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Caleb Ewan wins 4th stage of Tour Down Under
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) " Rising Australian star Caleb Ewan claimed his third stage victory on this year's Tour Down Under cycle race when he won Friday's 149.5-kilometer (93-mile) stage from Norwood to Campbelltown while compatriot... More...
Quintana to ride in Giro d'Italia ahead of Tour de France
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana plans to ride in this year's Giro d'Italia as preparation for the Tour de France.Quintana's Movistar team has detailed his schedule for the 2017 season, with a return to Italy's three-week... More...
Caleb Ewan wins 3rd stage of Tour Down Under
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) " Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won Thursday's third stage of the Tour Down Under cycle race while compatriot Richie Porte retained the overall lead with three stages remaining.Ewan outsprinted two-time... More...
Cycling: The world's best bike trips
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. NORTH SEA CYCLE ROUTE Officially known as EuroVelo 12 , this 6000km route winds its way through eight countries that border Europe's North Sea: England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.... More...
Cyclist films nosedive crash into steep ditch
January 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tour de France stage winner Joaquim Rodrguez has posted a terrifying video of a crash during a training ride where he went straight over a barrier and down a steep ditch.Rodrguez, who last month announced he won't be riding professionally... More...
UnitedHealthcare adds Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall for 2017
October 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A pared down UnitedHealthcare pro womens team will return just four riders from the 2016 team, as the roster is whittled down from 13 this year to 10 next season. Katie Hall, Rushlee Buchanan, Diana Peuela and Shawn Morelli will return for next season, while prolific winner Coryn Rivera is rumoured to have signed with a European team for 2017. The team has brought on the services of talented veterans Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall to shore up the roster, adding Janelle Cole, Lauretta Hanson, Kate Sherwin and Ruth Winder as well.ADVERTISEMENT "Im excited about the roster weve put together, said retruning director Rachel Heal. Like the mens team, it's a great mix of youth and experience. We will be focusing on all the big races in the US next season as well as a selection of international stage races." The team will look to Katie Hall, a four-year veteran of the US team, to carry the banner in the stage races next year. Hall had a breakout season this year, winning a stage, the Mountains Jersey and the general classification at the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina in January. She followed her San Luis success with a second place finish during stage 1 at the Tour of the Gila and the mountains classification win at the Aviva Womens Tour in Great Britain. You can read more at More...
FDJ sign Cimolai to support Demare
October 03, 2016 (07:45) [ Indexed from ]
Davide Cimolai has signed for the FDJ team for 2017, joining the French squad after five years at Lampre-Merida. The 27-year-old joins fellow Italian Jacopo Guarnieri, signed from Katusha, in coming in to bolster the sprint set-up, which is built around Milan-San Remo champion Arnaud Demare. "Now it's official, very happy to announce that my future will be with the FDJ team," he announced on Twitter, before telling France TV Sport a bit more about the motivation behind the move.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm 27 and I think it's the right moment to discover a new team, a new country and a new language. My aim is to put Arnaud in the best position and I think we can work well together." The French team also announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Davide Cimolai will wear FDJ colours next year. A great reinforcement for the sprints." Having started out on the track, Cimolai turned pro on the road in 2010 with Liquigas, where he spent two seasons before joining Lampre in 2012. You can read more at More...
Victoria Pendleton on life after cycling and missing her muscles: 'I was at a loss after retiring at 31'
October 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Olympic gold medallist, 35, on stepping down from professional cycling and begging Strictly's Brendan for more dancing lessons More...
Hesjedal and Schleck close out their careers at Il Lombardia
October 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Il Lombardia was the final race of the 2016 WorldTour, and for several riders, it was the final race of their careers. The champagne corks were popping at the Trek-Segafredo bus in Bergamo as both Frnk Schleck and Ryder Hesjedal hung up their wheels and reflected on the past 15 or so years. "Everyone told me that I need to enjoy the last kilometers because it's going to be something special, and I was waiting to feel this special moment, but nothing really happened. I just felt really tired like I normally do at the end of a race," Schleck of the moment he crossed the line. "But then when I came to the bus there was a nice reception from the boys, the team, the fan club, and some family, my kids, my wife, and they reminded me that this is it! I realized it's not just a switch that you turn on or off. I think it will come in the next days that then I will realize that it is finished."ADVERTISEMENT Hesjedal wasnt able to soak up the emotions on the run to the finish line as he climbed off his bike and abandoned during an especially tough and selective edition of the 'race of the falling leaves'. "I really wanted to finish it today, but realistically I know how things work on the road. I dont know how many guys finished in the end [61 " ed], but you definitely had to have good legs, and I didn't so it was impossible. I still enjoyed every moment out there," he said in an interview with the Trek-Segafredo team's website. Hesjedal began his career in mountain biking, before switching to the road in 2004, riding alongside Lance Armstrong at US Postal and then moving to Phonak in 2006. He spent the bulk of his career at Jonathan Vaughters Slipstream set-up, winning the Giro d'Italia in 2012, but admitted to doping earlier in his career before he joined the clean-ethos team. He moved to Trek for the final year of his career and one more crack at the Giro, but he was forced to abandon. No regrets for Schleck You can read more at More...
