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Five things we learned from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.

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Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and No.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Tom Boonen was against disc brakes last yearThumb Overlay."The war of words surrounding the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton continued over the weekend, with Lotto Soudal rider Adam Hansen claiming that American bike brand Specialized is forcing its sponsored riders - Tom Boonen, in particular - to publicly throw their support behind the technology, despite opposing them personally." (cyclingtips.com.au)

February 27, 2017





Cyclists may face fines for riding on sidewalks in the cobbled classics.

Thumbnail Credit (cycling.today): Riders were threatened with disqualification if caughtThumb Overlay."There was heated debate over the use of sidewalks and bike paths on the cobbled sections of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, something that has been done in the past but that race organizers and the UCI specifically targeted to eliminate this year." (cycling.today)

February 27, 2017





Jolien D'hoore puts Wiggle on the map with win.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Jolien D'Hoore wins the Omloop van het Hageland. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."It is not even March (yet) but that hasn’t stopped the pressure forming on teams that haven’t secured a win this season.

Wiggle High5 can breathe a sigh of relief, however, after Belgian sprinter Jolien D’hoore secured their first victory of the season at the Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 27, 2017






Sagan fires first warning shot of Classics campaign.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Peter Sagan takes his first win of 2017 at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Peter Sagan's performances over the opening weekend of the Classics were a warning shot to those who thought they might be able to topple the World Champion off his perch this spring.

Sagan was the only rider to feature in the race winning move at both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 27, 2017





Omloop Het Roundtable: GVA, Sagan, and the pesky sidewalk.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): What did we learn about Greg Van Avermaet?Thumb Overlay."Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad delivered an action-packed final 50km of racing.

We saw multiple attacks, a bizarre controversy involving a sidewalk, and an exciting three-up sprint that included the reigning Olympic and world champions.

Yes, it was a perfect way to kick off the 2017 classics season."
(velonews.com)

February 27, 2017






Five things we learned from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada): What can we take away from a great weekend of racing in Belgium?Thumb Overlay."Such is Peter Sagan‘s place at the top of cycling right now that he could have rolled home in 138th place in both races this weekend and he still would have been a stand-out favorite for the major Classics coming next month." (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)



February 27, 2017





Team of the Week: Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Rui Costa, and more.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada): Greg Van Avermaet celebrates victory in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Credit: Sunada)Thumb Overlay."New haircut, but same old Peter Sagan.

The world champion was on imperious form at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, although perhaps overestimated his strength by doing too much work early on, and had to settle for second. The next day at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, however, he showed a remarkable lack of fatigue to go out on the attack again."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

February 27, 2017





Axeon Hagens Berman’s Axel Merckx.

Thumbnail Credit (pezcyclingnews.com) D. Wilson: It's hard enough trying to live up to your father, but when he is Eddy MerckxThumb Overlay."We've all heard it in the pub; "he'll never be the man his father was." And if your dad happens to be Eddy Merckx, one can but agree.

But Eddy's son, Axel has made a damn good fist of making his own way in the world with palmarès to be proud of and he's now at the head of what is arguably the world's premier development team."
(pezcyclingnews.com) D. Wilson

February 27, 2017





We asked the world’s best pro riders to name cycling’s stars of the future; Here’s who they picked.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson): Fernando Gaviria wins stage one of the 2017 Vuelta de San Juan (Credit: Watson)Thumb Overlay."The most promising riders in the pro ranks as chosen by the pros themselves." (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Graham Watson)





February 27, 2017







2017 Paris Nice LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): 2017 Paris-Nice Route MapThumb Overlay."March 5-12, France.

Sunday's Stage 1 starts at 1:10pm CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 4:52pm CET (10:52am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 3:15pm CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern)."
(cycling.today) (cyclingfans.com)

February 276, 2017






Peter Sagan wins Kuurne Brussels Kuurne...

Peter Sagan takes his first win of the season at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images : Peter Sagan wins the 2017 edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Credit: Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images Thumb Overlay."Peter Sagan took his first victory of the season as he made up for the disappointment of missing out in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to win Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.

