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Uran leads ambitions EF Education First-Drapac into Vuelta al Pais Vasco
April 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rigoberto Uran will lead EF Education First-Drapac's ambition for overall Vuelta al Pais Vasco victory next week. The Colombian will be supported by a strong group of climbers across the six stages in the Basque Country from 2-7 April. With former professional and Basque local Juan Manuel Garate in the car, the team is hoping home ground advantage can assist in its aims for overall victory. "The first stage passes in front of my house," said Garate. "If my family is at home watching the race, I can see them. You can imagine how special this is for me. I know 90 percent of the roads blind."ADVERTISEMENT Joining Uran in his third stage race of the year after winning a stage and placing third at the Colombia Oro y Paz before tenth at Tirreno"Adriatico are Mike Woods, Hugh Carthy, Nate Brown, Brendan Canty, Lawson Craddock and Alex Howes. "With this group, we are going to the race to try to win the general classification," said Garate. "For sure other teams have the same goal, so it will not be easy. We need to pay attention to every single meter." Across the hilly parcours and narrow twisty roads, Garate added full concentration is required at all times from his riders in the bid for overall victory. You can read more at More...
Valverde's successful 2018 continues with GP Miguel Indurain triumph
April 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde's decision to skip the Tour of Flanders has proved fruitful with the Spaniard taking a solo win at the GP Miguel Indurain. Valverde was 11th at Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday and was on the cusp of making his debut at De Ronde. The 37-year-old though decided against racing the Belgian monument to line at Movistar's home race where he added to his 2014 triumph. Valverde was 40th on his season debut at Trofeo Campos, Porreres, Felanitx, Ses Salines, his first race after breaking his kneecap at the 2017 Tour de France, with 11th at Dwars door Vlaanderen his lowest result since. The GP Miguel Indurain is now Valverde's ninth win of the season after also tasting success with stage and overall success at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Abu Dhabi Tour, and Volta a Catalunya. "Yes, another one! I'm super happy to win this race because everything that meant for the team, with that tribute to Jos Miguel Echvarri by the event's organisers. It's always a beautiful event, but I was especially willing to come here this season and be present, because of him," Valverde said of his former team manager.ADVERTISEMENT With two kilometres to race, Valverde made his winning move with time to soak in the occasion and celebration his victory without worry of being caught by Carlos Verona and Nick Schultz who rounded out the podium. "It was a fast race, a quite windy one, yet the team kept everything under control all day, pacing themselves brilliantly," he added. "There were many teams trying to go on the attack into that final circuit -Mitchelton and Katusha were the ones making things hardest for us-, but we make the right moves and at the Eraul climb, I decided to attack and [Carlos] Verona and myself could stay away. Hats off to Carlos, because his performance today against me was excellent." Valverde won't defend his Vuelta a Pais Vasco title from Monday where Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana will lead the team, preferring instead to race the one-day Klasika Primavera next Sunday. The Spanish race his final tune-up before heading to the Ardennes where Valverde is aiming to add to his five La Flche Wallonne and four Lige-Bastogne-Lige titles and win a maiden Amstel Gold Race. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery
April 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. On the eve of the Tour of Flanders,Peter Sagan, Specialized and Bora-Hansgrohe unveiled the 'Sagan Collection', which includes two bikes, a frameset, shoes and a helmet. Designed in conjunction with Sagan, the sparkly product is available for sale now. ADVERTISEMENT Peter Sagan's 'Sagan Collection' S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc Sagan will race aboard a 'Sagan Collection'Tarmac SL6 for the Tour of Flanders before switching to an S-Works Roubaix for next week's Paris-Roubaix. Peter Sagans S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review Specialized revamps S-Works shoes and aero helmet Specialized Roubaix Comp review All of the products in the Sagan Collection line-up come with a glitter, matt and gloss finish, as well as quotes from Sagan and a nod to each of the Slovakian's three world championship titles. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan means business at the Tour of Flanders
April 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan means business at the Tour of Flanders. As if to prove the point, after 15 minutes of listening to his thoughts on the forthcoming Ronde in Roeselare on Saturday, reporters were ushered into the room next door for the launch of a line of bikes bearing the world champion's name. The line between press conference and timeshare presentation is often blurred in a sport where teams owe their very existence to selling their naming rights to sponsors, but few riders' images have been hawked as extensively as that of Sagan over the past number of years. Seated at a top table bedecked with bottles of the alcohol-free beer he now peddles, Sagan cut a relaxed figure as he fielded questions on his build-up for the Tour of Flanders. Already the winner of the Ronde in 2016, Sagan lines out as the favourite again this time around in the wake of his victory at Gent-Wevelgem last Sunday, even if his previous travails at E3 Harelbeke " where he was a faller early on " had raised some questions about his condition.ADVERTISEMENT "Sometimes it's better not to think and just do the things. I'm not focusing on what was before but what is today or tomorrow," Sagan said when asked for an update on his form a week on. Sagan did not line out at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, although he opted to stay in Belgium for the week rather than return to his home in Monaco, and reportedly trained near Nieuwspoort on the North Sea coast as he recovered from his efforts last weekend. "It was already scheduled that I would do Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem, like the years before, but for sure, the weather was bad and it was cold [at Dwars door Vlaanderen]. There were many risks," Sagan said. "I preferred not to do that race. No time to chat with Naesen You can read more at More...
Richie Porte back in action at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
April 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will race for the first time since February's Volta ao Algarve next week when he supports his BMC teammates at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Porte was unable to ride Tirreno-Adriatico due to an upper respiratory infection. He has been training since making a recovery, but will use the Basque stage race to get back on form. Damiano Caruso, who finished second overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, will lead BMC at Pais Vasco. Also in the squad are Pat Bevin, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Gerrans, Dylan Teuns and Danilo Wyss. "I am not going in with any expectations or putting too much pressure on myself. For me, this race will be more about testing my form and getting back into the race rhythm than anything else," Porte said when BMC confirmed their line-up for the weeklong stage race.ADVERTISEMENT BMC are hoping that Caruso can once again step-up as Porte recovers, with other riders targeting stage victories. "This will be Richie's first race back and although he feels good, we don't want to give him the immediate responsibility of going for the GC. Of course, we know Richie and maybe he can do something during the week but we will take it day by day. Instead, Damiano Caruso will be our leader for the general classification," directeur sportif Valeria Piva said. "Overall, we have a strong team with the majority of our riders going onto the Ardennes Classics. This will be a good opportunity for them and everyone will get the chance to try and go for a stage win. You can read more at More...
