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Froome warms up for Tour by winning Dauphine for 3rd time
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SUPERDEVOLUY, France (AP) " Chris Froome warmed up for the Tour de France by winning the Criterium du Dauphine stage race for the third time on Sunday.It may prove to be a good omen for Froome, because his other Dauphine wins were... More...
Sagan gets record 12th career Tour of Switzerland stage win
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAAR, Switzerland (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan earned a record 12th career win at the Tour of Switzerland, sprinting to a second-stage victory on Sunday. Juergen Roelandts of Belgium leads overall.On a second day of racing... More...
Michael Matthews set to sign for Giant-Alpecin
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews understands that Michael Matthews will ride for Giant-Alpecin in 2017. The Australian will head to the WorldTour team while John Degenkolb is likely to sign for Trek-Segafredo. Although no contracts can officially be signed or ratified until the UCIs official August 1 deadline, Cyclingnews has been told by sources that the Australian will leave his current team, Orica-GreenEdge, at the end of this year. Degenkolb has already been linked to Trek-Segafredo and is expected to take two or three teammates with him to the American team. Both Giant-Alpecin and Orica-GreenEdge managements remained tight-lipped when contacted by Cyclingnews and both Matthews and Degenkolb are expected to ride the Tour de France for their respective teams this season. Cyclingnews also understands that Giant have been working on signing Matthews for some time, believing that he is a stronger long-term prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews, 25, moved to Orica-GreenEdge in 2013 and won two stages in that years Vuelta. He had another breakthrough in the 2014 Giro dItalia, wearing the maglia rosa and winning a stage. In 2015 he won another stage in the race before finishing second at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently riding the Tour de Suisse, where he is looking to win stages ahead of the Tour de France. More on this story: Matthews to target stages in Tour de Suisse Contador to hold talks with Trek-Segafredo Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo Orica-GreenEdge are in the middle of re-signing riders for next season. Sources have added that Matthews has not re-signed with them, however, and Adam and Simon Yates, Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan are also all out of contract for next season. The team confirmed earlier this week that Orica would leave the sport at the end of 2017 but this appears unrelated to Matthews departure. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch Saint Francis Tulsa Tough livestream on Cyclingnews
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Saint Francis Tulsa Toughcriterium omnium, the 13th stop on USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour, starts Friday night with the Blue Dome Criterium, and you can watch all the weekend's action here on Cyclingnews.All times are Central Standard Time. The Blue Dome Criterium will take place on afigure-8 loop that is 1.1km long and has 25 feet of elevation gain per lap. The womens race will begin at 7:55 p.m. and the mens race will follow at 8:50 p.m. The Omnium will continue on Saturday with the Brady Arts District Criterium, where the peloton will face an L-shaped, 1.4km loop that is undulating with a descent into the last corner before the finish line. The womens race begins at 6:50 p.m. and the mens race is at 7:55 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Tulsa Tough will conclude on Sunday with the River Parks Criterium, which includes the challenging Crybaby Hill and a 120-degree corner. The course is 1.3km and includes 100 feet of climbing each lap. The women will race at 3:30 p.m. and the men at 4:35 p.m. Friday: Blue Dome Criterium " Women 7:55 / Men 8:50 p.m. CST Saturday:Brady Arts District Criterium " Women 6:50 / Men 7:55 p.m. CST Sunday: River Parks Criterium " Women 3:30 / Men 4:35 p.m. CST You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome retains Dauphine lead as Pinot wins penultimate stage
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MERIBEL, France (AP) " French climber Thibaut Pinot won the penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine after beating countryman Romain Bardet in a sprint finish Saturday, while defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome extended... More...
Criterium du Dauphine Results
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MERIBEL, France (AP) " Results Saturday in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, a high-mountain ride in the Alps from La Rochette to Meribel:1. Thibaut Pinot, France, FDJ, 4 hours, 24 minutes, 16 seconds.2. Romain Bardet,... More...
German cycling star Rudi Altig is dead at 79
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " The German cycling union says former star rider Rudi Altig has died of cancer. He was 79.Altig won Germany's last road world title in 1966. He won a total of 18 stages at the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia... More...
