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inCycle video: Degenkolb poised to defend Gent-Wevelgem title
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
After his recent win at Milan-San Remo, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) is poised to continue that success and defend his title at the upcoming Gent-Wevelgem held on Sunday in Belgium. Degenkolb won the 2014 Gent-Wevelgemin a sprint ahead of Arnaud Demar (FDJ) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who then raced with the Cannondale team. He is cautious about this year's event, however, and said that the finale tends to be difficult to predict because the challenging 239-kilometer parcours, filled with crosswinds, cobbles, hills and narrow descents, offers opportunities for both a breakaway or a sprint.ADVERTISEMENT In our recent inCycle video, Degenkolb reviewed last years race, remembering that an early breakaway had formed but that it wasnt his team Giant-Shimanos responsibility to control the situation because there were many other teams that wanted a sprint finish. He also recounted a mid-race crash that blocked the road for much of the peloton and how difficult it was to jockey for position ahead of the tricky descent on course, as the race headed toward the finish. Degenkolb spoke about luck, teammates' trust and communication in one another, and how important these factors were in his a teams overall success at Gent-Wevelgem last year. You can read more at More...
Watch NCC's Sunny King Criterium live on Cyclingnews
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) will kick off with theSunny King Criterium on March 28 in Anniston, Alabama, with the Women's Pro 1/2 race starting at 6:20pm (CDT) followed by the Men's Pro 1 race at 7:30pm (CDT). Watch the two marque events live on Cyclingnews. The women will race for a total of 60 minutes and a prize purse of $15,000, and the men will compete for 60 laps and the same prize purse of $15,000. Carlos Alzate and Coryn Rivera took the wins in 2014 Sunny King Criterium. At the end of last season, Erica Allar secured the NCC's overall title in the women's category and Luke Keough won the overall men's title. In addition, Colavita-Bianchi won the women's overall team classification and UnitedHealthcare took the men's overall team classification.ADVERTISEMENT Organisers of Tampa's Gasparilla Criterium, the event that was supposed to start the NCC on March 21, announced that their event was cancelledlast weekbecause a sponsor withdrew funding. You can read more at More...
Etixx-QuickStep clarify Cavendishs Milan-San Remo chain problems
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Etixx-QuickStep team has told Cyclingnews that Mark Cavendishs mechanical problem during Milan-San Remo was not the same as the problem the Manxman suffered during the sprint finish of stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico in Cascina. Immediately after the race, Cavendish suggested his chain came off on the outside like in Tirreno, like it happened to Tom (Boonen) and a few guys this year. Cavendish had to fight to get back up to the peloton after the problem and was then distanced on the Poggio. He finished in a chase group, 23 seconds behind winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). Rolf Aldag, the Sport and Development manager of the Etixx-QuickStep pointed out that Cavendish lost his chain while changing from the small chain ring to the big chain ring, while the Tirreno-Adriatico accident did not involve a gear change and occurred as Cavendish seemed to push on the pedals as he began his sprint. In my opinion its important not to confuse two different incidents, Aldag said. Cavendish was shifting up from the small chainring to the big chainring on the less steep road, close to the top of the Cipressa and for some reason his chain came off, it over shifted. He had to get the chain back on and chase but he had Julien Vermote with him to help him close the gap on the descent. He mentioned Tom Boonen having the same problem but Toms problem or Cavs problem in Tirreno-Adriatico didnt involve gear changes. It was something very different. Were still investigating those but dont have an answer yet. Aldag refused to blame the Etixx-QuickStep mechanic or the Shimano gears that the Etixx-QuckStep team is using this season. The Belgian team is currently using a combination of Shimano gears, FSA cranks and Power2max power meters. The team is expected to switch to FSA electronic groupsets later in the season when FSA completes the development of the new parts. Of course we know that even a gear-change chain jump shouldnt happen but it can happen and in a race, Aldag said. Cavendish will be back in action at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday as one of the leaders of the Etixx-QuickStep team along side Zdenek Stybar and Matteo Trentin. The Belgian team has sent the chainset and chain from the Tirreno-Adriatico incident to FSAs headquarters in Taiwan for detailed analysis. Cavendish used an unmarked black chainring during Milan-San Remo.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Cancellara vows to return to racing after fracturing vertebrae
