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Modolo rues missed chance in Ruta del Sol
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) came within a whisker of success in the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol on Wednesday, but he was finally pipped at the line by Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie). Modolo got the perfect lead out from his teammates and came storming down the right side of the long finishing straight in Granada. And it looked as though the experienced Italian sprinter had seized the second win of the season for his new team. A former double winner of stages in the Giro d'Italia as well as many other top races, Modolo was experienced enough to wait until just after the line to raise his arms, as the 30-year-old pointed out later on Twitter. But regardless of his mistaken belief in a triumph, by then there was no possibility of rewinding the clock to stop France's Boudat from squeaking past him on the far side of the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Having learned of his painfully narrow defeat, the Italian quickly pedalled on for a shower in the team bus. But when he spoke to a small group of journalists afterwards, Modolo insisted that despite the setback, he could come away with some positive outcomes as well as the obvious negative one of losing. "I saw the sprint from the helicopter TV shot afterwards, and initially I didn't understand how I could have lost this sprint," he said. "I looked round after I crossed the line and saw there wasn't anybody near me but there was no one. Of course I didn't realise Boudat was on the far side of the road. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Oman: Stage 2 highlights - Video
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nathan Haas turned around his early season after a disappointing Tour DownUnder, taking out the second stage in the Tour of Oman, handing Katusha-Alpecin their first victory of the season and taking the overall race lead in Al Bustan. The day started with a group of four riders escaping the bunch. In the breakaway wereLoic Chetout (Cofidis), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Danny Pate (Rally Cycling). The leaders built a gap of four minutes before Pate lost the pace on a climb, leaving three up front.ADVERTISEMENT The remaining leaders were swept up on the final climb of the day as a group of 50 formed on the front to contest the day's victory. More attacks flew off the front in the closing kilometres, but Haas timed his move to perfection to come over Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Astana'sAlexey Lutsenko. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boudat celebrates surprise win in Ruta del Sol
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It took the organisers of the Ruta del Sol more than a few minutes to confirm that Frances Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) was the winner of Wednesay's opening stage. In a fast, slightly downhill bunch sprint into Granada, the TV cameras initially focussed in on Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) as he crossed the line, raising his arms in the air. But on the other side of the road and in the last 50 metres, Boudat, a former UCI Track World Championships Omnium winner, powered past Modolo for a narrow but convincing win. Initially unsure that he had taken the victory, Boudat was told by his sports director to return to the finish "just in case." And that "just in case" proved to be right, with the 23-year-old claiming the biggest road win of his incipient pro career to date.ADVERTISEMENT In the process, Boudat also claimed the overall lead of the Ruta del Sol and also continued France's lengthy run of bunch sprint success in the Spanish race. Former Direct Energie fast man Bryan Coquard won the race's previous full bunch sprint last year on stage 4, and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) triumphed in the same race back in 2016 at Cordoba. Coquard has now moved on to Vital Concept during the off-season, and if Boudat was previously overshadowed by his compatriot in bunch sprints with Direct Energie, in 2018 the young Frenchman has wasted no time stepping into the spotlight in the Ruta del Sol. "I couldn't find a gap to get through in the last metres, but I went for it as best I could," Boudat said. "I was on the other side of the road, and I had no idea I had won. But my director told me to go to the finish to see what was going on, because I could hear my name on the loudspeakers. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome thanks other riders for support during opening Ruta del Sol stage
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has highlighted the degree of support he has received from other riders in the peloton following his first day of racing in 2018 on the Ruta del Sol. Froome finished safely in the main pack behind winner Thomas Boudat (DirectEnergie) after a relatively straightforward, if fast, run through the hills of eastern Andalucia to Granada. The Briton had been the centre of attention before the start in Mijas, as he spoke to the press ahead of his first race since news broke in December of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky was active early on keeping the break of the day under control but opted to let other squads like Astana take command of the peloton as Granada approached. Froome crossed the line in the middle of the bunch, then quickly made his way to the team bus. A little later, he spoke briefly to reporters before posing a number of selfies with fans massed around the Sky vehicles and then riding to the hotel. "It's the first race in the build-up to the Giro now and it's good to be back racing," Froome said. Asked if he could gauge the mood of the fans on the roadside during the stage, Froome said: "I always enjoy racing in Spain, it's a great atmosphere here again." Chris Froome: No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do Brailsford: At this moment we totally back Chris Froome Philippa York blog: Chris Froome is at the centre of a Team Sky mess, not the other way around Former Team Sky doctor lifts the lid on team's medical practices and grey areas Team Sky: Chris Froome will treat Ruta del Sol 'like any other race' Timeline of ChrisFroome's AAF for salbutamol You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mollema reveling in responsibility at Volta ao Algarve
