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Spain's Alejandro Valverde sprints to road race world title
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " For the seventh time in his career, Alejandro Valverde stepped onto the podium after the men's road race at the world championships on Sunday.But for the first time he received the gold medal.The Spanish... More...
Whanganui National Park preparing for summer onslaught
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bookings for the coming season on the Whanganui River are building up, and that has Conservation Department staff busy working on access and accommodation facilities.Recent floods have meant Department of Conservation (DoC) rangers... More...
Grey Lynn businesses withdraw support for cycleway fix costing $23m
October 07, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A $23m cycleway project for the inner city suburb of Grey Lynn is on the skids after local businesses said it would destroy their livelihoods.The Grey Lynn Business Association has thanked Auckland Transport for coming up with a... More...
Anna van der Breggen takes world title after 40K solo ride
September 29, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " Anna van der Breggen won the women's road race at the world championships after a 40-kilometer solo ride on Saturday.The Olympic champion from the Netherlands was in front with Amanda Spratt but the Australian... More...
Time to start training for Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge
September 29, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Spring is here, the days are longer, and the temperature is warmer, so it is the perfect time to start gearing up for the 42nd annual BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.The largest cycling event in New Zealand will take place on... More...
Rohan Dennis beats Dumoulin for world time trial title
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) " Rohan Dennis has finally won the only major time trial title lacking from his long list of victories.And he has done so in style.The Australian rider won gold at the road world championships on Wednesday,... More...
Cycling: Patrick Bevin shines for top finish at world road championships
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Patrick Bevin has recorded the best ever finish by a New Zealand male in the time trial at the world road cycling championships in Austria this morning.Bevin put in a stellar effort on the gruelling 52.1 kilometre course, finishing... More...
'Absolutely ridiculous': Public respond to Auckland CBD 30km/h speed limit proposal
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Reducing Auckland's city-centre speed limit to 30km/h is creating a stir among the public, with some welcoming the proposal and others calling it "absolutely ridiculous".Yesterday, Auckland Transport announced its plan to introduce... More...
Cycling: Dion Smith ready for the big time after signing with Mitchelton-Scott
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
At the start of last year, Dion Smith was out of a job. At the start of next year, he'll be at the top of the world cycling mountain. The Kiwi cyclist has signed a two-year deal with leading World Tour team Mitchelton-Scott " a... More...
Cycling: Top rider Eddie Dawkins defends controversial former Cycling New Zealand coach Anthony Peden
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
In the week Cycling New Zealand have appointed a new sprint coach to replace the controversial Anthony Peden, top rider Eddie Dawkins has given Peden a vote of support.German Rene Wolff, a former world and Olympic champion, was... More...
Auckland's footpaths soon to be clogged with speedy yellow e-scooters
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Gliding down the footpath at Auckland's Wynard Quarter on an e-scooter at close to 30km/h felt illegal but surprisingly it's not.OnzO announced yesterday that it would be adding 2,500 e-scooters to its existing bike-share fleet... More...
Cycling: German Rene Wolff to replace Anthony Peden as New Zealand head sprint coach
September 28, 2018 (10:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A former Olympic and world championship medal winner will take over as Cycling New Zealand's sprint coach.German Rene Wolff will replace Anthony Peden, who has left the organisation in the wake of an investigation into the culture... More...
King wins 4th Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps red jersey
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALFACAR, Spain (AP) " Benjamin King of the United States dominated the final climb to win the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, with overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the red jersey despite losing time.King... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up at Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2018 (20:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has continued to move up the general classification at the Vuelta a Espana - but he may have missed out on a promising opportunity.Bennett has finished in 23rd on stage four of the Vuelta, nestled safely amongst the... More...
CCTV captures Whanganui cyclist's direct hit with van
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A young boy on a bicycle was lucky to come away with only a minor injury after being hit by a van at speed at a Whanganui intersection on Tuesday afternoon.The boy, a City College student just leaving school, had shot across the... More...
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson pedals to Garthorne Cup glory
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui teenager Dylan Simpson earned himself a slice of history winning the tough road cycling race from Whanganui to Mangamahu and return on Saturday.The 18-year-old's impressive ride won him the prestigious Garthorne Cup, a... More...
Are cyclists riding or hiding in Cambridge?
August 28, 2018 (06:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As members of Cambridge's cycling community contemplate snuggling under the duvet for the night, a number of their phones beep with one word test messages.Are they "riding" or "hiding"?That's code for whether they spring out of... More...
