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Australia's Michael Matthews wins Tour of Romandie prologue
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) " Michael Matthews of Australia won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue on Tuesday for his first victory of the season.Matthews was one second faster than Tom Bohli of Switzerland on the 4-kilometer... More...
Brandle ruled out of Giro d'Italia after Romandie collarbone break
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Matthias Brndles season was dealt a significant blow Tuesday when the Austrian crashed and broke his collarbone at the Tour de Romandie. The Trek-Segafredo rider was on the prologue course and riding reconnaissance when the fall took place. He was taken to a local hospital in Fribourg where x-rays confirmed a lateral collarbone-fracture to the left side. Trek-Segafredo later announced that the 28-year-old would have surgery on Wednesday and spend between seven to 10 days off the bike. The injury rules Brndle out of the Giro dItalia, where he would have been one of the possible contenders to win the opening time trial in Israel.ADVERTISEMENT "I am very disappointed. Mostly because I cannot help the team here and in the Giro. The crash was a really stupid one, Brandle said in series of Tweets. "I was focused on the first corner and didn't recognize a bump which brought me down from my handlebar. It was only 10km/h so I had no time to make a roll or something. I was really looking forward to racing the next weeks after a long training period where I put in everything. I believe I had it in my reach with this tricky parcours to go for the win with the training I did in the last weeks." At the finish in Fribourg, team directeur sportif Yaroslav Popovych added more details regarding the crash. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews: Romandie win has kick-started my season
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than a week after finishing fifth at La Flche Wallonne, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) provided another testament to his versatility with a winning ride in the prologue at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian was left gasping for air and unable to initially stand when he crossed the line in Fribourg but was soon on his way to the podium to celebrate his first win of the season. Aside from his result in Flche " and seventh in Milan-San Remo " Matthews had endured a difficult start to the season with a broken shoulder sustained in theOmloop Het Nieuwsblad and sickness disrupting his spring. His one-second win over surprise package Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) was just the tonic. "I think that was the kick I needed to get my season back on track," Matthews said at his winner's press conference.ADVERTISEMENT "After Flche I was happy with the result, especially because for a sprinter it's not really normal to finish fifth. I always loved that race and wanted to give it a try, but coming here and getting the win today was what I really needed for my confidence," he said. "It's my first win of the season so I'm just going to take a moment to enjoy today. Normally if I'm in a leader's jersey at a stage race I get too excited about the next days and forget about the feeling of actually winning." Matthews' pure speed and raw power have always opened up opportunities for him in prologues, and he memorably beat Tom Dumoulin in the corresponding event at Paris-Nice in 2016. This result, however, was a major morale booster for the Sunweb rider. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Planned revival of La Route de France cancelled
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The planned return of La Route de France, which was cancelled last year over date conflicts with other races, has been shot down by the withdrawal of a host community. La Route de France Fminine started in 2006 as a successor to the Tour de France Fminin, but last year failed in its bid to join the UCIWomen's WorldTour, and was cancelled because its date overlapped with the European Championships and SwedishWorldTour races inVrgrda. The six-stage UCI 2.1 event was set to take place this year from June 5-10. But race organiserHerv Gerardin posted on the race's Facebook page that the department of Nivre, which was due to post two stages, has declined to participate.ADVERTISEMENT "Having no alternative, I am forced within 7 weeks of the Grand Dpart to make an urgent decision,"Gerardin wrote. "It is with great bitterness that I made the decision this Sunday to cancel the 2018 edition of the Route de France Internationale Fminine. "I can only regret this surprising attitude, which disrespects the other communities that have engaged in hosting this event, but also for the partners, the media, the teams, the providers and all the staff of the organization." Gerardin stated that he has decided to forgo any future race plans. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Michele Scarponi remembered with mass ride in hometown of Filottrano
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year after Michele Scarponi's tragic death during an early morning training ride, his family, friends and 2000 cyclists remembered the former Italian rider on Sunday morning with a special sportif ride on the same country roads around Filottrano in the Marche region, where Scarponi trained and ultimately lost his life after being hit by a vehicle. Scarponi had been working on plans to create his own sportif event for when he retired. The event is a now a way of remembering him and helping to promote road safety, with his brother Marco and sister Silvia determined to create a memorial foundation in his name that will try to reduce the number of deaths of cyclists and pedestrians on Italian roads. Scarponi's parents Flavia and Giacomo have found strength in the support and commemoration of the Astana team, the Italian peloton and the wider cycling community. On Friday they travelled to Innsbruck in Austria, for the final stage of the Tour of the Alps to attend a memorial mass near where Scarponi won the opening stage of last year's race. Scarponi was also remembered before Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Italian RAI television showed an intimate and moving portrait of Scarponi produced by Italian journalist Alessandra di Stefano.ADVERTISEMENT Marco Scarponi held back the emotions of losing his brother during the memorial programme to make a call for improved road safety. "Everything has changed since that fateful April 22 of last year. Yet in truth nothing has changed, it's only changed for us, his family. People are still dying on the roads, cyclists are still dying and pedestrians are still dying. So I ask: What did my brother's death change? Nothing yet. What are we doing What are they doing? Nothing yet," Marco Scarponi said. "I don't think we can accept that people die out on the roads in such violent ways. We can't accept it anymore. We can't accept that there isn't an institution or a state-run association that helps the children and families left behind. Without my uncle being at the scene of Michele's accident by chance, we would have found out via Facebook. " Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos undergoes surgery for collarbone fracture
