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Bronzini to retire, join Teutenberg as directeur sportif with Trek
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian Giorgia Bronzini has decided to call an end to her storied 16-year-long cycling career and will take up a position as directeur sportif with the new Trek women's team in 2019. She will work side by side with former German rival Ina Teutenberg in the team. Bronzini has amassed over 80 victories on the road and the track, including two UCI Road World Championship titles (2010 and 2011) and the Points Race World Championship in 2009. She has won stages of the Giro Rosa, Route de France, Tour of Qatar, the Amgen Women's Race and most recently the Tour of Chongming Island. The 35-year-old had contemplated retiring after the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, but renewed with Wiggle-High5 for 2017. But Bronzini said in the Trek press release that the time was right.ADVERTISEMENT "I am retiring from the races because I feel now is the time," Bronzini said. "I really still enjoy the racing, but what I am finding heavy is all the training." Bronzini moved from Wiggle-High5 to the Cylance team this season, but began her post-career planning earlier this year, signing up to take the UCI training to be a directeur sportif this December. In April, Bronzini told Cyclingnews she was still not fully decided on what to do after she stopped racing, saying that careers in the restaurant or hospitality industries were an option. Although Bronzini and Teutenberg often went head-to-head in sprints, Bronzini was looking forward to working with the German at the newly formed squad. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere: We have a team for 2019 but sponsor hunt continues
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It speaks volumes that a team sitting on 54 wins this season is struggling to find a title sponsor for 2019, but thats exactly the position Patrick Lefevere and his Quick-Step Floors squad find themselves in. The Belgian outfit have been almost all-conquering in 2018, striking at an extraordinary rate of almost one win every four days throughout this calendar year. Not only have they demonstrated consistency, but they have also triumphed in the Tour of Flanders, La Flche Wallonne, Lige-Bastogne-Lige, the Tour de France, Giro dItalia, and, most recently, in San Sebastin. Theres quality within the quantity. At present, Lefevere has enough liquidity to keep the team going for at least another season, even if they dont find a new title sponsor for 2019. Quick-Step have invested three years of secondary sponsorship, while Lefevere is genuinely toying with the idea of putting his Wolfpack handle on the jersey in the aim of building a franchise not determined by the whim of sponsorship contracts.ADVERTISEMENT "That idea started as a joke but since then its become bigger and it seems that people like it," he toldCyclingnews after returning to work after a brief summer vacation. "The riders like it but to say that if we dont find a sponsor then well be called Wolfpack-QuickStep, then while it doesnt sound bad, I cant confirm it today." Lefevere has been managing teams for a period stretching through three decades. He has aligned himself with the Quick-Step brand since 2003 and has worked with a litany of cycling greats, including Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and most recently the young duo of Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. Contacts and deadlines You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teachers' strike: What can you do with the kids?
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
If the weather's good enough, Auckland schoolgirls Amy and Emma Gernhoefer may get to ride their scooters along the waterfront tomorrowinstead of going to school.Amy, 10, and Emma, 7, are among 468,000 primary, intermediate and... More...
Katie Hall signs with Boels Dolmans
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Boels Dolmans team announced the signing of American Katharine 'Katie' Hall, winner of this year's Amgen Women's Race, Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race. The 31-year-old climber is joined by former speedskater Eva Buurman on the new additions list for the team. "I had a successful season in the US this year, and I am excited to make the jump to Europe with Boels-Dolmans," Hall said in the team's press release. "I know the transition to Europe can be challenging but this team's strength, support, and experience will set me up for success." Hall turned professional with UnitedHealthcare in 2014, having raced in the collegiate ranks while pursuing an advanced degree in Molecular Toxicology at UC Berkeley. She has steadily risen through the ranks, winning a stage of the Internationale Thringen Rundfahrt in 2015. Hall won the queen stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis in 2015 and repeated in 2016 en route to the overall victory.ADVERTISEMENT She also won the mountains classification in the Aviva Women's Tour in 2016 and in the Tour de Feminin this season and looks to demonstrate her prowess on the climbs with the team and directeur sportif Danny Stam. "My ambitions are to be the best team member I can be and to meaningfully attack other teams' best climbers in the hills and mountains and to put them under real pressure," Hall said. "I want to create opportunities for my teammates and to capitalize on opportunities that arise for me." Buurman comes across from Trek-Drops. A former speed skater, Buurman won the best young rider classification of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and has earned six top-ten places throughout the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vichot to Vital Concept - Transfer Shorts
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vital Concept have continued to hoover up WorldTour talent with the signing of Arthur Vichot from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Breton squad, who have already snapped up Pierre Rolland and Cyril Gautier from the top tier of cycling. Vital Concept was set up by former rider Jerome Pineau and made its debut this season. They had hoped to gain entry into the Tour de France at the first time of asking but failed to earn the necessary wildcard. Their approach to the transfer window appears to have the Tour in mind. Former French national champion, Vichot has been a regular in FDJ's Tour line-up since turning professional with the team in 2010. Vichot, 29, said that the team's youth attracted him, calling it a 'breath of fresh air'.ADVERTISEMENT ''The nature of the project and its youth appeal to me," he said. "As soon as it was born, the Vital Concept Cycling Club emitted a seductive image and the team was envied. In the peloton, their jersey stands out and everything that is built around brings a breath of fresh air. ''We've been in contact with Jrme for a while, and his vision of cycling is what I want. He trusts me and I want to give him back by continuing to win races, being successful all season long and bringing my experience to the group.' Tratnik to Bahrain-Merida Bahrain-Merida have signed Jan Tratnik from the CCC-Sprandi Polkowice team to bolster their engine room in time trials and the spring classics. Astana sign Ballerini Tiller turns pro with Dimension Data Anthony Turgis to ride for Direct Energie in 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to miss Arctic Race of Norway
