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Hayman signs up for another shot at the Classics with Orica-Scott
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Orica-Scott team has announced that Mat Hayman has signed a new contract for 2018 and will again target the cobbled Classics and act as mentor and road captain for the Australian WorldTour team. Hayman will turn 40 on April 20. He finally won Paris-Roubaix in 2016 after 15 attempts but is still motivated to train and race. He is expected to be part of the Orica-Scott squad for the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa. "I am really happy to being staying at Orica-Scott, I have really found my home here," Hayman said in a statement from the team announcing his contract extension. I am grateful that the team still have faith in me as I am now getting very old."ADVERTISEMENT Orica-Scott has signed Matteo Trentin from Quick-Step Floors, but Magnus Cort Nielsen will leave for Astana and Jens Keukeleire is expected to move to Lotto Soudal. Orica-Scotts Classics squad also includes Luke Durbridge, Chris Juul-Jensen and Mitch Docker. Remarkably, Hayman has just two victories on his professional palmares: Paris-Bourges in 2011 and Paris-Roubaix in 2016. "I love the Classics and will be focusing on those races again. We have grown as a team in these races and I am really excited to see what we can do in 2018," Hayman said. Hayman will continue to mentor the many young riders on the Orica-Scott team, especially Esteban Chaves. The veteran Hayman is facing into a fifth season in Orica-Scott colours. He spent a decade of his career with the Rabobank team before riding for Team Sky between 2010 and 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brendan Canty hopeful of securing Vuelta a Espana call-up
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
By August last year, Brendan Canty had completed his final race with the Drapac squad, bringing down the curtains on his 2016 season at the Volta a Portugal. Fast forward to 2017 and the 25-year-old is midway through a two-week block of altitude training in Andorra aiming to ensure his place on Cannondale-Drapac's Vuelta a Espana squad. A runner before turning his attention to cycling, Canty spent 2015 at Continental level with Budget Forklifts before moving to the Pro-Conti ranks with Drapac and completed the move into the WorldTour in 2017. The trilingual Melbournian has had a taste of top WorldTour stage racing at Critrium du Dauphin, Tour de Romandie, and Volta a Catalunya and is hungry for the Vuelta. "It's not 100 per cent confirmed. I am quite hopeful to have a start there and that's why I am up here in Andorra training at the altitude," Canty told Cyclingnews on a rest day from his training programme. "Lots of things can always change last minute but I am pretty sure that there is a good chance I'll be on the start line. At last least I am hoping there is a good chance."ADVERTISEMENT Canty explained that is place on the Cannondale-Drapac long list for the Spanish Grand Tour was a combination of both rider and team proposing the idea. "It is a bit of both. I would really like to do it. I think it would be a huge challenge for me and I think it would be something really good to get under my belt for the experience," said Canty. "I think the team sees it in the same light, particularly with me having the contract next year I think it would be the best move for the team to put me in a race like that and see how I cope. Some of the DS's like Jaunma [Garate] says it will be really good for me if I can race a Grand Tour and the earlier you can get one done in your career, then it can make you a better rider in the long term. I really want to do the race and from the team's perspective, there is a lot of perspective putting me into something like the Vuelta." In his debut WorldTour season, Canty has found himself in a variety of roles and when it comes to the Vuelta and his aims, the 25-year-old is opened minded. But is clear he wants to "finish the race. Learning and living the WorldTour life You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan continues fight for BinckBank Tour victory
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan was unable to secure any bonus seconds in the stage 4 sprint of the Binck Bank Tour, but the World Champions remains in the hunt for the overall victory. Bora-Hansgrohe's serial winner remains tied with Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin on five seconds behind race leader Stefan Kung (BMC) in fourth place. TeammateMaciej Bodnar is second at four seconds to Kung. With three crucial stages to come at the WorldTour stage race, Sagan has promised to keep fighting and try into regain the leader's jersey through aggressive racing. "We had another fast, wet and hard stage at the BinckBank Tour," said of the stage won by Edward Theuns. "The team did an excellent job, pulling hard to bring back the breakaway, practically by themselves. As expected, it all came down to a fast bunch sprint, where I was fourth. The GC hasn't changed, we have Bodi in second place, myself tied with Dumoulin for third - all of us within 5 seconds - and three more stages where anything can happen. We'll keep fighting every day."ADVERTISEMENT Despite being boxed in and being forced to settle for the fourth place, Sagan made a visit to the poidium to again collect the blue points jersey. He leads the classification, 79 points to Theuns' 55 and will be confident of securing the win. Sagan has also won the points classification at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of California, Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Pologne in 2017 but was denied at the Tour de France when he was disqualified from the race on stage 4. With two riders sitting top five and well within touching distance of the win, sports director Jens Zemke explained Bora-Hansgrohe will be chasing the overall all the way to the line on stage 8. "In this edition of the BinckBank Tour there are strong riders, and Peter took fourth place today, which is also a good result! We have Bodi in second place in the GC, Peter fourth and leader in the sprint classification," Zemke said. "I think this race plays out well for us and we look forward to the upcoming stages!" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aqua Blue Sport reveal Vuelta a Espana jersey - News Shorts
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Irish Pro-Continental squad Aqua Blue Sport will line out for its debut Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana with a special edition white kit. The team has ridden in a blue and gold kit during its inaugural season but has made the change in tribute to the wild card invitation it received. The Vuelta a Espana starts August 19 with a team time trial in Nimes and concludes September 10 in Madrid. "We are all incredibly honoured to be taking part in La Vuelta and to mark the occasion we have decided to make a one off white jersey," team GM Stephen Moore explained. "Our gold chevron, so visible in this year's peloton, will remain an integral part of our jersey and the blue will be there in the shorts. With the bright reflective quality of the white there is also the added benefit for the riders to deal with the high heat of Spain in August. We are really looking forward to showing our new colours and don't worry the blue and gold will be back for the rest of the season."ADVERTISEMENT The team kit is made by Vermarc Sport with Tatjana Verbeek explaining the company enjoyed the challenge of designing the one-off kit for the squad. "Vermarc Sport is very proud to be a partner of Aqua Blue Sport. We were delighted when we got the news that the team has been invited to the Vuelta this year," Verbeek. "Therefore we created a special white jersey with an ultra-light fabric. We cannot wait until Saturday to see the team perform in their new outfit." While the team will be wearing the white kit, Larry Warbasse will be wearing his unchanged stars and stripes jersey as the US national road race title. A victory he claimed in June inKnoxville. Two-year extension at QuickStep-Floors for Pieter Serry Stijn Vandenbergh to make return to racing Team GB announce Tour de l'Avenir team You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana call up for neo-pro Chris Hamilton
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sunweb's Australian first-year neo-pro Chris Hamilton will make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. The 21-year-old has impressed the team so far with the reward of a spot on the team's squad for the Spanish three-week race. "The Vuelta wasn't on the initial programme but the team was so happy with the promise that I showed and how I handled the racing and extra racing that has been thrown in," Hamilton told Cyclingnews. "They figured that I am going to be able to handle this. That was a pretty big moment for me to get the call up for that. I am very stoked." Hamilton's season has largely revolved around one-week WorldTour stage races from the Tour Down Under to Abu Dhabi Tour, Catalunya, Pas Vasco, California, Dauphin and BinckBank Tour. Of the 12 races he has started, Hamilton has recorded just two DNFs with California, where he fell ill, the only stage race he had failed to finish thus far.ADVERTISEMENT Despite going into the unknown in 2017, with his 42 race days well ahead of his longest season, Hamilton is firmly focused on finishing the Vuelta and arriving in Madrid on September 10. "For sure I want to finish it. You want to finish any race you go into," he said. "It is daunting; I am not ashamed to say that. Everyone says the Vuelta is the best one to do for your first Grand Tour. I guess it is slightly more relaxed than the other two. I am obviously wanting to do my job best as I can and be there to support the entity of it. Pulling out of it is not in the plan for me. I want to be there for the whole thing." Hailing from Bendigo, Victoria, Hamilton now resides in Girona, with Bendigonian native Jason Lowndes (Israel Cycling Academy) his roommate. With his prior exposure to racing under the Australian and Spanish sun, Hamilton is hoping he can handle the hot weather. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Theuns: BinckBank victory a 'big relief' after long recovery process
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Edward Theuns' past 12 months have been a struggle with pain and recovery from broken vertebrae suffered in a crash at the 2016 Tour de France, so when he crossed the finish line Thursday to win stage 4 at the BinckBank Tour, the 26-year-old's celebration was about more than just adding another line to his palmares. The Trek-Segafredo rider announced his return to form with his first win since May of last year. "It's a big relief. I am really happy," an elated Theuns said after the finish in Lanaken. "I had a real rough time since I crashed in the Tour last year, and I worked really hard to come back. After the spring classics, I again had surgery to take out the pins in my back, and since that surgery, I feel that I am getting stronger every week. I had a great training camp at altitude during the Tour, and now it pays off." Theuns enjoyed an impressive spring last year with Trek-Segafredo during his first season on the WorldTour, finishing third in Dwars Door Vlaanderen and fourth in a highly competitive Scheldeprijs.Further success followed with s stage win at the Baloise Belgium Tour, leading to his first Grand Dpart in July. The decision was vindicated with a couple of top 10 places during the opening week, but in the stage 13 time trial Theuns' debut season came crashing down when he fell on a descent and suffered a compressed fracture of the T12 vertebra.ADVERTISEMENT He returned to racing this spring at the Tour Down Under and has been slowly rebuilding form despite lingering pain from the injury. He was second in a stage of Three Days of De Panne and finished an impressive eighth in Paris-Roubaix. Then he took a break in April for surgery to have some of the remaining metal hardware in his spine removed. Another recovery ensued, and he returned to racing again in May. Theuns has been knocking on the door for another win since then, grabbing top 10 results and podium spots, and he finally broke the win barrier on Thursday, sprinting in ahead of Marko Kump (UAE Team Emirates) and Tim Merlier (Vrandas Willems-Crelan) after his team pulled back late breakaway riderYves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors). "[Trek-Segafredo directorDirk Demol] told us in the radio that Lampaert had a pretty good gap, but in the last kilometers to just focus on good positioning and sprinting so I wasn't really looking at the situation," Theuns said. "In the end, the gap opened on the right moment and Boy [van Poppel] could go to the front with me and Jasper [Stuyven]. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Formolo signs with Bora-Hansgrohe to target Grand Tours
