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Pedersen rediscovers love of cycling with Aqua Blue Sport
February 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
At 20, life could hardly get any better for Casper Pedersen with the Dane fast-tracked into the Olympic track programme and selected for the 2016 Rio games. The 2014 Paris"Roubaix Juniors runner-up had cemented his place in the team pursuit squad and was to be the first reserve. A phone call from the national coach the night before the race brought Pedersen's world crashing down. He would instead be the sixth rider and would not ride in any event. Instead, he watched on as Denmark won the team pursuit bronze medal and Lasse Norman Hansen enjoying the same success in the omnium. Pedersen, the only rider to fly home empty-handed. Once home, Pedersen didn't touch the bike for two months and entered thoughts of giving up the sport. Beset by depression. Slowly but surely, Pedersen started to regain his love for cycling and with it, the competitiveness of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT In 2017, Pedersen turned the page and moved teams to Giant-Castelli. The year started with a return to the track and a ride in Denmark's team pursuit squad at the Cali World Cup and a gold medal. Silver in the Madison at the Los Angeles World Cup with Julius Johansen followed. Success followed on the road with Pedersen winning a stage at the 2.2 Flche du Sud and the 1.2 GP Horsens Posten. The U23 European road race title on home road in Denmark, a place in Denmark's team for the Tour de l'Avenir, and then the opening stage of his home Tour of Denmark further washing away the disappointment of Rio. Pedersen then ended the year by signing a contract with Aqua Blue Sport and silver in the team pursuit at the Manchester Track World Cup in November. "After turning pro with Aqua Blue and moving to Girona, every part of my life is built around cycling. I can really feel that this is what my life is about," Pedersen told Cyclingnews. "I just finished school last summer so this is the first summer without school also. This is the first year of being a complete cyclist as well." You can read more at More...
Mitchelton-Scott name opening weekend squad
February 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Australian WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott has named its team for the 'opening weekend' combo of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Italian Matteo Trentin will take on a leadership role in his first classics campaign with the team with Sunday's race the major target. Australian Luke Durbridge has recovered from the broken collarbone he sustained in January at the national championships and will have a free role for the two races. Former Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman and Australian national champion Alex Edmondson provide further depth for the team aims. "I am really looking forward to the weekend, the start of the classics is always exciting, and it will be good to get back into that style of racing. To be honest I don't know how to compare my form to the rest of the classics guys, with my recovery I raced twice in Spain and the terrain is different and also there were not many other classics specialists at those races," said Trentin, who's season debut was delayed due to a broken rib.ADVERTISEMENT "We come in on the back of a really good team camp in Almeria and since the rib injury back in January I've been feeling better and improving all the time. It is still early in the season, but I feel good and I'm quite pleased with my shape after Murcia and Almeria." While Trentin is aiming to hit the ground running, the 28-year-old also sees the two races as key to setting up a strong classics campaign. "It will be a different level of competition at the weekend and Luke is also returning from injury, but if we have good legs in these races then we can aim to be up there at the key moments. It's also going to be important and good for us to test ourselves against the other classics riders and see how we are going," he said You can read more at More...
Paris-Nice attracts strong start list for 2018
February 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 74th edition of Paris-Nice will feature a strong start list of general classification riders, stage hunters and sprinters. Race organisers ASO have confirmed team leaders for the 18 WorldTour and four Pro Continental squads that will contest the March 4-11 race. Defending champion Sergio Henao will lead the charge for Team Sky, who have dominated the general classification since 2012. Sky's squad will include Wout Poels, who will also start as a favourite for the overall title. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) makes his European season debut at Paris-Nice, and in his debut at the 'race to the sun' will aim to add to his Herald Sun Tour victory in early February. The Australian team can also look to Simon Yates for the general classification, while Matteo Trentin will be an option for the tougher sprint finishes.ADVERTISEMENT American Tejay van Garderen was third last week at the Volta ao Algarve and leads the GC challenge for BMC Racing. He can count on support from Nico Roche in his bid for the yellow jersey. UAE Team Emiratesare one of several teams with dual ambitions at the race and will start with the aim of delivering Dan Martin to overall victory and Alexander Kristoff to stage wins. Martin was third overall last year and will be confident of at least a return to the podium. Former world champion Rui Costa is a versatile card for the team to play across the eight stages. Lotto-Soudalare also chasing GC and stage win success, with Ruta del Sol winner Tim Wellens aiming for yellow. Andre Greipel will lead the charge in the sprints, while Thomas De Gendt will be looking to replicate his breakaway stage win from 2017. Provisional 2018 Paris-Nice start list You can read more at More...
Moschetti scores Polartec-Kometa's first win
February 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Italian U23 road champion Matteo Moschetti scored Polartec-Kometa's first win of the season Thursday at the Tour of Antalya, outsprinitngJakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) andKonrad Gessner (Leopard Pro Cycling) on the rain-soaked finishing straight. The 21-year-old now leads the overall in the four-stage 2.2. race in Turkey by four seconds over Mareczko and five seconds overGeorg Zimmermann (Tirol Cycling Team), who benefited from time bonuses at intermediate sprints during the stage. Gessner is fourth, at six seconds. Moschetti had to overcome several challenges during the155.6km stage, including a crash with 40km to go that forced him to stop for a bike change and also to change his shoes after breaking a cleat. He regained the field in time to set up for the sprint and play off the Wilier Triestina train ofMareczko, who was fresh off of two stages wins at the Sharjah Tour in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT "This victory shows me that I have to trust a little more in myself," Moschetti said. "In the end we were Michele Gazzoli and me, but at 1,500 meters there was a crash and Michele broke his gear. I was left alone. I came through the last corner in the top 10, and when they were preparing the sprint for Mareczko, I decided to start it and I got it." The win is the first victory in the inaugural season for Polartec-Kometa, a Continental team managed by the Alberto Contador Foundation. Contador said it was "a pleasant surprise to win so soon, because it is a very young team with which we seek to train future champions, but without demanding immediate triumphs. Winning at the beginning of the season is a motivation for all and a joy for our sponsors, who are making a great effort to carry out this project". You can read more at More...
Local Focus: Ōpōtiki initiative teaching kids to bike safe
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There's no shortage of youth riding bikes in Ōpōtiki and the Ōpōtiki Bike Kitchen is all about educating them to bike safely in their community.Founder Steve Hodge saw the need in Ōpōtiki after moving... More...
American world cycling champion supports roofing Whanganui velodrome
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
World champion masters cyclist Leo Menestrina is loving his new life in Whanganui, particularly the "million dollar view" from his home and a velodrome he is passionate about.Mr Menestrina, an American, and his New Zealand-born-and-raised... More...
19 riders compete in cycling race held in oppressive heat
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There was some oppressive heat last Saturday when the Wanganui Cycling Club held their first summer series race with 19 riders competing.The four lap handicap race was held at the regular Western Line circuit, which starts at Brunswick... More...
