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Photo: Sergei Chernetski (Katusha)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Sergei Chernetski won stage 6 of the Volta a Catalunya on the streets of Port Aventura on Saturday. The Russian rider out-sprinted Julian Alaphilippe and Maciej Paterski. The trio were involved in a 21-rider breakaway that successfully made it to the finish line ahead of the main group of overall contenders.

Richie Porte continues to lead the overall classification by five seconds ahead of Domenico Pozzovivo as the race heads into the finale stage 7 on Sunday.

It was reported that Alberto Contador may have been involved in a crash with three kilometers to go but finished the race and he will keep his third place in the overall classification, seven seconds behind Porte.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt .
Photo: Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt.

Romain Bardet, who crashed in the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya, did not start the fifth stage.

"Since my crash, I have felt severe pain in the butt that makes it hard for me to pedal. Yesterday I survived but I am not able to express myself at my usual level. I'm going to rest, go to further examinations and prepare the rest of the season," he said.

Bardet will next ride Brabantse Pijl(April 15), Fleche Wallonne (April 22) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26).

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Mar 23-29 (Stages & Results),

Gent - Wevelgem - Mar 29 (Start List),

Gent - Wevelgem Women - Mar 29 (Start List),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Stages),

UCI Road World Championship 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Stages),

E3 Harelbeke - Mar 27 (Results),

Tour de Taiwan - Mar 21-25 (Results),

Milan San Remo - Mar 22 (Results),

Nokere Koerse - Mar 18 (Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 26, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Simon Gerrans celebrates GreenEdge's first ever overall victory
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Simon Gerrans celebrates GreenEdge's first ever overall victory (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Simon Gerrans doesn’t even attempt to hide his disappointment for missing Milan-San Remo, so keen is he to return to racing after his comeback from a previously fractured shoulder lasted 110 kilometers before he crashed out again at Strade Bianchi in Italy on March 20.

“I am a big cycling fan, but it was hard watching when you know you can be out there and mixing it up and that sort of thing,” The Orica-GreenEdge rider told Cyclingnews. “It is difficult to watch a race like that, but I was definitely on the edge of my seat like everyone else.”

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)








Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 Profile.
Photo: 2015 Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 Profile.

Saturday's Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 departs Cervera at 12:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Port Aventura at around 4:58pm CET (11:58am U.S. Eastern).

Volta a Catalunya live streaming video is scheduled to get underway by around 3:30pm CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern, 7:30am Pacific).

March 28, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Aside from one victory at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan has yet to find his winning form this season, which was highlighted by a poor result at E3 Harelbeke on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

The Peter Sagan star appears to be flickering, judging by his finish in E3 Harelbeke, a race he won a year ago and one that should be easy for a cyclist aiming at the monuments like next week’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Sagan followed the attack of Geraint Thomas and Zdenek Stybar on the Oude Kwaremont and raced away with the two, but when they approached the business end of the 215-kilometer race, his lights began to fade.

“It’s shit because in that group of three he should’ve been the fastest,” Tinkoff sports director, Tristan Hoffman told VeloNews.

“He was so disappointed. Then, to make it worse, [the] whole group passes him.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Alejandro Valverde claimed his second stage win of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking the select group of favorites who had distanced the race leader Bart De Clercq and soloing to the win over the final 3km.

Rigoberto Uran took second on the stage, gaining important time bonuses, while Paolo Tiralongo denied Richie Porte the final bonus in third.

Porte could be consoled by taking over the race lead by five seconds over Domenico Pozzovivo. Alberto Contador is in third overall at seven seconds.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win.
(Bettini Photo).
Ben Swift (Team Sky) solos across the line for the stage win. (Bettini Photo)

Torrential rain added to the challenges during Friday's second stage at Coppi e Bartali, but Team Sky's Ben Swift overcame the conditions to take the stage win and seize the overall lead from overnight leader Davide Rebellin.