Always towards the head of affairs, Sagan proved the fastest of a five-man group in the final few hundred meters, out-sprinting defending champion Jasper Stuyven and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

February 26, 2017






Tony Martin has eight stitches in his face after Kuurne Brussels Kuurne crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Bad crash in #kuurnebrusselkuurne. 8 stitches in the face. Hope to be ok again for #parisnice #teamkatushaalpecin #alpecincyclingThumb Overlay."After a nasty crash at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, Tony Martin has said that he hopes to be in action again at Paris Nice, despite needing eight stitches in his face.

The German time trial specialist crashed from an elite group with around 55km to go in the race after appearing to either hit a parked car or clip the kerb while riding at the back of an echelon."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 26, 2017






Boonen ruled out of Kuurne Brussels Kuurne by stomach problems.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): A smiling Tom Boonen had a bigger smiles by day's end (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Tom Boonen will not start Kuurne Brussels Kuurne due to illness.

His Quick Step Floors team announced the news via Twitter shortly before the start of Sunday’s race.

The Belgian is due to return to action at Tirreno Adriatico, which gets underway on March 8."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017





Kristoff takes aim at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne after Omloop crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Win number three for Alexander Kristoff at the Tour of Oman (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Alexander Kristoff was a forlorn sight at the bottom of a pile-up in the lead-in to the Taaienberg during Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Despite the incident, his Katusha Alpecin team is confident that he can still lead them at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, where he has finished second in each of the past two seasons."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017





Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 Disc first ride - Review.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Oli Woodman / Immediate Media): Canyon's Ultimate CF SLX Disc 8 is a subtle-looking road race bike that dazzles (Oli Woodman / Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."We've heard rumblings about this bike for a while now, but just before Christmas it was actually placed in our sweaty, overexcited hands: the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 Disc is here.

Described by its maker as "a perfect road bike", it's basically a better stopping version of Movistar's WorldTour winning machine."
(cyclingnews.com) (Oli Woodman / Immediate Media)

February 26, 2017







Rui Costa wins mountain stage in Abu Dhabi Tour.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Rui Costa won a two man sprint on the mountaintop finish of the third stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

He had taken off in the final uphill kilometers with Ilnur Zakarin who finished second, only seconds down.

Third place went to Tom Dumoulin, who had given chase."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 25, 2017








Dumoulin tests his Grand Tour climbing legs in Abu Dhabi.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au): Dumoulin (Sunweb) chased the pair alone in the final three-odd kilometres of the hilltop finishThumb Overlay."Tom Dumoulin has taken his Grand Tour ambitions off the shelf and will put them into play this season with a fully supported tilt at the Giro d’Italia at the top of his agenda.

The Dutchman gave a preview of his climbing legs in stage three of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday, finishing third behind Rui Costa and Ilnur Zakarin at Jebel Hafeet."
(sbs.com.au)

February 25, 2017





Sidewalk riding sparks anger at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Sep Vanmarcke, Peter Sagan, and Greg Van Avermaet in the lead at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Shortly after the finish of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Ghent, Belgium, several director sportifs were furious and hunting down the UCI commissaires on site.

Before and during the race, the UCI commissaires reminded the riders about the rule that obliges riders to stay away from sidewalks and bike paths."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 25, 2017





Early season races are ‘too easy’ for Chris Froome’s Tour de France preparations.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Dan Gould) : Chris Froome at the 2016 Tour de France (Photo: Dan Gould) Thumb Overlay."Chris Froome prefers hard training over early season races in his quest for a fourth Tour de France title.

Races like the Tour Down Under or this week’s Abu Dhabi Tour are “too easy” for his preparations.

Froome is wrapping up a two-week block of altitude training this weekend in Pilgrim’s Rest, South Africa, with team-mate Geraint Thomas."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) (Photo: Dan Gould)

February 25, 2017





Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Nicolas Roche hits out for BMC Racing (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and won’t have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season.

The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)


February 25, 2017





Zdenek Stybar: Racer to the Core.