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bora-Hansgrohe has announced that Italys Davide Formolo will ride for the German WorldTour team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons as he continues to develop as a Grand Tour and stage race rider. The 24-year-old from Verona finished ninth in the 2016 Vuelta a Espana and tenth in this years Giro dItalia while riding with the Cannondale-Drapac team. He won a stage in the 2015 Giro. Bora-Hansgrohe also confirmed contract extensions for Irish sprinter Sam Bennett, Michael Schwarzmann, Christoph Pfingsten and lead-out rider Rudi Selig. Bora-Hansgrohe has already confirmed the signing of Britains Pete Kennaugh and Italys Daniel Oss, who will play a key role helping team leader Peter Sagan in the cobbled Classics. Cannondale-Drapac is expected to secure Rigoberto Uran as its Tour de France leader for the next three years after securing new sponsorship for the 2018 season,but has lost other riders. Alberto Bettiol has agreed to ride for BMC in 2018, Kristijan Koren has agreed terms with Bahrain-Merida, and Davide Villella has signed for Astana.ADVERTISEMENT We are proud to welcome Davide in our Bora"Hansgrohe team. He is a talented rider, in Italy people talk of him being the next Ivan Basso. For us he will be an important rider for the Grand Tours but we also think he can play a big role in the Ardennes Classics, team manager Ralph Denk said. Already when he was very young he did some impressive results, now its our turn to help him to take the next step in his career. "It was also very important to me to extend our relationship with Sam Bennett. With his win in Paris-Nice he proved again to be one of the fastest riders in the peloton, and we think there is still room for improvements. With Rudi Selig we have an important helper in the lead-outs. Formolo is popular in Italy and showed his Grand Tour potential this year by fighting for a top ten placing in the mountains. He is expected to ride the Vuelta a Espana with Cannondale-Drapac. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kung survives stressful first day as leader of the Binck Bank Tour
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stefan Kung's second stint in a WorldTour leader's jersey proved a stressful affair at the BinckBank Touron Wednesday but the BMC rider retained the green and black jersey. Kung wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse but was unable to defend the lead for more than a day. Having taken the leader's jersey after his stage 2 time trial win, Kung successful navigated a challenging stage 3 and continues to lead Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) by four seconds, and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by five seconds. The 23-year-old finished 42nd in Ardooie in the peloton at the same time as stage winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Sagan is now fourth overall, also at five seconds. "It was a pretty stressful and nervous day. There was a little bit of wind but not that much. Everyone was nervous and you could also tell that everyone was in good shape because they started panicking early," Kung reflected.ADVERTISEMENT "I need to say a big thanks to my team. They did a really good job today. First pulling at the front and then protecting me and keeping me out of trouble when it was a little chaotic and overall today went quite well for us. Jempy Drucker tried something and Loc Vliegen was up there in the sprint so it was a good day for the team and I am happy to still be in the leader's jersey." Having taken a 10-second time bonus for his stage win, Sagan cut the deficit back to five seconds on the GC with Kung naming the world champion as a genuine threat to his overall lead. "It is nice to keep the jersey, and we will try to continue to hold on to it but Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) looked in strong form, and now he is within five seconds of the overall lead," he said. "You never know what will happen so we will keep fighting." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ian Boswell signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
American Ian Boswell will leave Team Sky at the end of the season having penned a two-year deal with Katusha-Alpecin. The 26-year-old rode with Argos-Shimano in 2012 as a stagiaire before joining Sky in 2013. He is the second official signing for Katusha-Alpecin after Nathan Haas. "I am very excited about Team Katusha-Alpecin. After 5 years in the same team, it is a big but important step for my own development," said Boswell, who becomes the first American to sign for Katusha.ADVERTISEMENT "The talks with Jos Azevedo were very good from the beginning and I liked where he sees me as a rider. I hope to bring my experience into the team and look forward to race with strong riders like Ilnur Zakarin or Simon pilak. And of course, also to be able to ride for the victory one time or another for myself." During his time with Sky, Boswell has twice ridden the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia in 2016. A talented climber capable of riding GC, Boswell's personal opportunities have been limited as Sky. Although he has impressed when given the chance with fifth overall at the Tour of California and top three on stages at the Vuelta, Giro del Trentino and Tour of California. For general manager Jos Azevedo, Boswell is a rider full of promise and potential as he explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vincenzo Nibali hitting form ahead of Vuelta a Espana
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A Vuelta a Espana winner on his debut at the Spanish Grand Tour in 2010, Vincenzo Nibali is aiming to banish his memories from 2015 and challenge for the victory in 2017. Nibali was the first winner of the race following the leader's jersey change from gold to red. He enjoyed a second stint in red in 2013 for 13 days, only to fade in the final days as American Chris Horner took the overall win by 37 seconds. The Vuelta has a special place in Nibali's palmares as the first of his four Grand Tour wins.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's return to the Vuelta in 2015 was short lived as he was disqualified on stage 2 for holding onto his then Astana team car. While Nibali struggled with the decision, having finished fourth at the Tour de France in July of that year, teammate Fabio Aru took the overall win and relieved the pressure after Nibali's expulsion. In his first season with Bahrain-Merida, Nibali was third overall at the Giro d'Italia in May and is now focused on the Vuelta. It will be the fourth time that the Italian has done the Giro, Vuelta double. "I'm happy with the answers I got about my state of form. I was returning from a period of altitude training so I knew that I couldn't be super competitive in Poland. Bearing this in mind, this ninth-place inclines me to say that I've worked well and I'll be in top shape for La Vuelta," said Nibali after the Tour de Pologne where he was ninth overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No Bay Cycling Classic in 2018
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Facing the possibility of a reduced two-day Bay Cycling Classic for 2018, race director John Trevorrow has announced the event will not be held next year. Traditionally held from January 1 as a lead into the Australian national championships, the Geelong 'Bay Crits' has attracted the fastest men and women from Australia and the world. JLT Condor's Ian Bibby won the men's title this year while the women's title was won byValentina Scandolara. "I can assure you that the event will be back bigger and better than ever in 2019," Trevorrow explained. "With the Australian Road championships starting on January 3rd, it meant the Bay Crits either ran as a two-day series starting on Jan 1 or changed dates to late December or after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February. I don't believe these dates suit the event and I do not want to impact on the Christmas track carnivals any more than we have had to in the past."ADVERTISEMENT Trevorrow, who is also the race director of the Herald Sun Tour, added that he believes the race will be back in 2019. However, the Australian nationals would need to move back one week. The nationals in recent years have started on a Wednesday with evening criteriums. January 1, 2019 is a Tuesday and the 'bay crits' would face the same dilemma if there is no change to the racing calendar. "We plan to bring the Bay Crits back to start the year in 2019. The racing has always been great, but we plan to bring in more razzamataz and entertainment plus more public involvement," added Trevorrow. "Events such as the Bay Cycling Classic just dont happen. It takes a strong team and some quality partners to make a truly great event. The Bay Classic has had that in spades. "I would like to congratulate the team at GTR Events for helping elevate the race in recent years and to sincerely thank our commercial partners, local council partners and State Government, most who have been with us for many years, and look forward to working with you all again in the coming years." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Amador injured in crash with car while training
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar's Andrey Amador was injured in a crash with a vehicle while training in Barcelona this week.The Costa Rican posted a photo of himself with his ankle in plaster on Twitter on Friday detailing his incident. Amador was hit from the side by a driver who failed to yield at a stop, and suffered a sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder in the resulting crash.He will be forced to rest for several weeks. The 30-year-old raced both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in support of Nairo Quintana, but was one of several riders to crash in the opening time trial of the Tour in Dsseldorf, sustaining injuries to his elbow and knee. He was not as severely injured as his teammate Alejandro Valverde, who broke his kneecap in a similar crash that stage.ADVERTISEMENT The Movistar team will welcome the return of Portuguese rider Nuno Bico, who returns this week at the BinckBank Tour after having iliac artery surgery. The 23-year-old has been out of competition since the Vuelta a Castilla y Len in late May. He will line up with Jasha Stterlin, Imanol Erviti, Rory Sutherland, Winner Anacona, Dayer Quintana, Alex Dowsett and Gorka Izagirre. Con ilusin d vuelta a los entrenamientos, pero me obligaron a descansar ms! Culpa de un carro que no hace un stop pic.twitter.com/zLM3mLaJai " Andrey Amador (@Andrey_Amador) August 4, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Butler back on track at Tour of Utah after early season crash
