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Tour de France Champions
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
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'Vive la France': Froome makes emotional Tour victory speech
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " After the beer and champagne celebrations, Chris Froome delivered a sobering and emotional message from the Tour de France winner's podium on the Champs-Elysees.Ten days after the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that... More...
Cycling: Lack of enjoyment leads to retirement for Jesse Sergent
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Double Olympic medallist Jesse Sergent says a lack of enjoyment was behind his sudden retirement from cycling.The former track cyclist spent five seasons as a road professional, riding in three grand tours and claiming a podium... More...
Tour de France Results
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MORZINE, France (AP) " Results Saturday at the 20th stage of the Tour de France, a 146.5-kilometer rainy ride in the Alps from Megeve to Morzine, with four categorized climbs including Category 1 climbs to the Col de la Colombiere... More...
Taste of the Tour: Fera du Lac Leman and Savoie white wine
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MORZINE, France (AP) " A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 20 of the Tour de France on Saturday:REGION: The final stage in the Alps " before the mostly ceremonial finale on the Champs-Elysees " followed a 146.5... More...
Sir Chris Hoy reveals blood, sweat and tears needed to become Olympic gold medallist at Rio 2016
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The six-time Olympic gold medallist sheds light on what is required of an athlete to climb the mountain and achieve immortality at the games More...
Prudential RideLondon 2016 dates, route, map and road closures ahead of the big biking festival
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The world's largest cycling event puts amateurs in the spotlight as well as professionals - so here's all you need to know More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins backs Chris Froome to add Olympic gold to his Tour de France glory
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Knight rider Wiggins achieved that very feat back in 2012 and thinks Froome is well placed to follow in his footsteps More...
Tour de France king Chris Froome is the champion again " because he was a runner-up
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Legging it up Mont Ventoux after a crash wrote off his bike showed the tenacity that has made the Brit just the eighth man to win Le Tour three times More...
Tour de France champ Chris Froome warns Olympics road-race in Rio will be even harder to win
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Brit says next challenge is "going to be an extremely hard to control and judge tactically, but with the team we’ve got we can be extremely competitive" More...
Tour de France champ Chris Froome tells wife Michelle and son Kellan: This one's for you!
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The British ace hugged his loved ones after a third Le Tour triumph in four years and vowed to return in 12 months' time to chase another Yellow Jersey More...
Chris Froome wins the 2016 Tour de France and joins elite group of three-time champions
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Andre Greipel won the final stage in Paris as Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Team Sky team-mates More...
Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome wins third Yellow Jersey - 5 things we learned
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Brit secured yet another Yellow Jersey with an incredible performance throughout to cement his name in cycling folklore More...
Chris Froome set for third Tour de France title after successfully negotiating final mountain stage
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Sky racer overcame difficult, slippery conditions on a rainy day in the Alps to maintain his vast overall lead in this year's race More...
Froome warms up for Tour by winning Dauphine for 3rd time
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SUPERDEVOLUY, France (AP) " Chris Froome warmed up for the Tour de France by winning the Criterium du Dauphine stage race for the third time on Sunday.It may prove to be a good omen for Froome, because his other Dauphine wins were... More...
Sagan gets record 12th career Tour of Switzerland stage win
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAAR, Switzerland (AP) " World champion Peter Sagan earned a record 12th career win at the Tour of Switzerland, sprinting to a second-stage victory on Sunday. Juergen Roelandts of Belgium leads overall.On a second day of racing... More...