Thumb Overlay."Back in 2007, on my first assignment as a budding cycling journalist, I spent a day with the Fidea cyclocross team – double and triple world champions respectively, Bart Wellens and Erwin Vervecken, included." (rouleur.cc)

February 25, 2017





Jonathan Vaughters: The Infamous 1990s.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Jonathan Vaughters): Jonathan Vaughters in 1994 (Jonathan Vaughters)Thumb Overlay."The 1990s have garnered infamy in professional cycling… and having raced in that decade, I can firmly testify that such infamy is well deserved.

Professional cycling was the Wild West back then; financially, organizationally, medically… It was a time of honor among thieves at best and downright insanity at worst."
(cyclingnews.com) (Jonathan Vaughters)

February 27, 2017





Enrico Barbin nabs stage 6 win in Tour de Langkawi.

Thumbnail Credit (cycling.today): Tour de Langkawi 2017 – stage 6 results (Senawang – Muar)Thumb Overlay."Enrico Barbin sprinted to victory in the sixth stage of the Tour de Langkawi.

Anthony Giacoppo was second on the stage with Filippo Pozzato in third place."
(cycling.today)


February 27, 2017





Where is the value in a carbon wheelset?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au) Photography by Matt Wikstrom: For some riders, especially racers, the allure of carbon wheels is almost irresistibleThumb Overlay."There is no other part of a bike that can rival the appeal of wheels when owners start to think about an upgrade. Indeed, I get more questions about wheelsets as an upgrade than any other part of the bike, and it’s surprising how well informed consumers are." (cyclingtips.com.au) Photography by Matt Wikstrom

February 27, 2017





WatTeam PowerBeat Gen2 Power Meter In-Depth Review.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): The Past (and Future) of WatTeamThumb Overlay."It’s been a few years since WatTeam first jumped onto the power meter scene. Back in the summer of 2014 they boldly exclaimed their plans to ship a dual left/right power meter solution for $499 – breaking what is largely considered a pretty magical price point for power meters (especially at that time).

As I’ll cover in the next section, it’s been a long (and bumpy) road for the company to get to this post, but over the last month they’ve started shipping their 2nd generation PowerBeat product."
(dcrainmaker.com)

February 27, 2017





Women’s Weekend Recap: Two Omloops.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): U.S. champ Megan Guarnier rode to 21st place in her first race of the season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."The women’s opening weekend of racing in Europe took to the Belgian roads at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Spar Omloop van het Hageland - both UCI 1.1 races." (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)


February 27, 2017





Contador: Racing with style is more important than winning.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Alberto Contador rides with the leaders during a climb on stage 1 at Ruta del Sol (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."‘The result is an imposter’. So said the footballer Xavi Hernandez in an iconic 2011 interview with the Guardian newspaper.

The diminutive playmaker, describing himself as a ‘romantic’, was talking about Barcelona’s commitment to their aesthetically pleasing brand of possession based football, in the season after they’d been knocked out of the Champions League by Jose Mourinho’s rugged and pragmatic Inter Milan side.

“Other teams win and they're happy, but it's not the same,” he said. "The identity is lacking."
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

February 27, 2017





Porte continues to lead WorldTour rankings.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Richie Porte (BMC Racing) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."With four 2017 WorldTour races in the books, Richie Porte continues to lead the 2017 rankings after last week's events at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Abu Dhabi Tour, carrying a 250-point lead over Estaban Chaves and 297 points over Nathan Haas.

Jay McCarthy continues in fourth place, another 10 points down."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 27, 2017





Rui Costa continues flying start to 2017 with Abu Dhabi Tour title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Rui Costa (UAE Emirates) in the leader's red jersey (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Rui Costa is back. The former world champion never really went away, but it’s fair to say that he lost his winning touch since pulling on the rainbow stripes.

He won four races in the three seasons that followed Florence in 2013 – with none last year – but he has now almost matched that tally in the space of two months with a blistering start to the 2017 campaign."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 27, 2017





Rouleur Roadbook: A road cyclist’s guide to Girona.

Thumbnail Credit (rouleur.cc) Photographs: Ian Walton/www.themusette.cc: he best roads to ride, places to eat and drink, and sights to see in the Catalan town and cycling hub of Girona, according to retired pro and Girona resident Christian MeierThumb Overlay."The small Catalan city of Girona in the North East of Spain has become the choice destination for riders looking for some of Europe’s best cycling roads.

