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US Cycling hires longtime Aussie coach for endurance program
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) " USA Cycling has hired longtime Team Australia coach Gary Sutton to oversee its endurance program, which won a world championship in team pursuit and two silver medals at the Rio Olympics.Sutton had... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Results on Monday in the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 158 kilometers (98 miles) from Prades to Andorra La Vella, with a pair of Category 1 climbs followed by a Category 21. Vincenzo Nibali,... More...
Froome takes Spanish Vuelta lead as Nibali wins 3rd stage
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the overall lead after a strong run in the first mountain stage on Monday.Froome was... More...
Chris Froome set for moment of truth at Vuelta Espana after preserving general classification lead
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion holds a two-second lead ahead of a brutal finish on Wednesday More...
Morkov signs two-year contract with Quick-Step Floors
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michael Morkov is set to move to Quick-Step Floors for 2018 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The Danish rider has been racing in the colours of Katusha-Alpecin for the past two seasons and will slot into the teams Classics line-up as well as providing support for the teams sprinters, Fernando Gaviria and fellow new-signing Elia Viviani. Morkov, 32, explained that the chance to ride with the team was one that he couldnt pass up. I have always been interested in this team and when [team manager] Patrick [Lefevere] came with the offer to ride with them for the next two years I couldnt refuse it, Morkov said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT Its a team you admire and always look at in the races as competing rider. But most importantly, Patrick and the squad always seem to get the most out of every rider. Also, riders of my age have progressed in this team, so I believe this move can help me progress as a rider. I have been happy with the last two seasons at Katusha, with the results we have created together, which makes me even more motivated to finish off this season strong before moving to my new team. Morkov began on the track, where he earned a team pursuit silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. On the road, he spent four seasons with the Continental outfit Team GLS before stepping up to professional level with Saxo Bank in 2009. He had two national time trial titles and one in the road race as well as a stage victory at the 2013 Vuelta a Espaa. He moved to Katusha last season, where he has predominantly worked for Alexander Kristoff in the lead-out train. Im really excited with how the outfit is looking for the next seasons, especially with the likes of Gaviria and Viviani, as I think I can offer them both a lot in the sprints, he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lampaert leads Vuelta as riders face winds, passing train
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GRUISSAN, France (AP) " Yves Lampaert took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday after winning the second stage which saw strong winds, crashes and even a brief wait for a passing train.Quick-Step Floors rider Lampaert... More...
New Zealand brewery cans Armstrong ad campaign
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " A New Zealand brewery has canned a planned advertising campaign featuring disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong.Lion Breweries flew Armstrong to New Zealand last year to film the campaign for... More...
BMC Racing wins team time trial to open Spanish Vuelta
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NIMES, France (AP) " Team BMC Racing won the time trial that opened the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, with Australian rider Rohan Dennis taking the early overall lead.BMC won the 13.7-kilometer (8.5-mile) stage in the French city... More...
Chris Froome moves into Vuelta Espana top 10 with high hopes going into mountainous stage three
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion moved through the pack to be 21 seconds off the lead More...
