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Mennen is German National Marathon Champion

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It is a great way to end the season. And it seems that everyone is in form! Robert Mennen this weekend took the German National Marathon Championship title in an impressive manner in Muensingen. Nadine Rieder, racing in the women’s race, was able to secure fifth position. Elsewhere, riding in Ornans, Sally, Alban and Milena took 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the lead up to the race, Robert Mennen had not hidden his belief that he was going to win, and that only a win would do. The way in which he pulled this off at the Alb-Gold trophy, which hosted the German National Marathon Championships, was particularly note worthy. Especially given the riders in attendance, a roll call of who is who in German Marathon Racing. ”It was unbelievable the way that Robert managed to control the race”, Centurion-Vaude rider Hannes Genze who finished fourth, said following the race.

Using a combination of attacks and changes in pace, the 28 year old was able to seemingly neutralize the rest of the field. This was even more remarkable because he was effectively riding by himself — all other riders had someone else riding from their team with them. ”I worked out that I had to ensure that nowhere in the 84km would the race be decided. Even if this means that I had to chase down attacks myself. I had to control it”, the Champion recalled. The reckoning came in the two 9km loops at the end of the course, ”during a technical singletrack uphill passage I was able to pull away from the others, and stay away for 5km until the line.”

So, with 103km in his legs, 2.500m climbed, and with a finishing in a time of 3hr49min03sec, Mennen crossed the line with 14 seconds lead over second place. The race though had been anything but easy. Rain and cold had increased the challenge. Covered in mud, but visibly euphoric, Mennen knew what the win meant.

”It is amazing. When I began in this sport, it was my aim, to hopefully one day be the winner of a national champion’s jersey. I have been close before.” It was something that he didn’t let out of his sight, but at times looked unlikely this season — especially after his crash at the Cape Epic. ”This does take the pain of that disappointment away”, the newly crowned Champion grinned. ”Now I have Roc d’Azur to look forward to — the first race with the Champion’s colors on my shoulders. Then a whole year to wear it. And as for the Cape Epic, I will return …”

Other Topeak-Ergon racers were also riding at the weekend. Sally Bigham won the ”Extreme sur Loue”, part of the UCI World Marathon Series. With a course of 63km, and almost 2.400m of climbing, it took place in Ornans, France. At the same race, Melina Landtwing finished 3rd, while European Champion Alban Lakata, in the 84km long men’s race, finished second.

More Information and results at: www.alb-gold.com, www.extreme-sur-loue.com and www.uci.ch

Rodriguez Wins Lombardia, Moves to World Tour Number One On Canyon

Monday, October 7th, 2013

After last weeks disappointment at the World Championships, Katusha Team’s Joaquim Rodriguez earned an incredible second consecutive win in the 107th edition of the Italian fall classic “Il Lombardia”. Riding his Canyon Aeroad CF 9.0 Katusha Team bike, Purito Rodriguez came home 17” ahead of runner-up Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with Rafa Majka (Saxo Tinkoff) in 3rd. With his brilliant win, Joaquim Rodriguez passed Chris Froome (Sky) as the leader of the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking and now has 607 point to Froome’s 587 points.

Post race, Purito Rodriguez explained “Honestly I think this was a spectacular victory. ‘Il Lombardia’ is one of the most important races of the season, so I was very motivated and I wanted to repeat my 2012 victory. I felt great today, so I attacked in the same place where I attacked last year: I was the favorite rider, I think everybody knew that was my strategy and waited for my move, but nobody could follow me.

So this incredible solo victory makes me really proud, also because now I’m 1st in the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking, something I really care about. Winning the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking proves I had great results all season long and once again I was the most consistent rider this season. I want to thank my Katusha Team teammates: they worked hard all day in order to keep the race under control.”

Purito – silver lining at the World Championships in Tuscany

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez came within centimetres of being World Champion in Tuscany on Sunday. After an epic 270km race in rain, thunder and lightning, Purito made the crucial final split on the hilly course around Florence.

