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Biosphere

2015 Season

Just doing a bit of sticky tidying and thought this was one to start getting going. Following on from the disucssion on the decline of racing days and the general health of the sport, I though this was an interesting look at the pointy end of the season.

http://inrng.com/2014/10/2015-world-tour-analysis/
mr shifter

For me, it's nice to see a fairly normal season (ie, February to October) with Europe having the majority of points but I despair at what the Tour de Suisse has been reduced to.  
The other Continents are improving their events and the standard of their riders can be seen in the European Races.
They only really know how good they are when they measure themselves in the Traditional European theater.
Hopefully McQuaids Globalisation programe with it's ensuing TV set up is now History.  

The Points Table should be awarded by the points available on each Continent (never mind a world total of no significance) and then a proper Judgement can be made in the Traditional Races if they care to ride.

Australia, Columbia & USA have shown the value of their domestic racing.

Canada.  Rolling Eyes
Biosphere

Some reading for the winter months. Not related to next season, but it covers 6 of the previous ones. Longitudinal monitoring of a French cyclist who cracked the TdF podium this year. See if you can guess which one Wink


Click to download file

Download link if preferred

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.969296
Biosphere

Decent enough interview with Nibali

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/...ali-astana-cycling-tour-de-france
mazda

Cricketer Matt Prior has set up a UCI Continental team.
Not sure how far he hopes to take it.

Quote:
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has co-founded the new professional One Pro Cycling team.
The 12-rider squad is led by Yanto Barker.
Nolte

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/e...ree-to-leave-after-worldtour-exit

i don't neccessarily see this as bad for europcar, it will let them be more focused on races and i think they will be in many other worldtour races too

in 2013 when they were procontinental, they had stage wins in paris-nice and criterium de dauphine as well as leading both races
levi

is this  o'k to wish everybody a happy new year on this page.
Biosphere

levi wrote:
is this  o'k to wish everybody a happy new year on this page.


Of course Smile Happy New Year Everyone!
Biosphere

The Tour wild card invite is surely in the post Wink

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/...n/08/bradley-wiggins-new-team-sky
HuwB

No Roma Maxima this season.
Another great Italian one dayer bites the dust.
Biosphere

Saw the Roma Maxima news yesterday and was disappointed. Had enjoyed it a lot over the last two years. In the other RCS news from yesterday, I was really surprised to see that Trek were not going to be at Strade Bianche this year.

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01...ianche-confirmed-and-teams-named/

They turned down their invite I guess, but then I wonder why? The moving of the finish of Milan San Remo means Cancellara fancies his chances of staying away after the Poggio and is fully focussed? The avoidance of in competition testing? . . .
Nolte

the anticipation is over, the tour of qatar route has been revealed. the riders can now start practicising for the left or right turn on each stage
HuwB

The Giro and other RCS race wildcards announced.
Scinto's day glow dopers get to carry on as normal.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2015-giro-ditalia-teams-announced
gerry12ie

Maybe Schumacher and Rebellin can give them a bit of competition? Wink
mazda

I'm confused.
Where is Scinto now ?
Vini Fantini distanced themselves from him.
And Yellow Flu aren't listed.
Biosphere

mazda wrote:
I'm confused.
Where is Scinto now ?
Vini Fantini distanced themselves from him.
And Yellow Flu aren't listed.


They've rebranded more often than all the accidental nuclear power stations put together - and just as toxic Wink

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Pro_Cycling
HuwB

Biosphere wrote:
mazda wrote:
I'm confused.
Where is Scinto now ?
Vini Fantini distanced themselves from him.
And Yellow Flu aren't listed.


They've rebranded more often than all the accidental nuclear power stations put together - and just as toxic Wink

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Pro_Cycling


Yup. Southeast.
I thought it might be the direction that the needles have to go in from.

Gerry's right though. CCC are more than a match on that front.
Fontfroide

Nolte wrote:
the anticipation is over, the tour of qatar route has been revealed. the riders can now start practicising for the left or right turn on each stage


Reading about Qatar somewhere like Wiki is very enlightening.  Same bloody family since forever, and much connection with bummer Islam.  An awful country that cycling should never touch with a barge pole, except for all the other countries.
gerry12ie

If anyone was wondering who the Colombian sprinter is that is currently dishing it out to Cavendish is Alps and Andes has the background http://www.alpsandes.com/posts/

Decent blog
Mrs John Murphy

Great blog. Thanks for that.
Biosphere

Probably why I think the FDJ kit is about the nicest in the peloton at the moment

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/02...rk-team-kits-in-the-2015-peloton/
gerry12ie

Ugh.  Monochromania has reached its awful peak this season.  Its getting to be real struggle now to differentiate most teams (and even worse in bad weather).  Remember when Caisse stood out because they wore black? Very Happy
Mrs John Murphy

The Henry Ford school of kits. Any colour as long as it is black.
HuwB

News that will sadden some, be greeted by others and, I suspect, taken with a pinch of salt by the vast majority:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/c...ils-in-retirement-for-end-of-2016
Mrs John Murphy

I am calling bullshit on that one.
mr shifter

At last the European Season has started today with the first 1HC single day race.

