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2017 Tour Down Under LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com) Garth Bayley Art: Tour Down Under Art by Garth Bayley: The peloton on Stage 1 Copyright © 2016 Garth Bayley Art Garth's cycling art is available for purchase at Garth Bayley Art.Thumb Overlay."Stage 5 starts at 11:10am local (7:40pm U.S. Eastern) (2:00am CET).

Finish at around 3:02pm local (11:32am U.S. Eastern) (5:32am CET).

LIVE video from 11:00pm local (7:30pm U.S. Eastern) (1:30am CET).
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January 20, 2017

Suits fly as LeMond Composites fires its CEO.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycleretailer.com): Greg LeMond - Wikipedia Wikipedia220 × 147Search by image Greg LeMond at Carrefour de l'Arbre, near Roubaix, April 2015Thumb Overlay."Greg LeMond's company has fired and is suing Connie Jackson, the CEO of LeMond Composites, which was formed last year to manufacture low-cost carbon fiber primarily for non-bicycle applications.

LeMond Companies LLC alleges that Jackson violated terms of her employment agreement, before and after her termination. Jackson was also a minority shareholder in the company and was co-inventor of the manufacturing process that is at the heart of the company's strategy."

January 20, 2017

Frarrar cautions against WorldTour reforms.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au): Tyler Farrar has spoken against UCI ambitions to reduce the number of teams in the WorldTour after his Dimension Data squad was nearly demoted despite winning five Tour de France stages last year. Thumb Overlay."Dimension Data following hot and lengthy debate was granted a two-year license after the UCI modified a rule originally designed to reduce the number of teams from 18 to 17 this season.

“We had a fantastic season last year, we hit most of the goals we set for ourselves and then with a month to go in the season there’s this panic of we don’t have enough points, and we’re going to lose our license,” Farrar recalled."

January 20, 2017

Tour Down Under: Ewan adds another stage win in Campbelltown.

Thumbnail Credit  (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Caleb Ewan has won three of the four stages at the Tour Down Under. Thumb Overlay."Caleb Ewan claimed his third stage win at the Tour Down Under, continuing his uncompromising domination in this year’s sprint finishes.

The Australian sprinter once again had the better of World Champion Peter Sagan, who left himself with too much to do in the closing 500 meters.

Danny van Poppel was once again consistent to take third, but Ewan, who came around the Sky rider inside the final 100 meters, was simply unstoppable."
(cyclingnews.com) (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 20, 2017

After Ewan’s hot start in Australia, pressure is on to win in Europe.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Caleb Ewan is enjoying a successful start to his season at the Tour Down Under. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Caleb Ewan is the fastest man in Australia, yet despite a red-hot start at the Santos Tour Down Under, he still needs to prove himself on European roads.

The Orica Scott speedster darted to his third win in four days Friday, denying two-time world champion Peter Sagan a victory for the second day in a row. Everyone agrees the 22-year-old is on a tear; now he needs to prove it against the best sprinters in the world in Europe."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 20, 2017

Can anyone beat Richie Porte on Willunga Hill.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Richie Porte attacks on stage two of the 2017 Tour Down Under Richie Porte attacks on stage two of the 2017 Tour Down Under Thumb Overlay."The Tour Down Under reaches its traditional climax on Willunga Hill on Saturday, but although this stage has proved crucial in the past, in 2017 the race might already be over.

Home favorite Richie Porte produced an excellent performance on the uphill finish into Paracombe on stage two to open up a 20 second gap over his nearest challenger Gorka Izaguirre, with Esteban Chaves two seconds further back in third."

January 20, 2017

4 tips for looking after your brakes.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com) (Ricardo Guasco): Take care of your brakes and they should take of you (Ricardo Guasco)Thumb Overlay."Servicing your bike’s original brake cables may mean lubing or even replacing them.

Check the cable’s outer casing for any splits before fitting the new inner wires. To lube the inner cable remove the alloy cable end and undo the pinch bolt to release the inner cable. Pull the brake lever and use an elastic band to hold it to the handlebar. Pull the inner cable back through the outer casing and lube any exposed parts before you push it back."
(bikeradar.com) (Ricardo Guasco)

January 20, 2017

How to train with a power meter – part six: How to use your power meter to pace a race.

