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Nibali wins 2016 Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in the maglia rosa (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second career Giro d’Italia overall victory Sunday in Torino. Giro points champion Giacomo Nizzolo, meanwhile, will have to wait at least another year to nab a maiden stage win at his home grand tour.

Although the 27-year-old Italian crossed the finish line first in Sunday’s 21st and final stage of the race, he was relegated for an irregular sprint after swerving in the finale, cutting off Sacha Modolo.

Nikias Arndt, the second rider across the line, was awarded the victory instead."
(velonews.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016





Hard-working Bobridge in contention for ‘maglia nera’.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Jack Bobridge has spent plenty of time at the front of the Giro peloton putting in work for Trek – Segafredo, but that has also contributed to his spending plenty of time at the back of the bunch as well. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Jack Bobridge would be happy to surrender his claim to one of the long standing but now unofficial honors of the Giro d’Italia before the race finishes on Sunday.

That honor is being the “winner” of the Giro’s “maglia nera” (black jersey) as the last finisher on general classification, like the “lanterne rouge” (red lantern) in the Tour de France."
(velonews.com)

May 29, 2016







21-year-old Greg Daniel stuns favorites to take US national road title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by USA CyclingThumb Overlay."Axeon Hagens Berman’s incredible 2016 season rolled on Saturday in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as 21-year-old Greg Daniel stunned the pre-race favorites with a late-race solo attack that held to the line to take the U.S. national road title.

Alex Howes finished second, five seconds back. Travis McCabe was third, in the same time."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 29, 2016









2016 Criterium du Dauphine LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Prologue: Sunday, June 5 Les Gets/Les Gets (3.9 km)Thumb Overlay."Sunday's (June 5) Criterium du Dauphine Prologue, a 3.9km Individual Time Trial from Les Gets to Les Gets, gets underway at 11:40pm CET (5:40am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.

Finish at around 2:47pm CET (8:47am U.S. Eastern).

Criterium du Dauphine live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)








Giro d'Italia: Taaramae wins stage 20 in Sant’Anna di Vinadio.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Chaves loses battle for GC on the Colle della Lombarda.

Vincenzo Nibali pulled off what seemed impossible just a few days ago and all but won the Giro d’Italia with a devastating performance on the final mountain stage.

The Italian started stage 20 to Sant'Anna di Vinadio 44 seconds down on maglia rosa Esteban Chaves but made up the deficit on the penultimate climb with a long-range attack after cracking all his major rivals, including the Colombian."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016









Five talking points from stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Vincenzo Nibali riding away on stage 20 of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Graham WatsonThumb Overlay."Yesterday’s stage victory was only the start of Vincenzo Nibali’s against the odds comeback.

Today he attacked around 5km from the summit of the Colle della Lombardia, the final climb of the day, and immediately dropped the pink jersey Esteban Chaves."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 28, 2016







Dombrowski disappointed to miss out on a stage victory at the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale) dancing on the pedals (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Joe Dombrowski desperately wanted to win the final mountain stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.

He has covered the mountain climb numerous times in long training rides up from his European base in Nice and was hoping to win in front of his parents, who had also ridden up the climb and reached the isolated group of buildings that cluster around the Sant'Anna di Vinadio monastery."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016







Kruijswijk declared fit to battle on at the Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Steven Kruijswijk struggles to the line after crashing during stage 19. (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Steven Kruijswijk will battle on in the Giro d'Italia after being declared fit to start the penultimate stage on Saturday morning.

After spinning the legs on the rollers in his hotel this morning, Kruijswijk's LottoNL Jumbo team confirmed he would be carrying on, despite the fractured rib and pain in his foot and side that he sustained in a crash on yesterday's stage 19."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Fractured scapula and collarbone a mixed blessing for Zakarin.

Thumbnail Credit (sbs.com.au): Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) left Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia in an ambulance after a serious tumble left onlookers fearing for the worst. Thumb Overlay."Zakarin, who was sitting in fifth overall, crashed out in the dramatic 162km stage from Pinerolo to Risoul, two days before the Giro ends in Turin.

