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Team Sky riders publicly back Sir Dave Brailsford after reports of a revolt
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome did not join his team-mates in offering public support to Brailsford More...
Paris-Nice stage 3 highlights - Video
March 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 3 at Paris-Nice provided another chance for the sprinters, and Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday, out-kicking a world-class field to win the stage inChalon-sur-Sane ahead ofAlexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors). The day got underway with a three-rider break that included Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Ben King (Dimension Data) and Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille) sneaking away within the first couple of kilometres. The trio cooperated well and stretched their advantage to seven minutes before the FDJ team of race leader Arnaud Demare came to the fore and started taking back large chunks of time.ADVERTISEMENT The lead trio's gap was down to just 1:30 with 30km remaining, and King was jettisoned from the group on thecategory 2 climb of Cte de Charrecey. Latour and Combaud combined their strengths to put up a fierce battle for survival in the lead, but their efforts succumbed to the chase as they passed under the flamme rouge. From there, it was a mad dash to the line, with Kittel jumping first and Bennett coming around the big German before the line. You can read more at More...
Colbrelli beats leader Demare in Stage 2 of Paris-Nice
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AMILLY, France (AP) " Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to victory Monday in the second stage of the Paris-Nice race.The Italian started his sprint with about 200 meters (yards) to go and held off John Degenkolb to claim... More...
Silence on Sport NZ's involvement in Napier City Council's proposed multi-use facility
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Questions about Sport New Zealand's involvement in the Napier City Council's proposed multi-use sports facility are going unanswered, with both agencies remaining tight lipped. Located near Taradale's Pettigrew-Green Arena, the... More...
Team Sky riders 'held talks to discuss whether to ask Dave Brailsford to step down'
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The team's manager is at the heart of a doping scandal dating back to 2011 regarding medical practices at Team Sky More...
Porte's Paris-Nice dreams over after a second day of time losses
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
If one was hoping for a deep analysis of BMC Racing's disappointing performance on stage 2 of Paris-Nice then talking to the riders wasn't the best place to start. Dripping wet and shivering in the cold conditions, only Nicolas Roche offered up any dialogue as he clambered onto the bus. 'I feel dead' the Irishman said after a brutal day of racing that saw Richie Porte's chances of winning the race implode after the Australian lost over 14 minutes. During the morning briefing, BMC and Porte team knew that the weather would play its part, with driving rain and wind once again on the menu. The loss of Michael Schr, who crashed out on stage 1, was a blow but the team truly felt the effects once Porte and his teammates were scattered in the blustery conditions on the road to Amilly.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a really hard day for us. Of course we lost Schr yesterday and he was an important guy for this sort of race," Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews. "Without this guy we couldn't keep Richie in the front. Richie was there but in one moment he was in a bad position and no one was there for us. He was dropped and of course with this weather, and temperature it's not the best for him." Piva was in the team's second car during the stage but was aware of the team's situation when race radio crackled into life and confirmed Porte's predicament. You can read more at More...
Paris-Nice stage 2 highlights - Video
March 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It was another brutal day in Paris-Nice, with the peloton being splintered by crosswinds and pelted by near-freezing rain.Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) headed up the column of winners on the day, starting the sprint into Amilly and holding off the charge of JohnDegenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and race leader Arnaud Demare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The others who profited from the splits included Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), TonyGallopin(Lotto Soudal), and SergioHenao(Team Sky) - all of whom made the front group for the second day in a row. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Barguil(Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) were more attentive on this stage, but there were a number of riders washed out of contention. Richie Porte (BMC) is now 15 minutes down, while Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) is over 40 minutes down. You can read more at More...
Demare wins stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Contador, Porte behind
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOIS D'ARCY, France (AP) " Frenchman Arnaud Demare won the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday, while two-time champions Alberto Contador and Richie Porte lost ground in windy conditions.The veterans fell behind the main... More...
Porte: It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
As he stood on the start line, Richie Porte (BMC Racing)casually waxed lyrical about training, form and the desire to see a no-frills, and predictable sprint at end of the stage 1 of Paris-Nice. No silly business, was his exact wish, but in the end the stage around Bois dArcy was anything but silly, and Portes ambitions of winning the overall for the third time in his career were hanging by a thread when he was caught out in a crosswind split. He wasnt the only overall contender to miss the move as Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step destroyed the field with echelon skills straight from the Belgian textbook. For almost two hours, Porte and his BMC Racing teammates toiled in the wind and rain as the gap to the lead group sat at more than a minute. The Australian found assistance in Trek-Segafredo and Orica-Scott as both teams missed the split for their respective leaders in Alberto Contador and Simon Yates, but up ahead Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) threatened to run away with the race. In the end, Porte rescued a slight victory from what he admitted could have been a complete disaster, as he dropped Contador and clawed back a few precious seconds on Alaphilippe and the rest. Arnaud Demare won the stage, with Porte conceding 47 seconds to the FDJ sprinter and Alaphilippe. Dan Martin and Gallopin created a 38 second buffer over the Tour Down Under winner, while Contador lost 14 seconds to his former Saxo teammate. It was bad, but it could have been much, much worse. It was a disaster but not too much of a disaster, Porte said after the finish line. We lost some time, but in the end we took a bit more time back on some of the other favourites. The race isnt over. Today wasnt ideal, but my team were fantastic and they really controlled that. Tomorrow is another day.ADVERTISEMENT With more mountainous stages to come and the individual time trial suited to his characteristics, Porte will not panic after Sundays performance. However, the news of teammate Michael Schar leaving the race with a suspected broken collarbone will do little to improve the mood at the BMC dinner table this evening. Scanning down the results, Porte will see that Contador and Yates have been distanced by 17 seconds and that Romain Bardet is out of the race altogether after the French GC hope was disqualified. The Quick-Step duo of Alaphilippe and Martin are now major contenders for the overall and have to be spoken about in the same breath as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sergio Henao - the latter sits just nine seconds off the lead. Once it splits like that and its such a big group its hard but its not over, Porte said.There are some strong guys in front but theres still a lot of racing to go. Like Porte, BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz chose to see the positive side from a disappointing day, and he pointed to the fact that at one point BMCs overall challenge looked over after less than 100 kilometres of racing. It was a difficult day for everyone. Richie took 17 seconds out of Contador, which was a plus and when you miss a break then you have to chase and we chased as hard as we could, all day, Ochowicz told Cyclingnews. At one moment it could have gone to two minutes but they held their ground and the front guys started to hit their max. You could see that at the end. Everyone in the race went as hard as they possible could. You can read more at More...
