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Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dellEmilia last Saturday but was not expected to have an impact at the far tougher Il Lombardia. But when team leader Gianni Moscon suffered a puncture on the descent of the Colma di Sormano, Bernal stepped up and dived down the descent and across to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nibali and Pinot. It would be the winning move of the race, but Bernal eventually paid the price for his solo effort and was distanced on the lower slopes of the Civiglio climb. He finished 12th, 1:31 behind Pinot but only one place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac).ADVERTISEMENT He had the courage to take on the race but just not the legs to finish it off. Im happy because I went two months without racing and I only began racing again one week ago, Bernal said at the finish area before heading to the Team Sky for a final post-race shower of the season. "I wanted to do a good result here and I finished 12th. Thats not great, but I need to be happy as its normal that I needed time to recover after the crash. Now Im happy and motivated for next season. On the second part of the Muro di Sormano, the race kicked off," he said. "I was suffering and didnt really have the legs. I focused on getting across to the first group on the descent because I knew on the last climb I wouldnt be with them. So I preferred to make a fast descent, but without taking risks. I was always under control. I was able to re-join the leaders, which was really nice. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Plaza extends with Israel Cycling Academy
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ruben Plaza has signed on for another year withIsrael Cycling Academy. The 38-year-old Spaniard announced his decision Friday with a presentation on Facebook Live. Plaza joined the team this season after three seasons with the Australian Orica WorldTour teams. "When I signed with ICA for the 2018 season, I was really thinking that this is going to be my final year as a pro, but as the season progressed I realized that I am still very much motivated," Plaza said in a statement released by the team. "The fantastic experience being a leader and a veteran in a young team, being part of a project that is changing Cycling in Israel - has given new meaning to what I do on the bike," he said. "Then came the historic and unforgettable Giro D'italia and the moments I will never ever forget when all the country united behind the team."ADVERTISEMENT Plaza had a resurgence of sorts with the Israeli-registered team this year, taking his first win in three years as he soloed to a stage win and overall victory at theVuelta a Castilla y Leon in April. Plaza made the roster for the team's Giro d'Italia squad and the historic start in Jerusalem, and he nearly scored a stage win when he was second toMaximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. "I was close, but close is not enough," Plaza said. "I wanted to give myself and the team a dream win, and this mission is still unfulfilled. When the team came to me with the offer to continue for another year, I asked myself if I can still deliver with ability and motivation, and the answer was, 'Yes, I can.' So I see it as almost another chance to leave a mark and continue the journey with this unique team." Plaza finished 10 seconds behind the German on that Giro stage as the day-long breakaway disintegrated on the final climb, just missing out on his goal to win a stage in each Grand Tour after taking wins at the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 and 2005, and in the Tour de France in 2015. Team co-owner Sylvan Adams hinted that Plaza will get a chance at his Giro win again next year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) often seems to be racing against himself, against his demons and against his own weaknesses and tactical errors. But his victory at Il Lombardiaand the way he won the final Monument of the season swept away all Pinots doubts, rewarding his panache, aggression and desire to win. I have a tattoo that says 'Solo la vittoria e bella', and this is the most beautiful victory for me, Pinot explained as he tried to understand what he had achieved by winning Il Lombardia. Il Lombardia is the most beautiful race of all for me. Its a magnifique race. I think Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider. Its my favourite race, and to win it alone after a duel with [Vincenzo] Nibali is incredible. I think it was good to watch as it was to ride.ADVERTISEMENT I showed what I can do today. We have live in the moment, and I believe that everything that has happened so far in my life has lead me to win Il Lombardia. Pinot knew it was the right moment to attack when he saw Nibali go after Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final slopes of the Colma di Sormano. There were still almost 50km left to race, but he followed his instinct. I wanted to do something on the Sormano, and when Nibali attacked I said, Bingo! I knew it was a good attack, Pinot explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde ends season with 11th in Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) closed out his season with 11th place at Il Lombardia on Saturday, sticking with the best until the final attacks fromPrimo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) relegated him to the role of chaser. The reigning world champion finished 1:31 down on winner Pinot in a five-man group that also included Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac),Sbastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott). I felt the tiredness of this long season a bit today," Valverde said in a post on his team's website. "I didnt really feel bad and was able to stay close to the top contenders all day, struggling but fighting into those final climbs. However, youve got to be honest: there were some of the best in the world in this race, and they might have come to this race in better condition."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde was in the much-reduced peloton when Primo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked at the top of theSormano climb and blew the race apart.Toward the top, Nibali and Thibaut Pinot jumped out of the group, eventually catching Rogli and being joined by Bernal as well. Pinot eventually attacked Nibali with 14km to go and held off the defending champion for the win. Valverde simply lacked the horsepower to go with the winning moves, but in a season that has seen him take 14 wins, topped off with the world championship in last month in Austria, the 39-year-old Spaniard said he was not disappointed with his Lombardia result. "Disappointed about not winning? Not at all " not if you consider how Ive fared this season," Valverde said. "Id be sad if I wasnt able to stay on the bike and had to DNF, but I had on my mind this was one of todays likely scenarios. I can only be satisfied about my 2018 season and this rainbow jersey on my chest. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali proud of second place at Il Lombardia after three months of suffering
