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Boels Dolmans celebrate third Vargarda TTT success
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans fought through the rain to win the PostNord Vrgrda West Sweden team time trial on Saturday, posting a time of 53:07 minutes for the 42.5 kilometre course, just 28 seconds slower than their victory in the sun in 2017. Road world champion Chantal Blaak was part of the winning team and explained how trust between the riders was one of the keys to victory. It was wet for sure. But everyone had the same conditions and had to deal with the wet circumstances. To be honest, I prefer the rain instead of the wind from Friday, because there we were almost blown off the road," she said.ADVERTISEMENT "It is always hard to ride a team time trial in the rain because you cannot see much, so it is important that you trust each other. The key in a TTT is to keep it smooth all the way, it was hard from the beginning to the end, but we never lost our rhythm. We also did the climb and the corners in the end pretty well. Leah Kirchmann was part of the Team Sunweb squad that finished 16 seconds slower than Boels Dolmans. She also did not mind the rain so much. We did not win, but we are happy with how we executed our race, the Canadian said. The conditions were pretty epic, you could not really see a lot, it was raining so hard. Personally, I was kind of happy to finally not be so hot after this heat wave in Europe. So the rain was a little bit welcome, but you definitely had to be more careful in the corners. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Restructure proposed for High Performance Sport New Zealand staff
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
High Performance Sport New Zealand has proposed a restructure which could result in job losses and a revision of roles at the organisation.Plans for a new framework were presented on August 1, and staff were given a period of what... More...
Van Avermaet ready to take on Sagan, Viviani and Kristoff at European Championships
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet(BMC) has named himself as leader of the Belgian team for Sunday's road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow, insisting he is not afraid to go mano a mano with Peter Sagan and ride aggressively to avoid a sprint finish that would favour defending champion Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Elia Viviani. "The jersey is a major goal," he told Het Nieuwsblad, promising to wear black shorts with the mostly white jersey if he manages to win the 16-lap 230km race in the Glasgow city centre circuit. "The shape is good. I have come out of the Tour de France and have recovered from the Clasica San Sebastian which is on a difficult course. My form can't have gone after just a week and I got a course that seems tailored made for me. I'm very motivated to make the best of it on Sunday."ADVERTISEMENT In 2016, again two weeks after the Tour de France, Van Avermaet was on form and won the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games. "In the Tour you always go a bit deeper than you can go in training and that makes for a super compensation two weeks later. I hope the same scenario repeats itself, that's why the title European is a goal," he explained. With so many important WorldTour races in August, van Avermaet had to push hard to get permission from his BMC team to target the European Championships. Thanks to a special charter flight organised by the BinckBank Tour organisers, he and several other riders will fly to Netherlands on Sunday night, in time to ride Monday's opening stage to Bolsward north of Amsterdam and the remaining six stages in the weeklong WorldTour stage race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni set to ride Vuelta a Espana despite quitting the Tour de Pologne
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhannis complicated season continued at the Tour de Pologne, with the French sprinter forced to abandon the WorldTour stage race after stage 5 due to gastroenteritis. Cofidis team management, however, are confident that he will be able to recover in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, his major objective for the final part of the 2018 season. Bouhanni's failure to secure a place in the Cofidis team for the Tour de France was enshrouded in controversy after a series of well-publicized disagreements. Bouhanni told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour de Pologne that he was building his form steadily and was looking forward to the Vuelta a Espaa, where he had won stages in 2014. However he struggled to compete in the three bunch sprints at the Tour de Pologne, with his best result 13th on stage 1 in Krakow.ADVERTISEMENT Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani said that Bouhannis latest exit was in no way planned but should not affect his participation in the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa, which start on Saturday, August 25 in southern Spain. "It wasnt expected, but after the first couple of stages he could barely eat and he had real problems with gastro. So we decided not to take any risks because he was really not well and the Vuelta a Espaa is barely 15 days away," Damiani told Cyclingnews on the final day of the race. "The idea was to do these last two stages and work on his endurance. But if youre ill and you're working on your endurance, you can end up doing yourself a lot more damage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Reijnen overcomes illness to fight in Salt Lake City sprint
