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Thumbnail: Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2015 Volta a Portugal . "Thursday's Tour of Portugal Stage 1 departs Pinhel at 12:10pm local (7:10am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Bragança at around 5:27pm local (12:27pm U.S. Eastern). 

Tour du Portugal live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm local (10:00am U.S. Eastern, 7:00am Pacific)."
(cyclingfans.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Alejandro Valverde attacks during stage 20 (Getty Images Sport). "Federico Martín Bahamontes has urged Alejandro Valverde to try to improve on his third place in the 2015 Tour de France and go for the overall win next July.

Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE, Bahamontes predicted Valverde "will go for another Tour, because if he's finished third, then it's his obligation to go for second or first."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015







Thumbnail: The race is normally won by a rider coming from the Tour de France. "A week after the Tour de France it is time for the next important race on the calender, the Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián.

The Spanish classic goes through the Basque Country and the route is difficult. The riders face lots of climbs but the race will likely be won on the final climb the Bordako Tantorra, a 2.5K long climb with very steep gradients.

Last year Valverde managed to win on the same course the riders face this year, the course suits Valverde perfectly and he again seems to be the big favorite."
(cyclingupdates.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: The 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour (Abu Dhabi Tour). "After staging its first professional race, Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it will play host to the inaugural UCI Cycling Gala at the end of this year.

The UCI Gala is set to take place at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit following the final night stage on Sunday, October 11. It will celebrate the close of the WorldTour season, with an award ceremony to crown the individual, team and national winners."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Cycling's biggest event is still plagued by Lance Armstrong's long shadow. "Chris Froome's signature move of the 2015 Tour de France was his Stage 10 climb up to La Pierre-St. Martin.

One by one, cycling's elite fell to Froome's pace. First was defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali. Then Alberto Contador and Tejay Van Garderen peeled away.

Then -- and this was most shocking -- Nairo Quintana was forced to back off. The 25-year-old Colombian rider was supposed to be the field's best climber, and had anticipated taking time away from better all-around riders in the Pyrenees. But when locked in a duel with Froome, with more than six kilometers to go, Quintana wilted. He finished one minute and four seconds back of the winner.

Froome immediately faced accusations about the legitimacy of his win, that he had doped or even that he had a motor hidden on his bike."
(sbnation.com)

July 29, 2015








Thumbnail: This is 100 percent my decision. "Tejay van Garderen and Samuel Sánchez headline the BMC Racing Team's roster for the Vuelta a España, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday.

Van Garderen will make his first appearance in the Vuelta since 2010. He withdrew from the Tour de France last week due to illness while sitting third overall. Sánchez, runner-up at the Vuelta in 2009 and third in 2007, was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher at the Tour de France, in 12th place."
(cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015







Thumbnail: Niki Terpstra held onto race lead at Wallonie with one stage remaining (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Danny Van Poppel confirmed that he has made an amazing progress when he took his second stage win on the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie.

In a finale made for puncheurs, he accelerated hard the final time up the Mur de Thuin and managed to distance the pre-race favorites by 3 seconds, with Philippe Gilbert beating Matti Breschel in the sprint for second.

Niki Terpstra
finished sixth and so secured the overall victory.."
(cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali at the 2015 Tour de France (Sunada). "Despite being defending champion, the expectations of Nibali before the Tour weren’t overwhelmingly high, with the consensus being that he’d struggle to match the likes of Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana.

It’s easy to say that Nibali won the 2014 Tour de France by default, after Froome and Alberto Contador crashed out, but the Italian was still dominant over the whole three weeks and a deserved winner."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The leading ladies of Rabo Liv pictured together at Emakumeen Euskal Bira last year: Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Anna van der Breggen, Marianne Vos. The trio would go on to sweep the podium.. "With its most prolific rider sidelined with injuries, many of the stories surrounding Rabo Liv have been around the absence of Marianne Vos. So dominant last year, many wondered what would become of Rabo Liv this year and who would emerge as the team’s new leader.

With a stacked roster, there is ample talent in the Dutch squad including double world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. But she, too, was forced to take some time off the bike, and while the rainbow jersey has still managed some impressive results this season, it’s been the quiet yet consistent Anna van der Breggen who has emerged not only as the lead rider for Rabo Liv but as a top rider in the women’s peloton in general."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images. "One of the more fun news out of the Tour de France was the announcement of the plans that ex-pro Thor Hushovd is planning to launch a Norwegian based World Tour team, perhaps as early as the 2017 season. Rumors are now swirling about developments that could turn this into the definite official favorite team of the Podiumcafe.

