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September 2014

September 30, 2014


Marianne Vos (Netherlands) during the race
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Whether you’re a fan of Bradley Wiggins or not, few can argue over the rider’s impressive, almost extraordinary, palmares. A Tour de France; a handful of week-long stage races; world titles and Olympic medals on the road and track: all he needs now is a win in the Classics to complete his set. (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner...
Chris Horner’s future with Lampre-Merida hangs in the balance, with the team’s general manager confirming that contract negotiations with the 42-year-old American have yet to be concluded. Brent Copeland said that at this stage, “it’s fifty-fifty at the moment on whether he stays.” (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: The course featured seven laps of an 18.2km undulating circuit that could be split into three different sections. Photography by Cor Vos
On Saturday afternoon the elite women's peloton contested the 2014 world championships road race in Ponferrada, Spain. The event was won by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in a reduced bunch sprint, becoming the first Frenchwoman to win the worlds road race since 1995. Tiff Cromwell went into the race as the leader of the Australian team and was there in the deciding sprint. Here's how the race unfolded from her perspective. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 30, 2014




Caroline Mani won the second day of the Rapha Super Cross weekend in Gloucester. It was her first UCI win in three years, and she did it with a cast on her broken left wrist. Photo by David McElwaine.
After struggling to find her groove over the past few years, former French national cyclocross champion Caroline Mani is firing on all cylinders as the 2014-2015 season warms up.
Finishing in the top 10 at every race she’s done this fall, Mani looks to be back on her old form despite suffering a wrist injury in late September. (velonews.com)

September 30, 2014




Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) would finish 6th at GP Stad Eeklo
Photo: © Photopress.be.
Powers heads to Valkenburg, Miller looks for forward momentum after CrossVegas win. (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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


September 30, 2014




Photo: I'm frustrated to have missed the break yesterday. I focused on the sprint in the final stage...
Thibaut Pinot came close to his first season victory when he finished second on the second stage of the Tour du Gevaudan. The Frenchman regrets the missed opportunity as he continues to build form for Il Lombardia. "I was not on a great day. The second time up the Jalabert climb I just followed, I did not have the legs to attack." (cyclingquotes.com)

September 30, 2014





Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France ...
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali ended his season in Spain’s wet northwest on Sunday racing the World Championship road race. He will push on to compete one more race in his sponsor’s country, the Tour of Almaty in Kazakhstan, but officially, he considers 2014 over. “My season ends here,” team Astana’s Italian said. “I’ll go to Almaty only because my team asked me to do so.”

September 30, 2014




Photo: Carbon frames should never be clamped directly, and it isn't always best to grab the seatpost. Hirobel presents another option with the Carbon Frame Clamp.
Leery of clamping that delicate carbon fiber frame in your repair stand? Well, you should be as carbon frame tubes should never be clamped directly. That said, clamping the seatpost isn't always an option, either, and the folks at upstart company Hirobel have introduced their novel Carbon Frame Clamp adapter to fill the void. (bikeradar.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: The bigger squads like Garmin Sharp have an impressive fleet of vehicles, with the cooking van made available to Team Ireland at the Worlds.
As part of Cycling Ireland’s efforts to increase the level of professionalism when national squads gather for major fixtures, it acted on Dan Martin’s suggestion of bringing in a team chef supplied by his squad Garmin-Sharp for last week’s World Championships. (stickybottle.com)

September 30, 2014




This is all you need to convert any Easton M1 hubsset to thru-axle and 11 speed. Photo: Michael Robson.
You’re reeling, confounded, and exasperated by five years of rapid-fire, near-constant technical innovation in cyclocross equipment.
Join the club. Cyclocross used to be the awkward, dirty child of the cycling family, built from parts and components cobbled together from other disciplines with very few dedicated equipment solutions. Today, ‘cross has become the proving grounds for new technologies, a torture-test that confirms the potential of a concept. (velonews.com)

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For much of 2014, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has hinted that he's cooking up a new professional cycling team. However, he has yet to release any specifics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Yahoo Finance Canada reported that Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has partnered with an investment group with an eye toward investing in cycling companies. NOVO Group Holdings, a company founded last year to develop, acquire, and manage assets in sport, announced a partnership with Alonso on Tuesday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Roche’s biggest moments with Tinkoff-Saxo came on the Vuelta last year when he took the leader’s red jersey and also won a stage. Now a new chapter starts with Team Sky.
Nicolas Roche has ended months of speculation on his future in the pro game, with confirmation this morning that he is to join Team Sky. He leaves Tinkoff-Saxo after two years with that squad and will join up with fellow Irishman Philip Deignan on what is arguably the biggest team in the world. (stickybottle.com)

September 30, 2014



Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 24, and Germany's John Degenkolb, 25, are two of the many promising young stars rising through the ranks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Pole Michal Kwiatkowski led in a wave of young riders at the world championship road race Sunday. Behind the 24-year-old, three others from the class of 1990 finished in the top 15. “I want to stay the same guy,” Kwiatkowski said after his win. “I hope this rainbow jersey does not change my life.” (velonews.com)

September 30, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) said he emptied the tank as he tried to drop Contador
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
With the World Championships done and dusted and the season all but over, Chris Froome can now put a tough 12 months behind him. This year has been far from easy for the Team Sky rider, who has seen crashes, injuries and illness deal a hammer blow to his big ambitions. He hopes, however, that those experiences can help him get back on top in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: Ewan was runner-up in the 2012 junior world championship and, last September, finished fourth in his first year in the world under 23 event.
Speaking in the wake of Caleb Ewan’s second silver medal in three years at the world road race championship, Shayne Bannan has said that he is convinced the rider has the mental attributes to match his obvious physical talent, and that a big future is ahead. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 30, 2014




Photo: I went from never being in the top 20 at Gloucester to doing it twice. Yeah I was pumped. Dan Chabanov/Meg McMahon
"I have a pretty biased opinion about New England’s “Holy Week.” I’m convinced that it’s the best racing on this side of the Atlantic.
Just take a peek at the result sheet from this weekend at Gloucester and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone in the top 20 that hasn’t stood on a UCI podium. The fields are basically nationals without ten really fast west coast guys but with a bunch of fast Canadians, a Belgian, and a Swiss dude thrown in." (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 30, 2014




Michael Matthews will be a second option for Australia is the race proves to be less selective than predicted
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
New chief executive of Cycling Australia (CA), Nick Green rowed in the Australian coxless four that won the 1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medals. Known as the 'Oarsome Foursome', the crew earned household status in Australia for their starring roles in the Goulburn Valley fruit ads. (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: A plethora of exhaust vents promote airflow out the back of the helmet
David Rome / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Well-fitted, stylish lid that’s less than half the price of the range-topping models." (bikeradar.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: The new Mavic CXR Ultimate shoes give an aero benefit in everyday use
Tom Ballard / BikeRadar.
Mavic bills the CXR Ultimate shoes as saving watts without reducing comfort thanks to the shoes’ aeroflap – a zipped fabric layer that seamlessly integrates with the bonded upper, hiding the Ergo Dial ratcheted retention system from the wind. Mavic also claims the Ultimates are highly ventilated and suitable for everyday riding. (bikeradar.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: Shimano’s latest rim brakes also use pivots high up on the fork blades shows that we aren’t the only ones who have figured this out.
For a bike with wide tires, centerpull brakes with brazed-on pivots are the best brake option. With pivots on the fork blades, there is little flex compared to a sidepull (or dual pivot) brake that reaches all the way around the tire. And since the pivots are close to the fork crown, they don’t twist like those of cantilever brakes. As a result, centerpull brakes offer more brake power and better modulation than other rim brakes. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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The Lance Armstrong legal team filed new papers in court on Sept. 25, offering a glimpse of potential defenses the Texan may use in a False Claims Act suit. Photo: Mark Gunter | AFP.
You should have known, and you got way more than you paid for. Those, essentially, are two of the defenses it appears the Lance Armstrong camp will unveil if needed in its contest with the U.S. Department of Justice and Floyd Landis.
The False Claims Act dispute between Armstrong and the DOJ is ongoing, and new court papers provide a deeper look into the defense Armstrong and his attorneys may provide: that the government should have known cheating was occurring on the U.S. Postal teams, and that the government benefitted hugely from its years-long sponsorship, more so than it paid for. (velonews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: I hope you drive faster than you do business.
Fernando Alonso’s plans for a pro cycling team continue but just. A press release from a Dubai firm called Novo says Alonso and his manager Luis Garcia Abad are working with Novo to build the team. The 550 word press release from Novo seems to say nothing more than there’s been a deal between Novo and Alonso’s entourage. Reading between the lines it seems Novo will try to find some wealthy backers and the implication is that if the project’s alive, the only thing they’ve got to announce is a deal with a sports investment company nobody has heard of. (inrng.com)

September 30, 2014




Australia's Sara Carrigan won the 2004 Olympic road race. She is being sued in Australia after a crash occurred on a training ride that her company organized. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Courier Mail reports that Olympic champion Sara Carrigan is being sued $750,000 over a cycling accident that happened on a “bunch” ride at her Mermaid Waters-based cycling school in Australia.
Bernie Elsey Jr., the son of property developer Bernie Elsey, has lodged a claim for personal injury damages against Sara Carrigan Cycling and another cyclist Stephen John Milligan, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports. (velonews.com)

September 30, 2014




Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) on her way to back-to-back wins
Photo: © Mark Vareschi.
US cyclo-cross champion Katie Compton heads into the 2014-15 season with a primary goal of defending her UCI World Cup series title and winning the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic on January 31 to February 1, 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: The Lotto-Belisol team training for the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad .
Yesterday, Belkin Pro Cycling announced that it will continue into next season, after finding a new title sponsor to replace the worldwide electronics brand. Nothing untoward about that, you say? Except that the new title sponsor is De Lotto, the Dutch lottery, and the long-running outfit will be known as TeamLottoNL as of January 1. For those of you not aware of international cycling teams from 1985 until the present day, there is already a WorldTour team with a similar name: Lotto-Belisol. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 30, 2014




Photo: The experts behind Specialized's Body Geometry programme. From left to right, Dr Kyle Bickel, Dr Andy Pruitt and Dr Roger Minkow
David Rome / Immediate Media.
"We recently met with the doctors and experts behind Specialized’s Body Geometry Fit – arguably the industry’s most loudly marketed fitting solution. Specialized may cop plenty of flak on social media – and, when it comes to the bike behemoth's fitting services, some argue they're just another a platform to sell products from. But whether you're a believer or a critic, the fact remains that few have done more for modern bike fit than the people behind the Body Geometry products." (bikeradar.com)

September 30, 2014




Photo: EASTON has been through some changes recently, with the wheel brand leaving the mothership to join primo mtb brand Raceface, headquartered in Vancouver.
"With the World’s dust settling after days of rain in Spain, it time to crack open the tech vault once again with lots more from the floor in Vegas. Here’s a closer look at Ale Bike Wear’s top kits, Elite’s new Real Turbo Muin trainer, and Easton’s latest E100 carbon tubular wheels." (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 30, 2014




The Challenge Chicane tubular tire is a great choice for fast, dry cyclocross races. Cornering knobs provide extra security, compared to the file tread tires of yesteryear. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
"I glued these Challenge Chicane tubular tires to the wrong wheelset. In the August heat, as I looked ahead to cyclocross season, I assumed that I wouldn’t like these file tread tires enough to have them on my nicest, carbon fiber-est wheels. I was wrong. Other file treads I’ve ridden in years past have been squirrelly. In Colorado, files are scary, especially when you’re racing on dusty, loose, even gravel-strewn tracks in the early season (or sometimes all season). However, the Chicanes offer meaty side knobs that allow them to punch above their weight when you lean into corners." (velonews.com)

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Alex Howes was the second of two U.S. riders to finish at 2014 world championships, behind countryman Brent Bookwalter. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The American team left Ponferrada with encouraging performances by Brent Bookwalter and Alex Howes in Sunday’s 254.8-kilometer elite men’s road race. Both finished within 14 seconds of the winner. Bookwalter was 25th, and Howes finished 30th in a rainy race that exceeded six hours of riding. (velonews.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Contador currently has a 14-point lead over Alejandro Valverde.
After winning the Vuelta a Espana overall, Alberto Contador has made the individual WorldTour ranking his next big goal. The Spaniard will do both Il Lombardia and the Tour of Beijing in an attempt to defend his lead and succeed his compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez as the winner of the season-long competition. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: What was significant about that result was that they were the three main protagonists back in April during the Ardennes Classics...
Whatever else Michal Kwiatkowski may do during his career he will always be a world champion, a box Simon Gerrans and Alejandro Valverde have yet to tick.  However, the veteran pair have vowed to keep the dream alive and take it up to the youngster over the next three years, making him earn any future victories. (sbs.com.au)

September 29, 2014




Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Twelve months ago, Joaquim Rodriguez' tears on the podium of the Firenze World Championships expressed better than anything how his best ever chance of taking gold had somehow slipped through his fingers. Fast forward a year to Ponferrada, and Rodriguez reaction after the Worlds could not have been more different. Despite finishing 33rd, Rodriguez was clearly satisfied with his race and how the Spanish team had performed collectively. (cyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




Mike Sinyard - founder of Specialized - is still passionate about his cycling!
Photo: © Karel Duerinckx/Specialized.
Forty years after founding Specialized, Mike Sinyard toasted Michal Kwiatkowski’s (Poland) win in the men’s road race at the World Championships as a landmark victory for the American bike brand. Kwiatkowski’s victory marked Specialized’s third world title on the road and although the Pole is set to race just once more this season – at the Tour of Lombardia – his bike supplier are busily putting the finishing touches to the new custom-paint job for his Tarmac. (cyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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

