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Varnish critical of final version of report into British Cycling
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish has criticised the independent review into British Cycling and said that it was laughable that she was labelled as a troublemaker by coaches in the final version of the report. I am insulted, Varnish told The Times. In a way, Im glad they have used this language because it shows what the people are like in there [British Cycling]. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a troublemaker or ringleader. No one has ever been removed from the programme the way I was. The Cycling Independent Review was triggered when Varnish made allegations of sexism against British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after she was dropped from the Olympic squad. Varnish said that Sutton had informed of her removal by telling her to go and have a baby".ADVERTISEMENT Varnish and her sprint partner Katy Marchant had criticised coaching staff in an interview at the Track Worlds in London in March 2016 when they fell short of qualifying for the Olympics. The review acknowledged that the relevant interview was the tipping-point which led to JV not having her membership of the WCP [World Class Programme] renewed". Coaches reportedly told the review panel that Varnish was perceived as the ring-leader for the criticism against WCP coaching staff". I was never called a troublemaker or a ringleader to my face, Varnish said. Its an emotional thing to say. How do they quantify that and what do they mean by it? According to The Times, Varnishs legal team is considering further action in the wake of the report, which acknowledges that good governance was lacking at BC Board level in relation to how it managed the culture and behaviours within the WCP". A draft version of the report leaked in March, however, was amended in the intervening period, including the claim that the board had sanitised an internal inquiry into Varnishs allegations. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Degenkolb frustrated at Tour de Suisse
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Having set the Trek-Segafredo team to work to ensure a sprint finish to stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, John Degenkolb was aiming for his first European win of 2017. Instead, the German found himself reaching for the brakes to avoid an accident and saw his hopes quickly dissipate. Degenkolb crossed the line in 12th place as Peter Sagan skipped away for his 14th career win at the race and celebrated by doing a hula dance. "Sagan jumped at 300 meters to Nikias' wheel, and I was in Trentin's wheel, but he had a teammate parked in front of him. At one point Trentin had to react, and I had to brake. I really felt good, and I really don't know what else I could have done," Degenkolb said.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a great job as a team to make it a bunch sprint. We controlled everything very well Everything was perfect, more or less with 500 meters to go, and I don't know if it was just bad luck or the wrong decision, but in the end, I just picked the wrong wheel. I almost crashed behind Trentin; I had to make a special move to stay upright on the bike." On the previous two stages suited to a bunch sprint finish, Degenkolb was 13th on stage two and third on stage three. He explained that while he feels his form is good, can pinpoint why it's not working for him. "It's just... I don't know, right now it's just very frustrating. I am very disappointed to not deliver a great victory to a great team," he added. "There's still a few days to go, and maybe I can have a chance on the second-to-last day again. We will see." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Authors of report into alleged 'culture of fear' at British Cycling deny probe was a whitewash
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
A dossier has been released that is highly critical of the sport's leadership and treatment of Jess Varnish More...
Lance Armstrong, US government battle over experts in looming fraud case
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The US federal 'whistleblower' case against Lance Armstrong is set to go to trial in November, and Armstrong's attorneys and those of the US government are already locked in battle over what experts each side will be allowed to call upon for testimony. Armstrong was the target of a federal False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis in 2010 under the assertion that the former cycling star's doping constituted fraud against the government. Should he lose, Armstrong could owe up to $100 million, and Landis would be due a cut of the damages. Armstrong won the Tour de France in 1999, and with owners Tailwind Sports subsequently negotiated a larger sponsorship deal for the 2000 season. Armstrong fended off multiple accusations of doping throughout his seven-year Tour de France run, but escaped punishment until 2012, when the US Anti-Doping Agency issued an official anti-doping rule violation against him and five others. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned, then subsequently confessed to doping in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT The government asserts that the US Postal Service's sponsorship had no value because Armstrong and some of his teammates doped, then lied about it to keep the money coming in. Armstrong's attorneys have long argued that the US Postal Service got far more in marketing value from its sponsorship than the $32.2 million it paid the team from 2000-2004. The government lawyers questioned the competence of Armstrong's expert witness, Douglas Kidder, who calculated the value of the US Postal Service exposure thanks to the team at $257 million. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colorado Classic releases route details for inaugural race
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Organisers of August's inaugural Colorado Classic released route details on Wednesday for the four-day men's race and two-day women's race, with the men's 2.HC event tackling 6,580 metres of elevation gain over 503.3km and the women facing 1,795m over 113.km. Both races will start August 10 with a circuit race in Colorado Springs before heading to stage 2 in Breckenridge, where the women's race will conclude. The men will continue with two more stages in Denver, where the race will link up the 'Velorama Festival' concerts that feature Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97s and the Jayhawks, among others. As part of the organisers' goal of trying to shake up the status quo in professional racing, all the courses start and finish from the same location rather than the more traditional - but more logistically difficult - point-to-point races. All routes except the men's out-and-back third stage are circuit races.ADVERTISEMENT "Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport's top riders," said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organisation