Bardet disqualified from Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) has been excluded from Paris-Nice after the race jury ruled that he received illegal assistance from his team car as he chased back on after crashing in the finale of Sundays opening stage. Bardet sustained cuts to his knee and thigh when he crashed with 22 kilometres remaining while part of the second group on the road in a stage that saw the peloton splintered into echelons by crosswinds. The Frenchman remounted quickly and succeeded in latching back up to the chasing group as the race entered the final 10 kilometres. Host broadcaster France Tlvisions showed only fleeting images of Bardets pursuit through the race convoy, though on at least two occasions, the helicopter shot showed a mechanic leaning from the AG2R La Mondiale car window to perform adjustments to his bike as he rode.ADVERTISEMENT Bardet succeeded in catching the small chasing group, which was being led by Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), with a little over 10 kilometres remaining. He was to the fore when that group fragmented on the final approach to the line, coming home alongside Richie Porte (BMC), 47 seconds down on stage winner Arnaud Dmare (FDJ). Within minutes of the finish, however, the race jury announced that Bardet had been excluded from the race for receiving illegal assistance from his team car, a punishment in line with that handed down to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) for a similar offence on the opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa. In a communique issued after the stage, the commissaires said that they had excluded Bardet for the specific infraction of holding onto his team car, and handed him a fine of 200 Swiss Francs. Directeur sportif Julien Jurdie has also been excluded for the remainder of Paris-Nice and AG2R La Mondiale will have just one team car in the race for the week. You can read more at More...
Marcel Kittel back on disc brakes at Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After the controversy and the debate, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) returned to using disc brakes on stage 1 of Paris-Nice. The German has been of the leading supporters of the braking technology, and one of the first riders to use them during their 2017 trial at WorldTour level. Kittel briefly opted to return to the more traditional caliper brake-equipped Specialized Venge ViAS bike after claims that the disc rotors on his bike had sliced through one of Owain Doulls shoes in a crash on stage 1 at the Abu Dhabi Tour. He told the press then that he would put a hold on using discs out of respect for my colleagues because I understand the safety issues. On the start line of stage 1 of Paris-Nice, the discs were back.ADVERTISEMENT Oh yes, disc brakes. I think its a good choice for this weather condition. Ive said before that I still believe in the disc brakes and Im convinced by it, Kittel told Cyclingnews. While it still remains unclear as to how the incision in Doulls shoe was made " there were also claims that the Sky riders attire could have been spliced open by a rusty guard rail during the crash " the debate around the technology has rumbled on. In the aftermath of the crash, a body representing the bicycle industry issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The UCI and the (Cyclistes Professionels Associs) CPA are at loggerheads, with the latters rider representative recently telling Cyclingnews, "The sad thing is someone might have to take a bullet for change to happen. You can read more at More...
Contador recovers from illness to race Paris-Nice
March 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) has recovered from recent illness to line up at Paris-Nice where he will look to avenge a narrow loss from last year. The Spaniard finished a close second in the Race to the Sun in 2016, finishing four seconds adrift of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) after losing time in a late split. Contador has already impressed this season with a number of attacking displays and second overall in Ruta del Sol. He is still looking for his first win in Trek colours and will look at Paris-Nice " a race he won for the first time a decade ago " as the ideal opportunity. A cold at the end of February led to a short course of antibiotics but the former Tour de France winner has been given the all-clear to race.ADVERTISEMENT It was just a cold but its under control now and I feel better. I was a little sick on the last stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. In Andalucia I took antibiotics but I finished them last week and now I feel better and have confidence for the hard part of the race, he told Cyclingnews as he lined up for stage 1 of Paris-Nice in Bois-dArcy. While Contador is in clement health the same could not be said of the weather conditions on stage 1. The rain fell overnight and continued during the sign-on with winds expected during the relatively short but technical stage. Given that Contador lost Paris-Nice last year due to a late split in the bunch, he knows better than most that riders with GC aspirations need to be attentive throughout the race. Every stage is a difficult for GC, he said. We know that in Paris-Nice you can lose everything in one day and today the differences can be bigger than in the mountain stages or the time trial. You need to pay attention and make sure that youre in a good position the whole time. Then you just need to cross your fingers. One rider tasked with keeping Contador is Gregory Rast. The experienced Swiss rider worked for Contador back in their Astana days and also rode as a domestique for Fabian Cancellara. The 37-year-old has the difficult task of supporting Contador and riding for John Degenkolb in the sprints. You can read more at More...
