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New Specialized Venge prototype spotted
June 18, 2015 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar At the Tour de Suisse, a warm-up stage race for the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was spotted riding a new Specialized that very well could be a prototype of the next generation Venge aero bike. Specialized declined to comment on the bike, but here is what we are able to glean from the photos by Tim de Waele. This new Specialized Venge has what many have taken to calling 'superbike' features on time trial bikes " an integrated stem that looks to house internal cabling, bespoke front and rear brake with highly sculpted aero bodies, and an aero handlebar with a flat top and a severe dip in the center.ADVERTISEMENT Instead of hiding a small brake inside the fork, Specialized has built this massive integrated piece onto the back of the fork When it comes to brake calipers, many companies have taken pains to hide them from the wind. Some have built a small brake inside of the fork legs; some have tucked calipers under the chainstays. Often they are smaller units, which can mean compromised braking power. Specialized seems to have taken an entirely new approach with some seriously beefy looking calipers. The front especially is massive, with a long tail coming of the back of each fork leg. Since the bike is being raced at the Tour de Suisse, it must have passed the UCI's bike check, including its 3:1 length-to-width ratio inspections. But this front brake must be right up against that line. You can read more at More...
Lombardi denies Sagan transfer rumours
June 17, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from ]
Ever since Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov openly expressed his dissatisfaction with Peter Sagan's performance, even going so far as saying he would cut his salary if he could find a legal way to do it, the rumor mill has been awash with chatter that Sagan might leave the team. Today, his agent Giovanni Lombardi squashed those speculations, stating emphatically that Sagan will respect his contract, which runs through 2017. Tuttobici today said Etixx-Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere, who is still deciding whether to keep several big name riders whose contracts end this year, including Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, is interested in Sagan. Such a move would keep Sagan on Specialized, and would help bolster the squad's Classics team, but Lombardi denied Sagan would break his contract. "Peter is a rider of great interest to the market, I know this and can only welcome it, but one thing is certain: Peter has a contract that expires at the end of 2017 and we wants to absolutely respect this agreement until the end," Lombardi said to Tuttobici after its initial report.ADVERTISEMENT "Does it look like he is suffering at the Tour de Suisse, not supported by a team that does not believe in him? ... Believe me, there were many who wanted Sagan, but Oleg Tinkov was the fastest to sign him. Unless they have good reason, Peter will not leave." Tinkov paid a reported 4 million ($4.5 million) per season to sign Sagan, but then had to wait impatiently until mid-March to see the rider take his first win of the year in Tirreno-Adriatico. Sagan's Classics campaign fell somewhat flat, and he just missed the podium in Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. Tinkov wrote in hisCyclingnews blog in May that Sagan seemed to have "lost something", and needed to start winning. Even with Sagan claiming an impressive time trial and overall victory at the Tour of California, Tinkov said he would renegotiate Sagan's salary if he could. You can read more at More...
Cavendish and Kwiatkowski confirmed for Tour de Suisse
June 12, 2015 (08:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish and world championMicha‚ Kwiatkowski headline a strong Etixx-Quick Step team for the Tour de Suisse that gets underway with a 5.4km prologue inRisch-Rotkreuz. Cavendish will make his return to racing following a short break after he won four stages and the points classification at the Tour of California last month and will be looking to add to his thee career wins at the WorldTour race. Cavendish's lead out man Mark Renshaw has also been selected for the race with the sprints an opportunity to fine tune Etixx's train before the Tour de France next month.Matteo Trentin and Julian Vermote will also be called upon to support Cavendish on the flat sprint friendly stages. A stage winner at the race last year, Trentin provides another outlet to victory on the flat stages. Kwiatkowski also returns to racing after a break having not pinned on a number sinceLige-Bastogne-Lige in April.Kwiatkowski won his first race in the rainbow stripes of the world champion a week earlier at Amstel Gold Race having opened his 2015 account against the clock in the Paris-Nice prologue. The 25-year-old will start the short opening prologue as one of the favourites on his debut at the race.ADVERTISEMENT Zden›k tybar returns to racing having also enjoyed a break since Lige with his focus likely to be on Tour preparation than stage victories whileGianluca Brambilla and Micha‚ Go‚a›complete the roster. Etixx-Quick Step for the 2015 Tour de Suisse:Michal Kwiatkowski, Mark Cavendish, Gianluca Brambilla, Michal Golas, Mark Renshaw, Zdenek tybar, Matteo Trentin and Julian Vermote. You can read more at More...
