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Tour of Turkey: Confidence boosting second place for Ewan behind Cavendish
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish back on track at Tour of Turkey after March illness
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw: Etixx-QuickStep sprint train is coming together
April 27, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Q & A: Orica-GreenEdge fast man Caleb Ewan
April 24, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish confirmed for Tour of California, Boonen to make Giro d'Italia debut
April 15, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
New Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses break ground
April 01, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Etixx-QuickStep clarify Cavendishs Milan-San Remo chain problems
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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...
Peiper hands Burghardt and Drucker leadership roles for Dwars Door Vlaanderen
March 26, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet resting, BMC Racing will provide Marcus Burghardt and Jempy Drucker with leadership roles in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Both Gilbert and Van Avermaet competed in Milan-San Remo, where they both went on the attack, and with a congested Spring campaignAllan Peiper has opted to promote from within and give two of the teams domestiques the chance to shine. Im hoping that Marcus and Jempy ride well tomorrow. They have an opportunity where there are no other leaders and when youve got an opportunity like that youve got to take it. Marcus has won Gent-Wevelgem before and been on the podium in Harelbeke so he has the ability to do a good ride, Peiper told Cyclingnews after the teams meeting in Roselere on Tuesday afternoon. ADVERTISEMENT Etixx-QuickStep head into the race with three favourites in Mark Cavendish, defending champion Niki Terpstra and world champion Micha‚ Kwiatkowski making a rare appearance on the cobbles. Even without the injured Tom Boonen the Belgian team pose arguably the strongest roster. As long as you can follow Terpstra youll be pretty good. Its going to be a hard race and its really like a mini-Tour of Flanders with one climb after the other. The finish is close to the final climb so none of it is easy. You have to be at the head of the race. Anything can happen in cycling these days so I dont know if its going to be a bunch sprint or not. Its a hard course so I expect it to break up. It could all come back together though. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pieper hands Burghardt and Drucker leadership roles for Dwars Door Vlaanderen
March 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet resting, BMC Racing will provide Marcus Burghardt and Jempy Drucker with leadership roles in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Both Gilbert and Van Avermaet competed in Milan-San Remo, where they both went on the attack, and with a congested Spring campaignAllan Peiper has opted to promote from within and give two of the teams domestiques the chance to shine. Im hoping that Marcus and Jempy ride well tomorrow. They have an opportunity where there are no other leaders and when youve got an opportunity like that youve got to take it. Marcus has won Gent-Wevelgem before and been on the podium in Harelbeke so he has the ability to do a good ride, Peiper told Cyclingnews after the teams meeting in Roselere on Tuesday afternoon. ADVERTISEMENT Etixx-QuickStep head into the race with three favourites in Mark Cavendish, defending champion Niki Terpstra and world champion Micha‚ Kwiatkowski making a rare appearance on the cobbles. Even without the injured Tom Boonen the Belgian team pose arguably the strongest roster. As long as you can follow Terpstra youll be pretty good. Its going to be a hard race and its really like a mini-Tour of Flanders with one climb after the other. The finish is close to the final climb so none of it is easy. You have to be at the head of the race. Anything can happen in cycling these days so I dont know if its going to be a bunch sprint or not. Its a hard course so I expect it to break up. It could all come back together though. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish, Kwiatowski and Terpstra give Etixx-QuickStep options at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
E3 Harelbekes elevation to WorldTour status and its shift to a Friday slot in 2012 has had an undoubted impact on the depth of the field at Dwars door Vlaanderen in recent years, but the presence of so many of Etixx-QuickSteps galacticos guarantees a certain quotient of star quality on the start line in Roeselares Grot Markt on Wednesday morning. Tom Boonen, of course, has been ruled out of the entire classics campaign due to injury, though he was never likely to take part on Wednesday in any case " the Belgian has not lined up at Dwars door Vlaanderen since 2011, expressly to spare himself for WorldTour duty at the weekend. His absence will be keenly felt come the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but on the 200-kilometre trek to Waregem on Wednesday, Etixx-QuickStep have a surfeit of potential winners. Leading the line are world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and Mark Cavendish, who is fine-tuning ahead of Gent-Wevelgem at the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Dwars door Vlaanderen will be Kwiatkowskis sole outing on the cobbles this spring " it would have been unthinkable for a QuickStep-sponsored rider not to race at least once in the rainbow jersey in Flanders " but while the Ardennes Classics are his primary target, the Poles is unlikely to be a mere token appearance. Kwiatkowski already highlighted his condition by finishing second overall at Paris-Nice, though it remains to be seen what impact his crash in the finale of Milan-San Remo has on his performance here. He needed a couple of days to get over it but tomorrow is his next race so well wait and see, eh, Etixx-QuickStep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters told Cyclingnews in Roeselare on Tuesday. Cavendish, too, suffered misfortune at La Classicissima, when he dropped his chain near the top of the Cipressa, just as he had done in the bunch sprint at Cascina during Tirreno-Adriatico. Although he managed to catch up on the descent, he paid for the effort on the Poggio and was jettisoned out the back. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish: CIRC report is nothing new
