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Joel Stransky on bike crash: I landed face first
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Retired Springboks great Joel Stransky has opened up about a horror fall cycling accident that he suffered in South Africa this week. Stransky , who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South Africa to a gripping World Cup final... More...
Kristoff follows tried-and-trusted road to Tour of Flanders
March 23, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
At this stage in the game, Alexander Kristoff knows his way around the Flemish Ardennes. While some of his Katusha-Alpecin teammates went to reconnoitre the Kwaremont and Paterberg ahead of E3 Harelbeke, the Norwegian opted for a shorter ride following his arrival at the teams Classics base, the Park Hotel in Kortrijk, on Thursday morning. As well as the roads, Kristoff knows his own best route the day of days, the Tour of Flanders. While most of his rivals will rest in the week that follows Gent-Wevelgem, Kristoff will, yet again, prepare for the Ronde amid the cut and thrust of the Three Days of De Panne. The approach has served him well in years past, and he sees no reason to change. My body needs a little bit of beating up to get ready. Its not like I can relax and get ready, Im not built that way, Kristoff told Cyclingnews. Some people can have an easier approach and arrive in good shape, but I need to be really pushed hard and get really tired, and then after two days of rest, Im there.ADVERTISEMENT Winner of the Tour of Flanders in 2015, Kristoff has never quite replicated that form in the dress rehearsals of E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. Usually at these two races this weekend, I was never so good, but maybe I can change that this year, he said. I am here and the shape is quite good, but usually I need a bit more of these types of races to really come in the rhythm. Every year I use these two races and De Panne to be good in Flanders, but hopefully I manage to show myself a little bit tomorrow also. Kristoff arrives in Belgium following a series of performances largely in line with his early-season form over the preceding three years, as he clocked up a hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour of Oman. For the third time in five years, Kristoff proceeded to win the bunch sprint at the end of Milan-San Remo, though as in 2013, he was competing for a minor placing rather than the victory. Even so, he came away from La Classicissima with few regrets. Well, it was the first time I won the sprint on Via Roma, because I won on the harbour [the previous finish at the Lungomare Italo Calvino " ed.] before, Kristoff pointed out. I wont say Im disappointed because I did everything I could. I wasnt dropped on the Poggio, whereas in other years I was sometimes distanced a little bit. This year we went really fast and I managed to hold the group. Sagan You can read more at More...
Cycling: Cyclist returns after miracle recovery
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone revisits a happy hunting ground on Saturday as his remarkable recovery from a near-death crash in Europe last year continues to defy initial medical expectations.The South African born 19... More...
Van Garderen leads Tour of Catalonia; Valverde penalized
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA MOLINA, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia but lost the overall lead to American rider Tejay van Garderen after the Spaniard's Movistar team was penalized on Wednesday.Valverde beat Daniel... More...
Lampaert wins Flemish classic ahead of teammate Gilbert
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WAREGEM, Belgium (AP) " Belgium's Yves Lampaert won the Dwars door Vlaanderen race on Wednesday ahead of former world champion Philippe Gilbert as the Quick-Step Floors team secured a 1-2 finish in the cobbled road event.The Belgian... More...
Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins' cycling team furious after Tour of Yorkshire snub
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
The tour had 49 teams apply for the 36 men's and women's places on offer More...
Vanmarcke suffers off day at Dwars door Vlaanderen
March 22, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
This morning Cyclingnews asked readers on social media to caption a photo we took of Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) clambering over a barrier towards a cafe at the start of Dwars door Vlaanderen.A few hours later, after Vanmarcke had crossed the finish line anonymously in the main peloton, some of those caption efforts proved awkwardly accurate, with the Belgian revealing that bowel problems held him back in the first of an all-important run of cobbled classics. "By 10 o'clock Id already been on the toilet four times," he told Cyclingnews and several Belgian reporters outside the Cannondale-Drapac bus. "Straight from the start I felt weird. I was running on empty, and maybe thats why I didnt feel good today." Vanmarcke, a perennial animator of the spring classics, missed the boat when Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked on the Berendries, forming the first key selection of the race with just over 75 kilometres remaining. Despite committing teammates to the chase, alongside Arnaud Demares FDJ, hed never see the front of the race again.ADVERTISEMENT "During the race I told the guys that I wasn't feeling great, but I told them to keep racing to see where we would end up. When others were passing me they saw I wasn't going well. I felt it throughout the race, so I wasn't surprised during the finale," he said. "It's no fun this way, even though I was still in the first main group and racing along. Normally I should be capable of taking the initiative or following the moves, but that wasn't the case today." Vanmarcke revealed last week that he was suffering with lingering rib pain caused by a crash at Strade Bianche earlier this month. Short of breath when making big efforts, he opted to struggle through Tirreno-Adriatico so as not to lose form ahead of the Classics, and hoped that a visit to the physio last Wednesday would put him back on track. You can read more at More...
