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Cycling: George Bennett bounces back into the top 10 in the Tour of the Alps
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has bounced back from a tough day in the mountains yesterday to earn back his spot in the top 10 in the Tour of the Alps.Bennett, who has finished in the top 11 of all of his stage races in 2018, claimed fourth... More...
Local boards prioritise road safety as number of road deaths and serious injuries hit crisis point
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A cyclist left in a critical condition after a collision with a car this morning is one of many amid an increasing number of road deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads.Elite New Zealand cyclist Alexander Ray is unconscious... More...
Valverde vows to return to Fleche Wallonne fray for sixth title
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
There are plenty of cliches out there about nothing lasting forever, but five years represent an eternity in the intense world of Classics racing. So when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) failed to triumph in La Flche Wallonne on Wednesday for the fifth April in a row, it represented a shocking defeat with a capital S. But if Valverde was disappointed, he did not show it too much, pointing out afterwards that he had been the rider that ran Alaphilippe the closest and promised to return to the fray in the years to come. At the same time, as Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal), the other rider on the Flche Wallonne podium pointed out, from the moment the race had tackled the Mur for the first time, and the attacks began to rain down on Movistar, "it had felt different to other years.ADVERTISEMENT "For the first time in five years, it was as if we all realised that to beat Valverde; we had to put him under pressure well before the finish." Sitting in the press conference, where - to his immense credit - Valverde seemed as happy to answer questions after finishing second as he had done when he won, the Movistar leader recognised that it had been a higher-pressure race than other years. "Everybody raced hard against me, but it was clear that I was the man to beat, and that's normal. At the start of the race, I was the big favourite. But I'm still going away feeling pleased with how I raced because I did everything I could. You can read more at More...
Pinot takes the lead at Tour of the Alps, avoids Froome's salbutamol case
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lost the Tour of the Alps to Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) by just six seconds in 2017 but promised not to miss out this year. The Frenchman blew the race apart with his instinctive aggression on stage 3 to Merano and pulled on the fuchsia leader's jersey. Pinot dragged an attack away on the Passo della Mendola with 50km to go with long surges of speed, exposing the weakness of both Team Sky and Astana. The attack gained a minute on the long climb as Astana and Team Sky argued about who should lead the chase. The time gradually came down as Kenny Elissonde, again, gave his all for his Team Sky leader Chris Froome. TheFrenchman's move was eventually nullified near Merano after Froome tucked and dived his way down the long descent. Pinot's descending skills again let him down, but he still had the strength to win the sprint behind lone, late-race attacker Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data), who was initially part of Pinot's move.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) crashed on the descent, losing four minutes and so Pinot's name rang out across Merano as he was declared the new race leader. "It's great to take the jersey. It makes up for last year," Pinot explained after the podium ceremony. "Thomas attacked and gained time on me while I pulled back some seconds thanks to time bonuses. But he was stronger, and it wasnt enough to win." Natural aggression but no comment on Froome Only victory is beautiful, even better if in Italy You can read more at More...
Alaphilippe dethrones Valverde as King of La Fleche Wallonne
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After four straight years of domination of La Flche Wallonne by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe's defeat of the Spaniard on the Mur de Huy on Wednesday had a real feel of an end of an era. Not since Tom Boonen in 2004-2007 at E3 Harelbeke has a rider remained unbeaten in a major race for so long as Valverde in Flche Wallonne. And if by some twist of fate, Alaphilippe were to stop racing tomorrow, his defeat of Valverde on the Mur de Huy will be seen by many as the standout moment of his career. Victory in La Flche Wallonne is the first Classic win of Alaphilippe's career, too, as well as France's first in the race since Laurent Jalabert back in 1997. But as Alaphilippe was quick to admit afterwards, it was beating Valverde, dubbed the King of the Mur de Huy since 2014, that made it even more exceptional.ADVERTISEMENT "I've been twice on the podium here before today and the first time [in 2015] was a surprise, and the second the confirmation of my earlier result," Alaphilippe said. "But I really needed to win a big race, and to do that and get my first Flche Wallonne ahead of Valverde is something very special." Explaining his lack of celebrations as he crossed the line, Alaphilippe revealed that "I didn't think I had won. I thought [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was still ahead after breaking away. Then my cousin, who was waiting on the line, told me I had got it." You can read more at More...
Cycling: George Bennett drops back in Tour of the Alps after tough stage
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Perhaps George Bennett isn't Superman after all.That moniker is already claimed by Miguel Angel Lopez in the world of cycling, and Lopez showed why this morning, winning a gruelling second stage of the Tour of the Alps.However,... More...
Auckland records busiest month ever on cycleways
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland's cycleways were used more last month than ever before with 50,000 more trips taken.A record breaking 430,000 rides were recorded in March 2018, up 13.5 per cent on the previous year, according to data collected by Auckland... More...