Youthful Mitchelton-Scott squad for Vuelta al Pais Vasco
March 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mitchelton-Scott has announced a youthful team for Vuelta al Pais Vasco with all bar Michael Albasini under 30 years of age. The 37-year-old Albasini will an important road captain for the team of youthful climbers and the versatile Chris Juul-Jensen. The Australian trio of Jack Haig, Lucas Hamilton and Rob Power round out the team. Carlos Veronacompletes the seven-rider roster and will be on home roads during the six-stage race starting Monday in Zarautz. Despite the team losing Adam Yates to injury, 25-year-old Verona is expecting a strong showing from Mitchelton-Scott. "I have done Pais Vasco every year since I became pro in 2013, so this will be my sixth participation and it is always a challenging race. I think it is the WorldTour race where the climbing level is higher as there's hardly any opportunities for the sprinters. The steep and short climbs, the narrow roads and one of the most enthusiastic cycling crowds, it's the Basque Country," said Verona.ADVERTISEMENT "Volta Catalunya was almost the first race of the season for me and I felt so good, after a easy week at home the form can't be so different, I am healthy and motivated so I hope to be at my best in the Basque Country." With Albasini and Daryl Impey, the Australian WorldTour has previously won stages of the race and in 2015 Simon Yates placed fifth overall. With a roster of riders suited to the parcours of the Basque Country, Verona believes the team's recent run of winning stages in European WorldTour stage races can continue. "In general we have a young and strong team. We will miss Adam Yates, he was supposed to be our team leader during the week, but with the horse power that we have and with the guidance of our team captain Michael Albasini, I think we can keep up the good work that the team is doing since the start of the season in all the stage races that we have done," he added. You can read more at More...
Oliver Naesen confirms Tour of Flanders ambitions
March 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) has confirmed that he will line out at the Tour of Flanders despite sustaining a knee injury in the crash that forced him to abandon Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. The Belgian champions AG2R La Mondiale team were sceptical about his prospects of riding the Ronde in the immediate aftermath of Dwars door Vlaanderen but the mood music began to change when an x-ray in hospital in Ghent that evening showed no fracture to the knee. Naesen was provisionally listed in AG2Rs Tour of Flanders team on Thursday, and after a final test in training on Friday he confirmed his participation and colourfully downplayed the idea that his injury could severely affect his performance this weekend. Its just a scratch to the bodywork. Im still strong enough to do something on Sunday, said Naesen. I tested myself more intensively this morning. Small efforts dont worry me, its more in the longer ones that Im worried for my left knee, but Im not panicking. Naesen was a faller 75 kilometres into Wednesdays Dwars door Vlaanderen, and though he was able to remount and re-join the peloton, he quickly opted to abandon the race. Directeur sportif Julien Jurdie admitted to Cyclingnews afterwards that he feared the worst for the Ronde given how rare it was to hear the normally stoical Naesen complain about feeling pain after a crash. Its true, Im not a rider who abandons easily, but it was something else on Wednesday, Naesen said. I really hurt myself and I feared the worst for Sunday. Thats why I put the brakes on straightaway. But its getting better and better. On Thursday, the pain was already less bad and today its better again. Naesen was the revelation of last seasons Spring Classics campaign, placing third at E3 Harelbeke and delivering a string of strong displays across the cobbles. He looked set to contest the podium at the Tour of Flanders, only to come down in a crash with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and training partner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) near the top of the Oude Kwaremont. The Belgian has been equally consistent this year, taking fourth at E3 Harelbeke and sixth two days later at Gent-Wevelgem. He told Cyclingnews in the build-up to the Classics that he would exchange a series of placings this year for one big victory, and, injury notwithstanding, he is part of an extended list of contenders for the win in Oudenaarde on Sunday. I could give you a long list of riders with a chance of winning. Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke, Tiesj Benoot, Philippe Gilbert, Jasper Stuyven, theres an embarrassment of choice. Its maybe the first time that there are so many possibilities, Naesen said. Id put myself somewhere among them, but I have to follow the right move and be alert for the whole race. Ill set out from Antwerp with a lot of confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome describes latest reports on salbutamol case as fake news
March 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCIs Anti-Doping Tribunal as fake news on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later. The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froomes case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froomes explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed.ADVERTISEMENT A few hours after the Le Monde story was published and reported by French news agency AFP, Froome tweeted: Fake news making the rounds again this evening. What journalists and publications wont do for a couple of clicks That tweet garnered both support and criticism but was later deleted. The latest posts on Froomes official Twitter account are now a retweet of the official Tour de France account announcing 100 days to the start of this years race and a scan image of the baby Chris and his wife Michelle are expecting in August. Case likely to be resolved after the Tour de France You can read more at More...
200 enjoy Hawke's Bay's Little Easy fun cycle ride in a 'fantastic' start to Easter
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The sun shone on the 200 people who started their Easter weekend with a fun, family-friendly 12km cycle along the banks of the Tukituki River for the Little Easy yesterday. It was the first ride of the annual Big Easy cycling event,... More...
'I would feel differently about climbing Mount Everest if I had children': Victoria Pendleton on her biggest challenge
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The British jockey and former Team GB track cyclist is getting reading to climb the world's tallest mountain with fellow adventure addict Ben Fogle More...