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Butler (Caja Rural-Seguros) is just happy to be alive, intact and in contention at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this week after recovering from an early season injury and resulting infection that could have cost him his arm " or worse. Butler, 29, is currently 15th overall in the 2.HC race, 1:51 down on race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling). Its a far cry from the Spanish hospital bed he was laid up in for months earlier this year after fracturing his elbow in the penultimate lap of the Classica de Almeria on February 15. I ended up having incredibly bad luck, Butler told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 5 in Utah. I had three surgeries because we kept having to change the metal. But what was a million times worse than breaking a bone was that the metal got infected with a really scary strain of anti-biotic resistant bacteria that was potentially going to seep into the bone. Thats when the whole year went upside down, he said. Some people die from that. They could have potentially taken off my arm. With that you just take like a boat ton of IV antibiotics, just a concoction of everything to try and kill it. At that point I was three weeks in a hospital bed just rotating IVs every four hours, tied down in Spain. As Butler was recovering in the hospital, his Spanish Pro Continental team informed him Caja Rural had secured an invitation to Utah. It was an exciting prospect for the American rider, but the outlook from his doctor was not good. I asked the doctor, Hey, can I do Utah? Butler said. He looked at me and stopped and said, This year or next year? I told him I wanted to do it this year. He laughed, said thats impossible and walked out.ADVERTISEMENT Just 17 race days in his legs It obviously wasnt impossible, but it wasnt easy either. Butler missed most of the season so far, only returning to competition in June at the Route du Sud. He has just 17 race days in his legs so far this season, and only nine weeks of training outdoors. But he said the good sensations are coming back faster than he expected. I feel like Im bringing a wooden spoon to a gunfight, Butler said of his return to competition. Originally the team was hoping that I could just start it, but things are coming back quick. The team supported me, and its been fun. Its coming back quick, and Im excited. Its sport. Its life, he said of the injury and long recovery. Everyone has setbacks and you deal with it. So what Im missing now in fitness I kind of have more in gratitude each day, and each day has more intention. Youre more appreciative and more focused. Thats what Im trying to take from it at this moment. Butler started out slowly in Utah, finishing 69th on the first day, which ended in a bunch sprint. He climbed to 15th place during the stage 2 finish at Snowbasin Resort, moving quickly up the general classification to 15th overall. He dropped a couple of places during stages 3 and 4, but his 21st-place finish in Bountiful on Friday lifted him back to 15th. Hell face the Queen stage Saturday, then a difficult final circuit race in Salt Lake City on Sunday. It will be a big ask to maintain his top-15 result, but Butler is optimistic in view of his quickly improving form. Im so excited to be here, and that stuff is coming back, he said. There are no magic tricks in cycling. Its a hard sport. Everyone in this peloton has been working hard all year with race days, altitude camps and motor-pacing, and I just dont have that, but Im trying my best and were creeping up there. Its just fun just to be in America and be at the pointy end of a race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrongs Colorado Classic podcast could violate his ban from cycling
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has raised concerns that Lance Armstrongs official presence at next weeks Colorado Classic race to record a daily podcast could violate the Texans lifetime ban for doping and threaten the sanctioning of the event. The race announced that Armstrongs podcast would help us connect with that serious cycling audience. However, the news lead to complaints about Armstrongs presence and forced officials to scrutinise the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code concerning a banned athletes Ineligibility, especially the rule concerning the participation in any capacity in a Competition or activity. The UCI anti-doing rules state that the term activity also includes administrative activities, such as serving as an official, director, officer, employee, or volunteer of the organization. Armstrong was given a life-ban for doping during his career and was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories. He began his Stages podcast during the Tour de France and it quickly attracted a significant following and gave the disgraced Texan a voice in the sport. Armstrong produced his Tour de France podcast from Texas and in Aspen without being accredited as media at the Tour de France. However his presence and official links to the Colorado Classic, even as part of the media, sparked question about his life-time ban from the sport.ADVERTISEMENT USADA addressed the matter in a short statement late on Friday. Under the WADA Code, an ineligible individual may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic. USADA has received complaints about this and after reviewing the matter has advised the Colorado Classic on the applicable rules, a USADA spokesperson told Cyclingnews. This has reportedly forced the event organisers to revaluate Armstrongs links to the race, but no final decision on Armstrongs presence has been decided. We have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the Stages podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic, race spokesperson Curtis Hubbard told the Denver Post newspaper in a statement. We are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. The spokesperson explained that the race has engaged in a media partnership with Armstrong that includes covering specific expenses related to the podcast but had no input with regard to its contents. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lucas Hamilton aiming to finish U23 career on a high
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an early-season of close results but no major victories, Lucas Hamilton broke through to take his first European win of 2017 at the Tour Alsace as he prepares for his major aim of the Tour de l'Avenir. Aiming to join the WorldTour ranks in 2018, the Australian on theMitchelton-Scottteam fell sick at last year's Tour de l'Avenir but recovered to finish second on the last stage and seal the mountain's competition. In his second season at Under 23 level, Hamilton continued his progression, with second place finishes at the Baby Giro and U23 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege evidence of his ability. "I didn't really have any expectation coming into the season," a modest Hamilton explained to Cyclingnews. "Obviously to wanted to perform. If you have asked me at the beginning of the season if I was happy with the position I am in now, I would be very happy. I have exceeded my expectations a little bit as it's been a really good season and I am happy with it."ADVERTISEMENT Thanks to his results, including four second places in Italian one-day races, Hamilton feels there is "lot less pressure heading into the Tour de l'Avenir this year." Hamilton's overall victory at the Tour Alsace victory was built upon his second place finish on stage 1 and his performance on stage 4. Stage 1 of the race took the peloton up the La Planche des Belles Filles finish just weeks after the Tour de France, where Fabio Aru claimed the stage win. Hamilton explained that he knew the finish from watching the race on television during July and used the knowledge to his advantage. "We'd spoken about that climb being the same as what Aru had won on in the Tour and we knew the last two, three hundred meters was super steep and really hard," he said of the stage won by Markus Hoelgaard. Every second counts at the Giro Baby Rivals at theTour de l'Avenir You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cameron Meyer returns to the WorldTour with Orica-Scott
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Orica-Scott team has confirmed that Cameron Meyer will return to WorldTour level racing with the Australia team in 2018 as he prepares to target the Madison on the track at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Meyer was one of the original GreenEdge team signings back in 2012 and enjoying four successful seasons with the team. He left for Dimension-Data in 2016 and then opted to take time out from the highest level of road racing, preferring to mix his time on the track and the road with the Australian national team. He won his eighth world title on the track in the points race this spring after also being part of the team pursuit squad that won the world title. The Orica-Scott team is now very different to the one Meyer rode with in 2015. The success of Esteban Chaves and Adam and Simon Yates has turned the team into Grand Tour contenders, with Ewan Caleb the protected sprinter. Experienced climber Mikel Nieve will also join Orica-Scott in 2018, while it is unclear if former team leader Simon Gerrans will be part of the team in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT 29 year-old Meyer has agreed a three-year contract that runs until the end of the 2020 season. I am really happy to be coming back to the team. I have a lot of friends here including riders and staff members and Im excited to be returning to a familiar environment where I previously spent four successful years, Meyer said in a statement from Orica-Scott announcing his return. During my time away from the team racing for the Australian national squad, I found that striking a good balance between track and road commitments is what suits me best. Aiming for the Madison in Tokyo You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah stage 5 highlights - Video
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) won stage 5 of the Tour of Utah on Friday, sprinting to the win in Bountiful ahead ofMarco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman). A lumpy finale thinned out the pack and spurred a few late escape attempts, but the race came back together for sprint at the mostly flat finish. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) surged to an early lead on the finishing straight, but McCabe pulled clear inside the last 200 metres to take the win.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) finished safely to retain his overall lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Carpenter overcomes early crash to finish 4th in Bountiful
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Robin Carpenters experience at the Tour of Utah on Friday may be best described as a Tale of Two Races. The first part of the tale saw the Holowesko-Citadel rider hit the deck hard about 50 kilometres into the 185-kilometre day and briefly consider abandoning on the side of the road. The second tale saw Carpenter chase back into the peloton, make the select lead group on the final hilly circuits in Bountiful and finish fourth despite being covered in road rash and bandages. After undergoing a brief concussion protocol on the side of the road after his crash because his helmet was cracked, Carpenter was ready to jump back into the race. But he was not allowed to proceed with the cracked headgear, and the team car with him didnt have a spare. Carpenter eventually borrowed a helmet from a fan alongside the road, but even that came with complications.ADVERTISEMENT I had to walk 300 metres up to get it because they wouldnt let me continue on without a helmet or a broken helmet, and we couldnt reach the team car on the phone, Carpenter said. I was about two seconds from climbing in the car and calling it, and someone in the broom wagon was yelling how someone had a helmet up the road. They wouldn't let me ride to get it, so I had to walk to it. It was probably from 1985 or something. Ironically, it was probably more dangerous than riding with a cracked helmet. Once he was back on the road, Carpenter faced the formidable task of getting back into the bunch. Race radio had him at least five minutes behind the main field for when he started his effort. Carpenter said it took about half an hour to get back on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne: Teuns hangs on to take first WorldTour GC victory of career
