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Kiwi claims world masters cycling title after drug scandal exposure
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Grant Chapman Six times, Colin Claxton has had to stand one step down on the medal podium and listen to the French national anthem played.Now he knows why.Claxton, 68, from Drury, has just become a masters world cycling champion,... More...
Amador injured in crash with car while training
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar's Andrey Amador was injured in a crash with a vehicle while training in Barcelona this week.The Costa Rican posted a photo of himself with his ankle in plaster on Twitter on Friday detailing his incident. Amador was hit from the side by a driver who failed to yield at a stop, and suffered a sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder in the resulting crash.He will be forced to rest for several weeks. The 30-year-old raced both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in support of Nairo Quintana, but was one of several riders to crash in the opening time trial of the Tour in Dsseldorf, sustaining injuries to his elbow and knee. He was not as severely injured as his teammate Alejandro Valverde, who broke his kneecap in a similar crash that stage.ADVERTISEMENT The Movistar team will welcome the return of Portuguese rider Nuno Bico, who returns this week at the BinckBank Tour after having iliac artery surgery. The 23-year-old has been out of competition since the Vuelta a Castilla y Len in late May. He will line up with Jasha Stterlin, Imanol Erviti, Rory Sutherland, Winner Anacona, Dayer Quintana, Alex Dowsett and Gorka Izagirre. Con ilusin d vuelta a los entrenamientos, pero me obligaron a descansar ms! Culpa de un carro que no hace un stop pic.twitter.com/zLM3mLaJai " Andrey Amador (@Andrey_Amador) August 4, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Butler back on track at Tour of Utah after early season crash
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Butler (Caja Rural-Seguros) is just happy to be alive, intact and in contention at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this week after recovering from an early season injury and resulting infection that could have cost him his arm " or worse. Butler, 29, is currently 15th overall in the 2.HC race, 1:51 down on race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling). Its a far cry from the Spanish hospital bed he was laid up in for months earlier this year after fracturing his elbow in the penultimate lap of the Classica de Almeria on February 15. I ended up having incredibly bad luck, Butler told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 5 in Utah. I had three surgeries because we kept having to change the metal. But what was a million times worse than breaking a bone was that the metal got infected with a really scary strain of anti-biotic resistant bacteria that was potentially going to seep into the bone. Thats when the whole year went upside down, he said. Some people die from that. They could have potentially taken off my arm. With that you just take like a boat ton of IV antibiotics, just a concoction of everything to try and kill it. At that point I was three weeks in a hospital bed just rotating IVs every four hours, tied down in Spain. As Butler was recovering in the hospital, his Spanish Pro Continental team informed him Caja Rural had secured an invitation to Utah. It was an exciting prospect for the American rider, but the outlook from his doctor was not good. I asked the doctor, Hey, can I do Utah? Butler said. He looked at me and stopped and said, This year or next year? I told him I wanted to do it this year. He laughed, said thats impossible and walked out.ADVERTISEMENT Just 17 race days in his legs It obviously wasnt impossible, but it wasnt easy either. Butler missed most of the season so far, only returning to competition in June at the Route du Sud. He has just 17 race days in his legs so far this season, and only nine weeks of training outdoors. But he said the good sensations are coming back faster than he expected. I feel like Im bringing a wooden spoon to a gunfight, Butler said of his return to competition. Originally the team was hoping that I could just start it, but things are coming back quick. The team supported me, and its been fun. Its coming back quick, and Im excited. Its sport. Its life, he said of the injury and long recovery. Everyone has setbacks and you deal with it. So what Im missing now in fitness I kind of have more in gratitude each day, and each day has more intention. Youre more appreciative and more focused. Thats what Im trying to take from it at this moment. Butler started out slowly in Utah, finishing 69th on the first day, which ended in a bunch sprint. He climbed to 15th place during the stage 2 finish at Snowbasin Resort, moving quickly up the general classification to 15th overall. He dropped a couple of places during stages 3 and 4, but his 21st-place finish in Bountiful on Friday lifted him back to 15th. Hell face the Queen stage Saturday, then a difficult final circuit race in Salt Lake City on Sunday. It will be a big ask to maintain his top-15 result, but Butler is optimistic in view of his quickly improving form. Im so excited to be here, and that stuff is coming back, he said. There are no magic tricks in cycling. Its a hard sport. Everyone in this peloton has been working hard all year with race days, altitude camps and motor-pacing, and I just dont have that, but Im trying my best and were creeping up there. Its just fun just to be in America and be at the pointy end of a race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrongs Colorado Classic podcast could violate his ban from cycling