March 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has said that he doesnt think the recent report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) has brought anything new to the table. The CIRC spent a year looking into the murky history of the sport and spoke to a number of people from the past and present world of cycling but Cavendish believes much of it was already public knowledge. To be brutally honest, I dont think that there is anything particularly new in there. I think that it is all the shit thats been out there in the last few years just compiled into one document that gives people something else to talk about the past of cycling like its the present, Cavendish said during a conference call following the announcement he would compete at this years Prudential RideLondon. Its a little bit frustrating, that would be an understatement to say its a bit frustrating. I think modern cycling is cleaning up and Im racing in a better playing field in the sport that I love and Ill continue to be happy with that.ADVERTISEMENT A total of 174 people spoke to the commission throughout the year-long investigation but few of those were current professionals and no new admissions of doping came from it. Following the release of the findings on March 9, several riders and anti-doping advocates said that they had heard nothing from the CIRC. Cavendish told reporters that he hadnt been approached by the investigation and feels that it doesnt represent the modern peloton. I wasnt asked at all and I think theres quotes in there that I know 95 percent of the peloton know that there is one rider that will have said certain comments and the other five percent wont know that rider and couldnt comment on it. Theres certain comments from one reliable source dont mean anything, said Cavendish. To be honest, I dont spend not even a small amount of time looking at the cycling press and maybe thats where it was. I dont know. Unfinished business in London You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish to headline Prudential RideLondon
March 25, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish and his Etixx-QuickStep team will lead the line-up at this years Prudential RideLondon. The Manxman has confirmed that he will make Cavendishs first appearance at the race. Cavendish won the pre-cursor to the event, the London-Surrey Classics in 2011, and was set to ride last season before he crashed out of the Tour de France " dislocating his AC joint. I cant wait to ride this year. After only two years, this race is already an event every rider wants to win and you cant beat racing in front of British crowds. After missing out in 2014 I was determined to ride in 2015, Cavendish said. The race takes place the Sunday after the Tour de France and will return as a 1.HC classified event, following its promotion to that category last season. Adam Blythe won the 2014 edition after getting into the early break. He beat Team Skys Ben Swift in the reduced sprint, a win that saw him move back to the WorldTour with Orica-GreenEdge this season.ADVERTISEMENT A total of 25 teams will take part in the race, which announced that it will offer the biggest prize pot for a one-day classic with 100,000 euros for the race winner. The 200-kilometre race will start and finish on the Mall, beginning at Horse Guards Parade before heading out through Kingston upon Thames and onto the Surrey hills. The riders will complete the southern loop once, taking in Leith Hill, before tackling the northern loop and Ranmore Common three times " once more than last year. Box Hill still lies ahead of the peloton, ready to make the final selection. From Box Hill, the race winds its way back towards Kingston upon Thames and through central London into Trafalgar Square, before the iconic finish on the Mall. Were delighted to have Mark Cavendish in this years field. Hes not just a great sprinter but hes also a very good climber on this type of terrain and this route should suit him very well, said race director Mick Bennett. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish says Olympic ambitions would harm career (Reuters)
March 24, 2015 (18:15) [ 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...
Cavendish to ride in London one-day classic (Reuters)
March 24, 2015 (14:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Multiple Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will head the lineup at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in August, organizers of the 200km one-day race said on Tuesday. Briton Cavendish, who has 25 Tour stage victories to his name, will join his Etixx-Quick-Step team for a race that offers more prize money than any other UCI (International Cycling Union) one-day classic. Sprint king Cavendish, 29, missed the race last year because he was still recovering from the injuries he sustained in a first-day crash at the Tour de France in Harrogate. More...