Aldag: Cavendish and the team are concentrating on Tour de France success
June 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
With the Tour de France less than a month away Rolf Aldag has stressed that the race should take centre stage in his riders' minds and that contract talks between the management at Etixx QuickStep and Mark Cavendish, while important, will take care of themselves if the team can be successful. "I think that right now there's no need to discuss Mark's future. Right now the only thing we need to discuss is the now because the Tour de France is just around the corner and that's the most important thing," Aldag told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "He missed the Tour last year but we all that he made his value as a rider from that race and winning 25 stages there, along with all the other great wins he had at the Giro, Vuelta and his win at Milan-San Remo. "It will all come down to all his sporting success. The biggest event of the year is knocking at the door." Cavendish heads into the Tour de France after an already successful season but the Tour de France has always been the barometer that has decided his year. A stage win in most rider's palmares would be a career highlight but ironically it would be seemed as a failure for the British rider to win that amount in a single season due to the expectations placed on him due to his previous success. "What can you measure him against, what defines a good season for Mark Cavendish? He learnt the hard way, and was frustrated for good reasons when he had a year a Sky. He won stages in the Giro and three stages in the Tour and some people were claiming that he had a bad season. That says it all, that expectations go through the roof," Aldag said. Last year Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France on the opening stage in Yorkshire but Aldag, who has worked with Cavendish since their T-Mobile and Highroad days together, believes that Etixx and their star sprinter can succeed at the Tour before sorting out a long term future. "We want to prove that he missed out last year at the Tour because he was injured and not because of anything else. He's had a really good season so far and to put that little extra on top he can win at the Tour. I don't think we should say it's only about winning a certain number of stages. He wants to be there, and be present. The team are backing him and that's the plan. The rest [in terms of contracts] is between Patrick [Lefevere] and Mark and what they figure out together. I hope this is the best team for him and if you look at his statements he seems to be all right with the team here." "I'm not his spokesperson for his future so we'll focus on the race and we'll see for everything else." You can read more at More...
Lefevere yet to decide contracts for Cavendish, Kwiatkowski and Uran
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from ]
In a transfer market dictated by agents as much as results and budgets, Patrick Lefevere finds himself at the centre of several of the key potential transfer sagas of the summer. Lefeveres position as transfer kingpin isnt just born from chance, however, and the Etixx-QuickStep manager is keeping is cards close to his chest as he negotiations with Mark Cavendish, Rigoberto Uran, Tom Boonen and Micha‚ Kwiatkowski about renewing their contracts. The world champion is rumoured to have already signed for Team Sky, although he has denied this to his teammates, while Lefevere has been linked with a number of riders, including Mikel Landa, Richie Porte and Ryder Hesjedal. Im more or less where I want to be in terms of my plans, Lefevere told Cyclingnews from his office in Belgium.ADVERTISEMENT However, I have the impression, and I dont think that Im alone, that agents are calling me a lot and that means the market isnt moving that quickly. I dont think many teams are signing riders at the moment. Normally were paying what the market asks so if you saw in the past when Sky came into cycling the prices went up, but now the market is standing still. There are a number of factors at play within the current market. Peter Sagans reported salary of 4 million Euro is seen as a benchmark by many of his rivals, and although the fee is huge, athletes and more importantly their agents, are using the example to drive up their prices. Another factor is that no new WorldTour team is " at this stage " coming onto the scene for 2016, and team are looking to reduce roster size for 2017 if the UCIs new regulations comes into place. On top of that BMC are reportedly only able to offer one-year deals, a sticking point when it comes to attracting riders to one of the best payers in the peloton. And finally, the big four of Froome, Nibali, Contador and Quintana are all under contract for next year, meaning that bargains are being sought with the likes of Porte, Ryder Hesjedal, Dan Martin and man of the moment Mikel Landa. You can read more at More...
