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Tour de France 2018 to start on Passage du Gois
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart will include two road stages in the Vende region, an official start at the often submerged Passage du Gois road from the island of Noirmoutier-en-l'le, followed by a 35km team time trial around Cholet on stage 3. It is the sixth time the Vendee region has hosted the Grand Dpart and comes seven years after the 2011 Grand Dpart in the area. The first edition of the Tour de France back in 1903 passed through the area during the key stage between Bordeaux and Nantes. The Puy du Fou theme park hosted the Grand Dpart in 1993, when Miguel Indurain won the 6.8km prologue time trial and went on to win the race in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT In 1999 the Tour de France covered the Passage du Gois during stage two, with crashes and echelons splitting the peloton. Alex Zulle (Banesto), Ivan Gotti (Polti) and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) lost more than six minutes. The race last set out from the Vende six years ago, when Thomas Voeckler from local outfit Europcar went on to have an inspired Tour de France, wearing the race leader's yellow jersey for ten days and finishing fourth overall in Paris. The 37-year-old Frenchman plans to retire after this year's Tour de France. Stage 1 covers 195km between Noirmoutier-En-L'le and Fontenay-Le-Comte, with much of the stage following the twisting Vende coastline after the riders cross the Passage du Gois. Crosswinds and echelons could be an immediate problem for the overall contenders. The finish is close to the home to Jean-Ren Bernaudeau and the headquarters of his Direct Energie team. " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan, Van Avermaet and Vanmarcke could face fine for sidewalk riding at Omloop
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke could all face a fine for riding on the pavement during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, according to Sporza. The riders escaped any punishment immediately following the race, despite several riders stating that theyd been informed they would be disqualified if they used bike paths or pavements during cobbled sectors. "The regulations say that riders can be fined if they ride on a separate bike path. A report has certainly been prepared, which has been sent to the UCI, who now decides whether it will or will not go to the disciplinary committee. That could still get a fine. The names of the riders are not important, it's the principle," UCI commissaire Guy Dobbelaere told Sporza. The use of pavements and bike paths during races, particularly the cobbled variety, has been a thorn in the side of race officials for many years. They have repeatedly tried to stop riders taking shortcuts and seeking smoother surfaces but have struggled the UCI rules.ADVERTISEMENT Ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, commissaires told riders that they risked being thrown from the race if they either pavements or bike paths. However, TV images clearly showed that the leading group rode on the pavement during the Karel Martelstraat section of cobbled. As the chasing group went through, a commissaire was stationed on the pavement, forcing the riders to complete the entire sector on the cobbles. While some such as Luke Rowe were a bit more pragmatic about the incident, saying that there would have been no chance to catch the group whether they had used the cobbles or the pavement, many were angered by it. Trek-Segafredo, whose Fabio Felline finished fourth, went to the commissaires immediately after the race to file a complaint. Despite the protestations, Dobbelaere said that to disqualify the group of riders would have been too harsh. He added that the rule was open to interpretation but he sympathises with those that feel they have been hard done by. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Call for cheaper Crankworx tickets for locals
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A call to offer cheaper Crankworx tickets for locals will be looked into by Rotorua Lakes Council staff.Councillor Tania Tapsell raised the question of cheaper options for locals at a meeting of the council today , but it could... More...
