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Vuelta a Espana stage 14 highlights - Video
September 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the first Grand Tour stage win of his career on the queen stage of the Vuelta a Espaa. The Dutchman sprinted to the mountaintop victory ahead ofKenny Elissonde (FDJ) and Egor Silin (Katusha).ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) tried to gain time on runner-up Chris Froome (Team Sky) but couldn't manage to shake the Briton on the final climb. Quintanastill leads the Vuelta by 54 seconds over Froome and Esteban Chaves (Orica) now sits in third at 2:01, with his teammate Simon Yates a further 16 seconds back. Watch as the queen stage 14 unfolded in the Vuelta a Espana highlights video above. You can read more at More...
Japan: Bridging the gap
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I'm not a lycra-clad cyclist-type by any means but after hearing about the beautiful scenery of the cycling path linking the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, I decide to give it a try. Also known as the Nishiseto Expressway, it's a... More...
Family mourn 'devoted' wife and mother Carmen Greenway who died in London cycling accident
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Family of a Kiwi woman who died in London following a tragic cycling accident are mourning the loss of a "devoted" wife and mother who "exudes love and happiness".Carmen Greenway, 41, was cycling with her mother and friends on August... More...
Dimension Data confirm Tour of Britain team in support of Cavendish
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data have confirmed its six-man team for the 2016 Tour of Britain with Mark Cavendish spearheading its squad, although there is no place for defending champion Edvald Boasson Hagen.Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummingsis also selected for the race and will be free to pursue his personal ambitions. The 2.HC stage race will be Cavendish's first road race since the Tour de France and marks his return to the road after winning silver in the omnium. Cavendish will have Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel as his dedicated lead out men in his bid for an 11th career stage win at the race. "Let's see if we can win 1 or 2 stages with Mark Cavendish and play a role in GC. We definitely going to try and show the jersey by winning stages, going in breakaway and by having fun out there," Eisel said of the team ambition.ADVERTISEMENT Eisel will also perform the role of road captain which becomes even more important for the nine-stage race with just six riders per team. "I am really looking forward to racing Tour of Britain again," he said. "After looking through the stages, this year's race will probably be the toughest one yet. The last stages have 3000 to 4000m of climbing, and that's in Britain so you know it's just going to be up and down all day. 6 man teams, it will be very tough to control the race and I think we will see the overall lead changing hands many times." The race starts in Glasgow on September 4, finishing in London on September after a split stage in Bristol that includes a morning time trial. You can read more at More...
Boonen and Kittel headline Etixx-QuickStep at Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies - News Shorts
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-QuickStep have named its squads for the upcoming sprint friendly one-day HC races Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies with Tom Boonen and Marcel Kittel headlining the selection. Saturday's Brussels Cycling Classic will be Kittel's second race after the Tour de France as he builds for October's sprint friendly world championships in Doha. The German has ridden on just one previous occasion, recording a DNF in 2015 but will be aiming for a better result in 2016. Boonen was third at last year's race having won the 2012 edition and placed second in 2006. The Belgian will likely be on lead out duty for Kittel but provides a second option should the German be having an off day.ADVERTISEMENT Joining the fast men for the198.1km race is Belgian trio Nikolas Maes,Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Stijn Vandenbergh and Italian duoDavide Martinelli andMatteo Trentin. Spaniard stagiaireIvan Garcia Cortina completed the team as he makes his first appearance in the blue and black. For Sunday'sGP de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord across the border in France, Boonen and Kittel will again be the trump cards for Etixx-QuickStep. Kittel's best result at the race is third from 2012 while Boonen was runner-up to Fabio Felline last year. FrenchmanJulian Alaphilippe comes into the squad, for his first outing since the Olympic Games, as doRodrigo Contreras, Laurens De Plus and Petr Vakoc.Trentin andVandenbergh round out the team for their second race of the weekend. You can read more at More...
Tour of Alberta: 'Polar Bear' Putt rides wind and rain to stage 2 win
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tanner Putt's first professional win will only bolster his nickname. The 24-year-old from Park City, Utah, is often referred to as the "Polar Bear" because of his ability to endure cold weather and challenging conditions. He lived up to the name on Friday at the Tour of Alberta. On a day when temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Celsius as wind and rain battered the race, Putt spent the majority of the stage off the front in two separate breakaways before outsprinting Alexis Cartier (Canada) for the stage 2 win in Olds. Putt, who was likely the only rider in the race to where nothing but a skinsuit with no jacket, arm warmers or leg warmers, said when he saw the morning forecasts he knew it would be a good day to go on the attack.ADVERTISEMENT "It did motivate me," Putt said when asked about the weather. "We have John Murphy here who is a really good sprinter. Me and him work really well in sprints. I lead him out usually, so it was a bit of a risk for me going so aggressively in the break and then getting caught and going again. "But I just had a really good feeling about going in the break today, especially with the weather being so bad, sometimes the breakaway gets a bit of an advantage, so I really wanted to take my chances in the break." Putt stubbornly refused to give in after the first move he infiltrated was brought back into the much-reduced peloton. He jumped away again with Cartier with about 75km to go. This time the move stuck, if just barely. But Putt, Cartier and the chasers had to deal with increasingly poor conditions. You can read more at More...
The KTM Lisse is a ridiculously clean aero road bike
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Austrian manufacturer KTM looks set to go full aero with a new concept bike, the Lisse. Sitting pretty in a glass display case at Eurobike with a full complement of Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9100 groupset, this slick design is still only a mock-up, but KTM expects to have a production bike ready late next year. KTM designer Gerald Wirthensttter explained some of the thinking behind the Lisse. The aim was to "clean up" every aspect of a bike's construction, smoothing and integrating all the major components, hiding the cables fully, and minimising the front cross-section that's exposed to the wind. At the same time, KTM didn't want to compromise on user-friendliness or the ability to run mechanical groupsets without major headaches. So-called "top to bottom" internal cable routing is designed to make building the Lisse a cinch, with all cables routed in housings that guide through the whole frame - there shouldn't be any fishing around and swearing with this one.ADVERTISEMENT The Lisse bears some resemblance to existing aero designs with now-common features like the dropped seat stays and the hidden seat wedge, but it takes things much further. At the front end, the stem is fully integrated and instead of employing conventional spacers to adjust the stack, specially-shaped shims adjust the stem angle in a five-step range. The front brake is neatly hidden behind the fork while the rear sits on top of the chainstays, out of the airflow and also away from the worst of the muck. At the dropouts the usual chunky quick releases are replaced by neat bolt-thru axles whose ends blend almost seamlessly with the fork legs. (For racing purposes, the bike will also accept standard skewers.) More radically, the bottom bracket shell has a unique asymmetric shape that's designed to direct airflow to the less-draggy non-driveside of the bike, an idea which sounds almost too sensible to actually work. The most visually arresting part of the Lisse's frameset has got to be the seatstays, which emerge from the seat tube as a sort of horizontal shelf, before dividing into two wide-but-exceptionally-thin blades, again in aid of producing the smoothest possible airflow. You can read more at More...
