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Wiggins confirmed for Gent-Wevelgem
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wigginshas been confirmed in Team Skys line up for Sundays Gent-Wevelgem. The world time trial champion had been set to race E3-Harelbeke but was replaced by Elia Viviani prior to the race. Wiggins travelled to Belgium on Friday to link up with his teammates after Geraint Thomas won E3, and both riders will take part in Sundays race. They will be joined by Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Elia Viviani in the teams selection.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins is targeting Paris-Roubaix this season and the race will be the final race he takes part in for Team Sky before he moves over to his newly-formed WIGGINS squad and concentrates on track racing ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016. Wiggins stared his season at the Tour of Qatar in February and placed third in the individual time trial. He raced Omloop Het Nieuwsblad later that month and helped Stannard defend his race title before linking up with Team Skys stage racing squad at Paris-Nice. He rode as a domestique for winner Richie Porte but pulled out on the eve of the final time trial, instead deciding to focus on his Classics preparation. He is scheduled to race Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde next week with a remote chance that the Tour of Flanders could be added to his programme before Paris-Roubaix. You can read more at More...
Wiggins out of E3 Harelbeke but may race Gent-Wevelgem
March 26, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from ]
Despite having E3-Harelbeke on his list of spring races for the better part of three months Bradley Wiggins has not been selected for Fridays race by Team Sky. Citing a race selection policy, a team spokesperson from the team told Cyclingnews that Wiggins will instead travel to Belgium on Friday and train before a decision is made on his possible participation in Gent-Wevelgem. The world time trial champion is aiming to close his Team Sky career with a win in Paris-Roubaix next month and has built his spring around a cobbles campaign. Team Sky will line-up with Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Elia Viviani for E3-Harelbke, with the team confirm that the squad selection for Sundays Gent-Wevelgem will be confirmed from the teams long list following the outcome of E3 Harelbeke.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins also has Scheldeprijs on March 27 on his race programme. Last month, Team Sky confirmed that the door had not completely closed on Wiggins taking part in the Tour of Flanders. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at More...
Wiggins and Kittel head Tour de Yorkshire line-up
March 19, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel will be the stand-out names when the inaugural three-day edition of the Tour de Yorkshire gets under way in Bridlington on 1 May. The 16 eight-rider teams include WorldTour outfits Sky, Giant-Alpecin, BMC Racing, Lotto-Jumbo and IAM Cycling. 2012 Tour de France champion Wiggins is set to make his first appearance for his eponymous team at the new race, which starts just days after his transfer from Team Sky. His presence is sure to give a huge boost to the event, which Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity is already predicting will attract a million spectators. Its fantastic to hear that the UCI have cleared the way for Bradley to ride, Verity tells Cyclingnews. We all know what a great sporting icon he is in the UK and were absolutely delighted that hell be here in Yorkshire with his new team.ADVERTISEMENT Verity also hailed Giant sprinter Kittels return to Yorkshire, where he won the opening stage of last years Tour de France in Harrogate. Marcel is sure to have his eye on the opening two stages into Scarborough and York. Id certainly have my money on him for that second one, which suits the sprinters down to the ground, says Verity, adding: But I dont expect him to be in contention on the final stage, which has 3,085 metres of climbing. The presence of Cofidis and Europcar squads takes the number of teams returning to Yorkshire after last years Tour de France Grand Dpart to seven. The two French outfits will be joined by another four Pro Continental teams: Cult Energy, MTN-Qhubeka, Rompoot Oranje and Topsport Vlaanderen. Were chuffed, its a cracking line-up, says Verity, who is also very pleased to see the race graced by a strong contingent of domestic squads. Four British Continental outfits " Madison-Genesis, NFTO, ONE Pro Cycling and WIGGINS " will be joined by a Great Britain team. You can read more at More...
