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Photo: The 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Championships are being held in Tabor, Czech Republic January 31-February 1.
Sunday: U23 Men: 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday: Men Elite: 2:00pm CET  (8:00am U.S. Eastern).

February 1, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)






Photo: One day after his defeat, Valverde rode solo for more than 30km to take a big solo win at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana.
Alejandro Valverde proved that yesterday’s second place in the Trofeo Andratx was just a case of misjudgment when he took a hugely dominant solo win in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the hardest race of the Challenge Mallorca.

Having joined a big group in the early part of the race, he gradually dropped his companions before doing the final 30km on his own, with Tim Wellens and Leopold König completing the podium.

The Spaniard left no one wondering who is the strongest rider at the moment as he put in a hugely impressive solo performance that saw him take a dominant victory.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)








Photo: Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins women's 2015 Cyclo-Cross World Championship
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot out-sprinted Sanne Cant to take her first cyclo-cross World Championship, after a tense finale in Tábor. Ferrand-Prevot is now a dual world champion, after winning the road race last September. Defending champion Marianne Vos had to surrender her title but beat Niki Harris to take the bronze medal.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Simon Andreassen flys the flag
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
Danish supertalent Simon Andreassen blew away the opposition in the junior men’s category at the Tábor cyclo-cross World Championships on Saturday morning.

The current mountain bike world champion added a second world title to his tally in the Czech Republic.

Andreassen rode away from pre-race favorite Eli Iserbyt during the second of five laps on a very technical course.

Iserbyt finished as runner-up ahead of Max Gulickx. Gage Hecht was an unlucky fourth.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





2014-15 Races & Results.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Races),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Feb 1 (Races),

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 3-6 (Stages),

Dubai Tour 2015 - Feb 4-7 (Stages),

Tour of Qatar 2015 - Feb 8-13 (Stages),

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

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

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

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results).

More ...

January 31, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: This is the second year of the Dubai Tour, a new stage race that builds on the interest of Western Asia nations hosting early season bike races and bike racers escaping to a nice climate.
Stage 1 start time: Tuesday 11:55 GST (11:55:00 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 GST (2:00:00 AM PST);
Estimated finish: 16:00 GST (4:00:00 AM PST).

January 31,2015 (steephill.tv)





Photo: The pack rides in a tunnel during the men's road race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images).
"The world champion is a guy you’ve never heard of, he won with a gutsy gamble in a place you couldn’t find on the globe, and his name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: Kwiatkowski.

As we sit today in the glow of the Super Bowl and on the precipice of March Madness, it’s hard to conjure up another championship in the United States that might attract more eyeballs worldwide.

One will: The world championship of bike racing comes here in September.

This is no small deal. The organizers figure the global TV audience will number 300 million. The Super Bowl, billed as a worldwide attraction, may get 115 million viewers, 98 percent of them in the United States. The final game of March Madness will get 20 million."

January 30, 2015 (washingtonpost.com)







Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) won the second day of the Mallorca Challenge ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Photo: AFP PHOTO | JAIME REINA.
Britain’s Stephen Cummings proved strongest on the final climb in day two of the four-race Mallorca Challenge on Friday, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde.

The MTN-Qhubeka rider, winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean in 2014 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in 2012, surprised the favorites in the final push and held on ahead of Valverde.

“I’m really happy with today’s victory,” Cummings, 33, said. “I knew I had done a lot of good work over the winter so I’d like to thank the team for the amazing work they did and chance they gave me to focus on today’s race.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)






Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Marianne Vos’ coach Johan Lammerts remains hopeful that the Dutchwoman can defend her cyclo-cross world title this weekend. Vos is currently suffering with a hamstring injury but Lammerts says that her condition has improved in recent days.

"She's well trained and had a little trouble, but by treating it and keep it loose, we hope that in the coming days it gets better.

We will still assume that they simply can start and will do its best to defend her title,” Lammerts told De Telegraph from Tábor, where the World Championships begin on Saturday.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona)
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.

"OK, so let’s forget them. I’ve been sick, I dislike snow, like dogs hate cats, and to get here you drive, forever, while the outside world gets colder and more covered in white fully stuff…that I still don’t like.

