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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...
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...
Canyon-SRAM name 2019 Zwift Academy winner
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Canyon-SRAM women's UCI team has announced the winner o f the 2019 Zwift Academy, with Kiwi Ella Harris taking the prize and earning a contract to race with the team next year. Canyon-SRAM started the Zwift Academy two years ago, allowing amateur riders chance to train with the team and try to prove themselves worthy of racing at the top level. Tanja Erath, the 2018 winner, raced with the team this year and recently signed an extension contract for 2019. After a challenging week of finals at the team's first training camp in Mlaga, Spain, Harris emerged with the victory.ADVERTISEMENT What another fantastic year its been for the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy, said Kate Veronneau, the academy leader at Zwift. While the champions of the Zwift Academy receive the headline, and rightly so, its important to highlight the thousands of women who took part in the Academy - many with very different objectives to the winner. Its fantastic to be a part of such a community and championing womens cycling. The thirdyear of the innovative talent identification program saw participation numbers double, with 5,000 women taking part. "Each year the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy provides women the opportunity to challenge their fitness, join an inspiring community of women who ride, and the chance for some to achieve their dream of a professional contract with Canyon/SRAM Racing," the team said in a statement released with today's announcement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Neylan signs with Team Virtu Cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rachel Neylan has signed a contract to race with the Danish-registered UCI Womens Team Virtu Cycling in 2019. The Australian joins the team from the Spanish outfit Movistar. "I'm really thrilled to join Virtu Cycling Women for 2019," Neylan said on the team's website. "I am excited about bringing my experience and enthusiasm to compliment a strong team of women next year." Neylan was second in the elite women's road race at the World Championships in 2012. She spent three seasons with the Orica-Scott team before joining the inaugural Movistar team for the 2018 season. Her role at Movistar was to help develop and mentor a young team.ADVERTISEMENT "Rachel has had a very successful past up into this point in her career and we really want to help find her way back into the top ranks of the World Tour," said Virtu Cycling director Carmen Small. "With the right preparation and support, I believe that Rachel can keep improving on the bike and do even more than before. She brings experience to the team and can help the other climbers, whether that is in a support role or her taking the reins herself. This year, we have tried to strengthen the team in the more climbing race and Rachel will be a crucial part of this next step towards success." Movistar recently announced their roster for next season, and Neylan was the only rider who was not listed to return, but the team thanked her for her efforts this season on their social media channels. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
McLaren power into cycling with Bahrain-Merida joint venture
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
McLaren and Bahrain-Merida have announced an exciting joint venture from the start of the 2019 road season with the overall aim of becoming the most successful team in professional cycling. The deal has been in the making for roughly a year with shared interests from the owners of both companies. The news will be officially announced on Wednesday at the Bahrain-Merida training camp in Croatia, with the McLaren logo on the team kit. Merida will stay as the secondary sponsor of the team, but McLaren's experience in Formula 1 will be relied upon to improve the team in some specific areas. At an event at McLaren's Woking base in early December, the company's Chief Marketing Officer John Allert " a long time cycling fan who grew up just a stone's throw away from Willunga Hill in Adelaide " announced the plans in front of a small gathering of journalists. Bahrain-Merida's general manager Brent Copeland was alongside Allert and added that the joint venture had the potential to revolutionise the sport. "This is great for cycling and maybe the most exciting thing that's happened in cycling for the last decade," Copeland said.ADVERTISEMENT "McLaren can help us out in so many areas. More and more topics come out as we talk about it. It's exciting for us, and it is for cycling in general. Their experience is unlimited." The news means an obvious jump in the team's overall budget, but the primary focus in 2019 will be for McLaren to gain experience in working with a WorldTour team on a long-term strategy. The company already know their work with Specialized but have already had time with both Rohan Dennis and Vincenzo Nibali in their technology centre and wind tunnel in Woking. Neither Copeland nor Allert would discuss the team's new budget or McLaren's share of the investment, but the plan at this stage is for both parties to work with Merida in 2019 in the hope that the bike supplier remains with them once their current contract expires at the end of next season. It's possible that McLaren could become a title sponsor in the future, alongside Bahrain. "What Bahrain-Merida have been able to achieve off a standing start in two years is phenomenally inspiring," said Allert. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following a day of medical testsat the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Denniswere on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik fromCCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role.ADVERTISEMENT Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Floyd Landis signs McCabe, Tvetcov to Continental squad
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Floyd Landis and Gord Fraser announced the first riders to be signed to their new Continental team, which will be named Floyd's Pro Cycling. The team will race primarily on the road, but with new equipment sponsor Van Dessel, they will compete in some gravel and mountain bike events. Landis is funding the team in part with the money from settling of his False Claims Act suit against Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team management and owners. Landis' Continental team will be registered in Canada and has acquired infrastructure from the defunct Silber Pro Cycling team. However, the registration ran into legal issues with the Canadian Government, so the team name had to be changed from Floyd's of Leadville Pro Cycling due to Canada's legalisation of cannabis.ADVERTISEMENT "Canada is sorting out the legalities surrounding CBD and athletics," Landis said in a press release. "My commitment to the team remains unchanged regardless of what it needs to be called. After years of litigation, I have no desire to enter another lengthy legal battle over the name." Fraser, who also directed Silber, has been leading the way with the signings. "We're going to focus on developing the best young cycling talent in Canada while expanding to recruit some of North America's most dynamic and proven riders," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish calls former British Cycling doctor Freeman as witness in sex discrimination case