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has raised concerns that Lance Armstrongs official presence at next weeks Colorado Classic race to record a daily podcast could violate the Texans lifetime ban for doping and threaten the sanctioning of the event. The race announced that Armstrongs podcast would help us connect with that serious cycling audience. However, the news lead to complaints about Armstrongs presence and forced officials to scrutinise the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code concerning a banned athletes Ineligibility, especially the rule concerning the participation in any capacity in a Competition or activity. The UCI anti-doing rules state that the term activity also includes administrative activities, such as serving as an official, director, officer, employee, or volunteer of the organization. Armstrong was given a life-ban for doping during his career and was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories. He began his Stages podcast during the Tour de France and it quickly attracted a significant following and gave the disgraced Texan a voice in the sport. Armstrong produced his Tour de France podcast from Texas and in Aspen without being accredited as media at the Tour de France. However his presence and official links to the Colorado Classic, even as part of the media, sparked question about his life-time ban from the sport.ADVERTISEMENT USADA addressed the matter in a short statement late on Friday. Under the WADA Code, an ineligible individual may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic. USADA has received complaints about this and after reviewing the matter has advised the Colorado Classic on the applicable rules, a USADA spokesperson told Cyclingnews. This has reportedly forced the event organisers to revaluate Armstrongs links to the race, but no final decision on Armstrongs presence has been decided. We have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the Stages podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic, race spokesperson Curtis Hubbard told the Denver Post newspaper in a statement. We are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. The spokesperson explained that the race has engaged in a media partnership with Armstrong that includes covering specific expenses related to the podcast but had no input with regard to its contents. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lucas Hamilton aiming to finish U23 career on a high
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an early-season of close results but no major victories, Lucas Hamilton broke through to take his first European win of 2017 at the Tour Alsace as he prepares for his major aim of the Tour de l'Avenir. Aiming to join the WorldTour ranks in 2018, the Australian on theMitchelton-Scottteam fell sick at last year's Tour de l'Avenir but recovered to finish second on the last stage and seal the mountain's competition. In his second season at Under 23 level, Hamilton continued his progression, with second place finishes at the Baby Giro and U23 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege evidence of his ability. "I didn't really have any expectation coming into the season," a modest Hamilton explained to Cyclingnews. "Obviously to wanted to perform. If you have asked me at the beginning of the season if I was happy with the position I am in now, I would be very happy. I have exceeded my expectations a little bit as it's been a really good season and I am happy with it."ADVERTISEMENT Thanks to his results, including four second places in Italian one-day races, Hamilton feels there is "lot less pressure heading into the Tour de l'Avenir this year." Hamilton's overall victory at the Tour Alsace victory was built upon his second place finish on stage 1 and his performance on stage 4. Stage 1 of the race took the peloton up the La Planche des Belles Filles finish just weeks after the Tour de France, where Fabio Aru claimed the stage win. Hamilton explained that he knew the finish from watching the race on television during July and used the knowledge to his advantage. "We'd spoken about that climb being the same as what Aru had won on in the Tour and we knew the last two, three hundred meters was super steep and really hard," he said of the stage won by Markus Hoelgaard. Every second counts at the Giro Baby Rivals at theTour de l'Avenir You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cameron Meyer returns to the WorldTour with Orica-Scott
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Orica-Scott team has confirmed that Cameron Meyer will return to WorldTour level racing with the Australia team in 2018 as he prepares to target the Madison on the track at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Meyer was one of the original GreenEdge team signings back in 2012 and enjoying four successful seasons with the team. He left for Dimension-Data in 2016 and then opted to take time out from the highest level of road racing, preferring to mix his time on the track and the road with the Australian national team. He won his eighth world title on the track in the points race this spring after also being part of the team pursuit squad that won the world title. The Orica-Scott team is now very different to the one Meyer rode with in 2015. The success of Esteban Chaves and Adam and Simon Yates has turned the team into Grand Tour contenders, with Ewan Caleb the protected sprinter. Experienced climber Mikel Nieve will also join Orica-Scott in 2018, while it is unclear if former team leader Simon Gerrans will be part of the team in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT 29 year-old Meyer has agreed a three-year contract that runs until the end of the 2020 season. I am really happy to be coming back to the team. I have a lot of friends here including riders and staff members and Im excited to be returning to a familiar environment where I previously spent four successful years, Meyer said in a statement from Orica-Scott announcing his return. During my time away from the team racing for the Australian national squad, I found that striking a good balance between track and road commitments is what suits me best. Aiming for the Madison in Tokyo You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah stage 5 highlights - Video