Jolien D'hoore puts Wiggle on the map with win - Women's Shorts
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It is not even March (yet) but that hasnt stopped the pressure forming on teams that havent secured a win this season. Wiggle High5 can breathe a sigh of relief, however, after Belgian sprinter Jolien Dhoore secured their first victory of the seaon at the Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday. Dhoore beat former Wiggle teammate Chloe Hosking to the line, with Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott Women) rounding out the podium. I felt really good today, and the team was really strong, Dhoore said after the race.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle had come up short in the previous days edition of the Womens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with Dhoore finishing seventh and her teammate, Elisa Longo Borghini, claiming fifth. The Italian was in the thick of the action on Sunday and attacked several times. Her final assault came in the final kilometres and despite holding an advantage over the peloton she was caught inside the final 500 meters. Wiggle were not to be denied, however, and Dhoore edged out the competition to take a deserved victory. I was a little bit surprised by it, because of the race yesterday, but we went into the race with a plan. Elisa was on the attack, and I was in a breakaway once, and the other girls helped us amazingly, and in the end it all worked out. Elisa was going for the win, Dhoore added. The plan was that she attacked on the last climb of the last lap. She would go for the win, definitely, and I had to be there just in case we caught her back before the finish. Brand makes winning debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Blaak survives crash to take second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Lepisto finds form in Belgium You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel shrugs off Abu Dhabi Tour defeat ahead of Paris-Nice
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) shrugged off any disappointment at the Abu Dhabi Tour despite missing out on a stage win. The German sprinter came into the race in hot form after winning at the Challenge Mallorca, backing that up with a stage and the Green jersey at the Volta ao Algarve.However in the hotly contested sprints in Abu Dhabi the 34-year-old came up short with a second, third and ninth place finishes. Greipel was not the only sprinter to miss out on a stage but Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and the ever-improving Caleb Ewan all tasted success. Heavy rain affected Sundays final night-time stage on the Yas Marina F1 circuit, and despite a late charge, Greipel could not overhaul Ewan or Cavendish.ADVERTISEMENT I think it was a nice week. Normally we are there for the sprints and the guys really went all in to support me. Today we even got some seconds with Rafa [Rafael Valls] in the front and we just can be happy that we didnt crash today and the week was quite successful. Okay, we didnt win a stage but we made the best out of it I think, Greipel said. The main priority for the riders competing on the Yas Marina Formula One circuit was to remain upright and the peloton rode tempo for much of the race. The sprint teams chased down an early break before increasing the pace in the final few laps. First of all I think it looked maybe worse than it was, Greipel explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Adam Yates: Fourth in the Tour means little at the Giro d'Italia
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He claims that there is only pressure from himself when it comes to racing the Giro dItalia but Adam Yates is determined to produce back-to-back performances at Grand Tours when he competes in the first three-week race of the season in May. Yates, who finished fourth in the Tour de France last year and won the best young classification, heads to the Corsa Rosa alongside his twin brother Simon, and together they will spearhead Orica-Scotts GC bid. Success at such a prestigious and difficult race is a formidable challenge, especially with a string of more experienced rivals set to line up at the 100th edition of the event. As long as Im in the top ten thats fine, Adam toldCyclingnews when asked about his ambitions.ADVERTISEMENT Ive only ridden GC once in a Grand Tour. Its not like Ive come fourth in the Tour and now Im going to challenge for the win at the Giro. Id love to be up there and challenging for the win but its way too early to be making these big calls and say I want to do this, and I want to do that. If Im top ten, thats an achievement. Back-to-back performances would certainly strengthen Yates' position in the team and show progression for a rider who is still within the age parameters for the best young rider classifications. In the Tour de France last year he took a measured approach in the mountains but was consistent throughout the race. That mindset will serve him well in May but he is well aware that the Giro d'Italia is a far different beast to tame than the Tour de France. On television the Giro looks more demanding. I wouldnt say that the Tour is less predictable but everyone there works for one goal, whereas at the Giro you have more second tier guys who arent afraid to have a go and create carnage. Ive not raced there before, or in Italy that much, apart from Tirreno-Adriatico, but well go there and see what happens. The goal is long-term development You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Garderen: Lack of motivation is never the issue
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following a quiet start to the season at the Abu Dhabi Tour " and a winter of public speculation over his apparent Grand Tour rut " Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won't put a number on what will constitute a successful Giro d'Italia campaign. The Abu Dhabi Tour, with its newly-minted WorldTour status, attracted some of the world's best climbers despite there being only a single 15-km hilltop finish at Jebel Hafeet for them to test their legs in an otherwise flat race. It was on that ascent that Van Garderen was left disappointed with his season debut, as he went out too quickly and then lost contact with the main group, which comprised Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and other likely Giro contenders in May.ADVERTISEMENT "I was confident, I was ready to race, I had the team put me in a good position," said Van Garderen, who revealed he was suffering from a cold. "They did a perfect job, they really ramped it up at the start of the climb and kind of put me in the red. Normally I can go into the red and then, once it settles down, recover and regain the rhythm. But this time I went into the red and just kind of blew up. "You can chalk that down to either the bug, or maybe just it being my first race. I don't want to make excuses. I'm not happy with my performance but at the same time I'm also not panicking because I know I put in a good winter. I'm confident in the work that I did up until this point." Van Garderen was heralded as a successor to Tour de France champion Cadel Evans when he joined BMC but has been unable to reprise the form he produced to take two fifth overall places finishes, in 2012 and 2014. This year he has left the Tour to teammate Richie Porte. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Zakarin can make the podium at the Giro d'Italia, says Konyshev