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) came to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with high hopes of adding to the stage wins he claimed here in 2015 and 2016, but his plans went awry when he was hit by sinus infection earlier in the week. The 32-year-old American won the opening stage of the race in 2015 with UnitedHealthcare and returned the following year with Trek-Segafredo to take stage 5 in Bountiful. Reijnen missed the race last year, so after a long spring of working hard for his teammates in Europe, he was looking forward to racing for stage wins in Utah this year. I put a lot into preparing for this race because its always one that suits me, Reijnen said. I definitely came here with intentions of winning a stage, but then I came down with a sinus infection somewhere between the prologue and the first stage. It was really poorly timed, but sometimes thats life, and I think I had to reset my expectations after that.ADVERTISEMENT Reijnen finished fifth in the stage 1 bunch kick in Cedar City on a finishing circuit that normally would have suited his skills. He finished 10th in the bunch kick at the end of stage 3 in Layton City as UnitedHealthcares Travis McCabe claimed his second stage win of the 2018 race and moved into the record books as the races most prolific winner. Reijnen kicked it up a couple of notches on Friday in Salt Lake City, finishing third to Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) and McCabe on the difficult urban circuit with an uphill finish. Reijnen finished with the same time as Philipsen and McCabe, but the lead pair had pulled away from Reijnen and the bunch by the line and were clearly a peg above the rest of the sprinters in Utah. Today it was clear that I wasnt sprinting for the win, and thats really disappointing, Reijnen said.But I also wanted to do as much as I could because the guys were really good those first two days looking after me. They put a lot of faith in me even though I was sick, so I tried to pay that back a bit. A different stage dynamic Suffering before riding the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italys Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leaders yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his countrys biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowskis second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in the Vuelta a Espaa, which he led in 2016, and in the World Road-Race Championships in Innsbruck. The Pole won the world title in Ponferrada, Spain in 2014. Thats the Tour of Pologne Youve got those emotions until the end of the race because everything is so close, Kwiatkowski said afterwards, savouring his victory. We didnt panic as a team; without the boys I wouldnt have been able to defend the jersey. They rode an amazing race; first Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski, then Michal Golas and Salvatore Puccio, Pavel Sivakov and Sergio Henao at the end. They were incredibly strong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Go behind the scenes during Quick-Step Floors' Tour de France with Cyclingnews Films
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If you've ever wondered what it takes to keep a top-level professional cycling team on the road during the Tour de France, or indeed what it's like to be one of the riders in the world's biggest and best bike race, Cyclingnews Films' latest production, RUNNING WITH WOLVES, puts you right in the heart of the action. With unrivalled access to Quick-Step Floors' management team, riders, mechanics and soigneurs, RUNNING WITH WOLVES follows the self-styled 'Wolfpack' from the start of the Tour in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile all the way to Paris, allowing you to experience the ups and downs of life on the road. Whether you want to know how team boss Patrick Lefevere feels when watching his riders race, or how Tom Steels and Brian Holm plan each stage as the team's directeurs sportifs, or what it's like to be one of the riders, such as Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels, who we see trying to crack the Tour's top 10, RUNNING WITH WOLVES takes you there.ADVERTISEMENT The film allows you to share in the team's triumphs " such as Fernando Gaviria's two stage wins and his stint in the famed yellow jersey, and Julian Alaphilippe's successful bid to win the polka-dot jersey as the Tour's best climber. RUNNING WITH WOLVES doesn't shy away when Quick-Step Floors have to cope with Philippe Gilbert's frightening crash on the descent of the Col du Portet d'Aspet on stage 16, and we're right there as the riders deal with the disappointment of losing the team time trial to BMC Racing by just seven seconds. If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to be part of a top-level cycling team, and to be on the ground, inside the barriers, at the Tour de France, then RUNNING WITH WOLVES will take you there. It is available to rent for $3.99 USD or buy for $6.99 USD. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich arrested on suspicion of assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Jan Ullrich, the only German ever to win the Tour de France, was held on suspicion of assaulting a prostitute on Friday, as he returned to his native country seeking a fresh start to recover from drug and alcohol problems. The former... More...
