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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” - H.G. Wells

2017 Vuelta a España to finish in Canary Islands?

According to La Provincia, the daily paper of Las Palmas, capitol of the Canary Islands, the last four stages of the 2017 could take place in the Canary Islands. Since 1987, only two stages of the Vuelta have not finished on the streets of Madrid: 1993 and 2014.

The final stages could include Pico La Nieves (1,945 meters) and the 3,718 meter-high Tiede.

"It is important to innovate," said Javier Guillen, The director of the Vuelta.

Tom Dumoulin Dutch cyclist of the year

In the city of Den Bosch, Tom Dumoulin (25) was named Dutch cyclist of the year. The high point of the Giant-Alpecin's racing year came in the Vuelta a España where he won two stages and held the leader's jersey for a long time. It was in 2015 that Dumoulin discovered his talent for stage racing. Dumoulin won the award in 2014 as well.

Anna Van den Breggen was the female Dutch cyclist of the year.

Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin wearing the leader's red jersey at the Vuelta a España

Taylor Phinney skipping surgery to be ready for Olympics

Taylor Phinney (BMC) has said that he has skipped more surgery on the knee of his injured left leg this year in order to be more fit and ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"The Olympics would have been out the window," Phinney told Velo News."...I met with a surgeon, who wanted me to do more operations, and I didn't think it would be possible to race at all this year...We decided to do a lot of physical therapy instead, it was a lot less intrusive and it meant I could race." Here's the complete story.

Taylor Phinney

Taylor Phinney racing at the 2015 World Championships

European title for Lars Van der Haar; Sabrina Stultiens prepares for
cyclo-cross season

This update came from Giant-Alpecin:

November began with a podium finish at the Koppenbergcross for Team Giant-Alpecin’s Lars van der Haar (NED), followed by a great victory at the European championships, sixth place in Ruddervoorde, and fourth places in Gavere, Koksijde and Hamme.

“November was a nice month for me with the European title,” said van der Haar. “It also included races where better results were within reach. Overall it was a good month and I’m in good form, which gives me confidence.

“I have high expectations for the races in December. I start with a few days on Mallorca to train hard and recharge my batteries. There are some nice races ahead in the World Cup and Superprestige, where I want to show myself and perform well. At Spa Francorchamps, Namur and Heusden Zolder I hope to fine-tune my form to be ready for the world championships, which is one of my main season goals.”

Team Liv-Plantur’s Sabrina Stultiens (NED) aims to gain racing rhythm in December, as she prepares to make her season debut in Mol. Stultiens explains: “January will be the most important month for me, so my goal for December is to get my season off to a good start. In the World Cup races, I hope to qualify for a place on the national team for the world championships. I am looking forward to the World Cup in Heusden Zolder, as it is a great race ahead of the worlds.”

DECEMBER RACE CALENDAR LARS VAN DER HAAR
12/12/2015 - Mol, Belgium
13/12/2015 - Spa Francorschamps, Belgium
19/12/2015 - Antwerpen, Belgium
20/12/2015 - Namur, Belgium
26/12/2015 - Heusden Zolder, Belgium
27/12/2015 - Diegem, Belgium 

DECEMBER RACE CALENDAR SABRINA STULTIENS
12/12/2015 - Mol, Belgium
20/12/2015 - Namur, Belgium
26/12/2015 - Heusden Zolder, Belgium
27/12/2015 - Diegem, Belgium 

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