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ilnur Zakarin is confident he can finish on the podium of the Giro d'Italia this year, with his Katusha-Alpecin sports director Dimitri Konyshev convinced the Russian will win a Grand Tour before his career is out. And after an inconspicuous start at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, considerable weight was added to those hopes on the queen stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday, where Zakarin rode away from what was pretty much the entire cast of this year's Giro favourites, though he was just pipped for the stage win by Rui Costa. "I felt very good today and I'm happy with this results as I have recently trained hard at Mount Teide," said Zakarin, who distanced Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Bauke Mollema, Tom Dumoulin, and Steven Kruijswijk " who will all feature in Italy in May. "This is the fruit of that hard work and I'm happy."ADVERTISEMENT The Russian, who was banned for two years in 2009 for using anabolic steroids, was in a strong position at last year's Giro until two crashes on the Chianti time trial dented his push for the podium. Still lying fifth overall, his race ended when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello two days from Milan. "At the Giro he had a very bad experience last year," Konyshev told Cyclingnews in Al Ain on the morning of the Abu Dhabi queen stage. "Talking about the podium is always difficult and in the last five days everything can change, but I think [without the crash] top five we could have done easily. "The only thing he missed last year was experience. Now we have some. I cannot say he has a lot of experience but he has some. So this year we are thinking about the first three places, I think he's able to do that. He's much more experienced than last year. It was really the first three-week race as a leader. So he gained a lot of experience. Also with how to program the race. We made a couple of mistakes last year in terms of preparation for the Giro. He was too good at the beginning, and worse towards the end. We've changed his calendar and training a bit to try to organize it better." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen ruled out of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne by stomach problems
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Boonen will not start Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne due to illness. His Quick-Step Floors team announced the news via Twitter shortly before the start of Sundays race. The Belgian is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico, which gets underway on March 8. Unfortunately, @tomboonen1 won't start #KBK due to stomach problems. Have a fast recovery, Tom, and see you in #Tirreno! read the Quick-Step Floors teams tweet. Boonen abandoned Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after crashing twice, with the second incident occurring just before the race ignited on the Taaienberg. Although Boonen remounted and gave chase, he abandoned shortly afterwards with an eye to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, only for stomach problems to rule him out of the second instalment of Belgiums Opening Weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Boonen is in the final weeks in the professional peloton, and he will retire after Paris-Roubaix on April 9. His abandon on Saturday means that he will retire without inscribing Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to his palmars, while his withdrawal from Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne means that he forgoes the chance of adding to his record tally of three victories. More to follow... You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kristoff takes aim at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after Omloop crash
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Kristoff was a forlorn sight at the bottom of a pile-up in the lead-in to the Taaienberg during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Despite the incident, his Katusha-Alpecin team is confident that he can still lead them at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he has finished second in each of the past two seasons. The Norwegian had to be picked off the ground by his directeur sportif Torsten Schmidt following the huge crash. Kristoff would get back on his bike but he abandoned around 10 kilometres later and headed straight for the team hotel. The decision was made with an eye to Sundays Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, as Kristoff was well and truly out of contention in Omloop by that point. Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) was caught up in the same crash and also abandoned soon afterwards. He quit the race because he was so far away there was no sense to continue, said Schmidt. We had to completely change his bike. He lost some skin but hes ok and he will start the race tomorrow. Kristoff suffered some minor abrasions to his neck and Schmidt expects him to be a bit sore at the start of the day, but he said Katusha-Alpecin will set out with optimism on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT For sure, he will have some pain in the muscles in the neck but the team has good people to look after him, Schmidt explained. We have some tough guys in the team. Already in the race we were talking about tomorrow and they will start with a good attitude and theyll be in the mood to win. In the sprint, it would be difficult to win with another guy. We have to see how it is its 200k and many things can happen before the finish line. Asked by a Norwegian journalist to estimate how long it had been since Kristoff had endured his last serious crash in a race, Schmidt mimed knocking on wood and estimated two years. The journalist responded that it had in fact been some 962 days since Kristoff had taken a similar tumble. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet wins Het Nieuwsblad
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet edged a three-man sprint to claim a second consecutive victory in the Het Nieuwsblad, which marks the start of the Spring classics.For the second year in a row, the Belgian... More...
