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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion:
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Racing schedule:

Two races on Wednesday, the 30th. In Italy the single day, big-deal (HC ranked) Tre Valli Varesine will be held

In France, a short stage race begins, the Tour de l'Eurométropole.

Current UCI rider, team and nation rankings

Rider Rankings:

Rank Prev. Rider Team (Code) Points
1 1 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 615
2 7 RODRIGUEZ Joaquin TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 474
3 5 QUINTANA Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 457
4 2 KRISTOFF Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 453
5 14 ARU Fabio ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 448
6 3 FROOME Christopher TEAM SKY (SKY) 430
7 4 CONTADOR Alberto TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 407
8 6 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 324
9 11 FARIA Rui Alberto LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 324
10 8 PORTE Richie TEAM SKY (SKY) 314
11 13 DEGENKOLB John GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 302
12 9 URAN URAN Rigoberto ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 301
13 10 THOMAS Geraint TEAM SKY (SKY) 283
14 29 DUMOULIN Tom GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 271
15 12 SPILAK Simon TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 269
16 16 SAGAN Peter TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 257
17 15 PINOT Thibaut FDJ (FDJ) 249
18 19 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 242
19 17 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 221
20 18 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 212
21 23 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 206
22 20 GREIPEL André LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 203
23 35 WELLENS Tim LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 195
24 21 KWIATKOWSKI Michal ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 195
25 22 ZAKARIN Ilnur TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 194
26 24 ALAPHILIPPE Julian ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 180
27 26 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 179
28 25 IZAGUIRRE Jon MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 173
29 27 STYBAR Zdenek ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 172
30 65 MAJKA Rafal TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 165
31 30 LANDA MEANA Mikel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 164
32 28 HENAO Sergio Luis TEAM SKY (SKY) 157
33 43 YATES Adam ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 150
34 31 YATES Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 148
35 32 TERPSTRA Niki ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 140
36 33 NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 138
37 46 MORENO Daniel TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 136
38 34 DENNIS Rohan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 135
39 198 CHAVES Jhoan Esteban ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 114
40 36 GESINK Robert LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 114
41 44 KELDERMAN Wilco LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 111
42 45 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 106
43 37 BOOM Lars ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 102
44 38 HESJEDAL Ryder CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 102
45 56 BENOOT Tiesj LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 101
46 39 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 98
47 40 GALLOPIN Tony LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 97
48 41 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 96
49 42 AMADOR Andrey MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 93
50 53 MARTIN Daniel CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 85
51 47 ROELANDTS Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 82
52 48 INTXAUSTI Benat MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 81
53 49 PAOLINI Luca TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 80
54 50 KRUIJSWIJK Steven LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 80
55 51 NIZZOLO Giacomo TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 78
56 52 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 76
57 54 FRANK Mathias IAM CYCLING (IAM) 72
58 55 HERMANS Ben BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 71
59 57 KONIG Leopold TEAM SKY (SKY) 70
60 58 KREUZIGER Roman TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 64
61 59 FELLINE Fabio TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 64
62 60 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 64
63 121 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel TEAM SKY (SKY) 64
64 61 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 62
65 62 BONIFAZIO Niccolo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 60
66 114 BAKELANTS Jan AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 59
67 63 CANCELLARA Fabian TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 59
68 64 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING (IAM) 56
69 66 CARUSO Damiano BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 54
70 67 TALANSKY Andrew CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 54
71 68 VANMARCKE Sep LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 52
72 69 FERNANDEZ Ruben MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 52
73 70 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 50
74 71 TRENTIN Matteo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 50
75 76 SLAGTER Tom Jelte CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 49
76 72 VUILLERMOZ Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 49
77 88 IMPEY Daryl ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 49
78 73 BOONEN Tom ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 48
79 74 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 48
80 75 TROFIMOV Yury TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 48
81 77 KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 46
82 78 JUNGELS Bob TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 46
83 79 POELS Wouter TEAM SKY (SKY) 46
84 80 GENIEZ Alexandre FDJ (FDJ) 44
85 81 MODOLO Sacha LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 43
86 82 VALLS FERRI Rafael LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 41
87 83 VANDENBERGH Stijn ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 40
88 84 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 40
89 85 SCARPONI Michele ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 40
90 86 ATAPUMA Darwin BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 40
91 87 MARTIN Tony ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 40
92 113 PLAZA Ruben LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 38
93 89 BRESCHEL Matti TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 36
94 90 IZAGUIRRE Gorka MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 36
95 95 MONFORT Maxime LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 36
96 91 BARGUIL Warren GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 34
97 92 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ (FDJ) 33
98 93 LAMPAERT Yves ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 32
99 94 CIMOLAI Davide LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 32
100 96 GESCHKE Simon GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 32
101 97 ROGERS Michael TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 31
102 98 RIBLON Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 31
103 99 LOPEZ Miguel Angel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 31
104 100 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 30
