Welcome to Wednesday's Live Blog we'll be keeping you up to date with developments in the world of cycling as they happen.
We'll have all the updates on ongoing developments with B & B Hotels-KTM after it was confirmed the team have now collapsed due to lack of sponsorship.
- 9:20 - Primož Roglič shares further details on his return to fitness after shoulder surgery
- 9:52 - Team Uno-X Pro Cycling slammed for their stance towards B & B Hotels-KTM situation
- 9:55 - Bahrain Victorious tease new kit ahead of 2023 season
- 10:52 - Chris Froome warns of the long term dangers of Covid-19
- 11:02 - Recent cuts in the Strava workforce amount to approximately 15%
- 11:19 - Is Pierre Rolland about to return to TotalEnergies?
- 11:42 - B & B Hotels-KTM, the team expected to sign Mark Cavendish collapse
- 14:50 - Ineos Grenadiers confirm part of Tom Pidcock's cyclo-cross calendar
PRIMOŽ ROGLIČ SHARES SHOULDER SURGERY DETAILS
Primož Roglič has shared further details of his recent shoulder operation in order to correct the repeat dislocations that he's suffered.
Eight weeks on from the operation, the Slovenian rider is gradually getting back on his bike and returning to fitness.
“I hope to gradually pick up my training again. It is now eight weeks after my shoulder surgery. It gets better every week, but such a recovery takes time," Roglič said. "They took part of my bone and added it to the shoulder area. The first period after the operation I could hardly move my arm. Now, I still can't fully straighten my arm.”
“Luckily I'm not a swimmer, because then such an intervention would have a much greater impact."
The Slovenian rider is aiming to be fit enough to travel to the Jumbo-Visma training camp in Denia, Spain on 11 December.
Yesterday, Roglič shared a selfie of him back on his bike with the caption "It will take some time to get my selfie game back. But hey-I'm riding a bike outside and there is snow. Good start, no?"
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UNO-X CRITICISED FOR STANCE OVER B&B HOTELS-KTM SITUATION
Former Lotto-Soudal rider Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has slammed Team Uno-X Pro Cycling for their stance towards the ongoing situation with their French counterparts, B & B Hotels-KTM.
In a short post on Twitter in response to a report from Cyclingnews, Janse van Rensburg said: "One team wishing the demise of another, so they can enjoy their time in the sun, sums up pretty much everything that's wrong with the system at the moment."
French Proteam B & B Hotels are on the sad verge of collapse, meaning that it's unlikely they will be included in the 2023 edition of the Tour de France.
If the team were to indeed collapse, there is a chance that Uno-X would arguably stand a good chance of receiving a wildcard invite to the French Grand Tour next year.
Uno-X management told Norwegian media outlet TV2, that their hopes of securing a place may well depend on the French team's situation.
"If there is not a French Proteam that is in a position to be invited then our chances of being invited go from 'less likely' to 'mostly likely'," team manager Jens Haugland said.
"It is important to clarity that the trouble for B&B Hotels-KTM is not something we are happy about. But I believe we are qualified to take part in the Tour de France,” he added.
One team wishing the demise of another, so they can enjoy their time in the sun, sums up pretty much everything thats wrong with the system at the moment.December 7, 2022
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS TEASE NEW KIT
Bahrain Victorious have shared a teaser of their new team kit for the 2023 season on their Twitter account.
We'll share full details as and when it drops!
Check back for more!
👀 @ALE_cycling #RideAsOne pic.twitter.com/wMyxIwVKNoDecember 6, 2022
FROOME HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS OF COVID-19
Chris Froome has discussed his experiences of Covid-19 and the long-term effects it can have.
He has argued that many top level riders are struggling for months post-infection, and also highlighted the potential risks of contracting the illness to the heart.
Froome picked up the illness for the first time at this year's Tour de France, and it eventually forced him out of the race. He returned to the peloton at the Vuelta a España but largely struggled for form.
In a video shared on his YouTube account, Froome explained that he after effects of Covid lingered with him for some time.
"I came out of the season not feeling good. I feel I really needed a break, Covid really knocked me for six," he said. "I just wasn't able to come back from that. I never felt like I had lots of energy on the bike. I went to the Vuelta to build through the race but all the way through I felt flat, flat, flat."
According to a report from Cyclingnews, Froome also argued that his VO2max was "definitely affected by Covid."
