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Re: General news season 2014
« Reply #240 on: November 19, 2014, 06:54 »
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #242 on: November 19, 2014, 07:38 »
    http://www.spaziociclismo.it/un-anno-fa/un-anno-fagiro-d-italia-una-partenza-dalla-svezia-nel-2017-42626

    Giro to start in JSG-land in 2017?

    this one has been going around for awhile now, hope so maybe Fus and I and DB can catch up in RL , maybe even Laz  :)
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #243 on: November 19, 2014, 11:12 »
    CN reports that the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will contain an additional climb in 2015, called the Bosgat.

    Since for me this is the race of the season and I was unfamiliar with this climb, I did a search for it on the Internet.

    I'm assuming from the description in the article that it's the Bosgatstraat just south of Schorisse.

    Preceded by a short, tidy cobbled section on the flat, it is a fairly shallow climb on one of those arse-irritating but otherwise typical concrete roads one finds cutting through farmlands all over Belgium.


    Cobbles leading into the climb


    Bit of a kick towards the top

    Presumably it will be ridden north to south from the Schorisse side because there isn't a climb on the other side, which means it must come early- to mid-race. As far as I can tell, it seems pretty inconsequential in racing terms.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #244 on: November 21, 2014, 09:13 »
    Who remembers Matthieu Spr ick's unfortunate stroke back in May 2013?

    The Frenchman has been out of the peloton ever since and L'Equipe reports that his contract with Giant-Shimano ends next month.

    "I've had to draw the line with cycling," said Spr ick, "It's physically not possible to come back. The recovery of my foot, my arm, even just talking hasn't really been complete. But I feel positive, I tell myself that a lot of stroke victims would like to be in my shoes today. So now I'm looking for something else to do."

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Spr ick-impossible-de-revenir/516370 (FR)
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #246 on: November 22, 2014, 08:51 »
    Shane :pray

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    An example of the pressure riders are under can be gleaned from the case of a rider who finished in the top ten of the Tour de France in the past three years. He recently told CyclingTips that he would agree to a minimum wage if that proved necessary to get a ride.
    Not hard to guess who that is. ;)
    If he was ready to accept a minimum-wage contract, it's no wonder his new team picked him up.

    Interesting to read about the #colombia situation - explains nicely why only the riders moving to other teams have made an effort to get the money they're owed.
    Corti sounds like a fellow I wouldn't touch with a ten-feet pole.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #248 on: November 24, 2014, 16:16 »
    The official press release says:
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    After disrupting partnership with Christian Weyland, Christa Skelde takes over as team manager for Pro Continental Team, Cult Energy Pro Cycling. This is the natural decision after a series of disappointments where Weyland has failed to live up to the expectations.

    “With immediate effect, we have decided to dismiss the partnership with Christian Weyland. He simply failed to fulfill our expectations as a trustful partner and this is undoubtedly the right choice for the team. As team owners we have certain values and obligations to run things professionally along with a sound amount of stability and we won’t compromise our integrity by continuing the partnership with Weyland. Once again, Cult are showing their fantastic support and passion for this project and they support our decision morally and economically until we find a co-sponsor”,

    says new team manager, Christa Skelde.

    Brian Sørensen, owner of Cult Energy states:

    "You can't measure the value, Cult Energy Pro Cycling has had for us in the past two years. Cult are now on top of the market in Denmark so obviously, we have a huge interest in making this project succeed. We have a special agreement with Skelde that goes beyond normal contract deals. We fully support their decision and we're backing up financially until a co-sponsor is found."
    Ouch. Sounds like he was selling snake oil.

    Team should survive financially for now, but they need that co-sponsor more than ever ... which might be the very reason Weyland was shown the door, according to this Feltet.dk article.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #249 on: November 24, 2014, 16:50 »
    The official press release says:Ouch. Sounds like he was selling snake oil.

    Team should survive financially for now, but they need that co-sponsor more than ever ... which might be the very reason Weyland was shown the door, according to this Feltet.dk article.

    So Weyland got the job because he promised a sponsor. That particular Scotch mist evaporated and so he was fired again. Is that it?
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #250 on: November 24, 2014, 17:17 »
    So Weyland got the job because he promised a sponsor. That particular Scotch mist evaporated and so he was fired again. Is that it?
    Only speculation at the moment. But it would make sense.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #251 on: November 24, 2014, 21:38 »
    http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20141124_01394062

    Dutch Cyclists of the Year

    Men - Dumoulin
    Women - Vos

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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #252 on: November 25, 2014, 08:10 »
    Kristoff kjøper eget sykkellag (Norwegian)

    Kristoff becomes a co-owner of #osterhus Øster Hus-Ridley, the team from his hometown Stavanger.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #253 on: November 25, 2014, 09:20 »
    http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20141124_01394062

    Dutch Cyclists of the Year

    Men - Dumoulin
    Women - Vos

     :)

    No story on Vos but Dumoulin is, like Van Avermaet last week, a vote for consistency. He is an exciting rider who has been one or two steps away from the win on some very big races. His strong suit is clearly the TT but he climbs remarkably well for such a big guy and, perhaps more importantly, he rides aggressively. I hope that doesn't change.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #257 on: December 01, 2014, 13:36 »
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/11/news/gianni-bugno-reelected-president-association-professional-cyclists_354587

    Accomplished helicopter pilot he may be but I have always thought of Bugno, probably unfairly, as an uninspired idiot.

