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Landa eyes Giro d'Italia - Tour de France double for 2019
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
To call Mikel Landas first year at Movistar a tricky one would be an understatement - or, as the Basque says rather wryly about 2018, "its had pretty much everything in it". A solid start to the season, with a summit finish stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico and second place overall in the Vuelta al Pas Vasco were followed by two bad crashes in the summer, the first on the cobbles at the Tour de France in July and the second much closer to home in the Clsica San Sebastin at the start of August. The first fall left him battered and unable to perform at 100 per cent in the Tour and then the second, far more serious, saw him suffer bad back injuries that ruled him out for all of August and, in terms of results, for the rest of the season. Just to add to the turbulence, there were rumours during the Tour that Landa might move on to Astana, rather than complete his contract with Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But while the Astana rumours proved to be just that - rumours - Landa remained firmly on the back foot for the rest of the season. The Vuelta a Espaa proved impossible, as did the World Championships, and although Landa managed to race again in the autumn in Italys one-day races, a relentless racking up of DNFs there - finally totalling six - spoke for itself. "Things went very well up until the Tour and then in the Tour things went awry and the Clsica crash finished me off," Landa told reporters at the end of a Movistar get-together in Navarre this week. "The only good thing was that Ive ended the season racing again, which was the best way to end the year. But next year is really where Ive got my objectives. Im doing all right, although I need to disconnect mentally, as well as physically, and forget everything for a while, because I made a big effort to try and race the Vuelta and Worlds. I liked the Vuelta route and the Worlds was a very special one. But trying to get back into racing tired me out." 2019 You can read more at More...
Valverde awarded 2018 Velo d'Or by Indurain
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde(Movistar) has been awarded the prestigious Vlo d'Or as the rider of the year, with Miguel Indurain, who won the first edition of the award in 1992, presenting him with the trophy on Friday. The Vlo d'Or is awarded by French magazine Vlo to the rider their panel deems to have had the best season. Another trophy, the Vlo d'Or Franais, is awarded to the best French rider of the season, and this year it went to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Valverde wins the award after becoming world champion last month. The Spaniard had finished on the podium on six occasions but he finally reached the top step in Innsbruck as he came over the Hll climb with Romain Bardet and Michael Woods and out-sprinted them in the run to the line.ADVERTISEMENT Valverde didn't win either La Flche Wallonne or Lige-Bastogne-Lige this year - the first time he's gone without a win in the Ardennes Classics since 2013 - but he did win every week-long stage race he entered, with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Abu Dhabi Tour, Volta a Catalunya, and La Route d'Occitanie. He finished 14th at the Tour de France after working for teammates Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, but went for the GC at the Vuelta a Espaa, finishing fifth overall after slipping off the podium in a final-day slump. Valverde ended the year as the top rider in the UCI's rolling ranking system, but missed out on the 2018 WorldTour crown to Simon Yates, with Peter Sagan also above him in second place. Valverde was not present at the unveiling of the route for the 2019 Tour de France on Thursday, where the Vlo d'Or is usually handed out, but he received his trophy as the Movistar team gathered for a first pre-season meeting in Pamplona on Friday. There to hand over the award was fellow Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who won it in 1992 and 1993. You can read more at More...
Best moments of the 2018 Tour de France - Video
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
Climbs, dramatic crashes, tearfully joyful winners " the 2018Tour de Francehad them all. The 'Best Moments' video of the Tour shows all the highlights of this years race. Featuring a slightly unexpected overall winner inGeraint Thomas (Team Sky), the video follows the race across all its stages, starting with Thomas breaking down in tears after being assured of the final win. From John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in tears after winning that stage, to Thomas dashing out to win mountain stages, Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) having fun on the way up Alpe d'Huez, and of course that grid start " the biggest moments are shown.ADVERTISEMENT As so are, sadly, the many crashes and serious injuries, including Richie Porte (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), and the still-horrifying scene of Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) flying over a stone wall and down the mountainside. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan enjoys a biathlon race at Bora-Hansgrohe get together - Gallery
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Bora-Hansgrohe gathered in East Tirol, Austria this week for some off-season mountain biking, biathlon and rock climbing as the team planned and prepared for the 2019 season and enjoyed someteam-building activities. The camp opened with a cycling biathlon race between riders and team staff. Peter Sagan posted a video on Twitter showing how the mass-start race included a lap on a mountain bike, target shooting from a laying position, followed for some unexplained hammering of nails into a tree stump and another ride on the mountain bike. A few obscenities were bleeped out but Sagan seemed to have a lot of fun.ADVERTISEMENT Rock climbing followed on the second day, with staff and riders carefully and tightly secured, crawled their up the steep Austrian Galitzenklamm.Other moments during the get together were used to meet and greet new riders and undergofittings with new sponsors. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a selection of the best photos from the Bora-Hansgrohe get together. Trying my luck in a biathlon relay race, @tvb_osttirol style, in our first team camp! @GoPro @BORAhansgrohe @BORAGmbH @Hansgrohe_PR @iamspecialized @sportful @ride100percent " Peter Sagan (@petosagan) October 26, 2018 You can read more at More...