Elvin: We've got a few riders who can win Tour of Flanders
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It might take place Easter Sunday, but Gracie Elvin says that Mitchelton-Scott will not be putting all their eggs in one basket with Jolien Dhoore at the Tour of Flanders this weekend. Last year's runner-up, Elvin believes that the confidence that comes with having a rider such as D'hoore in the line-up will only expand their options, not close them. Alongside Elvin and D'hoore, also a runner-up at Flanders in 2015, former champion Annemiek van Vleuten is set to be on the start line in Oudenaarde on Sunday morning. It, says Elvin, means that the pressure isn't pilled on one rider and allows her to take a more aggressive approach, as she did in Driedaagse de Panne. "We definitely want to win it and we've got a few different riders that we can win with," Elvin told Cyclingnews from her base in Belgium. "It's exciting to have that confidence and trust in each other. If one thing doesn't work then we can go to the next plan and the next plan. It's going to be pretty fun to take it to the other teams there.ADVERTISEMENT "Personally, I can be a bit more aggressive in the races, because in the last couple of years, I was trying to be a bit conservative and save something for the ends of races. "You don't want to be predictable as a team but you also don't want to be putting all of the pressure on one rider. It wouldn't be fair on that rider. It's about playing the numbers game and keeping our options open. I think that we've been doing it well so far." The Tour of Flanders is the culmination of Elvin's opening part of the season with Mitchelton-Scott before she jets off back to Australia for the Commonwealth Games. She has been doing her utmost to be at her best for both objectives, which has involved basing herself in the heart of the Classics, Belgium. Aggressive racing The Cyclists' Alliance You can read more at More...
Vanmarcke and Langeveld extend contracts with EF Education First-Drapac
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sep Vanmarcke and Sebastian Langeveld have both extended their contracts with EF Education First-Drapac. The Classic riders have penned two-year deals with Jonathan Vaughters team with the announcement made at the squads pre-Tour of Flanders press conference. The news means that Vanmarcke and Langeveld will ride for the American team for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Vanmarcke is riding on the team for the second time after spending three years with them between 2010 and 2012. He moved to Belkin in 2013 but returned to the Slipstream organisation for the start of the 2017 season. The 29-year-old will lead the line at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He recently finished third In Dwars door Vlaanderen. I feel good in this team. I was really happy to come back in 2017. When the team was in trouble at the end of last season, other teams showed they were interested in hiring me, but I waited because I really was hoping our team would get a new sponsor and could continue. I was so happy when it happened. I gave the team my trust. Now, the team gave me their trust by giving me a new contract until 2020. That gives me a lot of motivation, Vanmarcke said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT I believe I'm still making steps forward. Since I turned professional, JV believed in me, and that is really important. The whole team believes in me, and they give me a lot of support. The team has a clear focus on the classics, trying to find the best materials and building a good group of riders. Langeveld, 33, moved to the team in 2014 and has become one of their most important Classics riders, finishing third at Paris-Roubaix last year. "Ive been here since 2014, and I think its a relationship for the long, long term. Im really happy here. When JV came up with the idea to extend my contract for another two years, I was like, Yes, absolutely. And we figured it out. This whole team is like a family for me. Im grateful. Im happy. Im so glad to be part of the process for the next couple of years," said Langeveld. You can read more at More...
inCycle: Relive Gilbert's 2017 Tour of Flanders win
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Twelve months ago, Philippe Gilbert and his Quick-Step Floors squad caught the entire peloton by surprise with an early assault at the Tour of Flanders. Gilbert attacked from 55km out and soloed to a memorable win with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) completing the podium. With Sundays 2018 edition of the race on the horizon our friends at inCycle have put together this short video, looking back at last years race through the eyes of the victor and his team. ADVERTISEMENT Cyclingnews Tour of Flanders hub page Tour of Flanders start list Tour of Flanders race preview Tour of Flanders pre-race press conference Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet: It's been harder to win than last year
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This weekend, Greg Van Avermaet vows, will be different. The BMC rider has been consistent if unspectacular on the cobbles thus far in 2018, but he maintains that the greater distance of the Tour of Flanders can tilt the balance in his favour after falling short to this point. Flanders is the race that suits me best, its the one with 260k, which makes it different to Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem, Van Avermaet said at his pre-Ronde press conference in Sint-Martens-Latem on Friday morning. Harelbeke is really hard but only 200k, Gent-Wevelgem is 250k but less hard. Flanders is a really specific race, which makes it easier for me in the last 40k, because in the final there are not too many contenders anymore who can go for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaets credo echoes that of the American football coach Marv Levy, who would repeatedly tell his players, When its too tough for them, then its just right for them. That mantra carried Levys Buffalo Bills to four successive Super Bowls in the early 1990s, but they fell short of the biggest win of all on each occasion. Chance has not yet smiled on Van Avermaet at the Ronde, either, with crashes ruining his challenge in each of the past two seasons. He underlined his aptitude for the race with eigth place as a second-year professional in 2008, and finished on the podium three times, placing second in 2014 and 2017, and third in 2015. Now lining up for 12th participation, there will be few more experienced riders in the peloton in Antwerp on Sunday morning. Its always the main goal of the year. Ive been here several times, hopefully this weekend it all falls into place. Even with fewer results [beforehand] than this year, I have managed to get on the podium in Flanders. Im really confident about this race, said Van Avermaet, who acknowledged that his window of opportunity to win the great race is slowly yawning shut. After this year, I have maybe another two chances. Then youd have to ask me again in 2020. Ill be 35 then, but I dont know how you feel when youre getting old. Team concerns You can read more at More...
Daniel Martinez released from hospital after motorist attack
March 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Daniel Martinez has been released from hospital after he was attacked by a motorist during a training ride, his EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale team confirmed. Martinez spent a total of one night in hospital. Martinez suffered a concussion and short-term memory loss as a result of the attack, and the team says that in conjunction with their concussion protocol he will be withheld from competition until such time as he has fully recovered.ADVERTISEMENT The 21-year-old Colombian was out training with riders Julian Cardona and Miguel Eduardo Flores in Italy earlier this week when the incident happened. Martinez told El Tiempo that he had been remonstrating with a driver after he had overtaken the group. The driver got out of the car and punched Martinez in the jaw. Another member of the group was also punched before the driver fled the scene. Martinez was knocked out by the punch. Martinez joined EF Education First at the start of this season following a two-year spell on the Wilier Triestina team. He had a strong start to the year with second at the Colombian national championships, before taking fifth overall at the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz. He made his European debut at the GP Industria & Artigianto before going onto the Volta a Catalunya last week where he finished seventh overall. You can read more at More...
