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Boonen abandons Eneco Tour after crash on stage 4
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) has been forced to abandon the Eneco Tour after crashing early during stage 4, from Aalter to Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Belgium. Boonen was examined in hospital in Deinze, where x-rays revealed no fractures, and the Belgian was cleared to return home. In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Boonen's Etixx-QuickStep team noted that he has been ordered to rest until the end of this week before resuming training. "Right after the incident, reminiscent of the one in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, where Tom crashed and hit his head, suffering a left temporal bone fracture, the 35-year-old was attended by Etixx " Quick-Steps doctor, who decided that the best thing for Tom " who had a few abrasions on his body " was to abandon the race as precautionary measure and go by ambulance to the nearest hospital, so that his condition gets evaluated," the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT "Fortunately, the cervical X-ray he underwent at the St. Vincentius Hospital in Deinze didnt reveal any injury, so Tom " winner of three races this season " was cleared by the doctors to go home, where he is to rest until the end of the week, before returning to training." Although Boonen was reportedly able to remount after the crash, he soon wheeled to a halt again and abandoned the race. The 35-year-old was immediately taken to hospital for further examination after telling doctors that he had been left dazed by the crash. Tom Boonen was eating when his wheel hit a pothole and he crashed, Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere said, according to Le Soir. Since my rider felt dazed, it was immediately decided to bring him to hospital for further tests. I hope that his injuries wont be serious. You can read more at More...
Voeckler to retire at the end of 2017 Tour de France
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thomas Voeckler has set a date for retirement, revealingthat he will hang up his wheels at the end of the 2017 Tour de France. The Frenchman will be 38 by the time he hits the Champs-Elyses for what will be an emotional farewell after 15 consecutive Tours, over the course of which he has given home fans much to cheer about. His highlights include stints in the yellow jersey in 2004 and 2011 " where he clung on defiantly for so long and eventually took his best-ever overall finish of fourth - and he is 20th in the all-time list of days in yellow with 20. He has four stage wins to his name, the latest two coming at the 2012 Tour, where he also claimed the polka dot jersey of king of the mountains.ADVERTISEMENT "Unless something unexpected happens, the end of my career will be the Champs-Elyses 2017. Without regrets but not without emotion... Thanks to everyone," Voeckler announced on Twitter on Wednesday night. He expanded on his decision an interview in Thursday's L'Equipe, saying:The Tour has given me everything, so I will end it where it all began. It was a tough decision to make " I was losing sleep over it. And then, one day, it appeared to me so clearly. I said to myself, youll do one last Tour and then youll stop. You can read more at More...
Van Garderen abandons the Vuelta a Espana
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tejay van Garderen has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana, with his BMC team suggesting he was suffering with fatigue after more than two weeks of intense racing. The American Grand Tour rider climbed off early into the stage, before the showdown on the steep Mas de la Costa finish. BMC still raced aggressively, with Ben Hermans attacking on the final climb and Samuel Snchez is seventh overall after limiting his losses on the 12 per cent gradients of the climb to the finish. Van Garderen has endured a difficult season after showing his Grand Tour potential with fifth place overall in both 2012 and 2014. However, he failed to finish both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in 2015. He was consistent in the first half of the 2016 season, finishing second overall in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol and sixth in the Tour de Suisse as he prepared to ride the Tour de France alongside Richie Porte.ADVERTISEMENT However, van Garderen suffered at the Tour de France, lost time in the final mountain stages and finished 29th overall. He struggled to understand why but spent time at home with his family in the USA and then return to Europe for the Vuelta a Espana, with the goal of helping Sanchez and possibly targeting stage victories. He failed to make an impact in Spain and his abandon could mark the end of his difficult season. The bad news is that we lost Tejay van Garderen. He was not good at the start of the stage and he was dropped, directeur sportif Valerio Piva explained after talking about BMCs race strategy for the stage and their decision to defend their lead in the team classification. He came to the Vuelta not with the best preparation but we hoped day by day he was better. I think it is due to fatigue and the rest day, which is every time a difficult day for him. That is racing and we need to stay concentrated on the next days for the goals that we can achieve. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Terpstra creates internal points competition to motivate Etixx teammates
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Niki Terpstra has created a special points competition for the Etixx-QuickStep riders at the Vuelta a Espanato give them a little bit of extra motivation during the final grand tour of the season. The Dutch rider told de Telegraaf newspaper that he had set up a scoreboard where various bits of daily activity can earn or lose them points, such as getting into the break of the day or arriving late at the team bus to leave for the start. Grand tours are very tough both mentally and physically, especially when the race hits the mountains in the second and third week. Without a clear team hierarchy going into the Vuelta a Espana, Terpstra says the competition is a way to push and motivate the whole team. It's not just pride on the line; Terpstra has convinced Specialized Europe director, Eugene Fierkens to include a Fat Bike as a prize for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT "It was mainly intended to challenge the helpers to go for glory," Terpstra told de Telegraaf. "The success of a team is determined not only by the winner. For this reason, to earn points especially with getting into a breakaway, the mileage you ride in front of the peloton and, for example, fetching water bottles at difficult moments. But there are downsides. When you are late to the bus in the morning, you get deductions. However, in this Vuelta, no one has been too late." What started off as a little motivation boost has become a serious thing for the team and points accrued has become a regular meal-time topic of conversation. Every night, everyone is discussing the points earned and their progress, with the scores managed by the team leaders. At the table there is daily discussion about the rankings," he said. You can read more at More...
Orica-BikeExchange announce versatile squad for Canadian one-day WorldTour races
September 07, 2016 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
Orica-BikeExchange head to the Canadian WorldTour one-day races, theGP de Quebec and GPde Montreal, with Michael Matthews and Adam Yates looking to improve on the second place results from 2015. The Australian team have enjoyed success at the two races with Simon Gerrans winning the GPde Quebec in 2012 and 2014, and the GP de Montreal in 2014. However, the Australian won't be racing the 2016 editions as he is currently in Spain racing the Vuelta a Espana. Having placed third atRideLondon Classic, and fourth at Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France in his two races since winning a stage at the Tour de France, Matthews will be the protected rider for Friday's 201.6km GP de Quebec. "We have a very strong team for Quebec and Montreal," said director sportif Laurenzo Lapage. "Due to the strength in depth and the versatility of the squad we can set ourselves realistically high objectives for both races and aim to build on our good results here in the past."ADVERTISEMENT "Michael (Matthews) will be our number one for Quebec and Adam (Yates) for the hillier Montreal, we have high hopes for both races and with this line up we have options for different eventualities." Adam Yatesmakes his return to racing after 15th place in the Rio Olympic Games road race and will be the protected rider for Sunday's Montreal race. The team will also have options withMichael Albasini and Daryl Impey on the circuit race that will see the peloton climb close to 4000 metres on the205.7km course. Matthew Hayman captains the squad with Luke Durbridge also Chris Juul Jensen riding in support of the leaders while Christian Meier makes his final appearance on home soil before retiring at the end of the season. You can read more at More...
