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Trentin wins his 2nd Vuelta stage; Froome keeps overall lead
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALHAMA DE MURCIA, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome kept his Spanish Vuelta lead by avoiding trouble in the difficult final descent of Tuesday's Stage 10, which was won by Matteo Trentin.It was the second stage victory for the Italian,... More...
McLaren and Specialized release special edition Roubaix
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This story originally appeared on Bikeradar. Quite some time ago, Specialized teamed up with McLaren to make a special edition Venge, where the British Formula 1 giant took the existing frame and optimized the carbon layup - which led to a lighter and stiffer frame. Since then weve also seen the brands collaborate on a limited edition and seriously expensive S-Works Tarmac, the new Venge ViAS, a TT Lid and now a bright Orange S-Works Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The bike is a celebration of McLarens 50 years of Grand Prix racing, and the bike is painted with what Specialized is calling 'Heritage Orange', paying homage to the Automaker's now trademark papaya orange that adorned its race cars in the late 1960s. Lets not forget that Specialized and McLaren have a technical partnership, and the Automaker provided the data logging equipment used to develop the Rolling Efficiency Simulator - an integral piece of software used in part to design the new Roubaix. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali: Froome has been the strongest and most explosive so far
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) remains in contention as the Vuelta a Espaa resumes after its first rest day, but the Italian has acknowledged that race leader Chris Froome (Sky) has appeared unbeatable to this point. Froome moved into the red jersey when Nibali won stage 3 in Andorra, and has steadily increased his overall lead since. On Sunday, Froome won on the summit finish atop Cumbres del Sol to cement his lead still further, while Nibali is now 4th overall, 1:17 down. At this moment, you cant beat him. On all of the summit finishes so far, hes shown himself to be the strongest, the most powerful, the most explosive. Its disarming, Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Up to nowADVERTISEMENT Froome and Skys dominance has not been the only defining characteristic of the Vuelta to date. The soaring speeds in the front group, particularly on the final climbs, has not gone unnoticed within the peloton. Nibali said that the data from his power-meter demonstrated just how tough this Vuelta has been. Were going very strongly and in the bunch, nobody is talking about anything else, Nibali said. Besides, the computers dont lie. Were flying. Nibali began the Vuelta on the back foot following Bahrain-Meridas lowkey showing in the opening team time trial in Nmes, and he admitted that he has struggled on the short, explosive climbs that have littered the Vuelta route to date. Even Nibalis canny victory in Andorra came after he had been distanced by Froome on the Alto de la Cornella. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa to take over Fundacion Euskadi team - News Shorts
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa is set to take over the Basque development squad Fundacion Euskadi, according to a report in Spanish publication AS. Landa will take control of the squad, which is currently run by Miguel Madariaga, in the short to medium term. Current sports director, and former teammate of Landas at Euskaltel-Euskadi, Jorge Azanza, will take up a lead role within the team. Madariaga has been involved with the Fundacion Euskadi team since its inception and had preparing to leave the team, but they were struggling to find a replacement. Landa rode for the Fundacion Euskadi team in 2008 and 2009 before switching to the Orbea Continental squad at the end of the 2009 season. He stepped up to the professional ranks in 2011 with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, which received some funding from the Fundacion Euskadi.ADVERTISEMENT The team is not Landas first side project, after he funded the set-up of cycling website Zikloland.com at the end of last year with journalist and representative Jess Ezkurdia. Landa will ride with Movistar next season after signing a two-year contract with the Spanish squad. Sunweb backing Bauhaus for Brussels Cycling Classic success German Phil Bauhaus will lead Team Sunweb into the Brussels Cycling Classic on his debut at the 1.HC Belgian sprinters' race. The 23-year-old enjoyed a breakout stage win at the Critrium du Dauphin in June and will be backed by an experienced squad for the September 2 race. National Canadian team named for GP Qubec and Montral Vuelta a Espana Recon Ride rest day podcast With the Vuelta a Espana taking its first rest day of 2017, the Recon Ride has turned its attention to the opening nine days of racing and looking ahead to what's in store before rest day two. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: British star Sir Chris Hoy tells middle-aged men to stop wearing Lycra
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For years, "middle-aged men in Lycra" (Mamils) have stoically defended their right to squeeze into tight-fitting cycling gear, despite the sniggers of practically everyone else.But now, even Sir Chris Hoy has waded into the debate,... More...