So far the details on the project are pretty scarce. Hushovd has simply announced his intentions but so far it doesn't appear as if there are too many concrete pieces in place."
(podiumcafe.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Thibaut Pinot wins stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France (Getty Images Sport). "Thibaut Pinot has promised to continue to target the overall classification at the Tour de France despite his struggling in this year’s race.

Pinot won the stage to l’Alpe d’Huez with a last-ditched show of pride, saving his Tour de France, but he finished 16th, 38:52 behind winner Chris Froome.

In 2014 he finished third behind Vincenzo Nibali, but this year he got ill, cracked mentally and lost time on several key stages, including on the cobbles and in the mountains."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2016 - Jan 17-24 (Stages),

Tour de Wallonie - July 25-29 (Results),

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

La Course by Le Tour de France - July 26 (Results),

Tour of Qinghai Lake - July 5-17 (Results),

Giro Rosa - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: If you haven’t a clue how many gears your bike has, how many you actually need or even how to use them properly, don’t worry — you’re not alone. "We’ve all heard it; most of us have probably said it, or at least thought it - why on earth does a bicycle need 33 gears? “It’s ridiculous” we hear you say - “You couldn’t possibly need that many. When I started cycling we only had three…”

So what’s the deal? Why have component manufacturers gone to such lengths to bring us technology allowing a bicycle to have up to 33 gears? Understanding the fundamentals of how gears work, and what effect varying the size of the front chainrings and rear cassette sprockets will have on your pedalling will help you choose the most suitable gearing."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 29, 2015





Thumbnail: Gruber Images. "Cycling in the rain can be quite scary at times, but not if you take the right precautions that make riding under terrible weather fun.  Before you hit the roads dress up for the occasion, failing to do so can suck the fun out of your ride.

Ensure that you service your bike beforehand. This step is essential as it keeps the romantic relation intact between the rider and the bike.  Follow this and you will be ready to invade the rain and see your reflection play with you on the tarmac.

Keeping in mind our tips before every bike ride will not only make for a safe ride, it will be a happier one too."
(velocrushindia.com)

July 29, 2015








Thumbnail: Jonas van Genechten wins stage 4 at Tour de Wallonie (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Jonas Van Genechten finally took his first win since joining IAM at the start of the season when he powered clear to come out on top in the bunch sprint on stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie.

After a late attack from Philippe Gilbert had been neutralized, he held off Michael Mørkøv and stage 2 winner Danny van Poppel in the final dash to the line while Niki Terpstra finished safely to defend his overall lead."
(cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)


July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: The CIRC report cost 2.25 million Swiss Francs (CHF) and was booked in the 2014 accounts. "The UCI published their annual report and accounts for 2014 the other day and there was too much going on in the Tour de France to pour over the finances of the governing body. Now it’s worth taking a look to see where things stand.

First up is the new finance director, the wonderfully named Jeremy Conrad-Pickles who forms part of Brian Cookson’s British entourage after a large clear out of staff, including former FD Alain Siegrist. In his annual review there are two noticeable reports."
(inrng.com)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Chris Froome celebrates his Tour de France victory (Getty Images Sport). "It seems Chris Froome's second Tour de France victory has sparked a lot more feelings and opinions than his previous visit to the top of the podium and it seems that it's all very simple to figure out. You are either applauding or you are appalled. Anglophiles love it and the rest of the world are troubled. If only other things in life were so easily categorized.

Team Sky's control over most of the racing hasn't gone down well with those people who were expecting a contest everyday. The gist of the upset for the angry squad is that a proper guts and glory drama has been denied to them by a dastardly plan.

One that, after last year's disappointments, was put together by Dave Brailsford & Co. and was then perfectly executed by a carefully selected team."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: These athletes are capable of so much more than we what saw. "So, we can go on about how organizer ASO is doing its part to promote women's cycling with the second edition of La Course by Le Tour de France, or we can get real and say they should've done more. A lot more.

As far as I'm concerned, last Saturday's stage to L'Alpe d'Huez, at 110.5 kilometres with the inclusion of two iconic climbs and the men's race on a precipice, was the perfect opportunity to showcase the depth of the women's pro peloton."
(sbs.com.au)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: ATD-1 Torque Driver. "Park Tool recently made some new tools and updates to existing models available to the public. We got our hands on a couple of the new Park Tool products (as well as a replacement for one of my favorites that was stolen during an event).