After attacking several times in the last 5km it looked like he’d done enough for a legendary solo win, but Portugal’s Rui Costa caught him with 600m to go. After almost 7 hours in the saddle the two went head to head in the sprint and Purito just missed out on a dream victory and instead was left to wipe away tears in the podium.

We pay our huge respects to his performance not only in the World Championships but all season long, you made us proud. Congratulations Joaquim! Grande Purito!

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Vuelta a España – Steep, Steeper, Moreno

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Dani Moreno of the WorldTour squad Katusha Team took a dramatic win on stage 9 from Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaén in the Vuelta a España on Sunday. 2013 Flèche Wallone winner Moreno attacked in the final kilometer on a steep ramp in the village of Valdepeñas de Jaén to win the stage.

Daniel Moreno - Katusha // Foto: Roth

Moreno’s brilliant attack on his Canyon Aeroad CF also carried him into the race lead. He now has a one second lead over Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. This was Moreno’s second victory at the Vuelta following his win at Fisterra last Tuesday.

Purito - Katusha // Foto: Roth

“Winning my second stage and becoming the race leader as well is huge and even more so after having achieved it at a finish like this, which is so spectacular. But I am not going to be challenging for the Vuelta win, as Katusha Team knows who our team leader is – that is Purito Rodriguez”, Moreno explained post-stage. “There is always joy when either one of us wins,” Moreno told Spanish television after his win. “Purito and I spoke and we knew what we were going to do today. The intention has always been to slowly but surely make up time on the leaders for Purito. The three weeks in the Vuelta a España are very long and I am extremely happy to be the leader today even if it is by just a second.” Monday’s difficult 186.8km Stage 10 from Torredelcampo finishes at the top of the Alto Hazallanas, a very steep 7 km ascent, where the first 5 km has an average gradient of 11%.

Double Victory at the Leadville 100

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Sally Bigham and Alban Lakata seal the double win at Colorado′s Leadville 100 Trail Race. The two racers also both set new course records for the 100 mile distance at the legendary and hardest Mountain Bike Race in the USA.

It is an amazing story of success for Team Topeak Ergon. Both Sally Bigham and Alban Lakata ride to victory at the Leadville 100 mile race, both setting the course record. The legendary Leadville Trial 100 is not only well known amongst the mountain biking community, but also many professional road riders step up to the challenge. At 160km (100 miles) there is 3000m of climbing to take on. It is a race which our marathon specialists, Alban Lakata, and Sally Bigham look forward to. Last year, Lakata′s victory made him the first non-American to win the event, while in the women′s race a mistake in the marking of the route of the race prevented Sally Bigham being able to try at the record, and she had to settle for second place. It was therefore fair to say that the two riders had a bit of a score to settle.

Before the race, Lakata was very clear speaking to www.ergon-bike.com that he was after the course record. “It was what I came here for“, an exhausted Lakata said, following the race, as the commentator asked him for his thoughts just after crossing the line. A little over a minute later, came Marathon World Champion Christoph Sauser (at 1:07m) over the line, while third placed Todd Wells was 14 minutes back. Alban?s winning time was 6hr 4m 0.79 seconds.

For Sally Bigham it was a joyous occasion. Last year the English Champion came second, while this year the top spot was hers. With a total time of 7hr 17m 1.86s she secured the top step of the podium, with a solid 4:56 min over second placed Alison Powers, and 18:26 min over Rebecca Rush. She also rode into the record books, with a course record for the women. “I’m very happy with the result: mission accomplished” said the current british champion. Sally added: “After the disappointment of last year, the victory and the record is particularly sweet!”

Racing for the US side Team Topeak Ergon, Yuki Ikeda was also competing, and rode a great race finishing 20th. An extremely good result, at a race such as this.

For Topeak Ergon, there will be a short celebration, and then the Europeans will be homeward bound. The focus now moves to the last races of the season. The Gran Raid in Switzerland, the Birkebeiner Marathon in Norway and then finally the Roc d′Azur on the Cote d′Azur in France. So far, the season has been great for the team, so a little of the pressure is off. The riders wont let up though, so much is almost certain.

