Cycling News


inCycle: Cavendish on Milan-San Remo, the Tour de France and his appetite for success
March 21, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Aldag: With Cavendish, Stybar and Kwiatkowski we have options for Milan-San Remo
March 21, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag believes that one of his teams strengths for the upcoming Milan-San Remo is that the Belgian squad has various options for a race which is often unpredictable in the extreme. Aldag himself knows Milan-San Remo well as a rider, taking part in it over ten times in support of Erik Zabel, the four times winner. Given La Primavera is a race where in the critical last third the scenarios are altering constantly, as a director and rider in turn Aldag believes that means you have to be continuously thinking about the changes that demands. Its not like Fleche Wallonne, say, where if youve got the best uphill sprinter and if you deliver him to the foot of the Mur and hes in a good position, thats basically it, he will win that race. Milan-San Remo is just not that simple.ADVERTISEMENT Although Tom Boonens absence through injury will obviously be a setback for Etixx-Quick Step - amongst other reasons, the Belgian finished third behind Oscar Freire and Allan Davis on the Via Roma finish back in 2007 - Zdenek Stybar, Mark Cavendish and Michal Kwiatkowski will all figure in different ways in the Belgian squads end-of-race plans for Sunday. Although Kwiatkowski has yet to finish Milan-San Remo in two participations, Kwia is always important because hes one of the best bike riders in the world, so its always good to have him. He wants to see how far he can get and what he can he do, because in bad weather in the past hes suffered badly on the Turchino already, so its going to be a new experience for him. If he gets there like he should do, then purely from the shape he has - with a second place in Paris-Nice his most recent success - then he can do everything. He can go with the best on the climbs, he can go with the best on the downhills, he can lead out and he can sprint. Thats why also hes World Champion. You can read more at More...
Cavendish, Stybar lead Etixx-Quick Step in Milan-San Remo
March 19, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-Quick Step will line up for Milan-San Remo on Sunday behind sprinter Mark Cavendish in a bid to add a second Monument to his palmares as the race returns to the Via Roma for the first time since 2007. Cavendish will be supported by Strade Bianche winner Zdenek Stybar and world champion Michal Kwiatkowski in the 293km race, and although manager Rolf Aldag admits his team are not the favorites for the win, they have the depth to respond to several different scenarios. As every year Milano-Sanremo is the first great one day race of the season," said Aldag. "Its a race with a great history, one of the five Monuments in cycling. A team who values tradition like we do, its always motivating for a race like this even if this time we are not the biggest favorite." Cavendish dropped out of the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico after being unable to hold the pace of rival Tinkoff-Saxo on the only climb of the stage.The team said he had been suffering from a stomach bug but should be recovered by this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT "Our strength is that we have so many riders at a high level. We cannot hide that we have talent on our team and that we can be protagonists in each race situation, from 'I Capi' until the finish in Via Roma. We have guys like Stybar that can fire up the race, Kwiatkowski, who showed all his talent at Paris Nice, and Mark Cavendish, that from our group is the only one who has already won 'La Primavera'. But Milano-Sanremo is an unpredictable race. Thats what makes it special. At the start at least 100 riders dream about a victory in Via Roma." Like most of the teams, Etixx-Quick Step are keeping an eye on the weather, which forecasters predict will be rainy but without the snow that plagued riders in 2013. Any amount of precipitation will make the descent from the Poggio, which comes in the final 6km of the race, unpredictable. "The weather conditions can drastically change the race," Aldag said. "The objective in these days before the race is to recover as much as we can from the hard race we had in Paris-Nice and from a few days of bad weather at Tirreno-Adriatico. Especially Mark Cavendish, who was not 100 percent going into Tirreno because of a stomach virus. He will benefit from these days for a good recovery. The team is ready, and we look forward to next Sunday. You can read more at More...
