Orica-Scott’s Jens Keukeleire on his hectic transfer from Strade Bianche to Paris-Nice
A few weeks ago, after crashing on a training ride in Spain, it looked as if Jens Keukeleire could be out of action for much of the spring, but after he was given the all-clear on a suspected broken collarbone, the Belgian rider has been going full gas.
On Saturday the Orica-Scott rider took to the start line at Strade Bianche in Italy, and after being one of many riders to abandon the race, hot-footed it to northern France to make it to the start of Paris-Nice on Sunday.
In what perhaps wasn’t the best way of recovering from a tough race, Keukeleire took two flights on Saturday night, firstly from Florence to Rome, and then from Rome to Paris, and although the rider himself safely made it to the start line, one crucial piece of equipment wasn’t quite so lucky.
Overnight leader Scott Jamieson produced a nightmare final round of 78 to blow his chances at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.
Home favourite Dean Burmester carded a 65 to win his first European Tour Title on 18-under.
Scotland’s Jamieson shared the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork after rounds two and three at Pretoria Country Club.
But his hopes evaporated early when he bogeyed three of his first four holes.
The 33-year-old ran up a double bogey on the eighth on his way to a front nine of 39 and he double-bogeyed the 12th and 13th, eventually finishing in a tie for 22nd.
Bjork carded a 71 to end the tournament in fifth spot.
Burmester began the day one shot behind Jamieson and Bjork but his second successive 65 ensured he finished three clear of both Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Jorge Campillo.
“I can’t believe it,” Burmester, 27, said. “I sharpened my teeth as a youngster on the Big Easy Tour here at home and I think I had five seconds in one year and then two years later I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour.
“It’s gone from strength to strength and now I’m a European Tour winner and that sounds great.”
Ireland’s Paul Dunne carded a final round 66 to finish in a share of sixth on 12 under, with England’s James Morrison also finishing in sixth after a 69.
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.
Swimming World’s James Sica, Diana Pimer, and David Rieder preview the upcoming NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA championships, looking at how each meet might shake out and who the key players are.
To read more about each of these championships, check out the March issue of Swimming World, available now!
Take a video tour of the current issue of Swimming World Magazine…
FEATURES 014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part IV): PRESENT—THE CORE AND BASE OF THE TEAM by Chuck Warner In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?
016 TEXAS—NOBODY BETTER by Dan D’Addona After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!
020 STANFORD—THE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE by Dan D’Addona Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.
024 FAMILIAR FAVORITES by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.
028 OLYMPIC-SIZED DREAMS COME TRUE by Annie Grevers Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.
COACHING 009 SPECIAL SETS: TAPER TIPS by Michael J. Stott University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Clusser talk taper
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MIKE PEPPE by Michael J. Stott
012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: VIDEO by Rod Havriluk Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.
032 RESISTANCE TRAINING: DRAGSOX, PARACHUTES AND OTHER TOOLS by Michael J. Stott This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.
043 Q&A WITH COACH BILL WADLEY by Michael J. Stott
044 HOW THEY TRAIN MATT McHUGH by Michael J. Stott
TRAINING 027 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM DRYLAND WORKOUT by J.R. Rosania
JUNIOR SWIMMER 047 UP & COMERS by Taylor Brien
COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS 008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT 034 2017 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY 048 GUTTER TALK 050 PARTING SHOT
The eight-man team is completed with Vasil Kiryienka, Gianni Moscon and Salvatore Puccio.
Thomas missed out on defending his 2016 victory in the concurrently running Paris-Nice in France to focus on his preparation for the Giro in May.
Thomas has ridden in six of the past seven editions of Paris-Nice. A change of early-season schedule to ride Tirreno will give him a chance to familiarise himself with the Italian terrain before May.
Thomas and Landa will face Grand Tour rivals Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Fabio Aru (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Adam Yates (Orica-Scott).
Watch: Geraint Thomas’s greatest win, in his own words
The 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico commences with a 22.7-kilometre team time trial in Lido di Camaiore and concludes on Tuesday, March 14 with a decisive 10.1km individual test against the clock.
