Cycling News


Australian maintains lead after Stage 2 of Herald Sun Tour
February 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " Australian Damien Howson kept the Herald Sun Tour lead on Friday after overcoming a tire puncture late in the 165.6-kilometer second stage of the four-stage race.The tire blowout with 20 kilometers to... More...
Clean, green focus for 2017 Coast to Coast
February 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Organisers of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast race have teamed up with a global environment group to ensure the iconic event leaves no trace upon the spectacular South Island countryside it traverses.The annual multisport event, held... More...
Cycling: Rider disqualified for punching race leader
February 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There was controversy on stage three of the Dubai Tour after race leader Marcel Kittel was punched by Astana's Andriy Grivko during the race. The Ukrainian Grivko was disqualified and fined 200 Swiss francs by organisers after... More...
Australian 1st after Day 1 of Herald Sun Tour, Froome 6th
February 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " Australian cyclist Damien Howson took the overall lead in the Herald Sun Tour after winning the grueling opening Falls Creek stage on Thursday, leaving three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome in sixth... More...
Watch: Cyclist's terrifying tumble over bridge
February 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Luck, and a quick reaction saved the life of a cyclist who found himself hanging off the side of a bridge at the end of a bicycle race in the United States.Mike Allec, 51, was sprinting for the line in the Santa Barbara Road Race... More...
Road rage driver's lawyer pleads for leniency as she has 'already been punished' on Twitter
February 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A driver filmed screaming at British television presenter Jeremy Vine as he rode his bike has been warned she could face jail, despite her lawyer claiming that she has already been "punished"on social media.Shanique Syrena Pearson... More...
Grant Bradley: Which way would you go?
January 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's cycle trail network is on track for being one of our great tourist and lifestyle assets - much like Europe's historic canals.And the Motu Trails on the East Cape are a true gem - remote, uncrowded and through some... More...
German sprinter Arndt wins Cadel Evans Great Ocean race
January 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GEELONG, Australia (AP) " German sprinter Nikias Arndt timed his finish perfectly to deny Australian Cameron Meyer a win at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race on Sunday.Meyer launched an attack with 600 meters left in the 174-kilometer... More...
Long weekend traffic clears near Puhoi
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Traffic near the Puhoi tunnel on State Highway 1 is back to normal after north-bound motorists faced delays this morning.New Zealand Transport Agency said the queues disappeared just before midday.Motorist Samantha Lochery was... More...
Opportunites abound for adventure racers
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Coast to Coast, ironman, ultra marathons, GODZone, multi-day adventure races, Pioneer ... it's like shopping at Christmas time - you're spoilt for choice and struggle to select the right one.Where once there was only a handful,... More...
Cycling in virtual reality world
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Former Olympic cyclist Graeme Miller has immersed himself in the virtual reality world to train and prepare for the World Masters Games in April.Instead of pedalling for hours and hundreds of kilometres a week on the road, Miller... More...
Dutch Olympian Van Vleuten wins Australian road race
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GEELONG, Australia (AP) " Dutch Olympian Annamiek van Vleuten sprinted clear of four other lead riders to win the women's event in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday.The Orica-Scott rider was leading the Rio de Janeiro... More...
Inventor breaks silence on how mechanical doping has infiltrated cycling
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Hungarian designer of a secret bicycle motor says he thinks pro cyclists have used them to cheat since 1998 and US cycling legend Greg LeMond says he can't trust Tour de France results.Both were interviewed by the CBS television... More...
Cycling: Young squad heading for World Cup
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling New Zealand has named a group of young prospects in its team to contest the third UCI Track World Cup in Colombia next month.A 12-strong team will compete, mostly comprising riders who have medalled at recent junior world... More...
Nicole Cooke slams British Cycling, Team Sky and UKAD in Culture, Media and Sport Committee evidence
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
She also summarised the sport's war on doping as "the wrong people fighting the wrong war, in the wrong way, with the wrong tools" More...