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data will head to the Arctic Race of Norway without sprinter Mark Cavendish, despite the Manxman being announced as a headliner by the race organisation last week. Cavendish missed the European Championships after being advised by his medical team to not race because of unspecified "unfortunate injuries". Dimension Data confirmed that Cavendish will skip Norway but gave no further details. "An update on Mark's return to racing will be given in due course," the team announced.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish finished 12th in the Prudential RideLondon after being eliminated from the Tour de France on stage 11, missing the time cut on a brutal mountain stage along with teammate Mark Renshaw and Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel. Bernard Eisel will replace Cavendish, continuing his return from a subdural hematoma, having raced the Tour de Pologne last week. He is joined by Mekseb Debesay, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and two trainees Kent Main and Connor Swift. Main, 22, comes from the Dimension Data continental squad, while Swift, the British national champion, joins the squad from Madison Genesis. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Riding HiRide's semi-active suspension system for road bikes
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. With technologies such as disc brakes and tubeless tyres rapidly becoming the norm on road bikes, is it feasible that suspension could be the next big thing for those who stay on the road? BikeRadar recently headed across to Milan, Italy, to visit suspension experts HiRide and try out a road bike equipped with its ESAS semi-active suspension system.ADVERTISEMENT Full-suspension gravel bike breaks cover in Taipei Why the next-gen adventure road bike is a mountain bike in disguise HiRides ESAS suspension system in detail HiRide's ESAS system fitted to a Pinarello K10S frame With ESAS, HiRide claims to have launched the first electronic suspension system for road bikes. Pitched at the road, gravel and cyclocross market, the system is currently available exclusively through Pinarellos Dogma K10S road bike. Paris-Roubaix proven Do road bikes really need suspension? HiRide ESAS suspension system first ride impressions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah hoping to move back another week next year
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will return for 2019 with tentative dates of August 12-18, moving back another week on the calendar after a similar move this year. The race is still waiting for UCI approval of the date change. If approved, the change would also affect the Colorado Classic, which this year runs the week after Utah. "We're just looking at how the calendar is lining up, and those are the dates we were told are going to be open," Tour of Utah Executive Manager John Kimball told Cyclingnews following the final press conference on Sunday. "So, again, we'll wait to hear from them so we can make that an official call."ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 Tour of Utah moved back a week in the calendar in hopes of attracting more WorldTour teams after division 1 participation slipped to just one team in 2017 from a high of six in 2014. With new dates this year, the race attracted five WorldTour teams. More distance from the Tour de France might allow more teams to consider the race. "We really hope so," Kimball said. "We love having the race open like this and being in the division we're at because we love to see young riders from all the different categories competing against the top guys. As many WorldTour teams as we can attract is fantastic. "We hope the further away it makes it a little easier and it lets them prepare for the Vuelta and other things," Kimball said, "but it's fantastic to hear that they love to come to Utah." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Adam Yates changes plans and heads to Vuelta a Espana
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a disappointing Tour de France, Adam Yates will seek redemption in Spain as he changes his plans to join his twin brother Simon at the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. While Simon had always been scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa this year, Adam was the designated leader for the Tour de France, with both set to play leading roles in the British team for the hilly World Championships road race in Austria in September. Adam Yates' hopes of bettering his fourth-place finish from the 2016 Tour went out of the window, however, as he fell out of contention on the second day in the Alps. He bounced back to hunt stages in the Pyrenees and was on course to win stage 16, only to crash on the descent of the Col de Portillon.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday, the Mitchelton-Scott team announced the 26-year-old, who hasn't raced since the Tour, would be sent to the Vuelta, insisting a "long-term focus" lay behind the decision. "We discussed post Tour de France the idea to race Adam as well. Obviously the Tour de France wasnt what wed hoped for Adam, but what it did highlight is that there are some things to work on, with him but also for the whole team in general," said sport director Julian Dean. "The idea is to continue the development of Adam and Simon by taking them both to the Vuelta, giving them another Grand Tour experience and trying to target the areas that we haven't got right, including getting some consistency across the three weeks." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch: Horror as young cyclist survives being hit by car at roundabout
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A video of a young cyclist getting taken out by a car at a Christchurch roundabout is going viral. The footage, taken from inside a vehicle, shows a car failing to give way at a roundabout and smashing straight into the child on... More...
