seem to remember AKA's team saying after Bessage that he had a knee problem. However he is listed for Tro Bro Leon (though not confirmed I see)


UPDATED:
He didn't ride in the end. It's all rather worrying, nothing from team, no whisper in the DK press... Where is AKA??
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge - Asbjørn Kragh Andersen
Post by: Not My Circus on April 22, 2016, 14:13
For those asking there is some news on Asbjørn Kragh Andersen at last.

There's an interview posted up on the TV2 website here (http://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2016-04-22-kragh-andersen-paa-vej-tilbage-fra-mareridtsskade-det-har-vaeret-psykisk-haardt)

He injured his knee rather badly at a team camp, running on a TT bike that hadn't been quite set up for him (and by not quite I guess not at all). Been through a tough patch for sure

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With his new teammates on the southern French crew was Asbjørn Kragh Andersen in training camp ahead of the season. New team equals new bikes, both for Road Race and Time Trial. The latter was on today's schedule. Training in the discipline Time trial bike brand KTM was a new acquaintance for the Danish rider. Therefore, the bike does not tuned to him.

- And so it was with oval ring. I had not tried to run with before. We trained team time trial and you naturally want to show that you can sit with and not show weakness. So I gave it everything I could. Since then, something was wrong in my left knee, says Asbjørn Kragh Andersen.

A look at the 24-year-old rider's track record for this season reveals the severity of the injury. There is not any. Back in early February asked Asbjørn Kragh Andersen to start in the French stage race Etoile de Bessèges, but had to retire with knee pain after 100 kilometer. [and has not raced since - midge]

For the critical bike reader it may seem like a bit of an amateur mistake from Kragh Andersen's French team to let the Dane blaze a wattbazooka on a time trial bike that is not properly set for him. The protagonist himself can see the problem that the team let him train through an error keen bike, but stresses that he does not feel the need to criticize the team.

- We have taken a chat about it and everything is okay now.

- It's a little limited what the team can do. I will not point the finger at them, because I really do think they have done what they can. I'm not disappointed with my team, because I really do think that they have a top professional set up, says Asbjørn Kragh Andersen.

He's back in training, and hopefully we'll see him racing soon.

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge - Asbjørn Kragh Andersen
Post by: LukasCPH on April 22, 2016, 15:52
For those asking there is some news on Asbjørn Kragh Andersen at last.

There's an interview posted up on the TV2 website here (http://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2016-04-22-kragh-andersen-paa-vej-tilbage-fra-mareridtsskade-det-har-vaeret-psykisk-haardt)

He injured his knee rather badly at a team camp, running on a TT bike that hadn't been quite set up for him (and by not quite I guess not at all). Been through a tough patch for sure

He's back in training, and hopefully we'll see him racing soon.
That went well. Not. :fp

I had been skeptical about his move to a (relatively) small team. Turns out I was right. :(
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on April 22, 2016, 18:02
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That went well. Not. :fp

I had been skeptical about his move to a (relatively) small team. Turns out I was right. :(

I know what you mean. I don't know what the Delko set up is like at all regarding back room staff and coaching... but it's unlikely to be FDJ or Fortuneo. I guess he didn't want to turn the offer down - another year and maybe he wouldn't have  got any offers at all. But sheesh it must have been a hell of an injury to have kept him out for so long. I hope he had some back up regards proper rehab, but maybe not :( It doesn't sound like he's going to be racing soon...  It's a Damn shame
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on April 22, 2016, 18:44
I know what you mean. I don't know what the Delko set up is like at all regarding back room staff and coaching...
The cycling club it's based on is one of the very best in France, VC La Pomme, famous for giving many foreigners a chance to ride.[1]
If they still were a club team or a Conti team, and Asbjørn were 3 years younger, I'd have said "great move".

But their move to PCT feels a bit like they're punching above their weight. Minimum squad of 16, title sponsor announced rather late last year ...
They may[2] operate more like an oversized Conti team than a truly professional team.

Putting someone on a TT bike that isn't fitted for them is just not done. Nor is giving them oval cranks for a 100% TTT session when they haven't tried those ever before.
In the TV2 article, there's a picture of AKA getting a bike fit. That's the sort of stuff you do in November when you have your pre-season meeting, not in April when the guy's been out of training with a busted knee for two months!
 1. Dan Martin, Daryl Impey, Fumiyuki Beppu, Assan Bazayev, Rafaâ Chtioui, Ignatas Konovalovas, Gatis Smukulis, David Tanner, Alex Howes, Evaldas Siskevicius, Sam Bennett, Ramunas Navardauskas, Toms Skujins ... and that's just those who turned pro!
 2. and this is purely speculation on my part
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on April 23, 2016, 14:09
Thanks for the link and responses. That's too bad, hope he can get into condition for the second part of the year. I don't know if it's fair to blame the team too much, I have heard about similar injuries before also for things like with different saddles or shoes. It takes so little to distort pedaling movement.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on June 04, 2016, 08:52
The second round of the Post Cup is tomorrow ... on the lovely island of Bornholm.

Local hero #orica Magnus Cort is riding in Luxembourg, but the domestic teams will all head east to do battle for Post Cup points and, not least, points for the PDR qualification.

The race is 185.6 km, consisting of 8 laps of the big circuit:

followed by 5 laps of the small circuit:

2209 m of altitude, so this is anything but flat.
And the highest point of the route is 123 m (!) which is quite much for Denmark, especially since the route also touches the sea.

Let it be a good race! :)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on June 05, 2016, 23:34
1 #riwal Troels Vinther 4:33:53
2 *fo Torkil Veyhe 0:00
3 #colocult Christian Nyvang Lund 0:00
4 #riwal Rasmus Mygind 0:17
5 #riwal Patrick Clausen 0:27
6 #riwal Morten Øllegaard 0:27
7 #soigneur Rasmus Bøgh Wallin 0:27
8 *dk Nicklas Overgaard Amdi Pedersen 0:27
9 #bornholm Stefan Djurhuus 0:27
10 #colocult Aske Louring Vorre 0:27
Both Torkil Veyhe and Nicklas Overgaard ride for WeBike-CK Aarhus.

#trefor had a team in the Boucles de Mayenne, but nevertheless this #riwal domination is impressive.

Look at the flags. Second-placed Torkil Veyhe is indeed from the *fo Faroe Islands!
Here's a post-race interview (in *dk): Overraskende andenplads: Jeg er stolt (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/overraskende_andenplads_jeg_er_stolt/)



This Post Cup race is part of the qualification process for the Tour of Denmark. I've compiled a list of the Danish (and semi-Danish) Conti teams, ranked according to the criteria used by DCU (virtual points are awarded at Post Cup races and *dk champs as if they were 1.2 races):
Team UCI Her Him Vib Ski U23 TT U23 RR Bor total
#riwal Riwal Platform 192 63 43 0 20 0 60 85 463
#trefor Team TREFOR 84 40 0 55 25 90 40 0 334
#bornholm Almeborg-Bornholm 73 5 5 0 43 20 0 3 149
#colocult coloQuick-CULT 3 3 0 6 15 0 15 28 70
#soigneur Soigneur-CPC 0 25 0 0 0 28 3 5 61
#christina Christina Jewelry 31 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 41
#scatto Giant-Scatto 3 3 0 10 0 3 10 0 29

DCU have said that the minimum number of Conti teams is three, with the possibility of adding a fourth team.
#riwal and #trefor are all but certain of an invitation, there's just no way the other teams can reach them. #bornholm is also pretty comfy in third place, although a poor showing in the remaining campaign[1] might just see them leapfrogged by #colocult and/or #soigneur.