Swift jumped clear of the bunch on the final ascent of the Ville di Monte Tiffi, infiltrating a three-man breakaway before attacking into the final kilometer and soloing across the line ahead of Matija Kvasina and Francesco Bongiorno.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.
Photo: Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2015 Race Profile.

Gent Wevelgem, a race steeped in history but when it comes to women’s cycling the race is the young upstart on the UCI women’s calendar this Sunday.

Over in Cittiglio, Italy riders are contesting one of the oldest races in women’s cycling, Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup, which is now entering it’s fourth decade. The two races have clashed on the calendar ever since Gent Wevelgem organisers introduced a women’s race to their programme in 2012.

But the two are learning to coexist and their parcours are suited to very different riders with Gent Wevelgem, like it’s male equivalent being a target for the sprinters.

March 27, 2015 (velofocus.com)





Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Zdenek Stybar is on great form coming off a win at Strade Bianche, but will it result in more success for Etixx-Quick-Step in the spring classics?. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

There were crowds of fans around the Etixx-Quick-Step bus Friday morning ahead of the start of E3 Harelbeke, but not Tom Boonen-huge crowds.

Without the presence of the Belgian superstar, who is missing the entire spring classics campaign with injury, there is a very different vibe around the team bus of the perennial cobblestone favorites.

With Boonen at the start line, there was a guarantee that Etixx-Quick-Step would be a favorite for victory in any of the northern classics. Without Boonen, the team is tackling the most important two weeks of its season, hoping to see different players step up.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: This was my first event of the year. I was very happy to win, but also a little surprised!
Photo: This was my first event of the year. I was very happy to win, but also a little surprised!

"By mid-march it seemed to be getting late into the road racing season (by California standards anyway), and I was getting a little nervous about how my fitness would stand up in the notoriously hard SoCal racing.

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is my Hincapie Racing Team’s first objective, and I wanted to test the legs and get some speed in before starting a bigger, more important race.

Local races like the Chuck Pontius Omnium are perfect for that. Especially here in California where local talent runs deep."

March 27, 2015 (cyclingillustrated.com)







Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Photo: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).

Tejay van Garderen claimed his first individual European stage victory since 2009 atop La Molina on stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya. The American soloed away from the elite group of favourites on the summit finish, holding off Team Sky's Richie Porte and Alberto Contador.

The Team Sky train steamrolled the breakaway at the base of the final climb, but as they drew close to catching Riccardo Zoidl and Tom Danielson, there was a hestiation between Tinkoff-Saxo and Sky, and Vasil Kiryienka kept hammering on, getting a gap on the field.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: CCC Sprandi may not be known as the most powerful team for time trials.
Photo: CCC Sprandi may not be known as the most powerful team for time trials.

CCC Sprandi created a major surprise when they beat big favorites Team Sky and MTN-Qhubeka in the 13.3km team time trial at the Settimana Internazional Coppi e Bartali.

In the special event where each squad was divided into two separate teams, Davide Rebellin, Tomasz Kiendys, Adrian Kurek and Jaroslaw Marycz beat the best Sky team by just a single second which allowed Rebellin to take the lead on the eve of the queen stage.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrolchemical) leads the race
(Bettini Photo).
Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrolchemical) leads the race (Bettini Photo).

Thömel takes final stage.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Trofeo Binda World Cup Profile 2015.
Photo: Trofeo Binda World Cup Profile 2015.

Round two of the UCI Women’s World Cup, Trofeo Binda is the hilliest of the World Cup races but it takes more than climbing prowess to win. It’s as much about choosing the right attacks to follow because one thing is for sure, you can’t chase them all.

The Trofeo Binda dates back to the mid-70’s, making it one of the oldest races in women’s cycling and one of the most prestigious one day races on the calendar. It’s also a great place to spot future stars of the sport.
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March 26, 2015 (velofocus.com)







Photo: Felline took his first time trial win by beating teammate Jungels by 1 second.
Photo: Felline took his first time trial win by beating teammate Jungels by 1 second.

Fabio Felline proved that he is much more than a fast finisher and solid climber when he took a surprise win in the Criterium International. The Italian beat his teammate Bob Jungels by a single second on the 7km course while Manuele Boaro was one second further back in third.

