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March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For 11 months of the year the dedicated fan has any number of major and minor events to satisfy an obsession with the wonderful wide world of sport; although there can be long, lean periods of nothing but reruns and highlights.Then... More...
Valverde wins 4th stage of Tour of Catalonia, regains lead
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALP, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde regained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by winning the fourth stage on Thursday.The Spaniard outdueled Egan Bernal of Colombia in the final climb of the 170-kilometer... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves into top 10 at Volta a Catalunya
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett is on track for another top 10 finish in a major stage race after a solid day in the mountains at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain.Bennett has fought with the leaders for most of the mountainous fourth... More...
Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froomes hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this years race due to his on-going salbutamol case. The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited two senior cycling sources. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria next month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. UCI president David Lappartient has previously tried to pressure Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing but he acknowledges that Froome has a right to race under UCI rules. Lappartient has accepted that a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro dItalia but on Wednesday, after he UCI presented its new strategy to fight mechanical doping, he said that the decision must be on the table before the Tour de France, adding, I hope so because it would be a disaster for everybody if it's not the case. ASO seem determined to push Lappartient and the UCI to expedite the Froome case before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. Under UCI WorldTour rules the 18 WorldTour teams must accept the participation of all UCI WorldTeams. However, Cyclingnews understands that ASO traditionally have unique rights in the contracts with teams for the Tour de France, which may give them extra powers to safeguarding the image of the race and so stop a rider competing in their race. ASO is understood to be confident it could resist any legal challenge from Team Sky, possibly dragging the case into the French civil courts. However, ASO was forced to back down in a similar case in 2009 when it tried to stop Tom Boonen from riding the Tour de France following his out of competition positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme also accepted that Alberto Contador had the right to ride the Tour de France in 2011 as he awaited the appeal process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Contador finished in the 2011 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his results after the CAS banned him for two years. Lappartient stuck in the middle You can read more at More...
Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered several fractures to his vertebral column following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the teams Classics line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Thwaites injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekends Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also suffered concussion following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour when the race directors car braked suddenly ahead of the peloton. Bernhard Eisel is also out of competition at the moment after breaking his wrist and sustaining facial injuries in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has not yet made his racing debut in 2018 following groin surgery at the end of last year. Although, the team hopes that he can return to competitive action next month. Mekseb Debesay took a heavy fall at the Tour de Langkawi earlier this week and further tests revealed that he had fractured his pelvis. Illness has also taken its toll with Tom-Jelte Slagter pulling out of Paris-Nice at the start of the month due to sickness. Mark Renshaw had to drop out of Tirreno-Adriatico due to sinusitis but returned to action at Milan-San Remo. You can read more at More...
Tour de Langkawi shakes up ahead of Cameron Highlands showdown
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After the breakaway stole the show and the day ended with a rider being disqualified from the race for fighting, the drama and intrigue continued on stage 4 of the Tour de Langkawi. The flat sprinters day was on paper the calm before the storm - a chance to rest the legs before the queen stage 5 to Cameron Highlands. Although stage 4 was won in a sprint by Riccardo Minali of Astana, it was a day with ramifications for the general classification, particularly for Dimension Data, who have lost Mekseb Debesay from the race after he crashed and fractured his pelvis. Debesay was the stage winner at Cameron Highlands last year and had started stage 4 of the race in seventh place and within reach of Adam de Vos' yellow jersey come Thursday afternoon. That all came crashing down with 4.5km to race into Pekan when Debesay was involved in a fall.ADVERTISEMENT "Unfortunately, Mekseb was not able to continue as a result of the crash," Dimension Data team Doctor Dirk Tenner said in a release. "We can confirm Mekseb has sustained no life-threatening injuries. He is conscious and talking, but he needs to undergo further medical examination at the hospital in Kuala Lumpur to reveal the full extent of his injuries." A statement from the race following the stage confirmed the pelvis injury for the 26-year-old, who was helicoptered to the capital. Race leader De Vos was a witness to the crash, but when speaking to Cyclingnews and Eurosport after gathering his yellow jersey on the podium, he did not know Debesay was a DNF. You can read more at More...
