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Photo: Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) receives kisses from the podium hostesses
(AFP).
When the merger that led to the formation of Cannondale-Garmin was confirmed last summer, it seemed apt that the only man signed up to the team for the next three years was the lone rider to have been a part of the Slipstream project from its very outset.

Alex Howes was part of the first crop of juniors to ride for Jonathan Vaughters’ 5280-Subaru team in Colorado in 2003, and he has remained part of the structure, through its various guises, almost all of the way since.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Heading to South Africa...Mark Cavendish (Getty Images).
Mark Cavendish is traveling nearly 14,000km this weekend to take part in a 47km race.

Cavendish - and Australian lead out man Mark Renshaw - are making the trip to South Africa to compete in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The event, which consists of a road race and the world's largest participation ride with 35,000 cyclists, has been forced to shorten the course to 47km after fires swept across Cape Town's Table Mountain. .
March 5, 2015 (sbs.com.au)






Photo: 2014 Strade Bianche champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
(Sirotti).
The spring Classics season kicked off with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, and many of the same riders who competed in Belgium will head to Tuscany for Sunday’s Strade Bianche, which race organiser RCS Sport has dubbed “the northern Classic at the most southern point in Europe.”

Officially now called Strade Bianche Eroica Pro, after the creation of an accompanying sportif and a women’s version of the race, Strade Bianche is a unique race on the packed European calendar.

March 5, 2015





Photo: Ian Stannard wins the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
After winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, Team Sky’s Ian Stannard will take part in Italy’s Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico in the coming week. He will race there without the expectation or pressure to win, as he continues his important build-up to the classics.

“Strade Bianche is probably too hard for him, we also don’t want to always put the pressure on him,” Sky sports director Servais Knaven explained.

“He had pressure in Nieuwsblad and in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, so he will have free role in Italy. To say he can go for the win, is asking too much.”

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





2014-15 Races & Results.

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen - Mar 6-8 (Start List),

Strade Bianche - Mar 7 (Start List),

Strade Bianche Women - Mar 7 (Race),

Paris Nice - Mar 8-15 (Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico - Mar 11-17 (Start List),

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),

Le Samyn - Mar 4 (Results),

Le Samyn des Dames - Mar 4 (Results),

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - Mar 1 (Results),

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite - Feb 28 (Results),

UCI Track World Championships - Feb 18-22 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 31-Feb 1 (Results).

More ...

March 4, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal) in the leader's jersey
(Fotoreporter Sirotti).
Kris Boeckmans won Le Samyn after beating Gianni Meersman with a powerful effort in the small group sprint in Dour, while Christophe Laporte took third.

Etixx-QuickStep dominated proceedings in the finale, and Stijn Vandenbergh’s show of forcing on the final stretch of cobbles, the 700 metres of the Rue de Bellevue, meant that the Belgian squad had four out of eight riders in the race’s decisive move.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)







Photography by Cor Vos: Chantal and Ellen were still fresh coming into the finish. (cyclingtips.com.au)
Chantal Blaak won the bunch sprint that decided the Le Samyn des Dames race after a six-rider attack was reeled back in the final kilometers.

Blaak beat Anna van der Breggan, with last year’s winner Emma Johansson completing the podium.

It is the first victory of the season for Blaak, who finished fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, and the seventh win for her Boels Dolmans team.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






Photo: Last year’s winner: Carlos Betancur wins stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice.
After last year’s unusual parcours, made up almost exclusively of middle-mountain stages, this year’s Paris-Nice (March 8-15) reverts to type with the balanced blend of flat stages, time-trials and mountain stages.

As such, the race once more resembles a mini-Tour de France, and looks set to be contested by general classification riders looking ahead to the grand tours later in the season.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: Overall wiiner, Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r)
(ASO/P.Perreve).
Jean-Christophe Péraud is starting to find his form after a slower start to the 2015 season than previous years, and is hoping he can find his form by the end of Paris-Nice to grab a good result in the uphill time trial on the Col d'Eze.

