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(Deutsch) Leanda Cave gewinnt Ironman in Schweden – dritter Langdistanz-Triumph für Canyon in 2014

Monday, August 18th, 2014


(Deutsch) The Strive Diaries: Entry 6 – Der kanadische Teufel im Detail

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014



(Deutsch) Quintana stürmt auf dem Ultimate CF SLX ins Rosa Trikot

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

(Deutsch) Katusha und das Movistar Team: Fight for Pink beim Giro d’Italia 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Purito in la Maglia Rosa 2012 / (c) ROTH

The 2014 Giro d’Italia is just around the corner and both Canyon ProTeams are set to be right in the hunt for the coveted “Maglia Rosa”. With 21 stages, two time trials, one team time trial and a whole host of big mountain stages, this year’s edition promises to be a close-fought classic.

Quintana at Tirreno Adriatico / (c) Graham Watson

In a race that will favour the featherweight climbers of the peloton, Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodríguez line up at the start as marked men for the title. As two of the best climbers in the world, both have a proven track record over this kind of terrain.

Blues vs. Reds.

Canyon vs. Canyon.

Get ready for some epic racing as the 2014 Grand Tours get underway…

Rodríguez: “It’s time I netted a Grand Tour”

Purito is without doubt one of the most consistent Grand Tour riders in the world with a number of podium performances to his name, most recently 3rd place at the 2013 Tour de France. However, he has yet to stand on the top step at the end of a three week race. In the 2012 Giro d’Italia he came agonisingly close, taking two stage wins aboard his Aeroad CF and wearing the Maglia Rosa for much of the race before losing his lead in the final time trial by just 16 seconds.

Puito wins in Catalunya / (c) TDWsport.com

This year could be very different. Purito has targeted the Giro as his main objective for 2014: “It’s a route which suits me. It’s got a lot of long, hard stages.” Despite a disappointing showing in the recent Ardennes classics where he suffered injury from crashing, Rodríguez wrapped up the Volta a Catalunya in style earlier this year against an incredibly strong field and rightly goes into the race as one of the main favourites.

Luca Paolini in pink in 2013 / (c)  ROTH

The 2013 Giro was a huge success for Katusha with stage wins from both Maxim Belkov and Luca Paolini and multiple days in pink. The Katusha squad will be focussed on shepherding Purito through the mountains where the race will be decided: “The team is a very strong one, well-focused, and that’s always important.”

Quintana steps up to leadership

One of the performances that got people talking most in 2013 was Nairo Quintana’s debut Tour de France. After taking 2nd place overall, the best young rider’s jersey, the polka-dot jersey, not to mention a stage win, it was certain to all that it’s only a matter of time before the Columbian climber bags a Grand Tour. With a course so packed full of climbing, that win could come even sooner than many expected as Quintana takes to the start in Belfast as the man to beat.

Quintana wins in Argentina / (c) Graham Watson

With a stage race win and a number of consistent performances coming early in 2014, Quintana clearly has the form, and as last year’s Tour de France showed, the stamina to last three weeks. Movistar Team have a number of mountain domestiques to aid Quintana in his bid for overall glory but can also look elsewhere for success. Adriano Malori is racing his home Grand Tour and will have his eye on the stage 12 time trial, with two TT wins already under his belt this season it would be hard to bet against him.

The Contenders

Quintana and Rodríguez will have their work cut out if they want to arrive in Trieste wearing pink. This year a number of strong contenders will line up at the start to ensure an incredibly open race for 2014. Those to watch out for include BMC veteran Cadel Evans and OPQS’s Rigoberto Uran, both of whom finished on the podium last year. Past winners of the race riding this year include Ivan Basso of Cannondale, Michele Scarponi of Astana, and most recently, 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin -Sharp.

2014 Giro d'Italia / (c) RCS Sport

The Route

As is increasingly the trend with the Grand Tours, this year’s Giro d’Italia will get underway on foreign soil, this time in Belfast, Northern Island. Two sprint stages on the Emerald Isle follow the opening 21 km team time trial around Belfast on Friday, which will determine who gets to be the first rider to pull on the pink jersey.

After its brief stint abroad and a rest day after the weekend, the race returns home to the heel of Italy on Tuesday 13th May. The first real test for the GC contenders comes the following Saturday with the first category summit finish to Montecopiolo in the Apennines mountains. With gradients creeping up to 13%, stage 8 will provide the first proper climbing showdown.