2019 Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Next year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey.With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged... More...
Letters: Walk the Avenue at your peril
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
IT WAS my misfortune today to walk the Avenue from the AA Office to New World supermarket. What an absolute disgrace, not to mention danger, that footpath is.I have walked the footpaths in most cities in New Zealand and have never... More...
Hamish Carter resigns from High Performance Sport New Zealand after Cycling New Zealand leak drama
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter has resigned as High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) Campaign Consultant Manager after it was revealed that he had passed on confidential documents from the 2016 Olympic Games campaign debrief.The... More...
Former Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times.Johan Bruyneel had been serving a 10-year ban. In a letter... More...
Two Great Ride cycle trails near Rotorua to get maintenance funding
October 25, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two Great Rides on Rotorua's doorstep are to set to get more than $25,000 each in the latest round of funding for the upkeep of the 11 Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has announced... More...
Steven De Jongh on the mend after crash, concussion
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from ]
Trek-Segafredodirecteur sportif Steven DeJongh has made his first public comments since being airlifted to safety following a crash while riding his bicycle in Spain last week. De Jongh was reported missing by his wife Renee Meijer on October 15 when he failed to return from his morning ride.He was located in part via his Strava app, which was tracking his ride, and by Dutchman RobertGesink, who went out to search for him. The information helped rescuers narrow their search. De Jongh was located and airlifted by helicopter after lying unconscious in a ravine for several hours.ADVERTISEMENT After two days in the hospital with severe concussion, De Jongh was discharged and is recuperating at home.Monday's series of posts onTwitter included photos of the rescue. 1/2 One week ago around this time family and friends were very happy with the news I was found. Thanks to my great wife @meijerrenee0202 who responded so quickly and help of @mossoscatalunya @bomberscat #janverhagen #paco @RGUpdate @bikes_and_frank @paultjejorna " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 2/2 I was found before the bad weather started... thanks also @strava for pointing them in the right direction. And @twitter Where the cycling community retweeted the message of my disappearance massively! @treksegafredo for your help. and everybody who left a message " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 You can read more at More...
John Degenkolb becomes ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from ]
John Degenkolb has become the first official ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix, the group of volunteers who maintain the cobblestones that characterise the Paris-Roubaix race each spring. The German won the race, also known as the Hell of the North, in 2014, and also won the cobbled stage of this year's Tour de France, which went over several sectors of cobblestones, or pav. Keen to give something back, he has teamed with Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix (the friends of Paris-Roubaix) , a group that aims to protect the Paris-Roubaix parcours, which is made up of nearly 30 sectors of narrow cobbled roads - mostly old farm tracks that zig-zag across the north east of France in an area that was heavily affected by the First World War. While they add cobblestones to plug holes and damage inflicted by the weather in the lead-up to the race each spring, they are committed to maintaining the hellish nature of the pav, resisting any moves from local authorities to resurface the roads.ADVERTISEMENT Degenkolb will make financial contributions to the not-for-profit organisation, as well as donating memorabilia to their museum and making appearances with the group when he's in the area. "Cycling. A modern sport in technical times. Yes. That's one part of the cycling business. On the other side, you have the old races, classics, history. Legendary routes and names like Le Tour de France or Paris-Roubaix. Goosebumps for all cycling fans and as well for me. These legendary races. These holy grounds. The history and heroic stories, you can smell that on every kilometre," Degenkolb wrote in a message attached to Monday's announcement. "For me, it was the classics that fascinated me immediately. I will never ever forget sitting at home on our couch with my dad and following these races... I was infected with the 'virus'. That's what I wanted to do as well. I wanted to become a pro cyclist and do these epic courses. l wanted to be part of that history. These memories still motivate and push me till today and so I didnt need to think one single second as I received the request to become the first pro the official ambassador of 'Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix' - the non-profit association that keeps and protects Paris-Roubaix course as it always was. You can read more at More...
