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Lance Armstrong settles case and appears settled and at peace
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Ruthless, relentless and manipulative in his days as the godfather of the Tour de France peloton, Lance Armstrong, insisted that he is at peace as he settled a law suit. Armstrong's lawyer, Elliott Peters, said Thursday that the former cyclist had agreed to pay $5 million to end a $100 million federal More...
Armstrong in $5m settlement for US fraud case
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle the looming federal fraud case stemming from his drug-fuelled reign as king of the Tour de France, it was confirmed on Thursday. The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims he defrauded the US government More...
Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice More...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his More...
Lance Armstrong to pay $5m settlement in US fraud case: lawyer
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle his looming federal fraud case stemming from his use of performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, his lawyers confirmed Thursday. The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims that he defrauded More...
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and controversy: More...
Solo Sanchez break seals Alps win as Pinot holds lead
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana launched a trademark late break to win stage four of the Tour of the Alps on Thursday as French climber Thibaut Pinot kept the overall lead. Sky's four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is also well placed after coming tenth on the stage. Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo More...
Andy Rihs, Swiss owner of cycling, soccer teams, dies at 75
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after ''a patient and valiantly endured illness,'' the BMC team said Thursday in a statement. ''Andy, thank you for everything. More...
Andy Rihs, hearing-aid billionaire and passionate cyclist, dies at 75
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Andreas "Andy" Rihs, a Swiss billionaire whose success with the world's largest hearing aid company Sonova financed his passion for professional bicycle racing and soccer, has died at the age of 75. Rihs, who died on Wednesday and had been suffering from cancer, was in the early 2000s More...
Wounded Gaza cyclist to miss Asian Games after amputation
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A Gaza cyclist's dream of waving the Palestinian flag at the Asian Games has been shattered by an Israeli bullet that caused him to lose his leg after he joined a Gaza border protest. Alaa Al-Daly, 21, had his right leg amputated after he attended the first More...
Alaphilippe ends one-day classic drought with Fleche win
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe earned the greatest win of his career on Wednesday, but had to be told after the finish line he had finally clinched victory in the Belgian one-day classic Fleche Wallonne. The 25-year-old, twice a runner-up in the race, beat last year's winner Alejandro Valverde of More...
Cavendish to make racing return in Yorkshire
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
British rider Mark Cavendish will make his return from injury at next month's Tour de Yorkshire. Cavendish has not raced since crashing in the final stages of Milan-San Remo last month when he broke a rib and sustained an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The More...
Cycling: Cavendish to return from injury in Tour de Yorkshire
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish will return to action at next month's Tour de Yorkshire after recovering from injuries sustained during a crash in March, race organizers Welcome to Yorkshire said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was ruled out of this month's Commonwealth Games, where More...
Lopez wins, Froome fourth in Alps second stage
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez won the Tour of the Alps second stage on Tuesday with Britain's four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finishing fourth. Astana rider Lopez timed his attack well to pip France's Thibaut Pinot and fellow Colombian Ivan Sosa on the line after the 145km More...
Doping: UK anti-doping agency plans 50 percent more tests to 2022
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's anti-doping agency (UKAD) said on Tuesday it was aiming for a 50 percent increase in publicly-funded testing over the next four years. Presenting a strategic plan for 2018-22, UK Anti-Doping chair Trevor Pearce said the challenges were "as acute as they have ever been" but extra More...
New Zealand's Bennett 'lucky to be alive' after training crash
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - New Zealander George Bennett avoided potentially life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car while training in Italy. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider was preparing for the Giro d'Italia's stage 16 time trial, which takes place near the first stage of the Tour of the Alps, when a More...
Russia ready to cooperate with FIFA probe into racist chants
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
World Cup hosts Russia will cooperate with a FIFA investigation into racist abuse directed at French players by Russian fans during a friendly last month, a Russian soccer official said on Monday. Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union's anti-discrimination inspector, said global soccer' More...
