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Cycling-Wiggins to tackle Hour record on June 7 (Reuters)
April 15, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins will try to beat the Hour record at the London Velodrome on June 7, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. Wiggins, Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals, four of them gold, and the nation's first Tour de France winner said it would rank as one of his greatest achievements. "The Hour Record is a holy grail for cyclists," said Wiggins. "It's been fought over tooth and nail by the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it's time for me to have a crack at it." The current world record of 52.491 km was set by Australian Rohan Dennis at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, on Feb. 8. More...
Cycling-Wiggins to tackle Hour record on June 7 (Reuters)
April 15, 2015 (12:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins will try to beat the Hour record at the London Velodrome on June 7, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. Wiggins, Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals, four of them gold, and the nation's first Tour de France winner said it would rank as one of his greatest achievements. "The Hour Record is a holy grail for cyclists," said Wiggins. "It's been fought over tooth and nail by the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it's time for me to have a crack at it." The current world record of 52.491 km was set by Australian Rohan Dennis at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, on Feb. 8. More...
Cycling-Lanky Wiggins back to first love after last rocky ride (Reuters)
April 14, 2015 (05:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 12 (Reuters) - Before returning to the track to fulfil another Olympic ambition, Bradley Wiggins wanted one more rocky ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the race that inspired him to ride a bike in the first place. The Briton, who now turns his attention to the Hour record and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished a decent 18th on Sunday after having his moment in the limelight, attacking in the closing stages of the Queen of the Classics. "When I attacked it was like being 16 again in London, training on this mews next to my house, thinking that was it, that was nice," the bearded self-confessed Mod told reporters in front of his Team Sky bus after a discussion with his mentor Dave Brailsford. He's known me since I was an 18-year-old streak of piss, now I'm a 35 year-old streak of piss." Wiggins, who will take part in the low-key Tour of Yorkshire in May with the development team he launched, Team Wiggins, had just closed the final chapter of a career on the road that took him to victory in the 2012 Tour de France and earned him a gold medal in the road cycling time trial at the London Olympics. More...
Brailsford: Wiggins gave it a good old crack in Paris-Roubaix
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Paris-Roubaix marked an emotional end of an era forTeam Sky principal Dave Brailsford with the exit of Bradley Wiggins from the road scene. Although the Hell of the North wasn't the swan song either man was hoping for, Brailsford praised Wiggins for giving "it a good old crack, like he always does". Brailsford and Wiggins have worked together since Wiggins graduated from the junior ranks on the track, when British Cycling became funded by the national lottery and started its ascent to Olympic domination. A Tour de France victory, four Olympic gold medals, six track world titles and last year's time trial rainbow jersey performance later, and Wiggins will now head back to the track with an eye toward Rio and gold in the team pursuit. Although Wiggins had made headline after headline in the days leading up toParis-Roubaix, his final road race with Team Sky, his one bullet proved insufficient and after his attack was neutraized, he finished an less than ideal 18th place. Brailsford, however, was not disappointed.ADVERTISEMENT "So much was made about this race with it being Brads last appearance for us, and it was difficult to watch it in the same way you normally would,"Brailsford said to TeamSky.com. "Some detractors may say him finishing 18th is a little underwhelming, but if you take a step back, the guy has won the Tour de France and the Olympics and did absolutely everything he could today. He was there with 30km to go attacking on his own, and at that point I was thinking Jesus, he might ride away from everybody here. "That takes some doing and he should hold his head up high. He gave it a good old crack, like he always does. For a lot of people it was all about him and his performance today, and I think he did exceptionally, as always." Brailsfored admitted that it was emotional to watch Wiggins in his last ever road race withSky. "These things comes to an end, though, and you try to think of a nice way to end a sporting career - do you step out at the top or do you become a fading light and drift away? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
10 conclusions from Paris-Roubaix
