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Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It was the year of the Novichok poisoning, the Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast, and Nasa's InSight landing on Mars. This summer we look back at the big stories of the year around the world and closer to home. This story... More...
Neff powers through mud to finish among the best at Namur World Cup
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff announced that she would be racing World Cup cyclo-cross with her new team Trek Factory Racing, and she finished an strong fifth place at the series'sixth round in Namur on Sunday. Neff started the Namur World Cup in the fifth row because she does not have enough points in cyclo-cross to start further ahead. Her start position didn't seem to affect her race, too much, however, as she quickly worked her way from near the back of the field to the front within the opening laps. The riders faced a tough circuit that was covered with thick mud, making it a challenge for all competitors. Neff seemed to race through the mud almost effortlessly, and used her world-class mountain bike skills to tackle to technical sections.ADVERTISEMENT Neff caught up to the lead group, however Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) had already made her winning attack. Neff then finished fifth with just 36 seconds behind Brand. World Cup leader Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) was second,Annemarie Worst third and Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) was fourth. It is not her first season racing cyclo-cross. In January, she was forced to end her cyclo-cross season early after a crash at Hoogerheide. She competed in Namur on Sunday, just days after arriving home from a training camp in New Zealand. "I came back from a training camp in New Zealand only three days ago," Neff said. "So, finishing fifth here is great. I was able to profit from my mountain biking background. I struggled on the climbs but moved up on the technical sections." " Jolanda Neff (@jolandaneff) December 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to test his legs at Vuelta a San Juan
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will line-up to race the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan (January 27 to February 3).The former world champion says he will use the race to test his legs but that he is also aiming for a stage win. "It will be a good opportunity to test my legs and, why not, to try to win at least one stage," Sagan said in a press release from the race organisers. Sagan will start his season at the Tour Down Under held from January 15-20 in Australia. He will then travel to South American and land in Argentina on January 26, a day ahead of the Vuelta a San Juan's scheduled start.ADVERTISEMENT It will be Sagan's debut at the Vuelta a San Juan, however, he has participated in three editions of the Tour de San Luis (2013, 2014 and 2016), although he did not secure a stage win in that stage race. "I remember with pleasure the good climate and the affection of the Argentines," Sagan said. He said that competing in the Vuelta a San Juan, given its early-season position on the calendar, made it a good event to gain form ahead of the European season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mollema to target Giro d'Italia in 2019
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bauke Mollema will focus on the Giro dItalia next season before helping new Trek-Segafredo teammate Richie Porte at the Tour de France in July. Mollema has only ridden the Giro dItalia twice in his career, in 2010 and 2017, but was keen to return to the Italian Grand Tour. The Dutchman will join the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates and compatriot Tom Dumoulin in going for the GC at the Italian race. Thats my big goal for the first part of the season, Mollema told Cyclingnews. Ive only done it twice; my first Grand Tour and last year, where I finished seventh. So far, the Giro has gone pretty well and Im looking forward to going back. Now, Im even more motivated to do it. I even asked the team to go to the Giro myself. The team was not expecting that I would want to go, but I asked them. Im really looking forward to going back to it.ADVERTISEMENT The course suits me well. There are three TTs but they are all pretty hard with climbs and the first and last ones are quite short also and the long one has a steep climb in the middle. Its not really a TT for the flat specialists, its for the climbers who can do a good TT. Mollema will be hoping for some better luck at the Grand Tours than he did in 2018. He rode the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana this year but failed to secure a major victory. I didnt feel like I had a great season last year. In general, I think that my condition was pretty good. I just missed a win in a really big race, like a Grand Tour or a Classic, Mollema said. When you look at the Grand Tours, the Tour didnt go really well. That was my big goal last year and once I crashed on the cobbles, I didnt have a chance on GC anymore. That was disappointing. Sharing leadership with Porte You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arches of new Whanganui bridge soar skyward
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
People passing on State Highway 4 are swivelling their eyes westward towards cranes and the arch of a new bridge rising up in a paddock on Papaiti Rd.The arch of the bridge is complete but still needs stiffeners, Whanganui District... More...
