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What Does Alejandro Valverde’s Win Mean For Cycling? | The GCN Show Ep. 299

What Does Alejandro Valverde’s Win Mean For Cycling? | The GCN Show Ep. 299


– From Jingle Cross in Iowa City, Iowa, Welcome to the GCN show! – Welcome to the GCN Show, brought to you by our
friends over at Wiggle. – This week, as Alejandro
Valverde wins the World Road Race Championship
in Innsbruck, we ask: is he a worthy winner? – And we’ve also got some very exciting news ourselves about the
upcoming cyclo-cross season. Speaking of which, Si reports in from the Three Peaks Cyclo-cross, and there’s the return
of the Wattagebazooka. (rock music) This week in the world of cycling, we learned that team sponsor announcements aren’t what they used to be. (funky music) (alarm sounding) ♪ I’m walking on a high wire ♪ ♪ I’m alive ♪
♪ I’m walking on a high wire ♪ ♪ I’m alive for the first time ♪ ♪ I’m walking on a high wire ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪
♪ I’m walking on a high wire ♪ – This is the announcement
from Team Sunweb, that they will be on
Cervelo bikes for next year. Don’t worry though, the
only bars that Dumoulin, Kirchmann, and Matthews
are behind are aero ones. – Ah, yes. See what you did
there, Chris. Very clever. And we also learned this
week that the time is right for a return of GCN’s Wattagebazooka. – [Chris] This is Callum
Brown, an ex-decathlete, riding the Urban Hill
Climb event in London, where he averaged 925 watts from 1:18. – Wow. Only weighs 75 kilograms,
and can apparently produce, in a sprint, over 2000 watts. Well deserved, Wattagebazooka for him, and if you’d like to nominate someone for next week, the hashtag is right there. Finally this week in the world of cycling, we learn that Alejandro Valverde is the best rider in the world. At least he was on Sunday. There, in Innsbruck, in Austria, he converted his previous
four bronze medals and two silvers, into gold, and became the oldest world champion since Joop Zoetemelk back in 1985. – [Chris] Don’t you think he
should’ve been riding some sort of Masters event, maybe? – Yeah, well he’s not
far off of it, is he? – No, not at all. Anyway. He now wears the coveted rainbow bands for the next 12 months,
which he ceremoniously received from Peter Sagan
on the podium, on Sunday, which I thought was a nice touch. – Mm. It was a masterful display, wasn’t it, of timing, tenacity, power,
and also tactical astuteness, all qualities which he
has used to amass a total of 122 pro career victories. Amongst those: four wins
at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, five at La Fleche Wallonne, two at the Clasica de San Sebastian, 11 at the Worlds, including
one overall victory, three overall victories
at the Volta a Catalunya, and two at the Criterium du
Dauphine, amongst others. – (chuckles) His win on Sunday, then, really was the ultimate celebration and the absolute icing on
the cake, of one the longest and most consistent careers–
– Yeah. – We’ve ever seen. There is an elephant in the room, though. For two of those seasons, he
was–two of those 17 seasons, he was serving a ban. – For blood doping. – Mmm. – Wasn’t it? This relates back to Operacion
Puerto, back in 2006. He was implicated in that in 2007, and so the UCI attempted
to block him from racing the World Championships
that year in Stuttgart. Their attempt failed,
and he finished second and got the silver medal there. The following year, in
2008, the Tour de France crossed the border into Italy, and once Valverde was
there, local authorities took a blood sample,
which they later matched to one of the bags that had been stored by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, who was the man at the center of the Puerto scandal. Valverde continued to deny
any involvement in that, but then eventually four
years after that scandal first broke, he was handed a two-year
suspension from competition. – And, so as you might expect,
reactions to his win were mixed, both from his fans and
from those within the sport. – They were. In fact, I tweeted straight
after yesterday’s race, and said “Fair play,
Valverde,” which I thought was a clever play on words, but it did seem lost on a few people. Perhaps it just wasn’t very clever. For example, there were skeptics, such as Donal McLernon, who said
“A sad day for cycling, “stops doping, and gets better with age,” to the downright angry. This, from Davon Pointer,
“A sad, sad day for cycling. “I won’t watch any pro cycling next year “and I’m feeling sick to the stomach.” – (chuckle) It doesn’t stop there, though. The views were mixed underneath the race news show yesterday. Geoff Woods writes in with “Valverde in rainbow bands makes me sick. “No place in modern cycling
for people like this. “How do they end up being
championed and celebrated? “It’s a joke. This sport
just doesn’t help itself.” – But there were a lot of people on the other side of
the coin, weren’t there? For example, James Rosca put “Happy for his win, a deserving one. “He finally did it. “He served his time and everybody
deserves a second chance.” And we also got somebody
young in the office to put something on Instagram, a story, one of those slider things, “Were you happy with
Valverde’s result yesterday?” It seems most of the people were. – See the thing is, with
Valverde, there are loads of positives, if you’ll
excuse the terrible pun. He’s exciting to watch. He lights up most races. He’s tactically masterful, he’s
rarely outfoxed on the road. His experience is, well, second-to-none, and he’s just great to learn from. – Well he is, as well. And
like you said, he races a lot, right from the beginning of the season all the way to the end and he races to win at every one of those. So from that point of
view, you have to say, he’ll do that rainbow