Viviani wins Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski keeps overall lead
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) " Italian rider Elia Viviani won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, with Michal Kwiatkowski keeping the leader's red jersey ahead of Alejandro Valverde.Viviani dominated the final sprint... More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A prolonged acceleration by Movistar in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espaa stage 3 was seen as surprising by some race followers on a day expected to end in a bunch sprint and where the Spanish team had little to play for. But as both stage 2 winner Alejandro Valverde and GC contender Nairo Quintana explained afterwards, the Spanish teams aim had been nothing more than to ensure they stayed out of trouble in a tumultuous finale. Besieged by a small, fast-moving cloud of Colombian reporters as he wended his way towards the Movistar team bus, Quintana finally stopped at the foot of the buss stairs to explain to the ever-persistent South American media and other journalists why Movistar had adopted this unexpected strategy.ADVERTISEMENT The idea was to move ahead on that long descent to the finish to avoid any dangers or splits in the sprint, Quintana said. That was the most important thing today, we didnt want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes. It was an incident-free day and the team was with us all the way. Valverde was equally determined to brush off any ideas of repeating his stage 2 win. Even though he started out his professional career as a sprinter, and he remains a formidable fastman on the uphills - as Kwiatkowski saw on Sunday - it has been a long time since Valverde went for a more straightforward bunch sprint, or as the Spanish would say, it has rained since then. I was well placed just to avoid crashes, nothing more than that. There was no way I was going for the win, Valverde said. I felt good, even though its been another day of intense heat. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and Quick-Step Floors continued their seemingly unstoppable run of success this season in the Vuelta a Espaas first bunch sprint stage on Monday. After four victories in the Giro dItalia, for Viviani powering across the line in Alhaurin de la Torre was his fifth Grand Tour win of 2018, whilst for Quick-Step, after five wins in the Giro dItalia and four in the Tour de France, this latest triumph put the Belgian squad into double figures in the three-week stage races. Victory was anything but taken for granted by the Belgian quad, Viviani said afterwards, given that they had not been at all certain that the stage would end in a bunch sprint. He even argued that the hardest part of the victory for the team had been ensuring, on a day with 2,530 metres of vertical climbing, that the race stayed together. On a personal level, it was being sure that he could handle the hills of Spain as well as he knew - with victories as recent as in the Hamburg Cyclassics last Sunday - as he could handle the sprints.ADVERTISEMENT The hardest part was the racing beforehand, the Italian National Champion said afterwards. I knew that beforehand that when you come on the Vuelta you do a lot of climbing so I spent my time before the race in training camps, working on getting over the hills, not working on my sprints. The days climbing had proved so hard that there was no room for organised sprinting trains in the finale, which Viviani described simply as chaotic. Then when it came to the sprint itself, I said to Michael [Morkov] to go for it from 300 metres to go because I saw that nobody had a proper leadout. I told Michael to do sprint like he was racing for the win, and he did the perfect job. There was a little bit of a tailwind and I knew that if I went for it with 200 metres to go, I would get there fine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Roche still standing for BMC in GC battle
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the dust settled on the Vuelta a Espaas tumultuous stage 2, which saw two of BMCs top racers, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis, suffer badly, Nicolas Roche has emerged as BMCs best-placed rider in the general classification. As Porte and Dennis have repeatedly stated, neither started the Vuelta with any GC ambitions, and that was confirmed in ways neither of them would have liked. Portes gastroenteritis left him on the back foot even before the race had started, while Dennis suffered badly in the heat of stage 2 and both lost over 13 minutes. Meanwhile, Roche has always put in solid performances at the Vuelta, taking 14th last year as well as leading the race and taking two stage wins in previous seasons. After finishing just behind the main favourites at Caminito del Rey, losing 15 seconds on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the removal of Porte and Dennis from the Vueltas media limelight has left the Irishman as BMCs best-placed racer, 50 seconds down on current leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).ADVERTISEMENT Although he did not know for sure that he was doing the Vuelta a Espaa until relatively late, Roche told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 3 that, it was always in my plan, and I was always in the reserves list, although I hadnt raced that much. Recently fifth in the Tour of Norway after abandoning in the Tour de Pologne with gastroenteritis, Roche said, I was always preparing as if in my mind I was going to the Vuelta and then if I wasnt going to go, Id have been disappointed, but Id have done the Tour of Germany or Tour of Britain and then its the Worlds in a months time. All the work Id done prior to the Vuelta would have been used one way or another. So I did the work, hoping that the team were going to trust me, and they did and Im pleased to be here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: New Zealand team for world road championships named
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand will have multiple chances for a top finish at the cycling world road championships in Innsbruck next month.The best chance, surely, lies with George Bennett, who has been named as leader for the men's road race, where... More...
Valverde wins 2nd Vuelta stage, Kwiatkowski takes lead
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CAMINITO DEL REY, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead.Valverde beat Kwiatkowski in the final meters of an uphill sprint to win the... More...
Cycling: George Bennett snares fifth as favourites falter at Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has stamped his mark as one of the contenders at the Vuelta a Espana.It's early days, of course, but Bennett has surged to fifth place on stage two this morning, finishing three seconds behind stage winner Alejandro... More...
