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Israel Cycling Academy has elevated Clément Carisey from his stagiaire role to a spot on the Pro Continental team next year. The 26-year-old joined the team in August and raced 27 days, including a healthy dose of Belgian one-day races, the Czech Cycling Tour and the Tour of Hainan. Jumping from an amateur team to the Pro Continental level is a big move for the rider in a year when many veterans are still without teams, but the confident Frenchman says he's not surprised he made the team's 2019 roster. "I thought that I left a good impression on most days," he said in a statement released by the team. "But it's not easy these days in pro cycling, and it's not usual to see an amateur rider get the opportunity to break in at my age. So I would admit that when I got that call I was extremely happy with it. I guess its worth believing in your dreams."ADVERTISEMENT Carisey started racing with the team at the Czech Cycling Tour August, then went straight to Belgium for nearly a dozen one-day races that included the Great War Remembrance Race, where teammate Mihkel Raim won. He also competed in 1.HC races at the Brussels Cycling Classic and the Primus Classic. He went home to France next for Paris-Bourges and Paris-Tours. Carisey finished out the season with an Asian trip to Hammer Hong Kong and the nine-day 2.HC Tour of Hainan, where he nabbed a top-10 finish on stage 8. "Clement proved his value to the team in more than one way," said team General Manager Ran Margaliot. "He had shown his ability to make a difference as a support rider, with full dedication to his leader as well as race intelligence and experience of when and where to place himself at crucial moments. "But what actually impressed me the most was his human qualities off the bike," Margaliot said. "A rider at his age, who spent all his life in French teams, to come into a unique structure as ICA, learn English in record time and adapt so rapidly, it is an impressive achievement. In a way you get the feeling that you can throw Clement into any situation and he will be just fine. He is the perfect teammate and will be a great addition to our growing team."
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We already know the routes for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. Up next is the Vuelta a España, with its full route presentation set for December 19.
Reports out of Spain and France suggest the season’s third grand tour will return to Andorra and France for part of its three-week romp around the Iberian peninsula.
Vuelta boss Javier Guillén already confirmed that the 2019 Vuelta would have an “international profile” with a return to France.
“The Vuelta will have an international profile in 2019,” Guillén told EFE. “Ever since the stage to the Aubisque, the Vuelta has a big following in France. The start of the race in Nimes in 2017 was also a big hit. The relation with the Tour de France and with France is excellent, and we need to keep entering this country.”
French media reports suggest Pau, often a host of Tour de France stages will be inviting the Spanish tour for a stop.
With the Vuelta already confirming its “big start” in the Alicante region along Spain’s Mediterranean coast, it’s likely any incursion into France would coincide with a return to Andorra. The Pyrénéan principality has bet big on the Spanish grand tour and played a deciding factor in Simon Yates’ breakout victory this summer.
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The Vuelta will start August 28 with a time trial stage in Torrevieja followed by three other stages around the Alicante region.
There are other hints the Vuelta might return to Spain’s Basque Country and perhaps hit the famed Angliru climb before ending September 16.
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Sofia Gomez Villafane (Pivot-Maxxis) was super on Sunday at the Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup, winning her second race in a row, while Eric Brunner (FCX Elite) won a sprint to earn his maiden UCI elite victory in Indianapolis. On a dry day with temperatures near 40 degrees, smart tactics won the day on the fast track at the Indy Cycloplex.
Gomez Villafane overcomes dropped chain
As was the case in Saturday’s race, Gomez Villafane linked up with teammate Courtenay McFadden for an early escape on lap one of the women’s race.
Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel) and Emma Swartz (Marian University Cycling) put in a big effort to bridge up to the duo and were successful, reaching the front of the race by the end of that first lap.
It wasn’t smooth sailing for the Argentine Gomez Villafane though.
“I just made a shifting error, it’s really bumpy and my chain came off,” she said. “I really should run a chain catcher but I’ve been too lazy to buy one to be honest so there’s my karma. But it was a good day to practice the mental side of it all.”
Fortunately, McFadden was marking the lead group, which helped Gomez Villafane return to the front.
“I really, really chased. Thankfully one of the three people up front was my teammate and she wasn’t doing any work and it really benefited me a lot,” added Gomez Villafane.
On the final lap, Gilbert struck first, but she couldn’t break up the group.