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) won stage 5 of the Tour of Utah on Friday, sprinting to the win in Bountiful ahead ofMarco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman). A lumpy finale thinned out the pack and spurred a few late escape attempts, but the race came back together for sprint at the mostly flat finish. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) surged to an early lead on the finishing straight, but McCabe pulled clear inside the last 200 metres to take the win.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) finished safely to retain his overall lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Carpenter overcomes early crash to finish 4th in Bountiful
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Robin Carpenters experience at the Tour of Utah on Friday may be best described as a Tale of Two Races. The first part of the tale saw the Holowesko-Citadel rider hit the deck hard about 50 kilometres into the 185-kilometre day and briefly consider abandoning on the side of the road. The second tale saw Carpenter chase back into the peloton, make the select lead group on the final hilly circuits in Bountiful and finish fourth despite being covered in road rash and bandages. After undergoing a brief concussion protocol on the side of the road after his crash because his helmet was cracked, Carpenter was ready to jump back into the race. But he was not allowed to proceed with the cracked headgear, and the team car with him didnt have a spare. Carpenter eventually borrowed a helmet from a fan alongside the road, but even that came with complications.ADVERTISEMENT I had to walk 300 metres up to get it because they wouldnt let me continue on without a helmet or a broken helmet, and we couldnt reach the team car on the phone, Carpenter said. I was about two seconds from climbing in the car and calling it, and someone in the broom wagon was yelling how someone had a helmet up the road. They wouldn't let me ride to get it, so I had to walk to it. It was probably from 1985 or something. Ironically, it was probably more dangerous than riding with a cracked helmet. Once he was back on the road, Carpenter faced the formidable task of getting back into the bunch. Race radio had him at least five minutes behind the main field for when he started his effort. Carpenter said it took about half an hour to get back on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne: Teuns hangs on to take first WorldTour GC victory of career
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
25-year-old Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) showed he could keep an impressively cool head under the heaviest of enemy fire on Friday as the young Belgian clinched his first ever overall victory in a WorldTour race at the Tour de Pologne despite severe pressure from his rivals. The GC leader since Thursday, when Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked on the first of two severely hilly stages that brought down the curtain on the Tour de Pologne, Teuns began the seventh and final day of racing with no less than 11 riders at 43 seconds or less on GC. The closest, local favourite and former Pologne winner Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), was just six seconds back. The heat was on with a vengeance, then, but finally Teuns held off Majka and an arguably even more dangerous Wout Poels (Team Sky) to win the Tour de Pologne by a mere two seconds, with Poels third, after the Dutchman captured the final stage.ADVERTISEMENT It was a gripping finale, and Teuns came within a whisker of cracking completely on the ultra-steep Sciana Bukovina climb close to the finish, particularly thanks to Poels repeated attacks. Teuns clung onto the group initially, albeit with difficulty, but then on the second part of the ascent, coming after the official summit of the climb, the Dutchman started to power up the road again on the wheel of teammate Diego Rosa and Teuns was definitely in trouble. However, teammate Tejay van Garderen not far away and the American was able to provide Teuns with some extremely timely support, dragging him up the final part of the climb just when he was on the point of cracking. This support in turn allowed the Belgian to get back on even terms with Poels and Rosa on the descent. After that, there was still the final unclassified climb to Bukowina left to tackle and everything left to play for, with Teuns jettisoning all his energy bars at the foot of the climb to ensure he had as little extra weight as possible when it came down to the final battle. But despite repeated different attacks, Teuns was able to shadow all the right moves, finish fifth on the stage and claim the overall win, albeit by the narrowest of margins. It was also BMC Racing Team's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne: Sagan falls at final fence after long breakaway
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a triumphant comeback to racing, World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed the Tour de Pologne on Friday with a stunning but ultimately unsuccessful solo breakaway, which only definitively collapsed 2.5 kilometres from the line of the last stage. Part of a front group of 13 that broke away early on stage 7's extremely hilly trek through the Tatras mountains, Sagan dropped the strongest of his breakaway companions, Rubn Plaza (Orica-Scott), with 27 kilometres to go. Behind, Diego Rosa (Team Sky) set off in hot pursuit from the break, but Sagan kept up a determined pace, egged on in his solo effort by the numerous Slovak fans who had crossed over the nearby border to Poland to cheer him on. It was an impressive final crack of the whip in a week of racing in which Sagan has put his difficult summer behind him with a vengeance. The winner of the opening stage in Krakow last Saturday, his first race back since his disqualification from the Tour de France, Sagan lost the lead the following day on the downhill bunch sprint at Katowice.ADVERTISEMENT But the reigning world champion bounced back in style with a second place