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Graeme Simpson: Banged up but in one piece after mountain bike crash
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Can any good come from a mountain bike crash?Damage to the bike is never good (unless you're in the market for a new one). Broken bones? No. Deep tissue injuries, which can take a long time to heal? The same.On Waitangi Day, I... More...
Cycling: Catching up with the Kiwis at Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The iconic city of Jerusalem has never seen a cycling race of this magnitude go through their historic streets before. Crowds line the sidewalk to get a glimpse of the racing. The Giro d'Italia has made a bold statement; it is the... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Team Sunweb, 12 minutes, 2 seconds.2. Rohan Dennis, Australia, BMC Racing Team, 2 seconds behind.3. Victor Campenaerts, Belgium, Lotto Soudal, same time.4. Jos Gonalves, Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin,... More...
Dumoulin wins opening stage of Giro d'Italia, Froome 21st
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JERUSALEM (AP) " With Chris Froome likely feeling the ill effects of a training crash, defending champion Tom Dumoulin won the opening stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia on Friday.Froome, who bloodied his right knee and ripped his... More...
Froome crashes in training ahead of Giro d'Italia start
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JERUSALEM (AP) " Chris Froome got off to a rocky start in his quest to win a third consecutive Grand Tour title, crashing during a training run ahead of Friday's opening stage of the Giro d'Italia and drawing blood around his right... More...
Cycling: Kiwis start solidly on opening stage of Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The 2018 Giro d'Italia has begun how it finished last year - with Tom Dumoulin atop the podium.The 2017 overall winner has claimed victory in the opening time trial of the 2018 event, storming home in impressive fashion to stamp... More...
Colorado Mesa cyclist chases college title after back injury
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The steeper the climb the better for 23-year-old Spanish cyclist Mauro Rato . That's his forte.The sharper of descent? Now that took some resolve for the Colorado Mesa University senior to conquer.Understandable, considering that... More...
Jake Bailey: Cyclists - it's not them versus us
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Australians. Hospital food. Cyclists. What do they all have in common? I wish the answer was a witty sandpaper joke, but it's not. The answer is that we love to have little digs at all of them - they cop it left, right and centre.... More...
Israel Cycling Academy hopes Giro launches sport in country
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JERUSALEM (AP) " Of the 22 teams competing in this year's Giro d'Italia, the Israel Cycling Academy squad has perhaps the most at stake.Israel's first pro cycling team is the event's undoubted underdog. And while team officials... More...
After political snag, Israel in gear to host Giro d'Italia
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JERUSALEM (AP) " After resolving a brief crisis over the status of its proclaimed capital, Israel is ready to finally get things underway this week with its historic hosting of the Giro d'Italia cycling race.The world's best riders... More...
Former ski jumper Roglic wins Tour of Romandie
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " Primoz Roglic won the Tour of Romandie title on Sunday, giving the Slovenian former ski jumper his second stage-race victory in April.Roglic protected his lead over Egan Bernal " in a stage won by sprint specialist... More...
Roglic extends lead on toughest Tour of Romandie stage
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SION, Switzerland (AP) " Primoz Roglic of Slovenia tightened his grip on the Tour de Romandie, extending his overall lead by placing second in the toughest mountain stage won by Jakob Fuglsang on Saturday.After three Category 1... More...
Kris Shannon: Let's just go along for ride in cycling
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome being on the start line next week at the Giro d'Italia, when viewed in a vacuum, would seem to make a mockery of the sport.But with context, knowing this is cycling and this is 2018, a couple of questions seem more... More...
Gearing up for Whanganui Light Up Bike Spectacle
April 27, 2018 (22:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Whanganui's inaugural Light Up Bike Spectacle less than a week away preparation is already well under way.On Friday morning Bridget Murphy of Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre was helping Caylahni McLean-Woon make a shark... More...
Grand Tour: Giro a bigger deal for NZ sports fans as George Bennett eyes top 10
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The first Grand Tour of the cycling calendar " the Giro d'Italia - gets underway next Friday, and for the first time, a New Zealand rider will be a legitimate contender.George Bennett will lead his LottoNL-Jumbo team at the Giro,... More...
Bernal wins Romandie mountain time trial, cuts Roglic's lead
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VILLARS, Switzerland (AP) " Egan Bernal of Colombia won a tough time-trial stage in the mountains at the Tour of Romandie on Friday, cutting Primoz Roglic's overall lead to just six seconds.The 21-year-old Team Sky rider was four... More...