Daan Olivier returns to the peloton in 2017 with LottoNL-Jumbo
September 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Daan Olivier will make a return to racing in the professional peloton next year with LottoNL-Jumbo having initially retired from the sport last July. The 23-year-old turned professional with Giant-Alpecin in 2014 and will continue his career with a two-year contract. Oliver made his first racing appearance since the 2015 Volta a Catalunya at last month's UCI 2.2Ronde van Midden Nederland with theWV De Jonge Renner squad to mark the start of his comeback. Explaining his return to the top level of the sport, Oliver stated that he rekindled his love for the sport during the last year and was keen to being racing again.ADVERTISEMENT "It has always been my dream to race for the Dutch professional team. After a pleasant conversation with the team, I immediately knew that it was good. Team LottoNL-Jumbo supports me with training and coaching. I get the time to develop myself as an athlete, and also as a person," Oliver said. "I had lost the balance between training and relaxation. A year after I decided to stop, my desire to be a professional rider returned. Fun is the most important thing for me and I found it back on the bike." LottoNL-Jumbo sports directorNico Verhoeven explained that the addition of Oliver to the roster is certainly one from left-field but added that couldn't pass up the opportunity to sign the climbing talent. You can read more at More...
Scottish-born Paralympics star banned from Rio Games after failing drugs test
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two-time gold medallist Michael Gallagher will miss the Rio Paralympics after testing positive for EPO. More...
Peter Sagan to start Bora-Hansgrohe career at 2017 Tour Down Under
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Current world champion Peter Sagan will open his 2017 season at the Tour Down Under with his new Bora-Hansgrohe team. Sagan made his debut at the South Australian WorldTour race in 2010 and has chosen to ride the Tour de San Luis as his season opening race since. "I'm excited to announce that I will race at the Santos Tour Down Under next year. This iconic Australian race brings the world's best riders on a course that features tough climbs and fast sprints and I'm convinced its 19th edition could be the best so far," Sagan said. "The Santos Tour Down Under will be the curtain-raiser of the 2017 season and my first race wearing the Bora-Hansgrohe colours, but it also holds a special place in my heart. I first took part in 2010 in what was my maiden WorldTour race and I still remember the excitement and anxiety on the start line of the first stage in Clare.ADVERTISEMENT "Returning, after seven years, to the race that set off my professional career is a great feeling and I look forward to riding on the roads of Adelaide and South Australia." More to come You can read more at More...
Key Vuelta a Espana showdown on the Aubisque on Saturday - Preview
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The key mountain stage of the Vuelta aEspaa takes place on Saturday, with over 5,000 metres of vertical climbing, a summit finish on the much-feared Col d'Aubisque, and some potentially decisive developments in the battle for outright victory in Madrid on September 11th. "It's a very important stage, this one is the queen stage of the Vuelta, and Nairo Quintana's [current GC] advantage of 54 seconds over Chris Froome (Team Sky) is maybe not sufficient, not with a time trial of 37 kilometres to come," ASO boss Christian Prudhomme tells Cyclingnews. Prudhomme expects a major battle between the two: "Quintana (Movistar) maybe needs a minute or more on Froome. What we've seen so far is that Froome is marginally better than Quintana on the short, explosive climbs [stage 3 and stage 10] but on the long cols [stage 8 and stage 10] it's more Quintana who's had the upper hand."ADVERTISEMENT "Now we've reached the Aubisque, and a stage almost entirely on French soil. In a Vuelta, which is 100 percent Spanish but which has ASO behind it too, is a really nice symbol of the co-operation between France and Spain through cycling and ASO." "There have been two finishes in the Tour de France on the Aubisque" - 1985 with a win for Stephen Roche and in 2007 for Michael Rasmussen - "and it's going to be a hugely important stage for the Vuelta." Prior to the Aubisque on the 196 kilometre stage are three category 1 climbs, the Col Inharpu at kilometre 62, the Col du Soudet [24 kilometres at km 118.2) and the Col de Marie-Blanque [km 157]. But it is the Col d'Aubisque [km 196: 16.5 kilometres at average of 7.1 percent.] which will almost certainly see the real showdown between the major favourites. You can read more at More...
UCI to continue disc brakes ban in road racing
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The UCIconfirmed today that it would continue to "suspend the trial of disc brakes in road races" at the request of the Professional Teams' Association (AIGCP), and are not planning to resume allowing disc brake use in the peloton until the teams agree. The UCI approved the widespread use of disc brakes this season after a short trial in 2015, and some teams such as Roompot-Oranje Peloton, were quick to adopt and convert their team's entire fleet to disc brake frames and wheels. Riders fears of the dangers of a peloton with mixed braking technology appeared to come true during a crash in Paris-Roubaix involving Francisco Ventoso(Movistar) at Paris-Roubaix, where the Spaniard sustained a deep gash to his leg the result, he says, of a disc brake rotor. The incident led the UCI to suspend the use of the brakes over safety concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Roompot had to quickly refit all of its riders with rim brake frames before the Amstel Gold Race. "We decided to suspend the trial of disc brakes in road races following a request to do so made by the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) " which represents all professional cycling teams," the UCIconfirmed to Cyclingnews today. "We are continuing to evaluate the situation and the test will not restart unless we and those representative groups believe it should." You can read more at More...