putting on the race. "And the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more." The 25.1km stage 1 circuit in Colorado Springs starts downtown on Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street, then winds its way toward and through Garden of the Gods before making its way back to the start/finish. The men race six laps for 150.4km, while the women take on two laps of the large circuit and 3 laps of a shorter, 3.8km circuit for a total of 61.7km. Both pelotons travel to Breckenridge for stage 2, which will take place on a 10.3km course that features multiple ascents of the Moonstone and Boreas Pass climbs that were used in the former USA Pro Challenge. A hair-raising descent down Illinois Gulch leads to the finish on Washington and Main in downtown Breckenridge. The men will face 10 laps for 103km and 2,231metres of elevation gain. The women will race five laps for 51.5km and 1,115m of climbing in their final stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Review into British Cycling upholds claims over 'culture of fear'
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The long-awaited independent review into British Cycling has been released, citing a 'culture of fear' within the bodys World Class Programme. According to the report, some athletes said that they feared retribution or losing their jobs if they spoke out. However, the report has been accused of being watered down, with much of the language altered and portions of it completely redacted from a leaked version. The report had been due earlier this year but was delayed several times. A leaked version was made public by the Daily Mail in March and was heavily critical of a 'dysfunctional leadership' and 'lack of good governance' within British Cycling. However, certain elements perceived to be the most damning have been redacted in the final report.ADVERTISEMENT The independent review was triggered after the allegations of sexism made against British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton, by Jess Varnish. The leaked report had described the investigation into the allegations made by the former sprint rider as inept. It also claimed that the initial BC report into the allegations had been sanitised and "they also call into serious question whether the composition of the British Cycling Board is fit to govern a national sporting body". The language of the final report has been toned down from that leaked draft. However, it did call into question the manner in which British Cycling dealt with the allegations and said that some did not come forward to speak as they did not feel that their grievances would be dealt with. It also stated that several staff members were given the impression that Suttons departure from the governing body was a temporary one and that the body gave the impression of it trying to achieve that aim". In December 2016, British Cycling found that Sutton had used discriminatory language. However, it was later revealed that only one of Varnish's nine allegations were upheld. According to the independent review, findings set out in the draft grievance investigation and conclusions of the grievance officer seen by the Panel before it was considered by the BC Board indicates that considerably more allegations were recommended to be found proven. A power pocket You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Top 5 2018 bikes the pros are already riding
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Criterium du Dauphine has established itself as the final chance to test the legs ahead of the Tour de France. A prestigious event in it's own right, this year's championJakob Fuglsang (Astana) joins a list of winners that includes Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Indurain, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil to name just a few of the legendary winners. As well as a final opportunity to test the legs, the Dauphine offers a platform to test new equipment in a race scenario. Many component and apparel manufacturers coincide their 2018 product launches with the biggest race of the year in July. Whilst riders will have been training with the products for many months, you can never quite replicate a race. Nobody wants to see or run the risk of equipment failure at the Tour de France, so more and more 2018 products have become commonplace at the Dauphinein recent years.ADVERTISEMENT The 2016 edition was the year of the shoe. Chris Froome, Dan Martin and Team Giant-Alpecin wore the Sidi Shot, Mavic Comete and Shimano S-Phyre respectively, all of which were subsequently released in the months that followed, ahead of the 2017 season. This 2017 edition of the race became the year of the frameset. BMC, Specialized, Trek, Merida and Lapierre all debuted new frames. Whilst BMC officially launched the latest Teammachine SLR01 ahead of the race at a press camp in Switzerland, the remaining frames have yet to be officially launched and it is expected we will hear the full details during, or soon after, the Tour de France in July. 1. Specialized Tarmac SL6 2. Trek Emonda SLR 3. Merida Reacto 3 4. Lapierre Aircode 2 5. BMC Teammachine SLR You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hein Verbruggen passes away
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has died at the age of 75. He passed away on Tuesday evening after battling leukaemia. The Dutchman was the president of cyclings governing body between 1991 and 2005, and was appointed honorary chairman following his retirement, a position he held until his death. Verbruggen took over as president from Luis Puig in 1991 and was succeeded by Pat McQuaid. His 15 years at the helm the UCI coincided with a period in professional road cycling in which doping was rife, with the Festina Affair in 1998 seeing things reach crisis point, and Lance Armstrong going on to win seven straight Tour de France titles, all of which would later be stripped from the record books.ADVERTISEMENT The repercussions continued well into Verbruggens time as honorary president, as Armstrongs doping was laid bare by a USADA investigation in 2012. Most damaging to Verbruggens legacy and reputation was testimony from former Armstrong teammates, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton and Jonathan Vaughters, who all swore under oath that Armstrong told them he could have anti-doping tests nullified by the UCI. Verbruggen often had to resort to the courts to defend his reputation from corruption allegations, notably winning a protracted and fractious defamation case against the Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. After Brian Cookson succeeded McQuaid as UCI president, Verbruggen came close to losing his honorary title. He was criticised by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report of 2015, but lodged a complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission and held on to his title against Cooksons will. " Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) June 14, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI suspends Bardiani CSF for double doping positives
