UCI WorldTour and other pro cycling nonsense 2011

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10 days till the tour down under, 6 weeks at least till some kind of fudge over Contador. New year new thread.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 6 January 2011 17:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://cdn4.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2011/01/09/1/_dsc0820_600.jpg

jacky bobby crusing everyone at australian championships today - bridged to six-man break, drove it to a four-minute lead, then dropped the break remnants and soloed home from 30km out. this is a guy who's still concentrating on the track until the next olympics, apparently!

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Sunday, 9 January 2011 14:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

would like to have seen that race. I presume he'll be riding TDU, but what is the rest of his program like? Surely he should be riding, at the very least, some of the non-cobbled classics?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 10 January 2011 16:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

deffo TDU, track worlds in ...is it late march i think? other than that, not sure. he struggled pretty badly at the giro last year so they're taking their time with him - might change after yesterday though. he'd be pretty suited to amstel and LBL, garmin have such a strong squad now though...

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Monday, 10 January 2011 22:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

am i wrong or are sky, garmin, and leopard now all wearing black w/ blue accents?

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not wrong unless sky go with the green accents they had in ToB.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

yup

xp

ullr saves (gbx), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

and even tho its slavishly rapha-esque, i gotta say that i really like the leopard steez. and garmin did the right thing reigning in the argyle.

ullr saves (gbx), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

also even this probably outs me as a n00b with no knowledge of the peloton, i am pumped that leopard has the schlecks and fab and JENS!

ullr saves (gbx), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

leopard = stylin'

will garmin change to white for the TDF like cervelo did??

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like the celeste accent best, but bianchi must be all "wtf guys?!"

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://2003.tour-de-france.cz/images/foto/20-07-2003/armull2.jpg
a v. good look imo

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

absolutely. ullrich was easily 100x cooler riding for team bianchi that one year!

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Monday, 10 January 2011 23:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Worst possible outcome:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mcquaid-casts-doubt-on-contadors-tour-de-france-participation

Would much rather he be declared a cheat or cleared to ride. If it's still up in the air then the win is somewhat devalued, especially if Contador is cleared later in the year.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 11 January 2011 21:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

McQuaid is an incompetent, likely corrupt idiot.

Mark C, Tuesday, 11 January 2011 23:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Vuelta going to the Basque Country for the first time since 1978!

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, Sammy Sanchez said this in a press conference:

"The finish at Lagos de Somiedo is short but hard. It climbs 1,500 metres in just 8km. That’s very tough.”

Uhhh... quick math says that's ~20% grade for 5 miles... that's more than very tough, that's insanity.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 18:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://news.velonation.com/Misc/Races/Vuelta/Feature/Vuelta%2011%20profiles/original/Vuelta11stage14_profile.jpg

think sammy might have his wires crossed there, looks more like about 700m ascent over the last 8km. they have to do the angliru the next day though!

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Thursday, 13 January 2011 03:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

ooh, nice catch haitch. *+1s haitch*

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 13 January 2011 03:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

stage 4 sounds fun too:

The 200 kilometre stage is the second-longest of the race and includes two second category ascents of the Valdepeñas de Jaén; the second of these tops out just 7.8 kilometres from the finish line and could well provoke attacks. There is also a steep ramp up the finish line, including a legbreaking 27% wall with 500 metres to go.

lollll

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Thursday, 13 January 2011 03:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

can you even imagine??

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Thursday, 13 January 2011 03:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

i mean, only if there is a massive descent that leads into it... right? RIGHTTTT?

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 13 January 2011 04:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

*whimpers*

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 13 January 2011 04:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

am looking forward to this Vuelta - course looks great. Wonder if I can wangle a quick trip over to Bilbao for the stages round there when we'll have a 3 month old in the house........?

problem chimp (Porkpie), Thursday, 13 January 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.lavuelta.com/11pr/imgrecorrido/20_perfil.gif

I mean, 140k mark here = ouchie

problem chimp (Porkpie), Thursday, 13 January 2011 08:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

does this have any implications for his TdF win?

ullr saves (gbx), Sunday, 16 January 2011 17:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes, specifically because that was the race where he tested positive. Not sure about whether his other victories will be stripped.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 16 January 2011 17:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bros Schleck discuss rivals
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/schleck-brothers-rate-likely-tour-de-france-rivals

Kind of odd that they leave Samu out of the discussion, esp since he will soon share the 10 TdF podium with Andy.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

If you want to check out the numbers a pro puts out, Ted King (liquigas) has been posting his rides on Strava: http://app.strava.com/rides/266435

sous les paves, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 03:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Whoa Matt Goss obviously in good early-season form in TDU

yuoowemeone, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

sounds like it was carnage today!

