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Chaves misses out on Vuelta a Espana stage win despite brave attack
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A gutsy mid-climb attack by Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) on the Vuelta a Espana's stage 11 ascent of the Pea Cabarga finally failed to net the Colombian the stage win as he was reeled in by race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Chaves' advantage rose to 15 seconds at one point, and apart from Quintana and Froome he was the only top overall contender to make a serious move on the climb. But Chaves, fifth in last year's Vuelta and a double stage winner, gently brushed off suggestions that his double-digit lead might have been a good enough gap to hold on for the win. "Today there were no big differences, 15 seconds, it wasn't a big gap, it's as far as that bus over there," Chaves said, pointing at the next team vehicle in the line in a grimy industrial estate that was waiting for its riders to descend from the nearby Pea Cabarga ascent and head off for the hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Chaves said that when Quintana passed him on the Pea Cabarga, "I didn't think much, all you feel is pain. You can only start thinking five or ten minutes after the line." When Chaves finally crossed the line, he was eighth on the stage, 19 seconds back. Overall he remains in fourth, 2:34 down. His overall ambitions remain very much intact, but his ambition to take a stage win was palpable in his answers after Wednesday's defeat. "If you finish seventh or eighth on GC it's good, but if you finish tenth and win a stage it's better. It's important to keep trying, keep believing as Mathew Hayman keeps telling me," Chaves said. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Quintana takes it steady after losing mountain duel
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) said that despite losing against Chris Froome (Sky) on the Pea Cabarga ascent he remains fully optimistic about his chances in the longer term battle. Quintana and Movistar made much of the running on the early part of the ascent, and when Quintana loped away, passing and catching Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Froome was determinedly sticking close. Then on the final sweeping left hand bend, Froome first quickly passed the Colombian then powered ahead for a stage win, a time bonus, and what must represent a big boost to his morale.ADVERTISEMENT Having lost six seconds to Froome in the Vuelta on the other short, ultra-steep ascent to Ezaro on stage three but then gained time on the Briton on the longer Camperona and Lagos de Covadonga climbs, Quintana was his usual phlegmatic self when discussing his first direct mountain top defeat by Froome in this year's Spanish Grand Tour. "It was a very fast climb and we realised that Froome was going very strongly," Quintana said later. "We will have to watch him closely. " "I'm good, we have arrived together with Froome. He won the stage because he was faster than me at the end. I still think he's strong." You can read more at More...
Shimano and PRO roll out cable-integrated handlebars and pro-tested shoes
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Components and accessories behemoth Shimano is " unsurprisingly " releasing a bevy of new products at the 2016 Eurobike trade show, both under its own name and its PRO sub-brand. From shoes to performance handlebars, there's plenty to tickle the fancy of road cyclists and mountain bike racers alike. Shimano has also entered the dropper seatpost game with its new Koryak model.ADVERTISEMENT PRO VIBE cable-integrated handlebar and stem Shimano has unveiled an updated version of the PRO VIBE handlebars and stem, designed with ports for internal cable routing and with an integrated crash damage-resistant material added. The bars have been developed in conjunction with Team Sky, with a view to producing a sleeker cockpit setup, and reducing aerodynamic drag. The alloy stem has a narrow front profile and low-profile top cap, plus reverse titanium bolts. The carbon VIBE handlebars weigh in at a reported 220g, making them the lightest in the PRO line up, according to Shimano. While the aerofoil shape of the bars is familiar, the main new features here are the cable ports, which allow internal routing via the stem, then either to the gears or to a Di2 battery position inside the fork steerer. This means a smoother external profile and, it is intended, improved aerodynamics. Shimano S-Phyre road and mountain bike shoes PRO Stealth saddle Availability and pricing You can read more at More...
Pendrel: I love my bronze medal
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Canadian mountain biker Catharine Pendrel has experienced both ups and downs at the Olympic Games. In her latest blog, Pendrel describes how her ninth-place disappointment at the 2012 London Olympic Games taught her how to find the simple joy of racing on a world-class stage in Rio de Janeiro. Pendrel, a two-time world champion, was a favourite to win heading into the London games but after a promising front-running start, she tired and ended up placing ninth. "Preparing for the games in 2012 I let the seriousness of trying to win a medal, and consequently coming up short, steal the joy away from what I was doing. I had to be perfect and anything less wasn't enough. That unforgiving mindset gives you no room to come back from adversity or to value a great performance that may be shy of Gold, Silver or Bronze. It means a solid performance can quickly derail into a poor one," she wrote in her blog.ADVERTISEMENT "Going into my third Olympic Games in Rio I was determined to remember that performing on the highest stage IS fun! ! It is an opportunity to give your best and see what you can do. I was determined to embrace the magic of the games despite knowing that some people would think I wasn't focused. "I was determined to put out a race I could ride away from with my head held high even if there was no medal draped around my neck." In contrast to her performance in London, Pendrel's race in Rio de Janeiro on August 20 was riddled with bad luck. She was caught behind a crash on the opening circuits of the cross-country course and struggled with gearing issues mid-race. You can read more at More...
Scheldeprijs race to celebrate Boonen with hometown start in Mol
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen has revealed that next springs Scheldeprijs race will start in his hometown of Mol, northeast of Antwerp, with the sprinters' Classic his last race in Belgium before he ends his career at Paris-Roubaix a few days later. The race traditionally starts in the docklands of nearby Antwerp but will be moved to honour Boonen's career. "I was incredibly honoured when the organizers of the Scheldeprijs put their plan to me. I feel especially proud and grateful," Boonen said at a special announcement.ADVERTISEMENT "It'll be a unique day for my fans and promises to be extra busy with the start in Mol but I'm happy about it. Of course I'll quick go to bed afterwards because I remain ambitious for Paris-Roubaix." Race organiser Flanders Classics said the new route would complete a loop in the Flemish countryside before returning to Mol. The traditional race will be joined after 108km near Tielen and then go on to complete several circuits in Schoten that traditionally host the finish. Marcel Kittel beat Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel to win this year's Scheldeprijs. Boonen ended speculation about his retirement plans by signing a new contract with Etixx-Quickstep in July. He was out of contract at the end of 2016 and had attracted interest from the likes of Lotto Soudal before committing to a 15th season with the Etixx-QuickStep. Boonen joined the team back in 2003 and has enjoyed over 100 professional victories since with Patrick Lefevere's squad, with highlights including the 2005 World Championships, four Paris-Roubaix wins and three Tour of Flanders titles. You can read more at More...
Contador vows to fight on in Vuelta a Espana
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A defiant Alberto Contador(Tinkoff) has insisted that he will continue to fight for the overall classification in the Vuelta a Espaa even if, as he put it in a rest day press conference on Tuesday, "things are not going to be at all straightforward from here on in." Currently fifth overall at nearly three minutes from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and with bandages and scars on his left arm and leg, Contador even joked a little when asked directly what kind of condition he really felt he was in at this point in the Vuelta. "Physically? Mentally? In terms of morale?" Contador said with a broad grin. "I'm fine, I'm going to enjoy what the race holds ahead of me and I'm happy there are lots of hard days left in the Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT "There are lots more opportunities. I have to remember I'm a long way down on Nairo and his team is very strong. That makes things a lot more difficult." "But if I'm here in the Vuelta, I'm not here just to make up the numbers." Contador recognised that he had made some errors on the ascent to Covadonga by attacking and then losing a lot of power later on, which caused him to lose time on his rivals. "I've got a lot of very different sensations, but I think I'm going to be more cautious from now on," he observed. You can read more at More...
