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Van Dijk tunes up for Tour of Flanders with solo Dwars door Vlaanderen win
March 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ellen van Dijk and Sunweb tuned up for Sunday's Tour of Flanders with a dominant solo win atDwars door Vlaanderen. Van Dijk added to her Omloop van het Hageland victory at the mid-week race, and now has two wins on Belgian soil in 2018. Top-10 results at Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour races earlier this month further underline her successful start to the season. The 31-year-old launched her solo movewith six kilometres to go until the finish line in Waregem, and by the time she raised her arms in triumph the winning margin was 55 seconds. Boels Dolmans' Amy Pieters finished second after winning the sprint in the chasing group withFloortje Mackaijensuring a second Team Sunweb rider on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "Today was a great race for the team. It's really great to see how we turned things around after our bad luck this season," Van Dijk said. "Today was really a textbook race, and we did everything that we had planned to. The girls were always really well positioned and setting a hard pace on the climbs. Me and Floortje were in the seven-rider break, and with 15 kilometres to go we just attacked and attacked, maybe 10 times in total. "With six kilometres to go Floortje attacked, and I went directly after. I opened up a gap and gave it everything I had. The win is a great way to finish this perfect team work and with Floortje also finishing third, the day couldn't have gone any better. It gives us good confidence with Sunday in our minds." Prior to this year's spring campaign, Van Dijk hadn't won in Belgium since her 2014 Tour of Flanders victory. She now has two wins in the heartland of cycling. For coach Hans Timmermans, the result was the end product of a complete performance and he believed that it was the perfect tune-up for the Tour of Flanders. Particularly with defending championCoryn Rivera to be added to the squad. You can read more at More...
Lampaert secures back-to-back wins in Flemish classic
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WAREGEM, Belgium (AP) " Belgium's Yves Lampaert won the Across Flanders race for the second straight year after surging from the leading group in the final kilometer of the Flemish cobbled race on Wednesday.In difficult weather... More...
Bora-Hansgrohe name team to back Peter Sagan at Tour of Flanders
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bora-Hansgrohe have named the team to support Peter Sagan at this weekends Tour of Flanders, with the world champion supported by experienced Classics men Daniel Oss and Marcus Burghardt. Sagan is aiming to win a second Tour of Flanders title after taking victory in the 2016 edition ahead of Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke, his first and only Monument success. The 28-year-old Slovakian has had a mixed Classics campaign so far. He skipped the opening weekend in Belgium in favour of altitude training and only made his cobbled debut at E3 Harelbeke last week after taking sixth at Milan-San Remo. The race did not go to plan after he crashed and then missed out on a split, eventually finishing over three minutes behind the winner Niki Terpstra. He later said that he hadn't fell well during the race.ADVERTISEMENT He bounced back two days later to take a sprint victory a Gent-Wevelgem, beating Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) in the rush to the line. It was the third time that Sagan had won the event. While Sagan played down his chances for this weekend, his last victory at Gent-Wevelgem came in the same season that he went on to claim his Tour of Flanders title. Sagan is not in action at today's Dwars door Vlaanderen preferring to rest up for the Tour of Flanders. Burghardt and Oss have been his two key riders throughout his Classics campaign, with the former making several attacks throughout Gent-Wevelgem. Like their leader, they too have sat out the mid-week racing ahead of the Tour of Flanders, as has Andreas Schillinger, who will be a part of the squad. You can read more at More...
Valverde hints at racing Tour of Flanders
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has hinted he may stay on in Belgium after riding Wednesday'sDwars door Vlaanderen and line up in Sundays Tour of Flanders. Valverde is riding Dwars door Vlaanderen with Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana in order to get a taste of cobbled racing before this years Tour de France stage across northern France to Roubaix. He was expected to head home after todays race but is considering spending Easter Sunday at the Tour of Flanders. "It is not 100 per cent excluded. In theory, the Ronde is not on my programme, but we are close to Sunday and we are in Belgium." Valverde told Sporza.ADVERTISEMENT "I love the race route, which is very beautiful. The Ronde is a spectacular race, and I would like to be at the start even if I have never raced it before. Several Tour de France contenders have been preparing for the Roubaix stage of the Le Tour by riding cobbled Classics and other one-day races this spring. Valverde's teammate Mikel Landa rode last week's E3 Harelbeke, while Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is also riding Dwars door Vlaanderen, and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will ride the Tour of Flanders. Under UCI rules, a team can enter a rider for a race up to 72 hours before the start, with a final confirmation from that list obligatory on the afternoon before the race. A remarkable comeback but with fear of wet roads You can read more at More...
USA Cycling unifies criterium, pro road championships in Knoxville
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling will hold its professional criterium, road race and individual time trial national championships in one venue for the first time in its history from June 21-24, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The criterium championships were previously either standalone events or combined with the amateur national championships or now-defunct team time trial championships. Now, they will be held on June 22, 2018 - one day after the pro time trial, and two days before the road races. USA Cycling revealed the courses which will be used in Knoxville, which returns as host for the championships after a successful 2017 event. The time trial has been moved from the city centre to a new course on the banks of the Melton Hill Reservoir.ADVERTISEMENT The road race has traded up, leaving last year's Jackson Avenue highway underpass start/finish location for a more scenic Gay Street locale, but will keep a similar route including the selective Sherrod Road climb. Last year, Amber Neben won both elite women's titles, while Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing) won the men's time trial and Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) claimed an emotional victory in the men's road race. "Wearing the Stars and Stripes for the last nine months has been an incredible honour," said Warbasse. "I'm excited to race at the 2018 edition of the US Pro Nationals and looking forward to the proposed course changes this season. The new finish line location in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street will provide an awesome backdrop for the finale. I'm glad the climb of Sherrod Road will remain in the race, as the atmosphere there was incredible in 2017, lined with lively fans the whole way." June 21 - Individual Time Trial:Men, 34.2km.Women 22.8km. 9:15AM June 22 - Criterium:Women, 75 minutes. 6:15PM. Men, 90 minutes. 7:45PM June 24 - Road Races:Women, 115.8km (9 laps). 9:00AM. Men, 193.1km (15 laps), 1:15PM You can read more at More...
