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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...
Mark Cavendish wins first stage of Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 11, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
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. More...
Cavendish: We have a team that can win stages in Tour of California
May 09, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish is back in California this week dreaming of adding a couple more notches to his victory count when the eight-day race takes off Sunday in Sacramento. Fresh off the Tour of Turkey, where the Manx Missile scored three stages wins and a second place, Cavendish appears well positioned to do just that. Its great to be back, and we have a strong team here from Etixx-QuickStep, Cavendish said Friday during the pre-race press conference.ADVERTISEMENT We dont have Tom Boonen here this year, but weve got a team that can win stages. I think its going to be difficult to go for the overall, obviously, with a sprint team but for the sprint stages weve got a good team, and for some of the other stages as well. Cavendish will be joined in California by Julian Alaphilippe, who is currently on his own hot streak, as well as Yves Lampaert, Gianni Meersman, Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin, Stijn Vandenbergh and Martin Velits. Cavendish currently counts five stage wins in California, where he raced for the first time in 2008. He returned in 2009 to claim two stages, followed by a single stage win the next year. He missed the race for three years before returning in 2014 and winning the opening stage by three millimetres over Giant-Alpecins John Degenkolb. It was the closest-ever finish at the Tour of California. You can read more at More...
Video: Five riders to watch for the Tour of California
May 09, 2015 (09:45) [ Indexed from ]
The Tour of California turns 10 this Sunday as the riders embark on eight days of racing, which takes them from Sacramento and down the coast to the finish in Pasadena. With Bradley Wiggins not returning to defend his title, there is only one former champion on the start line in Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo). The Dutchman is still returning from an early season injury, and were likely to see a new winner on the top step when the race finishes in over a weeks time. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) leads the home nations GC hopes as he returns to the race for the first time since 2012. Talansky is yet to prove himself this year with disappointing results at his early season races, and the team will be hoping that he can turn that around in California. With four flat stages this season, there are plenty of chances for the sprinters to notch up a victory. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has been on flying form this season and is the man to watch out for on the flat finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Watch the below video to see who else made our five riders to watch for the Tour of California and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at More...
Cavendish, Armstrong highlight Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 08, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Mark Cavendish and Kristin Armstrong will highlight the Tour of California. Eighty-four women representing 14 teams will begin two days of racing Friday in the Sierra Nevada with a 74-mile counterclockwise loop around Lake Tahoe in the new women's three-day stage race. Lisa Brennauer of Germany, the current world time trial titlist, and American Lauren Stephens, who claimed the national racing series last year, are the top contenders. The Sacramento stage will be a day for the fans. More...
Cavendish headlines Etixx-QuickStep for Tour of California
May 07, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish has been confirmed to lead the Etixx-QuickStep team in the upcoming Tour of California. Coming off three stage victories in the Tour of Turkey last week, the Manx missile has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks, and he is on target to add to his five career stage wins in California. Cavendish will be joined by his lead-out train, with Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin and Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert all capable stage winners themselves, and big men Stijn Vandenbergh and Guilaume Van Keirsbulck and Martin Velits present to do the heavy lifting.ADVERTISEMENT The team will also be joined by Lige - Bastogne - Lige runner-up Julian Alaphilippe, the 22-year-old Frenchman who has had stand-out performances this season. Etixx-QuickStep for Tour of California: Mark Cavendish, Yves Lampaert, Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Stijn Vandenbergh, Martin Velits You can read more at More...
Cavendish overcomes flat tire in sprint for Turkey stage win
April 28, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep defied the odds on Monday to further hush the doubts over their lead-out train. It has been a challenge for the Belgian squad to perfect their sprint set-up since Mark Cavendish joined in 2013 and his former HTC lead-out man Mark Renshaw followed in 2014. But not only did they make it two wins from two stages at the Tour of Turkey on Monday, they did so with Cavendish coming across the line on a flat tire.ADVERTISEMENT What is more, Renshaw also punctured in the closing stages before coming back to lead out. We went round a corner with 5km to go and my wheel went from me and I thought thats not good, said Cavendish. I had a little bounce and it was spongy, it wasnt totally flat but it was really spongy and I thought oh god, I either stop now but then we were already on our third guy in the train so if I stopped we were one man short for [Mark] Renshaw anyway. So I thought Ill give it a crack. I went easy round the last two corners then, yeah, went for it. You can read more at More...