ROBBIE in ochre jersey!!

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Wednesday, 19 January 2011 04:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

tried to proxy-hax0r into the AUS feed but failed.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 19 January 2011 04:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-selects-22-teams

No Geox-TMC - PRO no awful footon style kit; CON no Sastre and Menchov.

This will cause a stink

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

All four Pro Continental teams are French. Can't accuse ASO of being short on national pride.

naus, Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow, and this comes on the heels of Menchov getting bumped from 3rd to 2nd in last year's TdF.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't get menchov at all.

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Thursday, 20 January 2011 17:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

So it's in his best interest to jump ship eh? 2nd place in the TdF and 1st in the Giro not getting invited to two major classics/tours the following year is kinda a major FU....

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 20 January 2011 17:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sastre's a different story, he was ghost of his previous fitness last year.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 20 January 2011 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/2010+Tour+Down+Under+Stage+Three+0DPXDpM_wZyl.jpg

why does this man always look like he's about to cry

ullr saves (gbx), Thursday, 20 January 2011 23:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

give him a break, he's just give birth to a wallaby

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 21 January 2011 01:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

that can't be from this year with Cadel failing to defend the rainbow jersey (on his hometurf!)

poor form gbx, do 4 hill repeats as punishment.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Friday, 21 January 2011 01:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh god its -13F degrees right now

ullr saves (gbx), Friday, 21 January 2011 01:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

saur-sojasun instead of geox, christ

assume geox will have sastre + menchov at the giro then - if they get an invite, that is.

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Friday, 21 January 2011 04:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

is it reaistic for him to jump ship and nullify the geox contract? i'm sure Rabo would love to have him back, no?

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Friday, 21 January 2011 05:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

probably not unless there was some specific clause - the team's still a going concern (at the moment anyway), not like how mcewen walked from pegasus because they didn't have the licence granted. at least that's how i assume it's gone down.

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Friday, 21 January 2011 05:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good stuff going on right now down under

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 23 January 2011 03:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

indeed. can't believe rabo and HTC butchered that intermediate sprint so badly, way to throw away your chances guys!

internet hardmanning clark (haitch), Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5217/5388133952_8ffb37d4bf_z.jpg

GET INVOLVED

ullr saves (gbx), Tuesday, 25 January 2011 18:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Cavendish wins in the pouring Scottish rain in the first stage of the Tour of Britain. Apparently Jens Voigt has already crashed out.

Prejudice Capsule Hamster (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 11 September 2011 14:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voigt has crashed IN. He needs a serious accident to focus.

Mark C, Monday, 12 September 2011 09:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

nice shots!

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 21:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

those are great!

yeah, niche-y, that's what i meant (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, those are amazingly sharp

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

A kid I parked next to at a race last year will be racing the UCI Worlds TT today if you can believe that. His name is Andrew Talansky and he's from Napa, CA. I think he goes off around 1:30 Copenhagen time. He's racing for Garmin-Cervelo.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

1:30 = 13:30

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks guys, I was machine gunning a bit so was lucky-ish to get some of them (the one in the line was just before I took my camera away from the barrier I was holding it over so it didn't get knocked out of my hand).

Here's Cav looking sad (or bored, I like to think he's pining in advance of being separated from Renshaw), and I'll see if I can put up the video that Vic took with my phone:
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/6166949375_4f506f98d2_z.jpg

problem chimp (Porkpie), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

welp, Spartacus' reign is over. Adieu adieu.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

A kid I parked next to at a race last year will be racing the UCI Worlds TT today if you can believe that. His name is Andrew Talansky and he's from Napa, CA. I think he goes off around 1:30 Copenhagen time. He's racing for Garmin-Cervelo.

― citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:05 AM (9 hours ago)

He got 16th, just behind the heavily hyped Taylor Phinney. Not bad for his first year as a professional!

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

What team is Tony Martin riding for next year?

sous les paves, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Quick Step

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

He'll be starting his 2-year ban next year, I'd guess (cynical pessimist, yes, sorry, but he's just TOO good right now)

Mark C, Thursday, 22 September 2011 10:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Eh, fabs had a similar edge over everyone else the last couple of years, and surely he was cleahhahahahahahaha Damn this sport can make you cynical.

sous les paves, Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's funny, I actually (want to) believe Cancellara was racing clean but I don't want to seem like a total rube on internet message boards. What a sport.

sous les paves, Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tony Martin rode clinchers yesterday(!!!).

Bert Grabsch rode a 58t chainring (why???)

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think Martin and Cancellara are both (probably) clean. I wouldn't stake my life on it, though, and I'd be more inclined to bet on Martin than Cancellara (as I believe HTC and Garmin are genuine in the clean riding campaigns, whereas Cancellara's best results were achieved under Bjarne Riis).

