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King wins 4th Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps red jersey
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALFACAR, Spain (AP) " Benjamin King of the United States dominated the final climb to win the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, with overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the red jersey despite losing time.King... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up at Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has continued to move up the general classification at the Vuelta a Espana - but he may have missed out on a promising opportunity.Bennett has finished in 23rd on stage four of the Vuelta, nestled safely amongst the... More...
CCTV captures Whanganui cyclist's direct hit with van
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A young boy on a bicycle was lucky to come away with only a minor injury after being hit by a van at speed at a Whanganui intersection on Tuesday afternoon.The boy, a City College student just leaving school, had shot across the... More...
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson pedals to Garthorne Cup glory
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson earned himself a slice of history winning the tough road cycling race from Whanganui to Mangamahu and return on Saturday.The 18-year-old's impressive ride won him the prestigious Garthorne Cup, a... More...
Are cyclists riding or hiding in Cambridge?
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As members of Cambridge's cycling community contemplate snuggling under the duvet for the night, a number of their phones beep with one word test messages.Are they "riding" or "hiding"?That's code for whether they spring out of... More...
Viviani wins Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps overall lead
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) " Italian rider Elia Viviani won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, with Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the leader's red jersey ahead of Alejandro Valverde.Viviani dominated the final sprint... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A prolonged acceleration by Movistar in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espaa stage 3 was seen as surprising by some race followers on a day expected to end in a bunch sprint and where the Spanish team had little to play for. But as both stage 2 winner Alejandro Valverde and GC contender Nairo Quintana explained afterwards, the Spanish teams aim had been nothing more than to ensure they stayed out of trouble in a tumultuous finale. Besieged by a small, fast-moving cloud of Colombian reporters as he wended his way towards the Movistar team bus, Quintana finally stopped at the foot of the buss stairs to explain to the ever-persistent South American media and other journalists why Movistar had adopted this unexpected strategy.ADVERTISEMENT The idea was to move ahead on that long descent to the finish to avoid any dangers or splits in the sprint, Quintana said. That was the most important thing today, we didnt want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes. It was an incident-free day and the team was with us all the way. Valverde was equally determined to brush off any ideas of repeating his stage 2 win. Even though he started out his professional career as a sprinter, and he remains a formidable fastman on the uphills - as Kwiatkowski saw on Sunday - it has been a long time since Valverde went for a more straightforward bunch sprint, or as the Spanish would say, it has rained since then. I was well placed just to avoid crashes, nothing more than that. There was no way I was going for the win, Valverde said. I felt good, even though its been another day of intense heat. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and Quick-Step Floors continued their seemingly unstoppable run of success this season in the Vuelta a Espaas first bunch sprint stage on Monday. After four victories in the Giro dItalia, for Viviani powering across the line in Alhaurin de la Torre was his fifth Grand Tour win of 2018, whilst for Quick-Step, after five wins in the Giro dItalia and four in the Tour de France, this latest triumph put the Belgian squad into double figures in the three-week stage races. Victory was anything but taken for granted by the Belgian quad, Viviani said afterwards, given that they had not been at all certain that the stage would end in a bunch sprint. He even argued that the hardest part of the victory for the team had been ensuring, on a day with 2,530 metres of vertical climbing, that the race stayed together. On a personal level, it was being sure that he could handle the hills of Spain as well as he knew - with victories as recent as in the Hamburg Cyclassics last Sunday - as he could handle the sprints.ADVERTISEMENT The hardest part was the racing beforehand, the Italian National Champion said afterwards. I knew that beforehand that when you come on the Vuelta you do a lot of climbing so I spent my time before the race in training camps, working on getting over the hills, not working on my sprints. The days climbing had proved so hard that there was no room for organised sprinting trains in the finale, which Viviani described simply as chaotic. Then when it came to the sprint itself, I said to Michael [Morkov] to go for it from 300 metres to go because I saw that nobody had a proper leadout. I told Michael to do sprint like he was racing for the win, and he did the perfect job. There was a little bit of a tailwind and I knew that if I went for it with 200 metres to go, I would get there fine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Roche still standing for BMC in GC battle
