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September 2014

September 17, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet finds just enought energy to throw his arm up in celebration
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
BMC racer triumphs at the Citadel over Gallopin, Bakelants. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre - Merida)
Photo: © Bettini.
Lampre-Merida's Niccolò Bonifazio won the second round of the Trittico Lombardo, the Coppa Agostoni, in a bunch sprint. Although Cannondale worked to set up the sprint for yesterday's winner Elia Viviani, it was the young neo-pro, whose only win prior to today's race was a stage in the Tour of Japan, who surged to a surprise victory. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: I did not have the punch to attack on the climb at the end, if it would have been four or five kilometers that would have been better...
Frank Schleck showed that he is getting ready for the World Championships and the GP de Wallonie when he was a key animator in the GP de Wallonie. However, the Luxembourger was on his limit in the finale and so had to settle for 8th. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 17, 2014





Photo: He is very young and he will continue to get better,” Contador said of Quintana. “Perhaps Froome has a point in his favour in the time trial, he is very strong in that discipline.
Even though Alberto Contador has just concluded his highly successful Vuelta a Espana campaign, a victory in his home Grand Tour had a somewhat bittersweet taste after Tinkoff-Saxo leader had crashed out of the Tour de France, biggest objective of 2014 season. For that reason the 31-year old Spaniard has already the next edition of le Grande Boucle on his mind, where he expects Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome to be his biggest rivals..

September 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 17, 2014




Team BMC looked fast
Photo: © Bettini.
BMC Racing Team have announced its six-man roster for the World Championships team time trial event which takes place on Saturday in Ponferrada, Spain. The American team finished fourth at last year's Worlds and was second in 2012. BMC won the team time trial at the  Giro del Trentino in May this year and will be looking for more success against the clock. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet wins
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Belgium head into the World Championships with four potential team leaders and Greg Van Avermaet is confident the star-studded roster can produce a winning result. The Belgian, who won the GP de Wallonie on Wednesday, said that the national team would use their collective strength to take on their rivals in Ponferrada, Spain, in under a fortnight. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014







Millar (nearest camera) in action for Great Britain at the 2011 Road World Championships
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Chris Froome, Ben Swift and David Millar have all been named in the British team for the world championships road race in Ponferrada, while Bradley Wiggins will compete in the time trial only. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014






Photo: It’s a big shame that Contador will not make the start because he’s definitely number one and in great shame. However, the decision was up to him, regardless of my own preferences...
Spanish national team coach Javier Minguez has published his final selection for the upcoming World Championships held in Ponferrada, Spain. Last year’s silver and bronze medalists are expected to lead the formidable nine-man roster, while Alberto Contador, Samuel Sanchez and Mikel Nieve have to be regarded most surprising absentees in the squad. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: If world championships shapes up to be a race of attacks and counter-attacks, Vincenzo Nibali will be poised to lead the Italian team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italy’s world championships team is taking shape this week at a trio of one-day races, including Wednesday’s Coppa Agostoni. Head director Davide Cassani is guiding a national team and following the races daily to have a close inspection of his possible riders, 11 of whom he will name Thursday. (velonews.com)

September 17, 2014




Lea Davison claimed the bronze medal in the cross-country at 2014 world mountain bike championships in Norway. Photo: AFP PHOTO | NTB SCANPIX | GEIR OLSEN | NORWAY OUT.
If you asked Vermont native Lea Davison, at the end of January, if she could imagine herself standing on the podium at the mountain bike world championships in September, she’d probably just have laughed. (velonews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: the Haven and Havoc wheels both gain 27.5 options for alloy (both) and carbon (Haven only) rim models. Spec sheets and more, plus all the rest of the goods.
Easton’s additions were small but important, rounding out the line with modern sizes, finishes and graphics, plus a couple new items…mostly for the road We also took advantage of an unassembled E100 wheel to check out the full carbon spokes and new hubs that make up the incredibly lightweight 1,050g tubular wheelset. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Jens Voigt on stage twenty of the 2014 Tour de France .
When Jens Voigt made his professional debut for the Australian team ZZVZ-Giant-AIS in 1997, it would have been difficult for him, or indeed anyone associated with cycling at the time, to imagine the impact he would have on the sport. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 17, 2014





Photo: a lot of riders leave the peloton by the time they get to 30.
If all good things come to an end then the only thing remaining is to pick the moment to quit. Jens Voigt is ending his career with an attack on the Hour Record, Cadel Evans is planning antipodean swansong and others are leaving the peloton like Thor Hushovd or David Millar. Some pick their moment and most don’t. (inrng.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Obviously at my age it's difficult because nobody wants an older guy...
Just as it was a case exactly a year ago, Christopher Horner starts to look  for a team to ride with in the upcoming season just after the year’s ultimate three-week event has been concluded. The 42-year old American doesn’t have a victory in Vuelta a Espana on his side this time around as he was hampered by injuries and illness, but still believes that Lampre-Merida will extend his contract for at least one year. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 17, 2014




Champagne celebration for Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo)
Photo: © Giro Rosa.
Dutch national time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten will leave the shadows of world champion Marianne Vos and race with the Bigla Cycling Team for the next two years, the team announced today. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Can Matt Goss rediscover himself at a new home? (Sirotti)
Matt Goss's time at Orica-GreenEDGE started with so much promise, but ultimately failed to deliver. (sbs.com.au)

September 17, 2014




Marianne Vos (Netherlands) celebrates her first senior Worlds title in 2006
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Reigning women's World Champion Marianne Vos has an impeccable record in the race for the rainbow jersey having only ever finished first or second. Vos won the 2006 World Championships in Salzburg but then endured straight five years of silver medals. Victory in the Olympic road race in 2012 started a run of gold medals that is yet to end and Vos is keen on making it three in a row in Ponferrada, Spain. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Didi the Devil spotted at the 2011 Worlds
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The 2014 UCI Road World Championships begins this weekend in Ponferrada, Spain with the trade team time trials kicking off a week of races that will see riders fight for the right to wear the rainbow jersey for the following year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: The first thing is rest. I have to talk to the team and I will probably close the season at the Tour of Lombardy...
Having been received by the crowd in his home town of Pinto, Alberto Contador revealed that he doesn't plan to end his season yet. Despite skipping the World Championships, he will continue for another few weeks, possibly ending his season at Il Lombardia in the beginning of October. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 17, 2014








Photo: Jens Voigt will make an attempt on the hour record September 18.
Photography by Trek Factory Racing. (cyclingtips.com.au)
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Jens will make an attempt to set the hour record at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.  Eurosport and other broadcasters are expected to broadcast this event live on television and there should be live streams from 6:30pm CET (12:30pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 17, 2014




Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) chat on stage 7
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
In June, Daryl Impey was on flying form, coming off a stage win in the Bayern Rundfahrt and looking forward to the Tour de France, where he would wear the jersey of the South African time trial champion, and maybe - if everything went right - once again wear the yellow jersey, which he had done the year before. Fast forward to September and Impey is back on form, but climbing out of a gaping hole in his palmares, now exonerated from a positive doping test which took over six months to resolve. (cyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Huge handbuilt hoops...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "They’re expensive and chunky, but blisteringly fast and confident." (bikeradar.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Wider profiles, carbon clinchers, better braking...
Campagnolo and sister outfit Fulcrum displayed a wealth of new road wheels at this year's Eurobike trade show. Although there were no disc brake-compatible models on hand, both companies are clearly making the most of rim brake technologies with Keronite and diamond-machined surfaces. Select rims have grown in width, too. (bikeradar.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: CatEye’s Stealth 10 is a practical, weatherproof, essential-data GPS computer with online setup and syncing at a great price.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A couple of mini-niggles but overall this is a top-notch option." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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September 17, 2014




Dimeo and Møller argue that the difference between Lance Armstrong and Bjarne Riis illustrates one of the problems with modern anti-doping efforts. While Armstrong is banned for life and stripped of all Tour titles, Riis, an admitted doper, is still listed in the records as a Tour winner. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Many people within pro cycling are now saying that the war on drugs in cycling appears to be won; the conventional wisdom is increasingly that “things have turned the corner.” It appears that we’ve had a clean winner of the Tour de France for the last four consecutive years. We argue that anti-doping has gone too far and now poses more of a threat to the spirit of athletic competition than a solution. (velonews.com)

September 17, 2014





Photo: What average wattage will Jens target?
Answer: 370 watts average.
With less than 24 hours to go until Jens Voigt’s hour-record attempt, the first high-profile attempt since the UCI changed the rules surrounding the record in May of this year, final preparations are now being made. Voigt’s sponsor Trek requested hour-record questions from its Twitter followers, spanning from his target power output to his race-day playlist. (velonews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: These skills prepare you for anything the terrain throws at you.
In the winter months, hitting the road can be a bit grim and training can become more challenging. So, with motivation dropping, getting involved in cyclocross could be just what you need. But what are the benefits of riding cross? (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 17, 2014




Photo: The experienced Tour of Britain rider shares his secrets on how to get fitter and faster.
"Yanto has been involved in professional racing for almost 15 years, including being in the Linda McCartney Racing Team and Team Raleigh. And it's because of his experience that we've asked him how he deals with training for a big race, the use of tech, nutrition and recovery to see how he operates come race time." (bikeradar.com)

September 17, 2014





Photo: fluoro was dramatically scaled back, yet it was far from absent...
"And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.

September 17, 2014




Photo: Cleat adjustment no longer requires a manual, since all the markings you could possibly need are right there in the sole.
The PEZ Interbike 2014 coverage kicks off as the dust settles on another show season – but we’ve got lots to come, starting with helmets & shoes from Scott, socks from Defeet, and a brand new bike from Devinci Cycles. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Yep, 625g. Less than some bottles of beer, less than some forks, hell, less than most front wheels.
The title for world’s lightest road frame is still under assault. Guru Cycles has achieved a stunning 625 grams in a frame, leaving Cervelo, Cannondale and anyone else with aspirations for low-gravity achievement to eat their epoxy. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: U-lock with cable clips to belt and bag straps for easy, comfy carry...
British industrial designers John Abrahams and Ben Smith share a mutual contempt for carrying unwieldy bike locks. Inspired by bike messengers and urban riders who circumvented the problem by wearing their chains or cables as a belt, the duo came up with the Hiplok–a refined version of the concept that netted the company a prestigious Eurobike Design Award back in 2013. (roadbikereview.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: The Thule ThruRide will retail for $220 and is compatible with all thru-axles up to 20mm. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
It has been a long time coming, but bike rack giant Thule has finally brought an end-all solution to different bikes with varying thru-axle sizes. The Thule ThruRide will retail for $220 and is compatible with all thru-axles up to 20mm. (velonews.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Ray David with RacerMate shows us how CompuTrainer sets itself apart from every other trainer with their cycling specific physics and real world strategy and courses....
The RacerMate CompuTrainer sets it apart from every other trainer as its focus is on cycling specific physics by taking a rider’s height and weight and putting that into a rider’s profile. This helps to match what it would really feel like if you were riding a real life course. (roadbikereview.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Top-value security for your chain.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "At a price that’s roughly half that of its more expensive rivals, what’s not to like?" (bikeradar.com)

September 17, 2014




Photo: Available in XC 29 and AM 27.5 only, the wheels bring wider rims to Formulas’s wheel line along with multiple axle configurations.
In addition to their brakes and suspension forks, Formula has also been producing wheels since 2010/11. New to the line up this year are the XC and AM HyperLights which get the weight down with carbon rims so you can reach hyperspeed. (bikerumor.com)

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September 16, 2014



Elia Viviani (Cannondale) wins the Coppa Bernocchi
Photo: © Bettini.
Elia Viviani claimed victory in the Coppa Bernocchi after unleashing a devastating sprint finish to see off the challenge of Filippo Pozzato and Simone Ponzi in Legnano. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Grand Prix de Wallonie Profile...
Wednesday's Grand Prix de Wallonie departs Chaudfontaine at 11:55am CET (5:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Namur at around 4:50pm CET (10:50am U.S. Eastern).  GP de Wallonie live streaming video should get underway at around 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: For many young Americans, USA Cycling's Development House is the best way to gain the experience needed to compete at events like world championships. From there, those with enough potential may go on to professional careers in the sport. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
USA Cycling’s development house is equal parts racing headquarters and dormitory for wayfaring American racers. The program and house consist mostly of young men, though some older professional women trickle in and out of the facility’s doors. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: National time trial champion Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare), has been motorpacing in Boulder, Colorado, preparing for the world TT championships. Photo: Whitney Rogers..
As time winds down on the season, Allison Powers is cranking it up. Out on the flat roads just outside of Boulder, Colorado, Powers can be found on her time trial bike, tucked into the draft of a moped, as she finalizes her preparations for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014




General manager Patrick Lefevere meets the troops
Photo: © Daniel Benson.
Patrick Lefevere is, predictably, not happy with the Belgian team selected for the upcoming world championships. While Tom Boonen will be one of the team captains, Lefevere thought that national coach Carlo Bomans should have chosen more Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




The Thompson Family along with Ms. Philadelphia, congratulate the Men’s podium: 2nd place, Cole House (Gateway Harley Davidson/Trek U23 Cycling Team) 1st place Shane Kline (Team Smartstop Pro Cycling) 3rd place, Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Jamis Hagens Berman)
Photo: © marcoquezada.com.
Amy Cutler wins women's race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia .
Formula One star Fernando Alonso is reportedly still planning to debut his cycling team in 2015, but he could do so with lowered aims. Instead of the first division WorldTour, Spain’s Bici Ciclismo website reported earlier this month that the Spaniard’s team may race in the second division and hope for wildcard invitations to the Grand Tours. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)






2014 Races & Results.

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

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

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 16, 2014




Photo: The cycling future of Cadel Evans remains open to speculation (AAP).
At 37, the Australian cycling legend is clearly in the closing stages of his time as a top-level competitor. He will be a key member of the Australia team for this month's world road championships in Spain. It is understood he will also ride the Giro di Lombardia, the one-day classic that traditionally ends the international season. (sbs.com.au)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Ivan Basso, pictured at the 2014 Giro d’Italia team presentation in Belfast, will bid farewell to Cannondale in the winter as he prepares to sign for Tinkoff-Saxo.
Despite a squad which already boasts the newly-crowned Vuelta a Espana champion in Alberto Contador and the Tour de France King of the Mountains winner Rafal Majka, Tinkoff-Saxo have been busy in the transfer market. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Doing it wrong: Spectators sprayed beer on Cross Vegas racers. (Photo: Meg McMahon).
"Every season something really messed up happens that gets the community riled up. Since I have this little soapbox here, I’m going to take a stab at addressing the latest brouhaha." (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Beth Ann Orton got her night racing legs ready for a StarCrossed win at Cross Vegas 2014. © MikeAlbright.com / Cyclocross Magazine.
It was all sun and no rain on a classic Pacific Northwest evening for the 2014 edition of Subaru StarCrossed. Although this year’s edition was unsanctioned, the payout for Elite Men and Women win was the biggest cash payout in US Cyclocross history to date at $2500 for the win, for men and for women. (cxmagazine.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Two special editions of Super Record have been produced since its return to Campagnolo’s catalogue.
Campagnolo recently refined its Super Record groupset. The company made a variety of modifications to the drivetrain that included an overhaul of the chainrings and front derailleur. The result is the RS edition that will be produced in limited numbers with exclusive badging. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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September 15, 2014


Photo: © velonews.competitor.com...
American veteran Chris Horner reached the end of his racing season with Lampre-Merida at the WorldTour finale Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday with no signed contract for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014





A favorite for the world championship, John Degenkolb is now in a Frankfurt hospital, battling a lymphatic infection. Photo: Facebook/John Degenkolb.
Less than two weeks away from the world road championship, where he was to be considered a favorite for victory, German John Degenkolb is in a Frankfurt hospital with a severe lymphatic infection. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Ag2r’s La Mondiale’s team budget for 2013 was €11,856,563, up from €10.6m in 2012 and €9.4m in 2011, an increase of 13% a year..
It’s been a winning year for Ag2r La Mondiale with Jean-Christophe Péraud’s second place in the Tour de France but so much more including Carlos Betancur’s win in Paris-Nice plus the team prizes in the Giro and Tour de France and they might have won in the Vuelta had Domenico Pozzovivo, Carlos Betancur and Alexis Vuillermoz been present and in-shape. Nevermind the speculation, they’re third on the UCI’s team rankings today. (inrng.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Adam Hansen runs us through his Vuelta – Ten in a row, now that’s impressive.
Ten consecutive Grand Tours is quite an achievement, but then to top it off with a solo stage win is a dream come true. One of the hardest riders in the Pro peloton. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014







Photo: Jens Voigt will make an attempt on the hour record September 18.
Photography by Trek Factory Racing. (cyclingtips.com.au)
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Jens will make an attempt to set the hour record at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.  Eurosport and other broadcasters are expected to broadcast this event live on television and there should be live streams from 6:30pm CET (12:30pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 16, 2014





Photo: IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar (CC).
The team's six cyclists were expected back Tuesday in Colombia for a planned press conference to explain their views. They have reportedly been wearing the outfits since January. (sbs.com.au)

September 16, 2014




The Shimano SC-9050 Display Unit gives the rider the information he needs. Battery level and shift mode are displated on the left. The
Synchro shifting, which shifts the front and rear derailleurs with input into just the rear shifter, did not sound appealing. The Synchro system, when I first heard of it, seemed to remove a certain amount of control from the rider. I pictured myself sprinting over a rise in my big ring, and the system kicking me down into the little ring just as I crested the summit, leaving me in the completely wrong gear for the start of a descent. In reality, the rider still has loads of control, and the system adds to the rider’s experience. It doesn’t take away from it. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: The head badge is metal and still made in Pennsylvania..
At NAHBS 2012, Competitive Cyclist relaunched the Merlin brand as Backcountry’s latest acquisition. Last year, they were wheeling around a titanium 29er at Outdoor Demo. Now, they’ve gone and introduced a new carbon fiber road bike called Empire. (bikerumor.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: The new Assault SLG, Strike SLG and Attack carbon clincher rims come with a Reynolds kit for tubeless use, and the company reports good success with Kenda SCT tires. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Rather than overcrowding their retailers with wheel options, Reynolds will be removing their standard clincher models from production and offer all of their wheel sets as tubeless ready, while all will come with tubeless tape and valve installed, and no difference in weight. (cxmagazine.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: At first glance the trainer looks pretty complicated, but the beauty is in the details.
Since the lowly mag trainer was firs introduced, there hasn’t been a whole lot of new developments to the tech. SportCrafters’ prototype trainer is set to change that. While the SportCrafters proto isn’t the first to offer progressive resistance, it’s appears to be one of the first mag trainers to offer fluid like feel without the, uh, fluid. (bikerumor.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Not fast, bad visor attachment...
BikeRadar verdict: 2 out of 5 stars. "Off the pace in this high-level company." (bikeradar.com)

September 16, 2014




The SMART Genesis LifeBEAM helmet’s contours are almost identical to this Lazer Helium helmet I’ve been wearing for a few years. They weigh almost the same, too. The Helium, which has no HRM in it, weighs more, at 395g, than the 388g Lazer Genesis with the LifeBEAM HRM built into it. That said, the Helium is an XL and fits great, and the Genesis is an L. Lazer’s advertised weight for the Genesis LifeBEAM helmet is 285g! I don’t know where they found one more than 100g lighter. I have a number of helmets that do fit my head and that are over 100 grams lighter than either of these Lazers, but I don’t notice the weight difference while riding. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com.
"I do use what I think is a particularly excellent solution: a heart monitor built into my helmet! The LifeBEAM SMART cycling helmet has an HRM that transmits via ANT+ to my Garmin unit on my handlebar (or via Bluetooth to a smartphone). It has an on/off switch, an indicator light, and a 170mAh lithium polymer battery rechargeable via a mini-USB port built into a Lazer Genesis helmet." (velonews.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: More thorough vetting of riders needed to avoid complications...
The Tiernan-Locke case – and, also, the Roman Kreuziger situation – have shown that there are risks to teams in signing riders from other squads. With the UCI biological passport potentially taking a couple of years to detect anomalies, there is a chance that one team will have to deal with the repercussions of what took place under the contract of another. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 16, 2014