Chaves pips Rosa to become 1st Colombian to win Il Lomardia
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) " Esteban Chaves became the first Colombian to win Il Lombardia in snatching victory from Diego Rosa of Italy by less than a bike wheel on Saturday.Rosa looked set for a surprise victory after launching his sprint... More...
Contador: Mollema and I can strengthen one another
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contador has played down any early talk of leadership issues between himself and Bauke Mollema at Trek-Segafredo, insisting they can both improve as a result of the partnership. The Spaniard, as reported by Cyclingnews at the Tour de France, will make the move from Tinkoff, who are folding at the end of this season, joining established Grand Tour leader Mollema at Trek-Segafredo. The Dutchman has been at Trek since the start of 2015 and has finished seventh and 11th in the last two editions of the Tour de France, with his best result of sixth coming in 2013. This year he was on course for the podium but crashed out of contention in stage 18's downpour.ADVERTISEMENT However, the arrival of Contador, whose palmares includes two Tour de France titles along with three at the Vuelta a Espana and two at the Giro d'Italia, signals a disruption to the pecking order. With both riders set to make the Tour de France their primary objective of the 2017 season, the age-old leadership issue is bound to rear its head, but Contador insisted the partnership will not lead to any tensions. "There's no problem," he said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "We have plenty of races ahead of the Tour to get used to each other and I am confident that we will both discover the benefits of working together. You can read more at More...
Uran says Il Lombardia was a big day for Colombia
October 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) has collected a lot of podium places during his career and he again accepted defeat at Il Lombardia, proud to at least share a spot on the podium with fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves. The two were arguably the best riders in the race at this year's Il Lombardia, emerging from what remained of the peloton to fight for victory on the last climb to Bergamo Alta, and on the high-speed descent before the sprint to the line. Chaves launched the attack that shook up the race and Uran had the courage and strength to go with him despite struggling a little earlier during the eight climbs and 4400 metres of climbing. The two were also the strongest on the cobbled climb up to Bergamo Alta, managing to drop Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and making Diego Rosa (Astana) hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Uran was ready to place his chances in the sprint but couldn't match Rosa when he kicked early in the sprint and then Chaves came past both of them to win. "I tried on the last climb with Esteban but it came back together and after that it's the fastest man who wins the sprint and today that was Chaves," Uran said in defeat. "To lose a sprint like this hurts. I was on form, I knew it, too, so I'm upset. But I also know that races go like this sometimes and to be on the podium is important." You can read more at More...
KMC CrossFest moves from Providence to Connecticut
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The storied Providence, Rhode Island, cyclo-cross race, now the KMC'CrossFest, has been forced to find a new venue so that the event could continue to grow. It had become the most popular and heavily attended cyclo-cross race on the New England calendar, and as such news of the move was a bitter pill to swallow for much of the cycling community. Roger Williams Park had become known for its challenging courses, festival atmosphere, and memorable races. Event Director Richard Fries explained the situation through the event website. "We realized this past spring that we had exceeded the capacity of that park and, frankly, that entire city. We heard your comments on parking and lodging and crime," Fries said."And despite our generating more than $2 million of economic impact each year, the city steadily raised every fee and restriction to levels that could only be described as prohibitive. We would have had to raise entry fees by $20 to remain there. We did not want to do that to our customers."ADVERTISEMENT The race organization then reached an agreement with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, located on 500 acres of rolling hills in sleepy northeast Connecticut, 38 miles from the Providence venue. The land has held racetracks for 76 years, and an 18-hole golf course for 65 years. This new venue solves the problem of parking, has an on-site restaurant and will be able to hold night racing under the lights of the racetrack. A challenge at the new venue appears to be that most suitable housing for the athletes is about 15 miles away in towns like Southbridge and Sturbridge. In addition, contractual agreements that the racetrack has with beverage vendors will affect the beer garden, which had been so popular in Providence. Thompson Speedway has been owned and operated by the Hoenig family for four generations, since before it became a racetrack. Its birth was actually the result of an act of nature. You can read more at More...