Cannondale-Drapac future in doubt after sponsor pulls out leaving $7million black hole
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The team includes 28 professional cyclists and around 60 other staff members More...
Stybar renews with Quick-Step Floors
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar has signed a two-year contract extension with Quick-Step Floors that will keep him at the team until the end of the 2019 season. The Czech began his professional career in cyclo-cross and has won three world titles in the discipline, but his transition to the road began in earnest when he signed for Quick-Step in the spring of 2011. To be honest, I cant believe I have been with the team since 2011, time surely flies when you are having a good time, but what an amazing journey it has been to race with this squad over the past years, Stybar said in a statement released on Monday. Having extended my contract for two more seasons means we can continue the great work we started together in 2011, which I am very grateful and happy about. Stybars time at Quick-Step has featured stage wins at the Tour de France in 2015 and the Vuelta a Espaa in 2013, as well as victory at the 2015 Strade Bianche and overall victory at the Eneco Tour in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Stybar has been a part of Quick-Steps cobbled Classics line-up since 2013 and his level of responsibility has grown as the years have progressed. He placed second at Paris-Roubaix in 2015 and 2017, losing out in the sprint on the velodrome on each occasion, to John Degenkolb and Greg Van Avermaet, respectively. Despite the loss of the retired Tom Boonen, Quick-Step will boast a strong cobbled Classics squad in 2018, with Stybar following 2014 Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra in renewing with Patrick Lefeveres squad. The team has also signed Elia Viviani from Sky, while Fernandro Gaviria remains in situ. This season, we have been once again one of the very best teams in the bunch by winning over and over again in so many different types of races, however, it has not been a personal best season for me, admitted Stybar, whose lone victory to date came in the Czech national championships road race in June. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) " Results on Sunday in the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Orihuela to El Poble Nou de Benitatxell:1. Chris Froome, Britain, Team Sky, 4:07:132. Esteban... More...
Froome wins 9th stage, increases Spanish Vuelta lead
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome moved to the front in the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday and increase his overall lead.The Tour de France winner took the lead with about... More...
Cannondale-Drapac attempt to fight back in Vuelta after sponsorship blow
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Drapac have put on a brave face to what riders and staff called a huge blow after it was officially announced on Saturday that the teams future is on hold. Ahead of stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana, the riders and team staff did their business as usual, holding the standard team meeting but there was no avoiding the issue of what will happen to the team in 2018 and beyond. It was widely pointed out that this is not just a question for the teams riders, but also for the management, which Cyclingnews was told has around 100 full-time employees, from riders to staff.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Woods revealed to a small group of reporters at the team bus that he knew that the teams future was in jeopardy on Friday and that it had affected his performance, but that he was determined to battle on and try and secure a good result. Its a total bummer but its not over yet. Jonathan Vaughters and the Slipstream Sports management are still working on getting sponsors, Woods, the teams best placed GC rider, said. So its not a done deal at all. I found out the news on Friday and it resulted in a bit of a sleepless night and even me making some pretty bad tactical decisions yesterday. I got excited and wanted a result so bad for the team that I got anxious on the climb and attacked a bit too early with [Alberto] Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and then blew up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
XORRET DE CATI, Spain (AP) " Results on Saturday in the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) from Hellin to Xorret de Cati:1. Julian Alaphilippe, France, Quick-Step Floors,4:37:552. Jan Polanc, Slovenia,... More...
Froome keeps his lead after Spanish Vuelta's longest stage
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CUENCA, Spain (AP) " Slovene rider Matej Mohoric comfortably won the Spanish Vuelta's longest stage on Friday and Chris Froome maintained his overall lead.Mohoric took control of the race during the final climb and cruised to victory... More...
Hamish Bond - Winning switch a natural cycle
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Hamish Bond's selection as an international cyclist, Andrew Alderson looks at the difficulty he faces in transitioning from rowing to elite riding. Hamish Bond took liberties when he was selected as a time-triallist for New... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CUENCA, Spain (AP) " Results on Friday in the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 207 kilometers (129 miles) from Lliria to Cuenca, with three Category 3 climbs1. Matej Mohorcic, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, 4:43:35.2. Pawel... More...
