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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...
Jess Varnish admits she is relieved 'the truth is coming out' after being 'thrown under the bus' by British Cycling
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Shane Sutton was found to have used sexist language towards Varnish, but was cleared of eight of the nine allegations put to him More...
Sir Dave Brailsford insists he will not quit Team Sky despite ongoing pressure and UK Anti-Doping investigation
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brailsford this week admitted "mistakes were made" by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures which raised questions about the future of the team 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...
Team Sky chairman backs Sir Dave Brailsford and hits out at 'inaccurate commentary'
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The team remains embroiled in controversy relating to a 'mystery' package delivered to then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphin and three TUEs granted to Bradley Wiggins 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...
Sir Dave Brailsford admits "mistakes were made" by Team Sky over anti-doping and medical practices
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Team Sky has come in under the spotlight amid ongoing inverstigations into alleged anti-doping More...
Team Sky riders publicly back Sir Dave Brailsford after reports of a revolt
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome did not join his team-mates in offering public support to Brailsford More...
Paris-Nice stage 3 highlights - Video
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 3 at Paris-Nice provided another chance for the sprinters, and Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday, out-kicking a world-class field to win the stage inChalon-sur-Sane ahead ofAlexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors). The day got underway with a three-rider break that included Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Ben King (Dimension Data) and Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) sneaking away within the first couple of kilometres. The trio cooperated well and stretched their advantage to seven minutes before the FDJ team of race leader Arnaud Demare came to the fore and started taking back large chunks of time.ADVERTISEMENT The lead trio's gap was down to just 1:30 with 30km remaining, and King was jettisoned from the group on thecategory 2 climb of Cte de Charrecey. Latour and Combaud combined their strengths to put up a fierce battle for survival in the lead, but their efforts succumbed to the chase as they passed under the flamme rouge. From there, it was a mad dash to the line, with Kittel jumping first and Bennett coming around the big German before the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com 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...
Team Sky riders 'held talks to discuss whether to ask Dave Brailsford to step down'
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The team's manager is at the heart of a doping scandal dating back to 2011 regarding medical practices at Team Sky More...
Porte's Paris-Nice dreams over after a second day of time losses
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If one was hoping for a deep analysis of BMC Racing's disappointing performance on stage 2 of Paris-Nice then talking to the riders wasn't the best place to start. Dripping wet and shivering in the cold conditions, only Nicolas Roche offered up any dialogue as he clambered onto the bus. 'I feel dead' the Irishman said after a brutal day of racing that saw Richie Porte's chances of winning the race implode after the Australian lost over 14 minutes. During the morning briefing, BMC and Porte team knew that the weather would play its part, with driving rain and wind once again on the menu. The loss of Michael Schr, who crashed out on stage 1, was a blow but the team truly felt the effects once Porte and his teammates were scattered in the blustery conditions on the road to Amilly.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a really hard day for us. Of course we lost Schr yesterday and he was an important guy for this sort of race," Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews. "Without this guy we couldn't keep Richie in the front. Richie was there but in one moment he was in a bad position and no one was there for us. He was dropped and of course with this weather, and temperature it's not the best for him." Piva was in the team's second car during the stage but was aware of the team's situation when race radio crackled into life and confirmed Porte's predicament. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Nice stage 2 highlights - Video
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It was another brutal day in Paris-Nice, with the peloton being splintered by crosswinds and pelted by near-freezing rain.Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) headed up the column of winners on the day, starting the sprint into Amilly and holding off the charge of JohnDegenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and race leader Arnaud Demare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The others who profited from the splits included Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), TonyGallopin(Lotto Soudal), and SergioHenao(Team Sky) - all of whom made the front group for the second day in a row. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil(Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were more attentive on this stage, but there were a number of riders washed out of contention. Richie Porte (BMC) is now 15 minutes down, while Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) is over 40 minutes down. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com 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...
