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Cyclist dies following 'medical event' during Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A cyclist has died in the annual Lake Taupō Cycle challenge.Event organisers have confirmed the person died while competing in today's event, which takes cyclists on a course around Lake Taupō. "Early information suggests... More...
Offers of help flood in for victims of bike theft in Northland
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The teacher who had her bike and belongings stolen from a campground in Waitangi partway through a cycle trip around New Zealand was bought to tears after offers of help have flooded in.The plight of Dunedin woman Jan Burch featured... More...
Auckland Transport boss says cycleway report is fundamentally flawed
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland Transport chief executive Shane Ellison says a report stating the council body may have used overestimated figures to give a favourable business case for four cycleways in the city is fundamentally flawed.A Herald story... More...
Stybar makes brief return to his first love " cyclo-cross
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors Classics specialist Zdenek Stybar will return to cyclo-cross racing in December with a string of appearances in several high profile races. The former three-time cyclo-cross world champion will race the Zolder World Cup on December 26, and then race the DVV Trophy in Loenhout and Diegem on December 26 and 28, respectively. He will the race in Baal on New Year's Day. "I am really looking forward to my return to cyclo-cross, a beautiful discipline that I love taking part in," Zdenek said. "It will be some really hard and competitive racing and hopefully I can have some good form and try to have some fun. It is also a great chance for me to mix with my Czech teammates and to help some of the younger riders who are coming through, which is something that I am very passionate about." The 32-year-old was a prominent cyclo-cross rider earlier in his career and was a three-time world champion between 2010 and 2014. He moved onto the road and WorldTour scene in 2011 with Quick-Step and has remained within the Belgian team's ranks ever since.ADVERTISEMENT Stybar often returns to cyclo-cross in the road off-season, and in 2016 he raced the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene. This year Stybar raced a full quota of Classics, and picked up top-ten finishes in several races, including Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem. He was a consistent figure for his team during the campaign, but he did not win any races in 2018. After the slate of cyclo-cross races, Zdenek will travel to Calpe, where he will continue his build-up for next season with the Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa still keen on riding Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2019
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa has reiterated his desire to ride both the Giro dItalia and Tour de France in 2019, though the Basque rider acknowledged that his preferred race schedule for next season will require the assent of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue. Landa had already expressed his wish even before the route of the 2019 Giro was presented, and the parcours has not dissuaded him. World champion Alejandro Valverde has already signalled his intention to ride the Giro, while Nairo Quintana has stated that he will again target the Tour in 2019. In 2018, Landa skipped the Giro in order to focus exclusively on the Tour, where he reached Paris in 7th place overall. I want to do the Giro and the Tour. I'll talk with Eusebio and then we'll see what happens, Landa said, according to AS.ADVERTISEMENT No rider has managed to win the Giro and Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998. This season, Tom Dumoulin placed second overall at both the Giro and Tour, while Chris Froome won the Giro and took third overall on the Tour. In 2017, however, Quintana placed a subdued 12th at the Tour after taking second on the Giro, which prompted Movistar to save its three leading Grand Tour riders " Landa, Quintana and Valverde " for the Tour this season. In their absence, Richard Carapaz finished a fine fourth at the Giro. Despite the difficulty of the 2019 Giro route, Landa rejects the idea that riding the corsa rosa would leave him with nothing in reserve for July. I dont think so, said Landa, who finished third overall at the 2015 Giro. In recent years, there have often been many mountains in the last week in Italy and there have still been people who have then gone well on the Tour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dimension Data 'guarantee' Tafi will not race Paris-Roubaix with them
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data head of performance Rolf Aldag has stated that there is no chance of Andrea Tafi riding Paris-Roubaix with the African team in 2019. The former professional won the Classic in 1999 and has made plans to return to the sport at the age of 52 next season. He has been linked to a number of teams, with UCI President David Lappartient recently suggesting that Dimension Data were in the mix. However, the team announced their 2019 roster at the conclusion of their training camp in South Africa and, somewhat predictably, Tafi's name was not among the list of riders. "He's not with us, I can guarantee you that," Rolf Aldag told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Aldag, 50, added: "Bernie Eisel suggested I could try and do it, as I'm a bit younger than Tafi but honestly if I can make our seven for Paris-Roubaix then we've got big problems. "To be honest I think he called every team a couple of times but if you look into our team for the Spring Classics with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren, I think we have some pretty good riders. "When I first read about Tafi coming back, I found it interesting. Guys who train with him seem to think that he's really fit but what's the point? He won Paris-Roubaix twenty years ago but he's never ever going to win it again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet calls for ban on race radios
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet has come out in support of taking away team race radios, arguing the measure would help make racing more unpredictable by 'elevating the rider as an athlete.' Acknowledging that his stance on the matter had changed, the Frenchman said he would support a ban on the earpieces through which riders are fed in-race information from their directors, such as alerts to key junctures of the route and updates on who is where on the road. It's just one aspect of a wider debate that is currently raging over how to make the sport more exciting, with Bardet himself making reference to the sense of frustration at the way Team Sky have come to dominate the Tour de France with an ever-tightening stranglehold.ADVERTISEMENT "The true concern, in the minds of certain people, is the predictability of the race. That's the greatest thing at stake," Bardet told reporters in a long interview at the AG2R La Mondiale team's training camp in the French Alps this week. "That notion that Sky could almost win the Tour with any of their riders " that's what race organisers want to tackle, to try to create more unpredictable scenarios." Tour de France organisers ASO have indeed tried to do just that. The amount of time trialling has dropped markedly in the last few years, while race director Christian Prudhomme has openly voiced his desire for a more open race, proposing a ban on power-meters and successfully pushing for a reduction in team sizes. 'I'm not in cycling to be Sky's enemy number one' You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte set to ride Herald Sun Tour
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte will be aiming to win the Jayco Herald Sun Tour when he lines up at the Australian stage race for his new Trek-Segafredo team at the end of January next year. The 33-year-old, who'll leave BMC Racing at the end of this year after three seasons with the team, has ridden the event three times before. He rode in 2008, 2009, and for the last time in 2011, when he was forced to pull out on the opening stage while still recovering from having had surgery on a deviated septum the week before. This time, though, Porte will head to the start on Phillip Island, just south of Melbourne, on January 30 with every intention of taking overall victory.ADVERTISEMENT "If I'm there, I'm there to win it," Porte told the Herald Sun on Thursday. "I've wanted to do it for years, but it just never really fit, or I was riding for teams that weren't going to do it," he said of his absence from the race while riding for the likes of Team Sky and BMC in the interim. "But next year with Trek-Segafredo, it just worked." It's still uncertainwhether Porte will ride the Tour Down Under earlier in the month " a race that he won overall in 2017, and where he's made the famous Old Willunga Hill stage his own, winning it for the past five years in a row. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Track event to run in conjunction with 2019 Tour Down Under