As always with Park, the naming follows an established nomenclature, with the name or type of tool reduced to an acronym followed by a numeric designation. This simple structure groups tools into families, and the number, much like software, represents the version of the item."
(bicycling.com)

July 28, 2015







Thumbnail: UCI President Brian Cookson said he's concerned about fans getting too close to riders during races. Photo: Tim De Waele . "World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in “hooliganism” on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults.

After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of “tired” riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an impact.

“There were some regrettable incidents on the Tour,” the UCI president said on the sidelines of International Olympic Committee meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am worried about the beginnings of an element of hooliganism coming towards our sport which we have largely been able to avoid in recent years."

“Everyone needs to be a little bit careful for the future.”
(velonews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: An early win for his new team in Mallorca. "Steve Cummings has been around on the pro scene for quite a while and every year he adds a win to his palmarès and this year it was a big one; stage 14 of the Tour de France. Steve is not the first rider you would think of when you see a summit finish to the parcour, but on that day to Mende he used cunning and perfect timing to outwit the French pair of Pinot and Bardet. Under rated? Many team leaders have said they would love to have Cummings in their team.

Outside of the montagnes – the best stage finish of Le Tour? Tony Martin’s to take yellow? It was good, for sure – but for me it has to be Steve Cummings dazzling display on Stage 14 into Mende. An under rated rider but on his day one of the very best – we caught up with him on the Tour’s second rest day in Gap."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: MTN has been a long-term sponsor. "He sounded somewhat blindsided by the news that MTN had decided that it wouldn’t continue with the team next season, not least because the squad’s debut Tour de France exceeded all expectations, but Douglas Ryder is clear that the future remains bright for his team.

The South African MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal spoke at length to CyclingTips this week, saying that he was taken unawares by the timing of the announcement. However he said that things are looking good for the squad and that a momentum has been building. "
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Phil Gaimon (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits) (Sam Wiebe). "“Bzzzzz” went the tattoo needle.

My sister has a tattoo. If she can do it, I can do it. This is important. I’m a tough pro bike racer. I won’t feel the pain.

“Bzzzzz.”

After an hour of feeling a lot of pain, I had a Fight Club-esque bar of soap with the word CLEAN on my right bicep, where it would stand out if I could ever manage to win a race. It was poorly done (I got it touched up twice before so that it wasn’t embarrassing), but I was proud when I limped out of there, legs still sore from finishing nine minutes down, in 34th place, at the US National Championships road race in Greenville that morning."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: 2015 Tour of Portugal LIVE
July 29-August 9. "Gaetan Bille continued his great 2015 season when he took an expected victory in the Volta a Portugal prologue. The Belgian covered the 6km course in Viseu in a time of 7.22 which was three seconds faster than defending champion Gustavo Veloso who got the race off to a great start by taking second.

A few years ago strong showings in Belgian races allowed Bille to get a chance at the WorldTour lvel with the Lotto Belisol team but after two unsuccessful years he was forced to step down to continental level for the 2014 season.

Verandas Willems picked him up and after a slow 2014 season he has really proved his potential in 2015."
(cyclingfans.com) (cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Despite his struggles, Vincenzo Nibali managed to win a stage and finish fourth overall in the Tour de France this year. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Italian Vincenzo Nibali plans on changing his schedule and his team after a “beating” in the Tour de France.

Nibali, according to an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport, will not return to the Tour de France in 2016 and will leave team Astana as soon as possible.

“I’ve had nothing but beatings all year,” Nibali said.

“We’ll work better over the winter, to be more impressive already in the spring. Like in 2012, or in 2013. Not like this year, when I was always missing something.”"
(velonews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Among the big-name riders rumored to be on the move this transfer season are Sky's Richie Porte and Etixx-Quick-Step's Michal Kwiatkowski, the reigning world road race champion. Photo: Tim De Waele. "The 2015 Tour de France is now in the history books, but for some in the peloton, the real race is just beginning.

Securing a job in the WorldTour is a bit like musical chairs. When the music stops, inevitably someone is left without a place at the table.

According to UCI rules, the trading season doesn’t officially begin until August 1, but most of the deals have already been quietly worked out, sometimes months in advance."

“Most of the contracts are closed during the two rest days at the Tour,” one agent told VeloNews. “Things get complicated for any rider without a contract after the Tour is over.”
(velonews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The Voxwomen Cycling Show will feature unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage from some of the greatest events in the 2015 women's race calendar (Voxwomen). "Voxwomen, the online cycling channel launched five months ago, has announced the debut of a pilot women's cycling television show to be aired exclusively on British Eurosport. 

