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Have you gotten in any good rides in the New Year yet? Chris Froome has, as the four-time Tour de France champ was sure to document on social media on Friday.
Froome shared a photo of himself training with his Ineos teammates, complete with a caption poking fun at recent reports that he left a training camp early. It’s a move that definitely scores him a few points for cheekiness.
Whether he is back to his best in time for the Tour remains to be seen, but it’s at least an encouraging sign for his fans.
Speaking of getting ready for Grand Tours, rising star Remco Evenepoel is apparently gearing up to make his three-week racing debut at this year’s Giro d’Italia. Given the excitement Evenepoel brings to the races he starts, Giro organizers have to be happy with that announcement from his Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.
And in other news, the weekend is here! Enjoy it!
Until next time, readers.
| Froome at training camp
Whether Chris Froome actually left a December training camp early or not, he is back at it now.
After recent reports suggested that his recovery from his 2019 injury was not going as well as hoped, Froome has made a point of posting a photo of himself riding with his teammates at an Ineos training camp.
| Evenepoel to make Grand Tour debut at 2020 Giro
Remco Evenepoel, who won the Clásica San Sebastián last year and rode to second in the time trial at Worlds, will make his first career Grand Tour start at this year’s Giro d’Italia.
“It will be quite a big experience to see how I will feel and cope with the three weeks of demanding racing and the hurdles lying ahead, but at the same time, I’m very excited to just discover the Giro,” the 19-year-old Belgian said via a Deceuninck-Quick-Step press release. “The plan is to take it day by day, see how things will go, give my best every time and enjoy it while continuing to learn.”
| Viviani set to race both the Giro and the Tour
Speaking of the Giro, Elia Viviani has apparently changed tack after saying late last year that he would skip the race in 2020. Cofidis has unveiled the calendars of its marquee riders for the season ahead, and Viviani is slated to race both the Giro and Tour ahead of the Olympics. The 30-year-old Italian counts five Giro stage wins and one Tour stage win on his career palmares.
Viviani is set to get his 2020 campaign underway soon, with the Tour Down Under, Race Torquay, and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race coming up on his schedule.
| Welsford and Hosking win Australian criterium titles
Australian road nationals rolled on with the men’s and women’s criterium races on Friday. Racing on rain-slicked roads, Sam Welsford nabbed the men’s event ahead of Kaden Groves and Nicholas White, with Chloe Hosking narrowly topping Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Gracie Elvin for the women’s title.
In other news from nationals, the city of Ballarat has announced that it has extended its contract with Cycling Australia to continue hosting the event for another three years.
| Tour of Utah host venues unveiled
The Tour of Utah has unveiled some key details about the route of this year’s race. As ever, the seven-day event will feature some tough climbs, particularly on the mountainous fourth, sixth, and seventh stages.
The host venues for each stage have also been revealed:
Stage 1, August 3: Herriman City
Stage 2, August 4: Pleasant Grove to Provo
Stage 3, August 5: Payson
Stage 4. August 6: Woodward Park City to Snowbird Resort
Stage 5, August 7: Ogden
Stage 6, August 8: Canyons Village at Park City Mountain
Stage 7, August 9: Park City
| LeMond hails successful tests of carbon fiber manufacturing process
Following successful tests of its manufacturing process, LeMond Carbon is forging ahead with plans to develop a new carbon fiber production facility, Composites Today reports.
Bureau Veritas conducted the technical audit at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong, Australia. Greg LeMond called the successful results “a significant milestone for our company,” which is focused on producing carbon fiber at a lower cost than is typical for current methods.
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| Previewing the road races at Australian nationals
With the time trials and the crits already in the books, attention is turning to the road races at Australian nationals.
Today’s featured image of the peloton at the Antwerp Port Epic comes from Kristof Ramon.