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI has issued a 30-day ban to the Bardiani CSF team, effective June 14, 2017 through July 14, 2017 for having two doping positives in a 12-month period. Before the Giro d'Italia, the UCI announced that Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi had been issued adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) in out-of-competition controls taken on April 25 and 26, respectively. Their anti-doping rule violations were confirmed by the B-sample analysis weeks later, and both were fired from the team. Bardiani-CSF was allowed to complete the Giro d'Italia before the UCI's Disciplinary Commission could rule on any team-wide suspension.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI Anti-Doping Rule 7.12.1 allows for teams with multiple AAFs in a 12-month period to be issued a ban of 15-45 days. The Italian team will miss the Tour of Austria, but will return in time to compete in the Trofeo Matteoti on July 16, and the Tour of Utah on July 31. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos out of nationals and Giro after Women's Tour crash - Women's news shorts
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vos to miss nationals and Giro Rosa Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) will be forced to watch from the sidelines of the Dutch national championships and the Giro Rosa later this month, her team has confirmed. The former champion in both events has been ruled out of competition after she broke her collarbone at the Womens Tour last week. Vos crashed heavily in the finale of stage 3 of the race, tangling with several other riders. While she was able to complete the short distance to the end of the stage, a trip to hospital confirmed that she had broken her collarbone and she immediately pulled out of the race. Vos headed home for further tests, which have confirmed that she will be unable to ride. WM3 Pro Cycling will have Kasia Niewiadoma as their leader for the Giro Rosa. Niewiadoma rode to overall victory at the Womens Tour following a surprising win on the opening day of action. She won the young riders jersey at last years Giro Rosa, finishing seventh overall.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle-High5 ends the Womens Tour on a high Wiggle-High5 enjoyed a fruitful Womens Tour last week, claiming a prestigious win in London on the final stage with Jolien Dhoore and taking home the mountains jersey with Audrey Cordon Ragot. Elisa Longo Borghini also gave the team a top 10 finish in the overall classification. Dhoore held off a fast charging Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) to take the honours in London. It is her fourth win at WorldTour level this season and her sixth overall, putting her joint first with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio as the rider with the most victories in 2017. It might have been flat, but it was a tough day out, says Dhoore, and the stage win put to bed any disappointment she might have felt ceding the points jersey to Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans). Shaw wins London Nocturne Follow Cervelo Bigla at the Womens Tour " Cervlo Bigla (@CerveloBigla) June 13, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana and Valverde lead Movistar's 12-rider Tour de France pre-selection
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde lead the way in Movistars Tour de France long list. The Spanish team confirmed the 12 riders that are in the running to fill the remaining seven spots for the race in July. The team will name the final nine-man line-up following the national championships in Europe next week. Quintana heads to the Tour de France after finishing second to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at the Giro dItalia. The Colombian had hoped to win both the Giro and the Tour this season. He has not raced since the Giro dItalia finished at the end of last month. He had been pencilled in to ride the Route du Sud later this week but pulled out citing fatigue from his efforts in May. In contrast, Valverde has not ridden a Grand Tour yet this season. The 37-year-old has just finished the Criterium du Dauphine, where he finished ninth overall. Valverde rode an aggressive race but found himself struggling when the major attacks came in the stage finale. He did, however, pull out a strong performance in the time trial that saw him finish third on the stage.ADVERTISEMENT In the running for a place in Movistars squad are Andrey Amador, Daniele Bennati, Carlos Betancur, Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Imanol Erviti, Rubn Fernndez, Jess Herrada, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Jos Joaqun Rojas and Jasha Stterlin. Amador, Bennati and Rojas all rode with Quintana at the Giro dItalia and, like their team leader, have not competed since its completion. Betancur has been on good form this month with a strong performance in the Climb race of the Hammer Series. This weeks Tour de Suisse will be a major test for the Colombian, as it will be for Dowsett, Oliveira and Castroviejo. Betancur has often struggled to adapt to living in Europe for part of the season and missed large chunks of his programme during his final seasons with AG2R La Mondiale. He joined Movistar last year and took some early wins, but had a string of abandons in the latter part of the season. If he can back up his Hammer Series ride with a strong performance in the Swiss mountains, then he could be a sure bet for his debut Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru reassured by Dauphine showing ahead of Tour de France
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fabio Aru (Astana) will look to the Tour de France with increased optimism after a pugnacious display at the Critrium du Dauphin brought him fifth place overall and valuable reassurance regarding the state of his form. After placing a disappointed 13th overall on his Tour debut a year ago, Arus 2017 season was planned around a tilt at the Giro dItalia, but his schedule was hastily revised in April when a training crash forced him to forgo the corsa rosa. Aru was diagnosed with prepatellar bursitis after the crash, which took place during a training camp at Sierra Nevada, and the Tour replaced the Giro on his schedule. The Dauphin was Arus first race since he abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico through illness in March.ADVERTISEMENT I came in with some doubts, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport. I didnt know where I was at because I didnt have any point of comparison. And I went away with some certainty, having found the answers I was looking for. Throughout his career, Aru has tended to race sparingly ahead of his major objectives in the Grand Tours, and he seemed to be unfazed by an absence of almost three months from competitive action. He was helped, no doubt, by the fact that the Dauphins toughest stages arrived in the final three days. Aru was aggressive on the Mont du Chat on stage 6, eventually placing fourth in the four-man sprint as his teammate Jakob Fuglsang took the honours. On the final day, Aru attacked on the Col de la Colombire in the company of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), a move which ultimately helped lay the groundwork for Fuglsangs second stage win and final overall victory. Aru took fifth on the final stage and finished in the same place on general classification. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte, Fuglsang climb WorldTour rankings as Van Avermaet holds firm
