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Ian Boswell, Sky’s forgotten American.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Ian Boswell will race in the Giro d'Italia starting this week. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."It was called the Flaming Baguette, because of the actual baguettes Ian Boswell and his friends put in the roof rack, and because flames seemed the car’s most likely end.

The 1992 Volvo station wagon was loud, but it ran. Three of its tires were the same size; the fourth, a victim of an alpine rockslide and poor inventory at the mountainside tire shop, was a bit bigger.

That was fine. It hit the wheel well only over speed bumps, and it harmonized nicely with the loose power-steering belt."
(velonews.com)

May 3, 2016





Handicapping the Giro favorites: Three-man race for pink.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Mikel Landa recently won the Giro del Trentino and is aiming to wear the Giro's pink jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Three riders line up Friday as the overwhelming favorites to battle for the final podium when the Giro d’Italia ends in Torino on May 29. Vincenzo

Nibali, Alejandro Valverde, and Mikel Landa  are generating the most pre-race buzz, and rightly so.

Nibali and Valverde know what it takes to win a grand tour, while Landa seems anxious to continue his impressive Giro trajectory that went into overdrive with two stage victories and third place in 2015."
(velonews.com)

May 3, 2016










2016 Giro d'Italia LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): Stage profilesThumb Overlay."Friday's Stage 1 starts at 1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).

Finish at around 5:15pm CET (11:15am U.S. Eastern, 8:15am Pacific).

Live video from *1:45pm CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)






Valverde doesn’t fear return to Italy despite Puerto ban.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Alejandro Valverde said he holds nothing against Italy despite the nation's role in his two-year doping ban. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."Alejandro Valverde insists he isn’t afraid to race the Giro d’Italia despite the role Italian authorities played in his two-year racing ban in 2010.

Italian anti-doping officials linked him to blood bag evidence as part of the Operación Puerto doping scandal, but in an interview with the Spanish daily MARCA, the Spanish star insists he’s put it all behind him.

“What happened, happened, but that doesn’t mean I have anything against Italy or Italians at all. That’s all over now. And the Italians don’t have anything against me, either."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016






Vinokourov: I'm sure Nibali can win the Giro d'Italia again.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Alexandre Vinokourov: Giro d'Italia 4 days to go (Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."Alexander Vinokourov rarely gives interviews.

He is a man of few words and cares little about what people think of him despite being in charge of Astana, one of the biggest team in professional cycling."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 2, 2016









OricaGreenEDGE with Chaves and Ewan in the Giro.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): This is the first time in the team’s history that we have a team assembled around a rider who has the genuine credentials to compete for the general classification.Thumb Overlay."Orica GreenEDGE go into this week's Giro d’Italia with a well-balanced team to support Colombian Esteban Chaves and the objective of seriously challenging for a result in the overall general classification." (cyclingquotes.com)

May 2, 2016





Giro iCal.

Thumbnail Credit (inrng.com): RCS SportThumb Overlay."The Giro starts on Friday Just as there’s a season-long calendar of all the major men’s and women’s races to download, here’s the stage by stage Giro ical for your phone or electronic diary ahead of this Friday’s grande partenza in the Netherlands." (inrng.com)

May 2, 2016






Coryn Rivera wins at Charlotte and Belmont Criteriums.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeworldnews.com): The two North Carolina races formed the start of speed Week, a regional criterium series that attracts the fastest riders to the South East of the US for a week of racing.Thumb Overlay."Coryn Rivera charged into speed Week with two wins on consecutive days in North Carolina. Saturday’s Charlotte criterium presented by Novant Health provided the platform for a textbook sprint win for Rivera.

Sunday’s CaroMont Health criterium in Belmont, NC., was lit up from the start by the three podium finishers of Saturday’s race.."
(bikeworldnews.com)

May 2, 2016





Degenkolb 'satisfied' after first race of 2016.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): John Degenkolb made his first appearance of the season at Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."John Degenkolb may not have finished his first race of the season but the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn Frankfurt was nevertheless a success for the Giant Alpecin rider who was hit by a car while in a team training ride in January.

Degenkolb, who was the fifth of the six riders involved in the crash to return to racing, recorded a DNF to his name at his home race but explained it was an important first step in his recovery."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 2, 2016





Why women are better cyclists than men.