2015 Tour of Britain hoping to attract star line-up with toughest route yet
March 19, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett hopes that the challenging 2015 parcours will attract the biggest names in cycling, as they build up to the World Championships in Richmond. On Tuesday, Bennett announced what is probably the toughest route, and is definitely the longest, in the races history, with the Hartside Fell in the Pennines set to test the riders on stage five. There are some really brutal days out there and deliberately so, Bennett told the races website, Firstly we want our national British tour to reflect the tough terrain which is part and parcel of our cycling scene and secondly we have talked informally with the teams in recent years " and increasingly with the big World Tour teams " and they are adamant that they would welcome a couple of really testing long days ahead of the Worlds. We are very happy to oblige and it fits in perfectly with our remit of expanding the race. Competing with the Vuelta a Espaa and the Canadian WorldTour races of Montreal and Quebec, the race is fighting to make itself an ideal proving ground for World Championship hopefuls. Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) used it to perfection last year, while Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) also rode the race on the way to his world title in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Anyone hoping for longer and more challenging terrain will be delighted, with three stages of the eight-day race breaching the 200-kilometre mark and the overall route totalling 1,471 " almost 100 kilometres longer than last years race. The 2015 course breaks another record for the race with the riders taking on the Hartside Fell, which at 1,904 feet is the highest point the race has ever passed. Hartside will be the show-piece finish to stage five and Bennett expects a big battle. You would fancy the peloton to arrive at the foot of the climb pretty much intact unless the wind blows en-route, in which case it could be split asunder by the time the main challenge presents itself. And wind is not unknown in those parts, he explained. "It's (Hartside) a proper 8km climb and although the average gradient is a comparatively modest 5% up at the top there are some nasty 10% sections and a hairpin that could reward the more aggressive riders. This stage has a real sting in the tail. There will be no time trialling at this years race, with construction work preventing the organisers from using the traditional London route on the final day. It has been replaced by a corner-packed criterium through the heart of London, which Bennett says will be no easy ride. You can read more at More...
Cavendish's thoughts turn to Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) headed out for a recovery ride on Tuesday morning instead of taking part in the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, his thoughts already turning to Milan-San Remo, the first big one-day Classic of 2015 and the first big goal of his season. Cavendish preferred to pull out of Tirreno-Adriatico during Mondays sixth stage after Tinkoff-Saxo split the peloton on a climb 80km from the finish. He and four teammates climbed off with 30km to go to avoid suffering any longer in the heavy rain. If I was I was in contention, I wouldn't have pulled out. There's no point in doing kilometres in the rain, it's better to go training today, Cavendish told journalists at Tirreno-Adriatico in the teams hotel in Casabianca di Fermo before his ride.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish admitted that the stomach virus that hit him hard during a sponsor trip to South Africa before Tirreno-Adriatico had left him unsure of his form and how well he will recover for Milan-San Remo. I really don't know, he said. In Tirreno, we were under the weather. This year wasn't a race you could ride into, it got harder and harder. It's harder to tell if I'm more tired from the race. Stopping yesterday gives me an extra day, which is still enough time to see where I'm at before the race. Is he nervous because of this? You can read more at More...
Etixx-Quickstep pulls Cavendish from cold, rainy Tirreno-Adriatico
March 17, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from ]
With Mark Cavendish looking unlikely to win another stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, directeur sportif Brian Holm took the decision to simply throw in the towel and pull Cavendish and his entire lead-out train from the race. Cavendish was part of a large group of riders dropped by the furious pace of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, who eventually won the stage with PeterSagan, on the climb of the Montelparo, 72km from the finish. Etixx-Quickstep waited for him, but the team decided to cut its losses ahead of Milan-SanRemo this weekend. "I saw straight from the start that Mark wasn't good today," Holm said. "He didn't feel well and he lost contact quite early when the bunch wasn't really going fast. We asked Sabatini, Terpstra, Renshaw, and Stybar to wait for him to eventually try to close the gap if he should get better during the stage, but it didn't happen. At that point it was a wise decision to stop racing instead of doing 2 laps in the final local circuit under the rain."ADVERTISEMENT Riders in the gruppetto on Sunday's mountain finish had to make their way through a heavy snowfall to get to the finish line, and the weather did not improve for today's 210 trek from Rieti to Porto Sant'Elpidio. With a driving rain and temperatures barely above freezing, Cavendish was one of 20 riders who either failed to start or did not finish the stage. "Milano-Sanremo is in a few days, so we didn't want to take the risk to have any sick riders before a big appointment, which is this upcoming Sunday." Rigoberto Uran remains in third place overall behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Bauke Mollema (Trek), but now only has two riders: Julien Vermote and Gianluca Brambilla in the race with him for the final stage, a 10km time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. You can read more at More...