Watch: Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan celebrates prematurely, loses race
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan has been left embarrassed after celebrating prematurely on the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.The 22-year-old spriting prospect looked to have a stage victory in the bag against a slew of the world's... More...
Mountainbiker suffers serious leg injuries in Wellington crash
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A mountainbiker was flown to Wellington Hospital today suffering serious injuries from a crash on a track in the city's hills.The cyclist, aged in his 20s, was riding at the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park in Karori.He crashed... More...
Fizik investigating if disc brakes can slice through its shoes
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cycling manufacturer Fizik may consider impact testing in its investigation to determine if disc brakes can legitimately slice through its shoe products following a hotly-debated crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour. Owain Doull sustained superficial wounds to his foot after his left R1B model shoe was cleanly sliced through in a stage one crash that involved Marcel Kittel, who was using disc brakes in the race. Doull and his Sky teammates attributed the straight slit to the toe of the shoe to Kittels disc brakes. There has since been speculation, however, that the damage could have been caused by a race barrier.ADVERTISEMENT Fizik global sport marketing manager Nicolo Ildos has no first-hand evidence, but said it was possible disc brakes could have inflicted the damage. Id like to see the outcome of the official investigation before providing final statements, but Ive never seen such a cut on a Fizik shoe, and we do have more than 50 pro riders wearing our shoes, so unfortunately we have collected a lot of crashes over the years, Ildos told Cyclingnews. This cut is different. Its over clean, straight and deep so the most plausible cause is for sure a sharp edge, like a chain " but I havent seen any grease " the edge of the barriers, or maybe the disc. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and wont have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season. The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004. Ive been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own account, to helping out some of the best riders in the world, to doing a bit of both, Roche told Cyclingnews. Its quite nice to be able to have different phases through my career, to have different roles and Im always excited every year anyway. Save for the jersey, Roche noted little difference between BMC and its rival Team Sky. He arrives at BMC after a two-year-stint with the Grand Tour-winning powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has its own little habits more than anything else. At the end of the day, its a bunch of guys riding a bicycle and at this stage, its going from one of the best teams to another one of the best teams, so the differences are very minor, he said. The two outfits are due to clash at the Tour de France this year, with Roche set to support challenger Richie Porte in what will be the Australians second title bid and his first as sole leasing, having shared responsibility with Tejay van Garderen in 2016. Ive known Tejay now a good few years but Richie even more. We train together quite a lot in Monaco, we were together already at Sky and Im quite looking forward to being with him, Roche said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dougall is Dimension Data's Tour de Langkawi lucky charm
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Although Dimension Data's 2015 and 2016 Tour de Langkawi winners in Youcef Reguigui and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, respectively, declined to defend their titles, Nick Dougall is back in Malaysia eyeing off a third consecutive team victory. The British-born South African is one of the key men for current race leader Ryan Gibbons in the sprints but will also be crucial for Mekseb Debesay and Ben O'Connor on the queen stage to Cameron Highlands. "There is always pressure when you come to races and expectation, most of all, you put on yourself," Dougall told Cyclingnews. "We come here wanting to repeat what we've done the last two years and try and win. We have a lot of cards to play. We brought a strong team with a lot of depth.ADVERTISEMENT "We have a good mix of younger guys and guys with experience. Jacques has been at the race six times, I have done it three times. Ryan's obviously new, but he raced in Europe last year, and Adrien [Niyonshuti] has been with the team for almost nine years now. It is a good team, and I am really enjoying working with the team this year." While the 24-year-old is focused on the job at hand, Dougall is also eyeing the race as a preparation for the cobbled classics, his first major aim for the season. "It would be good to get in a break at some point if the opportunity presents itself and really use the race as a workout before the classics," he said. "I really want to go well there, and I think it is really good build up. I am looking forward to making the race as hard as I can for myself." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Loh Sea Keong is king of the Tour de Langkawi breakaways
