Trentin: My next crash will be on the sofa

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) has returned home, where he will undergo further medical examinations before deciding when he can return to racing. The 28-year-old fell heavily in Paris-Roubaix, suffering a thoracic spine fracture, and as a result he will wear a brace for roughly a month.

“Now I’m home I’m just going to rest and enjoy time with my family. My next crash will be on the sofa and hopefully that’s the end of the bad luck,” Trentin told Cyclingnews in between flights.
 
“I spent three days in hospital but I’m home now. It feels like a truck ran over me, if I’m honest, but that’s just how it is. I don’t know how long I’ll be off the bike but it could be around a month as I need to keep my spine straight, and I’m wearing a cast in order to do that. I still need another examination, and then from there I’ll know exactly how long I’ll miss. I don’t want to rush things, and while I have the cast I can’t train.”
 
Trentin moved to Mitchelton-Scott from Quick-Step Floors in the winter and was expected to lead the line for the Australian team in the Classics. His only top-10 came in Gent-Wevelgem, where he finished seventh in the sprint behind winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The Italian, however, was playing catch-up all spring. In January, he fell in training and fractured a rib, and although he was able to train soon after, the disruption to his schedule put him on the back foot.   
 
His bad luck was epitomised by his ride in Flanders, where he looked strong but was forced to use vital in energy after crashing when coming back from a nature break. 
 
“In Flanders I was in good shape but then I was caught up and then spent 40km chasing back,” he said. “When I got back to the front I just ran out of gas.”
 
The fall on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix effectively ended Trentin’s spring, and now all attention turns to his recovery programme and the second half of the season.
 
“I remember everything from the fall. Before I landed I did this flip over in the air and all the weight of the fall went on my spine,” he said.

“For sure, luck has not been on my side in the last few months. I wasn’t that happy with the Classics. I had maybe the best form I’ve had during this period but I wasn’t able to really show it. Then at Milan-San Remo I couldn’t close the gap on Nibali, so the results overall weren’t what I was hoping.”
 
Despite his recent bad luck, Trentin has no regrets over his move to Mitchleton-Scott.
 
“The positive signs are that I can be there with the best but I still didn’t have the results I was looking for,” he said. “I feel really good in the team, and I think we’ve had a really good approach to the Classics. Getting injured in January wasn’t the best time for a rider preparing for the Classics. I don’t think the results really reflected my condition but I’m confident of getting back and ready soon.”

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50-Meter Shootouts Are a Big Hit at TYR Pro Swim Series Mesa

Photo Courtesy: Aurora Blackwell

By David Rieder.

Swim a 50-meter race. If you are one of the four best finishers in a field of eight, get out, walk back to the other end of the pool and do it again. If you touch first or second, get out, walk around, and race one more time, a one-on-one battle for the prize.

Exciting? Of course. Exhausting? Definitely.

The shootout 50s were a new concept for this year’s TYR Pro Swim Series, with the quarterfinals-semifinals-finals format scheduled for the final day of the Austin, Mesa and Santa Clara stops. At the Austin stop, the format was different, grouping each round of two strokes and giving some time for recovery. But based on athlete feedback, the time in between each round was shortened in Mesa.

Starting off with butterfly, the format went women’s quarterfinals, men’s quarterfinal, women’s semifinal, men’s semifinal, women’s final and men’s final. Then repeat that format with backstroke and, later on in the session, with breaststroke and freestyle. In between rounds, the swimmers got about seven minutes to rest, and the top two in each event swam three races in less than 20 minutes.

Can anyone say lactate set? Multiple all-out efforts with barely any time to warm down in a super-intense format. Maybe it’s not exactly a rehearsal for any format at a major meet coming up, but it’s excellent training.

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Michael Andrew — Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

Michael Andrew swam all three rounds of both the fly and free shootouts, and he won the fly over Tim Phillips in 23.38. But after he swam his fifth race of the night in qualifying for the 50 free final, he felt the effects of the lactic acid buildup. Neither he nor Nathan Adrian swam as quick as they had in the earlier two rounds, and Adrian won big, 22.94 to 23.70.

For some perspective, Andrew swam a time of 21.93 to beat Adrian at the last Pro Swim Series stop in Atlanta. But fatigue is undefeated.

“23.7, I don’t remember the last time I went 23.7, and it hurt that bad,” Andrew said.

Andrew spoke about using each swim as a learning experience, and he said that he paid attention to swimmers like Adrian to see how they handled the quick process—get out of the pool quickly, warm down, get dry, get ready to go again.