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish will call on controversial former British Cyclingdoctor Richard Freeman to provide evidence on Wednesday to the Manchester Employment Tribunal as part of her sex discrimination case against British Cycling and UK Sport. The hearing started on Monday and is expected to continue until December 17. The track sprinter is fighting for compensation, claiming unfair dismissal after she was dropped from Great Britain's elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. The tribunal will ultimately decide whether Varnish was self-employed or an employee, and she could be owed the full legal obligation of her contract. If Varnish is successful at proving she was an employee, all parties would face a tribunal in 2019. A source close to Varnish said that she is not interested in a cash settlement, rather, she is "frustrated that neither UK Sport nor British Cycling have changed the grey situation that athletes still remain in."ADVERTISEMENT Following Varnish's dismissal from the track programme, she accused former technical director at British Cycling Shane Sutton of using sexist and discriminatory language toward her, a claim that was supported by several other athletes. Sutton resigned amid the controversy, which resulted in a full, independent investigation into the culture of British Cycling's high-performance programme. He was later cleared of eight of the nine allegations. On Monday, both parties spent the first day at their employment tribunal reviewing each other's documents. BBC Sportreported that British Cycling and UK Sport have 4,000 pages up against Varnish. Varnish is set to call three witnesses to give evidence: Freeman, along with her partner Liam Phillips, a former GB athlete, and her agent James Harper. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cassani predicts heat and climbs will produce a selective Tokyo 2020 Olympics
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has predicted that heat and humidity will be a decisive factor in deciding the men's road race event at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, with the climbs on the 234km course expected to reduce the race to final "head to head" battle. Cassani is in Japan to see the course and decide on logistics, confirming that his squad will stay near Mount Fuji rather than in the Olympic village so they can be train on the course at the foot of the snow-covered mountain. The routes of both the men's and women's races will favour the climbers, with the men's parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of Mount Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the women's course will be a watered-down version of the men's and misses the Mount Fuji loop altogether. The women's race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres during 137km of racing, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing.ADVERTISEMENT A shorter men's test event will be held next July. The race profile includes five key climbs as the 234km race heads towards Mount Fuji and the finish in Fuji International Speedway circuit, from the start in Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park. The climbs start after 40km of racing. The decisive point in the men's race is likely to be the Mikuni Pass. The 6.8km climb averages 10.2 per cent and touches and ends 34 kilometres from the finish. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to race Classics through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has announced that he will compete in a full spring Classics campaign in 2019, with plans for the 28-year-old to race from Milan-San Remo in March right through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April. Speaking at the Bora-Hansgrohe team presentation in Mallorca on Monday, Sagan confirmed that he would once again begin his season at the Tour Down Under in January. He will add the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina to his programme before returning to Europe for a spell of altitude training in February. "I'm happy be a part of this team. It's been two years already but it's felt like just a week. We're starting another season and we're getting older but I'd like to help pass on my experience to some of the younger riders," Sagan said.ADVERTISEMENT "We've decided that I'll do my kilometres in Australia and from there go to Argentina to do the Tour de San Juan. Then I'll have some rest before going up to Sierra Nevada." Sagan will miss the opening weekend in Belgium at the start of March and also forgo Strade Bianche. "After that I'll come back for Tirreno-Adriatico and the plan is then to carry on until Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We'll see how that goes with such a hard period but that's the first plan." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish's sex discrimination case heads to employment tribunal
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish's case against British Cycling and UK Sport is set to take a significant step forward at Manchester Employment Tribunal this week, as the former track sprinter fights for compensation after she alleged sex discrimination against Shane Sutton, then the technical director of British Cycling. The employment tribunal will consider if Varnishs UK Sport funding means she was self-employed or an employee. Varnish and her lawyers argue funded athletes should be classed as "employees" or "workers" rather than "self-employed." In Britain employees and workers are protected against discrimination, have the right to minimum wage, paid holidays, whistleblowing protection, maternity pay and a pension. Athlete Performance Awards that are paid to athletes are currently considered as grants rather than a salary. The significance of the Varnish case has been compared to the Bosman ruling in European professional football, which allowed footballers to become free agents after their contracts expired. Employment status has come under the microscope in recent years as workers in many fields fight for better rights. However the case has sparked debate about the best status for funded athletes and could spark serious implications for sport funding in Britain and elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Varnish now runs a coffee shop with several former teammates, but her accusations have rocked British Cycling and lifted the lid on the atmosphere at the so-called Medals Factory. It is understood that UK Sport acted aggressively in its defence, even applying for a strike-out order to dismiss the case, along with a costs order and deposit order. This could have meant Varnish's assets would have been seized pending the case, forcing her to drop her claim. Sky News suggested that UK Sport and British Cycling have already spent more than 500,000 on preparing for the tribunal, including 75,000 for the two barristers that will represent them in the seven-day trial in Manchester. Varnish was dropped from the Great Britain elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. She has claimed she was subject to discrimination and had been told by former technical director Shane Sutton to "go and have a baby. He denied those claims but then resigned. A British Cycling internal investigation later cleared him of eight out of the nine accusations. Varnishs case has sparked a duty of care debate in British sport which has spread to several other Olympic and Paralympic sports. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Evenepoel will not ride cobbled Classics in 2019
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Junior world champion Remco Evenepoel has confirmed that he will not line out in any cobbled Classics during his debut professional season with Deceuninck-QuickStep. Evenepoel claimed both the road and time trial world titles in Innsbruck in September at the end of a remarkable season that saw him dominate the junior peloton at international level. The Belgian youngster will bypass the under-23 ranks in 2019, moving directly from junior racing to WorldTour level withDeceuninck-QuickStep. Last month, the Belgian team revealed that the teenager would ride a light programme of 55 race days in 2019. At a gathering of his supporters club in Geraardsbergen at the weekend, Evenepoel confirmed that he will not tackle the Muur in competition in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT No Tour of Flanders or Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for me, Evenepoel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad. Im focusing on the Walloon Classics and short stage races. You cannot compare the professional Flemish Classics with those of the juniors. They are completely different. I wont pass by here in a race. Evenepoel only turned to cycling in 2017 after previously playing football in the youth structures of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven. The son of 1990s professional rider Patrick, Evenepoel compiled a stunning sequence of wins as a junior in 2018, including Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the Giro della Lunigiana stage race, the Peace Race, the Belgian Championships and a double at the European Championships, where he won the road race by a margin of almost ten minutes. His performances have earned the admiration of Eddy Merckx, who told Het Laatste Nieuws: "What else could I teach him? Nothing. He can do it all. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Loy hospitalised after Vlaamse Druivencross crash