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) has vowed to comeback after crashing out of the Classics season in E3 Harelbeke. The seven-time Monument winner fell in the early stages of Fridays race and later abandoned. A trip to the local hospital later revealed that the rider had suffered two minor fractures in the transverse processes of his lower vertebrae and a recovery period of weeks rather than days would force him out of the Classics. Twenty-four hours later, Cancellara sat down with a small press corp to discuss his fall and his immediate plans. The 34-year-old was still in obvious pain and would not talk about possible comeback dates, instead choosing to draw on the glimmer of positives resulting from an ultimately and disappointing situation. It could be worse and I could be still in hospital or having an operation. Or worse case scenario it could have ended my career and I have to take the positives out of this. I have to see the positives, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Cancellara saw his 2012 Classics campaign go up in smoke after he crashed out of the Tour of Flanders with a broken collarbone. He crashed out of the London Olympic road race later that year but came back from both setbacks to have a stellar 2013 season, winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He went on to win the Tour of Flanders last year and came into this campaign as a front-runner for a title defence and Paris-Roubaix. In 2012 the world really came down around me. Yesterday wasnt easy but today is strange. Its a strange feeling because I go home now. Theres no fix and I just have to wait a few weeks to heal. Theres not much I can do. You can lose in one second everything youve prepared. When I look back Ive had back luck in E3 in the past but its always given me that bit of extra to Flanders but now theres no Flanders for me. I had big plans with the team but it is what it is, he added. At the start of the season, Cancellara had given his long and successful career a further two-year shelf life with firm plans to retire at the end of the 2016 season when his current deal with Trek expires. There is little chance of those blueprints being torn up and extended, meaning that Cancellara will aim to return next year and roll the dice one more time over the unforgiving cobbles of Flanders and Roubaix. For a rider who has dominated the scene for the best part of a decade it provides a long and almost uncomfortable wait before he can close out his Classics career. Its too early to talk about next year or next races. In situations like this you learn a lot, like I did in the Classics in 2012 and my crash in the Olympics that year. I came strong out of that but first you have to get over it. Winning Flanders would have meant a lot for me, the team, for history. Im getting older, that we know, but in the end, I know how to do deal with a few things. Maybe Ill recover in a better way than I did with my collarbone break in 2012. This is different but mentally maybe Im more ready. I won't give up because of a crash. We live with crashes and we cant avoid that. However, the fallout and long term repercussions from yesterdays race has started to truly settle, and while Geraint Thomas was a worthy winner of E3 Harelbeke there is little doubt that Flanders and Roubaix have lost some of their flare with both Cancellara and Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) on the side lines. Stijn Devolder is the only Tour of Flanders winner left in the field, while Johan Vansummeren and Niki Terpstra are the only Paris-Roubaix victors remaining. In all likelihood, a new rider will raise his arms in victory in Oudenaarde at the end of the Tour of Flanders, and while a new chapter will be turned, the longstanding rivalry and subplots that Cancellara and Boonen have always provided will return next year. Next year is next year. I saw on this weekend that Devolder is the only rider who has won Flanders. It makes it a new race and for cycling its something different. First with Tom Boonen not there and now me. Its a new generation because a new winner will be found, Cancellara said. Of course Id be the happiest if Stijn wins but when we see how the race goes its going to be hard for him. On the other hand, Im curious to see a new winner. Before it was a race about Boonen and Cancellara, and then it was Cancellara versus the rest and now its the rest against the rest. Of course we have new talents but today I saw the newspapers with a little square of the winners photos and then three pages for me. When I see this I think what an impact. At Flanders and Roubaix new riders will make new impacts and in 12 months time the two riders who have carved up Flanders and Roubaix between them will return, providing one last battle and one final chance to remind todays new generation of what being a Classics icon is all about. You can read more at More...