Rodriguez predicts Quintana victory in Vuelta a Espaa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Joaquim Rodriguez is back at the Vuelta a Espaa. But now, after years of being a key participant in the race, he is on hand simply as a visitor and fan, and in his new role, Purito believes the battle for the final red jersey in Madrid is almost all over bar the shouting with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) some 3:37 clear of Chris Froome (Sky) with five stages remaining. I think Nairo has got things pretty much sorted in his favour, Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. Looking at all the factors, I think hes heading for the overall win in Madrid. Hes climbing very well, hes got a really strong team to back him up and hes got an advantage of nearly four minutes on Chris Froome (Team Sky). There may be last minute upsets, of course, and he could well lose time in the time trial, but I think as things stand Quintana is on track for the win.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a very hard race, thats for sure, and hell have to play things defensively. There are still some difficult stages to come and his rivals wont be happy to settle with what theyve got. Having retired after the Olympic Games road race, Rodriguez, 37, says he is enjoying cycling as much, if not more than ever now that he has hung up his wheels. Rodriguezs best overall finish at a Vuelta came in his final appearance last year, when he placed second behind Fabio Aru (Astana). In both 2010 and 2012, he led the race into the final week, only to slip to third overall by the finish. The Catalan won nine Vuelta stages during his career, and placed in the top 10 overall on no fewer than seven occasions. You can read more at More...
Hell Starts Here: The Vuelta a Espanas Ascent to Mas de la Costa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Todays Vuelta a Espana stage concludes with the first ever ascent of the first category Mas de la Costa, an ultra-steep, technical climb that could cause further surprises in the battle for overall victory. The riders will be greeted by a welcome message painted on the road: Aqu empieza el infierno -Hell Starts Here. After which, the Vuelta peloton certainly faces a very real world of pain. The Mas de la Costa climb - which translates roughly as the farmstead with the slope - is only 4.3 kilometres long, but is, as Cyclingnews discovered when checking out the route, exceptionally challenging. The rare data, present on a stone plaque on the right of the road at the foot of the climb is daunting: in such a short distance, theres an average gradient of 12.7 percent, a vertical gain of 486 metres and reaching a height of 982 metres above sea level. The summit is on a lonely hillside set deep in the most rural part of the region of Valencia. Even the ten kilometres before the climb are not straightforward, albeit on normal roads running deep inland in the province of Castellon in northern Valencia. Constantly undulating, combined with the current heat wave and coming at the end of a 177.5 kilometre stage with 3,640 metres of vertical climbing; you can see why Alberto Contador warned on the rest day about how dangerous this stage could be. It is also why he and his rivals went to see the climb instead of enjoying a quiet rest day.ADVERTISEMENT This final approach to the town of Llucena will certainly help fracture what remains of the peloton. A narrow, twisting run through the towns main square, a sharp left hand bend in the main square and finally a short uphill section taking the peloton back into the countryside all provide added difficulty. Theres a fast, fairly technical descent on broad roads out of the town for a couple of kilometres to add to the tension, and then with a left hand fork the road abruptly narrows as the climb itself begins. Positioning will be crucial, given what follows, all the way to the top, is a strip of road barely more than a cars-width at any point and with no false flats or downhills at all. On dusty cement You can read more at More...
Stig Broeckx remains in coma but shows signs of recovery
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
While Stig Broeckx remains in a coma following a horrific crash at the Baloise Belgium Tour in May, his Lotto-Soudal team says that there have been signs of recovery. Broeckx was involved in a crash that was caused by two race motorbikes crashing ahead of the peloton and was taken to hospital, where he was induced into a coma. Late last night, an update on the Stig Broeckx Fanclub Facebook page confirmed that Broeckx had been brought to a rehabilitation centre in Overpelt. It added that the Belgian was undergoing rigorous daily testing and that there remains hope of him returning to a normal life.ADVERTISEMENT Along this road, we want to thank the many people for the massive messages of support via the bracelet 'FIGHT FOR STIG' already, the update read. In difficult times for the parents, friends of Stig, family and friends [sic], it is heart-warming that so many people are concerned about the state of health of Stig. After a relatively long period fighting for his life, Stig now in rehabilitation. Stig currently resides at a rehabilitation centre in Overpelt. Here he is in good hands of an entire team that will guide him in his recovery." Following the update, Lotto-Soudal team confirmed Broeckx had shown signs of recovery and told Sporza that the next months will be crucial for the 26-year-old's recovery. You can read more at More...
Sagan headlines European Championships line-up
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
World Champion Peter Sagan and Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen headline the line up at next week's men's and women's UEC European Championships inPlumelec-Morbihan, France. The championships were initially schedule to be hosted in Nice but were moved due to the attack that took place on Bastille Day and take place September 14-18. The five day championships will see continental road and time trial titles awarded in junior, U23 and elite categories. The time trials will take place on a course fromJosselin to Plumelec, while the road race will take place on a 13.9km course inPlumelec. "These European Championships are a great innovation with the first Road European Championships for professional riders and during the Olympic year,"David Lappartient, President of the Union Europenne de Cyclisme said.ADVERTISEMENT "Everything has not been easy, we have had to deal with some difficulties after the understandable cancellation of the events scheduled in Monaco and Nice. Brittany and Morbihan will host the European Championships on the select circuit in Plumelec, with the famous 'Cte du Cadoudal', whose summit will be the strategic point of this spectacular circuit." Joining Sagan as confirmed starters for the men's 236.3km race are the 2013, 2013, and 2012 world champions, Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), Rui Costa (Portugal) and Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) respectively. 2015 Vuelta a Espana champion Fabio Aru will lead the Italian team, while France will be lead byTony Gallopin and Julian Alaphilippe. There is Great Britain team in the men's race. Sagan will first race in Canada at the GP de Quebec and GP de Montrealthis week before lining up in Brittany hoping for a better result than his DNF at theGP Ouest France-Plouay last month due to illness.Finally, the Spanish team will have Samuel Sanchez and 2015 Baku European Games champion Luis Leon Sanchez as its two leaders. You can read more at More...
Vermote continues Tour of Britain winning streak
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Some races simply bring out the best in people and that can certainly be said for Julien Vermote and his relationship with the Tour of Britain. The Kortrijk-born rider is often cast as a workhorse at the deeply talented Etixx-QuickStepteam but on the roads to Kendal on stage 2 he had a chance to shine and duly made the most of it. This is a race that certainly suits the 27-year-old whose only other victory outside of Belgium came in this race back in 2014. Coached by Tom Steels, Vermote persuaded his mentor and team management to send him to the Tour of Britain. The rolling terrain, coupled with the aggressive nature of the racing allows Vermote to express himself. He moved into the early break, survived when a clutch of GC rivals came across and then jumped his final breakaway companion, Steve Cummings, on the climb to the finish line. A stage win and the race lead was a worthy award for a rider who typically spends most of his time riding in the services of others.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really happy that I could take another stage win here at the Tour of Britain. When I won in Brighton it was a similar day, always up and down. I knew that once the break had gone that it would be hard for them to catch us. The final was hard, with that step climb with 30 kilometres to go but I knew that it was too early to go from that point. In the final some riders came back and once I saw Cummings I knew I had to stay on his wheel because once he has a gap he's gone," he said in his winner's press conference. "I asked the team if I could come here because normally it's not on my programme. It's a race with lots of opportunities. The teams only have six riders and it's really tough with roads that go up and down all day. After all the work I have to do for other riders, the leaders of the team, it's nice to win as well." Although Vermote doesn't hold court in press conferences all too often he said all the right things after his win, leaving the race organisers purring with how he compared the roads between Carlisle and Kendal to a grander setting back home. You can read more at More...