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Degenkolb and Kristoff the new Boonen and Cancellara? Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara both plan to be back in 2016 at the very least, but this spring has offered a decent indication of how the Classics landscape might look when they eventually do hang up their wheels. Two years ago, the general assumption was that the Boonen-Cancellara void would be filled by an era of domination from Peter Sagan, but the Slovak has found himself outstripped by some near contemporaries in the intervening period, namely Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb. While this years Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix were clearly very different races without Boonen and Cancellara on hand, it is testament to the quality of Kristoff and Degenkolbs performances that there wasnt a murmur of dissent about the worthiness of their wins, despite the absence of the Big Two.ADVERTISEMENT The Boonen-Cancellara rivalry was defined in large part by their different styles, Boonens finesse and speed against Cancellaras raw strength. Degenkolb and Kristoff, on the other hand, are markedly similar riders; both fine sprinters but blessed with sufficient strength and gumption to go on the offensive when the situation requires. As a consequence, Degenkolb and Kristoff could well have more direct confrontations in the finale of major classics than Boonen and Cancellara ever did. But lets not get ahead of ourselves: one spring does not an era make. Kristoff and Degenkolb were on a level above this month but there is no shortage of talented 20-something classics specialists. Despite lacking the exuberance of 2013, Sagan still finished 4th at Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. Sep Vanmarcke had a disastrous Ronde but at 26 has ample time to make amends, while youngsters Tiesj Benoot and Yves Lampaert more than highlighted their potential. And Boonen and Cancellara, of course, have not gone away just yet. (BR)Wiggins' last Sky broadcast It was clear even before the dust settled on Sunday that there would be no fairy-tale ending for Bradley Wiggins at Paris-Roubaix. Aside from a daring attack inside the final 35 kilometers, the former Tour de France winner was forced to play a cameo role while Degenkolbs race-winning break stole the show and the deserving headlines. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky career
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins finally brought the curtain down on his Team Sky career on Sunday with a solid 18th place in Paris-Roubaix. The 2012 Tour de France winner has made the Classic his major objective for the last two springs and despite a daring attack with just over 30 kilometers to go on Sunday he was unable to make the winning break, with John Degenkolb taking a deserved victory. Paris-Roubaix is always a lottery of a race but despite falling short in his final outing for Team Sky, Wiggins has undoubtedly been their most influential and successful rider since signing for them in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT A huge transformation into a stage race rider in 2009 meant that the new British squad were always going to build a team around him and he duly delivered with their first Tour de France win in 2012. There have been crashes, fallouts, losses of form and comebacks along the way, and in this gallery Cyclingnews looks back at Bradley Wiggins' entire racing career at Team Sky. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No sanction for riders who broke level crossing at Paris-Roubaix
April 13, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A similar incident in the 2006 edition of the race led to the disqualification of three riders but the commissaires at Paris-Roubaix have confirmed that no action will be taken against those who passed through a railway crossing after the barriers had begun to lower. The incident took place as the main peloton reached a level-crossing shortly after exiting the Arenberg Forest. While the early break was unaffected, the lights had turned red by the time the main peloton approached, though the front end of the bunch made it through before the barriers had lowered. Images show that around 30 riders, including Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) slipped through, while French champion Arnaud Dmare (FDJ) appeared to bang his head on the barrier as he made his way underneath and continued in the race. A police motorbike managed to stop the rest of the peloton " approximately 20 riders " from following suit shortly before a TGV thundered through.ADVERTISEMENT "I was a bit on the limit and I was a bit far behind, so I crawled under the boom. I checked that it was clear, and the train was still a good distance away," Kristoff said of the incident after the race, which was won by John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). In 2006, the commissaires took the decision to disqualify Leife Hoste, Peter Van Petegem and Vladimir Gusev from second, third and fourth place after they had ignored a level crossing with 15 kilometres remaining to continue their forlorn pursuit of winner Fabian Cancellara. Seemingly because of the sheer number of riders who had broken the rules on this occasion, the commissaires effectively turned a blind eye this time around as they could not reliably identify all of them. The race was simply briefly neutralised to allow the second part of the peloton to re-join those who had skipped the barrier, and no sanctions were handed out. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins bids Team Sky adieu at Paris-Roubaix
