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Groenewegen wins Heistse Pijl - News shorts
June 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Groenewegen winsHeistse Pijl - Heist op den Be LottonNL-Jumbo sprinter Dylan Groenewegen took his fourth win of the season Saturday atHeistse Pijl - Heist op den Be, outsprinign Cannondale Pro Cycling's Wouter Wippert andAidis Kruopis (Verandas Willems Cycling Team) at the end of the195.2km one-day race in Belgium. Previously this year Groenewegen won stage 3 at Volta a la Comunitat Valencia in Spain, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen's stage 1 in Harelbeke, Belgium, as well as Tour de Yorkshire's opening stage and points classification in Britain.ADVERTISEMENT Britton out of Philly with illness, Huff in for rally Cycling Rally Cycling pulledRob Britton from the team's roster for Sunday's Philadelphia Cycling Classic, citing a case of food poisoning for the Canadian. US criterium champion Brad Huff will step in to replace him. " jempy drucker (@jempy_drucker) June 4, 2016 You can read more at More...
Watch the Glencoe Grand Prix live streaming on Cyclingnews
June 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The seventh race of TUFMED USA CRITS Series will take place on Saturday at the Glencoe Grand Prix in Glencoe, Illinois, and you can watch the races live streaming here on Cyclingnews. The Pro Womens race starts at 12:35 pm CDT and the pro men will set off at 6 pm CDT.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Gibbons leads the men's individual standings with 1254 points. Aldo Ilesic (Astellas Cycling Team) is second with 1161 points. In the pro womens category, Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) is first with 968 points ahead of Tina Pic (Happy Tooth Pro), who is 104 points behind. You can read more at More...
Contador taking his time with team decision for 2017
June 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador says that there is still plenty of time to consider his options for next season and that he has several good ones to choose between. With a new sponsor for the Tinkoff team looking increasingly unlikely, Contador is still on the hunt for a new team but, with the transfer window not set to open until August 1, he is not concerned. However, he says that his new team will have to be willing to take on not just Contador himself but the team that surrounds him. That is likely to include his right-hand man on the bike Jesus Hernandez, press officer Jacinto Vidarte and mechanic Faustino Muoz, plus some select others. Lampre-Merida and Trek-Segafredo have already expressed their interest in Contador for next season. With Joaquim Rodriguez yet to pen a new contract, the Katusha squad could also be an option for him. In these times, there is a lot of movement in the market, and they open a thousand options that we are mulling over, he told AS. Two months ago, I decided that I would continue in cycling because I really enjoy what I do. We have different options; the majority are very attractive. There has been contact with sponsors but the deadlines are quite late and each time an option of my own team has less weight.ADVERTISEMENT Everything points to a team that is willing to invest in me and my group. At this point, with my own team, it would not have the same guarantees that it would have a well-formed structure. Contador is building up towards the Criterium du Dauphin, which is due to begin this Sunday. The weeklong event is his first race since winning the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April and his final stage race ahead of the Tour de France next month. Since Pais Vasco, Contador has been trying to build up in strength. Earlier in the week, the Spaniard stated that the Dauphin will let him know if he has done enough or if he has to increase his intensity before he arrives at Tour de France. The intention is to go for the maximum: the victory. But the rivals will also be very well prepared, and we know that it is difficult, but I they have to go with this belief, explained Contador. I have not had any setbacks, and I have been able to absorb the start of the season, which has been quite intense. Now starting this second peak of form and, at the moment, things are going well. You can read more at More...
Skujins joins Sagan in Olympic MTB hunt
June 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Latvian Toms Skujins has joined PeterSagan on the list of road racers with mountain bike backgrounds who want to earn wildcard positions on their national team for the OlympicGames cross country races in Rio this August. The Cannondale team confirmed that Skujins will compete in the European MTBMarathonChampionships this weekend in his home town of Sigulda, Latvia, in order to earn consideration for any positions from the UCI's allocation that go unused. Latvia failed to qualify a spot for the mountain bike events. Sagan's native Slovakia earned one place, but is seeking a second spot to field Sagan in the men's event. Skujins says he began his career on the dirt and has kept his skills current. My first races in cycling were on a mountain bike and still every year when I'm home I do one or two races, just to keep my bike handling skills in check and go back from where I started,"he said. "There are a lot more MTB races in Latvia then road races and it's definitely more popular, so as one of the riders people have heard about more so then most it's nice to do a local race, so people can actually see me, talk to me and in so maybe motivate them even more to get into cycling/sport or just a healthy life style in general."ADVERTISEMENT After winning a stage in the Tour of California, Skujins returned home to hone his off-roading skills. "This year Latvia gets to host the European MTB marathon championships in town where I was born, so I talked to the team and Cannondale. They agreed to help me out and let me prepare for the race, so I can give a crack at it. The UCI announced the allocation for the mountain bike events earlier this month.Countries have until June 15 to confirm the number of athletes they will send to the Games. Any unused spots will be reallocated on June 30. The men's cross-country race will take place on the final day of competition at the Olympic Games on August 21. You can read more at More...
Riders, teams advocate for better safety regulations: 'It's gone too far'
June 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Today's release of a set of safety proposals by the Cyclistes Professionels Associs (CPA), the professional riders association, now puts the responsibility for change squarely on the shoulders of the UCI, whose management committee is meeting this week in Lausanne for two days of wide-ranging discussions. Some of the peloton's most vocal advocates for rider safety are hoping they'll soon see the sport's governing body take a more active role in ensuring rider safety by adopting some, if not all, of the CPA's proposals. Last month at the Tour of California, Bernhard Eisel, the Dimension Data rider who has frequently called for more rider unity in demanding change, told Cyclingnews that current talks between the stakeholders involved have been positive.ADVERTISEMENT There's been good communication, good talks between the riders and the UCI and the CPA happening at the moment, he said. It's still ongoing, so the press release is not written yet. Wait and see. I'm still pushing for it and we're getting there. That's the only thing we can say here at the moment. An alarming string of incidents over the past couple of years involving collisions between riders and vehicles has intensified calls for the UCI to take more responsibility for creating a safer environment for the peloton, coming to a crescendo most recently with the tragic death of Antoine Demoiti, who died from injuries suffered when he was struck by a race moto in Gent-Wevelgem while he lay on the ground following a crash. Lotto Soudal rider Stig Broeckx is currently in a coma after two motorbikes caused a huge crash at the Belgium Tour last weekend. Following Demoiti's death, UCI President Brian Cookson released a statement saying that the governing body has been working over the past months with all stakeholders on revised protocols and regulations regarding all aspects of road racing, and particularly the conduct of race vehicles, as a matter of continual review. You can read more at More...
USA Cycling dismisses anti-doping expert over unconventional views
June 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling dismissed anti-doping expert Dr. Paul Dimeo from its advisory committee this week over his views on the current state of anti-doping efforts as recently published in The Times. Dr. Dimeo has a long history of addressing challenging issues in the anti-doping arena, but the Times article, which indicated that Dr. Dimeo thought currently banned practices such as blood transfusions or EPO should be legalised, caught the attention of USA Cycling and led to their re-examining his role on the advisory committee, even though he argued that his comments were taken out of context. Cyclingnews spoke to USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall, after the article was published but before their decision to dismiss Dr. Dimeo, about how he came to be named as the chair of the USA Cycling Anti-Doping Committee.ADVERTISEMENT "Dr. Paul Dimeo is a leading academic in anti-doping research. He was very interested in this idea and helping us form it," Bouchard-Hall said. "We knew he had unconventional ideas. He challenged the system and asked hard questions such as 'is this working?', 'are we treating innocent athletes fairly?'. We thought that level of challenge was good. We didn't want a bunch of people with the exact same ideas. We wanted a collection of smart people who think about this and who are willing to challenge what we're doing. That was the whole point of it." But the statements in theTimesseemed contrary to USA Cycling's goals of reducing doping. "We did as much vetting as we could. It was after we formed the committee and before we started that we saw these comments he had made to the London Times advocating the legalisation of banned practices such as EPO and blood doping, which are very dangerous and extreme practices. That view is completely inconsistent with our view," Bouchard-Hall said. You can read more at More...
