Friday File: 51.11km. 0.8 Second

Hushovd, Evans & Millar, 2011 Tour stage 5.
photo Michael Steele

This cycling season is the year of retirement announcements... Thor Hushovd will hang up his wheels after tomorrow's Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem in Belgium. Cadel Evans will retire after the 2015 Tour Down Under, David Millar after the world championships and newly minted hour record holder Jens Voigt has officially retired. Four high caliber riders of the sport that contributed, animated and rode with panache... end of an era.

Jensie giving it all to blow away the hour record riding 51.11km
photo Ulf Shiller

Jens Voigt joins a select group of hour record holders. He enters into legendary status and retires with a bang.

"It's not possible to compare the hour with a time trial on the road. Here it's not possible to ease up, to change gears or the rhythm. The hour record demands a total effort, permanent and intense, one that's not possible to compare to any other. I will never try it again."

- Jens Voigt. 

Just one more...

Stage 8, 2014 Tour
photo James Startt

Team Canada is sending a smaller squad of 15 riders for the world championships. Notably Svein Tuft will return for the TT and along with his Orica Greenedge mates will have an 0.8 second bone to pick against Omega Pharma. Dark horse team will be Giant Shimano led by Marcel Kittel along with Tom Dumoulin and I predict a podium finish for this powerhouse squad.

Canadian Team (Road Race): Christian Meier, Michael Woods, Ryan Anderson. Alternate: Guillaume Boivin.

Re-live last year's exciting racing...

Thrills, spills...

... and disappointment.