Shoulder to Shoulder - Bicycle Racing in the Age of Anquetil
Book Review by Tom Baker
Shoulder to Shoulder Bicycle Racing in the Age of Anquetil is a coffee table book that presents more than 100 photographs from the time of Jacques Anquetil’s racing career. These photographs are from the extensive collection of images now owned by Shelly and Brett Horton, and were chosen because they are representative of the racers, races and drama of the time.
Interbike rolled into Las Vegas again in 2015. Many of the exhibitors had recently been at Eurobike, so it was common to hear comparisons given. While Interbike covers less square footage than Eurobike, what it lacks in size is more than made up for in enthusiasm. Large crowds of exhibitors, IBD shops and everyone even remotely related to bicycles was present. Interbike remains the place in the Americas to see the latest new products and meet the people who make the bicycle industry what it is. Many agree, however, that Las Vegas is not a great place to have the show.
One of the events at Interbike is the awards banquet where manufacturers and riders receive awards in various categories, such as best mountain bike of the year (Pivot Cycles), or best pro cyclist of the year (Chris Froome). Notably this year three members of the cast of Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Jackie Earle Haley, were on hand to present some awards. The crowd loved seeing them and telling them how much the film meant to them.
After several days of protecting the GC riders Dennis finally gets in position to take a win, and that he does. The Aspen to Breckenridge stage was 126 miles with over 10,000 ft of climbing. Team BMC took charge of the stage and lead the peloton for most of the 126 miles. Once the peloton gets to the last KOM on Hossier Pass BMC again takes control down the descent.
Robby Squires of Trek Factory Racing makes a break on the descent and Dennis chases with the Yellow Jersey Bookwalter close behind. The climb up Moonstone road proves to be to much for Bookwalter after Taylor Phinney give his teammates a good pull. Squire again makes a break and Dennis is on the chase after looking over his shoulder to check on the Yellow Jersey. At this point Dennis has to make the decision to go for the win, and that he does.
Rohan Dennis finished the stage 19 seconds ahead of the field and took the Yellow, Green and Red Jerseys!
That was a nasty crash and it's put me behind so can you give me a short pull back on to the front? Itailian Vincenzo Nibai of Team Astana decides to take a pull from his team car at 40km/h while being on live video.
After officials discover the video and decide to expell Nibali from the Vuelta all he could say is everyone "else is doing it". Well yes but not so blatently and surely no such a long pull and at that speed!
"We have been informed by the decision of the technical judge," Javier Guillen, director general of the Vuelta, told reporters. "The act carried out by the rider is bad for cycling, for the rider, for the Vuelta and its image, because we lose one of the favorites."
"We have spoken with the judges and their decision was clear to disqualify Nibali," said Astana sport director Stefano Zanini. "We asked for leniency, asking for a time sanction but not to disqualify him... The judges decided that an action of this type creates a precedent for other riders."
Completely new for 2015, the Breckenridge Time Trial will test all of a rider’s skills and will produce a truly worthy winner.
The 8.5 mile time trial starts out flat for the pure time trialists. Then it’s back onto the climb up Moonstone road, still fresh in the pain file from the day before, for a test of climbing skills. Finally, the race could be won or lost going downhill this day, as racers will push the limits on the Boreas Pass descent to shave seconds off their time. Whoever wins will certainly be a racer who can hammer the flats, dance up the climbs, and carve down the descents.