Retired professional Christian Meier is just one of dozens of current or former racers who make up a growing anglophone and antipodean community in the city, taking advantage of the affordable cost of living, good transport links and a high quality of life."
(rouleur.cc) Photographs: Ian Walton/www.themusette.cc

February 27, 2017





How to Make Your Helmet Fit.

Thumbnail Credit (cycling.today): If there’s too much room your head will actually be knocked against the inside of the helmet in the event of impact which can also cause injury.Thumb Overlay."If you ride a bike, you need to wear a helmet.

Why? According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, wearing a proper fitting, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) certified helmet could prevent 85 percent of cyclists’ head injuries.

There are two ways to find the right size helmet for your head."
(cycling.today)

February 27, 2017






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February 27, 2017





Van Garderen: Lack of motivation is 'never the issue'.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Tejay van Garderen in stage 2 of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Following a quiet start to the season at the Abu Dhabi Tour – and a winter of public speculation over his apparent Grand Tour rut – Tejay van Garderen won't put a number on what will constitute a successful Giro d'Italia campaign.

The 28-year-old van Garderen has faltered in Grand Tours in recent years, be it through injury, overtraining or under-eating, and his "slump," as BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz phrases it, has led to conjecture about his motivation."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017






Abu Dhabi: Costa wins race, Ewan claims final stage.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): http://cdn.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/9e183dd6-b9d2-4507-9d06-8887798322d3-800x566.jpgThumb Overlay."A day after Portuguese rider Rui Costa won the Abu Dhabi Tour’s queen stage to claim the yellow jersey, Sunday’s fourth and final stage was a mere afterthought for the 2013 UCI world road race champion.

Not so for 22-year-old Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who outsprinted Mark Cavendish and André Greipel at the finish of the 143km rain-soaked Yas Marina stage."
(velonews.com)

February 26, 2017






Tour de Langkawi: Stage 5 sprint victory for Ryan Gibbons.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Race leader Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) celebrates victory (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."A day after proving his climbing legs on the queen stage up Cameron Highlands, Ryan Gibbons was in his element on the flat fifth stage of le Tour de Langkawi where the race leader claimed victory in the bunch sprint." (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

February 26, 2017





Mauro Finetto wins Classic de l'Ardèche.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport): Ktm Stock Photos and Pictures | Getty Images Getty Images396 × 594Search by image ... Mauro Finetto of Delko Marseille Provence Ktm during the GP La Marseillaise stage of the french ...Thumb Overlay."Mattia Cattaneo and Francesco Gavazzi round out podium." (cyclingnews.com) (Getty Images Sport)






February 26, 2017





Bauer’s team change from Cannondale brings ‘added kick’.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): New Zealand's Jack Bauer said a change was need after five years in Slipstream/Cannondale. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file)Thumb Overlay."Jack Bauer says that he needed to change teams after five years in Slipstream Cannondale.

Quick Step Floors has helped him find that “added kick” heading into the 2017 season.

The tall New Zealander finished rubbing on sun block ahead of Abu Dhabi Tour stage two."
(velonews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017






Sagan: I didn't have the legs to beat van Avermaet.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Josh Evans): Peter Sagan is seen wearing a different pair of 100% sunglasses ahead of each stage (Josh Evans)Thumb Overlay."There were rumors that Peter Sagan may have been suffering from a stomach ailment after he made a quick dash to the toilet following the sprint finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Sagan quickly dismissed that theory in his own dry style, telling a bemused Sporza reporter, “it’s normal to go to the toilet, no?"
(cyclingnews.com) (Josh Evans)

February 25, 2017






Greg van Avermaet wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Stage winner Greg Van Avermaet enjoys spraying the Astoria Prosecco (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Greg Van Avermaet successfully defended his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad crown with a powerful sprint that saw off world champion Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke.

The trio moved clear of the remnants of the front group after the Paddestraat and despite a chase mounted by Quick Step Floors and Team Sky, were able to hang on until the line."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 25, 2017






Brand solos to women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com)Lucinda Brand arriving solo to take the win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Lucinda Brand soloed in to win the Women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Saturday in Ghent.