Pinot shows form for the Giro d'Italia despite limited racing days
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had only raced for nine days before starting the Tour of the Alps but showed he is on form as his double assault on the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France nears, finishing second on stage 2's mountain finish at Alpe di Pampeago behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). Pinot dug deep on the steep final kilometres to the ski resort. He made one attack after Chris Froome (Team Sky) tried an acceleration but when he realised that it was impossible to get away into the headwind, he focused on being well placed for the sprint to the line. Lopez had the extra speed to kick ahead and win the stage but Pinot was able to beat new race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) and distance Froome, finishing four seconds ahead of the Briton. He also gained a six-second time bonus for second place and so is now second overall, six seconds down on the young Colombian and ten seconds the better of Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Pinot crossed the finish line with his tongue out and his jersey open. After being pushed up the steep road by his Groupama-FDJ soigneur, he stopped and emptied a bottle of fluids. "It was a small group sprint so I thought I had a good chance," Pinot said, trying to hide his disappointment. "But it was very tactical because there was a headwind in the final kilometre, so you couldn't go from too far out, and you couldn't afford to make too many efforts. I was looking for the stage win because it's always important to win, but I was beaten in the sprint." You can read more at More...
Cycling: George Bennett hit by car before Tour of the Alps, still claims top 10 finish
April 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has avoided a near calamity to continue his strong form in the lead-up to the Giro d'Italia.Bennett was hit by a car on a training ride yesterday, the day before taking part in the Tour of the Alps, but... More...
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Valerie Adams' silver medal speech that was gold
April 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Northland's six gold-medal winning athletes are being talked about for all the right reasons after a competitive and sometimes controversial New Zealand team performance on the Gold Coast.Portia Woodman scored a try in the women's... More...
Graeme Simpson: MTB people are gems
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A few weeks on from Crankworx and the force is still strong in this one.I was media accredited, but I was busy with other work and up on the hill less than I wanted to. I also felt 162 in the media centre. When did the MTB media... More...
Kris Shannon: Hamish Bond's feats impressive but Shohei Ohtani trumps them
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An athlete excelling in two disparate disciplines is always confounding - an evocation of childhood, perhaps, when we all knew one annoying kid who was good at everything.It's something that should be impossible in the specialised... More...
Cycling: Heartbreak for Kiwi men road racers
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the first 167.3 kilometres of the men's road race, the New Zealand team rode a perfect race.In the last kilometre, they fell apart, with Australia staging a dramatic snatch and grab to claim gold, and leaving New Zealand with... More...
Commonwealth Games: Georgia Williams takes silver in the women's road race
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Georgia Williams has broken New Zealand's 20-year medal drought in the women's road race at the Commonwealth Games.Williams has claimed silver on the 112.2 kilometre course on the Gold Coast, riding strongly to finish comfortably... More...
Commonwealth Games: Sam Gaze - 'I acted like a boy, I'll be a man now'
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's warring mountain bikers have made their peace after Sam Gaze delivered one of the distasteful gold medal performances in a black jersey.A contrite Gaze fronted media yesterday to set the record straight on his bad... More...
Weekend Herald editorial: Bitter display let air out of cyclists' one-two glory
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
What a pity that one young Kiwi should win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and promptly vent his spleen about the silver medallist, a fellow Kiwi. We rarely have the thrill of watching New Zealanders fight out the finish of... More...
Cycling: Hundreds sign up for Rotorua to Taupo 100K Flyer
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Between 900 and 1000 cyclists will take on a 100km test of endurance from Rotorua to Taupo this weekend.The Moa Rotorua to Taupo 100K Flyer has been alternating directions in recent years. This year was meant to be from Taupo to... More...
Commonwealth Games: Showing the finger - we've seen this in New Zealand cycling before
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Haven't we seen this movie before? A New Zealand cyclist forced to apologise for seemingly spiteful behavior after winning a bike race?Sam Gaze's actions yesterday recall Jason Christie's controversial obscene gesture to the cyclists... More...
Comment: Sam Gaze becomes one of NZ's most ungracious victors with spiteful aftermath
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sam Gaze's metamorphosis from hero to villain was swift.Hopefully he gets a chance to redeem himself.The 22-year-old delivered one of the most exhilarating moments of this Commonwealth Games when he suffered a puncture on the... More...
Bardet previews 'spectacular' Tour de France stage 5
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) rode 85km of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France to Quimper in Brittany in a training session on Friday. The final 37km also feature in Saturday's Tour du Finistre, where Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) will also combine racing with vital Tour de Francereconnaissance. "It'll be a spectacular stage," Bardet said of the rolling, twisting stage, which is held the day before the double ascent to Mr-de-Bretagne. Bardet first made a name for himself at WorldTour level at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race, when he attacked in the finale of the race. Instead of competing in the Dutch event again on Sunday, he has opted to line up at the French Cup race Tour du Finistre on Saturday. He will then compete at Flche Wallonne (April 18) and Lige-Bastonge-Lige (April 22).ADVERTISEMENT "I wanted a change from my routine," Bardet told Cyclingnews at the end of a training session in the charming village of Locronan. "Tour du Finistre, being on Saturday, leaves one more day to prepare for my first Monument this season. It'll give me the speed in the legs that I need to tackle Lige-Bastogne-Lige. "I would have liked to take part in the Tro Bro Leon on Sunday but I need to save some energy for the following Sunday. Instead, Ive added the Flche Wallonne, which wasn't part of my initial plans but is also part of the process. It suits me less than Lige-Bastogne-Lige but I'll do it purely for training. I intend to make efforts in the finale, but I don't want to spread my goals. I'm looking forward to Lige." You can read more at More...

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