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is still holding firm after almost three months atop the WorldTour rankings. Van Avermaet soared into the lead after a stellar start to his Classics campaign and built up such an advantage that he has been untouchable so far, despite not scoring points since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April. He still has 423 points over the next best rider in the standings, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Valverde finds himself in a BMC Racing sandwich, with Richie Porte jumping from seventh to third following a strong ride at the Criterium du Dauphine. Porte did not win the French stage race, after being pushed out of the yellow jersey on the final day of racing, but still clocked up 505 points over the weeks racing. The man who beat Porte to victory on Sunday, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), has climbed from a lowly 105th in the standings to just outside the top 20. Hes still a long way off the top 10, but his points haul has moved Astana from 17th up to 15th in the team rankings. Theyll be hoping for some good fortune at the Tour de France to help them climb a little higher by the end of the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Back in the individual standings, there were a few more movers and shakers. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) made it into the top 10, while Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) both moved up places " to fourth and seventh respectively " as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) both slipped back. Dumoulin is likely to make some ground back up at this weeks Tour de Suisse. Despite having two riders in the top three, BMC Racing are still some way behind the leaders of the team competition, Quick-Step Floors. The latter has four riders in the top 20, with Martin, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. BMC Racing has just Van Avermaet and Porte, with their next best rider Rohan Dennis down in 27th. Dennis took victory in the Tour de Suisse prologue and wore the race leaders jersey for a day, as did his teammate Stefan Kung. However, Gilbert also claimed a stage for Quick-Step Floors so that 1,752-point gap is unlikely to close too much. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Suisse: Trek-Segafredo 'too enthusiastic' in stage 3 finale
June 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With a finish suited to John Degenkolb, Trek-Segafredo swarmed to the front of the peloton to set up its German fast man for stage 3 victory at the Tour de Suisse. Second at the GP du canton d'Argovie heading into the Swiss WorldTour race, Degenkolb had his team at his disposal. Despite leading the peloton for the closing kilometres with Koen de Kort the last man standing for the team, Degenkolb was left without a teammate for the final 900 metres when Team Sunweb took over and set up Michael Matthews for the win. Reflecting on the result, Degenkolb suggested the team was too keen and overplayed its hand.ADVERTISEMENT "We did a really good job, maybe we were a little too enthusiastic, too motivated, but we were up there," Degenkolb said. "In the end, the speed was a little bit too high to make it completely up to the last final meters, so I had to drop back a few positions, but the team did really well." The race is Degenkolb's first stage race on European soil since Paris-Nice in March and is an important one as he prepares for the Tour de France next month. A stage winner at the Dubai Tour, Degenkolb is looking to convert his podium places and top-10s into wins. "We had a good team effort today, and we could not have done more " maybe second, but Michael Matthews was super," sports director Kim Andersen said of the stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang uspsets favorites to win Criterium du Dauphine
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BRIZON, France (AP) " Jakob Fuglsang upset all favorites to become the first Danish rider to win the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday.The Astana rider attacked on the final climb to the Plateau de Solaison in the French Alps, a grueling... More...
Kennaugh wins Alpe d'Huez stage at Criterium du Dauphine
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) " Britain's Peter Kennaugh soloed to victory at the top of the Alpe d'Huez to claim his second stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday.Kennaugh, who posted his maiden stage win in the warmup... More...
Fuglsang wins thrilling stage 6 at Criterium; Porte leads
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA MOTTE-SERVOLEX, France (AP) " Danish cyclist Jakob Fuglsang won the first mountain stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in a thrilling finish on Friday, while Australian Richie Porte took the overall lead ahead of archrival... More...
Phil Bauhaus wins 5th stage of Criterium du Dauphine
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MACON, France (AP) " Phil Bauhaus sprinted to victory in the fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere on Thursday.The 22-year-old German edged four French riders at the finish line to claim his biggest career win."Today I felt I had... More...
Porte wins time trial at Criterium du Dauphine; Froome 8th
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURGOIN-JALLIEU, France (AP) " Australian rider Richie Porte beat the favorites to win the individual time trial on stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, while Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt retained the overall lead.The... More...
Koen Bouwman wins 3rd stage of Criterium du Dauphine race
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TULLINS, France (AP) " Dutch cyclist Koen Bouwman beat five other riders in a sprint finish to win the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday.Stage three took the peloton over 184 kilometers (114 miles) from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon... More...
Demare wins stage 2 of Criterium; De Gendt retains the lead
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ARLANC, France (AP) " French cyclist Arnaud Demare beat Alexander Kristoff in a sprint to the line to win the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Monday.Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt, the winner of the first stage, retained... More...
