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Goolaerts suffered heart attack before crash: autopsy
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
An autopsy on stricken cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died during Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, confirmed the Belgian suffered a heart attack before crashing in the early stages of the cycling one-day classic. Goolaerts, 23, was found unconscious and not breathing at the side of the road after racing along More...
Highlights on day seven of the Commonwealth Games
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Wallace won bronze medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams at this year's Games, adding to his World Championships relay gold in 2015, Olympic relay silver in 2016 and individual gold and silver medals at the 2014 Glasgow Games. "It was amazing to win two medals at my last Games More...
'Life's about challenges' - Kiwi rowing great wins cycling bronze
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A New Zealand athlete who won two Olympic gold medals in a glittering rowing career grabbed Commonwealth Games bronze in cycling on Tuesday, less than two years after switching sports. Hamish Bond, who formed one of the great rowing partnerships with Eric Murray, was just over two seconds off the silver More...
Roglic extends lead on toughest Tour of Romandie stage
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SION, Switzerland (AP) " Primoz Roglic of Slovenia tightened his grip on the Tour de Romandie, extending his overall lead by placing second in the toughest mountain stage won by Jakob Fuglsang on Saturday.After three Category 1... More...
Kris Shannon: Let's just go along for ride in cycling
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome being on the start line next week at the Giro d'Italia, when viewed in a vacuum, would seem to make a mockery of the sport.But with context, knowing this is cycling and this is 2018, a couple of questions seem more... More...
Bernal lights up Romandie but Roglic holds firm
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As impressive as Egan Bernals wining ride in the uphill time trial was on stage 3, the sight of him lighting up the field on Les Collons during stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie was truly something to behold. The 21-year-old had experienced riders in Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)scrambling for cover with at least three race-splitting attacks, each more impressive than the last. As so many rivals commented this week, Bernal is the real deal. Unfortunately for the young Team Sky rider, the primary target for his aggression, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo), held firm and eventually stole two seconds on the line to move his race lead out to eight seconds. With one stage remaining, the Slovenian is on course to seal the overall, but Bernal has once again shown that he is every bit a WorldTour star.ADVERTISEMENT I dont know how many times I tried, Bernal told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after the stage. I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. Hes now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now Im happy because although I didnt win I attacked a lot of times. Thats good for cycling. Only six seconds separated Roglic and Bernal ahead of the stage, and Team Sky began to set the pace on the penultimate climb. They lined out the bunch and then ensured that Jonathan Castroviejo laid the ground work for Bernal with an injection of pace. When Bernal made his first move Roglic responded, but the rest of GC contenders were not so lucky. Porte tried to move across but soon relented as Bernal and Roglic went by the remnants of the early break as if they were statues. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took a fine mountain stage at this years Tour de Romandie. The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsangs late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move came after Bernal had blown the race apart on the lower slopes of the final climb of Les Collons.ADVERTISEMENT The Colombians four vicious accelerations were closed down by Roglic on each occasion, and with 3km until the summit a regrouping had taken place. Fuglsang and UAEs Rui Costa had made the juncture, and the pair duly slipped off the front as the GC contenders caught their breath. The move, however, was short lived, with Roglic and Bernal once again going toe-to-toe. By the time the pair had reached the summit they were clear, with Fuglsang dropped but riding at his own pace. On the long descent into Sion, third place Richie Porte (BMC Racing)and Costa made contact with Bernal and Roglic, with Fuglsang at nine seconds. The Dane took his share of risks but finally made contact, and at a key point, as the race flattened and then briefly climbed, he rose out of the saddle and accelerated away. The leaders were all caught out. Porte had just closed a gap, and Roglic and Bernal were only concerned with each other. Only Costa was obliged to react. However, when the chase did eventually start it came too late. Its nice to win alone and win like this after going away, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews as cycling photographers swarmed him at the finish. It was about tactics. Maybe I wasnt the strongest in the group, but I could profit from the tactics that the other guys were riding to because they were looking at GC. That was my advantage today. I knew it was possible, but I didnt know that the downhill was so easy for the rest of the way. Basically, it was difficult for the others to make a difference in that part, but the flat section in end had a quite strong headwind. When I hit that section with five kilometers to go and heard that I had 35-40 seconds, I thought, OK, if I do a good pace and keep the power on then the win was possible. When I first went away on the climb I wanted to go from distance. I thought I could profit because I wasnt high on GC. Rui Costa was really strong, and of course Roglic and Bernal were flying. When they closed I couldnt follow but I kept going with everything that I had, and then I managed to catch them on the downhill. There was a bit of looking and strategy, and I chose the right moment, coming from behind at the right moment on that little kicker. Fuglsang, now 33, has enjoyed a fine 12 months with a winning habit finally added to his already proven consistency. Last years Dauphine triumph " in which he won two stages and the overall " appeared to be a breakthrough for a rider who has always been on the cusp of major WorldTour victories, but never quite made it. Three top-10 rides in the Ardennes earlier this month proved that the form was there, but today, as he showed at the Dauphine, superior tactics won out. Its a really nice feeling. Its the second last day of the first part of the season for me. Ive been feeling really good, and had really good shape but I didnt get anything out of it in terms of victories. Coming into Romandie I was a bit tired after Liege, so to win like this, its really special. This was the plan from this morning but its one thing to plan, its another thing to make it work out. I realized that it would be up to Rui Costa to close, as he would probably be the fastest in the sprint. I had a long period before the Dauphine when I had no victories," he said. "This year I had good form but no victories. To end this part of the season with a victory is super nice and Im very happy. There will be no Dauphine defense for the Dane. Next up is the Tour de Suisse, before another Tour de France challenge. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wild dedicates Chongming sprint victory to her team