Naesen: I think we can be ambitious
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Belgian champion Oliver Naesen says his AG2R La Mondiale team can go into this weekend's opening Belgian weekend at Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne with big ambitions after his top 10 finishes in the races last year. Naesen finished seventh in Omloop last year in a group 52 seconds behind the podium trio of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac). In Kuurne, Naesen finished eighth from a large group that was six seconds behind winner Sagan's lead group of five. "Last year, I finished twice in the top 10 in these races," Naesen said, "and so I think we can be ambitious."ADVERTISEMENT With the changes to this year's Omloop finish - which will use much of what used to be the Tour of Flanders finale: the Tenbosse, Muur van Geraardsbergen, and Bosberg all come in the final 27km of the 196.2km race - Naesen believes the Saturday race favours his skillset even more. "Now we will borrow the Mur de Grammont, and that suits me well," he said. "We have a great team to compete this weekend." Joining Naesen at Omloop het Nieuwsblad will be Stijn Vandenbergh, Alex Gougeard, Swiss champ Silvan Dillier, Julien Duval, Gediminas Bagdonas and Nico Denz. AG2R La Mondiale will line up a nearly identical sqaud the next day at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, with the exception of Quentin Jauregui substituting in for Gougeard. You can read more at More...
Docker pumped for first classics campaign with EF Education-Drapac
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After six years with Orica-GreenEdge, the timing was right for Mitch Docker to make a change. In 2018, the 31-year-old is riding for a new team inEF Education-Drapacbut his love for the cobbled classics remains unchanged. EF Education-Drapac may be a new team for Docker but it is also a familiar one. Docker's first contract was back in 2006 with the Drapac-Porsche Continental squad, the team going on to acquire Pro-Continental status then merging with the Cannondale team at the end the 2016 season. The signing though was a step forward and not a return to the past as Docker explained. "I think there comes a point in any job and especially in a cycling career where you need to change things up and push out of you comfort zone," Docker told Cyclingnews of the change. "I am feeling that here in this team that it is a fresh start and I am motivated in a different way again and really feeling comfortable."ADVERTISEMENT Like a number of Australian professionals based in Europe, Docker makes the long trip Down Under for the off-season and starts the new year on home roads. With the weather of his home city Melbourne increasingly unreliable, "One day it is 40 degrees and the next its 15 and raining", Docker timed his run back home as late as possible. The decision was also taken to ensure he be can in peak form and lay the foundation for success in the cobbled classics from February through to April. Docker's first race in Europe with EF Education-Drapac comes at opening weekend where he will line out at both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. A seasoned campaigner on the classics, Docker will be a key support rider for the team through to Paris-Roubaix and believes a major win is within reach. The Australian backing in Sep Vanmarcke to take a breakthrough monument win after a handful of podiums in recent seasons. "We have a real contender in Sep who I think can take out these classics," he said. "I feel like in Orica we were a growing team and striving for that result in the future. I feel like stepping into EF Education-Drapac that we are ready to step on the podium and maybe take a monument or one of the big boys. I am excited to go for that goal and I am there to support him. If not, I will be there to look for opportunities as well. As always I am excited about the classics but a bit more so this year." You can read more at More...
Dennis: Things don't happen overnight
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
If it wasn't for bad luck, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) wouldn't have had any luck at all this past couple of years. This is the man who built his 2016 season around the Rio Olympics time trial, and was on course for a medal when his challenge was ruined late on by a broken aero bar that forced a bike change and ultimately saw him drop to fifth place. In 2017, Dennis took aim at the Giro d'Italia, but his race was over before it really began, as a crash during stage 3 in Sardinia meant that the Australian would never make it to the mainland. To compound that disappointment, a crash during the World Championships time trial in Bergen ruined what had all the appearances of a medal-winning ride. "I haven't much luck for the last three years. Every other time trial during the year goes smoothly, and then when it comes to Worlds or Olympics, I get a puncture, or I get a crash, or my bike fails," Dennis told Cyclingnews at the Abu Dhabi Tour. "But I think it's just a matter of going, 'Oh that's happened' and trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. What's out of your control is out of your control."ADVERTISEMENT What Dennis has been seeking to control this past year or so is his transition from time trial star to three-week contender, and although his two Grand Tours in 2017 ended prematurely " illness forced him out of the Vuelta a Espaa " he has stuck to the task of balancing the intricate equation of paring down weight without sacrificing power. He has yet to test the results of his labours in the crucible of the high mountains in a Grand Tour, but the early evidence against the watch has been encouraging. "It's funny because last year, my time trialling was better and I did less work for it. I don't know if I'll eventually cop the consequences of doing less work for time trialling but I'm hoping not," Dennis said. "It still is a battle. I haven't mastered the whole losing weight to the point that Tom Dumoulin did last year, but then he didn't look crazy skinny at the Giro. He was lean, but he wasn't at the leanness of some of the other GC riders and he was the strongest by far. "I don't think it's a matter of making yourself look sick. I think it's about being strong as well, especially in a race like the Giro where it can get cold as well. If you get sick it's not really a good start, is it?" Giro ambitions You can read more at More...
Ewan: To win, I really had to nail the timing
February 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) was in the process of talking a small group of reporters through his third-place finish on stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour when an emissary from the race organisation arrived to inform his soigneur that his presence was required post-haste at the podium to receive the white jersey of best young rider. Moments after missing out on stage victory to Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and with a drive of over an hour and a half back to his hotel in Abu Dhabi ahead of him, Ewan could perhaps have done without this particular consolation prize, but he accepted the request with good grace. Even in the frantic moments immediately after a stage finish, Ewan provided a most lucid analysis of a bunch sprint, and he scarcely needed the additional time granted by the podium ceremony to formulate his thoughts on the day's action. He simply hit the front a mite too early on the drag to the line, and was overhauled by Kristoff and Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) in the closing metres.ADVERTISEMENT "I looked at the finish before the start today, and I knew it was going to be headwind and I saw there was a drag up to the finish so I knew that, ideally, I wanted to come from behind," Ewan explained. "But then when you want to come from behind, you run the risk of not being able to get out." Almost as soon as Ewan opened his effort, he sensed he had erred, but he had no option but to commit to his sprint. Kristoff acknowledged afterwards that Ewan's familiar tucked position meant that he struggled to get much benefit from sprinting in his slipstream, but the Norwegian eventually came past to claim the spoils. "When I went, the finish line looked like it was just there, but once I settled into my sprint, I realised it wasn't coming much closer," Ewan said. "After probably a few seconds of my sprint, I realised that maybe I went a bit too early and in a sprint field like this you have to be able to nail your timing to get a win. All the best sprinters are here. To win, I really I had to nail the timing." Tour de France You can read more at More...