Indurain visits Vuelta a Espana in home region of Navarre
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain said that this year's edition of the Vuelta a Espaa is proving to be "a good one for the spectators, with a very interesting fight for the top spot overall." Already briefly present at a stage start in the first week, Indurain's second visit to the Vuelta came when the Spanish Grand Tour reached his home region of Navarre on Friday's stage 13. "Both [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar) and [Chris] Froome (Team Sky) are on top of their game, Froome is gradually building up his strength and Nairo started really strongly, and we'll see how he gets on as the race progresses," Indurain told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.ADVERTISEMENT "Nairo has started out strongly, but the [stage 19] time trial could be tough for him," Indurain warned. "We'll see how he gets on." Indurain singled out Quintana's teammate Alejandro Valverde, currently third overall and taking part in three Grand Tours in one season, for praise, too. "That kind of consistency is something very exceptional," Indurain said, "Valverde's been fighting hard all year." You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Quintana defends peloton's slow march across Basque Country
September 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) says he is fully expecting all out attacks from at least some of his rivals in the upcoming two Pyrenean stages, but that "at the very least, I don't want to lose time to [arch-rival Chris] Froome (Sky)." Speaking after the long and tediously uneventful trek by the peloton across the Basque Country and into Movistar's home region of Navarre, the Colombian identified the stage to the Aubisque as the most important of the two days the Vuelta will spend in the high mountains of the Pyrenees. "It's going to be a very big day," Quintana, who leads Froome by a scant 54 seconds, told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT "Many teams are going to be challenging, but finally it's those GC riders who will be on the attack who are going to be the most dangerous and the ones I'll have to watch the closest. At the very least, my aim is not to lose time on Froome." The massive time gap between the peloton and the breakaway at the finish was slated by Spanish state broadcasting channel TVE commentator Carlos de Andres and saw one major Spanish radio channel quit its broadcasting of the final segment of the race in a symbolic protest. But Quintana argued that after a hard first two weeks to the Vuelta "riders are very tired". "Our strategy was to let a break go with riders who'd lost so much time that we didn't need to work so much, because tomorrow I'll need all the riders I can get to protect me on the Aubisque." Video Highlights You can read more at More...
Rapha to launch special edition Synthe MIPS helmet
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Performance sportswear brand Rapha will release its first helmet on 20 September, which is essentially a special edition Giro Synthe MIPS. Design elements unique to the Rapha helmet compared to the Synthe include reflective strips on the helmet straps, an opening in the back of the shell and textured strips running lengthwise across the top. There is a hi-vis yellow model and a black option with iridescent purple low panels.ADVERTISEMENT Beyond the Synthe helmet mold and construction, plenty of Giro-branded elements remain including logos on the fit adjustment dial and the strap connectors. Rapha isn't trying to hide the Giro partnership though, the British company has worked on similar projects with shoes for years. Before Alex Valdman joined Rapha as head of product design two years ago, he was design director at Giro's parent company BRG Sports. While his initial work at the company was on the clothing, more expansion products seem likely. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana stage 12 highlights - Video
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange) claimed stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espaa from a small front group in Bilbao. The Belgian opened his effort early and was a convincing winner ahead of Maxime Bouet (Etixx-QuickStep) and Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo). Red jersey Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished safely in the front group to maintain his 54-second lead over Chris Froome (Sky) in the overall standings, while his teammate Alejandro Valverde remains in third place.ADVERTISEMENT The finale saw the peloton tackle twin ascents of the Alto El Vivero, which summited 13km from the finish line. Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling) went clear on the final time up the climb with 17 kilometres remaining. But his lead was cut on the way to the finish and he was caught inside two kilometres to go. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) tried to set up an attack before the descent off El Vivero on the way into Bilbao but Quintana and his Movistar team did not give him any leeway. Watch the Vuelta a Espana stage 12 highlights video. You can read more at More...
Knetemann next rider to leave Rabo Liv - Women's News Shorts
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Knetemann next rider to leave Rabo Liv Roxane Knetemann announced that she will leave Rabo Liv at the end of this season and join Poitou"Charentes.Futuroscope.86 in 2017. Knetemann is the next rider in a series to leave Rabo Liv after Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen, who will join Boels Dolmans, Lucinda Brand who heads to Liv-Plantur and Thalita de Jong who is going to Lares-Waowdeals. There are also rumours that former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is also set to leave the team.ADVERTISEMENT Knetemann has spent five seasons with Rabo Liv and has previously raced for AA Drink, Merida Cycling and Skil-Koga. She was fifth at Gent-Wevelgem in 2014 and seventh at la Fleche Wallonne in 2015. She has also placed in the top 10 at Boels Rental Hills Classic, Ladies Tour of Norway. She was third at the Open de Suede Vargarda road race and second with Rabo Liv in the team time trial, both in 2014. After 5 great years at @raboliv I'm really happy to let you know i will be riding next year for @pcfuturosc... - " Roxane Knetemann (@RoxaneKnetemann) August 27, 2016 Van der Breggen helps Niewiadoma to stage win at Boels Rental Ladies Tour You can read more at More...
Orica-BikeExchange celebrate second 2016 Vuelta a Espana stage win
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Exactly one week after they took their first victory of the 2016 Vuelta a Espaa with Simon Yates, Orica-BikeExchange were back on top the stage winner's podium in Spain's Grand Tour on Thursday thanks to Belgian fast man Jens Keukeleire. After Yates made a couple of probing attacks in the last few kilometres, Keukeleire started his sprint for the line with 300 metres to go on Bilbao's Gran Via, a long effort that caught the other remaining sprinters off-guard. "I was initially thinking about not going too early because there was a headwind, but then I went from so far out because I didn't want to get boxed in,"Keukeleire said.ADVERTISEMENT "I took a risk, but I knew a lot of the sprinters were not going to be there." Kristian Sparagli (Dimension Data), a Vuelta stage winner last year, was arguably the highest profile sprinter in the 44-rider group that disputed the Bilbao stage, but he finally took fourth - "so I think that risk was worth it." It was the Belgian's first WorldTour victory in a career stretching back to 2010 and which was marked, for better and - given how much it raised expectations perhaps for worse - by a remarkable spring period in his first year. You can read more at More...
