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Chris Froome and Britain's Olympic cycling team go in search of Rio redemption after 2012 road wars
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome and his British cycling teammates are out to right the wrongs of London 2012, when they were ambushed by rival nations in the men's road race More...
Olympic Games road race live coverage coming soon!
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The OlympicGames opening ceremony is about to get underway, but some of the men who race at 09:30 on Saturday morning are skipping the festivities in order to rest up and be top shape for the start of their 237.5km race. You can follow all of the action on Cyclingnews' live ticker for the men and women's races through the finish, expected to be around 16:20 local time. Olympic Games cycling full preview Men's road race start list Men's road race map and profile Olympic Games:10 riders to watch in men's road race Froome's lack of one-day race experience not a factor forOlympics says Brailsford The women's race begins onSunday at 12:15 local time and also ends around 16:20(15:20EDT/21:20 CET) and is contested over 136.9km.ADVERTISEMENT Women's road race map and profile Women's road race start list 10 riders to watch in the women's Olympic road race Mara Abbott:Seizing the opportunity at OlympicGames Guarnier one of four big cards to play for Team USA at Rio Olympics For the full schedule of races and how to watch on television, check out our How to watch the OlympicGames guide. Racing doesn't end in Rio, however. Cyclingnews will continue to publish full coverage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Vuelta a Burgos. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling to revisit Olympic Games selection procedures after triple arbitrations
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, USA Cycling has had to defend itself in three separate legal cases against its selection process, leading new CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to set the goal of reviewing the selection procedures beginning the day after this year's Games. The selection committee choose three riders to fill the team - only Megan Guarnier won an automatic bid with her bronze medal in the world championships. Kristin Armstrong and Evelyn Stevens were chosen to fill the time trial spots, and Carmen Small and Amber Neben, were not. Climber MaraAbbott completed the team. Bouchard-Hall fought back against public perception of bias in the selection of two-time Olympic gold medalist Armstrong over Small, who dominated in the national championships on a similar course and in similar conditions. Small and Neben fought the selection in arbitration and lost.ADVERTISEMENT Jim Miller, USA Cycling's athletics director, also happens to be Armstrong's personal coach. Miller developed the selection criteria, assembled the selection committee, and came up with the method for aggregating rider data and presenting it to the committee. He declared the conflict of interest, and left it to the women's road coach, Jack Seehafer, to make the actual data and recommendations to the selection committee. Bouchard-Hall said he was confident that there was no opportunity for bias to be introduced in the process, but wants to avoid having this sort of negative public perception in the future. "We're certainly going to revisit that as part of the next process. When we have those conflicts of interest it certainly opens us up to accusations of bias and unfairness. Even if in reality we can separate ourselves from those, the perception is a real problem. We have a legacy of challenges that lead to that," Bouchard-Hall said. Subjectivity Yonamine wins fight to represent Japan at Olympic Games Canadian Numainville appeals OlympicGames exclusion Objectivity You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mara Abbott: Seizing the opportunity at Rio Olympic Games
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mara Abbott is revelling in the chance to experience her first Olympic Games, but she is not taking her selection for the women's road race for granted after recently winning an arbitration launched against her spot on the four-woman team by compatriot Coryn Rivera. The American climbing phenom plans to make the most of the opportunity she's earned to do everything in her power to help Team USA win a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. "I've worked really hard to be at the Olympics, not because I want the experience of going and getting lots of T-shirts and meeting a lot of people," Abbott firmly stated in an interview with Cyclingnews. "If you're an athlete who is at the level of being at the Olympics, you're going to compete. There are a lot of things around it, but for me, I see it as a really important bike race." USA Cycling's Selection Committee named Abbott as one of the four women to represent Team USA for the road race. Megan Guarnier had secured an automatic spot after placing on the podium at the World Championships in Richmond last September, and the Selection Committee also chose Evelyn Stevens and Kristin Armstrong, both for the road race and the time trial.ADVERTISEMENT The selection didn't sit well with US time trial champion Carmen Small, who launched a highly publicised arbitration for one of the two time trial spots. Amber Neben joined that arbitration, contesting for a place on the team. Also, Rivera opened a separate arbitration for Abbott's spot on the team for the road race. "Coryn directly arbitrated against my Olympic spot, and I was really affected by it. I had to get a lawyer and be a witness. It wasn't widely known because a lot of the focus was on Carmen's case," said Abbott, who was competing at the Giro Rosa in early July when she was notified of the arbitration. "It was terrifying and unpleasant. It wasn't a positive experience. But that is the way the system is right now, and it was absolutely within Coryn's right to fight for a spot that she thought that she deserved." Olympic Games: 10 riders to watch for the women's road race USACycling to revisit Olympic Games selection procedures after triple arbitrations Small, Neben lose arbitration cases over USOlympic spots You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Olympic Games: Italy replaces Russia in men's team pursuit
August 05, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italy has been admitted as a late replacement entry in the mens team pursuit at the Rio 2016 Olympics after Russias appeal against its exclusion was turned down on Friday morning. The decision means that Italy, who placed fourth in Marchs World Championships, will field a team that includes Filippo Ganna, the reigning individual pursuit world champion. The Russian team pursuit quartet had qualified for the Olympics as the sixth-ranked European team, but their participation was cast into doubt following the response to last months publication of the McLaren Report into allegations of state-sponsored doping in the country. Sergey Shilov, who tested positive for carphedon in 2009, was ruled out of the Games by a new measure barring all Russian athletes who had previously served doping bans, while Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Sokolov and Dmitry Strakhov were implicated in the McLaren report. This left Viktor Manakov as the only member of the team pursuit squad who had not been potentially barred.ADVERTISEMENT Sveshnikov, Sokolov and Strakhov appealed their exclusion to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has been holding hearings in Rio this week, but on Friday morning it was confirmed that they had lost their case against the UCI and IOC. Elia Viviani, who was part of Italys team pursuit squad at the London Worlds, is already in Rio to participate in the omnium, with Filippo Ganna, Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni, and Francesco Lamon set to fly to Brazil this weekend to join him. The qualifying round of the mens team pursuit takes place next Thursday. Ganna, Consonni and Lamon, who all ride for the Colpack Continental squad, were part of the Italian squad that recently set a new national record of 3:56.393 at the European Under-23 Track Championships. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead releases statement in bid to quash doping claims
August 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 27-year-old Olympian will compete in Rio despite accumulating three anti-doping violations relating to whereabouts in the past 12 months More...