2015 Tour of Britain hoping to attract star line-up with toughest route yet
March 19, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett hopes that the challenging 2015 parcours will attract the biggest names in cycling, as they build up to the World Championships in Richmond. On Tuesday, Bennett announced what is probably the toughest route, and is definitely the longest, in the races history, with the Hartside Fell in the Pennines set to test the riders on stage five. There are some really brutal days out there and deliberately so, Bennett told the races website, Firstly we want our national British tour to reflect the tough terrain which is part and parcel of our cycling scene and secondly we have talked informally with the teams in recent years " and increasingly with the big World Tour teams " and they are adamant that they would welcome a couple of really testing long days ahead of the Worlds. We are very happy to oblige and it fits in perfectly with our remit of expanding the race. Competing with the Vuelta a Espaa and the Canadian WorldTour races of Montreal and Quebec, the race is fighting to make itself an ideal proving ground for World Championship hopefuls. Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) used it to perfection last year, while Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) also rode the race on the way to his world title in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Anyone hoping for longer and more challenging terrain will be delighted, with three stages of the eight-day race breaching the 200-kilometre mark and the overall route totalling 1,471 " almost 100 kilometres longer than last years race. The 2015 course breaks another record for the race with the riders taking on the Hartside Fell, which at 1,904 feet is the highest point the race has ever passed. Hartside will be the show-piece finish to stage five and Bennett expects a big battle. You would fancy the peloton to arrive at the foot of the climb pretty much intact unless the wind blows en-route, in which case it could be split asunder by the time the main challenge presents itself. And wind is not unknown in those parts, he explained. "It's (Hartside) a proper 8km climb and although the average gradient is a comparatively modest 5% up at the top there are some nasty 10% sections and a hairpin that could reward the more aggressive riders. This stage has a real sting in the tail. There will be no time trialling at this years race, with construction work preventing the organisers from using the traditional London route on the final day. It has been replaced by a corner-packed criterium through the heart of London, which Bennett says will be no easy ride. You can read more at More...
Wiggins cleared to ride Tour de Yorkshire
March 13, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins has been cleared to participate for the WIGGINS team in the Tour de Yorkshire on 1-3 May following the UCI road commissions approval of the derogation of rule 2.17.007, which stipulates that the permitted transfer window for Continental squads lies between 1-25 June. Wiggins current contract with Team Sky is due to end on 26 April. According to the UCI, the request for the relaxation of this regulation came from the WIGGINS team with the support of British Cycling, the riders national federation. Having received the approval of the UCIs road commission, Wiggins transfer will become effective from the day that the UCI receives the official registration bulletin from British Cycling. Assuming there are no hitches in the registration process, Wiggins will then line up at the head of his eponymous team for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington on 1 May.ADVERTISEMENT The 2012 Tour de France champion told the Cycling Podcast earlier this week that his first race for Team WIGGINS will be ASOs new Yorkshire stage race. Official confirmation of his participation is sure to boost interest in the event, for which a million spectators are already predicted to turn out. After racing in the three-day Tour de Yorkshire, Wiggins will compete in Tour Series events in the UK before turning his attention to his attempt on the World Hour Record. You can read more at More...
Brailsford: Wiggins can go out with a win
March 06, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky principle David Brailsford believes that Bradley Wiggins can end his very successful tenure with the British WorldTour team in style. Wiggins is due to leave Team Sky after targeting Paris-Roubaix next month and then join his Wiggins Continental team and race on the track for the final part of his career. "There's no reason why he can't go out with a win. He's prepared well, he's focused well and when he does that, he's terrific with preparation. He needs a big stage to perform and Paris-Roubaix is certainly that, Brailsford told Sky Sports News. Wiggins has been part of Team Sky since its inception in 2010; the team was largely built around him until recently. He landed his biggest successes in Team Sky's black and blue colours, most notably his 2012 Tour de France title. Wiggins is due to switch to the track, where he began his career, to target the Hour Record and the Olympic games in the next 18 months. Among his final races for the team, Wiggins will ride Paris-Nice, which begins this Sunday, where he won ahead of his Tour success.ADVERTISEMENT "Bradley has been an iconic figure for us in Team Sky and for British cycling. He'll start this weekend in the Paris-Nice stage race, in his last stage race for Team Sky. He's won it before and he's ready for it, said Brailsford. Then we'll go on Paris-Roubaix which will be his last race for Sky - a big one-day classic and he's ready for that too. It'll be sad to see him go, that's for sure. Team Sky has enjoyed a purple patch of late with two GC victories at the Volta ao Algarve and the Vuelta a Andaluca with Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome respectively, and Ian Stannards commanding win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. "It's been our best start to the season ever. We've had more victories at this point of the year than we've ever had so it's been a terrific start, explains Brailsford. Brailsford claims the team have rallied over the winter, after a particularly challenging 2014 season. You can read more at More...
