Welcome to the September 30th, Mid-Week Report!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
On Sunday, France’s Julian Alaphilippe fulfilled his “career dream” of pulling on the rainbow jersey after winning
the men’s world road race title at Imola on Sunday. Alaphilippe crossed the line alone ahead of Belgian Wout van Aert and Swiss Marc Hirschi after more than six and a half hours in the saddle following the 258km race through the hills of Romagna.
“For the moment it’s very hard to find the words,” said the 28-year-old, who became the first French rider to claim the world title since Laurent Brochard in 1997.
“It was the dream of my career. I’ve been so close so many times but I had never even been on the podium.
“I came here with a lot of ambitions. It’s a dream day for me.
“I want to thank everyone who follows me and support me. Today the France team has been very strong.”
Alaphilippe attacked on top of the final climb less than 12km from the finish line for a solo ride home, 24 seconds ahead of his rivals at the Imola racetrack.
By Chris Carmichael, Founder and Head Coach of CTS
Sometimes it takes an actual finish line to remind you what “going hard” really means. I’ve been riding a lot this year, partly due to the “stay at home” orders earlier this season, and more recently due to renewed interest in cycling camps. I even thought I’d been training pretty hard. Then I lined up for the first competition I’ve done in more than a year–The Pikes Peak Apex, presented by Rockshox–and within four miles I was redlined and way above the hardest intensity I’ve done in training recently.
Intellectually, and from my coaching experience, I know athletes always generate more power in competitions compared to training, and many athletes perform better by just having other riders around them–competition or not. But with this year being so different than any year before it, I was still surprised by how dramatic the difference was between what I had become accustomed to as “hard”, and what “hard” really meant when it was a real race.
Talking with other athletes, I think that as we get back to group rides, gran fondos, bike races, and even e-races, a lot of athletes are going to need to recalibrate their perception of “race pace”.
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Cycling legends Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso today announce the launch of AURUM – their own high-performance bike brand – Born from Experience and built on passion and attention to detail. The first model is available now – Magma.
With more than 30 years of combined experience in the pro peloton and multiple Grand Tour wins, Contador and Basso spent their careers in the best teams, riding the best equipment available. However, that equipment was always selected by the team and sponsors for them, and that left a desire, a question in their minds, of how it would be if they had the freedom to choose, to design the bike of their dreams.
To create their own bike brand is a desire they have had for many years, they planned and discussed it until the time was right for them to go ahead and create something that was 100% authentic to their dream – and that time is now. AURUM is the brand, and Magma is the first model, the ultimate racing road bike – fast everywhere – created, designed and tested by Alberto and Ivan. Visit www.aurumbikes.com
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