Valgren drops Sagan, Valverde to win Amstel Gold Race
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Denmark's Michael Valgren of Astana won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, beating Roman Kreuziger in a cat-and-mouse finale after a rolling 263km race from Maastricht. Italy's Enrico Gasparotto was third by a few seconds while pre-race favourites Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde came fourth More...
Inclusion is the future as sun goes down on the 'Golden Games'
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Nick Mulvenney GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - A diverse and contemporary ceremony of music, lights and dance with the words and imagery of indigenous Australia very much at its heart brought an end to the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Organizers signed off with the uncontroversial More...
Froome continues Giro warm-up at Tour of the Alps despite doping probe
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Chris Froome continues his preparations for the Giro d'Italia at next week's Tour of the Alps despite his case remaining under consideration by cycling's anti-doping unit. The British four-time Tour de France champion returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol More...
Highlights on final day of the Commonwealth Games
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Highlights on final of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (times GMT): 1148 EARL OF WESSEX CLOSES GAMES Queen Elizabeth's youngest son Prince Edward called on the athletes to gather again in Birmingham in four years time before officially closing the XXI Games. "Every four years these Games More...
Cycling mourns Goolaerts as Classics roll into Amstel Gold hills
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Cycling's spring classics roll into the Netherlands on Sunday with a powerful cast of pretenders in the Amstel Gold Race where champion Philippe Gilbert will hope to make up for last week's flop at Paris-Roubaix. World Champion Peter Sagan triumphed in the Roubaix velodrome last Sunday with More...
Highlights on day 10 of Commonwealth Games
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Highlights on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday (times GMT): 1226 AUSTRALIAN DIVER BEDGGOOD WINS 10M PLATFORM Australia's Domonic Bedggood won gold in the men's 10m platform final with a score of 451.15. England's Matthew Dixon claimed silver while Canada's Vincent Riendeau More...
Games: Highlights on day eight of Commonwealth Games
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Highlights on day eight of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday (times GMT): 1230 HEARTBREAK FOR ENGLAND'S HUGHES IN MEN'S 200M England's Zharnel Hughes was celebrating victory in the men's 200m event when he was told that he had been disqualified for impeding Trinidad's Jereem Richards More...
French rider Di Gregorio suspended over doping
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
French rider Remy Di Gregorio has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned hormone in last month's Paris-Nice road race, the UCI announced Wednesday. Di Gregorio, of the Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM team, tested positive in a sample collected on March 8 for darbepoetin (dEPO More...
Wellens wins Brabantse Pijl as tragic Goolaerts honoured
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tim Wellens won the 58th edition of the Brabantse Pijl one-day classic in Belgium on Wednesday after launching a late solo attack to beat defending champion Sonny Colbrelli. A minute's silence was observed before the start of the race in Leuven in memory of Michael Goolaerts, the 23-year-old Belgian More...
Goolaerts suffered heart attack before crash: autopsy
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
An autopsy on stricken cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died during Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, confirmed the Belgian suffered a heart attack before crashing in the early stages of the cycling one-day classic. Goolaerts, 23, was found unconscious and not breathing at the side of the road after racing along More...
Highlights on day seven of the Commonwealth Games
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Wallace won bronze medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams at this year's Games, adding to his World Championships relay gold in 2015, Olympic relay silver in 2016 and individual gold and silver medals at the 2014 Glasgow Games. "It was amazing to win two medals at my last Games More...
'Life's about challenges' - Kiwi rowing great wins cycling bronze
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A New Zealand athlete who won two Olympic gold medals in a glittering rowing career grabbed Commonwealth Games bronze in cycling on Tuesday, less than two years after switching sports. Hamish Bond, who formed one of the great rowing partnerships with Eric Murray, was just over two seconds off the silver More...
Roglic extends lead on toughest Tour of Romandie stage
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SION, Switzerland (AP) " Primoz Roglic of Slovenia tightened his grip on the Tour de Romandie, extending his overall lead by placing second in the toughest mountain stage won by Jakob Fuglsang on Saturday.After three Category 1... More...
Kris Shannon: Let's just go along for ride in cycling
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome being on the start line next week at the Giro d'Italia, when viewed in a vacuum, would seem to make a mockery of the sport.But with context, knowing this is cycling and this is 2018, a couple of questions seem more... More...
