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Kristoff follows tried-and-trusted road to Tour of Flanders
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
At this stage in the game, Alexander Kristoff knows his way around the Flemish Ardennes. While some of his Katusha-Alpecin teammates went to reconnoitre the Kwaremont and Paterberg ahead of E3 Harelbeke, the Norwegian opted for a shorter ride following his arrival at the teams Classics base, the Park Hotel in Kortrijk, on Thursday morning. As well as the roads, Kristoff knows his own best route the day of days, the Tour of Flanders. While most of his rivals will rest in the week that follows Gent-Wevelgem, Kristoff will, yet again, prepare for the Ronde amid the cut and thrust of the Three Days of De Panne. The approach has served him well in years past, and he sees no reason to change. My body needs a little bit of beating up to get ready. Its not like I can relax and get ready, Im not built that way, Kristoff told Cyclingnews. Some people can have an easier approach and arrive in good shape, but I need to be really pushed hard and get really tired, and then after two days of rest, Im there.ADVERTISEMENT Winner of the Tour of Flanders in 2015, Kristoff has never quite replicated that form in the dress rehearsals of E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. Usually at these two races this weekend, I was never so good, but maybe I can change that this year, he said. I am here and the shape is quite good, but usually I need a bit more of these types of races to really come in the rhythm. Every year I use these two races and De Panne to be good in Flanders, but hopefully I manage to show myself a little bit tomorrow also. Kristoff arrives in Belgium following a series of performances largely in line with his early-season form over the preceding three years, as he clocked up a hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour of Oman. For the third time in five years, Kristoff proceeded to win the bunch sprint at the end of Milan-San Remo, though as in 2013, he was competing for a minor placing rather than the victory. Even so, he came away from La Classicissima with few regrets. Well, it was the first time I won the sprint on Via Roma, because I won on the harbour [the previous finish at the Lungomare Italo Calvino " ed.] before, Kristoff pointed out. I wont say Im disappointed because I did everything I could. I wasnt dropped on the Poggio, whereas in other years I was sometimes distanced a little bit. This year we went really fast and I managed to hold the group. Sagan You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vanmarcke suffers off day at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This morning Cyclingnews asked readers on social media to caption a photo we took of Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) clambering over a barrier towards a cafe at the start of Dwars door Vlaanderen.A few hours later, after Vanmarcke had crossed the finish line anonymously in the main peloton, some of those caption efforts proved awkwardly accurate, with the Belgian revealing that bowel problems held him back in the first of an all-important run of cobbled classics. "By 10 o'clock Id already been on the toilet four times," he told Cyclingnews and several Belgian reporters outside the Cannondale-Drapac bus. "Straight from the start I felt weird. I was running on empty, and maybe thats why I didnt feel good today." Vanmarcke, a perennial animator of the spring classics, missed the boat when Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked on the Berendries, forming the first key selection of the race with just over 75 kilometres remaining. Despite committing teammates to the chase, alongside Arnaud Demares FDJ, hed never see the front of the race again.ADVERTISEMENT "During the race I told the guys that I wasn't feeling great, but I told them to keep racing to see where we would end up. When others were passing me they saw I wasn't going well. I felt it throughout the race, so I wasn't surprised during the finale," he said. "It's no fun this way, even though I was still in the first main group and racing along. Normally I should be capable of taking the initiative or following the moves, but that wasn't the case today." Vanmarcke revealed last week that he was suffering with lingering rib pain caused by a crash at Strade Bianche earlier this month. Short of breath when making big efforts, he opted to struggle through Tirreno-Adriatico so as not to lose form ahead of the Classics, and hoped that a visit to the physio last Wednesday would put him back on track. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Recon Ride: E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem - Podcast
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Milan-San Remo in the books, Classics season is truly in full swing. The one-day specialists have a full slate of racing ahead on bumpy Belgian terrain. After a midweek appetizer on the cobblestones of Dwars door Vlaanderen, riders will contest the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke on Friday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Featuring many of the same iconic cobbled climbs as the Tour of Flanders, E3 is a perfect tune-up race, but it's earned its place as a coveted Classics prize in its own right. The list of recent champions more than lives up to the race's WorldTour billing. Former winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be among the top favorites again this year, as will Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale) and at least half of the Quick-Step line-up. Gent-Wevelgem is the older of the two races and has long been a favored battleground for the fast finishers, but impressive attacks in recent editions have denied the sprinters their chance to battle for the win. Time will tell if the likes of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will have the final say Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador still in GC hunt but 'a long way off' top rivals after Catalunya TTT
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador has his work cut out for him at the Volta a Catalunya this week after Tuesday's unusually long stage 2 team time trial. Trek-Segafredo finished fourth on the day, 1:15 down on the stage-winning Movistar squad. It was a solid ride, but that's a hefty deficit to make up on the likes of Alejandro Valverde in a one-week race. "I am happy, we have given everything, we have been quite well-organised and we did a good TTT, but we are a long way off our most important rivals," Contador said. "Valverde is 1:15 ahead, which is a lot. Now we have to look at the upcoming stages, starting with La Molina, which is not very hard as an ascent and where there may well be no big differences. Perhaps the time bonuses will be the most important time gaps."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde isn't the only rider standing in Contador's way, as stage 2 runner-up BMC Racing and third-placed Team Sky both have contenders for the overall victory. "The race has got more complicated because van Garderen and Sky with Froome and Thomas are all ahead," Contador said. "So we'll have to see what we can do." Nevertheless, Contador is not throwing in the towel just yet, and he sees openings in the days to come, particularly given the way recent editions of the race have played out. The Spaniard was second to Movistar's Nairo Quintana last year by just seven seconds. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
ASO partnership with Volta a Catalunya confirmed - News Shorts
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The rumoured partnership between the Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was confirmed by the ASO on Monday. The oldest Spanish stage race, which is currently taking place, has survived on support from the Catalan government, but recently signed a major sponsor in Carrefour, which also backs several of ASO's races. Rubn Peris, the chairman of the race's organising club, explained, "We will benefit straight away from ASO's expertise in areas such as image production and distribution of TV rights, which will help us bring our broadcasts up to the highest standards."ADVERTISEMENT ASO, which also organises Paris-Roubaix, Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Flche Wallonne, Paris-Tours, Paris-Nice, the Critrium du Dauphin and the Vuelta a Espana, has similar stakes in the Tour of Oman, Tour de Yorkshire, Arctic Race of Norway, and the Tour of California. Yann Le Moenner, the ASO's general director, emphasised his company's part in the race's future. "This partnership ensures we'll be there for the 100th edition of the Volta a Catalunya in 2020 and tackle future challenges together," he said. Drucker steps up to lead BMC at Dwars Door Vlaanderen Terpstra looks for third Dwars Door Vlaanderen victory Egyptian racer's death shortens African track championships You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Nice stage 3 highlights - Video
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 3 at Paris-Nice provided another chance for the sprinters, and Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday, out-kicking a world-class field to win the stage inChalon-sur-Sane ahead ofAlexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors). The day got underway with a three-rider break that included Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Ben King (Dimension Data) and Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) sneaking away within the first couple of kilometres. The trio cooperated well and stretched their advantage to seven minutes before the FDJ team of race leader Arnaud Demare came to the fore and started taking back large chunks of time.ADVERTISEMENT The lead trio's gap was down to just 1:30 with 30km remaining, and King was jettisoned from the group on thecategory 2 climb of Cte de Charrecey. Latour and Combaud combined their strengths to put up a fierce battle for survival in the lead, but their efforts succumbed to the chase as they passed under the flamme rouge. From there, it was a mad dash to the line, with Kittel jumping first and Bennett coming around the big German before the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte's Paris-Nice dreams over after a second day of time losses
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If one was hoping for a deep analysis of BMC Racing's disappointing performance on stage 2 of Paris-Nice then talking to the riders wasn't the best place to start. Dripping wet and shivering in the cold conditions, only Nicolas Roche offered up any dialogue as he clambered onto the bus. 'I feel dead' the Irishman said after a brutal day of racing that saw Richie Porte's chances of winning the race implode after the Australian lost over 14 minutes. During the morning briefing, BMC and Porte team knew that the weather would play its part, with driving rain and wind once again on the menu. The loss of Michael Schr, who crashed out on stage 1, was a blow but the team truly felt the effects once Porte and his teammates were scattered in the blustery conditions on the road to Amilly.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a really hard day for us. Of course we lost Schr yesterday and he was an important guy for this sort of race," Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews. "Without this guy we couldn't keep Richie in the front. Richie was there but in one moment he was in a bad position and no one was there for us. He was dropped and of course with this weather, and temperature it's not the best for him." Piva was in the team's second car during the stage but was aware of the team's situation when race radio crackled into life and confirmed Porte's predicament. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Nice stage 2 highlights - Video