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Having taken a break from cycling in 2016, Malaysian Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Cycling Team) is back with a vengeance at the Tour de Langkawi. Three stages into the race and the 30-year-old has been active in the breakaways driven by the ambition of winning a stage. In 21 previous editions of the 2.HC race, just one Malaysian has won a stage, Anaur Manan in 2010, a statistic that Keong is determined to change in 2017. "I try to get away and maybe one day we get a big gap get a stage win," he told Cyclingnews after the stage 3 finish in Pantai Remis and another day in the break. "It depends on who is in the break, but unfortunately today ended up with only three guys with smaller capabilities of going into the final.ADVERTISEMENT "If we have a few guys with bigger engines, then maybe we can make it. It also depends if the peloton hesitates or they really want a bunch sprint. They really wanted a bunch sprint today and we got nowhere." Keong and his breakaway companion, Stepan Astafyev (Vino Astana Motors), were caught inside four kilometers to race, with Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) winning the bunch sprint. With Saturday the Queen stage of the race up Cameron Highlands, Keong will rest his legs and let the GC men battle it out for the victory. From stage 5 onwards, he will again commit to his goal of victory on appearance number 11 in Langkawi. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paul Lewis: Cheats never prosper, but what about Livestrong?
February 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
News of Lance Armstrong facing a US$100m lawsuit in November which could ruin him financially - with fellow cycling drug-taker Floyd Landis standing to benefit - further underlines the tawdriness of performance-enhancing drugs in... More...
Lance Armstrong to face trial in November
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's US$100 million (NZ$138m) legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.US District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington.Armstrong's legal team... More...
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's... More...
Viral cyclist video 'was staged'
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A viral video of a female cyclist 'taking revenge' on a catcalling van driver was staged, an eyewitness has claimed.It shows a van driver verbally abusing the woman before she later gets revenge by ripping the motorist's wing mirror... More...
Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he 'loved' wearing Postal
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he "loved" representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.After years of legal wrangling, the federal... More...
John Harrison: Report on Napier velodrome project is a waste of ratepayer's money
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I received an early copy of the 19-page executive summary together with the full 75-page business case for Napier's biggest commercial gamble to date - the velodrome project.Together with the previous Napier City Council... More...
A 13.6km separated cycleway for Mount Maunganui proposed
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A 13.6km cycle loop could be the answer to Mount Maunganui's traffic, parking and congestion issues.That's what Bike Mount pitched to councillors this afternoon - a Mauao Cycle Loop which would enable cyclists, commuters and families... More...
Olympic champion Owain Doull crashes out of Abhu Dhabi Tour after disc brake cuts into his foot
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Olympic champion said that Marcel Kittel's disc brakes had sliced right through his shoe and into his foot More...
Cycling golden couple Jason and Laura Kenny "absolutely thrilled and delighted" as they confirm pregnancy news
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Laura sparked speculation she was expecting after posting a picture of two adult bikes alongside a child's on Instagram More...
Cycling superstars Laura and Jason Kenny hint at pregnancy with touching child's bike Instagram post on Valentine's Day
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The duo said they were planning a family although not before the 2020 Olympics More...
