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Tom Dumoulin abandons Tour de Suisse
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia exertions have finally caught up with him, as the Dutchman declined to turn up for the start of stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse on Thursday. Dumoulin claimed the biggest result of his career by winning the Giro " his consecration as a Grand Tour rider " but just five days after wrapping up the title in Milan he was back in action at the inaugural Hammer Series in London. The following weekend he was in Switzerland for the Tour de Suisse, but could only manage fifth in the opening-day time trial.He fought through the following stages without going for the general classification and even contributed to the sprint lead-out for Michael Matthews, but the fatigue was evident.ADVERTISEMENT The Sunweb team confirmed on Thursday morning that Dumoulin had withdrawn due to the effects of "an intensive and demanding racing period". "Before heading to Switzerland we already knew that our expectations would be taken day by day with Tom. At the uphill finish of stage 4 we monitored increased fatigue and yesterday we tried it once again," said Sunweb coach Marc Reef. "The conclusion was that it wasnt worth continuing to battle and we would rather him recharge his batteries once again for next weeks nationals before taking a break in July, ahead of the second part of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish critical of final version of report into British Cycling
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish has criticised the independent review into British Cycling and said that it was laughable that she was labelled as a troublemaker by coaches in the final version of the report. I am insulted, Varnish told The Times. In a way, Im glad they have used this language because it shows what the people are like in there [British Cycling]. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a troublemaker or ringleader. No one has ever been removed from the programme the way I was. The Cycling Independent Review was triggered when Varnish made allegations of sexism against British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after she was dropped from the Olympic squad. Varnish said that Sutton had informed of her removal by telling her to go and have a baby".ADVERTISEMENT Varnish and her sprint partner Katy Marchant had criticised coaching staff in an interview at the Track Worlds in London in March 2016 when they fell short of qualifying for the Olympics. The review acknowledged that the relevant interview was the tipping-point which led to JV not having her membership of the WCP [World Class Programme] renewed". Coaches reportedly told the review panel that Varnish was perceived as the ring-leader for the criticism against WCP coaching staff". I was never called a troublemaker or a ringleader to my face, Varnish said. Its an emotional thing to say. How do they quantify that and what do they mean by it? According to The Times, Varnishs legal team is considering further action in the wake of the report, which acknowledges that good governance was lacking at BC Board level in relation to how it managed the culture and behaviours within the WCP". A draft version of the report leaked in March, however, was amended in the intervening period, including the claim that the board had sanitised an internal inquiry into Varnishs allegations. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Degenkolb frustrated at Tour de Suisse
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Having set the Trek-Segafredo team to work to ensure a sprint finish to stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, John Degenkolb was aiming for his first European win of 2017. Instead, the German found himself reaching for the brakes to avoid an accident and saw his hopes quickly dissipate. Degenkolb crossed the line in 12th place as Peter Sagan skipped away for his 14th career win at the race and celebrated by doing a hula dance. "Sagan jumped at 300 meters to Nikias' wheel, and I was in Trentin's wheel, but he had a teammate parked in front of him. At one point Trentin had to react, and I had to brake. I really felt good, and I really don't know what else I could have done," Degenkolb said.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a great job as a team to make it a bunch sprint. We controlled everything very well Everything was perfect, more or less with 500 meters to go, and I don't know if it was just bad luck or the wrong decision, but in the end, I just picked the wrong wheel. I almost crashed behind Trentin; I had to make a special move to stay upright on the bike." On the previous two stages suited to a bunch sprint finish, Degenkolb was 13th on stage two and third on stage three. He explained that while he feels his form is good, can pinpoint why it's not working for him. "It's just... I don't know, right now it's just very frustrating. I am very disappointed to not deliver a great victory to a great team," he added. "There's still a few days to go, and maybe I can have a chance on the second-to-last day again. We will see." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong, US government battle over experts in looming fraud case
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The US federal 'whistleblower' case against Lance Armstrong is set to go to trial in November, and Armstrong's attorneys and those of the US government are already locked in battle over what experts each side will be allowed to call upon for testimony. Armstrong was the target of a federal False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis in 2010 under the assertion that the former cycling star's doping constituted fraud against the government. Should he lose, Armstrong could owe up to $100 million, and Landis would be due a cut of the damages. Armstrong won the Tour de France in 1999, and with owners Tailwind Sports subsequently negotiated a larger sponsorship deal for the 2000 season. Armstrong fended off multiple accusations of doping throughout his seven-year Tour de France run, but escaped punishment until 2012, when the US Anti-Doping Agency issued an official anti-doping rule violation against him and five others. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned, then subsequently confessed to doping in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT The government asserts that the US Postal Service's sponsorship had no value because Armstrong and some of his teammates doped, then lied about it to keep the money coming in. Armstrong's attorneys have long argued that the US Postal Service got far more in marketing value from its sponsorship than the $32.2 million it paid the team from 2000-2004. The government lawyers questioned the competence of Armstrong's expert witness, Douglas Kidder, who calculated the value of the US Postal Service exposure thanks to the team at $257 million. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colorado Classic releases route details for inaugural race
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Organisers of August's inaugural Colorado Classic released route details on Wednesday for the four-day men's race and two-day women's race, with the men's 2.HC event tackling 6,580 metres of elevation gain over 503.3km and the women facing 1,795m over 113.km. Both races will start August 10 with a circuit race in Colorado Springs before heading to stage 2 in Breckenridge, where the women's race will conclude. The men will continue with two more stages in Denver, where the race will link up the 'Velorama Festival' concerts that feature Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97s and the Jayhawks, among others. As part of the organisers' goal of trying to shake up the status quo in professional racing, all the courses start and finish from the same location rather than the more traditional - but more logistically difficult - point-to-point races. All routes except the men's out-and-back third stage are circuit races.ADVERTISEMENT "Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport's top riders," said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organisation putting on the race. "And the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more." The 25.1km stage 1 circuit in Colorado Springs starts downtown on Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street, then winds its way toward and through Garden of the Gods before making its way back to the start/finish. The men race six laps for 150.4km, while the women take on two laps of the large circuit and 3 laps of a shorter, 3.8km circuit for a total of 61.7km. Both pelotons travel to Breckenridge for stage 2, which will take place on a 10.3km course that features multiple ascents of the Moonstone and Boreas Pass climbs that were used in the former USA Pro Challenge. A hair-raising descent down Illinois Gulch leads to the finish on Washington and Main in downtown Breckenridge. The men will face 10 laps for 103km and 2,231metres of elevation gain. The women will race five laps for 51.5km and 1,115m of climbing in their final stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Review into British Cycling upholds claims over 'culture of fear'
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The long-awaited independent review into British Cycling has been released, citing a 'culture of fear' within the bodys World Class Programme. According to the report, some athletes said that they feared retribution or losing their jobs if they spoke out. However, the report has been accused of being watered down, with much of the language altered and portions of it completely redacted from a leaked version. The report had been due earlier this year but was delayed several times. A leaked version was made public by the Daily Mail in March and was heavily critical of a 'dysfunctional leadership' and 'lack of good governance' within British Cycling. However, certain elements perceived to be the most damning have been redacted in the final report.ADVERTISEMENT The independent review was triggered after the allegations of sexism made against British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton, by Jess Varnish. The leaked report had described the investigation into the allegations made by the former sprint rider as inept. It also claimed that the initial BC report into the allegations had been sanitised and "they also call into serious question whether the composition of the British Cycling Board is fit to govern a national sporting body". The language of the final report has been toned down from that leaked draft. However, it did call into question the manner in which British Cycling dealt with the allegations and said that some did not come forward to speak as they did not feel that their grievances would be dealt with. It also stated that several staff members were given the impression that Suttons departure from the governing body was a temporary one and that the body gave the impression of it trying to achieve that aim". In December 2016, British Cycling found that Sutton had used discriminatory language. However, it was later revealed that only one of Varnish's nine allegations were upheld. According to the independent review, findings set out in the draft grievance investigation and conclusions of the grievance officer seen by the Panel before it was considered by the BC Board indicates that considerably more allegations were recommended to be found proven. A power pocket You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Top 5 2018 bikes the pros are already riding