Canyon-SRAM's Amialiusik, Alexis Ryan prepared to tackle The Wall in Philadelphia
June 03, 2016 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
Canyon-SRAM will field a tough-to-beat team at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday, the ninth round of the UCI Women's World Tour. Alena Amialiusik, who placed third last year, will lead the five-rider team in Pennsylvania. Amialiusik finished just behind winner Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) and runner-up Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) on the Manayunk Wall finish line last year. Her support crew will include Alexis Ryan, Tiffany Cromwell, Hannah Barnes, Mieke Krger and Elena Checchini. Ryan could also find herself in the mix for the win, proving her mid-season strength with a ninth place at the US road championships in Winston-Salem last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT The women will contest a 118km race, six laps of a 19.7km circuit, that includes climbs over Strawberry Mansion, Lemon Hill and flat sections along Kelly Drive. The finish climb on Manayunk Wall is 17 per cent and caters to the punchy climbers. "The Manayunk Wall and the crowd are incredible there. I love short, steep climbs and this one is an American classic. You can't beat the crowds at this race,"Ryan said. "The lead-in to the final ascent of Manayunk is key. There is always a fight for first position coming into the bottom chicane. If you aren't near the front there, you can pretty much write off a great result. The climb is too hard and short to make up positions. Then you need to have patience and launch your final move when it's right for you." You can read more at More...
Movistar's Tour de France squad coming together
June 03, 2016 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Movistar team is deciding on the eight riders who will support Nairo Quintana in his bid to win the Tour de France. Biciciclismo reports that they have settled on a ten-man long team. The final list will emerge after the Critrium du Dauphin and Tour de Suisse. Third overall in the Giro d'Italia, Alejandro Valverde has pledged to fully support Quintana in July. "We will go to the Tour in order to support Nairo Quintana. I want to make it clear, from this very moment, that I will be losing time on the first week and take things easier so I can help Nairo out and give my best in the mountains," Valverde said. "Also, if it's possible and it doesn't compromise the team's goals, I'd like to chase some stage wins or make it into the break and help the team from there. Our motto for the Tour remains the #SueoAmarillo (yellow dream), winning the Tour with Nairo at last."ADVERTISEMENT In addition to Quintana and Valverde, Winner Anacona, who supported Quintana in his 2014 Giro d'Italia victory, is likely to be on the start line. So too is Andrey Amador, who enjoyed one day in the maglia rosa in the Giro d'Italia and finished eighth overall. Other candidates include Jonathan Castroviejo, Imanol Erviti, Jess Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Daniel Moreno and Francesco Ventoso. Not in the list is Briton Alex Dowsett and Adriano Malori, who supported the team in last year's Tour de France, nor Carlos Betancur. You can read more at More...
Criterium du Dauphine a measuring stick for Contador's Tour de France
June 03, 2016 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
How to follow the Critrium du Dauphin: Cyclingnews will have live text coverage from start to finish for every stage, as well as rider interviews, race reports, podcasts, video highlights and post-race analysis. In 2015, after winning a particularly difficult edition of the Giro d'Italia, Alberto Contador faced an uphill challenge to recover and prepare for the Tour de France. The Tinkoff captain said at this time last year he was "destroyed", but feels much better this season as he prepares to head into the Critrium du Dauphin as his final preparation for the Tour. "After the Dauphin is over, I will know whether I have to give more intensity to my training or if we have to be a little more cautious. I feel much better than last year. At this point I was destroyed, very tired because of the demands of the Giro d'Italia. I feel much better now," Contador said.ADVERTISEMENT Contador has finished on the podium of all of the races he's done this year - beginning with a third place overall in the Volta ao Algarve, second in Paris-Nice and the Volta Catalunya before winning the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in early April. Since then, he's stepped back somewhat to train for the most important part of the season. "It has been a busy past few weeks, trying to build a good base, always thinking about the Tour de France," Contador said. "I primarily worked on building my strength and I hope everything goes well. The Dauphin will be important to build speed in the legs, which is what will still be missing the most, but the most important thing is that there haven't been any setbacks and that's always good news." Contador will be joined in Les Gets on Sunday by Robert Kiserlovski, Sergio Paulinho, Roman Kreuziger, Michael Gogl, Jesper Hansen, Yuri Trofimov and Michael Valgren, most of whom have been training in Tenerife. You can read more at More...
British Cycling unveil Cervelo track bike for Rio Olympic Games
June 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
British Cycling have unveiled the Cervlo track bike its riders will be using in search of gold medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. The Cervlo T5GB has been inspired by Formula One technology and is the result of extensive work " including hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel analysis " between Cervlo and the national federation at sites across Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT Great Britain swept the floor at the last Olympics on home soil four years ago, winning seven gold medals, a silver and a bronze " with no other nation coming close.Despite that success, the federation switched to Cervlo as its supplier 12 months ago, and this new bike is said to represent the "quest for continuous improvement". It has been developed with collaboration from the Research and Innovation (R&I) team at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), which aims to ensure British athletes are among the best equipped in the world. "The intelligence and expertise brought together by the partnership between British Cycling and Cervlo is unparalleled and, in record time, has delivered a bike which we are very excited about as we get closer to Rio," said Tony Purnell, head of technical development. "It is our constant aim to ensure that the best athletes in the world are supported by the best equipment in the world. It's about the detail " achieving the very best of everything. "This means that, even after the fantastic success we enjoyed at London 2012, we have been determined to work alongside Cervlo to build and improve on the equipment that has served us so well in the recent past. Without question, this bike represents that quest for continuous improvement." Cervlo engineering director, Sean McDermott, added: The uniquely short time frame and ambitious targets made this a challenging project, but now that the new bike is ready, it's clear that it was well worth it. We can't wait to see the T5GB in action in Rio." You can read more at More...
Russian track cyclist Gnidenko only cycling positive from 2012 Olympics re-test
June 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Only one cyclist was among the 55 athletes who failed retrospective anti-doping re-testing of samples taken during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.Russian Ekaterina Gnidenko [nb: her given name is misspelled in the UCI provisional suspension list], 23, was found positive for an anabolic steroid in a sample taken three days before the start of the Olympic Games in London. According to, Gnidenko's positive is the only case that the IOC has passed along to the UCI from the retesting. Gnidenko's positive follows news that eight Russians were among the 23 positives from re-tests of 2012 samples and 32 positives from Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT The provisional suspension of Gnidenko, will not affect the medals given at the Games.She was eliminated in the second round of the kerin and finished eighth in the consolation final, then did not advance from the semifinal of the individual sprint. At risk is Gnidenko's silver medal from the European Track Championships, which she won after the Olympic Games. She claimed a silver medal in the women's keirin at the European Track Cycling Championships in Panev-ys in Lithuania in October 2012. You can read more at More...
Pate and Fischer lead Rally Cycling at Philly Cycling Classic
June 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rally Cycling will field two teams at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic held on Sunday in Pennsylvania. Danny Pate will lead the squad for the men's UCI 1.1 race and Heather Fischer will lead the team for the Women's WorldTour event. The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic was first held for the men 1985 and for the women in 1994. For decades the races saw primarily sprinters take the wins on a flat finish on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For the past three consecutive editions, the race has finished on the circuit's decisive 17 per cent climb, Manayunk Wall, which caters to punchy climbers. The 19.7km circuit also includes climbs over Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill, and flat sections along Kelly Drive. On the men's side, Pate will lead the team through the nine-lap, 178km race. He will be joined by Rob Britton, Adam De Vos and Jesse Anthony, who placed second in 2013, Will Routley and Tom Zirbel, Shane Kline and Pierrick Naud.ADVERTISEMENT The women will race for six laps, totalling 118km and Fischer predicts that it will be a challenging race, partly because of the difficult course and also given that the race marks the ninth round of the new Women's WorldTour. "It's going to be a hard race," said Fischer, who won a stage at the Tour of the Gila and the points classification. "We showed in California that we can compete with the WorldTour teams and the tough finish in Philly is well suited for us. I am a bit tired after California and Nationals but my legs feel good. I would love to put Rally Cycling on the podium at such a prestigious event." The women's team will also include Redlands Bicycle Classic Queen of the Mountains winner Sara Poidevin, Katherine Maine, 2015 Junior World Time Trial silver medallist, Emma White, Jessica Prinner and Hannah Ross. You can read more at More...
