Cycling News Roundup - 27 November 2008
Happy Thanksgiving, Team CSC, UCI Names ProTour teams, Dario Cataldo,
Alan Marangoni, Giro d'Onore Awards, Rover/Orbea Continental Team, Vanderkitten
Axe - Absolutis 0.9, Outlier Commuting in Style and more..
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers in the USA... here's hoping it is
a day filled with fine food, family and friends and a chance for a ride in the
Team CSC: Mission Accomplished
Team Saxo Bank-IT Factory has just completed the first mission
of a new era – and everything went according to plan: Mission accomplished
down to the smallest detail.
We're of course talking about the annual team training camp, which took place
in Denmark this year. The training camp is not over yet but the actual survival
camp headed by Ranger B.S. Christiansen is completed.
True to habit there were some very demanding assignments both mentally and
physically as well as tasks of a more technical nature all mixed into a neat
cocktail by B.S. Christiansen and Bjarne Riis in order to equip riders and staff
for the oncoming season. The fact that the team has topped the rankings as best
cycling team in the world four years running is no coincidence, but it still
requires an extra effort to stay at the top of the game. Now the entire team
of over 70 riders and staff is ready to take on the challenges of 2009.
"A prerequisite for everyone working together to reach the predetermined
goals is knowing exactly what each individual team member is made of and capable
of. Next you determine a strategy and tactics and when everyone contributes
their absolute best there's a big chance of success," says B.S. Christiansen.
Everyone had to be trained as an undercover agent with special skills and knowledge
in order to complete the main assignment, which was to locate and free the main
sponsors, who'd been taken hostage by an unknown enemy. The team had to work
together in both small and larger groups in order to complete this assignment.
But in the middle of everything the enemy attacked the camp and everyone had
to flee into the darkness.
Dogs and enemies constantly chased the team but after almost 24 hours on the
run through unknown territory they managed to reach the coastline, where everyone
jumped into the freezing cold water to be rescued by small speedboats and brought
to safety onboard three larger boats. The next assignment was to set sails,
navigate through the Danish sea in the dead of night, cook and get everyone
safely to the destination. The final day everyone competed against each other
in a match race under difficult conditions.
It's also worth mentioning that the day before the actual training camp the
riders and sports directors were subjected to some extremely tough tests with
the purpose of applying further pressure to the people at the top of the organization.
"I have a definite feeling that everything has gone well. Everyone's accounted
for and I think we've laid a more solid foundation than ever before to remain
the strongest team out there and take on whatever the future may bring us. I've
subjected everyone to a lot of new challenges because a lot of changes will
happen in the 2009 season. We have a new name, new sponsors, new bikes and new
team members so it was essential with brand new challenges at this stage already.
The way I see it we're embarking on a new era built on our accumulated experience
from everything we've been through so far," concludes B.S. Christiansen.
UCI names 2009 ProTour teams
The UCI has announced the 18 ProTour teams for the 2009 season. The 18 ProTour
squads for the 2009 season are:
AG2R - La Mondiale (Fra)
Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
Caisse d'Epargne (Spa)
Française des Jeux (Fra)
Team Milram (Ger)
Quick Step (Bel)
Saxo Bank - IT Factory (Den),
Team Columbia (USA).
Garmin-Slipstream and Katyusha are new to the ProTour for 2009 replacing Crédit
Agricole and Gerolsteiner. Both sponsor have left the sport after many years.
Dario Cataldo joins Quick Step
Italian Dario Cataldo is announced as the latest signing for the
Belgian Quick Step team. The 23 year old former winner of the Baby Giro started
his professional career in 2007 with the Italian Liquigas team and won two stages
in the Tour de L'Avenir.
Cataldo brings the total number of riders on the 2009 Quick Step team to 27.
Alan Marangoni joins CSF Group-Navigare
Italian Alan Marangoni is going to ride for the CSF Group-Navigare
team next season. The 24 year old is the sixth neo professional of the 2009
team. Marangoni will join the team of Bruno and Roberto Reverberei as a time-trial
specialist. He won the Italian U23 Championships in 2006 as well as several
national titles on the track.
Italian Cycling Federation -
Giro d'Onore Awards
Alessandro Ballan, Damiano Cunego and Marzio Bruseghin will be special guests
in Giro d'Onore, awards ceremony in which the Italian Cycling Federation gives
prizes to the athletes that realize important performances during the season.
The three Lampre cyclists will receive awards by virtue of the results obtained
in 2008 and in particular for the outstanding World Championship in Varese,
with golden medal by ballan, silver medal by Cunego and with the perfect performance
The event will take place on Friday 28th of november at Villa Fenaroli Palace
Hotel in Rezzato (Brescia) at it will be live on Rai Sport Più.