She topped an all Dutch podium, as Chantal Blaak and Annemiek Van Vleuten finished second and third, respectively."
(cyclingnews.com)  (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 25, 2017





Tour de Langkawi: Mekseb Debesay wins queen stage to Cameron Highlands.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Stage 4 winner Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Mekseb Debesay claimed Dimension Data's first win of the 2017 Tour de Langkawi, holding off Cameron Bayly for victory at Cameron Highlands.

Teammate Ryan Gibbons was third to retain the race lead."
(cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)

February 25, 2017






Tom Boonen’s custom Het Nieuwsblad bike: ‘There’s no danger in discs’.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk) Owen Rogers : Tom Boonen's custom Specialized Venge. Credit: Owen Rogers Thumb Overlay."Despite questions over their safety in the peloton, the custom painted bike on which Tom Boonen starts Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be equipped with disc brakes.

The Belgian superstar does not believe they are any more dangerous than any other component of the bike."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk) Owen Rogers

February 25, 2017





PEZ: Daily Distractions.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): The Daily Distractions photo galleryThumb Overlay."Lucky young lad on the Kuurne start podium, not only did he meet all the riders at the sign-on, but also spent the day with the girls." (cyclingfans.com) (Photo: Cor Vos)

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February 27, 2017





Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au) (Photo: Kristof Ramon): Each of these are ranked C1 on the UCI calendar, with the exception of the C2 Brico cross. Thumb Overlay."The Bike Pure anti-doping organization has spoken out over what it says has been a complete lack of recent testing at cyclocross events. In an open letter addressed to the UCI and WADA, as well as in an interview with CyclingTips.

Co-founder Andy Layhe has said that there has been no such scrutiny at events since the world cyclocross championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, at the end of January."
(cyclingtips.com.au) (Photo: Kristof Ramon)

February 27, 2017





The future of whereabouts: A secure GPS tracking system.

Thumbnail Credit (sportsintegrityinitiative.com): PARADISE (Privacy-Enhancing and Reliable Anti-Doping Integrated Service Environment)Thumb Overlay."A former Olympic 400m runner and researchers from German universities have developed a wearable GPS tracking device that they claim will offer athletes a simpler and more secure way of filing their ‘whereabouts’ requirements, which indicate where they will be available for anti-doping tests." (sportsintegrityinitiative.com)

February 27, 2017





Henao celebrates Colombian national road race title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Sergio Henao (Team Sky) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Sergio Henao celebrated winning his first Colombian national road race title with his family on Monday before heading back to Europe to be part of Team Sky's squad for Paris Nice, which begins on Sunday.

The 29-year-old overcame a crash and mechanical problems to win the Colombian title on a circuit in Bogota National Park."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 27, 2017






Quintana: Disc brakes are heavier, less aero, and dangerous.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo): Nairo Quintana ready to go after his good start to the season in Europe (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Nairo Quintana has weighed into the great disc brake debate, stating his opposition to the technology, which he sees as dangerous, noisy, unnecessary and counterproductive." (cyclingnews.com) (Bettini Photo)



February 27, 2017





Tech of the week: Latest Strava update, Endura’s 10/10 bib shorts get even better, and more.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com):  (cyclingnews.com)Thumb Overlay."This week we’ve gone lightweight, looked at some shiny tools, reported on new options from Endura and Strava and more." (cyclingnews.com)






February 27, 2017





Vathourenhouts, Franck and Vandebosch End Season with Wins at Vondelmolen Kleicross.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): IKOEnertherm-Beobank ‏ @IKOEne_Beo De volhouder wint! 😉 @ToonVandebosch wint zijn eerste - en laatste - cross in de nationale driekleur! 👍🏼 Foto: @PhotopressbeThumb Overlay."Okay, we lied. Wednesday night’s spectacular Cyclocross Masters was not the season-ending cyclocross race. Racing continued on Sunday in Europe and in California for some motivated diehard racers.

A handful of cyclocross pros who just couldn’t get enough of a good thing took one for the road with Sunday’s Vondelmolen Kleicross in Lebbeke, Belgium."
(cxmagazine.com)

February 27, 2017







2017 Strade Bianche Live.

Thumbnail Credit (cycling.today): Strade Bianche 2017 profile: Thumb Overlay."Saturday's Men's race starts at 11:00am CET (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 3:23pm CET (9:23am U.S. Eastern).

