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Tour Down Under Roster — Cylance Pro Cycling

New to the professional peloton, Cylance Pro Cycling will be looking to make its mark on the 2016 edition of Santo’s Women’s Tour Down Under

The Cylance Pro Cycling Team is set to launch its inaugural season with the Santos Women’s Tour, now in its second edition, in Adelaide Australia starting January 16th and concluding on January 19th.

“We are incredibly excited to open the 2016 in Australia. The race organization is incredibly professional and it’s very exciting to take the returning champion Valentina Scandalara back to Adelaide” said Omer Kem, founder of Inspire Sports. “It’s very important in an Olympic year to get the team racing as all of our athletes pursue selection to their countries Olympic teams.”

The Cylance Pro Cycling roster for the Santos Women’s Tour includes Valentina Scandalara (2015 Overall Race Winner), Shelley Olds, Rossella Ratto, Alison Tetrick, Krista Doebel-Hickok, and Doris Schweizer.

The 2016 edition of the Santos Women’s Tour see the race elevated to UCI 2.2 status and begins with stage 1 a 95KM circuit on January 16th in Mt. Torrens. On stage 2 the race sees the women tackle the same course used for the men’s People’s Choice Classic a total of 12 times for 20.4KM in East Adelaide. The race continues on stage 3 in Lyndoch for 100.8KM with 2 KOM points that could prove decisive. The Santos Women’s Tour finishes up on January 20th with stage 4, a one hour criterium race in Victoria Park, just east of Adelaide’s city center.

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The Week That Was – № 1 — Cylance Pro Cycling

It is an exciting week for women’s cycling as the official announcement of a 2017 women’s version of the Amstel Gold Classic was made.  This will make a full Spring Classic calendar between Tour of Flanders and Fleche Wallone.  Cylance Pro Cycling manger, Giana Roberge offered her insight to this monumental moment,  “As I stood on the start line at the inaugural women’s World Cup in Sydney Australia I got goose bumps … history was being made.   And now, almost two decades have gone by, and women will finally be able to race the complete Ardennes Classics.  In my book being able to race the Ardennes classics is truly a bench mark of the evolution of women’s racing.  The scope of women’s racing now encompasses almost every race of the men’s schedule, and we at Cylance Pro Cycling are matching the development step by step.  It is a long time coming, but it has arrived.  We are poised to strike incredulous amazement in the hearts of the spectators of the famous Ardennes classics – women can race as hard, as passionately and as dedication as men.   A true showcase of the sport – equal on both side.  It feels so good – we have arrived.”  Cylance Pro Cycling is looking forward to racing these classics with vigor and focus.

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Small finishes top ten at UCI Women’s WorldTour Prudential RideLondon — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling’s newest team member, U.S. national champion Carmen Small, finished 8th at this past weekend’s Prudential RideLondon. The 5.5km circuit of 12 laps through the famous Trafalgar Square boasted tremendous fan support, and the race brought the prestige of a 100,000 Euro prize purse—equal to the men’s field.

The race was fast and strong from the start line, with breaks, attacks and crashes throughout the course. As the women set up for the final sprint, a crash in the middle of the road marred the efforts of some of the teams. Luckily, Cylance Pro Cycling escaped unscathed. In the end, Kirsten Wild (Hitec) took the bunch sprint for the victory while Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) rounded out the podium.

Carmen Small, who raced her first event with Cylance Pro Cycling at last week’s Cascade Classic, showed her impeccable all-around skills for the team. Her 8th place finish solidify Small’s tenacity as a top sprinter as well as great time trialist, climber and stage racer. We’re proud to have her on board!

“I’m back racing in the WorldTour after almost three months!” said Small. “Pretty happy with a top 10 to start things off. Second part of the season will be full of fun with the Cylance Pro Cycling team! Next up will be Norway and Sweden.”

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Sheyla Gutiérrez Wins 2017 Spanish National Championship and Teammates Shine Worldwide — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling achieved its first National Champion of the year as Sheyla Gutiérrez  wins the Spanish National Championships road race.  It was an emotional win for Sheyla as she crossed the line for an emphatic win.

Having won the U23 title for two years, and finishing 3rd in the elites previously, Sheyla was overjoyed to be crowned national champion.  Sheyla also finished a strong 3rd place in the Spanish National Time Trial Championships.  This is Sheyla’s second win of the year after a strong start to the season at the Spring Classics, but a win she will be reminded of every time she lines up wearing her nation’s national championship jersey at every road race.

“I’m really happy with this title. honestly, I think I really deserved it” explains Sheyla.  “I reach a very high level in the first part of the season but I was crossing a tough moment recently and I was not in good shape. This give me courage again to keep working and achieve again the level.”

“The course really suited my abilities, with a final one kilometre hill that was ideal for a rider with a good kick like me,” said the winner in the aftermath of the race. “I was on a really bad streak but luckily I have been able to overcome everything and triumph”

After winning Le Samyn Dames earlier this year, Sheyla proved her consistency through the season as she worked tirelessly for the team.  Man Lacambra, Director Sportif, took note of Sheyla’s potential as a rider for many years and has been dedicated to the development of the team.  “I am very proud of Sheyla and all her hard work” says Manel.  “This is only the beginning of what she is capable of, and I am happy the team has supported young riders like her to keep getting better.”

Sheyla dedicated the victory to her aunt, who had been suffering from some health issues which made Sheyla rush home from the races to attend to her family. “This victory is for my aunt Begoña. I’m so glad she is alive and well to see me win this,” she said with a tear in her eye.  Sheyla’s first race in her new championship colors will be at the Giro Rosa, where she will be joining 6 of her other teammates for the iconic 10 day race through Italy.