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

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

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


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Photo: Sanne Cant took away with the race after the second lap, with Ellen Van Loy contesting early. © Cyclo-Cross Online.
At the GP Neerpelt at Soudal, Sanne Cant took an early lead, with Ellen Van Loy able to keep up for the early laps. Not long after Cant shed away the other contenders, and was able to take a solo victory, with Loes Sels taking second and teammate Ellen Van Loy grabbing third. (cxmagazine.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: The accident I had at the Eneco Tour made me miss the better part of the road season.
Having had his road season cut short by his crash in the Eneco Tour, Zdenek Stybar has decided to prolong his 2014 season with two cyclo-cross races in October. The world champion will go for glory in both events before he takes a small break to recover for the 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: The Lefty fork certainly stands out from the crowd with its single stanchion. It requires a proprietary hub, headset, and stem..
Cannondale marketing manager, Bill Ruddell said, “The team must be doing some special product testing,” seemingly unaware that Tim Johnson was testing a Lefty fork. Johnson would not confirm any of the particulars on the new fork, only saying, “I’ll tell you one thing, you have to ride this thing.” (velonews.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Few curves and a skinny frame – is this the Kate Moss of the bike world?
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Not for the mountains (obviously), but put the effort in on this Kona and you'll reap the rewards." (bikeradar.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Hart is from Portland, Oregon and started out in the bike business building custom frames for a well known bike trailer company.
"I got my first look at Civilian bicycles this past Spring at the Sea Otter Classic and I also checked out their latest bike at Interbike. I met with Civilian’s founder, designer and creator Tyson Hart who was showing his new cyclocross bike called the “Vive Le Roi” (pronounced “vee-va la wah” which means long live the king in French)." (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: Under the bill, a jail term of up to three years or a fine could be given to a convicted doper.
Previously regarded as a country with very strict views against doping, Germany is considering stepping things up further with the possible introduction of prison terms for those involved in the use, possession or provision of banned substances. Imprisonment of up to three years possible.  (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 29, 2014




Photo: The UCI confirmed this week that the contract between its sister company Global Cycling Promotions (GCP) and Beijing would not be renewed.
Commenting after last week’s news that the Tour of Beijing will cease to exist after next month’s race, the managers of three WorldTour teams have expressed disappointment, saying that they considered a top-level event in China to be important for the future of the sport. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 29, 2014




David Millar (Great Britain) powers on in the rain
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
David Millar took part in his final professional road-race on Sunday at the UCI Road World Championships, pulling down the curtain on the Garmin Sharp rider's 18-year-career. Millar worked hard in the first part of the Worlds' elite men's road race for the Great Britain squad, then with this job done, he pulled out with four laps to go. (cyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




Rui Costa celebrates winning the 2014 Tour de Suisse.
Portugal’s Rui Costa closed a year of mixed fortunes in the rainbow jersey of World Champion on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain. After winning in Florence last year, the 27-year-old joined Lampre-Merida for 2014 and began his rainbow run. His run as world champion was not as successful as it was for Mark Cavendish, but then the Briton sprints and has more opportunities to win. Costa did, however, win as much as 2012 Champion, Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert: once. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)





Simon Gerrans (left) reacts after crossing the finish line in Sunday's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Australia’s Simon Gerrans said he wanted to cry after crossing the line just one second behind new world champion Michal Kwiatkowski. The 34-year-old came up agonizingly short as Kwiatkowski became Poland’s first ever world champion. Gerrans edged Alejandro Valverde of host Spain for the silver medal in a six-man sprint behind the breakaway winner. (velonews.com)

September 29, 2014




The front end of the Norway team car was severely crumpled
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Strava, cramps, car crashes. (cyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Spain) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Spanish coach Javier Minguez was feeling a little happier on Sunday evening than he had been 12 months ago. He leaves the World Championships with one less medal, but there was no bitter taste this time. (cyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Good ventilation and fit, stable...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Solid option if you don’t ride super-low." (bikeradar.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: When the pedal is engaged, the result is a smooth, more aero surface.
Speedplay killed two proverbial birds with one stone with its new-for-2015 walkable aero pedal system. Company front man Richard Byrne says the project was initially two projects, “but at a certain point it merged into one because they worked so well together.” (roadbikereview.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: The energy saved and time gained from wearing a jersey that fits better – even the same jersey in one size smaller – was more significant than buying faster wheels worth thousands of Euro.
The major bike manufacturer Specialized has carried out some wind tunnel testing comparing the time gained and energy saved by a rider who wears a loose jersey and one who wears a tighter, or fitted jersey. The results apply to everyone; whether you’re a top domestic racer, a sportive rider or somebody who cycles simply for some exercise and has no goals beyond that. (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: There was nothing to do at all. My brother was riding his bike, so I started to follow him.
Michał Kwiatkowski was born in the village of Działyn in Central Poland on 2 June 1990. Rural boredom seem to be a reason he started riding. His elder brother Radosław was good in the elite ranks and he wanted to copy, whether the wins or the cool looking kit that Radek brought home.

September 29, 2014




Photo: Stevens took silver at the Worlds individual time trial in 2012 and bronze in 2014. (James Startt).
Evelyn Stevens has been making headlines this week. She helped Specialized-lululemon win the Worlds Team Time Trial, earned a bronze medal in the individual time trial, and was at the center of one of the most talked about team transfers in women’s cycling. Stevens has been with Specialized-lululemon since 2011, and is moving with those sponsors to the Dutch Boels-Dolmans squad for 2015. (bicycling.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: The team had a solid season...
The future of the current Belkin Pro Cycling team has been guaranteed with the announcement that a letter of intent announced at the end of July has now translated into a binding contract, bringing two new sponsors on board. The WorldTour team has inked a deal with the Dutch national lottery De Lotto and the BrandLoyalty company, with the terms of agreement putting a two year partnership in place. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Gerrans from Valverde we said; we almost got it right, second and third they finished – Poland and QuickStep’s Michal Kwiatkowski confounded us with a brilliantly taken win which, as with the U23 race, hinged around that final descent...
Roadside Report: 255km of tough racing was on the agenda on Sunday and as always Ed Hood was there for every single moment from the warmup to the startline the finishline and then the post race reactions. Here’s a look at his day, roadside in the rain in Ponferrada for the 2014 Men’s World Road Cycling Championships. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Poland spent a lot of time pacing the peloton in Sunday's elite men's road race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Poland rallied behind its leader Michal Kwiatkowski on Sunday at the UCI Road World Championships, as the 24-year-old soloed free to hold off cycling’s elite to win the elite men’s road race thanks to his countrymen’s effort. “In the beginning, we were thinking, ‘What are those Polish guys doing?’” Belgian and 2012 winner Philippe Gilbert said. (velonews.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski’s Strava stats make for fascinating reading (Pic: Strava).
What does it take to win the UCI Road World Championship and earn the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey for a season? Newly-crowned champion Michal Kwiatkowski has uploaded his victorious ride to Strava to give us a fascinating insight. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 29, 2014




Photo: It’s about performance with manners, aggression with confidence and if it gives you some aero advantage as well, so much the better.
An Italian masterpiece is not the kind of thing you revise or update. No one is wondering when the Mona Lisa 2.0 is getting released or awaiting the launch of the new David SL. ‘Masterpiece’ is a term frequently used to refer to bikes but rarely deserved. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 29, 2014






Photo: The new GoPro HERO4 Silver with its in-built LCD touch display
GoPro.
GoPro has today officially released its highly anticipated HERO4 action camera. The HERO4 will be available from 5 October and is available in two versions – the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver, which are set to debut 4k (ultra-high definition) recording at 30 fps and a built-in LCD touch display, respectively. (bikeradar.com)

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Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's road race at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) claimed the rainbow jersey with a late attack in the men’s road race in Ponferrada, Spain. The 24-year-old jumped clear with seven kilometres to go and despite a late chase he was able to hold off Simon Gerrans (Australia) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain) who took silver and bronze. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014





Photo: Kwiatkowski is such a class act... Photo: Sirotti
Ben Swift was the best-placed Team Sky rider in 12th as the world road race championship came down to a grandstand finish. The Brit was well positioned for much of the showpiece event but the fast pace and attacks over the final ascent of the Mirador swung the balance away from the remaining sprinters. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 28, 2014




Photo: The Worlds is another race than the Ardennes classics. There were not only Ardennes riders in the breakaway.
John Degenkolb had to settle for 9th in today’s Worlds road race after he had been unable to follow the attacks on the final climb. Having been setback by illness in the build-up, the German is convinced that he would have been in the group that sprinted for second if he had been at 100%. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 28, 2014




Photo: It’s nice to get another win, but it doesn’t get any easier!
Rob Jebb racked up his 11th Three Peaks Cyclo Cross title on Sunday with a ride which saw him finish in under three hours. The Hope Factory Racing rider’s time of 2:59.25 was 3:02 quicker than second-placed Nick Craig. Jebb holds the course record with a 2:52.22 set back in 2008. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 28, 2014







Photo: Eight seconds after Powers came through, the small chase group followed, all battling each other for the tight space they had. © Andrew Reimann.
Forget the muddy or cold Gloucester cyclocross of years past. For the last two years, Gloucester has provided a venue of clear skies and dusty lines: great for the spectators, a difficult challenge for riders. Corners were harder to hold with the loose gravel and of course, the heat was brutal for the high intensity racing. For the fourth straight weekend, waterbottles on the bikes of elite riders like those shown on Wyman and Anthony’s bikes above were not an uncommon sight. (cxmagazine.com)

September 28, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 28, 2014





Nice hair for Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural)
Photo: © El Pedal de Frodo/www.elpedaldefrodo.com.
Vuillermoz claims finale in Mende. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot insisted she had no intention of lightening her multi-tasking workload now that she is the road race world champion.
Climbing specialist Ferrand-Prevot stunned her rivals by winning a sprint finish following a 127km race on the 18.2km circuit around Ponferrada in northern Spain on Saturday. While reigning champion Marianne Vos — three times a winner of the rainbow jersey — could only finish 10th and double world title-holder Giorgia Bronzini of Italy was fourth, Ferrand-Prevot added the elite women’s crown to her junior gold medal from 2010. But even so, she says she will not give up competing in either mountain biking or cyclo-cross, in both of which she is French champion. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 28, 2014




Lizzie Armitstead follows Elena Cecchini during the elite women's world championships road race.
Photo: © Bettini.
After a lack of collaboration in a late four-up break caused Lizzie Armitstead’s best chance of taking a medal to date in the world championships to fizzle out almost within sight of the line, the Briton’s disappointment after the finish was obvious. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014






Simon Gerrans as he rides to sign on pre-race
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
As has been so often the case, it looked as though everything was falling into place for Simon Gerrans. The Australian arrived at the Ponferrada World Championships as the man of the moment after his brace of victories in Canada earlier in the month, and in the finale he seemed once again to be in the right place at the right time. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014




2012 World Champion Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Never mind truth and reconciliation, the immediate aftermath of the World Championships road race is a theatre of truth and recrimination. For the winner, the podium, the rainbow jersey and the handshakes. For the vanquished, the mixed zone, the microphones and the instant post-mortems. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014





Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) attacked solo to win stage 11 of the Tour de France
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
As he stood outside the Europcar team bus – on loan for the week to the French Cycling Federation – Tony Gallopin was struggling to decide if the glass was half full or half empty. In finishing sixth at the World Championships in the elite men's road race, he had lived up to his side of the bargain as a leader of the French team, but he was aware, too, that opportunities like Ponferrada don’t come around every year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014




Photo: Georgios Bouglas and Vasilis Anastopoulos Credit: Georgios Bouglas.
Georgios Bouglas will make his World Championship debut as the sole representative for Greece today having been registered for the elite men’s road race 10 minutes before deadline last Friday. The Greek national road champion originally wasn’t going to be sent by his federation however he arrived two days ago with just his Continental team SP Tableware trainer Vasilis Anastopoulous. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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Photo: The Polish conformed to the stereotype of Europe’s hard workers by toiling on the front of the bunch for lap after lap.
Michał Kwiatkowski drops the last of a four man group on the final climb of the Mirador above Ponferrada. He’d slipped the bunch on the descent with risky move, both for his safety on wet roads but tactically as there were four riders to get in his way up ahead. He seemed to take a breather before accelerating again and now solo he was never caught again. This was the moment the race was won. (inrng.com)

September 28, 2014





Photo: A worthy winner....Michal Kwiatkowski. Photography by Cor Vos (cyclingtips.com.au)
Australia’s Simon Gerrans had to settle for second after Michal Kwiatkowski claimed a sensational victory in men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. (sbs.com.au)

September 28, 2014





Michal Kwiatkowski wins the men's road race championship with a courageous breakaway. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Michal Kwiatkowski dared to attack while the others waited, making a risky bet that paid off in a rainbow jersey, Poland’s first in the elite men’s road race. The 24-year-old attacked over the top of the penultimate climb on the final lap of the 14-lap, 254km race Sunday, bridging out to an attacking foursome, then riding alone across the line ahead of a superstar chase group, celebrating his audacious victory and leaving his rivals to wonder what they had done wrong. (velonews.com)

September 28, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Spain) at Worlds
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
It’s strange but true that despite Alejandro Valverde ‘only’ taking bronze during Sunday’s elite men’s road race at the Ponferrada World Championships, rather than the silver and bronze medals he and Joaquim Rodriguez captured for their country in the 2013 edition, the Spanish team seemed much more satisfied with their collective performance. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014





David Millar rode his last race as a professional as part of the Great Britain team
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
A solid but eventually unsuccessful effort by Great Britain in the World Championships ended with Ben Swift claiming twelfth in the sprint for the line in the second chase group behind winner Michel Kwiatkowski. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014






The crash early on in the women's race brought down plenty of riders
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Canadian women's team had a World Championships to forget on Saturday in Ponferrada, Spain. A large crash in the peloton on the second of seven laps brought down all four riders on the team with only Lex Albrecht able to briefly remount her bike. (cyclingnews.com)

September 28, 2014




Photo: The length and intensity of your ride dictates that of your warm-up
Immediate Media Co.
How should you warm up before you race? That depends, says Ric Stern, senior coach at cycling coaching company rstsport.com.  “While it’s possible to go for a ride without warming up, for a race or fast-starting sportive, it’s essential, and should be part physiological, part psychological and part ‘engineering’.”