Ben King did well to take 19th and defend his overall lead.

Going into this season, Felline had never really excelled in time trials but apparently things will change in the future for the fast Italian. After he had already taken a surprise third in the Etoile de Besseges TT, he took a hugely surprising win in today's second stage of the Criterium International.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)







Ben King takes his first international victory from a two-man breakaway. Photo: AFP.
Ben King takes his first international victory from a two-man breakaway. Photo: AFP.

Ben King won the first stage of the Critérium International on Saturday.

Stage 1a was a 92.5km circuit around Porto-Vecchio that featured a 2km, 5.3 percent climb, the Côte de Conca, at its midpoint.

King beat breakaway companion Saint-Clément Martin and donned the leader’s yellow jersey for the second stage of the day, a 7km individual time trial in the afternoon.

The two attacked in the first kilometer, building a 40-second lead.

March 28, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: In a crash-marred sprint, Chicchi went head to head with stage 1a winner Belletti .
Photo: In a crash-marred sprint, Chicchi went head to head with stage 1a winner Belletti.

Less than a month after signing a contract with Androni, Francesco Chicchi took his first win for his new team when he won a crash-marred bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Having gone head to head with Manuel Belletti, he emerged as the strongest while Ben Swift avoided the crashes and defended his overall lead. 

At the start of the year, it seemed that the career was over for Chicchi. The Italian had been unable to find a new team after Southeast decided not to renew his contract and he seemed destined to retire in the early months of the season.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Niki Terpstra escapes in the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
Photo: Niki Terpstra escapes in the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The Etixx-QuickStep team usually has more Classics race wins in the bag by this point in the season, but 2015 has not been very fruitful so far in Northern Europe for the Belgian super-squad.

However, Patrick Lefevere’s outfit still leads the win count for 2015, with 18 victories, and its sponsors are happy. Given its Belgian roots, though, everyone would be more at ease with a classic win.

“Let’s talk again after Paris-Roubaix,” Lefevere told Cycling Weekly.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: WIGGINS at the start of this week’s Tour of Normandie. At the time of publication the team was 4th on Team GC.
Photo: WIGGINS at the start of this week’s Tour of Normandie. At the time of publication the team was 4th on Team GC.

One of the big changes coming soon in the season will be that of Bradley Wiggins stepping down from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix to headline his own Continental team, WIGGINS.

The guys at Southeast Regional Series recently caught up with Brit racer, Daniel Patten who is also a member of WIGGINS and a man who won the SRS race in Knoxville last year.

The Southeast Regional Series presented by BikeReg returns for a third year in 2015 with a four-state circuit. The highly competitive weekends of criterium and road race events will begin April 11-12 in Florida, with the Panama City Criterium and Walton County Road Race, hosted by the Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council.

Later in the year individual time trials will be added to the weekend races – Albany, Ga., Knoxville, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C.

March 28, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)
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Photo: Stage 3 Profile (Sunday stage).
Photo: Stage 3 Profile (Sunday stage).

Sunday's Criterium International Stage 3 departs Porto Vecchio at 11:20am CET (5:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Col de l’Ospedale at around 4:45pm CET (10:45am U.S. Eastern). 

Criterium International live streaming video is scheduled to get underway at around 3:20pm CET (9:20am U.S. Eastern, 6:20am Pacific).

March 28, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)








Geraint Thomas made several attacks
(Bettini Photo).
Geraint Thomas made several attacks (Bettini Photo).

Geraint Thomas won E3 Harelbeke on Friday after attacking fellow leaders Zdenek Stybar and Peter Sagan with four kilometers to go and soloing across the line of the Belgian cobbled classic.

Stybar held on for second, while Sagan faded in the end and was passed by the chasing peloton.

Matteo Trentin
 won the sprint for the final podium place.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: (inrng.com).
Less than one week after a disappointing run at Milano-Sanremo, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) crashed out of E3 Harelbeke, putting his classics campaign in doubt. Photo: Cor Vos (inrng.com).

