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Fuglsang draws career-best spring to a close at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) says that he's better than he has ever been at this time of the year and he is hoping to capitalise on that to take the Lige-Bastogne-Lige title. So far this season, Fuglsang has won the Ruta del Sol, finished on the podium of every one-day race that he's completed and taken third overall " plus a stage win " at Tirreno-Adriatico. Fuglsang has twice finished in the top 10 at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, his best result coming in 2015 with a ninth-place finish.With what he feels is his best spring form, he is hoping to improve upon that on Sunday. "At the moment, I feel super and the Classics have been super. So far the whole start of the season has been very good for me so till now I havent been as good as I have now at this time of the year," Fuglsang said at the team presentation in Lige on Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT "I have finished in the top 10 or close to the top 10 many times but never really got the big result here. I hope that tomorrow will change that." This year, Lige-Bastogne-Lige looks quite different to what Fuglsang will be used to,with a new finish likely to open up the race to a broader spectrum of riders. The mid-section of the race is tougher with the addition of the Ctes de Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Leve making a return, but the final 10 kilometres feature a fast, sweeping downhill section before a flat run to the line. Previously, the route culminated in an uncategorised rise into Ans, which Fuglsang says suited him better, but that isnt putting him off having a go on Sunday. "With the condition that I have and the qualities that I have as a rider, I would have preferred the old finish but it is how it is and there's nothing I can change," said Fuglsang. "I know that if I'm with Alaphilippe or Yates or in a smaller group with 10 kilometres to go, then it is going to be very difficult to do something about it and to win the race. I won't give up before the finish line and finish line. First, we have to get there. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin pessimistic about Liege-Bastogne-Liege chances after illness
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a tough Flche Wallonne which saw him abandon the race, Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) had hoped that he might be able to turn things around in time for Lige-Bastogne-Lige. But at the team presentation on Saturday afternoon, the Irish all-rounder recognised that things had scarcely improved, and he was decidedly downbeat about his chances of fighting for a second victory in La Doyenne. Instead, Martin told reporters he hopes he can play a support role for riders like teammate Diego Ulissi, who finished third in Flche Wallonne earlier this week.ADVERTISEMENT Martin revealed that he had been sick since the Vuelta al Pas Vasco, and that despite a small improvement in his condition before Flche Wallonne, he was still far from 100 per cent condition. Asked if he was ready to go on Sunday " let alone go for a top performance " Martin answered with a categorical "No." "Ive got some kind of nasty bug after Pas Vasco, we don't know what it was but we thought it was a bad head cold and it ended up taking a lot out of me," he said. "On Tuesday I was starting to feel pretty good and then on Wednesday I was good at the start. But I didnt have any power after that and its kind of put me back in my recovery as well. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde swallowed a bee during finale of Fleche Wallonne
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Four-timeLige-Bastogne-Lige winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was his usual optimistic self at Saturday's race presentation, but the reigning world champion recognised he was uncertain of his current condition. Valverde confirmed he had suffered an unusual setback during Flche Wallonne, where the five times winner of the mid-week Ardennes Classic swallowed a bee, which then stung him, during the last part of the race. The Spanish veteran emphasised the incident, at some 50 kilometres from the finish, was not an explanation for his below-expectations performance, where he finished eleventh. However, he said it had been a frightening experience " and in the final hour of a race, surely even more so.ADVERTISEMENT "I thought it had come out but it stung me here," Valverde told a small group of reporters, pointing to his neck. "So I was pretty scared, to be honest. "Ive swallowed insects before whilst riding, but I've managed to cough them up. They've never stayed inside before. Fortunately, I'm not allergic but it was frightening. I thought the string would turn into some kind of inflammation. For 20 minutes, I was really worried. "I don't like to make excuses, but it might have had an effect, or it might not." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: I've been waiting for Liege-Bastogne-Liege all winter
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Micha Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is keen to pull down the curtain on his Classics campaign in style, with the former Milan-San Remo winner saying that Sunday'sLige-Bastogne-Lige is the race he has been "waiting for all winter." Third in 2017 and in 2014 in Lige, the 28-year-old claimed a podium finish in Milan-San Remo this spring, as well as leading Paris-Nice. But whilst his Ardennes campaign in 2018 never really took flight, at Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, he came close to disputing the win. A week further on and Kwiatkowski is determined to go all out for the victory. "It's a day I've been waiting for so long, that now it's finally here, I'm pretty excited," Kwiatkowski told Cyclingnews early this week. "I've done the recon. and finally as the name says it's Lige-Bastogne-Lige, not Lige-Bastogne-Ans.ADVERTISEMENT "For me it's a more beautiful finale, maybe not as selective as when we were climbing San Nicolas, but it's still a very challenging race as well." Kwiatkowski agreed with the majority of predictions that the race could start to heat up much earlier. "And the famous La Redoute will be famous once again, whilst La Roche aux Faucons, which was always one of the most decisive climbs, will be the most important of all of them this time," he said. "Either way, it's going to be a super tough race, right the way from the Cote de Wanne or even the one before that [Mont-le-Soie] particularly with the weather forecast." Currently the forecast is for six degrees or even lower at the start on Sunday, with rain also likely. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sivakov confirms next generation pedigree with Tour of the Alps victory
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pavel Sivakov always seemed destined for great things after winning so much and so well as an under-23 rider but he confirmed he can win as a professional at the Tour of the Alps. In doing so, he addedhis name alongside Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Egan Bernal, Bjorn Lambrecht and Tadej Pogacar in the list of next generation riders seemingly destined to dominate racing in the next decade. Sivakov stands out because of his height, his similarities to Chris Froome and his pedigree, and also because he is already successful even though he is still only 21 years old. He is three years younger than van der Poel and six months younger than Bernal. Only Ivan Sosa is a few months younger on the Team Sky roster. Sivakov is destined to go down in Team Sky's record book as their last stage race winner and follows in the footstep of Riche Porte, Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas as a Team Sky winner of the Tour of the Alps. Like them, he will surely go on to be a Grand Tour contender, quietly nudging Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas towards retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Sivakov's pedigree indicates greatness He races under a Russian flag but is very European and extrovert. He was born in Italy and was raised near Toulouse, France, because his father Andrei raced the Tour de France three times for BigMat-Auber 93 and his mother, Aleksandra Kolisseva, twice finished second in the Giro Rosa. He is a powerful time triallist, solid in the mountains, skilled on descents, and is pretty fast in small group sprints. His power and maturity perhaps gave him an edge against his younger peers but he has matured. He captured the Junior Tour of Flanders in 2015, finished second in the 2016 under-23 Lige-Bastogne-Lige and was 15th in that year's under-23 Paris-Roubaix. In 2017, Sivakov won the under-23 Giro d'Italia, the prestigious Ronde de l'Isard and the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc. He was the jewel in the crown of the BMC Development team but then Team Sky convinced him to join them instead of stepping up to the BMC WorldTour squad. Sivakov seems capable of doing it all and has now experienced success, even if it meant a final day of stress at the Tour of the Alps. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
