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Cycling: Guess what, Lance the drugs didn t work
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission that for years he took... More...
Eltje Malzbender's road to recovery through cycling an inspiration
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Eltje Malzbender has come back from the brink of death after a cycling crash to be on the cusp of representing New Zealand.The Cambridge physiotherapist almost lost her life after crashing off her bike while cycling on an isolated... More...
Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas starts Tour de France by taking yellow jersey on first stage
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Welshman beat Swiss rider Stefan Kung by five seconds, after posting a time trial time of 16 minutes and four seconds More...
Chris Froome maintains confidence in Team Sky on and off the bike ahead of Tour de France
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Froome modelled Team Sky's new kit as suspicions remain over the team and Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's fans plan spectacle at Tour de France
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The devil will have some Kiwi competition on the roadside at the Tour de France this year.A few of outstanding Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's former schoolmates will be supporting him from the roadside at the tour which starts in... More...
By George! How a 'slow' rider became a Tour de France contender
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
At last, New Zealand has the type of cyclist who might one day win the Tour de France. On the eve of the start of the 104th edition, George Bennett talks about fear, food and ambition.To contend for the yellow jersey in the world's... More...
Tributes pour in after New Zealand cyclist dies in Corsica riding accident
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Christchurch man has died in a cycling accident on the French island of Corsica.He was 50-year-old Darryl Queen of Christchurch.Queen was cycling near the city of Calvi, in the northern part of Corsica called Haute-Corse, when... More...
Bradley Wiggins bulks up as he comes out of retirement and targets sixth Olympic gold - as a rower
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
On the eve of the world's most famous bike race, the Tour de France legend has revealed he's gone pro as a rower after retiring as a cyclist last December More...
Mark Cavendish insists he is the fastest man on the planet but fears he will not be able to prove it this year
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cavendish was wiped out by glandular fever earlier this season and faces a battle to add to his 30 career stage wins More...
Drug injected by Lance Armstrong 'does not boost performance'
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Henry Bodkin in LondonWhen in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission... More...
Top cyclist criticised for vulgar remarks about women who hand out Tour de France podium prizes
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jan Bakelants says he will bring to the race a "pack of condoms, because you never know where those podium chicks have been hanging out More...
De Kort: Taking EPO is ridiculous, it's just so stupid
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Koen de Kort has expressed his shock and outrage after Trek-Segafredo teammate Andre Cardoso returned a positive test for EPO on the eve of the Tour de France. Cardoso has denied taking the drug and is awaiting the result of the B-sample analysis but the rider was pulled from Trek-Segafredo's Tour team earlier this week and has been suspended by the team pending the final analysis. "I just can't really believe it. I'm hoping that the B-sample is going to be negative because I cant imagine how you could be so stupid," de Kort told Cyclingnews at the Tour de France teams presentation in Dusseldorf on Thursday evening.ADVERTISEMENT "It just makes no sense to me. We've spoken about it briefly [ed. at the team] but not a whole lot. We're dumbstruck." De Kort added that he had mixed emotions on the subject " welcoming the fact that testing in professional sport works but reiterating his disappointment and frustration with Cardoso. "It's good that some guys get caught as it means that testing works and deters people from doing stupid thing, but that it's a teammate makes it a bit painful." You can read more at More...
Chris Froome set to extend contract with Team Sky this week and eliminate talk of 'trust issues'
June 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Froome spoke in Germany ahead of the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France More...
Cycling ace Simon Yates' drugs bust nightmare is over - now he can start to dream again
June 28, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
One of nine Brits in the peloton when the Tour de France starts here on Saturday, Yates missed last year's race after serving a four-month doping ban – although he was blameless More...
Cycling: More Kiwis than Americans in Tour de France
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It's a record breaking Tour de France starting this weekend for New Zealand cycling.Quick-Step Floors rider Jack Bauer has joined George Bennett, Dion Smith and Patrick Bevin as starters, trumping last year's record of three Kiwis... More...
Submitters on Ruapehu dual-use track worry about cyclists
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Submitters fear a new dual-use track on Mt Ruapehu will be crammed with downhill speeding cyclists and disadvantage walkers, a panel considering it heard.One submitter asked whether it was necessary to allow cyclists into the park... More...
Rotorua teen chases thief and gets schoolmate's bike back
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Rotorua teenager has been praised after he recovered a fellow student's bike by cycling after the thief and simply asking him to give it back.Regan Creighton, a student at John Paul College, noticed a young man taking a bike from... More...
Support rider for Alberto Contador replaced for Tour de France after testing positive for banned drug EPO
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Trek-Segafredo's Andre Cardoso has been provisionally suspended from the nine-man Le Tour team after the finding More...
