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Elite cycling spotlight finally shines on North America (The Associated Press)
July 31, 2015 (15:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The Tour de France dominates the landscape of professional cycling, a three-week behemoth that draws the attention of fans worldwide. Now that it's over, the spotlight is shifting to North America. The Tour of Utah starts Monday and kicks off an unprecedented run of races that include the Tour of Alberta and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. More...
Swift hoping for successful return to racing at RideLondon
July 31, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben Swift (Team Sky) hasnt raced for three months, but hes not letting that dampen his ambition of tasting victory at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday. Though he won a stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in March, the British riders season was derailed when he pulled out of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco due to fatigue and then crashed out on the opening day of the Tour de Yorkshire - a race based in his home region. That crash left him needing shoulder surgery but the recovery has gone smoothly and he is now looking to make up for the disappointment of last years RideLondon, where he was narrowly edged out in the sprint by Adam Blythe. "Its always disappointing to be beaten by such a thin margin, but if there was anyone Id have taken to be beaten by last year, it would have been Adam because hes a really good friend. Id love to put that right this time around, but well just have to see what happens. There are a lot of variables this year, and one-day racing is always hard to predict, but well give it a good go," Swift told the Team Sky website.ADVERTISEMENT "Ill follow whatever the team instructions are for me, and well discuss those between now and the start of the race. Weve got a very strong team " one which is very sprint focused with CJ [Sutton], Elia [Viviani] and Andy [Fenn] all there with me " but Ill certainly be looking to ride an aggressive race, and if the opportunity arises, Ill obviously try and take it. "Im excited to get stuck in, and to see how I feel in that race environment after such a long spell on the sidelines. Thats always so hard to predict and Im looking forward to seeing what the sensations are." Swifts fall at the Tour de Yorkshire was the latest in a string of shoulder injuries that have beset the 27-year-olds career in recent years. He damaged his right shoulder at the 2012 Giro dItalia and after surgery in the winter he re-injured it early in 2013, which forced him to cut short his season. This latest blow is the third time in a few years that he has gone under the knife on that shoulder. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana undecided on Vuelta a Espana participation
July 31, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana and his Movistar team are still to decide whether or not the Colombian will ride the Vuelta a Espaa next month. At the end of last season Quintana indicated his intentions to ride the Vuelta, along with teammate Alejandro Valverde, but following a tough Tour de France his participation is not certain. We are deciding if it if possible to do the Vuelta or not and a little later we will take the decision. For now, I will rest and disconnect and wait for Eusebio (Unzu) to decide, Quintana said, according to Biciciclismo. I am not taking a break as such, due to team commitments, for many things and Im with my family. Should he race the Vuelta, he will face the likes of Fabio Aru, Tejay van Garderen, Joaquin Rodrguez and Valverde in the battle for the overall classification. Chris Froome is also considering riding the Spanish Grand Tour. Quintana looked on course to win last years Vuelta a Espaa but suffered a crashes during the mountain time trial and the following stage, which forced him to withdraw. It is not clear whether Quintana will race elsewhere or if he will call an end to his season if he and the team decide not to enter him in the Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT Alberto Contador was due to end his season at San Sebastian this weekend but a fever forced him to pull out early. Contador had a busy start to the season though, as he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. Quintana, in contrast, spent much of the early season training in Colombia and has currently only completed 55 race days " although that is slightly more than the 48 that Tour de France winner Froome has done thus far. Quintana finished second to Froome at the Tour de France, 1:12 behind the Team Sky rider, backing up his performance in his debut in 2013. The truth is that it was spectacular and great to return to the Tour de France after two years and repeat the second place. It is the confirmation that we are well, we continue on track and that the maturation continues, he said. And the additional podiums of best young rider, the team classification and second in the mountains confirm what I did in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Stybar, Urn lead Etixx-Quickstep in Clasica San Sebastian
