Majka taking the 2018 season ‘one step at a time’

Rafal Majka is taking a different approach to the 2018 season, learning from the disappointment of crashing and abandoning the Tour de France in 2017 after spending the majority of his season with a laser focus on the French Grand Tour.

The 28-year-old Polish rider had a good season in 2017 despite the bad luck in France, winning the Tour of Slovenia, taking second in the Tour of California and Tour of Poland and winning a stage in the Vuelta a España.

Nevertheless, he told Cyclingnews Tuesday at the Vuelta a San Juan that this year he is going to take things one step at a time, starting with the Argentinean race that he says he’s using for training for bigger goals down the road. After San Juan, he’ll go to the Abu Dhabi Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico and then prepare for the Classics.


“For now I concentrate only on these weeks and these races, and the Tour is the second part of the season,” he said. “Last year I was so much focused, and sometimes it’s like too much. This year is step by step.”

The talented climber finished 10th last year at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and he’s anxious to take another stab at the Ardennes Monument.

“I know there are a lot of good Classics, but I want to try a second top 10 and maybe we try for more,” he said. “We have a good team there, we have also [Davide] Formolo and [Peter] Kennaugh. This is better for me when we have three leaders there. It’s easier to race.

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Longtime coach Jim Miller leaving USA Cycling

Longtime U.S. national team coach Jim Miller has left USA Cycling, VeloNews has learned. Miller confirmed the move Tuesday afternoon, and declined to comment on the news.

Miller held the title of Vice President of High Performance, which he was given in 2017 following the hire of VP of Elite Athletics Scott Schnitzspahn from the United States Olympic Committee. During Miller’s tenure with the national governing body, which started in 2001, he held multiple titles, including Athletic Director and Vice President of High Performance.

Miller oversaw USA Cycling’s women’s program for much of the 2000’s, and famously coached some of the country’s best female cyclists, including three-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong. He helped with the development of BMC rider Tejay van Garderen, among other top American riders.

During his tenure as Vice President of Athletics, Miller oversaw the selection committees that chose national teams for various world championships and Olympic games.

In 2017 USA Cycling restructured its athletics department, shifting Miller from that role into one that oversaw coaching and athlete development. He helped hire a group of new coaches to lead USA Cycling toward the 2020 Olympics, among them Australian track coach Gary Sutton, retired racer Greg Henderson, and Armstrong.

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