Scores build their cycling skills in Whanganui's Kiwi Kids' Bike Race
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui's annual Kiwi Kids' Bike Race series has clicked into gear. Yesterday more than 100 kids turned up at the St Johns Hill grounds to take part in the first of the three bike-race events held in Whanganui. For the past... More...
How Jessica Ennis-Hill is helping fellow Team GB great and new mum Laura Kenny's speedy return to cycling
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Quadruple Olympic gold medallist races at track world championships next week — just six months on from Albie's birth More...
Lotto Soudal aiming for Abu Dhabi Tour stage wins
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Belgian WorldTour team Lotto Soudal is hunting stage wins at the Abu Dhabi Tour this week. Andr Greipel leads the sprint ambitions with the German aiming to add to his Tour Down Under stage wins last month. Although the team is banking on the opening three stages of success, Sander Arme and Bjorg Lambrecht will be given the opportunity for success on the final day climb up Jabel Hafeet. "We really want to win a stage at Abu Dhabi Tour this week and we have most chance on the first three days, all sprint stages," said sports director Mario Aerts.ADVERTISEMENT The sprint field at the WorldTour Abu Dhabi Tour is world class in 2018 and Aerts is under no illusion of the challenge ahead. However, with a confident squad assembled in the Persian Gulf, Aerts believe the team can add to its haul of six wins thus far this season. "Andr Greipel will have to face some strong opponents, because the list of top sprinters is long: Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan, Marcel Kittel, Alexander Kristoff and Elia Viviani. His two stage wins at Tour Down Under gave Andr a lot of confidence and he is surrounded by a good team, with experienced riders such as Adam Hansen and Marcel Sieberg." Due the number of teams with sprint ambitions, Aerts added that he believes there will be cooperation in controlling the stages and there will be three clear chances for wins with Greipel. You can read more at More...
Frame focused on growth and development with Trek-Segafredo
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A former world champion in the team pursuit on the track, Alex Frame has moved out of the velodrome and is firmly focused on making his mark in the WorldTour with Trek-Segafredo. The 23-year-old New Zealander was signed up to the team from 2018 after two strong seasons on the JLT"Condor squad that included a number of wins at 2.2 level. With Trek-Segafredo starting its 2018 season in Australia with the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Herald Sun Tour, it was little surprise that Frame was selected for all three events to start his Trek-Segafrdo career considering the ease of flying across from New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT The 15 race days provided Frame with opportunity to trial new roles and test his capabilities at the top level of the sport. Learning the tricks of the trade front of mind for the Kiwi. Frame explaining to Cyclingnews that he never felt "out of my depth or anything" but suffered in the heat of the Australian summer. "The level, it is not too much harder or faster than some races that I have done in the past. Even Tour Down Under was a pretty low-key race for some of the hitters," Frame told Cyclingnews. "I want to get used to it and would love to be competitive, even this year, in Europe racing against the same guys." Although Frame has several seasons of racing under his belt, he is keen to learn as much as possible in 2018 and ensure his transition into the WorldTour ranks is as smooth as possible. That doesn't mean Frame won't take the opportunity to pursue his personal ambitions should the moment arise. You can read more at More...
Barnes, Niewiadoma lead Canyon-SRAM in Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The European racing season will get underway at the UCI 2.2 Setmana Ciclista Valenciana from February 22-25 in Spain. Canyon-SRAM are fresh off of training camp in the area and show they aim to start strong by sending a powerful, well-rounded team to the hilly four-day opener. Newcomer Kasia Niewiadoma, who signed a three-year deal with the team after spending five seasons with Marianne Vos' Dutch squad, will line up in Rotova for the start of stage 1 in her new kit. She will likely be a key player on the climbs while teammate Hannah Barnes will take on the sprints. The roster also includes Alena Amialiusik, Pauline Ferrand-Prvot and Christa Riffel. The team is complete with 2017 Zwift Academy winner Tanja Erath.ADVERTISEMENT "We've had a nice training camp here in Spain for two weeks, and I think everyone is really ready to race now," Barnes said. Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, in its second year, begins in Rotova with 118km that will feature Alto de Barxeta (6.2km at 3.1 per cent) and the Alto de Barx (6km at 5.6 per cent) before finishing in Gandia. The second stage will start in Castello and climb the Desert of Les Palmes (7.5km at 5.1 per cent) and end in Vila-Real. Stage 3, from Sagunt to Valencia, will be 137km with a climb to L'Oronet (5.5km at 5 per cent per cent) and the final stage in Benidorm will offer three laps of a circuit that includes the climb over Alto Finestrat (7km at 4.7 per cent), for 118km in total. You can read more at More...
Gilbert aims for record third Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
February 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Quick-Step Floors will head into the opening Belgian weekend with strong but flexible rosters for Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Belgian team will kick off its Classics effort backing up Philippe Gilbert's attempt to win Omloop for the third time, a result that would put him on equal footing with four other riders who have also won the race three times. Gilbert last won the race in 2006 and 2008, but the 35-year-old has seen a resurgence since returning to Quick-Step last year, winning the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold among other races. Also in Gilbert's favour is the change to the course for this year's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which will use much of what used to be the Tour of Flanders finale:the Tenbosse, Muur van Geraardsbergen, and Bosberg all come in the final 27km of the 196.2km race.ADVERTISEMENT "It will be interesting to ride the new Omloop finale, similar with the one Flanders had until 2011," said Quick-Step Floors director Tom Steels. "The new finale is a demanding one, and we'll just see if it will lead to an open race or make the riders take a more defensive approach. We will be there with many cards, strong guys who have shown a good form these past few weeks; some of them can go from afar, while others can make use of their speed in case it comes down to a small group sprinting for the win. We are confident and really looking forward to these races." Gilbert, Dries Devenyns and Zdenek Stybar will be joined in the Omloop by Fernando Gaviria, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert and Niki Terpstra, who will also race the next day in Kuurne with Tim Declercq, Maximiliano Richeze and Florian Snchal. Sunday's roster could change depending on what happens on Saturday, however, as the team warned in its roster announcement. You can read more at More...
Froome finishes 10th in Ruta del Sol, Wellens wins
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Chris Froome finished Spain's Ruta del Sol race in 10th place behind winner Tim Wellens on Sunday.The five-stage race in southern Spain was Froome's first event since the four-time Tour de France winner was found to... More...
