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Photo: A picture from Hasselt - I call that 'home'. - Balint Hamvas.
20 December - GP Rouwmoer Essen (bpost).

It's called GP Rouwmoer, but they should really consider changing that name to GP Zdenek Stybar. If Nys can have his own race, then why can't Stybs? He lives in Essen with his - I'm sorry Albertina - wife. Tom Meeusen and Bart Aernouts also live in Essen, but neither have a rainbow jersey, so Stybar gets dibs on the racename for now (even though it isn't known yet if he'll shown up for this race). The funnest bits of GP Rouwmoer are swooping turns in the forest, and then that one corner where they have steps right at the end of a U-turn. Cruel. Lovely.

(podiumcafe.com)

December 20, 2015




Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck enjoying a post-race party
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Andy Schleck, who walked away from cycling at the end of the season after permanently damaging his knee, has admitted in an interview with Luxembourg newspaper Le Quotidien that he already misses cycling.

“The doctors told me that I would need a new knee by the time I was 35,” Schleck told Le Quotidien during an interview at his home in Mondorf. “It all scared me. That's what I said in my press conference to announce the end of my career. But now I miss it.”

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




2014-15 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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),


 (cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2014




ulips line the roadside of the Giro's second stage to Belfast
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Although the Tour of Ireland will not take place next season, talks are still ongoing for the race to return to the international calendar as soon as 2016. Plans for the revival of the race were announced during the Giro d’Italia’s visit to Ireland in May.

The most recent iteration of the Tour of Ireland last took place in 2009 but was discontinued following cuts in the sponsorship provided by the Irish tourism board, Fàilte Ireland. Organizer Darach McQuaid of Shadetree Sports said that he has held talks with potential backers from the private sector in the wake of the Giro start, as well as with television partners.

(cyclingnews.com)




December 20, 2015

Photo: Rather than talking about tweaking things it’s more of a belt and braces, blank sheet of paper, let’s start again way of thinking.
After a disappointing 2014 season, the brains behind the Team Sky operation, Dave Brailsford, is going back to the drawing board for his team’s tactics for 2015.

“Rather than talking about tweaking things it’s more of a belt and braces, blank sheet of paper, let’s start again way of thinking,” he enthusiastically tells Cyclingnews as he navigates through Palma airport on route to Monaco.

“We’re going into our sixth season and at certain points we’ve evolved during that time but every now and then you have to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. That’s what I’ve tried to do in terms of looking at what we do, how we do it and there’s been a lot of analysis. Then it’s a case of putting it all together for the start of the new season,” he explains.

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 20, 2015




Most agressive Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Previous .
With Jens Voigt now retired, he looks back on the highs and lows of his Tour de France career with the help of some iconic photos to jog his memory.

On the first rest day of the Tour, Procycling caught up with Trek Factory Racing’s Voigt to accompany the 43-year-old on a journey down memory lane. The German has been a fixture at the Tour since he first took part in 1998: he made it to every Grand Départ since and completed all but three Tours.

And in those 17 years, he tasted plenty of success: stints in the yellow jersey and a brace of stage wins, not to mention the consummate CSC team performance of 2008, when all nine riders made it all the way to Paris and the team won both the yellow and white jerseys.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Mary Maroon (Twenty 16)
Photo: © Danny Munson / DMunsonPhoto.com.
The professional men and women will have a new race in 2015, the Tour of Montana, which will run from July 16 to 19 in Missoula next summer. The Women's Cycling Association (WCA)-branded event will include one mass-start ride and three days of professional racing that includes equal prize money, equal sponsored media coverage and racing on the same courses for men and women.

The multi-day event started through the collaboration of WCA President Robin Farina, Race Director Kurt Stockton, and Executive Director Nicole Adamson. The event includes four separate days of racing registered through USA Cycling, however, none of the races will be a part of the National Racing Calendar or the National Criterium Calendar, and they are not sanctioned UCI events.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015





Marianne Vos won the inaugural edition of La Course in 2014. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Too many women’s events on the same weekend could torpedo plans by the Vuelta a España to hold a one-day race to coincide with the finale of the 2015 Spanish grand tour.

