Welcome to the May 29th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha soloed to a snow-capped summit finish victory on a chaotic 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday that shook up the overall picture. The Russian thereby climbs to third in the overall standings, which is where the now 29-year-old finished on the 2017 Giro. Slovenia’s Jan Polanc of Team UAE kept hold of the overall lead as favorites another Slovene Primoz Roglic and Italian Vincenzo Nibali crossed the line together 2min 57sec adrift, with Briton Simon Yates and Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez another two minutes back.
On this first summit reckoning in a mountain-packed second section of the Giro, the peloton climbed to 2237m altitude, with Zakarin dropping Spain’s Mikel Nieve in the final section and beating him by 35sec at the panoramic finishing post in the Gran Paradiso national park.
VIDEO: CANNONDALE TOPSTONE
WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: DO HIGH-END SOCKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
This is a more common query than one might think. For price alone, it depends where they are made. As a rule, Italian-made socks tend to be more expensive but also built really well. I’ve heard many riders ask about shoes and hot spots. I look down and they have cotton socks on. I tell them to try a pair of cycling socks, because it’s cheaper than a pair of new shoes. Cycling socks are made of a synthetic fiber or wool rather than cotton. Cotton socks are significantly less expensive and can cause blisters. This is because cotton absorbs moisture (sweat), saturates quickly and is even more slow to dry. So, to make it easy, 100-percent cotton socks shouldn’t be used for cycling.
Also, keep in mind that synthetic socks usually last significantly longer than cotton ever could, so you have that added value. Wool socks come in warm- and cold-weather options, but both types offer a bit of retained warmth. I love wool because it also adds a bit of additional padding when a stock insole isn’t quite enough or the body of a new shoe is stiff and unforgiving. A few pairs of quality wool cycling socks make breaking in new cycling shoes painless or can add time to a pair of shoes that are on its final days with the added padding.
RECAP AND RESULTS: GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 17
France’s Nans Peters of the Ag2r-La Mondiale team crossed the line alone to claim his maiden victory in the Giro d’Italia 17th stage on Wednesday. Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz of Movistar kept the overall leader’s pink jersey
four days from the race finish, extending his lead over Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali.
Peters blew away his rivals at the end of the 181km run through the north of Italy, near the Austrian border. The 25-year-old pulled clear 16km from the line and had built up an advantage of one minute at the foot of the 5.5km final climb.
Colombian Esteban Chaves finished a distant second at 1min 30sec behind with Italy’s Davide Formolo third at 1min 51sec.
Thursday’s stage offers the remaining sprinters a final chance for a win as the route drops to sea level, with a 222km run through the Venetian hinterlands from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala, concluding with a 2km sprint for the line. The race concludes in Verona on Sunday.
BIKE TEST: FELT BREED 20
Long in road, tri and ’cross bike markets, Felt has begun dipping their toes in the gravel market in earnest with the release of two new dual-purpose bikes—the Breed 20 and the 30. Available in a SRAM Force build (20) and a Shimano 105 build (30), the bikes are priced at $2649 and $1999 respectively.
Designed with performance in mind, the Breed is ideal for those looking for their first gravel bike or an upgraded aluminum rig. Felt built the Breed to handle the wide variety of gravel roads that exist by making it easy
ARMSTRONG SAYS HE WAS “AN EASY TARGET”
Disgraced former American cyclist Lance Armstrong says he wouldn’t change a thing about the reign of doping that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles. All of Armstrong’s titles between 1999 and 2005 were vacated by the International Cycling Union six years ago.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t change the way I acted,” Armstrong said in excerpts of an interview with American broadcaster NBC Sports that will air on May 29. “I mean I would, but this is a longer answer.
“Primarily, I wouldn’t change the lessons that I’ve learned. I don’t learn all the lessons if I don’t act that way. I don’t get investigated and sanctioned if I don’t act the way I acted.
DIRTY KANZA ROUTES ANNOUNCED
- Toughest course to date, climbing 6,000 feet over 201.7 miles
- For the first time in several years the course heads north, serving up some of the chunkiest gravel the Flint Hills has to offer
- Two checkpoints this year instead of three, with a neutral water oasis
- The start line this year will be flipped, with riders heading north up Commercial street towards Emporia State
- This year’s field includes a number of WorldTour riders, Olympians, national and world champions, former WNBA and NFL players, ultrarunning champions, and of course, a bunch of regular folk.
TRUCKEE DIRT FONDO JUNE 8th
The race will consist of three enhanced routes compared with the inaugural event, taking participants as high as 8,006 feet above sea level over Sardine Peak inside Tahoe National Forest. The course is best suited for mixed-terrain, cyclocross, or mountain bikes. Each participant will be encouraged to select a bike that best suits their style of riding, but the courses will all favor the cyclocross format.
The post-race festival will feature loads of family-oriented activities, food trucks, live music and beer provided by FiftyFifty Brewing Company. Immediately following the start of the main race on Saturday, the event will feature a fun, non-competitive, fully supported family ride along the Legacy trail system and through the Truckee Bike Park.
“The Truckee Dirt Fondo is going to be recognized as a staple that pins Truckee to the consciousness of anyone who owns a gravel bike.” – Carlos Perez, Event Director.
King Ridge Foundation, founded by ex-professional cyclist (and Truckee resident) Levi Leipheimer, in close partnership with Bike Monkey will produce a fundraising gala in association with the event in a showing of support for Adventure Risk Challenge, a California 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves at-risk youth.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE SERIES 2019
Gran Fondo Hincapie is a series of events that welcomes riders of every skill level for a weekend of riding and celebration of all things cycling. Join current and past professional cyclists, weekend warriors, and first-time riders on routes planned and tested by George Hincapie himself. The Hincapie family currently hosts events in Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Boise, Idaho; with plans for continual expansion to other areas across the United States and the world.
MAMMOTH GRAN FONDO REGISTRATION OPEN NOW
The Mammoth Gran Fondo takes riders along the east side of Yosemite and the High Sierra with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake, and White Mountains. 75% of the Gran Fondo route is closed to through traffic matching the incredible scentery with the appropriate calmness. Other highlights include: free event photos, all three distances timed, Signature Event socks, 6 Feed Zones with Full SAG/Tech Support, After-Party with Food/Beer/Live Music in the Village at Mammoth!
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