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Will Team Sky wear new white kit at Tour de France?
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews has learned that Team Sky is set to wear a special edition white jersey for the 2017 edition of the Tour de France. An official announcement from the team is expected on 31st May, a few days after the Giro d'Italia comes to an end. Castelli would not confirm the exact design of the jersey to Cyclingnews, but they did confirm that it will feature a 'small detail change'. It is expected that the line and dot design of the standard issue black and blue jersey for the season will remain, with a simple reversal of the black and white colour ways. Team Sky would not comment when contacted by Cyclingnews. There is a possibility that the minimalist design of the jersey will clash with the Maillot Blanc, which is worn by the best young rider on the general classification. Historically, teams have altered their regular jersey so as not to clash with the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, whilst it seems that this will not deter the British super team. In 2011, the team wore a custom green 'Rainforest Rescue kit' at the Tour de France when Adidas provided apparel.ADVERTISEMENT ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits for the Grand Tour so as not to clash with the yellow overall leader's jersey. More recently, Tinkoff-Saxo swapped out their yellow and blue kit for a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. Special edition jerseys at the Tour de France have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements for the following season. The blurred lines of transfer windows, contract negotiations and sponsorships deals begin in earnest during the biggest race on the calendar. Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all released new jerseys for the Tour de France last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Superb time trial propels Kiwi Bennett into Tour of California lead
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has snatched the leader's yellow jersey with one day remaining in Tour of California.Trailing Pole Rafal Majka by six seconds entering the penultimate stage, Bennett produced an outstanding 24km time... More...
Talansky climbs to Stage 5 win in Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) " Andrew Talansky's consolation prize was merely a signature victory on arguably the most famous climb in North America, the grueling ascent of Mount Baldy during the Tour of California.The American rider... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REGGIO EMILIA, Italy (AP) " Results Thursday in the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia, 229 kilometers (142 miles) from Forli to Reggio Emilia1. Fernando Gaviria, Colombia, Quick-Step Floors, 5:18:55.2. Jakub Mareczko, Italy, Wilier... More...
Gaviria claims his 3rd Giro stage win, Dumoulin keeps lead
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REGGIO EMILIA, Italy (AP) " Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to earn his third victory in his first Grand Tour.Gaviria, who rides for Quick-Step... More...
Huffman wins from breakaway in Stage 4 of Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) " Evan Huffman had spent nearly the entire day in a breakaway with four other riders at the Tour of California, his energy drained and his legs pushed to the limit in an effort to stay away.Yet his mind... More...
Fraile wins 11th stage of Giro; Dumoulin protects lead
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAGNO DI ROMAGNA, Italy (AP) " Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia after being on the attack for most of the day Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin kept the overall leader's pink jersey he earned a day earlier.Amid... More...
World champ Sagan wins Stage 3 of Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) " Peter Sagan was so far back of the leaders after making the final turn to the finish, and turned up the speed so quickly to overcome them, that he couldn't even remember which riders he passed.All he had... More...
Tour of California Results
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. Peter Sagan, Bora Hansgrohe, 4 hours, 53 minutes and 26 seconds.2. Rick Zabel, Team Katusha Alpecin, same time.3. Simone Consonni, UAE Abu Dhabi, same time.4. Alexander Kristoff, Team Katusha Alpecin, same time.5. Jean-Pierre... More...
World champ Sagan wins Stage 3 of Tour of California
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MORRO BAY, California (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan moved through the peloton and outsprinted Rick Zabel and Simone Consonni on the uphill finish to win the third stage of the Tour of California on Tuesday.Sagan took advantage... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTEFALCO, Italy (AP) " Results Tuesday in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 40-kilometer (25-mile) individual time trial from Foligno to Montefalco1. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Sunweb, 50:37.2. Geraint Thomas, Britain,... More...
Dumoulin dominates 'wine trial' to take Giro d'Italia lead
May 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTEFALCO, Italy (AP) " Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin dominated an individual time trial through Umbria's winemaking region to take the pink jersey after the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Dumoulin, who also won time trials... More...
1997 Tour winner Ullrich to work at classic race in Cologne
May 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) " Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, who admitted to doping in 2013, says he is returning to cycling as sporting director of the classic Rund um Koeln race in Cologne.Ullrich tells the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger... More...
Majka wins second stage, takes Tour of California lead
May 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN JOSE, California (AP) " Rafal Majka and George Bennett knew they won't be able to touch some of the other big names in the time trial at the Tour of California, so they looked at the hilly profile of Stage 2 on Monday and decided... More...