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Criterium du Dauphine has established itself as the final chance to test the legs ahead of the Tour de France. A prestigious event in it's own right, this year's championJakob Fuglsang (Astana) joins a list of winners that includes Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Indurain, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil to name just a few of the legendary winners. As well as a final opportunity to test the legs, the Dauphine offers a platform to test new equipment in a race scenario. Many component and apparel manufacturers coincide their 2018 product launches with the biggest race of the year in July. Whilst riders will have been training with the products for many months, you can never quite replicate a race. Nobody wants to see or run the risk of equipment failure at the Tour de France, so more and more 2018 products have become commonplace at the Dauphinein recent years.ADVERTISEMENT The 2016 edition was the year of the shoe. Chris Froome, Dan Martin and Team Giant-Alpecin wore the Sidi Shot, Mavic Comete and Shimano S-Phyre respectively, all of which were subsequently released in the months that followed, ahead of the 2017 season. This 2017 edition of the race became the year of the frameset. BMC, Specialized, Trek, Merida and Lapierre all debuted new frames. Whilst BMC officially launched the latest Teammachine SLR01 ahead of the race at a press camp in Switzerland, the remaining frames have yet to be officially launched and it is expected we will hear the full details during, or soon after, the Tour de France in July. 1. Specialized Tarmac SL6 2. Trek Emonda SLR 3. Merida Reacto 3 4. Lapierre Aircode 2 5. BMC Teammachine SLR You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hein Verbruggen passes away
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has died at the age of 75. He passed away on Tuesday evening after battling leukaemia. The Dutchman was the president of cyclings governing body between 1991 and 2005, and was appointed honorary chairman following his retirement, a position he held until his death. Verbruggen took over as president from Luis Puig in 1991 and was succeeded by Pat McQuaid. His 15 years at the helm the UCI coincided with a period in professional road cycling in which doping was rife, with the Festina Affair in 1998 seeing things reach crisis point, and Lance Armstrong going on to win seven straight Tour de France titles, all of which would later be stripped from the record books.ADVERTISEMENT The repercussions continued well into Verbruggens time as honorary president, as Armstrongs doping was laid bare by a USADA investigation in 2012. Most damaging to Verbruggens legacy and reputation was testimony from former Armstrong teammates, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton and Jonathan Vaughters, who all swore under oath that Armstrong told them he could have anti-doping tests nullified by the UCI. Verbruggen often had to resort to the courts to defend his reputation from corruption allegations, notably winning a protracted and fractious defamation case against the Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. After Brian Cookson succeeded McQuaid as UCI president, Verbruggen came close to losing his honorary title. He was criticised by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report of 2015, but lodged a complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission and held on to his title against Cooksons will. " Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) June 14, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI suspends Bardiani CSF for double doping positives
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI has issued a 30-day ban to the Bardiani CSF team, effective June 14, 2017 through July 14, 2017 for having two doping positives in a 12-month period. Before the Giro d'Italia, the UCI announced that Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi had been issued adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) in out-of-competition controls taken on April 25 and 26, respectively. Their anti-doping rule violations were confirmed by the B-sample analysis weeks later, and both were fired from the team. Bardiani-CSF was allowed to complete the Giro d'Italia before the UCI's Disciplinary Commission could rule on any team-wide suspension.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI Anti-Doping Rule 7.12.1 allows for teams with multiple AAFs in a 12-month period to be issued a ban of 15-45 days. The Italian team will miss the Tour of Austria, but will return in time to compete in the Trofeo Matteoti on July 16, and the Tour of Utah on July 31. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos out of nationals and Giro after Women's Tour crash - Women's news shorts
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vos to miss nationals and Giro Rosa Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) will be forced to watch from the sidelines of the Dutch national championships and the Giro Rosa later this month, her team has confirmed. The former champion in both events has been ruled out of competition after she broke her collarbone at the Womens Tour last week. Vos crashed heavily in the finale of stage 3 of the race, tangling with several other riders. While she was able to complete the short distance to the end of the stage, a trip to hospital confirmed that she had broken her collarbone and she immediately pulled out of the race. Vos headed home for further tests, which have confirmed that she will be unable to ride. WM3 Pro Cycling will have Kasia Niewiadoma as their leader for the Giro Rosa. Niewiadoma rode to overall victory at the Womens Tour following a surprising win on the opening day of action. She won the young riders jersey at last years Giro Rosa, finishing seventh overall.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle-High5 ends the Womens Tour on a high Wiggle-High5 enjoyed a fruitful Womens Tour last week, claiming a prestigious win in London on the final stage with Jolien Dhoore and taking home the mountains jersey with Audrey Cordon Ragot. Elisa Longo Borghini also gave the team a top 10 finish in the overall classification. Dhoore held off a fast charging Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) to take the honours in London. It is her fourth win at WorldTour level this season and her sixth overall, putting her joint first with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio as the rider with the most victories in 2017. It might have been flat, but it was a tough day out, says Dhoore, and the stage win put to bed any disappointment she might have felt ceding the points jersey to Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans). Shaw wins London Nocturne Follow Cervelo Bigla at the Womens Tour " Cervlo Bigla (@CerveloBigla) June 13, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana and Valverde lead Movistar's 12-rider Tour de France pre-selection
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde lead the way in Movistars Tour de France long list. The Spanish team confirmed the 12 riders that are in the running to fill the remaining seven spots for the race in July. The team will name the final nine-man line-up following the national championships in Europe next week. Quintana heads to the Tour de France after finishing second to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at the Giro dItalia. The Colombian had hoped to win both the Giro and the Tour this season. He has not raced since the Giro dItalia finished at the end of last month. He had been pencilled in to ride the Route du Sud later this week but pulled out citing fatigue from his efforts in May. In contrast, Valverde has not ridden a Grand Tour yet this season. The 37-year-old has just finished the Criterium du Dauphine, where he finished ninth overall. Valverde rode an aggressive race but found himself struggling when the major attacks came in the stage finale. He did, however, pull out a strong performance in the time trial that saw him finish third on the stage.ADVERTISEMENT In the running for a place in Movistars squad are Andrey Amador, Daniele Bennati, Carlos Betancur, Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Imanol Erviti, Rubn Fernndez, Jess Herrada, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Jos Joaqun Rojas and Jasha Stterlin. Amador, Bennati and Rojas all rode with Quintana at the Giro dItalia and, like their team leader, have not competed since its completion. Betancur has been on good form this month with a strong performance in the Climb race of the Hammer Series. This weeks Tour de Suisse will be a major test for the Colombian, as it will be for Dowsett, Oliveira and Castroviejo. Betancur has often struggled to adapt to living in Europe for part of the season and missed large chunks of his programme during his final seasons with AG2R La Mondiale. He joined Movistar last year and took some early wins, but had a string of abandons in the latter part of the season. If he can back up his Hammer Series ride with a strong performance in the Swiss mountains, then he could be a sure bet for his debut Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru reassured by Dauphine showing ahead of Tour de France
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fabio Aru (Astana) will look to the Tour de France with increased optimism after a pugnacious display at the Critrium du Dauphin brought him fifth place overall and valuable reassurance regarding the state of his form. After placing a disappointed 13th overall on his Tour debut a year ago, Arus 2017 season was planned around a tilt at the Giro dItalia, but his schedule was hastily revised in April when a training crash forced him to forgo the corsa rosa. Aru was diagnosed with prepatellar bursitis after the crash, which took place during a training camp at Sierra Nevada, and the Tour replaced the Giro on his schedule. The Dauphin was Arus first race since he abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico through illness in March.ADVERTISEMENT I came in with some doubts, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport. I didnt know where I was at because I didnt have any point of comparison. And I went away with some certainty, having found the answers I was looking for. Throughout his career, Aru has tended to race sparingly ahead of his major objectives in the Grand Tours, and he seemed to be unfazed by an absence of almost three months from competitive action. He was helped, no doubt, by the fact that the Dauphins toughest stages arrived in the final three days. Aru was aggressive on the Mont du Chat on stage 6, eventually placing fourth in the four-man sprint as his teammate Jakob Fuglsang took the honours. On the final day, Aru attacked on the Col de la Colombire in the company of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), a move which ultimately helped lay the groundwork for Fuglsangs second stage win and final overall victory. Aru took fifth on the final stage and finished in the same place on general classification. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte, Fuglsang climb WorldTour rankings as Van Avermaet holds firm
