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Thumbnail: Stage 10 Profile. Overlay. "Monday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 10 departs Valencia at 1:48pm CET (7:48am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Castellon at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern). 

Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com) (steephill.tv)









Thumbnail: Dumoulin punches the air after winning stage 9. - JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images. Overlay. "Tom Dumoulin stunned the overall contenders and the pure climbers on the steep finish above Calpe at the end of stage 9 of the Vuelta a España, using his time trial power to tackle the four-kilometer climb, and blast past late attacker Chris Froome to win the stage. Dumoulin also put enough time into Esteban Chaves to take back the race lead.

Froome caught and past Dumoulin inside the final kilometer and seemed set to win the stage but then the big Dutchman got out of the saddle and used his final drops of power to close the gap and pass the Briton in time to cross the line first." (cyclingnews.com) 

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) battle it out in the final metres of stage nine of the Vuelta a España (Sunada). Overlay. "After Tom Dumoulin defied his rivals - and physics - to haul his big frame to the overall lead on stage nine, here are the big topics from a brutal day’s racing.

After being dropped on a similarly steep uphill finish two days ago, doubts were raised over whether Tour de France winner Chris Froome had the form to compete for the GC at the Vuelta this time round." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: further tests showed that the serious injuries are under control. Overlay. "A new CT scan showed that Kris didn’t have any brain injuries other than the severe concussion he incurred yesterday. Further tests showed that apart from a lung bleeding Kris also had a pneumothorax, next to the facial fractures and three rib fractures that already were reported yesterday. To keep the lung injury under control a drain was introduced in the thorax yesterday evening.

“At the moment Kris is still in an induced coma. From now on the sedative medication will be reduced gradually, so we can expect he’ll wake up within 24 to 48 hours. It’s too early to predict anything regarding the repatriation or any surgery." (cyclingquotes.com)

August 30, 2015





2014-15 Races & Results.

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 6-13 (Stages),

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

Santos Tour Down Under 2016 - Jan 17-24 (Stages),

GP Ouest France - Plouay - Aug 30 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 22-29 (Results),

Tour du Poitou-Charentes - Aug 25-29 (Results),

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 17-23 (Results),

Women's USA Pro Challenge - Aug 21-23 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 23 (Results),

Tour du Limousin - Aug 18-21 (Results),

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

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

Giro Rosa - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015







Thumbnail: Jasper Stuyven (Trek) (Getty Images Sport). Overlay. "Jasper Stuyven came out on top in a dramatic sprint on stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana, winning ahead of Pello Bilbao and Kevin Reza.

However the stage, which looked fairly docile on paper, came to life after a huge crash that saw Tejay van Garderen, Dan Martin and Nacer Bouhanni all forced out through injury.

Esteban Chaves was caught up by the fall but survived the mayhem and the finishing two climbs to retain his overall race lead." (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2015









Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen was sitting in 16th place overall at the start of the Vuelta's eighth stage, but he has since abandoned the race. Photo: Tim De Waele. Overlay. "A high-speed crash took several riders out of the Vuelta a España late in Saturday’s eighth stage.

Tejay van Garderen, Dan Martin, Kris Boeckmans, and Nacer Bouhanni were among those hitting the pavement the hardest in a big pileup with about 50km to go in the 182.5km stage.

More than two dozen riders crashed as the peloton powered into the outskirts of Murcia, nearing the first of two trips up the Cat. 3 Cresta del Gallo climb ahead of the finale. " (velonews.com)

August 29, 2015






Thumbnail: Soler Power
Photo: Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom. Overlay. "After two hard days in the mountains, the Tour de l'Avenir finished off with a short but sweet stage that included for 4 climbs including a summit finish on the Les Sybelles climb.

The race itself was more about who could hang on as riders were dropping like flies throughout the day and many GC hopefuls that were looking to keep a high overall position fell by the wayside." (espoirscentral.blogspot.com)

August 29, 2015






Thumbnail: ... Overlay. "This stage starts only 20 meters above sea level, and stays flat until well after the 100 kilometer mark, when there seems to be two long laps of a circuit, going most of the way up what looks like the other side of the finishing climb, before a downhill run, a bump and the finishing climb.