Former world champion Kwiatkowski wins Strade Bianche
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SIENA, Italy (AP) " Michal Kwiatkowski won the Strade Bianche with a solo break on Saturday for his second victory in the one-day classic.The Pole had time to slow down around the final wet corners after rain had affected the race... More...
Cycling: Fairytales likely to produce more frogs
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Appropriately enough, in yet another eventful week in the world of doping, there has been not one high-profile failed test.No tearful concessions, no medals revoked, no tell-all interviews with Oprah.What there has been no shortage... More...
UK Sport issues funding warning over British Cycling's missing medical records scandal
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has described the evidence given at Wednesday's select committee hearing regarding the lack of record-keeping at British Cycling and Team Sky as "shocking", saying funding could be withheld for... More...
Bradley Wiggins angered by questions about medical package
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " With investigations escalating into a mystery medical package dispatched to a race six years ago to treat Bradley Wiggins, the British cycling great's anger boiled over on Thursday.Not over the revelation that Team... More...
Lack of medical records taints Team Sky, British cycling reputation
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After fueling Britain's transformation into an Olympic superpower, the country's cycling reputation is being damaged by a medical mystery that keeps on growing.Britain's anti-doping agency and legislators have spent months trying... More...
Team Sky's reputation "in tatters" following latest Culture Media and Sport select committee evidence
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Damian Collins was speaking after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) boss Nicole Sapstead updated the panel of MPs on her agency's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky More...
Cycling coach who delivered package to Bradley Wiggins at centre of doping probe said he 'wanted to keep his job'
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Cope told MPs they might think he was stupid - and claimed a riddle over his movements in the run-up to the delivery may have been triggered by him fiddling his expenses More...
Kwiatkowski proves he is back to his best with Strade Bianche win
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michal Kwiatkowski punched the air several times as he arrived alone and victorious in Sienas Piazza del Campo, celebrating a well-deserved win at Strade Bianche but also enjoying his return to success after a difficult first season with Team Sky. The 26-year-old Polish rider had not won a race since last years E3 Harelbeke. He started the 2016 season very skinny, but failed to finish a long series of stage races. He seemed a shadow of the rider who soloed to victory at the 2014 World Championships and won the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. Kwiatkowski cuts a diminutive figure compared to the bulk of the Cobbled classic contenders. He is also softly spoken and clearly emotive yet was not afraid to reveal he had endured a difficult 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Im very happy to win, but it wasnt all or nothing," Kwiatkowski said during the winners press conference with the written media at Strade Bianche. "Im very happy with how it went. I had a lot of difficulties last season, but now Im happy with the current situation. "I was maybe pushing myself to the limit too much to impress everyone last year. Im not a machine, and sooner or later you pay the bill. I wasnt happy but had great support from the team with my health problems and not finishing races, they always believed in me. I didnt lose my talent, I just had to wait and work hard to get back on the level. "Before I started training [for 2017] I tried to stay calm. My main goal was to be back at my level. Im just happy to be having fun on my bike again." You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet rues missed opportunity at Strade Bianche but enjoys the hard racing
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing)was disappointed to finish second at Strade Bianche and regretted letting Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) go clear alone with 15km to race, yet he managed to raise a smile after the finish in Sienas Piazza del Campo, knowing he had been in a great race. "It was really old school today. From the fifth or sixth section of dirt roads [with close to 100km left to race], it was full gas to the finish. There was never a moment when you cold recover a little bit," he said. "This was the hardest edition of the race Ive done. It opened up so early and thats why every guy was one against one. Thats what made it so hard. Everybody had to ride on their own. Ive never gone that slow on the climbs... "I think this is a real Classic. Its a fight to the strade, then when you are on the strade its risky and technical. Then with the wind and the rain, you can make the race hard wherever you want. Its such a nice race because all that makes it hard and special. In every sector you have to be there. I love it." Van Avermaet was gracious in defeat but suggested Kwiatkowski was lucky to get away when he did. "I ride to win, but before we got together [in the finale], there was lots of jumping and stopping, jumping and stopping; that kills you even more. He went full gas and went really strong, otherwise he wouldnt have kept the gap. "Its too bad its second, but I think you had to be a little bit lucky. Kwiatkowski was strong, but me, Styby and Wellens were strong too. But you have to have a little bit of luck on who can go and who you make [close] the gap. We were just jumping around like idiots, but thats racing too. More to come in April Van Avermaet is in impressive form for early March. He beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for a second consecutive time last weekend and showed his form with a series of powerful and aggressive attacks during Strade Bianche.ADVERTISEMENT His winter training was delayed after suffering a non-displaced fibula fracture during a mountain bike ride in November. He underwent surgery but seems to have quickly found his form. He believes there is more to come before he returns to Belgium for the cobbled classics. "I think so," he said optimistically. "I feel good and in shape. I felt fresh today. I took a week of recovery last week because I want a good build-up to the Classics. This was a first goal, and you can see Im up there. I think Tirreno can make me a little bit stronger like always, then it happens: We have three or four chances [in the Classics]. I hope I can catch one." You can read more at More...