jersey proud next year. And anybody that knows him
really well within the sport always says that he’s one of
the nicest guys in cycling and that there’s absolutely no ego when it comes to Valverde. – And he gives us all hope
that we can be fighting fit and battling for victory
at the grand old age of … – Well, hold on a second. He was born the same year as me. He’s not that old. – Well, I think you’ve aged a
little bit better than he has, ’cause he looks–
– That’s better. – like he’s in his 40s. Anyway. After 4,800 meters of climbing, seven hours on the bike on the day, 77 race days this year alone, and on the back of that terrible, nearly career-ending injury last year, you can hardly say it was
an under-deserving victory, in my mind anyway. – Mm. – And, look at his face
after he crossed the line. It clearly meant everything to him. You can almost say it
meant the world to him, and that makes racing real to me. It makes racing special, emotional. – Yeah, but he is a former doper. There’s just no getting around that fact. Even if you could argue
that it’s quite rare to find a rider from his era that
hasn’t doped at some point. Yes, he served a ban, but
when he came back from it, he didn’t really appear particularly apologetic, or repentant. Maybe he’s not sorry for what he did, or maybe he is and it’s
just something that’s lost in the language barrier,
because I don’t speak Spanish. – No, me neither. I think the problem is that he serves as a reminder of cycling’s past. That’s not really disputable. His career bridges several eras, which, I think, is probably where people find difficulty with his results. But then again, age is
hardly his fault, is it? – No, but then the choice to dope was entirely his fault, wasn’t it? (hum of agreement) Even if you could say
that, perhaps, that choice was a much different one back
in his era than it is now. Nevertheless, he’s got to live with it the rest of his career,
and also there’s the fact that there might be a
positive long-term effect to having doped at some point. We don’t really know. – Yeah, okay. Doping aside, I think it’s hard to find too many negatives with Valverde. His win may not have
pleased everyone on Sunday, but then, when was the last time that a World Champion was universally loved? Even Sagan had haters. – Wow. Yeah, there’s a very
big difference, isn’t there, between not feeling endearment
toward somebody’s personality versus being very suspicious
about somebody’s results. I guess the question is,
though, was Valverde’s win on Sunday bad for the sport of cycling? I kind of argue that it is, in many ways, despite what our Instagram
slider survey has said. Because the fact is, that when
somebody like Valverde wins there will always be question
marks hanging over it. There’s a caveat there, which means that we kind of have to discuss it. Doesn’t matter how nice a
guy is, doesn’t matter how much he’s cleaned up his act,
doesn’t matter how exciting he is to watch, and there’s
no doubt he is exciting. I love watching Valverde race. There’s always going to be that doubt in the back of some people’s minds. And I think that until his
generation have entirely finished competing in sports cycling, we just will never be able
to draw a line in the sand. – Blimey, Dan. – Profound.
– Anyway. We want to know what you think. Let us know in the comments below, but also take a vote on the
poll that is up above here. – Yeah. Get involved. – [Chris] Is Valverde a
worthy World Champion or not? Anyway. I think I know
the secret to his success and consistency, Dan. – Do you? – Yup. Every day, a small tub of ice
cream, throughout the season. His weight stays immaculately. – Does he really? – Yeah. Apparently. – I can’t help but think that if we employed the same daily
routine as Valverde, that we wouldn’t be
quite as good as he is, but nevertheless, it’s a
nice thought, isn’t it? – Let’s put it to the test. – Right. Onto something
completely different, now. We’re going to hand over to Si, who at the ripe old age
of 36, has just proven that age is no barrier to
finishing one off the pace at the Three Peak Cyclo-Cross. – Well, I’m not in the studio today because I’m most likely recovering from what we’ve just been doing, which is the Three Peak Cyclo-Cross: the world’s hardest cyclo-cross race. Self-proclaimed and also
undisputed, I think. Oscar just smashed it on his first attempt, finishing eighth. I finished in my best time
yet, but my worst position, so I rolled around in 20th. Oscar, what did you make of that? Because it’s pretty unique, isn’t it? – Yeah, it was, ah, when we start? I felt good and I wanted
to try to go ahead, but then when I had to work, some people take over me and yeah, I’m amazed they, how they, people can do the downhills with this kind of bike, you know? – Yeah. – But, yeah. It’s also nice to see with a, with a unique bike you can go like, in road, off road, stones,
downhill, uphill, you know. – Yeah.
– And it’s nice. – Yeah, so I heard a great summary in that it’s a race where you’re
never on the right bike. So there’s 20 miles of tarmac, and you’re always on a cyclo-cross bike; and then there’s 18 miles of rocks and gravel, and you’re never on the right bike, ’cause you need a mountain bike, or indeed for four miles,
you want no bike at all, ’cause you have to walk,
because it’s so brutal. So, anyway, we’ve got a
full video coming up on GCN. We’ve got Oscar’s experience
over on GCN Espanol as well. – And we took some notes,
for come back, no? Next year. – We’ll say Oscar’s gonna win next year. I’m gonna do exactly what I always do, which is finish between 15
and 20th, hopefully, and yeah. What a race, huh? What a race. – Yeah. Amazing. (trumpet fanfare) (wobble of disappointment) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We shall kick off Cycling
Shorts this week with our very own, exciting
