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Deceuninck Double At Cobbled Classics + Another Doping Scandal | The Cycling Racing News Show

(upbeat music) – This week on the GCN Racing News show, the cobbles are here, we’ll
be going over the main talking points in the men’s
and woman’s opening weekends. Meanwhile we’re still no clearer as to who the fastest sprinter in the world is after the conclusion of the UAE tour. World records tumble at the
track world championships in Poland, as two riders
announced their intentions to go for the world hour record, and a doping scandal breaks out in Austria and unfortunately involves
two high profile cyclists. This is always the part of the year, where I start to get really
excited about bike racing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really enjoyed the racing
we’ve had already this year, but when I switch Euro Sport on and see the riders scattered all over a stretch of cobbled
road, it feels like things have just got very serious indeed. Saturday saw the men’s and women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
races, although the latter was temporarily neutralized mid race because, are you ready for this? Solo breakaway Nicole Hanselmann rode so fast that she was about to catch up with the men’s race. It was a little bit of a
farce to say the very least and many quite rightly wondered out loud why they didn’t stop
the men’s race instead. Anyway, once everything resumed we did have some great racing. In the men’s a very
strong group went clear after the Molenberg and
that was whittled down still further, through a
nasty crash of Tiesj Benoot. He’d actually been looking
really strong in the race too, he would have to forfeit
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne the following day, so let’s
hope he’s back in time to defend his title in Strade
Bianche this coming Saturday. That left us with six out front, which would soon be down to
five as Os couldn’t quite stick with the pace up the mure, the big favorite of the front group was Greg Van Avermaet, twice the former winner of this race. But, he was a bit too keen in the finale, first chasing down an initial
attack by Tim Wellens, and soon after chasing in vain,
as Zdeněk Štybar countered. The former cycle cross
world champion went all out, averaged 507 watts and 56 k’s per hour for the last minute
and a half of the race, taking Deceuninck’s first
winner on loop since 2005. Now, what in the world
deserved to win, it was. Štybar has been knocking on
the door of the cobble classics for what seems like
forever but, amazingly, that’s his first win in one of them. It’ll be interesting to see
if that sets the ball rolling for him, although, ominously,
nobody has ever won Omloop and the Tour
Flanders in the same year. In the women’s event, once
they were allowed to start racing again, Boels Dolmans
played the numbers game. Canyon SRAM had been particularly
aggressive, but it was a bit too much too soon and in the end, Boels were the only team with
two riders in the front group as they hit the mure. At which point, former world
champion Chantal Blaak attacked and would never be seen again. She crested the final
part of the Bosberg with half a minute of an advantage
and that had more than doubled by the time she reached
the finish line in Ninove. The best of the rest
was Marta Bastianelli, of Team Virtu cycling, whilst Boels Dolmans also got
the third step at the podium with 22-year-old Jip Van Den Bos. There was quite the
return to racing, though, for Annemiek Van Vleuten. She was expected to take
a little longer to recover from the fractured knee that she sustained at last years’ world championships, but she made her return
on Saturday and came 4th Absolute class act! Bastianelli got her
revenge the following day at the Omloop van het Hageland, winning the sprint from a group of 18, and of Lotaae Lepisto of Trek-Segafredo and Leah Kirchmann of Team Sunweb. Onto Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne now, which is traditionally seen
as one for the sprinters, despite a smashing of
the famous Flemish birds along the 204 kilometer route. However, this year, the
high winds made for some particularly tough racing
right from the very gun. Harder even, Omloop the previous
day if these stats sourced by Ematti Purali are anything to go by. Oliver Naesen’s actual average
power Omloop was 269 watts, whilst at Kuurne it was
304 watts for five hours, normalized at 336. Puts my attempt to get to 300 watts FTP into some context, I think you’ll agree. Naesen did point out, though,
that Omloop was also very hard but the first hour of that race, they were dawdling in the bunch. Which did effect the
overall average power. The former Belgian champion,
actually formed part of a five man move, that went clear with 50 kilometers remaining at Kuurne. Along with Langeveld to
the EF Education First, the Astana ardu of Cort,
Naesen, and Ballerini, and coupled newcomer Bob
Jungels of Deceuninck-QuickStep. And despite his lack of
experience in these races, it would be the Luxembourg
champion who’d take the win. He attacked with 16 kilometers
to go as the group behind was closing in, and managed
to hold them all at bay, becoming the first Luxembourger