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
25-year-old Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) showed he could keep an impressively cool head under the heaviest of enemy fire on Friday as the young Belgian clinched his first ever overall victory in a WorldTour race at the Tour de Pologne despite severe pressure from his rivals. The GC leader since Thursday, when Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked on the first of two severely hilly stages that brought down the curtain on the Tour de Pologne, Teuns began the seventh and final day of racing with no less than 11 riders at 43 seconds or less on GC. The closest, local favourite and former Pologne winner Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), was just six seconds back. The heat was on with a vengeance, then, but finally Teuns held off Majka and an arguably even more dangerous Wout Poels (Team Sky) to win the Tour de Pologne by a mere two seconds, with Poels third, after the Dutchman captured the final stage.ADVERTISEMENT It was a gripping finale, and Teuns came within a whisker of cracking completely on the ultra-steep Sciana Bukovina climb close to the finish, particularly thanks to Poels repeated attacks. Teuns clung onto the group initially, albeit with difficulty, but then on the second part of the ascent, coming after the official summit of the climb, the Dutchman started to power up the road again on the wheel of teammate Diego Rosa and Teuns was definitely in trouble. However, teammate Tejay van Garderen not far away and the American was able to provide Teuns with some extremely timely support, dragging him up the final part of the climb just when he was on the point of cracking. This support in turn allowed the Belgian to get back on even terms with Poels and Rosa on the descent. After that, there was still the final unclassified climb to Bukowina left to tackle and everything left to play for, with Teuns jettisoning all his energy bars at the foot of the climb to ensure he had as little extra weight as possible when it came down to the final battle. But despite repeated different attacks, Teuns was able to shadow all the right moves, finish fifth on the stage and claim the overall win, albeit by the narrowest of margins. It was also BMC Racing Team's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne: Sagan falls at final fence after long breakaway
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a triumphant comeback to racing, World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed the Tour de Pologne on Friday with a stunning but ultimately unsuccessful solo breakaway, which only definitively collapsed 2.5 kilometres from the line of the last stage. Part of a front group of 13 that broke away early on stage 7's extremely hilly trek through the Tatras mountains, Sagan dropped the strongest of his breakaway companions, Rubn Plaza (Orica-Scott), with 27 kilometres to go. Behind, Diego Rosa (Team Sky) set off in hot pursuit from the break, but Sagan kept up a determined pace, egged on in his solo effort by the numerous Slovak fans who had crossed over the nearby border to Poland to cheer him on. It was an impressive final crack of the whip in a week of racing in which Sagan has put his difficult summer behind him with a vengeance. The winner of the opening stage in Krakow last Saturday, his first race back since his disqualification from the Tour de France, Sagan lost the lead the following day on the downhill bunch sprint at Katowice.ADVERTISEMENT But the reigning world champion bounced back in style with a second place on stage 3, the first summit finish of the race, moving into the lead once again and then strengthening his lead in the two following bunch sprints with two third places. Things unravelled badly on stage 6, when he was dropped on the relentless succession of steep climbs in the Tatras mountains, and fell out of the GC battle by 15 minutes. But Sagan bounced back in style with his long-distance attack on stage 7, proving that he was determined to leave the Tour de Pologne at the top of his game. Sagan was finally caught by Rosa and what was left of the fast-accelerating GC group some nine kilometres from the line, but incredibly, even as he was reeled in, the world champion tried once again to go clear. Sagan survived for a bit but on the downhill but on the long, draggy ascent to Bukowina Tatrzanska, the GC candidates hauled him in again - and this time for good. Sky's Wout Poels would go on to win with Sagan's Bora teammate Rafal Majka finishing third to nab second overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Veteran Beppu plans to continue racing until 2020 Tokyo Olympics
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
His legs stretched out of the back of the Trek-Segafredo team car at the start of the final stage of the Tour de Pologne, Fumiyuki Beppu shrugged his shoulders and chuckled wryly when he was asked what his best moment of the 2017 season has been. It turns out that "so far " there hasn't really been one. "It's not been my best year in terms of personal success, it's been quite average," Beppu admits. "I've mainly been focussed on working for my teammates. But I'd like to get some good results for me, not doing so is not good for the confidence. "After this I'll do the [Cyclassics] Hamburg and some one-day races, and I'd like to go onto the World Championships. But at the moment there aren't so many spots for Japan in the World Championships and the UCI keep on changing the regulations for the number of places. In the Nations World Ranking, Japan is below 30th so there's not so many places for that."ADVERTISEMENT As might be expected, Beppu is down to do the Japan Cup, and then will line up for some end-of-season criteriums in his home country. "There's a big one on about October 23rd or 24th this year, lots of spectators - last year there were 80,000 people there, and I've already won it twice," he said. Then after that comes the Saitama Criterium, a few weeks spent seeing relatives in Japan, then a return to Europe and his closest family, who live near Lyon, France. "Basically my life's in France, now," he says. At 34, Beppu remains, nonetheless, the best ranked Japanese rider in the UCI Asia Tour Ranking, a much-valued domestique who turned pro way back in 2005. And with a contract for 2018, he has every intention, he tells Cyclingnews, of continuing with his career all the way to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "This year I didn't do a Grand Tour, so it's a little bit of a pity. But I have been a professional for 13 years and I should keep pedalling and doing my job. I would like to keep going til Tokyo. Obviously it'll depend on my condition, but that's what I hope." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria confirmed to remain with Quick-Step Floors through 2019
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fernando Gaviria will stay with Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step Floors team through the end of the 2019 season, the team confirmed today. Cyclingnews previously reported that the young Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia points classification intended to renew his contract with the team that brought him into the WorldTour. He joins Bob Jungels and Julian Alaphilippe in renewing with the team. The team also announced a contract renewal with Argentinean MaximilianoRicheze for two years. "I am very happy to stay with the team who gave me the chance to turn pro and brought me into European cycling,"Gaviria said in a press release. "When I look back on the last two years and see how I've developed and grown as a rider, I am more than confident staying with this team is the right decision. I feel at home and appreciated here, and Patrick Lefevere puts a lot of confidence in me, so it just feels like a natural step to continue my progression with this outstanding team."ADVERTISEMENT Gaviria won four stages in his debut GrandTour, this year's Giro d'Italia, and is now hoping to improve his abilities in the Classics. He sprinted to fifth in his second appearance in Milan-San Remo this year. "After what I've achieved in the Giro, I think I am heading towards the next big step of my career. I am especially keen on testing my potential and doing well in the classics, races I have always had a special love for,"Gaviria said. "Quick-Step Floors is one of the greatest ever teams in these races, so I think I can learn a lot from the guys here. I look forward to continuing my presence in the fast finishes and grabbing my chances when and wherever they show in next season." Lefevere was, of course, pleased to announce that Gaviria would remain with the team. "Fernando's potential is huge, he's one of the most talented riders out there and I dare to say his results so far have been only an appetiser for what we are going to see in the years to come,"Lefevere said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah breakaway turns ugly as workload dispute ends in a crash
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The temperature wasnt the only thing on the rise during stage 4 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Thursday, as disagreements in the breakaway about who was working and who was sitting on led to arguments and a crash for Israel Cycling Academys Daniel Turek. Turek infiltrated a six-rider break that escaped after 90 difficult minutes of racing in temperatures that reached 36 degrees Celsius. The group eventually built a gap of five minutes on the peloton. But when Tureks director ordered him to sit on the move, his breakaway companion took exception. In the break with Turek were Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF), Marco Zamparella (Amore & Vita), Taylor Sheldon (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and Brian McCulloch (Elevate-KHS).ADVERTISEMENT Turek could be seen in the group informing his fellow breakaway companions that he had been ordered not to work, but the news didnt go over too well. Rotas immediately attacked the group when the gap started coming down, but the others were able to bring him back. He jumped again with Serrano, and the two riders opened a gap that would leave the rest behind. As Turek chased with Zamparella, Sheldon and McCulloch, his front tire made contact with Zamparellas back tire, and the Cycling Academy rider went down hard. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Orica-Scott double up in Tour de Pologne with solo win for Haig
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a near miss on Monday in the Tour de Pologne's first summit finish in Szczyrk, three days later Orica-Scott's Jack Haig could take a well-deserved first professional victory with another blazing late solo attack through the mountains of southern Poland. Haig stormed away some 19 kilometres from the stage 6 finish on the relentlessly undulating second half of stage six's arduous hilly trek from Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka salt mine to the ski resort of Zakopane close to the Polish-Slovak border. On Monday, Haig was caught at the foot of the final climb and then teammate Adam Yates tried for a stage victory before he was overtaken by Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) half way up the ascent.ADVERTISEMENT But on Thursday, it was the Australian who clinched the win, while Yates, ninth in the chase group, kept guard and chased down the counter-attacks once Haig had gone clear. Yates was the first of his teammates to give Haig a big congratulatory hug after the finish line, too. Just 23, Haig has had some promising results up to now, including a second place in the 2015 Tour de L'Avenir behind young Spanish climber Marc Soler (Movistar) and two top-three overall finishes in the Tour of Slovenia this summer and last. But it was finally in Poland that he netted his first outright success, with his stage win following up teammate Caleb Ewan's victory on Tuesday and Luka Mezgec's runner-up spot on Wednesday, as well as some strong riding by Adam Yates. Both Haig and Yates are still in the overall running, with Yates moving up to sixth, 19 seconds down on race leader Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) and Haig jumping 11 places to 12th, 43 seconds back. With one hilly stage on Friday remaining, as Teuns put it, "[Haig] is back in the game now." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuns predicts hard fight to hold yellow in Tour de Pologne