CANYON RIDERS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN COLORADO

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

It couldn’t get any closer: at the Colorado Freeride Festival slopestyle event at Winter Park Resort (USA) last weekend, only 0.1 points separated the two CANYON riders Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander after their final runs! The young Swede Anton Thelander managed to move ahead of his older team mate and entitled him to the last spot on the podium. Thomas Genon had a stomping run with impressive trick combinations but had to settle for 4th place in the end.

Anton Thelander / Foto: tobycowley

It’s becoming pretty clear that the two CANYON riders are feeling right at home behind the bars of their new dirt bike prototypes! Spurred on by the strong field of riders, flowy slopestyle course and good atmosphere, both athletes put impressive points on the board at the first North American FMB World Tour Gold Event in Colorado. There is no doubt that Anton Thelander is living up to his nickname “Cleanlander”: his runs are flawlessly smooth, barely disturbing the dirt beneath his tires. In his best run, the second final run, Anton showed a series of rotational tricks. He dropped in with a 360 from the flat drop, then aired the following quarter-hip with a notoriously high transfer. After the flowy burm section Anton popped on to the fruit bowl with an opposite 360 and with truck driver back down. Saving the best till last, Anton once again performed his signature trick, an awesome barrel roll which set him up for clean downside tailwhip. He ended his run with a 360 from the boner log and an impressive backflip tailwhip on the final booter. The judges rewarded the young Swede with 91.4 points – enough to secure him a place on the podium. Only his mentor and friend, Martin Soderstrom (1st place with 94.6 points) and the German rider Peter Henke (2nd place with 91.6 points) could improve on his score. However, the battle for second place was close as Peter Henke only moved ahead with a wafer-thin 0.2 points. Colorado Freeride Festival was Anton’s second podium result at a FMB World Tour Gold event after Red Bull Berg Line earlier this year in May. He also won Red Bull Phenom during X Games Munich in July. After his success in Colorado Anton is heading back to Sweden to compete in the Slopefest competition and will later return to North America for the City 8 Urban Freeride contest and eventually Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, a Diamond event on the FMB World Tour 2013 calendar. Everyone is excited to see what this young talent can pull out of the bag as he challenges his CANYON team mate Thomas Genon who is the reigning champion after a stunning victory last year.

Thomas Genon / Foto: tobycowley

Being separated from the podium by only 0.1 points, Thomas Genon’s performance was certainly worthy of recognition. The Belgian digged deep and pulled everything out of his CANYON bike, the result: a dazzling display of combinations and varied tricks. His last run consisted of a tailwhip from the drop, barspin to x-up on the quarter-hip, cannonball onto the fruit bowl and a truck driver to x-up back down. Then the big air tricks were let loose: Thomas showed an enormously technical barspin to tailwhip, followed by a downside double tailwhip, and a 360 opposite, finishing with a heart stopping frontflip tuck no hander. Thomas knew he had done well, raising his hand into the air as he rolled into the finishing area. He was awarded fourth place with 91.3 points. Nobody can deny that each one of those points was well earned.

Prize money is not the only thing that Thomas and Anton took home from Colorado. Their impressive results at a FMB World Tour Gold event have reaffirmed them as contenders in the FMB World Tour overall ranking. Thomas Genon is now ranked fourth, and Anton Thelander has moved up from 7th into 5th. It is still not clear who will hold the FMB World Tour champion trophy. With the upcoming events overseas, there are still plenty of points to be won. North America is still to host the Diamond event, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, the Gold event Bearclaw Invitational at Mount Washington and finally Red Bull Rampage on the red sands of the Utah desert. So we can still expect to see much more action from the CANYON riders this season.

Bronze medal for Bas Diederen at EC IRONMAN in Frankfurt

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This weekend we witnessed the yearly Ironman at Frankfurt am Main. Traditionally, this is one of the most important preludes for the prestigious Ironman Hawaii, held in October. Who finishes at the top in Frankfurt will also be one of the big contenders in the heaviest triathlon on earth.

