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Masters Games: Marathon champs turn mountain biking masters
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A pair of Kiwi long-distance legends have turned their attentions to a different pursuit.Rod Dixon and Allison Roe were at Woodhill Forest in Auckland to compete in the mountain biking at the World Masters Games, decades after they... More...
Biker's long trek a salute to big bro
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lewis Brindley owes his love of mountain biking to his big brother.But in August last year Neil Brindley, 32, took his own life in England, devastating his family.Lewis Brindley, 27, has now found a way to reflect on his life... More...
Scarponi funeral to take place Tuesday, thousands visit body
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FILOTTRANO, Italy (AP) " The funeral of former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi will be on Tuesday in his hometown of Filottrano, near Ancona.Scarponi, who won the Giro in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training... More...
Belgian star Serge Pauwels wins Tour de Yorkshire to claim first career victory aged 33
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Dimension Data rider, attacked off the top of the Cote de Wigtwizzle in the final 22 kilometres of the 194.5km stage from Bradford More...
First stage of Tour de Yorkshire marred by mass pile-up after huge crash just metres from finish
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire ahead of Australian Caleb Ewa More...
Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke hit with 41-month driving ban for being twice the drink driving limit
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
A test showed he had 165mg of alcohol in his blood – the legal limit is just 80mg More...
Former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi, 37, dead after crash during training
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Scarponi was training close to his home in Filottrano when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle More...
Quintana shows pre-Giro d'Italia form with Vuelta Asturias stage win
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana's successful 2017 season continued at the Vuelta Asturias with the Movistar rider winning the queen stageto confirm his form and condition ahead of the 100th Giro d'Italia. The 2014 Giro winner won the snowy stage to Alto del Acebo ahead of Raul Alacron (W52/FC Porto) and sits second overall with one stage to come. The UCI 2.1 Spanish stage race is Quintana's first race on European soil since a training block at home in Colombia and final preparation event for the Giro, starting Saturday in Sardinia. Quintana is aiming for a Giro/Tour de France double and already in 2017 has enjoyed general classification wins at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Tirreno-Adriatico. The 27-year-old explained that his sensations from the stage win have boosted his confidence and will aim to claim the overall Monday. "I'm really satisfied with how things went, with my preparations and this victory, too. I felt my legs responding well to all that we did before coming back to Europe - we're on the right path to tackle that big challenge in front of us successfully," Quintana explained. "For me, coming to Asturias has already been satisfactory. Let's hope we can finish things off tomorrow in one piece. It was a really cold day, also a dangerous one since we had to go through all those wet descents. We all really suffered, it was tough - yet we're sort of getting used to these days. It's been quite a few times now where we had to finish on top of a mountain covered in snow, after getting through foul conditions."ADVERTISEMENT Read more on this article Quintana turns focus to Giro d'Italia after Tirreno-Adriatico win Tour de France favourites: form ranking Quintana: Nibali is my biggest rival for the Giro d'Italia Quintana: We couldn't have asked for more in build-up to Giro-Tour double Dreaming the impossible dream: Quintana's bid for Giro-Tour glory Giro d'Italia 2017 provisional start list Quintana, who has built a reputation as a rider for the cold and snow, added that his brother Dayer played an important role on the slopes of the climb. "I just followed the wheels into the first part of the climb, well supported by my team, and when the real selection got formed, I sent Dayer forward to try and tear things apart a little bit more," he added. "Once the group was all the strung out I wanted, I went on my own pace, took Alarcn on my wheel and sought for the stage win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Home town boy triumphs in Rotorua
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The crowds were on their feet chanting his name and fist pumping the air, as Rotorua local Keegan Wright won the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Rockshox against the undefeated Pump Track World Champion.Wright,... More...
