Gomez Villafane and Dillman victorious at Major Taylor CX


Racing at Indy Cycloplex was set over a 1.7-mile course featuring a stone staircase, short punchy climbs, and off-camber descents on a cold day at Major Taylor Saturday.

Gomez Villafane capitalizes on teamwork to take the win

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Gomez Villafane and her teammate Courtenay McFadden (both Pivot Maxxis pb Stan’s DNA Cycling) quickly separated themselves from the 37-rider field on a hill in the first lap, working together to form a significant gap.

Behind them, a chase group formed including Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team), Emma Swartz (Marian University Cycling), Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M CX), Raylin Nuss (Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek), Laurel Rathbun (Donnelly Sports), and Jennifer Malik.

At the end of two laps, the chase group had re-shuffled, with Swartz and Gilbert leading the bunch. Miscommunication between teammates led to Gomez Villafane opening a gap on McFadden inside of three laps to go, and the pair lost ground now they were unable to work together, allowing Swartz to catch and pass McFadden on the fourth lap.  By the fifth and final lap, Gilbert had moved up to third place on the course, also dropping McFadden.

Gomez Villafane held on for the win in a time of 43:34 seconds, with Swartz crossing the line 13 seconds later for second place. Gilbert took third, 30 seconds from the winner.

“There was a part on the course that she told me to go by and lead it and I thought she told me to attack and go, so I did,” explained the winner about the moment she dropped teammate McFadden. “But it was a really good race and I’m excited to take a win.”

Dillman leads holds off Driscoll to win solo

Major Taylor 2018
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Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized) and Eric Brunner (FCX Elite) set a fast pace early on, though many riders had to put their foot down when tackling the tacky hill on the first lap. Andrew Dillman (SDG Factory Team) got through unscathed however, and took advantage of others being held up to accelerate away.

By lap two, Jamey Driscoll (Pivot Maxxis pb Stan’s DNA Cycling) was the sole chaser, six seconds behind Dillman. Behind Driscoll, the pack constantly re-shuffled in the fight for third.

As the laps ticked by, Dillman continued to extend his lead and was 20 seconds in front of Driscoll with three laps to go.

With two laps to go, 20-year old Caleb Swartz (Madison Wisc./Marian University Cycling), had separated himself from the chase group and moved into third place, around 30 seconds from Driscoll. Behind him, the battle was on for fourth place between Kaiser, Brian Matter (Linear Sport Racing), Erik Thompson (MSPEEDWAX), and Samuel Kieffer (Red Kite Fund).

Dillman continued to grow his lead in the close of the race and won in 1:01:56, with Driscoll crossing the line 34 seconds later. Swartz came in third, 1:29 after the winner.

“Even when the other two guys were leading I just felt really comfortable, I wasn’t at my limit and all that,” said Dillman. “So I made a pass on second place about halfway through the first lap and then not long after that, I made a pass on first place. He made a little bobble in front of me and I guess I never looked back.”

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West and White overcome the slush at Supercross


Cold slushy mud covered the course in Suffern, N.Y at Supercross day one after a midweek snowstorm, making for a course with deep bogs and no real lines to follow. The conditions made for an attritional racing, particularly in the men’s race, were only eight riders finished of the 28 starters.

West masters the course to overhaul Fahringer

Ruby West

Ruby West (Specialized-Tenspeed Hero) took the holeshot and battled the treacherous course through the start of lap one, holding the lead until a dropped chain allowed Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) to take the lead.

Fahringer held the lead throughout the middle of the race and established a good gap. However West chased hard, slowly regaining the ground she lost as she became more familiar with the course.

Half-way through the final lap West managed to overhaul Fahringer, and went on to hold on to the lead, winning in 40:17, with Fahringer finishing seven seconds behind. 17-year-old Magdeleine Vallieres finished third, and Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team) finished fourth.

“I dropped my chain, and Becca [Fahringer] got a gap,” said West. “I was just losing my mind. Then the second lap I kind of recollected, got into a rhythm, started riding my own race and not worrying about her. As the laps went on, I got more and more comfortable with the course and was able to kind of find my own lines and make up some time with some running sections.”

“It was really muddy,” said Vallieres. “I like riding in the mud, so it was fun.”

White wears down Werner

Curtis White

The selection was made early, with Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and ProCX points leader Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) making the front group, and soon became the sole riders at the head of the race as others dropped back.

The pair swapped leads several times through the first few laps, taking advantage as one or the other got caught out in the mud and snow. By the fifth lap, White had managed to establish a gap and grew this to 14 seconds, but Werner didn’t give up the fight.

With two laps to go, Werner had almost regained contact with White. However, in the final lap, White’s constant pressure proved too much for Werner, who was unable to match the pace. White went on to win in 1:05:16, with Werner finishing 1:32 behind.

Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart), took third and with it his first ProCX podium of the season.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas hits back at Wiggins comments on Armstrong

Geraint Thomas has hit back at Bradley Wiggins’ recent comments and emotively-driven support for Lance Armstrong, suggesting that his former Team Sky teammate is simply seeking publicity to help sell his latest book.

Wiggins described Armstrong as the ‘perfect’ Tour de France winner in his book called Icons, explaining that the Texan was perhaps the sort of winner that Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange had in mind 120 years ago when he created the race. Wiggins suggested that a Tour de France winner is “on occasion, borderline sociopathic” and “always a very special, very driven human being.”

“I’m not saying he’s an icon. He’s iconic, for good and bad reasons now. I can’t change the way it made me feel when I was 13. It changed my life,” Wiggins explained in subsequent interviews revealing there was a “mutual respect in terms of what we’ve been through, racing against each other.”

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Thomas – speaking in China while riding the Shanghai Tour de France criterium, made it clear to the AFP news agency that he did not agree with Wiggins.

“Brad’s got a book to sell,” AFP reported Thomas as saying. “He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists.

“He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity.”

Getting back into training camp

Going for a second consecutive Tour de France victory

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Is Lyu Xianjing the real ‘big thing’ from China?

Fifth overall in the Tour of Hainan and currently third in the Tour of Fuzhou after winning stage 1, China’s Lyu Xianjing is the big revelation of the final races of 2018. Has the world of cycling finally discovered the much anticipated talent from China?

It has been 15 years since the Dutch-based Marco Polo organization started scouting cycling talents in China. Li Fuyu emerged as the first Chinese WorldTour rider with Discovery Channel in 2007, and Pro Continental team Skil-Shimano welcomed Jin Long as their first Chinese rider in 2006.

Under the colours of Argos-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin, Ji Cheng completed the three Grand Tours during his 10-year pro career (from 2007 to 2016). Xing Yandong (with Argos-Shimano in 2013), Xu Gang (with Lampre-Merida from 2014 to 2016) and Wang Meiyin (with Bahrain-Merida since 2017) have also been registered in the highest category without achieving major results in the WorldTour so far.

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While international races have popped up in different Chinese provinces since the inception of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2002, the only Chinese winner of a stage race overall in that period remains En Huang, who claimed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Vietnam in 2012.

Wang’s victory in stage 3 of the 2013 Le Tour de Langkawi and his fifth overall, is the best result obtained by a Chinese road cyclist so far. For several reasons, including bureaucracy, it took him four years to join a WorldTour team and he’ll turn 30 next month.

It would be an understatement to say that the promise from start-up organisation GCP (Global Cycling Project) to produce a first Chinese winner of the Tour de France by 2024, according to a press release last month, has been welcomed in China with scepticism. But since then, a huge potential has emerged.

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Redant will direct Dimension Data in 2019

Former UnitedHealthcare director Hendrick Redant will move to Dimension Data next year as the South African WorldTour team look to bolster their Performance Department.

Redant is part of an influx of new faces that include Performance Innovation Manager & Head Coach Dr. Daniel Green; Performance Coach & Head of Sports Science Dr. Dajo Sanders; Physiological Scientist & Athlete Welfare Consultant Dr. David Splinder; and Performance Coaches Ciaran O’Grady and Mattia Michelusi.

Redant, a former Belgian pro who won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne twice among his 22 pro victories, worked as directeur sportif with Omega Pharma-Lotto until the end of the 2010 season.

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He took a position with the Pegasus team for 2011, but the program folded before the season started. Redant then went to work with UnitedHealthcare in 2012 and has been with the US Pro Continental team through the end of this year. Redant’s association with South Africa goes back to 1992 when he won a stage of the Boland Bank Tour.

Green, who worked at the WorldTour level previously with BMC Racing and Trek-Segafredo, spent 10 years at the Australian Institute of Sport and completed PhDs in Muscle Physiology and Performance Physiology.

“I am thrilled about these new additions to our team for 2019 and beyond,” Team Principle Doug Ryder said in a statement released to media. “The range of expertise that these individuals will bring into our set-up is a huge boost and we’re thrilled.

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Ale Cipollini complete 2019 roster

Alè Cipollini presented their 2019 roster Saturday night at the ‘Gran Galà Alè’ in the Theatre of Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, officially announcing the 12 riders who will compete next season for the UCI women’s team.

Team president Alessia Piccolo also presented the 2019 management team, including Team Manager Fortunato Lacquaniti and new Sports Director Giuseppe Lanzoni.

The team won 15 races in 2018 and are hoping to keep the momentum rolling next year. To that end, the 2019 roster includes a host of newcomers and some key returning riders, including 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Chloe Hosking, who will be the team’s sprinter and road captain.