The 26-year-old Katusha rider came off in a turn on the long descent off the Coll dell'Agnello. He was sitting four minutes and 50 seconds behind Steven Kruijswijk, who later crashed on the same descent and lost his pink leader’s jersey.

While Kruijswick managed to complete the stage with a fractured rib, for Zakarin the Giro is over."
(sbs.com.au)

May 28, 2016






Kruijswijk's Giro d'Italia questionable after rib fracture diagnosed.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) finishes stage 19 after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."On Thursday, it seemed as if Steven Kruijswijk had the Giro d'Italia sewn up and would be arriving in Turin as the first Dutch winner in the race's history.

Now, the LottoN Jumbo team confirmed late Friday that Kruijswijk had sustained a fractured rib, and is suffering from pain in his foot and side."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016







Giro d'Italia: Nibali claims penultimate mountain stage.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) attacks (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Vincenzo Nibali took emotional victory on hectic and breath-taking stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. In a day that saw the maglia rosa Steven Kruijswijk crash heavily, Nibali claimed valuable seconds on his rivals following a late attack on the last climb.

Mikel Nieve crossed the line in second place with Esteban Chaves in second.

After enduring a lot of criticism and pressure from the Italian press, the victory proved cathartic for Nibali who burst into tears soon after the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016








Chaos on Giro’s Cima Coppi.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): The Giro d'Italia's overall standings will be decided in the final Alpine mountain stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Thumb Overlay."The Giro d’Italia’s Cima Coppi, the highest mountain of the race, was unkind to a few GC contenders, but it was actually the Colle dell’Agnello’s descent that wreaked the most havoc.

True, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde was dropped on the climb, possibly suffering from the altitude, which he said affected him in the Dolomites. At the start of the day, he was third overall.

But really, most fans will remember the two big crashes on the Agnello’s long, foggy descent from the top of the 2,744-meter (9,004-foot) peak."
(velonews.com)

May 27, 2016








Five talking points from stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Steven Kruijswijk relinquished the pink jersey to Esteban Chaves on a gruelling day at the Giro d'ItaliaThumb Overlay."It was pretty heartbreaking watching Steven Kruijswijk struggle up the climb to Risoul, knowing that he was slipping out of the leader’s jersey with every pedal stroke.

The Dutchman suffered the most untimely of crashes, skidding into a bank of snow at the start of the descent from the Colle dell’Agnello, flipping onto his back and then losing time as he tried to fix his bike."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 27, 2016







Kruijswijk falls on descent from Cima Coppi in Giro d'Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Pink jersey Dutch Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL) rides during the 18th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Giro d'Italia leader Steven Kruijswijk withstood the pressure of Vincenzo Nibali and Esteban Chaves on the Coll dell'Agnello but came to grief at the start of the descent.

The Dutch rider ran into the three-meter high snow bank but was able to get back up and chasing with the help of neutral support."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016





Giro d'Italia: Anything can happen in the final mountain stages, says Valverde.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Alejandro Valverde knows that it will be difficult to topple Steven Kruijswijk in the final mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia but he remains hopeful that he can do it.

Valverde currently sitting in third place in the in the overall standings at 3:23 has just two more chances to overhaul the gap to Kruijswijk."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016






Peloton Week in Tech.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): Hydraulic Shifting from Rotor ComponentsThumb Overlay."This past week at the Peloton Service Course was spent catching up after being on the road at the Tour of California and a quick trip to the Arizona desert for Magura Press Camp.

We brought you a look at the Rotor’s new hydraulic groupset, a new design from the winningest saddle manufacturer in history, a virtual 3T cockpit tour of some of the BMC Racing Team’s top racers, more products that caught our eye in Sedona as well as news on Canyon’s future in the North American market."
(pelotonmagazine.com)

May 27, 2016





A May $600 Gadget Giveaway!.

Thumbnail Credit (dcrainmaker.com): This is the last giveaway.Thumb Overlay."This is the last giveaway. I mean, the last giveaway until the annual Giveaway Extravaganza next month of course!

I’ll let you read all about what that madness was like last year, but for now, we’ve got to get down to business for this giveaway!