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Photo finish...Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins the women's road race (Sirotti Images).
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) won the sprint in the elite women’s World Championship road race, beating out Germany’s Lisa Brennauer in a photo finish. Sweden’s Emma Johansson was third. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014





Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) celebrates his sprint victory Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After a breathless morning of racing, Jonas Bokeloh emerged victorious in the junior men’s road race at the world championships in Ponferrada, unleashing a fine finish to claim the group sprint ahead of Alexandr Kulikovskiy and Peter Lenderink. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 27, 2014




Photo: Picking a winner in Sunday’s World Championships elite men’s road race looks to be about as easy as selecting the winning lottery numbers.
The 254km course in Ponferrada, Spain promises to be blessed with a truly rich field of potential winners. The race will take in 14 laps of the 18.2km circuit that includes two relatively easy climbs. The problem is, each one will be tackled 14 times and that has left many people unsure as to how the race will pan out. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 27, 2014







Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage. Road Races Circuit Profile
Sunday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Men Road Race gets underway at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern).  The race is expected to end at approximately 4:35pm CET (10:35am U.S. Eastern).  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 27, 2014




Thomas Degand (Wanty) Photo: © Ruta del Sol a Sol/http://www.rutadesolasol.es.
Belgian rider takes the race lead. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




Natnael Berhane (Team Europcar)
Photo: © Biondi/Bettiniphoto.
Natnael Berhane will become the next signing for African pro-Continental team MTN-Qhubeka according to a report from French newspaper L'Equipe. Berhane will join the team on a one-year contract where the Eritrean will link up with compatriots Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




Cadel Evans (BMC) won a muddy and epic stage of the 2010 Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
In the years that followed their retirements, Hubert Opperman and Phil Anderson were considered as pillars of Australian road cycling. As riders emerged and performed in the generations that followed Opperman and - many years later - Anderson, their careers were regularly referred to as points of reference, especially with the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




Photo: They have a nice close-fitting leg to avoid the billowing seen in normal shorts, and a high waist to keep the rear cleavage from showing..
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "The Rapha Touring Shorts are an elegant, if pricey, solution to the inelegant problem of the permanently lycra-clad commuter." (road.cc)

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American Shelly Olds (right) had a career-best sixth-place finish, but had hoped for better. Photo: AFP.
The U.S. women’s team left the UCI World Road Championships on Saturday with mixed emotions after failing to win a medal but taking an important sixth place result for Shelley Olds. “I’m very sad, I was in a position to win or at least podium, so to finish out of the top five is disappointing, but when you look at the big picture, it was my best worlds performance. I tried all day to be in good position, to be in the front. I did a good job up until the last sprint.” (velonews.com)

September 27, 2014




Marianne Vos (Netherlands) after claiming back-to-back rainbow jerseys in 2013 Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
It wasn’t so much a case of ‘So long, Marianne’ as ‘How long, Marianne?’ Since turning professional in 2006, Marianne Vos had never finished outside the top two in the World Championships road race, but all week in Ponferrada, the speculation was that her remarkable sequence might be about to come to an end. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014





Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) attacks, earning the most aggressive rider prize Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
For Fabian Cancellara, it’s a new phenomenon, but for Ireland, it’s a familiar predicament. The curious scoring system used to assign places for the World Championships road race has left the Swiss with a reduced team of three riders in Ponferrada on Sunday, but for Ireland’s trio of Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan, it’s simply business as usual. As ever, the tactical cloth will be cut accordingly. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




Photo: In August the 35-year-old Belgian decided to put an end to his career as pro cyclist after he had incurred several severe injuries due to a nasty crash.
A few months after ending his professional career, Frederik Willems will be back in the peloton as he has signed a contract to become sports director at Lotto Belisol. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 27, 2014




Photo: If it doesn’t rain, there are going to be many more riders there for the men’s pro race,...
The descent in the World Championship road race route has caused concern for the upcoming elite men’s and women’s races after recent crashes. Junior Italian Nicola Conci crashed in the same spot – a right-hander before the flat road over the dam with 6.5km to race – one day after his countryman Gianni Moscon went down in the Under 23 race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 27, 2014




Photo: Opus opened its doors in 2000 making road bikes and have expanded their lineup with cyclocross bikes like the Stelle 1.0 soon after. © Cyclocross Magazine.
By many standards, Opus is a relatively new company, starting in Canada in 2000 with road bikes. Expanding to meet the needs of commuters, and sharing their love for mountain bikes, Opus quickly grew to explore more niches of the bike industry, including cyclocross (cxmagazine.com).

September 27, 2014





Photo: Nys, Van der Haar, Vantornout, Meeusen, Pauwels, Walsleben, Peeters, Aernouts, Wellens, Van Amerongen, Simunek, Bina, ... The 2014/2015 cyclo-cross season is underway.....
The 2014 Soudal Classics Cyclocross series (previously Fidea) gets underway Saturday, September 27 with the GP Neerpelt. Live streaming video: 5:00pm CET (11:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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September 27, 2014




Photo: I am in really good shape...
After an excellent showing in the Tour of Britain, Michal Kwiatkowski goes into the World Championships road race as a dark horse and strong outsider. Having taken time to recover after the Tour de France, the Pole claims to be much stronger than he was 12 months ago. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 27, 2014







World Championships gold medal number three for Óscar Freire (Spain) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Former three-time World Champion Oscar Freire of Spain believes that Sunday’s road race course at the World Championships will favor “sprinters who can climb well, like John Degenkolb, Michael Matthews and Simon Gerrans.” (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014





Marianne Vos is swarmed by the media, win or lose. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Marianne Vos may have finished a disappointing 10th at the UCI World Road Championships road race on Saturday but her rivals still think she’s the woman to beat. Olympic champion Vos has been largely invulnerable throughout her career, and in eight previous appearances at the worlds had never finished worse than second. (velonews.com)

September 27, 2014




The new MPCC slogan Photo: © Cycling News.
Earlier this week, UCI president Brian Cookson revealed plans for the establishment of an independent international tribunal in a bid to ensure consistency when it comes to sanctions for doping offenses, yet glaring inconsistencies in anti-doping regulations remain an issue in cycling. (cyclingnews.com)

September 27, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Fabio Aru on stage eighteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Sky’s Chris Froome looks forward to 2015 after a “tough” 2014 season that included losing the Vuelta a España to Alberto Contador and seeing Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 27, 2014




Photo: Light weight, superb handling at speed and superb hydraulic braking.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Showcases discs brilliantly but it’s a little harder than the standard Synapse." (bikeradar.com)

September 27, 2014




Photo: With nearly 80 years experience in making saddles, the Aspide Carbon FX carries with it the heritage and Italian craftsmanship for which Selle San Marco is known.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Light, comfortable and supportive." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Norway's Sven Erik Bystrom secured his country’s first gold medal in the under-23 men’s road race since Kurt Asle Arvesen in 1997 with victory on Friday at the World Championships in Ponferrada. Caleb Ewan secured silver with Kristoffer Skjerping capping an excellent team performance for Norway with the bronze medal. (velonews.com)

September 26, 2014




Caleb Ewan (Australia) earns the silver medal
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
A last minute breakaway by Norway’s Sven Erik Bystrom may have scuppered Australia’s chances of gold in Friday’s UCI Road World Championships under-23 men's road race, but after taking silver as Australia’s protected rider, Caleb Ewan said he had no regrets about their collective strategy. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014





Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
A perfectly calculated sprint for the line netted Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen her second straight gold in the World Championships Junior Women’s road race, easily outpowering Italy’s Sofia Bertizzolo for silver by a half bike length. Agnieszka Skalniak took the bronze for Poland. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won the World Cup before the race started
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Britain's Lizzie Armitstead has a real sense that a gold medal might well be attainable for her in Saturday's World Championships road-race - even with stand-out favorite Marianne Vos of Holland as one of her rivals. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 26, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni and Sylvain Chavanel with the French national team
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
With cars barred, officially at least, from driving on the circuit in Ponferrada on Thursday morning, French national coach Bernard Bourreau opted to take a final look at the World Championships by bike in the company of his riders. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armitstead has defended Great Britain’s selection policy for the world road championships as she lines up as one of the favouites for the women’s road race on Saturday in Spain.
The national team drew criticizm from Emma Pooley and Joanna Rowsell earlier this week when no riders were selected to compete in the elite women’s time trial on Tuesday. Armitstead also heads a young and inexperienced team in the road race, which in Annie Last and Alice Barnes includes two mountain bikers..

September 26, 2014




Photo: ASO have announced a busy calendar for 2015 with more than 100 racing days.
The calendar for the 2015 cycling season was officially released yesterday by the International Cycling Union on the occasion of the world championships inPonferrada. The races organized by Amaury Sport Organisation will account for more than 100 days of cycling in eight different countries. Following an exceptional Grand Start to the Tour de France 2014, the Tour of Yorkshire makes its début between 1st and 3rd May, while the riders of the 102nd Tour de France will set off from Utrecht on 4th July. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 26, 2014




Orica-AIS, Specialized-lululemon and Astana BePink make up the 2014 TTT Worlds podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alison Tetrick secured a bronze medal with the Astana-BePink squad in the team time trial in what was her debut at the UCI Road World Championships last Sunday. The American rider says that the opportunity to race with the Italian team was an “incredible experience.” (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: the Lucky Cap is the saviour of Sundays and the easiest way to reimagine your locale. Just think of five things you’ve always meant to do or get creative and dream up some new ones.
Do you always stick to the same few routes on your ride, never turning down that road you always pass? Are you stuck in a routine of same old, same old; all out of love for your own backyard? (brooksengland.com)

September 26, 2014






Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage. Road Races Circuit Profile
Saturday's UCI Road Worlds Junior Men Road Race gets underway at 9:00am CET (3:00am U.S. Eastern).  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 9:00am CET (3:00am U.S. Eastern).

Saturday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Women Road Race gets underway at 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern).  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Tom Boonen (Belgium) holds his 2005 Worlds gold medal aloft
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
It’s sobering to think that it is now nine years since Tom Boonen sprinted to the rainbow jersey in Madrid and then told the world that he would be safely retired by the age of thirty – the sportsman’s equivalent of The Who’s defiant ‘Hope I die before I get old.’ (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: Mark Renshaw moved to Omega Pharma-Quickstep this season, where he has been reunited with Mark Cavendish (Pic: Sirotti).
The task of a domestique can, at times, be a thankless one – putting in the hard miles, slogging away in the wind and then having to sit back and watch as your team-mate bids for success and the headlines which come with it. And the same can be said of lead-out men, with every great sprinter having a trusted train leading the way through the frantic final kilometers. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: Young cyclist visits with a local at Methow ice cream shop.
“Many (cross-country riders) stay at hotels and motels, lodges. They’re not whizzing by you with a tankful of gas. They’re stopping and buying a few things here and there. They’re there to interact with a local community instead of driving by in a car and looking out the windows.” (bikingbis.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: Sean Kelly returns to Thailand for the second annual SpiceRoads Cycle Tours Sean Kelly Bangkok to Phuket ride in February.
Riders can share the roads of Thailand with legendary Irishman Sean Kelly at the second annual SpiceRoads Cycle Tours Sean Kelly Bangkok to Phuket ride next February. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: The Nittany Cyclocross race has been one of the earliest UCI races every season. © Cyclocross Magazine.
"If you travel around the Mid-Atlantic, watching the big masters’ races, you’ll likely see Kelly Cline, donning the Revolution Wheelworks Racing kit, near the front of the race. Not only does Cline make his presence known during the race, he has is signature all over cyclocross before the first whistle sounds. As the MAC Technical Director, he’s responsible for the course design and management, including several of the earliest UCI races of the season." (cxmagazine.com)

September 26, 2014





Cadel Evans (Australia) celebrates his 2009 World Championships victory
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Following Cadel Evans' announcement that he will retire from professional cycling on 1 February, 2015, Cycling Australia (CA) [president-elect Malcolm Speed has praised the achievements of the 37-year-old. Evans is the only Australian to have won the Tour de France (2011) and the World Championships (2009). (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: Tom Danielson wins Tour of Utah 2014
Photo: Greg K Hull © Chasing Light Media.
The Tour of Utah has been awarded 2.HC status by the UCI, placing the race at the same level as the Tour of Qatar, Critérium International, Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge. The higher level ranking enables the event to offer greater prize money and more UCI points for competitors, which allows organizers to invite and attract the best teams in the world.. (cyclingperspective.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: The collapsed hills reveal where the Romans mined for gold.- Words & Photos by Drew Rogers -.
“Las Médulas (As Médulas or As Meduas in Galician language) is a historical site near the town of Ponferrada in the region of El Bierzo (province of León, Castile and León, Spain), which used to be the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire. Las Médulas Cultural Landscape is listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites." (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Jeremy Powers has swapped to FMB tubulars for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
Reigning U.S. cyclocross national champion Jeremy Powers has made the switch to FMB tubulars for the 2014/2015 season, citing testing performed against Dugast tubulars. ...

September 26, 2014




Photo: Nys, Van der Haar, Vantornout, Meeusen, Pauwels, Walsleben, Peeters, Aernouts, Wellens, Van Amerongen, Simunek, Bina, ... The 2014/2015 cyclo-cross season is underway.....
The 2014 Soudal Classics Cyclocross series (previously Fidea) gets underway Saturday, September 27 with the GP Neerpelt. Live streaming video: 5:00pm CET (11:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction.

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UCI president Brian Cookson spoke at world road championships in Spain on Thursday. He said that anti-doping efforts are showing progress. Photo: AFP PHOTO | MIGUEL RIOPA.
One year after taking office in a hotly contested UCI presidential election, Brian Cookson is making moves to crack down on doping and cycling’s dodgy past. “I’ve been encouraged by everyone’s responses over the last year, from those in and outside of cycling,” Cookson said. “Many people acknowledge that the UCI needed to change and want to help the sport move forward.” (velonews.com)





The Tour of Beijing panda keeps watch over the peloton on the road to Qiandiajian on stage 3.
Photo: © Bettini.
UCI president Brian Cookson has confirmed that Global Cycling Promotions, the governing body’s race organization arm, will cease operations following this year’s fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing. The Chinese WorldTour race was the sole event set up by GCP since its establishment in 2009. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) receives kisses from the podium hostesses
Photo: © AFP.
Since Lance Armstrong won the rainbow jersey in Oslo, Norway in 1993 - one of the few remaining major victories left on his palmares - the United States has floundered when it comes to the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships. Still the underdogs with a team of six to the 10 nations that have a full complement of nine riders, the country has selected a fresh crop of talent in hopes of turning around its somewhat poor string of results. Come Sunday afternoon in Ponferrada, what, short of a medal, would be considered a success for Team USA? (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Fabian Cancellara will have only two teammates to support him in Sunday's road race at the world championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
If Fabian Cancellara is going to win the rainbow jersey, he knows he will have to do it alone. On the eve of the most important world championship battle of his career, Cancellara knows the odds are stacked against him. Quite literally. Switzerland starts with just three riders, versus nine riders for nations such as Spain, Italy, and Belgium, something he says is out of tune with modern cycling. (velonews.com)

September 26, 2014







Photo: A look ahead to Saturday's women's road race at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.
The women’s calendar has undergone some significant changes in 2014. The introduction of the Women’s Tour, held in Britain back in May, provided the peloton the opportunity to compete in their own stand-alone race, with the kind of financial backing and television coverage that the men regularly enjoy. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 26, 2014







The Spanish team is one of several who could find itself at the front of the elite men's road race on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The race for the rainbow jersey is always unpredictable, but this year’s unconventional worlds loop makes that guesswork even more difficult ahead of Sunday’s race. The buzz heading into the elite men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships is whether it will be a reduced bunch sprint or a breakaway that can pull away in the closing laps. (velonews.com)

September 26, 2014




Greg Van Avermaet finds just enought energy to throw his arm up in celebration
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Over the years, first at Lotto and then at BMC, Greg Van Avermaet has grown used to playing second fiddle to Philippe Gilbert, but the traditional hierarchy will be reversed in the Belgian team at the World Championships road race in Ponferrada on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

September 26, 2014




Photo: The start of the Masters Men 40-44, 2013 Cyclocross Nationals. © Meg McMahon.
Elite race qualification: Both men and women riders must qualify for the elite national championship races.  Riders qualify if (a) they are in the top 90 of the Pro CX series rankings as of December 12, 2014, OR (b) they have at least one UCI point.  Previously, riders qualified based on their racing category.