Appropriately titled the Voxwomen Cycling Show, it will bring unprecedented coverage of women's cycling to TV screens, including behind-the-scenes racing footage from major events in the 2015 women's racing calendar with footage from the Aviva Women's Tour, the Strade Bianche and the AMGEN Tour of California.  "
(bikeradar.com)

July 29, 2015







Thumbnail: Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon) was 17th in the time trial (Getty Images Sport). "Team Sky have signed Tao Geoghegan Hart and Alex Peters as stagiaires for the remainder of the 2015 with Peters set to make his debut for the team at the RideLondon Classic this weekend. As Cyclingnews revealed earlier this month Peters has also signed a two-year deal with the WorldTour squad.

“Britain is producing some of the best cyclists in the world and I am proud of the role that Team Sky can play in inspiring and supporting home-grown talent,” Team Skys Rod Ellingworth said in a press release."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Carbon fibre composites have emerged as a near-ideal material for building bikes . "Almost three decades have passed since the emergence of carbon fiber and while the material dominates all but the low end of the road bike market, the reputation of carbon fiber still seems marred by the industry’s early efforts. I regularly encounter owners concerned about the robustness and longevity of their carbon bikes while others expect to retire their bikes after just a few years of use.

The first carbon bikes (such as Look’s KG86) were far from robust or reliable. Carbon tubing was bonded to aluminium lugs and while the frames were significantly lighter than their steel counterparts, it was a devastating mismatch of materials. Galvanic corrosion (and to a lesser extent, UV exposure) would defeat the epoxies in use at the time and the frames would fall apart."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Work on your speed!. "Paris-Brest-Paris is less than three weeks away. If you are riding in the 1200 km ride, you already have qualified and trained. You will have thought about your equipment and tried any changes that you may want to make.

Your endurance training should be complete by now. Riding long distances between now and PBP will only fatigue you. Arriving on the start line well-rested and eager to ride is a key component to an enjoyable experience in the long ride."
(janheine.wordpress.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Cyclocross Magazine gets an exclusive first look and first ride on the brand new Calfee Manta CX soft tail. © Cyclocross Magazine. "Two years ago, we got a first look at Calfee Design’s soft-tail rear end on the company’s prototype road bike at 2013 Interbike. Since then, we got our hands on the original soft-tail Manta, reviewing it in Issue 25 alongside the Trek Boone.

The new Manta has been successful for the small company, and the company sold a few dozen models, each equipped with the iconic stainless steel-wrapped carbon fiber trusses below the bottom bracket.

Since Calfee Design’s first rendition of the soft-tail cyclocross bike, however, it has since done a lot more testing and research on the stiffness, compliance, and travel of the Manta, and has now switched to custom carbon-wrapped junctions between the bottom bracket shell and the chainstay.

By moving to tube-to-tube construction here, the company has been able to better distribute and tune the flex (and therefore the stresses) of the chainstays."
(cxmagazine.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The 2016 Scott Foil has been redesigned with new aero tube shapes and an integrated cockpit. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews. "On a wet and cold July morning in Park City, the long row of Scott Foil road bikes glistened beneath the chair lifts as mechanics huddled beneath EZ-Up tents, readying for the soggy day of test rides ahead.

This was not ideal weather for trying out a new bike on steep, unfamiliar roads slicked with steady rain, but with a flight out of Salt Lake looming, the ride was happening now or never."
(velonews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The Dimension Data truck (Gruber Images). "The UCI, the teams and the professional riders have long been calling for modernization of professional cycling, but it took the power and finances of Tour de France organizers ASO to finally apply modern technology to the race.

Through its partnership with South African company Dimension Data, the ASO rolled out live GPS tracking of every rider in the Tour de France this year. While the system itself was rushed into place and at times flawed, it promises to bring a whole new aspect of the race to fans, commentators and historians alike."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: 102nd Tour de France Stage 21 : Sevres - Paris Champs-Elysees Peloton at Arc de Triomphe Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA . "The dust has almost settled after the 2015 Tour de France and teams will be beginning to evaluate their performances. Sponsors can stay or leave based on the performances of their teams over these three weeks, so who impressed the most and who left a lot to be desired?

Here we look at each of the 22 teams to race in France and sum up their Tour in five handy words."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 28, 2015







Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Bettini Photo). "It is still uncertain whether or not Vincenzo Nibali will ride the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season, in a bid to get over a disappointing Tour de France.