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is still holding firm after almost three months atop the WorldTour rankings. Van Avermaet soared into the lead after a stellar start to his Classics campaign and built up such an advantage that he has been untouchable so far, despite not scoring points since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April. He still has 423 points over the next best rider in the standings, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Valverde finds himself in a BMC Racing sandwich, with Richie Porte jumping from seventh to third following a strong ride at the Criterium du Dauphine. Porte did not win the French stage race, after being pushed out of the yellow jersey on the final day of racing, but still clocked up 505 points over the weeks racing. The man who beat Porte to victory on Sunday, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), has climbed from a lowly 105th in the standings to just outside the top 20. Hes still a long way off the top 10, but his points haul has moved Astana from 17th up to 15th in the team rankings. Theyll be hoping for some good fortune at the Tour de France to help them climb a little higher by the end of the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Back in the individual standings, there were a few more movers and shakers. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) made it into the top 10, while Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) both moved up places " to fourth and seventh respectively " as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) both slipped back. Dumoulin is likely to make some ground back up at this weeks Tour de Suisse. Despite having two riders in the top three, BMC Racing are still some way behind the leaders of the team competition, Quick-Step Floors. The latter has four riders in the top 20, with Martin, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. BMC Racing has just Van Avermaet and Porte, with their next best rider Rohan Dennis down in 27th. Dennis took victory in the Tour de Suisse prologue and wore the race leaders jersey for a day, as did his teammate Stefan Kung. However, Gilbert also claimed a stage for Quick-Step Floors so that 1,752-point gap is unlikely to close too much. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Suisse: Trek-Segafredo 'too enthusiastic' in stage 3 finale
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With a finish suited to John Degenkolb, Trek-Segafredo swarmed to the front of the peloton to set up its German fast man for stage 3 victory at the Tour de Suisse. Second at the GP du canton d'Argovie heading into the Swiss WorldTour race, Degenkolb had his team at his disposal. Despite leading the peloton for the closing kilometres with Koen de Kort the last man standing for the team, Degenkolb was left without a teammate for the final 900 metres when Team Sunweb took over and set up Michael Matthews for the win. Reflecting on the result, Degenkolb suggested the team was too keen and overplayed its hand.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a really good job, maybe we were a little too enthusiastic, too motivated, but we were up there," Degenkolb said. "In the end, the speed was a little bit too high to make it completely up to the last final meters, so I had to drop back a few positions, but the team did really well." The race is Degenkolb's first stage race on European soil since Paris-Nice in March and is an important one as he prepares for the Tour de France next month. A stage winner at the Dubai Tour, Degenkolb is looking to convert his podium places and top-10s into wins. "We had a good team effort today, and we could not have done more " maybe second, but Michael Matthews was super," sports director Kim Andersen said of the stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Unplanned attack propels Niewiadoma to first WorldTour stage race victory
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although she has been among world's best riders for two seasons, she waited until her debut on British roads to take the very first win on a WorldTour level. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) stormed to the victory in the opener of Ovo Energy Women's Tour and held on to the green race leader's jersey over next four days, celebrating the overall win on Sunday. "I am super happy. That's the only word that can describe my feelings," Niewiadoma said to a group of journalists after the finish of the criterium-like final stage in central London. Niewiadoma, 22, has already three stage race victories to her name: the Euskal Emakumeen Bira in 2015, and the Festival Elsy Jacobs and Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Sudtirol in 2016. Winning the Women's Tour is arguably her most significant achievement, a maiden WorldTour victory coming after two seasons of coming close during the key races on the calendar.ADVERTISEMENT "I was waiting for a WorldTour victory for a long time. I was all the time somewhere there " second, third " but somehow always missed that victory. I'm super delighted I can grab it. After the Ardennes I was a little bit disappointed but I certainly didn't expect to take my first WorldTour victory in the UK," she said. Women's races are often more spontaneous and unpredictable than those of their male counterparts. The British race lived up to these expectations, and what happened on the road to Kettering on stage 1 was not a part of anyone's script, certainly not WM3's or Niewiadoma's. The Polish rider attacked 47.5 kilometres before the finish and ended up winning the day by a hefty margin of 1:42. "I did the same thing last year at Holland Ladies Tour. I attacked early and I got caught with 10 kilometres to go. This time it worked out I don't know, maybe they underestimated me. When I first realized I'm on my own, I thought, 'oh gosh, what am I doing here alone out in this field?'" Niewiadoma said with a laugh when asked about the situation. Pink ribbon Battle of Chesterfield WorldTour glory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dauphine: The final cut with Fuglsang, Porte and Froome - Podcast
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the final installment from this years Critrium du Dauphin, the team look back at an excellent week of racing that culminated in a well-deserved and thrilling win for Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Previously a rider who was always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Fuglsang picked up two stages wins in the Dauphin, including a final-day triumph on the last ascent of the race that knocked Richie Porte (BMC Racing) off the top step of the podium by just 10 seconds. Another stellar last-day ride, this time from Quick-Step's Dan Martin, earned the Irishman a third-place overall finish, his second Dauphin podium result in as many years.ADVERTISEMENT We hear from Fuglsang, who describes his post-race phone call with former teammate Vincenzo Nibali, from a bitterly disappointed Porte and also from Sky's Chris Froome " who has now tipped Porte as the number one favourite for the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Beginner's guide to the 2017 Tour de France - Video
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf is just a few weeks away. The race is the 103rd edition and it will be the first time in 30 years that it has visited Germany. Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be aiming to take his fourth overall title, with riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) all looking to stop his run of victories. There are other classifications up for grabs including the points and mountains competitions, while the top team will also be honoured in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Whether youre new to the sport or you would like to brush up on some of the finer details, Cyclingnews has put together a beginners guide to the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Spanish federation bans disc brakes at nationals
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The tug of war over whether disc brakes have a place in the peloton continues with the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) choosing to ban the use of disc brakes during the Spanish national championships next week. The RFEC issued a press release on Monday morning stating that riders in the elite categories would not be able to use them. The use of disc brakes is not authorised by the RFEC in the Elite UCI and Elite (men and women) categories, the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT The decision is the latest in a disagreement over the use of disc brakes in road racing. The UCI introduced small disc brake trials at the end of the 2015 season and then widened the scope of it for the following year. The trial was quickly brought to a halt following a crash during Pairs-Roubaix in 2016 when Francisco Ventoso said that a deep cut in his leg was caused by a disc brake. The sudden stop to the trials forced teams such as Roompot Oranje Peloton to make quick changes to their equipment ahead of the forthcoming Ardennes races. This season saw them return to the peloton with Tom Boonen taking the first victory with a disc brake equipped bike at the Vuelta a San Juan in January. Many more teams have been using them this season, including Katusha, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Cannondale, while Peter Sagan has been testing them in training but is yet to use them in training. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dauphine: Contador unfazed by missing top 10
