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Coryn Rivera wins third stage of Women's Tour of California
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " Coryn Rivera brought her winning ways back to home soil.The American cyclist out-sprinted Arlenis Sierra and Giorgia Bronzini on Saturday to win the third stage of the Women's Tour of California, following... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PESCHICO, Sicily (AP) " Results Saturday in the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, 189 kilometers (117 miles) from Molfetta to Peschici:1. Gorka Izaguirre, Spain, Movistar Team, 4:24:59.2. Giovanni Visconti, Italy, Bahrain-Merida,... More...
Izaguirre wins stage, Jungels keeps Giro lead despite crash
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PESCHICI, Italy (AP) " Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profited from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey despite a minor... More...
Geraint Thomas taken out in mass pile up after crash with police motorbike during Giro d'Italia - but rides on
May 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Olympic gold medalist rode on after the disastrous fall More...
Katie Hall wins Stage 2 to take Tour of California lead
May 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) " Katie Hall kept churning over the final climb during the second stage of the Women's Tour of California, driven ahead by the voices of her UnitedHealthcare teammates in her ear.They were saying "Suffer!... More...
Australia's Ewan wins 7th stage of Giro; Jungels keeps lead
May 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALBEROBELLO, Italy (AP) " After three top-10 finishes in the opening week, Caleb Ewan of Australia finally won a stage in the Giro d'Italia on Friday.The Australian rider with the Orica Scott team claimed Stage 7 in a sprint finish... More...
Defending champ Guarnier wins Tour of California opener
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) " American cyclist Megan Guarnier finally has her season back on track.Just in time to ride on home soil, too.The three-time U.S. champion won the opening stage of the women's Tour of California on... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TERME LUIGIANE, Italy (AP) " Results Thursday from the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 217-kilometer (135-mile) leg from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane:1. Silvan Dillier, Switzerland, BMC Racing Team, 4 hours, 58 minutes,... More...
Dillier wins stage 6 of the Giro, Jungels retains lead
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TERME LUIGIANE, Italy (AP) " Silvan Dillier won from an early breakaway to take the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia and his first Grand Tour victory on Thursday, while Bob Jungels retained the overall lead.Dillier began his sprint... More...
Vinokourov and Kolobnev still facing possible corruption trial
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alexander Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobnev escaped together near the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2010, with Vinokourov attacking with 600 meters to go to take the win. However, allegations of payments and the release of emails that suggest an agreement between the two have led to a potential court case which has dragged on for six years. The next step is to be taken on Monday, when the two former riders are to appear in the Liege Council Chamber, at which point the decision is expected to be made on a possible referral to the correctional court, according to the Belga news agency. The corruption allegations were first made public in December 2011,when Swiss magazine LLIllustre, claimed that Vinokourov had paid Kolobnev 100,000 Euros to allow him to win. The magazine further cited emails containing Kolobnev's Swiss bank account information.ADVERTISEMENT Both have denied any agreement to fix the outcome of the race. "It's my private life," Vinokourov said. "I often loan money left and right. Vinokourov is now manager of the Astana team. Kolobnev retired the end of 2016. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI announce four-round 2017-18 Track World Cup schedule
May 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There will be three new venues for the UCI's 2017-18 Track World Cup series with Pruszkw, Milton and Santiago to host the premier event for the first time. Manchester's velodrome will host the Track World Cup for the first time since the 2013-14 season as the second of the four rounds. The four rounds are split into two back-to-back weekends of racing in November and December. Starting with Pruszkw on November 4-5, Santiago is the last of the four rounds just over one month later between December 9-10. The 2018 Track World Championships will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (February 28-March 4). The Milton World Cup is a first for the Canadian city, and first in Canada since 1989, and begins a three-year partnership running through to 2019-20 with the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.ADVERTISEMENT "Cycling Canada is excited to work with the Town of Milton to host the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup over the next three years," Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada, said of the velodrome built for the 2015 Pan Am Games. "This event is one of only six in the world every year and for the UCI to trust both Cycling Canada and Milton shows great vision on their part and demonstrates their understanding of the quality of both of our entities." Built in 2014, Santiago's Parque Pealoln velodrome will host its first Track World Cup and only round in the Southern Hemisphere for 2017-18. Pruszkw's velodrome, the BG BNP Paribas Arena, was the venue for the 2008 European Championships and 2009 Track World Championships makes it debut as a World Cup venue later in the year. Pruszkw (Poland), November 4-5 Manchester (Great Britain), November 10-12 Milton (Canada), December 2-3 Santiago (Chile), December 9-10. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Victorious Coryn Rivera heads home for Tour of California
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost track of the total.It stands at more than 70, by the way.But... More...