Footpath cycling for certain groups backed by parliamentary committee
May 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi kids are a step closer to being able to cycle on footpaths legally after a Parliamentary committee recommended a change to the road rules.A Petition in the name of Lower Hutt woman Joanne Clendon asked Parliament to allow... More...
Kiwi rider George Bennett just misses out on Tour of California stage win
May 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi rider George Bennett was edged out of a stage win at the Tour of California's second stage this morning.Poland's Rafal Majka, who had won three Tour de France stages, just beat the New Zealander in a heads-up sprint with Bennett... More...
Kittel takes opening stage in sprint at Tour of California
May 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Marcel Kittel's only previous attempt at the Tour of California ended early, when a bout of knee inflammation forced the German sprinter to withdraw.This year's showing is already off to a much better start.Kittel... More...
Van der Breggen tops Hall to win Women's Tour of California
May 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Anna van der Breggen started the final stage of the Tour of California trailing by a second.She finished it ahead by a second.The Olympic road race champion picked up two seconds on Katie Hall at an intermediate... More...
Quintana takes Giro lead as crash slows other contenders
May 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ROCCAMORICE, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana rode away from his main rivals up the grueling climb to Blockhaus to win the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia and take the leader's pink jersey in a leg that was marred by a mass crash involving... More...
Fury after motorbike crash carnage in Giro d'Italia
May 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Britain's Geraint Thomas hit out at organisers Sunday after he and Sky teammate Mikel Landa fell victim to a crash caused by a police motorbike that virtually ended their Giro d'Italia hopes."I don't know what to say, except it's... More...
Coryn Rivera wins third stage of Women's Tour of California
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Coryn Rivera brought her winning ways back to home soil.The American cyclist out-sprinted Arlenis Sierra and Giorgia Bronzini on Saturday to win the third stage of the Women's Tour of California, following... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PESCHICO, Sicily (AP) " Results Saturday in the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, 189 kilometers (117 miles) from Molfetta to Peschici:1. Gorka Izaguirre, Spain, Movistar Team, 4:24:59.2. Giovanni Visconti, Italy, Bahrain-Merida,... More...
Izaguirre wins stage, Jungels keeps Giro lead despite crash
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PESCHICI, Italy (AP) " Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profited from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey despite a minor... More...
Geraint Thomas taken out in mass pile up after crash with police motorbike during Giro d'Italia - but rides on
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Olympic gold medalist rode on after the disastrous fall More...
Katie Hall wins Stage 2 to take Tour of California lead
May 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) " Katie Hall kept churning over the final climb during the second stage of the Women's Tour of California, driven ahead by the voices of her UnitedHealthcare teammates in her ear.They were saying "Suffer!... More...
Australia's Ewan wins 7th stage of Giro; Jungels keeps lead
May 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALBEROBELLO, Italy (AP) " After three top-10 finishes in the opening week, Caleb Ewan of Australia finally won a stage in the Giro d'Italia on Friday.The Australian rider with the Orica Scott team claimed Stage 7 in a sprint finish... More...
Defending champ Guarnier wins Tour of California opener
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) " American cyclist Megan Guarnier finally has her season back on track.Just in time to ride on home soil, too.The three-time U.S. champion won the opening stage of the women's Tour of California on... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TERME LUIGIANE, Italy (AP) " Results Thursday from the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 217-kilometer (135-mile) leg from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane:1. Silvan Dillier, Switzerland, BMC Racing Team, 4 hours, 58 minutes,... More...
Dillier wins stage 6 of the Giro, Jungels retains lead
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TERME LUIGIANE, Italy (AP) " Silvan Dillier won from an early breakaway to take the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia and his first Grand Tour victory on Thursday, while Bob Jungels retained the overall lead.Dillier began his sprint... More...