Quintana: No quiet days in the Vuelta a Espana
September 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana said he was untroubled by the presence of two of Chris Froome's teammates in the break of the day during stage 12, despite the potential threat to Movistar's control of the race. Sky's David Lopez and Peter Kennaugh, the latter 15th overall and a former Vuelta leader, both made it into the five-man break which stayed away for 130 kilometres and was only caught after Astana had joined forces with Movistar to reel them in. Lopez explained later on Spanish television that after Tinkoff had done the bulk of the leader's team work on stage 11 to Pea Cabarga, the idea of he and Kennaugh getting in the break "was to make Movistar work behind."ADVERTISEMENT "We thought that more riders would come across and that the break would stick, but in the end, there just weren't enough riders there for it to stay away." The break was finally caught 18 kilometres from the line. "We weren't worried at all," Quintana said later. "We'd had Imanol [Erviti] and Rory [Sutherland] keeping things under control on the flatter part and then other teams that were looking for the stage win began helping us, too. We handled it absolutely fine, without losing our nerve." You can read more at More...
Gilbert: Sometimes I've won two stages at the Vuelta a Espana and sometimes I've won nothing
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Philippe Gilbert(BMC) is holding out hope that he can pull off the stage win he has been hunting at this year's Vuelta a Espana. As the race enters its second half, the Belgian champion says there are possibly two more chances for him to post a victory salute and one of those will be on Thursday's stage 12 from Los Corrales de Buelna to Bilbao. "The goal was to win a stage, and it is still to win a stage, so we're still trying to make this happen," Gilbert told Cyclingnews in a phone interview on the first rest day. "It's possible that I could do well in stage 12. I think it will be a breakaway. We have to figure out how to control this day, and I have to be there to join that group and make it happen. But it's always hard."ADVERTISEMENT Stage 12 presents a 193.2km race with four climbs; Puerto de Las Alisas, Alto la Escria and two final climbs over Alto El Vivero, which is 4.2km climb and has an 8.5% grade topping out just 13km from the finish line. Gilbert said that with the exception of the overall contenders, almost every other rider in the peloton is also be hunting a stage win and so making that happen for himself will be the biggest challenge. "Yes, I was looking at all the stages coming into this last half of the race, and much of it favours the climbers and the really light guys. It will be really hard for me but there are one or maybe two stages that are a possibility for me. You can read more at More...
2017 World Championships elite men's time trial to finish on a mountain
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway have announced today that a 3.4km-long 9 per cent climb has been added to the tail end of the elite men's individual time trial course, adding a unique challenge for the peloton. The head of the road department at the UCI, Matthew Knight, presented the course today during the Tour des Fjords, which used part of the road circuit in today's stage 1 finale. "We are really happy that we can present this today," Knight said. "It will be one of the most scenic and spectacular finishes of a time trial event in the UCI Road World Championships."ADVERTISEMENT The ascent of Mount Flyen climbs 300m from Bergen, and will open up the rainbow jersey to climbers in addition to the time trial specialists, and will provide spectacular viewing for the television audience. "The view from the top is breathtaking, and we are really proud to be able to share this with the international cycling fans. Flyen is the biggest tourist attraction in Bergen," said Harald Tiedemann Hansen, the president of the local organising committee Bergen 2017. "This will be Bergens equivalent to the famous Alpe d'Huez climb." The elite men will take on two laps of the 20.9km circuit around Bergen, and then divert to climb Mount Flyen to the finish. You can read more at More...
Armitstead confident in Boels Dolmans' strength for Worlds team time trial
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lizzie Armitstead is confident that her Boels Dolmans team can put together a winning performance in the team time trial at the upcoming World Championships in Doha, Qatar, after their powerful display to win stage 2 at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour on Wednesday. The current road world champion was part of a strong team that included Chantal Blaak, Ellen Van Dijk, Karol-Ann Canuel,Christine Majerus and Amalie Dideriksen. The team won the 26.4km stage inGennep with a time of 30:58, beating teams Canyon-SRAM by 33 seconds and Rabo Liv by 1:05. Dideriksen, who won the opening stage in Tiel maintained her lead in the overall classification.ADVERTISEMENT Boels Dolmans also won the team time trial at the Crescent Vargarda Women's WorldTour event two weeks ago, showing they are on good form to target a world title in Qatar. Last year, Velocio-SRAM won the world title in the discipline leaving Boels Dolmans to settle for second at only seven seconds back, while Rabo Liv was third. The women's team time trial at the World Championships in Qatar will be held on October 9 along a 40km course. " Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead) August 31, 2016 You can read more at More...
Chaves misses out on Vuelta a Espana stage win despite brave attack
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A gutsy mid-climb attack by Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) on the Vuelta a Espana's stage 11 ascent of the Pea Cabarga finally failed to net the Colombian the stage win as he was reeled in by race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Chaves' advantage rose to 15 seconds at one point, and apart from Quintana and Froome he was the only top overall contender to make a serious move on the climb. But Chaves, fifth in last year's Vuelta and a double stage winner, gently brushed off suggestions that his double-digit lead might have been a good enough gap to hold on for the win. "Today there were no big differences, 15 seconds, it wasn't a big gap, it's as far as that bus over there," Chaves said, pointing at the next team vehicle in the line in a grimy industrial estate that was waiting for its riders to descend from the nearby Pea Cabarga ascent and head off for the hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Chaves said that when Quintana passed him on the Pea Cabarga, "I didn't think much, all you feel is pain. You can only start thinking five or ten minutes after the line." When Chaves finally crossed the line, he was eighth on the stage, 19 seconds back. Overall he remains in fourth, 2:34 down. His overall ambitions remain very much intact, but his ambition to take a stage win was palpable in his answers after Wednesday's defeat. "If you finish seventh or eighth on GC it's good, but if you finish tenth and win a stage it's better. It's important to keep trying, keep believing as Mathew Hayman keeps telling me," Chaves said. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Quintana takes it steady after losing mountain duel
August 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Vuelta a Espaa leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) said that despite losing against Chris Froome (Sky) on the Pea Cabarga ascent he remains fully optimistic about his chances in the longer term battle. Quintana and Movistar made much of the running on the early part of the ascent, and when Quintana loped away, passing and catching Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Froome was determinedly sticking close. Then on the final sweeping left hand bend, Froome first quickly passed the Colombian then powered ahead for a stage win, a time bonus, and what must represent a big boost to his morale.ADVERTISEMENT Having lost six seconds to Froome in the Vuelta on the other short, ultra-steep ascent to Ezaro on stage three but then gained time on the Briton on the longer Camperona and Lagos de Covadonga climbs, Quintana was his usual phlegmatic self when discussing his first direct mountain top defeat by Froome in this year's Spanish Grand Tour. "It was a very fast climb and we realised that Froome was going very strongly," Quintana said later. "We will have to watch him closely. " "I'm good, we have arrived together with Froome. He won the stage because he was faster than me at the end. I still think he's strong." You can read more at More...