Thomas De Gendt wins 1st stage of Criterium du Dauphine
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) " Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt won the opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race after a solo breakaway on Sunday.De Gendt, a stage winner in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, completed... More...
Unplanned attack propels Niewiadoma to first WorldTour stage race victory
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although she has been among world's best riders for two seasons, she waited until her debut on British roads to take the very first win on a WorldTour level. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) stormed to the victory in the opener of Ovo Energy Women's Tour and held on to the green race leader's jersey over next four days, celebrating the overall win on Sunday. "I am super happy. That's the only word that can describe my feelings," Niewiadoma said to a group of journalists after the finish of the criterium-like final stage in central London. Niewiadoma, 22, has already three stage race victories to her name: the Euskal Emakumeen Bira in 2015, and the Festival Elsy Jacobs and Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Sudtirol in 2016. Winning the Women's Tour is arguably her most significant achievement, a maiden WorldTour victory coming after two seasons of coming close during the key races on the calendar.ADVERTISEMENT "I was waiting for a WorldTour victory for a long time. I was all the time somewhere there " second, third " but somehow always missed that victory. I'm super delighted I can grab it. After the Ardennes I was a little bit disappointed but I certainly didn't expect to take my first WorldTour victory in the UK," she said. Women's races are often more spontaneous and unpredictable than those of their male counterparts. The British race lived up to these expectations, and what happened on the road to Kettering on stage 1 was not a part of anyone's script, certainly not WM3's or Niewiadoma's. The Polish rider attacked 47.5 kilometres before the finish and ended up winning the day by a hefty margin of 1:42. "I did the same thing last year at Holland Ladies Tour. I attacked early and I got caught with 10 kilometres to go. This time it worked out I don't know, maybe they underestimated me. When I first realized I'm on my own, I thought, 'oh gosh, what am I doing here alone out in this field?'" Niewiadoma said with a laugh when asked about the situation. Pink ribbon Battle of Chesterfield WorldTour glory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dauphine: The final cut with Fuglsang, Porte and Froome - Podcast
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the final installment from this years Critrium du Dauphin, the team look back at an excellent week of racing that culminated in a well-deserved and thrilling win for Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Previously a rider who was always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Fuglsang picked up two stages wins in the Dauphin, including a final-day triumph on the last ascent of the race that knocked Richie Porte (BMC Racing) off the top step of the podium by just 10 seconds. Another stellar last-day ride, this time from Quick-Step's Dan Martin, earned the Irishman a third-place overall finish, his second Dauphin podium result in as many years.ADVERTISEMENT We hear from Fuglsang, who describes his post-race phone call with former teammate Vincenzo Nibali, from a bitterly disappointed Porte and also from Sky's Chris Froome " who has now tipped Porte as the number one favourite for the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Beginner's guide to the 2017 Tour de France - Video
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf is just a few weeks away. The race is the 103rd edition and it will be the first time in 30 years that it has visited Germany. Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be aiming to take his fourth overall title, with riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) all looking to stop his run of victories. There are other classifications up for grabs including the points and mountains competitions, while the top team will also be honoured in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Whether youre new to the sport or you would like to brush up on some of the finer details, Cyclingnews has put together a beginners guide to the Tour de France. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Spanish federation bans disc brakes at nationals
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The tug of war over whether disc brakes have a place in the peloton continues with the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) choosing to ban the use of disc brakes during the Spanish national championships next week. The RFEC issued a press release on Monday morning stating that riders in the elite categories would not be able to use them. The use of disc brakes is not authorised by the RFEC in the Elite UCI and Elite (men and women) categories, the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT The decision is the latest in a disagreement over the use of disc brakes in road racing. The UCI introduced small disc brake trials at the end of the 2015 season and then widened the scope of it for the following year. The trial was quickly brought to a halt following a crash during Pairs-Roubaix in 2016 when Francisco Ventoso said that a deep cut in his leg was caused by a disc brake. The sudden stop to the trials forced teams such as Roompot Oranje Peloton to make quick changes to their equipment ahead of the forthcoming Ardennes races. This season saw them return to the peloton with Tom Boonen taking the first victory with a disc brake equipped bike at the Vuelta a San Juan in January. Many more teams have been using them this season, including Katusha, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Cannondale, while Peter Sagan has been testing them in training but is yet to use them in training. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dauphine: Contador unfazed by missing top 10
