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Valverde vows to return to Fleche Wallonne fray for sixth title
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There are plenty of cliches out there about nothing lasting forever, but five years represent an eternity in the intense world of Classics racing. So when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) failed to triumph in La Flche Wallonne on Wednesday for the fifth April in a row, it represented a shocking defeat with a capital S. But if Valverde was disappointed, he did not show it too much, pointing out afterwards that he had been the rider that ran Alaphilippe the closest and promised to return to the fray in the years to come. At the same time, as Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal), the other rider on the Flche Wallonne podium pointed out, from the moment the race had tackled the Mur for the first time, and the attacks began to rain down on Movistar, "it had felt different to other years.ADVERTISEMENT "For the first time in five years, it was as if we all realised that to beat Valverde; we had to put him under pressure well before the finish." Sitting in the press conference, where - to his immense credit - Valverde seemed as happy to answer questions after finishing second as he had done when he won, the Movistar leader recognised that it had been a higher-pressure race than other years. "Everybody raced hard against me, but it was clear that I was the man to beat, and that's normal. At the start of the race, I was the big favourite. But I'm still going away feeling pleased with how I raced because I did everything I could. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot takes the lead at Tour of the Alps, avoids Froome's salbutamol case
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lost the Tour of the Alps to Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) by just six seconds in 2017 but promised not to miss out this year. The Frenchman blew the race apart with his instinctive aggression on stage 3 to Merano and pulled on the fuchsia leader's jersey. Pinot dragged an attack away on the Passo della Mendola with 50km to go with long surges of speed, exposing the weakness of both Team Sky and Astana. The attack gained a minute on the long climb as Astana and Team Sky argued about who should lead the chase. The time gradually came down as Kenny Elissonde, again, gave his all for his Team Sky leader Chris Froome. TheFrenchman's move was eventually nullified near Merano after Froome tucked and dived his way down the long descent. Pinot's descending skills again let him down, but he still had the strength to win the sprint behind lone, late-race attacker Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data), who was initially part of Pinot's move.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) crashed on the descent, losing four minutes and so Pinot's name rang out across Merano as he was declared the new race leader. "It's great to take the jersey. It makes up for last year," Pinot explained after the podium ceremony. "Thomas attacked and gained time on me while I pulled back some seconds thanks to time bonuses. But he was stronger, and it wasnt enough to win." Natural aggression but no comment on Froome Only victory is beautiful, even better if in Italy You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alaphilippe dethrones Valverde as King of La Fleche Wallonne
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After four straight years of domination of La Flche Wallonne by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe's defeat of the Spaniard on the Mur de Huy on Wednesday had a real feel of an end of an era. Not since Tom Boonen in 2004-2007 at E3 Harelbeke has a rider remained unbeaten in a major race for so long as Valverde in Flche Wallonne. And if by some twist of fate, Alaphilippe were to stop racing tomorrow, his defeat of Valverde on the Mur de Huy will be seen by many as the standout moment of his career. Victory in La Flche Wallonne is the first Classic win of Alaphilippe's career, too, as well as France's first in the race since Laurent Jalabert back in 1997. But as Alaphilippe was quick to admit afterwards, it was beating Valverde, dubbed the King of the Mur de Huy since 2014, that made it even more exceptional.ADVERTISEMENT "I've been twice on the podium here before today and the first time [in 2015] was a surprise, and the second the confirmation of my earlier result," Alaphilippe said. "But I really needed to win a big race, and to do that and get my first Flche Wallonne ahead of Valverde is something very special." Explaining his lack of celebrations as he crossed the line, Alaphilippe revealed that "I didn't think I had won. I thought [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was still ahead after breaking away. Then my cousin, who was waiting on the line, told me I had got it." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: George Bennett drops back in Tour of the Alps after tough stage
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Perhaps George Bennett isn't Superman after all.That moniker is already claimed by Miguel Angel Lopez in the world of cycling, and Lopez showed why this morning, winning a gruelling second stage of the Tour of the Alps.However,... More...
Auckland records busiest month ever on cycleways
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland's cycleways were used more last month than ever before with 50,000 more trips taken.A record breaking 430,000 rides were recorded in March 2018, up 13.5 per cent on the previous year, according to data collected by Auckland... More...