The AG2R La Mondiale rider was third overall when he last competed in Paris-Nice, using a fourth place on the Col d'Eze time trial to pull himself onto the podium, and is tipping that year's overall winner, Richie Porte, as the rider to beat this year.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Samuel Sánchez (BMC) was busy on the front of the peloton during his first race of 2015
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez will make his European debut with BMC Racing Saturday at Strade Bianche in support of three-time top-10 finisher Greg Van Avermaet.

Sánchez, who won the Olympic road race in 2008, was a late signing for the team and has competed only once so far this season in the red-and-black BMC kit, appearing on February 1 at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Nairo Quintana said he is satisfied with third overall in San Luis.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
Nairo Quintana has returned to Spain from his home in Colombia as he prepares to kick off his 2015 European campaign at next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico.

The 2014 Giro d’Italia winner celebrated his 25th birthday at home on February 5 and clocked up some serious training rides with his brother Dayer and several fellow Colombian riders.

Movistar teammate Winner Anacona posted a photo of Quintana to Twitter, suggesting the Colombians had clocked up 222km and 3715m of climbing during a 7:40 ride.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruber: I was wondering if it would be better to do more intensive training first and boost my FTP and VO2max and then continue with the endurance and work towards the start of the new season.
Depending on the particular event you are aiming for you will need to gradually increase your training stress and this is done by both volume and intensity so you need to have these at an optimal level before you begin to taper.

Increasing only one of these (either volume training or higher-intensity training) on the final approach to your aim will leave you short in some part of your performance.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)






Photo: Bart Wellens (Telenet - Fidea)
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The 36 year-old Belgian has spent the last 12 years of his career with the Telenet Fidea team.

He was world champion in 2003 and 2004 after being Under 23 world champion in 1999 and 2000.

He also won two editions of the World Cup in 2002 and 2003 and the Superprestige series in 2003 and 2004.

His last victory was at the 2011 GP Rouwmoer in Essen.

He has struggled to finish in the top ten in major races this season as new generation of riders emerged lead by 19 year-old Mathieu van der Poel.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo)
(Bettini Photo).
The Slovakian has racked up a series of placings in his early season racing in Qatar and Oman but is still in search of his first victory since signing for the squad.

Sagan finished second in both the 2013 and 2014 editions of Strade Bianche.

Last year Michal Kwiatkowski dropped Sagan on the final climb into Siena after the two distanced the rest of the peloton after the testing sections of dirt roads, while he took second after helping teammate Moreno Moser to victory in 2013.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Ian Stannard's teammates helped put him into position to win Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With Ian Stannard’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad win Saturday in Gent, Belgium, Sky showed it is reaching a new level in classics racing after dominating in grand tours over the past five years.

With the monuments on the horizon, the result boosted the British team’s morale and sent a warning out to established squads like Etixx-Quick-Step.

“We were all quite young at the start of the team in 2010, but we’ve been growing together and learning the races,” Stannard told VeloNews in February.

“It comes down to experience, knowing and learning the races.”

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is ready to return to the peloton after missing out on early season Australian races with a broken collarbone. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
After his longest break from racing since turning pro 11 years ago, Simon Gerrans returns to competition this weekend at Strade Bianche.

The veteran Australian crashed three months ago, leaving him with a broken clavicle, and with a snap of the bone, he was forced to forfeit a chance to defend his title at the Santos Tour Down Under in January.

Coming off an intense training camp in South Africa, Gerrans vows to make up for lost time.

“I’m always excited to get racing underway, but this year more so than ever,” Gerrans wrote on his personal website. “Now that I’ve gone such a long period without racing, I’m really looking forward to getting back into it again and getting the season started.”

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)












Photo: A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and it can allow you to get around geo-restriction technology.
March is a busy month for pro cycling. Even if you had the free time and inclination trying to watch as many races as possible would not be easy.

Races are spread over many channels and for many fans there’s sometimes no legal way to watch a race because it’s not on TV.

The internet’s changed expectations and fans want watch every race going and thanks to the web it’s often possible.

Many people resort to so-called pirate feeds. But there’s a better way: use a VPN.

