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Cardoso denies taking EPO, requests B sample test
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the wake todays UCI announcement that Andr Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo) tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control earlier this month, the Portuguese rider has denied ever having used EPO or any performance enhancing drug. Cardoso said he has requested his B sample be tested as soon as possible. Writing on Facebook, Cardoso, who has been provisionally suspended by both the UCI and his team until results of the B sample test return, said he would never let down his team, teammates or the sport. Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin, Cardoso wrote on Facebook. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Cardoso was brought on board Trek-Segafredo this year in part to support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. This year would have been the 32-year-olds first crack at the Tour after having raced the Giro dItalia three times and the Vuelta a Espaa four. Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour, he wrote. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Talansky and Uran to co-lead Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France campaign
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Drapac announced their complete Tour de France line-up on Monday with Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Urn set to lead a two-pronged GC approach. Talansky, 28, has finished as high as 10th in the Tour de France, and delivered a fifth-place finish in his most recent Grand Tour appearance at last year's Vuelta a Espaa. Urn has twice finished as runner-up at the Giro d'Italia. Were going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. Its all the things we say we are," said Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius when announcing the riders.ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour is the Tour. Its a double-edged sword and you never know what challenges or triumphs it is going to bring," Talansky said. "A successful Tour has a lot of components. I would love to win a stage. I have never won a stage of a Grand Tour; Ive actually been the closest in the Tour de France in 2015, when I finished second in stage 17. But nothing in the world of bike racing compares to the pure joy of crossing the line first. The general classification will unfold as it does, but I think this Tour route lends itself towards aggressive racing and I certainly wont let the opportunity to win something pass by." Pierre Rolland, having already secured the American squad a Grand Tour stage win in the Giro d'Italia is likely to be among those hunting stage wins in his ninth consecutive start in the Tour de France. Taylor Phinney, making his Tour de France debut in his seventh year as a pro, is another and could have a chance of victory in Saturday's opening time trial in central Dusseldorf. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nacer Bouhanni headlines Cofidis nine for Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cofidis unveiled their Tour de France nine on Monday with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni naturally headlining the roster in the hope he can finally strike in the biggest race of the season. Cofidis is a Professional Continental team and so were given a wild card invitation to the Tour de France. 26-year-old Bouhanni enjoyed a fine spring with one-day wins at Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and stage wins in the Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Yorkshire but a crash knocked him out of competition for more than a month. Bouhanni sustained a concussion and was forced to abandon the British stage race, and only returned to racing at the Critrium du Dauphin. Despite the long layoff in the middle of his Tour build-up, Bouhanni looks to be in reasonable form, delivering a second-place finish at Sunday's French national championship road race, where he was narrowly out-sprinted by former teammate Arnaud Dmare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The 2017 Tour de France will be Bouhanni's third career appearance in the race. A multiple stage winner in both the Vuelta a Espaa and the Giro d'Italia, he has never won a stage in the French Grand Tour. Bouhanni's trusted lead out man Geoffrey Soupe joins him in Cofidis' Tour squad. Veteran climber Daniel Navarro, meanwhile, will give the Pro Continental team an option for the mountain stages. Cofidis for the Tour de France: Nacer Bouhanni, Dimitri Claeys, Christophe Laporte, Cyril Lemoine, Luis Angel Mat, Daniel Navarro, Florian Snchal, Julien Simon, Geoffrey Soupe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru and Fuglsang share Astana team leadership at the Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Astana have named their Tour de France line-up, with new Italian national champion Fabio Aru and Critrium du Dauphin winner Jakob Fuglsang sharing team leadership with backing from a solid squad that includes Dario Cataldo, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Michael Valgren, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Andriy Grivko and Andrey Zeits. There is no place for Miguel ngel Lpez, who returned from a broken tibia but then fractured his thumb at the Tour de Suisse. Fuglsang did not ride the Danish national championships after becoming a father last week but showed his form at the Dauphin by snatching overall victory from BMC's Richie Porte. Aru impressed with his aggression and light build at the Italian national championships on Sunday, dropping the likes of Diego Ulissi, Gianni Moscon and Rinaldo Nocentini and then gaining further time on the descent and flat road to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT The Sardinian had planned to target the Giro dItalia but a knee injury while training at altitude wrecked the first part of the season and forced him to reset his goals. His resurgence of form in recent weeks and a strong ride at the Critrium du Dauphin means he will now share leadership for the Tour de France with long-time designated team leader Fuglsang. Jakob and I are like brothers in the race. The road will be decide who emerges as team leader, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport after his proudly pulling on the Italian national champions tricolore jersey. Its a dream come true to win the Italian title. I was once second as an under-23 rider but now Ive won it. Im really proud to be able to wear at the Tour de France. Ill be showing off the Italian colours, the symbol of a nation. Not just at the Tour but all over the world for the next year. Thats hugely satisfying. Learning from life You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rosskopf claims first national title with 'unexpected' form
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Joey Rosskopf delivered a heartbreaking blow to his BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter, taking out the US Pro time trial title in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday. The 27-year-old parlayed the strong form he showed in the Giro d'Italia final time trial, where he was fifth, into the result, but said he suffered to keep going over the past three weeks. Rosskopf told Cyclingnews that the victory was his "most satisfying win". "I've never been close to this at a national championship before, I've never been able to put together a good ride," he said. "It's a little unexpected, I didn't have so many great days on the bike over the past few weeks, I like to think I was saving it up for today."ADVERTISEMENT His fifth place in the 29.3km time trial on the final stage of the Giro in Milan was an impressive ride at the end of a challenging three weeks of racing. To keep that form for almost a month cost Rosskopf dearly. "I knew it was possible to do it again, but I think that got me too motivated, and I didn't rest enough after the Giro. That led to three weeks of suffering on the bike and never feeling amazing," he said. "I thought it was too close between the Giro and nationals to take a big break. Maybe it worked out. I have been regretting jumping the gun on training after the Giro until now." In 2014, the last time Rosskopf raced the national championships, he finished a distant seventh. Before then, 10th was his best result. Since then, he's made his home in Spain, and has gotten over the discomfort and angst that often follows American riders to Europe when they join the WorldTour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marcotte focused on stars-and-stripes repeat in Knoxville
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
To sayEric Marcotte (Cylance pro Cycling) knows how to target a race would be an understatement. The 2014 US pro road race champion and 2015 criterium champion has repeatedly proved that when he has time to prepare and focus on a single day, he's a hard man to beat. That idea should leave the rest of the pro peloton in Knoxville nervous when they approach the start line for today's USA Cycling Professional Championships road race; Marcotte hasn't raced since the Redlands Bicycle Classic in early May, choosing instead to quietly train at home in Arizona for a chance to repeat his 2014 win. Despite a similar laser-like focus on the race, Marcotte says this year's championship is nothing like 2014. That year I just tried to play the teammate role and get up the road, taking pressure off our best bet that year, Marcotte said of the 2014 race, when he and then-teammate Travis McCabe made the final selection and finished first and second for SmartStop.Id contribute when I could but have to survive the climb; I was on a good day so it obviously played out well. And once the big climb was over, and we had three teammates in the circuits around town, it went well for us.ADVERTISEMENT The course in Knoxville forgoes the finishing circuits in town, instead sending riders 14 times over a 12.6km course that includes a 1km climb that comes about 9km from the finish. A slightly uphill kicker before the line will provide another challenge. Marcotte has proved in the past he can make it over short, punchy climbs and still have something left for the finish, the only question now is where his form is after nearly eight weeks without a race. USA Cycling's decision to move the race back in line with other national championships left a gap in the schedule for many riders I'm not sure how it will be for others, but I've had nearly eight weeks no racing, so that was a big change, he said. I'm am very good at focus, discipline and motivation, though another one-day race on the schedule would be ideal. That being said, I hope to have prepared well. I am happy with what I've done coming into the event. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Molly Weaver: Injury setback was probably the toughest time of my life