Trofeo Laigueglia 2015 19th February
1 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:53:47
2 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeat  
3 Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
4 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
5 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
6 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
7 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
8 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling

The next 1HC is next week 28th February with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite.
Is there an FP for this.?? - Stannard again, please
Biosphere

Now that the races are coming thick and fast this might be useful to some. I have used it in the past and it works seamlessly with Outlook , smart phones and so on.

http://inrng.com/2015/01/2015-pro-cycling-calendar/
Biosphere

A rather tasty Tirreno-Adriatico this year.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/f...irmed-for-tirreno-adriatico-clash
HuwB

Biosphere wrote:
A rather tasty Tirreno-Adriatico this year.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/f...irmed-for-tirreno-adriatico-clash


Not sure that the parcour is quite as enticing as in recent years though.
Although I'm sure all those big names will see that as a blessing.
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:

Not sure that the parcour is quite as enticing as in recent years though.
Although I'm sure all those big names will see that as a blessing.


If they get dragged into one upmanship and psychological battles, then I lean towards it being a good chance of entertaining. I will probably be disappointed.

Seems to be assumed that Astana are riding for now.
Biosphere

Extreme weather protocol in time for the Giro

http://intranet.uci.ch/pressrelea...eather-conditions-protocol-sight/
Biosphere

Good piece on the Riis-Tinkov fault lines. The Tour de Suisse anecdote is brilliant  Laughing

http://www.cyclingnews.com/featur...s-the-anatomy-of-a-power-struggle
Nolte

bouhanni gets off the mark for cofidis with sarthe, though no other sprinters present. Maybe nice way for the team to drill their lead out train.
Biosphere

Put this here for want of somewhere better. I liked it but then a photo journalism blog about cycling is always going to go down well with me. Not what I would have expected from Trek though.

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/blog/tags/behind-stripes
gerry12ie

Biosphere wrote:
Put this here for want of somewhere better. I liked it but then a photo journalism blog about cycling is always going to go down well with me. Not what I would have expected from Trek though.

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/blog/tags/behind-stripes


Good stuff Bio, cheers
Nolte

unfortunately the frankfurt race has been cancelled today due to terrorist threats
gerry12ie

Dave 'Interesting' Brailsford is in favour of allowing TV viewers to listen to team radio transmissions.  It is probably marginally preferable to Kirby's histrionics or a Quigley/Smith snoozefest OR THEY COULD ALWAYS JUST BAN THEM

http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news...wers_to_listen_to_radio_messages/
Mrs John Murphy

gerry12ie wrote:
Dave 'Interesting' Brailsford is in favour of allowing TV viewers to listen to team radio transmissions.  It is probably marginally preferable to Kirby's histrionics or a Quigley/Smith snoozefest OR THEY COULD ALWAYS JUST BAN THEM

http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news...wers_to_listen_to_radio_messages/


Stay on your power meter Froomey, keep on the power meter Froomey. Dave's run it through the computer Froomey
Bartali

Down again Froomey?  We'll be there in a few seconds Froomey ....
Mrs John Murphy

Froomey, Dave's put panache into the computer but it came back with unknown error. The computer says to up your power in 500 metres, for 300 metres Froomey.
Biosphere

More of the Trek stuff. I knew they were doing Cancellara in advance and was wondering how they were going to make his life in Bern seem gritty compared to the first two. Thought he might have told about the time when he was growing up and the train was a minute late once Wink The cyclist guy who sits beside me at work bumped into him last week on a training run.