105 101 CAVENDISH Mark ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 30
106 152 VAN POPPEL Danny TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 29
107 102 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 28
108 103 VIVIANI Elia TEAM SKY (SKY) 28
109 104 PANTANO Jarlinson IAM CYCLING (IAM) 27
110 105 FORMOLO Davide CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 26
111 - ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SKY (SKY) 26
112 106 KANGERT Tanel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 24
113 - SANTOS SIMOES Nelson LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 24
114 109 KIRYIENKA Vasil TEAM SKY (SKY) 24
115 107 TIRALONGO Paolo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 23
116 108 ROUX Anthony FDJ (FDJ) 22
117 - BRAMBILLA Gianluca ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 22
118 110 MORABITO Steve FDJ (FDJ) 21
119 153 EWAN Caleb ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 21
120 111 ROWE Luke TEAM SKY (SKY) 20
121 - DE MARCHI Alessandro BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 20
122 112 PELUCCHI Matteo IAM CYCLING (IAM) 20
123 115 MOINARD Amaël BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 18
124 170 LINDEMAN Bertjan LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 18
125 138 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 17
126 185 STUYVEN Jasper TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 17
127 116 POLANC Jan LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 16
128 - SCHLECK Frank TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 16
129 - GOUGEARD Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 16
130 137 BODNAR Maciej TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 16
131 117 KEISSE Iljo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 16
132 118 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 14
133 130 VISCONTI Giovanni MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 14
134 122 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM CYCLING (IAM) 14
135 119 LOBATO Juan Jose MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 14
136 120 MALORI Adriano MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 13
137 160 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 12
138 123 SINKELDAM Ramon GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 10
139 124 BAUER Jack CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 10
140 125 JUUL JENSEN Christopher TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 10
141 - ELISSONDE Kenny FDJ (FDJ) 10
142 131 CHEREL Mikael AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 10
143 126 KITTEL Marcel GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 10
144 127 DURBRIDGE Luke ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 10
145 129 SANCHEZ Luis Leon ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 9
146 128 MEZGEC Luka GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 9
147 134 CHERNETSKI Sergei TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 8
148 132 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING (IAM) 8
149 133 VAN EMDEN Jos LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 8
150 135 CLARKE Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 8
151 - ZUBELDIA Haimar TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 8
152 196 VAN DER SANDE Tosh LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 8
153 - PUCCIO Salvatore TEAM SKY (SKY) 8
154 - KOSHEVOY Ilia LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 8
155 136 HOFLAND Moreno LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 8
156 154 BENNETT George LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 6
157 - CARDOSO Andre Fernando CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 6
158 139 LUTSENKO Alexey ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 6
159 140 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 6
160 141 ANACONA Winner MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 6
161 142 LE BON Johan FDJ (FDJ) 6
162 145 DURASEK Kristijan LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 6
163 146 GERRANS Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 6
164 143 KUENG Stefan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 6
165 144 REICHENBACH Sébastien IAM CYCLING (IAM) 6
166 147 KENNAUGH Peter TEAM SKY (SKY) 6
167 148 NIELSEN Magnus Cort ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 5
168 149 PORSEV Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 5
169 197 REZA Kévin FDJ (FDJ) 5
170 150 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 5
171 151 VANGENECHTEN Jonas IAM CYCLING (IAM) 5
172 155 WESTRA Lieuwe ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 4
173 156 BRANDLE Matthias IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
174 - BOSWELL Ian TEAM SKY (SKY) 4
175 - MOSER Moreno CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 4
176 157 GUARNIERI Jacopo TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 4
177 158 VAN BAARLE Dylan CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 4
178 159 KLUGE Roger IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
179 189 ROSA Diego ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 3
180 161 ARREDONDO Julian David TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 3
181 163 LAGUTIN Sergey TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
182 162 TCATEVICH Aleksei TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
183 164 MARTENS Paul LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
184 169 CRADDOCK Lawson GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 2
185 - MAES Nikolas ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 2
186 171 VAN ASBROECK Tom LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
187 173 BENNATI Daniele TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 2
188 167 SMUKULIS Gatis TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
189 188 RICHEZE Maximiliano Ariel LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 2
190 165 MARANGONI Alan CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 2
191 166 GRETSCH Patrick AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 2
192 168 FLENS Rick LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
193 172 VALLEE Boris LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 2
194 174 DANIELSON Thomas CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 2
195 177 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
196 175 TAARAMAE Rein ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
197 176 TURGOT Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1
198 178 FERRARI Roberto LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
199 179 HAAS Nathan CANNONDALE-GARMIN (TCG) 1
200 180 SOLER Marc MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
201 190 BOUET Maxime ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1
202 - MACHADO Tiago TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
203 191 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1
204 186 BRUTT Pavel TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 1
205 192 VAN WINDEN Dennis LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 1
206 193 HOWSON Damien ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 1
207 194 BOECKMANS Kris LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 1
208 - COPPEL Jerome IAM CYCLING (IAM) 1
209 181 HALLER Marco TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
210 182 BELKOV Maxim TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
211 183 GUARDINI Andrea ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
212 184 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
213 187 POZZATO Filippo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
214 195 MEERSMAN Gianni ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1

