Criterium du Dauphiné – GCN Weekly Cycling News Show – Episode 23


The Criterium du Dauphine, the Philly Classic, some good news, some bad news, and plenty of tech. It’s the GCN weekly news show. We’ve been home from the Giro d’Italia for only a week now and already talk is turning to the Tour de France. as most of the big contenders are currently flexing their muscles at the Criterium du Dauphine. It’s a mountainous route this year, mimicking the difficulty of the Tour de France route later this month. Even the sprint stages feature some tough climbs, but there’s only one Hors category mountain top finish. The only truly flat day is the time trial on stage four, but it’s short at only 32km so it will have a limited effect on the overall classification. Froome, Contador, Rodriguez and Valverde are all lying in wait. Who do you think is going to strike first, and who do you think is going to take the
overall victory? Personally I can’t actually decide between Chris Froome or Alberto Contador, but I can’t wait to find out what happens. David Veilleux of team Europcar has certainly made a big impression on stage one. Having been in the breakaway all day he soloed to an impressive win, taking the stage by two minutes and the first yellow jersey. Elia Viviani of Cannondale Pro Cycling took an impressive sprint win on stage two – he was one of the riders we followed closely at the Giro d’Italia, as he attempted to de-throne Mark Cavendish. Yesterday I see the pink jersey in my eyes but only Cav not make me for this sprint a reality. Today I hope for the pink jersey, but it’s very, very difficult. We’re off out to the Dauphine this week so we’ll be bringing you the inside
line from the race. From Tour contenders to the Tour champion. An official but perhaps unsurprising statement last week from
team Sky confirmed that Bradley Wiggins will not take the start of the Tour de France in 2013. After his premature withdrawal from the Giro d’Italia, a race he publicly stated
was his aim for the year a result of a chest infection and a loss of
confidence. He’s also developed a knee injury that has subsequently kept him off the
bike. Dave Brailsford, the team principal of Sky Procycling has now confirmed that Wiggins will no longer
be considered for selection for the Sky Procycling Tour de France team. This raises some interesting questions about Wiggins’ future. William Fotheringham, the cycling correspondent of The Guardian newspaper wrote a piece last week calling into question
the entire future of Wiggins’ cycling career. Partly as a result of the strength in
depth of Team Sky, partly as a result of Wiggins himself. I’m inclined to agree that big questions
will now be asked. I can’t see any easy way back for Bradley
Wiggins to challenge again at Grand Tours, but what about Paris-Roubaix? This is a race that Wiggins has previously stated that he is interested in winning, and if he did he’d be the first Grand Tour winner to win Paris-Roubaix since Bernard Hinault in 1981, which is perhaps a slice of history that just may
interest Bradley Wiggins. We reported back from the Giro d’Italia that Cadel Evans of team BMC was racing on a new unmarked BMC frame. Just two days after the Giro d’Italia finished, the covers officially came off: the Team Machine SLR-01. Aerodynamics haven’t been taken into consideration, instead the BMC
engineers have shaved the weight down to just 790 grams for the
frame while increasing the stiffness by a massive 25%. not only did Cadel ride this to a podium place at the Giro d’Italia, but over in the US, his team-mate Tejay van Garderen notched up its first win, at the Tour of
California. Eagle-eyed viewer dave2402 noticed on our Giro d’Italia riders reaction video that we’d inadvertently filmed a new Bell aerodynamic road helmet.
We’ve got no more details as yet, but it’s a nice spot Dave. It certainly looks pretty cool. now what do you think about aero road
helmets – are you used to them yet? Do you wear one? Would you wear one? Let us know in the comments section down below. According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the American electronics manufacturer
Belkin has signed up to be the new title sponsor of the Blanco team, formerly Rabobank, in time for the Tour de France. Although an official announcement hasn’t been made as yet, this is great news for pro cycling. The withdrawal of long-time sponsor Rabobank sent shockwaves through the sport and Blanco’s search for a replacement has been well-documented. It’ll be interesting now to see
whether the new American sponsor will seek to change was has always been the flagship
Dutch team. In the US, the Philly cycling classic
attracted a strong field this year, despite dropping to only a UCI ranked 1.2. At the end of a gruelling 193km, with ten ascents of the infamous Manayunk Wall it was Kiel Riejnen of United Healthcare who took an impressive victory. We’ll leave you with ‘tweet of the week’ from Alex Howes of Garmin-Sharp, who posted just before the Dauphine: As a resident of the UK I can’t argue with that! Thanks for joining us, see you next week.

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