March 5, 2015 (inrng.com)





Paris-Nice 2015 will offer a mountaintop finish midway through the eight-day race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Beginning Sunday, twin plot lines will course south from Maurepas, a suburb outside Paris, toward Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. One is doused in yellow, built around two time trials and a tough mountaintop finish.

Another is green, a matchup of the sprinters, fighting for the four stage wins on offer. The two combined will tell the story of the first real stage race of the year.

Paris-Nice, or the “Race to the Sun” as it has been optimistically dubbed, races across France from March 8-15.

A Tour de France in miniature, it often provides insight into climbs and stages Tour organizers Amaury Sport Organization will use for the grand boucle in coming years. The race compresses sprints, mountaintop finishes, and time trials into a single week.

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)






Photo: Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker reacts at the end of the race during the UCI world hour record attempt at the bicentennial velodrome in Aguascalientes city on February 25, 2015.
(Getty Images Sport).
Lampre-Merida team manager Giuseppe Sarroni has denied that his team are interested in signing Thomas Dekker for this season.

On Thursday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted Peter Koperdraad, the managing director of Merida Benelux, saying that they may reignite talks with Dekker after his attempt at the Hour Record but Sarroni says the team is going in a different direction.

"We never thought of Thomas Dekker,” Saronni told Tuttobiciweb.

“Our philosophy is different. Maximum respect for Thomas, who has had the courage to face a challenge such as an Hour Record attempt despite not having a professional team behind him, but the philosophy of the Lampre-Merida is to invest in young talents, add new pieces to the team of the future and to improve promising riders.”

March 5, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Even the best drink on the market reportedly only contains approximately half of the amount of sodium that the body sweats out.
Adding salt to electrolyte sports drinks can improve performance for endurance athletes, with many top drinks not containing enough sodium.

Researchers in Spain have found that athletes who supplement their electrolyte drinks with extra salt perform better in endurance events than those who rely on the drinks alone for rehydration.

They found that the leading sports recovery drinks did not contain enough electrolytes to replenish those lost during long distance events, meaning the body will run on a sodium deficit.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: om Boonen Credit: Yuzuru Sunada .
Style is a word used a lot in cycling. On one level it’s very practical. It helps quantify form and efficiency.

A good riding style is efficient because more power goes into the pedals per calorie of energy burned, but the style we are talking about here is so much more than that.

Cycling is very visual. It’s quite graceful too when you think about it. A bicycle transfers the up and down motion of the rider’s legs into smoothly spinning wheels, and the most stylish riders do that with the greatest grace.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





If history is any guide, Roman Kreuziger faces an uphill battle as he appeals a biological passport doping sanction in the courts. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger faces a difficult legal battle to defend himself against accusations that he doped, based on past cases. Both the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that an athlete has never won in appeal of a biological passport case.

WADA told VeloNews, “All passport cases brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have resulted in sanctions.”

The sports high court in Lausanne, Switzerland, CAS, confirmed the same but noted that it reduced the ban of Turkish track and field athlete, Alemitu Bekele two years ago.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov at the Dubai Tour
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The Astana team has until March 20 to prepare its defense and response to the UCI’s request to revoke its license according to a report in the l’Equipe newspaper.

The UCI formally requested that its License Commission revoke the Kazakhstan team’s WorldTour license after an audit by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) of the team’s anti-doping culture, policies, structures and management systems.

The UCI also claimed that it has now received important evidence from the Padua police investigation. This was not available when the UCI License Commission granted the Astana team a 2015 license in December.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Axel Merckx met up with his father Eddy at the recent Tour of Qatar. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Axel Merckx has helped 18 cyclists — including Taylor Phinney and Joe Dombrowski — graduate to UCI WorldTeams over the last six years, a success rate he said is thanks to Axeon’s independence.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Merckx told VeloNews. “It’s a formula that works, not for everyone but for a big majority of the guys out there.

“I’m really proud of the team, it’s something that we’ve built up over the years. I’m trying to keep it going as long as I can.”

The Belgian former professional and son of cycling great Eddy Merckx announced in December a new look to his team for 2015. Bissell stepped down from the title sponsorship and took a smaller role, and the team was rebranded as Axeon.