Pinot shows form for the Giro d'Italia despite limited racing days
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had only raced for nine days before starting the Tour of the Alps but showed he is on form as his double assault on the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France nears, finishing second on stage 2's mountain finish at Alpe di Pampeago behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). Pinot dug deep on the steep final kilometres to the ski resort. He made one attack after Chris Froome (Team Sky) tried an acceleration but when he realised that it was impossible to get away into the headwind, he focused on being well placed for the sprint to the line. Lopez had the extra speed to kick ahead and win the stage but Pinot was able to beat new race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) and distance Froome, finishing four seconds ahead of the Briton. He also gained a six-second time bonus for second place and so is now second overall, six seconds down on the young Colombian and ten seconds the better of Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Pinot crossed the finish line with his tongue out and his jersey open. After being pushed up the steep road by his Groupama-FDJ soigneur, he stopped and emptied a bottle of fluids. "It was a small group sprint so I thought I had a good chance," Pinot said, trying to hide his disappointment. "But it was very tactical because there was a headwind in the final kilometre, so you couldn't go from too far out, and you couldn't afford to make too many efforts. I was looking for the stage win because it's always important to win, but I was beaten in the sprint." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: George Bennett hit by car before Tour of the Alps, still claims top 10 finish
April 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has avoided a near calamity to continue his strong form in the lead-up to the Giro d'Italia.Bennett was hit by a car on a training ride yesterday, the day before taking part in the Tour of the Alps, but... More...
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Valerie Adams' silver medal speech that was gold
April 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Northland's six gold-medal winning athletes are being talked about for all the right reasons after a competitive and sometimes controversial New Zealand team performance on the Gold Coast.Portia Woodman scored a try in the women's... More...
Graeme Simpson: MTB people are gems
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A few weeks on from Crankworx and the force is still strong in this one.I was media accredited, but I was busy with other work and up on the hill less than I wanted to. I also felt 162 in the media centre. When did the MTB media... More...
Kris Shannon: Hamish Bond's feats impressive but Shohei Ohtani trumps them
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An athlete excelling in two disparate disciplines is always confounding - an evocation of childhood, perhaps, when we all knew one annoying kid who was good at everything.It's something that should be impossible in the specialised... More...
Cycling: Heartbreak for Kiwi men road racers
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the first 167.3 kilometres of the men's road race, the New Zealand team rode a perfect race.In the last kilometre, they fell apart, with Australia staging a dramatic snatch and grab to claim gold, and leaving New Zealand with... More...
Commonwealth Games: Georgia Williams takes silver in the women's road race
April 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Georgia Williams has broken New Zealand's 20-year medal drought in the women's road race at the Commonwealth Games.Williams has claimed silver on the 112.2 kilometre course on the Gold Coast, riding strongly to finish comfortably... More...
Commonwealth Games: Sam Gaze - 'I acted like a boy, I'll be a man now'
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's warring mountain bikers have made their peace after Sam Gaze delivered one of the distasteful gold medal performances in a black jersey.A contrite Gaze fronted media yesterday to set the record straight on his bad... More...
Weekend Herald editorial: Bitter display let air out of cyclists' one-two glory
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
What a pity that one young Kiwi should win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and promptly vent his spleen about the silver medallist, a fellow Kiwi. We rarely have the thrill of watching New Zealanders fight out the finish of... More...
Cycling: Hundreds sign up for Rotorua to Taupo 100K Flyer
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Between 900 and 1000 cyclists will take on a 100km test of endurance from Rotorua to Taupo this weekend.The Moa Rotorua to Taupo 100K Flyer has been alternating directions in recent years. This year was meant to be from Taupo to... More...
Commonwealth Games: Showing the finger - we've seen this in New Zealand cycling before
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Haven't we seen this movie before? A New Zealand cyclist forced to apologise for seemingly spiteful behavior after winning a bike race?Sam Gaze's actions yesterday recall Jason Christie's controversial obscene gesture to the cyclists... More...
