Cycling News


Local Focus: Missing Mummy 'beyond words'
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"She's a tough cookie to impress but at my level of fitness and in this heat, she would say "yeah, you did okay for a part-time dad rider"Papamoa builder James Gray has just completed a 300km bike ride from Auckland to Tauranga... More...
South African attempted chainsaw amputation: Triathlete can wriggle toes, overwhelmed by support
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The South African triathlete who nearly lost his leg in a chainsaw attack while on a training ride in Durban has woken to an outpouring of international support after an operation to save his leg.Mhlengeni Gwala, who has competed... More...
Cousin wins Paris-Nice stage as Sanchez retains lead
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SISTERON, France (AP) " French rider Jerome Cousin won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race by beating Nils Politt in a sprint Thursday.After Cyril Gautier and a few others had been felled in a crash, Cousin launched his attack... More...
Cycling: Kiwi Patrick Bevin takes overall lead at Tirreno-Adriatico
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's Patrick Bevin has the overall lead after finishing fifth on stage two of cycling's Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.It is Bevin's first time leading a World Tour race, with the talented rider becoming one of the few Kiwis... More...
Kittel wins 2nd stage as Bevin takes overall lead
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FOLLONICA, Italy (AP) " Marcel Kittel claimed his first win of 2018 by sprinting to victory in a crash-marred Tirreno-Adriatico second stage on Thursday while Patrick Bevin took the overall lead.German rider Kittel was helped by... More...
Simon Wilson: Karangahape Rd is Auckland's best road for bike lanes so why are retailers scared of them?
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bike lanes will bring a host of new opportunities to Karangahape Rd, but still there are retailers who don't get it. So now we need a new "bright minds" organisation to help the mayor and Auckland Transport get good work done well.... More...
World cycling boss calls Team Sky 'cheats' over drugs regime and demands new probe after devastating British parliamentary inquiry
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The pressure on Team Sky intensified last night when the most powerful man in cycling demanded an investigation into the doping allegations that have been levelled against them.David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, gave an... More...
Cycling's governing body decides to keep podium girls
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling's world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, has announced it will introduce new medal ceremony guidelines, but would not be ditching 'podium girls'.In a separate announcement, timed to coincide with International... More...
UCI chief wants investigation into Team Sky doping findings
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The head of cycling's world governing body wants an investigation into the findings of a doping report that accused Team Sky of using drugs to enhance the performance of Bradley Wiggins and possibly other... More...
Poels wins Paris-Nice time trial, Sanchez keeps overall lead
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) " Luis Leon Sanchez kept the leader's jersey after the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday as Wout Poels of the Netherlands powered to victory in the 18.5-kilometer time trial around Saint-Etienne.Four-time... More...
Cavendish crashes, BMC wins time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy (AP) " British rider Mark Cavendish crossed the finish line with ripped clothes and blood on his face after crashing during the opening team time trial on Wednesday at the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.He... More...
Chris Froome CANNOT ride the Tour de France with doping cloud hanging over him, says world cycling supremo
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Britain's four-time champion denies any wrongdoing but UCI president David Lappartient warns it would be a "disaster" for the sport if the saga of his failed drugs test drags on into its most famous event More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins' former coach Shane Sutton urges cycling legend and Team Sky to come clean
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins, Team Sky and principal Sir Dave Brailsford have been accused of "crossing an ethical line" More...
Tour Aotearoa riders' stolen bikes draw huge social media response
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two cyclists on Tour Aotearoa from Cape Reinga to Bluff had an emotional day yesterday, ranging from devastation to relief, after their bikes were stolen from a bed and breakfast in Whanganui.The bikes belonging to Don Montgomery... More...
Luis Leon Sanchez takes Paris-Nice lead, Hivert wins Stage 3
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHATEL-GUYON, France (AP) " Jonathan Hivert of France won the third stage of Paris-Nice on Tuesday after a breakaway, while former champion Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain claimed the race leader's yellow jersey.Hivert moved to the front... More...