Meintjes: Coming back to Dimension Data has always been part of the plan
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The saying never go back isnt one that Louis Meintjes dwelled upon when he re-signed with Dimension Data, and all indications so far are that the South African has settled back with his old team after a two-year sabbatical with Lampre and UAE Team Emirates. Starting his season at the Volta ao Algarve, the 25-year-old put in a respectable performance on the first summit finish of the race, and although his ride in the individual time trial on Friday was below his best, Meintjes is relaxed about his form as he builds towards the Giro dItalia in May. Im here to see if Im on track. If the form is good then you can try and get something for your work but its not a major goal, in that we come here looking to start with a bang. Its not the end of the world if we still see theres more work to be done, he told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 1.ADVERTISEMENT Four stages later and Meintjes can be relatively content with his ride so far. He is a notoriously quiet at this point in the year, tending to find form in late spring and summer. Friday's individual test against the clock was his first competitive outing on his Cervelo time trial bike, and although the result didnt stand out, the climber still took positives from the experience. The time trial could have gone better," he said. "It wasnt a disaster, but I need some improving. This is my first time here, and the guys say that Sundays climb should be better for me. Ill give it another go, and I felt good on the climb the other day. If everything goes well, then it could be a good day. Friday was my first real hit on the new time trial bike, and going full gas. I felt good, I just wasnt as fast as I would have liked. You can read more at More...
Landa on the attack in Ruta del Sol
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mikel Landa (Movistar) has moved into attack mode in his first race of the season at the Ruta del Sol, moving into second overall behind Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) on brutally steep final ascent during stage 4. Landa was in the thick of the action on stage 2 to the Alto de Allanadas summit finish on Thursday, and after that major confidence boost, on Saturday he decided to try his luck from further out on the climb. "It was very tough. I wanted to start from the bottom because I saw on Allanadas that I had good climbing legs, he said afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Although the ascent to Alcala de Gazules hilltop centre was much shorter than the Allanadas climb, its combination of cobbles and gradients of 15 per cent made it a very tough test - and Landas result all the more impressive. The peloton of favourites shattered behind as Landa and Wellens went clear, with riders finishing in a broken single line, gasping for breadth and swaying from the effort as they reached the summit. So whilst the Belgian could finally drop the Basque, Landas second place, seven seconds clear of Jakob Fugslang (Astana), was ample confirmation that he has started the season in excellent shape. Movistar, in fact, have all three of their leaders in top shape, as Alejandro Valverde showed in the Volta a Valencia and Nairo Quintana in the Oro y Paz stage race in Colombia. Landas one regret, and it was not a small one, was that he could not take the victory. But he recognised he had been outgunned by a rider with a greater skill set, too, for the cobbled ascents. You can read more at More...
Home favourite Oliveira shines at Volta ao Algarve
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) put in a respectable ride in Fridays 20.3km time trial to enhance his chances of a podium spot at the Volta ao Algarve. The four-time Portuguese time trial champion finished fifth in the individual test, finished safely in the peloton on Saturday and so sits third overall ahead of Sundays final stage to the summit of Malhao. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) leads the race with his teammate, Michal Kwiatkowski, second at 22 seconds. Oliveira lies third at 32 seconds, with Bob Jungels, Tejay van Garderen, Bauke Mollema all within 30 seconds of Oliveiras third place. Sundays final stage is unlikely to see Thomas dislodged from the leaders jersey, but Movistar will be looking to Oliveira to hold his own on the final climb. Well aim for the podium tomorrow, the Movistar rider told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 4. Sundays final climb is really steep and really hard. Well have to say how it plays out. The time trial was good for me. The result was unexpected because last week I didnt train as much as I wanted to. Im going to try and keep in the top 10, that has to be the first main goal. With Team Sky in control of the race, the likelihood is that the British team revert to type and set the pace on the final climb in a bid to unsettle any potential attacks. With first and second locked down, it looks as though the only question is over the final place on the podium. For Oliveira, that will mean marking the likes of Mollema and Jungels, should they try to wrestle third place from him. Ill do my race, and Ill do my own climb. In the end well see what happens but Ill make sure that I suffer until the end, he said. Oliveira isnt the only Movistar rider well placed on GC, with new signing Jamie Roson also impressing. The Spaniard is seventh overall and has a string of top-10 GC places from last season. We have Jamie in the top 10. Hes a good climber, and better than me, Oliveira modestly said, playing down his own results that include a Vuelta a Espana stage win and fourth in last years time trial at the World Championships. As Portugals best hope for a top 10 in the race, Oliveira is aware of the support he has received from the home fans. This is the only real chance in the year when we can come to my country and race with the top teams. The fans come out, and a big thanks to them for cheering me on.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Van Garderen: Stage win would be cooler than podium at Volta ao Algarve
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With one stage remaining at the Volta ao Algarve, American Tejay van Garderen sits fifth overall with the chance of a final podium still within reach. At the finish of stage 4 in Tavira, the BMC Racing all-rounder admitted that the overall win was now beyond him, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) leading the race by a comfortable buffer. However, Sunday's stage to the top of the Malhao - which will be climbed twice - offers a number of riders the opportunity to take a major result. For van Garderen and BMC, the goal is to win the stage. "If I can move up on GC that's great, but we're going to basically get to the bottom of the climb and then go as hard as we can," van Garderen told Cyclingnews as he munched on a post-stage snack.ADVERTISEMENT In terms of the overall, Thomas leads his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski by 19 seconds, with Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) third at 32 seconds. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), van Garderen, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Jamie Roson (Movistar) then make up a collective that could determine the final spot on the podium. "The difference between third and fifth in the Vuelta ao Algarve isn't that big a deal," van Garderen said. "If we can get the stage win out of tomorrow, that would be cooler." The American came into the race as BMC's ticket for the overall classification. He lost a handful of seconds on the first summit finish on stage 2 but put in a respectable showing in Friday's individual time trial to solidify his GC chances. BMC teammate Richie Porte, who came into the race as a previous winner, has not been at his best this week and has stated that his top form is being saved for later in the year. You can read more at More...
Wellens: I'm not leading the Ruta del Sol by chance
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) bounced back from his near miss on stage two of the Ruta del Sol to take both the stage and the overall lead on Saturday's steep cobbled climb to Alcal de los Gazules. Wellens tore out of a severely reduced pack at the foot of the final short but steep climb to take a lone victory by five seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar), with former leader Wout Poels (Team Sky) crossing the line at 13 seconds. Previously third overall, Wellens is now seven seconds ahead of Landa, with Poels dropping two spots to lie 11 seconds down. The reshuffling of the top positions overall still leaves six riders within 32 seconds of Wellens, whilst Steven Kruiswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) is a minute back, meaning the race is far from decided with a time trial still to come.ADVERTISEMENT As a former winner of the Guangxi Tour, the Eneco Tour and the Tour of Pologne, Wellens has a strong palmares in week-long stage races and as he pointed out "I'm not leading this by accident." "I knew on the second day I had really good legs from the second day. I also knew that the climb today was good for me, I took the chance I had," he said. "Yesterday I did a lot of research on this climb, and that paid off. I had really good legs, I knew the final climb. The fact there were cobbles and you can ride next to the cobbles on the tarmac was really good for me." You can read more at More...