Bernal lights up Romandie but Roglic holds firm
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As impressive as Egan Bernals wining ride in the uphill time trial was on stage 3, the sight of him lighting up the field on Les Collons during stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie was truly something to behold. The 21-year-old had experienced riders in Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)scrambling for cover with at least three race-splitting attacks, each more impressive than the last. As so many rivals commented this week, Bernal is the real deal. Unfortunately for the young Team Sky rider, the primary target for his aggression, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo), held firm and eventually stole two seconds on the line to move his race lead out to eight seconds. With one stage remaining, the Slovenian is on course to seal the overall, but Bernal has once again shown that he is every bit a WorldTour star.ADVERTISEMENT I dont know how many times I tried, Bernal told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after the stage. I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. Hes now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now Im happy because although I didnt win I attacked a lot of times. Thats good for cycling. Only six seconds separated Roglic and Bernal ahead of the stage, and Team Sky began to set the pace on the penultimate climb. They lined out the bunch and then ensured that Jonathan Castroviejo laid the ground work for Bernal with an injection of pace. When Bernal made his first move Roglic responded, but the rest of GC contenders were not so lucky. Porte tried to move across but soon relented as Bernal and Roglic went by the remnants of the early break as if they were statues. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took a fine mountain stage at this years Tour de Romandie. The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsangs late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move came after Bernal had blown the race apart on the lower slopes of the final climb of Les Collons.ADVERTISEMENT The Colombians four vicious accelerations were closed down by Roglic on each occasion, and with 3km until the summit a regrouping had taken place. Fuglsang and UAEs Rui Costa had made the juncture, and the pair duly slipped off the front as the GC contenders caught their breath. The move, however, was short lived, with Roglic and Bernal once again going toe-to-toe. By the time the pair had reached the summit they were clear, with Fuglsang dropped but riding at his own pace. On the long descent into Sion, third place Richie Porte (BMC Racing)and Costa made contact with Bernal and Roglic, with Fuglsang at nine seconds. The Dane took his share of risks but finally made contact, and at a key point, as the race flattened and then briefly climbed, he rose out of the saddle and accelerated away. The leaders were all caught out. Porte had just closed a gap, and Roglic and Bernal were only concerned with each other. Only Costa was obliged to react. However, when the chase did eventually start it came too late. Its nice to win alone and win like this after going away, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews as cycling photographers swarmed him at the finish. It was about tactics. Maybe I wasnt the strongest in the group, but I could profit from the tactics that the other guys were riding to because they were looking at GC. That was my advantage today. I knew it was possible, but I didnt know that the downhill was so easy for the rest of the way. Basically, it was difficult for the others to make a difference in that part, but the flat section in end had a quite strong headwind. When I hit that section with five kilometers to go and heard that I had 35-40 seconds, I thought, OK, if I do a good pace and keep the power on then the win was possible. When I first went away on the climb I wanted to go from distance. I thought I could profit because I wasnt high on GC. Rui Costa was really strong, and of course Roglic and Bernal were flying. When they closed I couldnt follow but I kept going with everything that I had, and then I managed to catch them on the downhill. There was a bit of looking and strategy, and I chose the right moment, coming from behind at the right moment on that little kicker. Fuglsang, now 33, has enjoyed a fine 12 months with a winning habit finally added to his already proven consistency. Last years Dauphine triumph " in which he won two stages and the overall " appeared to be a breakthrough for a rider who has always been on the cusp of major WorldTour victories, but never quite made it. Three top-10 rides in the Ardennes earlier this month proved that the form was there, but today, as he showed at the Dauphine, superior tactics won out. Its a really nice feeling. Its the second last day of the first part of the season for me. Ive been feeling really good, and had really good shape but I didnt get anything out of it in terms of victories. Coming into Romandie I was a bit tired after Liege, so to win like this, its really special. This was the plan from this morning but its one thing to plan, its another thing to make it work out. I realized that it would be up to Rui Costa to close, as he would probably be the fastest in the sprint. I had a long period before the Dauphine when I had no victories," he said. "This year I had good form but no victories. To end this part of the season with a victory is super nice and Im very happy. There will be no Dauphine defense for the Dane. Next up is the Tour de Suisse, before another Tour de France challenge. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wild dedicates Chongming sprint victory to her team