Elite or Masters: Riders must now choose between elite and masters races.  Previously, riders could do either or both the elite and masters races. (cxmagazine.com)

September 26, 2014





Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Johan Vansummeren is reportedly on his way to Ag2r-La Mondiale from 2015 where he will join compatriot Jan Bakelants as a new signing. (cyclingnews.com)

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Though they have a long, acrimonious history, Valverde (left) and Rodriguez (center) will attempt to ride as a united Spanish squad on home soil. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
After ripping each other’s legs off all season, top riders from the contentious Spanish national team have promised to bury the hatchet, and ride as a unit in an all-out bid to win the rainbow jersey on home roads. That could be easier said than done, especially after an acrimonious Vuelta a España that saw team leaders Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodríguez antagonize each other for three weeks across Spain. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014






Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain), Rui Costa (Portugal) and Alejandro Valverde (Spain) on the podium in 2013
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
With the time trials out of the way all attention at the World Championships turns to the road races with the box office events – the women’s and men’s road races set for the weekend. (cyclingnews.com)

September 25, 2014






Photo: Top favourites Cancellara and Sagan.
The biggest one-day race of the year is on Sunday in Ponferrada. The winner will wear the Rainbow jersey for a year and put his name in the record books for eternity. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage.
There are no races on Thursday.  The Road Worlds resume Friday with the Junior Women and Under-23 Men Road Races.  (cyclingfans.com)

September 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 24, 2014




Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) signs on
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Nearly three months on from crashing out of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish says that he is still feeling the after effects. Cavendish was forced to leave the Tour de France on day one, when he crashed heavily during the sprint into Harrogate. He was later diagnosed with a dislocated AC-joint. (cyclingnews.com)

September 25, 2014




Thomas De Gendt (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) prior to the start of Le Samyn
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Thomas de Gendt will join Lotto-Belisol next season, after the Belgian rider signed a two year contract with the team. The team is set to become Lott-Soudal in 2015. De Gendt is only the second rider to join the team for next season, after neo-pro Tiesj Benoot. (cyclingnews.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: Heine launched a line of light-casing tires through his web business, Compass Bicycles. Available in 700C, 650B and 26-inch models, these tires are in the tradition of the legendary tires of old like the Clement Del Mundo tubular or the wide randonneuring clinchers of 70 years ago.
Have you noticed how many cyclists have adopted wider tires? Because of their increased air volume, even the pros use 25s and even 28s for rough courses like Paris-Roubaix. Where racers and recreational riders alike formerly equated narrow tires with speed, we now know, thanks to studies by Jan Heine at Bicycle Quarterly and others, that wider tires mean more comfort, less chance of pinch flats and more cornering grip with no loss of speed. (roadbikerider.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: Rolf Prima Ares6 ES and Ares4 ES Carbon Clinchers.
Wider rims, tubeless tech, and disc compatibilty are becoming standard. (roadbikereview.com)

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Photo: On those campaign pledges the Independent Reform Commission carries on its work and feels like a promise that had to be kept.
A year ago this week Brian Cookson was elected president in a contest that was close and at times bitter. Today the role of the UCI President is barely a talking point. Still as the sport’s top official Cookson’s role matters.

Feargal McKay has done a good job for cyclingnews.com reviewing Brian Cookson’s manifesto pledges to see what’s happened since. Bear in mind these pledges are ongoing, there was no commitment to achieve everything by now but it allows us to see the direction of travel. With this in mind, let’s take a wider look at the cultural and managerial changes. (inrng.com)

September 25, 2014





Cadel Evans confirmed his retirement plans on Thursday prior to the world championship road race in Spain. He will carry on his involvement with BMC. Photo: Gregor Brown | VeloNews.com.
Cadel Evans confirmed he will retire on February 1, 2015, after competing in the Great Ocean Road Race at home in Melbourne, Australia. The 2011 Tour de France winner and 2009 world champion revealed his decision Thursday in Ponferrada, Spain, ahead of the worlds. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




After years spent in relative exile, Greg LeMond, now the only American to have officially won the Tour, has emerged reborn. Photo courtesy Interbike.
There are few men who have ever experienced a rollercoaster of highs and lows through a career in professional cycling akin to the ride that American Greg LeMond has taken. LeMond was the first American man to win an elite world road championship (in 1983), the first cyclist to sign a million-dollar contract (in 1984), the first American to win the Tour de France (in 1986), and the first cyclist to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as its Sportsman of the Year (1989). In all “LeMonster” won two elite world titles and three Tours, as well as the Tour de l’Avenir, Criterium du Dauphine, and the Coors Classic, twice. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: The following feature appeared in the July issue of Velo magazine.
Over the past two years, “Sir Wiggo” — seven-time Olympic medalist, Britain’s first Tour de France champion, a knight of the British Empire — has become something much bigger than an athlete: A celebrity. A reluctant celebrity, never more under the microscope than at a press conference, a hostage under bright lights, where a row of cameras and a room full of journalists scrutinize his every word, his every facial expression, his every exhalation. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




Marianne Vos won the inaugural edition of La Course in 2014. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Organizers announced Thursday that La Course by Le Tour de France will return for 2015 on July 26, the final day of the Tour de France. This past July, the women’s event was held on the Champs-Élysées just hours before the arrival of the last stage of the men’s Tour. With the announcement that the race would take place on the final stage of the 2015 men’s Tour, it appears that it will continue as a single-day event, rather than an expanded stage race. Further details are unknown at this time. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




Campbell Flakemore (Australia)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The 2017 World Championships will be hosted by Bergen, Norway, according to Procycling.no. “We are very pleased that Bergen has delivered a strong application, and we know they are going to deliver what they have promised. Bergen had by far the best application,” UCI President Brian Cookson told the website. (cyclingnews.com)

September 25, 2014




A debut grand tour win for Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
According to a report on Spanish website BiciCiclismo, Lampre-Merida's Winner Anacona will join Movistar for the 2015 and 2016 seasons where he will link up with compatriots Dayer and Nairo Quintana. Anacona joined Lampre in 2012 and recorded the biggest win of his career last month at the Vuelta a España when won the stage 9 atop Aramón Valdelinares. (cyclingnews.com)

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The UCI management committee has today made important decisions that demonstrate the progress we are making across the board, said president Brian Cookson after Thursday's meeting in Ponferrada at world road championships. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced on Thursday a change to how riders will be judged if they test positive for banned substances. Previously it had been up to a rider’s individual national federation to decide if they were guilty of doping and to mete out a punishment if need be. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




Former UCI president Pat McQuaid and current UCI president Brian Cookson
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Labels new regime as incompetent: Former UCI President Pat McQuaid has criticized the sport’s governing body for their part in the demise of the Tour of Beijing. The event formed part of the UCI’s WorldTour, and was the first and only event set up by the UCI’s commercial arm, Global Cycling Promotions (GCP). It was confirmed this week that the race would not be held in 2015.

September 25, 2014




Joey Rosskopf nearly won the sixth stage at the Tour of Utah in August. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
American Joey Rosskopf and two others — newly crowned under-23 world time trial champion Campbell Flakemore of Australia and Italian Manuel Senni — have inked contracts with BMC Racing. The 25-year-old Rosskopf arrives at BMC after a strong season that included a duel with Cadel Evans in the queen stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. After putting himself in the breakaway of stage 6, Rosskopf stayed at the front of the bike race and passed Evans in the final kilometer before finishing second to the Australian. (velonews.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: British champion, Ian Field, is hoping for another consistent showing at this season’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup pic: ©Balint Hamvas.
Three-time reigning British cyclo-cross champion Ian Field enjoyed his best season to date last time out and is relishing kicking off the new campaign. Field will be leading an all-star cast in an elite cyclo-cross race at The Cycle Show, at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, which opens to the public tomorrow (Friday September 26). (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: You know you’re #livingthedream when you see signs to Madrid on your training ride.
"Last week was the highlight of the season and of my athletic career thus far: the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to test my legs against the World’s best and honored to have been selected for TIBCO’s Team Time Trial squad." (anikatodd.com)

September 25, 2014




Photo: Sean Wei is responsible for Soul. Trained as an architect, he has a discerning eye but it was his passion for racing that inspired Soul’s inception.
Based in Singapore, Soul is a rider-owned company that concentrates on affordable race-worthy frames and wheelsets. The company offers both alloy and carbon wheelsets with rim profiles ranging 22-62mm. In this review, a look at Soul’s S4.0 wheelset that is built with 40mm alloys rims. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 25, 2014




Photo: The screen is made of Sapphire Crystal Glass, the diameter is a solid 40mm and the watch weighs 85g..
The FullCarbon Ivan Basso AB watch is the product of a collaboration between Italian watchmaker Federico Massacesi and Cannondale professional racer Ivan Basso. One of three watches in the Ivan Basso range, the AB (full model number IB0101-AB) features a Nubeck leather strap and a carbon-composite case and bezel. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 25, 2014




Photo: Bicycle tires do not hydroplane. Their contact patch is too small and too round for that.
Most tire manufacturers agree that supple sidewalls and a thin tread make a tire fast, but the role of the tread pattern remains poorly understood. Most modern tires have either a completely smooth tread (slicks) or a coarse tread pattern similar to car tires. Many high-performance tires are smooth with just a few large sipes. None of these tread patterns are optimized. (janheine.wordpress.com)

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2014 world time trial champion Bradley Wiggins
Photo: © Bettini Photo. (cyclingnews.com)
Bradley Wiggins ended Tony Martin’s three year time trial reign when the British rider won the time trial world title at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. (sbs.com.au)

September 24, 2014





Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The consensus beforehand was that Tom Dumoulin was the coming man in time trialling and that prognosis was duly borne out at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada. In his first tilt at the elite world time trial title, the 23-year-old claimed the bronze medal, beaten only by the two overwhelming favorites, Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




The elite men's podium: Tony Martin, Brad Wiggins and Tom Dumoulin
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After three straight gold medals, Tony Martin’s disappointment at having to settle for silver in the UCI Road World Championships individual time trial was more than visible at the medallists press conference. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) wins the World Ports Classic opener.
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Schorn, Vermeltfoort round out podium in Lichtervelde. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014






Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage.
There are no races on Thursday.  The Road Worlds resume Friday with the Junior Women and Under-23 Men Road Races.  (cyclingfans.com)

September 24, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 24, 2014




Photo: Macy Stewart wins the junior women's TT at the 2014 World Road Championships .
As the medals stack up at the Road World Championships, national performance director Kevin Tabotta explains the secrets behind Australia's success. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Doug Ulman, who helped develop the foundation that aids cancer patients and helped steer it through the scandals brought about by revelations of Armstrong's doping, said he will join Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The CEO of the Livestrong cancer foundation started by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced his resignation on Tuesday after a tenure in which the organisation went from a being global brand to losing millions after Armstrong's doping scandal. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 24, 2014




Former pro Javier Minguez chats with Samuel Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde at the 2014 Vuelta a España presentation
Photo: © AFP.
Javier Minguez, Spain’s national coach for the World Championships, has described the absence of Alberto Contador from his team as “the biggest problem I have to face.” Contador has opted not to take part in the World's, arguing that the circuit did not suit him. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: We’re back in the groove after three weeks of cyclocross racing, which is important if you want to ride through a sand pit.
At the back-to-back Charm City Cross races in Baltimore this weekend, each lap featured no fewer than four passes through sand, which proved to be the decisive obstacles for just about every group finish. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 24, 2014




2014 Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The UCI’s Professional Cycling Council (PCC) has confirmed the 2015 WorldTour calendar at its annual meeting at the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. The series once again starts with the Tour Down Under in January before the elite men’s peloton turn their attention to Europe for a series of one-day and stage races in Europe: Paris-Nice, Tirreno Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Unfortunately, there was a limited manufacturing issue with some Terraduro/Terradura shoes.
Giro is providing replacement shoes to customers and retailers who have some of its Terraduro and Terradura mountain bike shoes, after customers reported that the shoes' soles are coming unglued. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: How the Garmin-Sharp/Cannondale merger has left some riders in limbo. Photography by Cor Vos
At the beginning of the 2014 season Phil Gaimon got things off to a dream start with the Garmin-Sharp team, winning his first-ever race with the WorldTour team and also notching up the squad’s first victory of the year. Hitting the line first on stage one of the Tour de San Luis rewarded the team for its faith in him and saw him take the jersey of race leader. He would eventually lose it on stage five, but he battled on and finished an excellent second overall, just 43 seconds behind Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Horner won the Vuelta a España in 2013 and secured a contract with Lampre-Merida as a result of that. Photography by Marketa Navratilova/Cor Vos
Responding to a report Tuesday by La Gazzetta dello Sport stating that Chris Horner would not be given a contract extension for 2015, the rider’s Lampre-Merida team has denied that any decision has been made at this point in time. “I think the info that La Gazzetta released was not correct,” team spokesman Andrea Appiani told CyclingTips Wednesday. “Under UCI rules, before the end of the month the team has to record ten contracts of riders. So in this moment we are okay with these ten contracts. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 24, 2014




Taylor Phinney (BMC) stays tucked in tight for his winning ride
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/CN.
BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney said he may attempt to break the Hour Record as part of his recovery from the season-ending leg fracture sustained at the US national championships in May. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014






British champion Bradley Wiggins
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will take on the Hour Record next year, telling BBC Sport that, “it will give me something to get out of bed for in the winter.” Wiggins is currently competing at the World Championships in Spain, where he has targeted gold in the individual men’s time trial. He finished second in 2013. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014






Marcel Kittel and his Giant teammates will be sponsored by a shampoo company starting next season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
A German company that makes caffeine shampoo will be a major sponsor of Giant-Shimano next season. Alpecin will sponsor the squad for the next four years. Starting in January, the team will be known as Giant-Alpecin. (velonews.com)

September 24, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Vincenzo Nibali is officially the team leader of the Italian team in Sunday's road race at the World Championships but serious doubts remain about the form of the Tour de France winner and how he will perform. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




Joanna Rowsell prepares to lead off the British team.
Photo: © Gerry McManus.
Italians go nuts for Nutella, Coquard ends his season, Rowsell speaks out. (cyclingnews.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Darach McQuaid was key to bringing the Giro to Ireland this year, and is working to revive the pro Tour of Ireland on the back of its success..
Darach McQuaid has confirmed the much-anticipated return of the Tour of Ireland will not occur next season, but said that he is “very optimistic” the race will be running again by 2016. McQuaid was heavily involved in the previous Tour of Ireland which ran from 2007 to 2009 and saw top pro teams compete in a race that also featured many Irish riders. (stickybottle.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: The whole race ran like a Swiss clock, precise and clean, and though the entry fee may seem steep it’s worth every penny.
“These Euros, they smell fear,” he said, whispering under his breath lest anyone hear. “I gotta be honest,” I replied, leaning forward, “the descents on that single track ridiculousness scare the living bejeesus out of me.” (crankpunk.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Simple, comfortable and versatile.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "A neat option for riders averse to chest straps, if fitted well." (bikeradar.com)

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If Peter Sagan holds a few aces up his sleeve for worlds, he's been keeping those cards close to his national champion's jersey. After a lackluster 2014, the Slovak aims to redeem himself with a rainbow jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Peter Sagan remains the enigma going into Sunday’s elite men’s world championship road race. The man whom many consider the five-star favorite for Sunday’s elite men’s road race has been a riddle coming into this year’s race for the rainbow jersey. (velonews.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: But if it’s a setback for the UCI it could be better for everyone in the long term.
A misleading headline but reports seem to be running with a similar title. What’s misleading? The Beijing authorities pulled the plug as opposed to the UCI deciding to call time. Does the causality matter? Yes, substantially so because the sport loses a top race in a key market and the World Tour calendar shrinks, something the UCI probably wouldn’t want if it had the choice. So much for globalization. (inrng.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: There aren’t many people to say goodbye to because most of my friends in the bunch have gone now.
David Millar bid farewell to the pro peloton at the Vuelta a Espana, his final race as a Garmin-Sharp rider. Cycle Sport travelled to Spain to interview the Scot and look back on his favorite race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 24, 2014




Photo: I think we already knew that High Road scored most of its points in sprints, but what might not have been obvious before is the depth of quality on the squad.
"Writing about Tony Martin and the whole "greatest ever" subject got me thinking back to his former team, before he came into his own under Patrick Lefevre's Quick Step leadership. He was yet another of those High Road boys, and damn, there were a lot of them." (podiumcafe.com)

September 24, 2014




Rohan Dennis (Australia) on his way to fifth place at the 2014 Worlds
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Right up until the final climb of the World Championships time trial, Rohan Dennis was within touching distance of the podium and though he slipped to fifth by the finish, the Australian's was a performance that augurs much for the future. (cyclingnews.com)





Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) will race for the U.S. in the world road race championships, taking Carmen Small's place on the team. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File)..
USA Cycling announced Wednesday that Carmen Small has withdrawn from the 2014 UCI world road championships due to illness. (velonews.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: From left to right, we have Gregg Bagni, Clif Bar’s Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, and Suzette Ayotte.
Interbike is meant to be an event in which dealers see new products from manufacturers and then place pre-season orders with their sales rep. That was the point of the show and that’s the part that has ceased to work. Bike companies are being pressed by OEMs to forecast further into the future, pushing their need for preseason orders earlier and earlier into the summer. Meanwhile, dealers would surrender blood and organs in exchange for the ability to stay in their shops during the height of the selling season. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Hairpin turns coming one after another on a long roads never gets old.
Anyone with even a passing interest in road cycling would be familiar with the French Alps. The sweeping vistas, the huge climbs, the legendary battles that have taken place on those slopes. But of course the Alps aren't just a feature of France – they extend across eight countries in Western Europe, with amazing cycling climbs found throughout. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 24, 2014




Photo: Mario Cipollini and his Italian bike brand’s new Nuke, which is available by special order only, $10,000 for frame and fork.
Integration, aero enhancements, light weight, and lots of racing heritage. (roadbikereview.com)

September 24, 2014




Photo: KHS is looking to expand their high end road lineup over to cyclocross and adventure races.
KHS has targeted the budget-minded rider from its inception, even defines itself as a creator of affordable and quality bikes in its company profile. This doesn’t stop them from having a few fun flourishes now and again. For one thing, they sponsor pro riders and development teams across the country, and we got the pleasure of looking at the company’s latest offerings at Interbike 2014 from the viewpoint of one of the KHS development teams. (cxmagazine.com)

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The Route: 47.10km. It’s held a mix of the team time trial course, some new roads and the road race circuit.
Tony Martin versus the World? Last year he was so fast his average speed was superior to many of the teams in the team time trial event. His win seems certain, cycling’s answer to cosmological constant. But if time trials rarely make for good TV new production techniques are helping and even with old school broadcasting there’s a race on for the other podium places. (inrng.com)

September 23, 2014






Photo: Brennauer make it Double champs for Germany.
Lennard Kamna in the morning and Lisa Brennauer in the afternoon made for a German double in today’s World championship time trials in Ponferrada. Brennauer was one of the late starters, but she built up her speed to storm force for the win, just like the weather at the finish. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014





Lennard Kamna of Germany won the junior men's time trial with a big time gap of 45 seconds to second place. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Lennard Kämna won Tuesday’s junior world time trial championships in Ponferrada, Spain. “I am very happy to win here,” said Kämna. “I hope to realize it in the next few days. The last kilometers were the hardest, with the climb, and after 25km, this was very hard. At the top of the mountain, my trainer said I had the best time, so I was hoping that I would not crash, and that I could win. This season and the winter, I trained a lot. I have a good trainer, and he is the reason why I am so good.” On a 29.5km course, he averaged 49.8kph and bested American Adrien Costa by 44 seconds. (velonews.com)

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Anna Solovey (Ukraine) in action
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Anna Solovey might have earned a silver medal in the UCI world championship elite women's individual time trial, but she revealed in the post-race press conference that she will be unable to bring the honour to her Ukrainian home town of Lugansk, because it is in the heart of the confict between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukraine government and too dangerous. She has become a refugee in her own land. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014






Photo: Elite Men Individual Time Trial Profile (47.10 km) - UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage.
Wednesday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Men Individual Time Trial gets underway at 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first rider.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: The elite races at this year’s UCI World Road Championships kick off today (Pic: Sirotti).
The UCI Road World Championships are in full swing in Ponferrada, with BMC Racing and Specialized Lululemon having already enjoyed success in the team time trials. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 23, 2014




Samuel Sanchez (BMC)
Photo: © Bettini Photo Previous .
Samuel Sanchez has vented his anger after not being selected for the World Championships, suggesting that the Spanish team will be weaker without him. National coach Javier Minguez has opted to build the Spanish team around Alejandro Valverde, with Alberto Contador refusing a place in the squad despite winning the Vuelta a Espana and being selected by Minguez. Sanchez won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was fourth in the 2006 and 2009 World Championships. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Races & Results),

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

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

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

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


September 23, 2014




Photo: Today Show news anchor Natalie Morales and Rena Kyles. Kyles, a breast cancer survivor, submitted the winning design for the 2014 Liv Avail Inspire. .
The annual Young Survival Coalition Tour de Pink ride on the East Coast raised more than $550,000 for the global organization over the weekend. More than 200 cyclists took part in the three-day, 245-mile charity ride that raised funds and awareness for young women affected by breast cancer. Fifty of the cyclists who did the ride are breast cancer survivors.. (bicycleretailer.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Common features for all of the new FSA mountain bike wheels are asymmetrical rim profiles for more balanced spoke tensions and external nipples for easier servicing.
FSA has always had a healthy collection of mountain bike wheels in its range but the component giant is making a bigger push for 2015 with a completely revamped range that includes wider rims, tubeless compatibility, claimed 100 percent handbuilt construction, and a relatively wide spread of price points. (bikeradar.com)

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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) on the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Although Belgium head into Sunday’s Elite men’s road race at the World Championships without a clear team leader, few would doubt the collective strength in depth to their nine-man roster. With two former world champions in Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, the in-form Greg Van Avermaet, and Sep Vanmarcke and Jan Bakelants waiting in the wings, the team possess a garrison of weapons for the tactical assault on Ponferrada. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Alex Howes (left) and Kiel Reijnen jetted off to Spain Monday for the world championships. Photo: Jordan Reijnen.
Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen rarely lack interesting or unusual topics of conversation. This comes in handy for the longtime friends and training partners. Seven-hour training rides ahead of world championships go by faster. Or, when they sit down for coffee, as they did with VeloNews on Saturday, the pair is good company. (velonews.com)

September 23, 2014






Photo: Wiggins has beaten Martin several times in races against the clock, particularly in his golden year of 2012.
Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is confident he can dethrone reigning three-time world champ Tony Martin when the world championship time trial takes place in Ponferrada on Wednesday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: The peloton in the 2013 mens road race World Championship .
"Australia appears to be the favorite to take the 2014 World Championships road title in Ponferrada, Spain, with Simon Gerrans, but we examine what teams could stop them and their strengths. This is a top ten list, so it is of course limited and leaves out a few teams like Switzerland with Fabian Cancellara, but it nonetheless it gives you an idea of what could happen on Sunday." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 23, 2014




Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and team boss Oleg Tinkov
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Russian's team calls on Froome and Nibali to go head to head with Contador: Alberto Contador and his Tinkoff-Saxo team has thrown down a challenge to their Grand Tour rivals by calling on them to go head to head in the 2015 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014





Lizzy Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) grabbed the race lead
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Following on the news that Evelyn Stevens and Chantal Blaak will move to the Boels Dolmans squad in 2015, bicycle maker Specialized and clothing partner lululemon have announced they will shift their support from title sponsorship of the existing team under Velocio Sports to a technical partner role for Boels Dolmans. Specialized was already an equipment partner with the Dutch team this year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) out-sprints Katie Compton to win Cross Vegas.
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
The UCI 2014-15 cyclo-cross season is well underway and riders are starting to gather points toward the UCI standings, the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar and other regional series such as the Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross. CrossVegas was the first of eight C1 events in the US while EKZ CrossTour#1 - Baden held a C1 race in Switzerland. Follow Cyclingnews' weekly round-up of news, race recaps and previews of what’s ahead during the cyclo-cross season. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Suggested retail: $33.29.
The SaddleLight LED Bike Bag from Nite Ize offers all the room of a normal bike bag but also comes with reflective detailing and a red LED tail light. Outlined with reflective trim and a bright LED with two modes — steady glow and continuous flash — the SaddeLight is made with recycled PET water-resistant fabric and has a bright white interior for easily finding items. (bicycleretailer.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Mercian holds a unique position in the UK ’s cycling history and with their numerous Paul Smith collaborations and full to bursting order book.
"I first came to know Mercian Cycles a long time ago, back when nobody really wore Lycra and everybody took sandwiches. Growing up in the shadow of the Black Country the custom frame was considered as it is now, a luxury item, though they were perhaps a bit more common before the advent of carbon and aluminium." (brooksengland.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: The fastest lid on Earth?
BikeRadar verdict: 2 out of 5 stars. "Comfort doesn’t make up for poor speed." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tech blog has updated its editorial policy and now pledges substantial charitable donation for any copyright errors made..
Padraig: "As the writer whose work was stolen, this is news to me. Tyler didn't contact me about this before making the decision to do this. I love People for Bikes, and I think they are doing some of the most important advocacy work in cycling and need every cent they can get, but Tyler isn't Robin Hood. He stole from me and giving to People for Bikes doesn't make what he did okay. By stealing my work and presenting it as his own, he's actively making it harder for me to feed my family. Normally, when you steal someone's work, you pay the aggrieved party, not someone else."  (redkiteprayer.com) (bikebiz.com)
[The Doug Report will suspend posting articles from Bike Rumor until further notice.]






Evelyn Stevens gave everything in the final straight to secure her third place podium spot in the world time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Evelyn Stevens couldn’t have asked for a better start to worlds week. She won her third consecutive gold medal with Specialized Lululemon on Sunday in the team time trial and then backed it up with her second career individual time trial medal with bronze Tuesday. (velonews.com)

September 23, 2014





Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Romain Kreuziger hopes that he may be able to return to racing before the end of this season. Kreuziger was cleared of any doping violations on Monday by the Czech Olympic Committee (COC). (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2014, stage 8a time trial Credit: Andy Jones .
A look ahead to the men's elite time trial event at the 2014 UCI World Championships in Spain. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 23, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali competes with the Italian team at Memorial Marco Pantani
Photo: © Bettini.
After crashing during last year's World Championships and during last week's Tre Valli Varesine, Vincenzo Nibali has apparently changed the tires on his race bike for the World Championships. According to today's Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian rider has also switched to electronic components, finally abandoning the Campagnolo mechanical components he used to win the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Stage 2 – Mens TTT – Silver – Orica Greenedge.
The Aussies have had a good start to the Worlds over in Ponferrada, Spain. (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

September 23, 2014





The Tour of Beijing panda poses for a picture with the other Martin, world time trial champion Tony Martin.
Photo: © Bettini.
No new contract for final WorldTour race: The Tour of Beijing will host its fourth and final edition this October. UCI President Brian Cookson confirmed to L’Équipe they would not be renewing their contract with race organisers Global Cycling Promotion (GCP) for 2015. The French paper speculated that the new guard at the UCI is looking to sever ties with the race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Colnago’s debut gran fondo bike...
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Colnago’s first sportive bike is a total success in handling and ride quality." (bikeradar.com)

September 23, 2014




Photo: Basic pedals don't belong on the trail - get something designed for off-road use
David Rome/Future Publishing.
How to make your entry-level MTB more trail-worthy. (bikeradar.com)

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Coryn Rivera sprints to victory wearing her newly earned national criterium champion's kit. Photo: TD Bank Mayor's Cup
As final race of the 2014 National Criterium Calendar series, the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup attracted the country’s fastest criterium racers to ride laps around the iconic Government Center in downtown Boston. (velonews.com)

September 22, 2014






Campbell Flakemore (Australia) rides to gold in the 2014 U23 World TT championships Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Australia scored a second top success in a matter of hours in the World Championships on Monday as Tasmanian Campbell Flakemore edged out Ireland’s Ryan Mullan by less than half a second to claim gold in the men’s under-23 time trial.. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014





The podium: Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark), Macey Stewart (Australia) and Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) on the podium Photo: © Bettini Photo.
On a morning of steady rain in Ponferrada, Macey Stewart mastered the treacherous conditions to land victory in the junior women’s time trial at the World Championships, ahead of Denmark’s Pernille Mathiesen and her fellow countrywoman Anna-Leeza Hull. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Ryan Mullen (Ireland) in time trial action Photo: © Bettini Photo.
As he stepped on to the podium to receive his silver medal in the under 23 time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, Ryan Mullen was still shaking his head in quiet disbelief. The Irishman had looked every inch a world champion on the rain-soaked Ponferrada course, an impression borne out at the two intermediate check points along the route.

With 13 kilometers remaining, Mullen held a lead of 20 seconds over Australia's Campbell Flakemore and his remarkable average speed of 49.5kph seemed too imposing a bar for any of the late finishers to vault. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: Kare Dehlie Thorstad was on course again and brings back more amazing work..
The future is now… and it looks a lot like the past with more strong time trial performances from the Australians and Swiss. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 22, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) solos to Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal victory Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Peter Sagan goes into this weekend’s world championship road race looking to salvage a season that has struggled to live up to his own high standards. After a frustrating string of second places, Sagan will be hoping he can get it right on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)





2014 Races & Results.

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

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 22, 2014




Photo: Vantornout, Nys and Walsleben stand atop an early European cyclocross podium at Steenbergcross. © Cyclo-Cross Online.
Yesterday in Belgium’s Steenbergcross, the pace was set high immediately, with lots of big names sticking with the lead pace. First and second place riders at CrossVegas, Sven Nys and Lars van der Haar, found themselves having to work up through the field as Meeusen dictated the speed at the front..

September 22, 2014




Photo: Compton found her footing right from the start of the Trek CXC Cup..
Katie Compton had better start than Saturday and quickly established herself at the front of the Elite Women’s race. Gabby Durrin again took the holeshot, but by the time they reached the tricky Trek downhill section Compton was in the lead with Caroline Mani, Durrin, and Nicole Duke on her wheel. (cxmagazine.com)

September 22, 2014




Meredith Miller beat a fast field at CrossVegas earlier this month. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com.
"Rewind to August 2013 for a moment — after a 15-year career, I announced my retirement from road racing at the Tour of Elk Grove in Chicago. Although I was sad to say goodbye to so many women who had been my teammates, friends, and competitors over the years, at the same time I was excited about the upcoming cyclocross season. Although I had announced my retirement from road, retirement from ’cross was still in the distant future." (velonews.com)

September 22, 2014






Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage.
Tuesday's UCI Road Worlds Junior Men Individual Time Trial gets underway at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern).

Tuesday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Women Individual Time Trial gets underway at 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 2:30pm CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: While I was at the show I had a minor ephiphany. The bike industry spends a lot of time talking about getting more people on bikes and the industry even talks about the next generation of riders.
BMC wasn’t showing much in the way of new road stuff, so the big news was that they’ve aggressively lowered their prices. This Ultegra Di2 TMR01 is now $6999 and while that ain’t cheeap, it is a significant reduction on a bike with more technology than some phones. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: Scottoiler Ultimate Bike Solution Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media.
"We understand that it's hard to get excited by products like this, but bear with us on this one, because if it works as claimed, Ultimate Bike Solution could be a game-changer." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Time trialing has always been a natural part of cycling and is the sport in its purest format.
With Fabian Cancellara and Taylor Phinney being the notable absentees, the world’s greatest time triallists will all be on the start line of the most important time trial of the year. For everyone who specializes in the unique discipline, the World Championships is a real highlight that gives them a shot at one of the most coveted jerseys in cycling. Tony Martin is gunning for a record-breaking fourth consecutive win, Bradley Wiggins hopes to fill an obvious gap on his palmares and young guns Adriano Malori and Tom Dumoulin want to prove that they now belong to the real elite and the fierce competition will only add more prestige to an already highly prestigious event. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: It will be interesting since I haven’t been in Europe since the spring. I haven’t done a lot of the big races with the national team this year so I feel that I can be a little bit of a dark horse... © www.feltbicycles.com
Robin Carpenter took everybody by surprise when he held off the favourites to win a stage of the USA Pro Challenge on a very cold and rainy day in Colorado. Now in Ponferrada for the U23 Worlds, the American sees himself as a dark horse for Friday’s road race. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 22, 2014




Ryan Trebon (Cannondale Cyclcrossworld.com) wins day one of the Mudfund Derby City Cup
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Ryan Trebon has been sidelined from racing cyclo-cross after fracturing three ribs and two vertebrae in a crash while racing locally in Washington earlier this month. The Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com rider is hoping to make a quick recovery and even has his sights set on winning the national title at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championships held in January in Austin, Texas. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014





Evelyn Stevens leads the victorious Specialized-Lululemon squad onto the podium of the 2014 world time trial championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Specialized announced Monday that it will shift its sponsorship focus to the Boels-Dolmans Women’s Cycling Team for 2015. The brand will step back from its title-sponsor role with Velocio Sports’ Specialized-Lululemon squad, the top American women’s team in 2014 and the winning team of the world time trial championship on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain. (velonews.com)

September 22, 2014




Tony Martin (center) and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammates rode to third in the worlds TTT. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
German Tony Martin will put the disappointment of losing the team time trial behind him and will focus on winning a record-equalling fourth individual title on Wednesday in Spain. After Omega Pharma Quick Step won the 2012 and 2013 TTT titles, all that Martin and the team could manage was a bronze medal ride behind BMC Racing and Orica-GreenEdge on Sunday. (velonews.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: The chance of a bunch sprint is 90 per cent. The wind on the local laps could push the race another way, but a large group kick is likely.
Belkin goes into Omloop van het Houtland with a two-pronged attack. The race is likely to end in a bunch sprint in which the Dutch team will play either the Moreno Hofland or the Theo Bos card.  (cyclingquotes.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: That’s not what I am saying. He will probably take a few stage wins. I suppose that we have Alberto in the Tour and that will be the first priority.
When Tinkoff-Saxo announced that they had signed Peter Sagan, one of the obvious questions was whether the Slovakian can co-exist with Alberto Contador on the Tour de France team. Now manager Bjarne Riis tells CyclingQuotes that the Slovakian won’t actively chase the green jersey and mainly focus on stage wins in the world’s biggest race. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 22, 2014




Davide Cassani and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani - CSF) Photo: © Bettini.
Sonny Colbrelli proved that he deserved his place in the Italian team for the Men's Elite road race, with back to back victories at the Memorial Pantani and the GP di Prato at the weekend. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: Emma Pooley (centre) became the world time trial champion for Britain in 2010.
"British Cycling says there's no medal contender for the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships. True or false? Let's take a look at the candidates." (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 22, 2014




See Ned Boulting at The Cycle Show on 26 to 28 September Cycling Plus.
"We caught up with TV's Ned Boulting as he prepares to be the host with the most at next week's Cycle Show at the NEC." (bikeradar.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: the set includes bicycle cable bamboo holders, stainless steel dropouts, aluminum head tubes, bottom brackets, a pen file, a transparent tape roll, and reinforced metal wire. an instruction manual and recyclable frame jig guide.
In 2013, a company by the name of Bamboobee entered the world of product design with their ‘honey infused bamboo bicycles‘. following the success of this popular material, the singapore firm has launched the ‘build it yourself (BIY) bike kit’. (designboom.com)

September 22, 2014




This Basso Diamante was a blast to rail tight switchbacks on, and there were lots of those to enjoy in the hills near Galzignano Terme. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com.
The riding at demo days at most bike shows leaves a lot to be desired, but the Expobici show in Italy is an exception. Located in Galzignano Terme in Euganean Hills south of Padova (Padua), the road riding is exquisite, on narrow, winding, and lightly-traveled roads through these hills known for their thermal baths. And the mountain biking trails feature considerable technical difficulty and a very high fun factor. (velonews.com)

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Lucas Euser will be recognized during the Friday awards dinner at the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
The United States Olympic Committee announced Monday that Lucas Euser has been selected to receive the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP, one of four annual awards that will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, Sept. 25-26, at the Hilton Chicago. (velonews.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: The UCI has issued a press release saying it won’t comment any further for now and doesn’t mention whether Kreuziger’s provisional suspension has ended.
Roman Kreuziger’s been cleared by the Czech Olympic Committee’s arbitration panel. Fair verdict or whitewash? For now it’s hard to tell as the reasoned decision is online as a PDF but in Czech and so a hard read. What we do know from the past is that the UCI has appealed past cases of “home” federations or anti-doping bodies clearing their riders. I suspect they’ll take the case to the CAS but that’s guessing. (inrng.com)

September 22, 2014





Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Roman Kreuziger has been cleared of any anti-doping violations by the Czech Olympic Committee (CAC). Kreuziger had been provisionally suspended by the UCI after registering anomalies in his blood passport earlier this season. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




New race leader Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) almost falls off the stage Photo: © AFP.
Six-rider team racing for Howes: Although the USA team for the UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race has only six members, it could be the most cohesive unit the country has put together for the race in years. With Alex Howes as the likely team leader, and Andrew Talansky, Tejay van Garderen, Brent Bookwalter, Kiel Reijnen and Eric Marcotte in support positions, the team represents a generational shift when compared with past teams. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) would have liked to represent the U.S. at 2014 world championships, but the climbing-heavy course and reduced team allocation for the Americans conspired against him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
Tyler Farrar is “disappointed” he won’t be racing next weekend in northern Spain for the elite men’s road cycling world championships. With the U.S. men’s team down to six riders for the road race, instead of the nine maximum for top-ranked nations, Farrar was squeezed out for selection.

September 22, 2014





Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) shows off his descending skills Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Thor Hushovd retired on Saturday after completing the GP Impanis-Van Petegem, which won by his BMC team-mate Greg van Avermaet. The 2010 world champion and winner of ten stages of the Tour de France put an end to a 27 year long career! Jean-François Quénet looks back at his history as a young rider. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Fabian Cancellara (Trek) drops back to the team car for a bidon Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fabian Cancellara hesitated when the question was put to him, and then smiled sheepishly. The Swiss rider had just led his Trek Factory Racing squad to 7th place in the team time trial at the World Championships, but had he lined up in the event by choice or out of obligation? (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




You've got your base fitness, now it's time to take things further. Tim de Waele.
Former pro cyclist Greg LeMond summed up cycling progress succinctly: “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” What he meant was that all the hard training is not so that you can sit back and cruise when your goal event arrives, but so that on the big day you can deliver the best ride of your life. (bikeradar.com)

September 22, 2014




Alex Dowsett (Movistar) Photo: © Rob Lampard.
The Movistar team has announced that Britain's Alex Dowsett will stay with the Spanish team for the next three seasons. The 25-year-old secured his future with an excellent series of results during the 2014 season after winning the time trial at the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Dowsett took two victories in 2014: the time trial stage at the Circuit de la Sarthe, which he led for one stage, and won gold in the Commonwealth Games time trial in Glasgow.. (cyclingnews.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: Using a standard 31.8mm clamping surface, the aerobar compatible bars then drop 50mm on each side creating an additional hand position.
Drop bars are known for providing additional hand positions when compared to the standard flat bar, but BP4 seems to be taking that notion to new heights (drops). While many companies are experimenting with different reach, bends, and sweeps, BP4 is adding another dimension to road handlebars – top drops. The admittedly strange looking handlebars drop down where a road bar would typically be flat. The resulting hand positions are claimed to be an improvement over standard bars in both aerodynamics, performance,  and comfort. (bikerumor.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: The 3T Aerotundo combines a classic drop bar shape with their aero tops, just one of many combinations.
3T Cycling has a lot going on, as much with new products as with new concepts for the sale and use of them. Starting with the small stuff, they’ll now offer sizing guides to all retailers and online that complement the mix-and-match nature of their road components. (bikerumor.com)

September 22, 2014




Photo: Top hubs, standard parts...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Affordable, British built carbon clinchers with some minor issues." (bikeradar.com)

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BMC Racing en route to victory in the team time trial at the UCI road championships. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
BMC Racing Team, led by American star Tejay van Garderen, dethroned reigning champions Omega-Pharma Quick-Step to win the men’s team time trial on Sunday at the UCI World Road Championships. (cyclingnews.com) (velonews.com)

September 21, 2014





Team BMC start as one of the favourites for Sunday's TTT
Photo: © Sirotti.
Three editions in, the addition of the trade team time trial to the World Championships programme has perhaps yet to fire the imagination of the general public, but Tejay van Garderen was in no doubt about its importance to the riders themselves after his BMC squad landed the 2014 title in Ponferrada. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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 21, 2014





Arnaud Démare (FDJ)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Hutarovich and Haussler take second and third. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014





Sonny Colbrelli wins the bunch sprint
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Bardiani-CSF fastman Sonny Colbrelli won his second race in as many days by taking GP Prato in a bunch sprint from Kristian Sbaragli of MTN and Danilo Napolitano of Wanty. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 21, 2014






Photo: UCI Road World Championships Live Coverage.
Monday's UCI Road Worlds Junior Women Individual Time Trial gets underway at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern)..

Monday's UCI Road Worlds Under 23 Men Individual Time Trial gets underway at 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

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2014 World TTT champions Specialized-lululemon
Photo: © Sirotti.
Specialized-Lululemon has turned to crowdfunding to ensure its survival when its sponsors withdraw at the end of this season, and the American squad was certainly value for its victory in the women’s team time trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014






Anna Van der Breggen from Ravo Liv team after she was injured during the women's team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada
Photo: © AFP.
Rabo Liv’s chances of following up last year’s World Championships silver medal in the women’s team time trial collapsed in dramatic fashion due to a serious multiple-rider crash. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014
Photo: © Bettini.
After two gold medals in 2012 and 2013, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s bronze medal in the World Championships team time trial was never going to be anything but disappointing. But if the team’s riders felt a little tempted to blame their defeat on changing weather conditions, they refused to do so. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Nacer Bouhanni’s two most significant results at the Vuelta a España were not his brace of sprint victories but his surprisingly strong showings on the hilltop finales at Arcos de la Frontera and Obregon. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




Photo: Mediocre kit and it’s heavy for the money...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Classy carbon chassis dulled by average components and some excess weight." (bikeradar.com)

September 21, 2014




Photo: damage resistant qualities of a steel bike are beginning to be appreciated once again in the bicycle market...
LeMond Bicycles out of Minneapolis, MN, got its start back in ’86, the same year Greg LeMond won the Tour de France. Now LeMond “returns to its roots” with the launch of the new Washoe steel road bike. Similar to the ’86 models, the Washoe is handmade and hand painted in the USA–and the new version is customizable to your specs.





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World Championships: Specialized-lululemon win women's TTT
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Even as she and her teammates savoured victory in the women's team time trial World Championships, Specialized lululemon’s Evelyn Stevens praised the progress for women’s cycling over the last year. But she also pointed out that the battle to get her side of the sport on an equal footing with men’s racing is not over yet - particularly in the financial sphere. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT
Photo: © Bettini.
It was a different kind of silver medal for Orica-GreenEdge in the team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships and, on balance, a decidedly easier defeat to digest. In Florence twelve months ago, the Australian squad lost out to Omega Pharma-QuickStep by the maddening margin of 0.81 of a second and they must have spent much of the year since trying to figure out precisely where in the Tuscan hills those previous decimal points were misplaced. (cyclingnews.com)

September 21, 2014




Compton made it a weekend sweep in front of her Trek sponsors in Wisconsin. Photo by Logan VonBokel. .
U.S. national cyclocross champion Katie Compton made it a weekend sweep at the Trek CXC Cup Sunday in Waterloo, Wisconsin. As she so often does when racing on home soil, the UCI World Cup series champion powered away from the rest of the field to finish alone. (velonews.com)

September 21, 2014





Photo: Machado charmed us a lot not only in the Tour de France but in his complete last campaign. To reinforce our team for the stage races he is the perfect rider.
After one year at the professional continental level, Tiago Machado will be back in the WorldTour. The Portuguese has signed a contract with Katusha. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 21, 2014




Photo: many of these books are difficult to find or written in French or Japanese.
"I recently thought about my favorite books. There are many, and they span a wide range of topics, from Saint Exupéry’s The Little Prince to The Art of the Motorcycle. Here are six of my favorite cycling books, in no particular order." (janheine.wordpress.com)

September 21, 2014




Photo: Ridley’s Campagnolo Super Record-equipped X-Night was raced by the Lotto Belisol road team at Paris Roubaix exactly as shown. © Cyclocross Magazine.
In Vegas, Sven Nys winning CrossVegas again was not the only Belgian spectacle or party. A handful of Belgian companies came together to share a mansion and throw a party to show off their wares outside of the dust of Outdoor Demo and noise of Interbike. Here is a look at a few of the companies that were on hand to show off cyclocross-relevant gear at “The Belgian House” in Vegas. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Sunday, September 21: Men's team time trial, 57.1km.
Sunday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Women Team Time Trial gets underway at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Men Team Time Trial gets underway at 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Spain are putting almost all their eggs into the one basket, although they have an excellent foil to Valverde in Joaquim Rodriguez.
Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world title on home soil next week. The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favorites at the World Championships in Ponferrada but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim the road race title following five previous podium finishes. (pelotonmagazine.com)

September 20, 2014





Alejandro Valverde has been on the worlds podium five times, but never on the top step. Photo: AFP (file).
Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out for him if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world road title on home soil next week. The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favorites for the road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim the rainbow jersey following five previous podium finishes. (velonews.com)

September 20, 2014





Katie Compton escaped a lead group early on to win round one of the Trek CXC Cup. Photo: Logan VonBokel.
Katie Compton won day one of the Trek CXC Cup on Saturday in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Georgia Gould finished second with Caroline Mani third. (velonews.com)

September 20, 2014





Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) celebrates his second win in a week
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bole and Chinello round out podium. (cyclingnews.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Greg Van Avermaet confirmed his impressive disposition ahead of the World Championships, claiming his second victory this week in the Primus Classic Impanis - Van Petegem.
Long considered a rider lacking a spark to finish things off, Greg Van Avermaet proved that he knows how to win races as he take took his second victory of this week in Primus Classic Impanis – Van Petegem and became a clear favorite for the upcoming World Championship road race alongside Simon Gerrans and John Degenkolb. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Wyman dominated the course...
Helen Wyman loved the sand at Charm City, Day 1. Immediately following the race, she said that as a Euro, she was glad the UCI commissionaire allowed a grand total of four separate lengths of sandpits. (cxmagazine.com)

September 20, 2014




Race leader Geraint Thomas (Sky)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Geraint Thomas hopes to close out his season with strong performances at the World Championships after what has been a long but successful season. The 28-year-old could have missed out on Worlds selection after a nasty crash stopped him from training but he will line up for Team Sky in Sunday's team time trial and then race again the following weekend in the men’s elite road race for Great Britain. (cyclingnews.com)

September 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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),


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September 19, 2014



Specialized-lululemon has won two consecutive world team time trial championships, in 2012 and 2013. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Specialized-Lululemon is motivated to defend its crown in the women’s team time trial as the 2014 UCI Road World Championships kick into gear Sunday. Specialized-Lululemon won in 2012 and 2013, knocking back its rivals to claim the prestigious team title. (velonews.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Simon Gerrans heads into the UCI Road World Championships as a major favourite to take the title (AAP).
Simon Gerrans has never before headed into a world championships with the type of blistering form he's carrying into Spain. The 34-year-old is one of the leading favorites for next Sunday's UCI Road World Championships men's elite road race and acknowledges it is "without question" his best chance of claiming the rainbow jersey. (sbs.com.au)

September 20, 2014





Eddy Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Edvald Boasson Hagen has allayed concerns surrounding his drop from WorldTour to ProContinental level, he has faith that Team MTN-Qhubeka will provide him with a suitably strong race program. (cyclingnews.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Former cycling champion Pino Cerami, pictured at the finish of the Grand Prix Pino Cerami in 2004. Photo: AFP (file).
Cerami, who was born in Italy but emigrated to Belgium and attained Belgian nationality in 1956, won the ninth stage of the 1963 Tour de France at the age of 41 years and three months. His most successful campaign came in 1960 when he won Paris-Roubaix and Flèche Wallonne, and finished third in the world championship road race. (velonews.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: They weren’t fair with me after I’d proved that I deserved to be selected with my performances this season.
The Luxemburg national team have found themselves in huge difficulties ahead of the World Championship road race held in Ponferrada on September 28. Jempy Drucker was expected to line-up in the event after both Bob Jungels and Frank Schleck were forced to withdraw, but thr Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider openly claimed to be offended by not being initially selected and thus refused to participate. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: I could be ready for Il Lombardia and to end my season by racing in China...
It seemed absolutely obvious that a high speed crash caused by a cat had effectively ended the 2014 season for Domenico Pozzovivo, but the tiny Italian climber wants to prove one more time why he is considered one of the toughest man in the professional peloton by returning to competition in Il Lombardia. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: The youngsters did a great job, both the stagiaires and Olivier Le Gac who has been professional since last August.
Arnaud Demare broke his long victory drought when he won yesterday's Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen in a sprint finish. The Frenchman praised the many youngsters that had helped him return to his winning ways. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: The biggest news for Fizik shoes of 2015 is the clean inclusion of the Boa system for their shoes below the M1 level. The M3B UOMO is shown above. © Cyclocross Magazine.
Fizik is excited about adding boas to their products, more specifically their M3 and M5 men and women’s models made some interesting decisions surrounding them. One of the biggest of these is not including the retention of the Boa on their highest performance model, the M1 UOMO made from kangaroo leather, which will still use a buckle and two Velcro straps. (cyclingfans.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: There’s no shortage of straight-line speed, and an acceptable trade-off between comfort and stiffness, but the slim, pointy rim section is a poor performer when the going gets gusty, and for the price they aren’t light.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Buy them for the looks, but you can go faster for the same money." (bikeradar.com)

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Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney at the 2013 UCI road worlds. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Tejay van Garderen has a busy week ahead of him, racing all three events on tap during the road world cycling championships. With one eye on the podium for the elite men’s time trial Wednesday, van Garderen will also be part of Team America’s wide-open squad for the road race next weekend. (velonews.com)
 
September 20, 2014




Photo: Of course it is not easy. When we have won two years in a row, we can only lose. It is true that three of the 6 guys left the team.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step go into the World Team Time Trial championships as the winners of the two first editions of the race but have lost three of the key riders from last year’s roster. Nonetheless, team manager Patrick Lefevere feels confident in their chances, knowing that they have prepared everything meticulously. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: The Worlds team timetrial is an odd-ish event. It's a trade team event as opposed to all the other events.
First event out of the gate at Worlds, the Women's Team timetrial, might be one of the most hotly contested races as well. At least it is the one with the most clear-cut rivalry. The dominants of the past years Specialized-lululemon will be trying to hold of the challenge of a Rabo/Liv team that has dedicated much of their season to ousting the Spec-lulus from the TTT-throne. On Sunday we will see if they can. (podiumcafe.com)

September 20, 2014




Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) getting kissed by the podium hostesess
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes is one of the six younger generation of American riders that USA Cycling selected to compete in the Elite men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships held from September 21 to 28 in Ponferrada, Spain, and he is motivated to put forth a strong performance in what will be his last race of the season. (cyclingnews.com)

September 20, 2014




Onboard cameras provide a new dimension to the finishing moments of the stage 5 sprint at the 2014 Tour de Suisse..
The UCI will test on-bike cameras and new real-time rider location technology at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships, the governing body announced Saturday. It will share knowledge gained from the test with the sport’s stakeholders, including broadcasters. (velonews.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: Take a break and chill out to recover properly .
Let’s be honest, many of us regard anything other than actually turning the pedals as a waste of time, as far as improving cycling fitness is concerned. But according to the experts, we could be selling ourselves short. (bikeradar.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: you can purchase the components on their own for $1,299.
Pioneer showed offer several improvements to both the system and the packaging to make them a more viable option among all manner of cyclists.  For starters, you can now add their dual-sided power meter to your existing crankset. (bikerumor.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: To better accommodate smaller riders, Detroit Bikes is not expanding their product line to include a step through frame called the B-Type.
"Last year we featured a story about a small company called Detroit Bikes, who was manufacturing affordable commuter bikes in the United States. Available only in one size and color to keep prices affordable, the completes came equipped with a nexus 3 speed hub, front brake, rear coaster brake, and rack." (bikerumor.com)

September 20, 2014




Photo: A more subdued design allows for lighter weight, but they’re still very strong and stiff thanks to the curved “V” shape and reinforced spoke sections.
Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings. (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: OPQS have won twice in a row but this year’s edition looks more open with several teams able to challenge.
This Sunday sees the UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain start with the team time trial. If a team time trial isn’t new, the format is still a novelty at the worlds after it was introduced two years ago and more so since it features pro teams when the rest of the week is about national squads. (inrng.com)

September 19, 2014





Photo: Sunday, September 21: Men's team time trial, 57.1km.
Sunday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Women Team Time Trial gets underway at 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 10:00am CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern).

Sunday's UCI Road Worlds Elite Men Team Time Trial gets underway at 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern) with the departure of the first team.  Road Worlds live streaming video should get underway at around 2:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: French cyclist Arnaud Demare of the team FDJ celebrates on the podium... . © www.gettyimages.com
Arnaud Démare took advantage of a high-speed lead out from his FDJ.fr teammates to win the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - the Championship of Flanders in Koolskamp. (cyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




A very happy Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
American talks pressure, fractured hips and his quest to win the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

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

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 19, 2014





Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After taking his sixth Grand Tour title at the Vuelta a España earlier this month, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has announced that he will target the Giro d’Italia next season. (cyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Ben Swift has signed a new contract with Team Sky, extending for a further two years until the end of the 2016 season.
Swift has enjoyed a strong season in 2014 after recovering from niggling shoulder injury, claiming stage wins in the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of the Basque Country. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Over the last couple of years I have had the luck to ride for some of the biggest teams in the world.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are happy to announce that Serge Pauwels will join the African Pro-Continental team next season. Pauwels joins Team MTN-Qhubeka after having spent the past 5 years racing at the World Tour level. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Collin Snyder gets rad air on one of the many whoops created out of former compost piles on the grounds of this former airport. © Brian Hancock.
The Michigan Cyclocross series officially kicked off the first Saturday of September with the inaugural Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross presented by Eclipse Cycling. The race turned out to be a hit with a very bright future as over 200 racers came out to the event. (cxmagazine.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: The tubes are more angular and muscular looking for 2015, with the whole machine being much more in keeping with Canyon's Speedmax TT bike.
Canyon's Aeroad has been redesigned as the Aeroad CF SLX for 2015 and features several significant upgrades over the previous model. While the original suffered from a little rearward flex, the new Aeroad CF SLX is designed to be stiffer, lighter and more aero. (bikeradar.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: The Knight 65 wheels are brand new from Oregon's Knight Composites .
"The Oregon-based company has promised to rattle the established market-leaders by being faster, lighter and less expensive. And now we've got our hands on two sets (a 95 and 65) to give them a thorough lookover." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: His mark of 51.115km works out to 31.76 miles for those of us who still think in English units.
Jens Voigt has broken the hour record. It’s a simple statement, a declaration where the fact is beyond the reach of debate. He broke a record that is cycling itself, that is an aspiration no one needs to explain, an exploration of power so pure it leaves non-cyclists breathless. The wonder of the feat is staggering. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 19, 2014




Colby Pearce used this Lotus Sport 110 to set the US hour record in 1995
Photo: © Jonny Irick.
Buried below the list of legends who have held the hour record are numerous riders who have tried but fallen short. On the day that Jens Voigt succeeded in setting the new UCI hour record, former American hour record holder Colby Pearce was feeling a bit conflicted about the feat. (cyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: The paintjob includes a number of 'Jens-isms', including 'Jens Voigt can beat the 1 hour record in under 60 minutes'.
Voigt rode 51.115km in 60 minutes in the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen on a custom Trek Speed Concept time trial bike, modified for use on the track. (roadcyclinguk.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Team Sky Confirmed
CATALDO Dario
KIRYIENKA Vasil
PUCCIO Salvatore
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
THOMAS Geraint
WIGGINS Bradley.
Who's riding for who in the UCI World Team Time Trial Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 19, 2014