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne keeps the flame alive in the hope of future expansion
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After 41 years of the same format and the same, fixed place on the calendar, the Three Days of De Panne entered a new era on Wednesday with the first running of the rebranded Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, which was won in a bunch sprint by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). It's a curious moniker for what is now a one-day race, but the decision to retain the old name was a very deliberate one by the organising committee at Vlo Club De Panne. The race may have been moved forward by a week against its wishes, and shorn of two and a half stages, but the flame is being kept alive in the plat pays along the North Sea Coast. When Belgian Cycling supported Flanders Classics request to move Dwars door Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, it seemed to signal the demise of the storied Driedaagse, but the organisers have managed to keep the show on the road for 2018 in the hope of expanding back to three days of racing " though not a three-day stage race " as soon as next year.ADVERTISEMENT Organising committee president Bruno Dequeecker was a busy man in the finish area on De Panne's Zeelan on Tuesday afternoon, toggling between the television interview tent and the podium to ensure the post-race ceremonies ran smoothly. After the final bouquet had been presented and he had passed on his final congratulations to Vivani, Dequeecker declared himself satisfied with how the first day of the new Driedaagse had played out. "We're very happy and proud. We had to change by a week, and it's a totally new kind of a race," Dequeecker told Cyclingnews. "But having the start in Bruges, which is an icon in cycling, was great, and then De Panne itself has already been a name in cycling for 42 years." Echelons break up the field at Driedaagse De Panne New date In Bruges You can read more at More...
Cycling: UCI unveils $800,000 lead-lined X-ray unit as cycling boss David Lappartient promises to stamp out mechanical doping
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), has unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at combating what is known as mechanical doping, including a lead-lined portable X-ray machine which will be taken... More...
UCI steps up bid to deter would-be motorized-cycling cheats
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " The chief of cycling's governing body says it is pulling out the technological stops to deter would-be cheats from sneaking tiny, tough-to-detect motors into their bike frames, as the sport seeks to head off another... More...
De Gendt takes Tour of Catalonia lead with 3rd-stage win
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SETCASES, Spain (AP) " Thomas De Gendt pulled off a successful solo breakaway to win the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Wednesday and take the overall lead from defending champion Alejandro Valverde.De Gendt made a move... More...
Watch: Cyclist disqualified after throwing bike at rival, fighting
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It takes something special for the Tour de Langkawi to be mentioned in these parts.Yes, we are talking about a second-tier Malaysian cycling tour, and there's not even a Kiwi connection. Standout Kiwi rider Joseph Cooper is out... More...
Cummings waiting for his chance in Volta a Catalunya
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After two bunch sprint stages in the Volta a Catalunya, the race moves into much hillier, less predictable waters on day three, and breakaway specialists such as Britains Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) could come to the fore. The reigning British national road race and time trial champion finished 175th, and last, on Mondays opening stage, at 6:13 down. A further 7:42 was shipped on stage 2. He was tired after doing Milan-San Remo and then coming straight here, Dimension Data director Bingen Fernandez told Cyclingnews after stage 2. However, the time lost has its advantages, given that whatever Cummings tries to do he is no longer likely to suffer from collateral damage in the on-going GC battle.ADVERTISEMENT The great thing about Steve is nobody knows when he could try to make it into a breakaway, said Fernandez. It just happens. I think that sometimes not even Steve knew it was going to happen. Its all a bit unpredictable. The Volta a Catalunya enters equally uncharted terrain on stage 3 following the cancellation of the toughest climb to Vallter 2000 because of the risk of avalanches. Fortunately, the weather forecast is for it to stay dry, with only a minor risk of snow showers, although it will be very cold. The GC battle will likely dominate on stage 4s summit finish at La Molina, but there could well be further opportunities for breakaways in the final half of the race. You can read more at More...