Dennis, Porte fade from contention in Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The BMC Racing Team suffered two blows to their overall ambitions at the Vuelta a Espana on the first mass-start stage to Caminito del Rey, as red jersey holder Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte were left on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and lost over 13 minutes. Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial, suffered on a stage that was technically classified as flat, but as the peloton found out, it was anything but - with four classified climbs and numerous stretches of narrow, tight roads. "I think the wind played a big part in today's stage and the roads were never straight or flowing so, you never got to sit in the peloton," Dennis said. "You were always chasing or in single file going around a corner. The altitude gain wasn't that bad but I think the terrain was the real difficulty today."ADVERTISEMENT The 163.5km stage from Marbella started out to script, with a breakaway going clear on the first climb, the category 2 Puerto de Ojen, and getting an immediate gap. "At the start, I didn't feel too bad and we were riding pretty solidly. Of course, it wasn't easy but I was feeling comfortable with the pace and I thought maybe my legs would be better than I thought," Dennis said. "But, about two hours in, I really started to suffer and even sitting on the wheel I wasn't feeling great. I lasted for as long as possible and I was planning on trying to help at the end if I was needed but I just had nothing left in the tank." It didn't help that Team Sky and Movistar went to the front as the last of the breakaway riders were getting reeled in and upped the pace ahead of the final part of the closing circuit with some 30km to go. The surge split the peloton and Dennis and Porte both ended up on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde shows flying form with 10th Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde gave Movistar its first victory of the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa on Sunday, taking out stage 2 to Caminito del Rey over new race leader Michal Kwiatkowski.The win was the 120th career victory for the 38-year-old, and his 10th stage win in his home Grand Tour. The victory came after some aggressive pace-making by Movistar and Team Sky, which split the peloton before it even reached the long but shallow category 3 finishing climb, and signaled Valverde's return to form after a disappointing Tour de France. "Before the start, we already had clear instructions of going to the front with the whole team into the final circuit, because there were dangerous, narrow sections where you had to take over if you didn't want to get caught out of position,"Valverde said.ADVERTISEMENT There were indeed a number of contenders who were distanced - overnight leader Rohan Dennis and his BMC teammate RichiePorte lost 13:31, as did Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world championPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Others were dropped later, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) losing four minutes, Dan Martin (UAETeamEmirates) gave up 1:15, and others like Miguel Angel Lopez(Astana) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) conceded a handful of seconds. "The heat really hurt a lot of people,"Valverde said. "I was surprised to see so many riders dropping back though. Hearing on the radio that real contenders for this win were getting out of contention, we were more motivated about seeking for this victory." Quick-Step's Laurens De Plus lit up the finale with a searing attack with 1km to go and, though he didn't get a big gap, he continued to carve out time until the steep final pitch when Valverde and Kwiatkowski surged out of the chasing bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After Team Sky shattered the peloton in the closing stages of the Vuelta a Espaa's first mass-start stage on Sunday, Michal Kwiatkowski was hoping to finish off his teammates' hard work with a stage victory in Caminito del Rey. But the Polish champion was unable to counter the powerful uphill surge from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and had to settle for second place. Kwiatkowski missed out on winning the prologue by six seconds toBMC's Rohan Dennis, and even taking the race lead off the Australian was of little consolation after two near-misses in a row. "It's not the way I wanted to take the jersey, I was hoping to win the stage,"Kwiatkowski said according toTeamSky.com. "The team were amazing ahead of the finale but Valverde was very impressive. In his country, when he races La Vuelta, it's not easy to beat Alejandro. It's a bit disappointing but I'm the leader of La Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT Kwiatkowski did not need the time bonus to overtake Dennis in the overall classification, as the BMC rider was distanced when Team Sky and Movistar surged with 30km to go. Dennis ended up losing over 13 minutes on the stage, putting Kwiatkowski in the lead over Valverde by 14 seconds with Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman in third at 25 seconds. There is the real possibility that the Pole can hold onto the race lead for several more days, but a stage win is his overarching goal. "I'm happy about yesterday and about my shape today. Let's stay focused and try to win another one," he said. "I just want to celebrate this moment. La Vuelta is really long so I want to enjoy tonight and then racing in the red jersey tomorrow." Kwiatkowski had plenty of podium time after the stage, as he leads the points and combined classifications in addition to the overall. The team has big ambitions even if they lack the kind of obvious Grand Tour firepower that they brought to the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France withChrisFroome and GeraintThomas. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Short-handed Boels Dolmans win in Plouay with Amy Pieters
