Cycling News


Helmet-optional cycle planned through Wellington
March 14, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cyclists wanting to make a statement against current helmet laws and the state of infrastructure will be riding the streets of Wellington bare-headed on Saturday.A new cycling advocacy group, Choice Biking, is pushing for a reform... More...
Cycling: Kiwi rider George Bennett - Chris Froome is a distraction
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Top Kiwi road cyclist George Bennett believes Chris Froome shouldn't be allowed to compete while he awaits the outcome of an ongoing doping investigation.Bennett has finished ninth overall in the Tirreno Adriatico in Italy, a week... More...
Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis takes final stage
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Tuesday after an impressive time trial on the final stage, which was won by Rohan Dennis.Kwiatkowski started the individual time trial... More...
Kwiatkowski leads Tirreno-Adriatico with 1 stage left
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FANO, Italy (AP) " Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race and Michal Kwiatkowski remained in the overall lead on Monday ahead of the closing time trial.Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by... More...
Nice to host opening stage of 2020 Tour de France
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The 2020 Tour de France will begin in Nice.The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981.Cycling's biggest race last stopped there in 2013... More...
Yates wins 5th stage with solo, Kwiatkowski moves into lead
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FILOTTRANO, Italy (AP) " Adam Yates soloed to victory in the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Sunday, while Michal Kwiatkowski finished third to take the overall lead with just two stages remaining.Yates attacked with... More...
Editorial: Cycle lanes can do the job without being gold-plated
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Tamaki Drive cycleway has just turned 42. The milestone is significant because it is a reminder that cycling has been part of Auckland's urban landscape for decades, yet its acceptance as part of the transport mix still faces... More...
Marc Soler upsets Simon Yates to win Paris-Nice by 4 seconds
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NICE, France (AP) " Marc Soler of Spain won the weeklong Paris-Nice race after dislodging overnight leader Simon Yates of Britain with a successful attack in the final stage on Sunday.Soler, who rides for Movistar and trailed his... More...
Kiwi Sam Gaze stuns rivals to claim first leg of the UCI Mountain Bike world champs
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand mountain bike rider Sam Gaze has stunned the competition to claim the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season.The 22-year-old defeated world champion and top seed rider Nino Schurter to take the top spot... More...
Yates wins Paris-Nice stage, leads by 11 seconds
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALDEBLORE LA COLMIANE, France (AP) " British rider Simon Yates took the Paris-Nice lead on Saturday after claiming the queen stage of the weeklong race with a decisive move in the final climb.Yates' teammate Roman Kreuziger raised... More...
Landa sprints to win 4th stage, Caruso moves back into lead
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SARNANO-SASSOTETTO, Italy (AP) " Mikel Landa won a thrilling sprint at the end of the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday, while Damiano Caruso moved into the overall lead after a mechanical failure for previous... More...
Cycling czar Dave Brailsford and his partner to share 5million windfall as he battles race doping claims
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky’s chief Sir Dave, 54, filed documents at Companies House last month to close his personal company Brailsford Ltd More...
Successful second outing for Bike the Bason in Whanganui
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui residents united on Tuesday, racing around the Bason Botanical Gardens to raise almost $600 and counting for Parkinsons New Zealand.They were at Bike the Bason, an event in its second year, sponsored by Downer and created... More...
Molard wins 6th stage of Paris-Nice; Sanchez retains lead
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALDEBLORE LA COLMIANE, France (AP) " French cyclist Rudy Molard won the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Friday and Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez kept the leader's yellow jersey.Molard became the fourth Frenchman to win... More...
Geraint Thomas takes overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TREVI, Italy (AP) " Geraint Thomas moved into the overall lead at the Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday, and Primoz Roglic rode to an uphill victory at the end of the third stage.Roglic was involved in a crash on Thursday, but the Slovenian... More...
Local Focus: Missing Mummy 'beyond words'
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"She's a tough cookie to impress but at my level of fitness and in this heat, she would say "yeah, you did okay for a part-time dad rider"Papamoa builder James Gray has just completed a 300km bike ride from Auckland to Tauranga... More...
South African attempted chainsaw amputation: Triathlete can wriggle toes, overwhelmed by support
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The South African triathlete who nearly lost his leg in a chainsaw attack while on a training ride in Durban has woken to an outpouring of international support after an operation to save his leg.Mhlengeni Gwala, who has competed... More...