New Zealand's best bike rides
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Inspired by the launch of Lonely Planet 's Epic Bike Rides of the World , we asked for your stories on the best cycle trails across the globe. We had such a great response that we want to share them all. This week, New Zealand... More...
Shimano and PRO roll out cable-integrated handlebars and pro-tested shoes
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Components and accessories behemoth Shimano is " unsurprisingly " releasing a bevy of new products at the 2016 Eurobike trade show, both under its own name and its PRO sub-brand. From shoes to performance handlebars, there's plenty to tickle the fancy of road cyclists and mountain bike racers alike. Shimano has also entered the dropper seatpost game with its new Koryak model.ADVERTISEMENT PRO VIBE cable-integrated handlebar and stem Shimano has unveiled an updated version of the PRO VIBE handlebars and stem, designed with ports for internal cable routing and with an integrated crash damage-resistant material added. The bars have been developed in conjunction with Team Sky, with a view to producing a sleeker cockpit setup, and reducing aerodynamic drag. The alloy stem has a narrow front profile and low-profile top cap, plus reverse titanium bolts. The carbon VIBE handlebars weigh in at a reported 220g, making them the lightest in the PRO line up, according to Shimano. While the aerofoil shape of the bars is familiar, the main new features here are the cable ports, which allow internal routing via the stem, then either to the gears or to a Di2 battery position inside the fork steerer. This means a smoother external profile and, it is intended, improved aerodynamics. Shimano S-Phyre road and mountain bike shoes PRO Stealth saddle Availability and pricing You can read more at More...
Pendrel: I love my bronze medal
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Canadian mountain biker Catharine Pendrel has experienced both ups and downs at the Olympic Games. In her latest blog, Pendrel describes how her ninth-place disappointment at the 2012 London Olympic Games taught her how to find the simple joy of racing on a world-class stage in Rio de Janeiro. Pendrel, a two-time world champion, was a favourite to win heading into the London games but after a promising front-running start, she tired and ended up placing ninth. "Preparing for the games in 2012 I let the seriousness of trying to win a medal, and consequently coming up short, steal the joy away from what I was doing. I had to be perfect and anything less wasn't enough. That unforgiving mindset gives you no room to come back from adversity or to value a great performance that may be shy of Gold, Silver or Bronze. It means a solid performance can quickly derail into a poor one," she wrote in her blog.ADVERTISEMENT "Going into my third Olympic Games in Rio I was determined to remember that performing on the highest stage IS fun! ! It is an opportunity to give your best and see what you can do. I was determined to embrace the magic of the games despite knowing that some people would think I wasn't focused. "I was determined to put out a race I could ride away from with my head held high even if there was no medal draped around my neck." In contrast to her performance in London, Pendrel's race in Rio de Janeiro on August 20 was riddled with bad luck. She was caught behind a crash on the opening circuits of the cross-country course and struggled with gearing issues mid-race. You can read more at More...
Scheldeprijs race to celebrate Boonen with hometown start in Mol
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen has revealed that next springs Scheldeprijs race will start in his hometown of Mol, northeast of Antwerp, with the sprinters' Classic his last race in Belgium before he ends his career at Paris-Roubaix a few days later. The race traditionally starts in the docklands of nearby Antwerp but will be moved to honour Boonen's career. "I was incredibly honoured when the organizers of the Scheldeprijs put their plan to me. I feel especially proud and grateful," Boonen said at a special announcement.ADVERTISEMENT "It'll be a unique day for my fans and promises to be extra busy with the start in Mol but I'm happy about it. Of course I'll quick go to bed afterwards because I remain ambitious for Paris-Roubaix." Race organiser Flanders Classics said the new route would complete a loop in the Flemish countryside before returning to Mol. The traditional race will be joined after 108km near Tielen and then go on to complete several circuits in Schoten that traditionally host the finish. Marcel Kittel beat Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel to win this year's Scheldeprijs. Boonen ended speculation about his retirement plans by signing a new contract with Etixx-Quickstep in July. He was out of contract at the end of 2016 and had attracted interest from the likes of Lotto Soudal before committing to a 15th season with the Etixx-QuickStep. Boonen joined the team back in 2003 and has enjoyed over 100 professional victories since with Patrick Lefevere's squad, with highlights including the 2005 World Championships, four Paris-Roubaix wins and three Tour of Flanders titles. You can read more at More...
Contador vows to fight on in Vuelta a Espana
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A defiant Alberto Contador(Tinkoff) has insisted that he will continue to fight for the overall classification in the Vuelta a Espaa even if, as he put it in a rest day press conference on Tuesday, "things are not going to be at all straightforward from here on in." Currently fifth overall at nearly three minutes from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and with bandages and scars on his left arm and leg, Contador even joked a little when asked directly what kind of condition he really felt he was in at this point in the Vuelta. "Physically? Mentally? In terms of morale?" Contador said with a broad grin. "I'm fine, I'm going to enjoy what the race holds ahead of me and I'm happy there are lots of hard days left in the Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT "There are lots more opportunities. I have to remember I'm a long way down on Nairo and his team is very strong. That makes things a lot more difficult." "But if I'm here in the Vuelta, I'm not here just to make up the numbers." Contador recognised that he had made some errors on the ascent to Covadonga by attacking and then losing a lot of power later on, which caused him to lose time on his rivals. "I've got a lot of very different sensations, but I think I'm going to be more cautious from now on," he observed. You can read more at More...