Guarnier extends with Boels Dolmans through 2018
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Boels-Dolmans announced Tuesday the re-signing of soon-to-be champion of the inaugural Women's WorldTourMegan Guarnier for another two seasons, which will take her through the end of 2018. Guarnier has had strong 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Last year, she won Strade Bianche, Ladies Tour of Norway and a stage of the Giro Rosa, where she finished third overall. Her bronze medal at the 2015 Road World Championship in Richmond, Virginia secured her spot on Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics. This year, she stepped up her performances even more with overall victories at the Giro Rosa and Tour of California, and a one-day win at Philadelphia Cycling Classic, all part of the WorldTour.She also finished on the Women's WorldTour podiums at Trofeo Alfredo Binda and La Flche Wallonne.ADVERTISEMENT "Megan seemed surprised by her success," said team director Danny Stam. "For me, it was never a surprise. I always believed she would turn into a winner, and it was my job to provide her with what she needed to believe in herself." She took over the WorldTour lead after winning in California and currently leads the overall with an unsurpassable 946 points, as runner-up Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur) has 604 points and Lizzie Armitstead sits in third place with 545 points. There is still one race to go at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta on September 11. Guarnier also leads the UCI world ranking with 1369 points, while Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) is in second with 1249 points and silver medallist Emma Johanson (Wiggle High5) is in third place with 1234.5 points. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: How the GC contenders fared at Lagos de Covadonga
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ranking the overall contenders at Vuelta a Espaa can be a rather hazardous sort of an exercise in its early phases, at least when compared with the more regimented Tour de France. This late in the season, in a race where weaker teams and more fatigued riders tackle often unfamiliar terrain, the Vuelta carries few of the certainties of July. Small wonder, then, that the general classification situation was decidedly nebulous for the opening week, but the picture sharpened into focus on the 12-kilometre climb of Lagos de Covadonga on Monday, the final act before the race breaks for its opening rest day. Eleven stages from the finish in Madrid, this Vuelta already seems destined to boil down to a straight duel between two men " Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Just seven kilometres from the summit of Lagos de Covadonga, however, it looked as though Quintana was about to be locked in hand-to-hand combat with a different foe for the next two weeks. With Froome seemingly faltering some 45 seconds behind, Quintana responded smartly to an acceleration from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), and together the pair put daylight into all of the erstwhile contenders.ADVERTISEMENT For a few kilometres, it appeared that Lagos de Covadonga was about to bear out the impressions of Saturdays haul up to La Camponera, where Quintana had been the strongest of the GC men and Contador the most determined. Yet by the time Quintana eased clear of Contador inside the final four kilometres, he was not so much ridding himself of the Spaniard as battling to ensure he held off a resurgent Froome. Like the runner Paula Radcliffe, Froomes ungainly style of riding means that gauging his condition from a glance is nigh on impossible; only the watch is a reliable indicator. When his deficit to Quintana was edging out towards a minute just shy of midway up the climb, it seemed as though his race was run, but Froome then seemingly went into overdrive on the upper reaches, picking off Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Contador and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in succession en route to third on the stage, just 25 seconds down on Quintana. Not quite Pantani on Oropa, but a startling turnaround nonetheless. More on this story: Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana wins stage 10 Contador struggles on Covadonga to remain in contention at Vuelta a Espana Froome remains in Vuelta a Espana contention with dramatic bounce back Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana takes lead with lone win in Covadonga Vuelta a Espana stage 10 highlights - Video Contador: New dawn fades Racing for third place? You can read more at More...
Gesink on track for strong second half of Vuelta a Espana
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) showed promising form heading into the second half of the Vuelta a Espana with a second-place finish behindstage 10 winner Nairo Quintana on the famed climb to Lagos de Covadonga. "My goal is to be good in the second part of the Vuelta," said Gesink, who is still recovering from a concussion sustained in a crash at the Tour de Suisse. "My feeling is that today, the second part of the Vuelta began. We all were in a difficult spot after [Steven] Kruijswijk had to abandon. It lasted for days, but now we have turned things around." Gesink was part of a 16-man breakaway that formed along the coast in the early stages of the 188.7km race from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga.ADVERTISEMENT He was the last rider left of the original move on the final ascent to the finish line when Quintana caught and passed him for the stage win. He hung on to finish second on the day, 24 seconds behind the Colombian but one second ahead of third placed Chris Froome (Team Sky). "This was a nice day, it's not fun that another rider was faster, but it gives me a good feeling," Gesink said, who was joined in the move by teammate Victor Campenaerts. "It is not about who is the first to attack and who goes the fastest immediately, so I set my own pace and I quickly noticed that I could drop the others [breakaway riders]. "Campenaerts did a good job, too. He ensured the speed stayed high when there was a lack of collaboration in the break. Even I went to the front a few times to set the pace because the majority were mainly concerned with the last climb, instead of maximising the lead we had." You can read more at More...
Ulissi and Costa sign for two years with new Chinese WorldTour team
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former world champion Rui Costa and Lampre-Merida teammate Diego Ulissi are the first riders to sign with the new TJ Sport Consultation project that aims to be the first Chinese-registered WorldTour team. The group announced last week that it would take over the licence of the Lampre-Merida team. Costa, who won the world championships in 2013, said being part of the project was special for him.ADVERTISEMENT I had received proposals from other teams, however when Saronni described to me his ideas for the future and the project, I had no doubts and I immediately chose to sign a new contract for the next two years, the 29-year-old said in a statement released by the team. I really appreciate that Saronni and the group of TJ Sport trust in me. This is a great motivation for me. Ulissi, 27, has raced since 2010 with Lampre-Merida, the only professional team he's competed with so far in his career. He won two stages of the Giro d'Italia in May and recently took the overall at the Czech Cycling Tour. "I'm happy to continue along the professional path I have started in the team several years ago, adding a new enthusiasm which comes from the Chinese project, he said. I'm sure the next two years will be full of satisfactions. You can read more at More...
Sagan remains top of WorldTour standings after GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
World Champion Peter Sagan retains his position atop the individual WorldTour standings following the French WorldTourGP Ouest France-Plouay race won by IAM Cycling's Oliver Naesen. There was no change to the top 12 riders with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) improving from 19th to 13th after his third place in Brittany. TheGP Ouest France-Plouay was Sagan's first WorldTour race since the Tour de France but it was only a short appearance as Sagan recorded a DNF. It was also his first race since appearing at the Olympic Games for Slovakia in the cross-country. With 22 WorldTour races now completed for the 2016 season, 203 riders have scored points. Points accumulated in the Vuelta a Espana will be finalised when the race finishes in Madrid in September 11 where Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are all racing.ADVERTISEMENT In the team standings, Movistar also holds first position with1152 points in comparison to second placed Tinkoff on 1046. Team Sky are the third team to crack the thousand point barrier on 1019. Dimension Data are last of the 18 teams on252 teams, with IAM Cycling 17th on 317 points. The there is no change to the top of the nation standings either as Spain continues to lead Colombia, France, Great Britain, and Australia. In total, 35 nations have scored points across the 2016 WorldTour season with Lithuania bottom on one point. The Vuelta a Espaa and Eneco Tour are the final stage races on the WorldTour calendar with the one-dayGP de Qubec, GP de Montral, Il Lombardia to follow. The final event of the WorldTour is the Team time trial at the World Championships although the WorldTour teams are set to boycott the October event. You can read more at More...
Kristoff best of the rest at GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
Alexander Kristoffcame into the re-vampedGP Ouest France - Plouayas defending champion and in form off the back of a stage win at Arctic Race of Norway and third at Cyclassics Hamburg with the Katusha rider just denied the WorldTour victory by breakaway riders Olivier Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac). While Katushatook on the responsibility of chasing down the breakaway to ensure the sprint finish for Kristoff, the peloton came up five seconds short of Naesen and three seconds short on Bettiol as the Norwegian won the bunch spring for the final podium position. Kristoff, 29, explained that while he was highly motivated for the 50th running of the Bretagne classic, the lumpy parcours almost ruled him out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT "The break was stronger today. I won the sprint from the group, but I really struggled on the climb. I came back after that and I felt I had control in the sprint, but unfortunately there were two guys in the front so it was third place to me," Kristoff."I felt not super today, but in the sprint I felt good, so I am happy with this result although, of course, I was hoping for a win like last year." Kristoff added that work by his lead out menMarco Haller and Jacopo Guarnieri, after early work fromJurgen Van den Broeck and Vladimir Isaychev, couldn't be faulted and the result bodes well for upcoming racing at the Tour de Fjords. We had good control, but perhaps the break was caught too early. Jacopo went in the second break and showed he was very strong today. Also he and Marco kept me in a good position all the time. I am very happy with the work they did and the work of the entire team. I tried to win and I made the most of it," he said. You can read more at More...