No swimmer thrived under the setup like Olivia Smoliga, who finished first in all three rounds of women’s backstroke and improved her time on each occasion, from 28.08 to 27.89 to 27.43. The final time was a new American record and made Smoliga the 11th-fastest performer ever in the event.

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Olivia Smoliga — Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

“That just means my 100 back should have been faster,” Smoliga quipped, referring to her relatively disappointing 1:00.08 from Friday. “But it is what it is.”

Smoliga had planned to build through her three races, and she had a strategy for making sure she was doing enough each time to qualify for the next round.

“This is bad—I probably shouldn’t be seeing people to the sides because I lift my head up—but you kind of have to gauge yourself against the field to get that top four and then get that top two,” she said.

Despite the obvious difficulties of the format, athletes genuinely seemed to enjoy the shootout format. In comparison, the mystery-order 200 IM, the other major new addition to the Pro Swim Series this year, has not been a huge hit with the swimmers, with three A-finalists and both winners from the women’s and men’s races in Mesa opting out of the mystery format.

The shootout 50s, on the other hand, seem to be a hit. They’re different, they’re exciting, and they’re great training. Athletes enjoy them. What else could you want in April?

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Sunday trading: Get an Ultegra equipped Ribble R872 for just £1,199 plus more massive discounts

Give your bike some love or revamp your wardrobe with these great online deals

The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal. Where we’ve reviewed the product we’ve included a link to it so you can read more.

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Ribble R872 with a £450 discount, now £1,199

This is an absolute Killer deal from Ribble Cycles, discounting its R872 by a whopping £450. The bike is great, and we’ve scored it 10/10 on our previous reviews – even making it a grouptest winner. For the new price, you get a full Ultegra R8000 groupset and Mavic wheels. If ever there was a time to buy your summer bike, this is it.

Buy now: Ribble R872 at Ribble Cyckes for £1,199

Giro Synthe MIPs was £249, now £176

Another excellent summer upgrade, the Giro Synthe is probably the best aero road helmet on the market. We’ve reviewed it, and we absolutely loved it – rewarding it our Editor’s Choice award. It’s comfortable, with Giro’s excellent Roc-Loc retention dial, and it’s style has become something of an icon for cyclists. Currently most sizes and colours are available.

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Oakley EVZero Pitch sunglasses were £140, now £90.99

Oakley has become the very definition of style on the bike, and now you can pick up these exceptional glasses for a £90.99 – that’s a whopping £140. I’m riding in these glasses at the moment and they’re super light on your face, much lighter than the Jawbreakers and the field of view is expansive to say the least.

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Giro Empire SLX shoes were £289, now £197

White cycling shoes are a must for summer riding, and none more so that the Giro Empire SLX shoes here. Supple uppers that are luxuriously comfortable, stiff carbon soles for performance and laces for a comfortable fit and a classy look. Even better, ProBikeKit has loads of sizes still available!

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Vittoria Rubino Pro Control tyre was £36.99 now from £21.29

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Shimano 105 R5800 cassette was £49.99 now from £33.95

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Kona Zone One road bike was £2499 now £1249.50

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Endura FS260-Pro Printed short sleeve jersey was £64.99 now from £24.70

Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SLC Haute Route wheelset was £1900 now £949.99

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Science in Sport Go energy bars 24 pack was £34.99 now £18.49

Gore Universal Windstopper leg warmers were £49.99 now £29.99

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Photo Gallery: Day 3 Finals of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Mesa

Photo Courtesy: Aurora Blackwell

Night three of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series in Mesa was an exciting night as sprinters tackled the knockout rounds of the 50s, mid-distance freestylers got a taste of the 400, and a brave 16 men and women took on the Mystery IM!

Kelsi Dahlia (fly), Olivia Smoliga (back), Molly Hannis (breast), and Mallory Comerford (free) claimed victory in each of the women’s 50s with Smoliga’s 50 back doubling as a new American and U.S. Open record of 27.43.

On the men’s side, Michael Andrew (fly), Matt Grevers (back), Nic Fink (breast), and Nathan Adrian (free) out-sprinted the competition in the 50s.

Leah Smith picked up another two wins with a strong 400 free showing and an entertaining Mystery IM.

Throughout the night Swimming World’s Taylor Brien and Swimming World high school intern Aurora Blackwell were on deck capturing all of the action and excitement.

Splash through photos of day three finals:

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(Video Interview) Olivia Smoliga Reacts to New American Record

Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

Olivia Smoliga posted a time of 27.43 in the women’s 50 back at the TYR Pro Swim Series Mesa, breaking the American record in the event. The record was Smoliga’s first in long course, and after the race, she spoke with Swimming World.