Tour de France 2017 preview: Your guide to the teams, route, key stages and favourites
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome is looking for his fourth Tour de France title but faces competition from the likes of Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet More...
Cardoso denies taking EPO, requests B sample test
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the wake todays UCI announcement that Andr Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo) tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control earlier this month, the Portuguese rider has denied ever having used EPO or any performance enhancing drug. Cardoso said he has requested his B sample be tested as soon as possible. Writing on Facebook, Cardoso, who has been provisionally suspended by both the UCI and his team until results of the B sample test return, said he would never let down his team, teammates or the sport. Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin, Cardoso wrote on Facebook. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Cardoso was brought on board Trek-Segafredo this year in part to support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. This year would have been the 32-year-olds first crack at the Tour after having raced the Giro dItalia three times and the Vuelta a Espaa four. Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour, he wrote. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy. You can read more at More...
Cycling sprint ace Mark Cavendish fit for the Tour de France after bout of glandular fever
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brit with 30 Le Tour stage wins to his name missed almost three months but has been named in the Team Dimension squad More...
Talansky and Uran to co-lead Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France campaign
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cannondale-Drapac announced their complete Tour de France line-up on Monday with Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Urn set to lead a two-pronged GC approach. Talansky, 28, has finished as high as 10th in the Tour de France, and delivered a fifth-place finish in his most recent Grand Tour appearance at last year's Vuelta a Espaa. Urn has twice finished as runner-up at the Giro d'Italia. Were going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. Its all the things we say we are," said Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius when announcing the riders.ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour is the Tour. Its a double-edged sword and you never know what challenges or triumphs it is going to bring," Talansky said. "A successful Tour has a lot of components. I would love to win a stage. I have never won a stage of a Grand Tour; Ive actually been the closest in the Tour de France in 2015, when I finished second in stage 17. But nothing in the world of bike racing compares to the pure joy of crossing the line first. The general classification will unfold as it does, but I think this Tour route lends itself towards aggressive racing and I certainly wont let the opportunity to win something pass by." Pierre Rolland, having already secured the American squad a Grand Tour stage win in the Giro d'Italia is likely to be among those hunting stage wins in his ninth consecutive start in the Tour de France. Taylor Phinney, making his Tour de France debut in his seventh year as a pro, is another and could have a chance of victory in Saturday's opening time trial in central Dusseldorf. You can read more at More...
Nacer Bouhanni headlines Cofidis nine for Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cofidis unveiled their Tour de France nine on Monday with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni naturally headlining the roster in the hope he can finally strike in the biggest race of the season. Cofidis is a Professional Continental team and so were given a wild card invitation to the Tour de France. 26-year-old Bouhanni enjoyed a fine spring with one-day wins at Nokere Koerse and Paris-Camembert and stage wins in the Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Yorkshire but a crash knocked him out of competition for more than a month. Bouhanni sustained a concussion and was forced to abandon the British stage race, and only returned to racing at the Critrium du Dauphin. Despite the long layoff in the middle of his Tour build-up, Bouhanni looks to be in reasonable form, delivering a second-place finish at Sunday's French national championship road race, where he was narrowly out-sprinted by former teammate Arnaud Dmare (FDJ).ADVERTISEMENT The 2017 Tour de France will be Bouhanni's third career appearance in the race. A multiple stage winner in both the Vuelta a Espaa and the Giro d'Italia, he has never won a stage in the French Grand Tour. Bouhanni's trusted lead out man Geoffrey Soupe joins him in Cofidis' Tour squad. Veteran climber Daniel Navarro, meanwhile, will give the Pro Continental team an option for the mountain stages. Cofidis for the Tour de France: Nacer Bouhanni, Dimitri Claeys, Christophe Laporte, Cyril Lemoine, Luis Angel Mat, Daniel Navarro, Florian Snchal, Julien Simon, Geoffrey Soupe. You can read more at More...
Aru and Fuglsang share Astana team leadership at the Tour de France
June 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Astana have named their Tour de France line-up, with new Italian national champion Fabio Aru and Critrium du Dauphin winner Jakob Fuglsang sharing team leadership with backing from a solid squad that includes Dario Cataldo, Alexey Lutsenko, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Michael Valgren, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Andriy Grivko and Andrey Zeits. There is no place for Miguel ngel Lpez, who returned from a broken tibia but then fractured his thumb at the Tour de Suisse. Fuglsang did not ride the Danish national championships after becoming a father last week but showed his form at the Dauphin by snatching overall victory from BMC's Richie Porte. Aru impressed with his aggression and light build at the Italian national championships on Sunday, dropping the likes of Diego Ulissi, Gianni Moscon and Rinaldo Nocentini and then gaining further time on the descent and flat road to the finish.ADVERTISEMENT The Sardinian had planned to target the Giro dItalia but a knee injury while training at altitude wrecked the first part of the season and forced him to reset his goals. His resurgence of form in recent weeks and a strong ride at the Critrium du Dauphin means he will now share leadership for the Tour de France with long-time designated team leader Fuglsang. Jakob and I are like brothers in the race. The road will be decide who emerges as team leader, Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport after his proudly pulling on the Italian national champions tricolore jersey. Its a dream come true to win the Italian title. I was once second as an under-23 rider but now Ive won it. Im really proud to be able to wear at the Tour de France. Ill be showing off the Italian colours, the symbol of a nation. Not just at the Tour but all over the world for the next year. Thats hugely satisfying. Learning from life You can read more at More...