on stage 3, the first summit finish of the race, moving into the lead once again and then strengthening his lead in the two following bunch sprints with two third places. Things unravelled badly on stage 6, when he was dropped on the relentless succession of steep climbs in the Tatras mountains, and fell out of the GC battle by 15 minutes. But Sagan bounced back in style with his long-distance attack on stage 7, proving that he was determined to leave the Tour de Pologne at the top of his game. Sagan was finally caught by Rosa and what was left of the fast-accelerating GC group some nine kilometres from the line, but incredibly, even as he was reeled in, the world champion tried once again to go clear. Sagan survived for a bit but on the downhill but on the long, draggy ascent to Bukowina Tatrzanska, the GC candidates hauled him in again - and this time for good. Sky's Wout Poels would go on to win with Sagan's Bora teammate Rafal Majka finishing third to nab second overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Veteran Beppu plans to continue racing until 2020 Tokyo Olympics
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
His legs stretched out of the back of the Trek-Segafredo team car at the start of the final stage of the Tour de Pologne, Fumiyuki Beppu shrugged his shoulders and chuckled wryly when he was asked what his best moment of the 2017 season has been. It turns out that "so far " there hasn't really been one. "It's not been my best year in terms of personal success, it's been quite average," Beppu admits. "I've mainly been focussed on working for my teammates. But I'd like to get some good results for me, not doing so is not good for the confidence. "After this I'll do the [Cyclassics] Hamburg and some one-day races, and I'd like to go onto the World Championships. But at the moment there aren't so many spots for Japan in the World Championships and the UCI keep on changing the regulations for the number of places. In the Nations World Ranking, Japan is below 30th so there's not so many places for that."ADVERTISEMENT As might be expected, Beppu is down to do the Japan Cup, and then will line up for some end-of-season criteriums in his home country. "There's a big one on about October 23rd or 24th this year, lots of spectators - last year there were 80,000 people there, and I've already won it twice," he said. Then after that comes the Saitama Criterium, a few weeks spent seeing relatives in Japan, then a return to Europe and his closest family, who live near Lyon, France. "Basically my life's in France, now," he says. At 34, Beppu remains, nonetheless, the best ranked Japanese rider in the UCI Asia Tour Ranking, a much-valued domestique who turned pro way back in 2005. And with a contract for 2018, he has every intention, he tells Cyclingnews, of continuing with his career all the way to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "This year I didn't do a Grand Tour, so it's a little bit of a pity. But I have been a professional for 13 years and I should keep pedalling and doing my job. I would like to keep going til Tokyo. Obviously it'll depend on my condition, but that's what I hope." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria confirmed to remain with Quick-Step Floors through 2019
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fernando Gaviria will stay with Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step Floors team through the end of the 2019 season, the team confirmed today. Cyclingnews previously reported that the young Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia points classification intended to renew his contract with the team that brought him into the WorldTour. He joins Bob Jungels and Julian Alaphilippe in renewing with the team. The team also announced a contract renewal with Argentinean MaximilianoRicheze for two years. "I am very happy to stay with the team who gave me the chance to turn pro and brought me into European cycling,"Gaviria said in a press release. "When I look back on the last two years and see how I've developed and grown as a rider, I am more than confident staying with this team is the right decision. I feel at home and appreciated here, and Patrick Lefevere puts a lot of confidence in me, so it just feels like a natural step to continue my progression with this outstanding team."ADVERTISEMENT Gaviria won four stages in his debut GrandTour, this year's Giro d'Italia, and is now hoping to improve his abilities in the Classics. He sprinted to fifth in his second appearance in Milan-San Remo this year. "After what I've achieved in the Giro, I think I am heading towards the next big step of my career. I am especially keen on testing my potential and doing well in the classics, races I have always had a special love for,"Gaviria said. "Quick-Step Floors is one of the greatest ever teams in these races, so I think I can learn a lot from the guys here. I look forward to continuing my presence in the fast finishes and grabbing my chances when and wherever they show in next season." Lefevere was, of course, pleased to announce that Gaviria would remain with the team. "Fernando's potential is huge, he's one of the most talented riders out there and I dare to say his results so far have been only an appetiser for what we are going to see in the years to come,"Lefevere said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah breakaway turns ugly as workload dispute ends in a crash