Van Aert disappointed with bronze in European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World cyclo-cross champion Wout van Aert proved yet again he can compete in major road races at the European Championships, even though he was disappointed to take the bronze medal behind title winner Matteo Trentin (Italy) and cyclo-cross rival Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), after the rain-soaked 230km race in Glasgow. Van Aert was part of the decisive move that formed in the final 50km of racing but was unable to come around Trentin in the sprint. "I'm really disappointed. I really thought that I could win right up to a few metres before the finish, van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad soon after the race. "I didn't manage to get past him and that's why I'm disappointed. A medal is nice but Im still find it a disappointment."ADVERTISEMENT Van Aert shared leadership of the Belgian team with Greg van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven. He was to go with the attacks in the finale after Belgian worked to make their rivals suffer, while van Avermaet waited for the final two laps. When Nico Denz of Germany kicked off the finale of the race with 50km to go, van Aert made sure he was there, with teammate Xandro Meurisse giving vital support. "We didnt have our fastest riders in the team and so we had to take on the race. None of the sprinters were there in the finale and so our tactics were right," van Aert argued. Back to cyclo-cross training You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan abandons road race at European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Saganwas forced to pull out of the men's road race at the European Championships held on Sunday, August 12 in Glasgow. The world champion was hunting his second title, after winning the race two years ago, but told the press ahead of the race that he was feeling ill and then later said that he was still suffering from his injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour de France. "I was not in good shape and I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour de France," said Sagan, who crashed on a descent during stage 17 of the French Grand Tour. "It was a very technical circuit [in Glasgow], and it was hard, and in the end, well, I still have a lot of pain in my back and my hip. I think I need more time to recover from that crash."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan started the race as a favourite for the sprinter-friendly event. The men competed 16 laps of an undulating 14.4-kilometre-long circuit, for a total of 230.4km. "The course was OK, it was wet roads and a very technical circuit, but if you have no legs, for that circuit, than you need to be in good shape." In Glasgow, Sagan was up against other favourites; Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Elia Viviani and John Degenkolb, all racing for their respective national teams. Sagan was caught out behind a split in the field as Belgium accelerated over a rise. Norway set a quick pace to protect their defending champion Alexander Kristoff, however, Sagan eased up and then subsequently pulled out of the race with 86km, six laps to the finish. He had also suffered a flat tire earlier in the race but was able to get back on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boels Dolmans celebrate third Vargarda TTT success
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans fought through the rain to win the PostNord Vrgrda West Sweden team time trial on Saturday, posting a time of 53:07 minutes for the 42.5 kilometre course, just 28 seconds slower than their victory in the sun in 2017. Road world champion Chantal Blaak was part of the winning team and explained how trust between the riders was one of the keys to victory. It was wet for sure. But everyone had the same conditions and had to deal with the wet circumstances. To be honest, I prefer the rain instead of the wind from Friday, because there we were almost blown off the road," she said.ADVERTISEMENT "It is always hard to ride a team time trial in the rain because you cannot see much, so it is important that you trust each other. The key in a TTT is to keep it smooth all the way, it was hard from the beginning to the end, but we never lost our rhythm. We also did the climb and the corners in the end pretty well. Leah Kirchmann was part of the Team Sunweb squad that finished 16 seconds slower than Boels Dolmans. She also did not mind the rain so much. We did not win, but we are happy with how we executed our race, the Canadian said. The conditions were pretty epic, you could not really see a lot, it was raining so hard. Personally, I was kind of happy to finally not be so hot after this heat wave in Europe. So the rain was a little bit welcome, but you definitely had to be more careful in the corners. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Restructure proposed for High Performance Sport New Zealand staff
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
High Performance Sport New Zealand has proposed a restructure which could result in job losses and a revision of roles at the organisation.Plans for a new framework were presented on August 1, and staff were given a period of what... More...
