30 January 2012

2012 National Champions and their jerseys

National Championship road and time trial kits for the 2012 season 

Although most of the National Championships were earned last June (except for Australia and New Zealand), a number of the riders who will wear these prized jerseys in 2012 have changed teams this year. Here is a quick visual summary of the new championship jerseys for the 2012 cycling season.  

As a fan I enjoy identifying the national jerseys in the peloton. It makes the rider easily recognizable to the fans and uniquely honors their achievement, for at least the year, after which the colors shrink to the armbands around the jersey sleeve or collar. Still a team's roster that is packed with jerseys of various colors, representing the best of the best, is an impressive sight. I say let the sponsor logos take a backseat for these few cyclists for the year, overall the riders receive more exposure through airtime and photo time because they stand.

This post is a tradition, here are the previous jersey collections from 2011 and 2010: 2011 - National Champion Jerseys for 2010 / 2011, The New 2011 National Champions of cycling and from 2010 - National Champion Jerseys. 

American 2011 Road National Champion - Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Nissan Trek)
American 2011 Time Trial National Champion - David Zabriskie (Garmin-Baracuda)
(National Championships took place in May 2011)
Matthew Busche's champion jersey
Australian 2011 Road National Champion - Simon Gerrans (GreenEDGE)
Australian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Luke Dubridge (GreenEDGE)
(National Championships took place in January 2012)
Simon Gerrans's champion jersey
Belgian 2011 Road National Champion - Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
Belgian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Philippe Gilbert (BMC) 
(National Championships took place in June 2011)
Philippe Gilbert's champion jersey
Brazilian 2011 Road National Champion - Murilo Fischer (Garmin-Baracuda)
Murilo Fischer's champion jersey
British 2011 Road National Champion - Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) 
British 2011 Time Trial National Champion -Alex Dowsett
(The British 2011 Road National Championships took place in June 2011, the Time Trial National Championships were held in September 2011) 
Bradley Wiggins' champion jersey
Denmark 2011 Road National Champion - Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank)  
Denmark 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Rasmus Quaade (Team Concordia Forsikring)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
Nicki Sørensen's champion jersey
French 2011 Road National Champion - Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
French 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Christophe Kern (Europcar) 
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
Sylvain Chavanel's champion jersey
German 2011 Road National Champion - Robert Wagner (Radioshack-Nissan Trek) 
German 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
(National Championships took place in June 2011)
Robert Wagner's champion jersey
Irish 2011 Road National Champion - Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) 
Irish 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)   
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
Matthew Brammeier's champion jersey
Italian 2011 Road National Champion - Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)  
Italian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
Giovanni Visconti's champion jersey
Lithuanian 2011 Road National Champion - Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Baracuda)
Lithuanian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Gediminas Bagdonas (an-Post Sean Kelly)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 

Luxembourg 2011 Road National Champion - Fränk Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)  
Luxembourg 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Christian Poos (Team Differdange-Magic-Sportfood.de)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 

Fränk Schleck gets an extra red stripe on his jersey (right)
Netherlands 2011 Road National Champion - Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM)
Netherlands 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Stef Clement (Rabobank)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
Pim Ligthart's champion jersey
New Zealand 2011 Road National Champion - James Williamson (Pure Black Racing)
New Zealand 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling)
(National Championships took place in January 2012)

Norway 2011 Road National Champion - Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha)
Norway 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Pro Cycling) 
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 

Alexander Kristoff's champion jersey
Polish 2011 Road National Champion - Tomasz Marczynsk (Vacansoleil-DCM)
Tomasz Marczynsk's champion jersey
Spanish 2011 Road National Champion - José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) 
Spanish 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 
José Joaquín Rojas' champion jersey
Swiss 2011 Road National Champion - Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) 
Swiss 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Martin Kohler (BMC)
(National Championships took place in June 2011) 

Fabian Cancellara's champion jersey
Uzbekistan 2011 Road National Champion - Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM)
Sergey Lagutin's champion jersey
List of all 2011 national road cycling championships (the teams have not been updated) 
World Champion Road - Mark Cavendish (Sky Pro Cycling)
Mark Cavendish 2012 World Champion jersey
World Champion Time Trial - Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Tony Martin 2012 World Champion jersey
The next Cycling World Championships will be held in Limburg, Netherlands in 2012, Florence, Italy, in 2013, and Ponferrada, Spain, in 2014.

Team BMC has three former World Champions and 3 current National Champions Road on their 2012 team. Team RadioShack-Nissan has 4 National Champions Road and 1 National Champion Time Trail on their team in 2012. Omega Pharma-Quickstep currently has 3 National Champions Road when you include Curaçao Road Race Champion Marc de Maar, 1 World Champion Time Trial  and 3 National Champions Time Trial (since Chavanel and Brammeier are both road and TT champions).  

