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Landis to start own team with money from Armstrong case
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Cycling whistleblower Floyd Landis is to use money awarded to him as part of Lance Armstrong's multi-million-dollar settlement to set up his own North America-based cycling team, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Landis lifted the lid on Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs More...
Spain's Alejandro Valverde sprints to road race world title
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
For the seventh time in his career, Alejandro Valverde stepped onto the podium after the men's road race at the world championships on Sunday. Valverde led a group of four in the final kilometer, and he just remained ahead in the sprint, with Romain Bardet of France taking the silver. Michael Woods More...
Rainbow jersey dream becomes reality for evergreen Valverde
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Veteran Spaniard Alejandro Valverde ended years of frustration to fulfil his "dream" of winning the world championships road race crown on Sunday after outpacing France's Romain Bardet and Canada's Michael Woods in a thrilling sprint for the finish line. More...
Valverde finally clinches coveted world road race crown
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Veteran Spaniard Alejandro Valverde ended years of frustration to win the world championships road race on Sunday after outpacing France's Romain Bardet and Canada's Michael Woods in a thrilling sprint for the finish line. "I knew I was possibly the strongest and was waiting for someone More...
From Syria to Innsbruck, cyclist makes remarkable journey
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Ahmad Badreddin Wais fled the war in Syria four years ago and a long and tortuous journey has led to a place on a professional cycling team and a fresh attempt at the world championships. Wais, 27, was a student in Damascus in 2014 when he left Syria, travelling through Lebanon, Turkey and Greece before More...
Cycling plans calendar overhaul to promote 'classic' races
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The International Cycling Union (UCI) wants to reschedule its calendar to put more emphasis on one-day 'classic' races and sell TV rights for them collectively, its president David Lappartient has announced. Lappartient said he had met all the main race organisers, and they all agreed to the More...
Van der Breggen says world title 'last piece of the jigsaw'
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Newly-crowned world champion Anna van der Breggen says she can finally relax and just enjoy cycling in her rainbow jersey after pulverising the opposition at Innsbruck on Saturday to achieve her goal of winning the women's road race. The 28-year-old Dutch rider said she had based her whole season More...
Anna van der Breggen takes world title after 40K solo ride
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Anna van der Breggen used a majestic solo ride to give the Netherlands a sweep of the women's elite world road cycling titles for a second straight year on Saturday. Van der Breggen jumped out of the peloton and quickly overtook the five riders in front. Amanda Spratt briefly followed, but the More...
Van der Breggen storms to world road race title
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Hot favourite Anna van der Breggen pulverised the opposition for a deserved gold medal in the women's world championships road race on Saturday as she soloed through huge crowds in central Innsbruck to wild applause. The 28-year-old Dutch rider, who won silver in the time-trial on Tuesday, made More...
Mixed gender cycling set for worlds, Olympic programme - UCI
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
World cycling chiefs will premier a national team time-trial mixed gender event at the world road race championships in Yorkshire in 2019 ahead of its expected inclusion at Olympic level, International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient said on Saturday. The UCI unveiled the new mixed-gender More...
Alaphilippe hot favourite for cycling world crown
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
France's Julian Alaphilippe has been heavily tipped by his rivals to win Sunday's cycling world championships showdown in Innsbruck on what many have described as one of the toughest routes ever. Tour of Spain winner Simon Yates and his twin Adam are also among the favourites and should one More...
World champion Sagan extends Bora-Hansgrohe deal
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
World champion cyclist Peter Sagan has extended his contract with the Bora-Hansgrohe team until the end of the 2021 season. The 27-year-old Slovakian announced the news at Innsbruck where he will attempt to successfully defend his world title on Sunday, although the mountainous nature of the course More...
Yates twins face 'Hell Hill' in quest for Sagan's world crown
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tour of Spain winner Simon Yates and his twin brother Adam face an ultra-tough 258-kilometre route on Sunday through brutally challenging but magnificent Tyrol landscapes where one of them may be crowned the 2018 world road race champion. Route designer Thomas Rohregger says his ambition was to immortalise More...