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) shrugged off the fact that he dropped outside the top 10 on GC on the final day of the Criterium du Dauphine, instead choosing to focus on the belief that the race was merely preparation for the Tour de France. Contador insisted throughout the Dauphine that he would not go into the red during the race and that riding at his own tempo " whether in the time trial or the mountains " was key to his Tour de France ambitions. He explained, almost daily, that in previous editions of the Dauphine he had gone too deep and that his Tour condition had suffered as a result. On the final stage on Sunday the Spaniard raised the tempo just once " when race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) was dropped on the penultimate climb. However, on the final ascent to Plateau de Solaison Contador sat up when a group of favourites that included, eventual stage and overall winner, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) increased the pace. When Contador eased off, he watched as several potential Tour de France rivals overtook him. At one point he even waved Porte through, clearly not concerned with the result. Contador eventually finished the stage 4:10 down on Fuglsang, leaving him 11th overall.ADVERTISEMENT There were a lot of attacks from the start, and it was very hard. It was a beautiful day and really hot. I followed a few moments and went to the front when Richie was dropped but when we hit the final climb it was a very hard tempo, and in those moments I felt big pains in my legs, Contador explained at the finish. Contadors Dauphine provided a contrast to his earlier season performances, where in races such as Paris-Nice, he was constantly on the offensive. Only time will tell if this new approach will suit the Trek Segafredo rider, but his camp is quietly confident that the 34-year-old is on track to challenge for his third Tour title in July, even if there is work to be done. I preferred to take my own tempo and decided to save my legs. The most important thing is that Ive finished this race really fresh. In the last few years, Ive finished tired, empty. I think that I can now recover well in the next three days and then start my preparation again. I know that I need to work on my intensity, but at the moment its perfect. Its not about the GC here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet with work to do ahead of the Tour de France
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Every time the television cameras focused in on Romain Bardet and the commentators mentioned his name, roars of support erupted from the crowds gathered on the Plateau de Solaison for the final stage of the Critrium du Dauphin. The hopes and affection of the home nation were of course stoked by his second place at last years Tour de France and, after a shaky start to 2017, Bardet steadied the ship in the past week. Though, he acknowledged he has left himself with plenty to do if hes to repeat the podium feat. It was a shaky start to the Dauphin, too, as the AG2R La Mondiale rider shipped time in the 23.5km stage 4 time trial. However, he found his legs in the mountains, gaining time with a long-range attack on Alpe dHuez. Hoping for more of the same on the final stage, he rolled with the punches throughout an incredibly aggressive and dramatic day of racing, crossing the line sixth to cement his sixth place overall.ADVERTISEMENT It was a great stage. There was nowhere for anyone to hide. We all gave 100 per cent. Im happy to have raced this stage full gas, in the moment. It was a great bike race to be a part of, Bardet told reporters after riding back down the mountain hed just scaled. These short mountain stages are incredibly intense to race. At the end of the day, were human; we couldnt race like that 21 days in a row, I assure you. But I think that they add dynamism. Bardet was part of a key move on the Col de la Colombire that left Richie Porte isolated and off the back. After Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang went clear on the final climb, he put in a couple of digs, riding away from Froome and Contador but losing a big of ground late on Louis Meintjes and Emmanuel Buchmnann. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte primed for Criterium du Dauphine
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After joining BMC Racing to become the team's leader for the Tour de France, Richie Porte has surfed the highs and lows of a Grand Tour contender. Having missed out on last year's podium in Paris in large part due to a late mechanical on stage 2 that cost him nearly two minutes, his fifth place overall confirmed him as a genuine contender at the Tour de France. The Australian will look to this week's Critrium du Dauphin for a confidence-inspiring performance in his build-up to the Tour. Last year, Porte finished two seconds off the podium in the Dauphine and went into the Tour de France without a major victory for the year. This season, Porte has won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie and has taken heart from those results, even if his Paris-Nice went pear-shaped in the crosswinds on stage 2. "The Critrium du Dauphin is the last big test before the Tour de France so it is a chance to see where I stand compared to everyone else," Porte said in a team press release. "I'm taking a lot of confidence out of my Tour de Romandie win and a good result at the Critrium du Dauphin would set me up perfectly for July."ADVERTISEMENT Like many of his Tour de France rivals, Porte has spent half of May training at altitude, and said he is "as prepared as possible". "I'm feeling really good right now and although the Tour de France is obviously the main goal this year, I would love to add the Critrium du Dauphin to my palmars. We have a strong team to support me and we'll take things stage by stage." BMC's directeur sportif Fabio Baldato has chosen a veteran team to back Porte in the Dauphin to give him the best chance at getting that confidence-inspiring result. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne 2017 route unveiled
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tour de Pologne organizers have unveiled the route of the 74th edition of the WorldTour race. This years parcours sees some changes introduced to what had lately become a traditional course. The Tour de Pologne runs between July 29 and August 4 and, just like in recent years, will be the main stage race between the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa. The route features 23 categorized climbs and three uphill finishes, and follows a well-trodden trail in the southern parts of Poland. However, it includes neither a time-trial stage nor unnaturally long stages. Instead, seven days of racing are designed to give opportunities to both sprinters and puncheurs. Krakow will host the start of the race, while Katowice and Rzeszow will be the two other major cities welcoming the WorldTour peloton. Traditionally a venue of the final time trial, this year the capital of Lesser Poland sees riders kick off racing with a short but undulating stage, likely to be snatched by sprinters. Day two will also be familiar as riders head to Katowice for a bunch sprint on a wide roads in the city centre, although there is a short climb to deal with on the way.ADVERTISEMENT First moves in the general classifications are expected to take place on day three as riders tackle a hilly course on their way to the ski resort of Szczyrk. With four categorized climbs on the menu, punchy riders are likely to battle for the win on a steep climb that awaits in the final. The sprinters will have their last chance on day five as the peloton crosses Silesian roads and finishes in Zabrze after 238km of largely flat stage. The peloton then moves east on a short stage to Rzeszow, climbing four times in the final 60 kilometres " an overture to the more mountainous part of the race. The final two days see the riders tackling the narrow roads of the Tatra mountains, where short stages with uphill finishes are designed to create an explosive race. Stage 6 leads through five categorized ascents into Zakopane, finishing on an uphill by Wielka Krokiew, the famous ski jumping venue, where Bart de Clercq and Tim Wellens triumphed in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 Tour de Pologne route: You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Amber Pierce: Forging paths through the cycling world
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amber Pierce (Colavita-Bianchi) might just have been a celeste-coloured blur to many of the fans who watched the UCIWomen's WorldTour visit California earlier this month for the Amgen Women's Race, but the 36-year-old American has for the better part of a decade been a loyal domestique, slogging it out in Europe and stateside, drawing from her love for the sport to keep going. In many ways, Pierce, (a former Cyclingnews blogger) embodies the majority of the women's cycling world - the many passionate riders who are fighting and sacrificing outside the spotlight, helping their teammates win races and working to make the sport better for the athletes who are just discovering the sport. Over the last decade, the former collegiate national champion has built a solid career as a domestique in the bigger races, taking a few small victories closer to home, all the while advocating for female athletes and bike-friendly communities.ADVERTISEMENT "You could sum up the longevity my career in one word, resilience," Piece said. "It has been a long span of years and has spanned a lot of different teams and languages. Bike racing is a hard sport and what I have found is, what has helped me stay in it for a long time is number one, it is a source of joy to me." Pierce was born in Northern California and grew up in Reno, Nevada close to the race's start in South Lake Tahoe. As a swimmer, Pierce earned a scholarship to Stanford, but a shoulder injury interrupted her first athletic career. Pierce discovered cycling and quickly climbed the ranks from a Cat 4 to professional in less than two years. Pierce caught the attention of the Webcor Women's team, which was based out Northern California, after winning two collegiate cycling titles in 2005. Pierce rode her first professional season in 2006 supporting riders like Olympian Christine Thorburn. It was at Webcor that Pierce began to evolve into a trusted domestique. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Summerhill charged with firing a gun while riding in Colorado
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) was arraigned in Jefferson County, Colorado on Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment after being witnessed shooting his gun while riding his bicycle outside of Denver in February, according to the Denver Post. A cyclist was seen firing a handgun into a hillside as he rode along South Deer Creek Road, in the rural area south-west of Denver, during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 21. According to the police report, he was followed by resident Joe Porter after his wife Shawn heard shots while she was fetching her mail, and saw the cyclist firing his gun into a hillside "between two driveways ... with a freestanding garage and a vehicle parked in front of it".ADVERTISEMENT Joe Porter videotaped the rider, claiming to have seen a handgun in the rider's jersey pocket. Porter identified his kit as that of the UnitedHealthcare team, and said he believed the rider to be Summerhill, who was then tracked down by Deputy Jeffrey Pedersen later at a fitness club. "The male initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot," the report read. "He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle." Summerhill reportedly told the officer he did not realize there were homes in the area and that it was illegal to shoot at the hillside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet eager to get back racing in Criterium du Dauphine
