Milan-San Remo route finalised

RCS Sport, the organisers of Milan-San Remo, announced overnight that no further changes will be made to the route of Sunday’s race.

Rain is forecast for this year's Milan-San Remo, but no snow as yet.

Rain is forecast for this year’s Milan-San Remo, but no snow as yet.

The news will be well received by sprinters with the addition of an extra climb near the end — to avoid a potential landslide in the case of heavy rain — not being required.

This year’s edition of the race was supposed to include, for the first time, the tough climb of the Pompeiana between the Cipressa and Poggio, but safety concerns about the climb ensured it wouldn’t be included.

The race will now follow a 294km route which is almost identical to that last used in 2007 when Oscar Freire won over Allan Davis and Tom Boonen.

See our Milan-San Remo preview here.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

A guide to the Spring Classics

The Spring Classics get underway with Milan San-Remo on Sunday, starting a month or so of fantastic one-day racing. CyclingNews has prepared a handy little guide with information about each of the races, what defines them, how they’re different and who won last year. Worth a look.

Check out the article here.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke doping hearing by the end of the month

The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Andy Parkinson, has confirmed that the case of Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will be heard before the end of March.

Tiernan-Locke was found to have anomalies in his biological passport and received a letter from the UCI asking him to explain. Tiernan-Locke was removed from the Team Sky website’s list of riders in late 2013 and the 29-year-old has not raced with Sky in 2014.

Speaking at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference on Wednesday Parkinson reportedly said: “The issue with [the] case is that it was in the public domain earlier than was ideal, and earlier than we put out a notice of charge.

“The process has seemed longer than it has been because we only received the notification after Christmas. Biological passport cases are difficult; difficult to run and you need a lot of expert witnesses. So we’re coordinating all that.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

UCI updates ‘footpaths’ rule

The UCI came under fire a few weeks ago about its so-called ‘footpaths rule’ which forbids riders from riding anywhere but on the designated roadway during races. The problem was that the UCI wasn’t enforcing the issue, leading to criticisms from some riders and many outside the pro peloton.


According to The Inner Ring, the UCI has quietly issued an updated to the rule, but it would appear the update is even more confusing than the original wording.

It is strictly prohibited to use sidewalks/pavements, paths or cycle paths that do not form part of the course (i.e. those separated by kerbs, verges, level changes or other physical features) if a dangerous situation is created inter alia for other riders, spectators or race personnel by such action or if such action procures a significant advantage over other riders.

To quote from The Inner Ring:

Rather than tidying up a rule we seem to have more questions and uncertainty. What is a “dangerous situation”? For example is hopping over a kerb dangerous given a rider could mess it up and crash or is it only dangerous if an accident happens?

Rules should be black and white, crystal clear leave no doubt. By contrast the revised wording takes a confusing rule and manages to make it more ambiguous. Chapeau!

Click here to read more at The Inner Ring.

Was the Paris-Nice experiment a success?

This year the organisers of Paris-Nice (ASO) did away with tradition and removed all mountain-top finishes and time trials from the race. It was a move that surprised many, and led to more than a little scepticism among fans and riders alike, but did it pay off?

“I think it has been an interesting experiment and a successful one,” BMC team director Yvon Ledannois told Bicycling. “Regardless it is not the profile that makes a race but the riders. We’ve seen a great race from the start with lots of fast stages and crazy finishes.”

“It’s been a success,” seven-time winner Sean Kelly echoed. Seeing so many guys so close in the final days is really interesting. If we’d had a mountaintop finish or a time trial then we would have had much bigger time gaps. Really big riders are getting dropped so you can’t say it is too easy.”

Not everyone was so impressed.

“For me it’s kind of frustrating not having any stage on a big mountain or time trial,” said Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang before the start of Stage 7.

What do you think?

Click here to read more at Bicycling.

Introducing InCycle, a new cycling TV show

InCycle is a new cycling show that’s been created by sports management company IMG and which will be hitting TV screens later this month. Here’s a trailer:

IMG holds the television rights for all RCS events (Giro d’Italia, Milan- San Remo, Lombardia, etc.) and Flanders Classics events (Tour of Flanders and other classics) as well as other smaller races. They have a 40% market share of the TV licensing in cycling and have come up quietly as a major competitor to the ASO (who owns the TdF, Paris-Roubaix, etc).

The show will presumably promote almost everything IMG owns the licensing to. The 24-minute show will be distributed through television (SBS will be picking it up and have dropped Cycling Central), in-flight systems, and online. It’ll have tech segments, pro interviews, tips, news, previews, and so on.

Better up your game ASO …

More details emerge about minimum passing distance trial in Queensland

Queensland drivers who overtake cyclists with less than a metre’s clearance will be fined $330 and lose three demerit points under a two-year trial which starts next month. These are the same penalties for running a red light or failing to stop at a stop sign.

metermatters

On roads where the speed limit is 40km/h, 50km/h or 60km/h a metre’s clearance will be required; on roads with a higher speed limit 1.5 metres is required. Motorists will be allowed to cross double white lines to pass cyclists, if it is safe to do so.

Click here to read more at the Brisbane Times.

Cyclist-dooring man has a link to cycling

Here’s something about that horrible dooring incident in Melbourne earlier this week. The guy who opened the door is Jeff Hunter, the CEO of Hunter Products, a company which distributes Huffy Bikes (among a range of other products) to Big W.


Mbody smart shorts measure muscle activity

Wearable devices are all the rage at the moment (see here and here) and the Wearable Technology Show in London this week has provided a glimpse into the future of this space.

One of the items that could be of interest to cyclists are the Mshorts. While they aren’t cycling-specific, they do feature built-in sensors which can monitor the activity of your hamstring and quadricep muscles. The MCell control centre then allows you to analyse your muscle activity in real-time or after the training session.

As you can see in the video above the Mbody system can provide information about the percentage of work done by each leg. It can also show your muscle load (to help optimise power and techique) and the distribution of work between different muscle groups.

The system currently retails for around 900 euros but prices will naturally come down as this sort of technology starts to become more common.

Click here to read more at road.cc.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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Today’s feature image was shot by Kristof Ramon during last year’s Milan-San Remo.