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

Quarta, Maio 28th, 2014

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

Quinta, Maio 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

Segunda, Abril 28th, 2014

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

Quarta, Abril 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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(Deutsch) Valverde triumphiert an der Mur de Huy

Quarta, Abril 23rd, 2014

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

Quinta, Abril 17th, 2014

Tirreno-Adriatico Roundup: TT & GC Success for Movistar Team

Quarta, Março 19th, 2014

It’s a busy time in the UCI WorldTour right now with the recent conclusion of stage races in France and Italy, and cycling’s one-day “monuments” looming just around the corner. Tirreno-Adriatico came to a close yesterday bringing an end to yet another successful week for Canyon riders: Movistar Team claimed 2nd in the GC and a stage victory through Nairo Quintana and Adriano Malori respectively, while Dani Moreno of Katusha put in strong performances throughout the week to finish 8th overall.

Magnificent Malori takes closing time trial

Adriano Malori / Photo: Graham Watson

A flat 9.5 km out-and-back time trial along the Adriatic coastline stood between the peloton and the end of a gruelling week of racing through the heart of Italy, which included riding up the country’s steepest road with gradients in excess of 30%. What better place then, for an Italian to triumph? Adriano Malori stunned the rest of the field aboard the Speedmax CF, powering to victory and taking some major scalps in the process.

Malori described his performance yesterday as “the most beautiful victory” of his entire life and after one glance at the results, who could disagree? The Italian overcame the elite of world time-trialling by not only beating Fabian Cancellara into 2nd place by six seconds, but also reigning Olympic Champion, Bradley Wiggins, and World Champion, Tony Martin. In his own words, “it almost feels like a dream to win in front of the best specialists in the world.”

Quintana defends 2nd place in GC    

Nairo Quintana & Dani Moreno / Photo: Graham Watson

Malori’s was not the only standout performance in yesterday’s ITT as Nairo Quintana consolidated his 2nd place in the GC, backing up his climbing performances from earlier in the race. With riders perceived as more adept time-trialists breathing down his neck, the Columbian proved yesterday he is not just exceptional in the hills by putting time into all his rivals including eventual race winner, Alberto Contador. As a key build up event ahead of the Giro d’Italia, things are heading in the right directions for Quintana’s big season goal: “I’m getting used to the way of racing in Italy, the roads, how everything works here”.

Tirreno-Adriatico: Nairo Quintana on the podium / Photo: Tim De Waele

A recent spate of time-trial equipment testing, training and wind tunnel time has paid dividends for Movistar Team. In the race’s opening TTT they surprised the rest of the field with an impressive display to finish 3rd, and in addition to Malori’s victory yesterday British national champion Alex Dowsett also finished 6th.  In a discipline where equipment plays such a vital role, the gains provided by the Speedmax CF have been backed up by three victories already in 2014.

Alex Dowsett / Photo: Graham Watson

Milan-Sanremo Preview: La Primavera kicks off 2014 monuments

In a sport with such a rich history as cycling, there are some races that transcend all others: Milan-Sanremo is one such race. Considered one of cycling’s five monuments, at a shade under 300km it is the longest race of the season, with the distance alone presenting a major obstacle to the riders in addition to the short coastal climbs that feature in its finale. As such, past winners include a wide mix of classics specialists, sprinters and GC riders.

Luca Paolini / Photo: Graham Watson

Katusha animated last year’s snow-disrupted race with an attacking display and Alexander Kristoff eventually took the sprint behind the break in brutal conditions. So far this year the Norwegian has shown good form, taking a stage win at the Tour of Oman last month, and is a good bet as a sprinter who also climbs well. Another contender from the Russian outfit is Italian classics specialist Luca Paolini, who thrives in tough conditions and will no doubt be especially motivated for his country’s biggest one day race.

Movistar Team will be backing Jose Joaquín Rojas who stood out at last week’s Paris-Nice as the most consistent rider in the whole race. Other options for the Spanish squad should the race come down to a sprint finish include Fran Ventoso and Juanjo Lobato, who already has a number of podium finishes to his name in 2014.

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Valverde Continues to Reign in Spain

Segunda, Março 3rd, 2014
Alejandro Valverde winning the 2014 Vuelta a Murcia / Photo: Graham Watson

One week after a commanding performance at the Vuelta a AndalucíaAlejandro Valverde clocked up his fifth win of the season and the eighth for Movistar Team on Saturday at the Vuelta a Murcia. The race marked the first occasion in the 2014 season that Nairo Quinatna and Valverde, the two leaders of Movistar Team, have lined up in the same squad together.