Stage 8 / (c) RCS Sport

The next big test in the second week comes in the form of a 42 km individual time trial over the rolling Barolo vineyards. This stage is bound to have a big impact on the general classification and will likely define the rest of the race. Both our teams will deploy the Speedmax CF for absolute efficiency on the climbs and maximum speed on the flats and descents.

Stage 12 / (c) RCS Sport

Two first category summit finishes lie in store over the following Saturday and Sunday providing no let-up for the riders before the Giro heads into its brutal final week. When names like the Stelvio, Monte Grappa and Monte Zoncolon appear the end of a 3 week stage race, you know it’s going to hurt… Stage 16 will be explosive as the riders tackle three big summits in just 139 km of racing.

Stage 16 / (c) RCS Sport

Then on Friday there will be no place for the riders to hide as they face an excruciating 26 km mountain time trial.

Stage 19 / Photo: RCS Sport

Saturday brings the dreaded Zoncolon for the final GC battle. The Zoncolon has achieved legendary status in the Giro with its unfathomably steep 20% pitches and uneven gradients. It’s more like climbing a wall than a road. Massive crowds will line the mountain on this day as the final places in the GC are settled.

Stage 20 / (c) RCS Sport

The following day marks the final stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia with a procession into the city of Trieste before a fast sprint finish.

Check back here for more content throughout the race and look forward to an action-packed 2014 Giro d’Italia!

Team Katusha Line-up: Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa), Maxim Belkov (Rus), Giampaolo Caruso (Ita), Vladimir Gusev (Rus), Alberto Losada (Spa), Daniel Moreno (Spa), Luca Paolini (Ita), Angel Vicioso (Spa), Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

Movistar Team Line-up: Nairo Quintana (Col), Andrey Amador (Crc), Igor Anton (Spa), Eros Capecchi (Ita), Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa), José Herrada (Spa), Gorka Izagirre (Spa), Francisco Ventoso (Spa), Adriano Malori (Ita)

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(Deutsch) Valverde ist der König der Ardennen

Monday, April 28th, 2014

(Deutsch) The Strive Diaries: Entry 1 – Auftakt der Enduro World Series in Chile

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014



Fabien Barel // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Ein Tagebuch lebt von Erlebnissen, Eindrücken und Erfahrungen – den guten wie den weniger guten. Nur die schönen Momente für die Ewigkeit festzuhalten, wird den „Strive Diaries“ nicht gerecht. Das Athletenleben des Canyon Factory Enduro Teams ist voller Höhen und Tiefen, die wir Euch mitteilen möchten. Wir könnten hier also ausnahmslos über die genialen Trails in Chile schreiben, wollen Euch in diesem Eintrag aber auch die Rückschläge nahe bringen.

Unsere Reise nach Chile war ein Trip ins Unbekannte, in vielerlei Hinsicht. Neben den logistischen Unwägbarkeiten hat uns vor allem die wahnsinnig dynamische Mountainbike-Szene überrascht. In Chile wird Enduro mit Hingabe gelebt – davon könnten sich viele europäische Länder eine Scheibe abschneiden. Das südamerikanische Land hatte es auf jeden Fall verdient, den Premierenlauf der Enduro World Series (EWS) 2014 auszurichten.

Das Strive AL – die Abfahrt beginnt bergauf

Um die Zeit in Chile optimal zu nutzen, reisten wir mit einer größeren Crew als üblich an. Die Vorbereitungszeit auf das erste EWS Rennen war mit Trainingseinheiten, Film- und Fotoaufnahmen voll durchgeplant. Auf die Videos und Bilder dürft Ihr gespannt sein. Nachdem die Aufnahmen im Kasten waren, ließen wir uns beim Warm-Up Race „Montenbaik Enduro 2014“ in La Parva auf den ersten Schlagabtausch mit der Szene ein. Die Konkurrenz hatte die letzten Monate ja auch nicht im Winterschlaf verbracht. Fabien Barel fuhr den fünften Platz ein und Ines Thoma schaffte als Dritte sogar den Schritt aufs Treppchen.

