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Sagan wins Tour de France Stage 3
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONGWY, France (AP) " Peter Sagan has sprinted to his eighth career Tour de France stage victory, and Geraint Thomas preserved the overall race lead.On the final short, sharp climb to the Stage 3 finish in Longwy, Sagan was cruising... More...
Letters: Cycleway around Lake Rotorua a great idea
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Ray McCully's suggestion ( Letters , July 4) is brilliant and it could be such a bonus for not only cyclists . . . like in the USA where everyone enjoys these walkways. Eventually constructing it right around Lake Rotorua would... More...
Mark Cavendish out of Tour de France after 'breaking shoulder' in horror crash that saw Peter Sagan disqualified
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Slovakian rider appeared to push Brit Cavendish in the closing stages of fourth stage More...
Watch the moment Mark Cavendish is knocked into Tour de France barrier by Peter Sagan during dramatic bunch sprint
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Cavendish appeared to be elbowed by his green jersey rival during Tuesday's stage four More...
'I'd like to speak to him about the elbow': Emotional Mark Cavendish reacts as Tour de France champion Peter Sagan is disqualified in shame
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Slovakian's tour has been ended by Tour officials for endangering the safety of his fellow riders More...
Mark Cavendish out of Tour de France after Peter Sagan gets the elbow for sickening 40mph bike rage
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Slovakian rider appeared to push Brit Cavendish in the closing stages of fourth stage More...
Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage three
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Shaking off an equipment glitch in the furious finishing sprint, Peter Sagan bagged his eighth career Tour de France stage victory today with an impressive display of power and quick-thinking on a short, sharp final uphill dash.Geraint... More...
Kittel's Tour win contrasts with cycling's dirty past
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) " The thriving current state of German cycling stood out in sharp contrast to the sport's dirty past during the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.As Marcel Kittel rode toward a commanding sprint victory... More...
Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford comes out swinging after criticism from Tour de France rivals
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brailsford broke cover to accuse his rivals of failing to do their jobs properly after limp accusations that Sky had 'cheated' because their time trial skinsuits were illegal More...
Peter Sagan wins Tour de France stage three despite unclipping from his pedal in final sprint
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Bora–Hansgrohe rider accidentally unclipped his foot from his pedal in the final 200m but still managed to beat his rivals More...
Tour de France: Marcel Kittel wins stage two, Froome in crash
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Germany's Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome didn't lose any time despite falling to the pavement amid a mass... More...
Froome's most loyal support rider wins Tour de France opener
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) " Chris Froome's most loyal support rider finally got some glory of his own.Geraint Thomas won the wet and slippery opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claimed the yellow jersey.It was... More...
Valverde crashes out of Tour de France
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) " Alejandro Valverde, a podium finisher in 2015, has crashed out of the Tour de France in the opening time trial on rain-slickened roads, dealing a blow to his teammate Nairo Quintana's hopes of winning the... More...
Cycling: Belgian Bakelants slapped for 'inappropriate' quips about Tour de France hostess
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Belgian rider Jan Bakelants has been forced into a humble apology, after making "inappropriate" and sexual remarks about Tour de France hostesses.The 31-year-old, who won a stage of the Tour in 2013, got himself into hot water,... More...
Chris Froome thankful after escaping Tour de France crash with just a bit of 'lost skin on his backside'
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome was forced to play catch-up after being involved in a tangle with other members of the peloton during stage two More...
Marcel Kittel wins sprint for stage two of Tour de France after Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas involved in crash
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome was one of several general classification hopefuls to fall in soaking wet conditions around 30 kilometres from the finish More...
Chris Froome caught up in Tour de France pile-up as three-time champion suffers major setback
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome was left demanding a new bike from his team after at least 10 riders in the peloton went tumbling More...
Alejandro Valverde undergoes emergency surgery on shattered kneecap after horror Tour de France crash
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Movistar rider lost control of his bike during difficult conditions on day one of the Tour and was rushed to hospital More...
America's Cup: Cyclist van Velthooven lured to sailing full-time
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling has probably seen the last of Olympic medallist Simon van Velthooven - he's been well and truly bitten by the sailing bug.Van Velthooven, who took keirin bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, became one of the secret weapons... More...
Cycling: Kiwis come a cropper in treacherous opening stage of Tour de France
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclists George Bennett and Patrick Bevin made intimate acquaintance with the roads of Dusseldorf, but it could have been far worse, as the Tour de France claimed its first victims on the opening time-trial stage.Spaniard Alejandro... More...
Cycling: Guess what, Lance the drugs didn t work
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission that for years he took... More...
Eltje Malzbender's road to recovery through cycling an inspiration
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Eltje Malzbender has come back from the brink of death after a cycling crash to be on the cusp of representing New Zealand.The Cambridge physiotherapist almost lost her life after crashing off her bike while cycling on an isolated... More...
Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas starts Tour de France by taking yellow jersey on first stage
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Welshman beat Swiss rider Stefan Kung by five seconds, after posting a time trial time of 16 minutes and four seconds More...
Chris Froome maintains confidence in Team Sky on and off the bike ahead of Tour de France
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome modelled Team Sky's new kit as suspicions remain over the team and Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's fans plan spectacle at Tour de France
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The devil will have some Kiwi competition on the roadside at the Tour de France this year.A few of outstanding Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's former schoolmates will be supporting him from the roadside at the tour which starts in... More...
By George! How a 'slow' rider became a Tour de France contender
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
At last, New Zealand has the type of cyclist who might one day win the Tour de France. On the eve of the start of the 104th edition, George Bennett talks about fear, food and ambition.To contend for the yellow jersey in the world's... More...
Tributes pour in after New Zealand cyclist dies in Corsica riding accident
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Christchurch man has died in a cycling accident on the French island of Corsica.He was 50-year-old Darryl Queen of Christchurch.Queen was cycling near the city of Calvi, in the northern part of Corsica called Haute-Corse, when... More...
Bradley Wiggins bulks up as he comes out of retirement and targets sixth Olympic gold - as a rower
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
On the eve of the world's most famous bike race, the Tour de France legend has revealed he's gone pro as a rower after retiring as a cyclist last December More...
Mark Cavendish insists he is the fastest man on the planet but fears he will not be able to prove it this year
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Cavendish was wiped out by glandular fever earlier this season and faces a battle to add to his 30 career stage wins More...
Drug injected by Lance Armstrong 'does not boost performance'
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Henry Bodkin in LondonWhen in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission... More...
Top cyclist criticised for vulgar remarks about women who hand out Tour de France podium prizes
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Jan Bakelants says he will bring to the race a "pack of condoms, because you never know where those podium chicks have been hanging out More...
De Kort: Taking EPO is ridiculous, it's just so stupid
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Koen de Kort has expressed his shock and outrage after Trek-Segafredo teammate Andre Cardoso returned a positive test for EPO on the eve of the Tour de France. Cardoso has denied taking the drug and is awaiting the result of the B-sample analysis but the rider was pulled from Trek-Segafredo's Tour team earlier this week and has been suspended by the team pending the final analysis. "I just can't really believe it. I'm hoping that the B-sample is going to be negative because I cant imagine how you could be so stupid," de Kort told Cyclingnews at the Tour de France teams presentation in Dusseldorf on Thursday evening.ADVERTISEMENT "It just makes no sense to me. We've spoken about it briefly [ed. at the team] but not a whole lot. We're dumbstruck." De Kort added that he had mixed emotions on the subject " welcoming the fact that testing in professional sport works but reiterating his disappointment and frustration with Cardoso. "It's good that some guys get caught as it means that testing works and deters people from doing stupid thing, but that it's a teammate makes it a bit painful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome set to extend contract with Team Sky this week and eliminate talk of 'trust issues'
June 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome spoke in Germany ahead of the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France More...
Cycling ace Simon Yates' drugs bust nightmare is over - now he can start to dream again
June 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
One of nine Brits in the peloton when the Tour de France starts here on Saturday, Yates missed last year's race after serving a four-month doping ban – although he was blameless More...
Cycling: More Kiwis than Americans in Tour de France
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It's a record breaking Tour de France starting this weekend for New Zealand cycling.Quick-Step Floors rider Jack Bauer has joined George Bennett, Dion Smith and Patrick Bevin as starters, trumping last year's record of three Kiwis... More...
Submitters on Ruapehu dual-use track worry about cyclists
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Submitters fear a new dual-use track on Mt Ruapehu will be crammed with downhill speeding cyclists and disadvantage walkers, a panel considering it heard.One submitter asked whether it was necessary to allow cyclists into the park... More...
Rotorua teen chases thief and gets schoolmate's bike back
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Rotorua teenager has been praised after he recovered a fellow student's bike by cycling after the thief and simply asking him to give it back.Regan Creighton, a student at John Paul College, noticed a young man taking a bike from... More...
Support rider for Alberto Contador replaced for Tour de France after testing positive for banned drug EPO
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Trek-Segafredo's Andre Cardoso has been provisionally suspended from the nine-man Le Tour team after the finding More...
Tour de France 2017 preview: Your guide to the teams, route, key stages and favourites
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Chris Froome is looking for his fourth Tour de France title but faces competition from the likes of Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet More...
Cardoso denies taking EPO, requests B sample test
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the wake todays UCI announcement that Andr Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo) tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control earlier this month, the Portuguese rider has denied ever having used EPO or any performance enhancing drug. Cardoso said he has requested his B sample be tested as soon as possible. Writing on Facebook, Cardoso, who has been provisionally suspended by both the UCI and his team until results of the B sample test return, said he would never let down his team, teammates or the sport. Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin, Cardoso wrote on Facebook. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Cardoso was brought on board Trek-Segafredo this year in part to support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. This year would have been the 32-year-olds first crack at the Tour after having raced the Giro dItalia three times and the Vuelta a Espaa four. Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour, he wrote. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling sprint ace Mark Cavendish fit for the Tour de France after bout of glandular fever
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brit with 30 Le Tour stage wins to his name missed almost three months but has been named in the Team Dimension squad More...
Talansky and Uran to co-lead Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France campaign
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Drapac announced their complete Tour de France line-up on Monday with Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Urn set to lead a two-pronged GC approach. Talansky, 28, has finished as high as 10th in the Tour de France, and delivered a fifth-place finish in his most recent Grand Tour appearance at last year's Vuelta a Espaa. Urn has twice finished as runner-up at the Giro d'Italia. Were going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. Its all the things we say we are," said Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius when announcing the riders.ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour is the Tour. Its a double-edged sword and you never know what challenges or triumphs it is going to bring," Talansky said. "A successful Tour has a lot of components. I would love to win a stage. I have never won a stage of a Grand Tour; Ive actually been the closest in the Tour de France in 2015, when I finished second in stage 17. But nothing in the world of bike racing compares to the pure joy of crossing the line first. The general classification will unfold as it does, but I think this Tour route lends itself towards aggressive racing and I certainly wont let the opportunity to win something pass by." Pierre Rolland, having already secured the American squad a Grand Tour stage win in the Giro d'Italia is likely to be among those hunting stage wins in his ninth consecutive start in the Tour de France. Taylor Phinney, making his Tour de France debut in his seventh year as a pro, is another and could have a chance of victory in Saturday's opening time trial in central Dusseldorf. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nacer Bouhanni headlines Cofidis nine for Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cofidis unveiled their Tour de France nine on Monday with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni naturally headlining the roster in the hope he can finally strike in the biggest race of the season. Cofidis is a Professional Continental team and so were given a wild card invitation to the Tour de France. 26-year-old Bouhanni enjoyed a fine spring with one-day wins at Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and stage wins in the Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Yorkshire but a crash knocked him out of competition for more than a month. Bouhanni sustained a concussion and was forced to abandon the British stage race, and only returned to racing at the Critrium du Dauphin. Despite the long layoff in the middle of his Tour build-up, Bouhanni looks to be in reasonable form, delivering a second-place finish at Sunday's French national championship road race, where he was narrowly out-sprinted by former teammate Arnaud Dmare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The 2017 Tour de France will be Bouhanni's third career appearance in the race. A multiple stage winner in both the Vuelta a Espaa and the Giro d'Italia, he has never won a stage in the French Grand Tour. Bouhanni's trusted lead out man Geoffrey Soupe joins him in Cofidis' Tour squad. Veteran climber Daniel Navarro, meanwhile, will give the Pro Continental team an option for the mountain stages. Cofidis for the Tour de France: Nacer Bouhanni, Dimitri Claeys, Christophe Laporte, Cyril Lemoine, Luis Angel Mat, Daniel Navarro, Florian Snchal, Julien Simon, Geoffrey Soupe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru and Fuglsang share Astana team leadership at the Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Astana have named their Tour de France line-up, with new Italian national champion Fabio Aru and Critrium du Dauphin winner Jakob Fuglsang sharing team leadership with backing from a solid squad that includes Dario Cataldo, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Michael Valgren, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Andriy Grivko and Andrey Zeits. There is no place for Miguel ngel Lpez, who returned from a broken tibia but then fractured his thumb at the Tour de Suisse. Fuglsang did not ride the Danish national championships after becoming a father last week but showed his form at the Dauphin by snatching overall victory from BMC's Richie Porte. Aru impressed with his aggression and light build at the Italian national championships on Sunday, dropping the likes of Diego Ulissi, Gianni Moscon and Rinaldo Nocentini and then gaining further time on the descent and flat road to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT The Sardinian had planned to target the Giro dItalia but a knee injury while training at altitude wrecked the first part of the season and forced him to reset his goals. His resurgence of form in recent weeks and a strong ride at the Critrium du Dauphin means he will now share leadership for the Tour de France with long-time designated team leader Fuglsang. Jakob and I are like brothers in the race. The road will be decide who emerges as team leader, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport after his proudly pulling on the Italian national champions tricolore jersey. Its a dream come true to win the Italian title. I was once second as an under-23 rider but now Ive won it. Im really proud to be able to wear at the Tour de France. Ill be showing off the Italian colours, the symbol of a nation. Not just at the Tour but all over the world for the next year. Thats hugely satisfying. Learning from life You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclists dress smartly for the Rotorua Tweed Ride
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bike riders were looking smart as they gathered at the Lakefront for the Rotorua Tweed Ride today. The ride started at the Bike Tree at the Village Green and had been shortened to about 8km due to weather over the weekend, with about... More...
Rosskopf claims first national title with 'unexpected' form
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Joey Rosskopf delivered a heartbreaking blow to his BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter, taking out the US Pro time trial title in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday. The 27-year-old parlayed the strong form he showed in the Giro d'Italia final time trial, where he was fifth, into the result, but said he suffered to keep going over the past three weeks. Rosskopf told Cyclingnews that the victory was his "most satisfying win". "I've never been close to this at a national championship before, I've never been able to put together a good ride," he said. "It's a little unexpected, I didn't have so many great days on the bike over the past few weeks, I like to think I was saving it up for today."ADVERTISEMENT His fifth place in the 29.3km time trial on the final stage of the Giro in Milan was an impressive ride at the end of a challenging three weeks of racing. To keep that form for almost a month cost Rosskopf dearly. "I knew it was possible to do it again, but I think that got me too motivated, and I didn't rest enough after the Giro. That led to three weeks of suffering on the bike and never feeling amazing," he said. "I thought it was too close between the Giro and nationals to take a big break. Maybe it worked out. I have been regretting jumping the gun on training after the Giro until now." In 2014, the last time Rosskopf raced the national championships, he finished a distant seventh. Before then, 10th was his best result. Since then, he's made his home in Spain, and has gotten over the discomfort and angst that often follows American riders to Europe when they join the WorldTour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marcotte focused on stars-and-stripes repeat in Knoxville
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
To sayEric Marcotte (Cylance pro Cycling) knows how to target a race would be an understatement. The 2014 US pro road race champion and 2015 criterium champion has repeatedly proved that when he has time to prepare and focus on a single day, he's a hard man to beat. That idea should leave the rest of the pro peloton in Knoxville nervous when they approach the start line for today's USA Cycling Professional Championships road race; Marcotte hasn't raced since the Redlands Bicycle Classic in early May, choosing instead to quietly train at home in Arizona for a chance to repeat his 2014 win. Despite a similar laser-like focus on the race, Marcotte says this year's championship is nothing like 2014. That year I just tried to play the teammate role and get up the road, taking pressure off our best bet that year, Marcotte said of the 2014 race, when he and then-teammate Travis McCabe made the final selection and finished first and second for SmartStop.Id contribute when I could but have to survive the climb; I was on a good day so it obviously played out well. And once the big climb was over, and we had three teammates in the circuits around town, it went well for us.ADVERTISEMENT The course in Knoxville forgoes the finishing circuits in town, instead sending riders 14 times over a 12.6km course that includes a 1km climb that comes about 9km from the finish. A slightly uphill kicker before the line will provide another challenge. Marcotte has proved in the past he can make it over short, punchy climbs and still have something left for the finish, the only question now is where his form is after nearly eight weeks without a race. USA Cycling's decision to move the race back in line with other national championships left a gap in the schedule for many riders I'm not sure how it will be for others, but I've had nearly eight weeks no racing, so that was a big change, he said. I'm am very good at focus, discipline and motivation, though another one-day race on the schedule would be ideal. That being said, I hope to have prepared well. I am happy with what I've done coming into the event. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Molly Weaver: Injury setback was probably the toughest time of my life
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In many respects, Molly Weaver is just happy to be here, but she's also eager to get her season properly underway. The Sunweb rider was hospitalised with concussion and a broken sternum, vertebrae and collarbone after a car hit her during a training ride. The crash happened before Weaver could even get a race under her belt this season and it would be May before she could turn a pedal in anger. Following two races last month, the British national road race on Sunday marks the beginning of a proper programme for the 23-year-old. "It's a weird one for me because it's been a bit of a strange season," Weaver told Cyclingnews. "I don't know where I'm going to be but it's sort of one of those, I didn't even think I would be here, so I'm just happy about that."ADVERTISEMENT Weaver had initially been down to ride the Women's Tour earlier in the month, but with such a tough parcours she and the team decided it was too much too soon. Her first major goal of this season will be the Giro Rosa, followed by La Course, but the national championships will be a chance to test her legs ahead of it. In an ideal world, a strong result at nationals would have been a big target for her. While she holds some ambitions for the event, she has had to set the bar lower, knowing that she hadn't been able to prepare as she normally would. He training has been heavily concentrated into an intensive block, leaving her without some of the finer elements. "It's actually kind of annoying this year. It's one of the best years for me for the course and I kind of wish it had been a worse course this year, and then I would feel a bit different about it," she explained. "I've done two races, and I can feel that I'm missing that top end. I haven't had time to build and peak in things like you normally would so I'm missing that little bit of acceleration or edge it the top end. I do have aims for the nationals, but I also have to be realistic in myself, and when it all kicks off, I have to stay at my own pace, especially I that big climb on that main lap." Starting from scratch You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cardiac 'anomaly' forces Navardauskas out for at least one month
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Heinrich Haussler returned to riding Saturday following a recent arthroscopic treatment of his knee, while Ramunas Navarduaskas is out for at least a month after tests detected a cardiac arrhythmia. Bahrain-Merida updated both riders' conditions Saturday on the team website. All is going very good after the arthroscopy, no pain, not much swelling and I feel good, Haussler said. I went for my first ride today and it went very well. Now I will just follow the normal rehab protocol, build up my left leg up again and as soon as I can get back to normal training again I will be back with my teammates out on the road and the races.ADVERTISEMENT Haussler initially injured his left knee in a crash in November 2016. After a series of conservative treatments, it was decided to operate in January, causing him to miss the official presentation of his new team. A significant slowdown of the recovery program" for the 33-year-old caused him to delay the start of his season until the Four Days of Dunkirk last month. He finished 20th overall in the six-stage race, but he hasnt raced since. Team doctor Carlo Guardascione explained Hausslers most recent procedure: Ten days ago, in Orthopedic Klinik of Basel, a second arthroscopic treatment was necessary for reduce an important hypertrophic Hoffas fat body that created impingement inside the left knee. Surgery treatment was excellent and the first check done yesterday shows a dry knee and a good performance about movements and stability. Navardauskas, meanwhile, has at least a month off the bike before he can begin riding again after tests discovered the cardiac anomaly. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
LottoNL-Jumbo unveil new jersey for Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. The team's predominantly yellow colourscheme creates problems when it comes to the Tour, where the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.In 2015, the team modified its kit to reduce the amount of yellow on the jersey, and will do the same for the 2017 Tour, which gets underway in Dusseldoorf on July 1. The team's original 2017 jersey, made by Shimano, is made up of a yellow torso, with black sleeves and collar. In the Tour de France version, the torso will be black, with the sleeves and collar yellow.ADVERTISEMENT The word 'Lotto' was written in black on the standard jersey, and 'Jumbo' in white, while on the new jersey it's 'Lotto' in white, and 'Jumbo' in yellow.The black shorts remain unchanged. LottoNL-Jumbo isn't the only team make such modifications for the Tour.ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits so as not to clash with the yellow jersey, while Tinkoff-Saxo changed to a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. This year Team Sky will change the colour of its jersey from black to white especially for the Tour, while special edition jerseys have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements, with Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all releasing new jerseys for the Tour last year. " LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) June 24, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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