The Sicilian fell well short in his ambition to defend the yellow jersey he won last year but salvaged his race with a late stage win in the Alps. That was a second win in what has been a disappointing season by Nibali’s standards and the Astana team has been open about the possibility of sending the rider to the Vuelta in August and September.

Given the way he improved towards the latter stages of the Tour, he may represent Astana's best chance of salvaging a Grand Tour win from this season, otherwise Fabio Aru will lead the line. "
(cyclingnews.com)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Rafal Majka attacks on stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour de France. "Has your cycling life fallen into a black hole now that the Tour de France has ended? Avidly watching every stage of a three-week race can leave you at a loose end when it finishes.

Your daily routine of breakfast, watching the Tour, lunch, watching the Tour, dinner, watching the Tour highlights and reading about the Tour has come to an abrupt conclusion.

We empathise with your feeling of emptiness and deflation – shuffling about without any clear aim in life. So we’ve put together a plan to quench your desire for cycling entertainment."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Did he ride up the Pyrenees in that? (Catchpole). "Aerodynamics are no substitute for tradition." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)




July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Pic: PezCyclingNews... "A little rest from the Tour de France 'Distractions' for a look back at the Amgen Tour of California and the lovely Tori. A day at the beach would be nice." (pezcyclingnews.com)





July 30, 2015









July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Carlos Oyarzun of Chile was expelled from this month’s Pan American Games after testing positive for FG-4592. Credit Jorge Saenz/Associated Press. "Recent positive drug tests by two cyclists suggest there is a new, cutting-edge substance making its way to athletes looking for performance-enhancement: FG-4592, an experimental drug that increases production of red blood cells but has not yet been approved for human consumption.

Athletes have long found surreptitious means of obtaining banned performance-enhancing drugs, but with FG-4592, there actually may be a far more straightforward way - simply by ordering it from chemical-supply companies online."
(nytimes.com)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: So how did become a morning person? "Apologies for the tardiness of this post, I pressed snooze a couple times too many. Early mornings and late nights, are catching up on me.

Not many people are granted the luxury of pro hour riding. I, like many people who work 9-5, fit my riding in before work. That means an early start.

Getting up early every day is hard, especially when you have to cram a lot into your day. I’m relatively used to it now though I do at times struggle a bit with the cold and the snooze button."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Serge Pauwels topped the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker charts as the rider who spent the most amount of time in a breakaway during this year’s Tour de France.

According to the Tour Tracker’s breakaway data, the MTN-Qhubeka rider spent a total of 17:19:20 hours in breakaways during the three weeks of racing."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 30, 2015




















July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Zinn was instantaneously downgraded from thoroughbred to invalid. "The sun was bright upon the upturned redrock Flatirons above Boulder, Colorado. It was a beautiful July morning in 2013. Lennard Zinn, a world-renowned technical cycling guru, founder of Zinn Cycles, longtime member of the VeloNews staff, lover of long rides, and a former member of the U.S. national cycling team, was riding hard up his beloved Flagstaff Mountain, a ride he had done a thousand times before. But this time, it was different.

His life was about to change forever.

When his heart began to flop like a fish in his chest, and his heart rate jumped from 155 to 218 beats per minute and stayed pegged there, his first reaction was simple: “I went into denial.”

He arrived to the ER that afternoon and was later brought via ambulance to the main cardiac unit for an overnight stay. Though he trusted the cardiologists and the ER doctor, he doubted their warnings. His denial was strong."
(velonews.com)

July 29, 2015







Thumbnail: Steven Cummings of African team MTN-Qhubeka wins stage 14 of the Tour de France on Nelson Mandela day. (Getty Images Sport). "African mobile communications brand MTN has announced that it will ends its sponsorship of the MTN-Qhubeka team despite its huge success in the Tour de France.

Citing tough market conditions‚ MTN said it had to reassess‚ not just the Qhubeka sponsorship‚ but a number of other engagements.

“We feel we don’t have a return on that investment at the levels of comfort to us‚” company’s group corporate affairs executive Chris Maroleng reportedly told Times Media in an interview in Johannesburg."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: His resilience is second to none. "On sunday, the emotion in the words of Dave Brailsford was unmistakable on the Champs-Elysées as he hailed the "champion character" of Tour de France winner Chris Froome. The Team Sky boss won three Tour de France victories in the last four editions of the race.