announcement, and you mud lovers are gonna be over the
moon about this, because we have a full season of live cyclo-cross, right here on the Global Cycling Network. So that includes the
Superprestige, the DVV Trophy, the Soudal classics and
the Brico Cross Series. It’s all over on our
dedicated Facebook page, at GCN Cycling, so head over there and give it a follow, because
then you’ll get a notification every time we go live. – Launching this weekend,
with the first two rounds of the Brico Cross Tour Worldwide, except for North America,
Belgium, and the Netherlands. Fear not, though, if you
are in America or Canada, as the following week
we have the first-round of the Superprestige
kicking off in Gieten. (intense music building) – Very excited about the
upcoming cross series, I must admit. In fact, maybe we should
make one of those beer tents here in the studio,
for us to walk through, as the riders are racing around. – Yeah. I like the sound of that. – I’d be up for that. Right. On yesterday’s GCN Race
News Show, went through most of the main results
from the World Championships, but over in Austria, it
appeared that as much was happening away from the
bike, as was happening on it. We’ll start with the CPA elections. – Yup, and it was a landslide
victory for Gianni Bugno, who will serve his third
successive term after the vote. He won with 379 to David
Miller’s 96, although Italy, Spain and France were all voted for by a representative, so perhaps it was closer
than it first appeared. – Oh yeah. We’ll never
know, I guess, will we? The UCI also announced
a number of reforms, and amongst those was
the much-welcome news that there will be a minimum wage in place for female pros from next year. So apparently the aim is that there’ll be five top-tier world tour teams in 2019, with the hope that by 2023 that number will have grown up to 15. And also by 2023, they’re hoping that the minimum wage will be
equivalent to what it is in the pro-continental
ranks in the men’s now, which is just over 30,000 Euros. – It’s good to see some
concrete plans in place. The UCI also mentioned
that next year, we’ll see for the first ever, e-MTB
World Championships, and that in the not-too-distant future, there’ll be an e-sports, online, virtual World Championships
endorsed by the UCI. (hum of agreement) Bit like Zwift, really. – Yeah? Well, in fact, we
kind of held unofficial Tuesday night World Championships
just last week, didn’t we? Live here on GCN.
(Chris chuckling) I think what we learned from that is that James Lowsley-Williams, Hank, is basically shoe-in for
the victory, isn’t it? – [Chris] I can’t say (muffled) – [Dan] If there’s a gurney,
rainbow jersey on offer. – That’s great for Hank,
but I don’t think you’ve got any chance, once Lasty gets involved. – [Dan] No chance at all. – Anyway. On to racing
of a different kind. And team Great Britain
took gold in the artificial World Quad Tandem Championships. Two nations took part, the
other one being Canada. It looked like great fun. And it’s for a good cause. – [Dan] It was. Yeah, in fact, they were raising money for three separate mental health charities by racing all the way from Portland, right down to San Francisco. And as you say, Chris, it
does look like great fun; to the point where I’m considering taking part myself, next year. – [Chris] You won’t make the team. – Well, I guess there’s only
four spots on it per nation. I can try and qualify, though. – Well, it’s good to have a goal, Dan. Also raising money last
week was Peter Williams, who raised nearly 40,000 pounds
for a brain tumor charity in memory of his late daughter, Ellie. Peter rode the 200 miles from
Bristol Children’s Hospital to Land’s End, on his
late daughter’s bike. – [Dan] Yeah, this was something that pulled at your heartstrings, isn’t it, this story?
– Yeah. – Must’ve been very
hard, at over six foot, to ride that bike for 200 miles, so he had to stand up most of the way. Obviously, incredibly motivated
and incredibly determined, and I just can’t imagine how
emotional he must’ve felt when he crossed that finish line. Incredible stuff. – Yeah, it was. And a huge well-done to you,
Peter from all of us at GCN. What could you do in
under four minutes, Dan? – (stammers) Well, I couldn’t,
but there are some people can run a mile, can’t they, in that time. – Yup.
– Quick. – Four kilometer team seat. – Also if you’re quick, yeah. You can make a cup of tea, couldn’t you? Good of cup of English Breakfast tea. – Yeah, or maybe a V02 max interval. – Yeah, you can do quite
a lot if you’ve got the, in fact, I think my wife and I probably made our son Jude in quite a
lot less than four minutes. – That’s a little bit too
much information, I think. Anyway. Let’s get to the point. Thieves in Eindhoven broke
into the Cycle Trends store and stole 33 custom bikes,
totaling 100,000 euros in value, all in less than four minutes. – Wow. That is a lot of bikes. – Yeah. – Imagine getting back into
your store and seeing it empty. It’d be horrific, wouldn’t it? – Yeah. – Kinda goes without saying,
but if you do have any information that you can give Cycle Trend, which could lead to their
capture of these criminals, I’m sure that they would
absolutely love to hear from you. Right. Let’s finish Cycling Shorts this week with some new tech that has
a tenuous link to cycling, because Sony had released
some new wireless headphones. – I know what you’re thinking. And you’d be right. Cycling with headphones,
especially noise canceling headphones probably isn’t the safest idea. But, Sony have released
the Xperia Ear Duo headset, which could prove to be a game changer. – It could be, because
they’re basically opposite, aren’t they, to most conventional noise-canceling headphones,
because they boast technology which they’ve called the
Duo Listening experience. So basically combines