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) smiled on the podium of Il Lombardia as if he had won. His second place behind an untouchable Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was a personal victory and a source of huge satisfaction, coming just three months since a spectator-caused crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France to LAlpe dHuez left him with a fractured vertebrae. Nibali wanted a third victory at Il Lombardia; he wanted to dedicate victory to his wife on their wedding anniversary and remember his grandfather who died this year. He wanted to prove that he was back to his best and that the pain and suffering of the last three months was worth it. His daughter, Emma, stood proudly with her dad on the podium, thinking he had won. The many Italian tifosi also cheered Nibali as if he had won Il Lombardia too.ADVERTISEMENT Id hoped to win for lots of reasons, and I never ride to finish second, but Pinot was on a great day. There was nothing else I could do. Pinot deserved to win, Nibali said sportingly. Ive given it everything to get back to my best, but its been difficult. I was always playing catch up. The doctors said Id need three months to recover without the operation, and its been three months now, so to finish second at Il Lombardia makes what Ive been through worth it. Its definitely a kind of victory for me. Nibali was expecting a battle with Pinot and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), but a different race emerged over the top of the steep Colma di Sormano. Valverde was surprisingly isolated and struggling. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) had forced the pace on the double-digit gradient of the wall of Sormano, then Nibali and Pinot seized the initiative. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jrgen Roelandts, Stefan Kng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad.ADVERTISEMENT "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schr will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very motivated roster and saw good performances which we are looking to repeat this year. Although we will be one man down at the final UCI WorldTour race of the season due to some last minute changes, we are still lining up with a strong, competitive and versatile six-rider roster, Stewart said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cordon-Ragot praises womens minimum salary as a big step forward
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Audrey Cordon-Ragot praised the UCI's decision to introduce a minimum salary for the top tier of womens teams beginning in 2020. The French time trial champion, who is set to race with Trek-Segafredo next year, said that it was one of the most important steps toward improving the overall professionalism of womens cycling. "It's a big step that we are taking now," Cordon-Ragot told Cyclingnews in an interview at the SportHotel, where the French national team was staying ahead of the 2018 Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. "There is still a long road ahead because we have so many things still to improve in women's cycling, but this is the first step to take, and it is so important."ADVERTISEMENT UCI President David Lappartient told Cyclingnews in July that a two-tiered team system would be introduced in 2020 and that the top tier would be paid a minimum salary. In Innsbruck, he confirmed the two tiers " Womens WorldTeams and Continental Teams - and that the top level would be required to pay riders a minimum salary equal to that of the mens Professional Continental teams, currently set at just above 30,000. There will be five Womens WorldTeams in 2020, and the minimum salary will be gradually phased in over a three-year period. The goal is to have 10 teams in 2021 and 15 teams by 2022. New team, new ambitions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky. Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to ease the pain and returned in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, in the hope of finding the form for the World Championships in Innsbruck but cracked before the decisive climb.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's form is better now than in Innsbruck two weeks ago but he does not know if it will be good enough to allow him to win Il Lombardia for a third time. "My form is an incognito," Nibali said with pragmatism. "I can only do what I can, my legs are what they are. It'll be about grit and determination. I haven't trained specifically for il Lombardia, I'm using the form I got from Vuelta, the Worlds and Giro dellEmilia, where I was eighth. Considering his options beyond Bahrain-Merida and 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
French rider Pinot wins Tour of Lombardy
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMO, Italy (AP) " French rider Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday for the first single-day classic victory of his career.Pinot, who rides for the Groupama-FDJ team, left behind challenger Vincenzo Nibali with a... More...
Cycling: George Bennett records another slice of New Zealand cycling history at Il Lombardia
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has added yet another New Zealand cycling record to his palmares at Il Lombardia this morning.Bennett has finished 10th in the storied one-day race - one of cycling's five "monuments" contested by the world's best... More...
Whanganui couple Peter and Louise Oskam begin forestry project with recreation sideline
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Peter and Louise Oskam saw 70,000 trees planted on land owned by their family trust last winter.Their 50ha of land upriver from Kaiwhaiki Pā will be long-term, slow growing, high value forestry, networked with tracks open to... More...
'Run him over, greg!' Truck teen sorry after cyclist abuse saga
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A teen passenger who encouraged a truck driver to run over a cyclist in Dunedin has apologised to the victim for his actions.An expletive-laden video posted to social media shows two employees of Clearwater Civil sitting in the... More...
Cyclist abuse: Call for calm on Dunedin streets
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A transport industry leader has called for calm in Dunedin, after a cyclist said he was verbally abused when he complained about a truck driver parking across a cycle lane.The incident comes after a video emerged this week of a... More...
Lance Armstrong's brutal Tweet to Tour de France winner after trophy stolen
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstong has came up with a brutal response to current Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas after his trophy was stolen.Armstong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after admitting to taking... More...
Video shows truckies joke about running over cyclist, abuse rider
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Dunedin contractor says a video showing one of its workers urging his colleague to run down a cyclist is ''extremely embarrassing'', and it has launched an investigation.The expletive-laden video showed two employees of Clearwater... More...
Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain.The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team Sky displayed... More...
Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain.The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team... More...