Thumbnail Credit(bikeroar.com): Emma White waving to all her male fans image: cyclingweekly.co.uk Thumb Overlay."Now you're probably feeling a little curious or potentially outraged by the heading of this article.

You might even be thinking that we have stooped too low and subjected ourselves to 'clickbaiting' tactics just to suck you in with a controversial title.

Either way, you are here now and you should rest assured that we have some real scientific proof why women are better cyclists than men."
(bikeroar.com)

May 2, 2016





Reviewed: Fuji Transonic 2.1.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Fuji Lab data: 18/20 (.86mm head tube deflection; .25mm BB deflection)Thumb Overlay."This thoroughly underrated brand has produced perhaps one of the best deals in the aero category with the Transonic 2.1.

It puts up screaming wind tunnel scores yet remains more comfortable than other aero road bikes, even those that are far more expensive.

It does all this while delivering pedaling and handling stiffness that racers demand. “It just works,” one tester wrote. He’s absolutely right."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016





Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow women's saddle.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow women's saddle is a generously padded option (Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."A good choice if you like a generous amount of padding for your rear end.

Highs: Soft silicone padding reduces vibrations.

Lows: It’s a large and voluminous saddle, not low profile.

Saddles are a highly personal component – many of us find our perfect match and stick with it for life. The Gel Diva Flow saddle from Selle Italia came highly recommended to us as the pinnacle of perches for ladies, so I was keen to find out what all the fuss was about.

BikeRadar score 3/5"
(bikeradar.com)

May 2, 2016





2016 USA Crits Championship Series LIVE stream - The CaroMont Health Criterium.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): World Class Cycling is Coming Back to Belmont on Sunday, May 1, 2016!Thumb Overlay."Up next is the CaroMont Health Criterium in Downtown Belmont, NC, Sunday, May 1.

It's stop number 2 in the 2016 USA Crits Speed Week.

There will be a live fixed, single camera feed for both the Pro Men and Women races beginning at 5:15pm ET (23:15 CET)."
(cyclingfans.com)

May 1, 2016










Quintana wins the Tour de Romandie.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the yellow jersey. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Nairo Quintana sealed final overall victory at the Tour de Romandie as he finished safely in the main peloton on the rain-soaked final leg to Geneva, while Michael Albasini survived from the day’s early break to claim a thrilling stage win.

Albasini was part of the initial ten-man break that went clear in the opening hour of action and animated the day’s racing thereafter, and he was alive to the danger when Carlos Verona launched what proved to be the decisive attack with 16 kilometers remaining."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





Strickland, Elbusto triumph at Red Hook.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Colin Strickland celebrated the victory at a crash-marred Red Hook Criterium. Photo: Fred DreierThumb Overlay."The Red Hook Criterium served up a night of crashes and carnage as both the men’s and women’s fields saw riders hit the deck in nasty pileups Saturday.

Texan Colin Strickland and Spaniard Ainara Elbusto survived the crashes to win the men’s and women’s races, respectively, at the annual fixed-gear event in Brooklyn, New York."
(velonews.com)

May 1, 2016





Niewiadoma wins final stage and overall at Elsy Jacobs.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) of Rabo-Liv Cycling Team wins the stage and the overall, too after crossing the line in the first place after the second, 110.1km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."Polish Rabo Liv rider solos to stage 2 victory and overall title on the final day." (cyclingnews.com)





May 1, 2016





Betancur back on top with big win in Asturias.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): One day after his big disappointment, Betancu bounced back by winning stage 2 of the Vuelta AsturiasThumb Overlay."One day after Movistar had lost all chances of overall victory in the Vuelta Asturias, the team bounced back in the best possible way as Carlos Betancur rode to an impressive stage win on day 2 of the race.

Having attacked from a small group after the final climb, he beat Fabricio Ferrari in a two-rider sprint, with Alexander Vdovin making a late attack to take third. Hugh Carthy retained the lead."
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 1, 2016





Quintana's Romandie win augurs well for Tour de France.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the lead at the Tour de Romandie. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Nairo Quintana brought the curtain down on the first part of his season by landing overall victory at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, laying down an important marker for the Tour de France in the process.

