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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...
Stybar: Other teams must focus on themselves, not Quick-Step Floors
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar says that other teams must focus on their own tactics and not those of Quick-Step Floors if they hope to beat them at this weekend's Paris-Roubaix. Quick-Step Floors have been, far and away, the team to beat at this year's Classics, with nine of their 24 victories so far this season coming on home soil, plus a handful of other podium places to speak of. Heading into the final cobbled Classic of the spring, the rest of the pack will be trying to prevent them from doing what they've done so often in 2018, but Stybar says that would be wrong. "I think that everyone needs to do their own races. I think if they look only at us then they are not on the right way. We are doing our own race with our tactic and I think that they need to do the same," Stybar told Cyclingnews at the start of Wednesday's Scheldeprijs.ADVERTISEMENT As has been the case so often throughout their spring campaign, Quick-Step Floors has more cards to play than they have domestiques in their line-up. It has served them well thus far, with Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert telling the Belgian press recently that the departure of the teams talisman has "freed" them. There have been times when Quick-Step Floors have been the embodiment of 'too many cooks spoil the broth' but they are riding on a wave at the moment and they have no plans to change their approach to racing. "I think the morale can't be much better than right now. Everybody is in good shape, everybody is really motivated and now we are just going from race to race," explained Stybar. "I think like with any other race that we've done until today, we have again four guys who can win. I don't think that the tactic will change, but we'll see how the weather will be and the conditions and I think that we will race how we did before." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tom Boonen: Peter Sagan needs to 'keep his mouth shut' over lack of cooperation from rivals
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan "has to keep his mouth shut" and stop complaining about the lack of cooperation he gets from the peloton, Tom Boonen has said. The World champion always tries to benefit from the work of other teams, but does not return that help, Boonen suggested. After missing out on success at the Tour of Flanders Sagan questioned the tactics of his rivals who struggled to take on Quick-Step Floors this spring."There is no cooperation to fight against the Quick-Step block. They work against me and do not want to cooperate, so Quick-Step can do what it wants," Sagan said. During the Belgian television show Extra Time Koers" Boonen suggested that was hypocritical. Since retiring from racing last spring, Boonen has been a expert commentator on Belgian television and tipped Niki Terpstra to win the Tour of Flanders.ADVERTISEMENT "A lack of cooperation? He is always on someone's wheel," Boonen said of Sagan, unafraid to criticise the world champion. Boonen added: "I don't think Sagan really should talk about a lack of cooperation. He is the one who always starts to drag. He looks to see what is going on, and then he comes forward once and starts waving his hand. If you do that you have to keep your mouth shut. Boonen, who won the Tour of Flanders three times and Paris-Roubaix four times, added: "He always tries to benefit from the work of other teams. There is nothing wrong with that, but then you do not have to say afterwards 'they do not work with me'." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Your views: How to get round opposition to helmets
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the last couple of weeks, it's been interesting to read the claims that wearing of helmets on push bikes should be made voluntary.I was involved in supporting Rebecca Oaten and the "Protect the Brain's" Trust programme to encourage... More...
Three cyclists hit by vehicle in West Auckland
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police and ambulance are responding to a crash in which three cyclists have been hit by a vehicle in the Auckland suburb of West Harbour.The incident occurred at the intersection of Hobsonville and Trig roads at 5.50pm.St John... More...
Sunshine and spot prizes the catalysts for a successful Raetihi Gutbuster
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The sun came out and with it came the people as 100 competitors showed up for the Raetihi Gutbuster on Easter Sunday.The furthest came from Boise, Idaho in the United States to take part in either a bike ride or a run along the... More...
Wheels to light up the night in Whanganui Light Up Bike Spectacle
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui's first-ever Light Up Bike Spectacle is set to illuminate the city's new shared pathways.The all-ages, all-wheels event, organised by Whanganui District Council, will be held at 5.30pm on Friday, May 4, arts facilitator... More...