Greipel to debut with Fortuneo-Samsic at Tropicale Amissa Bongo
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from ]
Andre Greipel will make his 2019 debut at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race in Gabon, Africa, as he begins a new chapter of his career with French Professional Continental team Fortuneo-Samsic. Greipel has often kicked his seasons off at the Tour Down Under in Australia, where he has won 18 stages and the overall classification in 2008 and 2010. However, his painful divorce from Lotto Soudal and his step-down to Professional Continental level means the 36-year-old German will face new challenges and new races.ADVERTISEMENT The 2019 Tropicale Amissa Bongo will be held between January 21-27, with the opening stage in Bongoville, in the west of the African country, with other stages in the north and the seventh and final stage in the capital Libreville. Race organisers also confirmed that the French teams Direct Energie and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels will also ride the 2019 edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo. 10 African teams will complete the start list. The 2018 edition of the race was won by Rwanda'sJoseph Areruya, who rides for theMarseille Provence KTM Delko team. Greipels long spell at Lotto Soudal ended after bitter contract negotiations with then team manager Paul De Geyter, who has since been replaced by John John Leglangue, with Australias Caleb Ewan replacing Greipel as the teams lead sprinter. A new challenge at 36 You can read more at More...
WorldTour awards handed out at 2018 UCI Cycling Gala - Gallery
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from ]
The curtain came down on the 2018 road season with the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday, and afterwards the riders - men and women - swapped lycra for tuxedos for the fourth edition of the end-of-season UCI Cycling Gala. First held in Abu Dhabi in 2015, the event moved to China last year with the creation of the Tour of Guangxi as the final event on the WorldTour calendar.The ceremony saw a number of awards handed out, for winners of the various classifications of the men's and women's WorldTour and also for all the recently crowned world champions from the Innsbruck Worlds. While the riders who'd competed in the Tour of Guangxi were all present, few others made the trip to China, meaning many awards had to be accepted by teammates on behalf of the real winners.ADVERTISEMENT Neither Simon Yates nor Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) - the 2018 WorldTour champions - were there in person, so Matteo Trentin and Gracie Elvin collected their respective awards. New world champion and second-placed finisher in the WorldTour standings, Alejandro Valverde, was similarly absent, as was third-placed Peter Sagan. The men's WorldTour teams classification was one of the few awards to be collected in person, with Philippe Gilbert leading Quick-Step Floors onto the stage to cap a season that has produced an astonishing 73 victories. The evening also saw entertainment from Chinese singers and dancers, with Rigoberto Uran joining in, plus an address from UCI President David Lappartient. You can read more at More...
On yer bikes: Whaka100 shoot out sets scene for entertaining weekend
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Before the Whaka100 main event yesterday,riders put their speed to the test in the Rotorua Isuzu Shoot Out on Saturday.Riders set off at one at a time at intervals of 30 seconds in a time trial to complete the 1.9km course. The... More...
Hutt Valley judge to mentor Porirua students for iconic Coast to Coast
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A district court judge is swapping his robes for exercise gear to help mentor a group of Porirua students heading to the Coast to Coast.Judge Arthur Tompkins, normally found in the Hutt Valley District Court, is pulling strings... More...
CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year's end
October 21, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
USA Cycling is once again on the hunt for another chief executive.It's in a decidedly better place than last time.Derek Bouchard-Hall announced Friday he is resigning as president and CEO at the end of the year, opening a job... More...
Chris Rattue: If cyclist had sex with coach Anthony Peden she should be named
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: There's a giant hole in that just-released cycling report , and probably only one person who can fill it.Who was the female athlete involved in an alleged relationship with coach Anthony Peden? We, the taxpayers, have... More...
Cyclists on potential collision course with bus passengers in Auckland cycleway plans
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A new cycleway planned for central Auckland will put pedallers on a potential collision course with crowds of bus passengers.Cycling groups and Auckland Transport, however, say the risk has been addressed by safety measures.Auckland... More...
On-street charging stations planned for electric-bike users in Auckland
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An Auckland company wants to install park-and-charge stations for e-bikes on city streets to help end riders' anxieties about running out of electricity.Big Street Bikers plans to set up two trial sites, in Auckland's Ponsonby Rd... More...
Commentators clash over controversial first transgender world champion
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling's first transgender world champion has fired back at heated criticism surrounding her breakthrough victory at the 2018 UCI Masters track championships.Canadian philosophy professor at South Carolina's College of Charleston... More...
Member of US cycling team found after going missing in Spain
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " A member of American cycling team Trek-Segafredo was hospitalized with a concussion after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain on Monday.Director Steven De Jongh "did not sustain more serious injuries"... More...