Thumbnail Credit (roadcyclinguk.com) (Pic: Verve Cycling): You can use your power meter to devise a pacing strategy for your target event (Pic: Verve Cycling)Thumb Overlay."Now, let’s be clear, a power meter is, first and foremost, a training tool.

However, there’s no point in making huge strides forward in training to then go too hard and blow up on the first drag during a 100 mile sportive.

A power meter is the perfect tool to help you plan and then pace your effort on race day. Here’s how to ensure you produce your best performance when it really matters."
(roadcyclinguk.com) (Pic: Verve Cycling)

January 20, 2017

Draft Montana bill could restrict cyclists from two-lane roads.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Bike Walk MontanaThumb Overlay."Montana cyclists could see their road ride route options drastically reduced if a draft bill in the Montana House of Representatives moves forward as written.

LC2196, sponsored by freshman legislator Barry Usher of district 40, would prohibit cyclists, runners, walkers, and those in wheelchairs from two-lane highways outside of municipalities when no shoulder is present."

January 20, 2017

Tour Down Under: Ewan wins stage 3 sprint.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Caleb Ewan wins stage 3 at the Tour Down Under (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Caleb Ewan edged Peter Sagan at the line to take his second stage win of the 2017 Tour Down Under Thursday during stage 3 in Victor Harbor.

Once again, Ewan relied on patience and high-end speed to come past Sagan, who got the initial jump in the finishing straight but was not able to hold off the Australian as he slipped up the left side of the road. Sagan was able to hold on for second, while Bahrain Merida's Niccolo Bonifazio was third."
(cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 19, 2017

Porte escapes crash on nervous stage to Victor Harbor.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Richie Porte in the Tour Down Under's ochre leader's jersey. (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."After taking the race lead on stage 2 of the Tour Down Under, Richie Porte and his BMC Racing team played out a strategy of containment on stage 3 to Victor Harbor, with the emphasis on safety.

A late crash, close to Porte at the front of the bunch, almost spoiled the day but in the end the Australian could tick another day off as he seeks his maiden race title."
(cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 19, 2017

Izagirre taken to the hospital after Tour Down Under crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Gorka Izagirre finishes stage 2 of the Tour Down Under (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Gorka Izagirre's continued participation in the Tour Down Under is uncertain after the Spaniard crashed heavily on stage 3 of the race.

He crashed with several other riders inside the final 3 kilometers of Thursday's stage and although he was able to remount and finish the stage he was taken to hospital for checks."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 19, 2017

The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au) (Photo: Cor Vos): In the 2016 season we also witnessed a new Vos. Always a race favouriteThumb Overlay."What a difference a year can make. When we spoke to Marianne Vos around this time last year, her return to racing was still uncertain. She had been sidelined with injuries for over a year, and her comeback was much anticipated.

The multiple world and Olympic champion admitted to being doubtful about her recovery and frustrated by the uncertainty."
(cyclingtips.com.au) (Photo: Cor Vos)

January 19, 2017

Boels Dolmans aim for more of the same in 2017.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): World champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans) (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)Thumb Overlay."In the auspicious surroundings of the five-star Chateau St Gerlach hotel just outside Maastricht, Boels Dolmans presented their all-star line-up for the 2017 season.

The Dutch squad features an enviable roster that includes new world champion Amalie Dideriksen, WorldTour winner Megan Guarnier, and former rainbow jersey Lizzie Deignan.

Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen also joins the team for this season after signing over the winter."

January 19, 2017

Jonny Bellis: Former pro who made amazing comeback from life-threatening injury is now a cycling coach.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) Daniel Gould : Jonny Bellis at Lee Valley Velodrome Credit: Daniel Gould Thumb Overlay."Despite a promising start, Jonny Bellis’s career didn’t work out quite the way he’d hoped.

Now the 28-year-old is forging a path to help others succeed in the sport he loves.

Having left professional cycling and answered the call of a new vocation, Bellis is having to adjust."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) Daniel Gould

January 19, 2017

Cleaning ’Cross: Teflon is Your Friend.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): When you hit your bike with Showroom Polish and Protectant or any Teflon based coating, prior to your race, you’ll find dirt and mud lift off the bike more easilyThumb Overlay."Who needs to overthink cleaning cyclocross bikes when a power washer is blasting it at 3,000psi?

