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Cycling: Home town boy triumphs in Rotorua
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The crowds were on their feet chanting his name and fist pumping the air, as Rotorua local Keegan Wright won the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Rockshox against the undefeated Pump Track World Champion.Wright,... More...
'Cycle train' gets green light
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An ingenious Kiwi venture that fixes bicycles to a disused section of the Napier to Gisborne railway line has been given the green light.Railbike Adventures director Geoff Main said he believes the project, on a 90-kilometre stretch... More...
Crankworx visitor's warning to others after bike stolen at mountain biking festival in Rotorua
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A tourist in town for Crankworx has been left gutted after her bike was stolen - as police warn festival visitors that mountain bikes are a "hot item" for Rotorua's thieves. Mea Bishop travelled from the South Island with her daughter,... More...
Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel... More...
Teen with broken neck battling for life after bike accident
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cooper Snowdon knew it was bad as soon as he came off his bike.The 16-year-old was mountain biking with his older brother, Geordie, at Kowhai Park in Whanganui on March 21 when he went over a jump wrong, landed on his head and broke... More...
Cycling: Masters claims first win of Crankworx
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi athlete Wyn Masters officially lived up to his name Sunday, winning the first major race of Crankworx Rotorua, the GIANT Toa Enduro, by mastering a truly gnarly course.Weather reports predicting rain would hit early in the day... More...
Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for 2nd victory in 3 days
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.World champion Peter Sagan... More...
Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia.Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh... More...
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
March 25, 2017 (14:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REUS, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke... More...
Alejandro Valverde retakes overall lead of Tour of Catalonia
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOSA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde defeated Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to win the decisive fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall lead going into the weekend.Valverde won after dominating... More...
Van Avermaet wins E3 Harelbeke after 3-man sprint
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet came out on top of a three-man sprint to win the E3 Harelbeke as Belgian riders secured a 1-2-3 finish in the one-day cobbled race on Friday.Van Avermaet edged former... More...
Joel Stransky on bike crash: I landed face first
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Retired Springboks great Joel Stransky has opened up about a horror fall cycling accident that he suffered in South Africa this week. Stransky , who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South Africa to a gripping World Cup final... More...
Cycling: Cyclist returns after miracle recovery
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone revisits a happy hunting ground on Saturday as his remarkable recovery from a near-death crash in Europe last year continues to defy initial medical expectations.The South African born 19... More...
Van Garderen leads Tour of Catalonia; Valverde penalized
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA MOLINA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia but lost the overall lead to American rider Tejay van Garderen after the Spaniard's Movistar team was penalized on Wednesday.Valverde beat Daniel... More...
Lampaert wins Flemish classic ahead of teammate Gilbert
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WAREGEM, Belgium (AP) " Belgium's Yves Lampaert won the Dwars door Vlaanderen race on Wednesday ahead of former world champion Philippe Gilbert as the Quick-Step Floors team secured a 1-2 finish in the cobbled road event.The Belgian... More...
Alejandro Valverde takes Tour of Catalonia lead
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BANYOLES, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde took the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday after fellow Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas was penalized for helping teammates during the team time trial.Movistar set the best... More...
Tour of Catalonia Results
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Results from Monday's first stage of the Tour of Catalonia, a 179-kilometer (111-mile) ride to and from Calella:1. Davide Cimolai, Italy, FDJ, 4 hours, 28 minutes, 21 seconds.2. Nacer Bouhanni, France, Cofidis,... More...
Cimolai of Italy wins 1st stage of Tour of Catalonia
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Davide Cimolai of Italy won the opening stage of the Tour of Catalonia by less than a wheel on Monday.The FDJ rider pushed his wheel just in front of Nacer Bouhanni as the two broke away in the final meters... More...
Joel Stransky suffers horror fall in cycling accident
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who broke the hearts of All Blacks rugby fans at the 1995 World Cup has suffered a horror fall in a cycling accident in South Africa.Retired Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky, who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South... More...
Twin Coast bike trail 'just the start'
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The completion of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is just the start of a region-wide network of cycleways bringing new business opportunities and reversing the decline of small Northland towns, Far North Mayor John Carter says.On Saturday... More...
Matt Heath: Not complaining about not complaining
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I wrote a column about baby boomers' penchant for complaining about younger generations. Unsurprisingly I received mixed reviews from over-60s. Gripes came by mail, email, landline and around the dinner table (love you,... More...
Crankworx promises big economic boost
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Organisers of the upcoming Crankworx mountain biking festival hope it will crack the $10 million mark for money injected into the country's economy.The festival comes amid a burgeoning market for cycling tourists, who according... More...
Kwiatkowski beats Sagan in Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN REMO, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland edged out Peter Sagan in a photo finish to win the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.It looked as if Sagan was going to become the first world champion to win the race since 1983... More...
Fire damage to Port Hills mountain bike park 'a lot worse than we originally thought'
March 15, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Operators say fire damage to the newly-opened $20m mountain bike park above Christchurch is "a lot worse than we originally thought", with around two thirds of the park charred by last month's massive Port Hills blaze. The Rural... More...
Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico for 2nd time in 3 years
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana won the Tirreno-Adriatico race for a second time in three years on Tuesday, while Rohan Dennis was fastest on the final stage, an individual time trial around San Benedetto del... More...
Severe injuries after cyclist and pedestrian collide in Christchurch
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A woman in her 60s has suffered serious head and spinal injuries after a cyclist collided with her in Christchurch this evening.Police said a male cyclist in his 20s was travelling west on Papanui Rd when he collided with the woman... More...