The winner will get a $600 credit to CleverTraining.com, my most excellent partner in this giveaway crime."
(dcrainmaker.com)

May 27, 2016





Shimano RP5 road shoes review.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Shimano's RP5s borrow plenty of design touches from the Japanese giant's pro-level shoes (Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."Versatile and roomy, with lots of trickle-down tech from Shimano’s pro shoes.

Highs: Compatible with all pedal systems.

Lows: Big volume won’t suit slimmer feet; not the lightest around.

Trickle-down technology continues to have wide appeal, and Shimano’s new RP – that’s Road Performance – shoes show why.

The RP5s borrow numerous design features from Shimano’s pro-level R321s, most notably the ‘Surround’ upper that wraps around your foot, rather than having a traditional tongue.

BikeRadar score 4/5."
(bikeradar.com)

May 27, 2016








Giro d'Italia: Trentin wins from breakaway in Pinerolo.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Matteo Trentin capped an excellent day of racing at the Giro d’Italia with a thrilling stage win in Pinerolo.

The Italian fought his way back in the closing stages after being dropped on the Pramartino to catch teammate Gianluca Brambilla and Moreno Moser in the final few hundred meters before unleashing an unstoppable sprint."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 26, 2016










Five talking points from stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Gianluca Brambilla and Moreno Moser were going at it again, but Matteo Trentin stole the win in a finish for the agesThumb Overlay."For parts of stage 18 it felt like we were back in the first week of the Giro d’Italia, with Gianluca Brambilla and Moreno Moser out in the breakaway and battling for the win.

Just like on stage eight to Arezzo, Moser didn’t come away with the win, but neither did Brambilla this time, despite it looking almost certain that one of them would be on the victory podium."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 26, 2016











Upcoming Races.

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (Stages & Results),

An Post Ras - May 22-29 (Stages & Results),

Baloise Belgium Tour - May 25-29 (Stages & Results),

USA  Road Championships - May 27-28 (Stages & Results),

USA Crits Winston Salem Classic - May 29 (Stages),

Winston Salem Cycling Classic - May 30 (Race),

Tour de France 2016 - July 2-24 (Stages),

Arctic Race of Norway - Aug 11-14 (Stages),

Crescent Women World Cup Vårgårda - Aug 21 (Race),

GP de Plouay - Aug 27 (Race),

Brussels Cycling Classic - Sept 3 (Race),

Tour of Britain - Sept 4-11 (Stages),

Eneco Tour - Sept 19-25 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - Oct 16 (Race),

More... (cyclingnews.com)




Waeytens wins grueling sprint in final stage Baloise Belgium Tour.

Thumbnail Credit (sporza.be): The final victory in the Baloise Belgium Tour for Dries DevenynsThumb Overlay."Zico Waeytens has won his first professional victory should celebrate.

Dries Devenyns was overall winner of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

The final stage was somewhat depressed after the dramatic stage on Saturday. After the accident yesterday, the riders decided to start anyway in the final stage.

Just Lotto Soudal, the team of the unfortunate Stig Broeckx, was no longer at the start. Starting in Tremelo was imprinted the atmosphere. The start was just postponed and the local round was completed in closed battle. "
(sporza.be)

May 29, 2016






Baloise Belgium Tour goes on, but without Lotto Soudal.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stage 3 of the Baloise Belgium Tour (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."The Baloise Belgium Tour will continue as planned on Sunday with stage 4, despite doubts that lingered after a serious crash, caused by two motorbikes, saw stage 3 abandoned.

Discussions took place between riders, teams and race organisers, and it was decided that the final stage would be raced."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016





Irish on the attack into Skerries but Fankhauser wins Rás.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Clemens Fankhauser (Austria Tirol Cycling) has won the An Post Rás for the second time this afternoon. The 30 year-old took the jersey on stage three and despite countless attacks since then, held firm to cross the line with three seconds to spare on runner-up Jai Hindley of Australia with the latter’s teammate Lucas Hamilton taking third. Above, Nicolai Brochner of Denmark Riwal wins Stage 8 (Photo: Ryan Byrne – Inpho)Thumb Overlay."Clemens Fankhauser has written his name into Rás legend this afternoon by becoming one of just five riders to win the race twice.