Italy's Filippo Ganna joins Team Sky for 2019
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky have confirmed that Italy's Filippo Ganna will be part of the British WorldTour team for 2019, boosting their squad for the cobbled Classics and time trials. 22-year-old Ganna has ridden for UAE Team Emirates for the last two seasons. He won the under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2016 and won the Individual Pursuit world title on the track in 2016 and 2018. He recently finished second to Gianni Moscon in the Italian national time trial championships and is currently competing with Italy in the track World Cup in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT "Its a dream to sign for Team Sky. Its a very impressive team and everyone in cycling is used to seeing them winning the big races," Ganna said. "I hope I can continue to develop and improve on my first two years on the road. Im excited to meet up with the team for the first training camp and to start to work together. The team is really impressive in how they approach time trials and team time trials and that is an area I feel I can develop, in addition to the one-day races and one-week stage races going forward. "In 2018 I started to experience the Classics races as a pro for the first time and that is another area I would like to learn and focus on, to one day be able to compete at the front of those races." Ganna is Team Skys second confirmed signing for 2019 after Jhonatan Narvaez's arrival from Quick-Step Floors was announced on Thursday. Team Sky are also expected to sign Colombian climber Ivan Sosa but his move has been delayed by a contractual dispute between his former and current agents. Irelands Eddie Dunbar joined Team Sky in September after the collapse of the Aqua Blue Sport team. You can read more at More...
Gradek graduates to new CCC WorldTour team
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from ]
CCC Sprandi Polkowice's Kamil Gradek will make the leap to UCI WorldTour level when he joins the new CCC Team for 2019. Shoe manufacturer CCC will take over as the main sponsor of the current BMC team, which is owned by Jim Ochowicz's Continuum Sports company, and Gradek will make the step up from the current CCC-sponsored Pro Continental squad. "It has been my dream to ride for a WorldTour team and now this dream is coming true," the 28-year-old Polish rider said in a press release.ADVERTISEMENT "To compete at the highest level of racing, and with the best riders, is what I have always wanted to do, so I'm very excited and I can't wait for the upcoming season. "To be be part of any WorldTour team would be wonderful, but to be part of a Polish WorldTour team will be very special. "I know that I can learn a lot from the experienced riders in the team, and I definitely want to develop more as a cyclist, and to be helpful to my teammates," continued Gradek, who rode for the British ONE Pro Cycling Continental team in 2017. You can read more at More...
Cycling New Zealand review reveals bullying, absence of accountability
October 15, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling New Zealand has tumbled from its pedals with the release of the Heron Report reviewing the organisation's culture. The investigation, led by Michael Heron QC, highlights "bullying", "an absence of accountability" and "suboptimal... More...
The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, withThibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday. The Frenchmanjumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at thetop of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory. He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot.ADVERTISEMENT The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for a spectacular finale to the 2018 Classics. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of the day's racing. You can read more at More...
Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dellEmilia last Saturday but was not expected to have an impact at the far tougher Il Lombardia. But when team leader Gianni Moscon suffered a puncture on the descent of the Colma di Sormano, Bernal stepped up and dived down the descent and across to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nibali and Pinot. It would be the winning move of the race, but Bernal eventually paid the price for his solo effort and was distanced on the lower slopes of the Civiglio climb. He finished 12th, 1:31 behind Pinot but only one place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac).ADVERTISEMENT He had the courage to take on the race but just not the legs to finish it off. Im happy because I went two months without racing and I only began racing again one week ago, Bernal said at the finish area before heading to the Team Sky for a final post-race shower of the season. "I wanted to do a good result here and I finished 12th. Thats not great, but I need to be happy as its normal that I needed time to recover after the crash. Now Im happy and motivated for next season. On the second part of the Muro di Sormano, the race kicked off," he said. "I was suffering and didnt really have the legs. I focused on getting across to the first group on the descent because I knew on the last climb I wouldnt be with them. So I preferred to make a fast descent, but without taking risks. I was always under control. I was able to re-join the leaders, which was really nice. You can read more at More...
Plaza extends with Israel Cycling Academy
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ruben Plaza has signed on for another year withIsrael Cycling Academy. The 38-year-old Spaniard announced his decision Friday with a presentation on Facebook Live. Plaza joined the team this season after three seasons with the Australian Orica WorldTour teams. "When I signed with ICA for the 2018 season, I was really thinking that this is going to be my final year as a pro, but as the season progressed I realized that I am still very much motivated," Plaza said in a statement released by the team. "The fantastic experience being a leader and a veteran in a young team, being part of a project that is changing Cycling in Israel - has given new meaning to what I do on the bike," he said. "Then came the historic and unforgettable Giro D'italia and the moments I will never ever forget when all the country united behind the team."ADVERTISEMENT Plaza had a resurgence of sorts with the Israeli-registered team this year, taking his first win in three years as he soloed to a stage win and overall victory at theVuelta a Castilla y Leon in April. Plaza made the roster for the team's Giro d'Italia squad and the historic start in Jerusalem, and he nearly scored a stage win when he was second toMaximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. "I was close, but close is not enough," Plaza said. "I wanted to give myself and the team a dream win, and this mission is still unfulfilled. When the team came to me with the offer to continue for another year, I asked myself if I can still deliver with ability and motivation, and the answer was, 'Yes, I can.' So I see it as almost another chance to leave a mark and continue the journey with this unique team." Plaza finished 10 seconds behind the German on that Giro stage as the day-long breakaway disintegrated on the final climb, just missing out on his goal to win a stage in each Grand Tour after taking wins at the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 and 2005, and in the Tour de France in 2015. Team co-owner Sylvan Adams hinted that Plaza will get a chance at his Giro win again next year. You can read more at More...
