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

  October 7th, 2013 | 9:43 | Florian Ehrit

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.”

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Purito – silver lining at the World Championships in Tuscany

  September 30th, 2013 | 17:14 | Onlineredaktion

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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Canyon strikes gold: female riders secure golden hat trick

  September 18th, 2013 | 17:23 | Onlineredaktion

Last weekend was nothing short of a Gold rush for the German bicycle manufacturer Canyon. Celebrations were all around for the Canyon ladies as they rode their bikes to victory in both Enduro and Cross Country races. At the first Ischgl Overmountain Challenge 2013 (AUT), Ines Thomas from the Canyon Factory Enduro Team pedaled her way to success and became the (unofficial) Enduro European Champion. Irina Kalentieva from the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team celebrated her eighth World Cup triumph (Elite Women) this season at the last UCI MTB World Cup Cross Country race Hafjell (NOR). Her younger talented Cross Country colleague Malene Degn also won gold in the Women Juniors category. Making last weekend a ‘golden hat trick’!

Ines Thoma // Foto: Christoph Bayer

The first Ischgl Overmountain Challenge in the famous Tyrolean ski resort Ischgl was held as the “European Enduro Open” – and it was a test race for the Enduro European Championship next year. In almost daring winter conditions around 250 riders, among them 17 women, set off to find Europe’s fastest Enduro riders. Straight from the line, Ines Thomas was not impressed as fresh snow fall resulted in the course being shortened. But not bothered by the harsh conditions she quickly drew out a three second gap ahead of her rivals. Ines remained in the lead for the majority of the race, winning four out of five stages. Even during the heavy pedal stages, Ines powered through, proving her physical condition and earning her victory. The final clock showed that she had crossed the line in 25:38,59 min, fabulous 2:22 minutes ahead of French rival Pauline Dieffenthaler (28:01,16 min). Fellow Canyon teammates Marco Bühler (9th place) and Maxi Dickerhoff (11th place) also showed great determination and strength on this difficult course.

Irina Kalentieva // Foto: Gregor Janas

In Hafjell (NOR), athletes were not exposed to such frosty conditions for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Cross Country race. Irina Kalentieva saddled up on her Canyon bike focused and fully prepared. In this last World Cup stop of the season, the 35-year-old Topeak-Ergon Racing Team rider achieved her eighth World Cup career win and sent a clear message that she can still compete with the younger guns. The Russian has been training tirelessly for three long years to be where she is today – but it was worth it. The two-time World Champion steam-trained her way up through the field to the fastest three athletes from 17th place. After spending energy moving up the field she then found herself in a tight battle with Julie Bresset (FRA) and Eva Lechner (ITA). Finally, after a grueling 1:25:34 hour race, Irina finished first. Once the wheels had stopped turning and the reality of what just happened sunk in, with tears in her eyes, Irina said: “That feels so good, especially after all the bad luck over recent years. After coming fourth at the championships I was very focused on this race. Even in South Africa, I felt really strong but now it worked out.”

Nadine Rieder // Foto: Gregor Janas

Likewise, Irina’s teammate Nadine Rieder could be more than satisfied with her performance. After the 24-year-old German rider placed sixth at the Sprint Eliminator last Thursday, she ended up 23rd – the best World Cup result of her young career.

Malene Degn // Foto: Thomas N. Nyhus

Danish Malene Degn demonstrated an equally impressive performance in Norway: at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Hafjell she rode onto the podium in the Cross Country Women Juniors category. With a time of 1:04:54 and a 20-second lead ahead of Meda Petrusaukaite (LTU) she grabbed the gold medal. A great comeback for the upcoming athlete after her unfortunate race in Pietermaritzburg, where she was hit by a competitor only 100m after the start, and was forced to retire.

If the Canyon athletes have inspired you then, why not join them? You can already order a 2014 Canyon Bike and get prepared for the next season. For example, this week from 19 to 22 September, the BIKE Women Camp in Caldaro (ITA) will take place. For further information just click here.

