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Cheatley scolds council after River City Wheel Race rainout
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The River City Wheel Race's rain cancellation for the second year in a row has organiser and former national coach Ron Cheatley "really over it" as he stares at rotting wooden boards removed from a Whanganui velodrome without a roof.By... More...
Philippa Baker-Hogan calls on cycling body to commit to Whanganui
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An upgraded Whanganui velodrome could run up an estimated loss of almost a quarter of a million dollars in its first year. A review of costs commissioned by the Whanganui District Council has estimated it would cost $285,000 to... More...
Bike Month: Cycling enthusiast to lead Frocks on Bikes ride
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
If Lillybeth Melmoth could cycle everywhere, she would. The 37-year-old gets excited when she knows she can get somewhere by bike.Melmoth cycles to work from Matapihi over the rail bridge to work in the Tauranga CBD and it takes... More...
Supermum Laura Kenny returns to cycling world championships just five months after giving birth
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Kenny and husband Jason, who have won 10 Olympic titles between them, were named in a 22-strong squad for the UCI track cycling world championships in Apeldoorn in February 28 More...
Attaquer's Race Ultra+ kit looks to cheat the wind
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Aussie Kit brand Attaquer has its roots in loud and lairy lycra, and while its gear has always been high quality, the brand has recently focused on technical and performance fabrics. Launching today is Attaquer latest range, Race ULTRA +, which features an aero jersey and a waterproof chamois sewn into bib shorts without any external material between it and the saddle. Race Ultra+ Jersey ADVERTISEMENT The jersey is said to help reduce the drag caused by the rider's body The styling on the Race Ultra Jersey is subdued, which is not likely to take attention away from the Italian Kinetech Drag Zero 3D fabric it's made from. Attaquer uses textured material on the shoulders and arms to smooth air flow over the rider. Race Ultra+ Bibs You can read more at More...
UCI releases 2018-19 track World Cup calendar
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCI on Monday released the dates and venues for the 2018-19 track World Cup calendar, with the six-race series starting in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, on October 19 and winding up in Hong Kong on January 27, 2019. The series will return to Milton, Canada, and Cambridge, New Zealand, along with stops in Berlin, and London's Lee Valley VeloPark. The series starts off in France in the velodrome that houses the headquarters of the French cycling federation. Located in the western outskirts of Paris near Versailles, the arena hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2015, its first year of operation.ADVERTISEMENT A week later, the World Cup returns to Milton for the second consecutive year. The local velodrome, on the outskirts of Toronto, was built for the 2015 PanAm games. The World Cup starts up again after a month-long break with three days of racing in Berlin starting on November 30. The local velodrome there hosted the World Championships in 1999, and the World Cup round will also serve as a rehearsal for the 2020 World Championships. The 2018-19 WorldCup stops next in London, where the Lee Valley VeloPark will host three days of racing starting December 14. The venue previously hosted the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 World Championships. You can read more at More...
Landa: I can be up there with the best at Ruta del Sol
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mikel Landa's long-awaited debut with Movistar will finally take place on Wednesday at the start of the five-day Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol. This will be his first race of the season but Landa believes that after a solid winter of training he is strong enough to race among the top contenders. "This will be a very special race for me," said Landa, who joined Movistar this season after spending two years with Team Sky. "New colours, new ambitions and I'd like to start this off in a good way, to make things easier for everyone and bring some joy to the rest of the team."ADVERTISEMENT The race starts in Malaga and ends with a time trial in Barbate, with a summit finish at the Alto de Allanadas on stage 2, a stage that Landa's former Team Sky teammate won in 2015, before winning the overall title. Landa was sixth overall last year. Froome announced that he will also start his season at the Ruta del Sol, despite having returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa for twice the permissible dose of the asthma medication salbutamol. He could face a suspension, but the outcome of that case has yet to be announced. Landa will lead Movistar in the overall classification with support from Andrey Amador, Jorge Arcas Pea, Daniele Bennati, Imanol Erviti, Rubn Fernandez Andujar and Marc Soler Gimenez. You can read more at More...
