D’hoore boosts morale for Worlds with Madrid Challenge win

Victory for Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle High5) in the Madrid Challenge for the second year in a row has allowed the Belgian National Champion to continue her superb build-up for the upcoming UCI Road World Championships. However, she does not see herself as one of the top contenders for Bergen.

“My shape is pretty good, but I wasn’t planning to be so good already,” D’hoore told reporters after her third victory in a week and seventh WorldTour win this season. “I’m looking forward to the Worlds. Maybe the course is a bit too hard for me, but I’m not one of the favourites, so I can just follow and I’ll have to see how it goes.”

D’hoore powered out from near the barriers to take the win Sunday against Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) by more than half a wheel on the slightly uphill finish in Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana. Once again, and for the third year running, a bunch sprint decided the final round of the womens’ WorldTour.

“It means a lot, it’s the last [WorldTour] race of the year and I won it last year and I wanted to repeat it. But it’s never easy to win, and there are some good sprinters here, so I’m happy to pull it off,” D’hoore said afterwards.

“In the first half of the race I stayed with Julie [Leth]. She protected me and keep me at out of the wind and I could save a lot of energy, and then in the end I had a lot of help from my team-mates, and especiallly Emilia Fahlin. She stayed with me in the whole last kilometre and she put me in a great position in the end.”

The sprint itself, she said, had seen her jumping between two teams, Sunweb and Cipollini, with a full lead out, and then finally opting for the Sunweb train before the final corner.

“I wanted to go already, then I hesitated slightly, so I was a bit boxed in,” D’hoore said. “But I could find a gap in the end, and luckily it was enough.”

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Jolien D’Hoore sprints to victory at Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta

The final Women’s WorldTour event saw the Belgian champion take a second consecutive victory in Madrid

As if to prove herself the world’s best sprinter, Belgian champion Jolien D’hoore won the Madrid Challenge on Sunday.

Not only was it the Wiggle-High5 rider’s second successive victory at the race, it was her seventh Women’s WorldTour win of 2017.

Having opened her sprint early, the 27-year-old edged clear of American rider Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) in the final metres, with Frenchwoman Roxane Fournier (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) in third.

The 87km race is essentially a criterium held ahead of the final stage of La Vuelta. Tackling laps the 5.8km circuit around the centre of the Spanish capital, the race was significantly enlivened by intermediate sprint points on 12 of the 15 laps.

This extra level of competition ensured each circuit was fiercely fought, with Norwegian rider Emilie Moberg (Hitec Products) emerging to win the points classification ahead of Rachele Barbieri (Cylance).

That competition, however, did serve to ensure no significant breakaway ever gained traction, Barbieri’s team-mate Malgorzata Jasinska the only rider allowed space to remain away for more than one lap.

Despite not all the biggest teams being present in Madrid the race was always bound to end in a sprint. The favourite’s teams of Sunweb, Wiggle-High5 and Alé-Cipollini maintained control throughout and, as the race entered its final three kilometres, it was the Dutch team who tore to the front en-masse, lining out the group behind.

However, the Wiggle-High5 outfit had ridden a canny race, only at the front when they needed to be, challenged Sunweb in the final kilometre, placing D’hoore in the perfect place to launch a long sprint.

At last year’s race D’hoore, who won Olympic Omnium bronze last year, beat team mate Chloe Hosking to the line. Hosking, however, is now racing for Alé-Cipollini and was expected to challenge for the win, especially after her controversial exclusion from the Australian world championship team.

Hosking, however, only managed seventh place.

Best placed British rider was former national criterium champion, Eileen Roe (Team WNT) finished 12th.

The final event of the Women’s WorldTour the Madrid Challenge is seen as a showcase for the series, but with the winners of all the classifications absent it failed to live up to expectations.

Boels-Dolmans continued their dominance of the series, repeating last year’s success in the teams classification, with Olympic road champion Anna van der Breggen winning the individual classification.

Promising Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig won the WorldTour youth classification, but the Cervélo-Bigla was also absent.


Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (87km)

1. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5, in 2-02-31
2. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb
3. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJNouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
4. Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
5. Sheyla Gutierrez (Esp) Cylance
6. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5
7. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé-Cipollini
8. Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products
9. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb
10. Alba Teruel Ribes (Esp) Lointek, all at same time

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Alexander Kristoff says Tour of Britain frustrations sum up his season

Alexander Kristoff finished in the top-five on seven of the eight stages of the Tour of Britain

Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff has bemoaned his number of near-misses at the Tour of Britain, saying that his results epitomise his season

The 30-year-old finished third on the race’s final stage into Cardiff on Sunday, the third time he has recorded that result during the week, to go with three further fourth-placed finishes and a fifth.

>>> Edvald Boasson Hagen takes solo victory on Tour of Britain stage eight as Boom wins overall

This season, Kristoff also finished in the top-five five times at the Tour de France, fifth at the Tour of Flanders and fourth at Milan-San Remo.

He has, however, won the European Road Race Championships and another eight races this year, including RideLondon, but the Katusha-Alpecin rider’s campaign has largely been a series of what ifs.

“For sure this week has been a bit frustrating as I haven’t won,” he told Cycling Weekly. “Today I think I had the best sprint. OK, [Maximiliano] Richeze beat me but he got a gap at the corner and I still beat [Elia] Viviani and [Fernando] Gaviria, but still only got third place.

“Day by day I have made some mistakes. I know it is difficult to win, but I was hoping to. All the time I have been top-five, except for the time trial.

“I have good shape, I only just wish that I could change a few of the finishes with a victory.

“It was the same in the Classics. I was fifth in Flanders and fourth in San Remo. I have been up there but not won.

“I wish I could have taken one of the miss opportunities. But at least it shows I am up there every day and sooner or later I will get that win again.”

With Marcel Kittel swapping Quick-Step Floors for Katusha-Alpecin next season, Kristoff is making way and joining UAE-Team Emirates.

He believes that new surroundings and new teammates can help him recapture his form of 2014 and 2015, when he won Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, and was a dominant sprinter in most races.

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“For my motivation, I think the change will be good,” he said. “I will be meeting new guys, getting to know new people, and this is going to be exciting.

“I have been at Katusha for six years and they have been six good years. We leave as friends, but it is time for something new as I have been here for most of my career. For me it’s a new chapter and we will see how it goes.”

Kristoff’s next target is his home World Championships in Bergen in two weeks, where he is to be co-leader alongside Edvald Boasson Hagen.

He added: “We are both leaders but I think the course suits Edvald slightly better. I will concentrate on my race, he will concentrate on his, and if we work for each other, we could [win].”

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European Masters: Matthew Fitzpatrick defeats Scott Hend in dramatic play-off

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European Masters final leaderboard
-14: Hend (Aus), *Fitzpatrick (Eng); -11: Hatton (Eng), Zanotti (Par); -10: Ilonen (Fin); -9: Slattery (Eng), Noren (Swe), Fichardt (SA)
Selected others: -8: Stewart (Sco); -6: Gallacher (Sco); -5: Ramsay (Sco), Horsey (Eng); Level: Westwood (Eng); +3: Donald (Eng)
*Denotes winner after play-off

Matthew Fitzpatrick won his fourth European Tour title with a dramatic play-off victory over Australia’s Scott Hend at the European Masters.

The 23-year-old shot a closing six-under 64 to finish on 14 under Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

Hend led by three shots going into round four and had an eight-foot putt to win on the second play-off hole.

But he missed and a wayward shot from a bunker on the third play-off hole gave Fitzpatrick the chance to close out.

“I’m delighted,” said Englishman Fitzpatrick. “It’s one that I’ve always wanted to win. I love playing this golf course. It’s always stood out on the schedule.

“We kept our nerve and played really smart all week.”

