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Entire world athletics anti-doping operation under threat as Russian hacking scandal could mean athletes refuse to be tested
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Top names in sport could sue the World Anti Doping Agency for damage to their reputation - with the agency potentially liable for the lapse in cyber security More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins says he got 'no unfair advantage' from steroids and they were to cure a 'medical condition'
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The cycling ace, who won the Tour de France in 2012, spoke out on the Andrew Marr show to debny he was a cheat after hackers accessed his medical records More...
Inside the country house Olympic champions Laura Trott and Jason Kenny married in secret ceremony
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The newlyweds kept the location of their wedding a secret, but finally broke news to fans on Sunday morning More...
Good morning Mrs Kenny! Laura Trott and Jason Kenny marry in secret ceremony - and announce it like this...
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Forget the bride and groom selfie, cheeky Jason shared a belfie of his new wife in bed with their adorable dogs More...
Jack Tame: Savour the little pleasures
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I moved back to Auckland and bought a bike. It's an avocado-coloured hardtail, with lock-off suspension on the front and separate tires for the city and the mud.The guy in the shop took one look at my femurs and went straight for... More...
Bradley Wiggins insists he did not mislead fans having injected banned substance before Tour De France win
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Star insisted he'd never had any jabs apart from vaccinations but hackers have revealed in 2012 he got permission for triamcinolone shot to ease his asthma More...
Van Aert to ride Jingle World Cup cross race despite fracture toe
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert has confirmed he will ride todays elite mens World Cup Jingle Cross race in Iowa City despite fracturing his left big toe during the CrossVegas race on Wednesday. The Belgian travelled to Iowa City on Thursday night after a medical visit and x-rays confirmed the hairline fracture. Van Aert revealed he was in pain during a training ride on Friday but said he will race the World Cup event. "The feeling after training was not bad. The swelling did not increase after the training ride, so therefore I decided to start in the second round of the World Cup, Van Aert said in a message posted on his personal website.ADVERTISEMENT "Today (Friday) I have a cycled 45km with my teammates. That test wasnt that bad thanks to the taped toes and a painkiller but I didnt real put force on the pedals because I couldnt. After consulting with my family doctor, I decided not to do a route reconnaissance, which would have been an additional burden. Van Aert won the CrossVegas World Cup race despite an early crash on a set of stairs. He fought his way back into the mix and eventually won alone, scoring maximum World Cup points. The pain in his toe emerged overnight, hampering his travel to Iowa City and his hopes of a second victory and early lead in the World Cup standings. "Once back at the hotel we put ice on the foot, but the swelling was really intense. When I woke up Thursday morning, I could barely take any steps and I quickly realized that there was more to it. We decided to visit a local doctor, who sent us in turn to an orthopedic center. After taking the x-rays, it turned out that there was indeed a crack in my big toe, he explained. Van Aert is hoping that the adrenaline of Saturdays race will help him handle the pain in his toe. You can read more at More...
Latest issue of Procycling out now
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Get this months Procycling, which investigates how Bradley Wiggins changed British cycling forever. In the light of his crowning triumph " gold in the team pursuit at Rio " and just months before he retires from the sport, we assess the impact of the Londoners incredible career. In the light of the recent revelations about Wigginss usage of a corticosteroid before his three last Grand Tours, which emerged after we went to press, the publics final memories of the 2012 Tour winner may be more complex than the rider himself would have hoped. We also interview Richie Porte, who proved his critics wrong by stringing together a great Tour de France despite some terrible luck along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Nicolas Portal is Team Skys master tactician and the man who has guided Chris Froome to three Tour de France victories. We ask him what his secrets are. With the Olympics still fresh, we look back at the key moments from the road and track. We also spoke to Anna Van Der Breggen to find out how she overcame the emotional turmoil caused by seeing her unconscious team-mate Annamiek Van Vleuten lying in the road in the womens road race to take gold. Our Retro story relives the magical spring of 1981, when Giovanni Battaglin won the Giro and the Vuelta in a scintillating six-week period. Procycling also dropped in on the Bretagne Classic for our regular Race Culture feature. The old GP Ouest France-Plouay has been forced to make radical changes to keep its WorldTour status. Theres another wacky race in town, the brilliant Dwars door Het Hageland. The race is packed with gravel sections, cobbled climbs and farm tracks. The two-time Tour stage winner and now professional photographer Leon Van Bon sent us his photo essay. Plus, in our Debrief section we analyse all the action from the latest big races, including Greg Van Avermaets great Olympic road race victory and Bauke Mollemas deserved success in Clasica San Sebastian. You can read more at More...