Wiggins confirmed for Paris-Nice, Froome for Tirreno-Adriatico
March 03, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky have revealed their rosters for March, confirming that Bradley Wiggins will ride Paris-Nice alongside Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, while Chris Froome will have support from Peter Kennaugh, Leopold Knig, Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels as he takes on Alberto Contador at Tirreno-Adriatico. Team Sky will also ride the Tour de Langkawi (8"15 March), meaning that 25 riders from the British WorldTour team will be action in three stage races during the next two weeks. Paris-Nice will be Wiggins last major stage race of his Team Sky career. He won the 'Race to the Sun' in 2012 before going on to win the Tour de France. He could be a contender for the opening prologue and the final time trial on the Col dEze but is more likely to play a support role to Porte and Thomas as he prepares for the cobbled Classics.ADVERTISEMENT Porte won Paris-Nice in 2013 and showed that he his back to his best with second overall at the Tour Down Under and fourth at the Volta ao Algarve, won by Thomas. The Welshman lead Paris-Nice for two days in 2014 but then crashed and did not start the final stage. Completing Team Skys line-up for Paris-Nice are road captain Bernhard Eisel, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Nicolas Roche, Luke Rowe and sprinter Ben Swift, who will target any sprint finishes as he prepares for Milan-San Remo. Froome has a solid squad as he takes on Contador Froome is looking to continue his winning streak after putting Alberto Contador to the sword at the recent Ruta del Sol and Team Sky has named a solid squad to support him. You can read more at More...
Wiggins comes full circle at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
February 27, 2015 (20:45) [ Indexed from ]
Racing in Belgium has the uncomfortable tendency to remind neo-professionals that theyre not in Kansas anymore. Bradley Wiggins first taste of the Classics came at Omloop Het Volk in 2002, when he lined up in the colours of La Franaise des Jeux, and once the peloton hit that peculiarly Flemish version of the yellow brick road, he was quickly jettisoned out the back. I remember almost knocking [Johan] Museeuw off on the entry to Cte du Trieu because I was fighting to be up there, Wiggins said. I had [Andrei] Tchmil on one side and Museeuw on the other and I just remember thinking to myself what the fuck are you doing here? These guys are way better than you. So I just got out of the way, went to the back, got dropped and that was it. I got dropped after 30k so I didnt even make it to the Kwaremont. Because of the respect I had for those guys I didnt want to get in their way. You have to earn the right to be in the first 20 or 30 positions with those guys.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins was speaking in Kortrijk on Friday on the eve of his first appearance at the Omloop since 2005, and while much has changed in interim " the race now carries the name of another Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, and his old nemesis the Trieu does not feature on the parcours, for instance " the Englishman is back on familiar ground and in a familiar position. Like on those first, tentative efforts on the pav over a decade ago, Wiggins is, with Paris-Roubaix in mind, trying to earn the right to a long-term lease on some prime real estate at the head of the peloton. The Hell of the North is his final race in the colours of Team Sky, and unlike twelve months ago, Wiggins will ride a full programme of cobbled races in preparation for the last grand challenge of his road career. Its good to get into the mind-set for these races, to get to know the roads and for the others guys, Boonen and that, to see you there, Wiggins explained. When it comes to the real fight, theyre perhaps happy to sit behind you and not push you off the wheel because they know you wont lose the wheel. So its confidence for everyone that they see you there. You can read more at More...