Michael Matthews set to sign for Giant-Alpecin
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews understands that Michael Matthews will ride for Giant-Alpecin in 2017. The Australian will head to the WorldTour team while John Degenkolb is likely to sign for Trek-Segafredo. Although no contracts can officially be signed or ratified until the UCIs official August 1 deadline, Cyclingnews has been told by sources that the Australian will leave his current team, Orica-GreenEdge, at the end of this year. Degenkolb has already been linked to Trek-Segafredo and is expected to take two or three teammates with him to the American team. Both Giant-Alpecin and Orica-GreenEdge managements remained tight-lipped when contacted by Cyclingnews and both Matthews and Degenkolb are expected to ride the Tour de France for their respective teams this season. Cyclingnews also understands that Giant have been working on signing Matthews for some time, believing that he is a stronger long-term prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews, 25, moved to Orica-GreenEdge in 2013 and won two stages in that years Vuelta. He had another breakthrough in the 2014 Giro dItalia, wearing the maglia rosa and winning a stage. In 2015 he won another stage in the race before finishing second at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently riding the Tour de Suisse, where he is looking to win stages ahead of the Tour de France. More on this story: Matthews to target stages in Tour de Suisse Contador to hold talks with Trek-Segafredo Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo Orica-GreenEdge are in the middle of re-signing riders for next season. Sources have added that Matthews has not re-signed with them, however, and Adam and Simon Yates, Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan are also all out of contract for next season. The team confirmed earlier this week that Orica would leave the sport at the end of 2017 but this appears unrelated to Matthews departure. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch Saint Francis Tulsa Tough livestream on Cyclingnews
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Saint Francis Tulsa Toughcriterium omnium, the 13th stop on USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour, starts Friday night with the Blue Dome Criterium, and you can watch all the weekend's action here on Cyclingnews.All times are Central Standard Time. The Blue Dome Criterium will take place on afigure-8 loop that is 1.1km long and has 25 feet of elevation gain per lap. The womens race will begin at 7:55 p.m. and the mens race will follow at 8:50 p.m. The Omnium will continue on Saturday with the Brady Arts District Criterium, where the peloton will face an L-shaped, 1.4km loop that is undulating with a descent into the last corner before the finish line. The womens race begins at 6:50 p.m. and the mens race is at 7:55 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Tulsa Tough will conclude on Sunday with the River Parks Criterium, which includes the challenging Crybaby Hill and a 120-degree corner. The course is 1.3km and includes 100 feet of climbing each lap. The women will race at 3:30 p.m. and the men at 4:35 p.m. Friday: Blue Dome Criterium " Women 7:55 / Men 8:50 p.m. CST Saturday:Brady Arts District Criterium " Women 6:50 / Men 7:55 p.m. CST Sunday: River Parks Criterium " Women 3:30 / Men 4:35 p.m. CST You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome retains Dauphine lead as Pinot wins penultimate stage
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MERIBEL, France (AP) " French climber Thibaut Pinot won the penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine after beating countryman Romain Bardet in a sprint finish Saturday, while defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome extended... More...
Criterium du Dauphine Results
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MERIBEL, France (AP) " Results Saturday in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, a high-mountain ride in the Alps from La Rochette to Meribel:1. Thibaut Pinot, France, FDJ, 4 hours, 24 minutes, 16 seconds.2. Romain Bardet,... More...
German cycling star Rudi Altig is dead at 79
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " The German cycling union says former star rider Rudi Altig has died of cancer. He was 79.Altig won Germany's last road world title in 1966. He won a total of 18 stages at the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia... More...
Cancellara takes yellow jersey in final Tour of Switzerland
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAAR, Switzerland (AP) " Home favorite Fabian Cancellara rode on rain-slicked roads to win the opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.Cancellara, the former world and Olympic champion in time trial, was... More...
Olympics: In hot pursuit of a medal
June 11, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The sight of Brendon Cameron armed with a stop watch on the inner rim of the Athens velodrome was a reassuring sub-plot to his partner Sarah Ulmer's individual pursuit gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.If not the power behind her... More...
Chris Froome seizes overall lead at Dauphine Libere
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VAUJANY, France (AP) " Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome seized the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after winning the fifth stage on Friday.Froome attacked with about 2 1/2 kilometers left, and his former teammate... More...