Poggio crash knocks Stybar and Kwiatkowski from contention
March 23, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Mark Cavendish lagging behind on the Poggio after dropping his chain on the Cipressa and having to chase back on, Etixx-QuickStep's hopes for a Milan-San Remo victory fell on the shoulders of Zdenek Stybar and World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski. But those hopes, too, were dashed when a crash on the decsent off the Poggio took both riders out of contention. Let's hope tomorrow morning when I wake up from bed I won't feel anything, Kwiatkowski said after the nearly seven-hour race. But as of now I am feeling OK and I have to be happy about that. Bad luck today, especially that both of us were on the ground. The race looks different than what it could have been if that didn't happen.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, it was Giant-Alpecin sprinter John Degenkolb who took the win ahead of defending champion Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) and Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge). Cavendish was the top finisher for Etixx-Quickstep, crossing the line in 46th place, 23 seconds behind the winner. It was a disappointing result for a team that seemed to have multiple options going into the finish on Via Roma. We did it perfectly today, my teammates did a great job putting us into good position, Kwiatkowski said. For the first time at Milan-San Remo I was there on the Poggio. We felt really comfortable. It was still a big group. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish left disappointed after dropping his chain in Milan-San Remo
March 23, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish was consoled by his daughter at the finish of Milan-San Remo but even her hugs and kisses could not erase his disappointment. Milan-San Remo is always a lottery but the Etixx-QuickStep team came away empty-handed. Michal Kwiatkowski and Zdenek Stybar crashed on the descent of the Poggio and Cavendish was dropped on the Poggio, finishing 46th in a chase group at 23 seconds behind the winner John Degenkolb. Cavendish revealed he dropped his chain on the climb of the Cipressa just as he did in the sprint in Cascina during Tirreno-Adriatico, and was forced to spend precious energy to hold the gap and then fight on in the hope of the race coming back together.ADVERTISEMENT I didn't feel good at all, but the team put me in good position through all the climbs, I just fought and fought, just to have a chance but then with a kilometre and a half to go on the Cipressa, the same thing as at Tirreno happened: my chain came off, he said. It was on the flat bit of the Cipressa, you shouldn't ever be dropped on the Cipressa but my chain came off on the outside like in Tirreno, like it happened to Tom (Boonen) and a few guys this year. Despite not being at his best due to he stomach virus he picked up during a sponsor trip to South Africa, Cavendish fought to hold and close the gap on the Cipressa. But his effort cost him dearly, especially on the Poggio, where he was eventually left behind. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish not 100 per cent for San Remo after stomach virus
March 22, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has played down his chances of victory ahead of Milan-San Remo. The 2009 race winner developed a stomach virus, as did his lead-out man Mark Renshaw, during a recent trip to South Africa. Days later, he battled through a snow and rain battered Tirreno-Adriatico, which he abandoned ahead of the final time trial to avoid putting any unnecessary strain on his body. While the illness is well behind him he says that the disruption to his preparation means that hes not found the form hed have liked ahead of the Italian classic. I was really ill. I spent four days in bed, a subdued Cavendish said. I dont feel 100 per cent. I feel better from my illness but Im not 100 per cent. Cavendish is QuickSteps number one option if the race ends in a bunch sprint, with Michal Kwiatkowski and Zdenek Stybar providing other options as joint leaders alongside the Manxman. As a former victor and one of the most prolific winners of recent years, even a below-par Cavendish is a threat and will be heavily watched by his rivals. However, when asked if he saw himself as a race favourite the answer was short and sweet, no.ADVERTISEMENT With two other potential victors within the eight-man line-up there is less pressure on Cavendish. The 29-year-old believes that his teammates can deliver Etixx-QuickStep to triumph on the Via Roma if hes not able to. Etixx-QuickStep have got a strong team, weve got a lot of bases covered and a lot of options. So we go into tomorrow and well see how the race goes and hopefully well come out with success, he explained. As long as we dont compromise then it is good. I think this particular group of riders complements each other, our style of riding, and there are chances of success at San Remo. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stybar and Kwiatkowski provide Etixx-QuickStep with options at Milan-San Remo