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Edvald Boasson Hagen takes solo victory on Tour of Britain stage eight as Boom wins overall

The Norwegian attacked to try and take overall victory but missed out by eight seconds despite taking stage victory

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) took victory on stage eight of the Tour of Britain as Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo), held on for overall victory.

Boasson Hagen had attacked with just under 3km to go to try and take the overall victory from Boom, but while he was able to hold on to take the stage victory, Boom was able to remain in the group which finished on the same time as Boasson Hagen and claim victory and his second career overall victory at the Tour of Britain.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 10/09/2017 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour of Britain – Stage 8, Worcester to Cardiff –

How it happened

A fast start saw the main bunch almost split in two, with a number of riders who would have had eyes on a sprint finish getting caught out including Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

The fast start also meant that no breakaway was able to form in the rain and wind en route to Cardiff.

The overall favourites were all present in the front group and that meant chasing bonus seconds on the three intermediate sprints to try and unseat race leader Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), who sat eighth overall at 20 seconds, took two maximum bonuses of three seconds, but he wasn’t able to stop Boom grabbing seconds on two of the sprints and holding onto his lead.

A breakaway was able to eventually get away courtesy of the fight for mountain points on Belmont Hill, with Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and Mark Stewart (An Post-Chain Reaction) getting away with just ahead of 35km to go and getting a gap of around 12 seconds.

They were inevitably caught with around 7.8km to on the city circuits of Cardiff, and it looked as though it would all come down to a sprint as expected.

Things began to break up as Boom, Boasson Hagen, Stefan Küng (BMC) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) went for the final intermediate bonus seconds with one lap to go, with Kwiatkowski taking it ahead of Boom and Küng.

Boasson Hagen then looked to push on, but eventually it was all back together again.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 10/09/2017 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour of Britain – Stage 8, Worcester to Cardiff –

The Norwegian wouldn’t be held back though, as he looked to take a third career overall classification victory at the Tour of Britain.

That meant gapping Boom by eight seconds and taking the maximum bonus seconds on the finish line, and Boasson Hagen duly attacked with just under 3km to go.

As Quick-Step rallied to try and bring him back to setup a sprint for Fernando Gaviria, Boasson Hagen was able to gain a decent gap of around 50 metres on the bunch and held it into the final 500 metres.

As the he swung onto the final straight with bunch getting closer, the gap came down quickly with Max Richeze (Quick-Step) attacking in lieu of his missing sprinter Gaviria, dragging the bunch and Boom right up to Boasson Hagen.

While that was enough to hand Boom the overall victory, it wasn’t enough to stop Boasson Hagen taking the stage win and finishing in second place overall by eight seconds to Boom.


Tour of Britain 2017, stage eight: Worcester to Cardiff (180.2km)

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data, in 4-19-00
2. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
4. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
5. Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT-Condor
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty Groupe-Gobert
7. Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing
8. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
9. Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky, all same time

Final overall classification

1. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo, in 30-56-24
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data, at 8s
3. Stefan Küng (Sui) BMC Racing, at 10s
4. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 13s
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky, at 18s
6. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, st
7. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 24s
8. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, at 25s
9. Owan Doull (GBr) Team Sky, at 33s
10. Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac, at 38s

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After Hurricane Harvey, Olympian Cammile Adams Gives Back to Her City

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Morning Splash by David Rieder.

Cammile Adams was born and raised in Houston. She spent the first 18 years of her life in the country’s fourth-most populous city before attending college at Texas A&M, less than 100 miles northwest. The only time she ever really moved away was when she spent two years training with a group of professionals in Charlotte, N.C.

After she stopped swimming following her second Olympics in 2016, she moved back to Houston. And on Aug. 24, she was buckled down at her home not far from downtown when Hurricane Harvey hit.

The Category 4 storm caused floods that ravaged the city, causing upwards of $50 billion in damages. Adams’ house was unscathed, but other homes as close as one mile away were washed out by an overflowing bayou.

In the weeks since, the city has been pushing towards a return to normal, but it hasn’t been a quick road. Adams was scheduled to start her job teaching sixth grade reading at Hamilton Middle School Aug. 28, but the start of the year had to be pushed back two weeks due to the storm.