'Cycle train' gets green light
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An ingenious Kiwi venture that fixes bicycles to a disused section of the Napier to Gisborne railway line has been given the green light.Railbike Adventures director Geoff Main said he believes the project, on a 90-kilometre stretch... More...
inCycle: The legend of the Muur
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This episode of inCycle takes viewers to the famous slopes of the Muur ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders, anticipating the race-making moves that will inevitably take place there during the 101st running of the cycling Monument. The inCycle crew also takes a look at the future of cycling with Alberto Contador's U23 team Polartec, but first they chat with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) about her preparations before Gent-Wevelgem.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson sought meeting with panel investigating British Cycling
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an independent panel looking into allegations of sexism and bullying at British Cycling drafted a critical report, UCI President and former head of the British federation Brian Cookson sought an interview with the panels members, according to a recent report in The Guardian. British Cycling and UK Sport set up the five-member panel last year to look into the allegations first raised by former Olympic track sprinter Jess Varnish. A copy of the initial draft report that was finished late last year and was leaked to the British media earlier this month was extremely critical of British Cyclings culture of winning at all cost. The Guardian reported that Cookson was apparently disappointed that he was not given a chance to defend the federation to the panel. Correspondence obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Press Association revealed that panel chairwoman Annamarie Phelps amended her initial report to include a subsequent interview with Cookson and a number of new submissions.ADVERTISEMENT The Guardian reported that the new submissions were related to several contributions the panel received after its original cut-off of 30 November from people with a more positive take on life within the Great Britain cycling team, as a lack of balance in the draft had been flagged up by British Cyclings board. Meanwhile, the official release of the final report has been delayed several times because of legal wrangling among the stakeholders about how much would be public. Concerns over the privacy of those who were interviewed were raised, while Phelps wanted to ensure the report faithfully reflects the panels findings. Timeline: The British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis Phelps also warned UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl and British Cycling board member Marian Lauderany that any further direction from the boards would potentially undermine the independence of the report, according to The Guardian. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves overcomes knee injury but skips Pais Vasco
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Orica-Scott has confirmed that Esteban Chaves will miss next weeks Vuelta Ciclista al Pas Vasco, having recently returned to training after a knee injury. The Colombian climber, 27, is hoping to challenge Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the Tour de France later this summer. Chaves has not raced since the Herald Sun Tour in February and he was looking to line up for Pas Vasco next week. However, a bout of tendonitis has scuppered his early season programme. The Volta a Catalunya was scratched for the climbers schedule earlier in March and the Tour of Romandie in late April may also be out of the picture after a lay-off that has lasted several weeks. Chaves kick started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he finished second overall. The Sun Tour, and ninth overall, followed but he was absent from the Colombian nationals after the knee injury flared up for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really disappointed to miss the national championships tomorrow, he said at the time. I was looking forward to making my elite debut in my home town. But it is a long season and we needed to take the decision to fix any little problems now so we can continue with the plan this year without trouble." With Orica not racing a full programme of stage races in " other than the Giro dItalia " Chaves could return to racing in June, at the Critrium du Dauphin, and although he is no stranger to blocks of non-competitive cycling during the season the team are hoping to ease him back into racing. The plan is for him to remain in Colombia for the next few weeks as he builds his stamina and finds form. Cyclingnews understands that the team and medical staff have taken a cautious approach with the Tour de France still the main target. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Recon Ride: Tour of Flanders - Podcast
March 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The hype has been building through tune-up race after tune-up race, but the Tour of Flanders is finally here this Sunday. The biggest event on the Flemish cycling calendar, it might as well be a national holiday " and from an exciting racing standpoint, it rarely disappoints. Defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and a seemingly unstoppable Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the red-hot favourites for a high-calibre showdown on some of cycling's most famous Classics climbs, including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, back for the 2017 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT The Recon Ride takes a closer look at the route and the start list " with some pro insight from rising star Oliver Naesenof AG2R La Mondiale "ahead of De Ronde. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crankworx visitor's warning to others after bike stolen at mountain biking festival in Rotorua
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A tourist in town for Crankworx has been left gutted after her bike was stolen - as police warn festival visitors that mountain bikes are a "hot item" for Rotorua's thieves. Mea Bishop travelled from the South Island with her daughter,... More...