Cyclo-cross Worlds: Pidcock leads British clean sweep in junior men race
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The first day of the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg kicked off with a clean sweep for the British team. The 17-year-old top favourite Thomas Pidcock lived up to the high expectations placed upon him and completed a long solo on the icy course. I just made sure I didnt crash, really. I just stayed upright and I let my legs do the work, Pidcock said in the post-race flash interview. The best teams in the world are keen to attract Pidcock, including some WorldTour teams and the best cyclo-cross squads, such as Sven Nys Telenet Fidea Lions. With his splendid ride in Bieles, his price will not have dropped. Pidcock is often referred to as the new Sagan. As far as these comparisons go, Sagan fell just short of the world title at the 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World championships on a fast course in Treviso, Italy.ADVERTISEMENT Pidcock joined race leader Maxime Bonsergent (France) at the end of a tumultuous opening lap. The French rider was unable to keep up and Pidcock was alone for more than three laps. Halfway through, during the third of five laps, he briefly halted to fix his brakes but still enjoyed an advantage of more than 20 seconds. During the penultimate lap, Pidcock was flying. He clocked the fastest lap time of the day while including a Mathieu van der Poel-style sidekick jump at a fly-over. He dealt perfectly with the icy conditions, showing off brilliant technical skills. Multiple riders struggled on their bike on a difficult off-camber descent with a 180 degrees corner. Pidcock couldnt be bothered and ran the whole section, throwing his bike sideways in the corners. At the finish, he was high-fiving with the crowd before coming to a stop and lifting his bike over the finish line. From there, Pidcock sat just beyond the finish to see if his compatriots would be able to join him on the podium. When that worked out, Pidcock burst into tears, joining runner-up Daniel Tulett and third-placed Ben Turner. Its history, its amazing, all three of us on the podium, Pidcock said, bursting into tears. You can read more at More...
Van der Poel says riders should publish anti-doping data for transparency
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former cyclo-cross world champion, and pre-race favourite for this weekends Worlds, Mathieu van der Poel has said that anti-doping controls should be made public by riders. The comments come after Kevin Pauwels posted his doping control form on Twitter earlier this week, swiftly followed by Van der Poel himself. Following their decision, calls came for reigning world champion Wout van Aert to publish his anti-doping controls, but the Belgian said in a press conference ahead of the World Champions that he would not be doing the same as his two competitors. Van der Poel respected the choice of Van Aert but said that publishing the documents would help with the sports transparency, although there is nothing to say that a rider must do it. So it was for myself; it was not meant to provoke Wout van Aert, Van der Poel said at his pre-Worlds press conference, according to Het Nieuwsblad. He is also perfectly entitled not to do so. Just because you do not make something public, it does not mean that you have something to hide. It is his privacy. But perhaps it is good that we do all this publicly in the future. For me, each test should be put online. There needs to be more transparency, and it could be a pivotal moment in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Riders are required to declare the use of any medication or supplements on the forms supplied when visited by doping control officers. Van der Poels anti-doping control form showed that he had been using multivitamins and beetroot juice. Any TUEs must also be declared by the rider. On that subject, Van der Poel was very direct, saying that they are open to misuse and the rules around them should be stricter. "I'm not saying that nothing should be allowed, but it is unfortunately misused in many ways, said Van der Poel. If you're struggling with something, then the best thing to do is to rest. TUEs can naturally be used, but it is not the healthy way. It also seems a good idea to then stay a month on the sidelines instead of the current line of ten days. If it's the only way to ride a World Cup ...? Maybe you are doing nothing wrong, but I would not personally do it secretly but at a press conference with a doctor immediately. But again, its not healthy. " Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) January 23, 2017 You can read more at More...
Vuillermoz out for at least a month after being injured in auto crash - News Shorts
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuillermoz out for at least a month after being injured in auto crash AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Vuillermoz will be out of competition for at least a month while revering from injuries he suffered in an automobile crash on January 21. Vuillermoz suffered a "benign fracture of the first lumbar vertebra," according to Dr. Eric Bouvat, head doctor for the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Having this happen at the beginning of the season, it is important to remain optimistic," Vuillermoz said. "I was looking forward to racing again at Valenciana. But it is now more important to take good care of my back injury so that I don't risk ruining the rest of my season." Mikal Chrel will replace Vuillermoz on the team's roster for the upcoming Volta a Valencia. You can read more at More...
USA Cycling announces rosters for upcoming track World Cups
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling on Fridayannounced the rosters for the upcoming UCI Track World Cup events in Cali, Colombia, February 17-19, and in Los Angeles February 25-26. Just three riders will represent the US in Colombia, with Sarah Hammer slated to compete in the omnium, points race and scratch race, while Ian Holt will compete in the men's points race and Zac Kovalcik will take on the men's omnium. Kovalcik will also represent the US in the scratch race in Los Angeles, with Dominic Souza competing in the keirin. The women's squad will jump from one in Colombia to to eight in Los Angeles, with four riders set to take on a team pursuit that could be a rematch of the Olympic showdown with gold medalists Great Britain. Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Jenn Valente and Ruth Winder will all compete for gold in the team pursuit, with Dygert taking on double duty in the individual pursuit as well.ADVERTISEMENT Missy Erickson will join the team in Los Angeles to compete in the scratch race. Dana Feiss will compete in the Kierin, with Kim Giest and Kim Zurbis slated for the Madison. Were excited about the American team that were sending to Colombia and the team that will represent us in Los Angeles, said USA Cyclings Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller. Its great to have a World Cup back on American soil at AEGs StubHub Center. We are looking forward to having a big crowd to support our athletes." Tickets for the Los Angeles event can be purchased at You can read more at More...