Naesen revels in 'beautiful' GP Ouest-France Plouay victory
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
Following the announcement that Swiss WorldTour team IAM Cycling will be closing up shop at the end of the season, the squad has gone from strength to strength with stage wins in all three grand tours and can now addGP Ouest-France Plouayto its list of 2016 victories after a breakaway victory forOliver Naesen. "This is by far the biggest win of my career," Naesen said. "This is the first time I have succeeded in winning a World Tour event. That automatically gives such a success a special flavor." Just minutes afterNaesen raised his arms in victories, Dries Devenyns came close to winning a second Vuelta a Espana stage for the squad as he finished second to David de la Cruz atAlto del Naranco.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old Naesen is one of several IAM Cycling riders off to AG2R-La Mondiale from 2017 and has hit his stride in recent months with his first WorldTour win adding to his combativity prize on stage 4 of the Tour de France in July. In the GP Ouest-France Plouay, Naesen had broken away withAlberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac),Guillaume Martin (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) with 40km of the race to come.Gougeard lost contact on the final lap of thePlouay circuit with Martin the next to pull up stumps as the sprint teams chased hard behind.Bettiol and Naesen held their nerve inside the final 5km with the Belgian launching the race winning attack. "When I crossed the line, I realized that this sort of emotion is the reason I train so hard. It's an incredible feeling to have all those sacrifices finally rewarded," he added. "I don't ride my bike to finish 50th. I like to win. Alberto Bettiol was very strong, but I knew I could impose my strength. With one kilometer to go, I felt that the peloton would not catch us. When I launched my sprint, I immediately found myself alone. I could really enjoy my moment." You can read more at More...
Contador continues recovery for second day in Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two days after his big crash in the Vuelta a Espaa, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) continues to recover from his injuries, although as the Spaniard had predicted, he spent the stage following wheels rather than trying to recoup some more time losses. Contador had warned after stage 8, where he raced surprisingly strongly on the ascent of Alto de la Camperona, that injuries of the type he suffered in stage 7 of the Vuelta were often more painful and trickier to handle 48 hours after the crash, rather than in the more immediate aftermath. However, on stage 9 the Spaniard looked to be in solid, if not spectacular shape, staying with the main group of favourites and finishing 18th on the Naranco, even as outsiders like former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing) and Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) shipped a little time.ADVERTISEMENT Still seventh overall, the Spanish stage racing specialist began his customary post-race interviews by congratulating compatriot David De La Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) at length for taking the lead. But he then described his own feelings in a somewhat ambiguous fashion as "good, although my legs felt more blocked up than I'd have liked." "It was a very hard start, very fast, so maybe that's why I felt a bit blocked up, but overall I'm happy, once my legs had warmed up I felt fine." Contador said before proceeding to warm down on the rollers near the line. "It was a relatively straightforward stage, not too complicated in the bunch. I'm looking forward to the Lagos de Covadonga [on Monday's summit finish] because I like mountain stages, but let's see how my body recovers first." You can read more at More...
Movistar unconcerned with losing Vuelta a Espana lead
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Recent Vuelta a Espaa history replayed itself on stage 9 of the race as Movistar once again lost the overall lead, for the second time in less a week - and once again minimized the importance of ceding the top spot overall. In what was effectively a re-run of the stage 4 scenario to San Andres de Texeiro that saw breakaway Darwin Atapuma (BMC) take over the lead from Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), five days later David De La Cruz (Etixx-Quick Step) gained enough time in a break to a summit finish to oust Movistar's Nairo Quintana from the top spot overall. Strengthening the comparison, just like in San Andres de Texeiro, the favourites powered up the final ascent of Naranco at speed, but grouped without any significant attempts to blast out of the pack. Just like on the Galician climb, there was even, once again, a solid attempt by Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) to break out of the pack, presumably once again to put pressure on Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But the end result was exactly the same: Movistar losing the lead with the clear expectation that it would return to the Spanish team's clutches in the not-too-distant future and all the top favourites crossing the line together. The only difference, perhaps, was rather than a Colombian taking the jersey away from a Spaniard as happened with Fernandez and Atapuma, this time the roles were reversed and a Spaniard removed the lead from a Colombian. "Losing the jersey is not a problem at all," Alejandro Valverde, third overall, said afterwards. "You could even say we wanted it given how the race played out." Indeed, Movistar tapped out a solid rhythm behind that kept the gap at five minutes rather than the eight new leader David De La Cruz said he had hoped for, but there was never a ferocious acceleration by the men in dark blue of the type that could have seen the gap come down quicker. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 9 highlights - Video
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-Quickstep added to its record in the Grand Tours with another stage victory and leader's jersey.This time it was David De La Cruz who copied the performance of Gianluca Brambilla in the Giro d'Italia, taking out the stage victory atop the Alto de Naranco and the overall race lead in the Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT De LaCruz's breakaway put enough time into the group of overnight race leaderNairoQuintana (Movistar) to lead the Colombian by 22 seconds, with Alejandro Valverde in third at 41. Etixx-Quickstep now have the best Grand Tour stage record in the WorldTour peloton - seven stage wins between the three Grand Tours and three different riders donning leaders' jerseys - MarcelKittel(Giro), Gianluca Brambilla (Giro) and now De La Cruz. You can read more at More...
Lagutin completes Katusha's Grand Tour hat trick
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sergey Lagutin gave his Katusha team its third Grand Tour stage win of the season - one in each the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and now the Vuelta a Espaa thanks to the 35-year-old Russian. The hat trick is something only four other WorldTour teams have accomplished - Etixx-Quickstep, IAM Cycling, Orica-BikeExchange and Team Sky - and the first Grand Tour stage win of Lagutin's career at the ripe old age of 35. It comes after the Giro d'Italia stage win by Rein Taarame and the Tour de France stage victory by Ilnur Zakarin.ADVERTISEMENT Lagutin was part of an 11-rider breakaway on the 181.5km stage 8 through the pan flat Duero basin as the peloton chose to have a quiet day and let the move get 10 minutes before the road tilted severely upwards for the 8km ascent of the Alto de la Camperona. "Finally, the dream came true. I was dreaming about this since I was little, about winning a stage in a Grand Tour like the Vuelta. Now it has happened and I still can't believe it has happened to me," Lagutin said. "I'm 35 years old and in some ways, I was thinking this was probably it, but I hope this makes things start all over for me." Lagutin started out his cycling career under the banner of Uzbekistan and was the U23 world champion and a seven-time national champion for that country, but after his Vacansoleil team folded he opted to sign for RusVelo and was encouraged to change his citizenship to Russian. You can read more at More...
Quintana soars to Vuelta a Espana lead on Alto de la Camperona
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After his disappointing Tour de France, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has bounced back with a vengeance in the Vuelta a Espaa, dropping all his GC rivals on the Alto de la Camperona to clinch the overall lead in the Spanish Grand Tour. It was the second time Quintana has worn the red jersey of Vuelta leader. In 2014 he followed the right wheels in a small bunch sprint to the ski station of Valdelinares and moved into the race lead, but then crashed out the following day. This time around Quintana's assault on la roja looked to be much more determined. First Movistar cranked up the pace on the lower slopes of the Alto de la Camperona. Then with three kilometres to go, Quintana responded well to a move by Chris Froome (Team Sky), before blasting away himself, shedding both Froome and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in the process.ADVERTISEMENT Twelfth at the finish, Quintana gained 25 seconds on Contador and 33 on Froome, enough to put him into the overall lead by 19 seconds on teammate Alejandro Valverde and with 27 seconds on Froome. Former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team) meanwhile, slumped to sixth place, 1:36 down. Quintana not only has the overall lead, but in a very good day for Movistar, Valverde crossed the line in the same time as Froome and remains in second overall, as well as holding the lead in the 'combined' classification as well. After a Tour where Quintana seemed a shadow of his former climbing self, the 2014 Giro d'Italia winner is now in control of the Vuelta and back to his best. And to judge by his tough-talking tone in the press conference, the Colombian has no intention of shedding the lead, either. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 8 highlights - Video
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espaa had but one climb, but with pitches up to 20 per cent, it the Alto de la Camperona proved to be quite difficult enough.The peloton let the breakaway fight for the stage win, and Katusha's Sergey Lagutin paced himself perfectly to take the win over Axel Domont (AG2RLa Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT But all eyes were on the GC battles behind, and it was Movistar who proved the strongest, withNairo Quintana dancing away from his rivals to take over the race lead fromBMC's DarwinAtapuma. AlbertoContador found his second wind, however, and jumped away to nab a few seconds back from AlejandroValverde (Movistar) and ChrisFroome (Sky), who now sit second and third overall, respectively. You can read more at More...