whatever you’re listening to with some external, environmental sounds. And further to that, if
it does hear something external coming towards you, like a car, it’ll actually reduce the volume of whatever you’re listening to. Which, in theory, could
make having your headphones in whilst you’re cycling, reasonably safe. – Yep, ’cause then as the volume drops you can hear the car coming
– Oh yeah. – And you know something’s happening. – And we should test
them and get back to you. Give away time, now, and we’ve got another fantastic prize for you this week. It comes off the back of Si’s
recent visit to California, and specifically the Oakley HQ over there. Five pairs of Oakley Flight
Jackets to give away, in the color of your choice if you’re one of our lucky winners. In the description just below
this video you’ll find a link. Follow that and you’ll
have all the details that you need to know to put yourself in with a chance of winning. Good luck. – Yeah, nice. Good prize, that. For the winners of last week’s
Pedaled/Brooks give away, we have Koen Barra, from Belgium; Brett Carer from Australia;
and Michael Walsh from Ireland. – Brett Carter, in case
there’s a Brett Carer out there that thinks that he’s won a prize. If we haven’t already
been in touch with you, we’ll do so very shortly
indeed, and get that prize out to you as soon as possible. Well done to you all. – Sorry Brett. Tech of the Week now, so we
hand you over to Jon Cannings, who will be talking
about a brand new bike. – He will. Not just any
brand new bike, either. The one that Tom Dumoulin
and his Team Sunweb teammates will be using in 2019 and beyond. Apparently couldn’t use it
in their promotional video at the start of this GCN show,
due to contractual issues. But, it looks pretty
neat. Over to you, Jon. – Thanks guys. Well this week we’ve got confirmation of that spy shot that we were
sent in a few weeks back. It’s that new Cervelo S5 and highlights of that include
a 13% stiffer head tube and a 25% stiffer bottom bracket. – And loads more of that
to come on Thursday. But we’ve got loads to
get really excited about, so don’t miss out, coming up. – Thursday. Don’t miss it. – Our weekly GCN Inspiration, now, which is, of course, your
chance to win one of three Wiggle voucher amounts, because
this segment is sponsored by our friends over at Wiggle. First place receives 100 pounds of voucher to spend on whatever you
want in their online shop. Second place is 75 pounds,
and third place is 50, and that third place
this week is going to … – That one goes to Ryan, from
Roosevelt Lake in Arizona. This photo was taken during
the 2017 Project DM Triathlon, a local event, Xtreme
Triathlon, here in Arizona, that consists of a 2.4 mile
swim, 126 mile bike ride, with over 10,000 feet of elevation gained, and a 26.2 mile run, to the highest mountain peak in Arizona. – Yeah, we’ve given this prize despite the triathlon references,
really, haven’t we? It is a good photo. Wanna do second place goes to Robert. This is from North
Carolina over in the USA. A good group of friends
known as the Velo-Bros travel from all parts
of the US and meet up to do an annual epic
ride full of suffering and plenty of beer. Dan Lloyd to join us next year. I should do! Amazing riding, great views, and beer. Doesn’t get better than that. But we do have a winner of the 100 pound voucher, and that is: – [Chris] We do. It’s
Dzohni Volker from Slovakia. – [Dan] Wow. – [Chris] Not a lot to
say about this picture other than, well, it’s stunning. – [Dan] You look on it in awe, don’t you? That’s an amazing photo. – [Chris] Yup. – Yeah, thoroughly deserved, I think. Don’t forget that to put
yourself in with a chance of winning one of these
three voucher amounts, all you need to do is upload your inspirational photos to our uploader. There’s a link to that in
the description just below. Or you can use the hashtag #GCNinspiration and we look at those
photos over on Instagram. Good luck for next week. – It’s now time for
hack/bodge of the week. – It is. And the first hack/bodge comes in from Bulgaria, sent by Maxim. Complete frame, set of
handlebars, and seat post made from construction-grade
steel profiles. A critical detail here,
even with disc brakes. It kind of looks like a bodge,
but to be perfectly honest, anybody that attempts to
make their very own bike has my admiration, so I’m gonna say hack. What’re you gonna say? – [Chris] I’m going with hack as well. He’s probably got custom
geometry and everything. Look at that stem as well. – [Dan] Yeah. Neat if you bike. – [Chris] Good work. – [Dan] In some ways. Next up, this is from Chris and James, sent–oh this is a bike
for Chris and James, I see,
– Now how ’bout that. – [Dan] It’s for you, two. I see what he’s done now.
It came in from Veit. I don’t know if you two’d be capable of riding it, quite frankly. Firstly, there’s quite an imbalance in weight between you two, isn’t there? – [Chris] Yeah, and normally
I sit on Hank’s wheels, so it’s gonna be difficult, isn’t it? – [Dan] Yeah, yeah, to sit
on his saddle there, instead. – [Chris] How about this one, from Larb? – [Dan] Oooh. I used to
love those Kona Stinkies when I was a kid. – [Chris] Custom made ebike thing. – [Dan] Kona Stinky. Yeah, we get a few custom
ebikes sent through, don’t we, and most of
them look like bodges. This one included. – [Chris] Absolute bodge. – [Dan] Sorry ’bout that, Larb. I don’t think it’s yours, but anyway, thanks for sending it in. This one was sent in by Kati,
at the World Championships, in fact, in Innsbruck. A cut above the rest,
really, that bike, isn’t it? – [Chris] It’s your saddle
height, Dan, as well. – [Dan] Yes, I’d fit on that
very nicely indeed, wouldn’t I? We quite often get these, too, as well, the double height bikes. It must be some sort of