Having won the Volta a Catalunya and placed second at the Tour of the Basque Country already this year, it is clear that Quintana has enjoyed the best Spring of any of the top Tour contenders."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





Ben Swift ends up in the hospital after Tour de Romandie crash.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Ben Swift places second in Milan-San Remo 2016 Credit: Yuzuru Sunada Thumb Overlay."Ben Swift was taken to the hospital after the final stage of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland on Sunday after being caught up in a crash.

The mass crash occurred inside the final kilometer of the stage from Ollon to Genève, which brought down a number of riders hoping to contest the bunch sprint, including Swift."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 1, 2016







Froome solos to win stage 4 of Tour de Romandie.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Chris Froome (Team Sky) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Chris Froome won stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie in Villars after escaping in the company of Tejay van Garderen on the first of two ascents of the tough climb of Barboleusaz.

Froome rid himself of van Garderen a little over three kilometers from the top on the final time up the climb, and he defended his advantage on the rain-soaked four-kilometer descent to claim stage honors."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016





Hugh Carthy wins stage one of Vuelta Asturias.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Hugh Carthy Thumb Overlay."British rider Hugh Carthy won the opening stage of the Vuelta Asturias in Spain on Saturday.

The 21-year-old took a solo victory after attacking with team-mate Sergio Pardilla on the final climb to the line on Alto del Acebo. Carthy then went solo in the last two kilometers to take his first victory of the season.

However, it’s not the first time that Carthy has shown his climbing form this year, having won the young rider classification at the Volta a Catalunya in March."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 30, 2016





Lepistö wins stage 1 at Elsy Jacobs.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team wins the first, 106.9km road race stage of Elsy Jacobs (Sean Robinson/Velofocus)Thumb Overlay."Cervelo Bigla rider takes over race lead." (cyclingnews.com)






April 30, 2016





Giant Alpecin monitoring Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Cyclingnews understands that the Giant Alpecin team is currently monitoring the situation regarding Edvald Boasson Hagen’s future.

The Norwegian rides for Dimension Data but his contract comes to an end this year. It may only be April, but WorldTour teams are already planning for the 2017 and Boasson Hagen could be one of the most in-demand riders."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016










Upcoming Races.

Giro d'Italia - May 6-29 (Stages),

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)







Armitstead extends for two years with Boels Dolmans.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Lizzie Armitstead celebrates on the Tour of Flanders podium (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."World road race champion Lizzie Armitstead has extended her contract with Boels Dolmans Cycling Team for another two years.

The British cyclist will now be with the team through the 2018 season.

Team manager Danny Stam also signed through the end of 2018, with the signings “ensuring the continuation of this successful professional team.” Both joined the team in 2013."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 3, 2016





Terbutaline: The Drug at the Heart of British Cycling’s Week from Hell.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): Simon Yates, who rides for Australian professional team Orica-GreenedgeThumb Overlay."It was a week British Cycling would rather forget. Accusations of discrimination forced the resignation of technical director Shane Sutton and then, it was reported that one of its brightest young stars had submitted a positive drug test.

Just 100 days before the Olympic Games kick off in Brazil, it is a gruelling time for a sport that has delivered national success for Britain like few others."
(capovelo.com)

May 2, 2016





The fall - and rise - of Italian cycling.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Italian fans cheered on Fabio Aru as he made his way up a climb in the 2015 Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."At the start of the Giro d’Italia this week, everything will appear as it should in the home of Coppi and Campagnolo.

The underpinnings of Italian cycling - the Dolomites, the glamorous podium girls, the frenzied tifosi at the roadside - will all be hitting their marks like actors in a gorgeous Fellini film.

Scratch below the surface, however, and the reality is dramatically different. While the Giro might be experiencing an unprecedented boom, Italian cycling has been on life support for much of the past decade."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016





Axel’s army: A pathway to the pro peloton.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Former members of Axel's teams (from left) Gavin Mannion, Joe Dombrowski, Taylor Phinney, Tim Roe, Tanner Putt, Julian Kyer, Ruben Zepuntke, and Ben King stand with some of this year's squad. Photo: Davey WilsonThumb Overlay."It’s approaching 85 degrees in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on the eve of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, but Axel Merckx has goose bumps.

He’s getting emotional. “I’m almost more happy now when they win than when I won,” he says, looking at the bumps on his forearms as he settles into an Adirondack chair in the Colorado sun. “I don’t now why. It’s just the way I am.”

