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Team Sky include Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Landa in Tour de France squad
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has confirmed the riders that will support Chris Froome as he targets a fourth Tour de France victory, with Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski, and Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao all in the British teams strong line-up. However, there is no place for Wout Poels or Britons Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. Team Sky are targeting a fifth Tour de France victory after first winning the race in 2012 with Bradley Wiggins, with Froome going on to win it in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Team Sky arguably has the strongest team for the Tour de France and is hoping Froome can find his best form in July after a failing to win a race so far this season. Froome faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time. Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation," said Froome in a statement announcing Sky's line-up on Thursday. "Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now. Honestly, I just love it. Its a feeling that you dont get from any other race. Geraint Thomas targeted the Giro dItalia as team leader but was forced to quit due to the injuries he sustained in a crash sparked by a police motorbike on stage 9. He has now recovered and recently raced the Route du Sud as a final test of his form. He is expected to be Froome's co-captain as well as a possible Plan B leader for the overall classification if Froome struggles or is injured. Team Sky has again opted for a mixed team of support riders to help and protect Froome on the hectic flat stages and in the mountains. Seven of the riders rode the 2016 Tour de France, with Kwiatkowski arguably replacing Poels and Knees replacing Stannard. The average age of the squad is an experienced 30.8. As statistician Cillian Kelly pointed out on social media, five riders at Team Sky have all finished in the top 15 overall at the Tour de France: As well as Froome, these are Kwiatkowski (11th), Henao (12th), Nieve (12th) and Thomas (15th). Landa has also finished third overall in the Giro d'Italia. " Team Sky (@TeamSky) June 22, 2017 You can read more at More...
Niewiadoma, Bronzini, Wild to headline RideLondon Classique
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Recent Womens Tour winner Kasia Niewiadoma, Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsten Wild will headline the Prudential RideLondon Classique next month. The organisers have confirmed that 18 of the top 20 teams will also be present at the race. Bronzini and Wild are both former winners of the event. Wild was the victor last year, out-sprinting Nina Kessler and Leah Kirchmann and taking home a record prize pot. In 2016, the overall prize money grew to 100,000 with the Dutchwoman taking home a tidy 25,000 for her efforts. The prize pot, equal to that of the mens, will remain the same for this years event. ThePrudential RideLondon Classique takes place over multiple laps of a 5.5km circuit around the centre of London. The riders will first head up Constitution Hill before doubling back and passing Buckingham Palace and making their way to Parliament Square. They will pas through Trafalgar Square, down the Strand and back, before heading under Admiralty Arch. The finish line will be in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Good news for the organisers is that theyve managed to attract a much larger haul of top teams. With the Olympic Games so close, several teems were unable to field a line-up in 2016, with Boels Dolmans pulling out at the last minute due to a shortage of riders. A total of 20 teams are set to descend on London at the end of next month, one up from last year. All of the top-10 teams, including Boels Dolmans, Wiggle-High5 and Team Sunweb will be present. The RideLondon Classique is the 14th round of the Womens WorldTour. Niewiadoma currently leads the competition, as the riders head to the Giro Rosa later this month, after taking a stage and overall victory at the Womens Tour. 2017 RideLondon Classique teams You can read more at More...
Stomach virus slows Geipel ahead of German championships
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Andre Greipel's Tour de France preparation hit a slight roadblock last week when the reigning German road race champion contracted a stomach virus that kept him from training for several days, although his team doctor says Greipel should be on target when the French Grand Tour starts in Dsseldorf on July 1. "A virus is always unfortunate, but meanwhile things are going well with him," Lotto Soudal team doctor Servaas Bing told Sporza. "He has been sick for a number of days, so we have to adjust his program," Bing said. "Last week he has ridden again as a build-up. His shape will be as it should be in the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Greipel has 11 career stage wins in the Tour deFrance including his sole win last year on the Champs-Elysees. So far this season he's won four races, including the recent stage 2 at the Giro d'Italia. His other wins came in stages at Paris-Nice and the Volta ao Algarve, and his season opener at the one-day Trofeo Porreres in Spain. Greipel came close to wearing the maglia rosa after winning the Giro's second stage, and he'd obviously like nothing better than to where the yellow jersey after the first road stage from Dsseldorf to Lige. Greipel's pre-Tour program also includes this weekend's German national championships, where the reigning champion is scheduled to vie for his fourth title to add to wins in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Bing indicated Greipel will be on the start line. "It's to be expected and see how it's going to go, but Andre is perfectly professional and he's going to take responsibility," Bing told Sporza. "If he has a chance, he'll be there to go for it." You can read more at More...
Cookson questions Lappartient's 'vision' as he reacts to UCI presidency challenge
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brian Cookson has reacted to the news that he will be challenged for the next term of UCI presidency by his vice-president David Lappartient, releasing a statement in which he questions the Frenchman's vision for the sport and notes his 'well known personal ambition for the role'. Cookson, formerly president of British Cycling, succeeded Pat McQuaid as UCI president in 2013 and is coming to the end of his four-year team. He has always voiced his desire to serve a second and final term. Lappartient is the former president of the French cycling federation and the European Cycling Union, and has served as vice-president at the UCI, under Cookson, for the past four years. He has long been tipped with a bid for the top job in cycling administration, and launched his candidacy on Tuesday with a new website - - a social media campaign, and a five-pillar project that promises 'real leadership' and 'a real ambition for cycling'.ADVERTISEMENT "Having changed the constitution of the UCI to introduce term limits and improve the election process after the controversial events of four years ago, I respect other people's right to announce their candidature," Cookson wrote in a statement on Tuesday. "I note that so far David Lappartient has not set out very much detail in his plan or any vision he may have beyond his well known personal ambition for the role. I look forward to debating what matters for the future of cycling over the coming months." Lappartient's hat was thrown into the ring just 24 hours before the deadline for candidacy registration, though it wouldn't have come as a huge surprise to the Cookson camp. You can read more at More...
Tour de France combativity award to be voted via Twitter - News shorts
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Social media users will get a bigger say in the winner of this year's Prix de la combativit or most aggressive rider competition at the Tour de France. New rules allow further nominations via the social media platform Twitter on the two rest days and a final vote on the most aggressive rider in the race on the final day in Paris. A jury of esteemed French journalists and race technical director Thierry Gouvenou will still decide the Prix de la combativit on a daily basis. However, anyone can vote for the two rest day 'super-combatif' riders from first two weeks of the race. The rider who secures the most retweets will be declared as the winner and so nominated for the final vote. Peter Sagan won the super-combatif prize last year, beating Romain Bardet, who finished third overall behind Chris Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Mrkv and Bystrm left out of Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France squad Alexander Kristoff has said he was surprised to find out that fellow Norwegian and key lead out man Michael Mrkv has not been selected for the Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France team. The full Katusha-Alpecin line up has yet to be confirmed, but Norwegian media reported the absence of Mrkv and Sven Erik Bystrm on Monday, suggesting the tension between Kristoff and team management as one of the possible reasons. Mrkv explained that the Tour de France had been on his original race programme, while Kristoff admitted he had not been contacted about the line up for the Tour de France. The relationship between Kristoff and Katusha appeared strained in May when the rider told the media that the team were not happy with his weight. WADA gives UCLA anti-doping Laboratory partial suspension Take our big sports survey to be in with a chance of winning one of ten prizes, each worth 100! You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong's lawyers want LeMond and Betsy Andreu to be excluded as witnesses in fraud trial
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lance Armstrongs legal team has requested that Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu be excluded from providing evidence as part of the US federal governments fraud case against him, which is due to go to trial in November. Armstrongs attorneys are also seeking to prevent USADAs 2012 Reasoned Decision, which detailed his doping and saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France wins, from being presented as evidence in the case. The federal government is suing Armstrong on behalf on the US Postal Service, which is seeking the return of the $32.3 million that Armstrongs team received in sponsorship between 2000 and 2004. The final figure could be tripled under the False Claims Act if it is decreed that the sponsorship was obtained fraudulently due to Armstrongs doping. As the whistle blower in the federal case, Floyd Landis stands to receive a portion of the damages if the governments case is successful.ADVERTISEMENT According to USA Today, Armstrongs attorneys from the Keker Van Nest & Peter firm have filed documents objecting to LeMond and Andreu serving as witnesses in Novembers trial. LeMond and Andreu were among those to accuse Armstrong of doping long before his belated confession in January 2013. While LeMond is well-versed in the prevalence of doping throughout the sport during the relevant time period (1997-2004) and still owns the record for the fastest time trial in Tour de France history, he has no personal knowledge regarding Armstrong, the USPS sponsorship agreement, or invoices submitted for sponsorship payments, Armstrongs legal team wrote of LeMond. A similar objection was lodged against Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrongs former teammate Frankie. She has been and remains a long-time vocal critic of Armstrong, appearing on television whenever possible to criticize him, and attributing to Armstrong her husbands lack of greater success in his career after being a cyclist, Armstrongs attorneys wrote. She has no relevant testimony to offer and she should not be permitted to testify in this case, or use it as a soapbox for impugning Armstrongs character. You can read more at More...