Lopez shows his Grand Tour intentions with Green Mountain stage victory
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Miguel Angel Lopez claimed victory on the queen stage of the Tour of Oman atop Green Mountain, helping his teammate Alexey Lutsenko take control of the overall classification as the Astana pair indicated they are ready to fill the gap left in the team following Fabio Aru's departure. Lopez attacked the group with his teammates Lutsenko and Jan Hirt on the final climb with only Gorka Izagirre able to follow. Lopez and Lutsenko then dropped the Spaniard, pushing away to win by 12 seconds on the punishing climb. I am so happy to win today, said Lopez after the stage. I felt very strong today, the legs worked perfectly on the climb. Actually, nobody could attack on the final climb, so we just followed our plan, and after some great work from our teammates, we went away together with Alexey. Of course, the climb was super hard, but we managed to do it as we wanted and finally, we took the stage. Its a nice feeling to win here and to start my season in this way.ADVERTISEMENT Lopez comes into 2018 off the back of a strong finish to last year where he won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana and finished eighth overall. It was a massive confidence boost for him after an extremely challenging start to the year. An off-season crash in 2016 left him with a broken tibia and meant that he couldnt begin racing until June at the GP du Canton dArgovie in Switzerland. He then headed to the Tour de Suisse to defend his title but had to abandon after stage 5 when he crashed heavily and broke his thumb. It was a very complicated season because of the fracture that I got at the end of 2016. I think that my comeback went really well with what I was able to do at the Vuelta. I didnt think that the year would go this way, Lopez told Cyclingnews. It was really difficult after the fracture but I managed to return to the level that I had at the Vuelta. There was a very high level there and a lot of strong riders and it finished off the season perfectly. No extra pressure after Aru moves on You can read more at More...
Izagirre moves into podium spot at Tour of Oman
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) came into the queen stage of the Tour of Omanas possibly the rider in the best position to take out the overall title. However the Basque rider had to settle for third place in the standings after a concerted effort from the Astana team put him on the ropes. Bahrain-Merida and Astana showed their intentions early in the race, with both putting riders on the front of the bunch. They allowed the days break to have a significant advantage but ensured that the last of the escapees were swept up with a little more than three kilometres to go. It was then Astana putting on the hurt. Izagirre was initially able to stay with them but was then left behind by a second surge in pace. He chased hard in the final kilometre but did not have enough to make up the time that he had lost.ADVERTISEMENT We started very fast. Astana put on very high speed. It was a hard climb for me, Izagirre said after the stage. I raced my own rhythm. In the final bit, I went really hard because I had been passed by Jesus [Herrada]. But, anyway, I am third in the general classification. All is good and Im happy. With Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) nabbing the final bonus seconds for third place on the stage, Izagirre came close to losing out on the podium altogether, but he will enter the final stage with a two-second gap over his compatriot and former teammate. It has been a solid start to the season for Izagirre, with seventh overall at the Tour Down Under last month. With Paris-Nice - where he finished fourth overall in 2017, just around the corner, Izagirre says that hes pleased with how his form is developing. You can read more at More...
Lutsenko climbs into Tour of Oman race lead
February 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alexey Lutsenko still has one stage to race but the Astana rider has all but sealed overall victory at the Tour of Oman. The 25-year-old finished second on the races queen stage to Green Mountain, after a dominant performance from Astana that saw his teammate Miguel Angel Lopez win the stage. Lutsenko had started the day in second place at just nine seconds back, but had not been one of the pre-stage favourites to take the overall title with Lopez and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) only a few seconds back. In a performance perhaps reminiscent of the 2015 Giro dItalia, the Kazakh team put on a show of force to dwindle the pelotons ranks in one fell swoop on the final climb. Lutsenko impressed on the steep climb, finishing with Lopez. I am really happy because everything went okay but the main thing is that the team was really strong, Lutsenko said after collecting his red jersey.ADVERTISEMENT We knew that only this stage would decide the general classification so we were really motivated and the team was ready. We controlled the race from the start and the guys worked really hard. We still have three riders in front with two kilometres to go. It was also our plan to win the stage. In the last section I was alone with Miguel Angel Lopez and we did our best to get some time from our rivals and take this stage. Lopez was a key component in helping Lutsenko to the line on a scorching day in the mountains, pacing him up to the top of the climb. The pair broke clear with around three kilometres to go, taking Izagirre and teammate Jan Hirt with them, despite an earlier crash from the Czech rider. Another dig was enough to see off the rest of their competition and, despite a late resurgence from Izagirre, they were not to be seen again by the chasers. You can read more at More...
Bike the Bridge: Thousands bike over Auckland Harbour Bridge
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Thousands of Kiwis have welcomed a break in the clouds and cycled over the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning.The annual Bike the Bridge event has been running since 2011 to raise money for multiple sclerosis and encourage more... More...
Cyclists 'Bike to the Future' to show support for Grey Lynn cycleway
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A controversial Grey Lynn cycleway project got a boost of support from 250 cyclists when they rode along the Richmond Rd route to present a petition requesting Auckland Transport continue the improvements.Organised by Generation... More...
Cycling: Code-swapping stars highlight New Zealand Commonwealth Games cycling team
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two of New Zealand's finest code-swapping athletes are about to be reintroduced on the international stage.Hamish Bond and Kate McIlroy have been selected for April's Commonwealth Games as part of a 33-strong cycling squad covering... More...
Big Street Bikers planning electric charging stations across Auckland
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Matt Weavers and his company Big Street Bikers are on a mission to convert Auckland commuters from four wheels to two.The electric bike company has partnered with energy company Mercury to develop a public, solar-powered electric... More...
Campenaerts denied at the last in Volta ao Algarve
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A sympathetic round of applause was all Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) was left with after the Belgian rider narrowly missed out on victory in the stage 3 time trial at the Volta ao Algarve. The European champion and one of Lotto's newest recruits spent two and half hours in the hot seat on Friday after setting the best time earlier in the day. The 'hot seat' in this instance was an office chair positioned front and centre on the podium, meaning that Campenaerts cut a lonely and almost bizarre figure as he looked out upon the crowd as rider after rider came across the line. In return, the crowd were rewarded with watching either the race on the big screen or Campenaerts tucking into a sandwich and checking his phone. At various points during the long day, it was hard to know which view was more interesting. What was in Campenaerts sandwich? Was Tony Martin going to challenge? In the end, we only found out the answer to one of these significant mysteries.ADVERTISEMENT At the last, it was Team Sky's Geraint Thomas who denied the European time trial champion the victory. Martin, Richie Porte and a host of other big names failed to trouble Campenaerts' time of 24:20 with only last-man and race leader Thomas able to sneak home 11 seconds faster. A desolate Campenaerts put his head in his hands as he sat in perhaps the drabbest of thrones, before trudging back to the Lotto Soudal team bus. "I was in that seat for a long time and you can imagine I was hoping for something else but Geraint Thomas is a really strong rider," he told Cyclingnews during his walk back to the Lotto sanctuary. " Daniel Benson (@dnlbenson) February 16, 2018 You can read more at More...