Vinokourov and Kolobnev still facing possible corruption trial
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobnev escaped together near the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2010, with Vinokourov attacking with 600 meters to go to take the win. However, allegations of payments and the release of emails that suggest an agreement between the two have led to a potential court case which has dragged on for six years. The next step is to be taken on Monday, when the two former riders are to appear in the Liege Council Chamber, at which point the decision is expected to be made on a possible referral to the correctional court, according to the Belga news agency. The corruption allegations were first made public in December 2011,when Swiss magazine LLIllustre, claimed that Vinokourov had paid Kolobnev 100,000 Euros to allow him to win. The magazine further cited emails containing Kolobnev's Swiss bank account information.ADVERTISEMENT Both have denied any agreement to fix the outcome of the race. "It's my private life," Vinokourov said. "I often loan money left and right. Vinokourov is now manager of the Astana team. Kolobnev retired the end of 2016. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI announce four-round 2017-18 Track World Cup schedule
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There will be three new venues for the UCI's 2017-18 Track World Cup series with Pruszkw, Milton and Santiago to host the premier event for the first time. Manchester's velodrome will host the Track World Cup for the first time since the 2013-14 season as the second of the four rounds. The four rounds are split into two back-to-back weekends of racing in November and December. Starting with Pruszkw on November 4-5, Santiago is the last of the four rounds just over one month later between December 9-10. The 2018 Track World Championships will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (February 28-March 4). The Milton World Cup is a first for the Canadian city, and first in Canada since 1989, and begins a three-year partnership running through to 2019-20 with the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.ADVERTISEMENT "Cycling Canada is excited to work with the Town of Milton to host the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup over the next three years," Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada, said of the velodrome built for the 2015 Pan Am Games. "This event is one of only six in the world every year and for the UCI to trust both Cycling Canada and Milton shows great vision on their part and demonstrates their understanding of the quality of both of our entities." Built in 2014, Santiago's Parque Pealoln velodrome will host its first Track World Cup and only round in the Southern Hemisphere for 2017-18. Pruszkw's velodrome, the BG BNP Paribas Arena, was the venue for the 2008 European Championships and 2009 Track World Championships makes it debut as a World Cup venue later in the year. Pruszkw (Poland), November 4-5 Manchester (Great Britain), November 10-12 Milton (Canada), December 2-3 Santiago (Chile), December 9-10. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Victorious Coryn Rivera heads home for Tour of California
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost track of the total.It stands at more than 70, by the way.But... More...
Gaviria sprints to 2nd Giro d'Italia victory on 5th stage
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MESSINA, Sicily (AP) " Colombia's Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday to claim his second victory of this year's race, while Quick-Step teammate Bob Jungels remained... More...
Frison severely injured in 4 Jours du Dunkerque crash
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frederick Frison suffered "several severe injuries" in the mass crash on the first stage of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque, Team Lotto Soudal reported. At least one other rider was seriously injured and several team directors criticised how the situation was handled. Frison was initially diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, but further examinations showed multiple pelvic fractures, which "will take time and a lot of rest to heal. In addition, the team said his chest took a big part of the fall. On the left, Frederik has three broken ribs and two fractures to the transverse process on his vertebrae. Further examination also showed he has a small pneumothorax. Frederik doesnt need to undergo surgery. Stijn Vandenbergh of AG2R also suffered a severe concussion in the crash.ADVERTISEMENT Various team leaders were furious as to how the race handled the crash.Why did not the course be neutralized immediately? There were some riders heavily injured on the asphalt Have you not learned any lessons after last year with Antoine and Stig? Hilaire Van Der Schueren of Wanty-Groupe Gobert told the Belga news agency. In 2016, Antoine Demoiti (Wanty-Gobert) died after being run over by a motorbike in Gent-Wevelgem. Stig Broeckx (Lotto Soudal) suffered severe brain damage in a mass crash during the Tour of Belgium. The stage was cancelled after the crash. Van Der Schueren asked rhetorically if he was "the only team leader to contact the UCI after the stage to give all riders the same time." He asked, "where is the feeling of togetherness? The solidarity?" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch: Cyclist celebrates a lap too early
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There was an incredible moment in the Giro d'Italia fifth stage overnight when rider Luka Pibernik thought he had claimed a stage victory, only to find he had a lap to go. Pibernik raised his hands in triumph, forgetting another... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUNT ETNA, Italy (AP) " Giro d'Italia Results on Tuesday:1. Jan Polanc, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, 4:55:58.2. Ilnur Zakarin, Russia, Katusha-Alpecin, :19 behind.3. Geraint Thomas, Britain, Team Sky, :29.4. Thibaut Pinot,... More...
Slovenia's Polanc wins Giro fourth stage
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ETNA, Sicily (AP) " Slovenian rider Jan Polanc produced a remarkable ride after making an early breakaway to win stage four of the Giro d'Italia on the summit of Mount Etna on Tuesday.The UAE Team Emirates rider, who also won a... More...
Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONACO (AP) " Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro... More...