“They” are the riders for Axeon Cycling Team, the youth development program Merckx has been running for seven years."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016






Does Quintana’s Romandie win clear path to yellow?.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Nairo Quintana rode to the overall victory at the Tour de Romandie, his second of the season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."A victory at the six-day Tour de Romandie bodes well for Tour de France.

Of course, a lot can happen between May and the end of July, but three recent Romandie winners - Cadel Evans in 2011, Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and Chris Froome in 2013 - went on to win the Tour two months later."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016





Sagan, Cancellara and Costa to headline Tour de Suisse.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): A gold wreath for Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."World Champion Peter Sagan will headline next month’s Tour de Suisse, alongside three-time winner Rui Costa and home favorite Fabian Cancellara.

Organizers also confirmed that Andrew Talansky, Mathias Frank and Roman Kreuziger will line-up for the 80th edition of the race."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 2, 2016






Boonen prepared to change teams for 2017 contract.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Tom Boonen waves from the podium (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Tom Boonen has said that he would be prepared to go to another team to find a contract for next season if necessary.

However, the Belgian said that, ultimately, he would prefer to stay at Etixx QuickStep.

"Whether I'm ready to go to another team? Absolutely,” he told Het Nieuwsblad."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 2, 2016






Pioneer Makes Power Meter Upgrades Way More Affordable.

Thumbnail Credit (bicycling.com): Photograph courtesy of Pioneer Cyclists can now send in their own cranks to have Pioneer power meters installed. Thumb Overlay."Prices on power meters have dropped consistently over the past year or so, allowing more cyclists to incorporate a valuable metric into the training.

Pioneer announced updates today consistent with that trend - allowing dual-leg owners to upgrade their existing crank and left leg-only owners to upgrade to dual-leg measuring - but with an exciting twist."
(bicycling.com)

May 2, 2016





Absolute Black oval chainrings review.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by Matt WikstromThumb Overlay."Riders that have been involved in the sport for 10 or more years are likely to roll their eyes at the suggestion of oval chainrings.

Different versions of the idea have been presented to the market on a multitude of occasions, but none have ever achieved mainstream use."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 2, 2016





Carbon + Alloy = Fulcrum Racing Zero.

Thumbnail Credit (pelotonmagazine.com): It is a light alloy rim and wide, bladed alloy spokesThumb Overlay."The Fulcrum Racing Zero has always meant one thing, the pinnacle of Fulcrum technology – a super stiff, super durable, super light wheel.

It’s an alloy wheel at home pounding out long training miles with incredible durability or attacking in the hills on race day with next level reactivity."
(pelotonmagazine.com)

May 2, 2016





Do you need an aerosuit for road riding?

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): Should we all be wearing the tightest of tight cycle clothing, an aerosuit? Thumb Overlay."With the battle for free speed producing a seemingly endless array of new equipment, it wasn’t long before clothing came under scrutiny.

Long gone are the days of baggy wool jerseys and saggy shorts. ‘Aerosuits’ are at the cutting edge of this trend and are no longer the preserve of the pros."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 2, 2016





Bianchi Freccia Celeste.

Thumbnail Credit (bikeradar.com): The Freccia Celeste is another handsome addition – and a 90s-looking one – to Bianchi's stable (Oli Woodman/Immediate Media)Thumb Overlay."The Freccia’s frame pedigree gives it a superbly refined and positive ride that’s guaranteed to satisfy.

Highs: Frameset and ride quality, color.

Lows: Slippery bar tape.

Bianchi has history, and more of it than several of the industry’s biggest brands combined, so it’s fair to say the Italian firm knows how to make a good bike.

BikeRadar score 4/5"
(bikeradar.com)

May 2, 2016






American Adrien Costa wins Tour de Bretagne.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Adrien Costa is the first American to celebrate an overall Tour de Bretagne victory in the event's 50-year history. Photo: Tour de BretagneThumb Overlay."Adrien Costa wrapped up a victory in the 50th Tour de Bretagne Sunday, marking the first time an American has ever won the race.

