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Thumbnail: Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Sacha Modolo won the bunch sprint of the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Jesolo. He outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani on another wet day in Italy.

A mass crash just outside the three kilometer zone greatly reduced the final field, and upset the general classification, giving Fabio Aru the overall lead.

Alberto Contador was caught behind the crash, while rival Aru was near the front. That was enough for the leader’s jersey to change hands, as Aru came in on the same time as the leader, while Contador lost nearly 40 seconds putting him 19 seconds behind the Italian."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Fabio Aru looking happy at the start of the day (Getty Images). "On Thursday Fabio Aru crossed the finish line with a grimace on his face after losing time to Alberto Contador.

Twenty-four hours later the battle for the pink jersey had flipped yet again after a high-speed crash 3.2km from the finish in Jesolo.

Contador was delayed, losing 40 seconds and so Aru pulled on the maglia rosa."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 22, 2015









Thumbnail: Fabio Aru on stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Watson) . "We’ve already learned not to judge a book by its cover in this Giro d’Italia.

Even the most innocuous stages can throw up the most problems for the riders, and stage 13 was no different.

There was plenty to talk about, so here’s what got our tongues wagging."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Harry Engels/Getty Images. "This is one of the days that has been talked about ever since the route presentation last fall.

While the Tour totally skipped timetrialing this year the Giro is throwing one of their patented long ass timetrials. The last really long one was the 60 km one in Cinque Terre that Menchov won in 2009.

This one isn't as hilly but the pure length should have the potential to wreak havoc in the GC."  (podiumcafe.com)

May 22, 2015







Thumbnail: Thursday's slick and rainy stage 12 saw four riders abandon. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Two prominent names did not take the start Friday at the Giro d’Italia as the wet and wild finale in stage 12 sent more than a few riders clattering to the pavement.

Conditions were treacherous over narrow and rain-marred roads coming in the final hour of racing. FDJ’s Alexandre Geniez could barely hang on through the corners, kicking out his legs to help steer through the descents. Thursday’s uphill punch was ideal for Simon Gerrans, but he was tangled up in a crash late in the stage. The 2014 Ličge Bastogne Ličge champion managed to finish, but did not start Friday in what the team described as a “precautionary measure.”

Stefan Küng, who was hoping for a strong ride in Saturday’s time trial, suffered a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae when he crashed with two others in the last 25km."  (velonews.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Fabio Aru attacks on stage nine of the 2015 Tour of Italy . "Fabio Aru is lying second overall in the Giro d’Italia with nine days remaining, but the 24-year-old appears to be running out of gas.

The Astana leader lost 14 seconds to Contador on a small, one kilometer climb to the finish yesterday, and rather than dismissing it as an off-day, some are saying he is paying for his inconsistent spring campaign.

His condition looked to be at its worse on the rain-soaked Monte Berico above Vicenza, where stage 12 finished on Thursday afternoon. Aru, surrounded by teammates, couldn’t follow the leading riders as they chased stage winner Phillipe Gilbert to the line."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Big fight: Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte were the pre-race favourites Photo: Getty. "As the Giro d’Italia enters its final week, the peloton tackle the Dolomites and a set of stages that the race organisers hope will shape the 2015 race.

Stephen Roche, the legendary Irish rider and winner of the 1987 Giro d’Italia, thinks that today’s stage 15 will be a pivotal one in the race.

“The Giro will be won or lost in the next few days,” says Roche. “Stages 15, 16 and 17 will be what separates the men from the boys; they are very hard and very demanding. "  (telegraph.co.uk)

May 22, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Norway - May 20-25 (Stages & Results),

An Post Ras - May 17-24 (Stages & Results),

USA Cycling Pro Road Championships - May 23-25 (Stages),

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

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

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

Tour of California - May 10-17 (Results),

Bayern Rundfahrt - May 13-17 (Results),

Tour of California Women's Time Trial - May 15 (Results),

Tour of California, Women - May 8-10 (Results),

4 Jours de Dunkerque - May 6-10 (Results),

More...

May 22, 2015  (cyclingnews.com)










Photo: Profile. "Friday's Giro d'Italia Stage 13 departs from Montecchio Maggiore.

The finish is in Jesolo after 147km of racing at around 5:16pm CET (11:16am U.S. Eastern).

