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Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honors tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smashed the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance traveled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. The 35 year-old took the record -- which has been held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- with a controlled and highly assured performance, albeit just short of the 55km which Wiggins himself had targeted. More...
Cycling-Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Douglas Beattie LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honours tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smashed the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance travelled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. The 35 year-old took the record -- which has been held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- with a controlled and highly assured performance, albeit just short of the 55km which Wiggins himself had targeted. More...
Cycling: Wiggins breaks hour record
June 07, 2015 (20:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken the world hour record for most distance completed in a velodrome over 60 minutes.The Tour de France champion completed 218 laps and 54.562km breaking the previous record of 212 laps and 52.937km.More... More...
BRITON BRADLEY WIGGINS BREAKS UCI HOUR WORLD RECORD ON LONDON'S OLYMPIC TRACK (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (20:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
BRITON BRADLEY WIGGINS BREAKS UCI HOUR WORLD RECORD ON LONDON'S OLYMPIC TRACK More...
Obree 'certain' Wiggins will break UCI Hour Record
June 07, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In an interview published today by The Guardian, former UCI Hour Record holder Graeme Obree said he is certain Bradley Wiggins will set a new markon Sunday in London, but he hopes the British Olympic champion doesnt put it out of reach for other riders. Theres been a lot of hype from his camp, Obree told The Guardian. There is a huge weight of expectation, but 55km is a tall order for any human being. Weve seen Jack Bobridge and other guys fail and thats an insight into just how hard it is. Id be surprised if he didnt break Alex Dowsetts record, Obree said. But you have to bear in mind that Dowsett didnt reach his full potential.ADVERTISEMENT Obree told The Guardian that if Wiggins goes above 55km he believes it would put the record out of touch for the current peloton and discourage other riders from making their own attempts. If he does less than 55km I dont think the chapter is closed, Obree said. I want him to be good but not great so that the story keeps on rolling. The risk for Brad is not doing enough to stave off Dowsett coming back, he said. In that case you could have a repeat of the Obree and Boardman thing. And there are two other riders, Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin, who could try it. If he does over 55, that could put it on the shelf for another generation. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins will break Hour Record with 54 or 54.5km ride, says Voigt
June 07, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UCI Hour Record holder Jens Voigt said this week that he expects Bradley Wiggins to break the record on Sunday with a mark of 54 or 54.5km.During an interview with Sky Sports, Voigt said Wiggins goal of 55km will be hard to achieve. I know he wants to aim at 55km, but 55km but is very fast and we just dont have the 'Superman' position anymore like Chris Boardman had, or smaller front wheels, which give you better aerodynamics, like the boys had in the past, Voigt told Sky Sports. We are still using fairly fast bikes, but there are limits to it, he said. OK, he has got the whole science project from Team Sky behind him, but also Bradley is not getting younger.ADVERTISEMENT Although hes now retired, Voigt can be credited with starting the ball rolling in regard to the current UCI Hour Record attempts. The German, who ended his career after the 2014 season, was the first rider to break the record after the UCI changed the rules last year. Voigt set a new a mark of 51.110km on the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland on September 18, and the record has changed hands three times since then, with Alex Dowsett (Movistar) holding the current mark of 52.937 that he set last month on the Manchester Velodrome. In the Sky Sports interview, Voigt suggested there are only three currently active riders who could beat the record if Wiggins breaks it on Sunday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins liberated by Hour Record challenge
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his Hour Record attempt fast approaching, Bradley Wiggins has been relishing the unique nature of the challenge over the last seven weeks. The current world time trial champion will take on Alex Dowsetts benchmark of 52.937km on Sunday at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London and is widely tipped to surpass it. Wiggins has always had a fierce individualistic streak and now has the chance to indulge it after years of being a cog in the machines of Team Sky and the British Olympic set-up. Youre a one-man band, he told reporters at the velodrome on Tuesday. From the start of this it was my project " I had to take control and lead it, and have my own input and ideas on what I thought I needed to do for this record. So in that sense its been a lot easier than just being dictated to. Its quite liberating.ADVERTISEMENT Ive kind of been the head of it for the last seven weeks, dictating to everyone, were going to do this, were going to do that. So you are your own boss really. Its like being in charge of the company and telling everyone what to do. Its a lot easier " a hell of a lot easier. Wigginss power is not completely unchecked, though. In his corner is British Cycling track coach Heiko Salzwedel, with whom he has struck up an effective working relationship. Its quite difficult for anyone coming in and coaching me for this, said the 35-year-old. Ive known Heiko for a long time. Hes old school and hell just tell me how it is. So theres a nice balance there, which has really helped from a coaching point of view. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Miguel Indurain's 1994 UCI Hour Record Pinarello Espada