The intermediate sprint comes close to the finish, so it's possible the more sprintingly inclined of the GC riders could look to take a few seconds from their time." (podiumcafe.com)

August 29, 2015







Thumb: Chris Froome (Sky) (Bettini Photo). Overlay. "Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Tejay van Garderen both struggled in the heat of Vuelta a Epsana and lost time to their main GC rivals on the final climb of stage 7.

Froome found himself distanced from the bunch just as Fabio Aru launched an attack with around a kilometer remaining and he was soon joined by van Garderen. The Team Sky rider eventually crossed the line 1:03 down on the stage winner Bert-Jan Lindeman, giving away 34 seconds to Aru." (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2015





Thumb: bert-Jan Lindeman wins stage 7 of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). "It was third time lucky in this year’s Vuelta a Espana for Bert-Jan Lindeman, who claimed stage 7 of the race to La Alpujarra.

The Dutchman had been in breaks twice already, but on the first serious mountain test of this year’s race he survived from the early break to take a fine stage win ahead of young rider Ilia Koshevoy and a fast-finished Fabio Aru – the Italian attacking from a group of GC favorites on the final climb and putting time into all his rivals." (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015







Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves attacked nobody chased him down . Thumb Overlay. "The race has had some uphill finishes, today brings the first genuine summit finish and with it the chance to discover who’s able to win the race outright.

As well as the main contenders we’ll see how Esteban Chaves fares on a longer climb and whether he’s still smiling at the end of the day."
(inrng.com)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Guillaume Martin (Pierre Carrey). Thumb Overlay. "A “philosopher-climber” took the stage victory and the lead of mountains classification at the Tour de l'Avenir Thursday, at the French-Italian border, in the ski resort of La Rosière.

Indeed, Guillaume Martin, the Frenchman who is now second overall at three seconds behind Austria's Gregor Mühlberger, completed Masters in philosophy in June at Nanterre University, close to Paris. His subject of studies was, somehow a question of sport: the links between spirit and body in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015








Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves (Orica - GreenEdge) - (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Esteban Chaves made up for the disappointment of the previous day as he snatched the red jersey back from the shoulders of Tom Dumoulin on the uphill finish on the Alto de Cazorla on stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Yesterday the Colombian lost the race lead he had held since stage 2 and here he struck out with just over 2km remaining out on the short, sharp final climb. Dumoulin had no choice but to set off in pursuit and ended up third, five seconds back, after Dan Martin pipped him to the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Esteban Chaves after stage six of the Vuelta a Espana (Sunada). Thumb Overlay. "Not even Tom Dumoulin realized that he’d wrenched the red jersey from Esteban Chaves after stage five, but the young Colombian wanted to make sure everyone knew he’d won it back on stage six.

Attacking off the front with two and a half kilometers to the finish, Chaves simply waltzed past the remaining breakaway rider Steve Cummings on the sharp final climb and never (figuratively) looked back."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: The mountain finales get serious for real. Thumb Overlay. "The theme is the same roughly, an uncomplicated long approach to a finishing climb.

Friday though we see a more undulating terrain and the final climb is a long one. In two steps we start with a gently sloping six kilometers, take a four km flat breather and then the last nine km are uphill at something like 6-7%.

Chaves should be able to continue cruising on the current form he has while we should see some of the bigger names like Nairo and Froome having to show their cards a little more."
(podiumcafe.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) claimed the Vuelta leader's jersey on Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Tom Dumoulin had to be hauled out of the Giant-Alpecin bus after Wednesday’s stage to go to the podium ceremony as the new leader of the Vuelta a España.

The 6-foot-1 Dutch rider was as surprised as anyone that he gapped overnight leader Esteban Chaves in the grinding sprint finale to snag the red leader’s jersey by one second.