Giro d'Italia live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern, 5:30am Pacific)."  (cyclingfans.com)

May 22, 2015








Thumbnail: Philippe Gilbert gives the crowd a wave (cyclingnews.com). "Philippe Gibert gave BMC Racing their first victory at this year's Giro d'Italia when he claimed stage 12 into Vicenza.

In a tough final kilometer that ramped up steeply on Monte Berico, the former world champion caught Tanel Kangert 200 meters from the line and powered past the Astana rider to finish three seconds ahead of a much-reduced peloton.

The group behind was led in by race leader Alberto Contador, who pushed his lead out to 17 seconds over Fabio Aru."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015









Thumbnail: Philippe Gilbert wins stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada). "There was a significant lack of controversy on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia – no helmets being removed, no mates offering each other wheels, just hard, wet racing.

Alberto Contador extended his lead at the top with some handy bonus seconds and a struggling Fabio Aru giving up a few more down the road. It wasn’t just the leadership race we were talking about, though."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 21, 2015








Thumbnail: Photo: Tim De Waele. "Alberto Contador’s nickname is the ‘pistolero’ for his quick-draw shooting style, but the Tinkoff-Saxo captain should be called the ‘anaconda.’ There’s no one in the peloton better at squeezing the life out of his rivals, one slow twist at a time.

Fabio Aru put up a good front through the first week of the Giro d’Italia, but now he looks like a mouse dropped inside the snake’s cage.

With rivals Rigoberto Urán and Richie Porte safely out of striking range, Contador has been toying with his young Italian rival, looking for weaknesses before closing in for the kill."  (velonews.com)

May 21, 2015








Thumbnail: Ireland’s Ryan Mullen, third from right, is now looking good for an assault on the yellow jersey. "Aaron Gate made it three wins in four days for the An Post Chainreaction team on a Rás stage when Martyn Irvine fell out of contention and Ryan Mullen moved up to third overall.

Today was billed as a day that could really trim down the list of overall contenders and so it proved, with Irvine one of the biggest casualties.

The Madison Genesis man was caught at the wrong side of a split early in the race and though he managed to get into a 14-man chase group, they never merged to the leaders up ahead.

And at the head of affairs was where six of the top 10 riders starting the stage from Newport to Ballina today found themselves.

Eventual stage winner Gate was there along with yesterday’s victor Aidis Kroupis and Josh Edmondson."  (stickybottle.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) showing signs of his crash (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Having made the breakaway on two previous occasions, it was almost third time lucky for Carlos Betancur on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia as he finished runner up behind Ilnur Zakarin. In 2013, Betancur was runner up behind another Russian Katusha rider, Maxim Belkov, in Firenze but the Colombian, knowing there was a rider up the road this time, did not celebrate second place.

Having started as Ag2r-La Mondiale's 'wilcard' for the Giro, Betancur has slowly been riding himself back into the form which saw him win two stages and the overall at last year's Paris-Nice. In 2015, Betancur has been well below his level, taking 47 race days to record a top-ten finish on stage 9 of the Giro having featured in the breakaway."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Stefan Küng (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Stefan Küng made a surprise break towards the end of the rain-soaked stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia.

After working on the front for much of the race, Küng struck out with three laps of the finishing circuit remaining in an attempt to bridge across to the leaders up the road. The Swiss rider got within 40 seconds of the leaders before he was eventually pulled back by the peloton."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015








Thumbnail: Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) (Photography by Cor Vos). "Ilnur Zakarin made it another win for the breakaway with victory on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. Zakarin was part of an early 10-man break, and launched his winning move on the penultimate climb of the day.

The Russian powered around the slippery Imola circuit to solo to the finish line with Carlos Betancur sprinting for second almost a minute behind Zakarin."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 20, 2015







Thumbnail: Alberto Contador on stage six of the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Watson) . "One day after Sky’s Richie Porte received a two-minute penalty for receiving help from a rival rider in the Giro d’Italia,  Alberto Contador laughed off the idea that he could be disqualified for riding without a helmet today near Imola.

Television images showed the race leader without his helmet momentarily as he put on a cap on during the 11th stage from Forlě to Imola, which was hit with a series of rain showers."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 20, 2015









May 20, 2015






Thumbnail: Hansen was described as a hugely promising climber. "After a slow start to his professional career, Jesper Hansen confirmed his huge climbing potential when he took his maiden pro win in the hardest stage of the Tour of Norway.

