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Giro d'Italia 2017 stage one begins as Google celebrate 100th edition of grand tour in Italy with doodle
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
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Pinot downplays overall aspirations ahead of debut Giro d'Italia
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot's preparation for his debut Giro d'Italia has largely gone to plan since his announcement in the winter. However, despite claiming a win and finishing second overall at the Tour of the Alps late last month the Frenchman from FDJ is downplaying his overall hopes on the eve of the 100th Giro. The death of Michele Scarponi the morning after the Tour of the Alps, where the Italian had won his first race since 2013, and less than ideal training conditions see the 26-year-old lessening his expectations of the race. "I've had a few difficult days after the Tour of the Alps," said Pinot of the race where he also won a stage. "Emotionally, I've been down for a couple of days because of the tragic death of Michele Scarponi, someone I appreciated a lot. I've also had troubles for training due to the bad weather."ADVERTISEMENT Making his Grand Tour debut at the 2012 Tour de France, winning a memorable stage and finishing tenth overall, Pinot has gone on to taste the highs and lows of the life as a GC rider at the three-week races. Third overall and best young rider jersey at the Tour in 2014 was followed by a DNF at the Vuelta a Espaa and his last two Tour's have been far from ideal. Pinot is aiming to kick start his GC ambitions at the Giro and therefore stayed away from hyperbole when stating his intentions 24 hours out from stage 1. "This is my first participation in the Giro dItalia. Maybe I'll need a few before I can win the overall. I come here after two failures on GC at the Tour de France but regardless of what happened in July last year, I already had decided to take part in the 100th Giro one and half years ago," said Pinot. Despite talking down his chances, Pinot has enjoyed a successful outing on Italian soil thus far in 2017. Third place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, ninth at Strade Bianche, and his recent Tour of the Alps result all point to smooth run in. Assisted by a stage win and third place overall at the Ruta de Sol. Pinot's early season form of 2016 amounted to little by the Tour as he was struck down by illness. While he appears to be in form and good condition, Pinot spoke of himself as his "biggest opponent" when assessing his overall rivals. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
SRM introduces Origin power meter
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar SRM has a new three-piece power meter crank system called Origin that's designed to work with a variety of frame/bottom bracket setups. The new design has moved away from adding SRM spiders to existing cranksets. Notably, since Shimano announced plans to sell its own power meter, SRM will not be producing new crank-based systems from the Japanese component giant.ADVERTISEMENT Through a partnership with Look, SRM now has a three-piece system that consists of spindle, spider and crankarm. The new system comes in two spider sizes: 110BCD for road and 104BCD for MTB Device Agent analysis updates Still the benchmark? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prescription for a healthier Auckland
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Indicators which signal Auckland's collective health are flashing amber. A new snapshot of the region's health status shows too many adults are overweight or obese, diets are short of fruit and vegetables, and too few of us walk... More...
Quintana kicks off attempt at rare Giro-Tour double
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Nairo Quintana is attempting to do what Alberto Contador couldn't.The Colombian is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year.Contador... More...
Bora-hansgrohe ready for 2017 Giro d'Italia challenge
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
German WorldTour Bora-hansgrohe line out for its debut Giro d'Italia Friday in Sardinia with its two leaders Sam Bennett and Patrick Konrad ready to challenge for stage wins and the GC. Bora-hansgrohe have ridden the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana as a wild card team with the Giro it's first Grand Tour as a WorldTour team. As the Pro-Continental NetApp squad, the team also rode the 2012 edition of the Giro. Christian Pmer, chief sports director for Bora-hansgrohe at the Giro, will be aiming to deliver Bennett to stage wins across the three-week race while balancing the GC aspirations of Konrad in his second Grand Tour.ADVERTISEMENT "Our goal for this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia is to go for stage victories, for the GC we will take it day by day. I think we have some really good opportunities with Sam Bennett and Matteo Pelucchi in the sprints," Pmer said. "Sam proved in Paris " Nice that he is an excellent sprinter and some stages in this year's Giro suit him very well. But we will also try to win stages with Patrick Konrad in the mountains. Patrick had a good preparation for this Grand Tour and he is very motivated to make his mark in this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia." Bennett comes into the race off the back of a training camp and 22nd place in a wet and cold Eschborn-Frankfurt. With his confidence boosting Paris-Nice stage in the pocket, the Irishman is looking for an early win. "I am looking forward to this Giro d'Italia, it's the 100th edition which is very special to be part of," Bennett said. "My preparations went pretty good with the altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada, where I could do my training very individually this time. Of course, my goal is to win a stage. After my first WorldTour win in Paris-Nice, I am ready to take my first stage in a Grand Tour." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Junior TT champ McNulty returns to racing after broken hip - News Shorts
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Reigning junior time trial wold champion Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) returned to racing Wednesday after an eight-week recovery from a fractured hip he suffered at the Volta ao Alentejo in February. McNulty finished fifth in the opening time trial at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Southern California on Wednesday, covering the 11.3km course in 14:44, just four seconds off the winning time of Romanian champion Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis). UnitedHealthcare's Gavin Mannion and Alex Cataford, along with Silber's Nigel Ellsay, finished ahead of McNulty. Wednesday result was a solid performance for the rider who has been out of competition since February 25 when he hit the deck hard during stage 3 of the race in Portugal. McNulty finished the stage but was in too much pain to start the following day. An initial X-ray taken in Portugal revealed a fractured pelvis, and the 18-year-old American flew home to Phoenix, Arizona, to see a specialist, who confirmed the injury.ADVERTISEMENT McNulty won the rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar last October with a time that would have earned a bronze medal in the U23 race. In two years with the USA Cycling junior national team, McNulty built an impressive international palmars that includes third place at the 2015 junior time trial world championship in Richmond. Rim takes Cycling Academy's first win of 2017 Mat training in Sierra Nevadas ahead of California Racism flares up at Romandie, Froome's form, and Giro picks - podcast You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Domenico Pozzovivo motivated for 100th Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The veteran of ten prior Giro d'Italia's, Domenico Pozzovivo is looking to make his mark on the 100th running of the Corsa Rosa. While Pozzovivo missed the 2009 Giro, marking 100 year's since the Italian Grand Tour was first held, he is motivated for the Giro 100 as AG2R-La Mondiale's general classification leader. The 34-year-old may still be searching for his first win of the season, third place overall at the Tour of the Alps along with tenth place at Tirreno-Adriatico and ninth at Abu Dhabi Tour has Pozzovivo in a confident mood. "We will be starting not only a very important race for cycling, but a very important event for all of Italy," said the 2012 stage 8 winner. "There is a bit of a holiday atmosphere here in Sardinia, and it's a good chance to take advantage of the tranquillity of the island before the beginning of the race. This will be a wonderful start to the Giro."ADVERTISEMENT After three top-ten overall results between 2012 and 2014, Pozzovivo started the 2015 Giro aiming for a high overall result. However, after losing time in the first few stages, Pozzovivo crashed out the race. He recovered from the predominately head injuries, to finish in 11th place overall at the Vuelta a Espaa. 20th last year at the Giro suggests Pozzovivo can again be an animator of the race but he believes the first week will be crucial in setting up the general classification. "The first week will be crucial for the overall standings," he said of the Giro start which takes in Sardinia and Sicilybefore hitting the mainland. "The Sardinian roads can be tricky and we will climb Mount Etna as soon as we arrive in Sicily on the 4th day (Cefal - Etna). I believe that the 9th stage (Montenero di Bisaccia " Blockhaus) will give us a good overview of which riders are in with a shot." Pozzovivo adds that once through the first week, the mountain packed third week will be the real challenge but he is confident in his form and the team AG2R-La Mondiale have selected in support of his aims. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dumoulin: I'd sign now for a podium finish in the Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year after his triumphant start to the 2016 Giro d'Italia in front of home crowds in the Netherlands, Tom Dumoulin's start to this May's edition of the Grand Tour may be more low-key - but his overall goals are far more ambitious. As the 26-year-old from Maastricht told Cyclingnews earlier this year, after his breakthrough overall result and performance in the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa, taking sixth, last season Dumoulin pressed pause on his Grand Tour GC ambitions. That didn't stop him taking a narrow but hugely popular win in Apeldoorn a year last May when the Giro d'Italia kicked off on home soil, and remaining in the lead, barring one day, for the whole of the first week. Then there was a memorable win in the atrocious weather conditions in Andorra in the Tour de France of course, and again in the mid-race time trial, prior to a forced abandon after a crash in the Alps. This time round, the Netherlands-born rider is hoping the last week of the Giro d'Italia will be a different story to the final third of his previous two Grand Tours, although Dumoulin is careful to set the bar only so high. Although not ruling out the pink jersey - who would? - the Team Sunweb leader confirmed Wednesday that if he could sign on the dotted line a guarantee he'd be riding into Milano's finish line, anywhere on the final podium of the Giro, he'd be reaching for a pen right now.ADVERTISEMENT "Normally, winning here for me would be really difficult, I'd need my best shape ever and a little bit of luck," Dumoulin said. "My favourite is [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar Team). In the last few months he's been showing that even when he's on 95 percent of his top form, he's still always playing for the win." "A guy like me or Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), if we're on 95 percent then we don't compete for the win anymore." Nor does he view himself as likely to be turning the tables at the last minute and blowing the race apart like a certain Italian did last year in the Giro: "A guy like [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is always dangerous. Last year, I didn't think he'd win the Giro d'Italia, but he still did. You never know with him." But on the plus side, Dumoulin is where he wants to be as the Giro approaches and that, given the novelty of building specifically for GC in a Grand Tour, is no small success in itself. His overall condition, he says, is "pretty good. The preparation went well, I'm in a good place mentally and physically. I just want to experience the Giro and fight for GC in three weeks." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Haga enters uncharted waters with unprecedented Giro d'Italia build-up
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) is a familiar face at the Giro d'Italia " 2017 will be his third in as many years " but the 28-year-old Texan says hes heading into uncharted waters in this year's race. But not so much by what's coming up, as to what preceded it. Riding two three-week races for the first time in his career in 2016 was already a new landmark in Haga's four-and-a-bit year professional career. But his build-up to this year's Giro d'Italia is, Haga tells Cyclingnews on Wednesday, "different from any Grand Tour I've done before." "It was not as much racing and I've never done altitude training right before the Giro d'Italia, either. Before, they [altitude training sessions] have been late in the season or just by being in Colorado. So I've had a very focused program to be very good here in the Giro.ADVERTISEMENT "I've not had so much racing either, that was planned from the start. My first focus was Tirreno-Adriatico to support Tom there, but not much racing beforehand. I had to be with Tom [Dumoulin] at altitude" " ten days in the Sierra Nevada and ten days on the Teide in the Canary Islands " "and come here hopefully ready to rumble." The Mount Etna uphill finish coming so early, he says, means that hitting the ground running in this year's Giro was never going to be a bad idea. "I'm not a pure climber but I'll support the mountain riders and Tom's GC bid in that area as far as I can and leave them to the final kilometres." There will be some voyages in the dark in the mountains, too, for Haga, given the only climb he knows beforehand in this year's Giro is the Mortirolo, which the race tackled in 2015. However, whilst he will be as curious as anyone to see how his different Giro approach works out on the climbs, his predilection for time trialing is no secret. The depth of his effort in the Giro's mid-race time trial may well depend on how well Dumoulin's GC bid is going and if he needs to save his legs. But he is definitely looking forward to emptying the tank in the final race against the clock in Milan, when Dumoulin will not be needing his support the day after. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks after Italian racially abused FDJ's Kevin Reza
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The incident occurred after the finish of Friday's stage three of the Tour de Romandie, which was won by Sky's Elia Viviani More...
Third Eschborn-Frankfurt victory for Kristoff
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following an underwhelming classics campaign, Alexander Kristoff bounced back in Germany with his third career Eschborn-Frankfurt victory. The Norwegian was assisted by German teammate Rick Zabel in the finale with the duo recording a one-two finish for Katusha-Alpecin in the wet and cold conditions. "This was the coldest one I can remember. It was quite cold with the rain all day. I took off my jacket and rode the last three laps without it, but I was regretting it the whole way. It was very cold today, but the same guys as usual were still there fighting for victory," said Kristoff who previously won the race in 2014 and 2016. Although the win was Kristoff's first at WorldTour level since the 2015 edition of GP Ouest France-Plouay, it was his seventh of the season. While Kristoff had an edge over his sprint rivals at the race knowing how to win, he explained that he though his race could be overADVERTISEMENT "I was a little bit dropped on the last climb but I had a strong team around me to pull me back. Without them I would have had no chance. We came back just before the laps and Rick was guiding me through the corners at the end and he did a perfect lead out for me and ended up second himself," he explained. "Luckily he was my teammate in those last few k's because otherwise I think he would have won the race! Earlier Tony Martin and Angel Vicioso and also team Bora Hansgrohe were working with us. Then at the end Nils Politt and Zabel took over. It was a big team effort to get back on the front that enabled me to sprint for the victory. We are really happy and it was a great performance." For Zabel, it was his best result yet since making the move across from BMC to Katusha. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of the Battenkill cancelled
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After what may have been the shortest-ever appearance on the UCI calendar, the Tour of the Battenkill has been cancelled, according to an email race promoter Dieter Drake sent to teams on Monday. In a copy of the email sent to Cyclingnews by one of the team directors, Drake wrote simply "Cancelled. Good luck." Drake confirmed in a separate email to Cyclingnews that the race has been cancelled, but he declined to comment. The one-day race in upstate New York last took place for professional riders in 2012, but organisers dropped the UCI event and focused on a gran fondo in the ensuing years. Drake announced on April 1 that the race would return this year, however, taking the date vacated by the cancelled Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.ADVERTISEMENT "I spoke to the folks at Philadelphia, the race director Robin Mortin, and she gave us her blessing," Drake told Cyclingnews when he announced the UCI race. "We'll have a men's and women's race and they'll both be 1.2 on the UCI calendar. "We saw a lot of cancellations, Philadelphia being the biggest, and we decided to come back because we put something together on short notice," Drake said at the time. "Also our budget doesn't even compare to a race like Philadelphia. We have the capabilities, the infrastructure and the people to do it." The race's return to the UCI schedule was welcome news, especially after the Philadelphia cancellation as well as the inaugural Commonwealth Classic scheduled for Virginia in August. Some teams appeared to have balked, however, at Drake's attempt to get them to pony up $5,000 sponsorship "inscription" for the men's teams and $4,000 for the women. " Nicola Cranmer (@nicolacranmer) April 11, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hamish Bond takes year off rowing to cycle Europe
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hamish Bond's desire to push himself to discover the extent of his sporting abilities will take him to Europe on a cycling mission this year.With his longtime coxless pair partner Eric Murray having retired, Bond is contemplating... More...
Stefan Kueng wins chilly Tour of Romandie stage
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AP) " Stefan Kueng won a shortened Tour of Romandie stage Thursday that started on snow-lined roads, ended in chilling rain and left the top of the overall standings unchanged.The Swiss rider outlasted Andriy... More...
Masters Games: 94-year-old races, carefully, to victory
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As Reg Rye stood on the side of the Cambridge Avantidrome track and waved to his adoring crowd, a dream was realised.New Zealand's oldest competitor at the World Masters Games 2017 had just completed eight laps of the 250-metre... More...
Albasini wins another Romandie stage; Felline retains lead
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AP) " Michael Albasini won his seventh career Tour of Romandie stage on Wednesday, and Fabio Felline of Italy retained the overall lead.The 36-year-old Swiss sprinted through rain and light fog on a mountain... More...
Livestrong revenue dropped again in 2015, trending up now
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The Livestrong cancer charity saw a fundraising and contributions nosedive in 2015 for a third straight year after founder Lance Armstrong's performance-enhancing drug scandal.Livestrong's most recent federal... More...
Clouds loom but County2Coast set to be bright
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There is plenty of enthusiasm already emerging in the countdown to the great Hawke's Bay Today County2Coast event, with the only cloud over the popular recreational and competitive outing being the chance of clouds.The forecast... More...
Italy's Felline wins Tour of Romandie prologue for Scarponi
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Fabio Felline of Italy won the Tour of Romandie prologue and dedicated his victory to compatriot Michele Scarponi, whose funeral was taking place on Tuesday.In a post-race interview, Felline said his best... More...
Masters Games: Marathon champs turn mountain biking masters
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A pair of Kiwi long-distance legends have turned their attentions to a different pursuit.Rod Dixon and Allison Roe were at Woodhill Forest in Auckland to compete in the mountain biking at the World Masters Games, decades after they... More...
Biker's long trek a salute to big bro
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lewis Brindley owes his love of mountain biking to his big brother.But in August last year Neil Brindley, 32, took his own life in England, devastating his family.Lewis Brindley, 27, has now found a way to reflect on his life... More...
Scarponi funeral to take place Tuesday, thousands visit body
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FILOTTRANO, Italy (AP) " The funeral of former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi will be on Tuesday in his hometown of Filottrano, near Ancona.Scarponi, who won the Giro in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training... More...
Belgian star Serge Pauwels wins Tour de Yorkshire to claim first career victory aged 33
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Dimension Data rider, attacked off the top of the Cote de Wigtwizzle in the final 22 kilometres of the 194.5km stage from Bradford More...
First stage of Tour de Yorkshire marred by mass pile-up after huge crash just metres from finish
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire ahead of Australian Caleb Ewa More...
Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke hit with 41-month driving ban for being twice the drink driving limit
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
A test showed he had 165mg of alcohol in his blood – the legal limit is just 80mg More...
Former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi, 37, dead after crash during training
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Scarponi was training close to his home in Filottrano when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle More...
Quintana shows pre-Giro d'Italia form with Vuelta Asturias stage win
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana's successful 2017 season continued at the Vuelta Asturias with the Movistar rider winning the queen stageto confirm his form and condition ahead of the 100th Giro d'Italia. The 2014 Giro winner won the snowy stage to Alto del Acebo ahead of Raul Alacron (W52/FC Porto) and sits second overall with one stage to come. The UCI 2.1 Spanish stage race is Quintana's first race on European soil since a training block at home in Colombia and final preparation event for the Giro, starting Saturday in Sardinia. Quintana is aiming for a Giro/Tour de France double and already in 2017 has enjoyed general classification wins at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Tirreno-Adriatico. The 27-year-old explained that his sensations from the stage win have boosted his confidence and will aim to claim the overall Monday. "I'm really satisfied with how things went, with my preparations and this victory, too. I felt my legs responding well to all that we did before coming back to Europe - we're on the right path to tackle that big challenge in front of us successfully," Quintana explained. "For me, coming to Asturias has already been satisfactory. Let's hope we can finish things off tomorrow in one piece. It was a really cold day, also a dangerous one since we had to go through all those wet descents. We all really suffered, it was tough - yet we're sort of getting used to these days. It's been quite a few times now where we had to finish on top of a mountain covered in snow, after getting through foul conditions."ADVERTISEMENT Read more on this article Quintana turns focus to Giro d'Italia after Tirreno-Adriatico win Tour de France favourites: form ranking Quintana: Nibali is my biggest rival for the Giro d'Italia Quintana: We couldn't have asked for more in build-up to Giro-Tour double Dreaming the impossible dream: Quintana's bid for Giro-Tour glory Giro d'Italia 2017 provisional start list Quintana, who has built a reputation as a rider for the cold and snow, added that his brother Dayer played an important role on the slopes of the climb. "I just followed the wheels into the first part of the climb, well supported by my team, and when the real selection got formed, I sent Dayer forward to try and tear things apart a little bit more," he added. "Once the group was all the strung out I wanted, I went on my own pace, took Alarcn on my wheel and sought for the stage win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Home town boy triumphs in Rotorua
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The crowds were on their feet chanting his name and fist pumping the air, as Rotorua local Keegan Wright won the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Rockshox against the undefeated Pump Track World Champion.Wright,... More...
'Cycle train' gets green light
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An ingenious Kiwi venture that fixes bicycles to a disused section of the Napier to Gisborne railway line has been given the green light.Railbike Adventures director Geoff Main said he believes the project, on a 90-kilometre stretch... More...
inCycle: The legend of the Muur
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This episode of inCycle takes viewers to the famous slopes of the Muur ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders, anticipating the race-making moves that will inevitably take place there during the 101st running of the cycling Monument. The inCycle crew also takes a look at the future of cycling with Alberto Contador's U23 team Polartec, but first they chat with Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) about her preparations before Gent-Wevelgem.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson sought meeting with panel investigating British Cycling
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an independent panel looking into allegations of sexism and bullying at British Cycling drafted a critical report, UCI President and former head of the British federation Brian Cookson sought an interview with the panels members, according to a recent report in The Guardian. British Cycling and UK Sport set up the five-member panel last year to look into the allegations first raised by former Olympic track sprinter Jess Varnish. A copy of the initial draft report that was finished late last year and was leaked to the British media earlier this month was extremely critical of British Cyclings culture of winning at all cost. The Guardian reported that Cookson was apparently disappointed that he was not given a chance to defend the federation to the panel. Correspondence obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Press Association revealed that panel chairwoman Annamarie Phelps amended her initial report to include a subsequent interview with Cookson and a number of new submissions.ADVERTISEMENT The Guardian reported that the new submissions were related to several contributions the panel received after its original cut-off of 30 November from people with a more positive take on life within the Great Britain cycling team, as a lack of balance in the draft had been flagged up by British Cyclings board. Meanwhile, the official release of the final report has been delayed several times because of legal wrangling among the stakeholders about how much would be public. Concerns over the privacy of those who were interviewed were raised, while Phelps wanted to ensure the report faithfully reflects the panels findings. Timeline: The British Cycling sexism and discrimination crisis Phelps also warned UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl and British Cycling board member Marian Lauderany that any further direction from the boards would potentially undermine the independence of the report, according to The Guardian. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves overcomes knee injury but skips Pais Vasco
March 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Orica-Scott has confirmed that Esteban Chaves will miss next weeks Vuelta Ciclista al Pas Vasco, having recently returned to training after a knee injury. The Colombian climber, 27, is hoping to challenge Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the Tour de France later this summer. Chaves has not raced since the Herald Sun Tour in February and he was looking to line up for Pas Vasco next week. However, a bout of tendonitis has scuppered his early season programme. The Volta a Catalunya was scratched for the climbers schedule earlier in March and the Tour of Romandie in late April may also be out of the picture after a lay-off that has lasted several weeks. Chaves kick started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he finished second overall. The Sun Tour, and ninth overall, followed but he was absent from the Colombian nationals after the knee injury flared up for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really disappointed to miss the national championships tomorrow, he said at the time. I was looking forward to making my elite debut in my home town. But it is a long season and we needed to take the decision to fix any little problems now so we can continue with the plan this year without trouble." With Orica not racing a full programme of stage races in " other than the Giro dItalia " Chaves could return to racing in June, at the Critrium du Dauphin, and although he is no stranger to blocks of non-competitive cycling during the season the team are hoping to ease him back into racing. The plan is for him to remain in Colombia for the next few weeks as he builds his stamina and finds form. Cyclingnews understands that the team and medical staff have taken a cautious approach with the Tour de France still the main target. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Recon Ride: Tour of Flanders - Podcast
March 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The hype has been building through tune-up race after tune-up race, but the Tour of Flanders is finally here this Sunday. The biggest event on the Flemish cycling calendar, it might as well be a national holiday " and from an exciting racing standpoint, it rarely disappoints. Defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and a seemingly unstoppable Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) are the red-hot favourites for a high-calibre showdown on some of cycling's most famous Classics climbs, including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, back for the 2017 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT The Recon Ride takes a closer look at the route and the start list " with some pro insight from rising star Oliver Naesenof AG2R La Mondiale "ahead of De Ronde. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crankworx visitor's warning to others after bike stolen at mountain biking festival in Rotorua
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A tourist in town for Crankworx has been left gutted after her bike was stolen - as police warn festival visitors that mountain bikes are a "hot item" for Rotorua's thieves. Mea Bishop travelled from the South Island with her daughter,... More...
Gaviria shifts gears to focus on Giro d'Italia debut
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has put the Classics in the rearview mirror and will now return home to Colombia to begin the build-up to his Giro d'Italia debut, according to an update posted on the team's website Tuesday. Gaviria, 22, finished fifth at Milan-San Remo and ninth at Gent-Wevelgem, in addition to being a part of Quick-Step's race-winning lineup at Dwars door Vlaanderen. With those one-day appearances in the bag, he is turning the page from his short Classics campaign and looking ahead to his first ever Grand Tour start in Italy this May. "Fernando made another step in his apprenticeship in the one-day races, and now the time has come for him to recover and focus on the Giro d'Italia," said Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere via a team release. "We consider his first part of the season a successful one: He racked up four wins and was in the top 10 at both Classics he's done.ADVERTISEMENT "By going home now, he will have plenty of time to take benefit of the altitude in native Colombia and build a nice training schedule for the Giro, which will mark another step in his development." Sprinter-friendly days in stage races have been a productive environment for Gaviria in his young career. His four victories thus far in 2017 have all come in one-week events, including a WorldTour level triumph at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this month. Although his Classics appearances did not yield any personal victories, the Colombian and his team are content with the progress he showed surviving long days on the bike to deliver respectable sprint results. "It's been a nice experience to be again part of Quick-Step Floors' Classics team," Gaviria said. "Finishing San Remo in the top five and coming ninth at Gent-Wevelgem was really special. I got to learn better the roads of Belgium and to understand how things work in these races. I wish my teammates all the best for Flanders and Roubaix, and I hope Tom [Boonen] will get his fifth Roubaix. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia legends welcome Hinault to Hall of Fame - Gallery
March 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bernard Hinault was officially inducted into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame Tuesday in a ceremony at Milan's Teatro Gerolamo. Hinault claimed the pink jersey three times in his career, winning the Giro overall titles in 1980, 1982 and 1985. In 1982 and 1985 he also won the Tour de France, putting him among the exclusive company of riders who have won both Grand Tours in the same year "and the even more exclusive company of riders to do it twice. Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Fausto Coppi are history's only other riders to achieve the Giro-Tour double on more than one occasion.ADVERTISEMENT "It is an honor to receive my induction into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame. The Giro is one of the races I have loved the most in my career and I continue to love this race, its passion and its fans," Hinault said. "All the foreign riders who have come to Italy for the Giro always respected the race and give everything to win it. The Giro d'Italia was, and always will be, a very high level international race that everyone wants to win. "The Maglia Rosa is symbolic, a history in itself. It has a value and it is fantastic to try to earn it on every race day. For me the Maglia Rosa has the same value as the other important jerseys that I have worn, such as the Rainbow Jersey or the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France." With his induction, the Frenchman became one of just six riders on the Giro's honour roll, joining the company of Merckx, Ercole Baldini, Felice Gimondi, Stephen Roche and Francesco Moser. He had a pair of riders in mind when asked who he thought deserved the honour next. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel... More...
Teen with broken neck battling for life after bike accident
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cooper Snowdon knew it was bad as soon as he came off his bike.The 16-year-old was mountain biking with his older brother, Geordie, at Kowhai Park in Whanganui on March 21 when he went over a jump wrong, landed on his head and broke... More...
Naesen focused on Tour of Flanders after E3 podium
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following his surprising podium finish in E3 Harelbeke last week, Belgian Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) is focused on Sunday's Tour of Flanders as his next chance to put a Classics win under his belt. The 26-year-old, who raced for IAM Cycling last year, found himself in an envious-yet-difficult spot in E3 Harelbeke when he made the final three-rider selection with an on-form Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)and a resurgent Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). The winning trio formed out of a six-man group that bridged to the early breakaway, distancing themselves from the rest on the Oude Kwaremont and then cooperating until the finish line was in sight. Gilbert, stuck on the front, kept looking back waiting for one of his rivals to open up the sprint. Naesen finally lost patience and jumped, but it was too soon and Van Avermaet surged past to take the win. Gilbert was second, with Naesen in third.ADVERTISEMENT Naesen was obviously disappointed after coming so close to the victory, but the podium result was part of a steady progression after he was sixth at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, eighth at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and seventh at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Naesen most recently finished 22nd at Gent-Wevelgem, a result he says does not reflect his current form. "I had great legs at Gent-Wevelgem, but the result did not show it in the end," he said. "I am still satisfied with what I have accomplished in the past couple of races, especially at the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke where I managed to get a place on the podium." Naesen, who has two professional wins atBretagne Classic-Ouest-France last year and atLa Poly Normande in 2015, has taken a big confidence boost from his run of top 10 finishes in this year's Classics, and he expects the trajectory to continue. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Degenkolb's custom Trek Domane SLR - Gallery
March 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) joins the list of top riders who will compete on custom-painted bikes throughout the remaining Classics, with bike sponsor Trek creating a "Caf Racer" commemorative paint scheme for the German's Trek Domane SLR. The winner of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015 has one win so far this season at the Dubai Tour, but he has been knocking on the door with multiple podium finishes in stages at multi-day races as well as recently finishing seventh at Milan-San Remo and fifth at Gent-Wevelgem. He'll face his next test at the Tour of Flanders on the custom Domane that features aunique paint scheme inspired by Degenkolbs personal style and off-the-bike passion, classic caf racer motorcycles.Conceptualized by Trek graphic designer Micah Moran, the design takes cues directly from the Degenkolb's custom motorcycle that he often rides in and around his hometown of Frankfurt, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Hand-scuffed liquid metal provides a base layer that is complimented with a "dark smoke" tint and splashes of red trim, while details like Degnkolb's lucky number "7" and a badge for his nickname "Dege" complete the custom look. "Obviously I loved the bike right from the start because its inspired by who I am, on and off the bike," Degenkolb said in a statement released by his team. "Some people call me 'a gentleman of speed,' a title I would like to honor as much as I can, and you will find that also on my stem. The bike has my lucky number 7 on the seat tube as well. "Of course, everybody knows that cobbles are my favorite terrain, but I am not sure if people are aware that my passion off the bike is motorcycles," he said. "So riding a bike whose design takes cues directly from my personal caf racer moto, that's just awesome." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Masters claims first win of Crankworx
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi athlete Wyn Masters officially lived up to his name Sunday, winning the first major race of Crankworx Rotorua, the GIANT Toa Enduro, by mastering a truly gnarly course.Weather reports predicting rain would hit early in the day... More...
Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for 2nd victory in 3 days
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.World champion Peter Sagan... More...
Lessons aplenty but no podium for Matthews and Andersen at Gent-Wevelgem
March 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Classics tend to hand down lessons more readily than they hand out bouquets. Sunweb's Michael Matthews and Sren Kragh Andersen must have felt they had done the hard part when they made the decisive split after the Kemmelberg in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem, but nothing is ever straightforward in this corner of the world and at this time of the year. Matthews was caught on the wrong side when the 14-strong leading group split in two with 20 kilometres to go, but Andersen remained in front as part of an elite quintet with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step). Barely five kilometres later, however, Andersen found himself on the back foot when Terpstra and Sagan's impromptu game of bluff and counter-bluff allowed the eventual winner Van Avermaet and Keukeleire to forge clear. The young Dane performed impressively even as all cohesion dissipated from the group, but he received no reward for his efforts, and was swept up by the chasing peloton, eventually finishing 16th.ADVERTISEMENT "With Terpstra and Sagan, the work in the group was not going 100 per cent. I did some pulls but I also saved myself a bit, because I had Matthews behind and I said that to the guys," Andersen told Cyclingnews. "In the end, Terpstra didn't want to ride at all, and Sagan was like, Okay, I'll also stop.' They let Van Avermaet and Keukeleire go, and they are not stupid: They put the gas down and from then on, all three of us screwed ourselves. "I was a little bit caught in a sandwich there. I'm a young guy and I didn't know exactly what to do. It's a hard experience you know. In the team we hoped for more. We had the chance to get a better result, but that's how it is." Matthews barely put a pedal stroke askew all afternoon, riding confidently through the narrow section of gravel roads, the so-called Plugstreets, and then forging his way towards the front on the Kemmelberg. As the leading group of fourteen hurtled over the other side, only Sagan and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) stood out as rivals in the potential group sprint, only for the race to turn in a split second on a section of headwind outside of Ieper. Amstel on the horizon for Matthews You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia.Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh... More...
Dan Martin looks forward to rest, then Ardennes after strong start to season
March 26, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Come Monday, after he has finished the Volta a Catalunya, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) has his next objective in his sights already: "Put my feet up and sit on the sofa for a couple of weeks." The reason for this short spell of rest and recuperation is two-fold: first, Martin hit the ground running this season and up to the Volta a Catalunya, the Irishman has been racing consistently hard. He has earned top 10 placings in nearly half of his 24 race days so far this year. And that's without counting Martin's third place overall in Paris-Nice, sixth on GC in the Volta ao Algarve and fifth in the Vuelta a Valencia. The second reason is that Martin's next big objective, a strong ride in the Ardennes Classics, is fast looming on the horizon. So his short-term aim, as he tells Cyclingnews during the Volta a Catalunya, where he's currently sitting sixth overall, is to be as fresh for that as possibleADVERTISEMENT "It was a hard few weeks with Paris-Nice and I'm feeling it a bit, I've raced a lot this year. But that was always the plan for the Classics, to do the 'double' [Paris-Nice and Catalunya] because I did Tirreno then Catalunya when I won Lige-Bastogne-Lige [in 2013]." "The plan is to freshen up, put my feet up and sit on the sofa ... We'll let these last couple of weeks soak in and then it'll be good." Of the three Ardennes Classics, he will race Amstel, won three times by team-mate Philippe Gilbert, "to get my legs going again and obviously we've got a super strong team for it. Amstel doesn't really suit me as a race, but I can do a good job for the boys there, then see what I can do in Fleche and Lige, where I've done well." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde eyes Tour of Catalonia title after Froome fades
March 25, 2017 (14:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
REUS, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday.A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke... More...
Alejandro Valverde retakes overall lead of Tour of Catalonia
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOSA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde defeated Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to win the decisive fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday and take the overall lead going into the weekend.Valverde won after dominating... More...
Van Avermaet wins E3 Harelbeke after 3-man sprint
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet came out on top of a three-man sprint to win the E3 Harelbeke as Belgian riders secured a 1-2-3 finish in the one-day cobbled race on Friday.Van Avermaet edged former... More...
Skujins scores Cannondale-Drapac's first win of 2017 at Coppi e Bartali
March 24, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Toms Skujins scored Cannondale-Drapac's first win of 2017 Friday at Coppi e Bartali after bridging to a late move and then dropping his companions on the final cobbled climb to the finish in Sogliano sul Rubicone. Skujins' win propelled the 25-year-old Latvian into the overall race lead with two stages remaining. The result also marks the first pro win in Europe for Skujins, who took up the team banner after designated leader Tom-Jelte Slagter crashed early in the 130km second stage. "I hope Im opening the flood gates here," Skujins said of his ice-breaking win. "This was a really cool way to get the first part of the year going. I'm super stoked that I could share it with these guys that are here. TJ crashed right in front of me luckily for both of us I managed to avoid running over his arm. The team put their confidence in me and let me have this one after that."ADVERTISEMENT The day started with a seven-rider move that slipped away in the opening kilometres but was never allowed more than 3:30 advantage. The peloton pulled the gap down to just two minutes heading into the final hour of racing on the deceptively difficult course. "Today was a hard day," Skujis said. "There were not a lot of flat bits. I think it was something like 2,800 meters in 130 kilometers. In the profile, it looks like the last little bit is all downhill. It is definitely not. The climbs were mostly punchy. Some were super steep." After the peloton caught the original break, another group of five escaped on the final climb, and Skujins joined a group of four that lingered about 15 seconds behind in hot pursuit until they made contact with just one kilometre remaining. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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