to win the race, ever! What I do love about this win, though, is the fact that last year,
Jungels won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and he’s also been a white jersey at the Giro d’Italia, and
he’s now trying his hand at the cobbles and already winning. And he’s not alone in trying either. Tim Wellins and Dylan Teuns,
prime examples on Saturday. Michael Valgren can also do both, and Peter Sagan is this year, apparently, looking to test himself
at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. So, in an era where there
is an increasing amount of specialization, it’s
fantastic to see these riders trying something different. They’ll never be as good
as Anna van der Breggen, though, let’s face it. So, Jungels becomes the
first rider to win both Liège-Bastogne-Liège and
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in their career, since Rolf Sørensen who won the later in 1996. Thanks to Cillian Kelly for that stat. Now, last week, I reported
on the opening day of the UAE Tour, where
Primoz Roglic had gone into the leaders jersey
after his team Jumbo-Visma won the opening team time shot. And, well, basically
nothing changed after that. He held the lead from start to finish, in what was a massive display of dominance by both he, and indeed, his team. Rogerts did lose out to
Valverde on the stage three, the world champion managing to take his first win in the rainbow
stripes, and in doing so, became the oldest rider to win a pro race in the rainbow bands. He averaged 415 watts for
the last five minutes of this stage, in a typically canny attack. Roglidge, though, got his own win on the second Montataque finish on stage six, out sprinting Tom Dumoulin. Incidentally, Dumoulin averaged 550 watts for the last one minute and
50 seconds of the stage, and 770 watts for the last 300 meters. Shows you how much you
need to be able to do to be at the top of that sport. The other big story of the week, was the battle of the sprinters. And we really became no clearer as to who can lay claim to being
the fastest in the world. Gaviria took the spores
on the first sprint date, Fibiana a couple of days later, Caleb Ewan won a slightly different sprint up the Hattered Dam, while Sam Bennett sends a very strong message to everyone, including his own team, by
winning the final stage. Marcel Kittel, despite
looking far better this year, wasn’t able to do better than third, whilst Mark Cavendish still
appears to be recovering from that Epstein-Barr virus which wiped out most of his 2018 season. Now, for some more
interesting well on numbers, Alexander Kristoff was on
lead out due to (mumbles) at the UAE Tour, and averaged
a whopping 1080 watts for the last 27 seconds at the last stage, whilst doing that job. Still bagging himself
fourth place on the stage. You wonder if duties have actually been the other way around that day. And sticking with Velon, I absolutely loved this clip
from them from stage three. Now it’s really hard to get
a sense of just how dangerous and hectic it is inside a
peloton from normal TV shots, but this video from inside the
peloton, does exactly that. Turn up the volume, and enjoy! (wind howling) (men yelling) Talking of hectic, fast,
and furious racing, this coming weekend we’re
going to be live streaming the Rad Race over on Facebook. Fixed gears, indoors, and the last man and woman standing format. And we’ve even got our
own GCN representation, because competing in the event is Hank. He doesn’t know that yet, but
I’m sure he’s gonna love it. This is what he, and you,
can expect from the event. (shouting) (cheering) (arena music) On top of that, we’ll also have
highlights of Strade Bianche men’s and women’s races on Saturday, highlights of Paris-Nice
starting on Sunday, and live coverage of the next round of the Italian Ciclismo Cup on Sunday, the Grand Prix Industria and Artigianato. Over to the boards now for
the World Track Championships, which took place in Poland last week. So many events there, obviously, that I can’t mention them
all, but here are a few of the stand out performances. The Dutch sprint team,
which is 5/100 of a second away from the world record,
with a time of 41.9 seconds. Needless to say, they went on
to become the world champions. Meanwhile, Australia did
break the world record in the men’s team pursuit,
and by quite some margin. They knocked 1.8 seconds off, with a mind blowing time
of just over three minutes and 48 seconds. Basically, they started fast,
did the middle section fast, and according to
Zavia-Disly, pushed the pace even more at the end. Ash Ankudinoff won the
women’s individual pursuit, and rarely have I seen
such an outpouring of love from somebody’s peers. That was obviously a
very popular win, indeed. It came 10 years after she
made her world championships debut at the very same track,
and two days after she picked up gold in the team pursuit
with the Australian squad. Amy Peters and Kirsten Wild
won gold for the Netherlands in the Madison event, whilst
the men’s title in that event went to Germany with Roger
Kluge and Tier Reintahr. That win, made all the more impressive, because Kluge only landed
in Poland three hours before the event, and had only just finished the seven day EAU Tour. Hats off to you Roger, that’s