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet is itching to get back to racing after five weeks away and will line up for the Critrium du Dauphin with big goals after an intensive 16-day altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains that wrapped up on Saturday. The AG2R La Mondiale rider has been busy building his form for the Tour de France after his sixth place in Lige-Bastogne-Lige. However, his teammate Mikal Chrel will not be by his side in the Dauphin, which begins on June 4, after sustaining a hairline fracture to his pelvis on a high-speed training crash last week. "The training camp in the Sierra Nevada went well except for Mikal Chrel's hard crash, but I hope to find him riding next to me again very soon," Bardet said. Julian Duval will replace him on the team's roster for the Dauphin, as the team waits to see how Chrel heals.ADVERTISEMENT Last year, he finished second to Chris Froome in the race before repeating that result in the Tour de France, and has been using the lengthy altitude training camp to tune up for another Tour de France bid. "In Spain, we rode 1300km and climbed 27,000m. This camp came at an important part of the season, both in terms of the quality of the work that we did and the good atmosphere that prevailed throughout the group of riders," he said. "The Critrium du Dauphin is an important race, the last big meeting before the Tour de France. Last year it was a great experience taking second place behind Chris Froome in the overall classification after a tense final. But it was also tinged with regrets on that penultimate stage, where just a few more seconds in that breakaway could have resulted in a more striking performance. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cannondale-Drapac fulfills Giro d'Italia aspirations
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Cannondale-Drapac team started the Giro d'Italia intending to "light-up" up the race, target stage victories and hope that Davide Formolo could finish in the top ten overall. As the riders headed home with sore heads and sore legs after celebrating in Milan, they were satisfied with their performance and savouring the emotions of the 100th edition of the Corsa Rosa. The team's highlight of the Giro d'Italia was, without a doubt, Pierre Rolland's stage victory in Canazei after going on the attack day after day in the mountains. Rolland timed his final solo attack on stage 17 to perfection and could count on teammate Michael Woods to block and dissuade the chase behind. The Frenchman was happy to swap any satisfaction of a good overall result for the heady emotions of a stage victory.ADVERTISEMENT Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Alex Howes and Davide Villella all tried their luck in breaks or with late attacks, while Joe Dombrowski fought back from an injury-hit spring and went on the attack with Rolland on stage. Formolo finished tenth overall and third in the best young rider competition behind Bob Jungels and Adam Yates as he targeted the overall classification of his home Grand Tour for the first time. He is out of contract this season, with Team Sky and Astana apparently interested in the young Italian but he seems happy at Cannondale-Drapac, knowing he has the freedom to aim high. He plans to continue to target the overall classification in 2018. "As I said at the starting Sardinia, I wanted to test myself and go for the overall. I finished in the top ten as I hoped and so I have to be satisfied. I think the GC speaks for itself, I'm behind some big, big names of the sport but I'm ahead of other big names," Formolo told Cyclingnews with pride, while aware of where he lost precious seconds. Woods shakes of his Rookie tag after a successful Grand Tour debut You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2017 Giro d'Italia stage 21 time trial start times
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot sprinted to victory in Asiago to close out the Giro d'Italia's last mountain stage on Saturday, leaving only the final time trial left to decide the race. Giuseppe Fonzi of Wilier Triestina will kick off the action against the clock on Sunday at 1:45pm local time. Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, fourth overall, looks to be in a strong position to surge up the leaderboard in the TT. His ride will get underway at 4:47pm, with FDJ's Thibaut Pinot taking off three minutes later and Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali rolling down the ramp three minutes after that.ADVERTISEMENT After 20 days in Italy, Movistar's Nairo Quintana sits atop the overall leaderboard, earning him the privilege of being the last man off the start ramp at 4:56pm. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro dItalia: Dumoulin and Nibali kiss and make up after war of words
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali have shaken hands and made up after their spat during and after Thursdays Giro d'Italia stage in the Dolomites, with the Dutchman apologizing to the Italian for saying he would be happy to see him and Nairo Quintana lose their spots on the podium because they had formed a pact against him and had refused to work in the finale of the stage. Dumoulin, Nibali and Quintana allowed Thibaut Pinot, Domenico Pozzovivo and Ilnur Zakarin to go clear and refused to lead the chase in a battle of nerves and responsibility. Pinot pulled back 1:02 and is now just 24 seconds behind Nibali, who remains in third. The overall classification is tight ahead of Fridays mountain finish to Piancavallo, with six riders within 2:07 of the maglia rosa. "They are only focusing on me and trying to make me lose instead of trying to win," Dumoulin complained to Eurosport after Thursdays stage. I really hope that riding like this they will lose their podium spot in Milan, that would be really nice, and I would be really happy." Nibali heard those words while on his team bus and quickly fired back. I don't care what Tom says, I think he's a bit too cocky. I've never talked that way. He's shown he's strong in the race but he's shouldn't talk so much. He could lose the podium too, anything can happen, Nibali told Italian television.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin took offence at those words and fired back in his post-stage press conference. However, some behind-the-scenes diplomacy seems to have cooled both riders temperaments and they shook hands and talked to Italian television on Friday morning before rolling out of San Candido for stage 19. The stage climbs the Cima Sappada but it seem there will be nothing like in 1987 when Stephen Roche attacked his own teammate and maglia rosa Roberto Visentini, sparking one of the biggest controversies ever seen at the Giro dItalia. We need to talk with the legs and not with the mouth. I said something that came from the emotions. It was not good and Im sorry that I was not very respectful, Dumoulin said on Italian television. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan and Kittel train at altitude in USA ahead of Tour de France
May 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following the Tour of California, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) have decided to stay on in the United States for a spell of altitude training. According to Belgian newspapers Het Laatste Nieuws and Het Nieuwsblad, Sagan will train in Utah while Kittel has headed to Colorado. Sagan has been out in the United States since the beginning of May and spent time training up at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada on the border between California and Nevada. Now he will travel to Utah for two weeks as he makes his final preparations for the next part of his season. Sagan will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse next month before a tilt at a sixth green jersey at the Tour de France. Peter has done more altitude training in the past in the United States, always with good results afterwards, Bora-Hansgrohe press officer Gabriele Uboldi told Het Laatste Nieuws. Peter will train for 12 days, also accompanied by his wife so he can prepare in peace for the second part of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Kittel will have company at his altitude training camp in Utah with teammates Zdenek Stybar, Fabio Sabatini and Jack Bauer staying stateside along with a mechanic and a coach. Like Sagan, Kittel spent some time at altitude in the United States ahead of the Tour of California. Kittel is set to use the five-day Ster ZLM Toer as his final preparation for the Tour de France in July. Both Kittel and Sagan won a stage each during the Tour of California, which was won overall by LottoNL-Jumbos George Bennett ahead of Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Rest day round-up II - Podcast
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After 15 stages of racing, the Giro d'Italia peloton enjoys its last rest day Monday. That means it's time for the Recon Ride to take one final look at the way things are playing out in the season's first Grand Tour. The past week of eventful racing " which has seen Tom Dumoulin ride into pink with a blazing time trial performance and defend it on the slopes of the Oropa climb "makes for an intriguing situation heading into the last six stages of the Giro. The Dutchman has a bigger advantage than most expected he would at this point, but there are some serious challenges on the horizon, with the likes of Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot lurking.ADVERTISEMENT The podcast opines on the current GC picture and looks ahead at the week to come, committing to a few predictions for one last time in this year's race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Zipp's new 302 Carbon Clincher loses dimples, adds affordability
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Are you lusting after some of that Zipp carbon aero goodness but don't want to spend the equivalent of a new kitchen on a set of wheels? If so, Zipp's new 302 Carbon Clincher might be for you. This 45mm-deep, 1,299 / $1,500, wheelset offers the cheapest ticket yet to Zipp's full-carbon prom, and it's launching in both rim brake and disc brake variants. If that's just not expensive enough for your tastes, Zipp has also announced a disc version of its flagship 454 NSW Carbon Clincher. The 454 made waves when it launched last year with its unique whale-inspired Sawtooth rim profile, which claims to reduce aerodynamic drag while also improving crosswind behaviour.ADVERTISEMENT Interestingly, despite the recent launch of Zipp's new tubeless road tyres, none of the three new wheelsets are tubeless-ready, although it seems more than likely that future versions will be. Zipp 302 " affordable (by Zipp standards) aero Zipp's 302 doesn't have dimples Zipp 302 specs Zipp 302 pricing and availability Zipp 454 NSW disc brake specs Zipp 454 NSW disc brake pricing and availability You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Yates sprints to best Grand Tour result yet in Bergamo