Fabian Cancellara’s 2015 cobbled classics campaign may have ended before it began in earnest after a crash 39.4 kilometers into E3 Harelbeke on Friday in Belgium. He may have fractured his left wrist.

The Swiss classics champion — a three-time winner of both the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix — crashed on the cobbled Haaghoek sector with around 40 to 50 other riders. He continued for 10km more, but the pain was too much and he abandoned.

“Unfortunately Fabian Cancellara has abandoned the race after his crash. We will keep you informed on his situation as soon as possible,” Trek Factory Racing said on its Twitter account of Cancellara, who won the 2009, 2010, and 2013 editions of the race.

A photo from the race showed Cancellara favoring his left wrist after the crash.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) was elated to win his first major classic in Flanders on Friday at E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Wales seems like a world away from Belgium and the bumpy, cobblestone roads of Flanders.

As a teenager growing up near Cardiff, Geraint Thomas and Sky teammate Ian Stannard used to watch videos of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix belonging to John Barkley, a legend in UK cycling, who would ferry aspiring riders across the Channel to witness the northern classics in person.

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





In Europe, most cyclists choose to ride without helmets—but does that make sense on American roads?
(Photo by heb/Wikimedia Commons).
In Europe, most cyclists choose to ride without helmets—but does that make sense on American roads? (Photo by heb/Wikimedia Commons).

Wearing a helmet makes sense—but do mandatory helmet laws?

March 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: The Concealed Carrie Athletic Top is for women who want the opportunity to protect and defend themselves while enjoying the great outdoors.
Photo: The Concealed Carrie Athletic Top is for women who want the opportunity to protect and defend themselves while enjoying the great outdoors.

At first glance this multi-purpose women's jersey looks ideal for summer cycling with its rear pockets, high collar to keep the sun off and drawstring waist tie to flatter the female figure.

But look a bit closer and there's capacity for an, erm, unusual accessory: a concealed pocket for a handgun.

March 27, 2015 (road.cc)





Rolf Aldag was behind the wheel at E3 Harelbeke for Etixx-Quick-Step, despite false reports that he nearly boarded the jet that crashed in the Alps earlier this week. Photo: Andy Hood | VeloNews.com.
Rolf Aldag was behind the wheel at E3 Harelbeke for Etixx-Quick-Step, despite false reports that he nearly boarded the jet that crashed in the Alps earlier this week. Photo: Andy Hood | VeloNews.com.

Former pro Rolf Aldag confirmed to VeloNews that he did not have a ticket to fly on the doomed Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people onboard.

Aldag characterized media reports as “ridiculous” that the technical director at Etixx-Quick Step had a ticket for the flight, but did not board.

“I don’t know where these reports have come from. I never had a ticket for that flight. I never planned to fly from Barcelona,” Aldag told VeloNews. “I was never in Spain this week.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Having already become an outsider once because of his refusal to dope, Mercier feels the same thing is happening all over again.
Photo: Having already become an outsider once because of his refusal to dope, Mercier feels the same thing is happening all over again.

Scott Mercier has genuine integrity and credibility when talking about doping, its consequences and how cyclists can choose the right path.

But Mercier says he has been met with a wall of silence since offering his service to the governing body of the sport in his home country.

He says he spoke to Bob Stapleton, the chairman of the board of USA Cycling, about a potential role last year. And since then? Nothing.

"We met at the USAPro Challenge last year in Aspen, Colorado, just after Bob had been named chairman," explains Mercier.

"We talked about the future of the sport and discussed whether there could be a role for me in the governance of USA Cycling.

"I expressed an interest and Bob said he thought I would be a good board member -- although a potentially controversial one.

March 26, 2015 (cnn.com)





Photo: The company said it has received four reports of the bolt loosening; none of the incidents resulted in rider injury.
Photo: The company said it has received four reports of the bolt loosening; none of the incidents resulted in rider injury.