Hagen salutes injured Kiwi cyclist with Dauphin win
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Edvald Boasson Hagen won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphin today and paid his respects to Keagan Girdlestone afterwards, as the young Kiwi rider continues to work on recovery following his crash in Italy.Prompt action... More...
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22-rider field for 2016 - News Shorts
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Arctic Race of Norway announces 22 rider field for 2016 The Arcitic Race of Norway on Friday announced the 22 teams that will compete in the 2016 race from August 11 through August 14. The 2016 field that takes the line in Fauske will feature 11 WorldTour teams " the most since the races inception in 2013 " seven Pro Continental teams and four Norwegian Continental squads.ADVERTISEMENT The Astana team of 2015 overall winner Rein Taaramae will return, as will the BMC squad of 2015 runner-up Sylvan Dillier and the katusha team of third-placed Ilnur Zakarin. FDJ will be making its first appearance in the race, along with Team Sky, and Trek Segadredo from the WorldTour ranks. British Pro Continental team One Pro Cycling will also be making its debut in the race this year. 11 UCI WorldTeams : You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Chris Froome is the stage 5 pick, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. After finishing only third in the prologue, Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been peppered with questions about his form ahead of the Tour de France. Alberto Contadors win on the opening day was as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for but since then the tables have slowly turned in Froomes favour. On the final climb of stage 5 the two rivals swapped more than just the leaders jersey " this was a psychological blow across Contadors bow as much as it was physical, because regardless of whether one is at 90 per cent or another is at 100 per cent, neither enjoys losing to the other. At the starts and finishes during this years race there has been a growing sense that Froome was just waiting for his moment to pounce. He couldnt wait to get stuck in. He raced at the front on every stage and when the opportunity was created he stamped authority on the race. ADVERTISEMENT "It's a really nice feeling to be back in yellow and to win a stage like that," he said at the finish. The race is far from won, however. Daniel Benson says: Froome and Sky have been criticised in the past for the manner in which they ride and win. There are multi-faceted reasons behind that but if you take the argument that they dominate races into submission then todays performance flew in the face of that. Instead of eight Sky riders on the front, the British team sat back and allowed Contadors squad to wear themselves out. Landas role was pivotal but in another sense inconsequential. He laid the groundwork for Froome but the strongest rider won. He just did it in a different " and somewhat more impressive " way. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin solidifies GC position at Dauphine with gutsy performance
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) may have missed out on the win duringstage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine but he put in a worthy ride to finish fourth and solidify his fourth place in the overall standings. On the climb to Vaujany, Martin was a constant feature in the front of the elite group of climbers and GC contenders. He threw in his own attack on the climb but when stage winner Chris Froome (Team Sky)attacked, the Irishman was forced to combine his efforts with Alberto Contador as the pair looked to limit their losses to the Sky rider and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). At the summit Martin finished fourth at 19 seconds, with Adam Yates edging him for third. The result leaves Martin fourth, 37 seconds behind Froome. "After the TT I knew I was in good condition on the climb so, it's nice to be able to race against those guys. When Chris went, it was like " whoa! His one-minute power is crazy, normally that's my kind of thing but I couldnt follow it." Martin has spent the last few weeks of training improving his stamina and endurance, with long rides at altitude. Today's climb ensured that the Irishman had to use his natural ability to raise the pace to good effect. "I haven't been doing any explosiveness at all. Maybe I got a little over excited when I attacked but I'm still trying to gauge whether the other riders might just let me go," he said. "I don't know whether Chris, Alberto and Richie were just watching each other, so I thought I gave it a good crack. The team put me in a great position at the bottom of the climb. It was just such an explosive effort the whole climb it was a long, hard, flat out the whole way up."ADVERTISEMENT Martin heads into the queen stage as a genuine contender for the race. That was clear the moment Contador chased him down. The Irishman will look for the opportunity to win a stage but a high place on the overall, possibly on the podium, is also a realistic aim. "I'm not going to give up a GC, but I'm also too close on GC for the others to let me go for a stage, so we'll just get through it and hopefully the weather's going to be good tomorrow and we'll see how it goes." If he is to win a stage, Martin may have to go head-to-head with Froome, who was simply unstoppable at Vaujany. "He went pretty hard. But I settled into a rhythm and expected them to stop and look at each other, but Chris and Richie both wanted to make time on Alberto. So it was an unusual climb, a different climb for a race like this. It was really explosive. But, I'm happy." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 highlights - Video