Unless they pull out all the stops, #christina look unlikely to get into the race; and the only team that almost certainly won't be invited is Giant-Scatto who pick up minor placings here and there, but nothing more than that, and don't seem up to scratch compared to the other Conti teams.
 1. Fyen Rundt, GP Horsens Posten, ITT champs, RR champs
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 12, 2016, 11:29
#Special Breschel news...

there's been A LOT of speculation in the DK press abut which Danes will run the TDF. All we know for certain so far is  #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept have confirmed Chris Anker Sorensen, and poor  #lotto Lars Bak is def out after his crash at the Giro.  Chris Juul and Jakob Fuglsang look to be safe bets. But the pundits have been a bit meh about Breschel after his dreadful, sickness hit start to the season  :angry However, he's been bouncing back recently with solid top 6 performances in Heistse Pijl and GP Gippingen  :cool and yesterday this

http://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2016-06-11-matti-breschel-regner-stadig-med-at-skulle-koere-tour-de-france

So all he has to do is stay well and keep out of crashes   :-x

Come on Matti

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 13, 2016, 09:00
Well this is just PANTS !!!
:angry :angry :angry

(http://i65.tinypic.com/23sgktg.jpg)

Article here (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/intet-postnord-danmark-rundt-paa-eurosport)

If I have understood correctly ....
No sponsorship money from Visit Denmark this year due to their cutbacks.
And no one to chase other sponsorship to fill the void.

It will be broadcast on Danish Radio everyday though... which is not much help to anyone outside of Denmark.

Another blow for Danish cycling, after the DCU's ginormous budget deficit and subsequent scaling back of operations.
 #IAMSAD
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on June 13, 2016, 09:16
This is a major blow.

They re-schedule the race, scrapping the morning stage on Saturday for a long (too long, in my opinion) ITT for the benefit of the TV broadcast - and then the race will only be shown in Denmark? That's poor. Very poor.

Worre says that it's Eurosport's job to find the money to broadcast the race, not his.
He may technically be right, but as race director, surely it's in his interest to have the race get out to as large an audience as possible? If he can give the broadcaster a hand with finding the money, he should do that and not sit on his hands saying 'not my responsibility'.

The race also still has two spots for international pro teams that should have been filled a long time ago. Looks like the big teams they were talking to simply said 'no, thanks' for whatever reasons (financial?).
Good for the Danish Conti teams who'll have a bigger shot at getting into the race - but a very bad sign for DCU and the Tour of Denmark.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 14, 2016, 09:19
This is the opposite of pants  :D

Michael Skelde to act as DS to Magnus Cort and Chris Juul at the Danish National Champs...

https://twitter.com/Cykelmagasinet/status/742631467340201984?lang=en
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on June 16, 2016, 13:54
I've updated my ranking of Danish Conti teams with the past weekend's races (and checked for additional points from outside Denmark).

It's not quite clear whether or not the ITT and TTT championships count for the 'sporting ranking' or not, so I've compiled one ranking with them and one without them.

Team UCI Her Him Vib Ski RR Bor Fye Hor total
#riwal Riwal Platform 192 63 43 0 20 60 85 15 10 488
#trefor Team TREFOR 107 40 0 55 25 40 0 3 3 273
#bornholm Almeborg-Bornholm 76 5 5 0 43 0 3 0 25 157
#colocult coloQuick-CULT 3 3 0 6 15 0 28 0 15 85
#scatto Giant-Scatto 3 3 0 10 0 10 0 10 0 36
#soigneur Soigneur-CPC 0 25 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 33
#christina Christina Jewelry 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31

Team UCI Her Him Vib Ski TT RR Bor Fye Hor total
#riwal Riwal Platform 192 63 43 0 20 0 60 85 15 10 488
#trefor Team TREFOR 107 40 0 55 25 90 40 0 3 3 363
#bornholm Almeborg-Bornholm 76 5 5 0 43 20 0 3 0 25 177
#colocult coloQuick-CULT 3 3 0 6 15 0 15 28 0 15 85
#soigneur Soigneur-CPC 0 25 0 0 0 28 3 5 0 0 61
#christina Christina Jewelry 31 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 41
#scatto Giant-Scatto 3 3 0 10 0 3 10 0 10 0 39

The differences between the two rankings aren't significant yet, but the TTT champs on Saturday and the ITT champs next Wednesday could change that.

Regardless of which ranking one looks at though, it's clear that #riwal #trefor #bornholm have achieved more results than the rest this spring - these three are virtually certain of getting invited to the race.
The other three Danish teams #colocult #soigneur #scatto (plus #christina[1]) clearly don't have as many results to show; #colocult has half as many points as #bornholm. Worre has said that he'll consider a fourth team if they're close - so normally it would be the top-3 teams only. But nothing is normal in Danish cycling at the moment, and the national champs will also play a role of course.

My prediction:
If it's 3 Conti teams - #riwal #trefor #bornholm
If it's 4 Conti teams - #riwal #trefor #bornholm #colocult
If it's 5 Conti teams - #riwal #trefor #bornholm #colocult #soigneur
 1. note that they've scored a lot of UCI points - 108 - in Morocco and Iran, but I've left these out since they're the only of the 7 teams that race outside Europe
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on June 17, 2016, 09:06
While Saturday sees the *dk TTT champs, Sunday will see the legendary Stjerneløbet! :cool

5 'legs' of varying length, all centered on the Stændertorvet square in the centre of Roskilde, and each of the 60 riders has his own unique combination of the routes. Whoever crosses the line first after 100.84 km wins!

Routes (here in the combination L-G-J-T-Ø):


Startlist:
(https://scontent-frt3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13423755_10154382701478729_4230929834575624289_n.jpg?oh=fce1b893412fcc078a9fbfed15070a27&oe=57D0B4FC)
L - Lindenborg - 12 km (west)
T - Tune - 16 km (southeast)
Ø - Øm - 20 km (south)
J - Jyllinge - 24 km (north)
G - Gevninge - 28 km (northwest)

WT pros #tinkoff Michael Valgren and #katusha Michael Mørkøv have to be the favourites, and with his experience and ITT strength #colocult Gustav Larsson is another name to watch.
#scatto Mads Corell & #bornholm Stefan Djurhuus have a rich vein of form - but really it's a very open and unpredictable race.[1]

:web Race website (http://www.dgi.dk/cykling/landevejscykling/cykelloeb/stjerneloeb/oplev-stjerneloebet)
 1. At least for me who doesn't know the route and doesn't train with the riders; they themselves may have a very good idea who's going to win, but they're surely not going to tell!
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 20, 2016, 11:35
Legendary Stjerneløbet! \o/

Damn it all to hell in a handcart... I DEMAND to see this one day. It sounds like a GREAT DAY OUT...