Cancellara takes yellow jersey in final Tour of Switzerland
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAAR, Switzerland (AP) " Home favorite Fabian Cancellara rode on rain-slicked roads to win the opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.Cancellara, the former world and Olympic champion in time trial, was... More...
Olympics: In hot pursuit of a medal
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The sight of Brendon Cameron armed with a stop watch on the inner rim of the Athens velodrome was a reassuring sub-plot to his partner Sarah Ulmer's individual pursuit gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.If not the power behind her... More...
Chris Froome seizes overall lead at Dauphine Libere
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VAUJANY, France (AP) " Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome seized the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after winning the fifth stage on Friday.Froome attacked with about 2 1/2 kilometers left, and his former teammate... More...
Hagen salutes injured Kiwi cyclist with Dauphin win
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Edvald Boasson Hagen won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphin today and paid his respects to Keagan Girdlestone afterwards, as the young Kiwi rider continues to work on recovery following his crash in Italy.Prompt action... More...
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22-rider field for 2016 - News Shorts
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22 rider field for 2016 The Arcitic Race of Norway on Friday announced the 22 teams that will compete in the 2016 race from August 11 through August 14. The 2016 field that takes the line in Fauske will feature 11 WorldTour teams " the most since the races inception in 2013 " seven Pro Continental teams and four Norwegian Continental squads.ADVERTISEMENT The Astana team of 2015 overall winner Rein Taaramae will return, as will the BMC squad of 2015 runner-up Sylvan Dillier and the katusha team of third-placed Ilnur Zakarin. FDJ will be making its first appearance in the race, along with Team Sky, and Trek Segadredo from the WorldTour ranks. British Pro Continental team One Pro Cycling will also be making its debut in the race this year. 11 UCI WorldTeams : You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Chris Froome is the stage 5 pick, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. After finishing only third in the prologue, Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been peppered with questions about his form ahead of the Tour de France. Alberto Contadors win on the opening day was as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for but since then the tables have slowly turned in Froomes favour. On the final climb of stage 5 the two rivals swapped more than just the leaders jersey " this was a psychological blow across Contadors bow as much as it was physical, because regardless of whether one is at 90 per cent or another is at 100 per cent, neither enjoys losing to the other. At the starts and finishes during this years race there has been a growing sense that Froome was just waiting for his moment to pounce. He couldnt wait to get stuck in. He raced at the front on every stage and when the opportunity was created he stamped authority on the race. ADVERTISEMENT "It's a really nice feeling to be back in yellow and to win a stage like that," he said at the finish. The race is far from won, however. Daniel Benson says: Froome and Sky have been criticised in the past for the manner in which they ride and win. There are multi-faceted reasons behind that but if you take the argument that they dominate races into submission then todays performance flew in the face of that. Instead of eight Sky riders on the front, the British team sat back and allowed Contadors squad to wear themselves out. Landas role was pivotal but in another sense inconsequential. He laid the groundwork for Froome but the strongest rider won. He just did it in a different " and somewhat more impressive " way. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin solidifies GC position at Dauphine with gutsy performance
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) may have missed out on the win duringstage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine but he put in a worthy ride to finish fourth and solidify his fourth place in the overall standings. On the climb to Vaujany, Martin was a constant feature in the front of the elite group of climbers and GC contenders. He threw in his own attack on the climb but when stage winner Chris Froome (Team Sky)attacked, the Irishman was forced to combine his efforts with Alberto Contador as the pair looked to limit their losses to the Sky rider and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). At the summit Martin finished fourth at 19 seconds, with Adam Yates edging him for third. The result leaves Martin fourth, 37 seconds behind Froome. "After the TT I knew I was in good condition on the climb so, it's nice to be able to race against those guys. When Chris went, it was like " whoa! His one-minute power is crazy, normally that's my kind of thing but I couldnt follow it." Martin has spent the last few weeks of training improving his stamina and endurance, with long rides at altitude. Today's climb ensured that the Irishman had to use his natural ability to raise the pace to good effect. "I haven't been doing any explosiveness at all. Maybe I got a little over excited when I attacked