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In many respects, Molly Weaver is just happy to be here, but she's also eager to get her season properly underway. The Sunweb rider was hospitalised with concussion and a broken sternum, vertebrae and collarbone after a car hit her during a training ride. The crash happened before Weaver could even get a race under her belt this season and it would be May before she could turn a pedal in anger. Following two races last month, the British national road race on Sunday marks the beginning of a proper programme for the 23-year-old. "It's a weird one for me because it's been a bit of a strange season," Weaver told Cyclingnews. "I don't know where I'm going to be but it's sort of one of those, I didn't even think I would be here, so I'm just happy about that."ADVERTISEMENT Weaver had initially been down to ride the Women's Tour earlier in the month, but with such a tough parcours she and the team decided it was too much too soon. Her first major goal of this season will be the Giro Rosa, followed by La Course, but the national championships will be a chance to test her legs ahead of it. In an ideal world, a strong result at nationals would have been a big target for her. While she holds some ambitions for the event, she has had to set the bar lower, knowing that she hadn't been able to prepare as she normally would. He training has been heavily concentrated into an intensive block, leaving her without some of the finer elements. "It's actually kind of annoying this year. It's one of the best years for me for the course and I kind of wish it had been a worse course this year, and then I would feel a bit different about it," she explained. "I've done two races, and I can feel that I'm missing that top end. I haven't had time to build and peak in things like you normally would so I'm missing that little bit of acceleration or edge it the top end. I do have aims for the nationals, but I also have to be realistic in myself, and when it all kicks off, I have to stay at my own pace, especially I that big climb on that main lap." Starting from scratch You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cardiac 'anomaly' forces Navardauskas out for at least one month
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Heinrich Haussler returned to riding Saturday following a recent arthroscopic treatment of his knee, while Ramunas Navarduaskas is out for at least a month after tests detected a cardiac arrhythmia. Bahrain-Merida updated both riders' conditions Saturday on the team website. All is going very good after the arthroscopy, no pain, not much swelling and I feel good, Haussler said. I went for my first ride today and it went very well. Now I will just follow the normal rehab protocol, build up my left leg up again and as soon as I can get back to normal training again I will be back with my teammates out on the road and the races.ADVERTISEMENT Haussler initially injured his left knee in a crash in November 2016. After a series of conservative treatments, it was decided to operate in January, causing him to miss the official presentation of his new team. A significant slowdown of the recovery program" for the 33-year-old caused him to delay the start of his season until the Four Days of Dunkirk last month. He finished 20th overall in the six-stage race, but he hasnt raced since. Team doctor Carlo Guardascione explained Hausslers most recent procedure: Ten days ago, in Orthopedic Klinik of Basel, a second arthroscopic treatment was necessary for reduce an important hypertrophic Hoffas fat body that created impingement inside the left knee. Surgery treatment was excellent and the first check done yesterday shows a dry knee and a good performance about movements and stability. Navardauskas, meanwhile, has at least a month off the bike before he can begin riding again after tests discovered the cardiac anomaly. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
LottoNL-Jumbo unveil new jersey for Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. The team's predominantly yellow colourscheme creates problems when it comes to the Tour, where the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.In 2015, the team modified its kit to reduce the amount of yellow on the jersey, and will do the same for the 2017 Tour, which gets underway in Dusseldoorf on July 1. The team's original 2017 jersey, made by Shimano, is made up of a yellow torso, with black sleeves and collar. In the Tour de France version, the torso will be black, with the sleeves and collar yellow.ADVERTISEMENT The word 'Lotto' was written in black on the standard jersey, and 'Jumbo' in white, while on the new jersey it's 'Lotto' in white, and 'Jumbo' in yellow.The black shorts remain unchanged. LottoNL-Jumbo isn't the only team make such modifications for the Tour.ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits so as not to clash with the yellow jersey, while Tinkoff-Saxo changed to a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. This year Team Sky will change the colour of its jersey from black to white especially for the Tour, while special edition jerseys have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements, with Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all releasing new jerseys for the Tour last year. " LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) June 24, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels 'not angry, but disappointed' at Team Sky Tour de France snub
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Woet Poels has described himself as disappointed, but not angry, at being left out of Team Sky's nine-man line up for the Tour de France. The Dutchman played a vital role in Chris Froome's overall victories in the last two editions of the race but a knee injury has disrupted his 2017 campaign. After a nearly five months on the sidelines, Poels returned to racing at the Route du Sud last week and said he was 'confident' he'd make the Tour team, but the Sky camp clearly felt the question marks over his shape were too great. "Dave Braislford called me on Wednesday," Poels told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "If you get that call and you hear that you're not going, it hits you. In recent months I have done everything to get to the Tour. I was confident that I was going. I think I was ready.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not angry, but certainly disappointed. As I understand it, I could not help it. Because of that knee injury I am of course a bit of a question mark." Asked if it had changed his attitude towards his team, Poels added: "No,this does not necessarily mean that I want to get away from Sky. I'm fine at the team and have another two years on my contract after this year. Disappointments are part of sport, I am very well aware of that." Poels will now have to readjust his season, with the Vuelta a Espaa coming in as the big target, though it is likely to be a case of helping Froome try and win the Spanish Grand Tour for the first time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde to 'support Quintana, and nothing else' at Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde has sought to quell any hint of a Movistar leadership dilemma at the Tour de France, insisting he is riding to "help Nairo [Quintana], and nothing else". Valverde has ridden three Tours with Quintana, yet question marks have arisen over his commitment to the Colombian's cause, notably in 2015 when it was suspected he was reluctant to risk a first podium finish for himself by putting more pressure on Chris Froome. The way the results have gone this season have added another layer of interest. Valverde's first half of the season was simply phenomenal and saw him win classics like Lige-Bastogne-Lige and Flche-Wallonne, along with three overall stage race titles at Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al Pas Vasco. Quintana, meanwhile, has taken on the notoriously difficult challenge of targeting the Tour de France after the Giro d'Italia just over a month previously, where he seemed to lack his customary zip and finished second to Tom Dumoulin.ADVERTISEMENT "My goal is clear, and I've stated it many times: supporting him, and nothing else. We'll be backing Nairo 100 per cent," Valverde said in a Movistar interview on Saturday, adding that a strong GC position for himself would strengthen Quintana's tactical hand. "Anything that happens after that on the road is something we can't really plan on. Obviously, I can't lose much time, with the strategical interests of the team. We believe that my position can also be important, tactically. If things go right and we both remain up there in the overall standings, our rivals will have to take precautions against both of us - which might turn out to be good for the team." After his glittering start to the season, Valverde took a break after Lige to prepare for the second half, which will comprise the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espaa, and World Championships. It wasn't much of a break, though, as he only spent around a week off the bike, before a three-week block of altitude training in the Sierra Nevada. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Castroviejo overcomes injury, mechanical to reclaim Spanish title - News shorts
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Movistar's Jonathan Castroviejo reclaimed the Spanish time trial title in Soria on Friday, topping Team Sky's Mikel Landa by more than a minute. While the result is not remarkable in light of Castroviejo's prowess in the discipline, as European champion and a three-time Spanish champion, it is impressive considering he is still suffering pain in his ribs from a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse, and had a mechanical that forced him to change bikes during his race. "I had to withdraw from the Tour de Suisse with that pain in my stomach, which made me difficult to absorb any food I ate, but my condition " as shown on the opening TT " was really good," Castroviejo said. "I spent three days completely off the bike and got back to it searching for those good sensations, then I started thinking about this championship. It was both a test on how I was doing on the bike before the Tour and also a bid for that third title."ADVERTISEMENT The 43km route, Castroviejo said, was "incredibly tough" with strong winds, high heat and constant undulations. His race came to a halt briefly when he suffered a mechanical and had to switch bikes, leaving him without the power meter for reference. "I had to use my instinct, but managed myself well over the second half of the race. I think the gaps were really made on that part, with such strong headwinds. It's a distance which suits me well, I always do great at TTs lasting roughly an hour." Castroviejo's victory was Movistar's only win in the various national championships that have run so far. Nelson Oliveira was unable to start the championships in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal because, the team says, his start time was changed without sufficient notice. Daniele Bennati dropped out of the Italian time trial, and Alex Dowsett was defeated by Steven Cummings for the British title on the Isle of Man. Jasha Stterlin's second place to Tony Martin in Germany, just 15 seconds behind the world champion, was the team's other bright spot on the day. Zakarin wins Russian time trial title Mullen tops Roche to win Irish title Bonifazio out with tonsillitis You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch the USA Cycling national championships live on Cyclingnews