Bronze medal for Bas Diederen at EC IRONMAN in Frankfurt

The swimming did not bring major differences between the athletes. An elite group of around ten triathletes, of which Dutchman Diederen was one, reached the shores, ready for the long bike ride. During the 180 kilometers per bike the first real differences occurred. Diederen seemed to lose connection with the topriders, but did not panic. In his head he knew about the comfort and aerodynamics that his Speedmax CF provided him. Because of this, he was able to finish the cycling element with a relative fit body.

Bronze medal for Bas Diederen at EC IRONMAN in Frankfurt

At the concluding marathon, Diederens strategy appeared to be the right one. One by one he overtook his fellow competitors, marching to the second fastest time at the classical endurance run. In the end, Diederens strategy resulted in a third place and a sincere feeling of satisfaction. Tickets to Hawaii can be booked!

Joaquim Rodríguez & Katusha Team for 2013 Tour de France: Ready to win

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Canyon and Katusha Team will be one of the main protagonists in the 2013 Tour de France with Joaquim Rodríguez as team leader, backed by an impressive team ready to fight for the win all the way to Paris. This is the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Purito Rodríguez will go for his third consecutive Grand Tour podium after after last year’s Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana results.

Joaquim

Rodríguez said of the 2013 Tour, “My intention is to do the best possible result in GC and win a stage. I want to leave having the peace of mind knowing it was the result I deserved, be it eighth or first. Last year, I was second in the Giro, and third in the Vuelta, and I could have won both. I am more mature. I know it’s complicated, but if I am going to discount my chances to win, it will be on the road, not at the start.”

Rodríguez continued, explaining “this Tour is hard, very hard. Maybe the Pyrénées are not so much this year, but the last week in the Alps is spectacular. The opening days are dangerous. Something will happen before we get to the Alps, but it’s there the winner will be decided. For me to win? Everything has to go perfectly for me, and the others have some troubles.”

Joaquim

Katusha Team head Sport Director Valerio Piva said “I think we will have the best, strongest roster, with Joaquim Rodríguez as a leader, and our main goal is to go for general classification. We have strong climbers to support him like Losada, Trofimov and Dani Moreno, who will be our second in command. We have strong riders for protecting our leader in the first part of the Tour, like Brutt, Smukulis, Kuchynski and Vorganov. There support will be crucial, especially in the team time trial and to cover the key breakaways. We also have Alexander Kristoff for sprints; he’s in great shape, so I think he can do a good jobs and also support the team in some stages.”

Katusha Team must be focused from the very beginning of the Tour the three stage in Corsica will be tough, especially the third, that’s why we will be there a little earlier than expected in order to check it. Obviously, the third week will be key; the most demanding , but it’s a three-week race so we have to pay attention everyday. We have done all the right preparation and we are ready and motivated to reach our goals.

Katusha Team 2013 Tour de France Roster:
Pavel Brutt, Alexander Kristoff, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Alberto Losada, Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodríguez, Gatis Smukulis, Yuriy Trofimov, Eduard Vorganov

Katusha Team Sport Directors: Valerio Piva, Torsten Schmidt, Dmitriy Konyshev

Special

Sunny weather and smiles all around for CANYON’s slopestyle riders

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Wet, cold and windy weather in Winterberg – and then the skies opened and the sun lit up the Red Bull Berg Line finals! Over 20,000 spectators came out to enjoy the weather while watching world class riding. CANYON riders Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander did not disappoint! In the end, the Swede Anton Thelander secured a sensational third place and achieved his biggest career success so far. Thomas Genon came in fourth place just behind his teammate. Thanks to Thomas’ strong performance, the Belgian has officially confirmed his spot at the X Games Munich Mountain Bike Slopestyle event. This highlight video clip shows Anton and Thomas at their best during Red Bull Berg Line:

Anton Thelander has risen to the top of the game! The young Swede landed on the podium after his stunning performance at Red Bull Berg Line, the only German Gold Event on the FMB World Tour. Red Bull Berg Line always guarantees some of the best action from the world of slopestyle mountainbiking. An outstanding riders’ line-up, a challenging course and extremely high trick levels ensure that the competition is of the highest caliber. Anton Thelander has demonstrated throughout the season that he is ready to compete with the “big boys”. The young 18-year-old talent, who signed up with CANYON beginning of 2013, won a wildcard for Red Bull Berg Line at Vienna Air King. His result reaffirmed his right to compete at such an important event. Now nicknamed ‘Cleanlander’, Anton made his smooth and super technical runs look easy. His impressive flat spin amplitude over the big kicker impressed not only the judges, but the crowds went berserk when they watched him highflying in nearly 10 meters above the ground.

Thomas Genon is also satisfied with his fourth place. Despite a foot injury, which he sustained at FISE Montpellier the week before, he rode a solid first run with a great variety of trick combos. During his second run, a flat tire in the middle of the course put an abrupt end to his podium expectations. Thomas was still upbeat about his performance. Red Bull Berg Line was also the final chance for riders to gain ranking points in order to qualify for X Games Munich. For the first time in X Games history, there will be a Mountain Bike Slopestyle contest at the end of June. With his ranking, Thomas Genon, effortlessly secured first place in the FMB World Tour “52-week-seeding-list” and managed to grab the first of 16 priceless spots at the only European FMB World Tour Diamond Event.

Victorious all the way. The Canyon Factory Enduro Team at the first stage of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Fabien Barel did it again! After taking first place at the SRAM-Specialized Enduro Series race in Riva del Garda (ITA) the Frenchman stood for the second time at the top of the podium in Punta Ala (ITA). At the kick-off event of the Enduro World Series the former three-time downhill world champion celebrated a phenomenal triumph. Also, his CANYON Factory Enduro Team co-riders showed a remarkable performance: Scotsman Joe Barnes finished in the top 10 of the overall ranking and the team was second in the team ranking.

Auftakt der Enduro World Series in Punta Ala / Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

The Enduro fans were looking with high anticipation to the premiere of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala – and with all action and the level of competition their expectations were definitely met. On a sunny race day over 500 competitors took part, including professionals of the Downhill World Cup and other familiar faces from different mountain bike disciplines.
After his success in Riva del Garda Fabien Barel, racer for the CANYON Factory Enduro Team, showed his former downhill colleagues that he is also well-prepared for uphill climbs. In the end, his solid effort awarded him the full 600 points and a consecutive win.

The final breakthrough came in the longest and most technical section. During stage 2, Fabien saw his chance to ride a good time and powered through to come out leading the riders’ field. With a time of 6:37 minutes, he pulled out a solid lead of 13 seconds to his fellow, Jerome Clementz. The lead was enough to secure Fabien’s success for the remaining two stages.

Fabien Barel siegt beim Auftaktrennen der Enduro World Series in Punta Ala / Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

With Joe Barnes’ ninth place in the overall ranking, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team celebrated another Top 10 victory. In total, their impressive team performance placed them second in the team ranking. The CANYON Factory Enduro Team is proud of their achievements in these early stages. Flo Goral, Team Manager of the CANYON Factory Enduro Team says: “We are all crazy about Fabien’s outstanding debut! Our other riders Joe Barnes, Maxi Dickerhoff, Ines Thoma and Marco Buehler also did a great job. This is exactly the way we want to go. Of course, the team can still learn a lot but that is why we are here! We have a strong team spirit and relaxing together at the beach was also great fun.”

As an “Official Gold Supporter” of the Enduro World Series, CANYON fully backs the newly formed association and is very pleased with the smooth running of the Superenduro race including the live timing during Punta Ala. The bike manufacturer from Koblenz welcomes the professionalization of this mountain bike discipline and is sure that the upcoming races will be eventful and not short of surprises.

Highlight-Clip from Punta Ala

#SuperEnduro2013 – EWS #1 – PRO2 Punta Ala – Highlights from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.