Heinrich Haussler and the long road - Exclusive Podcast
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In this week's edition of the Cyclingnewspodcast,brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we have an exclusive interview with Bahrain-Merida's Australian rider Heinrich Haussler. The 34-year-old turned professional back in 2005 with Gerolsteiner but his road into cycling started much earlier, when, as a teenager, he came to Germany on his own and without knowing the language. Away from his family and isolated at first, Haussler had to find his way in society as much as cycling, but his talent and dedication saw him through. In this interview, conducted at the Canadian WorldTour races in September, Haussler talks about his path into cycling, the hurdles he had to overcome and his time as a pro rider.ADVERTISEMENT He opens up about his success and the culture at Gerolsteiner, the highs and lows at Cervelo test team, injuries and setbacks, and how in the autumn of his career he has reinvented himself as a road captain for the likes Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli. Sponsor messagePrendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at prendas.co.uk. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
ENVE (finally) launches disc TT rear wheel
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Carbon component specialist ENVE has released its Smart ENVE System (SES) Rear Disc Wheel " the Utah-based companys first full disc rear wheel for time trialling and triathlon. ENVE says the wheel was developed with "no expense spared" using "state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics" and prototypes were tested at the Mercedes GP-Petronas Formula 1 teams wind tunnel in the United Kingdom.ADVERTISEMENT The wheel uses a one-piece moulded construction, with only the hub shell featuring any bonding. This results in a strong and relatively light wheel, although the claimed weights are around 200g heavier than a PRO Textreme Disc rear wheel. The new Specialized S-Works Shiv disc is... wow ENVE rolls out two purpose-built gravel rims Priced at $2,700 / 2,875, the wheel is optimised for speeds above 27mph / 43kph and targeted at professionals and elite amateur cyclists. ENVE SES Rear Disc Wheel key features One-piece moulded carbon construction Internal rim width 19mm External rim width 27mm Tubeless compatible Optimised for 25mm tyres Rim/disc brake version available Carbon and alloy ENVE hub 5-year ENVE warranty 1,225g (claimed) $2,700 / 2,875 Aero advantages but only if youre fast enough Tubeless-SES Disc/Disc or Rim/Disc You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw extends with Dimension Data
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish lead-out man Mark Renshaw has extended his contract with Dimension Data, taking him through 2019 with the South African team that benefits the Qhubeka charity. Im looking forward to racing my 16th season professionally with Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2019," the 35-year-old Australian said in a statement released by the team. "This will be my fourth season with the team where we have had some great success over the past three years. Im excited to meet all my current teammates and all the new riders that will join us next season at our training camp in Cape Town next month," he said.ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw joined the team in 2016, following Cavendish from Etixx-QuickStep. Cavendish had been rumoured to be considering a move away from the South African team after three years, and he and his representatives had talked to a number of teams over the past few months. Dimension Data added Italian sprinter Giaccomo Nizzolo to the 2019 roster in September, adding more fuel to the transfer rumours.However,La Gazzetta dello Sport reported late last week that the British sprinter had reached an agreement with Dimension Data to add another year to his contract. Now Renshaw is in the fold again as well. Working with our new sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo next season as well seeing Ryan Gibbons continue to develop will be very exciting," Renshaw said. "I'm looking forward to helping him and our other leaders in the sprint finals next season in my favourite position of lead-out rider. I will be sharing all my years of experience on the road to bring the team our best results." " Mark Renshaw (@Mark_Renshaw) October 11, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Groenendaal joins Boels Dolmans as team director in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans announced that they have expanded their staff to include new team director Richard Groenendaal for the 2019 season. The former pro cyclist and cyclo-cross rider will assist team manager Danny Stam at a number of road races next season. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge," said Groenendaal, who will fill a part-time role with the team. "I will support Danny as a second team director next year in a number of road races. It is nice that I can transfer my experience and expertise within this women's team. "I will focus on the road season, but as a cyclo-cyclist there may well be a role for me in the future. However, we only look at that later, first the 2019 road season. I am really looking forward to it."ADVERTISEMENT Groenendaal had successful careers in both road and cyclo-cross. He was eight-times Dutch champion and he won the cyclo-cross world title in 2000, along with the World Cup standings title three times and the Superprestige twice. He was also the Dutch champion on the mountain bike. He spent 11 seasons racing on the road with Rabobank's division 1 and division 3 teams before moving to the AA Cycling Team for his final three seasons. He retired from cycling in 2010 and went on to work with the Rabobank Development Team until 2017. "Richard will be part-time in the team next year," Stam said. "Then we look at how we want to continue the collaboration. I am very happy with the extra experience in the team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Martin, Aru and Costa take UAE reins for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates will head into Saturday's Il Lombardia with a roster that includes a former winner in Dan Martin and two riders who have come close to success previously in the 'Race of the Falling Leaves.' Martin won the race in 2014 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) after placingsecond in 2011 and fourth in 2013. His teammate Rui Costawas third behind Valverde in 2014, and Fabio Aru has scored two top 10 finishes in the race. The team are hoping their three-pronged approach to the race will result in victory this year. Martin dropped out of the Vuelta a Espana after nine stages to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. He returned to racing at the UCI Road World Championships, where he dropped out of the road race. Most recently, he was 16th in Milano-Torino on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Costa recently finished 10th in the Worlds road race after warming up with sixth at theGrand Prix Cycliste de Montral. He was 66th at Tre Valle Verasine earlier this week and 48th in Milano-Torino. Aru finished a disappointing 23rd at the Vuelta after crashing hard on stage 17, but he bounced back with ninth at Milano-Torino and appears to have recovered some good form in time for Saturday's Monument. Martin, Costa and Aru will be backed in the241km race from Bergamo to Como byMarco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland. Il Lombardia is a race of high importance, one of the monuments, an important appointment for our team, said team manager Matxin Joxean Fernandez. "We have selected a high-level group for such a prestigious race. Our seven riders have talent and quality to be protagonists and to pull in results.We have faith in our riders, also knowing that its going to be hard battle given the high level of competition. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Androni secure place in 2019 Giro d'Italia after topping Italian ranking
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec celebrated overall victory in the season-long Ciclismo Cup on the podium of the Gran Piemonte race on Thursday, knowing that their success ensures a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Giro dItalia. The final classification has still to be calculated, but Davide Ballerini's third place and Manuel Belletti's sixth place at Gran Piemonte behind Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was enough to secure victory and leave team manager Gianni Savio happier than ever. His riders have won 30 races in 2018, including the Adriatica Ionica Race with Ivan Sosa and the Trofeo Matteotti and the Memorial Marco Pantani with Ballerini. A series of other placings by other riders meant that Androni Giocattoli finished well ahead of their Italian rivals in the Ciclismo Cup rankings and so secured the golden-ticket invitation to the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Other Italian Pro Continental teams such as Bardiani CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia will have to hope for a wildcard invitation from organiser RCS Sport, but Savio can enjoy the winter and plan for 2019 knowing the red Androni Giocattoli colours will line up in Bologna for the Grand Partenza in May. Androni Giocattoli missed out on a place in the 2017 Giro dItalia after failing to top the season-long ranking, and Savio has since made sure he was never left in a similar position. "Of the 11 editions of the ranking, weve won six, including the last two," Savio told Cyclingnews, struggling to hide his satisfaction. "We're proud to be able to ride the Giro d'Italia yet again in 2019 and also have the Italian scudetto (winners badge) on our jerseys as winners of the Ciclismo Cup. This has paid back for all our hard work during the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sonny Colbrelli: Call me Rain Man
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ended his 2018 season with another sprint win in the rain at Gran Piemonte on Thursday, confirming he is the rain man of the peloton. The Italian sprinter has the bike skills and the mindset to excel when the skies are grey and the roads wet. This time, after racing for more than four hours in the pouring rain around Turin and the flat Piedmont countryside, Colbrelli beat Florian Snchal (Quick-Step Floors) and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) on the long straight finish that leads to the stunning Palazzina di Caccia that once hosted hunting trips and celebrations with Napoleon and the Savoy and Italian royal families. "I always perform well in the rain because I know a lot of other riders dont like it," Colbrelli said. "I use the tough conditions to my advantage. Ive always preferred the rain to the heat of the summer. Even when I was young, I was happy to train in the rain. Im happy that people call me 'Rain Man'."ADVERTISEMENT Colbrelli has won four times in 2018, including beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the rain at the Tour de Suisse. He also finished second seven times, including twice behind Sagan in Tour de France sprints and behind Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) at the Gran Prix Cycliste de Montreal a few weeks ago. "The second places at the Tour de France were a big regret because I was so close, so too was the Gran Prix Montreal. I thought I'd won it and then Matthews passed me on the line," Colbrelli explained, able to see the long-term benefits of defeat. "They're big, big races. They're Classics and so they also give me the optimism and confidence for 2019. The Tour de France was an important moment in my season and my development as a sprinter and Classics contender. It's been a season full of second places, but there were some prestigious second placings too. I hope to turn them into wins in 2019." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Swift looking to reboot his career after difficult years at UAE Team Emirates
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben Swift will ride the Hammer Series in Hong Kong and then the Tour of Guangxi in China, hoping that any late-season success will help him secure a contract for 2019 after UAE Team Emirates opted not to retain the services of the Yorkshireman. Swift struggled with injury in 2017 in his first season with UAE Team Emirates and then fractured a vertebra in his back during this years Tour of Flanders. He has been trying to find his best form ever since. He missed the Tour de France and rode the Tour of Britain with Great Britain. He was only a reserve for the final block of racing but got the call and so has been mixing some late training with the search for a new team. Like many riders, Swift is a victim of the budget and roster cuts in the professional peloton that has left a number of talented riders desperately searching for a contract for 2019 as the current season ends.ADVERTISEMENT Im still on the market. Im speaking to a couple of teams. Its been a strange year but Im hopeful, though I know that things need to fall into place, Swift told Cyclingnews before he travelled to Hong Kong. I know Ive not shown what Im capable of in the last two years. It wasnt a risk joining UAE Team Emirates. I was at a moment in my career when I wanted to see if I could be better than up to that point. I got that opportunity to play my own cards thanks to UAE Team Emirates. It didnt work out for one reason or another but if I look back, my training numbers were as solid as ever and I felt good in races but things never really went my way, I was always lacking that last little bit needed to win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sunweb and Craft Sportswear sign long-term apparel partnership