Cousin wins Paris-Nice stage as Sanchez retains lead
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SISTERON, France (AP) " French rider Jerome Cousin won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race by beating Nils Politt in a sprint Thursday.After Cyril Gautier and a few others had been felled in a crash, Cousin launched his attack... More...
Cycling: Kiwi Patrick Bevin takes overall lead at Tirreno-Adriatico
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's Patrick Bevin has the overall lead after finishing fifth on stage two of cycling's Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.It is Bevin's first time leading a World Tour race, with the talented rider becoming one of the few Kiwis... More...
Kittel wins 2nd stage as Bevin takes overall lead
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FOLLONICA, Italy (AP) " Marcel Kittel claimed his first win of 2018 by sprinting to victory in a crash-marred Tirreno-Adriatico second stage on Thursday while Patrick Bevin took the overall lead.German rider Kittel was helped by... More...
Simon Wilson: Karangahape Rd is Auckland's best road for bike lanes so why are retailers scared of them?
March 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bike lanes will bring a host of new opportunities to Karangahape Rd, but still there are retailers who don't get it. So now we need a new "bright minds" organisation to help the mayor and Auckland Transport get good work done well.... More...
World cycling boss calls Team Sky 'cheats' over drugs regime and demands new probe after devastating British parliamentary inquiry
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The pressure on Team Sky intensified last night when the most powerful man in cycling demanded an investigation into the doping allegations that have been levelled against them.David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, gave an... More...
Cycling's governing body decides to keep podium girls
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling's world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, has announced it will introduce new medal ceremony guidelines, but would not be ditching 'podium girls'.In a separate announcement, timed to coincide with International... More...
UCI chief wants investigation into Team Sky doping findings
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The head of cycling's world governing body wants an investigation into the findings of a doping report that accused Team Sky of using drugs to enhance the performance of Bradley Wiggins and possibly other... More...
Poels wins Paris-Nice time trial, Sanchez keeps overall lead
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) " Luis Leon Sanchez kept the leader's jersey after the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday as Wout Poels of the Netherlands powered to victory in the 18.5-kilometer time trial around Saint-Etienne.Four-time... More...
Cavendish crashes, BMC wins time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy (AP) " British rider Mark Cavendish crossed the finish line with ripped clothes and blood on his face after crashing during the opening team time trial on Wednesday at the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.He... More...
Chris Froome CANNOT ride the Tour de France with doping cloud hanging over him, says world cycling supremo
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Britain's four-time champion denies any wrongdoing but UCI president David Lappartient warns it would be a "disaster" for the sport if the saga of his failed drugs test drags on into its most famous event More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins' former coach Shane Sutton urges cycling legend and Team Sky to come clean
March 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins, Team Sky and principal Sir Dave Brailsford have been accused of "crossing an ethical line" More...
Tour Aotearoa riders' stolen bikes draw huge social media response
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two cyclists on Tour Aotearoa from Cape Reinga to Bluff had an emotional day yesterday, ranging from devastation to relief, after their bikes were stolen from a bed and breakfast in Whanganui.The bikes belonging to Don Montgomery... More...
Luis Leon Sanchez takes Paris-Nice lead, Hivert wins Stage 3
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHATEL-GUYON, France (AP) " Jonathan Hivert of France won the third stage of Paris-Nice on Tuesday after a breakaway, while former champion Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain claimed the race leader's yellow jersey.Hivert moved to the front... More...
'Captain Underpants' in ride of life for Kiwi kids
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Starship paediatrician Dr Greg Williams is already a superhero to countless sick Kiwi kids and their families.And now he is about to reveal another special power, plus a different side of himself, around the country. Williams... More...
Wiggins says 'malicious' doping report smears his reputation
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Bradley Wiggins says he is the subject of a "malicious" attempt to smear his name as he strongly denied accusations from British lawmakers that he used banned substances to enhance his performance while preparing to... More...
Bradley Wiggins denies '100 per cent' Triamcinolone use to cheat: 'I'd have more rights if I had murdered someone'
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins has defended his decision to use Triamcinolone but denies '100 per cent' using the drug to cheat.The reputations of Wiggins and Sir David Brailsford appeared in ruins on Monday after an explosive parliamentary... More...
Groenewegen wins Paris-Nice stage 2, Demare in the lead
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VIERZON, France (AP) " Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands overpowered his fellow sprinters in the final section to win the second stage of the Paris-Nice on Monday.The Lotto-Jumbo rider claimed his first stage victory in the weeklong... More...