Mollema buoyed by Vuelta a San Juan performance
January 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bauke Mollema's stage 3 time trial performance may not have left him atop the general classification, but he knew he was in pole position at the Vuelta a San Juan, and he duly delivered on the Alto de Colorado to take the blue leader's jersey. The Dutchman had just three seconds to make up on Ramunas Navardauskas on the final climb on Friday's stage 4 - a category 1 ascent that was not overly steep at an average of 4.4 per cent, but was 15km long and rose to an altitude of 2500 metres. Despite a spirited display from the Lithuanian, who dug deep, Mollema managed it comfortably with a fifth place finish on the day, 12 seconds behind stage winner Rui Costa. "Of course I'm really happy to take the jersey " that was the goal today," said Mollema in his post-race press conference. "After the time trial I was in a good position, and I knew it was possible to take the lead.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a hard stage, the start was really difficult, and there was a high pace all day. The hardest part was the altitude, going up to 2,500m " at this stage of the season that's really hard. It was tough towards the top, but luckily I did enough to take the jersey." Mollema now leads the general classification by 14 seconds from Oscar Sevilla, with Colombian Rodolfo Torres a further two seconds back. Two stages remain in the race, and they're both flat, meaning Mollema, barring accident or surprise, should be crowned the overall winner on Sunday. You can read more at More...
Cycling: How to look after your bike
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I'm a bit cheap, although it was probably always going to be the case.Not only am I of Scottish stock, but I've also got a dollop of Presbyterianism in my heritage. Frugality is a skill I really should flag up on my CV.I have... More...
Richie Porte wins stage 5 of Tour Down Under
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) " Australia's Richie Porte emphatically won the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under cycle race Sunday to take an unassailable lead on general classification with one stage remaining.Porte won the 151.5 kilometer... More...
Caleb Ewan wins 4th stage of Tour Down Under
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) " Rising Australian star Caleb Ewan claimed his third stage victory on this year's Tour Down Under cycle race when he won Friday's 149.5-kilometer (93-mile) stage from Norwood to Campbelltown while compatriot... More...
Quintana to ride in Giro d'Italia ahead of Tour de France
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana plans to ride in this year's Giro d'Italia as preparation for the Tour de France.Quintana's Movistar team has detailed his schedule for the 2017 season, with a return to Italy's three-week... More...
Caleb Ewan wins 3rd stage of Tour Down Under
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) " Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won Thursday's third stage of the Tour Down Under cycle race while compatriot Richie Porte retained the overall lead with three stages remaining.Ewan outsprinted two-time... More...
Cycling: The world's best bike trips
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. NORTH SEA CYCLE ROUTE Officially known as EuroVelo 12 , this 6000km route winds its way through eight countries that border Europe's North Sea: England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.... More...
Cyclist films nosedive crash into steep ditch
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tour de France stage winner Joaquim Rodrguez has posted a terrifying video of a crash during a training ride where he went straight over a barrier and down a steep ditch.Rodrguez, who last month announced he won't be riding professionally... More...
UnitedHealthcare adds Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall for 2017
October 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A pared down UnitedHealthcare pro womens team will return just four riders from the 2016 team, as the roster is whittled down from 13 this year to 10 next season. Katie Hall, Rushlee Buchanan, Diana Peuela and Shawn Morelli will return for next season, while prolific winner Coryn Rivera is rumoured to have signed with a European team for 2017. The team has brought on the services of talented veterans Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall to shore up the roster, adding Janelle Cole, Lauretta Hanson, Kate Sherwin and Ruth Winder as well.ADVERTISEMENT "Im excited about the roster weve put together, said retruning director Rachel Heal. Like the mens team, it's a great mix of youth and experience. We will be focusing on all the big races in the US next season as well as a selection of international stage races." The team will look to Katie Hall, a four-year veteran of the US team, to carry the banner in the stage races next year. Hall had a breakout season this year, winning a stage, the Mountains Jersey and the general classification at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina in January. She followed her San Luis success with a second place finish during stage 1 at the Tour of the Gila and the mountains classification win at the Aviva Womens Tour in Great Britain. You can read more at More...