Specialized is working with U.S. and Canadian authorities to recall about 8,300 aerobars that were sold individually and as part of some complete Shiv aero bike models. The bars were sold from 2011 until February this year.

The concern is that the extension clamp bolt that attaches the Aerobar extensions to the base bar may break or slip. Specialized is providing replacement hardware to remedy the situation.

March 26, 2015 (bicycleretailer.com)





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March 28, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)





March 28, 2015





Photo: The use of non-prescription human growth hormone (HGH) among teenagers in grades 9-12 doubled last year.
Photo: The use of non-prescription human growth hormone (HGH) among teenagers in grades 9-12 doubled last year.

Former cyclist Tyler Hamilton started doping with erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that boosts red blood cell production and moved on to HGH. “I knew I’d crossed the line, but I didn’t know how far I’d go,” he said about the first time he was given a large red pill to take by his team doctor.

“Having already made the decision with the testosterone pill, the needle felt like the only way.”

March 28, 2015 (si.com)





Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo jersey presentation in Moscow.
(Tinkoff-Saxo).
Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo jersey presentation in Moscow. (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Oleg Tinkov has revealed that the Tinkoff-Saxo team will make an announcement about the future of Bjarne Riis at 7:00pm CET on Sunday, a few hours after the Gent-Wevelgem race.

Tinkov made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday morning from Japan, where the Russian team owner is currently on holiday with his family.

“My dear @ tinkoff_saxo fans. Tomorrow @ 1900 CET Will Our Official Press Release Regarding the Best Sport Director. Wish Tomorrow # gentwevelgem” the tweet reads.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)









Photo: John Degenkolb won the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem..
Photo: John Degenkolb won the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem.

Gent-Wevelgem LIVE March 29, Belgium.

Race starts at 11:20am CET (5:20am U.S. Eastern)

Finish at around 5:07pm CET (11:07am U.S. Eastern)

Live video from *1:30pm CET (*7:30am U.S. Eastern, 4:30am Pacific).

March 28, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)





Photo: Geraint Thomas captured one of the most scintillating victories of his career, launching in the last four kilometers of the race to win E3 Harelbeke.
Photo: Geraint Thomas captured one of the most scintillating victories of his career, launching in the last four kilometers of the race to win E3 Harelbeke.

Bradley Wiggins will compete for Team Sky in Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem sprint classic in Belgium, the team announced. The 2012 Tour de France champion, will be joined by fellow British Olympic champion Geraint Thomas for the 239-kilometer one-day event.

Bernhard Eisel, who won the event in 2010, is also included in an eight-man team along with Christian Knees, Ian Stannard, Andy Fenn, Luke Rowe and Elia Viviani.

March 28, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Koppenberg: Rising from the village of Melden. This beast of a climb is short, but steep. (Average of 11.6 percent but goes to 19 percent in the middle section.)
Koppenberg: Rising from the village of Melden. This beast of a climb is short, but steep. (Average of 11.6 percent but goes to 19 percent in the middle section.) Images: Jeff Clark, Tim Schamber (panoramic)

"Belgium is a small country with roughly 11 million people.

For those prone to cycling addictions, we have put together some must-see locations that will allow you to ride your brains out, but also get a great overview of the culture, history and culinary delights of one of our favorite countries to visit."

March 28, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: Open road event will feature views from the Horseshoe Pass and Nant-y-Garth and 110km, 170km and 220km options.
Photo: Open road event will feature views from the Horseshoe Pass and Nant-y-Garth and 110km, 170km and 220km options.

After four years on closed roads, this year’s Wiggle Etape Cymru, scheduled for September 13, will consist of open road Corto, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo events.

With its multiple challenging routes and no road closures, the sportive will now follow the model of the popular South Wales-based Wiggle Dragon Ride.

“Having an open road event allows us to pick our perfect route so we can access stunning vistas and beautiful scenery more often,” said event director Kirsty Wilde.

And the new arrangements have received the backing of Team Sky man Luke Rowe.

