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Screwed By Their Own Union? CPA & The TTT World Championships | The Cycling Race News Show

Contrary to what I said last week, It’s
a BIG week on the GCN Racing News Show! There’s a new presidential candidate in
the house. We check in with David Millar as he runs for
election for the CPA, the professional rider’s union. The World Championships kick off in Innsbruck
the cyclocross world cup in Wisconsin, plus we’ve got a whole host of one day races
from Italy, Belgium and France, including some dramatic cornering in the Trofeo Matteotti. 2018 marked the final year of the Team Time
Trial World champs as we know them – from next year, there will be national teams competing
in a men’s and women’s TTT, and the sum of those times will determine finishing position. Fitting, then, that the winners this year
were essentially the same as they were when the event was first re-introduced in 2012,
Quickstep on the men’s side, and Canyon SRAM on the women’s. Canyon SRAM caused quite the upset – and also
quite the stir with those Zipp disc wheels. They haven’t won a single team time trial
this season, but they were 21 seconds to the good of pre-race favourites Boels Dolmans,
and a further 7 ahead of reigning champions Team Sunweb. In the men’s, Team Sky faced not just a
literal but a metaphorical uphill battle on the day as they lost Ian Stannard to a crash
after just 1km, but even more disappointed were BMC Racing. They’ve made this discipline their own over
the last few years but could only manage third in their final outing. Team Sunweb pushed Quickstep closest, at 19
seconds. It was a course of two halves – the first
flat, with the best teams averaging over 60kph for the first 40 kilometres, before a significant
climb which got many into trouble. Now, also over in Innsbruck, on Thursday,
will be the election for the president of the CPA. Never heard of them? Don’t worry, because until recently, neither
had some of the riders it represents. It’s been a controversial subject over the
past couple of weeks, and last week in London, we spoke to David Millar to find out why….. It’ll certainly be very interesting to see
how that whole thing plays out. Next up, we had 4 Italian one day races over
the last week, all of which you can catch full highlights of over on our Facebook page. The first of those, the Giro delle Toscana,
saw Gianni Moscon take his 2nd victory in 3 races – the Italian had attacked with Romain
Bardet the final time up the Monte Serra, and outsprinted him at the finish. Sprinting to victory the following day was
Juan Jose Lobate – it marked the first victory in a troubled season for the Spaniard, who
had been thrown off Lotto NL Jumbo at the start of the year for being in possession
of sleeping tablets – not against UCI rules but against internal team rules. And then came the dominance of Androni Sidermec
at the Memorial Marco Pantani and Trofeo Matteotti – Davide Ballerini had only won one race in
his career before Saturday, now he’s won three. The 24 your old took back to back victories
at the weekend in very similar fashion, keeping up with the climbers on the climbs, out-sprinting
them on the flat finishes. Nairo Quintana used the races as his final
prep for the World Championships, but his brother Dayer had a particularly bad looking
crash at the Trofeo Matteotti – the Colombian completely lost control of his bike on a fast
sweeping left hander, but thankfully, he came off lightly, with little in the way of injuries. Lucky boy, that could have been a whole lot
worse. Cross is here! Most of the World’s best riders were in
Wisconsin at the weekend for the opening round of the world cup, including Wout Van Aert,
despite recently having a rather messy ending of his contract with his team, Verandas Willems
Crelan. The World Champion raced in plain kit, well,
as plain as you can get with rainbow bands, but he didn’t have it all his own way in
the race. Toon Aerts stole a march on his Belgian rival,
dropping him with two laps to go and taking the win by 34 seconds, and with it his first
ever World Cup leader’s jersey. Van Aert, though, took an early advantage
over his arch nemesis, Mathieu Van Der Poel, who decided to skip travelling to the States. Making the trip, and making it worthwhile,
was his compatriot Marianne Vos. The former World Champion is doing a full
cross campaign this season, but was pushed very hard on the day by American Ellen Noble,
who finished just 4 seconds back. For Noble, just 23, it was the best World
Cup result of her career, and it is Ellen who is this week’s GCN Rider Of The Week
– losing by 4 seconds to Vos, is no mean feat. Up in Northern Europe, Mads Pedersen won the
Eurometropole under typically Belgian conditions on Saturday, whilst the following day, Philippe
Gilbert made his return to competition after fracturing his kneecap in this crash at the
Tour de France. 1st race back, 1st win – it doesn’t get
much better than that. Surprisingly, it was actually his first win
of the season. That brought Quickstep’s season tally up
to 69, which must be satisfying. In the women’s event, there was a 1-2 for
Groupama FDJ, with Lauren Kitchen taking it ahead of Roxanne Fournier. There was a particularly attacking race up
at the Gooikse Pijl in Belgium – eventually a 6 man group contested the win, Jordi Meeus
of the SEG Racing Academy delivered the win on an uphill sprint to the line, getting the
better of Amund Jansen and Martin Mortensen. One final race before we let you know of an
exciting live race coming up for us tomorrow – Kasia Niewiadoma sealed the overall GC at
the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche on Tuesday, proving that she will
be a force to be reckoned with at the World Championships this coming Saturday. Right – put a note in your diaries, because
tomorrow, at 7pm BST, we have the GCN Innsbruckring Handicap Race. As the name suggests, the starting order will
be determined by ability, and as such our very own James Lowsley Williams will start
in the penultimate group, with Oscar Pujol in
the scratch group. You can either beat them, or if not, just
join them, as the event is open to all. There’s a link in
the description below where you can register. Alternatively, you can just watch on with
some top quality commentary from yours truly. Don’t let that put you off though, you’ve
always got the mute button. OK, that’s all from me for this week – next
week I’ll be back reporting on the World Championships individual time trials
and road races, speaking of which, don’t forget to tune in to our big preview show
which should be out on Wednesday. In the meantime, if
you missed this video, it’s well worth checking out, because Si got to go behind the scenes
at the Oakley glasses HQ in California. You can find that down here.

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