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The final stage of the Tour of Chongming Island brought the big sprint that everyone was waiting for. After crashes took out several of the top sprinters on stage 1 and a breakaway held off the pack on stage 2, nothing was going to stop the sprinters on the stage 3 circuit race. Hitec Products-Birk Sport kept the race together to the very end in support of Charlotte Becker, who took the overall victory after her stage 2 win. The sprint trains took over in the final kilometres, and it was Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) who could raise her arms at the finish. The Dutchwoman was happy to win on Chongming Island. "It's a WorldTour race, so we were competing against the best sprinters," Wild said. "This is quite a high-level race in terms of sprinters, so it's nice to get the win. We had good communication, and it was a team win, and that makes it really special. Everybody had a big part in this win. You can't win a sprint alone and the whole team is really happy about it."ADVERTISEMENT Wild was one of the stage 1 crash victims, taking a tumble with the finish line in sight. "I think I underestimated the effects of the crash a bit," she said. "The muscle in my leg hurts quite a lot, and I hit my head on the ground, so my neck and my shoulder are sore, and I have bruises everywhere." The Wiggle High5 sprinter was not among the best three in the two intermediate sprints during the stage. But in the final Wild was unbeatable, not least due to her team's leadout. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fabio Aru leads UAE Team Emirates - Giro d'Italia shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates confirmed Friday their roster that will support Fabio Aru at the Giro d'Italia that starts on May 4 in Israel. Aru announced that he would target the Italian Grand Tour in February and has steadily improved his form in select races this spring. The Sardinian climber was second in the 2015 Giro and will have support in his bid for overall victory from teammates Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen. Joxean Fernandez Matxin, Marco Marzano, Mario Scirea and Paolo Tiralongo will direct the team over the three weeks. "Fabio is going to the Giro dItalia with a huge desire to make an impact, said General Manager Giuseppe Saronni. This feeling of strong sentiment towards the Corsa Rosa will allow him to give his best in every situation. At his side are a group of riders who share the same emotions and are able to manage the possible scenarios correctly. Italians, four of them, give this roster a strong local flavour to honour the Giro dItalia and give the most attention to our fifth Italian, the national champion in the tricolour jersey, Fabio Aru.ADVERTISEMENT "The three non-Italians Atapuma, Laengen and Polanc have shown their love for this race and their ability to contribute enthusiastically to the group. And lets not forget that these riders know about success, just think of the six stage wins by Ulissi, two by Polanc and three by Aru. And Aru has been on the podium twice. These are the details that can make the difference over three weeks of a grand tour even in the face of teams that look stronger on paper." UAE Team Emirates for the Giro d'Italia: Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen Movistar bring mountain-focused team to Giro d'Italia Pozzovivo leads Bahrain-Merida at Giro d'Italia Trek-Segafredo looking for opportunities in Giro d'Italia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Campenaerts struggles on full TT rig - Tour de Romandie shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) took the surprising decision to ride a full TT set up for Friday's 9.9 kilometre mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The European TT champion's choice had little to do with his effort in Switzerland, however, with the Belgian looking to use the race as a testing ground for the Giro d'Italia. The vast majority of the peloton rode regular road bikes, with a few modifications over wheels and groupsets, but Campenaerts is targeting the opening time trial at the Giro and felt that the extra time on his TT bike could payoff next month. "I know that on a parcours like this I'm not going to win the TT. I've not done so many mountain time trials before but it doesn't really matter to me, whether I'm 10th or 100th today. It does matter which position I finish in at the time trial in Jerusalem. That's why I wanted to do a half hour effort on the TT bike because that could make the difference between winning and losing in Jerusalem," Campenaerts told Cyclingnews as he zipped up his jacket in preparation for his descent.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian had been in the break on stage 2 and was instrumental in setting up teammate Thomas de Gendt for the victory. That effort caught up with Campenaerts today. "I had a plan to go full gas today and try and do 400 watts as an average but yesterday was a hard day with De Gendt on the attack. I started today but after five minutes I knew that I was fucked. From there, I just tried to make it up the climb. My legs were so bad. I can't really say any more." From here Campenaerts will go home as planned, despite two stages still to race in Romandie. The Lotto Soudal rider is clearly determined to fully focus on the opening stage in the Giro. Gaviria misses time cut Boom targets Tour de France Rosskoff targets California TT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gearing up for Whanganui Light Up Bike Spectacle
April 27, 2018 (22:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Whanganui's inaugural Light Up Bike Spectacle less than a week away preparation is already well under way.On Friday morning Bridget Murphy of Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre was helping Caylahni McLean-Woon make a shark... More...