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Moved to the end of June to coincide with the rest of the world's national championships, the USACycling professional road championships will serve up some of the most exciting racing of the weekend.Catch all of the action in the women's and men's races live streaming on Cyclingnews on June 25. The Knoxville, Tennessee circuit is sure to provide plenty of space for attacks, counter-attacks and non-stop action. At just 12.7km in length and with one significant climb - the short but steep ascent on Sherrod Road - coming with about 9km to go, the sprinters will be lining up to have a shot at the title. The pro women start their 8-lap, 101km race at 9:00 EDT, with defending champion MeganGuarnier (BoelsDolmans) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) as the top favourites. The men's race, with defending championGreg Daniel, gets underway at 13:15 EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
National title number seven for Tony Martin in Germany
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) won the first time trial since taking the world title last year, winning the German national championship time trial in Chemnitz today. The victory is the sixth straight German title for Martin, and the seventh of his pro career. Martin was given a strong challenge from Movistar's Jasha Stterlin, who came within 15 seconds of the winning time. "The parcours and especially the distance of 48 kilometers was not easy for me today, especially mentally," Martin said. "Jasha Stterlin did a great job. I'm glad to have the title again."ADVERTISEMENT The result was a significant morale boost for Martin, who will start the Tour de France next Saturday in Dsseldorf with the aim of taking the first maillot jaune of the race in the opening time trial. "Everyone can understand that my focus is on next Saturday. I do not need to worry about my form; everything is going according to plan. My body feels great. Now I am looking forward to a short relaxing time at home with my family before travelling on Tuesday to Dsseldorf," Martin said. The Tour de France opens with a 14km time trial. Martin will lead Katusha-Alpecin along with sprinter Alexander Kristoff. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Neben eyeing US Nationals time trial as first test for Worlds defence
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World time trial champion Amber Neben will line up in her rainbow jersey at the USA Cycling Professional National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, aiming to add a second special jersey to her collection with the stars and stripes. But after a limited season and some experimentation with her training, the 42-year-old is looking at the race as a secondary goal to her Worlds title defence. "I always come in with the same expectation, and that's to win. That's no different," Neben tells Cyclingnews. "My confidence is in my faith. I'll do my best out there and we'll see what happens." Neben won the rainbow jersey in Qatar by just five seconds in a tight race over Ellen van Dijk and Katrin Garfoot. She knows that she will have to eke out every last watt she can find to have a chance of making the medals this year, so she's changed up her formerly tried-and-true training plan. She admits it has "made things a bit less predictable".ADVERTISEMENT Although she won the 11km opening stage at Redlands in early May by 18 seconds, when it came to a longer test in the Chrono Gatineau, she was off the pace of compatriot Lauren Stephens by 11 seconds. Neben anticipates a close race in Knoxville and whether or not she prevails depends on how she's absorbed the new training scheme. "With risk comes reward, we'll see if we get that reward. Mentally I'm ready, but physically it is to be determined to see how my body responds," Neben says. "I'm on really fast equipment and have dialled in the aerodynamics. As a time trialist, you find a sweet spot on the bike. When you change equipment you're always searching for that sweet spot. I'm not sure I've found it, but I'm closer. We'll probably go back in the wind tunnel after nationals to see if we can fine tune it a little more. It's a good place to test, so I'm excited about the weekend." Neben has been racing for almost 20 years and says that finding that competitive edge gets harder and harder every year. "For someone who's been going for so long, it's difficult to challenge your endurance engine, to create overload and get adaptation. At this point, you're getting hit with a hammer pretty hard to get back to this level." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI reduces Grand Tour teams to 8 riders for 2018
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Grand Tour rosters will be reduced from nine to eight riders next season, and pelotons in all UCI races will be limited to 176 riders as part of changes approved Thursday by the governing bodys Professional Cycling Council (PCC). The PCC also agreed to leave the WorldTour calendar substantially unchanged, with the Tour of Qatar falling off the list and the Tour of Turkey moving to October. The Abu Dhabi Tour will expand to five days, the UCI announced the changes on its website. Other announcements included a change of dates for the Tour de France in order to avoid conflicts with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The race will move back one week from the original dates, which will affect other races in the second half of the calendar. The full UCI mens road calendar, including races at .HC, .1 and .2 levels, will be published in September.ADVERTISEMENT The PCC considered safety issues when deciding to reduce the size of team rosters and pelotons. The issue arose last year when Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which owns the Tour de France and co-runs the Vuelta a Espaa, came together with Giro dItalia owners RCS Sport and Belgian one-day organisers Flanders Classics to agree to limit the number of riders teams can field in races. The organisers proposed limiting Grand Tour teams to eight riders and other events to seven, but the UCI balked at the proposal, telling all three groups that they could not independently change cyclings rules. The PPCs decision today makes the Grand Tour proposal official. Safety was also the driving force behind a test at the Tour de Suisse that revised the protocol for the calculation of time gaps for a split in stages expected to have bunch sprint finishes to three seconds rather than one. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome: I'm going to have to make sure I'm absolutely at my best
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome has warned that this years Tour de France route and the limited amount of time trial will ensure a very close race as he fights to win a fourth yellow jersey and move closer to the select group of five-time winners. Froome was confirmed as Team Skys team leader on Thursday and can count on the support of a veritable super team of support riders that includes Geraint Thomas, Michel Kwiatkowski, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa. However Froome has yet to win a race in 2017 and was only fourth at the recent Criterium du Dauphine. He claims he has followed a slow build-up to the summer. He is hoping to peak for the vital third week of the Tour de France and could go on to ride the Vuelta a Espana. He knows he faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and many others as a change in Grand Tour generations appears likely.ADVERTISEMENT "It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour. A lot of people say it's just another number, but each Tour to me tells a different story. It's a different battle in terms of getting that yellow jersey and then trying to hold on to it. Each Tour is so unique. To get a fourth victory would be incredible, Froome said in a video interview provided by Sky. "I do want to try and be up there with the guys who have won multiple Tours. They are seen as part of Tour de France history, and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them." Froome completed some final recon rides with several teammates in the Alps last week. He has often gained time on his rivals in the time trials but went on the attack on the descents last year to carve out his winning margin on Bardet and Quintana. We can expect more of the same this year, with Froome enjoying mixing it up even on flat stages. Key climbs and major rivals You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
BMC 'all in' for Porte with Tour de France line-up
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing have announced its line-up for the Tour de France, with the team going all in for leader Richie Porte. Paris-Roubaix champion Greg Van Avermaet has the freedom to chase a third stage win in as many years, but otherwise the nine-man team is geared around Portes bid for a first Grand Tour title. As well as delivering Porte to Paris in the yellow jersey, the US-registered team hopes to take it on the opening day, with Stefan Kng a bona fide contender for the 14km time trial in Dusseldorf on July 1. There was a possibility that Rohan Dennis, who took yellow on the opening day of the 2015 Tour, might come back to try to repeat the feat but despite being forced out of the Giro dItalia by an early crash, the Australian is sticking to the plan that excluded July.ADVERTISEMENT Porte, for the first time in his career, will have a Grand Tour team built around him. After serving as a super domestique for Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky, the Tasmanian made the switch to BMC last year but leadership at the Tour de France was shared, nominally at least, with Tejay van Garderen. This year the American was sent to the Giro d'Italia, while all the eggs were placed in Porte's basket. Thus far he has delivered on the responsibility with a fine run of form. Greg Van Avermaet, the teams Classics star who enjoyed an impeccable spring, is the one rider with freedom to leave Portes side. After tasting success in each of the past two editions of the Tour " last year also brought a spell in yellow " he will once again hunt stages in the medium mountains. We are going all in for Richie. All nine of our riders are coming to the Tour de France in good condition and we have a strong team. When we started planning for the Tour de France in December last year, these were the nine riders we had in mind," said directeur sportif Fabio Baldato, who has worked closely with Porte this season. Backing from Roche and Caruso in the mountains A true candidate for the maillot jaune You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana: Froome still looks like the big favourite for Tour de France
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has named Chris Froome as the favourite to win the Tour de France but said that missing out on Giro dItalia victory has not affected his morale ahead of La Grande Boucle. Quintana has placed on the podium in all three of his Tour appearances to date, but on each occasion " in 2013, 2015 and 2016 " Froome has won the race overall. Although Froome has failed to land a win so far this season and was short of his best at the recent Critrium du Dauphin, Quintana has anointed him as the man to beat next month. To me, Froome still looks like the big favourite. He always approaches the Tour perfectly, it's a race hes been brilliant at in the past, and Im sure hell be at 100 per cent condition in July, Quintana said.ADVERTISEMENT In a lengthy interview released by his Movistar team, Quintana also namechecked Richie Porte (BMC) " hes shown great abilities that make him a strong contender " Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) as contenders, together with the Orica-Scott duo of Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves, and Astanas pairing of Fabio Aru and Jakob Fuglsang. As I said before, the Giro and the [Tom] Dumoulin success, theres always some sort of surprise, riders you dont count on to get a result and end up contesting the GC, said Quintana, who will have another contender alongside him on the Movstar team, in the shape of Alejandro Valverde. His immense strength creates a serious threat to the other rivals, who fear what he can achieve, Quintana said. It makes you so calm to have him on your team. No Giro-Tour regrets The Tour route You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky include Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Landa in Tour de France squad