Gaviria shifts gears to focus on Giro d'Italia debut
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has put the Classics in the rearview mirror and will now return home to Colombia to begin the build-up to his Giro d'Italia debut, according to an update posted on the team's website Tuesday. Gaviria, 22, finished fifth at Milan-San Remo and ninth at Gent-Wevelgem, in addition to being a part of Quick-Step's race-winning lineup at Dwars door Vlaanderen. With those one-day appearances in the bag, he is turning the page from his short Classics campaign and looking ahead to his first ever Grand Tour start in Italy this May. "Fernando made another step in his apprenticeship in the one-day races, and now the time has come for him to recover and focus on the Giro d'Italia," said Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere via a team release. "We consider his first part of the season a successful one: He racked up four wins and was in the top 10 at both Classics he's done.ADVERTISEMENT "By going home now, he will have plenty of time to take benefit of the altitude in native Colombia and build a nice training schedule for the Giro, which will mark another step in his development." Sprinter-friendly days in stage races have been a productive environment for Gaviria in his young career. His four victories thus far in 2017 have all come in one-week events, including a WorldTour level triumph at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this month. Although his Classics appearances did not yield any personal victories, the Colombian and his team are content with the progress he showed surviving long days on the bike to deliver respectable sprint results. "It's been a nice experience to be again part of Quick-Step Floors' Classics team," Gaviria said. "Finishing San Remo in the top five and coming ninth at Gent-Wevelgem was really special. I got to learn better the roads of Belgium and to understand how things work in these races. I wish my teammates all the best for Flanders and Roubaix, and I hope Tom [Boonen] will get his fifth Roubaix. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia legends welcome Hinault to Hall of Fame - Gallery
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bernard Hinault was officially inducted into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame Tuesday in a ceremony at Milan's Teatro Gerolamo. Hinault claimed the pink jersey three times in his career, winning the Giro overall titles in 1980, 1982 and 1985. In 1982 and 1985 he also won the Tour de France, putting him among the exclusive company of riders who have won both Grand Tours in the same year "and the even more exclusive company of riders to do it twice. Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Fausto Coppi are history's only other riders to achieve the Giro-Tour double on more than one occasion.ADVERTISEMENT "It is an honor to receive my induction into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame. The Giro is one of the races I have loved the most in my career and I continue to love this race, its passion and its fans," Hinault said. "All the foreign riders who have come to Italy for the Giro always respected the race and give everything to win it. The Giro d'Italia was, and always will be, a very high level international race that everyone wants to win. "The Maglia Rosa is symbolic, a history in itself. It has a value and it is fantastic to try to earn it on every race day. For me the Maglia Rosa has the same value as the other important jerseys that I have worn, such as the Rainbow Jersey or the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France." With his induction, the Frenchman became one of just six riders on the Giro's honour roll, joining the company of Merckx, Ercole Baldini, Felice Gimondi, Stephen Roche and Francesco Moser. He had a pair of riders in mind when asked who he thought deserved the honour next. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel... More...
Teen with broken neck battling for life after bike accident
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cooper Snowdon knew it was bad as soon as he came off his bike.The 16-year-old was mountain biking with his older brother, Geordie, at Kowhai Park in Whanganui on March 21 when he went over a jump wrong, landed on his head and broke... More...
Naesen focused on Tour of Flanders after E3 podium
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following his surprising podium finish in E3 Harelbeke last week, Belgian Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) is focused on Sunday's Tour of Flanders as his next chance to put a Classics win under his belt. The 26-year-old, who raced for IAM Cycling last year, found himself in an envious-yet-difficult spot in E3 Harelbeke when he made the final three-rider selection with an on-form Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)and a resurgent Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). The winning trio formed out of a six-man group that bridged to the early breakaway, distancing themselves from the rest on the Oude Kwaremont and then cooperating until the finish line was in sight. Gilbert, stuck on the front, kept looking back waiting for one of his rivals to open up the sprint. Naesen finally lost patience and jumped, but it was too soon and Van Avermaet surged past to take the win. Gilbert was second, with Naesen in third.ADVERTISEMENT Naesen was obviously disappointed after coming so close to the victory, but the podium result was part of a steady progression after he was sixth at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, eighth at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and seventh at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Naesen most recently finished 22nd at Gent-Wevelgem, a result he says does not reflect his current form. "I had great legs at Gent-Wevelgem, but the result did not show it in the end," he said. "I am still satisfied with what I have accomplished in the past couple of races, especially at the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke where I managed to get a place on the podium." Naesen, who has two professional wins atBretagne Classic-Ouest-France last year and atLa Poly Normande in 2015, has taken a big confidence boost from his run of top 10 finishes in this year's Classics, and he expects the trajectory to continue. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Degenkolb's custom Trek Domane SLR - Gallery
