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Team Sunweb and Craft Sportswear sign long-term apparel partnership
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Craft Sportswear have signed a partnership withTeam Sunweb to provide race apparel, alongside casual and formal wear, for riders and staff for at least four seasons. The partnership extends to the men's WorldTour team, women's WorldTour team and U23 development squad for the German-registered team. Basque brand Etxeondo have provided the Team Sunweb squad with apparel since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Swedish company Craft Sportswear was founded in 1973, creating technical clothing for running, cycling, cross-country skiing and general sportswear. Craft have provided race apparel for the Mitchelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe squads in previous years. "By joining forces with powerhouse Team Sunweb, we will strengthen our presence in cycling, which is an important focus area for us in the years ahead," said Craft Sportswear's Product and Marketing Manager, Daniel Hgling. "This collaboration, which includes the men's, women's and development team, provides us with a perfect opportunity to develop our offer for both retail and cycling clubs - to create the next generation of functional and innovative training and competition garments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luke Rowe signs three-year contract extension with Team Sky
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky for the next three seasons. The Welshmans new deal will expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. Rowe has spent the entirety of his professional career with Team Sky since he stepped up to WorldTour level in 2012. He has established himself as one of the squads leaders in the cobbled Classics and has been on the Tour de France team in each of the past four years. "Ive been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," Rowe said in a statement released by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Its been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home." Rowes 2018 season seemed at risk when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a water rafting accident in August 2017, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to action at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February. The 28-year-old proceeded to line out in the cobbled Classics and was later part of the Sky team that helped his fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas to overall victory at the Tour de France. Rowe brought the curtain down on his season in August after sustaining a fractured scaphoid at the European Championships in Glasgow. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sciandri moves to Movistar team car in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Max Sciandri will leave BMC and direct from the Movistar team car from 2019 onwards. The British-Italian former pro has worked as directeur sportif at Jim Ochowicz's team since 2011 but will move on as the team prepares to start a new chapter under a merger with CCC Sprandri Polkowice. Sciandri will become the fifth directeur sportif at Movistar, adding diversity to the Spanish team's current line-up. Jos Vicente Garca Acosta and Pablo Lastras both spent their whole racing careers at the team before joining as directeurs sportifs in their retirement, while Jos Luis Jaimerena has been involved with the team since his only pro season in 1983. Jose Luis Arrieta is the only one who has worked outside of the team, having ridden for AG2R La Mondiale for five seasons at the end of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri, who won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, retired from racing in 2004. He began working for British Cycling and was instrumental in establishing the Under-23 Academy, which helped develop many of the British talents now riding in the pro peloton. Having ridden for Ochowicz at Motorola in the 1990s, he joined BMC Racing in 2011 as assistant sports director with a focus on developing the team's younger riders and identifying future talent. Sciandri became one of the team's senior directors and was heavily linked with the job of head coach of the Italian national team, but turned down what he described as "the opportunity of a lifetime" in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin opens up at Milano-Torino in preparation for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) tested his legs and opened his lungs on the testing final circuit around the Superga climb at Milano-Torino on Wednesday, ending the race confident that he can perform at Saturday's Il Lombardia. The Irishman became a father to twins on September 19 after quitting the Vuelta a Espaa after stage 9 so that he could be at the birth. He has only ridden the World Championship road race in Innsbruck, Austria, since then, but he has clearly been mixing training with parental duties at home in Andorra in recent weeks, and was strong enough to be part of the front group that formed on the first climb of Superga. Martin suffered more on the second climb up to the finish and crossed the line 1:13 behind winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) but