fashion going on somewhere, around the world but you wouldn’t catch me riding one of them. – [Chris] Ride with a view, maybe? – [Dan] Well, yeah. – [Chris] Tall hedgerows? – [Dan] You’d rather see
any hazards upcoming, even in a peloton, wouldn’t you? – [Chris] You wouldn’t get much shelter. Graeme Porter says, “no question whether “this is a hack or a bodge. “Hopefully, this can shame my mate, “Sam, into changing his ways. “At least it distracts from
the mix-matched bar tape.” – [Dan] I was gonna say,
as much as the scourer that he’s using for an elbow pad there on his bar extensions, I
just can’t help but see that there’s white bar tape,
well, more grimy gray bar tape on one side and black on the other. Definite bodge right there. – [Chris] Shoulda used the
scourer on the bar tape. – [Dan] Sort your shizzle
out, is what old people like me try and say, without being cool. Next up, ah we’ve got, finally, I think, the compulsory chain keeper. So many different variations
of chain keepers, Chris, it really astounds me,
each and every week. This one comes in from OMG0160, cotton reel and seat clamp
chain keeper, made and in use. – [Chris] What’s the point? – Do you know what? Over on Instagram at the moment, there is some sort of sponsored video of a company selling a chain keeper. The amount of time I’ve been tagged underneath this video in the comments really is quite astounding. – What do they do? – Keep your chain nice and neat whilst out of the wheel
in the back of your bike. It’s a great invention. Just admit it. Keep sending in your hacks and bodges. The hashtag is #GCNHack. We look at Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter. Now get them in for next week’s show. – Caption Competition time now, and this was last week’s photo. – Yep. This was Mads Pedersen on the podium up in Belgium for the
l’Eurométropole race. And we have a winner, that
winner being Tim Bishop. Caption: When asked if he
could name the birthplace of Napoleon, Mads replied, “Of Corsican.” Which I thought was a very,
very clever play on words. Far better than anything that we could ever come up with, quite frankly. Why don’t you, Tim, get in touch on Facebook with your address. we’ll get that GCN camelback
water bottle out to you. I forgot to get one out. Looks like this. Right. Moving on to this week’s caption photo, is this one of Remco Evenepoel, having won the World Championships in Innsbruck at junior level. This is normally the point at which we give you our first caption effort. We’ve spent the last 45 minutes or so trying to think of one. We’ve come up with about five ideas each, the most of we’ve got
out of the other person is about smirk, wasn’t it? – Mm. – We’ve been particularly poor. But we have every confidence in you lot, particularly with people like Tim, who are so very clever with captions. So get stuck in. There has to be a funny
caption for this, somewhere. It’s just not coming from us. – Crump! – See? Good luck to you all. Before we let you know
what’s coming up on GCN over the next seven days,
four of our favorite comments from the previous seven. This one came underneath Si’s attempt at a KOM in Bristol, which he failed. Don’t want to rub it in, Si. But also kicking him whilst he’s down, is SAF1981, “Rumor has it
that the actual KOM owner “did it on a steel frame
with a basket on the bars “whilst eating an aero Greggs pasty.” – [Chris] Pretty harsh that, Dan. – It is, yes. And then this next one
came in underneath Emma’s new core workout
– Yep – For cyclists. – [Chris] This is Tae
Young Ahn: “What I love “about Emma’s presentation
of core workouts is, “that unlike other fitness instructors, “she doesn’t make it look easy.” – [Dan] Oh dear. She won’t like reading that, will she? I picked all of these, by the way. Slagging off various
presenters, not myself. – How many did you write? – Well, yeah. Got a lot of pseudonyms. I also enjoyed this one,
that came underneath Seven of the Best Riders Who Have Never Won the World Championships. And we put two in there that
had the chance this year, and incredibly, they both won. Ivan put “Three days later,
both Alejandro and Anne “won gold, GCN does it again.” To which somebody replied,
“Now the presenters “have invented the anti-curse.” Yeah, we’ll take that. Em, that was quite impressive. – Yeah, it’s a bit more friendly as well. – L, simply L, “Season one, episode nine, “Emma wins her first cyclo-cross race. “Season two, Emma becomes world champion.” – [Dan] Yeah.
– [Chris] It’s inevitable. – Probably right, L. Yeah, you can imagine that
happening, couldn’t you? In just about a year’s time. Emma’s suddenly the World
Champion in that discipline. And speaking of which, she
continues her cross series this coming Wednesday, in a
video where she is looking into cornering technique;
Master class on that. On Thursday, we’re going
to have a look at the Top 10 Coolest Riders of All Time, and then Friday, as ever,
is Ask GCN Anything. – Yep, on Saturday, Emma brings A Guide to Everything with
Women’s Cycle Clothing. Sunday, Ollie’s Everest-ing Attempt. Pretty, pretty epic.
– Worth watching that one. Yeah, he hasn’t stopped
banging on about it since. – Monday’s GCN Racing News Show, with Dan. – Yeah, and Tuesday, of
course, we will be back in the set for Episode 300,
in fact, of the GCN Show. Haven’t planned anything
special, I’m afraid, just yet, but maybe we’ll do by this time next week. Before we finish with
this part of the show, actually, we’re going
to give a call out to shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com, because we’ve got some new products. You’ve seen Chris sporting this
special Union Jack t-shirt. We’ve also got, – USA. – The American flag here,
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100 comments on “What Does Alejandro Valverde’s Win Mean For Cycling? | The GCN Show Ep. 299