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The temperature wasnt the only thing on the rise during stage 4 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Thursday, as disagreements in the breakaway about who was working and who was sitting on led to arguments and a crash for Israel Cycling Academys Daniel Turek. Turek infiltrated a six-rider break that escaped after 90 difficult minutes of racing in temperatures that reached 36 degrees Celsius. The group eventually built a gap of five minutes on the peloton. But when Tureks director ordered him to sit on the move, his breakaway companion took exception. In the break with Turek were Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF), Marco Zamparella (Amore & Vita), Taylor Sheldon (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and Brian McCulloch (Elevate-KHS).ADVERTISEMENT Turek could be seen in the group informing his fellow breakaway companions that he had been ordered not to work, but the news didnt go over too well. Rotas immediately attacked the group when the gap started coming down, but the others were able to bring him back. He jumped again with Serrano, and the two riders opened a gap that would leave the rest behind. As Turek chased with Zamparella, Sheldon and McCulloch, his front tire made contact with Zamparellas back tire, and the Cycling Academy rider went down hard. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Orica-Scott double up in Tour de Pologne with solo win for Haig
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a near miss on Monday in the Tour de Pologne's first summit finish in Szczyrk, three days later Orica-Scott's Jack Haig could take a well-deserved first professional victory with another blazing late solo attack through the mountains of southern Poland. Haig stormed away some 19 kilometres from the stage 6 finish on the relentlessly undulating second half of stage six's arduous hilly trek from Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka salt mine to the ski resort of Zakopane close to the Polish-Slovak border. On Monday, Haig was caught at the foot of the final climb and then teammate Adam Yates tried for a stage victory before he was overtaken by Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) half way up the ascent.ADVERTISEMENT But on Thursday, it was the Australian who clinched the win, while Yates, ninth in the chase group, kept guard and chased down the counter-attacks once Haig had gone clear. Yates was the first of his teammates to give Haig a big congratulatory hug after the finish line, too. Just 23, Haig has had some promising results up to now, including a second place in the 2015 Tour de L'Avenir behind young Spanish climber Marc Soler (Movistar) and two top-three overall finishes in the Tour of Slovenia this summer and last. But it was finally in Poland that he netted his first outright success, with his stage win following up teammate Caleb Ewan's victory on Tuesday and Luka Mezgec's runner-up spot on Wednesday, as well as some strong riding by Adam Yates. Both Haig and Yates are still in the overall running, with Yates moving up to sixth, 19 seconds down on race leader Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) and Haig jumping 11 places to 12th, 43 seconds back. With one hilly stage on Friday remaining, as Teuns put it, "[Haig] is back in the game now." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuns predicts hard fight to hold yellow in Tour de Pologne
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Standing by the side of the barriers after the finish of the Tour de Pologne's stage 6 with just a soigneur for company, BMC Racing Team's Dylan Teuns kept glancing nervously at a giant TV screen to see the GC results as soon as possible. Finally, though, it was a UCI commissaire who came hurrying across the tarmac to tell the young Belgian the words he wanted to hear: "Yellow. Yellow jersey." The winner of the first mountainous stage of the race on Monday and running second overall since then, Teuns has moved into the overall lead after Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked badly with some 25 kilometres to go. A cat-and-mouse battle ensued in the lead group of 11, containing almost all the main favourites, but although the Belgian could not stop Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) from breaking away, he still kept a firm enough grasp on his rivals to ensure he has the lead. But only just.ADVERTISEMENT 12th and last of the group to finish on the long, uphill drag to Zakopane, Teuns kept a six-second advantage over Rafael Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Wilco Keldermann (Team Sunweb) in third at 10 seconds back. But with 12 riders within 43 seconds on the overall " stage winner Jack Haig is the furthest adrift of the real GC threats " the battle for what would be BMC Racing's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne is far from resolved in Teuns' favour. "We knew when Haig attacked we could give him a little bit of time because he was already two minutes down," Teuns said afterwards. "But now he's back also in the [GC] game." There was a moment where Teuns had almost lost his chance at the race lead when Majka and Kelderman followed an attack from Sky's Wout Poels, and he was on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet to race Vuelta a Espana
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet has thrown his hat in the ring for the Vuelta a Espaa after coming in third overall at the Tour de France. The AG2R La Mondiale rider will join Tour winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and other top finishers including Fabio Aru (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the start in Nimes on August 19. "I am very happy to have a chance to participate in the Vuelta, not only as a way to avoid the monotony of a usual program, but also to compete in two Grand Tours in one season for the first time in my career," Bardet said in a team press release. Bardet was one of the most aggressive contenders in the Tour de France, winning the stage to Peyregudes and holding second place overall until falling behind Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in the final time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "For several months I have been considering the possibility of competing in the Vuelta a Espaa, and after speaking with the general management of the team as well as the staff, they have reinforced this idea as an option for me. This is an important step in the life as a professional racer, and I feel that I have the maturity to tackle it." He said he will have different goals than what he held for the Tour, but hopes to "figure prominently in those stages that correspond to my strengths." He will be joined by Domenico Pozzovivo, Matteo Montaguti, Alexandre Geniez, Samuel Dumoulin and Alexis Gougeard. The rest of the team will be announced after the BinckBank Tour, with Hugo Houle, Clement Chevrier, Julien Duval and Nico Denz competing for the last two places. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallopin to join AG2R La Mondiale for 2018