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) was all smiles on the GP de Plouay podium Saturday afternoon after sprinting to victory against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb). Normally one of the strongest teams in a race, the Boels Dolmans squad was short-handed from the get-go in Plouay. Due to illness, world champion Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta could not take the start, leaving the orange-clad team with only four riders.Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Karol-Ann Canuel, one of the team's designated leaders, had to abandon on the first of five laps. But the remaining three riders were strong enough to still leave their mark on the race and eventually take the victory. "We had a small team, but we said to each other 'we have to win today'," Pieters said after the finish. "Skylar [Schneider], Megan [Guarnier] and I raced really well together. We made it a hard race, and in the final it was down to Megan and me. Megan was really strong, she attacked several times in the final. I did not have to do anything, that was perfect for me. I could try to recover, was able to hang on and eventually won the sprint."ADVERTISEMENT On the finishing straight, Rivera was not quite sure which wheel to follow when Pieters launched her sprint. The US champion decided to stay in the slipstream of Vos and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and ended up close to the barriers. Although she was not entirely boxed in and still almost beat Vos for second place, Rivera admitted that a different decision in that split-second might have given her the victory. "In the sprint, I hesitated just a bit to change sides, and I think that cost me the win. But I am super proud of the girls for the effort we put into the race. When the race opened up in the last couple of laps, we were always in a position where we could win. Liane [Lippert] followed a huge attack the last time up the climb, and we both ended up in the front group. We will be back next year to move up to that top step." Cervlo-Bigla were probably the most active team of the day. Several times, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and her young understudy Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig went off the front of the peloton, trying to initiate a breakaway from 20 kilometres out. In the end, Moolman-Pasio finished eighth from the 15-rider front group. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos ends successful road season, will race full cyclo-cross calendar
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) called an end to her 2018 road season with a second place at the GP de Plouay and extending her lead in the UCIWomen's WorldTour with three events remaining. Choosing to skip the BoelsLadies Tour, Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Tour of Guangxi, Vos will instead shift to the cyclo-cross scene for her first full off-road season in three years. Vos will start with the TrekCXC UCIWorld Cup inWaterloo,Wisconsin, and take on the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa before heading back to Europe for a series of events: the Hotondcross, Superprestige Gieten, BernWorldCup, the Nacht van Woerden, RuddervoordeSuperprestige and the European championships.ADVERTISEMENT "I decided race cyclo-cross in September a while ago,"Vos said in a team press release. "I think it's good to do it differently from other years for once. The people who know me also know that I love 'cross. I have never ridden a whole winter in 'cross as an elite. The last time Idid was as a junior. "A first important goal is the European Championship in Rosmalen, in early November. For that, it is necessary that I ramp up enough race rhythm by racing 'cross every week." Vos will take a break after the European Championships to gear up for the remainder of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte: I should be better in the last week
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After enduring a bout of gastroenteritis in the days leading up to the Vuelta a Espaa, Richie Porte (BMC) was always likely to pay a price in the opening time trial in Malaga. The 8km test was his first race since abandoning the Tour de France on stage 9, and Porte placed 97th, 51 seconds down on stage winner and teammate Rohan Dennis. I think the lead up to a Grand Tour is always a little stressful and mine definitely hasn't been ideal so I am just glad to start the race really, Porte said. It was a pretty straightforward course with a couple of corners where you had to be a little more careful and it was a little bit slippery as there is obviously a lot of traffic on these roads normally. The climb wasn't much to worry about either. Porte arrived at the Tour de France among the favourites for overall victory after his triumph at the previous months Tour de Suisse. For the second year in succession, however, his challenge ended with a crash on stage 9, as he broke his collarbone in a fall on the road to Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The Australian revealed his intention to ride the Vuelta shortly afterwards, but since arriving in Spain, he has suggested that his primary aim over the coming three weeks is to prepare for the mountainous World Championships in Innsbruck next month. I didn't feel great today but I knew that I wasn't coming into the race in my best form. The Tour de France was bitterly disappointing and it's not been a straightforward run in for me but I look forward to building on my form especially for the UCI World Championships over the next three weeks, said Porte, who confirmed last week that he will move to Trek-Segafredo for the 2019 season. I know I am going to take a bit of a kicking over the first two weeks but I think I should be better in the last week. Mentally, it was hard to get over the crash in July and it wasn't easy to restart or find my momentum but I have still done some good training. I am definitely not as good as I was at the Tour but hopefully by the end, I can be in good shape. I would love to be able to take a stage win in the final week. It looks really hard on paper and that's my big motivation." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Australian rider Dennis wins time trial to start Vuelta
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MALAGA, Spain (AP) " Australian rider Rohan Dennis won the time trial on Stage One of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Michal Kwiatkowski of Sky grabbed an early advantage over other team leaders.Dennis powered his way through... More...
Cycling: George Bennett underway in tilt at Vuelta a Espana
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has rolled off the starting ramp for what could be a history-making Vuelta a Espana.At least, Bennett hopes it will be, with the ambitious rider out to achieve some firsts for New Zealand cycling. The... More...
