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Thumbnail: Andriy Grivko is known as one of the most aggressive riders in the peloton. Thumb Overlay. "Andriy Grivko got his 2016 season off to the best possible start as he won the third stage of La Méditerranéenne, his first race of the year.

After a very fast race, he made it into a small group with 30km to go and then dropped his rivals on the final climb to ride to a solo victory and the overall lead. Matthieu Ladagnous and Jan Bakelants completed the podium."
(cyclingquotes.com)

February 13, 2016







Thumbnail: Mathieu van der Poel on his way to Superprestige Hoogstraten victory (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Van Aert makes the grand slam - takes overall after mid-race mechanical." (cyclingnews.com)





February 13, 2016







Thumbnail: Gilbert earned his first win of 2016 at Vuelta a Murcia in Spain on Saturday. Credit - Tim De Waele. (velonews.com)Thumb Overlay. "Belgian Philippe Gilbert sprinted to his first win of the new season, taking victory at Vuelta a Murcia in Spain on Saturday ahead of Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde.

Gilbert was the best out of a group of heavy hitters at the end of the 199.3km race. Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin, winner of last year’s Tour of Romandie, finished third, and Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez was the fourth and final finisher from the front group.

American Tejay van Garderen had a strong showing, finishing seventh, 18 seconds back from his BMC teammate."
(velonews.com) (cyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Mathieu van der Poel punches the air (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Mathieu van der Poel will begin his build-up to the Olympic Games with the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, which begins on February 25. Van der Poel indicated his desire to target the Olympic Games in Rio earlier this month.

The announcement came off the back of a disappointing outing at the Cyclo-cross World Championships that saw him lose his title to Wout Van Aert at the end of last month."
(cyclingnews.com)


February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Yukiya Arashiro (Lampre - Merida) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Lampre-Merida’s Yukiya Arashiro suffered the worst of a crash that happened early during the finale of stage 5 at the Tour of Qatar on Friday. He was transported to hospital, where doctors confirmed he sustained a broken femur.

The crash happened just five kilometers into the day’s 114km stage from Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Bontrager Race Lite XXX Aero bar and XXX Carbon stem make for a premium combo, in every way (Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Impressive spendy combo, if you’re looking for comfort and an aero advantage.

Highs: Super-light pairing that combines stiffness and comfort.

Lows: It’s an expensive pairing.

Bontrager’s new Aero cockpit line has been designed to partner the low-drag Madone bike from its parent company Trek. Whereas Bontrager’s other stem and bar combos are built for reducing weight or increasing comfort, this time the focus is very much on maximizing speed."
(.com)

February 13, 2016








Thumbnail: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File). Thumb Overlay. "Organizers of the USA Pro Challenge stage race confirmed Friday that the event will not occur in 2016. In a written statement, CEO Shawn Hunter said that the race will aim to re-start in 2017.

“The timing and work involved in this endeavor does not allow us to produce the event in 2016 and achieve all the goals of our important stakeholders,” a statement read."
(velonews.com)

February 12, 2016









Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "Mark Cavendish won the Tour of Qatar for a second time on Friday after defending his slim overall lead in the final stage sprint on the Doha Corniche.

Alexander Kristoff won the high-speed sprint in a photo-finish after going shoulder to shoulder with Cavendish. In doing so he took a 10-second time bonus, but Cavendish gained a six-second bonus himself for second place, ensuring the overall classification victory."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 12, 2016







Thumbnail: Arnaud Demare wins stage 2 of La Méditerranéenne (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "Arnaud Demare won the second stage at La Méditerranéenne from a bunch sprint in Port Vendres on Friday. He stormed to the finish line ahead of teammate Mickael Delage and AG2r La Mondiale's Jan Bakelants.

FDJ won the opening team time trial on Thursday, making this their second consecutive win. Matthieu Ladagnous was the first of his FDJ team to cross the finish line during the team time trial and so was the first leader of the event, but Demare's sprint victory has now bumped him up into the overall lead."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Here are eleven hot new products to recently land in our Australian and US offices (BikeRadar). Thumb Overlay. "It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing! Yep, yesterday was Thursday.