Dan Martin ready for UAE debut at Volta ao Algarve
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After his long run with Slipstream's Garmin and Cannondale teams, Dan Martin has taken a decidedly different career path, switching teams twice in three years after a two-year run with Quick-Step and now a two-year deal with UAE Team Emirates. The 31-year-old Irishman will debut with his new team this week at the Volta ao Algarve where he'll line up for the five-day 2.HC Portuguese race alongsideValerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland and Ben Swift "Going in Volta ao Algarve I have a mixture of nerves and excitement," Martin said in a statement related by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "There is always anxiety to get back to racing and find out where the fitness levels are, but I feel good and have trained well in the winter months, but racing is, of course, always different." Martin raced more than 11,000km in 68 races days in 2017, scoring his last win during stage 2 of 2017 Volta ao Algarve ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic. It was good preparation for the Classics, where he finished second in both Lige-Bastogne-Lige and La Flche Wallone. He's starting his season a little later this year, skipping the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in favour of an Algarve debut with his new team. "It's exciting to finally pin a number on the UAE Team Emirates jersey and start racing with a great group of guys," Martin said. "Of course it will take time to learn how to race well together, but we already did two nice training camps with lots of laughs and getting to know each other. "We have a very strong team coming to Algarve, so I can't wait to get started." UAE Team Emirates for Volta ao Algarve: Valerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Daniel Martin, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland, Ben Swift You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet: I don't care which Monument I win next
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) says that he's not concerned with which Monument he can add to his palmares this season, just as long as he does it. Van Avermaet laid claim to his first Monument win last year when took victory in a dramatic Paris-Roubaix. "I try to be good from Het Nieuwsblad to Amstel and, in the end, I dont care. I would like to win one of those big races in between and which one is not that important as long as I win one of those," Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews. "The three Monuments Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are the most important, and we will see how they go." Van Avermaet is currently in the Middle East for the Tour of Oman, having started his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The Belgian is leading the BMC Racing team, which also has Nicolas Roche for the general classification, and while he will be looking for a first stage win at the six-day race, preparing for the Classics is the key.ADVERTISEMENT "As I do every year, I try to build up some shape and hopefully I can get back into my peak shape for all the Classics," he explained. Van Avermaet's development into being a regular winner has been well documented over the past three season. Even with the Olympic gold medal, his stints in yellow at the Tour de France and the stage wins, the 2017 spring Classics were another breakthrough for him. Along with his win at Paris-Roubaix, Van Avermaet impressed in almost every race he contested in the spring of 2017. That dominance has boosted his confidence even further, which he hopes will make for a less stressful and even more successful Classics campaign this year. New teammates for the spring You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish playing support role at Tour of Oman
February 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish says his main ambition at this weeks Tour of Oman will be to help his Dimension Data teammates in the battle for the overall classification. Cavendish is riding the six-day event for the first time since he rode the 2012 edition. Cavendish started his season last week at the Dubai Tour and opened up his win account with victory on stage 3. Aside from Cavendish, none of his teammates has made the short journey from Dubai to Oman, with climbing the priority and Merhawi Kudus in with a shout of a podium finish. There will be opportunities for the Manxman, however, and he will look to seize upon them. "Obviously, the race is bookended by sprints so I'll give it a shot and see what I can do. I am here without any lead-out guys," Cavendish said. "I'd like to support the climbers and the GC guys. Merhawi was strong here last year and I'd like to be part of helping him get up there. Obviously, with the sprints, it makes no difference for me to bounce around and be up there for the sprint."ADVERTISEMENT The team will also have Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Natnael Berhane, Nic Dougall, Nic Dlamini and Scott Davies in their arsenal. The Tour of Oman was not originally on Cavendish's early season race programme. However, with the team short of riders and an opportunity to avoid jet-lag and cold weather, Cavendish put his hand up to remain in the Middle East for a little while longer. "I was a last-minute addition. I was supposed to do Dubai and then fly home and then come out for Abu Dhabi, he explained. "Then we looked at the stage distances and I'd be doing a similar work-load if I went home. We were also a few riders down in the team so rather than calling up a reserve for another race, I said that I'd stay out and do it. I'm quite happy now, because it's snowing at home." You can read more at More...
Trentin wins his 2nd Vuelta stage; Froome keeps overall lead
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALHAMA DE MURCIA, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome kept his Spanish Vuelta lead by avoiding trouble in the difficult final descent of Tuesday's Stage 10, which was won by Matteo Trentin.It was the second stage victory for the Italian,... More...