Philip Cassidy, Paul McCormack, Chris Newtown and Stephen Spratt are all two-time winners while Seamus O’Hanlon won it four times and Paddy Flanagan three times."
(stickybottle.com)

May 29, 2016





Alex Dowsett breaks British 25-mile time trial record with sub 45-minute ride.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Alex Dowsett wins the RTTC Classic Time Trial Series round in Essex Thumb Overlay."Alex Dowsett comprehensively broke the British 25-mile time trial competition record on Sunday, becoming the first rider in history to break the 45-minute mark with a time of 44-29.

The previous record, 45-43 held by Matt Bottrill, was smashed by over a minute by Dowsett in his ride at the ECCA Championships in Cambridgeshire on the E2/25 course, with the Movistar rider averaging 33.7mph (54.2kmph)."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016





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Daniel claims U.S. road race championship.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Gregory Daniel outfoxed a strong lead group with a solo move to win the national championship road race in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (file)Thumb Overlay."21-year-old Gregory Daniel earned himself a year in the red, white, and blue jersey of the national road race champion Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Axeon Hagens Berman rider jumped clear of a small lead group in the final kilometer and held on to solo across the line in disbelief at the victory.

Moments later, Cannondale’s Alex Howes sprinted across the line for second place, with Travis McCabe nabbing third."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016






Guarnier repeats victory at US road championships.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stage winner and second in the general classification, Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) (Sean Robinson/VelofocusThumb Overlay."1 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 3:48:26.

2 Coryn Rivera (USA) United Healthcare Professional Cycling Team.

3 Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling.

4 Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016









Belgium Tour stage 3 abandoned after motorbikes cause big crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The photo motorbike showing signs of the crash (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."The third stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour was called off part-way through after a big crash, which was caused by two motorbikes, left numerous riders needing medical attention.

Race organizers told Cyclingnews that the crash occurred on a descent some 65km into the stage, when one motorbike collided with another that was at a standstill, sending both into the bunch of riders. The stage was initially neutralized and then abandoned altogether."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Vinokourov hopes Giro d'Italia success will persuade Nibali to stay with Astana.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov at the Dubai Tour (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Alexandre Vinokourov hugged Vincenzo Nibali after he gained enough time in stage 20 to take the pink jersey from Esteban Chaves and set up overall victory at the Giro d'Italia.

The Astana team is in its tenth season and was hoping to continue its run of Grand Tour success in 2016 after winning the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in recent seasons."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Dumoulin and Vuillermoz make it a 1-2 for Ag2r in Plumelec.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Dumoulin got his first win in the previous race of the seriesThumb Overlay."Samuel Dumoulin again proved that he is finally back at his best level after a difficult start to the year by taking his second consecutive win in the Coupe de France series at the GP Plumelec.

In the iconic uphill sprint on the Cote de Cadoudal, he came out on top by holding off his teammate Alexis Vuillermoz who made it a 1-2 for Ag2r.

Arthur Vichot was the best of the rest in third."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 28, 2016





SQlab Focuses on Fit with New Ergowave Saddle Line.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): The Ergowave saddle’s nose sits lower and flatter than the saddle’s rear. Photo courtesy: SQlabThumb Overlay."TheSQlab’s claim to fame is that its saddles are offered in many widths.

SQlab, back in 2002, was the first saddle manufacturer to introduce a system to measure sit bone distance to determine proper saddle width.

While saddle makers that offer differing widths of the same model typically sell two or three different widths, SQlab offers its Ergowave saddle in four widths from 12cm to 15cm wide in 1cm increments."
(cxmagazine.com)

May 28, 2016







Taylor Phinney wins US Pro Time Trial championship.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Taylor Phinney with the stars n stripes on his collar and sleeves to recognise his previous national US titles (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Two years after a devastating injury at the national road championship, American Taylor Phinney reclaimed the U.S. national time-trial title, the third TT championship of his career.

Phinney rode the rolling 48km course in a time of 1:02:45, 70 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tom Zirbel.