Tom Dumoulin recons Tour de France cobbles
March 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
While several of his potential rivals have gone to Belgium for the pav race conditions at Dwars door Vlaanderen, Tom Dumoulin chose to go to Northern France on Wednesday to recon the Tour de Frances cobbles. Dumoulin is not yet a confirmed starter for the Tour de France this July, but the Team Sunweb rider has been out surveying the stage 9 cobbles nonetheless. Team Sunweb has told Cyclingnews that a decision has still not been made on whether he will ride the Tour de France, but the recon was done in order to be as well prepared as possible. Dumoulin was the only rider from the Sunweb team to undertake the recon and headed to France with Team Sunweb's R&D staff member Tom Davids. He rode almost all of the route, aside from the opening 10 kilometres, on a team issue Giant Defy disc. According to the team, he tested out a number of different tyres 'just in case' and enjoyed his time on the pav. The 2017 Giro dItalia champion also took the time to pose for photos with some of the junior members of the Roubaix Lille Metropole squad. A post on the teams Facebook page says that Dumoulin also paid a visit to the famous Roubaix showers.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin has kept his options open so far regarding riding the Tour de France. The Dutchman is currently down to defend his Giro dItalia title this May. He and his team have said that he will wait until after the Giro dItalia has finished to make the call. The ninth stage of the Tour de France is a 154-kilometre ride from Arras to Roubaix and will feature 21.7km of the stones across 15 sectors. It is the final stage ahead of the first rest day and it is expected to be a defining factor in the opening week of racing. Dumoulin raced the cobbled stage at the 2014 Tour de France, finishing more than two minutes down on the stage winner Lars Boom. He raced the following year's Tour, but crashed out the day before the cobbles. Dumoulin, who fell ill at the start of March and crashed out of Tirreno-Adriatico, has not raced since Milan-San Remo and is not scheduled to race until Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 20. The team has told Cyclingnews that Dumoulin has fully recovered from his Tirreno crash and is due to head to altitude next week as he continues his preparations for the Giro d'Italia. You can read more at More...
Bardet: It was a hell of a day at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet said it was a hell of a day as he climbed onto the AG2R La Mondiale bus at the end of Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. Caked in mud, the Frenchman looked completely spent after rolling home in the first gruppetto, nearly seven minutes down on the winner. Bardet stood out on the start line, a lightweight climber in a field of heavyweight cobbled Classics specialists. He was in Belgium to gain first-hand experience of racing on cobblestones ahead of the Paris-Roubaix-inspired stage of this years Tour de France, and the miserable conditions meant it was far from the gentlest of introductions. Blighted by mechanicals and crashes, it was a trying day for Bardet and the whole team, who lost their leader Oliver Naesen due to a crash that could rule him out of Sundays Tour of Flanders.ADVERTISEMENT It was complicated, with the wind and the rain. It was a hell of a day, Bardet told Cyclingnews and LEquipe in Waregem. I spent quite a bit of time back at the cars " I had a few mechanical problems and I even crashed near the start of the race. So I spent my race largely on the back foot, but there you go, thats how it can be in these races. It was a tough day. Oliver unfortunately had his crash, and that made it difficult for us as a team today. Bardet had said before the race that this was chiefly a learning exercise. He has done recons of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles in previous months but wanted to get a feel for pav " albeit of the Belgian variety " in a race scenario. However, his podium finish at Strade Bianche earlier this month had shown his versatility, in being able to perform in one-day races over rough terrain. You can read more at More...
Valverde skips Tour of Flanders
March 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has ruled out racing this weekend's Tour of Flanders. Speaking with Spanish radio programme El Larguero, Valverde confirmed that he will stick to his original plan of racing the one-day Grand Prix Miguel Indurain on Saturday. We have been evaluating it, and in the end, I wont race the Tour of Flanders, he told the radio programme. We will go to Spain and on Saturday I will be in the Grand Prix Miguel Indurain. [Flanders] is a really important, beautiful race, but we decided to return home and it wasnt to be. I would like to race, but I have taken a lot from my body with continuous, really hard, racing. Indurain is a hard race, but not like Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Valverde was in Belgium this week, with teammate Nairo Quintana, to ride Wednesdays Dwars door Vlaanderen as a test of the cobbles ahead of the Tour de Frances cobbled test in July. In an interview with Belgian broadcaster Sporza, the Spaniard suggested that he might extend his stay in the country to incorporate its biggest race. While the weather appears to have played a factor in Valverdes decision not to remain, he held his own against many of the top Classics stars. The Movistar rider remained in the lead group for the vast majority of the race, putting forward several of his own attacks in the process. He was unable to follow when Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) made the decisive split but came across the line in the second group to claim 11th place. I am tired and still cold, he said a long while after the race had reached its conclusion. They were 180 kilometres where it was raining all the time and two or three degrees, and we had a really hard race due to the weather. The weather was worse than the cobbles. You can read more at More...