Five WorldTour teams confirmed for 2018 Tour of Utah
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced Tuesday that there will be 16 teams participating in the event, which is held from August 6-12. Nine teams have accepted early invitations including five WorldTour teams. In January, organisers announced four WorldTour teams would start including BMC Racing, Mitchelton-Scott, EF Education First-Drapac and Trek-Segafredo. LottoNL-Jumbo is the latest to join that list of cycling's top-tier teams. The race has also confirmed the participation of Professional Continental teams Bardiani-CSF, Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo Vini Fantini. Canadian Contiental outfit Silber Pro Cycling will also be competing in the event.ADVERTISEMENT "We have an impressive lineup of international teams for the 2018 Tour of Utah at this early date. It is a tribute to the great support provided by host communities, Tour partners and staff that professional cycling teams around the world now ask to be invited to compete. The Tour of Utah has a solid reputation worldwide as one of the premier sporting events on the professional cycling calendar," said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The nine teams announced so far improves the quality of the field compared to the 2017 edition where only one WorldTour team, BMC Racing, participated. All of the nine teams have participated in at least one previous edition of the Tour of Utah. LottoNL-Jumbo competed in the 2012 edition as Rabobank. This year, the team includes American riders Neilson Powless and Sepp Kuss. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish confirms Six Day London participation in October - News shorts
March 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) confirmed that he will compete at the Six Day London held at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 23-28. Cavendish finished second in 2016 and 2017, previously partnered with Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh. "The Six Day Series is getting bigger and better every year and I'm so excited to be coming back to London in October. Any Six Day is hard graft. It's mentally and physically exhausting," Cavendish said in a press release from the Six Day Series organisers.ADVERTISEMENT "The crowd are amazing in London and really keep you going throughout the six days so I wanted to come back again for them. I am definitely in it to win it and I will give my all to give the crowd a home win. "It won't be easy though, there's always a really strong field in London. Having a home crowd behind me will be vital, so come down and be part of Team Cav!" Cavendish has had a string of bad luck this early season on the road, crashing out of Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and most recently Milan-San Remo. He will miss next month's Commonwealth Games due to injury. Boonen to star in new cycling series for Belgian TV Respiratory infection sidelines Keukeleire Quick-Step Floors sign young rider Asgreen You can read more at More...
Viviani primed for Dwars door Vlaanderen after Wevelgem disappointment
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani will end his spring Classics campaign at Wednesday's Dwars door Vlaanderen, hoping to sign-off with a final win after anemotional defeatat Gent-Wevelgem. The Italian sprinter will then take a break and begin to prepare for the Giro d'Italia, where he will be Quick-Step Floors' designated sprinter. Viviani was understandably upset immediately after being beaten by Peter Sagan at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, a race that he targeted to win this spring. He had opted to follow Arnaud Dmare in the sprint but was unable to close the gap on Sagan after the world champion jumped early on the opposite side of the road. Viviani sat in tears next to his bike as he came to terms with defeat. He was gutted to have missed out on a chance of victory in a spring Classic. On Monday, Viviani compared his loss to that of the 2016 Track World Championships, when Mark Cavendish beat him in the final sprint of the Madison, resulting in Fernando Gaviria winning the Omnium world title.ADVERTISEMENT "The day after, things feel a little better, but it was hugely disappointing,"La Gazzetta dello Sport reported him as saying. Viviani was not ashamed to show his emotions after Gent-Wevelgem, posting #itsnotruethemannevercry on his instagram account. He also wrote: "Day [sic] like yesterday (Sunday), when you do all perfect, every main point you're there with the first, you have all the team around, they believe in you but...but you meet Peter Sagan on your road, with him 1 can be Win or Lose, every sprint have his story, I lose a big chance and I can't control the emotion just because is one of the race of my dream! Like always I come back for win more stronger next time. Thanks." " Brain on Wheels(@BrainOnWheels) March 25, 2018 You can read more at More...
SRM and Look Keo-G pedal-based power meter prototype spotted
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) uploaded an image of unseen prototype pedals from SRM and Look to Twitter over the weekend. The pedals are labelled as SRM PROTO KEO-G POWER and have a serial number of 000012, suggesting the pedals are still in the early stages of development.ADVERTISEMENT Specialized launches S-Works Dual and Single power meters 5 reasons to buy a power meter Shimano power meter to dominate WorldTour peloton in 2018 Hansen, who recently finished the Volta a Catalunya, is currently undertaking a training block ahead of lining up for the start of the Giro d'Italia. It will be the Australian's 20th consecutive Grand Tour, an all-time record. The pedals are based on Look's popular Keo and feature both Bluetooth and ANT+ logos, suggesting functionality for both wireless setups. " Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) March 24, 2018 You can read more at More...
Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up
March 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe,Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. However, Rowe made his racing debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour at the end of February and has also been named on the provisional line-up for the Tour of Flanders. How he will fare remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT Dwars door Vlaanderen is a race that can be hard to predict and requires teams to have a number of options. Last season saw a breakaway win by Quick-Step Floors Yves Lampaert. However, the previous season the race came down to a small bunch sprint. With Lawless, who won the bunch sprint on the final stage of the Coppi e Bartali, and Halvorsen, Team Sky has options for the second eventuality. Moscon and Wisniowski could be cards to play if the race comes down to a breakaway. Wisniowski took a surprise second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and eighth at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne last month. However, he missed the cut at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, finishing well down the standings. Moscon enjoyed a solid performance on Friday to take eighth place. He was with the front riders at Sundays Gent-Wevelgem but hit a barrier on the Kemmelberg climb, putting him out of any contention. Team Sky for Dwars door Vlaanderen: Luke Rowe, Jon Dibben, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Chris Lawless, Gianni Moscon, Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski. You can read more at More...
D'hoore takes control of Women's WorldTour
March 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jolien Dhoore became the third leader of the Womens WorldTour ranking after a strong week at the Classics. Trofeo Alfredo Binda winner Kasia Niewiadoma, who was not racing this week, slipped down to second place while Gent-Wevelgem winner Marta Bastianelli climbed eight positions into third. Dhoore has had a stellar week of racing, winning the inaugural Driedaagse de Panne in wet and windy conditions " her first victory for Mitchelton-Scott - and going on to come a close second to Bastianelli at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Dhoore now leads Niewiadoma by 30 points and the results last week mark her as one of the pre-race favourites heading into the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Niewiadoma wasnt in action this week as she rests up and turns her focus on the Ardennes Classics in April. The Polish rider took over the lead of the competition after her win in the third round of the competition, with Anna van der Breggen the first leader following her victory at Strade Bianche. Van der Breggen still leads the rolling UCI World Ranking. As it was at this point last year, the Womens WorldTour has seen a different winner across each of the opening races. Bastianelli was the fifth different victor thus far, with Amy Pieters winning the second round of the Ronde van Drenthe. Bastianelli had enjoyed a consistent run through the WorldTour ahead of her victory on Sunday, finishing 11th at Strade Bianche, taking fourth at Drenthe and 13th at Binda. Gent-Wevelgem was the 30-year-olds second win of the year after taking a stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in February. With two WorldTour wins this season, Boels Dolmans retained their lead in the team classification. However, they saw their advantage slashed to just 49 points after Canyon-SRAM got Lisa Klein and Hannah Barnes into the top 10 at Gent-Wevelgem. You can read more at More...
A moment in time with Te Wainui a Rua school up the Whanganui River Road
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I received a call from the principal of Te Wainui a Rua school in Ranana.She told me her students had won a big prize at the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRY-athlon down in Wellington and invited me out to find out more.Being... More...
Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem classic for the third time
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Peter Sagan came out on top of a bunched sprint to win the Gent-Wevelgem classic for the third time on Sunday.The Slovakian rider attacked on the left of the group and had enough of a margin to hold off Elia... More...
Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd straight year
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the Tour of Catalonia for the second consecutive year after his closest competitor fell near the end of Sunday's final stage in Barcelona.Valverde cruised to victory after... More...
Cycling: George Bennett claims sixth at Volta a Catalunya
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has claimed one of his best finishes in a major stage race.Bennett has finished sixth overall at the Volta a Catalunya - the second best finish in his professional career, behind last year's triumph at... More...
Injured Auckland cyclist calls for end to 'reckless' anti-helmet campaign
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The yellow helmet that was strapped onto commuter cyclist Dr James Woodfine's head when he crashed and was launched over the handlebars has suffered a "fatal injury".Happily, it also protected Woodfine's head. Other parts of his... More...
Your say: Victim had to relive abuse
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I wonder how many "respectable citizens" in positions of trust kept silent during the years when Trevor Gibbs taught music at Wanganui Collegiate School in the 1970s and enabled him to continue his child abuse.Many people were complicit.... More...
Schachmann wins shortened sixth stage of Tour of Catalonia
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORREFARRERA, Spain (AP) " Maximilian Schachmann won the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia which was shortened due to heavy snow and bad weather in the Pyrenees Mountains on Saturday.Defending champion Alejandro Valverde maintained... More...
Quick-Step's E3 Harelbeke dominance sets the tone for cobbled Classics
March 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Much of the build-up centred on the chances of rainbow jersey Peter Sagan and golden Greg Van Avermaet, the outstanding performers on the cobbles these past two years, but blue was the colour in the aftermath of E3 Harelbeke, as Quick-Step Floors delivered a strikingly dominant showing in the dress rehearsal for next weekends Tour of Flanders. Niki Terpstra soloed to victory while Philippe Gilbert won the sprint for second place behind him, but the podium photographs and the results sheet told only a portion of the story. Quick-Steps blue jerseys massed on the front a little under halfway through the race and there they stayed in various configurations all the way to the finish in Harelbeke. Racing as racing should be, read the enthusiastic headline in Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, and the lead article was no less rapturous. If every team raced like Quick-Step did between Harelbeke and Harelbeke, cycling would be a top global sport, bigger than any ball game.ADVERTISEMENT Quick-Step certainly dominated ball possession, so to speak, at E3 Harelbeke. BMC, Bora-Hansgrohe et al could barely get a touch, as they were already forcing the pace after the descent of La Houpe when a large crash split the peloton and reduced the front group to 40 riders. Come the Taaienberg, favoured climb of the now-retired Tom Boonen, there were five Quick-Step riders lined up at the head of the group. Terpstra and Yves Lampaert pushed on over the top, with some 70km to go, and simply kept on going, while Gilbert, Florian Senechal and Zdenek Stybar policed affairs behind. Van Avermaet, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and a sub-par Sagan " a crash victim early in the race " were among those effectively marooned on Gilbert Island, as last years Tour of Flanders winner tempered his usual attacking instincts to spend an afternoon serving as a deluxe spoiler in the Flemish Ardennes. The beat goes on You can read more at More...