Oh, and we have a round up of 11 exciting cycling products for you. This week’s gear is an eclectic mix of gadgetry, tools and saviours. There’s sure to be a few brands you’ve never heard of (yeah us too). "
(bikeradar.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: And if you want to test 18 spiders at once, there’s a machine for that too. Thumb Overlay. "A while back (ok, a long while back), I went on a bit of a circuit around the US and visited a number of companies.  One of those was Quarq.  As long-time readers know, I occasionally do Behind the Scenes posts on various companies in the industry.  With it being the quiet period here prior to spring, I figured I’d break out some of that goodness, starting with Quarq.

I think there’s a fascinating amount of stuff that goes into building a product that’s fun to share, and provides more insight into how companies operate (both good and bad)."
(dcrainmaker.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Craig Calfee predicts that rear suspension is here to stay. Thumb Overlay. "Rear suspension on road bikes is hardly a new phenomenon, but is currently largely limited to cobble-eating bikes designed to provide some level of comfort over the rough terrain of the Hell of the North.

However, if iconic cycling designer Craig Calfee’s latest prediction is on the money, we could soon see it extended to all of the fastest road bikes."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Our pick of the highlights of the London Bike Show. Thumb Overlay. "The London Bike Show is back for another year, with the UK’s largest bike show taking over the Excel until Sunday.

All of the big brands are in attendance and hundreds of different stands to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start if you’ve only got a few hours to get round the whole place."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: The POC Octal Aero. Thumb Overlay. "When creating an aero road helmet, companies have a few ways to build it. They can start with an existing lid and see if small modifications create the kind of marginal gains that make the difference between the podium and the bus, or they can start from scratch.

There are obvious benefits to going with a fresh design, but by doing so; you risk increasing the time it takes to get from the designer’s screen to an athlete’s head."
(aerogeeks.com)

February 12, 2016







Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins stage 4 at Tour of Qatar (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "Alexander Kristoff won stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar, as his Katusha team again dominated the sprint, providing him with a perfect lead out and allowing him to set up a shot at overall victory on Friday’s final stage.

Kristoff beat Greg Van Avermaet to the line, with his teammate Jacopo Guarnieri taking third place and the final time bonus."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Greg Van Avermaet finished a surprising second behind Alexander Kristoff in the sprint that decided stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar.

Edvald Boasson Hagen’s double puncture took him out of contention for overall victory, bumping Van Avermaet up to second place just two seconds behind leader Mark Cavendish."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: FDJ team time trial (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "The FDJ team won the opening team time trial at the four-day La Méditerranéenne race, with Matthieu Ladagnous their first rider across the line and so the first race leader.

The opening team time trial covered a 5.5km course, with rain and wet roads making a real test of nerve for the riders racing in close formation. The opening stage was held around the town of Banyoles, in the Catalan region of Spain, close to the French border.

Other stages will be held in France, before a final circuit stage in Italy as the race jumps along the Mediterranean coast."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: First win of 2016 for Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Fabian Cancellara has confirmed he will ride this year’s Strade Bianche, kicking off his March racing campaign on the iconic dirt roads of Tuscany.

With Trek Italia sponsoring the following day’s Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, Cancellara and his Trek-Segafredo teammates are also set to ride with the expected thousand participants of the sportive event."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEge) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Daryl Impey has once again won the South African national time trial championships, taking the national title for a fifth time.

The Orica GreenEdge rider was the hot favorite rolling off the start ramp in Wartburg and stormed round the 48-kilometer course in just over an hour, beating second-placed Reinardt Janse van Rensburg by 44 seconds. Van Resburg's Dimension Data teammate Johann Van Zyl was third."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Søren Kragh Andersen riding back into the best young rider's jersey (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Dane Søren Kragh Andersen isn't letting the occasion of his first race in Giant-Alpecin colors get the better of him at the Tour of Qatar with the 21-year-old currently sitting sixth overall and leading the young rider classification.." (cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






February 11, 2016





Upcoming Races.

La Méditerranéenne 2016 - Feb 11-14 (Stages & Results),

Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 - March 9-15 (Stages),

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 - April 29-June 1 (Stages),

Tour de France 2016 - July 2-24 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - Oct 16 (Race),

More... (cyclingnews.com)








Thumbnail: The Drive to Win. Thumb Overlay. "Cyclists have grown weary of hearing about drugs and cycling.