Hand-cycle frees one-legged Zane to speed around with his mates
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
West Aucklander Zane Kukutai-Seumanu may have only one leg, but when it comes to zooming around on a shiny, new "bike", hands can perform just as well as feet.Nine-year-old Zane was born with spina bifida and later had the lower... More...
Froome holds Vuelta lead after Van Garderen crashes twice
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAGUNT, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome maintained his lead of the Spanish Vuelta after Tejay van Garderen crashed twice during the sixth stage on Thursday.Van Garderen entered the stage in second place at 10 seconds behind Froome. But... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAGUNT, Spain (AP) " Results on Thursday in the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 204-kilometer (127-mile) hilly ride from Vila-real to Sagunt, with five categorized climbs:1. Tomasz Marczynski, Poland, Lotto Soudal, 4:47:02.2.... More...
Lutsenko wins Vuelta's 5th stage, Froome adds to lead
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALCOSSEBRE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome increased his lead in the Spanish Vuelta during a fifth stage won by Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.Froome started the day just two seconds ahead of a trio of riders and with most... More...
Trentin wins 4th stage of Vuelta, Froome keeps lead
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) " Matteo Trentin of Italy won a sprint finish to claim the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Chris Froome maintained his overall race lead.Trentin powered past Juan Jose Lobato and had time... More...
Laura and Jason Kenny announce the birth of their baby - "Welcome to the world little Albert Louie Kenny!"
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Laura posted: "Welcome to the world little Albert Louie Kenny, you kept us waiting a week but it was all worth it" More...
US Cycling hires longtime Aussie coach for endurance program
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) " USA Cycling has hired longtime Team Australia coach Gary Sutton to oversee its endurance program, which won a world championship in team pursuit and two silver medals at the Rio Olympics.Sutton had... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Results on Monday in the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 158 kilometers (98 miles) from Prades to Andorra La Vella, with a pair of Category 1 climbs followed by a Category 21. Vincenzo Nibali,... More...
Froome takes Spanish Vuelta lead as Nibali wins 3rd stage
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the overall lead after a strong run in the first mountain stage on Monday.Froome was... More...
Chris Froome set for moment of truth at Vuelta Espana after preserving general classification lead
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion holds a two-second lead ahead of a brutal finish on Wednesday More...
Morkov signs two-year contract with Quick-Step Floors
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michael Morkov is set to move to Quick-Step Floors for 2018 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The Danish rider has been racing in the colours of Katusha-Alpecin for the past two seasons and will slot into the teams Classics line-up as well as providing support for the teams sprinters, Fernando Gaviria and fellow new-signing Elia Viviani. Morkov, 32, explained that the chance to ride with the team was one that he couldnt pass up. I have always been interested in this team and when [team manager] Patrick [Lefevere] came with the offer to ride with them for the next two years I couldnt refuse it, Morkov said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT Its a team you admire and always look at in the races as competing rider. But most importantly, Patrick and the squad always seem to get the most out of every rider. Also, riders of my age have progressed in this team, so I believe this move can help me progress as a rider. I have been happy with the last two seasons at Katusha, with the results we have created together, which makes me even more motivated to finish off this season strong before moving to my new team. Morkov began on the track, where he earned a team pursuit silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. On the road, he spent four seasons with the Continental outfit Team GLS before stepping up to professional level with Saxo Bank in 2009. He had two national time trial titles and one in the road race as well as a stage victory at the 2013 Vuelta a Espaa. He moved to Katusha last season, where he has predominantly worked for Alexander Kristoff in the lead-out train. Im really excited with how the outfit is looking for the next seasons, especially with the likes of Gaviria and Viviani, as I think I can offer them both a lot in the sprints, he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lampaert leads Vuelta as riders face winds, passing train
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GRUISSAN, France (AP) " Yves Lampaert took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday after winning the second stage which saw strong winds, crashes and even a brief wait for a passing train.Quick-Step Floors rider Lampaert... More...