FDJ sign Cimolai to support Demare
October 03, 2016 (07:45) [ Indexed from ]
Davide Cimolai has signed for the FDJ team for 2017, joining the French squad after five years at Lampre-Merida. The 27-year-old joins fellow Italian Jacopo Guarnieri, signed from Katusha, in coming in to bolster the sprint set-up, which is built around Milan-San Remo champion Arnaud Demare. "Now it's official, very happy to announce that my future will be with the FDJ team," he announced on Twitter, before telling France TV Sport a bit more about the motivation behind the move.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm 27 and I think it's the right moment to discover a new team, a new country and a new language. My aim is to put Arnaud in the best position and I think we can work well together." The French team also announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Davide Cimolai will wear FDJ colours next year. A great reinforcement for the sprints." Having started out on the track, Cimolai turned pro on the road in 2010 with Liquigas, where he spent two seasons before joining Lampre in 2012. You can read more at More...
Victoria Pendleton on life after cycling and missing her muscles: 'I was at a loss after retiring at 31'
October 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Olympic gold medallist, 35, on stepping down from professional cycling and begging Strictly's Brendan for more dancing lessons More...
Hesjedal and Schleck close out their careers at Il Lombardia
October 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Il Lombardia was the final race of the 2016 WorldTour, and for several riders, it was the final race of their careers. The champagne corks were popping at the Trek-Segafredo bus in Bergamo as both Frnk Schleck and Ryder Hesjedal hung up their wheels and reflected on the past 15 or so years. "Everyone told me that I need to enjoy the last kilometers because it's going to be something special, and I was waiting to feel this special moment, but nothing really happened. I just felt really tired like I normally do at the end of a race," Schleck of the moment he crossed the line. "But then when I came to the bus there was a nice reception from the boys, the team, the fan club, and some family, my kids, my wife, and they reminded me that this is it! I realized it's not just a switch that you turn on or off. I think it will come in the next days that then I will realize that it is finished."ADVERTISEMENT Hesjedal wasnt able to soak up the emotions on the run to the finish line as he climbed off his bike and abandoned during an especially tough and selective edition of the 'race of the falling leaves'. "I really wanted to finish it today, but realistically I know how things work on the road. I dont know how many guys finished in the end [61 " ed], but you definitely had to have good legs, and I didn't so it was impossible. I still enjoyed every moment out there," he said in an interview with the Trek-Segafredo team's website. Hesjedal began his career in mountain biking, before switching to the road in 2004, riding alongside Lance Armstrong at US Postal and then moving to Phonak in 2006. He spent the bulk of his career at Jonathan Vaughters Slipstream set-up, winning the Giro d'Italia in 2012, but admitted to doping earlier in his career before he joined the clean-ethos team. He moved to Trek for the final year of his career and one more crack at the Giro, but he was forced to abandon. No regrets for Schleck You can read more at More...
Chaves pips Rosa to become 1st Colombian to win Il Lomardia
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) " Esteban Chaves became the first Colombian to win Il Lombardia in snatching victory from Diego Rosa of Italy by less than a bike wheel on Saturday.Rosa looked set for a surprise victory after launching his sprint... More...
Contador: Mollema and I can strengthen one another
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador has played down any early talk of leadership issues between himself and Bauke Mollema at Trek-Segafredo, insisting they can both improve as a result of the partnership. The Spaniard, as reported by Cyclingnews at the Tour de France, will make the move from Tinkoff, who are folding at the end of this season, joining established Grand Tour leader Mollema at Trek-Segafredo. The Dutchman has been at Trek since the start of 2015 and has finished seventh and 11th in the last two editions of the Tour de France, with his best result of sixth coming in 2013. This year he was on course for the podium but crashed out of contention in stage 18's downpour.ADVERTISEMENT However, the arrival of Contador, whose palmares includes two Tour de France titles along with three at the Vuelta a Espana and two at the Giro d'Italia, signals a disruption to the pecking order. With both riders set to make the Tour de France their primary objective of the 2017 season, the age-old leadership issue is bound to rear its head, but Contador insisted the partnership will not lead to any tensions. "There's no problem," he said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "We have plenty of races ahead of the Tour to get used to each other and I am confident that we will both discover the benefits of working together. You can read more at More...