Van Dijk tunes up for Tour of Flanders with solo Dwars door Vlaanderen win
March 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ellen van Dijk and Sunweb tuned up for Sunday's Tour of Flanders with a dominant solo win atDwars door Vlaanderen. Van Dijk added to her Omloop van het Hageland victory at the mid-week race, and now has two wins on Belgian soil in 2018. Top-10 results at Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour races earlier this month further underline her successful start to the season. The 31-year-old launched her solo movewith six kilometres to go until the finish line in Waregem, and by the time she raised her arms in triumph the winning margin was 55 seconds. Boels Dolmans' Amy Pieters finished second after winning the sprint in the chasing group withFloortje Mackaijensuring a second Team Sunweb rider on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "Today was a great race for the team. It's really great to see how we turned things around after our bad luck this season," Van Dijk said. "Today was really a textbook race, and we did everything that we had planned to. The girls were always really well positioned and setting a hard pace on the climbs. Me and Floortje were in the seven-rider break, and with 15 kilometres to go we just attacked and attacked, maybe 10 times in total. "With six kilometres to go Floortje attacked, and I went directly after. I opened up a gap and gave it everything I had. The win is a great way to finish this perfect team work and with Floortje also finishing third, the day couldn't have gone any better. It gives us good confidence with Sunday in our minds." Prior to this year's spring campaign, Van Dijk hadn't won in Belgium since her 2014 Tour of Flanders victory. She now has two wins in the heartland of cycling. For coach Hans Timmermans, the result was the end product of a complete performance and he believed that it was the perfect tune-up for the Tour of Flanders. Particularly with defending championCoryn Rivera to be added to the squad. You can read more at More...
Lampaert secures back-to-back wins in Flemish classic
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WAREGEM, Belgium (AP) " Belgium's Yves Lampaert won the Across Flanders race for the second straight year after surging from the leading group in the final kilometer of the Flemish cobbled race on Wednesday.In difficult weather... More...
Bora-Hansgrohe name team to back Peter Sagan at Tour of Flanders
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bora-Hansgrohe have named the team to support Peter Sagan at this weekends Tour of Flanders, with the world champion supported by experienced Classics men Daniel Oss and Marcus Burghardt. Sagan is aiming to win a second Tour of Flanders title after taking victory in the 2016 edition ahead of Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke, his first and only Monument success. The 28-year-old Slovakian has had a mixed Classics campaign so far. He skipped the opening weekend in Belgium in favour of altitude training and only made his cobbled debut at E3 Harelbeke last week after taking sixth at Milan-San Remo. The race did not go to plan after he crashed and then missed out on a split, eventually finishing over three minutes behind the winner Niki Terpstra. He later said that he hadn't fell well during the race.ADVERTISEMENT He bounced back two days later to take a sprint victory a Gent-Wevelgem, beating Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) in the rush to the line. It was the third time that Sagan had won the event. While Sagan played down his chances for this weekend, his last victory at Gent-Wevelgem came in the same season that he went on to claim his Tour of Flanders title. Sagan is not in action at today's Dwars door Vlaanderen preferring to rest up for the Tour of Flanders. Burghardt and Oss have been his two key riders throughout his Classics campaign, with the former making several attacks throughout Gent-Wevelgem. Like their leader, they too have sat out the mid-week racing ahead of the Tour of Flanders, as has Andreas Schillinger, who will be a part of the squad. You can read more at More...
Valverde hints at racing Tour of Flanders
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has hinted he may stay on in Belgium after riding Wednesday'sDwars door Vlaanderen and line up in Sundays Tour of Flanders. Valverde is riding Dwars door Vlaanderen with Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana in order to get a taste of cobbled racing before this years Tour de France stage across northern France to Roubaix. He was expected to head home after todays race but is considering spending Easter Sunday at the Tour of Flanders. "It is not 100 per cent excluded. In theory, the Ronde is not on my programme, but we are close to Sunday and we are in Belgium." Valverde told Sporza.ADVERTISEMENT "I love the race route, which is very beautiful. The Ronde is a spectacular race, and I would like to be at the start even if I have never raced it before. Several Tour de France contenders have been preparing for the Roubaix stage of the Le Tour by riding cobbled Classics and other one-day races this spring. Valverde's teammate Mikel Landa rode last week's E3 Harelbeke, while Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is also riding Dwars door Vlaanderen, and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will ride the Tour of Flanders. Under UCI rules, a team can enter a rider for a race up to 72 hours before the start, with a final confirmation from that list obligatory on the afternoon before the race. A remarkable comeback but with fear of wet roads You can read more at More...
USA Cycling unifies criterium, pro road championships in Knoxville
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling will hold its professional criterium, road race and individual time trial national championships in one venue for the first time in its history from June 21-24, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The criterium championships were previously either standalone events or combined with the amateur national championships or now-defunct team time trial championships. Now, they will be held on June 22, 2018 - one day after the pro time trial, and two days before the road races. USA Cycling revealed the courses which will be used in Knoxville, which returns as host for the championships after a successful 2017 event. The time trial has been moved from the city centre to a new course on the banks of the Melton Hill Reservoir.ADVERTISEMENT The road race has traded up, leaving last year's Jackson Avenue highway underpass start/finish location for a more scenic Gay Street locale, but will keep a similar route including the selective Sherrod Road climb. Last year, Amber Neben won both elite women's titles, while Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing) won the men's time trial and Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) claimed an emotional victory in the men's road race. "Wearing the Stars and Stripes for the last nine months has been an incredible honour," said Warbasse. "I'm excited to race at the 2018 edition of the US Pro Nationals and looking forward to the proposed course changes this season. The new finish line location in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street will provide an awesome backdrop for the finale. I'm glad the climb of Sherrod Road will remain in the race, as the atmosphere there was incredible in 2017, lined with lively fans the whole way." June 21 - Individual Time Trial:Men, 34.2km.Women 22.8km. 9:15AM June 22 - Criterium:Women, 75 minutes. 6:15PM. Men, 90 minutes. 7:45PM June 24 - Road Races:Women, 115.8km (9 laps). 9:00AM. Men, 193.1km (15 laps), 1:15PM You can read more at More...