New Zealand brewery cans Armstrong ad campaign
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " A New Zealand brewery has canned a planned advertising campaign featuring disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong.Lion Breweries flew Armstrong to New Zealand last year to film the campaign for... More...
BMC Racing wins team time trial to open Spanish Vuelta
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NIMES, France (AP) " Team BMC Racing won the time trial that opened the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, with Australian rider Rohan Dennis taking the early overall lead.BMC won the 13.7-kilometer (8.5-mile) stage in the French city... More...
Chris Froome moves into Vuelta Espana top 10 with high hopes going into mountainous stage three
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion moved through the pack to be 21 seconds off the lead More...
Roche 'disgusted' to find out about Sanchez positive
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing rider Nicolas Roche has said that he was disgusted to find out that his teammate Samuel Sanchez had failed an anti-doping test. Sanchez returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance GHRP-2 " a growth hormone-releasing peptide " in an out-of-competition test on August 9 and was informed of the result just two days before the Vuelta a Espana got underway in Nimes. Writing in his daily diary for the Irish Independent, Roche - who is riding the Vuelta a Espana - described the emotion on the team bus after the news was made public. The team had been out on a pre-race training ride when Sanchez received the fateful phone call, Roche had initially been told to wait up for his teammate, but Sanchez returned to the hotel where he promptly packed to go home. "Just before lunch, we were all summoned onto the team bus for a team meeting. This often happens at races, so I didn't think much of it until the directeur sportif made his announcement, Roche wrote in the diary published on Saturday. "Immediately the questions started: the most common one being, "What the f**k?" After the initial shock, I was disgusted, and I have to say there were a lot of angry riders on the bus."ADVERTISEMENT Roche said that there were plenty of questions following the news, but none of us had any answers. We just couldn't understand it. Roche is racing his first season with BMC Racing after switching to the American-registered squad from Team Sky over the winter. He wrote that he had developed a good rapport with Sanchez across the few races that they had done together, but that there was no way to tell that anything was untoward. "Some of the other guys know him better than I do but having raced against him for years, we often chatted about our mutual interest in cars and motorsport, and he seemed to be a really nice guy. But that's the thing," he said. You can't tell just by talking to somebody whether they dope or not. It's not like the guys who dope talk about it. They don't rock up to the breakfast table and say, 'Hey guys, I did growth hormones.' You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rodriguez predicts serious attacks on Vuelta's first major mountain stage in Andorra
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
TheVuelta a Espaa's first major incursion into the mountains on Monday is certain to cause fireworks among the GC riders, predicts former multiple Vuelta podium finisher and longstanding Andorra resident Joaquim Rodriguez. The stage features 3,000 metres of climbing and has a 20-kilometre ascent of the long, but not excessively tough, first category Col de La Perche in France early on. As a result, the weakest riders could find themselves in trouble well before la Vuelta's stage 3 briefly dips into Spain and then, after a lengthy trek along a Pyrenean plateau, hooks back northwards into Andorra on the valley road from the Catalan frontier town of La Seu D'Urgell. However, Rodriguez, now an advisor with the Bahrain-Merida team, argues that it is the combination of the first category Col de la Rabassa, with its summit 28 kilometres from the finish and, above all, the second Category Alt de la Cornella, seven kilometres from the finish in Andorra la Vella, that can really do damage.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a strange stage, because normally we have summit finishes in Andorra, but this time, unprecedentedly, the finish is in the middle of town, and that'll make it more difficult and nervous than usual," Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. He concurs with the well worn theory that such an early mountain stage is not a day to win the Vuelta, but certainly one where it can see a GC rider's options go up in smoke for good. "If a rider finds themselves in trouble on the Rabassa, or even the Cornella, they can lose a heck of a lot of time in a very short distance." Tactically, too, the race could see some interesting developments, argues Purito, whose experience in Vuelta racing and stage routes does not just come from a lengthy career that ended last year. Rodriguez also co-designed the 2015 Vuelta stage in Andorra, dubbed the hardest ever stage in the modern-day history of Grand Tour racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alex Dowsett signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alex Dowsett will ride for Katusha-Alpecin in 2018 after agreeing terms with the Swiss-registered squad. The Briton joins Katusha after spending the past five years in the colours of Movistar. Dowsetts time at Movistar saw him land time trial victory at Saltara on the 2013 Giro dItalia and break the World Hour Record in May 2015, though opportunities to ride the Grand Tours were ultimately limited on the Spanish squad. Its so exciting for me to join this team. I had five amazing seasons with Movistar but it is time for a change and I look forward to joining Team Katusha Alpecin, Dowsett said.