Geoghegan Hart targeting GC result at Tour of Utah
August 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
British U23 road champion Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) is in Utah this week to shoot for a top general classification result in his third attempt at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Geoghegan Hart finished 39th overall during his first race in 2014, but then jumped to 13th last year in the race that bills itself as America's toughest. "It's always different coming back to racing for the first time in a little while," he told Cyclingnews before the stage 2 start in Escalante. "I haven't raced since nationals. I had a little break after that and then built back up. You have different sensations and then throw altitude into the mix and you can't really predict how that goes."ADVERTISEMENT Things have gone well so far for Geoghegan Hart's Axeon team this week, with teammate Colin Joyce finishing second during the opening stage and Logan Owen coming in fifth. It was a good start for the team and a nice way to set the tone for the rest of the week. "I think on paper it doesn't always look amazing to get second and fifth on the stage, but there weren't really any big trains or anything in the finish and it was quite chaotic and big swarms and stuff," he said. "So having two guys going for the sprint actually meant that we covered our bases a little bit more than someone getting boxed in. "I was just trying to get Colin and Logan get up there as best as possible, working with both of them to try and get into position. It was a good start and we'll try and build on it throughout the week." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bookwalter hoping to surprise in Olympic debut
August 03, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As one of only two Americans to make the men's road team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brent Bookwalter knows the odds are stacked against him for a podium spot, but the first-time Olympian is ready to give his best and hope he can pull off something special. "The goal for the road race is to simply do the absolute best result that I can. I don't want to limit myself in any way," Bookwalter said. "I think the Olympic field and the Olympic event has sometimes shown it can produce some surprise results and surprise medallists, especially with the teams that are there, the team size and racing on a course that has rarely ever been raced on. I am feeling ambitious and motivated to be the best Brent Bookwalter there is and getting the most out of myself." At 32, Bookwalter is in his ninth season with the BMC Racing Team, and has eight Grand Tours behind him, but none of that has jaded the experience of being a first-time Olympian.ADVERTISEMENT "It is a little bit surreal to be going to the Olympics because the Olympics are one of these ionic events in my mind. From my memory of my childhood, I have watched and have been passionate about them. Now, to realize that I am going and I am going to be part of that center stage and taking part in the racing, is really inspiring and motivating and encouraging. I am trying to let that not detract from my preparation and stay confident in my own preparation. That is something I know has worked for me and that I have developed over the past 10 years in racing professionally." Because the United States lacked WorldTour points, the country only earned two places for the Olympic Games men's road events this year. Bookwalter and Taylor Phinney will compete in both the road race and time trial. Having only two will be a disadvantage in the road race against powerful teams like those from Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Australia, or Colombia that have five riders, but Bookwalter doesn't think a result is impossible. "I think having one teammate " Taylor " does affect the way we will race a little bit, as a pro and a con. The downside is that we don't have the numbers to play. We don't have the numbers to support a leader as heavily as we could with five. But the good thing is we can kind of sit back and key off the other teams a little bit. Hopefully, we can lurk in the shadows a little bit and then use our experience to pick the right moments and be a factor at the end of the race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Biker finds driver who hit her
August 03, 2016 (16:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An Auckland cyclist has found the driver who knocked her from her bike - and has been inundated with offers to help her recover from the accident.Anna Hickey, 23, was knocked from her bike on Dominion Rd on Friday. She said a large... More...
Sir Chris Hoy backing Sir Bradley Wiggins to overtake him as Britain's most decorated Olympian in Rio
August 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Wiggins will bring to an end his 16-year Olympic career by attempting to win gold in the men’s team pursuit More...
