Cooking for Contador: Ivan Basso and Tinkoff press officer hit the kitchen after team chef quits

The team chef says he quit over disputes with team own Oleg Tinkov, leaving the team waiting for a new chef to arrive

Cooking For Contador: Ivan Basso And Tinkoff Press Officer Hit The Kitchen After Team Chef Quits

Tinkoff1 sports director Ivan Basso and press officer Jacinto Vidarte stepped in to help cook for Alberto Contador2 s team at the Crit rium du Dauphin 3 this week in France after the chef quit over a dispute with boss Oleg Tinkov.

The team s kitchen truck4 was due to arrive for the week-long stage race in southeast France, but could not without the cook. The hotels kitchens were not ready because race organiser ASO assumed that the Russian WorldTour would prepare its own meals in its kitchen on wheels and told the hotels so.

I was helping make the pasta this morning for the riders before the stage, said Vidarte, press officer for Dauphin race leader Contador. Ivan and I were helping the masseurs. It s normal that the masseurs are cooking or helping make the meals, but this time we stepped in.

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In many races we don t take the truck along, it s only in the big ones like the Giro d Italia9, the Vuelta a Espa a10 and the Tour de France11, and maybe ones like the Dauphin . For example, Alberto didn t have the truck at the Volta ao Algarve this year. The truck, sitting in the team s service course, is scheduled to roll again in the Tour de France, starting July 2 in Normandy12.

It was not a surprise for us, the Danish Chef Rune S rensen decided to leave the team and that s all. We ll probably have a new one, an Italian, soon.

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Vidarte was not referring to Italian Ivan Basso, winner of the 2006 and 2010 Giro d Italia. Basso became a sports director this year after retiring13 and this morning, a part-time chef. Dane S rensen wrote on his Facebook page that his time with team Tinkoff did not end well, referring to owner Oleg Tinkoff when he refers his former boss.

I have since Monday been on sick leave from the team, he wrote. During the last days in Giro, I had problems with the boss not just a little hernia but threats and other inexcusable behaviour. This is why I have chosen to end my contract with the team.

It has not been a fun decision, but I have never been in doubt. I m going to miss the job and the people behind the scenes so much. Tinkov already announced he is leaving the team14. He will sell it if he finds a buyer or close it by the end of 2016. Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that last year Tinkov had a similar dispute with the team s bus driver before he left and was replaced.


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Are lace-up cycling shoes here to stay?

We consider whether old-school laces are the future of cycling footwear

Are Lace-up Cycling Shoes Here To Stay?

With the dominance of Velcro straps, ratchets, wire and Boa locking systems, it looked like lace-up cycling shoes were consigned to the history books. However, this all seemed to change when, following a crash that wrote off his standard Giro Factor shoes, Taylor Phinney was spotted wearing prototype Giro lace-up shoes at the 2012 Giro d Italia1. Since then lace-up shoes have grown in popularity and several top pros have been seen wearing them, including Sir Bradley Wiggins2 and Alberto Contador3.

Fashion trend

Are Lace-up Cycling Shoes Here To Stay?

Despite this resurgence, there are doubts as to their performance merits. Dino Signori, the founder of Sidi, has very clear thoughts: Laces are definitely only a trend, because retro things are in fashion, but there is no comparison between laces and the newer closure systems.

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The appeal of dials and buckle systems is obvious they can give a firm and secure fit while also allowing you to change the tension of your shoes on the fly. However, they are not without their faults; they can, for example, cause pressure points on the foot, and dials can become jammed. This is one of the reasons why Stuart Hayes, Giro product manager at distributor Zyro, is adamant laces are advantageous. They provide unrivalled comfort around the whole foot. With laces you get superior instep mapping a closer, more flexible fit and adjustment for wider feet, he says.

In contrast to Signori, Hayes believes the historical use of laces is a positive: Laces have not been the preferred choice for general footwear for hundreds of years without reason. Laces just work.

Are Lace-up Cycling Shoes Here To Stay?

Anyone who s serious about cycling whether that s commuting longer distances, riding sportives or racing will need a good

Lightweight and aero

Are Lace-up Cycling Shoes Here To Stay?

A lace-up offering from S Works

In addition to the claimed comfort, lace-up shoes are said to offer other benefits. Currently, laces are a suitable closure for building an aerodynamic and lighter shoe, says Rob Cook, design director of footwear and soft goods at Specialized. He explains that by removing the buckle or dial, the size of the shoe is reduced: The smaller the shoe volume, the less air needs to be disturbed. A lace-up shoe could be as much as 35 seconds faster over 40km compared to the dial shoe equivalent, Cook claims.

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Better comfort and faster it is a pretty compelling argument for laces not being a flash in the pan. However, the elephant in the room is the inability to adjust the fit as you ride. How many times in races do you see riders reaching down to tighten their shoes before a sprint? Cook acknowledges this: The obvious drawback with laces is that they cannot be adjusted while riding.

Contador s shoe selection at the 2015 Giro d Italia6 illustrates both the positives and negatives of lace-up shoes. For the majority of the race, when adjusting the tightness of the shoes would be beneficial, he used a dial system; however, for the individual time trial he opted for laces, since the shoes are lightweight, aerodynamic and allow you to get an optimum tension that will last for the duration of a shorter event.

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Our take

The improved comfort, along with the enhanced aerodynamics and reduction in weight make lace-up shoes an appealing prospect. However, the inability to adjust the fit on the fly mean lace-up shoes are likely to remain confined to short races crits, time trials and track racing and more leisurely rides where stopping is not an issue.

Are lace-up shoes the future?

Yes: Stuart Hayes, Giro product manager at Zyro

A product doesn t need to look like it has super-modern functions to be a technical performance shoe. With seven points of contact, laces allow you to get more of a custom fit. The performance comes from the lower weight and smoother more aerodynamic profile ultimately, if the fit is better and more comfortable, you are going to perform at your optimum. In my opinion, laces are here to stay.

No: Dino Signori, founder, Sidi

Lace-up shoes offer no benefit in performance. I believe laces are purely for aesthetics and for nostalgic people! For me, comfort on the bicycle means having the chance to adjust the closure system while riding the main advantage of wire and dial systems is that you can easily do this. Simply imagine your laces come undone while riding would you stop to tighten them during a race?


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Transat A.T.

may shrink European presence, sell tour units in France, Greece


Jan 12, 2016

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

MONTREAL — Transat1 A.T. Inc. is looking for buyers for some of its European operations but expects to maintain transatlantic service by its airline and Transat Tours Canada. The Montreal-based travel company says its tour operating business units in France and Greece are up for sale but there’s no certainty that a transaction will occur. The company says it isn’t yet in negotiations and that the move is part of its determination to focus on profitable growth in the Americas through development of its tour, distribution and hotel businesses.

It also says Air Transat and Transat Tours Canada would be unaffected if a European sale does occur. Transat is an integrated travel company that distributes its vacation products in more than 60 countries. Part of its business originates travel from Europe to various regions including Canada and the Mediterranean basin.

Transat also originates transatlantic travel from Canada to Europe as well as to southern destinations in the United States and the Caribbean basin.

The company said it doesn’t intend to provide public updates about its planned asset sale.

“Should such a transaction take place, it will have no impact on Transat Tours Canada’s transatlantic program or on Air Transat operations and growth, including their presence in France.

Transat maintains its growth objectives as a leisure carrier between Europe and Canada.”


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