Watch: Gale-force winds cause havoc in cycling race
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A top international cycling road race had to be cancelled after gale-force winds blew riders off course - and off their bikes.Organisers of the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour decided to halt the event 21km into the 109km race.They... More...
Gaviria wins stage, Quintana leads Tirreno into final day
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) " Fernando Gaviria won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Monday, and Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead heading into the final leg.Gaviria, who rides for Quick Step, held off... More...
Chris Froome praises Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome praised Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford on Monday, saying he has learned from his mistakes.Brailsford has expressed a determination to retain his job as team principal... More...
Contador narrowly misses 3rd Paris-Nice title as Henao wins
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NICE, France (AP) " History cruelly repeated itself for Alberto Contador as the Spaniard missed out on a third Paris-Nice victory by just two seconds on Sunday.Colombian rider Sergio Henao clung on to his dwindling overnight lead... More...
Sagan sprints to 2nd stage win, Quintana leads Tirreno
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FERMO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to another victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico race, while Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead after the fifth stage on Sunday.Sagan, who was also fastest on Friday, edged... More...
Editorial: Show goes on despite the rain
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By the rest of the country's standards we seemed to have escaped the worst of the rain and flooding over the last seven days.People in the Coromandel and parts of Auckland, as well as many other areas, will be longing for the sun... More...
Research puts bike riding 500 times less risky than rugby
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hopping on a bike is often seen as one of the most perilous things one can do, but researchers who crunched the numbers say cycling is far safer than we think.In fact, the University of Auckland team behind the new study say that... More...
Porte wins stage 7 while Henao takes Paris-Nice overall lead
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COL DE LA COUILLOLE, France (AP) " Two-time champion Richie Porte showed his climbing credentials are intact with a superb breakaway win on stage seven of the Paris-Nice, while Sergio Henao took the overall lead heading into Sunday's... More...
Quintana king of the mountains again in Tirreno-Adriatico
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTE TERMINILLO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia repeated his dominant performance on Tirreno-Adriatico's high mountains to win the fourth stage and move into the overall lead on Saturday.Movistar rider Quintana waited... More...
Paul Lewis: Get hard on cycling cheats
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
You know the world's gone mad when professional cyclists are taking Viagra to improve their performance ... on the bike.In the ongoing fuss over a suspicious package delivered to British cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins (Tour de... More...
Yates wins stage 6 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FAYENCE, France (AP) " Simon Yates peeled away on the final climb of the day to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, while Julian Alaphilippe retained the lead on Friday.Yates moved into overall contention, but the British rider... More...
Sagan wins 3rd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis leads
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTALTO DI CASTRO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, and Rohan Dennis moved into the overall lead on Friday.Sagan powered past Elia Viviani with about 250 meters... More...
Greipel wins stage 5 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURG-DE-PEAGE, France (AP) " German cyclist Andre Greipel won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice in a sprint finish on Thursday, while Julian Alaphilippe comfortably retained his lead.Greipel positioned himself behind the wheel... More...
Most spectacular leg of cycle trail to open at last
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The last, and arguably the best, section of Northland's Twin Coast Cycle Trail will be officially opened on March 18.The 84-kilometre trail, from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Horeke in South Hokianga, follows disused railway corridors... More...
The drinks are on you: Cyclist wins 48 bottles of wine
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Rising French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe could sip success alright after winning a strange prize in the Paris-Nice race.The 24-year-old, who beat Tour de France star Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial, scored 48 bottles... More...
Julian Alaphilippe leads Paris-Nice after winning 4th stage
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONT BROUILLY, France (AP) " Julian Alaphilippe took the lead in the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday, beating two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial in the fourth stage.The 24-year-old Alaphilippe,... More...
Caruso takes early race lead after BMC wins team time trial
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy (AP) " Italian rider Damiano Caruso took the lead at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after his BMC team won the team time trial on Wednesday.The star-studded BMC team completed the 22.7-kilometer (14.1-mile)... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong reveals his biggest regret
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has revealed what he regrets most during a career spent rebuffing accusations of doping.After years of denying taking performance drugs, in 2013 the disgraced cyclist finally admitted to taking banned substances... More...
Bennett beats sprint favorites in stage 3 of Paris-Nice
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) " Ireland's Sam Bennett overpowered a world-class field of sprinters Tuesday to take the third stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race.The Bora-Hansgroghe rider surged at the right time to upstage Norway's... More...
Team Sky acknowledge 'mistakes' over mystery medical package
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky acknowledged Tuesday that "mistakes were made" around the delivery of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins which is the center of a British anti-doping inquiry.However, team principal... More...
Colbrelli beats leader Demare in Stage 2 of Paris-Nice
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AMILLY, France (AP) " Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to victory Monday in the second stage of the Paris-Nice race.The Italian started his sprint with about 200 meters (yards) to go and held off John Degenkolb to claim... More...
Silence on Sport NZ's involvement in Napier City Council's proposed multi-use facility
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Questions about Sport New Zealand's involvement in the Napier City Council's proposed multi-use sports facility are going unanswered, with both agencies remaining tight lipped. Located near Taradale's Pettigrew-Green Arena, the... More...
Demare wins stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Contador, Porte behind
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOIS D'ARCY, France (AP) " Frenchman Arnaud Demare won the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday, while two-time champions Alberto Contador and Richie Porte lost ground in windy conditions.The veterans fell behind the main... More...
Former world champion Kwiatkowski wins Strade Bianche
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SIENA, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski won the Strade Bianche with a solo break on Saturday for his second victory in the one-day classic.The Pole had time to slow down around the final wet corners after rain had affected the race... More...

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