Scott Sunderland crashes out of Tour de Langkawi
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Scott Sunderland's racing return following a severe concussion has ended at the Tour de Langkawi after the Australian suffered another serious head injury. Although the original diagnosis of fractured vertebrae proved to be incorrect, Sunderland was still hospitalised following the accident. Sunderland, who hadn't raced since the Tour of China II in September last year, was involved in a crash with 4.5km to race of stage 3 to Kuala Terengganu. "Scott had a crash about 4.5km to go. He got caught on the wheel of another rider and just didn't manage to get off it and went over the handlebars," Bennelong SwissWellness team official Neil Walker told Eurosport and Cyclingnews on the morning of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT "He's sustained a head injury and there was talk about a possible fracture to his vertebrae but as far as we know this morning from a doctors report, that is not the case. He is obviously suffering from a concussion and there is a concern because of the crash he had in China." Sunderland, who turned 30 the day before the race, won the opening stage of the Tour de Langkawi last year and went on to his enjoy his best season to date. However, his high-speed crash at the Tour of China II abruptly ended his season and delayed the start of the New Year for the former track world champion. The Tour de Langkawi was to start his 2018 season, and having placed eighth on stage 1, it appeared Sunderland was ready to challenge in the sprints. However, a DNF on stage 3 due to the crash was followed by a night in hospital, where he posted a photo of his facial injuries on social media, and the race is now over for Sunderland. You can read more at More...
Tour de Langkawi: Breakaway ride brings Sweeny into GC consideration
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
With 30km left in stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi, Harry Sweeny knew the breakaway was going to survive and hold off the sprint teams in Kuala Terengganu. The 19-year-old on Mitchelon-BikeExchange would have a one in four chance of winning the stage but the Australian's goal was to take as much time as possible on the chasing peloton. Breakaway wins are rare in the 2.HC Malaysian race that has traditionally been a feast for the sprinters. With no categorised climbs on the menu from Kota Bharu along the coast to Kuala Terengganu, the third sprint in as many days looked the likely outcome. Sweeny and stage winner Adam De Vos (Rally) though had different plans and willed the break over the line. Sweeny eventually placing fourth but taking his best result to date in the pro ranks "It was really good. I was really feeling a breakaway today and it was a real nice long day for us," Sweeny told Cyclingnews after cooling down under the spray of the fire hoses at the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT In the closing kilometres of the stage, De Vos jumped away from Sweeney, Daeyeon Kim (KSPO) and Nik Mohd Hazwan Zulkiflie (Forca Amskins) to finish 13 seconds clear of the trio. The peloton crossed the line 1:19 minutes after the Canadian. The result moves Sweeny from 52nd overall into third place and the jump up the standings was the rationale for pushing the break all the way to the line as he explained. "We tried to trick the peloton a little bit and just keep it easy the first 100 kay," he said of the break that enjoyed a maximum lead of seven minutes. "Then we just really ripped it home. I wasn't so much worried about the stage win but the tour overall. That is why I was putting in a lot of effort on the front, purely getting extra time. I am pretty happy." Sitting in fourth almost one minute ahead of Riccardo Minali (Astana) on GC, Sweeny is well placed in the battle for the final podium. A former junior Australian time trial champion, Sweeny is a second-year U23 rider but with the Mitchelton-BikeExchange is able to race such events as the Tour de Langkawi. His first at 2.HC level. You can read more at More...
Chaves rules himself out of fight for GC in Volta a Catalunya
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michelton-Scott stage race specialist Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) has ruled himself out of the fight for the GC in the Volta a Catalunya, stating categorically, "We have two leaders here, and they are the Yates brothers." "The team will support them at the Volta a Catalunya and we will try for the GC with them," Chaves told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2. "But it's not only Movistar who are the favourites, there are lots of teams here with good GC options and we are one of them." Chaves' early season has had two significant high points, with victory in the Herald SunTour this January and then a strong time trial in Paris-Nice that placed him in the top 10 on GC and which he described as one of his best ever, having done a lot of hard work in the wind tunnel. On the last day, however, after working hard for teammate and overnight Paris-Nice leader Simon Yates, he finished the outside the time limit.ADVERTISEMENT In Catalunya, Chaves has different goals and whilst retaining his innate optimism, he was categorical about the limited nature of his own chances for GC. "We are one of the strong teams here. I feel all right, but it's still only the second stage, ask me again on Sunday about how I feel. Catalunya is always a hard race because everyone is supermotivated, for most riders, it's the first GC World Tour race they do, so everybody is hungry. "It's also [going to be] cold and that's not really good for some riders, so we'll see what happens." You can read more at More...