'Captain Underpants' in ride of life for Kiwi kids
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Starship paediatrician Dr Greg Williams is already a superhero to countless sick Kiwi kids and their families.And now he is about to reveal another special power, plus a different side of himself, around the country. Williams... More...
Wiggins says 'malicious' doping report smears his reputation
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Bradley Wiggins says he is the subject of a "malicious" attempt to smear his name as he strongly denied accusations from British lawmakers that he used banned substances to enhance his performance while preparing to... More...
Bradley Wiggins denies '100 per cent' Triamcinolone use to cheat: 'I'd have more rights if I had murdered someone'
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins has defended his decision to use Triamcinolone but denies '100 per cent' using the drug to cheat.The reputations of Wiggins and Sir David Brailsford appeared in ruins on Monday after an explosive parliamentary... More...
Groenewegen wins Paris-Nice stage 2, Demare in the lead
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VIERZON, France (AP) " Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands overpowered his fellow sprinters in the final section to win the second stage of the Paris-Nice on Monday.The Lotto-Jumbo rider claimed his first stage victory in the weeklong... More...
Strip Bradley Wiggins of his Tour de France win just like I was says old rival Floyd Landis
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
American who lost own Le Tour title over drug revelations also predicts Team Sky will be shut down before this year's race More...
'I would have more rights as a murderer': Sir Bradley Wiggins comes out fighting over drug 'smears'
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The cycling legend insisted he was “100%” innocent and called on the unnamed whistleblower who accused him to come forward More...
Wild wins 3rd title as Dutch dominate track championships
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Kirsten Wild has won her third title of the week on the final day of the world track cycling championships with a victory in the points race on Sunday.The 35-year-old Dutchwoman also took gold in the... More...
The shaming of Sir Bradley Wiggins: MPs conclude that cycling hero DID take drugs
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins took drugs to boost his performance before winning the 2012 Tour de France, a devastating report said last night.In a bombshell conclusion, MPs rejected claims that the five-time Olympic gold medallist took triamcinolone... More...
Cycling: NZ road champion Jason Christie loses appeal to be included in Commonwealth Games team
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand national road race champion Jason Christie has lost his appeal to be included in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team.The Sports Tribunal this morning dismissed Christie's appeal against the decision not to be... More...
Investigation: Drug enhanced Wiggins performance in Tour win
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Bradley Wiggins used a banned powerful corticosteroid to enhance his performance while preparing to win the Tour de France in 2012, a British parliamentary committee said in a doping investigation report that accuses... More...
Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall helps open new Churton School bike track
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Churton School has a new bike track and Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall joined some of the school's pupils on Wednesday to take a first ride around it.The 500m track was completed by Downer with contributions of free labour and... More...
Maori Toa triathlon all about whanau and fitness
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Nothing is a barrier to participating in the Maori Toa Tri Whanganui. The whānau focused triathlon was held for a second time on Sunday with more than 70 people participating in either a triathlon or a fun run and walk. "It's... More...
Demare wins 1st stage of Paris-Nice race in photo finish
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MEUDON, France (AP) " Arnaud Demare won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race in a photo finish on Sunday after edging out three other riders in a sprint to the line.The French cyclist, who also won the first stage last year,... More...
Cycling: Campbell Stewart fifth in stirring debut
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi teenage talent Campbell Stewart gave a hint of his prodigious future with a close fifth placing in the omnium on the penultimate day of the world track cycling championships in the Netherlands yesterday.The 19-year-old from... More...