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A one-day track event will be run alongside the 2019 Tour Down Under and its related events, organisers have confirmed. Sprint world champion Matt Glaetzer and multiple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steph Morton have already been confirmed as event headliners. The event has been developed by Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur, who believes that it will hark back to the 1990s when the Adelaide track first opened its doors. These days, it is the home of the Australian Institute of Sports track programme, the track is often used as a site for training and held the Oceania Track Championships in 2011. [The event] is going back to the old days during the 90s when we had those terrific years of international cycling at the SuperDrome, Turtur told Australian publication The Advertiser. We should be very proud as South Australians that the centre of Australian track cycling is here in Adelaide. We have the best road event in the country, so we need to celebrate that this is all happening.ADVERTISEMENT The event will be called The Advertiser Track Down Under and will take place on January 11. The Santos Womens Race will be held from January 10-13, while the Down Under Classic criterium takes place on the January 13 before the mens Tour Down Under begins two days later. All of the events are based in and around Adelaide. This season, Amanda Spratt took her second consecutive victory at the Santos Womens Tour, while Peter Sagan won the criterium and Daryl Impey took the overall title at the Tour Down Under. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2019 Vuelta a Espana to visit Andorra and France
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Vuelta a Espaa will return to Andorra in 2019, while the race could also cross the Pyrenees for a stage on French roads. The 2019 Vuelta route will be presented in Alicante on December 19. Olga Gelebert, Andorras Minister for Culture, Sport and Youth, confirmed to El Peridic d'Andorra over the weekend that the principality will host a stage finish during the 2019 Vuelta, though she did not divulge the details. "This is very good news," said Gelebert, who hinted that Andorra would also seek to host the Tour de France again in the coming years. "It has been shown that when the Tour arrives, the impact is a bit bigger, but La Vuelta is well known."ADVERTISEMENT Andorra was the site of the final two mountain stages of the 2018 Vuelta, with Thibaut Pinot winning at on the Coll de la Rabassa and Enric Mas triumphing on the Coll de Gallina. El Peridic d'Andorra suggested that Cortals dEncamp " where Mikel Landa won on the 2015 Vuelta " could be in line to host the Andorran stage finish in 2019, though no details have yet been confirmed. Speaking to the EFE news agency at the end of this years Vuelta, race director Javier Guillen hinted that the race would visit France in 2019, citing the success of last year's start in Nmes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tom Dumoulin still undecided between Tour de France and Giro d'Italia
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin has previously stated his desire to target the Tour de France in 2019, but since the route was announced last month, the Dutchman is torn on whether he should keep to that plan or go back to the Giro dItalia. Having previously said that the Tour route was not ideal for him, Dumoulin was more explicit when speaking at an Amstel Gold Race Xperience event on Saturday. Dumoulin said that the 2019 Tour route was the least suited to him in recent years. However, he sees the Grand Boucle as the biggest challenge for him after already winning the Giro dItalia in 2017. Dumoulin rode both the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France this season, and took second to Chris Froome at the former. He went on to finish second overall to Geraint Thomas at this years Tour de France, the first time that he had seriously targeted the general classification at the race.ADVERTISEMENT "The route of the Tour de France is far from ideal for me. I do not think that there has been a Grand Tour in recent years that fits my profile so badly, Dumoulin said according to De Telegraaf. "In all respects, the Giro is much better for me. "On the other hand, I won the Giro once, while after the second place behind Geraint Thomas last summer, my big challenge is to win the Tour. At the end of July, I clearly stated that this Tour would become my big goal. I wonder now if I should put everything on the Tour in 2019. Dumoulin will have to make a decision soon so that he can start planning the rest of his racing programme around it. The team are set to meet for their first off-season training camp in December, when Dumoulin expects the final call to be made. He says that hes happy to let the team decide where he goes, but plays down the idea of attempting both the Giro and the Tour once again. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves eyes racing return at the Tour Colombia in February
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves is hoping to return to racing early in the new season, once he's recovered from mononucleosis, and is eyeing his national Tour, the Tour Colombia, as a possible place to begin racing again, which new world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) are also set to ride. Chaves has been out of action since finishing the 2018 Giro d'Italia in May in an unusually lowly 72nd place overall. The 28-year-old fell dramatically out of contention on stage 10 of the Giro, losing 25 minutes to his main rivals and slipping from second place overall to 39th, before falling further down the classification as the race went on, while riding to assist his teammate Simon Yates. "Now everything's fine, although it has been a difficult time," Chaves said on Spanish website ciclo21.com. "Once we found out that it was mononucleosis, we could treat it, and we're continuing to control it, and then it's just a case of believing and continuing to dream, as always."ADVERTISEMENT Following a number of tests following the Giro, Mitchelton-Scott revealed that, besides the mononucleosis, Chaves had also been suffering with allergy reactions and sinus problems, with the Colombian undergoing surgery for the latter. When asked whether he may race at the Tour Colombia " the new name for what was run as the Colombia Oro y Paz this season, won by Sky's Egan Bernal " Chaves appeared enthusiastic to race in front of a home crowd. "I'd like to be able to race with Mitchelton-Scott or to be part of a Colombian national team. We hope to be able to put it on my race programme in some way," Chaves said, and will likely know more at hisAustralian WorldTour team'sDecember get-together, where the riders will map out their 2019 race programmes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New era for Lotto Soudal as Lelangue takes charge
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Lelangue has officially begun his new job as Lotto Soudal's general manager. The team announced that the Belgian started in his new role on November 15, and the 48-year-old has set forth his plans for the coming few months. He replaces former team manager Paul De Geyter, who left the team in October "by mutual agreement" after just a season heading Lotto Soudal. The incoming Lelangue has identified four 'pillars' to the team, which will be where he focuses his energy: the structural/organisational aspect, the team's Belgian identity, its relationship with its partners/sponsors, and the sporting side of things, which he says will principally remain sports manager Marc Sergeant's domain.ADVERTISEMENT "I've never worked with Marc before, but we've known each other for several years," Lelangue said in a press release. "I'm therefore very satisfied that I'll be able to work well with someone who has such an impressive record. "It goes without saying that Marc will be the one who takes the sporting decisions," he continued. "Of course, we'll consult with each other, but, within Lotto Soudal, Marc is best placed to decide on that topic. "Marc has a team of directeurs sportifs around him who each have their own responsibilities, and Kevin De Weert will join that team. As a performance manager, he'll have some specific tasks. With his background, he'll certainly be a major asset to Lotto Soudal," Lelangue said of the incoming De Weert, who left his position as the Belgian men's national road coach after the world championships to join the team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Four abreast: Motorist 'peeved off' at group of cyclists hogging busy Auckland road
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An Auckland motorist was left "peeved off" after a large group of cyclists took over Tamaki Dr without consideration.But a cycling advocacy group is calling for motorists to show patience and share the roads with other users.Lana... More...