Saturday’s stage four will be the key climbing test for those with aspirations of a high overall placing, with a ascent to the line on Terminillo.
Last year, the event’s key mountain stage with a summit finish in the Apennine Mountains was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. This effectively prevented the climbers from making a dent in the general classification, and the win was taken by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) – who returns in 2017.
Outstanding performances in Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice and Le Samyn shape this week’s pick of the best riders
Leader: Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)
Michal Kwiatkowski goes solo to win 2017 Strade Bianche. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
In the thrilling slugfest that was the 2017 Strade Bianche, it was Sky’s Kwiatkowski who emerged the toughest, breaking clear from an elite leading group and soloing 14.5km to the finish line in Siena.
It was a clear sign that the Pole is back to the kind of form that saw him become World Champion in 2014, and will likely be a major protagonist in the classics throughout the spring.
When Shara Gillow (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) caught and flew past an unsuspecting leading quintet in the final kilometres of the women’s Strade Bianche, it looked as though they’d just snatched the race from under their noses.
But Borghini kept calm, using her racing nous to keep them in sight without over-committing to bringing them back immediately, then catching them halfway up the final climb after she’d launched her sprint for victory.
Arnaud Démare after winning the opening stage of 2017 Paris-Nice. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
The first stage of Paris-Nice was a far more chaotic affair than expected, and did not culminate in a bunch sprint, but winner Démare still needed his best sprinting legs to land the result.
Having latched onto an attack from Quick-Step Floors’ Julian Alaphilippe (himself a fast finisher) 1500 metres from the line, Démare followed his compatriot’s wheel on the finishing straight, and timed his sprint perfectly to comfortably take the win.
Adam Yates wins 2017 GP Industria & Artigianato. Photo: Orica-Scott/TDW Sport
One of 2016’s major breakout stars picked up his first win of the 2017 season at the GP Industria & Artigianato in Italy, where he won a sprint between the only five riders still left after the whittling down process of the multiple ascents of the San Baronto climb.
Rouleur: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
It’s an oft-stated cycling truism that the strongest rider in a race does not always come out as the winner, and everything about the way Van Keirsbulck made no secret of his strength at Le Samyn and bullishly exposed his nose to the blustering wind suggested this might be one of those days.
But he made it to the finishing straight with just one rider (Alex Kirsch, WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect) for company, and the way Van Keirsbulck edged victory in painfully slow sprint to the line made it clear that Van Keirsbulck’s efforts had exhausted Kirsch even more than he himself.
Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggiel-High5) could not have won Strade Bianche without her teammate Cordon, who gave up her bike for her leader when she crashed on one of the treacherous dirt roads.
Domestique: Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)
In a post-race interview, Lizzie Deignan praised the ‘incredible job’ done by her Boels-Dolmans teammate Majerus, that put the Briton in such a good position that she opted to change her strategy and take the race on.
Last week we covered the continuing debate around racing with disc brakes. But there’s been other tech news too.
Disc brake questions rage on in the peloton
The big news in bike tech this week has been the controversy again swirling around disc brakes in the pro peloton, following Owain Doull’s cut shoe and foot which he attributed to hitting a brake rotor in a crash.
Tom Boonen’s bike for the cobbles – with disc brakes
Astana’s boss called for the UCI to make its mind up on whether disc brakes were going to be allowed in races or not, a view echoed by Peter Sagan, who said that the whole peloton needed to use them not just a few riders in a race. But Tom Boonen, revealing his disc-equipped Spesh bike for Omloop Het Niewsblad, rejected the suggestion that disc brakes pose a danger to riders. He later crashed out of the race and also missed Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the next day, although neither was disc brake related.
Quick-Step Floors in their new sunnies (Photo Sunada)
Staying with Quick Step Floors, we’ve also highlighted their on- and off-bike sunglass options from French brand Ekoi.