Valverde takes Tour of Catalonia lead with 2nd-stage win
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALLS, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde took the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by winning Tuesday's second stage in northeastern Spain.The Spaniard was in a group of seven riders who broke out from the... More...
Teenage Whanganui athlete Hunter Gibson wins national gold
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui teenager Hunter Gibson has struck gold at the Suzuki National Schools Triathlon Championships in Nelson this week.On Monday the 14-year-old Year 9 Wanganui Collegiate athlete won the Under-14 individual boy's triathlon... More...
Bouhanni quits Volta a Catalunya
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Cofidis team have confirmed that Nacer Bouhanni did not start stage 2 of theVolta Ciclista a Catalunya due to an on-going bout of bronchitis. The French sprinter was forced to quit Paris-Nice due to illness and was then not selected for Milan-San Remo. He hoped to get his spring back on track at the Volta a Catalunya but finished seventh in the stage 1 sprint. Cofidis have confirmed that Bouhanni will now take a period of "complete rest to get back to 100% before he resumes training for his next races. It is unclear when Bouhanni will return to racing.ADVERTISEMENT Bouhanni is the Cofidis team leader but the French team has made a number of changes for 2018 in order to revive their flagging fortunes. They fired team manager Yves Sanquer during the winter and replaced him with former rider Cedric Vasseur. He has made some significant changes to the set-up around Bouhanni, particularly with the appointment of Roberto Damiani and reducing his lead-out train. So far Bouhanni has accepted the changes and team orders, despite arguing that he was fit enough to ride Milan-San Remo. However he failed to win a sprint so far this season, with second behind Mark Cavendish on stage 3 at the Dubai Tour his best result. Damiani told Cyclingnews that Bouhanni simply wasnt fit and healthy enough to ride Milan-San Remo, pointing out that the success of the team always comes before individual ambitions. You can read more at More...
Matthews to share lead in E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michael Matthews will share the lead with Sren Kragh Andersen and Edward Theuns at E3 Harelbekeon Friday, and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Matthews has only completed one race so far this season but was able to claim a top-ten at Milan-San Remo last weekend. Ellen van Dijk, who won the Omloop van het Hageland last month, and Lucinda Brand are both set for the womens Gent-Wevelgem, which also takes place Sunday. In E3 Harelbeke, on Friday, March 23, Matthews and Andersen will be co-leaders. We will have to ride alertly all day and be in good position, especially in the final with the Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont and Karnemelkbeekstraat in succession, Marc Reef told the Belga news agency. We have to make sure our leaders Michael and Sren are in the front group that is going to compete for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews suffered a fractured shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but was able to finish seventh in Milan-San Remo. Andersen is returning to racing after abandoning Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness. They will be supported by Phil Bauhaus, Roy Curvers, Lennard Hofstede, Tom Stamsnijder, and Mike Teunissen. Two days later, on Sunday, March 25, Matthews and Theuns will share the captaincy in Gent-Wevelgem.The young Belgian was sixth in Omloop. Nikias Arndt will replace Bauhaus in this race. You can read more at More...
Campagnolo 12-speed could soon be here
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Campagnolo could be the first of the big-three groupset brands " Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo " to launch a road-specific 12-speed groupset.BikeRadar found a Campagnolo patent filed in 2017 that includes a description of 12-speed road cassette. SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset review SRAM 12-speed Eagle eTap wireless groupset SRAM already has the XX1 Eagle 12-speed MTB groupset, and a wireless version of the group has been spotted.ADVERTISEMENT The patent claims the cassette can be "housed in a conventional bicycle having wheels and frame of a standardised size". The cassette is described as being made from an aluminium alloy and combined with the new structure design, claims to be light and sufficiently strong. Despite the extra cog on the 12-speed cassette, the maximum gear range listed is only 11-27t, compared to 11-30t on Shimanos latest Dura-Ace R9100 cassettes, or 11-29 on the current Campagnolo Super Record. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 You can read more at More...

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