Grand Tour: Giro a bigger deal for NZ sports fans as George Bennett eyes top 10
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The first Grand Tour of the cycling calendar " the Giro d'Italia - gets underway next Friday, and for the first time, a New Zealand rider will be a legitimate contender.George Bennett will lead his LottoNL-Jumbo team at the Giro,... More...
Bernal wins Romandie mountain time trial, cuts Roglic's lead
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VILLARS, Switzerland (AP) " Egan Bernal of Colombia won a tough time-trial stage in the mountains at the Tour of Romandie on Friday, cutting Primoz Roglic's overall lead to just six seconds.The 21-year-old Team Sky rider was four... More...
Becker takes rare breakaway victory at Tour of Chongming Island
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It's rare for a race on Chongming Island not to finish in a mass sprint. On Friday'sstage 2of the Tour of Chongming Island, however, a strong breakaway scuppered the plans of sprint favourites Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance). And it wasCharlotte Beckerwho led the winning breakaway to the finish line to claimHitec Products-Birk Sport's first win of the season and the overall race lead. Since the first edition of the race in 2007, a winning breakaway has happened only four times. Two of those were in the first two years when the race was classified UCI 2.2. In 2013, a lone rider won the World Cup race after the peloton was misled into the convoy deviation in the final. Finally, the breakaway that beat the peloton in 2011 included virtually all race favourites and was helped by strong winds. This time, Becker was one of five riders that escaped with 62km to go and built an advantage of up to 3:34, and for a long time, much of the peloton seemed uninterested in controlling the race. The Cylance team of stage 1 winner Bronzini led the peloton, but they were not going to pull back the break all by themselves, sports director Manel Lacambra said to Cyclingnews after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I put two riders in front of the peloton to work, but I knew we could not control the race alone. The other teams also needed to work. Kirsten Wild took the first intermediate sprint yesterday, today Jolien D'hoore won a bonus sprint, so they had shown they were stronger. "In my opinion, it is then the responsibility of their teams to chase. But the other teams did not want to work, and the gap kept growing and growing. They only put their riders to work late and did not go all-out. We kept the points jersey for Giorgia, and we already have a stage win." D'hoore won the sprint from the peloton for sixth place and expressed her disappointment on the team website after the stage. "Nobody expected that the breakaway should stay away until the finish. We were pulling with the team but we didn't get that much help from other teams. It seems like nobody wanted to sprint for victory, which was a shame. I felt a lot stronger than yesterday and my legs feel powerful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal: I'll try to attack Roglic in Romandie but he's a complete rider
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) claimed his maiden WorldTour win with an impressive ride in the mountain time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie. The Colombian set a time of 25:10 over the 9.9km course, and pushed race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) into second place, four seconds down. The win moved Bernal into second overall, and the 21-year-old sits just six seconds off Roglic's lead with two stages remaining. Saturday's stage will decide the overall standings, and while the 149km effort that starts and finishes in Sion lacks a summit finish, it represents the last opportunity to rattle Roglic. Stage 4 includes five major climbs, although the final summit comes almost 30 kilometres from the finish. The chance of creating significant gaps before the finish is slim, with Roglic stating that he expects riders to come back after the final climb. Bernal has already exceeded expectations this year, but the inevitable question is whether he will look to dislodge Roglic or settle for a place on the podium. As the Colombian explained after today's stage, the situation was far more complex than just a straight fight between the current top two.ADVERTISEMENT "I'd like to attack but it depends on a lot of things," Bernal told Cyclingnews as he strolled out of the press conference. "I hope to feel good, and if I feel good I'll try something but after such a hard stage, tomorrow could be difficult for me too. Just to be second on GC could be difficult for me so it depends on a lot of things. "I think we'll look at the situation and make some plans but Roglic is in great condition. He won Pais Vasco and this course suits him. He climbs, he time trials, he's a complete rider. It'll be hard but there's no pressure. Now I've won a stage. I've already done a great race. If I abandon tomorrow it's not a problem." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes positives from Romandie TT ahead of Giro d'Italia