but I'm still trying to gauge whether the other riders might just let me go," he said. "I don't know whether Chris, Alberto and Richie were just watching each other, so I thought I gave it a good crack. The team put me in a great position at the bottom of the climb. It was just such an explosive effort the whole climb it was a long, hard, flat out the whole way up."ADVERTISEMENT Martin heads into the queen stage as a genuine contender for the race. That was clear the moment Contador chased him down. The Irishman will look for the opportunity to win a stage but a high place on the overall, possibly on the podium, is also a realistic aim. "I'm not going to give up a GC, but I'm also too close on GC for the others to let me go for a stage, so we'll just get through it and hopefully the weather's going to be good tomorrow and we'll see how it goes." If he is to win a stage, Martin may have to go head-to-head with Froome, who was simply unstoppable at Vaujany. "He went pretty hard. But I settled into a rhythm and expected them to stop and look at each other, but Chris and Richie both wanted to make time on Alberto. So it was an unusual climb, a different climb for a race like this. It was really explosive. But, I'm happy." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 highlights - Video
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) took control of the Criterium du Dauphine as he rode to victory on stage 5 in Vaujany.. The defending champion rode to the line with his former teammate Richie Porte (BMC) after attacking in the final kilometres and dropping the race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Froome and Porte went head to head in the final sprint for the line but the Australian was no match for Froome and had to settle for second.ADVERTISEMENT Contador lost some 21 seconds to Froome and Porte in the end, pushing him down to third overall. Watch the highlights above and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mountain Biking: Gaze wins Olympic spot for New Zealand
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sam Gaze has won the hotly contested men's cross-country mountain bike berth in the New Zealand Olympic team for Rio.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist has secured the sole spot ahead of the man who beat him in Glasgow, Anton... More...
Boasson Hagen wins Stage 4 at Dauphine Libere
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BELLEY, France (AP) " Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Thursday after coming out on top of a bunch sprint finish.The Norwegian edged Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe and Nacer Bouhanni... More...
Italian Fabio Aru wins 3rd stage of Dauphine Libere
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TOURNON-SUR-RHONE, France (AP) " Fabio Aru won the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Wednesday after a well-timed late breakaway.The 25-year-old Italian climber pulled clear 22 kilometers (13.5) miles from the end... More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Marcus Burghardt wins Cyclingnews rider of the day
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage fours Cyclingnews Rider of the Day was selected by BMC Racings Richie Porte. In one sense its quite poetic that Marcus Burghardts only win in the last six years has come via a team time trial. When he first broke through the German was earmarked for success and he won Gent-Wevelgem in 2007. A stage win in HTCs incredible 2008 Tour de France followed, along with two stages in the Tour de Suisse in 2010. Since then the 32-year-old has forged a career as a super domestique. Cadel Evans, Gilbert, van Garderen and now Richie Porte have all benefited from the riders sacrifices.ADVERTISEMENT On stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine, Burghardt did what he did best, lining out the bunch constantly in order to keep the pace high and protect his leader from danger. The efforts killed the chances of local hero " and who may well have been the rider our rider of the day under normal circumstances - Maxime Bouet who had been part of the break and almost held out for the win but thats cycling. Porte says: My teammate Marcus Burghardts ripped it apart in the last 20 kilometres. Hes such a strong guy and riders like him are so underrated and just such good bike riders. You dont always see that from the television perspective but hes my rider of the day. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lean, mean, Dauphine machine: Richie Porte podcast
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the eve of the Criterium du Dauphine's trio of mountain stages Cyclingnews travelled the BMC Racing team hotel to sit down and talk with Richie Porte. The Australian is currently sitting in third overall, six seconds down on race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Porte came into the race as one of the overall contenders and has hardly put a foot wrong in the race, however he did lose 9 seconds to rival Chris Froome when then peloton split at the end of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT In this exclusive interview Porte talks about his race so far, and how the mountainous stage 5 could play out. Porte also picks the Cyclingnews rider of the day. Spoiler alert, its one of his teammates. We also hear from Chris Froome after the Team Sky rider gained time on his rivals to move within four seconds of the race lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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