Guarnier, Stevens to lead Boels-Dolmans in Armitstead's absence at Philly Cycling Classic
May 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
World champion Lizzie Armitstead will not be on the start line alongside her Boels-Dolmans team to defend her title at the upcoming Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on June 5. Despite her absence, the team has two potential winners in their line-up with US road champion Megan Guarnier and two-time winner Evenlyn Stevens. The event marks the ninth round of the Women's WorldTour, of which Armitstaed has won three previous rounds; Strade Bianche, Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Cittiglio, and the Tour of Flanders. Although she won the race last year, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic was not on her schedule this year as she remains focused on her goals of winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.ADVERTISEMENT Boels-Dolmans will have two capable riders in the mix with Guarnier and Stevens. Also on the provisional start list are Karol-Ann Canuel, Katarzyna Pawlowska, Romy Kasper and Chantal Blaak, who won two rounds of the Women's WorldTour this spring. Guarnier is fresh off a WorldTour win also, having won the overall title at the Women's Tour of California, where she took the lead of the new series. She leads with 504 points ahead of Wiggle High5's Emma Johansson with 398 points and Armitstead with 368. She also won her third national road title in Winston-Salem on Saturday. "Race organisers moved the Philly finish line to Manayunk three years ago, and since then, only my teammates have won the race," Guarnier told Cyclingnews. You can read more at More...
Broeckx in a non-induced coma after motorbike incident at Baloise Belgium Tour
May 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lotto Soudal's Stig Broeckx is in a non-induced coma after being involved in an crash with two motorbikes during stage 3 at the Baloise Belgium Tour on Saturday. Following the massive crash, which was sparked when two motorcycles collided and then drove into some 19 riders, Broeckx was airlifted by helicopter to the neurological centre at Aachen hospital. It was first reported that Broeckx had sustained a serious head injury. Lotto Soudal later released a statement that expressed the severity of his injuries, which include bleeding in two places in his brain and a fractured eye socket. Team doctor Servaas Bing confirmed that Broeckx is in a non-induced coma. "It was immediately clear that Stig had incurred a head injury and that he needed to be transported to a neurosurgical centre. Together with the race doctor and the medical emergency team we decided to transport him to the hospital of Aachen, which has the necessary infrastructure. A scan was taken at the hospital and it showed that Stig has two bleedings in his brain. Stig is in a non-induced coma, but for the moment he doesn't need to undergo surgery. He doesn't have a skull fracture, but he does have a fractured eye socket, which will be further evaluated later. At this point, it is very difficult to give a prognosis about a full recovery. The next 24 hours he will be very closely monitored."ADVERTISEMENT Manager Marc Sergeant also made a statement noting that Broeckx had recently been involved in an incident with a motorcycle at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. "Of course we are very shaken by all that has happened today. Last year our team had very difficult moments after the accident of Kris Boeckmans, exactly three months ago Stig was already hit by a motorbike in Kuurne and a few weeks later the peloton had to cope with the death of Antoine Demoiti. This is very hard for all staff members and riders, but even more for the family and friends of Stig. We can only hope that there is a positive evolution in the condition of Stig and we will support him and his family the best we can, both medically and emotionally." Following the incident, race organizers neutralized the race but then called it off altogether. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia stage 19 highlights - Video
May 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 19 shook the Giro d'Italia from top to bottom as embattled Italian star Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) soloed to a revitalising stage win, climbing to second overall after Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-NL-Jumbo) crashed on a descent and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) leaped into the overall race lead.ADVERTISEMENT The drama took place as Nibali, Chaves and Kruijswijk crested the Colle dell'Agnello together. The Italian descent specialist pressed the pace, and Kruijswijk cracked just three corners down, smashing into a snowbank and attempting to recover while his rivals slipped away. From there it was a classic chase at the Dutchman set off, alone at first, after the two escapees who rode together to the bottom of the final climb to the Risoul ski area. You can read more at More...
Kruijswijk's Giro d'Italia questionable after rib fracture diagnosed
May 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
On Thursday, it seemed as if Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo) had the Giro d'Italia sewn up and would be arriving inTurin as the first Dutch winner in the race's history. Even on the top of the Cima Coppi on stage 18, Kruijswijk had the race under firm control, even distancing third placed AlejandroValverde (Movistar) on the ascent. But one small mistake over the top, and his hopes came crashing down on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnelo on stage 19: Kruijswijk misjudged a turn and crashed into a wall of ice and snow, then tumbled head over heels onto the tarmac. After the stage in which he lost the maglia rosa to Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge), Kruijswijk was in deep pain, physically and emotionally. He underwent scans inBrianon, and the LottoNl-Jumbo team confirmed late Friday that Kruijswijk had sustained a fractured rib, and is suffering from pain in his foot and side.ADVERTISEMENT The team will give a new update on Saturday morning on whether Kruijswijk, who is currently third overall behind Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali(Astana), 1:05 off the race leader, will continue the race. Stage 20 from Guillestra to Sant'Anna di Vinadio is only 134km long, but will be an intense day of racing with three category 1 climbs and an uphill category 3 finishing climb. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Stage 17 highlights - Video
May 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia featured an exhilerating finale, and a massive upset as Roger Kluge(IAM Cycling) soloed away for victory just metres ahead of a despairing group of sprinters. The sprint teams left it late to bring back the day's breakaway, which had swelled from three to six in the final portion of the race, but the race looked to be all back together with a couple of kilometres remaining. Pippo Pozzato went off the front under the flamme rouge and while the sprint trains hesitated, Kluge saw an opportunity and went off in pursuit. Using his track power, he caught and passed Pozzato with ease, and when the sprinters finally got their act together Kluge was far enough ahead to sit up and celebrate his first Grand Tour victory.ADVERTISEMENT You can watch how it unfolded in our highlights video above. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Kruijswijk wastes no time in defence of the pink jersey
May 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage winner Alejandro Valverde suggested that Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) was going to win the Giro d'Italia thanks to his strength and know how, and the Dutchman seems to have learnt quickly from other Grand Tour winners by keeping his time at the post-race press conference to a minimum after the finish in Andalo. As race leader, Kruijswijk has to do live 'flash' television interviews, climb on the podium to collect the maglia rosa, do further interviews for Eurosport and Italian television, speak to radio and non-rights holder television and often go to anti-doping, all before heading to the press centre to attend a final press conference reserved for the written press. The whole process can take up an hour, which cuts into the limited recovery time after each stage. Despite the intense 132km of racing to Andalo, where Kruijswijk was isolated and came under attack, he always looked in control and was able to surge to the finish with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and perhaps even gift him the stage victory. It was a show of strength and patronage. As Nibali cracked and lost more time and with Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) on the back foot all day, Kruijswijk seemed to take total control of the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT He even looked fresh and well recovered when he finally sat down in the press conference, responding questions with the same ease that he had responded to the many attacks from his rivals during the stage. His confidence also seems to be growing as his overall lead extends to three minutes. "I'm in first so maybe he (Valverde) is right, but you can never underestimate you rivals," he said. "Maybe it looked I was in control but there was a lot of attack on the first climb. I saw it coming because Movistar set the pace early on. But I knew the guys I had to watch and so reacted quickly on the attacks and knew that if I followed them and if we attacked together, there wouldn't be many riders up there. It was a good situation to be in. I felt good today." Giro d'Italia: Valverde takes comfort from stage win and podium spot Giro d'Italia stage 16 highlights - video Giro d'Italia stage 16 - Finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Valverde wins intense stage to Andalo Video Highlights You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Valverde takes comfort from stage win and podium spot
May 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrated his first ever stage victory at the Giro d'Italia with gusto in Andalo, insisting his debut in the Corsa Rosa has been a success despite now only fighting for a place on the podium rather than overall victory. Valverde hugged his soigneur and lifted his bike in the air after beating Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) in an intense sprint to the line after an equally intense and aggressively raced stage 16 that saw Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and especially Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lose time in the battle for places on the podium. Valverde gained 42 seconds on the Colombian and 1:47 on the struggling Sicilian to jump above him into third overall. Valverde is 3:23 down on Kruijswijk but only 23 seconds down on Chaves.ADVERTISEMENT "I had two big goals before the race: to win a stage and secure a place on the podium. Now we got one and we're there for the other one," Valverde argued. "There are still two big stages to come and I'm happy how my Giro is going. The team is strong and now were even first in team competition, too. I'm enjoying the Giro and I now regret not coming before. Now I'm happy to be here." Valverde had promised to be aggressive on the short but mountainous stage from Bressanone to Andalo and his Movistar team pushed the pace before the Passo della Mendola at the halfway point. Valverde made several attacks and ensured he was in the select front group that later distanced Nibali and ensured that Chaves never caught them. Video Highlights You can read more at More...