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) took control of the Criterium du Dauphine as he rode to victory on stage 5 in Vaujany.. The defending champion rode to the line with his former teammate Richie Porte (BMC) after attacking in the final kilometres and dropping the race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Froome and Porte went head to head in the final sprint for the line but the Australian was no match for Froome and had to settle for second.ADVERTISEMENT Contador lost some 21 seconds to Froome and Porte in the end, pushing him down to third overall. Watch the highlights above and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mountain Biking: Gaze wins Olympic spot for New Zealand
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sam Gaze has won the hotly contested men's cross-country mountain bike berth in the New Zealand Olympic team for Rio.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist has secured the sole spot ahead of the man who beat him in Glasgow, Anton... More...
Boasson Hagen wins Stage 4 at Dauphine Libere
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BELLEY, France (AP) " Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Thursday after coming out on top of a bunch sprint finish.The Norwegian edged Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe and Nacer Bouhanni... More...
Italian Fabio Aru wins 3rd stage of Dauphine Libere
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TOURNON-SUR-RHONE, France (AP) " Fabio Aru won the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Wednesday after a well-timed late breakaway.The 25-year-old Italian climber pulled clear 22 kilometers (13.5) miles from the end... More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Marcus Burghardt wins Cyclingnews rider of the day
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage fours Cyclingnews Rider of the Day was selected by BMC Racings Richie Porte. In one sense its quite poetic that Marcus Burghardts only win in the last six years has come via a team time trial. When he first broke through the German was earmarked for success and he won Gent-Wevelgem in 2007. A stage win in HTCs incredible 2008 Tour de France followed, along with two stages in the Tour de Suisse in 2010. Since then the 32-year-old has forged a career as a super domestique. Cadel Evans, Gilbert, van Garderen and now Richie Porte have all benefited from the riders sacrifices.ADVERTISEMENT On stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine, Burghardt did what he did best, lining out the bunch constantly in order to keep the pace high and protect his leader from danger. The efforts killed the chances of local hero " and who may well have been the rider our rider of the day under normal circumstances - Maxime Bouet who had been part of the break and almost held out for the win but thats cycling. Porte says: My teammate Marcus Burghardts ripped it apart in the last 20 kilometres. Hes such a strong guy and riders like him are so underrated and just such good bike riders. You dont always see that from the television perspective but hes my rider of the day. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lean, mean, Dauphine machine: Richie Porte podcast
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the eve of the Criterium du Dauphine's trio of mountain stages Cyclingnews travelled the BMC Racing team hotel to sit down and talk with Richie Porte. The Australian is currently sitting in third overall, six seconds down on race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Porte came into the race as one of the overall contenders and has hardly put a foot wrong in the race, however he did lose 9 seconds to rival Chris Froome when then peloton split at the end of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT In this exclusive interview Porte talks about his race so far, and how the mountainous stage 5 could play out. Porte also picks the Cyclingnews rider of the day. Spoiler alert, its one of his teammates. We also hear from Chris Froome after the Team Sky rider gained time on his rivals to move within four seconds of the race lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Activists could block 2017 Tour de France over Bahrain prince's team
