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So much Danish news...so little time  :fail

But this just in

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

DCU statement here
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    DCU statement here
    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 ... :(
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    Missing from action since 16th July 2016

    #SpecialBreschel



    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)

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    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
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    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 - 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





    In other Rasmussen related news...

    Michael Rasmussen has a new job
    He'll be teaching MTB at Hald Ege Efterskole

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    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.

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    From Cykelmahasinet
    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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    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 and here

    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

    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





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    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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    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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    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

    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
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    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.




    I investigated further, and found some great little videos on his YouTube channel.

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

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    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 at the list. My favourite nomination may just be the marvellous Catherine Marsal  :cool

    #allofthedanes #somanydanes #thefutureisbright #beenagoodyear

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    #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

    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

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