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The final stage of the Tour of Chongming Island brought the big sprint that everyone was waiting for. After crashes took out several of the top sprinters on stage 1 and a breakaway held off the pack on stage 2, nothing was going to stop the sprinters on the stage 3 circuit race. Hitec Products-Birk Sport kept the race together to the very end in support of Charlotte Becker, who took the overall victory after her stage 2 win. The sprint trains took over in the final kilometres, and it was Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) who could raise her arms at the finish. The Dutchwoman was happy to win on Chongming Island. "It's a WorldTour race, so we were competing against the best sprinters," Wild said. "This is quite a high-level race in terms of sprinters, so it's nice to get the win. We had good communication, and it was a team win, and that makes it really special. Everybody had a big part in this win. You can't win a sprint alone and the whole team is really happy about it."ADVERTISEMENT Wild was one of the stage 1 crash victims, taking a tumble with the finish line in sight. "I think I underestimated the effects of the crash a bit," she said. "The muscle in my leg hurts quite a lot, and I hit my head on the ground, so my neck and my shoulder are sore, and I have bruises everywhere." The Wiggle High5 sprinter was not among the best three in the two intermediate sprints during the stage. But in the final Wild was unbeatable, not least due to her team's leadout. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fabio Aru leads UAE Team Emirates - Giro d'Italia shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates confirmed Friday their roster that will support Fabio Aru at the Giro d'Italia that starts on May 4 in Israel. Aru announced that he would target the Italian Grand Tour in February and has steadily improved his form in select races this spring. The Sardinian climber was second in the 2015 Giro and will have support in his bid for overall victory from teammates Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen. Joxean Fernandez Matxin, Marco Marzano, Mario Scirea and Paolo Tiralongo will direct the team over the three weeks. "Fabio is going to the Giro dItalia with a huge desire to make an impact, said General Manager Giuseppe Saronni. This feeling of strong sentiment towards the Corsa Rosa will allow him to give his best in every situation. At his side are a group of riders who share the same emotions and are able to manage the possible scenarios correctly. Italians, four of them, give this roster a strong local flavour to honour the Giro dItalia and give the most attention to our fifth Italian, the national champion in the tricolour jersey, Fabio Aru.ADVERTISEMENT "The three non-Italians Atapuma, Laengen and Polanc have shown their love for this race and their ability to contribute enthusiastically to the group. And lets not forget that these riders know about success, just think of the six stage wins by Ulissi, two by Polanc and three by Aru. And Aru has been on the podium twice. These are the details that can make the difference over three weeks of a grand tour even in the face of teams that look stronger on paper." UAE Team Emirates for the Giro d'Italia: Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen Movistar bring mountain-focused team to Giro d'Italia Pozzovivo leads Bahrain-Merida at Giro d'Italia Trek-Segafredo looking for opportunities in Giro d'Italia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Campenaerts struggles on full TT rig - Tour de Romandie shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) took the surprising decision to ride a full TT set up for Friday's 9.9 kilometre mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The European TT champion's choice had little to do with his effort in Switzerland, however, with the Belgian looking to use the race as a testing ground for the Giro d'Italia. The vast majority of the peloton rode regular road bikes, with a few modifications over wheels and groupsets, but Campenaerts is targeting the opening time trial at the Giro and felt that the extra time on his TT bike could payoff next month. "I know that on a parcours like this I'm not going to win the TT. I've not done so many mountain time trials before but it doesn't really matter to me, whether I'm 10th or 100th today. It does matter which position I finish in at the time trial in Jerusalem. That's why I wanted to do a half hour effort on the TT bike because that could make the difference between winning and losing in Jerusalem," Campenaerts told Cyclingnews as he zipped up his jacket in preparation for his descent.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian had been in the break on stage 2 and was instrumental in setting up teammate Thomas de Gendt for the victory. That effort caught up with Campenaerts today. "I had a plan to go full gas today and try and do 400 watts as an average but yesterday was a hard day with De Gendt on the attack. I started today but after five minutes I knew that I was fucked. From there, I just tried to make it up the climb. My legs were so bad. I can't really say any more." From here Campenaerts will go home as planned, despite two stages still to race in Romandie. The Lotto Soudal rider is clearly determined to fully focus on the opening stage in the Giro. Gaviria misses time cut Boom targets Tour de France Rosskoff targets California TT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gearing up for Whanganui Light Up Bike Spectacle
April 27, 2018 (22:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Whanganui's inaugural Light Up Bike Spectacle less than a week away preparation is already well under way.On Friday morning Bridget Murphy of Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre was helping Caylahni McLean-Woon make a shark... More...
Grand Tour: Giro a bigger deal for NZ sports fans as George Bennett eyes top 10
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The first Grand Tour of the cycling calendar " the Giro d'Italia - gets underway next Friday, and for the first time, a New Zealand rider will be a legitimate contender.George Bennett will lead his LottoNL-Jumbo team at the Giro,... More...
Bernal wins Romandie mountain time trial, cuts Roglic's lead
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VILLARS, Switzerland (AP) " Egan Bernal of Colombia won a tough time-trial stage in the mountains at the Tour of Romandie on Friday, cutting Primoz Roglic's overall lead to just six seconds.The 21-year-old Team Sky rider was four... More...