close to many of the riders he will face in the final Monument of the season on Saturday. His performance meant Martin was upbeat about how he felt, and as a consequence his hopes for Il Lombardia. "I'm really happy because I only flew to Italy on Tuesday and came from altitude in Andorra, so I was struggling to breathe. With a couple more days of adaption, I think I'll be good," Martin told Cyclingnews. "I really enjoyed riding Milan-Turin without any pressure, and I hope to do the same on Saturday. Hopefully we can get a result. Martin was carefully to use 'we' as he talked about his UAE Team Emirates squad. Fabio Aru also showed signs of form at Milano-Torino, going deep on the climb to Superga to finish ninth at 43 seconds, one place and a few seconds better than Egan Bernal (Team Sky). Another teammate, Jan Polanc, was in the top 25, while Rui Costa was again there to lend a hand.ADVERTISEMENT Of those three teammates, however, only Costa featured on the provisional start list for Il Lombardia a couple of days ahead of the race Martin won Il Lombardia in 2014 when the race started in Como and ended in Bergamo. He attacked before the final corner to beat a certain Alejandro Valverde " the new 2018 world champion, who'll line up for Movistar again on Saturday looking for his first Lombardia win " while Costa was third that year after he, Aru and others had emerged on the climb up to Bergamo Alta and fought it out on the descent to the finish below. The year before, Martin had crashed on that same final corner while in the mix for a podium finish, but had no qualms about giving it everything to take the victory in 2014. He is less of a favourite this year, with Pinot, Valverde, Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) leading the list of contenders. However, it would be foolish to write off Martin. "I'm not too keen on the course that finishes in Como and includes the steep Sormano climb and then the Civiglio. I haven't raced well on that course, but of course that won't hold me back," Martin said. "I used to like the last San Fermo climb, but that's been replaced by a slightly easier road due to a landslide. But we'll still try to win. "ll Lombardia is a beautiful race " its my favourite race of the year. It'd be really good to finish off the season with a really good result." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: My wins in Italy are my greatest
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot(Groupama-FDJ)has a tattoo on his arm that says in Italian, "Solo la vittoria Bella" " "Only victory is beautiful""and the Frenchman was delighted to finally add an Italian semi-Classic to his palmars with victory at Milano-Torinoon Wednesday. Pinot is French to the core, but he loves racing in Italy, preferring aggressive, open racing to the tactics and expectation of the Tour de France. "I want to win every race, and I think my wins in Italy are my greatest," Pinot explained in French, but promising to learn a little more Italian with each success.ADVERTISEMENT "I love racing in Italy, from starting the season with Tirreno-Adriatico and then ending it with Il Lombardia. This final 10-day block of racing that leads to Il Lombardia is my favourite." Pinot has always performed south of the Alps, dating back to his amateur days and his breakout victory at the 2009 Giro della Valle d'Aosta. As a young professional in 2011, Pinot claimed the Settimana Lombarda, attracting covetous glances from Italian teams. More recently, he was third at Il Lombardia in 2015 and fifth last year. It is the only Monument Classic he has ever ridden. When it comes to the Italian Grand Tour, Pinot won a stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia and finished fourth overall. This season he was fighting with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)for a Giro podium spot until pneumonia struck after the final mountain stage. He fought to finish in Cervinia but was unable to travel to Rome for the final parade stage and even spent several days in hospital in Italy. A show of form before Il Lombardia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games individual time trial routes revealed
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI announced Wednesday the routes for the elite men's and women's individual time trials at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The elite men will race 44.2km and the elite women will race 21.1km on July 29. The time trials will start and finish on the Fuji Speedway motor racing circuit, which is also the finish location of the road races. Riders will compete along an undulating 21.1km loop in and around the speedway, with Mount Fuji set as the backdrop for the events. The elite men will race two laps of the circuit for a total of 44.2km and an elevation gain of approximately 846m. The elite women will complete one loop for a total of 21.1km and an elevation gain of 423m.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Rohregger, former Olympic road cyclist and UCI technical advisor, said that the athletes wishing to perform well in the Olympic time trial will need to pull out all the stops. The course along the Fuji Speedway area is a challenging one, combining long straights and undulating terrain. It will also offer a unique setting with its fan-packed motor racing circuit and the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The UCI also announced the routes for the Paralympic road race, individual time trial and team relay. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews freelance production editor required (six months weekend cover)