The 18-year-old from Bend, Oregon, competing for the USA Cycling under-23 squad, took a solo win Thursday in stage 4, the queen stage, and grabbed hold of the lead along the way. He held on at the top through Sunday’s stage 7 to close out the race as the winner."
(velonews.com)

May 1, 2016








José Gonçalves wins the Tour of Turkey.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): New race leader José Gonçalves (Caja Rural) (Tour of Turkey/Brian Hodes)Thumb Overlay."José Gonçalves finished safely in the main peloton to claim final overall victory at the Tour of Turkey, while Jakub Mareczko won the final stage.

Mareczko beat his fellow countryman Sacha Modolo in a keenly-contested sprint, while Francisco Chamorro took third ahead of Kris Boeckmans."
(cyclingnews.com)



May 1, 2016





Dombrowski primed for Giro debut .

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Joe Dombrowski is hoping he can put the skills that won him last year's Tour of Utah to work in support of Rigoberto Urán at the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Joe Dombrowski’s story is one of unrealized potential. He hopes to change that in May.

It’s been said by none other than his Cannondale team’s manager Jonathan Vaughters, that if the Tour de France were performed on spin bikes, his young charge would be in with a shot at yellow.

But the bright light that shone on Dombrowski’s early years, including a win at the so-called Baby Giro over one Fabio Aru, has never sparkled on the world’s stage."
(velonews.com)

May 1, 2016





Landa: 'You’ve got to keep your eyes on the ball all the time'.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Mikel Landa (Team Sky) (Bettini Photo)Thumb Overlay."Last year at Astana, Mikel Landa’s third place overall in the Giro d’Italia and two mountain stage wins represented a massive breakthrough for the Basque professional.

This year, Landa, 26, will head Team Sky’s bid to win the Giro d’Italia in his first ever Grand Tour as team leader.

He talked to Cyclingnews about the biggest challenge of his career to date."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





Voeckler's future could hinge on Tour de France performance.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) goes long (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Thomas Voeckler remains coy on his future within the sport but admits that his ride in this year’s Tour de France may decide whether he retires at the end of the season.

Voeckler turns 37 in June and has started every Tour de France since 2003. He signed a one-year deal with Direct Energie during the winter and is keeping his options open."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





Sky’s Rowe now focusing on gaining Tour de France selection.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): A thoughtful looking Luke Rowe waits to sign on (Sadhbh O'Shea)Thumb Overlay."With the temperature just half a dozen degrees above freezing and persistent rain occasionally taking on a more sleet-like consistency, the Tour de Yorkshire’s May Day start in Middlesbrough could easily have passed for Belgium in March.

So it was perhaps not surprising that Sky’s Spring Classics specialist Luke Rowe had a glint in his eye when he exited his team bus and contemplated the race-deciding stage that lay ahead."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016






Gulick wins women's race at Dana Point Grand Prix.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): U23 women's USA Crits series leader Colleen Gulick (Pure Energy ProAir HFA) (Jon Safka/Cyclingphotos.ca)Thumb Overlay."Reynolds second, followed by Frayne." (cyclingnews.com)






May 1, 2016



Reviewed: BH G7 Disc Ultegra.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Photo: Brak Kaminski | VeloNews.com Lab Data: 19.5/20 (.61mm head tube deflection; .23mm bottom bracket deflection)Thumb Overlay."The BH G7 Disc is a bike for riders who value comfort over raw speed but who still want the wind-cheating benefits of an aero bike.

It has the aggressive geometry (150-millimeter head tube and 73-degree head tube angle) and a beefy BB386 bottom bracket that you’d expect from a race bike, and the G7 scored impressively well in our lab stiffness tests, especially at the BB with just 0.23mm of deflection."
(velonews.com)

May 1, 2016





2016 USA Crits Championship Series LIVE stream.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingfans.com): The Downtown Walterboro Criterium (South Carolina), the third race in the USA Crits Speed Week series, will be streamed live April 30, 2014Thumb Overlay."On Saturday, April 30 in Charlotte, NC there will be LIVE video streaming for both the Women and Men Pro Races beginning at 5:30pm ET, 2:30pm Pacific (23:30 CET)." (cyclingfans.com)

April 30, 2016





Modolo claims second stage win at Tour of Turkey.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Sacha Modolo of Lampre-Merida celebrates on the podium after winning Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour of Turkey (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."In another all-Italian podium finish, Sacha Modolo outsprinted his compatriots Manuel Belletti and Marco Zanotti on the paradisiacal seaside of Marmaris, where Portugal’s José Gonçalves retained the lead on the eve of the conclusive stage in Selçuk." (cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016







Degenkolb last of Giant riders to return from crash.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Injuries sustained in a training crash have relegated him to the sidelines for the past few months, but John Degenkolb will get back to racing Sunday. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."John Degenkolb returns to racing Sunday for the 56th edition of the Eschborn Frankfurt race, marking the last of the Giant Alpecin riders to return to competition following a horrific training accident in January.