McLaren and Specialized release special edition Roubaix
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This story originally appeared on Bikeradar. Quite some time ago, Specialized teamed up with McLaren to make a special edition Venge, where the British Formula 1 giant took the existing frame and optimized the carbon layup - which led to a lighter and stiffer frame. Since then weve also seen the brands collaborate on a limited edition and seriously expensive S-Works Tarmac, the new Venge ViAS, a TT Lid and now a bright Orange S-Works Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The bike is a celebration of McLarens 50 years of Grand Prix racing, and the bike is painted with what Specialized is calling 'Heritage Orange', paying homage to the Automaker's now trademark papaya orange that adorned its race cars in the late 1960s. Lets not forget that Specialized and McLaren have a technical partnership, and the Automaker provided the data logging equipment used to develop the Rolling Efficiency Simulator - an integral piece of software used in part to design the new Roubaix. You can read more at More...
Nibali: Froome has been the strongest and most explosive so far
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) remains in contention as the Vuelta a Espaa resumes after its first rest day, but the Italian has acknowledged that race leader Chris Froome (Sky) has appeared unbeatable to this point. Froome moved into the red jersey when Nibali won stage 3 in Andorra, and has steadily increased his overall lead since. On Sunday, Froome won on the summit finish atop Cumbres del Sol to cement his lead still further, while Nibali is now 4th overall, 1:17 down. At this moment, you cant beat him. On all of the summit finishes so far, hes shown himself to be the strongest, the most powerful, the most explosive. Its disarming, Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Up to nowADVERTISEMENT Froome and Skys dominance has not been the only defining characteristic of the Vuelta to date. The soaring speeds in the front group, particularly on the final climbs, has not gone unnoticed within the peloton. Nibali said that the data from his power-meter demonstrated just how tough this Vuelta has been. Were going very strongly and in the bunch, nobody is talking about anything else, Nibali said. Besides, the computers dont lie. Were flying. Nibali began the Vuelta on the back foot following Bahrain-Meridas lowkey showing in the opening team time trial in Nmes, and he admitted that he has struggled on the short, explosive climbs that have littered the Vuelta route to date. Even Nibalis canny victory in Andorra came after he had been distanced by Froome on the Alto de la Cornella. You can read more at More...
Landa to take over Fundacion Euskadi team - News Shorts
August 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mikel Landa is set to take over the Basque development squad Fundacion Euskadi, according to a report in Spanish publication AS. Landa will take control of the squad, which is currently run by Miguel Madariaga, in the short to medium term. Current sports director, and former teammate of Landas at Euskaltel-Euskadi, Jorge Azanza, will take up a lead role within the team. Madariaga has been involved with the Fundacion Euskadi team since its inception and had preparing to leave the team, but they were struggling to find a replacement. Landa rode for the Fundacion Euskadi team in 2008 and 2009 before switching to the Orbea Continental squad at the end of the 2009 season. He stepped up to the professional ranks in 2011 with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, which received some funding from the Fundacion Euskadi.ADVERTISEMENT The team is not Landas first side project, after he funded the set-up of cycling website at the end of last year with journalist and representative Jess Ezkurdia. Landa will ride with Movistar next season after signing a two-year contract with the Spanish squad. Sunweb backing Bauhaus for Brussels Cycling Classic success German Phil Bauhaus will lead Team Sunweb into the Brussels Cycling Classic on his debut at the 1.HC Belgian sprinters' race. The 23-year-old enjoyed a breakout stage win at the Critrium du Dauphin in June and will be backed by an experienced squad for the September 2 race. National Canadian team named for GP Qubec and Montral Vuelta a Espana Recon Ride rest day podcast With the Vuelta a Espana taking its first rest day of 2017, the Recon Ride has turned its attention to the opening nine days of racing and looking ahead to what's in store before rest day two. You can read more at More...
Cycling: British star Sir Chris Hoy tells middle-aged men to stop wearing Lycra
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For years, "middle-aged men in Lycra" (Mamils) have stoically defended their right to squeeze into tight-fitting cycling gear, despite the sniggers of practically everyone else.But now, even Sir Chris Hoy has waded into the debate,... More...
Cannondale-Drapac future in doubt after sponsor pulls out leaving $7million black hole
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The team includes 28 professional cyclists and around 60 other staff members More...