Pinot: Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) often seems to be racing against himself, against his demons and against his own weaknesses and tactical errors. But his victory at Il Lombardiaand the way he won the final Monument of the season swept away all Pinots doubts, rewarding his panache, aggression and desire to win. I have a tattoo that says 'Solo la vittoria e bella', and this is the most beautiful victory for me, Pinot explained as he tried to understand what he had achieved by winning Il Lombardia. Il Lombardia is the most beautiful race of all for me. Its a magnifique race. I think Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider. Its my favourite race, and to win it alone after a duel with [Vincenzo] Nibali is incredible. I think it was good to watch as it was to ride.ADVERTISEMENT I showed what I can do today. We have live in the moment, and I believe that everything that has happened so far in my life has lead me to win Il Lombardia. Pinot knew it was the right moment to attack when he saw Nibali go after Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final slopes of the Colma di Sormano. There were still almost 50km left to race, but he followed his instinct. I wanted to do something on the Sormano, and when Nibali attacked I said, Bingo! I knew it was a good attack, Pinot explained. You can read more at More...
Valverde ends season with 11th in Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) closed out his season with 11th place at Il Lombardia on Saturday, sticking with the best until the final attacks fromPrimo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) relegated him to the role of chaser. The reigning world champion finished 1:31 down on winner Pinot in a five-man group that also included Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac),Sbastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott). I felt the tiredness of this long season a bit today," Valverde said in a post on his team's website. "I didnt really feel bad and was able to stay close to the top contenders all day, struggling but fighting into those final climbs. However, youve got to be honest: there were some of the best in the world in this race, and they might have come to this race in better condition."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde was in the much-reduced peloton when Primo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked at the top of theSormano climb and blew the race apart.Toward the top, Nibali and Thibaut Pinot jumped out of the group, eventually catching Rogli and being joined by Bernal as well. Pinot eventually attacked Nibali with 14km to go and held off the defending champion for the win. Valverde simply lacked the horsepower to go with the winning moves, but in a season that has seen him take 14 wins, topped off with the world championship in last month in Austria, the 39-year-old Spaniard said he was not disappointed with his Lombardia result. "Disappointed about not winning? Not at all " not if you consider how Ive fared this season," Valverde said. "Id be sad if I wasnt able to stay on the bike and had to DNF, but I had on my mind this was one of todays likely scenarios. I can only be satisfied about my 2018 season and this rainbow jersey on my chest. You can read more at More...
Nibali proud of second place at Il Lombardia after three months of suffering
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) smiled on the podium of Il Lombardia as if he had won. His second place behind an untouchable Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was a personal victory and a source of huge satisfaction, coming just three months since a spectator-caused crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France to LAlpe dHuez left him with a fractured vertebrae. Nibali wanted a third victory at Il Lombardia; he wanted to dedicate victory to his wife on their wedding anniversary and remember his grandfather who died this year. He wanted to prove that he was back to his best and that the pain and suffering of the last three months was worth it. His daughter, Emma, stood proudly with her dad on the podium, thinking he had won. The many Italian tifosi also cheered Nibali as if he had won Il Lombardia too.ADVERTISEMENT Id hoped to win for lots of reasons, and I never ride to finish second, but Pinot was on a great day. There was nothing else I could do. Pinot deserved to win, Nibali said sportingly. Ive given it everything to get back to my best, but its been difficult. I was always playing catch up. The doctors said Id need three months to recover without the operation, and its been three months now, so to finish second at Il Lombardia makes what Ive been through worth it. Its definitely a kind of victory for me. Nibali was expecting a battle with Pinot and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), but a different race emerged over the top of the steep Colma di Sormano. Valverde was surprisingly isolated and struggling. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) had forced the pace on the double-digit gradient of the wall of Sormano, then Nibali and Pinot seized the initiative. You can read more at More...
Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jrgen Roelandts, Stefan Kng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad.ADVERTISEMENT "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schr will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very motivated roster and saw good performances which we are looking to repeat this year. Although we will be one man down at the final UCI WorldTour race of the season due to some last minute changes, we are still lining up with a strong, competitive and versatile six-rider roster, Stewart said. You can read more at More...