“I am really happy to pin my race number on again, and to be at the starting line,” Degenkolb said in a team release. “I am certainly not here to win. Let’s not forget what I have been through the last few months, and keep it all in perspective. For Sunday, I hope I can finish the race in a good way."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016





Chad Haga hoping to return to form for Giro d’Italia.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Chad Haga is currently racing Switzerland's Tour de Romandie in preparation for the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."The scar runs from just under Haga’s nose all the way down to his sternum, a slice 97 stitches long caused by some piece of bike shrapnel or the car windshield. He’s still not sure. Five of his teammates, including John Degenkolb, ended up in the hospital.

With the Giro fast approaching, Haga is leaner than ever and confident the form is returning. His power before the crash was at an all-time high.

“If I can get back to even the level that I was at before the crash, I’m going to have a really good race,” he says."
(velonews.com)

April 30, 2016





Cummings coming to terms with management change at Dimension Data.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Steve Cummings, who has enjoyed arguably the best start to a season of his career, has told Cyclingnews that he has been struggling mentally with the changes and revelations in cycling over the last week.

“It’s been a mad week. Since Liege I’ve been struggling a bit mentally,” Cummings told Cyclingnews at the end of stage 1 in Yorkshire.

“It’s the end of the first period of the season for me and the changes in the team were a bit unsettling but I feel better about it already after being with the team here."
(cyclingnews.com)

April 30, 2016






distraction. "Bartender extraordinaire Kaylee serving up Saturday brunch at the Dandelion Restaurant in downtown Charlotte before the 5th leg of the American ProTour bicycling championship." (pezcyclingnews.com)

May 3, 2016





May 3, 2016





No surprises as Vuelta confirms wildcard teams.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Spanish team Caja Rural rode in the Tirreno-Adriatico this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comThumb Overlay."There were no major surprises Tuesday as the Vuelta a España confirmed four wildcards for the 2016 Spanish grand tour.

Direct Energie, Cofidis, Bora – Argon 18, and Caja Rural – Seguros RGA received invitations to join 18 WorldTour teams for the Vuelta, August 20-September 11."
(velonews.com)

May 3, 2016























May 2, 2016






Leaked notes reveal that UCI will restart disc brake trial in June.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingtips.com.au): Photography by James HuangThumb Overlay."The UCI Equipment Commission held a private conference call last week with key cycling industry members of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) - essentially an industry lobbying group for Olympic sports - during which several key findings were shared.

CyclingTips has obtained notes taken during that call. Perhaps the most impactful finding is that a forensic medical doctor - albeit one commissioned by the WFSGI - has concluded that Ventoso’s gruesome injury was most likely caused by a chainring, not a disc brake rotor."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

May 2, 2016






UCI Issues Finding on Mechanical Doping Tests Carried-Out During the Tour de Romandie.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): The new scanning method uses a tablet, case, adapter and custom-made softwareThumb Overlay."The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirmed in a statement over the weekend, that they carried out unannounced bike checks at the Tour de Romandie, and that no mechanical doping fraud was detected.

Tests concerned 347 bikes from all teams participating. In total, the UCI has undertaken 507 bike checks at the Tour de Romandie."
(capovelo.com)

May 2, 2016





Americans Abroad: Tejay’s strong showing in Romandie.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Tejay van Garderen had a strong showing at Tour de Romandie thanks to good time trial efforts in the prologue and stage 3. Photo: Tim De WaeleThumb Overlay."Tejay van Garderen raced against some of the top Tour favorites last week in the Tour of Romandie, a race that defending Tour champion Chris Froome has won on two occasions (2013 and 2014).

