Archiv für den Tag: 8. Juli 2020

Pernsteiner schafft am Kitzbüheler Horn das Double

2. Start, 2. Sieg – Bahrain-McLaren-Profi Hermann Pernsteiner fährt bei den „Hart & Härter“-Challenges in einer eigenen Liga. Der Niederösterreicher siegte nach dem Großglockner heute auch auf dem Kitzbüheler Horn. Das gleiche Kunststück schaffte bei den Damen auch seine Landsfrau Alina Reichert. Wels-Profi Riccardo Zoidl musste sich erneut mit Rang zwei begnügen, mit Rang drei bot Jonas Rapp von Hrinkow erneut eine starke Leistung.

Kufstein und das Kitzbüheler Horn waren am siebenten Tag der neuen TV-Show „Österreich dreht am Rad“ die Schauplätze – live mitzuverfolgen auf und Während Max Kuen mit seinen Friends Nadja Prieling, Peter Gschwendter, Lukas Eberharter und Eurosport-Experte Karsten Migels von Kufstein bis zum Alpenhaus am Kitzbüheler Horn radelten, wurde am steilsten Radberg Österreichs die zweite „Hart & Härter“-Challenge ausgetragen. 41 AthletInnen stellten sich der Herausforderung des maximal 22,3 Prozent steilen und fünf Kilometer langen Anstieges von der Mautstation bis zum Alpenhaus. Die Hauptrolle auf der Rolle hatte heute der armamputierte Marathonspezialist Patrick Hagenaars inne, der wieder vier Stunden am Ergometer schwitzte.

Bei Sonnenschein und perfekten Radtemperaturen folgte die 2. „Hart & Härter“-Challenge aufs Kitzbüheler Horn. Gleich vom Start weg bei der Mautstation drückten die Spitzenfahrer gehörig aufs Tempo. Der Ö-Tour-Zweite Hermann Pernsteiner aus der Buckligen Welt ließ von Beginn an nichts anbrennen und siegte mit einem Respektabstand von 31,7 Sekunden auf Ex-Rundfahrtssieger Riccardo Zoidl (Felbermayr Simplon Wels). Auf Rang drei mit 50,2 Sekunden Rückstand landete wie gestern beim Auftakt am Großglockner Jonas Rapp (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang). Auf den Plätzen vier und fünf folgten mit Roland Thalmann und Colin Stüssi zwei Vorarlberg Santic-Profis.

Hermann Pernsteiner freute sich nach seinem zweiten Sieg binnen 24 Stunden: „Es war sehr hart. Ich habe versucht einen guten Rhythmus zu finden. Nach diesen zwei tollen Tagen am Großglockner und am Kitzbüheler Horn spüre ich, dass noch ein paar Prozente fehlen. Jetzt heißt es gut erholen für den nächsten Trainingsblock in der Höhe.“ Sehr zufrieden zeigte sich auch Riccardo Zoidl: „Hermann hat heuer schon einen fixen Rennkalender, ist voll darauf fokussiert und war jetzt einige Male in der Höhe. Das geht mir ab. Aber ich bin absolut zufrieden mit meiner Leistung heute.“

Reichert gewinnt erneut bei den Damen
Wie bei beim Challenge-Auftakt gestern am Großglockner heißt auch heute am Kitzbüheler Horn die Siegerin Alina Reichert vom Team Union Radrennteam Pielachtal. Die Niederösterreicherin siegte mit einer Fahrzeit von 27:58.3 Minuten vor ihrer Teamkollegin Pia Hehenwarter (30:55.1 Minuten). Dritte wurde die Auftaktzweite Katharina Machner (La Musette Cycling Austria) mit einer Zeit von 31:25.8 Minuten.
Übrigens, von den Bergläufern absolvierte Manuel Innerhofer, der auch gestern am Großglockner gewann, mit einer Siegerzeit das Horn in mehr als beachtlichen 26:03 Minuten!
Morgen Finale „Hart & Härter“-Challenge am Rettenbachferner im Ötztal
Weltmeisterin Laura Stigger wird beim morgigen Finale der „Hart & Härter“-Challenge die Teilnehmer von Sölden hinauf zum Rettenbachferner, der höchsten Alpenstraße Europas, anfeuern. Während Hermann Pernsteiner wegen einer Teamverpflichtung nicht mehr dabei sein kann, zählt damit Wels-Profi Riccardo Zoidl zu den großen Sieganwärtern über die 10,9 Kilometer und 1.200 Höhenmeter im Ötztal. Der Start erfolgt ab 17:00 Uhr.