Cycling on the road to equality with mixed gender time trial
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The International Cycling Union says it has received a warm reception for plans to hold a mixed men's and women's national team event which will make its debut at the 2019 world championships in Yorkshire. UCI president David Lappartient, British Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and female cyclists More...
Cycling: Mixed relay event added to world championships program
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Men and women cyclists will join forces in a new event being introduced at next year's Road World Championships in Britain as part of a move by the sport's governing body (UCI) to "encourage gender equality". The mixed relay will be run over two laps of a 14 km Harrogate More...
Dennis routs Dumoulin in 'dream' world time trial triumph
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Rohan Dennis beat favourite and defending champion Tom Dumoulin at the world championships individual time trial on Wednesday, the Australian lifting his bike aloft in triumph at the finish line. Dennis completed the 52.1km course in 1hr 03min and 02sec at an average of 49.6 km/h despite a tough 5km More...
Rohan Dennis beats Dumoulin for world time trial title
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Rohan Dennis has finally won the only major time trial title lacking from his long list of victories. The Australian rider won gold at the road world championships on Wednesday, dominating the 52.5-kilometer race to beat last year's winner Tom Dumoulin by a massive 1 minute, 21.09 seconds. Victor More...
Laura Kenny wants to have another baby - but not until after the next Olympic Games
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Four-time cycling gold medallist Laura Kenny, 26, is keen to give her 15-month-old son Albie a sibling More...
'An astonishing lack of understanding' - WADA President hits back at MPCC
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie has issued a staunch response to the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) after the group called for his resignation in a fiercely critical open letter. The MPCC, a voluntary association of teams who sign up for additional anti-doping measures, wrote to Reedie this week and complained of what it perceived as failures at WADA over issues including the Chris Froome salbutamol case, tramadol, the Russia scandal, and Operacin Puerto. In a letter addressed to MPCC President Roger Legeay and published by the BBC's Sport Editor Dan Roan, Reedie wrote: "Let me be clear from the outset, as president of WADA, I fully intend to lead the anti-doping movement until the end of my second term next year. That is the extent of my mandate and at that stage I will be happy to pass on the leadership of the organisation to my successor on December 31, 2019, full in the knowledge that it is stronger and more effective now than it has ever been throughout its 20-year existence."ADVERTISEMENT Reedie then addressed each of the MPCC's complaints individually. With regards to Froome, who returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa before being cleared on the eve of this year's Tour de France, he rejected claims that WADA was 'in contradiction with its own rules'. "WADA remains convinced that the UCI reached the correct and fair outcome in what was a very complex case," Reedie wrote. "Your efforts to over-simplify it, without having knowledge of the voluminous file of the case and both the scientific and legal challenges it raised, demonstrate an unfortunate attempt to cast a shadow on WADA's credibility and an obvious refusal to accept the reality of what happened." As for Operacin Puerto, the blood doping scandal that dates back to 2006, Reedie insisted WADA "has done everything possible to date from a legal standpoint and in every other way". The MPCC had labelled the case, in which many clients of disgraced doctor Eufamiano Fuentes remain unidentified, as "a debacle". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sastre's Tour de France win commemorated on 10th anniversary
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Carlos Sastre was honoured on the 10th anniversary of his Tour de France victory with a ceremony in his home town of El Barraco, where the local sports facilities were renamed 'The Carlos Sastre Sports Complex'. The Spaniard won the Tour in 2008, beating Cadel Evans and Bernard Kohl to the top step of the podium. It was the crowning achievement of his career. This year marks 10 years since the victory, and celebrations were held on Saturday in the small town of El Barraco, in the province of Avila, west of Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Five-time Tour champion Miguel Indurain, who handed the Vlo d'Or trophy to Alejandro Valverde on Friday, was present, as were fellow former yellow jersey winners Pedro Delgado (1988) and Federico Bahamontes (1959). Also among the hundreds of locals were Spanish national coach Javier Minguez and former team director Manolo Saiz. A ceremony was held at the town hall before moving to the sports complex to unveil the two pillars that now mark the entrance, one bearing his name and the other his face. Tras la recepcin a la comitiva en el Ayuntamiento de El Barraco, cuna de destacados ciclistas, la amplia comitiva dirigi a pie hasta las inmediaciones de la Ciudad Deportiva del municipio, que a partir de este sbado lleva el nombre de Carlos Sastre. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Unzue: You can't write off Nairo Quintana