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Miguel Indurain will be among those in attendance as Bradley Wiggins attempts to establish a new UCIHour Record in London on Sunday, and the Pinarello Espada from the Spaniards own successful 1994 attempt has already made it to the United Kingdom ahead of the event. In 1994, Indurain became the first man to take the Hour Record above 53 kilometres under the older regulations when he clocked 53.040 kilometres and Wiggins will aim to become the first man to do the same in the current era. He lines up on Sunday looking to break the current record of 52.937 kilometres established by Alex Dowsett last month and set a new benchmark for the Hour Record, which has enjoyed a resurgence since the UCI relaxed some of the restrictions on bike design it had imposed in 2000. Indurains 1994 attempt took place in Bordeauxs Lac Velodrome on September 2, just five weeks after he had won his fourth successive Tour de France, and " like Wiggins " there was speculation beforehand that he could elevate the Hour Record to beyond the 55-kilometre mark.ADVERTISEMENT Indurain was chasing the 52.713 kilometres set by Graeme Obree earlier that year, and while Obree had made his name by breaking the Hour Record on a self-designed bike with a radical, crouched position, the Spaniards Espada machine was a rather more grandiose project. Designed with input from Formula 1 aerodynamics experts Ing. Giacchi, the carbon monocoque Espada bike was a revolutionary machine even by the standards of an era that had been kick-started by Chris Boardmans Lotus, which he had ridden to individual pursuit gold at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. Indurains Hour Record Espada weighed in at 7.5 kilogrammes. We realized that we couldn't make a bicycle with this kind of shape in metal so we decided to use carbon fibre, Fausto Pinarello explained in 2009. The first version was made for track, for the world hour record and then we modified it for the derailleurs and internal cable guides. Of course, this bike was made to measure for Indurain, so the carbon fibre molds still exist. The cost of each frame mold was about $5,000, not counting manufacturing costs. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Bolide HR
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins will attempt the UCI Hour Record this Sunday at the Lee Valley VeloPark aboard a PinarelloPinarello Bolide HR. The bike was co-engineered by Jaguar with the Italian bicycle company with Wiggins calling it "the most aerodynamic track bike I've ever ridden". Wiggins' Bolide HR is based on Pinarello's road model with the distinctive difference ofone-piece titanium handlebar and frameset for aerodynamics. "The UCI Hour Record is the toughest challenge of human performance in cycling, where every fraction of a second matters," Wiggins said."I've worked with Jaguar's performance engineers since 2010, and their world class knowledge and experience in aerodynamics, combined with Pinarello's expert frame building, gives me confidence that I can set a new standard on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jaguar's engineers took the Land Rover to create a claimed overall aerodynamic performance increase of 7.5%. The engineers also used the same design methods of the Jaguar XE, the company's most aerodynamic car, with all the components of the bike examined for possible improvements. The bike features a one-piece handlebar system created with Laser Sintering Technology with Wiggins' arm position optimized to reduce drag.The designers also narrowed the fork, bringing it closer to the front wheel in order to improve the air flow on the down tube and bottom bracket area along with the re-shaping of the chain ring and hubs for further aerodynamic benefits. "Jaguar has a talented team of engineers with a great depth of aerodynamic knowledge, so we're very proud to be able to work on this collaboration with Pinarello," said Principal CFD Aerodynamicist at Jaguar Land Rover John Pitman. "Applying this level of engineering capability and analysis to the development of bikes is still very new in cycling, and showcases the industry-leading expertise and facilities we have at Jaguar Land Rover." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins fails to break Dowsett's British 10-mile record