Photo: After receiving news from the UCI on Friday that Matteo Rabottini has been provisionally suspended, we would like to announce that he is immediately excluded from the national squad.
Italian Matteo Rabottini has been excluded from his national squad for the upcoming world cycling championships following a positive test for a banned blood booster, the Italian cycling federation said. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 16, 2014





Photo: Diego Ulissi won the stage 12 time trial at the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italian Diego Ulissi returned to racing Tuesday in the Coppa Bernocchi regardless of turning in an anti-doping positive during the Giro d’Italia, which could potentially lead to a two-year ban. The Tuscan won two stages at the Italian grand tour but failed a test for Salbutamol and was later pulled from the team on June 25. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014





Oleg Tinkov with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the podium alongiwth Saxo Bank's Lars Seier
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fresh from his third overall victory at the Vuelta a España, Alberto Contador’s thoughts are beginning to turn to new challenges. The Spaniard is certain to return to the Tour de France in 2015 after a crash ended his race prematurely this year, and he has admitted that winning all three grand tours in one year remains an ambition – albeit a difficult one to realize. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has a mechanical and gets help from his teammate
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Rigoberto Uran will not form part of Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s line-up in the team time trial at the world championships in Ponferrada, Spain on Sunday as he has not recovered from the asthmatic bronchitis that cut short his Vuelta a España. Uran had been lying in 6th place overall at the beginning of the third week but abandoned the race after losing ground on the road to La Farrapona. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) recovered to finish third on the stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alejandro Valverde has signed a three-year contract extension with Movistar that will keep him at the team until the end of 2017. The 34-year-old joined the team, then known as Illes Baleares in 2005, and returned to the fold after returning from suspension at the beginning of 2012. (cyclingnews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Philippe Gilbert will try to win his second world title later this month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Call Philippe Gilbert whatever you want, but don’t call him the favorite for the world championships. (velonews.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Starting at Lorne we rode 38 km east towards Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road before hanging a right for the KOM up Skenes Creek Road, 9.5km at an average of 5.1% gradient...
Over 5,000 people rode in the 2014 AGF in probably ideal weather in what would have to be one the most idyllic cycling region I have had the pleasure of riding along. (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: Powers demonstrates the three points of contact: left hand on handlebar, right hand on top tube, right hip against saddle .
Simple, effective tips from US national champion Jeremy Powers. (bikeradar.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: For the bog hopper with a bottomless budget, well-regarded German frame maker Marcus Storck has just the thing for you...
High-end German bike maker making renewed push into U.S. market. (roadbikereview.com)

September 16, 2014




Photo: The Swobo Scofflaw says yes to gears, singlespeedng, fat tires and smaller budgets. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Swobo, a company originally founded on bringing wool back to cycling clothing more than two decades ago, has bikes in the line up that offer alternatives to the run of the mill. Swobo President Peter Discoe, son of cyclocross legend of the 1970’s Danny Nall, conjured the design of the new Scofflaw, a bike he calls an ‘alternative road’ bike. (cxmagazine.com)

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Joe Dombrowski (Sky) put in a good ride after coming back from an early season knee injury
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/CN.
Joe Dombrowski lined up for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal at the weekend but the Canadian races were almost certainly his last as a Team Sky rider. He is still recovering from recent surgery to resolve the Iliac artery problem that has so affected the last 18 months of his career. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014





Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The completion of the third and final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, along with two Canadian one-day races has seen a reshuffle in the individual WorldTour rankings. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: It’s easy to think ‘I’d love to have another crack next year’, but then I have to start thinking bigger picture.
Bradley Wiggins finished third in the Tour of Britain after he had won the time trial on the final day. As he turns his attention towards the Rio Olympics, however, he will no longer contest overall classifications in stage races. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: I know strictly speaking
The Vuelta is over, the Tour of Britain is over, the Canadian races are done and dusted, all the roads of preparation for the Worlds are now converging on Ponferrada , Spain. And we're starting to get a sense of who might be there at the pointy end of that race. Here are some names that passed the smell test. (podiumcafe.com)

September 15, 2014




Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
Photo: © Bettini.
Belgium will send a strong team to the world championships in Ponferrada, led by former world champions Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert. Pieter Serry and Kristoff Vandewalle will represent the country in the time trial. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 15, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Fabio Aru on stage eighteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain.
“I did everything I could. I raced to the best of ability. As a team, we really pushed together. I don’t think any of us has any regret. Alberto [Contador] was really impressive in this Vuelta. If I’ve learned anything about racing against him, it’s to not let him get any time because I might never get that time back.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 15, 2014




Photo: It’s been a strange year for me. I never thought I’d fight for a polka dot jersey in my career. But as a team, we’re happy with what we’ve achieved...
Luis Leon Sanchez surprised himself by winning the mountains competition in the Vuelta a Espana. Having originally just been protecting the lead of his teammate Lluis Mas, he suddenly found himself in a position to go for the win. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Until yesterday’s stage I thought about top fifteen, that was the goal at the start...
Lotto Belisol signed Maxime Monfort as their leader for the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia but the Belgian could only manage 16th in the Spanish grand tour. He admits that the results corresponds to his level in what was otherwise a successful race for the Belgian team. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 15, 2014




The Taiwan KOM Challenge climbs 11,000 feet over the course of 105 kilometers. Photo: Taiwan KOM Challenge.
The course takes the participants up at an average 7 percent through the Taroko Gorge to the 97km point at Dayuling, and then rises up its remaining kilometers to a maximum incline of 27 percent, averaging 17 percent for the final eight kilometers. (velonews.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: New rubber aimed at road riders who spend a lot of time on dirt and gravel.
Add Michelin to the growing number of companies offering gravel road riding specific product. The giant tire maker has rolled out a beefier 28c version of its popular PRO4 Endurance tire to go along with 23c and 25c options. (roadbikereview.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: The brand's lineup includes road and mountain bike tubes in common sizes and formats, including 27.5 and 29 inch mountain tubes. .
Rubbers Brand Bicycle Tubes feature minimalist packaging, cheeky positioning, and a bundled glueless patch included with each tube. (bicycleretailer.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: The entire PatchNride system is not exactly tiny, but it is still smaller than bottles of emergency tire sealant that many triathletes or tubular riders will carry.
"From what we’ve seen, PatchNride will be a game changer, especially for the world of tubulars." (bikerumor.com)

September 15, 2014



Photo: Evans has resisted the temptation to do another year in the bunch.
The will he-won’t he question about Cadel Evans’ future and possible retirement appears to be heading in the direction of the Australian hanging up his wheels, with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that the 37 year old rider has indeed decided that 2014 will be his final full season. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Jens Voigt will make an attempt on the hour record September 18.
Photography by Trek Factory Racing. (cyclingtips.com.au)
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Jens will make an attempt to set the hour record at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.  Eurosport and other broadcasters are expected to broadcast this event live on television and there should be live streams from 6:30pm CET (12:30pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 15, 2014




Peter Sagan did not finish the Vuelta, but he's
Peter Sagan lacks the results like he had in 2013, but his trainer said that after the Vuelta a España, he is in a perfect spot for the upcoming world championship road race. (velonews.com)

September 15, 2014




Elle Anderson, pictured here at CrossVegas in Vanderkitten kit, will race for the Kalas-NNOF team in the coming 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com.
The revelation of the 2013-2014 American cyclocross season, Elle Anderson, is heading to the sport’s epicenter, basing herself in Belgium this season to focus on her first full European ’cross campaign. It’s a step that would have made another young Vermont native proud. (velonews.com)

September 15, 2014




Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) leads Allen Krughoff (Noosa) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) at the 2014 Boulder Cup. Photo by Kevin Scott Batchelor..
National cyclocross champ Jeremy Powers put on a spectacle Sunday as he charged to victory at Boulder Cup for the second consecutive year. (velonews.com)

September 15, 2014






Photo: Probably not the kind of exposure the team was looking for.
Now, there have been some bad kits over the years. This Footon-Servetto kit from 2010 for instance, or even Greg Lemond’s Z-Tomasso team from 1990, but now there is a sure fire winner for the worst kit ever. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 15, 2014




Matej Mohoric (Cannondale) takes his pull at the front
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
Matej Mohoric, 19, has confirmed that he will ride for the new-look Cannondale team in 2015, having signed a contract with the American squad. The current under 23 world champion had an existing deal with Cannondale for the upcoming season and signed a new deal after it was announced that a selection of the existing Cannondale squad would have offers under the management of Slipstream Sports. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Normally Fränk would be in the front group at the finish, I am not sure what happened, but somehow he lost contact on the downhill ...
After a poor performance in the GP Quebec, Trek had hoped to do better on the harder course in the GP Montreal. Frank Schleck had made it into the front group but was dropped on the high-speed descent in the final 3km. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Interbike wouldn’t be Interbike if there weren’t some really startling products.
"Lugged steel road frames are more typically found at NAHBS than Interbike these days. So it was refreshing to see one, especially one with as storied a background as the Masi Gran Criterium. Haro continues to guide the brand here in the U.S. and the product manager is a dyed-in-the-wool roadie. To my knowledge, the bike is still using the same lugs and tubes as it did back in the ’70s." (redkiteprayer.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Will the Zolder live up to its World Cup name? Interbike 2014 © Cyclocross Magazine.
Zolder is typically a World Cup stop in Belgium, officially called Heusden-Zolder after the two separate municipalities merged in 1977 . The cyclocross race has been held the day after Christmas at a Formula 1 race track, and is one the more storied events in cyclocross. Might Bianchi’s new carbon cyclocross bike live up to the famous name? (cxmagazine.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: 2015 Lazer Wasp Air IS .
The range includes the innovative WASP Air IS and Genesis Lifebeam, the top-end Z1, and new releases including the Magma and new women’s collection, Moi. (bikeradar.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: The rim shape is 45mm deep and 25mm wide (18 internal) with hidden nipples.
Token introduced their trident-profile Hero aero wheels last year with an alloy brake track above its carbon fairing. Now, they’ve got a full carbon model that shaves 109g off the set to come in at a claimed 1,630g (747g front, 883g rear – without rim tape). (bikerumor.com)

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Van Baarle seals overall race victory. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: ADD CEO Lone Hansen told CyclingTips Monday that the agency was not in a position to comment at this point in time.
Anti Doping Denmark’s investigation into the sport of cycling continues onwards, with ADD confirming that no decision or conclusion has been reached yet in relation to the enquiry. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 15, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) trying to drop Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
At times, the early part of the season seemed like little more than a game of long-distance one-upmanship between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Froome won the Tour of Oman on the same weekend that Contador claimed a stage at the Volta ao Algarve. The Spaniard went on to win Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of the Basque Country, so Froome responded firmly with (an ultimately controversial) victory at the Tour de Romandie. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Contador’s whole Vuelta was remarkable actually. He waited on Froome’s wheel til the moment was right then struck out like a cobra to secure a handful of seconds over the Briton.
Even before a bidon was chucked over the spectators heads in thirst-crazed desperation, the 2014 Vuelta a España (or The Veluta, as it’s endearingly known in my part of the world) was dubbed as the most exciting Grand Tour of 2014. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) was close the the win today but had to settle for second place
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Simon Gerrans showed that he is a huge favorite for the world road race championships with his double victories at the Grands Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal but Rui Costa also showed his class in Canada and confirmed that he will be a threat in Ponferrada in two weeks' time. The Portuguese rider has a real chance of retaining the rainbow jersey for another year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Looking back at his Vuelta a España, Matthews sees high points, but also places where he believes more could have been possible.
Winner of stages in both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España this year, Michael Matthews is determined to add a world championship medal to that tally, either for himself or for one of his Australia team-mates. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Iglinskiy confessed to using EPO shortly after his positive test from Eneco Tour...
The anti-doping committee of the Kazakh Cycling Federation decided to suspend Valentin Iglinskiy for four years following his positive anti-doping test returned from this year’s Eneco Tour. This means that the 30-year old former Astana rider won’t be allowed to compete until August 11, 2018. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Damelandslaget under Energiewacht Tour i april. sykling.no.
Riders at a national women’s race in Norway protested on Sunday, following a selection decision by the national federation for the World Championships. Though allotted five places in the women’s road race, the Norges Cykleforbund have only selected three riders, with no time trial or junior representation.

September 15, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) takes stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
French national coach Bernard Bourreau has finalised his nine-man team for the world championships road race in Ponferrada, with Nacer Bouhanni leading the line in a squad that also includes Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin. (cyclingnews.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: The biggest news is the all-new Nitrogen aero road bike, which incorporates all-new TRP linear pull road brakes.
Argon 18 has been rather busy, bringing about new bikes for all the hot pavement categories -adventure road, aero road and triathlon- and equipping them with some new components from TRP and, from the looks of it, Shimano. (bikerumor.com)

September 15, 2014




Photo: Comprising of 3 different 250cm cables with strong magnets at one end, and unique fittings at the other for electronic wires, shift/brake housing, hydraulic lines, or cables at the other.
Depending on the frame, internal routing can be a mechanics worst nightmare. Fortunately Park Tool is here to help with their new IR-1 internal cable routing kit. (bikerumor.com)

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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) after winning at the Vuelta
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Malori wins final time trial in Santiago de Compostela. (cyclingnews.com)






Chris Froome (sky) rode to 10th place
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Just 9.7 kilometers long, the route starts on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, close to one of its most modern public buildings, the Cultural Centre and finishes in the heart of the old city, a stone’s throw from the doors of its famous cathedral in the Plaza de Obradoiro square. This is where the famous Camino de Santiago - the Santiago pilgrims’ trail, running across Spain to Galicia - ends, hence the stage has been subtitled El Final del Camino - The End of the Road. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Adam Hanson's bike for the final time trial
Photo: © Lotto-Belisol.
Adam Hansen will ride the final time trial of the Vuelta a España with a special disk wheel to mark his record-equalling 10th consecutive Grand Tour finish. The Campagnolo Bora Ultra TT disk wheel has been decorated with red and white stickers listing each of the 10 races he’s completed. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 14, 2014




Cody Canning takes the win ahead of Bryan Coquard and Steele Von Hoff
Photo: © Rob Jones Previous .
Cody Canning caused an upset at the Sprint Challenge Pro Quebec event, beating Bryan Coquard and Steele von Hoff to win the special evening race in the center of Quebec. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Zachary BELL (Team Smartstop Pro Cycling) takes the Thompson Bucks County Classic win. Infront of some brave fans in the rain.
Photo: © Marco Quezada/nyvelocity.com.
Team Smartstop capped off its enormously successful 2014 road season with another victory, this time from Canadian Zach Bell, who soloed away from his breakaway companions to claim the UCI 1.2 Bucks County Classic in New Hope, Pennsylvania on Saturday. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: Having raced very aggressively throughout the entire race, Lotto Belisol finally brought the GP Jef Scherens back to a bunch sprint ...
One week after his win in the Brussels Cycling Classic, André Greipel again confirmed that he is in excellent condition at the end of the season when he won the Belgian one-day race GP Jef Scherens. After a very aggressive race, Lotto Belisol brought everything back together for a bunch sprint where Greipel beat Tom Van Asbroeck and Danny Van Poppel (cyclingquotes.com)

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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) powers to the win on stage 1 of the Tour of Britain
Photo: © AFP.
Van Baarle seals overall race victory. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the stage
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Bradley Wiggins stormed to victory in the in the penultimate time trial of the Tour of Britain. Wiggins completed the short 8.8-kilometer course in an average speed of 53.6kph to beat Sylvain Chavanel by eight seconds. Stephen Cummings rounded out the top three, finishing just a second behind Chavanel. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: I’m feeling good ahead of the worlds. All my training has been towards that so it’s good to confirm my form with a win in a time trial, even though it was only a short one. Photo: © Rob Lampard (cyclingnews.com)
Bradley Wiggins fully lived up to expectations in the Tour of Britain time trial when he took a hugely dominant victory on the 8.8km course. Building for the World Championships, the Brit was pleased to confirm his form so close to the big goal. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: The 24 year old British rider has shown his speed on multiple occasions in the past and believes he will slot in well with the Australian team.
After one year with a British Continental team, former Omega Pharma-QuickStep and BMC Racing Team rider Adam Blythe will return to the WorldTour next season after the confirmation of a contract with Orica GreenEdge. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 14, 2014




2014 Tour Méditerranéen champion Stephen Cummings (BMC)
Photo: © Bettini.
MTN-Qhubeka interim general manager, Brian Smith has confirmed the nationality of his two latest signings. Smith says that both riders have signed on the dotted line, but they will not announce anything until both contracts have been sent to the team’s office in South Africa. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Riche Porte (Sky)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Riche Porte has decided to call a premature end to his tumultuous 2014 season. Porte had been named on the Australian team’s long-list for the World Championships at the end of the month. However, after a year or illness problems, the Australian has told national selector Bradley McGee that he won’t be able to ride in Ponferrada. He is also ruled out of the team time trial next Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: It's a nice offer, financially and competitively. I get a little more freedom than at OPQS. Whether I become a leader? That's an exaggeration....
Jan Bakelants leaves Omega Pharma-Quick Step, and will, for the next two seasons, ride for AG2R ride. The transfer was hanging quite a while in the air and is now confirmed by the rider himself on Twitter. "The overall picture looks good at AG2R" says Bakelants to Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Simon Gerrans celebrates his win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Double wins for Australian champion. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014






Photo: It was Powers’ second podium appearance in four days; he finished third behind Sven Nys and Lars van der Haar at CrossVegas.
Jeremy Powers grabbed the holeshot on a dry, bumpy Boulder Reservoir course, then patiently gapped the field alongside Ben Berden and Allen Krughoff, until unleashing a searing attack on the final lap and win comfortably in the U.S. Open of Cyclocross on Saturday, up by 25 seconds at the line. (velonews.com)

September 14, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins stage 4 of the Tour of Britain
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Michal Kwiatkowski has been quick to deny his favorite status for the World Championships later this month. The Polish rider’s name has come up regularly in lists of potential winners in Ponferrada, but he just wants to make it to the end. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: We hope that he can grow with us in a two-year contract, and that he can be an effective rider in the mountains and at first help Fabio Aru.
Astana has announced that they have signed a contract with Miguel Angel Lopez who won the Tour de l'Avenir a few weeks ago. The Kazakh team hopes that the Colombian will be able to play a support role for Fabio Aru in his first year's on the professional scene. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 14, 2014




Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin) interviewed after the stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alexander Kristoff can become Norway’s second-ever World Champion, says his compatriot Lars Petter Nordhaug. Kristoff announced earlier this week that he would lead the three-man Norwegian team that would include himself, Nordhaug and Edvald Boasson Hagen. (cyclingnews.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: I’m surprised at just how strong Mathias already is. He has already found a good form after six weeks of recovering from his injury...
Yesterday Mathias Frank returned to competition in the small Swiss one-day race Tour du Jura. The Swiss finished 11th which came as a pleasant surprise for his IAM team. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 14, 2014