Young Whanganui cyclists make the grade
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Young Whanganui cyclists were being put through their paces at Laird Park this week.Two top cyclists (one girl and one boy from each school) have been chosen to compete for the Young Cyclist of the Year award.Constables Rob Conder... More...
Simon Wilson: Why do bicycles provoke such a flamethrower of fury?
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: Why are people so frightened of bicycles? By people I mean especially those people in the media, my colleagues, who think it's sharp to use any old nonsense to try to destroy cycling. Ha, that bike lane is empty! Haha,... More...
Cyclist Cardoso banned 4 years for doping before 2017 Tour
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The International Cycling Union says it imposed a four-year ban on Portuguese rider Andre Cardoso for doping with EPO ahead of the 2017 Tour de France.The UCI says its anti-doping tribunal gave its verdict,... More...
Comment: The real reason cycle lanes are always empty
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: I'm not a cyclist. I don't own a bike and I hate the feeling of Lycra. I drive my car over offensively short distances sometimes and I'm unapologetically lazy about walking to the shops.My only bias is being a big... More...
Auckland Council responds to Mike Hosking on Auckland cycleways: Get out of your car
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland Council returned fire at Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking around the city's cycleways.During his daily opinion piece yesterday , Hosking addressed the revelation that exaggerated figures were being used to get funding for cycleways."Auckland... More...
Nibali shows off gravel skills as he tests disc brakes for 2019 - Video
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali showed off his descending and gravel riding skills as he tested a disc brake bike in preparation for swapping caliper brakes for discs for the 2019 road season. Nibali posted several on-board videos on his Instagram account made with his brother and fellow Bahrain-Merida rider Antonio. His younger brother struggled to stay with Vincenzo while the older rider dived down a long descent of the San Baronto hill in Tuscany, as the track switched from single-track to farm track, olive groves and narrow country lanes. Nibali showed off his bike skills by riding at over 40km/h, carefully but comfortably modulating his speed with the disc brakes.ADVERTISEMENT The Shark of Messina celebrated his 34th birthday last week and revealed that Merida sent him the disc-brake bike as a birthday present. Cyclingnews understands that Nibali will use a disc-brake in some races in 2019. I took two days off social media, but I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes I was sent, Nibali said in the video. View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Keisse and Viviani win Gent Six - Gallery
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and local hero Iljo Keisse won the Gent Six Day on Sunday after taking the final sprint in the final Madison of the day. Keisse set a new record by winning the Gent Six seven times in the t Kuipke velodrome. Gent is the most beautiful six-day race in the world," Keisse said after the finish. "Ask every rider and youll get the same response: they all love the public and the incredible atmosphere. Its been three years since my previous win, and I was super motivated to get the job done together with the amazing rider that Elia is. We gave everything day after day and to be rewarded with the trophy, and the fans applause and cheers makes us very happy and proud. Keisse and Viviani beat Baloise Insurance team of Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele. They were behind on points going into the final Madison and Ghys made a late attack to try to take a lap or stay away. However, Viviani hunted him down and then Keisse sprinted to take maximum points in the finale.ADVERTISEMENT Keisse and Viviani scored a total of 382 points during the six days of racing, with Ghys and de Ketele second with 374 points. Lotto pair Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande were third with 348 points. Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, riding for Callant, finished off the podium in fourth place with 233 points at one lap. The Gent velodrome was packed with cycling fans, with the beer flowing freely. The crowd was on its feet and singing Keisses name after the Quick-Step Floors duo secured overall victory. Keisse emotionally thanked the Gent fans and Viviani on the podium, sparking more cheers of Iljo! Iljo! Iljo! You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas hits back at Wiggins comments on Armstrong
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has hit back at Bradley Wiggins recent comments and emotively-driven support for Lance Armstrong, suggesting that his former Team Sky teammate is simply seeking publicity to help sell his latest book. Wiggins described Armstrong as the perfect Tour de France winner in his book called Icons, explaining that the Texan was perhaps the sort of winner that Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange had in mind 120 years ago when he created the race. Wiggins suggested that a Tour de France winner is on occasion, borderline sociopathic and always a very special, very driven human being. "I'm not saying he's an icon. He's iconic, for good and bad reasons now. I can't change the way it made me feel when I was 13. It changed my life," Wiggins explained in subsequent interviews revealing there was a "mutual respect in terms of what we've been through, racing against each other.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas " speaking in China while riding the Shanghai Tour de France criterium, made it clear to the AFP news agency that he did not agree with Wiggins. "Brad's got a book to sell," AFP reported Thomas as saying. "He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists. "He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity." Getting back into training camp Going for a second consecutive Tour de France victory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Is Lyu Xianjing the real 'big thing' from China?