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) shrugged off the fact that he dropped outside the top 10 on GC on the final day of the Criterium du Dauphine, instead choosing to focus on the belief that the race was merely preparation for the Tour de France. Contador insisted throughout the Dauphine that he would not go into the red during the race and that riding at his own tempo " whether in the time trial or the mountains " was key to his Tour de France ambitions. He explained, almost daily, that in previous editions of the Dauphine he had gone too deep and that his Tour condition had suffered as a result. On the final stage on Sunday the Spaniard raised the tempo just once " when race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) was dropped on the penultimate climb. However, on the final ascent to Plateau de Solaison Contador sat up when a group of favourites that included, eventual stage and overall winner, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) increased the pace. When Contador eased off, he watched as several potential Tour de France rivals overtook him. At one point he even waved Porte through, clearly not concerned with the result. Contador eventually finished the stage 4:10 down on Fuglsang, leaving him 11th overall.ADVERTISEMENT There were a lot of attacks from the start, and it was very hard. It was a beautiful day and really hot. I followed a few moments and went to the front when Richie was dropped but when we hit the final climb it was a very hard tempo, and in those moments I felt big pains in my legs, Contador explained at the finish. Contadors Dauphine provided a contrast to his earlier season performances, where in races such as Paris-Nice, he was constantly on the offensive. Only time will tell if this new approach will suit the Trek Segafredo rider, but his camp is quietly confident that the 34-year-old is on track to challenge for his third Tour title in July, even if there is work to be done. I preferred to take my own tempo and decided to save my legs. The most important thing is that Ive finished this race really fresh. In the last few years, Ive finished tired, empty. I think that I can now recover well in the next three days and then start my preparation again. I know that I need to work on my intensity, but at the moment its perfect. Its not about the GC here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet with work to do ahead of the Tour de France
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Every time the television cameras focused in on Romain Bardet and the commentators mentioned his name, roars of support erupted from the crowds gathered on the Plateau de Solaison for the final stage of the Critrium du Dauphin. The hopes and affection of the home nation were of course stoked by his second place at last years Tour de France and, after a shaky start to 2017, Bardet steadied the ship in the past week. Though, he acknowledged he has left himself with plenty to do if hes to repeat the podium feat. It was a shaky start to the Dauphin, too, as the AG2R La Mondiale rider shipped time in the 23.5km stage 4 time trial. However, he found his legs in the mountains, gaining time with a long-range attack on Alpe dHuez. Hoping for more of the same on the final stage, he rolled with the punches throughout an incredibly aggressive and dramatic day of racing, crossing the line sixth to cement his sixth place overall.ADVERTISEMENT It was a great stage. There was nowhere for anyone to hide. We all gave 100 per cent. Im happy to have raced this stage full gas, in the moment. It was a great bike race to be a part of, Bardet told reporters after riding back down the mountain hed just scaled. These short mountain stages are incredibly intense to race. At the end of the day, were human; we couldnt race like that 21 days in a row, I assure you. But I think that they add dynamism. Bardet was part of a key move on the Col de la Colombire that left Richie Porte isolated and off the back. After Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang went clear on the final climb, he put in a couple of digs, riding away from Froome and Contador but losing a big of ground late on Louis Meintjes and Emmanuel Buchmnann. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2019 Tour de France to start in Brussels
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The 2019 Tour de France will start in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx's maiden win in cycling's biggest race.Tour organizers say it will be the second time the race will... More...
Porte primed for Criterium du Dauphine
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After joining BMC Racing to become the team's leader for the Tour de France, Richie Porte has surfed the highs and lows of a Grand Tour contender. Having missed out on last year's podium in Paris in large part due to a late mechanical on stage 2 that cost him nearly two minutes, his fifth place overall confirmed him as a genuine contender at the Tour de France. The Australian will look to this week's Critrium du Dauphin for a confidence-inspiring performance in his build-up to the Tour. Last year, Porte finished two seconds off the podium in the Dauphine and went into the Tour de France without a major victory for the year. This season, Porte has won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie and has taken heart from those results, even if his Paris-Nice went pear-shaped in the crosswinds on stage 2. "The Critrium du Dauphin is the last big test before the Tour de France so it is a chance to see where I stand compared to everyone else," Porte said in a team press release. "I'm taking a lot of confidence out of my Tour de Romandie win and a good result at the Critrium du Dauphin would set me up perfectly for July."ADVERTISEMENT Like many of his Tour de France rivals, Porte has spent half of May training at altitude, and said he is "as prepared as possible". "I'm feeling really good right now and although the Tour de France is obviously the main goal this year, I would love to add the Critrium du Dauphin to my palmars. We have a strong team to support me and we'll take things stage by stage." BMC's directeur sportif Fabio Baldato has chosen a veteran team to back Porte in the Dauphin to give him the best chance at getting that confidence-inspiring result. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Pologne 2017 route unveiled