Alexey Vermeulen, who is just 21, took the bronze medal, just two seconds behind Zirbel."
(cyclingtips.com.au) (cyclingquotes.com)

May 27, 2016







Small wins women's US Pro Time Trial title.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): www.bpct.ch740 × 470Search by image Carmen Small joins Bigla Pro Cycling TeamThumb Overlay."Bigla’s Carmen Small stunned with a victory ahead of pre-race favorite Kristin Armstrong, who had to settle for third place.

Bepink’s Amber Neben finished second, 22.7 seconds behind Small’s time of 42:32.

Early reports indicate that Armstrong suffered from the heat and humidity during the 33km race. She was 1:08.56 off the winning time."
(velonews.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016







Belgium Tour: Double day for Devenyns.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): IAM Cycling | Dries DevenynsThumb Overlay."Dries Devenyns put himself in the perfect position to go for the overall win at the Baloise Belgium Tour by claiming an impressive stage win in stage 2 which was like a small version of the Tour of Flanders.

Having made it into a 9-rider group, he attacked inside the final kilometer and sprinted past lone leader Stijn Vandenbergh to take the victory and move into the race lead with a 4-second advantage over his teammate Reto Hollenstein. Baptiste Planckaert won the sprint for second."
(cyclingquotes.com) (cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016





Irish young guns Dunbar & Feeley light up Rás into Dungarvan.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Irish riders Eddie Dunbar and Daire Feeley receive huge local support at Rathcormac as stage 6 of the Rás made its way from Clonakilty to Dungarvan (Photo: Morgan Treacy)Thumb Overlay."Aaron Gate opened the An Post Chain Reaction team account for 2016 on day six of the Rás today on an afternoon that saw Clemens Fankheuser retain the race leader’s yellow jersey for the third day in-a-row.

Twice a stage winner from last year, Kiwi rider Gate edged Nicolai Brochner and Matt Holmes at the end of the 159-kilometer stage from Clonakilty to Dungarvan."
(stickybottle.com)

May 27, 2016





More than a jersey on the line for Armstrong.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Kristin Armstrong turned in the best time early at 2015 world championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comThumb Overlay."As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning women’s U.S. national time trial champion, you would think that Kristin Armstrong’s path to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would be relatively smooth.

But as she awaits the selection committee’s decision in June, Armstrong isn’t about to sit up in what has become a real life race against the clock."
(velonews.com)

May 27, 2016





Victoria Pendleton: corrosive culture forced me out of cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (theguardian.com): Victoria Pendleton says she has faith in the review process into the culture of British Cycling that is being led by a panel. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Thumb Overlay."Victoria Pendleton has claimed she would have performed better at the London Olympics, where she won silver and gold medals, and could now be heading to compete in Rio if it was not for the corrosive culture at British Cycling that forced her to quit." (theguardian.com)

May 27, 2016





Top ten cycling fan fails.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): A fan takes a photo in front of the peloton in the 2014 Ghent-Wevelgem Thumb Overlay."Ah, bike race spectating. What fun. Standing by the side of the road all day to watch the peloton flash by is a surprisingly good way to spend your time.

But sometimes the fans at the side of the road take things a little too far, or get things a bit wrong. Here’s our pick of the most outrageous cycling fan fails."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 27, 2016





How to become a better climber… if you don’t live near any climbs.

Thumbnail Credit (roadcyclinguk.com): How can you train to improve your climbing if you don’t live near any hills? (Pic: Tour of Cambridgeshire)Thumb Overlay."If you live in a hilly area the solution is relatively simple – get out and climb those hills. Of course, it’s not as easy as that, but if you live near climbs, you’re able to train specifically on the type of terrain on which you want to improve.

This, however, isn’t an option for all of us: what if you live in an area where there aren’t any hills but still want to improve your climbing, whether that’s ahead of a cycling holiday, European sportive, race or just for the heck of it?"
(roadcyclinguk.com)

May 27, 2016






Tour of Belgium: Theuns wins stage 1.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Edward Theuns finally claimed his first victory of his first season in the WorldTour with Trek Segafredo, taking out the bunch sprint in Knokke Heist over Dan McLay and Kenny De Haes.