March 28, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)













March 27, 2015





Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour favorite Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got a taste of the northern cobblestones at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke in preparation for stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.

Nairo Quintana will never win Paris-Roubaix, but the Colombian knows if he wants to win the Tour de France, he’ll have to survive a version of the “Hell of the North” this summer.

The spindly climber might have looked out of place at the start line of E3 Harelbeke, surrounded by brawny cobble-bashers, but Friday’s race marked the end of a weeklong experiment of getting a taste of what lies ahead this July in the Tour.

“It was important for Nairo to race on the cobbles here this week,” Movistar sport director José Luis Jaimerena told VeloNews. “It’s one thing to see them, but it’s something else to ride them at race speed. What we want is to avoid surprises.”

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it.
Photo: "I think it is such an important part of what we are trying to do, to look at new technology, to embrace it rather than to resist it."

Recent reports suggested that disk brakes could make their debut by next season but, according to Brian Cookson, the new technology may potentially be in the peloton sooner than that.

The UCI and others have been weighing up the introduction of new braking systems for some time. Increased stopping power over a variety of climatic conditions is one of the big motivations, making braking much more predictable, while other factors such as lessening the risk of tubular tyres rolling is another possible benefit.

March 27, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Georgia Gould, warming up before the 2012 Olympic cross-country race, where she took a bronze medal. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.

What is it that defines a champion? Is it winning the most important events in a given discipline?

Does one major victory constitute a champion, or is this a quality that’s defined by an era of domination? Is the title something that lasts forever?

March 27, 2015 (velonews.com)





Peter Sagan wins the 2014 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Graham Watson .
Peter Sagan wins the 2014 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Graham Watson.

Win or lose at E3 Harelbeke, Peter Sagan and his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates will have the chance toast success on Friday night when the Slovak gets his weight in beer delivered to his hotel.

The slightly odd prize is courtesy of E3 sponsor Kwaremont beer in honor of Sagan’s win in Harelbeke last season, when he beat out Niki Terpstra, Geraint Thomas and Stijn Vandenbergh.

Sagan was told of the news on stage after his team presentation as he sat on a throne made out of beer crates and received a kiss from Miss Belgium, Annelies TörösSagan kept his hands to himself this time..

March 27, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: It’s much more fun to work on a clean bike, so the first step should be to clean your bike thoroughly.
Photo: It’s much more fun to work on a clean bike, so the first step should be to clean your bike thoroughly.

"Whether you are going to ride a brevet with an eye on qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris, whether you plan to ride a century or race, or whether you just want to enjoy exploring this season, having your bike in good condition is the best way to guarantee success.

If you are confident in your bike, you can enjoy the ride without worrying whether you’ll make it to the finish. Here are 8 things to look at."

March 27, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)





Fran Lebowitz slammed cycling fashion in an interview.
(Photo by David Shankbone).
Fran Lebowitz slammed cycling fashion in an interview. (Photo by David Shankbone).

"We’ll be the first to admit that cycling-specific clothing like spandex tights and brightly colored jerseys isn't for everyone. But riding a bike in general? That’s just good fashion sense.

But in a recent interview with Elle noted cultural critic, author and one of Vanity Fair’s “best dressed” people Fran Lebowitz told the interviewer that riding a bike will ruin any fashion choice.

She relays this story: "You know when George Plimpton died, someone told me, 'He was so eccentric. He used to ride his bike in a suit and tie!' and it drove me crazy. I said, 'What's eccentric is the bicycle."

March 27, 2015 (bicycling.com)





















March 26, 2015





Photo: We don’t have any firm evidence but we are absolutely aware that these products are out there.
Photo: "We don’t have any firm evidence but we are absolutely aware that these products are out there."

Commenting after the Cycling Independent Reform Commission outlined a real danger that riders are, or could, be using motors in bikes, UCI president Brian Cookson has admitted that this could be the case.

The Briton has said that the UCI is taking the matter extremely seriously and warned any teams or riders tempted by the mode of cheating that the consequences could be ‘devastating’ for them.

March 26, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






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