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tour de Pologne organizers have unveiled the route of the 74th edition of the WorldTour race. This years parcours sees some changes introduced to what had lately become a traditional course. The Tour de Pologne runs between July 29 and August 4 and, just like in recent years, will be the main stage race between the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa. The route features 23 categorized climbs and three uphill finishes, and follows a well-trodden trail in the southern parts of Poland. However, it includes neither a time-trial stage nor unnaturally long stages. Instead, seven days of racing are designed to give opportunities to both sprinters and puncheurs. Krakow will host the start of the race, while Katowice and Rzeszow will be the two other major cities welcoming the WorldTour peloton. Traditionally a venue of the final time trial, this year the capital of Lesser Poland sees riders kick off racing with a short but undulating stage, likely to be snatched by sprinters. Day two will also be familiar as riders head to Katowice for a bunch sprint on a wide roads in the city centre, although there is a short climb to deal with on the way.ADVERTISEMENT First moves in the general classifications are expected to take place on day three as riders tackle a hilly course on their way to the ski resort of Szczyrk. With four categorized climbs on the menu, punchy riders are likely to battle for the win on a steep climb that awaits in the final. The sprinters will have their last chance on day five as the peloton crosses Silesian roads and finishes in Zabrze after 238km of largely flat stage. The peloton then moves east on a short stage to Rzeszow, climbing four times in the final 60 kilometres " an overture to the more mountainous part of the race. The final two days see the riders tackling the narrow roads of the Tatra mountains, where short stages with uphill finishes are designed to create an explosive race. Stage 6 leads through five categorized ascents into Zakopane, finishing on an uphill by Wielka Krokiew, the famous ski jumping venue, where Bart de Clercq and Tim Wellens triumphed in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 Tour de Pologne route: You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Amber Pierce: Forging paths through the cycling world
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amber Pierce (Colavita-Bianchi) might just have been a celeste-coloured blur to many of the fans who watched the UCIWomen's WorldTour visit California earlier this month for the Amgen Women's Race, but the 36-year-old American has for the better part of a decade been a loyal domestique, slogging it out in Europe and stateside, drawing from her love for the sport to keep going. In many ways, Pierce, (a former Cyclingnews blogger) embodies the majority of the women's cycling world - the many passionate riders who are fighting and sacrificing outside the spotlight, helping their teammates win races and working to make the sport better for the athletes who are just discovering the sport. Over the last decade, the former collegiate national champion has built a solid career as a domestique in the bigger races, taking a few small victories closer to home, all the while advocating for female athletes and bike-friendly communities.ADVERTISEMENT "You could sum up the longevity my career in one word, resilience," Piece said. "It has been a long span of years and has spanned a lot of different teams and languages. Bike racing is a hard sport and what I have found is, what has helped me stay in it for a long time is number one, it is a source of joy to me." Pierce was born in Northern California and grew up in Reno, Nevada close to the race's start in South Lake Tahoe. As a swimmer, Pierce earned a scholarship to Stanford, but a shoulder injury interrupted her first athletic career. Pierce discovered cycling and quickly climbed the ranks from a Cat 4 to professional in less than two years. Pierce caught the attention of the Webcor Women's team, which was based out Northern California, after winning two collegiate cycling titles in 2005. Pierce rode her first professional season in 2006 supporting riders like Olympian Christine Thorburn. It was at Webcor that Pierce began to evolve into a trusted domestique. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pohutukawa trees will have to make way for Auckland city cycleway
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Fourteen pohutukawa will have to make way for an extension to a cycleway on Auckland's waterfront.Auckland Transport has applied for a resource consent to construct a 1km extension of the recently completed Quay St cycleway.If... More...
Mark Cavendish coaches team of eight amateur cyclists who share his name ahead of Prudential RideLondon
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Olympic legend, who has been awarded the MBE and won Sports Personality of the Year, is testing a theory set out by Amstel More...
Summerhill charged with firing a gun while riding in Colorado
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) was arraigned in Jefferson County, Colorado on Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment after being witnessed shooting his gun while riding his bicycle outside of Denver in February, according to the Denver Post. A cyclist was seen firing a handgun into a hillside as he rode along South Deer Creek Road, in the rural area south-west of Denver, during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 21. According to the police report, he was followed by resident Joe Porter after his wife Shawn heard shots while she was fetching her mail, and saw the cyclist firing his gun into a hillside "between two driveways ... with a freestanding garage and a vehicle parked in front of it".ADVERTISEMENT Joe Porter videotaped the rider, claiming to have seen a handgun in the rider's jersey pocket. Porter identified his kit as that of the UnitedHealthcare team, and said he believed the rider to be Summerhill, who was then tracked down by Deputy Jeffrey Pedersen later at a fitness club. "The male initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot," the report read. "He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle." Summerhill reportedly told the officer he did not realize there were homes in the area and that it was illegal to shoot at the hillside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin wins 100th Giro d'Italia
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Tom Dumoulin won the 100th Giro d'Italia in dramatic fashion Sunday, reclaiming the overall lead in a final-stage individual time trial.It's the first Grand Tour victory for Dumoulin, a Dutchman with Team Sunweb, and... More...
Anton Cooper bags elite mountain bike podium placing in Germany
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's Anton Cooper has become just the second Kiwi to secure a cross-country World Cup podium with a brilliant third placing in Germany today.The 23-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider produced a stunning performance to claim... More...
Quintana keeps lead but Dumoulin remains pick to win Giro
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ASIAGO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana held on to the pink jersey in the penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday but couldn't be sure of victory. The 100th race will be decided on the last stage.Thibaut Pinot of France won... More...