Alejandro Valverde takes Tour of Catalonia lead
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BANYOLES, Spain (AP) " Alejandro Valverde took the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday after fellow Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas was penalized for helping teammates during the team time trial.Movistar set the best... More...
British Cycling chief Justin Grace makes emotional organ donor appeal after liver transplant saved his life
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 46-year-old also revealed he will take part in the British Transplant Games this year and urged other transplant recipients to sign up More...
Recon Ride: E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem - Podcast
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
With Milan-San Remo in the books, Classics season is truly in full swing. The one-day specialists have a full slate of racing ahead on bumpy Belgian terrain. After a midweek appetizer on the cobblestones of Dwars door Vlaanderen, riders will contest the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke on Friday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Featuring many of the same iconic cobbled climbs as the Tour of Flanders, E3 is a perfect tune-up race, but it's earned its place as a coveted Classics prize in its own right. The list of recent champions more than lives up to the race's WorldTour billing. Former winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be among the top favorites again this year, as will Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale) and at least half of the Quick-Step line-up. Gent-Wevelgem is the older of the two races and has long been a favored battleground for the fast finishers, but impressive attacks in recent editions have denied the sprinters their chance to battle for the win. Time will tell if the likes of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will have the final say Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews Podcast, click here. You can read more at More...
Contador still in GC hunt but 'a long way off' top rivals after Catalunya TTT
March 21, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador has his work cut out for him at the Volta a Catalunya this week after Tuesday's unusually long stage 2 team time trial. Trek-Segafredo finished fourth on the day, 1:15 down on the stage-winning Movistar squad. It was a solid ride, but that's a hefty deficit to make up on the likes of Alejandro Valverde in a one-week race. "I am happy, we have given everything, we have been quite well-organised and we did a good TTT, but we are a long way off our most important rivals," Contador said. "Valverde is 1:15 ahead, which is a lot. Now we have to look at the upcoming stages, starting with La Molina, which is not very hard as an ascent and where there may well be no big differences. Perhaps the time bonuses will be the most important time gaps."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde isn't the only rider standing in Contador's way, as stage 2 runner-up BMC Racing and third-placed Team Sky both have contenders for the overall victory. "The race has got more complicated because van Garderen and Sky with Froome and Thomas are all ahead," Contador said. "So we'll have to see what we can do." Nevertheless, Contador is not throwing in the towel just yet, and he sees openings in the days to come, particularly given the way recent editions of the race have played out. The Spaniard was second to Movistar's Nairo Quintana last year by just seven seconds. You can read more at More...
Tour of Catalonia Results
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Results from Monday's first stage of the Tour of Catalonia, a 179-kilometer (111-mile) ride to and from Calella:1. Davide Cimolai, Italy, FDJ, 4 hours, 28 minutes, 21 seconds.2. Nacer Bouhanni, France, Cofidis,... More...
Cimolai of Italy wins 1st stage of Tour of Catalonia
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALELLA, Spain (AP) " Davide Cimolai of Italy won the opening stage of the Tour of Catalonia by less than a wheel on Monday.The FDJ rider pushed his wheel just in front of Nacer Bouhanni as the two broke away in the final meters... More...
ASO partnership with Volta a Catalunya confirmed - News Shorts
March 20, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
The rumoured partnership between the Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was confirmed by the ASO on Monday. The oldest Spanish stage race, which is currently taking place, has survived on support from the Catalan government, but recently signed a major sponsor in Carrefour, which also backs several of ASO's races. Rubn Peris, the chairman of the race's organising club, explained, "We will benefit straight away from ASO's expertise in areas such as image production and distribution of TV rights, which will help us bring our broadcasts up to the highest standards."ADVERTISEMENT ASO, which also organises Paris-Roubaix, Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Flche Wallonne, Paris-Tours, Paris-Nice, the Critrium du Dauphin and the Vuelta a Espana, has similar stakes in the Tour of Oman, Tour de Yorkshire, Arctic Race of Norway, and the Tour of California. Yann Le Moenner, the ASO's general director, emphasised his company's part in the race's future. "This partnership ensures we'll be there for the 100th edition of the Volta a Catalunya in 2020 and tackle future challenges together," he said. Drucker steps up to lead BMC at Dwars Door Vlaanderen Terpstra looks for third Dwars Door Vlaanderen victory Egyptian racer's death shortens African track championships You can read more at More...