Gaviria sprints to 2nd Giro d'Italia victory on 5th stage
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MESSINA, Sicily (AP) " Colombia's Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday to claim his second victory of this year's race, while Quick-Step teammate Bob Jungels remained... More...
Frison severely injured in 4 Jours du Dunkerque crash
May 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Frederick Frison suffered "several severe injuries" in the mass crash on the first stage of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque, Team Lotto Soudal reported. At least one other rider was seriously injured and several team directors criticised how the situation was handled. Frison was initially diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, but further examinations showed multiple pelvic fractures, which "will take time and a lot of rest to heal. In addition, the team said his chest took a big part of the fall. On the left, Frederik has three broken ribs and two fractures to the transverse process on his vertebrae. Further examination also showed he has a small pneumothorax. Frederik doesnt need to undergo surgery. Stijn Vandenbergh of AG2R also suffered a severe concussion in the crash.ADVERTISEMENT Various team leaders were furious as to how the race handled the crash.Why did not the course be neutralized immediately? There were some riders heavily injured on the asphalt Have you not learned any lessons after last year with Antoine and Stig? Hilaire Van Der Schueren of Wanty-Groupe Gobert told the Belga news agency. In 2016, Antoine Demoiti (Wanty-Gobert) died after being run over by a motorbike in Gent-Wevelgem. Stig Broeckx (Lotto Soudal) suffered severe brain damage in a mass crash during the Tour of Belgium. The stage was cancelled after the crash. Van Der Schueren asked rhetorically if he was "the only team leader to contact the UCI after the stage to give all riders the same time." He asked, "where is the feeling of togetherness? The solidarity?" You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch: Cyclist celebrates a lap too early
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There was an incredible moment in the Giro d'Italia fifth stage overnight when rider Luka Pibernik thought he had claimed a stage victory, only to find he had a lap to go. Pibernik raised his hands in triumph, forgetting another... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUNT ETNA, Italy (AP) " Giro d'Italia Results on Tuesday:1. Jan Polanc, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, 4:55:58.2. Ilnur Zakarin, Russia, Katusha-Alpecin, :19 behind.3. Geraint Thomas, Britain, Team Sky, :29.4. Thibaut Pinot,... More...
Slovenia's Polanc wins Giro fourth stage
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ETNA, Sicily (AP) " Slovenian rider Jan Polanc produced a remarkable ride after making an early breakaway to win stage four of the Giro d'Italia on the summit of Mount Etna on Tuesday.The UAE Team Emirates rider, who also won a... More...
Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONACO (AP) " Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro... More...
Giro d'Italia cyclist Luka Pibernik celebrates stage victory a LAP early - and ends up finishing 148th
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Pibernik couldn't believe his luck as he pulled well clear of the chasing pack and celebrated his win - only to realise he had another 6.2km to go More...
Chris Froome back on his bike the day after being 'deliberately rammed' by a car in France
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Brit revealed a driver took off after smashing his bike on Tuesday but returned to the road on Wednesday More...
Giro dItalia: Quintana admits he's lacking top-end form
May 10, 2017 (20:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has said that he still needs to step up a level to be able to take on his rivals in the Giro dItalia, after a steady but unspectacular performance on the climb to Mount Etna. Expectations that Quintana would go on the rampage on the Giros first major summit finish were not that high, given its so early in the race but it was impossible to rule it out because of the Colombians reputation for aggressive mountain racing. At one point Quintana briefly swung out of the peloton and across the road and the crowd and the media scrum at the finish line instantly chorused Nairo, as it suddenly looked as if Quintana might be revving up to try to attack Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and the rest of the contenders on the Sicilians home turf.ADVERTISEMENT However the attack never came and Quintana went with a far more prudent strategy. Although clearly able to respond to the occasional surging acceleration amongst the favourites, Quintana relied heavily on teammate Andrey Amador when Nibali put in his one real attack. After finishing eleventh inside the group of favourites, it emerged that behind Quintanas usual Sphinkx-like expression, he was still thinking it was best to bide his time. My objective in this first mountain stage was to be up there with my rivals and not lose time on them, Quintana, now sixth overall, told Spanish newspaper AS. Responding to Nibali You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia winner,... More...
