Van der Poel switches to Canyon bikes for 2018

Mathieu van der Poel will celebrate New Years aboard a new bike, Canyon’s Inflite CF SLX. Another former world champion, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, as well as British champ Nikki Brammier, will also ride Canyon.

Van der Poel has been nearly unstoppable this season. He won five World Cups and leads the series by a 250-point margin. Along with the bike change, van der Poel’s team, Beobank-Corendon, will become Corendon-Cirus in 2018.

In the summer, Van der Poel plans to race a full World Cup mountain bike schedule with the goal of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the cross-country mountain bike race. Canyon has a two-year sponsorship agreement with Corendon-Circus.

Perhaps the Dutchman will get some pointers from Ferrand-Prévot, as she is the only rider in history to hold the world champion title in three disciplines simultaneously (cyclocross, road, cross-country mountain bike).

Racing for Canyon-SRAM, she is already familiar with the Inflite CF SLX. She finished fifth and fourth at the last two World Cups in Namur and Zolder.

Brammeier is the current British national cyclocross champion. She was second at the World Cup in Namur. She’s also working on new project called MUDIIITA. Her goal is to develop cyclocross talent in the United Kingdom.

VeloNews took the rig out for a first ride in Zonhoven, Belgium before the start of cyclocross season and found the bike quite nimble. We were impressed with the Inflite CF SLX’s quick handling and sturdy platform and found it a smooth ride over aggressive terrain.

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David Lappartient questions use of race radios over race fixing concerns

Joe Robinson

24 Oct 2017

UCI president David Lappartient looks to ban earpieces over fear of illegal betting

UCI president David Lappartient has made a vow to stop the use of race radios in cycling over fears that it may lead to race fixing.

In an interview with Het Laatste Niuews, Lappartient worried about the vulnerability of race radios and the potential risk of them being used in race fixing as a result of illegal betting. 

Issues surrounding the technology used for communication in races seemed to be at the root of Lappartient’s concerns, with a motive of banning radios at next year’s World Championships.

‘You can communicate directly with the rider in the race. Officially, the connection goes from a team car to a rider,’ Lappartient told Het Laatste Niuews.

‘But technologically, there is nothing that prevents me or you from calling the wearer of the yellow jersey during a stage of the Tour.’

Although the Frenchman did not claim to believe that the adverse use of race radios was currently being exploited in the pro peloton, he claimed that he would like to address the issue before allowing it to arise like that of biological and mechanical doping.

‘I do not want to get to a day when cycling, once we have clambered from the valley of doping, and the fight against mechanical fraud has been successfully carried out, is undermined by corruption and gambling scandals,’ he added.

However, for some, Lappartient is approaching the wrong issues. Quick-Step Floors‘s sports director Brian Holm tweeted his disappointment at the UCI president creating ‘a new problem in cycling’ and his lack of concern towards motor-pacing.

This newest suggested measure is the latest in a busy first month as UCI president.

Lappartient has already announced he plans to combat motor doping whilst also banning the use of corticosteroids, in their entirety, by 2019.