Ludo May // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Auch Ludo May, unser Schweizer Neuzugang, war nach dem Rennen noch heißer auf die Saison: „Der Trip nach Chile ist der erste mit meinem neuen Team. Es ist toll, die CFET Crew mit Manager und Mechanikern an meiner Seite zu wissen. Ich fühle mich als Teil einer großen Familie! Leider hat mich beim Rennen in La Parva ein kleiner Defekt ausgebremst, aber ich konnte einige gute Stages fahren. Das macht mich sehr zuversichtlich für die Enduro World Series.“

Nach dem Einstand in der „Antigrip-Country“ reisten wir mit Selbstvertrauen fünf Stunden gen Süden nach Nevados de Chillan zum heiß ersehnten Start der EWS. Donnerstag und Freitag standen Trainingstage auf dem Programm. Am Wochenende erwarteten uns zwei Renntage mit je drei Wertungsprüfungen. Wir waren also bestens ausgelastet.

Ines Thoma // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Ines beschreibt ihre Aufregung vor dem ersten EWS Rennen so: „Ich denke, dass jeder ein bisschen nervös ist. Irgendwie weiß man noch nicht so richtig, was kommt – obwohl man schon gefühlt 1000 Rennen gefahren ist. Es ist trotzdem was anderes, hier zu sein. Die Strecken sind total geil, das Wetter ist perfekt und drum freu‘ ich mich!“

Schon auf der ersten Stage zeigte sich, dass nicht nur mit den Topfavoriten, sondern auch mit etlichen Newcomern in diesem Jahr zu rechnen sein wird. Bei Fabiens Zieleinlauf stockte allen allerdings der Atem. Was war passiert?

Fabien Barel // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Fabien über einen Tag, den er wohl nie vergessen wird: “Ich hätte mir niemals träumen lassen, was am ersten Tag, bei der ersten Stage passiert ist. Ich bin die erste Kurve wie ein 15-jähriger Junge angegangen, bei voller Geschwindigkeit durch den Sand gerippt, gedriftet und dann die Fahrspur entlang gehüpft. Mit blindem Vertrauen dachte ich, mir kann nichts passieren. Diese Aufregung kann ich selbst nach 20 Jahren Rennerfahrung einfach nicht kontrollieren. Auf halber Strecke bin ich dann mit 40 km/h über den Lenker gegangen und kopfüber im Sand gelandet. Dabei stauchte sich mein Rücken in einer Weise, wie er es sicher nicht sollte und ich rutschte fünf Meter Böschung herunter. Nach zehn Minuten war ich wieder zurück auf dem Trail. Ich konnte mich kaum bewegen. Ich schaffte es, wieder auf mein Bike zu steigen und die Ziellinie zu überqueren. Danach ging es ab zum medizinischen Support. Nach einem langen Check entschied ich mich, die zweite Stage anzugehen. Hätte ich das für ein paar Punkte wirklich machen sollen? War das Risiko zu hoch? Soll ich am nächsten Tag überhaupt antreten? Hatte ich mir die erste Runde so vorgestellt? Viele Fragen, die unbeantwortet bleiben werden. Ich war mir nur sicher, dass ich zum Biken hier bin und mein Bestes geben will. Nur weil man stolpert, heißt es ja nicht, dass man liegenbleiben sollte. Mein Motto lautet: Gib niemals auf!“

Profisport bei Canyon

Am Sonntagmorgen stand das endgültige Aus für Fabien dann fest. Keine leichte Entscheidung, aber eine absolut richtige, wie sich bei der medizinischen Untersuchung am gleichen Tag herausstellte: Bruch eines Lendenwirbels. Fabien war um Haaresbreite an einer Querschnittslähmung vorbeigeschrammt. An Biken war erstmal nicht zu denken, darüber war sich das ganze Team einig.

Ludo feierte derweil bei seinem ersten EWS Rennen im Canyon-Jersey mit Platz 13 einen super Einstand. Joe Barnes kam mit gutem Tempo, aber etwas Platten-Pech auf Rang 25 und Ines belegte Platz sechs bei den Damen.

Joe Barnes // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Joe beschreibt sein Rennen folgendermaßen: „In der Vorbereitung jagte ein Highlight das nächste. Bei jeder Trainingsrunde hatten wir mehr Spaß in den Hügeln Chiles. Auf der ersten Stage fühlte ich mich auf dem Bike sehr wohl und ging die Sache ruhig an. Anschließend war ich bereit für die physisch anstrengende Stage zwei, die ich mit dem 11. Platz beendete. Soweit, so gut. Mit dem ersten Tag war ich zufrieden und wusste, dass ich am Sonntag noch einen raushauen kann. Der nächste Tag begann mit einem flowigen, schnellen und doch lockeren Trail, den ich voll angehen konnte. Mit einer starken Verbesserung kletterte ich vor der letzten Stage im Ranking nach oben. Diese Stage war dann ganz nach meinem Geschmack, ähnlich den Trails in meiner Heimat Schottland. Meine Begeisterung kannte keine Grenzen mehr. Nachdem ich eine steinige Passage etwas zu stark genommen hatte, verlor plötzlich mein Vorderreifen Luft. Bald schon war er komplett platt und dabei lag noch die halbe Strecke vor mir. Ich tat alles, was ich konnte, aber musste einige Kollegen passieren lassen und verlor viel Zeit auf die Konkurrenz. Was für eine Enttäuschung! Mit dem 25. Platz habe ich ein paar Punkte ins Ziel gerettet, aber das war nicht mein Anspruch. Ich kann die nächsten Rennen kaum erwarten und muss mir nur merken: Take it easy on the rocks.“