Van Avermaet ready to take on Sagan, Viviani and Kristoff at European Championships
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet(BMC) has named himself as leader of the Belgian team for Sunday's road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow, insisting he is not afraid to go mano a mano with Peter Sagan and ride aggressively to avoid a sprint finish that would favour defending champion Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Elia Viviani. "The jersey is a major goal," he told Het Nieuwsblad, promising to wear black shorts with the mostly white jersey if he manages to win the 16-lap 230km race in the Glasgow city centre circuit. "The shape is good. I have come out of the Tour de France and have recovered from the Clasica San Sebastian which is on a difficult course. My form can't have gone after just a week and I got a course that seems tailored made for me. I'm very motivated to make the best of it on Sunday."ADVERTISEMENT In 2016, again two weeks after the Tour de France, Van Avermaet was on form and won the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games. "In the Tour you always go a bit deeper than you can go in training and that makes for a super compensation two weeks later. I hope the same scenario repeats itself, that's why the title European is a goal," he explained. With so many important WorldTour races in August, van Avermaet had to push hard to get permission from his BMC team to target the European Championships. Thanks to a special charter flight organised by the BinckBank Tour organisers, he and several other riders will fly to Netherlands on Sunday night, in time to ride Monday's opening stage to Bolsward north of Amsterdam and the remaining six stages in the weeklong WorldTour stage race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni set to ride Vuelta a Espana despite quitting the Tour de Pologne
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhannis complicated season continued at the Tour de Pologne, with the French sprinter forced to abandon the WorldTour stage race after stage 5 due to gastroenteritis. Cofidis team management, however, are confident that he will be able to recover in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, his major objective for the final part of the 2018 season. Bouhanni's failure to secure a place in the Cofidis team for the Tour de France was enshrouded in controversy after a series of well-publicized disagreements. Bouhanni told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour de Pologne that he was building his form steadily and was looking forward to the Vuelta a Espaa, where he had won stages in 2014. However he struggled to compete in the three bunch sprints at the Tour de Pologne, with his best result 13th on stage 1 in Krakow.ADVERTISEMENT Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani said that Bouhannis latest exit was in no way planned but should not affect his participation in the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa, which start on Saturday, August 25 in southern Spain. "It wasnt expected, but after the first couple of stages he could barely eat and he had real problems with gastro. So we decided not to take any risks because he was really not well and the Vuelta a Espaa is barely 15 days away," Damiani told Cyclingnews on the final day of the race. "The idea was to do these last two stages and work on his endurance. But if youre ill and you're working on your endurance, you can end up doing yourself a lot more damage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Reijnen overcomes illness to fight in Salt Lake City sprint
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) came to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with high hopes of adding to the stage wins he claimed here in 2015 and 2016, but his plans went awry when he was hit by sinus infection earlier in the week. The 32-year-old American won the opening stage of the race in 2015 with UnitedHealthcare and returned the following year with Trek-Segafredo to take stage 5 in Bountiful. Reijnen missed the race last year, so after a long spring of working hard for his teammates in Europe, he was looking forward to racing for stage wins in Utah this year. I put a lot into preparing for this race because its always one that suits me, Reijnen said. I definitely came here with intentions of winning a stage, but then I came down with a sinus infection somewhere between the prologue and the first stage. It was really poorly timed, but sometimes thats life, and I think I had to reset my expectations after that.ADVERTISEMENT Reijnen finished fifth in the stage 1 bunch kick in Cedar City on a finishing circuit that normally would have suited his skills. He finished 10th in the bunch kick at the end of stage 3 in Layton City as UnitedHealthcares Travis McCabe claimed his second stage win of the 2018 race and moved into the record books as the races most prolific winner. Reijnen kicked it up a couple of notches on Friday in Salt Lake City, finishing third to Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) and McCabe on the difficult urban circuit with an uphill finish. Reijnen finished with the same time as Philipsen and McCabe, but the lead pair had pulled away from Reijnen and the bunch by the line and were clearly a peg above the rest of the sprinters in Utah. Today it was clear that I wasnt sprinting for the win, and thats really disappointing, Reijnen said.But I also wanted to do as much as I could because the guys were really good those first two days looking after me. They put a lot of faith in me even though I was sick, so I tried to pay that back a bit. A different stage dynamic Suffering before riding the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italys Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leaders yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his countrys biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowskis second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in the Vuelta a Espaa, which he led in 2016, and in the World Road-Race Championships in Innsbruck. The Pole won the world title in Ponferrada, Spain in 2014. Thats the Tour of Pologne Youve got those emotions until the end of the race because everything is so close, Kwiatkowski said afterwards, savouring his victory. We didnt panic as a team; without the boys I wouldnt have been able to defend the jersey. They rode an amazing race; first Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski, then Michal Golas and Salvatore Puccio, Pavel Sivakov and Sergio Henao at the end. They were incredibly strong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Go behind the scenes during Quick-Step Floors' Tour de France with Cyclingnews Films