April 13, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He'll always have Paris, but Roubaix was not to be. Bradley Wiggins has spent much of the past two years espousing his veneration for Paris-Roubaix, to the point of declaring that he would swap his 2012 Tour de France win for victory in the hallowed velodrome. "Just google 'Bradley's love for Paris-Roubaix,'" he had told a reporter with mock exasperation on Friday when asked to revisit the topic once again. After placing 18th on Sunday afternoon, however, Wiggins ruled out the prospect of reneging on his departure from Team Sky and continuing at WorldTour level for one final tilt at the race next year. His brings the curtain down on his road career with no regrets. "Nah, I've won the Tour, haven't I? he told a group of reporters who had assembled outside the team bus afterwards. Eclipsed by Chris Froome in Sky's Grand Tour hierarchy, Wiggins found solace these past two seasons by tapping into his teenage affinity for Paris-Roubaix, placing ninth twelve months ago and then building his truncated final campaign with the team expressly around the race. "I'm pretty happy, I've had a good run at the whole thing and this was always like a new job the last couple of years " a bit of a hobby, a passion," he said.ADVERTISEMENT "But I've had plenty of opportunities. I rode this race 13 years ago and did it for a couple of years, so I'm not new to it. I had my opportunity back then but I think we've seen how cycling's changed with how many people were in the final." As is his wont, Wiggins was placed towards the rear of the peloton on many of the early sectors of cobbles, and even at the Arenberg Forest, he was not as well-positioned as one might expect from a man with designs on winning the race. He was also caught on the back foot when Etixx-QuickStep briefly split the race in the crosswinds after the cobbles at Sars-et-Rosires with 75 kilometres remaining, but seemed to grow bolder as the afternoon progressed. Finally, towards the end of pav sector 7 at Templeuve, a shade over 32 kilometres from the finish, Wiggins launched an attack to show that at least some of the hype beforehand had been merited, as he soloed smoothly across to earlier attacker Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx-QuickStep). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Lanky Wiggins back to first love after last rocky ride (Reuters)
April 12, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 12 (Reuters) - Before returning to the track to fulfil another Olympic ambition, Bradley Wiggins wanted one more rocky ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the race that inspired him to ride a bike in the first place. The Briton, who now turns his attention to the Hour record and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished a decent 18th on Sunday after having his moment in the limelight, attacking in the closing stages of the Queen of the Classics. "When I attacked it was like being 16 again in London, training on this mews next to my house, thinking that was it, that was nice," the bearded self-confessed Mod told reporters in front of his Team Sky bus after a discussion with his mentor Dave Brailsford. He's known me since I was an 18-year-old streak of piss, now I'm a 35 year-old streak of piss." Wiggins, who will take part in the low-key Tour of Yorkshire in May with the development team he launched, Team Wiggins, had just closed the final chapter of a career on the road that took him to victory in the 2012 Tour de France and earned him a gold medal in the road cycling time trial at the London Olympics. More...
Yates: Wiggins is the greatest rider of his generation
April 12, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Bradley Wiggins on the point of ending his racing with Team Sky, his former sports director and Paris-Roubaix contender Sean Yates has paid tribute to the Briton he helped guide to a breakthrough victory for his countrys cycling back in 2012 at the Tour de France. For Yates, too, Paris-Roubaix has always been a very special race, so seeing Wiggins end his Sky career in the Queen of the Classics is a gesture he appreciates. As a pro, Paris-Roubaix was the one event of the year where Yates went from his usual role of super-domestique to team leader, finishing a career-best of fifth in one of the hardest ever editions, in 1994. As Bradley says, we all know hes well into his cycling history and the big heros of yester-year like Eddy [Merckx] and [four times Paris-Roubaix winner] [Roger] De Vlaeminck, Yates, now directing at Tinkoff-Saxo, told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT So given how passionate Bradley is about that and Monuments, Roubaix is pretty much the biggest and the most spectacular. [Finishing his career there] is a dream scenario. The ultimate dream for Wiggins would be to win, but whatever happens, hes doing this [retirement] on his own terms, hes gifted enough to be able to do that and I wish him all the best. Yates feels that Wiggins will definitely be in contention on Sunday because hes perfectly built for that. Ultimately [in Paris-Roubaix] you need power and hes clearly got that, hes won so many different kinds of races. Yates would even go so far as to argue that in the modern era, hes pretty much up there with the best theres ever been. Hes got that versatility as a rider, and its not over yet. He could well go to Rio and get another medal there. Also important is how far he can get when he focusses on something. We all know how far he put himself out of his comfort zone to get to the Tour in great shape in 2012, for example. Physically hes up there with the best. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins is the man to watch at Paris-Roubaix, says Stybar