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On paper stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia didn't look suited to the characteristics of Adam Yates but the Brit impressed in the Bergamo finale to finish in fourth place. While Yates recorded his best result yet in four Grand Tours, the Orica-Scott rider also moved up to 11th on GC ahead of the decisive third and final week of the 100th Giro. "I didn't quite have it in the sprint. I felt good in the finale but Jungels is a good 10kg heavier than me and I couldn't match his power," Yates said of the stage won by Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors).ADVERTISEMENT "I hit out just after 300metre to go, but perhaps I went too early. I hit the front in the final 50metres before everyone flew past me. Congratulations to Bob Jungels though, it was a good victory." Yates was sitting in third place overall on the morning of the first summit finish of the race to Blockhaus only to drop to 16th after being involved in a crash with a police moto. While the likes of Geraint Thomas was ultimately forced to abandon the race due to his injuries from the crash, Yates escaped with only minor injuries and had steadily been improving his GC position in the second week. The 24-year-old explained that the work of his teammate has been instrumental in climbing the GC and is looking forward to finishing off the Giro in his preferred terrain of the mountains. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kruijswijk moves up a notch in Giro dItalia
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Steven Kruijswijk hopes that his luck has changed at the Giro dItalia. After famously crashing into a snowbank while wearing the leaders jersey in the race in 2016, the LottoNL-Jumbo captain was looking to fight for the win again this year. After suffering in the earlier mountain stages and losing time to his rivals, he hopes now to be back on the right foot. Kruijswijk finished ninth on Saturdays Oropo stage, finishing together with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) only 44 seconds behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). "Today, I could go a little deeper and felt better than last week, he said in a team press release. I still have confidence in myself and thought, I'm just getting up to full speed and I'll see how I can finish. Fortunately, I could keep it up. Something we can work with, but of course, I still have to do better."ADVERTISEMENT The Dutchmans problems started immediately on the first stage, as he was caught behind a crash shortly before the three km marker and he lost 13 seconds. He went into the fourth stage ending atop Mt. Etna with confidence, but once again a crash threw him back. Kruijswijk was one of many who hit the road at a right-hand turn to start the climb. He was quickly back on his bike, and ended up only 23 seconds down. Things went well again until the Blockhaus stage, where he finished 12th but 2:43 down. On the following time trial, he again lost 2:43 to finish in 20th place. Although he was over five minutes down he was still in 10th place in GC. But another two minute loss on the many climbs of stage 11, which knocked him down to twelfth, was followed by two easier flat stages, leading up to a better result in the closing climb on Saturday and hopes of better luck in the final week of climbing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Hansen's Grand Tour run continues despite crash
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Adam Hansens run of Grand Tour participations is safe for now as the Australian escaped serious injury following a crash on stage 14 of the Giro dItalia. Hansen, who had been one of several riders trying to get into the breakaway, crashed on the run into the one and only climb of the day to Santuario di Oropa. The Lotto Soudal rider was able to finish the stage in one of the last groups on the road some 16 minutes behind the winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). His team confirmed immediately after the stage that he had injured his hand but would undergo further examinations. Hansen allayed any fears that his run of Grand Tours was about to come to an abrupt end with a tweet on Sunday morning. Thanks for all the support guys. It's just my hand, not my legs so no excuse. It's race time, he wrote.ADVERTISEMENT Hansen has ridden every Grand Tour going since the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, completing all of them. This years Giro dItalia is his 17th straight participation at a Grand Tour, giving him the record for the most consecutive participations. He is one of only 33 riders to have ridden all three Grand Tours - the Giro dItalia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana " in the same season. He is still 10 participations short of the most total Grand Tour rides, a record held by Matteo Tosatto who competed in 34 three-week races in his 20-year career. Hansens Grand Tour run has faced bigger challenges in the past. In 2015, he dislocated his shoulder on stage 2 of the Tour de France, a repeat of an injury that he had suffered almost a month earlier. Despite the injury, he was able to finish the race. There is still a week of racing for Hansen to get through with the Giro dItalia taking on some of its most challenging stages to come. The first test of Hansens hand will be stage 15 from Valdengo to Bergamo, which may prove a chance for the overall contenders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aude Biannic left traumatised after being hit by car in training
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope rider Aude Biannic says that shes still traumatised after being hit by a car during training. Biannic had been training on her time trial bike on Tuesday near Rennes in northern France when she was struck from behind by a motorist. Since the accident, she has only been on the home trainer, concerned that she may be hit again. At first I did not want to talk too much about it, I thought it would not change anything, she told French newspaper Le Telegramme. But yes, I, too, got hit by a car on Tuesday in training. And I too am doing well ... I only have big aches, but it could have been more dramatic. I am still traumatised: since the accident, I have not been back out. I do not want to go on the road. I am scared. The first time I go out to train, I certainly will not go alone. Looking back, I think I was lucky. A few centimetres ... If the person had not braked at all, she would have crushed me. In my misfortune, yes, I had a little luck.ADVERTISEMENT Biannic explained to Le Telegramme that she had only just started her training ride when the car appeared to accelerate into the back of her. I started training on my time trial bike, and after just five minutes at an intersection, a car came at me from behind, she said. I turned to the left, the car that was following me took the same direction. At the end of the intersection, as the light was red, I slowed down while the car accelerated. I still wonder why. She hit me from behind and I fell back. My head hit the ground first. Fortunately, I had my helmet. It had to be going at 30-40 kph. The shock was violent. I have to wear a neck brace for seven days but as the [injured] muscles are more located in the front of the neck and the abdomen, this neck brace doesn't do much for me. I still do not understand why she did not see me; I was right in front of her. I did not slalom between the cars. When will it stop? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Will Team Sky wear new white kit at Tour de France?
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews has learned that Team Sky is set to wear a special edition white jersey for the 2017 edition of the Tour de France. An official announcement from the team is expected on 31st May, a few days after the Giro d'Italia comes to an end. Castelli would not confirm the exact design of the jersey to Cyclingnews, but they did confirm that it will feature a 'small detail change'. It is expected that the line and dot design of the standard issue black and blue jersey for the season will remain, with a simple reversal of the black and white colour ways. Team Sky would not comment when contacted by Cyclingnews. There is a possibility that the minimalist design of the jersey will clash with the Maillot Blanc, which is worn by the best young rider on the general classification. Historically, teams have altered their regular jersey so as not to clash with the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, whilst it seems that this will not deter the British super team. In 2011, the team wore a custom green 'Rainforest Rescue kit' at the Tour de France when Adidas provided apparel.ADVERTISEMENT ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits for the Grand Tour so as not to clash with the yellow overall leader's jersey. More recently, Tinkoff-Saxo swapped out their yellow and blue kit for a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. Special edition jerseys at the Tour de France have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements for the following season. The blurred lines of transfer windows, contract negotiations and sponsorships deals begin in earnest during the biggest race on the calendar. Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all released new jerseys for the Tour de France last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vinokourov and Kolobnev still facing possible corruption trial
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobnev escaped together near the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2010, with Vinokourov attacking with 600 meters to go to take the win. However, allegations of payments and the release of emails that suggest an agreement between the two have led to a potential court case which has dragged on for six years. The next step is to be taken on Monday, when the two former riders are to appear in the Liege Council Chamber, at which point the decision is expected to be made on a possible referral to the correctional court, according to the Belga news agency. The corruption allegations were first made public in December 2011,when Swiss magazine LLIllustre, claimed that Vinokourov had paid Kolobnev 100,000 Euros to allow him to win. The magazine further cited emails containing Kolobnev's Swiss bank account information.ADVERTISEMENT Both have denied any agreement to fix the outcome of the race. "It's my private life," Vinokourov said. "I often loan money left and right. Vinokourov is now manager of the Astana team. Kolobnev retired the end of 2016. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI announce four-round 2017-18 Track World Cup schedule