Porte: It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As he stood on the start line, Richie Porte (BMC Racing)casually waxed lyrical about training, form and the desire to see a no-frills, and predictable sprint at end of the stage 1 of Paris-Nice. No silly business, was his exact wish, but in the end the stage around Bois dArcy was anything but silly, and Portes ambitions of winning the overall for the third time in his career were hanging by a thread when he was caught out in a crosswind split. He wasnt the only overall contender to miss the move as Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step destroyed the field with echelon skills straight from the Belgian textbook. For almost two hours, Porte and his BMC Racing teammates toiled in the wind and rain as the gap to the lead group sat at more than a minute. The Australian found assistance in Trek-Segafredo and Orica-Scott as both teams missed the split for their respective leaders in Alberto Contador and Simon Yates, but up ahead Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) threatened to run away with the race. In the end, Porte rescued a slight victory from what he admitted could have been a complete disaster, as he dropped Contador and clawed back a few precious seconds on Alaphilippe and the rest. Arnaud Demare won the stage, with Porte conceding 47 seconds to the FDJ sprinter and Alaphilippe. Dan Martin and Gallopin created a 38 second buffer over the Tour Down Under winner, while Contador lost 14 seconds to his former Saxo teammate. It was bad, but it could have been much, much worse. It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster, Porte said after the finish line. We lost some time, but in the end we took a bit more time back on some of the other favourites. The race isnt over. Today wasnt ideal, but my team were fantastic and they really controlled that. Tomorrow is another day.ADVERTISEMENT With more mountainous stages to come and the individual time trial suited to his characteristics, Porte will not panic after Sundays performance. However, the news of teammate Michael Schar leaving the race with a suspected broken collarbone will do little to improve the mood at the BMC dinner table this evening. Scanning down the results, Porte will see that Contador and Yates have been distanced by 17 seconds and that Romain Bardet is out of the race altogether after the French GC hope was disqualified. The Quick-Step duo of Alaphilippe and Martin are now major contenders for the overall and have to be spoken about in the same breath as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sergio Henao - the latter sits just nine seconds off the lead. Once it splits like that and its such a big group its hard but its not over, Porte said.There are some strong guys in front but theres still a lot of racing to go. Like Porte, BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz chose to see the positive side from a disappointing day, and he pointed to the fact that at one point BMCs overall challenge looked over after less than 100 kilometres of racing. It was a difficult day for everyone. Richie took 17 seconds out of Contador, which was a plus and when you miss a break then you have to chase and we chased as hard as we could, all day, Ochowicz told Cyclingnews. At one moment it could have gone to two minutes but they held their ground and the front guys started to hit their max. You could see that at the end. Everyone in the race went as hard as they possible could. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet disqualified from Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) has been excluded from Paris-Nice after the race jury ruled that he received illegal assistance from his team car as he chased back on after crashing in the finale of Sundays opening stage. Bardet sustained cuts to his knee and thigh when he crashed with 22 kilometres remaining while part of the second group on the road in a stage that saw the peloton splintered into echelons by crosswinds. The Frenchman remounted quickly and succeeded in latching back up to the chasing group as the race entered the final 10 kilometres. Host broadcaster France Tlvisions showed only fleeting images of Bardets pursuit through the race convoy, though on at least two occasions, the helicopter shot showed a mechanic leaning from the AG2R La Mondiale car window to perform adjustments to his bike as he rode.ADVERTISEMENT Bardet succeeded in catching the small chasing group, which was being led by Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), with a little over 10 kilometres remaining. He was to the fore when that group fragmented on the final approach to the line, coming home alongside Richie Porte (BMC), 47 seconds down on stage winner Arnaud Dmare (FDJ). Within minutes of the finish, however, the race jury announced that Bardet had been excluded from the race for receiving illegal assistance from his team car, a punishment in line with that handed down to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) for a similar offence on the opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa. In a communique issued after the stage, the commissaires said that they had excluded Bardet for the specific infraction of holding onto his team car, and handed him a fine of 200 Swiss Francs. Directeur sportif Julien Jurdie has also been excluded for the remainder of Paris-Nice and AG2R La Mondiale will have just one team car in the race for the week. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marcel Kittel back on disc brakes at Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the controversy and the debate, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) returned to using disc brakes on stage 1 of Paris-Nice. The German has been of the leading supporters of the braking technology, and one of the first riders to use them during their 2017 trial at WorldTour level. Kittel briefly opted to return to the more traditional caliper brake-equipped Specialized Venge ViAS bike after claims that the disc rotors on his bike had sliced through one of Owain Doulls shoes in a crash on stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour. He told the press then that he would put a hold on using discs out of respect for my colleagues because I understand the safety issues. On the start line of stage 1 of Paris-Nice, the discs were back.ADVERTISEMENT Oh yes, disc brakes. I think its a good choice for this weather condition. Ive said before that I still believe in the disc brakes and Im convinced by it, Kittel told Cyclingnews. While it still remains unclear as to how the incision in Doulls shoe was made " there were also claims that the Sky riders attire could have been spliced open by a rusty guard rail during the crash " the debate around the technology has rumbled on. In the aftermath of the crash, a body representing the bicycle industry issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The UCI and the (Cyclistes Professionels Associs) CPA are at loggerheads, with the latters rider representative recently telling Cyclingnews, "The sad thing is someone might have to take a bullet for change to happen. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador recovers from illness to race Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) has recovered from recent illness to line up at Paris-Nice where he will look to avenge a narrow loss from last year. The Spaniard finished a close second in the Race to the Sun in 2016, finishing four seconds adrift of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) after losing time in a late split. Contador has already impressed this season with a number of attacking displays and second overall in Ruta del Sol. He is still looking for his first win in Trek colours and will look at Paris-Nice " a race he won for the first time a decade ago " as the ideal opportunity. A cold at the end of February led to a short course of antibiotics but the former Tour de France winner has been given the all-clear to race.ADVERTISEMENT It was just a cold but its under control now and I feel better. I was a little sick on the last stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. In Andalucia I took antibiotics but I finished them last week and now I feel better and have confidence for the hard part of the race, he told Cyclingnews as he lined up for stage 1 of Paris-Nice in Bois-dArcy. While Contador is in clement health the same could not be said of the weather conditions on stage 1. The rain fell overnight and continued during the sign-on with winds expected during the relatively short but technical stage. Given that Contador lost Paris-Nice last year due to a late split in the bunch, he knows better than most that riders with GC aspirations need to be attentive throughout the race. Every stage is a difficult for GC, he said. We know that in Paris-Nice you can lose everything in one day and today the differences can be bigger than in the mountain stages or the time trial. You need to pay attention and make sure that youre in a good position the whole time. Then you just need to cross your fingers. One rider tasked with keeping Contador is Gregory Rast. The experienced Swiss rider worked for Contador back in their Astana days and also rode as a domestique for Fabian Cancellara. The 37-year-old has the difficult task of supporting Contador and riding for John Degenkolb in the sprints. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com 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...
Cycling: Fairytales likely to produce more frogs
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Appropriately enough, in yet another eventful week in the world of doping, there has been not one high-profile failed test.No tearful concessions, no medals revoked, no tell-all interviews with Oprah.What there has been no shortage... More...
UK Sport issues funding warning over British Cycling's missing medical records scandal
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has described the evidence given at Wednesday's select committee hearing regarding the lack of record-keeping at British Cycling and Team Sky as "shocking", saying funding could be withheld for... More...
Bradley Wiggins angered by questions about medical package
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " With investigations escalating into a mystery medical package dispatched to a race six years ago to treat Bradley Wiggins, the British cycling great's anger boiled over on Thursday.Not over the revelation that Team... More...
Lack of medical records taints Team Sky, British cycling reputation
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After fueling Britain's transformation into an Olympic superpower, the country's cycling reputation is being damaged by a medical mystery that keeps on growing.Britain's anti-doping agency and legislators have spent months trying... More...
Team Sky's reputation "in tatters" following latest Culture Media and Sport select committee evidence
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Damian Collins was speaking after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) boss Nicole Sapstead updated the panel of MPs on her agency's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky More...
Cycling coach who delivered package to Bradley Wiggins at centre of doping probe said he 'wanted to keep his job'
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Simon Cope told MPs they might think he was stupid - and claimed a riddle over his movements in the run-up to the delivery may have been triggered by him fiddling his expenses More...