Benoot 'felt like a hero' winning Strade Bianche
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tiesj Benoot's eyes were red and tearful from the dirt roads and rain of Strade Bianche but the Belgian admitted that some of his tears may have come because he had just landed his first professional victory with a dominant ride in one of the toughest races of the season. "It's a dream come true. I was on holiday with my girlfriend in Siena last year and we ate an ice cream in Piazza del Campo. It's still difficult to appreciate what I've achieved though I'm sure it'll come soon enough," he said, the emotion of the moment clear to hear in his voice and see in his eyes. "I felt really strong today and I'm proud to say I felt like a hero. I'm proud to have won this race. People will remember it for a long time, I will too. It's my first win.ADVERTISEMENT "It's one of the nicest Classics for me. I think the best peloton in a one-day race; the best Flemish Classics riders and the best Wallonne Classics rider are here. In my first ride, I was eighth and I said I'd come back for more, that turned out to be true." Racing with your knife between your teeth Benoot is quietly spoken but articulate, even after racing in the rain for five hours. He was not afraid to be aggressive on the gravel roads of Tuscany, attacking with Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors) to go across to Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan), then again to make sure he won alone in the centre of Siena. "In Belgium, we say you have to race with your knife between your teeth and that's what I did. At Strade Bianche you always have to fight for position. In these conditions, there's a part of the peloton that doesn't have that but I like these condition so I was happy to fight all day and then just made the right decisions in the finale," he explained. Benoot, not Boonen You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan: Strade Bianche lived up to its reputation
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) preferred not to stop after finishing eighth at Strade Bianche, pedalling as fast as possible through the passionate tifosi that had invaded the finish area in Piazza del Campo. Sagan spent all of the 184 kilometres and five hours of racing protected in a black rainbow cape covering up his white world champions jersey. He was not strong enough to go with the attacks of Romain Bardet, Wout van Aert and then Tiesj Benoot but tried to close the gap several times from the chase group. He fought his way up the steep climb to Siena, finishing 2:08 behind Benoot. Sagan had played down his chances of success after only recently completing an altitude training camp and the wet and muddy conditions meant there was nowhere to hide in this years Strade Bianche. As usual, Sagan tried to see the positive side of his performance.ADVERTISEMENT "Im pretty tired but Im upbeat because after the training Ive done at altitude, its always hard to start racing again. I think things will only get better," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport before climbing onto the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus for a long warm shower."I was happy to stay on my bike I suffered but its normal. I hadnt trained much this week because of the bad weather. "There is no doubt that Strade Bianche lived up to its reputation this year with a very hard day under difficult weather conditions," Sagan later added in a team press release. "We showed we had a strong squad with Daniel Oss, Marcus Burghardt and Gregor Mhlberger doing great work at the front. I'm happy with today's result, although, obviously, we could have wished for more. However, it's just the beginning of my European races and there is a long way ahead of us." Like many of the riders in action at Strade Bianche, Sagan headed to the Tuscan coast on Saturday evening to rest up for Tirreno-Adriatico, which begins in Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday. It will be Sagans final stage race before Milan-San Remo and his annual stint in Belgium for the Cobbled Classics. You can read more at More...
Dygert breaks pursuit record 2x at track cycling worlds
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Chloe Dygert broke the women's individual pursuit world record twice in winning at the world track cycling championships on Saturday.Dygert, who anchored the Americans to another team pursuit gold medal... More...
Cycling: Buchanan gets home in a rush for omnium bronze
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Rushlee Buchanan has produced an outstanding performance to grab New Zealand's first medal at the track cycling world championships in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn.Buchanan lapped the field twice in the points race, the final discipline... More...
Liege-Bastogne-Liege finish could move from Ans in 2019 - News Shorts
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The finish of Lige-Bastogne-Lige could return to the centre of Lige in 2019 for the first time in over a quarter of a century, according to Belgian newspaper La Dernire Heure. La Doyenne has had an uphill finish in the suburb of Ans since 1992, but the current agreement between race organiser ASO and Ans council expires after this years race, and it is understood that the city of Lige is keen to bring the race finale back to the city centre. Although no final accord has been signed between ASO and Lige, La Dernire Heure reports that a finish within the city limits is likely, though a precise location for the proposed new finish line has yet to be decided upon.ADVERTISEMENT In the 1980s, the race finished on the flat of the Boulevard de la Sauvenire, and the character of the finale changed considerably with the move to the suburb of Ans in the early 1990s. Removing the Cote de Ans from the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege would make the stiff Cote de Saint-Nicolas the final climb of the race. In 2016, the organisers inserted an additional climb between the Saint-Nicolas and the Ans finish, the cobbledCote de la Rue Naniot. Although the Rue Naniot helped to trigger the winning move as Wout Poels claimed victory, it did not feature in 2017 and is not on the route for 2018. Lige-Bastogne-Lige currently starts on Place Saint Lambert in the centre of Lige, but a new finale could also herald a different start line for the Classic, with the municipality of Aywaille, just south of Lige, reportedly keen to host the start. Colorado Summit Cycling Series will test uphill prowess Quick-Step Floors for Dwars door West-Vlaanderen You can read more at More...
