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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Friday, September 16, 2016

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Lampre-Merida headed to Memorial Marco Pantani

The team sent me this update:

After two races in Lombardy (Coppa Bernocchi on 14th September and Coppa Agostoni on 15th September), LAMPRE-MERIDA will move to Romagna were they'll participate in Memorial Pantani, which is scheduled on 17th September.

Sports director Daniele Righi will oversee eight cyclists: Mattia Cattaneo, Ilia Koshevoy, Manuele Mori, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Simone Petilli, Federico Zurlo and the two trainees Fausto Masnada and Oliviero Troia.

The race will start from Cesenatico and the riders will pedal 189.9 km, covering three times the climb of Montevecchio and once the ascent of Longiano, whose summit is at 41 km from the arrival in Cesenatico.

"In our lineup there won't be a pure sprinter, that's why we'll need to approach the race with a fighting spirit, specially in the most demanding part of the course - sports director Righi explained - Each of our riders will have an opportunity to be protagonist and battle for a good result.

The role of our most experienced cyclists, who are Niemiec and Mori, will be important in leading our young talents".

Niemiec

Przemyslaw Niemiec

Rosskopf to remain with BMC

BMC sent me this news:

15 September, 2016, Santa Rosa, California, (USA): BMC Racing Team today confirmed the re-signing of Joey Rosskopf beyond the 2016 season, following his victory at the Tour du Limousin.

Rosskopf, who has been with BMC Racing Team since 2015, claimed his first win since joining the team when he won the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin and went on to defend his lead.

"It is a pleasure to announce that Joey Rosskopf will remain with BMC Racing Team. Joey has been developing well in the two seasons he has been with us, which he proved with his Tour du Limousin victory, so it was an easy decision to keep him in our ranks. I look forward to seeing Joey continue to learn and develop as a rider with BMC Racing Team," General Manager, Jim Ochowicz said.

Joey Rosskopf

Joey Rosskopf winning the first stage of this year's Tour du Limousin

Rosskopf is looking forward to the opportunity to gain more experience at the UCI WorldTour level. "I'm super excited for the chance to stay with BMC Racing Team. I just want to keep making steps forward and get better at competing at this level. I assume we'll be doing even more UCI WorldTour races next year but that's the goal, it's a super high level of racing. I learned a lot from being in the position of leadership at the Tour du Limousin, winning the first stage and defending throughout the race. It gives me confidence and I feel really good about racing for the rest of this season and next year," Rosskopf admitted.

Campenaerts wins silver medal in the European Championships Time Trial

This release came from LottoNL-Jumbo

Victor Campenaerts of Team LottoNL-Jumbo finished second in the European Championships time trial. The Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) won after 45 kilometers, 30 seconds faster than Campenaerts. The Italian Moreno Moser (Cannondale) took third. Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider Primoz Roglic was seventh, and Steven Lammertink finished 18th.

"I am happy with the silver medal, for me that was the highest achievable today. Castroviejo was a top favourite and he showed us his favourite-status," Campenaerts said. "Castroviejo rode a minute faster than me in the time trial in the Vuelta and was now 30 seconds faster. I'm glad I was able to put in such a good time trial.

Victor Campenaerts

Victor Campenaerts at this year's Vuelta

"We reconned the course and I knew on the last hills that I had an advantage. When I heard that I was third at the last intermediate point, I knew I would end up on the podium.”

Campenaerts managed to use all his power and raced the time trial as planned. It was his first race after the Vuelta. "The past few days were tough. Monday, I came back from Spain and I felt really like a wreck, I even considered not starting. But the medical staff said that it was nothing serious. From then I focused on today. Yesterday my legs felt good again and I noticed that I had power enough to ride a good time trial."

"Now, I can finally rest after these tough weeks. It was too short between the Vuelta and the European Championships to take rest so I'm going to rest the next weeks.” The Qatar Worlds is the next goal. "With our strong team we can go for a good result at the World Championship TTT. After that, the individual time trial, and I want to participate for a strong performance.”

The Slovenian rider of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Primoz Roglic, completed the 45 kilometers in 59 minutes and 20 seconds. His time was good for seventh place. His Dutch team-mate Steven Lammertink recorded a time of 1 hour 20 seconds, the 18th time.

Liv-Plantur signs Liane Lippert, Rozanne Slik extends

This news came from Liv-Plantur:

Team Liv-Plantur is delighted to confirm that German talent Liane Lippert turns pro and has signed a two-year contract with the team. 18-year-old Lippert enhanced her reputation as one of the most promising young riders this season with remarkable performances in big races, as she took fourth overall at Albstadt-Frauen-Etappenrennen and sixth overall at Trophée d'Or Féminin. Other results in 2016 include a third place at the German Road Championships and best young rider at both Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen and Trophée d'Or Féminin.

On signing for Team Liv-Plantur Lippert said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to start my professional career with one of the leading women's teams in the world. The team is known for its professional and structural approach and I look forward to working with the staff, coaches and embracing their philosophy. Signing the contract gives me confidence and I appreciate the team believes in my ability. I am really motivated to race for Team Liv-Plantur next year and I'm excited by the challenges ahead." 

"Liane is a very young talented rider who has already proven that she can compete at an elite level," explained coach Hans Timmermans (NED). "We believe in her general classification ability as she has shown particular qualities in the time trials and in hilly races. She has already shown a lot of potential by winning the youth classification at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt and Trophée d'Or, which is extremely special. We envisage a great future for her and within the 'Keep-Challenging' structure we are certain that she can become a top athlete. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with her and we’ll take a step-by-step approach to develop her capabilities to achieve her maximum potential."

Team Liv-Plantur is also pleased to report that Rozanne Slik (NED) has extended her contract for another year.

"I am very happy with this opportunity to continue to ride with Team Liv-Plantur," said Slik. "From the start I have always felt comfortable working within the structure of the team. The philosophy suits me and is complimented by superb equipment, experts, coaches. Our teamwork and 'Keep Challenging' mentality has been noticed. The reinforcement with strong and experienced riders such as Lucinda [Brand] and Ellen [van Dijk] will certainly provide for some attractive and entertaining racing and I'm proud to be part of it." 

Timmermans commented: "Rozanne has shown a steady progress throughout the year with a fourth place in the general classification at the Route de France and a strong performance at GP Plouay. Her qualities as a domestic rider are priceless to the team. We believe with Rozanne there is still a margin of progression and that she can continue to improve. One of her biggest qualities is that she is always present at the finales of difficult races, equally she was also influential in our lead-out for the sprints. We are looking forward to her progression during the next season."

ZEG Pulls Out of Eurobike and opens doors of house show

Here's a news piece from Bike-EU showing some of the turmoil within the bike industry

COLOGNE, Germany – Europe’s largest dealer cooperative ZEG announced it will no longer exhibit its brand Bulls, Hercules and Kettler at Eurobike. In a press release, ZEG states it, “will focus more on its own annual show in Cologne.” Even more important, it will open this in-house exhibition for the first time for customers of its numerous suppliers and partners who are not member of ZEG.

For ZEG CEO Georg Honkomp the main reasons not to take part in Eurobike any longer are, “the decreased proportion of trade visitors and shorter opening hours of the event announced for next year.”

You can read the entire story here.

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