Cordon-Ragot praises womens minimum salary as a big step forward
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Audrey Cordon-Ragot praised the UCI's decision to introduce a minimum salary for the top tier of womens teams beginning in 2020. The French time trial champion, who is set to race with Trek-Segafredo next year, said that it was one of the most important steps toward improving the overall professionalism of womens cycling. "It's a big step that we are taking now," Cordon-Ragot told Cyclingnews in an interview at the SportHotel, where the French national team was staying ahead of the 2018 Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. "There is still a long road ahead because we have so many things still to improve in women's cycling, but this is the first step to take, and it is so important."ADVERTISEMENT UCI President David Lappartient told Cyclingnews in July that a two-tiered team system would be introduced in 2020 and that the top tier would be paid a minimum salary. In Innsbruck, he confirmed the two tiers " Womens WorldTeams and Continental Teams - and that the top level would be required to pay riders a minimum salary equal to that of the mens Professional Continental teams, currently set at just above 30,000. There will be five Womens WorldTeams in 2020, and the minimum salary will be gradually phased in over a three-year period. The goal is to have 10 teams in 2021 and 15 teams by 2022. New team, new ambitions You can read more at More...
Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky. Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to ease the pain and returned in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, in the hope of finding the form for the World Championships in Innsbruck but cracked before the decisive climb.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's form is better now than in Innsbruck two weeks ago but he does not know if it will be good enough to allow him to win Il Lombardia for a third time. "My form is an incognito," Nibali said with pragmatism. "I can only do what I can, my legs are what they are. It'll be about grit and determination. I haven't trained specifically for il Lombardia, I'm using the form I got from Vuelta, the Worlds and Giro dellEmilia, where I was eighth. Considering his options beyond Bahrain-Merida and 2019 You can read more at More...
French rider Pinot wins Tour of Lombardy
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMO, Italy (AP) " French rider Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday for the first single-day classic victory of his career.Pinot, who rides for the Groupama-FDJ team, left behind challenger Vincenzo Nibali with a... More...
Cycling: George Bennett records another slice of New Zealand cycling history at Il Lombardia
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has added yet another New Zealand cycling record to his palmares at Il Lombardia this morning.Bennett has finished 10th in the storied one-day race - one of cycling's five "monuments" contested by the world's best... More...
Whanganui couple Peter and Louise Oskam begin forestry project with recreation sideline
October 13, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Peter and Louise Oskam saw 70,000 trees planted on land owned by their family trust last winter.Their 50ha of land upriver from Kaiwhaiki Pā will be long-term, slow growing, high value forestry, networked with tracks open to... More...
'Run him over, greg!' Truck teen sorry after cyclist abuse saga
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A teen passenger who encouraged a truck driver to run over a cyclist in Dunedin has apologised to the victim for his actions.An expletive-laden video posted to social media shows two employees of Clearwater Civil sitting in the... More...
Cyclist abuse: Call for calm on Dunedin streets
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A transport industry leader has called for calm in Dunedin, after a cyclist said he was verbally abused when he complained about a truck driver parking across a cycle lane.The incident comes after a video emerged this week of a... More...
Lance Armstrong's brutal Tweet to Tour de France winner after trophy stolen
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstong has came up with a brutal response to current Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas after his trophy was stolen.Armstong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after admitting to taking... More...
Video shows truckies joke about running over cyclist, abuse rider
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Dunedin contractor says a video showing one of its workers urging his colleague to run down a cyclist is ''extremely embarrassing'', and it has launched an investigation.The expletive-laden video showed two employees of Clearwater... More...
Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain.The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team Sky displayed... More...
Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain.The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team... More...
Heinrich Haussler and the long road - Exclusive Podcast
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
In this week's edition of the Cyclingnewspodcast,brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we have an exclusive interview with Bahrain-Merida's Australian rider Heinrich Haussler. The 34-year-old turned professional back in 2005 with Gerolsteiner but his road into cycling started much earlier, when, as a teenager, he came to Germany on his own and without knowing the language. Away from his family and isolated at first, Haussler had to find his way in society as much as cycling, but his talent and dedication saw him through. In this interview, conducted at the Canadian WorldTour races in September, Haussler talks about his path into cycling, the hurdles he had to overcome and his time as a pro rider.ADVERTISEMENT He opens up about his success and the culture at Gerolsteiner, the highs and lows at Cervelo test team, injuries and setbacks, and how in the autumn of his career he has reinvented himself as a road captain for the likes Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli. Sponsor messagePrendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at You can read more at More...
