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Alberto Contador confirmed to join Trek-Segafredo for 2017

The Spaniard will link up with the team for next year after his Tinkoff team folds

Alberto Contador Confirmed To Join Trek-Segafredo For 2017

Alberto Contador. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Spanish Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador1 will ride in the black and white colours of Trek-Segafredo2 for 2017 with the aim of winning the Tour de France3. The deal happened this summer and made the surface during the Tour de France4. Today, however, the American WorldTour team confirmed the one-year contract with two-time Tour champion. Contador also counts two Giro d Italia titles and three titles from the Vuelta a Espa a.

>>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour5

I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me, said Contador. I had some excellent conversations with the team management, and we have a lot of goals and priorities in common. The big objective is to try and win the most important races on the calendar first and foremost the Tour de France.

The sporting side was the key point in my decision.

This team is focused on performance, and there s a really strong group of riders with experience in all kinds of terrain, not only the mountains.

I am convinced that this team can provide me with the best structure and bring me in the best conditions to the races. I race to win, and I am determined to get intensely invested in this team. Contador just fought his way to fourth overall in the Vuelta a Espa a6 behind winner Nairo Quintana7 (Movistar) despite crashing early on. His aggressiveness helped form one of the race s key moves in stage 15 to Formigal8. Quintana rode clear with Contador and put 2-43 minutes into Team Sky s Chris Froome9.

In the peloton, Contador is known as a fighter. Even Froome admitted that the Tour de France this year lost some of its excitement when Contador had to abandon early due to crashes.



Trek-Segafredo now has a bonafide Tour de France contender for the first time since Fr nk and Andy Schleck were at their best.

Alberto is a formidable rider and a real fighter, General Manager Luca Guercilena said. He s a champion. There is really no one like Alberto in the current peloton, and we are very happy to welcome him to the team. With Alberto, I believe we are taking the next step in developing our team. Next year, we ll be stronger and all-around better and broader. Contador raced the last six years with Saxo Bank/Tinkoff.

He is leaving team Tinkoff this season partly because its owner Oleg Tinkov decided to turn his back on cycling. Sports director Steven De Jongh and team-mate Jes s Hern ndez will also switch from Tinkoff to Trek-Segafredo with Contador.

I am really happy to come back to Trek because I also rode a Trek bike in 2009, Hern ndez added. Alberto is like my brother and coming back with him to the Trek family is really something special. It means a lot to me. Contador rode Trek bicycles to his two Tour wins with Discovery Channel and Astana.

His contract value is closely guarded, but it should be in the ballpark of ‘ 2 to ‘ 3 million. Mechanic Faustino Mu oz Cambron and Tinkoff sports director Ivan Basso reportedly will also join Trek-Segafredo from team Tinkoff. Trek-Segafredo will have a different feel next season.

Bauke Mollema will stay after riding to seventh in this year s Tour de France, but classics star Fabian Cancellara10 is retiring after winning the gold medal11 in the Olympic time trial this summer.

Milan-San Remo12 and Paris-Roubaix13 winner John Degenkolb14 will lead the team in the classics after joining from Giant-Alpecin15 and, with the team s confirmation today, Contador will do the same in the tours.

References

  1. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ made the surface during the Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ stage 15 to Formigal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ winning the gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ John Degenkolb (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ after joining from Giant-Alpecin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Revolution Track Series to be streamed live via Cycling Weekly’s Facebook page

Cycling Weekly and Revolution Track Series team up to bring you free live video coverage of racing from Manchester and Glasgow this autumn, starting on Saturday

Revolution Track Series To Be Streamed Live Via Cycling Weekly’s Facebook Page

Owain Doull, Revolution

Cycling Weekly will be streaming live video coverage of the 2016 Revolution Track Series1, which starts this Saturday, September 17. CW will be showing free live coverage of the Revolution UK Championship via Facebook Live2, in what is believed to be the biggest cycle race ever to be streamed over the social media site. Ned Boulting will be providing the commentary for the live coverage, and Sir Chris Hoy will be joining in on the evening session.

>>> Follow Cycling Weekly on Facebook3

The opening round of the series takes place in Manchester on Saturday, and will host many star riders including Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Ed Clancy, Owain Doull, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker. Having been part of Great Britain s successful team pursuit line-up, Clancy and Doull will go head-to-head as they captain rival teams JLT Condor and Team Wiggins at Revolution. Both squads are hoping to qualify for the Revolution Champions League, where they will face a host of WorldTour squads. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny will be appearing at the event on Saturday, where they will be celebrating their impressive haul of gold medals in Rio and meeting fans.

>>> Laura Trott and Jason Kenny to appear at Revolution Series opener in Manchester4

Simon Collis, Content Director of Time Inc (UK) s cycling group, said: Cycling Weekly has a hugely engaged audience on Facebook, and I know they will be delighted to be able to watch Revolution Series with us. We re thrilled to work closely with Revolution to support British track cycling and promote the world s most exciting sport. James Pope, CEO of race organiser FACE Partnership, said: We are excited to extend our digital coverage of Revolution this season in collaboration with Cycling Weekly. The Facebook live broadcast of the UK Championship will provide more live racing than ever before and ensure fans don t miss a second of the action from both the afternoon and evening session.

For more event information and details of ticket sales, visit the Revolution Series website5.

Revolution UK Championship 2016 dates (all to be screened live on Cycling Weekly s Facebook6)
Round 1, September 17 National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 2, October 8 Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Round 3, October 22 National Cycling Centre, Manchester

References

  1. ^ 2016 Revolution Track Series (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Facebook Live (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ >>> Follow Cycling Weekly on Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ >>> Laura Trott and Jason Kenny to appear at Revolution Series opener in Manchester (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Revolution Series website (www.cyclingrevolution.com)
  6. ^ Cycling Weekly s Facebook (www.facebook.com)

UCI announces rule change for team time trial world championship after protest

Team time trial event at UCI Road World Championships is no longer compulsory for WorldTour teams

UCI Announces Rule Change For Team Time Trial World Championship After Protest

BMC in the Mens TTT at the 2015 World Cycling Championships

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI1) has announced that the team time trial event at the 2016 Road World Championships2 in Qatar in October will no longer be compulsory for all WorldTour3 teams in response to protests from squads. Previously, all WorldTour teams had to take part in the Worlds TTT, but a protest from the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels (AIGCP) representing teams has led to a change in the format. Several teams had said that they would boycott4 the event unless there was a rule change. The UCI and AIGCP have agreed upon the new regulations governing the event, which is the only discipline in the World Championships that sees riders compete as a trade team rather than national team.

In another change, there will no longer be any WorldTour points allocated to teams finishing highly in the event.

>>> UCI dismisses threats of Team Time Trial World Champs boycott5

Acknowledging teams concerns raised by the AIGCP, the UCI has opted for a non-compulsory format for UCI WorldTeams. As a result, no UCI WorldTour points will be awarded, bringing the Men s Team Time Trial event in line with the rest of the UCI Road World Championship event, said a UCI statement issued on Tuesday. According to the UCI, a number of WorldTour teams have already signed up to participate in the Worlds TTT, including defending champions BMC Racing.

Ag2r La Mondiale, Astana, Etixx-QuickStep, Movistar, Orica-BikeExchange, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha, LottoNL -Jumbo and Team Sky will also all take part.

The UCI said that it expects other teams to announce their participation in the days to come .

References

  1. ^ UCI (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ 2016 Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Several teams had said that they would boycott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> UCI dismisses threats of Team Time Trial World Champs boycott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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