Bardet eager to get back racing in Criterium du Dauphine
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet is itching to get back to racing after five weeks away and will line up for the Critrium du Dauphin with big goals after an intensive 16-day altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains that wrapped up on Saturday. The AG2R La Mondiale rider has been busy building his form for the Tour de France after his sixth place in Lige-Bastogne-Lige. However, his teammate Mikal Chrel will not be by his side in the Dauphin, which begins on June 4, after sustaining a hairline fracture to his pelvis on a high-speed training crash last week. "The training camp in the Sierra Nevada went well except for Mikal Chrel's hard crash, but I hope to find him riding next to me again very soon," Bardet said. Julian Duval will replace him on the team's roster for the Dauphin, as the team waits to see how Chrel heals.ADVERTISEMENT Last year, he finished second to Chris Froome in the race before repeating that result in the Tour de France, and has been using the lengthy altitude training camp to tune up for another Tour de France bid. "In Spain, we rode 1300km and climbed 27,000m. This camp came at an important part of the season, both in terms of the quality of the work that we did and the good atmosphere that prevailed throughout the group of riders," he said. "The Critrium du Dauphin is an important race, the last big meeting before the Tour de France. Last year it was a great experience taking second place behind Chris Froome in the overall classification after a tense final. But it was also tinged with regrets on that penultimate stage, where just a few more seconds in that breakaway could have resulted in a more striking performance. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cannondale-Drapac fulfills Giro d'Italia aspirations
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Cannondale-Drapac team started the Giro d'Italia intending to "light-up" up the race, target stage victories and hope that Davide Formolo could finish in the top ten overall. As the riders headed home with sore heads and sore legs after celebrating in Milan, they were satisfied with their performance and savouring the emotions of the 100th edition of the Corsa Rosa. The team's highlight of the Giro d'Italia was, without a doubt, Pierre Rolland's stage victory in Canazei after going on the attack day after day in the mountains. Rolland timed his final solo attack on stage 17 to perfection and could count on teammate Michael Woods to block and dissuade the chase behind. The Frenchman was happy to swap any satisfaction of a good overall result for the heady emotions of a stage victory.ADVERTISEMENT Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Alex Howes and Davide Villella all tried their luck in breaks or with late attacks, while Joe Dombrowski fought back from an injury-hit spring and went on the attack with Rolland on stage. Formolo finished tenth overall and third in the best young rider competition behind Bob Jungels and Adam Yates as he targeted the overall classification of his home Grand Tour for the first time. He is out of contract this season, with Team Sky and Astana apparently interested in the young Italian but he seems happy at Cannondale-Drapac, knowing he has the freedom to aim high. He plans to continue to target the overall classification in 2018. "As I said at the starting Sardinia, I wanted to test myself and go for the overall. I finished in the top ten as I hoped and so I have to be satisfied. I think the GC speaks for itself, I'm behind some big, big names of the sport but I'm ahead of other big names," Formolo told Cyclingnews with pride, while aware of where he lost precious seconds. Woods shakes of his Rookie tag after a successful Grand Tour debut You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) " Results Friday in the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 191-kilometer (119-mile) leg from Pordenone to Asiago:1. Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky, 4:53:00.2. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, 1:49 behind.3.... More...
Cycling: Bennett new king of road
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The momentous nature of George Bennett's Tour of California win has been put into context by past and present New Zealand cycling professionals.Julian Dean, who competed in 19 grand tours and is arguably the country's greatest road... More...
Quintana reclaims pink jersey with 2 stages to go in Giro
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two stages to go in the Giro d'Italia on Friday, setting up what could be a tense finale in Milan on Sunday.Dumoulin couldn't keep up with... More...
2017 Giro d'Italia stage 21 time trial start times
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot sprinted to victory in Asiago to close out the Giro d'Italia's last mountain stage on Saturday, leaving only the final time trial left to decide the race. Giuseppe Fonzi of Wilier Triestina will kick off the action against the clock on Sunday at 1:45pm local time. Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, fourth overall, looks to be in a strong position to surge up the leaderboard in the TT. His ride will get underway at 4:47pm, with FDJ's Thibaut Pinot taking off three minutes later and Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali rolling down the ramp three minutes after that.ADVERTISEMENT After 20 days in Italy, Movistar's Nairo Quintana sits atop the overall leaderboard, earning him the privilege of being the last man off the start ramp at 4:56pm. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen.The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he'd... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ORTISEI, Italy (AP) " Thursday's results from the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia, 137-kilometer (85-mile) leg from Moeana to Ortisei:1. Tejay Van Garderen, United States, BMC Racing Team, 3:54:04.2. Mikel Landa, Spain, Team Sky,... More...
Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ORTISEI, Italy (AP) " Tejay van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday.Van Garderen, of the United States, came round the inside... More...
Brazilian cycling team hit with 2nd ban for doping
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The International Cycling Union has suspended the Soul Brasil Pro Cycling team for the second time because of multiple doping offenses.The UCI says Soul Brazil cannot compete in international events for... More...
Pierre Rolland wins Stage 17, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CANAZEI, Italy (AP) " Pierre Rolland launched a late solo attack to win the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin's overall lead remained unchanged.Rolland, a Frenchman who rides for the Cannondale-Drapac... More...
Russian, Azerbaijani Olympic cyclists banned for doping
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOSCOW (AP) " A pair of Olympic cyclists from Russia and Azerbaijan have been banned for doping by the International Cycling Union.The UCI says Tatyana Antoshina of Russia was given a four-year ban after testing positive for GHRP-2,... More...

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