Bradley Wiggins's former team doctor says authorised use of steroid before races "doesn't look right"
September 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins's medical data has been leaked by an online espionage group and he has come under scrutiny for the timing of drug exemptions More...
UCI to hold rider safety discussions at Il Lombardia
September 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rider safety has become an increasingly pressing item on the cycling agenda in recent years, and the UCI will hold a working group at Il Lombardia next week, bringing riders, teams and race organisers together to discuss further regulations for next season. The Cyclistes Professionnels Associs (CPA), the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) and the Association Internationale des Organisateurs de Courses Cyclistes (AIOCC), will represent riders, teams, and race organisersrespectively. In addition to the planned talks, the UCI announced it has already taken action to improve safety at one of the final races of this season - its own road World Championships in Qatar next month.The road races start out in the desert before finishing with laps of Doha's Corniche, with the following measures set to be imposed:ADVERTISEMENT Road works to remove and adapt traffic islands to improve the racing line of the final 1.5 kilometres of the circuit; The position of barriers will be appropriately adapted to take into account the width of the road in certain sections; The caravan will feature smaller, lighter trail-type motorbikes without panniers; All vehicles will be driven by people with significant previous experience of driving at races. The issue of rider safety has come into focus in the past couple of years due to an alarming string of incidents, with Antoine Demoiti losing his life after being hit by a motorbike at Gent-Wevelgem, and Stig Broeckx still in a coma after a similar incident at the Belgium Tour in May. Numerous other riders have been involved in collisions with vehicles, while other incidents have arisen from course design "from barriers to road furniture " as the scars on Peter Stetinas knee would attest. Earlier this year, the UCI announced it had introduced new guidelines governing in-race vehicles, but they essentially stressed the importance of following the existing rules, with punishment for those acting negligently. As such, ahead of the UCIs June management committee, the CPA called on the governing body to take concrete action, and tabled a list of proposals to enhance safety. You can read more at More...
Rowing: Hamish Bond ditches Eric Murray for new challenge
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Olympic and world champion rower Hamish Bond will swap boat for bike when he takes on next month's Tour of Southland.Bond, one half of the indomitable New Zealand men's pair with Eric Murray, will ride for the Vantage Windows &... More...
Boonen abandons Eneco Tour after crash on stage 4
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) has been forced to abandon the Eneco Tour after crashing early during stage 4, from Aalter to Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Belgium. Boonen was examined in hospital in Deinze, where x-rays revealed no fractures, and the Belgian was cleared to return home. In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Boonen's Etixx-QuickStep team noted that he has been ordered to rest until the end of this week before resuming training. "Right after the incident, reminiscent of the one in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, where Tom crashed and hit his head, suffering a left temporal bone fracture, the 35-year-old was attended by Etixx " Quick-Steps doctor, who decided that the best thing for Tom " who had a few abrasions on his body " was to abandon the race as precautionary measure and go by ambulance to the nearest hospital, so that his condition gets evaluated," the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT "Fortunately, the cervical X-ray he underwent at the St. Vincentius Hospital in Deinze didnt reveal any injury, so Tom " winner of three races this season " was cleared by the doctors to go home, where he is to rest until the end of the week, before returning to training." Although Boonen was reportedly able to remount after the crash, he soon wheeled to a halt again and abandoned the race. The 35-year-old was immediately taken to hospital for further examination after telling doctors that he had been left dazed by the crash. Tom Boonen was eating when his wheel hit a pothole and he crashed, Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere said, according to Le Soir. Since my rider felt dazed, it was immediately decided to bring him to hospital for further tests. I hope that his injuries wont be serious. You can read more at More...