Sky: Vuelta a Espana lead is possible for Kwiatkowski
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky turned in a strong global performance in the opening time trial stage of the Vuelta a Espana in Malaga, placing four riders in the top 20, including runner-up Michal Kwiatkowski. But if the win just eluded the British squad on Saturday, Sky's head sports director for the Vuelta promised they would fight for the lead on Sunday's uphill finish. Kwiatkowski came the closest of all the opposition to defeating Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), missing out by six seconds. But with time bonuses of ten, six and four seconds waiting at the finish of tomorrow's stage, as well as three-, two- and one-second bonuses in the intermediate sprints, there will be plenty of opportunities to unseat the Australian. Even as Saturday's stage was drawing to a close, Sky's management were already making calculations about the chances of Kwiatkowski repeating his brief spell in the Vuelta lead in 2016. "Michal did a perfect prologue, really good, no mistakes, so we should be happy, it's a good start," Team Sky directeur sportif Gabriel Rasch told Cyclingnews. "And tomorrow's finish is really good for Kwiato as well, so the red jersey [of leader] is definitely possible." He was more cagey about whether Kwiatkowski would or would not go for a GC placing in the Vuelta, saying "we'll take that on the day by day."ADVERTISEMENT Rasch said he was very satisfied with the way Sky's other riders had defended themselves on the time trial course, "Dylan [Van Baarle, fifth], Pavel [Sivakov, 38th], Tao [Geoghegan] Hart, 18th], Castro' [Jonathan Castroviejo, seventh] all did very well. David De La Cruz [81st] did a similar time to [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar), so he's in the game." De La Cruz himself was somewhat disappointed with his race, telling Spanish television afterwards that "it was a pity, I hoped to do better. I know that I always have a tough time on the first stage of a race, but I didn't expect to lose so much time. I know the form is good, I have to be optimistic. "I checked out the time trial the other day when the roads were open, this morning I did it twice to be sure of my line on the curves and then I looked at it on my computer. One important goal was not to crash, the other to stay close to the leaders. I was a little bit off the pace but it wasn't a total catastrophe." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis fulfils pre-race predictions to take Vuelta a Espana opening time trial
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) fulfilled widespread predictions that he would take the opening time trial of the Vuelta a Espaa on Saturday evening to claim his second Grand Tour lead of the 2018 season. In the process, the Australian once more captured the lead of the Vuelta on its first stage, just as he had done last August in the Vuelta's opening team time trial, and won his fifth individual time trial win of the season. It is also the third time in four years that BMC Racing Team had won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espaa, twice in team time trials and once in an individual event. Dennis admitted that Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) had run him a little closer than he would have liked, but his margin of six seconds over the Pole in such a short time trial was nonetheless a very solid one.ADVERTISEMENT "I was confident, but at the same time, when I saw his time, it made me a little nervous," he admitted. "I was hoping he wouldn't break 9:50," - which Kwiatkowski did by quite a margin, clocking 9:45 - "because I was confident I could get in the 9:40s but not super-confident could get in the 9:30s." As for his strategy on the eight kilometre Malaga course, Dennis said "I was thinking maybe the guys [opposition] were leaving too much in the tank and it made me realise the end of the race was really the top of the hill. So that was a six and a half minute effort. You couldn't take any more time out from there. You might lose one or two seconds but that's it. I just thought, go all in to the top." Dennis argued that rather than Saturday's win boding well for the Worlds TT, he would have to wait until stage 16 to be surer of his possibilities in Innsbruck. "That's a longer time trial, so it'll give me a much better indication," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Javier Otxoa dies aged 43 after long illness
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Spanish cycling was in mourning ahead of the Vuelta a Espaa as the news broke late on Friday that Javier Otxoa, the former professional rider, had died at 43 after a long illness. In terms of results, Otxoa was best known for having soloed to victory on the toughest mountain stage of the 2000 Tour, a rainy and foggy day finishing on Hautacam. Otxoas success was all the notable given he had broken away much earlier on the stage and managed to fend off a rampaging Lance Armstrong by 45 seconds, after the Texan attacked from the peloton on the final climb to the finish. However, tragedy was to strike less than a year later when, on 15 February 2001, Otxoa and his twin brother Ricardo, also a rider with the Kelme team, were hit by a car while training in southern Spain. Ricardo was killed instantly, while Javier was left in a coma, with four damaged vertebrae, and a crushed lung. It was initially impossible for police to identify the bodies, as the twins were not carrying ID at the time, looked identical, and were only a centimetre different in height. They were both 26 years old.ADVERTISEMENT Doctors reportedly wanted to disconnect Otxoas