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky has confirmed the riders that will support Chris Froome as he targets a fourth Tour de France victory, with Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski, and Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao all in the British teams strong line-up. However, there is no place for Wout Poels or Britons Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. Team Sky are targeting a fifth Tour de France victory after first winning the race in 2012 with Bradley Wiggins, with Froome going on to win it in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Team Sky arguably has the strongest team for the Tour de France and is hoping Froome can find his best form in July after a failing to win a race so far this season. Froome faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time. Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation," said Froome in a statement announcing Sky's line-up on Thursday. "Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now. Honestly, I just love it. Its a feeling that you dont get from any other race. Geraint Thomas targeted the Giro dItalia as team leader but was forced to quit due to the injuries he sustained in a crash sparked by a police motorbike on stage 9. He has now recovered and recently raced the Route du Sud as a final test of his form. He is expected to be Froome's co-captain as well as a possible Plan B leader for the overall classification if Froome struggles or is injured. Team Sky has again opted for a mixed team of support riders to help and protect Froome on the hectic flat stages and in the mountains. Seven of the riders rode the 2016 Tour de France, with Kwiatkowski arguably replacing Poels and Knees replacing Stannard. The average age of the squad is an experienced 30.8. As statistician Cillian Kelly pointed out on social media, five riders at Team Sky have all finished in the top 15 overall at the Tour de France: As well as Froome, these are Kwiatkowski (11th), Henao (12th), Nieve (12th) and Thomas (15th). Landa has also finished third overall in the Giro d'Italia. " Team Sky (@TeamSky) June 22, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Niewiadoma, Bronzini, Wild to headline RideLondon Classique
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Recent Womens Tour winner Kasia Niewiadoma, Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsten Wild will headline the Prudential RideLondon Classique next month. The organisers have confirmed that 18 of the top 20 teams will also be present at the race. Bronzini and Wild are both former winners of the event. Wild was the victor last year, out-sprinting Nina Kessler and Leah Kirchmann and taking home a record prize pot. In 2016, the overall prize money grew to 100,000 with the Dutchwoman taking home a tidy 25,000 for her efforts. The prize pot, equal to that of the mens, will remain the same for this years event. ThePrudential RideLondon Classique takes place over multiple laps of a 5.5km circuit around the centre of London. The riders will first head up Constitution Hill before doubling back and passing Buckingham Palace and making their way to Parliament Square. They will pas through Trafalgar Square, down the Strand and back, before heading under Admiralty Arch. The finish line will be in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Good news for the organisers is that theyve managed to attract a much larger haul of top teams. With the Olympic Games so close, several teems were unable to field a line-up in 2016, with Boels Dolmans pulling out at the last minute due to a shortage of riders. A total of 20 teams are set to descend on London at the end of next month, one up from last year. All of the top-10 teams, including Boels Dolmans, Wiggle-High5 and Team Sunweb will be present. The RideLondon Classique is the 14th round of the Womens WorldTour. Niewiadoma currently leads the competition, as the riders head to the Giro Rosa later this month, after taking a stage and overall victory at the Womens Tour. 2017 RideLondon Classique teams You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stomach virus slows Geipel ahead of German championships
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andre Greipel's Tour de France preparation hit a slight roadblock last week when the reigning German road race champion contracted a stomach virus that kept him from training for several days, although his team doctor says Greipel should be on target when the French Grand Tour starts in Dsseldorf on July 1. "A virus is always unfortunate, but meanwhile things are going well with him," Lotto Soudal team doctor Servaas Bing told Sporza. "He has been sick for a number of days, so we have to adjust his program," Bing said. "Last week he has ridden again as a build-up. His shape will be as it should be in the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Greipel has 11 career stage wins in the Tour deFrance including his sole win last year on the Champs-Elysees. So far this season he's won four races, including the recent stage 2 at the Giro d'Italia. His other wins came in stages at Paris-Nice and the Volta ao Algarve, and his season opener at the one-day Trofeo Porreres in Spain. Greipel came close to wearing the maglia rosa after winning the Giro's second stage, and he'd obviously like nothing better than to where the yellow jersey after the first road stage from Dsseldorf to Lige. Greipel's pre-Tour program also includes this weekend's German national championships, where the reigning champion is scheduled to vie for his fourth title to add to wins in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Bing indicated Greipel will be on the start line. "It's to be expected and see how it's going to go, but Andre is perfectly professional and he's going to take responsibility," Bing told Sporza. "If he has a chance, he'll be there to go for it." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson questions Lappartient's 'vision' as he reacts to UCI presidency challenge
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Brian Cookson has reacted to the news that he will be challenged for the next term of UCI presidency by his vice-president David Lappartient, releasing a statement in which he questions the Frenchman's vision for the sport and notes his 'well known personal ambition for the role'. Cookson, formerly president of British Cycling, succeeded Pat McQuaid as UCI president in 2013 and is coming to the end of his four-year team. He has always voiced his desire to serve a second and final term. Lappartient is the former president of the French cycling federation and the European Cycling Union, and has served as vice-president at the UCI, under Cookson, for the past four years. He has long been tipped with a bid for the top job in cycling administration, and launched his candidacy on Tuesday with a new website - ourpassion.org - a social media campaign, and a five-pillar project that promises 'real leadership' and 'a real ambition for cycling'.ADVERTISEMENT "Having changed the constitution of the UCI to introduce term limits and improve the election process after the controversial events of four years ago, I respect other people's right to announce their candidature," Cookson wrote in a statement on Tuesday. "I note that so far David Lappartient has not set out very much detail in his plan or any vision he may have beyond his well known personal ambition for the role. I look forward to debating what matters for the future of cycling over the coming months." Lappartient's hat was thrown into the ring just 24 hours before the deadline for candidacy registration, though it wouldn't have come as a huge surprise to the Cookson camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France combativity award to be voted via Twitter - News shorts
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Social media users will get a bigger say in the winner of this year's Prix de la combativit or most aggressive rider competition at the Tour de France. New rules allow further nominations via the social media platform Twitter on the two rest days and a final vote on the most aggressive rider in the race on the final day in Paris. A jury of esteemed French journalists and race technical director Thierry Gouvenou will still decide the Prix de la combativit on a daily basis. However, anyone can vote for the two rest day 'super-combatif' riders from first two weeks of the race. The rider who secures the most retweets will be declared as the winner and so nominated for the final vote. Peter Sagan won the super-combatif prize last year, beating Romain Bardet, who finished third overall behind Chris Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Mrkv and Bystrm left out of Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France squad Alexander Kristoff has said he was surprised to find out that fellow Norwegian and key lead out man Michael Mrkv has not been selected for the Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France team. The full Katusha-Alpecin line up has yet to be confirmed, but Norwegian media reported the absence of Mrkv and Sven Erik Bystrm on Monday, suggesting the tension between Kristoff and team management as one of the possible reasons. Mrkv explained that the Tour de France had been on his original race programme, while Kristoff admitted he had not been contacted about the line up for the Tour de France. The relationship between Kristoff and Katusha appeared strained in May when the rider told the media that the team were not happy with his weight. WADA gives UCLA anti-doping Laboratory partial suspension Take our big sports survey to be in with a chance of winning one of ten prizes, each worth 100! You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong's lawyers want LeMond and Betsy Andreu to be excluded as witnesses in fraud trial
