Tag: Cycling


One of the major goals set by the Trek-Segafredo team for the season is to become the number one ranked team in the world.

This it has begun by strengthening both its Classics squad with John Degenkolb. The team also plans to target the Tour de France and other stage races and as such, has signed Alberto Contador.

Luca Guercilena, the team manager is of the belief that Giacomo Nizzolo, an Italian national champion can also improve further. He hopes that Nizzolo can target Milan-San Remo and Gent-Wevelgemin addition to sprints and stages at the Girod’Italia as well.

Segafredo confirmed it has extended its sponsorship until 2020 on Wednesday therefore giving the team registered in the USA, the needed stability to build a long-term future.

Rejuvenating its roster, Trek-Segafredo has added no less than 50% turnover of riders. Alongside Degenkolb and Contadorother new signings by the team includes Koen de Kort, Matthias Brandle, Jarlinson Pantano, the American Greg Daniel, Mads Pedersen and Michael Gogl.

Vincenzo Nibali Will Not Quit Astana

Vincenzo Nibali said that he will not leave Astana after five of its members were found to be guilty of using prohibited substances. He said that his technical staffs are in the team and also he said that the team consists of good people and unity is also there in the team.

Nibali became the winner of this year’s Tour de France in the month of July. After he won the Tour, five doping cases against Astana team members were reported. Maxim Iglinsky and Valentin Iglinsky of the Astana World Tour team were found guilty of doping and also Victor Okishev, Ilya Davidenok and Artur Fedosseyev, all three of them belonging to the third division Astana Continental team, have been found guilty of doping.

Top Riding Teams Join Up For Super Squad Velon

The entire cycling world is all set to witness a never-before revolutionary phenomenon- top 11 cycling teams from all across the globe have joined hands to form super squad Velon. The new super group is formed with the objective of pulling in better marketing prospects & money for the sport.

Sky is one among these 11 teams behind Velon. Other than sky, the Velon founders are BMC, Belkin, Lampre-Merida, Garmin-Sharp, Lotto-Belisol, Trek Factory, Omega Pharma, Tinkoff-Saxo, Giant-Shimano & Orica-GreenEdge.

It’s the first collaborative venture by WorldTour UCI cycling teams”, read a PR from Team Sky after the finalization of Velon decision. “This group pulls in 11 elite squads to develop a solid financial model, which in tune with the other international games, assures a bright sustainable future here for the squads.”

Akin to Sky, the other 10 Velon co-founders have also sent press releases highlighting on the new super group formation.

Velon wants a solid coherent calendar which will appeal to fans through new technologies. All the teams stressed on on-bike video shutters which were deployed to capture & create post-race videos in times of Tour France 2014.

“The squads involved in summing up Velon have joined hands with the shared powerful vision of optimizing the sport & develop novel ways for the growth of pro cycling”, noted Sir Brailsford, the team principal of Team Sky.

“If the squads stay united & work together with the other major stakeholders it would help to make the sport better for watching, easier to understand & gain guaranteed commercial backup as well as encourage more & more fans towards our beloved sport.”

2012 Tour France champ Froome added in- “With the formulation of Velon, now it would be easier for the squads to work in collaboration & find out newer innovations that would assist in good growth of the sport.”

Changes Planned For Pro-Cycling

The scene of pro cycling is soon to undergo a series of phenomenal changes since the year 2015. As per the sources, some “profound & decisive changes” are planned for the pro cycling sector, including a 3-tier league along with relegation and promotion as well as a 20 percent reduction of racing days especially for the elite teams.

UCI has already forwarded proposals citing the new regulations to be followed by the present WorldTour. According to the proposals, the present WorldTour would be replaced by an 8 team 2nd division, 16 team 1st division & feeder 3rd division with teams from continental tours. UCI’s decision has got the backing from key stakeholders.

In regards to the reduction of racing days, UCI has decided to maintain a 120 days of racing schedule for elite 1st division cycling teams by the year 2020, in place of the 154 days’ schedule that was followed in WorldTour 2013. The change in racing schedule is the result of constant complaints by the elite cycling teams about the usual grueling schedule. This 20 percent chop down of racing days would invariably result in shortening or scrapping down of races but without any compromise on 3-week Grand Tours- Tour de France, Giro & Vuelta a Espana.

Many other changes have been proposed as well. These include more significance to spring classics, assuring no overlap of events & establishing the rule of getting races every Sunday. Another decision is to shorten the season by starting it from February in place of January & running it till October.

UCI’s announcement regarding the proposals of changes in pro-cycling would be followed by discussions between UCI & Professional Cycling Council- including the representatives of teams, riders & race organizers. The UCI’s proposals would be reportedly submitted to the management committee & PCC for approval in January.