Cavendish given red carpet treatment for Richmond Worlds preview
May 20, 2015 (22:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish stopped inRichmond,Virginia on his way home from the Tour of California to preview the course for the 2015 UCIRoadWorldChampionships, and was given a full police escort to allow him closed roads to better evaluate the course. The Etixx-QuickStep sprinter, fresh off his four stage wins in the Tour of California, can be seen in this video published on SkySports, being escorted by police motorcycles through the streets of downtown Richmond and riding up Libby Hill. The 2011 World Champion showed he is on flying form in California, only conceding one sprint to Peter Sagan on an uphill finish in Avila Beach. Whether or not Richmond would suit him, he did not say.ADVERTISEMENT Its harder than Denmark, Cavendish told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Theres a lot of 90 degree corners, which there wasnt so many [of] in Denmark [where] there was a lot of flow. Theres going to be a lot of acceleration." Although the steep, cobbled climb of Libby Hill is difficult, Cavendish found the climb less difficult than the Governor Street climb in the final kilometer. Those are not challenging, if Im honest, he said of the Libby Hill cobbles. The most challenging hill is the [climb on Governors Street]. The cobbles is more about positioning. Were professional bike riders. The juniors might find it hard there but [to] the professionals its not really anything. Its not like riding on a flat road, obviously. Positioning is probably key, but in terms of technical difficulty, theyre not that big a deal. You can read more at More...
Tour of California: Cavendish makes it count in Santa Clarita
May 15, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) put on another impressive performance on Thursday at the Tour of California, taking his third sprint win of the week and his eighth career win in the Golden State. The Manx Missile easily outpaced Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the rain-soaked finishing straight in Santa Clarita after his Etixx-QuickStep team and the Hincapie Racing team of overall leader Toms Skujins brought back the final breakaway rider in the final three kilometres. "It's one thing to be wet and to be cold when you're wet, but with the wind coming on you're freezing to the absolute bone," a shivering Cavendish said after the stage. "But it was good. All my teammates, thank you. It was hard to catch them back in the final but my team really looked after me."ADVERTISEMENT "I had Mark Renshaw at the end, and as always he was cool and calm, but we had to dig deep," Cavendish said. "It was a bit hectic in the last kilometre and Mark was cooked, so we couldnt go as fast as we wanted in the end." With a headwind at the finish, Cavendish waited and timed his jump after the other riders started their sprints. "Waeytens went first and I timed it well enough to catch him before the line. I'm super happy to get the stage win for the team." You can read more at More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory (The Associated Press)
May 15, 2015 (08:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who won the first two stages, powered to the front in the final 200 yards to win the 95.7-mile leg from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita in 3 hours, 51 minutes, 37 seconds. Cavendish waited for Australian teammate Mark Renshaw to get to the front of the field. ''I had Mark Renshaw at the end, and as always he was cool and calm, but we had to dig deep,'' Cavendish said. More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory
May 15, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage.Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who... More...
Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory (The Associated Press)
May 15, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. More...
Alaphilippe's form continues at Tour of California
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
JulianAlaphilippe took full advantage of the opportunity to ride for his personal ambitions on stage 3 of the Tour of California as he finished third having helped Mark Cavendish to victory on the two previous stages. Etixx-Quick Step sport director Brian Holm explained that the performance of 22-year-old Alaphilippe in San Jose was further evidence of the Frenchman's potential after a strong Ardennes campaign in which he finished on the podium at both La Flche Wallone and Lige-Bastogne-Lige "He was just fine today and he even got the white jersey," Holm said. "We know he's fast, and he's a competitor. He's strong. He was there with riders like Alejandro Valverde in the Ardennes, so this performance is not really a surprise We thought he might be a little tired after the Ardennes Classics, but he's got class. He wanted to stay with the front group and he did it, and he got third behind a guy like Sagan. So we're happy with the result. As for the rest of the team today, everyone did well.ADVERTISEMENT Alaphilippe explained he was happy to pursue personal ambitions after helping Cavendish to his two stage wins and performing his team role to aplomb. "This season is all about new experiences for me as a young rider, and this is my first time at Tour of California" Alaphilippe said. "This was also my first eight-day stage race with a mountain stage and a time trial still to come. I have to say I'm enjoying it a lot. So far we had great teamwork with Mark winning two stages, and defending yellow. It was important to learn how to work in support of him, sometimes using a lot of energy in front. I was also honoured to be his second-to-last leadout man yesterday. We accomplished the goal of the win, and I was happy I contributed in the last kilometres. Today I thought might be a chance to maybe show myself if the condition was there. Voila, my condition was good. I was able to stay in the front group with the best guys." Now occupying fourth on the overall standings, Alaphilippe added that he will take the race day-by-day before making any suggestions of a high overall result. You can read more at More...
