My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

Rohregger retires

Category: Cycling

Thomas Rohregger will return to full time education at university, and thus ends his career.

The 30-year-old Austrian rode the last three seasons at the RadioShack-Leopard team.

Rohregger posted a message on his personal Facebook page, saying that, “I want to let you know that I will stop at this point my professional cycling career and that I will focus on finishing my university studies and developing myself in 'normal' life. A big thank you to all of you for your great support during the last years. A very nice period of my life ends here and another one just begins. Lots of love and see you out there, Tommy.”

Tony Martin undergoes surgery

Category: Cycling

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has undergone surgery to resolve a small problem with his left wrist.

The world time trial champion fractured his scaphoid in a crash during stage 1 of the 2012 Tour de France, but continued the race until stage 11. It left him with a ‘non-union’ fracture. However, he has competed successfully in the second half of 2012 and in 2013. He won the world time trial championships in both Limburg and Tuscany and this year, he took 13 victories, including overall victory at the Volta ao Algarve and the Tour of Belgium.

After the surgery, Martin will wear a special cast for six weeks while his fracture heals. He will be able to ride his bike.

“Martin was always assisted by team medical staff, and the surgery went very well,” a statement from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step said.

“Martin will now wear a special, bike specific cast for the next six weeks. The special cast allows Martin to resume training earlier than the six weeks it must be worn, and he will be ready for the next season.”

Richeze extends with Lampre-Merida

Category: Cycling

Maximilano Richeze has renewed his contract with Lampre-Merida for another two years. He joined the team ahead of the 2013 season.

"The balance was good," he told Ciclismo Internacional when talking about the 2013 season. "After several years without WorldTour racing, I think I had a good second half of the season. The beginning was not very good. I had a hard time getting used to the pace but from the middle of the season I had adapted."

Richeze took four podiums at the Vuelta, one at the Eneco tour, and five at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

"This year I did a little bit more resistance work in order to keep up with the pace of the WorldTour races which are very long," he explained. "As a consequence, I lost some power which I lacked in the races. With a year of competition in my legs I can see that I have the strength for next year and I will now focus more on my sprint and find that little bit extra that has been missing."

"My weak point is explosive sprints," he said. "The races that are short and flat cost me more. I prefer that the courses are a bit harder and that my rivals are a bit more tired in the sprint."

Next season, Richeze hopes to race the Tour de France. However, his race program is not yet decided. It seems though like he will start his season at the Tour de San Luis.

"I would love to ride the Tour de France since I have never done it before and because it is the biggest race in the world," he said. "The main objective is to start strong in St. Louis and then from there we will see what unfolds."