Cycling: George Bennett finishes fourth at Tour of Poland
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has finished just short of his second podium finish at World Tour level, claiming fourth overall at the Tour of Poland.Bennett was again heavily involved on the final stage, launching a volley of attacks, but in the... More...
Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERLIN (AP) " Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich was arrested early Friday and is being investigated for attempted manslaughter after allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel."It seems Mr. Ullrich and an escort... More...
Jan Ullrich arrested: Tour de France winner accused of 'assaulting a prostitute while high on drugs'
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The disgraced cyclist got into an argument with the "escort lady" at a luxury hotel and "choked" her until "eyes turned black" More...
Pauwels signs with CCC-sponsored team for 2019
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Serge Pauwels is the latest rider to pen a deal with Jim Ochowiczs CCC-sponsored team for the 2019 season. The news comes on the same day that the team confirmed they had retained the services of Alessandro De Marchi. Pauwels also joins up with compatriots Greg Van Avermaet and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who is another new addition to the squad. Pauwels leaves Dimension Data (previously MTN-Qhubeka) after four seasons with the South African squad. He had looked set to stay with the team but that changed when he received an offer from Ochowicz and says hes looking forward to racing with Van Avermaet. "I was not really looking to change teams. I had four great years with MTN Quebeka and Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity will always have a place in my heart, but then this opportunity came along and I felt like I had to grab it," said Pauwels.ADVERTISEMENT "I have only been teammates with Greg twice with the Belgian national team and of course, the most important one was the Rio Olympics where we were roommates so we both carry a really nice souvenir from that. Even though we have never raced on the same team we are good friends, so I'm excited to finally race together. Greg is not only a great rider because of his palmars but also the way he races." Pauwels is a good climber and is regularly seen in breakaways. Last season, he took his first general classification title when he won the Tour de Yorkshire after winning the final stage from a breakaway. He rode his fifth Tour de France this summer but was forced to abandon when he broke his elbow in a crash close to the finish of stage 16. "Of course, it's early to talk about my objectives for 2019 but from my discussions with the team I think we will stick to a similar race program," said Pauwels. "Ihope to line up at the races that have been part of my program in the last few years, like the Tour de France, and remain the kind of rider that I am. I want to continue racing aggressively, the way I have been racing already with Team Dimension Data, and I'm looking forward to doing that with Continuum Sports." General manager Ochowicz says that Pauwels will play a support role for Van Avermaet but will also get plenty of opportunities for his own success. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to ride Arctic Race of Norway
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish will make his debut at the Arctic Race of Norway later this month, the organisers have announced. Cavendish will be joined by climber Mekseb Debesay and stagiaire, and British national champion, Connor Swift, with the rest of the DimensionData team for the race yet to be announced. Cavendish is the biggest confirmed name in the sprint field and is set to go up against Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy). The Arctic Race of Norway will be only the second race back for Cavendish after he missed the time cut on stage 11 of the Tour de France. Cavendish returned to racing at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic at the end of last month, where he finished 12th. He was due to compete in the road race at the European Championships this weekend but was advised by doctors to rest.ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 season has been a particularly challenging one for Cavendish after a litany of early-season crashes. It started well with a stage win at the Dubai Tour, but he was forced to abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour on stage 1 when a faulty brake sensor caused one of the race vehicles to slow into the bunch during the neutral zone and sparking a crash. Cavendish was subsequently diagnosed with a concussion, though he was able to return to compete at Tirreno-Adriatico a few weeks later. However, he crashed heavily during the opening team time trial when he hit a pothole, leaving him with a broken rib. He broke a second rib in a huge crash at his next race, Milan-San Remo. The Manxman collided with a piece of road furniture with under 10 kilometres remaining and was dramatically catapulted from his bike. Following his third successive crash, Cavendish took a two-month break from racing before making his comeback at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. He rode the Tour of California, Tour of Slovenia, Adriatica Ionica Race and the national championships ahead of the Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas edges closer to Team Sky deal, set to race Tour of Britain