Chris Froome's bike "totaled" after Tour de France champion is "rammed" by a car while training
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Brit says the driver took off after the incident More...
Froome hit by car on training ride
May 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome was knocked off his bike by a motorist today, posting a photo of his mangled Team Sky Pinarello bike on his social media accounts. The Tour de France champion was continuing his training back at home in the south of France after riding the Tour de Romandie, but said he was hit on purpose by a driver, who then drove off. Unlike the damage caused to his bike, Froome said he suffered no physical injury.ADVERTISEMENT "Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" Froome wrote on Twitter. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!" Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead
May 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TORTOLI, Italy (AP) " Andre Greipel of Germany won a bunch sprint to take the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday and the pink jersey for the first time.Greipel edged out Roberto Ferrari at the end of the hilly 221-kilometer... More...
Playboy model comes close to causing crash at the Giro d'Italia after stepping in front of riders
May 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
April Summers was filmed cheering as the riders past, but stepped out too far into the road, almost creating a huge pile up More...
Giro d'Italia: Thomas sees potential for full-on GC battle on Mount Etna
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Many pundits are predicting that thestage 4 summit finish on Mount Etna " the first and one of the hardest of the 2017 Giro d'Italia " comes too early in the race to culminate in an all-out GC battle. But one significant voice in the peloton, at least, believes the complete opposite could well be true. "I think once you're on it [Etna], everybody will be going full gas," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told a small group of reporters in Tortoli before stage 3. "If somebody's good then they're going to try and take time." Although the popular view is that it would be risky to take a firm hold of the GC so early, Thomas points out that at least one top Giro d'Italia contender has operated differently in the past. "Look at when [Vincenzo] Nibali took yellow [on stage 2] in the Tour de France in 2014, the race was still in the UK," the Welshman pointed out. "I don't think Tuesday will be about people not wanting to take the Giro lead too soon."ADVERTISEMENT Thomas does not think, in any case, that the Giro d'Italia organisers have made a mistake by putting in such a key moment so soon in the game. "It's different to have a climb so early on, but it'll be good to see where I'm at, hopefully get stuck in, and have a good day." Thomas has not ridden Etna before because, as he succinctly explains, "other things [recons] fitted around races - it was just a bit more of a logistical pain in the arse." However, he says he'll spend some of the rest day watching videos of past two-wheeled assaults on the Sicilian volcano. "Apparently the wind could be important. It'll be a good test." He did not get to check out the Blockhaus, the other big early summit finish on stage 9, because it was blocked with snow when he was in the area during Tirreno-Adriatico, but, as he sees it, "as long as you've got good legs, that's the main thing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ewan continues top-ten run at Giro d'Italia
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Eighth place in Cagliari on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia sawCaleb Ewancontinue his run of top-ten results after Quick-Step Floors blew the race to pieces in the crosswinds. While sprint rival Fernando Gaviria took out the win and with it the pink jersey, theOrica-Scott rider won the bunch sprint 13 seconds later. Coming into his second Giro off the back of two-second places at the Tour de Yorkshire, Ewan won the bunch sprint on stage 1 behind Lukas Postelberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) to finish a narrow second on stage 1 in Olbia. In position to take the win on stage 2, Ewan pulled his foot from the pedal to finish ninth. Stage 3 offered an immediate shot at redemption after the previous day's 'devastating' result it was Quick-Step Floors blocking the 22-year-old's path to glory. Sports director Matt White explained when the Belgian team took advantage of the crosswinds, his Orica-Scott riders were caught out.ADVERTISEMENT "We all knew the point the winds were coming but there was just one team who got better organised than anyone, had the numbers, and made the race," sport director Matt White said. "They earned that win. It was chaotic, everyone was fighting for the front but we just didn't get where we needed to be." White added that despite being caught out and missing the opportunity to sprint for victory with Ewan, he was pleased that there was no time loss for the team's GC leader Adam Yates. "From there, we were trying to support both Caleb and Adam Yates. Adam actually did a really good job for a small guy to be in the second split when it first went." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nizzolo finds form in Giro d'Italia stage three sprint