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) joins the list of top riders who will compete on custom-painted bikes throughout the remaining Classics, with bike sponsor Trek creating a "Caf Racer" commemorative paint scheme for the German's Trek Domane SLR. The winner of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015 has one win so far this season at the Dubai Tour, but he has been knocking on the door with multiple podium finishes in stages at multi-day races as well as recently finishing seventh at Milan-San Remo and fifth at Gent-Wevelgem. He'll face his next test at the Tour of Flanders on the custom Domane that features aunique paint scheme inspired by Degenkolbs personal style and off-the-bike passion, classic caf racer motorcycles.Conceptualized by Trek graphic designer Micah Moran, the design takes cues directly from the Degenkolb's custom motorcycle that he often rides in and around his hometown of Frankfurt, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Hand-scuffed liquid metal provides a base layer that is complimented with a "dark smoke" tint and splashes of red trim, while details like Degnkolb's lucky number "7" and a badge for his nickname "Dege" complete the custom look. "Obviously I loved the bike right from the start because its inspired by who I am, on and off the bike," Degenkolb said in a statement released by his team. "Some people call me 'a gentleman of speed,' a title I would like to honor as much as I can, and you will find that also on my stem. The bike has my lucky number 7 on the seat tube as well. "Of course, everybody knows that cobbles are my favorite terrain, but I am not sure if people are aware that my passion off the bike is motorcycles," he said. "So riding a bike whose design takes cues directly from my personal caf racer moto, that's just awesome." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Masters claims first win of Crankworx
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi athlete Wyn Masters officially lived up to his name Sunday, winning the first major race of Crankworx Rotorua, the GIANT Toa Enduro, by mastering a truly gnarly course.Weather reports predicting rain would hit early in the day... More...
Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for 2nd victory in 3 days
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.World champion Peter Sagan... More...
Lessons aplenty but no podium for Matthews and Andersen at Gent-Wevelgem
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Classics tend to hand down lessons more readily than they hand out bouquets. Sunweb's Michael Matthews and Sren Kragh Andersen must have felt they had done the hard part when they made the decisive split after the Kemmelberg in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem, but nothing is ever straightforward in this corner of the world and at this time of the year. Matthews was caught on the wrong side when the 14-strong leading group split in two with 20 kilometres to go, but Andersen remained in front as part of an elite quintet with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step). Barely five kilometres later, however, Andersen found himself on the back foot when Terpstra and Sagan's impromptu game of bluff and counter-bluff allowed the eventual winner Van Avermaet and Keukeleire to forge clear. The young Dane performed impressively even as all cohesion dissipated from the group, but he received no reward for his efforts, and was swept up by the chasing peloton, eventually finishing 16th.ADVERTISEMENT "With Terpstra and Sagan, the work in the group was not going 100 per cent. I did some pulls but I also saved myself a bit, because I had Matthews behind and I said that to the guys," Andersen told Cyclingnews. "In the end, Terpstra didn't want to ride at all, and Sagan was like, Okay, I'll also stop.' They let Van Avermaet and Keukeleire go, and they are not stupid: They put the gas down and from then on, all three of us screwed ourselves. "I was a little bit caught in a sandwich there. I'm a young guy and I didn't know exactly what to do. It's a hard experience you know. In the team we hoped for more. We had the chance to get a better result, but that's how it is." Matthews barely put a pedal stroke askew all afternoon, riding confidently through the narrow section of gravel roads, the so-called Plugstreets, and then forging his way towards the front on the Kemmelberg. As the leading group of fourteen hurtled over the other side, only Sagan and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) stood out as rivals in the potential group sprint, only for the race to turn in a split second on a section of headwind outside of Ieper. Amstel on the horizon for Matthews You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia.Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh... More...