Provisional riders announced for Paris-Nice
February 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from ]
After last year's time trial free Paris-Nice, the 73rd edition of the Race to the Sun returns to its familiar format including the final day time trial up the Col d'ze,attracting former winners and current world champions. With theroute announced earlier this month, race organisers ASO have released the provisional start list, confirming the appearances ofBradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step), Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Fabio Aru (Astana) among many more. From the 20 teams which were selected, 22 riders have won stages at Paris-Nice, including Wiggins, Richie Porte (Team Sky), Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) who all previous overall winners. While the route will favour the chrono specialists such as Wiggins, Martin and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), there will be opportunities for the climbers to make their mark on the race. The French climbing triumvirate of Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) will be eying off the stage four summit finish on Croix de Chaubouret as will the 2014 Tour de France king of the mountains winner Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo).ADVERTISEMENT Having placed second overall at the Tour of Oman, van Garderen will be hungry for his first win of the season and with his time trialling prowess will be another rider capable of challenging for the GC. Teammate Rohan Dennis looks like providing support as he makes his return to the road following his successful hour record attempt earlier this month. Bob Jungels (Trek) and Wilco Kelderman (Lotto-Jumbo) could spring a surprise with both riders characteristics suited to the parcours while their appearances further bolster the depth of youthful talent at the race. It isn't just about the GC men though with French road race champion Arnaud Dmare (FDJ) set to go head-to-head with former teammate Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in the sprints as both riders look to open their 2015 accounts. However, they'll need to get the better of Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) who already have wins to their names in 2015 and will be looking for more success ahead of the classics You can read more at More...
Ellingworth: No rider is guaranteed leadership in Paris-Roubaix
February 26, 2015 (00:45) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky riders will have to prove their credentials if they are to secure leadership roles in Paris-Roubaix, says Rod Ellingworth, the teams head of performance operations. The team heads into the Spring Classics with a number of potential leaders, including Bradley Wiggins, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas. On Saturday the squad seek to defend Stannards crown in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before racing Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins has pencilled in Paris-Roubaix as his final race for the WorldTour team before he takes his place in his new WIGGINS squad and aims for the Hour Record. However, Ellingworth has insisted that reputation alone will not guarantee leadership, a factor that Wiggins voiced at the Tour of Qatar earlier this month. I dont think anyone in the team has the right to be the leader for Paris-Roubaix. Theres a lot of racing between now and then and what weve learnt is that anything can happen so theres no point now saying were going to ride solely for one person, Ellingworth told Cyclingnews. Were keeping all the doors and opportunities open and what we do is have a long list, and well have that until the last few days before. Its about taking the best eight or nine riders and theres no personal deals and the best guys will be on the line. You can read more at More...
Bradley Wiggins to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
February 24, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins will ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday to kick off his cobbled Classics campaign ahead of his tilt at Paris-Roubaix in April. The 2012 Tour de France champion, enjoying his final few months with Team Sky before he joins his new WIGGINS outfit, will head up a eight-man team at the 70th edition of the race, which takes place across 200.2km in the Flanders region of Belgium. Also in the line-up is Ian Stannard, who won last years race after out-sprinting Greg Van Avermaet in miserable conditions. That success seemed like a potentially seminal moment in the 27-year-olds career but it was followed by setbacks as he fractured a vertebra in Gent-Wevelgem less than a month later, before fracturing his wrist on his return to racing at the Tour of Britain.ADVERTISEMENT Like Wiggins and other Classics hopefuls, he rode at the Tour of Qatar and eased himself back into racing with an encouraging fourth place on the overall. Both men have used the time since Qatar to travel to Flanders and familiarise themselves with some of the key cobbled sections and climbs. Skys roster is completed by Luke Rowe, Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio and Chris Sutton. The team will take stock after the race before deciding on a line-up for Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne the next day. After a good training period over the winter we have a strong group heading into the Classics, said the team's sports director for the race, Servais Knaven. We're excited to get started with this key phase of the season. You can read more at More...
Climbers will have their day at 2015 Tour of California
February 20, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento for its opening stage and finish eight days later in the shadow of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, race organiser AEG announced on Thursday. The 10th edition of the race will take place May 10-17 and return to the stunning Pacific Coast as it follows a north-south route over 1,165 kilometres. The course promises plenty of variety, with multiple days for the sprinters and more than 13,000 metres of climbing throughout the eight days, including an encounters with Balcom Canyon and Mount Hamilton, as well as a return to Mt. Baldy. Weve reached a milestone this year with the 10th edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams weve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route, said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think its going to be a year for the record books.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike 2014, when eventual winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) seized the race lead during the stage 2 time trial in Folsom, the general classification this year will likely be sorted out in the closing days, starting with the 24km individual time trial in Big Bear on May 15. The racing will begin with two days for the sprinters on a circuit that starts and finishes in the state capitol of Sacramento, followed by a 193km trek from Nevada City to Lodi. In 2014, the sprint between Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in Sacramento resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history, with Cavendish taking the win by three millimetres. Stage 2 will start with a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course. Riders will get their first taste of the climbing that lies ahead when the race visits San Jose for the 10th consecutive year. From San Jose, the riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. The narrow, twisty road makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. You can read more at More...