And your podium is *drumroll*

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13495455_1169696433062088_5263782231072493126_o.jpg)

 #tinkoff Michel Valgren
 #katusha Michael Mørkøv
 #trefor Mark Sehested

Full Results Here (http://resultater.cyklingdanmark.dk/testnetviewstillingen.php?id=465&runder=5&viewtype=total&klasse=A&ucistil=0&virtuel=0&boks=0&pshow=)

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From Cykelmagasinet
Star race took place around Roskilde, and it's a little different race than we otherwise see in the season. Instead of a race from A to B, then run 5 different routes total of 100 kilometer. The order of the five different routes by lot for each rider. The organizer describes the finals as follows:

- All three riders had the 12-km short Lindsborg route as last trip. Valgren first drove out against Lindsborg by about 30 seconds ahead of Mørkøv, which rather quickly was joined by sehested in the battle to reach the first round to Stændertorvet. Valgren managed to keep the two riders behind him and be able to receive the audience's ovation when he crossed the finish line by just 10 seconds to the two pursuers. In a close sprint, the final two podium spots distributed to Michael Mørkøvs advantage.

there are some highlights of the race from DR here (https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/sporten/sporten-2016-06-11)... but they are geo-locked *cries*

Thanks for highlighting this event Lukas  :D

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 20, 2016, 13:15
THIS HAPPENED TODAY

Denmark delivered its official bid for the Grand Depart to Christian Prudhomme in Paris today :cheer

https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/744759166091333632

https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/744830097505431552

I REALLY want to see those fingers crossed PEOPLE !!!



ADDITION
Bare details...
https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/744854859057336320
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 23, 2016, 12:22
Mens Olympic RR team announced :cheer

https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/745852143362543616


 #astana Jakob Fuglsang as captain, supported by  #fortuneo Chris Anker Sorensen and  #orica Chris Juul[1]

One of these three must also run the the time tria (announced on Aug 9th)...  I am guessing that will be CJJ

Spoiler (hover to show)

#AllForRio

 1.  seems his mountain attack at #TourdeSuisse worked  ;)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: just some guy on June 23, 2016, 12:40
Mens Olympic RR team announced :cheer

https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/745852143362543616


 #astana Jakob Fuglsang as captain, supported by  #fortuneo Chris Anker Sorensen and  #orica Chris Juul[1]

One of these three must also run the the time tria (announced on Aug 9th)...  I am guessing that will be CJJ

Spoiler (hover to show)

#AllForRio
 1.  seems his mountain attack at #TourdeSuisse worked  ;)

is it ok to hope they make CAS do the ITT :lol ?
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 23, 2016, 14:30
is it ok to hope they make CAS do the ITT :lol ?

hihi Wouldn't you just pay to see that ;p
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 23, 2016, 15:03
NATIONAL CHAMPS...

Junior Women TT
https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/745976253925187584

1 Simone Eg - Team BMS BIRN 26:26.505
2 Johanne Marcher - Team NBC Elite 26:48.167
3 Silje Alsbjerg - Team Rytger 28:09.804

Elite Women TT
https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/745978937596067840

1 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig  -  Team BMS BIRN 00:39:26.808
2 Trine Schmidt  -  Cycling Club Hillerød (CC Hillerød) 00:40:31.267
3 Kamilla Sofie Vallin  -  Team Rytger 00:40:44.28

Junior Men TT


(http://www.feltet.dk/octo_cms/files/Feltet.dk/Billeder/2016/DM2016_Vordingborg/Herre_Junior_og_Elite_ITT/DM2016_Herre_Junior_ITT_podiet_Frederik_Rodenberg_Madsen_-_Mikkel_Bjerg_og_Morten_Hulgaard_.jpg)

1 Mikkel Bjerg  -  Team Børkop cykler - Carl Ras Roskilde Junior 00:35:54.392
2 Frederik Rodenberg Madsen  -  Team Børkop cykler - Carl Ras Roskilde Junior 00:36:13.577
3 Morten Hulgaard  -  Team ABC Junior 00:36:24.135
4 Andreas Lorentz Kron  -  Pythonprocom - Velowear 00:36:26.433
5 Julius Johansen  -  Team Børkop cykler - Carl Ras Roskilde Junior 00:36:36.296

Elite Men TT
Real surprise here.....

https://twitter.com/DK_Cykle_Union/status/746045074321063936

1   Danmark      Martin Toft Madsen   Team Almeborg - Bornholm   00:51:43

2   Danmark      Michael Valgren Andersen   Tinkoff   0:00:12

3   Danmark      Kasper Asgreen   Team TREFOR   0:00:29

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on June 30, 2016, 15:34
So much Danish news...so little time  :fail

But this just in

https://twitter.com/Procyclingeu/status/748522012553928704

DCU statement here (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/lars-bonde-stopper-som-sportschef-i-danmarks-cykle-union.html)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on July 01, 2016, 13:27
DCU statement here (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/nyheder/alle-nyheder/details/artikel/lars-bonde-stopper-som-sportschef-i-danmarks-cykle-union.html)
Bonde got offered a job as principal of a private school - possibly better-paid, and definitely with more job security (or security of payment).
Can't at all blame him for returning to his 'proper' job.

DCU is more and more looking like a shambles, though. Everybody's leaving the ship ... :(
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on July 01, 2016, 20:11
Bonde got offered a job as principal of a private school - possibly better-paid, and definitely with more job security (or security of payment).
Can't at all blame him for returning to his 'proper' job.

DCU is more and more looking like a shambles, though. Everybody's leaving the ship ... :(

Yeah, so I understood.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: DB-Coop on July 04, 2016, 14:25
A few comments after not being around much lately.

Teams for PDR: It seems like Riwal, Blue Water and Almeborg are the obvious choices, and any of those not getting picked would be a shocker. I think that Coloquick will get an invite too, and there is enough talent to justify it. The other teams all have one or two interesting riders, but not enough to make it imo. That being said I still think having more smaller teams in is better for the race, but without riders and team knowing this the talents end up on the same two teams that are most certain to make the cut.

Lack of ES coverage: This is very much a missed opportunity for Visit Denmark, dumb place to cut costs imo. Better stage planning would make it more interesting for Visit Denmark to sponsor the race in that way the race could do something. It will be on DR so anybody can still stream it online if they care to watch. I am going to assume it won't be geo-restricted - why would it when no one else holds rights to show it.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on July 04, 2016, 15:35
A few comments after not being around much lately.
I'd say so ...