Uran says Il Lombardia was a big day for Colombia
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) has collected a lot of podium places during his career and he again accepted defeat at Il Lombardia, proud to at least share a spot on the podium with fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves. The two were arguably the best riders in the race at this year's Il Lombardia, emerging from what remained of the peloton to fight for victory on the last climb to Bergamo Alta, and on the high-speed descent before the sprint to the line. Chaves launched the attack that shook up the race and Uran had the courage and strength to go with him despite struggling a little earlier during the eight climbs and 4400 metres of climbing. The two were also the strongest on the cobbled climb up to Bergamo Alta, managing to drop Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and making Diego Rosa (Astana) hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Uran was ready to place his chances in the sprint but couldn't match Rosa when he kicked early in the sprint and then Chaves came past both of them to win. "I tried on the last climb with Esteban but it came back together and after that it's the fastest man who wins the sprint and today that was Chaves," Uran said in defeat. "To lose a sprint like this hurts. I was on form, I knew it, too, so I'm upset. But I also know that races go like this sometimes and to be on the podium is important." You can read more at More...
KMC CrossFest moves from Providence to Connecticut
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The storied Providence, Rhode Island, cyclo-cross race, now the KMC'CrossFest, has been forced to find a new venue so that the event could continue to grow. It had become the most popular and heavily attended cyclo-cross race on the New England calendar, and as such news of the move was a bitter pill to swallow for much of the cycling community. Roger Williams Park had become known for its challenging courses, festival atmosphere, and memorable races. Event Director Richard Fries explained the situation through the event website. "We realized this past spring that we had exceeded the capacity of that park and, frankly, that entire city. We heard your comments on parking and lodging and crime," Fries said."And despite our generating more than $2 million of economic impact each year, the city steadily raised every fee and restriction to levels that could only be described as prohibitive. We would have had to raise entry fees by $20 to remain there. We did not want to do that to our customers."ADVERTISEMENT The race organization then reached an agreement with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, located on 500 acres of rolling hills in sleepy northeast Connecticut, 38 miles from the Providence venue. The land has held racetracks for 76 years, and an 18-hole golf course for 65 years. This new venue solves the problem of parking, has an on-site restaurant and will be able to hold night racing under the lights of the racetrack. A challenge at the new venue appears to be that most suitable housing for the athletes is about 15 miles away in towns like Southbridge and Sturbridge. In addition, contractual agreements that the racetrack has with beverage vendors will affect the beer garden, which had been so popular in Providence. Thompson Speedway has been owned and operated by the Hoenig family for four generations, since before it became a racetrack. Its birth was actually the result of an act of nature. You can read more at More...
USA Cycling releases 2017 national championships calendar
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling today released its schedule for the 2017 national championships, includingevents in cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. BMX events will be announced at a later date. The biggest change in the calendar is the pro road and time trial events' move from the originally scheduled venue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Knoxville, Tennessee. The three-day US pro championships will take place June 23-25 to line up better with most European national championships. Masters Road National Championships have also been moved from Winston-Salem to Columbia County, Ga., and Para-Cycling Road National Championships moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT "This move will allow Winston-Salem to focus on continuing to build its exciting UCI 1.1 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic while ensuring that USA Cycling delivers an excellent customer experience for our important Master and Para-Cycling athletes," USA Cycling said in its Friday announcement."Para-Cycling Road National Championships will run May 4-7, while Masters Road National Championships will be June 1-4 and will feature the iconic Fort Gordon Hills Road Race course and the time trial at Clarks Hill Lake." In another change from this year, the Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships will join Amateur Road National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, June 29-July 2 after the Blue Grass State hosted a successful 2016 Amateur Road National Championships over the summer. The 2017 calendar of national championship events pairs our top annual races with very worthy host cities, said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Our events range from coast to coast, north to south and everywhere in between. We are thrilled to bring our national championships to cycling fans in nearly every corner of the country. You can read more at More...
US discretionary picks for Elite World Championships saddled with travel expenses
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Budget cuts in an Olympic year have forced USA Cycling to require the discretionary picks for the Elite men's and women's UCI RoadWorld Championships teams to cover the cost of their own travel to Doha, Qatar, next month. USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard Hall told Cyclingnews that cuts to the federation's Elite Athletics budget, combined with the extra expenses of an Olympic year and the high cost of traveling to the Persian Gulf country added up to a perfect storm that forced the move. "Of course, with all of this our preference would be to fund everybody: 'Here's your tickets, it's all fully paid for. Congratulations repping team USA. Off you go.' But we have limited resources, so hard decisions have to be made. And we do do that in other disciplines, certainly," Bouchard Hall said, while acknowledging it hasn't been the policy for the road World Championships in the past "handful" of years.ADVERTISEMENT The change in policy does not affect automatic selections to the Elite teams or the entire U23 and junior teams, with USA Cycling continuing to pick up the tab for all of the development riders' expenses. Of the 15 Elite riders who will represent the US at the World Championships in races that take place October 9-16, only five met the criteria for automatic berths: Taylor Phinney in the men's time trial, Megan Guarnier and Coryn Rivera in the women's road race, and Carmen Small in the women's time trial. Alexey Vermeulen, the 21-year-old who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, qualified for an automatic selection for the U23 time trial but chose to race the Elite time trial instead, so USA Cycling is also covering his travel expenses. At least one rider Cyclingnews contacted said his trade team is picking up the tab for the trip. Travel expenses could also be paid by trade teams for riders who are competing in the October 9 team time trial. Men's team riders possibly affected by the change in policy include Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing). Robin Carpenter confirmed his Holowesko-Citadel trade team is covering his travel expenses. You can read more at More...