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Uran, Stybar lead Etixx-Quickstep at Clasica San Sebastian Fresh off his Tour de France stage victory, Zdenek Stybar will head up the Etixx-Quickstep roster for the Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday together with Rigoberto Uran. Stybar finished 10th last year in the WorldTour race. The team will also have Julian Alaphilippe, second in both Flche Wallonne and Lige - Bastogne - Lige in its midst as they tackle the 219km event.ADVERTISEMENT "We have a nice team at the start of this race," Sport Director Tom Steels said. "At the start will be riders like Uran and Stybar, that come from the Tour de France and can be protagonists in a race with this kind of profile. With them we can also count on riders like Pietery Serry, who showed his condition in Tour de Wallonie, and a fresh rider like Julian Alaphilippe who comes back into competition after a few weeks off. We will see how far he can go. The rest of the team is strong and compact, and will be able to play a role. Our goal is to be there in the final with as many riders as we can, and try to go for a good result." Etixx-Quickstep for Clasica San Sebastian: Zdenek Stybar, Julian Alaphilippe, Pieter Serry, Matteo Trentin, Rigoberto Uran, Stijn Vandenbergh, Julien Vermote, and Martin Velits. Bos back in action at Prudential RideLondon " William Bonnet (@willbonnet) July 29, 2015 " Keegan Swirbul (@KeggaG) July 29, 2015 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Kiserlovski and Poljanski lead Tinkoff in Poland
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
No Majka for Tinkoff-Saxo in Poland Tinkoff-Saxo will head to the Tour de Pologne without defending champion Rafal Majka, who became the first Polish rider to win since it has been registered as a professional race. Instead it will be Robert Kiserlovski and home rider Pawel Poljanski that lead the team in the seven-day race. Tinkoff-Saxo will have a second Polish rider in the line-up with Maciej Bodnar making his return to racing following a crash at the Tour of California in May. Tour de Pologne is an unpredictable race, however we have to play our cards in the second part, where the road kicks up again and again, said Tinkoff-Saxo directeur sportif Bruno Cenghialta. Its a good possibility for the guys to claim results, especially on stage 4, 5 and 6 after three days that will suit the sprinters. These stages feature many climbs of around five kilometres each, but if you add them up, we actually face 15-20 kilometres of climbing over the course of a short distance. We line up with Kiserlovski as our team captain flanked by Poljanski and also Jesper Hansen, who is very strong at the moment. We believe that its possible for them to do a good GC result.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne begins in Warsaw on August 2. Tinkoff-Saxo for the Tour de Pologne: Robert Kiserlovski, Pawel Poljanski, Jesper Hansen, Chris Anker Srensen, Ivan Rovny, Evgeny Petrov and Maciej Bodnar. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome and Sagan star in post-Tour de France criteriums gallery
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The days after the Tour de France offer very little in terms of rest and relaxation for winner ChrisFroome (Sky), best young rider NairoQuintana(Movistar) and green jersey winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) as they head into a week of festivities known as the post-Tour criteriums. The day after being feted across Paris,Froome headed to the Natour Criterium in Aalst along with Peter Sagan.The criteriums are less races and more spectacle, with the winner being generally pre-arranged. Sagan topped the podium in Aalst with Froome and Belgian champion Preben Van Hecke. Next up, across the border in the Netherlands, was the 'Daags na de Tour' or Day after the Tour in Boxmeer, where Sagan was once again on the podium, this time with home riders Robert Gesink(LottoNl-Jumbo) and Bauke Mollema (Trek).ADVERTISEMENT The next day, Quintana claimed top honours ahead of Froome and Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) at the Natour Criterium in Roeselare. Wednesday's race was the Profronde van Lommel, where once more Sagan landed on the podium, this time behind Greg Van Avermaet, with Kevin Hulsmans in third. The post-Tour criteriums run through the rest of the week across Europe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen hoping to build Worlds form at Eneco Tour
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the World Championships just under two months away, Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) is hoping that he can hit the ground running at the Eneco Tour in just under two weeks. Boonen, who has recently finished the Tour de Wallonie, confirmed yesterday that he would skip the Vuelta a Espaa in favour of the Belgian/Dutch race. "The Eneco Tour is the first race where I really want to be top, Boonen told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The aim is to race there and build the form, and that intention remains for all further events, up to the World Championship in Richmond. Week by week I hope to be better than its peak at the World Championships on September 27th." Boonen has had a challenging season after dislocating his shoulder at Paris-Nice in March. The injury put him out of action for almost two months before making his return to racing at the Tour of Turkey. Since then, hes only been able to notch up two victories - one at the Belgium Tour and another and the Rund um Kln. He is also penned in to do the Vattenfall Cyclassics on August 23.ADVERTISEMENT Boonen is targeting a spot in Belgiums team for the World Championships in Richmond, which features a course that could potentially suit him. I have only seen the course on video and I have heard from some of my colleagues. Carlo (Bomans " Belgian coach) has told me that the course is not half as difficult at the European Games in Baku (where Boonen competed for Belgium and finished 6th in the road race "ed). I think that there are a lot of guys that will be able to enjoy themselves, said Boonen. The top 10 teams, as of August 15, will be allowed the full complement of nine riders. Belgium are currently ninth in the overall standings, with Greg van Avermaet (BMC) earning more than half of their 410-point total, and should be assured of a full squad. Van Avermaet was Belgiums best finisher at the last edition in Ponferrada, finishing fifth in the bunch sprint behind the Pole Michal Kwiatkowski. With Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, Belgium have two former world champions in their potential team. It will be a very full team again, a dream team, said Boonen. It has always been the case in recent years. First lets see how everyone is performing in the coming weeks. If we are all really in top form then the control of the race will automatically come to us. But it cannot hurt to have multiple leaders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde and Rodriguez to face off at Clsica San Sebastin
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The WorldTour one-day races will resume at the Clsica Ciclista San Sebastin on Saturday where Movistars Alejandro Valverde will line up as the top ranked rider in the series and the defending champion, with a goal of winning his third title. It wont be an easy feat, however, as the race will showcase a strong field of competitors including his compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha). Valverde and Rodriguez will arrive to the one-day race having recently completed the Tour de France. Valverde placed third overall behind winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and his own teammate Nairo Quintana, while Rodriguez showed top form by winning two stages; on the punchy climb to Huy and on the Plateau de Beille. In addition, both riders are well-suited for the Clsica San Sebastins challenging 220km parcours that includes the category 1 Alto de Jaizkebel followed by the category 2 Alto de Arkale, which the peloton will contest twice. The race will also finish with the climb up Bordako Tontorra, a nine per cent gradient that summits just seven kilometres from the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT Valverde is a proven winner on the circuit having topped the podium in 2008 and in 2014, where he soloed to the victory on the same course. Riders who do well in the Ardennes Classics are generally tipped to race well in San Sebsastian, and Valverde is a three-time winner of both Lige-Bastogne-Lige and La Flche Wallonne, most recently winning both races this spring. Movistar for Clsica San Sebastin:Alejandro Valverde, Winner Anacona, Giovanni Visconti, Rory Sutherland, Jess Herrada, Javi Moreno, Rubn Fernndez and Jos Joaqun Rojas. Katusha lines up for Rodriguez You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kreuziger replaces sick Contador as captain in Clsica San Sebastin
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Roman Kreuziger will head up the Tinkoff-Saxo team for the Clsica San Sebastin, stepping in for Alberto Contador who stopped his season early due to illness. Kreuziger will be joined in the WorldTour event by Matteo Tosatto, Manuele Boaro, Jesus Hernandez, Sergio Paulinho, Pavel Brutt, Oliver Zaugg and Chris Juul-Jensen. Obviously, the team's main objective was for Alberto Contador to win the race and his absence will significantly change the goals and strategy of the team," director Patxi Villa said. "Alberto still has high fever and is unable to race. He also renounces the criteriums he was scheduled to attend and as a result, his 2015 racing season has come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT "The race course suits Roman the most and he will be our leader for San Sebastin. He comes from a very busy season and although, ideally, we will aim for the overall win, at least we will try to be in the top spots." Like Contador, both Kreuziger and Tosatto have raced the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, but others are fresh from training camps or the recent Tour de Wallonie. "Brutt and Juul-Jensen will join directly from the Tour de Wallonie, where they have delivered a strong performance on a hard parcours. As a result, we have various levels of freshness and abilities on the squad that we will seek to utilize in the best way possible to achieve a top result," Villa said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Elite cycling spotlight finally shines on North America
July 30, 2015 (23:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Tour de France dominates the landscape of professional cycling, a three-week behemoth that draws the attention of fans worldwide.Now that it's over, the spotlight is shifting to North America.The Tour of Utah starts Monday... More...