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fifth overall in the Tour of Hainan and currently third in the Tour of Fuzhou after winning stage 1, Chinas Lyu Xianjing is the big revelation of the final races of 2018. Has the world of cycling finally discovered the much anticipated talent from China? It has been 15 years since the Dutch-based Marco Polo organization started scouting cycling talents in China. Li Fuyu emerged as the first Chinese WorldTour rider with Discovery Channel in 2007, and Pro Continental team Skil-Shimano welcomed Jin Long as their first Chinese rider in 2006. Under the colours of Argos-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin, Ji Cheng completed the three Grand Tours during his 10-year pro career (from 2007 to 2016). Xing Yandong (with Argos-Shimano in 2013), Xu Gang (with Lampre-Merida from 2014 to 2016) and Wang Meiyin (with Bahrain-Merida since 2017) have also been registered in the highest category without achieving major results in the WorldTour so far.ADVERTISEMENT While international races have popped up in different Chinese provinces since the inception of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2002, the only Chinese winner of a stage race overall in that period remains En Huang, who claimed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Vietnam in 2012. Wangs victory in stage 3 of the 2013 Le Tour de Langkawi and his fifth overall, is the best result obtained by a Chinese road cyclist so far. For several reasons, including bureaucracy, it took him four years to join a WorldTour team and hell turn 30 next month. It would be an understatement to say that the promise from start-up organisation GCP (Global Cycling Project) to produce a first Chinese winner of the Tour de France by 2024, according to a press release last month, has been welcomed in China with scepticism. But since then, a huge potential has emerged. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Redant will direct Dimension Data in 2019
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UnitedHealthcare director Hendrick Redant will move to Dimension Data next year as the South African WorldTour team look to bolster their Performance Department. Redant is part of an influx of new faces that includePerformance Innovation Manager & Head CoachDr. Daniel Green; Performance Coach & Head of Sports Science Dr. Dajo Sanders; Physiological Scientist & Athlete Welfare ConsultantDr. David Splinder; andPerformance CoachesCiaran O'Grady and Mattia Michelusi. Redant, a former Belgian pro who wonKuurne-Brussel-Kuurne twice among his 22 pro victories, worked asdirecteur sportif with Omega Pharma-Lotto until the end of the 2010 season.ADVERTISEMENT He took a position with the Pegasus team for 2011, but the program folded before the season started. Redant then went to work with UnitedHealthcare in 2012 and has been with the US Pro Continentalteam through the end of this year.Redant's association with South Africa goes back to 1992 when he won a stage of the Boland Bank Tour. Green, who worked at the WorldTour level previously with BMC Racing and Trek-Segafredo,spent 10 years at the Australian Institute of Sport and completed PhDs in Muscle Physiology and Performance Physiology. I am thrilled about these new additions to our team for 2019 and beyond," Team Principle Doug Ryder said in a statement released to media. "The range of expertise that these individuals will bring into our set-up is a huge boost and were thrilled. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ale Cipollini complete 2019 roster
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Al Cipollini presented their 2019 roster Saturday night at the 'Gran Gal Al' in the Theatre of Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, officially announcing the 12 riders who will compete next season for the UCI women's team. Team president Alessia Piccolo also presented the 2019 management team, includingTeam Manager Fortunato Lacquaniti and new Sports Director Giuseppe Lanzoni. The team won 15 races in 2018 and are hoping to keep the momentum rolling next year. To that end, the 2019 roster includes a host of newcomers and some key returning riders, including 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Chloe Hosking, who will be the team's sprinter and road captain.ADVERTISEMENT "Next season will be a very important year," Hosking said in a statement released by the team. "The target is to win as many races as possible with all my teammates." Italian riders Soraya Paladin and Anna Trevisi will return to the team, as well as German Romy Kasper and young Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels. The newcomers for next year are Diana Peuela from UnitedHealthcare, Eri Yonamine from Wiggle High 5, Marjolein Van't Geloof from Lotto Soudal Ladies, Jelena Eric from Cylance and Nadia Quagliotto from Top Girls Fassa Bortolo. The 2019 team will also include 19-year-old ItalianJessica Raimondi and 17-year-old Giorgia Bariani, who will debut with the elites this season after taking the silver medal in the road race and individual time trial of the Italian Junior National Championships. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: UCI chief condemns Wiggins for labeling drug cheat Armstrong an 'icon'
November 12, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
David Lappartient, who was elected head of the UCI in September last year, was responding to the fact that five-time Olympic gold medalist Wiggins has included Armstrong in a book about the most influential figures in his life. Wiggins said at the Rouleur Classic in London this week that he still speaks More...
Marangoni ends 11-year career with first professional victory
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italy's Alan Marangoni enjoyed an emotional, fairy-tale ending to his 11-year professional career, winning for the first time in his last ever race. The 34-year-old spent much of his career as a domestique with the Cannondale team, sacrificing his own chances to help teammates such as Peter Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Rigoberto Urn. He went close to victory in a stage of the 2015 Giro dItalia near his home in Forli but seemed set - and content - to retire without ever winning a professional race.ADVERTISEMENT Destiny stepped in at the final hour, at the one-day Tour de Okinawa in Japan, with Marangoni - now riding for Nippo-Vini Fantini - winning alone after a late attack from the breakaway. He beat Australias Freddy Ovett, who was riding for BMC as a stagiaire, and Chun Kai Feng (Bahrain-Merida), finishing alone with his arms in the air for the first time in his professional career. "It was the perfect day Ive always looked for in my career and I found it today," Marangoni said emotionally after shedding a few tears immediately after crossing the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mauduit joins Groupama-FDJ as directeur sportif
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Mauduit will leave his position as a directeur sportif at UAE Team Emirates to take up the same role with Groupama-FDJ in 2019, his new team has announced. Mauduit, 50, has played the sports director role with a number of teams since his retirement as a professional after a year in the pro ranks with Besson Chaussures in 1999. The Frenchman has worked at Bouygues Telecom, the Cervlo TestTeam, Saxo Bank, Lampre-Merida and Bahrain Merida, and then for UAE Team Emirates this season. "I really like what the team stands for, and have spoken regularly with [team boss] Marc Madiot over the years, realising that everything he says tallies with my way of working. The offer was too good to refuse," said Mauduit of his new role with Groupama-FDJ, which is home to French sprint star Arnaud Dmare and one of France's big Grand Tour hopes, and this year's Il Lombardia winner,Thibaut Pinot.ADVERTISEMENT "I've worked for foreign teams for 10 years, and so it's nice to come back to a French squad. Now I need to get to know the team and learn how things work, as everyone needs to be on board to ensure that this team continues to head in the right direction," Mauduit said. Groupama-FDJ started life as La Franaise des Jeux in 1997, and have gone through a raft of subtle name changes, although Madiot's team always retained the French national lottery as its main sponsor, until the Groupama