Video: Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 highlights
March 13, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from ]
Multiple crashes during the run-in to the finish of Thursday's second stage at Tirreno-Adriatico were a prelude to the bunch sprint, where a crash just behind the leaders in the finishing straight took out a handful of riders, including Sky's Elia Viviani. Belgian championJens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage by staying ahead of the carnage and overtaking early leader Tyler Farrar, whose MTN-Qhubeka team continues to dial in its talented sprint train. A mechanical took Etixx-QuickStep's Mark Cavendish out of the final action. Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Etixx-QuickStep to investigate Cavendish's dropped chain in Tirreno-Adriatico
March 12, 2015 (20:45) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendishs Etixx-QuickStep team has said it will move quickly to investigate what caused the Manxman's chain to drop and so spark a crash at the end of stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriaticoin Cascina. It seems that Tom Boonen suffered a similar problem in a sprint at the Tour of Qatar. Cavendish was perfectly placed and about to launch his sprint with 250 metres to go when his chain jumped outwards and off his big chain ring. Cavendish managed to stay upright despite the sudden loss of power but moved slightly. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was unable to avoid Cavendish and was the first to crash. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and several other riders also went down hard. Both Viviani and Modolo got up and finished the stage but suffered multiple injuries Cavendish stood just after the finish line waiting for a new wheel but initially refused to talk about the crash. He later confirmed that his chain came off his front chainring.ADVERTISEMENT "Everything was perfect," Cavendish said. "I was in good position to launch my sprint. But when I tried to go, my chain dropped off from the big chainring to the right, and the momentum from the sudden loss of torque caused me to move right. There's nothing I could have done to avoid it, and it's a miracle I didn't crash. I watched the sprint after the stage in the team bus. I feel sorry for Elia Viviani who went down behind me, and the other guys involved. Hopefully it's nothing serious." The teams sport and development manager Rolf Aldag gave more information to the media at the Etixx-QuickStep team bus, including Cyclingnews. Etixx-QuickStep switched from SRAM to a mix of FSA chainsets with integrated SRM power metres and Shimano gears for 2015. Aldag confirmed that the team also uses Shimano chains. The Belgian team is apparently waiting for FSA to complete its full groupset of electronic components. You can read more at More...
Cavendish to fight on at Tirreno-Adriatico despite stomach virus
March 11, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish confirmed on Twitter he had been suffering with a nasty stomach virus for several days but gritted his teeth to start Tirreno-Adriatico and used the opening time trial to test how he was feeling. He finished 30th, 12 seconds behind winner Adriano Maori (Movistar) but wanted to test his legs by going as hard as he could. Im feeling better but Im not 100 per cent. Ive been bad for four days, he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down from his ride. Im quite happy with my time considering but I felt weak and I didnt have that usual power through the muscles. I wanted to see where Im at and actually I think Im okay. Im recovering for sure. Im getting over it.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish and his teammate and leadout man Mark Renshaw came down with the virus during a trip to South Africa last week to attend a team sponsor event. They also competed in the Cape Town Cycle Tour mass participation ride and race on Sunday despite being ill. Before travelling to South Africa, Cavendish showed he was on form by winning the Dubai Tour and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, beating his big Milan-San Remo rival Alexander Kirstoff (Katusha). The Manxman admitted that he now has some doubts about his form but knows that riding Tirreno-Adriatico will be vital if he is to recover his form and sprinting speed for Milan-San Remo. Ive been ahead of where I wanted to be all season. I havent been nervous about anything and I knew Id done the work to win when going into the races. Now after the trip to South Africa and getting sick, Im a little bit nervous for the first time this year, he said. You can read more at More...