ENVE (finally) launches disc TT rear wheel
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Carbon component specialist ENVE has released its Smart ENVE System (SES) Rear Disc Wheel " the Utah-based companys first full disc rear wheel for time trialling and triathlon. ENVE says the wheel was developed with "no expense spared" using "state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics" and prototypes were tested at the Mercedes GP-Petronas Formula 1 teams wind tunnel in the United Kingdom.ADVERTISEMENT The wheel uses a one-piece moulded construction, with only the hub shell featuring any bonding. This results in a strong and relatively light wheel, although the claimed weights are around 200g heavier than a PRO Textreme Disc rear wheel. The new Specialized S-Works Shiv disc is... wow ENVE rolls out two purpose-built gravel rims Priced at $2,700 / 2,875, the wheel is optimised for speeds above 27mph / 43kph and targeted at professionals and elite amateur cyclists. ENVE SES Rear Disc Wheel key features One-piece moulded carbon construction Internal rim width 19mm External rim width 27mm Tubeless compatible Optimised for 25mm tyres Rim/disc brake version available Carbon and alloy ENVE hub 5-year ENVE warranty 1,225g (claimed) $2,700 / 2,875 Aero advantages but only if youre fast enough Tubeless-SES Disc/Disc or Rim/Disc You can read more at More...
Renshaw extends with Dimension Data
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish lead-out man Mark Renshaw has extended his contract with Dimension Data, taking him through 2019 with the South African team that benefits the Qhubeka charity. Im looking forward to racing my 16th season professionally with Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2019," the 35-year-old Australian said in a statement released by the team. "This will be my fourth season with the team where we have had some great success over the past three years. Im excited to meet all my current teammates and all the new riders that will join us next season at our training camp in Cape Town next month," he said.ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw joined the team in 2016, following Cavendish from Etixx-QuickStep. Cavendish had been rumoured to be considering a move away from the South African team after three years, and he and his representatives had talked to a number of teams over the past few months. Dimension Data added Italian sprinter Giaccomo Nizzolo to the 2019 roster in September, adding more fuel to the transfer rumours.However,La Gazzetta dello Sport reported late last week that the British sprinter had reached an agreement with Dimension Data to add another year to his contract. Now Renshaw is in the fold again as well. Working with our new sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo next season as well seeing Ryan Gibbons continue to develop will be very exciting," Renshaw said. "I'm looking forward to helping him and our other leaders in the sprint finals next season in my favourite position of lead-out rider. I will be sharing all my years of experience on the road to bring the team our best results." " Mark Renshaw (@Mark_Renshaw) October 11, 2018 You can read more at More...
Groenendaal joins Boels Dolmans as team director in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Boels Dolmans announced that they have expanded their staff to include new team director Richard Groenendaal for the 2019 season. The former pro cyclist and cyclo-cross rider will assist team manager Danny Stam at a number of road races next season. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge," said Groenendaal, who will fill a part-time role with the team. "I will support Danny as a second team director next year in a number of road races. It is nice that I can transfer my experience and expertise within this women's team. "I will focus on the road season, but as a cyclo-cyclist there may well be a role for me in the future. However, we only look at that later, first the 2019 road season. I am really looking forward to it."ADVERTISEMENT Groenendaal had successful careers in both road and cyclo-cross. He was eight-times Dutch champion and he won the cyclo-cross world title in 2000, along with the World Cup standings title three times and the Superprestige twice. He was also the Dutch champion on the mountain bike. He spent 11 seasons racing on the road with Rabobank's division 1 and division 3 teams before moving to the AA Cycling Team for his final three seasons. He retired from cycling in 2010 and went on to work with the Rabobank Development Team until 2017. "Richard will be part-time in the team next year," Stam said. "Then we look at how we want to continue the collaboration. I am very happy with the extra experience in the team." You can read more at More...
Martin, Aru and Costa take UAE reins for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
UAE Team Emirates will head into Saturday's Il Lombardia with a roster that includes a former winner in Dan Martin and two riders who have come close to success previously in the 'Race of the Falling Leaves.' Martin won the race in 2014 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) after placingsecond in 2011 and fourth in 2013. His teammate Rui Costawas third behind Valverde in 2014, and Fabio Aru has scored two top 10 finishes in the race. The team are hoping their three-pronged approach to the race will result in victory this year. Martin dropped out of the Vuelta a Espana after nine stages to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. He returned to racing at the UCI Road World Championships, where he dropped out of the road race. Most recently, he was 16th in Milano-Torino on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Costa recently finished 10th in the Worlds road race after warming up with sixth at theGrand Prix Cycliste de Montral. He was 66th at Tre Valle Verasine earlier this week and 48th in Milano-Torino. Aru finished a disappointing 23rd at the Vuelta after crashing hard on stage 17, but he bounced back with ninth at Milano-Torino and appears to have recovered some good form in time for Saturday's Monument. Martin, Costa and Aru will be backed in the241km race from Bergamo to Como byMarco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland. Il Lombardia is a race of high importance, one of the monuments, an important appointment for our team, said team manager Matxin Joxean Fernandez. "We have selected a high-level group for such a prestigious race. Our seven riders have talent and quality to be protagonists and to pull in results.We have faith in our riders, also knowing that its going to be hard battle given the high level of competition. You can read more at More...
