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Dauphine: Contador unfazed by missing top 10
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) shrugged off the fact that he dropped outside the top 10 on GC on the final day of the Criterium du Dauphine, instead choosing to focus on the belief that the race was merely preparation for the Tour de France. Contador insisted throughout the Dauphine that he would not go into the red during the race and that riding at his own tempo " whether in the time trial or the mountains " was key to his Tour de France ambitions. He explained, almost daily, that in previous editions of the Dauphine he had gone too deep and that his Tour condition had suffered as a result. On the final stage on Sunday the Spaniard raised the tempo just once " when race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) was dropped on the penultimate climb. However, on the final ascent to Plateau de Solaison Contador sat up when a group of favourites that included, eventual stage and overall winner, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) increased the pace. When Contador eased off, he watched as several potential Tour de France rivals overtook him. At one point he even waved Porte through, clearly not concerned with the result. Contador eventually finished the stage 4:10 down on Fuglsang, leaving him 11th overall.ADVERTISEMENT There were a lot of attacks from the start, and it was very hard. It was a beautiful day and really hot. I followed a few moments and went to the front when Richie was dropped but when we hit the final climb it was a very hard tempo, and in those moments I felt big pains in my legs, Contador explained at the finish. Contadors Dauphine provided a contrast to his earlier season performances, where in races such as Paris-Nice, he was constantly on the offensive. Only time will tell if this new approach will suit the Trek Segafredo rider, but his camp is quietly confident that the 34-year-old is on track to challenge for his third Tour title in July, even if there is work to be done. I preferred to take my own tempo and decided to save my legs. The most important thing is that Ive finished this race really fresh. In the last few years, Ive finished tired, empty. I think that I can now recover well in the next three days and then start my preparation again. I know that I need to work on my intensity, but at the moment its perfect. Its not about the GC here. You can read more at More...
Bardet with work to do ahead of the Tour de France
June 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Every time the television cameras focused in on Romain Bardet and the commentators mentioned his name, roars of support erupted from the crowds gathered on the Plateau de Solaison for the final stage of the Critrium du Dauphin. The hopes and affection of the home nation were of course stoked by his second place at last years Tour de France and, after a shaky start to 2017, Bardet steadied the ship in the past week. Though, he acknowledged he has left himself with plenty to do if hes to repeat the podium feat. It was a shaky start to the Dauphin, too, as the AG2R La Mondiale rider shipped time in the 23.5km stage 4 time trial. However, he found his legs in the mountains, gaining time with a long-range attack on Alpe dHuez. Hoping for more of the same on the final stage, he rolled with the punches throughout an incredibly aggressive and dramatic day of racing, crossing the line sixth to cement his sixth place overall.ADVERTISEMENT It was a great stage. There was nowhere for anyone to hide. We all gave 100 per cent. Im happy to have raced this stage full gas, in the moment. It was a great bike race to be a part of, Bardet told reporters after riding back down the mountain hed just scaled. These short mountain stages are incredibly intense to race. At the end of the day, were human; we couldnt race like that 21 days in a row, I assure you. But I think that they add dynamism. Bardet was part of a key move on the Col de la Colombire that left Richie Porte isolated and off the back. After Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang went clear on the final climb, he put in a couple of digs, riding away from Froome and Contador but losing a big of ground late on Louis Meintjes and Emmanuel Buchmnann. You can read more at More...
2019 Tour de France to start in Brussels
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The 2019 Tour de France will start in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx's maiden win in cycling's biggest race.Tour organizers say it will be the second time the race will... More...