Classic specialists test their legs in Kuurne
March 02, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from ]
Midway through Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne there were some accelerations from the classics specialists on the Oude Kwaremont but at the end of the day a bunch sprint concluded the race on the Brugsesteenweg in Kuurne with Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) as winner. For Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ian Stannard (Sky) the donkey race in Kuurne ended up being a good training ride. When approaching the Oude Kwaremont, Tom Boonen accelerated a couple of times to make the race harder. Vanmarcke accelerated fiercely on the cobbles of the Oude Kwaremont. His acceleration created the 20-man lead group that rode ahead of the peloton for a while. The group also included Tom Boonen while Stannard was pulling his sprinter Elia Viviani along. Alexander Kristoff and Philippe Gilbert had to work hard but managed to make the cut as well. Once there was a regrouping Vanmarcke still planned to launch an attack in the final kilometres but eventually he opted to work for his team's sprinter Tom Van Asbroeck, who eventually finished fourth.ADVERTISEMENT "After the Oude Kwaremont we rode away with a large group of about twenty riders. Some riders were hiding in the group. That made sense because they wanted to save themselves for the sprint. I told Maarten Wynants that I would stop working too because someone had to be able to ride the finale. On the local laps I decided that we would go for Tom [Van Asbroeck]. I noticed during the first lap that there wasn't enough crosswinds. Then I said that I would be the last man to lead out the sprint," Vanmarcke said. The Belgian looked back on a good weekend in which he managed a fifth place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Vanmarcke had been chasing the peloton for twenty kilometres before chasing the lead group of four riders for another forty kilometres. "The form is very good but the results weren't there. Yesterday much more was possible but due to bad luck it didn't happen. With the eye on the upcoming weeks it's good to know my form is very good. Today I wasn't as good as Saturday. Another time trial of 60 kilometres wasn't possible. It created a lot of fatigue yesterday. Everybody seemed tired after yesterday's race," Vanmarcke said. While Vanmarcke and Boonen were putting the hammer down in front Stannard took his time to move up. The winner of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was working for his team's sprinter on Sunday. "We wanted a sprint for Viviani. I saw Tom and some of the other guys going. I just had to shut that gap, really. Otherwise they could've gone and that could've been the end of the race. I was aware of Viviani just behind me. I didn't blow him of the wheels there. It was difficult with the crosswinds there. I just took my time and slowly came back," Stannard told Cyclingnews. You can read more at More...
Champion System gets first taste of the Classics
March 02, 2015 (06:45) [ Indexed from ]
For top guns like Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step), and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is a side dish in their classics campaign. For other riders its their first ever classic, a dive into the unknown. At the start of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a small team from New Zealand was getting their riders ready for the race. Most of the year the CCT p/b Champion System team is racing at lesser known events without TV coverage. The boys from Belgian manager Franky Van Haesebroucke were lining up with their camper and party tent next to the big team busses from the WorldTour teams. Clearly the budgets are different but it turns out their goals are completely different as well. "It's not our goal " like many other Continental teams " to ride the Tour de France in a few years time. It's our goal to offer a chance to foreign riders to ride a Classics campaign. That's why we chose to ride under the flag of New Zealand," Van Haesebroucke said.ADVERTISEMENT The manager rode throughout the world as a professional cyclist and used his contacts in New Zealand to found his team. "The federation helped to get the team up and running. There are a huge amount of great talents in New Zealand who are ready to take the step to come racing over here." After Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the team is racing the Dorpenomloop Rucphen, two races in Drenthe, the Omloop van het Waasland in Wanzele, the Handzame Classic, Route Adlie de Vitr. "Were racing mostly in Belgium, Netherlands and France. The riders are staying in Hof Ter Cammen in Oudenaarde. The MTN-Qhubeka riders are staying there too. It's more or less a bed and breakfast for riders," Van Haesebroucke explained. The team is sponsored by Champion System, a Hong Kong-based company for custom apparel. The company-owned Pro Continental team pulled the plug after the 2013 season. Now the company sponsors Van Haesebroucke's team, which features riders from multiple countries including Japan, Denmark, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Great-Britain, Germany and Lithuania. You can read more at More...