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the dust settled on the Vuelta a Espaas tumultuous stage 2, which saw two of BMCs top racers, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis, suffer badly, Nicolas Roche has emerged as BMCs best-placed rider in the general classification. As Porte and Dennis have repeatedly stated, neither started the Vuelta with any GC ambitions, and that was confirmed in ways neither of them would have liked. Portes gastroenteritis left him on the back foot even before the race had started, while Dennis suffered badly in the heat of stage 2 and both lost over 13 minutes. Meanwhile, Roche has always put in solid performances at the Vuelta, taking 14th last year as well as leading the race and taking two stage wins in previous seasons. After finishing just behind the main favourites at Caminito del Rey, losing 15 seconds on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the removal of Porte and Dennis from the Vueltas media limelight has left the Irishman as BMCs best-placed racer, 50 seconds down on current leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).ADVERTISEMENT Although he did not know for sure that he was doing the Vuelta a Espaa until relatively late, Roche told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 3 that, it was always in my plan, and I was always in the reserves list, although I hadnt raced that much. Recently fifth in the Tour of Norway after abandoning in the Tour de Pologne with gastroenteritis, Roche said, I was always preparing as if in my mind I was going to the Vuelta and then if I wasnt going to go, Id have been disappointed, but Id have done the Tour of Germany or Tour of Britain and then its the Worlds in a months time. All the work Id done prior to the Vuelta would have been used one way or another. So I did the work, hoping that the team were going to trust me, and they did and Im pleased to be here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: New Zealand team for world road championships named
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand will have multiple chances for a top finish at the cycling world road championships in Innsbruck next month.The best chance, surely, lies with George Bennett, who has been named as leader for the men's road race, where... More...
Valverde wins 2nd Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski takes lead
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CAMINITO DEL REY, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead.Valverde beat Kwiatkowski in the final meters of an uphill sprint to win the... More...
Cycling: George Bennett snares fifth as favourites falter at Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has stamped his mark as one of the contenders at the Vuelta a Espana.It's early days, of course, but Bennett has surged to fifth place on stage two this morning, finishing three seconds behind stage winner Alejandro... More...
Dennis, Porte fade from contention in Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The BMC Racing Team suffered two blows to their overall ambitions at the Vuelta a Espana on the first mass-start stage to Caminito del Rey, as red jersey holder Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte were left on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and lost over 13 minutes. Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial, suffered on a stage that was technically classified as flat, but as the peloton found out, it was anything but - with four classified climbs and numerous stretches of narrow, tight roads. "I think the wind played a big part in today's stage and the roads were never straight or flowing so, you never got to sit in the peloton," Dennis said. "You were always chasing or in single file going around a corner. The altitude gain wasn't that bad but I think the terrain was the real difficulty today."ADVERTISEMENT The 163.5km stage from Marbella started out to script, with a breakaway going clear on the first climb, the category 2 Puerto de Ojen, and getting an immediate gap. "At the start, I didn't feel too bad and we were riding pretty solidly. Of course, it wasn't easy but I was feeling comfortable with the pace and I thought maybe my legs would be better than I thought," Dennis said. "But, about two hours in, I really started to suffer and even sitting on the wheel I wasn't feeling great. I lasted for as long as possible and I was planning on trying to help at the end if I was needed but I just had nothing left in the tank." It didn't help that Team Sky and Movistar went to the front as the last of the breakaway riders were getting reeled in and upped the pace ahead of the final part of the closing circuit with some 30km to go. The surge split the peloton and Dennis and Porte both ended up on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde shows flying form with 10th Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde gave Movistar its first victory of the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa on Sunday, taking out stage 2 to Caminito del Rey over new race leader Michal Kwiatkowski.The win was the 120th career victory for the 38-year-old, and his 10th stage win in his home Grand Tour. The victory came after some aggressive pace-making by Movistar and Team Sky, which split the peloton before it even reached the long but shallow category 3 finishing climb, and signaled Valverde's return to form after a disappointing Tour de France. "Before the start, we already had clear instructions of going to the front with the whole team into the final circuit, because there were dangerous, narrow sections where you had to take over if you didn't want to get caught out of position,"Valverde said.ADVERTISEMENT There were indeed a number of contenders who were distanced - overnight leader Rohan Dennis and his BMC teammate RichiePorte lost 13:31, as did Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world championPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Others were dropped later, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) losing four minutes, Dan Martin (UAETeamEmirates) gave up 1:15, and others like Miguel Angel Lopez(Astana) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) conceded a handful of seconds. "The heat really hurt a lot of people,"Valverde said. "I was surprised to see so many riders dropping back though. Hearing on the radio that real contenders for this win were getting out of contention, we were more motivated about seeking for this victory." Quick-Step's Laurens De Plus lit up the finale with a searing attack with 1km to go and, though he didn't get a big gap, he continued to carve out time until the steep final pitch when Valverde and Kwiatkowski surged out of the chasing bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After Team Sky shattered the peloton in the closing stages of the Vuelta a Espaa's first mass-start stage on Sunday, Michal Kwiatkowski was hoping to finish off his teammates' hard work with a stage victory in Caminito del Rey. But the Polish champion was unable to counter the powerful uphill surge from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and had to settle for second place. Kwiatkowski missed out on winning the prologue by six seconds toBMC's Rohan Dennis, and even taking the race lead off the Australian was of little consolation after two near-misses in a row. "It's not the way I wanted to take the jersey, I was hoping to win the stage,"Kwiatkowski said according toTeamSky.com. "The team were amazing ahead of the finale but Valverde was very impressive. In his country, when he races La Vuelta, it's not easy to beat Alejandro. It's a bit disappointing but I'm the leader of La Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT Kwiatkowski did not need the time bonus to overtake Dennis in the overall classification, as the BMC rider was distanced when Team Sky and Movistar surged with 30km to go. Dennis ended up losing over 13 minutes on the stage, putting Kwiatkowski in the lead over Valverde by 14 seconds with Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman in third at 25 seconds. There is the real possibility that the Pole can hold onto the race lead for several more days, but a stage win is his overarching goal. "I'm happy about yesterday and about my shape today. Let's stay focused and try to win another one," he said. "I just want to celebrate this moment. La Vuelta is really long so I want to enjoy tonight and then racing in the red jersey tomorrow." Kwiatkowski had plenty of podium time after the stage, as he leads the points and combined classifications in addition to the overall. The team has big ambitions even if they lack the kind of obvious Grand Tour firepower that they brought to the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France withChrisFroome and GeraintThomas. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Short-handed Boels Dolmans win in Plouay with Amy Pieters
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) was all smiles on the GP de Plouay podium Saturday afternoon after sprinting to victory against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb). Normally one of the strongest teams in a race, the Boels Dolmans squad was short-handed from the get-go in Plouay. Due to illness, world champion Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta could not take the start, leaving the orange-clad team with only four riders.Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Karol-Ann Canuel, one of the team's designated leaders, had to abandon on the first of five laps. But the remaining three riders were strong enough to still leave their mark on the race and eventually take the victory. "We had a small team, but we said to each other 'we have to win today'," Pieters said after the finish. "Skylar [Schneider], Megan [Guarnier] and I raced really well together. We made it a hard race, and in the final it was down to Megan and me. Megan was really strong, she attacked several times in the final. I did not have to do anything, that was perfect for me. I could try to recover, was able to hang on and eventually won the sprint."ADVERTISEMENT On the finishing straight, Rivera was not quite sure which wheel to follow when Pieters launched her