pretty blooming impressive. And even on top of that,
according to Kenny De Ketele, it was the fastest Madison
that he’d ever riden, 59.2 k’s per hour average
for the 50 kilometer event. Pretty remarkable. Italy’s Filippo Ganna set a
new sea-level world record in the four kilometer individual pursuit, clocking a time of four minutes 7.456, just 2/10 of a second away from Ashton Lambie’s record
time set at altitude in Aguascalientes just last year. He would go on to win
the gold in the final, with a ride off against Wein Steinbeiss, beating the German by over four seconds. And finally, Sam Welsford,
won two gold metals in the space of just 30 minutes. He was a part of
Australia’s record breaking team pursuit score,
then half an hour later went on to win the men’s scratch race. Australia and the
Netherlands certainly seem to be the dominant forces
in track racing right now. Time for some racing of
a different kind now, and we’ll start with the Biking Man Omad, that’s a 1,000 kilometer,
self-supported race that crosses the Hagile Mountains, starting in Barka and finishing
in the capital of Muscat. Now, although the race has a 120 hour or five day time limit,
the winning time this year was taken by Peruvian, Rodney Soncco in just 38 hours and 17 minutes. Some eight hours faster than
last years winning time. Rounding off the men’s
podium was Jason Black, and then friend of Jason, our
very own bike-packing expert, Josh Evert was in third. The women’s winner was
Dutch, ultra-legend, Jasmijn Muller in just over 45 hours. She held off her rival Helly
Backafin by just one hour. Third in the women’s standings
was Georgina Pancher, making her ultra-racing
debut over in Omar. The sixth round of the
Zwiftkiss super league also took place last week,
and in a league of his own, was the Madison Genesis rider, Ian Bibby. That’s actually Bibby’s
second win in the series after he took one in the opening round. Riders last week, racing the epic climb in the Watopia big league reverse, which produced some big numbers. Bibby’s peak minute was 534 watts and his peak 10 minutes
was close to 400 watts. Bibby now leads the
series whilst his team, Madison Genesis, has been
at the top of the standing since the very opening round. Back to track news briefly now,
as two riders have announced they will be attempting
to break Bradly Wiggins hour record this year. First up, the Belgian
Victor Campinos has stated that he will make an attempt
at Aguascalientes at altitude, of course, on April the
16th or 17th this year. Whilst the youngster, Michael
Beurg, who last year set the second farthest distance in
history at just 19 years of age, is reported to be making another attempt in June at sea-level in Denmar. Fantastic, I’d have to
say to see that event with so much attention again right now. I regret, though, that I will now finish this week’s Racing News
show with some news that leaves more than just a
bitter taste in your mouth. Many of you last week,
will have seen a video that went viral, of cross
country skier Max Hauke, who was literally caught red-handed in the act of blood
doping by Austrian police. That arrest was part of a much
wider federal investigation into an Austrian and German doping ring, and it has since been
reported that Austrian cyclist Stefan Denifl and Gail
Preidler are also involved. Denifl is reported to have
admitted to blood doping, whilst Preidler appears to be claiming that he did have blood removed and stored, but never used it. Which is just such a cop out, and takes us back to two decades when that sort of pathetic
excuse was previously used. I have to say, I’ve
been left flabbergasted, angry, and also embarrassed,
really, by this discovery. Why the embarrassment? Well, I’ve been convinced that this sort of thing
was no longer going on at the very top level of the sport. You can call me naive, and I know that many of you will
in the comment section. I also feel even more deceived
by the fact that Denifl was a former team mate and
actually a genuinely nice guy. Again, call me naive, but
I was genuinely gobsmacked by the news, and it certainly
gives a possible explanation as to why he suddenly
decided not to fulfill his new contract with CCC late last year. I am still adamant that cycling
has done a fantastic job of cleaning itself up since
the days of the festine and the US postal and
operation porter scandals, but obviously not quite as
much as I’d previously thought. I do personally think, that I can believe in most of the performances
that I see on screen at races, but I have no doubt that
many of you would disagree. I guess the most worrying
aspect to all of this is that from what we know,
neither of them posted any kind of abnormal values
in their anti-doping test, which flagged them up as suspicious. So, from that point of
view, thank goodness, the law enforcement agencies
are still well and truly on it. And with that, I shall say
good bye for this week, and next week I’ll be
back with Strade-Bianche, Paris-Nice, and the Rad Race. In the mean time, though,
if you’ve ever wondered what pro riders have in their pockets during a stage of a stage race, John Canings found out from a few of them over at the UAE Tour, and it might not be necessarily what you’re expecting. You can find that video, just down here.