McNulty relishing WorldTour racing opportunities
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In their second season at Pro Continental level, the Rally UHC team have been earning some big-ticket race invitations, with last Wednesday's Flche Wallonne and June's Tour de Suisse. The race invitations are an opportunity for their riders to push themselves further out of their comfort zone and test themselves against the best the peloton has to offer. It is a chance that their rising star Brandon McNulty is relishing. McNulty made his WorldTour debut at the Tour of California last season and subsequently rode the Canadian one-day races, but Flche Wallonne and Suisse are a step further into the top level. "I think it's huge," McNulty told Cyclingnews ahead of Flche Wallonne. "The team has been building since it started, but particularly over the last couple of years. I think that this is a huge turning point as we continue. We have more WorldTour races later in the year so this is a pretty incredible start for us.ADVERTISEMENT "Our later summer programme I don't think it has been fully confirmed but there might be some more WorldTour racing, I guess." In between his visits to Europe, McNulty will return to the Tour of California in May, where he hopes to back up the impressive seventh place he took last year. In 2018, McNulty finished 3:28 behind the eventual winner Egan Bernal. He's confident about making it back into the top 10, but he's unsure how the lack of time trial will affect his chances. The Tour of California is not his biggest target in the first half of the year, with the Tour de Suisse to come afterwards. "I think a top 10 will be a possibility again. Obviously, without a TT it's maybe a bit less in my favour but then again, last year I pretty much lost time because it was flat. We'll have to see," said McNulty. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert to attempt first Roubaix-Liege double in 35 years
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is the big favourite for Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday, but his rivals know that they can ill afford to ignore the Belgian squad's second option for La Doyenne on Sunday - Philippe Gilbert. It's fair to say that Philippe Gilbert drew a little less attention than the Frenchman on Friday's pre-race press conference for the team. But the Belgian's recent victory in Paris-Roubaix, as well as his own considerable experience in Lige-Bastogne-Lige " including a victory in 2011 " show that the veteran all-rounder could well have the form and the knowledge to go for a second win. Together with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Gilbert has the most number of finishes - 12 - in Lige-Bastogne-Lige, one more than Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). A victory for Gilbert would make him the first winner of Roubaix and Lige since Sean Kelly in 1984, whilst, for the record, Alaphilippe would be the first to do the Milan-San Remo and Lige double since Eddy Merckx in 1975. If either of them cross the Boulevard d'Avroy finish with the arms in the air, it would also be the first time, too, that Deceuninck-Quick Step have taken three Monuments in a single spring.ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert, though, recognised that even with a list of participations that started back in 2004 when he finished 40th, the new route for 2019 meant this was his first time in a 'true' Lige-Bastogne-Lige, with a finish in the city centre. "I'm happy for that reason," he told reporters. "I'll be able to say at least I did it once. For the race, for the town for the public and for the riders, finishing in the middle of Lige is a plus." As for the effect on the race itself, Gilbert argued that it will be different, "more dynamic." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Liege-Bastogne-Liege route changes could mean less predictable result
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the build-up to this years Liege-Bastogne-Liege much has been said about the new city centre finale, but there is more to the route changes than just the new finish line. The return of the Cte de Wanne, the Cte de Stockeu and Cte de la Haute Leve will seriously test those who hope to take advantage of the Liege finish. The new route makes the race a much more unpredictable prospect with more riders in with a chance of claiming victory on Sunday. Like much of the peloton, Cyclingnews hit the roads on Friday morning to see what would be in store for the riders this weekend. There are some early climbs, but the route really begins to bite with just under 100 kilometres to go after the riders pass through the town of Vielsalm. This is the section that the riders really want to ingrain in their minds and it is where most of the teams " mens and womens - chose to start their final long ride before the big event on Sunday. First up in this final 100 is the Cote de Mont-le-Soie, a short but steep climb that will soften up the legs and trim the bunch of some early strugglers. There is a short bit of respite as the peloton makes their way along the undulating road before the Cote de Wanne. The road takes a hard right to begin the climb and the riders will immediately be faced with a steep incline to get them going. It levels out briefly before pitching upwards again. It continues like this for 3.6 kilometres, averaging 5.1 per cent, before heading down towards Stavelot. The descent is fast and twisting, occasionally rising up to slow the progression of the riders.ADVERTISEMENT No sooner have they arrived in Stavelot, the riders turn right again to begin the Cote de Stockeu. It begins steep and only gets steeper as it winds its way towards the top, easing off only ever so slightly at times. It is only one kilometre long but it will feel like a whole lot more with each little increase in gradient. This should provide another major selection, even bigger than the last. The Stockeu, and the preceding Wanne and subsequent Haute-Leve, has been left out of Liege-Bastogne-Liege for three years due to road works, and that time has been put to good use with beautifully smooth tarmac at the top of the climb and along the descent. It is a fast run off the Stockeu back into Stavelot with the Haute-Leve climb coming in quick succession. The Haute-Leve is the same length as the Wanne but is marginally steeper. Unlike the Wanne, its gradient is much more constant, providing little time to catch your breath. Concrete dividers line large parts of the centre of the road, forcing the riders to keep to just one lane as they wind their way up. As the climb mercifully comes to an end, the dividers disappear and the road widens " not that the main group will be that large by then. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It was the year of the Novichok poisoning, the Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast, and Nasa's InSight landing on Mars. This summer we look back at the big stories of the year around the world and closer to home. This story... More...