We all do if we want our bikes to last a long season, performing at their peak, so we sat down with the fine folks from Finish Line to find out how to do it right.

It turns out, proper cleaning after a ’cross race starts before the gun goes off."

January 19, 2017

Bum knee or sandbagging? No Wout in Hoogerheide.

Thumbnail Credit (podiumcafe.com): It's getting better, but doctor Toon Claes isn't allowing Wout on his bike for nowThumb Overlay."Wout van Aert won't start in the GP Adrie van der Poel in Hoogerheide this Sunday, the final leg of the World Cup.

Van Aert's already got the overall victory in the bag. Earlier this week Wout returned from a training week in Spain with a bum knee. "A check-up in hospital on Thursday showed that the infection to his knee isn't fully gone", says his team."

January 19, 2017

Tour Down Under: Porte wins stage 2 on Paracombe climb.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Richie Porte wins stage 2 of the 2017 Tour Down Under (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Richie Porte stomped away from the rest of the Tour Down Under contenders Wednesday on the Paracombe climb, taking the stage 2 win and claiming the overall race lead.

The BMC team leader made it look easy as he rode away from the mostly intact peloton that hit the lowers slopes of the final climb for a fourth career Tour Down Under stage win."
(cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 18, 2017

TDU notes: Sky and Bora Hansgrohe regroup.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au) (Getty Images Sport): Second overall in 2016, Henao has work to do at the Santos Tour Down Under. (Getty) Thumb Overlay."Sergio Henao’s Tour Down Under campaign has taken a hit with the Colombian climber enduring a costly mechanical in the run to the first hilltop finish on Wednesday.

The Team Sky leader punctured twice within the final 40km of the 148.5km stage from Stirling to Paracombe that while less explosive than anticipated may still prove imperative to overall standings."
(sbs.com.au) (Getty Images Sport)

January 18, 2017

Tour Down Under eliminates podium girls, peloton opinions vary.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Caleb Ewan received his flowers after winning stage 1 at the Tour Down Under, but not from a podium girl. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."If something looks amiss on the winner’s podium this week at the Santos Tour Down Under, you are right.

Wednesday’s stage winner Richie Porte received his trophy and donned his leader’s jersey, but there were no kisses on the cheek.

Why? Podium girls have been jettisoned from the race. Last month, following a similar move to eliminate “grid girls” from a car race, local politicians pulled the plug on the long running tradition, saying it sent the wrong image to young women."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

Morton back in the competitive mindset.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au) (Getty Images Sport): The second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under saw Morton finish 26th behind a flying Richie Porte (BMC), setting up his teammate Nathan Haas for a fifth placed finish.Thumb Overlay."Now back for his second crack at the World Tour, Lachlan Morton is concentrating on keeping a positive mental outlook for the upcoming season.

The 25-year-old was touted as the golden boy of Australian cycling when he was elevated to the WorldTour with Garmin Sharp but soon found himself stymied at the American team.

An abysmal 2014 saw him return to the American domestic scene to rediscover his passion for racing."
(sbs.com.au) (Getty Images Sport)

January 18, 2017

Tour Down Under: Chaves put to the sword but vows to fight on.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Esteban Chaves racing in Australia for the first time (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Esteban Chaves had no answer to Richie Porte's accelerations on stage 2 of the Tour Down Under, with the BMC leader opening a sizeable lead on GC on the first key battleground of the race.

In the build up to the Queen stage to Paracombe the pre-race favorites of Porte, Chaves and Team Sky's Sergio Henao shared relatively equal billing but when the final climb on stage 2 began it was Porte who landed the key blows."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

‘Still a lot to race for at Tour Down Under,’ says Geraint Thomas as Sky GC hopes slip.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Team Sky's Sergio Henao double punctured on stage two and saw his chances at an overall win significantly damaged after Richie Porte won the stageThumb Overlay."Team Sky took a hit at the Tour Down Under on Wednesday with title hopeful Sergio Henao enduring a costly mechanical in the second stage that didn’t provide all the anticipated fireworks.