Androni secure place in 2019 Giro d'Italia after topping Italian ranking
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec celebrated overall victory in the season-long Ciclismo Cup on the podium of the Gran Piemonte race on Thursday, knowing that their success ensures a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Giro dItalia. The final classification has still to be calculated, but Davide Ballerini's third place and Manuel Belletti's sixth place at Gran Piemonte behind Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was enough to secure victory and leave team manager Gianni Savio happier than ever. His riders have won 30 races in 2018, including the Adriatica Ionica Race with Ivan Sosa and the Trofeo Matteotti and the Memorial Marco Pantani with Ballerini. A series of other placings by other riders meant that Androni Giocattoli finished well ahead of their Italian rivals in the Ciclismo Cup rankings and so secured the golden-ticket invitation to the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Other Italian Pro Continental teams such as Bardiani CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia will have to hope for a wildcard invitation from organiser RCS Sport, but Savio can enjoy the winter and plan for 2019 knowing the red Androni Giocattoli colours will line up in Bologna for the Grand Partenza in May. Androni Giocattoli missed out on a place in the 2017 Giro dItalia after failing to top the season-long ranking, and Savio has since made sure he was never left in a similar position. "Of the 11 editions of the ranking, weve won six, including the last two," Savio told Cyclingnews, struggling to hide his satisfaction. "We're proud to be able to ride the Giro d'Italia yet again in 2019 and also have the Italian scudetto (winners badge) on our jerseys as winners of the Ciclismo Cup. This has paid back for all our hard work during the season. You can read more at More...
Sonny Colbrelli: Call me Rain Man
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ended his 2018 season with another sprint win in the rain at Gran Piemonte on Thursday, confirming he is the rain man of the peloton. The Italian sprinter has the bike skills and the mindset to excel when the skies are grey and the roads wet. This time, after racing for more than four hours in the pouring rain around Turin and the flat Piedmont countryside, Colbrelli beat Florian Snchal (Quick-Step Floors) and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) on the long straight finish that leads to the stunning Palazzina di Caccia that once hosted hunting trips and celebrations with Napoleon and the Savoy and Italian royal families. "I always perform well in the rain because I know a lot of other riders dont like it," Colbrelli said. "I use the tough conditions to my advantage. Ive always preferred the rain to the heat of the summer. Even when I was young, I was happy to train in the rain. Im happy that people call me 'Rain Man'."ADVERTISEMENT Colbrelli has won four times in 2018, including beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the rain at the Tour de Suisse. He also finished second seven times, including twice behind Sagan in Tour de France sprints and behind Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) at the Gran Prix Cycliste de Montreal a few weeks ago. "The second places at the Tour de France were a big regret because I was so close, so too was the Gran Prix Montreal. I thought I'd won it and then Matthews passed me on the line," Colbrelli explained, able to see the long-term benefits of defeat. "They're big, big races. They're Classics and so they also give me the optimism and confidence for 2019. The Tour de France was an important moment in my season and my development as a sprinter and Classics contender. It's been a season full of second places, but there were some prestigious second placings too. I hope to turn them into wins in 2019." You can read more at More...
Swift looking to reboot his career after difficult years at UAE Team Emirates
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ben Swift will ride the Hammer Series in Hong Kong and then the Tour of Guangxi in China, hoping that any late-season success will help him secure a contract for 2019 after UAE Team Emirates opted not to retain the services of the Yorkshireman. Swift struggled with injury in 2017 in his first season with UAE Team Emirates and then fractured a vertebra in his back during this years Tour of Flanders. He has been trying to find his best form ever since. He missed the Tour de France and rode the Tour of Britain with Great Britain. He was only a reserve for the final block of racing but got the call and so has been mixing some late training with the search for a new team. Like many riders, Swift is a victim of the budget and roster cuts in the professional peloton that has left a number of talented riders desperately searching for a contract for 2019 as the current season ends.ADVERTISEMENT Im still on the market. Im speaking to a couple of teams. Its been a strange year but Im hopeful, though I know that things need to fall into place, Swift told Cyclingnews before he travelled to Hong Kong. I know Ive not shown what Im capable of in the last two years. It wasnt a risk joining UAE Team Emirates. I was at a moment in my career when I wanted to see if I could be better than up to that point. I got that opportunity to play my own cards thanks to UAE Team Emirates. It didnt work out for one reason or another but if I look back, my training numbers were as solid as ever and I felt good in races but things never really went my way, I was always lacking that last little bit needed to win. You can read more at More...

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