This year, however, was Nairo Quintana’s turn to shine. BMC’s leader was 10th overall, 1:21 behind the Movistar winner and beat Froome, who came in 38th."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016





Tech of the Week: new Canyon Aeroad Disc, SRAM eTap with disc brakes, and more.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingweekly.co.uk): We’ve also taken a trip to Spain to look around Rotor’s production facility on the outskirts of MadridThumb Overlay."Bike launches are meant to be carefully coordinated affairs.

Us media types are invited to a hotel somewhere in Italy or Spain, given a long Powerpoint presentation and a short chance to ride the bike, before being given a set time and date to publish our stories.

However things haven’t gone quite so smoothly with the new Canyone Aeroad Disc."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

May 2, 2016





Emma Pooley to the rescue.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Emma Pooley (England) took silver in the Commonwealth Games time trial (AFP Photo)Thumb Overlay."It’s fair to say that British Cycling has never endured a period as difficult as this one, with allegations of sexism, discrimination, bullying, illegitimate online auctions of kit and a positive anti-doping test for a leading rider all combining to bring the ship crashing into a series of icebergs.

Thankfully, Emma Pooley is here, and she’s brought enough lifejackets for everyone. Well, almost everyone."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 2, 2016





Seven Ways to Climb Faster without Training.

Thumbnail Credit (capovelo.com): By Campionissimo - In LATEST ARTICLES, MIND & BODYThumb Overlay."Climbing is something, that as cyclists, we all want to improve.

But, some of us don’t have the time to change our training and start climbing faster.

So, here are seven ways that you can climb faster without changing your training."
(capovelo.com)

May 2, 2016





Sonya Looney and Yuki Ikeda take on 900km South African Mountain Bike Race.

Thumbnail Credit (sonyalooney.com): Press Release from Sonya's NewsletterThumb Overlay."This year marked the 7th edition of South Africa's longest point to point stage race, the Joberg2c.

Spanning the beautiful countryside from Johannesburg to the ocean front finish in Scottsburgh, riders experienced a challenging but rewarding course.

Joberg2c is a conglomeration of two favorite shorter events in South Africa; Berg & Bush and Sani2c. The creative promoters decided to mash them all together, add 3 days and Joberg2c was born."
(sonyalooney.com)

May 2, 2016





Reviewed: Zipp 404 NSW wheels.

Thumbnail Credit (velonews.com): Zipp's 404 NSW wheels add aero touches and a new free hub engagement system intended to save you watts. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews Zipp says ABLC Sawtooth dimpling helps improve airflow and reduce drag for greater stability at a wider range of yaw angles. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews The difference between ABLC on the Firecrests and the new ABLC Sawtooth on the NSW wheels is subtle: the dimples are arranged differently to create a different kind of air flow that reduces drag and turbulence. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews The Showstopper brake track definitely improves braking power, though you'll still be reminded you're riding carbon when the rims get wet. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews The rear Cognition hub uses magnets to pull the engagement ring away from the free hub, thereby reducing coasting drag. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews Thumb Overlay."I reach for these wheels more than any other set in the vast VeloNews stable just on instinct: the 404 NSW wheels are stiff, do-it-all hoops with a wide footprint for better traction and rolling resistance.

But Zipp’s venerable 404 Firecrests cost $1,000 less, so the question is, are the NSWs a grand better? For the top-level racer, yes. For the rest of us, perhaps not."
(velonews.com)

May 2, 2016












May 1, 2016









Tour de Yorkshire: Voeckler claims stage and overall win.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): homas Voeckler (Direct Energie) goes long (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Thomas Voeckler outfoxed and outfought Nicolas Roche to win the final stage and the overall at the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Frenchman outsprinted Roche to win in Scarborough on stage 3 after Roche briefly allowed his late breakaway companion out of his sight for a split second on the run-in to the line.

It was all Voeckler needed and he capitalized, opening his sprint from over 300 meters to go. By the time Roche was able to respond Voeckler had already established enough of a gap to win."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016






Rivera wins Charlotte Criterium.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Coryn Rivera wins the 2016 Charlotte Criterium presented by Novant Health (Weldon Weaver)Thumb Overlay."UnitedHealthcare secured its dominance at the Charlotte Criterium presented by Novant Health this Saturday, with an in-form Coryn Rivera locking in a decisive win over Sam Schneider.
 