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It was another brutal day in Paris-Nice, with the peloton being splintered by crosswinds and pelted by near-freezing rain.Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) headed up the column of winners on the day, starting the sprint into Amilly and holding off the charge of JohnDegenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and race leader Arnaud Demare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The others who profited from the splits included Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), TonyGallopin(Lotto Soudal), and SergioHenao(Team Sky) - all of whom made the front group for the second day in a row. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil(Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were more attentive on this stage, but there were a number of riders washed out of contention. Richie Porte (BMC) is now 15 minutes down, while Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) is over 40 minutes down. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte: It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As he stood on the start line, Richie Porte (BMC Racing)casually waxed lyrical about training, form and the desire to see a no-frills, and predictable sprint at end of the stage 1 of Paris-Nice. No silly business, was his exact wish, but in the end the stage around Bois dArcy was anything but silly, and Portes ambitions of winning the overall for the third time in his career were hanging by a thread when he was caught out in a crosswind split. He wasnt the only overall contender to miss the move as Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step destroyed the field with echelon skills straight from the Belgian textbook. For almost two hours, Porte and his BMC Racing teammates toiled in the wind and rain as the gap to the lead group sat at more than a minute. The Australian found assistance in Trek-Segafredo and Orica-Scott as both teams missed the split for their respective leaders in Alberto Contador and Simon Yates, but up ahead Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) threatened to run away with the race. In the end, Porte rescued a slight victory from what he admitted could have been a complete disaster, as he dropped Contador and clawed back a few precious seconds on Alaphilippe and the rest. Arnaud Demare won the stage, with Porte conceding 47 seconds to the FDJ sprinter and Alaphilippe. Dan Martin and Gallopin created a 38 second buffer over the Tour Down Under winner, while Contador lost 14 seconds to his former Saxo teammate. It was bad, but it could have been much, much worse. It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster, Porte said after the finish line. We lost some time, but in the end we took a bit more time back on some of the other favourites. The race isnt over. Today wasnt ideal, but my team were fantastic and they really controlled that. Tomorrow is another day.ADVERTISEMENT With more mountainous stages to come and the individual time trial suited to his characteristics, Porte will not panic after Sundays performance. However, the news of teammate Michael Schar leaving the race with a suspected broken collarbone will do little to improve the mood at the BMC dinner table this evening. Scanning down the results, Porte will see that Contador and Yates have been distanced by 17 seconds and that Romain Bardet is out of the race altogether after the French GC hope was disqualified. The Quick-Step duo of Alaphilippe and Martin are now major contenders for the overall and have to be spoken about in the same breath as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sergio Henao - the latter sits just nine seconds off the lead. Once it splits like that and its such a big group its hard but its not over, Porte said.There are some strong guys in front but theres still a lot of racing to go. Like Porte, BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz chose to see the positive side from a disappointing day, and he pointed to the fact that at one point BMCs overall challenge looked over after less than 100 kilometres of racing. It was a difficult day for everyone. Richie took 17 seconds out of Contador, which was a plus and when you miss a break then you have to chase and we chased as hard as we could, all day, Ochowicz told Cyclingnews. At one moment it could have gone to two minutes but they held their ground and the front guys started to hit their max. You could see that at the end. Everyone in the race went as hard as they possible could. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet disqualified from Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) has been excluded from Paris-Nice after the race jury ruled that he received illegal assistance from his team car as he chased back on after crashing in the finale of Sundays opening stage. Bardet sustained cuts to his knee and thigh when he crashed with 22 kilometres remaining while part of the second group on the road in a stage that saw the peloton splintered into echelons by crosswinds. The Frenchman remounted quickly and succeeded in latching back up to the chasing group as the race entered the final 10 kilometres. Host broadcaster France Tlvisions showed only fleeting images of Bardets pursuit through the race convoy, though on at least two occasions, the helicopter shot showed a mechanic leaning from the AG2R La Mondiale car window to perform adjustments to his bike as he rode.ADVERTISEMENT Bardet succeeded in catching the small chasing group, which was being led by Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), with a little over 10 kilometres remaining. He was to the fore when that group fragmented on the final approach to the line, coming home alongside Richie Porte (BMC), 47 seconds down on stage winner Arnaud Dmare (FDJ). Within minutes of the finish, however, the race jury announced that Bardet had been excluded from the race for receiving illegal assistance from his team car, a punishment in line with that handed down to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) for a similar offence on the opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa. In a communique issued after the stage, the commissaires said that they had excluded Bardet for the specific infraction of holding onto his team car, and handed him a fine of 200 Swiss Francs. Directeur sportif Julien Jurdie has also been excluded for the remainder of Paris-Nice and AG2R La Mondiale will have just one team car in the race for the week. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marcel Kittel back on disc brakes at Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the controversy and the debate, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) returned to using disc brakes on stage 1 of Paris-Nice. The German has been of the leading supporters of the braking technology, and one of the first riders to use them during their 2017 trial at WorldTour level. Kittel briefly opted to return to the more traditional caliper brake-equipped Specialized Venge ViAS bike after claims that the disc rotors on his bike had sliced through one of Owain Doulls shoes in a crash on stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour. He told the press then that he would put a hold on using discs out of respect for my colleagues because I understand the safety issues. On the start line of stage 1 of Paris-Nice, the discs were back.ADVERTISEMENT Oh yes, disc brakes. I think its a good choice for this weather condition. Ive said before that I still believe in the disc brakes and Im convinced by it, Kittel told Cyclingnews. While it still remains unclear as to how the incision in Doulls shoe was made " there were also claims that the Sky riders attire could have been spliced open by a rusty guard rail during the crash " the debate around the technology has rumbled on. In the aftermath of the crash, a body representing the bicycle industry issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The UCI and the (Cyclistes Professionels Associs) CPA are at loggerheads, with the latters rider representative recently telling Cyclingnews, "The sad thing is someone might have to take a bullet for change to happen. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador recovers from illness to race Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) has recovered from recent illness to line up at Paris-Nice where he will look to avenge a narrow loss from last year. The Spaniard finished a close second in the Race to the Sun in 2016, finishing four seconds adrift of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) after losing time in a late split. Contador has already impressed this season with a number of attacking displays and second overall in Ruta del Sol. He is still looking for his first win in Trek colours and will look at Paris-Nice " a race he won for the first time a decade ago " as the ideal opportunity. A cold at the end of February led to a short course of antibiotics but the former Tour de France winner has been given the all-clear to race.ADVERTISEMENT It was just a cold but its under control now and I feel better. I was a little sick on the last stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. In Andalucia I took antibiotics but I finished them last week and now I feel better and have confidence for the hard part of the race, he told Cyclingnews as he lined up for stage 1 of Paris-Nice in Bois-dArcy. While Contador is in clement health the same could not be said of the weather conditions on stage 1. The rain fell overnight and continued during the sign-on with winds expected during the relatively short but technical stage. Given that Contador lost Paris-Nice last year due to a late split in the bunch, he knows better than most that riders with GC aspirations need to be attentive throughout the race. Every stage is a difficult for GC, he said. We know that in Paris-Nice you can lose everything in one day and today the differences can be bigger than in the mountain stages or the time trial. You need to pay attention and make sure that youre in a good position the whole time. Then you just need to cross your fingers. One rider tasked with keeping Contador is Gregory Rast. The experienced Swiss rider worked for Contador back in their Astana days and also rode as a domestique for Fabian Cancellara. The 37-year-old has the difficult task of supporting Contador and riding for John Degenkolb in the sprints. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski proves he is back to his best with Strade Bianche win