So, unlike last year, where I ticked all of the above boxes, I need to take a different approach. Being sick, OK, I’m not that sick.

It’s not an excuse as I fully intend to give the stripes a major go on Saturday.

So I need to turn the few days off I’ve had into a good thing. I’m fresh, fresher than I was last year."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris, Milton Keynes World Cup Cyclo-Cross.
Tabor in the Czech Republic hosts the 2015 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships this weekend: Saturday January 31 to Sunday February 1.

The coveted rainbow jerseys will be up for grabs for the fastest finisher in the elite men’s, elite women’s, junior men and under-23 men categories.

Great Britain will pin its hopes on Helen Wyman, Nikki Harris and Ian Field in the senior categories.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






Photo: Evans hopes for a fairytale end to his career but it will be hard for him to deny the sprinters their chance to go for glory.
A legend says goodbye when Cadel Evans lines up for his final professional race, his eponymous Great Ocean Road Race that takes place on parts of the course that was used for the 2010 World Championships won by Thor Hushovd.

While all Australians would love a fairytale end to his career, however, the only Australian grand tour winner is unlikely to win a race that is set to be dominated by sprinters and classics riders.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Dubai Tour.
The introduction of the Dubai Tour last year extended what has become something of a season of races in the Middle East during February.

From Sunday February 8 to Friday the Tour of Qatar will be held, a race now firmly established in the calendar, and following that is the Tour of Oman, which in the last few years has seen the first showdown of the season between the biggest GC names.

First up, though, is the least established of the three: the Dubai Tour (February 4-7).

Last year’s debut edition betrayed traits of a race yet to establish an identity for itself, with the four days of racing producing a very predictable three bunch sprint finishes and a time-trial.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Jani Brajkovic tries out the new TT helmet from Smith
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
"Hello. Welcome to my blog. I want to share my experiences with my new UnitedHealthcare team with you this year.

For me, UnitedHealthcare is a different kind of team. I feel happy again in this team. When I fly to the races or when I'm meeting my teammates, I feel happy.

To me they're like a second family, and I've been really missing that in the past. It's nice to have this feeling back.

I just returned home form San Luis after 47 hours of travel, but it was not too bad.

I got lucky, I was upgraded from Buenos Aires to Dallas, and then I flew business class home as well. Being able to stretch out makes a big difference."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





As the day warmed up so did Andreas Stauff (MTN-Qhubeka), joining the 'no glove' club
Photo: © Bettini.
South Australia claim national team pursuit title, Vichot's 2015 goals.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: 2014 World Cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic).
Zdeněk Štybar is sidelined from defending his title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, on Sunday, because of a shoulder injury he sustain in a crash in October.

He has also declined to commentate on the event because of the amount of time that it would take away from his training for the start of his upcoming road season, and particularly the Spring Classics.

"Last week, a doctor made some new implants, due to my crash in the Eneco Tour. As a result, I have not trained for a week."

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping investigators have requested a three-month ban for cyclo-cross and road rider Enrico Franzoi for his links to Dr. Michele Ferrari.

Franzoi is the first rider to face a disciplinary hearing based on evidence from the Padova and Bolzano police investigations into the infamous sports doctor who worked with Lance Armstrong for much of the Texan's career.

Filippo Pozzato, Giovanni Visconti and Michele Scarponi have already served short bans for their links to Dr. Ferrari.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Pelucchi wins Mallorca Challenge opener in Campos.

January 29, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






More cobbles as Paris-Roubaix returns to 2013 route.

January 29, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)














Photo: Cadel Evans HD action profile
Copyright © 2013 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com.
Elite Men race starts at 11:20am local (7:20pm U.S. Eastern) (01:20am CET).

Finish at around 3:30pm local (11:30pm U.S. Eastern) (5:30am CET).

LIVE video from 11:00am local (7:00pm U.S. Eastern) (01:00am CET).

January 31, 2015 (cyclingfans.com)







Photo: I could never imagine… it’s the closest I'll ever be to death without dying I think.
Jack Bobridge missed out on setting a new Hour Record, setting a distance of 51.3 kilometres half a kilometer shy of Matthias Brändle's distance of 51.852 kilometers.