Sagan abandons Strade Bianche due to illness
March 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was not a contender at Strade Bianche after the world champion was hampered by illness. Sagan started the race in Siena on Saturday morning and said he was riding to win. However, he suffered on the early climbs and sectors of dirt road, eventually quitting the race with 70km to go. He climbed into a Bora-hansgrohe team car after the seventh sector of dirt road. "I havent been feeling well for the past three days, and when I woke up this morning I was feeling weak and had a sore throat," Sagan said in a statement released by the team after the race. "However, the Strade Bianche is a prestigious race and I started today out of respect for the thousands of Italian fans who came to watch.ADVERTISEMENT "I started and tried to do my best and race as much as I could," Sagan said. "Around 75km after the start, I got tangled in a big pile-up and suffered a deep cut in my finger that will probably require a couple of stitches, as well as a hit to my left knee. I went on, but at 95km I decided to retire." Sagan finished fourth last year and has twice been second at Strade Bianche. He was expected to clash with Greg van Avermaet (BMC) and the other big-name riders after impressing in Belgium last week with his second place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Bora-Hansgrohe team said via social media that Sagan has been feeling unwell before the start of the race but wanted to ride as much of it as possible despite being under the weather. " BORA " hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) March 4, 2017 You can read more at More...
Iranian cycling team blocked from racing over 2 doping cases
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " Iranian team Pishgaman Cycling has been suspended from racing for 30 days after two riders tested positive for doping.The International Cycling Union says the third-tier team "is suspended from participating... More...
2018 Tour de France to start on the Passage du Gois
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Riders in the 2018 Tour de France will set off from the Passage du Gois, a causeway that Atlantic Ocean tides cover twice a day.With this year's race set to start in the German city of Dusseldorf, cycling's biggest... More...
British cycling accused of blocking release of Jess Varnish's files following removal from the Olympic programme
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cycling chiefs have been accused of holding back documents relating to Varnish's removal from the Olympic programme More...
Bike industry body disputes disc brake involvement in Doull crash
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A body representing the bicycle industry has issued a statement rejecting claims that disc brakes are dangerous and should not, in their current form, be permitted for use in professional cycling. The WFSGI " World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry " has waded into the debate following Owain Doulls claim that Marcel Kittels disc brake sliced into his shoe during a crash at last weeks Abu Dhabi Tour. "My shoe was cut to pieces. That's definitely a disc brake that has done that," Doull told Cyclingnews after the incident. Doull's account has been disputed by the WFSGI, which issued its statement in its capacity as a representative of bicycle and component manufacturers.ADVERTISEMENT "The investigation into the accident of Owain Doull is still ongoing and the available material is being studied carefully," the statement read. "After the first material and image investigations, we can say that a disk brake accident can, most likely, be excluded." The statement does not specify which materials were studied to reach this preliminary conclusion on the Doull incident. The body also said that it had commissioned Swiss forensic analyst Ulrich Zollinger to study the injury sustained by Francisco Ventoso during last years Paris-Roubaix, and linked to his report in its statement. Zollinger stated that the Ventosos injury "could not be reasonably explained" and concluded that "every sharp part of a bicycle poses a certain risk of injury." The WFSGI statement voiced support for the UCI's working group on disc brakes, which includes representatives from bike manufacturers, riders' association the CPA and teams' association the AIGCP. Trial of disc brakes set to continue despite CPA threat of legal action You can read more at More...
Ferrand-Prevot set for Canyon-SRAM debut at Strade Bianche
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot will make her long-awaited Canyon-SRAM debut at this weekends Strade Bianche. Ferrand-Prevot hasnt raced since the Olympic Games last August after injury meant she only competed on the road for nine days during the whole of last season. Following the disappointment of only managing 26th at the Olympics, Ferrand-Prevot called cycling her biggest nightmare. The change in team over the winter has given her a new sense of purpose as she looks to put the past 12 months or so behind her, and she is excited to get her season finally underway. I think Im in good shape, but you dont really know until youre in the race. Im looking forward to joining my teammates again since our December training camp in Mallorca. I want to be good enough that I can help my team on Saturday. Already I am excited and a little nervous, she said.ADVERTISEMENT I like the gravel roads there, and the profiles of climbs are short and steep, which suit me when Im in good shape. The downhill sections are technical, and I really like these. Ferrand-Prevot rode Strade Bianche for the first time last season with the Rabo-Liv team, finishing 11th, 1:23 behind the winner Lizzie Deignan. The rest of the Canyon-SRAM line-up were all in action at last weekends Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Alena Amialiusik, Tiffany Cromwell, Alexis Ryan, Trixi Worrack and Italian champion Elena Cecchini will all head to Italy this weekend, with Lisa Brennauer the only member of the Omloop squad to skip the race. It will be Cecchinis first time at Strade Bianche since finishing 10th on the debut edition in 2015. You can read more at More...