European Championships to be moved from Nice due to security concerns
August 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The European Cycling Union (UEC) has decided to move the 2016 European Championships in light of security concerns following the terrorist attacks in Nice last month. The UEC still holds hope of finding a new location for the event, which is due to take place from 14-18 September. Given that it was an event that would have required a large police presence and that we have not received any guarantees about their deployment, the cycling championships that Nice was due to hold in France's name are cancelled," Nice mayor Philippe Pradal said on Friday, according to the BBC. Nice is still reeling from the terrorist attack that hit the heart of the city on Bastille Day. A man claiming allegiance to the terrorist group IS drove a truck into crowds celebrating the French national day on the Promenade des Anglais, killing 85 and injuring hundreds more. The European Championships were due to take place on a route using several sections familiar to the final stage of Paris-Nice. The UEC backed up the decision by the Nice mayor to cancel the event.ADVERTISEMENT This decision is justified on the grounds of safety as this event required a huge security presence which cannot be guaranteed because the significant constraints, the UEC wrote in a statement. We would like to assure you that the Union Europenne de Cyclisme is already looking for an alternative venue on the dates already scheduled. The Union Europenne de Cyclisme would like to express its full solidarity with the city of Nice at this difficult time as well as with the victims families. AFP has reported that there are two potential new hosts, one in France and the other outside, although they did not say where. You can read more at More...
Olympic Games road race live coverage coming soon!
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The OlympicGames opening ceremony is about to get underway, but some of the men who race at 09:30 on Saturday morning are skipping the festivities in order to rest up and be top shape for the start of their 237.5km race. You can follow all of the action on Cyclingnews' live ticker for the men and women's races through the finish, expected to be around 16:20 local time. Olympic Games cycling full preview Men's road race start list Men's road race map and profile Olympic Games:10 riders to watch in men's road race Froome's lack of one-day race experience not a factor forOlympics says Brailsford The women's race begins onSunday at 12:15 local time and also ends around 16:20(15:20EDT/21:20 CET) and is contested over 136.9km.ADVERTISEMENT Women's road race map and profile Women's road race start list 10 riders to watch in the women's Olympic road race Mara Abbott:Seizing the opportunity at OlympicGames Guarnier one of four big cards to play for Team USA at Rio Olympics For the full schedule of races and how to watch on television, check out our How to watch the OlympicGames guide. Racing doesn't end in Rio, however. Cyclingnews will continue to publish full coverage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Vuelta a Burgos. You can read more at More...
USA Cycling to revisit Olympic Games selection procedures after triple arbitrations
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, USA Cycling has had to defend itself in three separate legal cases against its selection process, leading new CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to set the goal of reviewing the selection procedures beginning the day after this year's Games. The selection committee choose three riders to fill the team - only Megan Guarnier won an automatic bid with her bronze medal in the world championships. Kristin Armstrong and Evelyn Stevens were chosen to fill the time trial spots, and Carmen Small and Amber Neben, were not. Climber MaraAbbott completed the team. Bouchard-Hall fought back against public perception of bias in the selection of two-time Olympic gold medalist Armstrong over Small, who dominated in the national championships on a similar course and in similar conditions. Small and Neben fought the selection in arbitration and lost.ADVERTISEMENT Jim Miller, USA Cycling's athletics director, also happens to be Armstrong's personal coach. Miller developed the selection criteria, assembled the selection committee, and came up with the method for aggregating rider data and presenting it to the committee. He declared the conflict of interest, and left it to the women's road coach, Jack Seehafer, to make the actual data and recommendations to the selection committee. Bouchard-Hall said he was confident that there was no opportunity for bias to be introduced in the process, but wants to avoid having this sort of negative public perception in the future. "We're certainly going to revisit that as part of the next process. When we have those conflicts of interest it certainly opens us up to accusations of bias and unfairness. Even if in reality we can separate ourselves from those, the perception is a real problem. We have a legacy of challenges that lead to that," Bouchard-Hall said. Subjectivity Yonamine wins fight to represent Japan at Olympic Games Canadian Numainville appeals OlympicGames exclusion Objectivity You can read more at More...
Mara Abbott: Seizing the opportunity at Rio Olympic Games
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mara Abbott is revelling in the chance to experience her first Olympic Games, but she is not taking her selection for the women's road race for granted after recently winning an arbitration launched against her spot on the four-woman team by compatriot Coryn Rivera. The American climbing phenom plans to make the most of the opportunity she's earned to do everything in her power to help Team USA win a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. "I've worked really hard to be at the Olympics, not because I want the experience of going and getting lots of T-shirts and meeting a lot of people," Abbott firmly stated in an interview with Cyclingnews. "If you're an athlete who is at the level of being at the Olympics, you're going to compete. There are a lot of things around it, but for me, I see it as a really important bike race." USA Cycling's Selection Committee named Abbott as one of the four women to represent Team USA for the road race. Megan Guarnier had secured an automatic spot after placing on the podium at the World Championships in Richmond last September, and the Selection Committee also chose Evelyn Stevens and Kristin Armstrong, both for the road race and the time trial.ADVERTISEMENT The selection didn't sit well with US time trial champion Carmen Small, who launched a highly publicised arbitration for one of the two time trial spots. Amber Neben joined that arbitration, contesting for a place on the team. Also, Rivera opened a separate arbitration for Abbott's spot on the team for the road race. "Coryn directly arbitrated against my Olympic spot, and I was really affected by it. I had to get a lawyer and be a witness. It wasn't widely known because a lot of the focus was on Carmen's case," said Abbott, who was competing at the Giro Rosa in early July when she was notified of the arbitration. "It was terrifying and unpleasant. It wasn't a positive experience. But that is the way the system is right now, and it was absolutely within Coryn's right to fight for a spot that she thought that she deserved." Olympic Games: 10 riders to watch for the women's road race USACycling to revisit Olympic Games selection procedures after triple arbitrations Small, Neben lose arbitration cases over USOlympic spots You can read more at More...
Olympic Games: Italy replaces Russia in men's team pursuit
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Italy has been admitted as a late replacement entry in the mens team pursuit at the Rio 2016 Olympics after Russias appeal against its exclusion was turned down on Friday morning. The decision means that Italy, who placed fourth in Marchs World Championships, will field a team that includes Filippo Ganna, the reigning individual pursuit world champion. The Russian team pursuit quartet had qualified for the Olympics as the sixth-ranked European team, but their participation was cast into doubt following the response to last months publication of the McLaren Report into allegations of state-sponsored doping in the country. Sergey Shilov, who tested positive for carphedon in 2009, was ruled out of the Games by a new measure barring all Russian athletes who had previously served doping bans, while Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Sokolov and Dmitry Strakhov were implicated in the McLaren report. This left Viktor Manakov as the only member of the team pursuit squad who had not been potentially barred.ADVERTISEMENT Sveshnikov, Sokolov and Strakhov appealed their exclusion to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has been holding hearings in Rio this week, but on Friday morning it was confirmed that they had lost their case against the UCI and IOC. Elia Viviani, who was part of Italys team pursuit squad at the London Worlds, is already in Rio to participate in the omnium, with Filippo Ganna, Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni, and Francesco Lamon set to fly to Brazil this weekend to join him. The qualifying round of the mens team pursuit takes place next Thursday. Ganna, Consonni and Lamon, who all ride for the Colpack Continental squad, were part of the Italian squad that recently set a new national record of 3:56.393 at the European Under-23 Track Championships. You can read more at More...