Tour of Turkey: Confidence boosting second place for Ewan behind Cavendish
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) admitted to being a little starstruck by lining up against one of his sprint idols on the first stage of the Tour of Turkey in Alanya on Sunday. The 20-year-old had never raced against Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) before and came half a bike length away from beating him to the line in the bunch sprint finish. "It feels a little bit surreal," said the Australian, who has won two stages of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and of the Tour de Langkawi already this year. It's kind of weird racing him I guess, always watching him growing up and now actually racing him. And not just racing with him but being right up there against him - it's pretty surreal feeling.ADVERTISEMENT "If I had a better run I think could almost beat him. I came from way too far back and it was really close on the line so I don't know. If I got a better run or came off his wheel then maybe I could have come a bit closer but obviously it's good for confidence knowing I'm that close to him " it's not such a big distance. "I was no more nervous than I usually am before a race, there's probably less pressure coming in here because no one really expects me to be able to beat Cav and Greipel so it takes a lot of the pressure off my shoulders but then in the final it gets pretty nervous because you want to have a good result." In his first season as a professional, Ewan has been getting to grips with working with a proper lead-out train. He, Adam Blythe and Leigh Howard tried and tested things at Langkawi but the latter was forced to pull out of Turkey through injury shortly before the race. You can read more at More...
Cavendish back on track at Tour of Turkey after March illness
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) is happy with the way his season is progressing despite suffering a series of minor setbacks in March. At the Tour of Turkey, a first building block in his Tour de France preparation, the 29-year-old quickly got back to his winning ways, edging out Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) to take the stage 1 victory. The Manxman made an impressive start to the year with six wins, including stages of the Tour de San Luis and the Dubai Tour and one-day victories at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and the Clsica de Almera. But he and lead-out man Mark Renshaw came down with a virus during a trip to South Africa at the start of March, which forced him to take a short break and miss Scheldeprijs. Once back in Europe, he was denied the chance to contest a bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico and again Milan-San Remo because of a dropped chain.ADVERTISEMENT Ideally Id have liked to have carried on further into the spring but I got sick in South Africa and really I needed to stop and get over the virus, said Cavendish after the stage in Alanya. Just to stop, reset it, and get going again was quite nice. I dont think Im in as good a condition as I could have been but Im definitely happy with where Im at, Im happy with the strong team Etixx-QuickStep have brought here. He didnt expand on whether or not the chain issue, which had also hindered teammate Tom Boonen this season, had been properly addressed, saying simply: My chain didnt drop today." You can read more at More...
Renshaw: Etixx-QuickStep sprint train is coming together
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Renshaw is pleased with the way things are going for himself and Mark Cavendish but admitted to being frustrated by Etixx-QuickStep not providing them with a dedicated support unit. Renshaw and Cavendish were the final cogs in the famous HTC-Highroad lead-out train, perhaps the slickest winning machine the sport has seen, but the extent and variety of talent on the Etixx roster means the duo cant enjoy the same luxury now. The Belgian squad boasts the likes of world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin, along with Classics men Tom Boonen and Zdenek Stybar, not to mention a genuine Grand Tour contender in Rigoberto Urn. In this team its really hard, Renshaw said on Saturday ahead of the sprint-oriented Tour of Turkey. We have so many big riders and I dont think well ever pull them together like we did in HTC. It will always be this group of guys and that group of guys all targeting their individual things.ADVERTISEMENT The team is getting better each year, and with [Fabio] Sabatini coming in we have more of a core group around Cav. But we cant expect that things will be 100% for Cav because the team wants the yellow jersey, the white jersey It definitely makes life more complicated. While Cavendish and Renshaw are unable to fully recreate the days of old, some of their competitors are looking to do just that, notably the Manxmans new arch-rival, Marcel Kittel. The Germans set-up at Giant-Alpecin is one Renshaw looks at with envy. Giant can dedicate five or six riders purely to Kittel. Our guys, especially Tony [Martin] and Kwiatkowski who are really loyal teammates to Cav, will give 100% but if its the day before a time trial you know Tonys going to swing off a little bit early, Renshaw said. You can read more at More...