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished a creditable seventh in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie, and despite admitting that his pacing could have been better over the 9.9km test, he added that his ride had given him a confidence boost ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia. Dennis, one of the best time triallist in the world over flatter courses, was using the Romandie mountain time trial to gauge his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia, where he will lead the line for BMC Racing. Like most of the competition, he raced on a standard road bike, without aero bars. The Australian was seventh fastest at the intermediate time check at 4.4km, 38 seconds down on early pace-setter and teammate Richie Porte. By the time Dennis reached the line, he had conceded 1:26 to stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) but remains in the top 10 and 1:22 off the time of race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo). Saturday's mountain stage will provide Dennis with another pre-Giro examination, but for now, he appears content despite the small errors.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a good confidence boost. What I did today, I normally wouldn't be able to on a hilly time trial. Normally I would put out more power on my time trial bike. We have decreased the gap between the two (road and TT bike)," he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down. "I think I may have gone out too hard. But I was nervous about it being steeper at the start and losing time on the slowest part. In those parts, you could lose time or maybe gain time. And I paid for it in the end. "I had a good rhythm between the five-to-three kilometre mark but then it got steeper and I realised what I'd done at the start. I just had to suffer from there. I was hoping for a top five and I think I was seventh. I'm pretty happy with the climb. The power I had up there I was happy with, considering I didn't pace it well, to be honest." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas goes into survival mode after cracking in Romandie TT
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) dropped out of contention at the Tour de Romandie after a flat performance in the stage 3 mountain time trial. The Welshman clocked 27:43 over the 9.9 kilometres from Ollon to Villars but his effort was only enough to net him 27th place, with his teammate Egan Bernal taking the stage and Primoz Roglic doing just enough to retain the leader's jersey. With two stages remaining Thomas has dropped to 19th overall. Thomas came into the stage third overall after the first three days of racing and would have been hoping for a strong performance in his first stage race since March's Tirreno-Adriatico. However, the Welshman was already in trouble on the lower slopes of the climb, and he found himself a minute down on provisional leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the intermediate check after 4.4km of racing. By the time Thomas came over the line, he had conceded 2:33 to stage winner and teammate Bernal, leaving his overall podium chances in ruins. "I just didn't have it," he told Cyclingnews as he rested against the barriers by the finish.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to start with a good pace but just didn't have it, and I cracked at about halfway. Certainly, with 3km to go, it was all about survival. The legs were fading and I couldn't hold the power and knew from there that I would be just limiting my losses. Early on it was mid to low 400s in terms of Watts. And I felt in control but after about 15-18 minutes, the legs started going and by then I was at high 300s, but you know that's nowhere near as quick enough." Thomas came into the race with hopes of a top GC result. He was a consistent performer in the early-season stage races, and although his short foray into the Classics ended poorly, he still lined up in Romandie as one of the contenders for victory. Although every rider has the capacity to endure a bad day, the time lost to several potential Tour de France rivals will raise some questions for Thomas and his Sky management. The Tour de France is still months away, and the Dauphin comes first, but this time trial was a key marker for Tour form. When Cyclingnews asked where this performance came from, Thomas fronted up, and then raised his training as a consideration. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky announce Giro d'Italia team to support Chris Froome