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michal Kwiatkowski punched the air several times as he arrived alone and victorious in Sienas Piazza del Campo, celebrating a well-deserved win at Strade Bianche but also enjoying his return to success after a difficult first season with Team Sky. The 26-year-old Polish rider had not won a race since last years E3 Harelbeke. He started the 2016 season very skinny, but failed to finish a long series of stage races. He seemed a shadow of the rider who soloed to victory at the 2014 World Championships and won the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. Kwiatkowski cuts a diminutive figure compared to the bulk of the Cobbled classic contenders. He is also softly spoken and clearly emotive yet was not afraid to reveal he had endured a difficult 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Im very happy to win, but it wasnt all or nothing," Kwiatkowski said during the winners press conference with the written media at Strade Bianche. "Im very happy with how it went. I had a lot of difficulties last season, but now Im happy with the current situation. "I was maybe pushing myself to the limit too much to impress everyone last year. Im not a machine, and sooner or later you pay the bill. I wasnt happy but had great support from the team with my health problems and not finishing races, they always believed in me. I didnt lose my talent, I just had to wait and work hard to get back on the level. "Before I started training [for 2017] I tried to stay calm. My main goal was to be back at my level. Im just happy to be having fun on my bike again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet rues missed opportunity at Strade Bianche but enjoys the hard racing
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)was disappointed to finish second at Strade Bianche and regretted letting Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) go clear alone with 15km to race, yet he managed to raise a smile after the finish in Sienas Piazza del Campo, knowing he had been in a great race. "It was really old school today. From the fifth or sixth section of dirt roads [with close to 100km left to race], it was full gas to the finish. There was never a moment when you cold recover a little bit," he said. "This was the hardest edition of the race Ive done. It opened up so early and thats why every guy was one against one. Thats what made it so hard. Everybody had to ride on their own. Ive never gone that slow on the climbs... "I think this is a real Classic. Its a fight to the strade, then when you are on the strade its risky and technical. Then with the wind and the rain, you can make the race hard wherever you want. Its such a nice race because all that makes it hard and special. In every sector you have to be there. I love it." Van Avermaet was gracious in defeat but suggested Kwiatkowski was lucky to get away when he did. "I ride to win, but before we got together [in the finale], there was lots of jumping and stopping, jumping and stopping; that kills you even more. He went full gas and went really strong, otherwise he wouldnt have kept the gap. "Its too bad its second, but I think you had to be a little bit lucky. Kwiatkowski was strong, but me, Styby and Wellens were strong too. But you have to have a little bit of luck on who can go and who you make [close] the gap. We were just jumping around like idiots, but thats racing too. More to come in April Van Avermaet is in impressive form for early March. He beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for a second consecutive time last weekend and showed his form with a series of powerful and aggressive attacks during Strade Bianche.ADVERTISEMENT His winter training was delayed after suffering a non-displaced fibula fracture during a mountain bike ride in November. He underwent surgery but seems to have quickly found his form. He believes there is more to come before he returns to Belgium for the cobbled classics. "I think so," he said optimistically. "I feel good and in shape. I felt fresh today. I took a week of recovery last week because I want a good build-up to the Classics. This was a first goal, and you can see Im up there. I think Tirreno can make me a little bit stronger like always, then it happens: We have three or four chances [in the Classics]. I hope I can catch one." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan abandons Strade Bianche due to illness
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was not a contender at Strade Bianche after the world champion was hampered by illness. Sagan started the race in Siena on Saturday morning and said he was riding to win. However, he suffered on the early climbs and sectors of dirt road, eventually quitting the race with 70km to go. He climbed into a Bora-hansgrohe team car after the seventh sector of dirt road. "I havent been feeling well for the past three days, and when I woke up this morning I was feeling weak and had a sore throat," Sagan said in a statement released by the team after the race. "However, the Strade Bianche is a prestigious race and I started today out of respect for the thousands of Italian fans who came to watch.ADVERTISEMENT "I started and tried to do my best and race as much as I could," Sagan said. "Around 75km after the start, I got tangled in a big pile-up and suffered a deep cut in my finger that will probably require a couple of stitches, as well as a hit to my left knee. I went on, but at 95km I decided to retire." Sagan finished fourth last year and has twice been second at Strade Bianche. He was expected to clash with Greg van Avermaet (BMC) and the other big-name riders after impressing in Belgium last week with his second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Bora-Hansgrohe team said via social media that Sagan has been feeling unwell before the start of the race but wanted to ride as much of it as possible despite being under the weather. " BORA " hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) March 4, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bike industry body disputes disc brake involvement in Doull crash
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A body representing the bicycle industry has issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The WFSGI " World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry " has waded into the debate following Owain Doulls claim that Marcel Kittels disc brake sliced into his shoe during a crash at last weeks Abu Dhabi Tour. "My shoe was cut to pieces. That's definitely a disc brake that has done that," Doull told Cyclingnews after the incident. Doull's account has been disputed by the WFSGI, which issued its statement in its capacity as a representative of bicycle and component manufacturers.ADVERTISEMENT "The investigation into the accident of Owain Doull is still ongoing and the available material is being studied carefully," the statement read. "After the first material and image investigations, we can say that a disk brake accident can, most likely, be excluded." The statement does not specify which materials were studied to reach this preliminary conclusion on the Doull incident. The body also said that it had commissioned Swiss forensic analyst Ulrich Zollinger to study the injury sustained by Francisco Ventoso during last years Paris-Roubaix, and linked to his report in its statement. Zollinger stated that the Ventosos injury "could not be reasonably explained" and concluded that "every sharp part of a bicycle poses a certain risk of injury." The WFSGI statement voiced support for the UCI's working group on disc brakes, which includes representatives from bike manufacturers, riders' association the CPA and teams' association the AIGCP. Trial of disc brakes set to continue despite CPA threat of legal action You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ferrand-Prevot set for Canyon-SRAM debut at Strade Bianche
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot will make her long-awaited Canyon-SRAM debut at this weekends Strade Bianche. Ferrand-Prevot hasnt raced since the Olympic Games last August after injury meant she only competed on the road for nine days during the whole of last season. Following the disappointment of only managing 26th at the Olympics, Ferrand-Prevot called cycling her biggest nightmare. The change in team over the winter has given her a new sense of purpose as she looks to put the past 12 months or so behind her, and she is excited to get her season finally underway. I think Im in good shape, but you dont really know until youre in the race. Im looking forward to joining my teammates again since our December training camp in Mallorca. I want to be good enough that I can help my team on Saturday. Already I am excited and a little nervous, she said.ADVERTISEMENT I like the gravel roads there, and the profiles of climbs are short and steep, which suit me when Im in good shape. The downhill sections are technical, and I really like these. Ferrand-Prevot rode Strade Bianche for the first time last season with the Rabo-Liv team, finishing 11th, 1:23 behind the winner Lizzie Deignan. The rest of the Canyon-SRAM line-up were all in action at last weekends Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Alena Amialiusik, Tiffany Cromwell, Alexis Ryan, Trixi Worrack and Italian champion Elena Cecchini will all head to Italy this weekend, with Lisa Brennauer the only member of the Omloop squad to skip the race. It will be Cecchinis first time at Strade Bianche since finishing 10th on the debut edition in 2015. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins doctor pulls out of anti-doping select hearing due to illness
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The latest and potentially conclusive meeting of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) anti-doping select committee takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster when the details of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into Team Sky are expected to be revealed. Appearing at the meeting will be Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UKAD, and former British Cycling women's road manager Simon Cope, who delivered the now infamous Jiffy bag to Dr Richard Freeman and Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. The hearing, which is not under oath, was moved to March 1 to accommodate Cope who has been at a Team Wiggins training camp. Freeman had been scheduled to appear in front of the committee but the Press Association have reported that the doctor emailed thecommittee's chairman Damian Collins MP on Tuesday stating that he was too ill to attend. Freeman was set to face questions over the delivery and need for the package during the 2011 Dauphine, as well as the administration ofFluimucil given to Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race. According to the Guardian a spokesperson for the committee said that Freeman may have the options of supplying written testimony or face the committee at a later date. Freeman no longer works for Team Sky but has remained in his position at British Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Julian Knight MP, part of the committee took to Twitter once news of Freeman's decision not to attend was made public. "News to me. I trust if true Dr Freeman recovers very soon and is then able to appear before us to answer important questions." The Jiffy-gate affair, as some have dubbed it, has now been running since last autumn, and, allied to questions over Team Sky's use of TUEs during Wiggins' Grand Tour schedules, prompted a UKAD investigation into both Sky and British Cycling. During the last DCMS hearing in December, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed the committee that team doctor Freeman had told him that the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins contained a decongestant. "It was Fluimucil," Brailsford said. Following that hearing, the committee, chaired by MP Damian Collins, requested that evidence was provided of this medication being administered to Wiggins. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France 2018 to start on Passage du Gois