Teams for PDR: It seems like Riwal, Blue Water and Almeborg are the obvious choices, and any of those not getting picked would be a shocker. I think that Coloquick will get an invite too, and there is enough talent to justify it. The other teams all have one or two interesting riders, but not enough to make it imo. That being said I still think having more smaller teams in is better for the race, but without riders and team knowing this the talents end up on the same two teams that are most certain to make the cut.
The Danish teams have already been announced. :P
#riwal #trefor[1] #bornholm #colocult have been invited.
#soigneur & #scatto both have a rider on the #teamdk national team.

Lack of ES coverage: This is very much a missed opportunity for Visit Denmark, dumb place to cut costs imo. Better stage planning would make it more interesting for Visit Denmark to sponsor the race in that way the race could do something. It will be on DR so anybody can still stream it online if they care to watch. I am going to assume it won't be geo-restricted - why would it when no one else holds rights to show it.
Wouldn't be the first time someone up the ranks decides to do weird stuff  'just because' ...
 1. who are NOT sponsored by Blue Water anymore - talk about a sponsor name getting attached to a team even after the end of the sponsorship!
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: DB-Coop on July 04, 2016, 17:11
The Danish teams have already been announced. :P
#riwal #trefor[1] #bornholm #colocult have been invited.
#soigneur & #scatto both have a rider on the #teamdk national team.
 1. who are NOT sponsored by Blue Water anymore - talk about a sponsor name getting attached to a team even after the end of the sponsorship!

I took a break off cycling for a while, so if anything important happened since the start of the Giro, chances is I don't know. However still happy that I was right, and note to self if I ever manage a cycling team in Denmark remember to hire the guy who runs PDR's son as a rider, surely that can not hurt the chances of getting picked.

Wouldn't be the first time someone up the ranks decides to do weird stuff  'just because' ...

True, but I believe the default is unrestricted so the guys at DR would have to decide to restrict this for no reason. If it is then it will be because the race wants it to, which it has no need to now that ES is not airing it. Hopefully people will be able to watch it, even if it will have to be in Danish of cause. Also the great thing about watching PDR in Danish is that Worre is the organizer, and thus can not be the commentator, excellent.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on September 07, 2016, 11:40
Missing from action since 16th July 2016

#SpecialBreschel

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2u8kk29.jpg)

Very unusual not to see him back in his usual playground of the Autumn Classic races.
Hope that TDF crash was not worse than initial reports. (Or that Cannondale are not being a bit plonkersish)

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on September 09, 2016, 13:14
The economy of the DCU is so lousy that the union requires young riders to pay to get the World Cup in Qatar in October

Emblazoned across the DK press today (taken from google translated text and assuming all the fact reported are true)

The complete financial mess that haunts the DCU (Danmark Cykle Union) is biting hard. For reasons too numerous to go into here the Danish Fed has been running with a walloping hole in it's budget for the last 3 (?) years. (In February 2015  a loss of 893,000 kroner). It's been  bailed out to the tune of 3 million kroner by DIF - in addition to the annual funding it receives.  At the same time has had to pare it's expenditure to the bone. Coaching staff have been axed/not replaced, and tough decisions regarding where it could send the various National Teams have had to be faced.

IIRC participation of a Danish Team at the Peace Race only came about by several teams cooperating together to form a team. More recently it's been noted that Denmark was sending no male U23/elite to the European Championships at Plumelec, though thankfully did find some money for the women. Though how much is uncertain given the quote below.

Article from DR.DK (http://www.dr.dk/sporten/cykling/flad-fornemmelse-danmarks-cykle-union-sparer-em-deltagelse-vaek)
Quote
We spend the money we have, at the World Cup and hope that we can win medals at the championship, says U19 coach Henrik Simper.

This year, professional riders for the first time run for the European Championships, which since 1995 has been run for U23-riders. But neither the Danish professional or U23 profiles have been offered to put up. For women, the situation is slightly different. We have chosen some of the girl and lady riders take off on their own. The sports cause of it is that there are not many international starts which they can run.
- So it can provide some experience for them to participate at the European Championships. They make own transport, helpers, masseuse, mechanics and things like that, so I'm not aware of what it will cost the girls individually, says Henrik Simper to TV2 Sport.

Today more details on the scale of the paring back operation emerged in Ekstrabladet (http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/cykling/krav-til-talenter-betal-selv-vm-billet/6277666) - it's in Danish, but Google translate does a good enough job for the salient points.

DCU director  Per Henrik Brask confirms that the union because of its hard-pressed economy has been forced to ask the young talents (U23 and Jnrs)to pay to represent Denmark. Amount is thought to be around 10.000 kroner, though for some riders this cost is mitigated by personal sponsorships etc. "It is a sad situation, as we would have done without,  it's just necessary in the economic recovery phase, we go through the DCU. This is the only solution. The alternative is to completely fail to take U23-riders and juniors." [/quote]

I get the feeling that the context of the article is framed around the men's teams and am uncertain what will happen to women's team at all.

The irony here is that the elite team will be paid for, and yet I'd say Denmark's best chance for a World Championship medal comes from it's young guns. Something that Michael Rasmussen also mentions. It's not that often I read what he has to say, but he makes some good points here. The least of which is that if you start asking for payment you run the risk of teetering on the edge of a  slippery slope where places are bought for hard cash. The DCU utterly refutes this of course, but acknowledges that financial restraints mean

The financial state of the DCU and how this impacts their talent stream will be topic for discussion for months to come. Their director has only been in place since January and you have to feel for the guy presiding over this. Hopefully the next financial audit will be a little rosier... In the meantime I'm shaking my head and wondering

(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/01/01cd21a5e216fe1204cff3fed999c226ffb28d1703c453f1a0b29064b428fa1b.jpg)



In other Rasmussen related news...

Michael Rasmussen has a new job (http://www.bt.dk/cykling/kyllingen-overrasker-her-er-hans-nye-job)
He'll be teaching MTB at Hald Ege Efterskole

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Post by: Not My Circus on October 01, 2016, 11:16
Olympia's Tour has a fine field of U23 talent on the start list, and is certainly a good tune up for the Worlds. Financial constraints at the DCU meant that the U23 national team would not have been sent, so Team Soigneur Copenhagen stepped in to fill the void.

Quote
From Cykelmahasinet (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/team_soigneur-copenhagen_pro_cycling_vikarierer_for_landsholdet/)
With Team soigneur-Copenhagen Pro cyclings support the U23 national team right now in Holland, where Olympia Tour run in preparation for the World Cup - while getting some of the Danish continental team's talents important experience.

"The team is a combination of four of our riders and two Stölting riders, so it suited us fine. DCU short of money and could not afford (to send a team away, ed.), And we want to help. So we participate of course also a big stage race that we would otherwise not have participated in. "
 

They may be in a shambles regarding money, but there is no shortage of creative thinking. #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay
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Post by: Not My Circus on October 03, 2016, 12:04
And the latest in the ongoing financial saga at the DCU....


It's widely reported that the DCU have dismissed their director Per Henrik Brask about a year after they hired him to bring clarity and stability to the ship.