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After four seasons with Lotto Soudal, Tony Gallopin will join AG2R La Mondiale for the 2018 season. The 29-year-old Frenchman, whose versatile skill set makes him a contender on a wide variety of terrains, recently finished as runner-up at the Clasica San Sebastian for the second year in a row, having won the race in 2013. He won a stage at the 2014 Tour de France and has delivered top 10 results in races as diverse as the weeklong Paris-Nice "where he has finished among the top 10 overall for four years running and also nabbed a stage "and spring Classic Milan-San Remo, where he was ninth in a bunch sprint in 2015. "I am leaving Lotto Soudal having spent four years there. I was able to live through some very beautiful emotions, and I can only thank the team for this experience. I am delighted to be joining AG2R La Mondiale. We saw again recently at the Tour de France that this is a team that is among the best in the world," Gallopin said via an AG2R press release.ADVERTISEMENT "The vision of the sporting project is what seduced me and won me over. I will have a varied role. On the one hand, I will be playing a big part in the spring Classics and hopefully helping Oliver Naesen to land a Monument. I know that I will also have my own chance when racing the weeklong events like the Paris-Nice. I have been able to prove also that some of the one-day races suit me, and I hope to earn some great victories while wearing the AG2R La Mondiale jersey. And then another part of my job will be to support Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. I am very motivated by this new challenge." AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu affirmed the plan to find a balance between offering Gallopin his own opportunities while also relying on his talents as a support rider in both one-day Classics and stage races. "As a racer, Tony cuts the sort of figure we were looking for. He is experienced, a talented puncheur, very smart and can climb with the best deep into the mountains. He showed once again in the most recent Tour de France that he is a warrior who has a real intelligence when racing," Lavenu said. "His role will be to help Oliver Naesen early in the season and then Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. Of course, he will have his own freedom at the races that suit his strengths. We know that he is a rider capable of winning great things." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Poppel finally captures stage victory at Tour de Pologne
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After several podium finishes and a brief spell in the lead, the only thing missing for Team Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel in the 2017 Tour de Pologne was an actual win. And on Wednesday's crash-blighted, rain soaked finale in Rzeszow, it finally arrived. Van Poppel's victory in Pologne came as much thanks to Team Sky's rock-solid positioning on the front of the peloton and surviving four short, Amstel Gold-like climbs as it did to his actual sprint speed. Then there were the crashes, too. Late rainstorms turned the stage 5 finale into a skating rink, with riders going down even when taking corners at a snail's pace, as happened to Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) on a 180-degree turn at the start of the last lap.ADVERTISEMENT Van Poppel was perfectly placed at the front of the mini-peloton when it roared into the final kilometres, with two Sky teammates piloting him safely through the fiddly final city centre. Race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), clearly recognising he was onto a good thing, stayed locked onto Van Poppel's back wheel. Van Poppel and his Sky escort found themselves ahead of another crash that ripped into the peloton with 1.2 kilometres to go, and which abruptly reduced the front group of sprinters and GC men from around 40 to less than a dozen. A late move by Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data) could have caught the Sky mini-train by surprise but instead, they resolutely ploughed on, passing the fading Algerian with about 500 metres to go. Van Poppel started the sprint from a long way out, and despite Sagan's best efforts to get back on terms, not to mention a determined charge from Orica-Scott's Luka Mezgec on his left, the young Dutchman could finally cross the line as a Tour de Pologne stage winner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah time trial: A short burst that could upend the GC
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After two stages, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah general classification is still exceedingly tight, with 22 riders less than a minute off the time of race leader Sepp Kuss (Rally Cycling), who is currently tied on time with stage 2 winner Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and Elevate-KHS rider James Piccoli. That will likely change on Wednesday when the peloton tackles the stage 3 time trial in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The course is only 9km long, but it starts at about 2,225 metres above sea level and finishes at 2,625 metres. "It's not really tactical or it's not about pacing your effort in different parts," Bookwalter said during the winner's press conference after stage 2. "You could probably stick guys on a computer trainer and do a VO2 Max test and find out the winner [Wednesday] if you do it at altitude. It's just pure physical and pure suffering."ADVERTISEMENT Bookwalter said he expects significant separation in the GC after Wednesday's stage. "It could be the most decisive day of the race, but it's a new stage so it's hard to know," the BMC leader said. "Traditionally you see pretty big time gaps at Snowbird, too. I think last time I was here two years ago, [Cannondale-Drapac's] Joe Dombrowski put a minute into second place. So it's all open." Kuss agreed that the time trial will likely be decisive for the overall battle, although riders will have to tackle the Queen stage to Snowbird on Saturday as well. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews skips lucrative post-Tour de France crits to focus on remaining goals