92 comments on “Deceuninck Double At Cobbled Classics + Another Doping Scandal | The Cycling Racing News Show

  1. I always think it looks cool but then I think I don’t want to have a rectal collapse after riding over them for hours on end

  2. Bob Jungels lack of exprerience in cobble races? He won the promises edition of Paris Roubaix in 2012…that lad knows how to ride the cobbles…but he is so good at climbing he wasn't played out in the cobble classics the passed years. Now he won LBL and the gap of Terpstra needed to be filled in the team, he and his team decided to include the cobble classics in his program.

  3. Dan, you only forgot to mention that both of those two austrians are "only average" resulting cyclists… So, here comes the doubt on all the guys better than them… Sad but true.

  4. Are cyclists given fair settlements? The Car was stopped in the street and did a jack-rabbit start into me as I pasted in front of the car breaking my hip. Mr Tousignant said because I did not come to a complete stop for the car that came to a stop at the bike path that I was over 50% at fault. Richard is a partner at Schwebel Goetz & Sieben in Minneapolis Minnesota.

  5. Great show as always. Bad race management for the ladies race. Pausing the race will stop anyone momentum.
    Love seeing the cobbles though!!

  6. Might be a question for Ask GCN but I'm curious. since both Wiggins and Dowsett used equipment that is now banned by the UCI do their records still count?? Or what's the difference to the Superman position in the ban??

  7. Good show Dan, shame the women's race had to suffer cos they rode too fast.Your unrealistic to accept competitive people won't try everything to get a head.Did I say I liked the show, good work.

  8. The officials were dead wrong to stop that women’s race. It almost certainly affected the outcome of the event. So what if she caught the back end of the men’s race? All they had to do was order her to not draft, and penalize her if she did.

  9. …. a heart felt telling of a very sad story at the end there Dan … Your words and sentiment express the views of, I am sure, the vast majority. 😢😭😤😠😡

  10. Sorry about your former teammate…why can't racing fans admit that you can't stop attempts to cheat and just let them. It will still be a good show…it just won't be clean

  11. Ohhhhh Dan. I'm struggling to believe you don't think people are still doping. There's tons of ways to dope legally. You (ex world tour level rider) knows this better than most. Just say nothing.

