VeloNews June 2019

VeloNews brings you inside the sport of bike racing, with exclusive features, analysis, expert training advice, unbiased gear reviews and the absolute best cycling photography.

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queens of the road

The finale of this year’s Tour of Flanders featured many of the exciting elements that fans crave: a dramatic attack on the Oude Kwaremont, followed by a test of strength on the Paterberg. Finally, there was a nail-biting sprint. All of this occurred in the women’s race, of course. The UCI Women’s WorldTour has hit a new level of unpredictability and competitive balance in 2019. This year, the once dominant Boels-Dolmans squad is just one of the strong teams in the peloton. That shift in dynamics is due to the launch of the Trek-Segafredo women’s squad, and the improvement of several other teams. In this issue of VeloNews, we take you inside the women’s peloton with analysis of the biggest storylines impacting the sport. In April I traveled to the Low Countries to watch…

4 min.
speculation runs rampant

Most cyclists see doping as a problem not only in the highest echelon of pro sports, but also at the amateur levels. So much so that organizers have started testing regional races. Some cyclists that are considered “enthusiast riders” have been caught using powerful drugs, such as EPO, human growth hormone and testosterone. Once the news broke that amateur riders are “cheating”, almost overnight, it became the hot topic within America’s endurance sports community. Across the country, online message boards morphed into platforms for accusations. Rapid increases in speed turned the usual ride banter into speculation, and in some cases accusations, as to who may be using. “You see some guy at the front of the group just killing it, and everyone starts to wonder how he is doing it”, says…

1 min.
depth of field

Rolling inferno With less than 40 kilometers to race in the 2019 Milano-Sanremo, the peloton streams through a cloud of smoke coming from roadside flares lit by fans, which also caught nearby shrubs on fire. La Primavera came down to a sprint among an elite group containing Peter Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, and world champion Alejandro Valverde. One of the WorldTour’s emerging superstars, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), won the 110th edition of the race ahead of Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). PHOTO BY TIM DE WAELE/GETTY IMAGES NIKON D5; LENS UNKNOWN; 1/2500 SEC. AT F/8; ISO 320 30 Percentage of Alaphilippe’s total career wins he has gathered in the first three months of 2019 43.625 Average speed, in kilometers per hour, of Alaphilippe, over the course of the 291-kilometer race…

3 min.
chantal blaak

How did you get involved in cycling? In Holland you have all of these races around the church for schoolkids. You can race one lap on your town bike; I did and I won the race. I did another race and I won again, and that meant I could go to the final in the region; I won the final race. The first prize was a one-year membership at the cycling club. I rented my bike for my first year, and that’s how it started. My parents said if you like it, you can try it. The Netherlands has one of the best national development programs in cycling. How did it help you to the top? At first, they teach you the small things—how to train, how to eat. You get a massage…

1 min.
luke lamperti

A multiple-time junior national road champion, 16-year-old Luke Lamperti of Sebastopol, California, joined USA Cycling’s junior development program in The Netherlands in 2018. He turned heads by winning a stage and the overall at the Three Days of West Flanders. “At first [the Belgians] were like ‘Ah, it’s the stupid Americans,’” Lamperti said. “Then we were winning, and people came over to us and wanted to be our friends.” Lamperti returned to Europe this year with the USA Cycling team. He balances racing with his studies as a sophomore in high school.…

1 min.
race radio

“I closed my eyes and went.”— Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), describing his winning attack to stun the favorites at the Tour of Flanders 0 Professional race wins for Bettiol prior to his Flanders victory 3 Race wins for Kittel since stage 11 of the 2017 Tour de France “Marcel [Kittel] is and remains a racer, but at the moment he is simply not good enough. It can’t go on like this.”— Katusha-Alpecin sport director Dirk Demol, on his rider’s poor results in 2019“You need extraordinary legs to achieve an extraordinary result.”— Jumbo-Visma general manager Richard Plugge, on Wout van Aert’s near misses in this year’s cobbled classics 12.7 Average placing for van Aert in the six races he completed in 2019, through Paris-Roubaix, including third at Strade Bianche and second at E3 BinckBank…