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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...
Cycling-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 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...
Video: Wiggins hails Dowsett's Hour Record as fantastic
May 04, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins has labelled Alex Dowsett's Hour Record ride as fantastic and told Cyclingnews that it "sets up my attempt in four weeks time." Wiggins was talking the day after Dowsett (Movistar) pushed the record out to 52.937 kilometres at the Manchester velodrome. Wiggins will take on the record next month at the Olympic Velodrome in London. "I thought that it was fantastic. I said before the start that he'd either just break it or that he'd fail and I knew from the start that he'd be starting on the record pace. It's good for the record and that someone else has got it now and that it sets up my attempt in four weeks time," Wiggins told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 3 at the Tour de Yorkshire.ADVERTISEMENT "I hope that after my attempt that someone else goes for it in the future and that it doesn't just lie dormant for ten or fifteen years like Chris [Boardman's]." Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Testing suggests Wiggins on target for Hour Record
May 02, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins wont begin the key preparations for his Hour Record attempt in London on 7 June until the Tour de Yorkshire finishes, but the Briton has already seen positive indications that he should be able to set a new mark in this illustrious test. Everythings gone OK since Roubaix. All of the initial track sessions were way above what we were expecting, because I hadnt been on the track for a year so we didnt really know where we were going to be in terms of the record. Its been a good transition, and theres just a month to go now, said Wiggins. Speaking at the Tour de Yorkshire, Wiggins said that as well as helping his young teammates on the WIGGINS team, his goal at the race was simply to keep out of trouble. Id like to stay safe because I dont want to put the Hour in jeopardy. I want to be part of the race. I dont want to just sit at the back every day, said Wiggins, who will be very interested to find out how compatriot Alex Dowsett fares when he makes an attempt this afternoon in Manchester on the Hour Record mark of 52.491km set by Australias Rohan Dennis in February.ADVERTISEMENT Asked about former hour record holder Francesco Mosers comment that Wiggins should be aiming to challenge Chris Boardmans 1996 of 56.375km, which was removed as the official mark when the rules on aerodynamic aids were changed, the world time trial champion insisted the Italian was wrong. I disagree strongly actually because Chris was 20 years ahead of his time. Ive got that bike that he rode in 96 at home. Aerodynamically that Superman position is streets ahead of anything that youre allowed in the regulations, Wiggins explained. The bike itself also beats anything from the modern era in the wind tunnel. Other than the skinsuits, which have moved on since Chris time, he was 20 years ahead of his time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Bradley Wiggins' new Pinarello Dogma F8
May 01, 2015 (17:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins' makes his debut for Team WIGGINSat the Tour de Yorkshire on board a brand new Pinarello Dogma F8 kitted out with Zipp wheels and SRAM Red 22 groupset. At Team Sky, Wiggins' rode a Shimano Dura-Ace equipped black Pinarello. His WIGGINS machine is an almost all white affair with the 2012 Tour de France champion also opting for white bar tape. After an initial test ride of his new bike, Wiggins had the stem length on the bike adjusted with no other changes needed before the start of the inaugural three-stage Tour de Yorkshire.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to look at theexclusive images of Wiggins' bike from earlier this weekandclick here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Wiggins trains with new team before Tour de Yorkshire
May 01, 2015 (09:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins will debut for his new team WIGGINS at the Tour de Yorkshire, but first the 2012 Tour de France champion had to put in a few training miles in his new kit with his new team. The brand-new three-day race starts Friday, and Wiggins and his team were out Thursday riding around the region and posing for photos with the media. Wiggins, who said the new venture has been "liberating," added that he hopes to mold the new squad into a development program like the Axeon Cycling Team that Axel Merckx runs in the US. "We're not trying to win the Tour de France," Wiggins told Cyclingnews on Thursday. "Thats clear. Our goals are on the track and this team started out in order to facilitate that. We dont have a huge budget. Were never going to compete with the Skys of this world but I never wanted it to go to that level or be a Tour de France team."ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins is also currently in training for his attempt in June at the Hour Record. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Liberated Bradley Wiggins set for Tour de Yorkshire debut