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ellen Van Loy was taken to hospital in Herentals, Belgium, on Sundayafter crashing hard at theVlaamse Druivencross. Her Telenet Fidea Lions team reported on Twitter that Van Loy suffered bruising to the ligaments in her knee and would spend the night in the hospital before undergoing more tests on Monday to determine the extent of her injuries. Van Loy, who was coming off a win at GP Hasselt on December 1,went down on the muddy course inOverijse and had to abandon. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) went on to win after battling Nikki Brammeier (Mudiita) throughout the race. The victory at Hasselt at the beginning of the month was the first win of the 2018-19 season for Van Loy, who started out in September with third at the first UCI World Cup of the season in Wisconsin. From there, Van Loy hit the podium at Berencross, Kermiscross, Kiremko Nacht van Woerden, DVV verzekeringen trofee-Jaarmarktcross andDVV verzekeringen trofee-Flandriencross.Van Loy's win at GP Hasselt in front of Denise Betsema (Marlux-Bingoal) and world champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Cricus) was a positive sign for the upcoming races.ADVERTISEMENT The team did not say how long they expect Van Loy to remain out of action. Uit onderzoek in het ziekenhuis blijkt dat @Ellenvanloy een kneuzing van de gewrichtsbanden van de knie heeft. Morgen volgt er een echo om de ernst te bepalen. " Telenet Fidea Lions (@TFLions) December 9, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Snow stops second day at North Carolina Grand Prix
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The second day of the North Carolina Grand Prix has fallen victim to winter storm 'Diego', as organisers were forced to cancel the racing in the face of heavy snow that covered the course and crippled the area. "Due to main roads not being cleared, the advisement of Emergency Management Services, completely unrideable course conditions, and concern for the safety (and fun) of everyone involved, we've decided that it is in everyone's best interest and safety to cancel," organisers of the UCI C2 races posted on Facebook early Sunday morning. "This event is covered by USAC insurance, so refunds for pre-registered riders for Sunday's race will be covered," organisers wrote. "Series overall awards will be calculated and distributed shortly! Stay safe, stay warm, be smart!"ADVERTISEMENT The North Carolina Grand Prix, which featured two C2 races over Saturday and Sunday, was one of the final rounds of USA Cycling's Pro CX calendar, which concludes this weekend at the Ruts 'n' Guts race in Tulsa Oklahoma. Winter storm Diego has hit the eastern seaboard of the US hard, forcing airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights. It is expected to continue through Monday, with schools already announcing cancellations. More than 50,000 people are without power. Saturday's races in North Carolina were also hit by snow and cold weather, but they were able to go forward. Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano)took the Elite men's win ahead ofCooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Gunnar Holmgren (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling). In the women's race, Lily Williams (The Pony Shop) beatErica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) and Emma Swartz (Trek Factory Racing CX). View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rally Cycling joins NFL's Melvin Gordon for charity bike build - Gallery
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rally Cycling's Brad Huff, Jesse Anthony, Megan Jastrab, Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner recently joined the NFL's Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-annual Holiday Bike Build at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where 100 kids from Gardena-based Falcons Youth and Family Services received brand-new bicycles and Bell helmets. Gordon and the pro cyclists led the children, ages 5-12,in a series of health-and-fitness-inspired activities, including football drills and potato-sack races before leading the kids for a ride on their new bikes around the StubHub Center concourse. The goal was to inspire the childrento adopt healthy habits and focus on their education.ADVERTISEMENT Its incredibly rewarding to be able to draw from my own experience and Rallys message of healthy living to inspire these kids to stay healthy and stay in school, and now with their new bikes, to get plenty of fun exercise, Gordon said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aigle and Lausanne pitch Prudhomme on Swiss Tour de France stage
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Local officials from Swiss towns Aigle and Lausanne met with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme earlier this week to hand deliver their application to host a stage of the Tour in 2021, 2022 or 2023. The group presented Prudhomme with a detailed stage route, course profile and profiles of each the the potential climbs. The proposed route wouldstart at the UCI headquarters in Aigle and finish along Lake Genevea in Lausanne, taking in the Vaud and Friborg Prealps as well as the vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lausanne hosted its first Tour de France stage in 1948, when Gino Bartali won after 256km from Aix-les-Bains. Although Lausanne has hosted a Tour stage five times - in 1948, 1949, 1952, 1978 and 2000 - it would be a first for Aigle.Organisers believe the proposed route would showcase two strong sports and tourism symbols, linking the UCI headquartersto the Olympic Capital.ADVERTISEMENT The proposed172.9km stage would not be a parade day by any means, with3,800 metres of climbing and an almost equal amount of downhill. The route would take in four major climbs, including the first category Col de la Croix (1,776 m), the second category Col du Pillon (1,546 m), the third category Col du Saanenmser (1,279) and the first category Col du Jaun (1,509 m). After the mountains, the race would take in the vineyards of Lavaux and then Lake Geneva. After about 4 hours 20 of racing and a final 3.7km climb at 6 per cent gradient, the peloton would cross the finish line in the Olympic stadium of Pontaise. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cervelo-Bigla implement welfare measures after abuse allegations
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After recent allegations of abuse, Cervelo-Bigla will implement measures that go beyond the UCI's Code of Ethics, including an anonymous conflict resolution service from a qualified lawyer. The team was struck by controversy just over two weeks ago when several former riders went public with complaints over the conduct of team manager Thomas Campana, who was said to have bullied, intimidated, and fat-shamed riders. Campana denies the allegations. The UCI recently made updates to its Code of Ethics, effective from 1 November 2018, including 'anonymity of plaintiff' to protect victims, and dedicated reporting channels for filing complaints.ADVERTISEMENT Iris Slappendel and nine other former Bigla riders had originally taken their complaints about Campana to the UCI in 2016 but half withdrew when they found out that their names would not be anonymous and that they would be public knowledge to Campana. The Bigla team issued a statement on Saturday welcoming the changes to the UCI's Code of Ethics and announcing their own new measures. "From 1 January 2019, the team will be offering a mediation and conflict management service provided by an independent Swiss Bar Association-accredited party. A trained female lawyer will be available to all riders and staff to provide advice and conflict resolution services if the need arises," read the statement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freire eyes Spanish national coach vacancy