Team rankings:

Rank Prev Team (Code) Points
1 2 MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1559
2 1 TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1526
3 3 TEAM SKY (SKY) 1334
4 4 ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1158
5 7 BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 1010
6 6 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1006
7 5 TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 929
8 9 ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 825
9 8 LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 802
10 10 TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 769
11 11 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 587
12 12 LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 566
13 13 TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 529
14 14 TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 485
15 15 FDJ (FDJ) 369
16 16 TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 340
17 17 IAM CYCLING (IAM) 189

Nations rankings:

Rank Prev. Country Points
1 1 SPAIN 1833
2 3 COLOMBIA 1069
3 2 GREAT BRITAIN 1041
4 4 ITALY 1006
5 5 BELGIUM 905
6 8 NETHERLANDS 848
7 7 FRANCE 781
8 6 AUSTRALIA 777
9 9 GERMANY 587
10 10 NORWAY 453
11 15 POLAND 376
12 13 PORTUGAL 355
13 11 CZECH REPUBLIC 306
14 12 SLOVENIA 294
15 14 SWITZERLAND 270
16 17 SLOVAKIA 257
17 16 RUSSIA 257
18 18 UNITED STATES 158
19 19 DENMARK 115
20 22 IRELAND 111
21 20 CANADA 102
22 21 COSTA RICA 93
23 24 LUXEMBOURG 74
24 23 LITHUANIA 50
25 26 SOUTH AFRICA 49
26 25 UKRAINE 40
27 28 BELARUS 32
28 27 ESTONIA 25
29 29 NEW ZEALAND 16
30 30 KAZAKHSTAN 6
31 31 CROATIA 6
32 32 AUSTRIA 5
33 33 LATVIA 2
34 34 ARGENTINA 2

13 Bike Companies recall bikes for disc brake and quick release worries

Here's story on the Bicycle Retailer web site:

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Thirteen companies representing 17 bike brands are part of a joint voluntary recall of certain bikes equipped with front-wheel quick releases and disc brakes. The companies, through the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, which acted as a mediator, are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Profeco, the Mexican consumer protection federal agency, on the recall.