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Vuelta a España – Steep, Steeper, Moreno

  September 2nd, 2013 | 14:00 | Onlineredaktion

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%.

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Double Victory at the Leadville 100

  August 12th, 2013 | 17:07 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

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.

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CANYON RIDERS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN COLORADO

  July 31st, 2013 | 10:27 | Onlineredaktion

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.

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BACK ON TRACK: CANYON FACTORY ENDURO TEAM STANDS UP IN WINTER PARK

  July 30th, 2013 | 12:44 | Onlineredaktion

This year’s Enduro World Series (EWS) is a real nail biter! After a perfect start at the world series debut in Punta Ala (ITA), a little streak of bad luck prevented the CANYON Factory Enduro Team from standing on the podium. But now the team is back on track: the fourth round of the Enduro World Series was hosted at the Winter Park Resort (USA) during the Colorado Freeride Festival and the CANYON riders managed to secure three top 10 results for the team. Fabien Barel achieved third place, Ines Thoma fourth and Joe Barnes ninth. Only Maxi Dickerhoff had to contend with some falls. The overall results however, tallied up to award the CANYON Factory Enduro Team an excellent second place. CANYON is particularly proud of Ines Thoma: the talented German is currently ranked number 3 in the EWS overall rankings under the “Women’s Individual” category.

Fabien Barel / Foto: philipruopp

The fourth race of the Enduro World Series at Winter Park Resort/ Colorado (USA) was completely different to the previous two races in Val d’Allos and Les 2 Alpes. The track sections were quite diversified and included a collection of the finest single trails from the bike parks well maintained trails. The Enduro race consisted of five stages which took place over four combined racing and training days. However, the two main lifts in the Trestle Bike Park shut down due to heavy thunderstorms on Saturday night, so stage four had to be cancelled. In order to fulfill the EWS regulations, which state that five stages are required, the third stage was split into two separate parts.

Ines Thoma / Foto: philipruopp

Fabien Barel demonstrated consistency and smooth riding through the stages – conserving both his physical strength and his bike for the thrilling final race when he battled with Nico Vouilloz. In spite of a powerful ride and great technical skills, Fabien just missed out on a 2nd place result in the Open Men class. First place went to Jerome Clementz (1st place) who has been in good form all season. Likewise, Joe Barnes demonstrated a durable race, even though unfortunately his favorite stage was cancelled.

Fabien Barel / Foto: philipruopp

Despite good results from the men, collectively the CANYON Factory Enduro Team is very proud of Ines Thoma’s efforts – she showed a powerful performance and achieved a well-deserved fourth place result. Ines’s determination is paying off as she gets closer and closer to her personal goal of a podium finish in the “Women Open” category. Standing between Ines and her desired spot on the podium in Colorado were big names: Tracy Moseley (1st place), Anne Caroline Chausson (2nd place) and Anneke Beerten (3rd place).

After a short break, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team will start in the fifth race of the EWS circuit at Crankworx Whistler in Canada on 11 August. The team will certainly look to draw on their solid experience from Colorado to achieve high rankings at Crankworx Whistler.

Follow our insights and get the latest news about the Canyon Factory Enduro Team road trip through North America.

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Purito & Katusha – “Back to No.1″

  July 23rd, 2013 | 16:44 | Onlineredaktion

Last year Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez was the number one in the UCI World Tour. His goal for this year is to win this title two times in a row.
We have made ​a special designed Aeroad CF for Purito and accompany him with a video documentation on its way “Back to No.1.”

Aeroad CF WorldTour No.1 - Joaquim Purito Rodriguez

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Brilliant Purito Rodríguez Makes Tour De France Podium

  July 22nd, 2013 | 17:07 | Onlineredaktion

With a brilliant ride up the final ascent of the 2013 Tour De France to Annecy Semnoz, Katusha Team’s Purito Rodríguez climbed up two places on General Classification to moveup to third place and will now finish on the podium. It was the third consecutive Grand Tour podium for Rodríguez on Canyon Bicycles, after finishing second at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and third in last year’s Vuelta a España.