Bobridge fell two laps short in the attempt but set a new Australian record, beating Brad McGee's 2000 effort of 50.300km.

Such was the exertion of Bobridge's efforts, he was only able to get off his bike with assistance and removing the front wheel.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






The start awaits
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
There can be little doubt that Jack Bobridge had nothing left in the tank following his hour record attempt. The effort marked his entire body.

Bobridge’s coach, Tim Decker, was with him for every one of the 51.3km and in his own way looked weary having gone through the process.

Throughout the hour, Decker was dancing along his black markers taped near the edge of the duckboard that would indicate where his charge was in relation to the various schedules that had been mapped out prior to the attempt.

At the completion of the 60 minutes, Bobridge fell just 552 metres short of the benchmark set by Mathias Brändle.

The 51.3km was good enough to set a new Australian record, bettering Brad McGee’s 50.052km set back in 1997.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Lawson Craddock in serious pain after a heavy fall
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Lawson Craddock's first trip to Australia for the Tour Down Under ended abruptly when the second-year Giant-Alpecin rider crashed hard during the opening kilometres of stage 4.

Now the 22-year-old Texan is recovering in Houston and refocusing his efforts on returning in time to defend last year's podium result at the Tour of California in May.

Craddock suffered fractures to his sternum manubrium, one rib and his left wrist in the fall, which occurred as he was navigating a divided road on the outskirts of Glenelg.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Tinkoff-Saxo's Sutherland gives a pre-race interview
Photo: © Tour of Poland.
Rory Sutherland has distal left collarbone fracture after a crash during the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana on Saturday, his team has confirmed.

Sutherland crashed after only 17 kilometers into the third race of the Mallorca Challenge on the descent of the Coll d'En Claret.

He and was forced to abandon immediately and was taken to hospital  by ambulance where the break was confirmed.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Long Beach, © https://jimsbikeblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/.
A man who may have been the world’s oldest cyclist, described in 2011 as the “poster boy” of cycling in Long Beach, California, has died at the age of 106.

Retired aerospace mechanic Octavio Orduno was a local celebrity in Long Beach, where he cycled daily along Ocean Boulevard until a couple of years ago, reports the Los Angeles Times.

January 31, 2015 (road.cc)





Photo: The system that allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat and dope successfully for years should share the responsibility for his behaviour (EPA).
There are again questions over Lance Armstrong’s admissions and apologies following a BBC interview in which the former cyclist and confessed drug cheat admitted he would take performance-enhancing substances again.

Part of the debate has now shifted to whether there should be forgiveness and a reduction of Armstrong’s life ban from competitive sport.

In safety science, systems thinking tells us that behavior is an emergent property of systems; that there is a shared responsibility for all behavior; and that this responsibility is shared across all of the people within the system in which the behavior occurs.

The blame culture is acknowledged to be out of date, morally and ethically wrong, and generally useless for improving safety.

January 30, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Sven Nys has endured some frustration this season, but hopes to be back on good form for Sunday’s world championship race. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com.
Sven Nys cannot stop.

At 38 years old, already the oldest man in elite international cyclocross, and mired in the depths of his worst-ever career slump, Nys is already making plans for next year.

His two biggest rivals on Sunday as he sees it — Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert — are barely older than his own son, but nobody would count him out to win third world title, age or not.

Sven Nys is not slowing down. Not this year. Not next.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Denise Mueller and John Howard.
"It would be fitting to answer one big question that comes up a lot … How did you decide to go after a Women’s Bicycle Land Speed Record?

Well, it really wasn’t my idea (of course I kick myself for not thinking of it myself). It was my Coach, John Howard’s idea back in late 2012.

John and I went out to lunch and he proceeded to “bait” me with some obvious statements about myself after he said he had a great idea he wanted to throw my way.

Of course I was interested in his idea, but he prefaced telling me that idea until after he had me nodding my head like a bobble-head doll in agreement to all the lead up comments: “You like to go fast (nod nod smile), you like to draft (heck yes), you like to race cars (of course), you love to ride your bicycle (that’s a no brainer), you are an adrenaline junkie (well of course!) …” finally he had me begging to hear his idea!