Five WorldTour teams confirmed for 2018 Tour of Utah
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced Tuesday that there will be 16 teams participating in the event, which is held from August 6-12. Nine teams have accepted early invitations including five WorldTour teams. In January, organisers announced four WorldTour teams would start including BMC Racing, Mitchelton-Scott, EF Education First-Drapac and Trek-Segafredo. LottoNL-Jumbo is the latest to join that list of cycling's top-tier teams. The race has also confirmed the participation of Professional Continental teams Bardiani-CSF, Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo Vini Fantini. Canadian Contiental outfit Silber Pro Cycling will also be competing in the event.ADVERTISEMENT "We have an impressive lineup of international teams for the 2018 Tour of Utah at this early date. It is a tribute to the great support provided by host communities, Tour partners and staff that professional cycling teams around the world now ask to be invited to compete. The Tour of Utah has a solid reputation worldwide as one of the premier sporting events on the professional cycling calendar," said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The nine teams announced so far improves the quality of the field compared to the 2017 edition where only one WorldTour team, BMC Racing, participated. All of the nine teams have participated in at least one previous edition of the Tour of Utah. LottoNL-Jumbo competed in the 2012 edition as Rabobank. This year, the team includes American riders Neilson Powless and Sepp Kuss. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish confirms Six Day London participation in October - News shorts
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) confirmed that he will compete at the Six Day London held at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 23-28. Cavendish finished second in 2016 and 2017, previously partnered with Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh. "The Six Day Series is getting bigger and better every year and I'm so excited to be coming back to London in October. Any Six Day is hard graft. It's mentally and physically exhausting," Cavendish said in a press release from the Six Day Series organisers.ADVERTISEMENT "The crowd are amazing in London and really keep you going throughout the six days so I wanted to come back again for them. I am definitely in it to win it and I will give my all to give the crowd a home win. "It won't be easy though, there's always a really strong field in London. Having a home crowd behind me will be vital, so come down and be part of Team Cav!" Cavendish has had a string of bad luck this early season on the road, crashing out of Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and most recently Milan-San Remo. He will miss next month's Commonwealth Games due to injury. Boonen to star in new cycling series for Belgian TV Respiratory infection sidelines Keukeleire Quick-Step Floors sign young rider Asgreen You can read more at More...
Viviani primed for Dwars door Vlaanderen after Wevelgem disappointment
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani will end his spring Classics campaign at Wednesday's Dwars door Vlaanderen, hoping to sign-off with a final win after anemotional defeatat Gent-Wevelgem. The Italian sprinter will then take a break and begin to prepare for the Giro d'Italia, where he will be Quick-Step Floors' designated sprinter. Viviani was understandably upset immediately after being beaten by Peter Sagan at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, a race that he targeted to win this spring. He had opted to follow Arnaud Dmare in the sprint but was unable to close the gap on Sagan after the world champion jumped early on the opposite side of the road. Viviani sat in tears next to his bike as he came to terms with defeat. He was gutted to have missed out on a chance of victory in a spring Classic. On Monday, Viviani compared his loss to that of the 2016 Track World Championships, when Mark Cavendish beat him in the final sprint of the Madison, resulting in Fernando Gaviria winning the Omnium world title.ADVERTISEMENT "The day after, things feel a little better, but it was hugely disappointing,"La Gazzetta dello Sport reported him as saying. Viviani was not ashamed to show his emotions after Gent-Wevelgem, posting #itsnotruethemannevercry on his instagram account. He also wrote: "Day [sic] like yesterday (Sunday), when you do all perfect, every main point you're there with the first, you have all the team around, they believe in you but...but you meet Peter Sagan on your road, with him 1 can be Win or Lose, every sprint have his story, I lose a big chance and I can't control the emotion just because is one of the race of my dream! Like always I come back for win more stronger next time. Thanks." " Brain on Wheels(@BrainOnWheels) March 25, 2018 You can read more at More...
SRM and Look Keo-G pedal-based power meter prototype spotted
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) uploaded an image of unseen prototype pedals from SRM and Look to Twitter over the weekend. The pedals are labelled as SRM PROTO KEO-G POWER and have a serial number of 000012, suggesting the pedals are still in the early stages of development.ADVERTISEMENT Specialized launches S-Works Dual and Single power meters 5 reasons to buy a power meter Shimano power meter to dominate WorldTour peloton in 2018 Hansen, who recently finished the Volta a Catalunya, is currently undertaking a training block ahead of lining up for the start of the Giro d'Italia. It will be the Australian's 20th consecutive Grand Tour, an all-time record. The pedals are based on Look's popular Keo and feature both Bluetooth and ANT+ logos, suggesting functionality for both wireless setups. " Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) March 24, 2018 You can read more at More...
Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe,Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. However, Rowe made his racing debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour at the end of February and has also been named on the provisional line-up for the Tour of Flanders. How he will fare remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT Dwars door Vlaanderen is a race that can be hard to predict and requires teams to have a number of options. Last season saw a breakaway win by Quick-Step Floors Yves Lampaert. However, the previous season the race came down to a small bunch sprint. With Lawless, who won the bunch sprint on the final stage of the Coppi e Bartali, and Halvorsen, Team Sky has options for the second eventuality. Moscon and Wisniowski could be cards to play if the race comes down to a breakaway. Wisniowski took a surprise second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and eighth at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne last month. However, he missed the cut at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, finishing well down the standings. Moscon enjoyed a solid performance on Friday to take eighth place. He was with the front riders at Sundays Gent-Wevelgem but hit a barrier on the Kemmelberg climb, putting him out of any contention. Team Sky for Dwars door Vlaanderen: Luke Rowe, Jon Dibben, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Chris Lawless, Gianni Moscon, Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski. You can read more at More...
D'hoore takes control of Women's WorldTour
March 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jolien Dhoore became the third leader of the Womens WorldTour ranking after a strong week at the Classics. Trofeo Alfredo Binda winner Kasia Niewiadoma, who was not racing this week, slipped down to second place while Gent-Wevelgem winner Marta Bastianelli climbed eight positions into third. Dhoore has had a stellar week of racing, winning the inaugural Driedaagse de Panne in wet and windy conditions " her first victory for Mitchelton-Scott - and going on to come a close second to Bastianelli at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Dhoore now leads Niewiadoma by 30 points and the results last week mark her as one of the pre-race favourites heading into the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Niewiadoma wasnt in action this week as she rests up and turns her focus on the Ardennes Classics in April. The Polish rider took over the lead of the competition after her win in the third round of the competition, with Anna van der Breggen the first leader following her victory at Strade Bianche. Van der Breggen still leads the rolling UCI World Ranking. As it was at this point last year, the Womens WorldTour has seen a different winner across each of the opening races. Bastianelli was the fifth different victor thus far, with Amy Pieters winning the second round of the Ronde van Drenthe. Bastianelli had enjoyed a consistent run through the WorldTour ahead of her victory on Sunday, finishing 11th at Strade Bianche, taking fourth at Drenthe and 13th at Binda. Gent-Wevelgem was the 30-year-olds second win of the year after taking a stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in February. With two WorldTour wins this season, Boels Dolmans retained their lead in the team classification. However, they saw their advantage slashed to just 49 points after Canyon-SRAM got Lisa Klein and Hannah Barnes into the top 10 at Gent-Wevelgem. You can read more at More...