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Standing by the side of the barriers after the finish of the Tour de Pologne's stage 6 with just a soigneur for company, BMC Racing Team's Dylan Teuns kept glancing nervously at a giant TV screen to see the GC results as soon as possible. Finally, though, it was a UCI commissaire who came hurrying across the tarmac to tell the young Belgian the words he wanted to hear: "Yellow. Yellow jersey." The winner of the first mountainous stage of the race on Monday and running second overall since then, Teuns has moved into the overall lead after Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked badly with some 25 kilometres to go. A cat-and-mouse battle ensued in the lead group of 11, containing almost all the main favourites, but although the Belgian could not stop Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) from breaking away, he still kept a firm enough grasp on his rivals to ensure he has the lead. But only just.ADVERTISEMENT 12th and last of the group to finish on the long, uphill drag to Zakopane, Teuns kept a six-second advantage over Rafael Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Wilco Keldermann (Team Sunweb) in third at 10 seconds back. But with 12 riders within 43 seconds on the overall " stage winner Jack Haig is the furthest adrift of the real GC threats " the battle for what would be BMC Racing's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne is far from resolved in Teuns' favour. "We knew when Haig attacked we could give him a little bit of time because he was already two minutes down," Teuns said afterwards. "But now he's back also in the [GC] game." There was a moment where Teuns had almost lost his chance at the race lead when Majka and Kelderman followed an attack from Sky's Wout Poels, and he was on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet to race Vuelta a Espana
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet has thrown his hat in the ring for the Vuelta a Espaa after coming in third overall at the Tour de France. The AG2R La Mondiale rider will join Tour winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and other top finishers including Fabio Aru (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the start in Nimes on August 19. "I am very happy to have a chance to participate in the Vuelta, not only as a way to avoid the monotony of a usual program, but also to compete in two Grand Tours in one season for the first time in my career," Bardet said in a team press release. Bardet was one of the most aggressive contenders in the Tour de France, winning the stage to Peyregudes and holding second place overall until falling behind Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in the final time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "For several months I have been considering the possibility of competing in the Vuelta a Espaa, and after speaking with the general management of the team as well as the staff, they have reinforced this idea as an option for me. This is an important step in the life as a professional racer, and I feel that I have the maturity to tackle it." He said he will have different goals than what he held for the Tour, but hopes to "figure prominently in those stages that correspond to my strengths." He will be joined by Domenico Pozzovivo, Matteo Montaguti, Alexandre Geniez, Samuel Dumoulin and Alexis Gougeard. The rest of the team will be announced after the BinckBank Tour, with Hugo Houle, Clement Chevrier, Julien Duval and Nico Denz competing for the last two places. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallopin to join AG2R La Mondiale for 2018
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After four seasons with Lotto Soudal, Tony Gallopin will join AG2R La Mondiale for the 2018 season. The 29-year-old Frenchman, whose versatile skill set makes him a contender on a wide variety of terrains, recently finished as runner-up at the Clasica San Sebastian for the second year in a row, having won the race in 2013. He won a stage at the 2014 Tour de France and has delivered top 10 results in races as diverse as the weeklong Paris-Nice "where he has finished among the top 10 overall for four years running and also nabbed a stage "and spring Classic Milan-San Remo, where he was ninth in a bunch sprint in 2015. "I am leaving Lotto Soudal having spent four years there. I was able to live through some very beautiful emotions, and I can only thank the team for this experience. I am delighted to be joining AG2R La Mondiale. We saw again recently at the Tour de France that this is a team that is among the best in the world," Gallopin said via an AG2R press release.ADVERTISEMENT "The vision of the sporting project is what seduced me and won me over. I will have a varied role. On the one hand, I will be playing a big part in the spring Classics and hopefully helping Oliver Naesen to land a Monument. I know that I will also have my own chance when racing the weeklong events like the Paris-Nice. I have been able to prove also that some of the one-day races suit me, and I hope to earn some great victories while wearing the AG2R La Mondiale jersey. And then another part of my job will be to support Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. I am very motivated by this new challenge." AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu affirmed the plan to find a balance between offering Gallopin his own opportunities while also relying on his talents as a support rider in both one-day Classics and stage races. "As a racer, Tony cuts the sort of figure we were looking for. He is experienced, a talented puncheur, very smart and can climb with the best deep into the mountains. He showed once again in the most recent Tour de France that he is a warrior who has a real intelligence when racing," Lavenu said. "His role will be to help Oliver Naesen early in the season and then Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. Of course, he will have his own freedom at the races that suit his strengths. We know that he is a rider capable of winning great things." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Poppel finally captures stage victory at Tour de Pologne
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After several podium finishes and a brief spell in the lead, the only thing missing for Team Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel in the 2017 Tour de Pologne was an actual win. And on Wednesday's crash-blighted, rain soaked finale in Rzeszow, it finally arrived. Van Poppel's victory in Pologne came as much thanks to Team Sky's rock-solid positioning on the front of the peloton and surviving four short, Amstel Gold-like climbs as it did to his actual sprint speed. Then there were the crashes, too. Late rainstorms turned the stage 5 finale into a skating rink, with riders going down even when taking corners at a snail's pace, as happened to Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) on a 180-degree turn at the start of the last lap.ADVERTISEMENT Van Poppel was perfectly placed at the front of the mini-peloton when it roared into the final kilometres, with two Sky teammates piloting him safely through the fiddly final city centre. Race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), clearly recognising he was onto a good thing, stayed locked onto Van Poppel's back wheel. Van Poppel and his Sky escort found themselves ahead of another crash that ripped into the peloton with 1.2 kilometres to go, and which abruptly reduced the front group of sprinters and GC men from around 40 to less than a dozen. A late move by Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data) could have caught the Sky mini-train by surprise but instead, they resolutely ploughed on, passing the fading Algerian with about 500 metres to go. Van Poppel started the sprint from a long way out, and despite Sagan's best efforts to get back on terms, not to mention a determined charge from Orica-Scott's Luka Mezgec on his left, the young Dutchman could finally cross the line as a Tour de Pologne stage winner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah time trial: A short burst that could upend the GC
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After two stages, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah general classification is still exceedingly tight, with 22 riders less than a minute off the time of race leader Sepp Kuss (Rally Cycling), who is currently tied on time with stage 2 winner Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and Elevate-KHS rider James Piccoli. That will likely change on Wednesday when the peloton tackles the stage 3 time trial in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The course is only 9km long, but it starts at about 2,225 metres above sea level and finishes at 2,625 metres. "It's not really tactical or it's not about pacing your effort in different parts," Bookwalter said during the winner's press conference after stage 2. "You could probably stick guys on a computer trainer and do a VO2 Max test and find out the winner [Wednesday] if you do it at altitude. It's just pure physical and pure suffering."ADVERTISEMENT Bookwalter said he expects significant separation in the GC after Wednesday's stage. "It could be the most decisive day of the race, but it's a new stage so it's hard to know," the BMC leader said. "Traditionally you see pretty big time gaps at Snowbird, too. I think last time I was here two years ago, [Cannondale-Drapac's] Joe Dombrowski put a minute into second place. So it's all open." Kuss agreed that the time trial will likely be decisive for the overall battle, although riders will have to tackle the Queen stage to Snowbird on Saturday as well. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews skips lucrative post-Tour de France crits to focus on remaining goals
August 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) took the rare decision to skip a full programme of post-Tour de France criteriums in a bid to remain on track for the second half of the season. This year's winner of the green jersey was invited to take part in a series of races across Europe after his impressive Tour performance saw him win two stages and net the points classification. However, with a series of WorldTour goals and the World Championships on the horizon, the Australian passed up the chance of racing the lucrative evening criteriums. "I've still got a big season ahead of me and last year when I did the crits it took a lot of energy out of me for the second half of the season," Matthews told Cyclingnews at Sunday's RideLondon. "This time I decided to just use the time to rest at home. I've got big ambitions for the second half of the season and my team are paying me to race for them. In the end, that's what I have to do. So I went home, I rested, and I started back up with RideLondon."ADVERTISEMENT Matthews' debut season at Sunweb has gone from strength to strength but the Australian is in no mood to ease off with several important one-day races left on his schedule. His stage racing programme for 2018 is over but the one-day programme builds towards the crescendo of the World Championships in Norway. "I have Plouay and Hamburg, the Canadian Classics and then Worlds. There are only a few more race days. I think the Worlds course suits me. We went and did a recon a few months ago and it's hard to say who it really suits because of the weather aspect, but it's going to be exciting for sure." Although Matthews is focused on his remaining races, the Tour de France success is still fresh in his mind and he is still coming to terms with his green jersey triumph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