At this point I can look back and say that when he told me his idea, it was like I was a puddle of gasoline and he threw a lit match."

January 30, 2015 (tobefastest.com)





Juanjo Lobato won the second stage of the Tour Down Under last week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If Movistar isn’t deep enough already, with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana packing enough gunpowder to win in just about every race they start, the Spanish squad has added a sprinter to its arsenal of weapons.

Juanjo Lobato, a six-year pro from Spain’s Andalucía region who joined Movistar in 2014, is emerging as the nation’s best sprinter since Óscar Freire.

A victory in stage 2 at the Santos Tour Down Under last week confirmed the 26-year-old’s trajectory with his first UCI WorldTour win.

“It was great to win at the WorldTour for the first time. It’s never easy to win a sprint at this level,” Lobato told VeloNews. “It reveals that I am heading in the right direction. I have to keep working, and hope to post a few more wins this season.”

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Jack Bobridge signs-on before stage three of the 2015 Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson .
Jack Bobridge will attempt the Hour Record tomorrow in what is part of a grander career plan that coach Tim Decker has established in the run to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bobridge holds the 4km individual pursuit world record and in Melbourne, Australia this weekend aims to add the Hour to his repertoire with a distance all parties hope will stand for more than the going month.

Decker has worked closely with Bobridge in the run to his attempt that is to precede equally anticipated efforts from compatriot Rohan Dennis and British legend Bradley Wiggins, respectively.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: If he can beat Brändle over an hour on Saturday he can do it again and again. Maybe the door to the World Tour opens again?
Jack Bobridge is the next to have a go at cycling’s Hour Record. Once the record was very prestigous but today it seems to be a record cherished within cycling rather than beyond it.

However it is the ultimate chance to define and redefine a career.

January 30, 2015 (inrng.com)





Cavendish congratulates Gaviria on the podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
The Etixx-Quick-Step team appears to be the favorite to sign talented young Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria, who recently beat Mark Cavendish to win two stages at the Tour de San Luis.

The Etixx-Quick-Step team moved quickly to open talks with Gaviria's agent Giuseppe Acquadro and Patrick Lefevere seems keen to sign him.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Stephen Hyde had a strong ride to boost his Worlds team resume. 2015 Cyclocross National Championships – Elite Men. © Cyclocross Magazine.
On Sunday at 8:00 am EST, the Elite Men’s Race at Tabor will get underway, with the American Men’s Team ready to show their depth of talent, including a starting line position by Jeremy Powers.

Many already have a World Championship Race under their belt: all of them but one.

Today we give take a look at the newest force of the American men, none other than Stephen Hyde.

Stephen Hyde: The newest face in Elite Men’s Cyclocross in America, the once little known-rider who out-sprinted then National Champion Jonathan Page in Baltimore a year-and-a-half ago, the racer who posted-up for four wins this season (Nittany Lion, Charm City CX, the KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival, and Cycle-Smart International) and another two podiums against more experienced professionals, and the only “new” face on an American Men’s World’s roster full of international veterans.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Photo: Mical Dyck, close on the heels of Maghalie Rochette. © Andrew Reimann.
In the last few days, we’ve been giving a preview on some of the favorites to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races in Tabor.

Although we mentioned many of the Canadian riders as international racers who should look out for, we wanted to offer you an in-depth look at some of the names that will be representing the Maple Leaf this year.

Michael van den Ham asked each of the Elite members a few questions about their entry into cyclocross, their preparation for the World Championships, their ambitions for the race, and their bikes.

January 30, 2015 (cxmagazine.com)





Rick Zabel is the best young rider after BMC won the team time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
After whetting his appetite for top-level racing during his first season as a professional cyclist, Rick Zabel is targeting bigger and better things in year two.

The young German will start his season riding in support of Philippe Gilbert at the Dubai Tour next week. However, he has his eyes set on riding the monuments and his first Grand Tour and the World Championships in 2015.

