Friday, April 28, 2017

2014 Tour de France Stage 20 Preview

The riders will tackle the only time trial in the 2014 Tour de France on the penultimate stage of the race on Saturday.

This year’s ITT travels 54kms from Bergerac to Perigueux.  Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the top step of the podium is already decided, however, the rest of the top 10 could jostle somewhat depending on how well the individual men fare in the race against time. 

The route itself is flat at first before becoming hillier towards the finish.  Heat and general fatigue could be a factor, so the two time checks on the route will also be important.  

Tour de France, Stage 19: Crash Near The Finish

Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team avoided a pile-up near the finish of a rainy stage of the Tour de France Friday to remain sixth overall heading into Saturday's individual time trial.

Van Avermaet Not Hurt
Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) soloed to the victory seven seconds ahead of a group of chasers decimated by the crash less than three kilometers from the finish of the 208.5-km race. Van Garderen crossed the finish line nearly a minute later in a small group that included teammates Daniel Oss and Peter Velits, as well as race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team). But because the pile-up of nearly two dozen riders happened inside the final three kilometers, van Garderen and the peloton were awarded the same finish time as runner-up John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano). Greg Van Avermaet was the only BMC Racing Team rider involved in the crash. "I was just behind and it was impossible to avoid," he said. "I have nothing. (No injuries.) I just went over it. It was a pretty good. So I will be good for the next days."

Time Trial Outlook
Van Garderen said he will take a singular approach into Saturday's 56 km time trial. "Pacing – you can't go out too hard, you can't go out too easy," he said. "Pacing is everything." With two days of the race to go, he is 11:34 off the overall lead and 2:07 back from the rider ahead of him in the standings, fifth-placed Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale). Sport Director Valerio Piva said the team did its job to get van Garderen into position to make a final move in the standings. "It was a difficult day with the rain and wind," he said. "But the team stayed the entire time around Tejay. In the final, it was tricky, but our guys were in the front. Now is the time trial and we have hope."

Listen to complete comments from Piva, Van Avermaet (in English, Flemish and French) and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France Audio Line:

Saxo Bank wants to continue partnership

Lars Seier Christensen, CEO of Saxo Bank, and team owner Oleg Tinkov met the press on top of Hautacam arm in arm after Rafal Majka had secured his mountain jersey. Saxo Bank passed on the main sponsorship title to Tinkoff Credit System for this season but both men wish to continue the collaboration.

Lars Seier was onboard the team bus before the start of the stage to Hautacam, where he shared his thoughts about sponsoring one of the top teams in cycling.

“A sponsorship like this doesn’t get old. We reach a global audience by supporting a team that uses cutting edge technology just like the resources we have at Saxo Bank. The team keeps evolving but the fundamental approach stay the same, says Lars Seier Christensen.

According to Lars Seier, Saxo Bank shares many of the same philosophies as the team – among them the combination of teamwork and strong individuals.

“Bjarne has 5 sporting philosophies and when we started sponsoring the team I talked to Jens Voigt. He told me that he had never been on a team that used a set of principals actively. I told him that Saxo Bank actually had 7 principals. He said ‘ohh no, don’t tell Bjarne, then he’ll make 3 new ones to beat you”, laughs Lars Seier Christensen and continues:

“I think the team has shown that their principals work. It was easy to give up after Contador crashed but the discipline and spirit of the entire team has turned a big setback into a very memorable Tour de France. This is something I notice and I believe that the three wins and a very likely polka dot jersey in Paris bear witness to some very strong principals that are essential to our sponsorship”.

Lars Seier tells, that the relationship between the main sponsors of a team is important to ensure stability in the long run.

“The relationship between Saxo Bank and Tinkov Credit Systems is, just as I hoped, really beneficial. Oleg is a unique personality and I can see how much he wants his riders to succeed. He’s always very excited at the finish line. We’ve been on the bike together a few times together with our families, which I really enjoyed. It’s no secret that he would like us to continue as title sponsor. We’re still working on the final details but we definitely intend to stay with the team”, concludes Lars Seier Christensen.


Velocio Sports announced today that it is opening up club membership for 2015 to its fans and supporters of women's cycling.
"We're switching tactics in our search for team sponsorship and funding," said Team Owner Kristy Scrymgeour, "and we want to get the cycling community involved in an attempt to build a bridge between the ever-increasing number of recreational cyclists and pro cycling as a sport."
The team's financial contracts with Specialized and lululemon come to an end in December and the team is looking to bring on new partners.
"We have corporate interest for part of our budget and we've decided to add to that by trying something a little different."
The team will launch a campaign on Friday with indiegogo, a global crowd-funding platform, which allows the public to get involved with projects that they're passionate about. In this case, everyone who gets involved will be a team member and will have access to exclusive information and opportunities.
"It's a way for us to invite people to be a part of the team and vote for women's cycling at the same time. It starts with supporting our team, but if we can create a buzz around this campaign, it will reach the eyes of potential sponsors for both the team and other aspects of our sport.
Scrymgeour continued, "women's cycling needs two things: exposure and a growing the fan base. This weekend's La Course at the Tour de France is a great opportunity to get that exposure and we need more and more of that. By growing our women's cycling community and building a bigger fan base, we increase the demand for more exposure.
The campaign, which can be found here , offers up incentives to be involved at any level.
"We want to create an opportunity for everyone to be involved and we're lucky to have not only the team, but support from former pro Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and representatives from the men's side of the support with George Hincapie and Bernie Eisel offering up their time to support the campaign and women's cycling."

Moinard Renews With BMC Racing Team

The BMC Racing Team will extend the contract of Amaël Moinard, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Friday.

'A Valuable Asset'
A member of the BMC Racing Team since 2011, Moinard has helped teammate Tejay van Garderen to sixth place in the overall standings heading into the final weekend of the Tour de France. The Frenchman also figured in breakaways on Stages 9, 10, 14 and 17 and was the winner of Stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var in February. "Amaël has proven to be a valuable asset to the team in past years in the grand tours, and in particular, in the Tour de France," Ochowicz said. "He joins his eight other teammates here in France who are confirmed for their participation with the team for 2015." Moinard, who helped teammate Cadel Evans win the Tour de France in 2011, said he enjoys the role of domestique he has often been tasked to play for the team. "To work for Tejay at the Tour de France has really been a pleasure," he said. "We have been going in the moves to be part of the race and try to win stages, or to go in the breakaways to be support for Tejay. That freedom convinced me to keep riding for the BMC Racing Team." Specific terms of Moinard's contract were not announced, in keeping with BMC Racing Team policy.

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