Joel Stransky suffers horror fall in cycling accident
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who broke the hearts of All Blacks rugby fans at the 1995 World Cup has suffered a horror fall in a cycling accident in South Africa.Retired Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky, who kicked a drop goal in extra time to help South... More...
Twin Coast bike trail 'just the start'
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The completion of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is just the start of a region-wide network of cycleways bringing new business opportunities and reversing the decline of small Northland towns, Far North Mayor John Carter says.On Saturday... More...
Matt Heath: Not complaining about not complaining
March 19, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Last week I wrote a column about baby boomers' penchant for complaining about younger generations. Unsurprisingly I received mixed reviews from over-60s. Gripes came by mail, email, landline and around the dinner table (love you,... More...
Crankworx promises big economic boost
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Organisers of the upcoming Crankworx mountain biking festival hope it will crack the $10 million mark for money injected into the country's economy.The festival comes amid a burgeoning market for cycling tourists, who according... More...
Kwiatkowski beats Sagan in Milan-San Remo
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN REMO, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland edged out Peter Sagan in a photo finish to win the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.It looked as if Sagan was going to become the first world champion to win the race since 1983... More...
Team Sky celebrate first ever victory at Milan-San Remo after Michal Kwiatkowski pips Peter Sagan to the line
March 18, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Kwiatkowski came around favourite Sagan in the final 30 metres of the 291-kilometre race More...
Team Sky hit back at claims they covered up Josh Edmondson's prohibited use of vitamin injections
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a statement, Team Sky said there was no cover-up and that concerns about the rider's health impacted their decision to stay quiet More...
Josh Edmondson accuses Team Sky of covering up his prohibited use of vitamin injections and Tramadol
March 16, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Edmondson joined the team in 2013 after impressing as an amateur but left at the end of the 2014 season More...
Fire damage to Port Hills mountain bike park 'a lot worse than we originally thought'
March 15, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Operators say fire damage to the newly-opened $20m mountain bike park above Christchurch is "a lot worse than we originally thought", with around two thirds of the park charred by last month's massive Port Hills blaze. The Rural... More...
Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico for 2nd time in 3 years
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana won the Tirreno-Adriatico race for a second time in three years on Tuesday, while Rohan Dennis was fastest on the final stage, an individual time trial around San Benedetto del... More...
Severe injuries after cyclist and pedestrian collide in Christchurch
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A woman in her 60s has suffered serious head and spinal injuries after a cyclist collided with her in Christchurch this evening.Police said a male cyclist in his 20s was travelling west on Papanui Rd when he collided with the woman... More...
Double Olympic gold winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand announces retirement and thanks under-fire British Cycling
March 14, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rowsell-Shand announced her retirement from international competition with a conspicuous vote of thanks for the sport's governing body – against the tide of bullying, sexism and poor governance allegations More...
Watch: Gale-force winds cause havoc in cycling race
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A top international cycling road race had to be cancelled after gale-force winds blew riders off course - and off their bikes.Organisers of the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour decided to halt the event 21km into the 109km race.They... More...
Gaviria wins stage, Quintana leads Tirreno into final day
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) " Fernando Gaviria won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Monday, and Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead heading into the final leg.Gaviria, who rides for Quick Step, held off... More...
Chris Froome praises Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford
March 13, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome praised Team Sky leader Dave Brailsford on Monday, saying he has learned from his mistakes.Brailsford has expressed a determination to retain his job as team principal... More...
Contador narrowly misses 3rd Paris-Nice title as Henao wins
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NICE, France (AP) " History cruelly repeated itself for Alberto Contador as the Spaniard missed out on a third Paris-Nice victory by just two seconds on Sunday.Colombian rider Sergio Henao clung on to his dwindling overnight lead... More...
Sagan sprints to 2nd stage win, Quintana leads Tirreno
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FERMO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to another victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico race, while Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead after the fifth stage on Sunday.Sagan, who was also fastest on Friday, edged... More...