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has given his biggest indication yet that he will re-sign at Team Sky, despite offers from rival teams. Thomas, who won the Tour de France in July, is out of contract this year and put off contract negotiations until after this year's race. Team Sky are keen on keeping their latest Tour winner but Thomas' increased value and pedigree has seen interest from other teams. Earlier this week, CCC confirmed that they had put an offer on the table and presented it to Thomas' agent. The Polish team are merging with the remnants of the BMC Racing team next year and lack a Grand Tour leader. They would be able to guarantee Thomas leadership status for the Tour de France - an issue that could prove problematic at Team Sky due to the presence of Chris Froome. Trek-Segafredo and several other squads had shown interest in Thomas earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT However, on Thursday Thomas told the BBC that a deal was close with Team Sky, a team he has been part of since 2010. "I know they [Team Sky] had a big meeting today, I'm obviously really happy there," he said. "I'm confident we'll get something sorted in the next few days. We're incredibly close and I'm happy where I am. It seems to be working well at the moment. So, I think in the very near future we'll have it all done." The Daily Telegraph have reported that the deal with Team Sky will be worth 3.5 million per-season. "I'm happy with the team and we are working very well together. I've grown up within the Sky system and I've known guys like Dave Brailsford since I was 17. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. There are lots of very good teams out there, I wanted to hear what they had to say, and it was nice to have a lot of great offers, but hopefully things will be done in the next day or so," Thomas said, according to The Telegraph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: George Bennett lights up Tour of Poland with attacking effort
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has shown his strength ahead of the Vuelta a Espana, lighting up the Tour of Poland with a series of attacks on the final climb of stage six.It wasn't quite enough for the stage win, with the Kiwi climber being caught... More...
No place like home for Tour de France champ Geraint Thomas as Cardiff salutes him " and he stays with Team Sky
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
In-demand Welshman greeted by thousands on streets of his hometown will sign new deal worth up to £4m-a-year More...
Chaves to miss Vuelta a Espana after being diagnosed with mononucleosis
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott have announced that Esteban Chaves has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will not participate in the forthcoming Vuelta a Espaa. The Colombian has not raced since the Giro dItalia in May, where he won atop Mount Etna in the opening week but then abruptly dropped out of the general classification race on stage 10. Chaves struggled through the remainder of the Giro, reaching Rome in 72nd place overall. He has undergone a battery of tests in the intervening period, with Mitchelton-Scott revealing on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with a number of viruses, including Mononucleosis (also known as Epstein-Barr or Glandular Fever), along with sinus and allergy reactions. Although Chaves has been cleared to resume training after 10 weeks off the bike, it is unclear if he will return to competitive action in 2018. Mitchelton-Scott confirmed that he will not ride the Vuelta, where Simon Yates is slated to lead the line for the Australian team.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a hard period. Since 2012, I havent been off the bike this long, especially because I cant. It was not fast like you want. In this sport, we are used to answers and results coming fast and this process was slow and the time can make you crazy, Chaves said in a statement on Thursday. We discovered some sickness, the doctors can always explain better, we had a surgery as well, and after that it was just waiting and having confidence to overcome what was a weird case. Im happy to be back on the bike. It still hurts for sure, but I can already feel some differences; its a different suffering than I had before. Now its the normal suffering we get when starting again after such a long time off training. We are on the right path again and we have to keep patience and confidence like always. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games road race routes unveiled
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than two years away, the routes for the mens and womens road races have been published by the UCI. As has been the case since 2004, the road races will form part of the opening weekend of action at the Olympics in 2020. The routes will favour the climbers, with the mens parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of the formidable Mt Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the womens course will be a watered down version of the mens and misses the Mt Fuji loop altogether. The womens race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing. Both courses will start in Musashino no Mori Park on the outskirts of Tokyo and follow the same route southwest towards the Fuji International Speedway. That part of the course includes two climbs, Donushi Road and Kagosaka Pass, with the road beginning to rise after 40 kilometres.ADVERTISEMENT Doushi road is the tougher of the two ascents with a long ride