“I didn’t realize I had the lead until I was on the bus,” Dumoulin said. “I was angry at the line because I couldn’t help John [Degenkolb] like I wanted to in the sprint, and then I heard on the radio I was the leader. That was a pleasant surprise."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: The Russians were hitting the trainers before the stage. Always an indicator of a short, brutal stage
Photo Directvelo. Thumb Overlay. "Alliteration, my friend, you never get old. The mountains have made their presence felt in the Tour de l'Avenir already and there are still two days to go. This was basically a re-run of stage 6 from last year's race except the mountains were in a little bit different order but the finish on the La Rosiere climb was the same.

The race started off quick and it hit many of the non-climbers hard. German Chaves was feeling frisky and attacked his breakaway mates on the opening Col du Saisies and was able to make it last until the top of the climb."
(espoirscentral.blogspot.com.au)

August 27, 2015








Thumbnail: Marc Sarreau on the podium (JF Quenet). Thumb Overlay. "FDJ neo-pro Marc Sarreau entered the world of successful sprinters on Thursday as he claimed his first professional victory on stage 3 of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes ahead of MTN-Qhubeka’s Tyler Farrar.

At the stage finish in Loudun, the home of Theophraste Renaudot, who was considered the father of journalism after he founded “La Gazette” in May 1631, Sep Vanmarcke took over from Arnaud Gérard in the lead of the general classification thanks to a time bonus collected on the road."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Canyon’s Smart Bike Computer is the world's first app-based cycle computer (Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Canyon has unveiled an all-new bike computer that has been developed in collaboration with Sony. Expected to be available in spring 2016, the Canyon Smart Computer integrates neatly into a handlebar stem and runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system – a versatile platform most commonly found on smartwatches.

The Smart Computer pairs with smartphones or external sensors via Bluetooth but an integrated GPS module and 4GB of internal storage mean that the device can also be used on its own."
(bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: €24,000 euros! Thumb Overlay. "Lightweight shamelessly showed off a special edition version of its Urgestalt frameset, bedecked in all manner of gold, called the Urgestalt 24.

As one might guess, the “24” corresponds with the fact, that the frame’s graphics have been rendered in nothing short of 24 carat gold.

In addition, the “24” also means, that production has been limited to just 24 framesets, that carry a cost of, you guessed it, €24,000 euros!

Holy scheibe!"
(capovelo.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: First off, Rotor did not, as many have assumed, simply buy Acros and rebadge it. Thumb Overlay. "Rotor’s Uno hydraulic drivetrain will be entering the market in spring 2016 and will be on the bikes of team MTN-Qhubeka for next season.

We haven’t had a chance to ride it yet; that will come at the company’s press launch this fall. But we did get to play around with the system at Eurobike, as well as talk to Rotor co-founder and chief innovation officer Pablo Carrasco about how the system works and how it came to be. Carrasco also confirmed that Team MTN-Qhubeka will race Uno for the 2016 season."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Power2Max cut their prices by 20%. Thumb Overlay. "Power2Max cut their prices by 20%, down to $610US – including the cranks.  Yes, seriously.  For the company now celebrating its five year anniversary this year, things appear to be going well.

The already good-deal Power2Max line got even better with the price drop.  This drop didn’t come to their now phased out Classic line, but rather their fancy newish Type-S line."
(dcrainmaker.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "Alexander Kristoff claimed his 20th victory of the season in Plouay after missing out on a second stage win at the Arctic Race of Norway and finishing second to André Greipel at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg.

He outsprinted Italy's Simone Ponzi and Ramunas Navardauskas on the famous finishing line of the 2000 World Championships." (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015








Thumbnail: Peter Sagan was not his usual smiling self when he crossed the line after having been crashed by a race moto. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. Overlay. "Peter Sagan has become the latest high-profile withdrawal from the Vuelta a España after being hit by a motorcycle during Saturday’s eighth stage.

Sagan, who on stage three had ended a two-year drought without a grand-tour win, looked set to challenge for another stage victory until the incident took place just over 8km from the finish.

On Sunday, he did not take the start for stage nine.