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If you've ever wondered what it takes to keep a top-level professional cycling team on the road during the Tour de France, or indeed what it's like to be one of the riders in the world's biggest and best bike race, Cyclingnews Films' latest production, RUNNING WITH WOLVES, puts you right in the heart of the action. With unrivalled access to Quick-Step Floors' management team, riders, mechanics and soigneurs, RUNNING WITH WOLVES follows the self-styled 'Wolfpack' from the start of the Tour in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile all the way to Paris, allowing you to experience the ups and downs of life on the road. Whether you want to know how team boss Patrick Lefevere feels when watching his riders race, or how Tom Steels and Brian Holm plan each stage as the team's directeurs sportifs, or what it's like to be one of the riders, such as Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels, who we see trying to crack the Tour's top 10, RUNNING WITH WOLVES takes you there.ADVERTISEMENT The film allows you to share in the team's triumphs " such as Fernando Gaviria's two stage wins and his stint in the famed yellow jersey, and Julian Alaphilippe's successful bid to win the polka-dot jersey as the Tour's best climber. RUNNING WITH WOLVES doesn't shy away when Quick-Step Floors have to cope with Philippe Gilbert's frightening crash on the descent of the Col du Portet d'Aspet on stage 16, and we're right there as the riders deal with the disappointment of losing the team time trial to BMC Racing by just seven seconds. If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to be part of a top-level cycling team, and to be on the ground, inside the barriers, at the Tour de France, then RUNNING WITH WOLVES will take you there. It is available to rent for $3.99 USD or buy for $6.99 USD. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich arrested on suspicion of assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Jan Ullrich, the only German ever to win the Tour de France, was held on suspicion of assaulting a prostitute on Friday, as he returned to his native country seeking a fresh start to recover from drug and alcohol problems. The former... More...
Cycling: George Bennett finishes fourth at Tour of Poland
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has finished just short of his second podium finish at World Tour level, claiming fourth overall at the Tour of Poland.Bennett was again heavily involved on the final stage, launching a volley of attacks, but in the... More...
Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERLIN (AP) " Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich was arrested early Friday and is being investigated for attempted manslaughter after allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel."It seems Mr. Ullrich and an escort... More...
Jan Ullrich arrested: Tour de France winner accused of 'assaulting a prostitute while high on drugs'
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The disgraced cyclist got into an argument with the "escort lady" at a luxury hotel and "choked" her until "eyes turned black" More...
Pauwels signs with CCC-sponsored team for 2019
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Serge Pauwels is the latest rider to pen a deal with Jim Ochowiczs CCC-sponsored team for the 2019 season. The news comes on the same day that the team confirmed they had retained the services of Alessandro De Marchi. Pauwels also joins up with compatriots Greg Van Avermaet and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who is another new addition to the squad. Pauwels leaves Dimension Data (previously MTN-Qhubeka) after four seasons with the South African squad. He had looked set to stay with the team but that changed when he received an offer from Ochowicz and says hes looking forward to racing with Van Avermaet. "I was not really looking to change teams. I had four great years with MTN Quebeka and Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity will always have a place in my heart, but then this opportunity came along and I felt like I had to grab it," said Pauwels.ADVERTISEMENT "I have only been teammates with Greg twice with the Belgian national team and of course, the most important one was the Rio Olympics where we were roommates so we both carry a really nice souvenir from that. Even though we have never raced on the same team we are good friends, so I'm excited to finally race together. Greg is not only a great rider because of his palmars but also the way he races." Pauwels is a good climber and is regularly seen in breakaways. Last season, he took his first general classification title when he won the Tour de Yorkshire after winning the final stage from a breakaway. He rode his fifth Tour de France this summer but was forced to abandon when he broke his elbow in a crash close to the finish of stage 16. "Of course, it's early to talk about my objectives for 2019 but from my discussions with the team I think we will stick to a similar race program," said Pauwels. "Ihope to line up at the races that have been part of my program in the last few years, like the Tour de France, and remain the kind of rider that I am. I want to continue racing aggressively, the way I have been racing already with Team Dimension Data, and I'm looking forward to doing that with Continuum Sports." General manager Ochowicz says that Pauwels will play a support role for Van Avermaet but will also get plenty of opportunities for his own success. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to ride Arctic Race of Norway