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Alberto Contador's spot on the team now a distant memory, Bauke Mollema has moved into rather more familiar territory as Trek-Segafredo's main contender for week-long races and Grand Tours. The 2017 Tour de France stage winner will target the race once more this year after riding as a super domestique to Contador in last year's event, and he's tuning-up for his first serious objective of the year " Paris-Nice " at this week's Volta ao Algarve. "My biggest goal is once again the Tour de France,"he told Cyclingnews on stage 1 in Portugal. "That changed last year with Alberto in the team. I was also the GC leader last year in most of the races that I did. It was only in Catalunya and the Tour where I was racing for Alberto. This doesn't make a difference to me and it's similar to 2015 and 2016 when I was more or less the only GC rider in the team."ADVERTISEMENT With Trek unable " and partly unwilling " to sign another GC leader for 2018, Mollema will lead the line in almost every race he starts. He says he thrives on the pressure, and in a contract year for the 31-year-old, that could certainly inspire him to succeed and finally deliver a podium in a Grand Tour. "I think that I'm used to that pressure," he said. "I think everyone needs some pressure to perform, and I think that I can say I like that." Trek-Segafredo as a team have appeared revitalized in Contador's absence. It wasn't as though the Spaniard was holding the team back last year " he provided many exciting performances, andalthough he only won once and cracked at the Tour de France, he was still worthy of leadership. However, with Contador gone, more and more Trek riders are having opportunities to lead and to win. The squad have already won six times this year, and given they won 20 times in 2017 they're well on the way to beat that tally. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclists rewarded with breakfast at Whanganui's Go By Bike Day
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
About 80 Whanganui cyclists and supporters were treated to a breakfast of pancakes on their way to work and school.Wednesday was National Go By Bike Day and bicycle enthusiasts celebrated with a pancake breakfast at Cornfoot Reserve.Brother... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome returns to racing despite doping investigation
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome returned to racing on Wednesday despite being under investigation by cycling's world governing body for failing a doping test.Froome is participating in the five-day Ruta del Sol in... More...
Tour of Oman: Good sensations for Nibali in first climbing test
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After illness forced to miss his season opener at the Vuelta a San Juan, Vincenzo Nibali finally got his first chance to test himself on the climbs during stage 2 of the Tour of Oman. It went comparatively well for the Italian with a modest but solid 13th place behind winner Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) in Al Bustan. Nibali survived during a rapid-fire ascent of the Al Jissah climb to come to the line in the small group that fought for victory. With the likes of Greg Van Avermaet and Haas in the bunch, there was no option but to sit in and bank the time for later in the race. The first part of the stage was normal and then when we went into the last part it was very fast, Nibali told Cyclingnews at the finish in a much-improved English.ADVERTISEMENT BMC pulled on the climb and then with four kilometres to the KOM, Astana attacked with Lutsenko and Lopez. For me, it was very good. I had Gorka Izagirre with me and there was nothing to do but wait for the sprint, which was no good for me. Nibali had been set to start his year in Argentina but picked up gastroenteritis on the first day of the race in San Juan and had to go home without turning a pedal. The Dubai Tour was added to his calendar to give him a few extra racing miles before travelling to Oman, where he hopes to hone his shape before making his Italian racing debut next month. In San Juan, I had problems with my stomach and a fever, and after I went to Dubai Tour so that I could find my racing rhythm. I worked for my teammates and here I think I can and I hope to find good condition for the next race, Tirreno-Adriatico, he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Haas channels Cancellara to win at Tour of Oman
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) followed a lesson from Fabian Cancellara to take his first victory in some 17 months on stage 2 of the Tour of Oman. Haas beat Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) in Al Bustan after launching his sprint up the right-hand side of the road, taking his teams first victory of the season in the process. Cancellara won on exactly the same finale at the 2015 Tour of Oman and Haas had done his homework on the Swiss man's sprint in order to nail his manoeuvre perfectly. "I did some research on the race. I realised that I'm not one of the phenomena of the cycling world and I have to be a little bit smarter and a little bit more prepared," Haas told the media after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I knew that if I came a little bit from the back, you don't want to be first or second when you sprint because the drag was quite high up, you can get that slingshot. Cancellara won it on the right by going the shorter line so I put a little bit of his work into what I did today and it paid off." Haas and his team were tested to the maximum on the undulating and often brutally steep roads in the latter third of the stage. BMC Racing and Astana both put the peloton under a serious stress test with much of the bunch cracking under the pressure. Haas had to dig deep on the last ascent of the day to hold onto the pace. He broke the ride into more manageable chunks to ensure he was in the select front group. There was little doubt that it was Haas that had taken the win when he let out a huge roar as he crossed the line before getting off his bike and lifting it in the air. Rebuilding the car after the Australian heat You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brailsford: Chris Froome is entitled to a fair process, as uncomfortable as that may be