Strip Bradley Wiggins of his Tour de France win just like I was says old rival Floyd Landis
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
American who lost own Le Tour title over drug revelations also predicts Team Sky will be shut down before this year's race More...
'I would have more rights as a murderer': Sir Bradley Wiggins comes out fighting over drug 'smears'
March 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The cycling legend insisted he was “100%” innocent and called on the unnamed whistleblower who accused him to come forward More...
Wild wins 3rd title as Dutch dominate track championships
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Kirsten Wild has won her third title of the week on the final day of the world track cycling championships with a victory in the points race on Sunday.The 35-year-old Dutchwoman also took gold in the... More...
The shaming of Sir Bradley Wiggins: MPs conclude that cycling hero DID take drugs
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins took drugs to boost his performance before winning the 2012 Tour de France, a devastating report said last night.In a bombshell conclusion, MPs rejected claims that the five-time Olympic gold medallist took triamcinolone... More...
Cycling: NZ road champion Jason Christie loses appeal to be included in Commonwealth Games team
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand national road race champion Jason Christie has lost his appeal to be included in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team.The Sports Tribunal this morning dismissed Christie's appeal against the decision not to be... More...
Investigation: Drug enhanced Wiggins performance in Tour win
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Bradley Wiggins used a banned powerful corticosteroid to enhance his performance while preparing to win the Tour de France in 2012, a British parliamentary committee said in a doping investigation report that accuses... More...
Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall helps open new Churton School bike track
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Churton School has a new bike track and Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall joined some of the school's pupils on Wednesday to take a first ride around it.The 500m track was completed by Downer with contributions of free labour and... More...
Maori Toa triathlon all about whanau and fitness
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Nothing is a barrier to participating in the Maori Toa Tri Whanganui. The whānau focused triathlon was held for a second time on Sunday with more than 70 people participating in either a triathlon or a fun run and walk. "It's... More...
Demare wins 1st stage of Paris-Nice race in photo finish
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MEUDON, France (AP) " Arnaud Demare won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race in a photo finish on Sunday after edging out three other riders in a sprint to the line.The French cyclist, who also won the first stage last year,... More...
Cycling: Campbell Stewart fifth in stirring debut
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi teenage talent Campbell Stewart gave a hint of his prodigious future with a close fifth placing in the omnium on the penultimate day of the world track cycling championships in the Netherlands yesterday.The 19-year-old from... More...
Benoot 'felt like a hero' winning Strade Bianche
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tiesj Benoot's eyes were red and tearful from the dirt roads and rain of Strade Bianche but the Belgian admitted that some of his tears may have come because he had just landed his first professional victory with a dominant ride in one of the toughest races of the season. "It's a dream come true. I was on holiday with my girlfriend in Siena last year and we ate an ice cream in Piazza del Campo. It's still difficult to appreciate what I've achieved though I'm sure it'll come soon enough," he said, the emotion of the moment clear to hear in his voice and see in his eyes. "I felt really strong today and I'm proud to say I felt like a hero. I'm proud to have won this race. People will remember it for a long time, I will too. It's my first win.ADVERTISEMENT "It's one of the nicest Classics for me. I think the best peloton in a one-day race; the best Flemish Classics riders and the best Wallonne Classics rider are here. In my first ride, I was eighth and I said I'd come back for more, that turned out to be true." Racing with your knife between your teeth Benoot is quietly spoken but articulate, even after racing in the rain for five hours. He was not afraid to be aggressive on the gravel roads of Tuscany, attacking with Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors) to go across to Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan), then again to make sure he won alone in the centre of Siena. "In Belgium, we say you have to race with your knife between your teeth and that's what I did. At Strade Bianche you always have to fight for position. In these conditions, there's a part of the peloton that doesn't have that but I like these condition so I was happy to fight all day and then just made the right decisions in the finale," he explained. Benoot, not Boonen You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan: Strade Bianche lived up to its reputation
March 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) preferred not to stop after finishing eighth at Strade Bianche, pedalling as fast as possible through the passionate tifosi that had invaded the finish area in Piazza del Campo. Sagan spent all of the 184 kilometres and five hours of racing protected in a black rainbow cape covering up his white world champions jersey. He was not strong enough to go with the attacks of Romain Bardet, Wout van Aert and then Tiesj Benoot but tried to close the gap several times from the chase group. He fought his way up the steep climb to Siena, finishing 2:08 behind Benoot. Sagan had played down his chances of success after only recently completing an altitude training camp and the wet and muddy conditions meant there was nowhere to hide in this years Strade Bianche. As usual, Sagan tried to see the positive side of his performance.ADVERTISEMENT "Im pretty tired but Im upbeat because after the training Ive done at altitude, its always hard to start racing again. I think things will only get better," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport before climbing onto the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus for a long warm shower."I was happy to stay on my bike I suffered but its normal. I hadnt trained much this week because of the bad weather. "There is no doubt that Strade Bianche lived up to its reputation this year with a very hard day under difficult weather conditions," Sagan later added in a team press release. "We showed we had a strong squad with Daniel Oss, Marcus Burghardt and Gregor Mhlberger doing great work at the front. I'm happy with today's result, although, obviously, we could have wished for more. However, it's just the beginning of my European races and there is a long way ahead of us." Like many of the riders in action at Strade Bianche, Sagan headed to the Tuscan coast on Saturday evening to rest up for Tirreno-Adriatico, which begins in Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday. It will be Sagans final stage race before Milan-San Remo and his annual stint in Belgium for the Cobbled Classics. You can read more at More...