  12. I understand that the pros are basically flogged like greyhounds to eek out every ounce of performance(contracts, salaries, teams depend on it) but how can you look yourself in the mirror

  13. Surely the fact neither rider had any adverse tests despite blood doping is more worrying than reassuring?

  14. 0:51 No, I was not ready for that. A prestigious medal for "riding so fast that you catch the race in front of you" should be awarded to Nicole Hanselmann immediately. Also it's an outrage that they stopped her and not the men in front who were effectively getting in her way.

  15. They should have just told the men they were about to be overtaken by a girl 🤪 that would have got them up the road!

  16. The Omani tourist board must've funded at least 2 full years for the PlaySports Network the amount of time you guys are sinking into irrelevant crap from that dustbowl.

  17. the question is whether the blood passport is any good at detecting blood doping. These guys were busted by the cops and not by WADA

  18. Zwift is not bike racing! Keep it out of the Racing News Show!

    And now for some angry and hateful replies:

  19. A pretty sad fact: The city, where the Doctor has his office (Erfurt), will hold the finale of this year's Tour of Germany.

  20. We could have gotten some fantastic drama from disqualifying any in the male pelaton that Nicole passed for interferring with the women's race.

  21. So Hank is the resident hipster cyclist over at GCN, eh? I say let him have a go at Tracklocross Nationals!

  22. Perhaps a deeper dive in tomorrow’s GCN show but I think that only glossing over the neutralisation of the women’s race (Dan’s: “…anyway”) is the kind of thinking that gives ASO cover in being so dismissive of a women’s tdf

  23. It's very sad to see the doping happening again, and it's terrible for the sport.  Haven't they driven away enough fans?

  24. As long as average and max speeds don't drop significantly, and as long as the same directeurs sportifs are in charge, there will be doping in the peloton and in the jiffy bag in one way or another. I also suspect that the far-away races and the preparations in training camps have a lot to do with it.

  25. Doping is in every sport… No need to make scapegoats, when on the other hand it is nothing else but Colosseum for public awe and entertainment. 95% of pro's dope, one way or the other…why does anyone care if they all are doing it, and have been doing it in every sport from the start.

  26. Dan, great show as usual but, my wife is insisting I contact you regarding Pro Cyclist Nicole Hanselmann and why was she stopped and not allowed to continue? To be on a break away like she was, riding that well, and then to be stopped and and have to wait and then start up again is just wrong…My wife has asked if Emma has seen this and what her reaction is. Please address this. Cheers!

  27. You could just increase the minimum weight of the women's bikes to 12.8 Kgs, make them run 38mm tyres, with 30 psi max pressure,and maybe a couple of 10kg panniers, this would at least give the boys a chance to o keep in front.

  28. Doping will continue to be an issue in sport. Cycling has done more than many sports because we have acknowledged the problem and have done much to try and eradicate it. Sadly there will always be people who will want to cheat.

  29. No Dan, I don't think you are naive. You just want to believe in our beloved sport. How about this? If a rider is caught doping, they are banned from all competition for 5 years. AND, his team and all team riders, forfeit any podiums or prize money up to that point in the season AND the team must pay a fine of 500,000 Euros with all proceeds going to further doping controls of the sport. That would put some teeth into the punishment and hopefully would act as a greater deterrent.

  30. Either let the women and men race together or pause the men's race. Basically equated their race to being second rate by pausing her momentum like that.

  31. PEDs, thank goodness for the German, no nonsense attitude. Rather than sarcastically accepting that there is always going to be cheats, they went out and proved it. Thankfully no German riders exposed yet, or there would be big repercussions there for teams… & sponsors like Mercedes in mtb.

  32. Best for me was Sunday, Jungels collecting himself after smashing out the solo win, and his teammate pulls up, gives him a tap and says 'f*** you're strong!', grins and rides off.

  33. I believe pro cycling is much cleaner than years ago. However, cycling will never be 100% clean. No pro sport is & never will be. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is. The NFL is the dirtiest of them all!!!!!