Elite cycling spotlight finally shines on North America (The Associated Press)
July 30, 2015 (22:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The Tour de France dominates the landscape of professional cycling, a three-week behemoth that draws the attention of fans worldwide. Now that it's over, the spotlight is shifting to North America. The Tour of Utah starts Monday and kicks off an unprecedented run of races that include the Tour of Alberta and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. More...
Abu Dhabi to host inaugural UCI Cycling Gala
July 30, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After staging its first professional race, Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it will play host to the inaugural UCI Cycling Gala at the end of this year. The UCI Gala is set to take place at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit following the final night stage on Sunday, October 11. It will celebrate the close of the WorldTour season, with an award ceremony to crown the individual, team and national winners. Cycling in the UAE needs to host events such as the UCI Cycling Gala, Osama Al Shafar, President of the UAE Cycling Federation, in a press release. It means were on track to increase public approval, locally and internationally. This partnership is a confirmation of our strategies. The first Abu Dhabi Tour is due to take place between 8-11 October, and will be the last major stage race for most of the peloton. It consists of three sprint stages and one medium mountain day. The race will be capped off by a floodlit stage around the Yas Marina circuit, which has been hosting F1 races since 2009, with the peloton completing 20 laps of the 5.5km circuit.ADVERTISEMENT Currently categorised as a 2.1 race, the race organisers are targeting the WorldTour and this shows that the UCI are keen to work with the Gulf nation. There is a gap in the calendar after the Tour of Beijing was discontinued at the end of last season. Il Lombardia on October 4 will be the final WorldTour race of the season. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
ONE Pro Cycling aim to become first British Pro Continental team
July 30, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
ONE Pro Cycling have submitted an application for a UCI Professional Continental licence for 2016, and could become the first British team to join cyclings second tier. The team, which was founded by former England cricketer Matt Prior, started out in February this year at Continental level but is moving fast and has even loftier ambitions of competing in the Tour de France in the future. Over the past months, the teams performances on the road, along with its commercial and structural prospects, have convinced Prior that now is the right time to look to make the step up.ADVERTISEMENT They finished a close second at the UK-based Tour Series, Peter Williams also won a stage and was third overall at the UCI 2.2 Baltyk-Karkonosze race, while Jon Mould, Chris Opie and Marcin Bialoblocki are currently first, third and fourth respectively in British Cyclings rankings. After a successful and hugely enjoyable first season we feel now is the right time to start the process to attain UCI Pro-Continental status, said Prior. The last five months has been about establishing the team at Continental level and putting in place a sustainable commercial strategy. Having achieved this we feel we have the correct structure in place to take the step up to the next level. Our decision is partly based on the success ONE Pro Cycling has seen in the saddle, but also due to the enormous support the team has received on the roads over the past five months and through our growing membership scheme. There is huge enthusiasm for cycling in the UK and the sport continues to grow in popularity " if successful, this move keeps us at the heart of it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson: Rider fatigue at Tour de France shows doping controls work
July 30, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In an interview with AFP, UCI president Brian Cookson has said that the levels of fatigue felt by the riders at this years Tour de France is proof that doping controls are more effective. The 2015 Tour de France was one of the toughest in recent years with seven high mountain stages, four of which were packed into the final week. A total of 160 riders completed the race, which is lower than the average of 165 in recent years " eight pulled out in the final four stages before Paris. I think we saw riders during the last Tour de France were very tired and one of the causes, in my opinion, is the increased efficiency of doping controls, Cookson said during an IOC session in Kuala Lumpur. No one likes to see someone exhausted, but I think that this is a demonstration that we have constantly tightened the meshes of doping controls. People must have this in mind when they launched allegations and aspersions on any rider and any team.ADVERTISEMENT Thus far there has been one positive test from the race with Luca Paolini (Katusha) testing positive for cocaine in the opening week. He has been provisionally suspended from his team. The second week of the race saw doping allegations and innuendo thrown around though, following the release of a video of Froomes ascent of Mont Ventoux in 2013 with his data overlaid " data Sky claimed was hacked. During stage 14 to Mende, a spectator threw urine at Froome and several of his teammates were subjected to spitting " Richie Porte was also reportedly punched during a stage. Froome later called out irresponsible reporting on the race for the reaction from the crowd, specifically certain aspects of the French media. Footage of a fan spitting on Froome during the penultimate stage to Alpe dHuez was later published by Danish station TV2. Earlier this week, Cookson dismissed criticism for not being vocal enough amidst the furore but told AFP, "There have been unfortunate incidents in the Tour this year, and it makes me very uncomfortable. In recent years, I have become increasingly worried about the fans who are on the edge of the road, pushing cyclists, etc. It has reached a point of real concern. I think Chris was the target of quite disgusting assaults by a small number of people. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Pauwels top breakaway rider at the Tour de France