Having made a strong solo attack on the category 1 climb with 21km to go, he held off a fast-approaching Edvald Boasson Hagen on the descent to take both the stage win and overall lead."  (cyclingquotes.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) (MTN-Qhubeka). "Edvald Boasson Hagen has taken his time to return to racing after he broke his right collarbone in a crash at Gent Wevelgem in March, but he’s back on track at his beloved Tour of Norway – the race promoted by his long time agent Birger Hungerholt.

Next week’s Tour des Fjords is more of Alexander Kristoff’s affair, and the ASO organized Arctic Race of Norway in August has had Thor Hushovd as an ambassador since its inception in 2013."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Damien Shaw went so, so close to a stage win on the An Post Rás today but had to be content with the runner up prize (Photo: Ger Cusack). "Damien Shaw went desperately close to landing a stage win at the An Post Rás today but came up metres short following an absolutely thrilling 160 kilometers of racing from Ballina to Ballinamore.

The Team ASEA man was edged out of victory by Ian Bibby while Ed Laverack rounded out the podium for third.

That trio broke clear of the 13-man break that escaped inside 15 kilometers today and built a maximum advantage of over five minutes."  (stickybottle.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Photo: Graham Watson . "Earlier this week, one of the Giro d’Italia‘s top contenders was put out of contention as a result of a very strict application of the UCI‘s rules.

When Richie Porte punctured and watched the peloton disappear down the road, he was only too glad to receive a replacement wheel from Orica GreenEdge’s Simon Clarke.

The race’s rule committee took exception to this ‘non-regulataion assistance’ and gave the GC contender a two minute penalty, all but ending his hopes of a win or perhaps even a top-five finish."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: I’m a Luxembourgish cyclist dreaming of becoming a professional rider one day. "Even though Luxembourg is a very small country they have had some great cycling champions in recent years.

With Kevin Geniets they have another star for the future. Geniets goes best in the hard races and showed great potential last year as a 1st year junior. Kevin will be among the favorites in a lot of the big races this year so make sure you follow how he will develop."  (cyclingupdates.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: maximising the power at the 3 o’clock position. "It’s one of the most basic functions of riding a bike — whatever kind of bike you favour — but many of us don’t give the efficiency of our pedalling a second thought.

Or, even worse, follow outdated guidelines for getting the most out of it. Scott Tomkinson of Kernow Physio lifts the lid on the pedalling myth."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail:Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) wins the US Pro championships (Jonathan Devich). Memorial Day Weekend in the US means it's time once again for the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and you can watch the Monday road races live.

The men's and women's time trials take place Saturday on a 30.4km course that includes two out-and-back runs of 15.2km each.

The women begin racing at 11 a.m. (EDT), and the men are scheduled to start at 2 p.m."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 22, 2015









Thumbnail: The 2015 Tour of Norway is being held May 20-24.. "Friday's Tour of Norway Stage 3 departs from Skien.

The finish is in Rjukan after 185km of racing at around 6:00pm CET (12:00pm U.S. Eastern). 

Tour of Norway live video streaming should get underway at around 4:25pm CET (10:25am U.S. Eastern, 7:25 Pacific)."  (cyclingfans.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "Alexander Kristoff showed no mercy to his adversaries in the second straight bunch kick of the 2015 Tour of Norway in the charming coastal city of Langesund after a long day in the saddle due to the headwind in the first part of the race.

Kristoff outsprinted Caleb Ewan, who collected another second place in two days, and Andrew Fenn, who moved up to take over from Edvald Boasson Hagen in the top three. "  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE) (Cyclingnews). "As he turned pro with Rabobank when a new millennium started, Mathew Hayman was set to ride for the Dutch outfit for his whole career until became a pioneer in the new exciting adventure of Team Sky in 2010.

Now in his second year with Orica GreenEdge, he was busy nurturing sprinting talent Caleb Ewan on the eve of the Tour of Norway when the Richie Porte/Simon Clarke incident occurred at the Giro d’Italia."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: The most challenging hill is the [climb on Governors Street]. "After the Amgen Tour of California, Mark Cavendish stopped in Richmond, Virginia, to preview the 2015 UCI Road World Championships route.

With a full police escort, the Etixx Quick Step rider could ride on closed roads in order to evaluate the course.

The British rider, world champion in 2011, told the Richmond Times about the route. "It's harder than Denmark. There’s a lot of 90 degree corners, which there wasn't so many [of] in Denmark [where] there was a lot of flow. There's going to be a lot of acceleration.""  (cyclingquotes.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Gino Bartali changes gear in the 1948 Tour de France. Photo: Cycling-passion.com. "Throughout the ages, riders equipment has continued to evolve.