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish will make his debut at the Arctic Race of Norway later this month, the organisers have announced. Cavendish will be joined by climber Mekseb Debesay and stagiaire, and British national champion, Connor Swift, with the rest of the DimensionData team for the race yet to be announced. Cavendish is the biggest confirmed name in the sprint field and is set to go up against Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy). The Arctic Race of Norway will be only the second race back for Cavendish after he missed the time cut on stage 11 of the Tour de France. Cavendish returned to racing at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic at the end of last month, where he finished 12th. He was due to compete in the road race at the European Championships this weekend but was advised by doctors to rest.ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 season has been a particularly challenging one for Cavendish after a litany of early-season crashes. It started well with a stage win at the Dubai Tour, but he was forced to abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour on stage 1 when a faulty brake sensor caused one of the race vehicles to slow into the bunch during the neutral zone and sparking a crash. Cavendish was subsequently diagnosed with a concussion, though he was able to return to compete at Tirreno-Adriatico a few weeks later. However, he crashed heavily during the opening team time trial when he hit a pothole, leaving him with a broken rib. He broke a second rib in a huge crash at his next race, Milan-San Remo. The Manxman collided with a piece of road furniture with under 10 kilometres remaining and was dramatically catapulted from his bike. Following his third successive crash, Cavendish took a two-month break from racing before making his comeback at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. He rode the Tour of California, Tour of Slovenia, Adriatica Ionica Race and the national championships ahead of the Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas edges closer to Team Sky deal, set to race Tour of Britain
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has given his biggest indication yet that he will re-sign at Team Sky, despite offers from rival teams. Thomas, who won the Tour de France in July, is out of contract this year and put off contract negotiations until after this year's race. Team Sky are keen on keeping their latest Tour winner but Thomas' increased value and pedigree has seen interest from other teams. Earlier this week, CCC confirmed that they had put an offer on the table and presented it to Thomas' agent. The Polish team are merging with the remnants of the BMC Racing team next year and lack a Grand Tour leader. They would be able to guarantee Thomas leadership status for the Tour de France - an issue that could prove problematic at Team Sky due to the presence of Chris Froome. Trek-Segafredo and several other squads had shown interest in Thomas earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT However, on Thursday Thomas told the BBC that a deal was close with Team Sky, a team he has been part of since 2010. "I know they [Team Sky] had a big meeting today, I'm obviously really happy there," he said. "I'm confident we'll get something sorted in the next few days. We're incredibly close and I'm happy where I am. It seems to be working well at the moment. So, I think in the very near future we'll have it all done." The Daily Telegraph have reported that the deal with Team Sky will be worth 3.5 million per-season. "I'm happy with the team and we are working very well together. I've grown up within the Sky system and I've known guys like Dave Brailsford since I was 17. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. There are lots of very good teams out there, I wanted to hear what they had to say, and it was nice to have a lot of great offers, but hopefully things will be done in the next day or so," Thomas said, according to The Telegraph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: George Bennett lights up Tour of Poland with attacking effort
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has shown his strength ahead of the Vuelta a Espana, lighting up the Tour of Poland with a series of attacks on the final climb of stage six.It wasn't quite enough for the stage win, with the Kiwi climber being caught... More...
No place like home for Tour de France champ Geraint Thomas as Cardiff salutes him " and he stays with Team Sky
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
In-demand Welshman greeted by thousands on streets of his hometown will sign new deal worth up to £4m-a-year More...
Chaves to miss Vuelta a Espana after being diagnosed with mononucleosis
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott have announced that Esteban Chaves has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will not participate in the forthcoming Vuelta a Espaa. The Colombian has not raced since the Giro dItalia in May, where he won atop Mount Etna in the opening week but then abruptly dropped out of the general classification race on stage 10. Chaves struggled through the remainder of the Giro, reaching Rome in 72nd place overall. He has undergone a battery of tests in the intervening period, with Mitchelton-Scott revealing on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with a number of viruses, including Mononucleosis (also known as Epstein-Barr or Glandular Fever), along with sinus and allergy reactions. Although Chaves has been cleared to resume training after 10 weeks off the bike, it is unclear if he will return to competitive action in 2018. Mitchelton-Scott confirmed that he will not ride the Vuelta, where Simon Yates is slated to lead the line for the Australian team.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a hard period. Since 2012, I havent been off the bike this long, especially because I cant. It was not fast like you want. In this sport, we are used to answers and results coming fast and this process was slow and the time can make you crazy, Chaves said in a statement on Thursday. We discovered some sickness, the doctors can always explain better, we had a surgery as well, and after that it was just waiting and having confidence to overcome what was a weird case. Im happy to be back on the bike. It still hurts for sure, but I can already feel some differences; its a different suffering than I had before. Now its the normal suffering we get when starting again after such a long time off training. We are on the right path again and we have to keep patience and confidence like always. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games road race routes unveiled