Photo: Their spoke wrench multi kit has virtually every size, shape and length you’ll need to build or repair any brand wheels.
Unior-suspension-fork-and-shock-repair-kit-with-bushing-seal-presses-and-socket-wrench-multi-tool.
Unior is a Slovenian hand tool company that traces roots back to the 19th century, and we ran across them first at the Meribel UCI World Cup race then again inside the halls of Eurobike. In the pits for pro rider Tanja Zakelj was a nifty prototype bit, but we’ll start with the highlights of their complete collection. (bikerumor.com)

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Alberto Contador powers to victory on Ancares
Photo: © Bettini.
Alberto Contador clinched the Vuelta a España title when he finished alone at the summit of the Ancares pass at the end of the penultimate stage. Having responded to a number of attacks by Chris Froome, the Spaniard accelerated away from the Briton inside the final 500 metres of the climb and was 17 seconds clear at the line. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014








Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) after winning at the Vuelta
Photo: © AFP.
Alberto Contador took an all but decisive step towards winning his third Vuelta a España in six years, as he dropped Chris Froome on the final summit finish of Ancares to claim his second stage victory in a week. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 21 Profile.
Sunday's Stage 21 start time: 17:11 CEST (8:11 AM PST); Earliest live video: 18:30 CEST (9:30 AM PST); Approximate finish: 20:30 CEST (11:30 AM PST).  (cyclingfans.com)

September 13, 2014




Team Sky's Dario Cataldo in 9th on the Zoncolan
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Dario Cataldo is out of the Vuelta a Espana. He “has been forced to withdraw ... on medical advice,” Team Sky said on their website. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 13, 2014




Photo: I’m not confident, but I have to see myself being up there and fighting for the result.
As the Tour of Britain is progressing, it is becoming blatantly obvious that OPQS rider Michal Kwiatkowski is one of, if not the, strongest riders in the race. And more importantly, he is clearly in form and many now label him as a favourite for the World Road Race title in Ponferrada, Spain next month. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: Vittoria says its graphene-reinforced rims are stronger and lighter than what would otherwise be possible with conventional carbon fibre construction.
Italian tyre powerhouse Vittoria revealed a complete line of road and mountain bike wheels at Interbike that will start arriving in stores as early as next month. (bikeradar.com)

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Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Julien Vermote won the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain out of a break group. He soloed in to the finish in Brighton, 23 seconds ahead of break companions Ignatas Konovalovas and Dylan Van Baarle. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014





Photo: Julien Vermote rode away from his companions on the penultimate climb...
For the second day in a row, the favorites in the Tour of Britain miscalculated their chase and allowed a strong breakaway to turn the race on its head. While Julien Vermote took a beautiful solo win, Dylan van Baarle finished third and took the leader’s jersey off Alex Dowsett’s shoulders, with the Brit dropping to 10th after he had suffered on the final two climbs. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: [Taking the lead] is a big ask over 8.8 kilometres. But you never know with crashes and punctures - anything can happen...
Bradley Wiggins goes into the time trial in the Tour of Britain with 47 seconds to make up on Dylan van Baarle. The defending champion admits that the overall win is probably beyond his reach and is more focused on a stage victory and a podium spot. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 13, 2014






Photo: Stage 8 Profile.
Sunday's Tour of Britain Stage 8a, an 8.8km Individual Time Trial in London, gets underway at 11:01am BST (6:01am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around -- BST (-- U.S. Eastern).

Sunday's afternoon Tour of Britain Stage 8b is a circuit race in London.  It is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm BST (10:30am U.S. Eastern) and end around 5:30pm BST (12:30pm U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm BST (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) attacks, earning the most aggressive rider prize
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nicolas Roche has been one of the most aggressive riders during this week’s Tour of Britain. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider has been jumping off the front for the past few stages. With two days remaining and the podium only a few seconds away from him, more of the same can be expected from him. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: Tom Stewart, Tour of Britain 2014 stage two ...
The Yorkshireman finished third in yesterday's stage to Hemel Hempstead after a day-long breakaway. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 13, 2014




Ben Swift (Team Sky) was close to the win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Ben Swift hopes to swap team duties for a shot at victory on stage seven of the Tour of Britain. He currently shoulders the points jersey, but has his best shot yet at taking home a win on the penultimate day of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

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The Movistar team time trials
Photo: © Bettini.
Movistar Team is set for the coming years, with its two captains Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde staying with the Spanish team through 2017. “In principle, we see the future with some comfort,” team manager Eusebio Unzué told biciciclismo.com. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014




Matteo Rabottini won the blue KOM jersey at the 2012 Giro d'Italia. Photo by Tim de Waele..
Italian Matteo Rabottini has been excluded from his national squad for the upcoming world cycling championships following a positive test for a banned blood booster, the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) said. (velonews.com)

September 13, 2014




Todd Wells, jack of all trades, will be racing cyclocross in Boulder this weekend to tune up for La Ruta de Los Conquistadores. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Todd Wells won the Leadville Trail 100 this year. Todd Wells is coming to Boulder, Colorado this weekend to race cyclocross. Todd Wells is using that 60 minutes of pain to tune up for La Ruta de Los Conquistadores. Crazy. (velonews.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: Spanish National coach Javier Mínguez chats with Dani Moreno (Katusha)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
In a confusing press conference held after stage 19 of the Vuelta a España, Spanish national coach Javier Minguez finally named 15 riders for the 14 spots on Spain's long list for the UCI Road World Championship elite men's road race, including Alberto Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: The Panoram is a simple but easy to set up and use computer at a good price.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Robust and easy to use, and it comes at a good price." (bikeradar.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: The smaller one uses a standard Shimano BB tool. The bigger one uses their own tool, which also has teh Shimano size on the other end...
Enduro is finalizing their new PF30 and PF86/92 threaded bottom brackets, looking to solve two of the biggest problems with pressfit setups.  They’re still pressed into the frame, but the alloy shell is stiffer and once pressed in, you thread it together lightly to cinch it tight. (bikerumor.com)

September 13, 2014




Photo: Parlee has an impressive reputation for its lightweight, tech-laden carbon bikes, which, in these days of Far Eastern mass production, are still custom-made in the USA..
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "All of the speed benefits of an aero bike with none of the compromises - but painfully expensive." (bikeradar.com)

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Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Adam Hansen scored a canny victory on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España after slipping away from the peloton on the final uncategorized climb on the run-in to Cangas do Morrazo. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A perfectly timed late-race attack by Adam Hansen netted the Australian the Vuelta a España stage 19 win ahead of the chasing peloton at Cangas do Morrazo. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014





Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)
Photo: © Sirotti.
With two crunch stages left in the Vuelta a España, Sky manager Dave Brailsford is adamant that Chris Froome, having moved up to second on stage 18, can now battle for the overall win. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Chris Putt joins his older brother on the team this year, and is expected to do well on the climbs.
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson.
The U23 development team owned by Axel Merckx will return for 2015 with the same mission but a new structure and several new sponsors, the former pro from Belgium told Cyclingnews this week at Interbike in Las Vegas. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 12, 2014




Photo: Peter Sagan has been winless since taking the Tour de France green jersey in July.
Peter Sagan‘s form heading into the Ponferrada World Championship road race on September 28 appears in doubt after he abandoned the Vuelta a España on Saturday. The Slovak star of team Cannondale won the green jersey at the Tour de France for a third time this year, but has been quiet since. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Struggle street... Richie Porte. (AAP).
Richie Porte has ruled himself out of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships, in Ponferrada, Spain, after admitting he’s still struggling to overcome an illness that’s plagued the Australian since the start of the year. (sbs.com.au)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Faustino Muñoz Cambron has been Alberto Contador’s personal mechanic since the five-time Grand Tour winner turned professional in 2003.
Alberto Contador is in his 12th year as a professional cyclist and one man has been near ever-present at his side – the five-time Grand Tour champion’s personal mechanic, Faustino Muñoz Cambron. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: The key moment of the race – Nys hopped while van der Haar ran, creating the final gap. © LasalaImages.com.
When we asked third-place finisher Jeremy Powers to explain what happened at the front of the race before Sven Nys dug in, he answered: “I made a move earlier on. Then Sven made a few attacks, jumped over the barriers and went as hard as he could. Lars went as hard as heI could, and I went as hard as I could… and Sven won.” (cxmagazine.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: New from Look for 2015 is the KeO 2 Max Blade pedal, which incorporates the company's novel 'Blade' leaf spring concept to create a sleeker and lighter design
James Huang / Immediate Media.
Look has trickled its novel 'Blade' leaf spring concept downstream to 2015, adding it to its workhorse KéO 2 Max pedals to create the KéO 2 Max Blade. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Stage 20 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 20 live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern).  (cyclingfans.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Do wacky looks translate to a winning aero design?
BikeRadar verdict: 2 out of 5 stars. "So fast but so flawed." (bikeradar.com)

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Brandle in action
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Dowsett moves into yellow on dramatic day. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014





Photo: I want to thank my teammates. They gave their hearts to keep my leader's jersey. In the end it didn't work, but we still have three stages to go. It's not over...
Michal Kwiatkowski and Omega Pharma-Quick Step were the big losers in today's stage of the Tour of Britan when the early break stayed away and Alex Dowsett took the leader's jersey off Kwiatkowski's shoulders. However, the Pole is still optimistic ahead of tomorrow's very hard stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) smiles for the camera
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
Alex Dowsett could hardly have imagined that he would be donning the yellow jersey at the Tour of Britain when he rolled out of Bath for stage 6 on Friday morning. That morning Dowsett wasn’t even in the top 20, sitting 1:25 behind race leader Michal Kwiatkowski, now he leads the Polish rider by 34 seconds. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Lampre-Merida team is awaiting formal confirmation from the UCI that Diego Ulissi can return to racing following his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the Giro d’Italia. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski has racked up several wins and podium finishes this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Michal Kwiatkowski is closing in on the Tour of Britain overall win and is continuing to prove he is a star in the making. “This is only my second race back from my long break after the Tour de France,” Kwiatkowski said. “I can time trial and I should be ready for [the overall win].” (velonews.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Sam Bennett had an expletive laced exchange with Bernie Eisel, but the Irish man tells us here he quickly pulled his horns in.
"Having felt unwell for the past few days I was kind of glad to be told by the team doctor last night that blood tests after the stage revealed that my white cells are low and my body is still fighting the virus I got after the Tour of Norway." (stickybottle.com)

September 12, 2014




Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) signs autographs for some young fans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jan Bakelants will ride for Ag2r-La Mondiale for the next two seasons, the team has confirmed. The Belgian, who is leaving Omega Pharma-QuickStep, expects to have more freedom to ride for himself and to concentrate on the Classics.

September 12, 2014




Adam Blythe (NFTO) is the day's winner
Photo: © Peter Goding.
Adam Blythe should return to the WorldTour next season. After leaving BMC at the end of 2013, Blythe has spent the last season racing for NFTO at Continental level. He spiked the interest of a number of top teams when he won RideLondon last month. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Although only available in Australia, we’re amazed by the value of this dealer-direct model from Cell Bikes.
Featuring Niner, Bontrager, Shimano and more. (bikeradar.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: The Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 80 SuperLight weighs just 5.6kg.
Canyon has entered the ring in the Road Bike Weight War by unveiling the Ultimate CF SLX 80 SuperLight – a 5.6kg featherweight machine with a huge price tag. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 12, 2014






Photo: Stage 7 Profile.
Saturday's Tour of Britain Stage 7 live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: For 2015, the Casco SPEEDairo adds a Photochromatic lens, which adapts to light conditions.
Aero-vent balance, MIPS and bright shells all trending updwards. (bikeradar.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: Launching a perfectly timed sprint on the uphill finishing straight, Gerrans managed to pass Dumoulin just before the line to take his second win the GP Quebec. (cyclingquotes.com)
Australian out-sprints Dumoulin and Navardauskas on the Grande Allée. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Zdenek Stybar receives medical treatment after a crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Less than one month on from a dramatic crash in the Eneco Tour, Czech champion Zdenek Stybar is back in action at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, but upon seeing the same high-footed barriers that lined the course, the same kind that caused his face plant in Ardooie, he was seen discussing the dangerous nature of the course with a UCI commissaire. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Matteo Rabottini (Yellow Fluo) cornering
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
On Friday morning Matteo Rabottini was named as one of 16 riders in the Italian squad for the World  Championships. On Friday afternoon he was dumped out of the team after the UCI revealed he had tested positive for EPO in an out of competition test carried out on August 8. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
French national team coach Bernard Bourreau has expressed his frustration at FDJ.fr’s decision to pull Nacer Bouhanni from racing for the remainder of his time at the team. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Taylor Phinney (BMC) stays tucked in tight for his winning ride
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/CN.
Reigning US time trial champion Taylor Phinney told Cyclingnews this week that he hopes to recover from injuries suffered in a crash earlier this year at the US pro road race in time to compete in next season's Tour de France and world championships. (cyclingnews.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) with his Trek bike
Maxime Schmid.
When it comes to embarking on the hour record attempt, timing is of course of the essence but it's not just a factor imposed on the rider - in this case Jens Voigt - but also on the support staff and the bike manufacturer. (bikeradar.com)

September 12, 2014




Mark Cavendish debuted the new Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses at the Tour de France, but he crashed out of the race in the first stage. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The big unveiling of Oakley’s new sunglasses, the Jawbreaker, came up just 200 meters short. Mark Cavendish wore the prototype Oakley Jawbreaker on the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France. It was a stage that Cav had been eyeing, with a finish in his mother’s hometown. He was a favorite and a victory would catapult the new shields to the front pages of newspapers and websites around the world. (velonews.com)

September 12, 2014




The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is arguably the most difficult American stage race. Race organizers said that the 2014 event had a record-breaking economic impact. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah confirmed that 275,000 spectators watched the professional cycling event in August, setting a new record. In addition, the race generated a record $20 million in direct economic impact for Utah in a quantitative research study conducted by Event Sponsorship Measurement, LLC. (velonews.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Bike Science head fitter Andy Sexton answers BikeRadar readers’ fitting questions. bike-science.com/pages/precision-bike-fitting
Founder and head bike fitter of Bike Science, Andy Sexton was one of the very first Retul-certified fitters in the UK and has helped scores of athletes of all abilities get on better with their bikes, whether they be roadies, MTBers or triathletes. (bikeradar.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: The Savant is Giro’s first road helmet that will include Mips and will go for only $110.
If you’ve wondered where head protection is headed, Giro showed a few new helmets that demonstrated Mips is going to be a noticeable part of the future of protection. Mips is a ground-up technology; a helmet must be designed from the start to include Mips, which is why you won’t be seeing it as an add-on to the Aeon. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 12, 2014




Photo: Their new 2015 team machine the ‘Aircode’ was getting a lot of attention with its completely redesigned aero fame.
Clothing from Castelli & Sportful, accessories from Ritchey, bikes from Lapierre, Eddy Merckx, GT and more. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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September 11, 2014


Alison Powers won the women's time trial at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The two biggest stage races in North America, the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge, are planning on holding multi-day women’s events in 2015, race officials confirmed this week. The Amgen Tour held two one-day events at this year’s event, a time trial in Folsom, and a downtown Sacramento circuit race. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014






Fabio Aru (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
For the second time in this year’s Vuelta a España, Fabio Aru has claimed a mountain-top stage win - and proved that his third place in the Giro d’Italia this May was no one-off fluke result. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014








Chris Froome (Team Sky) crosses the line in second place
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Chris Froome’s roller coaster Vuelta a España took a step in the right direction for the Kenyan-born Briton during stage 18 on Thursday as he both moved into second overall and gained time on race leader Alberto Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014




Most combative for stage 17 was Bob Jungels (Trek)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Riding his first Grand Tour, Trek Factory Racing's Bob Jungels booked himself a podium visit at the end of the Vuelta a España's stage 17 as the day's most combative rider, having animated the breakaway. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014





Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fabian Cancellara has brought his Vuelta a España to an end in order to focus on his preparation for the upcoming world championships. His Trek Factory Racing team confirmed on Thursday morning that Cancellara would not take the start of stage 18 in A Estrada. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014







Photo: Stage 19 Profile.
Friday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 19 departs Salvaterra do Miño at 1:00pm CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Cangas do Morrazo 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)

September 11, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 11, 2014




Leopold König (NetApp-Endura)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Leopold König will be riding in the WorldTour in 2015, the Czech rider has confirmed. König, who currently rides for NetApp-Endura, wouldn’t confirm who he had signed for but said that an announcement would be coming imminently. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: It was a season of ups and downs. Unfortunately there was only one real up: third place in the Dauphiné, Lotto-Belisol manager Marc Sergeant said.
Jurgen Van de Broeck was considered as one of the riders focused almost entirely on the Tour de France, but this may have to change in the upcoming year as Lotto-Belisol is openly disappointed with his performances throughout 2014 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: These are the 10 most important technical innovations in the sport’s long history. Photo courtesy of SRM.
The bicycle, and the sport that revolves around it, has changed considerably over the years, morphing as engineering, production, materials science, and the understanding of what makes a good bike have progressed. The world’s most efficient mode of transportation has seen its fair share of wacky innovations, from air-powered shifting to cable-thin tubes, but the industry, and riders, have always found a way to whittle the bike down into what it is meant to be, removing the silly and keeping the smart. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: A photographic record of the Tour de France's Yorkshire start.
Some great photos that are going to be much reproduced in years to come, such as the peloton snaking up through the crowds on Buttertubs or up the cobbled climb in Haworth. (podiumcafe.com)

September 11, 2014




 The Zone power meter combines force data from a plate under the cleat with accelerometer data from this pod to calculate power. It can be moved from bike to bike with ease, as it's not actually attached to the bike. Just bring your shoes. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
The red plate under the cleat measures force via piezoceramic sensors. No strain gauges here. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Everything needed to install and maintain the Zone comes in the box, including the tools needed to install it on a pair of shoes. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
A power meter that lives on your shoes, stuck between cleat and sole, calculating power with a combination of light, nearly indestructible piezoceramic sensors and accelerometers mounted on the shoe itself. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: The Speedplay Aero Pedal System is a one-side pedal with a dimpled aero backing and cleat cover
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
Speedplay is showing prototypes of its forthcoming Aero Pedal System, a one-side Zero pedal with a dimpled underside that, when clipped into the aero cleat, creates a smooth, unbroken surface all the way down to the shoe sole. (bikeradar.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Unlike most e-bikes, the Mando Footloose IM has no physical drivetrain connecting the cranks and rear wheel.
Hailing from South Korea was one of the most innovative e-bikes we've seen yet. Not only is the new Mando Footloose IM packed with clever technical features, it's quite a pretty visual design, too. (bikeradar.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Based on the aluminum Trionfo, Pinarello’s new Mercurio has a carbon frame. (Caitlin Giddings).
New carbon model combines the sleekness of a road frame with the price and utility of a city bike  (bicycling.com)

September 11, 2014




Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling)
Photo: © ASO/P.Perreve.
Matthias Brändle soloed in to take the win in stage 5 of the Tour of Britain in Exeter. He had been in the day’s escape group, as had second and third place finishers Shane Archbold and Maarten Wynants. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014




Evelyn Stevens will have her plate full with three events at world championships. After tasting success at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, she's hungry for another victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Fresh off her victory at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands, Evelyn Stevens, has a boost of confidence as she looks ahead to the UCI Road World Championships at the end of the month. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski, race leader, Tour of Britain 2014, stage four .
Could Tour of Britain leader Michal Kwiatkowski win the rainbow jersey in Ponferrada? (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Aged just 18 years, Kristjan Kumar tested positive for EPO on the very day he denied Eddie Dunbar overall victory at the Trofeo Karlsberg Nations Cup stage race in Germany back in June. Kumar, now provisionally suspended by the UCI, is seen here winning stage 2a of the race, with Dunbar in 5th in the green of Ireland..
Having received the anticipated news this week that he had been selected to ride the junior road race at the World Championships in Spain in two weeks, Eddie Dunbar’s season has taken an unexpected twist today. (stickybottle.com)