Merckx: Hour Record and Paris-Roubaix success would make Wiggins a complete champion
February 17, 2015 (11:45) [ Indexed from ]
Eddy Merckx believes that Bradley Wiggins would be a complete champion should the British Tour de France winner secure titles in Paris-Roubaix and the Hour Record. Wiggins is targeting the Classics this spring before ending his WorldTour career with Team Sky. Paris-Roubaix forms the cornerstone of his cobbled ambitions as he looks to step down from the top of professional road racing with a Monument win. Wiggins is more motivated now and hes a complete rider, Merckx told Cyclingnews at the recent Tour of Qatar. Hes been good in the mountains and he can ride over the cobbles. Hes maybe not as good on the climbs as he was because hes put on some weight but thats given him more power and thats going to be important for the spring.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky and Wiggins have conquered the Tour de France together, winning the race in 2012 before the British team returned in 2013 for their second straight title, courtesy of Chris Froome. Despite Grand Tour successes the team have struggled to find the right blend and formula in one-day racing. Podiums in the Classics have been few and far between and although they have won important one-day races in Belgium, success in one of cyclings monuments still alludes them. Paris-Roubaix is a race where its every man for himself. If youre good on the pave then you just need that little bit of luck so that you dont have a flat at a bad moment, said Merckx, who won Roubaix on three occasions during his incredible career. Hell be there for sure and if he wins there, for his career, and goes on to take the Hour Record, that will make him a big champion, a very complete champion. You can read more at More...
Rapha to produce WIGGINS team kit
February 16, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from ]
This story first appeared on BikeRadar Rapha has announced a new partnership with Tour winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins. The British brand will be creating team kit for the stars Wiggins team, which will launch following the knight of the realms last outing with Team Sky in April. Over the next three years, Raphas Wiggins team wear will expand into a wider range of clothing too, taking the brand into the Rio 2016 Olympic games and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins said: Ive got to know the Rapha team well over the last few years at Team Sky; theyre serious about design and they love cycling almost as much as I do. I want a range of kit that looks great but is also functionally practical for todays cyclists in all their different shapes and sizes, and I know Simon and the team at Rapha will do the business. Rapha states that Wiggins will use his experience to advise Raphas designers on a new range of apparel that incorporates the latest developments in performance sportswear. The single image of the jersey design provided by Rapha shows Wiggins influence with a mod roundel on the left of the chest. The image also appears to confirm that Sky will be involved in the team as a sponsor. There are also six gold stripes near the hem, presumably to represent Wiggins six world championship track gold medals. You can read more at More...
Wiggins on track for Classics in Tour of Qatar
February 11, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from ]
Despite finishing stage 3 of the Tour of Qatar in third place Bradley Wiggins believes that he is well ahead of his form and fitness from twelve months ago. Wiggins came into the 10.9 kilometre test as the main favourite but was beaten by new race leader and defending champion Niki Terpstra and Fabian Cancellara. It was really difficult out there with the wind and with being on road bikes. No one is really used to it. Its the early season but its still the same names that have come out on top, Wiggins said after a cool-down ride in the Qatari desert. Wiggins is making his season debut in Qatar after missing the Challenge Mallorca last week. The world time trial champion has been using the warm-weather racing as part of his build-up to the Classics and although he has not featured in the road stages so far, and sits 78th in the overall, he is content with his current form, comparing it to twelve months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Compared to where I was this time last year Im in a better place. Everything is geared towards being good in April and Ive done all this enough times to know that Im in a good place. Im happy, he said. Ive not been up there in the fight but the goal was to come here, do a decent time trial, stay safe and then come out of it healthy and ready for the Classics in a better position. Its been a tough race up until now but no matter which group youre in its still a tough race. Ive done it enough times to know what it takes you onto, so its either this or training but you couldnt have got much harder than yesterdays stage. Whether youre first or last on the road it was a tough day for everyone and those sort of days are difficult to replicate. You can read more at More...