Dimension Data looking to plug gaps in Grand Tour squad for 2017
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
The transfer window is set to open in just over two months time and Dimension Data are already making plans for next season. The next two months will be key for the team as they look to plug the gaps in their Grand Tour line-up for 2017 with the aim of getting an African rider on the podium of a Grand Tour within three years. The transfer season doesnt officially open until August 1 but Dimension Data team manager Doug Ryder tells Cyclingnews that hes already getting a lot of interest from WorldTour riders, particularly since the re-signing of Edvald Boasson Hagen last month. While he doesnt name names, he believes that there is a nervousness in the peloton with teams such as Tinkoff without a new sponsor and IAM Cycling closing their doors, and that riders and managers are striking while the iron is hot. Weve got so many. Im amazed at the riders who want to leave some teams that you would think that theyre institutionalised in. Everyone is testing the market and testing the water, team manager Ryder told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT We are looking for our stage racing team to step up but to bring on a Grand Tour winner is incredibly expensive and those guys are few and far between. Those are the discussions that are going on at the moment - who do we want to look for and who do we want to retain in the team and where should we be going. The Tour de France and the Giro dItalia will show what gaps we have in stage races of that nature. Dimension Data have several riders that will be out of contract at the end of this season, including Tyler Farrar, Theo Bos and a number of their of their African riders. Tour de France stage winner Stephen Cummings, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Serge Pauwels, Merhawi Kudus, Mark Cavendish and Bernhard Eisel are all on the roster for 2017, however, and Ryder is keen to keep the status quo if he can. Weve got lots of riders out of contract but we dont like making changes, we want to knuckle down and support the guys weve got, he explained. When we bring riders into the team, we do it for a reason and we want to support them long-term. Many of our African riders are out of contract and we want to bed them down. You can read more at More...
British Cycling threatens riders about speaking out in leaked email
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
British Cycling has warned off their athletes from speaking out against the organisation following recent scandals. In an email leaked to The Times newspaper, new Technical Director Andy Harrison informed athletes that interview responses could play a role in British Cyclings ability to support you as the current season unfolds. The email was sent following the leaking of information regarding Simon Yates positive for the asthma medication Terbutaline, and Shane Suttons resignation as British Cycling Technical Director after sexism claims from Jess Varnish. It had also been uncovered that British Cycling kit was being sold online, and UK Sport had launched their own investigation. "You will all be aware that weve had a bad week. I wanted to let you know where we are " and as many of you will be in a public and media environment this weekend, it is likely you will be asked to comment," the email from Harrison read, according to The Times. "You are free to say yes or no to interviews, but how you respond will be a big factor in our ability to support you as the current season unfolds."ADVERTISEMENT Athletes were then given a template answer when asked about the revelations about Yates: The specific allegations that have been circulating in the media over the past week are extremely serious and Im pleased to see that British Cycling and UK Sport are launching a full enquiry. Im confident that they will get to the bottom of these allegations and that British Cycling will emerge stronger as a result. For more on this British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis - Timeline Jess Varnish makes sexism allegations against Shane Sutton Pendleton and Cooke claim British Cycling is rife with sexism British Cycling announces independent review following sexism allegations Shane Sutton resigns amid sexism and discrimination claims Thomas: Sutton always wanted the best for British riders You can read more at More...
Steven Kruijswijk's celeste and pink Bianchi Oltre XR2 - Gallery
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Steven Kruijswijks Bianchi Oltre XR2 has been given a make-over for stage 15 of the Giro dItalia. To honour Kruijswijks position at the top of the overall standings and the maglia rosa, Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi has added some pink accents to the Oltre XR2. In addition to the pink handlebar tape, a pink paint job has been added to the back of the forks, seat post and stays. There is also a strip of it over the top tube and down the head tube, while the black bottle cages have been replaced with deep pink ones. The bubble gum pink additions have been met with mixed reactions on social media, with a split between those who love it and those who loath it.ADVERTISEMENT Kruijswijk's Oltre XR2 has been fitted with 25mm rims on the front and 50mm on the back. Read a full review of the Bianchi Oltre XR2 here. You can read more at More...
Trek-Segafredo set to swoop for Degenkolb as Giant-Alpecin hesitate
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Giant-Alpecin will look to start contract negotiations with star rider John Degenkolb in the coming weeks but Cyclingnews understands that the former Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner may be on his way to Trek-Segafredo for 2017. Giant decided to hold off negotiations with Degenkolb, whose contract expires at the end of the season, while they assessed his recovery from a serious training incident that took place in January when he and several teammates were hit by a vehicle. That delay, Cyclingnews understands, has provided teams with the opportunity to swoop in and, although riders can not technical sign for teams before the UCIs August 1 deadline, Degenkolb, according to one strong source, is set to ride in Trek colours next season. "We are in the market and it is a complex year, Trek Segafredos manager Luca Guercilena told Cyclingnews when asked about the likehood of signing the sprinter.ADVERTISEMENT We are open to many solutions and not one in particular. We will not make any further comment until the 1st of August when contracts must be delivered to the UCI." Giant Alpecin have been busy in recent months, tying up the futures of riders already on the squad while also looking at additions for next year. Earlier this month they announced that Simon Geschke had re-signed. With regards to the Degenkolb to Trek line, team manager Iwan Spekenbrink would only state: I cannot comment on that. You can read more at More...
Wiggins and Cavendish to team up at Six Day London
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
After claiming a memorable Madison title at the Track World Championships earlier this year, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will team up once again, returning to the scene of their triumph, at the Six Day London event in October. Cavendish confirmed his participation a couple of months ago but Wiggins was added to the bill on Tuesday to form, as he put it, the double act everyone wants to see. Ever since their ill-fated Madison ride at the 2008 Olympic Games, the careers of two of the biggest personalities in the history of British cycling have entwined themselves, culminating in that feel-good victory in the London Velodrome.Wiggins, who had noted that he and Cavendish had 'conquered the world' in the intervening eight years, said this year's Six Day could be the last time they compete alongside one another.ADVERTISEMENT Its going to be great. This has got to be the double act everyone wants to see isnt it?" said the 36-year-old. "Winning the Madison at the Worlds was incredible and this might well be the last chance that people get to see us together. With the roof having been blown off the Lee Valley VeloPark during the Madison victory in March, Wiggins joked that theyd have to put in some six day appearances " like the old days of Merckx and Sercu. Cavendish, who helped launch the Six Day London last year, revealed that was exactly the idea he had put to his partner. You can read more at More...
Boswell targets breaks for Team Sky in Giro dItalia final week
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
After a creditable 15th place in Sundays mountain time trial Ian Boswell(Team Sky) has his mind set on making it into breaks during the final week of the Giro dItalia. The American briefly set the fastest time over the 10.8 kilometre course - a surprise given that he had not targeted the stage. Having lost his team leader, Mikel Landa, through illness in the second week of the race, Boswells prime objective shifted from team support to seeking opportunities. The end is in sight now, he told Cyclingnews after a turbo session on Mondays rest-day.ADVERTISEMENT With the time trial, I wasnt really targeting it. It was a relaxed approach so even in the warm up I was talking with my teammate Phil Deignan on the rollers. It was a casual warm up and then I just got out there on the road. I didnt really know the course, although it wasnt like I had to brake or anything. The slopes on the Alpe di Siusi gave Boswell the opportunity to test himself, without the distractions a bunch race can provide. There was just one climb and no fights for position, leaving him with the narrow, but important, focus of posting the best possible time. It wasnt all plain sailing, however. Then I had Dario Cioni and Dave Brailsford behind me and they had a megaphone. It wasnt working but they thought it was, so they were telling me I had fast splits but I had no idea what they were saying. So I just started out riding at a decent pace, and when I reached the climb I decided to push on. The Tour de France You can read more at More...