The Spanish daily AS reported that the UCI has put the kibosh on plans to hold the so-called “La Course by the Vuelta” on September 13 due to a conflict with three other women’s events across Europe on the same weekend.

There was no official confirmation by the UCI, and Vuelta officials could not be reached Friday, but the Spanish daily reported that the UCI has told the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) that it would not approve the planned event on the streets of Madrid to coincide with the finale of the men’s Vuelta a España.

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: A familiar pose by Sanne Cant, here winning Scheldecross in 2014. © Start-Box/Wouter Toelen.
What does it take to lift women’s cyclocross to the next level? According to three-time cyclocross World Champion Erwin Vervecken, “If you can get a Belgian to compete with the top girls to win big races then it would change a lot. If she would win five races a year then people would be more interested in women because they know someone who lives close. Then people will come very early for women’s races.”

At only 24 years of age, Sanne Cant not only stepped up to the challenge but nailed it with style. Halfway into her season, she already racked up 16 UCI victories out of the 22 times she took the start.

 (cxmagazine.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Two weeks ago, Sven Nys had a complete off-day and abandoned the race in Overijse.
During the past two weeks, Sven Nys has recharged his batteries in Mallorca. "He has laid the foundation to handle the holiday season well," coach Paul van den Bosch told Sporza. "This is definitely not a good year. In several races he has performed below expectations."

"It remains to be seen how he will perform this weekend, but I have every confidence that it is going in the right direction. In Mallorca, he could leave everything behind. I have the impression that his training went very well."

 (cyclingquotes.com)

December 19, 2015





Alex Dowsett will bring his time trial skills to a velodrome in London next year in an hour record attempt. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alex Dowsett has joined a growing list of riders that will take on the hour record next year.

The 26-year-old Briton will attempt to break the mark on February 27 at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, according to a Movistar press release.

“Everyone understands a world record, so I wanted my next target to be the hour record,” Dowsett said in the release. “The Hour is something I’ve always been interested in; the simplicity of it, mostly: no tactics, no hiding, just you and the bike.”

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Lightweight Urgestalt
Jonny Ashelford.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Poetry in motion when you're in the saddle, but easily marred paintjob is annoying and second-string SRAM seems a mite ungenerous."

 (bikeradar.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Campagnolo overhauled their top of the line mechanical shifting group for 2015 with new cranks, derailleurs and front derailleur shift pattern.
(Photo by Matt Phillips).
"At a total of 2004 grams on my scale, this is a very light group, but at $3,680, it’s also very expensive. I have not weighed a SRAM Red 22 group on my scale, but SRAM claims that Red 22 totals to about 1,879 grams for a group that’s similarly spec’d to the Super Record. That said, claimed weights almost always skew light, so I’d guess the actual difference between the two groups would be around 100 grams.

That’s a lot in weight-weenie land, especially when SRAM’s Red 22 group is about $1,000 cheaper. Based on my weights and calculations, the same Shimano Dura Ace 9000 mechanical group weight is around 2,055 grams, but it’s priced at about $2,400."

(bicycling.com)

December 19, 2015




Riccardo Ricco, who is serving a 12-year doping ban, said he wasn't the only doper in the peloton. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italian Riccardo Riccò, who is serving a 12-year doping ban, attacked cycling’s credibility at the launch his book, “A Funeral in Yellow — The Confessions of The Cobra.” Riccò called cycling’s reform commission “a joke” and said it is impossible to win a grand tour clean.

“It’s cleaner now but not completely clean,” the 31-year-old told Tutto Bici.

“You can [race a grand tour clean]. I did in 2006 at the Tour de France. Winning it clean? A one-day classic, yes. A grand tour, no.”

 (velonews.com)

December 18, 2015





Maxim Iglinskiy and his brother Valentin tested positive for EPO in late 2014, resulting in Astana's decision to temporarily self-suspend, per MPCC rules. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which represents 78 percent of UCI WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, issued a statement Thursday that summarized the standing of seven teams. Six of the listed teams will face voluntary suspension, according to MPCC rules, if one or more of their respective riders fail an anti-doping test.