Aggressive tactics pay off

Right from the gun the Spanish ProTeam was in an attacking mood and was active in moves throughout the race over what was a particularly challenging and mountainous parcours. In the end it was Valverde who proved the strongest, once again making fine use of his trademark uphill finishing kick to cross the line 3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Tiago Machado. Jose Joaquin Rojas rounded off another strong team performance and provided a strong signal that he is back to his best following injury by taking 5th, just 7 seconds down on his teammate.

Lobato on the podium in Almería

Movistar Team continued its run of success at the following day’s Clásica de Almería, where Juanjo Lobato sprinted to 2nd place and two other riders in blue, Fran Ventoso and José Joaquín Rojas, also featuring inside the top-10.

Take a closer look at the Movistar Team bikes here.

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Movistar Team Victorious in Andalucía

Segunda, Fevereiro 24th, 2014
Alejandro Valverde wins Stage 1 Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

A hat-trick of stage wins, the overall and the points classification for Valverde

Movistar Team continued their impressive run of early season form in southern Spain with a commanding display to dominate the Vuelta a Andalucía. The squad got the race underway with an impressive performance in the prologue, where Valverde rode his new Speedmax CF to the fastest time with teammates Izagurre and Moreno also placing inside the top-10. Valverde was then able to unleash his trademark uphill finishing kick on the following two stages to take a hat-trick of wins and an unassailable lead in the GC. Jon Izagirre was also in the mix throughout the race eventually finishing just off the podium in fourth overall.

Teamwork the key to success

A challenging parcours took the peloton over the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, providing a real test for the squad to control the race. In spite of the determined attempts by Team Sky to blow the race to pieces on the two summit finishes and set up their leader, Richie Porte, Movistar Team held firm to deliver Valverde perfectly in the finales.  The Spaniard was keen to pay his teammates back: “After all they did for me these two days, always there, they deserved this victory.”

Alejandro Valverde in the leader's jersey at Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

Dream start to 2014

The race marked Movistar Team’s first successes on European soil for the year and takes their current win tally up to seven. This marks the best start to a season the squad has ever had since its debut four years ago as well as the dream beginning to their partnership with Canyon, who became official bike supplier in 2014. With the Spring Classics now fast approaching, results thus far would suggest that the boys in blue will definitely be among the favourites heading into the early season’s biggest one day races. Beforehand, however, Valverde will be back in action this week building his form at La Clásica de Almería and Vuelta a Murcia.

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Wednesday Winners: Two Victories in One Day for Canyon

Quinta, Fevereiro 20th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

When you’re only halfway through the week and your riding plans at the weekend still seem a way off, it’s easy to see why people refer to Wednesday as the “hump” day.

Nevertheless, Canyon got a mid-week boost yesterday with not one, but two victories coming from our UCI ProTeams. No sooner had Norwegian Alexander Kristoff opened Team Katusha’s 2014 victory account at the Tour of Oman when Alejandro Valverde blasted through the streets of southern Spain to take the win in the prologue of the Vuelta a Andalucia.

First win in the bag for Katusha and Kristoff 

Kristoff has clearly bounced back well from the bad luck that plagued him at the Tour of Qatar, where he crashed heavily. After finishing in the top 10 on stage one in Oman, at the end of stage two he was able to show his good early season form and tactical nous by sprinting into a block headwind in a bunch kick against a strong field.

Kristoff now sits in second place in the overall standings with the situation looking good for the coming northern classics, which the Norwegian has set among his main 2014 objectives.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium after the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

TT Prep pays off for Movistar Team 

Further west in sunny southern Spain, the Vuelta a Andalucia kicked off yesterday with a technical 7.3km prologue through Almeria. Fresh from a training camp to hone their positions aboard their new Speedmax CF time trial machines, Movistar Team was able reap the rewards by placing three riders in the top 10 with Valverde now leading the race. In an exhibition of supreme bike handling, Valverde ripped through the corner-strewn course and at one point even overtook the race commissaire’s motorbike.

The Spaniard was clearly pleased with his new bit of kit, stating, “It was the first time on my new TT bike and this debut was impossible to improve. We are very satisfied with how it works.” Teammates Jon Izaguirre and Javier Moreno now sit in 3rd and 7th position respectively as the squad looks in fine nick heading into the remaining four stages.

Alejandro Valverde on his way to winning the opening prologue of the 2014 Vuelta a Andalucia / Photo: Graham Watson