Cyclists dress smartly for the Rotorua Tweed Ride
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bike riders were looking smart as they gathered at the Lakefront for the Rotorua Tweed Ride today. The ride started at the Bike Tree at the Village Green and had been shortened to about 8km due to weather over the weekend, with about... More...
Rosskopf claims first national title with 'unexpected' form
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Joey Rosskopf delivered a heartbreaking blow to his BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter, taking out the US Pro time trial title in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday. The 27-year-old parlayed the strong form he showed in the Giro d'Italia final time trial, where he was fifth, into the result, but said he suffered to keep going over the past three weeks. Rosskopf told Cyclingnews that the victory was his "most satisfying win". "I've never been close to this at a national championship before, I've never been able to put together a good ride," he said. "It's a little unexpected, I didn't have so many great days on the bike over the past few weeks, I like to think I was saving it up for today."ADVERTISEMENT His fifth place in the 29.3km time trial on the final stage of the Giro in Milan was an impressive ride at the end of a challenging three weeks of racing. To keep that form for almost a month cost Rosskopf dearly. "I knew it was possible to do it again, but I think that got me too motivated, and I didn't rest enough after the Giro. That led to three weeks of suffering on the bike and never feeling amazing," he said. "I thought it was too close between the Giro and nationals to take a big break. Maybe it worked out. I have been regretting jumping the gun on training after the Giro until now." In 2014, the last time Rosskopf raced the national championships, he finished a distant seventh. Before then, 10th was his best result. Since then, he's made his home in Spain, and has gotten over the discomfort and angst that often follows American riders to Europe when they join the WorldTour. You can read more at More...
Marcotte focused on stars-and-stripes repeat in Knoxville
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
To sayEric Marcotte (Cylance pro Cycling) knows how to target a race would be an understatement. The 2014 US pro road race champion and 2015 criterium champion has repeatedly proved that when he has time to prepare and focus on a single day, he's a hard man to beat. That idea should leave the rest of the pro peloton in Knoxville nervous when they approach the start line for today's USA Cycling Professional Championships road race; Marcotte hasn't raced since the Redlands Bicycle Classic in early May, choosing instead to quietly train at home in Arizona for a chance to repeat his 2014 win. Despite a similar laser-like focus on the race, Marcotte says this year's championship is nothing like 2014. That year I just tried to play the teammate role and get up the road, taking pressure off our best bet that year, Marcotte said of the 2014 race, when he and then-teammate Travis McCabe made the final selection and finished first and second for SmartStop.Id contribute when I could but have to survive the climb; I was on a good day so it obviously played out well. And once the big climb was over, and we had three teammates in the circuits around town, it went well for us.ADVERTISEMENT The course in Knoxville forgoes the finishing circuits in town, instead sending riders 14 times over a 12.6km course that includes a 1km climb that comes about 9km from the finish. A slightly uphill kicker before the line will provide another challenge. Marcotte has proved in the past he can make it over short, punchy climbs and still have something left for the finish, the only question now is where his form is after nearly eight weeks without a race. USA Cycling's decision to move the race back in line with other national championships left a gap in the schedule for many riders I'm not sure how it will be for others, but I've had nearly eight weeks no racing, so that was a big change, he said. I'm am very good at focus, discipline and motivation, though another one-day race on the schedule would be ideal. That being said, I hope to have prepared well. I am happy with what I've done coming into the event. You can read more at More...