Van Aert ready for switch from cyclo-cross to Strade Bianche
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wout Van Aert is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion but admitted he was nervous when he sat down between Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski at the pre-race Strade Bianche press conference on Friday afternoon. The Belgian's latest world title and his desire to compete in the spring Classics helped his Verandas Willems-Crelan team secure a late wild card invitation to Strade Bianche. He is arguably an outsider but his presence at Strade Bianche has added an extra twist to the race, sparking huge fascination in Belgium and huge curiosity about if his cyclo-cross skills will help him be competitive in one of the hardest races of the season. "I'm sitting between two great riders I'd never met until five minutes ago," Van Aert admitted with a smile.ADVERTISEMENT "I was perhaps more nervous for the press conference than for the race, which is actually stupid because as a cyclo-cross rider I also get a lot of attention and I have also given a lot of press conferences." He explained why he was nervous. "I think this part of season is a big challenge and it's a big experience to ride the Classics. I did all 'cross season so difficult to be at my best level in every race but I accept the challenge and I want to learn a lot this spring," he said. A baptism of fire You can read more at More...
Deutschland Tour presents course for climbers and sprinters
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Deutschland Tour is returning to the racing calendar after a 10-year absence. The new 2.1 race will cover more than 740 kilometers in four stages from August 23-26. The ASO, organizer of the Tour de France, has taken over the race and plans to present it for the next 10 years. The race starts in Koblenz, and will run up alongside the Rhine River to the former West German capital of Bonn, where a 2,000 meter long, straight flat run-in to the finish line awaits the sprinters. Stage 2, starting in Bonn, is the races longest at 212 kilometers, and with its trip through the Eifel region, is also the Queen stage. It resembles the profile of an Ardennes Classic, with the peloton constantly going up and down, according to the race press release. A closing circuit in Trier includes a 2km long climb that is expected to create a small group going for the win.ADVERTISEMENT There is more climbing in stage 3 from Trier to Merzig, with nearly 2,900 climbing meters. It ends with two laps of a hilly circuit course. The Tour of Germany ends with a 200 km stage from Lorsch to Stuttgart, with a closing circuit that includes the Herdweg climb that featured in the 2007 World Championships. The stages are quite varied and will reward the aggressive riders. The sprinters and Classics riders have equal chances, so that things will remain exciting up until the final day, said former pro Fabian Wegmann, who helped plan the course. Stage 3 will also see a Newcomers Race, for young talents, including a race for a selection of U17 female riders. The final stage will also host a grand fondo race, the Jedermann Rennen, which will end on the finish line of the pro race. You can read more at More...
Kwiatkowski focuses on a third victory at Strade Bianche
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is focused on winning Strade Bianche rather than thinking about the glory and recognition that a third victory would mean to his career. Only Fabian Cancellara has won Strade Bianche three times, and he's the only rider to have a sector of dirt road named in his honour. Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche in 2014 while still an emerging talent. He took his second victory in 2017 and so will start this years race wearing race number one. His impressive victory at the recent Volta ao Algarve arguably makes him the favourite for this year's race, but he is not yet thinking about where hed like his special Strade Bianche milestone.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really happy to be here as winner of last year, theres a little pressure for that reason, but I had a great winter preparation and had some good racing in Algarve and a wonderful period in the last two weeks before coming in to Strade Bianche. I have to be happy, even with the weather. I think the race will go on and we'll have a wonderful race, Kwiatkowski said with optimism despite the heavy rain falling in Siena as he later posed for the pre-race photo opportunity with Peter Sagan and Wout van Aert. "I think it's a wonderful idea that you can have your own sector of dirt road but I'm not thinking about that too much yet. Tomorrow well go for the win but not think too much about the sector. We've got strength in our team with Gianni Moscon and other riders. I'll be very happy whoever can compete for the win. That's the important thing, winning, rather than personal ambitions. "I'll start to think about having a dirt sector named after me when I'm close to winning." You can read more at More...