Geoghegan Hart targeting GC result at Tour of Utah
August 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
British U23 road champion Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) is in Utah this week to shoot for a top general classification result in his third attempt at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Geoghegan Hart finished 39th overall during his first race in 2014, but then jumped to 13th last year in the race that bills itself as America's toughest. "It's always different coming back to racing for the first time in a little while," he told Cyclingnews before the stage 2 start in Escalante. "I haven't raced since nationals. I had a little break after that and then built back up. You have different sensations and then throw altitude into the mix and you can't really predict how that goes."ADVERTISEMENT Things have gone well so far for Geoghegan Hart's Axeon team this week, with teammate Colin Joyce finishing second during the opening stage and Logan Owen coming in fifth. It was a good start for the team and a nice way to set the tone for the rest of the week. "I think on paper it doesn't always look amazing to get second and fifth on the stage, but there weren't really any big trains or anything in the finish and it was quite chaotic and big swarms and stuff," he said. "So having two guys going for the sprint actually meant that we covered our bases a little bit more than someone getting boxed in. "I was just trying to get Colin and Logan get up there as best as possible, working with both of them to try and get into position. It was a good start and we'll try and build on it throughout the week." You can read more at More...
Bookwalter hoping to surprise in Olympic debut
August 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
As one of only two Americans to make the men's road team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brent Bookwalter knows the odds are stacked against him for a podium spot, but the first-time Olympian is ready to give his best and hope he can pull off something special. "The goal for the road race is to simply do the absolute best result that I can. I don't want to limit myself in any way," Bookwalter said. "I think the Olympic field and the Olympic event has sometimes shown it can produce some surprise results and surprise medallists, especially with the teams that are there, the team size and racing on a course that has rarely ever been raced on. I am feeling ambitious and motivated to be the best Brent Bookwalter there is and getting the most out of myself." At 32, Bookwalter is in his ninth season with the BMC Racing Team, and has eight Grand Tours behind him, but none of that has jaded the experience of being a first-time Olympian.ADVERTISEMENT "It is a little bit surreal to be going to the Olympics because the Olympics are one of these ionic events in my mind. From my memory of my childhood, I have watched and have been passionate about them. Now, to realize that I am going and I am going to be part of that center stage and taking part in the racing, is really inspiring and motivating and encouraging. I am trying to let that not detract from my preparation and stay confident in my own preparation. That is something I know has worked for me and that I have developed over the past 10 years in racing professionally." Because the United States lacked WorldTour points, the country only earned two places for the Olympic Games men's road events this year. Bookwalter and Taylor Phinney will compete in both the road race and time trial. Having only two will be a disadvantage in the road race against powerful teams like those from Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Australia, or Colombia that have five riders, but Bookwalter doesn't think a result is impossible. "I think having one teammate " Taylor " does affect the way we will race a little bit, as a pro and a con. The downside is that we don't have the numbers to play. We don't have the numbers to support a leader as heavily as we could with five. But the good thing is we can kind of sit back and key off the other teams a little bit. Hopefully, we can lurk in the shadows a little bit and then use our experience to pick the right moments and be a factor at the end of the race. You can read more at More...
UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events
August 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI announced an expanded WorldTour calendar for 2017, with 10 new events including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Qatar, Abu Dhabi Tour and Tour of Turkey, and one-day races Dwars door Vlaanderen, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Prudential RideLondon, Eschborn-Frankfurt and Strade Bianche. The UCI was able to include three-year licences to every WorldTour event after long and contentious negotiations with the Tour de France organisers ASO, but next year will see a reduction in WorldTour teams to 17, with further reductions to 16 for 2019 and beyond. The publication of this new calendar is an important step in the development of mens professional road cycling," UCI President Brian Cookson said. "Alongside the prestigious events which have already proven their worth, the UCI WorldTour is enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe. Im delighted to see this development.ADVERTISEMENT The season begins again with the Tour Down Under from January 17-22, followed by the Great Ocean Road Race on January 29 before heading to its newest races in Qatar and Dubai. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad overlaps with Dubai, however, as the UCI continues to have conflicting WorldTour events rather than separate them further on the calendar. Strade Bianche comes on March 4, one day before the start of Paris Nice (March 5-12), which still overlaps with Tirreno-Adriatico (March 8-14). Dwars door Vlaanderen (March 22), E3 Harelbeke (March 24) and Gent-Wevelgem (March 26), during the Volta a Catalunya (March 20-26). The Tour of Flanders (April 2) and Paris-Roubaix (April 9) bookend the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (April 3-8). 17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia) 29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)* 6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)* 23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)* 25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)* 4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)* 5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France) 8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy) 18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy) 20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain) 22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)* 24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium) 26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium) 2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium) 3-8 April: Vuelta al Pas Vasco (Spain) 9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France) 16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands) 18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)* 19 April: La Flche Wallonne (Belgium) 23 April: Lige-Bastogne-Lige (Belgium) 25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland) 1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt Rund um den Finanzplatz (Germany)* 6-28 May: Giro dItalia (Italy) 14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)* 4-11 June: Critrium du Dauphin (France) 10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland) 1-23 July: Tour de France (France) 29 July: Clsica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain) 29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland) 30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)* 7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux) 19 August-10 September: Vuelta a Espaa (Spain) 20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany) 27 August: Bretagne Classic " Ouest-France (France) 8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Qubec (Canada) 10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montral (Canada) 30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy) You can read more at More...
Michael Matthews set to sign for Giant-Alpecin
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclingnews understands that Michael Matthews will ride for Giant-Alpecin in 2017. The Australian will head to the WorldTour team while John Degenkolb is likely to sign for Trek-Segafredo. Although no contracts can officially be signed or ratified until the UCIs official August 1 deadline, Cyclingnews has been told by sources that the Australian will leave his current team, Orica-GreenEdge, at the end of this year. Degenkolb has already been linked to Trek-Segafredo and is expected to take two or three teammates with him to the American team. Both Giant-Alpecin and Orica-GreenEdge managements remained tight-lipped when contacted by Cyclingnews and both Matthews and Degenkolb are expected to ride the Tour de France for their respective teams this season. Cyclingnews also understands that Giant have been working on signing Matthews for some time, believing that he is a stronger long-term prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews, 25, moved to Orica-GreenEdge in 2013 and won two stages in that years Vuelta. He had another breakthrough in the 2014 Giro dItalia, wearing the maglia rosa and winning a stage. In 2015 he won another stage in the race before finishing second at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently riding the Tour de Suisse, where he is looking to win stages ahead of the Tour de France. More on this story: Matthews to target stages in Tour de Suisse Contador to hold talks with Trek-Segafredo Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo Orica-GreenEdge are in the middle of re-signing riders for next season. Sources have added that Matthews has not re-signed with them, however, and Adam and Simon Yates, Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan are also all out of contract for next season. The team confirmed earlier this week that Orica would leave the sport at the end of 2017 but this appears unrelated to Matthews departure. You can read more at More...
Watch Saint Francis Tulsa Tough livestream on Cyclingnews
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Saint Francis Tulsa Toughcriterium omnium, the 13th stop on USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour, starts Friday night with the Blue Dome Criterium, and you can watch all the weekend's action here on Cyclingnews.All times are Central Standard Time. The Blue Dome Criterium will take place on afigure-8 loop that is 1.1km long and has 25 feet of elevation gain per lap. The womens race will begin at 7:55 p.m. and the mens race will follow at 8:50 p.m. The Omnium will continue on Saturday with the Brady Arts District Criterium, where the peloton will face an L-shaped, 1.4km loop that is undulating with a descent into the last corner before the finish line. The womens race begins at 6:50 p.m. and the mens race is at 7:55 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Tulsa Tough will conclude on Sunday with the River Parks Criterium, which includes the challenging Crybaby Hill and a 120-degree corner. The course is 1.3km and includes 100 feet of climbing each lap. The women will race at 3:30 p.m. and the men at 4:35 p.m. Friday: Blue Dome Criterium " Women 7:55 / Men 8:50 p.m. CST Saturday:Brady Arts District Criterium " Women 6:50 / Men 7:55 p.m. CST Sunday: River Parks Criterium " Women 3:30 / Men 4:35 p.m. CST You can read more at More...