Cycling: George Bennett set for Tour de France return in 2019
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is set for a return to the Tour de France, but is unlikely to lead his team at cycling's biggest race.Bennett was on track for a top 10 finish at the Tour in 2017 when he had to withdraw due to illness, and didn't... More...
Cycling: How Sam Bewley came to love his selfless job in the professional peloton
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It may seem counter-intuitive but don't look at Sam Bewley's results if you want to understand his cycling success. In 2018, Bewley finished in the top 40 on just three of his 51 individual stages - but his performances were good... More...
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in line for knighthood in New Years Honours
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Geraint Thomas was just awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but he's set to get an even bigger honour in the New Year More...
Bradley Wiggins admits he's not planning to live past 60
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The former Tour de France winner gave a revealing interview on TalkSPORT and says he doesn't plan on living into old age More...
USA Cycling hires Rob DeMartini as new CEO
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling has hired former New Balance President &CEO Rob DeMartini to replace outgoing CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Cyclingnews understands the US governing body intends to make an official announcement in January. USA Cycling declined to comment for this article, saying through a spokesman that the CEOsearch remains confidential. DeMartini previously ran shoe and apparel company New Balance, where he has been president and CEO since 2007. He announced without explanation last month that he will be stepping down from New Balance on December 31.ADVERTISEMENT For almost 12 years, DeMartini led the Boston-based group, which has 8,200 employees worldwide, according to a statement New Balance provided to media when the company announced De Martini's departure. DeMartini increased the growth of the New Balance brand from $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion today. He has also achieved significant developments in retail and e-commerce, according to New Balance. "DeMartini championed the brand's long-standing commitment to owned manufacturing and played a key role in working with the US government and industry officials to secure implementation of Berry Amendment legislation for athletic footwear," the company said at the time. The Berry Amendmentrequires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cylance will return in 2019 as part of new team structure
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cylance will return to the UCI women's peloton for another season in 2019, although the team structure behind the California tech company's sponsorship will change significantly. Current Cylance Pro Cycling team owner Omer Kem confirmed to Cyclingnews he will no longer own the team in 2019, and the Cylance sponsorship will be combined with another program. "It will be a lot different," Kem said of the 2019 Cylance structure. "Cylance will still be part of the name of the team, and I think, at last check, it's still in the top 10 [in UCI team rankings]. But as I said, there's going to be an announcement made, because it only just came together."ADVERTISEMENT With a mass exodus of riders taking place in the off season and no new 2019 roster announced yet, the Cylance Pro Cycling team's future had been in question. The team lost star sprinter Giorgia Bronzini to retirement, Rosella Ratto to BTC City Ljublijana, Lauren Stephens to Tibco-SVB, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok to Rally Cycling, Sheyla Gutirrez to Movistar, Jelena Eri to Ale Cipollini, Marta Tagliaferro to Hitec and Israeli champion Omer Shapira to Canyon-SRAM. The loss of so many top riders meant a significant drop in the team's UCI points and overall team ranking, which is important for gaining entry into the Women's WorldTour races. Only the top 15 teams in the rankings, which are determined on the second Sunday in January, get automatic invitations to Women's WorldTour (WWT) events. Teams outside the top 15 must rely on wildcard invitations, a much shakier proposition if sponsors expect the team to appear in specific races. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves: The dream is to ride a three-week stage race