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There will be three new venues for the UCI's 2017-18 Track World Cup series with Pruszkw, Milton and Santiago to host the premier event for the first time. Manchester's velodrome will host the Track World Cup for the first time since the 2013-14 season as the second of the four rounds. The four rounds are split into two back-to-back weekends of racing in November and December. Starting with Pruszkw on November 4-5, Santiago is the last of the four rounds just over one month later between December 9-10. The 2018 Track World Championships will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (February 28-March 4). The Milton World Cup is a first for the Canadian city, and first in Canada since 1989, and begins a three-year partnership running through to 2019-20 with the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.ADVERTISEMENT "Cycling Canada is excited to work with the Town of Milton to host the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup over the next three years," Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada, said of the velodrome built for the 2015 Pan Am Games. "This event is one of only six in the world every year and for the UCI to trust both Cycling Canada and Milton shows great vision on their part and demonstrates their understanding of the quality of both of our entities." Built in 2014, Santiago's Parque Pealoln velodrome will host its first Track World Cup and only round in the Southern Hemisphere for 2017-18. Pruszkw's velodrome, the BG BNP Paribas Arena, was the venue for the 2008 European Championships and 2009 Track World Championships makes it debut as a World Cup venue later in the year. Pruszkw (Poland), November 4-5 Manchester (Great Britain), November 10-12 Milton (Canada), December 2-3 Santiago (Chile), December 9-10. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Frison severely injured in 4 Jours du Dunkerque crash
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frederick Frison suffered "several severe injuries" in the mass crash on the first stage of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque, Team Lotto Soudal reported. At least one other rider was seriously injured and several team directors criticised how the situation was handled. Frison was initially diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, but further examinations showed multiple pelvic fractures, which "will take time and a lot of rest to heal. In addition, the team said his chest took a big part of the fall. On the left, Frederik has three broken ribs and two fractures to the transverse process on his vertebrae. Further examination also showed he has a small pneumothorax. Frederik doesnt need to undergo surgery. Stijn Vandenbergh of AG2R also suffered a severe concussion in the crash.ADVERTISEMENT Various team leaders were furious as to how the race handled the crash.Why did not the course be neutralized immediately? There were some riders heavily injured on the asphalt Have you not learned any lessons after last year with Antoine and Stig? Hilaire Van Der Schueren of Wanty-Groupe Gobert told the Belga news agency. In 2016, Antoine Demoiti (Wanty-Gobert) died after being run over by a motorbike in Gent-Wevelgem. Stig Broeckx (Lotto Soudal) suffered severe brain damage in a mass crash during the Tour of Belgium. The stage was cancelled after the crash. Van Der Schueren asked rhetorically if he was "the only team leader to contact the UCI after the stage to give all riders the same time." He asked, "where is the feeling of togetherness? The solidarity?" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro dItalia: Quintana admits he's lacking top-end form
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has said that he still needs to step up a level to be able to take on his rivals in the Giro dItalia, after a steady but unspectacular performance on the climb to Mount Etna. Expectations that Quintana would go on the rampage on the Giros first major summit finish were not that high, given its so early in the race but it was impossible to rule it out because of the Colombians reputation for aggressive mountain racing. At one point Quintana briefly swung out of the peloton and across the road and the crowd and the media scrum at the finish line instantly chorused Nairo, as it suddenly looked as if Quintana might be revving up to try to attack Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and the rest of the contenders on the Sicilians home turf.ADVERTISEMENT However the attack never came and Quintana went with a far more prudent strategy. Although clearly able to respond to the occasional surging acceleration amongst the favourites, Quintana relied heavily on teammate Andrey Amador when Nibali put in his one real attack. After finishing eleventh inside the group of favourites, it emerged that behind Quintanas usual Sphinkx-like expression, he was still thinking it was best to bide his time. My objective in this first mountain stage was to be up there with my rivals and not lose time on them, Quintana, now sixth overall, told Spanish newspaper AS. Responding to Nibali You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome hit by car on training ride
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome was knocked off his bike by a motorist today, posting a photo of his mangled Team Sky Pinarello bike on his social media accounts. The Tour de France champion was continuing his training back at home in the south of France after riding the Tour de Romandie, but said he was hit on purpose by a driver, who then drove off. Unlike the damage caused to his bike, Froome said he suffered no physical injury.ADVERTISEMENT "Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" Froome wrote on Twitter. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!" Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Thomas sees potential for full-on GC battle on Mount Etna
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Many pundits are predicting that thestage 4 summit finish on Mount Etna " the first and one of the hardest of the 2017 Giro d'Italia " comes too early in the race to culminate in an all-out GC battle. But one significant voice in the peloton, at least, believes the complete opposite could well be true. "I think once you're on it [Etna], everybody will be going full gas," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told a small group of reporters in Tortoli before stage 3. "If somebody's good then they're going to try and take time." Although the popular view is that it would be risky to take a firm hold of the GC so early, Thomas points out that at least one top Giro d'Italia contender has operated differently in the past. "Look at when [Vincenzo] Nibali took yellow [on stage 2] in the Tour de France in 2014, the race was still in the UK," the Welshman pointed out. "I don't think Tuesday will be about people not wanting to take the Giro lead too soon."ADVERTISEMENT Thomas does not think, in any case, that the Giro d'Italia organisers have made a mistake by putting in such a key moment so soon in the game. "It's different to have a climb so early on, but it'll be good to see where I'm at, hopefully get stuck in, and have a good day." Thomas has not ridden Etna before because, as he succinctly explains, "other things [recons] fitted around races - it was just a bit more of a logistical pain in the arse." However, he says he'll spend some of the rest day watching videos of past two-wheeled assaults on the Sicilian volcano. "Apparently the wind could be important. It'll be a good test." He did not get to check out the Blockhaus, the other big early summit finish on stage 9, because it was blocked with snow when he was in the area during Tirreno-Adriatico, but, as he sees it, "as long as you've got good legs, that's the main thing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ewan continues top-ten run at Giro d'Italia
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Eighth place in Cagliari on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia sawCaleb Ewancontinue his run of top-ten results after Quick-Step Floors blew the race to pieces in the crosswinds. While sprint rival Fernando Gaviria took out the win and with it the pink jersey, theOrica-Scott rider won the bunch sprint 13 seconds later. Coming into his second Giro off the back of two-second places at the Tour de Yorkshire, Ewan won the bunch sprint on stage 1 behind Lukas Postelberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) to finish a narrow second on stage 1 in Olbia. In position to take the win on stage 2, Ewan pulled his foot from the pedal to finish ninth. Stage 3 offered an immediate shot at redemption after the previous day's 'devastating' result it was Quick-Step Floors blocking the 22-year-old's path to glory. Sports director Matt White explained when the Belgian team took advantage of the crosswinds, his Orica-Scott riders were caught out.ADVERTISEMENT "We all knew the point the winds were coming but there was just one team who got better organised than anyone, had the numbers, and made the race," sport director Matt White said. "They earned that win. It was chaotic, everyone was fighting for the front but we just didn't get where we needed to be." White added that despite being caught out and missing the opportunity to sprint for victory with Ewan, he was pleased that there was no time loss for the team's GC leader Adam Yates. "From there, we were trying to support both Caleb and Adam Yates. Adam actually did a really good job for a small guy to be in the second split when it first went." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nizzolo finds form in Giro d'Italia stage three sprint
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The points classification winner at the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia, Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) came into the 100th edition of the race with just six race days in his legs. On stage 1 of the race, he sprinted to fourth place and proved his form and condition is coming back on stage three with a third place. A knee injuryravaged Nizzolo's start to 2017 with the Tour of Croatia his only race before the Giro. As Quick-Step Floors took it upon themselves to 'smash' the peloton in the crosswinds late in stage 3, Nizzolo was equal to the test as he made the front selection to contest the victory. While Colombian Fernando Gaviria was the quickest in the finale, Nizzolo explained the result and performance was a confidence boost considering his lack of race days. "I was in the front group with Quick-Step, and of course they did great teamwork," said Nizzolo of the Belgian squad who were rewarded with the stage win and maglia rosa. "They did their best to win, and I tried to do the best I could do against them. Of course, with the condition I have, I paid for the full gas effort for the last 10 kilometers."ADVERTISEMENT "Tactically, I think I was perfect, and the legs were just missing that little bit again so I couldn't ask more today. I am not frustrated. As I said, this was probably the best result I could have. I work every day to do my best and today the best was the third place." Importantly for Trek-Segafredo, GC leader Bauke Mollema was also alert as Quick-Step Floors did their damage and arrived in Cagliari on the same time his overall rivals. The Dutchman, although accustomed to riding in the wind, explained his teammates were crucial in keeping him calm and collected on what could have been a disastrous finale. "It was stressful with 50kms to go already," said Mollema. "Everyone knew that with 13kms to go it turned left and it was full crosswind and everyone wanted to be in front. We were where we needed to be, especially Jasper and Mads (Pedersen) who did a really good job, and Laurent (Didier) and Eugenio (Alafaci) too, to bring me in good position to this point. Then after one-two kilometers Quick-Step suddenly attacked and Giacomo reacted really well and it was perfect for us. He did a good sprint, and behind we were in the front so I was never in any big problems." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni forced to miss Tour of California