Comment: Sam Gaze becomes one of NZ's most ungracious victors with spiteful aftermath
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sam Gaze's metamorphosis from hero to villain was swift.Hopefully he gets a chance to redeem himself.The 22-year-old delivered one of the most exhilarating moments of this Commonwealth Games when he suffered a puncture on the... More...
Bardet previews 'spectacular' Tour de France stage 5
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) rode 85km of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France to Quimper in Brittany in a training session on Friday. The final 37km also feature in Saturday's Tour du Finistre, where Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) will also combine racing with vital Tour de Francereconnaissance. "It'll be a spectacular stage," Bardet said of the rolling, twisting stage, which is held the day before the double ascent to Mr-de-Bretagne. Bardet first made a name for himself at WorldTour level at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race, when he attacked in the finale of the race. Instead of competing in the Dutch event again on Sunday, he has opted to line up at the French Cup race Tour du Finistre on Saturday. He will then compete at Flche Wallonne (April 18) and Lige-Bastonge-Lige (April 22).ADVERTISEMENT "I wanted a change from my routine," Bardet told Cyclingnews at the end of a training session in the charming village of Locronan. "Tour du Finistre, being on Saturday, leaves one more day to prepare for my first Monument this season. It'll give me the speed in the legs that I need to tackle Lige-Bastogne-Lige. "I would have liked to take part in the Tro Bro Leon on Sunday but I need to save some energy for the following Sunday. Instead, Ive added the Flche Wallonne, which wasn't part of my initial plans but is also part of the process. It suits me less than Lige-Bastogne-Lige but I'll do it purely for training. I intend to make efforts in the finale, but I don't want to spread my goals. I'm looking forward to Lige." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews Films: The Holy Week - Excerpt
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews highly anticipated debut film " The Holy Week " will be released on Vimeo on Monday April 16 at 14:00 CET. The film captures the emotions of one of the most compelling Classics campaigns of recent years, from the tension before the Tour of Flanders to the drama and thrilling finale of the velodrome finish at Paris-Roubaix. It tells the story of Quick-Step Floors domination on home roads at the Tour Flanders and how Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe defeated them and the rest of the peloton on the pave of Paris-Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews film crew went behind the scenes with the biggest teams and followed the major Classics contenders, including Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Niki Terpstra, Philippe Gilbert and their teammates. We were granted exclusive access to team reconnaissance rides, the intimacy of the team buses, the massage table, post-race celebration parties and rider de-briefs. We bring new light on the dynamics within teams and showcase why the cobbled Classics hold such a special place within our sport. Last week we revealed a teaser of what is to come and above is an exclusive excerpt. This time we have behind the scenes footage, featuring Peter Sagan, Daniel Oss and the Bora-Hansgrohe team as they recon the Paris-Roubaix pave. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Commonwealth Games: Stadium Side with cyclist Natasha Hansen
April 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Natasha Hansen is on top of the world at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Kiwi cyclist has won three Commonwealth Games medals during the past few days on the Gold Coast.The 28-year-old collected silver medals in both the team sprint... More...
Cycling: Linda Villumsen adds silver to Commonwealth Games medal collection
April 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Linda Villumsen has claimed her third Commonwealth Games medal in the time trial, adding silver to her collection after a solid ride on the Gold Coast.While the 33-year-old couldn't defend her Glasgow gold, she was hardly expected... More...
Commonwealth Games: Not much more I could've done, says Hamish Bond after time trial bronze
April 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hamish Bond remains one of the miracles of this New Zealand sporting generation.The champion-rower-turned-elite-cyclist took bronze in the Commonwealth Games time trial on the Gold Coast after completing the 38.1km course in 48m... More...
Team England says sorry to Melissa Lowther after flying her 10,000 miles to Australia but forgetting to enter her into race
April 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Melissa Lowther forced to sit out cycling time trial after administrative blunder More...
Commonwealth Games: Medal haul welcome after slip at worlds
April 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A sense of vindication for national track cycling coach Anthony Peden after New Zealand's 12-medal haul at the Commonwealth Games.As the team's sprint boss, Peden was responsible for eight discs as his charges tried to peak for... More...
Commonwealth Games: Cycling newbie and veteran on same time-trial mission
April 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hamish Bond and Linda Villumsen are New Zealand cyclists at opposite ends of their careers, both seeking similar achievements at the Commonwealth Games.Much has been made of Bond's switch from the boat to preparing for his Games... More...