Porte primed for Criterium du Dauphine
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After joining BMC Racing to become the team's leader for the Tour de France, Richie Porte has surfed the highs and lows of a Grand Tour contender. Having missed out on last year's podium in Paris in large part due to a late mechanical on stage 2 that cost him nearly two minutes, his fifth place overall confirmed him as a genuine contender at the Tour de France. The Australian will look to this week's Critrium du Dauphin for a confidence-inspiring performance in his build-up to the Tour. Last year, Porte finished two seconds off the podium in the Dauphine and went into the Tour de France without a major victory for the year. This season, Porte has won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie and has taken heart from those results, even if his Paris-Nice went pear-shaped in the crosswinds on stage 2. "The Critrium du Dauphin is the last big test before the Tour de France so it is a chance to see where I stand compared to everyone else," Porte said in a team press release. "I'm taking a lot of confidence out of my Tour de Romandie win and a good result at the Critrium du Dauphin would set me up perfectly for July."ADVERTISEMENT Like many of his Tour de France rivals, Porte has spent half of May training at altitude, and said he is "as prepared as possible". "I'm feeling really good right now and although the Tour de France is obviously the main goal this year, I would love to add the Critrium du Dauphin to my palmars. We have a strong team to support me and we'll take things stage by stage." BMC's directeur sportif Fabio Baldato has chosen a veteran team to back Porte in the Dauphin to give him the best chance at getting that confidence-inspiring result. You can read more at More...
Tour de Pologne 2017 route unveiled
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tour de Pologne organizers have unveiled the route of the 74th edition of the WorldTour race. This years parcours sees some changes introduced to what had lately become a traditional course. The Tour de Pologne runs between July 29 and August 4 and, just like in recent years, will be the main stage race between the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa. The route features 23 categorized climbs and three uphill finishes, and follows a well-trodden trail in the southern parts of Poland. However, it includes neither a time-trial stage nor unnaturally long stages. Instead, seven days of racing are designed to give opportunities to both sprinters and puncheurs. Krakow will host the start of the race, while Katowice and Rzeszow will be the two other major cities welcoming the WorldTour peloton. Traditionally a venue of the final time trial, this year the capital of Lesser Poland sees riders kick off racing with a short but undulating stage, likely to be snatched by sprinters. Day two will also be familiar as riders head to Katowice for a bunch sprint on a wide roads in the city centre, although there is a short climb to deal with on the way.ADVERTISEMENT First moves in the general classifications are expected to take place on day three as riders tackle a hilly course on their way to the ski resort of Szczyrk. With four categorized climbs on the menu, punchy riders are likely to battle for the win on a steep climb that awaits in the final. The sprinters will have their last chance on day five as the peloton crosses Silesian roads and finishes in Zabrze after 238km of largely flat stage. The peloton then moves east on a short stage to Rzeszow, climbing four times in the final 60 kilometres " an overture to the more mountainous part of the race. The final two days see the riders tackling the narrow roads of the Tatra mountains, where short stages with uphill finishes are designed to create an explosive race. Stage 6 leads through five categorized ascents into Zakopane, finishing on an uphill by Wielka Krokiew, the famous ski jumping venue, where Bart de Clercq and Tim Wellens triumphed in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 Tour de Pologne route: You can read more at More...
Amber Pierce: Forging paths through the cycling world
May 31, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Amber Pierce (Colavita-Bianchi) might just have been a celeste-coloured blur to many of the fans who watched the UCIWomen's WorldTour visit California earlier this month for the Amgen Women's Race, but the 36-year-old American has for the better part of a decade been a loyal domestique, slogging it out in Europe and stateside, drawing from her love for the sport to keep going. In many ways, Pierce, (a former Cyclingnews blogger) embodies the majority of the women's cycling world - the many passionate riders who are fighting and sacrificing outside the spotlight, helping their teammates win races and working to make the sport better for the athletes who are just discovering the sport. Over the last decade, the former collegiate national champion has built a solid career as a domestique in the bigger races, taking a few small victories closer to home, all the while advocating for female athletes and bike-friendly communities.ADVERTISEMENT "You could sum up the longevity my career in one word, resilience," Piece said. "It has been a long span of years and has spanned a lot of different teams and languages. Bike racing is a hard sport and what I have found is, what has helped me stay in it for a long time is number one, it is a source of joy to me." Pierce was born in Northern California and grew up in Reno, Nevada close to the race's start in South Lake Tahoe. As a swimmer, Pierce earned a scholarship to Stanford, but a shoulder injury interrupted her first athletic career. Pierce discovered cycling and quickly climbed the ranks from a Cat 4 to professional in less than two years. Pierce caught the attention of the Webcor Women's team, which was based out Northern California, after winning two collegiate cycling titles in 2005. Pierce rode her first professional season in 2006 supporting riders like Olympian Christine Thorburn. It was at Webcor that Pierce began to evolve into a trusted domestique. You can read more at More...