Kelderman leads LottoNL-Jumbo at GP Quebec and Montreal - News Shorts
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wilco Keldermanwill make his first racing appearance outside of Europe in 2016 this coming week as he leads the LottoNL-Jumbo squad for the Canadian WorldTour one-day races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. "I feel good and cant wait to race again in Canada. These are two beautiful races that suit me," said Kelderman. The 25-year-old was 64th inQuebec last year before impressing with sixth place in Montreal and will again target the second of the races for a top result.ADVERTISEMENT "In Montreal, I hope to race for top 10 place again, but I would certainly go for the same result two days earlier in Quebec. Quebec has a short-style climb and Montreal is really a climbing course with the long climb in it. Given that, Montreal suits me better," he added. Kelderman has had an up and down season thus far with stints in the leader's jersey at WorldTour stage races Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco andTour de Suisse but is yet to claim a victory. The Dutchman recently finished second overall at theTour du Poitou Charentes with director sportifNico Verhoeven expecting Kelderman to carry his condition to Canada. "With Wilco Kelderman, we take a rider who definitely is in shape to compete in the final. Last week, he showed himself with a second place in France,"Verhoeven said, adding "The successive laps make it heavy and exhausting. We have different riders for the different race situations. If, as expected, it is a tough race, we will go with Wilco Kelderman for the win. If the race remains closed, [Moreno ]Hofland and [Tom] Van Asbroeck can go for the sprint." You can read more at More...
Drucker joins list of debutant stage winners at 2016 Vuelta a Espana
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A day after finishing53:54 minutes down on Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gianluca Brambilla yesterday, BMC Racing's Jempy Drucker broke though for his first career grand tour stage win in Pescola. The victory is BMC's first in the three grand tours this season and second of the year for Drucker after hisSkoda-Tour de Luxembourg Prologue victory. The 30-year-old praised the work of teammate Danilo Wyss in the finale to position him and ensure the Luxembourger only had the minimum to do before opening up his sprint. "The last 10km, with all of the roundabouts and entering cities, was pretty hectic but I had Danilo Wyss who did a great job in keeping me out of trouble," said Drucker who was one of the 93 ridersre-admitted to Vuelta a Espana after missing time limit on stage 15. "The final kilometer we had a tail wind so it's good to go a bit early. I was placing myself a little bit behind to be able to go from behind with speed. It was actually perfect as Gianni Meersman went and I could come in his slipstream and then went over him."ADVERTISEMENT Despite having an easy ride on stage 15, Drucker explained that he has found the going tough in his second Vuelta after debuting at last year's race and was still coming to terms with the biggest win of his career. "I suffered a lot in the last few days, especially the day on Col d'Aubisque, and I always kept believing in the sprint stages," added Drucker after winning Luxembourg's fifth stage of the Vuelta. "I did a good Vuelta a Burgos and I was confident in my sprints, and was taking my chances. It was all about choosing the good wheels and I had Danilo Wyss who did a perfect job until almost the last kilometer. I was just hoping and hoping to get the good opening and then I started my sprint and it was perfect. It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour and it's always nice behind your name." While having added the win to his palmares, Drucker won't be resting on his laurels for the remaining stages left in the race as he explained. "Now we have a rest day and directly the day after it's a hard stage and there is still the time trial, and Saturday's stage on the Aitana so I think the Vuelta a Espana is far from over. I think we're going to still see some action," he added. For directeur sportif Valerio Piva, the stage win is cherry on top of the cake for BMC following on from the stint in red with Darwin Atapuma andSamuel Sanchez's GC performance You can read more at More...
Carpenter continues upward trajectory with Tour of Alberta win
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tour of Alberta overall winner Robin Carpenter had a lot to worry about during Monday's final stage in Edmonton. The 24-year-old Holowesko-Citadel rider went into the final day's circuit race with Tour de France podium contender and Classica San Sebastian winner Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) trailing him by just one second. Mollema had 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal in his corner, along with Frank Schleck and a strong, experienced team, but Carpenter said one of his biggest worries was simply to avoid disappointing his own Continental squad, which he said went into the stage with more confidence in him than he had in himself.ADVERTISEMENT "It was funny," Carpenter told Cyclingnews after the final stage in Edmonton. "Most of the pressure I think was heaped on by myself. The team believed in me, so there was not a ton of pressure in the usual sense. Mostly it was pressure in that they believed in me more than I did, and I was like, Man, you shouldn't be so confident.'" But at the end of the day, Carpenter expertly relied on his team to keep him safe throughout the day and fresh for the end of the race when he needed to take his fate into his own hands. "I think I dealt with it alright," he said. "I tried to stay cool and not panic, trusting the team and trusting the riders to come back to you if you got broken up when there are accelerations. They did believe in me more than I believed in myself, and that's a good lesson to take away." You can read more at More...
Argon 18's concept bike knows exactly how aero you are
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Standing proudly at Argon 18's stand at this year's Eurobike show was a forward-thinking concept bike. Incorporating a system of 30 sensors, the bike can pull data from itself, its rider and its surroundings, which it can then use to display a realtime CdA reading on the bike's drag area. Ultimately, it provides data that you'd normally only get from a wind tunnel session " but on any ride. The system, which owes its brains to a computer integrated into the bike's cockpit, can be used to give riders useful feedback for refining their position either during or after a ride. In-built GPS plus WiFi and ANT+ integration also opens further doors for amazing but borderline creepy tech.ADVERTISEMENT For instance, the bike can use data from previous rides and combine it with weather and wind speed data to tell you when conditions are optimum to attack your personal bests. Despite this being a concept bike, most of the technology within it is already functional and has been proven through testing on other Argon 18 test mules. Other notable features are the use of bolt-thru-axles at each end and trick aero disc brakes, which tuck standard calipers away inside the assembly of the fork and chainstay " the latter also gets integrated cooling fins. Argon 18's one-piece handlebar and stem is also interesting, integrating shift levers and rubberised sections in place of bar tape. You can read more at More...
Wiggins' 'struggle' at the Tour of Britain
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After securing his fifth gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, Bradley Wiggins is back to road racing with his namesake Team Wiggins at the Tour of Britain. The Briton looked like he enjoyed his outing during stage 2 fromCarlisle to Kendal, posting a photo on Instagram of himself running up the day's final KOM over a climb called The Struggle. "Taking things very seriously at the top of the struggle, took my mind off being in a world of pain," Wiggins wrote on Instragram. The Stuggle was the final climb of the 195km stage, located at the 160.5km mark. At the head of the raceXandro Meurisse (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) won full points on the ascent from a breakaway sprint and Julien Vermote (Etixx-QuickStep) went on to win the stage, while Wiggins brought up the rear of the peloton finishing nearly 23 minutes behind in 119th place.ADVERTISEMENT Perhaps Wiggins was poking a little fun at compatriot Chris Froome (Team Sky), whowas forced to abandon his bike and run up Mont Ventoux towards the finish of stage 12 of the Tour de France after the stage turned to chaos in the final kilometre. Or perhaps Wiggins, a former Tour de France winner and once one of the top climbers in the world, found The Struggle to be just that - a struggle. Taking things very seriously at the top of the struggle, took my mind off being in a world of pain #onetomanyginandtonics #wiggins #tob2016 Watch Tour of Britain stage 2 highlights video You can read more at More...