Molly Weaver: Injury setback was probably the toughest time of my life
June 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In many respects, Molly Weaver is just happy to be here, but she's also eager to get her season properly underway. The Sunweb rider was hospitalised with concussion and a broken sternum, vertebrae and collarbone after a car hit her during a training ride. The crash happened before Weaver could even get a race under her belt this season and it would be May before she could turn a pedal in anger. Following two races last month, the British national road race on Sunday marks the beginning of a proper programme for the 23-year-old. "It's a weird one for me because it's been a bit of a strange season," Weaver told Cyclingnews. "I don't know where I'm going to be but it's sort of one of those, I didn't even think I would be here, so I'm just happy about that."ADVERTISEMENT Weaver had initially been down to ride the Women's Tour earlier in the month, but with such a tough parcours she and the team decided it was too much too soon. Her first major goal of this season will be the Giro Rosa, followed by La Course, but the national championships will be a chance to test her legs ahead of it. In an ideal world, a strong result at nationals would have been a big target for her. While she holds some ambitions for the event, she has had to set the bar lower, knowing that she hadn't been able to prepare as she normally would. He training has been heavily concentrated into an intensive block, leaving her without some of the finer elements. "It's actually kind of annoying this year. It's one of the best years for me for the course and I kind of wish it had been a worse course this year, and then I would feel a bit different about it," she explained. "I've done two races, and I can feel that I'm missing that top end. I haven't had time to build and peak in things like you normally would so I'm missing that little bit of acceleration or edge it the top end. I do have aims for the nationals, but I also have to be realistic in myself, and when it all kicks off, I have to stay at my own pace, especially I that big climb on that main lap." Starting from scratch You can read more at More...
Cardiac 'anomaly' forces Navardauskas out for at least one month
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Heinrich Haussler returned to riding Saturday following a recent arthroscopic treatment of his knee, while Ramunas Navarduaskas is out for at least a month after tests detected a cardiac arrhythmia. Bahrain-Merida updated both riders' conditions Saturday on the team website. All is going very good after the arthroscopy, no pain, not much swelling and I feel good, Haussler said. I went for my first ride today and it went very well. Now I will just follow the normal rehab protocol, build up my left leg up again and as soon as I can get back to normal training again I will be back with my teammates out on the road and the races.ADVERTISEMENT Haussler initially injured his left knee in a crash in November 2016. After a series of conservative treatments, it was decided to operate in January, causing him to miss the official presentation of his new team. A significant slowdown of the recovery program" for the 33-year-old caused him to delay the start of his season until the Four Days of Dunkirk last month. He finished 20th overall in the six-stage race, but he hasnt raced since. Team doctor Carlo Guardascione explained Hausslers most recent procedure: Ten days ago, in Orthopedic Klinik of Basel, a second arthroscopic treatment was necessary for reduce an important hypertrophic Hoffas fat body that created impingement inside the left knee. Surgery treatment was excellent and the first check done yesterday shows a dry knee and a good performance about movements and stability. Navardauskas, meanwhile, has at least a month off the bike before he can begin riding again after tests discovered the cardiac anomaly. You can read more at More...
LottoNL-Jumbo unveil new jersey for Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, with the black and yellow panels on the original 2017 jersey being flipped so as not to cause a clash with the maillot jaune. The team's predominantly yellow colourscheme creates problems when it comes to the Tour, where the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.In 2015, the team modified its kit to reduce the amount of yellow on the jersey, and will do the same for the 2017 Tour, which gets underway in Dusseldoorf on July 1. The team's original 2017 jersey, made by Shimano, is made up of a yellow torso, with black sleeves and collar. In the Tour de France version, the torso will be black, with the sleeves and collar yellow.ADVERTISEMENT The word 'Lotto' was written in black on the standard jersey, and 'Jumbo' in white, while on the new jersey it's 'Lotto' in white, and 'Jumbo' in yellow.The black shorts remain unchanged. LottoNL-Jumbo isn't the only team make such modifications for the Tour.ONCE, Mercatone Uno and KAS were all known to alter their kits so as not to clash with the yellow jersey, while Tinkoff-Saxo changed to a grey and fluo camouflage kit in 2015. This year Team Sky will change the colour of its jersey from black to white especially for the Tour, while special edition jerseys have also become precursors for new sponsorship announcements, with Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale-Drapac all releasing new jerseys for the Tour last year. " LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) June 24, 2017 You can read more at More...
Poels 'not angry, but disappointed' at Team Sky Tour de France snub
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Woet Poels has described himself as disappointed, but not angry, at being left out of Team Sky's nine-man line up for the Tour de France. The Dutchman played a vital role in Chris Froome's overall victories in the last two editions of the race but a knee injury has disrupted his 2017 campaign. After a nearly five months on the sidelines, Poels returned to racing at the Route du Sud last week and said he was 'confident' he'd make the Tour team, but the Sky camp clearly felt the question marks over his shape were too great. "Dave Braislford called me on Wednesday," Poels told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "If you get that call and you hear that you're not going, it hits you. In recent months I have done everything to get to the Tour. I was confident that I was going. I think I was ready.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not angry, but certainly disappointed. As I understand it, I could not help it. Because of that knee injury I am of course a bit of a question mark." Asked if it had changed his attitude towards his team, Poels added: "No,this does not necessarily mean that I want to get away from Sky. I'm fine at the team and have another two years on my contract after this year. Disappointments are part of sport, I am very well aware of that." Poels will now have to readjust his season, with the Vuelta a Espaa coming in as the big target, though it is likely to be a case of helping Froome try and win the Spanish Grand Tour for the first time. You can read more at More...
