News, Views and Insights From This Week

By Jon Hornbeck

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The Tour of Utah started this past week and has to offer up some of the most beautiful scenery on hand for the racers. Quite the opposite from the historical buildings and narrow roads you see over in Europe. PC: VeloImages

YELLOW JERSEY CONFUSION

Speaking of the Tour of Utah there was a bit of confusion after the stage 2 finish. Brent Bookwalter won the stage with Sepp Kuss a close second giving him same time. There were no time bonuses on hand on the stage finish and with both riders not receiving any time bonuses from yesterdays finish they were at same time overall. They first awarded Bookwalter the overall lead and even put the yellow jersey on him. After performing a count back and finding out that it would be Kuss who finished in front of Brent on stage 1 would mean that he would be given the yellow jersey. A tough blow for Bookwalter unfortunately. PC: Tour of Utah

BMC DEVO TEAM TO SHUT DOWN

The BMC development team have announced that they will be closing up at the end of this season. The team was built to develop riders into the World Tour team but they kept running into a problem with rival teams  picking up their graduating riders. With the concept of moving their devo riders to the World Tour it wasn’t working out as planned so at the end of the day BMC decided to pull the plug. Understandable but never ideal when a development team pulls the plug. PC: Bettini

UTAH AND ALBERTA TEAMS

The Tour of Alberta has released their roster of teams for this years race and it got me thinking with the current Tour of Utah going on as well. What happened to the larger teams coming over for these races? Right now the Tour of Utah only has one World Tour team with BMC and the Tour of Alberta has only one World Tour team as well with Cannondale. These races looked to be getting larger and more prestigious in years past with more international teams coming over but now it seems to be going in the opposite direction and very quickly. Is this a foreshadowing sign of the races losing momentum or are the teams just not wanting to make the trip over to the US? It’s a bummer to not see more top riders at these races which had them here not long ago. Hopefully next year more top teams will show.

ITALIAN MASTERS WITH POSSIBLE MOTOR

RBA/AFP: Acting on a tip-off, organisers used a thermal camera to identify the motor and claimed that 53-year-old Alessandro Andreoli had even admitted to cheating.

But in an interview in Monday’s Gazzetta, Andreoli denied either having a motor in his bike or having admitted to using it. “We had a tip off. When we looked, we saw that in the seat tube of one rider it looked as though there was a fire,” Emiliano Scalfi, vice president of the amateur sports body that organised the race, told the paper.

It is the second instance of mechanical doping after then Belgian teenage Femke Van den Driessche was caught with a motorised bicycle at the Cyclo-cross world championships in Belgium in 2016.

Andreoli finished third in Saturday’s race in Bedizzole, near Brescia,
after which he was asked to bring his bike to be inspected.

WAHOO ELEMNT MINI

Wahoo ELEMNT MINI is the bike computer for those that want max data in a mini package! ELEMNT MINI comes with two connection options: phone free mode and phone mode. In both modes, the ELMENT MINI pairs seamlessly with the Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor included in the box, as well as other Wahoo heart rate monitors and cadence sensors. It works with our free ELEMNT Companion App that allows you to set up your data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and share ride data effortlessly – no more confusing menus! When in phone mode, the ELEMNT MINI gives you ride tracking, full ride data analysis, and call & text pop-up notifications. MINI is designed to work only with Wahoo sensors to ensure the connectivity – and in turn your ride experience – is absolutely flawless.

TOUR OF BIG BEAR

If your looking for a great day up in the mountains then look no further then the Tour de Big Bear which will be taking place this coming Saturday, August 5th. The Tour de Big Bear has many different route options for all skill levels of riders. An exciting new feature is their HC category which is open to only 200 riders and gives the rider the full professional experience. If you think you can take on the 125 mile challenge the HC category may be just the challenge for you.

www.tourdebigbearhc.com

CANNONADE LOOKS TO COVER ALL SURFACES 

With the current trend of types of riding being done by consumers these days, bicycle manufactures look to keep up with the times and make sure to give consumers what they are looking for.

Whether you’re looking to ride gravel, dirt roads, mixed surface or even just have a bike ready for cyclocross Cannondale has made sure to have their bases covered with a line up of many different bikes. Let’s take a look at what they have for the coming year.

Look for all the new bike features here.

Well that’s all for this weeks Mid-Week Report. Be sure to check back every Wednesday to see the latest news, views and products that have come our way. If you have any questions, comments or requests, let us know: letters@RoadBikeAction.com

 

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