Pantano wins stage, Valverde keeps lead in Tour of Catalonia
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VIELHA, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde maintained his overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by staying near the front in a stage won by Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia on Friday.Pantano outsprinted Vegard Stake... More...
Overweel catches Cambridge's best by surprise
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui High School's Jack Overweel only thought about getting on a track bike last October and less than six months later he is a national champion.The 13-year-old cleaned up at the NZ Secondary Schools Track Cycling Championships... More...
Cycling: Hamish Bond wins Oceania time trial title
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Multi Olympic and world rowing champion Hamish Bond has claimed elite time trial honours on the opening day of the Oceania road cycling championships in Tasmania. Bond, who moved to cycling last year, produced a confidence-boosting... More...
Shimano patents disc brake cover
March 23, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Shimano has been working on a cover to shield the rotors of its hydraulic disc brakes. The design, which was filed for a US patent in June 2017, shows a vented structure that covers a majority of the disc rotors surface and backs up neatly against one of Shimanos own flat-mount disc brake calipers. It looks to have been designed to fit a thru-axle fork. It's official: disc brake guards are happening Could disc brake guards be the solution (to a problem that may not exist)? High-profile incidents involving injuries allegedly caused by disc rotors have previously sparked safety concerns in professional competition. Some riders referred to discs as "spinning knives".ADVERTISEMENT Since then, a generation of disc rotors with chamfered (blunt) edges has been introduced. SRAM already produces chamfered discsand all of Shimano's rotors from the Dura-Ace R9100 series and Ultegra R8000 series are also chamfered. Weve also seen similar disc brake covers from Italian firm TRed and German company Tune. If Shimano does ever release a disc brake rotor cover then there's a very good chance it'll look like this one You can read more at More...
It's here - the biggest sporting weekend of them all
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For 11 months of the year the dedicated fan has any number of major and minor events to satisfy an obsession with the wonderful wide world of sport; although there can be long, lean periods of nothing but reruns and highlights.Then... More...
Valverde wins 4th stage of Tour of Catalonia, regains lead
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALP, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde regained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by winning the fourth stage on Thursday.The Spaniard outdueled Egan Bernal of Colombia in the final climb of the 170-kilometer... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves into top 10 at Volta a Catalunya
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett is on track for another top 10 finish in a major stage race after a solid day in the mountains at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain.Bennett has fought with the leaders for most of the mountainous fourth... More...
Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froomes hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this years race due to his on-going salbutamol case. The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited two senior cycling sources. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews. Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Froome has always denied any wrongdoing, saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began his season at the Ruta del Sol and recently rode Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been announced for the Tour of the Alps stage race in Italy and Austria next month and is determined to push on with his plans to target the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2018. UCI president David Lappartient has previously tried to pressure Team Sky to suspend Froome from racing but he acknowledges that Froome has a right to race under UCI rules. Lappartient has accepted that a verdict is unlikely to be reached before the Giro dItalia but on Wednesday, after he UCI presented its new strategy to fight mechanical doping, he said that the decision must be on the table before the Tour de France, adding, I hope so because it would be a disaster for everybody if it's not the case. ASO seem determined to push Lappartient and the UCI to expedite the Froome case before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. Under UCI WorldTour rules the 18 WorldTour teams must accept the participation of all UCI WorldTeams. However, Cyclingnews understands that ASO traditionally have unique rights in the contracts with teams for the Tour de France, which may give them extra powers to safeguarding the image of the race and so stop a rider competing in their race. ASO is understood to be confident it could resist any legal challenge from Team Sky, possibly dragging the case into the French civil courts. However, ASO was forced to back down in a similar case in 2009 when it tried to stop Tom Boonen from riding the Tour de France following his out of competition positive test for cocaine. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme also accepted that Alberto Contador had the right to ride the Tour de France in 2011 as he awaited the appeal process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Contador finished in the 2011 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his results after the CAS banned him for two years. Lappartient stuck in the middle You can read more at More...
Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered several fractures to his vertebral column following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the teams Classics line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Thwaites injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekends Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also suffered concussion following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour when the race directors car braked suddenly ahead of the peloton. Bernhard Eisel is also out of competition at the moment after breaking his wrist and sustaining facial injuries in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg has not yet made his racing debut in 2018 following groin surgery at the end of last year. Although, the team hopes that he can return to competitive action next month. Mekseb Debesay took a heavy fall at the Tour de Langkawi earlier this week and further tests revealed that he had fractured his pelvis. Illness has also taken its toll with Tom-Jelte Slagter pulling out of Paris-Nice at the start of the month due to sickness. Mark Renshaw had to drop out of Tirreno-Adriatico due to sinusitis but returned to action at Milan-San Remo. You can read more at More...