May 01, 2015 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his Team Sky days firmly behind him a 'liberated' Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) is set to make his racing debut for his new development team at the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday. The former Tour de France winner hung up his WorldTour wheels at Paris-Roubaix and has spent the intervening weeks training on the track ahead of his June Hour Record attempt. However the ASO-organised race in the United Kingdom marks another important event in the rider's 2015 calendar. "This is my first race back after Roubaix and it's just a nice starting point for the team and for my appearance with the team having not been able to come last summer," Wiggins told the media at the race presentation on Thursday evening. By 'last summer' Wiggins was of course referring to the 2014 Tour de France and Team Sky's choice to leave him at home in order to give Chris Froome the calmest and most focused opportunity to defend his race title. That snub or line-up choice - depending on your point of view " sparked the beginning of the end of Wiggins' time at the team and set in motion the plans for the WIGGINS squad. "This all came together really quickly and this all happened because I didn't get selected for the Tour last year and I sat at home twiddling my thumbs and I thought 'I'll have my own team next year, sod this. I'll race in the UK and enjoy myself' because I wasn't enjoying it." The differences between Team Sky and WIGGINS are monumental in terms of budget, scope and sheer strength on the road, and Wiggins seems to be enjoying a new lease of life under a less constrained atmosphere. Organisation and attention to detail are two elements the WorldTour variant are always keen to stress whereas Wiggins' new track-road squad are tad less pressuring. Part of Wiggins' new bike only arrived on the scene as recently as today, for example. "We're not trying to win the Tour de France. That's clear. Our goals are on the track and this was team started out in order to facilitate that. We don't have a huge budget. We're never going to compete with the Sky's of this world but I never wanted it to go to that level or be a Tour de France team. I've said a few times that I want it to be development team, similar to what Axel Merckx has in America. "I feel liberated in some ways that I can have a dig and have a go. At Sky there is such a precedent and such a standard that there's always someone able to do something whereas here we've got a bunch of young kids who just want to race so that frees me up in some ways to try something. I attacked in Roubaix but other than that I can't remember the last time I attacked in a race. I'm so used to riding in a defensive role so I'll see what happens in the next few days."ADVERTISEMENT Click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins tests Hour Record Track ahead of Tour de Yorkshire debut
April 29, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) has trained on the London 2012 Olympic velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark for the first time ahead of his Hour Record attempt. The 2012 Tour de France winner will look to better Rohan Denniss 52.491 kilometres record on June 7. The first signs are good, he told Sky Sports News during his training session on Tuesday, the same day he turned 35.ADVERTISEMENT You are always a bit cautious coming on to a new track. I have spent so much time riding round Manchester. There were quite a few records established at the London Olympics, so it is a fast track and if we can get the conditions right, it will be the best place to do it. Wiggins retired from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix in April and has this Friday he will make his debut for his WIGGINS squad at the Tour de Yorkshire, a three-day event hosted by ASO in the United Kingdom. It will be the first time Wiggins has competed against Team Sky, having signed for the British team for their debut season in 2010. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis hoping his Hour Record withstands challenges from Dowsett and Wiggins
April 29, 2015 (08:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australian world hour record holder Rohan Dennis says suggestions that Briton Bradley Wiggins could reach 54 or 55 kilometres in his June 7 attempt are "stupid". But Dennis, speaking to Cyclingnews the night before he left his home near Girona in Spain for the Tour de Romandie that started on Tuesday and finishes Sunday does believe that the 2012 Tour de France champion has the capacity to pass the 53 kilometre mark when he goes for the record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. However, Dennis (BMC), 24, realises that his record of 52.491km - set at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland on February 8 - may not even be the mark that Wiggins sets out to beat if Briton Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has his way.ADVERTISEMENT The Dowsett threat Dowsett, 26 and who beat Dennis in the road time trial title at last year's Commonwealth Games, is due to go for the record on Saturday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, having earlier postponed it due to a collar bone break. Dennis understandably hopes to keep his record and savour more time to appreciate it. "I hope he doesn't break the record," Dennis said. "It does feel like along time ago. It did come and go very quickly and I didn't take it in like I should have; but I will take it in later on in my career or later this year when I have a bit of a down period." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Exclusive gallery: Bradley Wiggins' new Pinarello race bike
April 25, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his Team Sky days firmly behind him, Bradley Wiggins will begin a new phase of his career next week at the Tour de Yorkshire.The 2012 Tour de France champion will line-up as the race captain of his new WIGGINS squad and will wear a new team kit for the first time in over five years. Wiggins will also ride a new Pinarello bike during the three-day event.ADVERTISEMENT Pinarello, who also sponsor Team Sky, will provide the new Continental squad with race machines and Wiggins will compete on a Dogma F8, as he has done over the last few seasons. ZIPP, Fizik and Elite will provide key components for the bike, while the most noticeable change sees Wiggins move from Shimano Dura-Ace to SRAM components. The bike is currently at an undisclosed location where WIGGINS team mechanics are busily putting finishing touches to it but Wiggins is set to take his new bike out training ahead of next weeks race debut. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Yorkshire wants WorldTour slot