May 08, 2017 (07:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The points classification winner at the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia, Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) came into the 100th edition of the race with just six race days in his legs. On stage 1 of the race, he sprinted to fourth place and proved his form and condition is coming back on stage three with a third place. A knee injuryravaged Nizzolo's start to 2017 with the Tour of Croatia his only race before the Giro. As Quick-Step Floors took it upon themselves to 'smash' the peloton in the crosswinds late in stage 3, Nizzolo was equal to the test as he made the front selection to contest the victory. While Colombian Fernando Gaviria was the quickest in the finale, Nizzolo explained the result and performance was a confidence boost considering his lack of race days. "I was in the front group with Quick-Step, and of course they did great teamwork," said Nizzolo of the Belgian squad who were rewarded with the stage win and maglia rosa. "They did their best to win, and I tried to do the best I could do against them. Of course, with the condition I have, I paid for the full gas effort for the last 10 kilometers."ADVERTISEMENT "Tactically, I think I was perfect, and the legs were just missing that little bit again so I couldn't ask more today. I am not frustrated. As I said, this was probably the best result I could have. I work every day to do my best and today the best was the third place." Importantly for Trek-Segafredo, GC leader Bauke Mollema was also alert as Quick-Step Floors did their damage and arrived in Cagliari on the same time his overall rivals. The Dutchman, although accustomed to riding in the wind, explained his teammates were crucial in keeping him calm and collected on what could have been a disastrous finale. "It was stressful with 50kms to go already," said Mollema. "Everyone knew that with 13kms to go it turned left and it was full crosswind and everyone wanted to be in front. We were where we needed to be, especially Jasper and Mads (Pedersen) who did a really good job, and Laurent (Didier) and Eugenio (Alafaci) too, to bring me in good position to this point. Then after one-two kilometers Quick-Step suddenly attacked and Giacomo reacted really well and it was perfect for us. He did a good sprint, and behind we were in the front so I was never in any big problems." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni forced to miss Tour of California
May 06, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhanni has been forced out of the 2017 Tour of California with the Cofidis sprinter still suffering the effects of his Tour de Yorkshire crash. Bouhanni was heavily concussed in the stage 3 crash, a day after winning the Harrogate stage. Prior to his Yorkshire success, Bouhanni won Danilith-Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and has also finished on the podium at Scheldeprijs and GP de Denain. Bouhanni was set to make his debut at the Tour of California in what would have been his first return to North American racing after the 2015 Worlds where he was the best Frenchman in 21st place. A statement released by Bouhanni's Cofidis team explained the decision making process behind his removal from the California squad.ADVERTISEMENT "Fallen last Sunday on the roads of the Yorkshire Tour, he is not sufficiently recovered from his fall and the resulting traumatic brain injury," read the statement regarding Bouhanni. "Priority is given to Nacer's health and the date of his resumption of competition will only be fixed once he has fully recovered from the accident. The Cofidis team would like to thank the organization of the Tour de Californie for its invitation and is calling for an understanding of its sprinter's package. The Cofidis team also thanks the medical service of ASO, organizer of the Tour of Yorkshire, as well as the hospital of Sheffield, for the care of Nacer following its fall." Luis Angel Mate will race the Tour of California for Cofidis with the remaining riders to be confirmed ahead of the May 14 start in Sacramento. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Gaviria's bid for victory undone by Olbia final
May 06, 2017 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Grand Tour debutant Fernando Gaviria was tipped as the man to beat on stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia into Olbia but instead it was the largely unknown Lukas Pstlberger who took the victory and first maglia rosa of 2017.With Pstlberger clipping off the front of the race in the closing kilometres, the sprint teams struggled to get into gear through the technical finale. The Bora man held off the chasers to spoil the day for the sprinters and become the first Austrian stage winner at the Giro. Although Gaviria has a familiar lead out on hand in Italy from his Quick-Step Floors team, he explained that bad positioning in a technical finale made a difficult task all but impossible as he crossed the line in 12th place. "Today's stage was hard, and the technical finish made things even more complicated. The team did a great job chasing the escapees, but in the last kilometers, after the crash, it became very difficult to be in control of the whole situation," Gaviria said. "Coming into the last roundabout I wasn't well-placed and my ambitions for a good result today came to an end there. But it's only the beginning of the race and there will be other opportunities."ADVERTISEMENT With three stage 1 victories already on his palmares, the 22-year-old has proven he starts races well. His list of wins at stage races is tilted towards the first few days of racing although the 100th edition of the Giro though is a completely new experience for the Colombian. While there will be several more opportunities for a stage win, Gaviria explained pre-racethat a win isn't his only aim as he also wants to make it all the way to Milan. "Going to Milan, all the way, is the big goal this time round," he said of his ambitions ahead of the race. "I can only hope to do things the best way possible." Read more on this article Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Ewan angry and disappointed after missing out on first pink jersey Destiny steps in to give Postlberger his moment of Giro d'Italia glory Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 highlights " Video Greipel rues missed chance for Giro d'Italia lead You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fizik reveal Giro d'Italia inspired R1B 'Climb Edition'