Read here (http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/cykling/afsloering-turbulent-tid-kulminerer-cykelunion-fyrer-direktoeren/6329121) and here (http://www.dr.dk/sporten/cykling/uroen-fortsaetter-i-dcu-direktoeren-faar-fyresedlen)

Full details will come out (or not) later this afternoon.

I'd insert a rolled eyes gif here, except that the situation has gone beyond that. If the reason for the parting of ways is that he has not done anything about the huge glaring hole in the DCU economy then I'm not sure what they expected. It's years of mismanagement and damn big hole. 12 months of anyones time was never going to be enough. Besides which who on earth is going to do any better?

Time for this maybe...
https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/782897016951242752

More later...




Post Merge: October 03, 2016, 14:12
Update...

https://twitter.com/Staghoj/status/782913208566870016

DCU informs in pressemed., that the dismissal of Per Henrik Brask is not about DCUs economic situation without explaining what it so that is all about

OK so..

DCU Press release (http://ny.cyklingdanmark.dk/#/pressreleases/danmarks-cykle-union-stopper-samarbejdet-med-direktoer-per-henrik-brask-1586740)

Google translate gives

Danish Cycling Union decided to stop cooperating with Per Henrik Brask. It is decided following the sports director Lars Bonde stopped after the Olympics in Rio.

President of DCU Henrik Jess Jensen says:

- The Board of Directors wants to rethink the administrative and sports leadership of the DCU. It also happens as part of the economic recovery plan that requires DCU reduce the organization's costs and focus efforts. We believe that we can best do this by looking at the content and the occupation of both positions at the same time.

DCU and Per Henrik Brask has agreed that cooperation stops today.

It is in several media angled that the termination comes as a consequence of DCU's economic situation. This is not correct:

- Our recent and ongoing financial reporting shows that we follow the recovery plan and realizes the financial objectives. The Board remains focused on ensuring that the price is being followed, concludes Henrik Jess Jensen.

Looks like Lukas could be on the right track





Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on August 24, 2017, 14:04
So I wanted to write about the problems for danish cycling right now. Every aspect of the sport has pretty major issues in my opinion, about structure, budget and race program for team, about management and debt and limited choice that follows for the federation, about funding from sport organizations and about lack of media coverage.

But on second thought at least wrt teams the situation is somewhat ok at this point in time because all generally do good work with mostly very limited ressources. Five small teams that most often depend on voluntary help to go to race is not ideal at all of course. A procontinental team is not going to happen next year either. For development it's fine but many never get a chance to move up, with riders still around from previous years and talented new names too there is just not enough places on bigger teams for everyone.

One very good thing is Anders Lund as CT for the national team. He chose to use the limited travel budget to go to valle d'Aosta and picked exactly the right team for l'Avenir. The trade teams generally have ok race programs although they hardly ever go to races further away than France or maybe the Czech Republic. For u23s it's acceptable but the structure is not good when riders are ready to move on.

Newspapers rarely have own stories about cycling anymore and news coverage on the two cycling websites is mostly through rewritten press releases. That means no news about transfers anywhere so to compensate a little here is a sort of evaluation of some of the more interesting riders. First u23s, then some comments on older guys.

Niklas Eg has to have offers already but meanwhile it will be interesting to see what he can do in tour de l'Avenir. Talented junior that hardly raced in the first two+ years as u23 due to physical issues, strong all season with fourth overall in Aosta (third on the hardest stage after Sivakov and Lambrecht), second in the Priessnitz Spa nations cup after Lambrecht, second in Breizh Kreiz which is not really his kind of race. Eg has not raced much as u23 before this year so should have considerable margins for improvement.

Casper Pedersen won the euro championships road race title with a deadly finish after dominating a small break from more than 25km. Remember a lot of teams wanted a sprint finish. Aggressive but also versatile enough to get over hills, he has in fact won a number of races in similar ways this season. A third year u23, it's Pedersen's first full year as a road cyclist.

Kasper Asgreen won the euro championships time trial and the first stage of l'Avenir from a strong break. Much like Wurtz he is not a specialist, instead seems to be well suited for cobble races. Can get over hills too as the overall classifica in some harder races earlier this year shows. Was fifth last year in the world's time trial and should be one of the favorites this year, like Pedersen is in the road race.

Jonas Gregaard is another third year u23 who could possibly get a chance somewhere. Won the Breizh Kreiz stage race in Bretagne a couple of weeks and hard one day type courses are probably his strongest side but can also handle real mountains as fourth in a Aosta stage shows. Should be in the world's team and could maybe do something in the Avenir mountain stages.

After the Stölting fail last year Guldhammer, Kamp and Quaade all deserved a good deal elsewhere. Martin Mortensen too but after he had won Tro-Bro Léon the trump voice bad people from One Pro waited until october to tell him there was no money. Meanwhile he had turned down other teams because he wanted to stay and they had no places anymore. Chris Anker Sørensen had an offer from Bahrain but preferred Riwal because he wants to go back to school.

This year it's much the same for the first three. Rasmus Guldhammer has more than twenty top tens including four wins, basically always one of the best in non-sprint races. He had a similar season two years ago but in more difficult races and ended the year as n 61 in the cqrankings. If anyone can mention a more undervalued cyclist in the world now please go ahead. Alexander Kamp is kind of similar to Guldhammer in the way the talent is so obvious. Can get over long hills but not mountains and is super fast. Wins often like Guldhammer but it's hard to get noticed from these kind of races.

Rasmus Quaade is in the top ten overall in more or less every stage race including Dunkerque and tour of Britain when he did those and almost won an italian race with hard mountains. Last year was mostly about track cycling and he has only targetted road races in full from this year. Potentially top ten world's time trial if he went back to that again. Finally Torkil Veyhe is just really strong and seems like someone who can do well as support or in breaks. It's his first year in races in other countries. Obviously he and Quaade will not get offers unless some crazy performance or if a danish team materializes but both are obviously strong enough. Guldhammer and Kamp otoh has had all kind of concrete results for a long time and deserve a place somewhere.

Asbjørn Kragh Andersen will maybe go to Sunweb because his brother is there but is a talented cyclist in his own right with potential. Martin Mortensen was so disappointed after the problems last year that he chose to just be support for other riders and will stop riding after the season.
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Post by: ciranda on September 05, 2017, 15:35
No news about transfers. Short update about Avenir: Niklas Eg attacked on the hardest day four km to go, the attack lasted until around minus one km, only Bernal could follow but chose not to help. He finished third after Bernal and Lambrecht and third overall. Jonas Gregaard was good too, better than previously in real mountains, with a ninth and fifth place on the two last stages, 13th overall. Meanwhile the tour of Denmark starts next week, sept 12th. A national team has been selected, in addition to five trade teams, with Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, Mikkel Frølich Honoré and Sebastian Lander + some local guys. Lander comes to the race after riding his favorite races Volta a Portugal and Ötztaler so probably no question he will be in monster condition ready to dominate.
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Post by: Not My Circus on October 07, 2017, 17:32
U23 TT World Champion Mikkel Bjerg tackled the Danish hour record today at the Odense Velodrome.