Neff powers through mud to finish among the best at Namur World Cup
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff announced that she would be racing World Cup cyclo-cross with her new team Trek Factory Racing, and she finished an strong fifth place at the series'sixth round in Namur on Sunday. Neff started the Namur World Cup in the fifth row because she does not have enough points in cyclo-cross to start further ahead. Her start position didn't seem to affect her race, too much, however, as she quickly worked her way from near the back of the field to the front within the opening laps. The riders faced a tough circuit that was covered with thick mud, making it a challenge for all competitors. Neff seemed to race through the mud almost effortlessly, and used her world-class mountain bike skills to tackle to technical sections.ADVERTISEMENT Neff caught up to the lead group, however Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) had already made her winning attack. Neff then finished fifth with just 36 seconds behind Brand. World Cup leader Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) was second,Annemarie Worst third and Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) was fourth. It is not her first season racing cyclo-cross. In January, she was forced to end her cyclo-cross season early after a crash at Hoogerheide. She competed in Namur on Sunday, just days after arriving home from a training camp in New Zealand. "I came back from a training camp in New Zealand only three days ago," Neff said. "So, finishing fifth here is great. I was able to profit from my mountain biking background. I struggled on the climbs but moved up on the technical sections." " Jolanda Neff (@jolandaneff) December 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to test his legs at Vuelta a San Juan
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will line-up to race the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan (January 27 to February 3).The former world champion says he will use the race to test his legs but that he is also aiming for a stage win. "It will be a good opportunity to test my legs and, why not, to try to win at least one stage," Sagan said in a press release from the race organisers. Sagan will start his season at the Tour Down Under held from January 15-20 in Australia. He will then travel to South American and land in Argentina on January 26, a day ahead of the Vuelta a San Juan's scheduled start.ADVERTISEMENT It will be Sagan's debut at the Vuelta a San Juan, however, he has participated in three editions of the Tour de San Luis (2013, 2014 and 2016), although he did not secure a stage win in that stage race. "I remember with pleasure the good climate and the affection of the Argentines," Sagan said. He said that competing in the Vuelta a San Juan, given its early-season position on the calendar, made it a good event to gain form ahead of the European season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mollema to target Giro d'Italia in 2019
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bauke Mollema will focus on the Giro dItalia next season before helping new Trek-Segafredo teammate Richie Porte at the Tour de France in July. Mollema has only ridden the Giro dItalia twice in his career, in 2010 and 2017, but was keen to return to the Italian Grand Tour. The Dutchman will join the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates and compatriot Tom Dumoulin in going for the GC at the Italian race. Thats my big goal for the first part of the season, Mollema told Cyclingnews. Ive only done it twice; my first Grand Tour and last year, where I finished seventh. So far, the Giro has gone pretty well and Im looking forward to going back. Now, Im even more motivated to do it. I even asked the team to go to the Giro myself. The team was not expecting that I would want to go, but I asked them. Im really looking forward to going back to it.ADVERTISEMENT The course suits me well. There are three TTs but they are all pretty hard with climbs and the first and last ones are quite short also and the long one has a steep climb in the middle. Its not really a TT for the flat specialists, its for the climbers who can do a good TT. Mollema will be hoping for some better luck at the Grand Tours than he did in 2018. He rode the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana this year but failed to secure a major victory. I didnt feel like I had a great season last year. In general, I think that my condition was pretty good. I just missed a win in a really big race, like a Grand Tour or a Classic, Mollema said. When you look at the Grand Tours, the Tour didnt go really well. That was my big goal last year and once I crashed on the cobbles, I didnt have a chance on GC anymore. That was disappointing. Sharing leadership with Porte You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arches of new Whanganui bridge soar skyward
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
People passing on State Highway 4 are swivelling their eyes westward towards cranes and the arch of a new bridge rising up in a paddock on Papaiti Rd.The arch of the bridge is complete but still needs stiffeners, Whanganui District... More...
Cycling: George Bennett set for Tour de France return in 2019
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is set for a return to the Tour de France, but is unlikely to lead his team at cycling's biggest race.Bennett was on track for a top 10 finish at the Tour in 2017 when he had to withdraw due to illness, and didn't... More...
Cycling: How Sam Bewley came to love his selfless job in the professional peloton
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It may seem counter-intuitive but don't look at Sam Bewley's results if you want to understand his cycling success. In 2018, Bewley finished in the top 40 on just three of his 51 individual stages - but his performances were good... More...
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in line for knighthood in New Years Honours
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Geraint Thomas was just awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but he's set to get an even bigger honour in the New Year More...
Bradley Wiggins admits he's not planning to live past 60
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The former Tour de France winner gave a revealing interview on TalkSPORT and says he doesn't plan on living into old age More...