Vogel wins record-tying 11th women's world cycling title
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Kristina Vogel of Germany won a record-tying 11th women's world cycling title when she took out the individual sprint at the track world championships on Friday.Vogel, Olympic champion in the discipline,... More...
Cycling: Picture perfect snapshot of NZ
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the first of a series on Weekend Warriors, Mike van Niekerk talks to photographer and keen cyclist Phil Walter. Phil Walter likes to ride bicycles a long way at speed. Mid-morning on Monday, he left Cape Reinga at the northern... More...
Vanmarcke to lead EF Education First-Drapac at Strade Bianche
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
An in-form Sep Vanmarcke, third in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, will lead the EF Education First-Drapac team into Saturday's Italian Classic Strade Bianche, where teammate Taylor Phinney will make his season debut after illness forced him from the Abu Dhabi Tour. Its a special race because its heroic, Vanmarcke said. Its very hard to race on gravel roads. Like with a cobbled classic, you need to be in good position, stay focused from start to finish and have some luck. The 12th edition of the 184km raceincludes 11 gravel sections totalling 63km. In the finale, riders will battle up a cobbled climb to the finish in the scenic and historic Piazza del Campo.ADVERTISEMENT An added challenge could come in the form of snow, which has covered northern Europe over theist few days, although forecasts currently call for milder temperatures and rain on Saturday. The snow can upset this race, making it very hard, said team director Fabrizio Guidi. Were not worried about this. The weather conditions support us and our goals. One rider looking forward to the potential weather-induced carnage is Alex Howes, who grew up in the harsh conditions of Colorado's Rocky Mountain winters. You can read more at More...
Maldonado positive for CERA at Vuelta a San Juan
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ignacio Maldonado, from Uruguay, tested positive in a control carried out after the first stage of January's Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan in Argentina. Maldonado was competing at the January 21-28 UCI 2.1 race with the Uruguay National Team. He tested positive for the EPO variant known as CERA in a sample taken after stage 1 on January 21 and is listed on the UCI's provisional suspension file. Maldonado finished 27th in the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, his best placing during the seven-day race, and he went on to finish 86th in the final general classification.ADVERTISEMENT Maldonado's top results previous to this year were a third place at the Uruguayan National Championships in 2017, and he won a stage of the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay in 2010. In February, a post from the official Twitter account for the Vuelta a San Juan claimed that there was a positive anti-doping result from the January race and that more information would follow. However, the post was quickly deleted and the organisation later said that a hacked Twitter account was responsible for a message that went out over social media. You can read more at More...
Brambilla out of Strade Bianche with pneumonia
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Trek-Segafredo's options for Strade Bianche suffered a blow Thursday when the team announced that Gianluca Brambilla, third in the race in 2016, had to be pulled from the roster after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Brambilla will also miss a planned start at Tirreno-Adriatico, according to the team's Twitter update. The 30-year-old Italian moved to Trek-Segafredo this year after five years with the Quick-Step team, where he won stages at both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016. He also earned his best result at Strade Bianche that year, finishing four seconds behind winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo)and runner-up Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) after making the final selection.ADVERTISEMENT The team added Nicola Conci in Brabilla's place. The Italian will join teammatesEugenio Alafaci, Fabio Felline, Michael Gogl, Mads Pedersen, Jasper Stuyven and Boy van Poppel on the white gravel roads of Tuscany. #update: Team doctor confirms @glbrambilla has pneumonia. We will update here on his recovery process, but unfortunately no @StradeBianche and no @TirrenAdriatico for him. We wish you a speedy recovery, Gianluca! @kristoframon " Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) March 1, 2018 You can read more at More...