Stybar renews with Quick-Step Floors
August 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Zdenek Stybar has signed a two-year contract extension with Quick-Step Floors that will keep him at the team until the end of the 2019 season. The Czech began his professional career in cyclo-cross and has won three world titles in the discipline, but his transition to the road began in earnest when he signed for Quick-Step in the spring of 2011. To be honest, I cant believe I have been with the team since 2011, time surely flies when you are having a good time, but what an amazing journey it has been to race with this squad over the past years, Stybar said in a statement released on Monday. Having extended my contract for two more seasons means we can continue the great work we started together in 2011, which I am very grateful and happy about. Stybars time at Quick-Step has featured stage wins at the Tour de France in 2015 and the Vuelta a Espaa in 2013, as well as victory at the 2015 Strade Bianche and overall victory at the Eneco Tour in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Stybar has been a part of Quick-Steps cobbled Classics line-up since 2013 and his level of responsibility has grown as the years have progressed. He placed second at Paris-Roubaix in 2015 and 2017, losing out in the sprint on the velodrome on each occasion, to John Degenkolb and Greg Van Avermaet, respectively. Despite the loss of the retired Tom Boonen, Quick-Step will boast a strong cobbled Classics squad in 2018, with Stybar following 2014 Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra in renewing with Patrick Lefeveres squad. The team has also signed Elia Viviani from Sky, while Fernandro Gaviria remains in situ. This season, we have been once again one of the very best teams in the bunch by winning over and over again in so many different types of races, however, it has not been a personal best season for me, admitted Stybar, whose lone victory to date came in the Czech national championships road race in June. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) " Results on Sunday in the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Orihuela to El Poble Nou de Benitatxell:1. Chris Froome, Britain, Team Sky, 4:07:132. Esteban... More...
Froome wins 9th stage, increases Spanish Vuelta lead
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome moved to the front in the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday and increase his overall lead.The Tour de France winner took the lead with about... More...
Cannondale-Drapac attempt to fight back in Vuelta after sponsorship blow
August 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cannondale-Drapac have put on a brave face to what riders and staff called a huge blow after it was officially announced on Saturday that the teams future is on hold. Ahead of stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana, the riders and team staff did their business as usual, holding the standard team meeting but there was no avoiding the issue of what will happen to the team in 2018 and beyond. It was widely pointed out that this is not just a question for the teams riders, but also for the management, which Cyclingnews was told has around 100 full-time employees, from riders to staff.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Woods revealed to a small group of reporters at the team bus that he knew that the teams future was in jeopardy on Friday and that it had affected his performance, but that he was determined to battle on and try and secure a good result. Its a total bummer but its not over yet. Jonathan Vaughters and the Slipstream Sports management are still working on getting sponsors, Woods, the teams best placed GC rider, said. So its not a done deal at all. I found out the news on Friday and it resulted in a bit of a sleepless night and even me making some pretty bad tactical decisions yesterday. I got excited and wanted a result so bad for the team that I got anxious on the climb and attacked a bit too early with [Alberto] Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and then blew up. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
XORRET DE CATI, Spain (AP) " Results on Saturday in the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) from Hellin to Xorret de Cati:1. Julian Alaphilippe, France, Quick-Step Floors,4:37:552. Jan Polanc, Slovenia,... More...
Froome keeps his lead after Spanish Vuelta's longest stage
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CUENCA, Spain (AP) " Slovene rider Matej Mohoric comfortably won the Spanish Vuelta's longest stage on Friday and Chris Froome maintained his overall lead.Mohoric took control of the race during the final climb and cruised to victory... More...
Hamish Bond - Winning switch a natural cycle
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Hamish Bond's selection as an international cyclist, Andrew Alderson looks at the difficulty he faces in transitioning from rowing to elite riding. Hamish Bond took liberties when he was selected as a time-triallist for New... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CUENCA, Spain (AP) " Results on Friday in the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 207 kilometers (129 miles) from Lliria to Cuenca, with three Category 3 climbs1. Matej Mohorcic, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, 4:43:35.2. Pawel... More...
Hand-cycle frees one-legged Zane to speed around with his mates
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
West Aucklander Zane Kukutai-Seumanu may have only one leg, but when it comes to zooming around on a shiny, new "bike", hands can perform just as well as feet.Nine-year-old Zane was born with spina bifida and later had the lower... More...
Froome holds Vuelta lead after Van Garderen crashes twice
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAGUNT, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome maintained his lead of the Spanish Vuelta after Tejay van Garderen crashed twice during the sixth stage on Thursday.Van Garderen entered the stage in second place at 10 seconds behind Froome. But... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAGUNT, Spain (AP) " Results on Thursday in the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 204-kilometer (127-mile) hilly ride from Vila-real to Sagunt, with five categorized climbs:1. Tomasz Marczynski, Poland, Lotto Soudal, 4:47:02.2.... More...