USA Cycling hires Rob DeMartini as new CEO
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling has hired former New Balance President &CEO Rob DeMartini to replace outgoing CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Cyclingnews understands the US governing body intends to make an official announcement in January. USA Cycling declined to comment for this article, saying through a spokesman that the CEOsearch remains confidential. DeMartini previously ran shoe and apparel company New Balance, where he has been president and CEO since 2007. He announced without explanation last month that he will be stepping down from New Balance on December 31.ADVERTISEMENT For almost 12 years, DeMartini led the Boston-based group, which has 8,200 employees worldwide, according to a statement New Balance provided to media when the company announced De Martini's departure. DeMartini increased the growth of the New Balance brand from $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion today. He has also achieved significant developments in retail and e-commerce, according to New Balance. "DeMartini championed the brand's long-standing commitment to owned manufacturing and played a key role in working with the US government and industry officials to secure implementation of Berry Amendment legislation for athletic footwear," the company said at the time. The Berry Amendmentrequires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cylance will return in 2019 as part of new team structure
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cylance will return to the UCI women's peloton for another season in 2019, although the team structure behind the California tech company's sponsorship will change significantly. Current Cylance Pro Cycling team owner Omer Kem confirmed to Cyclingnews he will no longer own the team in 2019, and the Cylance sponsorship will be combined with another program. "It will be a lot different," Kem said of the 2019 Cylance structure. "Cylance will still be part of the name of the team, and I think, at last check, it's still in the top 10 [in UCI team rankings]. But as I said, there's going to be an announcement made, because it only just came together."ADVERTISEMENT With a mass exodus of riders taking place in the off season and no new 2019 roster announced yet, the Cylance Pro Cycling team's future had been in question. The team lost star sprinter Giorgia Bronzini to retirement, Rosella Ratto to BTC City Ljublijana, Lauren Stephens to Tibco-SVB, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok to Rally Cycling, Sheyla Gutirrez to Movistar, Jelena Eri to Ale Cipollini, Marta Tagliaferro to Hitec and Israeli champion Omer Shapira to Canyon-SRAM. The loss of so many top riders meant a significant drop in the team's UCI points and overall team ranking, which is important for gaining entry into the Women's WorldTour races. Only the top 15 teams in the rankings, which are determined on the second Sunday in January, get automatic invitations to Women's WorldTour (WWT) events. Teams outside the top 15 must rely on wildcard invitations, a much shakier proposition if sponsors expect the team to appear in specific races. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves: The dream is to ride a three-week stage race
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Esteban Chaves has already been through more than one very tough time in his life, and the Colombian is not one to complain without a very good reason. But even the Mitchelton-Scott racer admits that his experiences in 2018 have constituted a very special kind of challenge. "It was not easy to go from finishing second in the Giro d'Italia [in 2016] to go to being the very last rider to come across the line of the very last stage, like I was in Rome this year," Chaves, now about to turn 29, tells Cyclingnews as he builds towards his 2019 season. "Those things are hard, but you have to go on fighting and persevering. You have to keep going. I've known and learned about that ever since I was a child. That's how you face life."ADVERTISEMENT Second in 2016, the Colombian's Giro d'Italia bid this May alongside teammate Simon Yates worked out phenomenally well in the first half until Chaves was poleaxed by a combination of viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He finished, but in 72nd place overall and a shadow of his earlier Giro self. He then spent several months off the bike, fighting and identifying the illnesses and viruses before being cleared to resume training. Now, Chaves is heading back to racing. His program for the 2019 season and first race since the Giro d'Italia last May will start with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from February 6-10, but he is as yet uncertain what will happen afterwards. It will be a voyage in the dark. "I'll be in Colombia until the end of January and then Valencia will be my first race. Depending on how I finish that race, we'll see what we do next," Chaves told Cyclingnews. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Poel to ride Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mathieu van der Poel will be let loose on the spring classics for the first time in 2019. While a debut at Paris-Roubaix will have to wait another year, the Dutch talent will race, among others, the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, and Amstel Gold Race. Van der Poel, 23, has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain bike in the early years of his career, but is hotly tipped to have successful years as a road racer ahead of him. Expectations only grew this year as he won the elite Dutch national road race title and two stages at the Arctic Race of Norway. While he has delayed going full-time on the road in the WorldTour until after the 2020 Olympics, where he will go for gold on the mountain bike, his Corendon-Circus team will step up to Pro Continental level next year, allowing them to earn invites for the biggest spring classics.ADVERTISEMENT The team held a press conference on Monday, announcing their road plans in the spring, as well as unveiling a bolstered roster to support the new race programme, including Stijn Devolder, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Dries De Bondt. Van der Poel's cyclo-cross campaign will culminate in February with the World Championships at the start of the month and the the Brico Cross Hulst on the 17th, after which he will switch to the road. His first outing will be the Tour of Antalya and, while he will not be in the squad that races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad at the start of March, he will ride Nokere Koerse and the Handzame Classic ahead of the big cobbled Classics. E3-Harelbeke is not on the team's schedule, but Van der Poel will lead them at Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, and the Tour of Flanders. ASO are said to have been keen to have Van der Poel at Paris-Roubaix, but he preferred to skip the 'Hell of the North' in order to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, ahead of which he'll line up at Brabantse Pijl. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brailsford: Team Sky riders will be 'appropriately' looked after if no sponsor is found