 

Giro Rosa Roster:

Sheyla Gutiérrez  (ESP)

Kirsten Wild (NED)

Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Rossella Ratto (ITA)

Malgorzata Jasinska (POL)

Dani King (GBR)

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Shelley Olds Moves Up On Final Stage to Finish Santos Women’s Tour Down Under 2nd Overall. — Cylance Pro Cycling

Cylance Pro Cycling’s first stop on the 2016 Women’s World Tour brought a podium finish, as Shelley Olds finishes 2nd in GC at the Santos Tour Down Under this past weekend in Adelaide, Australia.

“I felt strong heading into this event,” said Olds, whose focus is qualifying for the Rio Games this August. “The Tour Down Under has stages suited for sprint finishes,” which are Olds’expertise.  Joining Olds on the Cylance roster for Santos Tour Down Under was Alison Tetrick, Doris Schweizer, Rossella Ratto, Kristabel Dobel-Hickok and 2015 defending champion Valentina Scandolara.

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Shelley Olds 4th and 5th in back-to-back openers of the European Classics. — Cylance Pro Cycling

Shelley Olds 4th and 5th in back-to-back openers of the European Classics.

Cylance Pro Cycling showed consistency and strength this past weekend in Belgium, as the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland opened the season for the European Classics.

Shelley Olds (USA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) Rosella Ratto (ITA), Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA) and Rachele Barbieri (ITA) lined up for Cylance in this challenging double-duty weekend.

“The classics are so unique,” said Shelley Olds. “200-plus riders, narrow roads, cold weather, cobbles, and a lot of prestige to win. This makes for very nervous racing and you have to be 100% focused at ALL times. The moment you lose focus can be the end of your race.

As predicted, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad saw nearly 200 riders for 123-kilometer race, with clear but cold conditions. Jessie Daams (Lotto Soudal Ladies) going things moving with a solo effort, but was reeled in with 40K to go. A break with Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) and Gracie Elvin (Oirica-AIS) proved the decisive moment, and Armitstead’s solo attack on Elvin lasted with 20K to go. With a near 30 second gap, Armitstead soloed to victory and Shelley Olds finished 5th in a tight bunch sprint.

Director Manel Lacambra sees the progress of the team in every race. “The first two classics of the year are never easy. Some of our riders were coming from altitude training, and they need days to adapt to the high speeds and cold conditions,” Lacambra said. “We are happy because the team is improving every race, and Shelley finished the work with two top 5 placings. We are more confident with every race.”

Oomloop het Nieuwsblad, Belgium. 123 kilometers
#    Rider Name (Country) Team                                                         Result
1     Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    3:23:05
2    Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team                 0:00:29
3    Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
4    Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur
5    Shelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling

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RPM2 Knee Extension Protocol with Alison Tetrick — Cylance Pro Cycling

Throughout the 2016 season Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. The injury hasn’t prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until RPM2 noticed there was a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.

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RPM2 and Cylance Pro Cycling Athlete, Alison Tetrick, Discuss the Effects of Fatigue on Range of Motion and Symmetry — Cylance Pro Cycling

Throughout the 2016 season Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. The injury hasn’t prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until RPM2 noticed there was a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.

As a professional athlete, it is important to note the varying days during testing.  Not only do you need to monitor training and racing schedules, but also fatigue and injuries from crashing.  During completing testing, Alison not only competed in stage races, but also completed hard training days.  It needs to be monitored when these tests occurred to also take note of the generalized fatigue from the racing and training as well as potential injury.  Alison is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in Norway.  This has impeded her range of motion and thus affecting some of the tests.  The shoulder injury makes it more difficult to balance and also has decreased flexibility and utilization in the arm.  Like most injuries, they do not occur in a closed environment.  With injury also comes other compensating actions that could also change range of motion, flexibility, and force.  It will be interesting to continue to monitor Alison’s progress as she gains strength and mobility in her arm and also continues to work on overall balance.

RPM2 is a remote and wearable footbed device initially designed to assess symmetry of athletes. Additionally, RPM2 is the world’s first and only footbed running and cycling power meter. “It is our goal to help athletes achieve higher performance and mitigate injury through proper mechanics, and RPM2 now gives coaches and athletes the ability to augment training to achieve better results”.

Alison is already in the middle of the 30-day testing protocol and will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media. RPM2 will be working with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.

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Rossella Ratto wins UCI Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Scandolara takes silver — Cylance Pro Cycling

“I was looking forward the moment where I could finally thank the team in the best way. When I was solo, I was thinking ‘I can do it… that must be for Cylance!’”

–Rossella Ratto, 22, Cylance Pro Cycling

Ratto gave Cylance Pro Cycling its first UCI victory of the season thanks to a well-timed and tenacious attack. The 22-year-old blasted away from a reduced peloton on the final lap, and soloed to the victory with plenty of room to celebrate ahead of a small group sprinting behind her. Cylance Pro Cycling teammate Valentina Scandolara won the dash for second place over Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare).

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Ronde van Drenthe Roster for Cylance Pro Cycling Announced — Cylance Pro Cycling

Second round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour certain to live up to expectations.

The one-day Ronde van Drenthe is the second round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar which counts the 20% grade up the Vamberg among its tests for the peloton.

Cylance Pro Cycling is bringing a fast team prepared for a difficult finish with Shelley Olds and Valentina Scandolara on good form so far this season. They will be supported by Doris Schweizer, Rachele Barbieri, Sheyla Gutierrez and Alison Tetrick, who recently arrived from the US.