Why cyclists fail drug tests has become a favorite whipping post for journalists, sportscasters, and the public at large. But failing a drug test is not always cut and dried, black and white, and sometimes even the cyclists doesn’t know for sure what happened."
(ilovebicycling.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: The peloton was a blur of color passing by the Doha skyline. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Not all the top stars may have aligned in Qatar last week, but those who raced in the desert agree that the national tour is important preparation for the spring classics, which begin in March.

Desert winds, be they cross or head, and the racing speed, serves cyclists well for the classics from Milano-Sanremo to Paris-Roubaix, a short three-week period from March 19 to April 10.

“Definitely the punch you get out of the Tour of Qatar is different to what you can get elsewhere,” Mark Cavendish said after securing his second overall Qatar victory Friday."
(velonews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: La Fabrica coffeeshop is a gathering place for the American pro cyclists who call Girona home. In fact, the place is owned by Orica-GreenEdge rider Christian Meier and his wife, Amber. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com. Thumb Overlay. "To rub shoulders with the pros on your next vacation, head to Girona, Spain, and make your way to the old Jewish quarter on the East side of the Onyar River.

Find Carrer de la Ciutadans and look for a stone-lined alleyway shooting off to the east, called Carrer de la Llebre. Follow it for 200 feet, to an unassuming terrace with six small wooden tables.

A 500-year-old staircase climbs the hill to the right, toward the medieval abbey and its 40-foot-thick stone walls. An unremarkable door to the left of the stairs drops into a cavernous, garden-level space, lit pale yellow by vintage filament bulbs. Just inside sits a well-used Scott Foil in the colors of Orica GreenEdge."
(velonews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: I just want to be able to race bikes again. Thumb Overlay. "As such an incredible domestique for highly successful professional teams like Team Sky and HTC-High Road, it’s easy to forget that Danny Pate used to win bike races. He dominated the 2001 World U23 Championship Time Trial taking home the gold medal on a tough course in Lisbon.

Pate is back home on US soil, riding for Team Rally Cycling, and in a vastly different role than his last job. PEZ talked to Danny at the recent Rally Cycling team launch in California about coming back home and stepping into the role of team leader, looking to win some races of his own, and passing on some wisdom to the team’s young guns and future ProTour riders."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) (Trek-Segafredo). Thumb Overlay. "Italian sprinter Niccolo Bonifazio has indicated that his split with Lampre-Merida last season was anything but amicable. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Bonifazio said that he had felt alone and lacked support at Lampre.

The 22-year-old joined Trek-Segafredo over the winter, after spending his first two seasons as a professional on the Italian squad, and says he feels much better in his new home."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Smart trainers interact wirelessly with third-party software for effective, engaging training (Mick Kirkman). Thumb Overlay. "It started with phones, moved to TVs and now it seems like everything has to be ‘smart’ these days, including turbo trainers.

Having something to distract, entertain or inspire you while you’re slogging your guts out on your own makes sense. And having accurate feedback on your speed, cadence, heart rate and power is invaluable for training.

So, just what are the realities of smart trainers?"
(bikeradar.com)

February 13, 2016







Thumbnail: Francesco Reda (left) has been stripped of his second-place result at 2015 Italian national championships and banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test at that race. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Francesco Reda, who finished second to Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali in the 2015 Italian national road race championships, has been banned for eight years due to a failed anti-doping test.

In July 2015, Italian authorities announced that Reda had tested positive for EPO at nationals. Italy’s anti-doping tribunal confirmed the result Friday with its decision to ban the 33-year-old for eight years.

The Team Idea 2010 ASD rider was stripped of his podium result at national championships as well."
(velonews.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Let’s crunch the numbers for 16 World Tour teams. Thumb Overlay. "Everyone wants to win and pressure mounts on teams that have yet to win. Do early season victories matter? Does getting off to a good start in the season help a team’s results through the rest of the year and does having a poor start mean the rest of the year is going to suffer? Here’s a statistical analysis and some thoughts on the matter.