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Craft Sportswear have signed a partnership withTeam Sunweb to provide race apparel, alongside casual and formal wear, for riders and staff for at least four seasons. The partnership extends to the men's WorldTour team, women's WorldTour team and U23 development squad for the German-registered team. Basque brand Etxeondo have provided the Team Sunweb squad with apparel since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Swedish company Craft Sportswear was founded in 1973, creating technical clothing for running, cycling, cross-country skiing and general sportswear. Craft have provided race apparel for the Mitchelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe squads in previous years. "By joining forces with powerhouse Team Sunweb, we will strengthen our presence in cycling, which is an important focus area for us in the years ahead," said Craft Sportswear's Product and Marketing Manager, Daniel Hgling. "This collaboration, which includes the men's, women's and development team, provides us with a perfect opportunity to develop our offer for both retail and cycling clubs - to create the next generation of functional and innovative training and competition garments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luke Rowe signs three-year contract extension with Team Sky
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky for the next three seasons. The Welshmans new deal will expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. Rowe has spent the entirety of his professional career with Team Sky since he stepped up to WorldTour level in 2012. He has established himself as one of the squads leaders in the cobbled Classics and has been on the Tour de France team in each of the past four years. "Ive been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," Rowe said in a statement released by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Its been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home." Rowes 2018 season seemed at risk when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a water rafting accident in August 2017, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to action at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February. The 28-year-old proceeded to line out in the cobbled Classics and was later part of the Sky team that helped his fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas to overall victory at the Tour de France. Rowe brought the curtain down on his season in August after sustaining a fractured scaphoid at the European Championships in Glasgow. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sciandri moves to Movistar team car in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Max Sciandri will leave BMC and direct from the Movistar team car from 2019 onwards. The British-Italian former pro has worked as directeur sportif at Jim Ochowicz's team since 2011 but will move on as the team prepares to start a new chapter under a merger with CCC Sprandri Polkowice. Sciandri will become the fifth directeur sportif at Movistar, adding diversity to the Spanish team's current line-up. Jos Vicente Garca Acosta and Pablo Lastras both spent their whole racing careers at the team before joining as directeurs sportifs in their retirement, while Jos Luis Jaimerena has been involved with the team since his only pro season in 1983. Jose Luis Arrieta is the only one who has worked outside of the team, having ridden for AG2R La Mondiale for five seasons at the end of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri, who won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, retired from racing in 2004. He began working for British Cycling and was instrumental in establishing the Under-23 Academy, which helped develop many of the British talents now riding in the pro peloton. Having ridden for Ochowicz at Motorola in the 1990s, he joined BMC Racing in 2011 as assistant sports director with a focus on developing the team's younger riders and identifying future talent. Sciandri became one of the team's senior directors and was heavily linked with the job of head coach of the Italian national team, but turned down what he described as "the opportunity of a lifetime" in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin opens up at Milano-Torino in preparation for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) tested his legs and opened his lungs on the testing final circuit around the Superga climb at Milano-Torino on Wednesday, ending the race confident that he can perform at Saturday's Il Lombardia. The Irishman became a father to twins on September 19 after quitting the Vuelta a Espaa after stage 9 so that he could be at the birth. He has only ridden the World Championship road race in Innsbruck, Austria, since then, but he has clearly been mixing training with parental duties at home in Andorra in recent weeks, and was strong enough to be part of the front group that formed on the first climb of Superga. Martin suffered more on the second climb up to the finish and crossed the line 1:13 behind winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) but close to many of the riders he will face in the final Monument of the season on Saturday. His performance meant Martin was upbeat about how he felt, and as a consequence his hopes for Il Lombardia. "I'm really happy because I only flew to Italy on Tuesday and came from altitude in Andorra, so I was struggling to breathe. With a couple more days of adaption, I think I'll be good," Martin told Cyclingnews. "I really enjoyed riding Milan-Turin without any pressure, and I hope to do the same on Saturday. Hopefully we can get a result. Martin was carefully to use 'we' as he talked about his UAE Team Emirates squad. Fabio Aru also showed signs of form at Milano-Torino, going deep on the climb to Superga to finish ninth at 43 seconds, one place and a few seconds better than Egan Bernal (Team Sky). Another teammate, Jan Polanc, was in the top 25, while Rui Costa was again there to lend a hand.ADVERTISEMENT Of those three teammates, however, only Costa featured on the provisional start list for Il Lombardia a couple of days ahead of the race Martin won Il Lombardia in 2014 when the race started in Como and ended in Bergamo. He attacked before the final corner to beat a certain Alejandro Valverde " the new 2018 world champion, who'll line up for Movistar again on Saturday looking for his first Lombardia win " while Costa was third that year after he, Aru and others had emerged on the climb up to Bergamo Alta and fought it out on the descent to the finish below. The year before, Martin had crashed on that same final corner while in the mix for a podium finish, but had no qualms about giving it everything to take the victory in 2014. He is less of a favourite this year, with Pinot, Valverde, Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) leading the list of contenders. However, it would be foolish to write off Martin. "I'm not too keen on the course that finishes in Como and includes the steep Sormano climb and then the Civiglio. I haven't raced well on that course, but of course that won't hold me back," Martin said. "I used to like the last San Fermo climb, but that's been replaced by a slightly easier road due to a landslide. But we'll still try to win. "ll Lombardia is a beautiful race " its my favourite race of the year. It'd be really good to finish off the season with a really good result." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: My wins in Italy are my greatest