Moolman-Pasio extends with Cervelo Bigla through 2017
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cervelo Bigla announced Monday that their all-rounder Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has renewed her contract into 2017. The South African, who has been a member of the team since 2015, will continue her role as team leader. "I really like what the team stands for and the culture we have cultivated within the team," Moolman-Pasio said in a team press release. "It's not just about winning bike races but it's about winning in life. That sounds like a clich but it's true. A lot of thought is given to the composition of the team and the characters involved. I have said many times, we're a small team with big hearts and it's very evident in how we function as a team and respond to one another."ADVERTISEMENT Moolman-Pasio has had a successful 2016 campaign. Although it started with illness, she bounced back for the spring part of the season with third overall at Euskal Emakumeen Bira and fourth at Elsy Jacobs. She was also third at Boels Rental Hills Classic and won the overall title at Auensteiner-Radsporttage and took second overall at Aviva Women's Tour. She went on to represent her nation at the Olympic Games in Rio where she was 10th in the road race and 12th in the time trial. "Ashleigh is already one of the best riders in the world but her development continues to grow," said team manager Thomas Campana. "She is one of the best time trailists and stage racers in the world. The next step we have identified is to develop her skills for the one day races. "We believe the best is yet to come from Ashleigh which is scary when you see how much she has achieved already. She will play a very important role in mentoring the younger riders as we work towards making the younger group the stars of the future." You can read more at More...
Blythe hunts Worlds selection and team for 2017
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
British national road champion Adam Blythe is hopeful that a strong end to his 2016 season will earn him a slot on the Worlds team and a new WorldTour contract for next season. "I want to go well at the Worlds this year. It's not really a slow build up but I'm progressing towards that. I think I'm going all right but I'm not firing on all cylinders just yet," the 26-year-old told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour of Britain. Blythe is on a 15-rider long list and with Mark Cavendish set to lead the British squad on the flat course in and around Doha. The the Great Britain national selectors are looking for riders who can control a peloton and lead out their sprint star. Although the course is flat, as it was in Copenhagen in 2011 when Cavendish won his world road title, there are several unpredictable elements selectors will need to consider. Cross-winds, the Worlds having a later date than normal, and the more competitive sprinting field than five years ago all spring to mind.ADVERTISEMENT Although uncertain of what is potential role could be in Doha, Blythe would naturally fit into a Cavendish lead out train and having worked for riders such as Philippe Gilbert and Peter Sagan during his career he can also shepherd leaders through latter stages of one-day races. "I don't know what my role could be to be honest. Obviously I've done Qatar quite a few times and I'm not bad there. I guess I'd be keeping out of the wind and keeping Mark out of trouble until as late as possible but a lot depends on the dynamic of the race and how I'll be used later on rather than earlier." Blythe has never ridden a World Championships at elite level on the road and the glut of high-level British riders on the circuit suggests that selection will be a tough but not impossible order. A few years ago the national selectors might haven scratching their heads when putting together a leadout for Cavendish but a new wave of options has arrived. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Froome vows to keep on fighting after stage 15 disaster
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) held onto his second place position at the Vuelta a Espana after stage 15 of the Spanish grand tour but his aspirations of joining Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault in completing a Tour de France-Vuelta double have all but expired. Froome, who won a third Tour title in July, saw his 54 second disadvantage to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) blow out to3:37 minutes after the 118.5km stage fromSabinanigo to Formigal that saw 93 riders miss the time cut.A day after matching Quintana on the Cold'Aubisque, Froome had no answers to the Colombian. "It's definitely made it a lot more hard now. A minute was manageable; three minutes is going to be extremely tough. But stranger things have happened and we're going to keep fighting all the way," Froome told ITV Sport."It was a tough stage for us, obviously. The guys did a lot of work yesterday, so we weren't as prepared as some of the other teams this morning."ADVERTISEMENT Froome and Team Sky were on the back foot almost from the gun as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) instigated the day's breakaway of 14-riders which was joined by Quintana.David Lopez and Salvatore Puccio were the sole Team Sky riders by Froome's side as the advantage started to swell asMovistar interrupted the chase via Alejandro Valverde andImanol Erviti. "Obviously, getting caught out there with Contador and Quintana in that early break, that put us on the back foot and we just never recovered," Froome added."Credit to them. They rode a really smart race and they have gained a lot of time today on us." When Movistar had an isolated Froome on the ropes during stage 9 of the 2013 Tour into Bagnres-de-Bigorre, the Spanish team failed to capitalise and after the stalemate of stage 14 they well and truly made up for past indiscretions to position Quintana on the cusp of his first grand tour victory over the Briton. Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana deals body blow to Froome on stage 15 Peloton of 93 riders re-admitted to Vuelta a Espana after missing time limit Vuelta a Espana: Quintana gains time on Froome in spectacular fashion Vuelta a Espana: Contador launches decisive move on the road to Formigal Vuelta a Espana: Team Sky reflect on disastrous stage 15 You can read more at More...
2016 Tour of Britain stage 1 highlights - Video
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
German national champion Andre Greipel(Lotto Soudal) won a sprint marred finish into Castle Douglasahead ofCaleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) to claim the first leader's jersey of the Tour of Britain.Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish,Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) were among the fast men to fall with the later suffering a completely broken bike. Stage 1 of the race started in Glasgow with the 124-rider strong peloton with161.6km to cover before the expected sprint finish. A five-rider breakaway animated the stage with a maximum lead of five minutes before the sprint teams took up the chase in earnest.Peter Williams (ONE Pro Cycling) andJasper Bovenhuis (An Post-Chainreaction) were rewarded for their time in the breakaway with classification jerseys before they were swept up inside the final 10km with Dimension Data working for Cavendish.ADVERTISEMENT Watch the highlights of stage 1 above and click here for the full race report. Cyclingnews will have live coverage of each and every Tour of Britain stage. You can read more at More...
