2014 Orica-AIS team announced

The Australian-registered Orica-AIS women’s team has announced its roster for the 2014 season, with three new riders joining the team and two riders leaving.

Carlee Taylor is one of three new riders joining Orica-AIS in 2014.

Carlee Taylor is one of three new riders joining Orica-AIS in 2014.

Twenty-four-year-old Tasmanian Grace Sulzberger joins the squad after two seasons racing for the AIS. Meanwhile Italian Valentina Scandolara comes across to Orica-AIS from MCipollini-Giordana. The talented 23-year-old has shown promise in the hills and from small breaks. Last July, she took her first professional win on stage six of Thüringen Rundfahrt from a late race solo move.

And Carlee Taylor joins the team from Lotto-Belisol after an impressive performance at the world championship road race when she rode in support of Tiffany Cromwell.

Cromwell herself is the noticeable omission from the 2014 squad and she will announce who she’ll be riding for in 2014 at the end of this month. Korea’s Sungeun Gu is the other rider to leave the squad.

Tiffany Cromwell is one of two riders to be leaving Orica-AIS next season.

Tiffany Cromwell is one of two riders to be leaving Orica-AIS next season.

The full Orica-AIS squad for 2014 is as follows:

Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Annette Edmondson (AUS)
Carlee Taylor (AUS)
Emma Johansson (SWE)
Gracie Elvin (AUS)
Grace Sulzberger (AUS)
Jessie MacLean (AUS)
Loes Gunnewijk (NED)
Melissa Hoskins (AUS)
Shara Gillow (AUS)
Valentina Scandolara (ITA)

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Alonso-backed cycling team to be revealed during 2014 Tour de France

Advisors to Formula One driver Fernando Alonso this week confirmed that the Spaniard is perservering with the creation of his own cycling team despite the collapse of discussions with Euskaktel-Euskadi.

Alonso’s manager Luis Garcia Abad told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the team had signed two title sponsor’s and that the team’s future would be revealed during next year’s Tour de France.

“They are not sponsors currently involved in cycling,” he said. “We are drawn toward businesses interested in innovation and with an ecological vision. We already have two deals signed.”

The plan is to have a WorldTour team ready to race by 2015.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Tygaart hopeful USADA and UCI can work together on anti-doping

In his quest for the UCI presidency Brian Cookson ran on a platform of increased anti-doping measures and a truth and reconciliation period. Those calls have been echoed by USADA and it would appear the two organisations have resumed good relations are a strained period with Pat McQuaid at the helm.

“We’ve had the best, good faith, honest discussions that we’ve had with the UCI since I’ve first had discussions with them, which goes back to 2001,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.

Brian Cookson said earlier this year:

“We’ve got to have this independent structure that manages anti-doping, every aspect of anti-doping in our sport. If we don’t have that, then we’re not going to make progress. Once we do have that, and people can have the confidence that the people who are trying to develop the sport, that the people who are trying to promote the sport, are not the same people who are governing the anti-doping issue, then I think we can start to move forward.”

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Luis Leon Sanchez to ride with Movistar?

El Perodico journalist Sergi Lopez-Egea has suggested that Luis Leon Sanchez, released early from his contract with Belkin due to implications about possible past doping offences, has signed with Movistar for next season.

Luis Leon Sanchez in his Rabobank days.

Luis Leon Sanchez in his Rabobank days.

Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzue has played down such suggestions saying that while there has been contact between Sanchez and Movistar, no deal has been finalised.

Sanchez is a four-time stage-winner at the Tour de France, the winner of the 2005 Tour Down Under and the 2009 Paris-Nice.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Quintana confident he can win Le Tour

Nairo Quintana was reportedly the centre of attention at a media conference yesterday, held to coincide with the title sponsors announcement that they would support the team for a further three years.

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Quintana was asked if and when he could win the Tour de France.

“Yes, I believe I can win the Tour. It’s my top goal,” Quintana said. “I don’t know if it will be in 2014, or 2015, or even later, but I believe I have the ability to win it. I hope this year’s course favors me, which means less time trials and more mountains.”