August 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) took the rare decision to skip a full programme of post-Tour de France criteriums in a bid to remain on track for the second half of the season. This year's winner of the green jersey was invited to take part in a series of races across Europe after his impressive Tour performance saw him win two stages and net the points classification. However, with a series of WorldTour goals and the World Championships on the horizon, the Australian passed up the chance of racing the lucrative evening criteriums. "I've still got a big season ahead of me and last year when I did the crits it took a lot of energy out of me for the second half of the season," Matthews told Cyclingnews at Sunday's RideLondon. "This time I decided to just use the time to rest at home. I've got big ambitions for the second half of the season and my team are paying me to race for them. In the end, that's what I have to do. So I went home, I rested, and I started back up with RideLondon."ADVERTISEMENT Matthews' debut season at Sunweb has gone from strength to strength but the Australian is in no mood to ease off with several important one-day races left on his schedule. His stage racing programme for 2018 is over but the one-day programme builds towards the crescendo of the World Championships in Norway. "I have Plouay and Hamburg, the Canadian Classics and then Worlds. There are only a few more race days. I think the Worlds course suits me. We went and did a recon a few months ago and it's hard to say who it really suits because of the weather aspect, but it's going to be exciting for sure." Although Matthews is focused on his remaining races, the Tour de France success is still fresh in his mind and he is still coming to terms with his green jersey triumph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Could return to carless days solve Auckland motorway congestion
July 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With congested motorways enraging motorists and regular appeals to take the bus or ride a bike to work, could a return to "carless days" induce calm on our roads?Today is the anniversary of former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon's... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome aims to make history, reign in Spain
July 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Tom Cary It was no great secret that he was planning to ride the Vuelta a Espana after winning his fourth Tour de France title but Chris Froome has now confirmed beyond all doubt he will seek to make history at the three-week... More...
Cycling: George Bennett ramping up for Vuelta a Espaa challenge
July 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is taking a long-term approach to his cycling future, but short-term success is still a distinct possibility.Bennett is ramping up for a crack at the Vuelta a Espaa in three weeks, after his promising Tour de France... More...
Cyclist finishes sixth in the Tour de France " despite suffering two fractured vertebrae
July 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Dan Martin went on to race the remaining 12 stages after being injured on the descent of the Mont du Chat More...
Bardet and Barguil give France hope of ending Tour drought
July 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Maybe the drought will be over soon for French riders at the Tour de France.It is 32 years since the Tour had a home winner, when Bernard Hinault won the last of his five titles back in 1985.He didn't know it then... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome sets sights on five more years
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
He nearly fluffed his speech, dropping his notes on the podium beneath the Arc de Triomphe and requiring runner-up Rigoberto Uran to rescue them before they blew away, but Chris Froome was otherwise sure-footed, firing out a warning... More...
Chris Froome rides yellow bike on his way to 4th Tour title
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTGERON, France (AP) " Riding a yellow bike to match his jersey, defending champion Chris Froome set off toward his fourth Tour de France title on the final stage of this year's race.The 32-year-old British rider started from... More...
Dave Brailsford fires back at critics after masterminding a fifth Tour De France win in six years
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
"Winning is a brutal game at times. We should be really careful not to get too PC about it" says Team Sky and Olympic cycling chief More...
Chris Froome helps fan propose just minutes after winning his fourth Tour de France
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Olympic cyclist made the couple's life! More...
Tour de France: Kiwi rookie Patrick Bevin completes journey with broken foot
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin has revealed just how tough you have to be to finish the Tour de France, completing the 3540km journey with a broken foot.In his first tour, Bevin finished 114th, three hours 23 minutes behind winning... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome wins 4th Tour de France title
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Riding a bright yellow bike to match his shiny leader's jersey, defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title this morning.The 32-year-old Kenyan-born British rider finished 54 seconds... More...