“Tinkoff-Saxo announces that, unfortunately, the team’s co-leader at the Vuelta a Espana cannot safely continue to race and will instead return home to recover,” the Russian team said in a statement on Sunday." (velonews.com)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "BMC confirmed that Tejay van Garderen will not be part of the team for this year’s world team time trial championships after fracturing his shoulder and suffering other injuries during the high-speed crash at the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday.

Kris Boeckmans, Nacer Bouhanni and Dan Martin also went down hard in the crash, which was apparently caused when Boeckmans hit a hole in the road while drinking from a bottle. He is in an induced coma in Spain after suffering facial injuries." (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: The race has long been limited to young amateur riders. Overlay. "Responding to the controversial decision by the UCI to allow WorldTour and Pro Continental riders to compete in the Tour de l’Avenir, USA Cycling’s Under 23 team director Mike Sayers has called for a change in stance on this, emphasizing how important the race is for developing competitors.

Regarded for many years as an amateur Tour de France – hence the name, which translates into Tour of the Future – the Tour de l’Avenir has been won by some of the top emerging talent in the sport, including Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg LeMond and Miguel Indurain." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Philippe Gilbert takes his second stage win of the 2015 Giro d'Italia. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "Philippe Gilbert returned to Plouay to take part in the French World Tour race for the first time since 2011.

Apart from that year, when the World Championship course in Copenhagen didn't suit him (he finished 17th), he usually opts for the Vuelta a España to gear up for the race to the rainbow jersey.

"It's a special feeling to come back to Plouay because of all the memories it brings back," the Belgian said on the start line." (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: It proved quite easy to fill those racks. Overlay. "I’m sure you have all heard the saying “n+1 is the perfect number of bikes to own” – where “n” = the number of bike you have. With new bikes and new technology getting better and better each year, it’s hard to avoid upgrade and addition syndrome. I mean, have you seen the new 2016 bikes being launched at Eurobike? #lust

As I write this, I’m counting my bikes in my head. Time trial bike, cyclocross bike, team road bike and a spare road bike. When I bought my first road bike, I never would have imagined that I’d be sitting here in my apartment surrounded by bikes. Literally." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Race vehicle involved in a crash, again. Overlay. "This year has seen several crashes caused by or involving race vehicles and motorbikes. This appears to have happened again at the Vuelta a España when Peter Sagan was reportedly knocked down by a motorcycle.

He was clearly very angered by the incident, in no small part due to the fact that he may have won the stage had he reached the finish line with the lead group.

This will once again ignite the debate around the actions of the support personnel around professional cycling and see the input of the UCI." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 29, 2015






Thumb: Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "Etixx QuickStep have confirmed that Daniel Martin has joined the Belgian team for the next two seasons. The Irish rider will leave Cannondale Garmin at the end of this year having raced with the team since 2008.

"I'm really excited to join the team, which has been a point of reference in cycling for years," Martin said. "I hope to be able to take the next step in my career with Etixx Quick-Step. I would like to improve even more and establish consistency with my performances. I think I am entering an important moment of my career at my age. I feel I am stronger than ever, mentally and physically,” Martin said in a press release." (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2015






Thumb: Fernando Gaviria (Colombia) wins stage 1 of the Tour de San Luis (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "The Tour de l’Avenir is often referred to as the mini-Tour de France and is a proving ground for young talent. Former winners of the race include Felice Gimondi, Greg LeMond, Maguel Indurain, Laurent Fignon, Nairo Quintana and current Vuelta a Espana leader Esteban Chaves.

During this year’s Tour de l’Avenir, Cyclingnews reporter and DirectVelo founder Pierre Carrey has been taking a closer look at the potential stars of the future with a series of profiles. We may be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future." (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2015






Thumbnail: I haven’t really looked back on anything because I feel like I’m still in it. Thumb Overlay. "Taylor Phinney has avoided saying he is ‘back’ despite a hugely successful return to racing; a return that is set to continue at the Tour of Britain from next week.