The 25-year-old breathed a sigh of relief after taking the victory. "For me it's a very important victory," Theuns said."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 26, 2016






Wouter Moi wins Ras stage 5.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Damien Shaw came within two seconds of taking the yellow jersey at the An Post Rás in Clonakilty this afternoon. The An Post-ChainReaction rider started the day 29 seconds down overall and made a brave bid for the race lead. Alas, overnight leader Clemens Fankheuser and his Tirol team did just about enough to preserve it (Photo: David Pintens)Thumb Overlay."Damien Shaw and Eoin Morton came within a whisker of the yellow jersey as well as claiming stage glory on day five of the An Post Rás in Clonakilty this afternoon.

Shaw began the day 29 seconds down on overnight leader Clemens Fankheuser but was in most moves of the day today in an effort to shake off the 2014 winner and wear yellow for the first time in his career."
(stickybottle.com)

May 26, 2016








U.S. Pro preview: Phinney returns.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Taylor Phinney will ride in search of two jerseys this weekend, in the time trial and road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."The stars and stripes of cycling’s U.S. national champions will be on the line this weekend as the domestic peloton descends on Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the 2016 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships.

The event makes its return to the Carolinas following a three-year stint in Chattanooga, Tennessee."
(velonews.com)

May 26, 2016





Victoria Pendleton: I’d struggle to earn respect working at British Cycling right now.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The former Olympian says she'd love to take on a role in the organisation but only in a system she felt comfortable withThumb Overlay."Victoria Pendleton said she’d “love to be involved” at British Cycling if she was asked in the future, however doesn’t think she’d be given respect if she was at the organization as it is currently.

The two time Olympic gold medallist retired from racing in 2012 and has since switched to competing in horse racing, and will be working as a pundit for the BBC in Rio this August."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 26, 2016





Malvern Star Oppy S2 review.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Matt WikstromThumb Overlay."Malvern Star is well known to Australian cyclists, such that many of today’s riders likely had their start on one of the brand’s bikes when they were kids.

Established in 1903, Malvern Star is returning to its traditional routes with a new range of heritage bikes."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 26, 2016





Dani King’s Mid-Week Power Building Training Session.

Thumbnail Credit (totalwomenscycling.com): We spoke to Olympic athlete Dani of Rowe & King coaching to get tips for athletes short on timeThumb Overlay."Being powerful and fast are desirable attributes for a cyclist.

Possessing the ability to put a big effort in, to get up a steep climb in a sportive, to let your mates know who’s boss on the café ride or even to make an attack in a race, is important."
(totalwomenscycling.com)

May 26, 2016











distraction. "Always nice to see Italy's Miss Ciclismo brightening the Giro." (pezcyclingnews.com)

May 29, 2016











May 29, 2016






New Bahrain Cycling Team officially confirmed by Sheikh Nasser.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Bahrain Cycling Team will inspire, race hard, and look elegant. ✌🏼️🚴🏼 فريق البحرين للدراجات راح يلهم، و يسابق بقوه، و طبعاً بيلبس بأناقه 😉 #Bahrain_cycling_teamThumb Overlay."The new and long-awaited Bahrain cycling project was officially confirmed by Sheikh Nasser on Sunday, with the prince saying the Middle East’s first potential WorldTour team “will soon make its debut on the international scene.”

Sheikh Nasser was confirmed the team’s existence to the Bahrain News Agency, but also took to Instagram to show off the team’s logo on some branded clothing, saying “Bahrain Cycling Team will inspire, race hard, and look elegant."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016






Tinkoff and IAM exit from WorldTour could leave volatile transfer market for riders.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): The gap left by folding WorldTour teams IAM and TInkoff will mean fewer spots available for riders in the top level of pro cyclingThumb Overlay."Riders may have to settle for less this transfer season with supply possibly set to outweigh demand and so grant teams a greater bargaining power.

IAM will cease operations at the end of the year and Tinkoff it is widely believed will also fold through want of a sponsor, leaving a sizeable gap in the 2017 WorldTour that is not guaranteed to be filled by two new ventures offering maximum positions."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 29, 2016





In Review: Trek Boone 7 Disc Cyclocross Bike.

