Cyclingnews Roundup – 10 things to know for the week to November 11
What happened? Sergio Higuita, who signed a contract with Bora-Hansgrohe for 2022, was seen riding a specialty bike rather than a decent Cannondale by the sponsor. His team sent him a dismissal notice, but then kept him on board after Higuita apologized. Then it also emerged that they had sent a contract termination letter to Lawson Craddock, who signed for Team BikeExchange, for riding a Giant bike at a Mellow Johnny’s event in Texas. Stay tuned.
What are the consequences? Runners were at risk of losing a month or more of their 2021 salary before their contract ended on December 31.
2. The organizers of the Giro d’Italia announce the route of the Grand Tour of Italy 2022
What is the route? The Grand Partenza will leave Budapest with a hill finish on May 6 and two other stages in Hungary before a rest day transfer to Italy. There appear to be seven opportunities for sprinters, six hilly and summit final stages at Etna, Blockhaus, Cogne and Passo Fedaia and the main mountains to cross including Mortirolo and Passo Pordoi.
What’s left to know? The entire route, including the dates of each stage, will be published on Thursday.
3. Afghan runner Rukhsar Habibzai signs with Twenty24
Why is this important? Habibzai was one of the few brave women who took up cycling and running, although it was a social taboo for women there. After the trauma of being torn from her family and her country, she still wants to ride a bike. She is the first Afghan to sign for an American development team, Twenty24.
Learn more about the story: Habibzai tells Cycling news about his heartbreaking escape to the United States.
4. Desiet Kidane dies in training accident
What happened? Details were not made public, but the up-and-coming Eritrean, who raced and trained with the UCI World Cycling Center’s program, is believed to have died after being struck by a rider while she was riding. ‘was training in Asmara. The UCI, among many others, paid tribute to “young emerging talents who will be greatly missed” via its social networks.
Cycling news expresses its condolences to Kidane’s family, friends and teammates at this sad time.
5. Filippo Pozzato hospitalized with COVID-19
Why it matters: Pozzato was not vaccinated and urged others not to make the same mistake. He was due to be vaccinated but fell ill three days before his appointment. He has been hospitalized since November 2 on supplemental oxygen.
How did he understand it? Unknown, but he had organized the “Ride the Dreamland” series of events in mid-October and fell ill five days later.
6. Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar reveals his weakness
Well, what are its weaknesses? Long climbs at high altitude and a team arguably weaker than Ineos.
Why is this important? He made the revelation on Geraint Thomas’ podcast, saying he can “crack pretty fast” and that Ineos could use his collective strength to beat him.
7. Roll Live Technology
What is that? Roller Live is a four-day gathering in London showcasing cycling technology, offering live interviews with professional riders and appearances from some of the sport’s biggest names.
What is important? The Ride Live bike show was held in London in front of a live audience with people together, in person, after months of mask mandates and pandemic-related cancellations. We have put together a gallery of technological innovations and items of interest from the show.
8. Retired rider Peter Kennaugh talks about the human cost of performance
What happened? Peter Kennaugh spoke at length about his decision to retire in 2019, as well as his struggles on and off the bike, in a movie called “Frontiers” directed by Wahoo.
What is important? As a reminder that runners are not robots, Philippa York said: “When you watched ‘Frontiers’ you might start to understand that what Peter Kennaugh did when he said enough is enough is enough in 2019 has gathered strength. It’s a moment of real bravery to recognize what he describes as his dream not being what he thought he would be, and having to say it out loud, because for the cycling fan, being a pro is the ultimate job. “
9. Transfers and pensions
10. Upcoming races and events
November 11th: The Superprestige cyclo-cross series continues with the Jaarmarktcross in Niel on Thursday. The race is broadcast on Sporza in Belgium and on Eurosport and GCN + everywhere else. It’s an excellent urban course with deep mud and a bit of a slope to make it technical. Expect tight races in the men’s and women’s fields where new European champions Lucinda Brand and Lars van der Haar will debut their jerseys. Quinten Hermans and Denise Betsema are the series leaders after two laps.
November 13: The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup heads to Tabor for the sixth round, which includes the first rounds for the junior men and women and the U23 men. The race is broadcast on Sporza, NOS, Eurosport, Telenet Play Sports and on FloBikes in the USA.
Eli Iserbyt leads the elite men’s series with 45 points ahead of teammate Michael Vanthourenhout, while the women’s leaders are tied on points, with Brand and Betsema stranded on 147 points.
Cycling news will have reports, results and photos from both events.