Dygert breaks pursuit record 2x at track cycling worlds
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) " Chloe Dygert broke the women's individual pursuit world record twice in winning at the world track cycling championships on Saturday.Dygert, who anchored the Americans to another team pursuit gold medal... More...
Cycling: Buchanan gets home in a rush for omnium bronze
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Rushlee Buchanan has produced an outstanding performance to grab New Zealand's first medal at the track cycling world championships in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn.Buchanan lapped the field twice in the points race, the final discipline... More...
Liege-Bastogne-Liege finish could move from Ans in 2019 - News Shorts
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The finish of Lige-Bastogne-Lige could return to the centre of Lige in 2019 for the first time in over a quarter of a century, according to Belgian newspaper La Dernire Heure. La Doyenne has had an uphill finish in the suburb of Ans since 1992, but the current agreement between race organiser ASO and Ans council expires after this years race, and it is understood that the city of Lige is keen to bring the race finale back to the city centre. Although no final accord has been signed between ASO and Lige, La Dernire Heure reports that a finish within the city limits is likely, though a precise location for the proposed new finish line has yet to be decided upon.ADVERTISEMENT In the 1980s, the race finished on the flat of the Boulevard de la Sauvenire, and the character of the finale changed considerably with the move to the suburb of Ans in the early 1990s. Removing the Cote de Ans from the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege would make the stiff Cote de Saint-Nicolas the final climb of the race. In 2016, the organisers inserted an additional climb between the Saint-Nicolas and the Ans finish, the cobbledCote de la Rue Naniot. Although the Rue Naniot helped to trigger the winning move as Wout Poels claimed victory, it did not feature in 2017 and is not on the route for 2018. Lige-Bastogne-Lige currently starts on Place Saint Lambert in the centre of Lige, but a new finale could also herald a different start line for the Classic, with the municipality of Aywaille, just south of Lige, reportedly keen to host the start. Colorado Summit Cycling Series will test uphill prowess Quick-Step Floors for Dwars door West-Vlaanderen You can read more at More...
Van Aert ready for switch from cyclo-cross to Strade Bianche
March 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wout Van Aert is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion but admitted he was nervous when he sat down between Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski at the pre-race Strade Bianche press conference on Friday afternoon. The Belgian's latest world title and his desire to compete in the spring Classics helped his Verandas Willems-Crelan team secure a late wild card invitation to Strade Bianche. He is arguably an outsider but his presence at Strade Bianche has added an extra twist to the race, sparking huge fascination in Belgium and huge curiosity about if his cyclo-cross skills will help him be competitive in one of the hardest races of the season. "I'm sitting between two great riders I'd never met until five minutes ago," Van Aert admitted with a smile.ADVERTISEMENT "I was perhaps more nervous for the press conference than for the race, which is actually stupid because as a cyclo-cross rider I also get a lot of attention and I have also given a lot of press conferences." He explained why he was nervous. "I think this part of season is a big challenge and it's a big experience to ride the Classics. I did all 'cross season so difficult to be at my best level in every race but I accept the challenge and I want to learn a lot this spring," he said. A baptism of fire You can read more at More...

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