insurance company came on board as the title sponsor for the 2018 season You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kennedy extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australian Lucy Kennedy has extended her contract with the Mitchelton-Scott team for another year, the team has announced. Kennedy joined the squad at the start of 2018, but, after an extremely promising start to the season, when she took second place at the national time trial championships and then ninth place in the road race, followed by fourth overall at the Santos Women's Tour and, over in Europe, fifth place at Strade Bianche at the start of March, her season was derailed by multiple crashes. Having taken ninth place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda two weeks after Strade Bianche, Kennedy crashed out of the following month's Amstel Gold Race, fracturing her eye socket, shoulder and collar bone.ADVERTISEMENT After having fought back from her injuries to be fit for the start of the Giro Rosa in July, Kennedy crashed there on stage 3, and again broke her collar bone. "It has been particularly frustrating because it was a race that I was really targeting, and it was such a motivation for me after that crash at Amstel Gold in April," Kennedy told Cyclingnews in September. "The Giro was three months away, but it was a reasonable time-frame to get back in form, and it was a race that really suited me. It was a huge drive in that recovery, so the disappointment of not being able to do the race was huge," she said of having to leave the 10-day race so early on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arthurs Seat returns to Herald Sun Tour in 2019
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The classic climb of Arthurs Seat on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula makes a welcome return to the route of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in 2019, having last featured in the race in 2016. New race director Scott McGrory, who takes over from long-time director John Trevorrow for 2019, is ensuring that the riders will know all about how tough the climb is by increasing the number of times the race will go up it in February. "This particular stage willinclude the riders travellingfive times up Arthurs Seat," said McGrory in a press release. "On previous occasions, it's been three times, which has been tough enough, but five times... Well, the riders are going to be shocked when they hearthat, and certainly moreshockedwhen they're riding upit."ADVERTISEMENT Spectators will have easy access to the top of Arthurs Seat thanks to the new Eagle gondola, which goes from the start of the climb in Dromana to the summit. "It'll be great for the public with the roads covered with spectators," added McGrory, "with plenty of activity on the hairpin corners and a real festival of cycling at Arthurs Seat to showcase the best riders in the world." The stage that finished on the three-kilometre-long climb in 2016 was won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, 17 seconds ahead of Damien Howson of Orica-Greenedge (now Mitchelton-Scott). The victory on what was the final stage of that year's race was enough for Froome to take the overall race victory, having taken the leader's jersey from teammate Peter Kennaugh. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freeman to face medical tribunal over testosterone patch delivery
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is set to face a medical tribunal in connection with the 2011 delivery of testosterone patches to the national team's headquarters in Manchester. According to a report in The Sunday Telegraph, Freeman is likely to face the General Medical Council tribunal which could decide to punish him with a suspension or remove him from the medical register. In 2016, UK Anti-Doping launched an investigation into the delivery of a 'mystery package' from British Cycling headquarters to Team Sky during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine for Bradley Wiggins. During their examination of the records at the Manchester National Cycling Centre, investigators found evidence of a delivery of banned testosterone patches, as well as 60 - 70 vials of triamcinolone.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman worked for both teams in 2011, and the medical equipment for the two programmes shared storage space at the National Cycling Centre. Steve Peters, Team Sky's former medical director, at the time said the testosterone delivery was made in error and the patches were returned to the supplier. Freeman also denied any wrongdoing, saying the patches were never intended for athletes. But the supplier, Fit 4 Sport, declined to cooperate with the UKAD inquiry and provide supporting documentation of the error. British Cycling is a co-complainant in the GMC inquiry, and a spokesman said they "referred concerns in relation to Dr Richard Freeman's fitness to practice" to the GMC and "continue to support its ongoing investigation". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Auckland cycleways overestimated demand to obtain taxpayer funding, says Auckland Transport report
November 12, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland Transport may have used exaggerated figures to receive taxpayer dollars for four cycleways in the city, says an internal AT report."The cycle demand was overestimated in all the four business cases" for the Quay St, Nelson... More...
Lefevere: I don't understand Tafi's comeback
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andrea Tafi may have moved a step closer to his dream of competing in next year's Paris-Roubaix but his former boss, Patrick Lefevere, is still baffled by the 52-year-old's desire to return to professional competition. Last week Tafi announced that he had found a team that would indulge his fantasy of racing Paris-Roubaix twenty years after his win in the French Monument. Lefevere managed Tafi when the Italian won the race in 1999 and was approached by his former rider last month for a possible avenue back into the sport "I saw him at a sponsor event last week as we were celebrating 20 years of sponsorship with Latexco. We all were asking Andrea if he had a fever or something or if he had become crazy. I don't understand it," Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "He asked me, laughing, but half serious, if our team was interested but you know the composition of our team. It's already a fight to make the seven riders for Paris-Roubaix and I don't want to invest in a project just for publicity. I hope he can find another way." Tafi retired in 2005 and started his pro racing career in the late 1980s. The riders who completed the 1999 Paris-Roubaix podium were none other than Wilfried Peeters and Tom Steels - both of whom now work as directors for Lefevere. When asked how far Tafi would last in one of the hardest one-day races in the world, Lefevere replied: "A 90-year-old could start Paris-Roubaix. I just don't know how long they would stay in the bunch. I have no clue how long Andrea would last." According to Lefevere, the plan is for Tafi to document his return back into the professional ranks. Although a super-competitive and serious team such as Quick-Step have no room for a 52-year-old rider, Lefevere believes that a team lower down the ranks would perhaps profit from giving Tafi a shot. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stybar sets 2019 sights on Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)hasnt had a big one-day win since Strade Bianche in 2015, but he is setting his sights high for the coming season. Paris-Roubaix is at the top of his wish list, followed by the Tour of Flanders. The Czech rider has performed well in the Spring Classics over the last few years, finishing second in Roubaix in 2017. ''And yet the past year was not bad, but indeed, the big win was missing. In the top classics, however, I ended up every time within the first ten, he told nieuwsblad.be. In the past two years, his only wins have been the Czech national road title (2017) and the points jersey at this years BinckBank Tour.ADVERTISEMENT He shares his Roubaix and Flanders goals with teammate Yves Lampaert, but they will not have to contend with another internal rival. Niki Terpstra, who has won both of those race, is leaving for Direct Energie in 2019. Not that Stybar thinks that will make a difference within the team. Even when Tom Boonen was still riding with us, we were already a broad, strong group, where everyone got chances. That will not be different now. Stybar, 32, is currently training on Mallorca, without teammates. I see my teammates already enough in the season, I prefer to do it alone now. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Montaguti signs with Androni Giocattoli