  1. caption : i don't think anything can help him stand up straight after that, Evenapoel

    btw, episode 300 next week eh? time sure flies
    are we having a sparta challenge for the presenters? 😀

  2. Valverde will now represent men’s road cycling as its World Champion for 12 months. I’d like to see him address his EPO days, apologise for blood doping in the past, confirm that times have changed and that clean, 38 year old riders can achieve great things. Then perhaps we can enjoy watching him in the stripes next season

  3. Valverde’s win is a non issue! Leave it to these self righteous brits to stir up some nonexistent controversy

  4. Even after Valverde retires there is the team Sky generation, Froome, Wiggins all their victories have clouds over them because of the teams shady practices but i dont hear you openly questioning every victory even though people have been suspended for lower test findings than Froome, so in my opinion there is a new generation of shady characters to replace the last

  5. Valverde is the spanish Michele Scarponi, but with a more winning history in his career. Both were banned for doping, both came back and win (Valverde more and more than Scarponi who was a gregario), and both are/were simple people with no head castles.

  6. and i want to add more… we can't say today all other athletes are clean… as you know… is not related to the past of cycling, is related to anytime… cycling is a very hard sport were doping can be the difference between a loose or a victory. So doping will be in this sport also in the future. Is very hard to admit this but is the truth and no one of us can be sure about clean of any athlete. Should be that now are using something very hard to find in analysis, and you have to remember than blood doping is still today very hard to find with anti doping if is done well… so….

  7. True story…the side by side tandem in the Hack/Bodge section was an actual thing. I can't remember the brand name, but I worked at a bike shop in Santa Cruz, CA in the late Eighties that owned one (shout out to The Bicycle Center of yore). The owners, Roger and Marcy Sands, actually rode the thing! It's great to see that one of these relics is still rolling. Thanks for the memories.

  8. Caption: new from RemCo! World champion life-size action figurine. Men will want to be it, women will want to hug it. accessories include celebratory bouquet, sun glasses and podium hat. Display stand and world TT jersey accessories sold separately

  9. The guy is obviously a great rider, but it’s a huge shame that he felt the need to get involved with that. If he hadn’t, we would be celebrating him as one of the greatest of all time at what he does. I have to say I was rooting for the other 3 guys and I was disappointed when they took him to a sprint, which didn’t make any sense to me. They all must have known their best chances were to attack with a couple of Ks to go.

  10. Why do people always assume doping is in the past. You honestly believe a past doper just stole the race from a squeaky clean group? Wtf? Just calm down and accept you were personally not willing to dope for success, but there is a personality type that always does do everything and everything to win… and those are the majority of pros in each generation. Let them do there shit, you do yours. Stop being so naive.

  11. Caption: Not satisfied with winning the Men's Junior Worlds Championship road race, Remco Evenepoel decides to take on Höll as well!

  12. I've got a suggestion for EMBN. Bluetooth power usage. So the race would be a golf score. Who used the least amount of power during the task …WINS!

  13. What a load of myopic wankers. Please, get it over it. Great win, gentlemen, nice guy, fast , strong , one of the all time greats. Have fun watching cricket next year you grieving wanks 😉

  14. 10000000% Biased… Valverde is proven to be a fighter ever since we know him…. he served time on something that isn't certain… either way…. if froome had won this title…. the caption for this video would have been different… Im pretty sure…. y'all just a bunch of sky fan boys… Bet your eyes was on moscon… i respect all cyclists.. but valverde deserved this… record podium, you never thought one might turn into gold? Its not coincidental… its consistency… something he has better than any other rider (along with sagan) Valverde deserved this title 1 billion percent….
    I wonder if froome is a worthy legend? After all… we could say he has an effective drug progam working for him… he has been stigmatized before too… but that wont be your caption would it?