    Even allowing for the fact that some things can be lost in translation, I have yet to read a statement from him that suggests his leadership has been characterised by anything other than tardy reactionism or bland passivity or both.

    I hesitate to say that he is in the job to keep the riders disenfranchised but I am struggling to find ways in which he has improved their lot or strengthened the position of the CPA in world cycling. Perhaps others could enlighten me.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #258 on: December 03, 2014, 19:05 »
    I do realise this is meta-news: Reporting about reporting. Normally the kind of news I dislike with a fervour.
    But it shows some interesting figures:
    https://twitter.com/velofacts/status/540218205890162688
    Little *dk Denmark is 5th in number of published cycling news items. Astonishing, especially considering that the 4 countries with a higher number are far, far bigger.

    Of course this says nothing about the quality of said news - much of it is probably Ekstra Bladet, BT and the like acting like talking heads for #cwk or spouting unsubstantiated rumours about #tinkoff - but it tells something about the stature of cycling in Denmark, also in comparison to other countries.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #259 on: December 03, 2014, 19:22 »
    I do realise this is meta-news: Reporting about reporting. Normally the kind of news I dislike with a fervour.
    But it shows some interesting figures:
    https://twitter.com/velofacts/status/540218205890162688
    Little *dk Denmark is 5th in number of published cycling news items. Astonishing, especially considering that the 4 countries with a higher number are far, far bigger.

    Of course this says nothing about the quality of said news - much of it is probably Ekstra Bladet, BT and the like acting like talking heads for #cwk or spouting unsubstantiated rumours about #tinkoff - but it tells something about the stature of cycling in Denmark, also in comparison to other countries.

    Dim graph, please. Uh, wait, not about doping this, is it?  :P :lol :cool
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #261 on: December 03, 2014, 21:11 »
    https://twitter.com/modcyclingphoto/status/540223935468797952

    looks like a fun way to waste the winter hours
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #262 on: December 04, 2014, 18:32 »
    In November 2014, the UCI registered as UCI Professional Continental Teams the candidate teams whose application file met the registration conditions set out in UCI Regulations:

    ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (ITA)
    BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
    BORA-ARGON 18 (GER)
    BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT (FRA)
    CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA (ESP)
    CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE (POL)
    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS (FRA)
    COLOMBIA (COL)
    DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING (AUS)
    MTN-QHUBEKA (RSA)
    NIPPO-VINI FANTINI (ITA)
    TEAM ROOMPOT (NED)
    RUSVELO (RUS)
    TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)
    TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE (BEL)
    UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM (USA)
    WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT (BEL)

    The following teams are still under review of the Licence Commission:

    CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING (DEN)
    YELLOW FLUO (ITA)

    With regards to those two teams, the Licence Commission shall render its decision by the 10th of December at the latest. Further communication will be made afterwards.

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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #263 on: December 09, 2014, 21:50 »
    http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-uci-hace-oficial-los-recorridos-de-rio-2016-09-12-2014

    Some details on Rio 2016





    Details of the climbs/loops in the link. They'll also have to face a section of "glass bricks".  :P
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #264 on: December 09, 2014, 21:56 »
    The "glass bricks" are cobbles according to the UCI press release. ;)

    8.9 km climb, to be done 3 times (for the men), last time ending at 26 km to go (which are all flat) ... Could become a very tactical race, or a truly great one.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #265 on: December 09, 2014, 22:03 »
    the qualification criteria was released a couple of days ago as well, not many changes though (maybe a slightly reduced amount of 5 men teams as far as I could see, and maybe only one competitor for each country in the time trial - but it is also possible be that I misunderstood that part and you can add more riders by finishing in the top 10 at the worlds)

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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #267 on: December 12, 2014, 10:59 »
    In L'Equipe today, not completely sure what this is all about, but it seems to concern a study on the training camps held by cycling teams ...

    https://twitter.com/AlexandreMignot/status/543336491481825280

    The purpose is to structure teams more rationally, what would you say to that?

    Quote from: Patrick Lefevere, OPQS manager
    I get the impression that these university researchers have got too much of their information from French teams which, I know from experience, are not professional. People have been telling them things that don't happen on teams [from other countries].

    https://twitter.com/AlexandreMignot/status/543338319451799552

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    The team asked us to pay for our training camp. I didn't go because just the cost of the flight alone was a third of my salary ... It's like asking a company employee to go on a training course and then saying "but you must fund it yourself". I just thought it was out of order. This is a professional team. We don't get big salaries as it is but when they expect us to pay for stuff ourselves ...

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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #268 on: December 12, 2014, 11:30 »
    "It's like asking a company employee to go on a training course and then saying "but you must fund it yourself"."

    well...to be honest, isn't that actually the case for many employees?! A friend of mine is a physiotherapist for example, and he has to pay massive amounts of money for all kind of advanced education.
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    Re: General news season 2014
    « Reply #269 on: December 12, 2014, 11:35 »
    "It's like asking a company employee to go on a training course and then saying "but you must fund it yourself"."

    well...to be honest, isn't that actually the case for many employees?! A friend of mine is a physiotherapist for example, and he has to pay massive amounts of money for all kind of advanced education.

    not sure any other pro team sports people pay their own way though

    and your Physio friend needs to keep a certain amount of continued education to keep his licence so not really the same

    but I guess we drive/train to work as a personal expence
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