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzu has recognised that 2018 has been a difficult season for Spain's only WorldTour squad, but insisted that "apart from in the Grand Tours, the team have raced well". In terms of wins, Movistar have had four fewer victories than in 2017, dropping from 31 to 27. Alejandro Valverde's World Championships victory - albeit with the Spanish national squad - has, however, helped considerably to put a shine on the year. As Unzu put it, "it kind of saved the season for us."ADVERTISEMENT On another plus side, there was a big win in Paris-Nice for Marc Soler and a repeat victory in the Volta a Catalunya with Valverde. His failure to win two races he has dominated in recent years, Lige-Bastogne-Lige or Flche Wallonne this spring, was another setback. But as Valverde himself pointed out, those defeats have to be placed in the context of his comeback from a bad injury last July and, having trained very hard over the winter to regain top condition, he acknowledged that "by the end of April I was beginning to come up short". 2018 was the first time since 2011 that Movistar have failed to make it onto a single Grand Tour podium. Much of the media criticism for that under-achievement fell onto the shoulders of Nairo Quintana, who was top of the team's three GC leaders in the Tour de France but crashed and finished 10th, then was 8th in the Vuelta after ceding leadership to fifth-placed Valverde. Unzu nonetheless insisted in a team meeting in Navarre on Friday that his confidence in the Colombian remains intact for 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lifetime ban reduced for former USPS doctor Del Moral
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) wrapped up six years of wrangling over the anti-doping violations by Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service teams, reducing a lifetime ban for Spanish physician Dr Luis Garcia del Moral to just five years for his cooperation in a case against former manager Johan Bruyneel. USADA announced the reduction on Friday, which came as the result of an agreement with del Moral to give truthful testimony in an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) of USADA's decision to impose a 10-year ban on Bruyneel. The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided this week that the suspension was not sufficient, and issued a lifetime ban on the Belgian's involvement in sports, in part due to Del Moral's statements that Bruyneel was involved in doping riders.ADVERTISEMENT USADA CEO Travis Tygart hailed the decision, claiming that Bruyneel and his fellow litigants Dr.Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose Mart "pulled out every trick to avoid the truth" and "continued, even at the hearing and even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to present a false narrative." The anti-doping case began in 2010 with emails sent by former team member Floyd Landis, who brought the team's doping activities to the attention of USA Cycling and the UCI. Lance Armstrong was the subject of a subsequent federal investigation into the allegations, but the inquiry was closed without indictment. USADA picked up where the feds left off, obtaining witness statements from numerous former riders, including anti-doping rule violation confessions from Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie - all of whom received lenient six-month, off-season suspensions for their cooperation in October, 2012. Bruyneel doping admissions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot to target Tour de France in 2019 and likes the route
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot is set to make the Tour de France his number one priority next year, and the Frenchman has reacted positively to the route for the 2019 edition, which was unveiled in Paris on Thursday. Pinot finished third at the Tour in 2014 but struggled in the subsequent two editions and for the past two seasons he has made the Giro d'Italia his target Grand Tour. In 2017 he rode the Tour but without a GC focus, while this year he was absent entirely in order to fully recover from pneumonia that knocked him out of the Giro on the penultimate day After a late-season spree that has seen him win two stages at the Vuelta a Espaa, along with a first Monument victory at Il Lombardia, Pinot is more confident than ever. Despite Il Lombardia and the other autumn classics reaffirming his love for Italy, he is ready to target the Tour de France once again.ADVERTISEMENT "Thibaut won't do the Giro - that's for sure," said Groupama-FDJmanager Marc Madiot at the Tour route presentation, according to L'Equipe. "He will only do the Tour." There was plenty to whet Pinot's appetite in a route that heavily favours the climbers over the rouleurs. There are just 55 kilometres against the clock, while there three big mountain stages apiece in the Pyrenees and Alps, with numerous cols above the 2000-metre mark. And then there's the first of the five summit finishes, at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6, which is something of a home climb for Pinot, who lives on the edge of the Vosges range. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Philipsen signs with UAE Team Emirates