Voeckler to retire at the end of 2017 Tour de France
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thomas Voeckler has set a date for retirement, revealingthat he will hang up his wheels at the end of the 2017 Tour de France. The Frenchman will be 38 by the time he hits the Champs-Elyses for what will be an emotional farewell after 15 consecutive Tours, over the course of which he has given home fans much to cheer about. His highlights include stints in the yellow jersey in 2004 and 2011 " where he clung on defiantly for so long and eventually took his best-ever overall finish of fourth - and he is 20th in the all-time list of days in yellow with 20. He has four stage wins to his name, the latest two coming at the 2012 Tour, where he also claimed the polka dot jersey of king of the mountains.ADVERTISEMENT "Unless something unexpected happens, the end of my career will be the Champs-Elyses 2017. Without regrets but not without emotion... Thanks to everyone," Voeckler announced on Twitter on Wednesday night. He expanded on his decision an interview in Thursday's L'Equipe, saying:The Tour has given me everything, so I will end it where it all began. It was a tough decision to make " I was losing sleep over it. And then, one day, it appeared to me so clearly. I said to myself, youll do one last Tour and then youll stop. You can read more at More...
Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad was first athlete to die at Paralympics - cuts did not play a part
September 18, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 48-year-old died after a crash at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday More...
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny set to earn millions after joint autobiography snapped up
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The sporty duo will have no problem paying for their upcoming wedding as their book and sponsorship deals rake in the cash More...
Sarah Storey bids to compete in able-bodied World Championships after winning more Paralympic golds
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Storey took her gold medal tally to 16 after winning another three events in Rio to ensure she leaves Brazil as Britain’s most successful ever female Paralympian More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins denies involvement with controversial doctor amid steroid row
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins had injections for a banned steroid before three major races in order to treat his asthma More...
Paralympics' Sarah Storey bids for third Rio 2016 gold claiming motherhood has improved her as an athlete
September 16, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Inspired by daughter Louisa, the cyclist has retained the 3km individual pursuit and time-trial titles she won at London 2012 — now comes Saturday's road race More...
British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome given drugs exemption
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are among a new wave of athletes to have details of substances they had taken leaked by Russian hackers who broke into their drug-testing records. The British cycling greats were part of the... More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins drug exemptions fully ratified by British and world cycling bodies, spokesman claims
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins is one of five British athletes to have their WADA medical records leaked by Russian espionage group 'Fancy Bears' More...
Chris Froome insists he has 'no issues' with the leaking of his medical records
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The hacking group, named 'Fancy Bears', released information relating to 'therapeutic use exemptions' (or 'TUEs') of banned substances More...
100th Giro d'Italia starting with 3 stages in Sardinia
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " The 100th Giro d'Italia next year will start with three stages in Sardinia.It will be the third time the Italian grand tour has started on the island, although it will be the first time in 10 years.Fabio Aru, who... More...
Paralympics' Sarah Storey can chase even MORE gold at Tokyo 2020 aged 42 insists her coach
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 38-year-old Brit now has 13 Games titles after blowing the opposition away in Wednesday's 20km road time trial — and she should win another on Saturday More...
Super cyclist Sarah Storey leads gold medal charge in what could be UK's most successful ever Paralympics
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The cyclist has taken her 13th Olympic title as Britain passes the gold medal total from the London Games More...
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi defends Paralympics title 15 years after losing his legs in horrific crash
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Zanardi backed up his two hand-bike gold medals at Brands Hatch during London 2012 with his third title in Rio More...
Quintana extends contract with Movistar through 2019
September 12, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Spanish Vuelta champion Nairo Quintana has agreed to renew his contract with his Movistar team through the 2019 season.Movistar announced Quintana's new contract on Monday, a day after the Colombian climber won the... More...