Kwiatkowski proves he is back to his best with Strade Bianche win
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michal Kwiatkowski punched the air several times as he arrived alone and victorious in Sienas Piazza del Campo, celebrating a well-deserved win at Strade Bianche but also enjoying his return to success after a difficult first season with Team Sky. The 26-year-old Polish rider had not won a race since last years E3 Harelbeke. He started the 2016 season very skinny, but failed to finish a long series of stage races. He seemed a shadow of the rider who soloed to victory at the 2014 World Championships and won the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. Kwiatkowski cuts a diminutive figure compared to the bulk of the Cobbled classic contenders. He is also softly spoken and clearly emotive yet was not afraid to reveal he had endured a difficult 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Im very happy to win, but it wasnt all or nothing," Kwiatkowski said during the winners press conference with the written media at Strade Bianche. "Im very happy with how it went. I had a lot of difficulties last season, but now Im happy with the current situation. "I was maybe pushing myself to the limit too much to impress everyone last year. Im not a machine, and sooner or later you pay the bill. I wasnt happy but had great support from the team with my health problems and not finishing races, they always believed in me. I didnt lose my talent, I just had to wait and work hard to get back on the level. "Before I started training [for 2017] I tried to stay calm. My main goal was to be back at my level. Im just happy to be having fun on my bike again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet rues missed opportunity at Strade Bianche but enjoys the hard racing
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)was disappointed to finish second at Strade Bianche and regretted letting Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) go clear alone with 15km to race, yet he managed to raise a smile after the finish in Sienas Piazza del Campo, knowing he had been in a great race. "It was really old school today. From the fifth or sixth section of dirt roads [with close to 100km left to race], it was full gas to the finish. There was never a moment when you cold recover a little bit," he said. "This was the hardest edition of the race Ive done. It opened up so early and thats why every guy was one against one. Thats what made it so hard. Everybody had to ride on their own. Ive never gone that slow on the climbs... "I think this is a real Classic. Its a fight to the strade, then when you are on the strade its risky and technical. Then with the wind and the rain, you can make the race hard wherever you want. Its such a nice race because all that makes it hard and special. In every sector you have to be there. I love it." Van Avermaet was gracious in defeat but suggested Kwiatkowski was lucky to get away when he did. "I ride to win, but before we got together [in the finale], there was lots of jumping and stopping, jumping and stopping; that kills you even more. He went full gas and went really strong, otherwise he wouldnt have kept the gap. "Its too bad its second, but I think you had to be a little bit lucky. Kwiatkowski was strong, but me, Styby and Wellens were strong too. But you have to have a little bit of luck on who can go and who you make [close] the gap. We were just jumping around like idiots, but thats racing too. More to come in April Van Avermaet is in impressive form for early March. He beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for a second consecutive time last weekend and showed his form with a series of powerful and aggressive attacks during Strade Bianche.ADVERTISEMENT His winter training was delayed after suffering a non-displaced fibula fracture during a mountain bike ride in November. He underwent surgery but seems to have quickly found his form. He believes there is more to come before he returns to Belgium for the cobbled classics. "I think so," he said optimistically. "I feel good and in shape. I felt fresh today. I took a week of recovery last week because I want a good build-up to the Classics. This was a first goal, and you can see Im up there. I think Tirreno can make me a little bit stronger like always, then it happens: We have three or four chances [in the Classics]. I hope I can catch one." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan abandons Strade Bianche due to illness
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was not a contender at Strade Bianche after the world champion was hampered by illness. Sagan started the race in Siena on Saturday morning and said he was riding to win. However, he suffered on the early climbs and sectors of dirt road, eventually quitting the race with 70km to go. He climbed into a Bora-hansgrohe team car after the seventh sector of dirt road. "I havent been feeling well for the past three days, and when I woke up this morning I was feeling weak and had a sore throat," Sagan said in a statement released by the team after the race. "However, the Strade Bianche is a prestigious race and I started today out of respect for the thousands of Italian fans who came to watch.ADVERTISEMENT "I started and tried to do my best and race as much as I could," Sagan said. "Around 75km after the start, I got tangled in a big pile-up and suffered a deep cut in my finger that will probably require a couple of stitches, as well as a hit to my left knee. I went on, but at 95km I decided to retire." Sagan finished fourth last year and has twice been second at Strade Bianche. He was expected to clash with Greg van Avermaet (BMC) and the other big-name riders after impressing in Belgium last week with his second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Bora-Hansgrohe team said via social media that Sagan has been feeling unwell before the start of the race but wanted to ride as much of it as possible despite being under the weather. " BORA " hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) March 4, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Iranian cycling team blocked from racing over 2 doping cases
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Iranian team Pishgaman Cycling has been suspended from racing for 30 days after two riders tested positive for doping.The International Cycling Union says the third-tier team "is suspended from participating... More...
2018 Tour de France to start on the Passage du Gois
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Riders in the 2018 Tour de France will set off from the Passage du Gois, a causeway that Atlantic Ocean tides cover twice a day.With this year's race set to start in the German city of Dusseldorf, cycling's biggest... More...
British cycling accused of blocking release of Jess Varnish's files following removal from the Olympic programme
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Cycling chiefs have been accused of holding back documents relating to Varnish's removal from the Olympic programme More...
