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Volta a Catalunya 2017 Live Dashboard.

Thumbnail Credit (steephill.tv): ProfileThumb Overlay."Stage 4 starts Thursday at 12:40 CET (4:40 AM PST).

Finish at around
17:04 CET (9:04 AM PST).

Live video from 15:30 CET (7:30 AM PST)."
  (cyclingfans.com) (steephill.tv)

March 22, 2017







Volta Catalunya: Valverde wins stage 3.

"Dan Martin second.

TeJay van Garderen moves into GC lead."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017







BMC awarded Volta a Catalunya TTT victory after Movistar penalized for pushing.

"Following a night of refection, the UCI has overturned the results of the Volta a Catalunya team time trial, punishing the whole Movistar team for pushing and awarding the stage victory to BMC." (cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017






Froome backs UCI commissaires' decision to penalize Movistar.

"Had the jury gone the other way it would have sent a very dangerous precedent for team time trials going forward." (cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017





The best time trial bikes and triathlon bikes.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): BMC Timemachine TM02 time trial / triathlon bikeThumb Overlay."As soon as you travel over 15kph (roughly 10 mph) the biggest force you have to overcome as a cyclist is drag and the faster you go, the greater the drag.

Time Trial bikes and Triathlon bikes are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, in a bid to minimize drag and make you as fast as possible."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017





In the twilight of his career, Contador proves that panache never goes out of style.

"At a time when French cyclists have struggled to emulate the achievements of their Tour triumphing forebearers, the man in the red and black of Trek Segafredo appears to have adopted Bernard Hinault’s famous mantra: “As long as I breathe, I attack.”

And nowhere has this been more in evidence than on the roads of Paris Nice."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

March 22, 2017





WTB Exposure tire now available in 32mm option.

Thumbnail Credit (roadbikereview.com): Smooth to knobby helps make this a super double duty tire option.Thumb Overlay."Enjoy taking the road less traveled? So do the folks at WTB.

That’s why their Exposure tires are designed to tackle any surface. At the tire’s center is a slick patch that delivers minimal rolling resistance."
(roadbikereview.com)

March 22, 2017





Wednesday Gear Potpourri: Factor Slick, SLIME STR, Leomo Type-R.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): We’re not saying Factor’s new TT is ‘slick’. It’s actually called the Slick and yes, it is ‘slick’ too. While Factor has undergone an ownership change and its newest road bike, the O2, Thumb Overlay."We’ve got an eclectic mash up of the latest new gear for Wednesday, March 22nd from the PELOTON Service Course – the Factor Slick TT bike, SLIME’s new STR sealant and a new motion capture device called the Leomo Type-R. Enjoy." (pelotonmagazine.com)

March 22, 2017





Geraint Thomas: ‘I’ll miss the Classics but my goals are different now’.

"Thomas says he'll miss being able to ride the Tour of Flanders next week, but is relishing his new GC focus." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017







Volta a Catalunya: Valverde takes lead as Rojas penalized for push in team time trial.

"Spain’s Jose Joaquin Rojas has been stripped of the lead of the Volta a Catalunya after he was penalized three minutes for pushing in the team time trial, with his Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde taking over as leader." (cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017






Volta a Catalunya: Movistar powers to team time trial victory.

"Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team put in a winning display on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, taking the 43.1 kilometer team time trial from Pla de l'Estany to Banyoles in a time of 48:55." (cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017






Froome: Sky not content to shoot for podium, will light up Volta a Catalunya.

"Chris Froome (Sky) said he was satisfied with his first long effort of the season in the Volta a Catalunya team time trial on stage 2, where Sky claimed the third spot, 46 seconds behind winners Movistar." (cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017





USA Cycling: ‘We want to be the number one women’s cycling nation in the world’.

"Team USA had a successful run at the Rio Olympics this past summer, walking away with five medals across the individual time trial, team pursuit, omnium and BMX disciplines.

Four of those five medals were won by women."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

March 21, 2017





PRO Mega Bike Case – review.

Thumbnail Credit (roadcyclinguk.com): The PRO Mega Bike Case boasts plenty of storage space, with an aluminium base frame and hard plastic base the only solid parts of the constructionThumb Overlay."The prospect of packing away a bike for your travels can often involve consternation – leaving your pride and joy in the hands of others an uncomfortable experience.

If you don’t mind the general soft bag design, the PRO Mega bike bag is a well-thought out design if used properly and treated with care."
(roadcyclinguk.com)

March 21, 2017





Women’s weekend recap: Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

"Coryn Rivera dashed to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda over the weekend to snag Team Sunweb’s first Women’s WorldTour win of the year.

The young American is transitioning smoothly into her first full season of European racing, helping animate the spring races and making several select breakaways."
(velonews.com)

March 21, 2017





Stuyven, Belgium’s budding star: Bikes, books, and chocolates.