George Bennett becomes first Kiwi to crack top 10
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett has finished tenth overall in cycling's Vuelta a Espana. The tour has just wrapped with a sprint finish in Madrid. He's the first Kiwi cyclist to finish top ten in a grand tour. Movistar rider Nairo Quintana... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID, Spain " Results Sunday from the 21st and final stage of the 71st Spanish Vuelta, a 105-kilometer (65-mile) ride from Las Rozas to Madrid (rider, country, team, time):1. Magnus Cort Nielsen, Denmark, Orica BikeExchange, 2... More...
Quintana wins Spanish Vuelta ahead of Froome
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Movistar rider Nairo Quintana won the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, adding the title to the 2014 Giro d'Italia on his Grand Tour list of honors.The Colombian climbing expert had cemented his commanding lead over nearest... More...
Group of friends find elderly cyclist lying unresponsive in road near Warkworth
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A group of friends driving to an open home were shocked when they discovered a cyclist lying lifelessly on Woodcocks Rd near Warkworth yesterday.Devonport woman Sue O'Callaghan was travelling with her children and her friends were... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALTO DE AITANA , Spain (AP) " Results Saturday from the 20th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 193-kilometer (120-mile) ride from Benidorm to the Alto de Aitana:1. Pierre-Roger Latour, France, AG2R La Mondiale, 5 hours, 19 minutes,... More...
Quintana holds off Froome, set to win Spanish Vuelta
September 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALTO DE AITANA , Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana is poised to win the Spanish Vuelta after protecting his lead over Chris Froome in a grueling penultimate stage in the southern mountains on Saturday.Barring an accident or incident on... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALPE, Spain (AP) " Results Friday from the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 37-kilometer (22.9-mile) time trial between Javea and Calpe (rider, country, team, time):1. Chris Froome, Britain, Sky, 46 minutes, 33 seconds.2.... More...
Froome wins Vuelta time trial to reduce Quintana's lead
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALPE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome took a big bite into Nairo Quintana's lead of the Spanish Vuelta by winning an individual time trial Friday with two days remaining in the race.The Tour de France champion reduced Quintana's lead... More...
Jody Cundy wins gold in men's time-trial to continue Team GB's success on the track at Paralympics
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It was Britain's fifth gold in the velodrome and second of day two after Sophie Thornhill and her tandem pilot Helen Scott triumphed More...
Dame Sarah Storey backs British team-mate Kadeena Cox to end her Paralympics domination
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Storey became Britain's most successful female Paralympian with her 12th gold on Thursday but she accepts Cox could take her unbeaten record More...
Bradley Wiggins slams fellow cyclist Lizzie Armistead over missed doping tests saying she had 'no excuse'
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Our most decorated male Olympian said he could not "fathom" how she had managed to miss three tests in less than a year More...
Team GB's Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott win gold in women's B 1,000m time trial
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thornhill, who is partially sighted, and Scott won Britain's fourth cycling gold on Friday morning with victory in the women's B one-kilometre time-trial More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GANDIA, Spain (AP) " Results Thursday in the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 200-kilometer (125-mile) leg from Requena to Gandia:1. Magnus Nielsen, Denmark, Orica BikeExchange, 4 hours, 54 minutes, 31 seconds.2. Nikias Arndt,... More...
Cycling: Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britain stage
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi rider Jack Bauer has claimed a stage victory on the Tour of Britain after winning a sprint finish to claim the fifth stage into Bath.The Cannondale-Drapac rider was part of a breakaway that at one point led by five minutes... More...
Quintana stays ahead as Nielsen wins Spanish Vuelta stage
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GANDIA, Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia preserved his lead of nearly four minutes over Chris Froome in the Spanish Vuelta after a relatively flat stage won by Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark on Thursday.Quintana finished... More...
Dame Sarah Storey celebrates becoming Britains most successful female Paralympian ever with kiss from daughter
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 38-year-old record breaker stopped on her victory lap to steal a smacker from adorable three-year-old daughter Louisa More...
Irony overload: Watch Team Sky tour bus "almost take out" a CYCLIST while overtaking at speed
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky took to Twitter to apologise for the incident, calling it "unacceptable" More...