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After an announcement by Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa stating his intent to create a cycling team with aims to "compete with the best teams in the world", human rights activists have called on the UCI to block it from receiving a licence under the UCI's ethical code. But should the UCI approve its licence application which, by most reports will be aimed at the WorldTour, some groups have threatened to disrupt the Tour de France in protest. Prince Nasser announced the team on May 29. The budget of the nascent squad is reported to be in the realm of $16 million, and to be heavily courting Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali. This week, the advocacy director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Sayed Alwadaei, and Nicholas McGeehan, the Bahrain researcher at Human Rights Watch, appealed to the UCI to block Nasser's application.ADVERTISEMENT According to Middle East Eye, Bahraini exiles in Europe have stated their intent to protest at the Tour de France and other competitions unless the UCI blocks the team. "There is growing anger and concern about the race, not just from Bahrainis but [also] the cycling community," said Marc Owen Jones, a campaigner with advocacy group Bahrain Watch. "Also given it is a huge media event, spread out across a number of countries, it is likely to generate cross-national cooperation among activists." Alwadaei supported the idea of a protest, telling MEE, "We are determined to make sure the voices of the victims are heard. We are going to make sure they are remembered." Those alleged victims were athletes who participated in a 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising. Prince Nasser and Bahraini authorities have strongly denied the allegations. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Contador's lead slashed in split behind stage 4 crash
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) lost nine seconds of his slim lead in the Critrium du Dauphin on stage 4, when he found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton caused by a crash from Cofidis rider Borut Bozic. He now leads the overall classification by just four seconds on Chris Froome (Sky), who made the front split and gained nine seconds. It was an unexpected result to a stage that should have been uncomplicated for the overall contenders, who were content to take a back seat to the sprinters on the relatively flat 176km stage from Tain-l'Hermitage to Belley. Contador said the stage was calm as expected until the finish, which he described as "truly crazy". "Initially, it seemed as if the group would cross the finish line together. However, right after the 2km mark there was a big pile-up which caused gaps in the peloton."ADVERTISEMENT The crash was caused when Cofidis rider Borut Bozic clipped a concrete barrier and flew through the air into the peloton, luckily only taking out AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Gougeard and not causing a bigger wreck. But the disruption to a very high pace was enough to cause the split, according to Tinkoff directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. "The crash caused some real uncertainty in the group. We were expecting the 3km rule to be applied, but we ended up losing time," De Jongh said. "Alberto and some of the other GC riders tried to fight back to the front, but some of the other teams' sprint train riders sat up and delayed the riders behind and the commissaries allowed the time gaps to stand." De Jongh was frustrated by the decision not to apply the UCI rule 2.6.027 which states, "In the case of a duly noted fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last three kilometers of a road race stage, the rider or riders involved shall be credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident,"therefore Contador should be given the same time as the stage winner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Edvald Boasson Hagens Cervelo S5 - Gallery
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The current Norwegian national champion,Edvald Boasson Hagen, out-sprinted the likes of Nacer Bouhanni and Julian Alaphillipe to win stage 4 of the Critrium du Dauphin onThursday. We take a look at the custom painted Cervelo S5 in the Norwegian national colours of the Team Dimension Data rider. The Cervelo S5 is known for its aerodynamic advantages, equipped with ENVE SES wheels and ENVE finishing kit this bike is designed to cut through the air. Predominantly in a chrome finish, the S5 also sports the Norwegian colours of red, white and blue. Shimano Dura-Ace provides the stopping power and shifting, whilst the Norwegian opts for ROTOR noQ 53-39 chainrings. A KMC chain, Ceramic Speed headset and bottom bracket ensure as many mechanical gains as possible. The bike also features Speedplay pedals, Lizard Skins bar tape and a Fizik saddle, which is set forward substantially on the 54cm frame.ADVERTISEMENT The bladed tubing of the Cervelo contribute to aerodynamic advantages and although clearances are tight, especially on the rear end of the bike, the extra colour on the inside of the seat tube adds to a great finish. Team Dimension Data works closely with Qhubeka and the logo on the top tube finishes off a superb looking bike. Click or swipe through the gallery above for more images of Boasson Hagen's bike. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome breathing down Contadors neck as Dauphine mountains loom