Across the city, thousands of people lost everything—and that included swimmers. So Adams decided to do something about it.

“Obviously I wanted to do something to give back to all these families, and being in the swimming world, I thought, ‘How many swimmers have been displaced?’” Adams said.

“There’s a lot.”

Adams realized that what swimmers needed the most was, quite simply, to be able to swim, but so many no longer had the the most basic swimming equipment. So she organized a donation drive.


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

“A lot of companies—vendors or dealers or whatever—store warehouses and warehouses of stuff, and it just sits there,” she said. “These kids don’t need the newest of the new or the hip new thing—they just need to be able to do something that they love and take their mind off the tragic event that their family is wrapped up in.”

She pointed out that she will accept any sort of swimming-related gear, in any size or color, male or female. If any equipment goes unused, Adams has pledged to send any unused equipment that she receives to a team or an LSC in Florida, where Hurricane Irma has made landfall this weekend, for the swimmers there that, inevitably, will have lost everything.

In addition to her equipment drive, Adams will participate in two charity events to raise funds for swimming families in the area.

On September 24, she and fellow U.S. Olympian Allison Schmitt will host an event called “Race an Olympian” at Westside High School. The event is organized by Fitter and Faster, but it is not a clinic.

According to the registration page for the event, “100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Gulf Swimming Local Swim Committee-area swim families identified by the LSC’s team coaches. Donations will be distributed through Energy Core Swimming, a 501c3 swim team organization in Houston.”

On top of the $50 registration fee, anyone can add additional donations, and Adams has also set up an email address (contactcammile@gmail.com) where anyone can email her to donate (but not to sign up for the event).

Why is Schmitt, who has no connection to Houston, coming? Because Adams felt that Schmitt could be an uplifting presence at a time when people in Houston needed just that.


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

“I thought that it would be super fun to bring in another Olympian,” Adams said. “I thought Allison would be the perfect person. She embodies everything that you would want to be around at a time like this . She’s so positive and uplifting, and her smile is contagious. Everybody can use some Allison Schmitt in their lives, but especially these swimmers and their families.”

One week after the “Race an Olympian” event, Adams will participate in another fundraising opportunity within the Gulf Swimming LSC’s “Swimposium” event.

Among Houston’s swimming community, Adams has some notoriety as an Olympian, and over this month, amid the biggest tragedy to hit the city in recent memory, Adams has found a way to put that fame to good use.

And she’s deeply grateful to have the opportunity to provide help and to be a source of inspiration during what has been such a difficult time for so many people.

“It means a lot,” she said. “I really felt like we needed to do something in the swimming world, and this was kind of the best avenue to do so. I wanted something that was going to directly affect the swimmers that have been displaced, and I felt like this was going to be the most direct way to help out those swimmers.”

Of course, Adams has not been the only Houston-area professional athlete going out of the way to make a huge difference for others. Most notable has been Houston Texas star defender JJ Watt, who tweeted out his goal to raise $200,000 on Aug. 27.

That initial goal was met in less than two hours, so Watt kept upping his aims. As of the last update, on Sept. 9, the total amount raised was upwards of $30 million.

Sure, Adams’ efforts likely won’t make that kind of monetary impact—most Olympic swimmers don’t have quite the name-brand recognition of NFL stars—but for those in Houston’s swimming community who see her, a home-grown Olympian, as a hero, she could make all the difference in the world.

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Nadal favourite to win 16th Slam title as he faces Anderson in US Open final

Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson

US Open men’s final
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: Sunday, 10 September Time: 21:00 BST
BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

Top seed Rafael Nadal will start as a strong favourite when he takes on South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s US Open final at 21:00 BST.

The Spaniard, bidding for a 16th Grand Slam title, will play in his 23rd major final, but Anderson is making his debut in a Slam final.

The pair, both 31, have known each other since junior days, and Nadal has won all four previous meetings.