Doull claims Kittel's 'lethal' disc brake bike almost caused serious injury
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Owain Doull has called for disc brakes to be banned unless protective casings are introduced after suffering a crash on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Tour in which one of Marcel Kittels rotors slashed through his shoe. The Team Sky riderhit the deck with a kilometre remaining and showed Cyclingnews and other reporters his left shoe, which had a straight cut in two parts running almost the entire length of the forefoot. Standing receiving treatment for road rash on his backside, Doull pointed to his foot, where a cut " fortunately not too deep " was showing through a tear in his sock.ADVERTISEMENT "My shoe was cut to pieces. Thats definitely a disc brake that has done that, said Doull. "Its gone straight through the shoe into my foot. Its lucky thats not my leg to be honest. If anything Ive come off lucky there, if thatd been my leg it would have cut straight through it, for sure. Youve seen my shoe " its gone straight through that." "Nothing else could cut like that, its like a knife, it cut straight through it. You can see that thin line, its exactly in line, cut there and cut there on my shoe and both straight through in an arrow-straight line." Disc brakes: UCI calls on CPA to 'respect the democratic process' Kittel disc brake success sparks debate in the Dubai Tour peloton Dubai Tour: Kittel savours his first win on disc brakes Marcel Kittel's custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS disc " Gallery You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crashes take down GC favourites and sprinters in Abu Dhabi
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour was always going to finish in a nervous sprint and the risk of crashes was especially high after a slow day in the desert and then a high-speed finale through a series of corners. The final left turn, with a kilometre to go, caused the most chaos, with Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) amongst those who went down. Team Sky's Owain Doull, who had been making his WorldTour debut, was also involved and suffered cuts to his back and legs. He attributed some of the cuts, as well as slice marks in his left shoe, to Kittel's disc brake rotors. Doull's British compatriot Alex Dowsett (Movistar) was caught up too but both were able to make it to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT More on this story Disc brakes: UCI calls on CPA to 'respect the democratic process' Kittel disc brake success sparks debate in the Dubai Tour peloton Dubai Tour: Kittel savours his first win on disc brakes Marcel Kittel's custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS disc " Gallery Several riders, including Ewan, seemed to hit the roadside barriers on the left as the road narrowed. Kittel went down too and seemed to cut his right knee. Ewan was one of the most effected by the fall, but the young Australian did finally remount and make it to the finish line. All of the riders who crashed under the flamme rouge should be given the same time as the winner, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). It wasn't just that last corner that caught out some riders as pinch-points along the course meant trouble for some. Both of Trek-Segafredo's general classification leaders, Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador, went down during the stage. Contador was forced to finish the stage on a teammate's bike and that most of the team was sent back to help him. " Marcel Kittel (@marcelkittel) February 23, 2017 " Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) February 23, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Injured Canadian cyclist surprises doctors by talking
February 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Canadian cyclist Bernard Gendron surprised doctors in Dunedin yesterday by talking.Gendron, 59 was cycling with his partner, Huyen Tran Thi Thanh, on Otago Peninsula on Saturday when he was hit by a campervan and suffered a severe... More...
Joy for family of Canadian cyclist injured in campervan crash
February 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The tears flowed when Canadian cyclist Bernard Gendron responded to his children's commands in Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday.The joy was short-lived but his children know their father will not give in without a fight.Gendron, 59,... More...
Amstel Gold Race drops Cauberg hill from final lap
February 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " The tough final climb up the Cauberg hill has been cut from this year's Amstel Gold Race cycling classic, with organizers saying the move should create a more open race.Climbing specialists often wait... More...
Russia recruiting Australian cyclist for Olympic team
February 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOSCOW (AP) " Russia is hoping to recruit former world champion track cyclist Shane Perkins of Australia in a push for medals at the 2020 Olympics.Perkins said Wednesday in a Facebook statement that he "will now be riding for Russia,"... More...
Yachting: Olympic cyclist trialling for Team NZ
February 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Former track cyclist Simon van Velthooven is trialling for a spot on Team New Zealand's America's Cup boat.A Cycling New Zealand spokesman confirmed the London 2012 bronze medallist has asked for time away from the sport.It follows... More...