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22-rider field for 2016 - News Shorts
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22 rider field for 2016 The Arcitic Race of Norway on Friday announced the 22 teams that will compete in the 2016 race from August 11 through August 14. The 2016 field that takes the line in Fauske will feature 11 WorldTour teams " the most since the races inception in 2013 " seven Pro Continental teams and four Norwegian Continental squads.ADVERTISEMENT The Astana team of 2015 overall winner Rein Taaramae will return, as will the BMC squad of 2015 runner-up Sylvan Dillier and the katusha team of third-placed Ilnur Zakarin. FDJ will be making its first appearance in the race, along with Team Sky, and Trek Segadredo from the WorldTour ranks. British Pro Continental team One Pro Cycling will also be making its debut in the race this year. 11 UCI WorldTeams : You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Chris Froome is the stage 5 pick, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. After finishing only third in the prologue, Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been peppered with questions about his form ahead of the Tour de France. Alberto Contadors win on the opening day was as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for but since then the tables have slowly turned in Froomes favour. On the final climb of stage 5 the two rivals swapped more than just the leaders jersey " this was a psychological blow across Contadors bow as much as it was physical, because regardless of whether one is at 90 per cent or another is at 100 per cent, neither enjoys losing to the other. At the starts and finishes during this years race there has been a growing sense that Froome was just waiting for his moment to pounce. He couldnt wait to get stuck in. He raced at the front on every stage and when the opportunity was created he stamped authority on the race. ADVERTISEMENT "It's a really nice feeling to be back in yellow and to win a stage like that," he said at the finish. The race is far from won, however. Daniel Benson says: Froome and Sky have been criticised in the past for the manner in which they ride and win. There are multi-faceted reasons behind that but if you take the argument that they dominate races into submission then todays performance flew in the face of that. Instead of eight Sky riders on the front, the British team sat back and allowed Contadors squad to wear themselves out. Landas role was pivotal but in another sense inconsequential. He laid the groundwork for Froome but the strongest rider won. He just did it in a different " and somewhat more impressive " way. You can read more at More...
Dan Martin solidifies GC position at Dauphine with gutsy performance
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) may have missed out on the win duringstage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine but he put in a worthy ride to finish fourth and solidify his fourth place in the overall standings. On the climb to Vaujany, Martin was a constant feature in the front of the elite group of climbers and GC contenders. He threw in his own attack on the climb but when stage winner Chris Froome (Team Sky)attacked, the Irishman was forced to combine his efforts with Alberto Contador as the pair looked to limit their losses to the Sky rider and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). At the summit Martin finished fourth at 19 seconds, with Adam Yates edging him for third. The result leaves Martin fourth, 37 seconds behind Froome. "After the TT I knew I was in good condition on the climb so, it's nice to be able to race against those guys. When Chris went, it was like " whoa! His one-minute power is crazy, normally that's my kind of thing but I couldnt follow it." Martin has spent the last few weeks of training improving his stamina and endurance, with long rides at altitude. Today's climb ensured that the Irishman had to use his natural ability to raise the pace to good effect. "I haven't been doing any explosiveness at all. Maybe I got a little over excited when I attacked but I'm still trying to gauge whether the other riders might just let me go," he said. "I don't know whether Chris, Alberto and Richie were just watching each other, so I thought I gave it a good crack. The team put me in a great position at the bottom of the climb. It was just such an explosive effort the whole climb it was a long, hard, flat out the whole way up."ADVERTISEMENT Martin heads into the queen stage as a genuine contender for the race. That was clear the moment Contador chased him down. The Irishman will look for the opportunity to win a stage but a high place on the overall, possibly on the podium, is also a realistic aim. "I'm not going to give up a GC, but I'm also too close on GC for the others to let me go for a stage, so we'll just get through it and hopefully the weather's going to be good tomorrow and we'll see how it goes." If he is to win a stage, Martin may have to go head-to-head with Froome, who was simply unstoppable at Vaujany. "He went pretty hard. But I settled into a rhythm and expected them to stop and look at each other, but Chris and Richie both wanted to make time on Alberto. So it was an unusual climb, a different climb for a race like this. It was really explosive. But, I'm happy." You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 highlights - Video
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) took control of the Criterium du Dauphine as he rode to victory on stage 5 in Vaujany.. The defending champion rode to the line with his former teammate Richie Porte (BMC) after attacking in the final kilometres and dropping the race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Froome and Porte went head to head in the final sprint for the line but the Australian was no match for Froome and had to settle for second.ADVERTISEMENT Contador lost some 21 seconds to Froome and Porte in the end, pushing him down to third overall. Watch the highlights above and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Marcus Burghardt wins Cyclingnews rider of the day
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage fours Cyclingnews Rider of the Day was selected by BMC Racings Richie Porte. In one sense its quite poetic that Marcus Burghardts only win in the last six years has come via a team time trial. When he first broke through the German was earmarked for success and he won Gent-Wevelgem in 2007. A stage win in HTCs incredible 2008 Tour de France followed, along with two stages in the Tour de Suisse in 2010. Since then the 32-year-old has forged a career as a super domestique. Cadel Evans, Gilbert, van Garderen and now Richie Porte have all benefited from the riders sacrifices.ADVERTISEMENT On stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine, Burghardt did what he did best, lining out the bunch constantly in order to keep the pace high and protect his leader from danger. The efforts killed the chances of local hero " and who may well have been the rider our rider of the day under normal circumstances - Maxime Bouet who had been part of the break and almost held out for the win but thats cycling. Porte says: My teammate Marcus Burghardts ripped it apart in the last 20 kilometres. Hes such a strong guy and riders like him are so underrated and just such good bike riders. You dont always see that from the television perspective but hes my rider of the day. You can read more at More...
Lean, mean, Dauphine machine: Richie Porte podcast
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
On the eve of the Criterium du Dauphine's trio of mountain stages Cyclingnews travelled the BMC Racing team hotel to sit down and talk with Richie Porte. The Australian is currently sitting in third overall, six seconds down on race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Porte came into the race as one of the overall contenders and has hardly put a foot wrong in the race, however he did lose 9 seconds to rival Chris Froome when then peloton split at the end of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT In this exclusive interview Porte talks about his race so far, and how the mountainous stage 5 could play out. Porte also picks the Cyclingnews rider of the day. Spoiler alert, its one of his teammates. We also hear from Chris Froome after the Team Sky rider gained time on his rivals to move within four seconds of the race lead. You can read more at More...
Activists could block 2017 Tour de France over Bahrain prince's team
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After an announcement by Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa stating his intent to create a cycling team with aims to "compete with the best teams in the world", human rights activists have called on the UCI to block it from receiving a licence under the UCI's ethical code. But should the UCI approve its licence application which, by most reports will be aimed at the WorldTour, some groups have threatened to disrupt the Tour de France in protest. Prince Nasser announced the team on May 29. The budget of the nascent squad is reported to be in the realm of $16 million, and to be heavily courting Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali. This week, the advocacy director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Sayed Alwadaei, and Nicholas McGeehan, the Bahrain researcher at Human Rights Watch, appealed to the UCI to block Nasser's application.ADVERTISEMENT According to Middle East Eye, Bahraini exiles in Europe have stated their intent to protest at the Tour de France and other competitions unless the UCI blocks the team. "There is growing anger and concern about the race, not just from Bahrainis but [also] the cycling community," said Marc Owen Jones, a campaigner with advocacy group Bahrain Watch. "Also given it is a huge media event, spread out across a number of countries, it is likely to generate cross-national cooperation among activists." Alwadaei supported the idea of a protest, telling MEE, "We are determined to make sure the voices of the victims are heard. We are going to make sure they are remembered." Those alleged victims were athletes who participated in a 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising. Prince Nasser and Bahraini authorities have strongly denied the allegations. You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Contador's lead slashed in split behind stage 4 crash
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) lost nine seconds of his slim lead in the Critrium du Dauphin on stage 4, when he found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton caused by a crash from Cofidis rider Borut Bozic. He now leads the overall classification by just four seconds on Chris Froome (Sky), who made the front split and gained nine seconds. It was an unexpected result to a stage that should have been uncomplicated for the overall contenders, who were content to take a back seat to the sprinters on the relatively flat 176km stage from Tain-l'Hermitage to Belley. Contador said the stage was calm as expected until the finish, which he described as "truly crazy". "Initially, it seemed as if the group would cross the finish line together. However, right after the 2km mark there was a big pile-up which caused gaps in the peloton."ADVERTISEMENT The crash was caused when Cofidis rider Borut Bozic clipped a concrete barrier and flew through the air into the peloton, luckily only taking out AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Gougeard and not causing a bigger wreck. But the disruption to a very high pace was enough to cause the split, according to Tinkoff directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. "The crash caused some real uncertainty in the group. We were expecting the 3km rule to be applied, but we ended up losing time," De Jongh said. "Alberto and some of the other GC riders tried to fight back to the front, but some of the other teams' sprint train riders sat up and delayed the riders behind and the commissaries allowed the time gaps to stand." De Jongh was frustrated by the decision not to apply the UCI rule 2.6.027 which states, "In the case of a duly noted fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last three kilometers of a road race stage, the rider or riders involved shall be credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident,"therefore Contador should be given the same time as the stage winner. You can read more at More...