Giro d'Italia cyclist Luka Pibernik celebrates stage victory a LAP early - and ends up finishing 148th
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Pibernik couldn't believe his luck as he pulled well clear of the chasing pack and celebrated his win - only to realise he had another 6.2km to go More...
Chris Froome back on his bike the day after being 'deliberately rammed' by a car in France
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Brit revealed a driver took off after smashing his bike on Tuesday but returned to the road on Wednesday More...
Giro dItalia: Quintana admits he's lacking top-end form
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has said that he still needs to step up a level to be able to take on his rivals in the Giro dItalia, after a steady but unspectacular performance on the climb to Mount Etna. Expectations that Quintana would go on the rampage on the Giros first major summit finish were not that high, given its so early in the race but it was impossible to rule it out because of the Colombians reputation for aggressive mountain racing. At one point Quintana briefly swung out of the peloton and across the road and the crowd and the media scrum at the finish line instantly chorused Nairo, as it suddenly looked as if Quintana might be revving up to try to attack Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and the rest of the contenders on the Sicilians home turf.ADVERTISEMENT However the attack never came and Quintana went with a far more prudent strategy. Although clearly able to respond to the occasional surging acceleration amongst the favourites, Quintana relied heavily on teammate Andrey Amador when Nibali put in his one real attack. After finishing eleventh inside the group of favourites, it emerged that behind Quintanas usual Sphinkx-like expression, he was still thinking it was best to bide his time. My objective in this first mountain stage was to be up there with my rivals and not lose time on them, Quintana, now sixth overall, told Spanish newspaper AS. Responding to Nibali You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia winner,... More...
Chris Froome's bike "totaled" after Tour de France champion is "rammed" by a car while training
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Brit says the driver took off after the incident More...
Froome hit by car on training ride
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome was knocked off his bike by a motorist today, posting a photo of his mangled Team Sky Pinarello bike on his social media accounts. The Tour de France champion was continuing his training back at home in the south of France after riding the Tour de Romandie, but said he was hit on purpose by a driver, who then drove off. Unlike the damage caused to his bike, Froome said he suffered no physical injury.ADVERTISEMENT "Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" Froome wrote on Twitter. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!" Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead
May 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOLI, Italy (AP) " Andre Greipel of Germany won a bunch sprint to take the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday and the pink jersey for the first time.Greipel edged out Roberto Ferrari at the end of the hilly 221-kilometer... More...
Playboy model comes close to causing crash at the Giro d'Italia after stepping in front of riders
May 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
April Summers was filmed cheering as the riders past, but stepped out too far into the road, almost creating a huge pile up More...
Giro d'Italia: Thomas sees potential for full-on GC battle on Mount Etna
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Many pundits are predicting that thestage 4 summit finish on Mount Etna " the first and one of the hardest of the 2017 Giro d'Italia " comes too early in the race to culminate in an all-out GC battle. But one significant voice in the peloton, at least, believes the complete opposite could well be true. "I think once you're on it [Etna], everybody will be going full gas," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told a small group of reporters in Tortoli before stage 3. "If somebody's good then they're going to try and take time." Although the popular view is that it would be risky to take a firm hold of the GC so early, Thomas points out that at least one top Giro d'Italia contender has operated differently in the past. "Look at when [Vincenzo] Nibali took yellow [on stage 2] in the Tour de France in 2014, the race was still in the UK," the Welshman pointed out. "I don't think Tuesday will be about people not wanting to take the Giro lead too soon."ADVERTISEMENT Thomas does not think, in any case, that the Giro d'Italia organisers have made a mistake by putting in such a key moment so soon in the game. "It's different to have a climb so early on, but it'll be good to see where I'm at, hopefully get stuck in, and have a good day." Thomas has not ridden Etna before because, as he succinctly explains, "other things [recons] fitted around races - it was just a bit more of a logistical pain in the arse." However, he says he'll spend some of the rest day watching videos of past two-wheeled assaults on the Sicilian volcano. "Apparently the wind could be important. It'll be a good test." He did not get to check out the Blockhaus, the other big early summit finish on stage 9, because it was blocked with snow when he was in the area during Tirreno-Adriatico, but, as he sees it, "as long as you've got good legs, that's the main thing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ewan continues top-ten run at Giro d'Italia