Fraile wins Tour of Romandie stage, Roglic leads overall
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DELEMONT, Switzerland (AP) " Omar Fraile of Spain sprinted to victory in stage one of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, and in-form Primoz Roglic took the leader's yellow jersey.Fraile edged Sonny Colbrelli of Italy after making... More...
'Small wins': Fundraising launched as top cyclist battles severe head injury
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Elite cyclist Alexander Ray suffered a severe head injury after being hit by a car during an early morning training session.Family and friends are now coming to grips with the Auckland man's recovery which is seeing them trumpet... More...
Australia's Michael Matthews wins Tour of Romandie prologue
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) " Michael Matthews of Australia won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue on Tuesday for his first victory of the season.Matthews was one second faster than Tom Bohli of Switzerland on the 4-kilometer... More...
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANS, Belgium (AP) " Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season.Just... More...
Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the beginning, it was a small chip on Sam Gaze's shoulder. And that chip morphed into rage. And the rage created an incandescent energy. And that energy was the difference between second and first; between silver and gold. But... More...
Weekend Warrior: 'Crazy' cyclist Emma Hadley now an inspiration
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Emma Hadley was quite busy last year. She set a new women's record for four laps of Lake Taupo (25 hours and 56 minutes), won two golds in cycling at last year's World Masters Games, finished 15th in the amateur world championships... More...
Cycling: George Bennett wraps up Tour of the Alps with second place finish on final stage, earns fifth overall
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has claimed his best result of the 2018 season, earning fifth overall in the Tour of the Alps after another quality showing on the final stage.For the second straight day, Bennett finished second on the stage, in... More...
Cyclist Alexander Ray 'into repair mode' after horrific injuries from crash
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The elite cyclist who is in an induced coma after colliding with a car is "into repair mode" and has had his jaw operated on. Alexander Ray was taken to Auckland Hospital Wednesday morning in a critical condition. The incident occurred... More...
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and controversy:1991: Armstrong is the U.S. amateur national champion at the age of 20.1992: Turns pro and finishes last in his debut race in San Sebastian, Spain.1993: Wins world... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong settles US$100m US government lawsuit for less
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has reached a US$5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought US$100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories... More...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour... More...
Simon Wilson: Anti-cycling rage stirrers are dangerous
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Like many things, cycling in Auckland doesn't attract quite the same level of mouth-frothing rage as it does in London. I'm discounting social media in saying that, of course, but I don't think we have the equivalent of Father Michael... More...
Cycling: George Bennett finishes second on fourth stage of Tour of the Alps
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is inching ever closer to his first stage victory as a professional cyclist.The 28-year-old New Zealander has claimed second place on stage four of the Tour of the Alps, escaping from the bunch in the final kilometres... More...
Andy Rihs, Swiss owner of cycling, soccer teams, dies at 75
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERN, Switzerland (AP) " Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. He was 75.Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after "a patient and valiantly endured illness," the BMC... More...
Cyclist Alexander Ray faces facial reconstruction after horrific injuries
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The elite cyclist who was left fighting for his life after colliding with a car yesterday is back into surgery today.Alexander Ray was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition. The incident occurred on the intersection... More...
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...
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...
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...
Commonwealth Games: Stadium Side with cyclist Natasha Hansen
April 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Natasha Hansen is on top of the world at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Kiwi cyclist has won three Commonwealth Games medals during the past few days on the Gold Coast.The 28-year-old collected silver medals in both the team sprint... More...
Cycling: Linda Villumsen adds silver to Commonwealth Games medal collection
April 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Linda Villumsen has claimed her third Commonwealth Games medal in the time trial, adding silver to her collection after a solid ride on the Gold Coast.While the 33-year-old couldn't defend her Glasgow gold, she was hardly expected... More...
Commonwealth Games: Not much more I could've done, says Hamish Bond after time trial bronze
April 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hamish Bond remains one of the miracles of this New Zealand sporting generation.The champion-rower-turned-elite-cyclist took bronze in the Commonwealth Games time trial on the Gold Coast after completing the 38.1km course in 48m... More...
Commonwealth Games: Medal haul welcome after slip at worlds
April 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A sense of vindication for national track cycling coach Anthony Peden after New Zealand's 12-medal haul at the Commonwealth Games.As the team's sprint boss, Peden was responsible for eight discs as his charges tried to peak for... More...

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