David Lappartient launches candidacy for UCI presidency
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former French Cycling Federation president David Lappartient has confirmed that he will stand against Brian Cookson for the role of UCI President, sparking a new power struggle for the most important political role in the sport. Elections are due to take place on September 21 during the UCI road World Championships in Norway. Cookson defeated Pat McQuaid in 2013 to secure his first term as UCIpresident but now faces a serious challenge if he wants a second four-year term.Lappartient is the current UCI vice-president and president of the European Cycling Union.ADVERTISEMENT Cookson had expected to stand unopposed but Lappartient has revealed his candidacy 24 hours before the June 21 deadline. He has created a website that includes details of his five-point programme and immediately started a social media campaign. Cookson launched his six-point manifesto on June 2. After deep thinking and reflections I have made the decision to be a candidate for the Presidency of UCI at the September 21st Congress, in Bergen " Norway, Lappartient said in a statement on the website. Like you, I have great passion for cycling and I want to serve our sport at the highest level. I have always voiced my concerns on the various challenges I have witnessed at UCI, and as a vice-President of the organization, I have been made aware of a number of issues that must be urgently addressed if cycling is to remain a credible sport. It is crucial that we have at UCI a President with a real leadership, who is truly engaged and with a clear vision for cycling. I have these qualities and the credentials it take to lead UCI. You can read more at More...
Moscon moves on after racism ban: 'My conscience is clear, I accepted the punishment'
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Skys Gianni Moscon was back in action at the recent Route du Sud race after serving his six-week suspension for racist comments to FDJs Kevin Reza at home in Italy. He is not due to ride the Tour de France but will target this weekends Italian national championships and then make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana in August. The 23-year-old Italian finished second behind Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) on Saturdays tough mountain stage to Gavarnie Gedre that included the climb of the Tourmalet. He finished seventh overall at the Route du Sud, 5:38 down on overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC). Moscon impressed during the cobbled Classics in April, finished fifth overall at Paris-Roubaix. The racist incident with Reza occurred at the Tour de Romandie with video footage showing the two arguing after teammate Elia Viviani won the third stage to Payerne. Team Sky kept Moscon in the Swiss race, but he then travelled to Manchester for a disciplinary hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon was given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks, and was due to attend a "diversity awareness course, according to a statement from Team Sky. He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted, Team Sky explained at the time. Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract. Targeting the Tricolore and then the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at More...
Damiano Caruso hopes Tour de Suisse display is a turning point
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Damiano Caruso(BMC)believes his second place finish at the Tour de Suisse could mark a turning point in his career, though the Italian reiterated that his sole duty in July will be to support Richie Porte in his bid to win the Tour de France. With Porte deployed at the Critrium du Dauphin, Caruso was handed the reins of team leadership for the Tour de Suisse, where he held the yellow jersey for two days and then placed third in Sundays concluding time trial to secure second place, 48 seconds behind Simon Spilak (Katsha-Alpecin). "I havent been a winner up to now but Ive often gone strongly. Now Ive changed and I have a dream: to go to the Tour de France in the jersey of Italian national champion," Caruso told La Gazzetta dello Sport, indicating his determination to win the 'tricolore' national champion's jersey this weekend before traveling to Dusseldorf for the Grand Dpart.ADVERTISEMENT This years Tour de France will be just the third of Carusos career. The Sicilian spent part of May training at altitude with Porte, who confirmed his status as one of the principal favourites for Tour victory after winning the Tour de Romandie and placing second at the Dauphin. With Tejay van Garderen and possibly Rohan Dennis both absent, Caruso will be Porte's key lieutenant in the high mountains. "Im setting off to be completely by his side, and then if the road presents an opportunity, Ill try to take it," Caruso said. At the Vuelta, on the other hand, Ill go for the win. But its early to talk about that. First theres the Tour, and thats already a lot. A professional since 2009, Caruso has just one win to his name " a stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in 2013 " but he placed 8th overall at the 2015 Giro and performed strongly at last years Tour de France as part of Portes guard. Dennis casts doubt on Tour de France start You can read more at More...
Gilbert, Izaguirre, Spilak climb WorldTour ranking after Tour de Suisse
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Philippe Gilbert has moved into the top five of the UCI WorldTour rankings and Ion Izaguirre into the top 10 as Greg Van Avermaet stays well out in front after the Tour de Suisse. The race was Van Avermaets first WorldTour outing since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April and, despite finishing no higher than 15th on stage 3, he makes it three months at top spot thanks to the lead he built up over the spring. Gilbert moves from sixth to fifth at the expense of Team Skys Michal Kwiatkowski thanks to his stage 2 victory. He earned 60 points for that win and added another 20 by finishing in the top 30 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Peter Sagans two stage wins werent enough to propel him up the standings, and he remains locked in ninth. Izaguirre flopped on stage 4 but fought back to finish third on stage 6, second on stage 7, and fourth overall. Previously 13th, he jumps into 10th, pushing down Alberto Contador, Sergio Henao, and Thibaut Pinot. The rest of the top 10 is made up of riders who didnt add to their tallies in the past week. Tom Dumoulin, fourth, abandoned the race, while most others had instead raced the Critrium du Dauphin the previous week. You can read more at More...
Poels upbeat about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wout Poels is optimistic about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad after returning to racing at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees following a knee injury. The Dutchman had not raced since the Ruta del Sol in early February. His knee pain meant he was unable to defend his 2016 victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, and his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome initially seemed slim. However, Poels is considered one of Froomes key support riders in the mountains after helping him win the Tour in 2015 and 2016. Poels has now been back in full training for several weeks and is hoping the Team Sky management will trust him to come good in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT "I confident that Im in [the Tour de France squad]. The progression Ive made in recent weeks is clear to see. As a domestique for Froome, I dont need to be good from the first day. I need to be fresh to work in the third week, in the Alps, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Poels as saying after he finished 41st overall at the Route de Sud. Competition for the nine places in Team Skys squad for the Tour de France is intense, with 13 riders on a long list. Chris Froome is targeting a fourth victory and will need strong support as he competes against Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski are expected to play key supporting roles for Froome, with Peter Kennaugh, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa all under consideration as mountain domestiques. Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, Vasil Kiryienkaand several other riders are in line for domestique duty on the flatter stages. You can read more at More...
Spilak eschews Grand Tours despite Tour de Suisse win - News Shorts
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Spilak gave Katusha-Alpecin one of two stage race victories this week: while the Slovenian sealed the overall Tour de Suisse for the second time in his career with a solid final time trial, across Europe his teammate Jose Goncalves won the Ster ZLM Toer. While the Tour de Suisse is often used as a warm-up and form check for the Tour de France, Spilak has no such ambitions, and his next race will be the Tour of Poland. "No Grand Tours for me since 2014 " this is my own decision," Spilak said. "I prefer stage races of six to 10 days. Of course, it would be nice to win a Tour de France stage or to become world champion."ADVERTISEMENT Spilak pulled out his winning margin in the race with a strong ride to the summit at Slden on stage 7, heading into the final time trial with a rather comfortable 52-second lead on BMC's Damiano Caruso. Despite suffering in the heat of the day, Spilak lost just four seconds to his Italian rival. "This was a very hard day and difficult TT," Spilak said. "It was harder than we expected. We did our recon of the route in the morning. By this afternoon it was so hot, but I am so happy. "I am happy for my teammates, too. All week all of them did such a great job. Temperature is my biggest enemy here in Suisse, but I beat the heat this time." You can read more at More...