Valverde to 'support Quintana, and nothing else' at Tour de France
June 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde has sought to quell any hint of a Movistar leadership dilemma at the Tour de France, insisting he is riding to "help Nairo [Quintana], and nothing else". Valverde has ridden three Tours with Quintana, yet question marks have arisen over his commitment to the Colombian's cause, notably in 2015 when it was suspected he was reluctant to risk a first podium finish for himself by putting more pressure on Chris Froome. The way the results have gone this season have added another layer of interest. Valverde's first half of the season was simply phenomenal and saw him win classics like Lige-Bastogne-Lige and Flche-Wallonne, along with three overall stage race titles at Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al Pas Vasco. Quintana, meanwhile, has taken on the notoriously difficult challenge of targeting the Tour de France after the Giro d'Italia just over a month previously, where he seemed to lack his customary zip and finished second to Tom Dumoulin.ADVERTISEMENT "My goal is clear, and I've stated it many times: supporting him, and nothing else. We'll be backing Nairo 100 per cent," Valverde said in a Movistar interview on Saturday, adding that a strong GC position for himself would strengthen Quintana's tactical hand. "Anything that happens after that on the road is something we can't really plan on. Obviously, I can't lose much time, with the strategical interests of the team. We believe that my position can also be important, tactically. If things go right and we both remain up there in the overall standings, our rivals will have to take precautions against both of us - which might turn out to be good for the team." After his glittering start to the season, Valverde took a break after Lige to prepare for the second half, which will comprise the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espaa, and World Championships. It wasn't much of a break, though, as he only spent around a week off the bike, before a three-week block of altitude training in the Sierra Nevada. You can read more at More...
Watch NZH Local Focus: Thanks to the Rotorua Redwoods volunteers
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
As volunteer week draws to a close, the efforts of locals were celebrated at the Rotorua Lakes Council. Whakarewarewa Forest, commonly known as Redwoods, was recently awarded the gold standard for mountain biking at an international... More...
Cycling: Stress and negativity downed Olympic chances
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A stressful and negative team environment played a significant role in cycling's poor performance at last year's Rio Olympics, a High Performance Sport NZ review has found.The 16-strong New Zealand team had targeted a haul of four... More...
Castroviejo overcomes injury, mechanical to reclaim Spanish title - News shorts
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Movistar's Jonathan Castroviejo reclaimed the Spanish time trial title in Soria on Friday, topping Team Sky's Mikel Landa by more than a minute. While the result is not remarkable in light of Castroviejo's prowess in the discipline, as European champion and a three-time Spanish champion, it is impressive considering he is still suffering pain in his ribs from a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse, and had a mechanical that forced him to change bikes during his race. "I had to withdraw from the Tour de Suisse with that pain in my stomach, which made me difficult to absorb any food I ate, but my condition " as shown on the opening TT " was really good," Castroviejo said. "I spent three days completely off the bike and got back to it searching for those good sensations, then I started thinking about this championship. It was both a test on how I was doing on the bike before the Tour and also a bid for that third title."ADVERTISEMENT The 43km route, Castroviejo said, was "incredibly tough" with strong winds, high heat and constant undulations. His race came to a halt briefly when he suffered a mechanical and had to switch bikes, leaving him without the power meter for reference. "I had to use my instinct, but managed myself well over the second half of the race. I think the gaps were really made on that part, with such strong headwinds. It's a distance which suits me well, I always do great at TTs lasting roughly an hour." Castroviejo's victory was Movistar's only win in the various national championships that have run so far. Nelson Oliveira was unable to start the championships in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal because, the team says, his start time was changed without sufficient notice. Daniele Bennati dropped out of the Italian time trial, and Alex Dowsett was defeated by Steven Cummings for the British title on the Isle of Man. Jasha Stterlin's second place to Tony Martin in Germany, just 15 seconds behind the world champion, was the team's other bright spot on the day. Zakarin wins Russian time trial title Mullen tops Roche to win Irish title Bonifazio out with tonsillitis You can read more at More...