"Jasper Stuyven is not your typical classics cobble basher.

While it’s true he has a pure Flemish pedigree - born and raised on the pavé near Leuven - the Trek Segafredo rider differs from some of his peers."
(velonews.com)

March 21, 2017





Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame.

"Three-time champion, Bernard Hinault is set to be inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame in a ceremony next Tuesday.

Hinault is the sixth rider to be inducted into the race’s Hall of Fame and will join other former champions Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Felice Gimondi, Ercole Baldini and Stephen Roche."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017






Volta a Catalunya: Cimolai wins opening stage.

"FDJ's Italian beat Nacer Bouhanni in photo finish." (cyclingnews.com)

March 20, 2017









Lepistö wins Women's Dwars door Vlaanderen.

"Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo Bigla) claimed her first victory of the 2017 season in the inaugural women's Dwars door Vlaanderen.

The Finnish rider out sprinted Gracie Elvin (Orica Scott) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM)."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017





Dwars door Vlaanderen: Lampaert parlays Quick Step tactics to victory.

"Yves Lampaert capitalized on some top tactical work by Quick Step Floors to take a solo victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Philippe Gilbert made it a double day of glory for the Belgian team, sprinting to second place from the three man chasing group. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) rounded off the podium, beating Luke Durbridge (Orica Scott) into third place."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017






Reijnen uninjured after scary Dwars door Vlaanderen crash.

"Crashes are an unfortunate reality of spring racing in Belgium, and American Kiel Reijnen escaped relatively unscathed after a potentially serious tumble in Dwars door Vlaanderen Wednesday.

The 30-year-old, now in his second season with Trek Segafredo, ended up in a deep ditch on the side of the road in the Belgian race."
(velonews.com)

March 22, 2017





Five things to know about the women’s Gent Wevelgem.

"With a win for Wiggle-High5, Boels Dolmans and Team Sunweb each in the first three rounds of the Women’s WorldTour, it’s up to WM3 Pro Cycling, Orica Scott, Cervélo Bigla or Canyon SRAM to follow suit." (cyclingtips.com.au)

March 22, 2017





Seven things to look out for at E3 Harelbeke and Ghent Wevelgem.

"Can’t wait for the Tour of Flanders? Then be sure to tune into the E3 Harelbeke on Friday.

Of all the Belgian cobbled Classics that precede the Ronde, the E3 is the one that most resembles it.

Both races share some of the region’s most famous bergs, with the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg playing particularly crucial roles in both."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017





2017 E3 Harelbeke LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) won the 2016 E3 HarelbekeThumb Overlay."Friday, March 24, Belgium.

Race starts at 12:21pm CET (7:21am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:08pm CET (12:08pm U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)

March 22, 2017





2017 Gent Wevelgem LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem ahead of Sep Vanmarcke and Viacheslav KuznetsovThumb Overlay."Sunday, March 26, Belgium.

Men's race starts at 11:40am CET (5:40am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:36pm CET (11:36am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)

March 22, 2017






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March 22, 2017









2017 Dwars door Vlaanderen LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) won the 2016 Dwars door Vlaanderen.Thumb Overlay."Wednesday, March 22, Belgium.

Men's race starts at 12:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern)
(3:50 AM PST).

Finish at around 4:51pm CET (11:51am U.S. Eastern)
(8:51 AM PST).

Live video from 2:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern) (6:20 AM PST)."
(cyclingfans.com) (steephill.tv)

March 22, 2017







After 2016, Sagan has even loftier goals.

"The young boy stopped in his tracks and stared. His mouth was agape as his father whispered in his ear, “Yes, son, that is Peter Sagan.”

Standing before him, tall and in the flesh, was cycling’s superhero, clad in his rainbow jersey, hair pulled back in a man-bun."
(velonews.com)

March 21, 2017







Dwars door Vlaanderen sets stage for Classics to come - Preview.

"The cobbled classics season may have officially begun nearly a month ago with the 'opening weekend' of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, but there's a sense that it all kicks off in earnest on Wednesday at Dwars door Vlaanderen – the beginning of a three-week period that's as eagerly anticipated as any of the Grand Tours." (cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017





SMG grips create flat spot on top of road bars.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycleretailer.com): Suggested retail: $24.95Thumb Overlay."Sold in pairs, Bartop grips create a flat spot on the top of the bar where hands most often sit while riding in the upright position.

Designed finger impressions enhance hand-grip security."
(bicycleretailer.com)

March 21, 2017





Van Avermaet: I don’t need to be scared of anybody.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same. Becoming Olympic champion in Rio last year elevated Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) to a new level of fame in his home country, but one aspect of his life remains unaltered: The Tour of Flanders is still the race he covets above all others.

There are many residual perks to winning Olympic gold, but Van Avermaet seems keen to leave most of them aside for the time being lest they distract from preparations for the Ronde."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017






Cobbled Classics: Six riders to watch this week.