Pohutukawa trees will have to make way for Auckland city cycleway
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Fourteen pohutukawa will have to make way for an extension to a cycleway on Auckland's waterfront.Auckland Transport has applied for a resource consent to construct a 1km extension of the recently completed Quay St cycleway.If... More...
Mark Cavendish coaches team of eight amateur cyclists who share his name ahead of Prudential RideLondon
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Olympic legend, who has been awarded the MBE and won Sports Personality of the Year, is testing a theory set out by Amstel More...
Summerhill charged with firing a gun while riding in Colorado
May 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) was arraigned in Jefferson County, Colorado on Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment after being witnessed shooting his gun while riding his bicycle outside of Denver in February, according to the Denver Post. A cyclist was seen firing a handgun into a hillside as he rode along South Deer Creek Road, in the rural area south-west of Denver, during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 21. According to the police report, he was followed by resident Joe Porter after his wife Shawn heard shots while she was fetching her mail, and saw the cyclist firing his gun into a hillside "between two driveways ... with a freestanding garage and a vehicle parked in front of it".ADVERTISEMENT Joe Porter videotaped the rider, claiming to have seen a handgun in the rider's jersey pocket. Porter identified his kit as that of the UnitedHealthcare team, and said he believed the rider to be Summerhill, who was then tracked down by Deputy Jeffrey Pedersen later at a fitness club. "The male initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot," the report read. "He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle." Summerhill reportedly told the officer he did not realize there were homes in the area and that it was illegal to shoot at the hillside. You can read more at More...
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin wins 100th Giro d'Italia
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Tom Dumoulin won the 100th Giro d'Italia in dramatic fashion Sunday, reclaiming the overall lead in a final-stage individual time trial.It's the first Grand Tour victory for Dumoulin, a Dutchman with Team Sunweb, and... More...
Anton Cooper bags elite mountain bike podium placing in Germany
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's Anton Cooper has become just the second Kiwi to secure a cross-country World Cup podium with a brilliant third placing in Germany today.The 23-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider produced a stunning performance to claim... More...
Quintana keeps lead but Dumoulin remains pick to win Giro
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ASIAGO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana held on to the pink jersey in the penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday but couldn't be sure of victory. The 100th race will be decided on the last stage.Thibaut Pinot of France won... More...
Bardet eager to get back racing in Criterium du Dauphine
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet is itching to get back to racing after five weeks away and will line up for the Critrium du Dauphin with big goals after an intensive 16-day altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains that wrapped up on Saturday. The AG2R La Mondiale rider has been busy building his form for the Tour de France after his sixth place in Lige-Bastogne-Lige. However, his teammate Mikal Chrel will not be by his side in the Dauphin, which begins on June 4, after sustaining a hairline fracture to his pelvis on a high-speed training crash last week. "The training camp in the Sierra Nevada went well except for Mikal Chrel's hard crash, but I hope to find him riding next to me again very soon," Bardet said. Julian Duval will replace him on the team's roster for the Dauphin, as the team waits to see how Chrel heals.ADVERTISEMENT Last year, he finished second to Chris Froome in the race before repeating that result in the Tour de France, and has been using the lengthy altitude training camp to tune up for another Tour de France bid. "In Spain, we rode 1300km and climbed 27,000m. This camp came at an important part of the season, both in terms of the quality of the work that we did and the good atmosphere that prevailed throughout the group of riders," he said. "The Critrium du Dauphin is an important race, the last big meeting before the Tour de France. Last year it was a great experience taking second place behind Chris Froome in the overall classification after a tense final. But it was also tinged with regrets on that penultimate stage, where just a few more seconds in that breakaway could have resulted in a more striking performance. You can read more at More...
