Heinrich Haussler and the long road

October 11, 2018

Australian talks about his path into cycling, hurdles and the autumn of his career

The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas CiclismoPinarello and Floyds of Leadville. In this week's edition, we have an exclusive interview with Bahrain-Merida's Australian rider, Heinrich Haussler.

The now 34-year-old turned professional back in 2005 with Gerolsteiner but his road into cycling started much earlier, when as a teenager he came to Germany, on his own, and without knowing the language. Away from his family, and isolated at first, Haussler had to find his way in society as much as cycling, but his talent and dedication saw him through.

In this interview, conducted at the Canadian WorldTour races in September, Haussler talks about his path into cycling, the hurdles he had to overcome, and his time as a pro rider.

He opens up about his success and the culture at Gerolsteiner, the high and lows at Cervelo test team, injuries and setbacks, and how in the autumn of his career he has reinvented himself as a road captain for the likes Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli.

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UCI President David Lappartient – Exclusive Podcast.

October 3, 2018

In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, UCI President David Lappartient sits down for an exclusive interview with Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck.

 During his visit, the UCI made several announcements about the reforms of both women’s and men’s professional bike racing, and he spoke with Cycingnews in detail about these upcoming reforms that make up the UCI’s Agenda 2022.

 He spoke with us about the introduction of a two-tiered system for women’s teams where by five teams would form the top-tier called the Women’s WorldTeams in 2020. He also revealed that the UCI would introduce a long-awaited minimum wage for Women’s WorldTeams. And we later learned from the UCI that the goal was to introduce it gradually, but that it would equal the men’s Professional Continental before 2023. The current minimum salary regulations for the men’s Professional Continental teams is €30,855.

 Lappartient also highlighted details of the new women’s calendar called the UCI ProSeries that will have three categories: Women’s WorldTour and Class 1 and 2. And he spoke about the new contractual regulations that are meant to improve the working conditions for women in cycling.

 On the men’s side, he discussed the WorldTour reforms, which include the newly designed calendar of one-day races, short stage races and Grand Tours. The changes are modest but he highlighted some of the ways that cycling could find new revenue and ensured stability.

 He also spoke about the recent election that saw Gianni Bugno re-elected as the president of the CPA, and some of the structural changes he hopes to see in the coming year.

 His first year as UCI Presdient can be considered successful in some ways, but there was also some turbulence from the beginning with Chris Froome’s now-resolved salbutamol case, a back-and-forth spat with Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, and the negative atmosphere surrounding the Tour de France.

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World Championships wrap: Van der Breggen, Valverde, Alaphilippe and more

October 1, 2018

The 2018 World Championships came to a conclusion in Innsbruck on Sunday evening with Alejandro Valverde taking victory in the men’s road race after 15 years of trying. Anna van der Breggen also ended her long wait for the rainbow jersey with a dominant performance in the women’s road race.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, Sadhbh O’Shea, Stephen Farrand and Procycling’s Sam Dansie take a look back at the two showpiece events. We discuss how the favourites faired in each competition, analyse the Dutch team tactics in the women’s event and Spain’s in the men’s, plus we ask whether the Höll climb was a good addition.

 We hear from both winners Van der Breggen and Valverde as well as a whole host of other contenders, including Amanda Spratt, Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet, Michael Woods, Julian Alaphilippe and Gianni Moscon.

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Worlds: Who will replace Peter Sagan as the next world champion?

September 28, 2018

Hear from Sagan, Alaphilippe, Bardet, Yates brothers, plus Van Vleuten and Spratt

The road races have kicked off at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, and the marquee events are set to take place with the elite women on Saturday and the elite men on Sunday.

In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, Kirsten Frattini, Sadhbh O’Shea and Stephen Farrand preview the upcoming elite races and the favourites to win.

We first review the performances of the junior women’s race, won by Austria’s Laura Stigger, and the junior men’s race, won by Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel.

We preview the courses for the elite races and then hear from Peter Sagan, three-time and defending champion in the men’s race, along with other favourites to take the jersey, including Julian Alaphilippe and Romain Bardet (France), and Simon and Adam Yates (Great Britain).

We also hear from individual time trial winner Annemiek Van Vleuten, who is also a favourite for the road race title, and her compatriot Anna van der Breggen, along with outside contender Amanda Spratt (Australia).

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World Championships: Dennis knocks Dumoulin off time trial throne

September 27, 2018

Hear from the medallists, Martin on broken back, Kwiatkowski looks ahead to road race

 Australia’s Rohan Dennis won his first-ever world title in the elite men’s individual time trial on Wednesday at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. A feat that he claimed has been four years in the making.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,

Kirsten Frattini, Stephen Farrand and Sadhbh O’Shea break down the 52.5km course and discuss the outcome of the race.

