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BMC Racing of US wins team time trial title in Richmond
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) " Taylor Phinney roared to the front for BMC Racing as the team headed toward the finish line, thousands of fans lining both sides of the downtown boulevard created a tunnel of noise.All that cheering for an American... More...
Former world champ Cavendish withdraws after shoulder injury
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) " Former world champion Mark Cavendish of Britain has withdrawn from this year's championship after sustaining a shoulder injury at the Tour of Britain.Cavendish, who won the rainbow jersey in 2011, made a special... More...
UCI president Brian Cookson remains in cycling's crosshairs
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) " Perhaps it was fitting the election that delivered Brian Cookson the presidency of cycling's global governing body was embroiled in controversy, considering that's been the hallmark of the sport for decades.In... More...
Czech track rider Ondrej Rybin gets 4-year-ban for doping
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PRAGUE (AP) " Czech Republic track cyclist Ondrej Rybin has been banned for four years for doping.Michal Mracek, the head of the discipline committee at the Czech Cycling Federation, says Rybin tested positive for EPO.The 22-year-old... More...
Former champion Mark Cavendish to miss cycling worlds
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish will miss next week's cycling world championships in Richmond, Virginia, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.Cavendish, who won the road race world title in 2011,... More...
Ponsonby Road black spot for riders
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Crashing off her bike after being hit by a car door on Auckland's busy Ponsonby Rd has put Anna Bracewell-Worrall off cycling to work.Although she hopes to get back in the saddle over summer, seeing another injured cyclist being... More...
British Cycling aims for podium at road world championships
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
From Bradley Wiggins celebrating his groundbreaking Tour de France triumph on the Champs-Elysses, to Britain's record-setting medal haul at the London Olympics, the rest of the world has been trying to play catch-up to British Cycling... More...
Italian Fabio Aru wins Spanish Vuelta for 1st major victory
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Fabio Aru of Italy rode safely in an uneventful final stage to win the Spanish Vuelta and clinch his first Grand Tour title on Sunday.The 25-year-old Italian had virtually secured the victory on Saturday after getting... More...
Stolen Vuelta bike found on sale in Spanish secondhand shop for $215
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Spanish police say they've recovered a prized bicycle belonging to an international racing team taking part in the Spanish Vuelta cycling race after finding it on sale in a secondhand store for a ridiculously low price.Officers... More...
Richmond anticipating big impact from hosting cycling worlds
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) " Richmond is days away from hosting the road cycling world championships, and city officials and local organizers are hoping the impact will be a lasting and lucrative one.The nine-day event starts Saturday and... More...
BMX: Marc Willers announces retirement
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Double Olympian Marc Willers has decided to hang up his bike after this weekend's UCI BMX World Cup Supercross in Sweden.Willers, who turns 30 next month, believes the time is right for him to retire from the sport after being the... More...
Austrian former cyclist banned for selling doping substances
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VIENNA (AP) " Former cyclist Christof Kerschbaum of Austria has been banned for life for selling doping substances to other riders from 2007-09.The Austrian Anti-Doping Legal Committee says a lifelong suspension was its only option... More...
Tour de France winner Chris Froome to ride Spanish Vuelta
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Tour de France winner Chris Froome will ride in this year's edition of the Spanish Vuelta, set to start in less than two weeks.Race organizers announced Monday that Froome will be on Sky's team for the three-week grand... More...
Government details why it wants Armstrong medical records
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The federal government says it wants Lance Armstrong's medical records from his 1996 cancer treatments because they could prove just how far he was willing to go to conceal performance-enhancing drug use from... More...
Joe Dombrowski holds on to win Tour of Utah
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) " Lachlan Norris outsprinted Brent Bookwalter to win the final stage of the Tour of Utah, and Joe Dombrowski finished in the next group on the road to secure the overall title.Norris and Bookwalter broke away... More...
Rodrguez to lead Katusha at the Vuelta a Espaa
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Joaquim Rodriguez will be the leader of the Katusha team at this years Vuelta a Espaa, where he will bid to turn a string of high overall placings into a first Grand Tour victory of his career. The Spaniard has an impressive record in his home three-week race, finishing fourth in the last two years, third in 2012, and picking up six top-10 finishes in seven editions. He comes into this years race on the back of a fine Tour de France where, despite not being up there on GC, he took two stage wins, the first on the Mur de Huy and the second in the Pyrenees. Katushas nine-man roster is weighted between Spaniards like Rodrguez and riders from Russia, the home country of the team, and is a relatively old one with an average age of just over 32. Daniel Moreno, who won a stage and was 10th overall at the 2013 Vuelta, joins Alberto Losada and 38-year-old Angel Vicioso in the Spanish contingent, while the Russians are Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Kochetkov, Egor Silin, Eduard Vorganov.ADVERTISEMENT The team is rounded out by Italian Giampaolo Caruso who, along with Losada, is the only rider to have done the Tour de France this year with Rodrguez.Rodrguez will be encouraged by the nature of the climbs in this years route and particularly look forward to the brutal mountain stage in Andorra on home roads he will be very familiar with. Katusha for the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa: Joaquim Rodriguez, Giampaolo Caruso, Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Kochetkov, Alberto Losada, Daniel Moreno, Egor Silin, Angel Vicioso and Eduard Vorganov. You can read more at More...