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates have announced the signing of 20-year-old Jasper Philipsen on a two-year contract. Philipsen, winner of stages of the U23 Giro d'Italia and back-to-back overall titles at the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux, was second in the U23 Tour of Flanders in 2017 and fourth in the U23 Paris-Roubaix this year. He was in high demand after winning a stage in the Tour of Utah in Salt Lake City this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian is the latest from Axel Merckx's Hagens Berman Axeon development squad to move directly to the WorldTour, following in the steps of Rui and Ivo Oliveira, who also signed with UAE Team Emirates, Sean Bennett (EF Pro Cycling), and Will Barta (CCC). Other notable graduates from the programme in recent years include Logan Owen (EF-Drapac), Neilson Powless (LottoNl-Jumbo), and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky). "It's a great honour to join UAE Team Emirates, I'm sure that this team will be the best possible way for me to develop my young career," Philipsen said. "I sensed right away the faith that the whole team has in me, I think I'll be able to benefit a lot from this team project to show my best in the next years." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
MPCC slams WADA over Chris Froome case, tramadol, Operacion Puerto
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) has issued a scathing attack on the WADA, writing an open letter that criticises the World Anti Doping Agency over its handling of the Chris Froome case, tramadol, Operacin Puerto, and the Russian doping scandal. The letter calls for the resignation of the WADA's President, Craig Reedie. The MPCC, a voluntary association of cycling teams who sign up for anti-doping regulations that surpass those of the UCI - which follow the WADA code - met for its general assembly this week and the theme was one of frustration and dissatisfaction with the way anti-doping is being operated. The open letter is especially strong on Froome's salbutamol case. The four-time Tour de France champion returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug during the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa, which he won, but the case was dropped on the eve of the 2018 Tour de France. Despite nearly double the permitted level of salbutamol in his urine, Froome insists he did not surpass the permitted dosages and, given it's a 'specified' substance on WADA's banned list, he was not provisionally suspended and continued to race 'sub-judice' in 2018, winning the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT The MPCC complains of inconsistencies in WADA's handling of the case, highlighting that the onus was not on the authorities to prove wrongdoing but on Froome to prove his innocence, chiefly through a pharmacokinetic study, which was never carried out. "MPCC laments the way sanctions are not applied equally and procedures are not followed equally, which is devastating for the credibility of the sport, for WADA itself, and thus is devastating for the confidence which athletes ought to have in the world's anti-doping agency and its independence and integrity," reads the letter. "The World Anti-Doping Code states that it 'is not consistent with therapeutic use of the substance and will be considered as an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) unless the Athlete proves, through a controlled pharmacokinetic study, that the abnormal result was the consequence of a therapeutic dose (by inhalation) up to the maximum dose indicated above'. Though, in the press release following its decision, WADA admits that a CPKS would not have been practicable. Puerto, Russia, and tramadol You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa eyes Giro d'Italia - Tour de France double for 2019
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
To call Mikel Landas first year at Movistar a tricky one would be an understatement - or, as the Basque says rather wryly about 2018, "its had pretty much everything in it". A solid start to the season, with a summit finish stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico and second place overall in the Vuelta al Pas Vasco were followed by two bad crashes in the summer, the first on the cobbles at the Tour de France in July and the second much closer to home in the Clsica San Sebastin at the start of August. The first fall left him battered and unable to perform at 100 per cent in the Tour and then the second, far more serious, saw him suffer bad back injuries that ruled him out for all of August and, in terms of results, for the rest of the season. Just to add to the turbulence, there were rumours during the Tour that Landa might move on to Astana, rather than complete his contract with Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But while the Astana rumours proved to be just that - rumours - Landa remained firmly on the back foot for the rest of the season. The Vuelta a Espaa proved impossible, as did the World Championships, and although Landa managed to race again in the autumn in Italys one-day races, a relentless racking up of DNFs there - finally totalling six - spoke for itself. "Things went very well up until the Tour and then in the Tour things went awry and the Clsica crash finished me off," Landa told reporters at the end of a Movistar get-together in Navarre this week. "The only good thing was that Ive ended the season racing again, which was the best way to end the year. But next year is really where Ive got my objectives. Im doing all right, although I need to disconnect mentally, as well as physically, and forget everything for a while, because I made a big effort to try and race the Vuelta and Worlds. I liked the Vuelta route and the Worlds was a very special one. But trying to get back into racing tired me out." 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde awarded 2018 Velo d'Or by Indurain
