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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Friday, December 15, 2017

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2018 Tour de France | 2018 Giro d'Italia

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. - John F. Kennedy

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Four-time world champion Tony Martin weighs in on Christopher Froome doping case

If you haven't been following the story, we have the initial revelation that four-time Tour de France winner Froome was found to have double the allowed level of the legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine on a test taken on September 7 during the Vuelta a España, which the 32-year-old went on to win. And then both Froome's Team Sky and the UCI's statement.

Here's Tony Martin's Facebook post:

"I am totally angry. There is definitely a double standard being applied in the Christopher Froome case. Other athletes are suspended immediately after a positive test. He and his team are given time by the UCI to explain it all. I do not know of any similar case in the recent past. That is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

"Not only the public but also I have immediately the impression that there is wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

"These actions are major blow to the difficult anti-doping fight, which I am leading with riders like Marcel Kittel. We need a consequent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsequent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair."

Tony Martin

Tony Martin riding stage one of the 2017 Tour de france

Movistar presents 2018 men's and women's teams

Here's the team posting:

35 riders will be part of the two Movistar Team rosters (men's and women's teams) which Telefónica presented Thursday at a Distrito Telefónica's main Auditorium filled with people for the launch of the Blues' 2018 season. Led by Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde –very well recovered from his crash in the 2017 Tour de France– and Mikel Landa, Spain's biggest hopeful and the most remarkable signing by the Navarra-based outfit for next season, the 25 riders of the men's team mixed at the stands with the 10 members of the new women's team Movistar is launching in 2018.

Movistar kit

The 2018 Movistar kit

Both squads will share the same technical support and wear the same Endura kit the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué has received for the next season, consisting of a brighter blue jersey, in compliance with Movistar's new corporate image, and a more traditional, dark-blue bibshort. During the event, the new Canyon bike livery for 2018 was unveiled with use of both augmented and virtual reality, a design both teams will also share. The Movistar Team, supported by Telefónica as title sponsor for an eighth consecutive year and winners of four UCI WorldTour titles in the last five years, will attempt to round up the treble of Grand Tour wins in the Tour de France, following success by Nairo Quintana in the Giro d'Italia (2014) and the Vuelta a España (2016).

Carlos López-Blanco, Telefónica's Global Public Affairs and Regulations Director, commented on the squad's expectations for 2018: “Telefónica celebrates -just as in every season- enjoying such a successful tie with the Movistar Team. This year, the men's team will be adding young, interesting values to an already strong, winning team, with expert leaders, such as Quintana and Valverde, now together with a big hopeful like Mikel Landa. Then there's the new women's team, another initiative from Telefónica to foster inclusion and gender equality, which will cover some of the most prestigious events in the world. Combined with that, Telefónica aspires to keep bringing people to cycling, with actions like the #RodamosJuntos campaign last year in the Vuelta, as well as helping the team with new ways of technology at their service.”

Together with Big Data, already used last year, Telefónica will bring new technologies to the team by use of the Internet of Things, which will favour real-time monitoring of training sessions combined with cloud data storage. IoT will be deployed through 'trackers': small devices added to every bike, helmet or jersey, which will make possible to follow every ride, which will also improve the riders' safety. In turn, data from the bikes' Garmin cycle computers will be stored at a cloud owned by the team with advanced technologies to study and plan on such figures.

Use of technology will be completed by fleet management of the vehicles the Movistar Team owns (8 cars, 2 trucks, 2 buses), tracking driving schedules, journeys or any required maintenance. Also, and as a brandnew initiative for 2018, a unified communications and collaboration system will be deployed to make easier for several of the Movistar Team's stakeholders (riders, staff, sponsors) to work in an easier and more secure way.

The Movistar Team continues to be a reference in the digital sphere, strongly established as the 2nd most followed squad in the WorldTour with nearly 1.5 million social media fans. Profiting from their change of colours, the team will also unveil a new website (www.movistarteam.com) on January 1st.

The men's team will kick off their racing scheduled in mid January at the Tour Down Under in Australia, while the new women's team will make their official debut at the Setmana Valenciana in late February. Both rosters will complete in excess of 300 racing days across more than twenty countries.

MOVISTAR TEAM – 2018 ROSTERS

Men's Team: Andrey Amador (CRC), Winner Anacona (COL), Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero, Daniele Bennati (ITA), Carlos Betancur (COL), Nuno Bico (POR), Richard Carapaz (ECU), Héctor Carretero, Jaime Castrillo, Víctor de la Parte, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Mikel Landa, Nelson Oliveira (POR), Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana (COL), Nairo Quintana (COL), José Joaquín Rojas, Jaime Rosón, Eduardo Sepúlveda (ARG), Marc Soler, Jasha Süttlerlin (GER), Rafa Valls, Alejandro Valverde. Sports directors: José Luis Arrieta, Chente García Acosta, José Luis Jaimerena, Pablo Lastras.

Women's Team: Aude Biannic (FRA), Mavi García, Alicia González, Malgorzata Jasinska (POL), Lorena Llamas, Eider Merino, Rachel Neylan (AUS), Lourdes Oyarbide, Gloria Rodríguez, Alba Teruel. Sports director: Jorge Sanz.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo sends three riders home

The team sent me this notice:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo has expelled Juan-José Lobato, Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn from the training camp in Girona for disciplinary reasons. The three riders had used or were in possession of (non-doping-related) sleep medication that was not provided by or used in the team. This is a serious violation of the strict regulations of the cycling team.

Because of their unacceptable behavior, the team’s management has expelled the three riders indefinitely. At a meeting with all riders and staff present earlier this evening, the entire team strongly distanced themselves from this behavior, which contravenes the core values of the team. The three riders involved were also present. Where necessary, they shall be guided to prevent recurrence

Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s training camp will last until this Friday.

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