Preview: Giro dItalia resumes with short but very sharp stage 16 to Andalo
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
The mammoth legs in the Alps next weekend may have drawn the eye when the Giro dItalia route was presented in Milan last October, but beware the first stage after a rest day: hostilities resume on Tuesday with a short, sharp leg to Andalo that could well provoke further ructions in the general classification. Just 132 kilometres in length and boasting two tough category 2 climbs, stage 16 of the Giro will provide a rather abrupt return to action after the rest day. Anybody struggling to get back up to speed quickly could be in for a far more arduous afternoon than the road book might have suggested " particularly as the miserable weather in South Tyrol meant that many riders were restricted to training on the rollers on Monday morning. Tomorrow is a hard stage, especially because its not long, so it could be a very intense stage from the start, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) warned during the rest day.ADVERTISEMENT There is almost certain to be a brisk start to proceedings. The opening 50 kilometres see the peloton descend gradually from the start in Bressanone, by way of Bolzano, before they hit the foot of the days first climb, the Passo della Mendola. With an average gradient of 6.5% and a maximum of 10%, the Mendola is by no means a particularly difficult ascent, but it is some 14.8 kilometres in length and provides precious little respite all the way up. Another lengthy descent follows the Passo della Mendola, with the route dropping via Cles " home of Maurizio Fondriest " to the base of the days second ascent, the shorter but steeper Fai della Paganella. The road climbs for 10 kilometres at an average gradient of 7.4% and features slopes of 15% just shy of the summit. Those second-category climbs are really first-category, or even more than that, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) complained. Giro d'Italia: Analysing the GC contenders after week two Steven Kruijswijk's Bianchi Specialissima time trial bike - Gallery Nibali looks to claw his way out of Hell at Giro d'Italia Chaves all smiles but serious about his Giro d'Italia ambitions Kruijswijk: I feel really strong after this weekend You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: How the Australians fared after the first 15 stages
May 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Success in a Grand Tour like the Giro dItalia is not always measured by the results. Pending the role of each rider in their team, the performance of a rider is also determined by the impact a rider has on the race in line with the tactics of their team. When this years Giro set off from Apeldoorn in The Netherlands on May 9, there were 10 Australians in the Giro. By the end of the stage 15, and with one week to go, there are eight still in the race. Cyclingnews looks at how those Australians have fared in the Giro so far and what awaits those still in the race before its finish in Torino on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge) After stage 15: 49th overall at 1:18:07 Damien Howson has continued to impress since last years Vuelta a Espana in support of Colombian Esteban Chaves, who placed fifth overall. Howson has stepped up to another level this year and has continued to show it in this Giro with his support for Chaves in climbs. With Chaves challenging for the overall win and the Dolomites behind the Giro, Howson has a huge week ahead, especially when the race enters the Alps in north-west Italy for stage 19 from Pinerolo to Risoul on Friday and stage 20 from Guillestre to SantAnna di Vinadio. You can read more at More...
Nibali looks to claw his way out of Hell at Giro d'Italia
May 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team were lodged in the grimly-titled Hotel Hell in Ortisei for the Giro d'Italia's final rest day, and he awoke on Monday morning to find that his calamitous showing on Alpe di Siusi the previous afternoon had been neither a nightmare nor a vision, but a simple matter of fact. Abandon all hope ye who enter here? The verdict doled out by the stage 15 mountain time trial was certainly a sobering one for the pre-race favourite, as Nibali conceded 2:10 to maglia rosa Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and slipped to third overall, some 2:51 behind the Dutchman. The podium in Turin felt a long way off as a thunderstorm rattled across South Tyrol during Nibali's rest day press conference on Monday afternoon, and it is clear that the straight path to Giro victory has been lost. Even so, Nibali attempted to sound an optimistic note. The deficit to Kruijswijk is daunting, but the situation, he said, is not irretrievable.ADVERTISEMENT "The gap itself is important but in terms of the classification, we're all in a position to attack " me, [Alejandro] Valverde and Esteban Chaves, provided he's not happy to ride for second place," Nibali said. "There are lots of twists in a Giro d'Italia and especially in this one. In the first week people were talking about Tom Dumoulin as a probable winner and then he abandoned. Then people were talking about Mikel Landa after his good time trial, but he paid a lot the day after. This definitely a Giro with a lot of twists, and I think that something could happen right to the end." More on this story:Giro d'Italia: Kruijswijk extends race lead in uphill time trial to Alpe di SiusiGiro d'Italia: Nibali and coach Slongo discuss GC recovery possibilities - Gallery You can read more at More...
Kruijswijk shows off maglia rosa at rest-day press conference - Gallery
May 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) looked both relaxed and confident during his afternoon outing at the rest-day press conference on Monday. After extending his lead in the stage 15 mountain time trial, the Dutchman is heading into the final week of the Giro d'Italia with a 2:12 lead over Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and 2:51 over Vincnzo Nibali (Astana). Kruijswijk met with the press to answer their questions about his overall lead at the Giro d'Italia, how he's been feeling after the first two weeks,what to expect in the last week of racing and to show off his maglia rosa.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Megan Guarnier goes top of Women's WorldTour rankings after Tour of California victory
May 23, 2016 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Overall victory in the Women's Tour of California sawMegan Guarnier become the third Boels-Dolmans rider to win a round of the newly created Women's WorldTour and also lead the individual rankings. World Champion and teammateLizzie Armitsteadwon the first round of the Women's WorldTour atStrade Bianchi to become the first leader of the standings for Boels Dolmans whileChantal Blaak's Gent-Wevelgem win saw the Dutch woman become the second overall leader from the team. Women's Tour of Californiastage 1 victory atopHeavenly Mountain Resort set up Guarnier for her first GC win of the season and first win at WorldTour level to catapult her from third to first on the standings with 504 points. Guarnier now leads Wiggle-High5's Emma Johansson on the standings with Armitstead dropping from first to third and Blaak from second to fourth.Johansson's eighth place overall in California saw her rise from fourth to second on 398 points.Kristin Armstrong entered the standings in 18th place after her second place overall with 93 riders having now scored points.ADVERTISEMENT WithEvelyn Stevens' third place in California, Boels-Dolmans' further extended its lead in the team standings with a tally of 1564 points. Wiggle-High5 stay second, despite adding to its haul of954 points, as do the other top six teams withTwenty16 - Ridebiker's entry onto the standings in seventh causing a slight change to the bottom half of the top-ten.Podium Ambition Pro Cycling P/B Club La Santa and the USA National Team also scored points for the first time this season with 27 teams in total on the ranking board. In the best young rider standings, Rabo-Liv'sKatarzyna Niewiadomastays top whileMaria Vittoria Sperotto enters the standings in sixth place with four points. The next race on the Women's WorldTour is the June 5Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on the other side of America before returning to Europe with the Aviva Women's Tour in mid-June. You can read more at More...
Steven Kruijswijk's Bianchi Specialissima time trial bike - Gallery
May 23, 2016 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
Steven Kruijswijk used a special Bianchi Specialissima bike for Sunday's mountain time trial at the Giro d'Italia with Bianchi engineers saving weight wherever possible so that the bike could be fitted with short aero bars and still be close to the 6.8kg UCI limit. Kruijswijk wanted aero bars for the opening 1.8km on flat roads before the climb to up to the Alpe di Siusi ski resort began. It proved to be a wise decision, with the Dutchman gaining time on all his rivals in the opening kilometres. He gained 43 seconds on Esteban Chaves and only lost three of those seconds on the climb. That allowed Kruijswijk to extend his overall lead on the Colombian to 2:12, while Nibali slipped to third at 2:51 after a tough day in the saddle during the mountain time trial. More on this story:ADVERTISEMENT Giro d'Italia: Kruijswijk extends race lead in uphill time trial to Alpe di Siusi Kruijswijk keeps his feet on the ground despite taking control of the Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia stage 15 highlights - Video Robert Gesink's Tour de France Bianchi Specialissima Bianchi Product Manager Angelo Lecchi told Cyclingnews that the Italian brand had worked closely with Kruijswijk to study and develop the bike. The Vision carbon fibre aero bars weigh 250g but were determined to be vital. Other weight saving had to be found to bring the bike down to the close to the UCI limit of 6.8kg. Savings were made on every item possible, including the paint scheme. The LottoNL-Jumbo team issue bikes are Bianchi celeste but the Specialissima was painted matt black and super light decals were used to save 20g. This helped reduce the frame weight to around 760 grammes. The Specialissima also included Bianchi's Countervail anti-vibration technology that is used in its Infinito CV model. The LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics also helped reduce the weight by fitting pink tape on the upper sections of the bars where Kruijswijk needed grip. The rest was left bare, with carbon fibre tape used instead of bar plugs. The same lightweight tape was used to cover the cable holes in the frame instead of heavier plastic covers and screws. You can read more at More...