Contador crashes hard at Volta a Catalunya
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed hard in the last three kilometres of Saturdays stage of the Volta a Catalunya, suffering a large amount of road rash on his left side. He was able to complete the stage and remains in third place overall, seven seconds down on Richie Porte (Team Sky). Despite his injuries, Contador is expected to start the final stage around Barcelona on Sunday. According to initial reports, Contador went down less than three kilometres from the finish at Port Aventura theme park as the peloton rode in pursuit a large break. As the riders went through a roundabout the Tinkoff-Saxo leader was hit from behind by another rider and went down hard on his left side. An initial assessment of the riders injuries indicated that the crash had caused him to lose a lot of skin on his left shoulder and lower back, as well as suffering a very minor injury on his left knee. Contador was not expected to go to hospital for a further check-up and is being treated by the Tinkoff-Saxo team doctor at the race.ADVERTISEMENT Contador lost a lot of time picking himself up, getting back on his bike and riding to the finish. He initially disappeared from the races provisional general classification on Spanish television. However subject to final confirmation from the race judges, he will retain his third place overall, seven seconds behind race leader Richie Porte, because the crash occurred inside the final three kilometres of the stage. Contadors crash ended a bad day for Tinkoff-Saxo at the Volta a Catalunya. Jesus Hernandez and Ivan Basso both abandoned due to illness before the stage, leaving the team with just four riders. The 194 kilometre stage from Cervera to Port Aventura was won by Russias Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) after 21 riders broke away early on. The final stage is a 126.6km circuit stage around Montjuic. You can read more at More...
Bouhanni looks for first victory of season at Gent-Wevelgem
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Nacer Bouhanni grew frustrated at missing out on the big classics during his time at FDJ but on Friday morning, for once, the Frenchman was content enough to take part in the sideshow rather than the main event at E3 Harelbeke as he prepared for Gent-Wevelgem. Although his Cofidis team did not receive a wildcard berth for E3 Harelbeke, Bouhanni was invited to participate in the now-traditional sprint challenge, held to entertain the crowds as they await the finish on Harelbekes Stasegemsesteenweg. The event fitted neatly into Bouhannis preparations for Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. He reconnoitred the finale of the race early on Friday morning, before lining out in the sprint event " where, naturally, the organisers opted to place him in the same heat as Alessandro Petacchi, with whom he famously clashed as a neo-professional at the 2011 Tour of Turkey.ADVERTISEMENT I trained already this morning, I went and took a look at the roads of Gent-Wevelgem and now Ive come here to do the sprints, Bouhanni told Cyclingnews between rounds. Its a bit of fun but its also useful to do a set of efforts like this before Gent-Wevelgem. Bouhanni has spent the week leading up to Gent-Wevelgem digesting his sixth place finish at Milan-San Remo last Sunday, a performance that confirmed two recurring trends in the fast mans recent history. As at last years Vuelta a Espaa and Ponferrada Worlds, Bouhanni climbed well and digested the Cipressa and Poggio without hiccups, but as has been the case during his early weeks in Cofidis colours, he was left without a lead-out over the other side. Milan-San Remo was a disappointment for me because I was up there in the final and I really wanted to win but I could only manage to finish in sixth place, Bouhanni said. I wasnt expecting that, I was hoping for a lot more. But the season is still long and there are still other nice races to come. You can read more at More...
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...