Here at Cycling Weekly, we take a look at the most iconic and game-changing road bikes throughout the ages.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but contains some very famous and innovative machines."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: by Matt Wikstrom. "Polar was born in Finland during the late ‘70s with the idea of a portable heartrate monitor for skiing. The company released its first device in 1982 then patented wireless heartrate measurement in 1985. The products that followed built upon the company’s interest in heartrate measurement with a variety of devices as well as analysis software.

Polar released its first cycle computer in 1990, which integrated heartrate measurement with speed and distance. Subsequent cycle computers refined and expanded on this design including the development of a novel powermeter. This device used chain tension and speed to calculate power but it suffered from poor accuracy. Polar subsequently partnered with Look to develop a pedal-based powermeter in 2011."  (cyclingtips.com.au)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: It contains caffeine, Guarana (Paullinia cupana), and Cacao (Cacao theobroma). "Every now and then we receive products that we are a little hesitant to test.  Sometimes the concept seems strange to us, or maybe it goes against our team’s training philosophies. And of course there are situations when we just don’t think a particular product is going to work as advertised.

Then again, these also tend to be the times when we’re pleasantly surprised. And that’s exactly what happened with the Clean Energy Patch.

While it originally sat on the shelf for a month before any of us tried it, now we can’t keep enough in stock for the team. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Before we talk about why we love the Clean Energy Patch so much, let’s start with a little background."  (aerogeeks.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Horner became the oldest Grand Tour champion when he won the Vuelta in 2013 aged 41. Photo: Graham Watson. "As an article by Hirofumi Tanaka and Douglas Seals in The Journal of Physiology put it back in 2008: “Declines in athletic performance are inevitable with age.” No one’s going to say cycling will make us immortal, but we certainly can continue enjoying the sport we love well into old age.

What are the facts of ageing and athletic performance? Let’s go through just what happens to our bodies as we age and the effects it has on our performance.

Firstly, what evidence is there that performance declines? Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. The average age of the winner of the Tour de France is 27.7 years, but the oldest winner was Firmin Lambot, who won in 1922 aged 36."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 21, 2015







Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "After a break of more than a month, Alexander Kristoff found back to his winning ways on the very first occasion when he powered clear to win the uphill sprint on the first stage of his home race, the Tour of Norway.

In a dramatic finale where the early break almost denied the sprinters the chance to go for the win, he held off Caleb Ewan and Edvald Boasson Hagen to take both the stage win and the first leader’s jersey in the race." (cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)


May 20, 2015






Thumbnail: Chad Haga and the Giro peloton faced one of the hardest days yet in a short, lumpy stage on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele. "Today’s stage was significant in multiple respects. It marked the halfway point of the Giro, and it took the lead in the ‘hardest stage’ rankings. And I really, really hope it stays there. It’s not hyperbole when I say that today was the most I have ever suffered to simply hang on to the bunch.

The short stage’s saw-tooth profile was good for a breakaway, and everybody knew it. The smart thing to do was to be patient for the 30 minutes of flat ground before the climbing started, as the break would not likely get clear until the top of the first climb at the earliest.

I was determined to stay smart, but then my ‘poor-decision alarm’ malfunctioned, and I found myself jumping around early. Patience is a virtue, and today I lacked it and was punished accordingly."  (velonews.com)

May 20, 2015








Thumbnail: Richie Porte's decision to accept a wheel from a member of another team came a steep price. Photo: Tim De Waele"In a sport with a public image about two shades greyer than black, Tuesday’s 10th stage at the Giro d’Italia showed cycling at its best. And a few hours later, its most convoluted.

Late in an otherwise routine stage, the Giro caved in around pre-race favorite Richie Porte. The popular Tasmanian punctured with about 7 kilometers to go at the worst possible time, and as his dreams of the pink jersey disappeared up the road, a savior appeared unannounced from inside the ruthless, seething pack: a rival, but also a friend, in Simon Clarke of Orica-GreenEdge.