Strade Bianche adds a wild card for Van Aert - News Shorts
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The organisers of Strade Bianche, RCSSport, announced on Friday that they have added another wild card team to the 2018 edition of the race in order to allow cyclo-cross World Champion Wout van Aert to compete. Van Aert's Veranda's Willems-Crelan squad will line up for the March 3 event with Nippo-Vini Fantini and Androni Giocattoli as the other wild card teams, making a total of 21 teams along with the 18 WorldTour squads. Because of the UCI's reduction in team sizes for races this season, the peloton will be 147-riders strong with teams of seven riders each.ADVERTISEMENT Michal Kwiatkowskiwill return with Team Sky with the number 1 dossard as last year's winner, as willrunner-upGreg Van Avermaet (BMCRacing) and fourth-placed Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors). World championPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be on the line looking for his first win in the Italian race, which will traverse 11 sectors of the region's iconic white gravel roads for 63km total. Boom to return in Paris-Nice Three wild cards teams for 2018 Tour de Suisse BinckBank Tour returns to Muur van Geraardsbergen You can read more at More...
Modolo bounces back with well-calculated win in Ruta del Sol
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Less than 48 hours after he was beaten at the line in the Ruta del Sol, Sacha Modolo (Team EF-Education First-Drapac) has taken his first victory of the season in stage 3 - by a wheel. Modolo's win, his first since the Tour de Pologne last August, was not exempt from a certain amount of controversy, at least according to Movistar sprinter Carlos Barbero, who finished second. Barbero protested at Modolo's sprint tactics, but the commissaires did not uphold the Spaniard's claim and Modolo was confirmed as the winner. The Italian denied any charges of illicit manoeuvres in the final kilometre and was understandably delighted at his first success for his new team. It also enabled him to gain closure on any embarrassment he may well have felt on Wednesday in Granada after thinking he had won, raising his arms in victory, then been forced to recognise he had missed out to Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie).ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really happy, above all for the team, because they did so much work the last time [stage 1] and it didn't work out," Modolo said afterwards. "They did a great job today and it's nice it happened." Asked about Barbero's protest, Modolo said simply, "I don't know what that was about. I'm sorry if he felt that, but in any case, I don't know what's going on behind me. "When I went into the last corner, I was lying third, and I braked. But I honestly don't know where this protest is coming from. You can read more at More...
Poels stays in control at Ruta del Sol
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After a fast fraught bunch sprint stage in the Ruta del Sol, Wout Poels (Team Sky) bustled into the press conference both pleased his lead remains intact, but also aware the race is far from won. Poels briefly saw his lead increased from two seconds to three on the provisional GC after a crash in the last 300 metres split the field and he finished slightly ahead of the other GC rivals. "Better to get a bit more time, even if it's only a second," he told the race speaker, only to learn later that all the riders had finally been awarded the same time. Still, Poels remains ahead of the game rather than behind, and goes into Saturdays tough stage, complete with a 12-kilometre category 1 climb mid-stage, ahead of his rivals. His good humour was such he even joked about the much smaller total of journalists in the post-stage press conference on Friday compared to the media numbers who showed up for Thursday's summit finish.ADVERTISEMENT "Today was really fast, but we kept things well under control. It was a little bit hectic, particularly in the last corner, but the weather was nice and sunny and I enjoyed it. "Tomorrow [Friday] will be very different, with a good kick at the end but I'm looking forward to it, I'm in good shape." Poels recognised that the mid-stage first category ascent "could see something go, particularly from the other teams, but we are ready for it." You can read more at More...
Stetina eyes Green Mountain victory in Tour of Oman
February 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Trek-Segafredo came into the Tour of Oman after a successful start to the season and with hopes of keeping the ball rolling. With no general classification leader, stage victories have been the main goal since landing in Muscat earlier this week. Thus far, the team has been fairly active in their pursuit with Giacomo Nizzolos third place on stage 1 their highlight. Markel Irizar got them into the break on stage 3, and Peter Stetina lit things up for them again with a late attack on Al Jabal Street on stage 4. The American went with around 20 kilometres to go, latching onto the remnants of the days break before going out on his own. It didn't work out for Stetina, but it gave him a chance to test his legs.ADVERTISEMENT "You know the chances are low when you know that there are quite a few guys keen to win the stage but I'm not a sprinter but you never know you might get lucky. It's just about being aggressive in February and getting the nose for it," Stetina explained. "I think they were playing a bit of a gamble by keeping the breakaway so close at under a minute. It got real close. Katusha was setting a really strong pace trying to keep it hard to drop the sprinters but not too hard to close the gap. "I just felt good and tried to go for it. I got up to Rensburg but he was pretty toasted by the end and it was deceptively hard with a headwind into the final climb. I just tried to treat it like a 20-minute effort instead of a five-minute effort. Nibali's attack kind of sealed the deal over the top but I was with those guys and then it was just a case of sitting in the group until the finish." You can read more at More...
Txurruka returns to the peloton via Velon
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With no contact forthcoming at the end of the 2016 season, Amets Txurruka refused to give up on his career as a professional cyclist. The 35-year-old strived to keep his career going and only announced his retirement in May last year. Txurruka has since found a new place in the professional world of cycling with Velon. The Basque rider turned professional with Barloworld in 2006 before spending the bulk of his career with Euskaltel-Euskadi. A four stint with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA followed with his final season spent on Orica-GreenEdge. His last race was Il Lombardia where he helped Esteban Chaves to victory in the autumn of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Across the Australian summer of 2018, Chaves was one of several former teammates Txurruka was again working alongside. Albeit in his new role with Velon at the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. As an ex-rider, Txurruka provides Velon with a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the sport from his riding career. Two key components in him joining Velon as he told Cyclingnews. "They called me because there was a guy I knew and they needed someone to work with them," said Txurruka who's first worked with Velon in June last year. "In the beginning it was hard. I didn't know the work. They didn't know me. For me, it is much easier now because I know all the team, the mechanics and it is good that I know all guys." You can read more at More...