sprint. The US champion decided to stay in the slipstream of Vos and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and ended up close to the barriers. Although she was not entirely boxed in and still almost beat Vos for second place, Rivera admitted that a different decision in that split-second might have given her the victory. "In the sprint, I hesitated just a bit to change sides, and I think that cost me the win. But I am super proud of the girls for the effort we put into the race. When the race opened up in the last couple of laps, we were always in a position where we could win. Liane [Lippert] followed a huge attack the last time up the climb, and we both ended up in the front group. We will be back next year to move up to that top step." Cervlo-Bigla were probably the most active team of the day. Several times, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and her young understudy Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig went off the front of the peloton, trying to initiate a breakaway from 20 kilometres out. In the end, Moolman-Pasio finished eighth from the 15-rider front group. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos ends successful road season, will race full cyclo-cross calendar
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) called an end to her 2018 road season with a second place at the GP de Plouay and extending her lead in the UCIWomen's WorldTour with three events remaining. Choosing to skip the BoelsLadies Tour, Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Tour of Guangxi, Vos will instead shift to the cyclo-cross scene for her first full off-road season in three years. Vos will start with the TrekCXC UCIWorld Cup inWaterloo,Wisconsin, and take on the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa before heading back to Europe for a series of events: the Hotondcross, Superprestige Gieten, BernWorldCup, the Nacht van Woerden, RuddervoordeSuperprestige and the European championships.ADVERTISEMENT "I decided race cyclo-cross in September a while ago,"Vos said in a team press release. "I think it's good to do it differently from other years for once. The people who know me also know that I love 'cross. I have never ridden a whole winter in 'cross as an elite. The last time Idid was as a junior. "A first important goal is the European Championship in Rosmalen, in early November. For that, it is necessary that I ramp up enough race rhythm by racing 'cross every week." Vos will take a break after the European Championships to gear up for the remainder of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte: I should be better in the last week
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After enduring a bout of gastroenteritis in the days leading up to the Vuelta a Espaa, Richie Porte (BMC) was always likely to pay a price in the opening time trial in Malaga. The 8km test was his first race since abandoning the Tour de France on stage 9, and Porte placed 97th, 51 seconds down on stage winner and teammate Rohan Dennis. I think the lead up to a Grand Tour is always a little stressful and mine definitely hasn't been ideal so I am just glad to start the race really, Porte said. It was a pretty straightforward course with a couple of corners where you had to be a little more careful and it was a little bit slippery as there is obviously a lot of traffic on these roads normally. The climb wasn't much to worry about either. Porte arrived at the Tour de France among the favourites for overall victory after his triumph at the previous months Tour de Suisse. For the second year in succession, however, his challenge ended with a crash on stage 9, as he broke his collarbone in a fall on the road to Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The Australian revealed his intention to ride the Vuelta shortly afterwards, but since arriving in Spain, he has suggested that his primary aim over the coming three weeks is to prepare for the mountainous World Championships in Innsbruck next month. I didn't feel great today but I knew that I wasn't coming into the race in my best form. The Tour de France was bitterly disappointing and it's not been a straightforward run in for me but I look forward to building on my form especially for the UCI World Championships over the next three weeks, said Porte, who confirmed last week that he will move to Trek-Segafredo for the 2019 season. I know I am going to take a bit of a kicking over the first two weeks but I think I should be better in the last week. Mentally, it was hard to get over the crash in July and it wasn't easy to restart or find my momentum but I have still done some good training. I am definitely not as good as I was at the Tour but hopefully by the end, I can be in good shape. I would love to be able to take a stage win in the final week. It looks really hard on paper and that's my big motivation." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Australian rider Dennis wins time trial to start Vuelta
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MALAGA, Spain (AP) " Australian rider Rohan Dennis won the time trial on Stage One of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Michal Kwiatkowski of Sky grabbed an early advantage over other team leaders.Dennis powered his way through... More...

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