New kids’ Canyons and a new Kask helmet
Canyon has announced its expansion into children’s bikes, with a three bike range of flat bar bikes designed for children from age three up, with prices starting from £449. They all have disc brakes too. We’ve also had a look at Alex Dowsett’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX and Nairo Quintana’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and speculated on why they choose to ride the different bikes.
And don’t forget our March Tech of the Month video, with a £500 time trial helmet, a GPS computer from new market entrant Acer, Specialized’s 1350g Roval CLX 32 disc brake wheels and our bike of the month, the Cervélo s3 Disc.
True Sweetser. Photo Courtesy: Matt Rubel of Rubel Photography
By Dan D’Addona.
A couple of weeks ago, the Michigan women repeated as Big Ten champions with distance, depth and diving.
This week, the Stanford men used their distance, depth and diving to repeat as Pac-12 champions, holding off Cal with a stunning final day.
A top-three sweep in the first event of the final night inspired the Cardinal to their 64th championship in program history.
True Sweetser (14:35.93) led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, setting a Pac-12 championship record in the process. Grant Shoults (14:50.06) backed him up in second place, and Liam Egan (14:57.47) rounded out the podium.
The Pac-12 meet format was different than other conferences as diving was done last week.
It is easy to forget that, but the Cardinal didn’t forget. They scored a ton of points on the boards.
Bradley Christensen won the 1-meter for the second consecutive year, and Tarek Abdelghany won his first conference title on the platform. In all, Stanford earned six top-four finishes en route to scoring the most diving points of any team.
Stanford finished the meet with 784 points, comfortably ahead of Cal (757) and USC (657). Arizona State (531), Arizona (360) and Utah (257) rounded out the field.
Cal swam well, including its leaders Ryan Murphy and Andrew Seliskar. It will be interesting to see how those swims from both teams translate to the NCAA championships after a strong taper.
Cal still has a stronger chance to challenge Texas for the national title, but Stanford closed the gap considerably after this weekend.
Strengthen your legs with this quick Standing workout by Adrianne Crawford. She teaches a Footwork routine that can be done anywhere. She focuses maintaining good alignment so you can work your way up to doing this series without holding on to anything.
Adrianne uses the Cadillac for this series, but you can use any stable surface that will help you keep your balance.
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It was a three team battle at the top of the North Dakota Boys High School state championship this weekend.
Minot’s Gerald Brown, Griffin Schaeffer, Jaydon Mehlhoff, and Jordan Hamilton out touched Century’s Eric Bergeson, Jayden Porter, Trysten Ruhland, and Adam Nodland 1:38.79 to 1:38.81 to win the 200 medley relay.
Century’s Sam Artz won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.67. His teammate Chris Birnbaum finished third (1:48.30). Fargo North’s Shaun Mengelkoch was second with a 1:47.36.
Brown claimed the 200 IM in dominating fashion with a 1:53.84. Bergeson also cleared two minutes in 1:59.08.
Fargo South’s Luke Bergstrom out touched Nodland 21.67 to 21.80 for the 50 freestyle title. Bergstrom then fell to second in the 100 freestyle with a 48.73. Zack Bueling of West Fargo Sheyenne was first to the wall in 48.13. Bismark’s Eric Krug finished third (48.79).
Bueling’s teammate Dillon Stangeland won the 100 butterfly in 52.11. Centurty’s Artz was runner up (52.58).
Jacob Smith of West Fargo Shetenne won the 500 freestyle with a 4:51.01. Birnbaum finished second (5:46.19) and Brayden Rygh of Grand Forks placed third (4:56.44).
Mengelkoch combined with Payton and Delton Gabel and Peyton Fisher to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:28.31. The quartet also dominated the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.97.
Minot’s Brown clocked a 51.71 to win the 100 backstroke, just off his of state record of 51.16 swum in prelims. Bueling placed second (53.73) .
Century’s Porter cracked a minute in the 100 breaststroke with a winning 59.81. Bergeson (1:00.87) and Luke Peterson (1:01.62) were second and third.
Century won the meet with 342 points while Minot was runner up with 322 and Fargo North finished third with 308 points.