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart will include two road stages in the Vende region, an official start at the often submerged Passage du Gois road from the island of Noirmoutier-en-l'le, followed by a 35km team time trial around Cholet on stage 3. It is the sixth time the Vendee region has hosted the Grand Dpart and comes seven years after the 2011 Grand Dpart in the area. The first edition of the Tour de France back in 1903 passed through the area during the key stage between Bordeaux and Nantes. The Puy du Fou theme park hosted the Grand Dpart in 1993, when Miguel Indurain won the 6.8km prologue time trial and went on to win the race in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT In 1999 the Tour de France covered the Passage du Gois during stage two, with crashes and echelons splitting the peloton. Alex Zulle (Banesto), Ivan Gotti (Polti) and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) lost more than six minutes. The race last set out from the Vende six years ago, when Thomas Voeckler from local outfit Europcar went on to have an inspired Tour de France, wearing the race leader's yellow jersey for ten days and finishing fourth overall in Paris. The 37-year-old Frenchman plans to retire after this year's Tour de France. Stage 1 covers 195km between Noirmoutier-En-L'le and Fontenay-Le-Comte, with much of the stage following the twisting Vende coastline after the riders cross the Passage du Gois. Crosswinds and echelons could be an immediate problem for the overall contenders. The finish is close to the home to Jean-Ren Bernaudeau and the headquarters of his Direct Energie team. " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan, Van Avermaet and Vanmarcke could face fine for sidewalk riding at Omloop
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke could all face a fine for riding on the pavement during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, according to Sporza. The riders escaped any punishment immediately following the race, despite several riders stating that theyd been informed they would be disqualified if they used bike paths or pavements during cobbled sectors. "The regulations say that riders can be fined if they ride on a separate bike path. A report has certainly been prepared, which has been sent to the UCI, who now decides whether it will or will not go to the disciplinary committee. That could still get a fine. The names of the riders are not important, it's the principle," UCI commissaire Guy Dobbelaere told Sporza. The use of pavements and bike paths during races, particularly the cobbled variety, has been a thorn in the side of race officials for many years. They have repeatedly tried to stop riders taking shortcuts and seeking smoother surfaces but have struggled the UCI rules.ADVERTISEMENT Ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, commissaires told riders that they risked being thrown from the race if they either pavements or bike paths. However, TV images clearly showed that the leading group rode on the pavement during the Karel Martelstraat section of cobbled. As the chasing group went through, a commissaire was stationed on the pavement, forcing the riders to complete the entire sector on the cobbles. While some such as Luke Rowe were a bit more pragmatic about the incident, saying that there would have been no chance to catch the group whether they had used the cobbles or the pavement, many were angered by it. Trek-Segafredo, whose Fabio Felline finished fourth, went to the commissaires immediately after the race to file a complaint. Despite the protestations, Dobbelaere said that to disqualify the group of riders would have been too harsh. He added that the rule was open to interpretation but he sympathises with those that feel they have been hard done by. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jolien D'hoore puts Wiggle on the map with win - Women's Shorts
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It is not even March (yet) but that hasnt stopped the pressure forming on teams that havent secured a win this season. Wiggle High5 can breathe a sigh of relief, however, after Belgian sprinter Jolien Dhoore secured their first victory of the seaon at the Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday. Dhoore beat former Wiggle teammate Chloe Hosking to the line, with Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott Women) rounding out the podium. I felt really good today, and the team was really strong, Dhoore said after the race.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle had come up short in the previous days edition of the Womens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with Dhoore finishing seventh and her teammate, Elisa Longo Borghini, claiming fifth. The Italian was in the thick of the action on Sunday and attacked several times. Her final assault came in the final kilometres and despite holding an advantage over the peloton she was caught inside the final 500 meters. Wiggle were not to be denied, however, and Dhoore edged out the competition to take a deserved victory. I was a little bit surprised by it, because of the race yesterday, but we went into the race with a plan. Elisa was on the attack, and I was in a breakaway once, and the other girls helped us amazingly, and in the end it all worked out. Elisa was going for the win, Dhoore added. The plan was that she attacked on the last climb of the last lap. She would go for the win, definitely, and I had to be there just in case we caught her back before the finish. Brand makes winning debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Blaak survives crash to take second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Lepisto finds form in Belgium You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel shrugs off Abu Dhabi Tour defeat ahead of Paris-Nice
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) shrugged off any disappointment at the Abu Dhabi Tour despite missing out on a stage win. The German sprinter came into the race in hot form after winning at the Challenge Mallorca, backing that up with a stage and the Green jersey at the Volta ao Algarve.However in the hotly contested sprints in Abu Dhabi the 34-year-old came up short with a second, third and ninth place finishes. Greipel was not the only sprinter to miss out on a stage but Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and the ever-improving Caleb Ewan all tasted success. Heavy rain affected Sundays final night-time stage on the Yas Marina F1 circuit, and despite a late charge, Greipel could not overhaul Ewan or Cavendish.ADVERTISEMENT I think it was a nice week. Normally we are there for the sprints and the guys really went all in to support me. Today we even got some seconds with Rafa [Rafael Valls] in the front and we just can be happy that we didnt crash today and the week was quite successful. Okay, we didnt win a stage but we made the best out of it I think, Greipel said. The main priority for the riders competing on the Yas Marina Formula One circuit was to remain upright and the peloton rode tempo for much of the race. The sprint teams chased down an early break before increasing the pace in the final few laps. First of all I think it looked maybe worse than it was, Greipel explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Adam Yates: Fourth in the Tour means little at the Giro d'Italia
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He claims that there is only pressure from himself when it comes to racing the Giro dItalia but Adam Yates is determined to produce back-to-back performances at Grand Tours when he competes in the first three-week race of the season in May. Yates, who finished fourth in the Tour de France last year and won the best young classification, heads to the Corsa Rosa alongside his twin brother Simon, and together they will spearhead Orica-Scotts GC bid. Success at such a prestigious and difficult race is a formidable challenge, especially with a string of more experienced rivals set to line up at the 100th edition of the event. As long as Im in the top ten thats fine, Adam toldCyclingnews when asked about his ambitions.ADVERTISEMENT Ive only ridden GC once in a Grand Tour. Its not like Ive come fourth in the Tour and now Im going to challenge for the win at the Giro. Id love to be up there and challenging for the win but its way too early to be making these big calls and say I want to do this, and I want to do that. If Im top ten, thats an achievement. Back-to-back performances would certainly strengthen Yates' position in the team and show progression for a rider who is still within the age parameters for the best young rider classifications. In the Tour de France last year he took a measured approach in the mountains but was consistent throughout the race. That mindset will serve him well in May but he is well aware that the Giro d'Italia is a far different beast to tame than the Tour de France. On television the Giro looks more demanding. I wouldnt say that the Tour is less predictable but everyone there works for one goal, whereas at the Giro you have more second tier guys who arent afraid to have a go and create carnage. Ive not raced there before, or in Italy that much, apart from Tirreno-Adriatico, but well go there and see what happens. The goal is long-term development You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Garderen: Lack of motivation is never the issue
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following a quiet start to the season at the Abu Dhabi Tour " and a winter of public speculation over his apparent Grand Tour rut " Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won't put a number on what will constitute a successful Giro d'Italia campaign. The Abu Dhabi Tour, with its newly-minted WorldTour status, attracted some of the world's best climbers despite there being only a single 15-km hilltop finish at Jebel Hafeet for them to test their legs in an otherwise flat race. It was on that ascent that Van Garderen was left disappointed with his season debut, as he went out too quickly and then lost contact with the main group, which comprised Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and other likely Giro contenders in May.ADVERTISEMENT "I was confident, I was ready to race, I had the team put me in a good position," said Van Garderen, who revealed he was suffering from a cold. "They did a perfect job, they really ramped it up at the start of the climb and kind of put me in the red. Normally I can go into the red and then, once it settles down, recover and regain the rhythm. But this time I went into the red and just kind of blew up. "You can chalk that down to either the bug, or maybe just it being my first race. I don't want to make excuses. I'm not happy with my performance but at the same time I'm also not panicking because I know I put in a good winter. I'm confident in the work that I did up until this point." Van Garderen was heralded as a successor to Tour de France champion Cadel Evans when he joined BMC but has been unable to reprise the form he produced to take two fifth overall places finishes, in 2012 and 2014. This year he has left the Tour to teammate Richie Porte. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Zakarin can make the podium at the Giro d'Italia, says Konyshev