“This year, I would like to do the bigger classics like the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Another big thing for me would be if I could do my first Grand Tour,” Zabel told Cyclingnews.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: FDJ's Thibaut Pinot may have finished on the podium at the Tour de France, but he aims to win more races in 2014.
FDJ rider Thibaut Pinot wants to get back to winning ways in 2015 after a season of frustration at the finish line.

While Pinot proved his GC credentials with a series of top-10 finishes, including third at the Tour de France, the 24-year-old failed to notch up a single stage win last year.

Four second-place finishes, notably on Hautacam on stage 18 of the Tour, helped Pinot in the overall standings, but did not satisfy his urge to win.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)










The Last Mohicans.

January 29, 2015 (inrng.com)






Local favorite Nash aims for cyclocross worlds win.

January 29, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Daily Distraction... ©

January 31, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)








January 31, 2015







After a dissapointing Nationals Road Race, Rachel Neylan got her win.
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
After a windswept and aggressive 113km of racing, Rachel Neylan has written her name in to the history books as the first winner of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

A fast finish to the race in the final 20km saw numerous attacks launched from a 16-rider front group but it was Neylan who launched the race winning move to taste her first victory of the season.

Orica-AIS's Valentina Scandolara beat Tessa Fabry in the sprint for second place, 46 seconds down on Neylan.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Travis Tygart met Mercier, and later praised him for being one of a small number of professional riders at the time strong enough to refuse to cheat.
Lance Armstrong should get back his seven Tour de France titles and be forgiven, according to former US Postal Service Pro Team rider Scott Mercier.

American Mercier, 47, quit the sport in 1997 when he refused to join the team's doping program.

Armstrong signed for the team a year later and won six of his seven Tours with them. He was stripped of all of them in 2012 and has admitted doping.

"It's time to consider letting Lance out of 'time-out'," Mercier said.

"He is a polarizing figure and always will be, but I believe he can be a catalyst for good; not just for cycling, but especially for those who suffer from cancer," Mercier said.

January 31, 2015 (bbc.com)







Marianne Vos off the top step for the first time in six years
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com.
There was no lucky world title number seven in a row for Marianne Vos at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tábor, Czech Republic today.

Still feeling the effects of a lingering hamstring injury aggravated at the Dutch championships, Vos was unable to match the pace of teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, who out-sprinted Belgian Sanne Cant to win the rainbow jersey.

"If you're the reigning champion, you obviously want to win the title, but I did my best," Vos said to De Telegraaf.

January 31, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Gage Hecht just missed the podium, but he took it in stride. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Gage Hecht just can’t stop smiling.

In his place, another rider might cry, swear, throw a bike. You could hardly fault them.

Hecht, among the most promising American junior cyclocrossers in a decade, fought one of the most dynamic battles cyclocross has seen this season, racing Belgian Eli Iserbyt and Netherlander Max Gulickx right up to the final turn for a shot at the silver medal.

It would have been the first medal for an American man since 2007, when Danny Summerhill and Jonathan Page scored dual silvers in the junior and elite categories in Hooglede-Gits. Rare company.

January 31, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Kim and Aaron roadside at the Tour of California.
He was a big winner in the US, rode two Giros for two different Division One teams and was a team mate to some of the sport’s most famous (and notorious) recent names – so how come we’ve forgotten about him?

Aaron Olson is the man in question; his take on the sport is different to most, pointing out the obvious – but that which many have forgotten and paid the price for. Here’s his tale.

January 31, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)



















January 30, 2015





16 January 2010 Press Conference of ARMSTRONG Lance (USA) RadioShack Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA .
Lance Armstrong was the most engaging pro cyclist of recent times.

Such was his appeal that, like Muhammad Ali, he transcended his sport and became an international superstar.

An intelligent, charismatic man with a lot to say. There are few top sports people who look you straight in the eye and hold your gaze when talking to you.

He’d even do it when answering the most banal question.

Armstrong never shied away from a question either. In fact he seemed to enjoy a battle in a press conference — just look at the YouTube clip of him verbally attacking Paul Kimmage at the 2009 Tour of California.

As in this case he was sometimes too confrontational and aggressive in his replies, but other times his charm, mixed with a little intimidation, meant he could get away with it.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: It would be a disservice to say that Evans's achievements post-2011 pale in comparison to his Tour win.
This Sunday marks the final race of Cadel Evans's career, the eponymous Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, drawing curtains on not just the 37 year old's career, but a chapter in Australian cycling.