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Oscar Freire has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy as head coach of Spain's elite men's road cycling team following the resignation of Javier Minguez last month. The 42-year-old won the World Championships for Spain on a record-equalling three occasions (1999, 2001, 2001) and is keen to use his experience to help the current crop of riders. Minguez, head coach since 2013, left his role last month after a salary dispute, in the wake of Alejandro Valverde winning the world title. The role is said to have been offered to his deputy, Pascual Momparler, but Freire is waiting in the wings.ADVERTISEMENT "My intention is to be the coach - if it's not this year then in the future," he said in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE. "It's something I'd like to do and something I believe I could do well, because the Worlds was the race that marked my career. "After spending my whole life in cycling and having been a pro, you know you can bring something else to the table. Many riders who turn pro are very good but because of one single error they can lose a World Championships. That can't happen. "A lot of the time, when I've gone to watch a race, from the sidelines you see when a rider is going badly and it's sad because without having anyone to give them advice things can't be any different." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Erik Zabel joins Katusha-Alpecin as performance director
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Katusha-Alpecin revealed their new kit for the 2019 season, and introduced their new performance director Erik Zabel and director sportif Dirk Demol, at an official presentation in at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, Germany. Sprinter Marcel Kittel, who says he has found extra motivation ahead of a new season, modelled the new baby blue jersey along with the team's traditional red shorts on stage. "When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy," said Kittel, who had a subpar season with only two victories, both at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. Kittel was time-cut from the Tour de France and didn't finish the BinckBank Tour or Deutschland Tour. In agreement with his team, he ended his season earlier than scheduled in August. He has already kick-started the upcoming season by riding the Saitama and Shanghai Tour de France criteriums in November, and says that he is training and looking forward to 2019.ADVERTISEMENT "I am at a point where I am focusing 100% on my training and my races " I realize I need to focus on the basics. I started training early now for next season, I am feeling fresh and motivated to win again," he said. Zabel back with Katusha The team will mark its 11th season on the WorldTour with 24 riders presented on stage in Koblenz, along with Zabel, as the team's new performance director, and Demol as the team's new director sportif. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinarello partners with Hagens Berman Axeon
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Hagens Berman Axeon team will race on Pinarello bikes for the next two seasons, the Italian manufacturer announced on Friday. The Pro Continental squad raced on Specialized bikes since Axel Merckx's team transitioned from Trek in 2015. Cicli Pinarello SRL said it has been "overly impressed" by the team and promised, "maximum support to try to collect numerous and prestigious successes even at a youth level". The Hagens Berman Axeon riders will compete on the Dogma F10 disc version for road races and the Bolide for time trials. Merckx's teams have been prolific feeders of talent to the WorldTour. Since he began the programme as Trek-Livestrong in 2009, 31 of Merckx's riders have earned WorldTour contracts.ADVERTISEMENT "We have always supported the new generations, so the proposal made by Axel Merckx was welcomed with great pleasure, as we will always offer our maximum technology and experience to help them achieve their goals," said Fausto Pinarello, the CEO and son of founder Giovani Pinarello. The team has retained U23 world time trial champion Mikkel Bjerg and replaced five riders who graduated to the WorldTour with fresh talent in the form of Americans Sean Quinn, Kevin Vermaertke, and Liam Holoewsko, in addition to Karel Vacek, Jakob Egholm and Andre Carvalho. "We are very excited to work with Pinarello, one of the most legendary brands in the rich history of cycling," Merckx said. "They bring so much to the table, and will allow our team to utilize the very best equipment and technology needed to develop the best young riders in the world while continuing to win races." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colour explosion for Van der Breggen's world champion Tarmac SL6 Disc
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Specialized unveiled the new paint scheme for world champion Anna van der Breggen's Tarmac SL6 Disc onFriday, and announced that it would offer a limited run of 250 replica frames for sale to the public. It will be the bike she riders during the 2019 season with her trade team Boels Dolmans. The design is a modern explosion of colours and shapes, a big departure from the more conservative black and gold paint job of the Olympic champion's Tarmac upon which she won the world title at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck in September. "The design we created for Anna pays tribute to the colors of her new jersey in a loud and exciting way " just like her race victory,"designer Ron Jones said. "We combined several elements from years past to put a new spin on what a World Champion's bike could look like. An energetic explosion of color in an all-over frame application draws the eye from front to back, giving the frame an element of speed while maintaining its brash 'In Your Face' style.ADVERTISEMENT "Just like in years past, we kept the design a secret until it was time to unveil it to Anna, leaving her with no idea of what to expect. As always, a big thanks goes to Anna for giving us the opportunity to create another World Champion's bike." Van der Breggen attacked on a climb with over 40km to go in Innsbruck and then soloed to victory a massive 3:42 ahead of Amanda Spratt, with Tatiana Guderzo taking third over five minutes back. Van der Breggen rode a TarmacDisc bike in the race for more reliable stopping power. Van der Breggen said, "I decided to ride the Tarmac Disc because you can always count on your braking system. The Tarmac is honestly perfect for the hilly races and this was the case. From the first climb, I felt that my legs were good. The breakaway went away pretty early, and I didn't have a choice, so I had to continue while remaining focused on nutrition and hydration. I also knew I had strong teammates backing me up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Laura Kenny to perform for home crowd at London Track World Cup
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Laura Kenny is set to return to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the next round of the UCI Track World Cup, and she is relishing in the thought of competing in front of home fans. "You know that the crowds are going to be there and that the atmosphere is going to be amazing. It excites me, and I really do look forward to going there," Kenny said in a press release. The four-time Olympic champion has had a successful return to the Track World Cup series after taking a time off during pregnancy and to give birth to her first child.ADVERTISEMENT She has competed in the second round in Milton where she earned gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Omnium. In the third round inBerlin last weekend, she secured gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Madison. The team will be building toward qualifying for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Kenny won both the Team Pursuit and the Omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. "This is the qualification period now for the Olympics, and as a womens endurance squad were definitely heading in the right direction. For me personally, this year has gone really well," Kenny said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Enve's new Carbon Road Hubs are the subtlest way to burn $1,000
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Enve has launched an all-new version of its delightfully excessive (but actually rather stealthy) Carbon Road Hubs for 2019. While theyre still expensive, theyre a good deal cheaper than their predecessors at $1,000 and they feature a number of updates and refinements. Enves original Carbon Road Hubs used DT Swiss internals but the latest version drops these in favour of an unnamed 40t ratchet system with 9 degree engagement.ADVERTISEMENT The rear hub uses pawl-less ratchet system The hubs roll on stainless steel bearings which Enve reckons are actually better suited to the task than the ceramic hybrid bearings found in some high-end hubs. Enve claims that in simulated wet weather testing, its stainless bearings continued to run smoothly well after industry leading ceramic offerings had become crunchy. Outwardly, the hubs havent changed a great deal but the flange design has been updated with a move to a paired-spoke configuration. Enve touts the benefits of running the spokes closer to tangent to the flange, a more mechanically elegant design. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