Cavendish turns around Etixx-QuickStep with Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne victory
March 01, 2015 (22:15) [ Indexed from ]
Im not a bad bike rider, to be fair, Mark Cavendish said on Sunday afternoon and it was hard to quibble with that assessment after a Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne victory that saw him showcase his range and put a rather brighter sheen on his Etixx-QuickStep teams Opening Weekend. Cavendishs winning sprint on the Brugsesteenweg had the feel of a dress rehearsal for the Via Roma three weeks from now, as he overhauled Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and held off Elia Viviani (Sky) to claim his seventh win of the new season. He may take just as much heart, however, from the fact that he had the legs to make what had seemed like the race-winning selection over the top of the Oude Kwaremont with 70 kilometres till to race. Along with Kristoff and Viviani, Cavendish was among the 19 riders who spent 30 kilometres off the front of the race, but the presence of four of his Etixx-QuickStep teammates in the move meant that he had the relative luxury of following the wheels. The selection, forced by Tom Boonen, was a very public response to the teams disastrous handling of the finale at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Im not a bad bike rider and Im in by far the strongest team, Cavendish said. You saw that yesterday too. Ok, it was a bit of a fuck up in the end but it was still a big show of strength by the team yesterday and it was the same today. After being caught, to be able to change the tables and commit 100 percent to the sprint was great you know. Cavendish, of course, sat out Omloop in preparation for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and he was unwilling to dwell on the question when the local press asked for his assessment of how Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh and Niki Terpstra had contrived to cede victory to Ian Stannard (Sky) on Saturday. Yesterday I was sat on my bed watching it so I cant really talk about it, Cavendish said, though he added that the mood in the teams base at the Kennedy Hotel in Kortrijk was about as upbeat as it could have been in the circumstances. You can read more at More...
Boonen, Cavendish, Terpstra headline QuickStep weekend rosters
February 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep have announced their official rosters for this weekends Classics kick-off at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, with Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra sharing the leadership load at Omloop on Saturday, and Mark Cavendish joining the effort the next day for Kuurne. Boonen will be looking for his first-ever win win at Omloop, while Niki Terpstra recently showed fine form in the Middle East. The 200.2km Omloop Het Nieuwsblad features 11 hellingen, including many of the climbs also featured, or formerly featured, in the Tour of Flanders. There are also 10 cobbled sections.ADVERTISEMENT "The parcours hasn't changed much, so the final is the same," Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. "For all the riders it's the first test to see where they are on this kind of parcours before the big Classics. The masks will fall off." Peeters said QuickStep will bring a strong roster to the race with riders in good condition that can be a part of the action and play a part in the final. "So we are pretty confident in our abilities to be a protagonist," Peeters said. "The last time we won this race was 10 years ago with Nick Nuyens, but the finish was still in Lokeren. Tom Boonen was second that day. Now we hope after 10 years that we can do a good race and try to get a win.??" You can read more at More...