Cannondale-Drapac fulfills Giro d'Italia aspirations
May 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Cannondale-Drapac team started the Giro d'Italia intending to "light-up" up the race, target stage victories and hope that Davide Formolo could finish in the top ten overall. As the riders headed home with sore heads and sore legs after celebrating in Milan, they were satisfied with their performance and savouring the emotions of the 100th edition of the Corsa Rosa. The team's highlight of the Giro d'Italia was, without a doubt, Pierre Rolland's stage victory in Canazei after going on the attack day after day in the mountains. Rolland timed his final solo attack on stage 17 to perfection and could count on teammate Michael Woods to block and dissuade the chase behind. The Frenchman was happy to swap any satisfaction of a good overall result for the heady emotions of a stage victory.ADVERTISEMENT Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Alex Howes and Davide Villella all tried their luck in breaks or with late attacks, while Joe Dombrowski fought back from an injury-hit spring and went on the attack with Rolland on stage. Formolo finished tenth overall and third in the best young rider competition behind Bob Jungels and Adam Yates as he targeted the overall classification of his home Grand Tour for the first time. He is out of contract this season, with Team Sky and Astana apparently interested in the young Italian but he seems happy at Cannondale-Drapac, knowing he has the freedom to aim high. He plans to continue to target the overall classification in 2018. "As I said at the starting Sardinia, I wanted to test myself and go for the overall. I finished in the top ten as I hoped and so I have to be satisfied. I think the GC speaks for itself, I'm behind some big, big names of the sport but I'm ahead of other big names," Formolo told Cyclingnews with pride, while aware of where he lost precious seconds. Woods shakes of his Rookie tag after a successful Grand Tour debut You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) " Results Friday in the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 191-kilometer (119-mile) leg from Pordenone to Asiago:1. Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky, 4:53:00.2. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, 1:49 behind.3.... More...
Cycling: Bennett new king of road
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The momentous nature of George Bennett's Tour of California win has been put into context by past and present New Zealand cycling professionals.Julian Dean, who competed in 19 grand tours and is arguably the country's greatest road... More...
Quintana reclaims pink jersey with 2 stages to go in Giro
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) " Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two stages to go in the Giro d'Italia on Friday, setting up what could be a tense finale in Milan on Sunday.Dumoulin couldn't keep up with... More...
2017 Giro d'Italia stage 21 time trial start times
May 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot sprinted to victory in Asiago to close out the Giro d'Italia's last mountain stage on Saturday, leaving only the final time trial left to decide the race. Giuseppe Fonzi of Wilier Triestina will kick off the action against the clock on Sunday at 1:45pm local time. Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, fourth overall, looks to be in a strong position to surge up the leaderboard in the TT. His ride will get underway at 4:47pm, with FDJ's Thibaut Pinot taking off three minutes later and Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali rolling down the ramp three minutes after that.ADVERTISEMENT After 20 days in Italy, Movistar's Nairo Quintana sits atop the overall leaderboard, earning him the privilege of being the last man off the start ramp at 4:56pm. You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen.The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he'd... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ORTISEI, Italy (AP) " Thursday's results from the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia, 137-kilometer (85-mile) leg from Moeana to Ortisei:1. Tejay Van Garderen, United States, BMC Racing Team, 3:54:04.2. Mikel Landa, Spain, Team Sky,... More...
Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ORTISEI, Italy (AP) " Tejay van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday.Van Garderen, of the United States, came round the inside... More...
Brazilian cycling team hit with 2nd ban for doping
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The International Cycling Union has suspended the Soul Brasil Pro Cycling team for the second time because of multiple doping offenses.The UCI says Soul Brazil cannot compete in international events for... More...