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/...d-stripes-part-six-spartacus-bern

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/blog/behind-stripes-part-seven

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/blog/behind-stripes-part-eight
Fontfroide

gerry12ie wrote:
Dave 'Interesting' Brailsford is in favour of allowing TV viewers to listen to team radio transmissions.  It is probably marginally preferable to Kirby's histrionics or a Quigley/Smith snoozefest OR THEY COULD ALWAYS JUST BAN THEM

http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news...wers_to_listen_to_radio_messages/


Apparently they do this in NASCAR round the oval racing in the USA.  Never have seen it, but apparently you can listen in to the driver of your choice to see what the bosses are telling him to do and what he is saying.  Wonder if this is true.
mazda

Watching highlights of day 3 of the Tour of the Fjords.
Smith is urging the entire field to attack Katusha (only 6 man teams).
Kristoff seems to be able to cover every attack by EBH up the climbs.
mazda

His ire is about to switch to the OGE team, having given the Topsport Vlaanderen team manager a good bashing earlier.
Boogerd_Fan

I have been trying to watch the 1hr highlights from the Tour of the Fjords, but it is hard viewing.. despite the scenery... the Katusha procession + Kristoff sprint is a bit tedious.
gerry12ie

Yes, its a stunningly beautiful backdrop, but my is it getting tedious.  It could be nice (but probably eye-wateringly expensive) to build a weeks holiday around some time...
gerry12ie

Young Eddie Dunbar continues to impress.  The 18 year old has clocked the second fastest Strava time for Col du Glandon (behind Ten Dam) just 4 weeks after surgery on his collar bone.  One to watch for sure...

http://www.stickybottle.com/lates...u-glandon-beats-top-pro-climbers/
Nolte

when gazing at the results of turkey, the burgos team had 5 dns

badly translated piece on it https://translate.google.com/tran...rea%2F&edit-text=&act=url

but apparently they missed the start of the stage due to problems getting there
Biosphere

Interesting cost benefit analysis

http://www.fastcoexist.com/304634...considering-the-full-cost-of-cars
gerry12ie

A rally good piece by FMK about the criterium circuit http://www.podiumcafe.com/2011/8/...r-the-post-tour-criterium-circuit and how much it used to mean to the riders.  Walsh wrote very well about it in the Kelly book some years ago.

I actually have Kelly's Kellogs crit leaders jersey...

Lengthy, but a great read.
mazda

I found it an interesting article. Cycling has always been about internal politics. About how much control the riders / agents used to hold and that modern salaries have, if anything, diminished that power.
Riders used to attack to get noticed and get offered contracts for crits.
Nowadays it is because the team manager wants exposure for the sponsors.
I guess that feeds very strongly into what we consider as boring racing these days.

So, are the UK crits just as fixed ?
In one I watched recently, the commentators certainly seemed to know who would win beforehand
Smile
SlowRower

mazda wrote:
So, are the UK crits just as fixed ?


The ones I've raced in certainly felt so. Smile
Nolte

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/n...-for-horners-airgas-safeway-team/

the israeli cycling academy selected for usa pro challenge ahead of airgas-horner team
mazda

He's not happy about it. Still feeling hard done by, by the sounds of things.
Quote:
If they don’t want to bring the only active [American] grand tour champion, the only [American] guy to ever to win the Tour of Spain, the only grand tour winner over age 40, then that’s their call.


In other news Ten Dam has injured himself in a training crash.
http://velonews.competitor.com/20...eason-in-doubt-after-crash_380621
gerry12ie

mazda wrote:
He's not happy about it. Still feeling hard done by, by the sounds of things.
Quote:
If they don’t want to bring the only active [American] grand tour champion, the only [American] guy to ever to win the Tour of Spain, the only grand tour winner over age 40, then that’s their call.



Egomania much, Chris?

Quote:
“When the other guys go into the move all of the sudden they’re rotating through like they have absolutely everything on the line and they have to go like crazy. But I jump in the move and nobody works. It is what it is. 44 years old and they’re still afraid of me.”


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/h...ld-and-theyre-still-afraid-of-me/

In fairness, Professor Xavier and his pupils had much the same problem...
Nolte

Matt brameiers season ended after collision with service vehicle in Utah.

It just seems theres been more of these this season
HuwB

Nolte wrote:
Matt brameiers season ended after collision with service vehicle in Utah.

It just seems theres been more of these this season


If you can stomach it, you can see it here, but be warned:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgyMkVwS24&feature=youtu.be
HuwB

Impressive win for Sam Bennett, today.
Easily the quickest finisher ahead of Kristoff et al.
Nolte

HuwB wrote:
Impressive win for Sam Bennett, today.
Easily the quickest finisher ahead of Kristoff et al.


yes, very nice win for him

brammeier just had way too much speed going into the corner, i wonder if something had happened before it, out of view but jut way too much view
Nolte

Ag2r Latour, who had that good ride in route du sud behind contador and quintana,7th in Austria, 5th in burgos, 3rd and stage in l'ain
Bartali

Nice wine for Poels today as EBH flatters to deceive yet again.
Boogerd_Fan

he got the overall lead tho (EBH)
maffy

hartside normally looks like this


but yesterday cumbria council thoughtfully trialled a pop up bike parking facility leaving all the cars twinkling in the sun back down to alston






some sort of racething was put on to stop anybody getting bored




the locals turned up with half an hour to go on more sensible four wheelers (only, it seems, available in red)
one of them bought a round of ice creams and the weather was pleasant enough for them to stay and mingle


nice day, although windy
gps says 38.5miles 1850metres ascended

which is roughly one d'huez
gerry12ie

Ta Maffy, looked like fun
Fontfroide

Bartali wrote:
Nice wine for Poels today as EBH flatters to deceive yet again.