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews is looking for a freelance online production editor based in North America for a six-month fixed-term period. The job would focus around weekend work and occasional weekdays. Cyclingnews is the world's leading cycling website. It has achieved this status by the timeliness, accuracy and objectivity of its reporting of news and race results. Any position on Cyclingnews requires a natural interest in the sport and a willingness to stay informed on cycling-related news and issues. Due to the nature of the sport, it is at its busiest on weekends, and this position requires regularly working on weekends and public holidays.ADVERTISEMENT The start date for this is November 18. Training will be provided before the official start date. Deadline for applications is October 20, 2018. What you will learn You will be a critical member of our global editorial team, involved in many aspects of production, operation and social media promotion of our site's content. You will be responsible for copy editing the work of others, in addition to writing news, race reports and features, and producing content using our CMS, Excel, text editors, basic HTML and Photoshop. Production of results for races, writing/editing reports and processing photographs Production of complete news stories, features, interviews and tech reviews, including copy editing submitted material Researching, interviewing and writing news features Working with the editorial teams based in Europe, US and Australia Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief Occasionally attending cycling events as a Cyclingnews reporter Social media and web analytics Excellent command of written English and attention to detail Quick thinking, able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize efficiently Self-starter able to work effectively in a virtual office environment Excellent communication skills A broad knowledge of, and passion for, cycling Broad knowledge of web-based journalism and what it entails Computer literacy Familiarity with the technical aspects of web publishing and HTML Best social media practices (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mike Yardley: The staggering inherent selfishness of cyclists who hog the road
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: Well, Auckland motorist Pieter Kruger has certainly sparked a storm of media attention after taking to task the inherent selfishness of cyclists riding two abreast who block road traffic.And good on Pieter for calling... More...
Cycling community defend two 'rude' riders filmed side-by-side in West Auckland
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Members of the New Zealand cycling community have defended two riders who rode side-by-side on West Coast Rd, angering a Piha motorist.Pieter Kruger gave the cyclists a gob-full as he drove behind them, unhappy they took up more... More...
Geraint Thomas pleads for return of Tour de France trophy after it's swiped by thieves at Birmingham cycling show
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
EXCLUSIVE Police investigating theft of the Coupe Omnisports which has been presented to the winner on the Champs-Elysees since 1970s More...
Taco van der Hoorn signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Taco van der Hoorn will move up to WorldTour level in 2019 after signing a two-year contract with LottoNL-Jumbo, which will be known as Team Jumbo from January 1. The Dutchman joins the squad after two seasons with Pro Continental outfit Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij. The biggest victory of Van der Hoorn's career came at the BinckBank Tour in August, when he won from the break on stage 3 in Antwerp. His triumph was all the more noteworthy given that he had missed the bulk of the 2018 season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in a mountain biking crash last winter.ADVERTISEMENT Van der Hoorn's first race of the year came in a post-Tour de France criterium in Surhuisterveen in late July but barely two weeks later he claimed the first WorldTour win of his career. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018 season. He won the Primus Classic last month, and in the past week has placed 4th at Binche-Chimay-Binche and 9th at Paris-Tours. "The way he returned in the peloton after that concussion proves his exceptional capabilities," LottoNL-Jumbo directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman said in a statement on Tuesday. "We consider Taco a good classics rider and we'll develop him into an even better classic specialist." Team Jumbo have already signed Mike Teunissen from Sunweb to bolster their cobbled Classics squad, while Lars Boom will leave the team for Roompot in 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria's future still unclear after Deceuninck come to Lefevere's aid