Becker takes rare breakaway victory at Tour of Chongming Island
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It's rare for a race on Chongming Island not to finish in a mass sprint. On Friday'sstage 2of the Tour of Chongming Island, however, a strong breakaway scuppered the plans of sprint favourites Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance). And it wasCharlotte Beckerwho led the winning breakaway to the finish line to claimHitec Products-Birk Sport's first win of the season and the overall race lead. Since the first edition of the race in 2007, a winning breakaway has happened only four times. Two of those were in the first two years when the race was classified UCI 2.2. In 2013, a lone rider won the World Cup race after the peloton was misled into the convoy deviation in the final. Finally, the breakaway that beat the peloton in 2011 included virtually all race favourites and was helped by strong winds. This time, Becker was one of five riders that escaped with 62km to go and built an advantage of up to 3:34, and for a long time, much of the peloton seemed uninterested in controlling the race. The Cylance team of stage 1 winner Bronzini led the peloton, but they were not going to pull back the break all by themselves, sports director Manel Lacambra said to Cyclingnews after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I put two riders in front of the peloton to work, but I knew we could not control the race alone. The other teams also needed to work. Kirsten Wild took the first intermediate sprint yesterday, today Jolien D'hoore won a bonus sprint, so they had shown they were stronger. "In my opinion, it is then the responsibility of their teams to chase. But the other teams did not want to work, and the gap kept growing and growing. They only put their riders to work late and did not go all-out. We kept the points jersey for Giorgia, and we already have a stage win." D'hoore won the sprint from the peloton for sixth place and expressed her disappointment on the team website after the stage. "Nobody expected that the breakaway should stay away until the finish. We were pulling with the team but we didn't get that much help from other teams. It seems like nobody wanted to sprint for victory, which was a shame. I felt a lot stronger than yesterday and my legs feel powerful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal: I'll try to attack Roglic in Romandie but he's a complete rider
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) claimed his maiden WorldTour win with an impressive ride in the mountain time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie. The Colombian set a time of 25:10 over the 9.9km course, and pushed race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) into second place, four seconds down. The win moved Bernal into second overall, and the 21-year-old sits just six seconds off Roglic's lead with two stages remaining. Saturday's stage will decide the overall standings, and while the 149km effort that starts and finishes in Sion lacks a summit finish, it represents the last opportunity to rattle Roglic. Stage 4 includes five major climbs, although the final summit comes almost 30 kilometres from the finish. The chance of creating significant gaps before the finish is slim, with Roglic stating that he expects riders to come back after the final climb. Bernal has already exceeded expectations this year, but the inevitable question is whether he will look to dislodge Roglic or settle for a place on the podium. As the Colombian explained after today's stage, the situation was far more complex than just a straight fight between the current top two.ADVERTISEMENT "I'd like to attack but it depends on a lot of things," Bernal told Cyclingnews as he strolled out of the press conference. "I hope to feel good, and if I feel good I'll try something but after such a hard stage, tomorrow could be difficult for me too. Just to be second on GC could be difficult for me so it depends on a lot of things. "I think we'll look at the situation and make some plans but Roglic is in great condition. He won Pais Vasco and this course suits him. He climbs, he time trials, he's a complete rider. It'll be hard but there's no pressure. Now I've won a stage. I've already done a great race. If I abandon tomorrow it's not a problem." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes positives from Romandie TT ahead of Giro d'Italia
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished a creditable seventh in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie, and despite admitting that his pacing could have been better over the 9.9km test, he added that his ride had given him a confidence boost ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia. Dennis, one of the best time triallist in the world over flatter courses, was using the Romandie mountain time trial to gauge his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia, where he will lead the line for BMC Racing. Like most of the competition, he raced on a standard road bike, without aero bars. The Australian was seventh fastest at the intermediate time check at 4.4km, 38 seconds down on early pace-setter and teammate Richie Porte. By the time Dennis reached the line, he had conceded 1:26 to stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) but remains in the top 10 and 1:22 off the time of race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo). Saturday's mountain stage will provide Dennis with another pre-Giro examination, but for now, he appears content despite the small errors.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a good confidence boost. What I did today, I normally wouldn't be able to on a hilly time trial. Normally I would put out more power on my time trial bike. We have decreased the gap between the two (road and TT bike)," he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down. "I think I may have gone out too hard. But I was nervous about it being steeper at the start and losing time on the slowest part. In those parts, you could lose time or maybe gain time. And I paid for it in the end. "I had a good rhythm between the five-to-three kilometre mark but then it got steeper and I realised what I'd done at the start. I just had to suffer from there. I was hoping for a top five and I think I was seventh. I'm pretty happy with the climb. The power I had up there I was happy with, considering I didn't pace it well, to be honest." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas goes into survival mode after cracking in Romandie TT
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) dropped out of contention at the Tour de Romandie after a flat performance in the stage 3 mountain time trial. The Welshman clocked 27:43 over the 9.9 kilometres from Ollon to Villars but his effort was only enough to net him 27th place, with his teammate Egan Bernal taking the stage and Primoz Roglic doing just enough to retain the leader's jersey. With two stages remaining Thomas has dropped to 19th overall. Thomas came into the stage third overall after the first three days of racing and would have been hoping for a strong performance in his first stage race since March's Tirreno-Adriatico. However, the Welshman was already in trouble on the lower slopes of the climb, and he found himself a minute down on provisional leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the intermediate check after 4.4km of racing. By the time Thomas came over the line, he had conceded 2:33 to stage winner and teammate Bernal, leaving his overall podium chances in ruins. "I just didn't have it," he told Cyclingnews as he rested against the barriers by the finish.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to start with a good pace but just didn't have it, and I cracked at about halfway. Certainly, with 3km to go, it was all about survival. The legs were fading and I couldn't hold the power and knew from there that I would be just limiting my losses. Early on it was mid to low 400s in terms of Watts. And I felt in control but after about 15-18 minutes, the legs started going and by then I was at high 300s, but you know that's nowhere near as quick enough." Thomas came into the race with hopes of a top GC result. He was a consistent performer in the early-season stage races, and although his short foray into the Classics ended poorly, he still lined up in Romandie as one of the contenders for victory. Although every rider has the capacity to endure a bad day, the time lost to several potential Tour de France rivals will raise some questions for Thomas and his Sky management. The Tour de France is still months away, and the Dauphin comes first, but this time trial was a key marker for Tour form. When Cyclingnews asked where this performance came from, Thomas fronted up, and then raised his training as a consideration. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky announce Giro d'Italia team to support Chris Froome