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dave Brailsford has assured the entire Team Sky roster and staff that they will be paid as normal throughout the 2019 season and that if a new backer is not found for the 2020 season then they will be 'looked after appropriately'. This comes after a report in the Sunday Times suggested that Sky were willing to honour contracts in 2020 if riders were unable to find teams beyond next season. Brailsford's assurances came in a letter addressed to all Team Sky staff and sent out a day after the news of Sky's withdrawal from the sport was announced internally. Cyclingnews has obtained a copy of the letter, which was issued in English, Italian and Spanish, from a source close to Team Sky. "You will continue to be paid as normal throughout 2019 and if the Team is unable to continue after that, you will be looked after appropriately," Brailsford writes.ADVERTISEMENT "The accompanying note from Sky reiterates this message. I know that they will deliver on their promise." Sky's letter comes from Jeremey Darroch, the Group Chief Executive at the corporation. "As Dave has already told you, Sky will be ending its involvement with cycling and our association with Team Sky at the end of next year. After a decade of unprecedented success, I couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved together. It's been an amazing journey, but now is the right time for us to move on as we open a new chapter in Sky's story and turn our focus to different things," Darroch says. Sky to end sponsorship after 2019 Brailsford: I'm sure we've got a future beyond Sky UCI to closely follow Team Sky sponsorship search New Chinese WorldTour team open to talking to Team Sky Pinarello to support Team Sky beyond 2019 Luke Rowe: Sky have spoilt us over the last 10 years You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana rumoured to return to more traditional route in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Vuelta a Espaa 2019 route will be revealed this Wednesday evening in the southeasterly coastal city of Alicante and there are rumours that the third Grand Tour of the season could be reverting to a more traditional format. But there is no indication that it will be any less mountainous, with stages in the Pyrenees, Asturias and through the Sierras of Avila and Teruel set to make it just as challenging as usual. Eight summit finishes - the Vueltas trademark strategy for creating an open, exciting race - are expected in 2019, two less than in 2016 and one less than in 2017 and 2018. But the continuing slight reduction in numbers is balanced with some tough mountain stages following what is expected to be an opening team time trial around Alicantes lagoons and saltflats in the provinces coastal town of Torrevieja on August 24. Media reports suggest that stage 5 could well provide the first major sort-out, courtesy of a summit finish on the unprecedented 12-kilometre ascent of Pico del Buitre - the colourfully named Summit of the Vulture - in the sierras of Teruel in inland eastern Spain. This remote, beautiful region, said to have fewer inhabitants per square kilometre than Lapland, was last visited by the Vuelta in 2014 when Colombias Winner Anacona dashed ahead of the favourites for victory in the ski station of Valdelinares.ADVERTISEMENT The Vuelta then heads into much more familiar terrain, with another stage finish in Andorra and possibly two big Pyrenean stages likely to round off the first week. The Vuelta will remain outside Spain, it is thought, with a rest day in Pau, France rumoured to be on the cards for the start of the second week, followed by a long individual time trial round the same area. A return to Spain via Urdax in the province of Navarre on what could be a third Pyrenean stages is predicted, and so, too, is a second-week stage finish in the Basque Country with a sprint finish in Bilbao. But the biggest mountain stages of the second week are all set to be in the northern region of Asturias. Even if the Angliru, Spains toughest single climb in the heart of the Asturias sierras, is likely to be avoided once again, the climbers will not have cause to complain given there are forecast to be three major summit finishes, expected to be held across four stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Crits Series is back for 13th year with three new races
December 18, 2018 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Crits will return in 2019 with three new events to bolster the season-long UScriterium series. Next year's USA Crits Series will feature the new Birmingham HammerFest, a preseason event in Birmingham, Alabama.The series-proper will open with the inaugural Destination El Paso Criterium in Texas, and the Salt Lake Criterium joins the Series as another new event. The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough's Blue Dome criterium in Oklahoma will also return after a several-year hiatus. Organisers have invited24 of Americas elite mens and womens teams to participate in the seires, which will focus on the participating "D1" programs that will be announced on January 17.ADVERTISEMENT It is exciting to see three brand-new events join the Series for 2019, said Scott Morris, USA Crits director of development. "We started 2018 with a goal of creating a more sustainable model for American road cycling and made great progress in that effort. We streamed more races than had ever been done in America. We saw an 11 per cent participation increase in our events and created a new platform to allow a broader audience to engage the sport." The Series will continue to focus on a more team-oriented model in 2019, according to organisers, who say there will be a priority on supporting the growth of more teams racing a national calendar through travel stipends, entries and increased support from events for the D1 teams. There will also be expanded coverage of both teams and events via all media formats. All USA Crits Series events will be live streamed on USACRITS.tv. Not only will subscribing fans have access to the event streams, but video-on-demand content will include D1 team and rider profiles, race recap, and full-length archived series races. 2019 USA Crits Series Calendar You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas opens up on "just crazy" Sports Personality of the Year win
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Tour de France champion Thomas became the fourth cyclist to top the SPOTY voting since 2008 at Sunday's glitzy ceremony More...
Driver admits causing death of Olympic hero Chris Boardman's mum with pick up truck
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Liam Rosney, 33, admitted causing the death of Carol Boardman by hitting her with his truck More...
Geraint Thomas' wife Sara Elen Thomas on how couple met - and why her brother calls him 'King D**k'
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
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Geraint Thomas on meeting Lionel Messi and how the Yellow Jersey has changed his life
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Sky star received much adulation after triumphing in the Tour de France with the Barcelona superstar a fan More...
Chris Froome "surprised" at Team Sky announcement and sets goal to secure new sponsor
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The four-time Tour de France winner is grateful for the broadcaster's investment and great success over eight years More...
Canyon-SRAM name 2019 Zwift Academy winner
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Canyon-SRAM women's UCI team has announced the winner o f the 2019 Zwift Academy, with Kiwi Ella Harris taking the prize and earning a contract to race with the team next year. Canyon-SRAM started the Zwift Academy two years ago, allowing amateur riders chance to train with the team and try to prove themselves worthy of racing at the top level. Tanja Erath, the 2018 winner, raced with the team this year and recently signed an extension contract for 2019. After a challenging week of finals at the team's first training camp in Mlaga, Spain, Harris emerged with the victory.ADVERTISEMENT What another fantastic year its been for the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy, said Kate Veronneau, the academy leader at Zwift. While the champions of the Zwift Academy receive the headline, and rightly so, its important to highlight the thousands of women who took part in the Academy - many with very different objectives to the winner. Its fantastic to be a part of such a community and championing womens cycling. The thirdyear of the innovative talent identification program saw participation numbers double, with 5,000 women taking part. "Each year the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy provides women the opportunity to challenge their fitness, join an inspiring community of women who ride, and the chance for some to achieve their dream of a professional contract with Canyon/SRAM Racing," the team said in a statement released with today's announcement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky future in doubt after owner withdraws from cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast.Team... More...
Geraint Thomas "always believed" in Chris Froome's integrity as Team Sky end sponsorship
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion has also backed Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Team Sky: Sky to end involvement in cycling after 2019 season
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The broadcasting giants joined forces with British cycling in 2008 and has achieved a total of 322 wins in its time More...