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Lance Armstrongs legal team has requested that Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu be excluded from providing evidence as part of the US federal governments fraud case against him, which is due to go to trial in November. Armstrongs attorneys are also seeking to prevent USADAs 2012 Reasoned Decision, which detailed his doping and saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France wins, from being presented as evidence in the case. The federal government is suing Armstrong on behalf on the US Postal Service, which is seeking the return of the $32.3 million that Armstrongs team received in sponsorship between 2000 and 2004. The final figure could be tripled under the False Claims Act if it is decreed that the sponsorship was obtained fraudulently due to Armstrongs doping. As the whistle blower in the federal case, Floyd Landis stands to receive a portion of the damages if the governments case is successful.ADVERTISEMENT According to USA Today, Armstrongs attorneys from the Keker Van Nest & Peter firm have filed documents objecting to LeMond and Andreu serving as witnesses in Novembers trial. LeMond and Andreu were among those to accuse Armstrong of doping long before his belated confession in January 2013. While LeMond is well-versed in the prevalence of doping throughout the sport during the relevant time period (1997-2004) and still owns the record for the fastest time trial in Tour de France history, he has no personal knowledge regarding Armstrong, the USPS sponsorship agreement, or invoices submitted for sponsorship payments, Armstrongs legal team wrote of LeMond. A similar objection was lodged against Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrongs former teammate Frankie. She has been and remains a long-time vocal critic of Armstrong, appearing on television whenever possible to criticize him, and attributing to Armstrong her husbands lack of greater success in his career after being a cyclist, Armstrongs attorneys wrote. She has no relevant testimony to offer and she should not be permitted to testify in this case, or use it as a soapbox for impugning Armstrongs character. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
David Lappartient launches candidacy for UCI presidency
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former French Cycling Federation president David Lappartient has confirmed that he will stand against Brian Cookson for the role of UCI President, sparking a new power struggle for the most important political role in the sport. Elections are due to take place on September 21 during the UCI road World Championships in Norway. Cookson defeated Pat McQuaid in 2013 to secure his first term as UCIpresident but now faces a serious challenge if he wants a second four-year term.Lappartient is the current UCI vice-president and president of the European Cycling Union.ADVERTISEMENT Cookson had expected to stand unopposed but Lappartient has revealed his candidacy 24 hours before the June 21 deadline. He has created a website that includes details of his five-point programme and immediately started a social media campaign. Cookson launched his six-point manifesto on June 2. After deep thinking and reflections I have made the decision to be a candidate for the Presidency of UCI at the September 21st Congress, in Bergen " Norway, Lappartient said in a statement on the ourpassion.org website. Like you, I have great passion for cycling and I want to serve our sport at the highest level. I have always voiced my concerns on the various challenges I have witnessed at UCI, and as a vice-President of the organization, I have been made aware of a number of issues that must be urgently addressed if cycling is to remain a credible sport. It is crucial that we have at UCI a President with a real leadership, who is truly engaged and with a clear vision for cycling. I have these qualities and the credentials it take to lead UCI. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Moscon moves on after racism ban: 'My conscience is clear, I accepted the punishment'
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Skys Gianni Moscon was back in action at the recent Route du Sud race after serving his six-week suspension for racist comments to FDJs Kevin Reza at home in Italy. He is not due to ride the Tour de France but will target this weekends Italian national championships and then make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana in August. The 23-year-old Italian finished second behind Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) on Saturdays tough mountain stage to Gavarnie Gedre that included the climb of the Tourmalet. He finished seventh overall at the Route du Sud, 5:38 down on overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC). Moscon impressed during the cobbled Classics in April, finished fifth overall at Paris-Roubaix. The racist incident with Reza occurred at the Tour de Romandie with video footage showing the two arguing after teammate Elia Viviani won the third stage to Payerne. Team Sky kept Moscon in the Swiss race, but he then travelled to Manchester for a disciplinary hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon was given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks, and was due to attend a "diversity awareness course, according to a statement from Team Sky. He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted, Team Sky explained at the time. Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract. Targeting the Tricolore and then the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Damiano Caruso hopes Tour de Suisse display is a turning point
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Damiano Caruso(BMC)believes his second place finish at the Tour de Suisse could mark a turning point in his career, though the Italian reiterated that his sole duty in July will be to support Richie Porte in his bid to win the Tour de France. With Porte deployed at the Critrium du Dauphin, Caruso was handed the reins of team leadership for the Tour de Suisse, where he held the yellow jersey for two days and then placed third in Sundays concluding time trial to secure second place, 48 seconds behind Simon Spilak (Katsha-Alpecin). "I havent been a winner up to now but Ive often gone strongly. Now Ive changed and I have a dream: to go to the Tour de France in the jersey of Italian national champion," Caruso told La Gazzetta dello Sport, indicating his determination to win the 'tricolore' national champion's jersey this weekend before traveling to Dusseldorf for the Grand Dpart.ADVERTISEMENT This years Tour de France will be just the third of Carusos career. The Sicilian spent part of May training at altitude with Porte, who confirmed his status as one of the principal favourites for Tour victory after winning the Tour de Romandie and placing second at the Dauphin. With Tejay van Garderen and possibly Rohan Dennis both absent, Caruso will be Porte's key lieutenant in the high mountains. "Im setting off to be completely by his side, and then if the road presents an opportunity, Ill try to take it," Caruso said. At the Vuelta, on the other hand, Ill go for the win. But its early to talk about that. First theres the Tour, and thats already a lot. A professional since 2009, Caruso has just one win to his name " a stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in 2013 " but he placed 8th overall at the 2015 Giro and performed strongly at last years Tour de France as part of Portes guard. Dennis casts doubt on Tour de France start You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert, Izaguirre, Spilak climb WorldTour ranking after Tour de Suisse
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Gilbert has moved into the top five of the UCI WorldTour rankings and Ion Izaguirre into the top 10 as Greg Van Avermaet stays well out in front after the Tour de Suisse. The race was Van Avermaets first WorldTour outing since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April and, despite finishing no higher than 15th on stage 3, he makes it three months at top spot thanks to the lead he built up over the spring. Gilbert moves from sixth to fifth at the expense of Team Skys Michal Kwiatkowski thanks to his stage 2 victory. He earned 60 points for that win and added another 20 by finishing in the top 30 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Peter Sagans two stage wins werent enough to propel him up the standings, and he remains locked in ninth. Izaguirre flopped on stage 4 but fought back to finish third on stage 6, second on stage 7, and fourth overall. Previously 13th, he jumps into 10th, pushing down Alberto Contador, Sergio Henao, and Thibaut Pinot. The rest of the top 10 is made up of riders who didnt add to their tallies in the past week. Tom Dumoulin, fourth, abandoned the race, while most others had instead raced the Critrium du Dauphin the previous week. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Poels upbeat about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wout Poels is optimistic about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad after returning to racing at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees following a knee injury. The Dutchman had not raced since the Ruta del Sol in early February. His knee pain meant he was unable to defend his 2016 victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, and his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome initially seemed slim. However, Poels is considered one of Froomes key support riders in the mountains after helping him win the Tour in 2015 and 2016. Poels has now been back in full training for several weeks and is hoping the Team Sky management will trust him to come good in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT "I confident that Im in [the Tour de France squad]. The progression Ive made in recent weeks is clear to see. As a domestique for Froome, I dont need to be good from the first day. I need to be fresh to work in the third week, in the Alps, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Poels as saying after he finished 41st overall at the Route de Sud. Competition for the nine places in Team Skys squad for the Tour de France is intense, with 13 riders on a long list. Chris Froome is targeting a fourth victory and will need strong support as he competes against Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski are expected to play key supporting roles for Froome, with Peter Kennaugh, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa all under consideration as mountain domestiques. Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, Vasil Kiryienkaand several other riders are in line for domestique duty on the flatter stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Spilak eschews Grand Tours despite Tour de Suisse win - News Shorts
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Simon Spilak gave Katusha-Alpecin one of two stage race victories this week: while the Slovenian sealed the overall Tour de Suisse for the second time in his career with a solid final time trial, across Europe his teammate Jose Goncalves won the Ster ZLM Toer. While the Tour de Suisse is often used as a warm-up and form check for the Tour de France, Spilak has no such ambitions, and his next race will be the Tour of Poland. "No Grand Tours for me since 2014 " this is my own decision," Spilak said. "I prefer stage races of six to 10 days. Of course, it would be nice to win a Tour de France stage or to become world champion."ADVERTISEMENT Spilak pulled out his winning margin in the race with a strong ride to the summit at Slden on stage 7, heading into the final time trial with a rather comfortable 52-second lead on BMC's Damiano Caruso. Despite suffering in the heat of the day, Spilak lost just four seconds to his Italian rival. "This was a very hard day and difficult TT," Spilak said. "It was harder than we expected. We did our recon of the route in the morning. By this afternoon it was so hot, but I am so happy. "I am happy for my teammates, too. All week all of them did such a great job. Temperature is my biggest enemy here in Suisse, but I beat the heat this time." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Suisse stage 9 time trial start times