Pierre Rolland wins Stage 17, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CANAZEI, Italy (AP) " Pierre Rolland launched a late solo attack to win the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin's overall lead remained unchanged.Rolland, a Frenchman who rides for the Cannondale-Drapac... More...
Russian, Azerbaijani Olympic cyclists banned for doping
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOSCOW (AP) " A pair of Olympic cyclists from Russia and Azerbaijan have been banned for doping by the International Cycling Union.The UCI says Tatyana Antoshina of Russia was given a four-year ban after testing positive for GHRP-2,... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CANAZEI, Italy (AP) )" Results from the 17th Stage of the Giro d'Italian on Wednesday, a 219-kilometer (136-mile) run from Tirano to Canazei, with a pair of early Category 2 climbs1. Pierre Rolland, France, Cannondale-Drapac, 5:42:56.2.... More...
Dumoulin keeps Giro lead despite nature break in 16th stage
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BORMIO, Italy (AP) " Tom Dumoulin's overall lead in the Giro d'Italia was drastically reduced in the race's toughest stage Tuesday after the Dutchman stopped to answer the call of nature at the foot of the last of three major climbs.Defending... More...
Man seen cycling down Auckland's North Western motorway wearing headphones, no helmet
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An Auckland cyclist took a ride on the wild side this afternoon, pedalling without a helmet on along the North Western motorway.At least 10 people called police to report that the man, in his 20s, was cycling in the bus lane of... More...
Giro dItalia: Dumoulin and Nibali kiss and make up after war of words
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali have shaken hands and made up after their spat during and after Thursdays Giro d'Italia stage in the Dolomites, with the Dutchman apologizing to the Italian for saying he would be happy to see him and Nairo Quintana lose their spots on the podium because they had formed a pact against him and had refused to work in the finale of the stage. Dumoulin, Nibali and Quintana allowed Thibaut Pinot, Domenico Pozzovivo and Ilnur Zakarin to go clear and refused to lead the chase in a battle of nerves and responsibility. Pinot pulled back 1:02 and is now just 24 seconds behind Nibali, who remains in third. The overall classification is tight ahead of Fridays mountain finish to Piancavallo, with six riders within 2:07 of the maglia rosa. "They are only focusing on me and trying to make me lose instead of trying to win," Dumoulin complained to Eurosport after Thursdays stage. I really hope that riding like this they will lose their podium spot in Milan, that would be really nice, and I would be really happy." Nibali heard those words while on his team bus and quickly fired back. I don't care what Tom says, I think he's a bit too cocky. I've never talked that way. He's shown he's strong in the race but he's shouldn't talk so much. He could lose the podium too, anything can happen, Nibali told Italian television.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin took offence at those words and fired back in his post-stage press conference. However, some behind-the-scenes diplomacy seems to have cooled both riders temperaments and they shook hands and talked to Italian television on Friday morning before rolling out of San Candido for stage 19. The stage climbs the Cima Sappada but it seem there will be nothing like in 1987 when Stephen Roche attacked his own teammate and maglia rosa Roberto Visentini, sparking one of the biggest controversies ever seen at the Giro dItalia. We need to talk with the legs and not with the mouth. I said something that came from the emotions. It was not good and Im sorry that I was not very respectful, Dumoulin said on Italian television. You can read more at More...
Tom Dumoulin retains Giro d'Italia lead despite mid-stage squat
May 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tom Dumoulin's overall lead in the Giro d'Italia was drastically reduced in the race's toughest stage Tuesday after the Dutchman stopped to answer the call of nature at the foot of the last of three major climbs.Defending champion... More...
Watch the moment Giro d'Italia race leader Tom Dumoulin falls behind after stopping to answer call of nature
May 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Dutch cyclist, who was leading cycling's second most prestigious race, suffers the ultimate indignity live on TV More...