Tour de Langkawi shakes up ahead of Cameron Highlands showdown
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After the breakaway stole the show and the day ended with a rider being disqualified from the race for fighting, the drama and intrigue continued on stage 4 of the Tour de Langkawi. The flat sprinters day was on paper the calm before the storm - a chance to rest the legs before the queen stage 5 to Cameron Highlands. Although stage 4 was won in a sprint by Riccardo Minali of Astana, it was a day with ramifications for the general classification, particularly for Dimension Data, who have lost Mekseb Debesay from the race after he crashed and fractured his pelvis. Debesay was the stage winner at Cameron Highlands last year and had started stage 4 of the race in seventh place and within reach of Adam de Vos' yellow jersey come Thursday afternoon. That all came crashing down with 4.5km to race into Pekan when Debesay was involved in a fall.ADVERTISEMENT "Unfortunately, Mekseb was not able to continue as a result of the crash," Dimension Data team Doctor Dirk Tenner said in a release. "We can confirm Mekseb has sustained no life-threatening injuries. He is conscious and talking, but he needs to undergo further medical examination at the hospital in Kuala Lumpur to reveal the full extent of his injuries." A statement from the race following the stage confirmed the pelvis injury for the 26-year-old, who was helicoptered to the capital. Race leader De Vos was a witness to the crash, but when speaking to Cyclingnews and Eurosport after gathering his yellow jersey on the podium, he did not know Debesay was a DNF. You can read more at More...
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne keeps the flame alive in the hope of future expansion
March 22, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After 41 years of the same format and the same, fixed place on the calendar, the Three Days of De Panne entered a new era on Wednesday with the first running of the rebranded Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, which was won in a bunch sprint by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). It's a curious moniker for what is now a one-day race, but the decision to retain the old name was a very deliberate one by the organising committee at Vlo Club De Panne. The race may have been moved forward by a week against its wishes, and shorn of two and a half stages, but the flame is being kept alive in the plat pays along the North Sea Coast. When Belgian Cycling supported Flanders Classics request to move Dwars door Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, it seemed to signal the demise of the storied Driedaagse, but the organisers have managed to keep the show on the road for 2018 in the hope of expanding back to three days of racing " though not a three-day stage race " as soon as next year.ADVERTISEMENT Organising committee president Bruno Dequeecker was a busy man in the finish area on De Panne's Zeelan on Tuesday afternoon, toggling between the television interview tent and the podium to ensure the post-race ceremonies ran smoothly. After the final bouquet had been presented and he had passed on his final congratulations to Vivani, Dequeecker declared himself satisfied with how the first day of the new Driedaagse had played out. "We're very happy and proud. We had to change by a week, and it's a totally new kind of a race," Dequeecker told Cyclingnews. "But having the start in Bruges, which is an icon in cycling, was great, and then De Panne itself has already been a name in cycling for 42 years." Echelons break up the field at Driedaagse De Panne New date In Bruges You can read more at More...
Cycling: UCI unveils $800,000 lead-lined X-ray unit as cycling boss David Lappartient promises to stamp out mechanical doping
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), has unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at combating what is known as mechanical doping, including a lead-lined portable X-ray machine which will be taken... More...
UCI steps up bid to deter would-be motorized-cycling cheats
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " The chief of cycling's governing body says it is pulling out the technological stops to deter would-be cheats from sneaking tiny, tough-to-detect motors into their bike frames, as the sport seeks to head off another... More...
De Gendt takes Tour of Catalonia lead with 3rd-stage win
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SETCASES, Spain (AP) " Thomas De Gendt pulled off a successful solo breakaway to win the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Wednesday and take the overall lead from defending champion Alejandro Valverde.De Gendt made a move... More...
Watch: Cyclist disqualified after throwing bike at rival, fighting
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It takes something special for the Tour de Langkawi to be mentioned in these parts.Yes, we are talking about a second-tier Malaysian cycling tour, and there's not even a Kiwi connection. Standout Kiwi rider Joseph Cooper is out... More...
Cummings waiting for his chance in Volta a Catalunya
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
After two bunch sprint stages in the Volta a Catalunya, the race moves into much hillier, less predictable waters on day three, and breakaway specialists such as Britains Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) could come to the fore. The reigning British national road race and time trial champion finished 175th, and last, on Mondays opening stage, at 6:13 down. A further 7:42 was shipped on stage 2. He was tired after doing Milan-San Remo and then coming straight here, Dimension Data director Bingen Fernandez told Cyclingnews after stage 2. However, the time lost has its advantages, given that whatever Cummings tries to do he is no longer likely to suffer from collateral damage in the on-going GC battle.ADVERTISEMENT The great thing about Steve is nobody knows when he could try to make it into a breakaway, said Fernandez. It just happens. I think that sometimes not even Steve knew it was going to happen. Its all a bit unpredictable. The Volta a Catalunya enters equally uncharted terrain on stage 3 following the cancellation of the toughest climb to Vallter 2000 because of the risk of avalanches. Fortunately, the weather forecast is for it to stay dry, with only a minor risk of snow showers, although it will be very cold. The GC battle will likely dominate on stage 4s summit finish at La Molina, but there could well be further opportunities for breakaways in the final half of the race. You can read more at More...