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Patrick Lefevere can revel in the fact that he has saved his team's future after it was announced that Deceuninck would step in and become a title sponsor for 2019, but the Belgian boss cannot guarantee that Fernando Gaviria will stay next year. While uncertainty shrouded the Quick-Step Floors team, Gaviria was granted permission to talk to other teams. If Lefevere could not find a sponsor, then he would be forced to nullify several rider contracts due to financial restraints, and Gaviria was duly shopped around by his agent. Even though Lefevere's team has been saved and Deceuninck has stepped up as a significant title sponsor for the foreseeable future, Gaviria is still a question mark.ADVERTISEMENT A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the sprinter was set to move to UAE Team Emirates, while Lefeveres latest climbing sensation, Enric Mas, was linked in a move to Astana. The latter's future is set at Quick-Step, with Lefevere stating that the Spaniard will not leave under any circumstances, but Gaviria's 2019 squad remains unclear. "For me a rider has only gone when all the parties sign an agreement," Lefevere told Cyclingnews on Tuesday morning. "That needs the rider, the old team, and the new team all to be in agreement. Until today thats not the case. Mas will certainly not leave the team. Im certainly not going to allow that. This is of course part of the sickness thats in cycling. Were becoming more like football, so there are now agents who don't have the authority who start selling riders to contracts. Thats not correct. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde debuts rainbow jersey at Tre Valli Varesine
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has begun his first race as the world champion, pulling on his new rainbow jersey for the Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on Tuesday. The Spaniard, who won the world title in Innsbruck at the end of September, unveiled his new kit at a sponsor event in Madrid on Sunday but Tuesday is his first racing appearance in the rainbow bands. "The truth is it's a very good feeling. It gives me pride to wear it, to be the world champion," Valverde said just before the start of the one-day race.ADVERTISEMENT "Today is a beautiful day, and I'm going to enjoy being on the bike as much as possible." Valverde's jersey features the Movistar logo and name in the team's colours, positioned just above the rainbow bands, with two further blue 'M's on the shoulders and smaller secondary sponsor logos in black on the chest and arms. The 38-year-old wore arm warmers on a slightly chilly autumn morning, featuring further rainbow bands on the forearm. His shorts are black with rainbow trim, but there is no rainbow customisation on his bike or accessories. "It's been very busy, with lots of events, here, there and everywhere, and not much training," Valverde said of his 10 days as the new world champion."I've just been enjoying all the tributes." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Lelangue joins Lotto Soudal as general manager
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the departure of Paul De Geyter, Lotto Soudal announced on Tuesday that former Phonak and BMC manager John Lelangue will be the team's new general manager. The 47-year-old Belgian worked for Tour de France organiser ASO in a communications role in the 1990s and later moved into the race organisation side of the company. In 2005 he joined the Phonak team in a managerial role but the team ended at the end of 2006 after Floyd Landis was stripped of his Tour de France title. When Phonak team owner Andy Rihs set up the BMC Racing team in 2007, Lelangue followed across as a directeur sportif and stayed for six-and-a-half years. He left the day after the 2013 Tour de France, which had been a disappointing one for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Having previously helped establish the Tour of Qatar while at ASO, Lelangue moved to the country to work on the organisation of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships and has since worked for the governing body as a technical advisor. "I'm really happy and proud to join Lotto Soudal and be part of such a nice project for the future," Lelangue said. Lelangue will be joined at the team by performance manager Kevin De Weert, who worked at the Belgian Federation for the past three years, and at LottoNL-Jumbo before that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Mountain biker finds his stolen bike outside court house
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Mount Maunganui champion mountain biker was reunited with his stolen bike after it was spotted outside the Tauranga courthouse.Angus Riordan's Giant Anthem mountain bike, worth about $6000, was one of three bikes stolen from outside... More...
Egan Bernal signs new long-term deal with Team Sky
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Colombian has committed his future to Team Sky until 2023 More...
I'm blind, and I race bikes at 50mph, but I don't want my sight back, says Team GB Paralympic heroine
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Paralympic gold medallist Lora Fachie, 30, has never let visual impairment stand in her way More...