Watch the USA Cycling national championships live on Cyclingnews
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Moved to the end of June to coincide with the rest of the world's national championships, the USACycling professional road championships will serve up some of the most exciting racing of the weekend.Catch all of the action in the women's and men's races live streaming on Cyclingnews on June 25. The Knoxville, Tennessee circuit is sure to provide plenty of space for attacks, counter-attacks and non-stop action. At just 12.7km in length and with one significant climb - the short but steep ascent on Sherrod Road - coming with about 9km to go, the sprinters will be lining up to have a shot at the title. The pro women start their 8-lap, 101km race at 9:00 EDT, with defending champion MeganGuarnier (BoelsDolmans) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) as the top favourites. The men's race, with defending championGreg Daniel, gets underway at 13:15 EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
National title number seven for Tony Martin in Germany
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) won the first time trial since taking the world title last year, winning the German national championship time trial in Chemnitz today. The victory is the sixth straight German title for Martin, and the seventh of his pro career. Martin was given a strong challenge from Movistar's Jasha Stterlin, who came within 15 seconds of the winning time. "The parcours and especially the distance of 48 kilometers was not easy for me today, especially mentally," Martin said. "Jasha Stterlin did a great job. I'm glad to have the title again."ADVERTISEMENT The result was a significant morale boost for Martin, who will start the Tour de France next Saturday in Dsseldorf with the aim of taking the first maillot jaune of the race in the opening time trial. "Everyone can understand that my focus is on next Saturday. I do not need to worry about my form; everything is going according to plan. My body feels great. Now I am looking forward to a short relaxing time at home with my family before travelling on Tuesday to Dsseldorf," Martin said. The Tour de France opens with a 14km time trial. Martin will lead Katusha-Alpecin along with sprinter Alexander Kristoff. You can read more at More...
Neben eyeing US Nationals time trial as first test for Worlds defence
June 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
World time trial champion Amber Neben will line up in her rainbow jersey at the USA Cycling Professional National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, aiming to add a second special jersey to her collection with the stars and stripes. But after a limited season and some experimentation with her training, the 42-year-old is looking at the race as a secondary goal to her Worlds title defence. "I always come in with the same expectation, and that's to win. That's no different," Neben tells Cyclingnews. "My confidence is in my faith. I'll do my best out there and we'll see what happens." Neben won the rainbow jersey in Qatar by just five seconds in a tight race over Ellen van Dijk and Katrin Garfoot. She knows that she will have to eke out every last watt she can find to have a chance of making the medals this year, so she's changed up her formerly tried-and-true training plan. She admits it has "made things a bit less predictable".ADVERTISEMENT Although she won the 11km opening stage at Redlands in early May by 18 seconds, when it came to a longer test in the Chrono Gatineau, she was off the pace of compatriot Lauren Stephens by 11 seconds. Neben anticipates a close race in Knoxville and whether or not she prevails depends on how she's absorbed the new training scheme. "With risk comes reward, we'll see if we get that reward. Mentally I'm ready, but physically it is to be determined to see how my body responds," Neben says. "I'm on really fast equipment and have dialled in the aerodynamics. As a time trialist, you find a sweet spot on the bike. When you change equipment you're always searching for that sweet spot. I'm not sure I've found it, but I'm closer. We'll probably go back in the wind tunnel after nationals to see if we can fine tune it a little more. It's a good place to test, so I'm excited about the weekend." Neben has been racing for almost 20 years and says that finding that competitive edge gets harder and harder every year. "For someone who's been going for so long, it's difficult to challenge your endurance engine, to create overload and get adaptation. At this point, you're getting hit with a hammer pretty hard to get back to this level." You can read more at More...
Tauranga cyclist badly hurt in Colorado to return home
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Tauranga cyclist who was seriously injured after being hit by a truck in the United States now faces a $150,000 medical bill.Jason Creswell, 35, suffered nine fractured vertebrae, four fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a small... More...
It'll take more than an angry driver to stop me, vows Chris Froome after THAT crash
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brit revving up for another crack at the Tour de France next month was rammed off the road on a training ride last month More...
Team Sky name Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa in team to back Chris Froome in Tour de France title defence
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Welshman Geraint Thomas has recovered from injuries suffered in a Giro d'Italia fall in time for Le Tour More...
When is Tour de France 2017? Live stream details, stage guide, TV schedule and odds as Chris Froome defends title
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky's leader Froome is the favourite to claim his fourth yellow jersey finish on the Champs-Elysees More...