Demare, Groenewegen disqualified from Scheldeprijs for ignoring level crossing
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Arnaud Dmare (Groupama-FDJ) and DylanGroenwegen(LottoNL-Jumbo), two of the pre-race favourites to win the Scheldeprijs, have been expelled from the race for violating the UCI's level crossing rules. The race had been split into several echelons when the level crossing lights began to flash after the first group went over the tracks. Dmare and Groenewegen were part of a second group that crossed over just as the gates began to descend, and were halted by the motorcycle official further down the road.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI toughened up the level crossing rules after the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, when a group of riders jumped around the closing gates and crossed the tracks just ahead of a high-speed train. Here is a list of the riders disqualified:Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Kris Boeckmans (Vital Concept Club), Dylan Groenewegen, Timo Roosen and Amund Grondahl Jansen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Christian Knees and Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport), Riccardo Minali and Hugo Houle (Astana), Davide Martinelli (Quick-Step Floors), Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe), Roy Curvers (Team Sunweb). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bettini: Its time for Alaphilippe to win the Ardennes Classics
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Julian Alaphilippes second consecutive stage victory at the Vuelta a Pais Vasco gave Quick-Step Floorstheir 23rd win of the 2018 season and confirmed the aggressive Frenchman as a major contender for the Ardennes Classics, and especially Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Frenchmans natural aggression, his ability to jump away on climbs and then defeat his rivals with a powerful final sprint have sparked comparisons with Paolo Bettini. Bettini - nicknamed Il Grillo - the Cricket for his aggressive style, completed his transformation from team player to team leader in 2000, when he won Liege-Bastogne-Liege while riding for Mapei-Quick-Step. He stayed with Patrick Lefeveres team for the rest of his career, going on to win a second Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2002, two world title in 2006 and 2007, Milan-San Remo in 2003 and Il Lombardia in 2005 and 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Alaphilippe rose through the Quick-Step development team and his career seems set to follow a similar trajectory to Bettinis. The ever-cheerful Frenchman turned professional in 2014 after also taking second in the junior Cyclocross World Championships. He will lead Quick-Step Floors in the Ardennes Classics later this month, in the hope of transforming his run of placings into career defining victories. Bettini believes it is Alaphilippes time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kittel expects echelon threat at Scheldeprijs
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite being the overwhelming favourite to win his sixth Scheldeprijs title on Wednesday, Marcel Kittel is aware that echelons could be the biggest obstacle standing in his way. A vastly modified course sees the race start in the Netherlands with 130km of the 200km parcours run through the country before heading into Belgium. The roads through Zeeland will be of particular importance with North Sea winds holding the potential of splitting the field on the often exposed roads. Ive seen the new course. When it goes through Zeeland you know its not going to be easy. Its always windy there. I took a look at it, and its going to be on small roads, Kittel said on the eve of the race. For sure theres going to be a moment when we have echelons. You almost cant avoid it. We need to stay together as a team and see how good we can sit in the front group with as many riders as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Kittel, 29, has not raced since Milan-San Remo but has a powerful Katusha-Alpecin team backing him. The teams main engine will centre around Tony Martin, while Rick Zabel and Marco Haller will be charged with leading Kittel out in the bunch sprint. Before reaching that point, Kittel and his teammates must overcome the possibility of echelons and control their rivals. Quick-Step Floors, who have been so dominant this spring, will race with an experienced team. Elia Viviani is absent as he rests up and prepares for the Giro d'Italia with Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen given a chance to shine. Quick-Step Floors will be expected to try and split the race, if the wind picks up. Kittel, however, realises that his team must be on their guard. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
The Bell Lap Criterium Series - Riders to Watch