It came down to a sprint and Gomez Villafane took the win ahead of McFadden. Swartz rounded out the podium in third, despite barely hanging onto the lead group late in the race.
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Brunner sprints to first UCI elite win
Brunner, Andrew Dillman (SDG), Jamey Driscoll (Pivot-Maxxis), and Caleb Swartz (Marian University Cycling) got away on the first lap of the elite men’s race.
Dillman, winner of Saturday’s race in Indianapolis, crashed early, which gave Driscoll and Brunner a chance to ride clear.
However, it wasn’t a completely clean race for Brunner either. He slid out halfway through the race and also had to stop in the pit for a bike after a flat tire.
“I was in the front from early on and then I just had a few mistakes, I had a little bobble in the field about midway through the race. I had a flat with three to go and switches bikes and chased back on,” said Brunner.
The Coloradan, who was second in under-23 national cyclocross championships last January, was unsure he could chase back to the leaders.
“I really didn’t know because Driscoll came around me, he saw that I had a flat so I knew that he was going to push it. Once I got a new bike though, I was pretty confident,” he added.
After catching the front group, Brunner made his move on the barriers, on the bell lap.
“I pushed it a couple of times early in the lap but I saw that he [Dillman] was pretty strong, we dropped Driscoll. I knew that I was the only one hopping barriers so I just knew that I had to get around him before that,” Brunner said. “He took the barriers a lot faster than I expected. He was still on my wheel coming into the last straight. I didn’t know until the very end.”
It came down to a sprint, and Brunner proved fastest. Dillman was second, and Driscoll ended up third.
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World champion Sanne Cant (Enetherm- BKCP) has criticised cyclo-cross event organisers for hosting races for women that are too short. She argued that some races, particularly this past weekend, barely reached the minimum time standard of 40 minutes set by the UCI, and in some cases, organisers have stopped clock shy of that minimum. "I think it's a pity that we only have 40 minutes in the last races," Cant told Sporza following her race at Flandriencross in Hamme on Sunday. "I think we should approach 50 minutes instead of continuing to race around 40 minutes." The UCI sets the duration of elite women's cyclo-cross events between 40 and 50 minutes, according to the current cyclo-cross regulations, and whereby the number of laps they complete are calculated and announced at the end of the second lap. In comparison, the elite men’s category races must be set at 60 minutes, and between 60 to 70 minutes at World Cup and World Championships.ADVERTISEMENT In Hamme, Annemarie Worst (Steylaerts - 777) won the women’s race in 39:06, nearly a minute short of the UCI's minimum time standard. Cant finished in second place at one-second behind after a lead group of eight riders fought for the victory for much of the race. Cant said the eight-rider front group was racing between seven and eight minutes per lap, and so if they had raced for one more lap the total time would have been between roughly 46 and 47 minutes, and would not have surpassed the maximum time standard of 50 minutes. "Today, they could have raced us for a lap longer. The rules are between 40 and 50 minutes. Today we raced for 39 minutes, and we do not even get the rules. With an extra lap, that would have been successful," Cant said. "Today, it was seven to eight minutes. I think it's easy to get a lap in. If we had raced a lap in 10 minutes, I understand that it would have been harder to count, but this cannot be that difficult, I think." Cant also competed in Saturday's UCI World Cup in Tabor, where Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) won the women’s race in 40:19, and Cant placed sixth at 13 seconds back.
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In what’s one of the biggest moves for 2019, Fernando Gaviria will see full support in the top races thanks to his transfer to UAE Team Emirates.
Team director Joxean Fernández said there’s no limit to Gaviria’s potential and promises the Colombian will see a full sprint train built up around him going into 2019.
“I consider him the world’s best sprinter at the moment,” Fernández said during a telephone interview. “He’s at the peak of his powers, at 24, with a lot of ambition and confidence. We hope we can help him achieve his full potential.”
Gaviria came on the market following his breakout Tour de France, where he won two stages and wore the yellow jersey. The sponsorship situation at Quick-Step was looking uncertain. Although team boss Patrick Lefevere eventually brought on a new title sponsor with Deceuninck, Gaviria already had one foot out the door with tantalizing offers from several teams.
Fernández, who worked with Quick-Step as a talent scout before joining UAE Team Emirates in 2017, said he quietly worked out details with Lefevere before pursuing Gaviria.