  15. Shame on you GCN. No bad press on Simon Yates Vuelta win but Valverde's win is bad for cycling. We give all type of criminals 2nd chances but we should "jail cyclists for life"? Read fellow Brit David Millar's book.. the pressure to dope for young riders was big.. most made bad choices.. but when someone has been punished you should draw a line under it and move on..

    Valverde has always been a very talented rider.. it's not his fault his career has crossed generations… showing that picture of him with Armstrong was a "low blow" and an attempt to slur his name even though that picture was like 12+ years ago.

    His win is deserved and good for cycling.. he was always naturally talented and chose to go down a wrong path.. however him winning in a "different mentality and controlled doping era" shows young riders that you don't have to dope to be successful.. you can still win without that illegal marginal advantage.. besides he has been tested so many times since so what reason do you have NOW to be suspicious?

    The fact that you view riders of other nationality's with suspicion but British riders are applauded for their efforts in the peleton despite suspicious pasts is scandalous.. and I would love to see if you would raise the same issues if David Millar had won a UCI world medal after his ban.. you would have been saying it's a great story and good for cycling as an ex-doper.

    Salute the man's achievements and let it go… that's how we move on.. not by harping on about things that happened more than a decade ago..

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  18. I wander if CANYON BIKES, who es main sponsor of GCN, is so happy to heat your irrelevant speculation if Valverde deserves been World champion

  19. Topic for next weeks show. Floyd Landis. An ex doper starts up a cycling team that’s sponsored by the ex doper’s cannabis business and claims to want to focus on young riders. Is cycling trying to destroy the small sliver of credibility it has left?

  20. Former doper with no repent, forensically caught by police rather than by a drugs test. May aswell done a blood transfusion on the podium. Exciting rider, obvious cheat

  21. Shame GCN. How many other riders have shown the consistent performance of Valverde. It appears that if a winner is not British then you automatically look at doping. The record of the British is hardly untaited!

  22. For your next GCN 2 mat and si should both be given MTB frames and they have to change things like carbon wheels and improved sprockets and then race up Belmont hill. Just an idea

  23. The trouble with Valverde is he's an absolute freak. So far off the charts in raw ability that the regular rules, and even the rules for elite athletes, don't seem to apply. He out-climbs, out-sprints, out-TTs, out-GCs, and out-classics riders who are dedicated entirely to those specialties, and that's why he wins so much and in so many types of race. He's been racing forever and he knows how to play the last few km to his advantage. But he's now positively ancient in pro cycling terms, and every year he fails to decline in performance. Even the special magic of his monstrous raw talent has to have limits, and every year he edges closer to being unbelievable even for his own especially-forgiving rules. Most damningly we know that even when he was young, even when he was 2nd at Worlds, to be as competitive as he was… he was doping. To believe he has not at all decreased in performance from the years when he was abusing the most powerful performance boosts cycling's dark side has offered is to be blinded by optimism, the same as it is to believe the Jiffy Bag was completely innocent and Sky really did lose all those records with that laptop and that all those asthma inhalers in the pro peleton are purely therapeutic with no performance benefits.

    So is he a worthy winner? Like everyone else, he's clean until suddenly we find out he wasn't. I don't think he is clean. He was second-place as a doper among a peloton of dopers; maybe he's now first place and clean among a peloton of clean riders – except he's ten years older than everyone else. Still, I have to respect that until proof materializes he's just as much a winner as Froome or Yates or Wiggins. "Worthiness" is unfortunately not really a concept that applies to a sport as clouded as cycling.

  24. RE Valverde’s win.
    He was allowed to race by the Gods of Cycling (UIC)
    He won the race.
    He’s the gold medalist.
    Nothing else matters.

  25. Poppet (8) wants to know (as it wasn't mentioned) your opinion of Anna Van Der Breggen's total dominance in the Women's WC? And Annamiek Van Vleuten finishing 7th after riding 90km with a fracture to her knee?

  26. Valverde is the perfect world champion for the current era, and sums up modern pro cycling for the fan. He's an exceptional rider, exciting, committed, keeps us watching from February to October, rides classics and grand tours and is always competitive, yet there's the nagging doubt that it's too good to be true. Basically the sport in a nutshell. Chapeau to him, I want to believe, do I? I don't know.

  27. News story in the US; cyclist nearly hit by flying deer?
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oh-deer-camera-captures-animal-flying-toward-cyclists-after-being-hit-by-car
    https://youtu.be/AnZZoCZUg5w

  28. Hi GCN, how do i claim the Wiggle Prize for second place? and/or verify that i am the correct Robert who submitted the picture?

  29. Again I don't see the same treatment for Valverde that the one that, for example, you (GCN) did not do for the document that the british parliament published back in march, in wich Team SKY and Bradley Wiggins, for example, were directly pointed out about doping. That treatment you applied was SILENCE. Here's the link:

    https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcumeds/366/366.pdf

    So, well… guys… can you, please, apply the same filter to Team SKY (being this filter 'dropping doubts' due to the past)? Or have we to swallow the sopposed to be clean practices at SKY when there's a document which says the opposite and while SKY-WADA-UCI made up a blatant lie in order to scrap Froome's case?

    Come on… it's all about credibility, guys.

  30. I don’t see the reasons behind going on about previous doping. He did it, he was punished and he’s back to prove his worth drug free.