Modolo rues missed chance in Ruta del Sol
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) came within a whisker of success in the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol on Wednesday, but he was finally pipped at the line by Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie). Modolo got the perfect lead out from his teammates and came storming down the right side of the long finishing straight in Granada. And it looked as though the experienced Italian sprinter had seized the second win of the season for his new team. A former double winner of stages in the Giro d'Italia as well as many other top races, Modolo was experienced enough to wait until just after the line to raise his arms, as the 30-year-old pointed out later on Twitter. But regardless of his mistaken belief in a triumph, by then there was no possibility of rewinding the clock to stop France's Boudat from squeaking past him on the far side of the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Having learned of his painfully narrow defeat, the Italian quickly pedalled on for a shower in the team bus. But when he spoke to a small group of journalists afterwards, Modolo insisted that despite the setback, he could come away with some positive outcomes as well as the obvious negative one of losing. "I saw the sprint from the helicopter TV shot afterwards, and initially I didn't understand how I could have lost this sprint," he said. "I looked round after I crossed the line and saw there wasn't anybody near me but there was no one. Of course I didn't realise Boudat was on the far side of the road. You can read more at More...
Tour of Oman: Stage 2 highlights - Video
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nathan Haas turned around his early season after a disappointing Tour DownUnder, taking out the second stage in the Tour of Oman, handing Katusha-Alpecin their first victory of the season and taking the overall race lead in Al Bustan. The day started with a group of four riders escaping the bunch. In the breakaway wereLoic Chetout (Cofidis), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Danny Pate (Rally Cycling). The leaders built a gap of four minutes before Pate lost the pace on a climb, leaving three up front.ADVERTISEMENT The remaining leaders were swept up on the final climb of the day as a group of 50 formed on the front to contest the day's victory. More attacks flew off the front in the closing kilometres, but Haas timed his move to perfection to come over Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Astana'sAlexey Lutsenko. You can read more at More...
Boudat celebrates surprise win in Ruta del Sol
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It took the organisers of the Ruta del Sol more than a few minutes to confirm that Frances Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) was the winner of Wednesay's opening stage. In a fast, slightly downhill bunch sprint into Granada, the TV cameras initially focussed in on Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) as he crossed the line, raising his arms in the air. But on the other side of the road and in the last 50 metres, Boudat, a former UCI Track World Championships Omnium winner, powered past Modolo for a narrow but convincing win. Initially unsure that he had taken the victory, Boudat was told by his sports director to return to the finish "just in case." And that "just in case" proved to be right, with the 23-year-old claiming the biggest road win of his incipient pro career to date.ADVERTISEMENT In the process, Boudat also claimed the overall lead of the Ruta del Sol and also continued France's lengthy run of bunch sprint success in the Spanish race. Former Direct Energie fast man Bryan Coquard won the race's previous full bunch sprint last year on stage 4, and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) triumphed in the same race back in 2016 at Cordoba. Coquard has now moved on to Vital Concept during the off-season, and if Boudat was previously overshadowed by his compatriot in bunch sprints with Direct Energie, in 2018 the young Frenchman has wasted no time stepping into the spotlight in the Ruta del Sol. "I couldn't find a gap to get through in the last metres, but I went for it as best I could," Boudat said. "I was on the other side of the road, and I had no idea I had won. But my director told me to go to the finish to see what was going on, because I could hear my name on the loudspeakers. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome thanks other riders for support during opening Ruta del Sol stage
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has highlighted the degree of support he has received from other riders in the peloton following his first day of racing in 2018 on the Ruta del Sol. Froome finished safely in the main pack behind winner Thomas Boudat (DirectEnergie) after a relatively straightforward, if fast, run through the hills of eastern Andalucia to Granada. The Briton had been the centre of attention before the start in Mijas, as he spoke to the press ahead of his first race since news broke in December of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky was active early on keeping the break of the day under control but opted to let other squads like Astana take command of the peloton as Granada approached. Froome crossed the line in the middle of the bunch, then quickly made his way to the team bus. A little later, he spoke briefly to reporters before posing a number of selfies with fans massed around the Sky vehicles and then riding to the hotel. "It's the first race in the build-up to the Giro now and it's good to be back racing," Froome said. Asked if he could gauge the mood of the fans on the roadside during the stage, Froome said: "I always enjoy racing in Spain, it's a great atmosphere here again." Chris Froome: No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do Brailsford: At this moment we totally back Chris Froome Philippa York blog: Chris Froome is at the centre of a Team Sky mess, not the other way around Former Team Sky doctor lifts the lid on team's medical practices and grey areas Team Sky: Chris Froome will treat Ruta del Sol 'like any other race' Timeline of ChrisFroome's AAF for salbutamol You can read more at More...
Mollema reveling in responsibility at Volta ao Algarve
February 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With Alberto Contador's spot on the team now a distant memory, Bauke Mollema has moved into rather more familiar territory as Trek-Segafredo's main contender for week-long races and Grand Tours. The 2017 Tour de France stage winner will target the race once more this year after riding as a super domestique to Contador in last year's event, and he's tuning-up for his first serious objective of the year " Paris-Nice " at this week's Volta ao Algarve. "My biggest goal is once again the Tour de France,"he told Cyclingnews on stage 1 in Portugal. "That changed last year with Alberto in the team. I was also the GC leader last year in most of the races that I did. It was only in Catalunya and the Tour where I was racing for Alberto. This doesn't make a difference to me and it's similar to 2015 and 2016 when I was more or less the only GC rider in the team."ADVERTISEMENT With Trek unable " and partly unwilling " to sign another GC leader for 2018, Mollema will lead the line in almost every race he starts. He says he thrives on the pressure, and in a contract year for the 31-year-old, that could certainly inspire him to succeed and finally deliver a podium in a Grand Tour. "I think that I'm used to that pressure," he said. "I think everyone needs some pressure to perform, and I think that I can say I like that." Trek-Segafredo as a team have appeared revitalized in Contador's absence. It wasn't as though the Spaniard was holding the team back last year " he provided many exciting performances, andalthough he only won once and cracked at the Tour de France, he was still worthy of leadership. However, with Contador gone, more and more Trek riders are having opportunities to lead and to win. The squad have already won six times this year, and given they won 20 times in 2017 they're well on the way to beat that tally. You can read more at More...
Cyclists rewarded with breakfast at Whanganui's Go By Bike Day
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
About 80 Whanganui cyclists and supporters were treated to a breakfast of pancakes on their way to work and school.Wednesday was National Go By Bike Day and bicycle enthusiasts celebrated with a pancake breakfast at Cornfoot Reserve.Brother... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome returns to racing despite doping investigation
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome returned to racing on Wednesday despite being under investigation by cycling's world governing body for failing a doping test.Froome is participating in the five-day Ruta del Sol in... More...