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ilnur Zakarin is confident he can finish on the podium of the Giro d'Italia this year, with his Katusha-Alpecin sports director Dimitri Konyshev convinced the Russian will win a Grand Tour before his career is out. And after an inconspicuous start at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, considerable weight was added to those hopes on the queen stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday, where Zakarin rode away from what was pretty much the entire cast of this year's Giro favourites, though he was just pipped for the stage win by Rui Costa. "I felt very good today and I'm happy with this results as I have recently trained hard at Mount Teide," said Zakarin, who distanced Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Bauke Mollema, Tom Dumoulin, and Steven Kruijswijk " who will all feature in Italy in May. "This is the fruit of that hard work and I'm happy."ADVERTISEMENT The Russian, who was banned for two years in 2009 for using anabolic steroids, was in a strong position at last year's Giro until two crashes on the Chianti time trial dented his push for the podium. Still lying fifth overall, his race ended when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello two days from Milan. "At the Giro he had a very bad experience last year," Konyshev told Cyclingnews in Al Ain on the morning of the Abu Dhabi queen stage. "Talking about the podium is always difficult and in the last five days everything can change, but I think [without the crash] top five we could have done easily. "The only thing he missed last year was experience. Now we have some. I cannot say he has a lot of experience but he has some. So this year we are thinking about the first three places, I think he's able to do that. He's much more experienced than last year. It was really the first three-week race as a leader. So he gained a lot of experience. Also with how to program the race. We made a couple of mistakes last year in terms of preparation for the Giro. He was too good at the beginning, and worse towards the end. We've changed his calendar and training a bit to try to organize it better." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen ruled out of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne by stomach problems
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Boonen will not start Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne due to illness. His Quick-Step Floors team announced the news via Twitter shortly before the start of Sundays race. The Belgian is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico, which gets underway on March 8. Unfortunately, @tomboonen1 won't start #KBK due to stomach problems. Have a fast recovery, Tom, and see you in #Tirreno! read the Quick-Step Floors teams tweet. Boonen abandoned Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after crashing twice, with the second incident occurring just before the race ignited on the Taaienberg. Although Boonen remounted and gave chase, he abandoned shortly afterwards with an eye to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, only for stomach problems to rule him out of the second instalment of Belgiums Opening Weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Boonen is in the final weeks in the professional peloton, and he will retire after Paris-Roubaix on April 9. His abandon on Saturday means that he will retire without inscribing Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to his palmars, while his withdrawal from Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne means that he forgoes the chance of adding to his record tally of three victories. More to follow... You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kristoff takes aim at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after Omloop crash
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Kristoff was a forlorn sight at the bottom of a pile-up in the lead-in to the Taaienberg during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Despite the incident, his Katusha-Alpecin team is confident that he can still lead them at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he has finished second in each of the past two seasons. The Norwegian had to be picked off the ground by his directeur sportif Torsten Schmidt following the huge crash. Kristoff would get back on his bike but he abandoned around 10 kilometres later and headed straight for the team hotel. The decision was made with an eye to Sundays Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, as Kristoff was well and truly out of contention in Omloop by that point. Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) was caught up in the same crash and also abandoned soon afterwards. He quit the race because he was so far away there was no sense to continue, said Schmidt. We had to completely change his bike. He lost some skin but hes ok and he will start the race tomorrow. Kristoff suffered some minor abrasions to his neck and Schmidt expects him to be a bit sore at the start of the day, but he said Katusha-Alpecin will set out with optimism on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT For sure, he will have some pain in the muscles in the neck but the team has good people to look after him, Schmidt explained. We have some tough guys in the team. Already in the race we were talking about tomorrow and they will start with a good attitude and theyll be in the mood to win. In the sprint, it would be difficult to win with another guy. We have to see how it is its 200k and many things can happen before the finish line. Asked by a Norwegian journalist to estimate how long it had been since Kristoff had endured his last serious crash in a race, Schmidt mimed knocking on wood and estimated two years. The journalist responded that it had in fact been some 962 days since Kristoff had taken a similar tumble. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fizik investigating if disc brakes can slice through its shoes
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cycling manufacturer Fizik may consider impact testing in its investigation to determine if disc brakes can legitimately slice through its shoe products following a hotly-debated crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour. Owain Doull sustained superficial wounds to his foot after his left R1B model shoe was cleanly sliced through in a stage one crash that involved Marcel Kittel, who was using disc brakes in the race. Doull and his Sky teammates attributed the straight slit to the toe of the shoe to Kittels disc brakes. There has since been speculation, however, that the damage could have been caused by a race barrier.ADVERTISEMENT Fizik global sport marketing manager Nicolo Ildos has no first-hand evidence, but said it was possible disc brakes could have inflicted the damage. Id like to see the outcome of the official investigation before providing final statements, but Ive never seen such a cut on a Fizik shoe, and we do have more than 50 pro riders wearing our shoes, so unfortunately we have collected a lot of crashes over the years, Ildos told Cyclingnews. This cut is different. Its over clean, straight and deep so the most plausible cause is for sure a sharp edge, like a chain " but I havent seen any grease " the edge of the barriers, or maybe the disc. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and wont have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season. The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004. Ive been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own account, to helping out some of the best riders in the world, to doing a bit of both, Roche told Cyclingnews. Its quite nice to be able to have different phases through my career, to have different roles and Im always excited every year anyway. Save for the jersey, Roche noted little difference between BMC and its rival Team Sky. He arrives at BMC after a two-year-stint with the Grand Tour-winning powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has its own little habits more than anything else. At the end of the day, its a bunch of guys riding a bicycle and at this stage, its going from one of the best teams to another one of the best teams, so the differences are very minor, he said. The two outfits are due to clash at the Tour de France this year, with Roche set to support challenger Richie Porte in what will be the Australians second title bid and his first as sole leasing, having shared responsibility with Tejay van Garderen in 2016. Ive known Tejay now a good few years but Richie even more. We train together quite a lot in Monaco, we were together already at Sky and Im quite looking forward to being with him, Roche said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dougall is Dimension Data's Tour de Langkawi lucky charm
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although Dimension Data's 2015 and 2016 Tour de Langkawi winners in Youcef Reguigui and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, respectively, declined to defend their titles, Nick Dougall is back in Malaysia eyeing off a third consecutive team victory. The British-born South African is one of the key men for current race leader Ryan Gibbons in the sprints but will also be crucial for Mekseb Debesay and Ben O'Connor on the queen stage to Cameron Highlands. "There is always pressure when you come to races and expectation, most of all, you put on yourself," Dougall told Cyclingnews. "We come here wanting to repeat what we've done the last two years and try and win. We have a lot of cards to play. We brought a strong team with a lot of depth.ADVERTISEMENT "We have a good mix of younger guys and guys with experience. Jacques has been at the race six times, I have done it three times. Ryan's obviously new, but he raced in Europe last year, and Adrien [Niyonshuti] has been with the team for almost nine years now. It is a good team, and I am really enjoying working with the team this year." While the 24-year-old is focused on the job at hand, Dougall is also eyeing the race as a preparation for the cobbled classics, his first major aim for the season. "It would be good to get in a break at some point if the opportunity presents itself and really use the race as a workout before the classics," he said. "I really want to go well there, and I think it is really good build up. I am looking forward to making the race as hard as I can for myself." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Loh Sea Keong is king of the Tour de Langkawi breakaways
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Having taken a break from cycling in 2016, Malaysian Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Cycling Team) is back with a vengeance at the Tour de Langkawi. Three stages into the race and the 30-year-old has been active in the breakaways driven by the ambition of winning a stage. In 21 previous editions of the 2.HC race, just one Malaysian has won a stage, Anaur Manan in 2010, a statistic that Keong is determined to change in 2017. "I try to get away and maybe one day we get a big gap get a stage win," he told Cyclingnews after the stage 3 finish in Pantai Remis and another day in the break. "It depends on who is in the break, but unfortunately today ended up with only three guys with smaller capabilities of going into the final.ADVERTISEMENT "If we have a few guys with bigger engines, then maybe we can make it. It also depends if the peloton hesitates or they really want a bunch sprint. They really wanted a bunch sprint today and we got nowhere." Keong and his breakaway companion, Stepan Astafyev (Vino Astana Motors), were caught inside four kilometers to race, with Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) winning the bunch sprint. With Saturday the Queen stage of the race up Cameron Highlands, Keong will rest his legs and let the GC men battle it out for the victory. From stage 5 onwards, he will again commit to his goal of victory on appearance number 11 in Langkawi. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Doull claims Kittel's 'lethal' disc brake bike almost caused serious injury