USA Cycling releases 2017 national championships calendar
September 30, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling today released its schedule for the 2017 national championships, includingevents in cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. BMX events will be announced at a later date. The biggest change in the calendar is the pro road and time trial events' move from the originally scheduled venue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Knoxville, Tennessee. The three-day US pro championships will take place June 23-25 to line up better with most European national championships. Masters Road National Championships have also been moved from Winston-Salem to Columbia County, Ga., and Para-Cycling Road National Championships moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT "This move will allow Winston-Salem to focus on continuing to build its exciting UCI 1.1 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic while ensuring that USA Cycling delivers an excellent customer experience for our important Master and Para-Cycling athletes," USA Cycling said in its Friday announcement."Para-Cycling Road National Championships will run May 4-7, while Masters Road National Championships will be June 1-4 and will feature the iconic Fort Gordon Hills Road Race course and the time trial at Clarks Hill Lake." In another change from this year, the Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships will join Amateur Road National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, June 29-July 2 after the Blue Grass State hosted a successful 2016 Amateur Road National Championships over the summer. The 2017 calendar of national championship events pairs our top annual races with very worthy host cities, said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Our events range from coast to coast, north to south and everywhere in between. We are thrilled to bring our national championships to cycling fans in nearly every corner of the country. You can read more at More...
US discretionary picks for Elite World Championships saddled with travel expenses
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Budget cuts in an Olympic year have forced USA Cycling to require the discretionary picks for the Elite men's and women's UCI RoadWorld Championships teams to cover the cost of their own travel to Doha, Qatar, next month. USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard Hall told Cyclingnews that cuts to the federation's Elite Athletics budget, combined with the extra expenses of an Olympic year and the high cost of traveling to the Persian Gulf country added up to a perfect storm that forced the move. "Of course, with all of this our preference would be to fund everybody: 'Here's your tickets, it's all fully paid for. Congratulations repping team USA. Off you go.' But we have limited resources, so hard decisions have to be made. And we do do that in other disciplines, certainly," Bouchard Hall said, while acknowledging it hasn't been the policy for the road World Championships in the past "handful" of years.ADVERTISEMENT The change in policy does not affect automatic selections to the Elite teams or the entire U23 and junior teams, with USA Cycling continuing to pick up the tab for all of the development riders' expenses. Of the 15 Elite riders who will represent the US at the World Championships in races that take place October 9-16, only five met the criteria for automatic berths: Taylor Phinney in the men's time trial, Megan Guarnier and Coryn Rivera in the women's road race, and Carmen Small in the women's time trial. Alexey Vermeulen, the 21-year-old who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, qualified for an automatic selection for the U23 time trial but chose to race the Elite time trial instead, so USA Cycling is also covering his travel expenses. At least one rider Cyclingnews contacted said his trade team is picking up the tab for the trip. Travel expenses could also be paid by trade teams for riders who are competing in the October 9 team time trial. Men's team riders possibly affected by the change in policy include Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing). Robin Carpenter confirmed his Holowesko-Citadel trade team is covering his travel expenses. You can read more at More...
Viviani, Nizzolo to co-lead Italian team at Doha World Championships
September 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Coach Davide Cassani announced the 11-rider long list that will compete in the azzurra jersey of the Italian national team in the men's road race at the World Championships held in Doha, Qatar on October 16. The sprinter-friendly course will be suited to the team's co-leader Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and road champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). Viviani kicked off his season this year with two stage podiums at the Tour de San Luis and won a stage at the Dubai Tour. He also had a podium at Tirreno-Adriatico and won a stage at Three Days of De Panne. He was second in stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia but then didn't make the time cut on stage 8. He continued to bring in good showings at the Tour of Poland in July with a stage podium. The Team Sky sprinter divided his time between his road responsibilities and his Olympic Games track goals, and found much success winning the gold medal in the men's Omnium in Rio in August.ADVERTISEMENT Likewise, Nizzolo has proven to be one of the world's top sprinters. This season alone he had stage wins at the Santo Tour Down Under, Dubai Tour, where he finished second overall, a win at Tour of Croatia and four stage podiums at the Giro d'Italia. He also won the Italian road title and GP du Canton d'Argovie before placing third at Cyclassics Hamburg. During the late-September series of Italian one-day races, Nizzolo won Coppa Bernocchi and today's Giro del Piemonte. Cassani made the long-list team announcement directly following Nizzolo's win in Piemonte. The team will also include Daniele Bennati, who was third iin Piemonte and won Giro della Toscana, Fabio Sabatini, Jacopo Guarnieri, Matteo Trentin, Manuel Quinziato, who will also race the time trial, Daniel Oss, Sonny Colbrelli, Marco Coledan and Filippo Pozzato. Although Cyclingnews understands that Coledan and Pozzato will most likely not make the final nine-man team, and will be reserve riders. You can read more at More...