Thumbnail Credit (cxmagazine.com): Trek Boone 7 Disc cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross MagazineThumb Overlay."Trek Bicycle‘s Boone is now a common sight at cyclocross races and even gravel events, from your local weekend scene to the World Cup circuit.

And it’s no wonder given not only Trek’s reach with sponsored riders like 12-time US Cyclocross National Champion Katie Compton, up and comers like Spencer Petrov and of course Sven Nys and the Telenet-Fidea team, but also the bike’s own chops."
(cxmagazine.com)

May 29, 2016






2016 Tour de France LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Stage 1: Saturday, July 2 Mont-Saint-Michel/Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (188 km)Thumb Overlay."Saturday's (July 2nd) Stage 1 starts at -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern).

Live video from -- CET (-- U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)













May 28, 2016





Ex-pro, cancer survivor Canada dies in gran fondo crash.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): David Cañada, who last raced professionally in 2008, died Saturday at age 41. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file)Thumb Overlay."David Cañada, an ex-pro and cancer survivor, died Saturday from head injuries sustained during a fall in a gran fondo event in his home region of Aragon, Spain.

According to Spanish media reports, he crashed into another rider, landed heavily on his head, and later died of injuries. He was 41."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016





Russia's doping scandal: Who's telling the truth?

Thumbnail Credit (telegraph.co.uk): First meldonium case exposed in Russian athletics | Reuters www.reuters.comThumb Overlay."Russian athletics has been plunged into one of the most explosive doping scandals in sporting history.

Eight of their stars from London's 2012 Olympics have now tested positive for drug use, as have a further 14 from Beijing 2008."
(telegraph.co.uk)

May 28, 2016






Eddie Dunbar takes Rás stage win in Wicklow.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): Eddie Dunbar has taken victory on the penultimate stage of the An Post Rás into Baltinglass.Thumb Overlay."Less than six weeks after breaking his arm in a crash while out training in Cork, Eddie Dunbar has bounced back in stunning fashion with victory on stage seven of the An Post Rás today, Saturday.

The 19-year old Corkman won a sprint from a five-man breakaway into Baltinglass, edging fellow U23 Jai Hindley and race leader Clemens Fankheuser."
(stickybottle.com)

May 28, 2016





Armitstead wins Boels Hills Classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): The Boels Hills Classic (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 3:26:38.

2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS.

3 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team.

4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:20."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 28, 2016





Dombrowski: I think the grand tours suit me.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Joe Dombrowski put in several digs while out front in the breakaway in the Giro's 20th stage, ultimately riding to third place on the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."As Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski crossed the finish line of the last mountain stage in the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, he admitted to being “a little different.”

After an impressive third place finish on the 20th and penultimate stage of the race - 134 kilometers from Guillestre to Sant’Anna Di Vinadio - the 25-year-old American could certainly say he achieved his objective of the race apart from helping Colombian teammate Rigoberto Urán in the overall.

 That goal? “To try to win a mountain stage."
(velonews.com)

May 28, 2016





Torque on the Fly.

Thumbnail Credit (redkiteprayer.com): How many times have I seen someone reach for an Allen key only to moments later hear that telltale wooden crack!?Thumb Overlay."No, we’re not talking about how much power you can generate on demand. That’s the stuff of Strava.

What about when you have to make a road or trailside repair and some of your components are especially lightweight alloy or carbon fiber?

If you’re like me, you noted the relative position of the wrench when you loosened the bolt and then tightened it back to exactly that position and hoped for the best. It’s an approach that has served me well so far, but I’m told that one-eighth of a turn of a bolt can take it from within torque spec to exceeding it enough to strip threads."
(redkiteprayer.com)

May 28, 2016





Shimano STEPS: components explained.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Shimano is bringing out a range of electric bike components called STEPS (Courtesy)Thumb Overlay."With the constant improvements in motor and battery technology, electric bikes are becoming more popular.

A number of brands have already jumped on the e-bike bandwagon and that number's set to increase as more powertrain options become available.