Team Rover/Orbea - New UCI Continental
It's official Team Rover/Orbea Benefitting the Lance Armstrong Foundation
application was finalized on 11/25 for 2009. Team manager Norene Godfrey has
announced the team will start with 11 guys on the team for 2009 a 50% increase
for us. t
Storck Delivers for Vanderkitten
Storck Bicycle and Vanderkitten Racing have announced a multi-year sponsorship
deal that will place the Elite Women’s Team
Storck road bikes beginning with the 2009 racing season. Vanderkitten Racing was
established in 2007 and finished the 2008 season with a first place team ranking
in the USA Crits Series. The team has enjoyed immediate success and remarkable
popularity. Plans for 2009 include the creation of Vanderkitten Club Teams in
various cities across the US. The title sponsor, Vanderkitten, designs cycling
apparel and lifestyle clothing for “women who kick ass” and is available direct,
via retailers, and through The Hawley Company.
“Our organization enjoyed a terrific 2008 season and we are confident that
2009 will be even more successful now that we will be riding Storcks”, said
Robin Zellner, Managing Director - Vanderkitten Racing.
“We are delighted to be associated with this first rate team and are looking
forward to a strong partnership which will benefit both our dealers and
consumers”, said Dave Goeppner, GM for Storck in the US.
Storck Bicycle is a German brand that has experienced a surge in popularity
in the US. Storck has a reputation for making the world’s lightest and stiffest
bikes. The brand recently released the new Fenomalist and Absolutist road bikes
to rave reviews.
The Vanderkitten Diva's have chosen the Absolutis 0.9 as their weapon of choice
for the 2009 season. The all new Absolutist 0.9 is the latest evolution from
Storck. Featuring an all new advanced monocoque production technology,
we were able to create shaped tubing that maximizes stiffness while minimizing
weight and not compromising ride quality.
The Absolutist 0.9 is a stellar example of form following function. The bike
has a very smooth ride with precise performance. The new monostay is designed to
be stiffer and lighter. The unique headtube and headset (from 1 ¼” to 11/8”)
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- Oversize fork for 1 ¼” lower bearing
- Carbon rear entry dropout
- Replaceable hanger
- Bottom bracket 68 mm, BSA
- Seat post size 31,6 mm
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Science of Sport - Swimming vs athletics
World records in swimming compared to records in athletics - interesting observations
Two days ago, I did a post looking at the
absolute "cleansing" of the record books in the sport of swimming this year.
70 records in 2008, 66 Olympic records in the recent Beijing Olympics, and
swimmers who began the year as world record holders (think Alexander Popov)
suddenly find themselves outside the top 10 in that same event by the end of
August! It has been an unprecedent explosion in the sport, one which I do
believe is bad for the credibility of swimming.
That post got some good feedback and questions, and hopefully prompted some
thought about the causes. There are some who have claimed that this astonishing
"record-rush" is the result of better training and better athletes. Yet that
implies that swimming legends like Alexander Popov, Pieter van den Hoogenband,
Ian Thorpe, Janet Evans, were "inferior" only a few years ago. The problem is
the timing, not necessarily the concept - evolution in training, generation of
better athletes, only works when you look back over many years.
For example, we can compare the current marathon world record holder, Haile
Gebrselassie, to Jim Peters, who held it in the 1950s, and then it's appropriate
to say "better athletes and better training". The fact is that great swimmers
who were world record holders at the start of 2008 (like Alex Popov) are now not
even in the top 10 in their events! Better training, which by nature tends to
evolve slowly, especially in a mature sport like swimming (this is not BMX
racing with rapid growth opportunities), doesn't demote you from best EVER to
outside the top 10 in a few months.
So I firmly believe that the suit is a large part of the "problem", whether
it's a placebo effect or a real one (I believe it to be real) is another debate.
But the latest news is that the USA are pressing FINA into banning the full body
suits, and as mentioned the other day, the big swimming nations might yet step
in to 'save the day' for swimming.
The influence of doping: Swimming
flies under the radar
One interesting aspect of this debate is that little mention is made of the
possible impact of doping in swimming's record-explosion.
If it was cycling or athletics, the noise would be far louder, the accusations
far more frequent and much more intense.
I have no doubt that doping happens in swimming, just as it does in all
sports. But massive doping scandals are conspicuous by their absence - the
Chinese swimmers of the 1990's are perhaps the most recent large scandal.
Jessica Hardy missed the Olympic Games for a positive test, Ian Thorpe defended
himself for an alleged EPO positive, but other than this, I can recall few high
I suspect that a big part of the reason for this is that doping is far less
beneficial for swimmers than it seems to be for track and field athletes. This
is not simply a bald assertion, it is a conclusion drawn from the analysis of
world records, which I discuss below. So before leaping onto the attack,
consider the follow story, told by numbers:
Read the complete article here.
The Science of Sport Dr. Ross Tucker Dr. Jonathan Dugas
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