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine was supposed to be a stage for the sprinters and a relative day off for the overall contenders, and although Edvald Boasson Hagen came away with the win, it was Chris Froome (Team Sky) who benefited after his principle rivals lost time in the uphill finish. The Team Sky rider glued himself to the front runners and finished 14th on the stage. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte " the two other favourites for the Dauphine " finished nine seconds down. Contador still leads the race but his advantage has been cut from 13 to four seconds over Froome. With three tough mountain stages to come the Team Sky rider is breathing right down Contadors neck. And while Contador has looked to deflect attention of the importance of the Dauphine, Froome has repeatedly made a case of using the defence of his Dauphine crown as part of his Tour preparation.ADVERTISEMENT From the word go here Ive said that this is an important race for me, a determined Froome told Cyclingnews at the finish of the stage. The Dauphine is an important race in its own right. Yes, its the last race for me in the build up before the Tour but its important in its own right. When asked about the splits in the peloton, Froome added, I didnt expect to make up time today, definitely not. On paper it was a pretty straight forward sprint. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sagan seeking stage wins at Tour de Suisse
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) will return to the Tour de Suisse this week with an aim at continuing his points classification winning streak. The world champion has 11 Tour de Suisse stage wins on his palmares, and has won the black points jersey five years in a row. He will be looking add to his recent success in the Tour of California, where he brought his record tally of stage wins to 15. "Past experience has shown that Peter goes better in Switzerland than in California, so we hope that this build of form will continue here, Tinkoff directeur sportif Patxi Vila said. It will be his last race before the Tour de France so it will be a good one for him to test his legs again." Sagan will look to stages 2, 3 and 4 for bunch sprint victories, while Tinkoff will rely on outsiders for the overall classification. Jay McCarthy, fourth in the Tour Down Under, and Ivan Rovny are the likely contenders for the GC, but Vila said the focus will be stage wins.ADVERTISEMENT "Jay and Rovny come here from the Giro and we will see what they can do overall but it will be a really tough race, and a bit of a shot in the dark for the GC " we will see how they feel day by day. On the other side, we have a strong team to fight for stage wins with Peter. Then we have Boaro and Bodnar for the time trials. On the other days we will look to fight for the breakaways and go for results from here." The Tour de Suisse begins on Saturday with a 6.4km opening time trial in Baar, followed by three sprint-friendly stages before the climbers get their chance to shine. Stage 5 takes riders over the Furkapass and Gotthardpass, both over 2000m in elevation, with an uphill finish to Cari. Stage 6 heads over the Klausenpass and has another summit finish in Amden, but it's stage 7 that will be the true test - a 13km climb that averages over 10%. Stage 8 is a 16.8km individual time trial in Davos. Even the final stage will be difficult for the sprinters - at just 117.7km, the stage heads over the Albulapass and the Flelapass over 2300m before descending to the finish in Davos. Tinkoff for the Tour de Suisse: Peter Sagan, Manuele Boaro, Jay McCarthy, Evgeny Petrov, Ivan Rovny, Maceij Bodnar, Oscar Gatto, and Juraj Sagan. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Herrada wins Stage 2 of Dauphine, Contador leads overall
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHALMAZEL-JEANSAGNIERE, France (AP) " Jesus Herrada of Spain won the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Tuesday after making the most of a slightly uphill finish to time his attack to perfection.Two-time Tour de... More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Jesus Herrada earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Jesus Herrada is the second rider to be chosen at Criterium du Dauphine, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. Greg Van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels, Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard were all contenders for our rider of the day award at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday but in the end we couldnt see past stage winner Jesus Herrada (Movistar). The Spaniard timed his winning move to perfection after an arduous day in the saddle and took the biggest win of his career in impressive fashion. He bridged over to a dangerous break all on his own and then with the line in sight came through to take stage 2. Few would have predicted Herradas win, making it all the more impressive. "I tried to keep my strength for the final, I knew there would be this kind of sprint, on a climb that suits me. Therefore I remained calm until the last 500 