There was no malice. No pre-scripted deal. It was two blokes, chasing a shared dream of racing bicycles, and they acted on gut instinct."  (velonews.com)

May 20, 2015






Thumbnail: Australia's Richie Porte is ready to continue his battle for the Giro d'Italia title. "Porte received a two-minute time penalty at the conclusion of Stage 10 for for "non-regulation assistance to a rider of another team". The time lost on the stage plus the penalty means the Team Sky rider now sits in 12th position, 3min 9sec behind race leader Alberto Contador.

He explained the on road situation which led to the time penalty on the Team Sky website, saying "I didn't even give it a thought that it might be breaking the rules."

"The peloton was going super fast to try and catch the breakaway and get ready for a bunch sprint, and I picked up a front wheel puncture as we were going around a roundabout. I'd gone around it on the left but my team-mates went around the other side," he said. "  (sbs.com.au)

May 20, 2015






Thumbnail: Pic: DarrellParks:PezCyclingNews.. "Another fine start to the day at the 2015 Giro." (pezcyclingnews.com)




















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May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: René Vietto, alone in his sacrifce. "For years Jacques Anquetil didn’t know what to do. As much as he’d win he couldn’t beat the popularity of Raymond Poulidor. The more Anquetil beat Poulidor, the more popular “Pou-Pou” became.

The public love an underdog and sometimes Poulidor wasn’t beaten by a superior rider, he was undone by misfortune. He would have won where it not for some random incident like a puncture or a crash. While Anquetil avoided potholes or stayed upright his rival was wiping out but also becoming increasingly popular.

Decade after decade cycling has celebrated the “moral winner”, the rider who should have won but was thwarted by the cruelty of sport.

Who was the first moral winner? Who knows, there are many ancient tales of hard work being thwarted. Achilles the battlefield hero undone by an arrow to his heel, Orpheus the gifted musician reduced to rescuing his wife."  (inrng.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) (Bettini Photo). "May is traditionally the month of the year when Belgian cycling briefly catches its breath after the spring classics before beginning the countdown to the Tour de France, and, as such, it was hardly a surprise that a man like Tom Boonen could go 13 seasons as a professional without once lining up at the Giro d’Italia.

When Boonen was ruled out of the classics after separating his shoulder in a crash at Paris-Nice in March, however, his 2015 plans were hastily rewritten. After a relatively gentle return to action at the Tour of Turkey, the belated Giro debut offered a more robust work-out. Almost two weeks in, the Belgian is pleased with his progress."  (cyclingnews.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: The Paris to Ancaster Race, starting off from the gun. © Jeremy Allen. "They say that gravel racing is the next biggest trend in cycling. I never would have believed it if I didn’t experience it myself.

The thrill of finding that sweet wheel to hold onto, the heart-pounding moment when you just miss that boulder hidden deep in a muddy descent, or when you’re legs are burning so much on that final climb that when you turn the corner and see the finish line you can’t help but grin from ear to ear while letting out a sigh of relief. And then there are the steam of interesting battle stories to be heard at the finish, each one completely different.

Somehow, even though we all cross the line totally spent, there is always enough energy to tell your story to anyone who will listen."  (cxmagazine.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: at $999 it’s still an incredible value. "It’s been nearly 3 years since Pioneer seemingly stumbled onto the bike power meter scene.  The move by what is primarily an audio/visual company to break into the high end cycling scene was looked at by many as…well…odd.  But Pioneer stuck with it.

Their first generation unit required more complexity to install by a certified technician than launching a rocket.  But they learned from that and introduced a second generation unit about a year ago.  That unit simplified things greatly and made it much easier and more obtainable."  (dcrainmaker.com)

May 22, 2015






Thumbnail: Make sure you eat your breakfast around 90 minutes before the event. "If you’re staring down the barrel of a five-hour ride this year, you’ll need to know how to get round the route with your energy stores intact.

Matt Hart of Torq Fitness (www.torqfitness.co.uk) gives us the lowdown on how to fuel your sportive so you get to the finish line with pep to spare.

Your fuelling strategy should be put into action before you start riding."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 22, 2015






















May 21, 2015










Thumbnail: Roche took pink, while robert Millar won the green climber's jersey and was second overall (Fotoreporter Sirotti). "Oh you have to love the consistency of the inconsistencies at the Giro d'Italia.

The commissaires cry the rules are the rules. And, yes, they are. But hello, guys and gals they aren't always applied by yourselves or, even more worryingly, interpreted with any identifiable logic.