“I was there at Quick-Step when we brought on Gaviria,” Fernández said. “That’s how cycling is; if you miss someone on the way out, you can get them on the way back.”
Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) took a convincing victory on stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.comMore importantly, Gaviria’s switch from Quick-Step to UAE means the Colombian will be his team’s top sprinter for 2019. At Quick-Step, Gaviria was forced to share the calendar with the emergence of Italian Elia Viviani.
Despite the presence of UAE’s veteran Alexander Kristoff, Fernández said Gaviria will be the team’s No. 1 sprinter in all the major races next season.
“We have complete respect for Alex [Kristoff] and what he’s done in his career. Few have palmares like him, and he will be one of our captains for the classics,” Fernández said. “With Gaviria, we will have the guarantee that we are sprinting for the win, not fourth or fifth, so it’s natural we will want to build a big train around him.”
Kristoff, 31, has expressed some hopes that he won’t be slotted into a new-look Gaviria train and will still have his own opportunities. Though he admits he’s not the fastest in the bunch, Kristoff can still post some big wins, including a victory on the Champs-Élysées last July in his first Tour stage win since 2014.
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Fernández left no doubt that the Gaviria will play a starring role for the team’s sprint finales.
“Gaviria is a bit of a ‘todo terreno,’ he can do it all, except climb the highest mountains,” Fernández said. “Everyone knows that when Fernando is there in the final, very few people can beat him.”
Gaviria, along with compatriot Sergio Henao, is the top name moving to UAE-Emirates for 2019. Following up on Fernández’s scouting reputation, the team also signed five young riders with top potential for the future.
The present will be firmly centered on Gaviria.
“There’s no limit of what he can do,” Fernández said. “Of course, he’s not a climber and he’s not experienced yet on the pavé, but even there he has great potential. We’ll have a great team around him. With his age and what’s he already accomplished, we want to help him achieve even more.”
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Curtis White and Rebecca Fahringer beat their respective fields — and muddy conditions in the wake of a snowstorm — on the second day of cyclocross racing at the Supercross Cup in Suffern, New York.
White’s perfect weekend
White (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld) was victorious on both days in New York. His win Saturday occurred in several inches of melting snow. On Sunday, the course turned into a muddy mess that made for a challenging day of racing.
The course conditions were so rough that just six of the 23 riders who started the elite men’s race were able to finish.
White started things off by forming a two-man group at the front with Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano). The pair rode side by side until the third lap (of eight), at which point White began to put some real estate between himself at Werner.
From that point, White kept up his quick pace and held on for victory over Werner by more than two and a half minutes. Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart), Sam Noel (UVM Cycling-Cannondale Cyclocross), and Cooper Willsey (Furman University) battled for the third spot over several laps before Davis pulled away and snagged the final podium position.
“It was a lot of running today. [I was] just trying to be as smooth as you can carrying the momentum,” White said. “The first couple of laps I just tried to see what guys like Kerry and Cooper Willsey were doing, learn from their lines. Then I just gave it the diesel and gaps started opening up pretty steadily after that.
“I got a flat tire late in the race, but it didn’t really affect things. It actually felt like I was hooking up better on the off camber, less [tire] pressure. It worked out very well.”
Fahringer moves up
Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) rode the mud at Rockland Community College to victory after finishing second on day 1 of racing. She was at the front of the race with Ruby West (Specialized-Tenspeed Hero), the winner of Saturday’s race, when she made her decisive move on lap two (of five) Sunday.
Fahringer’s surge bought her 15 seconds by the end of the second lap, a gap that grew each successive time she made her way around the course. By the time she finished, Fahringer had to wait 4:06 to see West earn second. Crossing the line an additional 52 seconds was Jane Rossi (Rhode Island School of Design) in third place.
“I passed Ruby, and she was breathing pretty hard,” Fahringer said. “And I said, ‘this is going to be my day.’ And I just tried to ride smooth and hope that she didn’t charge forward like she did yesterday.”
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“I think she literally just went around me and rode away. I had less than nothing to offer today!” West said. “So, my legs were totally empty from yesterday. I just did as much as I could, but Rebecca was so strong, and she was gone.”
Fifteen of the 26 women who started the race ended up finishing.
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