Live video from 1:35pm CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern)."
(cycling.today) (cyclingfans.com)

February 27, 2017


















February 26, 2017





Inside the broom wagon with professional cycling’s grim reaper.

Thumbnail Credit (rouleur.cc) Marshall Kappel: Tales from the back of the bike race with voiture balai driver Alain DanielThumb Overlay."Alain Daniel is the man that professional cyclists do not want to see at a race. Clap eyes on him and chances are that their race is over.

He is the driver of the broom wagon for all ASO races. At the likes of Paris Nice, Paris Roubaix and the Tour de France, Monsieur Daniel is the grim reaper, driving his Volkswagen minibus at the back of the convoy of race vehicles, waiting to sweep up abandoning riders."
(rouleur.cc) Marshall Kappel

February 26, 2017





Zakarin can make the podium at the Giro d'Italia, says Konyshev.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Ilnur Zakarin is confident he can finish on the podium of the Giro d'Italia this year, with his Katusha Alepcin sports director Dimitri Konyshev convinced the Russian will win a Grand Tour before his career is out." (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017





Felline impresses with fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Fabio Felline crossing the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad finish line in fourth place (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."As Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke took the plaudits, Fabio Felline quietly rode himself into an impressive fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The Trek Segafredo rider, who had been working for teammate Jasper Stuyven, was in the chasing group behind the leading trio and struck out on the final stretch to the line to finish just off the podium."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 26, 2017





Injury forces Chaves out of Colombian nationals.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com)  (Photo: Con Chronis): Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) (Con Chronis)Thumb Overlay."Esteban Chaves has been forced out of the Colombian national championships Sunday due to knee soreness and will miss the road in his hometown of Bogota.

The 27-year-old, confirmed as Orica Scott's leader for the Tour de France in July, will take a week off riding so as not to jeopardize his Grand Tour aspirations for 2017."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Con Chronis)

February 26, 2017





TrainerRoad training software - Review.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Ben Delaney/Immediate Media): TrainerRoad works on Android, iOS, Mac and PC (Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."Aimlessly riding a trainer can be excruciatingly boring. But specific, targeted workouts can be more effective training than many outdoor rides.

For $12 a month, TrainerRoad has a surprisingly good solution. It offers a wealth of power-based interactive workouts that you can do on any trainer, with or without a power meter."
(cyclingnews.com) (Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)

February 26, 2017
















February 25, 2017





Owen opens Axeon Hagens Berman account in Portugal.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Logan Owen won stage 4 of Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal, the first win of 2017 for Axeon Hagens Berman. Photo courtesy: Volta ao AlentejoThumb Overlay."American Logan Owen collected the first win of 2017 for his Axeon Hagens Berman team Saturday in stage 4 of Volta ao Alentejo in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal.

The 21-year-old out-sprinted Movistar’s Carlos Barbero and Jasper De Laat on a punchy uphill finish to a 175.8km stage.

“It is one thing to win a bike race,” Owen said. “But to win it at the level that this race is now - a [UCI] 2.1 classification - and against a WorldTour rider like Barbero is something extra special."
(velonews.com)

February 25, 2017





Crashes ruin Boonen's final tilt at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele): Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Tom Boonen’s final attempt to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ended in disappointment after minor crashes took him out of contention to fill one of the few gaps left on his extensive palmarès.

The Quick Step Floors rider found himself chasing a lost cause, and opted to leave the race and step into a team car that was being driven by his father."
(cyclingnews.com) (Photo: Tim De Waele)

February 25, 2017





Fizik investigating if disc brakes can slice through its shoes.

Thumb Overlay."Cycling manufacturer Fizik may consider impact testing in its investigation to determine if disc brakes can legitimately slice through its shoe products following a hotly-debated crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Doull and his Sky teammates attributed the straight slit to the toe of the shoe to Kittel’s disc brakes. There has since been speculation, however, that the damage could have been caused by a race barrier."
(cyclingnews.com) (Sophie Smith)

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