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde(Movistar) has been awarded the prestigious Vlo d'Or as the rider of the year, with Miguel Indurain, who won the first edition of the award in 1992, presenting him with the trophy on Friday. The Vlo d'Or is awarded by French magazine Vlo to the rider their panel deems to have had the best season. Another trophy, the Vlo d'Or Franais, is awarded to the best French rider of the season, and this year it went to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Valverde wins the award after becoming world champion last month. The Spaniard had finished on the podium on six occasions but he finally reached the top step in Innsbruck as he came over the Hll climb with Romain Bardet and Michael Woods and out-sprinted them in the run to the line.ADVERTISEMENT Valverde didn't win either La Flche Wallonne or Lige-Bastogne-Lige this year - the first time he's gone without a win in the Ardennes Classics since 2013 - but he did win every week-long stage race he entered, with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Abu Dhabi Tour, Volta a Catalunya, and La Route d'Occitanie. He finished 14th at the Tour de France after working for teammates Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, but went for the GC at the Vuelta a Espaa, finishing fifth overall after slipping off the podium in a final-day slump. Valverde ended the year as the top rider in the UCI's rolling ranking system, but missed out on the 2018 WorldTour crown to Simon Yates, with Peter Sagan also above him in second place. Valverde was not present at the unveiling of the route for the 2019 Tour de France on Thursday, where the Vlo d'Or is usually handed out, but he received his trophy as the Movistar team gathered for a first pre-season meeting in Pamplona on Friday. There to hand over the award was fellow Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who won it in 1992 and 1993. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Best moments of the 2018 Tour de France - Video
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Climbs, dramatic crashes, tearfully joyful winners " the 2018Tour de Francehad them all. The 'Best Moments' video of the Tour shows all the highlights of this years race. Featuring a slightly unexpected overall winner inGeraint Thomas (Team Sky), the video follows the race across all its stages, starting with Thomas breaking down in tears after being assured of the final win. From John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in tears after winning that stage, to Thomas dashing out to win mountain stages, Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) having fun on the way up Alpe d'Huez, and of course that grid start " the biggest moments are shown.ADVERTISEMENT As so are, sadly, the many crashes and serious injuries, including Richie Porte (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), and the still-horrifying scene of Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) flying over a stone wall and down the mountainside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan enjoys a biathlon race at Bora-Hansgrohe get together - Gallery
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Bora-Hansgrohe gathered in East Tirol, Austria this week for some off-season mountain biking, biathlon and rock climbing as the team planned and prepared for the 2019 season and enjoyed someteam-building activities. The camp opened with a cycling biathlon race between riders and team staff. Peter Sagan posted a video on Twitter showing how the mass-start race included a lap on a mountain bike, target shooting from a laying position, followed for some unexplained hammering of nails into a tree stump and another ride on the mountain bike. A few obscenities were bleeped out but Sagan seemed to have a lot of fun.ADVERTISEMENT Rock climbing followed on the second day, with staff and riders carefully and tightly secured, crawled their up the steep Austrian Galitzenklamm.Other moments during the get together were used to meet and greet new riders and undergofittings with new sponsors. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a selection of the best photos from the Bora-Hansgrohe get together. Trying my luck in a biathlon relay race, @tvb_osttirol style, in our first team camp! @GoPro @BORAhansgrohe @BORAGmbH @Hansgrohe_PR @iamspecialized @sportful @ride100percent pic.twitter.com/Ivw4lHgxeg " Peter Sagan (@petosagan) October 26, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2019 Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Next year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey.With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged... More...