May 17, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In preparation for his Hour Record attempt on June 7, Bradley Wiggins set out to break compatriot Alex Dowsett's British 10-mile record on Saturday but failed to succeed. The current time trial world champion won the event in 15:58 minutes but that time was 38 seconds shy of Dowsett's record on the course held on the A63 between North Ferriby and North Cave. Wiggins ended his career with Team Sky following the Paris-Roubaix in April and announced that he would attempt to break the Hour Record on June 7 at London's 2012 Olympic velodrome,Lee Valley VeloPark.ADVERTISEMENT Dowsett, who races on the road for Movistar, recently set a new Hour Record on 52.937km on May 4 at the Manchester Velodrome. Although Wiggins complimented Dowsetts performance as fantastic, he also told The Times that he could "break that record tomorrow." Wiggins said that he hopes to set a new Hour Record that will stand for the next 20 years and suggested that 55 kilometres was a realistic target. Dowsett is currently racing at the Bayern Rundfahrt where he won the stage 4 time trial on Saturday and moved into the overall race lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins: I never saw myself as a 'Sir'
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins has confessed that he considered turning down the offer of a knighthood when the honour was offered to him in following his Tour de France and Olympic time trial victories in 2012. Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Wiggins admitted he had been persuaded to accept it by his grandmother and one of his musical heroes, Paul Weller. "It was quite strange. I never saw myself as a Sir. I said to my nan I wasn't going to accept it. My granddad had died in 2010, and she said, 'You're bloody stupid. You've got to accept that. George would turn in his grave if you turned that down,'" said Wiggins. He added that Weller, "actually gave me the nod. We were talking about it in a tailor's one day. He said, 'It's different for sport.' As soon as he said that, I thought I'd better take it. I kind of had his blessing." Wiggins spoke revealingly about his early life. Recalling his upbringing by his mother, Linda, in Kilburn in north-west London, Wiggins confessed that the emotional and financial support she had provided had been crucial to him, especially after his father, Gary, had left them. "She was quite a strong woman and I think she just lived for me from that moment on really," he said, adding that she fully supported his push to become a professional rider. "She knew that I was bunking off school to ride my bike, but she was fully supportive of me. Fortunately it all worked out for the best. She wanted me to pursue my dreams."ADVERTISEMENT He continued: "My mum put herself into 50,000 worth of debt to service my sporting career. I look after her now but she is not the sort of woman who wants a lot in return. She's just content and proud that I've held a marriage for 12 years and that I've got two kids " that I've got the fundamental things, things than mean more than sport, that I've become a good person." Asked about his father, the Briton said Gary Wiggins "did not fully see the responsibilities of having a child", and went on to discuss his father's involvement with drugs, which he confirmed included smuggling amphetamines in his infant son's nappies. "He did a bit of everything. His nickname was 'The Doc'. In those days it was amphetamines and speed. He was a user and used to sell. Given all that's been said about Lance Armstrong over the last few years, my mum's got some great stories about the people who, when I was a baby, came through our apartment door to buy stuff off my dad. These people are now beating the drum saying, 'I didn't do anything,' which is quite funny." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Weekend wrap: All the news from Giro d'Italia, Tour of California
May 11, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Tim Kerrison: Porte has the confidence Wiggins showed in 2012
May 10, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tim Kerrison has coached Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to one Tour de France victory each " not to mention many other successes. In those years the former rowing and swimming coach from Australia has also coached their Australian Sky teammate Richie Porte towards his chance of one day emerging from the rank of their 'wingman' to going into a grand tour as Skys designated team leader. That opportunity is now finally under way at the Giro dItalia that started on Saturday. Before the race began, Kerrison spoke to Rupert Guinness for Cyclingnews and The Sydney Morning Herald about Portes roller coaster progression and his status as a Giro favourite.Rupert Guinness: How do you feel Richie has been tracking towards the Giro?Tim Kerrison: After a difficult season for Richie last year, he did a bit of soul searching. We did some investigations into his health, ended the season early and pressed the release button. We identified a few things with his health that needed addressing, but also a few things with his approach and the way he has been going about doing things which he needed to change and has really taken on board. So far the result of that has been a very consistent season for him. We know one of the key things for a grand tour is: you have to be a great climber, you have to be a great time trialler, but above all else you have to be consistent " stay out of trouble, stay healthy and while everyone has some ups and downs, not have a bad day.RG: Can you elaborate on what things you had identified about his approach?TK: If you were to crudely draw his trajectory over previous seasons, its been a bit of a roller coaster. He will go through phases of not really living the lifestyle of a professional athlete and putting on weight and not being as focused as he needs to be. Then as he approaches a big competition he will over do it a little bit, and have to be chasing form and lose weight. He has always been on an upward or downward trajectory.ADVERTISEMENT What we have done this year is smooth that out. He has had to learn how to operate in the middle how to maintain and be consistent with his training, nutrition and look after himself, his