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has complained that he believes misinformation has been published concerning the Chris Froome salbutamol case, but declined to issue any correction because it could jeopardise the whole process. Brailsford was speaking ahead of stage 1 of the Ruta del Sol in Mijas, where he defended Team Skys decision not to withhold Froome from racing pending the resolution of the case, insisting that the rider was entitled to compete. Froome also spoke to the media before starting the Ruta del Sol, saying:"I do believe that when all the facts are out there, I think people will see it from my point of view," he said.ADVERTISEMENT The four-time Tour de France winner returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa, news of which was made public in December. As salbutamol is classed as a specified substance, Froome is entitled to race until the case has been resolved. Nobodys denying its a challenging situation but equally I think its only fair at this point that everybody abides by the process, and the process totally allows him to race in this situation and thats what were doing, Brailsford said, noting that Froomes case would not have reached the public domain had the news not been leaked in December. Our society is based upon the idea that the worst case scenario is to falsely accuse someone of something they havent done. This part of the process should be confidential, lets not forget. He hasnt got a doping violation against him and I think that needs to be taken into consideration and we dont want to falsely accuse people. People can have their own opinions but on balance I think this is the right thing to be doing and were happy that were here and ready to race. Lappartient and fair process Not telling the Grand Tour organisers You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome: No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome has spoken publicly for the first time since his salbutamol case was revealed, insisting that no one wants this resolved more quickly than I do. Froome spoke outside the Team Sky bus as he prepared to start his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol in Mijas in southern Spain. Froome and Team Sky have defied calls from UCI president David Lappartient for him to recuse himself from racing until his case is resolved, insisting that he is innocent. "Were in the middle of that process now and there is a process in place for me to demonstrate that I havent done anything wrong. I know that I havent done anything wrong and thats what I intend to do, to show that," Froome said when asked about Lappartient's calls that he should not race.ADVERTISEMENT Froome added that he did not have a timeline for when the case would be resolved. "No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do," he said. "I think theres a lot of misinformation out there and also a lot of people out there who dont necessarily understand the process thats in place. Obviously it was meant to have been a confidential process. It has been made public now but also a lot of other athletes and riders have been through this process themselves. Im not asking for the benefit of the doubt here, Im just asking for a fair process." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte gives BMC until May to save team
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte has confirmed to Cyclingnews that he has given BMC Racing until May 1 to find a new sponsor, at which point he will be free to find another team for 2019. As he prepares to make his European debut at the Volta ao Algarve, the Australian disclosed that he has a clause within his contract that allows him to speak to rival teams at that point, although he is still hopeful that BMC will continue beyond the current year, calling it the 'best case scenario. BMC have no sponsorship agreements in place for 2019, and their entire rider roster and staff are without contracts for next season. The future of the team rests on a new sponsor being found or one of the main existing titles of BMC, Tag Heuer or Sophos stepping up and providing the needed financial support. At this point, BMC owner Andy Rihs has not decided to guarantee his continued support. Under UCI regulations riders may not officially sign contracts with a new team until August 1.ADVERTISEMENT My line in the sand is the end of May, Porte told Cyclingnews in an exclusive podcast interview set to be released later this week. Thats when you need to know. Who is to say that maybe Geraint Thomas goes to Trek because there goes a potentially great team, if BMC was to fold, that you would have loved to have ridden for. The market is pretty hot and well see who is in and out of contract. A best-case scenario is that Jim Ochowicz finds another sponsor and the team keeps going. Porte confirmed that he can begin looking for another team in the coming months, although when asked about the timing for the second time he said, Its in my contract. There is a cut-off point at the start of May. Back to Europe and a different race programme You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Check out Trek's new Project One paint schemes
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Trek's Project One bikes are semi-customizable bikes painted at Trek's Waterloo, Wisconsin, headquarters. Check out the gallery above for a sample of the latest paint schemes available. ADVERTISEMENT Project One bikes are painted in Wisconsin Chasin' Aces The Chasin' Aces motif is based on Degenkolb's cafe racer motorcycle Full Fade Breakaway Availability You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Whanganui farewells former cycling great Graeme Bing
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By JB Phillps Whanganui has lost one of its most versatile and successful former champion cyclists with the death of 75-year-old Graeme Adrian (Bingo) Bing who collected victories in both track and road championships.In the mid... More...