April 12, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible. As the Czech rider posed for photographers ahead of Etixx-QuickSteps pre-Paris-Roubaix press conference on Friday afternoon, he flashed a grin that showed the success of his mid-week dental work. Stybars false teeth " he lost the originals in a crash at the Eneco Tour last year " rattled loose on the cobbles at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, and he spent the final 70km of the race unable to eat solid food, subsisting on a diet of liquids and gels, though he managed to finish the race in ninth place. While his peers spent Monday recovering from their exertions at the Ronde, Stybar visited a dentist to receive a replacement dental bridge, and he said that he had encountered no problems during Etixx-QuickSteps reconnaissance on the pav on Friday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Theyre okay now, theyre really well glued and brand new, he said. I really hope I dont lose them again now. It was really disturbing in the race last week. Maybe I wont eat any coconut bars or sticky candy for a while, but drinking from the bidon or eating a bar isnt a problem. You dont feel it racing, but you do notice it when you lose half of your teeth at the end of the race. Despite the absence of Tom Boonen, Etixx-QuickStep still has a trio of Paris-Roubaix contenders, as Stybar will lead the line alongside Stijn Vandenbergh and defending champion Niki Terpstra. Stybars cyclo-cross background means that he was tipped as a future Roubaix winner on belatedly turning to the road full-time midway through 2012. Although he views himself as being more suited to the Tour of Flanders, Stybar performed better at Paris-Roubaix in his first two springs with QuickStep, finishing sixth after a collision with a spectator forced him out of the winning move in 2013 and then taking fifth last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins in no mood to dwell on past ahead of Paris-Roubaix
April 11, 2015 (04:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As reporters loitered in the doorway of Kortrijks Hotel Messeyne on Friday afternoon ahead of Skys pre-Paris-Roubaix press conference, word filtered through that the main attraction, Bradley Wiggins, was not inclined to come downstairs and speak with them. The sight of a group of British journalists arguing the toss with a Sky press officer on the pavement outside the hotel would, in its own way, have been a perfectly fitting way for Wiggins to sign off on his final round of media duties with the team, but eventually he filed into a conference room at the rear of the hotel to face questions, wrapped up in a black jacket and woolly hat. Wiggins classics campaign to date has had a decidedly valedictory feel. Ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and again before the Tour of Flanders, he regaled journalists with memories of watching Paris-Roubaix and his early professional experiences. Now 48 hours ahead of The Last Race Ever, however, he made it clear that he was in no mood to cast an eye back over his career just now.ADVERTISEMENT Im just focused on the race. Im trying not to think about that, its becoming quite negative now. Im not enjoying it, Wiggins said. My career finishes on Sunday, not before, so I need to focus on the race and not keep thinking about all the nostalgic parts of it. Im just focused on trying to get my head in the right frame of mind for the race with no thoughts of afterwards because that makes the job even harder. All winter, Wiggins preparations for his final crack at Paris-Roubaix have made headlines across Europe and the attention has only intensified following the withdrawal of both Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen through injury. The Englishman took the step of reconnoitring the pav once a month over the off-season in order to see the Roubaix finale in various conditions, though he stressed that, unlike a time trial or a pursuit, his methodical approach offered no guarantees. Its not as quantifiable, Ive been saying that all winter that its not a given, Wiggins said. I was talking to Sep Vanmarcke the other day. He said: If you listen to the press youve won it already. And I said to him that if it was as easy as that Id have done it fifteen years ago. You can be in the best possible shape and finish last in Roubaix. Its really like that. You can have a puncture at the wrong time, a crash, and its over. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins: Winning Paris-Roubaix would be bigger than the Tour de France
April 11, 2015 (04:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins says that if he were to win his final race with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday it would rank among his personal achievements than his Tour de France victory. Wiggins is due to draw a close to his road career this week as he switches his focus to the track ahead of next year's Olympic Games in Rio and will ride Roubaix as his final send-off. "It would be bigger in my eyes at the moment. That's not to say that the Tour wasn't huge because it was. I think it would be more enjoyable because it's only one day and it's over in six hours," Wiggins said. "It was always a fairy tale Roubaix, and you finish and because you had a good race you forget how hard it was. "I idolised some of my heroes as a kid who rode these races. Despite what might have come out in the last few years, with honesty groups and whatever, just the pure passion, regardless of what people were doing or not doing, just that pure passion for the sport. I wouldn't be here without it."ADVERTISEMENT Riding Paris-Roubaix was deemed much too risky when preparing for a tilt at the Tour de France and he was only able to return to the race last year, for the first time in three seasons. He survived the selection and came through the cobbles in the main group of contenders before going onto finish ninth. With more specific preparation for the event, Wiggins has been put among the favourites for victory on Sunday. However, Wiggins is aware that finding that perfect send-off is far easier said than done. "Everyone says, 'oh you can win Roubaix and have this fairy tale ending' but it's not as easy as that and I'd give anything to be in the same position, the Carrefore de l'Arbe again like I was last year and that would be enough for me to be honest. I mean I'd love to win, I'm not here saying that I'd accept ninth place but to have a clean run through the race, to have no crashes. "To come onto that Velodrome with all my peers, I'm getting too nostalgic but that's a huge part of it." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas: Wiggins is the best rider Britain has produced