“I’m happy for him because I know him since we were 12,” said Nadal.

“It’s great to see him in a final of one of the most important events of the year.”

Nadal and Anderson

‘I am happy if I am healthy’

Nadal has enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in 2017, reaching the Australian Open final before winning his first major title for three years at the French Open, and last month regaining the number one ranking.

He now has the chance to add a third US Open victory to those of 2010 and 2013, on the hard courts which he has found so punishing on his knees throughout his career.

“For me, what is more important than winning Slams is to be happy,” said Nadal.

“I am happy if I am healthy and happy if I feel competitive in most of the weeks that I am playing, and that’s what happened this year.

“Of course winning or losing that final is a big change, but I am very happy about all the things that happen to me and I am going to fight to win another title here.

“But it’s still been a great season for me.”

Nadal was in magnificent form in his semi-final win over Juan Martin del Potro, winning the battle of the forehands with 25 winners off his favourite side.

At 6ft 8in tall, Anderson’s serve is his major weapon – he leads the tournament with 114 aces – and the South African has been more aggressive with his ground game in New York.

He has hit 250 winners off his forehand to Nadal’s 201 after six matches.

“I am playing well almost the whole season,” said Nadal.

“I was playing so-so at the beginning of the tournament, and I have been playing better and better every day.

“Now remains the last match against a very tough opponent, and I need to be ready for it.

“He’s a huge player with an unbelievable serve and he plays so well on these kinds of surfaces.

“It’s probably the most important match for me that remains of this year, so I’m going to try to play my best.”

‘I knew in my mind there was opportunity’

Anderson took advantage of a rare moment in the bottom half of the draw, with no Grand Slam finalists left after Marin Cilic was beaten in round three.

Second seed Andy Murray withdrew on the eve of the tournament through injury, before the likes of Cilic, fourth seed Alexander Zverev and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov lost early.

Kevin Anderson

“I knew in my mind there was opportunity there, but I must be honest, I didn’t focus really too much on that,” said Anderson.

“We are sort of accustomed to the few guys doing well, exceptional consistency.

“It’s tough beating those guys because they have had so much experience at this level.

“Even with them out, there have still been a lot of challenges I’ve had to face throughout this week. I have faced some of the best tennis players in the world.”

Anderson, 31, has struggled with injuries throughout his career, a hip problem putting him out of the Australian Open and leg and elbow issues forcing withdrawals since then.

A photo of a young Nadal and Anderson

“I feel like in the last while, definitely things have turned around,” he said.

“I think it started on the clay courts, getting more matches under my belt. I just feel like I have been constantly taking steps in the right direction.”

The ecstatic South African climbed into the stands to celebrate with his team after his semi-final win over Pablo Carreno Busta, but knows he will need to play the match of his life if he is to repeat that journey.

“Nadal is one of the greatest competitors in sports, period,” said Anderson.

“He’s an amazing fighter. He really controls the court well, the few times I have played him.

“I really need to be dominant and control proceedings as much as possible, because if you let him do it, it’s very difficult.”

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Sunday trading: Big discounts on Tacx trainers, Vittoria tyres, Specialized shoes and much more

Revamp your wardrobe and give your bike some love with some of these wicked deals from the likes of Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans Cycles and more

We’re well into September now, with plenty of incoming gloomy weather and dirty bikes.

So, how about a spot of shopping to cheer yourself up? Without further ado, here’s another healthy does of Sunday Trading to take away those winter blues.

Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer £400 £303

Tacx’s interactive smart trainer gives out resistance up to 950 watts and can realistically mirror gradients of 7%. Both of those things should make your winter training a cinch – now you’ve just got to do it!

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Vittoria Corsa G+ Tubular Graphene road tyre

Ok, so the racing season might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep hold of these as a secret weapon for next year.

It’s a cotton tyre made with four different compounds that should guarantee grip, stability and puncture protection.