lifestyle. What he has learnt really is that it is bloody easy. When people started questioning him in January " in the way they questioned Brad [Wiggins] in the beginning of 2012 when he was winning races early, and with Chris [Froome] in 2013 - some sounded like a broken record saying, Youve hit your form too soon. All the guys did was to learn how to be consistent and professional and live the lifestyle of an elite professional athlete. Richie is on a very similar trajectory. RG: What do you think of Richie swimming in the off-season 20 to 25km a week? TK: It is something he enjoys doing. We talked about continuing less frequently through the season. There is a bit of a concern. We dont want him to be retaining any unneeded muscle mass in his upper body. But its a nice thing for him to be able to do in the off-season, to balance that in training and to give him a bit of variety. Cyclists tend not to do a lot of cross training or have a lot of variety in their training programs.RG: Either way, Richie seems to be racing now with far more assuredness TK: There is a real confidence. It is very reminiscent of Bradley in 2012. When they are on it, those guys are on it. They are always where they need to be. They never miss a beat. They are always in the right position. Its because they have both the physical ability to be there more easily than anyone else, and the more commitment and sacrifice they have made to be in the great shape they are in, the more they want to make sure they dont make any silly mistakes like miss a split. There is an attention to detail that carries over from the training to the racing as well.RG: Has his program been aimed at reaching an optimal level and holding it, or is it steered towards him reaching another level which we will see at the Giro?TK: In a race I dont think we have seen the best of Richie yet. My objective as his coach is to get the best out of him and for him to learn to get the best out of himself in a racing context. I have spoken in the past about some of the impressive things I have seen from Richie in training, and the objective is to for him to be able to perform at that level and to receive that level of performance form him at the Giro.RG: It is known now Richie set a record for the ascent up the Col de la Madonne behind Nice. Has he bettered that mark since, or did he try to before the Giro?TK: We havent done one going into the Giro. Its always very tempting when you are in great shape to test yourself on something that, other than gaining from confidence from, doesnt really mean much. It takes a bit of self control to recognise that you are better off doing a training session that you would benefit from or freshen up which has been one of priorities. When you go for a time on something like that you can go very deep and do a bit of damage, when what he really needs to be doing coming into a grand tour is make sure he has the right balance of fitness and freshness to get through the three weeks in great shape and still be strong in the third week.RG: How have his performances in training compared to Wiggins and Froome?TK: As time moves on, at some point times that were being done in training or racing by a previous generation will move on. Richie is redefining the standard for our training group, and it is a pretty good group. We have had Bradley and Chris All the guys at Tenerife with Richie were top 10 grand tour finishers The beauty of such a strong training group is they continually re-set the bar for each other, in performance standards, behaviour and professionalism, and in the way that they look after themselves - the way they fuel themselves, and look after their body composition.RG: Many have noticed how Richie has lost weight and that he is now down to 58kg. Can you quantify how much stronger he is or not by losing that weight?TK: Richie has lost steadily from the beginning of his season that really started at the beginning of October when he started training He raced the Tour Down Under in the low 60s and has gradually come down to 58kg. It is difficult over that time to quantify what happened with his power; but his power to weight has significantly improved. The trade of off is for time trialling. The performance requirement of time trialling is slightly different. Its not so much power to weight but power to drag. You dont want to lose too much raw power and [in the Giro] there is a 59.5km time trial. We dont want to lose so much weight that we also lose that time trialling ability. RG: Many talk of Richies bad days in a grand tour, but from the seven he has raced he had just two - in the 2013 and 2014 Tours. How much of a worry is it?TK: His first [grand tour] was the 2010 Giro. The thing that caught our eye was not his pure climbing ability or time trialling ability, but consistency for his first ever grand tour. He got that result partly because of the day there was the big split, the day he took the jersey (stage 11 to lAquila), but as well as that he didnt have a bad day. He was consistent. In the five years since, he has improved his level significantly in time trialling and climbing. Add the extra demands of really fighting out those mountain stages, really competing at the sharp end of the race, it makes being really consistent a lot harder. You have to focus much more on what you do from stage to stage and recover from the demands. You are right, he has had a couple of days, particularly in the Tour " in 2013, the day after he came second on Ax 3 Domaines [stage 8] and was sitting in second in GC, and then in 2014 [when] it was not so much that he had a bad day he just went from being very good to being sick and had a bad half of the race. We