September 11, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
In the interview, which appeared on Saturday, the 24-year-old spoke bluntly of his dissatisfaction at certain events that transpired during the 2014 season including missing out on selection for Milan-San Remo and the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014






Photo: Stage 6 Profile.
Friday's Tour of Britain Stage 6 departs Bath at 10:15am BST (5:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Hemel Hempstead at around 3:26pm BST (10:26am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 11, 2014




It is unclear which direction Cadel Evans' career will take after this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Cadel Evans will reveal his future in a press conference next week before the start of the Ponferrada world championships in northwest Spain. There is growing speculation that the 2011 Tour de France winner will announce his retirement, but Evans refused to specify what his future holds, only confirming it will be revealed next week. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Elia Viviani (Cannondale) counts his stage wins
Photo: © Bettini.
Report: Elia Viviani is close to joining Team Sky for 2015, opting to move to the British team instead of being part of the new Cannondale team managed by Jonathan Vaughters following the fusion of Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014




Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde will lead the Spanish team at the worlds, while Alberto Contador will not compete. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alberto Contador is defending his decision to skip the upcoming road world championships on his home roads in Ponferrada, Spain. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: The Apple Watch Sport will likely appeal to many active iPhone users .
Just yesterday Apple announced to the world a range of new mobile devices including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the long-rumored Watch. The phone receives a few changes that will appeal to many who ride connected. However, it’s the new watch that is most interesting to us, with a handful of technology and features that could see it useful for cycling. (bikeradar.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: They are offering a number of well-thought mounts as well. It goes for $269.
Sony showed off a new video camera, the HDR-AS100V, called the Action Cam, to compete with a now burgeoning market for video. This unit features Zeiss optics for sharper video as well as a stereo mike and a waterproof casing to make it as directly competitive with the GoPro as possible while orienting the camera length-wise to make it less obtrusive and more aerodynamic. It’s big advantage is image stabilization software that makes on-the-bike video much easier to watch. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Canyon’s history traces back to 1978 when the company’s founder Roman Arnold, then 14 years of age, discovered road cycling.
Canyon began by trading out of a trailer but the company now serves the world market with customer-direct sales from its headquarters in Koblenz, Germany. Canyon also sponsors the Movistar and Katusha WorldTour teams. The Ultimate CF SLX that sits at the top of the company's road bike range. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Wheels Manufacturing's new eccentric bottom bracket will allow for cleaner-looking singlespeed conversions on frames with PF30 or BB30 bottom bracket shells
James Huang / Immediate Media.
ired of the perpetual bottom bracket creak on your PF86/92 or PF30-equipped frame? Wheels Manufacturing showed off a new thread-together bottom bracket design that might finally quiet things down. (bikeradar.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: the TCX is also one of the most beautiful bikes we’ve seen in years...
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "High traction, high comfort and good-looking cyclocross bike." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Authorities have re-opened the case surrounding the 2004 death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
A new investigation into the possible murder of Italian cyclist Marco Pantani took a step forward on Wednesday when Italy’s public prosecutor in Rimini handed the case over to the police. In 2004, police determined that the 1998 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France winner had died of a cocaine overdose.

September 11, 2014




Photo: Someone who rides for Italy should be an example for the youth...
The infamous fistfight between Gianluca Brambilla and Ivan Rovny  during the 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana will have even bigger consequences for the Italian rider than missing out on a stage victory and being ejected from the event, as he will not participate in the upcoming World Championships held in Ponferrada. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 11, 2014




Kristin Armstrong, 2012 Olympic TT gold medalist, may be considering a comeback for Rio in 2016. Photo by Tim de Waele. .
Is Olympic time trial champion Kristin Armstrong mounting a comeback for an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal? That’s the rumor that’s been swirling around the American cycling community over the past several weeks — and it’s a rumor Armstrong would not refute when asked for comment Wednesday at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014






Photo: Sven Nys said he felt strong, and knew he could win. © LasalaImages.com. (cxmagazine.com)
Sven Nys rode to a repeat victory at CrossVegas, powering away from an elite field on the final lap. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014






Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) out-sprints Katie Compton to win Cross Vegas.
Photo: © Dave McElwaine. (cyclingnews.com)
Katie Compton came to the front with about 200 meters to go, hardly the only time she’d touched the front of the heated CrossVegas race, and it seemed all but over. Compton has been so dominant in past years that it seemed safe to start writing headlines. No one told Meredith Miller.  (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: The Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec circuit will be particularly well suited to climbers and those used to steep descents.
Friday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec starts at 11:00am EDT (17:00 CET) and is expected to finish at around 4:15pm EDT (22:15 CET).  GP de Quebec live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm EDT (19:00 CET). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: In New York City, you can bring your bike on the subway—or you can bring the subway to your bike. (Jen).
Bike Snob NYC’s Big Apple cycling primer. (bicycling.com)

September 11, 2014




Director Omer Kem lays out the day’s ride in the hotel parking lot.
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson.
Bissell team director Omer Kem told Cyclingnews this week at Interbike in Las Vegas that he will move to Team SmartStop next year as the team's general manager. Kem was at the cycling trade show representing the team already in talks with potential sponsors. (cyclingnews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: The longer it takes, the less probable it becomes...
According to Belgian media, Thomas De Gendt may be forced to leave Omega Pharma-Quick Step after one season in their outfit as Patrick Lefevere gradually reduces team roster to eventually meet new UCI regulations in 2017. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 11, 2014




General classification contender Robert Gesink will remain with Belkin for next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Netherlands’ green and black team currently racing as Belkin is reaching out for more money to manage its team in 2015. Thanks to De Lotto’s commitment of 4 million euros it no longer looks to be in danger, but with its plea to fans asking for money it appears it is at its limit to remain in the UCI’s first division. (velonews.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) drink champagne as they celebrate on the podium after this month's Tour of California
Chris Graythen/Getty Images.
Round-the-clock drinking is vital. No, we’re not talking about extended pub licenses, but which drinks are best for cyclists, and at what time of day. Here are some suggestions. (bikeradar.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: The stunt was coordinated by Giro Sports Marketing Director Chuck Platt .
Apparently Giro pities the fool who can’t tie his shoe–or something like that. The cycling helmet, apparel and shoe maker entertained Interbike attendees with an appearance by American cycling star Taylor Phinney of Team BMC and a (very) Las Vegas Mr. T impersonator. (roadbikereview.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: We’ve always been fans of Scapin carbon and wondered why they didn’t have the broader appeal of some other Italian bikes.
Amidst the thousand yard stares and shuffling, aimless gaits of Interbike attendees a few bits and pieces always stand out and here are three from day one. Ritchey’s new carbon breakaway, Scapin’s take on carbon and a SportCrafters trainer that only looks like a normal trainer. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 11, 2014




Photo: $35 modular set-up, where the bits are swappable, upping your options to eight (2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm hex, Phillips No. 2 and a Torx 25).
Utilitarian elegance is the hallmark of Fix It Sticks, a unique alternative to the traditional multi-tool. Two metal handles and a handful of bits come together to form a T-shaped problem solver that’s great for dealing with road- or trail-side repairs. (roadbikereview.com)

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September 10, 2014



John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) clocks up win number four at the 2014 Vuelta a Espana.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fourth stage win for German sprinter. (cyclingnews.com)

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) makes it four at the Vuelta a Espana.
Photo: © Bettini.
A complicated finale with some segments of pave kept all the sprinters on their toes on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España but John Degenkolb managed to come through nonetheless for his fourth victory of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014








All eyes are on Contador in the Vuelta's closing stages. It will take a lot to wrest the red leader's jersey from his grasp. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alberto Contador is in the driver’s seat to win the 2014 Vuelta a España. He holds a solid lead over his most dangerous rivals, and his confidence is growing by the kilometer. With the most dangerous stages behind him, his team is ready to ride until their legs fall off to deliver Contador to yet another grand tour victory Sunday in Santiago de Compostela. (velonews.com)

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Rigoberto Uran is suffering from bronchitis and asthma and had to abandon the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The grueling Vuelta a España is starting to take its collective toll on the peloton. Searing heat in the south compounded by incessant climbs in the north has sent more than a few big names home early. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Stage 18 Profile.
Thursday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 18 departs A Estrada at 1:35pm CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Monte Castrove. Meis 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)

September 10, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 10, 2014






Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton both have the same goal: Peak at the end of the season. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
Since the season begins Wednesday night in earnest in the Las Vegas desert, at CrossVegas, here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come. (velonews.com)

September 10, 2014





Photo: The difference is that when clipped in, the dimpled surface on the bottom of the pedal creates a full aero profile.
Designed specifically for TT and Triathlon applications, the new pedal design claims to be the most aerodynamic available. (bikerumor.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The Apple Watch uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to measure movement and can use the GPS signal from the iPhone to provide distance and speed data for compatible apps.
As Apple launches the Apple Watch, a look at how it might be useful for cyclists. (road.cc)

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Photo: 4iiii Innovations is bringing power training down to a new low price—starting at $400.
4iiii is best known for its heads-up display sunglasses, which relay power and heart rate data to riders. Its new power meter relies on a strain gauge attached to the inside of a crankarm. Its approach is similar to Stages Cycling's meter, except that 4iiii will sell the sensor separately, allowing the consumer or retailer to install it on just about any aluminum crank on the market with a two-part epoxy (a carbon crank version is in the works). (bicycleretailer.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The build we photographed weighed 17.5-pounds and included a SRAM Force CX1 1×11 drivetrain.
Van Dessel Sports showed off their stealthy, versatile Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bike on the desert crust of Interbike’s Outdoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon this week. The sleek, 1,040-gram (2.29-pound) ‘crosser comes as a disc brake-only frameset ($1,799) and features cable ports for the internal routing of Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or externally-routed mechanical shifting. (roadbikereview.com)

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Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates his victory in Bristol, after a perfectly timed late attack (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com). (roadcyclinguk.com)
Uphill finish breaks up peloton. Kwiatkowski in leaders jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014





Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma) came in second on the stage
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
On Tuesday, Michal Kwiatkowski was left lamenting the lack of cohesion in the chase that saw him finish second on stage three of the Tour of Britain. Fast forward 24 hours and the Polish rider was sitting in the yellow jersey after taking victory in Bristol. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014





Photo: Bradley Wiggins returned to the Tour of Britain seeking to defend the title in his home tour. At this point, he is not hopeful that he can do it. Photo: Tour of Britain .
Bradley Wiggins accepted that his Tour of Britain title defense was nearly at an end after Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski secured the overall lead with a dramatic stage win on Wednesday. (velonews.com)

September 10, 2014




Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) smiles for the camera
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo.
Alex Dowsett vented his frustration at the commissaires, after a double puncture ended his shot at victory on stage 4 of the Tour of Britain. The Movistar rider criticized the race judges for lack of consistency when he was refused any assistance from his team car when trying to return to the breakaway. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014






Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Thursday's Tour of Britain Stage 5 departs Exmouth at 11:00am BST (6:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Exeter at around 3:26pm BST (10:26am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 10, 2014




Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) paid for his attack, and finished third
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
There must have been a moment when Nicolas Roche thought that victory on the queen stage of the Tour of Britain was all but his. However, he was left looking for the silver lining when Edoardo Zardini dropped him with just over a kilometer to the top of the final climb. Despite missing out, the Irishman held on to take third and move up in the general classification. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014




 Bradley Wiggins (Sky) finished in fifth on the stage
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) finished in fifth on the stage
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Bradley Wiggins kept his hopes of defending his Tour of Britain title alive after finishing fifth on the race’s queen stage, which finished atop the climb of the Tumble. He lost time to one of his biggest rivals, Michal Kwiatkowski, but is still within touching distance of the overall lead. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: So often the protected rider, Sam Bennett yesterday stuffed bottles down his jersey and battled up the climbs weighed down to keep the team climbers hydrated (Photo: Martine Verfaillie).
"After two relatively flat opening stages at the Tour of Britain, today we hit the mountains, finishing with the first category ascent of The Tumble in North Wales." (stickybottle.com)

September 10, 2014




Alex Candelario is retiring after 13 years at the front of the U.S. domestic peloton. Photo: Sam Wiebe.
After 13 years in the pro peloton, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies captain Alex Candelario, 38, is hanging up the cleats. (velonews.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The Litespeed T5g, an adventure oriented version of the T5 road bike. © Cyclocross Magazine.
When Litespeed designer Brad DuVaney used the words “Gravel Bike,” he was quick to add that the T5g was far from the touring geometry typically associated with adventure bikes. He began with Litespeed’s performance road geometry in mind, and then began making accommodations for the needs of gravel races. (cxmagazine.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The organizing containers have rubber booted bottoms and come with padded straps for use as an over-the-shoulder carry.
UK brand KitBrix introduced their clever modular gear “brick” system designed to help organize and transport gear, tools and supplies. Inspired by military gear sacks, KitBrix placed a high-priority on wear-and-tear proofing the bags so they could withstand the abuse cyclists and other athletes inflict on their gear. (roadbikereview.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: Is there a #WeldPornWednesday hashtag on Instagram?.
Yesterday during a press event at Interbike, I had the opportunity to meet a nice guy named Lennard. Turns out, not only was he lucky enough to bring a bike to Vegas, but he built it himself. (bikerumor.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: Ashton Instruments is currently developing a power meter that will supposedly sell for just US$500. While this particular widget is just a mock-up to show the final form factor, the promise of interchangeabilty, accuracy, and affordability are very enticing .
Whereas once the big news in power meters was higher-end models with enhanced feature sets, the trend nowadays is lower-cost offerings that can bring the technology to more people - and US upstart Ashton Instruments is promising an all-new design that'll come in at just US$500. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Pro CX Season starts in America, with our very own Sven Nys! What, Sven is not American? Aw shucks, well he could be if he wanted to. Just sayin.
Elite women roll out at 8:20pm and men at 9:30. Las Vegas is on west coast time. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Valentin has admitted to using prohibited substances on his own initiative and independently.
Valentin Iglinskiy has returned a positive doping test at the Eneco Tour and has admitted to use prohibited substances. As a consequence, Astana have released the Kazakh sprinter with immediate effect. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: What is “Jens” to you? He’s won plenty – Tour of Germany twice, Criterium International five times – but for many it’s the battling rider who goes up the road.
Jens Voigt is going to attack The Hour record on 18 September. It’ll be on TV. It seems he’s on course to beat the record but should leave something on the boards for others to have a go. It’s the perfect move for him and The Hour as a contest. (inrng.com)

September 10, 2014




Alberto Contador in red at the Vuelta a España.
Photo: © Bettini.
Alberto Contador has denied reports of a frosty relationship between himself and the other two top Spanish stars in the Vuelta a España, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez – and pointed out that this was one of the reasons why he has ruled himself out of the World Championships this year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014





Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) kicked off his 2014 season in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis
Photo: © Bettini.
Tyler Farrar begins a new chapter in his life in 2015, as he switches Garmin-Sharp for ProContinental team MTN-Qhubeka. The American had already said that he would leave Garmin after seven seasons, but it was only on Tuesday that his destination became clear. (cyclingnews.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: Starting at 19.00 CEST you can follow the Canadian WorldTour race on CyclingQuotes.com/live.
This weekend the preparation for the world championships reaches its climax with the two Canadian WorldTour races Grand Cycliste de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. Held on hilly courses over distances of more than 200km, the races and their circuit format offer the perfect opportunity to test the condition a few weeks prior to the battle for the rainbow jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 10, 2014




The UnitedHealthcare team had a strong showing at the USA Pro Challenge, winning stage 1 and the green jersey competition on the shoulders of Kiel Reijnen. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Momentum Sports Group, owners and operators of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, announced that title sponsor UnitedHealthcare has extended its support of the program for an additional three years, through the 2017 racing season. (velonews.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: Rochelle Gilmore, Wiggle-Honda Credit: Wiggle-Honda .
Rochelle Gilmore is the team owner, manager and rider at Wiggle-Honda, the British-registered team now in their second season in the women’s pro peloton. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The Infinito CV was a surprise. I need to be honest here and admit that while I like Bianchi as a brand and respect the people who work there, I haven’t loved all of the carbon fiber bikes they make.
"The Infinito CV is the bike that features the Countervail vibration damping technology. The demonstration I saw last year made a compelling case for the material’s ability to reduce vibration in the frame."

September 10, 2014




Photo: The new Shimano R321 and R171 appear very similar when placed together .
Shimano’s flagship race shoe gets a facelift. (bikeradar.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The Liv Brava SLR 2 is what Giant describes as a do-it-all bike for women looking to discover new forms of cycling. © Cyclocross Magazinef.
At the top end of the sport, Giant Bicycles needs no introduction, supplying Marianne Vos with cyclocross race models that have won a staggering number of world championships. Just before the season began, the Liv brand has released the Brava SLR 1, which is a performance-oriented cyclocross bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed, Rotor 3DF cranks and Shimano RS685 hydraulic disc brakes. (cxmagazine.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: Mavic have made their first foray into the road disc market with two wheelsets: the entry-level Aksium Elite and, this, the premium Ksyrium Pro Disc. The front hub, which has a carbon fibre shell, is quick release and 15mm thru-axle compatible, while the aluminium rear hub is QR friendly..
Wheel, wheels, everywhere. Eurobike not only gave us the chance to cast an eye on the latest machinery to break cover, but also to see what’s new in the world of wheels. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: The BP4 carbon has a new shape to it that increases rider comfort by putting the wrists in a more natural and comfortable position.
Innovative design increases comfort and claims performance improvement as well. (roadbikereview.com)

September 10, 2014




Photo: These $899 hoops have a 22mm rim width, CNC-machined brake track, and come in a variety of hole count combinations, including the go-to 28-front/32-rear.
Yet another sign that tubeless road wheels are here to stay. (roadbikereview.com)








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Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) can be consoled with the white combination jersey
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alejandro Valverde was in a defiant mood at his Vuelta a España rest day press conference, arguing that Alberto Contador was not assured of final overall victory. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: Clunk. Contador shifted to a big gear and just as his chain dropped onto a smaller sprocket so did his cadence drop.
Religious miracles have been built on less. Alberto Contador’s resurrection from a broken leg to the strongest legs in Spain continues as he rolls on towards Santiago de Compostella. It’s hard to see how he can be beaten now and the battle for the podium could be settled too. (inrng.com)

September 9, 2014






Philipe Deignan (Team Sky) looked strong on the climb
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Following Gianluca Brambilla and Ivan Rovny’s expulsion from the Vuelta a España on Monday for exchanging blows while in the breakaway on the road to La Farrapona, Philip Deignan has revealed that he had been struck in the face by Joaquim Rodriguez during the previous day’s stage to Lagos de Covadonga. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Alberto Contador is poised to win his third Vuelta, with only a few major climbs and a time trial ahead. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
On the Vuelta a España’s second rest day, Alberto Contador did a short training with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates. They reconnoitered the last kilometers of Wednesday’s stage in La Coruña, and relaxed a bit, even stopping for coffee along the way. (velonews.com)

September 9, 2014




Bjarne Riis and Alberto Contador
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Tinkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis has declared himself “optimistic” about Alberto Contador’s prospects of winning the Vuelta a España after the Spaniard claimed the stage victory atop La Farrapona on Monday afternoon. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 17 Profile.
Wednesday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 17 departs Ortigueira at 12:45pm CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at A Coruña 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)