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot(Groupama-FDJ)has a tattoo on his arm that says in Italian, "Solo la vittoria Bella" " "Only victory is beautiful""and the Frenchman was delighted to finally add an Italian semi-Classic to his palmars with victory at Milano-Torinoon Wednesday. Pinot is French to the core, but he loves racing in Italy, preferring aggressive, open racing to the tactics and expectation of the Tour de France. "I want to win every race, and I think my wins in Italy are my greatest," Pinot explained in French, but promising to learn a little more Italian with each success.ADVERTISEMENT "I love racing in Italy, from starting the season with Tirreno-Adriatico and then ending it with Il Lombardia. This final 10-day block of racing that leads to Il Lombardia is my favourite." Pinot has always performed south of the Alps, dating back to his amateur days and his breakout victory at the 2009 Giro della Valle d'Aosta. As a young professional in 2011, Pinot claimed the Settimana Lombarda, attracting covetous glances from Italian teams. More recently, he was third at Il Lombardia in 2015 and fifth last year. It is the only Monument Classic he has ever ridden. When it comes to the Italian Grand Tour, Pinot won a stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia and finished fourth overall. This season he was fighting with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)for a Giro podium spot until pneumonia struck after the final mountain stage. He fought to finish in Cervinia but was unable to travel to Rome for the final parade stage and even spent several days in hospital in Italy. A show of form before Il Lombardia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games individual time trial routes revealed
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI announced Wednesday the routes for the elite men's and women's individual time trials at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The elite men will race 44.2km and the elite women will race 21.1km on July 29. The time trials will start and finish on the Fuji Speedway motor racing circuit, which is also the finish location of the road races. Riders will compete along an undulating 21.1km loop in and around the speedway, with Mount Fuji set as the backdrop for the events. The elite men will race two laps of the circuit for a total of 44.2km and an elevation gain of approximately 846m. The elite women will complete one loop for a total of 21.1km and an elevation gain of 423m.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Rohregger, former Olympic road cyclist and UCI technical advisor, said that the athletes wishing to perform well in the Olympic time trial will need to pull out all the stops. The course along the Fuji Speedway area is a challenging one, combining long straights and undulating terrain. It will also offer a unique setting with its fan-packed motor racing circuit and the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The UCI also announced the routes for the Paralympic road race, individual time trial and team relay. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews freelance production editor required (six months weekend cover)
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews is looking for a freelance online production editor based in North America for a six-month fixed-term period. The job would focus around weekend work and occasional weekdays. Cyclingnews is the world's leading cycling website. It has achieved this status by the timeliness, accuracy and objectivity of its reporting of news and race results. Any position on Cyclingnews requires a natural interest in the sport and a willingness to stay informed on cycling-related news and issues. Due to the nature of the sport, it is at its busiest on weekends, and this position requires regularly working on weekends and public holidays.ADVERTISEMENT The start date for this is November 18. Training will be provided before the official start date. Deadline for applications is October 20, 2018. What you will learn You will be a critical member of our global editorial team, involved in many aspects of production, operation and social media promotion of our site's content. You will be responsible for copy editing the work of others, in addition to writing news, race reports and features, and producing content using our CMS, Excel, text editors, basic HTML and Photoshop. Production of results for races, writing/editing reports and processing photographs Production of complete news stories, features, interviews and tech reviews, including copy editing submitted material Researching, interviewing and writing news features Working with the editorial teams based in Europe, US and Australia Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief Occasionally attending cycling events as a Cyclingnews reporter Social media and web analytics Excellent command of written English and attention to detail Quick thinking, able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize efficiently Self-starter able to work effectively in a virtual office environment Excellent communication skills A broad knowledge of, and passion for, cycling Broad knowledge of web-based journalism and what it entails Computer literacy Familiarity with the technical aspects of web publishing and HTML Best social media practices (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mike Yardley: The staggering inherent selfishness of cyclists who hog the road
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: Well, Auckland motorist Pieter Kruger has certainly sparked a storm of media attention after taking to task the inherent selfishness of cyclists riding two abreast who block road traffic.And good on Pieter for calling... More...
Cycling community defend two 'rude' riders filmed side-by-side in West Auckland
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Members of the New Zealand cycling community have defended two riders who rode side-by-side on West Coast Rd, angering a Piha motorist.Pieter Kruger gave the cyclists a gob-full as he drove behind them, unhappy they took up more... More...
Geraint Thomas pleads for return of Tour de France trophy after it's swiped by thieves at Birmingham cycling show
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
EXCLUSIVE Police investigating theft of the Coupe Omnisports which has been presented to the winner on the Champs-Elysees since 1970s More...