Bid to legalise cycling on footpaths gains support
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A proposal to make it legal for children to ride their bicycles on the footpath deserves consideration by the Government, the Children's Commissioner says.Lower Hutt woman Joanne Clendon has submitted a petition to Parliament which... More...
Malori, Fernandez suffer fractured collarbones in Milano-Torino crash
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Movistar's Adriano Malori suffered more misfortune in a season already hampered by a head injury so severe it nearly left him paralyzed.The Italian returned to racing earlier this month only to be taken down in Milano-Torino today. According to the race medical report, Malori suffered a fractured left collarbone, his teammate Ruben Fernandez, who hit a pothole and crashed, leaving Malori nowhere to go but to the tarmac, broke his right collarbone. Michele Scarponi (Astana) also fell in the same incident but sustained only bruises and contusions.Sky's David Lopez also crashed but his injuries went unreported by the race. TheMovistar team said that both riders were "always concsious and stable", and were in the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Torino undergoing further examinations.ADVERTISEMENT In January, Malori hit a pothole at high speed in the Tour de San Luis, crashing onto his face and suffering a traumatic brain injury that necessitated being put in an induced coma. He revealed earlier this month that he spent weeks in a wheelchair unable to walk or to use his right arm. After almost seven months of physiotherapy, he returned to training in August and to racing earlier this month at the GP Qubec, but did not finish that race or the GPMontral. He completed the first stage of the Giro della Toscana, but dropped out of the race the next day. You can read more at More...
Tag Heuer to sponsor BMC in 2017
September 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclingnews understands that luxury watch brand Tag Heuer is set to become an important new sponsor of the BMC team in 2017. The team has announced it will make what it calls a special announcement regarding the future of the BMC Racing Team on the eve of this year's team time trial at the World Championships in Qatar on Saturday, October 8. BMC won the team time trial title in 2015 and are the favourites again this year. Team owner Andy Rihs and team manager Jim Ochowicz will make the special announcement in Qatar with Grand Tour team leader Richie Porte and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans also attending. BMC said that other special guests will be at the announcement, with the team likely to be called BMC-Tag Heuer in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT The arrival of Tag Heuer will help secure the longterm future of the team as the UCI awards two-year WorldTour licences for 2017 and 2018. Olympic gold medal winner Greg van Avermaet has extended his contract with the team and Nicolas Roche and Francisco Ventoso have been signed for 2017. However Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney will leave for Etixx-QuickStep and Cannondale-Drapac, respectively. Ochowicz did not respond to calls from Cyclingnews. However three different sources confirmed the arrival of Tag Heuer as a key team sponsor to Cyclingnews. A leading brand and a Swiss family connection You can read more at More...
Tour winner Froome says anti-doping system 'open to abuse'
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says the anti-doping system is "open to abuse" by letting athletes take banned substances as medication.Froome, whose two officially approved "therapeutic use exemptions"... More...
Chris Froome offers his view on the Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of TUEs and the system as a whole
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Froome said the TUE system "urgently" needed reform, which is the opposite of what his Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said More...
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia - News Shorts
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Gesink and Kelderman to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in Lombardia LottoNL-Jumboreleased its roster for Il Lombardia, the final WorldTour race of the season, with Robert Gesink and Wilco Kelderman sharing leadership duties for the Dutch team. The pair will be joined in the Italian race byEnrico Battaglin, Koen Bouwman, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Paul Martens, Bram Tankink and young American Alexey Vermeulen "With Gesink and Kelderman, we have two guys who can play a role in the final," director Addy Engels said. "With Martens, Lindeman and Tankink, we have some experienced men. Enrico Battaglin will return for the first time after he abandoned the Vuelta due a crash. Given its his home race, he will be motivated. Koen Bouwman and Alexey Vermeulen are the young riders of the squad." ADVERTISEMENT Gesink, who hasn't raced since the Vuelta a Espana - where he won stage 14, finished second on stage 10 and was third on stage 17, said he was motivated to "show something beautiful" in his last race of the season. "Lombardia is a marvellous race, where I often score a good result," he said. "I wonder how my legs are going. The Vuelta was great, but then I have not raced for a long time. I trained hard to hold my level, though. Together with Alexey Vermeulen, we leave early for Italy to explore the final. It has changed, so it cannot hurt to preview it." Kelderman recently finished sixth overall at the Eneco Tour and expressed confidence the team could play a part in the finale of Saturday's race. You can read more at More...