"Attention turns to Flanders this week, starting with Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday (March 22), before E3 Harelbeke and then Gent Wevelgem as preparations for the Tour of Flanders ramp up." (roadcyclinguk.com)

March 21, 2017





The 25 most stylish cyclists of all time.

"You’ve either got it or you haven’t. Chris Sidwells reveals his 25 most stylish riders of all time." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 20, 2017





ASO partnership with Volta a Catalunya confirmed.

"The rumored partnership between the Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was confirmed by the ASO on Monday." (cyclingnews.com)

March 20, 2017









Daily Distractions.

Thumbnail Credit : The Daily Distractions photo galleryThumb Overlay."Vanity Cycling." (facebook.com) (Photo: Vanity Cycling)

March 22, 2017






















March 22, 2017





55-year-old British amateur cyclist banned after failed dope test.

"A British amateur cyclist has been banned for two years after returning a positive anti-doping test at a time trial in September 2016. Michael Ellerton, 55, from Burnley tested positive for the glucocorticoids prednisone and prednisolone." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017





Justifying a wildcard invite: Youngest rider ‘in seventh heaven’ at aggressive San Remo debut.

"You can imagine the emotions. Cycling since he was six years of age, increasingly immersed in the sport since then, Italian rider Umberto Poli got a late call-up to Milan San Remo last week, started it on Saturday and was in the break for much of the day." (cyclingtips.com.au)

March 22, 2017





Sunweb debuts Shimano Dura Ace disc brake groupset at cobbled classics.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Patrick Fletcher): Some companies opt for Allen-key-only methods of attaching thru-axle wheels, but the old hand-operated lever is still pretty handy (Patrick Fletcher)Thumb Overlay."The Sunweb team will race on disc brakes over the course of the cobbled classics campaign, with Michael Matthews one of five riders who will give Shimano's latest Dura Ace 9100-series disc groupset its first ever race outing." (cyclingnews.com) (Patrick Fletcher)

March 22, 2017





Do you need carbon wheels?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Carbon rims are lighter, stiffer and safer than ever Thumb Overlay."Upgrading your wheels is the most efficient way to reduce your bike’s weight and increase its performance. Are carbon rims now, more than ever, a cycling rite of passage?

Mike Cotty, brand ambassador for Mavic and Cannondale and who knows his way around a carbon monocoque, puts the act of riding a bicycle and gaining fitness and experience first."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017





Pozzato returns to Coppi e Bartali with Wilier Selle Italia.

"12 years after his last appearance at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, Filippo Pozzato returns to the Italian stage race with the Wilier Selle Italia team.

The race starts on Thursday with a sprint stage in Gatteo before an afternoon team time trial in the same Emilia Romagna town."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 22, 2017





Bell Gage helmet – review.

Thumbnail Credit (roadcyclinguk.com): Bell’s Gage helmet uses MIPS protection, while also offering effective cooling and incredible comfortThumb Overlay."Bell Helmets have, for 62 years, been at the forefront of crash helmet design for a variety of sports.

It’s safe to say they know what they’re doing – an assessment we have no plans on revising after testing the 2016 MIPS equipped Bell Gage helmet."
(roadcyclinguk.com)

March 22, 2017





Could this invention revolutionize the way you fix punctures?

"The Puncture Finder is the new product from Mr Graham How, a British inventor company that has developed a new way for you to locate the hole in your tube." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 22, 2017



























March 21, 2017






Oleg Tinkov: Alberto Contador is ‘too old to win anything’.

"Oleg Tinkov, former Tinkoff team owner, launched a vulgar attack on his former rider and Grand Tour star Alberto Contador.

The Russian says that Contador, who nearly upset Sergio Henao (Sky) for the Paris Nice win last week, “never will win anything."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

March 21, 2017





Best Action Cam 2017: GoPro Hero5 Black vs Garmin VIRB Ultra 30.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): First is that both cameras are superb.  And both cameras are without question the best that either company has ever made.  If someone gifted you either cameraThumb Overlay."In virtually every post or video I make where I use an action cam, I’m asked which camera I’m using and why.

And even more commonly since this past fall I’m asked whether to go with the GoPro Hero5 Black or Garmin VIRB Ultra 30. I don’t go a few days between folks asking which action came to choose between the two."
(dcrainmaker.com)

March 21, 2017





Evans and Hincapie finding their feet at Cape Epic.

"Before turning professional on the road and enjoying a career that included Tour de France and world championships victories, Cadel Evans was a successful mountain biker.

The Australian is making a return to mountain biking this week at the Cape Epic stage race in South Africa. The 40-year-old, who retired from road racing in 2015, hadn't competitively ridden a mountain bike since 2001.

During his time on the dirt, Evans was the 1998 and 1999 overall Mountain Bike World Cup winner."
(cyclingnews.com)

March 21, 2017














March 20, 2017



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