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than two years away, the routes for the mens and womens road races have been published by the UCI. As has been the case since 2004, the road races will form part of the opening weekend of action at the Olympics in 2020. The routes will favour the climbers, with the mens parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of the formidable Mt Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the womens course will be a watered down version of the mens and misses the Mt Fuji loop altogether. The womens race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing. Both courses will start in Musashino no Mori Park on the outskirts of Tokyo and follow the same route southwest towards the Fuji International Speedway. That part of the course includes two climbs, Donushi Road and Kagosaka Pass, with the road beginning to rise after 40 kilometres.ADVERTISEMENT Doushi road is the tougher of the two ascents with a long ride up from the 40km mark before peaking out at 80km. Few details have been given of the climb but it is a gradual rise interrupted by a few short descents before reaching a maximum height of 1,121 metres. The steepest gradients appear to be closer to the top, which comes just before the riders arrive at Lake Yamanaka. From the top, there is a very short descent before the peloton goes around the lake. The second climb of Kagosaka Pass, which is slightly steeper, is much shorter than its predecessor. It is here that the two routes will diverge, with the womens race under 40 kilometres from its conclusion at the top of the climb. Following a lengthy descent, the womens peloton will enter the Fuji International Speedway and complete a lap and a half of an undulating 17.7km circuit. The riders enter the loop by the Fuji Oyama Golf Club and head straight for the Formula 1 track. After that, they will make their way around the surrounding area before coming back onto the track for the finale. The men will skip the motor racing circuit the first time and head immediately onto the Mount Fuji circuit. After a short ride through the valley, the road heads upwards again, as the riders take the Mt Fuji toll road. There will be no money spent here, just energy with the ascent topping out at 1,451 metres. The riders will not go onto the mountain proper, turning off when they reach Mizugatsuka Park and turning back down towards the motor racing circuit. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kung signs for two years with Groupama-FDJ
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Groupama-FDJ has confirmed the signing of Swiss rider Stefan Kng on a two-year contract. Kng is the first confirmed signing for the French team, who have extended with a number of riders, including Arnaud Demare. Kng departs from BMC Racing after turning professional with them in 2015 and is the latest in a long line of riders to leave the team following their protracted search for a sponsor. He will be one of three Swiss riders on the team with Steve Morabito and Sebastian Reichenbach already in the line-up. The 24-year-old is a double Swiss national time trial champion and has world and European titles in the individual pursuit. He is also an experienced Classics campaigner, riding in support of Greg Van Avermaet during his time at BMC. He hopes to use his skills to help new teammate Thibaut Pinot in Grand Tours and Demare in the Classics.ADVERTISEMENT "I look forward to joining Groupama-FDJ. I always kept an eye on the results of the team, especially through the eyes of my compatriots Sebastien Reichenbach and Steve Morabito," he said in a team press release. "As soon as we spoke with Marc Madiot, we immediately understood each other. This team offers me the structure for an optimal personal development. Groupama-FDJ has seen my potential and offers me a role to match my ambitions. Around leaders like Arnaud Demare and Thibaut Pinot, my rider profile will be a plus. "I will be able to bring my experience on team time trials for example, especially on the Grand Tours with Thibaut. And then on the Classics of the beginning of the season, we will be perfectly complementary with Arnaud, which will allow us to adopt a much more offensive tactic in the race." Kng had been linked with a move to Groupama-FDJ since mid-July, despite Jim Ochowicz finding a sponsor to save the BMC Racing Team. In his fourth year as a professional rider, Kng has ridden four Grand Tours already and won the team time trial with BMC at this year's Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert eyeing Paris-Tours comeback after early return to training
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Gilbert is training again, much sooner than expected, after his horror crash at the Tour de France, and is aiming to return to racing at Paris-Tours in October. The Belgian broke his kneecap when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on stage 16 of the Tour, locking up on a left-hand bend and flying over a low wall into a ravine. Remarkably, he dragged himself back up and carried on, finishing the remaining 60 kilometres with blood running down his left leg and the knee swelling by the minute. As he hobbled out of the medical truck at the finish, it was clear Gilbert's Tour was over, and further medical checks conducted in Belgium at the end of July confirmed the patella fracture, with the doctor prescribing a period of four weeks off the bike.ADVERTISEMENT However, just under two weeks later, Gilbert posted an update on his social media accounts on Thursday, showing him riding his indoor training bike for the first time since the crash. The speedy recovery has hastened his ambitions for what's left of the season, and he hopes to make his comeback on October 7 at Paris-Tours, scene of his first big Classics victory in 2008. "I'm obviously disappointed to have left the Tour in that way, but nevertheless happy that it wasn't more serious," Gilbert said in a video message. "My dream would be to be at the start of Paris-Tours. This year it's 10 years since I won there for the first time. It was the first big race I'd won in my life. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Otago cycle trails get $13.2m boost from Government
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Government will spend $13.2 million extending the Otago cycle trail network to link 30 communities.Around 122km of new trail will be built to connect the Clutha Gold Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail and... More...