Majka up to fifth overall following Alpe di Siusi time trial - Giro d'Italia Shorts
May 23, 2016 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
Majka improves to fifth overall Starting the stage 15 Giro d'Italia time trial fromCastelrotto to Alpe di Siusi in sixth place overall, Rafal Majka improved one place to enter the top-five for the first time in the race this year. The Polish climber finished in tenth place, 1:09 minutes down on stage winnerAlexander Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo). "It was a tough stage today and I just gave everything I could, but suffered. It has been a few hard days and the rest day comes at a good time tomorrow. There are still a lot of opportunities ahead and it was good to climb another spot on GC today," said the Tinkoff rider.ADVERTISEMENT It was the third straight day that Majka had finished inside the top-ten as he continues to improve his standing on the general classification. Majka was seventh on his Giro debut in 2013, coming back a year later and improving to sixth but skipped last year's race to race the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana where he finished in third place overall. Sports director Tristan Hoffman explained it was a good ride from Majka after the previous day's queen stage and expects the 26-year-old to rest up before the crucial and decisive final week of the race. "As expected the outcome of today was quite like yesterday, some of the GC guys were faster, some slower, but Rafal rode a good time trial and gave it everything he had," Hoffman said. "Tomorrow we've got the rest day, which is coming at a good time I think for the guys, as it has been a tough few days, then the race hits the mountains again on Tuesday and we'll be ready to go again." You can read more at More...
Atapuma comes up short in Corvara - Giro d'Italia Shorts
May 22, 2016 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
BMC's Darwin Atapuma appeared on the cusp of a debut grand tour stage victory on stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia but in the end it was fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves raising his arm in triumph. Atapuma was caught in the finale of the Giro's queen stage by Chaves, new maglia rosa Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and breakaway companion Georg Preidler,and with his dream of a victory sailing past with the trio, he crossed the line in the inconsequential position of fourth place wondering what could have been. Having crossed the line, Atapuma slowly came to a stop, unclipping from his pedals and slumping his head over his handlebars. "To be honest I think I need a while to really absorb what happened today and reflect on the stage," Atapuma said via a team press release having returned to the team bus without answering questions from the press. "To come so close, on a stage like today, is devastating. I felt really good throughout the stage, had good legs and good sensations, and it was going perfectly. I gave it absolute everything when I attacked on the final climb, I thought if I could just hold on to my gap in the descent, I could make it in those final kilometers."ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old improved his overall position from 24th to 14th but it was the stage win Atapuma was dreaming of. With several big mountain stages to come, there will be other opportunities for Atapuma who explained he will try again but knows stage 14 is one that got away. "I'm exhausted both mentally and physically. It would have been one of the best wins of my career. I just kept hoping and hoping that I would stay clear. But on a stage like today, it's rare that everything goes to plan. I hope I'll have more opportunities in the next week of racing," he said. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Start times for stage 15 Alpe di Siusi time trial
May 22, 2016 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
The third and final time trial of the 2016 Giro d'Italia is short at just 10.8 km but is almost exclusively an uphill affair that is sure to see further adjustments to the general classification. The 15th stage starts inCastelrotto with a brief1.8km section of relatively flat road before turning onto the 9kmAlpe di Siusiclimb with an average gradient of 8.3%. The twisting, turning climb is sure to test the legs of the GC men just one day after the queen stage in which Alejandro Valverde shipped three minutes to his overall rivals and Steven Kruijswijk earned the first maglia rosa of his career. The Dutchman, stage 14 winner Esteban Chaves and 2013 champion Vincenzo Nibali have emerged as the podium contendersbut there could be another shake up following the time trial today.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Dumoulin, the stage 1 time trial winner in Apeldoorn, has abandoned the race, although the winner of the rolling Chianti test against the clock,Primoz Roglic, will start at 3:14pm and could add to his stage 9 success. However, it looks likely to be a battle between the GC men with domestiques riding within themselves and save their legs for the all important third week. Australian Jack Bobridge (Trek-Segafredo) will be the first starter at 1:30pm local time with riders heading out onto the course at one minute intervals thereafter. The top-15 riders however have been given three minute intervals. You can read more at More...
Tour of California: Alaphilippe survives chaotic stage 7 to keep yellow
May 22, 2016 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
A day after he survived a general classification challenge from one of the best time trialists in the world at the Tour of California's Folsom time trial, Etixx-Quickstep's Julian Alaphilippe passed another test on Saturday, fending off an onslaught of attacks on a hilly circuit from Santa Rosa to the Pacific coast and back. The 23-year-old Frenchman is just one stage away from claiming his first general classification win as a professional, needing to make it through a very flat Sacramento stage on Sunday before he can claim the final victory. "I hope it's going to be more easy than today, because it was really hard," he said in the press conference following Saturday's stage. "The first part of the race was always bloc. Fortunately, it is the last stage tomorrow and we will see."ADVERTISEMENT The Sacramento circuit doesn't offer much opportunity for any rider hoping to usurp Alaphilppe's lead. The flat parcours is almost guaranteed to produce a bunch sprint, although the last time the race came to Scaramento crosswinds blowing through the agricultural fields around the state's capitol produced a short-lived split. Fortunately for Alaphilippe, he's on Belgian team packed with tough and experienced Classics riders who can help keep him safe. "I can win the race for sure, but I can also lose the race," he said. "I'm confident in my team because I have strong big guys for the flat stage, and we will do our best. I hope it's going to be a good day for my team and also for me. I've never won a general classification in my young career, so it's going to be my first good win. So I can be happy, but it's not finished." You can read more at More...
Jeannie Longo's husband faces prison for EPO purchases
May 21, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Patrice Ciprelli, the husband and coach of French cycling legend and multiple world champion Jeannie Longo, faces imprisonment after a court in Grenoble concluded that he had made several online purchases of EPO and had illegally imported the banned performance-enhancing product into France. According to the two judges who conducted the investigation into Ciprelli's purchase of EPO, "The inquiry revealed that Mr Ciprelli had taken numerous precautions when importing these products and then tried to conceal the fact, and he still continues to deny this using excuses that aren't credible and that are in certain aspects complete fantasy in the face of overwhelming evidence." In 2012, however, Ciprellireportedly confessed to purchasing EPO in 2010 and 2011 on L'quipeTV, but contended the drug "was for his own, personal use". Hewas taken into custody, at that time, after officials from OCLAESP (the French central office for public health and the prevention of environmental damage) searched the couple's residence in Grenoble.ADVERTISEMENT Four years on, the 61-year-old coach now faces a return to court to be sentenced on a charge of "having been involved in the fraudulent importation of prohibited goods, specifically doping products (EPO)." The investigation, which began in September 2011, revealed that Ciprelli had purchased EPO on eight occasions between October 2007 and June 2011, spending a total of US$9,363. Payment was made with either Ciprelli's bank card or his wife's. The products were then delivered to Ciprelli's mother home or to that of a friend. The investigating judges also looked into allegations of doping, and concluded: "The suspicions of doping by persons being trained by Mr Ciprelli, and notably his wife Jeannie Longo, have not been confirmed by the inquiry nor by assessment of the medical records of the latter mentioned." You can read more at More...
Ryder Hesjedal abandons Giro d'Italia
May 21, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) has been forced to abandon the Giro dItalia. The Canadian was sitting 14th at 4:48 in the overall behind race leader Andrey Amador (Movistar) and started stage 14. However, he pulled out midway through the queen stage having lost contact with the main field in the mountains due to illness. Hesjedal won the Giro dItalia in 2012 and moved to Trek-Segafredo in the winter having ridden for Cannondale in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT More to come #giro unfortunately our DS in the race just told us that @ryder_hesjedal was forced to abandon due to stomach problems. More news to follow. " Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) May 21, 2016 You can read more at More...