The 148.5km run to Paracombe was touted but not proven as the new queen stage of the tour, which Richie Porte won to assume race leadership."

January 18, 2017

Ensing surprises with second overall, QOM jersey at Santos Women's Tour.

Thumb Overlay."A number of names were mentioned as possible stage winners for the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour.

Janneke Ensing’s name was not among them.

Although Ensing (Ale Cipollini) has been racing on UCI teams for eight years, she’s never recorded a professional victory. Her performance in Adelaide made it clear that that she’s on the cusp."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

A road bike thru-axle standard: Are we there yet?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Has the bike industry settled on a disc brake thru-axle standard or will it change again? Thumb Overlay."Disc brakes on drop-bar bikes are quite a new phenomenon. It was only in 2010 that the UCI sanctioned disc brakes on cyclocross bikes, with road bikes experimentally following along a few years later.

Despite ongoing trials of their suitability in the peloton, now almost all manufacturers will offer a disc-brake road bike."

January 20, 2017

Shaw forges own path at Lotto Soudal.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Lotto Soudal's James Shaw with a baby kangaroo (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."These days the tried and trusted approach most British riders graduate through is via the national academy in Manchester, but occasionally a rider comes along and does it his or her way.

They forgo the norm and embark on a path less traveled."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 20, 2017

Sky news: Thomas, Landa to Giro, Froome to Tour, Vuelta.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Geraint Thomas (left) will race to win the Giro d'Italia this year, while Chris Froome will target winning a fourth yellow jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Team Sky’s grand tour teams are taking shape in the early days of the 2017 season.

Chris Froome will lead cycling’s juggernaut team in the Tour de France in search of a fourth title and Geraint Thomas will have his first chance to win the Giro d’Italia.

Thomas, who transferred from a classics rider to stage racer over the last two years, looks set to co-lead the Italian grand tour with Spaniard Mikel Landa."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 20, 2017

Ian Drake leaves role as British Cycling chief executive.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Ian Drake Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire Thumb Overlay."British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake has stepped down from his role, the national cycling organization announced on Friday.

Drake announced in October last year was due to leave the role in April, but the BC board has agreed to let him leave three months early. He joined BC in 1995, and has spent the past seven as chief executive."

January 20, 2017

PowerTap P1 power meter review.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): The P1s were generally impressive during testingThumb Overlay."PowerTap's P1 pedals came to market with one big trump card – transferability.

With no pods and no torque requirement the P1s are as easy to fit as any other pedals, so are easy to swap between bikes.

Unlike Garmin's V2, the P1s also fit every crank."

January 20, 2017

Selle SMP Offers Drakon “Sportive” Saddle.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): The construction of the Drakon is comprised of either genuine leather cover for black, or microfiber for colored models, as well as choice between a carbon fiber or stainless steel frame.Thumb Overlay."Designed specifically for sportive or Gran Fondo riding, Selle SMP’s new Drakon is aimed at cyclists who are looking for a saddle that offers additional width and padding over the Italian’ brand’s other models.

Based on their Forma saddle, the Drakon features a wider platform combined with more elastomer padding throughout as a means of increasing comfort in the area of the sit bones and buttocks, along with SMP’s signature open central channel and specially shaped front nose and raised rear for unsurpassed support."

January 20, 2017

Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 1 – Offices, and a killer coffee machine.

Thumbnail Credit (bikerumor.com): It’s no surprise they’ve got a top notch machine in place. After all, Cannondale used to co-title the Saeco racing teamThumb Overlay."Just an hour or so away from the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut, is a little town called Wilton.

A few years ago, Cannondale moved their headquarters there (which is just a few minutes south of their original location), and we’ve been looking for an excuse to visit ever since. CX Nats was that excuse."

January 20, 2017

2017 Kasteelcross CX Zonnebeke + UCI Cyclocross World Cup Hoogerheide - CX LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com) Mario Vanacker: 2015 World Champion Mathieu van der Poel at the 2015 Superprestige Cyclocross event at Middelkerke, Belgium - Click for high resolution - Copyright © 2015 Mario VanackerThumb Overlay."On Saturday: Kasteelcross CX Zonnebeke (Belgium).

On Sunday: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Hoogerheide (Netherlands).