Axeon is not a company, but a name that Merckx wants to help establish in cycling.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere and Tom Boonen meet the press.
(Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com).
The tax evasion case involving Tom Boonen and his Etixx-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere has been postponed. The pair were due to appear in front of the council chambers in Kortrijk this Tuesday along with Trek Factory Racing racing Stijn Devolder and six other members of the Etixx team.

According to a report in the Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf, the lawyers have requested a delay in the proceedings so that they may be able to reach a settlement.

The trial is the result of an investigation that began in 2009. Boonen and his fellow defendants are believed to have used various financial schemes to avoid paying tax.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: Credit to my wife for the pictures and to my son Mario for the moral support. Looking forward to see him in races in the future!
This Saturday the 9th Strade Bianche heads off from San Gimignano to cross the ‘White Roads’ before finishing in the historic city of Siena. Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico (and his bike), covered the last 20 kilometers to take in the final climbs and those dirt roads in his Tuscan homeland.

Despite its short story the Strade Bianche is already one of the most important races in the spring calendar and it’s the first big race in Italy, opening an important month.

March is full of cycling events with the WorldTour’s Tirreno Adriatico and the first of the historic classics: Milano Sanremo.

March 4, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)






Photography by Wade Wallace: The Power comes in the flagship S-Works model which is a pricey $300.
Specialized designed the Power for the purpose of being able to ride in a low, aggressive, aerodynamic position while staying comfortable and not restricting blood flow to the nether regions.

The most notable thing about the Power is that it appears to be a combination of many of Specialized’s existing Body Geometry saddles.

It bears the most resemblance to a Romin but with a shorter nose (by 30mm) and a more generous groove in the middle.

However, the widest part of the saddle measures the same as the Romin and comes in 143mm and 155mm sizes, going as wide as 168mm in the Expert and Comp models.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: My humble workbench is from the kitchen section of Ikea with many hours spent reinforcing it and securing it to the wall.
"What you need depends on how much DIY you intend to be doing.

There may also be some cycling-specific tools that you should invest in before some of the items here.

The first thing you need is a well-lit, ventilated space with access to a power supply – that's a must for any home workshop.

Consider the space you have available and prioritize the most important things – tool storage, for example."

March 4, 2015 (bikeradar.com)






Photo: The feed zone on stage four of the 2014 Tour de Suisse (Watson) .
A 54-year-old woman was killed in a racing feedzone in Belgium on Sunday after a rider lost control of his bike in the wind.

The woman, who was the wife of former Tour de France stage winner Ludwig Wijnants, was struck by 18-year-old Jordi Van Dingenen at the Brustem-Sint-Truiden race.

Van Dingenen was riding the race, which is for elite riders without a contract, for the Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace team, whose team leader, Roger Loysch, witnessed the incident.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Andrew Talansky in the new Cannondale-Garmin colors. Photo: Courtesy of Cannondale-Garmin | Jake Hamm..
After a rollercoaster 2014 season that brought American Andrew Talanksy his greatest sporting achievement to date and also his lowest moment, the Cannondale-Garmin rider heads into the 2015 season with one objective in mind — success at the Tour de France.

What success at the Tour look would look like for Talansky, against a field that is expected to include three former winners, remains to be seen.

A 10th-place finisher at the 2013 Tour, Talansky, 26, won the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné, taking advantage of the rivalry between Alberto Contador and Chris Froome to pull of a daring final-stage coup.

He headed into last year’s Tour as a contender for, if not the podium, then perhaps a top-five finish.

March 3, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Luis Leon Sanchez in his new Astana kit
(Astana Pro Team).
Despite the UCI's request to revoke Astana's WorldTour license, Spaniard Luis León Sánchez says the team is still acting as if the situation were normal, planning to compete in Paris-Nice next week, a race that Sanchez won in 2009 and took second place the following year.

The UCI announced last week that it appealed to its Licensing Commission to revoke the team's license because of the team's connection to the Padova doping investigation.