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
34-year-old Matteo Montaguti has signed with the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec squad, Tuttobici reported on Saturday. The Italian moves from the WorldTour squad AG2R La Mondiale after eight seasons, announcing that it was his final race with the French team at Il Lombardia. "Many thanks for eight years of my professional career and many good memories and feelings," Montaguti wrote on Instagram last month. Montaguti has only three professional wins to his name, stage 4 of the 2017 Tour of the Alps and a stage and the overall of the 2010 Giro della Provincia di reggio Calabria before he moved to AG2R La Mondiale.ADVERTISEMENT But with 13 Grand Tours under his belt - eight editions of the Giro d'Italia, four of the Vuelta a Espaa and one Tour de France, the Italian's experience will be invaluable for the Androni team. "It is an important signing for our team," manager Gianni Savio said. "Matteo is a rider who has demonstrated his worth for years in the World Tour. A serious professional with characteristics that fit perfectly with the spirit and the fighting mentality of our team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani and Keisse link up for Gent Six Day
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors pairing of Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse are set to team up for the Gent Six Day, November 13-18. Keisse, a Six Day specialist, has triumphed at the Gent event on six previous occasions, while Viviani is the reigning Olympic Omnium champion after winning gold in Rio at the 2016 Summer Games. The Belgian and Italian riders will race in Deceuninck-Quick-Step jerseys after it was announced that Deceuninck would become co-title sponsors of the Belgian WorldTour team from the start of the 2019 season. "The Six Days of Gent is always a special event for me, one to which I look forward every year," Keisse, 35, said in a release issued by his team. "I'm happy to be back on the bike and ride with Elia, an Olympic Champion on the track and the most successful rider of 2018 on the road. My family will be there, the fans will come in huge numbers and create a fantastic atmosphere and we'll do our best to get the victory, especially as it's been a few years since the last time I won here."ADVERTISEMENT Viviani has raced the Gent Six for the last two years and used the event as part of his build up to the road season. He raced in 2017 with fellow Italian Michele Scartezzini, but paired up withKeisse in 2016. The Italian only joined Quick-Step Floors at the start of this season but enjoyed his best year to date. He won a stage at the Tour Down Under in January and never looked back, winning the GC and two stages at the Dubai Tour, a stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour, four stages and the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia, the national road title and three stages at the Vuelta a Espana. "I'm excited to be going to Gent and riding with Iljo. I'm sure it will be an amazing week, but also a difficult one, because many teams will be aiming for the win. To triumph in such an event you have to be both strong and smart. We are motivated for this, we hope to put on quite the show for all the fans in the stands and to take the overall victory in the mythical Kuipke," said Viviani. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Caja Rural sign Arctic Race winner Chernetskii from Astana
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Caja Rual-Seguros RGA have strengthened their team for 2019 with the signing of Sergei Chernetskii from Astana. The Russian rider has spent the last two seasons with Astana, having ridden for Katusha the past. The 28-year-old had a strong second half to the season, winning the Arctic Race in Norway, before finishing third in the Gree-Tour of Guangxi. He will add valuable experience to the Spanish squad. "I have chosen Caja Rural-Seguros RGA to continue my career because it is a good Professional Continental Team to continue improving as a cyclist. For me, 2018 has been my best season, winning Arctic Race of Norway and third place in Gree-Tour of Guangxi. My goal for 2019 is to achieve victories for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, especially in the hilly races," the Russian said in a press announcement released by his 2019 team. Chernetskii will have the chance to lead Caja Rual-Seguros RGA in a number of races, and will be relied upon less as a support rider - as he was at both Katusha and Astana. The Russian rider also won the Tour des Fjords in 2013, and a stage of the Volta a Catalunya in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT The Spanish Pro Continental team have made a number of changes ahead of next season. Chernetskii joins the signings of Jon Aberasturi (from Euskadi - Murias), while sprinter Matteo Malucelli has signed a two-year contract and moved across from Androni-Giocattoli. Two-time Portuegese national time trial champion Domingos Gonalves has also joined the team, while Alan Banaszek has moved over from CCC. Xavi Caellas and David Gonzlez have both joined as first-year professionals. Australian Nick Schultz has left the team for a two-year deal at Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No pressure on Dennis for GC results at Bahrain Merida
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bahrain Merida have insisted that Rohan Dennis will not be put under pressure to chase GC results in Grand Tours during his first two seasons at the team. Team manager Brent Copeland has stressed that Dennis will be given the full backing to challenge for the Olympic Games in 2020, where he will be hoping to win the road time trial. Dennis signed a multiple-year contract with Bahrain Merida during the summer and is also likely to start the Tour de France in 2019. "We've discussed ideas with our new head of performance on our team, David Bailey, and it will probably mean that Rohan does the Tour de France," Copeland told Cyclingnews, before adding that final race schedules for his riders would not be announced until the team's December training camp in Croatia. Dennis targeted the Giro d'Italia this year and wore the maglia rosa for several days, won a stage, and finished 16th overall. He was within the top ten until the final two mountain stages. He bookended his campaign with two stages at the Giro d'Italia before claiming his maiden elite road title in the time trial. According to Copeland a Giro return is unlikely due to the nature of the Grand Tour profiles.ADVERTISEMENT "At the Tour there's a TT in there for him, the TTT and it's good preparation for the Worlds. We still have to sit down and finalise that with him but it's not really a GC plan at the moment." Dennis has made no secret of his plan to one day challenge for major Grand Tour honours but he has insisted that he will take a pragmatic and steady approach to his development as a stage racer. Copeland reiterated those sentiments, stressing that the Australian had time on his side before fully concentrating on three-week racing. "In order to go for GC he'd have to change his entire training and weight. When we brought him onto the team we agreed that there would be no pressure to chase GC from the start. We have a number of riders who can do that next year with the likes of Vincenzo, Teuns and Pozzovivo. We're happy to support Dennis, and at the moment his plan is to focus on time trials until the Olympic Games in 2020 and then have more of a focus on GC." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New bike track gets Tawhero and St Marcellin schools pedalling
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A new bike track between Tawhero and St Marcellin schools has opened adding another cog in Whanganui's growing network of cycleways. An official opening for the track was held on Monday and Tawhero School principal Chris Dibben... More...