metres. First Dani Moreno attacked then I saw that his move wouldnt work, so I made my acceleration," he said at the finish. "The team has handled the situation very well, executing our plan, with Fran (Ventoso) and Marc (Soler), Antonio (Pedrero) giving me a big helping hand early on before Ruben (Fernandez) gave his all and then especially with that final surge by Dayer (Quintana) that brought me up."ADVERTISEMENT Daniel Benson says: Spanish cycling has long looked for a new generation of riders to carry the torch after Contador, Rodriguez and Valverde hang up their wheels, and Herrada could well play a part in the transition. It seems like Herrada has been around for years yet hes still just 25. With no Quintana or Valverde at the Dauphine, Herrada has taken his opportunity to shine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome and Contador spar in Dauphine, Tour mind games begin - Podcast
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jesus Herrada came away with the stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday as the battle for GC simmered in the distance. Chris Froome put his Team Sky colleagues to work on the two final climbs with several attacks peppering the opposition, but Alberto Contador held firm to keep his leaders yellow jersey for another stage.ADVERTISEMENT In this podcast we hear exclusively from Froome and Contador at the finish, while the Cyclingnews team also pick their rider of the day. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Human rights bodies voice concerns to UCI over Bahrain team
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Bahrain Cycling Team has come under pressure before it has even been properly established as human rights groups have appealed to the UCI to prevent the team from entering the sport. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) sent a joint letter (available below) on Monday to UCI President Brian Cookson, raising serious concerns over Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the man behind the team that plans to launch at WorldTour level next year. The groups point to allegations of human rights violations made against Nasser, including torture, and they argue that granting his team access to cyclings top tier would amount to a contravention of the UCIs own code of ethics, as well as causing severe reputational damage to cycling.International organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) have echoed these concerns to Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Nasser is throwing money at the international cycling to use it as PR to whitewash his past in Bahrain. It's the duty of the UCI to reject the Bahrain Cycling Team WorldTour license, said Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, BIRDs Director of Advocacy, in a statement sent to Cyclingnews. The Bahrain CyclingTeam was announced late last month after months of speculation. Nasser is the son of the King of Bahrain and is president of both the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport.The allegations against him relate to the Arab Spring of 2011, which led to uprisings across countries in north Africa and the Middle East and a government crackdown in Bahrain. The full letter from BIRDand ECCHR: You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Herrada ascends ranks with Criterium du Dauphine stage win
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With a ferocious attack on the final climb to win stage 2 of the Critrium du Dauphin, Movistar's Jess Herrada confirmed himself as one of the top puncheurs in the peloton, beating Tour de France stage winner Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Giro d'Italia stage winner Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) in his first WorldTour victory. Herrada, 25, had seven pro wins in his palmares at the start of the stage, with a national championship and six UCI 2.1-ranked stage victories. But with an unmatched jump in the final 300m of the climb, Herrada rocketed past a four-man escape to snatch the biggest win of his career. I'm so happy to have won in such an important race, against so many talented riders," Herrada said. "The pace during the stage was steady, without any real drops, but despite Tinkoff leading for the whole race, there was some point when the breakaway got five or six minutes, and that forced Etixx to take the lead and push hard. That rhythm before the climbs left only one chance and one thing to do for us: follow the wheels and save energy until the ascents.ADVERTISEMENT "The team managed the situation perfectly. Fran [Ventoso] and Marc [Soler] kept us well protected, Antonio [Pedrero] helped out as much as he could and it was Rubn [Fernandez] and Dayer's [Quintana] task, mostly Dayer, to follow those moves. I knew the finish, I kept in mind that it was so good for me, but at the same time, I couldn't spend a bit of energy more than I should, because I only had that one opportunity: the sprint." Herrada almost missed his chance when the three-man move with Gallopin, Pauwels, and Fabrice Jeandesboz (Direct Energie) were still dangling off the front with 500m to go. He followed a move by Movistar teammate Daniel Moreno to nullify the leaders. "I tried to save that bit for the end and succeeded to keep myself calm until the final 500 meters, when Dani attacked, the break was finally caught and I saw my place to try the move into the final turn. I'm immensely happy with how things played out." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling tested for mechanical doping at national championships, found none