The idea is simple that a team that gets off to a bad start risks carrying on for the whole year. Is it true?"
(inrng.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: High-end carbon fibre specialist Lightweight has succeeded in hiding an electromagnetic wheel based motor system. Thumb Overlay. "We previously reported on some alleged ‘electromagnetic wheels’ reported to cost 200,000 Euros each. The wheels were described as an inclusive system that when fitted to your bike would give you “50-60 watts”.

Lightweight has a new bike, which incorporates a hidden electromagnetic wheel and does work. We visited Lightweight in Friedrichshafen, where the company was able to show us a working prototype of a new e-bike that cleverly uses technology from Maglev trains.

The system is not just a special wheel; it also requires a specially designed frame and hidden battery. Lightweight is calling the technology “Maglev Transrapid technology."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson. Thumb Overlay. "Long-term sponsorship deals in professional cycling are hard to come by, with teams and events often involved in searches for new title sponsors every few years to ensure their continued existence.

Running a top-level cycling team is an expensive business, and many major companies will only sponsor a team for a few years before dropping out. Perhaps there is much more that could be done to make pro cycling an attractive proposition for major companies?"
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Cor Vos. Thumb Overlay. "Bike racing is a team sport. In road racing, specifically, smart team tactics, a dialed in race plan and execution will win races.

Just as in other team sports (football, hockey, basketball), the team must come up with a game plan and the players are held accountable to do their part for the success of the team.

This same idea applies to bike racing."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: M is for menacing: cycling never looked so intimidating. Photo: Mike Prior . Thumb Overlay. "The M Frame was when Oakley got serious. Five years earlier its groundbreaking cycling eyewear, the Factory Pilot Eyeshades, had looked cool, crazy, kooky, geeky even.

It had taken a maverick like Greg LeMond to bring them to the conservative pro peloton of 1985. Oakley was a small, Californian startup at the time."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Ryan DeWald. Thumb Overlay. "USA cycling announced Friday the naming of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT), a combination of the former National Racing Calendar (NRC) and National criterium Calendar (NCC), and introduced the tour’s new point structure.

“We are proud to unveil the new USA cycling Pro Road Tour, which will showcase the top American teams and riders on the road starting in 2016,” said Micah Rice, USA cycling Vice President of National Events."
(bikeworldnews.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Zwift is a virtual reality platform which allows you to ride with – or against – other cyclists worldwide. Thumb Overlay. "During the winter, when the weather is seriously grotty and you either can’t get out or simply don’t want to, the only option if you’re determined to ‘ride’ can be sitting on the turbo trainer.

Of course, this can get quite tedious when you’re just sitting there spinning away with no sense of speed or reward for climbing over the next crest or beating your club mates to the town sprint sign. Seconds can seem like minutes, minutes like hours."
(roadcyclinguk.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: I’m doing interval training today. Thumb Overlay. "No matter how good a cyclist you are, you'll get dropped from a group at one time or another. For some of us it's a pretty regular occurrence

If you’re a veteran at being left behind you’ll likely know every excuse under the sun, but if you’re a relative novice, keep some of these lines in your jersey pocket in case you have that awkward conversation with your ride companions who’ve been waiting for 20 minutes for you to catch up."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 12, 2016








Thumbnail: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) had an unfortunate puncture with 8km to go and lost the Tour of Qatar lead (Getty Images Sport). (cyclingnews.com)Thumb Overlay. "Edvald Boasson Hagen waved goodbye to a turbo-charged group of riders and his lead in the Tour of Qatar on Thursday when he suffered a double puncture in the final eight kilometers of stage 4.

The only bright spot for the Norwegian, however, was that his Dimension Data teammate Mark Cavendish was able to take over the golden leader’s jersey with one stage left."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Trial by social media. Thumb Overlay. "Last week we published Laura Laker’s excellent round up of the arguments from the recent panel debate which discussed the question: ‘How is Women’s Cycling Portrayed in the Cycling Media?’

The debate drew large crowds, packing out London’s ‘Look Mum No Hands!’ coffee shop/workshop – and the conversation is still continuing. Former cycling industry dab hand Clare Morrison-Porter now has shared with us her own insights.