Fenn criticises Aqua Blue Sport bosses after more salary woes
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andy Fenn has written an open letter to the management at the now defunct Aqua Blue Sport team, in light of fresh reports that the staff's October salaries have not yet been paid. The Pro Continental team collapsed in August without any warning, with all riders and staff told that they could seek alternative employment. All Aqua Blue contracts were torn up, while the team owner Rick Delaney stopped communicating with the team's roster. The riders and staff were told in September that their salaries for the remainder of the year would be covered by the team's UCI bank guarantee, and the first month after the team folded was eventually paid. However Fenn, who rode for the team in 2017 and 2018 - until the point at which the team folded - took to Twitter on Saturday to put public pressure on both Delaney and the team's CEO Tom Timmerman for answers.ADVERTISEMENT "I would just like to raise your attention to the fact that all AquaBlueSport riders salaries for the month of October, have still not yet been received," the 28-year-old British rider wrote. Fenn, frustrated at not receiving his salary for October, contacted the UCI directly for answers, and claimed that Timmerman had not been communicating with the governing body. "As it currently stands the UCI will not release anymore funds from the bank guarantee that has been activated to pay the outstanding salaries and fees associated to AquaBlueSport, until all necessary paperwork and clarification regarding December salaries has been given," Fenn wrote. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour Down Under: Porte and Dennis are Impey's main challengers
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott manager Matt White has selected Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as two of the main favourites for next year's Santos Tour Down Under.The first WorldTour race of the 2019 campaign starts on January 15 with Mitchelton-Scott looking to defend their crown. Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018, is likely to lead the Australian team once more and will be hoping to become the first rider in the race's history to win back-to-back titles.With Caleb Ewan set to race in Lotto Soudal colours, Mitchelton-Scott will not bring a sprinter to the first WorldTour race of the season. "No one has gone back-to-back in the history of the race, so it will be a big challenge for us," White told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "Obviously, without being privileged to see who is coming, regardless I think our biggest threats will come from Australians with Rohan Dennis, Jay McCarthy, as guys who will be ready to go, but for me the big favourite is again Richie Porte." In 2018, Impey edged out Porte, the then-defending champion, with Tom-Jelte Slagter finishing third. Porte has won on Willunga Hill for the last five straight years and is set to return in 2019 as the leader for Trek-Segafredo after moving away from BMC Racing. He had hinted at not returning to the Tour Down Under earlier this season, but all indications are that he will look to win the race for the second time in his career. While Impey is set to lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott, the Australian team's three Grand Tours specialists - Esteban Chaves, and Simon and Adam Yates - will make their 2019 race debut back in Europe. Chaves is still on his way back from a long-term virus, and although he raced the Tour Down Under in 2017, he will not return to the race for a second attempt. White is currently planning the team's assault on 2019's Grand Tours after the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia routes were recently announced. The Vuelta a Espaa has yet to be confirmed. This year Simon Yates and Chaves targeted the Giro, while Adam Yates headed to the Tour. The team won their maiden Grand Tour at the Vuelta, with Simon Yates finishing ahead of Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Tour Down Under is the first significant goal of the 2019 season, and Mitchelton-Scott will be looking to uphold their successful reputation in the race, having won the event four times in the last seven years. The return of the Corkscrew stage in 2019 suits Impey's challenge, according to White. "The reintroduction of the Corkscrew stage is good for us," White said. "It's always selective, and it can sometimes be more selective than the Willunga stage. Few people have won Corkscrew stage solo, but there will probably be a nice gap between the main field and a small group off the front. This stage will start to define the GC, and while there are bonus seconds that are always critical, the major selection will be made on those two stages." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chapter2 bikes replace Cervelo at women's Bigla team in 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
New Zealand bike brand Chapter2 will replace Cervelo as the equipment sponsor for the UCI women's Cervelo-Bigla team in 2019, according to a team press release. The team announcedearlier this month that Bigla would be the main naming-rights partner. "We're excited to partner with Chapter2 at this stage of their journey," said team manager Thomas Campana. "They are an exciting start-up, pushing the boundaries of design and reshaping how things have been done. The brand is about inspiring people to ride and explore and to not be afraid to take new less-travelled paths." The team also announced that Bigla signed a contract extension that will keep the Swiss furniture company as the title sponsor until at least the end of the 2020 season. Theroster for next year includes Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Martina Alzini, Elizabeth Banks, Elise Chabbey, Mikayla Harvey, Emma Cecilie Norsgaard, Nikola Noskova, Maria Vittoria Sperotto, Leah Thomas and Sophie Wright. The team lost Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Lotta Lepist to CCC and Trek-Segafredo, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT "When you look at the athletes we have on the team next year, a number of them left conventional paths to explore their passion for the bike that has translated into professional contracts," Campana said. "Their boldness has been rewarded. Twenty-nineteen is going to be an exciting journey for them with partners such as Chapter2." Michael Pryde is the designer behind Chapter2, a relatively new cycling brand that says its quest is to create something unique that follows a road less travelled. A connection between Bigla and Chapter2 was, in part, established because the team is known for providing development opportunities for up-and-coming talents in womens cycling. "At Chapter2 our aim is to 'Explore the road less travelled' - through our design, dealer-friendly business model, and the way we approach the world of cycling, Pryde said in a team press release. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brian Cookson's planned women's team put on hold, but not abandoned
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Brian Cookson has been forced to put a hold on his plans to launch a UCI women's team in 2019 due to a lack of financial resources. The former UCI President told Cyclingnews on Friday that the hunt for a main financial backer has proven to be the biggest obstacle, and that the earliest likely date to launch a team would be in 2020. "The first thing to say is that I am anxious not to make false promises or unrealistic claims, and so I can only report that this is still a work in progress," Cookson told Cyclingnews in an email when asked for an update on the team's status for next year. "It is proving difficult to secure the resources needed to establish a team at the level we are aiming at. There will not be a team in 2019, but my collaborators and I have not abandoned the project."ADVERTISEMENT Cookson announced in November last year that he planned to develop a women's team, after he lost his bid for the UCI presidency re-election to David Lappartient two months earlier. He said that he was in the midst of setting up a structure for a women's professional team at the UCI Women's WorldTour level. He said he wanted the team to exceed the recently confirmed new two-tier structure- Women's WorldTeams and Continental Teams - which he said was developed during his term as UCI President. Current UCI President David Lappartient confirmed to Cyclingnews the new two-tier structure, which will go along with a minimum salary requirement for the top tier of teams beginning in 2020. The salary requirement will be introduced slowly over a three-year period and will equal the mens Professional Continental teams' minimum salary currently set at roughly 30,000. "The main problem, as always, is finding a major funder to take the title sponsorship," Cookson told Cyclingnews. "It's as simple as that. I don't want to do this as a half measure, I want to be in a position to pay decent salaries to the riders, and if you do that then you have to pay decent salaries to all the staff, too, in my view. So the costs add up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hincapie team lands two title sponsors for 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Holowesko-Citadelannounced today on Twitter that they