Androni Giocattoli will have to suspend itself for a week if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before May 30, 2015.

Astana WorldTour will have to suspend itself for four weeks if one of its riders violates anti-doping rules before August 1, 2016.

(velonews.com)

December 18, 2015





 (cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015






Photo: Rigoberto Uran wins stage twelve of the 2014 Giro d'Italia Credit: watson .
Etixx-Quick-Step has confirmed that Rigoberto Uran will make an attempt at the Giro d’Italia title in 2015, before riding for stage wins at the Tour de France shortly afterwards.

The Colombian finished second in the 2014 edition of the Giro behind compatriot Nairo Quintana, but will come up against the likes of Alberto Contador in 2015 as he challenges for the pink jersey.

Uran held the maglia rosa for five days in this year’s race and took a stage win, but will not be looking to challenge for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France almost two months later.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 18, 2015




Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) wins stage 2 at the Tour of Beijing
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Philippe Gilbert will begin his 2015 campaign with a his debut at the Dubai Tour before heading over to the Tour of Qatar a day after racing closes. However, he will make Milan-San Remo his first big target of the 2015 season. San Remo is one of the few early season races that Gilbert is yet to win but he believes that the 2015 course will give him a chance.

"I would like to do well in San Remo now they've fixed the parcours," he said during a meeting with the media at the team's training camp in Dénia, Spain. "It's back on the old one, the one I like the most."

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015





Photo: Alberto Contador wins the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico .
Organizers RCS Sport revealed on Thursday the course for the 2015 edition of the prestigious week-long stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico, including a tough mountain top finish on Monte Terminillo on stage five.

The race will run its 50th edition between March 11 and 17 next year, and is likely to continue to attact many of the best riders as it acts as a prelude to the classics season and those looking towards the first grand tour of the year, the Giro d’Italia.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 18, 2015





Photo: Mobius Camera (Beta version!) now to a GoPro4 -> Analogue out -> Transmitter -> over-the-air back to base station -> analogue out into TV capture USB device -> UStream streaming software.
"Last Sunday, CyclingTips live-streamed the elite men's race at the St. Kilda Cycling Club Shimano SuperCrit including live footage from on-board cameras. As far as we're aware, it's the first time on-board vision has been used for a live race broadcast anywhere in the world."

(cyclingtips.com.au).

December 18, 2015




Jure Kocjan (SmartStop) goes into stage 4 holding onto yellow
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Next September's UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, will be the first in the US in nearly 30 years, and as the queue of domestic teams that hope to participate grows, so do the opportunities to earn the UCI points that can get them there.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015






Photo: Prosecutors are reviewing new documents concerning the death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Matt Rendell, the English journalist who wrote the definitive biography on Marco Pantani, has watched with a mix of bemusement and disgust as the media has tried to outdo itself to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Italian cyclist.

“I am not enjoying the spectacle of the media today,” Rendell told VeloNews on Friday. “All of this so-called commentary, it feels so self-indulgent and profit-oriented, and not entirely honest. The media itself are often times doped.”

 (velonews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Andrew Talansky wins the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine.
The big stars and races draw the most attention ahead of 2015, but some pro cyclists should be noted for their 2014 season and what they could accomplish in 2015.

The five listed here are ear-marked by their teams. They often help other riders, but will have their chance to gain experience and win. The best example, and the oldest at 26 of our riders to watch for 2015, is Andrew Talansky. Garmin took him to the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de France, and got plenty in return.

These riders have already showed promise, so it should come as no surprise at all to see them listed, but more result should follow in 2015.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 20, 2015




Photo: There is a danger of having too much youth, but to give them time to develop, we might have to sacrifice some results in some races.
BMC Racing Team has undergone a huge change this offseason. Gone are old heads like Cadel Evans and Thor Hushovd, replaced with younger men like Jempy Drucker and Damiano Caruso. Sporting Director Allan Peiper discussed the 2015 team.

"I think losing Cadel is a void that we can’t fill up overnight," Peiper said during the team’s training camp this week. "There is a danger of having too much youth. While you’re waiting for them to develop in the appropriate time that they need, you need to heal a void where you might have to sacrifice some results."