News shorts: Pro riders cleared for Cape Town Cycle Tour
February 25, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from ]
UCI allows pro riders in Cape Town Cycle Tour The UCI has struck a deal with Cycling South Africa that will allow licensed riders to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which is not sanctioned by the national governing body, according to a report today on IOL Sport. The participation of top pros such as Etixx-QuickStep's Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw was cast into doubt when the international governing body said it would be enforcing its forbidden races rule for the 2015 cycling season. The rule prohibits UCI-licensed riders from participating in an event that is not on a national, continental or world calendar or that has not been recognised by a national federation, a continental confederation or the UCI.ADVERTISEMENT The Cape Town Cycle Tour, which combines a road race and mass-participation ride for 35,000 people, is not sanctioned by the national governing body. The UCI initially stated that licensed riders taking part in the event would be subject to a fine and a 30-day ban from future sanctioned events. The cycle tour's organisers won the right in court last year to host its events without Cycling South Africa sanctioning, because the extra fees and licensing amounted to an unfair and unnecessary tax, according to the IOL Sport report. Cycling South Africa, the UCI and event organisers reached an agreement on Monday, however, that will allow the event to move forward with the proper sanctioning to allow participation by UCI-licensed riders. You can read more at More...
Gaviria set for Etixx tests as Lefevere talks about Cavendish's future
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
Fernando Gaviria will undergo tests at the Bakala Academy next week as Etixx-QuickSteps Patrick Lefevere steps up his pursuit of the Colombian sprinter. Gaviria won two stages at the Tour de San Luis last month, beating Mark Cavendish in the process. A number of WorldTour teams immediately enquired about the future of the 20-year-old. Lefeveres team were installed as the early favourites to sign the rider and the transfer has moved a step closer. Hes coming to us after the weekend to do some tests. Hes in Paris to do the track World Championships and then from there hell come to Kortrijk. Well have a talk, do some tests and then he will return to Colombia, Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Well try to sign him if the tests are good but well of course respect his plans for the Olympics. Even if a deal is done in the coming weeks the chances of Gavaria signing as a stagiaire for the remainder of the season in a post-Olympic programme are slim. "We didnt talk about that. Not yet. With stagiaires doing the road Worlds, they often ride the Tour d LAvenir so you only see them once or twice and I dont know if its too hard to make him a stagiaire," Lefevere said. You can read more at More...
Climbers will have their day at 2015 Tour of California
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento for its opening stage and finish eight days later in the shadow of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, race organiser AEG announced on Thursday. The 10th edition of the race will take place May 10-17 and return to the stunning Pacific Coast as it follows a north-south route over 1,165 kilometres. The course promises plenty of variety, with multiple days for the sprinters and more than 13,000 metres of climbing throughout the eight days, including an encounters with Balcom Canyon and Mount Hamilton, as well as a return to Mt. Baldy. Weve reached a milestone this year with the 10th edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams weve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route, said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think its going to be a year for the record books.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike 2014, when eventual winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) seized the race lead during the stage 2 time trial in Folsom, the general classification this year will likely be sorted out in the closing days, starting with the 24km individual time trial in Big Bear on May 15. The racing will begin with two days for the sprinters on a circuit that starts and finishes in the state capitol of Sacramento, followed by a 193km trek from Nevada City to Lodi. In 2014, the sprint between Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in Sacramento resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history, with Cavendish taking the win by three millimetres. Stage 2 will start with a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course. Riders will get their first taste of the climbing that lies ahead when the race visits San Jose for the 10th consecutive year. From San Jose, the riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. The narrow, twisty road makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. You can read more at More...
Cavendish praises team effort in Almeria win
February 16, 2015 (10:30) [ Indexed from ]
Sunday proved to be a long day on the front for Etixx-QuickStep, which brought sprinter Mark Cavendish to victory at the Clasica de Almeria, his fourth win of the young 2015 season. The 183km Spanish race included three categorised climbs but ended with a long downhill run into the finish. An early escape of five riders brought Cavendish's team to the front, and when Movistar and Katusha threw riders into the chase, the catch was imminent. "Yesterday I didn't really feel good during the race at Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, but today the team was really motivated," Cavendish said following his win at Almeria. "We started riding from kilometer zero. We were always in front, in the first 10 positions of the group the entire race.ADVERTISEMENT "We also rode strong in the wind and made the decision to break up the bunch in the crosswind after the last climb. With 30 kilometers to go Katusha and Movistar moved up to help us out, so the front group went full gas until the finish line." The peloton brought the leaders back into the fold just as crosswinds began to blast the bunch. A split in the field left about 58 riders in the front group as the second group on the road fell more than two minutes behind. From there, Etixx-QuickStep once gain controlled the race and delivered the leadout train in perfect position for the final kilometres. "In the sprint, Zdenek Stybar began the lead-out into the final 450 meters. Then Mark Renshaw led me out, and I was in his slipstream until 150 meters to go. By the time I went it was just a matter of finishing off the race for the win. It was perfect." You can read more at More...