Scott Sunderland crashes out of Tour de Langkawi
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Scott Sunderland's racing return following a severe concussion has ended at the Tour de Langkawi after the Australian suffered another serious head injury. Although the original diagnosis of fractured vertebrae proved to be incorrect, Sunderland was still hospitalised following the accident. Sunderland, who hadn't raced since the Tour of China II in September last year, was involved in a crash with 4.5km to race of stage 3 to Kuala Terengganu. "Scott had a crash about 4.5km to go. He got caught on the wheel of another rider and just didn't manage to get off it and went over the handlebars," Bennelong SwissWellness team official Neil Walker told Eurosport and Cyclingnews on the morning of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT "He's sustained a head injury and there was talk about a possible fracture to his vertebrae but as far as we know this morning from a doctors report, that is not the case. He is obviously suffering from a concussion and there is a concern because of the crash he had in China." Sunderland, who turned 30 the day before the race, won the opening stage of the Tour de Langkawi last year and went on to his enjoy his best season to date. However, his high-speed crash at the Tour of China II abruptly ended his season and delayed the start of the New Year for the former track world champion. The Tour de Langkawi was to start his 2018 season, and having placed eighth on stage 1, it appeared Sunderland was ready to challenge in the sprints. However, a DNF on stage 3 due to the crash was followed by a night in hospital, where he posted a photo of his facial injuries on social media, and the race is now over for Sunderland. You can read more at More...
Tour de Langkawi: Breakaway ride brings Sweeny into GC consideration
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
With 30km left in stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi, Harry Sweeny knew the breakaway was going to survive and hold off the sprint teams in Kuala Terengganu. The 19-year-old on Mitchelon-BikeExchange would have a one in four chance of winning the stage but the Australian's goal was to take as much time as possible on the chasing peloton. Breakaway wins are rare in the 2.HC Malaysian race that has traditionally been a feast for the sprinters. With no categorised climbs on the menu from Kota Bharu along the coast to Kuala Terengganu, the third sprint in as many days looked the likely outcome. Sweeny and stage winner Adam De Vos (Rally) though had different plans and willed the break over the line. Sweeny eventually placing fourth but taking his best result to date in the pro ranks "It was really good. I was really feeling a breakaway today and it was a real nice long day for us," Sweeny told Cyclingnews after cooling down under the spray of the fire hoses at the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT In the closing kilometres of the stage, De Vos jumped away from Sweeney, Daeyeon Kim (KSPO) and Nik Mohd Hazwan Zulkiflie (Forca Amskins) to finish 13 seconds clear of the trio. The peloton crossed the line 1:19 minutes after the Canadian. The result moves Sweeny from 52nd overall into third place and the jump up the standings was the rationale for pushing the break all the way to the line as he explained. "We tried to trick the peloton a little bit and just keep it easy the first 100 kay," he said of the break that enjoyed a maximum lead of seven minutes. "Then we just really ripped it home. I wasn't so much worried about the stage win but the tour overall. That is why I was putting in a lot of effort on the front, purely getting extra time. I am pretty happy." Sitting in fourth almost one minute ahead of Riccardo Minali (Astana) on GC, Sweeny is well placed in the battle for the final podium. A former junior Australian time trial champion, Sweeny is a second-year U23 rider but with the Mitchelton-BikeExchange is able to race such events as the Tour de Langkawi. His first at 2.HC level. You can read more at More...
Chaves rules himself out of fight for GC in Volta a Catalunya
March 21, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michelton-Scott stage race specialist Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) has ruled himself out of the fight for the GC in the Volta a Catalunya, stating categorically, "We have two leaders here, and they are the Yates brothers." "The team will support them at the Volta a Catalunya and we will try for the GC with them," Chaves told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2. "But it's not only Movistar who are the favourites, there are lots of teams here with good GC options and we are one of them." Chaves' early season has had two significant high points, with victory in the Herald SunTour this January and then a strong time trial in Paris-Nice that placed him in the top 10 on GC and which he described as one of his best ever, having done a lot of hard work in the wind tunnel. On the last day, however, after working hard for teammate and overnight Paris-Nice leader Simon Yates, he finished the outside the time limit.ADVERTISEMENT In Catalunya, Chaves has different goals and whilst retaining his innate optimism, he was categorical about the limited nature of his own chances for GC. "We are one of the strong teams here. I feel all right, but it's still only the second stage, ask me again on Sunday about how I feel. Catalunya is always a hard race because everyone is supermotivated, for most riders, it's the first GC World Tour race they do, so everybody is hungry. "It's also [going to be] cold and that's not really good for some riders, so we'll see what happens." You can read more at More...
Valverde takes Tour of Catalonia lead with 2nd-stage win
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALLS, Spain (AP) " Defending champion Alejandro Valverde took the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia by winning Tuesday's second stage in northeastern Spain.The Spaniard was in a group of seven riders who broke out from the... More...
Teenage Whanganui athlete Hunter Gibson wins national gold
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui teenager Hunter Gibson has struck gold at the Suzuki National Schools Triathlon Championships in Nelson this week.On Monday the 14-year-old Year 9 Wanganui Collegiate athlete won the Under-14 individual boy's triathlon... More...
Bouhanni quits Volta a Catalunya
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Cofidis team have confirmed that Nacer Bouhanni did not start stage 2 of theVolta Ciclista a Catalunya due to an on-going bout of bronchitis. The French sprinter was forced to quit Paris-Nice due to illness and was then not selected for Milan-San Remo. He hoped to get his spring back on track at the Volta a Catalunya but finished seventh in the stage 1 sprint. Cofidis have confirmed that Bouhanni will now take a period of "complete rest to get back to 100% before he resumes training for his next races. It is unclear when Bouhanni will return to racing.ADVERTISEMENT Bouhanni is the Cofidis team leader but the French team has made a number of changes for 2018 in order to revive their flagging fortunes. They fired team manager Yves Sanquer during the winter and replaced him with former rider Cedric Vasseur. He has made some significant changes to the set-up around Bouhanni, particularly with the appointment of Roberto Damiani and reducing his lead-out train. So far Bouhanni has accepted the changes and team orders, despite arguing that he was fit enough to ride Milan-San Remo. However he failed to win a sprint so far this season, with second behind Mark Cavendish on stage 3 at the Dubai Tour his best result. Damiani told Cyclingnews that Bouhanni simply wasnt fit and healthy enough to ride Milan-San Remo, pointing out that the success of the team always comes before individual ambitions. You can read more at More...