Taco van der Hoorn signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Taco van der Hoorn will move up to WorldTour level in 2019 after signing a two-year contract with LottoNL-Jumbo, which will be known as Team Jumbo from January 1. The Dutchman joins the squad after two seasons with Pro Continental outfit Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij. The biggest victory of Van der Hoorn's career came at the BinckBank Tour in August, when he won from the break on stage 3 in Antwerp. His triumph was all the more noteworthy given that he had missed the bulk of the 2018 season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in a mountain biking crash last winter.ADVERTISEMENT Van der Hoorn's first race of the year came in a post-Tour de France criterium in Surhuisterveen in late July but barely two weeks later he claimed the first WorldTour win of his career. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018 season. He won the Primus Classic last month, and in the past week has placed 4th at Binche-Chimay-Binche and 9th at Paris-Tours. "The way he returned in the peloton after that concussion proves his exceptional capabilities," LottoNL-Jumbo directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman said in a statement on Tuesday. "We consider Taco a good classics rider and we'll develop him into an even better classic specialist." Team Jumbo have already signed Mike Teunissen from Sunweb to bolster their cobbled Classics squad, while Lars Boom will leave the team for Roompot in 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria's future still unclear after Deceuninck come to Lefevere's aid
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Patrick Lefevere can revel in the fact that he has saved his team's future after it was announced that Deceuninck would step in and become a title sponsor for 2019, but the Belgian boss cannot guarantee that Fernando Gaviria will stay next year. While uncertainty shrouded the Quick-Step Floors team, Gaviria was granted permission to talk to other teams. If Lefevere could not find a sponsor, then he would be forced to nullify several rider contracts due to financial restraints, and Gaviria was duly shopped around by his agent. Even though Lefevere's team has been saved and Deceuninck has stepped up as a significant title sponsor for the foreseeable future, Gaviria is still a question mark.ADVERTISEMENT A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the sprinter was set to move to UAE Team Emirates, while Lefeveres latest climbing sensation, Enric Mas, was linked in a move to Astana. The latter's future is set at Quick-Step, with Lefevere stating that the Spaniard will not leave under any circumstances, but Gaviria's 2019 squad remains unclear. "For me a rider has only gone when all the parties sign an agreement," Lefevere told Cyclingnews on Tuesday morning. "That needs the rider, the old team, and the new team all to be in agreement. Until today thats not the case. Mas will certainly not leave the team. Im certainly not going to allow that. This is of course part of the sickness thats in cycling. Were becoming more like football, so there are now agents who don't have the authority who start selling riders to contracts. Thats not correct. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde debuts rainbow jersey at Tre Valli Varesine
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has begun his first race as the world champion, pulling on his new rainbow jersey for the Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on Tuesday. The Spaniard, who won the world title in Innsbruck at the end of September, unveiled his new kit at a sponsor event in Madrid on Sunday but Tuesday is his first racing appearance in the rainbow bands. "The truth is it's a very good feeling. It gives me pride to wear it, to be the world champion," Valverde said just before the start of the one-day race.ADVERTISEMENT "Today is a beautiful day, and I'm going to enjoy being on the bike as much as possible." Valverde's jersey features the Movistar logo and name in the team's colours, positioned just above the rainbow bands, with two further blue 'M's on the shoulders and smaller secondary sponsor logos in black on the chest and arms. The 38-year-old wore arm warmers on a slightly chilly autumn morning, featuring further rainbow bands on the forearm. His shorts are black with rainbow trim, but there is no rainbow customisation on his bike or accessories. "It's been very busy, with lots of events, here, there and everywhere, and not much training," Valverde said of his 10 days as the new world champion."I've just been enjoying all the tributes." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Lelangue joins Lotto Soudal as general manager
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the departure of Paul De Geyter, Lotto Soudal announced on Tuesday that former Phonak and BMC manager John Lelangue will be the team's new general manager. The 47-year-old Belgian worked for Tour de France organiser ASO in a communications role in the 1990s and later moved into the race organisation side of the company. In 2005 he joined the Phonak team in a managerial role but the team ended at the end of 2006 after Floyd Landis was stripped of his Tour de France title. When Phonak team owner Andy Rihs set up the BMC Racing team in 2007, Lelangue followed across as a directeur sportif and stayed for six-and-a-half years. He left the day after the 2013 Tour de France, which had been a disappointing one for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Having previously helped establish the Tour of Qatar while at ASO, Lelangue moved to the country to work on the organisation of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships and has since worked for the governing body as a technical advisor. "I'm really happy and proud to join Lotto Soudal and be part of such a nice project for the future," Lelangue said. Lelangue will be joined at the team by performance manager Kevin De Weert, who worked at the Belgian Federation for the past three years, and at LottoNL-Jumbo before that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Mountain biker finds his stolen bike outside court house
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Mount Maunganui champion mountain biker was reunited with his stolen bike after it was spotted outside the Tauranga courthouse.Angus Riordan's Giant Anthem mountain bike, worth about $6000, was one of three bikes stolen from outside... More...
Egan Bernal signs new long-term deal with Team Sky
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Colombian has committed his future to Team Sky until 2023 More...
I'm blind, and I race bikes at 50mph, but I don't want my sight back, says Team GB Paralympic heroine
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Paralympic gold medallist Lora Fachie, 30, has never let visual impairment stand in her way More...
Chris Hoy reveals he was once a coffee shop barista before becoming an Olympic champion
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
EXCLUSIVE: The Olympic cycling star reveals everything from being a dad to being a coffee shop barista as he lends his supports to the Time Change campaign More...