Kristoff seals Tour de Fjords victory - News Shorts
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Three stage wins and overall Tour des Fjords victory for AlexanderKristoff Alexander Kristoff continued his dominance of the sprits at Tour de Fjords, winning his stage of the race to seal the overall title for the second time in his career. The Katusha rider won stages 2, 3 and 5to seal the overall 30 seconds ahead of BMC'sMichael Schar and Dutchman Nick van der Lijke (Roompot - Oranje Peloton). "We almost passed by house today and I know all of the roads in this area. My teammates did everything I wanted and did an amazing job, especially Anton Vorobyev and Dmitriy Kozonchuk who were pulling all day," Kristoff said of his 13th win in 2016. "In the end Michael Mrkv and I continued on, too. Michael did a perfect lead out and it's good to see him in such great shape again. All this week we worked so hard for this and I'm just really happy right now."ADVERTISEMENT Katusha dominated the final stage into Stavangerwith Morkov finishing in second to cap off a successful week of racing in Norway for the Russian team. Sports director Torsten Schmidt explained the race played out like a dream and the six-rider team can be pleased with their consistency and performances. "We can leave Norway really happy and proud for our six riders," Schmidt said. "They all did a fantastic job. From our winner Kristoff to the lead out guys, to the workers like Anton Vorobyev and Dima Kozonchuk, it was a really, really great week. We won three stages, the GC and the points jersey. Some of our adversaries were very strong and they were very well prepared, as were the Scandinavian teams who are always very motivated in this race. But on the long third stage with the rain, two climbs in the middle and then the impressive last 15 km with Alex, that was the key point. Today its nice and sunny, so to win on home roads with a nice lead out and second place for Mrkv is very nice for the boys." Gasparotto likely to leave Wanty You can read more at More...
Wiggins, Cavendish, Greipel headline Tour of Britain Presentation - Gallery
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A world-class field descended on Glasgow on Saturday evening for the Tour of Britain pre-race presentation. Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) were among the elite riders presented to the crowds, with the week-long race starting on Sunday with a 168 kilometre test between Glasgow and Castle Douglas.ADVERTISEMENT Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is no stranger to major cycling events, having also hosted the Tour of Britain in previous years. This years line-up is one of the best in recent editions with Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) Caleb Ewan (Orica BikeExchange) and Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) also on the start list. Cyclingnews will have complete live coverage from the race, along with stage reports, results and photo galleries. You can read more at More...
Simon Yates climbs to fourth with long-distance attack at Vuelta a Espana
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Yates proved to be the only GC rider to make a long-distance attack in the Vuelta a Espana's queen stage 14, and although the Orica-BikeExchange pro did not win the stage, he made a leaped from seventh to fourth overall. In a superbly calculated manouvre by the Orica-BikeExchange team, Yates broke away on the Col du Marie-Blanque, using a series of teammates first to stretch out his lead and then take on the Aubisque alone. First, teammate Jack Haig moved ahead of the main bunch to pace Yates away from the red jersey group, then with Orica-BikeExchange's Jens Keukeleire, Simon Gerrans and Magnus Cort Nielsen present in the break of the day, all three later played their part in speeding the Briton down the descent of the Marie-Blanque, and on the flat approach road to the Aubisque.ADVERTISEMENT After Gerrans, the last rider to go, pulled aside on the lower slopes of the Aubisque, Yates then turned in one of his strongest performances to date on a major mountain stage as he inched upwards through the series of dropped riders en route to a fifth place at the summit. Meanwhile Esteban Chaves, having acted as a brake on the favourites group behind, finally launched his own move six kilometres from the line, also gaining time and moving into third on the GC. A second stage win - and third for Orica-BikeExchange in the Vuelta - remained tantalizingly out of reach on the Aubisque, but Yates' dramatic mountain ride, gaining 68 seconds on Chris Froome (Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) nonetheless leaves the Briton in fourth place overall and looking strong. "We made a plan at the start and we executed it to how we wanted it," Yates said at the finish. "I was pretty tired there, and I am not even sure how it worked out. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde out of GC battle after losing ten minutes
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde's chances of becoming the first rider in over half a century and third in history to take top ten GC finishes in all three Grand Tours took a near-definitive blow on Saturday when the Movistar rider lost over ten minutes on Saturday's queen stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana. Valverde slid off back of the group of favourites ten kilometres from the top of the Aubisque and proceeded to shed time steadily all the way to the summit. Previously third overall, Valverde has therefore disappeared from the provisional podium with a bang, slumping to 19th on GC. "It was not a good day, I couldn't hold on when the group went strongly," Valverde said afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quintana started the Spanish Grand Tour as Movistar's leader, after his third in the Giro d'Italia and sixth in the Tour de France, his teammate Valverde had been looking for a top result in the Vuelta. But as he said afterwards, there has come a point where even the seemingly evergreen Valverde can no longer keep on keeping on. "Really I've run out of strength, it wasn't just a bad day," said Valverde, who won the Vuelta outright in 2009."From now on I'll have to continue working for Nairo as a leader, and that's going to be it from hereon in the Vuelta." Despite Valverde's tenacious defence of his overall position, and two very strong rides on the Alto de la Camperona and Lagos de Covadonga there came a point when it proved impossble for the Spaniard to hold on to the GC position. You can read more at More...
Gesink celebrates first-ever Grand Tour stage win at Vuelta a Espana
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
More than ten years after he turned pro and in the latest upturn to his rollercoaster career, Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) finally celebrated a Grand Tour stage win atthe 2016 Vuelta a Espana's stage 14 mountain stage atopAubisque. Gesink has taken stage wins at races as prestigious as the Tour de Suise and Tour of California (twice), but a Grand Tour stage victory has always eluded the Dutch rider, right up to when he was narrowly defeated by Nairo Quintana last week at the Lagos de Covadonga. The 30-year-old finally got the result he was looking for on the Aubisque, with a courageous ascent of the French Hors Categorie climb, forming part of the early break then bridging across to a group of late attackers; Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Egor Sillin (Katusha) and New Zealand team-mate George Bennett.ADVERTISEMENT The stage then came down to a three-way duel between Ellisonde, Gesink and Sillin and the Dutch rider did it the hard way, attacking from the front with 400 metres to go. Hammering away at the pedals, Gesink managed to open up a narrow but decisive gap to claim the win. Victory in itself would have been sweet enough after a ten-year wait. But on top of that, as Gesink had pointed out to Cyclingnews earlier in the race, in this year's Vuelta there was also the major challenge of his overcoming a difficult period of concussion and injury - something he did in style on Saturday. "This is really special, it's been a hard year this year, nothing really worked out. I crashed in Suisse" - suffering a bad concussion "and I couldn't train for a long time, and that meant no GC in the Vuelta. ButI wanted to do a Grand Tour for stages one time, too," Gesink said. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana stage 14 highlights - Video
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the first Grand Tour stage win of his career on the queen stage of the Vuelta a Espaa. The Dutchman sprinted to the mountaintop victory ahead ofKenny Elissonde (FDJ) and Egor Silin (Katusha).ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) tried to gain time on runner-up Chris Froome (Team Sky) but couldn't manage to shake the Briton on the final climb. Quintanastill leads the Vuelta by 54 seconds over Froome and Esteban Chaves (Orica) now sits in third at 2:01, with his teammate Simon Yates a further 16 seconds back. Watch as the queen stage 14 unfolded in the Vuelta a Espana highlights video above. You can read more at More...