Cecchini welcomes physical and mental game of the Classics
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
As one of Italy's top one-day racers, naturally, the pressure is on for Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) to perform at the Women's WorldTour opener at Strade Bianche - on home soil in Siena - a result that would yield the prestigious series' first leader's jersey. "Last year, I could see that I can be that kind of Classics-style cyclists," Cecchini told Cyclingnews. "One-day races are what I love the most because of their dynamics. The courses are challenging but not super hard, and that fits me better for the kind of cyclist that I am. The spring Classics are the kind of races that I like the most. They are a mental game, not only a physical game." Cecchini has been fighting for a Women's WorldTour victory since the series' inaugural season in 2015, and she's been close. Her best showing was last year: 10th at Strade Bianche, second at Ronde van Drenthe, fifth at Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio, ninth at Gent-Wevelgem and sixth at Tour of Flanders. After Ronde van Drenthe, she was a mere two points away from leading the Women's WorldTour, something she aims to accomplish this year.ADVERTISEMENT "I would like to start strong this year, that is my main goal," Cecchini said. "I would really like to lead the Women's WorldTour after being so close last year." Cecchini believes that an extended winter of training that began last November, combined with a new focus on one-day racing, might improve her performances this spring in the Classics. "I'm not the kind of woman who likes to chase my form into the season," Cecchini said. "I prefer to start in good shape, and if I feel like I need to take some rest during the season that's fine, but I like to maintain a good standard throughout the whole season." Italy's tri-coloured champion's jersey You can read more at More...
Longo Borghini primed to defend Strade Bianche title
March 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Elisa Longo Borghini is hoping for a repeat winning performance when she lines up with her Wiggle High5 team at this weekends Strade Bianche. Last year, Longo Borghini became the first Italian to win the race, the third edition of the one-day event for women. Alongside Longo Borghini at the opening round of the Women's WorldTour will be fellow national champions Eri Yonamine and Martina Ritter as well as Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Julie Leth and Emilia Fahlin. Longo Borghini, the current Italian national road and time trial champion, started her season last weekend with 11th place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With some big Classics to come in April, she says that she's not in her best form but she is still up for defending her title. "I'm looking forward to racing because it's always a nice race, despite the weather. I feel fine, my preparation went fine, and now it's all about spinning the legs as fast as you can," she said. "Just because I'm not in my top form it doesn't mean I'm not in the game. It's just that I'm not in my super shape and I don't expect anything from the races. I'm going with my mind really free to race.ADVERTISEMENT "For sure I don't feel too good, I just feel normal. I feel okay, I'm just going to the race to enjoy it and to try to do the best for my team and for me." Strade Bianche was Longo Borghini's second major Classic victory after she won the Tour of Flanders in 2015. After crashing hard on one of the earlier gravel sectors, she was part of a five-rider move that broke clear on the penultimate sector of gravel, before eventually being caught by Lucinda Brand and Shara Gillow. The pair attacked in the closing kilometres but were caught on the sharp rise towards the finish at Piazza del Campo by Longo Borghini and her companions. Longo Borghini's pace proved too much and she distanced defending champion Lizzie Deignan and then Kasia Niewiadoma to take the title. It was an emotional win for the Italian and a moment that she didn't want to forget in a hurry. You can read more at More...
Clancy leads Britain to team pursuit win at track cycling
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Three-time Olympic champion Edward Clancy led a youthful Britain team to victory in the men's pursuit at the track cycling world championships on Thursday.Also the Olympic women's champion, Britain,... More...
Dutch win 2 golds on opening day of track cycling worlds
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " The Netherlands won two gold medals and a silver in front of their home fans on the opening day of the track cycling world championships.The hosts had a perfect start to the championships as Kirsten... More...
Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny makes successful return to the track six months after giving birth
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Emily Nelson and Kenny set a time of four minutes 19.177 seconds More...