recognise consistency is an absolute requirement He recognises that you cant win a grand tour or podium without that. It is his objective and our objective for the Giro, to be as consistent as possible throughout the race.RG: Many people see you as the numbers guy who calculates the data and works out what Richie has to do in training, but listening to Richie there is more TK: The tag is a part of a sport that is so data intensive. Anyone who coaches in the sport has to take on board all the information that is available. In modern coaching - in any sport - there is an element of data and utilisation of data to make more informed decisions. We dont let the numbers make those decisions for us. But it is about balancing input from all the information that is available with what we know about the athlete and how they respond to training and how they respond to different situations. It is about the relationship we have with those athletes, understanding them and what they need and how they respond. I met Richie first at the end of 2011 when he joined the team. Its been a journey for all of us in the team for the last four years to help him grow. He came to the sport relatively late. He came in to a team where he certainly served his apprenticeship. Probably more than just about anyone in the peloton, he sacrificed his own opportunities to support the other leaders in the team. The number of times he has ridden for Chris and sacrificed his own performances for Chris and Bradley. He served a long apprenticeship and during that time he has learnt and we have learnt how to get the best out of him. So its great to arrive at this point where he is the number one GC rider in the world this year and he is as well prepared as he ever has been to come n a take on a grand tour and get the result he deserves.RG: Richie posted on Twitter a picture of the interior of a double pop-out motor home that he will sleep in during the race. What is the reason behind this? TK: We are exploring some opportunities around how we operate and testing some things during this race. It is part of that pilot project. We will keep a room for him in the hotel in this initial case, if the parking location isnt great or if its noisy or because of security concern. Its just a familiar environment he can go back to every night. He has got into a routine where he prefers to be on his own ... skip desert and go back to his room after dinner, speak to Gemma [Nicole Barrett, his fianc] on the phone and then get to bed early. Sleep and recovery is so important. But we will play it by ear. There may be times where he will prefer to have a roommate. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Aru extends with Astana, Wiggins to race track World Cup
May 08, 2015 (09:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Aru extends with Astana to the end of 2017 Fabio Aru has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Astana until the end of the 2017 season. The announcement comes two days ahead of the Giro dItalia, where Aru will look to better his third place finish of last year. General manager Alexander Vinokourov also confirmed that Aru will once again follow up the Giro by riding the Vuelta a Espaa this year, rather than making his Tour de France debut this summer alongside defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.ADVERTISEMENT We are happy and proud to see him in our team colors at the start of the 2015 Giro.We can't wait to see what will happen in the next three weeks in Italy and the next three years around the world, Vinokourov said in a statement on the team website. "Fabio is 24 years old and has many years ahead of him in professional cycling. At every race he develops, he gains experience and as he races with our veterans he learns directly from champions what it means to be a champion. We will see great performances at the Giro and Vuelta this year, and, why not, maybe at Vincenzo Nibali's side in at the Tour de France in 2016." A sudden bout of illness saw Aru miss the Giro del Trentino in the build-up to this Giro, where he leads a strong Astana team that also includes Dario Cataldo, Tanel Kangert, Mikel Landa, Paolo Tiralongo, Luis Leon Sanchez and Diego Rosa. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Tales of Bradley Wiggins
May 07, 2015 (09:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins made his first appearance with his new WIGGINS team at the Tour de Yorkshire as part of his preparation for the Hour Record attempt on June 7. It was his first outing since retiring from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix in April. At the Tour of Yorkshire,Cyclingnews spoke towith former track teammate Rob Hayles, former Team Sky and team pursuit teammate Steve Cummings, former director of racing for British Cycling and current Condor-JTL team manager John Herety, and Team Sky's performance manager Rod Ellingworth to share their tales of Wiggins. Watch the video below to hear memories of Wiggins asking for arm warmers, making funny movies, recreating scenes from The Godfather and his mastery of impressions.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky announce Tour of California team