life support machine, but his parents opposed it " although El Correo reported that they went so far as to reserve a spot for Javier in the cemetery in Barakaldo next to his brother " and after 65 days, Javier finally awoke, albeit with major brain damage. In 2005, after a lengthy trial, the driver who hit the cyclists, and whose version of events differed radically from those of the police investigators, was penalised with a fine of 1,800 and had his driving licence revoked for a year. After awaking from his coma, Javier had to learn how to read, write and walk and sometimes needed instructions for even the simplest of activities, like how to get out of bed. Despite his injuries, he returned to racing in paracycling, taking two gold medals and two silvers in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. He would occasionally attend stages of the Vuelta a Espaa, too, to meet old friends and see the race pass by. Born in the Basque Country in Berango, Otxoa lived for much of his later life in the southern Spanish town of Alhaurin de la Torre with his parents. Alhaurin de la Torre is both very close to Cartama, where the 2001 accident happened, and is also where the Vuelta a Espaa, which begins in nearby Malaga today Saturday, will have a stage start on Monday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Skinner takes break from cycling but continues to target Tokyo 2020 Olympics
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Callum Skinner has revealed that he is taking a break from cycling but is planning to return in time to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Skinner was part of the Great Britains winning team sprint squad at the Rio Olympics, where he also took silver behind teammate Jason Kenny in the individual sprint. The Scot has not raced since April, when he claimed a bronze medal in the kilometre time trial at the Commonwealth Games. Skinner was not part of the British team at the recent European Championships, which took place in Glasgow. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday, Skinner admitted that he had struggled to maintain his motivation in the wake of the Rio Olympics, and he has opted to step away temporarily from the velodrome.ADVERTISEMENT I wasn't able to continue that upward trend, or momentum, that I found at the Olympic Games," Skinner told the BBC. Whether it was that the training wasn't quite right or my head wasn't in the right place or my motivation wasn't quite what it once was, I needed to take some time to step back and re-evaluate and see where to go from there. Although the 26-year-old Skinner is not currently training on the track, he is continuing to train to maintain muscle mass, which he described as the most important thing for a sprinter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis favourite to take first red jersey of Vuelta a Espana - Preview
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year on from the opening team time trial in Nmes, history could repeat itself this evening when Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) rolls down the start ramp on stage 1 of the the Vuelta a Espaa in Malaga. Winner of four time trials this year alone " not to mention the opening time trial at the 2015 Tour de France " Dennis claimed la roja of Vuelta race leader last year in France as first rider across the line in the BMC formation. On Saturday evening, as the Vuelta returns to much more familiar terrain " this is its 30th visit to the southern seaport of Malaga " the Australian champion is favourite to do so again, this time in an individual time trial. Dennis was the only BMC rider who checked out the route on Friday, before the roads were closed, with the rest of his team due to reconnoitre the course on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Its pretty straightforward, theres actually not too many points when its slow, Dennis told Cyclingnews. If you look at the map it looks like its going to be really technical, but the windiest part is all uphill, and there are minimal points, I believe, without seeing it fenced off, where you really need to brake. Exactly eight kilometres long, meaning time gaps between the favourites will be small, the route itself has three main segments: a four-kilometre ride through docklands and along the seafront, a short, fairly easy climb and descent, and then a final blast along two of Malagas most emblematic city centre streets, the broad Paseo del Parque and the pedestrianised Calle Marques de Larios. There is even a small section of pav, in this case broad slabs of pavement, in the final, slight rise to the finish. The sporting interest centres in how much time an out-and-out specialist will gain on the flat but perhaps lose on that ascent, but as Dennis told Cyclingnews, I think a pure time triallist will win, it wont be a climber. Riders named elsewhere as top candidates for the win include Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: George Bennett a chance as Vuelta wait is over
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Vuelta a Espana gets under way tomorrow morning " and the solitary Kiwi rider in the field, George Bennett, is in with a chance for a top showing. Niall Anderson runs through all the important and unimportant questions for the... More...
Cyclist Alec Tang tells Auckland motorists: 'Just stop with the awful driving'
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A cyclist almost knocked off his bike twice on the way home from work has a message for Auckland drivers: "Have some patience and compassion".Alec Tang shared on Twitter two close calls he had with inattentive and aggressive drivers... More...