British Cycling announces eSports national championship for 2019
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
British Cycling has agreed a two-year partnership with virtual racing and training app Zwift, which will include an 'eRacing' national championship next year, open to everyone. Both women's team Canyon-SRAM and men's WorldTour team Dimension Data have used Zwift competitions to 'talent spot' riders in the last two years. In 2016, Leah Thorvilson earned herself a contract with Canyon-SRAM, while Tanja Erath did the same last year. Ollie Jones also won a contract with Dimension Data's under-23 development team last year, and British Cycling will use their 'indoor national championships' to help find any potential future stars, too.ADVERTISEMENT "The eSports market is particularly exciting for cycling as it enables so many more people to participate and be active," Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling's commercial director, said on the federation's website. "We're thrilled to be exploring this new territory with Zwift to innovate in cycle sport. Their technology and our cycling expertise will together allow communities of cyclists to get more out of riding bikes for competition and for fun. "We're also excited about what this could mean for identifying talent," Rigby continued. "We're proud to have a wealth of gifted riders competing on the world stage and are confident that Zwift technology will enable us to unearth more future stars." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Baldy is back for 2019 Tour of California
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mt. Baldy will return to the Amgen Tour of California in 2019, with both men's and women's WorldTour races tackling the iconic climb about 70km east of Los Angeles. Race organizers today announced the 13 host cities for the 2019 race following a three-week delay due to wildfires that scorched California, including the area around the title sponsor's headquarters in Thousand Oaks. The 2019 race will visit Ventura County, which was the site of the 2017 Thomas Fire, one of the largest fires in the state's history. This year's event will avoid the hardest-hit areas of the more recent Woolsey Fire, with the men starting in Sacramento on Sunday, May 12, and finishing seven days later in Pasadena on Saturday, May 18. In between, the men's race will visit Rancho Cordova, South Lake Tahoe, Stockton, Morgan Hill, Laguna Seca Raceway, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Ontario and Santa Clarita.ADVERTISEMENT The women's race will begin Thursday, May 16, with a stage that starts and finishes in Ventura on the same day the men's stage finishes there. Both races remain in in sync from that point, with the women taking on Mt. Baldy for stage 2 and then finishing in Pasadena on May 18. Although organisers did not reveal specific route details with today's announcement, the inclusion of Rancho Cordova as the only new host venue suggests the race will cover a lot of familiar terrain. Organisers, however, said the 2019 race will boast seven new courses between the men's and women's events. With the men's schedule featuring only one day that starts and finishes in the same host city - stage 1 in Sacramento - organisers could be planning to reprise the prologue time trials that started the race in Sacramento in 2009, in Palo Alto in 2008, and in San Francisco in 2007 and 2006. 2019 Amgen Tour of California You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dani Rowe announces retirement
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Multiple Olympic champion Dani Rowe (ne King) has announced her retirement from cycling with immediate effect. Rowe announced her decision to hang up her racing wheels in a post on the website of her coaching company, which she runs with her husband, Matt, brother-in-law Luke Rowe, and their father. Still just 28, Rowes career has spanned a decade, starting on the track and moving over to the road full-time in recent seasons. Most of her major success came on the track, with an Olympic Gold medal, three world titles and two European titles, all in the Team Pursuit. She also has a bronze medal from the Worlds in the Scratch race in 2011, a silver at European level in the Points race, and this season she took bronze in the road race at the Commonwealth Games.ADVERTISEMENT "Today marks both the end of one chapter in my career, and the start of a new one. As from today, Im announcing my retirement from professional cycling," Rowe wrote. "Skipping a maths lesson at school in 2004 when British Cycling visited ultimately led me to achieve my childhood dream of becoming World and Olympic champion. After 14 years of dedicating my life to a bike Ive decided to go out on a high after the satisfaction of achieving everything and more in the sport than I ever set out to." Rowe spent most of her early years on the track as part of an extremely successful Great Britain team. She rode a few road races during that time but began testing herself more on the road in 2013 when she signed for Wiggle-Honda. For several years she continued to mix her ambitions but in 2016 she decided to leave the track altogether to focus on selection for the road race team at the Olympic Games in Rio later that year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas crowned Wales Sports Personality of the Year
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas was crowned Welsh Sports Personality of the Year on Tuesday night, collecting the prize for a second time after his victory in 2014. Thomas became the first Welshman" and the third Briton" to win the Tour de France in July, making him pretty much a shoo-in for the award. In the public vote, he beat Mark Williams, who won the World Snooker Championship, and Laura Deas, who won the bronze medal in the skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT "It's massive, it's something I always grew up watching when I was younger," Thomas said on BBC Sport Wales. "Just to be nominated shows you've done something special in that year, so to win it and have everyone vote for me is really nice, and it's a lovely way to finish off the year." Thomas last won the award in 2014 after winning the Commonwealth Games road race for Wales in Glasgow. This year he also won the Critrium du Dauphin. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dumoulin and Van der Breggen crowned Dutch riders of the year
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin was named Dutch men's cyclist of the year for a fifth consecutive time Monday evening, while world champion Anna van der Breggen was crowned women's cyclist of the year for the third time. The annual wielergala - cycling gala - in Den Bosch sees awards handed out to the stand-out Dutch riders from the past season, based on a combination of votes from fellow professionals past and present, along with the general public. Dumoulin was unable to attend after coming down with illness, instead appearing via a video message to express his thanks - and surprise. His Team Sunweb manager Iwan Spekenbrink accepted the award on his behalf.ADVERTISEMENT "I find it a bit unexpected, especially considering I was up against Mathieu van der Poel and Niki Terpstra," Dumoulin said. "It was a great year for Dutch cycling, and it's nice to be chosen as the best rider." While 23-year-old Van der Poel became the first ever Dutchman to hold the 'triple crown' of national titles, across road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike, Terpstra won the Tour of Flanders, E3-Harelbeke, and Le Samyn in a storming spring Classics campaign that also included a podium finish at Paris-Roubaix. Dumoulin, however, despite only tasting victory twice in 2018, won the award thanks to a string of near misses in the biggest races. He was runner up at both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, while at the World Championships he finished second in the time trial and fourth in the road race. Van der Breggen crowned women's cyclist of the year head of van Vleuten You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Navardauskas signs with Delko Marseille Provence for 2019 - News Shorts