Editorial: Show goes on despite the rain
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By the rest of the country's standards we seemed to have escaped the worst of the rain and flooding over the last seven days.People in the Coromandel and parts of Auckland, as well as many other areas, will be longing for the sun... More...
Research puts bike riding 500 times less risky than rugby
March 12, 2017 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hopping on a bike is often seen as one of the most perilous things one can do, but researchers who crunched the numbers say cycling is far safer than we think.In fact, the University of Auckland team behind the new study say that... More...
Porte wins stage 7 while Henao takes Paris-Nice overall lead
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COL DE LA COUILLOLE, France (AP) " Two-time champion Richie Porte showed his climbing credentials are intact with a superb breakaway win on stage seven of the Paris-Nice, while Sergio Henao took the overall lead heading into Sunday's... More...
Quintana king of the mountains again in Tirreno-Adriatico
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTE TERMINILLO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana of Colombia repeated his dominant performance on Tirreno-Adriatico's high mountains to win the fourth stage and move into the overall lead on Saturday.Movistar rider Quintana waited... More...
Paul Lewis: Get hard on cycling cheats
March 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
You know the world's gone mad when professional cyclists are taking Viagra to improve their performance ... on the bike.In the ongoing fuss over a suspicious package delivered to British cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins (Tour de... More...
Yates wins stage 6 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FAYENCE, France (AP) " Simon Yates peeled away on the final climb of the day to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, while Julian Alaphilippe retained the lead on Friday.Yates moved into overall contention, but the British rider... More...
Sagan wins 3rd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis leads
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTALTO DI CASTRO, Italy (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, and Rohan Dennis moved into the overall lead on Friday.Sagan powered past Elia Viviani with about 250 meters... More...
Jess Varnish admits she is relieved 'the truth is coming out' after being 'thrown under the bus' by British Cycling
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Shane Sutton was found to have used sexist language towards Varnish, but was cleared of eight of the nine allegations put to him More...
Sir Dave Brailsford insists he will not quit Team Sky despite ongoing pressure and UK Anti-Doping investigation
March 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brailsford this week admitted "mistakes were made" by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures which raised questions about the future of the team More...
Greipel wins stage 5 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURG-DE-PEAGE, France (AP) " German cyclist Andre Greipel won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice in a sprint finish on Thursday, while Julian Alaphilippe comfortably retained his lead.Greipel positioned himself behind the wheel... More...
Most spectacular leg of cycle trail to open at last
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The last, and arguably the best, section of Northland's Twin Coast Cycle Trail will be officially opened on March 18.The 84-kilometre trail, from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Horeke in South Hokianga, follows disused railway corridors... More...
The drinks are on you: Cyclist wins 48 bottles of wine
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Rising French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe could sip success alright after winning a strange prize in the Paris-Nice race.The 24-year-old, who beat Tour de France star Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial, scored 48 bottles... More...
Julian Alaphilippe leads Paris-Nice after winning 4th stage
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONT BROUILLY, France (AP) " Julian Alaphilippe took the lead in the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday, beating two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win a hilly time trial in the fourth stage.The 24-year-old Alaphilippe,... More...
Caruso takes early race lead after BMC wins team time trial
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy (AP) " Italian rider Damiano Caruso took the lead at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after his BMC team won the team time trial on Wednesday.The star-studded BMC team completed the 22.7-kilometer (14.1-mile)... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong reveals his biggest regret
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has revealed what he regrets most during a career spent rebuffing accusations of doping.After years of denying taking performance drugs, in 2013 the disgraced cyclist finally admitted to taking banned substances... More...
Team Sky chairman backs Sir Dave Brailsford and hits out at 'inaccurate commentary'
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The team remains embroiled in controversy relating to a 'mystery' package delivered to then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphin and three TUEs granted to Bradley Wiggins More...
Bennett beats sprint favorites in stage 3 of Paris-Nice
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) " Ireland's Sam Bennett overpowered a world-class field of sprinters Tuesday to take the third stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race.The Bora-Hansgroghe rider surged at the right time to upstage Norway's... More...
Team Sky acknowledge 'mistakes' over mystery medical package
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky acknowledged Tuesday that "mistakes were made" around the delivery of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins which is the center of a British anti-doping inquiry.However, team principal... More...
Sir Dave Brailsford admits "mistakes were made" by Team Sky over anti-doping and medical practices
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has come in under the spotlight amid ongoing inverstigations into alleged anti-doping More...

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