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Whanganui teenager Finnegan Murphy wins maiden road race cycle trophy
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Teenager Finnegan Murphy claimed the coveted Couchman Cup for his maiden trophy win at the Wanganui Cycling Club's annual event on Saturday.The 15-year-old gave a glimpse of the enormous potential he has over the 66km course from... More...
Poels back in training after collarbone surgery
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Only nine days after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice, Wout Poelsis back on the home trainer and hopes to be back in the Team Sky line-up for Amstel Gold Race in April. The Dutchman had gone into Paris-Nice as co-leader with Sergio Henao. Poels won the stage 4 individual time trial, which moved him from 17th to second in GC, only 15 seconds behind race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Only two stages later, however, he crashed on a high-speed descent, leaving the race with the fractured collarbone, cuts to his left knee and chest trauma. He flew to England where he underwent surgery, and now has started his training again. "The operation went well and now I'm back on the bike," he tweeted, along with a photo of himself on the trainer indoors.ADVERTISEMENT The 30-year-old is said to be aiming to join the team for altitude training on Tenerife later this month and ride Amstel Gold. Poels had been foreseen as a back-up to Chris Froome in the Giro dItalia, and had said he would be prepared to serve as team leader should Froomes salbutamol case lead to a ban. You can read more at More...
DCMS select committee may yet call further hearings
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two weeks after the DCMS Parliamentary select committee report into anti-doping created shock waves across British sport, a member of the committee has told Cyclingnews that there may yet be more revelations to come. Giles Watling, MP for Clacton and a member of the DCMS select committee since September last year, revealed that "there may be further hearings" in the future. "It's entirely possible," he said. "If further evidence arises we could look at it."ADVERTISEMENT "You can never say that it's case closed,'" Watling added. "It's for other agencies to get involved. That may include the judiciary." The fall out from the findings of the DCMS report, at least within cycling, has been significant. The key implication, that Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins used tactical TUEs to gain a performance advantage, was met with derision and dismay, with many calling for Dave Brailsford to resign and for both Brailsford and Wiggins to be stripped of their knighthoods. You can read more at More...
Nairo Quintana on good form for Volta a Catalunya but says Valverde is likely better
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will start the Volta a Catalunya as co-leaders of the Movistar squad, but Quintana has recognised that Valverde's form could well prove to be the stronger at this point in the season. Quintana's comment is the first indication of how the Movistar hierarchy of leaders may play out in a race in which both Valverde and the Colombian have shone in the past. Although Quintana has raced less than Valverde and the Volta is his first European race of the season, both have won the week-long Catalan stage race, Quintana in 2016 and Valverde in 2017. As if that was not enough of a strong hand, Movistar also have up-and-coming local racer Marc Soler, third overall last year in the Volta a Catalunya and the recent winner of Paris-Nice with a spectacular long-range, last-stage attack, in their line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Soler told reporters on the eve of the race that his role in the Volta this year would be one of domestique deluxe, helping Valverde and Quintana to get into a winning position "and then one of them could finish it off." A partial answer as to which of the two leaders might be the stronger came from Quintana on Sunday evening, who said, "We're both in good condition, and we'll start as co-leaders with equal levels of responsibility. But I'm sure Alejandro is in better form than me, and if I have to help him, I will." Valverde was less forthright, saying "we're all in good form, and the race will decide what happens. We've got a great team, but the others aren't lacking in top names. Sky, for example, have a great line-up for this kind of Volta, with a lot of climbing in it. You can read more at More...