Campervan driver faces charges for careless driving after Canadian cyclist injured
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Chinese campervan driver will appear in court next week accused of causing a severe brain injury to a Canadian tourist.Visitor Wei Zhang, 34, has been charged with careless driving causing injury to 59-year-old Bernard Gendron... More...
Fishing line tied across Queenstown mountain biking track
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police are investigating the ''moronic'' actions of a person who tied fishing line at head height across a Queenstown track.Queenstown Mountain Bike Club member Allan Birkett was cycling to work yesterday morning when he spotted... More...
Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt $100 million lawsuit
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug... More...
Cyclists warned to lock bikes out of sight as thieves prowl Tauranga carports and garages
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bikes are vanishing from garages, carports and doorways amid a wave of thefts that some cyclists are attributing to an organised gang working the streets of Tauranga.Police are urging owners to photograph their bikes, record their... More...
Over the hill: Finishers- Pioneer day 7
February 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I'm sitting here looking at the Remarkables and it's a great sight.It means that Greg Bowker and I have finished the Pioneer.Finished: it's not normally a word that means much in the sporting realm, something I have been involved... More...
Over the hill: Coming home - Pioneer day 6
February 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There's a different feeling around camp tonight.It's one of excitement and anticipation about tomorrow's final stage of the Pioneer but it's also because of a realisation that riding partner Herald photographer Greg Bowker and I... More...
He Tangata: A chat with The Gentle Cycling Company's Rose Griffin
February 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I grew up at Hobbiton, although it wasn't Hobbiton then, it was just Matamata. My parents were dairy farming people - we came from a long line of preachers, teachers and farmers - and Dad was always quite religious about taking us... More...
Over the hill: Putting the will into willpower - Pioneer day 5
February 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There are some phenomenal riders taking part in the Pioneer.Among the most notable in the gaggle of professional riders is the 13-time Spanish mountain bike champion. The elite riders rarely stop at aid stations and there have been... More...
Over the hill: Being tourists - Pioneer day 4
February 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There are plenty of times when us Kiwis take New Zealand for granted.We hear about how beautiful our county is but don't really appreciate it. It's what we have always known: mountains, lakes, rivers, tussock lands. Yep. Got them... More...
Roger Walkowiak, 1956 Tour de France champ, dies at 89
February 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Roger Walkowiak, who won the 1956 Tour de France against all odds after making the most of a long breakaway, has died at the age of 89.Walkowiak's wife told The Associated Press her husband died early Tuesday in a hospital... More...
Over the hill: Re-birth - Pioneer day 3
February 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Written on the top of Andrew Gilboy's bike are the words, re-born on the Fourth of July.That was the day, in 2013, when Gilboy had healthy stem cells put back in his body as he attempted to overcome double hit lymphona.The Englishman... More...
Over the hill: No 8 wire, slashed tyres and Sir Edmund Hillary - day 2 of the Pioneer
February 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Good, old Sir Edmund Hillary. He was on hand just when we needed him the most.Sir Ed probably would have approved, given his ability to overcome a tricky situation.It was the day of the No 8 wire, slashed tyre and Sir Edmund Hillary... More...
Australia's Damien Howson wins Herald Sun Tour
February 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " Australia's Damien Howson held on to his overall lead to win the Herald Sun cycle tour on Sunday, repelling the challenge of three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.Britain's Ian Stannard won Sunday's... More...
Over the hill: Avoiding the body bag - Pioneer day 1
February 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
One of the trails on the first day of the Pioneer mountain bike race is called the Body Bag.It was our intention to ensure we got through the opening stage of the seven-day race from Christchurch to Queenstown without being in one,... More...
American McCabe wins crash-marred stage of Herald Sun Tour
February 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " American Travis McCabe won a crash-marred third stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, out-sprinting a reduced field over the final kilometers.McCabe was one of only a handful of riders to emerge from... More...
Michael Brown: The mental battle of attacking a 549km race
February 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Frank Sinatra reckoned he had a few regrets. Funnily enough I've started playing his ditty My Way in my head and replaced the word regret with doubts because, jeepers, I've had a few lately over this Pioneer mountain bike race that... More...

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