Bradley Wiggins doctor pulls out of anti-doping select hearing due to illness
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The latest and potentially conclusive meeting of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) anti-doping select committee takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster when the details of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation into Team Sky are expected to be revealed. Appearing at the meeting will be Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UKAD, and former British Cycling women's road manager Simon Cope, who delivered the now infamous Jiffy bag to Dr Richard Freeman and Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. The hearing, which is not under oath, was moved to March 1 to accommodate Cope who has been at a Team Wiggins training camp. Freeman had been scheduled to appear in front of the committee but the Press Association have reported that the doctor emailed thecommittee's chairman Damian Collins MP on Tuesday stating that he was too ill to attend. Freeman was set to face questions over the delivery and need for the package during the 2011 Dauphine, as well as the administration ofFluimucil given to Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race. According to the Guardian a spokesperson for the committee said that Freeman may have the options of supplying written testimony or face the committee at a later date. Freeman no longer works for Team Sky but has remained in his position at British Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Julian Knight MP, part of the committee took to Twitter once news of Freeman's decision not to attend was made public. "News to me. I trust if true Dr Freeman recovers very soon and is then able to appear before us to answer important questions." The Jiffy-gate affair, as some have dubbed it, has now been running since last autumn, and, allied to questions over Team Sky's use of TUEs during Wiggins' Grand Tour schedules, prompted a UKAD investigation into both Sky and British Cycling. During the last DCMS hearing in December, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford informed the committee that team doctor Freeman had told him that the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins contained a decongestant. "It was Fluimucil," Brailsford said. Following that hearing, the committee, chaired by MP Damian Collins, requested that evidence was provided of this medication being administered to Wiggins. You can read more at More...
Tour de France 2018 to start on Passage du Gois
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart will include two road stages in the Vende region, an official start at the often submerged Passage du Gois road from the island of Noirmoutier-en-l'le, followed by a 35km team time trial around Cholet on stage 3. It is the sixth time the Vendee region has hosted the Grand Dpart and comes seven years after the 2011 Grand Dpart in the area. The first edition of the Tour de France back in 1903 passed through the area during the key stage between Bordeaux and Nantes. The Puy du Fou theme park hosted the Grand Dpart in 1993, when Miguel Indurain won the 6.8km prologue time trial and went on to win the race in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT In 1999 the Tour de France covered the Passage du Gois during stage two, with crashes and echelons splitting the peloton. Alex Zulle (Banesto), Ivan Gotti (Polti) and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) lost more than six minutes. The race last set out from the Vende six years ago, when Thomas Voeckler from local outfit Europcar went on to have an inspired Tour de France, wearing the race leader's yellow jersey for ten days and finishing fourth overall in Paris. The 37-year-old Frenchman plans to retire after this year's Tour de France. Stage 1 covers 195km between Noirmoutier-En-L'le and Fontenay-Le-Comte, with much of the stage following the twisting Vende coastline after the riders cross the Passage du Gois. Crosswinds and echelons could be an immediate problem for the overall contenders. The finish is close to the home to Jean-Ren Bernaudeau and the headquarters of his Direct Energie team. " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 " Le Tour de France (@LeTour) February 28, 2017 You can read more at More...
Sagan, Van Avermaet and Vanmarcke could face fine for sidewalk riding at Omloop
February 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke could all face a fine for riding on the pavement during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, according to Sporza. The riders escaped any punishment immediately following the race, despite several riders stating that theyd been informed they would be disqualified if they used bike paths or pavements during cobbled sectors. "The regulations say that riders can be fined if they ride on a separate bike path. A report has certainly been prepared, which has been sent to the UCI, who now decides whether it will or will not go to the disciplinary committee. That could still get a fine. The names of the riders are not important, it's the principle," UCI commissaire Guy Dobbelaere told Sporza. The use of pavements and bike paths during races, particularly the cobbled variety, has been a thorn in the side of race officials for many years. They have repeatedly tried to stop riders taking shortcuts and seeking smoother surfaces but have struggled the UCI rules.ADVERTISEMENT Ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, commissaires told riders that they risked being thrown from the race if they either pavements or bike paths. However, TV images clearly showed that the leading group rode on the pavement during the Karel Martelstraat section of cobbled. As the chasing group went through, a commissaire was stationed on the pavement, forcing the riders to complete the entire sector on the cobbles. While some such as Luke Rowe were a bit more pragmatic about the incident, saying that there would have been no chance to catch the group whether they had used the cobbles or the pavement, many were angered by it. Trek-Segafredo, whose Fabio Felline finished fourth, went to the commissaires immediately after the race to file a complaint. Despite the protestations, Dobbelaere said that to disqualify the group of riders would have been too harsh. He added that the rule was open to interpretation but he sympathises with those that feel they have been hard done by. You can read more at More...
Call for cheaper Crankworx tickets for locals
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A call to offer cheaper Crankworx tickets for locals will be looked into by Rotorua Lakes Council staff.Councillor Tania Tapsell raised the question of cheaper options for locals at a meeting of the council today , but it could... More...