Cunego fearful of the six major climbs as he tries to defend Giro's climbers jersey
May 21, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Damiano Cunego (Nippo Vini Fantini) is the leader of mountains competition at the Giro dItalia and is determined to defend the blue jersey during Saturdays spectacular stage in the Dolomites. The Italian won the Giro dItalia in 2004 and was affectionately nicknamed the Piccolo Principe " Little Prince after Antoine de Saint-Exuprys popular book. After an often difficult voyage of discovery and maturity since his early success, Cunego is enjoying a renaissance at Nippo Vini Fantini this season. He had not been on the Giro dItalia podium for a decade before taking the blue jersey but seems to be enjoying himself again, despite suffering as he chases every mountain point on offer.ADVERTISEMENT Ive got a lot on my plate, with the jersey and trying to win a stage, it means a lot of hard racing but Im enjoying it all. Its good to be back, he told Cyclingnews. Ive kept the jersey but its getting harder as we go more and more into the big mountain stages and other riders decide to go the climbers competition. The stage in the Dolomites is a big day, with lots of points up for grabs on the six climbs. I can perhaps lose the jersey but Ill keep fighting. Stage 14 from Alpago to Corvara has rightly been described as the Queen stage of this years Giro dItalia. It will be the most spectacular stage of the race and also one of the hardest, with six major climbs packed into the final 120km of the 210km stage. You can read more at More...
Team Sky and Bora-Argon 18 interested in signing Diego Rosa
May 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It might only be May, but riders who are out of contract at the end of the year must start considering their futures, and one rider who is generating a lot of interest is Astana's Diego Rosa. Cyclingnews understands that the Italian is in talks with multiple WorldTour teams - among them Team Sky - as well as German Pro Continental outfit Bora-Argon 18. French newspaper L'Equipe linked Rosa with Sky on Thursday and the rider's agent Giuseppe Acquadro confirmed to Cyclingnews that the British team have shown considerable interest and that talks have taken place. Rosa, 27, has caught the eye in the last 12 months with a string of impressive performances. After beginning his professional career at Italian Pro Continental squad Androni Giocattoli, 2015 was his first season with Astana and he was a key part of the success of Fabio Aru, who won the Vuelta a Espaa and finished second at the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT He was also part of Vincenzo Nibali's Il Lombardia victory, where he kicked on behind his teammate to finish fifth.Rosa has also captured results of his own, winning Milan-Turin towards the end of last year, and winning a stage at the Vuelta al Pas Vasco last month before taking a top-10 at Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Cyclingnewsunderstands that one possible destination for Rosa is Bora-Argon 18, where, unlike at Sky or Astana, he would be an out-and-out leader. Bora are a growing team and, though they are currently racing at Pro Continental level, they have set their sights on securing a WorldTour licence for 2017. The move would not necessarily be contingent on the team gaining access to cycling's top-tier next year, given they already participate in a large portion of the WorldTour calendar, including four of the five monuments and two of the three Grand Tours (with the exception of Il Lombardia and the Giro d'Italia respectively). You can read more at More...
Tour of California motorcycle support member dies during stage 4
May 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
One of the support team for the Amgen Tour of California died after losing consciousness during stage 4 at a remote mountain sprint on the PacificCoast Highway. Cyclingnews witnessed medical attention being given to one of the several motorcyclists who accompany the race at the first KOM, 72km into the 215km stage fromMorro Bay to Laguna Seca Raceway. KSBW reported that the person began to choke, and subsequently passed out and crashed his motorcycle at 11:40 am local time. The man, who is yet to be named, died at the scene.ADVERTISEMENT The news website said that the man had been carrying a photographer on the back of his motorcycle at the time but that he survived the crash. Despite the incident, the race continued and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) went on to win his second stage, beating Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the sprint at Laguna Seca. You can read more at More...
Evgeny Petrov dislocates AC joint in late stage 11 pile up - Giro d'Italia Shorts
May 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Of the 40 riders to fall in the late crash that punctured the finale of stage 11, Tinkoff's Evgeny Petrovwas one of the more seriously injured. Petrov was caught in the middle of the crash that also brought down the majority of the FDJ team, AG2R-La Mondiale's Domenico Pozzovivo, Astana's Valerio Agnoli and Orica-GreenEdge's Luka Mezgec. The Russian remounted his bike and but was the last rider to cross the line finishing with Mathias Brandle (IAM Cycling) at more than 18 minutes down on stage winner Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida). The team reported that he was in quite a lot of pain when he finished, and it was revealed in an x-ray that Petrov had suffered "first-degree dislocation of the right acromioclavicular joint" in the post-race communiqu. Tinkoff are yet to announce if Petrov will remain in the race although last year Alberto Contador put the pain of a dislocated shoulder to one side as he rode to overall Giro victory. His teammate Rafal Majka missed the trouble and moved up to sixth place in the overall standings.ADVERTISEMENT Evgeny Petrov (Tinkoff) Giacomo Nizzolo comes close yet again You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia 2016: A look back on the opening week with inCycle - Video
May 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In episode 10 of inCycle, the team takes a look back at the opening week of racing at the Giro d'Italia. Tom Dumoulin may have left the race on stage 11 but he has a lot that he can be proud of in the first days of racing with a stage win and a stint in the pink jersey. The Dutchman looks back on his highs and lows with inCycle.ADVERTISEMENT Grand Tour stalwart Matteo Tosatto, who is riding his 33rd three-week race, talks about his best Grand Tour memories. In the latest Giro d'Italia leadout, Marcel Kittel discusses his early departure from the race, BMCs Max Sciandri re-lives his 1992 stage win in Arezzo, Filippo Pozzato talks about his vintage Wilier Triestina and we find out why Lotto Soudal DS Bart Leysen had to shave his head following Andre Greipel's stage win Foligno. Plus, a look at the time trial discipline with the Lampre-Merida team. You can read more at More...