September 9, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

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

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 9, 2014





Federico Bahamontes at the Giro d'Italia in 1956
Photo: © Sirotti.
Even over a half century later, It's still possible to feel a little sorry for Bruno Tognaccini and what happened after he won stage 10 of the Vuelta a España in 1957. The Italian rider had just captured what proved to be the second biggest triumph of his career (the first being a Giro d'Italia stage in 1956). But there was a catch. Nobody - at least in Spain - really cared. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014





Jonathan Page will be riding for a new sponsor in the 2014-2015 cyclocross season, XcelLED. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Jonathan Page signs with XcelLED. XcelLED, a specialty maker of LED lamps, has partnered up with Jonathan Page for the 2014 cyclocross season. (velonews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: Pairing top cyclocross pros with ZIPP wheels and components is crucial for product development and verification.
ZIPP says it extends its commitment to cyclocross for the 2014-2015 season to support many of the sport’s top stars and emerging talents with purpose-built wheels, bars, stems and seatposts. (bikeworldnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: I own an F1 and really love the bike and this bike contained everything I love about the F1 plus something I love even more—a lower bottom bracket..
"Felt introduced their second iteration of their aero road bike, the AR, last year. I’ve been intrigued by this bike because: A) aero road bikes have come a long way in general; B) Felt is doing some of the most advanced layup work out there; and C) according to their own testing the AR is more comfortable than their traditional road frame, the F." (redkiteprayer.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: The new Speedplay SYZR cleats have been redesigned with four visible bearings to assist in cleat float. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Speedplay has been attempting to produce a pedal system for off-road use for years now, seeming to show off a slightly new system biannually at Sea Otter and Interbike, and feeling confident that the finished product would be released to the public within a matter of months. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: They also injected some fresh styling and colors into the category. .
Smith made some waves in the stagnant mountain bike helmet market by introducing Koroyd technology in the Forefront helmet. This technology mates the green Koroyd material with the EPS foam to reduce impact force by 40%. (roadbikereview.com)

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Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) won Stage 2 at the Giro del Trentino
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Bardiani rider takes over race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Eduardo Zardini (Bardiani CSF) took over the race lead in the Tour of Britain on stage 3
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Edoardo Zardini says that he will fight to keep his leader’s jersey, after he claimed victory on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain. "I’m not bad in time trials but I’m not a specialist. I’ll lose a bit there but maybe I can try and pick up a bigger gap in the next few stages. But it won’t be easy," he said after stepping onto the podium to claim his yellow jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Wednesday's Tour of Britain Stage 4 departs Worcester at 10:45am BST (5:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Bristol at around 3:20pm BST (10:20am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Alberto Contador is well on his way to winning the 2014 Vuelta, but he doesn't plan to follow it up with a trip to world championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will not compete in the world road race championships later this month, he said on Tuesday. The 31-year-old — speaking during the rest day in the Vuelta a España which he leads — said the course in Ponferrada in the northeast of Spain was not suited to his strengths. (velonews.com)

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With the 2015 Giro route to be announced October 6, many are anticipating another course that will deliver the drama and action that are hallmarks of the Italian grand tour. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
The 2015 Giro d’Italia is coming into focus with less than a month until the route presentation. Organizer RCS Sport will unveil next year’s course October 6 at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio in Milan, where the race is due to finish after a trip south to Campania and north though the mountains via Madonna di Campiglio, Mortirolo, and the Colle delle Finestre. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Our star columnist this week, Sam Bennett was 3rd yesterday but saw a stage win and yellow jersey slip through his fingers.
"I didn’t notice anything at first but soon realised the funny sensations creeping into my legs were because my saddle had dropped down substantially." (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: Mark Renshaw and Michal Kwiatkowski celebrate the Australian’s victory in Llandudno (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com).
Mark Renshaw has made his name as the ultimate lead-out man and the Australian is keen to cherish every victory as a result. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Ryan Trebon won't race at the first two cyclocross races of the season this week because of injuries he sustained in a weekend crash. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It was all going well. The local early-season tuneup before the lights of Las Vegas and the official start to race season. But that rutted sand got Ryan Trebon last Saturday in Vancouver, Washington. (velonews.com)

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Photo: That L’Avenir stage win.
British young gun; Dan McLay has been hammering at the door of recognition in Belgium for a few years. But this season he has seen him add to his palmarés with the points jersey in Normandy and a stage win in the Tour de L’Avenir. Pro contract in ’15? (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom) leads the way through the barriers. Photo by Scott Kingsley.
The UCI cyclocross calendar officially kicked off on September 6th with Nittany Lion Cross. The ladies took to the course in what turned out to be the most brutal race of the day. (bikeworldnews.com)

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Photo: By pushing a button, the user can send an
ICEdot has a new product that allows bikers or other adventurers to manually trigger an alert that sends their location via text message to chosen recipients. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: All of these helmets are size 'small' but they all fit differently. If you're only looking at the label, though, how is one to know how it's actually going to feel on your head?
Small, medium and large just doesn't cut it. (bikeradar.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: Made from sonically-welded TPU with rain-proof zippers, the WeatherCase provides access to the touchscreen, front and rear cameras and side volume/power buttons.
BioLogic said its new WeatherCase for iPhone 6 is a bike-mountable, weatherproof case that protects iPhones during commutes, rainy-day rides, and workouts. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Armstrong may have caught yet another lucky break. The Department of Justice inadvertently shared sensitive documents with Armstrong's lawyers earlier in 2014. Photo: Radio Shack Team (File).
Lance Armstrong and his legal team appear to have caught a break. At least for now. The New York Daily News recently reported that Armstrong’s attorneys are battling the Department of Justice over what’s been construed as a federal error that saw the DOJ lawyers accidentally leak sensitive papers to the Armstrong team.

September 9, 2014




Mike Creed at stage 1 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Aspen, Colorado. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
None of us should be surprised, really. Michael Creed’s been something of an underdog forever. An underdog with a bite. The very same traits that helped him as a rider are paying off now, too: Doggedness and an edge. (velonews.com)

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At the Tour of Utah, Phil Gaimon helped teammate Tom Danielson win the overall. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
As his one-year contract with Slipstream Sports draws to a close, American Phil Gaimon is among several riders on the Garmin-Sharp team without a contract offer for 2015. (velonews.com)

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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
Tyler Farrar will ride with Team MTN-Qhubeka in 2015. The American sprinter, who has won a stage in each of the three grand tours, leaves Garmin-Sharp after seven years. (cyclingnews.com)

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Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp) meets up with Stefano Zanini
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Nick Nuyens has already finished his season for Garmin-Sharp, a short season at that. He has no more races on his calendar, and has not ridden much all year. “I had 35 race days this season. That is nothing,” he told Sporza.be. (cyclingnews.com)

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Linus Gerdemann (MTN-Qhubeka) celebrates the stage win ahead of Ilnur Zakarin (RusVelo)
Photo: © Sabine Jacob.
Linus Gerdemann is leaving MTN-Qhubeka to join the Danish Cult Energy team for two years, he has announced. The German had previously sat out from competition in 2013 when he was unable to find a team. Cult Energy is looking to move up to the Professional Continental ranks next year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: From lead-out man to sprinter and back again.
It’s been a long season for Mark Renshaw. By the time he completes the Tour of Britain being raced this week, the Australian with the reputation as the ‘world’s best lead-out man’ will have 88 days of racing under his belt. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 9, 2014




Team manager Gord Fraser talks about the team.
Photo: © Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com.
Former Competitive Cyclist director Gord Fraser at the Tour of Alberta last week said that he has signed a two-year deal to lead Silber Pro Cycling, Canada's up-and-coming UCI Continental team. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Thomas, Andri and Peter Frischknect - three generations of world championship medal-winning Frischknects
Photo: © Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team.
When Andri Frischknecht stepped onto the podium at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway with his Swiss relay team last week, he became the third generation of Frischknechts to earn a cycling world championship medal. (cyclingnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: Storck is back in the US, and brought this new T.I.X frameset to show off. © Cyclocross Magazine.
German bike and component company Storck has been building bikes under the Storck name since 1995, and lightweight components for even longer. The company was briefly in the States, but after frolicking in what we imagine is warmer, less-crowded environments, it has made the long journey back. One of the first stops? Outdoor Demo at Interbike, to show off the new “This is Cross” (T.I.X.) cyclocross bike. (cxmagazine.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: cycling computer designed for athletes who want to analyze every aspect of training.
Clain: When used with the compatible Polar H6 or H7 Bluetooth® Smart heart rate sensor, the Polar V650 shows cyclists the health and fitness benefits of training at different intensities, how it affects their bodies and how long it takes for them to recover and be ready to train again. (bikeworldnews.com)

September 9, 2014




Photo: The “little guy” build of the Conquest Flight Dream Build event. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Redline Bicycles launched its new Conquest Flight at Sea Otter, and this summer hosted a “Dream Build” event with major bicycle component companies. While SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo all participated, companies like FSA, Gavenalle and TRP also threw their components in the ring. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador fires off his celebration after winning at La Farrapona at the Vuelta a España. Photo: © AFP.
Alberto Contador took an important - but arguably not decisive - step towards overall victory in the Vuelta a España after managing to drop all of his rivals en route to the stage 16 win at La Farrapona. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador extended his overall lead by winning the queen stage of the Vuelta a España, easily out-pacing top rival Chris Froome. The duo had attacked out of the group of favorites with five kilometers to go, and in the last kilometer Contador rode away from the Briton. Third on the day was Alessandro De Marchi, who had held the lead up most of the final climb.. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I gave everything I had in the final. I couldn’t drop Alberto.
For the first time in this year's Vuelta a Espana, Chris Froome looked like his usual strong self when he animated the queen stage of the race. However, the Brit conceded time to race leader Alberto Contador and even though he is pleased with his growing condition, he admits that it will be hard to beat the Spaniard. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The pro peloton was tragically reminded of how dangerous racing on open roads can be Monday.
According to reports in the Spanish media, a motorcycle patrol officer accompanying race security died during the stage after crashing his motorcycle off the road and hitting a guardrail. (velonews.com)

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Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was ejected from the Vuelta after getting into a fight with Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff-Saxo) in stage 16. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
Italian Gianluca Brambilla and Russia’s Ivan Rovny came to blows while riding at the front of stage 16 at the Vuelta a España on Monday.In bizarre circumstances, both men landed punches and elbowed each other while continuing to ride in the breakaway group of 13 riders on the 160.5km stage of the race from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona. (velonews.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Irishman looks ahead after falling into a ravine on stage 15.
Given what happened to him earlier in the stage, Dan Martin’s performance on Sunday’s 15th leg of the Vuelta a España was a very commendable performance. The Garmin-Sharp rider had an unexpected crash on the ascent of the day’s first climb, the Puerto del Torno, when a rider moved across him and took out his front wheel. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 8, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) puts in an attack Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Chris Froome lies just 1:20 off the overall lead as the Vuelta a España faces into a third successive summit finish at La Farrapona on Monday, but the Sky rider has told L’Équipe that he is in Spain primarily to prepare for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

September 8, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Photo: Van Gilder going elbow-to-elbow with Noble to take the 2014 Nittany Lion Cyclocross Day 2 win. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Sunday at the Nittany Lion UCI race felt more like cyclocross, with temperatures falling 15 degrees from Day One’s scorching heat. The overnight rain created a deep bog of mud on the course near the velodrome, but is also turned the loose dirt of yesterday’s wooded section into tacky curves that gripped tires. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Stage 17 Profile.
Tuesday is a rest day at the Vuelta a Espana.  The race resumes Wednesday with Stage 17.  (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: A premium ride at a reasonable cost.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Fast, supple, grippy and armed with a little Kevlar puncture protection." (bikeradar.com)

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Mark Renshaw and Michal Kwiatkowski celebrate the Australian’s victory in Llandudno (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com). (roadcyclinguk.com)
Australian beats Ben Swift in Llandudno to seal first victory of season. (cyclingnews.com)

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Team Sky's Ian Stannard riding through the rain Photo: © Peter Goding.
Ian Stannard has been forced to abandon the Tour of Britain after fracturing his left scaphoid in a crash in the final 500 metres of stage 1 in Liverpool on Sunday. Although the Englishman was able to complete the stage, the injury was such that he was unable to take the start of stage 2 on Monday morning. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour of Britain Stage 3 departs Newtown at 11:00am BST (6:00am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at The Tumble, Abergavenny at around 3:31pm BST (10:31am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: If you're in for a good laugh, check my results from this year and last year - a lot of second places. And to lose it on the last day again with one second, I cannot believe this happened again.
Tom Dumoulin led the Tour of Alberta from the opening prologue but lost it all in the final sprint when Daryl Impey took 10 bonus seconds. Having lost the race with the tiniest of margins, the Dutchman couldn't believe that he had once again finished second in a race. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: the SD-1 starts on the road between Castro and Pola Somiedo in the Asturias, in North-Western Spain. Look for the sign to Veigas.
It’s only appeared once in the Vuelta but La Farrapona has already made a name for itself. There’s the Alto de la Farrapona as the climb and the Vuelta lists the finish as the Lagos de Somiedo. But La Farrapona has stuck. What’s it like to ride? (inrng.com)

September 8, 2014




Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) leads the breakaway Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Kristof Vandewalle put the pain of a broken rib to one side, animating stage 15 of the Vuelta a España as one of the five breakaway riders of the day. The Belgian was swallowed up, but not before a brief fight, and spat out by a select GC group that overtook him on the final climb to Lagos de Covadonga but rallied to finish the stage in 15th place. (cyclingnews.com)

September 8, 2014




Ian Crane suffered a brain injury and was left with more than 1,000 stitches after a crash last month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
When Ian Crane smashed into the back windshield of a team car in the Colorado crosswinds, a shard of glass nicked his jugular. He shredded his mouth and face, taking nearly 1,000 tiny stitches inside his mouth and another 50 on his face. (velonews.com)

September 8, 2014





Stages Cycling provides power meters for Team Sky. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Two years ago this week, Stages Cycling kicked existing power meter brands squarely in the backside. As we head into the annual Interbike tradeshow this week, the same venue that saw Stages launch in 2012, those companies are still having trouble sitting. (velonews.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Giro has just released details of its latest lace-up shoe, the Empire VR90 Josh Patterson / Immediate Media.
Last fall, Giro released a small batch (400 pairs) of lace-up mountain bike shoes dubbed the Empire MTB. Feedback from riders was positive, so the company moved forward with the development of a full production model. The successor to this limited edition shoe is the Empire VR. (bikeradar.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: The switch to the carbon blade also gives a bit of an aerodynamic improvement, but means you can’t just dial up or back the release tension like you have in the past.
Look has brought their innovative carbon fiber leaf spring Blades to their big selling second-tier Kéo 2 Max Blade pedal platform, at the same time dropping weight, reducing stack height, and increasing contact area. (bikerumor.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Speedy and striking TT headgear.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best options for fast, flat TTs." (bikeradar.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: The bike is a Kuiu-licensed camo-painted version of the Lebowsk-e pedal assist fat bike introduced this summer.
The Felt Outfitter has been a pet project of Jim Felt for about 5 years. He’s a fly fisher and bow hunter and he and his son always carry in all their gear for days in the woods at a time. They set up a base camp and hunt and fish from those remote wilderness locations. When Felt started making fat bikes and e-bikes, a lightbulb went off. (bikerumor.com)

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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) wins the points classification Photo: © Thomas van Bracht / PelotonPhotos.com.
American rider Tyler Farrar spent most of his professional cycling career under the wing of Jonathan Vaughters, Chief Executive Officer of Slipstream Sports and manger of the WorldTour Garmin-Sharp squad. The sprinter recently announced that he will change teams at the end of this season but he vowed to walk away from Garmin-Sharp after seven years with a lot of good memories. (cyclingnews.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: The former world champion on his glittering career and the decision to retire.
Thor Hushovd planned to retire after the world road race championships in Ponferrada, Spain, later this month. He showed strong form in the recent Arctic Race of Norway, taking second on stages two and four, and believed he was in with a chance of worlds selection. However injury scuppered those plans and meant that he would have no last chance to represent his country. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Bennett, second rider from left, with his NetApp-Endura team being introduced to the Tour of Britain crowd at the start in Liverpool..
"With a wedding in our team hotel last night before stage 1, my first night on the Tour of Britain didn’t exactly go to plan. The wedding was so loud, with people going up and down the hall outside my room all night, that I just couldn’t go to sleep for ages. Having eventually nodded off sometime in the early hours, I was woken up early by somebody knocking on the door and calling my name." (stickybottle.com)

September 8, 2014




Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Jurgen Van den Broeck's withdrawal from the Vuelta a España has compounded his disappointing performance in this year’s Tour de France and left the Lotto-Belisol rider questioning whether he will ride the Tour again. (cyclingnews.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Dubliner Anthony Walsh rode for Chicago-based Astellas Oncology this year. He also has his own coaching practice and in this column he imparts some of his knowledge about winter training..
It’s important at the end of the season to take some time away from structured training. You’ve had a long season and your body needs time to relax, regenerate and repair existing injuries. (stickybottle.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Your genetics largely define your athletic capabilities .
Are you fed up of getting home from rides feeling dead? It might not be your fault. A large part of it could be down to your DNA. (bikeradar.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: With teeth keyed to the inner and outer links in the chain, the X-Sync chain ring holds and guides the chain flawlessly and helps prevent chain dropping .
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "High and tight: clutch derailleur system is ideal for ’cross." (bikeradar.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: The FTB frame lost over 300g in the redesign. 2015 Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie Cyclocross Frameset. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Interbike 2014 is upon us, and you can be sure we’ll have plenty of photos and details on the latest cyclocross, gravel and adventure bikes and gear over the next few weeks. But today we’ve got a few early looks at just-released cyclocross items before that masses check them out. First up is the brand new, completely redesigned 2015 Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross frame. (cxmagazine.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: It’s a shame that Peter won’t be on Cannondales next year but I’m sure the guys at Cannondale are going to come up with something special for the Garmin-Cannondale marriage – argyle Cannondale’s anyone?
"Eurobike has so many beautiful bicycles that it’s impossible to fit them all into one article – or two or even three for that matter! So following up from last week’s look at some of the best that was on offer here’s some more showbikes, 2015 models, daily riders and more to get you going on a Monday." (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 8, 2014




Photo: Being an industrial tape, it's available in a wealth of widths and lengths. A consumer-friendly roll like this 25mm-wide, 3m length is relatively expensive.....
Viking 3M Polyurethane Tape was originally designed for the US military to protect vehicles from scratch and abrasion damage, which is why it's often referred to as 'helicopter tape'. It should ensure pretty frame finishes remain chip 'n' blemish free under fire. (road.cc)

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Photo: Four Cat 1 climbs and 1 Cat 2 are on the menu on the hardest day of this year's Vuelta.
After two massive finishes we come to the last and hardest stage in the race-deciding trifecta of mountain-stages. It's hard not to designate this as the Queen stage of the race. (podiumcafe.com)

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Przemyslaw Niemiec battles up the final steep pitch to win stage 15. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Sanchez second, gains time on Contador. (cyclingnews.com)

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) is followed by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto Contador has expressed his disappointment that the lack of collaboration between himself, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez meant that Chris Froome is still in the running for the overall. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: It was my maximum effort. I have to be happy with that. I felt better than yesterday, so that's a good thing...
For the second day in a row, Robert Gesink lost time in a Vuelta a Espana stage. Having had a bad day yesterday, he was pleased to have had better feelings but couldn't avoid dropping one spot in the overall standings. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014






Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) takes stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni have abandoned the Vuelta a Espana as the race heads into the decisive mountain stages in the Asturias region of northern Spain. Both riders are set to ride the World Championships in Ponferrada later this month and have opted to recover and train rather than suffer in the mountains. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages & Results),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 7, 2014