UCI reduces Grand Tour teams to 8 riders for 2018
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Grand Tour rosters will be reduced from nine to eight riders next season, and pelotons in all UCI races will be limited to 176 riders as part of changes approved Thursday by the governing bodys Professional Cycling Council (PCC). The PCC also agreed to leave the WorldTour calendar substantially unchanged, with the Tour of Qatar falling off the list and the Tour of Turkey moving to October. The Abu Dhabi Tour will expand to five days, the UCI announced the changes on its website. Other announcements included a change of dates for the Tour de France in order to avoid conflicts with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The race will move back one week from the original dates, which will affect other races in the second half of the calendar. The full UCI mens road calendar, including races at .HC, .1 and .2 levels, will be published in September.ADVERTISEMENT The PCC considered safety issues when deciding to reduce the size of team rosters and pelotons. The issue arose last year when Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which owns the Tour de France and co-runs the Vuelta a Espaa, came together with Giro dItalia owners RCS Sport and Belgian one-day organisers Flanders Classics to agree to limit the number of riders teams can field in races. The organisers proposed limiting Grand Tour teams to eight riders and other events to seven, but the UCI balked at the proposal, telling all three groups that they could not independently change cyclings rules. The PPCs decision today makes the Grand Tour proposal official. Safety was also the driving force behind a test at the Tour de Suisse that revised the protocol for the calculation of time gaps for a split in stages expected to have bunch sprint finishes to three seconds rather than one. You can read more at More...
Froome: I'm going to have to make sure I'm absolutely at my best
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome has warned that this years Tour de France route and the limited amount of time trial will ensure a very close race as he fights to win a fourth yellow jersey and move closer to the select group of five-time winners. Froome was confirmed as Team Skys team leader on Thursday and can count on the support of a veritable super team of support riders that includes Geraint Thomas, Michel Kwiatkowski, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa. However Froome has yet to win a race in 2017 and was only fourth at the recent Criterium du Dauphine. He claims he has followed a slow build-up to the summer. He is hoping to peak for the vital third week of the Tour de France and could go on to ride the Vuelta a Espana. He knows he faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and many others as a change in Grand Tour generations appears likely.ADVERTISEMENT "It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour. A lot of people say it's just another number, but each Tour to me tells a different story. It's a different battle in terms of getting that yellow jersey and then trying to hold on to it. Each Tour is so unique. To get a fourth victory would be incredible, Froome said in a video interview provided by Sky. "I do want to try and be up there with the guys who have won multiple Tours. They are seen as part of Tour de France history, and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them." Froome completed some final recon rides with several teammates in the Alps last week. He has often gained time on his rivals in the time trials but went on the attack on the descents last year to carve out his winning margin on Bardet and Quintana. We can expect more of the same this year, with Froome enjoying mixing it up even on flat stages. Key climbs and major rivals You can read more at More...
BMC 'all in' for Porte with Tour de France line-up
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
BMC Racing have announced its line-up for the Tour de France, with the team going all in for leader Richie Porte. Paris-Roubaix champion Greg Van Avermaet has the freedom to chase a third stage win in as many years, but otherwise the nine-man team is geared around Portes bid for a first Grand Tour title. As well as delivering Porte to Paris in the yellow jersey, the US-registered team hopes to take it on the opening day, with Stefan Kng a bona fide contender for the 14km time trial in Dusseldorf on July 1. There was a possibility that Rohan Dennis, who took yellow on the opening day of the 2015 Tour, might come back to try to repeat the feat but despite being forced out of the Giro dItalia by an early crash, the Australian is sticking to the plan that excluded July.ADVERTISEMENT Porte, for the first time in his career, will have a Grand Tour team built around him. After serving as a super domestique for Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky, the Tasmanian made the switch to BMC last year but leadership at the Tour de France was shared, nominally at least, with Tejay van Garderen. This year the American was sent to the Giro d'Italia, while all the eggs were placed in Porte's basket. Thus far he has delivered on the responsibility with a fine run of form. Greg Van Avermaet, the teams Classics star who enjoyed an impeccable spring, is the one rider with freedom to leave Portes side. After tasting success in each of the past two editions of the Tour " last year also brought a spell in yellow " he will once again hunt stages in the medium mountains. We are going all in for Richie. All nine of our riders are coming to the Tour de France in good condition and we have a strong team. When we started planning for the Tour de France in December last year, these were the nine riders we had in mind," said directeur sportif Fabio Baldato, who has worked closely with Porte this season. Backing from Roche and Caruso in the mountains A true candidate for the maillot jaune You can read more at More...