Tour de Suisse stage 9 time trial start times
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) will be hoping to close out his second overall victory in three years at the Tour de Suisse on the final time trial stage. The Slovenian has a good record on Swiss soil and goes into the stage with a comfortable 52-second lead over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) in the general classification, with Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) sitting a further 13 seconds back. Spilak will be the last rider down the ramp at 16:53 local time, while Jonathan Dibben will kick start proceedings over two and a half hours earlier at 14:20. Giro dItalia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who would have been a stage favourite, abandoned the race earlier in the week following a busy racing schedule, but there are several riders waiting in the wings as they look for one final victory to close out the race. After taking the win on the opening day time trial, Rohan Dennis is the clear favourite for the stage win. He has kept his nose relatively clean throughout the week and will want another win for his palmares. Dennis will set off at 15:00 local time.ADVERTISEMENT Other riders to look out for are Ryan Mullen (14:28), Taylor Phinney (14:30), Lasse Norman Hansen (14:33), Stefan Kung (15:47), Tejay van Garderen (16:07) and Ion Izagirre (16:39). At 28.6km, the time trial is the longest at the Tour de Suisse since 2011 and should give an opportunity for some to climb the rankings. A short, sharp climb at the 20-kilometre mark will help some of the climbers limit their losses, but with a predominantly flat course it is one for the power riders. You can read more at More...
Majka: I'm ready for the Tour de France
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Weeks of altitude training played dividends for Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) as he rode to victory on the Queen stage of the Tour of Slovenia. The Polish champion had the bettering of Bahrain-Meridas Giovanni Visconti to move himself into the race lead with just one sprint stage to come. Majka tried several times to get away on the final climb, first attacking with just under nine kilometres to go. He was initially joined by Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) before Visconti bridged the gap. Majka tried again and again, but he was consistently shadowed by Haig, while Visconti was able to chase back on each time. In the end, Majka had to rely on his sprint, overtaking Visconti who had gone with 500 metres to go. The three-second gap to the Italian plus a few bonus seconds gives Majka a seven-second lead in the overall classification going into the final day of racing. After his win, Majka said that he was ready to take on the Tour de FranceADVERTISEMENT First I have to say thanks to my teammates. They did an excellent job, also the past two days, said Majka. I attacked early because I didnt know the climb and didnt want to take any risk. Nobody wanted to cooperate, so I tried it several times. In the end, I took the win, and that is important. I am very happy, not just for this win, also because this was a good test after three weeks training in the Sierra Nevada. I think I am ready now for the Tour. The Tour of Slovenia is Majkas final race before the Tour de France next month after last competing at the Tour of California in May, where he finished second overall. Majka has twice won the mountains classification at the Tour, but his best finish in the GC is 28th. He has taken three top-10 finishes at the Giro dItalia and claimed his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. Majkas Tour of Slovenia victory began a good day for the Bora-Hansgrohe squad, who also took to the top step when Peter Sagan won stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse. You can read more at More...
Watch the Tour de Beauce final stage live streaming
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Silber's Alec Cowan leads the overallTour de Beauce by 26 seconds, but is sure to come under attack on a hilly and technical final city circuit stage in St.Georges. You can watch all of the action live streaming on Cyclingnews for the first time in the history of the race. The action begins at 10:50EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Dillier surprised by chance to win Route du Sud overall
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Before the Route du Sud, BMC's Silvan Dillier says, "if somebody had told me before the race that I was going to be going for the general classification at Route du Sud, I would have told them that they were crazy". But after the 26-year-old staged a valiant solo chase through the Pyrenees to move into the race lead by one second, the possibility to prevail on Sunday has become a distinct reality. Should he emerge victorious, it will be the first stage race victory for the Swiss rider, who last month racked up his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d'Italia. Dillier started stage 3 of the Route du Sud in second place on GC at 24 seconds, and entered into a large breakaway that escaped 20 kilometres into the tame first half of the race's queen stage.ADVERTISEMENT With overnight leader Julien Loubet (Armee de Terre) distanced, Dillier took the race by its scruff by taking out the first intermediate sprint to deduct three seconds from his deficit to Loubet in the overall standings. When riders who were not in the hunt for the general classification escaped in the decidedly more rigorous second half of the stage, on the category 1 Col du Tourmalet, Dillier went after them. A frantic chase down the last descent and the Swiss rider joined Team Sky's Gianni Moscon and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), taking another three-second bonus at the foot of the final climb. "The first objective was to make the breakaway today to get some bonus seconds and points for the sprint jersey, and then I took it climb by climb to see where I ended up at the top and how much I could get back on the descents," Dillier explained. You can read more at More...
Rolland soars to Route du Sud victory in the Pyrenees
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pierre Rolland shook off any leftover fatigue from the Giro d'Italia, and just three weeks after his triumph in Canazei, the Cannondale-Drapac rider was at it again, soaring to a summit stage win at Gavarnie-Gdre on the queen stage of the Route du Sud. The Frenchman had lost almost six minutes on the opening stage, and finished next to last on stage 2, another 5:36 behind the stage winner Elia Viviani, but when the road tilted upward over the Col du Tourmalet, Rolland found his legs and rode away from all of his breakaway companions except Gianni Moscon (Sky). When BMC's Silvan Dillier joined them on the final climb, Rolland saw his opportunity, and attacked with 4km to go and soloed to the stage win.ADVERTISEMENT "We never had a big advantage because there was Silvan Dillier from BMC, who was only 20 seconds back to the GC,"Rolland said. "We approached the last climb with little advantage, but I just told myself that I had not done it all for nothing so I'm going as fast as possible. Rolland was part of a large breakaway that escaped even before the day's first climb of the Col du Tourmalet, the nearly 25km long category 1 ascent that serves as a Tour de France gauge of fitness. As their lead began to dwindle, Rolland attacked and drew out Moscon and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), but the latter could not hang onto the pace and dropped back. Moscon and Rolland fought on the descent and the next climb, the category 2 Gaberisse, to fend off the chase from Dillier, but he finally made contact on the final category 1 climb, just before Rolland's final, successful surge. You can read more at More...
Sagan shows sprint form with record 15th Tour de Suisse stage
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
When Peter Sagan joined the up-and-coming Bora-Hansgrohe squad for its first WorldTour season, there were doubts as to whether the team was up to the task of leading out the world champion against other, more established, sprint squads. But on stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse, the team demonstrated that it was more than capable of supporting Sagan, and he in turn showed that his speed is on target ahead of his Tour de France green jersey defence. It wasn't a typical run-in on a short, fast, technical circuit in Schaffhausen, but the green helmets and black jerseys of Bora-Hansgrohe could be seen at the front of the race consistently as the kilometers ticked down. On the final lap, Marcus Burghardt marked a dangerous move containing Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb), and then reeled in a counter-attack from Trek's Fabio Felline. Into the final kilometers, Sagan was led by his teammates and then finished off their work with a commanding victory over Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) - extending his record of career stage wins in the Tour de Suisse to 15.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a very good day for us and once again I have to thank my teammates for their strong effort," Sagan said. "We were practically the only ones to control the race today, so they did an excellent job. I'm happy for my second stage win this year " my fifteenth overall. The Tour de Suisse is a race I like, although it's too early to talk about next year. I hope I can come back." Directeur sportif Jan Valach was suitably proud of the team's work and the outcome on the day. "Today's excellent victory for Peter Sagan was the result of perfect teamwork by every single rider of the team," Valach said. "The stage started with a very strong pace, and our plan from the morning was to be in control from the outset. We put riders in the front from the first metres with the aim of also being able to assess this very fast and technical circuit. "Juraj Sagan was the first to pull hard in the front, followed by Michael Kolar. In the last lap, it was up to Jay McCarthy, Maciej Bodnar and Marcus Burghardt to do the tough job. Jay was brilliant and closed nearly one minute on the breakaway on his own. He had incredible legs. We are happy to see how Peter got off in the final sprint and I think he showed he has very good form." You can read more at More...
