Tour of Flanders organisers reveal updated route for 2014

Responding to criticism over the route used in recent years, organisers of the Tour of Flanders have revised the course for next year’s race.

The Paterberg will be climbed twice in the 2014 Tour of Flanders.

The Paterberg will be climbed twice in the 2014 Tour of Flanders.

The 2014 parcours sees the alteration of the finishing circuits and the Koppenberg moved closer to the finale. The Oude Kwaremont will be climbed three times and the Paterberg twice. Six of the race’s 17 cobbled climbs will come in the final 45km.

The iconic Muur climb will not return to the race in 2014 despite calls to bring it back.

Click here to read more at VeloNews.

Porte, Evans battle looms at Tour Down Under

We already knew that Richie Porte and Cadel Evans were set to go head-to-head at the Giro next year but now it appears they’ll face off at the Tour Down Under as well.

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With Porte making the Giro his season objective, he’s moving his preparation forward slightly which will likely include the Tour Down Under.

“That’s my plan, I really want to do it,” Porte told SBS’s Cycling Central. “I find out in December what the calendar will be when I meet up with the team in Europe. But the plan is to be in Adelaide in January.”

Click here to read more at Cycling Central.

Gerrans, de Kort, Cantwell to headline St. Kilda SuperCrit

The Logie-Smith Lanyon Super Criterium at St. Kilda Cycling Club will see some of the best national and international professional cyclists compete for $20,000 in prize money on Sunday December 15.

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Leading Orica-GreenEDGE rider is a confirmed starter, as are other pro riders Koen de Kort (Argos-Shimano), Matthew Hayman (Sky ProCycling) Johnathan Cantwell (Saxo-Tinkoff), and young gun Caleb Ewan (Jayco-AIS).

“The race format is fast, exciting and tough. The action will be non-stop and brilliant for spectators because it is on short circuit in the heart of Melbourne” said Simon Gerrans. “It is also a great opportunity to test my legs in the lead up to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Nationals and the Santos Tour Down Under”.

An Elite Women’s race and several other support races will support the Men’s Professional race.

The Logie-Smith Lanyon Super Criterium will feature all-out sprinting with ten sprints worth $750 cash during the 75-minute-race. The winner will take home $3,000.

The first three place-getters in the women’s race will receive the same money as the first three men and the total prize pool for the women’s race will be $8,500.

Click here to read more. Click here to read about last year’s super-crit. Text adapted from a St. Kilda Cycling Club press release.

Verbruggen concedes possible conversation with Armstrong re: cortisone

A day after speaking out against Lance Armstrong’s accusation that he helped to cover up doping, former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has acknowledged that he may have spoken to Armstrong in 1999 about a control that showed evidence of cortisone.

“I might have told him that the UCI needs a prescription but I am sure that was handled by our anti-doping department, not me,” Verbruggen told the Associated Press.

Verbruggen argued that the rules of the time allowed the UCI to accept a backdated prescription from Armstrong.

“According to our rules, it (the prescription) could be done afterwards,” he stated.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Trek contract could be my last: Cancellara

Earlier this year Fabian Cancellara signed a three-year deal with the new-look Trek outfit for 2014 and now the 32-year-old has told the press that it could be the final contract of his career.

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“I won’t say I could stop now because I’m still fresh, I’m still motivated and I have the fire you need, but the more you travel during the season, you say ‘hey, maybe you’re getting older and older.’ I’m not really super old but somehow I am old because I have so many years on my shoulders.”

Speaking on a Belgian chat show Cancellara pointed to the challenge of spending so much time away from his family, saying he usually spends 250 nights of the year away from home.

“Cycling is not everything in life. It’s a passion, a job, something I love and something I’ve taken a lot from. I’ve learnt a lot and it’s a big life experience but what is tomorrow? When something happens, what is tomorrow? There is a new life.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Armstrong settles with insurance company

Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with Acceptance Insurance Holdings, the company that sued the Texan to recover bonuses paid after his now-disqualified Tour de France wins in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Acceptance Insurance Holdings was looking to recover US$3 million but Armstrong’s legal team told the US press that the case was “resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties”.

It is unknown how much the parties settled for.

Click here to read more.

A tough year at the wrong time for Allan Davis

It’s no secret that out-of-contract Australian Allan Davis has had a tough year and with his time at Orica-GreenEDGE now up, the 33-year-old is now looking for a contract in a market saturated with riders from teams that have now folded.

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“It was probably about half way through the year that I knew I might be in trouble,” Davis said. At that point he was in talks with other teams but those offers have since dried up.

“The last couple of months have been really hard for me. A lot of doors have been shut. It’s been quite depressing actually. You get a bit of hope up, and suddenly another door shuts.”

Davis is keen to stay in Europe if at all possible and has said he’ll ride for a smaller team to make that happen.

“I’m just preparing like normal. I’m just staying in the frame of mind that something will come up, that’s all I can do.”

Click here to read more at Cycling Central.

Vacansoleil worked with a fake doctor

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad has revealed that Belgian federal police have started an investigation into Daniel de Martelaere, a staff member at Vacansoleil in 2011 who claimed to be a doctor but couldn’t prove that he was qualified.

De Martelaere was found out during the 2011 Tour of Suisse where he had to do some blood checks. The lab judged that these checks weren’t done by a real doctor. After this, Vacansoleil tried to silently remove De Martelaere from the team.

Click here to read the original report (in Dutch) at De Telegraaf.

Cavendish media management

Here’s an interesting blog post by journalist Kenny Pryde about interviewing Mark Cavendish about the Manxman’s new book, At Speed. Pryde was the fifth of sixth journalists to interview Cavendish in one session.

Click here to read the piece.

Morpher folding helmet

The Morpher folding helmet is designed to fold in half when you’re not using it, for easy storage and transport. Check out the video below to get a sense of how it works and the thought behind it:

The project is being crowdfunded through indiegogo and you can read more here.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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