* I will try to add more time trial national champion jerseys as the men appear in their new kits at races in 2012.  

To view the regular team jerseys for 2012: 2012 ProTour Team Jerseys

28 January 2012

2012 ProTour Team Jerseys

Cycling Jerseys in action in 2012
The lineup of the new 2012 professional cycling team kits. Subtle design changes in most of the jerseys for 2012, with more drastic changes in the design of the jerseys for Saxo Bank, Quickstep, Lotto-Belisol, and Katusha. Also the new kit on the scene for the new team GreenEDGE.  I like the new Lotto-Belisol kit, which one is your favorite? (Images from the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under website, the Vacansoleil team website, and the recent Liquigas Cannondale team training camp)

ALM  AG2R LA MONDIALE  FRA  team website
Ag2R La Mondiale 2012 team kit
AST   ASTANA PRO TEAM    KAZ  team website
Astana 2012 team kit
BMC  BMC RACING TEAM   USA  team website
BMC 2012 team kit
Euskaltel-Euskadi 2012 team kit
FDJ    FDJ-BIGMAT  FRA  team website
FDJ-Bigmat 2012 team kit
Garmin-Baracuda 2012 team kit
Update: Garmin Sharp new jersey for the 2012 TDF
Garmin-Sharp new 2012 Tour de france jersey
Green Edge Cycling 2012 team kit
Update: Orica-GreenEdge new 2012 jersey
Orica GreenEDGE 2012 jersey
Update July 2012: yet another new jersey for the Tour de France
New Orica-GreenEDGE team jersey for Tour de France
KAT   KATUSHA TEAM  RUS  team website
Katusha 2012 team kit
LAM  LAMPRE- ISD   ITA  team website
Lampre-ISD 2012 team kit
(and the drama of the Italian Video, Liquigas-Cannondale, questa storia - La maglia verde-blu - Cap. )
Liguigas-Cannondale 2012 team kit
LTB    LOTTO BELISOL TEAM  BEL  team website
Lotto-Belisol 2012 team kit
MOV  MOVISTAR TEAM ESP  team website
Movistar 2012 team kit
Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2012 team kit
Rabobank 2012 team kit
RadioShack-Nissan 2012 team kit
SKY   SKY PRO CYCLING  GBR  team website
Sky 2012 team kit
SAX   TEAM SAXO BANK  DEN  team website
Saxo Bank 2012 team kitc
Update, July 2012: new jersey for the 2012 Tour de France and team sponsor - Tinkoff
New SaxoBank-Tinkoff team jersey
Vacansoleil-DCM 2012 team kit

Word of the Day: duinen

de duinen van Koksijde 
Dunes, as in sand dunes. And that is exactly what will challenge the riders in the Elite Men’s cyclocross World championships tomorrow in Koksijde, Belgium. Sven Nys, Kevin Pauwels and Niels Albert are the three favorites. Watch it Live! on ProCyclinglive.com or Universal Sports ($4.99) schedule. Elite Mens race start is 7:00am (MST) in the USA.
Recently tweeted photos from Koksijde:
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Race Previews:
The defending two time world champion Zdeněk Štybar (Czech) (Omega Pharma-Quick Step):
Zdeněk Štybar   Photo from www.zdenekstybar.com
The leader going into the race Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) (Sunweb-Revor) currently ranked #1:
Kevin Pauwels  Photos from www.ktpauwels.be
Over 50,000 fans have been gathering to watch the races this weekend, how many will be there tomorrow?
Koksijde, Belgium
Men still fish the old fashioned way in Koksijde
Fishing on horseback on the sand beaches of Koksijde for Cragnon-cragnon or grey North Sea shrimp
Weather forecast for Koksijde, Belgium, Sunday January 29, 2012
For fans located near Denver, Colorado, the Frites en Mayo Velo Club is still planning their Denver World Cyclocross viewing party.

Update: 01/30/12: 25-year-old Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) Albert II crowned king of the Belgians By CyclingNews
Update: 01/30/12: Recommended Viewing: A good gallery of images from Wil Matthews Photo from the 2012 Cyclocross Worlds in Belgium

27 January 2012

Recommended Reading: Tour de France History

A wonderful read about one the the most significant stories of rider perseverance in the history of the Tour de France. This well-written story of Eugene Christophe and his broken fork on the Col du Tourmalet during the 11th Tour de France in 1913 delivers the real story with details you might not have read before.

The building that housed the famous forge still exists (repaired and with a new roof) and is a national historic site in Sainte-Marie-de-Campan in the Pyrenees. It is marked with a new commemorative plaque placed in 2003. 

were the bellows stoked inside this small workshop?
the new plaque on the reported site of the 2 hour fork repair
 old plaque
Location of Saint-Marie-de Campan (between the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d'Aspin)