IAM Cycling prepares for final race at Il Lombardia
September 27, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The IAM Cycling team will cease to exist after this Saturday's Il Lombardia, the final Monument of the 2016 season. Going out with the team will be 2011 Lombardia winner Oliver Zaugg, who announced his retirement at age 35. "This race was always one of my favourite races, even before my victory. With that in mind, it is all the better that I can have this race also be where I will finish my 13 year career as a professional cyclist," Zaugg said. "In my career, I have experienced many beautiful moments, and I certainly hope that I can gracefully conclude this chapter of my life as a professional cyclists on Saturday at the Tour of Lombardy."ADVERTISEMENT The IAM Cycling squad has had the best results of their four-year history this season, racking up 17 victories including stages of the Giro d'Italia (Roger Kluge), Tour de France (JarlinsonPantano) and Vuelta a Espaa (Mathias Frank and JonasVan Genechten), and the overall Tour de Wallonie and Baloise Belgium Tour with Dries Devenyns. Directeur sportif Kjell Carlstrm is realistic about the team's chances in its final outing in Bergamo. "Our goal will be to have a rider in the top-10, and if everything goes perfectly, we should even have a chance at a podium position," Carlstrm said. "With Mathias Frank and Jarlinson Pantano, we have two riders who should excel at this sort of race. The race distance, the profile, and also the fact that it comes so late in the season will make this event especially difficult. You really have to have a super day to be successful here." The parcours has been altered from previous seasons, with the final 100km especially hilly. The 11.6km Valico di Valcava ascent will wake up the riders' climbing legs for the five climbs to follow. The Berbenno, Sant'Antonio, Miragolo San Salvatore and Selvino climbs come back-to-back, leaving a 12km descent then 3.2 flat kilometers before the short, sharp Bergamo Alta just 3.1km before the finish line at kilometre 241. You can read more at More...
Double duty for Dumoulin, Van der Breggen at World Championships
September 27, 2016 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Olympic medalists Tom Dumoulin and Anna van der Breggen will lead the Dutch team at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, taking on both the individual time trial and the road race, in addition to the team time trial with their trade teams. For the time trial, Dumoulin will be joined by Jos van Emden, and in the road race, his teammates include sprinters Dylan Groenewegen, Danny van Poppel and Classics specialist Niki Terpstra, winner of last week's Eneco Tour. Olympic gold medalistVan der Breggen will head up the women's team, taking on both the time trial, with Annemiek van Vleuten and Ellen van Dijk, and the road race with former world champion Marianne Vos, sprinters Kirsten Wild, Amy Pieters and Chantal Blaak.ADVERTISEMENT The World Championships begin on October 9 with the team time trial, and continue with the individual time trials on October 10-12, and road races from October 14-16. Dutch team for the UCIRoad World Championships: Junior women time trial: Maaike Boogaard, Karlijn Swinkels U23 men time trial: Pascal Eenkhoorn, Jan Willem van Schip Junior men time trial: Nils Eekhoff, Jarno Mobach Elite women time trial: Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Dijk, Annemiek van Vleuten Elite men time trial: Tom Dumoulin, Jos van Emden Junior women road race: Maaike Boogaard, Fleur Nagengast, Arianna Pruisscher, Nicole Steigenga, Karlijn Swinkels U23 men road race: Cees Bol, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Fabio Jakobsen, Jan Willem van Schip, Bram Welten Junior men road race: Lars van den Berg, Nils Eekhoff, Daan Hoole, Dennis van der Horst, Jarno Mobach, Ide Schelling Elite women road race: , Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Ellen van Dijk, Roxane Knetemann, Amy Pieters, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Kirsten Wild Elite men road race: Dylan van Baarle, Tom Dumoulin, Jos van Emden, Dylan Groenewegen, Koen de Kort, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer, Niki Terpstra, Danny van Poppel You can read more at More...
Team Sky could releases TUE info after Wiggins furor
September 26, 2016 (19:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MANCHESTER, England (AP) " Team Sky is set to publish information about its riders' future Therapeutic Use Exemptions in light of the growing furor around former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' use of a banned substance to... More...