  34. i understand where you're coming from dan, but can you really spend half the show talking about the massive watts riders are putting out and then be surprised a few (more than a few?) are doping?

  35. 12:16 I will not tell you that, Dan. But I'd suggest to get a bottle of MINERAL WATER Evian and read the brand backwards :). That, doping in pro peloton, made me stop following most of UCI events. I still watching hgighlights from some of the races occasionally, but treat them as pure entertainment provided by asthma clouns and other pharma freaks.

  36. Don't be embarrassed there Mr Lloyd. Although I can completely see what you mean, it's obvs not something that should embarrass you. We need objective and emotionless punishments for dopers, entirely based on what they've done and not how much they've hurt people.. otherwise we'll end up revisiting the whole farce/slapstick routine from the afore 'dark times' – that saw one rider stricken from the record totally, and yet the vast majority of his doping peers getting off scot-free, as it were. Let's not give them excuses to cry foul.

    Edit: spelling

  37. Dan it is sad news and while we continue to have athletes passing doping controls but continuing to be found to dope I for one do not believe most of the results we see. However, I am cycling mad so I will continue to watch, while sadly discounting some of the more extreme heroics because one can’t be sure.

  38. Let them DOPE!!!!!!! Makes the sport more interesting! Nobody wants to watch average joes riding around all slow and tired……

  39. Great that you also give the highlights on the women's elite! There's very little coverage (even on the website of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad or the belgian sports website Sporza). Also, I find it sad that they actually had to neutralize for 10 minutes because they were catching up with the men's race.

  40. Sorry Dan, you may or may not be naive, but given how you go all googly eyed over some of the more astonishing power outputs to think that they're not "enhanced" is just plain disingenuous at best. At worst, you know more than you let on, and the impassioned defence of how "clean" cycling is now is just the same old misdirection propaganda of the very Festina, US Postal, Operation Puerto days that you seek to distance the sport from.

  41. Agreed cycling is much cleaner than before… and without a doubt cleaner than most professional sports out there…so not nieve Dan, but still nieve to think the elite of any sport including cycling is clean. Because of human nature and athletes needing to earn a living I don’t see it ever being 100% clean, but I am grateful that at least the strict testing means the doping is at a more marginal amount than previous decades which I’m sure is much safer for the athletes

  42. I can't understand the world hour record…why would you want to run your body into the ground for that record?

  43. Thanks for the show and I really appreciated all of the power numbers spread throughout. It really puts into perspective what these guys (and gals) can do!

  44. I'm curious. Do you pay for race video footage per second? Otherwise, why are the race highlights so short?
    Don't get me wrong, Dan is a nice looking chap, but I'd still rather watch the race clips than him describing them.

  45. EPO was so 1990s
    HGH was so 2000s
    Optimal gains, EPO, HGH and Blood boost doping combined with electronic power measurement optimisation and recovery was so 2010s.

  46. I must be the only person not shocked by doping. I grew up in the era of doping(1994 onwards) so it doesn't bother me or phase me in the slightest that you see it.

  47. Not naive Dan, I think most of us with some time behind us are of a similar mind, the vast majority are doing it clean, although the TUE/grey area debate will rumble on until the UCI/WADA close this stuff down completely. Human nature dictates there will always be cheats, whether it be doping, motors in frames, taking short cuts or something we haven't even heard of yet!

  48. hello. for the GCN predictions this year please can you do the velogames fantasy cycling. it is a site where you pick a team for all the big races and gain points for how well they do. it could be a gcn competition so instead of saying who you think will win the tour de france you just show everyone your team.

  49. I must be getting old and or am tired, because I have a hard time absorbing this content with so many names, facts, graphics, and figures constantly flying at me. It may just be me, but maybe others would also benefit by dialing things back a bit. I finished watching and felt like I only absorbed 10% of the content. Food for thought, as this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way after watching the racing news show.

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