Matthews to share lead in E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michael Matthews will share the lead with Sren Kragh Andersen and Edward Theuns at E3 Harelbekeon Friday, and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Matthews has only completed one race so far this season but was able to claim a top-ten at Milan-San Remo last weekend. Ellen van Dijk, who won the Omloop van het Hageland last month, and Lucinda Brand are both set for the womens Gent-Wevelgem, which also takes place Sunday. In E3 Harelbeke, on Friday, March 23, Matthews and Andersen will be co-leaders. We will have to ride alertly all day and be in good position, especially in the final with the Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont and Karnemelkbeekstraat in succession, Marc Reef told the Belga news agency. We have to make sure our leaders Michael and Sren are in the front group that is going to compete for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews suffered a fractured shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but was able to finish seventh in Milan-San Remo. Andersen is returning to racing after abandoning Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness. They will be supported by Phil Bauhaus, Roy Curvers, Lennard Hofstede, Tom Stamsnijder, and Mike Teunissen. Two days later, on Sunday, March 25, Matthews and Theuns will share the captaincy in Gent-Wevelgem.The young Belgian was sixth in Omloop. Nikias Arndt will replace Bauhaus in this race. You can read more at More...
Campagnolo 12-speed could soon be here
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Campagnolo could be the first of the big-three groupset brands " Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo " to launch a road-specific 12-speed groupset.BikeRadar found a Campagnolo patent filed in 2017 that includes a description of 12-speed road cassette. SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset review SRAM 12-speed Eagle eTap wireless groupset SRAM already has the XX1 Eagle 12-speed MTB groupset, and a wireless version of the group has been spotted.ADVERTISEMENT The patent claims the cassette can be "housed in a conventional bicycle having wheels and frame of a standardised size". The cassette is described as being made from an aluminium alloy and combined with the new structure design, claims to be light and sufficiently strong. Despite the extra cog on the 12-speed cassette, the maximum gear range listed is only 11-27t, compared to 11-30t on Shimanos latest Dura-Ace R9100 cassettes, or 11-29 on the current Campagnolo Super Record. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 You can read more at More...
Pinot slowly but surely moving towards top form
March 20, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
With only one previous race this season, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) says form-wise this year's Volta a Catalunya represents something of a voyage in the dark. But as he points out, he is not putting himself under any pressure for a top result - yet. Pinot's big goals this season will come, just like in 2017, in the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France. But with the aim of being at peak form in the summer, and also avoiding the exhaustion and illness that put paid to his chances in the Tour de France last year, this time round the Frenchman is taking the first part of the season much more easily. "I don't have too many reference points yet," Pinot told Cyclingnews at the start of the Volta a Catalunya on Monday. "I'm a way off my top form, because last year I was aiming for success in Tirreno-Adriatico, where I got third overall."ADVERTISEMENT That said, Pinot has already finished an encouraging fifth overall in his first race of the season, the Tour du Haut Var in February. Catalunya, though, is a much tougher event altogether than the French two-day early season race, and, "This time I'm not going so hard in the first part of the year like in 2017, although I'm aiming to get stronger day by day." One key reference point for Pinot will come on Wednesday's Valter 2000 climb, where back in 2013, he finished fifth behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar), as well as taking 15th in 2014 behind Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). "I remember it was very cold in 2013, there was a headwind on the climb and a lot of wind," Pinot told Cyclingnews. "There's 4,000 metres of [vertical] climbing on that stage, too, it's a very hard final ascent: for me, it's the first big test of the season." You can read more at More...
Whanganui teenager Finnegan Murphy wins maiden road race cycle trophy
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Teenager Finnegan Murphy claimed the coveted Couchman Cup for his maiden trophy win at the Wanganui Cycling Club's annual event on Saturday.The 15-year-old gave a glimpse of the enormous potential he has over the 66km course from... More...
Poels back in training after collarbone surgery
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Only nine days after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice, Wout Poelsis back on the home trainer and hopes to be back in the Team Sky line-up for Amstel Gold Race in April. The Dutchman had gone into Paris-Nice as co-leader with Sergio Henao. Poels won the stage 4 individual time trial, which moved him from 17th to second in GC, only 15 seconds behind race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Only two stages later, however, he crashed on a high-speed descent, leaving the race with the fractured collarbone, cuts to his left knee and chest trauma. He flew to England where he underwent surgery, and now has started his training again. "The operation went well and now I'm back on the bike," he tweeted, along with a photo of himself on the trainer indoors.ADVERTISEMENT The 30-year-old is said to be aiming to join the team for altitude training on Tenerife later this month and ride Amstel Gold. Poels had been foreseen as a back-up to Chris Froome in the Giro dItalia, and had said he would be prepared to serve as team leader should Froomes salbutamol case lead to a ban. You can read more at More...