Edvald Boasson Hagens Cervelo S5 - Gallery
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The current Norwegian national champion,Edvald Boasson Hagen, out-sprinted the likes of Nacer Bouhanni and Julian Alaphillipe to win stage 4 of the Critrium du Dauphin onThursday. We take a look at the custom painted Cervelo S5 in the Norwegian national colours of the Team Dimension Data rider. The Cervelo S5 is known for its aerodynamic advantages, equipped with ENVE SES wheels and ENVE finishing kit this bike is designed to cut through the air. Predominantly in a chrome finish, the S5 also sports the Norwegian colours of red, white and blue. Shimano Dura-Ace provides the stopping power and shifting, whilst the Norwegian opts for ROTOR noQ 53-39 chainrings. A KMC chain, Ceramic Speed headset and bottom bracket ensure as many mechanical gains as possible. The bike also features Speedplay pedals, Lizard Skins bar tape and a Fizik saddle, which is set forward substantially on the 54cm frame.ADVERTISEMENT The bladed tubing of the Cervelo contribute to aerodynamic advantages and although clearances are tight, especially on the rear end of the bike, the extra colour on the inside of the seat tube adds to a great finish. Team Dimension Data works closely with Qhubeka and the logo on the top tube finishes off a superb looking bike. Click or swipe through the gallery above for more images of Boasson Hagen's bike. You can read more at More...
Froome breathing down Contadors neck as Dauphine mountains loom
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine was supposed to be a stage for the sprinters and a relative day off for the overall contenders, and although Edvald Boasson Hagen came away with the win, it was Chris Froome (Team Sky) who benefited after his principle rivals lost time in the uphill finish. The Team Sky rider glued himself to the front runners and finished 14th on the stage. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte " the two other favourites for the Dauphine " finished nine seconds down. Contador still leads the race but his advantage has been cut from 13 to four seconds over Froome. With three tough mountain stages to come the Team Sky rider is breathing right down Contadors neck. And while Contador has looked to deflect attention of the importance of the Dauphine, Froome has repeatedly made a case of using the defence of his Dauphine crown as part of his Tour preparation.ADVERTISEMENT From the word go here Ive said that this is an important race for me, a determined Froome told Cyclingnews at the finish of the stage. The Dauphine is an important race in its own right. Yes, its the last race for me in the build up before the Tour but its important in its own right. When asked about the splits in the peloton, Froome added, I didnt expect to make up time today, definitely not. On paper it was a pretty straight forward sprint. You can read more at More...
Sagan seeking stage wins at Tour de Suisse
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) will return to the Tour de Suisse this week with an aim at continuing his points classification winning streak. The world champion has 11 Tour de Suisse stage wins on his palmares, and has won the black points jersey five years in a row. He will be looking add to his recent success in the Tour of California, where he brought his record tally of stage wins to 15. "Past experience has shown that Peter goes better in Switzerland than in California, so we hope that this build of form will continue here, Tinkoff directeur sportif Patxi Vila said. It will be his last race before the Tour de France so it will be a good one for him to test his legs again." Sagan will look to stages 2, 3 and 4 for bunch sprint victories, while Tinkoff will rely on outsiders for the overall classification. Jay McCarthy, fourth in the Tour Down Under, and Ivan Rovny are the likely contenders for the GC, but Vila said the focus will be stage wins.ADVERTISEMENT "Jay and Rovny come here from the Giro and we will see what they can do overall but it will be a really tough race, and a bit of a shot in the dark for the GC " we will see how they feel day by day. On the other side, we have a strong team to fight for stage wins with Peter. Then we have Boaro and Bodnar for the time trials. On the other days we will look to fight for the breakaways and go for results from here." The Tour de Suisse begins on Saturday with a 6.4km opening time trial in Baar, followed by three sprint-friendly stages before the climbers get their chance to shine. Stage 5 takes riders over the Furkapass and Gotthardpass, both over 2000m in elevation, with an uphill finish to Cari. Stage 6 heads over the Klausenpass and has another summit finish in Amden, but it's stage 7 that will be the true test - a 13km climb that averages over 10%. Stage 8 is a 16.8km individual time trial in Davos. Even the final stage will be difficult for the sprinters - at just 117.7km, the stage heads over the Albulapass and the Flelapass over 2300m before descending to the finish in Davos. Tinkoff for the Tour de Suisse: Peter Sagan, Manuele Boaro, Jay McCarthy, Evgeny Petrov, Ivan Rovny, Maceij Bodnar, Oscar Gatto, and Juraj Sagan. You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Jesus Herrada earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Jesus Herrada is the second rider to be chosen at Criterium du Dauphine, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. Greg Van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels, Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard were all contenders for our rider of the day award at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday but in the end we couldnt see past stage winner Jesus Herrada (Movistar). The Spaniard timed his winning move to perfection after an arduous day in the saddle and took the biggest win of his career in impressive fashion. He bridged over to a dangerous break all on his own and then with the line in sight came through to take stage 2. Few would have predicted Herradas win, making it all the more impressive. "I tried to keep my strength for the final, I knew there would be this kind of sprint, on a climb that suits me. Therefore I remained calm until the last 500 metres. First Dani Moreno attacked then I saw that his move wouldnt work, so I made my acceleration," he said at the finish. "The team has handled the situation very well, executing our plan, with Fran (Ventoso) and Marc (Soler), Antonio (Pedrero) giving me a big helping hand early on before Ruben (Fernandez) gave his all and then especially with that final surge by Dayer (Quintana) that brought me up."ADVERTISEMENT Daniel Benson says: Spanish cycling has long looked for a new generation of riders to carry the torch after Contador, Rodriguez and Valverde hang up their wheels, and Herrada could well play a part in the transition. It seems like Herrada has been around for years yet hes still just 25. With no Quintana or Valverde at the Dauphine, Herrada has taken his opportunity to shine. You can read more at More...
Froome and Contador spar in Dauphine, Tour mind games begin - Podcast
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jesus Herrada came away with the stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday as the battle for GC simmered in the distance. Chris Froome put his Team Sky colleagues to work on the two final climbs with several attacks peppering the opposition, but Alberto Contador held firm to keep his leaders yellow jersey for another stage.ADVERTISEMENT In this podcast we hear exclusively from Froome and Contador at the finish, while the Cyclingnews team also pick their rider of the day. You can read more at More...
Human rights bodies voice concerns to UCI over Bahrain team
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Bahrain Cycling Team has come under pressure before it has even been properly established as human rights groups have appealed to the UCI to prevent the team from entering the sport. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) sent a joint letter (available below) on Monday to UCI President Brian Cookson, raising serious concerns over Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the man behind the team that plans to launch at WorldTour level next year. The groups point to allegations of human rights violations made against Nasser, including torture, and they argue that granting his team access to cyclings top tier would amount to a contravention of the UCIs own code of ethics, as well as causing severe reputational damage to cycling.International organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) have echoed these concerns to Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Nasser is throwing money at the international cycling to use it as PR to whitewash his past in Bahrain. It's the duty of the UCI to reject the Bahrain Cycling Team WorldTour license, said Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, BIRDs Director of Advocacy, in a statement sent to Cyclingnews. The Bahrain CyclingTeam was announced late last month after months of speculation. Nasser is the son of the King of Bahrain and is president of both the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport.The allegations against him relate to the Arab Spring of 2011, which led to uprisings across countries in north Africa and the Middle East and a government crackdown in Bahrain. The full letter from BIRDand ECCHR: You can read more at More...