Van Garderen leads BMC at Paris-Nice
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tejay van Garderen will have full BMC Racing backing at Paris-Nice with the American aiming high after his third-place finish at Volta ao Algarve to start his 2018 season. Van Garderen has chosen to ride Tirreno-Adriatico over Paris-Nice in recent years but with a fourth place overall at the 2013 edition of the 'race to the race' on his palmares, the 29-year-old is looking to place on the podium. "The last time I raced Paris-Nice was in 2015 where I had a disastrous day in the cold, so hopefully we can learn from that and correct the mistakes from the past and make a solid push for a high General Classification result," said van Garderen. "With the strength, experience, and motivation BMC Racing Team is bringing to Paris Nice we shouldn't be satisfied with anything less than a top result."ADVERTISEMENT Van Garderen will support Richie Porte at the Tour de France in July but across the spring will have opportunities to pursue his own GC goals. Team manager Jim Ochowicz has said that he expects van Garderen will win a stage race before the Tour. Paris-Nice a race where he will have the chance to push for victory. "Volta ao Algarve was a good form builder and confidence booster. To be able to nab a podium result was a good way to start the season as well as a chance to learn what I needed to address in training heading into Paris-Nice. I've done some more work on the time trial bike in preparation for stage 4," van Garderen said. BMC Racing has named a balanced squad for the eight-stage race with riders to support van Garderen on the flat stages and then in the mountains. Sports Director Fabio Baldato explained the team dynamics and tactics for the race. You can read more at More...
Mitchelton-Scott with options for Strade Bianche
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Mitchelton-Scott women's team will start Strade Bianche this Saturday with a balanced squad led by Georgia Williams, Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt. Annemiek van Vleuten skips the race with the Dutchwoman riding the Track Worlds on home soil in Apeldoorn but sports director Gene Bates believes his riders can still make the race. "Missing Annemiek is obviously something we will notice, but I think we have a really well-rounded team here " more of an opportunistic team than a clear favourite but sometimes that's nice going into the race as a bit of an underdog with nothing to lose," said Bates.ADVERTISEMENT New Zealand road champion Williams and Spratt will have leadership roles for the race and Bates expects to duo to spring a surprise or two. "Spratty is getting better and better. She is targeting later in the spring, but we are really pleasantly surprised at how well she was going already at opening weekend so we can expect to see a lot from her. Also, Georgia Williams is super strong," he said. With snow and cold conditions expected for the race, Williams believes the weather will play a role in the outcome of the race. You can read more at More...
Tour of Alberta leaves $1.6 million wave of debt in its wake
March 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The recently cancelled Tour of Alberta and the organisation that promoted the event for its five-year run still owe creditors more than $1.6 million (Canadian), according to bankruptcy documents Cyclingnews obtained this week. The Alberta Peloton Association, the organisation formed specifically to promote the UCI 2.1 race, claimed $1,615,408 in outstanding liabilities against $19,410 of assets, all of which come from "machinery and equipment." The Alberta Peloton Association claims it has no cash on hand or any other assets, according to the documents. Hotels for teams, staff and the large entourage necessary to put on the race make up the lion's share of the debt, with the Edmonton Westin, which housed the race entourage for multiple days in 2017 and 2016, owed $214,497, according to the document. Medallist Sports, the US company hired to manage the event, is owed $68,571.ADVERTISEMENT Other major debts include $177,644 owed to television production company 3G Wireless, $27,198 owed to the City of Edmonton, $41,681 owed to a commercial tent rental company, $155,685 owed to M31 Design Group, $92,025 to television logistics company NEP and $65,880 owed to the World Triathlon Corporation, which shared a venue with the race in 2016. The race debuted in 2013 to much fanfare in North America, supported initially by the province's ministry of culture and tourism as a way to show the area to a world-wide audience. With a field that included six WorldTour teams and the up-and-coming Peter Sagan, the Tour of Alberta got off to a good start. The race featured a prologue and five stages, a format the race stuck with through 2016, when it dropped to five days and by then only attracted two WorldTour teams. A slowing economy for the province's once-booming oil industry took the blame. In 2017, the race dropped another day and another WorldTour team down to just one. Teams still owed prize money You can read more at More...

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