have signed two new title sponsors for 2019 and will return to the Continental ranks next year after one year at the Pro Continental level. Arapahoe Resources, a supporting sponsor in 2018, will move to the title-sponsor role along with BMC Switzerland, which provided the team with bikes this year. "This year is a monumental year for Arapahoe Resources," owner Paul E. Kloberdanz, Jr., said in a statement published on the Holowesko-Citadel website. "We have high expectations and are extremely confident that the results will confirm."ADVERTISEMENT The team owned by George and Rich Hincapie have had a relationship with BMC since 2010, when Hincapie Sportswear provided clothing for the BMC WorldTour team. In 2012, they joined forces to start the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team that eventually morphed into Holowesko-Citadel in 2016. BMC returned to the fold as the bike supplies this year. "As a premium bike brand built on racing, we are proud to have Hincapie Racing represent BMC Switzerland," said BMC CEO David Zurcher. "This is a team that stands for our same values and beliefs. We have shared a long and successful history together with the Hincapie brothers, and we appreciate their ability to deliver an innovative racing platform that also creates engaging content and activations of its riders onboard our performance bikes. "Hincapie Racing will play a key role in complementing all of our other sports investments for next season," Zurcher said. "Meanwhile, BMC Switzerland will turn a new chapter in creating something exciting and sustainable for many years to come" much more than just racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Asbroeck signs with Israel Cycling Academy
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Israel Cycling Academy have signed Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck to a two-year deal in a continuing effort to bolster the Pro Continental team's Classics campaigns, according to a team announcement today. Van Asbroeck, 28, raced the past two seasons with EF Education First-Drapac after stints at Topsport-Vlaanderen and LottoNL-Jumbo. He has three professional wins: two in 2014 and his last in 2016 atTour du Poitou Charentes. In two years with EF Education First-Drapac, his top result was third in stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa. Van Asbroeck is hoping his move to the Pro Continental team will provide an opportunity to hit the top of the podium once again.ADVERTISEMENT "I chose the ICA because they are a growing team, and like me they want to do better every year," Van Asbroeck said in a statement released by the team. "I wanted to be a part of this team and again to be one of the best Pro Continental riders out there. In the WorldTour teams, I had to ride a lot for the big-name riders, but this had a negative affect on my personal results. The competitor and 'animal' in me had trouble with this. "I really am an ambitious person - a real competition animal - I always want to do better, get stronger, be faster, and even if I win I won't be satisfied. I always want more." Van Asbroeck had an advocate within the team in director Erik Van Lancker, who lobbied hard to bring Van Asbroeck aboard the Israeli team to create a stronger Classics attack. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Strong line-up at Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A top field is expected to toe the start lines for the elite men's and women's Canadian Cyclo-cross Championshipsin Peterborough on Saturday. Newly crowned Pan American cyclo-cross champion Maghalie Rochette (CX Fever p/b Specialized) will highlight the women's field, while Pan Am runner-up Michael van den Ham (Garneau-Easton) will be on the start line, Cycling Canada announced Friday. The races will take place in Nicholls Oval Park, and more than 350 athletes are registered to compete. Maple-leaf jerseys will be awarded to winners of all categories: women and men masters, junior and under-23, and elite men and women. "We are very excited to cap off our 2018 season with the Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships, to be hosted in Peterboroughs iconic Nicholls Oval Park," said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada.ADVERTISEMENT "This year will be the first of a two-year commitment from the organizer to bring the event to the region, and we anticipate action-packed racing across all categories. Riders will be entering the weekend looking for redemption following the Pan American Championships, and as a result we expect attendance will be high and competition fierce." Although Rochette is a favourite to win the title, she will face tough competition from former national cyclo-cross champion Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team), two-time Olympic track bronze medallist Jasmin Duehring (Twenty20), Canada Cup champion Jenn Jackson (AWI Racing p/b The Crank and Sprocket), former national cyclo-cross champion Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing), Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling) and Commonwealth Games mountain bike bronze medallist Haley Smith (Norco Factory Racing). Ruby West (Specialized Ten Speed Hero) aims to defend her title in the under-23/youth category. Likewise, Van den Ham is a favourite for the men's title, but he will be challenged by 2015 national champion Raphael Gagne (Silverback-OMX) and former five-time winner Geoff Kabush (Yeti Maxxis Shimano). Other podium contenders include Peter Disera (Norco Factory Racing), Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing Norco), Marc-Andre Fortier (Pivot Cycles-OTE) and Trevor O'Donnell (Lakeside Storage/Bicycles Plus). Raphael Auclair (Pivot Cycles-OTE) will line up as the defending champion for the under-23 race. Tolkamp to step down as President of Cycling Canada You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Astana sign Colombian domestique for Lopez
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Astana have signed Colombian rider Hernando Bohrquez from Manzana Postobon as a domestique for their Grand Tour leader, Miguel Angel Lpez. The 26-year-old, who finished 7th in the U23 road race at the 2014 World Championships, has spent the last three years at Manzana Postobon, the Pro Continental team that is a renowned developer of Colombian talent. He rode and finished the Vuelta a Espaa as the team made their Grand Tour debut, while this year he rode a string of races in Spain and France before finishing runner-up at the Tour of Quinghai Lake.ADVERTISEMENT He has effectively been brought to the team by Lpez, with whom he is good friends and trains on a regular basis. "I am grateful to Astana Pro Team for this huge opportunity," said Bohrquez in a statement from the team. "I am very happy and super motivated coming to this fantastic project. I am ready to give my all to help the team in reaching the biggest goals. I hope the new 2019 season will be a very exciting and successful for the whole Astana Team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nairo Quintana to switch trainers for 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana(Movistar) will swap coaches next season in an attempt to revive his chances at the Tour de France. Quintana has been on the podium at the Grand Boucle three times but has slipped down the standings in recent seasons. "This year, I have changed trainers, to see if we go much better and we arrive at the Tour de France to do it better," Quintana said according to Argentinian website Ciclismo Internacional. Quintana has been training with Movistar coach Mikel Zabala, who has previously worked with the Spanish national team. Instead, Quintana will start working with incoming directeur sportive Max Sciandri. The British-Italian joins the Movistar set-up after eight seasons with BMC Racing.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri rode as a professional between 1989 and 2004, competing with teams such as Motorola, Francaise des Jeuz, Lampre and Team CSC. He won the 1992 Tour of Britain and has won three stages of the Giro dItalia as well as a stage of the Tour de France. Quintana has been with Movistar since 2012 and soon made an impression in the Grand Tours with second overall and the mountains classification in his debut Tour de France the following year. He has won two Grand Tours, the 2014 Giro dItalia and the 2016 Vuelta a Espaa. Last season, he attempted the Giro-Tour double but came away with second at the Giro d'Italia and 12th at the Tour de France. He finished 10th at this years Tour, where the team started with three leaders, before going to the Vuelta where he took eighth overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Would You Run in a Naked 5K!?
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
On your mark, get set, strip down naked!? The Doctors discuss the new trend of naked runs and bike races. Would you get naked before breaking running and cycling with a large group of people? More...
Froome to start 2019 season in Colombia
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bogota (AFP) - Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will kick off his 2019 campaign by riding in the Tour Colombia for the first time in February, the Briton announced on Wednesday. More...

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