Armstrong's Tour de France insights make compelling listening
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"Man, I have seen this movie," drawls a familiar voice. "The ending is s***. [Dave] Brailsford needs to put the shovel down and stop digging."This has been an interesting Tour de France in many ways. The battle for the yellow jersey... More...
The Latest: Bardet trying to emulate LeMond in Tour TT
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MARSEILLE, France (AP) " The Latest on the Tour de France time trial in Marseille (all times local):___4:00 p.m.An interesting stat provided by Tour organizers.Over the past 30 years, the yellow jersey has changed four times... More...
Chris Froome finally earns worldwide admiration after completing staggering fourth Tour de France win
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome barely put a pedal wrong during the 2,199 miles that he cycled on his way to yet another great victory More...
Chris Froome's Tour de France prize money dwarfed by other top sports titles - and he has to share it
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Roger Federer and Jordan Spieth took home comfortably bigger amounts than Brit Froome for their triumphs at Wimbledon and Royal Birkdale More...
Chris Froome enjoys champagne moment as Brit toasts fourth Tour de France victory with procession into Paris
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Sky rider has now won four Tours in total, winning this one by 54 seconds from Rigoberto Uran More...
Jack Tame: Watching Tour de France for the freak show
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The veins stretch up his legs like the knotted roots of a tree. It looks sci-fi, un-human even, like veins on the hands of someone very old, except these covered Pawel Poljanski's entire limbs, from his thighs to his ankles.The... More...
Chris Froome's fourth Yellow Jersey in five years puts him up with Britain's all-time sporting greats
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
To make it official, all he has to do is stay upright and roll up to the Arc de Triomphe on a Penny Farthing if necessary More...
Chris Froome set to win Tour de France for fourth time after finishing third in time trial
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Tomorrow's final stage will follow tradition and be a procession into the centre of Paris More...
Cycling: Froome closes in on fourth Tour victory
July 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
On the highest mountain-top finish of the 104th Tour de France, in a rocky moonscape where the air thins, only the hardiest organisms survive. A few pine trees, tough old grasses, some stubborn flowers and, now joining that rare breed,... More...
Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome maintains overall lead
July 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome's general classification lead remains at 23 seconds as he heads into tomorrow's time trial in Marseille More...
Warren Barguil wins stage 18 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome loses four seconds in overall lead
July 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome survived the final mountain stage in yellow as he closed in on a fourth Tour de France victory More...
Grant Chapman: The Tour de France is an inhumane event, so dope away
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Grant Chapman The longer this particular edition of the Tour de France drags on, the more inclined I am to cut Lance Armstrong some slack.Just a little, though.Because if there's one sporting event where you absolutely should... More...
'That can't be healthy': Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski's photo reveals the ravages of Tour de France
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A picture is often described as worth a thousand words and that idiom has never been truer than the image shared by Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski.A thesis could be written on the rigours of the Tour de France, but Poljanski's photo,... More...
Cycling: George Bennett draws sympathy from veteran Tour de France cyclists
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A pair of New Zealand Tour de France veterans have lauded George Bennett's performance in this year's event, and sympathised with the Team Lotto NL-Jumbo rider's decision to withdraw due to illness on stage 16.Tino Tabak competed... More...
Tour de France: Lance Armstrong saddened by Bennett withdrawal, but still a believer
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett may be gone from the Tour de France, but he still has a big fan in seven-time winner Lance Armstrong.After several days of illness, Bennett dropped out of the French classic early on today's Stage 16, unable... More...
Chris Froome meets Emmanuel Macron as he extends his Tour de France lead in the Alps
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome is closing in on a fourth TdF win in five years and was even complimented by the French president More...
Cyclist shows off his legs after 16th stage of Tour de France - and people are absolutely horrified
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
After a gruelling 16 stages of racing, Poljanski posted a picture on social media showing the impact the competition More...
Tour of Spain to ditch podium girls
July 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Vuelta a Espana will become the first of cycling's grand tours to do away with podium girls.Organisers have said they will be making some changes for this year's three week stage race, following debate about the presence of... More...
The legs of a Tour de France rider - Pawel Poljanski shares photo after race
July 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
These are the legs of a Tour de France rider after suffering through 16 stages of the race.Poland's Pawel Poljanski posted a photo on his Instagram account after completed the latest stage from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isre... More...

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