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have named the squad that will support Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro dItalia, with Wout Poels, Kenny Elissonde and Sergio Henao all included in a strong line-up. Froome is riding the Giro despite returning an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during his victory at last years Vuelta a Espaa. The Briton is free to compete until the case is resolved. The eight-man Sky team for the Giro is completed by David de la Cruz, Salvatore Puccio, Vasil Kiryienka and Christian Knees. It will be Froomes first participation in the Giro since he was excluded for taking a tow from a motorbike during the 2010 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT In the intervening period, Froome has won the Tour de France on four occasions, but was persuaded to add the Giro to his race programme in 2018. Giro organiser RCS Sport has denied reports that it had paid Froome an appearance fee of 1.4 million. "Ive had a different start to the season as Ive obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation," Froome said in a statement released by Sky on Friday morning. "Of course, there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didnt give this race a go." News of Froomes adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was leaked in December, and the Team Sky rider declined to withhold himself from racing pending the resolution of the case. He returned to action at the Ruta del Sol in February and raced Tirreno-Adriatico in March before placing 4th overall at this months Tour of the Alps. Giro record You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colorado Classic women's race extended to four stages
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The organisers of the Colorado Classic, RPM Events Group, announced on Thursday an additional stage for the women's race for 2018. Like the men, the women's field will take on four stages of the second-year event, two in Vail and two in Denver, from August 16-19. Although the race will not be UCI-sanctioned, it has been added to USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour. With the addition, women will compete in 18 of the 20 ProRoad Tour events, with only the Tour of Utah and Thompson Bucks County Classic remaining for men-only. The women will race a circuit in Vail on August 16, then contest the famed Vail Pass time trial on the following day. The races then move to Denver, where the women will contest a criterium on Saturday and race on the same RiNo Arts District circuit as the men on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The changes double the number of races that are part of the women's stage race this year. Last year, the women competed in the Colorado Springs and Breckenridge circuits, and had separate evening criteriums in Denver's RiNo Arts District on the weekend. The stage race was won by Rally's Sara Poidevin. Although the women's race will not be broadcast live, there will be video recaps and live data information via the race's mobile app. Organisers say they will invite 13 teams of six riders each to the race, including the Twenty20-Sho Air squad of last year's Colorado Springs stage winner, Olympian and track team pursuit world champion Jen Valente. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WhatsApp group inspires De Gendt to Romandie stage win
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Whisper it, but WhatsApp groups might soon be portrayed as the next marginal gain within cycling. Thomas De Gendt certainly used one to good effect on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, or at least in the build-up, having plotted his stage-winning victory with teammate Victor Campenaerts two weeks ago when the pair first looked at the stage race profile. The first chatter between the pair of Lotto Soudal riders focused on the uphill stage 3 time trial, but when Campenaerts suggested forming an alliance for stage 2 from Delmont to Yverdon, De Gendt duly accepted the challenge. A fortnight later, the Lotto Soudal teammates were on the attack, forging clear on the first climb of the day, with Nathan Brown (EF-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), and Matteo Fabbro (Katusha), keen to latch on. Five soon became three, with only Brown able to last the pace. With 26km to go and the bunch unable to mount a chase, De Gendt left Brown for dust. Campenaerts had already cracked after sacrificing himself for his teammate, and with 20km to go, De Gendt was virtually assured of his second victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT "Victor brings the time trial know-how to the team. If I have a question before the time trial, I can ask him, but two weeks ago we were talking about tomorrow's time trial, and he sent me a profile for it. But he also told me that the day before had an uphill start and that he wanted to go full-gas on the climb so that he could get his legs turning," De Gendt said at the finish. "I told him I'd join him, and that we'd go full-gas the whole day. So, we made this plan two weeks ago, and we were hyping each other up, and we even had a WhatsApp group, and it was our plan from two weeks ago. Victor gave his all for me until he was finished. He was important for me today but also for the team and the time trials. We can ask him anything about aerodynamics, and he always answers with a lot of passion." At the start of the stage, De Gendt made it clear to everyone with a media accreditation that he would attack from the start. Only Bahrain-Merida put up any meaningful opposition, but when the gap moved out to eight minutes, there was little chance of the break being caught. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Romandie: Why the sprinters' teams failed against De Gendt