The 25-year-old has earmarked the race on a program that could also include the UCI Road World Championships on home soil after being sidelined through injury for an excruciating 15 months."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Pete Stetina (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Trek Factory Racing have made their second rider signing in as many days with American Peter Stetina joining on a one-year deal from BMC Racing. The news follows Wednesday’s announcement that Ryder Hesjedal will move from Cannondale-Garmin to Trek at the end of this season on a one-year contract.

Stetina, 28, rose through the ranks at Garmin before moving to BMC Racing two years ago. His move to Trek comes after a difficult season in which he crashed out of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and suffered a fractured tibia and patella. The American fought back and recenty rode the Tour of Utah and several stages at the USA Pro Challenge."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen . Thumb Overlay. "Tejay van Garderen is an optimist. Only two days after dropping out of the Tour de France, while sitting third overall, he had moved on. He set his sights on the Vuelta a España, where he has been racing for the last week.

The American of team BMC Racing dropped out of the Tour in its third week, midway through the Pra Loup stage, due to a respiratory infection. He sat third overall behind leader Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana.

“It was a disappointment, but if you dwell on it too much it doesn’t do anyone any good,” van Garderen told Cycling Weekly yesterday."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly) helped BMC Racing chase down the break on Independence Pass during the early part of stage 4, from Aspen to Breckenridge. Photo: Casey B. Gibson. Thumb Overlay. "BMC Racing steamrolled the competition at the USA Pro Challenge last week, winning four of seven stages, with three different riders, and taking first and second on the general classification. Behind the scenes, however, domestic riders complained of the team’s strong-arm tactics in the peloton.

Previously documented, both here on VeloNews and in a column by Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Phil Gaimon on Cyclingnews.com, tensions were high between visiting UCI WorldTeams and the domestic teams that race in North America all season long.

Some references to the tensions within the bunch were purposefully opaque. Robbie Squire of Hincapie Racing sat third overall after four stages, and complained that those “riding at the front” had hassled him. When pressed, he said he preferred not to name specific riders or teams.

However BMC led the race, riding at the front, from stages 2 through 7."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Peter Sagan is racing in the Vuelta as preparation for next month's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Peter Sagan won the third stage of the Vuelta a España on Monday, which is part of his plan to conquer the world. The Slovak of team Tinkoff-Saxo is racing in the Spanish grand tour with an eye on Richmond, Virginia - where he could make up for a mostly fruitless spring at the world championships.

Tinkoff hired Sagan last winter to lead its team to a monument win in Milano-Sanremo, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), or Paris-Roubaix. He came up short, recording just one victory in the spring - a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Tour de France, where he won the green jersey after five second places, helped make amends. Redemption, however, would truly come with the world championships. Though not a monument, it is just as prestigious and offers the winner the privilege to wear the rainbow jersey for one year."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Vincenzo Nibali's hopes of making a quick return to racing following his expulsion from the Vuelta a España have been dashed by UCI rules, which prohibit riders eliminated from a stage race from competing in any other event until that race is over.

Nibali apologized for cheating in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport and said he hoped to race again as soon as possible, perhaps even this weekend at the Gran Prix Ouest France WorldTour race in Plouay."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Jolien D'hoore, stage winner, Women's Tour 2015, stage two . Thumb Overlay. "The leader of the UCI Women’s World Cup, Wiggle-Honda’s Jolien d’Hoore, has announced she will not be competing at the final event of the series this weekend in order to fully prepare for September’s World Championships.

D’Hoore took the lead last weekend with a win at the Crescent Vårgårda road race in Sweden as a late crash by Lizzie Armitstead saw her slip down the leaderboard.

But the 25-year-old Belgian said she always planned to have a month of solid training before the World Championships in Richmond on September 26."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Kristian House attacks, Tour Series 2015, Motherwell Credit: Andy Jones . Thumb Overlay. "Former British road race champion Kristian House will leave JLT-Condor at the end of 2015, ending his eight-year association with the team.

