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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Sunday, November 19, 2017

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2017 Tour de France | 2017 Giro d'Italia

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it. - Mae West

Latest completed racing:

Fabian Cancellara and Phil Gaimon corresponding on Twitter

On November 15 we posted the demand from Fabian Cancellara's lawyers that the publishers of US former professional cyclist Phil Gaimon’s book Draft Animals immediately stop distributing and selling it.

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara climbs in stage eight of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

We also posted in full Gaimon's statment in response

It's all here.

On Friday, Cancellara tweeted:

Hi @philgaimon, I actually don’t know you, but I kindly invite you to beat me at one of my 8 #ChasingCancellara races, by next year 2018. You choose the @chasecancellara -date out of 5 countries. I am very curious to see how much watt you can push!Start training!

Here's Cancellara's Twitter page

To which Gaimon replied: "Are there cookies? Bike rides should have cookies"

It'll be interesting to see how this turns out.

Philippe Gilbert looks back on the 2017 season and looks forward to the 2018 season

This came from Gilbert's Team Quick-Step Floors:

Philippe Gilbert is the first rider in over two decades to win a cobbled and an Ardennes classic in the same year. He makes an analysis of his season and talks of his remaining goals before retiring:

First thing that I can tell you now when I look back on my 2017 season is that I'm happy for taking the right decision last year, when I chose Quick-Step Floors. I knew that the experience and strength of the team would help me in the Classics. I was relaxed in the winter, trained hard and all this work put me in a good position to start the season, for which I was highly motivated.

Ronde van Vlaanderen was a huge goal for me, I'd been talking about it for months. It's one of the biggest and most important races in the calendar and I always dreamt about winning it. My team was fantastic on that day, protecting me from the start and then instigating that decisive move on the Muur-Kapelmuur. You never win alone such a race, that's why my teammates deserve praise, that victory wouldn't have been possible without their help.

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert celebrates his Flanders win. Sirotti photo.

I know that it might have looked like a crazy move to attack 55 kilometers out, but I was feeling strong and confident. Taking the victory and arriving alone in Oudenaarde was something very special, not only because I've finally won De Ronde, but because I did that while riding for a Belgian team, in the Belgian Champion jersey. That's a moment I will always cherish, one that will go down as one of the best of my career.

Two weeks later, I lined up for Amstel Gold Race, without having a clue about how hard and emotional that day would be. I knew I had the legs to win, but then that crash happened with 100 kilometers to go. It was a hard moment, and my first thought was that my race or even my season was over. It was painful, but again with the help of the team I returned to the bunch and got in the upper part of the peloton just before the race was split to pieces. Winning after this roller coaster, after some of the most intense 100 kilometers of my career, on such an unpredictible course, was really emotional and energy-draining.

Philippe Gilbert

Gilbert wins Amstel Gold

The injury I picked up in Amstel meant I had to skip the remaining Ardennes Classics and also the Giro d'Italia. I made my return in late May, at the Belgium Tour, and was content with my form, as I finished fourth overall. Then, I continued to work in order to regain my condition, and in June I took my first ever Tour de Suisse stage victory, which was another nice moment.

Then, I went into the Tour de France with good legs, but put aside any personal ambitions and instead sacrificed myself for Marcel, together with the entire team. Every time we had a flat stage on the menu, we controlled the pack from the start and made sure it came down to a bunch sprint. It was difficult to pull back the break, we put in a huge effort, so to see our work rewarded with five stage wins was really nice. Unfortunately, we also had a lot of bad luck, with Dan getting injured in the crash and Marcel and I being forced to abandon through illness.

At the World Championships, where I came after having a good preparation in the Tour of Britain, I knew the final climb could play an important role, so when the attacks started to pour in, I had to make a decision: go with them or wait for the bunch to come back, which eventually happened. The idea was to try something in the finale, but it turned out I wasn't the only one with this plan, so all these moves got nullified by a peloton eager to see the race decided in a sprint at the end of a hard race.

Spring is my favorite part of the season, so it's a no-brainer I will focus once again on the one-day races. Everybody knows that I dream of winning Milano-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix and completing my palmares with these two Monuments; having them in my sights gives me a fresh motivation, but it won't be only about these races, as I want to be competitive in all the Classics.

I've been very successful in the Classics over the years and if I will win another one before bowing out from the sport, I will be happy. If not, I'll just take things as they come. Even if I don't win all the Monuments, I want to know that I tried and when the time will come, to quit cycling without any regrets.

There's a federal bike commuting tax benefit, and the Senate wants to get rid of it

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News sent me this important update:

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — A tax plan released by the Senate majority leadership this week does away with a program that allows employers to reimburse workers, tax free, up to $20 per month for expenses related to bike commuting. The benefit has been in place since 2009 and it is continued in the House tax plan.

The League of American Bicyclists has urged its members to protest the Senate's plan. The LAB notes that the Senate bill retains benefits that support commute by driving or using public transportation. The League also has a page with details about the benefit on its website.

PeopleForBikes on Tuesday criticized the move by the Senate.

"The cost of the federal bike commuter benefit is paid primarily by employers, and its tax-free provision costs the federal government only $5 million per year," said PeopleForBikes' president, Tim Blumenthal. "The benefits to both individuals and communities far exceed the cost. This modest reimbursement program has helped bike commuting grow by more than 50 percent nationwide during the last decade — easing road congestion, promoting good health, and supporting a crucial, economical mode of transportation for hardworking, low-income Americans.

"As Congress continues to debate tax reform, we hope this provision is dropped from the final package to reflect the current House version."

You can read the whole story here.

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