Chris Hoy reveals he was once a coffee shop barista before becoming an Olympic champion
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
EXCLUSIVE: The Olympic cycling star reveals everything from being a dad to being a coffee shop barista as he lends his supports to the Time Change campaign More...
Vinokourov brings 'young and ambitious' Kudus to Astana
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Merhawi Kudus has signed a contract with Astana Pro Team for 2019. The Eritrean rider joins from Dimension Data, where he has spent the last five seasons. "I am so excited with my arrival to Astana Pro Team in the season of 2019," Kudus said in a press release issued by his new team. "This is a big opportunity for me, because Astana is one of the biggest cycling teams in the world. I hope to have a chance to improve a lot and in the same time to learn a lot and my expectations from this move are really high. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and am really happy to join this great project."ADVERTISEMENT Kudus won the Eritrean national road title earlier in the season and has been a consistent performer for Dimension Data during what has been a difficult season for the team. He was ninth overall in the Tour of Oman and seventh in the Vuelta a Burgos in August. He finished 31st overall at the Vuelta a Espana, and Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes that the 24-year-old has more untapped potential. "Kudus is a very young and ambitious rider and I am curious how far he can reach in professional cycling. He is a climber, but in the same time has some skills in the time trial races. This rider will strengthen our Grand Tour group. In the same time, Merhawi still has to find his way in the peloton and I think in Astana Team he will have a chance to grow and to show himself,"Vinokurov said. The Astana team have gone through a slight rebuild ahead of the 2019 campaign. Michael Valgren has moved the other way and joined Dimension Data in order to lead their Classics squad, while the Izagirre brothers join Astana from Bahrain-Merida in order to bolster their stage racing squad. The team currently have 24 riders signed for next season, a reduction of six riders based on this year's roster. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prudhomme defends inclusion of gravel tracks in Paris-Tours
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Christian Prudhomme has defended the inclusion of gravel tracks on the route of Paris-Tours following criticism from riders and team managers in the wake of Sundays race, which was won by Sren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Paris-Tours has been tweaked at various points over the years " in the late 1970s and early 1980s the route was reversed and the race was known as Blois-Chaville " but race organiser ASOs decision to insert nine sectors of gravel tracks in the Vouvray vineyards in the final 60 kilometres of this years race marked a new departure in the history of the race. The pelotons passage across the gravel tracks featured a spate of punctures, with Quick-Step Floors manager Patrick Lefevere tweeting his distaste for the new parcours while the race was still in progress: This will be the last time that Quick-Step do this race, even if we win. [It has] nothing to do with road cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Andersen ultimately soloed to victory on the Avenue de Grammont, while Lefeveres rider Niki Terpstra took second ahead of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). Speaking at the finish, race director Prudhomme felt the result demonstrated that the character of the race had not been altered disproportionately. Kragh Andersen and Terpstra were already there last year, second and third, Prudhomme said, according to Lquipe. Its the riders who are the principal actors but if we dont have any madness anymore in designing our race routes, then cycling will go to the wall. People complain that everything is sanitized, people complain about the monotony of certain races. We chose to do something out of the ordinary. The reactions that I have heard arent going in the same way as those of the riders. Since the finish, Ive received numerous messages from people who never normally send them " all to tell me that we were in the right. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rob Stannard moves up to WorldTour early
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than 24 hours after his victory in Il Piccolo Lombardia, Australia's Robert Stannard has moved up to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott. The 20-year-old has ridden on the team's continental squad, Mitchelton BikeExchange, for the last two seasons and was set to join the WorldTour team from 2019 onwards. However, his recent form and the chance to test himself against Europe's elite for the remainder of the campaign has convinced Mitchelton-Scott's management to move Stannard up the ranks earlier than initially planned. Stannard will make his WorldTour debut at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday. "I am really excited to be riding with the team, it is great for my development to be able to do some races already this year with the team at this level. It is a really good stepping stone for me, I know the roads for Tre Valli Varesine, I live and train in the area so it is really nice to be able to race close to home so it is a great race for me to start at with the team," Stannard said in a statement released on Monday. "I am really excited, I don't really know what to expect but I'm sure