The team was given a provisional licence for 2015 after the doping positives of Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy last year and was subject to an independent audit.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)





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March 5, 2015 (pezcyclingnews.com)











March 5, 2015





Photo: Dave Brailsford before stage two of the 2014 Paris-Nice (Watson) .
Dave Brailsford welcomes the UCI’s stance on Astana’s WorldTour license, insisting it is acting in the best interests of cycling’s credibility.

Astana has until March 20 to prepare their response to the UCI’s request for the License Commission to withdraw their right to race, which comes after after the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne returned its audit of team procedures.

Team Sky principal, Brailsford, says Team Sky are playing their role in moving cycling into a new anti-doping era, but insists only the UCI can decide on the best course of action for Astana.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Ned Overend has more championship titles to his name than he has fingers to count them. The age-defying 59-year-old relies on high-intensity training and Strava to stay fast. Photo: Wil Matthews .
"I turned 59 in 2014, and I have maintained a high level of fitness since I first began endurance racing in the late 1970s.

Training with an emphasis on high-intensity intervals has been my preferred method of preparing for events throughout my career, which includes racing mountain bikes, road bikes, cyclocross, and Xterra triathlon.

I made a few forays into long-distance events such as the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Ironman triathlon, but my preference is racing for one to four hours."

March 5, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: Lance Armstrong admits doping to Oprah Winfrey in 2013 (Getty Images).
No doubt Lance Armstrong is still digesting the news that he has to repay $10m (£6.4m) to previous sponsors following a ruling by an arbitration panel a few weeks ago.

This is on top of the lifetime ban from all sporting competitions that he was given several years back. Many probably think he got the punishment he deserved, but was it done fairly?

Leading sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA have been under pressure to resolve internal ethical issues in recent years.

On the other hand the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) remains highly regarded for its determination to stop athletes cheating, standing for fairness and protecting a level playing field.

Like a pulp crime novel, anti-doping action is seen as the good guys against the bad guys.

March 5, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photography by Cor Vos: Maybe a cute little cocktail dress.
"My youngest teammate Anna Christian looked genuinely concerned as she pulled me aside after dinner last Friday, the night before our first European race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Chloe, I need to ask you a question,” she said.

Oh no. What’s she done?, I thought to myself. I know I’m one of the most experienced on the team but I’m not ready to help hide a body.

That falls outside the “what I’m expected to do for my teammates” charter.

“What are you wearing tomorrow?” she asked."

March 5, 2015 (cyclingtips.com.au)





Photo: France en Vélo – The Ultimate Cycle Journey From Channel to Med – St-Malo to Nice by Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh.
More than 5000 people each year tackle John O’Groats to Lands End, but now there is a new challenge St-Malo to Nice – the ultimate route across France.

Lands End to John O’Groats is ridden by a huge number of cyclists each year, some riding it for charity, others as a purely personal challenge.

Imagine arriving at the glittering blue of the Cote d’Azur, warm sun beating down on your back and the vibrant town of Nice to welcome you.

There is an alternative to a wet and windy End to End; instead of riding across Britain, ride across France.

March 5, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)


















March 4, 2015





Pauline Ferrand-Prevot wins the 2014 edition of Fleche Wallone Femmes.
(Photo by ASO).
When Marianne Vos didn’t win World Championships on the road, we were surprised.

When she didn’t win World Championships in the mud, we were downright shocked.

Sure, she was injured—an early season hamstring issue made her season suffer—but for those of us who have seen Vos dominate the women’s peloton in road and 'cross for the past few years, watching her take third place earlier this month felt like a changing of the guard.

Added to that, it was Vos’s teammate, 22-year-old Pauline Ferrand Prevot, who took both wins and is wearing the rainbow jerseys.

March 4, 2015 (bicycling.com)





Photo: A feed-zone .
Belgian pro Johan Vansummeren, winner of the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, wants cycling’s governing body, the UCI, to strengthen its race safety measures after a spectator’s death on Sunday.

A rider collided with 54-year-old wife of ex-pro Ludwig Wynants while she was in the feed zone of the Brustem-Sint-Truiden race near Hasselt, Belgium.

She later died of her injuries.