Shimano's STEPS is one such option. "
(bikeradar.com)

May 28, 2016





















May 27, 2016







Paul Kimmage must pay former UCI president Hein Verbruggen £8,000 in defamation damages.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): HEIN VERBRUGGEN Thumb Overlay."Cycling journalist Paul Kimmage has been ordered to pay former UCI president Hein Verbruggen 12,000 Swiss Francs (£8,200) after losing the defamation case brought by the Dutchman.

Verbruggen pursued Kimmage after the Irishman claimed in his work with the Sunday Times and in an interview with L’Equipe that the former president knowingly tolerated doping, covered up positive drugs test and didn’t apply the same rules for everyone – namely Lance Armstrong."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 27, 2016





Hed recalls some rims and wheels.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycleretailer.com): Consumers with the rims are being told to stop using them and contact HED CyclingThumb Overlay."Hed Cycling is recalling about 380 rims because they can cause brake pads to wear out unexpectedly.

The company has received six reports of the rims with textured Turbine Braking Technology causing premature pad wear.

No accidents were reported. The rims were made in the U.S. and sold for between $700 for an individual wheel and $2,400 for a set of wheels."
(bicycleretailer.com)

May 27, 2016





A Ride In Italy.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): RCS SportThumb Overlay."With the Giro on this month one aim is to cover aspects of Italian cycling that the race cannot quite convey, whether it’s reading La Gazzetta or watching the race on Italian TV and now a quick take on what it’s like to ride in Italy.

People often baulk at driving in a foreign country but even experienced motorists can think mamma mia! when they first drive a car in Italy."
(inrng.com)

May 27, 2016





Aviva Women's Tour: Defending champion Brennauer to lead Canyon SRAM.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lisa Brennauer in the green jersey with Elena Cecchini and Barbar Guarischi (Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)Thumb Overlay."Canyon SRAM return to the Aviva Women's Tour with defending champion Lisa Brennauer leading the team.

The former time trial world champion won stage 4 of last year's race and the points classification on her way to the overall victory ahead of Jolien D'hoore."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 27, 2016





Limits power meter put to the test for the first time.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): CW got hold of the first samples of the long-awaited Limits power meter, and we put it to the test.Thumb Overlay."The first samples of the long-awaited Limits power meter were shown in public today (Friday 27 May) and we got our hands on them for Cycling Weekly.

It’s a year to the week since the Scottish-based company raised $500,000 through crowd-funding. They promised to delivering an “affordable” product, at just $289 each, before last Christmas."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 27, 2016





11spd: This week's best new bike gear.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): It's Friday, folks – here's your well-deserved gear update (BikeRadar)Thumb Overlay."For mountain bikers, we've got new fast-drying clothing from Patagonia, high-end wheels from Bontrager, non-slip grips from WTB and a novel way of carrying multitool. Oh, and some socks.

On the roadie side, we've got some very nice new Pearl Izumi riding kit, a new aero chassis from veteran Italian firm Bottecchia, a workstand with built-in digital scales, and we've finally got our hands on Garmin's Varia Vision glasses."
(bikeradar.com)

May 27, 2016






















May 26, 2016






Taborre given four-year ban for EPO positive.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Fabio Taborre (Androni) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."The UCI has handed a four-year ban to the Italian Fabio Taborre following his positive for the blood-boosting drug FG-4592.

Taborre tested positive for the drug in an out-of-competition test last June, two days after his Androni Giocattoli teammate Davide Appollonio tested positive for EPO. His suspension means that he will be unable to compete until 2019."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 26, 2016











Race Results.

Tour of California - May 15-22 (Results),

Women's Tour of California - May 19-22 (Results),

Tour of Norway - May 18-22 (Results),

Velothon Wales - May 22 (Results),

Tour of the Gila - May 4-8 (Results),

Liège Bastogne Liège - April 24 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne - April 20 (Results),

Amstel Gold Race - April 17 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - April 10 (Results),

Evelyn Stevens Hour Record Attempt - Feb 27 (Results),

Cyclo-cross World Championships - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

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

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

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

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

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

More... (cyclingnews.com)



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