Spanish court stops identification of Operacion Puerto athletes
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The names of the owners of the 211 blood bags uncovered as part of Operacion Puerto may never be known after a Spanish court issued a clarification letter earlier this week. A year on from the decision to release the blood bags to the anti-doping authorities, the Provincial Court of Madrid wrote a letter of clarification. It said that the blood bags were only passed over to the authorities to verify if they belonged to athletes with open cases, rather than begin disciplinary proceedings. The letter comes after Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the centre of the scandal who was accused of blood doping athletes, issued a request for the blood bags be returned to him and that the identities of their owners remain a secret. Fuentes said that the publication of the names violates the right of privacy and confidentiality derived from the doctor-patient relationship. While the court denied Fuentes request for the return of the items, but as there are no open cases the identities of the athletes cannot be made public. The ruling will be a blow to the anti-doping authorities.ADVERTISEMENT Operacion Puerto has been rumbling on since 2006 after police raids on the office of Fuentes. Several cyclists were identified as patients of Fuentes from the documentation kept by the doctor, however, the blood bags uncovered were held as evidence by the Spanish authorities. Following the Operacion Puerto trial in 2013, where Fuentes was given a one-year suspended sentence and banned from working as a doctor for four years, the court ruled that the blood bags be destroyed. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the UCI and others appealed the decision and eventually won their case in 2016. The original sentence handed down to Fuentes was also overturned. Quickly after gaining possession of the blood bags, the owners of each of them had been identified. However, the length of the trial and subsequent appeal meant that the statute of limitation " eight years " had long passed. This left the authorities with a legal conundrum as they could not prosecute any of the athletes. You can read more at More...
Siutsou out of Tour de France after fracturing leg
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Kanstantsin Siutsou will miss the Tour de France as he has to undergo surgery following a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Slovenie. Siutsou fractured his left femoral bone when he came down on the second descent of the day and was taken to hospital. Doctors confirmed that he had suffered a leg fracture that it will require immediate surgery according to his Bahrain-Merida team. After the return from the hospital team doctor Marjan Kori informed us that Kanstantsin needed to be urgently operated, a team statement read. He has a complicated fracture of the left femoral bone. In the next few days, we will be able to give more information about the surgery prospective view for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Kanstantsin Siutsous injury will have consequences not only for this race but most of all for Tour de France. We wish Kanstantsin to recover soon and to return on the bike and races as soon as possible. It wasnt the best of stages for the Bahrain-Merida team, who also saw Luka Pibernik go down as torrential rain hammered down on the peloton in the final 30 kilometres. Piberniks incident occurred on the run to the line as a flurry of crashes happened on the slippery roads. The result was a stitch to his left elbow and three to his shin. Unlike his teammate, Pibernik was able to continue. Sonny Colbrelli avoided crashing himself, but he was forced to navigate stricken riders and could only manage seventh in the chaotic finale. You can read more at More...
inCycle: Orica-Scott's Grand Tour ambitions - Video
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In this week's episode of inCycle, Orica-Scott lay out their plans to hunt a Grand Tour title, as we hear from Tour de France hopefuls Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates. As sport director Matt White explains, hopes are running high for the Australian outfit, no longer focused solely on stage victories in the three-week events. Team Sunweb's Mike Teunissen provides a look into development of a different kind, detailing his journey from cyclo-cross up-and-comer to Classics hopeful.ADVERTISEMENT The show also checks in with Drops Cycling, punching above their weight less than two years after being founded as a brand new Women's WorldTour squad. You can read more at More...
Spilak parlays team effort into Tour de Suisse lead
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) spent the first six stages at the Tour de Suisse laying in wait and keeping his powder dry, creeping ever closer to the podiums top step as the week progressed.On Friday he pounced, finishing off his teams all-day effort with a solo stage win on the Tiefenbach Glacier above Slden and seizing the overall lead. Immediately from the start this morning I felt that I had good legs, said Spilak, who won the Tour de Suisse in 2015 and was ninth last year. Yesterday it was 30 degrees, but today it was 20 and this is better for me. We had a plan for today and the team was so good. Not to perform well was not an option. Katushas Baptiste Planckaert and Jhonatan Restrepo infiltrated the large early breakaway, which gained four minutes before the peloton brought the adventurers back as they reached Slden and the start of the final 12km climb.ADVERTISEMENT Bahrain-Merida set the early pace on the final ascent, but Katusha-Alpecin quickly took over, first with Matvey Mamykin and then with Rein Taaramae, who set a pace that blew the lead group apart, leaving just a handful of contenders in contact. Taaramae continued to hammer until just he, Spilak and Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) remained, eventually swinging off with about 10km to go. Dombrowski clung to Spilaks wheel for a short time, but he too lost the pace and left Spilak alone in front with about 8km remaining. Maybe that was too far from the finish, but what else could I do? I had to take the jersey for my team, Spilak said. You can read more at More...
Groenewegen keeps LottoNL streak going at Ster ZLM Toer
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dylan Groenewegen added another win Friday during stage 3 at the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands, backing up his win on stage 2 and making it three wins out of three stages for LottoNL-Jumbo after Primoz Roglic won the opening time trial and took the race lead. Groenewegen took his second stage win of the race at the end of the 210km stage in Buchten, winning the bunch gallop ahead of Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel and Moreno Hofland. "It was a nice win," Groenewegen said. "It was a quite hectic final. Everything went well and 175 metres before the finish line, they put me in great position. For the second day in a row, the sprint train worked really well. Robert Wagner did a very fast lead-out; I only had to continue with that speed and no one was able to come over me. Most of these guys here have a chance to be in the Tour de France and I wanted to be in top form to test myself before heading there in July."ADVERTISEMENT Team directorMerijn Zeeman was ecstatic about taking the team's third in three tries. "Unbelievable," Zeeman said. "I have never experienced this before, winning the first three stages of a race. It was a hell of a job to let the right breakaway go. From that point on, we controlled the race. Gijs Van Hoecke did a superb job. The rest of the guys were focused on the sprint and they did really well. A huge compliment for the guys. Zeeman was also pleased with the progress of the team's sprint train, especially after beating Tour de France stage winner Andre Greipel as LottoNl-Jumbo continues to develop Groenewegen with the goal of winning a sprint stage at the 2018 Tour. You can read more at More...
Giampaolo Caruso handed two-year ban for 2012 EPO positive test
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI has announced that Giampaolo Caruso has been handed a two-year ban by its Anti-Doping Tribunal for testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control in March 2012. Carusos positive test only came to light in August 2015 following the reanalysis of a sample taken on 27 March 2012. More than five years on from the date of the test, the UCI finally announced Carusos sanction. The two-year ban is backdated to 18 August 2015, the date of the retesting of his sample, meaning that the 37-year-old Caruso can return to competition in a little over two months time.ADVERTISEMENT Caruso was provisionally suspended in August 2015 pending the analysis of the B-sample. He has not raced since he placed 90th overall in that years Tour de France. The Sicilian raced with Katusha between 2010 and 2015. According to the UCIs website, Carusos results from March 27 to December 31 of 2012 have been expunged. His subsequent results, including his Milan-Turin victory of 2014 and his 4th place finish in that years Lige-Bastogne-Lige, have not been revoked. Caruso, a native of Avola in Sicily, turned professional with ONCE in 2002 and returned a positive test for nandrolone at the Tour Down Under during his second season as a professional, serving a 6-month ban in 2003. You can read more at More...
The tyre everyone is talking about " Pirellis PZero Velo range
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This story originally appeared on Bikeradar. It was only last month that performance tyre specialist Pirelli announced its return to the world of bicycle tyres. Then, three new clincher tyres were promised in a range that shared its name with that of the companys Formula One tyres. Hot off the back from a trip to the companys development and testing facilities in Milan, Italy, we are now ready to give you the lowdown on the range plus initial impressions of those highly anticipated black circles.ADVERTISEMENT A lot of us wont remember the first time that Pirelli was involved with cycling, but the companys importance should not be underestimated. Take the first ever Giro dItalia in 1909, for example, which saw a majority of competitors on Pirelli rubber. Pirelli simply doesnt produce entry-level tyres, and its dominant presence in nearly all forms of motorsport means our expectations were high. Pirelli PZero Velo range overview Pirelli will offer three P-Zero tyres. All are clinchers and will retail close to the 43 mark (final pricing remains TBC). Each of the models inherits Pirellis colour coded philosophy, using colours at the sidewall to distinguish between tyres for different conditions. The first stock is expected to land with distributors in August. Pirelli PZero Velo Pirelli PZero Velo TT Pirelli PZero Velo 4S Compounds, glorious compounds What about tubeless? Made in France? Pirelli PZero Velo first ride impressions Pirelli-shaped predictions You can read more at More...