April 04, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The next eight days will be the last for Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins as teammates, as Wiggins draws the curtain on his road career. The pair have known each other for some time, riding together on the track and winning gold in the team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It was then that Wiggins decided to put an end to his track career and focus on the road but their paths would cross again with the advent of Team Sky. While Thomas was still performing at the highest level on the track, Wiggins was going from strength to strength on the road - culminating in his overall victory at the Tour de France in 2012. That year would be Thomas last on the boards and his road career has since enjoyed a dramatic leap forwards. Earlier this week, Wiggins tipped Thomas as the future of Team Sky and as a potentially talismanic figure for the British outfit. Talking ahead of this weekends Tour of Flanders, Thomas remembered his time with Wiggins fondly. Hes one of if not the best cyclists that Britains produced. Hes a top guy to have around and learn off really over the years, said Thomas. When I grew up he was a few years ahead of me, he was winning junior Worlds and then he went to the Olympics and turned pro and he was doing everything that I wanted to do. Then to ride Beijing with him and spend more or less two years together with that one goal in mind. Weve been good friends since really. When you do the team pursuit and youre away on training camps together with four or five guys, its pretty intense and you go through a lot together and that always stays with you. Hopefully he can end his pro career nicely in Roubaix. After his recent success, Thomas has taken on the responsibility of Team Skys sole leader for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and has been touted as the big favourite for the 264 kilometre race. Its a position that is new to him and he is grateful to have Wiggins and Ian Stannard by his side. Its massive. Its flattering as well. Its a big compliment for people to be mentioning my name as a potential winner, explained Thomas. I think Brads already said that hes happy to get stuck in and do his job. I think having someone like him to help keep you near the front near the end of the race, theres no better guy physically especially when he is up for it. Its great to have him around; its the same with Stannard. I think that theyre both happy to play that role on Sunday and then well talk about Roubaix afterwards. The tables are set to turn a week later as Wiggins rides his final race with the team at Paris-Roubaix. However, with Thomas so dominant in recent weeks, questions were asked if he would like to attempt the double and take on Roubaix but he brushed such inquiries off, saying that the elder of the two would have his backing on that day. Brads the guy for Roubaix at the moment. We havent really sat down and spoken about it but hes targeting that and usually when hes targeting that then hell have pretty good legs, said Thomas. I think for myself I think that this weekend is the one that Id prefer to do well in. It suits me a bit better and its the one Ive been thinking about all winter.ADVERTISEMENT "I havent really thought about Roubaix, obviously Monday morning you start thinking about that but when it comes to the leaders. Roubaix is the same as Sunday and a lot can happen and I think its good having Stannard, Brad and myself, three good guys who can be up there will help a lot. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, please click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins dreams of delivering Thomas to Flanders victory
April 04, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins was in his element as he greeted the press ahead of this Sunday's Tour of Flanders. A day after his first victory in the rainbow stripes of world time trial champion at De Panne, Wiggins held court in Team Sky's Kortrijk based hotel.Wiggins is used to being the star of the show, while his chance to shine is a little over a week away, this weekend it is all about his teammate Geraint Thomas. Wiggins will be working for Thomas, who has put himself forward as the man to beat this Sunday with his recent success. It is a chance to repay Thomas and he has already been dreaming up scenarios of how the race will play out " all of which end in Team Sky taking the victory. "Dont think I haven't had an image of how that's going to look either. I see myself going up the Kwaremont one last time, doing damage, peeling off and watching Geraint attack," Wiggins laughs, knowing all too well that best laid plans aft go awry on the cobbles. "That's an ideal scenario, and soloing to the finish. Obviously life's not like that and I'm sure it will be a lot messier than that. If Geraint Thomas won on Sunday