May 06, 2017 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In celebration of the 100th Giro d'Italia, Italian brand Fizik has released a limited 'Climb Edition' of its R1B shoe. Giro GC contenders Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) are two of the riders in the Giro peloton who will wear the shoes at the race with just 40 pairs available for sale. The shoes will retails for380.00. Predominately white, the R1B shoes feature pink highlights and a design which reference the altimetry of Monte Grappa and the Asiago. Both climbs feature in the penultimate stage of this year's race and are regularly featured in the Giro d'Italia. With stage profiles of the 2017 Giro represented on the shoe in black, stage 20's profile is in pink to highlight the two climbs. The pink profile also features on the outside of the heel to ensure visibility. Featuring a stiff carbon outer sole, Fizik's 'Volume Control technology' allows for individual adaption to a rider's foot. Adjustment is made via two BOA dials located on the outer right of the shoe in the same style as theR1B Uomo.ADVERTISEMENT Fizik's R1B Climb Edition shoe weighs in at 227g You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia 2017: route, stages, TV times, results for 100th edition of cycling's grand tour race in Italy
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The three-week long tour started in Alghero, Sardinia, on Friday morning More...
Giro d'Italia 2017: The reason behind the prestigious pink jersey for the leader on top of the podium
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Cycling grand tour the Giro d'Italia is marking it's 100th edition this year More...
Giro d'Italia 2017 stage one begins as Google celebrate 100th edition of grand tour in Italy with doodle
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Users logging on to google.co.uk on Friday morning were met with the animated image More...
Pinot downplays overall aspirations ahead of debut Giro d'Italia
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot's preparation for his debut Giro d'Italia has largely gone to plan since his announcement in the winter. However, despite claiming a win and finishing second overall at the Tour of the Alps late last month the Frenchman from FDJ is downplaying his overall hopes on the eve of the 100th Giro. The death of Michele Scarponi the morning after the Tour of the Alps, where the Italian had won his first race since 2013, and less than ideal training conditions see the 26-year-old lessening his expectations of the race. "I've had a few difficult days after the Tour of the Alps," said Pinot of the race where he also won a stage. "Emotionally, I've been down for a couple of days because of the tragic death of Michele Scarponi, someone I appreciated a lot. I've also had troubles for training due to the bad weather."ADVERTISEMENT Making his Grand Tour debut at the 2012 Tour de France, winning a memorable stage and finishing tenth overall, Pinot has gone on to taste the highs and lows of the life as a GC rider at the three-week races. Third overall and best young rider jersey at the Tour in 2014 was followed by a DNF at the Vuelta a Espaa and his last two Tour's have been far from ideal. Pinot is aiming to kick start his GC ambitions at the Giro and therefore stayed away from hyperbole when stating his intentions 24 hours out from stage 1. "This is my first participation in the Giro dItalia. Maybe I'll need a few before I can win the overall. I come here after two failures on GC at the Tour de France but regardless of what happened in July last year, I already had decided to take part in the 100th Giro one and half years ago," said Pinot. Despite talking down his chances, Pinot has enjoyed a successful outing on Italian soil thus far in 2017. Third place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, ninth at Strade Bianche, and his recent Tour of the Alps result all point to smooth run in. Assisted by a stage win and third place overall at the Ruta de Sol. Pinot's early season form of 2016 amounted to little by the Tour as he was struck down by illness. While he appears to be in form and good condition, Pinot spoke of himself as his "biggest opponent" when assessing his overall rivals. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
SRM introduces Origin power meter
May 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar SRM has a new three-piece power meter crank system called Origin that's designed to work with a variety of frame/bottom bracket setups. The new design has moved away from adding SRM spiders to existing cranksets. Notably, since Shimano announced plans to sell its own power meter, SRM will not be producing new crank-based systems from the Japanese component giant.ADVERTISEMENT Through a partnership with Look, SRM now has a three-piece system that consists of spindle, spider and crankarm. The new system comes in two spider sizes: 110BCD for road and 104BCD for MTB Device Agent analysis updates Still the benchmark? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prescription for a healthier Auckland
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Indicators which signal Auckland's collective health are flashing amber. A new snapshot of the region's health status shows too many adults are overweight or obese, diets are short of fruit and vegetables, and too few of us walk... More...