Actually, I just watched the end of the race, and was just a bit more impressed than you are.  I know it is only the Tour of Britain, but the field is more impressive than usual, and I think EBH was a rather confident and competent yellow jersey today.

He will always be one of the guys who had a fair bit of potential that was never realised, but still.  He does have a more than average palmares.

But I would say that wouldn't I?   Embarassed
Fontfroide

Hey Maffy.

Nice shots, thanks for putting them up.
In my view, you should send the photo of the "bike fence" to some mag so they can use it.  I think it speaks.
Nolte

Nice photos, maffy.
Nolte

Owain doull has rode really well all week. He's a great talent.
Nolte

And when greipl crossed the line, my thought being  that there was no doubt over the winner. Hmm, I might have been wrong
mazda

So, the UCI has drawn up its new rules for 2017 to 2019.
I can't see any official comment by ASO as yet.

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ne...to-mens-worldtour-for-2017-192608

Are they really that dramatic ?
I know it commits race organisers to abide by various rules, as well as the teams.
Biosphere

London says Non

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cycling/34385718
mazda

Shocked
Why waste money on bidding in the first place ?

Given the amount that tourists to the capital will spend on tat I'm sure it must have been possible to easily recoup any outlay, unlike in Yorkshire where there is probably a large pile of merchandise still hanging around.

Doesn't this show the flaws in an accounting system where the primary funding comes from a body that won't (can't) benefit directly from a financial point of view.
mazda

Last night I caught the end of the Binche-Chimay-Binche (a.k.a Frank Vandenbroucke memorial) on the "home of cycling" channel.

Finishes with 4 flattish laps of a long circuit with reasonably narrow (if somewhat straight at times) roads.

Terpstra had gone long at 40+km, and various other small groups were dotted ahead of the small peloton.

Giant finally brought it all back together with a couple of km to go.
Sinkeldam attacked on the the right hander at the top of the cobbled rise with 500m left.
Only Ligthart was able to follow, albeit with a gap, and never looked like catching him.
mr shifter

mazda wrote:
So, the UCI has drawn up its new rules for 2017 to 2019.
I can't see any official comment by ASO as yet.
Looks like the UCI have already started a problem with the ASO by plonking the Abu Dhabi Tour on the same day as Paris-Tours.
The main team riders are in Arabia and leaving the French to scratch around. ?
Fontfroide

I won't go on about the various Tours in the Arabian peninsula.  I am sure its not about the money, money, money.  Even more reason to "against globalisation", it just means you get to make more money wherever you want, no matter what.  

Oh wait, I just went on.
Nolte

mazda wrote:
Shocked
Why waste money on bidding in the first place ?

Given the amount that tourists to the capital will spend on tat I'm sure it must have been possible to easily recoup any outlay, unlike in Yorkshire where there is probably a large pile of merchandise still hanging around.

Doesn't this show the flaws in an accounting system where the primary funding comes from a body that won't (can't) benefit directly from a financial point of view.


I saw something a few weeks ago that the visit Yorkshire board had 750,000 pound of unsold merchandise left over

Found link - http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ra...tour-de-france-merchandise-193626
Nolte

Complaints about the heat in the emirate today.

It is schedules for the worlds in their qatari neighbours at this time next year to avoid the hot weather of September ( which is also Qatar's rainy season )
HuwB

Nolte wrote:
Complaints about the heat in the emirate today.

It is schedules for the worlds in their qatari neighbours at this time next year to avoid the hot weather of September ( which is also Qatar's rainy season )


46C apparently.

28C in Italy for the Coppa Sabatini, too, according to the Rai commentator.
Does the European season really end in 3 days? Daft.

Oh and Sam Bennett wins Paris-Bourges, which is what I expected to read, when I saw you were last post, Nolte. Wink
HuwB

Back to the future?
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ne...k-tinkoff-saxo-says-report-194764
maffy

never knew abudhabi had a mountain. do now. poels dinnae do that to ebh!. this may just cost less in promotional son financials than beijing. why not give them a series of important one day races in, say, italy.

emilia looked wet but not overly cold. nice ride.
mr shifter

Rabbits  albino Rabbits

Only 14 days to the 1st European 1HC race :- 53° TROFEO LAIGUEGLIA
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