Saturday: The Elite Women race starts at 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern). The Elite/Under-23 Men race starts at 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern).

Live streams are expected for the elite men's race only."
(cyclingfans.com) Mario Vanacker

January 20, 2017

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January 30, 2017

Police in Belarus set up fake cycling fatality. How many drivers stopped?

Thumbnail Credit (cycling.today): 186 motorists passed by the incident but only nine stopped to see if the cyclist was alright.Thumb Overlay."Police in Belarus have employed a novel way of reinforcing to drivers the need to look out for cyclists – by staging a fake collision scene, with a mangled bike and a dummy standing in for an unconscious cyclist, complete with fake blood.

186 motorists passed by the incident but only nine stopped to see if the cyclist was alright."

January 19, 2017

Rochelle Gilmore: Women's cycling will go to another level in 2017.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): The Wiggle-High5 team pose for a pre-race photo (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."The introduction of the Women’s WorldTour last season was meant to be a big step forward for the sport.

The new series combined one-day racing with stage races for the first time and promised more and better coverage."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 19, 2017

Italian team sponsor threatens to pull out after Giro d’Italia non-selection.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada): Rodolfo Torres of the Androni team Credit: Yuzuru Sunada Thumb Overlay."The Androni toy company says that it is pulling its cycling team sponsorship following the Giro d’Italia‘s decision to leave its squad out of the 2017 race.

On Wednesday, organizer RCS Sport named the four professional continental teams, or wildcards, to race alongside the 18 WorldTour teams in the Giro.

Out of the four Italian teams available, it selected two: Bardiani CSF and Wilier Triestina."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

January 19, 2017

RCS Sport boss: Italian teams ‘run on a mistaken model’.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Bardiani – CSF was one of two Italian teams to earn Giro d'Italia berths this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."RCS Sport sent a strong message to its home teams this week when it named the four wildcards to compete in the 2017 Giro d’Italia.

After leaving two of the four Italian Pro Continental squads out of the lineup, RCS Sport’s cycling director Mauro Vegni told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “The Italian cycling crisis is not based solely on the Giro wildcard selections."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 19, 2017

Champ Chat: Hyde on Euro ‘cross, nationals after-party, start-line dogs.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) Photo: Wil Matthews: The men's podium at 2017 U.S. cyclocross nationals: Stephen Hyde (center), Jamie Driscoll (left), and Kerry Werner (right). Photo: Wil MatthewsThumb Overlay."Cyclocross racing will reach its crescendo in a little over a week at UCI World Championships in Biele, Luxembourg, January 28-29.

So we got in touch with newly minted U.S. champion Stephen Hyde, who is already in Europe for Sunday’s Hoogerheide World Cup, to talk about his expectations, the CX Nats after-party, his friendship with world champ Wout Van Aert, and more."
(velonews.com) Photo: Wil Matthews

January 19, 2017

Trickle down tech benefits from Shimano S-Phyre WorldTour kit.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Colin Levitch / Immediate Media): The People’s Choice Classic was sweltering, but the riders seemed comfortable in their S-Phyre race suits (Colin Levitch / Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."With so much cycling clothing on the market, the days of brands being able to launch run-of-the-mill kit have come and gone.

So when Shimano went back to the drawing board to launch the S-Phyre kit it called in some help.

Knowing that it would be sponsoring the LottoNL Jumbo team for 2017, Shimano brought the riders directly into the design process to provide feedback and create the kit that they wanted."
(cyclingnews.com) (Colin Levitch / Immediate Media)

January 19, 2017

How Bike Racing Changed This Entrepreneur's Perspective on Business.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycling.com) Photograph courtesy of Doug Zell: From coffee to carbon manufacturing, Doug Zell translates his cycling life into building better companiesThumb Overlay."Doug Zell and his wife founded Intelligentsia coffee in his parent’s basement, growing the company from a small storefront café to a booming wholesaler with $12 million in sales annually.