Auf unseren Trip blicken wir nun mit gemischten Gefühlen zurück. Es war alles dabei: totale Begeisterung beim Biken auf den chilenischen Trails, verhaltener Stolz ob der Rennergebnisse bis hin zu dem Schock nach Fabiens schwerem Sturz. Nun machen wir uns auf den weiten Heimweg und werden uns bis zum BIKE Festival in Riva erstmal sammeln. Vielen Dank für die vielen Genesungswünsche für Fabien, die uns bereits erreicht haben. Wir müssen jetzt Geduld haben, bis weitere Untersuchungen durchgeführt werden. Wir hoffen, dass es unserem „Fab“ bald wieder richtig gut geht.

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Valverde takes historic Flèche Wallonne for Canyon

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Alejandro Valverde takes Flèche Wallone 2014 /(c) TDWsport.com

On the final brutal ascent of the Mur de Huy, it was Movistar Team’s Alejandro Valverde who proved the strongest to take a historic victory for Canyon at Flèche Wallonne.

Following wins in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Canyon bikes have now triumphed four times on the trot at the Ardennes Classic, in an unprecedented run of success.

With gradients well in excess of 20%, watching the legendary finish up the Mur de Huy resembles a super-slow-motion bunch sprint – few other races in the world provide such a vivid impression of the riders’ effort. To succeed, the winner has to time their effort to perfection – go too early and you’ll fade away, wait too long and it’s too late.

Valverde, who also triumphed in the race back in 2006, proved to have the legs and the experience as he built a gap over a select group of uphill specialists on his Ultimate CF SLX just after the steepest section of the climb.

Having notched up his eighth victory of the year, the Spaniard becomes the most successful rider so far in 2014 and will go into Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège as the man to watch. The race marks the climax of the Ardennes Week and could be the perfect birthday present for Valverde, who turns 34 on Friday.

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(Deutsch) (English) Ardennes Classics Preview: Katusha and Movistar Team Prepare for Climbing Showdown

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Road to Kona: Nils Frommhold wins Ironman South Africa

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Nils Frommhold

Canyon triathletes raced their way to success during a big weekend of competition around the world.

Nils Frommhold could not have dreamed for a better start to his season at Ironman South Africa. The 27 year-old German came away victorious from Sunday’s race and in doing so, collected enough qualification points to make the start line at the 2014 World Championships in Hawaii later this year. Fellow Canyon rider, Bas Diederen of Dutch outfit Team4Talent also put in a commendable performance and collected valuable points by finishing fourth in Port Elisabeth. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe in New Zealand, Germany’s Olympic distance specialist, Anne Haug, kicked off her season in fantastic fashion by taking the silver medal at the opening round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland.

Speedmax CF delivers Ironman Frommhold to victory 

Racking up victory number two in only his third ever start, Nils currently possesses an outstanding success rate in Ironman competition. Following Sunday’s commanding performance he will no doubt be one of the favourites for the world title this year. Nils posted the fastest splits for each leg, landing the hammer blow on his rivals during the 180 km ride aboard his custom Speedmax CF. Rolling into T2 with a five minute advantage over his nearest rivals, he maintained his strength throughout the run to further build his lead and post arguably the biggest win of his career-to-date.

Nils Frommhold's Speedmax CF

“I just did my own thing out there, even when I was out front I never really looked back”, Nils reflected after crossing the line. “After about 15 or 20 km on the bike I was wondering why no one had come past, but then I did look back and realised I was on my own. Then I just thought to myself, ‘You have to go for it!’”

Even if he made it look easy, Nils had to battle on the run: “The first 10 km were great, I felt like I was flying, but from kilometre 20 to 35 it was really tough”. With a time of 8 hours, 26 minutes and 7 seconds, Nils secured the maximum available 2000 points in the Kona Pro Rankings to cement his starting position at the World Championships.