Tour of Oman: Good sensations for Nibali in first climbing test
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After illness forced to miss his season opener at the Vuelta a San Juan, Vincenzo Nibali finally got his first chance to test himself on the climbs during stage 2 of the Tour of Oman. It went comparatively well for the Italian with a modest but solid 13th place behind winner Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) in Al Bustan. Nibali survived during a rapid-fire ascent of the Al Jissah climb to come to the line in the small group that fought for victory. With the likes of Greg Van Avermaet and Haas in the bunch, there was no option but to sit in and bank the time for later in the race. The first part of the stage was normal and then when we went into the last part it was very fast, Nibali told Cyclingnews at the finish in a much-improved English.ADVERTISEMENT BMC pulled on the climb and then with four kilometres to the KOM, Astana attacked with Lutsenko and Lopez. For me, it was very good. I had Gorka Izagirre with me and there was nothing to do but wait for the sprint, which was no good for me. Nibali had been set to start his year in Argentina but picked up gastroenteritis on the first day of the race in San Juan and had to go home without turning a pedal. The Dubai Tour was added to his calendar to give him a few extra racing miles before travelling to Oman, where he hopes to hone his shape before making his Italian racing debut next month. In San Juan, I had problems with my stomach and a fever, and after I went to Dubai Tour so that I could find my racing rhythm. I worked for my teammates and here I think I can and I hope to find good condition for the next race, Tirreno-Adriatico, he said. You can read more at More...
Haas channels Cancellara to win at Tour of Oman
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) followed a lesson from Fabian Cancellara to take his first victory in some 17 months on stage 2 of the Tour of Oman. Haas beat Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) in Al Bustan after launching his sprint up the right-hand side of the road, taking his teams first victory of the season in the process. Cancellara won on exactly the same finale at the 2015 Tour of Oman and Haas had done his homework on the Swiss man's sprint in order to nail his manoeuvre perfectly. "I did some research on the race. I realised that I'm not one of the phenomena of the cycling world and I have to be a little bit smarter and a little bit more prepared," Haas told the media after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I knew that if I came a little bit from the back, you don't want to be first or second when you sprint because the drag was quite high up, you can get that slingshot. Cancellara won it on the right by going the shorter line so I put a little bit of his work into what I did today and it paid off." Haas and his team were tested to the maximum on the undulating and often brutally steep roads in the latter third of the stage. BMC Racing and Astana both put the peloton under a serious stress test with much of the bunch cracking under the pressure. Haas had to dig deep on the last ascent of the day to hold onto the pace. He broke the ride into more manageable chunks to ensure he was in the select front group. There was little doubt that it was Haas that had taken the win when he let out a huge roar as he crossed the line before getting off his bike and lifting it in the air. Rebuilding the car after the Australian heat You can read more at More...
Brailsford: Chris Froome is entitled to a fair process, as uncomfortable as that may be
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has complained that he believes misinformation has been published concerning the Chris Froome salbutamol case, but declined to issue any correction because it could jeopardise the whole process. Brailsford was speaking ahead of stage 1 of the Ruta del Sol in Mijas, where he defended Team Skys decision not to withhold Froome from racing pending the resolution of the case, insisting that the rider was entitled to compete. Froome also spoke to the media before starting the Ruta del Sol, saying:"I do believe that when all the facts are out there, I think people will see it from my point of view," he said.ADVERTISEMENT The four-time Tour de France winner returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa, news of which was made public in December. As salbutamol is classed as a specified substance, Froome is entitled to race until the case has been resolved. Nobodys denying its a challenging situation but equally I think its only fair at this point that everybody abides by the process, and the process totally allows him to race in this situation and thats what were doing, Brailsford said, noting that Froomes case would not have reached the public domain had the news not been leaked in December. Our society is based upon the idea that the worst case scenario is to falsely accuse someone of something they havent done. This part of the process should be confidential, lets not forget. He hasnt got a doping violation against him and I think that needs to be taken into consideration and we dont want to falsely accuse people. People can have their own opinions but on balance I think this is the right thing to be doing and were happy that were here and ready to race. Lappartient and fair process Not telling the Grand Tour organisers You can read more at More...
Chris Froome: No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome has spoken publicly for the first time since his salbutamol case was revealed, insisting that no one wants this resolved more quickly than I do. Froome spoke outside the Team Sky bus as he prepared to start his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol in Mijas in southern Spain. Froome and Team Sky have defied calls from UCI president David Lappartient for him to recuse himself from racing until his case is resolved, insisting that he is innocent. "Were in the middle of that process now and there is a process in place for me to demonstrate that I havent done anything wrong. I know that I havent done anything wrong and thats what I intend to do, to show that," Froome said when asked about Lappartient's calls that he should not race.ADVERTISEMENT Froome added that he did not have a timeline for when the case would be resolved. "No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do," he said. "I think theres a lot of misinformation out there and also a lot of people out there who dont necessarily understand the process thats in place. Obviously it was meant to have been a confidential process. It has been made public now but also a lot of other athletes and riders have been through this process themselves. Im not asking for the benefit of the doubt here, Im just asking for a fair process." You can read more at More...
Richie Porte gives BMC until May to save team
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Richie Porte has confirmed to Cyclingnews that he has given BMC Racing until May 1 to find a new sponsor, at which point he will be free to find another team for 2019. As he prepares to make his European debut at the Volta ao Algarve, the Australian disclosed that he has a clause within his contract that allows him to speak to rival teams at that point, although he is still hopeful that BMC will continue beyond the current year, calling it the 'best case scenario. BMC have no sponsorship agreements in place for 2019, and their entire rider roster and staff are without contracts for next season. The future of the team rests on a new sponsor being found or one of the main existing titles of BMC, Tag Heuer or Sophos stepping up and providing the needed financial support. At this point, BMC owner Andy Rihs has not decided to guarantee his continued support. Under UCI regulations riders may not officially sign contracts with a new team until August 1.ADVERTISEMENT My line in the sand is the end of May, Porte told Cyclingnews in an exclusive podcast interview set to be released later this week. Thats when you need to know. Who is to say that maybe Geraint Thomas goes to Trek because there goes a potentially great team, if BMC was to fold, that you would have loved to have ridden for. The market is pretty hot and well see who is in and out of contract. A best-case scenario is that Jim Ochowicz finds another sponsor and the team keeps going. Porte confirmed that he can begin looking for another team in the coming months, although when asked about the timing for the second time he said, Its in my contract. There is a cut-off point at the start of May. Back to Europe and a different race programme You can read more at More...
Check out Trek's new Project One paint schemes
February 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Trek's Project One bikes are semi-customizable bikes painted at Trek's Waterloo, Wisconsin, headquarters. Check out the gallery above for a sample of the latest paint schemes available. ADVERTISEMENT Project One bikes are painted in Wisconsin Chasin' Aces The Chasin' Aces motif is based on Degenkolb's cafe racer motorcycle Full Fade Breakaway Availability You can read more at More...
Whanganui farewells former cycling great Graeme Bing
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By JB Phillps Whanganui has lost one of its most versatile and successful former champion cyclists with the death of 75-year-old Graeme Adrian (Bingo) Bing who collected victories in both track and road championships.In the mid... More...

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