This conversation is definately still raging"
(totalwomenscycling.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Matthew Busche is riding for UnitedHealthcare this season. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "American Matthew Busche is moving on with UnitedHealthcare this season after what he terms a “surprise” cut from WorldTour team Trek – Segafredo after six seasons.

Busche went from riding at the Continental level in 2009 to the WorldTour a year later after signing with Radioshack. He raced in the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Tour de France once, and last year he won the road race title at the U.S. championships. However, Trek passed on renewing his contract for 2016."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016







Thumbnail: Alberto Contador out of the saddle and climbing (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Alberto Contador says that he is "eager and more motivated than ever" ahead of his season kick-off at the Volta ao Algarve February 17.

The Portuguese race will also be the start of his campaign toward his stated season goal: the Tour de France."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Benat Intxausti on day three of the Challenge Mallorca. Thumb Overlay. "Beñat Intxausti has started pretty well at Team Sky, finishing third overall in his first race for the British team, and says the team has made it easy for him to settle in.

Supporting team leader Wout Poels in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Intxausti claimed some of his own glory by finishing second to the Dutchman on the climb to Xorret di Cati to secure a podium finish."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






February 11, 2016






distraction. "2015 DD TOP TEN: In at No.4 from the Volta ao Algarve, Alberto Contador seems more interested in something else!" (pezcyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016






February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Team Giant-Shimano. Thumb Overlay. "Chad Haga and his Giant-Alpecin teammates suffered a major crash while training in Spain, caused by a driver in the wrong side of the road. The American rider is recovering faster than expected from the injuries.

"My legs are going to be OK. My head is OK. Incredibly, I just have flesh wounds. I'm very relieved. It very easily could have been much, much worse", he told Velonews."
(cyclingquotes.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: Richie Porte made his WorldTour debut for BMC at the Tour Down Under (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Richie Porte will lead the BMC team at the Tour of Oman next week as he resumes his season following a short break. The Middle Eastern race will be the first for Porte since finishing second in the Tour Down Under almost three weeks ago.

It is Porte’s first appearance at the Tour of Oman since 2013, where he helped then teammate Chris Froome to the overall victory."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 13, 2016







Thumbnail: Posted by Emil Axelgaard. Thumb Overlay. "Tinkoff will be on the start line of the Portuguese, five-stage Volta ao Algarvee with a strong and motivated squad, built around team leader, Alberto Contador.

For Head Sport Director, Steven de Jongh, the Volta ao Algarve will be a valuable season-opener and a good preparation for the upcoming races."
(cyclingquotes.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: the Chemin du Fort Rouge starts in Toulon. Thumb Overlay. "It’s still there. Mont Faron used to be a fixture on the cycling calendar and often the first summit finish of the year but the demise of several races mean it’s no longer used in racing and now belongs on a list of forgotten climbs.

The racing has gone but this mountain remains as an attractive climb and a good test, plus it’s revealed a few names in recent years, including Chris Froome’s first noticeable result."
(inrng.com)

February 13, 2016






Thumbnail: 'Sexist' Euskal Emakumeen Bira poster (Emakumeen Euskal Bira). Thumb Overlay. "A poster for the women’s Euskal Emakumeen Bira race has been pulled after it was deemed to be sexist. The Basque Women’s Institute issued the complaint, which resulted in the poster being taken down.

The poster in question features a short of last year’s race winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma aiming a kiss at the camera."
(cyclingnews.com)




February 13, 2016




















February 12, 2016







Thumbnail: Christian Prudhomme met with the media in Qatar on Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele . Thumb Overlay. "Tour de France organizer ASO threw a curveball Friday, saying it must sort out controls for motorized doping before any negotiations to rejoin the UCI WorldTour can take place.

“If that problem is not sorted out, then what is the point of talking about anything else? That’s the priority, to have systematic checks on motors,” Prudhomme told select media, including VeloNews, at the Tour of Qatar.

“Fifteen days ago, I would’ve talked about those checks, but things have radically changed in cycling because now it’s no longer a rumor with a motor being discovered."
(velonews.com)

February 12, 2016








Thumbnail: Officials check the KTM bikes of the Delko Marseille-Provence KTM team. (Directvelo.com). Thumb Overlay. "The UCI carried out bike checks in search of possible mechanical doping before the second stage of the La Méditerranéenne race in the south of France on Friday.