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has a different approach and I feel I can learn a lot. The nice thing for me is that I can stay on the phenomenal Canyon bikes. They were such a huge sponsor for me in the last years, and in my opinion, its the best bike. Katush-Alpecin has been active on the transfer market this summer, having already signed Marcel Kittel, Nathan Haas and Ian Boswell for the 2018 campaign as part of an extensive overhaul of its roster. Alexander Kristoff will leave Katusha for UAE-Emirates, but Tony Martin and Ilnur Zakarin both remain in situ in 2018. While Dowsett will continue to place considerable emphasis on time trialling " he is a five-time British champion in the discipline " he will also enjoy something of a new role at Katusha as part of Kittels lead-out train. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lion says 'on yer bike' to Lance Armstrong campaign
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Neil Reid Lion have scrapped its much-vaunted promotional campaign featuring drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.The brewing giants brought the disgraced cyclist to New Zealand late last year to film a marketing campaign with the working... More...
Donated bike a 'blessing' to Afghanistan boy Malid Rashidi living in Flat Bush, Auckland
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Most people wouldn't even think about it, but when Malid Rashidi rides his bicycle to and from school, he feels blessed.The 15-year-old lives in Flat Bush, Auckland, after moving to New Zealand from Afghanistan two years ago."We... More...
Olympic rowing champion selected in New Zealand cycling team
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has been selected in the New Zealand team to compete at the World Road Cycling Championships in Bergen, Norway next month.Bond teamed with Eric Murray to... More...
Ex-Olympic cycling champ Sanchez fails doping test
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Former Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez was suspended on Thursday after failing an out-of-competition doping test.The International Cycling Union said the Spanish rider for BMC Racing tested positive... More...
Froome favored to end run of 2nd places at Spanish Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " After winning the Tour de France for a fourth time, Chris Froome will try to break his run of second-place finishes at the Spanish Vuelta.Froome has finished the Vuelta as runner-up on three occasions, coming... More...
Cycling: Track champion Aaron Gate to make Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Former world track champion Aaron Gate will round out a four-man Kiwi contingent to contest cycling's third Grand Tour - Vuelta a Espana - starting this weekend.Gate, 26, who won the 2013 world omnium crown and finished second in... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Contador sees good and bad in opening time trial result
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) described himself as only partly satisfied with his opening team time trial result Saturday at the Vuelta a Espana, which saw his squad lose a hefty 35 seconds on BMC Racing Team. The difference with Team Sky was marginally less - 26 seconds - and exactly half the 52 seconds Contadors squad lost last year on the British squad in the opening team time trial in Galicia. But even so, as Contador recognised this was not the start he would have liked for his last-ever Grand Tour. In comparison with last year, its not so bad, but its still a lot of time, Contador said after the Nimes team time trial. Starting from behind is always a problem, but lets take this on the day by day. My team gave it everything theyve got, and we went as fast as we could.ADVERTISEMENT A ragged finale, though, did not allow Contadors team to maintain the promising early start to the TTT theyd made, although the Spaniard pointed out that one of the key things they wanted to avoid were crashes - and in that, theyd been successful. It was a very dangerous time trial course. This morning there were some crashes, and weve decided to take things as safely as possible. We preferred to lose a bit of time and be safer as a result, but its also true that 25 seconds are a lot of seconds. Contador expressed his thanks for the gestures of support he received along the way, but as he pointed out, I have two objectives here. One Im sure Ill get, and thats enjoying the race. The other one is to fight for it. And on that particular front, theres no denying his start in Nimes represents a setback. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes second Grand Tour lead of career in 2017 Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A little more than two years after he won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) has returned to the overall lead of another Grand Tour in the 2017 Vuelta a Espaas first team time trial. South American climber Darwin Atapuma led the Vuelta for BMC Racing last year for four days, and BMC won the opening team time trial in the somewhat-controversial opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta as well, with Peter Velits taking the first red jersey of the race. But for Dennis, after his setback at the Giro dItalia this May when injuries forced him to quit what was his big GC target of the season, leading the Vuelta a Espaa from the get-go represents the strongest of returns to Grand Tour racing.ADVERTISEMENT The first Australian, too, to lead the Vuelta since Michael Matthews back in 2014, Dennis insisted that he is not fighting for the overall in the Vuelta a Espaa as an initial goal, saying he is going for stage wins. But he qualified that a little by pointing out that if he is in a good position on GC, as he is now, hes hardly going to step on the brakes. Describing his season objectives, he said, It was always about the Giro for GC and the Vuelta is for stages. But in saying that, the first stage is in Andorra and Im going good there, Im not going to sit up. Im going to fight for a stage win. But if it doesnt work out, it doesnt matter. As for todays stage, speaking before the win, the 27-year-old Australian said, It was a hard course, very technical to start and we really had to tactically figure out if it was better to finish with nine or drop a few beforehand. It tested everything, it tested strength, technique, speed and handling. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome satisfied with Skys team time trial start to Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Skys opening salvo in the Vuelta a Espaa did not see the British team repeat their 2016 team time trial win, but Chris Froome has already carved out a respectable advantage on some of his key rivals. On the downside, BMC Racing Team are ahead of Sky by nine seconds. Team Sunwebs Warren Barguil pulled out a surprisingly strong performance to edge three seconds up on the British team, and Quick-Step Floors, led by GC outsider David De La Cruz, are also three seconds ahead. However, there are many plus points for Froome on what was a short, technical team time trial, with a 22-second advantage on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), touted as his freshest rival, 26 seconds on Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), and a hefty 32 seconds on Fabio Aru (Astana). Most importantly of all, perhaps, Froome has gained 37 seconds on Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), third in the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Skys team time trial performance was always consistent, even if their time, six seconds down at the mid-way point on BMC Racing, made it unlikely they would actually win. Froome himself put in some big turns as Sky came into the finishing straight with five riders, the minimum required, but enough to ensure that the British team completed the course collectively in good shape. As reporters approached him at the finish, Froome wheeled quickly round before delivering one quick comment to the media and then heading to the Sky team bus. Its a good start for us, Froome said. OK, its not the stage victory, but we put in a very solid ride. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Every day an opportunity for Cannondale-Drapac
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
For Cannondale-Drapacs sport director Tom Southam and his riders, the Vuelta a Espaa is not about cycling; its all about rugby. More or less. For them, its about picking up the ball and running with it, Southam tells Cyclingnews, this being the directors metaphor for how his team has to take the opportunities in the Vuelta the instant they come up, and use them to the best of their abilities. He points out that the team have no major GC ambitions this year, after Andrew Talansky, fifth last year, suffered a knee problem following the Clsica San Sebastian and Davide Formolo, ninth, came down with bronchitis after the Tour de Pologne.ADVERTISEMENT Weve no major initial GC ambitions, which means every day is an opportunity. Thats how we raced the Giro dItalia, at the start, and Davide Formolo ended up doing well. It was how we started racing the Tour, up to a point, and things built from there [all the way to second overall for Rigoberto Uran - Ed.]. If we could get a stage win, say, in all three major Tours, that would be amazing. Amongst those options for a stage win is Belgiums Tom Van Asbroeck, already with several top 10 places at the Vuelta back in 2015, whom Southam believes could have a chance in the Vuelta sprints. After a weeks racing here, the sprints start to change pretty fast, and Tom could still be there on some of those hilly stages. Look at how well [Orica-Scotts] Magnus Cort Nielsen did last year - winning two sprint stages in the third week - and with all due respect, hes not a top drawer sprinter. However, a lot of Cannondale-Drapacs ambitions will centre around their Grand Tour debutants - Tom Scully, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke and Toms Skujins. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Former rower Hamish Bond named for time trial at world cycling champs
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has completed his transformation to cycling, with selection for the New Zealand team to the UCI road championships in Norway.Bond has flirted with cycling as part of his cross-training... More...