Letters: Walk the Avenue at your peril
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
IT WAS my misfortune today to walk the Avenue from the AA Office to New World supermarket. What an absolute disgrace, not to mention danger, that footpath is.I have walked the footpaths in most cities in New Zealand and have never... More...
Hamish Carter resigns from High Performance Sport New Zealand after Cycling New Zealand leak drama
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter has resigned as High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) Campaign Consultant Manager after it was revealed that he had passed on confidential documents from the 2016 Olympic Games campaign debrief.The... More...
Former Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times.Johan Bruyneel had been serving a 10-year ban. In a letter... More...
Two Great Ride cycle trails near Rotorua to get maintenance funding
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two Great Rides on Rotorua's doorstep are to set to get more than $25,000 each in the latest round of funding for the upkeep of the 11 Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has announced... More...
Steven De Jongh on the mend after crash, concussion
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Trek-Segafredodirecteur sportif Steven DeJongh has made his first public comments since being airlifted to safety following a crash while riding his bicycle in Spain last week. De Jongh was reported missing by his wife Renee Meijer on October 15 when he failed to return from his morning ride.He was located in part via his Strava app, which was tracking his ride, and by Dutchman RobertGesink, who went out to search for him. The information helped rescuers narrow their search. De Jongh was located and airlifted by helicopter after lying unconscious in a ravine for several hours.ADVERTISEMENT After two days in the hospital with severe concussion, De Jongh was discharged and is recuperating at home.Monday's series of posts onTwitter included photos of the rescue. 1/2 One week ago around this time family and friends were very happy with the news I was found. Thanks to my great wife @meijerrenee0202 who responded so quickly and help of @mossoscatalunya @bomberscat #janverhagen #paco @RGUpdate @bikes_and_frank @paultjejorna pic.twitter.com/0lpBI2AWwH " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 2/2 I was found before the bad weather started... thanks also @strava for pointing them in the right direction. And @twitter Where the cycling community retweeted the message of my disappearance massively! @treksegafredo for your help. and everybody who left a message " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Degenkolb becomes ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Degenkolb has become the first official ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix, the group of volunteers who maintain the cobblestones that characterise the Paris-Roubaix race each spring. The German won the race, also known as the Hell of the North, in 2014, and also won the cobbled stage of this year's Tour de France, which went over several sectors of cobblestones, or pav. Keen to give something back, he has teamed with Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix (the friends of Paris-Roubaix) , a group that aims to protect the Paris-Roubaix parcours, which is made up of nearly 30 sectors of narrow cobbled roads - mostly old farm tracks that zig-zag across the north east of France in an area that was heavily affected by the First World War. While they add cobblestones to plug holes and damage inflicted by the weather in the lead-up to the race each spring, they are committed to maintaining the hellish nature of the pav, resisting any moves from local authorities to resurface the roads.ADVERTISEMENT Degenkolb will make financial contributions to the not-for-profit organisation, as well as donating memorabilia to their museum and making appearances with the group when he's in the area. "Cycling. A modern sport in technical times. Yes. That's one part of the cycling business. On the other side, you have the old races, classics, history. Legendary routes and names like Le Tour de France or Paris-Roubaix. Goosebumps for all cycling fans and as well for me. These legendary races. These holy grounds. The history and heroic stories, you can smell that on every kilometre," Degenkolb wrote in a message attached to Monday's announcement. "For me, it was the classics that fascinated me immediately. I will never ever forget sitting at home on our couch with my dad and following these races... I was infected with the 'virus'. That's what I wanted to do as well. I wanted to become a pro cyclist and do these epic courses. l wanted to be part of that history. These memories still motivate and push me till today and so I didnt need to think one single second as I received the request to become the first pro the official ambassador of 'Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix' - the non-profit association that keeps and protects Paris-Roubaix course as it always was. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel to debut with Fortuneo-Samsic at Tropicale Amissa Bongo