Crash catches Farrar out in Almeria finale
February 16, 2015 (10:30) [ Indexed from ]
After making the front group with his lead-out man intact, a crash in the final kilometres of the Clasica Almeria dashed American Tyler Farrar's hopes of mixing it up with eventual winner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and runner-up Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar). We made the front selection with Matt [Brammeier] and Tyler, with Matt obviously doing all he could for Tyler, said MTN-Qhubeka team director Alex Sans Vega. Tyler was feeling really good and said he had super legs. Unfortunately, he was caught behind the crash at 2km to go. Luckily he didn't go down but it meant he had no possible options to contest for the win. It is bad luck for our team because Tyler felt he really could have won, or at least finished on the podium today.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish became the first British rider to win the Clasica Almeria, out-kicking Lobato and his own lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, at the line. A five-rider break animated the early racing, but the chase led by Etixx-QuickStep and Team Katusha brought the race back together with about 40km remaining. The pressure of the chase and ever-present crosswinds split the bunch, with only 58 riders remaining at the front of the race. The race pretty much went as expected, Sans Vega said. There was a small break early on, which Etixx then controlled all day. As expected, we knew there could be crosswinds around the 45km mark, and that is exactly where it split. You can read more at More...
Tech: Mark Cavendish's Specialized S-Works Venge
January 28, 2015 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
Tech: Mark Cavendish's Specialized S-Works Venge2015 race bike for Etixx-QuickStep sprinter By Cycling News. January 28, 08:59 Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has begun his 2015 season on a... All the latest news headlines from More...
Cavendish wins in Tour de San Luis
January 26, 2015 (11:15) [ Indexed from ]
Cavendish wins in Tour de San LuisBritish rider takes first victory of 2015 By Cycling News. January 26, 09:56 Mark Cavendish opened his season account with a win on the final day of the Tour de San... All the latest news headlines from More...

« Previous | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Next »

From 141 until 160 / 1340

Most visited today
 - Anthony Ravard ready to support Feillu in Worlds bunch sprint
 - Philippe Gilbert crash: Tour de France competitor survives horror smash over wall on stage 16
 - Quizword crossword - Saturday 6th August
 - Cycling-Road-Team World Ranking standings (Reuters)
 - Tour de France at a glance (The Associated Press)
 - Cycling-Road-World Ranking standings (Reuters)
 - Giro d'Italia Results
 - Spanish Vuelta Results
 - Cycling-Froome sends Tour warning with Dauphine win (Reuters)
 - Cycling-Road-Tour de Suisse classification after stage 4 (Reuters)

Most visited last week
 - Geraint Thomas on meeting Lionel Messi and how the Yellow Jersey has changed his life
 - Vigilant cyclist averts danger after vandals place rock barrier on popular Auckland cycleway
 - Fenn criticises Aqua Blue Sport bosses after more salary woes
 - Four arrests in Armed Forces corruption probe
 - Anthony Ravard ready to support Feillu in Worlds bunch sprint
 - Emma Pooley interview part 1: A PhD all winter isnt going to make me ride well in the spring
 - Palm Pre October launch still on track
 - Kris Humphries gives awkward first TV interview since Kim Kardashian split - video
 - Chris Froome kicked off Tour de France 2018 over doping saga - but Team Sky will appeal
 - Tour de France at a Glance (The Associated Press)

Funny games