Dimension Data confirm Tour of Britain team in support of Cavendish
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data have confirmed its six-man team for the 2016 Tour of Britain with Mark Cavendish spearheading its squad, although there is no place for defending champion Edvald Boasson Hagen.Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummingsis also selected for the race and will be free to pursue his personal ambitions. The 2.HC stage race will be Cavendish's first road race since the Tour de France and marks his return to the road after winning silver in the omnium. Cavendish will have Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel as his dedicated lead out men in his bid for an 11th career stage win at the race. "Let's see if we can win 1 or 2 stages with Mark Cavendish and play a role in GC. We definitely going to try and show the jersey by winning stages, going in breakaway and by having fun out there," Eisel said of the team ambition.ADVERTISEMENT Eisel will also perform the role of road captain which becomes even more important for the nine-stage race with just six riders per team. "I am really looking forward to racing Tour of Britain again," he said. "After looking through the stages, this year's race will probably be the toughest one yet. The last stages have 3000 to 4000m of climbing, and that's in Britain so you know it's just going to be up and down all day. 6 man teams, it will be very tough to control the race and I think we will see the overall lead changing hands many times." The race starts in Glasgow on September 4, finishing in London on September after a split stage in Bristol that includes a morning time trial. You can read more at More...
Boonen and Kittel headline Etixx-QuickStep at Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies - News Shorts
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep have named its squads for the upcoming sprint friendly one-day HC races Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies with Tom Boonen and Marcel Kittel headlining the selection. Saturday's Brussels Cycling Classic will be Kittel's second race after the Tour de France as he builds for October's sprint friendly world championships in Doha. The German has ridden on just one previous occasion, recording a DNF in 2015 but will be aiming for a better result in 2016. Boonen was third at last year's race having won the 2012 edition and placed second in 2006. The Belgian will likely be on lead out duty for Kittel but provides a second option should the German be having an off day.ADVERTISEMENT Joining the fast men for the198.1km race is Belgian trio Nikolas Maes,Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Stijn Vandenbergh and Italian duoDavide Martinelli andMatteo Trentin. Spaniard stagiaireIvan Garcia Cortina completed the team as he makes his first appearance in the blue and black. For Sunday'sGP de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord across the border in France, Boonen and Kittel will again be the trump cards for Etixx-QuickStep. Kittel's best result at the race is third from 2012 while Boonen was runner-up to Fabio Felline last year. FrenchmanJulian Alaphilippe comes into the squad, for his first outing since the Olympic Games, as doRodrigo Contreras, Laurens De Plus and Petr Vakoc.Trentin andVandenbergh round out the team for their second race of the weekend. You can read more at More...
Tour of Alberta: 'Polar Bear' Putt rides wind and rain to stage 2 win
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tanner Putt's first professional win will only bolster his nickname. The 24-year-old from Park City, Utah, is often referred to as the "Polar Bear" because of his ability to endure cold weather and challenging conditions. He lived up to the name on Friday at the Tour of Alberta. On a day when temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Celsius as wind and rain battered the race, Putt spent the majority of the stage off the front in two separate breakaways before outsprinting Alexis Cartier (Canada) for the stage 2 win in Olds. Putt, who was likely the only rider in the race to where nothing but a skinsuit with no jacket, arm warmers or leg warmers, said when he saw the morning forecasts he knew it would be a good day to go on the attack.ADVERTISEMENT "It did motivate me," Putt said when asked about the weather. "We have John Murphy here who is a really good sprinter. Me and him work really well in sprints. I lead him out usually, so it was a bit of a risk for me going so aggressively in the break and then getting caught and going again. "But I just had a really good feeling about going in the break today, especially with the weather being so bad, sometimes the breakaway gets a bit of an advantage, so I really wanted to take my chances in the break." Putt stubbornly refused to give in after the first move he infiltrated was brought back into the much-reduced peloton. He jumped away again with Cartier with about 75km to go. This time the move stuck, if just barely. But Putt, Cartier and the chasers had to deal with increasingly poor conditions. You can read more at More...
The KTM Lisse is a ridiculously clean aero road bike
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Austrian manufacturer KTM looks set to go full aero with a new concept bike, the Lisse. Sitting pretty in a glass display case at Eurobike with a full complement of Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9100 groupset, this slick design is still only a mock-up, but KTM expects to have a production bike ready late next year. KTM designer Gerald Wirthensttter explained some of the thinking behind the Lisse. The aim was to "clean up" every aspect of a bike's construction, smoothing and integrating all the major components, hiding the cables fully, and minimising the front cross-section that's exposed to the wind. At the same time, KTM didn't want to compromise on user-friendliness or the ability to run mechanical groupsets without major headaches. So-called "top to bottom" internal cable routing is designed to make building the Lisse a cinch, with all cables routed in housings that guide through the whole frame - there shouldn't be any fishing around and swearing with this one.ADVERTISEMENT The Lisse bears some resemblance to existing aero designs with now-common features like the dropped seat stays and the hidden seat wedge, but it takes things much further. At the front end, the stem is fully integrated and instead of employing conventional spacers to adjust the stack, specially-shaped shims adjust the stem angle in a five-step range. The front brake is neatly hidden behind the fork while the rear sits on top of the chainstays, out of the airflow and also away from the worst of the muck. At the dropouts the usual chunky quick releases are replaced by neat bolt-thru axles whose ends blend almost seamlessly with the fork legs. (For racing purposes, the bike will also accept standard skewers.) More radically, the bottom bracket shell has a unique asymmetric shape that's designed to direct airflow to the less-draggy non-driveside of the bike, an idea which sounds almost too sensible to actually work. The most visually arresting part of the Lisse's frameset has got to be the seatstays, which emerge from the seat tube as a sort of horizontal shelf, before dividing into two wide-but-exceptionally-thin blades, again in aid of producing the smoothest possible airflow. You can read more at More...
Daan Olivier returns to the peloton in 2017 with LottoNL-Jumbo
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Daan Olivier will make a return to racing in the professional peloton next year with LottoNL-Jumbo having initially retired from the sport last July. The 23-year-old turned professional with Giant-Alpecin in 2014 and will continue his career with a two-year contract. Oliver made his first racing appearance since the 2015 Volta a Catalunya at last month's UCI 2.2Ronde van Midden Nederland with theWV De Jonge Renner squad to mark the start of his comeback. Explaining his return to the top level of the sport, Oliver stated that he rekindled his love for the sport during the last year and was keen to being racing again.ADVERTISEMENT "It has always been my dream to race for the Dutch professional team. After a pleasant conversation with the team, I immediately knew that it was good. Team LottoNL-Jumbo supports me with training and coaching. I get the time to develop myself as an athlete, and also as a person," Oliver said. "I had lost the balance between training and relaxation. A year after I decided to stop, my desire to be a professional rider returned. Fun is the most important thing for me and I found it back on the bike." LottoNL-Jumbo sports directorNico Verhoeven explained that the addition of Oliver to the roster is certainly one from left-field but added that couldn't pass up the opportunity to sign the climbing talent. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan to start Bora-Hansgrohe career at 2017 Tour Down Under
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Current world champion Peter Sagan will open his 2017 season at the Tour Down Under with his new Bora-Hansgrohe team. Sagan made his debut at the South Australian WorldTour race in 2010 and has chosen to ride the Tour de San Luis as his season opening race since. "I'm excited to announce that I will race at the Santos Tour Down Under next year. This iconic Australian race brings the world's best riders on a course that features tough climbs and fast sprints and I'm convinced its 19th edition could be the best so far," Sagan said. "The Santos Tour Down Under will be the curtain-raiser of the 2017 season and my first race wearing the Bora-Hansgrohe colours, but it also holds a special place in my heart. I first took part in 2010 in what was my maiden WorldTour race and I still remember the excitement and anxiety on the start line of the first stage in Clare.ADVERTISEMENT "Returning, after seven years, to the race that set off my professional career is a great feeling and I look forward to riding on the roads of Adelaide and South Australia." More to come You can read more at More...