The record has stood since 1969 when Ole Ritter rode 48.879km. Mikkel was always expected to beat it and had set himself a target of getting close 52km.[1]

He achieved both aims - smashing the DK record with a distance of 52.311km which is an incredible feat and places him 5th in the all time list which. To put this into an international perspective here's the attempts since the rules were changed in 2014 (I've ordered them by distance covered)
,
Name Date Distance Record set?
Gustav Larsson Mar 2015 50.016 NO
Jens Voight Sept 2014 51.110 YES
Jack Bobridge Jan 2015 51.300 NO
Mathias Brandle Oct 2014 51.852 YES
Martin Toft Madsen Jan 2017 52.114 NO and now stripped of DK record
Thomas Dekker Feb 2015 52.221 NO
Mikkel Bjerg Oct 2017 52.311 DK record
Rohan Dennis Feb 2015 52.491 YES
Alex Dowsett May 2015 52.937 YES
Tom Zirbel June 2016 53.037 NO
Bradley Wiggins June 2015 54.526 CURRENT RECORD

He is 18 years old... I repeat 18 years old!!!!

interview here (http://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2017-10-07-dansk-stortalent-slaar-timerekord)

No contract for next year yet and he was with the now defunct  #roskilde He wants to turn pro, we shall see where he ends up.
 1.  to be complete, reigning DK national champ Martin Toft Madsen broke the record back in January, but was subsequently stripped of the title when he tested positive for DMBA
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on October 12, 2017, 14:51
It's always nice when Alex Rasmussen turns up on my twitter line. Today he posted a lovely piece of grusvej drone footage, complete with a soundtrack so majestic I half expected Viking warriors to make an appearance  :lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is0Xq6ijvs4


I investigated further, and found some great little videos on his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCmsSsPghIDEo3oN8f72Crw).

and amongst the charm was this on GP Herning 2017 #GrusvejGalore \o/

https://youtu.be/fibwYV8hq8w
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on October 13, 2017, 11:26
It's here, it's here \o/

Danish Bike Award nominations are posted

I shall do a WRITE UP later... potentially in full fan girl mode... but until then take a look (http://www.feltet.dk/awards) at the list. My favourite nomination may just be the marvellous Catherine Marsal  :cool

#allofthedanes #somanydanes #thefutureisbright #beenagoodyear

Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Not My Circus on October 26, 2017, 12:00
#riwal Riwal Platform Cycling Team announced Danish company CeramicSpeed as a new co-sponsor today and from 2018 the team will be known as Riwal CeramicSpeed ​​Cycling Team. I like this  :cool

Details Here  (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/riwal_offentliggoer_ny_co-sponsor/)

1. CeramicSpeed collaborate with many WrldTour and other teams but this is first time as a sponsor
2. Addition of CeramicSpeed as a sponsor to help the team quest to turn pro conti
3. Platform will continue to support the team and their logo will appear on the jersey.


Google Translate under the spoiler

Spoiler (hover to show)



Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on February 12, 2018, 11:37
Hey I wanted to follow the earlier post with a breakdown of what happened next. Of the four u23s highlighted above who had done enough to get contracts only Eg and Pedersen actually did. Gregaard chose to stay under for his last year and may or may not have an agreement with Astana already. He was strong in the mountains in Avenir and is also strong in difficult one day races so unless something weird happens he should be able to secure a contract. About Asgreen otoh I don't think I have ever seen someone with the results he had not turn pro. He won a stage in Avenir from a very strong break, had the yellow jersey there for five days, won the euro time trial title, seventh world's time trial + fifth last year, was top ten in quality stage races among other results. He partecipated in a QS training camp this winter with also Gregaard and I guess riders from other countries were also present but with the depressing histories of Guldhammer and Kamp in mind I don't necessarily think it will happen for him.

The unders are pretty strong again this year. Here's a preview. While last year it was about 50/50 guys for the classics and for the mountains, this year the main talented guys are mostly about the mountains. Last season Jonas Vingegaard was out from may with broken femur but word is he has recovered well and will target Avenir and world's. Jonas Gregaard improved a lot last year, ninth and fifth on the hardest days in Avenir, and will look to confirm that level. After these guys also Jesper Schultz and Magnus Klaris Bak are expected to perform well in harder races. One problem is the federation's lack of funds. Last year the national team only partecipated in three stage races with mountains, the Peace Race, Aosta and Avenir. Next also Mikkel Frølich Honoré had a long list of results last year with eighth in both LBL and RVV and sickness prevented overall top ten in the Giro Baby. News reports says he said no thanks to a stagiare agreement with Lotto Soudal. He's a third year u23 this year, clearly versatile and still has time to get the real major results. Mikkel Bjerg is also still u23 of course and will be interesting to see in races like Tour of California and the nations cup races.
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Post by: LukasCPH on February 12, 2018, 14:12
About Asgreen otoh I don't think I have ever seen someone with the results he had not turn pro. He won a stage in Avenir from a very strong break, had the yellow jersey there for five days, won the euro time trial title, seventh world's time trial + fifth last year, was top ten in quality stage races among other results. He partecipated in a QS training camp this winter with also Gregaard and I guess riders from other countries were also present but with the depressing histories of Guldhammer and Kamp in mind I don't necessarily think it will happen for him.
I think Asgreen stayed put also because of the (long-term) plans to build a pro team on the structure - a secure place in a team he's already familiar and comfortable with is worth more than a neo-pro spot on some random team.
Whether or not that *dk pro team will actually happen is a different issue, of course.

He's out of the U23 ranks now, but with the #virtu race program for 2018 he ought to turn enough heads (in even bigger races) this year to get some pro contract offers. I think that with his ITT, he could very conceivably win the Tour of Denmark.

Speaking of race programs, though: I've just had a look at their calendar (https://teamvirtucycling.com/team-virtu-cycling/loebsprogram/), and it's actually not as stellar as I thought. #joker did a better job of getting their riders into the shopwindow by going to many Belgian/French races.
Nobody outside Scandinavia will offer you a pro contract on your results in the Tour of Denmark or Sundvolden GP - and there's nobody inside Scandinavia who can offer you a pro contract.[1] :(
 1. on a WorldTour or ProConti teams, that is - the top riders on some Danish teams make more-than-decent money for Conti level
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on May 23, 2018, 17:37
A couple of weeks ago Information, the best danish daily neswspaper, had a story about Christopher Juul-Jensen. I translated what I thought was most interesting, hope someone might like. He lived in Ireland for years so I put a Sean Kelly quote in there also. Find it if you can! Some of this might make Christopher seem like the serious and little annoying type but he is not at all. I knew that he read Goffman in the evenings during the TDF and the piece expands on that. The best quotes are about cycling though.


(from here from the story in Information april 26, https://www.information.dk/kultur/2018/04/taenk-bare-vaagne-dag-naar-karrieren-slut-vaere-helt-lost-derfor-laeser-boeger-lektier)


Half way into his career the cyclist Christopher Juul-Jensen struggles with two problems. One is the surrounding world's image of him as support rider who always sacrifices himself. The other is the battle to combine life as an athlete with a violent desire for litterature and knowledge. Is it possible to be a ruthless winner and also have time and energy for culture? In a café in Copenhagen the 28-year old talks about his battle.