April 21, 2015 (05:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Gary Verity, the man who successfully brought the Tour de France start back to the United Kingdom in 2013, has confirmed that the Tour de Yorkshire is hoping to reach WorldTour status within the next three years. The announcement comes as the organisers of the inaugural edition of the event, which takes place from May 1-3, confirmed that both Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) and Marcel Kittel (Giant Alpecin) would star in this year's race. "We've signed a ten-year deal initially [with Tour de France organisers ASO] but the intention is that as long as cycling is popular and people want to watch cycling, we want to have this race in Yorkshire," Verity told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "WorldTour, that's our ambition. We'd like to get that done over the next three years and that's a realistic goal and one that's fitting for cycling in the United Kingdom and in Yorkshire." This year will see Bradley Wiggins make his debut for his new WIGGINS squad, having stepped out of the limelight of Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix. The British rider is unlikely to fight for top honours in the Tour of Yorkshire but for Verity the rider represents top billing due to his public appeal, and the fact that he missed out on riding the Tour de France last year. "I'm of course really pleased and I think we've got a stellar line-up. A few people said when we announced the race that it wouldn't be a proper event but we've got 144 in the peloton and we're 20 percent bigger than the Tour of Britain. We've got some great teams and great riders," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tickets to watch Wiggins Hour Record attempt sell out in seven minutes
April 18, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tickets to watch Bradley Wiggins Hour Record attempt at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Londons Olympic Velodrome, on June 7 went on sale on Friday morning and reportedly sold out with in seven minutes according to a report on Sky Sports. The velodrome holds a capacity of roughly 6,000 spectators but many fans were left disappointed when they werent able to purchase a ticket on the Sky Tickets website.The highest priced tickets were reported to have cost 49. Some of those who missed out on tickets shared their disappointment via social media. Wiggins, a former Tour de France winner and the current world champion in the individual time trial, will attempt to break the Hour Record of 52.491 kilometres set by Australias Rohan Dennis (BMC) in February at the Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen.ADVERTISEMENT He will be the fifth male rider this year to make the attempt after Jack Bobridge, Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larrson were unsuccessful. Wiggins compatriot Alex Dowsett (Movistar) broke his collarbone in February and has rescheduled his attempt for May 2 in Manchester. Wiggins raced in his last event with Team Sky at the recent Paris-Roubaix and will now turn his attention to training for the Hour Record and competing in road events with his new WIGGINS Continental team. He is expected to make is debut in his new team colours at the Tour de Yorkshire stage race (May 1-3). "I've dreamt about the Hour Record since I was a boy. Anyone can have a crack at it and measure themselves against the best in the world. We've seen cycling grow in popularity over the last few years and I want WIGGINS to inspire a new generation of cyclists," Wiggins said at the announcement of his Continental team in February. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins to attempt Hour Record on June 7
April 16, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins' Hour Record attempt will take place at London's 2012 Olympic velodrome,Lee Valley VeloPark on June 7. Wiggins ended his Team Sky career on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix, finishing 18th, and now turns his attention to the Hour Record of 52.491 kilometresset by Rohan Dennis (BMC) in February this year. The world individual time trial champion will ride select road events in the lead up to his Hour Record attempt with the newly created WIGGINS Continental team including the Tour of Yorkshire from May 1-3. "I've dreamt about the Hour Record since I was a boy. Anyone can have a crack at it and measure themselves against the best in the world. We've seen cycling grow in popularity over the last few years and I want WIGGINS to inspire a new generation of cyclists," Wiggins said at the announcement of the Continental team in February.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins will be the fifth male rider to attempt the Hour Record this year following unsuccessful attempts by Jack Bobridge, Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larrson. Former teammate Alex Dowsett (Movistar) will make an attempt at the record on May 2 having had to reschedule from his earlier date of February 27 due to a broken collarbone sustained in a training ride.Sarah Storey also unsuccessfully attempted the Hour Record in February. In 2014 Jens Voigt broke the Hour Record in his last act as a professional cyclist with Matthias Brndle bettering the record by more than 700 metresa month later after changes by the UCI brought life back to the record. Tickets for Wiggins' attempt will go on sale Friday April 17. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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