Q & A: Orica-GreenEdge fast man Caleb Ewan
April 24, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
As a first year professional, Caleb Ewan has plenty of eyes marking his progress that amounts to five wins this season from 19 days of racing for 2,641.9km. The 20-year-old Orica-GreenEdge rider has already won on three different continents with victory intwo stages of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia, two stages at the Tour de Langkawi and the Spanish one-day raceVuelta a la Rioja. But his year has also been a learning curve, as he told Cyclingnews before leaving his base in Monaco for the Tour of Turkey that starts on Sunday and where, for the first time, he will race the Etixx-QuickStep pair of Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen in the bunch gallops - not to mention a bevy of other sprint stars.Rupert Guinness: Well done on your year so far. Orica-GreenEdge have put you on a realistic program for your first full year with them ...Caleb Ewan: It's been pretty good. The team to start with said they had expected about five wins from me to start with, so to have that already takes a little bit of pressure off me; but obviously going into these races there will still be pressure. It's just nice to have those wins in the bag already. It is also good for the confidence. The team has put me on a good program and they are pretty open if I want to change anything. I'm looking forward to the next few races. But I am going to try and get through the season well. With the program they have structured ... it will be challenging, but its definitely within reach.ADVERTISEMENT RG: Each win you've had this season will have been important in its own way, but was your win in the Vuelta a la Rioja the biggest so far?CE: Yeah Well, I think the [two Tour de] Langkawi [stage] wins were probably bigger, but it was good to get to Europe and get a win, especially after [the Volta a ] Catalunya went so badly. It [Vuelta a la Rioja] was a relatively small race But we went in with a really strong team It was probably the easiest race I have won so far this year just because of how well the team rode and how strong they were.RG: It must have been nice to see a team work so well for you, and someone like Simon Gerrans who was his first race back from a fractured elbow?CE: It is a little bit surreal to be on the back of a train and see a guy like 'Gerro' and [Daryl] Impey working to help you win. It was a pretty cool feeling and awesome to be able to pull it off. They were so strong and made my job so much easier.RG: Orica-GreenEdge appears to be developing into a team that suits a variety of races and riders CE: Yeah, they are having a really good classics campaign at the moment [Ed - Michael Matthews third at Milan-San Remo and Amstel Gold Race, and Michael Albasini third in Fleche Wallonne]. Gerro has been unlucky with his two falls [before Tour Down Under and in Strade Bianche], but he is coming up pretty well for Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It was good to see 'Bling' [Matthews] getting third in Milan-San Remo and at Amstel Gold Race.RG: Did you watch Matthews at the Amstel Gold Race?CE: Yeah For him to be able to stay on Philippe Gilbert's wheel going up [the Cauberg] was really impressive. If he didn't do it Gilbert (BMC) probably would have gone away and won. It probably kind of cost him the race " on paper he was probably the fastest in that group " but he has to take the risk and follow Gilbert up the climb. If he raced it again he probably wouldn't have done anything different.RG: You can climb and sprint like Matthews. Did you learn from the Amstel and how he raced that might help you? You could be in that situation...CE: Yeah ... if I was 'Bling' I would have done the same thing because if he didn't follow Gilbert everybody behind probably would have stalled and Gilbert would probably have won solo again. He probably ran out of legs a little in the sprint. I am sure in the next few years " or next year - his time will come. If he can follow Gilbert up that climb now he is only going to get stronger from here. Obviously it is a race that suits him and hopefully it is a race that will suit me too. It's really nice around that area and I think those shorter steeper climbs suit me better " probably not now, but in a few years when I get a bit stronger and I think races like that could suit me.RG: The Volta a Catalunya was your first World Tour race since the Tour Down Under in Australia last year, but it your first in Europe nonetheless. You did not finish. I understand you found the peloton's speed when climbing challenging?CE: Yeah .. Sky and Tinkoff-Saxo basically had their Tour de France teams there. When they are doing 80 per cent up the climbs, it's like going up 100 per cent for me. When you have stronger teams there for 'GC' it is always going to be hard for me. Also I had just come from Langkawi where it had been on some days 40C and humid and I had only been back in Europe for six or seven days and it was 5-10 degrees and raining. You need a bit of time to acclimatise and get over jet lag and I had just set up my new apartment here [in Monaco]. If I could do it again I would probably do Catalunya or Langkawi. If I did Catalunya I would have come over a bit earlier.RG: You spoke of settling in to Monaco. Who are some cycling neighbours?CE: I train with 'Gerro' and fair bit, and [Mark] Renshaw (Etixx-QuickStep). Campbell Flakemore (BMC) has just moved out of Monaco to France and I train with him a lot as well. I recently went for a training ride with Richie Porte (Sky) and Chris Froome (Sky) " that was obviously pretty cool. There are really good guys on the ground here. I have been training with Michael