Felline stays with Trek-Segafredo through 2018
September 26, 2016 (13:00) [ Indexed from ]
26-year-old Fabio Felline has renewed his contract with Trek-Segafredo through the end of the 2018 season. The two-year deal comes on the heels of the Italian's points classification win in the Vuelta a Espaa. Felline's season was hampered by a serious crash in the neutralised section of the Amstel Gold Race that left him with a broken nose and a fracture to the base of his skull. The injuries kept him out of competition for two months. He returned for the Italian championships, coming 8th behind Manuel Quinziato in the time trial, and by the Tour of Poland in July he had re-found his form, coming second overall. Although he fell shy of winning his first Grand Tour stage in the Vuelta a Espaa, his five top-three finishes earned him the overall green jersey and a new contract with the Trek-Segafredo team.ADVERTISEMENT General Manager Luca Guercilena was impressed with how Felline came back from his injuries. "Fabio has been very professional since the beginning, but I have to admit I am very, very proud of the way he behaved after his horrifying crash in this year's Amstel Gold Race," Guercilena said. "He was really focused on his recovery and worked hard to be back on the bike as soon as he could. It was a long and hard road, but when he took second place overall in the Tour of Poland, we knew right away he was back, and in a big way! How he took and defended his green jersey in the Vuelta was world class. With top-3 places on very diverse parcours, he proved to be able to surpass himself and to surprise everyone. "It goes without saying we are very pleased to have re-signed Fabio for the next two seasons. With the development he has undergone, I expect him to show us some great things in the coming years." You can read more at More...
Compton and Van Aert lead Cyclo-cross World Cups after US openers - Video
September 26, 2016 (09:30) [ Indexed from ]
Katie Compton (Trek) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan) lead the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup womens and mens standings, respectively, after winning the second round at Jingle Cross in Iowa City on Saturday. Compton dominated the womens short 37-minute Jingle Cross race, pulling away from her rivals half way through the race and winning solo by 18 seconds over Frenchwoman Caroline Mani and 23 seconds over US compatriot Kaitlin Antonneau. Her victory was enough to bump her up into the overall World Cup lead, after she had placed third behind Sophie De Boer and Nash in the opener Cross Vegas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Compton now leads the World Cup standings with 105 points, while Nash is in second with 90 points and De Boer slipped to third with 88 points. Despite the early lead, Compton says she is not pursuing the World Cup title this season, and is instead placing a bigger focus on winning the World Championships. Watch the Jingle Cross World Cup - Women Broken toe not enough to stop Van Aert You can read more at More...
Wiggins says he did not seek 'unfair advantage'
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins said he needed permission to use a banned substance to treat his asthma to ensure he was "back on a level playing field."The British rider's confidential medical information... More...
Entire world athletics anti-doping operation under threat as Russian hacking scandal could mean athletes refuse to be tested
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Top names in sport could sue the World Anti Doping Agency for damage to their reputation - with the agency potentially liable for the lapse in cyber security More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins says he got 'no unfair advantage' from steroids and they were to cure a 'medical condition'
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The cycling ace, who won the Tour de France in 2012, spoke out on the Andrew Marr show to debny he was a cheat after hackers accessed his medical records More...
Inside the country house Olympic champions Laura Trott and Jason Kenny married in secret ceremony
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The newlyweds kept the location of their wedding a secret, but finally broke news to fans on Sunday morning More...
Good morning Mrs Kenny! Laura Trott and Jason Kenny marry in secret ceremony - and announce it like this...
September 25, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Forget the bride and groom selfie, cheeky Jason shared a belfie of his new wife in bed with their adorable dogs More...
Jack Tame: Savour the little pleasures
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
I moved back to Auckland and bought a bike. It's an avocado-coloured hardtail, with lock-off suspension on the front and separate tires for the city and the mud.The guy in the shop took one look at my femurs and went straight for... More...
Bradley Wiggins insists he did not mislead fans having injected banned substance before Tour De France win
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Star insisted he'd never had any jabs apart from vaccinations but hackers have revealed in 2012 he got permission for triamcinolone shot to ease his asthma More...