Viviani, Nizzolo to co-lead Italian team at Doha World Championships
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Coach Davide Cassani announced the 11-rider long list that will compete in the azzurra jersey of the Italian national team in the men's road race at the World Championships held in Doha, Qatar on October 16. The sprinter-friendly course will be suited to the team's co-leader Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and road champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). Viviani kicked off his season this year with two stage podiums at the Tour de San Luis and won a stage at the Dubai Tour. He also had a podium at Tirreno-Adriatico and won a stage at Three Days of De Panne. He was second in stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia but then didn't make the time cut on stage 8. He continued to bring in good showings at the Tour of Poland in July with a stage podium. The Team Sky sprinter divided his time between his road responsibilities and his Olympic Games track goals, and found much success winning the gold medal in the men's Omnium in Rio in August.ADVERTISEMENT Likewise, Nizzolo has proven to be one of the world's top sprinters. This season alone he had stage wins at the Santo Tour Down Under, Dubai Tour, where he finished second overall, a win at Tour of Croatia and four stage podiums at the Giro d'Italia. He also won the Italian road title and GP du Canton d'Argovie before placing third at Cyclassics Hamburg. During the late-September series of Italian one-day races, Nizzolo won Coppa Bernocchi and today's Giro del Piemonte. Cassani made the long-list team announcement directly following Nizzolo's win in Piemonte. The team will also include Daniele Bennati, who was third iin Piemonte and won Giro della Toscana, Fabio Sabatini, Jacopo Guarnieri, Matteo Trentin, Manuel Quinziato, who will also race the time trial, Daniel Oss, Sonny Colbrelli, Marco Coledan and Filippo Pozzato. Although Cyclingnews understands that Coledan and Pozzato will most likely not make the final nine-man team, and will be reserve riders. You can read more at More...
Bid to legalise cycling on footpaths gains support
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A proposal to make it legal for children to ride their bicycles on the footpath deserves consideration by the Government, the Children's Commissioner says.Lower Hutt woman Joanne Clendon has submitted a petition to Parliament which... More...
Malori, Fernandez suffer fractured collarbones in Milano-Torino crash
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Movistar's Adriano Malori suffered more misfortune in a season already hampered by a head injury so severe it nearly left him paralyzed.The Italian returned to racing earlier this month only to be taken down in Milano-Torino today. According to the race medical report, Malori suffered a fractured left collarbone, his teammate Ruben Fernandez, who hit a pothole and crashed, leaving Malori nowhere to go but to the tarmac, broke his right collarbone. Michele Scarponi (Astana) also fell in the same incident but sustained only bruises and contusions.Sky's David Lopez also crashed but his injuries went unreported by the race. TheMovistar team said that both riders were "always concsious and stable", and were in the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Torino undergoing further examinations.ADVERTISEMENT In January, Malori hit a pothole at high speed in the Tour de San Luis, crashing onto his face and suffering a traumatic brain injury that necessitated being put in an induced coma. He revealed earlier this month that he spent weeks in a wheelchair unable to walk or to use his right arm. After almost seven months of physiotherapy, he returned to training in August and to racing earlier this month at the GP Qubec, but did not finish that race or the GPMontral. He completed the first stage of the Giro della Toscana, but dropped out of the race the next day. You can read more at More...