Quintana kicks off attempt at rare Giro-Tour double
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Nairo Quintana is attempting to do what Alberto Contador couldn't.The Colombian is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year.Contador... More...
Bora-hansgrohe ready for 2017 Giro d'Italia challenge
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
German WorldTour Bora-hansgrohe line out for its debut Giro d'Italia Friday in Sardinia with its two leaders Sam Bennett and Patrick Konrad ready to challenge for stage wins and the GC. Bora-hansgrohe have ridden the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana as a wild card team with the Giro it's first Grand Tour as a WorldTour team. As the Pro-Continental NetApp squad, the team also rode the 2012 edition of the Giro. Christian Pmer, chief sports director for Bora-hansgrohe at the Giro, will be aiming to deliver Bennett to stage wins across the three-week race while balancing the GC aspirations of Konrad in his second Grand Tour.ADVERTISEMENT "Our goal for this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia is to go for stage victories, for the GC we will take it day by day. I think we have some really good opportunities with Sam Bennett and Matteo Pelucchi in the sprints," Pmer said. "Sam proved in Paris " Nice that he is an excellent sprinter and some stages in this year's Giro suit him very well. But we will also try to win stages with Patrick Konrad in the mountains. Patrick had a good preparation for this Grand Tour and he is very motivated to make his mark in this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia." Bennett comes into the race off the back of a training camp and 22nd place in a wet and cold Eschborn-Frankfurt. With his confidence boosting Paris-Nice stage in the pocket, the Irishman is looking for an early win. "I am looking forward to this Giro d'Italia, it's the 100th edition which is very special to be part of," Bennett said. "My preparations went pretty good with the altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada, where I could do my training very individually this time. Of course, my goal is to win a stage. After my first WorldTour win in Paris-Nice, I am ready to take my first stage in a Grand Tour." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Junior TT champ McNulty returns to racing after broken hip - News Shorts
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Reigning junior time trial wold champion Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) returned to racing Wednesday after an eight-week recovery from a fractured hip he suffered at the Volta ao Alentejo in February. McNulty finished fifth in the opening time trial at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Southern California on Wednesday, covering the 11.3km course in 14:44, just four seconds off the winning time of Romanian champion Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis). UnitedHealthcare's Gavin Mannion and Alex Cataford, along with Silber's Nigel Ellsay, finished ahead of McNulty. Wednesday result was a solid performance for the rider who has been out of competition since February 25 when he hit the deck hard during stage 3 of the race in Portugal. McNulty finished the stage but was in too much pain to start the following day. An initial X-ray taken in Portugal revealed a fractured pelvis, and the 18-year-old American flew home to Phoenix, Arizona, to see a specialist, who confirmed the injury.ADVERTISEMENT McNulty won the rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar last October with a time that would have earned a bronze medal in the U23 race. In two years with the USA Cycling junior national team, McNulty built an impressive international palmars that includes third place at the 2015 junior time trial world championship in Richmond. Rim takes Cycling Academy's first win of 2017 Mat training in Sierra Nevadas ahead of California Racism flares up at Romandie, Froome's form, and Giro picks - podcast You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Domenico Pozzovivo motivated for 100th Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The veteran of ten prior Giro d'Italia's, Domenico Pozzovivo is looking to make his mark on the 100th running of the Corsa Rosa. While Pozzovivo missed the 2009 Giro, marking 100 year's since the Italian Grand Tour was first held, he is motivated for the Giro 100 as AG2R-La Mondiale's general classification leader. The 34-year-old may still be searching for his first win of the season, third place overall at the Tour of the Alps along with tenth place at Tirreno-Adriatico and ninth at Abu Dhabi Tour has Pozzovivo in a confident mood. "We will be starting not only a very important race for cycling, but a very important event for all of Italy," said the 2012 stage 8 winner. "There is a bit of a holiday atmosphere here in Sardinia, and it's a good chance to take advantage of the tranquillity of the island before the beginning of the race. This will be a wonderful start to the Giro."ADVERTISEMENT After three top-ten overall results between 2012 and 2014, Pozzovivo started the 2015 Giro aiming for a high overall result. However, after losing time in the first few stages, Pozzovivo crashed out the race. He recovered from the predominately head injuries, to finish in 11th place overall at the Vuelta a Espaa. 