Evans hasn’t retired yet, but will do so after riding the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, meaning he will be out of the team by February and someone else will need to lead at the Giro d’Italia. Hishovd has retired and leaves gap in the Classics roster. Samuel Sanchez has also left the team, meaning there is an Ardennes spot and a GC leadership at a Grand Tour up for grabs. But BMC has brought in some great young riders to fill these gaps

. (cyclingquotes.com).

December 20, 2015




Photo: 2015 Austin Cyclocross National Championships course map.
While speaking with famed course designer Pete Webber, Carmichael Training Systems Coach Josh Whitmore examined the features and nuances of Zilker Park, host site of the 2015 Cyclocross National Championship. While there will always be beneficial mainstays of training for cyclocross, including group Wednesday Night Worlds practice, as well as threshold and VO2 Max intervals, riders looking for an extra edge can tailor a training plan that matches the conditions they will face come the second week in January.

(cxmagazine.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: The relatively shallow rims likely don't offer much of an aero benefit, but that also means they're very easy to manage in windy conditions
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Great everyday road wheels - reasonably fast and light but also fantastically tough and durable "

(bikeradar.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Tanel Kangert has told PEZ Cycling that he wants to be a part of the Astana Giro d’Italia squad and he spoke about what it was like helping Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France.
He isn’t happy that the whole team has been branded as dopers because of the mistakes of others, such as the Iglinskiy brothers.

“I read yesterday in somewhere (a cycling website) there was a long interview, nobody would even dare to put their name on it, and the way the questions were written like already, automatically, whatever the question was; “all the Astana guys are positive,” but what about the other guys? OK someone in the team made a mistake and you have to pay and we are paying now, but sometimes the price is too high. Definitely that website has something against someone in the team. But it’s not fair for the smaller riders like me, now automatically we are all bad riders for the fact that we wear these colors.”

“It’s made to look like it is only Astana, all about the money laundering and dozens of names, ten different names or maybe more. The only one that they pointed at is us. I don’t want to blame others, but it’s not only the problem of one team."

 (cyclingquotes.com)

December 19, 2015




Cheat: Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah Winfrey Photo: AFP.
He admitted to cheating during all seven of his Tour de France victories and is currently serving a lifetime ban from cycling. But Lance Armstrong says he would be “heartbroken forever” if he was caught moving his ball the rough during a round of golf.

In an eyebrow-raising interview with Golf Digest, the Texan, apparently speaking without irony, said the sport adhered to a code of honor that simply did not exist in cycling, at least during his era.

(telegraph.co.uk)

December 19, 2015




BMC Racing's Michael Schär (left) saw a more than four-minute lead over the top of the last climb – 38km from the finish – reduced to seconds inside the final kilometer of the 210km race. Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf (right) was caught 3km from the finish. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
First he was going to do it; it was a sure thing. A well-deserved win was virtually in the bag for BMC Racing’s Michael Schär as he crested Boulder Mountain with nearly a five-minute lead after dropping his break mate, Hincapie rider Joey Rosskopf.

“On top of the climb I felt very good,” Schär said.

Then, the sure thing — it wasn’t. What was this? He wasn’t pedaling. He’s cramping; he’s definitely struggling. He’s on the descent, but he isn’t pedaling. He’s losing huge chunks of time."

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015





Alberto Contador has dropped Chris Froome and with that seals the 2014 Vuelta
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alberto Contador has revealed he plans to finish his professional racing career at the top of his game, “winning my last ever race. I don’t refer to a small stage race, either, but winning a big one. To be specific, the Tour de France.”

Contador celebrated his 32nd birthday on December 6 and admitted that he will not ace beyond the age of 35.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Oscar Freire won on Via Roma in the 2007 Milano-Sanremo. The race will return to the iconic finish straight after a seven-year absence. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Milano-Sanremo will return to its roots and open itself to attackers on March 22, 2015, when it concludes between the beige- and grey-colored buildings of Via Roma in Sanremo, Italy.