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ramnas Navardauskas will return to his roots in 2019, signing with French Pro Continental teamDelko Marseille Provence. The 30-year-old Lithuanian rode for the team's precursor,Vlo Club La Pomme Marseille, as an amateur in 2010 when he took10 victories, including Lige-Bastogne-Lige Espoirs. Navardauskas, who has won stages in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, rode for Bahrain-Merida the past two seasons. After his stint withVlo Club La Pomme Marseille in 2010, he signed with Jonathan Vaughters' Garmin and Connadonale teams, where he rode for eight seasons through 2016. "I am very happy to join the Team Delko Marseille Provence, which is the natural continuation to the Vlo Club La Pomme Marseille that I started eight years ago, just before going professional," Navardauskas said in a statement released by the team. "The team led by Frdric Rostaing has now evolved well since I left it.I have seen them grow and I am looking forward to taking part in this great project.ADVERTISEMENT Despite his impressive palmares, the former 'Pommier' often assumed the role of domestique, something that that will change in 2019, when he will be given the opportunity to rode for his own results. "I am very glad that Ramunas has chosen our project," said Frdric Rostaing, Delko Marseille Provence team manager. "This is a real pride, double with the satisfaction of finding a rider who has gone through our training course.He represents the archetype of the rider we were looking for: his experience, his multi-skilling, his ability to express himself on all fields but mainly all his fierce desire to succeed in this challenge with us, must bring this little extra that make the difference at the highest level and raise the degree of performance of the Team Delko Marseille Provence on the major races of our calendar." Pellaud moves to Swiss Continental squad IAM-Excelsior Novo Nordisk signs former Hungarian champion British Cycling introduces pre-participation cardiac screening You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves to return to racing in Volta a Valenciana
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Colombian Esteban Chaves(Mitchelton-Scott) will make his return to racing following eight months of recovery from mononucleosis at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February, the team announced this week. The 28-year-old has been away from competition since the 2018 Giro d'Italia, which he entered into as a co-leader with Simon Yates and won a stage on Mount Etna before cracking in the second week and slipping from second to 39th.He fell to 72nd overall at the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Chaves was diagnosed with several viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He spent 10 weeks off the bike before being cleared to resume training. A podium finisher in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016, Chaves said last month that he was back to normal and hoping to compete in his home Tour Colombia, but said his programme had not yet been confirmed. Mitchelton-Scott clarified to Cyclingnews that the Colombian race was never on his programme and that the Volta a Valenciana would be his first race back. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Drops women's team saved after crowdfunding campaign
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The British-registered Drops womens team have been saved thanks to a fundraising campaign, support from offline donors and new team partners. The team announced the news on Tuesday morning, promising further details of its 2019 sponsors and team name later in the week. "We want to thank everyone that funded, shared and made noise about our recent crowdfunding campaign, the amount of love that we received was very humbling and meant so much to everyone involved in the team," the team said in three posts on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT "We're over the moon to say that through the crowdfunding campaign we achieved our goal of saving the team. This is down to 199 crowdfund backers who now form our new members club, private 'offline' donations and some new team partners." "The Drops team will continue to #ColourTheRoad in 2019! More team news to follow later this week. If you backed our Crowdfund Campaign, you'll receive an email in your inbox later this week." Through the online fundraising campaign, Drops raised 10 per cent of their overall target, with 199 people donating a total of 25,312. However, like the mens EF Education First-Drapac team, the buzz around the campaign attracted other backers. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy finalises 2019 roster, adds Sorensen as DS
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Israel Cycling Academy finalised its 2019 roster with contract extensions for three current riders and the addition of Nicki Srensen as director sportif. Srensen, a former pro who retired from Saxo Bank in 2014 and then worked as a director with that team in 2015, will return to the Israel Cycling Academy after being a director there in 2016. Srensen left for Aqua Blue Sport in 2017, but will return next year after the Irish Pro Continental team folded this season. "It feels great to come back in ICA," Srensen said in a statement released by the team. "I had some really nice experiences with the team in 2016 that I will never forget. Back then the team was a smaller Continental team and now it has grown to a big Pro Conti team. I cannot wait to meet the riders and everyone involved.I have followed the team closely over the last two years, and I see a healthy and well-working team that has potential to take a step further up the ladder to successful WorldTour events."ADVERTISEMENT The team also announced contract extensions forDutchman Dennis Van Winden, Kiwi Hamish Schreurs and Czech Daniel Turek, who is the only rider at ICA that has been with with the team since its inception in 2015. The final signings bring the 2019 roster to 30 riders representing 18 countries. The team added nine new riders for the 2019 season, including Tom Van Aesbroeck, Matthias Brandle, Davide Cimolai, Rudy Barbier, Riccardo Minali, Alexander Cataford, Conor Dunner, Matteo Badiliatti nd Clemet Carisey. Changes at the top You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuber smashes C1 Hour Record
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Some 13 years after setting the C1 Hour Record, German paracyclist Michael Teuber smashed his benchmark by over three kilometres to set a new record for the C1 class. Teuber set his original record of 39.326km in May 2005 at the Augsburg velodrome near Munich. He made his new attempt on the opening day of action at the third round of the World Cup in Berlin, midway through the opening session, and soared past the 40km mark to set a new benchmark of 42.583km. Teuber said afterwards that he had paced himself well enough to speed up in the latter stages of the effort. "Of course, I'm overjoyed I was able to pace myself throughout the race and could accelerate slightly in the last 10 minutes," said Teuber. "It was also a sign of inclusion. I am very grateful to be able to make this attempt here in Berlin at the UCI World Cup."ADVERTISEMENT The 50-year-old Teuber was left semi-paralysed as a result of a car accident at the age of 19, in 1987, and spent three years in a wheelchair afterwards. He began cycling in 1998 and has since won five Olympic gold medals and two world titles " most of which have come in time trial events. He is able to walk with the help of orthopaedic splits and in 2010, he climbed up Mt Kilimanjaro. Teubers ride was the first time that a UCI-approved paracycling event has been held in conjunction with an able-bodied event. The next round in London in two weeks time will also feature a paracycling programme. The past two editions of the Commonwealth Games have run a combined track programme. "Congratulations to Michael, who has produced a fantastic performance in breaking through the 40-kilometre barrier," said UCI president David Lappartient. "Two years on from Colin Lynch in the C3 class, he has provided another demonstration of the renewed popularity that the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot has enjoyed since we updated our Regulations. I am delighted with his display, not least because it came at our Track Cycling World Cup event, bringing him even more visibility and some very special recognition." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw fractures pelvis after being hit by car