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andre Greipel will make his 2019 debut at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race in Gabon, Africa, as he begins a new chapter of his career with French Professional Continental team Fortuneo-Samsic. Greipel has often kicked his seasons off at the Tour Down Under in Australia, where he has won 18 stages and the overall classification in 2008 and 2010. However, his painful divorce from Lotto Soudal and his step-down to Professional Continental level means the 36-year-old German will face new challenges and new races.ADVERTISEMENT The 2019 Tropicale Amissa Bongo will be held between January 21-27, with the opening stage in Bongoville, in the west of the African country, with other stages in the north and the seventh and final stage in the capital Libreville. Race organisers also confirmed that the French teams Direct Energie and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels will also ride the 2019 edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo. 10 African teams will complete the start list. The 2018 edition of the race was won by Rwanda'sJoseph Areruya, who rides for theMarseille Provence KTM Delko team. Greipels long spell at Lotto Soudal ended after bitter contract negotiations with then team manager Paul De Geyter, who has since been replaced by John John Leglangue, with Australias Caleb Ewan replacing Greipel as the teams lead sprinter. A new challenge at 36 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WorldTour awards handed out at 2018 UCI Cycling Gala - Gallery
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The curtain came down on the 2018 road season with the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday, and afterwards the riders - men and women - swapped lycra for tuxedos for the fourth edition of the end-of-season UCI Cycling Gala. First held in Abu Dhabi in 2015, the event moved to China last year with the creation of the Tour of Guangxi as the final event on the WorldTour calendar.The ceremony saw a number of awards handed out, for winners of the various classifications of the men's and women's WorldTour and also for all the recently crowned world champions from the Innsbruck Worlds. While the riders who'd competed in the Tour of Guangxi were all present, few others made the trip to China, meaning many awards had to be accepted by teammates on behalf of the real winners.ADVERTISEMENT Neither Simon Yates nor Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) - the 2018 WorldTour champions - were there in person, so Matteo Trentin and Gracie Elvin collected their respective awards. New world champion and second-placed finisher in the WorldTour standings, Alejandro Valverde, was similarly absent, as was third-placed Peter Sagan. The men's WorldTour teams classification was one of the few awards to be collected in person, with Philippe Gilbert leading Quick-Step Floors onto the stage to cap a season that has produced an astonishing 73 victories. The evening also saw entertainment from Chinese singers and dancers, with Rigoberto Uran joining in, plus an address from UCI President David Lappartient. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
On yer bikes: Whaka100 shoot out sets scene for entertaining weekend
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Before the Whaka100 main event yesterday,riders put their speed to the test in the Rotorua Isuzu Shoot Out on Saturday.Riders set off at one at a time at intervals of 30 seconds in a time trial to complete the 1.9km course. The... More...
Hutt Valley judge to mentor Porirua students for iconic Coast to Coast
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A district court judge is swapping his robes for exercise gear to help mentor a group of Porirua students heading to the Coast to Coast.Judge Arthur Tompkins, normally found in the Hutt Valley District Court, is pulling strings... More...
CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year's end
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
USA Cycling is once again on the hunt for another chief executive.It's in a decidedly better place than last time.Derek Bouchard-Hall announced Friday he is resigning as president and CEO at the end of the year, opening a job... More...