“The Milano-Sanremo race in its 105 years had only two classic finishes: Corso Cavallotti and Via Roma,” RCS Sport cycling director Mauro Vegni told VeloNews.

“Via Roma is a part of cycling’s story with wins like Eddy Merckx’s. It gives a different style and charm to the race than the seaside finish.”

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




The men's pursuit podium
Photo: © Joby Sessions.
On Thursday, Australian Jack Bobridge announced that on January 31 and at the Darebin International Sports Centre velodrome in Melbourne, he will make an attempt on the world hour record of Austrian Matthias Brandle (51.852km set in October this year). After the announcement before the clock at Flinders Street Railway Station in downtown Melbourne, Bobridge spoke to Cyclingnews.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: E-Motion Rollers are made by Inside Ride, an Oregon USA based company.
"The gift ideas just keep coming in from around the cycling world and today we’ve rounded up some of the best with everything from a luxury cycling holiday with VeloClassic Tours to some Finish Line Pedal & Cleat Lubricant.

We’ve also got everything in between covered with products from Easton, Topeak, Velox, State Bicycle Co., CycleOps, Essor USA, E-Motion, CyclePassion and Louis Garneau."

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Friday Five-a-side: this week's new bike gear
Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media.
Every week here at BikeRadar we receive a barrage of droolworthy kit and, once Friday comes around, we round up the finest items and introduce them.

Here are the best road cycling and mountain biking bits and pieces we've been landed with this week.

 (bikeradar.com)

December 19, 2015



Photo: Tejay Van Garderen on stage eightteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
Tejay van Garderen admits he expected the backlash that came his way after the news emerged that he has been motorpaced by Lance Armstrong.

The American racer, who finished fifth in the 2014 Tour de France, insists he wasn’t trying to court controversy by working with the Texan, simply making use of a local resource.

But the 26-year-old, who is replacing Cadel Evans as the BMC team leader in 2015, feels Armstrong is being overly persecuted for his role in the US Postal doping scandal.

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 18, 2015




A set of ethical guidelines could help cycling improve its image, writes Steve Maxwell and Joe Harris. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Professional cycling has never adopted a formal set of ethical standards for its riders, teams or governing officials. There has been no clear standard for responsible and ethical behavior — no training or guidelines, no expectation that people should do the right thing, even when “no one is looking.” Cycling has instead always relied on the strength of its rules and regulations — and prescribed punishments for violating them — to guide the behavior of its participants, to maintain order, and to keep the sport from breaking down.

But after more than a century of continuous cheating, a thoroughly entrenched culture of doping, and too many scandals to count, one could argue that the UCI’s rules and regulations have devolved into nothing more than strongly worded suggestions. Individuals with the right finances, advisers, and influence in cycling have basically been able to chart their own path. Worse, there have been examples where the governance structure itself has apparently fallen into that gray area where “turning a blind-eye” and actual collusion with the doping culture start to converge.

(velonews.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: Aside from Greipel's sprinting prowess, the team hasn't had a lot of excitement. © www.be-celt.com
Life can be rough for Lotto-Belisol, or *that other Belgian team*. Living in the shadows of the Quickstep franchise has never been easy, and the country's other World Tour squad has been struggling to define itself in recent years. But, with a host of promising younger riders developing within the team, that may be changing.

 (podiumcafe.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: I was in Ag2r for 2008 and 9 and then I rode as an amateur for one year in 2010.
"Tanel Kangert is starting his fifth year with the team and so he is in the perfect position to give us his thoughts on the team’s present situation. There are two sides to every story, but Tanel is one of the people caught in the crossfire.

Kangert rode as a stagiere for Ag2r in 2007 before joining as a full pro the following year, but in 2010 he had to step down to race again with the amateurs due to a near career ending knee injury. The Astana team took him back to the WorldTour for the 2011 season and since then he has been a dedicated helper with a pretty strong palamés behind him. We chatted about Estonia, his career and the 2014 Tour, but in the end we had to tackle the elephant in the corner; how did he feel about Astana’s satiation?"

