Dutch national lottery to take over Belkin sponsorship in 2015

A report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf suggests the setup currently racing as Team Belkin has secured a title sponsor for 2015 in the Dutch national lottery.

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“We are now working on the last details,” Team Belkin manager Richard Plugge told De Telegraaf. “We were already working on this plan before we knew Belkin would end their sponsorship but it became more concrete in June. When the contracts have been signed, and it looks very promising, this is great news for the team and for Dutch cycling.”

The lottery will reportedly invest in a joint project with the BrandLoyalty speedskating team with BrandLoyalty also become a sponsor of the team.

“We are going to combine the cycling and speedskating team in terms of logistics but also in terms of sports aspects,” BrandLoyalty founder Robert van der Wallen said. “You can see it as two teams but with one look and feel.”

while the majority of the team’s budget will come from the lottery company, Lotto, the full budget reportedly hasn’t been secured for 2015 yet. But it would seem the team will be going ahead with other companies and money saved from the Rabobank era being used to cover the shortfall.

Click here to read more at De Telegraaf.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep to become Etixx-QuickStep in 2015

Meanwhile, Omega Pharma-QuickStep has used the second rest day at the Tour de France to announce that the team will exist in its current structure through 2017, albeit with a change of name to Etixx-QuickStep.

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Title sponsor Omega Pharma will continue to support the team but will use its cycling sponsorship to promote its Etixx brand.

At the same press conference it was announced that multiple-time ITT world champion Tony Martin had extended his contract with the team for two years.

Click here to read more on the OPQS official website.

Could a Frenchman stand on the Tour de France podium in Paris?

Barring any sort of major crash, Vincenzo Nibali looks like he’s running away with the 2014 Tour de France. But behind the Sicilian, the battle for the overall podium is proving an interesting and enthralling subplot.

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Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is currently third overall with his compatriot and main rival in the best young rider classification, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), snapping at his heels just 16 seconds behind.

In a piece published during yesterday’s rest day at the Tour de France, The Inner Ring looks at whether we’ll see the first French podium result since Richard Virenque back in 1997. He considers those who are currently in the race and what might happen from here.

Here’s an excerpt, about podium contender Tejay van Garderen (BMC):

BMC Racing’s leader has been looking good in the mountains despite being on antibiotics. But surely wants to get the Pyrenees over and done with because as things stand today he can expect to put a minute or more into all the names above [Bardet, Pinot and second-placed Alejandro Valverde) and reach the podium. In recent years he’s won time trials and placed in the top-10 often too. So it’s all about how he copes with the Pyrenees.

Click here to read the full piece at The Inner Ring.

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 11-15

If you love these “How the race was won” analysis videos as much as I do, you’ll love this one. Cyclocosm has a knack for picking out the tiny but significant details, always with a dry twist of humour.

Catch up on stages 1-4 here, stage 5 here, stages 6-10 here.

Voeckler stops mid race and abuses Dutch fans after being booed

Halfway up the the final climb of the day to Chamrousse on Stage 15 Thomas Voeckler stops mid-race and has a polite chat with some Dutch fans:

Stage 16 preview with Juan Antonio Flecha

Former stage winner Juan Antonio Flecha and ten time Tour de France veteran takes us through stage 16 of from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon:

Juan looks like he’s still keeping fit!

Inside Line: Gracie Elvin on Thüringen Rundfahrt de Frauen

One of the biggest stage races on elite women’s calendar finished on Sunday: Thüringen Rundfahrt de Frauen. The seven-day stage began the day after the Giro Rosa and saw Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) win the overall classification after also competing in the Giro — 17 days of racing with no break in between.

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Two-time Australian national road race champion Gracie Elvin took part in the race as road captain for the Australian national team and she took the time to write about her week for CyclingTips. In the piece she provides great insight into what it’s like captaining a team, how the race unfolded for her and the team and how the squad commemorated the anniversary of Amy Gillett’s death which occurred just days before the 2005 edition of the race.

Here’s a snippet:

It was a very emotional start to the last day on tour, and it wasn’t just because of the early start. We drove to just outside the start town of Zeulenroda where Amy Gillett’s memorial is, at the site of the tragic accident. We had arranged a small bunch of flowers for each of us, plus the podium flowers that Taryn and I had received.