up from the 40km mark before peaking out at 80km. Few details have been given of the climb but it is a gradual rise interrupted by a few short descents before reaching a maximum height of 1,121 metres. The steepest gradients appear to be closer to the top, which comes just before the riders arrive at Lake Yamanaka. From the top, there is a very short descent before the peloton goes around the lake. The second climb of Kagosaka Pass, which is slightly steeper, is much shorter than its predecessor. It is here that the two routes will diverge, with the womens race under 40 kilometres from its conclusion at the top of the climb. Following a lengthy descent, the womens peloton will enter the Fuji International Speedway and complete a lap and a half of an undulating 17.7km circuit. The riders enter the loop by the Fuji Oyama Golf Club and head straight for the Formula 1 track. After that, they will make their way around the surrounding area before coming back onto the track for the finale. The men will skip the motor racing circuit the first time and head immediately onto the Mount Fuji circuit. After a short ride through the valley, the road heads upwards again, as the riders take the Mt Fuji toll road. There will be no money spent here, just energy with the ascent topping out at 1,451 metres. The riders will not go onto the mountain proper, turning off when they reach Mizugatsuka Park and turning back down towards the motor racing circuit. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kung signs for two years with Groupama-FDJ
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Groupama-FDJ has confirmed the signing of Swiss rider Stefan Kng on a two-year contract. Kng is the first confirmed signing for the French team, who have extended with a number of riders, including Arnaud Demare. Kng departs from BMC Racing after turning professional with them in 2015 and is the latest in a long line of riders to leave the team following their protracted search for a sponsor. He will be one of three Swiss riders on the team with Steve Morabito and Sebastian Reichenbach already in the line-up. The 24-year-old is a double Swiss national time trial champion and has world and European titles in the individual pursuit. He is also an experienced Classics campaigner, riding in support of Greg Van Avermaet during his time at BMC. He hopes to use his skills to help new teammate Thibaut Pinot in Grand Tours and Demare in the Classics.ADVERTISEMENT "I look forward to joining Groupama-FDJ. I always kept an eye on the results of the team, especially through the eyes of my compatriots Sebastien Reichenbach and Steve Morabito," he said in a team press release. "As soon as we spoke with Marc Madiot, we immediately understood each other. This team offers me the structure for an optimal personal development. Groupama-FDJ has seen my potential and offers me a role to match my ambitions. Around leaders like Arnaud Demare and Thibaut Pinot, my rider profile will be a plus. "I will be able to bring my experience on team time trials for example, especially on the Grand Tours with Thibaut. And then on the Classics of the beginning of the season, we will be perfectly complementary with Arnaud, which will allow us to adopt a much more offensive tactic in the race." Kng had been linked with a move to Groupama-FDJ since mid-July, despite Jim Ochowicz finding a sponsor to save the BMC Racing Team. In his fourth year as a professional rider, Kng has ridden four Grand Tours already and won the team time trial with BMC at this year's Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert eyeing Paris-Tours comeback after early return to training
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Gilbert is training again, much sooner than expected, after his horror crash at the Tour de France, and is aiming to return to racing at Paris-Tours in October. The Belgian broke his kneecap when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on stage 16 of the Tour, locking up on a left-hand bend and flying over a low wall into a ravine. Remarkably, he dragged himself back up and carried on, finishing the remaining 60 kilometres with blood running down his left leg and the knee swelling by the minute. As he hobbled out of the medical truck at the finish, it was clear Gilbert's Tour was over, and further medical checks conducted in Belgium at the end of July confirmed the patella fracture, with the doctor prescribing a period of four weeks off the bike.ADVERTISEMENT However, just under two weeks later, Gilbert posted an update on his social media accounts on Thursday, showing him riding his indoor training bike for the first time since the crash. The speedy recovery has hastened his ambitions for what's left of the season, and he hopes to make his comeback on October 7 at Paris-Tours, scene of his first big Classics victory in 2008. "I'm obviously disappointed to have left the Tour in that way, but nevertheless happy that it wasn't more serious," Gilbert said in a video message. "My dream would be to be at the start of Paris-Tours. This year it's 10 years since I won there for the first time. It was the first big race I'd won in my life. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Otago cycle trails get $13.2m boost from Government
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Government will spend $13.2 million extending the Otago cycle trail network to link 30 communities.Around 122km of new trail will be built to connect the Clutha Gold Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail and... More...