- I don't want to be a cyclist that writes poems and thinks deeply. I want to be a great cyclist. It's very much about who I want to be and that is a big question. Who am I?

Christopher Juul-Jensen grew up in Klimacanogue in the low mountain range Wicklow Mountains in the south of Ireland and lived there for the first sixteen years of his life. In 2005 he moved to Denmark because of cycling. His brother had moved here to study in a high school with a sports program and he wanted to do the same. Because of much larger and more talented generations he never won races even though he had talent. The competition made him improve and motivated him to continue but without the big breakout result needed to go from amateur to pro. After high school he was left with a feeling of emptiness. He had spent his life with cycling but felt he had nothing inside and because of that he turned to litterature.

- When I graduated my friends were traveling or had gone to university. I was an amateur cyclist who had not made it yet. I was unsure of what to do if I couldn't be professional. I had a need to involve myself with something because I didn't know anything. I started taking books to races and got addicted.



The hollowness and doubt of his youth was Christopher Juul-Jensens way into litterature. He says that reading is what enables him to be a cyclist, not extraneous but part of what makes his identity. Like a filter through which he sees the world such as when he is currently reading the author Stefan Zweig.

- Zweig's story about his life during and before world war one scares me because it reflects many of the things going on now like the rise of right wing values, social unrest and economic problems. How can we not see that? It's like you see yourself mirrored in litterature and comprehend yourself and your own era through that. The young people in Zweigs book loved art and poetry but were in a way blinded by beautiful things and so they failed to recognize the darkness.

He senses a connection between cycling and reading. Both demand lots of time to do and requires concentration, an ability to stay inside what's boring. You have to stay on your bike for so long and endure that nothing happens. The same can be said about books where you have to learn to get through long and difficult parts. As a reader you have to be patient and not be distracted by the first possible thing. But it's not merely the similarities that keep him reading. It's also the hope of of a normal life once cycling is over.

- Your director on a cycling team wants you to stay on the couch and have your wife prepare dinner. It's best if you don't do anything other than cycling but there's no way I could be like that. In reality I don't have to do anything except eat ride and sleep but it scares me not to be connected with something. Imagine waking up one day and be completely lost because I have ridden a bike for my whole life. That's why I read books like it's homework. It's really important.



Like other cyclists Christopher is addicted to the pain of riding but as he gets older he longs to step away from the role as support rider that work for some leader. He wants to win. For that reason he hesitates to talk too much about writers and about his dream to write a book. Litterature helps but he is afraid the public will know him as something other than he is. He wants to focus on now. He lowers his voice and looks down.

- I really want to figure out how to win. It's not enough that I can write a poem about losing. That was cool then but now I just want to win. I just don't know how to get there. How do I become a person that is more about winning? It can be hard to make people understand what you give up. I was once asked in an interview if my lack of victories reflected a feeling of complacency. I was offended by that. He knew nothing about what it's like to be a cyclist. I always work hard but you don't just choose to win.

That interview started the rider's struggle with himself. Is there room in the public for an intellectual cyclist or does that figure get in the way of what he really is?

- I have to be able to end my career with the feeling that I have given everything I can to be as strong as a cyclist as physically possible. It's more important to me now to be recognized as a skilled cyclist. I now have a kind of demonic curiosity and worry about what it feels like to cross the finishing line first in a race.
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Christopher Juul-Jensen is very conscious that his life as a cyclist has an expiration date. He has to remind himself what the purpose of his life is right now and that his reading habits would not be of concern to anyone if not for his strength as a cyclist.

- I have a strange need to position myself as something other than cyclist. Unconsciously I look for approval from people who I am very impressed by. Academics and people of culture. I don't have validation that I have accomplished anything and I can feel intimidated by this type of person and that is because of my own insecurity. I have a great curiosity about the academic and cultural worlds. A world I have never been part of but try to understand through litterature. At the same time I don't want to disrespect my work as a cyclist. I really don't want to take anything for granted.

Litterature has a strong pull on him and right now he is impressed by Virginia Woolf's The Waves in particular.

- It's crazy. It's like looking at a picture or a giant poem. It's so much about language and about how words are put together. I don't get how anyone can think like that, how they can write like that all the time.

Maybe that is something shared by authors and cyclists. Reciprocal difficulty to understand the other's ability to go on. It's hard to understand how cyclists endure pain day after day while it is shrouded in mystery how writers stay behind their desks every day to create. That's how Christopher Juul-Jensen sees it anyway. Maybe he will never set aside feeling divided as part athlete and part sensitive intellectual. This duality lives in the restless cyclist who also seems to thrive with his clashing character traits.

- My world is full of clashes. It feels like a long ways to ride five hours and it feels like a long time to read one hour. My physiology is a cyclist's but I have to do something where my time is not taken from me. That is important. To do much with my time while I'm here.
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Post by: LukasCPH on May 23, 2018, 18:44
A couple of weeks ago Information, the best danish daily neswspaper, had a story about Christopher Juul-Jensen. I translated what I thought was most interesting, hope someone might like.
Very interesting read. Mange tak! :cool
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: ciranda on June 26, 2019, 18:54
Okay so here's part of a story from a while ago from where Alex Rasmussen talks about his depression after he stopped riding. I have summarized or translated the most interesting parts. The whole article here https://www.bt.dk/cykling/alex-rasmussen-blev-indlagt-paa-psykiatrisk-afdeling-jeg-havde-ingen-livslyst.


Alex had finished work as expert commenting a Giro d'Italia stage last year when he had unraveled and fainted in his car in the parking lot. When he came back around he phoned his wife who directed him to a psychiatric hospital. Alex had already felt unease and that something was wrong for a couple of months before this episode.

- I don't want to say that I considered suicide. Missing will to live is what I want to say although perhaps it is the same thing. I did not want to get out of bed in the morning. I was stuck with the thought 'no one will notice if I am not around tomorrow'.

- I had a family and a sweet daughter but felt I needed more and that caused me to walk around with a depression and not own up to it. I knew it would come around because ex-cyclists had warned me about the fear of not being important anymore. I was not a cyclist anymore. What was I then? But even if I knew it would happen I could do nothing.

He wanted to tell his story to help other athletes. At the hospital he had hesitated because it had been hard to him to face that he was ill and needed to stay for some time in a psychiatric hospital to get better.

- I was really close to saying 'okay, it's fine' and leave. But I forced myself because it was not the easiest way. I felt I would have been a coward to walk. It was very unpleasant but sometimes in life you choose the harder way because it is the best solution.

Once inside the doubts had returned when he saw a schizophrenic woman ramble about seeing russian soldiers outside the house. After the first examination it was decided that Alex had to stay in the open part of the hospital. He was prescribed antidepressives. Later he was also diagnosed with ADHD and was prescribed medicine for that as well.