Marv spoke a few nice words and we had a minute of silence to reflect on how lucky we are to do what we do. It hit everyone a lot harder than expected as it was quite confronting to be where she had lost her life while enjoying something she loved. We all felt very appreciative of each other and our lives and it was a nice way to end a good week.

Click here to read the full article at CyclingTips.

Cycling at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kicks off in Glasgow tomorrow with cycling events spread right throughout the nearly two weeks of competition. There’s plenty of track cycling and mountain biking happening but of greatest interest to us is the individual time trials — which take place on Thursday July 31 — and the road races — which will be held on the final day of competition, August 3.

The team at Cycling Weekly has put together a schedule of all the cycling events at the Games which you can find here. If you’re reading this on the eastern seaboard of Australia, add nine hours to the times listed; 8.5 hours if you’re in Adelaide; and seven hours if you’re in Western Australia. Check your local guides if you’re reading from elsewhere.

Anna Meares selected as flag bearer for Commonwealth Games

Anna Meares has been unveiled as Australia’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Glasgow 2014 will be Meares’ fourth Commonwealth Games and has won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze at her previous Games. Should she win a medal in the 500m TT and the track sprint she, will surpass Kathy Watt’s record as the most successful medal winner (cycling) for Australia at the Games. Watt finished her career with four gold, two silver and one bronze.

Read more here.

Cyclists’ political party to contest Victorian election

The Australian Cyclists Party has just received provisional approval to be a registered Federal party. Following a successful 30-day public notice period the party will be approved to contest in future Federal elections.

The Australian Cyclists Party has already registered for elections in New South Wales and is poised to submit for registration in Victoria this week. The party was created just over 9 months ago to push through government to achieve positive action towards a Bicycling Friendly Australia.

President and Founder of the Australian Cyclists Party, Omar Khalifa says, “Despite a long history of cycling and recent success in sport cycling, Australia now lags most developed countries in the uptake of cycling in every day life. While improvements have been made and uptake is growing, expenditures on infrastructure and motorist attitudes remain woeful.

“Billions of dollars of proposed new road spending have promised little to cycling and most road improvements and new housing developments continue to skimp on basic facilities for cyclists,” Khalifa said.

“People who ride bicycles for fun or commuting are demanding a new approach. If the current politicians aren’t up to it, then we want to put them on notice that the Australian Cyclists Party is preparing to contest for their seats in future elections at any level of government.”

Becoming a “knight of Sufferlandria”

Even if you haven’t done one of The Sufferfest’s trainer videos before you’ve probably heard how hard they are (the name is a bit of a giveaway). And while doing just one is hard enough, stacking 10, hour-long videos back-to-back is nigh on insane.

And yet that’s what a dozen or so riders did over the weekend at the Victorian Institute of Sport, raising money for Beyond Blue and trying to earn themselves a “Sufferlandrian knighthood”. Shane Miller was one of the riders taking part in the event and he wrote about the day on his blog, “Tales from the Llama Stable”.

Here’s an excerpt:

Just under 100km completed before 9am. It was only the beginning. My mental plan of attack was to write off the whole day. No ‘morning’, no 12pm ‘time for lunch’, no mid afternoon coffee at 2pm. My standard daily routine was replaced. All that mattered was completing the current video.

It was into the fifth video that I thought that it’d smooth sailing through to the end….. yeah right. The sweat test we did during one of the videos indicated I lost around 1kg in just one video!

Click here to read more at Shane’s blog.

Follow our #UltimateJob winners at the Tour de France

If you haven’t been following our Ultimate Job competition winners at the Tour de France already, you’ve got a bit of jealousy-inducing catching up to do.

(credits to Greg Gibson) The Barrage de Grand Maison, a large dam and lake on the peak

Matt and Stefano have now published five pieces from their time in France, having done some amazing and iconic climbs, spent time watching the race first-hand, and going behind the scenes with those who work on the race.

Here’s a list of what you’ve missed so far:

- Day 0: The Ultimate Job begins!
- Day 1: Conquering Alpe d’Huez
- Day 2: Having a moment on the Col du Glandon
- Day 3: An interview with pro photographer Mark Gunter
- Day 4: First contact with the race and climbing the Col d’Izoard
- Day 5: The madness of the publicity caravan

There’ll be plenty more to come from the guys as they continue to follow the race into the Pyrenees.

The Rocacorba Recap

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

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