Cheatley scolds council after River City Wheel Race rainout
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The River City Wheel Race's rain cancellation for the second year in a row has organiser and former national coach Ron Cheatley "really over it" as he stares at rotting wooden boards removed from a Whanganui velodrome without a roof.By... More...
Philippa Baker-Hogan calls on cycling body to commit to Whanganui
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An upgraded Whanganui velodrome could run up an estimated loss of almost a quarter of a million dollars in its first year. A review of costs commissioned by the Whanganui District Council has estimated it would cost $285,000 to... More...
Bike Month: Cycling enthusiast to lead Frocks on Bikes ride
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
If Lillybeth Melmoth could cycle everywhere, she would. The 37-year-old gets excited when she knows she can get somewhere by bike.Melmoth cycles to work from Matapihi over the rail bridge to work in the Tauranga CBD and it takes... More...
Supermum Laura Kenny returns to cycling world championships just five months after giving birth
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Kenny and husband Jason, who have won 10 Olympic titles between them, were named in a 22-strong squad for the UCI track cycling world championships in Apeldoorn in February 28 More...
Attaquer's Race Ultra+ kit looks to cheat the wind
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Aussie Kit brand Attaquer has its roots in loud and lairy lycra, and while its gear has always been high quality, the brand has recently focused on technical and performance fabrics. Launching today is Attaquer latest range, Race ULTRA +, which features an aero jersey and a waterproof chamois sewn into bib shorts without any external material between it and the saddle. Race Ultra+ Jersey ADVERTISEMENT The jersey is said to help reduce the drag caused by the rider's body The styling on the Race Ultra Jersey is subdued, which is not likely to take attention away from the Italian Kinetech Drag Zero 3D fabric it's made from. Attaquer uses textured material on the shoulders and arms to smooth air flow over the rider. Race Ultra+ Bibs You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI releases 2018-19 track World Cup calendar
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI on Monday released the dates and venues for the 2018-19 track World Cup calendar, with the six-race series starting in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, on October 19 and winding up in Hong Kong on January 27, 2019. The series will return to Milton, Canada, and Cambridge, New Zealand, along with stops in Berlin, and London's Lee Valley VeloPark. The series starts off in France in the velodrome that houses the headquarters of the French cycling federation. Located in the western outskirts of Paris near Versailles, the arena hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2015, its first year of operation.ADVERTISEMENT A week later, the World Cup returns to Milton for the second consecutive year. The local velodrome, on the outskirts of Toronto, was built for the 2015 PanAm games. The World Cup starts up again after a month-long break with three days of racing in Berlin starting on November 30. The local velodrome there hosted the World Championships in 1999, and the World Cup round will also serve as a rehearsal for the 2020 World Championships. The 2018-19 WorldCup stops next in London, where the Lee Valley VeloPark will host three days of racing starting December 14. The venue previously hosted the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 World Championships. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa: I can be up there with the best at Ruta del Sol
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa's long-awaited debut with Movistar will finally take place on Wednesday at the start of the five-day Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol. This will be his first race of the season but Landa believes that after a solid winter of training he is strong enough to race among the top contenders. "This will be a very special race for me," said Landa, who joined Movistar this season after spending two years with Team Sky. "New colours, new ambitions and I'd like to start this off in a good way, to make things easier for everyone and bring some joy to the rest of the team."ADVERTISEMENT The race starts in Malaga and ends with a time trial in Barbate, with a summit finish at the Alto de Allanadas on stage 2, a stage that Landa's former Team Sky teammate won in 2015, before winning the overall title. Landa was sixth overall last year. Froome announced that he will also start his season at the Ruta del Sol, despite having returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa for twice the permissible dose of the asthma medication salbutamol. He could face a suspension, but the outcome of that case has yet to be announced. Landa will lead Movistar in the overall classification with support from Andrey Amador, Jorge Arcas Pea, Daniele Bennati, Imanol Erviti, Rubn Fernandez Andujar and Marc Soler Gimenez. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin ready for UAE debut at Volta ao Algarve