I will be learning the whole time and hopefully I can be part of the team's success in these first races."ADVERTISEMENT The rest of Stannard's 2018 race programme has yet to be decided but there are a series of one-day races in Italy between now and the end of the season. "The Italian races are on courses that should suit a rider like Rob so it is a great place for him to start. It will be a great experience for Rob to get a head start on next season and I think with Tre Valli we can expect him to be there most of the day and on roads that he is familiar with," said sports director Dave McPartland. Future of continental team yet to be decided While Stannard moves up the ranks the future of the Australian continental team, Mitchelton BikeExchange remains uncertain. The team has been used as an important stepping stone for Australian and international riders before transitioning to WorldTour, but the management are still reviewing options for 2019. The current Australian riders on the team were told in August that they could look for other teams, and that the squad could potentially take on an all-Asian roster for the current campaign.Cyclingnews understands that this decision has not been entirely signed off and that the budget discussions and several options are still in play. Like the WorldTour team, the continental outfit is financed by Gerry Ryan. He has poured millions of his own money into Australian cycling, and the likes of Caleb Ewan, Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton have come through the continental team before turning professional with Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Heart-stopping moment a cyclist narrowly escapes being crushed by a tree
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
This is the heart-stopping moment a cyclist is almost crushed to death by a falling tree as bungling workmen chop it down on a busy road.Footage captured the nail-biting scene as tree surgeons use a chainsaw to bring down the huge... More...
Circling around: Floyd Landis starting own cycling team
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Floyd Landis is using money he earned by taking down Lance Armstrong to start his own cycling team.The man whose own doping saga cost him the 2006 Tour de France title and eventually helped expose Armstrong's cheating says he's... More...
Kāpiti Police call for public information following car collision with cyclist
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kāpiti Police are putting a call out to the public for information following a collision between a car and cyclist on Wednesday night.Police are keen to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the collision on Raumati Rd,... More...
BMX: Sarah Walker watches brutal crash before finishing 8th in Argentina
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sarah Walker has cycled through blood to cap off a successful weekend of BMX racing in Argentina.The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist has backed up yesterday's third-placed finish " her first podium at a World Cup event in seven years... More...
Spain's Alejandro Valverde sprints to road race world title
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " For the seventh time in his career, Alejandro Valverde stepped onto the podium after the men's road race at the world championships on Sunday.But for the first time he received the gold medal.The Spanish... More...
Whanganui National Park preparing for summer onslaught
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bookings for the coming season on the Whanganui River are building up, and that has Conservation Department staff busy working on access and accommodation facilities.Recent floods have meant Department of Conservation (DoC) rangers... More...
Grey Lynn businesses withdraw support for cycleway fix costing $23m
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A $23m cycleway project for the inner city suburb of Grey Lynn is on the skids after local businesses said it would destroy their livelihoods.The Grey Lynn Business Association has thanked Auckland Transport for coming up with a... More...
Anna van der Breggen takes world title after 40K solo ride
September 29, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " Anna van der Breggen won the women's road race at the world championships after a 40-kilometer solo ride on Saturday.The Olympic champion from the Netherlands was in front with Amanda Spratt but the Australian... More...
Time to start training for Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge
September 29, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Spring is here, the days are longer, and the temperature is warmer, so it is the perfect time to start gearing up for the 42nd annual BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.The largest cycling event in New Zealand will take place on... More...
Rohan Dennis beats Dumoulin for world time trial title
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " Rohan Dennis has finally won the only major time trial title lacking from his long list of victories.And he has done so in style.The Australian rider won gold at the road world championships on Wednesday,... More...
Cycling: Patrick Bevin shines for top finish at world road championships
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Patrick Bevin has recorded the best ever finish by a New Zealand male in the time trial at the world road cycling championships in Austria this morning.Bevin put in a stellar effort on the gruelling 52.1 kilometre course, finishing... More...