Jolien D'hoore puts Wiggle on the map with win - Women's Shorts
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It is not even March (yet) but that hasnt stopped the pressure forming on teams that havent secured a win this season. Wiggle High5 can breathe a sigh of relief, however, after Belgian sprinter Jolien Dhoore secured their first victory of the seaon at the Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday. Dhoore beat former Wiggle teammate Chloe Hosking to the line, with Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott Women) rounding out the podium. I felt really good today, and the team was really strong, Dhoore said after the race.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggle had come up short in the previous days edition of the Womens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with Dhoore finishing seventh and her teammate, Elisa Longo Borghini, claiming fifth. The Italian was in the thick of the action on Sunday and attacked several times. Her final assault came in the final kilometres and despite holding an advantage over the peloton she was caught inside the final 500 meters. Wiggle were not to be denied, however, and Dhoore edged out the competition to take a deserved victory. I was a little bit surprised by it, because of the race yesterday, but we went into the race with a plan. Elisa was on the attack, and I was in a breakaway once, and the other girls helped us amazingly, and in the end it all worked out. Elisa was going for the win, Dhoore added. The plan was that she attacked on the last climb of the last lap. She would go for the win, definitely, and I had to be there just in case we caught her back before the finish. Brand makes winning debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Blaak survives crash to take second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Lepisto finds form in Belgium You can read more at More...
Greipel shrugs off Abu Dhabi Tour defeat ahead of Paris-Nice
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) shrugged off any disappointment at the Abu Dhabi Tour despite missing out on a stage win. The German sprinter came into the race in hot form after winning at the Challenge Mallorca, backing that up with a stage and the Green jersey at the Volta ao Algarve.However in the hotly contested sprints in Abu Dhabi the 34-year-old came up short with a second, third and ninth place finishes. Greipel was not the only sprinter to miss out on a stage but Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and the ever-improving Caleb Ewan all tasted success. Heavy rain affected Sundays final night-time stage on the Yas Marina F1 circuit, and despite a late charge, Greipel could not overhaul Ewan or Cavendish.ADVERTISEMENT I think it was a nice week. Normally we are there for the sprints and the guys really went all in to support me. Today we even got some seconds with Rafa [Rafael Valls] in the front and we just can be happy that we didnt crash today and the week was quite successful. Okay, we didnt win a stage but we made the best out of it I think, Greipel said. The main priority for the riders competing on the Yas Marina Formula One circuit was to remain upright and the peloton rode tempo for much of the race. The sprint teams chased down an early break before increasing the pace in the final few laps. First of all I think it looked maybe worse than it was, Greipel explained. You can read more at More...
Adam Yates: Fourth in the Tour means little at the Giro d'Italia
February 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
He claims that there is only pressure from himself when it comes to racing the Giro dItalia but Adam Yates is determined to produce back-to-back performances at Grand Tours when he competes in the first three-week race of the season in May. Yates, who finished fourth in the Tour de France last year and won the best young classification, heads to the Corsa Rosa alongside his twin brother Simon, and together they will spearhead Orica-Scotts GC bid. Success at such a prestigious and difficult race is a formidable challenge, especially with a string of more experienced rivals set to line up at the 100th edition of the event. As long as Im in the top ten thats fine, Adam toldCyclingnews when asked about his ambitions.ADVERTISEMENT Ive only ridden GC once in a Grand Tour. Its not like Ive come fourth in the Tour and now Im going to challenge for the win at the Giro. Id love to be up there and challenging for the win but its way too early to be making these big calls and say I want to do this, and I want to do that. If Im top ten, thats an achievement. Back-to-back performances would certainly strengthen Yates' position in the team and show progression for a rider who is still within the age parameters for the best young rider classifications. In the Tour de France last year he took a measured approach in the mountains but was consistent throughout the race. That mindset will serve him well in May but he is well aware that the Giro d'Italia is a far different beast to tame than the Tour de France. On television the Giro looks more demanding. I wouldnt say that the Tour is less predictable but everyone there works for one goal, whereas at the Giro you have more second tier guys who arent afraid to have a go and create carnage. Ive not raced there before, or in Italy that much, apart from Tirreno-Adriatico, but well go there and see what happens. The goal is long-term development You can read more at More...
Van Garderen: Lack of motivation is never the issue
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Following a quiet start to the season at the Abu Dhabi Tour " and a winter of public speculation over his apparent Grand Tour rut " Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) won't put a number on what will constitute a successful Giro d'Italia campaign. The Abu Dhabi Tour, with its newly-minted WorldTour status, attracted some of the world's best climbers despite there being only a single 15-km hilltop finish at Jebel Hafeet for them to test their legs in an otherwise flat race. It was on that ascent that Van Garderen was left disappointed with his season debut, as he went out too quickly and then lost contact with the main group, which comprised Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and other likely Giro contenders in May.ADVERTISEMENT "I was confident, I was ready to race, I had the team put me in a good position," said Van Garderen, who revealed he was suffering from a cold. "They did a perfect job, they really ramped it up at the start of the climb and kind of put me in the red. Normally I can go into the red and then, once it settles down, recover and regain the rhythm. But this time I went into the red and just kind of blew up. "You can chalk that down to either the bug, or maybe just it being my first race. I don't want to make excuses. I'm not happy with my performance but at the same time I'm also not panicking because I know I put in a good winter. I'm confident in the work that I did up until this point." Van Garderen was heralded as a successor to Tour de France champion Cadel Evans when he joined BMC but has been unable to reprise the form he produced to take two fifth overall places finishes, in 2012 and 2014. This year he has left the Tour to teammate Richie Porte. You can read more at More...