Quintana: Froome still looks like the big favourite for Tour de France
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has named Chris Froome as the favourite to win the Tour de France but said that missing out on Giro dItalia victory has not affected his morale ahead of La Grande Boucle. Quintana has placed on the podium in all three of his Tour appearances to date, but on each occasion " in 2013, 2015 and 2016 " Froome has won the race overall. Although Froome has failed to land a win so far this season and was short of his best at the recent Critrium du Dauphin, Quintana has anointed him as the man to beat next month. To me, Froome still looks like the big favourite. He always approaches the Tour perfectly, it's a race hes been brilliant at in the past, and Im sure hell be at 100 per cent condition in July, Quintana said.ADVERTISEMENT In a lengthy interview released by his Movistar team, Quintana also namechecked Richie Porte (BMC) " hes shown great abilities that make him a strong contender " Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) as contenders, together with the Orica-Scott duo of Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves, and Astanas pairing of Fabio Aru and Jakob Fuglsang. As I said before, the Giro and the [Tom] Dumoulin success, theres always some sort of surprise, riders you dont count on to get a result and end up contesting the GC, said Quintana, who will have another contender alongside him on the Movstar team, in the shape of Alejandro Valverde. His immense strength creates a serious threat to the other rivals, who fear what he can achieve, Quintana said. It makes you so calm to have him on your team. No Giro-Tour regrets The Tour route You can read more at More...
Team Sky include Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Landa in Tour de France squad
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky has confirmed the riders that will support Chris Froome as he targets a fourth Tour de France victory, with Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski, and Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao all in the British teams strong line-up. However, there is no place for Wout Poels or Britons Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard. Team Sky are targeting a fifth Tour de France victory after first winning the race in 2012 with Bradley Wiggins, with Froome going on to win it in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Team Sky arguably has the strongest team for the Tour de France and is hoping Froome can find his best form in July after a failing to win a race so far this season. Froome faces a serious challenge from former teammate Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).ADVERTISEMENT "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time. Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation," said Froome in a statement announcing Sky's line-up on Thursday. "Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now. Honestly, I just love it. Its a feeling that you dont get from any other race. Geraint Thomas targeted the Giro dItalia as team leader but was forced to quit due to the injuries he sustained in a crash sparked by a police motorbike on stage 9. He has now recovered and recently raced the Route du Sud as a final test of his form. He is expected to be Froome's co-captain as well as a possible Plan B leader for the overall classification if Froome struggles or is injured. Team Sky has again opted for a mixed team of support riders to help and protect Froome on the hectic flat stages and in the mountains. Seven of the riders rode the 2016 Tour de France, with Kwiatkowski arguably replacing Poels and Knees replacing Stannard. The average age of the squad is an experienced 30.8. As statistician Cillian Kelly pointed out on social media, five riders at Team Sky have all finished in the top 15 overall at the Tour de France: As well as Froome, these are Kwiatkowski (11th), Henao (12th), Nieve (12th) and Thomas (15th). Landa has also finished third overall in the Giro d'Italia. " Team Sky (@TeamSky) June 22, 2017 You can read more at More...
Niewiadoma, Bronzini, Wild to headline RideLondon Classique
June 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Recent Womens Tour winner Kasia Niewiadoma, Giorgia Bronzini and Kirsten Wild will headline the Prudential RideLondon Classique next month. The organisers have confirmed that 18 of the top 20 teams will also be present at the race. Bronzini and Wild are both former winners of the event. Wild was the victor last year, out-sprinting Nina Kessler and Leah Kirchmann and taking home a record prize pot. In 2016, the overall prize money grew to 100,000 with the Dutchwoman taking home a tidy 25,000 for her efforts. The prize pot, equal to that of the mens, will remain the same for this years event. ThePrudential RideLondon Classique takes place over multiple laps of a 5.5km circuit around the centre of London. The riders will first head up Constitution Hill before doubling back and passing Buckingham Palace and making their way to Parliament Square. They will pas through Trafalgar Square, down the Strand and back, before heading under Admiralty Arch. The finish line will be in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Good news for the organisers is that theyve managed to attract a much larger haul of top teams. With the Olympic Games so close, several teems were unable to field a line-up in 2016, with Boels Dolmans pulling out at the last minute due to a shortage of riders. A total of 20 teams are set to descend on London at the end of next month, one up from last year. All of the top-10 teams, including Boels Dolmans, Wiggle-High5 and Team Sunweb will be present. The RideLondon Classique is the 14th round of the Womens WorldTour. Niewiadoma currently leads the competition, as the riders head to the Giro Rosa later this month, after taking a stage and overall victory at the Womens Tour. 2017 RideLondon Classique teams You can read more at More...
Rotorua riders named in mountain bike world championship team
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two Rotorua riders have been named in one of the strongest ever New Zealand teams to contest the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia.Taylor Johnston and Keegan Wright have been named in the 29-strong team to compete... More...
Serial drug cheat Lance Armstrong wades into UCI presidential election debate
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Yellow Jerseys after being unmasked as a serial drug cheat fuelled by banned blood-booster EPO, has waded into the presidential election at world governing body UCI More...

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