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Esteban Chaves has already been through more than one very tough time in his life, and the Colombian is not one to complain without a very good reason. But even the Mitchelton-Scott racer admits that his experiences in 2018 have constituted a very special kind of challenge. "It was not easy to go from finishing second in the Giro d'Italia [in 2016] to go to being the very last rider to come across the line of the very last stage, like I was in Rome this year," Chaves, now about to turn 29, tells Cyclingnews as he builds towards his 2019 season. "Those things are hard, but you have to go on fighting and persevering. You have to keep going. I've known and learned about that ever since I was a child. That's how you face life."ADVERTISEMENT Second in 2016, the Colombian's Giro d'Italia bid this May alongside teammate Simon Yates worked out phenomenally well in the first half until Chaves was poleaxed by a combination of viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He finished, but in 72nd place overall and a shadow of his earlier Giro self. He then spent several months off the bike, fighting and identifying the illnesses and viruses before being cleared to resume training. Now, Chaves is heading back to racing. His program for the 2019 season and first race since the Giro d'Italia last May will start with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from February 6-10, but he is as yet uncertain what will happen afterwards. It will be a voyage in the dark. "I'll be in Colombia until the end of January and then Valencia will be my first race. Depending on how I finish that race, we'll see what we do next," Chaves told Cyclingnews. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Poel to ride Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mathieu van der Poel will be let loose on the spring classics for the first time in 2019. While a debut at Paris-Roubaix will have to wait another year, the Dutch talent will race, among others, the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, and Amstel Gold Race. Van der Poel, 23, has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain bike in the early years of his career, but is hotly tipped to have successful years as a road racer ahead of him. Expectations only grew this year as he won the elite Dutch national road race title and two stages at the Arctic Race of Norway. While he has delayed going full-time on the road in the WorldTour until after the 2020 Olympics, where he will go for gold on the mountain bike, his Corendon-Circus team will step up to Pro Continental level next year, allowing them to earn invites for the biggest spring classics.ADVERTISEMENT The team held a press conference on Monday, announcing their road plans in the spring, as well as unveiling a bolstered roster to support the new race programme, including Stijn Devolder, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Dries De Bondt. Van der Poel's cyclo-cross campaign will culminate in February with the World Championships at the start of the month and the the Brico Cross Hulst on the 17th, after which he will switch to the road. His first outing will be the Tour of Antalya and, while he will not be in the squad that races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad at the start of March, he will ride Nokere Koerse and the Handzame Classic ahead of the big cobbled Classics. E3-Harelbeke is not on the team's schedule, but Van der Poel will lead them at Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, and the Tour of Flanders. ASO are said to have been keen to have Van der Poel at Paris-Roubaix, but he preferred to skip the 'Hell of the North' in order to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, ahead of which he'll line up at Brabantse Pijl. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brailsford: Team Sky riders will be 'appropriately' looked after if no sponsor is found
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dave Brailsford has assured the entire Team Sky roster and staff that they will be paid as normal throughout the 2019 season and that if a new backer is not found for the 2020 season then they will be 'looked after appropriately'. This comes after a report in the Sunday Times suggested that Sky were willing to honour contracts in 2020 if riders were unable to find teams beyond next season. Brailsford's assurances came in a letter addressed to all Team Sky staff and sent out a day after the news of Sky's withdrawal from the sport was announced internally. Cyclingnews has obtained a copy of the letter, which was issued in English, Italian and Spanish, from a source close to Team Sky. "You will continue to be paid as normal throughout 2019 and if the Team is unable to continue after that, you will be looked after appropriately," Brailsford writes.ADVERTISEMENT "The accompanying note from Sky reiterates this message. I know that they will deliver on their promise." Sky's letter comes from Jeremey Darroch, the Group Chief Executive at the corporation. "As Dave has already told you, Sky will be ending its involvement with cycling and our association with Team Sky at the end of next year. After a decade of unprecedented success, I couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved together. It's been an amazing journey, but now is the right time for us to move on as we open a new chapter in Sky's story and turn our focus to different things," Darroch says. Sky to end sponsorship after 2019 Brailsford: I'm sure we've got a future beyond Sky UCI to closely follow Team Sky sponsorship search New Chinese WorldTour team open to talking to Team Sky Pinarello to support Team Sky beyond 2019 Luke Rowe: Sky have spoilt us over the last 10 years You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana rumoured to return to more traditional route in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Vuelta a Espaa 2019 route will be revealed this Wednesday evening in the southeasterly coastal