Tag Heuer to sponsor BMC in 2017
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclingnews understands that luxury watch brand Tag Heuer is set to become an important new sponsor of the BMC team in 2017. The team has announced it will make what it calls a special announcement regarding the future of the BMC Racing Team on the eve of this year's team time trial at the World Championships in Qatar on Saturday, October 8. BMC won the team time trial title in 2015 and are the favourites again this year. Team owner Andy Rihs and team manager Jim Ochowicz will make the special announcement in Qatar with Grand Tour team leader Richie Porte and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans also attending. BMC said that other special guests will be at the announcement, with the team likely to be called BMC-Tag Heuer in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT The arrival of Tag Heuer will help secure the longterm future of the team as the UCI awards two-year WorldTour licences for 2017 and 2018. Olympic gold medal winner Greg van Avermaet has extended his contract with the team and Nicolas Roche and Francisco Ventoso have been signed for 2017. However Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney will leave for Etixx-QuickStep and Cannondale-Drapac, respectively. Ochowicz did not respond to calls from Cyclingnews. However three different sources confirmed the arrival of Tag Heuer as a key team sponsor to Cyclingnews. A leading brand and a Swiss family connection You can read more at More...
Tour winner Froome says anti-doping system 'open to abuse'
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says the anti-doping system is "open to abuse" by letting athletes take banned substances as medication.Froome, whose two officially approved "therapeutic use exemptions"... More...
Chris Froome offers his view on the Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of TUEs and the system as a whole
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Froome said the TUE system "urgently" needed reform, which is the opposite of what his Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said More...
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia - News Shorts
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia LottoNL-Jumboreleased its roster for Il Lombardia, the final WorldTour race of the season, with Robert Gesink and Wilco Kelderman sharing leadership duties for the Dutch team. The pair will be joined in the Italian race byEnrico Battaglin, Koen Bouwman, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Paul Martens, Bram Tankink and young American Alexey Vermeulen "With Gesink and Kelderman, we have two guys who can play a role in the final," director Addy Engels said. "With Martens, Lindeman and Tankink, we have some experienced men. Enrico Battaglin will return for the first time after he abandoned the Vuelta due a crash. Given its his home race, he will be motivated. Koen Bouwman and Alexey Vermeulen are the young riders of the squad." ADVERTISEMENT Gesink, who hasn't raced since the Vuelta a Espana - where he won stage 14, finished second on stage 10 and was third on stage 17, said he was motivated to "show something beautiful" in his last race of the season. "Lombardia is a marvellous race, where I often score a good result," he said. "I wonder how my legs are going. The Vuelta was great, but then I have not raced for a long time. I trained hard to hold my level, though. Together with Alexey Vermeulen, we leave early for Italy to explore the final. It has changed, so it cannot hurt to preview it." Kelderman recently finished sixth overall at the Eneco Tour and expressed confidence the team could play a part in the finale of Saturday's race. You can read more at More...
IAM Cycling prepares for final race at Il Lombardia
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The IAM Cycling team will cease to exist after this Saturday's Il Lombardia, the final Monument of the 2016 season. Going out with the team will be 2011 Lombardia winner Oliver Zaugg, who announced his retirement at age 35. "This race was always one of my favourite races, even before my victory. With that in mind, it is all the better that I can have this race also be where I will finish my 13 year career as a professional cyclist," Zaugg said. "In my career, I have experienced many beautiful moments, and I certainly hope that I can gracefully conclude this chapter of my life as a professional cyclists on Saturday at the Tour of Lombardy."ADVERTISEMENT The IAM Cycling squad has had the best results of their four-year history this season, racking up 17 victories including stages of the Giro d'Italia (Roger Kluge), Tour de France (JarlinsonPantano) and Vuelta a Espaa (Mathias Frank and JonasVan Genechten), and the overall Tour de Wallonie and Baloise Belgium Tour with Dries Devenyns. Directeur sportif Kjell Carlstrm is realistic about the team's chances in its final outing in Bergamo. "Our goal will be to have a rider in the top-10, and if everything goes perfectly, we should even have a chance at a podium position," Carlstrm said. "With Mathias Frank and Jarlinson Pantano, we have two riders who should excel at this sort of race. The race distance, the profile, and also the fact that it comes so late in the season will make this event especially difficult. You really have to have a super day to be successful here." The parcours has been altered from previous seasons, with the final 100km especially hilly. The 11.6km Valico di Valcava ascent will wake up the riders' climbing legs for the five climbs to follow. The Berbenno, Sant'Antonio, Miragolo San Salvatore and Selvino climbs come back-to-back, leaving a 12km descent then 3.2 flat kilometers before the short, sharp Bergamo Alta just 3.1km before the finish line at kilometre 241. You can read more at More...