This is the largest group recall the industry has acted on, said Ray Keener, the BPSA's executive director.

The BPSA reached out to industry suppliers in late spring following the widespread awareness of a quick release lever issue earlier this year after Trek's recall of nearly 1 million bikes. That recall involved quick releases whose levers are left open or improperly adjusted while riding and can be caught in the front disc brake rotor when in the open position. This type of quick release is widely spec'd among bike suppliers.

"As this quick release issue became obvious, more companies became interested in doing a voluntary recall," said George Constantine, a lawyer from Venable LLP and counsel to the BPSA. "The BPSA was a natural next step to put a group together. We've been pleased to work cooperatively with the CPSC. They liked the idea of a large group coming together on this and working toward the greater goal of rider safety."

The companies included in the group recall are all BPSA members, though efforts were made to include all industry suppliers including non-BPSA members. Companies that are part of this recall are Accell North America (Raleigh, Diamondback), Advanced Sports International (Breezer, Fuji, SE), Cycling Sports Group (Cannondale, GT), Felt, G.Joanou Cycle Co. (Jamis), Giant Bicycle, Haro, LTP Sports Group (Norco), Performance Bicycle (Access), Quality Bicycle Products (Civia Cycles), Recreational Equipment Inc. (Novara), Ridley Bikes and Specialized Bicycle Components.

Specific models for each company weren't named in the recall notice, but bikes affected date back as far as 1998 for some brands. The bikes sold for between $200 and $10,000.

According to the CPSC recall notice, about 1.5 million bikes are affected. Three incidents were reported in which riders were injured as a result of an open quick release lever on the front wheel coming in contact with the front disc brake. One resulted in a broken finger, wrist injury, shoulder injury and abrasions; no injuries were reported in the other two incidents.

As part of the group recall, the BPSA has created a number of resources for consumers and retailers. A central website, quickreleaserecall.com, is now live. It addresses questions and directs consumers and retailers to appropriate resources. Among the resources is a video (below) that shows consumers how to check to see if their bike is among those affected.

Here's the complete Bicycle Retailer posting

Lotto-Jumbo headed to Italian Classics

Here's the team's release:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo will start on 1, 2 and 4 October with an experienced and fresh team in the Italian autumn classics Milano-Turino, Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia. The tricky classics are a great challenge for an even highly motivated team.

"I notice that the riders are looking forward to end the year with a good race," said Sports Director Merijn Zeeman. "Robert Gesink finished in the past, twice in the top ten in Il Lombardia. Also Wilco Kelderman and Steven Kruijswijk achieved very good results in Italy. These races suites them well. "

The Italian autumn classics have very tough finals. Milano-Turino will finish on top of the Superga a climb of 4.9 kilometers. Gran Piemonte is back on the calendar with a very difficult local circulation and Il Lombardia finishes again in Como. In short, three hard races.

"I want to see a team that is eager, and that wants to fight for each other," added Zeeman. "Our focus will be mainly on the WorldTour-race Il Lombardia. In the form Robert Gesink currently is he can significant play a role in the final. Kelderman and Kruijswijk moreover have the qualities to play also an important role in these races.”

“My last race was the Tour of Britain so I have to wait and see how it goes in Italy,” says Steven Kruijswijk. “I still feel good and I want to end the season well and not just finish it with an Italian ride. Then you head into the winter with a good feeling. The races are beautiful and I’m excited to race there."

Steven Kruijswijk

Steven Kruijswijk

With the participation of Robert Gesink at the world championship in Richmond, he does not race in Milano-Turino and Gran Piemonte and joins the team later for Il Lombardia. Koen Bouwman is the man who will be replaced for Il Lombardie. The team continues to be unchanged.

Team line-up: George Bennett, Koen Bouwman, Robert Gesink (only Il Lombardia), Wilco Kelderman, Steven Kruijswijk, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Timo Roosen, Bram Tankink and Dennis van Winden

Sports Directors: Merijn Zeeman, Louis Delahaije

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