Investigation launched into Paris-Roubaix rider's death
April 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " French judicial officials launched an investigation Monday into the death of Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts during the Paris-Roubaix cycling race.Goolaerts died Sunday after collapsing during the one-day classic on... More...
Lance Armstrong leads tributes after cyclist Michael Goolaerts dies following heart attack in Paris race
April 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 23-year-old had been airlifted to hospital in Lille after receiving CPR at the roadside following a crash during the 257-kilometre race More...
Paris-Roubaix rider Goolaerts dies after collapsing in race
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ROUBAIX, France (AP) " Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts died of cardiac arrest after collapsing while competing in the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday.Goolaerts' team said the 23-year-old died in a Lille hospital where he had been taken... More...
Commonwealth Games: Women's sprinters offer gauge of cycling progress
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Time tends to be everything in sport, and the efforts of the New Zealand cycling team to peak for two pinnacle events in the space of five weeks is proof.The Kiwis struggled at the world championships in the Netherlands with Rushlee... More...
Sagan's 1st Paris-Roubaix win overshadowed by rider's death
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan outsprinted Silvan Dillier to the finish line to win the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race, but his first victory in the race known as the Queen of the Classics was overshadowed by the death of... More...
Cycling: Three more medals on the track for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Eddie Dawkins and Natasha Hansen are leaving the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with three medals apiece.The Kiwi cycling duo both nabbed their third medal of the Games today on a busy day at the track, with Dawkins claiming silver... More...
Michael Goolaerts dead: Cyclist dies in hospital after suffering heart attack following crash in Paris-Roubaix 2018
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Belgian, 23, died 'in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts' say heartbroken team More...
Cyclist Michael Goolaerts given life-saving CPR at roadside 'after suffering cardiac arrest' following crash in Paris-Roubaix 2018
April 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Belgian has been taken to hospital, where he's said to be in a serious condition, after coming off his bike on the second set of cobbles in the race More...
Cycling: Sam Webster completes the golden double at Commonwealth Games
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sam Webster has completed the sprint cycling double at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.The 26-year-old New Zealander has beaten Scotland's Jack Carlin in the final in the final of the men's individual sprint at the Anna Meares... More...
Amateur rider Charlie Tanfield caps fairy tale rise with Commonwealth title in faster time than Sir Brad Wiggins' Olympic winning rides
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 21-year-old, who operates outside the heavily funded British Cycling set-up, took his first serious spin in a velodrome only two years ago More...
Watch Sunny King Criterium live streaming on Cyclingnews
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Sunny King Criterium will kick off the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour on Sunday, April 8 in Anniston, Alabama. Watch the women's and men's events live streaming right here on Cyclingnews. The women's race starts 6:20 p.m. followed by the men's race at 7:30 p.m. local time. Sunny King Criterium signifies the start of criterium season. It attracts a fun crowd because it coincides with a community festival, live music and a jumbotron showcasing the races for everyone to watch.The women's and men's races are held under the streetlights of historical Anniston after sundown. Races are held on a one-kilometre rectangular circuit with all left-hand turns; a long drag uphill through the start-finish line follows with tight back-to-back corners before a long downhill stretch into the last two corners. It's a battle for position heading into turn three and straight into turn four with only 200 metres uphill to the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT Organisers offer equal prize purses across both fields is set at $12,500. The women will race for 60 minutes and the men for 60 laps. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Roubaix: Dimension Data underdogs in search of luck
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ravaged by injuries to several high-profile riders, and without a clear favourite, Dimension Data head into Paris-Roubaix hoping that fortune will be on their side. The team are missing Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, and Scott Thwaites through injury, while perennial Classics hope, Edvald Boasson Hagen, is still searching for his best from having had his spleen removed during the off-season. The Norwegian claimed fourth in Dwars door Vlaanderen before finishing 19th at the Tour of Flanders, and having finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix two seasons ago, will be looking for a strong performance. Julian Vermote dislocated his shoulder in the Tour of Flanders but is scheduled to race this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT For directeur sportif, Rolf Aldag, the weather for Paris-Roubaix will be a significant factor. Although rain is not scheduled for Sunday the recent wet weather has left several sectors of cobbles covered in thick mud. Im not a weatherman so I cant predict what it will be like on race day but as far as our recon was concerned on Thursday, Ive never seen conditions like that before, Aldag said. Aldag was one of the few riders to race and finish the last truly wet Paris-Roubaix back in 2002, finishing 25th on a day that saw less than 45 riders make it to the velodrome. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kiwi bronze medalist Dylan Kennett accused of disrespecting Aussie rival
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A New Zealand cycling star has been accused of producing a gesture of disrespect towards his Australian rival in the men's 4000m individual pursuit bronze medal showdown.New Zealand's Dylan Kennett had blown Aussie Jordan Kerby... More...
