Rogers leads US Pro Tour after California. With his overall win at the Amgen Tour of California, Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) took over the lead in the USA Cycling Pro Tour Standings with 192 points compared to the 128 accumulated so far by the second-ranked David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions):
- Michael Rogers (Team HTC-Columbia) – 192
- Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) – 128
- Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) – 74
- Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) – 71
- Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) – 55
After 2 events, HTC-Columbia also took over the lead in the team classification with 260 points with Garmin-Transitions in second spot with 197 points. The 2010 USA Cycling Professional Tour continues with the UCI 1.HC Philadelphia International Championship on June 6. (View complete individual standings or team standings.)
US Pro in Greenville. In a press conference this week, three-time U.S. Professional Road Race National Champion and Greenville resident George Hincapie (BMC) announced that he will be back to defend his 2009 title at the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships. It will be five years in a row that the Championships will be held in Greenville SC.
On Saturday September 18, the Individual Time Trial will once again be hosted at CU-ICAR where riders will face a 3-times around the 6.9-mile (11.1km) course. Same course as last year where David Zabriskie set the fastest time of 39:37. (See map)
On the next day, Sunday September 19, the 112-mile (80-km) Road Race Championship course will start and finish in downtown Greenville and includes 4-times around big loop with the tough climb up Paris Mountain. (See map).
In addition to the dual championships, the Roger C. Peace U.S. Handcycling National Criterium Championship is once again scheduled. This is the season finale event for the U.S. Handcycling Series, presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and will return for the second year in a row with a time trial on Saturday and the National Handcycling Criterium Championships on Sunday. The Stars and Stripes Challenge, a recreational and fundraising cycling event to support local cancer research, will also take place on Sunday.
News from 2012 London Olympics. On track to be completed in early 2011, the 6,000-seat velodrome has a double-curved roof which features some 16km of cabling and covers an area of 5,000sq m. The cable-net roof is joined to the steel structure of the Velodrome which rises in height by 12m from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure. Check out a virtual tour of the Velodrome.
Motorised doping. Last week, L’Avvenire ran a story on so-called motorised doping, or the use of a hidden motor in a bike during a race. In the Giro Stage 18 recap, commentator Davide Cassani showed a demonstration of a 9.5kg motorized bike: watch 14 minutes into the video (in Italian). (thanks for Davide Frattini for the link)
We’ve all read the news. Four years after Floyd Landis declared his innocence, and after being stripped of the 2006 Tour de France yellow jersey, Landis is now admitting to systematic doping. In several emails sent to cycling and anti-doping officials, he has also implicated several cyclists. The allegations have been covered by many outlets and statements have been released by most involved. Will anything come of Landis’ statements? Who knows, all most of us can do is wait and see.
A few of the articles on the subject are:
- Landis admits doping, accuses Lance, by Bonnie Ford, ESPN.com
- ESPN.com’s Q&A with Floyd Landis, by Bonnie Ford, ESPN.com
- Floyd Landis and the want of truth, by Jeff MacGregor, ESPN.com
- Lance Armstrong’s Hunter, by Jonathan Littman, HuffingtonPost.com
- Pretty Boy Floyd, by pro cyclist Adam Myerson, cycle-smart.com
It was announced earlier today that the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team is parting ways with co-sponsor OUCH Medical Center and rider Floyd Landis.