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Owain Doull has called for disc brakes to be banned unless protective casings are introduced after suffering a crash on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Tour in which one of Marcel Kittels rotors slashed through his shoe. The Team Sky riderhit the deck with a kilometre remaining and showed Cyclingnews and other reporters his left shoe, which had a straight cut in two parts running almost the entire length of the forefoot. Standing receiving treatment for road rash on his backside, Doull pointed to his foot, where a cut " fortunately not too deep " was showing through a tear in his sock.ADVERTISEMENT "My shoe was cut to pieces. Thats definitely a disc brake that has done that, said Doull. "Its gone straight through the shoe into my foot. Its lucky thats not my leg to be honest. If anything Ive come off lucky there, if thatd been my leg it would have cut straight through it, for sure. Youve seen my shoe " its gone straight through that." "Nothing else could cut like that, its like a knife, it cut straight through it. You can see that thin line, its exactly in line, cut there and cut there on my shoe and both straight through in an arrow-straight line." Disc brakes: UCI calls on CPA to 'respect the democratic process' Kittel disc brake success sparks debate in the Dubai Tour peloton Dubai Tour: Kittel savours his first win on disc brakes Marcel Kittel's custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS disc " Gallery You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crashes take down GC favourites and sprinters in Abu Dhabi
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour was always going to finish in a nervous sprint and the risk of crashes was especially high after a slow day in the desert and then a high-speed finale through a series of corners. The final left turn, with a kilometre to go, caused the most chaos, with Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) amongst those who went down. Team Sky's Owain Doull, who had been making his WorldTour debut, was also involved and suffered cuts to his back and legs. He attributed some of the cuts, as well as slice marks in his left shoe, to Kittel's disc brake rotors. Doull's British compatriot Alex Dowsett (Movistar) was caught up too but both were able to make it to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT More on this story Disc brakes: UCI calls on CPA to 'respect the democratic process' Kittel disc brake success sparks debate in the Dubai Tour peloton Dubai Tour: Kittel savours his first win on disc brakes Marcel Kittel's custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS disc " Gallery Several riders, including Ewan, seemed to hit the roadside barriers on the left as the road narrowed. Kittel went down too and seemed to cut his right knee. Ewan was one of the most effected by the fall, but the young Australian did finally remount and make it to the finish line. All of the riders who crashed under the flamme rouge should be given the same time as the winner, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). It wasn't just that last corner that caught out some riders as pinch-points along the course meant trouble for some. Both of Trek-Segafredo's general classification leaders, Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador, went down during the stage. Contador was forced to finish the stage on a teammate's bike and that most of the team was sent back to help him. " Marcel Kittel (@marcelkittel) February 23, 2017 " Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) February 23, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclo-cross Worlds: Pidcock leads British clean sweep in junior men race
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The first day of the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg kicked off with a clean sweep for the British team. The 17-year-old top favourite Thomas Pidcock lived up to the high expectations placed upon him and completed a long solo on the icy course. I just made sure I didnt crash, really. I just stayed upright and I let my legs do the work, Pidcock said in the post-race flash interview. The best teams in the world are keen to attract Pidcock, including some WorldTour teams and the best cyclo-cross squads, such as Sven Nys Telenet Fidea Lions. With his splendid ride in Bieles, his price will not have dropped. Pidcock is often referred to as the new Sagan. As far as these comparisons go, Sagan fell just short of the world title at the 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World championships on a fast course in Treviso, Italy.ADVERTISEMENT Pidcock joined race leader Maxime Bonsergent (France) at the end of a tumultuous opening lap. The French rider was unable to keep up and Pidcock was alone for more than three laps. Halfway through, during the third of five laps, he briefly halted to fix his brakes but still enjoyed an advantage of more than 20 seconds. During the penultimate lap, Pidcock was flying. He clocked the fastest lap time of the day while including a Mathieu van der Poel-style sidekick jump at a fly-over. He dealt perfectly with the icy conditions, showing off brilliant technical skills. Multiple riders struggled on their bike on a difficult off-camber descent with a 180 degrees corner. Pidcock couldnt be bothered and ran the whole section, throwing his bike sideways in the corners. At the finish, he was high-fiving with the crowd before coming to a stop and lifting his bike over the finish line. From there, Pidcock sat just beyond the finish to see if his compatriots would be able to join him on the podium. When that worked out, Pidcock burst into tears, joining runner-up Daniel Tulett and third-placed Ben Turner. Its history, its amazing, all three of us on the podium, Pidcock said, bursting into tears. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Poel says riders should publish anti-doping data for transparency
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former cyclo-cross world champion, and pre-race favourite for this weekends Worlds, Mathieu van der Poel has said that anti-doping controls should be made public by riders. The comments come after Kevin Pauwels posted his doping control form on Twitter earlier this week, swiftly followed by Van der Poel himself. Following their decision, calls came for reigning world champion Wout van Aert to publish his anti-doping controls, but the Belgian said in a press conference ahead of the World Champions that he would not be doing the same as his two competitors. Van der Poel respected the choice of Van Aert but said that publishing the documents would help with the sports transparency, although there is nothing to say that a rider must do it. So it was for myself; it was not meant to provoke Wout van Aert, Van der Poel said at his pre-Worlds press conference, according to Het Nieuwsblad. He is also perfectly entitled not to do so. Just because you do not make something public, it does not mean that you have something to hide. It is his privacy. But perhaps it is good that we do all this publicly in the future. For me, each test should be put online. There needs to be more transparency, and it could be a pivotal moment in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Riders are required to declare the use of any medication or supplements on the forms supplied when visited by doping control officers. Van der Poels anti-doping control form showed that he had been using multivitamins and beetroot juice. Any TUEs must also be declared by the rider. On that subject, Van der Poel was very direct, saying that they are open to misuse and the rules around them should be stricter. "I'm not saying that nothing should be allowed, but it is unfortunately misused in many ways, said Van der Poel. If you're struggling with something, then the best thing to do is to rest. TUEs can naturally be used, but it is not the healthy way. It also seems a good idea to then stay a month on the sidelines instead of the current line of ten days. If it's the only way to ride a World Cup ...? Maybe you are doing nothing wrong, but I would not personally do it secretly but at a press conference with a doctor immediately. But again, its not healthy. " Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) January 23, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuillermoz out for at least a month after being injured in auto crash - News Shorts
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuillermoz out for at least a month after being injured in auto crash AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Vuillermoz will be out of competition for at least a month while revering from injuries he suffered in an automobile crash on January 21. Vuillermoz suffered a "benign fracture of the first lumbar vertebra," according to Dr. Eric Bouvat, head doctor for the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Having this happen at the beginning of the season, it is important to remain optimistic," Vuillermoz said. "I was looking forward to racing again at Valenciana. But it is now more important to take good care of my back injury so that I don't risk ruining the rest of my season." Mikal Chrel will replace Vuillermoz on the team's roster for the upcoming Volta a Valencia. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling announces rosters for upcoming track World Cups
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling on Fridayannounced the rosters for the upcoming UCI Track World Cup events in Cali, Colombia, February 17-19, and in Los Angeles February 25-26. Just three riders will represent the US in Colombia, with Sarah Hammer slated to compete in the omnium, points race and scratch race, while Ian Holt will compete in the men's points race and Zac Kovalcik will take on the men's omnium. Kovalcik will also represent the US in the scratch race in Los Angeles, with Dominic Souza competing in the keirin. The women's squad will jump from one in Colombia to to eight in Los Angeles, with four riders set to take on a team pursuit that could be a rematch of the Olympic showdown with gold medalists Great Britain. Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Jenn Valente and Ruth Winder will all compete for gold in the team pursuit, with Dygert taking on double duty in the individual pursuit as well.ADVERTISEMENT Missy Erickson will join the team in Los Angeles to compete in the scratch race. Dana Feiss will compete in the Kierin, with Kim Giest and Kim Zurbis slated for the Madison. Were excited about the American team that were sending to Colombia and the team that will represent us in Los Angeles, said USA Cyclings Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller. Its great to have a World Cup back on American soil at AEGs StubHub Center. We are looking forward to having a big crowd to support our athletes." Tickets for the Los Angeles event can be purchased athttp://trackworldcupla.com You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mollema buoyed by Vuelta a San Juan performance