Cycling: Elite race tribute to WWI cyclists
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When Kiwi cyclists Jack Bauer and Tom Scully take to the start line of the most feared and revered one-day bike race tomorrow, they will carry in their hearts the memory of nearly 60 New Zealanders who lie in the ground beneath.Just... More...
Cycling: Natasha Hansen and Dylan Kennett turn adversity into medals
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Natasha Hansen and Dylan Kennett seized on slim Commonwealth Games opportunities to secure medals at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane last night.Hansen said back injuries meant she was almost pulled from the sprint programme... More...
Commonwealth Games: Kiwi cyclists in the medals
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The New Zealand cycling medal chest was boosted by three further discs at Brisbane's Anna Meares Velodrome tonight.Natasha Hansen earned silver in the individual sprint, Dylan Kennett took bronze in the individual pursuit, and Eddie... More...
Cycling: WW1 cylists remembered as Jack Bauer and Tom Scully battle at Paris Roubaix
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When Kiwi cyclists Jack Bauer and Tom Scully take to the start line of the most feared and revered one-day bike race this weekend, they will carry in their hearts the memory of nearly 60 New Zealanders who lie in the ground beneath.Just... More...
Demare carries French hopes at Paris-Roubaix
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After completing his reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles on Thursday, Arnaud Dmare (Groupama-FDJ) was at least able to see the funny side of his exclusion from Scheldeprijs the previous afternoon for ignoring a closing level crossing, quipping to reporters that "all of the lights are green," for the countdown to Sunday. The long wait for a French winner of Paris-Roubaix is not quite as long as the gap since the last home Tour de France champion " 21 years as opposed to 33 " but while Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have shared the tag of being the men most likely to emulate Bernard Hinault, Dmare is currently France's only realistic contender for victory in the Hell of the North. Dmare's entourage includes the last Frenchman to triumph in the Roubaix velodrome, Frdric Guesdon. The Groupama-FDJ directeur sportif believes that Dmare has drawn considerable confidence from his sixth place a year ago after several years of ill fortune in the race he covets above all others.ADVERTISEMENT "He hadn't got results in Paris-Roubaix before last year other than as a junior and amateur, although that gives you confidence too," Guesdon told Cyclingnews. He would know " Guesdon finished second in the amateur Paris-Roubaix in 1994, three years before his triumph as a professional. "Finishing sixth last year was a big moment for Arnaud," Guesdon continued. "It gave him a lot of motivation for this season. He's coming in with a lot of confidence this year because he went well last time around and his physical condition is very good at the moment." With an eye to the Tour de France as much as to the Classics, Dmare has raced more sparingly in the early weeks of the season than he did last year, skipping Etoile de Bessges and starting his campaign at the Volta ao Algarve. Better suited to Paris-Roubaix Remembering 1997 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pedersen to play team role at Paris-Roubaix despite Flanders podium
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A week ago, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) had just taken his best ever result at a Classic with a commendable fifth place at Dwars door Vlaanderen. A few days later he would be standing on the podium in Oudenaarde after claiming second place at the Tour of Flanders. A week ago, Pedersen was a relative unknown, his Danish champion's jersey the easiest way of identifying the second-year Trek-Segafedo neo-pro. This Thursday, he was sat alongside John Degenkolb and Jasper Stuyven introduced by the team as a rider gunning for glory on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix. For now, Pedersen is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead Paris-Roubaix. Despite the breakthrough performance at last weekend's Tour of Flanders, the 22-year-old Dane says he will still play a support role for his two leaders Degenkolb and Stuyven.ADVERTISEMENT "Exactly the same as it was on Sunday morning," Pedersen said when asked what his feelings were ahead of Paris-Roubaix. "We are still here with two leaders for Sunday and my role will be exactly the same again. For sure, it gives me some more confidence for Roubaix but the feeling will be exactly the same. I know that we are doing exactly the same and the team is super strong and now I know that I can be in the final in the longer races. The feeling is really good and I'm confident that I can be in the final to help the guys. "I'm still young. I still have something to learn. We have two big guys here and they are for sure 100 per cent the leaders, like the last races also." From a sore loser to team player Stuyven ready for another good result You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling's top riders set for Tour of California next month
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LOS ANGELES (AP) " The top men's and women's teams will compete next month in the Amgen Tour of California, the premier U.S. cycling race.The men will cover 645 miles over seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento from May 13 to... More...
