On the first day of the world championships cycling in Ponferrada the team time trial took place. On the 57.1 kilometer route, it seemed to be a strive between the titleholder Omega Pharma-Quick.Step and challengers Orica, BMC and Sky.
The more kilometers passed, the more it became clear that BMC was in pole position for the golden medal. At the finish line, the team of big boss Andy Rihs was 32 seconds ahead of Orica-GreenEdge and 36 seconds ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick.Step. Lotto Belisol didn't do well in this team time trial and ended at the 22nd place.
Sports Director Herman Frison: "We didn't ride a good team time trial. Becoming 22nd and being preceded by a few Pro Continental teams isn't good, but our guys couldn't go faster. I had the impression that the riders who rode the Vuelta, weren't recovered enough. Pim had to let go a few times quickly, Adam wasn't good, and Vegard also had a rough time. Lars Bak was the strongest of the team, but we had to make sure that we stayed together with enough riders on these hilly roads. It is true that we didn't start with our best time trial specialists. But this was a conscious choice to let riders like Gallopin, Wellens and Greipel prepare themselves for the road race next Sunday.
The World Championships cycling in Ponferrada, in the Spanish north-western region Castilla y León, will start on Sunday with the team time trials. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the national teams will compete in the individual time trial and as from Friday the road races take place. Several Lotto Belisol riders, men elite and U23, are part of the national selections. An overview.
Elite men's road race
The elite men's road race is 254.8 kilometres long and consists of fourteen laps of 18.2 kilometres. Unlike the previous World Championships there will only be raced on the local circuit. At the end the riders will have covered 4284 altitude metres. In the local lap lie two hills: the Alto de Montearenas (5 km and 3.5% average) and the Alto de Compostilla (1.1 km and 6% average). The last two kilometres of the course are flat.
U23 men's road race
Lotto Belisol wishes all its riders the best of luck in Ponferrada!
For the third consecutive year there's a world championship team time trial for commercial teams. This event is programmed on the first day of the World Championships, on Sunday 21st of September. Each team lines up six riders. For Lotto Belisol it are Lars Bak, Vegard Breen, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Pim Ligthart and Maxime Monfort.
The teams have to cover 57.1 kilometres. There are 386 altitude metres and two hills on the course. The first one is about halfway, the second one in the last kilometres.
Herman Frison, sports director: "It's a very nice course with large roads with few turns. It gets tougher near the end. In the last ten kilometres it's uphill. During the first recon there was a headwind, that makes it tougher. That last hill is pretty long and gets steeper by the top. It's a course for strong men."
"This team time trial is possibly a bit tougher than last year, but definitely not much. Our riders want to get a place in top ten. That will be very difficult. There are really strong teams here. But they will give all they got; they are all really motivated. We have already achieved many goals this season, I hope this one as well."
"During the recon it was 25 to 26 degrees, with not much wind. We had a little bit of rain. No rain is forecasted for Sunday. If it should rain, certain parts could be slippery."
Ridley unveils new Noah SL at Eurobike
The Noah SL is all about speed and performance. It's racing heritage, combined with superior aerodynamic technology and beautiful design sets a new benchmark in the aero category. It stays true to the Ridley form-follows-function design principle where every detail has been studied and tested to reach ultimate performance. The Lotto Belisol riders wanted an all-round aerodynamic frame that is also light, Ridley provided the Noah SL.
André Greipel: "There is a very good communication with Ridley Bikes. I have a close contact with them, so we can exchange ideas. They want to supply us with the best material and we can make suggestions. I suggested an adjustable seat post, to easily change the height, that's also positive for the buyers. It's important that Ridley Bikes supports us. There's a constant evolution in the bike world, so you need the best engineers. At Ridley Bikes they are always looking for innovations to make the bikes even better."
"As a rider I appreciate that Ridley Bikes takes our advice to heart. The good relationship between the riders and Ridley Bikes is necessary for the future. The Noah SL is the next step in the development. I already did a training with the Noah SL and a first impression never deceives. The frame looks good and is lighter. It's also stiff, which is very important. This is a fast bike. I'm looking forward to race with it."
F-Split fork (patented)
In-mould F-Surface (patented)
Dropped aero seatstays
Wheel- & Tire clearance
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