A moment in time with Te Wainui a Rua school up the Whanganui River Road
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I received a call from the principal of Te Wainui a Rua school in Ranana.She told me her students had won a big prize at the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRY-athlon down in Wellington and invited me out to find out more.Being... More...
Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem classic for the third time
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Peter Sagan came out on top of a bunched sprint to win the Gent-Wevelgem classic for the third time on Sunday.The Slovakian rider attacked on the left of the group and had enough of a margin to hold off Elia... More...
Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd straight year
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the Tour of Catalonia for the second consecutive year after his closest competitor fell near the end of Sunday's final stage in Barcelona.Valverde cruised to victory after... More...
Cycling: George Bennett claims sixth at Volta a Catalunya
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has claimed one of his best finishes in a major stage race.Bennett has finished sixth overall at the Volta a Catalunya - the second best finish in his professional career, behind last year's triumph at... More...
Injured Auckland cyclist calls for end to 'reckless' anti-helmet campaign
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The yellow helmet that was strapped onto commuter cyclist Dr James Woodfine's head when he crashed and was launched over the handlebars has suffered a "fatal injury".Happily, it also protected Woodfine's head. Other parts of his... More...
Your say: Victim had to relive abuse
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I wonder how many "respectable citizens" in positions of trust kept silent during the years when Trevor Gibbs taught music at Wanganui Collegiate School in the 1970s and enabled him to continue his child abuse.Many people were complicit.... More...
Schachmann wins shortened sixth stage of Tour of Catalonia
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORREFARRERA, Spain (AP) " Maximilian Schachmann won the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia which was shortened due to heavy snow and bad weather in the Pyrenees Mountains on Saturday.Defending champion Alejandro Valverde maintained... More...
Quick-Step's E3 Harelbeke dominance sets the tone for cobbled Classics
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Much of the build-up centred on the chances of rainbow jersey Peter Sagan and golden Greg Van Avermaet, the outstanding performers on the cobbles these past two years, but blue was the colour in the aftermath of E3 Harelbeke, as Quick-Step Floors delivered a strikingly dominant showing in the dress rehearsal for next weekends Tour of Flanders. Niki Terpstra soloed to victory while Philippe Gilbert won the sprint for second place behind him, but the podium photographs and the results sheet told only a portion of the story. Quick-Steps blue jerseys massed on the front a little under halfway through the race and there they stayed in various configurations all the way to the finish in Harelbeke. Racing as racing should be, read the enthusiastic headline in Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, and the lead article was no less rapturous. If every team raced like Quick-Step did between Harelbeke and Harelbeke, cycling would be a top global sport, bigger than any ball game.ADVERTISEMENT Quick-Step certainly dominated ball possession, so to speak, at E3 Harelbeke. BMC, Bora-Hansgrohe et al could barely get a touch, as they were already forcing the pace after the descent of La Houpe when a large crash split the peloton and reduced the front group to 40 riders. Come the Taaienberg, favoured climb of the now-retired Tom Boonen, there were five Quick-Step riders lined up at the head of the group. Terpstra and Yves Lampaert pushed on over the top, with some 70km to go, and simply kept on going, while Gilbert, Florian Senechal and Zdenek Stybar policed affairs behind. Van Avermaet, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and a sub-par Sagan " a crash victim early in the race " were among those effectively marooned on Gilbert Island, as last years Tour of Flanders winner tempered his usual attacking instincts to spend an afternoon serving as a deluxe spoiler in the Flemish Ardennes. The beat goes on You can read more at More...
Pantano wins stage, Valverde keeps lead in Tour of Catalonia
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VIELHA, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde maintained his overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by staying near the front in a stage won by Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia on Friday.Pantano outsprinted Vegard Stake... More...
Overweel catches Cambridge's best by surprise
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui High School's Jack Overweel only thought about getting on a track bike last October and less than six months later he is a national champion.The 13-year-old cleaned up at the NZ Secondary Schools Track Cycling Championships... More...
Cycling: Hamish Bond wins Oceania time trial title
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Multi Olympic and world rowing champion Hamish Bond has claimed elite time trial honours on the opening day of the Oceania road cycling championships in Tasmania. Bond, who moved to cycling last year, produced a confidence-boosting... More...
Shimano patents disc brake cover
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Shimano has been working on a cover to shield the rotors of its hydraulic disc brakes. The design, which was filed for a US patent in June 2017, shows a vented structure that covers a majority of the disc rotors surface and backs up neatly against one of Shimanos own flat-mount disc brake calipers. It looks to have been designed to fit a thru-axle fork. It's official: disc brake guards are happening Could disc brake guards be the solution (to a problem that may not exist)? High-profile incidents involving injuries allegedly caused by disc rotors have previously sparked safety concerns in professional competition. Some riders referred to discs as "spinning knives".ADVERTISEMENT Since then, a generation of disc rotors with chamfered (blunt) edges has been introduced. SRAM already produces chamfered discsand all of Shimano's rotors from the Dura-Ace R9100 series and Ultegra R8000 series are also chamfered. Weve also seen similar disc brake covers from Italian firm TRed and German company Tune. If Shimano does ever release a disc brake rotor cover then there's a very good chance it'll look like this one You can read more at More...
It's here - the biggest sporting weekend of them all
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For 11 months of the year the dedicated fan has any number of major and minor events to satisfy an obsession with the wonderful wide world of sport; although there can be long, lean periods of nothing but reruns and highlights.Then... More...