Key Vuelta a Espana showdown on the Aubisque on Saturday - Preview
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The key mountain stage of the Vuelta aEspaa takes place on Saturday, with over 5,000 metres of vertical climbing, a summit finish on the much-feared Col d'Aubisque, and some potentially decisive developments in the battle for outright victory in Madrid on September 11th. "It's a very important stage, this one is the queen stage of the Vuelta, and Nairo Quintana's [current GC] advantage of 54 seconds over Chris Froome (Team Sky) is maybe not sufficient, not with a time trial of 37 kilometres to come," ASO boss Christian Prudhomme tells Cyclingnews. Prudhomme expects a major battle between the two: "Quintana (Movistar) maybe needs a minute or more on Froome. What we've seen so far is that Froome is marginally better than Quintana on the short, explosive climbs [stage 3 and stage 10] but on the long cols [stage 8 and stage 10] it's more Quintana who's had the upper hand."ADVERTISEMENT "Now we've reached the Aubisque, and a stage almost entirely on French soil. In a Vuelta, which is 100 percent Spanish but which has ASO behind it too, is a really nice symbol of the co-operation between France and Spain through cycling and ASO." "There have been two finishes in the Tour de France on the Aubisque" - 1985 with a win for Stephen Roche and in 2007 for Michael Rasmussen - "and it's going to be a hugely important stage for the Vuelta." Prior to the Aubisque on the 196 kilometre stage are three category 1 climbs, the Col Inharpu at kilometre 62, the Col du Soudet [24 kilometres at km 118.2) and the Col de Marie-Blanque [km 157]. But it is the Col d'Aubisque [km 196: 16.5 kilometres at average of 7.1 percent.] which will almost certainly see the real showdown between the major favourites. You can read more at More...
UCI to continue disc brakes ban in road racing
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCIconfirmed today that it would continue to "suspend the trial of disc brakes in road races" at the request of the Professional Teams' Association (AIGCP), and are not planning to resume allowing disc brake use in the peloton until the teams agree. The UCI approved the widespread use of disc brakes this season after a short trial in 2015, and some teams such as Roompot-Oranje Peloton, were quick to adopt and convert their team's entire fleet to disc brake frames and wheels. Riders fears of the dangers of a peloton with mixed braking technology appeared to come true during a crash in Paris-Roubaix involving Francisco Ventoso(Movistar) at Paris-Roubaix, where the Spaniard sustained a deep gash to his leg the result, he says, of a disc brake rotor. The incident led the UCI to suspend the use of the brakes over safety concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Roompot had to quickly refit all of its riders with rim brake frames before the Amstel Gold Race. "We decided to suspend the trial of disc brakes in road races following a request to do so made by the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) " which represents all professional cycling teams," the UCIconfirmed to Cyclingnews today. "We are continuing to evaluate the situation and the test will not restart unless we and those representative groups believe it should." You can read more at More...
Indurain visits Vuelta a Espana in home region of Navarre
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain said that this year's edition of the Vuelta a Espaa is proving to be "a good one for the spectators, with a very interesting fight for the top spot overall." Already briefly present at a stage start in the first week, Indurain's second visit to the Vuelta came when the Spanish Grand Tour reached his home region of Navarre on Friday's stage 13. "Both [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar) and [Chris] Froome (Team Sky) are on top of their game, Froome is gradually building up his strength and Nairo started really strongly, and we'll see how he gets on as the race progresses," Indurain told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.ADVERTISEMENT "Nairo has started out strongly, but the [stage 19] time trial could be tough for him," Indurain warned. "We'll see how he gets on." Indurain singled out Quintana's teammate Alejandro Valverde, currently third overall and taking part in three Grand Tours in one season, for praise, too. "That kind of consistency is something very exceptional," Indurain said, "Valverde's been fighting hard all year." You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Quintana defends peloton's slow march across Basque Country
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) says he is fully expecting all out attacks from at least some of his rivals in the upcoming two Pyrenean stages, but that "at the very least, I don't want to lose time to [arch-rival Chris] Froome (Sky)." Speaking after the long and tediously uneventful trek by the peloton across the Basque Country and into Movistar's home region of Navarre, the Colombian identified the stage to the Aubisque as the most important of the two days the Vuelta will spend in the high mountains of the Pyrenees. "It's going to be a very big day," Quintana, who leads Froome by a scant 54 seconds, told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT "Many teams are going to be challenging, but finally it's those GC riders who will be on the attack who are going to be the most dangerous and the ones I'll have to watch the closest. At the very least, my aim is not to lose time on Froome." The massive time gap between the peloton and the breakaway at the finish was slated by Spanish state broadcasting channel TVE commentator Carlos de Andres and saw one major Spanish radio channel quit its broadcasting of the final segment of the race in a symbolic protest. But Quintana argued that after a hard first two weeks to the Vuelta "riders are very tired". "Our strategy was to let a break go with riders who'd lost so much time that we didn't need to work so much, because tomorrow I'll need all the riders I can get to protect me on the Aubisque." Video Highlights You can read more at More...
Rapha to launch special edition Synthe MIPS helmet
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Performance sportswear brand Rapha will release its first helmet on 20 September, which is essentially a special edition Giro Synthe MIPS. Design elements unique to the Rapha helmet compared to the Synthe include reflective strips on the helmet straps, an opening in the back of the shell and textured strips running lengthwise across the top. There is a hi-vis yellow model and a black option with iridescent purple low panels.ADVERTISEMENT Beyond the Synthe helmet mold and construction, plenty of Giro-branded elements remain including logos on the fit adjustment dial and the strap connectors. Rapha isn't trying to hide the Giro partnership though, the British company has worked on similar projects with shoes for years. Before Alex Valdman joined Rapha as head of product design two years ago, he was design director at Giro's parent company BRG Sports. While his initial work at the company was on the clothing, more expansion products seem likely. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana stage 12 highlights - Video
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange) claimed stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espaa from a small front group in Bilbao. The Belgian opened his effort early and was a convincing winner ahead of Maxime Bouet (Etixx-QuickStep) and Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo). Red jersey Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished safely in the front group to maintain his 54-second lead over Chris Froome (Sky) in the overall standings, while his teammate Alejandro Valverde remains in third place.ADVERTISEMENT The finale saw the peloton tackle twin ascents of the Alto El Vivero, which summited 13km from the finish line. Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling) went clear on the final time up the climb with 17 kilometres remaining. But his lead was cut on the way to the finish and he was caught inside two kilometres to go. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) tried to set up an attack before the descent off El Vivero on the way into Bilbao but Quintana and his Movistar team did not give him any leeway. Watch the Vuelta a Espana stage 12 highlights video. You can read more at More...