Hour Record finale was journey into unknown for Dennis
February 10, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
After the UCI redrafted the regulations on the use of time trial bikes for the Hour Record last year, Ond™ej Sosenka's 2005 mark of 49.7 kilometres suddenly seemed like rather low-hanging fruit and the successful attempts of Jens Voigt and Matthias Brndle, who shifted the target to 51.852 kilometres in October, hardly altered that perception. Jack Bobridge fell short of Brndle's distance last week, however, and his disappointment put the Austrian's effort " and the Hour Record itself " in its proper context. Riding alone for sixty minutes without dropping below a speed of over 32 miles per hour is, quite simply, beyond the capabilities of the vast majority of riders in the professional peloton. When Rohan Dennis (BMC) lined up for his successful attempt in Grenchen, Switzerland on Sunday, he was able to draw lessons from his fellow countryman's effort. It's an exaggeration, perhaps, to liken the two Australians to Daedalus and Icarus, but there was a sense that Bobridge flew too close to the sun by setting out with a target of 53 kilometres pace before tying up in the second half hour and finishing some 500 metres short of Brndle. "I think it indicated how difficult the challenge is," Dennis' coach Neal Henderson told Cyclingnews on Monday. "When Jens came out and set the record with the new rules and then Matthias not long afterwards came out and broke that, I think everyone was thinking 'It's just what you do now. It's just such a low bar, you can go out and do it on your terms and get it done.' ADVERTISEMENT Henderson was careful to point out, however, that Dennis' more conservative pacing strategy had not been a direct response to Bobridge's struggle in Melbourne last week, but rather established on the back of his own performance at the Australian time trial championships. "Jack's pacing gave us a bit of insight but it wasn't something that hadn't been discussed beforehand. It just highlighted the cost of going well over that edge," said Henderson, who began coaching Dennis at the end of 2012, shortly before he turned professional with Garmin. "But in the Australian nationals, Rohan went from the top split at the turnaround to second place behind Porte, so he had his own personal experience of a near-hour TT where he went just a little bit over his edge in the first half and then paid for it in the second half." Dennis set out on Sunday with two possible pacing strategies in mind " one for 52.5 kilometres and another, more ambitious one targeting the 53-kilometre mark. He averaged 52.8kph through the 40-minute mark and seemed on schedule to break 53 kilometres but he flagged slightly in the finale to finish with a new record of 52.491 kilometres. "Our schedule was to sit on 17.1 second laps for the first half,"Dennis said. "I was probably going a little bit too hard but I was pretty comfortable so I thought I'd sit on this because I was still good, my pacing was fine." From his vantage point in the centre of the track, Dennis' coach could see that the effort was beginning to exact a toll. "At 40 minutes, he was a little bit ahead of schedule for the lower goal, the 52.5 target,"Henderson said. "But youre balancing on a razor's edge on those types of efforts, and as he was going past I could see that he was probably teetering maybe just over the edge." Balancing track and road While Thomas Dekker will tackle the Hour Record later this month in Mexico, Bradley Wiggins seems the most realistic challenger to Dennis' new mark in the coming months. The Briton will finish his road career at Paris-Roubaix in April and will spend eight weeks preparing specifically on the track, intimating that he is likely to have an hour-long dry run in training behind closed doors before doing it for real in front a full house at the Olympic velodrome in London in June. By contrast, Dennis balanced his preparation with road commitments, which included victory at the Tour Down Under last month, as a consequence his longest effort on the track in the build-up to his attempt was just 30 minutes. "Literally anything beyond 30 minutes on that track for Rohan was a question mark. It was all uncharted territory beyond that," Henderson said. "Jens was at the end of his career and able to exclusively focus on it for several weeks with nothing else beyond to consider in any way. Bradley Wiggins, I believe, will be able to do absolutely everything on his own schedule, he has nothing further to consider. "Rohan's a 24-year-old at the start of the 2015 racing season, just coming off a WorldTour stage race win and he's got more targets later in the year. There's a finite amount of time and energy that could be dedicated to this effort. So there was clearly fantastic integration of those pieces in a relatively short period of time with the big picture of Rohan's road racing career this year and beyond still at the forefront." BMC performance coach Marco Pinotti told Gazzetta dello Sport afterwards that the temperature in the velodrome, which rose to 26 degrees Celsius after it filled with spectators, had had a negative impact on Dennis' performance. For his part, Henderson acknowledged that there were a number of things he would do differently if Dennis were ever to make a second attempt but therein, perhaps, lies the beauty of the hour record. "Defining exactly where that razor's edge is for any given rider on any given day is impossible to do, and that's what makes it such an amazing accomplishment when a rider reaches a record like that," he said. "An effort like that can help him understand in races to come what kind of a challenge he can sustain and maintain, so that will only help him in the future." You can read more at More...