Zakarin can make the podium at the Giro d'Italia, says Konyshev
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ilnur Zakarin is confident he can finish on the podium of the Giro d'Italia this year, with his Katusha-Alpecin sports director Dimitri Konyshev convinced the Russian will win a Grand Tour before his career is out. And after an inconspicuous start at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, considerable weight was added to those hopes on the queen stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday, where Zakarin rode away from what was pretty much the entire cast of this year's Giro favourites, though he was just pipped for the stage win by Rui Costa. "I felt very good today and I'm happy with this results as I have recently trained hard at Mount Teide," said Zakarin, who distanced Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Bauke Mollema, Tom Dumoulin, and Steven Kruijswijk " who will all feature in Italy in May. "This is the fruit of that hard work and I'm happy."ADVERTISEMENT The Russian, who was banned for two years in 2009 for using anabolic steroids, was in a strong position at last year's Giro until two crashes on the Chianti time trial dented his push for the podium. Still lying fifth overall, his race ended when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello two days from Milan. "At the Giro he had a very bad experience last year," Konyshev told Cyclingnews in Al Ain on the morning of the Abu Dhabi queen stage. "Talking about the podium is always difficult and in the last five days everything can change, but I think [without the crash] top five we could have done easily. "The only thing he missed last year was experience. Now we have some. I cannot say he has a lot of experience but he has some. So this year we are thinking about the first three places, I think he's able to do that. He's much more experienced than last year. It was really the first three-week race as a leader. So he gained a lot of experience. Also with how to program the race. We made a couple of mistakes last year in terms of preparation for the Giro. He was too good at the beginning, and worse towards the end. We've changed his calendar and training a bit to try to organize it better." You can read more at More...
Boonen ruled out of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne by stomach problems
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen will not start Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne due to illness. His Quick-Step Floors team announced the news via Twitter shortly before the start of Sundays race. The Belgian is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico, which gets underway on March 8. Unfortunately, @tomboonen1 won't start #KBK due to stomach problems. Have a fast recovery, Tom, and see you in #Tirreno! read the Quick-Step Floors teams tweet. Boonen abandoned Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after crashing twice, with the second incident occurring just before the race ignited on the Taaienberg. Although Boonen remounted and gave chase, he abandoned shortly afterwards with an eye to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, only for stomach problems to rule him out of the second instalment of Belgiums Opening Weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Boonen is in the final weeks in the professional peloton, and he will retire after Paris-Roubaix on April 9. His abandon on Saturday means that he will retire without inscribing Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to his palmars, while his withdrawal from Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne means that he forgoes the chance of adding to his record tally of three victories. More to follow... You can read more at More...
Kristoff takes aim at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after Omloop crash
February 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alexander Kristoff was a forlorn sight at the bottom of a pile-up in the lead-in to the Taaienberg during Saturdays Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Despite the incident, his Katusha-Alpecin team is confident that he can still lead them at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he has finished second in each of the past two seasons. The Norwegian had to be picked off the ground by his directeur sportif Torsten Schmidt following the huge crash. Kristoff would get back on his bike but he abandoned around 10 kilometres later and headed straight for the team hotel. The decision was made with an eye to Sundays Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, as Kristoff was well and truly out of contention in Omloop by that point. Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) was caught up in the same crash and also abandoned soon afterwards. He quit the race because he was so far away there was no sense to continue, said Schmidt. We had to completely change his bike. He lost some skin but hes ok and he will start the race tomorrow. Kristoff suffered some minor abrasions to his neck and Schmidt expects him to be a bit sore at the start of the day, but he said Katusha-Alpecin will set out with optimism on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT For sure, he will have some pain in the muscles in the neck but the team has good people to look after him, Schmidt explained. We have some tough guys in the team. Already in the race we were talking about tomorrow and they will start with a good attitude and theyll be in the mood to win. In the sprint, it would be difficult to win with another guy. We have to see how it is its 200k and many things can happen before the finish line. Asked by a Norwegian journalist to estimate how long it had been since Kristoff had endured his last serious crash in a race, Schmidt mimed knocking on wood and estimated two years. The journalist responded that it had in fact been some 962 days since Kristoff had taken a similar tumble. You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet wins Het Nieuwsblad
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENT, Belgium (AP) " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet edged a three-man sprint to claim a second consecutive victory in the Het Nieuwsblad, which marks the start of the Spring classics.For the second year in a row, the Belgian... More...
Watch: Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan celebrates prematurely, loses race
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan has been left embarrassed after celebrating prematurely on the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.The 22-year-old spriting prospect looked to have a stage victory in the bag against a slew of the world's... More...
Mountainbiker suffers serious leg injuries in Wellington crash
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A mountainbiker was flown to Wellington Hospital today suffering serious injuries from a crash on a track in the city's hills.The cyclist, aged in his 20s, was riding at the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park in Karori.He crashed... More...