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thomas De Gendt's only fault on a day that saw him win again from a breakaway came when he predicted the number of teams that would chase him. At the start of stage 2 at the Tour de Romandie, the Belgian Lotto Soudal rider assumed that Bahrain would chase for Sonny Colbrelli and that Sunweb and Quick-Step would follow suit for their sprinters, Michael Matthews, Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria. It was a sensible prediction. They were the race's lead sprinters, and other than the final stage on Sunday, this was their only chance of taking a victory. As expected, and as he said he would, the Lotto leader went clear on the early climb of the Col des Rangiers. Nathan Brown (EF Education First-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), Matteo Fabbro (Katusha-Alpecin), and - crucially - his own teammate Victor Campenaerts followed the move, and although Fabbro and Grivko were soon dropped the remaining trio built up a lead of over eight minutes before the bunch panicked and finally reacted.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, and when it mattered most, only Bahrain-Merida attempted to track the Belgian's escape. One team against a breakaway Goliath of De Gendt's stature was never going to be enough. Where were the other teams De Gendt predicted would chase? With Matthews unwell and unconfident of victory, Sunweb sat out almost from the start. From that point on Bahrain chose to gamble. They hit the front with 60km to go but their tactics were split. They wanted to ride fast enough to catch De Gendt but also drop Quick-Step's two sprinters. That latter goal lost them another potential ally. With a favourable route, strong legs, and a valuable teammate in the breakaway, De Gendt's odds for a stage win only grew as the road descent towards Yverdon. As soon as the Lotto-Soudal rider dropped his last companion, Nathan Brown, with around 26km to go, the stage result was over. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fraile wins Tour of Romandie stage, Roglic leads overall
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DELEMONT, Switzerland (AP) " Omar Fraile of Spain sprinted to victory in stage one of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, and in-form Primoz Roglic took the leader's yellow jersey.Fraile edged Sonny Colbrelli of Italy after making... More...
'Small wins': Fundraising launched as top cyclist battles severe head injury
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Elite cyclist Alexander Ray suffered a severe head injury after being hit by a car during an early morning training session.Family and friends are now coming to grips with the Auckland man's recovery which is seeing them trumpet... More...
Roglic remains hesitant on Grand Tour ambitions after taking Romandie lead
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglics stock rises with almost every week-long stage race he competes in, such has been his consistency in the format over the last two seasons. But the 28-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider remains apprehensive when discussing his Grand Tour ambitions. On Wednesday, he rode into the lead at the Tour of Romandie by virtue of Michael Matthews losing contact with the main field on the final climb. Roglic in yellow has become the norm, a default, and no one appeared to bat an eyelid as the 28-year-old quietly made his way to the podium to pick up another leaders jersey. Romandie, of course, is far from over, and Roglic will have to defend a slender lead against a high-calibre field that includes Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). There is still the 9.9-kilometre uphill time trial and the mountain stage through Sion to come, but the fresh memory of how the LottoNL-Jumbo rider swatted away Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and subsequently handled everything Mikel Landa (Movistar) could throw at him in Pais Basque earlier in the season, will concern his rivals here in Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENT "The whole team did a really good job, and then at the finish, in the end, it was quite easy," Roglic said at the finish of stage 1 in Delmonte. LottoNL-Jumbo rode a tactically astute race, dropping the sprinters on the hilly terrain before seeing off the race leader on the final key ascent. Omar Fraile (Astana) won the stage but it mattered little for Roglic. The Slovenian was third in the opening prologue and with Tom Bohli (BMC Racing)dropping down the standings, Roglic has the new leaders jersey. Dennis is second, on the same time, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) third at four seconds. "It's hard to plan when you take the jersey because a lot can happen," Roglic said. "Of course, this is a really nice to thing to have happened, and today we showed that weve a really strong team. Im confident for the coming days. I thought that today wouldnt be too stressful, but in the end it was full gas racing from the beginning. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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