Teuns laments second missed chance behind Kwiatkowski in Tour de Pologne
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After losing twice to the same rider on two days in the Tour de Pologne, when he crossed the stage 5 finish line once more in the wake of Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, Dylan Teuns'look of sheer frustration and hammering at the handlebars said it all. Stage 4's defeat at Szczyrk hit Teuns hard, given the BMC racer was the former winner on the uphill finish, but stage 5s bizarre bunch sprint finale, where Teuns was closing fast on Kwiatkowski, stung even more. Teuns later explained that a minor incident when he all but touched wheels with another rider 300 metres from the line had caused him to lose speed just before the final all-out battle against Kwiatkowski - in other words, just when it mattered the most and when the damage was impossible to repair.ADVERTISEMENT "Somebody moved a little bit and I didn't expect this, so I had to change positions, lost some speed," Teuns told reporters afterwards. "I only lost [to Kwiatkowski] by one wheel and when you lose speed like I did at that point, it's really crucial. It feels like a missed chance." The 2017 overall winner pointed out that Thursday's trek to the twin towns of Bielkso-Biala was not the toughest of Tour de Pologne's last quartet of hilly stages, but that after Mitchelton-Scott had upped the pace in the last 50 kilometres, the tension had increased notably. Furthermore, a long, uphill sprint finish was dangerous for losing time in last-second splits, so he had to be sure to stay ahead. "I was in the perfect position, I was very well-placed in the last three or four kilometres and I could stay there," Teuns recounted. "I came into the sprint well, but I lost speed with 300 metres to go. The best thing about today was that I didn't lose any time." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Strong ride puts George Bennett on podium at Tour of Poland
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has passed his first real test with flying colours in his return to racing at the Tour of Poland. In his first stage race since finishing eighth at the Giro d'Italia in May, Bennett has earned a podium finish in Poland;... More...
Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans to retire
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SYDNEY (AP) " Simon Gerrans, who won two stages of the Tour de France and is the only Australian to have won two of cycling's one-day classics, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.Gerrans is one of only seven... More...
Laura Kenny defies sleepless night with toddler to win second gold medal at European Championships in Glasgow
August 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The quadruple Olympic champion was woken five times by son Albie before clinching glory in the women's elimination race More...
Cycling: George Bennett staying leader of the pack
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett insists his Tour de France aspirations remain undiminished despite the emergence of a world-class rider on his team.Bennett skipped the 2018 Tour to contest the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, and his LottoNL-Jumbo... More...
Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Maramarua road crash
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police are appealing for witnesses of a fatal road crash south of Auckland to come forward.A 49-year-old man was hit by a truck around 7.20 last night on State Highway 2 at Maramarua. He died at the scene.The police said officers... More...
Geraint Thomas pays tribute to Chris Froome after Welshman's Tour de France triumph
August 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas linked arms with four-times champion Froome in a show of solidarity as they crossed the line More...
Nibali has 'successful' surgery on broken back
July 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali will return to training in a few days after undergoing back surgery following a crash in the Tour de France.Nibali broke his 10th vertebra on the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez on July 19 when a fan... More...
Geraint Thomas congratulated by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Tour de France win
July 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Welshman is a big Arsenal fan and was congratulated by the Frenchman after his success More...