April 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It takes a special kind of rider to succeed in a criterium. Crit specialists must be fearless, possess incredible bike handling skills, and of course, have the finishing kick to win at the end. This month marks the unofficial start of criterium season in the United States, so as part of Cyclingnews' ongoing Bell Lap Series criterium coverage, we broke down which riders we expect to see at the front of the races this year, where to see them, and who might surprise in 2018. From sprinters to breakaway experts, these are your 2018 criterium favorites. Daniel Holloway Arguably the criterium king of the United States, Daniel Holloway (Texas Roadhouse) will return as a heavy favourite as he targets the USA Crits series this year. The 2010 pro criterium national champion and three-time elite criterium national champion spent his winter racing on the track with the US National Team, where he earned a gold in the Omnium at the UCI Track World Cup in Santiago, Chile. Watch for repeats at early season races like Athens Twilight, a race that Holloway has won twice - out of a two-man breakaway in 2014 and in a chaotic field sprint in 2015 - proving his versatility in any situation. The Colorado-based sprinter is also known to target big money races, so the $25,000 prize list for the Atlantic City Resurgence Fest Criterium in September should prove enticing at the end of the season as well.ADVERTISEMENT Erica Allar Reigning criterium national champion Erica Allar returns with her Rally squad for a full season this year, with plans to start her criterium and Pro Road Tour (PRT) campaigns at the Sunny King Criterium, a race she won in 2012 and was second in last year. Allar is in a unique position on the team, as Rally, like many teams, has placed increased focus on UCI road and stage races in recent years, spending more time in Europe and less time racing in the US. But Rally has allowed Allar to maintain a fairly healthy criterium schedule, often racing by herself or with just a few teammates but still finding results. Allar is unique in the fact that she can sprint but also survive difficult races, as demonstrated during the national championships last year, which saw Allar in a two-rider break with Lauren Stephens, only to have the race neutralized and restarted with six laps to go. The two stayed away despite the short restart, and Allar outsprinted Stephens for the stars and stripes jersey. Watch for Allar at races like Tulsa Tough this year; she won the Blue Dome Criterium there in 2017 and took second in the iconic River Parks Criterium featuring Crybaby Hill. Peta Mullens Tina Pic Ryan Aitcheson John Murphy Megan Jastrab Michael Hernandez Travis McCabe Pro Continental Wildcards You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jacinda Ardern sets out Government's transport plan, including nationwide fuel tax
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Aucklanders face a double whammy of fuel tax hikes of about 20 cents a litre if central government fuel levy increases and a regional fuel tax are brought in, but Transport Minister Phil Twyford says he believes Aucklanders understand... More...
Hammer Series set for Hong Kong
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The organisers of the Hammer Series events have announced a third race for 2018, with a one-day event on Sunday October 14 to be held alongside the successful Hong Kong Cyclothon mass-participation event. The 2018 Hammer Series will include the second edition of the Hammer Limburg in the Netherlands (June 1-13) and the first edition of the Hammer Stavanger in Norway (May 25-27). The Hammer Series was created by the Velon group of major teams who are have joined forces to find addition sources of revenue, and take on the historic race organisers, who control the sport. Velon also produce in-race rider data and on-board video content and negotiates team participation for some races. Team Sky, BMC, EF Education First-Drapac, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo are all part of the 11 Velon teams, with Dimension Data, Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy amongst seven other teams that recently became partners. Velon agreed a ten-year partnership with sports marketing company Infront, who is organising the Hammer Series. Infront is owned by the Chinese Wanda Group that also organises the Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21).ADVERTISEMENT All the Velon teams have committed to backing the Hammer Series despite the events often clashing with other established major races. The Hammer Hong Kong event will be held 24 hours after Il Lombardia brings the curtain down on the European season. Were delighted to bring the Hammer Series to Hong Kong for a spectacular finish to the 2018 series, Velon CEO Graham Bartlett said. "We couldnt ask for better partners than the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Sun Hung Kai Properties to bring a fantastic race alive for the fans in Hong Kong and internationally. The teams are all really up for a big finish. The Hammer Series is different to traditional racing because it is based on a team-versus-team format, rather than individual riders and time, with Sprint, Climb and Chase races. The format caused some confusion amongst riders and fans last year but Team Sky managed to win the first ever Hammer Series event in the Netherlands by dominating the final team time trial. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No Paris-Roubaix for Tiesj Benoot