Tinkoff-Saxo to announce decision on Riis this Sunday
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Oleg Tinkov has revealed that the Tinkoff-Saxo team will make an announcement about the future of Bjarne Riis at 7:00pm CET on Sunday, a few hours after the Gent-Wevelgem race. Tinkov made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday morning from Japan, where the Russian team owner is currently on holiday with his family. My dear @ tinkoff_saxo fans. Tomorrow @ 1900 CET Will Our Official Press Release Regarding the Best Sport Director.Wish Tomorrow # gentwevelgem the tweet reads.ADVERTISEMENT The Tinkoff-Saxo team refused to give any further details on what would be revealed, insisting it was focused on its busy racing programme in Belgium and Spain. Peter Sagan will lead Tinkoff-Saxo at Gent-Wevelgem, while Alberto Contador is fighting for a place on the podium at the Volta a Catalunya. Another squad is also in action at the Critrium International this weekend. It is unclear if Riiss contract as team manager will be terminated or if Riis and Tinkov have patched up their differences and will continue to work together. However on Friday Tinkov wrote on Twitter: We're Super TEAM, and minus1 will not change nothing. The Tinkoff-Saxo team has denied that the decision to suspend Riis was due to a lack of results or for financial issues, with the tension and disagreement apparently due to a contrast in personalities. However the Russian team has won just two races so far this season, with Contador taking a stage at the Ruta del Sol and Peter Sagan winning stage six at Tirreno-Adriatico. Contador was only fifth overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, while Sagan has landed lots of placing but finished fourth in Milan-San Remo and was only 30th in Fridays E3 Harelbeke after being unable to respond to Geraint Thomass late attack. You can read more at More...
Dhoore seeks Gent-Wevelgem triumph
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Women's World Cup leader Jolien Dhoore will lead the Wiggle Honda team in Sundays Gent-Wevelgem race with a strong supporting cast that includes Chloe Hosking, Amy Roberts, Eileen Roe and Anna Christian. Jolien Dhoore, who skips the second round of the World Cup in Italy, has prioritised the Belgian Classics this season and has hit the ground running with a win in Omloop van het Hageland as well as the first round of the World Cup at Ronde van Drenthe in Holland. The season has been a great start so far and Ive two big wins under my belt already. A lot of that is because of how well the team has helped me and theyve made it a lot easier for me, she told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT The plan from the start of the season was to ride Gent-Wevelgem because that was one of my biggest goals together with the Tour of Flanders. Having the World Cup leaders jersey doesnt change the fact that Ill do Gent-Wevelgem because we have a strong team to do (Trofeo Afredo) Binda, and thats not my sort of race. I prefer the Belgian classics and thats why Im in the team. The World Cup overall wasnt a main goal at the start of the season but obviously I wanted to go for a World Cup win. Ive got that already and now Im going to look at the Tour of Flanders for another. Dhoore upsurge in form has coincided with overall improvements at Wiggle Honda in the last few weeks. The team signed a raft of new riders at the start of the year and at the Tour of Qatar they were still finding their feet while Boels Dolmans set up a number of stage wins and the overall title with Lizzie Armitstead. You can read more at More...
E3 Harelbeke crashes take toll on peloton
March 29, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The narrow, cobbled roads of Belgium took their toll on the peloton on Friday during E3 Harelbeke, with multiple pile-ups sending riders to hospital and knockingFabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) out of the Classics with two fractured vertebrae. The list of injured was long, with several now unable to ride Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) crashed in the final 20 kilometres, but the BMC rider was able to remount after several minutes and finish the race. His team, however, stopped contributing to the chase when their leader went down, possibly affecting the final outcome of the race. Cannondale-Garmins Sebastian Langeveld crashed heavily in a major pile-up that took place about 40km into the race. The Cannondale-Garmin team leader for the race was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, according to his team.ADVERTISEMENT His known injuries include contusions and abrasions to his right elbow and shoulder and a severe contusion to his right knee, the team stated in an email to Cyclingnews. Sebastian will continue to be monitored by team medical staff tonight for additional injuries, and he will undergo further imaging tomorrow. Diretor Andreas Klier said the team went to plan B after losing the designated leader for the race, setting up Jack Bauer, Dylan Van Baarle and Kristjian Koren in the finale. Because of the excellent help from Lasse [Norman Hansen], Kristoffer [Skjerping], Alan [Marangoni] and Ted [King] they were able to save a lot of energy for the last part of the race, Klier said. In the final, a perfect lead out from Dylan helped Jack to sprint on to place eighth. You can read more at More...