Guarnier extends with Boels Dolmans through 2018
August 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Boels-Dolmans announced Tuesday the re-signing of soon-to-be champion of the inaugural Women's WorldTourMegan Guarnier for another two seasons, which will take her through the end of 2018. Guarnier has had strong 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Last year, she won Strade Bianche, Ladies Tour of Norway and a stage of the Giro Rosa, where she finished third overall. Her bronze medal at the 2015 Road World Championship in Richmond, Virginia secured her spot on Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics. This year, she stepped up her performances even more with overall victories at the Giro Rosa and Tour of California, and a one-day win at Philadelphia Cycling Classic, all part of the WorldTour.She also finished on the Women's WorldTour podiums at Trofeo Alfredo Binda and La Flche Wallonne.ADVERTISEMENT "Megan seemed surprised by her success," said team director Danny Stam. "For me, it was never a surprise. I always believed she would turn into a winner, and it was my job to provide her with what she needed to believe in herself." She took over the WorldTour lead after winning in California and currently leads the overall with an unsurpassable 946 points, as runner-up Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur) has 604 points and Lizzie Armitstead sits in third place with 545 points. There is still one race to go at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta on September 11. Guarnier also leads the UCI world ranking with 1369 points, while Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) is in second with 1249 points and silver medallist Emma Johanson (Wiggle High5) is in third place with 1234.5 points. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: How the GC contenders fared at Lagos de Covadonga
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ranking the overall contenders at Vuelta a Espaa can be a rather hazardous sort of an exercise in its early phases, at least when compared with the more regimented Tour de France. This late in the season, in a race where weaker teams and more fatigued riders tackle often unfamiliar terrain, the Vuelta carries few of the certainties of July. Small wonder, then, that the general classification situation was decidedly nebulous for the opening week, but the picture sharpened into focus on the 12-kilometre climb of Lagos de Covadonga on Monday, the final act before the race breaks for its opening rest day. Eleven stages from the finish in Madrid, this Vuelta already seems destined to boil down to a straight duel between two men " Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Just seven kilometres from the summit of Lagos de Covadonga, however, it looked as though Quintana was about to be locked in hand-to-hand combat with a different foe for the next two weeks. With Froome seemingly faltering some 45 seconds behind, Quintana responded smartly to an acceleration from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), and together the pair put daylight into all of the erstwhile contenders.ADVERTISEMENT For a few kilometres, it appeared that Lagos de Covadonga was about to bear out the impressions of Saturdays haul up to La Camponera, where Quintana had been the strongest of the GC men and Contador the most determined. Yet by the time Quintana eased clear of Contador inside the final four kilometres, he was not so much ridding himself of the Spaniard as battling to ensure he held off a resurgent Froome. Like the runner Paula Radcliffe, Froomes ungainly style of riding means that gauging his condition from a glance is nigh on impossible; only the watch is a reliable indicator. When his deficit to Quintana was edging out towards a minute just shy of midway up the climb, it seemed as though his race was run, but Froome then seemingly went into overdrive on the upper reaches, picking off Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Contador and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in succession en route to third on the stage, just 25 seconds down on Quintana. Not quite Pantani on Oropa, but a startling turnaround nonetheless. More on this story: Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana wins stage 10 Contador struggles on Covadonga to remain in contention at Vuelta a Espana Froome remains in Vuelta a Espana contention with dramatic bounce back Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana takes lead with lone win in Covadonga Vuelta a Espana stage 10 highlights - Video Contador: New dawn fades Racing for third place? You can read more at More...
Gesink on track for strong second half of Vuelta a Espana
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) showed promising form heading into the second half of the Vuelta a Espana with a second-place finish behindstage 10 winner Nairo Quintana on the famed climb to Lagos de Covadonga. "My goal is to be good in the second part of the Vuelta," said Gesink, who is still recovering from a concussion sustained in a crash at the Tour de Suisse. "My feeling is that today, the second part of the Vuelta began. We all were in a difficult spot after [Steven] Kruijswijk had to abandon. It lasted for days, but now we have turned things around." Gesink was part of a 16-man breakaway that formed along the coast in the early stages of the 188.7km race from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga.ADVERTISEMENT He was the last rider left of the original move on the final ascent to the finish line when Quintana caught and passed him for the stage win. He hung on to finish second on the day, 24 seconds behind the Colombian but one second ahead of third placed Chris Froome (Team Sky). "This was a nice day, it's not fun that another rider was faster, but it gives me a good feeling," Gesink said, who was joined in the move by teammate Victor Campenaerts. "It is not about who is the first to attack and who goes the fastest immediately, so I set my own pace and I quickly noticed that I could drop the others [breakaway riders]. "Campenaerts did a good job, too. He ensured the speed stayed high when there was a lack of collaboration in the break. Even I went to the front a few times to set the pace because the majority were mainly concerned with the last climb, instead of maximising the lead we had." You can read more at More...
Ulissi and Costa sign for two years with new Chinese WorldTour team
August 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former world champion Rui Costa and Lampre-Merida teammate Diego Ulissi are the first riders to sign with the new TJ Sport Consultation project that aims to be the first Chinese-registered WorldTour team. The group announced last week that it would take over the licence of the Lampre-Merida team. Costa, who won the world championships in 2013, said being part of the project was special for him.ADVERTISEMENT I had received proposals from other teams, however when Saronni described to me his ideas for the future and the project, I had no doubts and I immediately chose to sign a new contract for the next two years, the 29-year-old said in a statement released by the team. I really appreciate that Saronni and the group of TJ Sport trust in me. This is a great motivation for me. Ulissi, 27, has raced since 2010 with Lampre-Merida, the only professional team he's competed with so far in his career. He won two stages of the Giro d'Italia in May and recently took the overall at the Czech Cycling Tour. "I'm happy to continue along the professional path I have started in the team several years ago, adding a new enthusiasm which comes from the Chinese project, he said. I'm sure the next two years will be full of satisfactions. You can read more at More...
Sagan remains top of WorldTour standings after GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
World Champion Peter Sagan retains his position atop the individual WorldTour standings following the French WorldTourGP Ouest France-Plouay race won by IAM Cycling's Oliver Naesen. There was no change to the top 12 riders with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) improving from 19th to 13th after his third place in Brittany. TheGP Ouest France-Plouay was Sagan's first WorldTour race since the Tour de France but it was only a short appearance as Sagan recorded a DNF. It was also his first race since appearing at the Olympic Games for Slovakia in the cross-country. With 22 WorldTour races now completed for the 2016 season, 203 riders have scored points. Points accumulated in the Vuelta a Espana will be finalised when the race finishes in Madrid in September 11 where Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are all racing.ADVERTISEMENT In the team standings, Movistar also holds first position with1152 points in comparison to second placed Tinkoff on 1046. Team Sky are the third team to crack the thousand point barrier on 1019. Dimension Data are last of the 18 teams on252 teams, with IAM Cycling 17th on 317 points. The there is no change to the top of the nation standings either as Spain continues to lead Colombia, France, Great Britain, and Australia. In total, 35 nations have scored points across the 2016 WorldTour season with Lithuania bottom on one point. The Vuelta a Espaa and Eneco Tour are the final stage races on the WorldTour calendar with the one-dayGP de Qubec, GP de Montral, Il Lombardia to follow. The final event of the WorldTour is the Team time trial at the World Championships although the WorldTour teams are set to boycott the October event. You can read more at More...