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“Next season will be a very important year,” Hosking said in a statement released by the team. “The target is to win as many races as possible with all my teammates.”

Italian riders Soraya Paladin and Anna Trevisi will return to the team, as well as German Romy Kasper and young Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels. The newcomers for next year are Diana Peñuela from UnitedHealthcare, Eri Yonamine from Wiggle High 5, Marjolein Van’t Geloof from Lotto Soudal Ladies, Jelena Eric from Cylance and Nadia Quagliotto from Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.

The 2019 team will also include 19-year-old Italian Jessica Raimondi and 17-year-old Giorgia Bariani, who will debut with the elites this season after taking the silver medal in the road race and individual time trial of the Italian Junior National Championships.

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West wins Supercross Cup opener in New York

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Viviani and Keisse set up victory at Gent Six Day – Gallery

With two nights of racing to go, Deceuninck-QuickStep riders Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse are set up for success during their first outing under the team’s new title sponsor, taking the lead at the Gent Six Day after four nights of competition.

Viviani and Keisse currently lead the Baloise Insurance team of Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele by four points, 244 to 240. Lotto Soudal’s Tosh van der Sande and Jasper de Bust are third at 218 points. The Deceuninck duo took the lead Friday night with a win in the first Madison and a runner-up performance in the second.

Overnight leaders De Buyst and Van der Sande got things rolling Friday with a win in the first Points Race, while the second Points Race went to De Ketele and Ghys. Keisse and Viviani then struck with a victory in the Team Elimination. The One-Lap Race went to Topsport-Vlaanderen’s Moreno De Pauw and Lyndsay De Vylder.

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The first Madison was a hard-fought battle between the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders and Baloise Insurance, with Keisse eventually getting the advantage over Ghys in the final sprint. Viviani and Keisse pulled into the overall lead, while Ghys and de Ketele moved into second overall ahead of De Buyst and Van der Sande.

The young Belgian duo of Jules Hestersand Otto Vergaerde (Proncie Oost-Vlaanderen) won the second Madison.

Also on Friday night, Lotte Kopecky won the first women’s event, beating Amy Cure and Kirstie Van Haaften in the points race. Kristen Wild was fourth, followed by Jolien D’Hoore.

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White wins day 1 at Supercross Cup

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Thomas: Wiggins’s Armstrong comments are “publicity seeking”


SHANGHAI (AFP) — Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas accused Bradley Wiggins of trying to drum up publicity on Saturday with his controversial comments about drug cheat Lance Armstrong.

Former Tour winner and five-time Olympic champion Wiggins came under fire earlier this month after including the disgraced Armstrong in his new book, “Icons”.

Wiggins, who retired from cycling in December 2016, also called Armstrong the “perfect” Tour de France rider, while conceding that many people would disagree.

The 38-year-old was widely condemned for his appraisal of Armstrong, the American who was stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012.

Thomas, who rode with Wiggins for Britain and Team Sky, told AFP after finishing second in the Tour’s Shanghai Criterium that he did not share the opinion of his former team-mate.

“Brad’s got a book to sell,” said Thomas, the 32-year-old who became the first Welshman to win the Tour de France when he triumphed in cycling’s most prestigious race in July.

“He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists.

“He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity.”

David Lappartient, president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, called Wiggins’s description of Armstrong “unbelievable” and “strange”.

Wiggins, who launched his book this month, was quoted by the BBC as saying that he was not “praising” Armstrong. “I’m not condoning for one minute what Lance did,” Wiggins said.

A little of the gloss was taken off Thomas’s Tour victory when his trophy was stolen after being displayed at a cycle show in Britain. Police launched an investigation but, nearly two months on, have not found it.

Armstrong cheekily tweeted in response to the theft: “G – bummer, dude. I got 7 of em if you wanna borrow one.”

Thomas – known as “G” in the cycling world – gives that short shrift. “No, I’ll leave that I think,” said the unimpressed Team Sky rider, who was beaten into second in Shanghai by Peter Sagan of Slovakia.

Thomas, whose triumph this summer propelled him into the sporting limelight, said that he was “working on getting a replacement one [trophy]”. The theft was “frustrating and disappointing”.

“But at the same time, I’ve got all the memories and the yellow jersey at home,” he said. “But it’s weird why someone would take that – it’s not like you can sell it.”

Thomas, who spent several years in the shadow of Sky teammate and four-time Tour champion Chris Froome, is already plotting his assault on next year’s race.

Retaining his title would be an even greater achievement than his maiden victory, he said. “If you look in the history books, the last man to retain it after winning it for the first time was [Miguel] Indurain, back in 1991-92,” said Thomas. “So it kind of shows how rare that is.”

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