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) will be hoping to close out his second overall victory in three years at the Tour de Suisse on the final time trial stage. The Slovenian has a good record on Swiss soil and goes into the stage with a comfortable 52-second lead over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) in the general classification, with Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) sitting a further 13 seconds back. Spilak will be the last rider down the ramp at 16:53 local time, while Jonathan Dibben will kick start proceedings over two and a half hours earlier at 14:20. Giro dItalia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who would have been a stage favourite, abandoned the race earlier in the week following a busy racing schedule, but there are several riders waiting in the wings as they look for one final victory to close out the race. After taking the win on the opening day time trial, Rohan Dennis is the clear favourite for the stage win. He has kept his nose relatively clean throughout the week and will want another win for his palmares. Dennis will set off at 15:00 local time.ADVERTISEMENT Other riders to look out for are Ryan Mullen (14:28), Taylor Phinney (14:30), Lasse Norman Hansen (14:33), Stefan Kung (15:47), Tejay van Garderen (16:07) and Ion Izagirre (16:39). At 28.6km, the time trial is the longest at the Tour de Suisse since 2011 and should give an opportunity for some to climb the rankings. A short, sharp climb at the 20-kilometre mark will help some of the climbers limit their losses, but with a predominantly flat course it is one for the power riders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Majka: I'm ready for the Tour de France
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Weeks of altitude training played dividends for Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) as he rode to victory on the Queen stage of the Tour of Slovenia. The Polish champion had the bettering of Bahrain-Meridas Giovanni Visconti to move himself into the race lead with just one sprint stage to come. Majka tried several times to get away on the final climb, first attacking with just under nine kilometres to go. He was initially joined by Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) before Visconti bridged the gap. Majka tried again and again, but he was consistently shadowed by Haig, while Visconti was able to chase back on each time. In the end, Majka had to rely on his sprint, overtaking Visconti who had gone with 500 metres to go. The three-second gap to the Italian plus a few bonus seconds gives Majka a seven-second lead in the overall classification going into the final day of racing. After his win, Majka said that he was ready to take on the Tour de FranceADVERTISEMENT First I have to say thanks to my teammates. They did an excellent job, also the past two days, said Majka. I attacked early because I didnt know the climb and didnt want to take any risk. Nobody wanted to cooperate, so I tried it several times. In the end, I took the win, and that is important. I am very happy, not just for this win, also because this was a good test after three weeks training in the Sierra Nevada. I think I am ready now for the Tour. The Tour of Slovenia is Majkas final race before the Tour de France next month after last competing at the Tour of California in May, where he finished second overall. Majka has twice won the mountains classification at the Tour, but his best finish in the GC is 28th. He has taken three top-10 finishes at the Giro dItalia and claimed his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. Majkas Tour of Slovenia victory began a good day for the Bora-Hansgrohe squad, who also took to the top step when Peter Sagan won stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch the Tour de Beauce final stage live streaming
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Silber's Alec Cowan leads the overallTour de Beauce by 26 seconds, but is sure to come under attack on a hilly and technical final city circuit stage in St.Georges. You can watch all of the action live streaming on Cyclingnews for the first time in the history of the race. The action begins at 10:50EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dillier surprised by chance to win Route du Sud overall
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Before the Route du Sud, BMC's Silvan Dillier says, "if somebody had told me before the race that I was going to be going for the general classification at Route du Sud, I would have told them that they were crazy". But after the 26-year-old staged a valiant solo chase through the Pyrenees to move into the race lead by one second, the possibility to prevail on Sunday has become a distinct reality. Should he emerge victorious, it will be the first stage race victory for the Swiss rider, who last month racked up his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d'Italia. Dillier started stage 3 of the Route du Sud in second place on GC at 24 seconds, and entered into a large breakaway that escaped 20 kilometres into the tame first half of the race's queen stage.ADVERTISEMENT With overnight leader Julien Loubet (Armee de Terre) distanced, Dillier took the race by its scruff by taking out the first intermediate sprint to deduct three seconds from his deficit to Loubet in the overall standings. When riders who were not in the hunt for the general classification escaped in the decidedly more rigorous second half of the stage, on the category 1 Col du Tourmalet, Dillier went after them. A frantic chase down the last descent and the Swiss rider joined Team Sky's Gianni Moscon and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), taking another three-second bonus at the foot of the final climb. "The first objective was to make the breakaway today to get some bonus seconds and points for the sprint jersey, and then I took it climb by climb to see where I ended up at the top and how much I could get back on the descents," Dillier explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rolland soars to Route du Sud victory in the Pyrenees
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pierre Rolland shook off any leftover fatigue from the Giro d'Italia, and just three weeks after his triumph in Canazei, the Cannondale-Drapac rider was at it again, soaring to a summit stage win at Gavarnie-Gdre on the queen stage of the Route du Sud. The Frenchman had lost almost six minutes on the opening stage, and finished next to last on stage 2, another 5:36 behind the stage winner Elia Viviani, but when the road tilted upward over the Col du Tourmalet, Rolland found his legs and rode away from all of his breakaway companions except Gianni Moscon (Sky). When BMC's Silvan Dillier joined them on the final climb, Rolland saw his opportunity, and attacked with 4km to go and soloed to the stage win.ADVERTISEMENT "We never had a big advantage because there was Silvan Dillier from BMC, who was only 20 seconds back to the GC,"Rolland said. "We approached the last climb with little advantage, but I just told myself that I had not done it all for nothing so I'm going as fast as possible. Rolland was part of a large breakaway that escaped even before the day's first climb of the Col du Tourmalet, the nearly 25km long category 1 ascent that serves as a Tour de France gauge of fitness. As their lead began to dwindle, Rolland attacked and drew out Moscon and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), but the latter could not hang onto the pace and dropped back. Moscon and Rolland fought on the descent and the next climb, the category 2 Gaberisse, to fend off the chase from Dillier, but he finally made contact on the final category 1 climb, just before Rolland's final, successful surge. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan shows sprint form with record 15th Tour de Suisse stage
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When Peter Sagan joined the up-and-coming Bora-Hansgrohe squad for its first WorldTour season, there were doubts as to whether the team was up to the task of leading out the world champion against other, more established, sprint squads. But on stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse, the team demonstrated that it was more than capable of supporting Sagan, and he in turn showed that his speed is on target ahead of his Tour de France green jersey defence. It wasn't a typical run-in on a short, fast, technical circuit in Schaffhausen, but the green helmets and black jerseys of Bora-Hansgrohe could be seen at the front of the race consistently as the kilometers ticked down. On the final lap, Marcus Burghardt marked a dangerous move containing Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb), and then reeled in a counter-attack from Trek's Fabio Felline. Into the final kilometers, Sagan was led by his teammates and then finished off their work with a commanding victory over Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) - extending his record of career stage wins in the Tour de Suisse to 15.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a very good day for us and once again I have to thank my teammates for their strong effort," Sagan said. "We were practically the only ones to control the race today, so they did an excellent job. I'm happy for my second stage win this year " my fifteenth overall. The Tour de Suisse is a race I like, although it's too early to talk about next year. I hope I can come back." Directeur sportif Jan Valach was suitably proud of the team's work and the outcome on the day. "Today's excellent victory for Peter Sagan was the result of perfect teamwork by every single rider of the team," Valach said. "The stage started with a very strong pace, and our plan from the morning was to be in control from the outset. We put riders in the front from the first metres with the aim of also being able to assess this very fast and technical circuit. "Juraj Sagan was the first to pull hard in the front, followed by Michael Kolar. In the last lap, it was up to Jay McCarthy, Maciej Bodnar and Marcus Burghardt to do the tough job. Jay was brilliant and closed nearly one minute on the breakaway on his own. He had incredible legs. We are happy to see how Peter got off in the final sprint and I think he showed he has very good form." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Spanish court stops identification of Operacion Puerto athletes