Photo: Lloyd raced to win the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix. (file photo, Sea Otter, © Mike Albright).
The West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix was held Saturday in River Walk Park. Boasting “the largest women’s prize in California,” and offering coveted (for Northern California racers caring about start positions at Nationals) USA Cycling points, the event attracted some top-level talent and over 400 participants. (cxmagazine.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Helen Wyman on her way to the win at Koppenberg Cross. © Bart Hazen.
"Have you ever wanted to be a VIP at one of Europe’s most historic cyclocross races, so close that you’ll be picking the mud out of your teeth? Well here’s your chance to make it happen!" (cxmagazine.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: That was always the team plan, and to keep growing. It’s good the new riders are coming, and keep the team moving forward. They have some big goals.
Gerald Ciolek has announced that he won’t take part in the World Championships for Germany later this month in Ponferrada, Spain. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 16 Profile.
Stage 16 start time: Monday 12:57 CEST (3:57 AM PST);
Earliest live video: 15:00 CEST (6:00 AM PST);
Approximate finish: 17:40 CEST (8:40 AM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Impey beat Anderson and Navardauskas in a sprint from a small group and with 10 bonus seconds.
Daryl Impey got the best possible return to the professional peloton when he took the overall victory in the Tour of Alberta by winning the final stage. Having been given an excellent lead-out, he won a sprint from a 40-rider group by holding off Ryan Anderson and Ramunas Navardauskas and scored 10 bonus seconds that allowed him to win the race 1 seconds ahead of previous leader Tom Dumoulin. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) wins the final stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Giant-Shimano rider out-sprints Ruffoni and Cavendish. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014





Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) have a chat on the start line
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Despite a crash on stage 1 of the Tour of Britain, Mark Cavendish remounted to take third on the stage in Liverpool behind Marcel Kittel and Nicola Ruffoni. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Having already won a stage in the Tour de Pologne and the Druivenkoers Overijse, Vangenechten beat Van Asbroeck and Viviani in a bunch sprint to win the French semi-classic GP de Fourmies...
Jonas Vangenechten continued a fantastic 2014 season when he won the French semi-classic GP de Fourmies. Having been perfectly led out by his lotto Belisol teammates, the Belgian beat Tom Van Asbroek and Elia Viviani in a bunch sprint to take his third victory in around a month. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014




Julien Absalon (France) on his way to winning the 2014 world championships
Photo: © Rob Jones.
It's been seven long years since Julien Absalon won the cross country world championships. On Saturday, the French legend of mountain biking earned the rainbow striped jersey for the fifth time in his career. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014




Catharine Pendrel (Canada) wins the elite women's cross country world championships in Hafjell, Norway
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Canadian Catherine Pendrel won her second elite cross country world championship of her career on Saturday in Hafjell, Norway. She dominated the race from start to finish and was only slowed briefly by a flat tire on the final lap, although she never lost the lead. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: It’s gonna be really hard. A lot of guys are within 30 seconds and 40 seconds, so I expect an aggressive race tomorrow.
Tom Dumoulin defended his leader's jersey in yesterday's stage of the Tour of Alberta and now goes into the queen stage with an 8-second lead. Feeling strong on the climbs, the Dutchman is confident in his chances. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Today moved Daryl to just nine seconds off general classification and with a time bonus he has a chance to win the tour.
Daryl Impey continued his excellent showing in his first race for several months when he sprinted to 2nd in stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta. Being just 9 seconds off the lead, Orica-GreenEDGE believe that their South African can win the race overall. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014




Lea Davison (United States of America)
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Lea Davison was all smiles after her career-best performance on Saturday - a bronze medal in the elite women's cross country race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014






Photo: Stage 2 Profile.
Monday's Tour of Britain Stage 2 departs Knowsley at 10:15am BST (5:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Llandudno at around 3:21pm BST (10:21am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 1:00pm BST (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Alex Candelario (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won stage 2 at the Tour de Korea from a 3-man break and moved into the overall lead.
Photo: © Tour de Korea/Aaron Lee.
After 13 years racing in the US domestic peloton, Alex Candelario has decided to join Jeff Louder, Ben Day and Matt Cooke among the ranks of the recently retired. The Optum Pro Cycling domestique announced last month that he'll step away from professional racing following Sunday's conclusion of the Tour of Alberta. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014




A happy Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon) after the finish line
Photo: © CJ Farquharson.
Johansson wins final stage in Berg en Terblij. (cyclingnews.com)

September 7, 2014





John Murphy won the 2014 U.S. criterium national championships after lapping the field alongside teammate Brad White and a group of 13. Photo: UnitedHealthcare.
UnitedHealthcare’s John Murphy claimed the stars and stripes jersey at criterium national championships Saturday in North Carolina at the High Point Classic. (velonews.com)

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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) claimed the U.S. criterium national championship title ahead of Erica Rivera (Colavita) in second and Sam Schneider (Tibco), who was third. Photo: UnitedHealthcare.
Coryn Rivera took a convincing win at the U.S. national criterium championships Saturday in High Point, North Carolina. Rivera’s win, combined with teammate Alison Powers’ road and time trial national titles, makes it a clean sweep for the UnitedHealthcare team in the 2014 U.S. elite women’s national championship events in the road disciplines. (velonews.com)

September 7, 2014




I should be absolutely fine, racing at a very high level - one that I'm comfortable with and happy with.
Ted King’s Cannondale team may not be around next year, but the 31-year-old American is confident that he will still be at WorldTour level in 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: There was a lot of talk in the summer and everything else. We are just trying to iron out the detail of how it would look.
"We are trying to structure how it will work. I never really wanted to leave this team in all honesty. I would never feel really comfortable anywhere else, so I would always endeavor to stay here." (cyclingquotes.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Bob Jungels leads an escape on stage nine of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Bob Jungels of the Trek Factory Racing team is tackling his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta and doing remarkably well for a 21 year old. No doubt he’s one to watch. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 7, 2014




Chris Opie is relishing the chance to test his sprinting legs against Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish (pic: Roz Jones).
A near pan-flat circuit of Liverpool kicks off the 11th Tour of Britain today, with the sprinters looking to advantage of one of the few certain sprint opportunities on this year’s route. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: It is important to cover up when it's cold outside, but not for the reason we first thought
Tim Dewaele.
Can arm and knee warmers make you faster? (bikeradar.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Now offering more information including price, riders can decide if the Thrust e is right for their power needs.
For many cyclists, the idea of pedal-based power meters is very appealing. Easily transferable from one bike to the next, the pedals allow for the use of any wheel combination and multiple bikes. Xpedo attracted a lot of attention when they introduced their first power meter pedal at the Taipei Show called the Thrust e. (bikerumor.com)

September 7, 2014




Photo: Moss Davies: a beautifully built road/'cross hybrid .
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Beautifully built, classically steel-sprung racing/'cross hybrid – but only the deep of pocket need apply." (bikeradar.com)

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) after crashing late in the race
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Froome gains time on Contador, Valverde falls back. (cyclingnews.com).

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Photo: Tomorrow we have a tough summit finish in Lagos de Covadonga that I am familiar with . I will try to do my best again...
Rigoberto Uran lost his podium spot in today's stage of the Vuelta a Espana but the Colombian claims that the time loss changes nothing for him. His goal in the upcoming mountain stages is simply to try to hang on as long as possible. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: It's almost comical that the average gradient on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga is 7.2%.
Stage 15: Oviedo - Lagos de Covadonga (152.2km). (podiumcafe.com)

September 6, 2014




Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) on her way to winning the elite women's cross country World Cup in Windham
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Catherine Pendrel soloed to victory in the elite women's cross country race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway on Saturday.  Former world champion Irina Kalentieva took second while American Lea Davison won her first world championship medal by finishing third place. (cyclingnews.com)

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Julien Absalon (France) wins the cross country world championships in Hafjell, Norway
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Julien Absalon raced to the fifth world title of his career on Saturday by winning the elite men's cross country at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.  Absalon defended his top rival Nino Schurter for the gold medal while Marco Fontana won the battle for the bronze. (cyclingnews.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Photo: Bradley Wiggins believes his form going into this year’s Tour of Britain beats that of 12 months ago, when he dominated the event and took the overall win.
The Sky rider is aiming to become the first person to defend the title in the modern incarnation of the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Stage 15 Profile.
Sunday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 15 departs Oviedo at 1:17pm CET (7:17am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Lagos de Covadonga 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)

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Photo: Those hubs will be laced to Synergy Nano carbon rims. Starting in 2015, the new high end carbon rims and components will be made in California...
Earlier this week, BST Synergy Nano announced they’d purchased Tony Ellsworth’s eponymous brand and would be lending their materials expertise to Ellsworth’s design experience to launch a new component line and update his bikes. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Having been perfectly led out by Vanmarcke, Bos took a very convincing sprint victory on stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta... Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us
Theo Bos made up for his disappointment after stage 2 when he took a hugely comfortable victory in stage 4 of the Tour of Alberta. Benefiting from a great lead-out from Sep Vanmarcke, he easily beat Daryl Impey and Jure Kocjan to make it two in a row for Belkin while Tom Dumoulin enjoyed an easy day and defended his overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

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The leader jerseys heading into the final stage
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
After five days of racing, the fight for the Tour of Alberta's overall crown has come down to Sunday's final stage in downtown Edmonton. Giant-Shimano's Tom Dumoulin has led the race since Tuesday's opening prologue, but his rivals have been using time bonuses throughout the week to whittle away at his lead. (cyclingnews.com)

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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) sprinted to win stage 6.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Andre Greipel repeated his win in the Brussels Cycling Classic, easily winning the mass sprint ahead of Elia Viviani and Arnaud Demare. (cyclingnews.com)

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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) climbs La Camperona and take the stage 14 win
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Five years after he won the Vuelta 2009’s hardest mountain stage at Velefique, Ryder Hesjedal forged to victory again during stage 14, on the steepest climb of the 2014 race. (cyclingnews.com)

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Mollema out-sprints Rodriguez for second place
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Bauke Mollema can look forward to getting some much-needed help with his time trialing next year when he joins the Trek Factory Racing team. His future teammate Fabian Cancellara said that he has already discussed the matter with the Dutchman, and assured him that “there are so many people with Trek who can help him.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) points to the sky after winning stage 3 in dedication of Igor Decraene
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
Sep Vanmarcke's stage 3 win on Friday at the Tour of Alberta carried a lot more meaning for him than just another line on his palmares. The tall Belgian who rides for Belkin carried extra motivation into the three-up sprint with Ramunas Navardauskas and Leigh Howard.

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Photo: Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) won the 2013 Tour of Britain and he is back to defend.
Sunday's Tour of Britain Stage 1 (Liverpool City Centre stage) departs Liverpool at 2:15pm BST (9:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Liverpool at around 4:45pm BST (11:45am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm BST (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: More recently I even had the good fortune to secure a pro deal with Trail Butter, a local Portland company that makes some delicious combination nut butters for runners and cyclists.
While it’s hardly the day for a Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday, this first weekend of September provides us a good chance to look back at years prior. Many of us will be jumping on a cyclocross course for the first time this season, and along with it comes memories of past successes and failures. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Sidney Schuman took up track cycling in May - and now holds a world record.
An 84-year-old man who has twice broken his hip has broken the Hour record for his age, smashing past 28km - 114 laps of the track - beating the first ever record set in 1876. (road.cc)

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Photo: It comes in three sizes S (51-55cm), M (55-59cm) and L (59-63cm), and six designs.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Well specced aero lid with plenty of adjustability." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 .
Saturday's Tour of Alberta Stage 4 (the Go Auto stage) departs Edmonton at 11:50am MDT and is expected at the finish at Strathcona County at around 3:49pm MDT.  Tour of Alberta live streaming video should get underway at around 2pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

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Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) wins the 2013 US pro criterium championship
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
On Saturday, top criterium racers will reunit in High Point, North Carolina, for the 2014 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships. Watch the Pro 1/2 women’s race and the Pro 1 men’s race live starting at 4:10pm EDT. (cyclingnews.com)

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He is Ted King
Photo: © Bettini.
Cannondale rider Ted King has a contract in the works with a “high-level” team for next season, but he would not elaborate on which team that might be. (cyclingnews.com)

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Peter Sagan, who has struggled through the Vuelta, finally called it quits on Saturday. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (file).
Peter Sagan clearly didn’t like the look of the coming three mountaintop finales at the Vuelta a España. The three-time green jersey winner at the Tour de France pulled the plug on the Spanish tour Saturday, raising questions about whether he will be ready to battle for the rainbow jersey later this month on a tough world-championship course in Ponferrada. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Marcel Kittel wins stage three of the 2014 Tour de France .
German sprinter says that he is relaxed having achieved his season's big goals. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Tom Boonen go head to head
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Tom Boonen is looking to lead the Belgian national team at the upcoming World Championships in Ponferrada, and showed his good form and confidence in the sprints with second place at the end of Friday’s 12th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. (cyclingnews.com)

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) along side Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Chris Froome maintained his fourth place overall at the Vuelta a España as he finished in the same group as his major GC rivals, five seconds behind stage winner Dani Navarro in Obregón. (cyclingnews.com)

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Gerald Ciolek is ready for changes at MTN-Qhubeka. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Don’t ask Gerald Ciolek how his preparation is going for the upcoming world championships; he’s not going. The former U23 world champion and 2013 Milan-Sanremo won’t be heading to Ponferrada to ride with Germany. (velonews.com)

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Photo: If you spend a lot of time outside you should keep an eye out for changes to your skin.
Know Your Skin campaign urging cyclists to look for Solar Keratosis skin condition. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: These impressive summits form part of a band of mountains which run virtually the entire length of Spain’s northern coast.
"Chasing the Vuelta back in 2010 up the mythical Asturian ascent of the Lagos de Covadonga. This mammoth climb will play host again to the race this year on Sunday and it could well be the decisive stage of the race. Let’s go back in time and see how it looked in 2010." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Adam Blythe celebrates victory on The Mall. Could he cause an upset again at the Tour of Britain? (pic: Jon Buckle/Prudential RideLondon).
Adam Blythe sent out a big reminder of his ability at RideLondon and the Yorkshireman is keen to prove himself again at the Tour of Britain. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Daniel Navarro (Cofidis, Solutions Credits.)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Daniel Navarro timed his attack to perfection to win stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana from Belorado to Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno. The Spanish climber jumped clear on the final climb before the line as the overall contenders hesitated behind, and despite a gap of only a handful of seconds Navarro held on to win ahead of Daniel Moreno and Wilco Kelderman. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Our plan was good and Dani was allowed to try for the stage win on his birthday.
Daniel Moreno got close to a big win when he finished second in today's stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Spaniard was given the chance to go for glory on his birthday and even had teammate Joaquim Rodriguez working for him in the finale. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Is Team Tinkoff-Saxo strong enough to control the Vuelta a Espana for Alberto Contador? .
Russian Team Tinkoff-Saxo and general classification leader Alberto Contador got safely through Thursday’s stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana 2014 and effectively avoided the crash that occurred as the riders passed the final kilometer mark. (roadcycling.com)

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2013 Giro del Trentino champion Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
Photo: © Fotomedia.
Breakaway sticks on stage 4. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 14 Profile.
Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 14 departs Santander at 11:55am CET (5:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at La Camperona. Valle de Sabero at around 5:40pm CET (11:40am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 5, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 5, 2014




Brailsford and Cavendish are planning for gold at the London 2012 Olympics
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Pooley decries lack of entry of any woman into women's time trial. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Demonstrating the excitement surrounding these races, both saw record numbers of racer sign-ups within the first day of registration.
The two biggest cyclocross races in America converge this fall for the revered Holy Week of Cyclocross, marking the official start of the New England cyclocross season. (cxmagazine.com)

September 5, 2014




Photo: Changes to the multi tools include the new RAP 21 which along with a revised shape for better fit in your hand and tool stiffness, includes a compact LED light along with the standard tools.
Founded in 2007, Lezyne is now into their 8th year of Engineered Design. While keeping with their beautiful design ethos, the tools are more diverse than ever with a full on electronics division along side their numerous tools and bags. (bikerumor.com)

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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) points to the sky after winning stage 3
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
Belkin's Sep Vanmarcke took Friday's stage 3 win at the Tour of Alberta after out-kicking Ramunas Navardauskas and Leigh Howard in a three-up sprint in front of a select lead group. Giant-Shimano's Tom Dumoulin had to fight hard throughout the day but held onto his gold leader's jersey heading into stage 4. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
USA Cycling announced today its elite men's roster for the UCI Road World Championships, which takes place in Ponferrada, Spain later this month. The team has only six entries for the road race, and two in the tiem trial. (cyclingnews.com)

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Fabian Cancellara is turning his focus to contending for the road race title at the upcoming world championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Fabian Cancellara has plenty of rainbow jerseys; four, in fact, all of them in the individual time trial. This year, he’s bypassing on what’s almost a sure bet of hitting the podium yet again in the time trial, and going all-in for a shot at striking gold on the road. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Strava has taken the Queen of the Mountains concept and inflated it to terrifying proportions.
"I am tired of all the colored jerseys. I am tired, especially, of the polka-dot one. All this obsessing with going uphill: woman against the grade. Who will win? The mountain. Always. But we insist on pretending that one of our own can take the honors." (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Deep mud. It's fun to flop around in. It's fun to see guys covered in it.
"America has become the Tour of Qatar for 'Crossers, e.g. a place to get in some race miles early enough in the season when a) you don't have anything better to do and b) the jet lag will be long gone by the time you start actually caring about results." (podiumcafe.com)

September 5, 2014




Photo: Check out Mario’s seatposts, frames, complete bikes and more at punchcycles.com.
"Everyone knows that Eurobike has some of the hottest bikes in the world but it’s also jam packed, wall to wall full of the latest and greatest accessories too. Here’s a look at some of the best for 2015 from American Classic, LOOK, Fly 6, Saris, Powertap, Wahoo, BBB and more." (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) won the 2013 edition and he is back to defend.
Saturday's Brussels Cycling Classic departs Brussels at 11:45am CET (5:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Brussels at around 4:48pm CET (10:48am U.S. Eastern).  Brussels Cycling Classic live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 5, 2014




Photo: The new Tarmac is the biggest story from the Morgan Hill concern’s road range this season, but the Diverge is equally interesting: a machine with potential to be a bike for all seasons.
New racing bike and 'gravel' bike from Morgan Hill concern. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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Photo: Eyes were burnt when POC’s high-contrast Attention Visibility Interaction and Protection (AVIP) range was opened in the office.
Featuring Nukeproof, POC, Fuji and more. (bikeradar.com)

September 5, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) won the 2013 Tour of Britain and he is back to defend.
Sunday's Tour of Britain Stage 1 (Liverpool City Centre stage) departs Liverpool at 2:15pm BST (9:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Liverpool at around 4:45pm BST (11:45am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of Britain live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm BST (9:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: First spotted at the tour, the Protone is what Kask calls their most advanced helmet to date...
At this point, the Italian helmet brand Kask is probably best known in the U.S. as the helmet sponsor of Team Sky. Now on their 10th anniversary, the company has 6 different helmet divisions including skiing, mountaineering, climbing, equestrian, rescue teams, and work safety, with cycling accounting for 40% of their business. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: the F6 saved around 200g with the full carbon version. Both use the same aero DARC profile rim shape as the tubulars.
FFWD has added deeper clinchers to join the F4, bringing F6 and F9 full carbon road wheels to the mix. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Stage 3 .
Stage 3 start time: Friday 11:40 MDT (10:40 AM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 MDT (1:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 15:40 MDT (2:40 PM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