 We hear from the new world champion, Dennis, on his career-defining victory, and medallists Tom Dumoulin and Victor Campenaerts.

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World Championships: Dutch women dominate, Dumoulin and Dennis talk time trials

September 26, 2018

Hear from Van Vleuten, Van der Breggen and Evenepoel the Belgian wunderkind

 The individual time trials have started at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships with the junior women’s and under-23 men’s events on Monday followed by the junior men’s and elite women’s event on Tuesday.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss the success and disappointments, the favourites and the winners of the individual time trials.

 It’s been a great start for the Dutch women with Rozemarijn Ammerlaan winning the first rainbow jersey of the week in the junior event and Annemiek van Vleuten smashing the elite women’s race to win her second world title. It was a Dutch podium sweep with Anna van der Breggen taking the silver and Ellen van Dijk the bronze.

 On the men’s side, we saw Denmark’s Mikkel Bjerg win the under-23 event and Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel win the junior event.

 We hear from Van Vleuten about her victory and Van der Breggen about her loss, as they both look ahead to the road race on Saturday.

 We also hear from Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis, the two big favourites for the upcoming elite men’s individual on Wednesday.

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World Championships: Jungels, Dennis, Van der Breggen talk team time trial

September 24, 2018

Van der Breggen expresses disappointment at loss of trade team event

 The 2018 UCI Road World Championships have kicked off in Innsbruck, Austria, in the mountainous Tirol region of the Alps, with the elite women’s and men’s trade team time trails on Sunday.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,

Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss winning teams Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM. It was the final edition of the trade team, event after a six-year run, before the UCI take steps toward a national team version of the discipline at next year’s World Championships in Yorkshire.

 We hear from Quick-Step Floors’ Bob Jungels, BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis and Boels-Dolmans’ Anna van der Breggen on the official end of the trade team time trial.

 

The event now moves into the national team events; individual time trials and road races for the junior, under-23 and elite men and women, for what will be seven more days of racing.

 The World Championships is never strictly about the bike races and so while in Innsbruck the UCI will be announcing the new WorldTour reforms, while at the same time the CPA is set to host an election that will decide its new president.

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To hell and back- A World Championships preview

September 21, 2018

The World Championships in Innsbruck are just around the corner with the team time trial due to bring up the curtain on the event this Sunday. There will be eight days of action in the Austrian city, which will feature some of the toughest Worlds courses in recent memory. 

In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast the team of Sadhbh O’Shea, Patrick Fletcher and Procycling editor Ed Pickering take a look at what’s to come in Innsbruck. We talk about the demise of the team time trial, the dominance of the Dutch and analyse the tough road race courses. Finally, the team lays their cards on the table and make their predictions for the road races. How many will they get right?

We also hear from former journalist, turned press officer, Philippe Maertens about his memories of the 1999 World Championships in Verona. 

This podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.

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Wrapping up the Canadian WorldTour races

September 10, 2018

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) brought the curtain down on the Canadian WorldTour races on Sunday with a win in the GP Montreal. The victory cemented his ‘double’ after winning the GP Quebec last week.

 The two races also saw the end of Simon Gerrans’ WorldTour career. The Australian was the last rider to win the Canadian double, back in 2014, and we discuss his career and extensive palmares, as well as Matthews’, who exclusively talks to Cyclingnews about how he modeled his recent performances on Gerrans’ 2014 displays.

 We also discuss the relevance and stature of the Canadian races – both in terms of their importance to the North American scene but also the global calendar. Hosted by Daniel Benson and Kirsten Frattini, we also debate the need for a women’s WorldTour race in Canada after the UCI president David Lappartient visited Montreal and issued part of his blue print to improve women’s cycling.

 This podcast brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.

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Quebec preview and Van Avermaet exclusive interview

September 7, 2018

Ahead of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec the Cyclingnews team sit down and preview the first of two Canadian WorldTour races of the season. We look at the main favourites, discuss who has the form, motivation and the support to triumph that has seen the likes of Peter Sagan and Simon Gerrans both triumph on in the past.

 We also bring you an exclusive interview with Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing0). The Belgian rider talks about how the new CCC team will be built around him in 2019, and the greater responsibility he is likely to shoulder after BMC Racing saw most, if not all, of their stage racing talent leave. Van Avermaet talks about the loss of several teammates but also the signing of several new faces who will be expected to help him. The 33-year-old also talks about the Canadian races, his season as a whole, and the World Championships, where he hopes to have a free role.

This podcast is brought to you by our friends at Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.

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