Das Podium in Paris © www.Roth-Foto.de

On the final climb to Semnoz, it was Rodríguez who made the decisive attack to drop Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger from the front group. But after leading most of the way up the  final climb, Rodríguez could not follow the key attack by Nairo Quintana, who won the stage, while Rodríguez was 2nd on his Canyon Aeroad 9.0 CF. More importantly for Purito, he gained more than two minutes on Contador and Kreuziger by the finish. With this result, Rodríguez one of the few riders who has stood ton the podium in all three of the Grand Tours.

Purito Rodriguez © www.Roth-Foto.de

After his great TT result earlier in the week on his Canyon Speedmax CF, Rodríguez shifted his focus to the climbing stages. On the final ascent to Annecy Semnoz,  Rodríguez explained: ” I found that I was climbing better every day and I had a little bit more momentum. It was the final day for us all to do something and I wanted to try and fight for the stage. It was a hard day, but I fought and I finished second to a champion. I gave it everything.”

After the 100th Anniversary Tour De France wrapped up, Rodríguez declared “This was a huge day for me, for my family,” the Katusha rider said after Stage 21 in Paris. “I don’t know if I’ve seen them this happy about a podium, it was great. My wife and my children have supported me and this is important for them. They’ve missed me at home and I want to give them this. The Tour isn’t like anything else, it’s enormous and to finish on the podium is great. After the way the first part of the Tour went, I had to give it everything to finish well so I am very happy with my result.”

Rodriguez ended up 4th in the Mountains classification with 99 points, while Katusha Team rider Dani Moreno was 17th overall. Consistent Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff was an excellent 5th in the Points classification. Katusha Team finished 6th on Team Classification. After the Tour De France, Purito will have some rest, then head to the Vuelta a España later this season to try and finally win a Grand Tour.

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Tour de France – Big Day For Purito on L’Alpe d’Huez

  July 19th, 2013 | 11:59 | Onlineredaktion

On Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France, a  172.5km mountain stage from Gap to the mountaintop finish on l’Alpe d’Huez, a difficult day that included two ascents of the legendary climb for the first time in Tour de France history, Katusha Team’s Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez shined. Riding his Canyon Aeroad 9.0 Katusha Team bicycle, Purito was 5th on the stage and moved up to 5th overall at the 2013 Tour, now just 26″ from a third place podium finish in Paris.

Joaquim Rodríguez im Anstieg nach Alpe d'Huez - © Tino Pohlmann Fotografie Joaquim Rodríguez - Nairo Alexander Quintana und Christopher Froome - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de Joaquim Rodríguez - 18. Etappe  Tour de France - © www.Roth-Foto.de

Post-race, Purito said “I’m in a great moment; I really I think finally I’m in brilliant form. I worked a lot in order to get ready for the Tour. I don’t think I’m going to win it anymore, because Chris Froome is doing a great job and deserves to win, but the podium is closer than ever and it would be great to get there. To tell the truth, I think my best form is the one I have now, as I proved last season. It’s not the form I had in the first week: I wish I was in this form in Pyrenees, so probably my gap wouldn’t be so high. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be two more days to attack in the mountains, two more demanding stages. My team and I know them very well, so we will try to do something and attack for sure”.

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Friday’s Stage 19 is a tough 204.5km mountain stage from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand with ascents of the Col du Glandon, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Tamié, Col de l’Épine, and finally the Col du Croix Fry with a fast descent to Le Grand Bornand. Saturday’s Stage 20 will be a short and fast 125km from Annecy to finish atop Col du Semnoz near Annecy via le

Mont Revard, then back to Annecy for the Semnoz climb, a steep 11km ascent at an average of 8.5% where Purito is sure to go on the attack.

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