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have named the squad that will support Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro dItalia, with Wout Poels, Kenny Elissonde and Sergio Henao all included in a strong line-up. Froome is riding the Giro despite returning an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during his victory at last years Vuelta a Espaa. The Briton is free to compete until the case is resolved. The eight-man Sky team for the Giro is completed by David de la Cruz, Salvatore Puccio, Vasil Kiryienka and Christian Knees. It will be Froomes first participation in the Giro since he was excluded for taking a tow from a motorbike during the 2010 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT In the intervening period, Froome has won the Tour de France on four occasions, but was persuaded to add the Giro to his race programme in 2018. Giro organiser RCS Sport has denied reports that it had paid Froome an appearance fee of 1.4 million. "Ive had a different start to the season as Ive obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation," Froome said in a statement released by Sky on Friday morning. "Of course, there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didnt give this race a go." News of Froomes adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was leaked in December, and the Team Sky rider declined to withhold himself from racing pending the resolution of the case. He returned to action at the Ruta del Sol in February and raced Tirreno-Adriatico in March before placing 4th overall at this months Tour of the Alps. Giro record You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colorado Classic women's race extended to four stages
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The organisers of the Colorado Classic, RPM Events Group, announced on Thursday an additional stage for the women's race for 2018. Like the men, the women's field will take on four stages of the second-year event, two in Vail and two in Denver, from August 16-19. Although the race will not be UCI-sanctioned, it has been added to USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour. With the addition, women will compete in 18 of the 20 ProRoad Tour events, with only the Tour of Utah and Thompson Bucks County Classic remaining for men-only. The women will race a circuit in Vail on August 16, then contest the famed Vail Pass time trial on the following day. The races then move to Denver, where the women will contest a criterium on Saturday and race on the same RiNo Arts District circuit as the men on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The changes double the number of races that are part of the women's stage race this year. Last year, the women competed in the Colorado Springs and Breckenridge circuits, and had separate evening criteriums in Denver's RiNo Arts District on the weekend. The stage race was won by Rally's Sara Poidevin. Although the women's race will not be broadcast live, there will be video recaps and live data information via the race's mobile app. Organisers say they will invite 13 teams of six riders each to the race, including the Twenty20-Sho Air squad of last year's Colorado Springs stage winner, Olympian and track team pursuit world champion Jen Valente. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WhatsApp group inspires De Gendt to Romandie stage win
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Whisper it, but WhatsApp groups might soon be portrayed as the next marginal gain within cycling. Thomas De Gendt certainly used one to good effect on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, or at least in the build-up, having plotted his stage-winning victory with teammate Victor Campenaerts two weeks ago when the pair first looked at the stage race profile. The first chatter between the pair of Lotto Soudal riders focused on the uphill stage 3 time trial, but when Campenaerts suggested forming an alliance for stage 2 from Delmont to Yverdon, De Gendt duly accepted the challenge. A fortnight later, the Lotto Soudal teammates were on the attack, forging clear on the first climb of the day, with Nathan Brown (EF-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), and Matteo Fabbro (Katusha), keen to latch on. Five soon became three, with only Brown able to last the pace. With 26km to go and the bunch unable to mount a chase, De Gendt left Brown for dust. Campenaerts had already cracked after sacrificing himself for his teammate, and with 20km to go, De Gendt was virtually assured of his second victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT "Victor brings the time trial know-how to the team. If I have a question before the time trial, I can ask him, but two weeks ago we were talking about tomorrow's time trial, and he sent me a profile for it. But he also told me that the day before had an uphill start and that he wanted to go full-gas on the climb so that he could get his legs turning," De Gendt said at the finish. "I told him I'd join him, and that we'd go full-gas the whole day. So, we made this plan two weeks ago, and we were hyping each other up, and we even had a WhatsApp group, and it was our plan from two weeks ago. Victor gave his all for me until he was finished. He was important for me today but also for the team and the time trials. We can ask him anything about aerodynamics, and he always answers with a lot of passion." At the start of the stage, De Gendt made it clear to everyone with a media accreditation that he would attack from the start. Only Bahrain-Merida put up any meaningful opposition, but when the gap moved out to eight minutes, there was little chance of the break being caught. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Romandie: Why the sprinters' teams failed against De Gendt
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thomas De Gendt's only fault on a day that saw him win again from a breakaway came when he predicted the number of teams that would chase him. At the start of stage 2 at the Tour de Romandie, the Belgian Lotto Soudal rider assumed that Bahrain would chase for Sonny Colbrelli and that Sunweb and Quick-Step would follow suit for their sprinters, Michael Matthews, Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria. It was a sensible prediction. They were the race's lead sprinters, and other than the final stage on Sunday, this was their only chance of taking a victory. As expected, and as he said he would, the Lotto leader went clear on the early climb of the Col des Rangiers. Nathan Brown (EF Education First-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), Matteo Fabbro (Katusha-Alpecin), and - crucially - his own teammate Victor Campenaerts followed the move, and although Fabbro and Grivko were soon dropped the remaining trio built up a lead of over eight minutes before the bunch panicked and finally reacted.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, and when it mattered most, only Bahrain-Merida attempted to track the Belgian's escape. One team against a breakaway Goliath of De Gendt's stature was never going to be enough. Where were the other teams De Gendt predicted would chase? With Matthews unwell and unconfident of victory, Sunweb sat out almost from the start. From that point on Bahrain chose to gamble. They hit the front with 60km to go but their tactics were split. They wanted to ride fast enough to catch De Gendt but also drop Quick-Step's two sprinters. That latter goal lost them another potential ally. With a favourable route, strong legs, and a valuable teammate in the breakaway, De Gendt's odds for a stage win only grew as the road descent towards Yverdon. As soon as the Lotto-Soudal rider dropped his last companion, Nathan Brown, with around 26km to go, the stage result was over. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fraile wins Tour of Romandie stage, Roglic leads overall
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DELEMONT, Switzerland (AP) " Omar Fraile of Spain sprinted to victory in stage one of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, and in-form Primoz Roglic took the leader's yellow jersey.Fraile edged Sonny Colbrelli of Italy after making... More...