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: Fresh tape on a fresh course at Riverpoint, Rhode Island. © Riverpoint Cyclocross.
If you’re like us, cyclocross is on the brain more often than you’d like to admit. Perhaps the obsession even permeates into your daily schedule, and on your daily commute, you often see a field on the side of the road, and wonder how you could turn that into a cyclocross course.

Cory and Melissa Lafleur, two passionate cyclocrossers who spent much of their season racing in New England, have made these type of daydreams a reality. In relative proximity to the NBX Gran Prix in Warwick, Rhode Island, the couple has transformed a long stretch of land into a permanent cyclocross park called Riverpoint.

(cxmagazine.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: illegal copies are potentially dangerous and bear no relation to the firm's original frames which are made in Tunisia.
French bicycle manufacturer Look has issued a press release warning buyers to steer clear of counterfeit versions of its road frames.

The news comes after fake versions of the company's 695 Light and 695 models in different ranges and colors have surfaced in Asia and more recently in Europe.

(bikeradar.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: To close out the year, we are counting down the top 14 stories of 2014. VeloNews and Velo magazine’s editorial staff voted this piece as one of our favorite articles of the year.
She was beautiful in a way that bolted a man’s feet to the floor. When a long look is the only reaction and the blood in your cheeks feels like cans of hot oil.

“What can I get you?” she said.

The whole world, I wanted to say. All of it.

Instead I ordered two coffees and a beer. It was noon in the Dolomites, on the Passo Duran, and there was nothing else to do but sit, erase the salt lines from my face, and point at the map, deciding where to go next. I am now certain I sat there too long.

It is possible to fall in love 50 times a day in northern Italy. With the ups, with the downs, with the sideways rain, and the washing of a bike. With the barista.

This is a love story. A love story like Proust said, in that the “remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

(velonews.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: Daily Distraction...Cyclepassion 2015 Calendar

(pezcyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




December 20, 2015




UCI President Brian Cookson in January
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Brian Cookson has said that he will take action on Astana’s WorldTour license if evidence compromising the team emerges from the Padova-based doping investigation, warning that “the game isn’t over.”

Despite a recent run of positive tests, Astana’s 2015 WorldTour registration was ratified ten days ago, pending an audit of their practices by the University of Lausanne. The UCI is also awaiting receipt of a 550-page dossier from the Padova investigation, which is centred on the activities of the banned Dr. Michele Ferrari. Reports in the Italian press earlier this month claimed that the Astana team was implicated in the inquiry.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: In 2014 Sanchez played a key support role for Philippe Gilbert in the Ardennes .
Sports manager of the BMC racing team Allan Peiper has admitted that the American team had wished to keep Samuel Sanchez in its ranks in 2015 but failed to reach a financial agreement.

The Australian coach regrets being unable to retain the Spaniard but neither wanted to do it at any price. "We could not find a common ground. The team wanted to keep him and Samu wanted to stay with the team, but the proposals we made ​​earlier in the season were not accepted," Peiper told Velonews. "So we found other riders to sign. Sometimes that's the game you have to play with the managers."

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: It’s hard to believe that just a short train, car or even ride away from the center of Paris you could be riding in this perfect country setting.
Paris, France – the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and… traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a ‘Top Ride’? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.

 (pezcyclingnews.com)

December 20, 2015




Photo: Dromarti Race Classic.Q36.5 Termica Jacket.MYN SNOBY Jersey.
"Yesterday it was casual style on and off the bike, today it’s all about raising your game on the club ride. Toss out last year’s team kit, leave your ‘Everest Challenge’ finisher’s jersey in the drawer. Pour on the style and the watts with these items from Day 7 of Dig."

(pelotonmagazine.com).

December 20, 2015















December 19, 2015





Photo: With an sponsorship payment of more than $30 million, it means that Armstrong and others could potentially have to pay out $100 million. Photography by Cor Vos
Two of those fighting their corner in the combined Department of Justice/ Floyd Landis case against Lance Armstrong and his former associates have sought to bring their involvement to an end by offering payoffs to the United States government and Landis’ lawyer.

