• Steele von Hoff broke another bone (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Here's some of the things happening in the world of cycling this week.
Cycling Central

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21 Sep 2018 - 2:12 PM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2018 - 2:56 PM

Steele von Hoff breaks his collarbone

Steel(e) by name and mental toughness, but not so much physically, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist von Hoff broke his collarbone at the Tour of China II earlier this week.

His Bennelong SwissWellness team mate Anthony Giacoppo won the stage - and is currently leading the race - but von Hoff wasn't so lucky. He shook off the news good humouredly asking on Instagram "Things come in 3's right?"

The tough man won gold in the Commonwealth Games road race in April this year, seven weeks after he broke six vertebrae in his neck and back.

Zwift SBS Cycling Podcast - The day Von Hoff became cycling royalty

In this week's podcast, our host Christophe Mallet has a chat with Steel Von Hoff, recent winner of the Men's Commonwealth Games Road race and is joined by Sophie Smith, Matthew Keenan and Wes Sulzberger to review the queen of the classics Paris-Roubaix, and preview Flèche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Steely von Hoff takes Comm Games gold
Australia's Steele von Hoff has won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games men's road race just weeks after weeks after breaking four vertebrae,
Von Hoff's Games doubt after crash
Steele von Hoff's Commonwealth Games campaign is in jeopardy after a crash which has left the Victorian road cyclist with four cracked vertebrae.

Then this happened:

It was Anthony Giacoppo's second victory at the Tour of China II after winning the prologue earlier in the week.

Australians are dominating the event, with Giacoppo's team mate Michael Freiberg finishing second yesterday and several top 10 finishes for Mitchelton-Bike Exchange riders.

For more information, head to Mitchelton-Scott's site for race reports here.

Niewiadoma wins seven-stage Tour de l'Ardeche

The Polish rider looks in good form ahead of the UCI Road World Championships.

“I’m very happy because this is a result of hard work from our entire team. We were committed and motivated from the start until the end. It’s nice to celebrate it together and to have this feeling of satisfaction. We suffered a lot, learnt a lot and we gained a lot.

"Now, I’m going to Girona to recover for a few days and then I will fly to Innsbruck for the most important race of the season, the road world championships.”

Team mate Tiffany Cromwell was a key lieutenant in Niewiadoma's overall victory, demonstrating strong form of her own ahead of world championship duties for the Australian team and leader Amanda Spratt.

“For me personally I was happy with my form from start to finish. It’s nice to see the work of the last period pay off and it’s good for my confidence going into world championships.

"I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty tired right now!”

How to watch the worlds with us
The hills are alive with the sound of...road bikes and cheering! The 2018 UCI Road World Championships kick off in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend with our coverage starting Monday 24 September including the main events - the women's (Sat 29 Sep 2000 AEST, on Viceland from 2255) and men's (Sun 30 Sep 1730 AEST, on Viceland from 2305) road races.


American woman breaks cycling speed record held by men for 100+ years

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Men's riders' association shenanigans

You may have heard some rumblings about the upcoming Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA) elections at the UCI Road World Championships. In a nutshell, a lot of riders are up in arms about the voting process and also wonder what the CPA actually does. Ex-pro cyclist Dave Millar is running for the presidency against Gianni Bugno who's held the position for a number of years.

If you are after more information on the situation, you won't find a better summary than here at Cycling Tips.

WADA votes to reinstate RUSADA despite dismay

Source: Reuters

Not so much cycling specific news here but will affect sport in general, on Thursday, WADA lifted the ban on Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA subject to various conditions, a decision met with dismay from campaigners.

Although the change will have no immediate effect on current bans on the Russian federations for athletics, weightlifting and paralympics, it opens the door for their return, following the reinstatement of the Russian Olympic Committee after the country was banned from this year's Winter Games in South Korea.

RUSADA was suspended in November, 2015 after an independent WADA report carried out by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren outlined evidence of massive state-backed, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russian sport.

WADA has repeatedly said since that RUSADA would not be reinstated until it satisfied key criteria on a "roadmap for return", including recognising the findings of the McLaren Report and allowing access to stored urine samples at RUSADA's Moscow laboratory.

At Thursday's WADA executive committee meeting in the Seychelles, members approved a lesser version of the first point - an acceptance of the IOC's Schmid Report, which endorsed the core findings of the McLaren Report - and set another "clear timeline" for the implementation of the second.

That means, after remaining banned for refusing access to the Moscow lab, RUSADA is now approved, but could be banned again if access continues to be denied.

"Today, the great majority of the (12-person) WADA Executive Committee (EXCO) decided to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, subject to strict conditions," WADA President Craig Reedie said in a statement.

According to WADA, the chair of its compliance review committee said a letter received from the Russian Ministry of Sport last week amounted to an acceptance of all the findings of the Schmid Report.

RUSADA director general Yuri Ganus told Reuters that more work needed to be done to secure the reinstatement but said Thursday's decision was a positive sign for Russia's suspended track and field athletes, weightlifters and paralympians.

WADA Vice-President Linda Helleland, the most senior member of the agency's leadership to express opposition to reinstatement, said the decision cast a dark shadow over the credibility of the anti-doping movement.

"As an organization, WADA's number one job is to be true to our values of fair sport," Helleland said in a statement. "And today we made the wrong decision in protecting the integrity of sport and to maintain public trust in the anti-doping work.

"Today we failed the clean athletes of the world."

Read more here.