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling announced today that it partnered with FLIR Systems, the world's leading thermal imaging manufacturer, to check for potential mechanical doping at the US professional road championships last month, but uncovered no evidence of illegal motors being used. "Like all cheating, we take mechanical doping very seriously," said USA Cycling Technical Director Chuck Hodge. "To ensure a level playing field in this crucial event, we teamed with FLIR Systems to use thermal cameras to monitor bikes in the US professional road races." The US governing body used the FLIR T640 thermal imaging camera in the professional mens and womens races on May 28 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, according to Tuesday's announcement.ADVERTISEMENT "The cameras detect heat and surface temperature that is emitted by people, objects and materials," according to USA Cycling's announcement. "Both races were filmed with the FLIR T640 during critical points of the race and in locations where motors were likely to be used. These images were reviewed for any suspicious heat signatures. No illegal components were found at the event." USA Cycling said it will be utilizing this and other technologies in the future to detect potential instances of mechanical doping. Femke Van den Driessche is the first rider to be banned for mechanical doping after a motor was discovered in one of her pit bikes at theU23 women's event at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder in January. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Christchurch-based cyclist in critical condition in Italy
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Prompt action by paramedics at the scene may have saved the life Keagan Girdlestone, the young Christchurch cyclist who crashed during the Italian Coppa della Pace.The 19-year-old Girdlestone, originally from South Africa, suffered... More...
Criterium du Dauphine Results
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-VULBAS, France (AP) " Results Monday in the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, a hilly ride from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas1. Nacer Bouhanni, France, Cofidis, 4 hours, 27 minutes, 53 seconds.2. Jens Debusschere,... More...
Bouhanni sprints to victory in Dauphine Libere 1st stage
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-VULBAS, France (AP) " Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni claimed the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere after edging Belgium's Jens Debusschere in a sprint finish on Monday.Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador... More...
Contador wins Criterium du Dauphine prologue
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LES GETS, France (AP) " Alberto Contador signaled his strong form a little less than a month before the Tour de France starts with a fine victory in the Criterium du Dauphine prologue on Sunday.Contador, who won the Tour de France... More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Mitch Docker earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Mitch Docker is the first rider to be chosen, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. He finished 172nd on the stage and claimed just a solitary point in the king of the mountains competition, but Mitch Docker (Orica-GreenEdge) is our rider of the day on stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine. The 29-year-old Australian is using the Dauphine as his comeback race having crashed out of Paris-Roubaix in an utterly appalling fall in the Arenberg Forest. Theres footage of the crash floating around the net, if you wish, but suffice to say that his injuries included a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and broken teeth. Facial surgery of course followed but Docker is thankfully back on his bike and raring to get stuck in.ADVERTISEMENT The Dauphine was meant to be a comeback race after a long rehab but no more than a few kilometres into the opening stage Docker jumped clear with another rider to form the break of the day. He spent close to 150 kilometres off the front before eventually sitting up with 20 kilometres remaining. "I was riding along in the peloton in the neutral zone and everyone was asking me about the crash and I was like, 'can I do a whole day like this?' And I was like, 'nah' I just wanted to get out there, I just want to ride, so the best option for me was to go in the break, find my legs and ride it out I guess. I didn't want to talk about it any more. It was really nice of everyone to want to know about it but I just wanted to race," Docker told us at the finish. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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