Kristoff best of the rest at GP Ouest France-Plouay
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
Alexander Kristoffcame into the re-vampedGP Ouest France - Plouayas defending champion and in form off the back of a stage win at Arctic Race of Norway and third at Cyclassics Hamburg with the Katusha rider just denied the WorldTour victory by breakaway riders Olivier Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac). While Katushatook on the responsibility of chasing down the breakaway to ensure the sprint finish for Kristoff, the peloton came up five seconds short of Naesen and three seconds short on Bettiol as the Norwegian won the bunch spring for the final podium position. Kristoff, 29, explained that while he was highly motivated for the 50th running of the Bretagne classic, the lumpy parcours almost ruled him out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT "The break was stronger today. I won the sprint from the group, but I really struggled on the climb. I came back after that and I felt I had control in the sprint, but unfortunately there were two guys in the front so it was third place to me," Kristoff."I felt not super today, but in the sprint I felt good, so I am happy with this result although, of course, I was hoping for a win like last year." Kristoff added that work by his lead out menMarco Haller and Jacopo Guarnieri, after early work fromJurgen Van den Broeck and Vladimir Isaychev, couldn't be faulted and the result bodes well for upcoming racing at the Tour de Fjords. We had good control, but perhaps the break was caught too early. Jacopo went in the second break and showed he was very strong today. Also he and Marco kept me in a good position all the time. I am very happy with the work they did and the work of the entire team. I tried to win and I made the most of it," he said. You can read more at More...
Naesen revels in 'beautiful' GP Ouest-France Plouay victory
August 29, 2016 (14:45) [ Indexed from ]
Following the announcement that Swiss WorldTour team IAM Cycling will be closing up shop at the end of the season, the squad has gone from strength to strength with stage wins in all three grand tours and can now addGP Ouest-France Plouayto its list of 2016 victories after a breakaway victory forOliver Naesen. "This is by far the biggest win of my career," Naesen said. "This is the first time I have succeeded in winning a World Tour event. That automatically gives such a success a special flavor." Just minutes afterNaesen raised his arms in victories, Dries Devenyns came close to winning a second Vuelta a Espana stage for the squad as he finished second to David de la Cruz atAlto del Naranco.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old Naesen is one of several IAM Cycling riders off to AG2R-La Mondiale from 2017 and has hit his stride in recent months with his first WorldTour win adding to his combativity prize on stage 4 of the Tour de France in July. In the GP Ouest-France Plouay, Naesen had broken away withAlberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac),Guillaume Martin (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) with 40km of the race to come.Gougeard lost contact on the final lap of thePlouay circuit with Martin the next to pull up stumps as the sprint teams chased hard behind.Bettiol and Naesen held their nerve inside the final 5km with the Belgian launching the race winning attack. "When I crossed the line, I realized that this sort of emotion is the reason I train so hard. It's an incredible feeling to have all those sacrifices finally rewarded," he added. "I don't ride my bike to finish 50th. I like to win. Alberto Bettiol was very strong, but I knew I could impose my strength. With one kilometer to go, I felt that the peloton would not catch us. When I launched my sprint, I immediately found myself alone. I could really enjoy my moment." You can read more at More...
Contador continues recovery for second day in Vuelta a Espana
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Two days after his big crash in the Vuelta a Espaa, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) continues to recover from his injuries, although as the Spaniard had predicted, he spent the stage following wheels rather than trying to recoup some more time losses. Contador had warned after stage 8, where he raced surprisingly strongly on the ascent of Alto de la Camperona, that injuries of the type he suffered in stage 7 of the Vuelta were often more painful and trickier to handle 48 hours after the crash, rather than in the more immediate aftermath. However, on stage 9 the Spaniard looked to be in solid, if not spectacular shape, staying with the main group of favourites and finishing 18th on the Naranco, even as outsiders like former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing) and Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) shipped a little time.ADVERTISEMENT Still seventh overall, the Spanish stage racing specialist began his customary post-race interviews by congratulating compatriot David De La Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) at length for taking the lead. But he then described his own feelings in a somewhat ambiguous fashion as "good, although my legs felt more blocked up than I'd have liked." "It was a very hard start, very fast, so maybe that's why I felt a bit blocked up, but overall I'm happy, once my legs had warmed up I felt fine." Contador said before proceeding to warm down on the rollers near the line. "It was a relatively straightforward stage, not too complicated in the bunch. I'm looking forward to the Lagos de Covadonga [on Monday's summit finish] because I like mountain stages, but let's see how my body recovers first." You can read more at More...
Movistar unconcerned with losing Vuelta a Espana lead
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Recent Vuelta a Espaa history replayed itself on stage 9 of the race as Movistar once again lost the overall lead, for the second time in less a week - and once again minimized the importance of ceding the top spot overall. In what was effectively a re-run of the stage 4 scenario to San Andres de Texeiro that saw breakaway Darwin Atapuma (BMC) take over the lead from Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), five days later David De La Cruz (Etixx-Quick Step) gained enough time in a break to a summit finish to oust Movistar's Nairo Quintana from the top spot overall. Strengthening the comparison, just like in San Andres de Texeiro, the favourites powered up the final ascent of Naranco at speed, but grouped without any significant attempts to blast out of the pack. Just like on the Galician climb, there was even, once again, a solid attempt by Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) to break out of the pack, presumably once again to put pressure on Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But the end result was exactly the same: Movistar losing the lead with the clear expectation that it would return to the Spanish team's clutches in the not-too-distant future and all the top favourites crossing the line together. The only difference, perhaps, was rather than a Colombian taking the jersey away from a Spaniard as happened with Fernandez and Atapuma, this time the roles were reversed and a Spaniard removed the lead from a Colombian. "Losing the jersey is not a problem at all," Alejandro Valverde, third overall, said afterwards. "You could even say we wanted it given how the race played out." Indeed, Movistar tapped out a solid rhythm behind that kept the gap at five minutes rather than the eight new leader David De La Cruz said he had hoped for, but there was never a ferocious acceleration by the men in dark blue of the type that could have seen the gap come down quicker. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 9 highlights - Video
August 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Etixx-Quickstep added to its record in the Grand Tours with another stage victory and leader's jersey.This time it was David De La Cruz who copied the performance of Gianluca Brambilla in the Giro d'Italia, taking out the stage victory atop the Alto de Naranco and the overall race lead in the Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT De LaCruz's breakaway put enough time into the group of overnight race leaderNairoQuintana (Movistar) to lead the Colombian by 22 seconds, with Alejandro Valverde in third at 41. Etixx-Quickstep now have the best Grand Tour stage record in the WorldTour peloton - seven stage wins between the three Grand Tours and three different riders donning leaders' jerseys - MarcelKittel(Giro), Gianluca Brambilla (Giro) and now De La Cruz. You can read more at More...