"He’s an incredible guy, he’s so strong mentally," Brailsford told about his leader according to Cyclingnews. "His resilience is second to none. I don’t think I’ve met anybody like him. It’s a privilege to be able to help him."

He’s won the race, it’s all about him and the other guys in the team. The riders deserve all the credit and it’s just nice to be able to say thanks."
(cyclingquotes.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Eddy Merckx rides just ahead of Bernard Thévenet after losing the yellow jersey in the 1975 Tour de France. "After being punched on his way to the summit of the Puy de Dôme during the 1975 Tour de France, Eddy Merckx went to the changing rooms and put on his Molteni team tracksuit.

Then he accompanied police officers back down the hill. He thought that he might recognize his assailant if he saw him."
(bicycling.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Bettini Photo). "Alberto Contador had planned to end his season with the Clasica San Sebastian, but has now announced he will not ride the Spanish race.

“Good morning all, 3 days after the Tour still continue with fever. Sorrowfully I cannot be in San Sebastian,” he Tweeted Wednesday morning."
(cyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The Richmond road race circuit includes three short but tough climbs to wear down the peloton after a long day of racing. Photo: Jesse Peters. "U.S. national road race champion Matthew Busche visited Richmond, Virginia last week to scout the 2015 worlds course. His impression of the route’s short but steep climbs? “Super, super difficult.”

September’s world championship road race will take the peloton through 16 laps on a 16.2-kilometer urban circuit for a total distance of 259.2km. The Richmond route includes cobblestones, several technical corners, and a few tough climbs near the end of the circuit that will inject plenty of fatigue into the legs over repeated trips throughout the day."
(velonews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: In the US, the brand is handled by ScapinUSA. "Italy’s Scapin Custom Carbon Ivor has been put through the paces and the results are very good.

Refined finish work, a clean and easy build up with tube shapes and detail that push the boundaries of what a lot of people expect in “hand-made custom carbon”, all offered with a Lifetime Warranty from a company with decades in the business."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The first thing to focus on when selecting a helmet is its shape, and how it fits your head, which varies depending on the manufacturer (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery. "With cycling helmets ranging wildly in price, you might be wondering what the heck’s the difference between the Giro Saga ($65) and the Giro Synthe ($270). Both helmets have to pass the same impact testing standards, and are even constructed from similar materials. So how do you decide which is best for you?

The first thing to focus on is shape, and how the helmet fits your head, which varies depending on the manufacturer. Art’s Cyclery uses a comparison system for classifying helmet shape, or ovality, across brands. Each helmet is categorized as having an oval, intermediate or round fit, expressing the ratio of the width of the helmet to the length. While two helmets can both be sized for the same head circumference, one could be much wider and shorter than another."
(roadbikereview.com)

July 29, 2015






Thumbnail: The once-mythical groupset has finally been spotted around town, and we like what we’re seeing. "Rumors have been swirling for a while around FSA’s electronic group set. Details are still scarce, but the components were spotted in what looks to be near-finished versions aboard bikes at the Tour; Etixx Quick-Step, Tinkoff-Saxo, Bora-Argon 18, and Cofidis all had bikes equipped with the parts in their respective paddocks.

FSA has long offered cranks, brakes, chains, and cockpit parts, as well as mechanical TT drivetrains. With these latest offerings, FSA seems like only a short step from full production, and a viable option for the Big 3: Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo."
(bicycling.com)

July 29, 2015

























July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: It is no secret that cycling has been through a very dark period in the last decade. "Following on from a suggestion during the Tour de France that the team will increase its transparency after that race, Tour winner Chris Froome has told Sky Sports that this is likely to happen.

“I am actually probably looking into doing a bit more testing with the team now in terms of looking into things like lung capacity, in terms of VO2 max for example. Maybe that is something we will look at doing in this next period,” he said.

“I think we can certainly learn from it. We haven’t done any of that kind of testing on any of the riders, from what I know. I am sure we could learn from it. "
(cyclingtips.com.au)

July 28, 2015






Thumbnail: eventual winner, Chris Froome. Corbis Images"The Tour de France is not a summer blockbuster packed with explosions but a 21-episode binge-watch of slowly unfolding psychodramas, subtle tragedies, and the occasional slap fight, and there are so many cameras running that we never miss a second of it.

It is the rare televised sport in which we can actually see the toll a competition of this magnitude takes on an athlete and the level of fortitude it takes to overcome it—none of it scripted or faked because the riders cannot waste the energy."
(vogue.com)

July 28 2015


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