Drama as winner of U23 World Championship road race disqualified
Nils Eekhoff of the Netherlands was the first rider across the line at the end of a very tough Under-23 men's road race at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Harrogate today - but was subsequently disqualified for taking a tow off his team car following a crash earlier in the race.
The win instead went to Samuele Batttistella of Italy with Stefan Bissegger of Switzerland elavated to silver and Great Britain's Tom Pidcock - Yorkshire born and bred - who had led out the sprint being awarded bronze after initiallly missing out on a medal as he finished fourth in a seven-man sprint in Harrogate.
Pidcock had been part of a four-man group that looked set to contest the finish in Harrogate but three other riders - including the winner - got back on ahead of the final kilometre.
It took the best part of half an hour for the race jury to make its decision, and Eekhoff was disconsolate as he was led away from the finish area by staff of the Dutch team.
Operation Puerto "thwarted" by slow pace of Spanish legal system says former Wada boss
Wada concluded its Operation Puerto investigation in August and 11 athletes (10 male and one female) were identified in connection with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes’ blood doping ring.
However, due to the 10-year statute of limitations having elapsed, the names can no longer be made public.
"It is regrettable but anticipated," said former Wada boss David Howman.
"The pity is the efforts by Wada over the years were thwarted by a very slow-paced Spanish legal system. At times it seemed as if the intention was to delay any proper approach."
The only cyclist to serve a ban in connection with Operacion Puerto was Alejandro Valverde, the current world champion.
£1,000 raised for self-employed cyclist who was victim of hit and run
Teams rebel against UCI Classics Series ahead of its launch next year
Pro teams’ association says teams’ and riders’ rights aren’t being recognised.
Peloton loses 11% of value on first day of trading
The connected indoor training company Peloton didn't have a great first day on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company, best known for very expensive spin bikes (and unreasonably litigious nature), priced its shares at $29, giving it a valuation at IPO of an eye-watering $8bn. But it's yet to make a profit, and on the first day of trading shares closed at $25.76, down 11%. Interviewed by CNN, CEO John Foley admitted some "slight disappointment" at the first day's trading. but said, "We're trying not to take it personally". The company is also the subject of an ongoing music lawsuit which claims licensing infringements on over 2,000 songs and is now seeking $300m in damages.
Megan Jastrab of the USA wins the Junior Women's Road race
GB's Elynor Backstedt finished fifth.
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 27, 2019
What a finish to the Junior Women’s Road Race!
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 27, 2019
'Low sun' explanation rejected after driver left cyclist with brain damage
Scottish motorist handed £450 fine and four-month ban.
What was this soigneur thinking?!?
Speaking of Boardman…
He’s been appointed to the UCI Mass Participation Events / Advocacy Commission.
The commission’s main goal is to grow and improve cycling worldwide. It focuses on both everyday cycling and mass participation events.
Behind the Smile - The Esteban Chaves Documentary
Grab a cuppa and watch this mini-documentary about one of the most charming pro riders in years.
Future of top women’s team in doubt
The 2020 season will be the last year for the Boels-Dolmans team with title sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping both pulling out.
The Boels-Dolmans team has been number one in the UCI team rankings since the end of 2015.
They became team time trial world champions in 2016 and won the women’s teams’ World Tour in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The team has, at one point or another, won all the major classic races and tours and last four road race world champions all rode for the team.
The 2020 season will be the last year for the title sponsors @boelsrental and @DolmansGroup Through the sponsorship of the women's team, both businesses have more than achieved their goals in terms of brand awareness and visibility. Read further here:https://t.co/Y7846flswv pic.twitter.com/R9KfW3bnVT
— Boels-Dolmans (@boelsdolmansct) September 26, 2019
You ain't riding through him
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 27, 2019
To be fair to the marshal, he gave the rider a push to get her going again.
Event Marshal S10
— Brian Smith (@BriSmithy) September 27, 2019
Wiggo's top five road world champions
A rider to root for in future races
This is awful to watch.
German Dario Gomez Becerra burst into tears yesterday after being left at the side of the road following a mechanical.
— Hannah Walker (@spannawalker) September 26, 2019
The Colombian had been in the front group in the Junior Men’s World Championships Road Race, but after watching car after car pass him by before neutral service arrived to give him a wheel, he ended up in the second group with all hopes of winning gone.
Becerra is 18. Hopefully at some point in the future we get to see him have a better day.