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has enjoyed a breakthrough spring Classics campaign but the Belgian has opted to stick to his original programme. He will therefore miss Paris-Roubaix and train at altitude so that he can be at his best for the Ardennes Classics. Benoot won Strade Bianche, was fifth at E3 Harelbeke, seventh at Dwars door Vlaanderen and eighth at the Tour of Flanders, making him one of the revelations of the spring. However, much like Michal Kwiatkowski, Benoots lighter physique and climbing ability also makes him an Ardennes contender, hence his decision to head to Spains Sierra Nevada instead of northern France. "I need to charge the batteries a bit and train quietly," Het Nieuwsblad report Benoot as saying. "I want to be good until Lige-Bastogne-Lige. That is why I keep my original programme and do not suddenly drive Paris-Roubaix."ADVERTISEMENT Benoots absence leaves Lotto Soudal looking for a team leader for Paris-Roubaix. Andre Greipel fractured his collarbone at Milan-San Remo and new signing Jens Keukeleire is out of action due to a respiratory infection. Lotto Soudal are hoping that Jens Debusschere and Jasper de Buyst can step up. "We will do it like Quick Step: whoever is the best, has to drive in front," team manager Marc Sergeant said trying to stay optimistic after being again overshadowed by rival Belgian team Quick-Step Floors. I do not know if that will work with us. Fortunately Tiesj Benoot has taken a big step forward this year. He has been making the races and impressed in the Flemish races. Fortunately he won the Strade Bianche." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pais Vasco: Opening stage win propels Alaphilippe into GC contention
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With stage 1 victory at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Julian Alaphilippe is well placed for overall victory in the Basque Country. The Frenchman on QuickStep-Floors took the two-up sprint win in Zarautz ahead of Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and the remnants of the peloton at 23 seconds. Alaphilippe now holds a four-second lead over Roglic with Pello Bilbao (Astana) at 29 seconds and the majority of pre-race favourites a further four seconds in arrears. The win is Alaphilippe's first on European soil since his Vuelta a Espana victory last year and the 22nd of 2018 for QuickStep-Floors. "I am very happy, especially as I got sick after Milano-Sanremo and had to rest before returning to training. I was very motivated after this small setback, so I worked hard to be back at my best," said Alaphilippe. "The plan was to take a stage here and even though we did a recon of the final climb yesterday and on paper it suited me, I didn't know how my legs would react following that break.ADVERTISEMENT "I was focused, smart and strong, I worked well together with Roglic, who too was very strong, and in the end I bided my time before powering to this nice win. A big thanks to my team for protecting me today and to the amazing crowds, who cheered for us before the start and at the finish." Alaphilippe started his season with a stage win at the Colombia Oro y Paz and then placed fourth overall at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The leader's jersey is his first of the 2018 season with a moustache also a new look. And the facial addition is here to stay as the 25-year-old explained. "Everyone in the peloton asked me what was with the moustache. After my teammates the other day, now the other riders came to me and asked if there was any reason behind this new look. To be frank, there wasn't any and I wasn't even focused on it, but now that I won, I'll keep it," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Caruso hits parked car in final of Pais Vasco opener
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing's GC hopes at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco took a severe hit on stage 1 of the race with Damiano Carusohitting a parked car and suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder. Richie Portefinished over seven minutes down on Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep-Floors) and is also out of contention for the overall. Caruso, off the back of his second place at Tirreno-Adriatico, came into the race as BMC's leader. A crash with a parked car in the finale of the stage leaves the Italian in 141st place overall 9:47 minutes down on Alaphilippe. "I feel good now. In the final, before the last climb, it was really chaotic. There were cars on the side of the road and I hit a side mirror of one of the cars with my shoulder," said Caruso. "It was really painful at the time but it doesn't seem to be broken or anything like that. Now I have lost the chance to go for the General Classification. Tomorrow, a new race starts. I'm still motivated and feeling good. Now we will change the goal for the remaining stages."ADVERTISEMENT BMC team doctor Giovanni Ruffini provided further explanation of Caruso's injury, explaining it is unlikely to stop him from continuing the six-stage race. "Damiano hit his shoulder when he crashed into the parked car and after examination, it looks like he may have dislocated that upon impact," said Ruffini. "However, now it is okay. He does have a contusion but the pain is going down. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation but at the moment, he will be able to continue racing." Porte hadn't raced since the Volta ao Algarve in February prior to stage 1 due to due to an upper respiratory infection with BMC announcing pre-race the Australian wouldn't be their main GC rider. Assessing the stage, Porte expressed the disappointment of losing Caruso in the battle for the GC, adding he is hoping to find better form as the race progresses. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