Sagan and Kittel train at altitude in USA ahead of Tour de France
May 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Following the Tour of California, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) have decided to stay on in the United States for a spell of altitude training. According to Belgian newspapers Het Laatste Nieuws and Het Nieuwsblad, Sagan will train in Utah while Kittel has headed to Colorado. Sagan has been out in the United States since the beginning of May and spent time training up at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada on the border between California and Nevada. Now he will travel to Utah for two weeks as he makes his final preparations for the next part of his season. Sagan will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse next month before a tilt at a sixth green jersey at the Tour de France. Peter has done more altitude training in the past in the United States, always with good results afterwards, Bora-Hansgrohe press officer Gabriele Uboldi told Het Laatste Nieuws. Peter will train for 12 days, also accompanied by his wife so he can prepare in peace for the second part of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Kittel will have company at his altitude training camp in Utah with teammates Zdenek Stybar, Fabio Sabatini and Jack Bauer staying stateside along with a mechanic and a coach. Like Sagan, Kittel spent some time at altitude in the United States ahead of the Tour of California. Kittel is set to use the five-day Ster ZLM Toer as his final preparation for the Tour de France in July. Both Kittel and Sagan won a stage each during the Tour of California, which was won overall by LottoNL-Jumbos George Bennett ahead of Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. Bob Jungels, Luxembourg, Quick-Step Floors, 4:16:51.2. Nairo Quintana, Colombia, Movistar, same time.3. Thibaut Pinot, France, FDJ, same time.4. Adam Yates, Britain, Orica-Scott, same time.5. Domenico Pozzovivo, Italy,... More...
Jungels wins 15th stage as Dumoulin keeps pink jersey
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) " Bob Jungels took a sprint ahead of several overall favorites to win the crash-filled 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, while Tom Dumoulin had six seconds shaved off his overall lead in the final leg... More...
Giro d'Italia: Rest day round-up II - Podcast
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After 15 stages of racing, the Giro d'Italia peloton enjoys its last rest day Monday. That means it's time for the Recon Ride to take one final look at the way things are playing out in the season's first Grand Tour. The past week of eventful racing " which has seen Tom Dumoulin ride into pink with a blazing time trial performance and defend it on the slopes of the Oropa climb "makes for an intriguing situation heading into the last six stages of the Giro. The Dutchman has a bigger advantage than most expected he would at this point, but there are some serious challenges on the horizon, with the likes of Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot lurking.ADVERTISEMENT The podcast opines on the current GC picture and looks ahead at the week to come, committing to a few predictions for one last time in this year's race. You can read more at More...
Zipp's new 302 Carbon Clincher loses dimples, adds affordability
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Are you lusting after some of that Zipp carbon aero goodness but don't want to spend the equivalent of a new kitchen on a set of wheels? If so, Zipp's new 302 Carbon Clincher might be for you. This 45mm-deep, 1,299 / $1,500, wheelset offers the cheapest ticket yet to Zipp's full-carbon prom, and it's launching in both rim brake and disc brake variants. If that's just not expensive enough for your tastes, Zipp has also announced a disc version of its flagship 454 NSW Carbon Clincher. The 454 made waves when it launched last year with its unique whale-inspired Sawtooth rim profile, which claims to reduce aerodynamic drag while also improving crosswind behaviour.ADVERTISEMENT Interestingly, despite the recent launch of Zipp's new tubeless road tyres, none of the three new wheelsets are tubeless-ready, although it seems more than likely that future versions will be. Zipp 302 " affordable (by Zipp standards) aero Zipp's 302 doesn't have dimples Zipp 302 specs Zipp 302 pricing and availability Zipp 454 NSW disc brake specs Zipp 454 NSW disc brake pricing and availability You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Yates sprints to best Grand Tour result yet in Bergamo
May 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
On paper stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia didn't look suited to the characteristics of Adam Yates but the Brit impressed in the Bergamo finale to finish in fourth place. While Yates recorded his best result yet in four Grand Tours, the Orica-Scott rider also moved up to 11th on GC ahead of the decisive third and final week of the 100th Giro. "I didn't quite have it in the sprint. I felt good in the finale but Jungels is a good 10kg heavier than me and I couldn't match his power," Yates said of the stage won by Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors).ADVERTISEMENT "I hit out just after 300metre to go, but perhaps I went too early. I hit the front in the final 50metres before everyone flew past me. Congratulations to Bob Jungels though, it was a good victory." Yates was sitting in third place overall on the morning of the first summit finish of the race to Blockhaus only to drop to 16th after being involved in a crash with a police moto. While the likes of Geraint Thomas was ultimately forced to abandon the race due to his injuries from the crash, Yates escaped with only minor injuries and had steadily been improving his GC position in the second week. The 24-year-old explained that the work of his teammate has been instrumental in climbing the GC and is looking forward to finishing off the Giro in his preferred terrain of the mountains. You can read more at More...