Sky teammates were not told of Landa's illness, says Boswell
May 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The morning's newspapers gave no hint that Mikel Landa's Giro d'Italia was about to come to a very abrupt end on the road to Sestola on stage 10. "My Giro starts from today with the climb to Sestola," Landa had told Corriere della Sera during Monday's rest day. Gazzetta dello Sport had quoted him as saying: "I'm not surprised to be the favourite for the Giro." Speaking with reporters beneath the signing-on podium in Campi Bisenzio on Tuesday morning, Landa had shown no signs of illness as he reported for duty, even telling a Danish television crew that he planned to attack on the way to Sestola. Barely 30 kilometres into the day's stage, however, shortly after the peloton had left Pistoia and begun climbing the category 3 Passo della Collina, race radio crackled into action to announce that Landa had been dropped.ADVERTISEMENT Shortly afterwards, Landa's deficit was announced as standing at three minutes, and after Astana began forcing at the front, each bulletin brought more doleful news for the Basque. Four minutes soon stretched to six. His fellow countryman Mikel Nieve and David Lopez waited with him, out of duty rather than in hope. Sixty-six kilometres into the stage, just before the start of the climb of Pietracolora, Landa climbed off his bike and abandoned the Giro. Coming just 48 hours after a startlingly strong time trial showing had left him within touching distance of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Landa's withdrawal was a surprise to all observers " and, it seems, to his teammates. More on this story:Giro dItalia stage 10 " Finish line quotesGiro dItalia stage 10 highlights " VideoLanda abandons Giro dItalia You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Greipel hoping for more sprint success in Asolo and Bibione
May 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Like all the sprinters, Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) struggled during the hilly tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia. He has used his muscle and power to win two sprint stages so far but had to haul his bulk over the numerous climbs on the road to Sestola so that he could have a shot at victory possibly on Wednesday's stage to Asolo, and more certainly on Thursday's pan-flat stage to Bibione, north of Venice. Greipel finished in one of the Giro d'Italia gruppetto, 27:33 down on stage winner Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF). The 21-year-old Italian neo-pro raced for 5:44:32; Greipel suffered for almost 30 minutes longer. After making it to the finish, he also had to climb the steps of the official race podium after taking the lead in the red jersey points competition. "Today's not the best day to understand how I'm feeling but I made it to the finish today without any real trouble. For sure this Giro has been good for us, I'm happy and we hope it continues," he told Cyclingnews before heading to his team hotel.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday's rest day Greipel and several of his Lotto Soudal teammates took on the hectic Florence traffic to visit the Duomo in the centre of the Renaissance city, with the German posting a photo of himself in front of the Duomo on Twitter. He perhaps appreciated little of the rolling Apennines today but knows what is to come on the stages to Asolo and Bibione. "You always have to find some inspiration even in a Grand Tour and Florence is a special city, so it was worth the visit. It's good to take some memories home and not only about cycling," he said. "I think tomorrow (Wednesday's stage) is going to be a hard day because the finale is pretty tough, so I don't really expect there will be a bunch sprint. We haven't planned our tactics yet but we'll see what happens and be ready just in case the race comes back together. For sure I think the finish in Bibione will be a chance for the sprinters." To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, please click here. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia stage 8: Quotes from the finish line
May 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) soloed to victory on stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia to Arezzo. The Italian jumped clear on the final climb of the day and built up enough of a lead to take hold of the maglia rosa, as Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) suffered a terrible day on the bike. Below are a selection of reactions from today's stage. Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep) - stage 8 winner and race leaderADVERTISEMENT This is amazing! My idea at the beginning of the Giro was to focus on today's stage and I've made it but I cannot believe that I've done it. I have to thank Matteo Trentin because he did an excellent job. I was the rider who initiated the breakaway but he did most of the work until I rode away in the steep part of the climb. I'm delighted. Everything is going well for me this year. The birth of my daughter Asia twenty days ago has also changed my life. It's beautiful Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) - second on stage 8 Today was a tough day. The break took a while to go because it was hard. We were very scared about the wind and it wasnt an easy thing to do to get into the break. Brambilla was in fantastic form and of course he was up in the overall standings so it didnt look like they would let us away. Not everyone was co-operating in the break and then he managed to get some advantage in the end. I wanted to do a great job to win the stage, I tried to attack. I wanted to anticipate Brambilla because I know that he is stronger than me on the climb and I was caught in the last sector. Maybe if Id stayed in his wheel but it is too easy to say now. Giro d'Italia: Brambilla wins stage 8 in Arezzo You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Stage 8 video highlights
May 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia saw a major shift in the overall classification thanks to the audacious attack of Gianluca Brambilla.The Etixx-Quickstep rider entered the day's breakway, and with no team willing to help Tom Dumoulin's Giant-Alpecin team control the gap, Brambilla gained enough time to take over the race lead.ADVERTISEMENT The Italian rode away from his breakaway companions on the Alpe di Poti, an unpaved category 2 ascent, with 25km to go, then held his advantage over Matteo Montaguti (AG2RLa Mondiale) to the line. Dumoulin fell out of the top 10 on the stage, surpassed by Brambilla, with IlnurZakarin(Katusha)moving into second overall ahead of Steven Kruijswijk(LottoNl-Jumbo). You can read more at More...
Tour of California team presentation - Gallery
May 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 2016Amgen Tour of California gets underway on Sunday, with a stacked field with 10 WorldTour squads, including some of the best sprinters in the pro peloton. The race's winningest rider and current world champion Peter Sagan returns, looking to pad his record tally of stage wins and follow up on last year's overall victory.. Last year's Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) looks to refind his old form after being hit head-on by a car during the team's January training camp. BradleyWiggins (Team WIGGINS) says his added weight for his track focus ahead of the Rio OlympicGames will rule out a stab at a second overall victory, but he will be a favourite for the Folsom time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Last year's USAPro Challenge winner Rohan Dennis (BMCRacing) is one of the favourites for the overall classification, and will have Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) as his main rivals. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Peter Kennaugh(Team Sky), Mark Cavendish(Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff(Katusha), and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) will also have their opportunity to shine in the Golden State. You can read more at More...
Dumoulin and Giant-Alpecin make useful allies at the Giro dItalia
May 13, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Giant-Alpecin team itself was among those caught out when Giro dItalia leader Tom Dumoulins development as a Grand Tour contender suddenly accelerated during last years Vuelta a Espaa. As per tradition, Giant-Alpecin had arrived at the start in Marbella with a team built around a fast finisher, in this instance John Degenkolb, and the nine-man selection was composed primarily of riders to chase down escapes and set up sprints. Even Dumoulin, on hand to prepare for the World Championships time trial, was delegated a role in the lead-out train. When Dumoulin seized the red jersey after triumphing atop the Cumbre del Sol on stage 9, however, Giant-Alpecins line-up was hurriedly organised into an unfamiliar formation. The skills of setting up a bunch sprint were applied elsewhere, and men such as Luka Mezgec, Johannes Frohlinger and Koen de Kort were redeployed to position Dumoulin at the foot of climbs.ADVERTISEMENT The experiment proved a success " Dumoulin only lost the red jersey on the penultimate stage, after all " but the Dutchmans isolation prompted a rethink when it came to selecting a team for the Giro. It is instructive that, Dumoulin apart, Tom Stamsnijder is the only other survivor from last years Vuelta to make the Giro team. Solid climbers such as Georg Preidler, Chad Haga and Tobias Ludvigsson are on hand to complement the work of Bert De Backer, Cheng Ji et al. More on this story:Giro dItalia stage 7 resultsGiro dItalia stage 7: Finish line quotesGiro dItalia stage 7 highlights - video We have more climbers with us. Were a better balanced team thats for sure, Stamsnijder told Cyclingnews in Sulmona on Friday, ahead of Dumoulins sixth day in the maglia rosa. I dont think its that much different except theres more climbers to stay with Tom in the final, but bear in mind that those guys are still young so its still a learning curve. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Puncture costs Kittel points lead on stage 7
May 13, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After a hard battle to stay with the main bunch on stage 7, a late puncture put paid to Marcel Kittels hopes to fight for his third win of the 2016 Giro dItalia. The Etixx-QuickStep rider, a double stage winner in the Netherlands and for one day the race leader, had been dropped on the fourth category climb of Vallico della Somma late on stage 7. But having lost 20 seconds at the summit, 41 kilometres from the line, the German sprinter managed to get back on following a hectic chase and strong support from this teammates. Once he was back in the main bunch, a second setback in the form of a flat tire through the streets of Foligno spelled curtains for Kittels hopes of fighting it out in the sprint.ADVERTISEMENT Although Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) stepped up to the bar in his leaders absence and took a solid sixth place in the bunch sprint , the puncture left Kittel 166th on the stage, out of the running for the stage win, and also cost the German his red jersey of points leader, which he had held since stage 2. Fellow German and stage 7 winner Andr Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) now leads with 119 points, compared to Kittels total of 106. More on this story:Giro dItalia stage 7 resultsGiro dItalia stage 7: Finish line quotesGiro dItalia stage 7 highlights - video We had a very difficult start, more than an hour at full gas and with some bad weather in between, Kittel said later on the team website. Our plan was to wait and see what will happen on the last climb. You can read more at More...
Greipel coy on Worlds prospects after second Giro dItalia stage win
May 13, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A gorilla cycles into a press room Andr Greipel (Lotto Soudal) may not be destined for the stand-up circuit when he decides to hang up his wheels, but the softly-spoken German has a neat sense for a deadpan line all the same. After claiming his second stage win of the Giro dItalia with a furious sprint finish in Foligno, Greipel arrived at the media centre by bike, pedalling through the main doors and directly into the sports hall that housed the races press pack. The win brought Greipel level with his countryman Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) on two victories apiece this week, though the latters puncture in the final kilometres meant that the expected all-German sprint battle did not materialise.ADVERTISEMENT No sooner had Greipel taken his seat in the conference room than he was asked if he believed he should lead the German team at Octobers sprinter-friendly World Championships in Doha rather than Kittel or John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). I know the World Championships are in October, Greipel said and then added: Now we have May. A more convoluted approach to landing an answer to the same query followed. As Giro press officer Matt Rendell began to translate the question, Greipel smiled " I understood that " and assented to delivering a longer version of his default diplomatic response. You can read more at More...

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