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) will have to sit out the start of the season after fracturing pelvis when he was hit by a car while out training near his home in Bathurst, Australia. Renshaw was back at home in Australia after Dimension Datas training camp in South Africa late last month. He was scheduled to start his season at the Australian National Championships in Ballarat at the beginning of next month. However, his injury is such that he will be sidelined for three-four months. I was heading back out on the road for the final two hours of my five-hour training ride and as I entered the roundabout the car looked like it was going to stop, I assume the driver didnt see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis, Renshaw explained on Dimension Datas website. Im not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injurys but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realize it could have been much worse.ADVERTISEMENT Im devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019. I returned from our training camp super motivated for next season and I was already into serious training for Januarys racing. Its gutting to have another set-back but as hospital staff have told me, it could have been much worse then what it was. Renshaw had his 2018 spring campaign disrupted after he had to have surgery to treat chronic sinusitis. It resulted in him spending four days in hospital in the build-up to the Tour de Yorkshire, which he abandoned on the final day. The 2018 season was a hugely challenging one in terms of injuries and illness for the Dimension Data team. Their star rider Mark Cavendish suffered a series of high-speed accidents in February and March, which saw him fracture two ribs and suffer a concussion. Following his abandon at the Tour de France, Cavendish was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus for the second time and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Guarnier signs for Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank have announced that newly-retired Megan Guarnier will be rejoining the team for the 2019 season. The American, who raced for the team for three years, joins as a rider despite announcing that she would retire after the World Championships. "Im looking forward to returning to Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank in a mentorship capacity," said Guarnier. "I have a lot of experience that I will enjoy passing on to the next generation of cyclists, and it is a natural fit for me to return to the team in which I kicked off my professional career." Guarnier turned professional with Tibco back in 2010 won her first of three US National road race titles with the team in her final season in 2012. She went on to race for Rabobank-Liv and Boels-Dolmans during an eight-year career that saw her win Strade Bianche in 2015 and the Giro dItalia Femminile a year later. She announced her retirement in August with the World Championships in Innsbruck set to be her final event.ADVERTISEMENT "Im delighted to have Megan on board for next season, said general manager Linda Jackson. "Megan had so much raw potential when she first joined our team in 2010, and she went on to become one of the top female racers in the world. Our riders will benefit tremendously from her mentorship." As well as announcing Guarnier, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank confirmed their line-up for next year. The team will kick off their 2019 season at the Santos Womens Tour Down Under, which begins on January 10. Alice Cobb, Alison Jackson, Brodie Chapman, Shannon Malseed and new signing Sharlotte Lucas will take the start there, as will Lauren Stephens, who returns to the team after a year at Cylance Pro Cycling. Guarnier and the squads two new Dutch signings will join up with the team after the race at the teams US training camp. Rozanne Slik joins from Team Sunweb, while Nina Kessler comes off a two-year spell at Hitec Products. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Philip Deignan: Becoming a father changed my perspective
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After announcing his retirement from professional cycling earlier this week, Philip Deignan has said that becoming a father changed his perspective. The Irishman drew his 14-year career to a close on Tuesday, adding that it was something hed been considering since the birth of his child, Orla. Having spent the last five seasons with Team Sky, Deignan said it was the right time to hang up the bike with his wife Lizzie Deignan set to return to the pro ranks next year with the newly-formed Trek-Segafredo Women's team. "Its something Ive been considering for the last few months and it wasnt a decision I took lightly, he told teamsky.com. Becoming a father two months ago definitely added a different perspective to things. I had to factor that in when considering whether to continue racing next year, especially with Lizzie making a comeback now."ADVERTISEMENT The 2015 road world champion has raced for Boels-Dolmans from 2013 until her departure at the start of this season. She took the 2018 season off due to her pregnancy. She is aiming to return to racing next year and is likely to continue racing until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. "I didnt want to continue half-heartedly so Im happy to give my full support to Lizzie now to work towards some great things. Things that I would never have been able to achieve," he said. "Theres plenty of fathers out there racing and its a fantastic thing if you can continue racing as a father. But I think in our unique position where were both racing it would have been really hard with the amount of days wed both be away. "The unpredictable nature of race programmes is another thing I had to factor in. It would have been really hard, but we would never have compromised Orla, so it would have been the bike and the training that would have suffered." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Belgian Cycling introduce certificate of fitness to drive for directeur sportifs
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Belgian Federation has abandoned its upper age limit for directeur sportifs driving in a race caravan, opting to introduce a certificate of fitness for anyone hoping to get behind the wheel of a team or race vehicle. At present, anyone over the age of 70 and registered with Belgian Cycling is barred from driving a vehicle in a race caravan. However, this week the federation confirmed that this would change and the new rules would apply from January. Safety during cycling races remains one of the main concerns of Belgian Cycling. Once again the federation takes additional measures to ensure that the motorised traffic in the caravan continues to lead in good and safe tracks, a statement on the Belgian Cycling website read. For example, the age limit of 70 years is set for drivers of a vehicle in the racing caravan on the national or international calendar (exception is made for the opening vehicle, the closing vehicle and the vehicles of police and emergency services).ADVERTISEMENT This measure will be replaced by the introduction of a certificate of fitness to drive. This certificate must be attached to the license application. This measure will take effect from 2019 and will also apply to all sports directors and team leaders from UCI teams and club teams, including those who apply for a license for the first time. New team leaders are also subjected to a theoretical test and a compulsory internship period. The changes in the regulations come after complaints from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise directeur sportif, who turned 70 this season. Wanty-Group Goberts Hilaire Van der Schueren would have also been prevented from driving the team vehicle with this regulation. "When you are 70 years old, many people think you are an old man, but most of all it is about your richness, and I have never caused an accident in 33 years as a team leader," Planckaert told Sporza last week. "There are 50-year-old drivers who drive worse than a 70-year-old driver." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nairo Quintana: I don't like there being three leaders