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The names of the owners of the 211 blood bags uncovered as part of Operacion Puerto may never be known after a Spanish court issued a clarification letter earlier this week. A year on from the decision to release the blood bags to the anti-doping authorities, the Provincial Court of Madrid wrote a letter of clarification. It said that the blood bags were only passed over to the authorities to verify if they belonged to athletes with open cases, rather than begin disciplinary proceedings. The letter comes after Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the centre of the scandal who was accused of blood doping athletes, issued a request for the blood bags be returned to him and that the identities of their owners remain a secret. Fuentes said that the publication of the names violates the right of privacy and confidentiality derived from the doctor-patient relationship. While the court denied Fuentes request for the return of the items, but as there are no open cases the identities of the athletes cannot be made public. The ruling will be a blow to the anti-doping authorities.ADVERTISEMENT Operacion Puerto has been rumbling on since 2006 after police raids on the office of Fuentes. Several cyclists were identified as patients of Fuentes from the documentation kept by the doctor, however, the blood bags uncovered were held as evidence by the Spanish authorities. Following the Operacion Puerto trial in 2013, where Fuentes was given a one-year suspended sentence and banned from working as a doctor for four years, the court ruled that the blood bags be destroyed. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the UCI and others appealed the decision and eventually won their case in 2016. The original sentence handed down to Fuentes was also overturned. Quickly after gaining possession of the blood bags, the owners of each of them had been identified. However, the length of the trial and subsequent appeal meant that the statute of limitation " eight years " had long passed. This left the authorities with a legal conundrum as they could not prosecute any of the athletes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Siutsou out of Tour de France after fracturing leg
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kanstantsin Siutsou will miss the Tour de France as he has to undergo surgery following a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Slovenie. Siutsou fractured his left femoral bone when he came down on the second descent of the day and was taken to hospital. Doctors confirmed that he had suffered a leg fracture that it will require immediate surgery according to his Bahrain-Merida team. After the return from the hospital team doctor Marjan Kori informed us that Kanstantsin needed to be urgently operated, a team statement read. He has a complicated fracture of the left femoral bone. In the next few days, we will be able to give more information about the surgery prospective view for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Kanstantsin Siutsous injury will have consequences not only for this race but most of all for Tour de France. We wish Kanstantsin to recover soon and to return on the bike and races as soon as possible. It wasnt the best of stages for the Bahrain-Merida team, who also saw Luka Pibernik go down as torrential rain hammered down on the peloton in the final 30 kilometres. Piberniks incident occurred on the run to the line as a flurry of crashes happened on the slippery roads. The result was a stitch to his left elbow and three to his shin. Unlike his teammate, Pibernik was able to continue. Sonny Colbrelli avoided crashing himself, but he was forced to navigate stricken riders and could only manage seventh in the chaotic finale. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
inCycle: Orica-Scott's Grand Tour ambitions - Video
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In this week's episode of inCycle, Orica-Scott lay out their plans to hunt a Grand Tour title, as we hear from Tour de France hopefuls Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates. As sport director Matt White explains, hopes are running high for the Australian outfit, no longer focused solely on stage victories in the three-week events. Team Sunweb's Mike Teunissen provides a look into development of a different kind, detailing his journey from cyclo-cross up-and-comer to Classics hopeful.ADVERTISEMENT The show also checks in with Drops Cycling, punching above their weight less than two years after being founded as a brand new Women's WorldTour squad. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Spilak parlays team effort into Tour de Suisse lead
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) spent the first six stages at the Tour de Suisse laying in wait and keeping his powder dry, creeping ever closer to the podiums top step as the week progressed.On Friday he pounced, finishing off his teams all-day effort with a solo stage win on the Tiefenbach Glacier above Slden and seizing the overall lead. Immediately from the start this morning I felt that I had good legs, said Spilak, who won the Tour de Suisse in 2015 and was ninth last year. Yesterday it was 30 degrees, but today it was 20 and this is better for me. We had a plan for today and the team was so good. Not to perform well was not an option. Katushas Baptiste Planckaert and Jhonatan Restrepo infiltrated the large early breakaway, which gained four minutes before the peloton brought the adventurers back as they reached Slden and the start of the final 12km climb.ADVERTISEMENT Bahrain-Merida set the early pace on the final ascent, but Katusha-Alpecin quickly took over, first with Matvey Mamykin and then with Rein Taaramae, who set a pace that blew the lead group apart, leaving just a handful of contenders in contact. Taaramae continued to hammer until just he, Spilak and Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) remained, eventually swinging off with about 10km to go. Dombrowski clung to Spilaks wheel for a short time, but he too lost the pace and left Spilak alone in front with about 8km remaining. Maybe that was too far from the finish, but what else could I do? I had to take the jersey for my team, Spilak said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Groenewegen keeps LottoNL streak going at Ster ZLM Toer
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dylan Groenewegen added another win Friday during stage 3 at the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands, backing up his win on stage 2 and making it three wins out of three stages for LottoNL-Jumbo after Primoz Roglic won the opening time trial and took the race lead. Groenewegen took his second stage win of the race at the end of the 210km stage in Buchten, winning the bunch gallop ahead of Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel and Moreno Hofland. "It was a nice win," Groenewegen said. "It was a quite hectic final. Everything went well and 175 metres before the finish line, they put me in great position. For the second day in a row, the sprint train worked really well. Robert Wagner did a very fast lead-out; I only had to continue with that speed and no one was able to come over me. Most of these guys here have a chance to be in the Tour de France and I wanted to be in top form to test myself before heading there in July."ADVERTISEMENT Team directorMerijn Zeeman was ecstatic about taking the team's third in three tries. "Unbelievable," Zeeman said. "I have never experienced this before, winning the first three stages of a race. It was a hell of a job to let the right breakaway go. From that point on, we controlled the race. Gijs Van Hoecke did a superb job. The rest of the guys were focused on the sprint and they did really well. A huge compliment for the guys. Zeeman was also pleased with the progress of the team's sprint train, especially after beating Tour de France stage winner Andre Greipel as LottoNl-Jumbo continues to develop Groenewegen with the goal of winning a sprint stage at the 2018 Tour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giampaolo Caruso handed two-year ban for 2012 EPO positive test
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI has announced that Giampaolo Caruso has been handed a two-year ban by its Anti-Doping Tribunal for testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control in March 2012. Carusos positive test only came to light in August 2015 following the reanalysis of a sample taken on 27 March 2012. More than five years on from the date of the test, the UCI finally announced Carusos sanction. The two-year ban is backdated to 18 August 2015, the date of the retesting of his sample, meaning that the 37-year-old Caruso can return to competition in a little over two months time.ADVERTISEMENT Caruso was provisionally suspended in August 2015 pending the analysis of the B-sample. He has not raced since he placed 90th overall in that years Tour de France. The Sicilian raced with Katusha between 2010 and 2015. According to the UCIs website, Carusos results from March 27 to December 31 of 2012 have been expunged. His subsequent results, including his Milan-Turin victory of 2014 and his 4th place finish in that years Lige-Bastogne-Lige, have not been revoked. Caruso, a native of Avola in Sicily, turned professional with ONCE in 2002 and returned a positive test for nandrolone at the Tour Down Under during his second season as a professional, serving a 6-month ban in 2003. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
The tyre everyone is talking about " Pirellis PZero Velo range
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This story originally appeared on Bikeradar. It was only last month that performance tyre specialist Pirelli announced its return to the world of bicycle tyres. Then, three new clincher tyres were promised in a range that shared its name with that of the companys Formula One tyres. Hot off the back from a trip to the companys development and testing facilities in Milan, Italy, we are now ready to give you the lowdown on the range plus initial impressions of those highly anticipated black circles.ADVERTISEMENT A lot of us wont remember the first time that Pirelli was involved with cycling, but the companys importance should not be underestimated. Take the first ever Giro dItalia in 1909, for example, which saw a majority of competitors on Pirelli rubber. Pirelli simply doesnt produce entry-level tyres, and its dominant presence in nearly all forms of motorsport means our expectations were high. Pirelli PZero Velo range overview Pirelli will offer three P-Zero tyres. All are clinchers and will retail close to the 43 mark (final pricing remains TBC). Each of the models inherits Pirellis colour coded philosophy, using colours at the sidewall to distinguish between tyres for different conditions. The first stock is expected to land with distributors in August. Pirelli PZero Velo Pirelli PZero Velo TT Pirelli PZero Velo 4S Compounds, glorious compounds What about tubeless? Made in France? Pirelli PZero Velo first ride impressions Pirelli-shaped predictions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome tackles Col d'Izoard in Tour de France recon - News Shorts
