Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
August 8, 2016
Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Monday, August 8, 2016
I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. - John Steinbeck
Recently completed racing:
- July 31: RideLondon Classic
- July 27 - 31: Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark)
- August 2 - August 6: Vuelta a Burgos
- July 27 - August 7: Volta a Portugal
- August 1 - August 7: Tour of Utah
Current Racing :
- August 6 - August 10: Olympic road races and time trials
- August 20 - Sept 11: Vuelta a España (all stage profiles posted)
Annemiek van Vleuten update
During the final descent in the women's Olympic road race, Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed hard and then hit the cement curb. Though conscious, she was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
It turns out she suffered a severe concussion and has three small fractures to her lumber spine (the vertebrae between the rib cage and the pelvis). She is to remain in intensive care for 24 hours. According to NOS.nl she is conscious, talking and looking bright.
In the men's race on Saturday, on that same descent, several riders were injured in crashes. Among them, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali suffered a double fracture of his collarbone and Sergio Henao fractured both his pelvis and iliac crest.
24 hours on, BMC reflects on Van Avermaet's Gold medal
This came from the team:
07 August, 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA): Almost 24 hours after he claimed the gold medal in the road race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Greg Van Avermaet shared what it means to become an Olympic champion.
Greg van Avermaet wins the Olympic men's road race
Q: Greg, it's now 24 hours after you won the gold medal in the road race, has it sunk in yet?
"Yeah a little bit I think. It was something really big. It was pretty nice to win a race like this. I was never expecting this but it was the best feeling in my cycling career ever I think. It was just a great moment and I'm really going to enjoy it."
Q: You were modest about your chances of medalling before you arrived in Rio. After seeing the course were you more confident of your chances?
"I knew it would be hard. When I first saw the parcours I thought it would be on the limit of my skills and it was a really hard climb in the end. I just tried to believe in myself. I was in good shape after the Tour de France, I was climbing pretty well but I knew also that in a race like this everything would have to go perfectly to win. I just tried to anticipate a little bit and be up there, and that's how I won the race."
Q: In the last three kilometers of the race when it was down to you, Jakob Fulgsang and Rafal Majka, were you confident or was it only after crossing the line that you could realize that you had won?
"You never know in a hard race like this. I was feeling really confident in my sprint. First I wanted to catch back Majka, I think this was the main goal. And then after this I was pretty confident to do a good sprint. But after all, you're only sure when you get over the line. Then I was sure about it."
Q: You've had an incredible year from crashing out at the Tour of Flanders, winning a stage at the Tour de France and taking the yellow jersey and now winning Olympic Gold. How does this rate in your career?
"It's the biggest thing ever. I think I can say that it is the highlight of my career. It's going to be the highlight of all of my career to come. It doesn't get any bigger than this so I'm just so happy that I could have a big win like this in my career. It's really a good feeling."
BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz on Greg Van Avermaet's victory:
"I couldn't be happier for one of the greatest people in the sport of cycling. He's a great person, Greg Van Avermaet, and a super athlete. He's never afraid to do the work, he's never afraid to take control, he's never afraid to take the risk. And he was fully engaged in all of that today in the race. He's a great winner and I think everyone in the peloton will be happy for Greg. Certainly we are with the BMC Racing Team."
"If you go back to the Tour of Flanders this April when he had a big crash that took him out of Paris-Roubaix, he came back to get the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France and a stage win, and now Olympic champion. This will be the biggest sporting day of his life. I'm sure it will be a memory he will never forget and one that will be in our minds for the rest of our lives, as well as being able to be part of it in some small way. It's hard to win the Olympics, it comes once every four years, and those who do it are exceptional people. We're really happy for Greg."
Décathlon sporting goods chain has astonishing growth
This came from Bike-Eu.com
VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ, France – The growth figures of the world’s biggest sporting goods retailer are astonishing. In the past three years (2012 – 2015) Décathlon managed to grow by 30% in turnover and by 45% in the number of stores it operates; currently in 30 countries.
By the end of May 2016 Décathlon operated a total of 1,065 stores worldwide. In 2012 that number stood at 736 stores. On its home market France the sporting goods retailer has the biggest number of stores with 392. In China and Taiwan the store count stands at 169 (including 8 for Taiwan) while the top three countries with the most Décathlon stores is Spain with 139.
You can read the entire story here.