  31. This isn't the only cycling channel that's brought up the valverde doping scandal. I'm disappointed on bringing up such stupidity. The Media is an amazing tool with the power of making people talk and question things. The scandal happened years ago, and he paid his time. Valverde won. Period. Suck it up.

  32. If A.V. is doping one thing for sure.. he is a MASTER at it! I figure with our continuing advancements in search for those who are today WILL be revealed in years to come. In the time what harm is it to celebrate for Valverde's World championship win after all he IS clean today (by the methods we are using today). I mean that it is our way now to figure out who is up to no good AND so far there is NOTHING on A.V.! The day IF he comes out dirty in the years to come THEN we can blast him as we did back then when he did. For now, come on, it was an amazing win for him. Yeah Valverde!!

  33. cant wait till the testing technology catches up to doping technology again and we're gonna have a new cycle of talking about "this era"

  34. All hypocrisy,as he is a foreigner!
    Yet,Team SKY had Wiggins,and Froome,and the British say nothing.
    You don't even mention,the other elephant in the room-Transgenders in sport!

  35. A total sanctimonious stand, nothing to do with integrity. Valverde did something wrong, paid for his mistakes and has worked his butt off to redeem himself to the cycling world. Everyone deserves a second chance, and as underdog goes, he is definitely the epitome of redemption. Well deserved sir Valverde!

  36. Lots of assumptions in this story, the main one being that no doping is going on in current pro racing. I suppose I'm a bit more skeptical. In that there is an assumption that pro's who dope, get caught. Again, I am skeptical. Regardless, Valverde won this race, and apparently did it fair and square, with his drive, his tactics and his legs. I agree with others, that he served his two season ban and has obviously won at the highest level over and over since then. Notice to haters: HE DIDN'T RECEIVE A LIFETIME BAN.

  37. I think we need to separate the issue of Valverde's win and the ongoing issue of rule bending (or breaking) in pro cycling. Valverde is a worthy winner in that he has been a consistent performer and clearly out classed the field this time around. In other words, he won under the current circumstances that exist in pro cycling. One can't ignore that he is an outstanding professional athlete in his given sport. I would also say that he can not be blamed for all that appears to be wrong with pro cycling and what is at the root of the problem. As the sport has grown there are more and more pro events and more and more money involved in the sport. This puts greater demand on pro riders to perform at the top of their game, consistently, over an increasing schedule. In order to do that riders, teams, bike manufacturers and sponsors are looking for ways to cut corners. Yet, it is the riders who come under the greatest scrutiny and the greatest pressure. The bottom line, in my opinion, is the governing body of the sport has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that contests are fair to all participants under whatever rules (stated or unstated) that exist. Is Valverde a worthy winner, of course he is. He won under the current state of the sport.

  38. A worthy winner or not? Any question marks over Valverde's win relate to previous doping during Op Puerto; AFAIK he has not failed any doping tests since, therefore the race was won by Valverde end-of. It is disingenuous to denigrate Valverde's performance and reputation, while other high profile riders who have fallen foul of drug use under the TUE blanket, seem to be conveniently overlooked

    It is naive to say that all cyclists of his generation have to leave the sport, for it to gain current credibility. Who is to say that there is a wonder drug available now which goes undetected by the testers; just as EPO did in the 90's – time will tell since the truth will generally out……eventually. In the mean-time chapeau Valverde 😉

  39. I won't see any new race reports anymore from you guys 🙁 !! GCN = HYPOCRISY ….sad to hear unfair reviews depending if its related to Brit winners or not…

  40. "I wont watch any pro cycling next year" lol lol yeah right. personally im glad Valverde won the World championship. Most of the pro cyclists did what they had to in that era.

  41. It was absolutely obvious where you guys stand wrt Valverde’s win … you read 3-4 negative comments and one positive. Way to be balanced! Valverde is being tested just like the NEW, CLEAN generation of cyclists. Is he passing these tests or not? I was astounded that Lloydy implied that his past blood doping has given Valverde some long term benefit. Makes total sense. Makes me sad to be a GCN subscriber when I hear this BS.

  42. GCN, many viewers have been beaten by a doper, heck, racing in the first decade of this century brings that gut punch immediately to mind. While I never raced for a living I still understand how it sucked watching teammates and competitors cheat while you rode clean. Having said that, my wife tells her clients, "You're never as bad a person as the worst thing you've done." At first blush, her statement seems like she's handing out a cheap pass for shirking the rules of honor. Corrupt choices made by pro cyclists should be vilified but, we've all made mistakes and its my opinion that f-ing up ultimately defines us. GCN's commentary suggests we should dwell on cycling's cheating past and continually reminds us how horrible our heroes were. Sure, some of the monarchs of our sport have persistently questionable virtue but Valverde's rise to the top despite his age and a smeared reputation is penance enough. I don't think he's as bad as the worst thing he's done and I admire his character. Rising from the ashes means something to most of us and I bet GCN appreciates that as well.

  43. If I want to help my son become a professional cyclist, at what age should I start him doping? Is 12 too young? Are there any symposiums or conferences I could attend that would help me teach my son to dope, without getting caught?

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