Niki Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava
Niki Terpstra chalked up the biggest win of his career last Sunday after a gutsy attack in the final 10km to time trial to a solo victory in Roubaix velodrome. We all love to use Strava and boast about our KOM’s, and Terpstra seems to have gotten into it as well.
Terpstra sniped three segments at Paris-Roubaix and averaged 41.5km/hr for over 6 hours over 255km. This was the second fastest winning time in the race and if only Strava had been around when Peter Post won Paris-Roubaix in 1964 when he averaged 45.129km/h. Unfortunately Terpstra was not using a powermeter.
Mysterious pills found on the roadside at Paris-Roubaix
British fans picked up packet of pills following a crash in the peloton during Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix halfway through the race. It appeared to have been run over by a car and damaged, but still intact.
— Thames Medical Ltd (@ThamesMedical) April 15, 2014
— Thames Medical Ltd (@ThamesMedical) April 15, 2014
The pills were in a vial with a label and barcode where the word “test” was printed, and was picked up on the roadside following a crash in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix.
News sources understand that the vial came out of the back pocket of a ripped jersey, and team staff didn’t make any attempt to pick it up after helping their rider rejoin the action.
Former Jamis rider Chase Pinkham dies after accidental overdose
23-year-old American rider Chase Pinkham, a former rider for Jamis-Hagens Berman and the Trek-Livestrong development team, died Sunday night, a friend of the Pinkham family has confirmed to VeloNews.
According to his family Pinkham’s death came as an accidental overdose after years of chronic pain related to a 2008 crash. According to a March 9 Facebook post, Pinkham dealt with chronic pain and depression related to his 2008 crash after he was struck by a car while training in Canada prior to the Tour de l’Abitibi in 2008.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Chase’s family and friends.
Read more on Velonews
Cancellara’s Hour record attempt on hold as UCI decides rules
Fabian Cancellara is holding off on his hour record attempt while the UCI decides on the rules of what type of bike is eligible to be used. Cancellara reportedly planned an attempt of the Hour Record on August 3 in Mexico.
“We are waiting for the UCI to set the rules for the hour record,” team Trek’s general manager, Luca Guercilena told Cycling Weekly. “Once we know that, we will know if the hour record will go ahead.”
UCI President Brian Cookson previously said that he thinks a modern track bike position should be allowed instead of the traditional position.
To prevent bike and position advantages, the UCI wrote rules in 2000 that required cyclists use traditional geometry bikes and setups the same as Eddie Merckx used for his 1972 record. It also rolled the record back to Merckx’s 49.431-kilometre mark. Since then, only Chris Boardman – 49.441 kilometres in 2000 – and Ondrej Sosenka – 49.700 in 2005 – beat the distance on traditional bikes.
“Cookson said they are supposed to go back to allowing cyclist to use time trial bikes but if that’s the case, we then know which record to beat. If it will be Rominger’s record or Boardman’s record,” added Guercilena. “As usual, if you want to beat something, you need to know what you want to beat.”
Read more at CyclingWeekly
Gesink out of Amstel Gold Race with heart problem
Dutch rider Robert Gesink will skip Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race due to a heart condition, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Belkin rider suffers from stress in major races that triggers problems with his heartbeat, the paper reported.
Belkin issued the following statement on their website:
“Belkin Pro Cycling Team rider Robert Gesink has been suffering from cardiac arrhythmia during heavy physical exertions for a few years,” the statement read. “This was also the case while he obtained his greatest race results. During previously conducted medical research, medics have concluded that cardiac arrhythmia does not hinder a cyclist’s performance, even at the highest level. However, ever since the Giro d’Italia in 2013, Robert has become afraid of this disorder. In agreement with the team, the medical staff and experts, Robert has decided to go through an extensive medical examination to try and find the cause of this disorder and a solution for this problem.
“The Belkin Pro Cycling Team will fully support Robert during this period, and will give him all the time he needs to recover. Up until now, the medical staff has not found any reason to stop Robert from racing. In agreement with Robert, the team will perform an extensive cardiac examination and he will not race until further notice. The Belkin Pro Cycling Team has full confidence that Robert will be able to continue to perform at the highest level and that he will leave this difficult problem behind him.”
Gesink abandoned the fifth stage of last week’s Vuelta al País Vasco, and in March he also abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico.
Alberto Contador does reconnaissance on cobbles of stage 5 of Tour de France
Alberto Contador rode the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2014, to be done this July between Ypres and Arenberg, with nine sections of pavé in the last 75 km of the route.
“It has gone well, I’ve seen the first part of the stage in the car and last 75 km by bike”, he told the press during his quick one day trip to the same roads that were raced at Paris-Roubaix.
“I have studied the material, which is most important here. I already knew some sections from 2010, but clearly the most critical will be the first sections, because there the group will still be very large and there will be more fighting to get into in front of the group”, said Contador. “The feeling on the cobblestones have been good, but we must not forget that this is just a workout, it’s not the race, and there wasn’t rain, which can complicate everything”, Contador said about the conditions of the race. “The hardest part will be the entry into the sections of pave. I felt good on the cobbles, but you have to face this stage with respect and being aware that we’ll be here with 100 km in the legs. I think it will be a more difficult stage than in 2010 because first sections are more complicated”.
Final Startlist: 2014 De Brabantse Pijl
Tonight the mid-week Flemish classic De Brabantse Pijl will be held starting in Leuven. This comes ahead of Amstel Gold where the racing switches to the Ardennes Classics.
Lance Armstrong demonstrates how to fix a puncture
Cycling’s most infamous rider has been looking for work lately. The team from Outside Online caught up with him at his latest bike-shop gig to hear a few pointers about what to do when you break down.
9 Years Old And Making A Difference
Griffin Donovan, 9-years-old, rode his bike to school every day for a year in rural Vermont to bring bikes to students in rural Africa.
“I’ve biked through thunder and lightning, and hailstorms and ice on the roads. Hurricane Irene is like pitch black, dark…it just makes me feel good that they can go to school and do what they want to do.”
May is Bike Month and Griffin’s story highlights the power of bicycles in the United States and abroad.
In Bike Month in May, communities across the United States are focusing on the benefits of bicycles- economic, health, environmental. Whether someone is bicycling to avoid urban gridlock or trying to reach a distant school in rural Africa, bikes provide a simple solution to some of our world’s most complex problems.
Find out more at www.worldbicyclerelief.org
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed yesterday at CyclingTips:
- How to improve your time trialling
- The logistics behind Paris-Roubaix
- Paris-Roubaix in photos
- Rocacorba Daily: Tuesday April 15