“I know it will be difficult to top what I did in 2013 [when he came second overall],” Quintana continued. “I will keep working hard. The objective now is the podium in the grand tours. I know I am capable of achieving it, and I will be in the fight next year no matter what I do. On the other hand, I have to keep working on time trialing, adapt myself to the bike and the position.”

The route for the 2014 Tour de France will be announced next week.

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Tour record-holder Bourlon dies aged 96

Albert Bourlon, who holds the record for the longest ever breakaway in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 96, his family announced on Thursday.

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Born on November 23, 1916, he lined up in his first Tour in 1938. After the race resumed following World War II Bourlon created Tour history with a 253km stage-winning break between Carcassonne and Luchon on July 11, 1947.

During WWII he was captured and then escaped to Romania where in 1944 he won the Bucharest-Ploesti-Bucharest classic.

Bourlon died at Bourges, where the velodrome is named in his honour, on Wednesday.

Text via AFP.

With 200-plus wins, Teutenberg retires from women’s racing

German Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, one of the most respected riders in the women’s peloton with more than 200 victories on her resume, announced her retirement on Thursday at age 38.

The Specialized-lululemon rider had a hard crash in March during the Acht van Dwingeloo and suffered spells of dizziness and headaches afterwards.

“It’s not the way I wanted to retire from the sport,” Teutenberg said. “I have considered the option of racing one more season in 2014 just to be able to finish my career racing rather than due to injury, but I’ve decided it’s time now. I’m looking forward to life after racing and finding a new career.”

In addition to her victories as a professional, Teutenberg won the bronze medal in the road race at the 2011 world championships and took gold with her Specialized teammates in the 2012 team time trial championship.

Text via AFP.

Caffeinated-mouthwash and its effects on TT performance

The impact of caffeine use on athletic performance is a popular area of research that has revealed much in recent years. Now, an upcoming study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has tested the hypothesis that “caffeine exposure at the mouth” (as opposed to the ingestion of caffeine) might have a favourable effect on endurance TT efforts.

Cyclists in the study were given 25mL mouth-rinses for 10s containing either a placebo or 35mg of anhydrous caffeine eight times throughout the time-trial.

The results? “Eight exposures of a 35mg dose of caffeine at the buccal cavity for 10s does not significantly enhance endurance cycling time-trial performance, nor does it elevate plasma caffeine concentration.”

Click here to read the full, peer-reviewed paper.

Who uses Strava and why?

Marea England is a Masters of Business Informatics student at the University of Canberra and for one of her subjects she is researching Strava, who uses it and why. If you want to help Marea with her research you can complete her survey here. She is interested in hearing from Strava users and non Strava users alike.

The seven deadly sins of The Armstrong Lie

If you’re anything like us you’re probably looking forward to seeing The Armstrong Lie, but if this review in the Huffington Post is anything to go by, there’s a real chance we could be disappointed.

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“It is a film which lovers of clean cycling will hate, but never-the-less feel compelled to watch,” writes Stephen Hull, who then goes on to list seven ways in which the film is deeply flawed.

Despite these criticisms it’s fair to say there will be no shortage of people who decide to watch the film, us included.

Click here to read the review at the Huffington Post.

Alice Springs cyclists concerned at open speed trial

Early next year the Northern Territory Government will remove speed limits on a 200km section of the Stuart Highway near Alice Springs.

The trial is likely to please motorists but for local cyclists the move makes the popular 30km riding route from Alice Springs to the Tropic of Capricorn marker even more dangerous than normal.

Vice-president of the Alice Springs Cycling Club Kathy Moylan told ABC Radio:

“Most of the cyclists that cycle up to the Tropic of Capricorn and back are reasonably confident but it certainly will put off those beginning cyclists who are just getting their confidence up to venture further. Unfortunately some car drivers seem to lack an awareness of how much space a cyclist does take on the road.”

Moylan hopes the NT government will consider removing the speed limit from beyond the Tropic of Capricorn marker, to reduce the impact on cyclists.

Click here to read more at the ABC website.

The Couples’ Ride

Going out for a bike ride with your significant other can be a great way to spend time together, to explore the great outdoors and to get fit in the process. But if one half of the couple is considerably stronger on the bike than the other, it can sometimes become a bit of a challenge.

The following video presents a clever and lighthearted look at this issue.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally, here are a few things you might have missed this week:


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