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pauwels top breakaway rider at the Tour de France Serge Pauwels topped the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker charts as the rider who spent the most amount of time in a breakaway during this years Tour de France. According to the Tour Trackers breakaway data, the MTN-Qhubeka rider spent a total of 17:19:20 hours in breakaways during the three weeks of racing.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Luc Perichon (Bretagne-Sch-Environnment) was the second on the list having spent 16:52:51 in breakaways. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) was in breakaways for a total of 16:40:44, and took the third spot. Other riders who spent a significant amount of time in the breakaways were Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) at 16:02:33, and he also earned the events most aggressive rider award and won stage 18 to Gap, Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) 15:58:04 and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) 15:50:00, who also won his fourth green jersey classification. Europcar, however, was the team that spent the most amount of time in the breakaways, with a whopping total of 75:21:38 hours. MTN-Qhubeka, as a team, spent 51:10:40 in the breakaways andBretagne-Sch-Environnmentspent 51:04:51. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bahamontes: Valverde should try to win the Tour de France in 2016
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Federico Martn Bahamontes has urged Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to try to improve on his third place in the 2015 Tour de France and go for the overall win next July. Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE, Bahamontes predicted Valverde "will go for another Tour, because if he's finished third, then it's his obligation to go for second or first." Bahamontes was particularly impressed that Valverde could do so well in the Tour de France, taking his best ever overall result in a race in which the rider fro Murcia first shone with a mountain top stage win at Courchevel in 2005, "after what's been a very race heavy season so far." Warming to his case, Bahamontes added that Valverde "should have done the same as Quintana and have rested more before the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Rated the best Tour de France climber in history, Bahamontes argued to EFE that "it's been a Tour with a lot of contenders, and the rider who was strongest physically was not [Tour winner Chris] Froome (Sky), but [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar)." "However, what I like to see is riders on the attack from the foot of the climbs, he [Quintana] is a great climber, but I prefer [Vincenzo] Nibali's way of racing." "When you're a climber, you have to attack, then when they catch you, attack again and on the third attack, that's when you'll drop them." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome's Tour de France-winning Pinarello Dogma F8
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar Chris Froome rode onto the Champs lyses and into the overall Tour de France victory astride a Pinarello bathed in yellow paint with chainrings covered over with black tape. Here we take a look at his machine from the beginning of the 2015 Tour de France, before the paint and tape. We also talk to power-meter sponsor Stages Cycling about Team Sky's claim that non-round rings can cause power meters to read six percent high. Team Sky enjoys a reputation as the most fastidious squad in the WorldTour, and the team's mechanics do nothing to dispel this perception. BikeRadar watched Sky bikes being assembled, cleaned and tuned before the Tour kicked off, and we were impressed by some of the detail work, such as small drops of superglue being laid underneath the ends of the handlebar tape, allowing for minimal use of finishing tape while keeping the wrap job showroom-perfect during racing.ADVERTISEMENT Like all Team Sky riders, Froome had three Pinarello Dogma F8s ready to go at all times during the race. His #1 bike was what he started each day on, with the #2 and #3 bikes on his team cars in the caravan behind. Each bike is identical. Sky mechanics mark two points on the top of each saddle for consistent measurement. There is no eyeballing here. Similarly, there is no taking component manufacturers at their word; each Shimano PRO stem is measured and labeled. As with most other brands, PRO stems come in 10mm increments. Sky has found there to be variances of a few mm in stems, though, and marks them accordingly. Froome's trademark component is his O.Symetric chainring setup. While mechanics dutifully taped over the logos during the race, there is no mistaking the oblong shape. Proponents of non-round rings argue that the design eliminates the deadspot in a rider's pedalstroke and adds leverage for the the downward part of the stroke, resulting in more power for the same effort. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins to relive Olympic glory with his developmental team in Prudential RideLondon