Bike industry body disputes disc brake involvement in Doull crash
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A body representing the bicycle industry has issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The WFSGI " World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry " has waded into the debate following Owain Doulls claim that Marcel Kittels disc brake sliced into his shoe during a crash at last weeks Abu Dhabi Tour. "My shoe was cut to pieces. That's definitely a disc brake that has done that," Doull told Cyclingnews after the incident. Doull's account has been disputed by the WFSGI, which issued its statement in its capacity as a representative of bicycle and component manufacturers.ADVERTISEMENT "The investigation into the accident of Owain Doull is still ongoing and the available material is being studied carefully," the statement read. "After the first material and image investigations, we can say that a disk brake accident can, most likely, be excluded." The statement does not specify which materials were studied to reach this preliminary conclusion on the Doull incident. The body also said that it had commissioned Swiss forensic analyst Ulrich Zollinger to study the injury sustained by Francisco Ventoso during last years Paris-Roubaix, and linked to his report in its statement. Zollinger stated that the Ventosos injury "could not be reasonably explained" and concluded that "every sharp part of a bicycle poses a certain risk of injury." The WFSGI statement voiced support for the UCI's working group on disc brakes, which includes representatives from bike manufacturers, riders' association the CPA and teams' association the AIGCP. Trial of disc brakes set to continue despite CPA threat of legal action You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ferrand-Prevot set for Canyon-SRAM debut at Strade Bianche
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot will make her long-awaited Canyon-SRAM debut at this weekends Strade Bianche. Ferrand-Prevot hasnt raced since the Olympic Games last August after injury meant she only competed on the road for nine days during the whole of last season. Following the disappointment of only managing 26th at the Olympics, Ferrand-Prevot called cycling her biggest nightmare. The change in team over the winter has given her a new sense of purpose as she looks to put the past 12 months or so behind her, and she is excited to get her season finally underway. I think Im in good shape, but you dont really know until youre in the race. Im looking forward to joining my teammates again since our December training camp in Mallorca. I want to be good enough that I can help my team on Saturday. Already I am excited and a little nervous, she said.ADVERTISEMENT I like the gravel roads there, and the profiles of climbs are short and steep, which suit me when Im in good shape. The downhill sections are technical, and I really like these. Ferrand-Prevot rode Strade Bianche for the first time last season with the Rabo-Liv team, finishing 11th, 1:23 behind the winner Lizzie Deignan. The rest of the Canyon-SRAM line-up were all in action at last weekends Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Alena Amialiusik, Tiffany Cromwell, Alexis Ryan, Trixi Worrack and Italian champion Elena Cecchini will all head to Italy this weekend, with Lisa Brennauer the only member of the Omloop squad to skip the race. It will be Cecchinis first time at Strade Bianche since finishing 10th on the debut edition in 2015. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins doctor pulls out of anti-doping select hearing due to illness
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The latest and potentially conclusive meeting of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) anti-doping select committee takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster when the details of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into Team Sky are expected to be revealed. Appearing at the meeting will be Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UKAD, and former British Cycling women's road manager Simon Cope, who delivered the now infamous Jiffy bag to Dr Richard Freeman and Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. The hearing, which is not under oath, was moved to March 1 to accommodate Cope who has been at a Team Wiggins training camp. Freeman had been scheduled to appear in front of the committee but the Press Association have reported that the doctor emailed thecommittee's chairman Damian Collins MP on Tuesday stating that he was too ill to attend. Freeman was set to face questions over the delivery and need for the package during the 2011 Dauphine, as well as the administration ofFluimucil given to Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race. According to the Guardian a spokesperson for the committee said that Freeman may have the options of supplying written testimony or face the committee at a later date. Freeman no longer works for Team Sky but has remained in his position at British Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Julian Knight MP, part of the committee took to Twitter once news of Freeman's decision not to attend was made public. "News to me. I trust if true Dr Freeman recovers very soon and is then able to appear before us to answer important questions." The Jiffy-gate affair, as some have dubbed it, has now been running since last autumn, and, allied to questions over Team Sky's use of TUEs during Wiggins' Grand Tour schedules, prompted a UKAD investigation into both Sky and British Cycling. During the last DCMS hearing in December, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed the committee that team doctor Freeman had told him that the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins contained a decongestant. "It was Fluimucil," Brailsford said. Following that hearing, the committee, chaired by MP Damian Collins, requested that evidence was provided of this medication being administered to Wiggins. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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