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After his long run with Slipstream's Garmin and Cannondale teams, Dan Martin has taken a decidedly different career path, switching teams twice in three years after a two-year run with Quick-Step and now a two-year deal with UAE Team Emirates. The 31-year-old Irishman will debut with his new team this week at the Volta ao Algarve where he'll line up for the five-day 2.HC Portuguese race alongsideValerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland and Ben Swift "Going in Volta ao Algarve I have a mixture of nerves and excitement," Martin said in a statement related by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "There is always anxiety to get back to racing and find out where the fitness levels are, but I feel good and have trained well in the winter months, but racing is, of course, always different." Martin raced more than 11,000km in 68 races days in 2017, scoring his last win during stage 2 of 2017 Volta ao Algarve ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic. It was good preparation for the Classics, where he finished second in both Lige-Bastogne-Lige and La Flche Wallone. He's starting his season a little later this year, skipping the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in favour of an Algarve debut with his new team. "It's exciting to finally pin a number on the UAE Team Emirates jersey and start racing with a great group of guys," Martin said. "Of course it will take time to learn how to race well together, but we already did two nice training camps with lots of laughs and getting to know each other. "We have a very strong team coming to Algarve, so I can't wait to get started." UAE Team Emirates for Volta ao Algarve: Valerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Daniel Martin, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland, Ben Swift You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet: I don't care which Monument I win next
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) says that he's not concerned with which Monument he can add to his palmares this season, just as long as he does it. Van Avermaet laid claim to his first Monument win last year when took victory in a dramatic Paris-Roubaix. "I try to be good from Het Nieuwsblad to Amstel and, in the end, I dont care. I would like to win one of those big races in between and which one is not that important as long as I win one of those," Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews. "The three Monuments Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are the most important, and we will see how they go." Van Avermaet is currently in the Middle East for the Tour of Oman, having started his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The Belgian is leading the BMC Racing team, which also has Nicolas Roche for the general classification, and while he will be looking for a first stage win at the six-day race, preparing for the Classics is the key.ADVERTISEMENT "As I do every year, I try to build up some shape and hopefully I can get back into my peak shape for all the Classics," he explained. Van Avermaet's development into being a regular winner has been well documented over the past three season. Even with the Olympic gold medal, his stints in yellow at the Tour de France and the stage wins, the 2017 spring Classics were another breakthrough for him. Along with his win at Paris-Roubaix, Van Avermaet impressed in almost every race he contested in the spring of 2017. That dominance has boosted his confidence even further, which he hopes will make for a less stressful and even more successful Classics campaign this year. New teammates for the spring You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish playing support role at Tour of Oman
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish says his main ambition at this weeks Tour of Oman will be to help his Dimension Data teammates in the battle for the overall classification. Cavendish is riding the six-day event for the first time since he rode the 2012 edition. Cavendish started his season last week at the Dubai Tour and opened up his win account with victory on stage 3. Aside from Cavendish, none of his teammates has made the short journey from Dubai to Oman, with climbing the priority and Merhawi Kudus in with a shout of a podium finish. There will be opportunities for the Manxman, however, and he will look to seize upon them. "Obviously, the race is bookended by sprints so I'll give it a shot and see what I can do. I am here without any lead-out guys," Cavendish said. "I'd like to support the climbers and the GC guys. Merhawi was strong here last year and I'd like to be part of helping him get up there. Obviously, with the sprints, it makes no difference for me to bounce around and be up there for the sprint."ADVERTISEMENT The team will also have Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Natnael Berhane, Nic Dougall, Nic Dlamini and Scott Davies in their arsenal. The Tour of Oman was not originally on Cavendish's early season race programme. However, with the team short of riders and an opportunity to avoid jet-lag and cold weather, Cavendish put his hand up to remain in the Middle East for a little while longer. "I was a last-minute addition. I was supposed to do Dubai and then fly home and then come out for Abu Dhabi, he explained. "Then we looked at the stage distances and I'd be doing a similar work-load if I went home. We were also a few riders down in the team so rather than calling up a reserve for another race, I said that I'd stay out and do it. I'm quite happy now, because it's snowing at home." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
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...

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