Wiggins boosts Olympic hopes with successful return to track
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins hopes of retiring as the most decorated British Olympian of all time were given a boost on Friday as he made a storming return to the track. At the opening round of the 2015/16 Revolution Series in Derby, the 35-year-old formed part of a Great Britain quartet that rode to victory in the team pursuit in a time of 3 minutes 54.974 seconds. Joined by Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben, Wiggins was doing two-laps turns in the qualifying rounds before Ed Clancy replaced Dibben for the final and the quartet set a time that was just a shade over three seconds shy of the world record.ADVERTISEMENT It will do no harm to Wiggins hopes of lining up in the team pursuit at the Olympic Games in Rio next year, where he would be going for an eighth Olympic medal that would take him past Sir Chris Hoy's tally of seven. Its nice to get up and do a fast time like that, a world class time, on a not so good track. Its good being back with the boys the last few weeks. It took me a while after the Hour Record to realise I wanted to do it again so its good to be back, its a good laugh, thats what its all about, said Wiggins in front of the BBC microphone. All that drivel they were talking about at the end of last year when I was watching the World Cup in London about whether I could still do it or not. You come back here and, its great, I love it, weve got a really good group of guys, which is what you need, you cant do it on your own. Tonight was testament to that. We were looking at the graph just then and it was just flat really and thats what its going to take to win Olympic gold so its really good. You can read more at More...
Meintjes set to re-sign with MTN " Qhubeka
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Young South African prospect Louis Meintjes is set to turn down interest from several WorldTour teams and re-sign with MTN " Qhubeka for the next two seasons. The 23-year-old, who is currently competing in the Arctic Race of Norway, told Cyclingnews that he had various options for 2016. However, his team and his agent both confirmed that he would be signing with MTN " Qhubeka. Its still undecided and Im out of contract. Theres quite a bit of interest but well see. MTN is a good place, thats all Im saying. This team is always growing, I dont see this place as a limiting factor, Meintjes told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT If those comments were on the vague side, his agent at least provided something more tangible. A few teams have been asking about him but his future lies with MTN. The team is backing him for the future and I think staying is in his best interests. Thats where hell end up, his agent said. According to his agent a number of WorldTour teams has shown interest in Meintjes, including Astana. After the Arctic Race of Norway Meintjes will head to the Vuelta a Espaa, where he will be targeting stage wins. You can read more at More...
News Shorts: Brammeier returns home after Utah crash
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Brammeier returns home after Utah crash MTN-Qhubekas Matt Brammeier has returned home to Great Britain following a harrowing crash at the Tour of Utah, where he smashed into the side of a team car while descending off the penultimate climb of stage 6. Brammeier, 30, has been recovering at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City from injuries that include fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones, as well as rib fractures on both sides, a bruised liver and fractured tooth.ADVERTISEMENT Brammeier faces a recovery of at least six to eight weeks before he can start riding, and hes not expected to return to competition this season, according to a statement released by his team. Its looking like my season is well and truly over, Brammeier is quoted in the team statement. So Im looking forward to return hungry in 2016. Team doctor Jarrad van Zuydam said Brammeier is recovering well so far. You can read more at More...
Bennett blazes Arctic Race of Norway
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Another season and another small milestone for Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18), who moved his win tally up to four for the season after victory on stage 2 of the Arctic Race of Norway. The 24-year-old edged out Frederico Zurlo (UnitedHealthcare) and race leader Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in the finish at Setermoen and now has a win more than he did from the entirety of last season. This was perhaps his best win of the season too, with the Irishman coming from a long way back to seal an impressive stage win. After a third place on stage 1 Bennett is showing a fine patch of post-Tour de France form. This is up there with my best wins. And its really good for my morale. Every year I want to step up and improve and last year I had three wins but I wanted an extra win this year to really say that Ive made another step. Ive got that now, he told Cyclingnews after his win.ADVERTISEMENT Bennett owned much to his team for this performance, especially Zakkari Dempster, who encouraged the sprinter to fight on despite what Bennett perceived as poor legs. It was hectic but coming into the last 10K I was feeling so bad and told the guys that I didnt want to sprint but then Zak yelled at me to try and the boys did an incredible job and led me out perfectly. They kept their cool, which was really important. We got a bit swamped and I lost a wheel and was in a bad position but just kept coming through gaps. There was a bit of luck, the door opened and I had to go. There couldnt be any hesitation. With four wins under his belt for the season Bennett can turn his attention to final two stages in Norway before a final block of racing in Europe. Stage 3 of Arctic race is designed for the climbers but the final stage could see Bennett in the mix once more. Ill give it a go and the pressure is off the team now so well give it absolutely everything. Whatever the outcome from the final two days, Bennett is pleased with the level of consistency he has shown throughout a season that has seen him race from February until August. Im delighted. In my head a good sprinter has to get wins all year round and he has to win when he feels good and bad. Theres also some consistency there too with my third yesterday. You can read more at More...

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