House, the 2009 Nationals winner, has ridden for John Herety’s squad through its various guises as Rapha Condor-Recycling.co.uk and Rapha Condor-Sharp since joining from the American Navigators squad for 2008.

House’s combative style has brought him wins in the 2011 Tour of South Africa and the King of the Mountains jersey at the 2012 Tour of Britain, as well as stage wins in the 2010 Tour of Japan and 2011 Vuelta Ciclista a Leon."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Garmin has produced a software update that will enable users of the Edge 510, 810 and 1000 to see Strava segments data in real time. Thumb Overlay. "It has been long awaited, but it seems that Garmin users will now be able to see Strava segments in real time, as they ride, by way of a software update available to existing Garmin devices.

The update comes after Garmin previously announced details of the Edge 520 on the 1st of July. The Edge 520 was touted as the first bike computer compatible with Strava live segments. As of the 25th August, Garmin now offers this feature across the Edge 510, 810 and 1000 head units."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Look KéO Power now works on ANT+, which finally makes it compatible with Garmins and other standard cycling computers (Ben Delaney / Immediate Media). Thumb Overlay. "Long before Garmin Vector and PowerTap P1, Look had a pedal-based power meter called the Look KéO Power. One major obstacle for widespread acceptance, however, was the lack of compatibility with standard cycling computers.  That will soon change.

As part of a partnership with Polar, the Look KéO Power only worked with Polar computers and then, more recently, with the rare computers that use Bluetooth Smart.

In January, new Look KéO Power pedals will come with Bluetooth Smart and the ANT+ wireless protocol, finally making them compatible with Garmins and other regular bike computers."
(bikeradar.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: WorldTour teams including Team Sky appear to believe that shorter cranks are more efficient. Thumb Overlay. "When Tour de France winning teams find a new way of working, it’s always worth paying attention.

Team Sky have for some time been testing their riders on cranks shorter than 170mm. Although it’s unclear exactly what length cranks they’re racing on, it seems the days of 172.5mm and 175mm cranks are gone."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: MyCampy is expected to become available in the next few months.. Thumb Overlay. "The Italian cycling marque, Campagnolo, announced today, the launch of its new app – MYCampy.

The new mobile app, is designed to assist Campagnolo owners with managing their components, by keeping track of ride data and usage.

In doing so, the new app aims help owners keep track of wear and tear on their parts, by keeping up to date maintenance records.

The app will initially be available for both iOS and Android, followed by a PC platform."
(capovelo.com)

August 27, 2015






August 27, 2015






Distraction... "This year BIC is a new advertizer on the Vuelta a España... and a very welcome addition it is too! " (pezcyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015




It's Sunday and I'm still in a hospital bed!

Looks like news updates will remain limited today but hopefully I'll be discharged soon and we can get back to business as usual.

Thanks,
Doug

August 30, 2015












August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) rode in the break in stage 17 of the Tour, and had a strong finish, coming across the line in third place on the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele. Overlay. "Could Rigoberto Urán be headed to Cannondale Garmin? It sure seems like it.

Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters dropped a hint on Twitter on Sunday suggesting as much.

“Riddle: what will be green in 2016, has a long flowing mane, and two of the same last name?” Vaughters posted on Twitter on Sunday morning. “Answer tomorrow.”

Urán recently clipped his mullet, but he does have the double last name (Spanish style, Urán Urán). That tweet is all but unofficial confirmation of a rumor that’s been flying for the past few weeks." (velonews.com)

August 30, 2015






Thumbnail: Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) (ASO). Overlay. "Following on from his spectacular win at Mende airfield in the 2015 Tour de France, Steve Cummings has returned to the Vuelta a Espana after a three year absence on the hunt for another Grand Tour stage victory and with his eye on the UCI Road World Championships this September, too.

The 34-year-old has good memories of his previous Vuelta participation in 2012, when he clinched a stage after powering out of the break in the north-western seaport of Ferrol." (cyclingnews.com)

August 30, 2015







Thumbnail: The green button flicks left and right . Overlay. "Lazer 's dial closure system has had a futuristic update. Now you need to plug something else in along with your Di2 battery and Garmin.