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
European champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) will miss a month of racing after crashing in Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday and fracturing her collarbone. The Dutch rider had successful surgery to repair the break and will be confined to indoor training for the coming weeks. "I won't be racing during the next four weeks, which means I will have to miss the GP Elsy Jacobs, Trofee Maarten Wijnants and the Wielerfestival Aalburg," the Waowdeals leader said. "The altitude training which I had planned during the second half of May doesn't seem to be jeopardised. It is expected that I can pick up where I left off somewhere in June. It's disappointing that things don't go as planned " I was nicely easing into the pace " but fortunately, the season is still long."ADVERTISEMENT Vos described the incident, which happened in the crux of the race with just over 20km to go. "It was going hard in the run-up to the next climb, the Roche-Aux-Faucons as everyone wanted to be well positioned," Vos said. "There was a crash on the left-side of the road in a short descent. I was on the other side and saw Jeanne (Korevaar) take a tumble in a soft turn to the right. The group was startled which made me crash and roll-over, landing on my right-hand side." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANS, Belgium (AP) " Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season.Just... More...
Van der Breggen: I love to see the others take initiative
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) took her fourth UCI Women's WorldTour victory of the year at Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday. She caught solo attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final and powered away on the uphill finish. After the race, van der Breggen gave credit to Spratt's attack just after the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, breaking free just as two groups had come together. "It was a really good attack from Amanda. I was with Megan in the group, and of course you want to go across, but you don't want to go too early and spend too much energy. There were some attacks, but I knew the hard climb of Saint-Nicolas was still coming up and waited for that." Spratt was aware that there would be attacks on the Saint-Nicolas and said after the race that she tried to maximise her advantage ahead of the climb. "It was a good moment to attack, and the gap kept going up. I knew I needed a fair chunk of time on the second-last climb [Saint-Nicolas, ed.] as people like Ashleigh and Anna would attack there. I was just hoping to hang on to the top."ADVERTISEMENT Although Spratt did manage to crest the Saint-Nicolas first, she got company soon after. And with van der Breggen bridging to her, the Australian knew that winning the race would be hard. "She is the world number one for a reason. I thought maybe I had a chance to stick with her and get her in the sprint. I knew it was only Ashleigh and Annemiek behind, so I could sit on and hope to stay on her wheel. But she just drilled it up the final climb, and I didn't have anything left." Despite missing out on the victory, the past week was a successful one for Spratt as she also finished third in the Amstel Gold Race and fifth in the Flche Wallonne. "I was sick during the cobbled classics and missed some races and training. But in the end it was a blessing in disguise as I was fresh going into the Ardennes races, and these were the ones I really wanted to go well in. Last year top-30 was good for me, and now I'm top-five in all three, so I'm super-happy." The expectations on van der Breggen were markedly higher going into the week: Having won all three Ardennes races in 2017, she was the rider everyone watched. She acknowledged the challenge in her post-race interview. "It's difficult to be good when everybody expects you to be good. But I try not to listen too much to it, to enjoy the race and see how it goes. Then the pressure is less in your mind. I knew the training was going well, and I felt better than last year. But I'm not the only one, the whole peloton is improving, and that's great to see. It was difficult to win today, so I'm happy we could take it." " Voxwomen (@Voxwomen) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jungels follows Andy Schleck's wheel tracks for victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History repeated itself in the best way possible for Bob Jungels on Sunday as the Quick-Step Floors racer netted Lige-Bastogne-Lige. It was his first Monument victory, but in an almost identical fashion to Luxembourg's previous win in La Doyenne with Andy Schleck nine years ago. In one of Lige-Bastogne-Lige's most exciting finales in years, Jungels stormed away over the top of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons, the same climb where Schleck launched his winning, lone attack, nine years ago, 19 kilometres from the finish. Clad in the Luxemburg's national champions jersey, Jungels slowly but steadily carved out a winning margin that reached nearly a minute at one point. The advantage sagged dramatically to a third of that on the Cote de Saint-Nicolas, but then expanded again on the long draggy ascent to Ans, and which allowed him to celebrate his first-ever Monument win.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm a bit tired, and feeling very emotional and very proud about having won this Doyenne for the team," Jungels said afterwards. "Being so close to Luxembourg is something special too. "Yes, it was an early attack, but I think I wouldn't have had such a good chance in a sprint against [Alejandro] Valverde. There were other, faster guys there too in the main group. So I used my time trialling skills to make it to the finish." His success with a long-range attack was, he said, yet more proof that a lot of races have been won and lost this year by not waiting until the final kilometres. "We saw it again on Wednesday at Flche Wallonne, where a lot of teams came under pressure by our making the race hard from a certain point onwards" - as Quick Step did in Lige, too, with Philippe Gilbert on the Redoute and again on the Roche aux Faucons. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vincenzo Nibali: It will be a very unusual Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He came, he smiled and took some selfies with fans, he stood on a podium and he left: Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) paid a lightning-fast visit to the Lige-Bastogne-Lige presentation on Saturday, but it was enough to garner the Sicilian some of the biggest cheers of all from the fans present and to remind his rivals that on Sunday, the Shark Of Messina will once again be on the prowl. Last Wednesday, Nibali's attack over the first of three ascents of the Mur effectively lit the touch paper for a series of challenges to Alejandro Valverde's domination, and his long breakaway was instrumental in the wearing down process of the Movistar Team as well. Nibali was caught at the foot of the final ascent of the Mur, but combined with his stunning victory in Milano-Sanremo, his high profile attack at the Tour of Flanders and his long history of Classics success, nobody is ruling out an even more sustained, dangerous attack by the Italian on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT And Nibali received the warmest of welcomes from the crowds at Saturday's team presentation, too. This could well be because Lige's Italian connections are more than well established, both as a city and a race. Until very recently, Lige has had a centuries-old tradition of Italians migrating there to work in its industries, and the climb to Saint-Nicolas has long been nicknamed 'the Italian corner' because of the number of Nibali's compatriots who have settled in that part of Liege. Nibali's relationship with Lige-Bastogne-Lige is a lengthy and intense one too, with 2018 his 13th participation. As he recounted in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday, Lige was the first Monument he took part in and he was dropped on the Haut Leve climb, getting so tired in the process that he said, "my ears were dragging along the ground." He finally finished the race but in 113th position, dead last on the day. In 2012, though, Nibali was almost at the opposite end of the results sheet when he launched a dangerous late attack. He was caught and passed by Maxim Iglinskiy on the drag towards the finish in Ans, however, with the Italian finally settling for second. And although Nibali says that losing to Iglinskiy was a defeat that "still burns", it was also an indicator of what he was capable of doing in a race like Lige-Bastogne-Lige. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the beginning, it was a small chip on Sam Gaze's shoulder. And that chip morphed into rage. And the rage created an incandescent energy. And that energy was the difference between second and first; between silver and gold. But... More...
Weekend Warrior: 'Crazy' cyclist Emma Hadley now an inspiration
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Emma Hadley was quite busy last year. She set a new women's record for four laps of Lake Taupo (25 hours and 56 minutes), won two golds in cycling at last year's World Masters Games, finished 15th in the amateur world championships... More...
Cycling: George Bennett wraps up Tour of the Alps with second place finish on final stage, earns fifth overall
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has claimed his best result of the 2018 season, earning fifth overall in the Tour of the Alps after another quality showing on the final stage.For the second straight day, Bennett finished second on the stage, in... More...
O'Connor excited for Giro d'Italia debut after breakthrough Tour of the Alps
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben O'Connor headed home from the Tour of the Alps with the best young rider's white jersey and bucket loads of confidence as he prepares for his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia. The 22-year-old from Western Australia won stage 3 to Merano with an impressive solo attack after the climbs of the day. He then kept his head, finished fifth in Innsbruck and so even moved up to seventh overall, 1:33 down on overall winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). "To get the reward as best young rider is brilliant," he told Cyclingnews happily, as he checked his hair in the reflection of his soigneur's sunglasses for his moment on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "It's always great for young guys like me to aim towards goals but winning a stage at a race like the Tour of the Alps is extremely difficult if you're young like I am. Success takes time, as does GC racing. To be good every single day is bloody hard." O'Connor revealed he even overcame a late, nerve-racking puncture. "I felt really relaxed. I don't know why. Maybe because it was confidence, maybe it was just the demeanour of being generally more relaxed about how you ride things. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclist Alexander Ray 'into repair mode' after horrific injuries from crash
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The elite cyclist who is in an induced coma after colliding with a car is "into repair mode" and has had his jaw operated on. Alexander Ray was taken to Auckland Hospital Wednesday morning in a critical condition. The incident occurred... More...
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and controversy:1991: Armstrong is the U.S. amateur national champion at the age of 20.1992: Turns pro and finishes last in his debut race in San Sebastian, Spain.1993: Wins world... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong settles US$100m US government lawsuit for less
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has reached a US$5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought US$100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories... More...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour... More...
Simon Wilson: Anti-cycling rage stirrers are dangerous
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Like many things, cycling in Auckland doesn't attract quite the same level of mouth-frothing rage as it does in London. I'm discounting social media in saying that, of course, but I don't think we have the equivalent of Father Michael... More...
Cycling: George Bennett finishes second on fourth stage of Tour of the Alps
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is inching ever closer to his first stage victory as a professional cyclist.The 28-year-old New Zealander has claimed second place on stage four of the Tour of the Alps, escaping from the bunch in the final kilometres... More...

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