Froome tackles Col d'Izoard in Tour de France recon - News Shorts
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome and some of his Sky teammates spent Thursday getting to know the roads of the all-important stage 18 of the Tour de France, which finishes atop the Col d'Izoard. Three-time champion Froome was joined by Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, and Peter Kennaugh to take on the first-category Col du Vars, which tops out 50km from the finish line, followed by the brutal 14km final ascent of the Col d'Izoard. The stage, which has also been chosen for the sportive ride, L'Etape du Tour, is set to be crucial in the outcome of the 2017 Tour, as one of only three summit finishes and one of only two Alpine stages late into the race. "Everyone doing L'Etape du Tour this year is in for a treat. Stunning scenery," wrote Froome on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Froome also went to the Pyrenees a couple of months ago to recon stage 12 from Pau to Peyragudes, while he got a good feel for stage 9 last week as the Dauphin took riders up and down the Mont du Chat in a replica finale. Knees and Kwiatkowski have been dead certs for selection for Sky's nine-man Tour squad for some time, while Kennaugh's presence on the trip suggest the Manxman's recent victory on Alpe d'Huez at the Critrium du Dauphin has convinced team management that he should also be included. Everyone doing @letapedutour this year is in for a treat. Stunning scenery #TDF #letape#cycling " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 15, 2017 Caruso loses jersey but stays in hunt at Tour de Suisse Groenewegen looks to Tour de France after Ster ZLM Toer win Podcast - transfer market special You can read more at More...
Sam Bennett sprints into Tour of Slovenia leader's jersey
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Although still tired from the Giro d'Italia, Sam Bennett put the disappointment of missing out on a stage win behind him as he sprinted to victory at the Tour of Slovenia. The Irishman claimed a maiden WorldTour win earlier at the season in Paris-Nice and came into the Italian Grand Tour hungry for a stage win. Losing three kilogrammes overnight following an illness on the opening weekend put Bennett on the back foot but he showed signs of recovery as the race continued, eventually finishing third overall in the points competition. With a strong lead-out at his disposal in Slovenia, Bennett claimed the honours on the opening day. Bora-Hansgrohe were assisted by fellow WorldTour teams Dimension Data, working for Mark Cavendish, and Bahrain Merida, working for Sonny Colbrelli, in the chase. In the lead-out for the win, Bora-Hansgrohe with Lukas Pstlberger and Rudiger Selig proved a class above, letting Bennett open his sprint first and hold off Colbrelli and Luka Mezgec for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT "We controlled the race the whole day with Alex pulling together with the other sprinter teams. Because the day was easy in the bunch, the final on the last two laps was especially fast. We lost each other a little with 4k to go, but Rafa [Majka] brought as back up," Bennett said of the stage. "When we hit the front on the last k, Psti and Rudi delivered me so fast, I just had to hold the speed to the line. It was a great win after a strong team work. I still feel a little tired after the Giro, but the speed is also still in my legs." Sports director Christian Pmer explained that after the close calls at the Giro, the team sat down to discuss how to improve its lead-out for Bennett. With the changes paying dividends, Pmer described his pleasure with the victory. "After the Giro we took some time to think about how we can adapt our lead-out to Sams needs. I think todays win is a great example of teamwork, not just on the road, but also from all guys working really hard in the background," said Pmer. You can read more at More...
Pavel Sivakov seals overall Baby Giro victory
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Returning to the U23 race calendar for the first time since 2012, the Baby Giro lived up to expectation with Russian Pavel Sivakov holding off Mitchelton Scott's Australian duo Jai Hindley and Lucas Hamiltonto claim the overall victory on the final day. Sivakov (BMC Development Team) adds his name to a list of previous winners that includes Francesco Moser, Piotr Ugrumov, Marco Pantani, Gilberto Simoni, Davide Frattini, Dario Cataldo and Carlos Betancur. The 19-year-old moved into the pink jersey after stage 3, holding off all challengers to secure consecutive GC wins after his Ronde de l'Isard success.Sivakov claimed the overall nine seconds ahead of Hamilton and 17 second ahead of Hindley.ADVERTISEMENT "I feel incredible. I can't believe it. I hoped I could win but I never thought I would be able to win the Giro d'Italia U23 this year. It was really tough at the end but the guys did a really good job. They have been amazing all week and this victory is as much the team's as it is mine," said Sivakov. "This is one of the biggest races in the U23 calendar so it is a big win for me and the team. It's an amazing feeling and it gives me a lot of confidence as I continue to look ahead." Mitchelton-Scott put the Russian under pressure on the climb Francavilla al Mare with Hindley and Hamilton securing a one-two finish. However, the three-second advantage over Sivakov wasn't enough for the Australia to improve upon their podium positions. "It was a pretty good stage for us overall. The guys controlled the race in the valley before Patrick Mller pulled hard for around 20km before dropping me off at the front of the race with 5km to go," Sivakov said. "From there, it was up to me to defend the jersey and win the race for the team. I lost a little bit of time when the two Mitchelton - Scott riders attacked but I was able to hold onto their wheel until the final meters." You can read more at More...
Cavendish top-ten on return at Tour of Slovenia
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sidelined by Epstein-Barr Virus since April, Mark Cavendish rode to tenth place on his return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia. The Dimension Data rider hadn't raced since Milano-San Remo and despite freewheeling over the line in Kocevje Cavendish notched his best result since February. "Hard to start racing again in mid-June. @tourofsloveniaofficial is the best race for it, for sure. Today was about my physical feelings more than a result. My team @teamdidata did an amazing job that would have normally produced a win, but I couldn't finish off their work," Cavendish wrote on Instagram. Along with fellow WorldTour teams Bahrain-Merida and Bora-Hansgrohe, Dimension Data were set on ensuring a sprint finish to the stage. With 10km to race, the day's breakaway was caught with Dimension Data setting a pace that suggested Cavendish was ready to test his legs in the sprint. A crash over a bridge with one kilometre to race disrupted the sprint and resulted in a shoulder injury for Jacques Janse van Rensburg. The South African was taken to hospital for examinations.ADVERTISEMENT Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) held off Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli for the win and will wear the leader's green jersey on stage 2. Describing the run into the line, teammate Bernhard Eisel explained that team's leadout train was in trouble inside the final 10km when he lost Cavendish and Mark Renshaw. "This was definitely a tough day for all of us, especially for Cavendish and Renshaw after coming back from injuries. I think we did a good team effort. Unfortunately, we lost each other a little bit with 5 km to go," Eisel said. "I blame myself as I went too early, which caused Cavendish and Renshaw to make a big effort in order to get back up to us. They came around the last corner in 10th-12th position and that was just too far down to win. However, there is still another chance for a sprint stage and it was really good to see Cavendish motivated and ready to sprint. Lets see what the next days will bring." You can read more at More...
Snowpack forces Carson City Off-Road onto new course
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Persisting snow in the Carson Range to the west of Carson City has forced race promoter Epic Rides to implement backup plans to use a completely new course. The old course climbed out of Carson City and traversed the legendary Tahoe Rim Trail which is now impassable. In fact, the total snowpack in the area is greater than the previous four years combined. The new course will utilize existing trails just outside of Carson City. Pro racers will ride three eighteen-mile loops with 2,200 feet of climbing per lap which will change the race dynamics significantly. Epic Rides President Todd Sadow told Cyclingnews, "When we identified the 3rd weekend in June as the date of the Carson City Off-Road, we knew there was an outside chance we'd need a plan B and in the worst case of a really late winter, a plan C. We did not expect to need plan C in year two of the event. But, thankfully with support from Carson City Open Space we are prepared."ADVERTISEMENT Sadow continued, "The Plan C Carson City Off-Road course is a 3-lap format and offers riders slightly more climbing than the Plan A course. The biggest difference is the climbs are shorter and the reward is significantly more singletrack at roughly 75% of each lapI expect a very rowdy pro race with many lead changes and a rambunctious crowd throughout the course and at the finish line downtown." $40,000 on the line this weekend Famous for its Wild West heritage, Carson City will host the final showdown for a large contingent of North American mountain biking pros and amateurs this coming weekend. The second-year event caps off a three-race series that began with the Whiskey Off-Road, and was followed by the Grand Junction Off-Road. Pro riders compete for $30,000 in prize money at each of the three events, while the top three men and women at the end of this coming weekend will also split an additional $10,000. The Carson City Race was also voted "Domestic Mountain Bike Race of the Year" by Interbike in its inaugural year. Pro Men Pro Women You can read more at More...
