AP Photo

Tour de France organizers unveil opening stages of 2020 race

1 Comment

PARIS — Sprinters and climbers will have a chance to shine at the start of next year’s Tour de France.

Race organizers have unveiled the details of the first two stages of the 2020 edition of cycling’s showcase event, which will start in the Mediterranean city of Nice.

The 170-kilometer opening stage consists of three laps on a circuit designed around Nice with a finish on the Promenade des Anglais that should favor sprinters. The profile of the second stage, which also finishes in Nice, is radically different with three difficult climbs, the Col de la Colmiane, Col de Turini and Col d’Eze.

The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981.

This year’s race will begin in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx’s first win.

USA Cycling creates fund honoring the late Kelly Catlin

AP Photo
Leave a comment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) USA Cycling announced the creation of a fund Thursday in honor of Kelly Catlin, a member of the Olympic silver medal-winning pursuit squad who killed herself in her home last week.

The beneficiaries of the fund will be determined with help from Catlin’s family. Her father, Mark Catlin, said in a statement that he hopes “Kelly’s legacy will continue to live on.”

The 23-year-old Catlin shot to stardom while in college at the University of Minnesota. She soon joined the U.S. track cycling program and rode for the Rally UHC Cycling team on the road.

Her family announced this week that they were donating Catlin’s brain to the Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank. They hope to learn whether a concussion may have resulted in mental or behavioral changes that led to her death.

Due to a backlog of cases, the results are not expected for up to a year.

U.S. cyclist Kelly Caitlin, 23, found dead in her home

Kelly Caitlin
Getty Images
Leave a comment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23.

USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, told VeloNews that his daughter killed herself.

Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the U.S. national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.