- From when my career had ended until the day I was hospitalized I had stayed in a deep black hole. I had thought it would pass or I tried to ignore it. The depression was most of all a result of a crisis of identity. When I raced my last track race in 2017 it was a great salute. And the next day no reporters or anyone called. Suddenly your telephone is dead and it was like that for a year. It was crazy hard to handle suddenly not being that cyclist. I felt a hole in my stomach and thought that it did not matter if I was here or not.

When in hospital Alex had noticed how the ADHD had contributed to worsen his state.

- In my career all aggression and excess energy had been used on cycling. My ADHD really come to the surface when I finished even though I had had it since childhood. I was frustrated and stuck in that state and could not stay inside of my body. And the depression made me not want to go cycling so that was a vicious cycle.

During his stay in hospital Alex had talked to a nurse every day and also had appointments with a psychiatrist.

- I talked to them about anything. Cycling, childhood, parents. I think I could have talked to anyone, you, a friend or a third person. It was just about talking about my problems and accepting. I thought for the psychiatrist it was about asking me about suicidal thoughts so if something happened they could say 'I had asked him'. I was annoyed that they focused on that also because it was like they were not serious and thorough but more because they had to do that.

He did not like being hospitalized more than anything else because he felt he did not fit in.

- In the open ward I could go out if I told them I did. It was a depressing place because it was full of people that were ill and obviously worse than I was. No one were like me, no one I could talk to. The others stayed in the common area drinking coffee and lemonade and eating cake. It was a little like visiting your grandma. So I stayed with myself because I did not want to be there at all.

- Then if I talked to the nurses they could not relate to my situation. They were like 'can't you just get a job'. They did not say it like that but they could not understand what I had come from and why it was so important for me to stay important. I should be grateful because I had a family. They said things to me I knew well and try to tell myself also. But when you still fell emptiness it's a selfish feeling in some way. It was hard.

Alex left the hospital after one month there. The medicine and talks has had the necessary effect says the doctors. He continues to talk to therapists but now feels ok so much that he has taken a break from that for a while. He is still medicated for ADHD but does not use antidepressives anymore.

- I'm much better now than last year. But I have no illusions. I can fall again and regress but not as hard as a year ago. If I start to feel things I will start treatment again. I think it's an ongoing process. I have to only take on so much that I can handle it and pay attention to my mental health.


Even compared to the other lost talents like Guldhammer and Mads Christensen and the ones who made it I think Alex had more talent than anyone. He had real power, like destroying equipment level power, and style. He could do mass sprints but mostly chose not to for lack of heart for it and because he had so many other skills. The best race for him was probably Paris-Roubaix but he only got to try it one time. He missed out on a time trial victory in the Giro because of a puncture in the last kilometre. That Alex was treated so badly by CSC is some real evidence of the stupidity of the directors there and it's such a shame that he could not find some other team that believed more in him. He is excellent on tv in studios before races or commenting races, is funny, draws on his own experiences, great knowledge and has nice stories, just really good.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Leadbelly on August 19, 2019, 20:11
https://twitter.com/Nico_Kristensen/status/1163494969916764160

What's Bjarne got up his sleeves then? Apart from his arms.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: search on August 22, 2019, 08:54
U23 TT World Champion Mikkel Bjerg tackled the Danish hour record today at the Odense Velodrome.

The record has stood since 1969 when Ole Ritter rode 48.879km. Mikkel was always expected to beat it and had set himself a target of getting close 52km.[1]

He achieved both aims - smashing the DK record with a distance of 52.311km which is an incredible feat and places him 5th in the all time list which. To put this into an international perspective here's the attempts since the rules were changed in 2014 (I've ordered them by distance covered)
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Name Date Distance Record set?
Gustav Larsson Mar 2015 50.016 NO
Jens Voight Sept 2014 51.110 YES
Jack Bobridge Jan 2015 51.300 NO
Mathias Brandle Oct 2014 51.852 YES
Martin Toft Madsen Jan 2017 52.114 NO and now stripped of DK record
Thomas Dekker Feb 2015 52.221 NO
Mikkel Bjerg Oct 2017 52.311 DK record
Rohan Dennis Feb 2015 52.491 YES
Alex Dowsett May 2015 52.937 YES
Tom Zirbel June 2016 53.037 NO
Bradley Wiggins June 2015 54.526 CURRENT RECORD

He is 18 years old... I repeat 18 years old!!!!

interview here (http://sport.tv2.dk/cykling/2017-10-07-dansk-stortalent-slaar-timerekord)

No contract for next year yet and he was with the now defunct  #roskilde He wants to turn pro, we shall see where he ends up.
 1.  to be complete, reigning DK national champ Martin Toft Madsen broke the record back in January, but was subsequently stripped of the title when he tested positive for DMBA

Martin Toft set a new Danish record last week (53,975 km – the third-longest distance of all time)

https://www.unitedcycling.com/2019/08/14/martin-toften-madsen-takes-the-danish-hour-record/

Mikkel Bjorg will give it another go after the Yorkshire Worlds.
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: search on December 03, 2019, 07:42
#riwal Alexander Kamp will take his Riwal Readynez team to court. They shortened the November wages of all riders because they are "on vacation". Kamp, who is about to leave the team anyway, says it's more for his team mates than for him personally.

https://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/cykling/dansk-stjerne-truer-med-retssag-det-er-noget-pis/7894796
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 16, 2020, 18:24
I've no idea where to post this, so here it goes.

NBC Sports, impressive as always.

Bjarne Riis back in elite cycling as team manager of NTT (https://sports.nbcsports.com/2020/01/08/bjarne-riis-back-in-elite-cycling-as-team-manager-of-ntt/)

Pro tip: this is not Bjarne.  :shh  :lol

(https://sports.nbcsports.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2020/01/GettyImages-1192555554.jpg?resize=1024,683)


Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 17, 2020, 12:22
NBC Sports, impressive as always.

Bjarne Riis back in elite cycling as team manager of NTT (https://sports.nbcsports.com/2020/01/08/bjarne-riis-back-in-elite-cycling-as-team-manager-of-ntt/)

Pro tip: this is not Bjarne.  :shh  :lol

(https://sports.nbcsports.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2020/01/GettyImages-1192555554.jpg?resize=1024,683)
He jumped into the fountain of youth, several times! :lol
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: search on January 17, 2020, 12:27
well, Doug Ryder will be happy to hear that, but he is 48 already as well ;)
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: LukasCPH on January 17, 2020, 13:19
well, Doug Ryder will be happy to hear that, but he is 48 already as well ;)
Those seven years make all the difference! :D
Title: Re: Random Danish cycling news sponsored by Midge
Post by: DB-Coop on March 24, 2020, 21:05
Those seven years make all the difference! :D

Tbh, Bjarne looked older 25 years ago already...

(https://asset.dr.dk/imagescaler/?protocol=https&server=www.dr.dk&file=%2Fimages%2Fother%2F2015%2F06%2F25%2F25c439cf-9c29-485d-83df-41220b3c5974_19960606-413345-3_max.jpg&scaleAfter=crop&quality=70&w=620&h=349)