Froome has also drawn attention to what he saw as a cardiovascular hit from being infected with Covid, which he said also extended to other "strange heart problems."
Pericarditis has been identified as a potential post Covid issue, with several riders having to take time away from racing for that reason.
LAYOFFS HIT 15% OF STAFF AT STRAVA
The layoffs come at the same time as several other companies in the cycling and tech industries announcing cuts to their staffing levels
BRAIN has discovered that at least 40 Strava employees including product designers and product managers have been let go which amounts to approximately 15% of the Strava workforce.
PIERRE ROLLAND ON THE WAY OUT OF B & B HOTELS-KTM?
Pierre Rolland will be joining Peter Sagan in the colours of team TotalEnergies in 2023.
According to WielerFlits, the 36-year-old climber will be imminently moving to pastures new following on from the slow demise of his current team, B & B Hotels-KTM.
The struggles of the French Proteam have been well documented, and it's understood that B & B team manager Jérôme Pineau will aim for a restart with the team at Continental level.
Pineau recently told his riders that they were free to try to find new teams.
If Rolland does move to the TotalEnergies team, it will mark a return to the squad in which he spent six years of his career.
In 2015, Rolland won a stage of the Tour de France at Alpe d'Huez in the colours of Europcar, a former guise of the TotalEnergies squad.
Rolland has now taken to Twitter to clarify his current situation, posting a tweet in response to the reports both on WielerFlits and L'Equipe which suggest he is due to sign for TotalEnergies.
"Surprised to discover where my future will be written in the press, Rolland said. "I will keep you informed in due time on my social networks of what my future will be. In the meantime, take care of yourself."
Surpris de découvrir où s’écrira mon avenir dans la presse. Je vous tiendrai informé en temps voulu sur mes réseaux sociaux de ce que sera mon avenir. En attendant, prenez soin de vous. Pierre ✌️December 7, 2022
TEAM PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED TO SIGN MARK CAVENDISH, B & B HOTELS-KTM FINALLY COLLAPSE
Riders including Cavendish as well as other rumoured new signings will now have a frantic scramble to find new teams, or potentially even face retirement.
According to French newspaper Le Telegramme, team manager Jerome Pineau finally admitted that the team will cease to exist due to a lack of sponsorship.
“We did our best to save our club but unfortunately we didn't succeed,” he wrote in a message sent to the team’s Whatsapp group late on Tuesday night.
Pineau had planned to at least continue at Continental level, although as that would rule out a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France, sponsors were reportedly no longer interested.
Cycling Weekly will update the live blog with more news on the French team later today
B & B RIDERS SEARCH FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Multiple high profile riders who were due to sign with B & B Hotels-KTM, the team reported to be signing Mark Cavendish, have now dramatically been left searching for new rides in 2023.
Australian rider Chloe Hosking shared an update on her situation on twitter which confirmed she had been caught up in the saga.
"I am one of the riders impacted by the saga that is the collapse of the B&B Hotels team. To say I am caught up the creek without a paddle is an understatement," she said.
"Looking for opportunities for 2023"
I am one of the riders impacted by the saga that is the collapse of the B&B Hotels team. To say I am caught up the creek without a paddle is an understatement. Looking for opportunities for 2023.December 7, 2022
L39GION OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCE ROSTER FOR 2023
L39ion of Los Angeles has announced its roster for the 2023 season, with US National Road champion Kyle Murphy set to join the Justin Williams led squad.
As the team enters its fifth season, Justin Williams and crew are welcoming Mexican national champion Yarely Salazar, U.S. national road champion Kyle Murphy and Human Power Health’s Robin Carpenter to the team.
“With this group, 2023 will be our best year yet. Every member brings something unique," said founder Justin Williams in a press release.
"By adding Yarely, Kyle and Robin into the mix we’ll continue to disrupt what the traditional cycling team looks like."
TRO BRO LEON 2023 RACE POSTER RELEASED
The organiser of the Tro Bro Leon race has released a poster advertising the 2023 edition of the race.
Taking place on the farm tracks of Brittany, the best placed local rider wins a pig.
It features Laurent Pichon, a rider with Arkéa-Samsic, wearing a cowboy hat while clutching a pig and wearing yellow sunglasses.
Has there ever been a cooler looking race poster?! We don't think so...
L'affiche 2023 #trobroleon pic.twitter.com/aK4IU0JBKLDecember 7, 2022