Neylan signs with Team Virtu Cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rachel Neylan has signed a contract to race with the Danish-registered UCI Womens Team Virtu Cycling in 2019. The Australian joins the team from the Spanish outfit Movistar. "I'm really thrilled to join Virtu Cycling Women for 2019," Neylan said on the team's website. "I am excited about bringing my experience and enthusiasm to compliment a strong team of women next year." Neylan was second in the elite women's road race at the World Championships in 2012. She spent three seasons with the Orica-Scott team before joining the inaugural Movistar team for the 2018 season. Her role at Movistar was to help develop and mentor a young team.ADVERTISEMENT "Rachel has had a very successful past up into this point in her career and we really want to help find her way back into the top ranks of the World Tour," said Virtu Cycling director Carmen Small. "With the right preparation and support, I believe that Rachel can keep improving on the bike and do even more than before. She brings experience to the team and can help the other climbers, whether that is in a support role or her taking the reins herself. This year, we have tried to strengthen the team in the more climbing race and Rachel will be a crucial part of this next step towards success." Movistar recently announced their roster for next season, and Neylan was the only rider who was not listed to return, but the team thanked her for her efforts this season on their social media channels. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
McLaren power into cycling with Bahrain-Merida joint venture
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
McLaren and Bahrain-Merida have announced an exciting joint venture from the start of the 2019 road season with the overall aim of becoming the most successful team in professional cycling. The deal has been in the making for roughly a year with shared interests from the owners of both companies. The news will be officially announced on Wednesday at the Bahrain-Merida training camp in Croatia, with the McLaren logo on the team kit. Merida will stay as the secondary sponsor of the team, but McLaren's experience in Formula 1 will be relied upon to improve the team in some specific areas. At an event at McLaren's Woking base in early December, the company's Chief Marketing Officer John Allert " a long time cycling fan who grew up just a stone's throw away from Willunga Hill in Adelaide " announced the plans in front of a small gathering of journalists. Bahrain-Merida's general manager Brent Copeland was alongside Allert and added that the joint venture had the potential to revolutionise the sport. "This is great for cycling and maybe the most exciting thing that's happened in cycling for the last decade," Copeland said.ADVERTISEMENT "McLaren can help us out in so many areas. More and more topics come out as we talk about it. It's exciting for us, and it is for cycling in general. Their experience is unlimited." The news means an obvious jump in the team's overall budget, but the primary focus in 2019 will be for McLaren to gain experience in working with a WorldTour team on a long-term strategy. The company already know their work with Specialized but have already had time with both Rohan Dennis and Vincenzo Nibali in their technology centre and wind tunnel in Woking. Neither Copeland nor Allert would discuss the team's new budget or McLaren's share of the investment, but the plan at this stage is for both parties to work with Merida in 2019 in the hope that the bike supplier remains with them once their current contract expires at the end of next season. It's possible that McLaren could become a title sponsor in the future, alongside Bahrain. "What Bahrain-Merida have been able to achieve off a standing start in two years is phenomenally inspiring," said Allert. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following a day of medical testsat the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Denniswere on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik fromCCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role.ADVERTISEMENT Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Floyd Landis signs McCabe, Tvetcov to Continental squad
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Floyd Landis and Gord Fraser announced the first riders to be signed to their new Continental team, which will be named Floyd's Pro Cycling. The team will race primarily on the road, but with new equipment sponsor Van Dessel, they will compete in some gravel and mountain bike events. Landis is funding the team in part with the money from settling of his False Claims Act suit against Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team management and owners. Landis' Continental team will be registered in Canada and has acquired infrastructure from the defunct Silber Pro Cycling team. However, the registration ran into legal issues with the Canadian Government, so the team name had to be changed from Floyd's of Leadville Pro Cycling due to Canada's legalisation of cannabis.ADVERTISEMENT "Canada is sorting out the legalities surrounding CBD and athletics," Landis said in a press release. "My commitment to the team remains unchanged regardless of what it needs to be called. After years of litigation, I have no desire to enter another lengthy legal battle over the name." Fraser, who also directed Silber, has been leading the way with the signings. "We're going to focus on developing the best young cycling talent in Canada while expanding to recruit some of North America's most dynamic and proven riders," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish calls former British Cycling doctor Freeman as witness in sex discrimination case
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish will call on controversial former British Cyclingdoctor Richard Freeman to provide evidence on Wednesday to the Manchester Employment Tribunal as part of her sex discrimination case against British Cycling and UK Sport. The hearing started on Monday and is expected to continue until December 17. The track sprinter is fighting for compensation, claiming unfair dismissal after she was dropped from Great Britain's elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. The tribunal will ultimately decide whether Varnish was self-employed or an employee, and she could be owed the full legal obligation of her contract. If Varnish is successful at proving she was an employee, all parties would face a tribunal in 2019. A source close to Varnish said that she is not interested in a cash settlement, rather, she is "frustrated that neither UK Sport nor British Cycling have changed the grey situation that athletes still remain in."ADVERTISEMENT Following Varnish's dismissal from the track programme, she accused former technical director at British Cycling Shane Sutton of using sexist and discriminatory language toward her, a claim that was supported by several other athletes. Sutton resigned amid the controversy, which resulted in a full, independent investigation into the culture of British Cycling's high-performance programme. He was later cleared of eight of the nine allegations. On Monday, both parties spent the first day at their employment tribunal reviewing each other's documents. BBC Sportreported that British Cycling and UK Sport have 4,000 pages up against Varnish. Varnish is set to call three witnesses to give evidence: Freeman, along with her partner Liam Phillips, a former GB athlete, and her agent James Harper. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Barry Soper: Who says we all want more cycle ways?
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: One thing you can say about the American twang of Julie Anne Genter is that it's enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to her pet topics.One of them is cycling, to such an extent that a few months ago she cycled to... More...