De Kort: Taking EPO is ridiculous, it's just so stupid
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Koen de Kort has expressed his shock and outrage after Trek-Segafredo teammate Andre Cardoso returned a positive test for EPO on the eve of the Tour de France. Cardoso has denied taking the drug and is awaiting the result of the B-sample analysis but the rider was pulled from Trek-Segafredo's Tour team earlier this week and has been suspended by the team pending the final analysis. "I just can't really believe it. I'm hoping that the B-sample is going to be negative because I cant imagine how you could be so stupid," de Kort told Cyclingnews at the Tour de France teams presentation in Dusseldorf on Thursday evening.ADVERTISEMENT "It just makes no sense to me. We've spoken about it briefly [ed. at the team] but not a whole lot. We're dumbstruck." De Kort added that he had mixed emotions on the subject " welcoming the fact that testing in professional sport works but reiterating his disappointment and frustration with Cardoso. "It's good that some guys get caught as it means that testing works and deters people from doing stupid thing, but that it's a teammate makes it a bit painful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cardoso denies taking EPO, requests B sample test
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the wake todays UCI announcement that Andr Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo) tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control earlier this month, the Portuguese rider has denied ever having used EPO or any performance enhancing drug. Cardoso said he has requested his B sample be tested as soon as possible. Writing on Facebook, Cardoso, who has been provisionally suspended by both the UCI and his team until results of the B sample test return, said he would never let down his team, teammates or the sport. Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin, Cardoso wrote on Facebook. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Cardoso was brought on board Trek-Segafredo this year in part to support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. This year would have been the 32-year-olds first crack at the Tour after having raced the Giro dItalia three times and the Vuelta a Espaa four. Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour, he wrote. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Talansky and Uran to co-lead Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France campaign
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Drapac announced their complete Tour de France line-up on Monday with Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Urn set to lead a two-pronged GC approach. Talansky, 28, has finished as high as 10th in the Tour de France, and delivered a fifth-place finish in his most recent Grand Tour appearance at last year's Vuelta a Espaa. Urn has twice finished as runner-up at the Giro d'Italia. Were going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. Its all the things we say we are," said Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius when announcing the riders.ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour is the Tour. Its a double-edged sword and you never know what challenges or triumphs it is going to bring," Talansky said. "A successful Tour has a lot of components. I would love to win a stage. I have never won a stage of a Grand Tour; Ive actually been the closest in the Tour de France in 2015, when I finished second in stage 17. But nothing in the world of bike racing compares to the pure joy of crossing the line first. The general classification will unfold as it does, but I think this Tour route lends itself towards aggressive racing and I certainly wont let the opportunity to win something pass by." Pierre Rolland, having already secured the American squad a Grand Tour stage win in the Giro d'Italia is likely to be among those hunting stage wins in his ninth consecutive start in the Tour de France. Taylor Phinney, making his Tour de France debut in his seventh year as a pro, is another and could have a chance of victory in Saturday's opening time trial in central Dusseldorf. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nacer Bouhanni headlines Cofidis nine for Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cofidis unveiled their Tour de France nine on Monday with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni naturally headlining the roster in the hope he can finally strike in the biggest race of the season. Cofidis is a Professional Continental team and so were given a wild card invitation to the Tour de France. 26-year-old Bouhanni enjoyed a fine spring with one-day wins at Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and stage wins in the Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Yorkshire but a crash knocked him out of competition for more than a month. Bouhanni sustained a concussion and was forced to abandon the British stage race, and only returned to racing at the Critrium du Dauphin. Despite the long layoff in the middle of his Tour build-up, Bouhanni looks to be in reasonable form, delivering a second-place finish at Sunday's French national championship road race, where he was narrowly out-sprinted by former teammate Arnaud Dmare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The 2017 Tour de France will be Bouhanni's third career appearance in the race. A multiple stage winner in both the Vuelta a Espaa and the Giro d'Italia, he has never won a stage in the French Grand Tour. Bouhanni's trusted lead out man Geoffrey Soupe joins him in Cofidis' Tour squad. Veteran climber Daniel Navarro, meanwhile, will give the Pro Continental team an option for the mountain stages. Cofidis for the Tour de France: Nacer Bouhanni, Dimitri Claeys, Christophe Laporte, Cyril Lemoine, Luis Angel Mat, Daniel Navarro, Florian Snchal, Julien Simon, Geoffrey Soupe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru and Fuglsang share Astana team leadership at the Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Astana have named their Tour de France line-up, with new Italian national champion Fabio Aru and Critrium du Dauphin winner Jakob Fuglsang sharing team leadership with backing from a solid squad that includes Dario Cataldo, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Michael Valgren, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Andriy Grivko and Andrey Zeits. There is no place for Miguel ngel Lpez, who returned from a broken tibia but then fractured his thumb at the Tour de Suisse. Fuglsang did not ride the Danish national championships after becoming a father last week but showed his form at the Dauphin by snatching overall victory from BMC's Richie Porte. Aru impressed with his aggression and light build at the Italian national championships on Sunday, dropping the likes of Diego Ulissi, Gianni Moscon and Rinaldo Nocentini and then gaining further time on the descent and flat road to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT The Sardinian had planned to target the Giro dItalia but a knee injury while training at altitude wrecked the first part of the season and forced him to reset his goals. His resurgence of form in recent weeks and a strong ride at the Critrium du Dauphin means he will now share leadership for the Tour de France with long-time designated team leader Fuglsang. Jakob and I are like brothers in the race. The road will be decide who emerges as team leader, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport after his proudly pulling on the Italian national champions tricolore jersey. Its a dream come true to win the Italian title. I was once second as an under-23 rider but now Ive won it. Im really proud to be able to wear at the Tour de France. Ill be showing off the Italian colours, the symbol of a nation. Not just at the Tour but all over the world for the next year. Thats hugely satisfying. Learning from life You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rosskopf claims first national title with 'unexpected' form
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Joey Rosskopf delivered a heartbreaking blow to his BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter, taking out the US Pro time trial title in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday. The 27-year-old parlayed the strong form he showed in the Giro d'Italia final time trial, where he was fifth, into the result, but said he suffered to keep going over the past three weeks. Rosskopf told Cyclingnews that the victory was his "most satisfying win". "I've never been close to this at a national championship before, I've never been able to put together a good ride," he said. "It's a little unexpected, I didn't have so many great days on the bike over the past few weeks, I like to think I was saving it up for today."ADVERTISEMENT His fifth place in the 29.3km time trial on the final stage of the Giro in Milan was an impressive ride at the end of a challenging three weeks of racing. To keep that form for almost a month cost Rosskopf dearly. "I knew it was possible to do it again, but I think that got me too motivated, and I didn't rest enough after the Giro. That led to three weeks of suffering on the bike and never feeling amazing," he said. "I thought it was too close between the Giro and nationals to take a big break. Maybe it worked out. I have been regretting jumping the gun on training after the Giro until now." In 2014, the last time Rosskopf raced the national championships, he finished a distant seventh. Before then, 10th was his best result. Since then, he's made his home in Spain, and has gotten over the discomfort and angst that often follows American riders to Europe when they join the WorldTour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marcotte focused on stars-and-stripes repeat in Knoxville
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
To sayEric Marcotte (Cylance pro Cycling) knows how to target a race would be an understatement. The 2014 US pro road race champion and 2015 criterium champion has repeatedly proved that when he has time to prepare and focus on a single day, he's a hard man to beat. That idea should leave the rest of the pro peloton in Knoxville nervous when they approach the start line for today's USA Cycling Professional Championships road race; Marcotte hasn't raced since the Redlands Bicycle Classic in early May, choosing instead to quietly train at home in Arizona for a chance to repeat his 2014 win. Despite a similar laser-like focus on the race, Marcotte says this year's championship is nothing like 2014. That year I just tried to play the teammate role and get up the road, taking pressure off our best bet that year, Marcotte said of the 2014 race, when he and then-teammate Travis McCabe made the final selection and finished first and second for SmartStop.Id contribute when I could but have to survive the climb; I was on a good day so it obviously played out well. And once the big climb was over, and we had three teammates in the circuits around town, it went well for us.ADVERTISEMENT The course in Knoxville forgoes the finishing circuits in town, instead sending riders 14 times over a 12.6km course that includes a 1km climb that comes about 9km from the finish. A slightly uphill kicker before the line will provide another challenge. Marcotte has proved in the past he can make it over short, punchy climbs and still have something left for the finish, the only question now is where his form is after nearly eight weeks without a race. USA Cycling's decision to move the race back in line with other national championships left a gap in the schedule for many riders I'm not sure how it will be for others, but I've had nearly eight weeks no racing, so that was a big change, he said. I'm am very good at focus, discipline and motivation, though another one-day race on the schedule would be ideal. That being said, I hope to have prepared well. I am happy with what I've done coming into the event. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Molly Weaver: Injury setback was probably the toughest time of my life