'Small wins': Fundraising launched as top cyclist battles severe head injury
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Elite cyclist Alexander Ray suffered a severe head injury after being hit by a car during an early morning training session.Family and friends are now coming to grips with the Auckland man's recovery which is seeing them trumpet... More...
Roglic remains hesitant on Grand Tour ambitions after taking Romandie lead
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglics stock rises with almost every week-long stage race he competes in, such has been his consistency in the format over the last two seasons. But the 28-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider remains apprehensive when discussing his Grand Tour ambitions. On Wednesday, he rode into the lead at the Tour of Romandie by virtue of Michael Matthews losing contact with the main field on the final climb. Roglic in yellow has become the norm, a default, and no one appeared to bat an eyelid as the 28-year-old quietly made his way to the podium to pick up another leaders jersey. Romandie, of course, is far from over, and Roglic will have to defend a slender lead against a high-calibre field that includes Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). There is still the 9.9-kilometre uphill time trial and the mountain stage through Sion to come, but the fresh memory of how the LottoNL-Jumbo rider swatted away Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and subsequently handled everything Mikel Landa (Movistar) could throw at him in Pais Basque earlier in the season, will concern his rivals here in Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENT "The whole team did a really good job, and then at the finish, in the end, it was quite easy," Roglic said at the finish of stage 1 in Delmonte. LottoNL-Jumbo rode a tactically astute race, dropping the sprinters on the hilly terrain before seeing off the race leader on the final key ascent. Omar Fraile (Astana) won the stage but it mattered little for Roglic. The Slovenian was third in the opening prologue and with Tom Bohli (BMC Racing)dropping down the standings, Roglic has the new leaders jersey. Dennis is second, on the same time, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) third at four seconds. "It's hard to plan when you take the jersey because a lot can happen," Roglic said. "Of course, this is a really nice to thing to have happened, and today we showed that weve a really strong team. Im confident for the coming days. I thought that today wouldnt be too stressful, but in the end it was full gas racing from the beginning. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hosking set to sprint at Tour of Chongming Island - Women's News Shorts
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking, a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli, winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all love this race, which has given us a lot of emotions, especially last year when she dedicated her win to Michele Scarponi," said team manager Fortunato Lacquaniti. "There will be a big group of opponents in China, but our main force is in the group and the teamwork, that has given us really big results." Tibco-SVB to Tour of Chongming Island for a third year Barnes leads Canyon-SRAM at Festival Elsy Jacobs Wiggle High5 hire Kim Palmer as assistant director You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tuft: This is probably my final year
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his 41st birthday just a few weeks away, Svein Tuft has told Cyclingnews that 2018 is likely his final year in the professional ranks. The Canadian has been part of the Mitchelton-Scott team since their inception in 2012 and has become a mainstay of their Classics and Grand Tour squads. A reliable domestique and fine time trialist in his own right, Tuft has forged a career as one of the most respected riders on the circuit. But with a young family and time moving on, he believes the moment is right to find a new direction in life. "I haven't said it 100 per cent but I think this will be my last year and my last Giro d'Italia. I've been doing this a long time now, so that's a bit daunting to think about as it's been a big part of my life, but I'm also excited about part two. I have a son, he's six months old, and there's real importance in that. It's more than racing," Tuft told Cyclingnews on the morning of stage 1 at the Tour de Romandie. Determined to give it everything in his last season, Tuft is excited by the prospect of racing one final Giro d'Italia. It's a race he has fond memories of, having been part of the Orica squad that won the opening team time trial in 2014. Tuft carried the team over the line that day in Belfast and pulled on the maglia rosa as a result.ADVERTISEMENT He has never been a rider who relentlessly sought results for himself, although a World Championship time trial silver medal sits nicely next to a pink jersey on his palmares. Instead, Tuft's strengths have always been a willingness to sacrifice himself for others and a strong engine that can be deployed on the front of the bunch or at the spearhead of a team time trial squad. When asked about his fondest memory of a career stretching back to 2001, he picked a moment that encapsulated his desire to work as part of a team. "There have been quite a few special moments, but I would probably say my first Tour, when we won the team time trial in Nice," he said, pointing to the 2013 Tour de France when the Australian team won the stage and put Simon Gerrans and then Daryl Impey into the maillot jaune. "That was big for me because I was brought in this team for that sort of race and I had a hell of a day, and the best legs of my life. It's rare to have days like that when everything aligns at a big and important moment. That was really special, but on this team, there have been a lot of special moments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Australia's Michael Matthews wins Tour of Romandie prologue
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) " Michael Matthews of Australia won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue on Tuesday for his first victory of the season.Matthews was one second faster than Tom Bohli of Switzerland on the 4-kilometer... More...