D'hoore: I came up too short on the Kwaremont
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Belgian champion Jolien D'hoore was sanguine after finishing 12th at last Sunday's Tour of Flanders. Having watched the race as a child, the Mitchelton-Scott rider has coveted victory at her home event for some years, but could not hold on to the front group when the race hit the final testing climbs. "I did a perfect race, I felt good, but I came up too short on the Kwaremont," the 28-year-old told Cyclingnews. "The is nothing I could do about it, I couldn't go any faster, so I can't blame myself." Wearing the distinctive purple jersey of the Women's WorldTour individual leader, D'hoore was visible near the front throughout the opening 120km and crested the Muur van Geraardsbergen in a small leading group.ADVERTISEMENT However, coming in the chaotic aftermath of a huge crash, those leaders were disorganised, and the race came back together. Though D'hoore started the Kruisberg with the leaders, when the Boels-Dolmans team of eventual winner Anna van der Breggen put pressure on the front, she slipped inexorably backwards and was unable to get back on terms over the remaining 27km. She eventually finished behind fellow sprinter Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) in the bunch sprint for 11th place, 1.48 behind the winner, but enjoyed her day nonetheless. "It was fun, Flanders with a bit of rain is always a good race, and I just love it," she smiled. "Unfortunately there were a lot of crashes in the beginning, so it was a bit nervous and hectic, but I just tried to stay in front of the race the whole time, I was feeling great, and I had good legs. It's not a shame; I did a perfect race and cycling is pretty honest in the end." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Niewiadoma confident ahead of Ardennes Classics despite disappointment in Oudenaarde
April 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) admitted to being a bit disappointed with her ninth place at the Tour of Flanders at the weekend, but the Polish rider leaves Belgium with confidence ahead of her targeted Ardennes Classics. Niewiadoma was one of the main protagonists in the final 30 kilometres, but lost out in the final sprint when she got boxed in towards the barriers. She believes that her form is where it needs to be. "For sure, I'm happy with my shape. I think that all my preparations so far are going in the right way," Niewiadoma told Cyclingnews after the finish in Oudenaarde. "I feel that I'm getting stronger and the Ardennes are definitely my favourite races so I feel more comfortable being there. Every race is a lesson for us, so I will keep in mind what happened today heading towards the Ardennes Classics." Niewiadoma's star has been ascending over the past few years, but it was the Ardennes week in 2017 that she firmly put her name on the map, finishing third in all three races. This season, with the backing of her new Canyon-SRAM squad, she has taken a step forward. She took her third consecutive runner-up spot at Strade Bianche " behind Flanders winner Anna van der Breggen " before going on to take her second-ever WorldTour success at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm pretty confident," she said of her form for the hilly Classics. "I hope that everything will go well and that I won't get any small sicknesses, or whatever, because there are still two weeks to go. I feel comfortable and we have a strong team so it gives me more confidence that I had before. We are having fun when we are racing together and when you have fun youre happy and you can form really well." Nevertheless, the Tour of Flanders left Niewiadoma with a sense that she could have gotten more out of it. Though she was still trying to process the disappointment and where exactly it had broken down, the 23-year-old admitted that her delayed response to Van der Breggens attack was a large contributing factor in the Boels Dolmans rider getting so far up the road. "I first went after the Kruisberg and then she followed my attack. Somehow, I thought that the other girls would be able to cover it, because I was on the edge after making the first attack," explained Niewiadoma. "I dont know. I should have reacted immediately. I saw that Ellen had attacked and I was on her wheel hoping that she could close the gap but that moment of hesitation cost us a chance at victory. "I knew that I had a few of my riders behind me so I thought that a few groups would come together and, for sure, working together we should be able to close that gap, especially as it was almost 30 kilometres to go and there were big, wide roads with a lot of headwind. I thought that being alone is not the ideal situation so I thought we could work together. We went pretty deep on the Kwaremont but the gap was still growing. She was just flying today." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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