Van Garderen abandons the Vuelta a Espana
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tejay van Garderen has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana, with his BMC team suggesting he was suffering with fatigue after more than two weeks of intense racing. The American Grand Tour rider climbed off early into the stage, before the showdown on the steep Mas de la Costa finish. BMC still raced aggressively, with Ben Hermans attacking on the final climb and Samuel Snchez is seventh overall after limiting his losses on the 12 per cent gradients of the climb to the finish. Van Garderen has endured a difficult season after showing his Grand Tour potential with fifth place overall in both 2012 and 2014. However, he failed to finish both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in 2015. He was consistent in the first half of the 2016 season, finishing second overall in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol and sixth in the Tour de Suisse as he prepared to ride the Tour de France alongside Richie Porte.ADVERTISEMENT However, van Garderen suffered at the Tour de France, lost time in the final mountain stages and finished 29th overall. He struggled to understand why but spent time at home with his family in the USA and then return to Europe for the Vuelta a Espana, with the goal of helping Sanchez and possibly targeting stage victories. He failed to make an impact in Spain and his abandon could mark the end of his difficult season. The bad news is that we lost Tejay van Garderen. He was not good at the start of the stage and he was dropped, directeur sportif Valerio Piva explained after talking about BMCs race strategy for the stage and their decision to defend their lead in the team classification. He came to the Vuelta not with the best preparation but we hoped day by day he was better. I think it is due to fatigue and the rest day, which is every time a difficult day for him. That is racing and we need to stay concentrated on the next days for the goals that we can achieve. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Terpstra creates internal points competition to motivate Etixx teammates
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Niki Terpstra has created a special points competition for the Etixx-QuickStep riders at the Vuelta a Espanato give them a little bit of extra motivation during the final grand tour of the season. The Dutch rider told de Telegraaf newspaper that he had set up a scoreboard where various bits of daily activity can earn or lose them points, such as getting into the break of the day or arriving late at the team bus to leave for the start. Grand tours are very tough both mentally and physically, especially when the race hits the mountains in the second and third week. Without a clear team hierarchy going into the Vuelta a Espana, Terpstra says the competition is a way to push and motivate the whole team. It's not just pride on the line; Terpstra has convinced Specialized Europe director, Eugene Fierkens to include a Fat Bike as a prize for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT "It was mainly intended to challenge the helpers to go for glory," Terpstra told de Telegraaf. "The success of a team is determined not only by the winner. For this reason, to earn points especially with getting into a breakaway, the mileage you ride in front of the peloton and, for example, fetching water bottles at difficult moments. But there are downsides. When you are late to the bus in the morning, you get deductions. However, in this Vuelta, no one has been too late." What started off as a little motivation boost has become a serious thing for the team and points accrued has become a regular meal-time topic of conversation. Every night, everyone is discussing the points earned and their progress, with the scores managed by the team leaders. At the table there is daily discussion about the rankings," he said. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
September 07, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LLUCENA, Spain (AP) " Results Wednesday from the 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 177.5-kilometer (110-mile) leg from Castellon to Llucena:1. Mathias Frank, Switzerland, IAM Cycling, 4 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds2. Leopold... More...
Quintana keeps his lead as Spanish Vuelta resumes
September 07, 2016 (13:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LLUCENA, Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia maintained his comfortable lead over Chris Froome as the Spanish Vuelta entered its final stages on Wednesday.Mathias Frank of Switzerland broke from the peloton to win the 177.5-kilometer... More...