Lutsenko wins Vuelta's 5th stage, Froome adds to lead
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALCOSSEBRE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome increased his lead in the Spanish Vuelta during a fifth stage won by Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.Froome started the day just two seconds ahead of a trio of riders and with most... More...
Trentin wins 4th stage of Vuelta, Froome keeps lead
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) " Matteo Trentin of Italy won a sprint finish to claim the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Chris Froome maintained his overall race lead.Trentin powered past Juan Jose Lobato and had time... More...
Laura and Jason Kenny announce the birth of their baby - "Welcome to the world little Albert Louie Kenny!"
August 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Laura posted: "Welcome to the world little Albert Louie Kenny, you kept us waiting a week but it was all worth it" More...
US Cycling hires longtime Aussie coach for endurance program
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) " USA Cycling has hired longtime Team Australia coach Gary Sutton to oversee its endurance program, which won a world championship in team pursuit and two silver medals at the Rio Olympics.Sutton had... More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Results on Monday in the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta, 158 kilometers (98 miles) from Prades to Andorra La Vella, with a pair of Category 1 climbs followed by a Category 21. Vincenzo Nibali,... More...
Froome takes Spanish Vuelta lead as Nibali wins 3rd stage
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the overall lead after a strong run in the first mountain stage on Monday.Froome was... More...
Chris Froome set for moment of truth at Vuelta Espana after preserving general classification lead
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Tour de France champion holds a two-second lead ahead of a brutal finish on Wednesday More...
Morkov signs two-year contract with Quick-Step Floors
August 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michael Morkov is set to move to Quick-Step Floors for 2018 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The Danish rider has been racing in the colours of Katusha-Alpecin for the past two seasons and will slot into the teams Classics line-up as well as providing support for the teams sprinters, Fernando Gaviria and fellow new-signing Elia Viviani. Morkov, 32, explained that the chance to ride with the team was one that he couldnt pass up. I have always been interested in this team and when [team manager] Patrick [Lefevere] came with the offer to ride with them for the next two years I couldnt refuse it, Morkov said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT Its a team you admire and always look at in the races as competing rider. But most importantly, Patrick and the squad always seem to get the most out of every rider. Also, riders of my age have progressed in this team, so I believe this move can help me progress as a rider. I have been happy with the last two seasons at Katusha, with the results we have created together, which makes me even more motivated to finish off this season strong before moving to my new team. Morkov began on the track, where he earned a team pursuit silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. On the road, he spent four seasons with the Continental outfit Team GLS before stepping up to professional level with Saxo Bank in 2009. He had two national time trial titles and one in the road race as well as a stage victory at the 2013 Vuelta a Espaa. He moved to Katusha last season, where he has predominantly worked for Alexander Kristoff in the lead-out train. Im really excited with how the outfit is looking for the next seasons, especially with the likes of Gaviria and Viviani, as I think I can offer them both a lot in the sprints, he said. You can read more at More...
Lampaert leads Vuelta as riders face winds, passing train
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GRUISSAN, France (AP) " Yves Lampaert took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday after winning the second stage which saw strong winds, crashes and even a brief wait for a passing train.Quick-Step Floors rider Lampaert... More...
New Zealand brewery cans Armstrong ad campaign
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " A New Zealand brewery has canned a planned advertising campaign featuring disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong.Lion Breweries flew Armstrong to New Zealand last year to film the campaign for... More...
BMC Racing wins team time trial to open Spanish Vuelta
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NIMES, France (AP) " Team BMC Racing won the time trial that opened the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, with Australian rider Rohan Dennis taking the early overall lead.BMC won the 13.7-kilometer (8.5-mile) stage in the French city... More...
Chris Froome moves into Vuelta Espana top 10 with high hopes going into mountainous stage three
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Tour de France champion moved through the pack to be 21 seconds off the lead More...