Brandle ruled out of Giro d'Italia after Romandie collarbone break
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Matthias Brndles season was dealt a significant blow Tuesday when the Austrian crashed and broke his collarbone at the Tour de Romandie. The Trek-Segafredo rider was on the prologue course and riding reconnaissance when the fall took place. He was taken to a local hospital in Fribourg where x-rays confirmed a lateral collarbone-fracture to the left side. Trek-Segafredo later announced that the 28-year-old would have surgery on Wednesday and spend between seven to 10 days off the bike. The injury rules Brndle out of the Giro dItalia, where he would have been one of the possible contenders to win the opening time trial in Israel.ADVERTISEMENT "I am very disappointed. Mostly because I cannot help the team here and in the Giro. The crash was a really stupid one, Brandle said in series of Tweets. "I was focused on the first corner and didn't recognize a bump which brought me down from my handlebar. It was only 10km/h so I had no time to make a roll or something. I was really looking forward to racing the next weeks after a long training period where I put in everything. I believe I had it in my reach with this tricky parcours to go for the win with the training I did in the last weeks." At the finish in Fribourg, team directeur sportif Yaroslav Popovych added more details regarding the crash. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews: Romandie win has kick-started my season
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than a week after finishing fifth at La Flche Wallonne, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) provided another testament to his versatility with a winning ride in the prologue at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian was left gasping for air and unable to initially stand when he crossed the line in Fribourg but was soon on his way to the podium to celebrate his first win of the season. Aside from his result in Flche " and seventh in Milan-San Remo " Matthews had endured a difficult start to the season with a broken shoulder sustained in theOmloop Het Nieuwsblad and sickness disrupting his spring. His one-second win over surprise package Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) was just the tonic. "I think that was the kick I needed to get my season back on track," Matthews said at his winner's press conference.ADVERTISEMENT "After Flche I was happy with the result, especially because for a sprinter it's not really normal to finish fifth. I always loved that race and wanted to give it a try, but coming here and getting the win today was what I really needed for my confidence," he said. "It's my first win of the season so I'm just going to take a moment to enjoy today. Normally if I'm in a leader's jersey at a stage race I get too excited about the next days and forget about the feeling of actually winning." Matthews' pure speed and raw power have always opened up opportunities for him in prologues, and he memorably beat Tom Dumoulin in the corresponding event at Paris-Nice in 2016. This result, however, was a major morale booster for the Sunweb rider. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Planned revival of La Route de France cancelled
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The planned return of La Route de France, which was cancelled last year over date conflicts with other races, has been shot down by the withdrawal of a host community. La Route de France Fminine started in 2006 as a successor to the Tour de France Fminin, but last year failed in its bid to join the UCIWomen's WorldTour, and was cancelled because its date overlapped with the European Championships and SwedishWorldTour races inVrgrda. The six-stage UCI 2.1 event was set to take place this year from June 5-10. But race organiserHerv Gerardin posted on the race's Facebook page that the department of Nivre, which was due to post two stages, has declined to participate.ADVERTISEMENT "Having no alternative, I am forced within 7 weeks of the Grand Dpart to make an urgent decision,"Gerardin wrote. "It is with great bitterness that I made the decision this Sunday to cancel the 2018 edition of the Route de France Internationale Fminine. "I can only regret this surprising attitude, which disrespects the other communities that have engaged in hosting this event, but also for the partners, the media, the teams, the providers and all the staff of the organization." Gerardin stated that he has decided to forgo any future race plans. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Michele Scarponi remembered with mass ride in hometown of Filottrano
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year after Michele Scarponi's tragic death during an early morning training ride, his family, friends and 2000 cyclists remembered the former Italian rider on Sunday morning with a special sportif ride on the same country roads around Filottrano in the Marche region, where Scarponi trained and ultimately lost his life after being hit by a vehicle. Scarponi had been working on plans to create his own sportif event for when he retired. The event is a now a way of remembering him and helping to promote road safety, with his brother Marco and sister Silvia determined to create a memorial foundation in his name that will try to reduce the number of deaths of cyclists and pedestrians on Italian roads. Scarponi's parents Flavia and Giacomo have found strength in the support and commemoration of the Astana team, the Italian peloton and the wider cycling community. On Friday they travelled to Innsbruck in Austria, for the final stage of the Tour of the Alps to attend a memorial mass near where Scarponi won the opening stage of last year's race. Scarponi was also remembered before Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Italian RAI television showed an intimate and moving portrait of Scarponi produced by Italian journalist Alessandra di Stefano.ADVERTISEMENT Marco Scarponi held back the emotions of losing his brother during the memorial programme to make a call for improved road safety. "Everything has changed since that fateful April 22 of last year. Yet in truth nothing has changed, it's only changed for us, his family. People are still dying on the roads, cyclists are still dying and pedestrians are still dying. So I ask: What did my brother's death change? Nothing yet. What are we doing What are they doing? Nothing yet," Marco Scarponi said. "I don't think we can accept that people die out on the roads in such violent ways. We can't accept it anymore. We can't accept that there isn't an institution or a state-run association that helps the children and families left behind. Without my uncle being at the scene of Michele's accident by chance, we would have found out via Facebook. " Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos undergoes surgery for collarbone fracture
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
European champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) will miss a month of racing after crashing in Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday and fracturing her collarbone. The Dutch rider had successful surgery to repair the break and will be confined to indoor training for the coming weeks. "I won't be racing during the next four weeks, which means I will have to miss the GP Elsy Jacobs, Trofee Maarten Wijnants and the Wielerfestival Aalburg," the Waowdeals leader said. "The altitude training which I had planned during the second half of May doesn't seem to be jeopardised. It is expected that I can pick up where I left off somewhere in June. It's disappointing that things don't go as planned " I was nicely easing into the pace " but fortunately, the season is still long."ADVERTISEMENT Vos described the incident, which happened in the crux of the race with just over 20km to go. "It was going hard in the run-up to the next climb, the Roche-Aux-Faucons as everyone wanted to be well positioned," Vos said. "There was a crash on the left-side of the road in a short descent. I was on the other side and saw Jeanne (Korevaar) take a tumble in a soft turn to the right. The group was startled which made me crash and roll-over, landing on my right-hand side." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ANS, Belgium (AP) " Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season.Just... More...