Chris Rattue: If cyclist had sex with coach Anthony Peden she should be named
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: There's a giant hole in that just-released cycling report , and probably only one person who can fill it.Who was the female athlete involved in an alleged relationship with coach Anthony Peden? We, the taxpayers, have... More...
Cyclists on potential collision course with bus passengers in Auckland cycleway plans
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A new cycleway planned for central Auckland will put pedallers on a potential collision course with crowds of bus passengers.Cycling groups and Auckland Transport, however, say the risk has been addressed by safety measures.Auckland... More...
On-street charging stations planned for electric-bike users in Auckland
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An Auckland company wants to install park-and-charge stations for e-bikes on city streets to help end riders' anxieties about running out of electricity.Big Street Bikers plans to set up two trial sites, in Auckland's Ponsonby Rd... More...
Commentators clash over controversial first transgender world champion
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling's first transgender world champion has fired back at heated criticism surrounding her breakthrough victory at the 2018 UCI Masters track championships.Canadian philosophy professor at South Carolina's College of Charleston... More...
Member of US cycling team found after going missing in Spain
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " A member of American cycling team Trek-Segafredo was hospitalized with a concussion after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain on Monday.Director Steven De Jongh "did not sustain more serious injuries"... More...
Italy's Filippo Ganna joins Team Sky for 2019
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have confirmed that Italy's Filippo Ganna will be part of the British WorldTour team for 2019, boosting their squad for the cobbled Classics and time trials. 22-year-old Ganna has ridden for UAE Team Emirates for the last two seasons. He won the under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2016 and won the Individual Pursuit world title on the track in 2016 and 2018. He recently finished second to Gianni Moscon in the Italian national time trial championships and is currently competing with Italy in the track World Cup in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT "Its a dream to sign for Team Sky. Its a very impressive team and everyone in cycling is used to seeing them winning the big races," Ganna said. "I hope I can continue to develop and improve on my first two years on the road. Im excited to meet up with the team for the first training camp and to start to work together. The team is really impressive in how they approach time trials and team time trials and that is an area I feel I can develop, in addition to the one-day races and one-week stage races going forward. "In 2018 I started to experience the Classics races as a pro for the first time and that is another area I would like to learn and focus on, to one day be able to compete at the front of those races." Ganna is Team Skys second confirmed signing for 2019 after Jhonatan Narvaez's arrival from Quick-Step Floors was announced on Thursday. Team Sky are also expected to sign Colombian climber Ivan Sosa but his move has been delayed by a contractual dispute between his former and current agents. Irelands Eddie Dunbar joined Team Sky in September after the collapse of the Aqua Blue Sport team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gradek graduates to new CCC WorldTour team
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
CCC Sprandi Polkowice's Kamil Gradek will make the leap to UCI WorldTour level when he joins the new CCC Team for 2019. Shoe manufacturer CCC will take over as the main sponsor of the current BMC team, which is owned by Jim Ochowicz's Continuum Sports company, and Gradek will make the step up from the current CCC-sponsored Pro Continental squad. "It has been my dream to ride for a WorldTour team and now this dream is coming true," the 28-year-old Polish rider said in a press release.ADVERTISEMENT "To compete at the highest level of racing, and with the best riders, is what I have always wanted to do, so I'm very excited and I can't wait for the upcoming season. "To be be part of any WorldTour team would be wonderful, but to be part of a Polish WorldTour team will be very special. "I know that I can learn a lot from the experienced riders in the team, and I definitely want to develop more as a cyclist, and to be helpful to my teammates," continued Gradek, who rode for the British ONE Pro Cycling Continental team in 2017. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling New Zealand review reveals bullying, absence of accountability
October 15, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling New Zealand has tumbled from its pedals with the release of the Heron Report reviewing the organisation's culture. The investigation, led by Michael Heron QC, highlights "bullying", "an absence of accountability" and "suboptimal... More...
The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, withThibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday. The Frenchmanjumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at thetop of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory. He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot.ADVERTISEMENT The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for a spectacular finale to the 2018 Classics. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of the day's racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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