March 22, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Etixx-QuickStep have an enviable list of options for the first Monument of the year. Despite losing the talismanic Tom Boonen, they still head into Sundays Milan-San Remo with former winner Mark Cavendish, world champion Michal Kwiatkowskiand recent Strade Bianche winner Zdenek Stybar. Few other teams can match them in terms of options aside from perhaps BMC with Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet to choose between. With a string of top talent on their roster its rare that Etixx-QuickStep enter a race without a plan B but it doesnt always work out. At last years Tour of Flanders they went in with three leaders but failed to make the podium, however, a week later they reversed their fortunes as Niki Terpstra stormed away to win Paris-Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT So what it is this year? Is it a case of too many cook spoil the broth or can they use it to their advantage? We are with three and I think that we can deal with that, Stybar told Cyclingnews on the eve of Milan-San Remo. None of us are such an individual that he doesnt want to win himself. Everyone wants to win themselves, but we have such a good relationship that I will be just as happy if Mark or Kwiatko wins. I think that we can deal with that. For both Stybar and Kwiatkowski it will be their third appearance at the Italian race, with the former scoring his best result of seventh at last years edition. Kwiatkowski, however, has yet to finish La Primavera, blaming the abandons on a hectic early season schedule in 2013 and 2014. Theyve made some changes to his programme this season, giving the world champion a much more gradual build-up to the spring. After a strong performance at Paris-Nice, which saw him take second in the overall classification behind Richie Porte, he travelled to Italy to reconnoitre the final kilometres over the Cipressa, the Poggio and into San Remo. It was a much less stressful approach to the race and allowed him to see the stretches of road hed never reached during his previous two attempts at the race - and now he can plan what he might do on Sunday. I didnt feel tired after Paris-Nice. We did the recon on the Monday and I really enjoyed that time, said Kwiatkowski. The most important moment is on the top of the Poggio to be in the front, because if you have one rider who hasnt got the best skills in the descent then you can lose the race there. Ive just watched Milan-San Remo on the television. I couldnt feel it on my skin before how the race looks like because I just raced 140km in the peloton and then I stopped in the first or second feed zone Because I saw the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio I can dream and think about the finale more now than when Id never seen the Poggio or the Cipressa. That was really useful for me. Milan-San Remo will be Kwiatkowskis first major classic since winning the rainbow jersey six months ago. His attack just before the final climb of the World Championship road race caught the peloton on the hop, allowing him to establish a crucial advantage over the group. A similar attack ahead of the Poggio could see him make a repeat performance but with the rainbow stripes on his back is it possible to get the jump on the peloton in the same way? Its possible on the descent of the Poggio to surprise but not really a chance to chase someone back. Its just your skills that matter and your position before the descent that matters. I think there is no difference whether you have rainbow stripes or not, said Kwiatkowski. I think nobody could follow my attack in Ponferrada. I never try to move in the race when it is a surprising moment, I try to move when it is the moment to attack. Stybar is also more than capable of riding off the front in a breakaway and, if it was to come to a small bunch sprint, then his turn of speed makes him a likely candidate for victory. The Czech road champion played his tactical cards close to his chest but said that hes ready for whatever comes his way. I think I have a lot of options. There is the final that everyone knows and I think if a group goes on whatever climb I can follow, explained Stybar. Honestly I feel pretty good. I think the shape is fine, since the opening weekend in Belgium even since the first races I have felt good and now I am improving and I hope that the shape will stay. For tomorrow, I just look forward to the race because its a monument and its a really nice race. I just hope that it wont be the same weather as it was last year and two years ago. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
inCycle: Cavendish on Milan-San Remo, the Tour de France and his appetite for success
March 21, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This weekend marks the sixth year anniversary Mark Cavendish stormed across the line to win Milan-San Remo in dramatic circumstances. That sprint, the desperate lunges for the line from him and second placed Heinrich Haussler created one of the most iconic images in cyclings recent history and saw Cavendish claim his maiden and only Monument win. Since then, the British rider has struck out in La Clasica Primavera with course changes, atrocious weather and admittedly better performances on the day, all denying him of his second title. Yet Milan-San Remo remains a race close to Cavendishs heart and his desire to keep on winning was evident when InCycle sat down with the man earlier in the season.ADVERTISEMENT The race is one that Cavendish watched as a child and is one that he fell in love with his heroes charging up the Cipressa and the Poggio before descending to onto the Via Roma for a crescendo finish. In this video Cavendish talks emotively about the San Remo, his desire to keep on wining and of course, the Tour de France, another race where he has forged success. Click here to watch more videos from the Cyclingnews channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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