Fizik investigating if disc brakes can slice through its shoes
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cycling manufacturer Fizik may consider impact testing in its investigation to determine if disc brakes can legitimately slice through its shoe products following a hotly-debated crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour. Owain Doull sustained superficial wounds to his foot after his left R1B model shoe was cleanly sliced through in a stage one crash that involved Marcel Kittel, who was using disc brakes in the race. Doull and his Sky teammates attributed the straight slit to the toe of the shoe to Kittels disc brakes. There has since been speculation, however, that the damage could have been caused by a race barrier.ADVERTISEMENT Fizik global sport marketing manager Nicolo Ildos has no first-hand evidence, but said it was possible disc brakes could have inflicted the damage. Id like to see the outcome of the official investigation before providing final statements, but Ive never seen such a cut on a Fizik shoe, and we do have more than 50 pro riders wearing our shoes, so unfortunately we have collected a lot of crashes over the years, Ildos told Cyclingnews. This cut is different. Its over clean, straight and deep so the most plausible cause is for sure a sharp edge, like a chain " but I havent seen any grease " the edge of the barriers, or maybe the disc. You can read more at More...
Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and wont have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season. The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004. Ive been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own account, to helping out some of the best riders in the world, to doing a bit of both, Roche told Cyclingnews. Its quite nice to be able to have different phases through my career, to have different roles and Im always excited every year anyway. Save for the jersey, Roche noted little difference between BMC and its rival Team Sky. He arrives at BMC after a two-year-stint with the Grand Tour-winning powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT Every team has its own little habits more than anything else. At the end of the day, its a bunch of guys riding a bicycle and at this stage, its going from one of the best teams to another one of the best teams, so the differences are very minor, he said. The two outfits are due to clash at the Tour de France this year, with Roche set to support challenger Richie Porte in what will be the Australians second title bid and his first as sole leasing, having shared responsibility with Tejay van Garderen in 2016. Ive known Tejay now a good few years but Richie even more. We train together quite a lot in Monaco, we were together already at Sky and Im quite looking forward to being with him, Roche said. You can read more at More...
Dougall is Dimension Data's Tour de Langkawi lucky charm
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Although Dimension Data's 2015 and 2016 Tour de Langkawi winners in Youcef Reguigui and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, respectively, declined to defend their titles, Nick Dougall is back in Malaysia eyeing off a third consecutive team victory. The British-born South African is one of the key men for current race leader Ryan Gibbons in the sprints but will also be crucial for Mekseb Debesay and Ben O'Connor on the queen stage to Cameron Highlands. "There is always pressure when you come to races and expectation, most of all, you put on yourself," Dougall told Cyclingnews. "We come here wanting to repeat what we've done the last two years and try and win. We have a lot of cards to play. We brought a strong team with a lot of depth.ADVERTISEMENT "We have a good mix of younger guys and guys with experience. Jacques has been at the race six times, I have done it three times. Ryan's obviously new, but he raced in Europe last year, and Adrien [Niyonshuti] has been with the team for almost nine years now. It is a good team, and I am really enjoying working with the team this year." While the 24-year-old is focused on the job at hand, Dougall is also eyeing the race as a preparation for the cobbled classics, his first major aim for the season. "It would be good to get in a break at some point if the opportunity presents itself and really use the race as a workout before the classics," he said. "I really want to go well there, and I think it is really good build up. I am looking forward to making the race as hard as I can for myself." You can read more at More...
Loh Sea Keong is king of the Tour de Langkawi breakaways
February 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Having taken a break from cycling in 2016, Malaysian Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Cycling Team) is back with a vengeance at the Tour de Langkawi. Three stages into the race and the 30-year-old has been active in the breakaways driven by the ambition of winning a stage. In 21 previous editions of the 2.HC race, just one Malaysian has won a stage, Anaur Manan in 2010, a statistic that Keong is determined to change in 2017. "I try to get away and maybe one day we get a big gap get a stage win," he told Cyclingnews after the stage 3 finish in Pantai Remis and another day in the break. "It depends on who is in the break, but unfortunately today ended up with only three guys with smaller capabilities of going into the final.ADVERTISEMENT "If we have a few guys with bigger engines, then maybe we can make it. It also depends if the peloton hesitates or they really want a bunch sprint. They really wanted a bunch sprint today and we got nowhere." Keong and his breakaway companion, Stepan Astafyev (Vino Astana Motors), were caught inside four kilometers to race, with Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) winning the bunch sprint. With Saturday the Queen stage of the race up Cameron Highlands, Keong will rest his legs and let the GC men battle it out for the victory. From stage 5 onwards, he will again commit to his goal of victory on appearance number 11 in Langkawi. You can read more at More...
Paul Lewis: Cheats never prosper, but what about Livestrong?
February 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
News of Lance Armstrong facing a US$100m lawsuit in November which could ruin him financially - with fellow cycling drug-taker Floyd Landis standing to benefit - further underlines the tawdriness of performance-enhancing drugs in... More...
Lance Armstrong to face trial in November
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's US$100 million (NZ$138m) legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.US District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington.Armstrong's legal team... More...
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's... More...
Viral cyclist video 'was staged'
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A viral video of a female cyclist 'taking revenge' on a catcalling van driver was staged, an eyewitness has claimed.It shows a van driver verbally abusing the woman before she later gets revenge by ripping the motorist's wing mirror... More...
Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he 'loved' wearing Postal
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he "loved" representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.After years of legal wrangling, the federal... More...

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