Vuelta a Espana preview featuring Sagan, Yates, Porte and York - Podcast
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast " brought to you by our friends atPrendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Flyods of Leadville, the team of Philippa York, Patrick Fletcher and Daniel Benson preview the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa. We hear from Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott), and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), whilst also debating the chances for a number of the GC contenders. Porte arrives at the race with a minor illness but is leading BMC Racing in the final Grand Tour before the team disbands in the off-season. Can he keep a united ship or will riders put their personal ambitions above the team's?ADVERTISEMENT Simon Yates is looking to improve on his Giro d'Italia, where despite winning stages and leading the race, he fell away in the final stages. As for the road world champion, Sagan starts the Vuelta looking to win a stage as he builds up for the a Worlds defense later in the year. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) both head into the race with points to prove, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) flying under the radar, despite his impressive Grand Tour palmares. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) " third at the Giro d'Italia " also gets a mention, and there's a debate about whether Team Sky can mount another GC challenge despite the absence of both Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Our team of York and Fletcher then pinpoint the key stages and where the race will be won and lost, with York discussing the differences in style and tempo between the Vuelta, Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Garner, Stougje sign with Hitec Products for 2019
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Norwegian women's team Hitec Products - Birk Sport announced Friday on their social media channels that they have signed British riderLucy Garner and Dutch rider Chanella Stougje to their 2019 roster. Garner, 23, joins the team having raced with the Wiggle High5 program for three seasons. Wiggle High5 owner Rochelle Gilmore announced in July that she would not register the team next year, meaning that riders needed to find contracts elsewhere. It has recently been announced that Elisa Longo Borghini will be racing for the new Trek women's team next season. Before joining Wiggle High5 in 2016, Garner raced for the former Sunweb titles; Argos/Giant-Shimano and Liv-Plantur. Garner is a former two-time junior world champion, and as an elite rider has won stages at the Tour of Chongming Island and La Route de France. She has also had a series of podium finishes at Tour de Yorkshire, Ronde van Gelderland, GP de Dottignies and Dwars door de Westhoek.ADVERTISEMENT The team also announced signing Stougje, 22, who joins the team after spending the last four seasons with Parkhotel Valkenburg. This year, Stougje was 12th at Brugge-De Panne and 11th at Omloop van Borsele. In previous seasons, she has finished in the top 10 at the Diamond Tour, Erondegemse Pijl and she was third in a stage of the BeNe Ladies Tour. Hitec-Products made a public plea for extra funding in May over social media, saying that they were forced to reduce the number of events they could afford to participate in this season. They said that they were struggling to cover the increased costs of competing in the Women's WorldTour. The team asked social media followers to spread the word. They sent out a follow-up notice on social media one month later, letting the cycling community know that they had positive reactions and started a crowdfunding campaign. They have currently reached 7,000 of their 50,000 goal. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte: I'm nowhere near what I was in the Tour
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte said he felt "weaker" than before being hit by gastroenteritis on Thursday, but the BMC Racing leader insisted that he would be present at the Vuelta a Espaa start line on Saturday in Malaga. Speaking to journalists outside the team hotel near Malaga, before he and his teammates started on a training ride this Friday morning, Porte - looking a little paler than usual but as determined as ever - said he "should be able to find my legs come Sunday." The idea that he would ride for the Vuelta's general classification, Porte repeated, was one that neither he nor his team had ever argued was feasible. "You hear of yourself being one of the [Vuelta] favourites but I dont feel like that," he said. "I'm certainly nowhere near what I was in the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Porte explained that the gastroenteritis "started this time yesterday [morning] in a training ride, which I had to cut short, had a pretty rough day, then I could sleep most of the afternoon, you never like to miss press conferences and team presentations but I was really not in a state to go and attend that." Prior to the late setback, Porte said his build-up to the Vuelta had not been ideal. The Spanish Grand Tour is his first race since the Tour de France, where he crashed out on stage 9 injured. "I had a bit of time off the bike after the Tour, the Tour was terribly disappointing, it takes its mental toll, it hasn't been a great run-in. Hopefully well come out of the Vuelta in better nick than going in." As if to underline his 'non-favourite' status, Porte will be first man off for BMC in the opening time trial, and will roll down the start ramp as the 19th rider of the Vuelta peloton. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kittel to have health checks after Deutschland Tour abandon
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marcel Kittel(Katusha-Alpecin) has said that he will have health checks after he abandoned his second consecutive race this month. Having already abandoned the BinckBank Tour, the German dropped out of his home Deutschland Tour following the opening stage. "I'm very sad that I had to leave @deutschlanddeinetour after stage 1," Kittel wrote on social media. "After BinckBank Tour I didn't feel good and well recovered and I need to get a full health check now to know what is going on. I will keep you updated." Kittel has had a torrid season altogether, with just two victories to his name at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. There were some promising signs at the start of the Tour de France but he stopped even contesting sprints in the latter part of the first week, with lead-out man Rick Zabel taking up the mantle from his compatriot.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, Kittel would leave the Tour after stage 11, missing the time cut along with Dimension Datas Mark Cavendish. An interview given during the race by his directeur sportif Dimitri Konyshev in LEquipe hinted at strained relations within the Katusha stable. However, Kittel dismissed rumours that he was looking to leave the team and, a month later, he returned to racing action at the BinckBank Tour harbouring hopes he could salvage something from the wreckage of his season. Again, there were hints that something might be around the corner with second place in the opening stage. Successive breakaway successes meant that he wouldnt get another chance to sprint before he climbed off his bike midway through the penultimate stage. "There is not one reason you can point to as to why it hasn't always worked. It's a complicated sport. So many factors play a role that it's hard to find one particular one that was really bad. We are just trying to improve in every aspect," Kittel had told Cyclingnews two days before his abandon. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Movistar aiming for overall triumph in Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana has made it clear that he and Movistar will be gunning for outright victory in the Vuelta a Espaa, an objective which many of the other nominal favourites during the race countdown have diluted with their World Championships goals. "I'm here to go for the overall victory," Quintana told Spanish sports daily AS on Friday in no uncertain terms. The Colombian also made it clear, AS said, that he preferred to be sole leader of the team, as he will be in the Vuelta a Espaa, rather than sharing that status with other teammates, as he did in the Tour de France. "I like this approach more and I will assume the position of overall leader every time the team ask me to do so," Quintana told the paper.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quintana won a prestigious mountain stage of the Tour de France this July, he did not have a major impact in the battle for the overall, let alone win. But rather than be discouraged by this below-expectations result in July, Quintana has gone for 'double or quits', saying that his and Movistar's objective is to set their disappointing Tour de France record straight in the Vuelta. "We couldn't win [the Tour] and that was the big goal, even though we got a stage and the teams classification, and I'm here [in Spain] to go for the victory," Quintana said. Rather than avoid pressure, as many of the other contenders seem to be doing, Quintana shrugged off the extra-high level of expectations that automatically brings. "I don't mind being tipped as favourite," the former winner of both the Giro d'italia and Vuelta a Espaa said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2019 Vuelta a Espana to start in Alicante region with time trial
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2019 Vuelta a Espaa will start in the easterly coastal region of Alicante, it was announced on Friday. The last time the Spanish Grand Tour started in Alicante was in 2011, when it began in the popular tourist location of Benidorm with a team time trial. After avoiding the region completely in 2018, the 2019 Vuelta will have three stages in the area, the first in the large coastal town of Torrevieja, with a stage based around the towns famous saltwater - and salt making - lagoons.ADVERTISEMENT The first stage will be a time trial, but the routes of the following two stages in the region have yet to be decided. "Its an area with very varied terrain and we have lots to choose from," argued Vuelta director Javier Guilln during the press conference in Mlaga. As recently as 2016, the Vuelta concluded its mountainous stages with an ascent to Aitana in the Alicante region. As is traditional in the Vuelta, next years start was announced during the countdown to this years opening stage, also a time trial. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bookwalter signs for Mitchelton-Scott
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After spending his entire career with the BMC Racing Team, Brent Bookwalter is set to move to Mitchelton-Scott next season. The 34-year-old is the first American to sign for the men's team since their inception in 2012. Bookwalter turned professional in 2008, joining the BMC Racing team when they were in their second year and still racing at Pro Continental level. He has stayed with them since then, turning into a solid support rider who has also been given his own opportunities. His best results have come in his native USA, with podium places at the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2013 and fourth overall at last years Tour of California.ADVERTISEMENT Bookwalter joins a long list of riders departing BMC following their lengthy hunt for a 2019 sponsor. After 11 seasons in the same set-up, it is a chance for Bookwalter to test himself in a new environment. "I have been fortunate to have a long and steady career at the same organisation," Bookwalter said in a team press release. "I really enjoyed that and I think both sides have really benefited from that but I felt like I am getting up there in age, I will be 35 next year, and I am always looking to keep improving, keep things exciting and stay motivated and inspired so I just felt it was time for a switch in scenery and environment. Im optimistic and confident that will enhance the motivation, be a breath of fresh air and maximise the upcoming seasons. "I have always looked at Mitchelton-Scott and respected the team on a performance level but I have also seen the culture and comradery between the guys on the road, how they ride with each other and for each other, which I think has positively impacted their results and performances significantly." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
With Froome absent, Quintana favored to win Spanish Vuelta
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome's decision not to defend his Spanish Vuelta title and fitness concerns for other top cyclists leaves Nairo Quintana in position to claim the Grand Tour for a second time.Quintana beat Froome... More...
Nationality confusion forces Zabelinskaya out of Asian Games
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) " One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya's bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan " she won't be competing at the Asian Games.Zabelinskaya has been... More...
Vuelta a Espana team presentation - Gallery
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The stars of the Vuelta a Espaa were on display at the team presentation held in Malaga on Thursday. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Simon and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) waved to the crowds from the stage while also stopped to take pictures and sign autographs with fans outside the presentation area. The third Grand Tour of the season will get underway on Saturday with an 8km time trial in Malaga. This Vuelta is considered one of the toughest withnine summit finishes and two individual time trials. There are six flat stages and four mid-mountain days, but the bulk of the climbing comes during the end of the second week.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the challenges ahead, the riders and teams looked to be in a relaxed atmosphere as they sat and waited for the presentation at small tables and outside benches, mixing and mingling with one another. View the gallery of images from the Vuelta a Espaa team presentation above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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