Dan Martin looks forward to rest, then Ardennes after strong start to season
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Come Monday, after he has finished the Volta a Catalunya, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) has his next objective in his sights already: "Put my feet up and sit on the sofa for a couple of weeks." The reason for this short spell of rest and recuperation is two-fold: first, Martin hit the ground running this season and up to the Volta a Catalunya, the Irishman has been racing consistently hard. He has earned top 10 placings in nearly half of his 24 race days so far this year. And that's without counting Martin's third place overall in Paris-Nice, sixth on GC in the Volta ao Algarve and fifth in the Vuelta a Valencia. The second reason is that Martin's next big objective, a strong ride in the Ardennes Classics, is fast looming on the horizon. So his short-term aim, as he tells Cyclingnews during the Volta a Catalunya, where he's currently sitting sixth overall, is to be as fresh for that as possibleADVERTISEMENT "It was a hard few weeks with Paris-Nice and I'm feeling it a bit, I've raced a lot this year. But that was always the plan for the Classics, to do the 'double' [Paris-Nice and Catalunya] because I did Tirreno then Catalunya when I won Lige-Bastogne-Lige [in 2013]." "The plan is to freshen up, put my feet up and sit on the sofa ... We'll let these last couple of weeks soak in and then it'll be good." Of the three Ardennes Classics, he will race Amstel, won three times by team-mate Philippe Gilbert, "to get my legs going again and obviously we've got a super strong team for it. Amstel doesn't really suit me as a race, but I can do a good job for the boys there, then see what I can do in Fleche and Lige, where I've done well." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
March 25, 2017 (14:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REUS, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke... More...
Alejandro Valverde retakes overall lead of Tour of Catalonia
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOSA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde defeated Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to win the decisive fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall lead going into the weekend.Valverde won after dominating... More...
Van Avermaet wins E3 Harelbeke after 3-man sprint
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet came out on top of a three-man sprint to win the E3 Harelbeke as Belgian riders secured a 1-2-3 finish in the one-day cobbled race on Friday.Van Avermaet edged former... More...
Skujins scores Cannondale-Drapac's first win of 2017 at Coppi e Bartali
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Toms Skujins scored Cannondale-Drapac's first win of 2017 Friday at Coppi e Bartali after bridging to a late move and then dropping his companions on the final cobbled climb to the finish in Sogliano sul Rubicone. Skujins' win propelled the 25-year-old Latvian into the overall race lead with two stages remaining. The result also marks the first pro win in Europe for Skujins, who took up the team banner after designated leader Tom-Jelte Slagter crashed early in the 130km second stage. "I hope Im opening the flood gates here," Skujins said of his ice-breaking win. "This was a really cool way to get the first part of the year going. I'm super stoked that I could share it with these guys that are here. TJ crashed right in front of me luckily for both of us I managed to avoid running over his arm. The team put their confidence in me and let me have this one after that."ADVERTISEMENT The day started with a seven-rider move that slipped away in the opening kilometres but was never allowed more than 3:30 advantage. The peloton pulled the gap down to just two minutes heading into the final hour of racing on the deceptively difficult course. "Today was a hard day," Skujis said. "There were not a lot of flat bits. I think it was something like 2,800 meters in 130 kilometers. In the profile, it looks like the last little bit is all downhill. It is definitely not. The climbs were mostly punchy. Some were super steep." After the peloton caught the original break, another group of five escaped on the final climb, and Skujins joined a group of four that lingered about 15 seconds behind in hot pursuit until they made contact with just one kilometre remaining. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Joel Stransky on bike crash: I landed face first
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Retired Springboks great Joel Stransky has opened up about a horror fall cycling accident that he suffered in South Africa this week. Stransky , who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South Africa to a gripping World Cup final... More...
Kristoff follows tried-and-trusted road to Tour of Flanders
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
At this stage in the game, Alexander Kristoff knows his way around the Flemish Ardennes. While some of his Katusha-Alpecin teammates went to reconnoitre the Kwaremont and Paterberg ahead of E3 Harelbeke, the Norwegian opted for a shorter ride following his arrival at the teams Classics base, the Park Hotel in Kortrijk, on Thursday morning. As well as the roads, Kristoff knows his own best route the day of days, the Tour of Flanders. While most of his rivals will rest in the week that follows Gent-Wevelgem, Kristoff will, yet again, prepare for the Ronde amid the cut and thrust of the Three Days of De Panne. The approach has served him well in years past, and he sees no reason to change. My body needs a little bit of beating up to get ready. Its not like I can relax and get ready, Im not built that way, Kristoff told Cyclingnews. Some people can have an easier approach and arrive in good shape, but I need to be really pushed hard and get really tired, and then after two days of rest, Im there.ADVERTISEMENT Winner of the Tour of Flanders in 2015, Kristoff has never quite replicated that form in the dress rehearsals of E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. Usually at these two races this weekend, I was never so good, but maybe I can change that this year, he said. I am here and the shape is quite good, but usually I need a bit more of these types of races to really come in the rhythm. Every year I use these two races and De Panne to be good in Flanders, but hopefully I manage to show myself a little bit tomorrow also. Kristoff arrives in Belgium following a series of performances largely in line with his early-season form over the preceding three years, as he clocked up a hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour of Oman. For the third time in five years, Kristoff proceeded to win the bunch sprint at the end of Milan-San Remo, though as in 2013, he was competing for a minor placing rather than the victory. Even so, he came away from La Classicissima with few regrets. Well, it was the first time I won the sprint on Via Roma, because I won on the harbour [the previous finish at the Lungomare Italo Calvino " ed.] before, Kristoff pointed out. I wont say Im disappointed because I did everything I could. I wasnt dropped on the Poggio, whereas in other years I was sometimes distanced a little bit. This year we went really fast and I managed to hold the group. Sagan You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Cyclist returns after miracle recovery
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone revisits a happy hunting ground on Saturday as his remarkable recovery from a near-death crash in Europe last year continues to defy initial medical expectations.The South African born 19... More...