Erica Allar crossed the line in third place after a furious sprint to the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





'The UK is the world’s hardest place to race,' says Team Sky's Luke Rowe.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Gianni Moscon (L) of Team Sky and Italy rides with team mates Peter Kennaugh (C) of Great Britain and Nicolas Roche of Ireland during the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."The riders’ faces as they finished said everything about the difficulty of the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Even coated in Yorkshire muck and grit, the fatigue of every rider was obvious. The stage’s stats backed up this impression.

Almost a third of the field, 42 riders, abandoned, while more than 60 rolled in 10 minutes and more behind stage and race winner Thomas Voeckler."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016






Dominant Kristoff makes it two in a row in German classic.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingquotes.com): Kristoff made it back to the 50-group that decided tHErace before launching an impressive sprintThumb Overlay."Alexander Kristoff proved that he is already back in form after the classics when he took a dominant victory in the reduced bunch sprint that decided the Rund um den Finanzplatz.

After being dropped the final two times up the steep Mammolshainer Berg, he rejoined the group in time for the reduced bunch sprint and turned out to be in a class of his own as he easily held off Maximilano Richeze and Sam Bennett to make it two in a row in the German classic. "
(cyclingquotes.com)

May 1, 2016






Gilbert's future still unclear as Ochowicz seeks talks.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Philippe Gilbert waves to the crowd (ASO)Thumb Overlay."Philippe Gilbert’s long-term future at BMC Racing is far from clear after the 33-year-old's disappointing spring campaign.

The Belgian is out of contract at the end of the season and has spent five years with the American registered team but has yet to sit down with the team’s hierarchy to discuss a possible contract extension."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016





Froome not worried by Sky's Tour de Romandie showing.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Chris Froome descends during stage 4 at Tour de Romandie (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Thumb Overlay."Chris Froome has downplayed concerns over his Sky team’s performance during the Tour de Romandie, stressing that he is confident that he and his teammates will be ready for the defence of his Tour de France title in July.

Sky have typically performed strongly at the Tour de Romandie, winning three of the past four editions, but the squad has been unusually subdued this week."
(cyclingnews.com)

May 1, 2016











April 30, 2016






Bike shop Shane Sutton lived over sold Team GB riders’ kit & bikes on eBay.

Thumbnail Credit (stickybottle.com): The owner of this bike shop that Shane Sutton lived over rent free for 10 years has said it never dealt with him when sourcing any of the Team GB rider’s bikes and kit it sold on eBay.Thumb Overlay."A bike shop in the UK that former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton lived over has insisted there was nothing untoward about how it came into the possession of the Team GB kit and bikes it sold.

Wills Wheels in Stockport, close to the Manchester velodrome where Sutton was based with British Cycling, said it first started selling kit used by Team GB riders back in 2003.

It said it sourced the kit in sales British Cycling had when the kit became out of date, as seasons and sponsors changed.

Shop owner Will Wright also said his shop fixed bikes for British Cycling when it needed to outsource some of that work during busy times."
(stickybottle.com)

April 30, 2016






Tour de Yorkshire: Danny van Poppel wins stage 2.

Thumbnail Credit (cyclingnews.com): Danny Van Poppel (R) of Team Sky and the Netherlands wins the second stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire (Getty Images Sport)Thumb Overlay."Groenewegen retains overall lead.

Danny Van Poppel finally took an overdue first win in Sky colors when he came out on top in a photo finish on the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

In a very close sprint, he narrowly held off Dylan Groenewegen who retained his overall lead, while Nikias Arndt again completed the podium."
(cyclingnews.com) (cyclingquotes.com)

April 30, 2016





Race Results.

Tour de Romandie - April 26 - May 1 (Results),

Tour of Turkey - April 24 - May 1 (Results),

Tour de Yorkshire - April 29 - May 1 (Results),

Liège Bastogne Liège - April 24 (Results),

Tour of Croatia - April 19-24 (Results),

Giro del Trentino - April 19-22 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne - April 20 (Results),

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine - April 20 (Results),

Amstel Gold Race - April 17 (Results),

Paris Roubaix - April 10 (Results),

Track World Championships - Mar 2-6 (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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