then, Jesus Christ, I don't think we'd be there on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT "We've won those bottles already," he indicates to the three magnums of champagne that the team have collected from E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Wiggins' latest victory at the Three Days of De Panne. "We'd probably open them all up on Sunday night. I think we'd be sending the B team to Roubaix. What a thing that would be." Wiggins will bow out of Team Sky following next weekend's Roubaix, as he switches to the Continental team that bears his name and focusses his efforts on the track for the final 18 months of his professional career. The 34-year-old joined Team Sky in its founding year and has seen it through some of its biggest achievements and toughest times. While they soon cracked the Grand Tours, it is only this year that the Classics team has reaped the success they desired. After his time trial victory at De Panne, Wiggins noted that this weekend was Britain's first opportunity to take top honours since Tom Simpson's victory in 1961. The 34-year-old's win at the 2012 Tour de France marked a revival in the passion for the sport in the country and three years down the line he's happy that the passion has spread to the cobbles. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky unveil Pinarello DOGMA K8-S for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
April 03, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky, in conjunction with Jaguar, have unveiled the new Pinarello DOGMA K8-S for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The bike is set to feature on the cobbles of this years Tour de France, but Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe will be among the first Team Sky riders to race the bike this weekend in Flanders. The new bike, with a claimed raw frame weight of 900g, has a bespoke mechanical rear suspension system called the DSS 1.0 " Dogma Suspension System " that features a miniature rear shock and flexible flat carbon chainstays that Pinarello believes creates a revolutionary pivot point for the perfect riding comfort over the cobbles of northern Belgium and France." Cyclingnews joined Team Sky riders Thomas, Rowe and Salvatore Puccio as they rode the final 100 kilometres of the Tour of Flanders route on Thursday as part of their final preparations ahead of Sundays Monument, and the feedback from the riders was expectedly positive. I'm in the best shape I've been in, and the team are in the best shape they've been in, and we've got a lovely new bike, Thomas said.ADVERTISEMENT I rode [the bike] in February as well and it feels nice. The faster you go you can tell the difference even more. The back end definitely feels a lot comfier - not so rigid. The new rear suspension unit has been co-engineered by Pinarello, the teams bike supplier since their WorldTour inception in 2010, and Jaguar, who initially joined the team as their vehicle supplier that same year. The starting point for Pinarellos development started with the K8 road bike with the main triangle acting as the foundation of the project. As is typical for bikes purposely built for the cobbled classics, the front end is built with a slacker head tube angle, while the fork rake has increased by 4mm. In total, this should make for better shock absorption up front along with increased stability given the longer wheelbase. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins closes circle with De Panne time trial win
April 03, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The final time trial of the Three Days of De Panne had the feel of a valedictory win for Bradley Wiggins, though the Briton will of course hope to add Paris-Roubaix to his palmars before he departs Team Sky in 10 days time for his new, eponymous Continental outfit. Wiggins first participated in De Panne in 2002, as a neo-professional with La Franaise des Jeux, and finished the concluding time trial in 12th place " incidentally, one spot behind another Sky man very much in the news in recent weeks, current directeur sportif Servais Knaven. Victory on that same windswept course in 2009 was an early flourish in the season that proved to be the turning point of Wiggins entire career, and there was a sense of closing the circle when he claimed his first win in the rainbow jersey of world time trial champion on Thursday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT It was one of my first time trials as a professional back in 2002 and its my last one on this level, so its nice to win. It was certainly on my mind all week and especially today, I really wanted to win this one, Wiggins said afterwards. I always like this time trial especially when the weather picks up. Wiggins showed no lingering effects of Thursdays morning leg, quickly finding his rhythm on rolling down the start ramp, and it was immediately apparent that he would not be denied, even with 25 riders still to follow him. By close of business, only Stefan Kng (BMC) came within 10 seconds of Wiggins time on the 14.2km course, and the Briton had hauled himself up to third place overall, 42 seconds down on Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), for good measure. It felt horrible out there but I think it was the same for everyone, Wiggins said. When you race this morning really early it never feels like its flowing and fresh and everyone is trying really hard. But I knew there was an opportunity to jump onto the podium. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins finds Team Sky's next talisman in Geraint Thomas