The brand established its own fair trade standards, bypassing cooperatives to work directly with coffee and tea growers."
(bicycling.com) Photograph courtesy of Doug Zell

January 19, 2017

Trek recalls 720 Disc bikes and 24-spoke front and rear wheels.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycleretailer.com): Trek says a limited number of bicycles were made with wheelsets that exhibit a higher rate of spoke breakageThumb Overlay."Trek is issuing a voluntary recall of model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek 720 Disc bicycles as well as Bontrager Approved TLR Disc 700c 24-spoke front and rear wheels.

The recall affects 1,529 bikes globally, Trek said."

January 19, 2017

Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra review: Aero, disc, and all business.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au) Photography by James Huang: Removing the standard version’s convoluted rim brake calipers allowed for cleaner, slimmer, and more streamlined forms around the fork crown and seatstaysThumb Overlay."Disc brakes provide improved stopping power and control over rim brakes, but even the latest flat-mount versions are still undeniably blocky - hardly a shape designed with airflow in mind.

Nevertheless, Specialized claims that the new Venge ViAS Disc is only slower by “zero to maybe 2 seconds max over 40km.” According to company aerodynamicist Chris Yu, the secret is not so much in what was added, but rather what was taken away."
(cyclingtips.com.au) Photography by James Huang

January 19, 2017

Reviewed: Dynaplug Micro Pro tubeless tire repair kit.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) Photo: Caley Fretz : Dynaplugs fix punctures that are much larger than sealant alone can repair. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.comThumb Overlay."Tubeless tire sealant of any brand just doesn’t get the job done on large punctures and slices.

Dynaplug’s brilliant little rubber plugs can handle much larger holes, and might just keep you from walking home.

If you run tubeless tires, you need Dynaplugs."
(velonews.com) Photo: Caley Fretz

January 19, 2017

U.S. Postal rides again at Old Pueblo.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Hincapie and Armstrong are getting the band back together for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Dylan Casey, all former riders with the U.S. Postal Service team, will ride the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo mountain bike race together as a relay team next month.

Race organizer Epic Rides confirmed to VeloNews that Armstrong’s team is indeed registered for the unsanctioned event, which takes place from February 17 to 19.

“We are certainly not going to be contending for any victories, but we’re looking forward to it, looking forward to having a good time, meeting the other racers,” Armstrong said."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

Six American WorldTour riders to watch out for in 2017.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson): A look at six top US professional riders who could make an impression on the 2017 men's WorldTour - Photos by Graham WatsonThumb Overlay."The WorldTour peloton rolled out of Adelaide, Australia, this week at the Tour Down Under to start the new season.

Among the 18 WorldTour squads are a number of American riders who could make their mark in 2017.

We have a look at the American up-and-comers as well as some of the seasoned professionals."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson)

January 18, 2017

Quintana confirms 'final decision' to attempt Giro-Tour double in 2017.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Nairo Quintana nears the finish of stage 19 (Getty Images)Thumb Overlay."Nairo Quintana told Colombian media in a television interview Wednesday that he will ride both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this season.

Rumors have swirled of Quintana's 2017 objectives since late last year, and El Tiempo quoted the Movistar rider outlining his plans for the Giro-Tour double in December.

Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué, however, quickly tempered those statements, insisting that Quintana's calendar was not yet settled."
(cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 18, 2017

Snow and cold weather disrupt European training camps.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Team Sky out in the snow (Twitter)Thumb Overlay."While the riders at the Tour Down Under are enjoying the Australian summer, snow and cold rain is making to difficult for riders in Europe to train effectively, with some spending a second day on rollers or suffering in the snow or cold rain.

Several teams have gathered in Mallorca and Calpe near Valencia to escape the weather of northern Europe, only to be hit by a cold front that has swept across the Mediterranean to the Balearic island and the southern Spanish coast."

January 18, 2017

Woods slow-cooked in sauna to prep for TDU return.

Thumb Overlay."What a difference a year makes for Michael Woods. The runner-turned cyclist returns this week to the scene of his impressive WorldTour debut in 2016.

Woods is back at the Santos Tour Down Under, but he is no longer a stranger inside the rough-and-tumble peloton.
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

PEZ Daily Distraction. "Meet Claudia Morandini, she will be one of the new brand ambassadors that have been chosen by RPM."(pezcyclingnews.com) (Photo: RPM)

January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

How Peter Sagan landed at emerging Bora Hansgrohe team.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Peter Sagan. What more can we say? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."In December 2015, cycling’s most polarizing team owner Oleg Tinkov revealed that he would dissolve his Tinkoff team following the 2016 season.