Double duty for Dumoulin, Van der Breggen at World Championships
September 27, 2016 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Olympic medalists Tom Dumoulin and Anna van der Breggen will lead the Dutch team at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, taking on both the individual time trial and the road race, in addition to the team time trial with their trade teams. For the time trial, Dumoulin will be joined by Jos van Emden, and in the road race, his teammates include sprinters Dylan Groenewegen, Danny van Poppel and Classics specialist Niki Terpstra, winner of last week's Eneco Tour. Olympic gold medalistVan der Breggen will head up the women's team, taking on both the time trial, with Annemiek van Vleuten and Ellen van Dijk, and the road race with former world champion Marianne Vos, sprinters Kirsten Wild, Amy Pieters and Chantal Blaak.ADVERTISEMENT The World Championships begin on October 9 with the team time trial, and continue with the individual time trials on October 10-12, and road races from October 14-16. Dutch team for the UCIRoad World Championships: Junior women time trial: Maaike Boogaard, Karlijn Swinkels U23 men time trial: Pascal Eenkhoorn, Jan Willem van Schip Junior men time trial: Nils Eekhoff, Jarno Mobach Elite women time trial: Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Dijk, Annemiek van Vleuten Elite men time trial: Tom Dumoulin, Jos van Emden Junior women road race: Maaike Boogaard, Fleur Nagengast, Arianna Pruisscher, Nicole Steigenga, Karlijn Swinkels U23 men road race: Cees Bol, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Fabio Jakobsen, Jan Willem van Schip, Bram Welten Junior men road race: Lars van den Berg, Nils Eekhoff, Daan Hoole, Dennis van der Horst, Jarno Mobach, Ide Schelling Elite women road race: , Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Ellen van Dijk, Roxane Knetemann, Amy Pieters, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Kirsten Wild Elite men road race: Dylan van Baarle, Tom Dumoulin, Jos van Emden, Dylan Groenewegen, Koen de Kort, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer, Niki Terpstra, Danny van Poppel You can read more at More...
Team Sky could releases TUE info after Wiggins furor
September 26, 2016 (19:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky is set to publish information about its riders' future Therapeutic Use Exemptions in light of the growing furor around former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' use of a banned substance to... More...
Felline stays with Trek-Segafredo through 2018
September 26, 2016 (13:00) [ Indexed from ]
26-year-old Fabio Felline has renewed his contract with Trek-Segafredo through the end of the 2018 season. The two-year deal comes on the heels of the Italian's points classification win in the Vuelta a Espaa. Felline's season was hampered by a serious crash in the neutralised section of the Amstel Gold Race that left him with a broken nose and a fracture to the base of his skull. The injuries kept him out of competition for two months. He returned for the Italian championships, coming 8th behind Manuel Quinziato in the time trial, and by the Tour of Poland in July he had re-found his form, coming second overall. Although he fell shy of winning his first Grand Tour stage in the Vuelta a Espaa, his five top-three finishes earned him the overall green jersey and a new contract with the Trek-Segafredo team.ADVERTISEMENT General Manager Luca Guercilena was impressed with how Felline came back from his injuries. "Fabio has been very professional since the beginning, but I have to admit I am very, very proud of the way he behaved after his horrifying crash in this year's Amstel Gold Race," Guercilena said. "He was really focused on his recovery and worked hard to be back on the bike as soon as he could. It was a long and hard road, but when he took second place overall in the Tour of Poland, we knew right away he was back, and in a big way! How he took and defended his green jersey in the Vuelta was world class. With top-3 places on very diverse parcours, he proved to be able to surpass himself and to surprise everyone. "It goes without saying we are very pleased to have re-signed Fabio for the next two seasons. With the development he has undergone, I expect him to show us some great things in the coming years." You can read more at More...
Compton and Van Aert lead Cyclo-cross World Cups after US openers - Video
September 26, 2016 (09:30) [ Indexed from ]
Katie Compton (Trek) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan) lead the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup womens and mens standings, respectively, after winning the second round at Jingle Cross in Iowa City on Saturday. Compton dominated the womens short 37-minute Jingle Cross race, pulling away from her rivals half way through the race and winning solo by 18 seconds over Frenchwoman Caroline Mani and 23 seconds over US compatriot Kaitlin Antonneau. Her victory was enough to bump her up into the overall World Cup lead, after she had placed third behind Sophie De Boer and Nash in the opener Cross Vegas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Compton now leads the World Cup standings with 105 points, while Nash is in second with 90 points and De Boer slipped to third with 88 points. Despite the early lead, Compton says she is not pursuing the World Cup title this season, and is instead placing a bigger focus on winning the World Championships. Watch the Jingle Cross World Cup - Women Broken toe not enough to stop Van Aert You can read more at More...
Wiggins says he did not seek 'unfair advantage'
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins said he needed permission to use a banned substance to treat his asthma to ensure he was "back on a level playing field."The British rider's confidential medical information... More...

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