Smoliga explained after the race how she dealt with the 50s knockout format, swimming the race three times in less than 20 minutes. She detailed how she tried to save just a little bit of energy as she went through the rounds, and she explained why a solid 50 back was so satisfying after she slipped on the start in the event at last year’s Nationals.

Watch more video interviews from the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mesa.

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Leah Smith, Gianluca Urlando Win Mystery IMs in Mesa

Leah Smith earned her second victory of the night from lane one in the women’s Mystery IM. Randomly given the order of freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, she had just enough room to hold off 18-year-old Callie Dickinson (2:18.79) for the win in 2:18.19.

Smith split 28.07, 35.47, 34.68, 39.97 while Dickinson split 37.01, 33.83, 35.97, 31.98 racing breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, freestyle. Eleanna Koutsouvelli was also in the mix in 2:18.85.

16-year-old Gianluca Urlando provided the upset in the final event of the night by winning the men’s Mystery IM in 2:06.09. His order of butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke gave him the win with the following splits: 26.00, 29.19, 33.65 and 37.25. Urlando placed fourth in the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

Runner up Jarod Arroyo finished just behind in 2:06.89 and was followed by Isaac Stump in 2:07.35.

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Nathan Adrian Reigns Supreme in Mesa 50 Free Knockout

Michael Andrew, Michael Chadwick, Nathan Adrian, Bruno Blaskovic, Cullen Jones, Nikola Miljenic, Andrej Barna and Kyle Robrock competed in the Quarterfinals of the Mesa Men’s 50 Free Knockout.

Andrew won yet another heat in tonight’s session with a time of 22.25. This is a bit off his 21.93 sixth-ranked swim from Atlanta. Chadwick earned the second position in 22.41 while Adrian (22.44) and Blaskovic (22.72) also earned their spots in the Finals.

Jones (22.80), Mijenic (22.90), Barna (23.08) and Robrock (23.35) rounded out the heat.

Adrian then asserted his sprint freestyle dominance by taking the semis in 22.52. Andrew had just enough left on his fifth race of the night to get second in 22.69. Despite a late charge, Chadwick narrowly missed out on another swim by racing to a 22.77. Blaskovic was fourth in 23.24.

While the men were even throughout the first half of the race, Adrian powered to the finish for a distinct victory in 22.94. Andrew earned second place in 23.70.

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Nic Fink Utilizes Consistency for 50 Breast Knockout Win

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2018 50 Breast Knockout competitors started with Carlos Claverie, Chuck Katis, Nic Fink, Ian Finnerty, Itay Goldfaden, Youssef El Kamash, Kevin Cordes and Levi Jensen.

In the opening round, it was Goldfaden who took the win in 27.59. Finnerty was just behind in a season best 27.60 while Fink (27.69) and El Kamash (27.76) took third and fourth.

Cordes missed out on the final with a fifth-place finish of 27.81. Katis (28.20), Claverie (28.25) and Jensen (28.65) also missed out on making the semifinals.

Goldfaden was then bumped out of the finals at Fink was dominant in 27.74 and Finnerty was right behind in 27.82. They were the only two to break 28 as Goldfaden went 28.02 and El Kamash ended his busy night in 28.17.

Fink stayed on top in the Finals by racing to a 27.69. The swim was two tenths better than Finnerty who took runner-up honors in 27.89. Fink posted the most consistent trio of the night, spanning just .05 seconds from prelims to finals.

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Hannis, Larson Post World’s Top Two Times in 50 Breast Knockout

The women’s 50 Breast Knockout featured Morganne McKennan, Tjasa Pintar, Peyton Kondis, Molly Hannis, Breeja Larson, Zoe Bartel, Silja Kansakoski and Mallory Korenwinder.

Hannis sprinted her way to the top of the Quarterfinals in 30.44. The swim is second in the world so far this year, only behind her own swim of 29.71 from Austin. Larson took second in 30.78 while Bartel (31.65) and Kondis (31.79) also earned spots in the semifinals. Larson’s race was her first sub-31 swim of the season bumping her into the top ten worldwide rankings.

Kansakoski (32.57), Pintar (32.60), McKennan (32.72) and Korenwinder (32.88) rounded out the heat.

Larson then got her hands on the wall first to win the Semifinals in 30.47, giving her the second best swim in the world so far this year. Hannis was just .03 behind in 30.50 to punch her ticket to the final round. Bartel took third in 31.57 while Kondis was fourth in 31.82.

Hannis then stole back the victory in the Finals, winning in 29.97. Larson lowered her time once again for second in 30.42. The women are now the fastest two 50 breaststrokers in the world so far this year.

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