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Exposure Flash and Flare light set £78.70 £50.99

These are the perfect front and back lights for your commute, or if you need some in the back pocket to get you home. They give out 110 and 75 lumens respectively. Even better, they’re easy to pop on and off your bike with a nifty quick release system.

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Specialized Sport Road Shoe £80 £64

Understated and good looking, the Specialized Sport shoe would be the perfect winter purchase to avoid ruining your best racing slippers. Plus, the ergonomic soles have been designed to avoid any knee or hip injuries – perfect for those long winter miles.

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Osprey Radial 26l backpack – £119£80.99

Polar V650 with heart rate monitor – £229£164

Shimano 105 pedals – £109 – £64

Bell Stratus helmet – £99 – £49

dhb ASV Race bib-shorts £80 – £37

Garmin Forerunner 235 £299 – £221

Garmin Edge 20 £109 – £84

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 crankset £499 – £329

Giro Peloton cycling cap £24.99 – £19.99

Specialized women’s Pro SL bib short £139.99 – £104.99

Specialized Elasticised shoe cover £29.99 – £9.90

Shimano Ultegra 6800 compact chain set £249.99 £159.99

Look Keo grip cleats – £20.99 – £9.75

Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon wheelset – £875 – £787.50

Specialized SL Expert bib-short – £99.99 – £59.99

Louis Garneau knee warmers – £19.99 – £15.99

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Swimming World Presents “Q&A with Coach Jon Carlson”

Photo Courtesy: Gustavus Adolphus College

Q&A with Coach Jon Carlson

Coach Jon Carlson has coached champion Gustavus Adolphus College swimming, diving and tennis teams for a combined 57 seasons— 28 with swimming and diving, 29 with tennis.

Carlson, a four-year varsity tennis athlete at Gustavus, also begins his 29th year as the school’s women’s tennis coach. During that time, the Golden Gusties have compiled a 579-193 dual meet record, have produced 29 tennis All-Americans and have won 22 MIAC titles. Coach Carlson, a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Committee, is an eight-time MIAC Coach of the Year and a two-time ITA Divi- sion III Coach of the Year (1994, 2002). His women won the 1990 D-III national title in tennis.

To learn more about Coach Carlson, check out the September 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!


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Take a tour through the current Swimming World Magazine…

by David Rieder, Brent Rutemiller, Taylor Brien and John Lohn
Team USA danced circles around its com­petition in Budapest’s (Hungary) beautiful Duna Arena at the 17th FINA World Cham­pionships, July 23-30. Beginning nine days earlier on July 14, the city came alive, sup­porting all the aquatic sports—open water, diving, high diving, synchronized swimming and water polo.

All photos courtesy of SIPA USA

by Annie Grevers
Men who have been fortunate enough to be a part of the legendary St. Xavier High School swimming tradition in Cincinnati, Ohio know what it means to belong to the “The Long Blue Lane.” But the members of the exclusive group also realize how instru­mental their years as St. X Aquabombers were to their character development.

by Annie Grevers
St. Xavier swimmers knew they could do something pretty impressive during the 2016-17 high school season. By “doing the work and putting in the time,” Coach Tim Beerman’s Aquabombers won Swimming World’s boys’ national high school champi­onships, securing its fourth title to go along with team victories in 1973, 1992 and 2001.

by David Rieder
Carmel High School (Ind.) once again won Swimming World’s girls’ national high school championships—for a fifth straight year and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a two-part series on train­ing for the individual medley, which requires time, sacrifice, incredible endurance and speed to achieve world-class status. This month, Coaches Ted Knapp and Jeff Kostoff share “the Stanford way” of training their IMers. Next month: North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Paul Yetter will provide some of his IM training secrets.

by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article addresses the miscon­ception that a lower stroke count represents a more effective technique. While stroke counts can provide meaning­ful feedback about technique, swimmers often make technique adjustments that lower their stroke count, but do not necessarily make their tech­nique more effective.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by J.R. Rosania

by Taylor Brien


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Chris Froome: ‘Vuelta win seals my place in cycling’s history’

Briton says there’s no better place to wrap up the Vuelta than on the legendary Angliru

Beaming with happiness that, he admitted, was mixed with a good dose of relief having clinched the Tour de France-Vuelta a España double that had previously evaded him, Chris Froome reflected on his achievement having all but sealed victory in the Spain’s national tour thanks to a combative performance on the Alto de l’Angliru, where he pushed his lead out to more than two minutes over main rival Vincenzo Nibali.