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The Tour to the power of 10 / 1920: “sportsmen” according to Desgrange (2/10)

1920: “sportsmen” according to Desgrange (2/10)

At the turn of each decade, the Tour de France has gone through organisational changes and backstage struggles that have variously turned out to be decisive or utterly inconsequential. The journey back in time proposed by continues in 1920, with a look at the strong-minded decisions and writings of Henri Desgrange, the director of the Tour de France and chief editor of the newspaper L’Auto. In keeping with a French nation in admiration of its heroes from the Great War and enthralled by the adventures of the first aviators ready to risk their lives for heroics, the former holder of the hour record, who had become a powerful press figure, can also be considered to have made the Tour rhyme with trial and tribulation…

It is a tricky exercise to determine the level of difficulty when designing a race to be demanding, to require its participants to stand out via their bravery and endurance, but to avoid going beyond what is reasonable… This question has been central to debates between organisers, participants, supporters and journalists since the beginnings of sport. Evidently, the notion put forward by Henri Desgrange, the boss of L’Auto newspaper and the Tour in France of the 1920’s, was not troubled with tantrums and bellyaching: his role was to organise a trial, in both the sporting and true sense of the word. It is always possible to discuss which edition of the Tour de France has been the most formidable. The race in 1920 may not necessarily feature at the top of the list, but it definitely included all the suitable ingredients. With a total distance of 5,503 kilometres, it is not the longest in history, though due to only boasting 15 stages, the average daily distance of 367 km is only beaten by the 1919 edition. It should be remembered that the damage caused by the First World War still disfigured the country, with most of the roads made up of potholes, broken cobbles, cracks and ruts… These conditions were not exactly ideal for a bicycle race, especially in light of the fact that the stage starts took place on average at 2 o’clock in the morning.

As if the physical conditions of the race were not tough enough, Desgrange inaugurated a formula aimed at diminishing bicycle brands’ influence on the race and forbid any sort of collusion. The director of the Tour de France was obsessed by this combat, conveyed by strict rules that were applied without the slightest indulgence: “A participant on the Tour de France is placed in the situation of a rider who sets off to train alone without having prepared anything on his route for refreshments. This means: 1. He cannot assist his comrades or competitors in any way and they cannot accept anything from him; 2. On the road, the rider must be responsible for his own refreshments, without having ordered or requested the ordering of anything, and must not receive any help from whomsoever, to the extent by which he is obliged to collect water from the springs or fountains he may encounter by himself. With regard to the bicycle, each rider must complete the Tour de France on the same machine, except in the case of serious accidents. In such a case, he may swap the machine with a cyclist encountered on his route, on the sole condition that the machine borrowed is a different brand to his own”.

After 4 stages, the pack was only made up of 48 riders out of the 113 who started the race.
The mood was glum, all the more so as the French were palpably dominated by the Belgians.

Thus the scene was set. When the Grande Boucle began at Place de la Concorde on 27th June, the worries about a plethora of punctures became reality. After four stages, the pack was only made up of 48 riders out of the 113 who started the race. The mood was glum, all the more so as the French were palpably dominated by the Belgians. Of course, Henri Pélissier triumphed in Brest and at Les Sables-d’Olonne, but the rebellious temperament of the winner on the Paris-Roubaix and Bordeaux-Paris races in 1919 was hardly to the liking of Desgrange, who did not hold back from writing exactly what he thought about him in L’Auto, the day after he exited the race on the longest stage, between Les Sables d’Olonne and Bayonne (483 km). “Firstly, is Pélissier worse after the war than before? Not at all! (…) He is not worse, but the others are better and the obstacles have become more difficult. Those are some of the reasons. They count for something, but not as much as the reason which dominates all the rest and that Pélissier finely explains as follows: ‘I have money and circumstances that exempt me from undertaking such difficult tasks’. Who can blame him for such a line of thought? At the most, could we ask him why he even starts to undertake them? His mind is no longer what it was in days gone by. He enjoys life, his enthusiasm has been becalmed with age and his heart no longer beats to the devilish rhythm of his beginnings. (…) Moreover, for him the cream is too thick, the spoon stands up in it by itself. He is already morally flabby and cuts a heavy figure, when on the Tour de France it is necessary to be as skinny as a whippet”.

Le 1920 Tour de France continued without Henri Pélissier (who nevertheless enjoyed his revenge over Desgrange in 1923!) and continued to wring out the pack, whittled down to 31 members on completion of the first Pyrenean stage. In his diatribe against Pélissier, the director of the Tour incidentally continued to describe the mental and moral qualities of the valiant champion as he saw them: “And what about his effeminate edginess?! In Morlaix he was not interested, in Brest he was; at Les Sables-d’Olonne he showed intent, but one hundred kilometres further he would not show the slightest bit more. Compare this ‘fair-weather’ attitude with, if I may say, the unswerving will of Christophe”.

Dogged, as often, by bad luck, Eugène Christophe, Desgrange’s favourite, also exited the race, beaten by unconquerable back pains. Nonetheless, it was a similarly tough guy who was victorious in Paris. Philippe Thys became the first three-time winner of the Tour when completing a series started before the war (in 1913 and 1914). He dominated the classification in which the top seven places were occupied by Belgians, after more than 228 hours on the saddle, which is almost three times more than the 83 hours on a bike that Egan Bernal spent last July. It would be interesting to read a portrait of the first Colombian winner of the Tour de France written by the hand of “HD”!

Sélection des équipes 2020 /2020 teams selection La Course


In accordance with the Union Cycliste International’s regulations, the eight UCI Women’s WorldTeams automatically entered are:


As well as the eight teams already selected, the organisers have extended invitations to the following fifteen UCI Women’s Continental Teams:


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