Vinokourov brings 'young and ambitious' Kudus to Astana
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Merhawi Kudus has signed a contract with Astana Pro Team for 2019. The Eritrean rider joins from Dimension Data, where he has spent the last five seasons. "I am so excited with my arrival to Astana Pro Team in the season of 2019," Kudus said in a press release issued by his new team. "This is a big opportunity for me, because Astana is one of the biggest cycling teams in the world. I hope to have a chance to improve a lot and in the same time to learn a lot and my expectations from this move are really high. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and am really happy to join this great project."ADVERTISEMENT Kudus won the Eritrean national road title earlier in the season and has been a consistent performer for Dimension Data during what has been a difficult season for the team. He was ninth overall in the Tour of Oman and seventh in the Vuelta a Burgos in August. He finished 31st overall at the Vuelta a Espana, and Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes that the 24-year-old has more untapped potential. "Kudus is a very young and ambitious rider and I am curious how far he can reach in professional cycling. He is a climber, but in the same time has some skills in the time trial races. This rider will strengthen our Grand Tour group. In the same time, Merhawi still has to find his way in the peloton and I think in Astana Team he will have a chance to grow and to show himself,"Vinokurov said. The Astana team have gone through a slight rebuild ahead of the 2019 campaign. Michael Valgren has moved the other way and joined Dimension Data in order to lead their Classics squad, while the Izagirre brothers join Astana from Bahrain-Merida in order to bolster their stage racing squad. The team currently have 24 riders signed for next season, a reduction of six riders based on this year's roster. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prudhomme defends inclusion of gravel tracks in Paris-Tours
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Christian Prudhomme has defended the inclusion of gravel tracks on the route of Paris-Tours following criticism from riders and team managers in the wake of Sundays race, which was won by Sren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Paris-Tours has been tweaked at various points over the years " in the late 1970s and early 1980s the route was reversed and the race was known as Blois-Chaville " but race organiser ASOs decision to insert nine sectors of gravel tracks in the Vouvray vineyards in the final 60 kilometres of this years race marked a new departure in the history of the race. The pelotons passage across the gravel tracks featured a spate of punctures, with Quick-Step Floors manager Patrick Lefevere tweeting his distaste for the new parcours while the race was still in progress: This will be the last time that Quick-Step do this race, even if we win. [It has] nothing to do with road cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Andersen ultimately soloed to victory on the Avenue de Grammont, while Lefeveres rider Niki Terpstra took second ahead of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). Speaking at the finish, race director Prudhomme felt the result demonstrated that the character of the race had not been altered disproportionately. Kragh Andersen and Terpstra were already there last year, second and third, Prudhomme said, according to Lquipe. Its the riders who are the principal actors but if we dont have any madness anymore in designing our race routes, then cycling will go to the wall. People complain that everything is sanitized, people complain about the monotony of certain races. We chose to do something out of the ordinary. The reactions that I have heard arent going in the same way as those of the riders. Since the finish, Ive received numerous messages from people who never normally send them " all to tell me that we were in the right. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rob Stannard moves up to WorldTour early
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than 24 hours after his victory in Il Piccolo Lombardia, Australia's Robert Stannard has moved up to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott. The 20-year-old has ridden on the team's continental squad, Mitchelton BikeExchange, for the last two seasons and was set to join the WorldTour team from 2019 onwards. However, his recent form and the chance to test himself against Europe's elite for the remainder of the campaign has convinced Mitchelton-Scott's management to move Stannard up the ranks earlier than initially planned. Stannard will make his WorldTour debut at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday. "I am really excited to be riding with the team, it is great for my development to be able to do some races already this year with the team at this level. It is a really good stepping stone for me, I know the roads for Tre Valli Varesine, I live and train in the area so it is really nice to be able to race close to home so it is a great race for me to start at with the team," Stannard said in a statement released on Monday. "I am really excited, I don't really know what to expect but I'm sure I will be learning the whole time and hopefully I can be part of the team's success in these first races."ADVERTISEMENT The rest of Stannard's 2018 race programme has yet to be decided but there are a series of one-day races in Italy between now and the end of the season. "The Italian races are on courses that should suit a rider like Rob so it is a great place for him to start. It will be a great experience for Rob to get a head start on next season and I think with Tre Valli we can expect him to be there most of the day and on roads that he is familiar with," said sports director Dave McPartland. Future of continental team yet to be decided While Stannard moves up the ranks the future of the Australian continental team, Mitchelton BikeExchange remains uncertain. The team has been used as an important stepping stone for Australian and international riders before transitioning to WorldTour, but the management are still reviewing options for 2019. The current Australian riders on the team were told in August that they could look for other teams, and that the squad could potentially take on an all-Asian roster for the current campaign.Cyclingnews understands that this decision has not been entirely signed off and that the budget discussions and several options are still in play. Like the WorldTour team, the continental outfit is financed by Gerry Ryan. He has poured millions of his own money into Australian cycling, and the likes of Caleb Ewan, Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton have come through the continental team before turning professional with Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Heart-stopping moment a cyclist narrowly escapes being crushed by a tree
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
This is the heart-stopping moment a cyclist is almost crushed to death by a falling tree as bungling workmen chop it down on a busy road.Footage captured the nail-biting scene as tree surgeons use a chainsaw to bring down the huge... More...
Circling around: Floyd Landis starting own cycling team
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Floyd Landis is using money he earned by taking down Lance Armstrong to start his own cycling team.The man whose own doping saga cost him the 2006 Tour de France title and eventually helped expose Armstrong's cheating says he's... More...
Kāpiti Police call for public information following car collision with cyclist
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kāpiti Police are putting a call out to the public for information following a collision between a car and cyclist on Wednesday night.Police are keen to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the collision on Raumati Rd,... More...
BMX: Sarah Walker watches brutal crash before finishing 8th in Argentina
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sarah Walker has cycled through blood to cap off a successful weekend of BMX racing in Argentina.The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist has backed up yesterday's third-placed finish " her first podium at a World Cup event in seven years... More...

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