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins will return to the Prudential RideLondon for the second year, this time bringing his own Team WIGGINS to the race and riding in support of his young, talented teammates. The race holds a special place for Wiggins, who claimed Olympic gold in 2012 in the individual time trial after his Tour de France victory, bringing his Olympic tally to four gold medals. This year, he brings his own developmental squad to the race, and is looking forward to showing off the squad in front of the big crowds between Surrey and London. Our WIGGINS team has had a brilliant response racing around the country, people can see were a bit different and the sheer spectacle of us all riding through London will be amazing," Wiggins said. Prudential RideLondon is a big moment for WIGGINS as a team. Weve got some serious young talent in the shape of Owain Doull and Chris Lawless. Chris is just 19, and finished sixth last week in Belgium riding against Philippe Gilbert and Tom Boonen. It was a fantastic achievement. He was the only British rider to finish the race and is in great form, so keep an eye on him.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins stepped down from his place in Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix this year, choosing to focus instead on preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio next year. He participated in the Tour de Yorkshire with Team WIGGINS, but eschewed any other road races while preparing to break the UCI Hour Record. He succeeded in setting a new mark on June 7, riding 54.526km. It will be his first road race since the record, and Wiggins is looking forward to seeing the British crowds. For me, its like a reminder of everything thats great about our sport. Im looking forward to just being a part of it and to getting my fitness back up. Ive had some time off after breaking the UCI Hour Record and my main focus now is the Rio Olympics in 2016," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot maintains ambitions to win the Tour de France
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) has promised to continue to target the overall classification at the Tour de France despite his struggling in this years race. Pinot won the stage to lAlpe dHuez with a last-ditched show of pride, saving his Tour de France, but he finished 16th, 38:52 behind winner Chris Froome (Team Sky). In 2014 he finished third behind Vincenzo Nibali, but this year he got ill, cracked mentally and lost time on several key stages, including on the cobbles and in the mountains. The Frenchmans aggressive style and natural panache helps him target stages but he is convinced he can be an overall contender in the years to come.ADVERTISEMENT If I continue targeting stages in the years to come, itd be the easy option. But my career has been shaped: Im a team leader for the general classification at the Tour, Pinot told French newspaper l'Equipe, reviewing his Tour de France. My goal has to be to avoid losing 15 or 20 minutes so I then switch to going for stage victories. My goal is to get back on the podium and try to get on the top step in the years to come. When you dont have the pressure of the general classification for three weeks, it changes everything. This time it was easier than last year. Targeting the podium for three weeks is something else. Team manager Marc Madiot is convinced that his leader will always have a chance of victory in the years to come. The circumstances make you become an attacking rider but he has to have other goals, the Breton team manager said. "I think he can finish in the top five every year and when you do that anything can happen if things go your way, you can even win. Considering his age and what hes already done, he cant be just a stage hunter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI suspends Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec for 30 days
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following the notification of a second adverse analytical finding, the UCI announced on Wednesday that its Disciplinary Commission has suspended the Professional Continental team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec for a period of 30 days. The "Team Suspension" will begin on August 1 and conclude on August 30,in accordance with article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-doping Rules. The UCI announced on Monday that it had provisionally suspended Italian Fabio Taborre after he tested positive for the developmental blood booster FG-4592. The drug was detected in an out-of-competition control on June 16.It is the second doping case for the Gianni Savios Androni team after Davide Appollonio tested positive for EPO on June 14. The UCI introduced the new article 7.12.1 in January and this is the first application, with grounds for a team suspension based on the notification of two anti-doping rule violations within the same team in a period of 12 months. Thesecond adverse analytical finding triggers an automatic suspension of the team, which can range from 15 to 45 days.ADVERTISEMENT Taborre also personally faces a 100,000 fine by his team should his positive be confirmed, with team staff also announcing legal action for the damage his actions have caused to the team. The UCI added that Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec may appeal against the length of the suspension to the Disciplinary Commission and Savio, the team's manager, told Italian website Tuttobiciweb that he would make an appeal while respecting a self-imposed ban because his team is part of the MPCC (Mouvement pour un Cyclisme Crdible). We expected the suspension and were ready to appeal. The suspension can be cancelled if the team can prove its not involved and weve got a dossier ready to send to Aigle that shows everything weve done to fight doping, Savio told Tuttobiciweb. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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