Lizzie Armitstead avoids four-year anti-doping ban despite missing three tests in 10 months
August 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Armitstead was Britain's first medallist of London 2012 four years ago with silver in the road race on The Mall More...
UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events
August 02, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI announced an expanded WorldTour calendar for 2017, with 10 new events including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Qatar, Abu Dhabi Tour and Tour of Turkey, and one-day races Dwars door Vlaanderen, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Prudential RideLondon, Eschborn-Frankfurt and Strade Bianche. The UCI was able to include three-year licences to every WorldTour event after long and contentious negotiations with the Tour de France organisers ASO, but next year will see a reduction in WorldTour teams to 17, with further reductions to 16 for 2019 and beyond. The publication of this new calendar is an important step in the development of mens professional road cycling," UCI President Brian Cookson said. "Alongside the prestigious events which have already proven their worth, the UCI WorldTour is enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe. Im delighted to see this development.ADVERTISEMENT The season begins again with the Tour Down Under from January 17-22, followed by the Great Ocean Road Race on January 29 before heading to its newest races in Qatar and Dubai. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad overlaps with Dubai, however, as the UCI continues to have conflicting WorldTour events rather than separate them further on the calendar. Strade Bianche comes on March 4, one day before the start of Paris Nice (March 5-12), which still overlaps with Tirreno-Adriatico (March 8-14). Dwars door Vlaanderen (March 22), E3 Harelbeke (March 24) and Gent-Wevelgem (March 26), during the Volta a Catalunya (March 20-26). The Tour of Flanders (April 2) and Paris-Roubaix (April 9) bookend the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (April 3-8). 17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia) 29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)* 6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)* 23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)* 25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)* 4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)* 5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France) 8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy) 18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy) 20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain) 22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)* 24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium) 26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium) 2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium) 3-8 April: Vuelta al Pas Vasco (Spain) 9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France) 16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands) 18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)* 19 April: La Flche Wallonne (Belgium) 23 April: Lige-Bastogne-Lige (Belgium) 25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland) 1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt Rund um den Finanzplatz (Germany)* 6-28 May: Giro dItalia (Italy) 14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)* 4-11 June: Critrium du Dauphin (France) 10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland) 1-23 July: Tour de France (France) 29 July: Clsica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain) 29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland) 30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)* 7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux) 19 August-10 September: Vuelta a Espaa (Spain) 20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany) 27 August: Bretagne Classic " Ouest-France (France) 8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Qubec (Canada) 10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montral (Canada) 30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Laura Trott sets sights on Rio medal haul as fiance Jason Kenny closes in on Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic record
August 01, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Kenny is already a triple gold medallist and can break Hoy's landmark of six in Rio, making the pair the most decorated household in British history More...
Bauke Mollema wins San Sebastian Classic
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) " Dutch rider Bauke Mollema broke away on a downhill descent to win the one-day San Sebastian Classic on Saturday.Tony Gallopin was second, followed by another former winner, Alejandro Valverde, in the... More...
UCI: no traces of motors hidden inside bikes at Tour
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " There were no were no cases of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes on this year's Tour de France, following extensive testing by the International Cycling Union.In a statement Wednesday, the UCI... More...
Cars on Auckland's roads during rush-hour drops
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Each week there are 33,570 fewer cars on the roads during the morning rush hour thanks to carpooling, public transport and extra walking and cycling options.Auckland Transport says that number equates to a line of cars stretched... More...
Children at Froome's old school wear special yellow T-shirts
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JOHANNESBURG (AP) " Children at Chris Froome's old school in South Africa have been celebrating his victory at the Tour de France by wearing special yellow T-shirts.A day after the Kenyan-born Briton won this third Tour title, the... More...
No suspense at Tour? Blame Team Sky
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Chris Froome's superiority at the Tour de France was under threat for only a brief moment.A few minutes of suspense over 21 days of racing shed a light on Team Sky's dominance in cycling's toughest race.Froome and... More...
Tour de France 2016: Five moments that won the yellow jersey for Chris Froome
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome has all but secured his third Tour de France title ahead of Sunday's traditional procession into Paris.The Team Sky man has taken a different approach to this year's tour, using his domestiques to set a punishing tempo... More...
Taste of the Tour: Steak tartare and champagne in Paris
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 21 of the Tour de France on Sunday:REGION: The mostly flat 113-kilometer (70-mile) final stage began north of Paris in Chantilly and ended with the traditional... More...
Froome defies bad luck, crashes to win 3rd Tour de France
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " On the bike " and off " Chris Froome has been in a class of his own for three weeks at the Tour de France.With rivals unable to attack in the mountains and seemingly content to fight for podium places, only bad luck... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome celebrates third Tour de France title
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sharing beer and Champagne with teammates, Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France title in four years today.The Kenyan-born British rider finished safely at the back of the main pack during the final stage, arm-in-arm... More...
Tour de France Champions
July 31, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1903_Maurice Garin (France)1904_Henri Cornet (France)1905_Louis Trousselier (France)1906_Rene Pottier (France)1907_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1908_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1909_Francois Faber (Luxembourg)1910_Octave... More...
'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...

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