Cavendish loses Tour of California lead in San Jose
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
After two straight wins and two days in the Tour of California leader's jersey, Mark Cavendish conceded the yellow jersey to stage 3 winner Toms Skujin (Hincapie Racing Team) in San Jose, rolling across the line in the gruppetto over 21 minutes later.Julian Alaphilippe continued Etixx-Quick Step's run of podium finishers with third place on the stage to move into the best young riders white jersey. Cavendish retains his lead in the points classification and will turn his attention to the 173.1km stage 4 to Avila Beach according to sport director Brian Holm with the day expected to finish in a bunch sprint.ADVERTISEMENT "Cavendish hung on as long as he could and he had teammates there with him as the race leader. Now he has the green jersey and tomorrow looks like a sprint stage. I think we will wait and see however, as the day after can also be a sprint," Holm said. "We will wait and see what we can do tomorrow, if we will work like we did the first two days or if maybe someone will support us. We saw what happened today with teams working all day only to miss the catch. We got two stage wins in the first two days, so the pressure is off a bit. We'll think first before we start riding on the front tomorrow, and we'll keep doing our best for good results in the next days with high morale." You can read more at More...
Sprint rivalry between QuickStep and Tinkoff continues to simmer in California
May 13, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
The simmering rivalry between the Etixx-QuickStep team of Mark Cavendish and the Tinkoff-Saxo squad led by Peter Saganat the Tour of California will likely end up on the back burner during todays stage in San Jose. The climb over Mt. Hamilton and the uphill finish on Metcalf Road could rule out the type of bunch sprint finish that has seen Cavendish win the first two stages of this years race. But the sprint teams could face off again during stage 4 to Avila Beach, stage 5 to Santa Clarita and the final day in Pasadena on Sunday. Cavendish has obviously had the upper hand so far, beating Sagan by several bike lengths on the opening day and narrowly edging him out Monday in Lodi. On each occasion, Cavendish has taken the opportunity to castigate his rivals team for not contributing to the chase. After Sundays opening stage, Cavendish said the Tinkoff-Saxo riders only came to the front after the TV cameras came on, and on Monday he pointed out once again that his team did the bulk of the work to bring back the break.ADVERTISEMENT Tinkoff did some at the end, but it was when the gap had come down a lot by then, he said, adding that because his team had to pull so hard so late in the stage, they only had four fresh riders for the finale compared to eight for the other sprint teams. Guillame Van Keirsbulck, one of the riders QuickStep had to throw into the race late to bring back the breakaway, explained the dilemma. The problem is everybody knows Cav is the fastest here, and they are a little bit scared of us, he said. Theres nobody who really wants to help us. You can read more at More...
So far so good for Gesink's return to California
May 12, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
LottoNL-Jumbo's Robert Gesink has had a pretty low-key reintroduction to the Tour of California this week. The 2012 overall winner finished 27th on stage 1 and 17th on stage 2 and currently sits 19th overall, just 20 seconds off the lead of Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep). He narrowly avoided a crash 10km from the finish during Monday's second stage, but he's sitting in good position heading into the difficult stage 3 route around San Jose. "Today was really good," Gesink told Cyclingnews Monday in Lodi. "Yesterday was a tough day to start with. It was tactical, and then today a little bit. Yesterday was a bit more nervous, but so far I'm good."ADVERTISEMENT The San Jose stage is a bit of an enigma, with five categorised climbs before an uphill finish outside of town. But it's unclear whether the stage will set a pecking order for the overall contenders or just provide a selection for a new stage winner aside from Cavendish, who won stages 1 and 2. "I think it will be a selection day, but they say it's really difficult," he said. "I've been racing in this area and training before, but I can't really say how difficult exactly it will be. "Well have to see, but Mt. Hamilton, the climb, I know. And I know the area a bit, so it will be more of a GC day than today, for sure." You can read more at More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 12, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. ''There were four of us (teammates) at the last corner and I had to come around Peter,'' said Cavendish, who earned his 130th pro career win. American Rob Carpenter is third overall, 11 seconds behind. More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California
May 12, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LODI, California (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday after the second stage of the Tour of California.Cavendish, riding for the Etixx-Quick... More...
Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. Sagan again bolted to the front of the mass sprint, but he was passed by Cavendish by a quarter-wheel. Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands finished third in the stage. More...
Weekend wrap: All the news from Giro d'Italia, Tour of California
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from ]
Giro d'Italia The opening weekend of the Giro d'Italia started off as an all-Australian affair, with Orica-GreenEdge claiming the victory in the team time trial, repeating their success last year even without specialistSvein Tuft, who was injured in the Tour deRomandie. SimonGerrans donned the first maglia rosa, with Michael Matthews his understudy in the white jersey of best young rider. Matthews ascended to the race lead on stage 2, though missing out in the bunch sprint to Team Sky's Elia Viviani on a stage riddled with crashes.Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2RLa Mondiale)was the worst-off of the main contenders, finishing at 1:09.ADVERTISEMENT News: Brailsford outlines 'great opportunity for Porte in Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia news shorts: Remembering Wouter Weylandt Porte upbeat despite losing time in Giro d'Italia TTT Gerrans seizes Giro dItalia lead after faultless display from Orica-GreenEdge Aru, Uran happy to take time on Porte in Giro dItalia team time trial Contador ahead of Giro d'Italia rivals in opening TTT skirmish Giro d'Italia: How long can Orica GreenEdge keep the maglia rosa? Tim Kerrison: Porte has the confidence Wiggins showed in 2012 Greipel puts brave face on Giro dItalia sprint defeat Crashes send peloton sprawling on Giro d'Italia stage 2 Deja vu for Matthews in Giro d'Italia maglia rosa Viviani savours his first Giro dItalia stage victory Alafaci blames fixed gear cyclist for Giro dItalia crash Porte to sleep in marginal gains motorhome during Giro dItalia Giro d'Italia: Pure sprinters could take a back seat in coming stages Videos: inCycle video: Cannondale-Garmin TTT preparation Video: Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Bolide TT bike Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 race video highlights Matthews looks to upgrade white jersey to pink on stage 2 On-board footage fromOrica-GreenEdge's winning TTT ride Luka Mezgec targets Giro d'Italia sprints Heinrich Haussler on riding the Giro d'Italia for the first time Tom Boonen on his debut Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia Stage 2 race video highlights Elia Viviani on stage 2 victory at the Giro d'Italia Michael Matthews in the Giro d'Italia maglia rosa Boswell looking for opportunities in California Talansky excited about 'home' race at Tour of California California GC Contenders aiming for Big Bear, Mt. Baldy UCI allows testing by USADA at Tour of California Cavendish: We have a team that can win stages in Tour of California Sagan: I want to speak with Tinkov eye to eye Allergies and virus knock Talansky out of California Renshaw recovers from crash to lead Cavendish to California win You can read more at More...
Renshaw recovers from crash to lead Cavendish to California win
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Renshaw (Etixx-QuickStep) showed up for the finale of stage 1 at the Tour of California Sunday and did what he does best, setting up his sprinter Mark Cavendish in perfect position to grab his 10th win of the season. But before Renshaw could go to work on the closing circuits in Sacramento, he had to recover from a nasty crash early in the stage that saw him launch over his handlebars. "There was a massive pothole and when you're in the middle of the peloton you don't see it," Cavendish said. "I was riding next to him and he just disappeared due to the fall. So I was a bit worried. But fortunately he made it back and did a great job in the end, even if he's a bit sore."ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw obviously took the fall in stride, even joking about it on Twitter after the stage. "Came to a rather sudden stop today after I hit a massive pot hole," Renshaw wrote. "My front flip with an average landing didn't score high with the judges." Cavendish beat Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) for the win, his third in Sacramento. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish wins first stage of Tour of California
May 11, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Britain's Mark Cavendish powered past Slovakia's Peter Sagan just before the finish line Sunday to win the first stage of the Tour of California.Cavendish, a 25-time Tour de France stage winner, raced to... More...

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