Valverde wins 4th stage of Tour of Catalonia, regains lead
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALP, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde regained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by winning the fourth stage on Thursday.The Spaniard outdueled Egan Bernal of Colombia in the final climb of the 170-kilometer... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves into top 10 at Volta a Catalunya
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett is on track for another top 10 finish in a major stage race after a solid day in the mountains at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain.Bennett has fought with the leaders for most of the mountainous fourth... More...
Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froomes hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this years race due to his on-going salbutamol case. The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited two senior cycling sources. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria next month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. UCI president David Lappartient has previously tried to pressure Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing but he acknowledges that Froome has a right to race under UCI rules. Lappartient has accepted that a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro dItalia but on Wednesday, after he UCI presented its new strategy to fight mechanical doping, he said that the decision must be on the table before the Tour de France, adding, I hope so because it would be a disaster for everybody if it's not the case. ASO seem determined to push Lappartient and the UCI to expedite the Froome case before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. Under UCI WorldTour rules the 18 WorldTour teams must accept the participation of all UCI WorldTeams. However, Cyclingnews understands that ASO traditionally have unique rights in the contracts with teams for the Tour de France, which may give them extra powers to safeguarding the image of the race and so stop a rider competing in their race. ASO is understood to be confident it could resist any legal challenge from Team Sky, possibly dragging the case into the French civil courts. However, ASO was forced to back down in a similar case in 2009 when it tried to stop Tom Boonen from riding the Tour de France following his out of competition positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme also accepted that Alberto Contador had the right to ride the Tour de France in 2011 as he awaited the appeal process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Contador finished in the 2011 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his results after the CAS banned him for two years. Lappartient stuck in the middle You can read more at More...
Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered several fractures to his vertebral column following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the teams Classics line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Thwaites injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekends Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also suffered concussion following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour when the race directors car braked suddenly ahead of the peloton. Bernhard Eisel is also out of competition at the moment after breaking his wrist and sustaining facial injuries in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has not yet made his racing debut in 2018 following groin surgery at the end of last year. Although, the team hopes that he can return to competitive action next month. Mekseb Debesay took a heavy fall at the Tour de Langkawi earlier this week and further tests revealed that he had fractured his pelvis. Illness has also taken its toll with Tom-Jelte Slagter pulling out of Paris-Nice at the start of the month due to sickness. Mark Renshaw had to drop out of Tirreno-Adriatico due to sinusitis but returned to action at Milan-San Remo. You can read more at More...
Tour de Langkawi shakes up ahead of Cameron Highlands showdown
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After the breakaway stole the show and the day ended with a rider being disqualified from the race for fighting, the drama and intrigue continued on stage 4 of the Tour de Langkawi. The flat sprinters day was on paper the calm before the storm - a chance to rest the legs before the queen stage 5 to Cameron Highlands. Although stage 4 was won in a sprint by Riccardo Minali of Astana, it was a day with ramifications for the general classification, particularly for Dimension Data, who have lost Mekseb Debesay from the race after he crashed and fractured his pelvis. Debesay was the stage winner at Cameron Highlands last year and had started stage 4 of the race in seventh place and within reach of Adam de Vos' yellow jersey come Thursday afternoon. That all came crashing down with 4.5km to race into Pekan when Debesay was involved in a fall.ADVERTISEMENT "Unfortunately, Mekseb was not able to continue as a result of the crash," Dimension Data team Doctor Dirk Tenner said in a release. "We can confirm Mekseb has sustained no life-threatening injuries. He is conscious and talking, but he needs to undergo further medical examination at the hospital in Kuala Lumpur to reveal the full extent of his injuries." A statement from the race following the stage confirmed the pelvis injury for the 26-year-old, who was helicoptered to the capital. Race leader De Vos was a witness to the crash, but when speaking to Cyclingnews and Eurosport after gathering his yellow jersey on the podium, he did not know Debesay was a DNF. You can read more at More...
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne keeps the flame alive in the hope of future expansion
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After 41 years of the same format and the same, fixed place on the calendar, the Three Days of De Panne entered a new era on Wednesday with the first running of the rebranded Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, which was won in a bunch sprint by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). It's a curious moniker for what is now a one-day race, but the decision to retain the old name was a very deliberate one by the organising committee at Vlo Club De Panne. The race may have been moved forward by a week against its wishes, and shorn of two and a half stages, but the flame is being kept alive in the plat pays along the North Sea Coast. When Belgian Cycling supported Flanders Classics request to move Dwars door Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, it seemed to signal the demise of the storied Driedaagse, but the organisers have managed to keep the show on the road for 2018 in the hope of expanding back to three days of racing " though not a three-day stage race " as soon as next year.ADVERTISEMENT Organising committee president Bruno Dequeecker was a busy man in the finish area on De Panne's Zeelan on Tuesday afternoon, toggling between the television interview tent and the podium to ensure the post-race ceremonies ran smoothly. After the final bouquet had been presented and he had passed on his final congratulations to Vivani, Dequeecker declared himself satisfied with how the first day of the new Driedaagse had played out. "We're very happy and proud. We had to change by a week, and it's a totally new kind of a race," Dequeecker told Cyclingnews. "But having the start in Bruges, which is an icon in cycling, was great, and then De Panne itself has already been a name in cycling for 42 years." Echelons break up the field at Driedaagse De Panne New date In Bruges You can read more at More...
Cycling: UCI unveils $800,000 lead-lined X-ray unit as cycling boss David Lappartient promises to stamp out mechanical doping
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), has unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at combating what is known as mechanical doping, including a lead-lined portable X-ray machine which will be taken... More...
UCI steps up bid to deter would-be motorized-cycling cheats
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " The chief of cycling's governing body says it is pulling out the technological stops to deter would-be cheats from sneaking tiny, tough-to-detect motors into their bike frames, as the sport seeks to head off another... More...

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 - Brit cyclist Jason Kenny backed to become Britain's Michael Phelps by Sir Chris Hoy

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