USA Today has today reported that Armstrong’s longtime agent Bill Stapleton and the former pro’s business partner Bart Knaggs, both of the Capital Sports and Entertainment agency, have offered a combined payment of half a million dollars to the government plus $100,000 to Landis’ attorney, Paul Scott.

(cyclingtips.com.au)

December 19, 2015




Jeremy Powers won the first day of the 2013 Providence Cyclocross Festival. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com.
Pick a number between one and three. That’s where Jeremy Powers finished 99 percent of the races he contested in the U.S. in the 2013-14 season.

Drop a chain in the first corner? No problem. Patiently slice through the entire field on the dusty track of Boulder’s reservoir course at the Colorado Cross Classic and finish up with a tidy second place.

Win New England worlds? Sure thing. Then win again, then again. He took all three races he started during “Holy Week” in New England, winning both days at the Gran Prix of Gloucester, then hitting day 2 at the Providence Cyclocross Festival and stamping his authority.

 (velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




Damiano Caruso will step into a GC role on BMC Racing next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
BMC Racing will lean on Italian talent Damiano Caruso next season to fill a grand tour gap while the team waits for a promising crop of young riders to develop.

BMC remains committed to Tejay van Garderen as its all-out GC man for the Tour de France, but the looming retirement of Cadel Evans and the exit of Spanish veteran Samuel Sánchez means the U.S.-registered team needs warm bodies for the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.

BMC sporting manager Allan Peiper believes Caruso, who joins from Cannondale for 2015, is just the man for the job, and has tapped him to lead possibly both the Giro and Vuelta.

(velonews.com)

December 19, 2015




The Willunga Hill
Photo: © Sirotti.
It's less than one month until the first WorldTour race of 2015 gets underway in Adelaide, Australia. The 17th edition of the Tour Down Under will a features a familiar parcours for the peloton with the inclusion of the uphill finishes in Stirling and Willunga Hill and a final day criterium around the streets of Adelaide.

The Corkscrew climb gets a rest in 2015 with race director Mike Turtur introducing a new stage finish in Paracombe which should see the first serious time gaps on the overall classification open up.

 (cyclingnews.com)

December 19, 2015




Wiggins, the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012 and a seven-time Olympic cycling medalist, initially finished fourth in the 2009 Tour © Getty Images.
Bradley Wiggins looked back at going toe to toe with Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France, likening Armstrong’s ability to hide his suffering on tough climbs to befriending you and then slipping “the knife in your back.”

(nbcsports.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: I was really strong in those races - like Cancellara, of course. We probably were the strongest two in the field, although Van Avermaet was also really strong.
In 2013, Vanmarcke showed his class, finishing second behind Fabian Cancellara in Roubaix, finally coming through on the promise he showed when he won the 2012 Het Nieuwsblad. In 2014, he was constantly there in the finale of the cobbled races: 4th at Omloop, 3rd at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, 5th at E3 Harelbeke, 4th at Gent-Wevelgem, 3rd at De Ronde and 4th at Paris-Roubaix. No one was as consistent as Vanmarcke, and only Fabian Cancellara was arguably stronger.

“I don’t think about it a lot but, yeah, if I think back, I was really strong in those races – like Cancellara, of course,” Vanmarcke tells Cyclingnews. “And if you count those races together, then we probably were the strongest two in the field, although if you look separately at the Tour of Flanders, then Van Avermaet was also really strong.”

It is a mark of Vanmarcke’s quality and high standards that despite his strong performance, he wasn’t entirely happy with his campaign, as he failed to take a cobbled win.

(cyclingquotes.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: A full set of Beta 951s doesn't come cheap. If you're on a budget and considerning these, it's best to stick with the sizes you actually need
David Rome / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "The price alone will rule these out for most home mechanics, but if you make (or save) money from using your tools, you’re likely to appreciate their quality."

(bikeradar.com)

December 19, 2015




Photo: Betabrand Bike To Work Pants. Rudy Project Steelium.
"Casual wear appears to be the next growth industry in the cycling apparel biz. It seems every company that has ever sewn a chamois into a pair of bibs is making a ‘casual’ line and with varying degrees of success. Today we bring you three of our favorite ‘casual’ pieces, items inspired by or intended for the bike, that will have you looking good at the office party as well."