Huffman wins stage, Bennett overall at Tour of California
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) " George Bennett was in shock after winning the time trial at the Tour of California.Shock hardly describes how he felt on Saturday.After taking the overall race lead with a magnificent ride against the clock... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
OROPA, Italy (AP) " Results Saturday in the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 131-kilometer (81-mile) route from Castellania to Oropa:1. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Team Sunweb, 3:02:34.2. Ilnur Zakarin, Russia, Katusha-Alpecin,... More...
Dumoulin wins 14th Giro stage to extend overall lead
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
OROPA, Italy (AP) " Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin put in a perfect performance on the tough climb up to Oropa to win the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia and extend his overall lead on Saturday.Dumoulin edged out Ilnur Zakarin at the... More...
Cycling: California tour winner George Bennett highlights dangers on NZ roads
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has taken time out from his finest hour - victory in the Tour of California - to lament the strained relationship between riders and motorists on New Zealand roads.Bennett, 27, became the first NZ cyclist... More...
Cycling: California winner George Bennett eyes support role at Tour de France
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
He may have just created history, as the first Kiwi to take out a tour on cycling's world circuit, but Nelson's George Bennett still has his feet firmly on the ground.Bennett, 27, is celebrating victory at the seven-stage Tour of... More...
Twelve things you need to know about new Kiwi cycling star George Bennett
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has become an instant hit, as the first Kiwi cyclist to win a major tour event. We check out Bennett, following his brilliant Tour of California victory. 1) The 27-year-old Bennett hails from Nelson, and took up... More...
Kruijswijk moves up a notch in Giro dItalia
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Steven Kruijswijk hopes that his luck has changed at the Giro dItalia. After famously crashing into a snowbank while wearing the leaders jersey in the race in 2016, the LottoNL-Jumbo captain was looking to fight for the win again this year. After suffering in the earlier mountain stages and losing time to his rivals, he hopes now to be back on the right foot. Kruijswijk finished ninth on Saturdays Oropo stage, finishing together with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) only 44 seconds behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). "Today, I could go a little deeper and felt better than last week, he said in a team press release. I still have confidence in myself and thought, I'm just getting up to full speed and I'll see how I can finish. Fortunately, I could keep it up. Something we can work with, but of course, I still have to do better."ADVERTISEMENT The Dutchmans problems started immediately on the first stage, as he was caught behind a crash shortly before the three km marker and he lost 13 seconds. He went into the fourth stage ending atop Mt. Etna with confidence, but once again a crash threw him back. Kruijswijk was one of many who hit the road at a right-hand turn to start the climb. He was quickly back on his bike, and ended up only 23 seconds down. Things went well again until the Blockhaus stage, where he finished 12th but 2:43 down. On the following time trial, he again lost 2:43 to finish in 20th place. Although he was over five minutes down he was still in 10th place in GC. But another two minute loss on the many climbs of stage 11, which knocked him down to twelfth, was followed by two easier flat stages, leading up to a better result in the closing climb on Saturday and hopes of better luck in the final week of climbing. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Hansen's Grand Tour run continues despite crash
May 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Adam Hansens run of Grand Tour participations is safe for now as the Australian escaped serious injury following a crash on stage 14 of the Giro dItalia. Hansen, who had been one of several riders trying to get into the breakaway, crashed on the run into the one and only climb of the day to Santuario di Oropa. The Lotto Soudal rider was able to finish the stage in one of the last groups on the road some 16 minutes behind the winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). His team confirmed immediately after the stage that he had injured his hand but would undergo further examinations. Hansen allayed any fears that his run of Grand Tours was about to come to an abrupt end with a tweet on Sunday morning. Thanks for all the support guys. It's just my hand, not