Orica-BikeExchange announce versatile squad for Canadian one-day WorldTour races
September 07, 2016 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
Orica-BikeExchange head to the Canadian WorldTour one-day races, theGP de Quebec and GPde Montreal, with Michael Matthews and Adam Yates looking to improve on the second place results from 2015. The Australian team have enjoyed success at the two races with Simon Gerrans winning the GPde Quebec in 2012 and 2014, and the GP de Montreal in 2014. However, the Australian won't be racing the 2016 editions as he is currently in Spain racing the Vuelta a Espana. Having placed third atRideLondon Classic, and fourth at Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France in his two races since winning a stage at the Tour de France, Matthews will be the protected rider for Friday's 201.6km GP de Quebec. "We have a very strong team for Quebec and Montreal," said director sportif Laurenzo Lapage. "Due to the strength in depth and the versatility of the squad we can set ourselves realistically high objectives for both races and aim to build on our good results here in the past."ADVERTISEMENT "Michael (Matthews) will be our number one for Quebec and Adam (Yates) for the hillier Montreal, we have high hopes for both races and with this line up we have options for different eventualities." Adam Yatesmakes his return to racing after 15th place in the Rio Olympic Games road race and will be the protected rider for Sunday's Montreal race. The team will also have options withMichael Albasini and Daryl Impey on the circuit race that will see the peloton climb close to 4000 metres on the205.7km course. Matthew Hayman captains the squad with Luke Durbridge also Chris Juul Jensen riding in support of the leaders while Christian Meier makes his final appearance on home soil before retiring at the end of the season. You can read more at More...
Rodriguez predicts Quintana victory in Vuelta a Espaa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Joaquim Rodriguez is back at the Vuelta a Espaa. But now, after years of being a key participant in the race, he is on hand simply as a visitor and fan, and in his new role, Purito believes the battle for the final red jersey in Madrid is almost all over bar the shouting with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) some 3:37 clear of Chris Froome (Sky) with five stages remaining. I think Nairo has got things pretty much sorted in his favour, Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. Looking at all the factors, I think hes heading for the overall win in Madrid. Hes climbing very well, hes got a really strong team to back him up and hes got an advantage of nearly four minutes on Chris Froome (Team Sky). There may be last minute upsets, of course, and he could well lose time in the time trial, but I think as things stand Quintana is on track for the win.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a very hard race, thats for sure, and hell have to play things defensively. There are still some difficult stages to come and his rivals wont be happy to settle with what theyve got. Having retired after the Olympic Games road race, Rodriguez, 37, says he is enjoying cycling as much, if not more than ever now that he has hung up his wheels. Rodriguezs best overall finish at a Vuelta came in his final appearance last year, when he placed second behind Fabio Aru (Astana). In both 2010 and 2012, he led the race into the final week, only to slip to third overall by the finish. The Catalan won nine Vuelta stages during his career, and placed in the top 10 overall on no fewer than seven occasions. You can read more at More...
Hell Starts Here: The Vuelta a Espanas Ascent to Mas de la Costa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Todays Vuelta a Espana stage concludes with the first ever ascent of the first category Mas de la Costa, an ultra-steep, technical climb that could cause further surprises in the battle for overall victory. The riders will be greeted by a welcome message painted on the road: Aqu empieza el infierno -Hell Starts Here. After which, the Vuelta peloton certainly faces a very real world of pain. The Mas de la Costa climb - which translates roughly as the farmstead with the slope - is only 4.3 kilometres long, but is, as Cyclingnews discovered when checking out the route, exceptionally challenging. The rare data, present on a stone plaque on the right of the road at the foot of the climb is daunting: in such a short distance, theres an average gradient of 12.7 percent, a vertical gain of 486 metres and reaching a height of 982 metres above sea level. The summit is on a lonely hillside set deep in the most rural part of the region of Valencia. Even the ten kilometres before the climb are not straightforward, albeit on normal roads running deep inland in the province of Castellon in northern Valencia. Constantly undulating, combined with the current heat wave and coming at the end of a 177.5 kilometre stage with 3,640 metres of vertical climbing; you can see why Alberto Contador warned on the rest day about how dangerous this stage could be. It is also why he and his rivals went to see the climb instead of enjoying a quiet rest day.ADVERTISEMENT This final approach to the town of Llucena will certainly help fracture what remains of the peloton. A narrow, twisting run through the towns main square, a sharp left hand bend in the main square and finally a short uphill section taking the peloton back into the countryside all provide added difficulty. Theres a fast, fairly technical descent on broad roads out of the town for a couple of kilometres to add to the tension, and then with a left hand fork the road abruptly narrows as the climb itself begins. Positioning will be crucial, given what follows, all the way to the top, is a strip of road barely more than a cars-width at any point and with no false flats or downhills at all. On dusty cement You can read more at More...

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