'Absolutely ridiculous': Public respond to Auckland CBD 30km/h speed limit proposal
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Reducing Auckland's city-centre speed limit to 30km/h is creating a stir among the public, with some welcoming the proposal and others calling it "absolutely ridiculous".Yesterday, Auckland Transport announced its plan to introduce... More...
Cycling: Dion Smith ready for the big time after signing with Mitchelton-Scott
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
At the start of last year, Dion Smith was out of a job. At the start of next year, he'll be at the top of the world cycling mountain. The Kiwi cyclist has signed a two-year deal with leading World Tour team Mitchelton-Scott " a... More...
Cycling: Top rider Eddie Dawkins defends controversial former Cycling New Zealand coach Anthony Peden
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the week Cycling New Zealand have appointed a new sprint coach to replace the controversial Anthony Peden, top rider Eddie Dawkins has given Peden a vote of support.German Rene Wolff, a former world and Olympic champion, was... More...
Auckland's footpaths soon to be clogged with speedy yellow e-scooters
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Gliding down the footpath at Auckland's Wynard Quarter on an e-scooter at close to 30km/h felt illegal but surprisingly it's not.OnzO announced yesterday that it would be adding 2,500 e-scooters to its existing bike-share fleet... More...
Cycling: German Rene Wolff to replace Anthony Peden as New Zealand head sprint coach
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A former Olympic and world championship medal winner will take over as Cycling New Zealand's sprint coach.German Rene Wolff will replace Anthony Peden, who has left the organisation in the wake of an investigation into the culture... More...
King wins 4th Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps red jersey
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALFACAR, Spain (AP) " Benjamin King of the United States dominated the final climb to win the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, with overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the red jersey despite losing time.King... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up at Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has continued to move up the general classification at the Vuelta a Espana - but he may have missed out on a promising opportunity.Bennett has finished in 23rd on stage four of the Vuelta, nestled safely amongst the... More...
CCTV captures Whanganui cyclist's direct hit with van
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A young boy on a bicycle was lucky to come away with only a minor injury after being hit by a van at speed at a Whanganui intersection on Tuesday afternoon.The boy, a City College student just leaving school, had shot across the... More...
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson pedals to Garthorne Cup glory
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson earned himself a slice of history winning the tough road cycling race from Whanganui to Mangamahu and return on Saturday.The 18-year-old's impressive ride won him the prestigious Garthorne Cup, a... More...
Are cyclists riding or hiding in Cambridge?
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As members of Cambridge's cycling community contemplate snuggling under the duvet for the night, a number of their phones beep with one word test messages.Are they "riding" or "hiding"?That's code for whether they spring out of... More...
Viviani wins Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps overall lead
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) " Italian rider Elia Viviani won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, with Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the leader's red jersey ahead of Alejandro Valverde.Viviani dominated the final sprint... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A prolonged acceleration by Movistar in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espaa stage 3 was seen as surprising by some race followers on a day expected to end in a bunch sprint and where the Spanish team had little to play for. But as both stage 2 winner Alejandro Valverde and GC contender Nairo Quintana explained afterwards, the Spanish teams aim had been nothing more than to ensure they stayed out of trouble in a tumultuous finale. Besieged by a small, fast-moving cloud of Colombian reporters as he wended his way towards the Movistar team bus, Quintana finally stopped at the foot of the buss stairs to explain to the ever-persistent South American media and other journalists why Movistar had adopted this unexpected strategy.ADVERTISEMENT The idea was to move ahead on that long descent to the finish to avoid any dangers or splits in the sprint, Quintana said. That was the most important thing today, we didnt want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes. It was an incident-free day and the team was with us all the way. Valverde was equally determined to brush off any ideas of repeating his stage 2 win. Even though he started out his professional career as a sprinter, and he remains a formidable fastman on the uphills - as Kwiatkowski saw on Sunday - it has been a long time since Valverde went for a more straightforward bunch sprint, or as the Spanish would say, it has rained since then. I was well placed just to avoid crashes, nothing more than that. There was no way I was going for the win, Valverde said. I felt good, even though its been another day of intense heat. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and Quick-Step Floors continued their seemingly unstoppable run of success this season in the Vuelta a Espaas first bunch sprint stage on Monday. After four victories in the Giro dItalia, for Viviani powering across the line in Alhaurin de la Torre was his fifth Grand Tour win of 2018, whilst for Quick-Step, after five wins in the Giro dItalia and four in the Tour de France, this latest triumph put the Belgian squad into double figures in the three-week stage races. Victory was anything but taken for granted by the Belgian quad, Viviani said afterwards, given that they had not been at all certain that the stage would end in a bunch sprint. He even argued that the hardest part of the victory for the team had been ensuring, on a day with 2,530 metres of vertical climbing, that the race stayed together. On a personal level, it was being sure that he could handle the hills of Spain as well as he knew - with victories as recent as in the Hamburg Cyclassics last Sunday - as he could handle the sprints.ADVERTISEMENT The hardest part was the racing beforehand, the Italian National Champion said afterwards. I knew that beforehand that when you come on the Vuelta you do a lot of climbing so I spent my time before the race in training camps, working on getting over the hills, not working on my sprints. The days climbing had proved so hard that there was no room for organised sprinting trains in the finale, which Viviani described simply as chaotic. Then when it came to the sprint itself, I said to Michael [Morkov] to go for it from 300 metres to go because I saw that nobody had a proper leadout. I told Michael to do sprint like he was racing for the win, and he did the perfect job. There was a little bit of a tailwind and I knew that if I went for it with 200 metres to go, I would get there fine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Roche still standing for BMC in GC battle
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the dust settled on the Vuelta a Espaas tumultuous stage 2, which saw two of BMCs top racers, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis, suffer badly, Nicolas Roche has emerged as BMCs best-placed rider in the general classification. As Porte and Dennis have repeatedly stated, neither started the Vuelta with any GC ambitions, and that was confirmed in ways neither of them would have liked. Portes gastroenteritis left him on the back foot even before the race had started, while Dennis suffered badly in the heat of stage 2 and both lost over 13 minutes. Meanwhile, Roche has always put in solid performances at the Vuelta, taking 14th last year as well as leading the race and taking two stage wins in previous seasons. After finishing just behind the main favourites at Caminito del Rey, losing 15 seconds on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the removal of Porte and Dennis from the Vueltas media limelight has left the Irishman as BMCs best-placed racer, 50 seconds down on current leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).ADVERTISEMENT Although he did not know for sure that he was doing the Vuelta a Espaa until relatively late, Roche told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 3 that, it was always in my plan, and I was always in the reserves list, although I hadnt raced that much. Recently fifth in the Tour of Norway after abandoning in the Tour de Pologne with gastroenteritis, Roche said, I was always preparing as if in my mind I was going to the Vuelta and then if I wasnt going to go, Id have been disappointed, but Id have done the Tour of Germany or Tour of Britain and then its the Worlds in a months time. All the work Id done prior to the Vuelta would have been used one way or another. So I did the work, hoping that the team were going to trust me, and they did and Im pleased to be here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: New Zealand team for world road championships named
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand will have multiple chances for a top finish at the cycling world road championships in Innsbruck next month.The best chance, surely, lies with George Bennett, who has been named as leader for the men's road race, where... More...
Valverde wins 2nd Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski takes lead
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CAMINITO DEL REY, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead.Valverde beat Kwiatkowski in the final meters of an uphill sprint to win the... More...
Cycling: George Bennett snares fifth as favourites falter at Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has stamped his mark as one of the contenders at the Vuelta a Espana.It's early days, of course, but Bennett has surged to fifth place on stage two this morning, finishing three seconds behind stage winner Alejandro... More...

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