Matthews as well ... all really professional guys with the same ambitions as me. It is a good environment to train in.RG: You are all different types of riders on different training and racing programs. When you ride with Porte and Froome, how do you stay true to what you must do and not try and follow what they are planning on doing?CE: Usually if they invite me for a ride and they have five hours on their program, I might start with them and do an hour or two with them and turn around and come home. It worked out well the other because I had five and a half hours, and so did they and I do a fair bit of climbing in the ride and they did a pretty hilly loop. It was probably their last ride before they went off [Froome to the Ardennes and Porte to the Giro del Trentino]. Usually, there is always someone who has a 'reco' ride the day you do a 'reco' ride, or a long ride when you do. You don't always train with the same people, but there's usually someone who has the same kind of program you do.RG: You're now off to the Tour of Turkey where you will sprint against the likes of Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen Your first time against Cavendish?CE: It will be actually. I am looking forward to it. It will be great to go to a race and really see how I compare to those kinds of guys. I raced with (Marcel) Kittel and (Andre) Greipel last year at the Tour Down Under but it was different. Riding for UniSA, I didn't really have as strong a team as they do, so it was a little hard to compete. For Turkey we have a really strong team. That will help and it will be really great to be able to sprint against those more experienced sprinters and see how you compare.RG: You won't be expecting any favours from those sprinters though ... they will have seen or heard enough about you not to underestimate your threat CE: I don't think you get any favours from those guys. Turkey is not the biggest race for them obviously, but when they go there they are really expected to win. Sometimes that is more pressure. A small race or big race, they go there and put a fair bit of pressure on themselves and I think they don't give anyone any favours.Some of the teams are preparing their trains for the Giro or Tour of California. It is important for them to nail it before they get to any of the bigger races.RG:Do you have any set objective for Turkey, other than to try and win a stage?CE: We haven't been told what our objectives are yet. I would like to get a stage win and even just be up there for the sprints and have a good crack. I haven't raced [Cavendish and Boonen] before and don't know how close I can get to them, but I'm hoping to be pretty competitive.RG: After Turkey you are also doing the Tour of Norway where you will again race one of the in-form sprinters, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) CE: Yeah ... he's been going bloody well. It would be obviously a massive challenge, but that would be great to race against these guys for experience. It is probably better to race Cavendish here and Kristoff there and hopefully Greipel and Kittel at different parts of the year. Maybe if I raced all of them at the same time it would be a bit much. It would be good to race them all during the year at some stage and see how they sprint. I am sure I can learn a lot from it. Rupert Guinness is a sports writer for The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media) You can read more at More...
Cavendish confirmed for Tour of California, Boonen to make Giro d'Italia debut
April 15, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep sprinter MarkCavendish will use the Tour of California as part of his build-up to the Tour de France, his team announce today. The Manxman will mark his return from a short break from competition at the Presidential Tour of Turkey, together with Tom Boonen, who is making a comeback from a fractured elbow and shoulder injury sustained in Paris-Nice. Boonen will then go on to participate in the Giro d'Italia for the first time in his career, rather than race in California. Cavendish used the same schedule last year, and came into the Tour de France on good form, but was unable to live up to the expectations of his home crowd after he crashed in the finish of the opening stage in Yorkshire. "Last year it was a successful period with victories at Tour of Turkey, Tour of California, and Tour de Suisse,"Cavendish said. "I also went into Le Tour with a really good feeling. But unfortunately I crashed in the first stage, so everything was over in a second. Of course it's a pity."ADVERTISEMENT In 2013, Cavendish won the points classification in the Giro d'Italia before going on to win two stages in the Tour de France, though he missed out on the green jersey there. Last year he won four stages in Tour ofTurkey and two inCalifornia. So far this year, he has the overall victory at the Dubai Tour and a Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne win to his name. "I don't like to miss the Giro, which is a key race that helped me build up my career. I have great memories of that race and I hope to come back to the Giro in the future and do well again. But as of this year I want to focus on the optimal preparation for the Tour de France, and going into the races to return to the high level of performance I had at the beginning of the year." Although Boonen is in his 14th season in the WorldTour, he has never before raced the Giro d'Italia, and will tune up for that effort with a first-time appearance at the Tour of Turkey. It's a refreshing change after a promising start to the season, including a third place inOmloop Het Nieuwsblad, before a Paris-Nice crash knocked him out of the Classics. You can read more at More...
New Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses break ground
April 01, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Oakley today debuted its brand-new Jawbreaker sunglasses " designed in cooperation with superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish and arguably the company's most audacious eyewear design in over a decade. Jawbreaker is notably bigger than the Radarlock XL, its aesthetic is more polarizing than the Hincapie-era Racing Jackets, and the mechanical Switchlock gadgetry of the current Jawbone gets turned up a few notches to yield a set of decidedly over-the-top shades that's sure to generate some heated discussion. First and foremost, the new Jawbreaker lens is big. The width is roughly the same as the already-generous Radarlock XL but instead of dipping down in middle, the top of the lens now features an upward curve to provide a bigger field of view, particularly when riding in a low and aggressive position. The lower edge is now scalloped to provide a little more room around your cheeks but even so, the only way these look even remotely normal is when paired with a helmet.ADVERTISEMENT The new Oakley Jawbreakers look massive on their own but they're actually quite agreeable when paired with a helmet "For the cyclist it's always been a tradeoff [to] get field of view and maximum protection but sacrifice ventilation," said Oakley concept development director Ryan Calilung. "The size is intentional to give the user all three " an increased upward field of view with ventilation and protection. This is important for the 'eyes-up/head-down' body position for cycling. Jawbreaker has a level of vision and protection without compromise, beyond what the consumer has seen before. It's a statement piece with real performance benefits." While the Jawbreaker's looks are unquestionably polarizing, they're to a large extent dictated by the design's dizzying array of moving parts and gadgets. In fact, 27 separate pieces go into just one pair of glasses. You can read more at More...
Etixx-QuickStep clarify Cavendishs Milan-San Remo chain problems
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Etixx-QuickStep team has told Cyclingnews that Mark Cavendishs mechanical problem during Milan-San Remo was not the same as the problem the Manxman suffered during the sprint finish of stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico in Cascina. Immediately after the race, Cavendish suggested his chain came off on the outside like in Tirreno, like it happened to Tom (Boonen) and a few guys this year. Cavendish had to fight to get back up to the peloton after the problem and was then distanced on the Poggio. He finished in a chase group, 23 seconds behind winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). Rolf Aldag, the Sport and Development manager of the Etixx-QuickStep pointed out that Cavendish lost his chain while changing from the small chain ring to the big chain ring, while the Tirreno-Adriatico accident did not involve a gear change and occurred as Cavendish seemed to push on the pedals as he began his sprint. In my opinion its important not to confuse two different incidents, Aldag said. Cavendish was shifting up from the small chainring to the big chainring on the less steep road, close to the top of the Cipressa and for some reason his chain came off, it over shifted. He had to get the chain back on and chase but he had Julien Vermote with him to help him close the gap on the descent. He mentioned Tom Boonen having the same problem but Toms problem or Cavs problem in Tirreno-Adriatico didnt involve gear changes. It was something very different. Were still investigating those but dont have an answer yet. Aldag refused to blame the Etixx-QuickStep mechanic or the Shimano gears that the Etixx-QuckStep team is using this season. The Belgian team is currently using a combination of Shimano gears, FSA cranks and Power2max power meters. The team is expected to switch to FSA electronic groupsets later in the season when FSA completes the development of the new parts. Of course we know that even a gear-change chain jump shouldnt happen but it can happen and in a race, Aldag said. Cavendish will be back in action at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday as one of the leaders of the Etixx-QuickStep team along side Zdenek Stybar and Matteo Trentin. The Belgian team has sent the chainset and chain from the Tirreno-Adriatico incident to FSAs headquarters in Taiwan for detailed analysis. Cavendish used an unmarked black chainring during Milan-San Remo.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Cavendish says Olympic ambitions would harm career (Reuters)
March 26, 2015 (08:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Briton Mark Cavendish has ruled out trying to add an Olympic medal to his long list of honors, saying it would be "detrimental" to his career. Winner of 25 Tour de France stages and the world road title in 2011, the Isle of Man rider has begun the road season in fine style, winning the Tour of Dubai for his Etixx-Quick Step team. His focus is now on this year's Tour de France and trying to move past French great Bernard Hinault into second place on the all-time list of stage victories. The Olympics, he says, is a nice idea but not on his list of priorities, especially as the hilly road course in Rio de Janeiro would not suit him and a switch to one of the track disciplines would not be practical. More...

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