Niewiadoma takes inspiration from Nibali with daring Trofeo Alfredo Binda attack
March 19, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
23-year-old Katarzyna Niewiadoma earned her first victory in a one-day UCI Women's WorldTour race and the first with her new Canyon-SRAM team in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday. Although she has been on the podium of all three 2017 Ardennes Classics and second in Strade Bianche three years in a row, the top step of the podium in a Classic had eluded Niewiadoma and her team until now. Two weeks ago, Niewiadoma put in a spirited chase at the Strade Bianche, but it was too late to catch eventual winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans). In the Ronde van Drenthe last weekend, Alexis Ryan came up just short against Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) in the final sprint. In the Trofeo Binda, everything went to plan for Canyon-SRAM and Niewiadoma, giving the team its first one-day WorldTour win since the series was created in 2016. "My victory was because of an amazing team. We always had control over the race, stayed calm, and things went exactly as we planned. It's amazing that we were able to put our plan into practice."ADVERTISEMENT Just as at the Strade Bianche, Niewiadoma's teammate Alena Amialiusik was part of the first dangerous move when she broke away together with Ane Santesteban (Al Cipollini) and Elinor Barker (Wiggle High5) on the penultimate lap, with 42km to go. This meant that the Pole could keep her powder dry in the peloton behind. "We were playing different cards throughout the race. This meant I could be relaxed, wait for my moment, and save my energy for the last climb. The girls were amazing, in the front all the time and attacking to make the race hard. We wanted to get a small group and then create the final move from there." On the final lap, Niewiadoma went into action. She put in a first attack on the short, steep climb to Casale in order to whittle down the rather large peloton, catching the front quartet with Amialiusik in the process. A group of about a dozen riders started the final climb to Orino together, and Niewiadoma waited patiently before taking a big, long turn at the front to ride everyone off her wheel. After the top of the climb, the Pole continued on without second thought. She said that she had been inspired by a similar all-or-nothing attack in the men's Milan-San Remo the day before. "We were watching Milan-San Remo, and we saw Nibali's move where he attacked and never looked back. He mentioned that afterwards in the interview that he just went all-out and wanted to give all that he had left in his legs. And I thought that was so inspiring, to just do everything you can and keep on going, never looking back. I am so, so happy to deliver this victory to the team after this great effort." You can read more at More...
Quick-Step come away empty-handed from Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the discussion and prognostication in the week leading up to Milan-San Remo, when it came to Quick-Step Floors all the talk, as always, was of 'options' or 'cards to play'. As it was, they came away from the first Monument of the season with nothing to show for their superior strength in depth, with Elia Viviani their highest finisher in 19th. Viviani was one of three nominal leaders in a squad that also included last year's third placed Julian Alaphilippe and two-time podium finisher Philippe Gilbert. While Viviani would wait for a bunch sprint on the Via Roma, Gilbert and Alaphilippe could go on the attack on the Cipressa or Poggio climbs. Even without Fernando Gaviria, fifth last year but ruled out this time with a broken hand, they seemed to have all bases covered.ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert, however, was out of the running before the Poggio had begun after being held up by Mark Cavendish's heavy crash. Even before that, hopes of emulating last year's Tour of Flanders victory with a long-range attack had been scuppered by the headwind blowing up the Ligurian coast. "When Cavendish crashed, I was just behind him and managed to somehow squeeze and make it through, but lost some positions and couldn't return to the front, as the bunch was going full gas," Gilbert said. "Before the race, I thought about trying something from afar, but with the strong headwind on the Cipressa it was impossible, there really wasn't any opportunity to attack. I'll take from this race the fact that I felt good, despite the rain and the cold temperatures, and look now with optimism to my next races." You can read more at More...
Forca-Amskins and Manan lead Malaysian hopes at Tour de Langkawi
March 18, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
At the end of last season, Anuar Manan's cycling career was at a crossroads. The 31-year-old's four seasons with Malaysian Continental team Terengganu had unexpectedly come to an end, leaving him in search of a ride for 2018. In March of last year, the foundations were laid for a new Malaysian Continental team created by Faiz Syarifuddin and Farooq Meer. Manan, the only Malaysian stage winner of the Tour de Langkawi, would be the figurehead of the set-up. In October, Malaysian sports drink company Forca became the title sponsor and the progress was accelerated to ensure the team would be racing in 2018 under a Continental license. "Last year I rode with TSG and we had planned with my CEO a new Continental team that we wanted to set up," Manan told Cyclingnews of the team's creation. "At the end of 2017, I found out I didn't have a contract with TSG so we planned to make a team for 2018. TSG made the decision at the last minute because they wanted me to become staff on the team but I feel like I am not ready to retire. We started a bit early with the Continental team because we had the budget and my CEO had contact with a sponsor and everything so we just started."ADVERTISEMENT An important component in setting up the team was forging a new and unique identity separate from the other two Malaysian Continental teams, Sapura and TSG. "In March we came up with the idea of forming the Continental team. We have the riders, technical expertise and also race experience with guys like Faiz Syarifuddin and from there we came up with a proposal and we started looking for sponsors," Meer told Cyclingnews in Alor Seltar. "It was important to start fresh because we bring all the experience from previous teams and everything we had and we wanted to correct everything and whatever went wrong. We wanted to create something new. We wanted a team that was based on the sprint experience of Anuar and we wanted to go forward from there." You can read more at More...