20th last year at the Giro suggests Pozzovivo can again be an animator of the race but he believes the first week will be crucial in setting up the general classification. "The first week will be crucial for the overall standings," he said of the Giro start which takes in Sardinia and Sicilybefore hitting the mainland. "The Sardinian roads can be tricky and we will climb Mount Etna as soon as we arrive in Sicily on the 4th day (Cefal - Etna). I believe that the 9th stage (Montenero di Bisaccia " Blockhaus) will give us a good overview of which riders are in with a shot." Pozzovivo adds that once through the first week, the mountain packed third week will be the real challenge but he is confident in his form and the team AG2R-La Mondiale have selected in support of his aims. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dumoulin: I'd sign now for a podium finish in the Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year after his triumphant start to the 2016 Giro d'Italia in front of home crowds in the Netherlands, Tom Dumoulin's start to this May's edition of the Grand Tour may be more low-key - but his overall goals are far more ambitious. As the 26-year-old from Maastricht told Cyclingnews earlier this year, after his breakthrough overall result and performance in the 2015 Vuelta a Espaa, taking sixth, last season Dumoulin pressed pause on his Grand Tour GC ambitions. That didn't stop him taking a narrow but hugely popular win in Apeldoorn a year last May when the Giro d'Italia kicked off on home soil, and remaining in the lead, barring one day, for the whole of the first week. Then there was a memorable win in the atrocious weather conditions in Andorra in the Tour de France of course, and again in the mid-race time trial, prior to a forced abandon after a crash in the Alps. This time round, the Netherlands-born rider is hoping the last week of the Giro d'Italia will be a different story to the final third of his previous two Grand Tours, although Dumoulin is careful to set the bar only so high. Although not ruling out the pink jersey - who would? - the Team Sunweb leader confirmed Wednesday that if he could sign on the dotted line a guarantee he'd be riding into Milano's finish line, anywhere on the final podium of the Giro, he'd be reaching for a pen right now.ADVERTISEMENT "Normally, winning here for me would be really difficult, I'd need my best shape ever and a little bit of luck," Dumoulin said. "My favourite is [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar Team). In the last few months he's been showing that even when he's on 95 percent of his top form, he's still always playing for the win." "A guy like me or Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), if we're on 95 percent then we don't compete for the win anymore." Nor does he view himself as likely to be turning the tables at the last minute and blowing the race apart like a certain Italian did last year in the Giro: "A guy like [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is always dangerous. Last year, I didn't think he'd win the Giro d'Italia, but he still did. You never know with him." But on the plus side, Dumoulin is where he wants to be as the Giro approaches and that, given the novelty of building specifically for GC in a Grand Tour, is no small success in itself. His overall condition, he says, is "pretty good. The preparation went well, I'm in a good place mentally and physically. I just want to experience the Giro and fight for GC in three weeks." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Haga enters uncharted waters with unprecedented Giro d'Italia build-up
May 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) is a familiar face at the Giro d'Italia " 2017 will be his third in as many years " but the 28-year-old Texan says hes heading into uncharted waters in this year's race. But not so much by what's coming up, as to what preceded it. Riding two three-week races for the first time in his career in 2016 was already a new landmark in Haga's four-and-a-bit year professional career. But his build-up to this year's Giro d'Italia is, Haga tells Cyclingnews on Wednesday, "different from any Grand Tour I've done before." "It was not as much racing and I've never done altitude training right before the Giro d'Italia, either. Before, they [altitude training sessions] have been late in the season or just by being in Colorado. So I've had a very focused program to be very good here in the Giro.ADVERTISEMENT "I've not had so much racing either, that was planned from the start. My first focus was Tirreno-Adriatico to support Tom there, but not much racing beforehand. I had to be with Tom [Dumoulin] at altitude" " ten days in the Sierra Nevada and ten days on the Teide in the Canary Islands " "and come here hopefully ready to rumble." The Mount Etna uphill finish coming so early, he says, means that hitting the ground running in this year's Giro was never going to be a bad idea. "I'm not a pure climber but I'll support the mountain riders and Tom's GC bid in that area as far as I can and leave them to the final kilometres." There will be some voyages in the dark in the mountains, too, for Haga, given the only climb he knows beforehand in this year's Giro is the Mortirolo, which the race tackled in 2015. However, whilst he will be as curious as anyone to see how his different Giro approach works out on the climbs, his predilection for time trialing is no secret. The depth of his effort in the Giro's mid-race time trial may well depend on how well Dumoulin's GC bid is going and if he needs to save his legs. But he is definitely looking forward to emptying the tank in the final race against the clock in Milan, when Dumoulin will not be needing his support the day after. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks after Italian racially abused FDJ's Kevin Reza