Van Aert to ride Jingle World Cup cross race despite fracture toe
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert has confirmed he will ride todays elite mens World Cup Jingle Cross race in Iowa City despite fracturing his left big toe during the CrossVegas race on Wednesday. The Belgian travelled to Iowa City on Thursday night after a medical visit and x-rays confirmed the hairline fracture. Van Aert revealed he was in pain during a training ride on Friday but said he will race the World Cup event. "The feeling after training was not bad. The swelling did not increase after the training ride, so therefore I decided to start in the second round of the World Cup, Van Aert said in a message posted on his personal website.ADVERTISEMENT "Today (Friday) I have a cycled 45km with my teammates. That test wasnt that bad thanks to the taped toes and a painkiller but I didnt real put force on the pedals because I couldnt. After consulting with my family doctor, I decided not to do a route reconnaissance, which would have been an additional burden. Van Aert won the CrossVegas World Cup race despite an early crash on a set of stairs. He fought his way back into the mix and eventually won alone, scoring maximum World Cup points. The pain in his toe emerged overnight, hampering his travel to Iowa City and his hopes of a second victory and early lead in the World Cup standings. "Once back at the hotel we put ice on the foot, but the swelling was really intense. When I woke up Thursday morning, I could barely take any steps and I quickly realized that there was more to it. We decided to visit a local doctor, who sent us in turn to an orthopedic center. After taking the x-rays, it turned out that there was indeed a crack in my big toe, he explained. Van Aert is hoping that the adrenaline of Saturdays race will help him handle the pain in his toe. You can read more at More...
Latest issue of Procycling out now
September 24, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Get this months Procycling, which investigates how Bradley Wiggins changed British cycling forever. In the light of his crowning triumph " gold in the team pursuit at Rio " and just months before he retires from the sport, we assess the impact of the Londoners incredible career. In the light of the recent revelations about Wigginss usage of a corticosteroid before his three last Grand Tours, which emerged after we went to press, the publics final memories of the 2012 Tour winner may be more complex than the rider himself would have hoped. We also interview Richie Porte, who proved his critics wrong by stringing together a great Tour de France despite some terrible luck along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Nicolas Portal is Team Skys master tactician and the man who has guided Chris Froome to three Tour de France victories. We ask him what his secrets are. With the Olympics still fresh, we look back at the key moments from the road and track. We also spoke to Anna Van Der Breggen to find out how she overcame the emotional turmoil caused by seeing her unconscious team-mate Annamiek Van Vleuten lying in the road in the womens road race to take gold. Our Retro story relives the magical spring of 1981, when Giovanni Battaglin won the Giro and the Vuelta in a scintillating six-week period. Procycling also dropped in on the Bretagne Classic for our regular Race Culture feature. The old GP Ouest France-Plouay has been forced to make radical changes to keep its WorldTour status. Theres another wacky race in town, the brilliant Dwars door Het Hageland. The race is packed with gravel sections, cobbled climbs and farm tracks. The two-time Tour stage winner and now professional photographer Leon Van Bon sent us his photo essay. Plus, in our Debrief section we analyse all the action from the latest big races, including Greg Van Avermaets great Olympic road race victory and Bauke Mollemas deserved success in Clasica San Sebastian. You can read more at More...
Bradley Wiggins's former team doctor says authorised use of steroid before races "doesn't look right"
September 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins's medical data has been leaked by an online espionage group and he has come under scrutiny for the timing of drug exemptions More...
UCI to hold rider safety discussions at Il Lombardia
September 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rider safety has become an increasingly pressing item on the cycling agenda in recent years, and the UCI will hold a working group at Il Lombardia next week, bringing riders, teams and race organisers together to discuss further regulations for next season. The Cyclistes Professionnels Associs (CPA), the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) and the Association Internationale des Organisateurs de Courses Cyclistes (AIOCC), will represent riders, teams, and race organisersrespectively. In addition to the planned talks, the UCI announced it has already taken action to improve safety at one of the final races of this season - its own road World Championships in Qatar next month.The road races start out in the desert before finishing with laps of Doha's Corniche, with the following measures set to be imposed:ADVERTISEMENT Road works to remove and adapt traffic islands to improve the racing line of the final 1.5 kilometres of the circuit; The position of barriers will be appropriately adapted to take into account the width of the road in certain sections; The caravan will feature smaller, lighter trail-type motorbikes without panniers; All vehicles will be driven by people with significant previous experience of driving at races. The issue of rider safety has come into focus in the past couple of years due to an alarming string of incidents, with Antoine Demoiti losing his life after being hit by a motorbike at Gent-Wevelgem, and Stig Broeckx still in a coma after a similar incident at the Belgium Tour in May. Numerous other riders have been involved in collisions with vehicles, while other incidents have arisen from course design "from barriers to road furniture " as the scars on Peter Stetinas knee would attest. Earlier this year, the UCI announced it had introduced new guidelines governing in-race vehicles, but they essentially stressed the importance of following the existing rules, with punishment for those acting negligently. As such, ahead of the UCIs June management committee, the CPA called on the governing body to take concrete action, and tabled a list of proposals to enhance safety. You can read more at More...