Rio Olympics hero Becky James to set up wedding cake business after retiring from track cycling
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
James, 25, is British and Irish Lions rugby star George North's long-time girlfriend who won world sprint and keirin titles four years ago More...
Former world champion cyclist Becky James retires from the track at 25 following double silver for GB at Rio Olympics
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The British champion's Olympics build-up was disrupted by a chronic knee injury and cancer scare before she made the podium twice More...
Coquard confirmed as leader of new Vital Concept team
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former French rider Jrme Pineau has confirmed Vital Concept as a title sponsor of his new Professional Continental team and announced Bryan Coquard as team leader, with the goal to secure a wild card invitation to the 2018 Tour de France. Pineau has been working on the team for several months and has an estimated budget of 6 million. He has signed 15 riders and will hire a further five riders to complete the teams 20-rider roster. Vital Concept is a retailer of agricultural and gardening products. It sponsored the Fortuneo team until this years Tour de France but split to join forces with Pineau. The Fortuneo team secured Oscaro as a second sponsor and has signed Warren Barguil for 2018. Both teams are based in Brittany, with Vital Concept working with the VC Pays de Loudac, one of the strongest teams in Brittany when it comes to developing young riders.ADVERTISEMENT The creation of the Vital Concept team means there will be five French Professional Continental teams fighting for the expected four wild card invitations to the Tour de France, though the reduction to eight-man teams in 2018 potentially affords ASOsome leeway to award a fifth wild card. We want to start winning as soon as possible, Pineau said during the official presentation of the team at the Vital Concept offices in Loudac. We hope to take part in the biggest race and our goal is to be at the 2018 Tour de France. Coquard joins as team leader after a difficult divorce from the Direct Energie team. He told Jean-Rene Bernaudeau that he wanted to quit the Vendee-based squad in the spring and was not selected for the Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador Foundation to manage Trek-Segafredo development team
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contadors post-career legacy is beginning to take shape, and his longstanding foundation will take on the management of a Trek-Segafredo development squad. The team will race at Continental level and has secured three-year sponsorship from clothing company Polartec and food company Kometa. Contadors former teammate and directeur sportif at Trek-Segafredo, Ivan Basso, will be the manager of the team, while Contadors brother Fran will look after the administrative management. Contador, who will finally hang up his racing wheels after the forthcoming Vuelta a Espana, set up his foundation five years ago with the express intent of developing young talent and this, says the 34-year-old, is a further step towards that. "What has united Ivan and me in this project is the dream of giving back to cycling a little of everything that it has given us, said Contador. We are convinced that by joining forces we can do much more to help young people to reach a professional level.ADVERTISEMENT Thanks to Polartec and Kometa, along with the fundamental support of Trek-Segafredo, where I feel like at home, the Alberto Contador Foundation, directed by my brother Fran, takes a very important step and adds a continental team to the existing school and the junior and U23 teams, which will continue to form the young riders in the values embodied in cycling: teamwork, solidarity, perseverance and sacrifice." The team will, the press release says, "aim to offer an opportunity for professional training for young people from both the Contador Foundation and other European and world schools." It will be based in Pinto, the headquarters of the foundation and the hometown of Contador and they will, of course, ride on Trek bikes and will receive support from the Trek Factory Racing set-up. As well as being based in Pinto, the teams second home will be in Bormio, where they will complete many of their team training camps. "This team is the realisation of a professional dream that Alberto and me have matured for a long time, after sharing many experiences as cyclists and friends, said Basso, who has already been working in a developmental role at Trek-Segafredo. We wanted to create something together, and I am happy and proud to have achieved this thanks to the support of Trek-Segafredo, who for a year has given me the responsibility to follow the young talent linked to its team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
De la Cruz signs for Team Sky
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