It's interesting to see the decline of Canc this season. It's not just that Martin has replaced him as the untouchable victor, he's not even the second best time trialler any more. Wiggins has beaten him on at least three occasions this season (Worlds, Vuelta, and something or other in the spring - a small stage race somewhere in Europe, I forget what) and seems to have mastered the art this year of finishing second to Martin whenever they meet (Paris-Nice, Dauphine, Worlds).

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

there is test data to support clinchers as lower rolling resistance than tubulars, probly due to glue squirm. in a tt effort w/out accellerations (that is, rim weight not paramount), you want clinchers with latex.

yeah, niche-y, that's what i meant (Hunt3r), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

look for "fat mantis" painted on the road on the worlds course after the hill in holte, we've got friends w/ paint

yeah, niche-y, that's what i meant (Hunt3r), Saturday, 24 September 2011 14:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Marianne Vos finishes second at the WC for the fifth time in a row o_O

'Main Shop of Love' Gigolo (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 24 September 2011 14:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

unlucky to get boxed in but the dutch team could have done a lot more to control it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes I agree. They had 4 up front in the last 600m.

'Main Shop of Love' Gigolo (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeahhhhh!!!! @hunt3r

Any predictions? Lotsa people rooting for PhilGil, Thor, Sagan but I think it really is gonna be a bunch sprint and not a hardman's race.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 24 September 2011 20:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

My prediction: I don't think it's going to be a sprint. It's way too long a race for that, 276km! Seeing the espoirs doing their race averaging it at what, 48 km/h already, I think it will go so fast that the sprinters won't have any breath left at the end.

If I have to pick some possible winners, I'll pick Gilbert, Hushovd, Hagen, Boom and Freire.

'Main Shop of Love' Gigolo (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 24 September 2011 22:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Take a look at Stage 7 of this year's TdF... not quite 276km but very long esp after stage 6 which was even longer. Guess who won?

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 24 September 2011 22:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Touché. Well I'm not ruling it out completely ;)

Brilliant God-Man (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 25 September 2011 10:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Congrats, can't wait to see the rainbow stripes being dropped on every cat4 climb next year.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 25 September 2011 13:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Otm. Awesome finish though.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 25 September 2011 13:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

plopping the worlds on flat course the year before olympics panned out perfectly.

yeah, niche-y, that's what i meant (Hunt3r), Sunday, 25 September 2011 15:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

that 10km pull wiggins took near the end, jesus christ.

refugee avocado (haitch), Monday, 26 September 2011 02:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

helmet fairing is pretty pro lol

yeah, niche-y, that's what i meant (Hunt3r), Monday, 26 September 2011 04:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Team GB was immense, pulled all day, (with spells of help from Germany and Australia) and were still able to be there at the end.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 September 2011 10:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

if a PRO does something, does that automatically make it PRO: y/n

refugee avocado (haitch), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Too soon for a 2012 thread? check out these parcours:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/mortirolo-and-stelvio-to-feature-on-penultimate-day-of-giro-ditalia/192420

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Friday, 30 September 2011 18:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was otherwise engaged last weekend, but would like to take this opportunity to say Hurrah for Team GB and World Champion Cavendish you jolly good eggs!

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 1 October 2011 09:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also: in the latest Cycle Sport magazine there is a Graham Watson photo of Wiggins just after he got dropped on the Angliru. He has no shades on and I don't think I've seen a more desolate expression.

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 1 October 2011 09:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

HTC Highroad women's team to continue as Specialized lululemon - very good news

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-specialized-lululemon-resurrects-high-road-womens-team

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 00:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Vaughters
Jonathan Vaughters
For those spreading rumors about Garmin and Cav: Go see Moneyball. SKY =Yankees, Garmin=A's...
8 minutes ago

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Monday, 10 October 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yessssss, baseball and cycling intersect!

In other news, leaked TDF route says 96km of TTs next year, fewer high mountain stages. Sorry Andy.

http://inrng.com/2011/10/2012-tour-de-france-route/

sous les paves, Monday, 10 October 2011 18:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

So...Froome or Wiggins ftw? ;-)

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

They'll be too tired from leading out the WC to have any legs for the non-flat stages.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pau > Bagnères-de-Luchon

circle of death!

Aliar Jones (haitch), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 01:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

:-D

Caught that on Dutch telly, she's been doing that for years. She got too famous in Holland doing her impersonation, so now's he's doing it with foreign guests.

Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 23 October 2011 22:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This was really charming, esp. his Mapei story:

http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/MG_sportnieuws/MG_wielrennen/1.1151773

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 10 November 2011 03:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

^ That was good

Nasty, British & Short (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:52 (seven years ago) Permalink


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