Bas Diederen was also in the running for the podium under the African sun. Coming out of the water in the leading trio and holding his position on the bike leg, the Dutchman fell back on the run but can still be content with a solid performance: “Today wasn’t my best day as I haven’t quite recovered fully after the Abu Dhabi Triathlon, but I can only congratulate the top three.”

Bas Diederen on his Speedmax

One of the greatest aspects of Ironman competition is having amateur racers go head-to-head with the full-time pros. Congratulations therefore go to Canyon rider Sam Baxter of the UK, who ranked as the top amateur in the race by finishing in 12th overall, beating a number of professionals in the process.

Haug off to a flying start in the ITU World Triathlon Series

Earlier in the day Germany’s top female triathlete, Anne Haug, celebrated a successful season-opening race by taking the silver medal in Auckland. Despite being caught towards the back of the pack coming out of the water, Anne fought her way back to the front during an incident-filled bike leg riding her new Aeroad CF and put in a storming run to elevate her into second place.

Anne Haug and her DTU coach Dan Lorang // Foto: DTU/Jo Kleindl

Her coach, Dan Lorang, was overjoyed by the display: “Considering she hasn’t had much time to prepare, Anne put in a sensational performance”. Anne herself was also pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t think I’d be capable of this with the way my training has gone, but there’s something about racing here in New Zealand that always brings the best out of me.”

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Kristoff Wins Monumental Milan-Sanremo

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Norwegian sprints to career-defining victory  

Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha took the biggest win of his career yesterday at the 2014 edition of Milan-San Remo. The Norwegian triumphed in the cold and the rain by unleashing a powerful sprint on his Ultimate CF SLX at the end of 300 km and just under seven hours of tough racing. His success in Italy’s biggest one-day race marks the third victory in a Monument for Katusha following Joaquim Rodríguez’s successive wins at Il Lombardia in 2012 and 2013.

Katusha to the fore in the wind and rain

With the blizzards and freezing conditions of the 2013 edition still fresh in the memories of many, nobody could blame the riders for longing after more pleasant conditions this year. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t to be as they rode through rain and hail for the entirety of the race, providing a spectacle of endurance and suffering for spectators at home.

Katusha leading the Peloton at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Katusha proved to be among those most hardened to the extreme conditions with many riders still present in the finale to work for Kristoff and all riders finishing the race. The Russian duo of Pavel Brutt and Aleksandr Kuchynski were highly visible through the gloomy conditions, upping the pace in a depleted peloton prior to the penultimate climb of the day, up the Cipressa, to reel in the day’s break.

Heading up the race’s final climb of the Poggio, which topped out just 6 km from the finish line, Kristoff was able to stay in touch with the front group as several riders attempted to break away and put the sprinters in difficulty. Fortunately for Kristoff he still had Italian Classics specialist Luca Paolini at his side. Paolini put in an enormous effort to shepherd Kristoff back to the front of the pack down the dangerous descent into Sanremo and then kept the pace high to within the last 600 metres, putting off any late attacks.

Luca Paolini at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Sprint Royale

An elite group of around 25 riders made it to the line to fight for the win with many of the pre-race favourites and previous winners still present, including Fabian Cancellara, Gerald Ciolek, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. Nevertheless, with some 300 km in the legs Kristoff proved to be the strongest, surging ahead in the final 150 metres to win by a couple of bike lengths over Cancellara and Team Sky’s Ben Swift.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

“It was the best moment of my life”, claimed a delighted Kristoff after the finish, who was keen to highlight the work by his teammate Paolini: “I just said, ‘I’m here Luca,’ and he brought me to the front. He could stay in the group, follow the attacks and he did a great job. I’m very thankful to him. […] A sprint after 300 km is different from one after 200 km. Normally I don’t lose much power even on a long stage”. The Norwegian is well aware of the significance of yesterday’s win and the impact it will have, “Milan-Sanremo really puts you on the map and it’ll always stay in my career. It’s important. It’s almost unbelievable.”

Lobato takes 4th for Movistar Team

Perhaps one of the most standout performances yesterday came from Spain’s Juanjo Lobato, who in his debut Milan-Sanremo just missed out on the podium by finishing 4th. It was a hugely encouraging display by the young sprinter who is in his first season for Movistar Team and rounded off a perfect day for Canyon.

Canyon bikes have now triumphed six times in cycling’s Monuments since 2009.

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