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bauke Mollema's stage 3 time trial performance may not have left him atop the general classification, but he knew he was in pole position at the Vuelta a San Juan, and he duly delivered on the Alto de Colorado to take the blue leader's jersey. The Dutchman had just three seconds to make up on Ramunas Navardauskas on the final climb on Friday's stage 4 - a category 1 ascent that was not overly steep at an average of 4.4 per cent, but was 15km long and rose to an altitude of 2500 metres. Despite a spirited display from the Lithuanian, who dug deep, Mollema managed it comfortably with a fifth place finish on the day, 12 seconds behind stage winner Rui Costa. "Of course I'm really happy to take the jersey " that was the goal today," said Mollema in his post-race press conference. "After the time trial I was in a good position, and I knew it was possible to take the lead.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a hard stage, the start was really difficult, and there was a high pace all day. The hardest part was the altitude, going up to 2,500m " at this stage of the season that's really hard. It was tough towards the top, but luckily I did enough to take the jersey." Mollema now leads the general classification by 14 seconds from Oscar Sevilla, with Colombian Rodolfo Torres a further two seconds back. Two stages remain in the race, and they're both flat, meaning Mollema, barring accident or surprise, should be crowned the overall winner on Sunday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UnitedHealthcare adds Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall for 2017
October 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A pared down UnitedHealthcare pro womens team will return just four riders from the 2016 team, as the roster is whittled down from 13 this year to 10 next season. Katie Hall, Rushlee Buchanan, Diana Peuela and Shawn Morelli will return for next season, while prolific winner Coryn Rivera is rumoured to have signed with a European team for 2017. The team has brought on the services of talented veterans Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall to shore up the roster, adding Janelle Cole, Lauretta Hanson, Kate Sherwin and Ruth Winder as well.ADVERTISEMENT "Im excited about the roster weve put together, said retruning director Rachel Heal. Like the mens team, it's a great mix of youth and experience. We will be focusing on all the big races in the US next season as well as a selection of international stage races." The team will look to Katie Hall, a four-year veteran of the US team, to carry the banner in the stage races next year. Hall had a breakout season this year, winning a stage, the Mountains Jersey and the general classification at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina in January. She followed her San Luis success with a second place finish during stage 1 at the Tour of the Gila and the mountains classification win at the Aviva Womens Tour in Great Britain. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
FDJ sign Cimolai to support Demare
October 03, 2016 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Davide Cimolai has signed for the FDJ team for 2017, joining the French squad after five years at Lampre-Merida. The 27-year-old joins fellow Italian Jacopo Guarnieri, signed from Katusha, in coming in to bolster the sprint set-up, which is built around Milan-San Remo champion Arnaud Demare. "Now it's official, very happy to announce that my future will be with the FDJ team," he announced on Twitter, before telling France TV Sport a bit more about the motivation behind the move.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm 27 and I think it's the right moment to discover a new team, a new country and a new language. My aim is to put Arnaud in the best position and I think we can work well together." The French team also announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Davide Cimolai will wear FDJ colours next year. A great reinforcement for the sprints." Having started out on the track, Cimolai turned pro on the road in 2010 with Liquigas, where he spent two seasons before joining Lampre in 2012. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hesjedal and Schleck close out their careers at Il Lombardia
October 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Il Lombardia was the final race of the 2016 WorldTour, and for several riders, it was the final race of their careers. The champagne corks were popping at the Trek-Segafredo bus in Bergamo as both Frnk Schleck and Ryder Hesjedal hung up their wheels and reflected on the past 15 or so years. "Everyone told me that I need to enjoy the last kilometers because it's going to be something special, and I was waiting to feel this special moment, but nothing really happened. I just felt really tired like I normally do at the end of a race," Schleck of the moment he crossed the line. "But then when I came to the bus there was a nice reception from the boys, the team, the fan club, and some family, my kids, my wife, and they reminded me that this is it! I realized it's not just a switch that you turn on or off. I think it will come in the next days that then I will realize that it is finished."ADVERTISEMENT Hesjedal wasnt able to soak up the emotions on the run to the finish line as he climbed off his bike and abandoned during an especially tough and selective edition of the 'race of the falling leaves'. "I really wanted to finish it today, but realistically I know how things work on the road. I dont know how many guys finished in the end [61 " ed], but you definitely had to have good legs, and I didn't so it was impossible. I still enjoyed every moment out there," he said in an interview with the Trek-Segafredo team's website. Hesjedal began his career in mountain biking, before switching to the road in 2004, riding alongside Lance Armstrong at US Postal and then moving to Phonak in 2006. He spent the bulk of his career at Jonathan Vaughters Slipstream set-up, winning the Giro d'Italia in 2012, but admitted to doping earlier in his career before he joined the clean-ethos team. He moved to Trek for the final year of his career and one more crack at the Giro, but he was forced to abandon. No regrets for Schleck You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador: Mollema and I can strengthen one another
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador has played down any early talk of leadership issues between himself and Bauke Mollema at Trek-Segafredo, insisting they can both improve as a result of the partnership. The Spaniard, as reported by Cyclingnews at the Tour de France, will make the move from Tinkoff, who are folding at the end of this season, joining established Grand Tour leader Mollema at Trek-Segafredo. The Dutchman has been at Trek since the start of 2015 and has finished seventh and 11th in the last two editions of the Tour de France, with his best result of sixth coming in 2013. This year he was on course for the podium but crashed out of contention in stage 18's downpour.ADVERTISEMENT However, the arrival of Contador, whose palmares includes two Tour de France titles along with three at the Vuelta a Espana and two at the Giro d'Italia, signals a disruption to the pecking order. With both riders set to make the Tour de France their primary objective of the 2017 season, the age-old leadership issue is bound to rear its head, but Contador insisted the partnership will not lead to any tensions. "There's no problem," he said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "We have plenty of races ahead of the Tour to get used to each other and I am confident that we will both discover the benefits of working together. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Uran says Il Lombardia was a big day for Colombia
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) has collected a lot of podium places during his career and he again accepted defeat at Il Lombardia, proud to at least share a spot on the podium with fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves. The two were arguably the best riders in the race at this year's Il Lombardia, emerging from what remained of the peloton to fight for victory on the last climb to Bergamo Alta, and on the high-speed descent before the sprint to the line. Chaves launched the attack that shook up the race and Uran had the courage and strength to go with him despite struggling a little earlier during the eight climbs and 4400 metres of climbing. The two were also the strongest on the cobbled climb up to Bergamo Alta, managing to drop Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and making Diego Rosa (Astana) hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Uran was ready to place his chances in the sprint but couldn't match Rosa when he kicked early in the sprint and then Chaves came past both of them to win. "I tried on the last climb with Esteban but it came back together and after that it's the fastest man who wins the sprint and today that was Chaves," Uran said in defeat. "To lose a sprint like this hurts. I was on form, I knew it, too, so I'm upset. But I also know that races go like this sometimes and to be on the podium is important." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
KMC CrossFest moves from Providence to Connecticut
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The storied Providence, Rhode Island, cyclo-cross race, now the KMC'CrossFest, has been forced to find a new venue so that the event could continue to grow. It had become the most popular and heavily attended cyclo-cross race on the New England calendar, and as such news of the move was a bitter pill to swallow for much of the cycling community. Roger Williams Park had become known for its challenging courses, festival atmosphere, and memorable races. Event Director Richard Fries explained the situation through the event website. "We realized this past spring that we had exceeded the capacity of that park and, frankly, that entire city. We heard your comments on parking and lodging and crime," Fries said."And despite our generating more than $2 million of economic impact each year, the city steadily raised every fee and restriction to levels that could only be described as prohibitive. We would have had to raise entry fees by $20 to remain there. We did not want to do that to our customers."ADVERTISEMENT The race organization then reached an agreement with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, located on 500 acres of rolling hills in sleepy northeast Connecticut, 38 miles from the Providence venue. The land has held racetracks for 76 years, and an 18-hole golf course for 65 years. This new venue solves the problem of parking, has an on-site restaurant and will be able to hold night racing under the lights of the racetrack. A challenge at the new venue appears to be that most suitable housing for the athletes is about 15 miles away in towns like Southbridge and Sturbridge. In addition, contractual agreements that the racetrack has with beverage vendors will affect the beer garden, which had been so popular in Providence. Thompson Speedway has been owned and operated by the Hoenig family for four generations, since before it became a racetrack. Its birth was actually the result of an act of nature. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling releases 2017 national championships calendar