Commonwealth Games: Pioneering moment for New Zealand women's sport at velodrome
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The men's team sprint won gold last night at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, but that could not overshadow two pioneering moments for New Zealand women's sport.Silver medallists Natasha Hansen and Emma Cumming in the team... More...
Commonwealth Games: New Zealand cyclists earn one gold and two silvers on the track
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand team sprint pioneers Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins took another step in their illustrious careers by defending their Commonwealth Games title last night at Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.They were... More...
Commonwealth Games: Cycling boss takes blame for disqualification disaster
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's men's team pursuit have been disqualified from their rideoff for bronze at the Commonwealth Games tonight.The New Zealanders were red-carded for having an illegal bike on the start line, missing out on their bronze... More...
Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance - Gallery
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three days before the start of Paris-Roubaix, many of the riders took to the route to test their equipment, their legs and their skills on the cobblestone sections of the course. World Champion Peter Sagan was among those who went out with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates to find several of the sectors covered in thick mud. "It's okay, it's once a year," Sagan told Wielerkrant. "A dry or wet edition makes a world of difference, it changes the style of the course."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan finished a disappointed sixth in the Tour of Flanders after taking a stellar victory in Gent-Wevelgem. He described his form as "good enough". "I'm not bad, but also not super. Good enough, I'd say." The prospect of a muddy Paris-Roubaix will thrill many fans, but with sun and warm temperatures forecast for the coming days, much of the mud will turn to dust. " BORA " hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) April 5, 2018 " Dylan Groenewegen (@GroenewegenD) April 5, 2018 " Team Sky (@TeamSky) April 5, 2018 " Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 5, 2018 " Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 5, 2018 " Team COFIDIS (@TeamCOFIDIS) April 5, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Australia sets new men's team pursuit world record at Commonwealth Games
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australia dominated the opening day of Commonwealth Games competition on the track at theAnna Meares Velodromein Brisbane, winning three gold medals and a bronze. The first day consisted of the team events; the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit, for both men and women. Games or World records were set in every event. The Australian team had skipped the recent world championships, deciding to focus on the Games, and it clearly paid off. In the women's Team Pursuit, the Australian team of Alexandra Manly, Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure, qualified first and then set a new Games record of 4:15.214 in the medal final, catching the New Zealand team on the finish line. Canada beat England for bronze. The Australian men's Team Pursuit squad went one better; breaking the world record set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics. The Australian team of Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O'Brien and Alex Porter recorded a time of 3:49.804, the first ever sub-3:50 time. Canada took bronze ahead of Wales, after New Zealand had been disqualified for riding the qualifying round with handlebars that did not meet regulations.ADVERTISEMENT "This is a dream come true," said Welsford. "We've had our eye on the medal for such a long time, and to go under 3.50 - for that to happen is unreal. I'm over the moon with excitement. We're in our home country. That is what dreams are made of. This is what we strive for every day." The Australian team took their third title in the women's Team Sprint, with Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton setting a Games record of 32.488 seconds. New Zealand won silver, with England taking bronze. McCulloch said, "Really, really pumped with that tonight. Commonwealth Games champions. That time tonight would have won us the world champs. We're certainly looking strong as we head towards Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games)." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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