Roche 'disgusted' to find out about Sanchez positive
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing rider Nicolas Roche has said that he was disgusted to find out that his teammate Samuel Sanchez had failed an anti-doping test. Sanchez returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance GHRP-2 " a growth hormone-releasing peptide " in an out-of-competition test on August 9 and was informed of the result just two days before the Vuelta a Espana got underway in Nimes. Writing in his daily diary for the Irish Independent, Roche - who is riding the Vuelta a Espana - described the emotion on the team bus after the news was made public. The team had been out on a pre-race training ride when Sanchez received the fateful phone call, Roche had initially been told to wait up for his teammate, but Sanchez returned to the hotel where he promptly packed to go home. "Just before lunch, we were all summoned onto the team bus for a team meeting. This often happens at races, so I didn't think much of it until the directeur sportif made his announcement, Roche wrote in the diary published on Saturday. "Immediately the questions started: the most common one being, "What the f**k?" After the initial shock, I was disgusted, and I have to say there were a lot of angry riders on the bus."ADVERTISEMENT Roche said that there were plenty of questions following the news, but none of us had any answers. We just couldn't understand it. Roche is racing his first season with BMC Racing after switching to the American-registered squad from Team Sky over the winter. He wrote that he had developed a good rapport with Sanchez across the few races that they had done together, but that there was no way to tell that anything was untoward. "Some of the other guys know him better than I do but having raced against him for years, we often chatted about our mutual interest in cars and motorsport, and he seemed to be a really nice guy. But that's the thing," he said. You can't tell just by talking to somebody whether they dope or not. It's not like the guys who dope talk about it. They don't rock up to the breakfast table and say, 'Hey guys, I did growth hormones.' You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rodriguez predicts serious attacks on Vuelta's first major mountain stage in Andorra
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
TheVuelta a Espaa's first major incursion into the mountains on Monday is certain to cause fireworks among the GC riders, predicts former multiple Vuelta podium finisher and longstanding Andorra resident Joaquim Rodriguez. The stage features 3,000 metres of climbing and has a 20-kilometre ascent of the long, but not excessively tough, first category Col de La Perche in France early on. As a result, the weakest riders could find themselves in trouble well before la Vuelta's stage 3 briefly dips into Spain and then, after a lengthy trek along a Pyrenean plateau, hooks back northwards into Andorra on the valley road from the Catalan frontier town of La Seu D'Urgell. However, Rodriguez, now an advisor with the Bahrain-Merida team, argues that it is the combination of the first category Col de la Rabassa, with its summit 28 kilometres from the finish and, above all, the second Category Alt de la Cornella, seven kilometres from the finish in Andorra la Vella, that can really do damage.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a strange stage, because normally we have summit finishes in Andorra, but this time, unprecedentedly, the finish is in the middle of town, and that'll make it more difficult and nervous than usual," Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. He concurs with the well worn theory that such an early mountain stage is not a day to win the Vuelta, but certainly one where it can see a GC rider's options go up in smoke for good. "If a rider finds themselves in trouble on the Rabassa, or even the Cornella, they can lose a heck of a lot of time in a very short distance." Tactically, too, the race could see some interesting developments, argues Purito, whose experience in Vuelta racing and stage routes does not just come from a lengthy career that ended last year. Rodriguez also co-designed the 2015 Vuelta stage in Andorra, dubbed the hardest ever stage in the modern-day history of Grand Tour racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alex Dowsett signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alex Dowsett will ride for Katusha-Alpecin in 2018 after agreeing terms with the Swiss-registered squad. The Briton joins Katusha after spending the past five years in the colours of Movistar. Dowsetts time at Movistar saw him land time trial victory at Saltara on the 2013 Giro dItalia and break the World Hour Record in May 2015, though opportunities to ride the Grand Tours were ultimately limited on the Spanish squad. Its so exciting for me to join this team. I had five amazing seasons with Movistar but it is time for a change and I look forward to joining Team Katusha Alpecin, Dowsett said.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has a different approach and I feel I can learn a lot. The nice thing for me is that I can stay on the phenomenal Canyon bikes. They were such a huge sponsor for me in the last years, and in my opinion, its the best bike. Katush-Alpecin has been active on the transfer market this summer, having already signed Marcel Kittel, Nathan Haas and Ian Boswell for the 2018 campaign as part of an extensive overhaul of its roster. Alexander Kristoff will leave Katusha for UAE-Emirates, but Tony Martin and Ilnur Zakarin both remain in situ in 2018. While Dowsett will continue to place considerable emphasis on time trialling " he is a five-time British champion in the discipline " he will also enjoy something of a new role at Katusha as part of Kittels lead-out train. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lion says 'on yer bike' to Lance Armstrong campaign
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Neil Reid Lion have scrapped its much-vaunted promotional campaign featuring drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.The brewing giants brought the disgraced cyclist to New Zealand late last year to film a marketing campaign with the working... More...