Roche 'disgusted' to find out about Sanchez positive
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
BMC Racing rider Nicolas Roche has said that he was disgusted to find out that his teammate Samuel Sanchez had failed an anti-doping test. Sanchez returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance GHRP-2 " a growth hormone-releasing peptide " in an out-of-competition test on August 9 and was informed of the result just two days before the Vuelta a Espana got underway in Nimes. Writing in his daily diary for the Irish Independent, Roche - who is riding the Vuelta a Espana - described the emotion on the team bus after the news was made public. The team had been out on a pre-race training ride when Sanchez received the fateful phone call, Roche had initially been told to wait up for his teammate, but Sanchez returned to the hotel where he promptly packed to go home. "Just before lunch, we were all summoned onto the team bus for a team meeting. This often happens at races, so I didn't think much of it until the directeur sportif made his announcement, Roche wrote in the diary published on Saturday. "Immediately the questions started: the most common one being, "What the f**k?" After the initial shock, I was disgusted, and I have to say there were a lot of angry riders on the bus."ADVERTISEMENT Roche said that there were plenty of questions following the news, but none of us had any answers. We just couldn't understand it. Roche is racing his first season with BMC Racing after switching to the American-registered squad from Team Sky over the winter. He wrote that he had developed a good rapport with Sanchez across the few races that they had done together, but that there was no way to tell that anything was untoward. "Some of the other guys know him better than I do but having raced against him for years, we often chatted about our mutual interest in cars and motorsport, and he seemed to be a really nice guy. But that's the thing," he said. You can't tell just by talking to somebody whether they dope or not. It's not like the guys who dope talk about it. They don't rock up to the breakfast table and say, 'Hey guys, I did growth hormones.' You can read more at More...
Rodriguez predicts serious attacks on Vuelta's first major mountain stage in Andorra
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
TheVuelta a Espaa's first major incursion into the mountains on Monday is certain to cause fireworks among the GC riders, predicts former multiple Vuelta podium finisher and longstanding Andorra resident Joaquim Rodriguez. The stage features 3,000 metres of climbing and has a 20-kilometre ascent of the long, but not excessively tough, first category Col de La Perche in France early on. As a result, the weakest riders could find themselves in trouble well before la Vuelta's stage 3 briefly dips into Spain and then, after a lengthy trek along a Pyrenean plateau, hooks back northwards into Andorra on the valley road from the Catalan frontier town of La Seu D'Urgell. However, Rodriguez, now an advisor with the Bahrain-Merida team, argues that it is the combination of the first category Col de la Rabassa, with its summit 28 kilometres from the finish and, above all, the second Category Alt de la Cornella, seven kilometres from the finish in Andorra la Vella, that can really do damage.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a strange stage, because normally we have summit finishes in Andorra, but this time, unprecedentedly, the finish is in the middle of town, and that'll make it more difficult and nervous than usual," Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. He concurs with the well worn theory that such an early mountain stage is not a day to win the Vuelta, but certainly one where it can see a GC rider's options go up in smoke for good. "If a rider finds themselves in trouble on the Rabassa, or even the Cornella, they can lose a heck of a lot of time in a very short distance." Tactically, too, the race could see some interesting developments, argues Purito, whose experience in Vuelta racing and stage routes does not just come from a lengthy career that ended last year. Rodriguez also co-designed the 2015 Vuelta stage in Andorra, dubbed the hardest ever stage in the modern-day history of Grand Tour racing. You can read more at More...
Alex Dowsett signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alex Dowsett will ride for Katusha-Alpecin in 2018 after agreeing terms with the Swiss-registered squad. The Briton joins Katusha after spending the past five years in the colours of Movistar. Dowsetts time at Movistar saw him land time trial victory at Saltara on the 2013 Giro dItalia and break the World Hour Record in May 2015, though opportunities to ride the Grand Tours were ultimately limited on the Spanish squad. Its so exciting for me to join this team. I had five amazing seasons with Movistar but it is time for a change and I look forward to joining Team Katusha Alpecin, Dowsett said.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has a different approach and I feel I can learn a lot. The nice thing for me is that I can stay on the phenomenal Canyon bikes. They were such a huge sponsor for me in the last years, and in my opinion, its the best bike. Katush-Alpecin has been active on the transfer market this summer, having already signed Marcel Kittel, Nathan Haas and Ian Boswell for the 2018 campaign as part of an extensive overhaul of its roster. Alexander Kristoff will leave Katusha for UAE-Emirates, but Tony Martin and Ilnur Zakarin both remain in situ in 2018. While Dowsett will continue to place considerable emphasis on time trialling " he is a five-time British champion in the discipline " he will also enjoy something of a new role at Katusha as part of Kittels lead-out train. You can read more at More...