Damian Collins calls on UK Sport to rescind support of Cookson re-election
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has become the target of criticism of Damian Collins, the chair of the UK Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport select committee, following the publication of the final report of an independent review into British Cycling culture. Collins called on current British Cycling chairman of the board Jonathan Browning to step down and said that UK Sport should not support Cookson in his bid for re-election as UCI president. "In light of the findings of the independent review, I do not believe that Brian Cookson should be re-elected as head of the UCI " he certainly shouldn't receive any support from UK Sport for his campaign," Collins said.ADVERTISEMENT "None of the members of the board from the period covered in the investigation should remain, which would mean that Jonathan Browning should stand aside from his position as chairman." His colleague on the committee, MP Julian Knight, highlighted "major failings" at British Cycling, and said that UK Sport "was asleep on its watch". Cookson, the president of British Cycling from 1996 until he defeated Pat McQuaid in 2013 to become the head of the UCI, presided over a period at the federation that, according to the review, perpetuated a "culture of fear" in the high-performance programme. British Cycling accused of burying 2012 report detailing bullying British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis - Timeline Sexism allegations at British Cycling lead to sweeping changes Cookson: I did nothing to be ashamed of at British Cycling Review into British Cycling upholds claims over 'culture of fear' Varnish critical of final version of report into British Cycling You can read more at More...
Transfer market special - Podcast
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Were just over two weeks away from the Tour de France and the transfer season is already in full swing. Riders cant officially sign for teams until August 1 but that doesnt stop agents, riders and teams discussing deals ahead of the deadline. In this weeks episode well run down a list of potential moves, from Mikel Landa to Movistar, to the host of big name riders at BMC Racing and Quick-Step Floors who are all out of contract. The Cyclingnews team also considers which teams need to bolster their squads for 2018 and we hear from rider agent Martijn Berkhourt from Sports Entertainment Group (SEG) on the main influences in this years market, and also Trek-Segafredo and Katusha Alpecin managers Luca Guercilena and Jos Azevedo on how they are assembling teams for next year.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. You can read more at More...
Tom Dumoulin abandons Tour de Suisse
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia exertions have finally caught up with him, as the Dutchman declined to turn up for the start of stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse on Thursday. Dumoulin claimed the biggest result of his career by winning the Giro " his consecration as a Grand Tour rider " but just five days after wrapping up the title in Milan he was back in action at the inaugural Hammer Series in London. The following weekend he was in Switzerland for the Tour de Suisse, but could only manage fifth in the opening-day time trial.He fought through the following stages without going for the general classification and even contributed to the sprint lead-out for Michael Matthews, but the fatigue was evident.ADVERTISEMENT The Sunweb team confirmed on Thursday morning that Dumoulin had withdrawn due to the effects of "an intensive and demanding racing period". "Before heading to Switzerland we already knew that our expectations would be taken day by day with Tom. At the uphill finish of stage 4 we monitored increased fatigue and yesterday we tried it once again," said Sunweb coach Marc Reef. "The conclusion was that it wasnt worth continuing to battle and we would rather him recharge his batteries once again for next weeks nationals before taking a break in July, ahead of the second part of the season. You can read more at More...
Varnish critical of final version of report into British Cycling
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jess Varnish has criticised the independent review into British Cycling and said that it was laughable that she was labelled as a troublemaker by coaches in the final version of the report. I am insulted, Varnish told The Times. In a way, Im glad they have used this language because it shows what the people are like in there [British Cycling]. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a troublemaker or ringleader. No one has ever been removed from the programme the way I was. The Cycling Independent Review was triggered when Varnish made allegations of sexism against British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after she was dropped from the Olympic squad. Varnish said that Sutton had informed of her removal by telling her to go and have a baby".ADVERTISEMENT Varnish and her sprint partner Katy Marchant had criticised coaching staff in an interview at the Track Worlds in London in March 2016 when they fell short of qualifying for the Olympics. The review acknowledged that the relevant interview was the tipping-point which led to JV not having her membership of the WCP [World Class Programme] renewed". Coaches reportedly told the review panel that Varnish was perceived as the ring-leader for the criticism against WCP coaching staff". I was never called a troublemaker or a ringleader to my face, Varnish said. Its an emotional thing to say. How do they quantify that and what do they mean by it? According to The Times, Varnishs legal team is considering further action in the wake of the report, which acknowledges that good governance was lacking at BC Board level in relation to how it managed the culture and behaviours within the WCP". A draft version of the report leaked in March, however, was amended in the intervening period, including the claim that the board had sanitised an internal inquiry into Varnishs allegations. You can read more at More...
Degenkolb frustrated at Tour de Suisse
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Having set the Trek-Segafredo team to work to ensure a sprint finish to stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, John Degenkolb was aiming for his first European win of 2017. Instead, the German found himself reaching for the brakes to avoid an accident and saw his hopes quickly dissipate. Degenkolb crossed the line in 12th place as Peter Sagan skipped away for his 14th career win at the race and celebrated by doing a hula dance. "Sagan jumped at 300 meters to Nikias' wheel, and I was in Trentin's wheel, but he had a teammate parked in front of him. At one point Trentin had to react, and I had to brake. I really felt good, and I really don't know what else I could have done," Degenkolb said.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a great job as a team to make it a bunch sprint. We controlled everything very well Everything was perfect, more or less with 500 meters to go, and I don't know if it was just bad luck or the wrong decision, but in the end, I just picked the wrong wheel. I almost crashed behind Trentin; I had to make a special move to stay upright on the bike." On the previous two stages suited to a bunch sprint finish, Degenkolb was 13th on stage two and third on stage three. He explained that while he feels his form is good, can pinpoint why it's not working for him. "It's just... I don't know, right now it's just very frustrating. I am very disappointed to not deliver a great victory to a great team," he added. "There's still a few days to go, and maybe I can have a chance on the second-to-last day again. We will see." You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong, US government battle over experts in looming fraud case
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The US federal 'whistleblower' case against Lance Armstrong is set to go to trial in November, and Armstrong's attorneys and those of the US government are already locked in battle over what experts each side will be allowed to call upon for testimony. Armstrong was the target of a federal False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis in 2010 under the assertion that the former cycling star's doping constituted fraud against the government. Should he lose, Armstrong could owe up to $100 million, and Landis would be due a cut of the damages. Armstrong won the Tour de France in 1999, and with owners Tailwind Sports subsequently negotiated a larger sponsorship deal for the 2000 season. Armstrong fended off multiple accusations of doping throughout his seven-year Tour de France run, but escaped punishment until 2012, when the US Anti-Doping Agency issued an official anti-doping rule violation against him and five others. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned, then subsequently confessed to doping in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT The government asserts that the US Postal Service's sponsorship had no value because Armstrong and some of his teammates doped, then lied about it to keep the money coming in. Armstrong's attorneys have long argued that the US Postal Service got far more in marketing value from its sponsorship than the $32.2 million it paid the team from 2000-2004. The government lawyers questioned the competence of Armstrong's expert witness, Douglas Kidder, who calculated the value of the US Postal Service exposure thanks to the team at $257 million. You can read more at More...
Colorado Classic releases route details for inaugural race
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of August's inaugural Colorado Classic released route details on Wednesday for the four-day men's race and two-day women's race, with the men's 2.HC event tackling 6,580 metres of elevation gain over 503.3km and the women facing 1,795m over Both races will start August 10 with a circuit race in Colorado Springs before heading to stage 2 in Breckenridge, where the women's race will conclude. The men will continue with two more stages in Denver, where the race will link up the 'Velorama Festival' concerts that feature Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97s and the Jayhawks, among others. As part of the organisers' goal of trying to shake up the status quo in professional racing, all the courses start and finish from the same location rather than the more traditional - but more logistically difficult - point-to-point races. All routes except the men's out-and-back third stage are circuit races.ADVERTISEMENT "Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport's top riders," said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organisation putting on the race. "And the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more." The 25.1km stage 1 circuit in Colorado Springs starts downtown on Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street, then winds its way toward and through Garden of the Gods before making its way back to the start/finish. The men race six laps for 150.4km, while the women take on two laps of the large circuit and 3 laps of a shorter, 3.8km circuit for a total of 61.7km. Both pelotons travel to Breckenridge for stage 2, which will take place on a 10.3km course that features multiple ascents of the Moonstone and Boreas Pass climbs that were used in the former USA Pro Challenge. A hair-raising descent down Illinois Gulch leads to the finish on Washington and Main in downtown Breckenridge. The men will face 10 laps for 103km and 2,231metres of elevation gain. The women will race five laps for 51.5km and 1,115m of climbing in their final stage. You can read more at More...