When the race jury and the organizers themselves messed up with the Stelvio affair last year there was a collective shrug of the all powerful and knowing shoulders. Is it one rule for us and another for you mere riders?"  (cyclingnews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Photo: Casey B. Gibson. "Ask Joe Dombrowski how he would rate his performance at the Amgen Tour of California, where he finished fourth overall, and he sounds like someone asked to describe an unremarkable meal or movie.

“It was okay,” Dombrowski told VeloNews. “Not bad. Not great.”

Dombrowski, and the Amgen Tour, returned to Mt. Baldy last week for the first time since 2012, where the young American had his breakthrough ride while a member of the Bontrager Livestrong team, finishing fourth on the stage at age 21. He went on to win the GiroBio that year, ahead of Fabio Aru, and signed a two-year contract with Sky, however he lost much of the past two seasons due to a weakness in his left leg that was ultimately diagnosed as Iliac Artery Endofibrosis.

Dombrowski had surgery in August, and spent the second half of the 2014 season recovering. He signed with Cannondale Garmin in September."  (velonews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Eric Marcotte's win at U.S. road national championships was one of Team SmartStop's crowning achievements in 2014. Photo: Casey B. Gibson. "As the 2014 national road race ticked off its final kilometers on the streets of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, few would have predicted that the podium’s top step would be occupied minutes later by a full-time chiropractor from Scottsdale, Arizona. Especially not with a gaggle of WorldTour pros including Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes and Ben King (himself a prior winner) eyeing the stars and stripes for themselves.

But Marcotte, 34, who splits his time between patients and racing as a member of Team SmartStop, had other plans, narrowly outkicking teammate Travis McCabe and Howes to take one of the race’s more memorable upset wins."  (velonews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Photo: Tim De Waele. "Riders off the back in a grand tour stage are often subject to many challenges — a smaller group is worse for drafting, team cars are often up the road — but in Thursday’s stage 12 at the Giro d’Italia, riders dropped by the peloton had to contend with a finish straight filled with fans.

The short, steep finish on Monte Berico in Vicenza was wide open for Philippe Gilbert to win the day ahead of race leader Alberto Contador.

However, once the peloton passed, spectators crossed the barriers and filled the roadway, walking up to see the finish festivities and podium ceremonies, or to simply head home."  (velonews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Why electric bikes now? "Last week we were fortunate enough to have Zach Krapfl and Megan Duehring of Felt Electric Bikes visit to demonstrate Felt's new lineup of Bosch powered electric bikes.

While they were here we found ourselves learning a lot more about how the bikes came to be, and some of the design philosophy behind the bikes.

We decided to share our conversation here." piccadillycycles.com

May 21, 2015







Thumbnail: Just the right amount of machining makes the hubs stand out while shaving a few grams in the trade. Photo: Michael Robson. "For years, Zipp wheels represented the pinnacle of technical innovation, aerodynamics, and speed. Zipp bravely rode the razor’s edge of tough versus light and, often in conjunction with Hed, produced some of the benchmark designs of 21st century cycling.

Then a funny thing happened: Zipp seemingly sat on its hands while almost every other wheel manufacturer stepped up with disc-brake and thru-axle compatible designs. As recently as late last year — after Jeremy Powers was seen riding what looked like production-ready hubs — we contacted Zipp to see when consumers could expect dedicated disc-brake wheels. They were conspicuously tight-lipped."  (velonews.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Shimano's Sport Camera is light, sturdy and a competent performer (Immediate Media). Shimano’s svelte Sport Camera weighs just 87g. It doesn’t need extra housing for protection, but has a higher waterproofing rating than almost any similar camera.

    Highs: Size, simplicity, protection
    Lows: Confusing LEDs, sharpness

External control is possible via Wi-Fi and ANT/ANT+ devices, and video can be captured in three modes from 1080HD at 30 frames per second, to 640 pixel slo-mo at 240 fps. Still or time-lapse images are shot at 6MP."  (bikeradar.com)

May 21, 2015






Thumbnail: Go to a city, borrow a bike from a local - maybe the best way to see a new place. "Ever find yourself in a strange city with the urge to ride a bike? Now you may be able to borrow one from a local with new app TakeMyBike.

The brainchild of teenagers Reda Ghazali and Damien Eck, both 17, TakeMyBike will allow local residents to offer their bikes to tourists and visitors so they can see the area in a more traditional way.

The project has launched on Kickstarter, with the aim of raising €11,000 in the next 19 days, and its developers plan to introduce the concept in Amsterdam and Angiers (France)."  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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