“There’s a good reason why no one has won the Tour and then gone on to win the Vuelta less than one month later. It’s a huge challenge, a huge undertaking,” Froome explained to the press.

>>> Five talking points from stage 20 of the Vuelta a España

“To reach the summit today and know that I pretty much have the victory secured with just the procession left into Madrid is such an overwhelming feeling.”

“It’s moments like this now that make all the sacrifices, all the time away from home and the family, well worth it. It’s emotional. It’s such an incredible feeling.”

Chris Froome on the Angliru on stage 20 of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Asked about the significance of his win and where it might place him in cycling’s pantheon, Froome said: “I could only have dreamed of being in this position of making history, to be the first British rider to win the Vuelta, the first rider to win the Tour and to go and win the Vuelta. This is sealing my place in the history of the sport. It’s special.”

The Sky leader admitted he had been pushed right to his limits over the Vuelta’s three weeks during what he described as “an up-and-down race, literally on occasions.”

Of the Angliru, he said: “It was a hell of a finale after three weeks of full gas racing and a fitting finale for this edition. Coming into the stage everything was still up in the air.

“This was a short stage, with lots of climbing, some tricky and wet descents, and that all made for very aggressive racing. I was counting down the kilometres until we got onto the final climb.

“Then I felt good in myself, I had my team around and they did an absolutely fantastic job. They’ve been with me every step of the way.”

He was full of praise for the fans that have supported him over the past three weeks and for the Vuelta itself. He acknowledged he has a special relationship with the race.

“The Tour is the biggest prize for a pro cyclist, it’s the biggest event we have on the calendar. But, for me, the Vuelta represents a different kind of bike racing.

“It’s more of a physical challenge than the Tour, given the number of finishes on mountains, the aggression and the conditions. Over the three weeks we’ve had days of over 40 degrees, days like today when it’s 10 degrees and raining, extremely strong winds. It’s such a brutal race,” he said.

He said prior to the stage that he wasn’t go into the Angliru looking for his third stage win of the race, emphasising that overall victory was the priority.

In the end, he and team-mate Wout Poels were only 17 seconds down on stage winner Alberto Contador at the line. But Froome had no regrets.

“I gave absolutely everything I had today,” he said.

“This was an extremely fitting way for Alberto to say goodbye to pro cycling. He’s an extremely aggressive rider and to have attacked before the final climb on the last descent and to keep the lead to the finish… What can I say other than “chapeau”?

“He’s a rider who brings so much flair, so much aggression to the races. For sure it’s going to be easier for me when he’s not around, but at the same time I have to respect what he did today. It was extremely fitting before his home crowd. Adios!”

When asked about his last encounter with the Angliru back in the 2011 race, when he finished second on GC for the first time, he explained: “It feels quite fitting, quite romantic in a way, that this is where I first had my opportunity to go for my own ambitions in a Grand Tour in 2011 when my leader struggled.

“So it’s amazing to come back here again and for this climb to have been the ultimate test of this year’s Vuelta. To have finished it off the way we did today is just amazing.”

As was the case after he wrapped up his fourth Tour title in July, Froome said that he’s still highly motivated to win more Grand Tours and achieve more in the sport.

“For now, though, I just want to get to Madrid tomorrow and take it from there.”

“Of course in a week I hope to line up at the World Championships in Bergen for the team time trial and perhaps the individual time trial,” Froome added.

“We’ll see how things go. It depends on how I recover from this and how I’m feeling in the first few days of next week having made such a big effort – maybe I’ll look at the weather forecast as well!”

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