Ben King holds lead at Criterium International (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PORTO-VECCHIO, France (AP) -- Ben King retained the overall lead at the Criterium International after Fabio Felline and Bob Jungels secured a 1-2 finish for the Trek Factory Racing team in a short time trial on Saturday. More...
Russia's Sergei Chernetski wins penultimate Volta stage (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Sergei Chernetski of Russia pressed hard in a final sprint to win the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday while Richie Porte of Australia retained the overall lead. Chernetski just edged Julian Alaphilippe of France in a photo finish to claim the first World Tour win of his career, while Maciej Paterski of Poland came in third on the same time. ''I am not a sprinter and this stage has been very hard,'' said Chernetski, ''but today is my day. More...
Criterium International Cycling Results
March 28, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PORTO-VECCHIO, France (AP) " Results Saturday at the Criterium International:1. Ben King, United States, Team Cannondale-Garmin, 2 hours, 6 minutes, 43 seconds.2. Clement Saint-Martin, France, Team Marseille, 5 seconds behind.3.... More...
Ben King holds lead at Criterium International
March 28, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PORTO-VECCHIO, France (AP) " Ben King retained the overall lead at the Criterium International after Fabio Felline and Bob Jungels secured a 1-2 finish for the Trek Factory Racing team in a short time trial on Saturday.King won... More...
Ben King holds lead at Criterium International (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (22:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PORTO-VECCHIO, France (AP) -- Ben King retained the overall lead at the Criterium International after Fabio Felline and Bob Jungels secured a 1-2 finish for the Trek Factory Racing team in a short time trial on Saturday. More...
Russia's Sergei Chernetski wins 6th, penultimate Volta stage
March 28, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PORT AVENTURA, Spain (AP) " Sergei Chernetski of Russia pressed hard in a final sprint to win the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday while Richie Porte of Australia retained the overall lead.Chernetski just edged Julian... More...
Russia's Sergei Chernetski wins 6th, penultimate Volta stage (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
PORT AVENTURA, Spain (AP) -- Sergei Chernetski of Russia pressed hard in a final sprint to win the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday while Richie Porte of Australia retained the overall lead. More...
Valverde wins 5th stage, Porte leads Volta a Catalunya (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alejandro Valverde won the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Friday, while Richie Porte took the lead of the seven-day race. Valverde opened a gap ahead of a small group that included Porte and Alberto Contador on an ascent with 10 kilometers left. Heavy winds and work by Movistar and Sky to push the pace had already left then overall leader Bart De Clercq behind. More...
Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke classic; Cancellara hurt in crash (The Associated Press)
March 28, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
British rider Geraint Thomas won the E3 Harelbeke classic on Friday after launching a late attack, while three-time winner Fabian Cancellara sustained two minor fractures to his lower back after being caught in a crash. The 34-year-old Cancellara was among several riders downed in a mass crash on a cobblestone section about 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the race. Someone slammed the brakes and there was no way to go, just straight into it,'' said Cancellara, who will miss the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix classics. I fell so hard, and felt pain everywhere.'' Thomas, who rides for Sky, attacked Czech rider Zdenek Stybar and defending champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia with four kilometers (2.5 miles) to go and held on to win the World Tour race. More...
Games-Indonesia cuts back on SEA Games delegation (Reuters)
March 28, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Indonesia will send a reduced team of 500 to the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June, with cycling among the sports suffering a cut. Indonesia had planned to send 556 athletes to the biennial multi-sport event for the 11 nation bloc, but Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said a number of factors, including quotas from organisers, the removal of some sports, and focusing on genuine medal hopes, had resulted in the cut. Indonesia is targeting 70 gold medals at the event, with badminton expected to be one of their strongest suits. Indonesia is the most successful nation at the Southeast Asian Games having topped the medal table on 10 occasions, including nine times in an 11-event stretch until 1997. More...

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