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Christian Prudhomme and Gary Verity
Photo: © ASO/G. Demouveaux.
During a brief visit to Sydney this week Christian Prudhomme hinted that the first week of next year's Tour de France will be an almost entirely flat affair with just two stages offering points toward the mountains classification. (cyclingnews.com)

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Facing a long recovery from a serious knee injury, and fading prospects with Trek Factory Racing, Andy Schleck may be riding off into the sunset, unless his career turns around soon. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Trek Factory Racing is in a holding pattern concerning the future of Andy Schleck. The younger of the Schleck brothers still has not fully recovered from what may be a career-ending knee injury suffered in a stage 3 crash at the Tour de France. Trek confirmed Friday it has not re-upped Schleck for 2015. (velonews.com)

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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) stays safely at the front of the field
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
After his fourth day in the Vuelta a Espana lead and as the race heads into a trio of tough mountain stages, Alberto Contador attempted to ease the pressureby saying that, “there could be a new race leader tomorrow.” (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: That was maybe the drama. It was too easy. It caused me a lot of problems afterwards. Dominating a race like that, dominating a sport like that, wasn't exactly the ideal thing for me.
Frank Vandenbroucke's two stage wins in the last week of the 1999 Vuelta a España were two of the most imposing performances of his career and among the most outrageous feats of his era. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Pra Loup.
Rumor has it that the ski village of Pra-Loup will host the finale of stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France - Eddy Merckx effectively lost the 1975 Tour on the climb. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Mark Cavendish after his crash
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Cavendish won three stages at the Tour of Britain last year and many have predicted a head-to-head battle between him and Marcel Kittel in the sprints. However, Cavendish, who crashed out of the Tour de France on stage one this year, only recently returned to racing and is aware that he has not yet hit top form. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Marcel had popped by to sign some team kit..
EtxeOndo been working with Giant-Shimano. Though it says Giant on the jersey the kit is in actual fact made by ExteOndo. Any of the kit that the likes of Marcel Kittel and Koen de Kort have been wearing this year — from rain jackets to bib shorts — is available in some nice-looking designs. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: I always enjoy the old suspension bridge at Longmire, but even more today…
The “un-meeting” isn’t an organized event. There is no entry fee, no services will be provided, there are no rules, and there is no insurance or liability of any kind. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: Incredible value, superb kit, great braking, understated looks and a top quality all-round ride.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Cutting-edge frame design meets high street value for a winning combination." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The Performance Narrow seats are the Attack and new PN 1.1, and are for riders who want more clearance all around.
For 2015, ISM has five new saddles, with more accessible pricepoints and a clearer naming system based on shape and purpose of the saddle. While most popular among time trialists and triathletes, ISM saddles have options for road riders and even mountain bikers. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: It will be a day when we must stay vigilant, especially in the final part...
Tinkoff-Saxo enjoyed a largely calm day in the Vuelta a Espana and managed to keep Alberto Contador safe when things got hectic in the finale. The race leader expects tomorrow's stage to be a lot harder and more stressful affair while he prepares himself for the three upcoming mountain stages. (cyclingquotes.com)

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) leads the sprint classification outright after his win
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Contador retains red jersey. (cyclingnews.com)

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Samuel Sánchez (BMC) crosses the line
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
BMC Racing veteran Samuel Sánchez has so far managed to fly under the radar when it comes to the GC battle. But when the race reaches the toughest climbs of the 2014 Vuelta a España in his native Asturias region later this week at the Lagos de Covadonga on Sunday and again at the Farrapona on Monday, that may well no longer be the case. (cyclingnews.com)

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Thibaut Pinot and teammate Murilo Fischer during stage 8
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Having started the Vuelta a España in less than optimal condition and struggled through the first 10 days of the race, Thibaut Pinot was one of four riders to record a DNF on stage 11. (cyclingnews.com)

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) after crashing early on the stage
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nairo Quintana is confident that he can make a quick recovery after abandoning the Vuelta a España following his crash early on stage 11. The Colombian, who had already fallen during the previous day’s time trial, crashed 20 kilometers into Wednesday’s stage and sustained a displaced fracture of his right scapula. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Stage 13 Profile.
Friday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 13 departs Belorado at 12:38pm CET (6:38am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno 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)

September 4, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) wins the inaugural edition of La Course
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Van Dijk continues to lead the overall race. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Jonathan Page at Cyclocross Worlds in Hoogerheide. © Thomas Van Bracht.
For the upcoming cyclocross season, 4-time US National Champion Jonathan Page will don the colors of XcelLED, specialty maker of 4-foot LED lamps, as title sponsor. Never heard of XcelLED? We’re not surprised, and the new lighting company is looking to change that by marketing to the cycling audience. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Elite Road Series champion believes Team Raleigh and fellow domestic outfits can sting WorldTour squads.
Liverpool hosts the first stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain on Sunday September 7, with the some of the WorldTour’s elite joining the leading British domestic pros on the Merseyside start line. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Launched as a Wheel Tire System, the Ksyrium Pro Disc brings advanced braking to their legendary Ksyrium SL along with the rest of their proprietary tech.
After months of speculation, Mavic is finally throwing their hat into the road disc market (officially) with the launch of two new wheelsets. The Aksium One disc has been spotted on many different road and cross bikes leading up to Eurobike, but the Ksyrium is probably the big story here. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: We also scored a look inside their new Black Diamond hubs to see how the magnetic star ratchet pawl rings work.
The Black Diamond hubs have minimal moving parts, using only what’s seen to transfer your legs’ effort into forward motion. There are no springs or loose pawls to misplace in the infrequent service intervals this hub requires. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Jonas Ahlstrand won the Stage 2 sprint in Red Deer. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Jonas Ahlstrand capped off a sterling day for his Giant-Shimano squad Thursday when he gave the team its second win of the day, taking the Tour of Alberta’s second stage. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Swiss Cycling Federation has announced that Fabian Cancellara will not contest the time trial event at the UCI road world championships in Spain later this month. The 33-year-old Swiss rider is a four time time trial world champion but has stated his sole focus is on securing the road race rainbow jersey in 2014. (cyclingnews.com)

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Ruben Zupentke (Bissell) took the stage and the sprinters jersey
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
The Bissell Development Team played Wednesday's stage 1 at the Tour of Alberta to perfection, putting a rider in the daylong breakaway and then setting up Ruben Zepuntke in the finale to take the rain-soaked sprint and the biggest win of his career. Race leader Tom Dumoulin finished safely in the field and held onto the gold leader's jersey for another day. (cyclingnews.com)

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Chris Froome (Sky) suffered mightily on Stage 11's final climb. Was he bluffing when he took a hard turn at the front of the GC group in the closing kilometers? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
In a grand tour that saw most of its major stars starting on the back foot, Chris Froome remains the biggest enigma of this Vuelta a España. (velonews.com)





Photo: Giovanni
Cycling has lost a grandfather. Giovanni “Nani” Pinarello, the charismatic founder of the iconic cycling brand that bears his name, died Thursday. He was 92. (velonews.com)

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Björn Leukemans (Wanty)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert has re-signed Björn Leukemans through the end of the 2015 season. The Beglium-based Professional Continental outfit will build a team around the Classics rider at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Scott Thwaites is fast becoming a familiar face to cycling fans, particularly after his Commonwealth Games bronze medal (Pic: Sirotti).
From winning the Otley Grand Prix three years ago to bagging a Commonwealth Games bronze medal this summer, Scott Thwaites is enjoying a steady rise through cycling ranks. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Essor USA may only been founded recently, but the story behind the brand stretches back some years.
"Essor USA is a new brand created by the guys behind State Bicycle Co. and VeloVie. Essor's goal is to offer high quality carbon wheelsets at the lowest possible price. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom spends some time on Essor's Pace wheelset, a 32mm carbon clincher that retails for US$1,299." (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Canyon’s new Aeroroad is a prime example of an aggressively focused race machine, with a top tube on the medium frame that’s as long as the large size of the brand’s Ultimate SLX all-rounder
Canyon.
There’s an incredible diversity of road bikes to choose from these days. But before you even start to narrow down brands and equipment options there’s one very basic question you need to answer. (bikeradar.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: A generous delivery from the Calgary Tourism office.
"Good morning! “Good” in the sense that at 5:58am when I woke up there was nary a cloud in the sky. Sure there was hardly any sun in the sky either here on the morning of the 3rd day at the Tour of Alberta, since it wasn’t even six AM and we have a four hour drive to precede today’s stage. But after yesterday’s downright biblical rains, I’ll take it." (iamtedking.com)

September 4, 2014






Photo: Stage 2 .
Stage 2 start time: Thursday 12:10 MDT (11:10 AM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:00 MDT (1:00 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 15:35 MDT (2:35 PM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Its exciting that Voigt raced against Boardman, Indurian and Sosenka (all Hour Record holders) as well as this new generation of riders who are trying to convince themselves to do the attempt.
The German, who only retired at the end of August said of the event; “It’s a huge challenge for me, both physical and mental. This is a huge project, and probably it’s going to come as a surprise for many people……It’s a fascinating event. It’s super hard, but it’s a great discipline. Man and machine against the clock.” (shutup-legs.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Fabio Aru—currently in sixth place—is an Italian climber on the Astana team. He’s 24, and he turned pro just two years ago.
Despite all the elements that make road racing a team sport - domestiques fetching water bottles or giving up a wheel or bike to a teammate after a crash or mechanical; lieutenants helping a leader back to the peloton after being delayed or pacing him up the early slopes of a mountaintop finish; or a lead-out man taking absurd risks to position his sprinter before a bunch finish - it eventually comes down to the leader needing to call on his legs, lungs, heart, brain and true grit to win the race, especially if it’s a grand tour. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 4, 2014





Photo: Ryder Hesjedal after a crash on stage seven of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Internet video clip of Garmin rider Ryder Hesjedal’s stage seven Vuelta crash led to stories of his ‘motorised’ Cervelo - UCI examines Garmin-Sharp team bikes in response. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 4, 2014




Usually a protected rider, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) has been spending more time at the front than usual at the Vuelta. He's working for teammate Dan Martin and building fitness ahead of the final fall races and 2015. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Andrew Talansky is enjoying his pressure-free ride in the Vuelta a España, though he admits to missing being at the sharp end of the action in the Spanish grand tour. (velonews.com)

September 4, 2014




David Millar (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
With his retirement looming fast on the horizon, Britain’s David Millar is on the hunt for stage wins one last time in the Vuelta a España before hanging up his wheels this autumn. (cyclingnews.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: One last item I would like you to concentrate on in your next race is making mental ‘finish lines’ within the race.
"In your next race make mental ‘finish lines’ within the race, especially at the start. By this I mean you need to break the race up into smaller segments so you are focusing on the task at hand." (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 4, 2014





Elizabeth Lizzie Armitstead (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team) on a berg
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, the Yates brothers and Lizzie Armitstead all feature in British Cycling’s long lists for the world championships which take place later this month in Ponferrada, Spain. (cyclingnews.com)

September 4, 2014




Sprinters Eric Young and Brad Huff flash by in a series of two up sprints.
Photo: © Casey B. Gibson.
Two-time and current US champion Eric Young will not defend his title at the upcoming USA Cycling Professional Criterium championships this Saturday in High Point, North Carolina, opting instead to compete with his Optum Pro Cycling team at the Tour of Alberta, which concludes Sunday in Edmonton. (cyclingnews.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Specialized Toupe Expert Gel
Dave Caudery / Cycling Plus.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Flexible, comfortable, light – all you need from a racing seat." (bikeradar.com)
September 4, 2014




Photo: Weighing in at just 258g for the entire assembly, the Affilado retains adjustability through a system of spacers and slotted attachment points..
For the ultimate weight weenies, an integrated seat and seat post is an easy way to lose some grams. However, you had better like the saddle position since the one piece design means you won’t be adjusting it any time soon. Controltech’s answer to the problem is their new Affilado seat/seat post design that doesn’t abandon adjustability. (bikerumor.com)

September 4, 2014




Photo: Auto cleaner brand Armor All is introducing a line of bicycle cleaners and lubricants.
The line of Armor All bike care products will be launched at Interbike next week. Cycle Force Group is licensing the use of the Armor All brand in an agreement brokered by IMG. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Fabio Aru (Astana)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Astana'a Fabio Aru upstaged the big names when he jumped away in the final kilometre to win the run up to San Miguel de Aralar above Pamplona. (cyclingnews.com)

September 3, 2014




There's one fewer GC contender at the front of the Vuelta with Nairo Quintana gone. It remains to be seen if the other favorites can challenge Alberto Contador's supremacy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It’s been a summer of destruction for GC favorites in this year’s grand tours. At the Giro d’Italia, Dan Martin, Janez Brajkovic, and Joaquim Rodríguez didn’t make it out of the first week. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Aru wins stage 11 of Vuelta a España.
Promising Italian talent Fabio Aru followed up his stage win and third overall in the Giro d’Italia with a perfectly-timed effort on stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, racing home alone to win at the summit finish of the Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Nairo Quintana was in contention to win the Vuelta before his crash on Tuesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Quintana crashed in Wednesday’s stage 11, about 20 kilometers into the 154km route from Pamplona to Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar. He abandoned on the spot. (velonews.com)

September 3, 2014







Photo: Stage 12 Profile.
Thursday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 12 departs Logrono at 1:40pm CET (7:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Logrono 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)

September 3, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 3, 2014




Photo: More details emerge about plans for 2015.
Confirming that the squad will continue next year but that the budget and roster size will depend in part on this weeks’ final push for crowd-funding, the owner of the team currently called Specialized-lululemon, Kristy Scrymgeour, has said that she is hoping for a good response prior to Friday’s deadline. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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A tale of two Tom's - Thomas Voeckler leads Tom Jelte Slagter
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Thomas Voeckler will return to racing one month after his collarbone fracture and subsequent surgery. The Europcar rider plans to make his return to the peloton on the 20th of September at the Classic Impanis - Van Petegem in Belgium. (cyclingnews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Few new machines carry the burden of expectation that accompanied the launch of Pinarello’s Dogma F8.
Stiff, fast, and hugely enjoyable. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Pioneer isn't a company you think of when talking powermeters.
The Pioneer Gen-2 powermeter’s main point of differentiation is how it measures true left/right power (force and directional) as well as balance and efficiency through a plethora of data for real-time viewing. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 3, 2014




Photo: the Velocité. We spoke to Lightweight’s Frank Jeniche about the bike, which is a collaboration between Lightweight and Dresden University.
There’s always lots of electric bikes at Eurobike. Lots and lots and lots. From folding bikes to road bikes to mountain bikes to fat bikes, everything gets a motor fitted by someone. One place we weren’t expecting to find one, however, was the Lightweight stand. You know, the purveyors of German carbon über lightness that make the posh wheels and the Urgestalt frameset. (road.cc)

September 3, 2014




Photo: The Italian manufacturers are really a forward-thinking bunch, here’s the disc-equipped Astra from Basso.
The biggest trend in the road cycling market for 2015 is disc-equipped road bikes. At Eurobike last week, the world’s biggest gathering of bicycle manufacturers, there were loads of new disc road bikes to see. (road.cc)

September 3, 2014







Photo: ATB Financial Stage 1 Lethbridge.
Wednesday's Tour of Alberta Stage 1 departs Lethbridge at 3:10pm MDT and is expected at the finish at Lethbridge at around 6:35pm MDT.  Tour of Alberta live streaming video should get underway at around 5pm MDT. (cyclingfans.com)

September 3, 2014




The U.S. is bringing a deep elite women's team to 2014 world championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
USA Cycling has announced the rosters for the elite women, U23 men, and junior men and women that will represent Team USA at the 2014 UCI road world championships, September 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain. (velonews.com)

September 3, 2014






Photo: First there’s Bradley Wiggins (Sky), who, despite seeming increasingly disillusioned with road cycling, returns to the race he won last year with the committed intention of defending the title..
This year’s Tour of Britain (September 7-14) looks set to be a redemption story of two British riders out to make amends for early season disappointments. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 3, 2014





Photo: Friend of the Cafe and America's most decorated active cyclist Tyler Farrar is heading to a new team.
By now you've heard the news... Tyler Farrar, the Wonder of Wenatchee, Washington, is saying goodbye to his long-time professional home, the Argyle Bunch. Garmin are undergoing some significant changes, blah blah blah... short of it is, if they offered him a contract at all, it must not have been a very good one. (podiumcafe.com)

September 3, 2014






Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) takes the first yellow jersey of the race
Photo: © Jon Devich/Cyclingnews.com/epicimages.us.
Giant-Shimano's Tom Dumoulin won the opening prologue time trial at the Tour of Alberta on Tuesday evening in Calgary and will wear the gold leader's jersey during Wednesday's first stage. (cyclingnews.com)

September 3, 2014





Photo: it promises fireworks. I suppose the only downside now is that with Ghisallo so early we will miss the ringing of the bells but that seems like a small price to pay.
The fall classic usually nicknamed "the race of the falling leaves" should perhaps be known as "the race of the changing percorso". This years edition will see a very different look. All new, but still looks like one of the best courses of the year. (podiumcafe.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: he was struck from behind by a car on the West Canada Highway near Brandon, Manitoba.
After dipping the tires of his heavily laden bicycle into the salty water at Stanley Park in Vancouver, 24-year-old Graeme Loader set off from British Columbia in mid-July to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation. (bikingbis.com)

September 3, 2014




Zdenek Stybar looks to get back to the good side of racing this weekend. His last time out he went down hard at the Eneco Tour, breaking teeth and gashing his lips. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com..
Zdenek Stybar will make his return to racing, three weeks after a heavy crash in mid-August, when he takes the line at Saturday’s Brussels Cycling Classic. (velonews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Swift-riding USA-designed bike with a fast-beating Flandrian heart .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Swift-riding USA-designed bike with a fast-beating Flandrian heart." (bikeradar.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Caterham Cycling unveiled its stunningly pretty Duo Cali road frame at this year's Eurobike show
James Huang / Immediate Media.
Brilliant design work and clever construction methods, all wrapped in fantastic green paint. (bikeradar.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Years in development, Hope is finally very close to the final crankset design.
Hope has always  been about manufacturing products in the UK. If there is something they think they can do better, they’ll develop the processes in house to make it happen. Always a huge force in CNC machining, we were surprised to hear that Hope plans on getting into the carbon fiber game as well. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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September 3, 2014




Robin Williams, during a 2003 interview with Saturn Cycling Magazine. Photo by Jeff Orlowski..
Robin Williams loved lube. He loved chain lube and rear derailleurs, lactic acid and bike geometry. Just mention the bicycle, and he melted, his fingers tracing his oration of the bicycle as art, as utility and culture. He worshiped bicycles. This was not lip-service from a Hollywood star. He owned 60 bikes. (velonews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Nationality is a subjective issue in a world of global brands and international trade.
Want to know who made your bike? Which companies dominate the sector? Who owns a particular brand? Here’s a guide that shows most of the main companies in the sector with a few surprises. (inrng.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Photo from Orbea's recall page.
Orbea is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 715 Avant bikes and framesets, because of concerns over cracking forks. The relevant forks were for use with disc brakes. (bicycleretailer.com)

