Tour of Tasmania – Stage four cancelled
Wild weather in Tasmania has forced the cancellation of stage four of the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania, the tenth event in Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series.
After consultation with Tasmanian police earlier in the day, a decision was made by Cycling Australia to delay the start (originally scheduled for 10.30am) by two hours in a hope the rain and wind would ease.
When the weather failed to improve, a final decision was made (at approximately 12.30pm) to cancel the stage.
Cycling Australia’s General Manager of Events Steve Peterson stated it was a necessary decision to ensure the safety of all participants, police and staff.
“After consultation with local police, Cycling Australia have made the call to cancel the stage today in the interest of rider and public safety,” Peterson said.
“We look forward to some improved weather conditions later in the week, with the Tour expected to continue tomorrow.”
Jack Haig (Huon-Genesys) currently leads the Tour of Tasmania by 1:48 over Robbie Hucker (Drapac) and by 3:05 over Hucker’s teammate Darren Lapthorne.
The Tour continues today with a 79km road race from Westbury to Great Lake.
Click here and scroll down to see the full general classification leading into stage 5.
Drapac signs new riders for 2014
Drapac Professional Cycling has announced the signing of seven new riders as the Australian squad continues its progress to becoming a ProContinental squad for 2014.
Jack Anderson, Jonathan Cantwell, Jai Crawford, Ben Johnson, Jordan Kerby, Lachlan Norris and Wouter Wippert will all join the squad for next season. Cantwell, who comes to Drapac after two seasons with Team Saxo Tinkoff in the WorldTour, will headline the squad.
“This is about me seizing the moment and taking the opportunity when it presents itself. Being 31, I’ve still got quite a few years of good cycling in me, probably my best is to come,” he said.
Team Manager Jonathan Breekveldt said:
“For our first year back in the Professional Continental ranks it is important to find the correct balance between experience and youth. With Jonathan we have a proven winner and somebody who can bring valuable knowledge from the World Tour. While Jordan [Kerby] and Wouter [Wippert] are both younger, but equally talented, I am confident we can help develop into both great athletes and successful young professionals.”
Text adapted from a Drapac press release. See here for the release in full.
Chris Horner still without a contract for 2014
He might have won the Vuelta a Espana in convincing fashion but 41-year-old Chris Horner is still without a team for 2013.
“I have nothing solid on the table with Trek,” Horner told VeloNews earlier this week.
Horner’s RadioShack Leopard team will next season become Team Trek and the new team has confirmed that it doesn’t have a place for Horner on its Classics-focused squad.
Horner has been with the various incarnations of RadioShack, Leopard and Trek since 2010 after he moved from Astana.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Argos-Shimano extends contracts with Kittel, Degenkolb and others
Marcel Kittel, four-time stage winner at this year’s Tour de France, has signed a new contract with Argos-Shimano and will ride with the Dutch-based outfit until the end of 2016.
“I am very happy that we can keep on working together for the next three years,” Kittel said. “The team has given me the best environment to keep developing as a rider and a person. As a sprinter, I feel that I have the best support around me to help me achieve more great results in the future.”
Kittel is just one of four riders who extended their contract with Argos-Shimano. John Degenkolb, who won five stages at last year’s Vuelta a Espana, will ride with Argos-Shimano for another three years, as will Simon Geschke.
Tom Dumoulin has also signed on for another two years, saying there are “many opportunities” for him in the team in future.
Meanwhile in the Argos-Shimano women’s squad, star sprinter Kirsten Wild and former junior world champion Lucy Garner have both re-signed, the former with a one-year deal, the latter with a two-year deal.
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Johnny Hoogerland to join Cannondale?
With his Vacansoleil-DCM squad set to fold at the end of this year, Dutch road race champion Johnny Hoogerland is rumoured to be signing with Cannondale for next season.
“I estimate the probability that it happens at around 90 percent,” Hoogerland’s manager told Dutch website NOS.nl. “We hear definitely on Saturday.”
Hoogerland is known for his aggressive riding style and first came to many people’s attention when he was flung through a barbed wire fence after being hit by a car on stage 9 of the 2011 Tour de France.
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
Europcar applies for WorldTour license
Team Europcar has applied to upgrade its license from ProContinental to WorldTour, for the first time since the rental car company started sponsoring the team in 2011.
“We’ve received confirmation of receipt [of the application dossier] and we just have to wait for the decision,” Europcar manager Jean-René Bernaudeau told French website Sudouest.fr. “Our sponsor would love to take part in all of the big races, and especially the Vuelta.”
The WorldTour is comprised of 19 teams in 2013 but will return to 18 teams in 2014. With Euskaltel-Euskadi and Vacansoleil-DCM folding at the end of this season, there is one spot for a team to make the jump to the WorldTour. As yet, Europcar is the only team to announce that it has applied for an upgrade.
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
Tracey Gaudry reflects on the UCI presidential vote
One of the first things Brian Cookson did after being elected to the UCI presidency was to appoint three new vice presidents, including Australian-based Oceania President Tracey Gaudry.
In this interview with VeloNews, Tracey Gaudry reflects on the election and what will be next for the new-look UCI management.
Click here to read the interview.
UCI lifts age restriction for women’s teams
According to a tweet from Team TIBCO overnight, the UCI has lifted its age restriction on women’s teams:
— Josephine Perry (@Josephineperry) October 2, 2013
According to section 2.17.005 of the UCI Cycling Regulations:
““A majority of the riders [on women’s teams] must be under the age of 28. However, the national federation may lower this age threshold.”
As far as we can tell, this announcement is yet to be verified by the UCI.
Bike thieves strike again in Florence
Last week the Russian National Team was left scrambling to build up replacement bikes for its elite men’s road race squad after the team’s van was broken into and hundreds of thousands of euros worth of equipment stolen.
Just a few days after that incident, thieves have broken into the van belonging to the Danish Cycling Union, stealing bikes and other equipment.
The Danish Cycling Union issued a press release saying they had taken all precautions possible to prevent the theft of their equipment from a team van the evening after the men’s road race.
“We had taken all the precautions we could. We had backed a car close up against the back door of the van, there were cameras and a night porter at the hotel,” the statement said. “But as has been the case with similar thefts in the cycling world, they will do anything to get in.”
Click here to read more at CyclingNews.
Rui Costa’s World Champs Pinarello
Pinarello has announced a new bike design to celebrate the victory of Alberto Rui Costa at the World Road Championships.
The special colour named 843 WORLD CHAMPION will be used by Rui Costa until the end of the season.
Why you shouldn’t ride through level crossings
This British cyclist was extremely lucky to walk/ride away with their life after deciding to ride past the boomgates at a level crossing before, thankfully, choosing to stop. And not a moment too soon.
Click here to read more at the BBC website.
Cycling in the US, from a Dutch perspective
We all know that The Netherlands is renowned as one of the most bike-friendly countries on Earth, so it’s interesting to see a Dutch perspective on countries where cyclists aren’t treated with the same level of respect.
While this is about cycling in the US, I’m sure the impression would be largely the same if the filmmaker was to visit Australia. Here are a couple of quotes:
- “It takes courage to ride between motorised traffic like this and you cannot trust drivers to play by the rules”
- “Cycling doesn’t seem to be taken seriously – it’s something children do … it’s mainly seen as a leisure activity.”
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed: