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Paralympics' Sarah Storey can chase even MORE gold at Tokyo 2020 aged 42 insists her coach
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 38-year-old Brit now has 13 Games titles after blowing the opposition away in Wednesday's 20km road time trial — and she should win another on Saturday More...
Super cyclist Sarah Storey leads gold medal charge in what could be UK's most successful ever Paralympics
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The cyclist has taken her 13th Olympic title as Britain passes the gold medal total from the London Games More...
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi defends Paralympics title 15 years after losing his legs in horrific crash
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Zanardi backed up his two hand-bike gold medals at Brands Hatch during London 2012 with his third title in Rio More...
Quintana extends contract with Movistar through 2019
September 12, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Spanish Vuelta champion Nairo Quintana has agreed to renew his contract with his Movistar team through the 2019 season.Movistar announced Quintana's new contract on Monday, a day after the Colombian climber won the... More...
George Bennett becomes first Kiwi to crack top 10
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett has finished tenth overall in cycling's Vuelta a Espana. The tour has just wrapped with a sprint finish in Madrid. He's the first Kiwi cyclist to finish top ten in a grand tour. Movistar rider Nairo Quintana... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID, Spain " Results Sunday from the 21st and final stage of the 71st Spanish Vuelta, a 105-kilometer (65-mile) ride from Las Rozas to Madrid (rider, country, team, time):1. Magnus Cort Nielsen, Denmark, Orica BikeExchange, 2... More...
Quintana wins Spanish Vuelta ahead of Froome
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Movistar rider Nairo Quintana won the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, adding the title to the 2014 Giro d'Italia on his Grand Tour list of honors.The Colombian climbing expert had cemented his commanding lead over nearest... More...
Group of friends find elderly cyclist lying unresponsive in road near Warkworth
September 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A group of friends driving to an open home were shocked when they discovered a cyclist lying lifelessly on Woodcocks Rd near Warkworth yesterday.Devonport woman Sue O'Callaghan was travelling with her children and her friends were... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALTO DE AITANA , Spain (AP) " Results Saturday from the 20th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 193-kilometer (120-mile) ride from Benidorm to the Alto de Aitana:1. Pierre-Roger Latour, France, AG2R La Mondiale, 5 hours, 19 minutes,... More...
Quintana holds off Froome, set to win Spanish Vuelta
September 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALTO DE AITANA , Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana is poised to win the Spanish Vuelta after protecting his lead over Chris Froome in a grueling penultimate stage in the southern mountains on Saturday.Barring an accident or incident on... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALPE, Spain (AP) " Results Friday from the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 37-kilometer (22.9-mile) time trial between Javea and Calpe (rider, country, team, time):1. Chris Froome, Britain, Sky, 46 minutes, 33 seconds.2.... More...
Froome wins Vuelta time trial to reduce Quintana's lead
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALPE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome took a big bite into Nairo Quintana's lead of the Spanish Vuelta by winning an individual time trial Friday with two days remaining in the race.The Tour de France champion reduced Quintana's lead... More...
Jody Cundy wins gold in men's time-trial to continue Team GB's success on the track at Paralympics
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
It was Britain's fifth gold in the velodrome and second of day two after Sophie Thornhill and her tandem pilot Helen Scott triumphed More...
Dame Sarah Storey backs British team-mate Kadeena Cox to end her Paralympics domination
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Storey became Britain's most successful female Paralympian with her 12th gold on Thursday but she accepts Cox could take her unbeaten record More...
Bradley Wiggins slams fellow cyclist Lizzie Armistead over missed doping tests saying she had 'no excuse'
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Our most decorated male Olympian said he could not "fathom" how she had managed to miss three tests in less than a year More...
Team GB's Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott win gold in women's B 1,000m time trial
September 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thornhill, who is partially sighted, and Scott won Britain's fourth cycling gold on Friday morning with victory in the women's B one-kilometre time-trial More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GANDIA, Spain (AP) " Results Thursday in the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 200-kilometer (125-mile) leg from Requena to Gandia:1. Magnus Nielsen, Denmark, Orica BikeExchange, 4 hours, 54 minutes, 31 seconds.2. Nikias Arndt,... More...
Cycling: Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britain stage
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi rider Jack Bauer has claimed a stage victory on the Tour of Britain after winning a sprint finish to claim the fifth stage into Bath.The Cannondale-Drapac rider was part of a breakaway that at one point led by five minutes... More...
Quintana stays ahead as Nielsen wins Spanish Vuelta stage
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GANDIA, Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia preserved his lead of nearly four minutes over Chris Froome in the Spanish Vuelta after a relatively flat stage won by Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark on Thursday.Quintana finished... More...
Dame Sarah Storey celebrates becoming Britains most successful female Paralympian ever with kiss from daughter
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 38-year-old record breaker stopped on her victory lap to steal a smacker from adorable three-year-old daughter Louisa More...
Irony overload: Watch Team Sky tour bus "almost take out" a CYCLIST while overtaking at speed
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Team Sky took to Twitter to apologise for the incident, calling it "unacceptable" More...
Van Garderen abandons the Vuelta a Espana
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tejay van Garderen has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana, with his BMC team suggesting he was suffering with fatigue after more than two weeks of intense racing. The American Grand Tour rider climbed off early into the stage, before the showdown on the steep Mas de la Costa finish. BMC still raced aggressively, with Ben Hermans attacking on the final climb and Samuel Snchez is seventh overall after limiting his losses on the 12 per cent gradients of the climb to the finish. Van Garderen has endured a difficult season after showing his Grand Tour potential with fifth place overall in both 2012 and 2014. However, he failed to finish both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in 2015. He was consistent in the first half of the 2016 season, finishing second overall in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol and sixth in the Tour de Suisse as he prepared to ride the Tour de France alongside Richie Porte.ADVERTISEMENT However, van Garderen suffered at the Tour de France, lost time in the final mountain stages and finished 29th overall. He struggled to understand why but spent time at home with his family in the USA and then return to Europe for the Vuelta a Espana, with the goal of helping Sanchez and possibly targeting stage victories. He failed to make an impact in Spain and his abandon could mark the end of his difficult season. The bad news is that we lost Tejay van Garderen. He was not good at the start of the stage and he was dropped, directeur sportif Valerio Piva explained after talking about BMCs race strategy for the stage and their decision to defend their lead in the team classification. He came to the Vuelta not with the best preparation but we hoped day by day he was better. I think it is due to fatigue and the rest day, which is every time a difficult day for him. That is racing and we need to stay concentrated on the next days for the goals that we can achieve. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Terpstra creates internal points competition to motivate Etixx teammates
September 08, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Niki Terpstra has created a special points competition for the Etixx-QuickStep riders at the Vuelta a Espanato give them a little bit of extra motivation during the final grand tour of the season. The Dutch rider told de Telegraaf newspaper that he had set up a scoreboard where various bits of daily activity can earn or lose them points, such as getting into the break of the day or arriving late at the team bus to leave for the start. Grand tours are very tough both mentally and physically, especially when the race hits the mountains in the second and third week. Without a clear team hierarchy going into the Vuelta a Espana, Terpstra says the competition is a way to push and motivate the whole team. It's not just pride on the line; Terpstra has convinced Specialized Europe director, Eugene Fierkens to include a Fat Bike as a prize for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT "It was mainly intended to challenge the helpers to go for glory," Terpstra told de Telegraaf. "The success of a team is determined not only by the winner. For this reason, to earn points especially with getting into a breakaway, the mileage you ride in front of the peloton and, for example, fetching water bottles at difficult moments. But there are downsides. When you are late to the bus in the morning, you get deductions. However, in this Vuelta, no one has been too late." What started off as a little motivation boost has become a serious thing for the team and points accrued has become a regular meal-time topic of conversation. Every night, everyone is discussing the points earned and their progress, with the scores managed by the team leaders. At the table there is daily discussion about the rankings," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana Results
September 07, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LLUCENA, Spain (AP) " Results Wednesday from the 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 177.5-kilometer (110-mile) leg from Castellon to Llucena:1. Mathias Frank, Switzerland, IAM Cycling, 4 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds2. Leopold... More...
Quintana keeps his lead as Spanish Vuelta resumes
September 07, 2016 (13:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LLUCENA, Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia maintained his comfortable lead over Chris Froome as the Spanish Vuelta entered its final stages on Wednesday.Mathias Frank of Switzerland broke from the peloton to win the 177.5-kilometer... More...
Orica-BikeExchange announce versatile squad for Canadian one-day WorldTour races
September 07, 2016 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Orica-BikeExchange head to the Canadian WorldTour one-day races, theGP de Quebec and GPde Montreal, with Michael Matthews and Adam Yates looking to improve on the second place results from 2015. The Australian team have enjoyed success at the two races with Simon Gerrans winning the GPde Quebec in 2012 and 2014, and the GP de Montreal in 2014. However, the Australian won't be racing the 2016 editions as he is currently in Spain racing the Vuelta a Espana. Having placed third atRideLondon Classic, and fourth at Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France in his two races since winning a stage at the Tour de France, Matthews will be the protected rider for Friday's 201.6km GP de Quebec. "We have a very strong team for Quebec and Montreal," said director sportif Laurenzo Lapage. "Due to the strength in depth and the versatility of the squad we can set ourselves realistically high objectives for both races and aim to build on our good results here in the past."ADVERTISEMENT "Michael (Matthews) will be our number one for Quebec and Adam (Yates) for the hillier Montreal, we have high hopes for both races and with this line up we have options for different eventualities." Adam Yatesmakes his return to racing after 15th place in the Rio Olympic Games road race and will be the protected rider for Sunday's Montreal race. The team will also have options withMichael Albasini and Daryl Impey on the circuit race that will see the peloton climb close to 4000 metres on the205.7km course. Matthew Hayman captains the squad with Luke Durbridge also Chris Juul Jensen riding in support of the leaders while Christian Meier makes his final appearance on home soil before retiring at the end of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rodriguez predicts Quintana victory in Vuelta a Espaa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Joaquim Rodriguez is back at the Vuelta a Espaa. But now, after years of being a key participant in the race, he is on hand simply as a visitor and fan, and in his new role, Purito believes the battle for the final red jersey in Madrid is almost all over bar the shouting with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) some 3:37 clear of Chris Froome (Sky) with five stages remaining. I think Nairo has got things pretty much sorted in his favour, Rodriguez told Cyclingnews. Looking at all the factors, I think hes heading for the overall win in Madrid. Hes climbing very well, hes got a really strong team to back him up and hes got an advantage of nearly four minutes on Chris Froome (Team Sky). There may be last minute upsets, of course, and he could well lose time in the time trial, but I think as things stand Quintana is on track for the win.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a very hard race, thats for sure, and hell have to play things defensively. There are still some difficult stages to come and his rivals wont be happy to settle with what theyve got. Having retired after the Olympic Games road race, Rodriguez, 37, says he is enjoying cycling as much, if not more than ever now that he has hung up his wheels. Rodriguezs best overall finish at a Vuelta came in his final appearance last year, when he placed second behind Fabio Aru (Astana). In both 2010 and 2012, he led the race into the final week, only to slip to third overall by the finish. The Catalan won nine Vuelta stages during his career, and placed in the top 10 overall on no fewer than seven occasions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hell Starts Here: The Vuelta a Espanas Ascent to Mas de la Costa
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Todays Vuelta a Espana stage concludes with the first ever ascent of the first category Mas de la Costa, an ultra-steep, technical climb that could cause further surprises in the battle for overall victory. The riders will be greeted by a welcome message painted on the road: Aqu empieza el infierno -Hell Starts Here. After which, the Vuelta peloton certainly faces a very real world of pain. The Mas de la Costa climb - which translates roughly as the farmstead with the slope - is only 4.3 kilometres long, but is, as Cyclingnews discovered when checking out the route, exceptionally challenging. The rare data, present on a stone plaque on the right of the road at the foot of the climb is daunting: in such a short distance, theres an average gradient of 12.7 percent, a vertical gain of 486 metres and reaching a height of 982 metres above sea level. The summit is on a lonely hillside set deep in the most rural part of the region of Valencia. Even the ten kilometres before the climb are not straightforward, albeit on normal roads running deep inland in the province of Castellon in northern Valencia. Constantly undulating, combined with the current heat wave and coming at the end of a 177.5 kilometre stage with 3,640 metres of vertical climbing; you can see why Alberto Contador warned on the rest day about how dangerous this stage could be. It is also why he and his rivals went to see the climb instead of enjoying a quiet rest day.ADVERTISEMENT This final approach to the town of Llucena will certainly help fracture what remains of the peloton. A narrow, twisting run through the towns main square, a sharp left hand bend in the main square and finally a short uphill section taking the peloton back into the countryside all provide added difficulty. Theres a fast, fairly technical descent on broad roads out of the town for a couple of kilometres to add to the tension, and then with a left hand fork the road abruptly narrows as the climb itself begins. Positioning will be crucial, given what follows, all the way to the top, is a strip of road barely more than a cars-width at any point and with no false flats or downhills at all. On dusty cement You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stig Broeckx remains in coma but shows signs of recovery
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
While Stig Broeckx remains in a coma following a horrific crash at the Baloise Belgium Tour in May, his Lotto-Soudal team says that there have been signs of recovery. Broeckx was involved in a crash that was caused by two race motorbikes crashing ahead of the peloton and was taken to hospital, where he was induced into a coma. Late last night, an update on the Stig Broeckx Fanclub Facebook page confirmed that Broeckx had been brought to a rehabilitation centre in Overpelt. It added that the Belgian was undergoing rigorous daily testing and that there remains hope of him returning to a normal life.ADVERTISEMENT Along this road, we want to thank the many people for the massive messages of support via the bracelet 'FIGHT FOR STIG' already, the update read. In difficult times for the parents, friends of Stig, family and friends [sic], it is heart-warming that so many people are concerned about the state of health of Stig. After a relatively long period fighting for his life, Stig now in rehabilitation. Stig currently resides at a rehabilitation centre in Overpelt. Here he is in good hands of an entire team that will guide him in his recovery." Following the update, Lotto-Soudal team confirmed Broeckx had shown signs of recovery and told Sporza that the next months will be crucial for the 26-year-old's recovery. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan headlines European Championships line-up
September 07, 2016 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World Champion Peter Sagan and Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen headline the line up at next week's men's and women's UEC European Championships inPlumelec-Morbihan, France. The championships were initially schedule to be hosted in Nice but were moved due to the attack that took place on Bastille Day and take place September 14-18. The five day championships will see continental road and time trial titles awarded in junior, U23 and elite categories. The time trials will take place on a course fromJosselin to Plumelec, while the road race will take place on a 13.9km course inPlumelec. "These European Championships are a great innovation with the first Road European Championships for professional riders and during the Olympic year,"David Lappartient, President of the Union Europenne de Cyclisme said.ADVERTISEMENT "Everything has not been easy, we have had to deal with some difficulties after the understandable cancellation of the events scheduled in Monaco and Nice. Brittany and Morbihan will host the European Championships on the select circuit in Plumelec, with the famous 'Cte du Cadoudal', whose summit will be the strategic point of this spectacular circuit." Joining Sagan as confirmed starters for the men's 236.3km race are the 2013, 2013, and 2012 world champions, Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), Rui Costa (Portugal) and Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) respectively. 2015 Vuelta a Espana champion Fabio Aru will lead the Italian team, while France will be lead byTony Gallopin and Julian Alaphilippe. There is Great Britain team in the men's race. Sagan will first race in Canada at the GP de Quebec and GP de Montrealthis week before lining up in Brittany hoping for a better result than his DNF at theGP Ouest France-Plouay last month due to illness.Finally, the Spanish team will have Samuel Sanchez and 2015 Baku European Games champion Luis Leon Sanchez as its two leaders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vermote continues Tour of Britain winning streak
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Some races simply bring out the best in people and that can certainly be said for Julien Vermote and his relationship with the Tour of Britain. The Kortrijk-born rider is often cast as a workhorse at the deeply talented Etixx-QuickStepteam but on the roads to Kendal on stage 2 he had a chance to shine and duly made the most of it. This is a race that certainly suits the 27-year-old whose only other victory outside of Belgium came in this race back in 2014. Coached by Tom Steels, Vermote persuaded his mentor and team management to send him to the Tour of Britain. The rolling terrain, coupled with the aggressive nature of the racing allows Vermote to express himself. He moved into the early break, survived when a clutch of GC rivals came across and then jumped his final breakaway companion, Steve Cummings, on the climb to the finish line. A stage win and the race lead was a worthy award for a rider who typically spends most of his time riding in the services of others.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really happy that I could take another stage win here at the Tour of Britain. When I won in Brighton it was a similar day, always up and down. I knew that once the break had gone that it would be hard for them to catch us. The final was hard, with that step climb with 30 kilometres to go but I knew that it was too early to go from that point. In the final some riders came back and once I saw Cummings I knew I had to stay on his wheel because once he has a gap he's gone," he said in his winner's press conference. "I asked the team if I could come here because normally it's not on my programme. It's a race with lots of opportunities. The teams only have six riders and it's really tough with roads that go up and down all day. After all the work I have to do for other riders, the leaders of the team, it's nice to win as well." Although Vermote doesn't hold court in press conferences all too often he said all the right things after his win, leaving the race organisers purring with how he compared the roads between Carlisle and Kendal to a grander setting back home. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kelderman leads LottoNL-Jumbo at GP Quebec and Montreal - News Shorts
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Wilco Keldermanwill make his first racing appearance outside of Europe in 2016 this coming week as he leads the LottoNL-Jumbo squad for the Canadian WorldTour one-day races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. "I feel good and cant wait to race again in Canada. These are two beautiful races that suit me," said Kelderman. The 25-year-old was 64th inQuebec last year before impressing with sixth place in Montreal and will again target the second of the races for a top result.ADVERTISEMENT "In Montreal, I hope to race for top 10 place again, but I would certainly go for the same result two days earlier in Quebec. Quebec has a short-style climb and Montreal is really a climbing course with the long climb in it. Given that, Montreal suits me better," he added. Kelderman has had an up and down season thus far with stints in the leader's jersey at WorldTour stage races Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco andTour de Suisse but is yet to claim a victory. The Dutchman recently finished second overall at theTour du Poitou Charentes with director sportifNico Verhoeven expecting Kelderman to carry his condition to Canada. "With Wilco Kelderman, we take a rider who definitely is in shape to compete in the final. Last week, he showed himself with a second place in France,"Verhoeven said, adding "The successive laps make it heavy and exhausting. We have different riders for the different race situations. If, as expected, it is a tough race, we will go with Wilco Kelderman for the win. If the race remains closed, [Moreno ]Hofland and [Tom] Van Asbroeck can go for the sprint." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Drucker joins list of debutant stage winners at 2016 Vuelta a Espana
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A day after finishing53:54 minutes down on Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gianluca Brambilla yesterday, BMC Racing's Jempy Drucker broke though for his first career grand tour stage win in Pescola. The victory is BMC's first in the three grand tours this season and second of the year for Drucker after hisSkoda-Tour de Luxembourg Prologue victory. The 30-year-old praised the work of teammate Danilo Wyss in the finale to position him and ensure the Luxembourger only had the minimum to do before opening up his sprint. "The last 10km, with all of the roundabouts and entering cities, was pretty hectic but I had Danilo Wyss who did a great job in keeping me out of trouble," said Drucker who was one of the 93 ridersre-admitted to Vuelta a Espana after missing time limit on stage 15. "The final kilometer we had a tail wind so it's good to go a bit early. I was placing myself a little bit behind to be able to go from behind with speed. It was actually perfect as Gianni Meersman went and I could come in his slipstream and then went over him."ADVERTISEMENT Despite having an easy ride on stage 15, Drucker explained that he has found the going tough in his second Vuelta after debuting at last year's race and was still coming to terms with the biggest win of his career. "I suffered a lot in the last few days, especially the day on Col d'Aubisque, and I always kept believing in the sprint stages," added Drucker after winning Luxembourg's fifth stage of the Vuelta. "I did a good Vuelta a Burgos and I was confident in my sprints, and was taking my chances. It was all about choosing the good wheels and I had Danilo Wyss who did a perfect job until almost the last kilometer. I was just hoping and hoping to get the good opening and then I started my sprint and it was perfect. It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour and it's always nice behind your name." While having added the win to his palmares, Drucker won't be resting on his laurels for the remaining stages left in the race as he explained. "Now we have a rest day and directly the day after it's a hard stage and there is still the time trial, and Saturday's stage on the Aitana so I think the Vuelta a Espana is far from over. I think we're going to still see some action," he added. For directeur sportif Valerio Piva, the stage win is cherry on top of the cake for BMC following on from the stint in red with Darwin Atapuma andSamuel Sanchez's GC performance You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Carpenter continues upward trajectory with Tour of Alberta win
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tour of Alberta overall winner Robin Carpenter had a lot to worry about during Monday's final stage in Edmonton. The 24-year-old Holowesko-Citadel rider went into the final day's circuit race with Tour de France podium contender and Classica San Sebastian winner Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) trailing him by just one second. Mollema had 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal in his corner, along with Frank Schleck and a strong, experienced team, but Carpenter said one of his biggest worries was simply to avoid disappointing his own Continental squad, which he said went into the stage with more confidence in him than he had in himself.ADVERTISEMENT "It was funny," Carpenter told Cyclingnews after the final stage in Edmonton. "Most of the pressure I think was heaped on by myself. The team believed in me, so there was not a ton of pressure in the usual sense. Mostly it was pressure in that they believed in me more than I did, and I was like, Man, you shouldn't be so confident.'" But at the end of the day, Carpenter expertly relied on his team to keep him safe throughout the day and fresh for the end of the race when he needed to take his fate into his own hands. "I think I dealt with it alright," he said. "I tried to stay cool and not panic, trusting the team and trusting the riders to come back to you if you got broken up when there are accelerations. They did believe in me more than I believed in myself, and that's a good lesson to take away." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Argon 18's concept bike knows exactly how aero you are
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Standing proudly at Argon 18's stand at this year's Eurobike show was a forward-thinking concept bike. Incorporating a system of 30 sensors, the bike can pull data from itself, its rider and its surroundings, which it can then use to display a realtime CdA reading on the bike's drag area. Ultimately, it provides data that you'd normally only get from a wind tunnel session " but on any ride. The system, which owes its brains to a computer integrated into the bike's cockpit, can be used to give riders useful feedback for refining their position either during or after a ride. In-built GPS plus WiFi and ANT+ integration also opens further doors for amazing but borderline creepy tech.ADVERTISEMENT For instance, the bike can use data from previous rides and combine it with weather and wind speed data to tell you when conditions are optimum to attack your personal bests. Despite this being a concept bike, most of the technology within it is already functional and has been proven through testing on other Argon 18 test mules. Other notable features are the use of bolt-thru-axles at each end and trick aero disc brakes, which tuck standard calipers away inside the assembly of the fork and chainstay " the latter also gets integrated cooling fins. Argon 18's one-piece handlebar and stem is also interesting, integrating shift levers and rubberised sections in place of bar tape. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins' 'struggle' at the Tour of Britain
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After securing his fifth gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, Bradley Wiggins is back to road racing with his namesake Team Wiggins at the Tour of Britain. The Briton looked like he enjoyed his outing during stage 2 fromCarlisle to Kendal, posting a photo on Instagram of himself running up the day's final KOM over a climb called The Struggle. "Taking things very seriously at the top of the struggle, took my mind off being in a world of pain," Wiggins wrote on Instragram. The Stuggle was the final climb of the 195km stage, located at the 160.5km mark. At the head of the raceXandro Meurisse (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) won full points on the ascent from a breakaway sprint and Julien Vermote (Etixx-QuickStep) went on to win the stage, while Wiggins brought up the rear of the peloton finishing nearly 23 minutes behind in 119th place.ADVERTISEMENT Perhaps Wiggins was poking a little fun at compatriot Chris Froome (Team Sky), whowas forced to abandon his bike and run up Mont Ventoux towards the finish of stage 12 of the Tour de France after the stage turned to chaos in the final kilometre. Or perhaps Wiggins, a former Tour de France winner and once one of the top climbers in the world, found The Struggle to be just that - a struggle. Taking things very seriously at the top of the struggle, took my mind off being in a world of pain #onetomanyginandtonics #wiggins #tob2016 Watch Tour of Britain stage 2 highlights video You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Moolman-Pasio extends with Cervelo Bigla through 2017
September 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cervelo Bigla announced Monday that their all-rounder Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has renewed her contract into 2017. The South African, who has been a member of the team since 2015, will continue her role as team leader. "I really like what the team stands for and the culture we have cultivated within the team," Moolman-Pasio said in a team press release. "It's not just about winning bike races but it's about winning in life. That sounds like a clich but it's true. A lot of thought is given to the composition of the team and the characters involved. I have said many times, we're a small team with big hearts and it's very evident in how we function as a team and respond to one another."ADVERTISEMENT Moolman-Pasio has had a successful 2016 campaign. Although it started with illness, she bounced back for the spring part of the season with third overall at Euskal Emakumeen Bira and fourth at Elsy Jacobs. She was also third at Boels Rental Hills Classic and won the overall title at Auensteiner-Radsporttage and took second overall at Aviva Women's Tour. She went on to represent her nation at the Olympic Games in Rio where she was 10th in the road race and 12th in the time trial. "Ashleigh is already one of the best riders in the world but her development continues to grow," said team manager Thomas Campana. "She is one of the best time trailists and stage racers in the world. The next step we have identified is to develop her skills for the one day races. "We believe the best is yet to come from Ashleigh which is scary when you see how much she has achieved already. She will play a very important role in mentoring the younger riders as we work towards making the younger group the stars of the future." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Smart Jacket to make for safer cycling by indicating which way rider plans to turn
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A jacket with over 300 LED lights that can signal when the rider is turning could be the answer to safer cycling at night.Vodafone has had a prototype of the Smart Jacket in New Zealand trialling the wearable tech.The Smart Jacket... More...
Quintana preserves Spanish Vuelta lead as Drucker wins stage
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PENISCOLA, Spain (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia comfortably held on to his Spanish Vuelta lead as Jean-Pierre Drucker of Luxembourg sprinted to win Monday's flat stage in northeastern Spain.Quintana maintained his advantage of... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ARAMON FORMIGAL, Spain " Results Sunday from the 15th stage of the 71st Spanish Vuelta, a 118.5-kilometer (74-mile) ride from Sabinanigo to Sallent de Gallego (rider, country, team, time):1. Gianluca Brambilla, Italy, Etixx-Quick... More...
Quintana extends Vuelta lead after Contador stuns Froome
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ARAMON FORMIGAL, Spain (AP) " A surprise attack by Alberto Contador helped Nairo Quintana boost his lead over Chris Froome to more than three minutes after Sunday's 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta.An audacious move by Contador's... More...
Police seek witnesses to Christchurch hit and run
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police are seeking witnesses after a cyclist was knocked off her bike in Christchurch this morning.The woman was riding along Greers Rd towards Northcote Rd at about 7.15am when she collided with a beige Toyota Corolla wagon travelling... More...
Blythe hunts Worlds selection and team for 2017
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
British national road champion Adam Blythe is hopeful that a strong end to his 2016 season will earn him a slot on the Worlds team and a new WorldTour contract for next season. "I want to go well at the Worlds this year. It's not really a slow build up but I'm progressing towards that. I think I'm going all right but I'm not firing on all cylinders just yet," the 26-year-old told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour of Britain. Blythe is on a 15-rider long list and with Mark Cavendish set to lead the British squad on the flat course in and around Doha. The the Great Britain national selectors are looking for riders who can control a peloton and lead out their sprint star. Although the course is flat, as it was in Copenhagen in 2011 when Cavendish won his world road title, there are several unpredictable elements selectors will need to consider. Cross-winds, the Worlds having a later date than normal, and the more competitive sprinting field than five years ago all spring to mind.ADVERTISEMENT Although uncertain of what is potential role could be in Doha, Blythe would naturally fit into a Cavendish lead out train and having worked for riders such as Philippe Gilbert and Peter Sagan during his career he can also shepherd leaders through latter stages of one-day races. "I don't know what my role could be to be honest. Obviously I've done Qatar quite a few times and I'm not bad there. I guess I'd be keeping out of the wind and keeping Mark out of trouble until as late as possible but a lot depends on the dynamic of the race and how I'll be used later on rather than earlier." Blythe has never ridden a World Championships at elite level on the road and the glut of high-level British riders on the circuit suggests that selection will be a tough but not impossible order. A few years ago the national selectors might haven scratching their heads when putting together a leadout for Cavendish but a new wave of options has arrived. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Froome vows to keep on fighting after stage 15 disaster
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) held onto his second place position at the Vuelta a Espana after stage 15 of the Spanish grand tour but his aspirations of joining Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault in completing a Tour de France-Vuelta double have all but expired. Froome, who won a third Tour title in July, saw his 54 second disadvantage to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) blow out to3:37 minutes after the 118.5km stage fromSabinanigo to Formigal that saw 93 riders miss the time cut.A day after matching Quintana on the Cold'Aubisque, Froome had no answers to the Colombian. "It's definitely made it a lot more hard now. A minute was manageable; three minutes is going to be extremely tough. But stranger things have happened and we're going to keep fighting all the way," Froome told ITV Sport."It was a tough stage for us, obviously. The guys did a lot of work yesterday, so we weren't as prepared as some of the other teams this morning."ADVERTISEMENT Froome and Team Sky were on the back foot almost from the gun as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) instigated the day's breakaway of 14-riders which was joined by Quintana.David Lopez and Salvatore Puccio were the sole Team Sky riders by Froome's side as the advantage started to swell asMovistar interrupted the chase via Alejandro Valverde andImanol Erviti. "Obviously, getting caught out there with Contador and Quintana in that early break, that put us on the back foot and we just never recovered," Froome added."Credit to them. They rode a really smart race and they have gained a lot of time today on us." When Movistar had an isolated Froome on the ropes during stage 9 of the 2013 Tour into Bagnres-de-Bigorre, the Spanish team failed to capitalise and after the stalemate of stage 14 they well and truly made up for past indiscretions to position Quintana on the cusp of his first grand tour victory over the Briton. Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana deals body blow to Froome on stage 15 Peloton of 93 riders re-admitted to Vuelta a Espana after missing time limit Vuelta a Espana: Quintana gains time on Froome in spectacular fashion Vuelta a Espana: Contador launches decisive move on the road to Formigal Vuelta a Espana: Team Sky reflect on disastrous stage 15 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2016 Tour of Britain stage 1 highlights - Video
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
German national champion Andre Greipel(Lotto Soudal) won a sprint marred finish into Castle Douglasahead ofCaleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) to claim the first leader's jersey of the Tour of Britain.Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish,Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) were among the fast men to fall with the later suffering a completely broken bike. Stage 1 of the race started in Glasgow with the 124-rider strong peloton with161.6km to cover before the expected sprint finish. A five-rider breakaway animated the stage with a maximum lead of five minutes before the sprint teams took up the chase in earnest.Peter Williams (ONE Pro Cycling) andJasper Bovenhuis (An Post-Chainreaction) were rewarded for their time in the breakaway with classification jerseys before they were swept up inside the final 10km with Dimension Data working for Cavendish.ADVERTISEMENT Watch the highlights of stage 1 above and click here for the full race report. Cyclingnews will have live coverage of each and every Tour of Britain stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kristoff seals Tour de Fjords victory - News Shorts
September 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three stage wins and overall Tour des Fjords victory for AlexanderKristoff Alexander Kristoff continued his dominance of the sprits at Tour de Fjords, winning his stage of the race to seal the overall title for the second time in his career. The Katusha rider won stages 2, 3 and 5to seal the overall 30 seconds ahead of BMC'sMichael Schar and Dutchman Nick van der Lijke (Roompot - Oranje Peloton). "We almost passed by house today and I know all of the roads in this area. My teammates did everything I wanted and did an amazing job, especially Anton Vorobyev and Dmitriy Kozonchuk who were pulling all day," Kristoff said of his 13th win in 2016. "In the end Michael Mrkv and I continued on, too. Michael did a perfect lead out and it's good to see him in such great shape again. All this week we worked so hard for this and I'm just really happy right now."ADVERTISEMENT Katusha dominated the final stage into Stavangerwith Morkov finishing in second to cap off a successful week of racing in Norway for the Russian team. Sports director Torsten Schmidt explained the race played out like a dream and the six-rider team can be pleased with their consistency and performances. "We can leave Norway really happy and proud for our six riders," Schmidt said. "They all did a fantastic job. From our winner Kristoff to the lead out guys, to the workers like Anton Vorobyev and Dima Kozonchuk, it was a really, really great week. We won three stages, the GC and the points jersey. Some of our adversaries were very strong and they were very well prepared, as were the Scandinavian teams who are always very motivated in this race. But on the long third stage with the rain, two climbs in the middle and then the impressive last 15 km with Alex, that was the key point. Today its nice and sunny, so to win on home roads with a nice lead out and second place for Mrkv is very nice for the boys." Gasparotto likely to leave Wanty You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins, Cavendish, Greipel headline Tour of Britain Presentation - Gallery