September 3, 2014





Jens Voigt (Trek) during his final time trial
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Jens Voigt has announced that he will attempt to break the world hour record on September 18 in Grenchen, Switzerland. The German rider retired from road racing at the USA Pro Challenge. (cyclingnews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: he stage 1 win in the USA Pro Challenge.
UnitedHealthcare rider Kiel Reijnen has had a very strong early season with his stage 1 win in the USA Pro Challenge – Tour of Colorado and the overall points jersey at the end of the race. Along with his three bronze medals in the US National road championships, he has a big list of top wins in his palmarés. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Ryan Trebon high-fives the crowd at the finish of the 2014 Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race © Cyclocross Magazine.
Ryan Trebon was relaxed leading up to the 2014 Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race in China, but as the race neared, he was all business. He skipped the tour of The Great Wall the day before race to ride and “make the legs feel better” and come race day, he was clearly gunning for the win. (cxmagazine.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Tiernan-Locke was convinced by friends to ride the Exmoor Beast sportive
Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images.
Banned British pro Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will be riding next month’s Exmoor Beast sportive “as his friends seek to expose the injustice of his recent two year ban from pro cycling” according to event organizers. (bikeradar.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: I’ve been wearing the CX237 for a couple of months now and am highly impressed.
In addition to the carbon fiber sole, the Lake CX237 feature a kangaroo leather upper and a double Boa closure. The kangaroo leather gives the upper a more supple feel than many competing shoes, not to mention greater breathability. Because this is a natural leather it will stretch a bit and the fit did improve over the first two months of riding before the fit settled in. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Overall, I can unreservedly say that the BSB 9 RDO get’s my vote..
It was around this time last year that I first laid eyes on the Niner RLT 9 at Interbike. Needless to say, it was a pretty big deal at the show. Similarly, albeit better timed, the BSB 9 RDO was launched just shortly ahead of the ‘cross season. (competitivecyclist.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: Like the new models from Trek, Fuji, and Lapierre, Canyon has switched to Shimano's new direct-mount brake system. Direct-mount improves tire clearance and decreases weight, while also tucking into the frame more neatly, which can decrease drag. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com.
Two bolts, in this case, are better than one. Do not be fooled by the nasty, ill-tempered, poorly functioning U-brakes of mountain bikes past. The latest direct-mount road brakes may look somewhat similar, but they exist in an entirely different realm of fit and function. (velonews.com)

September 3, 2014




Photo: our racier test riders found the SLS a little too plush – it's a saddle you sit in rather than shift around on.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Soft, plush, and comfortable for upright riding positions." (bikeradar.com)

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Tony Martin on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Tony Martin cruised to victory in the Vuelta a Espana time trial on stage 10 to Borja but there was a major shake up in the fight for the overall with Nairo Quintana crashing and Alberto Contador moving into the race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: this is in the Pais Vasco, which means the top of the mountain will be a swarming mass of screaming humanity and waving ikurriñas.
Another recent Giro formula, the short stage to a single, but rather difficult, MTF. Pretty nasty stuff. The climb averages a tidy 7.5% for ten km, which is certainly a bigger deal than anything we've seen to date. (podiumcafe.com)





Photo: Buts wins stage four of the Tour of China, Gradek maintains overall lead. (cyclingtips.com.au)
Gradek keeps race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




Tight turns challenged riders on the Benton Park course
Photo: © Matt James.
Hanson, Barnes win in Benton Park. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 2, 2014





Andy Schleck (left) is the de facto winner of the 2010 Tour de France, but has not been the same rider since a crash at the 2012 Criterium du Dauphiné. Brother Fränk (right) will return with Trek Factory Racing for two more seasons. Photo by Tim de Waele..
Veteran Fränk Schleck has penned a two-year contract extension with Trek Factory Racing, but there is no word yet on whether his younger brother, Andy, will remain with the team. (velonews.com)

September 2, 2014





Photo: I think Edvald still has some strong ambitions and maybe a change is exactly what he needs in his career and while it’s sad when things come to end, sometimes it feels right.
While Chris Froome struggles hard to save so far disastrous season for Team Sky, away from the action, their manager works on closing British team’s roster for 2015. Dave Brailsford revealed that Bradley Wiggins is about to sign new agreement with the squad and believes that departure of Edvald Boasson Hagen should provide other riders and the Norwegian himself with new opportinities. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: BMC was at the show with the new CrossMachine CX01. Many of its frame elements are based on their road models and it’s set up with SRAM Force 1×11 with hydraulic disc brakes. © Christopher Langer.
"At Eurobike 2012, we looked at BMC’s “return” to cyclocross with their release of the 2013 GranFondo GF02 disc, increasing the length of the chainstays and equipping the road model with disc brakes. Keeping a familiar geometry from the GranFondo, BMC made their return official this year, displaying their 2015 CrossMachine CX01." (cxmagazine.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: a more angular leading and trailing edge at all points on the chain, helping it scoot from one cog to the next.
Connex has a new chain design called Diamond Shape, which radically chamfers the outer and inner links and their interface with the rollers. They’re compatible with SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo because they basically blend the chamfers and shapes used on those brands’ chains. (bikerumor.com)

September 2, 2014







Photo: Stage 11 Profile.
Wednesday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 11 departs Pamplona at 1:20pm CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar 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)

September 2, 2014




Photo: The inside faces use a textured surface that might possibly have some aero benefits. The R321 uses a new material, Teijin Avail 100 Ultra, that’s finer than synthetic leather and more amenable to the heat molding custom fit process.
Shimano’s shoes have long been some of my favorites thanks to a wide toe box and comfortable fit while still delivering the performance needed from a mid- to top-level road or mountain bike shoe.. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: This short 4 kilometre course routes exclusively within Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Tuesday's Tour of Alberta Prologue, a 4.0 km Individual Time Trial at Calgary, gets underway at 6:05pm MDT.  Tour of Alberta live streaming video may be available from the start.  Note that Canada's Sportsnet One TV is scheduled to show full live coverage.  Eurosport's scheduled live coverage begins with Wednesday's Stage 1. (cyclingfans.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Tiernan-Locked was handed a two-year suspension in July.
“I wouldn’t just slag off the passport as a tool, I think it’s useful, but I think it’s being applied in the wrong way. It probably will continue to be applied in the wrong way and I’m sure it has in the past as well." - Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Nairo Crashes, Dumps Three Minutes.
Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador threw down a major marker at the Vuelta a Espana's premier time trial today with a strong ride, propelling him into the overall lead after ten stages. More importantly, both of his presumed rivals suffered terribly on the stage, Sky's Chris Froome from an apparent lack of form and Movistar's Nairo Quintana from a disastrous tumble off a guardrail that cost him more than three minutes, and a bit of skin. (podiumcafe.com)

September 2, 2014




Phil Gaimon found a fan at the USA Pro Challenge that also likes wearing blue and eating cookies. Photo: Phil Gaimon | VeloNews.com.
"Sure, it’s no Vuelta, and we get whole weeks off instead of rest days, but if you’re one of the lucky few to go from the Tour of Utah, to the USA Pro Challenge, to the Tour of Alberta, to the one-day races in Montreal and Quebec, you get about the same number of race days as a grand tour (maybe exactly the same, but I’m not looking it up)." (velonews.com)

September 2, 2014




Chad Haga, shown here at the Critérium du Dauphiné, has found himself in the spotlight at the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chad Haga has been getting plenty of TV time in his grand tour debut through the first half of the Vuelta a España. (velonews.com)

September 2, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Sky) remains in the Tour of Britain leader's jersey after stage 6
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Team Sky has confirmed that Bradley Wiggins will lead the British team at the Tour of Britain, as he targets a second consecutive victory in his home Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Valdelinares is a municipality and ski resort located in the Sierra de Gudar, with a village elevation of the 1,690 metres.
A great picture of Spaniards Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez crossing the finish line on the rain-swept summit of Valdelinares at the conclusion of Sunday’s stage nine, won by Colombian winner Winner Anacona of Lampre-Merida. (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Laura Trott, Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow, track cycling day four .
Olympic track champion moves from Wiggle-Honda to Matrix Fitness-Vulpine road team for next year (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 2, 2014




Photo: At this year’s Eurobike show BMC, Canyon and Lightweight pulled that trick off with outstanding success.
In a venue the size of a small town and with thousands of brands displaying their wares it’s a challenge to stand out. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 2, 2014




Photo: THM-Carbones' new Clavicula SE cranks are unbelievably lightweight – and pretty.
Ultralight componentry from Tune, AX-Lightness, Carbonice, and more. (bikeradar.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
Chop it, whizz it, drink it…smoothies are a great way for cyclists to get the right nutrition – fast. We’ve enlisted expert help to find the best bits to feed your blender. (cyclist.com.au)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Gipiemme's display wheels were still dripping water Friday afternoon, and much of the company's literature was destroyed by water.
Espresso maker sets Italian booth on fire, baggy bibs for roadies, Lightweight's concept commuter and more. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: The Swiss-based organisation has said that a total of 719 blood and urine controls were carried out on riders, and that each of these has been declared negative.
The Cycling Anti Doping Foundation (CADF), which manages the anti-doping program of the UCI, has announced that there were no positive tests in this year’s Tour de France. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 2, 2014




Photo: The parents of Igor Decraene have just had confirmation from the Public Prosecutor that the accident was NOT about suicide!
According to the Belga news agency, Decraene’s death was self-inflicted. This contradicted the RTBF Sport website, which quoted the Belgian federation la Ligue Vélocipédique Belge (RLVB) and his club De Tieltse Rennersclub as saying that he was victim of a ‘tragic accident.’ (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After almost eight years at Garmin, Tyler Farrar will change teams for 2015. The American, who will race the Tours of Britain and Beijing in the coming weeks, confirmed the news to Cyclingnews on Tuesday but refrained from announcing his future plans. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali in yellow and protected by his Astana teammates during stage 14.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
With little more than a month to go before the presentation of the 2015 Tour de France route, there are already plenty of rumors circulating about potential stages. Among the most surprising is a report from the D!Ci radio station in the southern Alps, which suggests that next year’s Tour will spend three days in that region and could feature a summit finish on the Col de la Bonette-Restefond. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014




Riders line up after today's press conference
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
The relatively flat parcour of the 2014 Tour of Alberta, which starts Tuesday evening with a four-km prologue time trial in Calgary, looks tailor-made for a week of fast finishes for the sprinters. But all that could change if the winds whip across the Southern Alberta plains. (cyclingnews.com)

September 2, 2014






Theo Bos won the third stage at the Tour de Pologne this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Multiple world champion Theo Bos has signed a contract to ride for MTN-Qhubeka next season. Bos, who signed with then-Rabobank — the team now known as Belkin — in 2011, will represent the first African-based UCI WorldTour team in the peloton starting in 2015. (velonews.com)

September 2, 2014





Photo: The autobiography of a maverick.
Cooke can bring joy and passion to the things she writes about, particularly the on-the-bike side of her story. (podiumcafe.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Spy Optic Screw Over sunglasses offer plentiful face coverage .
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "A little flimsy, but highly comfortable and great vision makes these a strong choice for the road " (bikeradar.com)

September 2, 2014




Photo: While GoPro still reigns supreme in the action camera realm, there were no shortage of contenders looking for a bite of the POV pie at Eurobike, with Shimano a formidable if surprising standout.
Growing ecosystem, race access plays to component-maker’s advantage. (roadbikereview.com)

September 2, 2014





Photo: Birzman have updated their Snap-It valve connector. It was clever before and the new Snap-It Apogee is even more cleverer.
The smartest designs and gizmos we saw at this year’s Eurobike, featuring Giro, Crank Bros, Birzman and more. (road.cc)

September 2, 2014




Photo: Lennard says,
Feedback about adjusting for leg-length discrepancies with mountain-bike shoes and pedals. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Nairo Quintana will start Tuesday's individual time trial wearing the red leader's jersey. Though he's improved his time trialing, it remains to be seen how he'll stand up against riders like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
In a Vuelta a España packed with climbs, Tuesday’s 36.7km race against the clock could leave a decisive mark on the final GC. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Looks so far like he's climbing better than in the Tour and with the real meat of the Vuelta still to come he's gotta be optimistic..
First nine stages are in the books and brothers and sisters we can winnow down the riders who have a chance to win this thing to three: Quintana, Contador,  and Froome. Sound harsh?. (podiumcafe.com)

September 1, 2014





Nairo Quintana holds a three-second lead over Alberto Contador in the GC standings at the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The dynamic of the Vuelta a España changed in more ways than one in Sunday’s thrilling uphill finale to Valdelinares. The weather went from Sahara-like heat to Belgian cool as the stage put the opening week of extreme weather behind the peloton for good. (velonews.com)

September 1, 2014





Photo: Matt Brammeier has been aggressive thus far on the Tour of China 1 and now lies in third place overall after another strong ride, though a miscalculation today left himself and a team mate red faced.
Another strong ride from Matt Brammeier on stage three of the Tour of China 1 saw the former Irish champion move up to third place overall in the week-long race. (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: Stage 9 Profile.
Tuesday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 10, a 36.7km Individual Time Trial from Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja, gets underway at 1:10pm CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Vuelta live streaming video should get underway at around 4:00pm CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 1, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Vuelta a España - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Stages & Results),

Tour of Alberta - Sept 2-7 (Stages),

Tour of Britain - Sept 7-14 (Stages),

GP Cycliste de Québec - Sept 12 (Start List),

GP Cycliste de Montréal - Sept 14 (Start List),

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

USA Pro Challenge - Aug 18-25 (Results),

Tour de l'Avenir - Aug 23-30 (Results),

Chris Thater Memorial - Aug 23-24 (Results),

Vattenfall Cyclassics - Aug 24 (Results),

Tour de France - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


September 1, 2014




Photo: Lucinda wins the final World Cup race of the season. In nine races there have been nine winners..
Going into Saturday's final round of the Women's Road World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, Lizzie Armitstead had an unassailable lead and was set to take out the series overall. But that didn't mean the racing was any less exciting come Saturday. Tiffany Cromwell was one of the main aggressors in the 122km race. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 1, 2014




Louis Vervaeke (Belgium) wins the final stage at the Tour de l'Avenir
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A solo victory on the final stage of the Tour de L'Avenir for Lotto-Belisol's neo-pro Louis Vervaeke sealed victory for Belgium in the U23 UCI Nations Cup. The 21-year-old's win on the summit finish of La Toussuire also ensured that he finished in fifth place on the final general classification. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014





Photo: David de la Cruz rode to 10th overall at the Tour of California this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
David de la Cruz has signed a two-year contract with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, the team announced Monday. The 25-year-old Spaniard has been a professional since 2010, when he rode for Caja Rural. He switched to NetApp-Endura for the 2013 season. (velonews.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: Not the most refined in the comfort stakes.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Great value lightweight race bike, but the rolling stock feels dated." (bikeradar.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: Ridley used Eurobike to unveil the Noah SL - a machine which retains the key aero features of the Noah FAST while dropping the frame weight to a claimed 950g.
Wind-cheating bikes from Ridley, Time, Storck, Colnago, Fuji, Pinarello, Stevens and Argon 18. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 1, 2014



Photo: El Condor isn’t the raptor ready to prey on others....
If a stage race an exercise in taking riders and placing them into a chronological hierarchy the Vuelta still has a long way to go. One time trial and two summit finishes done and there’s still plenty to decide. One certainty is within the Movistar camp where Alejandro Valverde is now behind Nairo Quintana, on GC and in a supportive sense. (inrng.com)

September 1, 2014





Matt Goss on the podium
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
When Matt Goss inked a three-year deal with Orica-GreenEdge at the end of 2011, the Australian was regarded as one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014




Race leader Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano)
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
Kirsten Wild has signed a two-year contract with Hitec Products meaning she will race with the team through the end of the 2016 season. The Dutch sprinter will leave her current team Giant-Shimano after a successful two-year stint. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014




The men's peloton gets ready to race
Photo: © Matt James.
The National Criterium Calendar rolled into stage three of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup for the 29th running of the Giro della Montagna and the finale of the 2014 USA Crits Series. Both the men and women's field battled the seemingly unstoppable dominance of the United HealthCare squad and the increasing challenge of each successive course of the Gateway Cup series. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: The latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group has a button on the top of the hood of each lever
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
Shimano and Garmin seemed poised for a partnership where Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 levers could control Garmin Edge computers. (bikeradar.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: On top of this they had a prototype sole hidden away … with a power meter built in.
Helmets and shoes are just the tip of what was on offer at Eurobike. More to come in part two. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 1, 2014




Photo: The unit gets all the new technology introduced with the XX1 model, including the multipoint temperature calibration to keep it accurate from 0º to 130º F (-17C to 54C) and accelerometer based cadence measurements.
Quarq has added another option to their crank spider based power meter offerings. Already stocking units for a variety of SRAM cranksets (including the new XX1 mountain bike version) Specialized and Cannondale, now you can add Dura-Ace DA9000 to the mix. (bikerumor.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: The arms use Rotor’s Trinity Drilling System technology, which makes them very light without obviously sacrificing stiffness.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Light and stiff – but performance could be smoother." (bikeradar.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: The Altum replaces the long-standing Z5 in the Parlee range.
Parlee used Eurobike 2014 to lift the lid on the Altum. Parlee’s lightest frame to date replaces the long-standing Z5 in the American firm’s off-the-shelf range. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 1, 2014





Photo: Like the man himself the bike announces itself with an enormous amount of style and hype.
"The launch of Cipollini’s new TT bike, the NUKE, has us intrigued because no bike surprised us more this season than Cipollini’s road bike, the RBK1000." (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) takes a sip from his bidon as he warms up for the time trial
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
The organizers of the GP Quebec and the GP Montreal have confirmed that the USA’s Tejay van Garderen, current world champion Rui Costa and Australia’s Simon Gerrans will ride the one-day WorldTour races on September 12 and 14, with six of the current top 15 in the WorldTour rankings leading the WorldTour teams. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014





Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
According to Dutch newspaper De telegraaf, Wout Poels has come to an agreement with Team Sky and will sign for the British WorldTour team. (cyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: It’s simple – you must lose bodyweight before you spend money on fancy kit.
With a few tips from the experts, you can unleash your inner mountain goat. (cyclist.com.au)

September 1, 2014




Photo: Y'all start talking to me about sock length rules and I'ma just smh at you.
American BMC pro Taylor Phinney continues rehabilitation from severe leg injury. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 1, 2014




Photo: CyclingQuotes understands from a reliable source that Cervelo will be the bike supplier of Fernando Alonso's new team.
Last week Fernando Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad confirmed to Biciciclismo that he has formally requested a WorldTour licence for the F1 star’s new team and now another important part of the process of building a new team has fallen into place. A reliable source says that the team will be riding Cervelo bikes in its first season in the professional peloton. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: Goals were to reduce weight as much as possible, add aero efficiency and make it more comfortable.
"The all new Cannondale Slice triathlon bike will formally debut at Ironman World Championships Kona in October, but we’ve got a first look at the top model, the Slice Black Inc." (bikerumor.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: This year Cinelli tried to help me with that choice by naming a bike, ‘Very Best Of’..
Eurobike, it’s the biggest bike show in the world and once again PEZ was there in Germany checking out all the latest gear. Today we have a closer look at some of the beautiful bikes on display from LOOK, Cinelli, Ridley, Canyon, Scappa, Caterham and more. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: Ex-Formula One engineers turn attention to bicycles, with predictably spectacular results.
The mammoth Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is a place to find almost anything in cycling, but by sheer virtue of size tends to be a venue where the mega brands dominate. The big beasts of the cycle industry square off at the enormous ‘messe’ on the edge of town (a series of halls, each large enough to store a zeppelin, to give an idea of scale) every August to show their copious wares. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: For its 40th anniversary, Specialized has produced 74 limited edition lugged steel Allez bicycles
Courtesy.
In celebration of Specialized's 40th anniversary, the Californian based bicycle company will be auctioning off 74 lugged steel Allez framsets for charity. (bikeradar.com)

September 1, 2014




Photo: The Lazer O2 sat quite deep on some of our testers' heads .
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Well ventilated but heavy crash hat." (bikeradar.com)

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