Van Garderen leads Tour of Catalonia; Valverde penalized
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA MOLINA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia but lost the overall lead to American rider Tejay van Garderen after the Spaniard's Movistar team was penalized on Wednesday.Valverde beat Daniel... More...
Lampaert wins Flemish classic ahead of teammate Gilbert
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WAREGEM, Belgium (AP) " Belgium's Yves Lampaert won the Dwars door Vlaanderen race on Wednesday ahead of former world champion Philippe Gilbert as the Quick-Step Floors team secured a 1-2 finish in the cobbled road event.The Belgian... More...
Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins' cycling team furious after Tour of Yorkshire snub
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The tour had 49 teams apply for the 36 men's and women's places on offer More...
Vanmarcke suffers off day at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This morning Cyclingnews asked readers on social media to caption a photo we took of Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) clambering over a barrier towards a cafe at the start of Dwars door Vlaanderen.A few hours later, after Vanmarcke had crossed the finish line anonymously in the main peloton, some of those caption efforts proved awkwardly accurate, with the Belgian revealing that bowel problems held him back in the first of an all-important run of cobbled classics. "By 10 o'clock Id already been on the toilet four times," he told Cyclingnews and several Belgian reporters outside the Cannondale-Drapac bus. "Straight from the start I felt weird. I was running on empty, and maybe thats why I didnt feel good today." Vanmarcke, a perennial animator of the spring classics, missed the boat when Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked on the Berendries, forming the first key selection of the race with just over 75 kilometres remaining. Despite committing teammates to the chase, alongside Arnaud Demares FDJ, hed never see the front of the race again.ADVERTISEMENT "During the race I told the guys that I wasn't feeling great, but I told them to keep racing to see where we would end up. When others were passing me they saw I wasn't going well. I felt it throughout the race, so I wasn't surprised during the finale," he said. "It's no fun this way, even though I was still in the first main group and racing along. Normally I should be capable of taking the initiative or following the moves, but that wasn't the case today." Vanmarcke revealed last week that he was suffering with lingering rib pain caused by a crash at Strade Bianche earlier this month. Short of breath when making big efforts, he opted to struggle through Tirreno-Adriatico so as not to lose form ahead of the Classics, and hoped that a visit to the physio last Wednesday would put him back on track. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alejandro Valverde takes Tour of Catalonia lead
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BANYOLES, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde took the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday after fellow Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas was penalized for helping teammates during the team time trial.Movistar set the best... More...
British Cycling chief Justin Grace makes emotional organ donor appeal after liver transplant saved his life
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 46-year-old also revealed he will take part in the British Transplant Games this year and urged other transplant recipients to sign up More...