Photo: A fresh faced Chad Haga in the Tour of Utah 2013...
Chad Haga went from competing in the US to a WorldTour rider in the season’s hardest Grand Tour in the matter of a year. A steep learning curve you might say, but Chad took it all in his stride. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Storck's signature-edition Aernario comes with Markus Storck's personal preferred build kit - which is decidedly high-end ...
Storck Bicycles is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the best way possible: with a new aero road bike, its first cyclocross model and a full range of limited-edition 20th anniversary models. (bikeradar.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.
Easily the best shoes at Interbike... spied in the Nalini booth. (pezcyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell.
What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. (bikerumor.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Good news is video quality, sound and image stabilization are still category leading for POV cameras.
Awesome image quality, sound and image stabilization now comes in a much smaller package. (roadbikereview.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: innovative Y16 and Y12 wrenches/multi-tools from Crank Brothers.
Crank Brothers released their latest on-the-road tool kit, the Y16 and the Y12. The latter comes with small storage compartments while the former uses that space for a CO2 inflator head and chain breaker. (cxmagazine.com)

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Tyler Farrar finished second to Niki Terpstra at Dwars door Vlaanderen in March. Photo by Tim de Waele.
For the first time since 2008, Tyler Farrar will be donning a new jersey next season. The veteran sprinter is accepting a new challenge at MTN-Qhubeka, the African-based team with big ambitions for the future. (velonews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Pack up your bike, fly to some exotic location, and ride to your heart’s content...
While a great photo is all it takes to inspire a cycling trip, actually embarking on the journey is fraught with challenges. Luke Pegrum reflects on a recent trip to provide some tips on how to plan for and make the most of your next cycling adventure. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 19, 2014




Me and my brother after stage 8 of the 2014 Giro Rosa
Photo: © Mara Abbott.
"I have had a bit of time off from racing in August. This has left me at home with time to revel in the company of my family (my parents and my bro) and also my family (the Rocky Mountains and the friends I find there)." (cyclingnews.com)

September 19, 2014





Photo: Members of Colombia's women's cycling team (Reuters).
The woman who designed the controversial 'nude' Colombian cycling kit has defended the outfit after a massive online backlash. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: The 33 year old took two stages, the overall classification and the points competition in Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile last week.
Two days after it was announced that Annemiek van Vleuten would join the squad, the Bigla Cycling team has today confirmed that the American Shelley Olds will also be part of the setup in 2015. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 19, 2014




Photo: The young superstar was right, but didn’t do enough to get in front of Sven at the critical moment..
"Earlier this week, Bill Schieken of In the Crosshairs talked with Sven Nys on SVENNESS. At CrossVegas 2014, he also got the chance to talk tactics with Lars van der Haar. One major takeaway is bombarding the assumption that everyone was waiting for Nys to finally make an attack. According to Van der Haar, it appears as if a cat-and-mouse game was being played right up to the barriers, where Lars figured Nys would be making his move."

September 19, 2014




Photo: It’s a curious thing, being out there on the steppe, in a land with no walls or fences, with 4,500km stretching out before you...
"It’s hard to know where to begin when trying to describe something that is, essentially, indescribable. But that is exactly what riding a mountain bike over 900 kilometers (560 miles), while climbing over 14,000 meters (45,900 feet), in seven days in Mongolia is - indescribable." (velonews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Moto 3i internal hub 3-speed ...
The Moto has a 6061-T6 aluminum frame, 29-inch wheels and Hayes mechanical disc brakes. It’s available as either a single-speed or a 3-speed with SRAM’s i-Motion internal rear hub and i-3 Twist shifter.

September 19, 2014




Photo: Its heavy weight hampers its true performance...
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Good handling and a comfortable ride but the Orbea’s package is too weighty to shine." (bikeradar.com)

September 19, 2014





Photo: The Washoe project offers a made in the USA frame that showcases our vision of a modern steel platform.
The Washoe features custom butted size-specific Reynolds 853 steel tubing, an Enve carbon fork and can be equipped with either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. The Washoe is available as a frame kit or as a truly customizable complete bicycle. All bicycles are professionally assembled, tuned and delivered to the customer, ready to ride. (bikeworldnews.com)

September 19, 2014




Photo: Norco Threshold Carbon 105.
From budget bikes to budget breakers, there's something for everyone. (roadbikereview.com)

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Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) shows off his Hour Record bike Photo: © @Maxime Schmid.
German Jens Voigt has become the first rider crack 50 kilometers ridden in the world hour record since the UCI modified the rules earlier this year. Voigt bested the previous mark, set by Ondrej Sosenka in Moscow on July 19, 2005 by more than a kilometer. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Bradley Wiggins' future remains uncertain after being left off Sky's 2014 Tour de France lineup. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Guardian has reported that Team Sky and British Cycling are investigating forming a development team which would have Bradley Wiggins as its leader and figurehead, from midway through 2015 into 2016, when the 2012 Tour de France winner hopes to bow out with a bid for an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Launching a perfectly timed sprint, Albasini managed to pass Colbrelli just before the line to win Tre Valli Varesine...
Michael Albasini continued Orica-GreenEDGE’s recent run of success when he won one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious stage races, Tre Valli Varesine, in impressive fashion. Launching a perfectly time sprint from the 8-rider front group that had escaped on the penultimate lap of the main circuit, the Swiss passed Sonny Colbrelli just metres before the line while Filippo Pozzato rolled across the line as a distant third. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 18, 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 18, 2014




Photo: Frustrating - but I won't be at Ponferrada 2014. Recovery doesn't proceed fast enough.
Bob Jungels was expected to feature in all three events held during the upcoming World Championships in Ponferrada as a part of Trek Factory Racing and Luxemburg national team, but the 21-year old rider was forced to withdraw his participation due to health problems. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 18, 2014





Sergio Pardilla (MTN-Qhubeka) Photo: © Bettini Photo.
After two seasons with African Pro-Continental team MTN-Qhubeka, Sergio Pardilla has decided to continue his career elsewhere in 2015. Pardilla told Spanish news agency EFE that he had no regrets from his time with MTN-Qhubeka and had enjoyed the "enriching experience" but was considering "some deals" from other teams. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Bradley Wiggins is due to lead Team Sky in the upcoming World Championship TTT event.
Team Sky has announced their squad for upcoming World Championship team time trial, to be held on September 21 in Ponferrada, Spain. While Bradley Wiggins is due to lead the team following his promising showing in Tour of Britain, Chris Froome missed the selection, reportedly to fully focus on the road race. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 18, 2014





Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida) Photo: © Bettini.
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has confirmed the 11 riders selected for the Elite Men's road race at the World Championships, opting to select Edoardo Zardini instead of Filippo Pozzato despite the Lampre-Merida rider impressing with a series of placings in two of the Trittico Lombardo races in northern Italy. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Niki Terpstra on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain Photo: © Rob Lampard.
The 2014 World Championships parcours isn't one that ideally suits the characteristics of cobbles specialist Niki Terpstra but the Dutchman expressed surprise at his omission from the national team for the 254.8km road race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: The whole race ran like a Swiss clock, precise and clean, and though the entry fee may seem steep it’s worth every penny...
7 days over the German, Austrian, and Swiss Alps and then a couple of days in the Dolomites for good measure? Bring it on. Famous. Last. Words. (crankpunk.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: K-Edge's new combo package allows you to mount both your computer and video camera to the same aluminium stalk.
While K-Edge made its name in chain catchers and Bar Fly with out-front Garmin computer mounts, both companies are now reapplying their creative juices and aggressively branching out into other items. (bikeradar.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Thanks to a Bluetooth 4.0 connection between the pump and your Android or iOS phone, each pump can communicate with the included app. Accurate to +/- 1 psi .
As more attention is directed towards the accuracy of pumps and their gauges, more companies are looking towards digital offerings for an easy-to-read solution. Digital gauges for floor pumps are nothing new, but hand pumps? (bikerumor.com)

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Photo: Jens Voigt (Trek) attempts to break the hour record Photo: © AFP Photo.
UCI president Brian Cookson hopes that the hour record, broken today by Jens Voigt in Grenchen, Switzerland, will be just the first of a number of efforts since the UCI rule modification, and challenged the sport's top time trialists to have a go at the record. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014






Jens Voigt (Trek) during his final time trial Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Eddy Merckx’s hour record of 49.431 kilometres, set in Mexico in 1972, has been the standard bearer for the event ever since the UCI decided to restrict the equipment available in 2000. Today (Thursday) Jens Voigt, who turned 43 on Wednesday, will become the first rider to tackle the hour since the rules were relaxed earlier this year. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: I've got a verbal agreement with a team but I can't say where I'm going to be racing in 2015 yet, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Having ridden impressively in his first two years at the Continental level, Joe Dombrowski failed to perform in line with huge expectations after joining Team Sky in 2013. It took over 18 months to discover why the 23-year old American was unable to make any further progress, but it seems that another squad will benefit from a surgery he has recently undergone as he is set to change the squad for 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: passing the baton by helping his son to break one of his records. ...
Scot pledges to do what he can to lose the mark he set in September 2013. (cyclingtips.com.au)

September 18, 2014




Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) discusses this weeks sprint opportunities Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
The MTN-Qhubeka team has confirmed that Matt Goss will ride for the South African ProContinental team in 2015. The 27 year-old Australian has struggled during his three years at the Orica-GreenEdge team, winning just two races, but hopes to rediscover the form and motivation that allowed him to win the 2011 Milan-San Remo. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




The Criterium International will remain on Corsica for at least two more years. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Criterium International will continue to be raced in Corsica, at Porto-Vecchio, for the next two years, organizers announced Thursday. (velonews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: The TICKR X also acts as a standard HRM when connected to any smartphone via Bluetooth LE or any device that is ANT+ compatible.
As the third introduction to their Bluetooth Hear Rate Monitor line up, Wahoo is giving the device its own memory. Calling it the TICKR X, the built-in memory means the device will be able to track heart rate,
calorie burn, and duration of workouts up to 16 hours long without the strap connected to your smart phone. (bikerumor.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Straps at each side brace the open Pod, but it needs propping against something because the lid is too heavy to stand unsupported.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "The internal fixings are fairly basic but the end result is quite effective." (bikeradar.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Very fast, versatile, light, great vision.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Top performance with a few quirks." (bikeradar.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: With GPS running, batter life is 30 hours; without, it’s 100 hours....
SRM has introduced a new head unit, the PC8. Like all SRM units, it is jam-packed with features, but what sets this unit apart from previous SRM head units is that it records GPS data and speaks not only ANT+ but Bluetooth and Wifi as well. (redkiteprayer.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: There were quite a few shiny new tools on display at Eurobike and Interbike Josh Patterson / Immediate Media.
There were quite a few new and interesting tools on display at Eurobike and Interbike. From less frustrating ways to route cables through frames, to clever multi-tools, there’s something to help you keep your bike rolling smoothly, regardless of your level of mechanical aptitude. (bikeradar.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: The Strava app, version 4.2, is available now in the App Store and will soon be available in Google Play. .
Strava has released a new version of its mobile running and cycling app that incorporates weekly goals to help athletes track and improve their performance. The feature allows members to set running and cycling goals by distance or time and to visualize their progress toward achieving their goals. (bicycleretailer.com)

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Photo: Paul Tetrick, 83, Badass (Jamie Kripke).
Who says aging up has to slow you down? New research shows that our bodies are capable of some impressive accomplishments on the bike as we get older. (bicycling.com)

September 18, 2014





John Degenkolb wants to win the green jersey at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
More than anything, John Degenkolb is a realist. Despite winning nine stages in two editions of the Vuelta a España, he doesn’t consider himself a sprinter. And, after winning his first grand tour points jersey at the Vuelta, suffering through the final week with an infection that left him in a hospital bed, Degenkolb also realizes that if he wants to win the green jersey at the Tour de France, he will have to part ways with teammate and friend Marcel Kittel. (velonews.com)

September 18, 2014




Francesco and Ignazio Moser take centre stage. Photo: © Bettini.
BMC Development rider Ignazio Moser has announced his retirement from professional cycling at the age of 22. The Italian cyclist who is the son of Francesco Moser, a former World Champion and Giro d'Italia champion, decided to hang up his wheels as he found he no longer had the passion to race. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Sean and Jesse Yates, National 10-mile time trial championships 2014 ...
Former Sky and current NFTO directeur sportif Sean Yates could move back into the WorldTour next season. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

September 18, 2014




Photo: ASO-Unipublic totally reject this proposal to shorten the Vuelta a Espana to only two weeks.
According to Ciclismo a Fondo, Vuelta a Espana director Javier Guillen has rejected a proposition of shortening the Spanish Grand Tour to just two-week long event, made by the Association of Professional Cyclists (ACP Cycling) during a meeting held last week in Pamplona. (cyclingquotes.com)

September 18, 2014




Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) wins the points classification Photo: © Thomas van Bracht / PelotonPhotos.com.
MTN-Qhubeka has been making headlines recently with a raft of new signings for the 2015 season. Since bringing on Brian Smith as the interim manager at the beginning of August, the team have announced no less than five WorldTour riders for next year’s roster, including Edvald Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar and Matt Goss. (cyclingnews.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Miller is co-owner of her new squad, the Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team. (Noosa Professional Cycling Team / Dane Cronin).
Last week Meredith Miller won Clif Bar CrossVegas wearing the kit of the new Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team, which she co-owns with racer Allen Krughoff. The victory, achieved against a talent-rich international field, was one of the biggest in her 16-year cycling career. Miller, 40, talks about her surprise win, her new riding partners, and how riding less paid off for her this year. (bicycling.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: The bright designs are playful, instantly recognisable and are refreshing in the way that they don’t take themselves too seriously...
As more women’s cycle clothing enters the market, the stories behind the brands and what they represent are just as important to many riders as the price and fit of the garmets. Vanderkitten is a brand that excels in this way. Its history, values and the role models it cultivates make riders wearing their kit feel like part of a welcoming, worldwide community. (bikeradar.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: Riders complete multiple laps on timed, closed, off-road courses that include obstacles such as wooden barriers. Photo: Tim Labarge.
The fast-growing fall races aren’t as complicated as they look  (bicycling.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: The Kurve saddles follow Fizik’s Spine Concept, which shapes the saddles to accommodate flexibility and riding style.
For 2015, the new Kurve Re:Flex saddles replace the glass fiber base of the originals with Kevlar to make them more flexible under your weight. That lets the shell provide most of the comfort rather than relying solely on the padding. And indeed, it’s easily flexible at the edges of the shell and through the entire structure without feeling mushy. They also gain a carbon fiber rail option to save weight. (bikerumor.com)

September 18, 2014




Photo: he Aspide and Concur are also available with or without cutouts.
Selle San Marco has developed a new five step fit system that helps riders select the perfect saddle. The selector takes age, sensitivity to pressure, body type, saddle to handlebar, and ride style into account in order to make recommendations. (bikerumor.com)

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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)

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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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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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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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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)

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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 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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

September 13, 2014





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)

September 13, 2014




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)

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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)

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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)

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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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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)

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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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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.

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