Cycling: Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate return to track cycling
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A conversation over a couple of beers in Spain has steered Shane Archbold back to the track.The Kiwi cyclist has been without a professional road team since Irish outfit Aqua Blue Sport folded in August, and has returned to the... More...
Nicola Patrick: Nothing surprises me anymore -- except these surprises
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sometimes I've heard people say "nothing surprises me anymore" " I'm obviously not there, yet, as this week has had more than a few surprises.Turns out some people in New Zealand think that a Maori dressing up as Santa is a big... More...
Cassani predicts heat and climbs will produce a selective Tokyo 2020 Olympics
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has predicted that heat and humidity will be a decisive factor in deciding the men's road race event at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, with the climbs on the 234km course expected to reduce the race to final "head to head" battle. Cassani is in Japan to see the course and decide on logistics, confirming that his squad will stay near Mount Fuji rather than in the Olympic village so they can be train on the course at the foot of the snow-covered mountain. The routes of both the men's and women's races will favour the climbers, with the men's parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of Mount Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the women's course will be a watered-down version of the men's and misses the Mount Fuji loop altogether. The women's race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres during 137km of racing, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing.ADVERTISEMENT A shorter men's test event will be held next July. The race profile includes five key climbs as the 234km race heads towards Mount Fuji and the finish in Fuji International Speedway circuit, from the start in Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park. The climbs start after 40km of racing. The decisive point in the men's race is likely to be the Mikuni Pass. The 6.8km climb averages 10.2 per cent and touches and ends 34 kilometres from the finish. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to race Classics through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has announced that he will compete in a full spring Classics campaign in 2019, with plans for the 28-year-old to race from Milan-San Remo in March right through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April. Speaking at the Bora-Hansgrohe team presentation in Mallorca on Monday, Sagan confirmed that he would once again begin his season at the Tour Down Under in January. He will add the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina to his programme before returning to Europe for a spell of altitude training in February. "I'm happy be a part of this team. It's been two years already but it's felt like just a week. We're starting another season and we're getting older but I'd like to help pass on my experience to some of the younger riders," Sagan said.ADVERTISEMENT "We've decided that I'll do my kilometres in Australia and from there go to Argentina to do the Tour de San Juan. Then I'll have some rest before going up to Sierra Nevada." Sagan will miss the opening weekend in Belgium at the start of March and also forgo Strade Bianche. "After that I'll come back for Tirreno-Adriatico and the plan is then to carry on until Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We'll see how that goes with such a hard period but that's the first plan." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish's sex discrimination case heads to employment tribunal
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish's case against British Cycling and UK Sport is set to take a significant step forward at Manchester Employment Tribunal this week, as the former track sprinter fights for compensation after she alleged sex discrimination against Shane Sutton, then the technical director of British Cycling. The employment tribunal will consider if Varnishs UK Sport funding means she was self-employed or an employee. Varnish and her lawyers argue funded athletes should be classed as "employees" or "workers" rather than "self-employed." In Britain employees and workers are protected against discrimination, have the right to minimum wage, paid holidays, whistleblowing protection, maternity pay and a pension. Athlete Performance Awards that are paid to athletes are currently considered as grants rather than a salary. The significance of the Varnish case has been compared to the Bosman ruling in European professional football, which allowed footballers to become free agents after their contracts expired. Employment status has come under the microscope in recent years as workers in many fields fight for better rights. However the case has sparked debate about the best status for funded athletes and could spark serious implications for sport funding in Britain and elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Varnish now runs a coffee shop with several former teammates, but her accusations have rocked British Cycling and lifted the lid on the atmosphere at the so-called Medals Factory. It is understood that UK Sport acted aggressively in its defence, even applying for a strike-out order to dismiss the case, along with a costs order and deposit order. This could have meant Varnish's assets would have been seized pending the case, forcing her to drop her claim. Sky News suggested that UK Sport and British Cycling have already spent more than 500,000 on preparing for the tribunal, including 75,000 for the two barristers that will represent them in the seven-day trial in Manchester. Varnish was dropped from the Great Britain elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. She has claimed she was subject to discrimination and had been told by former technical director Shane Sutton to "go and have a baby. He denied those claims but then resigned. A British Cycling internal investigation later cleared him of eight out of the nine accusations. Varnishs case has sparked a duty of care debate in British sport which has spread to several other Olympic and Paralympic sports. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Evenepoel will not ride cobbled Classics in 2019
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Junior world champion Remco Evenepoel has confirmed that he will not line out in any cobbled Classics during his debut professional season with Deceuninck-QuickStep. Evenepoel claimed both the road and time trial world titles in Innsbruck in September at the end of a remarkable season that saw him dominate the junior peloton at international level. The Belgian youngster will bypass the under-23 ranks in 2019, moving directly from junior racing to WorldTour level withDeceuninck-QuickStep. Last month, the Belgian team revealed that the teenager would ride a light programme of 55 race days in 2019. At a gathering of his supporters club in Geraardsbergen at the weekend, Evenepoel confirmed that he will not tackle the Muur in competition in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT No Tour of Flanders or Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for me, Evenepoel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad. Im focusing on the Walloon Classics and short stage races. You cannot compare the professional Flemish Classics with those of the juniors. They are completely different. I wont pass by here in a race. Evenepoel only turned to cycling in 2017 after previously playing football in the youth structures of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven. The son of 1990s professional rider Patrick, Evenepoel compiled a stunning sequence of wins as a junior in 2018, including Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the Giro della Lunigiana stage race, the Peace Race, the Belgian Championships and a double at the European Championships, where he won the road race by a margin of almost ten minutes. His performances have earned the admiration of Eddy Merckx, who told Het Laatste Nieuws: "What else could I teach him? Nothing. He can do it all. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Loy hospitalised after Vlaamse Druivencross crash
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ellen Van Loy was taken to hospital in Herentals, Belgium, on Sundayafter crashing hard at theVlaamse Druivencross. Her Telenet Fidea Lions team reported on Twitter that Van Loy suffered bruising to the ligaments in her knee and would spend the night in the hospital before undergoing more tests on Monday to determine the extent of her injuries. Van Loy, who was coming off a win at GP Hasselt on December 1,went down on the muddy course inOverijse and had to abandon. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) went on to win after battling Nikki Brammeier (Mudiita) throughout the race. The victory at Hasselt at the beginning of the month was the first win of the 2018-19 season for Van Loy, who started out in September with third at the first UCI World Cup of the season in Wisconsin. From there, Van Loy hit the podium at Berencross, Kermiscross, Kiremko Nacht van Woerden, DVV verzekeringen trofee-Jaarmarktcross andDVV verzekeringen trofee-Flandriencross.Van Loy's win at GP Hasselt in front of Denise Betsema (Marlux-Bingoal) and world champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Cricus) was a positive sign for the upcoming races.ADVERTISEMENT The team did not say how long they expect Van Loy to remain out of action. Uit onderzoek in het ziekenhuis blijkt dat @Ellenvanloy een kneuzing van de gewrichtsbanden van de knie heeft. Morgen volgt er een echo om de ernst te bepalen. " Telenet Fidea Lions (@TFLions) December 9, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Snow stops second day at North Carolina Grand Prix
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The second day of the North Carolina Grand Prix has fallen victim to winter storm 'Diego', as organisers were forced to cancel the racing in the face of heavy snow that covered the course and crippled the area. "Due to main roads not being cleared, the advisement of Emergency Management Services, completely unrideable course conditions, and concern for the safety (and fun) of everyone involved, we've decided that it is in everyone's best interest and safety to cancel," organisers of the UCI C2 races posted on Facebook early Sunday morning. "This event is covered by USAC insurance, so refunds for pre-registered riders for Sunday's race will be covered," organisers wrote. "Series overall awards will be calculated and distributed shortly! Stay safe, stay warm, be smart!"ADVERTISEMENT The North Carolina Grand Prix, which featured two C2 races over Saturday and Sunday, was one of the final rounds of USA Cycling's Pro CX calendar, which concludes this weekend at the Ruts 'n' Guts race in Tulsa Oklahoma. Winter storm Diego has hit the eastern seaboard of the US hard, forcing airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights. It is expected to continue through Monday, with schools already announcing cancellations. More than 50,000 people are without power. Saturday's races in North Carolina were also hit by snow and cold weather, but they were able to go forward. Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano)took the Elite men's win ahead ofCooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Gunnar Holmgren (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling). In the women's race, Lily Williams (The Pony Shop) beatErica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) and Emma Swartz (Trek Factory Racing CX). View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rally Cycling joins NFL's Melvin Gordon for charity bike build - Gallery
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rally Cycling's Brad Huff, Jesse Anthony, Megan Jastrab, Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner recently joined the NFL's Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-annual Holiday Bike Build at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where 100 kids from Gardena-based Falcons Youth and Family Services received brand-new bicycles and Bell helmets. Gordon and the pro cyclists led the children, ages 5-12,in a series of health-and-fitness-inspired activities, including football drills and potato-sack races before leading the kids for a ride on their new bikes around the StubHub Center concourse. The goal was to inspire the childrento adopt healthy habits and focus on their education.ADVERTISEMENT Its incredibly rewarding to be able to draw from my own experience and Rallys message of healthy living to inspire these kids to stay healthy and stay in school, and now with their new bikes, to get plenty of fun exercise, Gordon said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aigle and Lausanne pitch Prudhomme on Swiss Tour de France stage
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Local officials from Swiss towns Aigle and Lausanne met with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme earlier this week to hand deliver their application to host a stage of the Tour in 2021, 2022 or 2023. The group presented Prudhomme with a detailed stage route, course profile and profiles of each the the potential climbs. The proposed route wouldstart at the UCI headquarters in Aigle and finish along Lake Genevea in Lausanne, taking in the Vaud and Friborg Prealps as well as the vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lausanne hosted its first Tour de France stage in 1948, when Gino Bartali won after 256km from Aix-les-Bains. Although Lausanne has hosted a Tour stage five times - in 1948, 1949, 1952, 1978 and 2000 - it would be a first for Aigle.Organisers believe the proposed route would showcase two strong sports and tourism symbols, linking the UCI headquartersto the Olympic Capital.ADVERTISEMENT The proposed172.9km stage would not be a parade day by any means, with3,800 metres of climbing and an almost equal amount of downhill. The route would take in four major climbs, including the first category Col de la Croix (1,776 m), the second category Col du Pillon (1,546 m), the third category Col du Saanenmser (1,279) and the first category Col du Jaun (1,509 m). After the mountains, the race would take in the vineyards of Lavaux and then Lake Geneva. After about 4 hours 20 of racing and a final 3.7km climb at 6 per cent gradient, the peloton would cross the finish line in the Olympic stadium of Pontaise. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cervelo-Bigla implement welfare measures after abuse allegations
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After recent allegations of abuse, Cervelo-Bigla will implement measures that go beyond the UCI's Code of Ethics, including an anonymous conflict resolution service from a qualified lawyer. The team was struck by controversy just over two weeks ago when several former riders went public with complaints over the conduct of team manager Thomas Campana, who was said to have bullied, intimidated, and fat-shamed riders. Campana denies the allegations. The UCI recently made updates to its Code of Ethics, effective from 1 November 2018, including 'anonymity of plaintiff' to protect victims, and dedicated reporting channels for filing complaints.ADVERTISEMENT Iris Slappendel and nine other former Bigla riders had originally taken their complaints about Campana to the UCI in 2016 but half withdrew when they found out that their names would not be anonymous and that they would be public knowledge to Campana. The Bigla team issued a statement on Saturday welcoming the changes to the UCI's Code of Ethics and announcing their own new measures. "From 1 January 2019, the team will be offering a mediation and conflict management service provided by an independent Swiss Bar Association-accredited party. A trained female lawyer will be available to all riders and staff to provide advice and conflict resolution services if the need arises," read the statement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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