We’re honestly not sure what to do here at Cycling Central after Evans retires.

The Australian has been such a huge part of the Oz cycling landscape these last 20 years that when he leaves it would be tempting to pack it in, and call time on the whole show.

January 30, 2015 (roadcyclinguk.com)





Tom Meeusen said his season didn't quite live up to his high expectations. Hopeful that a Belgian doping scandal is behind him, the 26-year-old is hungry for more opportunities to win races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Two weeks ago, Tom Meeusen would have been a top pick for a place on the podium at the world championships this weekend here in the Czech Republic.

Then he was out — deleted from the Belgian roster for the race, the result of his role as a witness in the Belgian investigation into doping by doctor Chris Mertens.

Days — and a trip to the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport — later he was back, permitted to race after the court clarified that only riders suspected of doping offenses should be prevented from racing under UCI rules.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Have questions for Ciara? Ask them in the comments section or send us an email at editor@cyclingtips.com.au. Photography by Sean Rowe
The partnership forged between Dig Deep Coaching and CyclingTips in July 2014 will extend to Ella. We’re pleased to introduce you to Ciara MacManus. The Dig Deep coach hails from Ireland and is the reining Irish MTB XC champion.

Her main passion is the dirt, but her experiences span across all disciplines, and she has generously raised her hand to answer any questions you have about training.

While CyclingTips will continue to field questions for our male readers, Ciara is on hand to tackle questions from our women’s community.

Before she answers any of your questions, we threw five questions her way so you could get to know her a bit better.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice .
The 2015 Paris-Nice stage race, March 8 to 15, will start with a prologue time trial, include a summit finish on La Croix de Chaubouret and spend the final two days on the Côte d’Azur in Nice.

Organizer ASO will present the entire course on February 3 in Versailles, but much of it has already been leaked.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Enrico Franzoi has one world title and several national titles in cyclocross. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The recently closed Padua inquiry in northern Italy, centered on Michele Ferrari, is bearing its first fruit.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended Thursday a three-month suspension for Italian Enrico Franzoi, who placed eighth in the 2007 Paris-Roubaix while racing with team Lampre-Fondital.

Franzoi, 32 from Mestre, raced on the road with Lampre and Liquigas through 2009 and worked mostly as a helper for riders like Alessandro Ballan and Filippo Pozzato.

He also won Italy’s national cyclocross title four times at the elite level, and earned Italy’s under-19 and U23 cyclocross crowns a combined five times. In 2003, he won the world U23 cyclocross championship.

In 2010, Franzoi reportedly spoke on the telephone with Ferrari, who has been banned from sport since 2002 in Italy and blocked worldwide based on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) case against Lance Armstrong.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





Sven Nys won CrossVegas 2014. With the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup kicking off in Las Vegas next fall, it's expected that the fast, grassy race will see even more European stars on the start grid. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
The cyclocross World Cup will be heading across the pond for the 2015-2016 season.

The UCI Management Committee met in Tabor, Czech Republic ahead of cyclocross world championships, and made this along with several other significant decisions.

The first two rounds of the 2015-16 cyclocross World Cup will be held in Las Vegas then Montreal.

January 30, 2015 (velonews.com)





2014 Tour Méditerranéen champion Stephen Cummings (BMC) on the podium with legendary former pro Raymond Poulidor
Photo: © Sirotti.
The organizer of the Tour Cycliste Méditerranéen has confirmed the race will go ahead this year, despite financial difficulties and the race not being listed on the 2015 UCI calendar.

Race organizer André Martres has published a brief message on the race website, revealing that the 2015 edition would consist of three stages, instead of the usual five stages, between February 12-14.

“This edition of the race has been more difficult to put in place than the last two editions,” Martres said in a message on the race website.

January 30, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Scott has been showing off this prototype cyclocross bike all week. The new model is Scott's first foray into disc brakes in ’cross, and we believe it will be offered later this year with front and rear thru-axles. Photo: Scott Sports.
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