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Cycling: Home town boy triumphs in Rotorua
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The crowds were on their feet chanting his name and fist pumping the air, as Rotorua local Keegan Wright won the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Rockshox against the undefeated Pump Track World Champion.Wright,... More...
'Cycle train' gets green light
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An ingenious Kiwi venture that fixes bicycles to a disused section of the Napier to Gisborne railway line has been given the green light.Railbike Adventures director Geoff Main said he believes the project, on a 90-kilometre stretch... More...
inCycle: The legend of the Muur
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This episode of inCycle takes viewers to the famous slopes of the Muur ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders, anticipating the race-making moves that will inevitably take place there during the 101st running of the cycling Monument. The inCycle crew also takes a look at the future of cycling with Alberto Contador's U23 team Polartec, but first they chat with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) about her preparations before Gent-Wevelgem.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson sought meeting with panel investigating British Cycling
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an independent panel looking into allegations of sexism and bullying at British Cycling drafted a critical report, UCI President and former head of the British federation Brian Cookson sought an interview with the panels members, according to a recent report in The Guardian. British Cycling and UK Sport set up the five-member panel last year to look into the allegations first raised by former Olympic track sprinter Jess Varnish. A copy of the initial draft report that was finished late last year and was leaked to the British media earlier this month was extremely critical of British Cyclings culture of winning at all cost. The Guardian reported that Cookson was apparently disappointed that he was not given a chance to defend the federation to the panel. Correspondence obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Press Association revealed that panel chairwoman Annamarie Phelps amended her initial report to include a subsequent interview with Cookson and a number of new submissions.ADVERTISEMENT The Guardian reported that the new submissions were related to several contributions the panel received after its original cut-off of 30 November from people with a more positive take on life within the Great Britain cycling team, as a lack of balance in the draft had been flagged up by British Cyclings board. Meanwhile, the official release of the final report has been delayed several times because of legal wrangling among the stakeholders about how much would be public. Concerns over the privacy of those who were interviewed were raised, while Phelps wanted to ensure the report faithfully reflects the panels findings. Timeline: The British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis Phelps also warned UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl and British Cycling board member Marian Lauderany that any further direction from the boards would potentially undermine the independence of the report, according to The Guardian. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves overcomes knee injury but skips Pais Vasco
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Orica-Scott has confirmed that Esteban Chaves will miss next weeks Vuelta Ciclista al Pas Vasco, having recently returned to training after a knee injury. The Colombian climber, 27, is hoping to challenge Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the Tour de France later this summer. Chaves has not raced since the Herald Sun Tour in February and he was looking to line up for Pas Vasco next week. However, a bout of tendonitis has scuppered his early season programme. The Volta a Catalunya was scratched for the climbers schedule earlier in March and the Tour of Romandie in late April may also be out of the picture after a lay-off that has lasted several weeks. Chaves kick started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he finished second overall. The Sun Tour, and ninth overall, followed but he was absent from the Colombian nationals after the knee injury flared up for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really disappointed to miss the national championships tomorrow, he said at the time. I was looking forward to making my elite debut in my home town. But it is a long season and we needed to take the decision to fix any little problems now so we can continue with the plan this year without trouble." With Orica not racing a full programme of stage races in " other than the Giro dItalia " Chaves could return to racing in June, at the Critrium du Dauphin, and although he is no stranger to blocks of non-competitive cycling during the season the team are hoping to ease him back into racing. The plan is for him to remain in Colombia for the next few weeks as he builds his stamina and finds form. Cyclingnews understands that the team and medical staff have taken a cautious approach with the Tour de France still the main target. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Recon Ride: Tour of Flanders - Podcast
March 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The hype has been building through tune-up race after tune-up race, but the Tour of Flanders is finally here this Sunday. The biggest event on the Flemish cycling calendar, it might as well be a national holiday " and from an exciting racing standpoint, it rarely disappoints. Defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and a seemingly unstoppable Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the red-hot favourites for a high-calibre showdown on some of cycling's most famous Classics climbs, including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, back for the 2017 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT The Recon Ride takes a closer look at the route and the start list " with some pro insight from rising star Oliver Naesenof AG2R La Mondiale "ahead of De Ronde. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crankworx visitor's warning to others after bike stolen at mountain biking festival in Rotorua
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A tourist in town for Crankworx has been left gutted after her bike was stolen - as police warn festival visitors that mountain bikes are a "hot item" for Rotorua's thieves. Mea Bishop travelled from the South Island with her daughter,... More...