Reporters from the Directvelo.com website spotted UCI officials carrying out the checks before the start of the stage in the holiday town of Banyuls-sur-Mer."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team worked all day to defend his slim lead in the Tour of Qatar general classification Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "After sealing an overall win at Tour of Qatar Friday, Mark Cavendish says that he is unsure where he will ride next, on the track or on the road. A decision to ride the track world championships in March would be a step toward the Olympics.

Otherwise, he could call off his gold medal plans. Uncertainty, however, surrounds his track plans."
(velonews.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Marco Pantani in the team car after withdrawing from the 2001 Vuelta (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Sunday marks the twelfth anniversary of Marco Pantani’s death and in Italy the tragic nature of his passing, along with the on-going quest by his family to investigate every aspect of his death, have always had popular support.

Now, an online appeal to continue the investigation has attracted more than 11,000 supporters. The petition on the change.org website was launched by Italian actor Sebastiano Gavasso, who is working on a play about Pantani’s life.

Francesco Ceniti, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist who has always written about and supported the position of Pantani’s family, is also involved in the play and in this latest attempt to keep the investigation open."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 12, 2016







Thumbnail: Credit - HighwayStarz. Thumb Overlay. "When BMX icon Dave Mirra was found dead of an apparent suicide last Thursday, his friends and family, as well as his many fans, were left asking: Why?

Theories quickly emerged - namely, that the head injuries he sustained during his BMX career had harmed him more than was previously thought. Soon, publications ranging from the New York Daily News to the Guardian began tentatively linking Mirra’s death with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain condition better known as CTE."
(bicycling.com)

February 12, 2016






Thumbnail: Connex's 11s0 chain held up under the rigors of a full cyclocross season. (And yes, we know it needs a thorough degreasing.) Photo: Spencer Powlison. Thumb Overlay. "So you need a new chain — do you seek out something new and different, or stick with the same model you had before? It’s easy to just grab the usual SRAM or Shimano chain and keep on rolling, but Connex is hoping you’ll mix it up and go for something like its 11s0 chain, which we tested last fall.

Perhaps the only bike upgrade that is less sexy than a chain is a bottom bracket but replacements are inevitable. As for the Connex 11s0, it worked flawlessly for 700 miles of riding - mostly cyclocross, including 14 races."
(velonews.com)

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February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: zero-tolerance policy. Thumb Overlay. "After hearing that Lance Armstrong may have had his sights on competing in their 100-mile Western States Endurance Run,  race organizers decided to draft a new anti-doping rule, that would essentially send Armstrong a message that he wasn’t welcome.

Referred to behind the scenes as the “Armstrong Amendment”, the new rule was allegedly enacted to specifically exclude Armstrong, or any other cyclist like him, who has been caught using performance enhancing drugs from competing in their event."
(capovelo.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar hug at the finish of stage 1 (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com) Thumb Overlay. "Tyler Farrar’s current status as road captain on Mark Cavendish’s team would have been unimaginable at the height of their sprint rivalry a few short years ago, but then such are the shifting sands of professional cycling.

Yet while Farrar’s own ambitions as a sprinter have more or less receded since joining Dimension Data (then MTN-Qhubeka) last season, his appetite for the Classics remains."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Adriatico Stage 04 : Indicatore - Cittareale MILLAR David (GBR) Garmin - Sharp Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA . Thumb Overlay. "David Millar has been mentoring British Cycling academy riders about the perils of doping, British Cycling confirmed on Thursday.

Millar, who won a stage and wore the leader’s jersey in each Grand Tour at least once, has been working as a mentor in a volunteer role at British Cycling’s men’s endurance academy program’s new base in Montichiari, Italy."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016





Race Results.

Tour of Qatar 2016 - Feb 8-12 (Results),

Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2016 - Feb 3-7 (Results),

Etoile de Bessèges 2016 - Feb 3-7 (Results),

Dubai Tour 2016 - Feb 3-6 (Results),

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2016 - Feb 2-5 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships 2016 - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2016 - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 31 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 30 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 29 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 28 (Results),

UCI Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

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

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)







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