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Eighth place in Cagliari on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia sawCaleb Ewancontinue his run of top-ten results after Quick-Step Floors blew the race to pieces in the crosswinds. While sprint rival Fernando Gaviria took out the win and with it the pink jersey, theOrica-Scott rider won the bunch sprint 13 seconds later. Coming into his second Giro off the back of two-second places at the Tour de Yorkshire, Ewan won the bunch sprint on stage 1 behind Lukas Postelberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) to finish a narrow second on stage 1 in Olbia. In position to take the win on stage 2, Ewan pulled his foot from the pedal to finish ninth. Stage 3 offered an immediate shot at redemption after the previous day's 'devastating' result it was Quick-Step Floors blocking the 22-year-old's path to glory. Sports director Matt White explained when the Belgian team took advantage of the crosswinds, his Orica-Scott riders were caught out.ADVERTISEMENT "We all knew the point the winds were coming but there was just one team who got better organised than anyone, had the numbers, and made the race," sport director Matt White said. "They earned that win. It was chaotic, everyone was fighting for the front but we just didn't get where we needed to be." White added that despite being caught out and missing the opportunity to sprint for victory with Ewan, he was pleased that there was no time loss for the team's GC leader Adam Yates. "From there, we were trying to support both Caleb and Adam Yates. Adam actually did a really good job for a small guy to be in the second split when it first went." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nizzolo finds form in Giro d'Italia stage three sprint
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The points classification winner at the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia, Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) came into the 100th edition of the race with just six race days in his legs. On stage 1 of the race, he sprinted to fourth place and proved his form and condition is coming back on stage three with a third place. A knee injuryravaged Nizzolo's start to 2017 with the Tour of Croatia his only race before the Giro. As Quick-Step Floors took it upon themselves to 'smash' the peloton in the crosswinds late in stage 3, Nizzolo was equal to the test as he made the front selection to contest the victory. While Colombian Fernando Gaviria was the quickest in the finale, Nizzolo explained the result and performance was a confidence boost considering his lack of race days. "I was in the front group with Quick-Step, and of course they did great teamwork," said Nizzolo of the Belgian squad who were rewarded with the stage win and maglia rosa. "They did their best to win, and I tried to do the best I could do against them. Of course, with the condition I have, I paid for the full gas effort for the last 10 kilometers."ADVERTISEMENT "Tactically, I think I was perfect, and the legs were just missing that little bit again so I couldn't ask more today. I am not frustrated. As I said, this was probably the best result I could have. I work every day to do my best and today the best was the third place." Importantly for Trek-Segafredo, GC leader Bauke Mollema was also alert as Quick-Step Floors did their damage and arrived in Cagliari on the same time his overall rivals. The Dutchman, although accustomed to riding in the wind, explained his teammates were crucial in keeping him calm and collected on what could have been a disastrous finale. "It was stressful with 50kms to go already," said Mollema. "Everyone knew that with 13kms to go it turned left and it was full crosswind and everyone wanted to be in front. We were where we needed to be, especially Jasper and Mads (Pedersen) who did a really good job, and Laurent (Didier) and Eugenio (Alafaci) too, to bring me in good position to this point. Then after one-two kilometers Quick-Step suddenly attacked and Giacomo reacted really well and it was perfect for us. He did a good sprint, and behind we were in the front so I was never in any big problems." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni forced to miss Tour of California
May 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhanni has been forced out of the 2017 Tour of California with the Cofidis sprinter still suffering the effects of his Tour de Yorkshire crash. Bouhanni was heavily concussed in the stage 3 crash, a day after winning the Harrogate stage. Prior to his Yorkshire success, Bouhanni won Danilith-Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and has also finished on the podium at Scheldeprijs and GP de Denain. Bouhanni was set to make his debut at the Tour of California in what would have been his first return to North American racing after the 2015 Worlds where he was the best Frenchman in 21st place. A statement released by Bouhanni's Cofidis team explained the decision making process behind his removal from the California squad.ADVERTISEMENT "Fallen last Sunday on the roads of the Yorkshire Tour, he is not sufficiently recovered from his fall and the resulting traumatic brain injury," read the statement regarding Bouhanni. "Priority is given to Nacer's health and the date of his resumption of competition will only be fixed once he has fully recovered from the accident. The Cofidis team would like to thank the organization of the Tour de Californie for its invitation and is calling for an understanding of its sprinter's package. The Cofidis team also thanks the medical service of ASO, organizer of the Tour of Yorkshire, as well as the hospital of Sheffield, for the care of Nacer following its fall." Luis Angel Mate will race the Tour of California for Cofidis with the remaining riders to be confirmed ahead of the May 14 start in Sacramento. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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