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome and some of his Sky teammates spent Thursday getting to know the roads of the all-important stage 18 of the Tour de France, which finishes atop the Col d'Izoard. Three-time champion Froome was joined by Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, and Peter Kennaugh to take on the first-category Col du Vars, which tops out 50km from the finish line, followed by the brutal 14km final ascent of the Col d'Izoard. The stage, which has also been chosen for the sportive ride, L'Etape du Tour, is set to be crucial in the outcome of the 2017 Tour, as one of only three summit finishes and one of only two Alpine stages late into the race. "Everyone doing L'Etape du Tour this year is in for a treat. Stunning scenery," wrote Froome on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Froome also went to the Pyrenees a couple of months ago to recon stage 12 from Pau to Peyragudes, while he got a good feel for stage 9 last week as the Dauphin took riders up and down the Mont du Chat in a replica finale. Knees and Kwiatkowski have been dead certs for selection for Sky's nine-man Tour squad for some time, while Kennaugh's presence on the trip suggest the Manxman's recent victory on Alpe d'Huez at the Critrium du Dauphin has convinced team management that he should also be included. Everyone doing @letapedutour this year is in for a treat. Stunning scenery #TDF #letape#cycling pic.twitter.com/8kXDWfUmfY " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 15, 2017 Caruso loses jersey but stays in hunt at Tour de Suisse Groenewegen looks to Tour de France after Ster ZLM Toer win Podcast - transfer market special You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sam Bennett sprints into Tour of Slovenia leader's jersey
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although still tired from the Giro d'Italia, Sam Bennett put the disappointment of missing out on a stage win behind him as he sprinted to victory at the Tour of Slovenia. The Irishman claimed a maiden WorldTour win earlier at the season in Paris-Nice and came into the Italian Grand Tour hungry for a stage win. Losing three kilogrammes overnight following an illness on the opening weekend put Bennett on the back foot but he showed signs of recovery as the race continued, eventually finishing third overall in the points competition. With a strong lead-out at his disposal in Slovenia, Bennett claimed the honours on the opening day. Bora-Hansgrohe were assisted by fellow WorldTour teams Dimension Data, working for Mark Cavendish, and Bahrain Merida, working for Sonny Colbrelli, in the chase. In the lead-out for the win, Bora-Hansgrohe with Lukas Pstlberger and Rudiger Selig proved a class above, letting Bennett open his sprint first and hold off Colbrelli and Luka Mezgec for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT "We controlled the race the whole day with Alex pulling together with the other sprinter teams. Because the day was easy in the bunch, the final on the last two laps was especially fast. We lost each other a little with 4k to go, but Rafa [Majka] brought as back up," Bennett said of the stage. "When we hit the front on the last k, Psti and Rudi delivered me so fast, I just had to hold the speed to the line. It was a great win after a strong team work. I still feel a little tired after the Giro, but the speed is also still in my legs." Sports director Christian Pmer explained that after the close calls at the Giro, the team sat down to discuss how to improve its lead-out for Bennett. With the changes paying dividends, Pmer described his pleasure with the victory. "After the Giro we took some time to think about how we can adapt our lead-out to Sams needs. I think todays win is a great example of teamwork, not just on the road, but also from all guys working really hard in the background," said Pmer. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pavel Sivakov seals overall Baby Giro victory
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Returning to the U23 race calendar for the first time since 2012, the Baby Giro lived up to expectation with Russian Pavel Sivakov holding off Mitchelton Scott's Australian duo Jai Hindley and Lucas Hamiltonto claim the overall victory on the final day. Sivakov (BMC Development Team) adds his name to a list of previous winners that includes Francesco Moser, Piotr Ugrumov, Marco Pantani, Gilberto Simoni, Davide Frattini, Dario Cataldo and Carlos Betancur. The 19-year-old moved into the pink jersey after stage 3, holding off all challengers to secure consecutive GC wins after his Ronde de l'Isard success.Sivakov claimed the overall nine seconds ahead of Hamilton and 17 second ahead of Hindley.ADVERTISEMENT "I feel incredible. I can't believe it. I hoped I could win but I never thought I would be able to win the Giro d'Italia U23 this year. It was really tough at the end but the guys did a really good job. They have been amazing all week and this victory is as much the team's as it is mine," said Sivakov. "This is one of the biggest races in the U23 calendar so it is a big win for me and the team. It's an amazing feeling and it gives me a lot of confidence as I continue to look ahead." Mitchelton-Scott put the Russian under pressure on the climb Francavilla al Mare with Hindley and Hamilton securing a one-two finish. However, the three-second advantage over Sivakov wasn't enough for the Australia to improve upon their podium positions. "It was a pretty good stage for us overall. The guys controlled the race in the valley before Patrick Mller pulled hard for around 20km before dropping me off at the front of the race with 5km to go," Sivakov said. "From there, it was up to me to defend the jersey and win the race for the team. I lost a little bit of time when the two Mitchelton - Scott riders attacked but I was able to hold onto their wheel until the final meters." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish top-ten on return at Tour of Slovenia
June 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sidelined by Epstein-Barr Virus since April, Mark Cavendish rode to tenth place on his return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia. The Dimension Data rider hadn't raced since Milano-San Remo and despite freewheeling over the line in Kocevje Cavendish notched his best result since February. "Hard to start racing again in mid-June. @tourofsloveniaofficial is the best race for it, for sure. Today was about my physical feelings more than a result. My team @teamdidata did an amazing job that would have normally produced a win, but I couldn't finish off their work," Cavendish wrote on Instagram. Along with fellow WorldTour teams Bahrain-Merida and Bora-Hansgrohe, Dimension Data were set on ensuring a sprint finish to the stage. With 10km to race, the day's breakaway was caught with Dimension Data setting a pace that suggested Cavendish was ready to test his legs in the sprint. A crash over a bridge with one kilometre to race disrupted the sprint and resulted in a shoulder injury for Jacques Janse van Rensburg. The South African was taken to hospital for examinations.ADVERTISEMENT Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) held off Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli for the win and will wear the leader's green jersey on stage 2. Describing the run into the line, teammate Bernhard Eisel explained that team's leadout train was in trouble inside the final 10km when he lost Cavendish and Mark Renshaw. "This was definitely a tough day for all of us, especially for Cavendish and Renshaw after coming back from injuries. I think we did a good team effort. Unfortunately, we lost each other a little bit with 5 km to go," Eisel said. "I blame myself as I went too early, which caused Cavendish and Renshaw to make a big effort in order to get back up to us. They came around the last corner in 10th-12th position and that was just too far down to win. However, there is still another chance for a sprint stage and it was really good to see Cavendish motivated and ready to sprint. Lets see what the next days will bring." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Snowpack forces Carson City Off-Road onto new course
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Persisting snow in the Carson Range to the west of Carson City has forced race promoter Epic Rides to implement backup plans to use a completely new course. The old course climbed out of Carson City and traversed the legendary Tahoe Rim Trail which is now impassable. In fact, the total snowpack in the area is greater than the previous four years combined. The new course will utilize existing trails just outside of Carson City. Pro racers will ride three eighteen-mile loops with 2,200 feet of climbing per lap which will change the race dynamics significantly. Epic Rides President Todd Sadow told Cyclingnews, "When we identified the 3rd weekend in June as the date of the Carson City Off-Road, we knew there was an outside chance we'd need a plan B and in the worst case of a really late winter, a plan C. We did not expect to need plan C in year two of the event. But, thankfully with support from Carson City Open Space we are prepared."ADVERTISEMENT Sadow continued, "The Plan C Carson City Off-Road course is a 3-lap format and offers riders slightly more climbing than the Plan A course. The biggest difference is the climbs are shorter and the reward is significantly more singletrack at roughly 75% of each lapI expect a very rowdy pro race with many lead changes and a rambunctious crowd throughout the course and at the finish line downtown." $40,000 on the line this weekend Famous for its Wild West heritage, Carson City will host the final showdown for a large contingent of North American mountain biking pros and amateurs this coming weekend. The second-year event caps off a three-race series that began with the Whiskey Off-Road, and was followed by the Grand Junction Off-Road. Pro riders compete for $30,000 in prize money at each of the three events, while the top three men and women at the end of this coming weekend will also split an additional $10,000. The Carson City Race was also voted "Domestic Mountain Bike Race of the Year" by Interbike in its inaugural year. Pro Men Pro Women You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Damian Collins calls on UK Sport to rescind support of Cookson re-election
June 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has become the target of criticism of Damian Collins, the chair of the UK Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport select committee, following the publication of the final report of an independent review into British Cycling culture. Collins called on current British Cycling chairman of the board Jonathan Browning to step down and said that UK Sport should not support Cookson in his bid for re-election as UCI president. "In light of the findings of the independent review, I do not believe that Brian Cookson should be re-elected as head of the UCI " he certainly shouldn't receive any support from UK Sport for his campaign," Collins said.ADVERTISEMENT "None of the members of the board from the period covered in the investigation should remain, which would mean that Jonathan Browning should stand aside from his position as chairman." His colleague on the committee, MP Julian Knight, highlighted "major failings" at British Cycling, and said that UK Sport "was asleep on its watch". Cookson, the president of British Cycling from 1996 until he defeated Pat McQuaid in 2013 to become the head of the UCI, presided over a period at the federation that, according to the review, perpetuated a "culture of fear" in the high-performance programme. British Cycling accused of burying 2012 report detailing bullying British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis - Timeline Sexism allegations at British Cycling lead to sweeping changes Cookson: I did nothing to be ashamed of at British Cycling Review into British Cycling upholds claims over 'culture of fear' Varnish critical of final version of report into British Cycling You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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