The green button flicks left and right to tighten or loosen the retention system." (cyclingtips.com.au)

August 30, 2015





It is Saturday morning and the doctors have told me that the surgery went very well.

I am doing a few updates here and there but it is difficult laying in a hospital bed. I'm hoping to get back up to speed in a day or two.

Thanks for being patient and also thanks for all of the well wishes!
Doug

August 29, 2015





On Friday morning, August 28th, I will be having some fairly heavy duty surgery and will be out of commision for a while.

I will (obviously) not be updating the Doug Report on Friday but I am hoping that the hospital will have decent Wi-Fi and I will feel good enough to be able to add new content, possibly as early as Saturday.

Please bear with me as I recover.

Thanks,
Doug


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August 29, 2015







Thumbnail: A sad Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) comes to the line after being knocked off his bike by a race moto (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Overlay. "Walking away from the stage 8 finish of the Vuelta a España, a serious-looking Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Tristan Hoffman has confirmed that after talking to the race organizers about Peter Sagan’s crash, a race motorbike “took Peter down.”

With less than 10 kilometers to go from the finish of stage 8 during a hectic finale, it appears Sagan was struck by a race motorbike.

Sagan’s fury was clear after the crash as he lashing out at race vehicles. His shorts ripped to shreds, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider punched the medical car, gestured vehemently at the race motorbike, then appeared to kick his own bike. The next TV images showed the 25-year-old back on the bike but dropped from the front group." (cyclingnews.com)

August 29, 2015






Thumb: BMC Racing team owners Jim Ochowicz (left) and Andy Rihs at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Neal Rogers.. Overlay. "BMC Racing team owners Andy Rihs and Jim Ochowicz have addressed rumors that the team’s future is uncertain beyond 2016, saying that they are actively building towards 2017 and 2018.

Amid late-season transfer news and rumors, questions about BMC’s long-term future have arisen, due to the fact that several of the team’s biggest signings for 2016, including Richie Porte and Samuel Sanchez, are on one-year deals. Likewise, American Tejay van Garderen is on contract only through 2016." (velonews.com)

August 29, 2015







Thumbnail: Armitstead delivered in the finale. Overlay. "Six months ago, the day before she won her first UCI Women Road World Cup of the season, Lizzie Armitstead insisted that repeating as World Cup overall winner was not a priority in 2015.

By the time she had taken her second World Cup win in Philadelphia, Armitstead had changed her tune. She was back in the series leader’s jersey and had determined she’d quite like to keep it. Poised to do exactly that with two rounds left to race, Armitstead suffered from bad luck and a bit of nerves in Sweden, slipping to third overall in Vårgårda.

The British national champion would need a very special performance at GP de Plouay to win the overall. " (cyclingtips.com.au)

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August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: FERRARI Michele (ITA) Doctor Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA / Slide . Thumb Overlay. "Dr Michele Ferrari and his son Stefano have been called to give testimony to the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) anti-doping prosecuter under suspicion of providing performance enhancing drugs to a biathlete.

Ferrari worked with Lance Armstrong for years during his run of seven consecutive Tour de France victories and was banned by USADA in 2012 after being implicated in the case against the Texan, but vehemently denies being involved in doping."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "If the polemic surrounding Vincenzo Nibali’s expulsion from the Vuelta a España has dominated the column inches in his home country in recent days, attention is slowly turning towards that other great Italian obsession, the World Championships road race." (cyclingnews.com)

August 28, 2015






Thumbnail: Peter Stetina in the 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Watson). Thumb Overlay. "BMC rider Peter Stetina’s recovery from a multitude of serious injuries suffered at the Tour of the Basque Country is one of the most remarkable stories in the cycling world this year.

And the American has capped his swift comeback by signing for Trek Factory Racing next year, proving in recent weeks that he’s not ‘damaged goods’ and earning a new contract."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004. (AFP). Thumb Overlay. "Dr. Michele Ferrari and his son Stefano have been summoned for questioning by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor on Friday, September 4.