Cycling: Mark Cavendish sent airborne after crashing into bollard during race
March 17, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
British road racing cyclist Mark Cavendish was sent flying over his handlebars today after colliding with a traffic bollard in Italy.Competing in the Milano Sanremo, the cyclist was riding along quickly when he hit the bollard and... More...
Nibali wins Milan-San Remo classic with solo attack
March 17, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN REMO, Italy (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali carried off a daring solo attack to win the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday and add to his long list of major cycling achievements.The Italian rider accelerated away from the pack on the... More...
Cavendish suffers brutal crash in Milan-San Remo
March 17, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
MarkCavendish suffered another serious crash in Milan-San Remo, his third bad fall of the young 2018 season.The Dimension Data rider was relatively well positioned with just under 10km to go near the foot of the Poggio, but as the peloton parted at a traffic divider, Cavendish ran out of room to avoid it and took a direct impact. The waist-high bollard launched Cavendish through the air, and he somersaulted, landing heavily on his back. Cavendish started the season off with a stage win in the Dubai Tour, but crashed on the first stage of the AbuDhabiTour, suffering a concussion and whiplash when the race's lead vehicle suddenly slowed when its automatic braking system engaged, leading to the chain-reaction crash.ADVERTISEMENT He returned for Tirreno-Adriatico, but crashed again in the opening team time trial and was out of the race, having missed the time cut. He suffered a broken rib, facial lacerations and scraped hands, knees and hips in the fall, but was deemed fit to start Milan-SanRemo. He was tucked nicely in the middle of the peloton as it sped toward the Poggio in the last 10km of Milan-SanRemo when at the exit of a roundabout, he ran out of room to avoid a large bollard. Dimension Data announced on Twitter that he was being assessed by the medical team before the race ended. Cyclingnews will update this report with more information as it is available. You can read more at More...
Cycling: Lesson must be learned: cycling boss
March 15, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's top track cyclists got a tough wake-up call at the world championships this month, according to high performance boss Martin Barras.They were guilty of a degree of complacency which bit them hard in the Netherlands,... More...
Simon Wilson: What's the real reason Mt Eden retailers are opposed to bigger bus stops?
March 15, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
One afternoon late last year I had a meeting with a man in downtown Auckland. He was late. Then he rang to ask, where was he supposed to park? He said he had been driving round and round and there weren't any parks anywhere.Where... More...
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's plan for a regional petrol tax for Auckland gaining support
March 15, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's plan to raise the price of petrol to tackle the city's transport crisis is gaining support.Half of Aucklanders back a regional petrol tax of 11.5 cents a litre near the halfway point of consultation on... More...
Mike Hosking: Memo, council planners - get your hands off my car
March 14, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
My first piece of advice is don't call your building Daisy.Daisy is the name of a cat or dog - not a building.Buildings should have bold names like The Empire, or The Statesman.Mind you, they could have called it anything, it... More...
Helmet-optional cycle planned through Wellington
March 14, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cyclists wanting to make a statement against current helmet laws and the state of infrastructure will be riding the streets of Wellington bare-headed on Saturday.A new cycling advocacy group, Choice Biking, is pushing for a reform... More...
Cycling: Kiwi rider George Bennett - Chris Froome is a distraction
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Top Kiwi road cyclist George Bennett believes Chris Froome shouldn't be allowed to compete while he awaits the outcome of an ongoing doping investigation.Bennett has finished ninth overall in the Tirreno Adriatico in Italy, a week... More...
Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis takes final stage
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Tuesday after an impressive time trial on the final stage, which was won by Rohan Dennis.Kwiatkowski started the individual time trial... More...
Kwiatkowski leads Tirreno-Adriatico with 1 stage left
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FANO, Italy (AP) " Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race and Michal Kwiatkowski remained in the overall lead on Monday ahead of the closing time trial.Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by... More...
Nice to host opening stage of 2020 Tour de France
March 13, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The 2020 Tour de France will begin in Nice.The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981.Cycling's biggest race last stopped there in 2013... More...
Yates wins 5th stage with solo, Kwiatkowski moves into lead
March 11, 2018 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FILOTTRANO, Italy (AP) " Adam Yates soloed to victory in the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Sunday, while Michal Kwiatkowski finished third to take the overall lead with just two stages remaining.Yates attacked with... More...

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