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In many respects, Molly Weaver is just happy to be here, but she's also eager to get her season properly underway. The Sunweb rider was hospitalised with concussion and a broken sternum, vertebrae and collarbone after a car hit her during a training ride. The crash happened before Weaver could even get a race under her belt this season and it would be May before she could turn a pedal in anger. Following two races last month, the British national road race on Sunday marks the beginning of a proper programme for the 23-year-old. "It's a weird one for me because it's been a bit of a strange season," Weaver told Cyclingnews. "I don't know where I'm going to be but it's sort of one of those, I didn't even think I would be here, so I'm just happy about that."ADVERTISEMENT Weaver had initially been down to ride the Women's Tour earlier in the month, but with such a tough parcours she and the team decided it was too much too soon. Her first major goal of this season will be the Giro Rosa, followed by La Course, but the national championships will be a chance to test her legs ahead of it. In an ideal world, a strong result at nationals would have been a big target for her. While she holds some ambitions for the event, she has had to set the bar lower, knowing that she hadn't been able to prepare as she normally would. He training has been heavily concentrated into an intensive block, leaving her without some of the finer elements. "It's actually kind of annoying this year. It's one of the best years for me for the course and I kind of wish it had been a worse course this year, and then I would feel a bit different about it," she explained. "I've done two races, and I can feel that I'm missing that top end. I haven't had time to build and peak in things like you normally would so I'm missing that little bit of acceleration or edge it the top end. I do have aims for the nationals, but I also have to be realistic in myself, and when it all kicks off, I have to stay at my own pace, especially I that big climb on that main lap." Starting from scratch You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cardiac 'anomaly' forces Navardauskas out for at least one month
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Heinrich Haussler returned to riding Saturday following a recent arthroscopic treatment of his knee, while Ramunas Navarduaskas is out for at least a month after tests detected a cardiac arrhythmia. Bahrain-Merida updated both riders' conditions Saturday on the team website. All is going very good after the arthroscopy, no pain, not much swelling and I feel good, Haussler said. I went for my first ride today and it went very well. Now I will just follow the normal rehab protocol, build up my left leg up again and as soon as I can get back to normal training again I will be back with my teammates out on the road and the races.ADVERTISEMENT Haussler initially injured his left knee in a crash in November 2016. After a series of conservative treatments, it was decided to operate in January, causing him to miss the official presentation of his new team. A significant slowdown of the recovery program" for the 33-year-old caused him to delay the start of his season until the Four Days of Dunkirk last month. He finished 20th overall in the six-stage race, but he hasnt raced since. Team doctor Carlo Guardascione explained Hausslers most recent procedure: Ten days ago, in Orthopedic Klinik of Basel, a second arthroscopic treatment was necessary for reduce an important hypertrophic Hoffas fat body that created impingement inside the left knee. Surgery treatment was excellent and the first check done yesterday shows a dry knee and a good performance about movements and stability. Navardauskas, meanwhile, has at least a month off the bike before he can begin riding again after tests discovered the cardiac anomaly. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
LottoNL-Jumbo unveil new jersey for Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. The team's predominantly yellow colourscheme creates problems when it comes to the Tour, where the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.In 2015, the team modified its kit to reduce the amount of yellow on the jersey, and will do the same for the 2017 Tour, which gets underway in Dusseldoorf on July 1. The team's original 2017 jersey, made by Shimano, is made up of a yellow torso, with black sleeves and collar. In the Tour de France version, the torso will be black, with the sleeves and collar yellow.ADVERTISEMENT The word 'Lotto' was written in black on the standard jersey, and 'Jumbo' in white, while on the new jersey it's 'Lotto' in white, and 'Jumbo' in yellow.The black shorts remain unchanged. LottoNL-Jumbo isn't the only team make such modifications for the Tour.ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits so as not to clash with the yellow jersey, while Tinkoff-Saxo changed to a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. This year Team Sky will change the colour of its jersey from black to white especially for the Tour, while special edition jerseys have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements, with Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all releasing new jerseys for the Tour last year. " LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) June 24, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels 'not angry, but disappointed' at Team Sky Tour de France snub
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Woet Poels has described himself as disappointed, but not angry, at being left out of Team Sky's nine-man line up for the Tour de France. The Dutchman played a vital role in Chris Froome's overall victories in the last two editions of the race but a knee injury has disrupted his 2017 campaign. After a nearly five months on the sidelines, Poels returned to racing at the Route du Sud last week and said he was 'confident' he'd make the Tour team, but the Sky camp clearly felt the question marks over his shape were too great. "Dave Braislford called me on Wednesday," Poels told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "If you get that call and you hear that you're not going, it hits you. In recent months I have done everything to get to the Tour. I was confident that I was going. I think I was ready.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not angry, but certainly disappointed. As I understand it, I could not help it. Because of that knee injury I am of course a bit of a question mark." Asked if it had changed his attitude towards his team, Poels added: "No,this does not necessarily mean that I want to get away from Sky. I'm fine at the team and have another two years on my contract after this year. Disappointments are part of sport, I am very well aware of that." Poels will now have to readjust his season, with the Vuelta a Espaa coming in as the big target, though it is likely to be a case of helping Froome try and win the Spanish Grand Tour for the first time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde to 'support Quintana, and nothing else' at Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde has sought to quell any hint of a Movistar leadership dilemma at the Tour de France, insisting he is riding to "help Nairo [Quintana], and nothing else". Valverde has ridden three Tours with Quintana, yet question marks have arisen over his commitment to the Colombian's cause, notably in 2015 when it was suspected he was reluctant to risk a first podium finish for himself by putting more pressure on Chris Froome. The way the results have gone this season have added another layer of interest. Valverde's first half of the season was simply phenomenal and saw him win classics like Lige-Bastogne-Lige and Flche-Wallonne, along with three overall stage race titles at Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al Pas Vasco. Quintana, meanwhile, has taken on the notoriously difficult challenge of targeting the Tour de France after the Giro d'Italia just over a month previously, where he seemed to lack his customary zip and finished second to Tom Dumoulin.ADVERTISEMENT "My goal is clear, and I've stated it many times: supporting him, and nothing else. We'll be backing Nairo 100 per cent," Valverde said in a Movistar interview on Saturday, adding that a strong GC position for himself would strengthen Quintana's tactical hand. "Anything that happens after that on the road is something we can't really plan on. Obviously, I can't lose much time, with the strategical interests of the team. We believe that my position can also be important, tactically. If things go right and we both remain up there in the overall standings, our rivals will have to take precautions against both of us - which might turn out to be good for the team." After his glittering start to the season, Valverde took a break after Lige to prepare for the second half, which will comprise the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espaa, and World Championships. It wasn't much of a break, though, as he only spent around a week off the bike, before a three-week block of altitude training in the Sierra Nevada. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Castroviejo overcomes injury, mechanical to reclaim Spanish title - News shorts
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar's Jonathan Castroviejo reclaimed the Spanish time trial title in Soria on Friday, topping Team Sky's Mikel Landa by more than a minute. While the result is not remarkable in light of Castroviejo's prowess in the discipline, as European champion and a three-time Spanish champion, it is impressive considering he is still suffering pain in his ribs from a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse, and had a mechanical that forced him to change bikes during his race. "I had to withdraw from the Tour de Suisse with that pain in my stomach, which made me difficult to absorb any food I ate, but my condition " as shown on the opening TT " was really good," Castroviejo said. "I spent three days completely off the bike and got back to it searching for those good sensations, then I started thinking about this championship. It was both a test on how I was doing on the bike before the Tour and also a bid for that third title."ADVERTISEMENT The 43km route, Castroviejo said, was "incredibly tough" with strong winds, high heat and constant undulations. His race came to a halt briefly when he suffered a mechanical and had to switch bikes, leaving him without the power meter for reference. "I had to use my instinct, but managed myself well over the second half of the race. I think the gaps were really made on that part, with such strong headwinds. It's a distance which suits me well, I always do great at TTs lasting roughly an hour." Castroviejo's victory was Movistar's only win in the various national championships that have run so far. Nelson Oliveira was unable to start the championships in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal because, the team says, his start time was changed without sufficient notice. Daniele Bennati dropped out of the Italian time trial, and Alex Dowsett was defeated by Steven Cummings for the British title on the Isle of Man. Jasha Stterlin's second place to Tony Martin in Germany, just 15 seconds behind the world champion, was the team's other bright spot on the day. Zakarin wins Russian time trial title Mullen tops Roche to win Irish title Bonifazio out with tonsillitis You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch the USA Cycling national championships live on Cyclingnews
