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.

 Prendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at prendas.co.uk.

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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.

 Prendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at prendas.co.uk.

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