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
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Third Eschborn-Frankfurt victory for Kristoff
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following an underwhelming classics campaign, Alexander Kristoff bounced back in Germany with his third career Eschborn-Frankfurt victory. The Norwegian was assisted by German teammate Rick Zabel in the finale with the duo recording a one-two finish for Katusha-Alpecin in the wet and cold conditions. "This was the coldest one I can remember. It was quite cold with the rain all day. I took off my jacket and rode the last three laps without it, but I was regretting it the whole way. It was very cold today, but the same guys as usual were still there fighting for victory," said Kristoff who previously won the race in 2014 and 2016. Although the win was Kristoff's first at WorldTour level since the 2015 edition of GP Ouest France-Plouay, it was his seventh of the season. While Kristoff had an edge over his sprint rivals at the race knowing how to win, he explained that he though his race could be overADVERTISEMENT "I was a little bit dropped on the last climb but I had a strong team around me to pull me back. Without them I would have had no chance. We came back just before the laps and Rick was guiding me through the corners at the end and he did a perfect lead out for me and ended up second himself," he explained. "Luckily he was my teammate in those last few k's because otherwise I think he would have won the race! Earlier Tony Martin and Angel Vicioso and also team Bora Hansgrohe were working with us. Then at the end Nils Politt and Zabel took over. It was a big team effort to get back on the front that enabled me to sprint for the victory. We are really happy and it was a great performance." For Zabel, it was his best result yet since making the move across from BMC to Katusha. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of the Battenkill cancelled
May 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After what may have been the shortest-ever appearance on the UCI calendar, the Tour of the Battenkill has been cancelled, according to an email race promoter Dieter Drake sent to teams on Monday. In a copy of the email sent to Cyclingnews by one of the team directors, Drake wrote simply "Cancelled. Good luck." Drake confirmed in a separate email to Cyclingnews that the race has been cancelled, but he declined to comment. The one-day race in upstate New York last took place for professional riders in 2012, but organisers dropped the UCI event and focused on a gran fondo in the ensuing years. Drake announced on April 1 that the race would return this year, however, taking the date vacated by the cancelled Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.ADVERTISEMENT "I spoke to the folks at Philadelphia, the race director Robin Mortin, and she gave us her blessing," Drake told Cyclingnews when he announced the UCI race. "We'll have a men's and women's race and they'll both be 1.2 on the UCI calendar. "We saw a lot of cancellations, Philadelphia being the biggest, and we decided to come back because we put something together on short notice," Drake said at the time. "Also our budget doesn't even compare to a race like Philadelphia. We have the capabilities, the infrastructure and the people to do it." The race's return to the UCI schedule was welcome news, especially after the Philadelphia cancellation as well as the inaugural Commonwealth Classic scheduled for Virginia in August. Some teams appeared to have balked, however, at Drake's attempt to get them to pony up $5,000 sponsorship "inscription" for the men's teams and $4,000 for the women. " Nicola Cranmer (@nicolacranmer) April 11, 2017 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hamish Bond takes year off rowing to cycle Europe
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Hamish Bond's desire to push himself to discover the extent of his sporting abilities will take him to Europe on a cycling mission this year.With his longtime coxless pair partner Eric Murray having retired, Bond is contemplating... More...
Stefan Kueng wins chilly Tour of Romandie stage
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AP) " Stefan Kueng won a shortened Tour of Romandie stage Thursday that started on snow-lined roads, ended in chilling rain and left the top of the overall standings unchanged.The Swiss rider outlasted Andriy... More...
Masters Games: 94-year-old races, carefully, to victory
May 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As Reg Rye stood on the side of the Cambridge Avantidrome track and waved to his adoring crowd, a dream was realised.New Zealand's oldest competitor at the World Masters Games 2017 had just completed eight laps of the 250-metre... More...

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