The news set off one of the biggest storylines this past season: Tinkoff ’s marquee rider, Peter Sagan, was on the open market."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 20, 2017

Sex Abuse in Cycling - How Big Is the Problem?

Thumbnail Credit (bicycling.com) T.T. via Getty: Recent allegations of sexual abuse in pro cycling have some wondering how pervasive the problem is, and what we can do to stop itThumb Overlay."When six-time American national champion Missy Erickson came forward earlier this month about the sexual abuse she endured as a junior racer, she became the third female pro cyclist within a month to do so.

In December, Dutch cyclists Petra de Bruin and Marijn de Vries spoke out separately about managers, soigneurs, and team mechanics harassing and abusing them."
(bicycling.com) T.T. via Getty

January 20, 2017

What do Women Want? Honest Bikes Built on Data.

Thumbnail Credit (totalwomenscycling.com): The women's specific bike debate is endless. So what do we really want?Thumb Overlay."Women want the bike industry to present data which shows the different requirements – or lack there of – that men and women have, and we want them to design bikes based on that data.

That’s it really. Anthropometric data isn’t too hard to come by – some of it is freely available, some of it you have to pay to have access to – but then if you’re going to develop a bike you’ve probably got budget or access to a couple of research papers."

January 20, 2017

Cookson "frustrated" over Wiggins controversy, backs Sutton for Cycling Australia role.

Thumbnail Credit (road.cc): Brian Cookson at the site in Paris where the UCI was founded (source Brian Cookson Images, Flickr) Thumb Overlay."UCI president Brian Cookson has described the continuing controversy regarding Bradley Wiggins’ use of medicines as “frustrating” and says he would be “surprised and disappointed” if Team Sky were found to have broken any rules.

Cookson also spoke about Sutton, who resigned his position with British Cycling last April amid allegations of bullying and discrimination – in October, the governing body upheld one of nine charges against him following claims of sexism by track sprinter Jess Varnish."

January 20, 2017

Pro rider falls off stage at team unveiling, needs 15 stitches for wound.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Kasia Pawlowska suffered a nasty fall off the stage at the Boels-Dolmans team presentation in the Netherlands. The 27-year old Polish woman required 15 stitches to close the wound.Thumb Overlay."Former world champion Kasia Pawlowska got get season off to the worst possible start yesterday at the Boels Dolmans team presentation at a five-star hotel in the Netherlands.

The 27-year old, a gold medal winner from the 2012, 2013 and 2015 world championships (points and scratch race) was being introduced to the audience when she somehow slipped and fell off the stage and suffered a very nasty gash to her leg."

January 20, 2017

Trek Segafredo abandon Mallorca training camp due to snow and rain.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): First snow in Majorca – Majorca.info Majorca.infoThumb Overlay."With poor weather hitting Mallorca this week, Trek Segafredo have decided to abandon their training camp, with staff and riders heading home two days earlier than scheduled.

The American team had been staying just to the south of Palma, but with more poor weather forecast for the weekend, and with the weather looking better at home for the nine remaining riders, the team decided to call it a day."

January 20, 2017

Three WorldTour teams opt out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): On the startline at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Under the UCI's new WorldTour rules, the events that have been added to the calendar this season are not mandatory for WorldTour teams.

Three of the sport's top teams have used this exception to opt out of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, according to CyclingPro.net."
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

January 20, 2017

January 19, 2017

‘I know Bradley Wiggins has never doped’ says former Olympic team-mate.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson): Bradley Wiggins at the 2016 Ghent Six Day Credit: Graham Watson Thumb Overlay."One of Bradley Wiggins‘s former team-mates has given the under-fire former rider his backing, saying that Wiggins has “never doped”.

Bryan Steel, who won Olympic medals with Wiggins as part of the British team pursuit squad in 2000 and 2004, says that he has faith in his former team-mate."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson)

January 19, 2017

‘My work isn’t sexist and no one forces me to do it’ says Tour of Flanders podium girl.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Lien Crapoen (right) on the podium of the 2016 Tour of Flanders Thumb Overlay."In response to the Tour Down Under using junior cyclists to present prizes instead of podium girls, Flanders Classics hostess Lien Crapoen says that there is more to her work than just handing flowers to the day’s winner.