Donated bike a 'blessing' to Afghanistan boy Malid Rashidi living in Flat Bush, Auckland
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Most people wouldn't even think about it, but when Malid Rashidi rides his bicycle to and from school, he feels blessed.The 15-year-old lives in Flat Bush, Auckland, after moving to New Zealand from Afghanistan two years ago."We... More...
Olympic rowing champion selected in New Zealand cycling team
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has been selected in the New Zealand team to compete at the World Road Cycling Championships in Bergen, Norway next month.Bond teamed with Eric Murray to... More...
Ex-Olympic cycling champ Sanchez fails doping test
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Former Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez was suspended on Thursday after failing an out-of-competition doping test.The International Cycling Union said the Spanish rider for BMC Racing tested positive... More...
Froome favored to end run of 2nd places at Spanish Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " After winning the Tour de France for a fourth time, Chris Froome will try to break his run of second-place finishes at the Spanish Vuelta.Froome has finished the Vuelta as runner-up on three occasions, coming... More...
Cycling: Track champion Aaron Gate to make Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Former world track champion Aaron Gate will round out a four-man Kiwi contingent to contest cycling's third Grand Tour - Vuelta a Espana - starting this weekend.Gate, 26, who won the 2013 world omnium crown and finished second in... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Contador sees good and bad in opening time trial result
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) described himself as only partly satisfied with his opening team time trial result Saturday at the Vuelta a Espana, which saw his squad lose a hefty 35 seconds on BMC Racing Team. The difference with Team Sky was marginally less - 26 seconds - and exactly half the 52 seconds Contadors squad lost last year on the British squad in the opening team time trial in Galicia. But even so, as Contador recognised this was not the start he would have liked for his last-ever Grand Tour. In comparison with last year, its not so bad, but its still a lot of time, Contador said after the Nimes team time trial. Starting from behind is always a problem, but lets take this on the day by day. My team gave it everything theyve got, and we went as fast as we could.ADVERTISEMENT A ragged finale, though, did not allow Contadors team to maintain the promising early start to the TTT theyd made, although the Spaniard pointed out that one of the key things they wanted to avoid were crashes - and in that, theyd been successful. It was a very dangerous time trial course. This morning there were some crashes, and weve decided to take things as safely as possible. We preferred to lose a bit of time and be safer as a result, but its also true that 25 seconds are a lot of seconds. Contador expressed his thanks for the gestures of support he received along the way, but as he pointed out, I have two objectives here. One Im sure Ill get, and thats enjoying the race. The other one is to fight for it. And on that particular front, theres no denying his start in Nimes represents a setback. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes second Grand Tour lead of career in 2017 Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A little more than two years after he won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) has returned to the overall lead of another Grand Tour in the 2017 Vuelta a Espaas first team time trial. South American climber Darwin Atapuma led the Vuelta for BMC Racing last year for four days, and BMC won the opening team time trial in the somewhat-controversial opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta as well, with Peter Velits taking the first red jersey of the race. But for Dennis, after his setback at the Giro dItalia this May when injuries forced him to quit what was his big GC target of the season, leading the Vuelta a Espaa from the get-go represents the strongest of returns to Grand Tour racing.ADVERTISEMENT The first Australian, too, to lead the Vuelta since Michael Matthews back in 2014, Dennis insisted that he is not fighting for the overall in the Vuelta a Espaa as an initial goal, saying he is going for stage wins. But he qualified that a little by pointing out that if he is in a good position on GC, as he is now, hes hardly going to step on the brakes. Describing his season objectives, he said, It was always about the Giro for GC and the Vuelta is for stages. But in saying that, the first stage is in Andorra and Im going good there, Im not going to sit up. Im going to fight for a stage win. But if it doesnt work out, it doesnt matter. As for todays stage, speaking before the win, the 27-year-old Australian said, It was a hard course, very technical to start and we really had to tactically figure out if it was better to finish with nine or drop a few beforehand. It tested everything, it tested strength, technique, speed and handling. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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