Saturday, 4 August 2012

Saturday Shorts: Cavendish, The Track, UCI U-Turn and The Eneco Tour...


For those missing the road since the Tour de France, the Olympics has filled a void with the track, but just in case you have taken your finger from the pulse of road cycling, here's a little round-up of whats been happening outside of the Olympic park...

Cavendish To Return To Track?

OK, so its sort of Olympics related, but World Champion on the road Mark Cavendish has expressed a desire to make a return to the track in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Manxman has been acting as BBC Pundit track side this week and it seems an old flame has been reignited in the mind of Cavendish after watching the Team GB men's team pursuit squad snatch gold on the track. Asked if he would return to the track, Cav said "After seeing it last night, absolutely." He went on: "I watched the guys and saw the camaraderie between them. They live together, they've grown as a unit and I looked last night and I thought I want to be part of it again. I've been texting with the boys, I've been speaking with the coaches this morning and I wouldn't say it's past us to return to the track, maybe in 2016." - Mark Cavendish has unfinished business with the Olympics - a gold medal is the only thing missing from his palmares as he missed out 4 years ago on the track and again in this years Olympic road race. The Rio road race is sure to be far too hilly for Cavendish to compete there, so it looks like a return to the track is a realistic option...

UCI U-Turn?

Nothing new here then, we are used to Pat McQuaid backpedalling and bending the rules but now, even though he previously stated that the UCI has no involvement with USADA's case against Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team, it looks as though he's had a change of heart. Pat wrote to the USADA "The UCI wants that the whole case file, with all the evidence, is assessed by an independent panel who shall then decide if the respondents have a case to answer." A request which has thankfully been refused by the USADA who described handing evidence to the UCI as having "the fox guarding the henhouse" and said that McQuaids argument was identical to that of "Armstrong's lawyers and public relations consultants." My guess is that McQuaid and his cronies are sh*tting a brick now that the dirt has finally been found on them. The USADA said: “The USPS Doping Conspiracy was going on under the watch of UCI, so of course UCI and the participants in the conspiracy who cheated sport with dangerous performance enhancing drugs to win have a strong incentive to cover up what transpired,” I bet Pat is pretty eager to get his hands on that file...

The Eneco Tour

For those who really are having issues with withdrawal from road cycling, do not fear: The Eneco Tour starts on Monday. The race crisscrosses the Netherlands and Belgium for 7 stages but is generally regarded as a bit of a 'chipper' (rubbish). There is an Individual Time Trial and a Team Time Trial, but there are no alpine climbs here, in fact barring two stages its one of the flattest races of the year - the list of previous winners, though not unheard of, doesn't read quite the same as a Paris-Nice but there's plenty of big names riding this year. Most notably the race sees the return to riding of Alberto Contador following his suspension earlier this year. The race will not be hilly enough to see him figure in the overall (I doubt, anyway) and as his first race back he will use it as preparation for the Vuelta a Espana later this month. For a full startlist you can click here and for stage profiles visit the official website: Eneco Tour

1 comment:

  1. I have to say I was kind of amazed by the effrontery of the UCI in trying to caim jursdiction. i guess they figure they've nothing to lose by trying...

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