Welsh govt to give a parade to Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By becoming the first-ever Welsh to claim La Grande Boucle, Geraint Thomas is the new icon of a nation. After lighting the City Hall and the Welsh Assembly in yellow, the Cardiff City Council is now looking at organising a huge... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas antidote to Sky vitriol
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas ascended to the pinnacle of cycling yesterday, saying his historic Tour de France victory was proof of the power of "hard work" and insisting his triumph had not been aided by the use of drugs.Standing on the top... More...
Team Sky's dominance at Tour de France set to continue
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The Tour de France has a new champion, but the narrative remains the same at cycling's biggest race: Team Sky's domination has no limits.By placing Geraint Thomas on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday,... More...
Lawson Craddock's Tour de France miracle - last comes first in saving his hometown track
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
No one has tried harder to finish last than American cyclist Lawson Craddock, and no one has got more joy from it.The 26-year-old should never have finished this year's Tour de France, after fracturing his shoulder blade in a day... More...
Tour de France: Why the French hates Team Sky?
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France has been imbued with an unusual and strong tension between the public and the peloton. Team Sky was particularly targeted. Ahead the third week of race, four-times Tour de France winner Chris... More...
Geraint Thomas lets lovebirds marry in 2.5m house where Tour de France winner wed wife Sara for 5k a pop
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Welsh cyclist extraordinaire bought Italianate villa in Monmouthshire in 2015 and now he's inviting brides and grooms to shell out thousands to hire it More...
Chris Froome ready to go again at Tour de France in 2019 after aiding teammate Geraint Thomas' success
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas acknowledged four-times champion Froome's gesture in his winner's speech from the podium on the Champs Elysees More...
Geraint Thomas' heavy night in Paris nightclub partying until 4am to toast Tour de France win
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas was officially crowned Tour winner on Sunday evening and went straight out on the town to celebrate the win More...
Geraint Thomas remembers sharing house with British cycling greats after landing Yellow Jersey at Tour de France
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Welshman clinched cycling's biggest prize after a procession in Paris on Sunday More...
Gracious in defeat, Froome set to aim again at Tour glory
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Sitting alone and unnoticed behind a giant board during the Tour de France winner's news conference, Chris Froome patiently listened to Geraint Thomas's answers.It was an unfamiliar position for Froome, who for the... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-124.9 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113.4) (Peter... More...
Thomas: Olympic star, loyal teammate, and now Tour champion
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Five years ago when riding the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike on a Corsican road in the opening stage and broke his pelvis.Against all odds, Thomas soldiered on for 3,000... More...
Undeterred by skeptical fans, Thomas takes Tour title
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The spits and the jeers. The eggs thrown at team cars. The attempts to unbalance riders while riding up the most grueling climbs.Geraint Thomas never flinched at whatever fans " or his rivals " threw at him or Team... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas wins his first Tour de France title
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title on Sunday, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race.The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead of 1 minute,... More...
Tour de France Champions
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1903_Maurice Garin (France)1904_Henri Cornet (France)1905_Louis Trousselier (France)1906_Rene Pottier (France)1907_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1908_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1909_Francois Faber (Luxembourg)1910_Octave... More...
Cycling: Thomas defies the Tour doubters
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
This is a summer marked indelibly by the passing of the flame. No sooner had Lionel Messi's last realistic hope of World Cup glory been snuffed out by the jet heels of Kylian Mbappe than the yellow jersey had slipped from Chris Froome's... More...
Geraint Thomas already eyeing ANOTHER Tour de France win, admitting: "I've certainly got the taste for it"
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Welshman with sixth British victory in seven years at cycling's blue-riband event is squeaky-clean poster boy the sport needs More...
Geraint Thomas drops the mic on his Tour de France victory and rides into legend
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The biggest victory of your life? There's only one thing a Tour de France champion can do... More...
Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France 2018 and toasts victory with glass of champagne on way to finish line
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Cycling's Prince of Wales rode home to victory in Paris after hoisting aloft the red dragon flag during the final stage More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas - Olympic star, loyal teammate, and now Tour de France champ
July 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Five years ago when riding the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike on a Corsican road in the opening stage and broke his pelvis.Against all odds, Thomas soldiered on for 3,000 kilometers and... More...

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