Herrada ascends ranks with Criterium du Dauphine stage win
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With a ferocious attack on the final climb to win stage 2 of the Critrium du Dauphin, Movistar's Jess Herrada confirmed himself as one of the top puncheurs in the peloton, beating Tour de France stage winner Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Giro d'Italia stage winner Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) in his first WorldTour victory. Herrada, 25, had seven pro wins in his palmares at the start of the stage, with a national championship and six UCI 2.1-ranked stage victories. But with an unmatched jump in the final 300m of the climb, Herrada rocketed past a four-man escape to snatch the biggest win of his career. I'm so happy to have won in such an important race, against so many talented riders," Herrada said. "The pace during the stage was steady, without any real drops, but despite Tinkoff leading for the whole race, there was some point when the breakaway got five or six minutes, and that forced Etixx to take the lead and push hard. That rhythm before the climbs left only one chance and one thing to do for us: follow the wheels and save energy until the ascents.ADVERTISEMENT "The team managed the situation perfectly. Fran [Ventoso] and Marc [Soler] kept us well protected, Antonio [Pedrero] helped out as much as he could and it was Rubn [Fernandez] and Dayer's [Quintana] task, mostly Dayer, to follow those moves. I knew the finish, I kept in mind that it was so good for me, but at the same time, I couldn't spend a bit of energy more than I should, because I only had that one opportunity: the sprint." Herrada almost missed his chance when the three-man move with Gallopin, Pauwels, and Fabrice Jeandesboz (Direct Energie) were still dangling off the front with 500m to go. He followed a move by Movistar teammate Daniel Moreno to nullify the leaders. "I tried to save that bit for the end and succeeded to keep myself calm until the final 500 meters, when Dani attacked, the break was finally caught and I saw my place to try the move into the final turn. I'm immensely happy with how things played out." You can read more at More...
USA Cycling tested for mechanical doping at national championships, found none
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling announced today that it partnered with FLIR Systems, the world's leading thermal imaging manufacturer, to check for potential mechanical doping at the US professional road championships last month, but uncovered no evidence of illegal motors being used. "Like all cheating, we take mechanical doping very seriously," said USA Cycling Technical Director Chuck Hodge. "To ensure a level playing field in this crucial event, we teamed with FLIR Systems to use thermal cameras to monitor bikes in the US professional road races." The US governing body used the FLIR T640 thermal imaging camera in the professional mens and womens races on May 28 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, according to Tuesday's announcement.ADVERTISEMENT "The cameras detect heat and surface temperature that is emitted by people, objects and materials," according to USA Cycling's announcement. "Both races were filmed with the FLIR T640 during critical points of the race and in locations where motors were likely to be used. These images were reviewed for any suspicious heat signatures. No illegal components were found at the event." USA Cycling said it will be utilizing this and other technologies in the future to detect potential instances of mechanical doping. Femke Van den Driessche is the first rider to be banned for mechanical doping after a motor was discovered in one of her pit bikes at theU23 women's event at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder in January. You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Mitch Docker earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Mitch Docker is the first rider to be chosen, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. He finished 172nd on the stage and claimed just a solitary point in the king of the mountains competition, but Mitch Docker (Orica-GreenEdge) is our rider of the day on stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine. The 29-year-old Australian is using the Dauphine as his comeback race having crashed out of Paris-Roubaix in an utterly appalling fall in the Arenberg Forest. Theres footage of the crash floating around the net, if you wish, but suffice to say that his injuries included a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and broken teeth. Facial surgery of course followed but Docker is thankfully back on his bike and raring to get stuck in.ADVERTISEMENT The Dauphine was meant to be a comeback race after a long rehab but no more than a few kilometres into the opening stage Docker jumped clear with another rider to form the break of the day. He spent close to 150 kilometres off the front before eventually sitting up with 20 kilometres remaining. "I was riding along in the peloton in the neutral zone and everyone was asking me about the crash and I was like, 'can I do a whole day like this?' And I was like, 'nah' I just wanted to get out there, I just want to ride, so the best option for me was to go in the break, find my legs and ride it out I guess. I didn't want to talk about it any more. It was really nice of everyone to want to know about it but I just wanted to race," Docker told us at the finish. You can read more at More...
Cavendish ups Olympic selection bid with Omnium win in Lithuania
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish upped his game for selection to the British team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning the omnium in this weekend's meeting in Paneveys, Lithuania. Cavendish began the weekend with a second place in the Scratch race to Switzerland's Gal Suter, then followed up with an uncharacteristic victory in the Individual Pursuit. He ended the first day with the win in the Elimination Race. On the second day, his compatriot Kian Emadi won the kilometer time trial and flying lap, while Cavendish finished third in both. Cavendish went into the final points race with a ten point advantage on Suter, and 20 on Suter's teammate Olivier Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Not content to rest on his laurels, Cavendish won six of the 15 mid-race sprints, lapped the field with Suter and then won the final sprint to take a commanding victory by 26 points over Suter. With the road course in Rio unsuited to him, Cavendish has turned his focus to the track. Cavendish last raced the track in the Olympics in 2008, when he and Madison partner Bradley Wiggins were the favourites for victory after claiming the world title that year, but were only able to manage ninth in Beijing. Subsequently, the UCI removed the Madison from the Olympic programme, leaving the Omnium as the most logical event for him to qualify. Cavendish and Wiggins won the Madison at the World Championships earlier this year. " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) June 6, 2016 You can read more at More...
Froome survives close calls in Criterium du Dauphine's first sprint finish
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome's Criterium du Dauphine hopes nearly came crashing down Monday during stage 1 as the Team Sky leader twice had to swerve to avoid contact in the final kilometres while the sprinters' team battled aggressively for position. In the end, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) took the win and Froome finished safely in the bunch to maintain his third pace overall position behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and runner-up Richie Porte (BMC Racing). Sky's Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe lifted the pace at the front for Froome in the final 10km before Michel Kwiatkowski took over as Froome's protector with 2km to go. Nevertheless, the 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner had to maneuver away from the melee as Cofidis and Katusha battled to the line.ADVERTISEMENT "With the sprint teams it's always hectic and you could see on the TV there was a big fight between the lead-out trains," said Sky team director Nicolas Portal. "It's dangerous, but that's why we want to be in a good position," Portal said. "The line is thin between fighting for position and being close to a crash. That's why we're always trying to have guys around Chris who know how to race in the wheels and move him up." You can read more at More...
Bouhanni boxes to the win as heads clash at Dauphine - Podcast
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
When is a head-butt not a head-butt? Thats the question debated by the Cyclingnews team at the Criterium du Dauphine after a dramatic finale to stage 1.ADVERTISEMENT Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) came out on top for his first win of the race, but there were several clashes between the Frenchman, his team and Alexander Kirstoff and his Katusha squad. The Cyclingnews team hear from Kristoff and praise some aspects of Bouhannis combative leadout train, while they also look ahead to stage 2, the first summit road stage of this year's race. Will the stage end in a break or will Team Sky look to isolate race leader Alberto Contador before the finish? You can read more at More...
No penalties come from Criterium du Dauphine sprint, but riders call foul
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Although the UCI commissaires at the Criterium du Dauphine did not see fit to penalise any riders involved in the chaotic lead out for the stage 1 sprint, where repeated head butts and an extremely physical battle for position were broadcast to the world on television, multiple riders voiced their concern on Twitter. The melees occurred when the Katusha and Cofidis trains lined up for their respective sprinter, Alexander Kristoff for Katusha and eventual stage winner Nacer Bouhanni for Cofidis. There was a fight with me and Bouhanni to get the wheel of my teammate Jacopo Guarnieri," said Kristoff, who finished 11th after nearing going down when he touched wheels with his lead-out man."Bouhanni was fighting with me, but I managed to get the wheel."ADVERTISEMENT At least two headbutts came from the Cofidis sprint train, and at least one was directed the other way. Another Katusha head nudge, this time on an Orica-GreenEdge rider, nearly sent defending champion Chris Froome to the tarmac. Round 1 " the Inner Ring (@inrng) June 6, 2016 Round 2 " the Inner Ring (@inrng) June 6, 2016 " the Inner Ring (@inrng) June 6, 2016 " Greg Van Avermaet (@GregVanAvermaet) June 6, 2016 " Roy Curvers (@RoyCurvers) June 6, 2016 " Andre Greipel (@AndreGreipel) June 6, 2016 " Andre Greipel (@AndreGreipel) June 6, 2016 " John Degenkolb (@johndegenkolb) June 6, 2016 You can read more at More...

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