(pelotonmagazine.com)

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December 18, 2015




Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
Photo: © Bettini.
We are constantly told that cycling is a sport both undervalued and undersold, that sponsors should be lining up to back teams and that the sport is an excellent marketing opportunity when compared to soccer and other mainstream sports. While that may all be true, unless you’re backed by Kazakh oil or have the deep pockets of an Andy Rhis or Rupert Murdoch at your disposal, running a WorldTour team can be a draining and ultimately fruitless endeavor.

Take Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp, for example. Both have credible footings in the sport, impressive rosters and sound management structures, but had it not been for their merger for the 2015 season both teams would have probably vanished from the top tier of the sport.

“I don’t think either us or Cannodale would have been able to run a WorldTour team if there hadn’t been a deal,” Garmin’s Jonathan Vaughters says in rather blunt fashion.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015






Mauro Santambrogio returned another failed anti-doping test in late 2014, on the heels of an 18-month suspension for EPO doping in the Giro d'Italia. Photo: AFP PHOTO | LUK BENIES (File). (velonews.com)
Italian Mauro Santambrogio is in more hot water with the anti-doping authorities after returning an Adverse Analytical Finding for testosterone during his ban for EPO.

Santambrogio was in the midst of a doping suspension, a result of the EPO positive from the 2013 Giro d'Italia, which was due to expire on November 2, 2014 when he tested positive on October 22 for testosterone, the UCI announced today.

(cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: The first rider union was started in 1898.
The picture shows Luca Paolini and Manuel Quinziato in discussion with officials from the Giro d’Italia following the treacherous circuit around Bari where riders were sliding over the road. Others took part in the discussions and it’s always difficult to work out who should speak for the riders. There are regular calls for a rider union, a collective body to protect and strengthen the rights of professional cyclists.

As the sport reorganizes there’s an alphabet soup of acronyms, each fighting for competing interests. There’s the UCI itself then race organizers like ASO and RCS who themselves are part of the AIOCC, a lobby group for race promoters. There are the teams, the employers, who form several groups for example their collective lobby is the AIGCP and many also subscribe to the MPCC and there’s the newly created Velon too.

But what of the riders? Actually there is a union, it’s called the CPA and every pro is compelled to pay for it. Only few seem to know about it.

(inrng.com)

December 18, 2015





 (cyclingnews.com)

December 18, 2015




Photo: Oleg Tinkov on stage fifteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia .
Oleg Tinkov is never one to mince his words, so it’s no surprise to hear him talking about his rivalry with Dave Brailsford – the man he feels he is replacing as the “king” of cycling.

Speaking to the Telegraph’s Tom Cary at Tinkoff Saxo’s training camp in Gran Canaria, the Russian claims he is building a “superteam” which will surpass Team Sky in 2015, but with a smaller budget than Brailsford’s team.

“Obviously, he is afraid of us,” said Tinkov. “Because Dave was the king, he was alone, he dominated the scene."

(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

December 18, 2015





Photo: Tim Decker (Australian track coach) and Jack Bobridge underneath Flinders Street Clocks in Melbourne after announcing the details of Bobridge’s hour record attempt..
Reigning individual pursuit world record-holder Jack Bobridge announced yesterday that he will be attempting the world hour record. Today he announced further details about that attempt to better Matthias Brandle’s mark of 51.852km, set in October.

Bobridge’s attempt will come on January 31, 2015 at the DISC Velodrome in Melbourne — the final night of the Australian National Track Championships.

(cyclingtips.com.au)

December 18, 2015




Photo: World time trial champion Lisa Brennauer at team camp in Lanzarote, Spain, December 2014.
(Photo by Leah Flickinger).
Lisa Brennauer clearly knows how to focus her training so that she dominates when it counts.

After winning the German National Championships in the road race and time trial this past June, she snagged the rainbow jersey in the time trial at World Championships in late September (plus gold in the team time trial and silver in the road race) with a busy three months of racing in between.

(bicycling.com)

December 18, 2015





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