May 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhanni has been forced out of the 2017 Tour of California with the Cofidis sprinter still suffering the effects of his Tour de Yorkshire crash. Bouhanni was heavily concussed in the stage 3 crash, a day after winning the Harrogate stage. Prior to his Yorkshire success, Bouhanni won Danilith-Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and has also finished on the podium at Scheldeprijs and GP de Denain. Bouhanni was set to make his debut at the Tour of California in what would have been his first return to North American racing after the 2015 Worlds where he was the best Frenchman in 21st place. A statement released by Bouhanni's Cofidis team explained the decision making process behind his removal from the California squad.ADVERTISEMENT "Fallen last Sunday on the roads of the Yorkshire Tour, he is not sufficiently recovered from his fall and the resulting traumatic brain injury," read the statement regarding Bouhanni. "Priority is given to Nacer's health and the date of his resumption of competition will only be fixed once he has fully recovered from the accident. The Cofidis team would like to thank the organization of the Tour de Californie for its invitation and is calling for an understanding of its sprinter's package. The Cofidis team also thanks the medical service of ASO, organizer of the Tour of Yorkshire, as well as the hospital of Sheffield, for the care of Nacer following its fall." Luis Angel Mate will race the Tour of California for Cofidis with the remaining riders to be confirmed ahead of the May 14 start in Sacramento. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Gaviria's bid for victory undone by Olbia final
May 06, 2017 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Grand Tour debutant Fernando Gaviria was tipped as the man to beat on stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia into Olbia but instead it was the largely unknown Lukas Pstlberger who took the victory and first maglia rosa of 2017.With Pstlberger clipping off the front of the race in the closing kilometres, the sprint teams struggled to get into gear through the technical finale. The Bora man held off the chasers to spoil the day for the sprinters and become the first Austrian stage winner at the Giro. Although Gaviria has a familiar lead out on hand in Italy from his Quick-Step Floors team, he explained that bad positioning in a technical finale made a difficult task all but impossible as he crossed the line in 12th place. "Today's stage was hard, and the technical finish made things even more complicated. The team did a great job chasing the escapees, but in the last kilometers, after the crash, it became very difficult to be in control of the whole situation," Gaviria said. "Coming into the last roundabout I wasn't well-placed and my ambitions for a good result today came to an end there. But it's only the beginning of the race and there will be other opportunities."ADVERTISEMENT With three stage 1 victories already on his palmares, the 22-year-old has proven he starts races well. His list of wins at stage races is tilted towards the first few days of racing although the 100th edition of the Giro though is a completely new experience for the Colombian. While there will be several more opportunities for a stage win, Gaviria explained pre-racethat a win isn't his only aim as he also wants to make it all the way to Milan. "Going to Milan, all the way, is the big goal this time round," he said of his ambitions ahead of the race. "I can only hope to do things the best way possible." Read more on this article Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Ewan angry and disappointed after missing out on first pink jersey Destiny steps in to give Postlberger his moment of Giro d'Italia glory Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 highlights " Video Greipel rues missed chance for Giro d'Italia lead You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fizik reveal Giro d'Italia inspired R1B 'Climb Edition'
May 06, 2017 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In celebration of the 100th Giro d'Italia, Italian brand Fizik has released a limited 'Climb Edition' of its R1B shoe. Giro GC contenders Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) are two of the riders in the Giro peloton who will wear the shoes at the race with just 40 pairs available for sale. The shoes will retails for380.00. Predominately white, the R1B shoes feature pink highlights and a design which reference the altimetry of Monte Grappa and the Asiago. Both climbs feature in the penultimate stage of this year's race and are regularly featured in the Giro d'Italia. With stage profiles of the 2017 Giro represented on the shoe in black, stage 20's profile is in pink to highlight the two climbs. The pink profile also features on the outside of the heel to ensure visibility. Featuring a stiff carbon outer sole, Fizik's 'Volume Control technology' allows for individual adaption to a rider's foot. Adjustment is made via two BOA dials located on the outer right of the shoe in the same style as theR1B Uomo.ADVERTISEMENT Fizik's R1B Climb Edition shoe weighs in at 227g You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot downplays overall aspirations ahead of debut Giro d'Italia
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot's preparation for his debut Giro d'Italia has largely gone to plan since his announcement in the winter. However, despite claiming a win and finishing second overall at the Tour of the Alps late last month the Frenchman from FDJ is downplaying his overall hopes on the eve of the 100th Giro. The death of Michele Scarponi the morning after the Tour of the Alps, where the Italian had won his first race since 2013, and less than ideal training conditions see the 26-year-old lessening his expectations of the race. "I've had a few difficult days after the Tour of the Alps," said Pinot of the race where he also won a stage. "Emotionally, I've been down for a couple of days because of the tragic death of Michele Scarponi, someone I appreciated a lot. I've also had troubles for training due to the bad weather."ADVERTISEMENT Making his Grand Tour debut at the 2012 Tour de France, winning a memorable stage and finishing tenth overall, Pinot has gone on to taste the highs and lows of the life as a GC rider at the three-week races. Third overall and best young rider jersey at the Tour in 2014 was followed by a DNF at the Vuelta a Espaa and his last two Tour's have been far from ideal. Pinot is aiming to kick start his GC ambitions at the Giro and therefore stayed away from hyperbole when stating his intentions 24 hours out from stage 1. "This is my first participation in the Giro dItalia. Maybe I'll need a few before I can win the overall. I come here after two failures on GC at the Tour de France but regardless of what happened in July last year, I already had decided to take part in the 100th Giro one and half years ago," said Pinot. Despite talking down his chances, Pinot has enjoyed a successful outing on Italian soil thus far in 2017. Third place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, ninth at Strade Bianche, and his recent Tour of the Alps result all point to smooth run in. Assisted by a stage win and third place overall at the Ruta de Sol. Pinot's early season form of 2016 amounted to little by the Tour as he was struck down by illness. While he appears to be in form and good condition, Pinot spoke of himself as his "biggest opponent" when assessing his overall rivals. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
SRM introduces Origin power meter
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar SRM has a new three-piece power meter crank system called Origin that's designed to work with a variety of frame/bottom bracket setups. The new design has moved away from adding SRM spiders to existing cranksets. Notably, since Shimano announced plans to sell its own power meter, SRM will not be producing new crank-based systems from the Japanese component giant.ADVERTISEMENT Through a partnership with Look, SRM now has a three-piece system that consists of spindle, spider and crankarm. The new system comes in two spider sizes: 110BCD for road and 104BCD for MTB Device Agent analysis updates Still the benchmark? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bora-hansgrohe ready for 2017 Giro d'Italia challenge
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
German WorldTour Bora-hansgrohe line out for its debut Giro d'Italia Friday in Sardinia with its two leaders Sam Bennett and Patrick Konrad ready to challenge for stage wins and the GC. Bora-hansgrohe have ridden the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana as a wild card team with the Giro it's first Grand Tour as a WorldTour team. As the Pro-Continental NetApp squad, the team also rode the 2012 edition of the Giro. Christian Pmer, chief sports director for Bora-hansgrohe at the Giro, will be aiming to deliver Bennett to stage wins across the three-week race while balancing the GC aspirations of Konrad in his second Grand Tour.ADVERTISEMENT "Our goal for this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia is to go for stage victories, for the GC we will take it day by day. I think we have some really good opportunities with Sam Bennett and Matteo Pelucchi in the sprints," Pmer said. "Sam proved in Paris " Nice that he is an excellent sprinter and some stages in this year's Giro suit him very well. But we will also try to win stages with Patrick Konrad in the mountains. Patrick had a good preparation for this Grand Tour and he is very motivated to make his mark in this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia." Bennett comes into the race off the back of a training camp and 22nd place in a wet and cold Eschborn-Frankfurt. With his confidence boosting Paris-Nice stage in the pocket, the Irishman is looking for an early win. "I am looking forward to this Giro d'Italia, it's the 100th edition which is very special to be part of," Bennett said. "My preparations went pretty good with the altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada, where I could do my training very individually this time. Of course, my goal is to win a stage. After my first WorldTour win in Paris-Nice, I am ready to take my first stage in a Grand Tour." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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