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A world-class field descended on Glasgow on Saturday evening for the Tour of Britain pre-race presentation. Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) were among the elite riders presented to the crowds, with the week-long race starting on Sunday with a 168 kilometre test between Glasgow and Castle Douglas.ADVERTISEMENT Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is no stranger to major cycling events, having also hosted the Tour of Britain in previous years. This years line-up is one of the best in recent editions with Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) Caleb Ewan (Orica BikeExchange) and Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) also on the start list. Cyclingnews will have complete live coverage from the race, along with stage reports, results and photo galleries. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Simon Yates climbs to fourth with long-distance attack at Vuelta a Espana
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Simon Yates proved to be the only GC rider to make a long-distance attack in the Vuelta a Espana's queen stage 14, and although the Orica-BikeExchange pro did not win the stage, he made a leaped from seventh to fourth overall. In a superbly calculated manouvre by the Orica-BikeExchange team, Yates broke away on the Col du Marie-Blanque, using a series of teammates first to stretch out his lead and then take on the Aubisque alone. First, teammate Jack Haig moved ahead of the main bunch to pace Yates away from the red jersey group, then with Orica-BikeExchange's Jens Keukeleire, Simon Gerrans and Magnus Cort Nielsen present in the break of the day, all three later played their part in speeding the Briton down the descent of the Marie-Blanque, and on the flat approach road to the Aubisque.ADVERTISEMENT After Gerrans, the last rider to go, pulled aside on the lower slopes of the Aubisque, Yates then turned in one of his strongest performances to date on a major mountain stage as he inched upwards through the series of dropped riders en route to a fifth place at the summit. Meanwhile Esteban Chaves, having acted as a brake on the favourites group behind, finally launched his own move six kilometres from the line, also gaining time and moving into third on the GC. A second stage win - and third for Orica-BikeExchange in the Vuelta - remained tantalizingly out of reach on the Aubisque, but Yates' dramatic mountain ride, gaining 68 seconds on Chris Froome (Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) nonetheless leaves the Briton in fourth place overall and looking strong. "We made a plan at the start and we executed it to how we wanted it," Yates said at the finish. "I was pretty tired there, and I am not even sure how it worked out. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde out of GC battle after losing ten minutes
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde's chances of becoming the first rider in over half a century and third in history to take top ten GC finishes in all three Grand Tours took a near-definitive blow on Saturday when the Movistar rider lost over ten minutes on Saturday's queen stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana. Valverde slid off back of the group of favourites ten kilometres from the top of the Aubisque and proceeded to shed time steadily all the way to the summit. Previously third overall, Valverde has therefore disappeared from the provisional podium with a bang, slumping to 19th on GC. "It was not a good day, I couldn't hold on when the group went strongly," Valverde said afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quintana started the Spanish Grand Tour as Movistar's leader, after his third in the Giro d'Italia and sixth in the Tour de France, his teammate Valverde had been looking for a top result in the Vuelta. But as he said afterwards, there has come a point where even the seemingly evergreen Valverde can no longer keep on keeping on. "Really I've run out of strength, it wasn't just a bad day," said Valverde, who won the Vuelta outright in 2009."From now on I'll have to continue working for Nairo as a leader, and that's going to be it from hereon in the Vuelta." Despite Valverde's tenacious defence of his overall position, and two very strong rides on the Alto de la Camperona and Lagos de Covadonga there came a point when it proved impossble for the Spaniard to hold on to the GC position. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gesink celebrates first-ever Grand Tour stage win at Vuelta a Espana
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
More than ten years after he turned pro and in the latest upturn to his rollercoaster career, Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) finally celebrated a Grand Tour stage win atthe 2016 Vuelta a Espana's stage 14 mountain stage atopAubisque. Gesink has taken stage wins at races as prestigious as the Tour de Suise and Tour of California (twice), but a Grand Tour stage victory has always eluded the Dutch rider, right up to when he was narrowly defeated by Nairo Quintana last week at the Lagos de Covadonga. The 30-year-old finally got the result he was looking for on the Aubisque, with a courageous ascent of the French Hors Categorie climb, forming part of the early break then bridging across to a group of late attackers; Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Egor Sillin (Katusha) and New Zealand team-mate George Bennett.ADVERTISEMENT The stage then came down to a three-way duel between Ellisonde, Gesink and Sillin and the Dutch rider did it the hard way, attacking from the front with 400 metres to go. Hammering away at the pedals, Gesink managed to open up a narrow but decisive gap to claim the win. Victory in itself would have been sweet enough after a ten-year wait. But on top of that, as Gesink had pointed out to Cyclingnews earlier in the race, in this year's Vuelta there was also the major challenge of his overcoming a difficult period of concussion and injury - something he did in style on Saturday. "This is really special, it's been a hard year this year, nothing really worked out. I crashed in Suisse" - suffering a bad concussion "and I couldn't train for a long time, and that meant no GC in the Vuelta. ButI wanted to do a Grand Tour for stages one time, too," Gesink said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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