Gallery: Bradley Wiggins' limited edition Pinarello Dogma F8
February 09, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from ]
When Bradley Wiggins lines up for the individual time trial at the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday he will do so on a limited edition Pinarello Dogma F8 road bike. In the 10.9km test on the Lusail Circuit, riders are not permitted to use their time trial machines, and although some will modify their road set-up, the vast majority will keep their standard race specifications. Not so for Bradley Wiggins, who will race a modified version of this Pinarello Dogma F8 road bike. The bike is decorated with the World champion colours after Wiggins win in Spain last year, while the top tube is branded with a timeline of Wiggins major cycling achievements including Olympic Gold, and his British and World time trial titles. Wiggins is likely to ride Shimanos Dura-Ace C75 Wheelset but his mechanics have also looked at altering the rider's position. He will ride a 56cm frame but there may be a drop in stem height, as well as a slightly narrower option on handlebars. His saddle height will remain the same but the rider and his staff have not yet decided on saddle choice. ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Wiggins will not underestimate Hour Record Challenge
February 09, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins says he will not underestimate the magnitude of attempting the Hour Record after learning of Rohan Dennis successful ride on Sunday. Dennis set a record of 52.491 kilometres at the Grenchen velodrome in Switzerland, surpassing the previous best of 51.852 kilometres set by Mattias Brndle last year. Wiggins has set a date in June to attempt the Hour Record but is under no illusions how hard the effort will be. I thought he could do a mid-53 but I said that about Jack Bobridge, Wiggins said, referring to the failed attempt made by Australian Jack Bobridge last week. ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins, currently riding the Tour of Qatar, is set to leave Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix in April. From there he will focus entirely on the track until the Rio 2016 Olympics, beginning with his Hour Record attempt. But the record is what it is. I had a sit down with Chris Boardman for an hour last week and I asked him how hard it is. He said it depended on if I wanted to break it or put it out of sight because theres a big difference between trying to do 55 and what it is now, 52.4. Its about how hard youre willing to push but you never know how far youre willing to push. Thats why I want to have a good run at it in training, so I know what Im capable of doing on the day. People keep saying 55, 55 but they said that about Jack and Rohan. Until I get up and do 30 minutes at that pace, or riding on the track for an hour in that position but its good having people go before you because you can see the mistakes that they make. So when I spoke to Brndle he said he had it too hot at 26 degrees and Boardman said Id want it at 30. Theres a limit to it. Wiggins was speaking at the Tour of Qatar, where he lost 33 seconds to a number of rivals due to a late split in the field. It means his overall ambitions in the race have taken a dent but he added that he felt relatively comfortable in his first road race of the season. There still remains the 10.9-kilometre time trial, where the British rider could certainly pull back time on the likes of Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan, who both finished in the lead group. If things went well all the better but it wasnt the end of the world if it didnt. It would have been nice to be up there but the next few days are going to be different again. This kind of racing, I feel like I need a day or two to find my legs and get used to fighting and taking risks. There were a few crashes but I was happy with how I felt. Im just going to take it day by day and then see where I am after the time trial. You can read more at More...
Wiggins set to debut rainbow jersey at Tour of Qatar
January 27, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from ]
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Wiggins out of Challenge Mallorca with Qatar debut pencilled in
January 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from ]
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