my legs so no excuse. It's race time, he wrote.ADVERTISEMENT Hansen has ridden every Grand Tour going since the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, completing all of them. This years Giro dItalia is his 17th straight participation at a Grand Tour, giving him the record for the most consecutive participations. He is one of only 33 riders to have ridden all three Grand Tours - the Giro dItalia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana " in the same season. He is still 10 participations short of the most total Grand Tour rides, a record held by Matteo Tosatto who competed in 34 three-week races in his 20-year career. Hansens Grand Tour run has faced bigger challenges in the past. In 2015, he dislocated his shoulder on stage 2 of the Tour de France, a repeat of an injury that he had suffered almost a month earlier. Despite the injury, he was able to finish the race. There is still a week of racing for Hansen to get through with the Giro dItalia taking on some of its most challenging stages to come. The first test of Hansens hand will be stage 15 from Valdengo to Bergamo, which may prove a chance for the overall contenders. You can read more at More...
Dibben wins stage, Bennett into Tour of California lead
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) " George Bennett woke up Friday feeling downright miserable.He was miserable physically after the grueling fifth stage of the Tour of California that took riders on the arduous climb up Mount Baldy. And... More...
Cycling: Kiwi cyclist George Bennett wins Tour of California
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has won the Tour of California.The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider has held on to his yellow jersey in a blistering final 125 kilometre stage, to become the first New Zealander to win a UCI World Tour title.Bennett... More...
Cycling: Kiwi on cusp of tour glory
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By 9am today, George Bennett will know if he has created New Zealand road cycling history.No Kiwi has won a World Tour title since the system was instituted by the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, in 2009.Riding... More...
B samples confirm 2 Italian cyclists doped before Giro
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Italian cycling team Bardiani CSF has begun proceedings to sack Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi for positive doping tests before the Giro d'Italia.The duo was dropped from the Giro on the eve of their nation's biggest... More...
Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTONA, Italy (AP) " Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage victory at the Giro d'Italia on Friday in his Grand Tour debut.Gaviria came from the back and around the right side of the sprinters to edge Sam... More...
Aude Biannic left traumatised after being hit by car in training
May 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope rider Aude Biannic says that shes still traumatised after being hit by a car during training. Biannic had been training on her time trial bike on Tuesday near Rennes in northern France when she was struck from behind by a motorist. Since the accident, she has only been on the home trainer, concerned that she may be hit again. At first I did not want to talk too much about it, I thought it would not change anything, she told French newspaper Le Telegramme. But yes, I, too, got hit by a car on Tuesday in training. And I too am doing well ... I only have big aches, but it could have been more dramatic. I am still traumatised: since the accident, I have not been back out. I do not want to go on the road. I am scared. The first time I go out to train, I certainly will not go alone. Looking back, I think I was lucky. A few centimetres ... If the person had not braked at all, she would have crushed me. In my misfortune, yes, I had a little luck.ADVERTISEMENT Biannic explained to Le Telegramme that she had only just started her training ride when the car appeared to accelerate into the back of her. I started training on my time trial bike, and after just five minutes at an intersection, a car came at me from behind, she said. I turned to the left, the car that was following me took the same direction. At the end of the intersection, as the light was red, I slowed down while the car accelerated. I still wonder why. She hit me from behind and I fell back. My head hit the ground first. Fortunately, I had my helmet. It had to be going at 30-40 kph. The shock was violent. I have to wear a neck brace for seven days but as the [injured] muscles are more located in the front of the neck and the abdomen, this neck brace doesn't do much for me. I still do not understand why she did not see me; I was right in front of her. I did not slalom between the cars. When will it stop? You can read more at More...

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