Knetemann next rider to leave Rabo Liv - Women's News Shorts
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Knetemann next rider to leave Rabo Liv Roxane Knetemann announced that she will leave Rabo Liv at the end of this season and join Poitou"Charentes.Futuroscope.86 in 2017. Knetemann is the next rider in a series to leave Rabo Liv after Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen, who will join Boels Dolmans, Lucinda Brand who heads to Liv-Plantur and Thalita de Jong who is going to Lares-Waowdeals. There are also rumours that former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is also set to leave the team.ADVERTISEMENT Knetemann has spent five seasons with Rabo Liv and has previously raced for AA Drink, Merida Cycling and Skil-Koga. She was fifth at Gent-Wevelgem in 2014 and seventh at la Fleche Wallonne in 2015. She has also placed in the top 10 at Boels Rental Hills Classic, Ladies Tour of Norway. She was third at the Open de Suede Vargarda road race and second with Rabo Liv in the team time trial, both in 2014. After 5 great years at @raboliv I'm really happy to let you know i will be riding next year for @pcfuturosc... - " Roxane Knetemann (@RoxaneKnetemann) August 27, 2016 Van der Breggen helps Niewiadoma to stage win at Boels Rental Ladies Tour You can read more at More...
Orica-BikeExchange celebrate second 2016 Vuelta a Espana stage win
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Exactly one week after they took their first victory of the 2016 Vuelta a Espaa with Simon Yates, Orica-BikeExchange were back on top the stage winner's podium in Spain's Grand Tour on Thursday thanks to Belgian fast man Jens Keukeleire. After Yates made a couple of probing attacks in the last few kilometres, Keukeleire started his sprint for the line with 300 metres to go on Bilbao's Gran Via, a long effort that caught the other remaining sprinters off-guard. "I was initially thinking about not going too early because there was a headwind, but then I went from so far out because I didn't want to get boxed in,"Keukeleire said.ADVERTISEMENT "I took a risk, but I knew a lot of the sprinters were not going to be there." Kristian Sparagli (Dimension Data), a Vuelta stage winner last year, was arguably the highest profile sprinter in the 44-rider group that disputed the Bilbao stage, but he finally took fourth - "so I think that risk was worth it." It was the Belgian's first WorldTour victory in a career stretching back to 2010 and which was marked, for better and - given how much it raised expectations perhaps for worse - by a remarkable spring period in his first year. You can read more at More...
Quintana: No quiet days in the Vuelta a Espana
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana said he was untroubled by the presence of two of Chris Froome's teammates in the break of the day during stage 12, despite the potential threat to Movistar's control of the race. Sky's David Lopez and Peter Kennaugh, the latter 15th overall and a former Vuelta leader, both made it into the five-man break which stayed away for 130 kilometres and was only caught after Astana had joined forces with Movistar to reel them in. Lopez explained later on Spanish television that after Tinkoff had done the bulk of the leader's team work on stage 11 to Pea Cabarga, the idea of he and Kennaugh getting in the break "was to make Movistar work behind."ADVERTISEMENT "We thought that more riders would come across and that the break would stick, but in the end, there just weren't enough riders there for it to stay away." The break was finally caught 18 kilometres from the line. "We weren't worried at all," Quintana said later. "We'd had Imanol [Erviti] and Rory [Sutherland] keeping things under control on the flatter part and then other teams that were looking for the stage win began helping us, too. We handled it absolutely fine, without losing our nerve." You can read more at More...
Gilbert: Sometimes I've won two stages at the Vuelta a Espana and sometimes I've won nothing
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Philippe Gilbert(BMC) is holding out hope that he can pull off the stage win he has been hunting at this year's Vuelta a Espana. As the race enters its second half, the Belgian champion says there are possibly two more chances for him to post a victory salute and one of those will be on Thursday's stage 12 from Los Corrales de Buelna to Bilbao. "The goal was to win a stage, and it is still to win a stage, so we're still trying to make this happen," Gilbert told Cyclingnews in a phone interview on the first rest day. "It's possible that I could do well in stage 12. I think it will be a breakaway. We have to figure out how to control this day, and I have to be there to join that group and make it happen. But it's always hard."ADVERTISEMENT Stage 12 presents a 193.2km race with four climbs; Puerto de Las Alisas, Alto la Escria and two final climbs over Alto El Vivero, which is 4.2km climb and has an 8.5% grade topping out just 13km from the finish line. Gilbert said that with the exception of the overall contenders, almost every other rider in the peloton is also be hunting a stage win and so making that happen for himself will be the biggest challenge. "Yes, I was looking at all the stages coming into this last half of the race, and much of it favours the climbers and the really light guys. It will be really hard for me but there are one or maybe two stages that are a possibility for me. You can read more at More...
2017 World Championships elite men's time trial to finish on a mountain
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway have announced today that a 3.4km-long 9 per cent climb has been added to the tail end of the elite men's individual time trial course, adding a unique challenge for the peloton. The head of the road department at the UCI, Matthew Knight, presented the course today during the Tour des Fjords, which used part of the road circuit in today's stage 1 finale. "We are really happy that we can present this today," Knight said. "It will be one of the most scenic and spectacular finishes of a time trial event in the UCI Road World Championships."ADVERTISEMENT The ascent of Mount Flyen climbs 300m from Bergen, and will open up the rainbow jersey to climbers in addition to the time trial specialists, and will provide spectacular viewing for the television audience. "The view from the top is breathtaking, and we are really proud to be able to share this with the international cycling fans. Flyen is the biggest tourist attraction in Bergen," said Harald Tiedemann Hansen, the president of the local organising committee Bergen 2017. "This will be Bergens equivalent to the famous Alpe d'Huez climb." The elite men will take on two laps of the 20.9km circuit around Bergen, and then divert to climb Mount Flyen to the finish. You can read more at More...
Armitstead confident in Boels Dolmans' strength for Worlds team time trial
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lizzie Armitstead is confident that her Boels Dolmans team can put together a winning performance in the team time trial at the upcoming World Championships in Doha, Qatar, after their powerful display to win stage 2 at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour on Wednesday. The current road world champion was part of a strong team that included Chantal Blaak, Ellen Van Dijk, Karol-Ann Canuel,Christine Majerus and Amalie Dideriksen. The team won the 26.4km stage inGennep with a time of 30:58, beating teams Canyon-SRAM by 33 seconds and Rabo Liv by 1:05. Dideriksen, who won the opening stage in Tiel maintained her lead in the overall classification.ADVERTISEMENT Boels Dolmans also won the team time trial at the Crescent Vargarda Women's WorldTour event two weeks ago, showing they are on good form to target a world title in Qatar. Last year, Velocio-SRAM won the world title in the discipline leaving Boels Dolmans to settle for second at only seven seconds back, while Rabo Liv was third. The women's team time trial at the World Championships in Qatar will be held on October 9 along a 40km course. " Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead) August 31, 2016 You can read more at More...
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...

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