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling today released its schedule for the 2017 national championships, includingevents in cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. BMX events will be announced at a later date. The biggest change in the calendar is the pro road and time trial events' move from the originally scheduled venue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Knoxville, Tennessee. The three-day US pro championships will take place June 23-25 to line up better with most European national championships. Masters Road National Championships have also been moved from Winston-Salem to Columbia County, Ga., and Para-Cycling Road National Championships moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT "This move will allow Winston-Salem to focus on continuing to build its exciting UCI 1.1 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic while ensuring that USA Cycling delivers an excellent customer experience for our important Master and Para-Cycling athletes," USA Cycling said in its Friday announcement."Para-Cycling Road National Championships will run May 4-7, while Masters Road National Championships will be June 1-4 and will feature the iconic Fort Gordon Hills Road Race course and the time trial at Clarks Hill Lake." In another change from this year, the Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships will join Amateur Road National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, June 29-July 2 after the Blue Grass State hosted a successful 2016 Amateur Road National Championships over the summer. The 2017 calendar of national championship events pairs our top annual races with very worthy host cities, said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Our events range from coast to coast, north to south and everywhere in between. We are thrilled to bring our national championships to cycling fans in nearly every corner of the country. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
US discretionary picks for Elite World Championships saddled with travel expenses
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Budget cuts in an Olympic year have forced USA Cycling to require the discretionary picks for the Elite men's and women's UCI RoadWorld Championships teams to cover the cost of their own travel to Doha, Qatar, next month. USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard Hall told Cyclingnews that cuts to the federation's Elite Athletics budget, combined with the extra expenses of an Olympic year and the high cost of traveling to the Persian Gulf country added up to a perfect storm that forced the move. "Of course, with all of this our preference would be to fund everybody: 'Here's your tickets, it's all fully paid for. Congratulations repping team USA. Off you go.' But we have limited resources, so hard decisions have to be made. And we do do that in other disciplines, certainly," Bouchard Hall said, while acknowledging it hasn't been the policy for the road World Championships in the past "handful" of years.ADVERTISEMENT The change in policy does not affect automatic selections to the Elite teams or the entire U23 and junior teams, with USA Cycling continuing to pick up the tab for all of the development riders' expenses. Of the 15 Elite riders who will represent the US at the World Championships in races that take place October 9-16, only five met the criteria for automatic berths: Taylor Phinney in the men's time trial, Megan Guarnier and Coryn Rivera in the women's road race, and Carmen Small in the women's time trial. Alexey Vermeulen, the 21-year-old who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, qualified for an automatic selection for the U23 time trial but chose to race the Elite time trial instead, so USA Cycling is also covering his travel expenses. At least one rider Cyclingnews contacted said his trade team is picking up the tab for the trip. Travel expenses could also be paid by trade teams for riders who are competing in the October 9 team time trial. Men's team riders possibly affected by the change in policy include Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing). Robin Carpenter confirmed his Holowesko-Citadel trade team is covering his travel expenses. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani, Nizzolo to co-lead Italian team at Doha World Championships
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Coach Davide Cassani announced the 11-rider long list that will compete in the azzurra jersey of the Italian national team in the men's road race at the World Championships held in Doha, Qatar on October 16. The sprinter-friendly course will be suited to the team's co-leader Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and road champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). Viviani kicked off his season this year with two stage podiums at the Tour de San Luis and won a stage at the Dubai Tour. He also had a podium at Tirreno-Adriatico and won a stage at Three Days of De Panne. He was second in stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia but then didn't make the time cut on stage 8. He continued to bring in good showings at the Tour of Poland in July with a stage podium. The Team Sky sprinter divided his time between his road responsibilities and his Olympic Games track goals, and found much success winning the gold medal in the men's Omnium in Rio in August.ADVERTISEMENT Likewise, Nizzolo has proven to be one of the world's top sprinters. This season alone he had stage wins at the Santo Tour Down Under, Dubai Tour, where he finished second overall, a win at Tour of Croatia and four stage podiums at the Giro d'Italia. He also won the Italian road title and GP du Canton d'Argovie before placing third at Cyclassics Hamburg. During the late-September series of Italian one-day races, Nizzolo won Coppa Bernocchi and today's Giro del Piemonte. Cassani made the long-list team announcement directly following Nizzolo's win in Piemonte. The team will also include Daniele Bennati, who was third iin Piemonte and won Giro della Toscana, Fabio Sabatini, Jacopo Guarnieri, Matteo Trentin, Manuel Quinziato, who will also race the time trial, Daniel Oss, Sonny Colbrelli, Marco Coledan and Filippo Pozzato. Although Cyclingnews understands that Coledan and Pozzato will most likely not make the final nine-man team, and will be reserve riders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Malori, Fernandez suffer fractured collarbones in Milano-Torino crash
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar's Adriano Malori suffered more misfortune in a season already hampered by a head injury so severe it nearly left him paralyzed.The Italian returned to racing earlier this month only to be taken down in Milano-Torino today. According to the race medical report, Malori suffered a fractured left collarbone, his teammate Ruben Fernandez, who hit a pothole and crashed, leaving Malori nowhere to go but to the tarmac, broke his right collarbone. Michele Scarponi (Astana) also fell in the same incident but sustained only bruises and contusions.Sky's David Lopez also crashed but his injuries went unreported by the race. TheMovistar team said that both riders were "always concsious and stable", and were in the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Torino undergoing further examinations.ADVERTISEMENT In January, Malori hit a pothole at high speed in the Tour de San Luis, crashing onto his face and suffering a traumatic brain injury that necessitated being put in an induced coma. He revealed earlier this month that he spent weeks in a wheelchair unable to walk or to use his right arm. After almost seven months of physiotherapy, he returned to training in August and to racing earlier this month at the GP Qubec, but did not finish that race or the GPMontral. He completed the first stage of the Giro della Toscana, but dropped out of the race the next day. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tag Heuer to sponsor BMC in 2017
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews understands that luxury watch brand Tag Heuer is set to become an important new sponsor of the BMC team in 2017. The team has announced it will make what it calls a special announcement regarding the future of the BMC Racing Team on the eve of this year's team time trial at the World Championships in Qatar on Saturday, October 8. BMC won the team time trial title in 2015 and are the favourites again this year. Team owner Andy Rihs and team manager Jim Ochowicz will make the special announcement in Qatar with Grand Tour team leader Richie Porte and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans also attending. BMC said that other special guests will be at the announcement, with the team likely to be called BMC-Tag Heuer in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT The arrival of Tag Heuer will help secure the longterm future of the team as the UCI awards two-year WorldTour licences for 2017 and 2018. Olympic gold medal winner Greg van Avermaet has extended his contract with the team and Nicolas Roche and Francisco Ventoso have been signed for 2017. However Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney will leave for Etixx-QuickStep and Cannondale-Drapac, respectively. Ochowicz did not respond to calls from Cyclingnews. However three different sources confirmed the arrival of Tag Heuer as a key team sponsor to Cyclingnews. A leading brand and a Swiss family connection You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia - News Shorts
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia LottoNL-Jumboreleased its roster for Il Lombardia, the final WorldTour race of the season, with Robert Gesink and Wilco Kelderman sharing leadership duties for the Dutch team. The pair will be joined in the Italian race byEnrico Battaglin, Koen Bouwman, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Paul Martens, Bram Tankink and young American Alexey Vermeulen "With Gesink and Kelderman, we have two guys who can play a role in the final," director Addy Engels said. "With Martens, Lindeman and Tankink, we have some experienced men. Enrico Battaglin will return for the first time after he abandoned the Vuelta due a crash. Given its his home race, he will be motivated. Koen Bouwman and Alexey Vermeulen are the young riders of the squad." ADVERTISEMENT Gesink, who hasn't raced since the Vuelta a Espana - where he won stage 14, finished second on stage 10 and was third on stage 17, said he was motivated to "show something beautiful" in his last race of the season. "Lombardia is a marvellous race, where I often score a good result," he said. "I wonder how my legs are going. The Vuelta was great, but then I have not raced for a long time. I trained hard to hold my level, though. Together with Alexey Vermeulen, we leave early for Italy to explore the final. It has changed, so it cannot hurt to preview it." Kelderman recently finished sixth overall at the Eneco Tour and expressed confidence the team could play a part in the finale of Saturday's race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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