Gaviria shifts gears to focus on Giro d'Italia debut
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has put the Classics in the rearview mirror and will now return home to Colombia to begin the build-up to his Giro d'Italia debut, according to an update posted on the team's website Tuesday. Gaviria, 22, finished fifth at Milan-San Remo and ninth at Gent-Wevelgem, in addition to being a part of Quick-Step's race-winning lineup at Dwars door Vlaanderen. With those one-day appearances in the bag, he is turning the page from his short Classics campaign and looking ahead to his first ever Grand Tour start in Italy this May. "Fernando made another step in his apprenticeship in the one-day races, and now the time has come for him to recover and focus on the Giro d'Italia," said Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere via a team release. "We consider his first part of the season a successful one: He racked up four wins and was in the top 10 at both Classics he's done.ADVERTISEMENT "By going home now, he will have plenty of time to take benefit of the altitude in native Colombia and build a nice training schedule for the Giro, which will mark another step in his development." Sprinter-friendly days in stage races have been a productive environment for Gaviria in his young career. His four victories thus far in 2017 have all come in one-week events, including a WorldTour level triumph at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this month. Although his Classics appearances did not yield any personal victories, the Colombian and his team are content with the progress he showed surviving long days on the bike to deliver respectable sprint results. "It's been a nice experience to be again part of Quick-Step Floors' Classics team," Gaviria said. "Finishing San Remo in the top five and coming ninth at Gent-Wevelgem was really special. I got to learn better the roads of Belgium and to understand how things work in these races. I wish my teammates all the best for Flanders and Roubaix, and I hope Tom [Boonen] will get his fifth Roubaix. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia legends welcome Hinault to Hall of Fame - Gallery
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bernard Hinault was officially inducted into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame Tuesday in a ceremony at Milan's Teatro Gerolamo. Hinault claimed the pink jersey three times in his career, winning the Giro overall titles in 1980, 1982 and 1985. In 1982 and 1985 he also won the Tour de France, putting him among the exclusive company of riders who have won both Grand Tours in the same year "and the even more exclusive company of riders to do it twice. Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Fausto Coppi are history's only other riders to achieve the Giro-Tour double on more than one occasion.ADVERTISEMENT "It is an honor to receive my induction into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame. The Giro is one of the races I have loved the most in my career and I continue to love this race, its passion and its fans," Hinault said. "All the foreign riders who have come to Italy for the Giro always respected the race and give everything to win it. The Giro d'Italia was, and always will be, a very high level international race that everyone wants to win. "The Maglia Rosa is symbolic, a history in itself. It has a value and it is fantastic to try to earn it on every race day. For me the Maglia Rosa has the same value as the other important jerseys that I have worn, such as the Rainbow Jersey or the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France." With his induction, the Frenchman became one of just six riders on the Giro's honour roll, joining the company of Merckx, Ercole Baldini, Felice Gimondi, Stephen Roche and Francesco Moser. He had a pair of riders in mind when asked who he thought deserved the honour next. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel... More...
Teen with broken neck battling for life after bike accident
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cooper Snowdon knew it was bad as soon as he came off his bike.The 16-year-old was mountain biking with his older brother, Geordie, at Kowhai Park in Whanganui on March 21 when he went over a jump wrong, landed on his head and broke... More...
Naesen focused on Tour of Flanders after E3 podium
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following his surprising podium finish in E3 Harelbeke last week, Belgian Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) is focused on Sunday's Tour of Flanders as his next chance to put a Classics win under his belt. The 26-year-old, who raced for IAM Cycling last year, found himself in an envious-yet-difficult spot in E3 Harelbeke when he made the final three-rider selection with an on-form Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)and a resurgent Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). The winning trio formed out of a six-man group that bridged to the early breakaway, distancing themselves from the rest on the Oude Kwaremont and then cooperating until the finish line was in sight. Gilbert, stuck on the front, kept looking back waiting for one of his rivals to open up the sprint. Naesen finally lost patience and jumped, but it was too soon and Van Avermaet surged past to take the win. Gilbert was second, with Naesen in third.ADVERTISEMENT Naesen was obviously disappointed after coming so close to the victory, but the podium result was part of a steady progression after he was sixth at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, eighth at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and seventh at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Naesen most recently finished 22nd at Gent-Wevelgem, a result he says does not reflect his current form. "I had great legs at Gent-Wevelgem, but the result did not show it in the end," he said. "I am still satisfied with what I have accomplished in the past couple of races, especially at the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke where I managed to get a place on the podium." Naesen, who has two professional wins atBretagne Classic-Ouest-France last year and atLa Poly Normande in 2015, has taken a big confidence boost from his run of top 10 finishes in this year's Classics, and he expects the trajectory to continue. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Degenkolb's custom Trek Domane SLR - Gallery
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) joins the list of top riders who will compete on custom-painted bikes throughout the remaining Classics, with bike sponsor Trek creating a "Caf Racer" commemorative paint scheme for the German's Trek Domane SLR. The winner of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015 has one win so far this season at the Dubai Tour, but he has been knocking on the door with multiple podium finishes in stages at multi-day races as well as recently finishing seventh at Milan-San Remo and fifth at Gent-Wevelgem. He'll face his next test at the Tour of Flanders on the custom Domane that features aunique paint scheme inspired by Degenkolbs personal style and off-the-bike passion, classic caf racer motorcycles.Conceptualized by Trek graphic designer Micah Moran, the design takes cues directly from the Degenkolb's custom motorcycle that he often rides in and around his hometown of Frankfurt, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Hand-scuffed liquid metal provides a base layer that is complimented with a "dark smoke" tint and splashes of red trim, while details like Degnkolb's lucky number "7" and a badge for his nickname "Dege" complete the custom look. "Obviously I loved the bike right from the start because its inspired by who I am, on and off the bike," Degenkolb said in a statement released by his team. "Some people call me 'a gentleman of speed,' a title I would like to honor as much as I can, and you will find that also on my stem. The bike has my lucky number 7 on the seat tube as well. "Of course, everybody knows that cobbles are my favorite terrain, but I am not sure if people are aware that my passion off the bike is motorcycles," he said. "So riding a bike whose design takes cues directly from my personal caf racer moto, that's just awesome." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Masters claims first win of Crankworx
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi athlete Wyn Masters officially lived up to his name Sunday, winning the first major race of Crankworx Rotorua, the GIANT Toa Enduro, by mastering a truly gnarly course.Weather reports predicting rain would hit early in the day... More...
Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for 2nd victory in 3 days
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.World champion Peter Sagan... More...
Lessons aplenty but no podium for Matthews and Andersen at Gent-Wevelgem
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Classics tend to hand down lessons more readily than they hand out bouquets. Sunweb's Michael Matthews and Sren Kragh Andersen must have felt they had done the hard part when they made the decisive split after the Kemmelberg in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem, but nothing is ever straightforward in this corner of the world and at this time of the year. Matthews was caught on the wrong side when the 14-strong leading group split in two with 20 kilometres to go, but Andersen remained in front as part of an elite quintet with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step). Barely five kilometres later, however, Andersen found himself on the back foot when Terpstra and Sagan's impromptu game of bluff and counter-bluff allowed the eventual winner Van Avermaet and Keukeleire to forge clear. The young Dane performed impressively even as all cohesion dissipated from the group, but he received no reward for his efforts, and was swept up by the chasing peloton, eventually finishing 16th.ADVERTISEMENT "With Terpstra and Sagan, the work in the group was not going 100 per cent. I did some pulls but I also saved myself a bit, because I had Matthews behind and I said that to the guys," Andersen told Cyclingnews. "In the end, Terpstra didn't want to ride at all, and Sagan was like, Okay, I'll also stop.' They let Van Avermaet and Keukeleire go, and they are not stupid: They put the gas down and from then on, all three of us screwed ourselves. "I was a little bit caught in a sandwich there. I'm a young guy and I didn't know exactly what to do. It's a hard experience you know. In the team we hoped for more. We had the chance to get a better result, but that's how it is." Matthews barely put a pedal stroke askew all afternoon, riding confidently through the narrow section of gravel roads, the so-called Plugstreets, and then forging his way towards the front on the Kemmelberg. As the leading group of fourteen hurtled over the other side, only Sagan and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) stood out as rivals in the potential group sprint, only for the race to turn in a split second on a section of headwind outside of Ieper. Amstel on the horizon for Matthews You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia.Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh... More...
Dan Martin looks forward to rest, then Ardennes after strong start to season
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Come Monday, after he has finished the Volta a Catalunya, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) has his next objective in his sights already: "Put my feet up and sit on the sofa for a couple of weeks." The reason for this short spell of rest and recuperation is two-fold: first, Martin hit the ground running this season and up to the Volta a Catalunya, the Irishman has been racing consistently hard. He has earned top 10 placings in nearly half of his 24 race days so far this year. And that's without counting Martin's third place overall in Paris-Nice, sixth on GC in the Volta ao Algarve and fifth in the Vuelta a Valencia. The second reason is that Martin's next big objective, a strong ride in the Ardennes Classics, is fast looming on the horizon. So his short-term aim, as he tells Cyclingnews during the Volta a Catalunya, where he's currently sitting sixth overall, is to be as fresh for that as possibleADVERTISEMENT "It was a hard few weeks with Paris-Nice and I'm feeling it a bit, I've raced a lot this year. But that was always the plan for the Classics, to do the 'double' [Paris-Nice and Catalunya] because I did Tirreno then Catalunya when I won Lige-Bastogne-Lige [in 2013]." "The plan is to freshen up, put my feet up and sit on the sofa ... We'll let these last couple of weeks soak in and then it'll be good." Of the three Ardennes Classics, he will race Amstel, won three times by team-mate Philippe Gilbert, "to get my legs going again and obviously we've got a super strong team for it. Amstel doesn't really suit me as a race, but I can do a good job for the boys there, then see what I can do in Fleche and Lige, where I've done well." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
March 25, 2017 (14:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REUS, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke... More...
Alejandro Valverde retakes overall lead of Tour of Catalonia
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOSA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde defeated Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to win the decisive fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall lead going into the weekend.Valverde won after dominating... More...

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