Van der Breggen: I love to see the others take initiative
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) took her fourth UCI Women's WorldTour victory of the year at Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday. She caught solo attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final and powered away on the uphill finish. After the race, van der Breggen gave credit to Spratt's attack just after the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, breaking free just as two groups had come together. "It was a really good attack from Amanda. I was with Megan in the group, and of course you want to go across, but you don't want to go too early and spend too much energy. There were some attacks, but I knew the hard climb of Saint-Nicolas was still coming up and waited for that." Spratt was aware that there would be attacks on the Saint-Nicolas and said after the race that she tried to maximise her advantage ahead of the climb. "It was a good moment to attack, and the gap kept going up. I knew I needed a fair chunk of time on the second-last climb [Saint-Nicolas, ed.] as people like Ashleigh and Anna would attack there. I was just hoping to hang on to the top."ADVERTISEMENT Although Spratt did manage to crest the Saint-Nicolas first, she got company soon after. And with van der Breggen bridging to her, the Australian knew that winning the race would be hard. "She is the world number one for a reason. I thought maybe I had a chance to stick with her and get her in the sprint. I knew it was only Ashleigh and Annemiek behind, so I could sit on and hope to stay on her wheel. But she just drilled it up the final climb, and I didn't have anything left." Despite missing out on the victory, the past week was a successful one for Spratt as she also finished third in the Amstel Gold Race and fifth in the Flche Wallonne. "I was sick during the cobbled classics and missed some races and training. But in the end it was a blessing in disguise as I was fresh going into the Ardennes races, and these were the ones I really wanted to go well in. Last year top-30 was good for me, and now I'm top-five in all three, so I'm super-happy." The expectations on van der Breggen were markedly higher going into the week: Having won all three Ardennes races in 2017, she was the rider everyone watched. She acknowledged the challenge in her post-race interview. "It's difficult to be good when everybody expects you to be good. But I try not to listen too much to it, to enjoy the race and see how it goes. Then the pressure is less in your mind. I knew the training was going well, and I felt better than last year. But I'm not the only one, the whole peloton is improving, and that's great to see. It was difficult to win today, so I'm happy we could take it." " Voxwomen (@Voxwomen) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jungels follows Andy Schleck's wheel tracks for victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History repeated itself in the best way possible for Bob Jungels on Sunday as the Quick-Step Floors racer netted Lige-Bastogne-Lige. It was his first Monument victory, but in an almost identical fashion to Luxembourg's previous win in La Doyenne with Andy Schleck nine years ago. In one of Lige-Bastogne-Lige's most exciting finales in years, Jungels stormed away over the top of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons, the same climb where Schleck launched his winning, lone attack, nine years ago, 19 kilometres from the finish. Clad in the Luxemburg's national champions jersey, Jungels slowly but steadily carved out a winning margin that reached nearly a minute at one point. The advantage sagged dramatically to a third of that on the Cote de Saint-Nicolas, but then expanded again on the long draggy ascent to Ans, and which allowed him to celebrate his first-ever Monument win.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm a bit tired, and feeling very emotional and very proud about having won this Doyenne for the team," Jungels said afterwards. "Being so close to Luxembourg is something special too. "Yes, it was an early attack, but I think I wouldn't have had such a good chance in a sprint against [Alejandro] Valverde. There were other, faster guys there too in the main group. So I used my time trialling skills to make it to the finish." His success with a long-range attack was, he said, yet more proof that a lot of races have been won and lost this year by not waiting until the final kilometres. "We saw it again on Wednesday at Flche Wallonne, where a lot of teams came under pressure by our making the race hard from a certain point onwards" - as Quick Step did in Lige, too, with Philippe Gilbert on the Redoute and again on the Roche aux Faucons. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vincenzo Nibali: It will be a very unusual Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He came, he smiled and took some selfies with fans, he stood on a podium and he left: Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) paid a lightning-fast visit to the Lige-Bastogne-Lige presentation on Saturday, but it was enough to garner the Sicilian some of the biggest cheers of all from the fans present and to remind his rivals that on Sunday, the Shark Of Messina will once again be on the prowl. Last Wednesday, Nibali's attack over the first of three ascents of the Mur effectively lit the touch paper for a series of challenges to Alejandro Valverde's domination, and his long breakaway was instrumental in the wearing down process of the Movistar Team as well. Nibali was caught at the foot of the final ascent of the Mur, but combined with his stunning victory in Milano-Sanremo, his high profile attack at the Tour of Flanders and his long history of Classics success, nobody is ruling out an even more sustained, dangerous attack by the Italian on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT And Nibali received the warmest of welcomes from the crowds at Saturday's team presentation, too. This could well be because Lige's Italian connections are more than well established, both as a city and a race. Until very recently, Lige has had a centuries-old tradition of Italians migrating there to work in its industries, and the climb to Saint-Nicolas has long been nicknamed 'the Italian corner' because of the number of Nibali's compatriots who have settled in that part of Liege. Nibali's relationship with Lige-Bastogne-Lige is a lengthy and intense one too, with 2018 his 13th participation. As he recounted in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday, Lige was the first Monument he took part in and he was dropped on the Haut Leve climb, getting so tired in the process that he said, "my ears were dragging along the ground." He finally finished the race but in 113th position, dead last on the day. In 2012, though, Nibali was almost at the opposite end of the results sheet when he launched a dangerous late attack. He was caught and passed by Maxim Iglinskiy on the drag towards the finish in Ans, however, with the Italian finally settling for second. And although Nibali says that losing to Iglinskiy was a defeat that "still burns", it was also an indicator of what he was capable of doing in a race like Lige-Bastogne-Lige. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the beginning, it was a small chip on Sam Gaze's shoulder. And that chip morphed into rage. And the rage created an incandescent energy. And that energy was the difference between second and first; between silver and gold. But... More...
Weekend Warrior: 'Crazy' cyclist Emma Hadley now an inspiration
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Emma Hadley was quite busy last year. She set a new women's record for four laps of Lake Taupo (25 hours and 56 minutes), won two golds in cycling at last year's World Masters Games, finished 15th in the amateur world championships... More...
Cycling: George Bennett wraps up Tour of the Alps with second place finish on final stage, earns fifth overall
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has claimed his best result of the 2018 season, earning fifth overall in the Tour of the Alps after another quality showing on the final stage.For the second straight day, Bennett finished second on the stage, in... More...
O'Connor excited for Giro d'Italia debut after breakthrough Tour of the Alps
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben O'Connor headed home from the Tour of the Alps with the best young rider's white jersey and bucket loads of confidence as he prepares for his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia. The 22-year-old from Western Australia won stage 3 to Merano with an impressive solo attack after the climbs of the day. He then kept his head, finished fifth in Innsbruck and so even moved up to seventh overall, 1:33 down on overall winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). "To get the reward as best young rider is brilliant," he told Cyclingnews happily, as he checked his hair in the reflection of his soigneur's sunglasses for his moment on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "It's always great for young guys like me to aim towards goals but winning a stage at a race like the Tour of the Alps is extremely difficult if you're young like I am. Success takes time, as does GC racing. To be good every single day is bloody hard." O'Connor revealed he even overcame a late, nerve-racking puncture. "I felt really relaxed. I don't know why. Maybe because it was confidence, maybe it was just the demeanour of being generally more relaxed about how you ride things. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclist Alexander Ray 'into repair mode' after horrific injuries from crash
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The elite cyclist who is in an induced coma after colliding with a car is "into repair mode" and has had his jaw operated on. Alexander Ray was taken to Auckland Hospital Wednesday morning in a critical condition. The incident occurred... More...
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and controversy:1991: Armstrong is the U.S. amateur national champion at the age of 20.1992: Turns pro and finishes last in his debut race in San Sebastian, Spain.1993: Wins world... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong settles US$100m US government lawsuit for less
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has reached a US$5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought US$100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories... More...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour... More...
Simon Wilson: Anti-cycling rage stirrers are dangerous
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Like many things, cycling in Auckland doesn't attract quite the same level of mouth-frothing rage as it does in London. I'm discounting social media in saying that, of course, but I don't think we have the equivalent of Father Michael... More...
Cycling: George Bennett finishes second on fourth stage of Tour of the Alps
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is inching ever closer to his first stage victory as a professional cyclist.The 28-year-old New Zealander has claimed second place on stage four of the Tour of the Alps, escaping from the bunch in the final kilometres... More...
Andy Rihs, Swiss owner of cycling, soccer teams, dies at 75
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERN, Switzerland (AP) " Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. He was 75.Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after "a patient and valiantly endured illness," the BMC... More...
Cyclist Alexander Ray faces facial reconstruction after horrific injuries
April 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The elite cyclist who was left fighting for his life after colliding with a car yesterday is back into surgery today.Alexander Ray was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition. The incident occurred on the intersection... More...
Cycling: George Bennett bounces back into the top 10 in the Tour of the Alps
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has bounced back from a tough day in the mountains yesterday to earn back his spot in the top 10 in the Tour of the Alps.Bennett, who has finished in the top 11 of all of his stage races in 2018, claimed fourth... More...
Local boards prioritise road safety as number of road deaths and serious injuries hit crisis point
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A cyclist left in a critical condition after a collision with a car this morning is one of many amid an increasing number of road deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads.Elite New Zealand cyclist Alexander Ray is unconscious... More...

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