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana has said that he doesnt like the idea of Movistar taking three leaders to a Grand Tour as they did this years Tour de France. The Colombian also confirmed that his 2019 season would centre around the Tour de France. Movistar brought Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde to the Tour de France this year, but had a disappointing race with Landa their best-placed rider in seventh place and Quintana in 10th. They were set to apply the same tactic to the Vuelta a Espana but were unable to as Landa crashed and broke two vertebrae at the Clasica San Sebastian. I dont like there being three leaders, Quintana told France 24 at a press event ahead of his Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana. "It is a way, but personally I dont like it."He later added that his team manager Eusebio Unzue is adamant that it can bear fruit he is convinced that this is the way.ADVERTISEMENT The team is yet to confirm their racing plans for 2019, with the team's first meet-up set for later this month, but it is still possible that we could see all three of Movistars Grand Tour contenders come together. Although, it might not be at the Tour as Valverde has hinted at his intentions to go to the Giro dItalia and the Vuelta a Espana next season. During the event on Friday, Quintana confirmed his intentions to focus his season on the Tour de France once again. Since finishing third in the 2016 event, Quintana has suffered two disappointing appearances. Last years difficulties were put down to the exhaustion of attempting to ride the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France back to back. However, he believes that he was much stronger season but things just didnt pan out. At the Tour, we arrived really well. I had problems on the first day and I lost a bit of time. I had a really good level, but things just didnt go how we wanted, said Quintana. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stybar makes brief return to his first love " cyclo-cross
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors Classics specialist Zdenek Stybar will return to cyclo-cross racing in December with a string of appearances in several high profile races. The former three-time cyclo-cross world champion will race the Zolder World Cup on December 26, and then race the DVV Trophy in Loenhout and Diegem on December 26 and 28, respectively. He will the race in Baal on New Year's Day. "I am really looking forward to my return to cyclo-cross, a beautiful discipline that I love taking part in," Zdenek said. "It will be some really hard and competitive racing and hopefully I can have some good form and try to have some fun. It is also a great chance for me to mix with my Czech teammates and to help some of the younger riders who are coming through, which is something that I am very passionate about." The 32-year-old was a prominent cyclo-cross rider earlier in his career and was a three-time world champion between 2010 and 2014. He moved onto the road and WorldTour scene in 2011 with Quick-Step and has remained within the Belgian team's ranks ever since.ADVERTISEMENT Stybar often returns to cyclo-cross in the road off-season, and in 2016 he raced the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene. This year Stybar raced a full quota of Classics, and picked up top-ten finishes in several races, including Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem. He was a consistent figure for his team during the campaign, but he did not win any races in 2018. After the slate of cyclo-cross races, Zdenek will travel to Calpe, where he will continue his build-up for next season with the Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa still keen on riding Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2019
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa has reiterated his desire to ride both the Giro dItalia and Tour de France in 2019, though the Basque rider acknowledged that his preferred race schedule for next season will require the assent of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue. Landa had already expressed his wish even before the route of the 2019 Giro was presented, and the parcours has not dissuaded him. World champion Alejandro Valverde has already signalled his intention to ride the Giro, while Nairo Quintana has stated that he will again target the Tour in 2019. In 2018, Landa skipped the Giro in order to focus exclusively on the Tour, where he reached Paris in 7th place overall. I want to do the Giro and the Tour. I'll talk with Eusebio and then we'll see what happens, Landa said, according to AS.ADVERTISEMENT No rider has managed to win the Giro and Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998. This season, Tom Dumoulin placed second overall at both the Giro and Tour, while Chris Froome won the Giro and took third overall on the Tour. In 2017, however, Quintana placed a subdued 12th at the Tour after taking second on the Giro, which prompted Movistar to save its three leading Grand Tour riders " Landa, Quintana and Valverde " for the Tour this season. In their absence, Richard Carapaz finished a fine fourth at the Giro. Despite the difficulty of the 2019 Giro route, Landa rejects the idea that riding the corsa rosa would leave him with nothing in reserve for July. I dont think so, said Landa, who finished third overall at the 2015 Giro. In recent years, there have often been many mountains in the last week in Italy and there have still been people who have then gone well on the Tour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dimension Data 'guarantee' Tafi will not race Paris-Roubaix with them
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data head of performance Rolf Aldag has stated that there is no chance of Andrea Tafi riding Paris-Roubaix with the African team in 2019. The former professional won the Classic in 1999 and has made plans to return to the sport at the age of 52 next season. He has been linked to a number of teams, with UCI President David Lappartient recently suggesting that Dimension Data were in the mix. However, the team announced their 2019 roster at the conclusion of their training camp in South Africa and, somewhat predictably, Tafi's name was not among the list of riders. "He's not with us, I can guarantee you that," Rolf Aldag told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Aldag, 50, added: "Bernie Eisel suggested I could try and do it, as I'm a bit younger than Tafi but honestly if I can make our seven for Paris-Roubaix then we've got big problems. "To be honest I think he called every team a couple of times but if you look into our team for the Spring Classics with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren, I think we have some pretty good riders. "When I first read about Tafi coming back, I found it interesting. Guys who train with him seem to think that he's really fit but what's the point? He won Paris-Roubaix twenty years ago but he's never ever going to win it again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet calls for ban on race radios
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet has come out in support of taking away team race radios, arguing the measure would help make racing more unpredictable by 'elevating the rider as an athlete.' Acknowledging that his stance on the matter had changed, the Frenchman said he would support a ban on the earpieces through which riders are fed in-race information from their directors, such as alerts to key junctures of the route and updates on who is where on the road. It's just one aspect of a wider debate that is currently raging over how to make the sport more exciting, with Bardet himself making reference to the sense of frustration at the way Team Sky have come to dominate the Tour de France with an ever-tightening stranglehold.ADVERTISEMENT "The true concern, in the minds of certain people, is the predictability of the race. That's the greatest thing at stake," Bardet told reporters in a long interview at the AG2R La Mondiale team's training camp in the French Alps this week. "That notion that Sky could almost win the Tour with any of their riders " that's what race organisers want to tackle, to try to create more unpredictable scenarios." Tour de France organisers ASO have indeed tried to do just that. The amount of time trialling has dropped markedly in the last few years, while race director Christian Prudhomme has openly voiced his desire for a more open race, proposing a ban on power-meters and successfully pushing for a reduction in team sizes. 'I'm not in cycling to be Sky's enemy number one' You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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