Teuns laments second missed chance behind Kwiatkowski in Tour de Pologne
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After losing twice to the same rider on two days in the Tour de Pologne, when he crossed the stage 5 finish line once more in the wake of Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, Dylan Teuns'look of sheer frustration and hammering at the handlebars said it all. Stage 4's defeat at Szczyrk hit Teuns hard, given the BMC racer was the former winner on the uphill finish, but stage 5s bizarre bunch sprint finale, where Teuns was closing fast on Kwiatkowski, stung even more. Teuns later explained that a minor incident when he all but touched wheels with another rider 300 metres from the line had caused him to lose speed just before the final all-out battle against Kwiatkowski - in other words, just when it mattered the most and when the damage was impossible to repair.ADVERTISEMENT "Somebody moved a little bit and I didn't expect this, so I had to change positions, lost some speed," Teuns told reporters afterwards. "I only lost [to Kwiatkowski] by one wheel and when you lose speed like I did at that point, it's really crucial. It feels like a missed chance." The 2017 overall winner pointed out that Thursday's trek to the twin towns of Bielkso-Biala was not the toughest of Tour de Pologne's last quartet of hilly stages, but that after Mitchelton-Scott had upped the pace in the last 50 kilometres, the tension had increased notably. Furthermore, a long, uphill sprint finish was dangerous for losing time in last-second splits, so he had to be sure to stay ahead. "I was in the perfect position, I was very well-placed in the last three or four kilometres and I could stay there," Teuns recounted. "I came into the sprint well, but I lost speed with 300 metres to go. The best thing about today was that I didn't lose any time." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Strong ride puts George Bennett on podium at Tour of Poland
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has passed his first real test with flying colours in his return to racing at the Tour of Poland. In his first stage race since finishing eighth at the Giro d'Italia in May, Bennett has earned a podium finish in Poland;... More...
Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans to retire
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SYDNEY (AP) " Simon Gerrans, who won two stages of the Tour de France and is the only Australian to have won two of cycling's one-day classics, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.Gerrans is one of only seven... More...
Laura Kenny defies sleepless night with toddler to win second gold medal at European Championships in Glasgow
August 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The quadruple Olympic champion was woken five times by son Albie before clinching glory in the women's elimination race More...
Cycling: George Bennett staying leader of the pack
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett insists his Tour de France aspirations remain undiminished despite the emergence of a world-class rider on his team.Bennett skipped the 2018 Tour to contest the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, and his LottoNL-Jumbo... More...
Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Maramarua road crash
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police are appealing for witnesses of a fatal road crash south of Auckland to come forward.A 49-year-old man was hit by a truck around 7.20 last night on State Highway 2 at Maramarua. He died at the scene.The police said officers... More...
Geraint Thomas pays tribute to Chris Froome after Welshman's Tour de France triumph
August 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas linked arms with four-times champion Froome in a show of solidarity as they crossed the line More...
Nibali has 'successful' surgery on broken back
July 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali will return to training in a few days after undergoing back surgery following a crash in the Tour de France.Nibali broke his 10th vertebra on the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez on July 19 when a fan... More...
Geraint Thomas congratulated by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Tour de France win
July 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Welshman is a big Arsenal fan and was congratulated by the Frenchman after his success More...
Welsh govt to give a parade to Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By becoming the first-ever Welsh to claim La Grande Boucle, Geraint Thomas is the new icon of a nation. After lighting the City Hall and the Welsh Assembly in yellow, the Cardiff City Council is now looking at organising a huge... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas antidote to Sky vitriol
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas ascended to the pinnacle of cycling yesterday, saying his historic Tour de France victory was proof of the power of "hard work" and insisting his triumph had not been aided by the use of drugs.Standing on the top... More...
Team Sky's dominance at Tour de France set to continue
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The Tour de France has a new champion, but the narrative remains the same at cycling's biggest race: Team Sky's domination has no limits.By placing Geraint Thomas on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday,... More...
Lawson Craddock's Tour de France miracle - last comes first in saving his hometown track
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
No one has tried harder to finish last than American cyclist Lawson Craddock, and no one has got more joy from it.The 26-year-old should never have finished this year's Tour de France, after fracturing his shoulder blade in a day... More...
Tour de France: Why the French hates Team Sky?
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France has been imbued with an unusual and strong tension between the public and the peloton. Team Sky was particularly targeted. Ahead the third week of race, four-times Tour de France winner Chris... More...
Geraint Thomas lets lovebirds marry in 2.5m house where Tour de France winner wed wife Sara for 5k a pop
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Welsh cyclist extraordinaire bought Italianate villa in Monmouthshire in 2015 and now he's inviting brides and grooms to shell out thousands to hire it More...
Chris Froome ready to go again at Tour de France in 2019 after aiding teammate Geraint Thomas' success
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas acknowledged four-times champion Froome's gesture in his winner's speech from the podium on the Champs Elysees More...
Geraint Thomas' heavy night in Paris nightclub partying until 4am to toast Tour de France win
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas was officially crowned Tour winner on Sunday evening and went straight out on the town to celebrate the win More...

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