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Moved to the end of June to coincide with the rest of the world's national championships, the USACycling professional road championships will serve up some of the most exciting racing of the weekend.Catch all of the action in the women's and men's races live streaming on Cyclingnews on June 25. The Knoxville, Tennessee circuit is sure to provide plenty of space for attacks, counter-attacks and non-stop action. At just 12.7km in length and with one significant climb - the short but steep ascent on Sherrod Road - coming with about 9km to go, the sprinters will be lining up to have a shot at the title. The pro women start their 8-lap, 101km race at 9:00 EDT, with defending champion MeganGuarnier (BoelsDolmans) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) as the top favourites. The men's race, with defending championGreg Daniel, gets underway at 13:15 EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
National title number seven for Tony Martin in Germany
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) won the first time trial since taking the world title last year, winning the German national championship time trial in Chemnitz today. The victory is the sixth straight German title for Martin, and the seventh of his pro career. Martin was given a strong challenge from Movistar's Jasha Stterlin, who came within 15 seconds of the winning time. "The parcours and especially the distance of 48 kilometers was not easy for me today, especially mentally," Martin said. "Jasha Stterlin did a great job. I'm glad to have the title again."ADVERTISEMENT The result was a significant morale boost for Martin, who will start the Tour de France next Saturday in Dsseldorf with the aim of taking the first maillot jaune of the race in the opening time trial. "Everyone can understand that my focus is on next Saturday. I do not need to worry about my form; everything is going according to plan. My body feels great. Now I am looking forward to a short relaxing time at home with my family before travelling on Tuesday to Dsseldorf," Martin said. The Tour de France opens with a 14km time trial. Martin will lead Katusha-Alpecin along with sprinter Alexander Kristoff. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Neben eyeing US Nationals time trial as first test for Worlds defence
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World time trial champion Amber Neben will line up in her rainbow jersey at the USA Cycling Professional National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, aiming to add a second special jersey to her collection with the stars and stripes. But after a limited season and some experimentation with her training, the 42-year-old is looking at the race as a secondary goal to her Worlds title defence. "I always come in with the same expectation, and that's to win. That's no different," Neben tells Cyclingnews. "My confidence is in my faith. I'll do my best out there and we'll see what happens." Neben won the rainbow jersey in Qatar by just five seconds in a tight race over Ellen van Dijk and Katrin Garfoot. She knows that she will have to eke out every last watt she can find to have a chance of making the medals this year, so she's changed up her formerly tried-and-true training plan. She admits it has "made things a bit less predictable".ADVERTISEMENT Although she won the 11km opening stage at Redlands in early May by 18 seconds, when it came to a longer test in the Chrono Gatineau, she was off the pace of compatriot Lauren Stephens by 11 seconds. Neben anticipates a close race in Knoxville and whether or not she prevails depends on how she's absorbed the new training scheme. "With risk comes reward, we'll see if we get that reward. Mentally I'm ready, but physically it is to be determined to see how my body responds," Neben says. "I'm on really fast equipment and have dialled in the aerodynamics. As a time trialist, you find a sweet spot on the bike. When you change equipment you're always searching for that sweet spot. I'm not sure I've found it, but I'm closer. We'll probably go back in the wind tunnel after nationals to see if we can fine tune it a little more. It's a good place to test, so I'm excited about the weekend." Neben has been racing for almost 20 years and says that finding that competitive edge gets harder and harder every year. "For someone who's been going for so long, it's difficult to challenge your endurance engine, to create overload and get adaptation. At this point, you're getting hit with a hammer pretty hard to get back to this level." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI reduces Grand Tour teams to 8 riders for 2018
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Grand Tour rosters will be reduced from nine to eight riders next season, and pelotons in all UCI races will be limited to 176 riders as part of changes approved Thursday by the governing bodys Professional Cycling Council (PCC). The PCC also agreed to leave the WorldTour calendar substantially unchanged, with the Tour of Qatar falling off the list and the Tour of Turkey moving to October. The Abu Dhabi Tour will expand to five days, the UCI announced the changes on its website. Other announcements included a change of dates for the Tour de France in order to avoid conflicts with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The race will move back one week from the original dates, which will affect other races in the second half of the calendar. The full UCI mens road calendar, including races at .HC, .1 and .2 levels, will be published in September.ADVERTISEMENT The PCC considered safety issues when deciding to reduce the size of team rosters and pelotons. The issue arose last year when Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which owns the Tour de France and co-runs the Vuelta a Espaa, came together with Giro dItalia owners RCS Sport and Belgian one-day organisers Flanders Classics to agree to limit the number of riders teams can field in races. The organisers proposed limiting Grand Tour teams to eight riders and other events to seven, but the UCI balked at the proposal, telling all three groups that they could not independently change cyclings rules. The PPCs decision today makes the Grand Tour proposal official. Safety was also the driving force behind a test at the Tour de Suisse that revised the protocol for the calculation of time gaps for a split in stages expected to have bunch sprint finishes to three seconds rather than one. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome: I'm going to have to make sure I'm absolutely at my best
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome has warned that this years Tour de France route and the limited amount of time trial will ensure a very close race as he fights to win a fourth yellow jersey and move closer to the select group of five-time winners. Froome was confirmed as Team Skys team leader on Thursday and can count on the support of a veritable super team of support riders that includes Geraint Thomas, Michel Kwiatkowski, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa. However Froome has yet to win a race in 2017 and was only fourth at the recent Criterium du Dauphine. He claims he has followed a slow build-up to the summer. He is hoping to peak for the vital third week of the Tour de France and could go on to ride the Vuelta a Espana. He knows he faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and many others as a change in Grand Tour generations appears likely.ADVERTISEMENT "It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour. A lot of people say it's just another number, but each Tour to me tells a different story. It's a different battle in terms of getting that yellow jersey and then trying to hold on to it. Each Tour is so unique. To get a fourth victory would be incredible, Froome said in a video interview provided by Sky. "I do want to try and be up there with the guys who have won multiple Tours. They are seen as part of Tour de France history, and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them." Froome completed some final recon rides with several teammates in the Alps last week. He has often gained time on his rivals in the time trials but went on the attack on the descents last year to carve out his winning margin on Bardet and Quintana. We can expect more of the same this year, with Froome enjoying mixing it up even on flat stages. Key climbs and major rivals You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
BMC 'all in' for Porte with Tour de France line-up
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing have announced its line-up for the Tour de France, with the team going all in for leader Richie Porte. Paris-Roubaix champion Greg Van Avermaet has the freedom to chase a third stage win in as many years, but otherwise the nine-man team is geared around Portes bid for a first Grand Tour title. As well as delivering Porte to Paris in the yellow jersey, the US-registered team hopes to take it on the opening day, with Stefan Kng a bona fide contender for the 14km time trial in Dusseldorf on July 1. There was a possibility that Rohan Dennis, who took yellow on the opening day of the 2015 Tour, might come back to try to repeat the feat but despite being forced out of the Giro dItalia by an early crash, the Australian is sticking to the plan that excluded July.ADVERTISEMENT Porte, for the first time in his career, will have a Grand Tour team built around him. After serving as a super domestique for Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky, the Tasmanian made the switch to BMC last year but leadership at the Tour de France was shared, nominally at least, with Tejay van Garderen. This year the American was sent to the Giro d'Italia, while all the eggs were placed in Porte's basket. Thus far he has delivered on the responsibility with a fine run of form. Greg Van Avermaet, the teams Classics star who enjoyed an impeccable spring, is the one rider with freedom to leave Portes side. After tasting success in each of the past two editions of the Tour " last year also brought a spell in yellow " he will once again hunt stages in the medium mountains. We are going all in for Richie. All nine of our riders are coming to the Tour de France in good condition and we have a strong team. When we started planning for the Tour de France in December last year, these were the nine riders we had in mind," said directeur sportif Fabio Baldato, who has worked closely with Porte this season. Backing from Roche and Caruso in the mountains A true candidate for the maillot jaune You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana: Froome still looks like the big favourite for Tour de France
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has named Chris Froome as the favourite to win the Tour de France but said that missing out on Giro dItalia victory has not affected his morale ahead of La Grande Boucle. Quintana has placed on the podium in all three of his Tour appearances to date, but on each occasion " in 2013, 2015 and 2016 " Froome has won the race overall. Although Froome has failed to land a win so far this season and was short of his best at the recent Critrium du Dauphin, Quintana has anointed him as the man to beat next month. To me, Froome still looks like the big favourite. He always approaches the Tour perfectly, it's a race hes been brilliant at in the past, and Im sure hell be at 100 per cent condition in July, Quintana said.ADVERTISEMENT In a lengthy interview released by his Movistar team, Quintana also namechecked Richie Porte (BMC) " hes shown great abilities that make him a strong contender " Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) as contenders, together with the Orica-Scott duo of Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves, and Astanas pairing of Fabio Aru and Jakob Fuglsang. As I said before, the Giro and the [Tom] Dumoulin success, theres always some sort of surprise, riders you dont count on to get a result and end up contesting the GC, said Quintana, who will have another contender alongside him on the Movstar team, in the shape of Alejandro Valverde. His immense strength creates a serious threat to the other rivals, who fear what he can achieve, Quintana said. It makes you so calm to have him on your team. No Giro-Tour regrets The Tour route You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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