Review into British Cycling upholds claims over 'culture of fear'
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The long-awaited independent review into British Cycling has been released, citing a 'culture of fear' within the bodys World Class Programme. According to the report, some athletes said that they feared retribution or losing their jobs if they spoke out. However, the report has been accused of being watered down, with much of the language altered and portions of it completely redacted from a leaked version. The report had been due earlier this year but was delayed several times. A leaked version was made public by the Daily Mail in March and was heavily critical of a 'dysfunctional leadership' and 'lack of good governance' within British Cycling. However, certain elements perceived to be the most damning have been redacted in the final report.ADVERTISEMENT The independent review was triggered after the allegations of sexism made against British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton, by Jess Varnish. The leaked report had described the investigation into the allegations made by the former sprint rider as inept. It also claimed that the initial BC report into the allegations had been sanitised and "they also call into serious question whether the composition of the British Cycling Board is fit to govern a national sporting body". The language of the final report has been toned down from that leaked draft. However, it did call into question the manner in which British Cycling dealt with the allegations and said that some did not come forward to speak as they did not feel that their grievances would be dealt with. It also stated that several staff members were given the impression that Suttons departure from the governing body was a temporary one and that the body gave the impression of it trying to achieve that aim". In December 2016, British Cycling found that Sutton had used discriminatory language. However, it was later revealed that only one of Varnish's nine allegations were upheld. According to the independent review, findings set out in the draft grievance investigation and conclusions of the grievance officer seen by the Panel before it was considered by the BC Board indicates that considerably more allegations were recommended to be found proven. A power pocket You can read more at More...
Top 5 2018 bikes the pros are already riding
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Criterium du Dauphine has established itself as the final chance to test the legs ahead of the Tour de France. A prestigious event in it's own right, this year's championJakob Fuglsang (Astana) joins a list of winners that includes Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Indurain, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil to name just a few of the legendary winners. As well as a final opportunity to test the legs, the Dauphine offers a platform to test new equipment in a race scenario. Many component and apparel manufacturers coincide their 2018 product launches with the biggest race of the year in July. Whilst riders will have been training with the products for many months, you can never quite replicate a race. Nobody wants to see or run the risk of equipment failure at the Tour de France, so more and more 2018 products have become commonplace at the Dauphinein recent years.ADVERTISEMENT The 2016 edition was the year of the shoe. Chris Froome, Dan Martin and Team Giant-Alpecin wore the Sidi Shot, Mavic Comete and Shimano S-Phyre respectively, all of which were subsequently released in the months that followed, ahead of the 2017 season. This 2017 edition of the race became the year of the frameset. BMC, Specialized, Trek, Merida and Lapierre all debuted new frames. Whilst BMC officially launched the latest Teammachine SLR01 ahead of the race at a press camp in Switzerland, the remaining frames have yet to be officially launched and it is expected we will hear the full details during, or soon after, the Tour de France in July. 1. Specialized Tarmac SL6 2. Trek Emonda SLR 3. Merida Reacto 3 4. Lapierre Aircode 2 5. BMC Teammachine SLR You can read more at More...
Hein Verbruggen passes away
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has died at the age of 75. He passed away on Tuesday evening after battling leukaemia. The Dutchman was the president of cyclings governing body between 1991 and 2005, and was appointed honorary chairman following his retirement, a position he held until his death. Verbruggen took over as president from Luis Puig in 1991 and was succeeded by Pat McQuaid. His 15 years at the helm the UCI coincided with a period in professional road cycling in which doping was rife, with the Festina Affair in 1998 seeing things reach crisis point, and Lance Armstrong going on to win seven straight Tour de France titles, all of which would later be stripped from the record books.ADVERTISEMENT The repercussions continued well into Verbruggens time as honorary president, as Armstrongs doping was laid bare by a USADA investigation in 2012. Most damaging to Verbruggens legacy and reputation was testimony from former Armstrong teammates, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton and Jonathan Vaughters, who all swore under oath that Armstrong told them he could have anti-doping tests nullified by the UCI. Verbruggen often had to resort to the courts to defend his reputation from corruption allegations, notably winning a protracted and fractious defamation case against the Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. After Brian Cookson succeeded McQuaid as UCI president, Verbruggen came close to losing his honorary title. He was criticised by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report of 2015, but lodged a complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission and held on to his title against Cooksons will. " Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) June 14, 2017 You can read more at More...
UCI suspends Bardiani CSF for double doping positives
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI has issued a 30-day ban to the Bardiani CSF team, effective June 14, 2017 through July 14, 2017 for having two doping positives in a 12-month period. Before the Giro d'Italia, the UCI announced that Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi had been issued adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) in out-of-competition controls taken on April 25 and 26, respectively. Their anti-doping rule violations were confirmed by the B-sample analysis weeks later, and both were fired from the team. Bardiani-CSF was allowed to complete the Giro d'Italia before the UCI's Disciplinary Commission could rule on any team-wide suspension.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI Anti-Doping Rule 7.12.1 allows for teams with multiple AAFs in a 12-month period to be issued a ban of 15-45 days. The Italian team will miss the Tour of Austria, but will return in time to compete in the Trofeo Matteoti on July 16, and the Tour of Utah on July 31. You can read more at More...
Vos out of nationals and Giro after Women's Tour crash - Women's news shorts
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vos to miss nationals and Giro Rosa Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) will be forced to watch from the sidelines of the Dutch national championships and the Giro Rosa later this month, her team has confirmed. The former champion in both events has been ruled out of competition after she broke her collarbone at the Womens Tour last week. Vos crashed heavily in the finale of stage 3 of the race, tangling with several other riders. While she was able to complete the short distance to the end of the stage, a trip to hospital confirmed that she had broken her collarbone and she immediately pulled out of the race. Vos headed home for further tests, which have confirmed that she will be unable to ride. WM3 Pro Cycling will have Kasia Niewiadoma as their leader for the Giro Rosa. Niewiadoma rode to overall victory at the Womens Tour following a surprising win on the opening day of action. She won the young riders jersey at last years Giro Rosa, finishing seventh overall.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle-High5 ends the Womens Tour on a high Wiggle-High5 enjoyed a fruitful Womens Tour last week, claiming a prestigious win in London on the final stage with Jolien Dhoore and taking home the mountains jersey with Audrey Cordon Ragot. Elisa Longo Borghini also gave the team a top 10 finish in the overall classification. Dhoore held off a fast charging Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) to take the honours in London. It is her fourth win at WorldTour level this season and her sixth overall, putting her joint first with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio as the rider with the most victories in 2017. It might have been flat, but it was a tough day out, says Dhoore, and the stage win put to bed any disappointment she might have felt ceding the points jersey to Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans). Shaw wins London Nocturne Follow Cervelo Bigla at the Womens Tour " Cervlo Bigla (@CerveloBigla) June 13, 2017 You can read more at More...
Quintana and Valverde lead Movistar's 12-rider Tour de France pre-selection
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde lead the way in Movistars Tour de France long list. The Spanish team confirmed the 12 riders that are in the running to fill the remaining seven spots for the race in July. The team will name the final nine-man line-up following the national championships in Europe next week. Quintana heads to the Tour de France after finishing second to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at the Giro dItalia. The Colombian had hoped to win both the Giro and the Tour this season. He has not raced since the Giro dItalia finished at the end of last month. He had been pencilled in to ride the Route du Sud later this week but pulled out citing fatigue from his efforts in May. In contrast, Valverde has not ridden a Grand Tour yet this season. The 37-year-old has just finished the Criterium du Dauphine, where he finished ninth overall. Valverde rode an aggressive race but found himself struggling when the major attacks came in the stage finale. He did, however, pull out a strong performance in the time trial that saw him finish third on the stage.ADVERTISEMENT In the running for a place in Movistars squad are Andrey Amador, Daniele Bennati, Carlos Betancur, Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Imanol Erviti, Rubn Fernndez, Jess Herrada, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Jos Joaqun Rojas and Jasha Stterlin. Amador, Bennati and Rojas all rode with Quintana at the Giro dItalia and, like their team leader, have not competed since its completion. Betancur has been on good form this month with a strong performance in the Climb race of the Hammer Series. This weeks Tour de Suisse will be a major test for the Colombian, as it will be for Dowsett, Oliveira and Castroviejo. Betancur has often struggled to adapt to living in Europe for part of the season and missed large chunks of his programme during his final seasons with AG2R La Mondiale. He joined Movistar last year and took some early wins, but had a string of abandons in the latter part of the season. If he can back up his Hammer Series ride with a strong performance in the Swiss mountains, then he could be a sure bet for his debut Tour de France. You can read more at More...