The infamous sports doctor is suspected of providing advice and assistance about EPO and other banned substances to Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler and his father Gottlieb, a vice president of the international Biathlon federation in 2010.

Both the Ferraris and the Taschlers deny any wrongdoing."
(cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015







Thumbnail: Cyclist Floyd Landis left the Federal courthouse in San Diego Friday, Aug. 24, after agreeing to a deferred prosecution with the government. With him was his attorney, Leo Cunningham. — John Gibbins. Thumb Overlay. "Floyd Landis no longer faces up to 20 years in federal prison plus a $1.5 million fine for soliciting donations for his legal defense of 2006 doping charges while repeatedly, and fraudulently, claiming he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

But he’s still on the hook for nearly $500,000 to more than 1,700 individuals who contributed to the Floyd Fairness Fund in 2007 and 2008."
(sandiegotribune.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Getty Images. Thumb Overlay. "The heavyweight legal fight between Lance Armstrong and the federal government is now threatening to drag Nike into the fray.

Both want to grill the sportswear company under oath as a witness to find out more about the company’s previous sponsorship of Armstrong. Both Armstrong and the government recently have issued subpoenas to the company.

But Nike is not going for it. The company is fighting back at both and has asked a federal judge in Oregon for help protecting its information."
(usatoday.com)

August 7, 2015






Thumbnail: a sticky bottle is when a driver holds up up a waterbottle to a rider who then holds on to the bottle for a few seconds. Thumb Overlay. "The term “sticky bottle” gets used a lot to describe the the practice of getting a small tow from the team car.

It’s made the headlines this week with Vincenzo Nibali’s disqualification from the Vuelta. The language is interesting because bottles are not sticky, it’s a way to talk around the subject.

If a rider grabbed a handle on the team car they’d be called a cheat, use a plastic bottle and there’s a nod and a wink. Does using this term condone it?"
(inrng.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Goal setting is a process. Thumb Overlay. "“Fail to plan and you plan to fail.” This saying has more importance than you realize.

In order to be successful at anything in life, especially sports, you must plan for it. Among other things, you must plan out your race schedule, your training schedule and your training times. Then you must plan on the best way to make everything happen. “Winging it” only works for so long. The best athletes are the ones who have planned their success.

What’s the first step in this planning process? Goal setting. You must set realistic yet challenging goals to keep you motivated and on track."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

August 27, 2015







Thumbnail: Pierre Rolland will jump over to Cannondale-Garmin for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Pierre Rolland, the French rider who won atop Alpe d’Huez in 2011, will join Cannondale-Garmin for 2016.

The 28-year-old Rolland, currently racing at the Vuelta a España with Europcar, is a consistent grand tour performer, with a fourth overall at the 2014 Giro d’Italia and an eighth at the 2012 Tour de France.

“I believe that for all of his talent, he still has untapped potential,” said Cannondale-Garmin CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We hope to bring some work in aerodynamics and a bit of fresh air to help him maximize that potential, while retaining that panache and style that make him the great rider he is.”

The news comes a day after Ryder Hesjedal announced he would join Trek Factory Racing for 2016. Rolland’s arrival will help fill that hole in the team’s GC ambitions, and he will slot in beside Andrew Talansky in the grand tours."
(velonews.com)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Katusha leads the peloton in Doha on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Qatar. Thumb Overlay. "The rider dragging along the bunch, glancing down at the head unit on his handlebars every 20 seconds. The time trial effort during which the rider spends more time looking at his power output display than the road ahead." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

August 27, 2015






Thumbnail: Alex Peters will be riding for Sky next season (Pierre Carrey). Thumb Overlay. "The high mountains will be a moment of truth for Alex Peters, as the Tour de l'Avenir climbs some iconic ascents from Thursday. "He will relish the 'cols' and you will see who is the real Alex," his coach Neil Martin tells Cyclingnews." (cyclingnews.com)

August 27, 2015


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