Lagutin completes Katusha's Grand Tour hat trick
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Sergey Lagutin gave his Katusha team its third Grand Tour stage win of the season - one in each the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and now the Vuelta a Espaa thanks to the 35-year-old Russian. The hat trick is something only four other WorldTour teams have accomplished - Etixx-Quickstep, IAM Cycling, Orica-BikeExchange and Team Sky - and the first Grand Tour stage win of Lagutin's career at the ripe old age of 35. It comes after the Giro d'Italia stage win by Rein Taarame and the Tour de France stage victory by Ilnur Zakarin.ADVERTISEMENT Lagutin was part of an 11-rider breakaway on the 181.5km stage 8 through the pan flat Duero basin as the peloton chose to have a quiet day and let the move get 10 minutes before the road tilted severely upwards for the 8km ascent of the Alto de la Camperona. "Finally, the dream came true. I was dreaming about this since I was little, about winning a stage in a Grand Tour like the Vuelta. Now it has happened and I still can't believe it has happened to me," Lagutin said. "I'm 35 years old and in some ways, I was thinking this was probably it, but I hope this makes things start all over for me." Lagutin started out his cycling career under the banner of Uzbekistan and was the U23 world champion and a seven-time national champion for that country, but after his Vacansoleil team folded he opted to sign for RusVelo and was encouraged to change his citizenship to Russian. You can read more at More...
Quintana soars to Vuelta a Espana lead on Alto de la Camperona
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After his disappointing Tour de France, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has bounced back with a vengeance in the Vuelta a Espaa, dropping all his GC rivals on the Alto de la Camperona to clinch the overall lead in the Spanish Grand Tour. It was the second time Quintana has worn the red jersey of Vuelta leader. In 2014 he followed the right wheels in a small bunch sprint to the ski station of Valdelinares and moved into the race lead, but then crashed out the following day. This time around Quintana's assault on la roja looked to be much more determined. First Movistar cranked up the pace on the lower slopes of the Alto de la Camperona. Then with three kilometres to go, Quintana responded well to a move by Chris Froome (Team Sky), before blasting away himself, shedding both Froome and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in the process.ADVERTISEMENT Twelfth at the finish, Quintana gained 25 seconds on Contador and 33 on Froome, enough to put him into the overall lead by 19 seconds on teammate Alejandro Valverde and with 27 seconds on Froome. Former leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team) meanwhile, slumped to sixth place, 1:36 down. Quintana not only has the overall lead, but in a very good day for Movistar, Valverde crossed the line in the same time as Froome and remains in second overall, as well as holding the lead in the 'combined' classification as well. After a Tour where Quintana seemed a shadow of his former climbing self, the 2014 Giro d'Italia winner is now in control of the Vuelta and back to his best. And to judge by his tough-talking tone in the press conference, the Colombian has no intention of shedding the lead, either. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Stage 8 highlights - Video
August 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espaa had but one climb, but with pitches up to 20 per cent, it the Alto de la Camperona proved to be quite difficult enough.The peloton let the breakaway fight for the stage win, and Katusha's Sergey Lagutin paced himself perfectly to take the win over Axel Domont (AG2RLa Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT But all eyes were on the GC battles behind, and it was Movistar who proved the strongest, withNairo Quintana dancing away from his rivals to take over the race lead fromBMC's DarwinAtapuma. AlbertoContador found his second wind, however, and jumped away to nab a few seconds back from AlejandroValverde (Movistar) and ChrisFroome (Sky), who now sit second and third overall, respectively. You can read more at More...
Dylan Kennett's dad slams Cycling New Zealand over treatment of his son in Rio
August 26, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The father of Kiwi Olympian Dylan Kennett believes his son was the subject of a personal attack from Cycling New Zealand's high performance director, following his races in Rio.Kennett's performance was openly questioned by Cycling... More...
Chris Froome and Alberto Contador in Vuelta a Espana crash as Jonas van Genechten wins stage seven
August 26, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Tour de France champion collided with Alberto Contador inside the final kilometre but was unhurt and remains third in the overall standings More...
Watch: Superman cyclist's daring move
August 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cyclists, maybe not try this one on New Zealand roads.Despite the fact it's reportedly a set up, and there is could be an element of acting from the fellow riders, this Superman style while going downhill is still a pretty impressive... More...
When mere paint won't do it: Bike lanes around the world
August 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cities are increasingly changing bike lanes to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars.From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are... More...
Spanish Vuelta Results
August 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MIRADOR DE EZARO, Spain (AP) " Results Monday from the third stage of the 71st Spanish Vuelta, a 176.4-kilometer (109.6-mile) route from Marin to the Mirador de Ezaro (rider, country, team, time):1. Alexandre Geniez, France, FDJ,... More...
Geniez wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Fernandez takes over lead
August 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MIRADOR DE EZARO, Spain (AP) " Alexandre Geniez of France held off an attack by the title favorites on a brutal final climb to win the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday.Geniez completed the hilly 176.4-kilometer (109.6-mile)... More...
Meersman sprints to victory in 2nd stage of Spanish Vuelta
August 21, 2016 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAIONA, Spain (AP) " Belgium's Gianni Meersman beat a pack of sprinters to claim the Spanish Vuelta's second stage on Sunday for his first win at a grand tour.The 30-year-old Meersman was launched by his Etixx-Quick Step team in... More...
Riverbank to be shored up for shared pathway
August 21, 2016 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Work on the next stage of the cycling and walking track from the Whanganui City Bridge to North Mole starts on Monday.The contract for the work has been awarded to B Bullock (2009) Ltd. Because some of the work involves shoring... More...

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