The Australian stage race this year decided to do away with podium hostesses and have junior cyclists hand out the flowers instead, and now Belgian’s biggest races are under fire too from the Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities, Elke Sleurs, who has criticized the tradition."

January 19, 2017

Cookson: 'Ambitious' Lappartient should wait another four years.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Brian Cookson (Getty Images)Thumb Overlay."UCI President Brian Cookson has urged potential rival David Lappartient not to stand against him for the UCI Presidency and instead wait another four years when the Frenchman could potentially have an unopposed run at the position." (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 19, 2017

WorldTour reform remains a work in progress, says Cookson.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Brian Cookson at the Vuelta (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."A central tenant of Brian Cookson's tenure as UCI president has been his and the governing body's reform of the WorldTour.

In 2017, 10 new events were added to the premier calendar.

While the reforms have been far from plain sailing with politicking and power plays writ large, and stakeholders communicating via the media, Cookson is confident he and UCI Management Committee have struck the right balance. "
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

January 19, 2017

Van Damme: People have asked me to run for the UCI presidency.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Belgian cycling federation president Tom van Damme (center) speaks with Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters (left) an unidentified man during a meeting between the minister and the Belgian team that won the Cyclocross World Championship race in 2012. (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Brian Cookson has already announced his candidacy for the UCI presidency and many expect France’s David Lappartient to follow suit in the coming months.

While a two-horse race to Aigle’s seat of power looks the most likely scenario, there is growing sense that a third hat could be tossed into the ring."
(cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)

January 19, 2017

Chris Froome's favorite climbs.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Chris Froome (Team Sky) climbing at the Vuelta (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Like Monte Serra in Tuscany, Italy, and the Coll de Rates near Calpe, Spain, the Col de la Madone belongs to a subset of climbs whose cachet owes entirely to professional racers, but not to professional racing.

Tony Rominger of Switzerland, the four-time major tour winner, frequently referenced the Madone as his training climb of choice in the mid-90s."
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

January 19, 2017

Vuelta a San Juan: Argentina's next big thing.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): The Tour de San Luis peloton rides to the hills on stage 2 (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."A budget shortfall spelled the end for the Tour de San Luis – at least for 2017 – but a warm-weather Argentinean season opener is still on the table thanks to the Vuelta a San Juan, which has stepped up to UCI 2.1 level.

San Juan is a neighboring province of San Luis in the South American country, on the border with Chile, and it will be putting on a race that will bear plenty of similarity to the Tour de San Luis."
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

January 19, 2017

Design + Innovation Award 2017 Winners Announced.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): Thumb Overlay."The Design + Innovation Award announced the winners of this year’s road bike category, with the Canyon Endurance CF SLX 9.0 Di2, Santa Cruz Stigmata CX1, Trek Domane SLR Project One and Whyte Wessex receiving top honors.

Additionally, the Lightweight WEGWEISER, 3T Discus Plus C25 Pro and ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelsets were also given awards for their respective innovation and design."

January 19, 2017

January 18, 2017

Paolini moves on from cycling, buys coffee shop on Lake Como.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Luca Paolini last competed in the 2015 Tour de France before he was kicked out of the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Luca Paolini, instead of racing again after a suspension for cocaine use, will manage an historic coffee shop along the shores of Lake Como.

Paolini was kicked out of the 2015 Tour de France after anti-doping tests showed he had used cocaine.

The UCI issued him an 18-month ban that ended January 10. “I trained hard, I was back in form,” Paolini, who turned 40 Tuesday, told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.“  I found closed doors.

At team Astana, Vinokourov told me that with the ban that I had, he could not hire me. Coming from him that made me laugh."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

January 18, 2017

Report into 'culture' at British Cycling expected in February.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): There was plenty of British support in the stands (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."A report into the culture at British Cycling is expected to be published next month after an independent investigation has completed, according to a report from the Press Association (PA).

The investigation was launched in April 2016 in the wake of allegations of sexism and bullying against the then Technical Director Shane Sutton."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

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