Aru reassured by Dauphine showing ahead of Tour de France
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Fabio Aru (Astana) will look to the Tour de France with increased optimism after a pugnacious display at the Critrium du Dauphin brought him fifth place overall and valuable reassurance regarding the state of his form. After placing a disappointed 13th overall on his Tour debut a year ago, Arus 2017 season was planned around a tilt at the Giro dItalia, but his schedule was hastily revised in April when a training crash forced him to forgo the corsa rosa. Aru was diagnosed with prepatellar bursitis after the crash, which took place during a training camp at Sierra Nevada, and the Tour replaced the Giro on his schedule. The Dauphin was Arus first race since he abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico through illness in March.ADVERTISEMENT I came in with some doubts, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport. I didnt know where I was at because I didnt have any point of comparison. And I went away with some certainty, having found the answers I was looking for. Throughout his career, Aru has tended to race sparingly ahead of his major objectives in the Grand Tours, and he seemed to be unfazed by an absence of almost three months from competitive action. He was helped, no doubt, by the fact that the Dauphins toughest stages arrived in the final three days. Aru was aggressive on the Mont du Chat on stage 6, eventually placing fourth in the four-man sprint as his teammate Jakob Fuglsang took the honours. On the final day, Aru attacked on the Col de la Colombire in the company of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), a move which ultimately helped lay the groundwork for Fuglsangs second stage win and final overall victory. Aru took fifth on the final stage and finished in the same place on general classification. You can read more at More...
Porte, Fuglsang climb WorldTour rankings as Van Avermaet holds firm
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is still holding firm after almost three months atop the WorldTour rankings. Van Avermaet soared into the lead after a stellar start to his Classics campaign and built up such an advantage that he has been untouchable so far, despite not scoring points since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April. He still has 423 points over the next best rider in the standings, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Valverde finds himself in a BMC Racing sandwich, with Richie Porte jumping from seventh to third following a strong ride at the Criterium du Dauphine. Porte did not win the French stage race, after being pushed out of the yellow jersey on the final day of racing, but still clocked up 505 points over the weeks racing. The man who beat Porte to victory on Sunday, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), has climbed from a lowly 105th in the standings to just outside the top 20. Hes still a long way off the top 10, but his points haul has moved Astana from 17th up to 15th in the team rankings. Theyll be hoping for some good fortune at the Tour de France to help them climb a little higher by the end of the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Back in the individual standings, there were a few more movers and shakers. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) made it into the top 10, while Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) both moved up places " to fourth and seventh respectively " as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) both slipped back. Dumoulin is likely to make some ground back up at this weeks Tour de Suisse. Despite having two riders in the top three, BMC Racing are still some way behind the leaders of the team competition, Quick-Step Floors. The latter has four riders in the top 20, with Martin, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. BMC Racing has just Van Avermaet and Porte, with their next best rider Rohan Dennis down in 27th. Dennis took victory in the Tour de Suisse prologue and wore the race leaders jersey for a day, as did his teammate Stefan Kung. However, Gilbert also claimed a stage for Quick-Step Floors so that 1,752-point gap is unlikely to close too much. You can read more at More...
Tour de Suisse: Trek-Segafredo 'too enthusiastic' in stage 3 finale
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With a finish suited to John Degenkolb, Trek-Segafredo swarmed to the front of the peloton to set up its German fast man for stage 3 victory at the Tour de Suisse. Second at the GP du canton d'Argovie heading into the Swiss WorldTour race, Degenkolb had his team at his disposal. Despite leading the peloton for the closing kilometres with Koen de Kort the last man standing for the team, Degenkolb was left without a teammate for the final 900 metres when Team Sunweb took over and set up Michael Matthews for the win. Reflecting on the result, Degenkolb suggested the team was too keen and overplayed its hand.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a really good job, maybe we were a little too enthusiastic, too motivated, but we were up there," Degenkolb said. "In the end, the speed was a little bit too high to make it completely up to the last final meters, so I had to drop back a few positions, but the team did really well." The race is Degenkolb's first stage race on European soil since Paris-Nice in March and is an important one as he prepares for the Tour de France next month. A stage winner at the Dubai Tour, Degenkolb is looking to convert his podium places and top-10s into wins. "We had a good team effort today, and we could not have done more " maybe second, but Michael Matthews was super," sports director Kim Andersen said of the stage. You can read more at More...
Unplanned attack propels Niewiadoma to first WorldTour stage race victory
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Although she has been among world's best riders for two seasons, she waited until her debut on British roads to take the very first win on a WorldTour level. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) stormed to the victory in the opener of Ovo Energy Women's Tour and held on to the green race leader's jersey over next four days, celebrating the overall win on Sunday. "I am super happy. That's the only word that can describe my feelings," Niewiadoma said to a group of journalists after the finish of the criterium-like final stage in central London. Niewiadoma, 22, has already three stage race victories to her name: the Euskal Emakumeen Bira in 2015, and the Festival Elsy Jacobs and Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Sudtirol in 2016. Winning the Women's Tour is arguably her most significant achievement, a maiden WorldTour victory coming after two seasons of coming close during the key races on the calendar.ADVERTISEMENT "I was waiting for a WorldTour victory for a long time. I was all the time somewhere there " second, third " but somehow always missed that victory. I'm super delighted I can grab it. After the Ardennes I was a little bit disappointed but I certainly didn't expect to take my first WorldTour victory in the UK," she said. Women's races are often more spontaneous and unpredictable than those of their male counterparts. The British race lived up to these expectations, and what happened on the road to Kettering on stage 1 was not a part of anyone's script, certainly not WM3's or Niewiadoma's. The Polish rider attacked 47.5 kilometres before the finish and ended up winning the day by a hefty margin of 1:42. "I did the same thing last year at Holland Ladies Tour. I attacked early and I got caught with 10 kilometres to go. This time it worked out I don't know, maybe they underestimated me. When I first realized I'm on my own, I thought, 'oh gosh, what am I doing here alone out in this field?'" Niewiadoma said with a laugh when asked about the situation. Pink ribbon Battle of Chesterfield WorldTour glory You can read more at More...
Dauphine: The final cut with Fuglsang, Porte and Froome - Podcast
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the final installment from this years Critrium du Dauphin, the team look back at an excellent week of racing that culminated in a well-deserved and thrilling win for Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Previously a rider who was always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Fuglsang picked up two stages wins in the Dauphin, including a final-day triumph on the last ascent of the race that knocked Richie Porte (BMC Racing) off the top step of the podium by just 10 seconds. Another stellar last-day ride, this time from Quick-Step's Dan Martin, earned the Irishman a third-place overall finish, his second Dauphin podium result in as many years.ADVERTISEMENT We hear from Fuglsang, who describes his post-race phone call with former teammate Vincenzo Nibali, from a bitterly disappointed Porte and also from Sky's Chris Froome " who has now tipped Porte as the number one favourite for the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast. You can read more at More...
Beginner's guide to the 2017 Tour de France - Video
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf is just a few weeks away. The race is the 103rd edition and it will be the first time in 30 years that it has visited Germany. Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be aiming to take his fourth overall title, with riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) all looking to stop his run of victories. There are other classifications up for grabs including the points and mountains competitions, while the top team will also be honoured in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Whether youre new to the sport or you would like to brush up on some of the finer details, Cyclingnews has put together a beginners guide to the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at More...
Spanish federation bans disc brakes at nationals
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The tug of war over whether disc brakes have a place in the peloton continues with the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) choosing to ban the use of disc brakes during the Spanish national championships next week. The RFEC issued a press release on Monday morning stating that riders in the elite categories would not be able to use them. The use of disc brakes is not authorised by the RFEC in the Elite UCI and Elite (men and women) categories, the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT The decision is the latest in a disagreement over the use of disc brakes in road racing. The UCI introduced small disc brake trials at the end of the 2015 season and then widened the scope of it for the following year. The trial was quickly brought to a halt following a crash during Pairs-Roubaix in 2016 when Francisco Ventoso said that a deep cut in his leg was caused by a disc brake. The sudden stop to the trials forced teams such as Roompot Oranje Peloton to make quick changes to their equipment ahead of the forthcoming Ardennes races. This season saw them return to the peloton with Tom Boonen taking the first victory with a disc brake equipped bike at the Vuelta a San Juan in January. Many more teams have been using them this season, including Katusha, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Cannondale, while Peter Sagan has been testing them in training but is yet to use them in training. You can read more at More...

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