DCMS select committee may yet call further hearings
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two weeks after the DCMS Parliamentary select committee report into anti-doping created shock waves across British sport, a member of the committee has told Cyclingnews that there may yet be more revelations to come. Giles Watling, MP for Clacton and a member of the DCMS select committee since September last year, revealed that "there may be further hearings" in the future. "It's entirely possible," he said. "If further evidence arises we could look at it."ADVERTISEMENT "You can never say that it's case closed,'" Watling added. "It's for other agencies to get involved. That may include the judiciary." The fall out from the findings of the DCMS report, at least within cycling, has been significant. The key implication, that Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins used tactical TUEs to gain a performance advantage, was met with derision and dismay, with many calling for Dave Brailsford to resign and for both Brailsford and Wiggins to be stripped of their knighthoods. You can read more at More...
Nairo Quintana on good form for Volta a Catalunya but says Valverde is likely better
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will start the Volta a Catalunya as co-leaders of the Movistar squad, but Quintana has recognised that Valverde's form could well prove to be the stronger at this point in the season. Quintana's comment is the first indication of how the Movistar hierarchy of leaders may play out in a race in which both Valverde and the Colombian have shone in the past. Although Quintana has raced less than Valverde and the Volta is his first European race of the season, both have won the week-long Catalan stage race, Quintana in 2016 and Valverde in 2017. As if that was not enough of a strong hand, Movistar also have up-and-coming local racer Marc Soler, third overall last year in the Volta a Catalunya and the recent winner of Paris-Nice with a spectacular long-range, last-stage attack, in their line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Soler told reporters on the eve of the race that his role in the Volta this year would be one of domestique deluxe, helping Valverde and Quintana to get into a winning position "and then one of them could finish it off." A partial answer as to which of the two leaders might be the stronger came from Quintana on Sunday evening, who said, "We're both in good condition, and we'll start as co-leaders with equal levels of responsibility. But I'm sure Alejandro is in better form than me, and if I have to help him, I will." Valverde was less forthright, saying "we're all in good form, and the race will decide what happens. We've got a great team, but the others aren't lacking in top names. Sky, for example, have a great line-up for this kind of Volta, with a lot of climbing in it. You can read more at More...
Niewiadoma takes inspiration from Nibali with daring Trofeo Alfredo Binda attack
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
23-year-old Katarzyna Niewiadoma earned her first victory in a one-day UCI Women's WorldTour race and the first with her new Canyon-SRAM team in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday. Although she has been on the podium of all three 2017 Ardennes Classics and second in Strade Bianche three years in a row, the top step of the podium in a Classic had eluded Niewiadoma and her team until now. Two weeks ago, Niewiadoma put in a spirited chase at the Strade Bianche, but it was too late to catch eventual winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans). In the Ronde van Drenthe last weekend, Alexis Ryan came up just short against Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) in the final sprint. In the Trofeo Binda, everything went to plan for Canyon-SRAM and Niewiadoma, giving the team its first one-day WorldTour win since the series was created in 2016. "My victory was because of an amazing team. We always had control over the race, stayed calm, and things went exactly as we planned. It's amazing that we were able to put our plan into practice."ADVERTISEMENT Just as at the Strade Bianche, Niewiadoma's teammate Alena Amialiusik was part of the first dangerous move when she broke away together with Ane Santesteban (Al Cipollini) and Elinor Barker (Wiggle High5) on the penultimate lap, with 42km to go. This meant that the Pole could keep her powder dry in the peloton behind. "We were playing different cards throughout the race. This meant I could be relaxed, wait for my moment, and save my energy for the last climb. The girls were amazing, in the front all the time and attacking to make the race hard. We wanted to get a small group and then create the final move from there." On the final lap, Niewiadoma went into action. She put in a first attack on the short, steep climb to Casale in order to whittle down the rather large peloton, catching the front quartet with Amialiusik in the process. A group of about a dozen riders started the final climb to Orino together, and Niewiadoma waited patiently before taking a big, long turn at the front to ride everyone off her wheel. After the top of the climb, the Pole continued on without second thought. She said that she had been inspired by a similar all-or-nothing attack in the men's Milan-San Remo the day before. "We were watching Milan-San Remo, and we saw Nibali's move where he attacked and never looked back. He mentioned that afterwards in the interview that he just went all-out and wanted to give all that he had left in his legs. And I thought that was so inspiring, to just do everything you can and keep on going, never looking back. I am so, so happy to deliver this victory to the team after this great effort." You can read more at More...
Quick-Step come away empty-handed from Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the discussion and prognostication in the week leading up to Milan-San Remo, when it came to Quick-Step Floors all the talk, as always, was of 'options' or 'cards to play'. As it was, they came away from the first Monument of the season with nothing to show for their superior strength in depth, with Elia Viviani their highest finisher in 19th. Viviani was one of three nominal leaders in a squad that also included last year's third placed Julian Alaphilippe and two-time podium finisher Philippe Gilbert. While Viviani would wait for a bunch sprint on the Via Roma, Gilbert and Alaphilippe could go on the attack on the Cipressa or Poggio climbs. Even without Fernando Gaviria, fifth last year but ruled out this time with a broken hand, they seemed to have all bases covered.ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert, however, was out of the running before the Poggio had begun after being held up by Mark Cavendish's heavy crash. Even before that, hopes of emulating last year's Tour of Flanders victory with a long-range attack had been scuppered by the headwind blowing up the Ligurian coast. "When Cavendish crashed, I was just behind him and managed to somehow squeeze and make it through, but lost some positions and couldn't return to the front, as the bunch was going full gas," Gilbert said. "Before the race, I thought about trying something from afar, but with the strong headwind on the Cipressa it was impossible, there really wasn't any opportunity to attack. I'll take from this race the fact that I felt good, despite the rain and the cold temperatures, and look now with optimism to my next races." You can read more at More...

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