March 4, 2015 (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Photo: There were some really big names and teams in this race, with a very hard course. I was hoping just to finish.
Along with the nine Europeans who crowded the top 10 at the semi-classic Le Samyn on Wednesday was 22-year-old Park City native Tanner Putt of UnitedHealthcare.

Tanner joined eight Belgians — including winner Kris Boeckmans — and a Frenchman to finish ahead of riders like 2014 Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, Tour de France stage winner and compatriot Tyler Farrar, rising sprinting stars Giacomo Nizzolo and Bryan Coquard, and many others.

March 4, 2015 (pelotonmagazine.com)





The chainrings may be expensive, but they last quite long and the ability to swap between compact and standard rings on the same crank is brilliant. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
Two years, over 10,000 miles, one conclusion: Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group is the best human-powered drivetrain the world has ever seen.

If you’re a weight-weenie, look to SRAM, home of the best weight/cost ratio in the industry. If heritage and beauty are paramount, there can be nothing but Campagnolo and its striking carbon curves.

But if clever, precise engineering and absolutely flawless performance gets you flush in the face, Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 is the group for you.

One can argue cost/benefit ratios and aesthetics and personal ergonomic preferences until the cows come home, but to do so is to miss the point. In the 9000 drivetrain, Shimano has a kit so impeccable it rivals the company’s own electronic groups.

Shift performance — and that’s what really matters here — is in a class of its own.

March 4, 2015 (velonews.com)





Photo: a freshly forged René Herse crank. Taiwanese workers earn good wages and work under decent conditions.
There are a number of small companies who make bicycle components in the U.S., but they are often limited by the technology that is available to them.

For example, CNC machines are relatively affordable and small. That is the reason why you see so many CNC-machined cranks and brakes, even though forging would make them lighter and stronger. (CNC machining is a good way to make other parts, like hubs and headsets.)

CNC machining also is quite wasteful, as a lot of aluminum is turned into shavings.

In contrast, a forging hammer is an investment that only one bicycle company has amortized on their own: Shimano is said to forge their own components. All others, including industry leaders like Campagnolo and SRAM, do not run their own forge.

March 4, 2015 (janheine.wordpress.com)





Photo: The Fly12 combines a full HD camera and a 400 lumen headlight into one
Courtesy / BikeRadar (edit).
Shortly following the release of the new Fly6 rear light and safety camera, Cycliq has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fly12 –  a front facing headlight and HD camera.

Cycliq has announced an update to the yet-to-be-released Fly12. The Fly12 now features a bike alarm for cafe stops.

The Fly12 features a full HD 1080p front facing camera that will record at 45fps, and a 400 lumen headlight that Cycliq claims to offer 75 feet of visibility in complete darkness.

The light will feature three intensities in both solid and flashing modes.

March 4, 2015 (bikeradar.com)















March 3, 2015





Photo: The 2015 Paris-Nice runs from 9-15 March (Getty).
Paris-Nice, the 'Race to the Sun', gets underway this weekend without its defending champion but with many of the biggest talents in the world of professional cycling.

Missing will be Carlos Betancur who will instead line up in Italy for the Tirreno Adriatico, but Paris-Nice will feature Australians Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Michael Matthews).

In one of his last races as a road professional for Sky, Bradley Wiggins will ride in support of the 2013 winner Porte, adding some much needed muscle and experience to the Australian’s chances.

March 3, 2015 (sbs.com.au)





Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in the overall lead in Paris-Nice
(ASO).
Nacer Bouhanni is yet to taste victory after 15 race days for his new Cofidis team but will be aiming to end his drought on home roads in Paris-Nice.

The sprinter has won stage one of the Race to the Sun for the last two editions which also saw him pull on the yellow leader's jersey. While Bouhanni will lead the team's mission for sprint wins, Luis Ángel Maté will look to finish high up on the overall classification.

Bouhanni won 11 races last year, including five grand tour stages, although is yet to reach the same heights with Cofidis since transferring from FDJ at the end of last year.

The 24-year-old's best results so far this season is third place on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar.

March 3, 2015 (cyclingnews.com)






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