Rowing: Hamish Bond ditches Eric Murray for new challenge
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Olympic and world champion rower Hamish Bond will swap boat for bike when he takes on next month's Tour of Southland.Bond, one half of the indomitable New Zealand men's pair with Eric Murray, will ride for the Vantage Windows &... More...
Boonen abandons Eneco Tour after crash on stage 4
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) has been forced to abandon the Eneco Tour after crashing early during stage 4, from Aalter to Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Belgium. Boonen was examined in hospital in Deinze, where x-rays revealed no fractures, and the Belgian was cleared to return home. In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Boonen's Etixx-QuickStep team noted that he has been ordered to rest until the end of this week before resuming training. "Right after the incident, reminiscent of the one in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, where Tom crashed and hit his head, suffering a left temporal bone fracture, the 35-year-old was attended by Etixx " Quick-Steps doctor, who decided that the best thing for Tom " who had a few abrasions on his body " was to abandon the race as precautionary measure and go by ambulance to the nearest hospital, so that his condition gets evaluated," the statement read.ADVERTISEMENT "Fortunately, the cervical X-ray he underwent at the St. Vincentius Hospital in Deinze didnt reveal any injury, so Tom " winner of three races this season " was cleared by the doctors to go home, where he is to rest until the end of the week, before returning to training." Although Boonen was reportedly able to remount after the crash, he soon wheeled to a halt again and abandoned the race. The 35-year-old was immediately taken to hospital for further examination after telling doctors that he had been left dazed by the crash. Tom Boonen was eating when his wheel hit a pothole and he crashed, Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere said, according to Le Soir. Since my rider felt dazed, it was immediately decided to bring him to hospital for further tests. I hope that his injuries wont be serious. You can read more at More...
Voeckler to retire at the end of 2017 Tour de France
September 22, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thomas Voeckler has set a date for retirement, revealingthat he will hang up his wheels at the end of the 2017 Tour de France. The Frenchman will be 38 by the time he hits the Champs-Elyses for what will be an emotional farewell after 15 consecutive Tours, over the course of which he has given home fans much to cheer about. His highlights include stints in the yellow jersey in 2004 and 2011 " where he clung on defiantly for so long and eventually took his best-ever overall finish of fourth - and he is 20th in the all-time list of days in yellow with 20. He has four stage wins to his name, the latest two coming at the 2012 Tour, where he also claimed the polka dot jersey of king of the mountains.ADVERTISEMENT "Unless something unexpected happens, the end of my career will be the Champs-Elyses 2017. Without regrets but not without emotion... Thanks to everyone," Voeckler announced on Twitter on Wednesday night. He expanded on his decision an interview in Thursday's L'Equipe, saying:The Tour has given me everything, so I will end it where it all began. It was a tough decision to make " I was losing sleep over it. And then, one day, it appeared to me so clearly. I said to myself, youll do one last Tour and then youll stop. You can read more at More...
Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad was first athlete to die at Paralympics - cuts did not play a part
September 18, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 48-year-old died after a crash at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday More...
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny set to earn millions after joint autobiography snapped up
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The sporty duo will have no problem paying for their upcoming wedding as their book and sponsorship deals rake in the cash More...
Sarah Storey bids to compete in able-bodied World Championships after winning more Paralympic golds
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Storey took her gold medal tally to 16 after winning another three events in Rio to ensure she leaves Brazil as Britain’s most successful ever female Paralympian More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins denies involvement with controversial doctor amid steroid row
September 17, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins had injections for a banned steroid before three major races in order to treat his asthma More...
Paralympics' Sarah Storey bids for third Rio 2016 gold claiming motherhood has improved her as an athlete
September 16, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Inspired by daughter Louisa, the cyclist has retained the 3km individual pursuit and time-trial titles she won at London 2012 — now comes Saturday's road race More...
British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome given drugs exemption
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are among a new wave of athletes to have details of substances they had taken leaked by Russian hackers who broke into their drug-testing records. The British cycling greats were part of the... More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins drug exemptions fully ratified by British and world cycling bodies, spokesman claims
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wiggins is one of five British athletes to have their WADA medical records leaked by Russian espionage group 'Fancy Bears' More...
Chris Froome insists he has 'no issues' with the leaking of his medical records
September 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The hacking group, named 'Fancy Bears', released information relating to 'therapeutic use exemptions' (or 'TUEs') of banned substances More...
100th Giro d'Italia starting with 3 stages in Sardinia
September 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " The 100th Giro d'Italia next year will start with three stages in Sardinia.It will be the third time the Italian grand tour has started on the island, although it will be the first time in 10 years.Fabio Aru, who... More...

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