May 07, 2015 (09:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have announced their roster for the 10th Tour of California, which starts on Sunday with a204.3km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento. Last year the team won the race overall with Bradley Wiggins, who has retired from Team Sky and moved to the newly created WIGGINS Continental team as he prepares for the Hour Record attempt. The team's two American riders,Ian Boswell and Danny Pate, have both been selected for the race with four members from the 2014 winning squad - Boswell, Nathan Earle, Christian Knees and Pate - all returning again this year. Colombian climber Sergio Henao, who led theVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco until the final time trial, losing the race on the final day, will be a protected rider for the team, particularly on the steep slopes of Mount Baldy.ADVERTISEMENT British national championPete Kennaugh will make his debut at the 2.HC race and provide the team with an option for impressing on the overall classification.Philip Deignan, who finished ninth overall in 2013,makes a return to California after racing the Giro d'Italia in 2014. Xabier Zandio completes the roster, with the 38-year-old making his North American racing debut. Team Sky for the Tour of California:Ian Boswell, Philip Deignan, Nathan Earle, Sergio Henao, Pete Kennaugh, Christian Knees Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins: I could break the Hour Record tomorrow
May 07, 2015 (02:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins is aiming at a target of 55 kilometres when he attempts the Hour Record in London on June 7 and the Englishman believes that the new mark would stand for 20 years if he were to do so. Alex Dowsett set a new record of 52.937 kilometres in Manchester on Saturday, but Wiggins is confident that he is already in sufficient shape to out-strip his former teammates mark, over a month out from his own attempt. "It sounds a bit horrible to say but I could break the record tomorrow. But I dont just want to break it, I want to put it right up there, as far out of reach as I can," Wiggins told The Times. "I've got 55km in my head and I think its realistic. And I think if I do it, it will stand for 20 years."ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins added that he did not expect the Hour Record attempt to be "any harder than climbing the Ventoux to save fourth place in the Tour de France." He acknowledged, however, that while he is physically in shape to achieve his target, the emotion of the occasion could present its own challenges. He cited the example of Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard, who was recently sent off moments after coming on as a substitute in his final appearance against Manchester United. "I know I can average 430 watts for an hour, do that tomorrow," Wiggins said. "The challenge is dealing with the heat, the crowd, pacing yourself early when the crowd are egging you on. Not doing a Gerrard and coming on, booting someone and getting sent off in a minute. It's about control, lap after lap, for 220 of them." Wiggins had earlier compared himself to Gerrard when discussing his decision to leave Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix to race for the new WIGGINS team. "I could have done another year or two there but I wouldn't have wanted to do a Steven Gerrard with everyone wondering, 'Has he gone on a year too long?" he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins wants to put Hour record beyond reach (Reuters)
May 06, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins believes he can put the Hour world record "out of reach" when he tackles one of cycling's toughest challenges next month at London's Olympic velodrome. A few weeks after fellow Briton Alex Dowsett set a new world record of 52.937 kilometers in Manchester, Olympic time trial champion Wiggins says it is not a matter of "if" he can better that distance, but by how much. "But I don't just want to break it, I want to put it right up there, as far out of reach as I can." The seven-times Olympic medalist who left his track roots to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, believes he can add two kilometers to Dowsett's mark. "I don't see it as being any harder than climbing the Ventoux to save fourth place in the Tour de France," he said. More...
Cycling-Wiggins wants to put Hour record beyond reach (Reuters)
May 06, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins believes he can put the Hour world record "out of reach" when he tackles one of cycling's toughest challenges next month at London's Olympic velodrome. A few weeks after fellow Briton Alex Dowsett set a new world record of 52.937 kilometres in Manchester, Olympic time trial champion Wiggins says it is not a matter of "if" he can better that distance, but by how much. "But I don't just want to break it, I want to put it right up there, as far out of reach as I can." The seven-times Olympic medallist who left his track roots to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, believes he can add two kilometres to Dowsett's mark. "I don't see it as being any harder than climbing the Ventoux to save fourth place in the Tour de France," he said. More...
Wiggins wants to put Hour record beyond reach (Reuters)
May 06, 2015 (13:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins believes he can put the Hour world record "out of reach" when he tackles one of cycling's toughest challenges next month at London's Olympic velodrome. A few weeks after fellow Briton Alex Dowsett set a new world record of 52.937 kilometers in Manchester, Olympic time trial champion Wiggins says it is not a matter of "if" he can better that distance, but by how much. "But I don't just want to break it, I want to put it right up there, as far out of reach as I can." The seven-times Olympic medalist who left his track roots to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, believes he can add two kilometers to Dowsett's mark. "I don't see it as being any harder than climbing the Ventoux to save fourth place in the Tour de France," he said. More...

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