city of Alicante and there are rumours that the third Grand Tour of the season could be reverting to a more traditional format. But there is no indication that it will be any less mountainous, with stages in the Pyrenees, Asturias and through the Sierras of Avila and Teruel set to make it just as challenging as usual. Eight summit finishes - the Vueltas trademark strategy for creating an open, exciting race - are expected in 2019, two less than in 2016 and one less than in 2017 and 2018. But the continuing slight reduction in numbers is balanced with some tough mountain stages following what is expected to be an opening team time trial around Alicantes lagoons and saltflats in the provinces coastal town of Torrevieja on August 24. Media reports suggest that stage 5 could well provide the first major sort-out, courtesy of a summit finish on the unprecedented 12-kilometre ascent of Pico del Buitre - the colourfully named Summit of the Vulture - in the sierras of Teruel in inland eastern Spain. This remote, beautiful region, said to have fewer inhabitants per square kilometre than Lapland, was last visited by the Vuelta in 2014 when Colombias Winner Anacona dashed ahead of the favourites for victory in the ski station of Valdelinares.ADVERTISEMENT The Vuelta then heads into much more familiar terrain, with another stage finish in Andorra and possibly two big Pyrenean stages likely to round off the first week. The Vuelta will remain outside Spain, it is thought, with a rest day in Pau, France rumoured to be on the cards for the start of the second week, followed by a long individual time trial round the same area. A return to Spain via Urdax in the province of Navarre on what could be a third Pyrenean stages is predicted, and so, too, is a second-week stage finish in the Basque Country with a sprint finish in Bilbao. But the biggest mountain stages of the second week are all set to be in the northern region of Asturias. Even if the Angliru, Spains toughest single climb in the heart of the Asturias sierras, is likely to be avoided once again, the climbers will not have cause to complain given there are forecast to be three major summit finishes, expected to be held across four stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Crits Series is back for 13th year with three new races
December 18, 2018 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Crits will return in 2019 with three new events to bolster the season-long UScriterium series. Next year's USA Crits Series will feature the new Birmingham HammerFest, a preseason event in Birmingham, Alabama.The series-proper will open with the inaugural Destination El Paso Criterium in Texas, and the Salt Lake Criterium joins the Series as another new event. The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough's Blue Dome criterium in Oklahoma will also return after a several-year hiatus. Organisers have invited24 of Americas elite mens and womens teams to participate in the seires, which will focus on the participating "D1" programs that will be announced on January 17.ADVERTISEMENT It is exciting to see three brand-new events join the Series for 2019, said Scott Morris, USA Crits director of development. "We started 2018 with a goal of creating a more sustainable model for American road cycling and made great progress in that effort. We streamed more races than had ever been done in America. We saw an 11 per cent participation increase in our events and created a new platform to allow a broader audience to engage the sport." The Series will continue to focus on a more team-oriented model in 2019, according to organisers, who say there will be a priority on supporting the growth of more teams racing a national calendar through travel stipends, entries and increased support from events for the D1 teams. There will also be expanded coverage of both teams and events via all media formats. All USA Crits Series events will be live streamed on USACRITS.tv. Not only will subscribing fans have access to the event streams, but video-on-demand content will include D1 team and rider profiles, race recap, and full-length archived series races. 2019 USA Crits Series Calendar You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas opens up on "just crazy" Sports Personality of the Year win
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Tour de France champion Thomas became the fourth cyclist to top the SPOTY voting since 2008 at Sunday's glitzy ceremony More...
Driver admits causing death of Olympic hero Chris Boardman's mum with pick up truck
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Liam Rosney, 33, admitted causing the death of Carol Boardman by hitting her with his truck More...
Geraint Thomas' wife Sara Elen Thomas on how couple met - and why her brother calls him 'King D**k'
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas is about to win the Tour de France for the first time but who is the woman behind the Yellow Jersey? More...
Geraint Thomas on meeting Lionel Messi and how the Yellow Jersey has changed his life
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Sky star received much adulation after triumphing in the Tour de France with the Barcelona superstar a fan More...

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