Recon Ride: E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem - Podcast
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Milan-San Remo in the books, Classics season is truly in full swing. The one-day specialists have a full slate of racing ahead on bumpy Belgian terrain. After a midweek appetizer on the cobblestones of Dwars door Vlaanderen, riders will contest the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke on Friday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Featuring many of the same iconic cobbled climbs as the Tour of Flanders, E3 is a perfect tune-up race, but it's earned its place as a coveted Classics prize in its own right. The list of recent champions more than lives up to the race's WorldTour billing. Former winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be among the top favorites again this year, as will Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale) and at least half of the Quick-Step line-up. Gent-Wevelgem is the older of the two races and has long been a favored battleground for the fast finishers, but impressive attacks in recent editions have denied the sprinters their chance to battle for the win. Time will tell if the likes of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will have the final say Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador still in GC hunt but 'a long way off' top rivals after Catalunya TTT
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador has his work cut out for him at the Volta a Catalunya this week after Tuesday's unusually long stage 2 team time trial. Trek-Segafredo finished fourth on the day, 1:15 down on the stage-winning Movistar squad. It was a solid ride, but that's a hefty deficit to make up on the likes of Alejandro Valverde in a one-week race. "I am happy, we have given everything, we have been quite well-organised and we did a good TTT, but we are a long way off our most important rivals," Contador said. "Valverde is 1:15 ahead, which is a lot. Now we have to look at the upcoming stages, starting with La Molina, which is not very hard as an ascent and where there may well be no big differences. Perhaps the time bonuses will be the most important time gaps."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde isn't the only rider standing in Contador's way, as stage 2 runner-up BMC Racing and third-placed Team Sky both have contenders for the overall victory. "The race has got more complicated because van Garderen and Sky with Froome and Thomas are all ahead," Contador said. "So we'll have to see what we can do." Nevertheless, Contador is not throwing in the towel just yet, and he sees openings in the days to come, particularly given the way recent editions of the race have played out. The Spaniard was second to Movistar's Nairo Quintana last year by just seven seconds. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Catalonia Results
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Results from Monday's first stage of the Tour of Catalonia, a 179-kilometer (111-mile) ride to and from Calella:1. Davide Cimolai, Italy, FDJ, 4 hours, 28 minutes, 21 seconds.2. Nacer Bouhanni, France, Cofidis,... More...
Cimolai of Italy wins 1st stage of Tour of Catalonia
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Davide Cimolai of Italy won the opening stage of the Tour of Catalonia by less than a wheel on Monday.The FDJ rider pushed his wheel just in front of Nacer Bouhanni as the two broke away in the final meters... More...
ASO partnership with Volta a Catalunya confirmed - News Shorts
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The rumoured partnership between the Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was confirmed by the ASO on Monday. The oldest Spanish stage race, which is currently taking place, has survived on support from the Catalan government, but recently signed a major sponsor in Carrefour, which also backs several of ASO's races. Rubn Peris, the chairman of the race's organising club, explained, "We will benefit straight away from ASO's expertise in areas such as image production and distribution of TV rights, which will help us bring our broadcasts up to the highest standards."ADVERTISEMENT ASO, which also organises Paris-Roubaix, Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Flche Wallonne, Paris-Tours, Paris-Nice, the Critrium du Dauphin and the Vuelta a Espana, has similar stakes in the Tour of Oman, Tour de Yorkshire, Arctic Race of Norway, and the Tour of California. Yann Le Moenner, the ASO's general director, emphasised his company's part in the race's future. "This partnership ensures we'll be there for the 100th edition of the Volta a Catalunya in 2020 and tackle future challenges together," he said. Drucker steps up to lead BMC at Dwars Door Vlaanderen Terpstra looks for third Dwars Door Vlaanderen victory Egyptian racer's death shortens African track championships You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Joel Stransky suffers horror fall in cycling accident
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who broke the hearts of All Blacks rugby fans at the 1995 World Cup has suffered a horror fall in a cycling accident in South Africa.Retired Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky, who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South... More...
Twin Coast bike trail 'just the start'
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The completion of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is just the start of a region-wide network of cycleways bringing new business opportunities and reversing the decline of small Northland towns, Far North Mayor John Carter says.On Saturday... More...
Matt Heath: Not complaining about not complaining
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I wrote a column about baby boomers' penchant for complaining about younger generations. Unsurprisingly I received mixed reviews from over-60s. Gripes came by mail, email, landline and around the dinner table (love you,... More...
Crankworx promises big economic boost
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Organisers of the upcoming Crankworx mountain biking festival hope it will crack the $10 million mark for money injected into the country's economy.The festival comes amid a burgeoning market for cycling tourists, who according... More...
Kwiatkowski beats Sagan in Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN REMO, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland edged out Peter Sagan in a photo finish to win the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.It looked as if Sagan was going to become the first world champion to win the race since 1983... More...
Team Sky celebrate first ever victory at Milan-San Remo after Michal Kwiatkowski pips Peter Sagan to the line
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Kwiatkowski came around favourite Sagan in the final 30 metres of the 291-kilometre race More...

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