David de la Cruz will join fellow Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo in the colours of Team Sky next season. De la Cruz, who is set to lead Quick-Step Floors at the Vuelta a Espana this month, had been heavily linked with the British WorldTour team. Im excited to be joining the team. Ive really enjoyed my time at Quick-Step but I definitely feel that, at this point in my career, Team Sky is the best place for me to progress and to be the best rider I can be, De la Cruz said in a press release issued by Team Sky. I think the team understand my skills as a rider and what I can offer to the team, so Im really happy to be joining Team Sky and I am looking forward to this new challenge. De la Cruz has long been seen as a stage race contender with plenty of potential.ADVERTISEMENT After turning professional with Caja Rural in 2010, he moved to NatApp-Endura for two years later before he was snapped up by Quick-Step Floors in 2015. After enduring a lot of bad fortune at Grand Tours, De la Cruz made his breakthrough at last years Vuelta a Espana, where he won stage 9 and finished seventh overall. He will ride this years Vuelta a Espana with Quick-Step floors despite changing teams next season. This season, De la Cruz has taken stage wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Illness hampered the middle part of his season but he returned with a successful Vuelta a Burgos where he finished third behind Team Skys Mikel Landa and his teammate Enric Mas. With several riders leaving for other teams, including Landa, Mikel Nieve and Peter Kennaugh, De la Cruz is an important signing for the teams Grand Tour line-up. He is another really versatile rider who can perform a lot of roles, but he climbs very well and he has had some excellent results on really tough mountain stages, like at the Vuelta a Espana and at Paris Nice. Im sure he will fit straight in at Team Sky, said Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte. Focusing on the Vuelta with Quick-Step floors You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Castroviejo joins Team Sky from Movistar for 2018
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have confirmed the signing of current Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo as the British WorldTour team continues to strengthen its stage racing roster for 2018, when Chris Froome will target a fifth Tour de France victory. Team Sky has extended contracts with Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and key domestique Christian Knees in recent weeks but had still to reveal its new signings for 2018 after Pete Kennaugh joined Bora-Hansgrohe, Mikel Nieve moved to Orica-Scott, Ian Boswell switched to Katusha-Alpecin and Elia Viviani was allowed to transfer to Quick-Step Floors despite another year on his contract. Castroviejo is Team Skys first new signing, with news of the arrival of David de la Cruz quickly following. Team Sky and Castroviejo agreed a deal during the Tour de France but waited until today to make it official. The 30-year-old from Getxo, has spent the last six seasons with Movistar, where he helped Nairo Quintana win the 2014 Giro dItalia, and the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. He was also the 2016 European time trial champion and finished third in the time trial 2016 Road World Championships. All his eight career victories have come in time trials, making him a key rider for Grand Tours that include team time trails.ADVERTISEMENT Everybody knows the strength in the team, and how important the spirit between the riders is to the teams success. Im really looking forward to being part of that, bringing my own experience and learning new things, Castroviejo said in a statement from Team Sky. I have been part of Grand Tour winning teams in the past and I want to do that again in the future. Im happy to be taking this next step with Team Sky. Spanish Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte highlighted Castroviejos versatility as a rider. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana confirms he will stay at Movistar and target 2018 Tour de France
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana has played down reports of tension withMovistarby confirming he will target the Tour de France with the Spanish team in 2018. Since falling short in his bid to win the Giro-Tour double - he placed second at the Giro and 12th at the Tour - there have been reports of a falling out between the Colombian climber and Movistar management. Quintana's father went as far as claiming the team were burning out his son, and the arrival of Mikel Landa for 2018 was also cited as causing tension. Last week Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sportclaimed that Quintana was "on the market" after a falling out with Movistar and team manager Eusebio Unzue, with his agent Giuseppe Acquadro contacting several teams and requesting a total of 6 million for Quintanas contract and the fee to break his existing deal with Movistar. That was denied by Acquadro but Movistars reluctance to comment and Quintanas silence only fuelled suspicions of a falling out. Quintana finally took to Twitter to clarify his future, as well as to confirm that he will be part of the Colombian team for the World Championships in Bergen, Norway at the end of September. Quintana won the 2016 Vuelta a Espana but will not defend his title.ADVERTISEMENT Quintana posted a photo of himself in Movistar colours and wrote: My next event will be the @bergen2017 worlds. In 2018 Ill be with the @Movistar_Team by @LeTour. On Tuesday, the Movistar team announced the arrival of Landa, with Unzue confirming that Quintana has a contract with Movistar until 2019. Landa is expected to be team leader for the Giro dItalia and Vuelta a Espana in 2018, while Quintana focuses on the Tour de France. " NairoQuinCo (@NairoQuinCo) August 16, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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