April 03, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Having spent a number of seasons in the services of Bradley Wiggins and his stage racing needs, Geraint Thomas will see those roles reversed on Sunday as the former Tour de France winner lines up as part of the Welshmans support crew at the Tour of Flanders. Wiggins, who is riding his final Classics campaign before leaving Team Sky at the conclusion of Paris Roubaix to focus on the track, is approaching the end of this particular road in his career just at Thomas is settling in as Team Skys most accomplished leader for the Classics. Wiggins believes that Thomas, after winning the E3Harelbeke, could be on the cusp of winning the teams first Monument. "We've probably got the race favourite in Geraint, so it's pretty clear-cut what we have to do. Sky is pretty good at that in terms of getting their leader where he needs to be and in Geraint we've got someone who can potentially win the race," Wiggins told Cyclingnews and one other journalist at the Three Days of De Panne.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins, of course, knows Thomas better than most. The pair were track teammates at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and formed part of Team Sky's first roster two years later. The Welshman, who is enjoying his best season since turning professional skipped Wiggins' Tour de France ride in 2012 in order to concentrate on the track but at the recent Paris-Nice, Wiggins picked up on Thomas's new-found diligence and attention to detail " a trait he himself harboured during his own stage racing purple patch. "I said to him at Paris-Nice, I've never seen him like that before. He's normally a bit away with the fairies but he was paying attention to his food and his mindset. He's spent quite a few years racing for other people, being the strongman and being praised as the super domestique but now he's getting the opportunity and position where he has the confidence to ride at the front." Speaking to Thomas over the last few weeks it is abundantly clear the man himself has harnessed a confidence that was at times missing in the past. He has dropped weight over the winter but the way he clinically disposed of the opposition in E3 Harelbeke two weeks ago displayed a new side to his game. He is not the outright favourite for Flanders but he is certain among the leading contenders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ellingworth: Wiggins moving in the right direction ahead of Flanders and Roubaix
April 02, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins survived the opening day of the Driedaagse De Panne and remains on course for Fridays individual time trial and a bid for the overall but with one eye on the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix the former Tour de France winners primary goal is fine-tune his form ahead of the two cobbled Monuments. Wiggins was meant to line up for last weeks E3 Harelbeke but he was taken out of the team as a precaution after falling ill. He, like the majority of the field, then failed to finish Gent-Wevelgem, leaving him short of recent race miles in Belgian. De Panne was already on his schedule coming into the Classics campaign but the three-day event has become more significant in the British riders preparation in recent days.ADVERTISEMENT "Ive never seen anything like that," he told reporters when reflecting on the windy conditions at Gent-Wevelgem that saw only 39 riders finish. "Those winds were incredible but it is what it is and I need these days for Roubaix." Wiggins was often at the front of the peloton during the opening stage in De Panne and although he finished 40 seconds behind winner Alexandre Kristoff he remains on course for Fridays individual time trial. Rod Ellingworth, who linked up with Team Skys classics contingent after Gent-Wevelgem believes that the team are still reaping the rewards from a confidence-boosting win in E3 Harelbeke. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins on form and ready for final Classics with Team Sky
March 30, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins believes that Team Sky can benefit from their position of Classics favourites after Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara were both ruled out through injury. Wiggins, returning to the Classics at Gent-Wevelgem after skipping E3 Harelbeke through illness, told Cyclingnews that the loss of Cancellara and Boonen, changes everything. Boonen crashed in Paris-Nice and dislocated his left collarbone, while Cancellara fell during E3 Harelbeke and fractured two vertebrae. QuickStep are like a different team without Tom, Wiggins told Cyclingnews at the start of Gent-Wevelgem.ADVERTISEMENT Theyre like rabbits in the headlights and they all think that they can win or have a chance. He was the gel that kept it all together. Hes not there now and Fabian has gone too, so someone like Thomas is probably the favourite for Flanders. Everyone is going to be looking at us and the emphasis falls on us. That could play into our hands because were used to doing that. Wiggins heads into the main block of the Classics with his eyes firmly on Paris-Roubaix, which will be his final race for Team Sky before he embarks on a new project with his WIGGINS team. The form is alright and its gone well over the last few days. I was a bit sick last Monday and decided to sack Friday off just for precaution more than anything, so it was never planned for me to ride this race. I think the training has gone well though and well find things out in the next couple of weeks. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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