Lion says 'on yer bike' to Lance Armstrong campaign
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Neil Reid Lion have scrapped its much-vaunted promotional campaign featuring drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.The brewing giants brought the disgraced cyclist to New Zealand late last year to film a marketing campaign with the working... More...
Donated bike a 'blessing' to Afghanistan boy Malid Rashidi living in Flat Bush, Auckland
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Most people wouldn't even think about it, but when Malid Rashidi rides his bicycle to and from school, he feels blessed.The 15-year-old lives in Flat Bush, Auckland, after moving to New Zealand from Afghanistan two years ago."We... More...
Olympic rowing champion selected in New Zealand cycling team
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has been selected in the New Zealand team to compete at the World Road Cycling Championships in Bergen, Norway next month.Bond teamed with Eric Murray to... More...
Ex-Olympic cycling champ Sanchez fails doping test
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Former Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez was suspended on Thursday after failing an out-of-competition doping test.The International Cycling Union said the Spanish rider for BMC Racing tested positive... More...
Froome favored to end run of 2nd places at Spanish Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " After winning the Tour de France for a fourth time, Chris Froome will try to break his run of second-place finishes at the Spanish Vuelta.Froome has finished the Vuelta as runner-up on three occasions, coming... More...
Cycling: Track champion Aaron Gate to make Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Former world track champion Aaron Gate will round out a four-man Kiwi contingent to contest cycling's third Grand Tour - Vuelta a Espana - starting this weekend.Gate, 26, who won the 2013 world omnium crown and finished second in... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Contador sees good and bad in opening time trial result
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) described himself as only partly satisfied with his opening team time trial result Saturday at the Vuelta a Espana, which saw his squad lose a hefty 35 seconds on BMC Racing Team. The difference with Team Sky was marginally less - 26 seconds - and exactly half the 52 seconds Contadors squad lost last year on the British squad in the opening team time trial in Galicia. But even so, as Contador recognised this was not the start he would have liked for his last-ever Grand Tour. In comparison with last year, its not so bad, but its still a lot of time, Contador said after the Nimes team time trial. Starting from behind is always a problem, but lets take this on the day by day. My team gave it everything theyve got, and we went as fast as we could.ADVERTISEMENT A ragged finale, though, did not allow Contadors team to maintain the promising early start to the TTT theyd made, although the Spaniard pointed out that one of the key things they wanted to avoid were crashes - and in that, theyd been successful. It was a very dangerous time trial course. This morning there were some crashes, and weve decided to take things as safely as possible. We preferred to lose a bit of time and be safer as a result, but its also true that 25 seconds are a lot of seconds. Contador expressed his thanks for the gestures of support he received along the way, but as he pointed out, I have two objectives here. One Im sure Ill get, and thats enjoying the race. The other one is to fight for it. And on that particular front, theres no denying his start in Nimes represents a setback. You can read more at More...
Dennis takes second Grand Tour lead of career in 2017 Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A little more than two years after he won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) has returned to the overall lead of another Grand Tour in the 2017 Vuelta a Espaas first team time trial. South American climber Darwin Atapuma led the Vuelta for BMC Racing last year for four days, and BMC won the opening team time trial in the somewhat-controversial opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta as well, with Peter Velits taking the first red jersey of the race. But for Dennis, after his setback at the Giro dItalia this May when injuries forced him to quit what was his big GC target of the season, leading the Vuelta a Espaa from the get-go represents the strongest of returns to Grand Tour racing.ADVERTISEMENT The first Australian, too, to lead the Vuelta since Michael Matthews back in 2014, Dennis insisted that he is not fighting for the overall in the Vuelta a Espaa as an initial goal, saying he is going for stage wins. But he qualified that a little by pointing out that if he is in a good position on GC, as he is now, hes hardly going to step on the brakes. Describing his season objectives, he said, It was always about the Giro for GC and the Vuelta is for stages. But in saying that, the first stage is in Andorra and Im going good there, Im not going to sit up. Im going to fight for a stage win. But if it doesnt work out, it doesnt matter. As for todays stage, speaking before the win, the 27-year-old Australian said, It was a hard course, very technical to start and we really had to tactically figure out if it was better to finish with nine or drop a few beforehand. It tested everything, it tested strength, technique, speed and handling. You can read more at More...

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